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You Can Serve As a Military Dentist. Unless You’re a Jew.

A New York dentist learned that you can serve as a military dentist unless you’re a Jew.

Bret Stephens writes in The Wall Street Journal about Dr. Gershon Pincus, who wanted to become a military dentist after having a successful private practice for 35 years because he could “think of no better way to experience the sunset of my career than by using my professional skills as a dentist to assist those who have chosen to serve in the United States military.”

In his interview for the position, Pincus was open about the fact that he has family in Israel, including his mother, who has dementia, as well as two of his siblings. He also had a son that briefly served in the Israeli army before dying of a drug overdose. Otherwise, he has no friends in Israel and no financial stake in the country. In fact, the security investigation deemed Pincus as someone who was not “vulnerable to blackmail, extortion, coercion or duress.”

Despite the investigation’s results, Pincus was denied security clearance due to “divided loyalties” to Israel. The Office of Personnel Management explained:

“You have weekly telephone contact with your mother and brother in Israel. You added your mother, sister and brother may have contact with neighbors in Israel. Foreign contacts and interests may be a security concern due to divided loyalties or foreign financial interests, may be manipulated or induced to help a foreign person, group, organization or government in a way that is not in U.S. interests, or is vulnerable to pressure or coercion by foreign interests.”

Pincus’s denial of security clearance because of “divided loyalties” to Israel is a part of a pattern in the Obama administration, as they have denied 58 people security clearances for similar reasons, according to Stephens.

Stephens continued, “The slenderness of the evidence by which Dr. Pincus is being denied his clearance (and thus his job) suggests the level of scrutiny to which any applicant with the slightest Israeli connection is subjected. In one 2014 case, briefly described in the database, a candidate was refused clearance because a sister-in-law serves in the Israeli military.”

Sam Gluck explains at Jewish Political News and Updates that “divided loyalties” is an anti-Semitic slur.

“Foreign contacts and interests may be a security concern due to divided loyalties …”

Office of Personnel Management

“The term was used in the infamous Dreyfus Affair in France in the 19th century and in Stalin era Soviet Union. As recently as the 1990’s and 2000’s the term was applied to a group of Jewish neo-conservatives or ‘Neo-Cons’ also called ‘Israel-firsters’ who were accused of seeking to undermine Arab nations hostile to Israel,” Gluck wrote.

Pincus being denied security clearance to work as a military dentist is yet another example of the Obama administration’s anti-Semitism.

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