Adam Milstein is an Israeli-American businessman and philanthropist who is widely known for his pro-Jewish and pro-Israel political activism. Milstein is a contributor to a variety of political blogs and columns, and he frequently publishes blog pieces on the Israeli-American site Jewish News Syndicate (JNS.) On February 7th, he published a piece in the Israeli American Council column about Radical Islam’s efforts to promote worldwide anti-Semitism.
In both Europe and North America, Adam Milstein writes, radical Muslims are beginning to ally themselves with the radical left, an alliance that is as unlikely as it is threatening to the Jewish people. In theory, Milstein argues, this is an alliance that makes no sense: the radical left in Europe and North America are very socially liberal, while radical Islam is notorious for its misogyny, homophobia and human rights abuses. Yet these alliances continue to form, united by their intense dislike of Western global influence and their shared anti-Semitic tendencies.
The radical left, Milstein further argues, has a tendency to view Muslims as a single entity that is universally oppressed. This causes them to view even radical Islamists as victims, and Jews, who are in opposition to radical Islam in the Middle East, as oppressors. Radical Islam fuels these ideas in any way possible to promote Western anti-Semitism and advance their anti-Jewish agenda, which is why Milstein views these alliances as one of the greatest modern threats to Israel and to the Jewish people.
Adam Milstein is a co-founder of the prominent Israeli-American Council, of which he he was appointed Chairman of the Board in 2015. Milstein has made his career primarily as a real estate investor, but he has also spent considerable time on philanthropic efforts. In 2000, he and his wife, Gila, founded the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, which sponsors education for young Jewish students and professionals. He is also a board member of StandWithUs, Birthright Israel, the Hasbara fellowships and the Israel on Campus Coalition, among other organizations.
Adam Milstein served in the Israeli Defense Forces during the Yom Kippur War before graduating from Technion in Israel in 1978. He moved to the U.S. in 1981, and shortly after acquired an MBA from the University of Southern California. He has used his considerable business acumen to become a Managing Partner of Hager Pacific Properties, a real estate firm based in California.
Fox News really bungled an interview the other day with the founder of the Human Rights Foundation, Thor Halvorssen. They got everything so twisted and wrong that it took Thor Halvorssen about three minutes to sort things out. The network intended to use the interview to take a shot at presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, but it fell through. Here’s what they got wrong:
The anchor claims that socialism is a violation of basic human rights. It’s an obvious attempt to hurt public opinion of Bernie Sanders, a self-avowed democratic socialist, which is something completely different. That’s the first error. But as Thor Halvorssen explains, socialism is simply a form of government. It’s not capable of doing harm on its own. Socialism requires people to behave good or bad. There are good examples of socialism such as in Denmark and Sweden, and there are bad examples of socialism like Venezuela. Thor Halvorssen likes to focus on authoritarian dictators who abuse any form of government regardless of their political affiliations.
Fox News claims that Bernie Sanders wants America to be a socialist country. This is patently untrue. The Vermont Senator would like to keep the capitalist heart of America beating while expanding social programs such as government-funded education and healthcare. It’s a far cry from socialism.
Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz
Thor Halvorssen calmly explains that each of these candidates support authoritarian dictators in some fashion. Clinton, he claims, has taken millions of dollars from ruthless dictators to fuel her presidential campaign. On the Republican side, he points to the fact that both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have publicly supported the strong-arm moves of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. If anyone is violating basic human rights, it’s these presidential candidates, not socialism.
Thor Halvorssen’s Support Of Bernie Sanders
This is something they got way wrong. The world-famous human rights activist proclaims his support for Bernie Sanders during the interview, and you can see the shock in the Fox News anchor’s eyes. You can feel the tension as she tries to wrap up the interview as quickly as possible.