Obama Chanukah Party Attacks Islamophobia, Calls for “Justice” for
Obama's Chanukah parties have had issues in the past. But this
time it teetered over into full-blown violently offensive territory. Obama's own
remarks were boilerplate inoffensive stuff. Israel's President Rivlin, a
political hack who desperately sucks up to the media, was equally insipid.
But the White House chose Susan Talve to light the Menorah.
Talve is a member of the anti-Israel group T'ruah which is currently promoting
assorted "soft BDS" programs. She's also a Ferguson activist. Her
behavior was deeply insulting to the religious Jewish community and made it
clear that the White House was determined to hijack even a Chanukah party to
promote an anti-Jewish agenda.
So the general conviviality of the Chanukah party was
disrupted by a crazed rant from Susan Talve in which she seemed determined to
jam as many leftist talking points as possible in her limited time. Instead of
talking about Chanukah, Talve blathered on about getting, "guns off our
streets" and to "clean up the fires of toxic nuclear waste".
Talve screeched, "I stand here with my fierce family of
clergy and black lives matter activists who took to the streets of
Having celebrated the race riots which destroyed a community,
she pivoted to Syrian Muslim migrants. Chanukah is a celebration of the
Maccabees defeating a Syrian occupation, but Talve may not even know that.
Radical clergy tend to be light on the religion and heavy on the social justice.
Instead she rambled on about how the "gates of this
nation would stay open for all immigrants and all refugees".
Then, not satisfied with having made a disgrace of the
Chanukah ceremony, Susan Talve declared, "I stand here to light these
lights to say no the darkness of Islamophobia and Homophobia and Transphobia."
Talve babbled about insuring "justice for
Palestinians" and began gleefully chanting, "Ins'Allah, Ins'Allah".
Or "Allah Willing".
I don't recall Susan Talve mentioning G-d or a word of Jewish
scripture. Indeed she spent more time talking about Muslims than about anything
in Judaism. And yet that's typical for Social justice clergy who have no organic
ties to Judaism.
It's bad enough that Obama insists on pursuing anti-Israel
policies, but the Susan Talve appearance was just gratuitously insulting to the