There’s more than hypocrisy involved in American liberal attitudes about Israel’s justiciary and their attacks on America’s Supreme Court. According to JNS editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin, the contradiction between their belief that granting unlimited power to Israel’s high court is synonymous with democracy and their efforts to undermine the independence of the U.S. courts is a matter of partisanship and ideology. But such inconsistency, especially when the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings are limited in scope and defend the Constitution while Israel’s top judges believe their ideas about “reasonableness,” should be the basis for law, which itself is a threat to the future of democracy.
Tobin is joined by law professor and LegalInsurrection.com founder William Jacobson to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decisions on affirmative action, free speech and curbing the power of the executive to cancel student debt for loans taken. Jacobson said that banning using race as a determining factor in college admissions is a direct rebuke of the effort to impose diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) policies throughout American society. Jacobson also described the court’s backing of the right of a conservative Christian to refuse to use her talents to design a gay wedding website as a defense of free speech, not discrimination.
The two honed in on the willingness of Jewish groups like the Anti-Defamation League to defend discrimination against Asians, as well as their opposition to the exercise of religious liberty by Christians. Jacobson’s answer is that they are now wholly committed to progressive partisan political positions rather than backing the principles they had formally supported.
“Follow the money,” said Jacobson. Their funding from corporations and groups backing leftist positions means “they might as well just be on the payroll of the Democratic National Committee.”
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