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Len Kaminsky wrote this letter to the Miami Herald. I know it’s not getting anything like the publicity of Peter Beinart’s op-ed in the Times, but give it up to Kaminsky, for helping to wake up Americans:

Israeli oppression, occupation and denial of human rights for Palestinians are not treated with the same sympathy as the treatment of Israel. To portray Israelis as having their lives disrupted by the threat of rocket attacks and sirens warning them to run for cover simply ignores reality.

Every day Palestinian lives are threatened by Israeli bombs, soldiers and silent drone attacks with no warning whatsoever. Yet these attacks do not make for sympathetic articles on Palestinians who are constantly dehumanized, killed, maimed and bombed.

I am Jewish and anti-Zionist and feel that it’s time that unbiased and fair articles are published about the Zionist state of Israel.

Len Kaminsky, co-chairman, South Florida Boycott, Divest and Sanction, Surfside

And there is this response that appeared yesterday to Peter Beinart’s New York Times op-ed on boycotting the settlements:

To the Editor:

Peter Beinart sees an absence of democracy in the occupied territories, and contrasts that with the situation in Israel proper. The contrast is an illusion.

Israeli law treats Jewish and non-Jewish citizens differently in important areas like the process of obtaining citizenship, state spending on education and infrastructure, who can live and build in East Jerusalem, and who is required to serve in the military. Israel is, after all, a Jewish state.

But such a state cannot be a democracy. Sooner or later, Israelis will have to choose between ethnic privilege or a state that recognizes the equality of all of its citizens before the law. As an American Jew, I hope that they will choose democracy.

New York, March 19, 2012

Jesse, get in touch, write for us!

(headline h/t Letters of Note)

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/03/19/2702697/two-sides-in-mideast.html#storylink=cpy
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  1. seafoid
    March 21, 2012, 9:33 am

    Any honest analysis of where this comes from has to look at how Israel treats the violent deaths of Jews and the whole framework of what Israel decides is “antisemitism”.


    The chief rabbi broke down in tears as he vowed that there would be vengeance for their deaths; that God will avenge their deaths. During his speech there were wails from the crowd.”

    “The Jewish people face wild and insatiable animals, wild animals made crazy by their hatred,” the speaker of parliament, Reuben Rivlin, said in a eulogy at the burial site.”

    It seems to me that Israel has a massive problem with the concept of justice and that hysteria and wanton cruelty are poor substitutes.

    • Terryscott
      March 21, 2012, 10:36 am

      Fascinating comment, Seafood. So if a screaming 8 year old girl chased in a courtyard in provincial France and pinned against a wall, and shot in the head by a man who chose her because she was Jewish, if that doesn’t meet with your standards of “antisemitism,” then how would you characterize this act? An unfortunate coincidence? A rational response to discriminatory laws in a country 1400 miles away?

      • edward
        March 21, 2012, 11:52 am

        What you like to call “discriminatory laws” is a an oxymoron. Either law applies to all or it doesn’t. Quite a large number of Jewish people have trouble seeing how laws that apply to Jews could also apply to “animals” as the Speaker refers to them.

        We are living out the consequences of the Jewish refusal to abandon the hope that the abominations will be removed and the false gods (i.e. those worshipped by the other 99+ % of humanity) exterminated.

        If the Speaker had an ounce of self-consciousness, he would realize that he and every Zionist that ever walked the face of the earth are making it unlivable not just for 8-year olds in Toulouse, not just the hundreds killed in Gaza, the thousands in Iraq and the long-desired millions of Iran. Plus all the children of Israel.

        You choose to worship an obsolete ideology with the built-in virtue of explaining its failures as further justification. More extreme repression does indeed generate more extreme reaction, at least among humans. Your case makes itself.

        But before you detonate the ultimate self-deafening charge of anti-semitism, consider this. Anti-semitism is a PRE-judice. That means an opinion formed *before* encounter with the facts. When the only way we can avoid seeing the facts is through heavy-handed censorship at Youtube, that describes something completely different.

      • CigarGod
        March 21, 2012, 11:55 am

        The Rabbi was talking about the Palestinian people.
        Your example talks about an individual.
        You should know the difference and the flaw in your argument.

      • seafoid
        March 21, 2012, 12:43 pm


        TBH it looks like the coming together of 2 problems that by now are out of control. The war against terror in Afghanistan and the ongoing occupation of the Palestinian territories.

        The killer said he wanted to avenge the deaths of Gazan kids. He had been to Afghanistan.

        These murders are clearly antisemitic but slagging off Israel isn’t.
        May the dead rest in peace.

      • Cliff
        March 21, 2012, 12:50 pm

        Hi Terryscott:

        It was a Kahane disciple, Dr. Baruch Goldstein from the neighboring Qiryat Arba settlement, who killed at least 40 Palestinians in Hebron on Friday by opening fire with an automatic rifle as they knelt in prayer at a shrine held holy by both Muslims and Jews.

        Dr. Goldstein, who was finally overcome and beaten to death by the worshipers, was buried today in Qiryat Arba after a funeral service in which some mourners praised him as a hero and a righteous man. His grave was said to be temporary, and there are plans to move him to the Jewish cemetery in Hebron when tensions ease. Arabs Denigrated at Funeral

        “One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail,” Rabbi Yaacov Perrin said in a eulogy. At the service in Jerusalem, attended by 300 people, one man shouted, “We are all Goldstein,” an opinion echoed across Qiryat Arba by neighbors who said variously that they approved of his attack on the Arabs or at the least could not judge him.


      • American
        March 21, 2012, 1:48 pm

        Revenge is never rational, it’s emotional. But zio Israelis have no room to talk, being whacko militant and primitive ethno centrics themselves, which isn’t rational either.

  2. seafoid
    March 21, 2012, 10:05 am

    Maybe the palestinians need a concept that equates with Israel’s “antisemitism” for irrational and hate driven murder of Palestinian civilians. They could even ratchet it beyond that and include a term for the systematic real time dehumanisation of the entire Palestinian people .

    Here’s Bibi with more hatred


    Netanyahu expressed his appreciation of French President Sarkozy and the French government’s actions, and went on to say that “the struggle against terrorism requires more clarity.” “Terrorism is an attack systematically directed against civilians, a deliberate attack against children. There is a fundamental difference between a deliberate attack against civilians and unintentional damage to civilians as part of a legitimate fight against terrorism. If we do not make that distinction, if we allow the acceptance of such false definition, the terrorists have won,” the prime minister said. ”

    It’s not about “terrorists winning”. It’s about Israel shooting itself in the foot. And losing the moral argument. Over and over.

    • CigarGod
      March 21, 2012, 12:01 pm

      “…unintentional damage to civilians as part of a legitimate fight against terrorism.”

      Nice attempt at a blanket immunization. I assume this covers mistakes and the odd IDF soldier who runs amok….since they would be part of the legit. fight.

    • American
      March 21, 2012, 1:50 pm

      “and unintentional damage to civilians as part of a legitimate fight against terrorism. ”

      LOL, that doesn’t pass the laugh test when coming from Netanyahu.

  3. eljay
    March 21, 2012, 10:35 am

    Kudos to Messrs. Kaminsky and Larner. I wonder if the Jewish state will move to excommunicate them for their moral stands.

  4. Kathleen
    March 21, 2012, 10:36 am

    More light. And in South Florida

  5. American
    March 21, 2012, 1:39 pm

    Good for Kaminsky and Larner!
    Maybe they will start some de-tox centers in their areas for those not yet rehabiliated from ziocaine.

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