I just read the Jennifer Rubin “Why Jews Hate Palin” piece everyone has been talking about. It’s unbelievably stupid and pretty anti-Semitic. I remember a similar piece from the rightie Rabbi who writes for Newsweek, Marc Gellman, after Lieberman lost the primary (the link is dead, but here’s a blog post that summarizes it). And, of course I know that any American Jewish person who criticizes the Likud party is immediately decried by Commentary et al. as “self-hating”.
I know every ethnic group has its ins and and outs that people outside the ethnic group may not understand. So as a non-Jew, I ask: why do so many right-wing Jewish Americans hate other Jewish Americans so much? Both Gellman and and Rubin, for example, traffic in the most shop-worn anti-Semitic stereotypes in a way that just feels raw and out-of-control to me. Where does this come from?