‘Foreign Policy’ says ‘Israel lobby’ donors are making ‘pro-Israel the new circumcision’

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Another marker of change in the Mainstream media: Foreign Policy has run an article decrying the strongarm tactics of the Israel lobby and the orthodoxy of the campus organization Hillel International in support of Israel. An anonymous Jewish official tells the publication he’s afraid of being fired if he says the wrong things about Israel.

The article, by Batya Ungar-Sargon, is titled, “How the Israel Lobby captured Hillel: Hillel International used to be a welcoming campus organization for Jews of all persuasions. Not anymore.” Its argument is that rich donors have transformed Hillel into a strenuously pro-Israel organization that is dedicated to fighting Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). The young Jews of the Open Hillel movement (who we’ve tracked) are the heroes of the article.

Here is some of the donor critique reported by Ungar-Sargon. Donors have made being pro-Israel the “new circumcision,” says the man who is afraid of being fired; it is the marker for what it is to be Jewish.

“When an organization becomes larger, they become increasingly dependent on large donations from a small group of donors,” explained a former local Hillel director who requested anonymity for fear of recriminations. “In the Jewish community, the big donors have unnuanced views on Israel, and they have come to see college campuses as a war zone and they have to protect Israel.”
And the donors don’t have to explicitly threaten to pull funding for their politics to influence programming. “Whether they use their sway explicitly or not, in my experience, it amounts to the same thing,” he said.
The effect is a chilling of debate and discourse, the former director said. There is now a “right way” to think about Israel. “Everyone involved worried that if they say anything contrary to that view, they will lose donors. I always worried that I would be fired over something to do with Israel.” Being pro-Israel is the new circumcision, he said, “the definition of if you’re a real Jew.”…

This is highly reminiscent of Rabbi Steve Gutow’s argument in the Forward that donors were forcing a strict pro-Israel line at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs; and he is very pro-Israel himself. But donors had an outsize power:

We cannot allow money to make the community’s decisions. Wealthy people often have the wisdom to make money but not necessarily to decide about war and peace, how much to spend on education, how best to deal with immigration or prisons. In our community, there is this strange hegemony of big donors demanding control of decisions.
Gordon Gladstone, a former Hillel director at Berkeley, tells Ungar-Sargon that donors are pushing Hillel to be anti-liberal Zionist and anti-BDS.
“When you see what just transpired with Fingerhut [the head of Hillel Int’l, Eric Fingerhut, refused to appear at the liberal Zionist group J Street], you realize the degree to which these donors have influence on the policy and behavior of the organization,” said Gladstone… Many others with knowledge of Hillel’s inner workings agreed…
“[Students] didn’t sign up to fight the BDS war[,” Gladstone said.] But, he went on, “there’s clearly a class of donors who very much think that should be the role and that should be the business.”

And she writes that Hillel didn’t start out being a Zionist organization, but it’s become more and more orthodox in the last 30 years.

According to numerous sources, Hillel has changed — both since its founding in 1923 and, especially, in the last 15 years or so — from a religious and cultural organization in which a variety of opinions were tolerated, to a wing of a hard-line pro-Israel lobby that tolerates limited dissent

“BDS campaigns are anti-Semitic,” [Hillel spokesperson Matthew] Berger wrote [to Ungar-Sargon]. “Hillel will not be a platform for individuals or organizations to advance their campaign against Jewish people and the existence of the Jewish State.” Berger insisted that Hillel is not a political organization and does not exist to further a political view.

But others disagree. “The assertion that everyone is welcome in Hillel is factually true. However, students who actively promote a pronounced ‘deviant’ point of view learn early on that they’re not really welcome,” said the source very familiar with Hillel. “The nature of the discourse at Hillel and the speakers who are brought all represent one point of view.

The significance of this article is twofold. First, non-Zionism and even anti-Zionism are being embraced by mainstream journals as legitimate strains in Jewish thinking. Because that’s true, for one thing, but also because of Israel’s unregenerate behavior. The Jewish consensus is ending. Ungar-Sargon generally writes for Tablet, a Zionist publication.

And second, notice the prominent denunciation of the “Israel lobby,” which is controlled by rich donors. This is an argument that used to be in the margins. Walt and Mearsheimer were branded as anti-Semites for merely broaching the issue; and of course I have written about it continually. So has MJ Rosenberg. Now the Israel lobby is being discussed as a matter of fact at a centrist site; none of the forerunners will get any credit, of course, but big deal. One reason for the opening is that Fingerhut and Hillel are now thoroughly aligned with the Republican Party. Democrats are liberal Zionists. The politicization of the issue thanks to Netanyahu and the Iran Deal is already paying dividends, and will lead to open debate in the end. Can’t wait for 2016.

P.S. how long before the role of wealth in the Jewish community becomes problematized as a Jewish concern? Yes I know wealth is a giant problem generally in our society; Bernie Sanders’s brilliant speech on the unjust structure of our economy the other day has been the highlight of the campaign season for me. But Jews have a particular concern with this question given the prominence of wealth in our community. As Kafka complained to his father about the Prague Jewish community, he was turned off by “the outstretched hand pointing to ‘the sons of the millionaire Fuchs,’ who attended the synagogue with their father on the High Holy Days. How one could do anything better with that material than get rid of it as fast as possible, I could not understand.”

 

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  1. Krauss
    November 25, 2015, 12:59 pm

    Note that it is the Israel lobby, too, not “pro-Israel” lobby. Even the NYT isn’t that bold.

    Really, it wouldn’t surprise me if the U.S. became more progressive on Palestine than Europe, which to this day has been ahead of America on the issue. Maybe the settler Aryeh King is right, maybe the increasing power of nationalism in Europe will lead it to view Israel in a much more favourable light while in America the political center keeps being pushed to the left, not only on economics, but especially on cultural/social issues.

    Zionism has really become a cancer among academic liberals in America today. It will become like gun rights or abortion.There will always be a strong contingent of people in America for or against it, but the monolithic consensus is dead and decaying before our eyes.

    AIPAC is all but a Republican organisation at this stage, especially if you look at their youth groups which are heavily orthodox. The center will not hold.

    • ckg
      November 26, 2015, 11:33 am

      Indeed, Krauss. It’s difficult to think of the lobby as ‘pro-Israel’ while it seems intent on digging the grave deeper.

  2. Annie Robbins
    November 25, 2015, 1:49 pm

    phil, a lot of this reminds me of info in the article Campus is seen as next battleground against Iran Deal — by ‘rightwing fanatics’ http://mondoweiss.net/2015/09/battleground-rightwing-fanatics

    the kids will revolt.

  3. diasp0ra
    November 25, 2015, 2:19 pm

    Cracks certainly are beginning to show.

    I remember when it was absolutely taboo to even mention boycott of Israel in the open, now it’s being discussed on dozens of campuses openly. There certainly is a paradigm shift that we are slowly approaching when it comes to the US.

    Also, was the site under attack or DDoSed earlier? It was down for hours and now it has an anti DDoS prompt whenever accessing it.

    • amigo
      November 25, 2015, 4:07 pm

      diaspora , I wondered also if the site had been attacked and what is this DDS item.The same message came up on my phone when I tried to open MW.

    • JWalters
      November 25, 2015, 5:03 pm

      I too got a strange message earlier, very briefly then it disappeared. It looked to me like it was intended to scare me away from Mondoweiss.

    • Kris
      November 25, 2015, 5:50 pm

      @disp0ra: “Also, was the site under attack or DDoSed earlier? It was down for hours and now it has an anti DDoS prompt whenever accessing it.”

      This is happening to me, too, when I access mondoweiss from my iMac.

      • Marnie
        November 26, 2015, 11:43 am

        Here too

    • niass2
      November 27, 2015, 3:08 am

      yes it is also now.

  4. John Douglas
    November 25, 2015, 3:43 pm

    So Netanyahu has told Kerry there’ll be no new building permits for Palestinians unless the right of Israel to create “settlements” is internationally recognized. What reason could any US official have to meet with Netanyahu for the purposes of promoting peace talks now? I wish this would get wide MSM attention, but I doubt it.

    Anyway, tomorrow is a day around here for thanking, and one of the things I’ll be thankful for is Mondoweiss, all its great editors and brilliant commenters.

  5. German Lefty
    November 25, 2015, 4:14 pm
  6. JWalters
    November 25, 2015, 4:59 pm

    Are there major Jewish donors who are not staunch Zionists? If not, why not?

    Is it possible that most of the wealthy donors are themselves indebted to a small group of super wealthy donors who are staunch Zionists? For example, it’s well known that the Rothschild bank was a major funder in establishing Israel. Rothschild money built a number of the initial government buildings in Israel, and the Balfour Declaration was a letter to James de Rothschild. If this is the case, what would be the motives of such a central group of controlling donors?

    The tactic of taking over an organization with a good reputation (e.g. Hillel) and then subverting that organization for ulterior purposes, milking its good reputation, is not new.

    • pabelmont
      November 25, 2015, 7:54 pm

      Why are all major Jewish donors Zionists? I think there is “group think” among birds-of-a-feather. Also, the very rich understand not making waves and also understand going along to get along. So for very many reasons, a non-Zionist (or even in his heart anti-Zionist) very rich Jewish donor (to politics, to Jewish organizations) is likely at the very least not to promote BDS etc. If he is not actively and fiercely Zionist, he will at any event not allow himself to be seen otherwise and will be regarded by those who aspire to receive his gifts as that way. How could go to dinner at the country club with his other rich Jewish (or rich anything else) friends, acquaintances, colleagues, club-members, golfing buddies if he did the wholly unnecessary and audibly espoused liberal (and not LZ) opinions or demands? It is not only “gay” people who are unwilling to be “outed”.

      • echinococcus
        November 26, 2015, 1:24 am

        Pabelmont,
        Aren’t you ignoring the investment in BDS by Zionism? The “liberal” Zionists who participate in BDS and have managed to often limit its scope to post-1967 occupation area products –and its main objective to excommunicating perceived “antisemites”?

      • a4tech
        November 26, 2015, 2:53 am

        Echi, that is an interesting allegation, mind if I request more info on which Zionists are funding BDS? Thanks

      • echinococcus
        November 27, 2015, 2:17 am

        Look look, now comes the “Muslim” propaganda hack trying to put some cyanide in the soup.
        Look it up, Buster.

      • Stephen Shenfield
        November 27, 2015, 7:49 am

        Pabelmont: It is not only “gay” people who are unwilling to be “outed.”

        Very true. It has been true ever since Zionism acquired a dominant position in the Jewish community.

        A late friend of mine in London told me that when he set up an anti-Zionist committee all the Jewish business contacts whom he approached were willing to give him money but on the strict condition that he would not “out” them. They were afraid of being boycotted and ruined.

        When local Zionists were intriguing to get me fired from my university post I was greatly helped by closet anti-Zionist Jews who willingly kept me informed of what was afoot.

        If all these people came out of the closet I suspect that might in itself suffice to tip the balance.

      • a4tech
        November 27, 2015, 9:58 pm

        Look look, now comes the “Muslim” propaganda hack trying to put some cyanide in the soup. Look it up, Buster. – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/11/foreign-making-circumcision#comment-812216

        It was you who made the rather extraordinary claim that serves to disrepute a legitimate, widely supported movement for Palestinian rights. You need to prove it, else you are peddling lies and committing libel.

      • Sibiriak
        November 27, 2015, 10:41 pm

        echinococcus:
        —————

        The “liberal” Zionists who participate in BDS and have managed to often limit its scope to post-1967 occupation area products.

        Which liberal Zionists? How? Evidence?
        ——————–

        –and its main objective to excommunicating perceived “antisemites”

        Zionists participating in BDS have limited its main objective to banning alleged antisemites???? Evidence?

      • echinococcus
        November 27, 2015, 11:13 pm

        4 Tech now thinks Zionist propaganda interns are entitled to threaten and blow hard and demand explanations, eh? Go climb a tree. Not a legitimate discussion participant.

      • a4tech
        November 28, 2015, 12:32 am

        Heh, resorting to ad hominem attacks now are we? Fine, I’ll just assume your statement about Zionist funding of BDS was an honest mistake, to spare you any more embarrassment.

      • echinococcus
        November 28, 2015, 4:37 pm

        “Ad hominem” my axe. Propaganda puppets are not human.

      • JWalters
        November 28, 2015, 4:42 pm

        Stephen Shenfield, thanks for your account of the “closet anti-Zionist Jews”. It’s heartening to me to know those people are there, that there is such movement toward truth and justice below the visible surface. These people will have their day in the sun.

  7. Keith
    November 25, 2015, 6:19 pm

    PHIL- “Its argument is that rich donors have transformed Hillel into a strenuously pro-Israel organization….”

    Zionism. Money. Power. They all seem to go together, don’t they? But which came first? Do wealthy Jews become more “strenuously” Zionist because they are more wealthy? Or do staunch Zionists become wealthy, in part, due to Jewish-Zionist kinship and solidarity? Are there substantial material benefits from adhering to Jewish Zionism? How many Jewish fat-cats are anything other than staunch Zionists? Is there gold to be mined from perceived anti-Semitism?

    • JWalters
      November 25, 2015, 7:46 pm

      There’s definitely gold to be mined from perpetual war.
      http://mondoweiss.net/2015/10/because-global-supplier/

    • niass2
      November 27, 2015, 3:52 am

      there is definitely a lot of silence and adherence, what Jim Morrison called adherence to a vegetable law in “American Dream” (The Doors). I am asked to be silent so I do not ruin family events. But I assure you everyone thinks it is f%^ strange that so and so (My 22 year old relative from guess where New York…. is joining the IDF. My mom is like, is she a psycho or something? My mom says “Why would anyone join any army anywhere.” I said, good point, Mom. I hope it doesn’t turn as it should, with this fool joining the IDF learning the hard way what any Vietnam vet can tell u, about war, and Duplicity, and nationalism. But will her parents toss her out of the family and the Will and tell her never to return home again and to not speak to the children???? I would, but they won’t. Maybe her mom will be the first one on her block to have her kid come home from Isreal in a box* (IT happened last week in Sharon , MA) I don’t really care either way, box or no box, she should do something that a normal well off 22 year old should do, like get a masters degree in some uesless profession. Go to mars and grow vegetables or something, as Woodly allen said.

    • JLewisDickerson
      November 28, 2015, 1:27 am

      RE: “there is definitely a lot of silence and adherence, what Jim Morrison called adherence to a vegetable law in ‘American Dream’ (The Doors).” – niass2

      “An American Prayer”
      (a/k/a The Severed Garden and/or Feast Of Friends,
      from the 1978 album “An American Prayer”)

      Wow! I’m sick of doubt
      Live in the light of certain South
      Cruel bindings

      The servants have the power
      Dog, men and their mean women
      Pulling poor blankets over our sailors

      I’m sick of dour faces
      Staring at me from the T.V. tower
      I want roses in my garden bower, dig

      Royal babies, rubies must now replace
      Aborted strangers in the mud
      These mutants, blood-meal
      For the plant that’s plowed

      They are waiting to take us into
      The severed garden
      Do you know how pale and wanton thrillful
      Comes death on a strange hour

      Unannounced, unplanned for
      Like a scaring over-friendly guest
      You’ve brought to bed

      Death makes angels of us all
      And gives us wings
      Where we had shoulders
      Smooth as raven’s claws

      No more money, no more fancy dress
      This other kingdom seems by far the best
      Until it’s other jaw reveals incest
      And loose obedience to a vegetable law

      I will not go
      Prefer a feast of friends
      To the giant family

      The Severed Garden / Feast Of Friends – Jim Morrison & The Doors

      • JLewisDickerson
        November 28, 2015, 1:49 am

        P.S.

        Vegetable law can refer to William Blake’s interpretation of what it means to be vegetative. One can use this meaning to infer what a vegetative law could be.

        i.e. Vegetable/vegetative: Vegetable or vegetative is Blake’s term for the state of ordinary material being, slow growing and merely temporal and temporary. See also Polypus.

        Polypus: A polypus is a cuttlefish, octopus or tumor, with additional characteristics in Blake’s work suggesting a jellyfish, squid, or sponge; it usually represents vegetative institutions such as religions and governments.

        SOURCE – http://genius.com/4927496

      • JLewisDickerson
        November 28, 2015, 2:19 am

        RE: “Dog, men and their mean women
        Pulling poor blankets over our sailors”
        ~ Morrison, from “An American Prayer” (above)

        MY COMMENT: According to Wikipedia, the audio of Morrison reciting the poetry used in the 1978 album “An American Prayer” was originally recorded in 1969 and 1970 (during the Vietnam War).

  8. pabelmont
    November 25, 2015, 7:35 pm

    Phil writes: “Democrats are liberal Zionists.”. Hmmm. Hillary is owned — lock, stock, and barrel — by the single large mega-donor Haim Saban. He’s “liberal” ? Well, maybe, since that word as used in the dubious phrase “liberal Zionist” appears to mean something only a psychoanalyst could describe, perhaps in connection to anxiety and hysteria, but unconnected with concerns for evenhandedness, fairness, international law, human rights, civil rights, property rights, etc. And she dismisses BDS out of hand. That’s “liberal” ?

    Maybe it’s OTHER democrats who are liberal Zionists, not Hillary.

    • echinococcus
      November 26, 2015, 1:26 am

      Maybe it’s past time to stop having a positive opinion of anyone declaring himself “liberal”.

  9. JLewisDickerson
    November 25, 2015, 9:23 pm

    RE: The article, by Batya Ungar-Sargon, is titled, “How the Israel Lobby captured Hillel: Hillel International used to be a welcoming campus organization for Jews of all persuasions. Not anymore.” Its argument is that rich donors have transformed Hillel into a strenuously pro-Israel organization that is dedicated to fighting Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: There is a long list of organizations that have been transformed by wealthy donors into strenuously pro-Israel organizations.*

    * READ AND WEEP: “The ‘Israel First’ Industry and CEO Profiteering”, by James Petras, dissidentvoice.org, 1/16/14

    [EXCERPTS] During the first half of the 20th century, socially conscious Jews in the United States organized a large network of solidarity and charity associations financed mostly through small donations, raffles, and dues by working and lower middle class supporters. Many of these associations dealt with the everyday needs of Jewish workers, immigrants, and families in need. . .
    . . . Over the past fifty years a far-reaching transformation has taken place within Jewish organizations, among its leaders and their practices and policies. Currently, Jewish leaders have converted charities, social aid-societies and overseas programs for working class Jews into money machines for self-enrichment; converted charities funding health programs for Jewish refugees fleeing Nazism into the funding of colonial settlements for armed Zionist zealots intent on uprooting Palestinians; and organized a powerful political machine which buys US Congress people and penetrates the Executive in order to serve Israeli military aims. From defending human rights and fighting fascism, the leaders of the principle Jewish organizations defend each and every Israeli violation of Palestinian human rights – from arbitrary arrests of non-violent dissidents to the detention of children in ‘cages.’ Israel’s Kafkaesque prolonged administration detention without trial is approved by contemporary leaders. In the past Jewish leaders, especially labor and socially-engaged activists had joined forces with Leftists in opposition to political bigots, McCarthyite purges and blacklists. Today’s leaders practice the very same bully, blackmail and blacklist politics against critics of Israel and its Zionist appendages.
    In the past Jewish leaders of social aid organizations received modest salaries . . .
    . . . The moderately social liberal Jewish weekly, The Forward, recently completed a survey of the salaries of Jewish “not-for profits” leaders, with the aid of a professor from the Wharton School of Business (University of Pennsylvania). Among the leading profiteers was Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) earning $688,280, Howard Kohr of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) — $556,232, David Harris of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) — $504,445, Morton Klein of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) — $435,050, Janice Weinman of Hadassah — $410,000, Malcolm Hoenlein of the Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations (PMJO) — $400,815, Mark Helfield of the Hebrew Immigration Aid Society — $268,834 and Ann Toback of the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring — $185,712. These salaries and perks put the Jewish leaders of non-profits in the upper 10% of US incomes — a far cry from the not-too-distant past. According to the analysis by the Forward and the Wharton team, ‘most leaders (CEOs) are vastly overpaid – earning more than twice what the head of an organization of their size would be expected to make”.
    While the membership has declined in many organizations, especially among working and lower middle class Jews, the funding has increased and most important the plutocratic leaders have embraced a virulent militarist foreign policy and repressive domestic policies. Forward describes Abraham Foxman as “diverting the ADL from its self-described mission of fighting all forms of bigotry in the US and abroad to putting the ADL firmly on the side of bigotry and intolerance.” . . .
    . . . The overwhelming response of the Jewish readers to the Forward’s survey was one of indignation, disgust, and anger. As one reader commented, “The economic disconnect between their (CEOs) salaries and the average incomes of those who contribute to their charities is unacceptable”. Another indignant reader remarked succinctly: “Gonifs! (Thieves!)”. Many announced they could cut off future donations. One formerly orthodox reader stated, “I would rather give to a street beggar than to any of these”.
    The drop-off of donations from lower-middle class Jews, however, will have little effect in reducing the salaries of the ‘non-profit’ CEO’s or changing the politics of their ‘non-profits; because they increasingly depend on six and seven digit contributions from Jewish millionaires and billionaires. Moreover, the contributions by big donors are linked to the politics of repression at home and securing multi-billion dollar military aid and trade programs for Israel from the US Treasury. The billionaire donors have no objection to funding the millionaire leaders – as long as they concentrate their efforts on buying the votes of US Congress members and aligning their politics with Israel’s war aims. . .

    ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://dissidentvoice.org/2014/01/the-israel-first-industry-and-ceo-profiteering/

    • JLewisDickerson
      November 25, 2015, 9:48 pm

      P.S. ALSO SEE: “ZOA chief: Don’t accept Syrian refugees ‘because they hate Israel and Jews’” | By Debra Nussbaum Cohen | Haaretz.com | Nov. 24, 2015
      • Annual gala of Zionist Organization of America, featuring Sheldon Adelson, breaks into wild applause over far­right views and the prospect of a Republican president

      [EXCERPT] NEW YORK – The United States should not accept any Syrian refugees, Zionist Organization of America president Mort Klein told attendees at a gala banquet here Sunday night, adding that many of them hate Jews and Israel. In addition, he said, parents and siblings of terrorists should bedeported unless they publicly condemn, in Hebrew and Arabic, the acts of their family member. Klein was speaking to an audience of more than 1,000 people at the 2015 Justice Louis D. Brandeis Award Dinner, held at Manhattan’s Grand Hyatt hotel.
      “Don’t bring these refugees here. Treat as pariahs all those who promote radical Islam. … We must crush radical Islam as we crushed Nazism,” Klein said.
      Attendees greeted both of Klein’s proposals with wild applause. It was one of several moments of right­wing ideology met by popular — though perhaps, given the $700 per person ticket price, not populist — acclaim.
      “I don’t even know the legalities of it,” Klein told Haaretz after the dinner, of the deportation proposal. “I am so frustrated by the horror, the terror almost every day. The streets of Israel are empty, stores are 80 percent down in sales, people aren’t going to the Kotel. This is terrible. We can’t allow them to destroy Israel’s society,” he said, adding that ZOA’s board had not yet approved his idea but he expected it to do so at a meeting later this week. “These are extraordinary times and we need extraordinary measures.”
      At the event, which was billed as “ZOA’s Superstar Gala,” actor Jon Voight received the Dr. Miriam & Sheldon Adelson Defender of Israel Award and Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer was given the ZOA’s Dr. Bob Shillman Award for Outstanding Diplomacy.
      Dermer, in his remarks, called on world governments to wage war against militant Islam and castigated them for not coming to Israel’s defense during the current round of terrorist attacks. “In the past few weeks, 19 Israelis have been killed and some 200 have been wounded in terror attacks. … But rather than support Israel … we hear outrageous statements about a cycle of violence and the need for both sides to act with restraint.”
      “Israel stands on the front lines of this great battle … the international community only blames Israel, libels Israel. … Whether or not the world stands with us, we will not be defeated,” Dermer said. “The Jewish people are no longer a stateless, voiceless, powerless people. Today the Jewish people defend themselves,” he said to enthusiastic applause.
      Klein, speaking after Dermer, added, “we of ZOA will never be the ‘sha shtil’ [be quiet] Jews of before.”
      Klein was born in a displaced persons camp in Germany to parents who survived the Holocaust. He was 4 when the family immigrated to Philadelphia, and spoke only Yiddish, he told Haaretz. Asked whether he does not feel, particularly in light of his own background, that there is an ethical imperative for the United States to take in refugees, he said: “As a Jew and as a Zionist, why should I want people who hate me to come to America? Especially when a small chunk might commit terrorist acts against my fellow Americans. It’s perfectly rational. No question most of them are not terrorists, but most hate Jews and Israel. . .
      SOURCE – http://www.haaretz.com/misc/article-print-page//.premium-1.688106

    • niass2
      November 27, 2015, 3:21 am

      Its much worse than even that. Trust me. The young-uns wont take this from these old geezers. day by day, they are evaporating. Adelson is still funding Cruz? This alone shows that these Zio wackjobs are not very smart, at all!!! Don’t worry, they are NOT! For what and why? Cruz? Jeb?! Hillary also is a waste, but…… Adelson could just as simply burn the $, but maybe it will give someone at some TV station a job airing his moronic useless commercials. lets see if Massachusetts/NY/CA/MI/OR/WA/PA votes for ted Cruz….Not….Did the letters FBI scare off the anonymous isreali cyber troll? DDOS attacks, not much good that will do these isreali trolls, the worst part is the most anti person on here at three AM is me, and i a m Jewish. What a nightmare for them I aim to become. I assure you, me and my dead father will put and end to this insanity, forced upon us upstanding american Hippies, Phisheads and assorted aliens by these isrealis and their american traitors (my neighbors and relatives).. See u there soon.

  10. JLewisDickerson
    November 26, 2015, 12:01 am

    RE: “Now the Israel lobby is being discussed as a matter of fact at a centrist site… One reason for the opening is that Fingerhut and Hillel are now thoroughly aligned with the Republican Party. Democrats are liberal Zionists. The politicization of the issue thanks to Netanyahu and the Iran Deal is already paying dividends, and will lead to open debate in the end. . .” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) has also done yeoman’s work in politicizing support for Israel here in the U.S. using their nasty/sleazy gutter tactics!

    FROM SOURCEWATCH.ORG (Republican Jewish Coalition):

    [EXCERPTS] Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) was described in 2005 as “a big money pro-Israel lobby group[1] linking Jewish-American neoconservatives to the Christian Right and Israel’s Likud government.”[2] . . .
    Background
    The Republican Jewish Coalition founded in 1985 as the National Jewish Coalition “to be a permanent Jewish presence in the Republican community and a credible Republican presence in the Jewish community,” its website states. The RJC is “the sole voice of Jewish Republicans [my emphasis – J.L.D.] to Republican decision makers and the Jewish community … committed to building a strong, effective and respected Jewish Republican voice in Washington and across the country.”[3] . . .
    Smeared Howard Dean
    In February 2005, the RJC “began running full-page ads in major Jewish newspapers across the country featuring a large photo of militants strapped with explosives coddling a young Palestinian boy. Above that arresting image is a quote by Dean: ‘It’s not our place to take sides.’ Below the photo are quotes by Democrats critical of Dean. The ad effectively equates Dean’s election with the appeasement of suicide bombers.”[2]
    Slandered Jewish Democrats
    During the month of September 2006, the Republican Jewish Coalition “deliberately distort[ed] the facts” and “placed ads in Jewish newspapers across the country making the outrageous and ridiculous assertion that Democrats are ‘turning their backs on Israel.’ At the same time, the accusation [was] made by individuals who … sent out thousands of e-mails to all those in their inboxes.”[12]
    Questioned loyalty of Jewish Democrats
    In October 2006, on the eve of the 2006 Congressional elections, the RJC “call[ed] into question the loyalty of Jewish Democrats, and their party’s attitude toward Israel” by running ads which “focused on supposedly ‘anti-Israel comments’ made by prominent Democrats, and the declining support for Israel amongst grassroots Democrats … in nearly 30 Jewish weekly newspapers nationwide”, with plans to expand into “additional publications.”[13]
    “RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said, ‘The party of Harry Truman and Scoop Jackson has become the party of Jimmy Carter, Al Sharpton, and Cindy Sheehan. Jewish Democrats should take a fresh look and see if they are still comfortable with the growing influence of the anti-Israel radical Left within the Democratic Party.’ The Republican party has been winning over more Jewish votes with every election – going from 11 percent in 1992, to 25 percent in 2004.”[13] . . .

    SOURCE – http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Republican_Jewish_Coalition

    • RoHa
      November 26, 2015, 12:48 am

      “call[ed] into question the loyalty of Jewish Democrats”

      That is, their loyalty to Israel, not to their own country. Now, as far as I recall, (and Heaven knows my memory ain’t what it used to be) this business about Jews having “dual-loyalty” and so forth was one of those tropey thingies that aren’t allowed.

      And yet here we have “Antisemitic canards, which for decades weren’t heard outside of the far-right ” (a phrase I saw somewhere recently) being upheld by (admittedly, right-wing) Jews.

      • niass2
        November 27, 2015, 3:28 am

        My family is very Jewish. We have no and never did have any loyalty whatsoever to Isreal. We are European. Understand????? What are u even talking about? What kind of loyalty? Are you from the former Soviet Union, you speak in a weird way. Like someone from eastern Europe? I don’t know, as a Jew I was encouraged to go to Senegal to do the Peace Corps with….gasp….Muslims…If u can believe it. And every day was like any other day that’s ever been. I asked them for water, They gave me some wine. First we drank down their bottle, and then we broke into mine.

      • Mooser
        November 27, 2015, 1:13 pm

        “I asked them for water, They gave me some wine. First we drank down their bottle, and then we broke into mine.”

        I gotta say, that sounds like a much better time than the incident on Hwy. 61. we were discussing the other day.

      • JLewisDickerson
        November 27, 2015, 11:25 pm

        RE: “My family is very Jewish. We have no and never did have any loyalty whatsoever to Isreal. We are European. Understand?????” ~ niass2

        MY REPLY: I understand completely, but Netanyahu obviously does not. He gives speeches at the UN wherein he states very clearly that he represents (and speaks for) all the Jews of the earth, galaxy, universe, etc. What’s more, if you question what Netanyahu says, you will quite likely be called an anti-Semite, Jew hater, self-hater, etc. by any number of organizations (like ADL, AIPAC, etc.) that are prominent members of what we might call either the “Jewish establishment” or just the establishment more generally.
        “Understand?????”

        P.S. I certainly sympathize with anyone who has the godawful misfortune of supposedly being spoken for by King Bibi. After all, I suffered through eight years of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney claiming to speak for me.
        Capiche?????

      • RoHa
        November 27, 2015, 11:44 pm

        “My family is very Jewish. We have no and never did have any loyalty whatsoever to Isreal.”

        A fairy dies every time you say that.

        The Republican Jewish Coalition isn’t too happy, either.

        “you speak in a weird way. Like someone from eastern Europe?”

        “Ain’t” in the middle of educated English does seem a bit weird, I suppose. It’s there for stylistic reasons, not for any connection with Eastern Europe.

        Though I have heard that there used to be a Slovak satirical magazine called Rohá.

      • JLewisDickerson
        November 27, 2015, 11:50 pm

        RE: “Are you [i.e., RoHa] from the former Soviet Union, you speak in a weird way. Like someone from eastern Europe?” ~ niass2

        MY REPLY: I don’t know about that, but RoHa is very, very touchy about the misuse of commas. “Some people” have even referred to RoHa as a “comma nazi”!

        P.S. In making this reply, I don’t mean to offend nazis. (Note the lower case ‘n’ in nazis. As to upper case Nazis, please feel free to take beaucoup offense! ! !)

      • RoHa
        November 28, 2015, 12:57 am

        ‘“Some people” have even referred to RoHa as a “comma nazi”!’

        Were I given to taking offence, I would resent that phrase.
        I hope my attitude to comma usage is not as cavalier as mere “comma nazi” implies.

      • JLewisDickerson
        November 29, 2015, 11:25 pm

        RE: ‘“Some people” have even referred to RoHa as a “comma nazi”!’ Were I given to taking offence, I would resent that phrase. ~ RoHa

        MY COMMENT: It was strictly a joke. I was just having a little fun alluding to the “soup nazi”.

        Seinfeld – Inside Looks: “The Soup Nazi”

        P.S. ■ Roman Polanski: Two men and a wardrobe

      • RoHa
        November 29, 2015, 11:54 pm

        I thought my response made it clear I took it that way.

        But I don’t watch Seinfeld. Tried once, found it mostly boring and occasionally annoying.

  11. Stogumber
    November 26, 2015, 6:17 am

    To be fair, the hegemony of big donors is not completely unknown in Christian churches. I remember the time when German newspaper czar Axel Springer changed his affiliation from the official Protestant church to the tiny Free Lutheran church, and Free Lutherans were rather overwhelmed – Springer was worth rather as much as all other members together. Fortunately, he died some years after and couldn’t exert a big influence on the church.

  12. Talkback
    November 26, 2015, 11:05 am

    “donors” is not the correct term. It’s “bribers”.

  13. Les
    November 26, 2015, 12:44 pm

    How long will it take before we see articles about how zionists took charge of Judaism in the US?

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