Yeshiva U panel concludes Israel and Jews face destruction from: Iran, assimilation and occupation critics

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The right-wing crew assembled at Yeshiva University last night didn’t definitively answer the question that brought them there: “Will Jews Exist?” But what did emerge in spades was a ton of handwringing over Jewish assimilation, the “existential threat” Iran posed and Israel’s image on college campuses–along with Sheldon Adelson’s pronouncements that the Palestinians are not a people (see the video above).

The neoconservative columnist Bret Stephens, casino mogul Adelson and Yeshiva University president Richard Joel were brought to the stage by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and his organization This World. A consensus emerged that the future wasn’t too bright for Jews: Iran could wipe out Israel, assimilation was killing off American Jewry and the Jewish state was losing the battle for the hearts and minds of young Americans. Joel came off as the moderate on the panel, though with the likes of Adelson and Stephens, that’s a low bar.

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Where they differed was on what could be done to arrest the tide of destruction hurtling towards Jews–and whether Benjamin Netanyahu would strike Iran.

Boteach kicked off the conversation by evoking what he saw as a dire threat from Iran, a state developing a “nuclear weapon,” according to the celebrity rabbi. Both Stephens and Adelson responded with harsh criticisms of the Obama administration, with Stephens saying that Israel has walked into a trap by working to placate the U.S. over Iran instead of taking unilateral action. The Wall Street Journal writer said that those who favor diplomacy with Iran are “objectively fellow travelers with the most oppressive regime in the world today.” (With analysis like that, no wonder Boteach kept talking up the Wall Street Journal writer as a Pulitzer Prize winner.) The right-wing casino mogul admitted that he didn’t know the difference between a Shia and Sunni before launching into his own religious analysis of Islam that he said showed Iran would not to hesitate to wipe out the Jews.

Adelson was convinced that Netanyahu would strike Iran if that’s what the situation called for, while Stephens was skeptical.

The high-strung anxiety really got started when Boteach moved the panel discussion to the recent Pew survey on Jewish life, which showed growing levels of intermarriage and decreasing participation in liberal Jewish denominations. “We in the United States of America don’t seem to need a Rouhani bomb to devastate [the Jewish community.] We’re doing a very fine job of that ourselves,” said Boteach. He later told the audience that one factor leading to assimilation is that Jews are so accepted in society today, as opposed to when anti-Semitism forced Jews to assert a strong identity.

The Yeshiva University president suggested that the “problem of assimilation starts at home,” and said that Birthright trips–which Adelson funds–are an important way to get young Jews more attached to their religion and Israel. Boteach responded with more anxiety, and said that the solution was to bring Judaism to the mainstream rather than solely focusing on attracting Jews to organizations like Hillel, which Joel used to run. The rabbi, who has close ties to Cory Booker and Samantha Power, then turned to Adelson to say that he had the power to “shape” the future of the Jewish people–and asked him about what could be done to stop the downward slope Jewry was on.

The casino mogul took the conversation to Israel, a country the panelists–especially Stephens–said is critical to the maintenance of Jewish identity. “As long as there’s Israel, super-secular Jews like me have a locus of pride,” Stephens, a Pulitzer Prize winner, said.

Adelson thinks the answer is throwing more money at the problem of Israel’s worsening image. He said that the “cavalry” was coming in the form of a new “propaganda” organization he and his wife have funded, Rethink Israel (whose domain name was registered by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, as reporter Eli Clifton pointed out). The website, meant to showcase America’s and Israel’s shared values, features information on how Israel has free wi-fi, gay pride rallies and a television show for dogs. The 80-year-old Adelson said the point is to make Israel “cool” again.

But Boteach and Stephens were more worried about Israel’s critics winning the battle at U.S. universities. Stephens said that there was “Jewish guilt” over the situation for Palestinians and that Jews were among the most articulate critics of Israel. But he said that Israel’s “enemies” on college campuses like Columbia could not be won over, and that Israel should focus on a country like China to win new allies, relaying a story about how a Chinese person told him how Jews were the smartest people in the world. Boteach sharply disagreed. The rabbi said that advocates for Israel needed to fight on campus against a growing boycott, divestment and sanctions movement because society’s movers and shakers come out of elite colleges.

Boteach also wrung his hands about Israel’s “brain drain.” But when it came down to the one thing Israel could do that would improve its image–reaching a deal with the Palestinians–the panelists rejected the idea. Stephens said that the Gaza withdrawal showed that a Palestinian state would be disastrous for Israel and said that there shouldn’t be a two-state solution until the Palestinians adopt liberal values. Adelson took the opportunity to go on a rant about how the Palestinians are not a people and that they’re really “southern Syrians.” He was greeted with applause. And the president of Yeshiva University said that Adelson and Stephens made “cogent” comments.

By the end of the night, the conversation circled back to Iran. Before everyone left, a Yeshiva University professor closed out the panel by listing 15 reasons why Iran is a threat to Western civilization. As for the question, “Will Jews Exist?” it seems they thought the answer is maybe not–unless Adelson’s money can turn the tide.

Editor’s note: Watch video from the same panel where Sheldon Adelson called for firing an atomic weapon aimed at Iran.

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  1. William Burns
    October 23, 2013, 2:09 pm

    Iran is the most oppressive regime in the world today? Kim Jong Un is going to be so disappointed.

  2. Justpassingby
    October 23, 2013, 2:24 pm

    These kind of sick warmongers raise antisemitism with this ugly talk.

    • Bumblebye
      October 23, 2013, 6:29 pm

      But Rabbi S(&)M *wants* it desperately! He hates assimilation:

      “He later told the audience that one factor leading to assimilation is that Jews are so accepted in society today, as opposed to when anti-Semitism forced Jews to assert a strong identity.”

      • Tobias
        October 23, 2013, 7:34 pm

        So the greatest threat is an absence of threat. Oh to be unloved.

      • RoHa
        October 23, 2013, 8:29 pm

        “He later told the audience that one factor leading to assimilation is that Jews are so accepted in society today, as opposed to when anti-Semitism forced Jews to assert a strong identity.”

        See! We anti-Semites are good for the Jews!

      • Talkback
        October 24, 2013, 8:38 am

        RoHa says: “See! We anti-Semites are good for the Jews!”

        Hertzl was planning on that.

      • pabelmont
        October 24, 2013, 9:14 am

        No, rabbi, you’ve got it wrong. It is two factors, not one.

        The first factor is, let’s say, the public’s easy acceptance of Jews today in all walks of life , even banking (remember the slurs against Jewish bankers of 1940s?) (except perhaps the still-biased hard-labor sector where some people can be found who HATE Jews, Catholics, Blacks, etc. — or at least it was that was in the 1950s when I briefly worked a low-level job).

        But the second and very important factor is that there is no longer any attraction to Judaism-as-practiced. (This affects many Protestants, too). Judaism-as-practiced has degenerated, for the most part, into Idol-worship, the idols being The Holocaust ™ and Israel ™. And, as we know here on this web-site, the Idol of Israel ™ is a false idol — that is falsely described, worshipped AS an idol rather than respected as an accurately-observed reality.

        GOLIATH (Max Blumenthal’s recent book) can help with the reality question — but only if people read it, and a few REVIEWS in MSM would help there. (Unlikely to happen. “The truth hurts” could never be a truer aphorism.)

        If the rabbi wishes to avoid assimilation, he must address the problem of making Judaism attractive. Cannot be done when it is reduced to Israel-worship and Holocaust-worship.

    • Mayhem
      October 23, 2013, 8:08 pm

      @Justpassingby, to ever accuse the victim of causing the hater to be anti-semitic is pure anti-semitism. This is like saying to the woman who has been raped that she got her comeuppance because she was flaunting her sexuality.

      • Justpassingby
        October 24, 2013, 4:59 am

        I dont expect pro-israelis to admit that, your approval of this statement by Adelson says it all. Go cry somewhere else.

      • RoHa
        October 24, 2013, 6:52 am

        ” to ever accuse the victim of causing the hater to be anti-semitic is pure anti-semitism. ”

        Exactly. Jewish actions are always benign. Nothing Jews do, collectively or individually, could cause people to dislike them.

      • Talkback
        October 24, 2013, 8:41 am

        Mayhem: “@Justpassingby, to ever accuse the victim of causing the hater to be anti-semitic is pure anti-semitism.”

        I agree when it comes to antisemitism. But I don’t agree when it comes to hatred against Jews, because of what they do to Palestinians. Allthough this is unfair against Jews as such.

    • yrn
      October 24, 2013, 3:34 am

      @Justpassingby – Same as women in bikinis raise rape.
      I bet you blame the women.

      • Justpassingby
        October 24, 2013, 5:00 am

        Urging genocide with nuclear weapons is the same as women in bikinis?

        Work on that hasbara.

  3. eljay
    October 23, 2013, 2:46 pm

    >> “We’re doing a very fine job of that ourselves,” said Boteach. He later told the audience that one factor leading to assimilation is that Jews are so accepted in society today, as opposed to when anti-Semitism forced Jews to assert a strong identity.

    Sucks to be accepted in – and to become a part of – “un-Chosen” society, eh, Shmuley? It must make you yearn for the good ol’ days, when Jews were hated and an oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist “Jewish State” could more easily be justified!

    >> The 80-year-old Adelson said the point is to make Israel “cool” again.

    Secular, democratic, egalitarian, law-abiding, obligation-honouring, accountable and peace-seeking is just so boring and un-cool. :-(

    Oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist “Jewish State”: Yeah, baby, yeah!! Now THAT’S a good time just waiting to happen! :-)

    Adelson is a hateful and immoral Zio-supremacist.

    • piotr
      October 24, 2013, 12:33 am

      I guess the panel did a lot to decrease the level of acceptance to more acceptable levels.

      • pabelmont
        October 24, 2013, 9:19 am

        piotr — CUTE! But of course, few people of any persuasion saw this event. — Peter

    • Mayhem
      October 24, 2013, 8:50 am

      @eljay, do you subscribe to the bash-the-brain theory that if you use the term ‘supremacist’ in every single anti-Zionist post you make that will persuade others to believe it is pertinent?

      • eljay
        October 24, 2013, 10:34 am

        >> @eljay, do you subscribe to the bash-the-brain theory that if you use the term ‘supremacist’ in every single anti-Zionist post you make that will persuade others to believe it is pertinent?

        I use the term supremacist and supremacism because they are accurate descriptors – of Israel and Adelson, in this case; and of Zionism in general.

        When Israel ceases to be a supremacist “Jewish State”, I will stop referring to it as a supremacist “Jewish State”. I promise.

        When Adelson ceases to be a Zio-supremacist, I will stop referring to him as a Zio-supremacist. I promise.

  4. Krauss
    October 23, 2013, 2:49 pm

    The Chinese obsession with Jews is a funny thing. One story I’ve heard from a Jewish friend – this sounds so surreal I sometimes doubt it is true, but given the volume I’ve heard of similar stories it just might be – is about how he came into China a few years ago on a study trip. He mostly stayed around Beijing but got a visit by a Jewish friend from the States. He had gotten to know a family which lived close by and suddenly got an invitation to a wedding. He was elated, he thought he was getting to know ‘real Chinese people’.

    It turned out, he and his friend(who was also invited) were both taken to that wedding for a simple reason. The family wanted to show the rest of their social circle that they had Jews as friends, which means they have been taught all the secrets of Jewish business acumen that is somehow inherently linked in Jewish DNA. The family got a lot of status from it, and my friend and his friend left feeling pimped because of their Jewishness.

    A lot of Chinese also think every single successful American is Jewish, it’s not uncommon to hear they speak of the “Jews” Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Warren Buffett in admiring terms. In addition there are a ton of books about Jews in China, how to be successful like Jews and so on. A lot of it is flattering on the surface, but if you scratch a little, there’s plenty of pretty standard anti-Semitic themes(although in an innocent way) running through. Jews are described as cunning, manipulate and so on. It’s described as positive, but still, the same old tropes.

    By the way, do you have the full event? Actually, I’d just like to see the video from their talk about assimilation if possible. The above video was only about Adelson ranting about Palestinians and nothing else, repeating the stuff he told Gingrich who then aped him in the Republican primaries last year. Will you put up a video about their talk about assimilation and/or the full video? I’d be great.

    • traintosiberia
      October 23, 2013, 7:18 pm

      Same in Nigeria and India. In India, the issues are presneted as succeessful Isreali assault on muslim terrorism that India should emulate. This is the reason – my enemy’enemy is my friend- has clearly grown eastablishing well susatined root among Hindu Rightwingers to media to the middle class . This adoration is reflected in constant high apporval Isreal generates in any opinion poll in India and Nigeria. India is the last place where one will hear about Iraq war and Isreal connection, Operation Cast lead, Isreali support to Egyptian military ( while decrying the military ) ,stoking fires to Syrian cauldron ( while all along decrying the Jihadist ) , lies on Iranain nuclear programme, or the power of the lobby to shape US polices. It is not that the media are not aware of the facts or that they dont have access. They have and they are in the know but they cherrypick the ME news just like FOX does .

  5. seanmcbride
    October 23, 2013, 2:54 pm

    The greatest threat facing contemporary Jews: the fusion of Judaism with Zionism (Jewish ethnic nationalism) and the association of Jews in the mind of the world with the policies, attitudes and methods of the Israeli government and the Israel lobby.

    I would love to see Adelson, Boteach, Stephens and Joel enter into a meaningful conversation on that subject — but it doesn’t seem likely — they are true believers whose minds have been swallowed whole by the ideology of Zionism — they can’t think outside that box.

    By the way, the anxiety being expressed here about “assimilation” has very much the tone and vibe of handwringing by white nativists and white nationalists about threats to their cultural identity and community.

    • pabelmont
      October 24, 2013, 9:22 am

      And handwringing by male-firsters. Never forget the now increasingly self-perceiving downtrodden male gender. Gaining unearned privilege is hard, but seeing it vanish is a tragedy.

  6. James Canning
    October 23, 2013, 2:57 pm

    I continue to be amazed by all the handwringing about “assimilation”.

    • seanmcbride
      October 23, 2013, 4:39 pm

      Shmuley Boteach makes it crystal clear above that Jews (according to him) *require* antisemitism to maintain their cultural cohesion and sense of identity and mission:

      He [Boteach] later told the audience that one factor leading to assimilation is that Jews are so accepted in society today, as opposed to when anti-Semitism forced Jews to assert a strong identity.

      The fundamental beliefs behind these thought processes — and their implications — should be obvious.

      One has seen this point of view expressed by many right-wing Zionists over the years.

    • john_manyjars
      October 23, 2013, 6:58 pm

      Didn’t another ‘chosen people’ rant on about the perils of assimilation, back, oh, in the late 30’s or so?

      Just pathetic. Adelson’s morals are as bad as his comb-over.

    • seafoid
      October 24, 2013, 4:41 am

      Why don’t they just change the rules about who qualifies as Jewish?

  7. K Renner
    October 23, 2013, 3:25 pm

    The stench that Adelson must leave behind wherever he goes, good god.

    Nothing surprising here- trying to incite a war against Iran and a thorough demonization of the Iranian people as a whole (no doubt criticizing the hypocrisy/apathy of the Israeli jewish establishment and their foreign appeasers would send these morons into a ludicrous, shrieking rage, with accusations of “demonization” and “anti Semitism” and so on), and blatant lies as far as the Palestinian people are concerned.

    Absolutely disgusting– but it does show how demented the “hard right” of the Zionist establishment is.

    • ziusudra
      October 23, 2013, 10:15 pm

      Greetings K Renner,
      When individuals have too much power over individuals or peoples,
      you sense the hubris & arrogance of such a person.
      On a scale of Observation, this Clown tops even our jawing & warring
      politico comedy duo Mad McCain & Sweet Graham!
      Take on his sardonic facial expression & you’ll sense his manifested pathology.
      ziusudra

  8. Balfour
    October 23, 2013, 3:44 pm

    “…fellow travelers…”?…that’s the proverbial pot calling the kettle black!

  9. FreddyV
    October 23, 2013, 3:45 pm

    Anyone need some Masada with their Matzos and Falafels?

    Crazy people……..

  10. seafoid
    October 23, 2013, 4:00 pm

    Obviously a war versus Iran will stop intermarriage.

  11. john_manyjars
    October 23, 2013, 6:56 pm

    The whole shebang reads like a National Socialist rally, circa 1938.

    Truly, they have become what they claim to fear.

  12. justicewillprevail
    October 23, 2013, 7:11 pm

    If you want a demonstration of the path down which isolation and segregation leads, then here it is. You make yourself apart, fear the other, cling to a simple-minded polar view of the world, define everybody else as always against you, then of course you are going to be driven to desperate methods and beliefs in order to sustain your rigid, inflexible and inadequate view of the world. Like a conference of King Canutes they rail against the tide coming towards them, proposing all manner of grotesque, gerrymandered schemes to halt it in its tracks. An ideology so rigid never lasts, events overtake it, people change and time leaves you stranded behind, fighting imaginary battles of the past. These people inhabit the zionism of the post WW2 world, keen to perpetuate and keep alive the trauma of that time as if that will inoculate them from any recognition of the reality which surrounds them and the consequences of that belief system. It seems impossible that they can understand that time has passed them by, the world is completely different, and by trying to fight wars with ghosts and figments of their imagination they are fulfilling exactly what they fear – irrelevance, and increasing opprobrium at what their actions and beliefs represent. No wonder their rhetoric becomes increasingly hysterical, as they realise that the tide and time is against them.

    • NickJOCW
      October 24, 2013, 8:18 am

      King Canute is a as misquoted as dear old Ahmadinejad. Oppressed by sycophants, the 10th century king of England and much of Scandinavia ordered the waves not to rise against their ruler, which of course they continued to do, as a compelling illustration of his good sense and the natural limits of any king’s ability

  13. Keith
    October 23, 2013, 7:21 pm

    ALEX KANE- “…assimilation was killing off American Jewry….”

    Interesting choice of words. Did an autopsy confirm the cause of death? Interesting logic, isn’t it? Jews equal tribalism therefore the demise of tribal solidarity equals the “death” of Jews. Of course, images of death appeal to the exploiters of the Holocaust. How much longer must we endure these fat-cat victims?

    • miriam6
      October 25, 2013, 5:59 pm

      Keith@;

      Jews equal tribalism therefore the demise of tribal solidarity equals the “death” of Jews.

      Judaism is a world religion of great significance , importance and meaning to many people – just as Islam / Christianity / Buddhism / Sikhism and Hinduism are.

      Yet you reserve your utterly disrespectful reduction to mere tribalism for the world faith of Judaism only.

      How disgraceful.

      Learn to tell the difference between Judaism and a political nationalist philosophy like Zionism.

      • Keith
        October 26, 2013, 11:16 am

        MIRIAM6- What is the purpose of your comment? Neither the article nor my comment refers to the Judaic religion. This discussion panel was not intended to promote Judaism, it was designed to promote Jewish tribalism and support for Israel. Your attempt to conflate my comment with disrespect for the Judaic religion is both clumsy and completely lacking in intellectual integrity.

      • talknic
        October 26, 2013, 12:00 pm

        miriam6 “Judaism is a world religion “

        Nonsense. Jews are less than 0.2% of the world population and not all Jews are religious

        “Learn to tell the difference between Judaism and a political nationalist philosophy like Zionism”

        Learn to comprehend what is written and learn to stop changing what has been said for what you need to have been said to construct deceit filled, crippled, little strawmen

      • seanmcbride
        October 26, 2013, 12:22 pm

        miriam6,

        Learn to tell the difference between Judaism and a political nationalist philosophy like Zionism.

        The contemporary worldwide Jewish religious establishment has promoted and engineered the full and seamless ideological fusion of Judaism with Zionism (Jewish ethnic nationalism).

        True or false? Your thoughts?

        Who is responsible for creating the impression that Judaism=Zionism? Antisemites?

      • Woody Tanaka
        October 26, 2013, 9:15 pm

        “Judaism is a world religion”

        No, it isn’t. It’s a fine religion, if one is into such things, but it’s a minor tribal religion. Two world religions arose from it, though.

      • miriam6
        October 28, 2013, 12:30 pm

        “Judaism is a world religion”

        You dispute it because you are ignorant.

        Google World Religions and you will find numerous inclusions of Judaism as a world religion

        Judaism is considered a smaller world religion, but it is considered significant because it has provided a historical and philosophical foundation for Islam and Christianity.

        link to worldreligionsinfo.weebly.com

        Of the major world religions, Judaism is considered one of the oldest monotheistic religions.Many aspects of Judaism have also directly or indirectly influenced secular Western ethics and civil law.

        link to en.wikipedia.org

        “It has been estimated that one-third of our Western civilization bears the marks of its Jewish ancestry…. The real impact of the ancient Jews lies in the extent to which Western civilization took over their angle of vision on the deepest questions life poses.” — Huston Smith, The World’s Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions

        link to religionfacts.com

        Great World Religions: Judaism

        link to thegreatcourses.com

  14. RoHa
    October 23, 2013, 8:44 pm

    And, of course, they spelled out in great detail why the disappearance of Jews as a separate group would be a Bad Thing for the world in general and Jews in particular, didn’t they?

    (War, Plague, Famine, etc…. Oh, just go to my profile and read the lot.)

  15. RoHa
    October 23, 2013, 8:45 pm

    “there shouldn’t be a two-state solution until the Palestinians adopt liberal values.”

    And what better environment for developing and adopting liberal values can there be than a brutal occupation?

    • K Renner
      October 24, 2013, 7:55 am

      That’s one of the older Zionist tricks– trying to pretend, and to lie to ignorant people, about how the Palestinians are all represented by the conservative Islamism of Hamas and that they’ve never been socio-politically diverse.
      To be fair to Hamas, they haven’t the worst aspects of some conservative Islamist groups– they’re certainly no takfiris or “salafi jihadis”.

      They apply this lie to the greater Arab-North African world as well, and run with it based off of the ignorance of the people they’re lying to.

      Your point is very accurate though– the Palestinians will have a hard time stabilizing and making their society more affluent when it is the Israelis who destabilize and steal and murder and do everything seemingly in their power to push down Palestinians at every turn.

      • NickJOCW
        October 24, 2013, 9:22 am

        But while the Israelis do all you rehearse above, is their oppression not, extending Boteach’s proposition, forging the Palestinians into a stronger and more coherent force.

      • RoHa
        October 24, 2013, 7:02 pm

        If I recall correctly the words of humanist who used to post here regularly, it gives them resilience and energy, so the oppression is good for them.

        Helps them to make better wheels.

      • K Renner
        October 25, 2013, 5:42 am

        Israeli actions and general oppressiveness towards Palestinians absolutely do make the Palestinians stronger in a sense and more determined to not give in, to resist.

        I was addressing the fact that it is hard for the Palestinians to have greater levels of societal stability, a more affluent way of living, when the Israelis seemingly do everything they can to disrupt/make miserable the lives of Palestinians at present.

  16. DICKERSON3870
    October 23, 2013, 10:07 pm

    RE: “The high-strung anxiety really got started when Boteach moved the panel discussion to the recent Pew survey on Jewish life . . . He later told the audience that one factor leading to assimilation is that Jews are so accepted in society today, as opposed to when anti-Semitism forced Jews to assert a strong identity.” ~ Alex Kane

    BOTEACH’S ‘GOOD OLD DAYS’ OF ANTI-SEMITSM, FROM WIKIPEDIA [J.B. Stoner]:

    (EXCERPTS) Jesse Benjamin “J.B.” Stoner (April 13, 1924 – April 23, 2005) was an American segregationist who was convicted in 1980 of the bombing in 1958 of the Bethel Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.[1]
    He was a founder and long-time chairman of the National States’ Rights Party and publisher of its newsletter, “The Thunderbolt”. Stoner unsuccessfully attempted to run as a Democrat for several political offices in order to promote his white supremacist agenda. . .
    . . . Stoner earned a law degree, and served as the attorney for James Earl Ray . . .
    . . . Stoner once said that “being a Jew [should] be a crime punishable by death”.[1] He ran the National States’ Rights Party, which attracted such fringe political figures as A. Roswell Thompson, a perennial Democratic candidate for governor of Louisiana and mayor of New Orleans. . .
    . . . Stoner ran for governor of Georgia in 1970. During this campaign, where he called himself the “candidate of love”, he described Hitler as “too moderate,” black people as an extension of the ape family, and Jews as “vipers of hell.”[1] The primary was won by civil rights supporter and future President Jimmy Carter. Stoner then ran for the United States Senate in 1972, finishing fifth in the Democratic Party primary with just over 40,000 votes. The nomination and election went to Sam Nunn.
    During his Senate campaign, the FCC ruled that television stations had to play his ads due to the fairness doctrine.
    His ads included the word “ni**er.” . . .

    SOURCE – link to en.wikipedia.org

    ● P.S. PHOTOS OF J.B. STONER:
    • Stoner as chairman of the National States’ Rights Party - link to grumblesfromanoldgrouch.com
    • “Don’t Tread on Me”, St. Augustine, FL (1964) - link to 2.bp.blogspot.com
    • “I thank God all the time for AIDS” - link to flickr.com

    • DICKERSON3870
      October 23, 2013, 10:20 pm

      RE: “BOTEACH’S ‘GOOD OLD DAYS’ OF ANTI-SEMITSM . . .” – me (above)

      SHOULD HAVE BEEN: BOTEACH’S ‘GOOD OLD DAYS’ OF ANTI-SEMITISM . . .

  17. Qualtrough
    October 23, 2013, 10:34 pm

    Imagine the brouhaha if a white person in the USA was to say something along the lines of, “We need a white ethnic homeland somewhere so we can have a ‘locus of pride’. Actually, we do have white people saying that from time to time and they are instantly and routinely condemned as racists. If there was ever any doubt that Zionism is racism it has surely been expelled by now.

  18. thankgodimatheist
    October 24, 2013, 12:08 am

    So if you call them ” South Syrian” instead of Palestinian does that mean they magically stop being the rightful owners of the land they’ve been inhabiting for hundreds of not thousands of years?

    • thankgodimatheist
      October 24, 2013, 12:17 am

      Also note the sinister looking poster, the grey typography on black background, the choice of font evocative of the worst anti-semitic visual propaganda in Nazi Germany.
      Wicked!

  19. Byzantium
    October 24, 2013, 3:20 am

    Slightly off topic, but can we stop using the phrase “Jewish state” in reference to Israel? I realise it’s a handy shorthand but since Israel represents neither Judaism nor anything recognisable as Jewish values the term is really counterproductive to efforts at separating Israel and Jewishness in the popular imagination (I note the excellent Belen Fernandez makes the same mistake in her most recent article at AJ, and hope she gets some better advice on the issue). I suggest we use “so-called Jewish state” or “Jewish-run state” instead. A pet peeve to be sure, but I think an important one.

    • bilal a
      October 24, 2013, 7:51 am

      This is a very important distinction , not just for human rights, but for the entire ethos of humanity: calling Israel the Jewish state, when it was founded and run by secular atheists , is a grave slander against Judaism.

    • amigo
      October 24, 2013, 8:24 am

      “Slightly off topic, but can we stop using the phrase “Jewish state” in reference to Israel?”Byzantium

      Agreed.

      Why not call it what it is.

      “The Occupation Nation run by Jews.”

      But I do get your point.

    • Talkback
      October 24, 2013, 8:45 am

      How about “Jewish oligarchy” since it won’t survive its rightful citizens to return and renationalize?

  20. Tuyzentfloot
    October 24, 2013, 3:50 am

    To turn things upside down Iran is a serious threat to Israel because the US would find Iran to be a very good ally and just much better to work with than Israel.

    • just
      October 24, 2013, 8:14 am

      Yep.

    • NickJOCW
      October 24, 2013, 9:45 am

      Yes, isn’t it fun. It even has Netanyahu positing a closer association with the Saudi Arabian gerontocracy. They all threaten to go it alone. Maybe we will even see Adelson buying a suitable device from Kim Jong-un and dropping it on Tehran from one of his jets, and just think of the benefits for Iranians, free wi-fi, homosexual parades and TV programs for dogs.

  21. iResistDe4iAm
    October 26, 2013, 7:55 am

    A consensus emerged that the future wasn’t too bright for Jews: Iran could wipe out Israel, assimilation was killing off American Jewry and the Jewish state was losing the battle for the hearts and minds of young Americans.

    But wait, there’s so many more “existential threats”. According to Israel…

    – Terrorism is an existential threat to Israel.
    – Al Qaeda is an existential threat to Israel.
    – The Muslim Brotherhood is an existential threat to Israel.
    – Arab anti-Semitism is an existential threat to Israel.
    – The Arab Spring is an existential threat to Israel.

    – Iran is an existential threat to Israel.
    – Syria is an existential threat to Israel.
    – Hamas is an existential threat to Israel.
    – The PLO is an existential threat to Israel.
    – Hizbullah is an existential threat to Israel.

    – IHH is an existential threat to Israel.
    – The Free Gaza Flotilla is an existential threat to Israel.
    – The non-violent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign is an existential threat to Israel.
    – The international human rights movement is an existential threat to Israel.
    – African refugees are an existential threat to Israel.
    – Assimilation is an existential threat to Israel.

    – The free movement of Palestinians in their ancestral homeland is an existential threat to Israel.
    – Chocolate, biscuits & sweets, fresh meat, vinegar, toys, writing implements, notebooks, heaters, musical instruments, cement, etc in Gaza are an existential threat to Israel.
    – Fishing beyond 3 nautical miles (nm) from the Gaza shore is an existential threat to Israel.
    – The export of Gaza agricultural produce is an existential threat to Israel.
    – The 1967 borders are an existential threat to Israel.
    – Palestinian babies are a demographic and existential threat to Israel.

    Never before has a belligerent nuclear-armed regional power,
    which is financially, militarily and diplomatically backed by the world’s most powerful nuclear-armed superpower,
    and that has invaded all five of its neighbours (and still occupies territory from three),
    been threatened by so many perceived internal and external “existential threats”
    (threats which it chooses to confront using more military aggression).

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