Foxman bashes Israel for taking US and Jewish support for granted and not coming up with a peace plan

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Abraham Foxman, longtime leader of the Anti-Defamation League, bashed Israel last night for not coming up with a peace plan and for treating American Jews and the United States with contempt. The country he has long advocated for is blind to world opinion, Foxman said; and its existence is in jeopardy now because its support base is disintegrating, and Israel isn’t changing “so many things” that it should.

Foxman, 75, spoke in a forum on Israel’s future at the 92nd Street Y in New York. He said that Israel treats its American Jewish supporters with disrespect:

I think we have signed up for Israel. Some—some unreservedly, others with some more reservations. I don’t think Israel understands, appreciates, values, respects this partner– this side of the partner[ship]…  There needs to be a lot more sensitivity and education in Israel as to the value of this community beside sending checks or in a moment of crisis, running to Congress…

Foxman went on to express great exasperation at Israel’s leaders. Israel needs to “change so many things” because its existence is in jeopardy, he said; but the country has shown no sense in its dealings with the U.S., taking U.S. support for granted; and Israel’s “support base” is disintegrating because it’s not doing anything on the peace front.

Do we feel an existential threat to Israel? I do. I sometimes wonder why they don’t see it as I see it and as Ari [Shavit] articulated it. But I think we see the existentialist threat much clearer than they do. They’re so close to it.

Because if they would see it, they would change so many things. Take the U.S. relationship. It’s not that great, it’s not perfect, but what keeps me up at night is the dependence of Israel on the United States. Now if you understand that reality, then you understand how serious and significant it is in your future, facing whatever threats, existential or not. And if that’s the case, where is the sechel [Yiddish for shrewdness, sense]?  Where is the smartness? Where is it to understand that you need to change that relationship, you need to find ways– and it’s not happening! It’s not happening!

So I sometimes say, What they say and what they do–don’t they see what’s around them? And they talk about the danger but I don’t think they’re acting it. If we have time, what do we tell Israel to do? Some of us see the crisis. But we don’t have any magic formula. But … if they asked me, I would say, Come up with some creative dynamic approach for peace. It doesn’t mean it will happen. But that’s part of the existential disintegration of the support base.

Later in the conversation, Foxman seemed to endorse Ari Shavit’s endorsement of a  settlement freeze “because it’s smart for us to do it, regardless of whether we think it’s right or wrong.” The goal was to “remove” an impediment to the U.S.-Israel relationship. A man in the large audience (500) walked out, calling it a one-sided conversation.

 

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  1. just
    June 11, 2015, 10:06 am

    Oy!

    “Come up with some creative dynamic approach for peace. It doesn’t mean it will happen.”

    So “peace” won’t “happen”, but what happened to our “creative” smoke and mirrors and chronic duplicity?! He not only evokes Shavit, he’s an acolyte.

    Go back to your jumbled , sweaty sheets and sleepless nights, Foxman.

    Even when he “bashed Israel last night for not coming up with a peace plan and for treating American Jews and the United States with contempt”, he left out the bulk of US citizens and voters.

    • Annie Robbins
      June 11, 2015, 10:24 am

      Oy!

      “Come up with some creative dynamic approach for peace. It doesn’t mean it will happen.”

      exactly the same expression and sentence i copied for commentary (actually i thought oy vey!)

      and i have the perfect solution for israel and mr foxman in case it has not occurred to him. change the policy instead of the “approach” to the policy. don’t worry about the words mr foxman, worry about the actions!

      what keeps me up at night is the dependence of Israel on the United States. …. Where is it to understand that you need to change that relationship, you need to find ways– and it’s not happening! It’s not happening!

      i have an idea! instead of israel changing the relationship to the united states, change the relationship to palestine! end the occupation! not that difficult a concept to grasp for israel or mr foxman is it?

      • eljay
        June 11, 2015, 10:49 am

        || Annie Robbins: … instead of israel changing the relationship to the united states, change the relationship to palestine! ||

        Bingo.

    • Giles
      June 11, 2015, 11:19 am

      The apogee of Abe’s career was when his ADL named San Antonio’s point guard Tony Parker as one of the top ten Anti-Semites of 2013. Along with such dangerous and hate filled people and organizations such as Roger Waters, the United Church of Canada, Alice Walker, Richard Falk, and Max Blumenthal.

      Oh wait. That list was from the Wiesenthal Center. Kind of hard to keep track of all the organization devoted to calling people Jew haters — oops, I mean identifying Anti-Semites.

      Abe and his ilk are so deluded, such fools. What does it say about our society that such folks are treated with respect, Hell, with reverence?

      • Citizen
        June 11, 2015, 11:53 am

        It means Americans are easily bribed with Zionist dollars. Nothing more, nothing less. US campaign finance won’t change; that’s where Congress critters get their money.

      • JWalters
        June 11, 2015, 7:06 pm

        Kind of like the confusion of marrying a seemingly nice rich guy who turns out to be a monster.

  2. Kay24
    June 11, 2015, 10:10 am

    First Charles Schumer saying he is going to support the US over Israel, and now this?

    That koolaid might be losing it’s potency.

    Hmm…..

  3. eljay
    June 11, 2015, 10:41 am

    Do we feel an existential threat to Israel? I do.

    Mr. Foxman is a Zio-supremacist. Like all Zio-supremacists, what he feels is an existential threat to supremacist “Jewish State”.

    Some of us see the crisis. But we don’t have any magic formula.

    The formula – which requires no magic – is justice, accountability and equality, universally and consistently applied. Israel and the U.S. should give it a try.

    But … if they asked me, I would say, Come up with some creative dynamic approach for peace.

    Zio-supremacists like Mr. Foxman love “peace”, but they despise justice, accountability and equality.

  4. pabelmont
    June 11, 2015, 10:41 am

    A seismic shift in the party-line? Has Mr. Foxman, foxy man that he is, just discovered that Israel was not busily trying to make peace? What’s he been doing all these years? Maybe he has started eating a new breakfast cereal? Such insight all of a sudden! What a mensch!

    • Kay24
      June 11, 2015, 11:03 am

      I agree . Perhaps he is not a very intelligent man. Realization sometimes takes a long time for some. Foxy is the word.

  5. a blah chick
    June 11, 2015, 10:56 am

    “Where is the smartness? Where is it to understand that you need to change that relationship, you need to find ways– and it’s not happening! It’s not happening!”

    It’s not happening, you idiot, because every time someone tried to get Israel to accept some responsibility people like you swarmed them with your lobbyists screaming “anti-semitism!” The situation is as you wanted it, Foxman. You and your ilk created and sustained this situation and now that things are going south you are powerless to control the monster you created.

    Deal with the consequences.

    • David Doppler
      June 12, 2015, 1:16 am

      Great point abc. Power without accountability always leads to corruption.

    • alen
      June 12, 2015, 10:00 pm

      a blah chick,

      I almost forgot about that aspect, thanks for the reminder. Yes, it is the ADL and similar groups that made it hard to criticize Israel and now their hand wringing comes off as both hypocritical and even more duplicitous considering “moderates” like Foxman and Beinhart still believe in racial supremacy . Now Israel and Zionism are on the inevitable downward spiral that all fascist beliefs have and soon their non-existent fantasyland cannot even pretend to survive as anything but a fascist state that will soon disintegrate.

      I only wish Foxman is alive when it finally happens, and he is shamed for being the fascist supporter he always was.

  6. broadside
    June 11, 2015, 11:07 am

    This is the lede: “Abraham Foxman, longtime leader of the Anti-Defamation League, bashed Israel last night for not coming up with a peace plan and for treating American Jews and the United States with contempt.”

    Where in Foxman’s words do you see “bashing”; where does he even allude to Israel treating the US with contempt?

    • Philip Weiss
      June 11, 2015, 11:16 am

      If you dont respect, value, appreciate or understand your partner, but just take their check and ask them to defend you in Congress, that amounts to contempt in my view; and if you don’t listen to what someone is saying you have to do, that is also contempt. in the webster 3 definition: willful disobedience or open disrespect for

      • broadside
        June 12, 2015, 12:49 pm

        That may amount to contempt in your view, but is a generation removed from what Foxman actually said, which I think could more accurately be translated as accusing Israel, and Netanyahu, of “not getting it,” not of showing “open disrespect” to America and American Jews. And besides: here you go again: Abraham Foxman addressing the 92 Y… Jewish elites whispering criticisms of Israel. I see why you might think this is big news, might want it to be big news, I just disagree. I think it’s more wishing than reporting.

      • Mooser
        June 12, 2015, 5:32 pm

        ” I see why you might think this is big news, might want it to be big news, I just disagree. I think it’s more wishing than reporting.”

        Mr. Side is absolutely correct. Extensive, and “easily accessible sociological data” show clearly that %100 of American Jews who support Israel support Israel. Very, very few, if any, of the American Jews who support Israel don’t support Israel.
        And JVP will never prove otherwise!

  7. chris o
    June 11, 2015, 11:11 am

    It is pretty shocking to see Foxman saying this. I think the ADL should defame him!

    • Kay24
      June 11, 2015, 11:15 am

      Do you think this amounts to “anti-semitism” or maybe he is self hating. :))

      He has accused so many of it.

      • HarryLaw
        June 11, 2015, 12:02 pm

        If not antisemitism, he is certainly delegitimizing Israel, shame on you Abe, he must realize all the aid and support Israel receives from Congress is ‘entitled’. Abe looks like a ventriliquist dummy with Joe’s hand up his back. A gottle of geer please Joe.

  8. Kriz
    June 11, 2015, 11:18 am

    No matter what Israel do – it will always be under non-objective blatant criticism because it’s a non-muslim state in Middle East.

    • Ramzi Jaber
      June 11, 2015, 1:11 pm

      Kriz, you just don’t make sense. Baseless and factless statements. The zionist entity is in the state its in because it’s the only COLONIAL OCCUPYING power in the 21st century.

      Foxman is waking up but his diagnosis is totally wrong. You cannot have a peace process just for make-believe to buy time and continue the colonialization of Palestine.

      You cannot justify the unjustifiable. The zionist entity will end and Palestine will be free, democratic, just, peaceful, prosperous, and equal to all its Christian, Moslem, and Jewish citizens.

      • Annie Robbins
        June 11, 2015, 4:04 pm

        Foxman is waking up but his diagnosis is totally wrong. You cannot have a peace process just for make-believe to buy time and continue the colonialization of Palestine.

        You cannot justify the unjustifiable.

        tick tock tick tock tick tock. you can’t fool all the people all the time and i don’t think people are going to start ‘seeing’ the emperor’s new clothes anymore once they realize how many other people acknowledge seeing the nakedness. all they have is ad hominems and claims of victimhood. it’s transparently unsustainable.

    • eljay
      June 11, 2015, 2:20 pm

      || Kriz: No matter what Israel do – it will always be under non-objective blatant criticism because it’s a non-muslim state in Middle East. ||

      OK, let’s see what Israel has done:
      – Halted its decades-long and on-going occupation and colonization of Palestine? No.
      – Withdrawn to within its / Partition borders? No.
      – Honoured its obligations under international law (including the refugee RoR)? No.
      – Accepted responsibility and accountability for its past and on-going (war) crimes? No.
      – Offered to enter into sincere negotiations for a just and mutually-beneficial peace? No.

      In order to successfully argue “No matter what Israel do … “, Israel actually has to do something.

    • Kay24
      June 11, 2015, 2:27 pm

      Israel is under criticism because it has broken international laws, by having an ongoing brutal occupation for 60 years, stealing acres of lands for illegal settlements, and massacring unarmed civilians. If Israel stops behaving like a rogue state, the criticism will be much, much less.
      The so called “only democracy in the ME” should start behaving like one.

      • RoHa
        June 11, 2015, 8:05 pm

        See, eljay? Israel actually has done something. A lot of things.

        Of course, it is only criticised because it is not a Muslim state.

      • eljay
        June 11, 2015, 8:42 pm

        || RoHa: See, eljay? Israel actually has done something. A lot of things. ||

        “Well…touché!” :-)

  9. a blah chick
    June 11, 2015, 11:30 am

    Why should Israel listen to Foxman or anyone else? No matter how many kids they kill or prisoners they torture or land they steal or cities they bomb the fighter jets still arrive on time. The standing ovations still get dispensed and the vetos by sugar daddy American at the UN still get voted. They have no reason to listen because the ruling class here will protect them. Of course they take us for granted, why wouldn’t they?

    • Citizen
      June 11, 2015, 11:59 am

      yep

    • Ramzi Jaber
      June 11, 2015, 1:22 pm

      +100 abc!

    • Laurent Weppe
      June 11, 2015, 7:33 pm

      They have no reason to listen because the ruling class here will protect them. Of course they take us for granted, why wouldn’t they?

      Because Israel’s elite are abandoning the ship, that’s why. The emotional investment from The West’s own elites dissipates as their peers leave Israel, which means that unless drastic changes are implemented, sooner or later the Powers That Be are going to decide that protecting the hebrew state’s just not worth the resources and efforts.

  10. James North
    June 11, 2015, 1:17 pm

    Whatever happened to the pro-Zionist mantra: “I don’t live in Israel so I can’t criticize it in any way.” It looks like BDS has ended that dodge.

  11. Ramzi Jaber
    June 11, 2015, 1:26 pm

    You know Palestine is JUSTLY winning when, at a zionist event in NYC (of all places), a man in the audience describes Foxman’s (of all die-hard blind zionist blabbers) statements as “a one-sided conversation”. LOL.

  12. JLewisDickerson
    June 11, 2015, 1:45 pm

    RE: “And they talk about the danger but I don’t think they’re acting it. If we have time, what do we tell Israel to do? Some of us see the crisis. But we don’t have any magic formula. But … if they asked me, I would say, Come up with some creative dynamic approach for peace.” ~ Foxman

    SEE: “Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon: Peace With Palestinians Not Possible in My Lifetime”, By Teresa Welsh, U.S. News & World Report, June 9, 2015‎
    The high-ranking official’s assessment shows how bleak the prospect for renewed talks between Israelis and Palestinians really is.
    LINK – http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/06/09/israeli-defense-minister-moshe-yaalon-peace-with-palestinians-not-possible-in-my-lifetime

  13. eljay
    June 11, 2015, 2:10 pm

    A man in the large audience (500) walked out, calling it a one-sided conversation.

    Who was this man, and why was he scoffing at Foxman’s attempt at communication?! ;-)

    • Kay24
      June 11, 2015, 2:29 pm

      He is right. It is mostly the side of the zionists, just watch our MSM.

  14. Kathleen
    June 11, 2015, 2:14 pm

    Phil not sure anyone has written about the TPP amendment I believe sponsored by Republican Senator Rob Portman etc to discourage BDS actions in Europe via the trade deal.

    “The Hill

    Congress moves to pressure Europe against BDS steps

    Amendments in Senate and House to bill on historic US-EU trade deal reject actions targeting Israel.

    ASHINGTON — The powerful Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday unanimously adopted language targeting European anti-Israel activities as part of negotiations over a historic trade deal with the EU.

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    The amendment to the authorization for negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership will add the discouragement of BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) actions as a principal objective for US envoys in the talks with Europe. “

  15. Nevada Ned
    June 11, 2015, 2:18 pm

    Foxman make a large number of interesting admissions in his talk at the 92 st Y. Israel’s behavior makes it harder and harder for Foxman to take the ridiculous positions that he does.

    For example, people like Foxman toss around claims that Israel faces an “existential threat”.
    It’s certainly not a military threat: Foxman knows perfectly well that Israel has an enormous military superiority over all the Arab countries, which was shown in 1967. Israel’s military advantage has only increased since 1967.

    The “threat” is that Israel might have to accept racial equality. Israel could change its racist policies, Worst possible case: Israel would become the state of all of its citizens, regardless of race., instead of being a state of only its Jewish citizens.

    It would not be easy to achieve racial equality, even if Israeli leaders wanted it. Which of course they don’t want. They fight tooth and nail against racial equality.

    The people who really face an existential threat are the Palestinians!

    • just
      June 11, 2015, 3:56 pm

      +1, Nevada Ned!

    • Ellen
      June 12, 2015, 12:28 am

      “Worst possible case: Israel would become the state of all of its citizens, regardless of race., instead of being a state of only its Jewish citizens. ”

      Oh horrors of horrors! Sweaty sheets at night. Please complete the wall, build it higher. Get more automatic shiess anlagen to surround and protect the pure “Jewish only State” from the rest of the world .

  16. Ramzi Jaber
    June 11, 2015, 3:31 pm

    In the 1970s to the mid 2000s, Hillel reigned supreme on university campuses in America. Young zionist freshmen and freshwomen would plaster campuses with announcements of zionist events and activities. If any other voice attempted to surface, even if extremely remotely neutral (not pro-Palestinian, just neutral), they would descend on that event in droves to cancel it. In the rare occasion that they didn’t succeed to cancel it, they would attend that event in droves and make their presence known and felt.

    These young zionist freshwomen and freshman took their marching orders well and to heart. They in fact believed in what they were peddling. They were the sons and daughters, or grandsons and granddaughters, of ardent American zionists who either survived the tragic and deplorable holocaust in the 1940s or were drunken on the surprise but illegal establishment of the zionist entity in 1948.

    For whatever reason, these young freshman and freshwomen believed. They were able to reconcile what they learned from their parents and grandparents with what the zionist machine was telling them to do on American campuses through Hillel and other such organizations.

    And herein lies today’s and tomorrow’s zionist challenge and dilemma, what Foxman specifically and explicitly said. zionism is losing the support of young American Jews. These young Jews of today on American campuses no longer believe. They can no longer reconcile the actions of the zionist entity and the American zionist machine with what they have been taught and how they were brought up. Their parents are the ones who plastered campuses with Hillel propaganda. Those same parents are those who are now questioning the zionist entity and its illegal actions. So these young freshwomen and freshmen Jews on American campuses are starting to desert the zionist propaganda and are starting to line themselves up with justice, compassion, logic, fairness, and the rule of law. In other words, they are now reconciling themselves truly with deeply-held and respectable Jewish values.

    And that is why the zionist entity and zionists like foxman, adelson, and saban are panicking. Not to mention the criminal zionists in occupied Palestine. Panicking because they know the zionist lie is uncovered, because the zionist power base is unraveling. They know full well that the power they enjoy today is due to what they did a generation or two ago on American university campuses to brainwash a whole generation of then-upcoming politicians, judges, business people, entertainers, media moguls, teachers, scientists, engineers, doctors, lawyers, and others. But that time is over. The next generation belongs to those who are not pre-disposed to support and defend and advocate zionism. If anything, the current and next generation of American freshwomen and freshmen are pre-disposed to justice and equality. Hence the panic of zionists.

    • just
      June 11, 2015, 4:01 pm

      Good comment, Ramzi.

      “And that is why the zionist entity and zionists like foxman, adelson, and saban are panicking. Not to mention the criminal zionists in occupied Palestine. Panicking because they know the zionist lie is uncovered, because the zionist power base is unraveling.”

      I really think that this is in large part thanks to the rapidity with which real information and news is conveyed with social media and the internet.

      While MSM still attempts to whitewash Israel’s crimes and engages almost exclusively with pro- Israeli voices, the “real news” is finally accessible and things have changed forever, imho.

    • JWalters
      June 11, 2015, 6:59 pm

      Excellent analysis.

    • Ellen
      June 12, 2015, 12:38 am

      So true!

      As an aside, “freshmen..chairman , congressman” is generic for mankind — men and woman. Yes, language is changing, but I was. Freshman in the woman’s college of the brainwashed generation of which you write.

      • echinococcus
        June 12, 2015, 3:25 am

        What’s today term for that? Fresh woman? Fresh person?

  17. just
    June 11, 2015, 4:47 pm

    Ian Black has an analysis of the Herzliya rabble- rousing festival:

    “Israel’s strategic position ‘enhanced by chaos of Arab neighbourhood’

    Netanyahu government reaps benefits of Middle Eastern mayhem but is set to maintain the status quo of occupation on the Palestinian front

    …In military terms, Israel looks unassailable. Moshe Yaalon, the defence minister, said that Syria no longer posed a conventional threat – its chemical weapons arsenal neutralised after the 2013 attacks near Damascus. Hezbollah’s arsenal remains a danger – but the assessment is that it is too committed to Bashar al-Assad to risk another full-scale war with Israel. Still, a wargame at Herzliya featured Hezbollah launching a rocket salvo and Israel inflict massive destruction on Lebanon, and suffer hundreds of casualties at home in just a few days.

    Ministers and officials ranged far and wide across the region but mentioned the conflict in Israel’s backyard almost as an afterthought. Yaalon was pleased that the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank has its own parliament “so they don’t vote for the Knesset” and praised its cooperation on security. But he did not expect a peace agreement “in his lifetime.” (He is 65 and looks in robust health.) Netanyahu won a brief ripple of applause for declaring that he supported a two-state solution (after saying he did not on the eve of the March election). But he then went on to list all the reasons there is not going to be one. Ehud Barak, the former Labour prime minister, warned of being on a “slippery slope” towards a one-state solution. That means occupation past the half-century anniversary of the 1967 war.

    Herzliya is Israel’s annual strategic talkfest. In 2004 Ariel Sharon used it to announce unilateral “disengagement” from the Gaza Strip and a few small West Bank outposts, holding out the prospect of future withdrawals. Sharon’s illness, continuing settlement activity and Palestinian divisions blocked any progress since. Now, a year after Operation Protective Edge left 2,200 dead in Gaza. (Israelis have got into the habit of calling it “Hamastan”) – the same catastrophic scenario could easily be replayed.

    Netanyahu called on Mahmud Abbas to resume peace talks and complained that the Palestinian president had asked only for a freeze on settlements – as if that was deeply unreasonable rather than the issue at the very heart of his concerns. Abbas is vilified for trying to use international law and institutions to pressure Israel as an alternative to being locked into an endless “peace process” that never delivers and erodes his increasingly threadbare credibility. Ron Prosor, Israel’s UN ambassador, accused the Palestinians of “diplomatic terrorism” – a novel concept even for a seasoned practitioner of hasbara (Hebrew for PR/propaganda).

    If Netanyahu is prepared to make nice, however unconvincingly, his Likud colleagues are not: Tzipi Hotobely, his deputy as foreign minister, ruled out any concessions in “Judea and Samaria” and painted the landmark 1993 Oslo agreement between Israel and the PLO as an historic error. Increased Jewish immigration, she suggested, was the best way to deal with those pesky Palestinians.

    But the issue that really grabs Israelis across the political spectrum is the international movement for boycott, disinvestment and sanctions (BDS), now gathering momentum in Europe and the US. That was discussed in a Herzliya session entitled “Israel: Scapegoat or Culprit?” Demonisation and de-legitimisation were described as a strategic threat greater than Hezbollah missiles or Syrian tanks.

    Netanyahu’s line is that Israel is under attack “because of who we are” by a coalition of anti-semites, jihadis, leftists and the credulous who are applying the lessons of the campaign against apartheid in South Africa. Cooler conference heads suggested it is largely about “what we do” – especially maintaining the occupation and continuing Jewish settlement while blaming the Palestinians for not negotiating.

    Netanyahu’s improbable romance with the Saudis has led to talk of Israel finally responding to the 2002 Arab peace initiative. That offers the glittering prize of recognition by all Arab states in return for a just peace with the Palestinians. Yet the combination of regional mayhem and the most right-wing government in Israel’s history suggest it is not going to happen any time soon.

    Unlike the prime minister and his team, Labour Party and other centrist politicians queued up in Herzliya to urge a return to the idea of two states for two peoples – and not just to “manage” the deadly but unequal conflict between them. Heading off international pressure on Israel, observed Shlomo Avineri, a wise thinker and former foreign ministry official, needs far more than more effective hasbara.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/on-the-middle-east/2015/jun/11/israels-strategic-position-enhanced-by-chaos-of-arab-neighbourhood

  18. just
    June 11, 2015, 5:32 pm

    More probable espionage from the “ally”. An article published today by Asa Winstanley:

    “Israeli embassy monitored activists at UK conference

    Israel’s London embassy sent officials to monitor a conference at the University of Bath this week.

    Helen Thompson, a political analyst, and Yael Jolie Noy, a political assistant at the embassy, registered for the 8-11 June “Understanding Conflict: Research, ideas and responses to security threats” conference shortly before registration closed, organizers say.

    The two also apparently took measures to downplay or conceal their affiliations with the Israeli government.

    The conference included speakers critical of Israel, such as author Max Blumenthal, writer Norman Finkelstein and the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign activist Mick Napier.

    Other key topics were anti-Muslim racism and the Islamophobia network. The former Guantanamo Bay prisoner and well-known civil rights activist Moazzam Begg spoke at the launch of a new report on the Henry Jackson Society Thursday.

    Thompson took notes on a laptop and Noy took notes, photos and audio recordings throughout the conference.

    Noy seemed to take particular interest in slides SPSC’s Mick Napier used to present a talk on boycott campaigning against Israel. She took photos of every slide using her phone. She made an attempt to appear as if busy with texting or browsing, but would then move her phone up slightly to take photos of the slides.

    Intelligence gathering

    Noy initially refused to comment when approached by The Electronic Intifada, making a swift exit from the building.

    Asked why she photographed Napier’s slides, she said it was “just so I wouldn’t have to write notes.” But this reporter had observed her handwriting notes during more than one session: “oh no actually I’ve been writing to my boyfriend,” she claimed.

    She said audio recordings she took on her phone were merely for her own use: “I’m going to listen to them before bed.”

    She avoided the question when asked if the photos and notes were being sent to the Mossad, Israel’s deadly external spy agency. When pressed, she replied: “not that I know.” She then said “of course. I’m sending it everywhere. Everywhere. To space.”

    The question about whether she was monitoring activists on behalf of her government’s intelligence-gathering efforts is by no means far fetched.

    Spying on activists

    As far back as 2010, the Reut Institute, a think-tank with close ties to Israel’s political-military establishment, recommended that Israeli intelligence monitor Palestine solidarity activists as part of Israel’s efforts to “sabotage” and “attack” their work. Israel later officially adopted much of Reut’s strategy.

    In 2013, it was revealed that Israel’s London embassy had at least two people on staff whose full-time brief is to monitor and counter boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns.

    Israel’s Haaretz has also revealed that in 2010, “Israeli intelligence began to concentrate on monitoring the social networks of Islamic organizations and foreign left-wing activists.”

    But at the Bath conference, Noy said she was “just here to learn, to enrich myself … here to listen”

    Helen Thompson did not reply to an email requesting comment.”…

    Read the rest @ http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/asa-winstanley/israeli-embassy-monitored-activists-uk-conference

  19. JWalters
    June 11, 2015, 6:31 pm

    What a great set of posts!

  20. atime forpeace
    June 13, 2015, 6:40 am

    Justin Raimondo wrote an excellent article over at antiwar dot com, here is an excerpt pertinent to what i believe is the reason why A. Foxman is moving in the direction we see.
    The confluence of events are causing concern and these concerns are bringing about the shift to manage perception.

    http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/06/11/dual-citizenship-and-us-national-security/

    As for the issue of dual citizenship, particularly involving federal officials and specifically members of Congress, the direct relation of this matter to our national security is underscored by the case of Jane Harman. While serving in Congress, Harman was caught out by the National Security Agency having a conversation with an Israeli official in which she agreed to intercede on behalf of two AIPAC lobbyists who had been brought up on espionage charges. Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman, two longtime members of the powerful pro-Israel lobbying group, had been accused of procuring sensitive information purloined from the Pentagon on Israel’s behalf.

    Harman was angling, at the time, to chair the House Intelligence Committee, and the New York Times reported that “One official who has seen transcripts of several wiretapped calls said she appeared to agree to intercede in exchange for help in persuading party leaders to give her the powerful post.” Those transcripts, according to the official, revealed that the Israeli caller “promised her that a wealthy California donor – the media mogul Haim Saban – would threaten to withhold campaign contributions to Representative Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat who was expected to become House speaker after the 2006 election, if she did not select Ms. Harman for the intelligence post.”

    Rather than run for reelection under this cloud, Harman retired from Congress.

    Israel represents a danger to the national security of this country: this is an incontrovertible fact, and no amount of “anti-Semitism”-baiting is going to obscure it. And that danger is growing, as the story of the Israeli spy-virus makes all too clear.

  21. irwinpenny18
    June 14, 2015, 2:18 am

    Abe Foxman is an anti-Jewish Jew. He ruined the ADL. He has become a pathetic old man.

    • Mooser
      June 14, 2015, 11:59 am

      “Abe Foxman is an anti-Jewish Jew.”

      There’s all kinds of ways to be Jewish. And Jewish self-hatred is supported by “easily accessible sociological data” I think the Foxman’s will “fall away”

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