‘American Jewish Committee’ and ‘Southern Poverty Law Center’ endorsed anti-Arab image

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SCAN06 Morris Dees is the head of the Southern Poverty Law Center. The Center made a name for itself in the 70s and 80s fighting for civil rights and human rights for blacks. They're very concerned with racism. They moved on to fighting the Ku Klux Klan, the white supremacist movement and the militia movement. Good liberals.

Morris Dees endorses the book whose cover is at left, called Antisemitism Today. On the back cover, he writes of the author, "Ken Stern has been out on the front lines of the fight against antisemitism, and he knows how and where the battles have been waged." Etc.

I just got the book today, but it was published in 2006 by the American Jewish Committee. You'll see the cover of the book features some angry Arabs at a demonstration, apparently Palestinians, if you notice the Palestinian flag. There's one sign against the occupation.

Wait, what the hell do these generic Arabs have to do with anti-Semitism today? Where is the antisemitism? Isn't it racist to put a photograph of Arabs on a book jacket and accuse them of anti-Semitism? Why is the Southern Poverty Law Center endorsing a racist book jacket? Do Arabs ever count when you're fighting racism?

Not really. There's an exception for Arabs. The exception is that great modern American tradition called PEP, reflecting the importance of American Jews to liberal causes: Progressive Except for Palestine.

The author of the book is Ken Stern. He works for the American Jewish Committee and he's Mr. PEP. His previous books were in support of the American Indian Movement and against the American militia movement.

American Indians: good. American right wingers: bad. Arabs: bad.

Got that? It's easy to be PEP!

51 Responses

  1. syvanen
    April 18, 2009, 10:02 pm

    "Why is the Southern Poverty Law Center endorsing a racist book jacket? "

    Well let me quess — A major benefactor is a zionist. To paraphrase Upton Siclair: It is difficult to do the right thing as long as you are being paid not to do it.

  2. Susie Kneedler
    April 18, 2009, 10:07 pm

    Thanks, Phil. You're right: "Why is the Southern Poverty Law Center endorsing a racist book jacket?"

    Why indeed, Morris Dees? How disappointing, for Dees and the Southern Poverty law Center used to work courageously against prejudice. See Amazon for a summary:

    'Stern points out that holocaust denial is one form of anti-Semitism that is played out differently by different types of anti-Semites.
    Left-wing political anti-Semites would not object , for example, if the Jews of present-day Israel were slaughtered, but will not do anything to minimize the perception of the crimes of the fascists during World War II.
    Left-wing Israel haters however frequently compare Israelis to the Nazis and Israel's leaders to Adolph Hitler in a particularly grotesque equation aimed at using the Nazi Holocaust to justify the slaughter of Jews today, and prepare the world for genocide of Israel's Jews.
    The author includes a revealing chapter on that revolting hate-fest against Israel and Jews that took place at Durban in August 2001, ironically entitled the 'World Conference Against Racism"….

    The author easily distinguishes between legitimate criticism of Israel and antiSemitism: "If the criticism is the same as that by which one would judge any other country- complaining about a policy
    a program, a plan or a party- that is fine. but if the perceived deficiencies of a society are used to attack its basic legitimacy, then something else is going on."
    After all what other country in the world has it's right to exist frequently challenged?
    The author reminds us that there is an inordinate amount of attention given to condemning Jews and Israel….

    This book includes a chapter on the violent and venomous anti-Israel culture on American university campuses including both genocidal propaganda in the so-called humanities departments and physical attacks and threats against Jewish and pro-Israel students.
    The author quotes noted human rights lawyer David Matas about the inherent anti-Semitism of anti-Zionism: "One form of anti-Semitism denies access of Jews to goods and services because they are Jewish. Another form of anti-Semitism denies the right of the Jewish people to exist as a people because they are Jewish. Anti-Zionists distinguish between the two, claiming that the first is anti-Semitism but the second is not. To the anti-Zionist the Jew can exist as an individual as long as Jews do not exist as a people".'

  3. MRW.
    April 18, 2009, 10:07 pm

    It's a definition thing. This book cover says 'Anti-semitism is anti-Israel'.

    Wont be long before it morphs into anti-Netanyahu and anti-Lieberman.

  4. Richard Witty
    April 18, 2009, 10:14 pm

    I'm GLAD that the southern poverty law center is opposing anti-semitism.

    You should investigate their work RATHER than similar judge a book by its cover.

  5. Richard Witty
    April 18, 2009, 10:17 pm

    link to splcenter.org

    link to splcenter.org

    Just for reference, the hate map lists the JDL as a hate group.

  6. Susie Kneedler
    April 18, 2009, 10:26 pm

    By endorsing a portrayal of the movement to free the Occupied Territories of Palestine as "ANTISEMITIC," The Southern Poverty Law Center itself distorts both sides:

    progressive movements of liberation–against prejudice

    and

    reactionary restrictions–bigotry, antisemitism.

    Morris Dees's and The Southern Poverty Law Center's collapse just shows once again how visionary and courageous Phil and Adam are.

  7. anon 0
    April 18, 2009, 10:27 pm

    the ctr has always attacked what jewry hates.

  8. Paul Malfara
    April 18, 2009, 10:32 pm

    "Why is the Southern Poverty Law Center endorsing a racist book jacket?"

    Perhaps because, like the ADL, they have morphed into a hate group.

    @Witty,
    "I'm GLAD that the southern poverty law center is opposing anti-semitism."

    Are you glad that they are equating justified resistance against years of ongoing Israeli oppression with anti-semitism?

    Are you glad that by doing so, they dilute the meaning of anti-semitism until it becomes a useless smearing tool of those who have no arguments on which to base their support for hate and oppression.

    That question is MUCH more relevant to the thread.

    Oy Vey!!!

    PM

  9. Richard Witty
    April 18, 2009, 10:39 pm

    Or perhaps you are reading a fiction into the story of what the cover is.

    Is there a caption describing what the photo is?

  10. Richard Witty
    April 18, 2009, 10:40 pm

    Also, is the choice of book title or headline of any significance? If so, then the criticisms by Phil's worst critics may in fact be relevant.

    I think his headline titles frequently misrepresent, and malevolently.

  11. Susie Kneedler
    April 18, 2009, 10:55 pm

    Exactly, Paul. I just zipped off an email to the SPL Center,
    link to splcenter.org,
    to make just that point about dilution:

    "Why is the Southern Poverty Law Center endorsing a regressive book, "Antisemitism Today," with a racist book jacket?

    Why indeed, Morris Dees? How disappointing, for you and the Southern Poverty law Center used to work courageously against prejudice and I used to contribute as much as I could afford to your good work. By endorsing a portrayal of the movement to free the Occupied Territories of Palestine as "ANTISEMITIC," The Southern Poverty Law Center itself distorts both sides:

    progressive movements of liberation against prejudice are tarred as bigotry, whereas policies of apartheid-like reactionary restrictions, bigotry, are defended. Meanwhile, real antisemitism is diluted.

    See Amazon.com for a summary of the book's apparent bigotry against all critics of the Israeli Likud theft of land:

    'Stern points out that holocaust denial is one form of anti-Semitism that is played out differently by different types of anti-Semites.
    Left-wing political anti-Semites would not object , for example, if the Jews of present-day Israel were slaughtered, but will not do anything to minimize the perception of the crimes of the fascists during World War II.
    Left-wing Israel haters however frequently compare Israelis to the Nazis and Israel's leaders to Adolph Hitler in a particularly grotesque equation aimed at using the Nazi Holocaust to justify the slaughter of Jews today, and prepare the world for genocide of Israel's Jews.
    The author includes a revealing chapter on that revolting hate-fest against Israel and Jews that took place at Durban in August 2001, ironically entitled the 'World Conference Against Racism"….

    The author easily distinguishes between legitimate criticism of Israel and antiSemitism: "If the criticism is the same as that by which one would judge any other country- complaining about a policy
    a program, a plan or a party- that is fine. but if the perceived deficiencies of a society are used to attack its basic legitimacy, then something else is going on."
    After all what other country in the world has it's right to exist frequently challenged?
    The author reminds us that there is an inordinate amount of attention given to condemning Jews and Israel….

    This book includes a chapter on the violent and venomous anti-Israel culture on American university campuses including both genocidal propaganda in the so-called humanities departments and physical attacks and threats against Jewish and pro-Israel students.
    The author quotes noted human rights lawyer David Matas about the inherent anti-Semitism of anti-Zionism: "One form of anti-Semitism denies access of Jews to goods and services because they are Jewish. Another form of anti-Semitism denies the right of the Jewish people to exist as a people because they are Jewish. Anti-Zionists distinguish between the two, claiming that the first is anti-Semitism but the second is not. To the anti-Zionist the Jew can exist as an individual as long as Jews do not exist as a people".'

    What a collapse of a once-superb organization."

  12. Todd
    April 18, 2009, 11:00 pm

    Who takes the SPLC seriously? It's good to see them branch out and slam some group other than white southerners for a change. Hopefully they'll leave the South and take up residence in the Middle East, since that's where the work is. They are a wonderful group if you like your political opportnism of the dishonest variety.

  13. Susie Kneedler
    April 18, 2009, 11:01 pm

    Eek: sorry about the repetition.

  14. Joshua
    April 18, 2009, 11:01 pm

    Phil, the problem is many of the anti-Israel protests are accompanied by significant antisemitism. Just look at some of the comments on your own site by "antizionists." They are racist. They are hateful. They are not progressive in any way. The fact is many of the "liberals" who are now spewing venom against Israel are adopting lines of attack that David Duke and Pat Buchanan have been using for the past twenty years or so.

    Perhaps the fact that many progressives do support Israel is an indicator that support for Palestine is not as progressive as you portray it as. Perhaps, when confronted with the fact that Mr. Stern is pro-Israel (and he may not be, because all we are going on is your half-cocked reaction to a book cover) you should consider that good people can disagree on the issues in this tragic conflict rather than resorting to childish slogans like "He's a PEP!"

    What is most disheartening for me at least is to see how certain commentators, journalists and others have steadily degenerated from thoughtful pundits into people who have gone into more and more unbalanced tirades against Israel, as if they somehow have to satisfy their "street" by being the most virulently hateful basher around. Because lord knows we need honest and searching inquiry and discussion on this subject, and those people could have actually had something positive to contribute. Instead, they decided to jump into a little cottage of industry of people who say that they are risking their reputation by attacking Israel, while in fact it is how they BUILD their reputation.

    It's not principled. It's not progressive. And yes, it is antisemitic.

  15. tree
    April 18, 2009, 11:08 pm

    There has been criticism of the SPLC and Dees in particular for decades for being more interested in fundraising than tackling real problems.

    See The Church of Morris Dees by Ken Silverstein in Harpers November 2000.

    My opinion is that Dees' endorsement of the book was done for his own fundraising purposes and nothing else. It is his raison d'etre. Call me a longtime disillusioned former contributor.

  16. Witty's anonymous critic
    April 18, 2009, 11:21 pm

    Witty, for someone who likes to bore everyone to death with your lectures on sensitivity, you are a remarkably insensitive jerk sometimes. Yes, book covers matter quite a lot and what this cover does is contribute to the impression that demonstrating Palestinians are anti-semitic. It's like having a book about the financial crisis with a book cover with people standing in front of a Jewish temple–I'm just going to take a wild guess and assume you'd immediately see what was wrong with that.

    But it's all about whose ox is being gored when it comes to sensitivity, I suppose.

  17. David F.
    April 18, 2009, 11:30 pm

    The American Institute of Philanthropy gave the SPLC an "F" in Dec. 2008 for "excess reserves." It doesn't appear to do much but raise funds and compile dossiers on its many political enemies, as part of a campaign against "hate." "Hate" and "extremism" seems to include everything from the few violent skinheads they can sue, to right-wing college professors and D.C. lobbies that oppose illegal immigration.

    For both the Zionists and the SPLC, "hate," "extremism," and "anti-semitism" are simply empty slurs used to attack the character of their political opponents.

  18. Susie Kneedler
    April 18, 2009, 11:51 pm

    Thanks, tree and David. Harper's under Lewis Lapham was my favorite news source, but I certainly missed Silverstein's fascinating article. Thanks for the link.

  19. Margaret
    April 19, 2009, 12:28 am

    how does one do the mental trick of separating israel from jew. the jewish state of the jews anon0

    The reason for asking what is meant by describing Israel as the Jewish State, the State of the Jews, was to understand what people mean when they do so. A state is a political entity. A people are a group who identify themselves as bonded by heritage and tradition.

    It doesn't require a trick to separate the two, rather IMO it requires some trickery to mold popular acceptance of the belief that in order for a people to exist as a religious and ethic group, they must be represented by a state.

    Check the date; we no longer are in the 19th or 20th Century.

  20. Paul Malfara
    April 19, 2009, 12:30 am

    @Richard Witty,

    "Or perhaps you are reading a fiction into the story of what the cover is.

    Is there a caption describing what the photo is? "

    Witty, are you for real? Look at yourself!!! Listen to yourself!!!

    I don't need a fucking caption!!! Generally people look at a book's title and the picture on the cover and equate the two.

    For example, I would feel a bit strange if I looked at a biography of Mozart and saw a picture of Metallica on the cover.

    In your world of black is white and war is peace, nothing really surprises me anymore

    PM

  21. Virginia1630
    April 19, 2009, 12:37 am

    AS with HuffPo, you need to dig deeper and follow the money. SPLC has always been a de facto arm of the ADL.

  22. MRW.
    April 19, 2009, 1:07 am

    Virginia,

    Dees probably learned his fundraising skills from Abe Foxman. Either that or they both went to BoogeyMan School.

  23. Ed
    April 19, 2009, 1:12 am

    What else is the SPLC lying about? What else has the SPLC ALWAYS been lying about?

    The SPLC is a left-liberal institution in good standing with the vast majority of left-liberals. So, the question has to be asked: What else is left-liberalism lying about? What else has left-liberalism ALWAYS been lying about? And how much of the left-liberal narrative has ALWAYS been written by the same Zionists who are pulling SPLC's strings?

    These people aren't interested in racial unity; they're interested in racial division and strife, because they thrive (and profit) by pitting race against race. Anyone who wants to know what organized Jewry REALLY thinks of racial equality need only study Israel.

  24. American
    April 19, 2009, 2:55 am

    Ha!

    People 'hate', dislike, disapprove of Israel for good reason.

    If jews want to identify with or support Israel people are naturally going to to 'hate', dislike, disapprove of those jews who do that. Same way people hated the nazis and those who supported them…and make no mistake the Israelis are, if not nazis, at least midget nazis.

    And no amount of whining anti semtic slurring is going to change anyone's mind on that or shut them up.

    And here's some good news:

    Last update – 05:32 19/04/2009

    U.S.: Palestinians need not recognize Israel as Jewish state before talks

    By Akiva Eldar

    Tags: Israel News, Iran

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people as a condition for renewing peace talks is unacceptable to the United States, the State Department said during special envoy George Mitchell's visits over the weekend to Ramallah and Cairo.

    The State Department released statements saying that the United States would continue to promote a two-state solution. In Ramallah, Mitchell met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

    Mitchell's talks also seem to indicate that the United States does not accept Netanyahu's position that the renewal of negotiations should be postponed until the Iranian nuclear threat is removed.
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    While Defense Minister and Labor Party leader Ehud Barak has not spoken publicly on the issue, his associates said Saturday he is obligated to the party platform, which supports the establishment of a Palestinian state. The platform does not mention Palestinian recognition of Israel as the state of the Jewish people as a precondition for establishing a Palestinian state.

    Barak also reportedly opposes linking the renewal of the peace process with the Iranian threat and supports a regional peace agreement that includes dealing with that threat.

    The demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people was raised for the first time about 18 months ago in talks between Israel and the United States ahead of the Annapolis Conference. Then-foreign minister Tzipi Livni demanded that the conference's closing statement mention a nation-state solution, a formulation meant to neutralize a Palestinian demand for refugees' right of return.

    However, the Bush administration accepted the Palestinian objection that the issue should be subject to negotiation. The PLO leadership also told the United States that it supported unequivocally the Saudi peace initiative that includes a clause in favor of a just and agreed-on solution to the refugee problem in keeping with U.N. Resolution 194.

    That resolution calls for the right of refugees to return at the earliest practicable date and compensation for those who choose not to return. The Arab League meeting last month appended a comment to its closing statement that its initiative does not include the right of return for refugees.

    A few weeks before Yasser Arafat died in 2004, he told Haaretz that he understood that Israel is a Jewish state. However, he said on a number of occasions that official recognition by the PLO of this fact would hurt the status and feelings of the Palestinian minority in Israel. He said it was not the Palestinians' business to define the identity of another country"

    Looks like the anti semites are moving right along to introduce Israel to reality.

  25. Query
    April 19, 2009, 4:04 am

    Are white gentiles a people?

  26. American
    April 19, 2009, 4:15 am

    Just the begining. Before Isr-Pal is ever settled we will be watching another tale of Jewish history. Another blacklash against the Jews, this time in the US, that the zionist will say was all about anti semitism directed at totally innocent jews, not what the Jews have done to undermine America for the foreign and rouge state of Israel.
    The protest againt Vietnam started on college campuses,the protest against SA aparthied started at colleges campuses, the civil rights movements gathered students from colleges. It will eventually drift from the colleges into the political arena.

    April 17, 2009

    Campus Strife Over Israel Sparks Mobilization

    New York
    Ben Harris
    JTA Wire Service

    At York University in Toronto, a group of students had to be escorted from the Hillel office by campus police after a threatening mob shouting anti-Semitic and anti-Israel slogans gathered outside.

    At New York University, a group of students occupied a campus building and issued a series of demands that included measures supportive of the Palestinians. Similar demands were issued by students during a demonstration at the University of Rochester.

    And at San Jose State University in California, Israel’s consul general had to be escorted from a lecture hall by security officials after audience members grew agitated.

    These are a few of the incidents that have galvanized Jewish organizations that say the climate on campus is unlike anything they have ever seen. The organizations note particularly the physical threats to and intimidation of Jewish and pro-Israel students.

    “Jewish students are not comfortable and they’re not feeling secure,” Daniel Ferman, president of the York Hillel, said. “But I think most importantly though, they’re not happy with the situation. I think they’re disappointed that there hasn’t been more action. The university administration needs to take responsibility for its campus and ensure that it’s a safe environment for all students.”

    Compared to the animus frequently directed toward Israelis in Europe, where calls for academic and cultural boycotts have become routine and even sports competitions involving Israelis attract scores of rock-throwing protesters—the situation at American campuses is relatively tame. But those involved in pro-Israel activism at U.S. colleges remain concerned that the situation is worsening, with rhetoric and tactics once thought rare in North America gaining increasing traction.

    “The level of activity and nature of activity in three specific areas is measurably different in kind, not merely degree, from what we’ve seen before,” said Wayne Firestone, president of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.

    Firestone said the three areas are academic hostility toward Israel, physical intimidation, and activities similar or related to Israel Apartheid Week, the annual weeklong festival of anti-Israel events that just finished its fifth year.

    “There are a couple of things that make this rise unique and worrisome in my eyes,” said David Harris, director of the Israel on Campus Coalition, a partnership featuring nearly three dozen Jewish organizations. “One is that we’re seeing anti-Israel activity on campuses like Cornell and Queens College that have not for years seen meaningful anti-Israel activity.”

    A second trend Harris noted is “confrontational and physically harassing tactics in campus and the spread of uncivil dialogue on the West Coast and moving eastward.”

    California campuses have long been a source of concern for the pro-Israel community.

    At the University of California, Irvine, pro-Israel students have accused the administration of being unresponsive to acts of physical harassment and intimidation. The Zionist Organization of America offered complaints on their behalf to the U.S. Department of Education.

    The University of California, Berkeley, with its storied history of campus political activism, also has been a hotbed of anti-Israel agitation.
    “It’s not just about Israel, it’s just about Judaism in general a lot of the time,” said John Moghtader, 21, a Cal junior from Los Altos, Calif., and the president of Tikvah, a pro-Israel student group.

    In February, Moghtader was the the target of a rare and highly controversial vote to determine if he should be recalled from his student Senate seat. The recall, which reportedly cost the Associated Students of the University of California $25,000, was described by the editorial board of the student newspaper as “a politically motivated effort that, if successful, would set a dangerous precedent for the student government.”

    Supporters of the recall countered that campus police recommended Moghtader be charged with a hate crime after a November incident in which he allegedly assaulted several pro-Palestinian students, an allegation he denies. Preliminary results show the recall proposition passed by a comfortable margin.

    Moghtader said that his friends who wear yarmulkes “don’t feel safe.”

    “They get glared at by people in [Students for Justice in Palestine] who know who whey are,” he said. “It’s not a comfortable atmosphere. If you’re a Jew who supports Israel at all, you’re setting yourself up for an extreme amount of hostility.”

    The campus situation has caught the attention of a number of Jewish groups. The David Project for Jewish Leadership, the Anti-Defamation League, Stand With Us, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Hillel have launched separate efforts to support Jewish students and counter pro-Palestinian activity on campus.

    Most of the efforts focus on providing educational materials and other resources to enable Jewish students to counter the anti-Israel messaging.

    The David Project has trained student leaders and activists, helped organize speakers and panel discussions, and dispatched campus coordinators to assist students in responding to pro-Palestinian activity. The Israel on Campus Coalition, which was founded in 2002 to respond to the rise in anti-Israel activities following the outbreak of the second intifada, prefers a similarly non-confrontational approach, focusing on positive messaging about Israel.

    Harris pointed to a “terrific innovative example” at the University of Florida in which a student organized a technology garden, in partnership with several campus groups and supported with a coalition grant, that showcased Israeli contributions to desert agriculture.

    But Jon Loew, the founder of the pro-Israel Fuel For Truth, which operates extensively on campus through its Old Skool program, said the nature and volume of the requests his group receives demands a more aggressive response.

    “Jews on campus are going to continue to be picked on until the Jews on campus give them a reason to think twice about picking on them,” Loew said. “The aggressive protests that are being organized by our enemies need to be met with an equal or greater response from our side. I’d like to see an alternative suggestion by any other member of our community.”

    Following the incident at the Hillel office at York, Firestone wrote to the university president, Mamdouh Shoukri, asking him to take disciplinary action against the students involved and ensure the safety of the Hillel office. Shoukri has not responded to the letter, but the university has fined Hillel and another pro-Israel group, Hasbara Fellowship, for disrupting classes during a rally held the day after the incident at the Hillel office.

    In general, Firestone said, university administrations generally understand the situation.

    “I think, as a general matter, this is an issue that at least in the U.S., that university presidents get,” Firestone said. “They can make mistakes. Nobody can anticipate in advance somebody doing something unpredictable or the like. But I think that the universities are going to need to watch in a way that they haven’t watched in the past if these types of activities continue.”

    Anna Kolodner, the David Project executive director, said that university administrations are not enforcing their policies on civil discourse.
    “In many cases they’ve been silent,” Kolodner said. “They are not adhering to their own policies about protecting students.

    “I think the situation is getting out of hand. I think very soon we’re going to see physical activity unlike we’ve seen before.”

  27. Richard Witty
    April 19, 2009, 4:24 am

    There is a parallel phenomena on the left that contrasts with the accusation of PEP, and that is PEI (progressive except for Israel).

    That refers to the willingness to suspend inquiry or civil or human rights to Israeli civilians on the basis of "Israel is the Goliath".

    So, the left approves of malicious content and malicious method in dealing with anyone that bears any sympathy for Israel or Israeli civilians.

    You saw race in the cover. I saw intimidation.

    Please don't tell me that intimidation is just, progressive. And please don't tell me that the phrase "Zionism is racism" is more true than the phrase "anti-Zionism is racism".

    PEI.

  28. IDF
    April 19, 2009, 4:51 am

    Gee, Witty–imagine how you'd quake if you lived in Gaza.

  29. LD
    April 19, 2009, 5:04 am

    Anti-Zionism ISN'T racism Witty. Because Zionism is just radical nationalism.

  30. Eva Smagacz
    April 19, 2009, 5:18 am

    Intimidation?

    Lets compare degrees of intimidation:

  31. Matt
    April 19, 2009, 6:13 am

    Thanks to the efforts of the SPLC, Blacks in Amerika are doing so well, no one even thinks of them anymore. Why there is even a black President and he is part Jewish. A perfect world thanks to the SPLC.

  32. LD
    April 19, 2009, 7:06 am

    We have to constantly compare in every sense.

    That's the only way to respond to apologists and LIARS like Witless.

  33. Chris Berel
    April 19, 2009, 7:22 am

    Keep comparing. It's great to find you lose every time, LD>

  34. Richard Witty
    April 19, 2009, 7:24 am

    Crimes are committed when people feel that they are too good to be subject to any scrutiny.

    PEI is a dangerous slant. Willing to harm, in their protest of harm.

  35. Laurie
    April 19, 2009, 7:27 am

    The SPLC hasn't change a bit. They have always been about encouraging discord between people. Keep the masses fearful of each other, assign an oppressed and an oppressor, name your enemy and the elite will keep control. The way to judge the true intent of an organization is to look for consistency. Do they apply their 'values' across the board to all situations? Is their administration transparent? The SPLC fails miserably.

  36. LeaNder
    April 19, 2009, 7:31 am

    Kenneth S. Stern, Antisemitism Today. The book is freely available online as pdf.file.

    You saw race in the cover. I saw intimidation.

    Yes, we face two diametrically opposed conspiracy tales. One the old one, two, the opposing the pan-Islamist, or Bush administration's conspiracy countertale. Based on "academics" like Laurie Mylroie

    That is the most fascinating part of the story, I think.

    The Arabs are threatening and want to take over the West.

  37. Laurie
    April 19, 2009, 7:38 am

    Posted by: American | April 19, 2009 at 04:15 AM – I wonder how many gentile students, who do not have a David project to record and amplify threats, have been threatened by pro-Israeli students? My under graduate daughter had her life threatened by a male Jewish graduate student because she handed out information from a Palestinian organization. We are so accustom to hearing the Jewish victim meme that we fail to consider the reverse.

  38. Saleema
    April 19, 2009, 8:49 am

    Witty is getting desperate–PEI? LOL

  39. anon 0
    April 19, 2009, 9:01 am

    "Wait, what the hell do these generic Arabs have to do with anti-Semitism today?"

    arabs/palestinians are the semites. the jews are the anti semites and the anti humans.

    "…It(Palestine – 5ds) is a living country. Palestinians are her soul… To love a country and wish away her inhabitants is a kind of necrophiliac's romance." – Israel Shamir, Flowers of Galilee

    5ds

  40. LD
    April 19, 2009, 9:18 am

    Spoken like a true racist.

    Nazis often ridicule Jews as being hook-nosed, hairy, fat and ugly.

    Nazi Israelis often ridicule Arabs as being unattractive as well.

    There is no difference between radical German Nationalism and radical Jewish Nationalism.

    Both are pure evil.

  41. Joshua
    April 19, 2009, 9:40 am

    LD,

    Most forms (if not all forms) of "radical" nationalism are quite ugly but not entirely incarnate evil (if there is such as a thing in today's world).

    Now I haven't read this book (nor do I really care to), but on cursory glance it would seem to equate plenty of Arab grievances with just pure unalderated anti-Semitism. Secondly, the cover is for superficial purposes (who is most likely identified with anti-Semitism: George Tenet or pissed off Arabs?) so it is a cover for sales purposes (mostly). Thirdly, it's a charge that is so easily attributed to Arabs and Muslims (sometimes with good reason) that maybe on first look at a rally for Palestinian rights is seen as anti-Semitic and this book could help explain where roots took form in the Arab world if one were to read it (I don't know if it did but maybe it would be a wakeup call to those who aren't familiar with the subject and who always say that the Arabs are pissed off at Israel because they're anti-Semites.). Lastly, because they can get away with publishinig a book cover like this (I don't see them laying charges of anti-Semitism of some of the biggest backers of Israel today. Put them on a cover.).

  42. Richard Witty
    April 19, 2009, 10:07 am

    PEI is relevant.

    There are too many that apologize for terror in the name of progressive values.

    And, too many that apologize for the racist view that Jews are not a people, and therefore deserve the right to self-govern.

    It is an entirely independant question from issues surrounding the West Bank and Gaza.

    Are you objecting to the inference that the largest part of current anti-semitism resides among Arabs and Palestinian Arabs over say skinheads or David Duke?

    Or, some implied inference that all Arabs are hotheaded fanatics, by the cover?

  43. stevieb
    April 19, 2009, 10:09 am

    Witty, you are an absolute disgrace.

    You are not a progressive voice on I/P.

    You are a unapologetic supporter of fascist Israel.

    And that's all that you are.

  44. cooper
    April 19, 2009, 10:36 am

    Phil, why do you have so little knowledge and understanding of the SPLC? For a media type who portrays himself as an inside player with cultural and political savvy, you sure get taken in quite frequently by these left-leaning groups. Seems that all they have to do is claim an antiracist position and you're slobbering all over.

    The SPLC is first, a fundraising machine and, second, a hate group. The second function feeds the first. Please check out their ratings with any of the nonprofit monitoring organizations. Dees and the SPLC have been outed as frauds and have fallen short of even the most forgiving standards set by those groups.

    For such an outspoken activist, Phil, you sure have your head buried in the sand quite firmly.

  45. JES
    April 19, 2009, 10:49 am

    Morris Dees's and The Southern Poverty Law Center's collapse just shows once again how visionary and courageous Phil and Adam are.

    Bullshit! They (especially Phil Weiss judging by the sheer volume of his tirades here) are simply obsessive critics of Israel or anything Zionist. (As, judging by the number of ad hominem attacks here, are the majority of their "readers".) Susie, Phil and Adam: Get a life! As a progressive (yes, I do consider myself progressive – perhaps more so than some of the thugs you guys hang around with) Israeli, I can say that, frankly, I don't give a damn.

    How anyone could call Hamas a "progressive" movement is beyond me. Personally, I would have chosen a photo of a hooded Hamas member for the cover to get the point across more clearly.

    My under graduate daughter had her life threatened by a male Jewish graduate student because she handed out information from a Palestinian organization.

    Good for you Laurie. So, you're basing your opinions of Israel and Zionism on a single anecdote. There's a name for that. My two daughters have had their lives threatened for simply breathing.

    Nazis often ridicule Jews as being hook-nosed, hairy, fat and ugly.

    Nazi Israelis often ridicule Arabs as being unattractive as well.

    Sure LD. And Arabs and Muslims often ridicule Jews using the same charicatures. So, what's your point?

  46. Richard Witty
    April 19, 2009, 11:46 am

    I'm one accused of PEP.

    Its entirely INNACCURATE. I support the peaceful, persistent, dissenting effort to humanize the Palestinians in the minds of Israelis, American Jews, even dissenters (for many of whom they are a function more than actual people). And, I advocate for the green line as border, for the color-blind application of law.

    To apply democratic values inconsistently, PEI (progressive except for Israel and Israelis), is an important assertion.

    Progressive IN Israel, Progressive IN Palestine, are more relevant terms.

  47. LD
    April 19, 2009, 12:29 pm

    JES's comments on Phil and Adam – specifically characterizing the commentary as 'tirades' and the tone as 'obsessive' is inanely idiotic.

    JES's post is like someone responding to criticism of Israel by saying:

    "Why you gotta be hatin'?"

    You're infantile, JES.

    Obsessive? Please explain both why we should care whether someone is obsessive about a historical/political/world issue and what exactly the criteria for being 'obsessive' within this context IS?

    If I'm a sports writer, and I write only about sports, am I obsessive? Or is it my job to write about these things? Or perhaps I love sports and so I write about sports?

    Perhaps someone can enjoy or CARE about politics and hence, will WRITE about politics only?

    JES reduces this debate and Phil's commentary to Middle-School level intellectualism.

    No SHIT people may be obsessed. But this is not gossip. This is not "obsession" in the same sense someone can be "obsessed" with a celebrity culture or something else so trite.

    This is history/politics/etc. Of course people will focus on this stuff exclusively.

    You make it seem as tho there is some sort of number of criticisms that someone should make about a given entity – whether it be countries/people/etc.

    The level of stupidity is astonishing. Of course you do not even mean what you say. It's just another pathetic tactic. You're in retreat – just like the other Zionists. They resort to canards or obfuscation. You personify Israel as if it were some celebrity and everyone's obsessed with who he/she is dating. Or what new gown it wore to some award show.

    No, 'obsession' is irrelevant. Everyone is obsessed.

  48. tree
    April 19, 2009, 12:34 pm

    Witty,

    YOU "apply democratic values inconsistently". You are a poster-boy for PEI. You see nothing undemocratic about a "Jewish" state that treats 20-some % of its population, its non-Jewish citizens, as less important than Jews in other countries. It discriminates against and oppresses its non-Jewish minority. If the roles were reversed, and Israel was a "Muslim" or "Christian" state that discriminated and oppressed its Jewish minority you'd be up in arms about it, instead of apologizing for and rationalising it.

    You are much more lenient towards Israel's shortcomings as a democracy than you would be towards any country that discriminates against Jews. THAT's "Progressive Except for Israel". Until you can get over that, and judge Jews and non-Jews by the same standard, you won't be able to convince anyone here that what you have to say has any real meaning or depth.

  49. JES
    April 19, 2009, 12:42 pm

    Tell me Tree, in what ways does Israel oppress its Arab minority?

  50. David Green
    April 19, 2009, 12:55 pm

    link to counterpunch.org

    Alexander Cockburn and others at Counterpunch (above) have been on to Dees for years. This is nothing new. He's a liberal opportunist who is about fund-raising, not principles. I'm not as hard on Chip Berlet and his gang, but it's clear who can go there, and who cannnot, and he can't. Let's not forget that Zionist racism is as much liberal racism as anything else.

  51. tbow002
    July 26, 2009, 2:21 pm

    Israel was supposed to be a sanctuary for those persecuted in WWII. It was NOT meant as an EXPANDING Jewish-only colony (Ever expanding West Bank settlements) pushing Arab’s out of their homes, and showing aggression towards its neighboring Arab and Muslim countries. (at the expense of U S taxpayers)

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