He sings the praises, too, of Jewish civil rights workers who fought for blacks’ rights in the U.S. And he says he wants to patch up “a historically powerful bond between the African-American and Jewish communities.”
Yet there is unease among some Jewish voters about the Illinois senator and Democratic presidential contender.
Part of it is a division between blacks and Jews that’s been growing for years, a split that Obama has challenged fellow blacks to confront.
Another element is the praise Obama has received from Black Muslim leader Louis Farrakhan, whose disparaging comments about Judaism are toxic to many voters. Obama’s own pastor has a history of supporting Palestinian causes.