Mexicans Look to Jewish Groups for Help

Currently, the #1 piece on Politico is titled “Attacked by Trump, Mexicans look to Jewish groups for help”.

Now, that’s a mouthful.

U.S. residents of Mexican descent, feeling besieged by Trump’s attacks on their culture and ancestral homeland, are ramping up ties to American Jewish networks and emulating Jewish models of political activism, including the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. And many Jewish activists are eager to help…

The growing bond comes as Mexico’s government pursues a public relations campaign designed to update the image of Mexicans and convince Americans that Mexico is more than just a country that happens to share a border with the U.S.

“The same way that Israel is a very strategic partner of the United States, Mexico is, too — that is what we are emphasizing,” Mexico’s newly appointed ambassador to the United States, Carlos Sada, told POLITICO. “Of course, there is a kind of wake up call when somebody attacks you.”

The American Jewish Committee, a major advocacy organization, has been a key partner in the Mexican diaspora’s surging interest in political activism.

There’s that word: “diaspora”.

The AJC houses the Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs, which builds political alliances between Latinos and Jews.

The collective strategy appears to be one of Mexicans emulating Jews’ successful obfuscation of both their ethnocentrism, separatism, and ethnocentric activism.

The Mexican community needs to polish its image to the point that “there has to be some sort of cost if you attack Mexico or Mexican Americans,” added Siegel Vann, who is Mexican-American and Jewish. “The moment that there’s attacks, that Mexicans are called rapists, there has to be some sort of national outrage.”

A Mexican-Jewish-American? What happened there, a random encounter between a banker and his maid?

By ‘polish its image’, Vann presumably means polishing the veneer of Political Correctness to a nice, hardened shell. Unless Mexico undergoes some sort of Holocaust™ committed by evil WASPs (Is that what reconquista is all about?) it’ll take some masterful, rhetorical, sophistry to make it work.

The institute hosts workshops to train Mexican Americans and other Latinos in political advocacy work — there’s one scheduled for July 10 in Washington, followed by a reception featuring Sada. The sessions, which train 35 to 40 people at a time, include discussions of case studies, such as how the push for comprehensive immigration reform fell apart, and tips for how to engage members of Congress — including when you have only two minutes on an elevator.

I think AIPAC’s massive lobbying power on Capitol Hill has less to do with two-minute elevator rides and more to do with $ billions of dollars, a disproportionately % of political donors who are Jewish, and the Holocaust™ Guilt Industry.

Ruiz Massieu said that Mexico was ready to take its relationship with the AJC “to the next level.” As evidence, she pointed to the fact that also attending the forum were the leaders of all of Mexico’s 50 consulates in the United States as well as dozens of Mexican-American leaders eager to network with the Jewish group. The Mexican contingent attended seminars and other gatherings at the forum, including sessions on advocacy training…

Mexican officials say the goal isn’t merely to shore up their country’s image — it’s to update it. Mexico is America’s third-largest trading partner, and millions of jobs in the U.S. rely on the relationship with the Latin American country, which has made many economic and educational advances in recent decades. But many Americans still see Mexico through the crude stereotypes of impoverished day laborers and drug gangs.

Private citizens in the U.S. Mexican diaspora, too, have upped their activism. In March, a group of business leaders set up the American Mexico Public Affairs Committee to lobby lawmakers and educate U.S. voters about the two countries’ relationship. The group is modeling itself after the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC — “That’s even the reason why we named it the way it’s named,” said Antonio Maldonado, AMxPAC’s president.

And then there’s this:

American Jews have a long history of political activism, especially on civil liberties, and Jewish organizations have been at the forefront of condemning Trump for his many comments about Mexicans, Muslims and other minorities.

That is the understatement of the century.

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