Here's a story which has yet to be picked up by any national media outlets. Forward reports that Jewish non-profit groups are projected to receive 97 percent of federal anti-terrorism grants out of a total of $10 million allocated to not-for-profit institutions by the Department of Homeland Security under its Non-Profit Security Grant Program (NGSP). While the resultant $9.7 million is actually 6.0 million less than in 2011, the percentage of Jewish recipients represents a noticeable jump from 80 percent in 2011. The grants as part of a larger $1.3 billion package of so-called preparedness grants which include $97 million for port security and $87 million to protect transit systems.
Forward openly admits that the NSGP has disproportionately benefited Jewish groups since 2005, when it was first instituted. Although there’s nothing in the law authorizing the program to benefit Jews specifically, several factors, including community education regarding the program and its grant application process, have combined to help Jewish groups in particular to benefit from it. According to Homeland Security documents, preferred recipients are now defined as those that have the highest risk of terrorism-related activity due to their ideology, beliefs and mission. Yet Jewish groups continue to obtain the lion's share of the funding. Some examples of how Jewish groups have used the funds:
The Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School, in Chicago, put in new lights around its building and parking lot and now has a state-of-the-art video surveillance system with 12 cameras. Congregation Brith Shalom, in Bellaire, Texas, now has blast-proof doors and windows. In Baltimore, the Bais Hamedrash & Mesivta school installed a new gate to the parking lot and placed cameras throughout the building. Earlier this month, Congregation B’nai Israel of Staten Island put new shatterproof windows into its 40-year-old building.
Despite the disproportionality, William Daroff, the Jewish Federations of North America’s vice president for public policy, said that the program’s allocations do not reflect political favoritism towards the Jewish community. “This is not pork,” he said. “This is Homeland Security officials making decisions based on threat levels.” Leftwing-Christian.net suggests that these grants constitute evidence that "postmodern America is now being run in the interest of one ethnic group, to the exclusion of all others".
However, although DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano claimed that there are risks attendant on the Jewish community that are not attendant on all other communities, she admitted that she knew of no specific, credible threat against American Jews at present. Nevertheless ,she still justified it, saying ..."this is a world where we always need to be leaning forward, and we need to be thinking proactively, not just reactively, and that applies particularly strongly to Jewish institutions". Of course, we know from the behavior of TSA how far DHS defines "proactivity"; in TSA's case, it includes groping little girls and seizing sippy cups at airports.
What those few outlets that covered this story missed was the possible electoral politics behind this decision. Although the DHS grant program began in 2005, Barack Obama received 78 percent of the Jewish vote in 2008. In addition, of the 38 Jews in Congress, 37 of them are Democrats. Furthermore, polls taken this year show that Obama is losing the White (Whigger) vote, and, for the first time, is facing declining support from the Black community after the 1,300-member Coalition of African American Pastors urged black Christians to shelve their support of President Barack Obama until he reverses his position favoring same-sex marriage. In 2008, the Black vote for Obama exceeded 90 percent in several states.
Thus it's possible that Obama, knowing that the Jewish community is more well-heeled than the Black community, decided to direct more DHS funds their way in the hopes that wealthy Jewish donors will pour more shekels into his campaign this year.