By Adrienne Skolnik
Losing a friend to politics.
Today I lost a close friend. Cherished and admired by my family. A great humanitarian. Generous and kind individual. I have a heavy heart for it was so sudden. No, she did not die! Then why such great sadness? She cut off our friendship because I am a Conservative and she is a Liberal. Believe me, just as painful.
On June 9, 2020, American Thinker published an article I wrote called, “Whiteness,” The New Evil. It has brought many incredible people into my life. Since my Liberal friend and I shared many life events, I sent the article to her.
I didn’t speak with my Liberal friend for two weeks and when I called to “check in” and see how she and her family were doing, the last part of our conversation was about my article. Prior to this, we never talked politics. I said, “I guess you now know I am a Conservative and I think you are Liberal.” She acknowledged, “A little Liberal and some of my family are a little Conservative.” (That is like being a little bit pregnant.) She said she liked the part I wrote about antisemitism and the Ethiopian Jews, but she didn’t agree with other points I made. One being that I believe that antisemitism is more prevalent in the United States than racism. She disagreed and saw it the other way around even though I provided statistics of hate crimes against Jews. I told her, “No problem.” And we said our warm and friendly goodbye.
Two more weeks went by, and there was a Zoom event taking place from the New York Consulate also about the Ethiopian Jews (Beta Israel). My friend Raffi Berg, Middle East Editor of BBC Online is the author of the book, “Red Sea Spies,” the story of how the Israeli Mossad set up Operation Brothers in a fake diving resort in Sudan, to rescue 7,000 Ethiopian Jews and get them safely to Israel. The program also featured Commander of the Mossad Dani Limor. Here is the link for that event which starts three minutes after opening:
I also sent the announcement for this wonderful event to my Liberal friend. To follow up and make sure she could open the Zoom account, I called, but she didn’t answer. So I left a message. No response. Then I called again and left a message. No response. I decided to send an email. No response. This was quite unusual for my Liberal friend usually gets right back to me. I actually started getting worried something happened to her. MORE