At 5 pm Israeli time, Glenn Beck launched his “Restoring Courage” rally in the Old City, in East Jerusalem; as of publication, it’s still going strong. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Birkat is among the luminaries in attendance. Beck has given out awards (“The first award is given to the Fogel family,” live-blogs Haaretz. “This would be funny if it wasn’t so terrible”), and he has declared, “In Israel you see courage. In Israel there is more courage in one small square mile than there is in the whole of Europe.” You likely already have an opinion of Beck and his Israel mini-tour, which is culminating in this rally. If you’re Alan Dershowitz, you are cautiously supportive; if you’re Rabbi Eric Yoffie of the Union for Reform Judaism, you are disapproving (in fairness, if you are Yoffie, Beck has compared your faith to radical Islam). And if you are a regular reader of The Scroll, you can guess where I stand.
One thing to note is that many who have traveled from the United States to attend are being funded by WallBuilders, the organization of “historian” David Barton, who, as columnist Michelle Goldberg documented, has a past littered with white-supremacist and anti-Semitic associations and whose work is dedicated to arguing that the United States was explicitly founded as an evangelical-Christian nation. Which doesn’t make Barton a particularly strange bedfellow for Beck. But for Israel, he certainly is. Isn’t he?
Live Blog: Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Courage” Rally in East Jerusalem [Haaretz]
Glenn Beck’s Israel Tour Raises Eyebrows [LAT]
Should Israel Welcome Glenn Beck’s Support? [Hudson Institute]
U.S. Jews Warn Israel Not to Get Too Cozy With Glenn Beck [Haaretz]
Major Funder for Glenn Beck’s Israel Rally Linked to Anti-Semitic Group [Lobelog]
Related: History Lesson [Tablet Magazine]
Earlier: Take a Trip to Israel With Glenn Beck
Beck Accused of ‘Holocaust Revisionism’