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As reported at NewsBusters , on Thursday’s The Situation Room, Jeffrey Toobin slammed Cruz’s comments about “New York values” as a “derogatory term” about Jews which amounted to nothing more than an “old-fashioned” “anti-semitic trope” from “a hundred years” ago.  Jeffrey Tobin is not only wrong but he should be ashamed of himself of using a fake charge of anti-Semitism as a political tool. Compounding the issue is the fact that Toobin is Jewish and as a Jew, he should know better.

Out of the five candidates in still running in either of the major parties, Ted Cruz is the most supportive of Jews and Jewish issues. From the moment he arrived in the senate, Cruz battled the President‘s anti-Israel policies and unlike Democratic Party supporters of Israel, Cruz battled Obama loudly and very publicly.  During the hearings to confirm Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense,  Ted Cruz eviscerated Chuck Hagel for his statements on Al Jazeera claiming that Israel committee war crimes. Senator Chuck Schumer a Jew but a Democrat supported the Hagel nomination.

But even more than his actions for the Texas Senator (as with most Evangelical Christians) supporting Jews is not a matter of politics, it’s a matter of faith which is taught in religious schools from the time they are very young.

Peter Roff discussed the false charge in his US News and World Report column when it was first raised in January:

What he [Trump] does have is a liberal agenda, one that embraces abortion on demand, the abolition of gun rights, higher taxes, contempt for the cops, controls on what people eat and drink, and the dumbing down of the city’s children in failing public school, just to name a few of the things on his list. These are the kinds of things Cruz meant when he referred to “New York values,” values that are just too liberal for most of the nation to swallow.

While it may not be clear that assessment is accurately applied to Trump – the jury is still out in many respects – it is absolutely clear that Cruz was not speaking of Jews, Judaism or anything else having to do with the oldest of the Abrahamic religions. He was talking about liberals and liberalism of the kind that never, ever plays in Peoria.

(…) But back to Cruz and the suggestion now being made in the darker corners of the Internet that he’s somehow a closet anti-Semite; balderdash. It was a poorly chosen phrase but not a racist code word. Those who suggest otherwise are throwing something against the wall, hoping it sticks.

In September 2014 Ted Cruz delivered a keynote address to “In Defense of Christians,” an advocacy group aiming to bring attention to the plight of ancient Christian communities in the Middle East, and to protect the rights of other religious minority groups in the region.

As you can see by the video below Cruz began his remarks by discussing group’s defense of Christians, Jews, and “people of good faith who are standing together against those who would persecute and murder those who dare to disagree with their religious teachings.” Those initial paragraphs were applauded.An uneasy quiet took over the crowd when Cruz began to speak of Muslim terrorist groups because the senator didn’t only speak of ISIS and Al Qaeda, but added “Hezbollah, Hamas, and their state sponsors like Syria and Iran are all engaged in a vicious genocidal campaign to destroy religious minorities in the Middle East.”

“Sometimes we are told not to lump these groups together, but we have to understand their so-called nuances and differences. . . . In 1948 Jews throughout the Middle East faced murder and extermination and fled to the nation of Israel. And today Christians have no better ally than the Jewish state.”

That’s when the boos broke out the Texan said, Let me say this: ” those who hate Israel hate America. And those who hate Jews hate Christians. If those in this room will not recognize that, then my heart weeps hat the men and women here will not stand in solidarity with Jews and Christians alike who are persecuted by radicals who seek to murder them.”

The IDC’s president tried to calm the crowd, but it didn’t help

“I am saddened to see some here, not everyone, but some here are so consumed with hate,”

Someone in the audience shouted, “We are not consumed with hate, no, you are consumed with hate.”

With that Cruz had enough, “If you will not stand with Israel and Jews” he said, “then I will not stand with you. Thank you and God bless you.” And he left.

If Ted Cruz is an anti-Semite why did he hire Jews as his closest advisers? His Chief-of-Staff  Paul Teller is a Long Island Jewish boy like me, and his Deputy Chief-of-Staff  Nick Muzin is an Orthodox Jew and a graduate of Yeshiva University.

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In March 2015,  IJ Review  published a photo-essay of Senator Cruz’s office.  They pointed out the Gadsden Flag in the picture below, however more interesting (at least in judging Senator Cruz’s attitude toward Jews) is the traditional seven-candle Jewish menorah.

I don’t know many  “anti-Semites” who would fight the president on Jewish issues even when  Jewish members of Congress (Democrats) were silent.  I don’t know many anti-Semites who would support Jews and Israel to a hostile audience. Heck, Ted Cruz was tougher on Chuck Hagel’s and his anti-Israel statements, than Chuck Schumer during Hagel’s confirmation hearing.

As an observant Jew, I can say with confidence that Ted Cruz is not now, nor has he ever been an anti-Semite.

And as for Toobin, his Rabbi should teach him about the concept of Lashen Hara (evil speech). Lashen Hara is a sin that has caused numerous tragedies for the Jewish people, and indeed the world, since the very beginning of history.

Toobin Needs to apologize.

The video below shows Senator Cruz’s appearance at the “In Defense of Christians,” conference.

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