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Iran Deal Opens Vitriolic Division Among American Jews

Friday, August 28, 2015 6:59
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    Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat of New York, has announced his support for the nuclear accord with Iran. (Center for American Progress / (CC BY-ND 2.0))

Infighting among Jewish Americans over the Iran nuclear accord “has become so intense that leaders now speak openly of long-term damage to Jewish organizations, and possibly to American-Israeli relations,” reports The New York Times.

The attacks on Representative Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York, since he announced his support for the nuclear accord with Iran have been so vicious that the National Jewish Democratic Council and the Anti-Defamation League both felt compelled this week to publicly condemn Jewish voices of hate.

On the other side, three Jewish Democrats in the House who oppose the deal released a joint statement denouncing “ad hominem attacks and threats” against not only supporters like Mr. Nadler but also Jewish opponents, who have been accused of “dual loyalties” and treason. …

Greg Rosenbaum, the chairman of the National Jewish Democratic Council, raised such concerns this month at a private meeting between President Obama and Jewish groups. At the meeting, other Jewish leaders told Mr. Obama that his own rhetoric — framing the debate as a choice between diplomacy and war, and speaking of the money lining up against the deal — was only accelerating the corrosion.

“We are on the verge of fratricide in the Jewish community, and it has to stop,” said Mr. Rosenbaum, who spoke of Jews’ spurning organizational meetings, and even religious services, simply to avoid discussing Iran.

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—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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