There is also a third type of anti-Semite: the practical anti-Semite. This is the person who does not hate Jews stereotypically but always acts against the interests of Jews. Perhaps this is the most dangerous anti-Semite of all because while an all-around anti-Semite can be labeled as merely anti-Jew, the practically anti-Jew person cannot be labeled as such.
Truman's predecessor, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was such a man. Though FDR was careful never to belie any personal anti-Semitism, his immigration policy before and during World War II played a crucial part in allowing the Holocaust to reach its unimaginable magnitude. To the larger Jewish community, the idea that FDR's policies were anti-Semitic is anathema. Nevertheless, FDR was no friend to the Jews.
The best example of this third type of anti-Semite is William Jefferson Clinton. Clinton was bombastic about his purported support for Jews. "If the Iraqi or the Iranian army came across the Jordan River," Clinton sententiously declared at a Toronto fund-raiser for the Jewish organization Hadassah, "I would personally grab a rifle, get in the ditch and fight and die." Yet it was Clinton who forced Israel into making massive concessions to Palestinian terrorists. It was Clinton who refused to condemn open anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan by name in 1995 during the Million Man March. It was Clinton who invited master-terrorist Yasser Arafat to the White House more than any other political leader.
Many Jews simply cannot comprehend the disconnect between feelings of anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic activity. They do not understand that a person may not love Jews but can still treat them well, or that a person could like Jews but treat them badly. To them I ask: If the fate of the Jews rested solely in the hands of either Bill Clinton or Harry Truman, whom would you prefer to make the call?
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