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Jewish Week chastizes American Jews who support border security.


Historically, Jewish organizations have been at the forefront of promoting open border policies. Many of the groups who participated in the lawsuit against Arizona recently were Jewish organization. According to the Jerusalem Post, Obama got 80% of the Jewish vote. A higher percentage than Al Gore, John Kerry, or even Bill Clinton.

The annual Jewish public opinion poll suggests that American Jews have “buyer’s remorse” over Obama and are taking a turn to the right. The response by American Jews on Arizona’s immigration law even has many Jewish leaders fighting mad.

Look at the question below. The result, 52% of American Jews in favor, has prominent Jewish leader angry and calling for American Jews to renew their commitment to open borders. (Of course they don’t mention that Israel has halted non-Jewish immigration and has the best border security in the world.)

3. A new law in Arizona gives police the power to ask people they’ve stopped to verify their residency status. Supporters say this will help crack down on illegal immigration. Opponents say it could violate civil rights and lead to racial profiling. On balance, do you support or oppose this law?
Support 52
Oppose 46
Not Sure 2

Some other findings in the poll.

Buyer’s Remorse? Only 51% of Jews now say they approve of Obama. 44% disapprove.

92% of American Jews said they plan to vote in November. Jews historically vote in very high numbers, a phenomenon that has helped propelled disproportionately large numbers of Jews to congress and state governments.

American Jews unconcerned about immigration. On a list of ten issues, American Jews thought immigration was the 9th most important. The only issue they thought was less important was the Gulf Oil Spill.

American Jews moving to the right. 42% said they were left of center, 28% said they were moderates, and 28% said they were right of center. However, because of the historically left-wing views of leading Jewish organizations, an American Jew may view the “middle” as being further to the left than other Americans.

Pro-War. 70% of American Jews support military action against Iran.

See all survey results.