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Bush tells U.S. Jewish voters: You've got a friend
Haaretz ^ | 8-12-04 | Nathan Guttman

Posted on 08/12/2004 3:55:50 PM PDT by veronica

WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush appealed directly to the American Jewish community this week, in a glossy booklet sent to American Jewish organizational leaders that highlights his good relations with the community, its leadership, and with Israel.

The appeal is considered another step in Republican efforts to win over Jewish votes from the Democratic party.

The 26-page booklet, entitled "President George W. Bush - A Friend of the American Jewish Community," outlines the history of Bush's relationship with the American Jewish community, the struggle against anti-Semitism, the war against terror, and assistance to Israel.

"Today, Jews in America know they have a steadfast friend and defender in the Oval Office," the booklet states in its introduction.

Only 19 percent of American Jews voted for President Bush in the 2000 election, and since then Republicans have been making a significant effort to woe the Jewish vote on November 2.

The booklet is studded with full-page pictures of Bush at various Jewish events, and notes Bush's statements against anti-Semitism and against the statements of Mahatir Mohammed, former prime minister of Malaysia. It also highlights administration action against terror, including Bush's declaration that the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades is a terror organization, and the arrest of Hamas fund-raisers in the U.S. Bush also presents disengagement as a central achievement in his support for Israel.

"For Yasser Arafat, the message has been clear," the booklet states. "While he was a frequent White House guest during the last administration, he has never been granted a meeting with President Bush."

At the end of the booklet the White House presents a series of quotes from prominent Jewish leaders supporting Bush. A number of those quoted said they had not given permission for their statements to be used, and had not intended them to express political support for Bush.

The National Jewish Democratic Coalition (NJDC) criticized the White House for publishing the booklet.

"This is completely inappropriate," said David Harris, NJDC deputy executive director. "It is something a campaign should be putting out, not the White House. It is overtly political."


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bush43; bushmensch; gwb2004; jewishvote; jews

1 posted on 08/12/2004 3:55:51 PM PDT by veronica
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To: veronica
You've got a friend

And those aren't empty words.

2 posted on 08/12/2004 3:57:12 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: veronica; Alouette; Salem; SJackson

He didn't have to tell me - his actions make it plain.


3 posted on 08/12/2004 3:58:20 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Am Yisrael Chai!)
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To: veronica

President Bush received over 50% of the under-30 Jewish vote in 2000, and I expect those #s to be even higher this time.


4 posted on 08/12/2004 3:59:04 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: veronica
Bush tells U.S. Jewish voters: You've got a friend

I hope more Jewish voters will be able to "spot the mensch" and vote
for him on Nov. 2.
In much greater percentages than in Nov. 2000.

Maybe it should be pointed out that if they don't, they'll be voting with
The Council on Islamic Relations, etc.
5 posted on 08/12/2004 4:00:28 PM PDT by VOA
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To: Mr. Mojo

6 posted on 08/12/2004 4:00:40 PM PDT by dennisw (Once is Happenstance. Twice is Coincidence. The third time is Enemy action. - Ian Fleming)
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To: veronica
"For Yasser Arafat, the message has been clear," the booklet states. "While he was a frequent White House guest during the last administration, he has never been granted a meeting with President Bush."

Yep, Yasser the Terrorist practically lived in the WH during Clinton's 2nd term. Bush, otoh, doesn't even acknowledge the creep (unless he's talking about the need for a change in the Palestinian leadership).

7 posted on 08/12/2004 4:01:38 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Yehuda; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; ...
If you'd like to be on this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.

And a ping for those on Alouette's list, she's away from her computor.

8 posted on 08/12/2004 4:15:32 PM PDT by SJackson (My opponent has good intentions, but intentions do not always translate to results, GWB)
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To: NRA2BFree
Ping!

...and bttt.

9 posted on 08/12/2004 4:17:54 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: veronica
PLEASE may we see a very significant switch in Jewish voters in the upcoming presidential election away from the Democratic Party! That would be so very encouraging - and appreciated.

Who knows, it could happen and let's be hopeful.

10 posted on 08/12/2004 4:30:28 PM PDT by xJones
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To: veronica

I know a fair number of other Jews who usually vote Democrat who will be voting for Dubya this time. In fact, I know quite a few who are independents who will be voting straight R because the Democrats have gotten so nutty.


11 posted on 08/12/2004 4:33:47 PM PDT by adam_az (Call your State Republican Party office and VOLUNTEER!!!!)
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To: dennisw
Not to be really picky, but I would have a real problem - were I an orthodox Jew - of seeing someone who is not Jewish wearing a yarmulke. Just as I would have a problem with a non-Catholic receiving communion at Mass (were I Catholic).

It looks less phony that it would if it were John Kerry, but it still look staged.

12 posted on 08/12/2004 4:44:25 PM PDT by YankeeDoodleBoy
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To: xJones
My friend's father is a Jewish immigrant, culturally conservative, carries his shotgun around the house with him. He voted for Gore-LIEBERMAN in 2000 but I'm pretty sure he'll be going Bush in 2004.
13 posted on 08/12/2004 4:44:39 PM PDT by JohnnyZ
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To: YankeeDoodleBoy
Not to be really picky, but I would have a real problem - were I an orthodox Jew - of seeing someone who is not Jewish wearing a yarmulke.

My understanding is that it is considered polite (required) for a Gentile to wear a yarmulke if he is at a Jewish event. Obviously in synagogue, and I suppose at other times too, bar mitzvahs and so forth. They'll generally provide yarmukles if wearing one is expected, and I'm certain the presidential etiquette people got it right in this case.

Just as I would have a problem with a non-Catholic receiving communion at Mass (were I Catholic).

That is generally prohibited, with some exceptions -- very different.

14 posted on 08/12/2004 4:52:49 PM PDT by JohnnyZ
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To: JohnnyZ
My understanding is that it is considered polite (required) for a Gentile to wear a yarmulke if he is at a Jewish event...

I was not aware of this. Thanks. I withdraw my picky observation.

And of course the Presdent's etiquette folks would be on top of it. I was just struck by The Stain receiving communion at some RC church (in Africa, I think) after the whole Lewinsky thing. But with Clinton....

15 posted on 08/12/2004 4:56:01 PM PDT by YankeeDoodleBoy
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To: Mr. Mojo

Thanks for the ping! I'm glad President Bush hasn't had Arafat to the White House. He's a known terrorist and has NO business on American soil. I know the former sleaze ball had Arafat at the W.H. when he was president, but President Bush has more class. I certainly hope the Jewish Democrats wake up to the RAT party, and support President Bush. ;-)


16 posted on 08/12/2004 5:03:20 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (Life is not about how fast you run, or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.)
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To: YankeeDoodleBoy
"Just as I would have a problem with a non-Catholic receiving communion at Mass (were I Catholic)."

if you were, you would also have a problem with the apostles of the 1st century partaking of Communion, as none of them were Catholic either.

17 posted on 08/12/2004 5:20:44 PM PDT by Windsong (FighterPilot)
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To: Windsong

...probably a good thing I'm a Protestant...


18 posted on 08/12/2004 5:43:14 PM PDT by YankeeDoodleBoy
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To: veronica

Hope we never see this happen in the White House.

19 posted on 08/12/2004 5:45:51 PM PDT by dancusa (Kerry is a phoney and a poseur)
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To: veronica
The National Jewish Democratic Coalition (NJDC) criticized the White House for publishing the booklet. "This is completely inappropriate," said David Harris, NJDC deputy executive director.

RITAL

20 posted on 08/12/2004 5:53:02 PM PDT by af_vet_1981
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To: Mr. Mojo
""For Yasser Arafat, the message has been clear," the booklet states. "While he was a frequent White House guest during the last administration, he has never been granted a meeting with President Bush."

- Oh yeah. Weren't those the meetings in which Slick brought in his daughter Chelsea to be one of the, "peace negotiators" while the MSM reported on it with a straight face?
Tee Hee.
21 posted on 08/12/2004 7:03:58 PM PDT by finnigan2
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To: NRA2BFree; SJackson; yonif; Simcha7; American in Israel; spectacularbid2003; Binyamin; ...
"...The booklet is studded with full-page pictures of Bush at various Jewish events, and notes Bush's statements against anti-Semitism and against the statements of Mahatir Mohammed, former prime minister of Malaysia. It also highlights administration action against terror, including Bush's declaration that the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades is a terror organization, and the arrest of Hamas fund-raisers in the U.S. Bush also presents disengagement as a central achievement in his support for Israel."

Prime Minister of Israel and American President George Bush at a White House event.





And a ping for those on Alouette's list, till she is back on her own machine.

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22 posted on 08/12/2004 7:23:21 PM PDT by Salem (FREE REPUBLIC - Fighting to win within the Arena of the War of Ideas! So get in the fight!)
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To: YankeeDoodleBoy
Not to be really picky, but I would have a real problem - were I an orthodox Jew - of seeing someone who is not Jewish wearing a yarmulke.

I had the incredible fortune of visiting the Western Wall last November, and I had the impression that they prefer even non-Jews (I am Christian) to wear the yarmulke. They give them to you as you enter, and the guide I was with suggested I take one. I hope that wasn't insensitive, but I gladly obliged.
23 posted on 08/12/2004 7:39:35 PM PDT by Akira (Experience is a hard teacher, but fools will have no other.)
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To: Mr. Mojo
Yep, Yasser the Terrorist practically lived in the WH during Clinton's 2nd term.

The ONE possible good thing Clinton *may* have done was to have given arafart the cigar that he'd been storing in Monica!

24 posted on 08/12/2004 7:44:13 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick (Which FReeper likes to threaten to beat up women?)
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To: YankeeDoodleBoy
Not to be really picky, but I would have a real problem - were I an orthodox Jew - of seeing someone who is not Jewish wearing a yarmulke.

Although I'm not Orthodox, I am Jewish and synagogues appreciate it if *all* men wear them. Usually, they have a box of them just outside the main room.

Just as I would have a problem with a non-Catholic receiving communion at Mass (were I Catholic).

Apples and oranges. If I were in a Catholic Church, I'd respect their wishes and traditions, but men of all faiths should wear yarmulkes in synagogues. And that should also be respected.

25 posted on 08/12/2004 7:46:28 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick (Which FReeper likes to threaten to beat up women?)
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To: NYC GOP Chick
Had Arafat known about Clinton's personal (and unusual) humidor he may very well have asked for such a cigar ;)
26 posted on 08/12/2004 8:08:10 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mr. Mojo
Had Arafat known about Clinton's personal (and unusual) humidor he may very well have asked for such a cigar ;)

Nah, considering that Monica is Jewish! ;D

27 posted on 08/12/2004 8:09:59 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick (Which FReeper likes to threaten to beat up women?)
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