Last night while watching media coverage of Sarah Palin’s
publicity tour narcissistic sh**show family vacation, I noticed something…peculiar…around her neck. A Star of David necklace. No, a GIANT-ASS Star of David necklace. Also known as a Magen David or Jewish Star, this pendant is typically worn by Jews and no one else (except maybe Rastafarians). And usually, we wear small, classy ones from the temple gift shop. Why would anyone else wear a Star of David necklace? The simple answer is they wouldn’t. Unless.
Unless they were planning to run for President next year and were pandering to the conservative Jewish population in America who is concerned that Obama is not a strong enough supporter of Israel. Huzzah.
As a member of the Jewish community (albeit the liberal one), I am fully aware that there are many American Jews who think that Obama has “thrown Israel under the bus” with his recent remarks about Israel’s role in the peace negotiations, and are very likely to vote for a Republican in the next election if Obama doesn’t show his undying, kiss-Netanyahu’s-feet, love for Israel. My heart is full of love for Israel (and I’m also an advocate for a two-state solution), but I don’t think Obama needs to metaphorically j**k off Bibi in front of Congress in order for Jews to believe that the president supports Israel’s right to exist and defend itself against enemies.*
Back to my point, Sarah Palin is aware of this concern in the Jewish community (which is surprising, because I was almost certain that she wasn’t aware of anything). And by strapping that Star of David around her neck Palin is hoping that conservative Jews will see her as a strong supporter of Israel and will vote for her when she magically “decides” to run.
The most nauseating part is that when questioned about her choice of jewelry, Palin purportedly responded: “Today is the 44th anniversary of Jerusalem being reunited. We want to call attention to that.”
Yep, I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. I don’t think this woman could be a more embarrassing representation of American ignorance if she tried. [Update: Surprise! Today Palin expressed her clear understanding of American history by claiming that Paul Revere’s ride was to warn the British.]
So Sarah Palin, as a Jewish American, I am asking – nay – begging you – to take off that necklace. Seriously, you look ridiculous.
In closing, the second I saw that Star of David around Palin’s over-publicized neck I knew that she would be running for President in 2012.
Update #2: I never noticed (presumably because I don’t watch Fox constantly), but apparently Palin has been wearing this necklace for several weeks now. Blogger Malia Litman deconstructs Palin’s use of religious symbols for political benefit.
*For the record, the Israel/Palestine conflict is long and complicated and cannot be properly discussed in less than the space of one large book, so I will refrain from going down that controversial road in this particular blog post.