As we enter the last weeks of this election cycle, we are inundated with the toxic collision of money, politics and desperation. Unfortunately, the Jewish community is now the target of some of the worst offenses of dirty politics, as our vote is deemed crucial in Florida and other swing states.While the vote in November may only affect the outcome of one election cycle, the fall-out of being prey to false advertising and divisive practices jeopardizes the long-standing strength of the Jewish community.
For many elections we have seen various attempts to peel off the traditionally Democratic Jewish vote. The recently released video “Perilous Times” is perhaps the most insidious and misleading effort to date to use propaganda to divide the Jewish community. The video is designed to make Jewish voters feel insecure about President Obama’s commitment to Israel by distorting and misappropriating the truth about the president’s and, indeed, America’s, unwavering alliance with Israel.