My column this week is about Rush Limbaugh vs the ADL. I like the updated version that appears in the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Excerpt:
Foxman is right that Limbaugh’s remarks were “borderline anti-Semitic.” There’s been a lot of creepily coded rhetoric floating around since the start of the current financial crisis, with bankers being referred to as “moneylenders” and “bloodsuckers.” Jews on the Left and Right get a little worried whenever people talk like this. If Limbaugh and his allies weren’t interested in scoring the usual ideological points (“Mr. Foxman, if you really want to go after anti-Semitism you should first start looking at it on the Left,” he said the next day), they might have acknowledged that in linking Jews and the banking industry, he stumbled, inadvertently or not, into toxic territory.