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Every other day I say that the U.S. discussion of Israel and Palestine is improving, but actions speak louder than words, and here are three recent stories showing the remarkable degree of infusion of Israel in American institutions. Each goes beyond mere hasbara, or propaganda, to institutional sponsorship of Israeli causes.

The first one is on Capitol Hill. Tomorrow night, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a pro-Israel organization, is holding a propaganda exhibition at the Rayburn House Office Building on 3500 years of “the Jewish connection to the land of Israel.” Two rightwing congresspeople are officiating. But notice who’s there, Irina Bokova, the director of UNESCO. She is in the running for secretary-general of the U.N. to succeed Ban Ki-moon. (The Security Council nominates the Secretary General.)

We would love to invite you to the Capitol Hill premier of Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Historic Exhibition, People Land Book: The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land on Wednesday, November 18th from 5:00PM to 7:00PM in the Rayburn House Office Building. The exhibit showcases the Jewish connection to the land of Israel, and is highly visual.

Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ranking Minority Member House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, Rabbi Marvin Hier, Dean and Founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center will be making remarks at the event.

Congressional event promoting Zionism

Congressional event promoting Zionism

Next. And maybe more disturbing: The Israeli government is marketing arms to Pennsylvania and West Virginia state government.  That’s how I interpret this PDF of a filing by the Philadelphia PR company, Ceisler Media, as a Foreign Agent with the Justice Department. The PR firm serves the Consulate General of Israel for the Mid-Atlantic Region. It is helping Israel to get a “positive image” in the mid-Atlantic.

And in its filing, Ceisler reports on a meeting last spring between Israeli officials and the Pennsylvania emergency management agency, the Pennsylvania state police and the Pennsylvania national guard at the lieutenant governor’s office in Harrisburg.

The international defense cooperation department of the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD) is uniquely positioned as an essential division within the IMOD, while having a close ongoing relationship with Israel’s defense industry. SIBAT [an international arm of the Israeli ministry of Defense] facilitates international cooperation through its various services, including generating Government-to-Government agreements, establishing joint ventures and locating relevant technological solutions for specific requirements…
The objective of this visit is to establish a relationship and a dialogue with the heads of Pennsylvania’s military/security forces and to identify opportunities for potential business-to-business areas of mutual interest and industrial collaboration between Israel and Pennsylvania.

It did the same in West Virginia:

On Wednesday, February 25, Directors of the Israeli Defense Corporation will meet with national, state, and local officials, including federal and state representatives, the West Virginia National Guard, Homeland Security and more. SIBAT, the internatioal defense cooperation directorate of the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD) is uniquely positioned as an essential division within the IMOD, while having a close, ongoing relationship with Israel’s defense industry. The goal of this visit is to establish a relationship on a state level for mutual business benefit.

SIBAT is particularly interested in West Virginia’s energy infrastructure and emergency preparedness… SIBAT will follow up with the Israel delegation to begin pursuing cooperative agreements with West Virginia

Then there was this conference at Temple University in Philadelphia (which was publicly announced at the time):

On Wednesday, April 29th, three Scranton-area companies, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC), Lockheed Martin and Nammo Pocal Inc., will travel to Temple University’s Center  City Campus in Philadelphia for the Israeli Defense and Security Conference. The event, which is co-hosted by the Consulate General of Israel, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, and Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce (PICC), is designed to encourage strategic partnerships between U.S. and Israeli defense-oriented companies.
During the Vietnam war, this sort of academic complicity in state violence was of course controversial. Not now?
And speaking of academia, my third item is Harvard Law School’s announcement two weeks ago that an American investor is funding a center on Jewish and Israeli law– “to explore the structure and real-world effects of Jewish and Israeli law.”

The announcement includes several promotions of Israeli law:

Investment executive and private investor Mitchell R. Julis has made a gift to Harvard Law School to establish the Julis-Rabinowitz Program in Jewish and Israeli Law…

Martha Minow, [dean of] Harvard Law School, said: “Throughout history, Jewish law has made profound contributions to legal thought and practice, and it remains vibrant and relevant around the world. Through their extraordinary generosity, the Julis Family has created significant new opportunities for our community to explore this living legal tradition as well as the laws and legal discourse of a nation, which shares the same roots and many new branches….

[Julis said:] “Finally, under Dean Minow’s inspiring leadership, Joleen and I know that Harvard Law School is an ideal place for a full and open and civil discussion of the multiple views and issues in Jewish and Israeli law, and our family is privileged to support the scholars and students who will build on this knowledge going forward.”…

“Jewish law and Israeli law are distinct and different, yet they also interact and make claims on each other. It makes sense to study them both in the same program, even as we study them independently,” said Feldman.

Tablet points out that Yale established a program in Islamic law this fall, with a gift from a Saudi Arabian. Harvard also has an Islamic law program. In the Yale announcement, though, Islamic law is offered as a field to be studied for its importance, not as a model. And from Harvard’s announcement of the Julis-Rabinowitz program, it doesn’t look like the program will explore Israeli human rights abuses, let alone the subservience of the Israeli legal system to the illegal occupation.

Minow was preceded at Harvard Law School by Elena Kagan, now of course a Supreme Court justice, and Kagan has also lavishly praised Israeli law; the Israeli judge Aharon Barak was a model to her: “my judicial hero,” “the judge who has best advanced democracy, human rights, the rule of law, and justice.” Yet Aharon Barak was a committed Zionist. Shlomo Sand writes in his book, The Invention of the Jewish People, that while Barak strived more than other judges to honor Palestinian rights, he celebrated Israeli law as a system based on Halakhic (Torah-derived) and Zionist elements. Among those Zionist elements was the need to “liberate” land for Jewish settlement. “A Jewish state is one for which Jewish settlement in its fields, cities and villages comes before anything else,” Barak said. That’s “Judaization,” Sand explained, or the removal of Palestinians to make way for Jews.

Will the Harvard program find such law problematic?

Noah Feldman

Noah Feldman

The Harvard program will be led by “one of the nation’s leading public intellectuals” in Noah Feldman, who is an expert on Islamic law. He worked for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq during that failed experiment in international law, and has promoted the idea of the United States as a guarantor of security in the Middle East. He is also famous for his story that the yeshiva he attended in NY removed his and his future wife’s images from a reunion photograph because she is Korean-American. In that article, he repudiated the Torah’s call on Jews to commit genocide against “Amalekites”, which some have interpreted to include Palestinians.

Thanks to Janet McMahon of WRMEA.

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  1. a blah chick
    November 17, 2015, 1:32 pm

    I see they’ve got Rabbi Hier putting in an appearance, he of the Museum of (In) Tolerance they’re building in Jerusalem. You know, the one they’re putting on top a Muslim graveyard.

    No shame.

    • Michael Lesher
      November 17, 2015, 10:57 pm

      Thanks for mentioning that. It’s hard to imagine anyone but Hier — and Israel — with the chutzpah to bury the remains of what once was a large and ancient cemetery under a Zionist expansion project to be called a “Museum of Tolerance.”

      And it’s hard to imagine a candidate for U.N. Secretary-General teaming up with the perpetrators — were they anyone but Israelis and their apologists.

      But of course, the world hates poor little Israel, doesn’t it?

    • Miriam
      November 18, 2015, 6:34 pm

      @ a blah chick….Such an important issue to point to!…”tolerance” but it’s not even the ‘museum’ that is being build atop the Mamillah (ancient) cemetery…but asphalting the burial grounds for their parking lot !! ahhh such sensitivity…eh?….I’d read some of what some archaeologists had written several years ago when they’d uncovered the numerous interments there..they removed the remains…or stacked them atop other remains!! to make room for the foundation…Can you even IMAGINE the hue and cry that that would have been yowling from Tel Aviv to Poland etc had anyone DARED to touch a gravestone even of abandoned gravesites ?..thanks for reminding readers about this obscene action of their “Museum of Tolerance”.

  2. Steve Grover
    November 17, 2015, 2:24 pm

    Chicago’s very own Martha Minow is the daughter of JFKs FCC director Newton Minow. A great family that always supports Israel and the Jewish Federation of Chicago.
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful story.

  3. YoniFalic
    November 17, 2015, 3:23 pm

    Isn’t amazing that a racist genocide supporter like Irina Bukova, who has worked so hard to give credibility to mindlessly stupid Zionist propaganda, could be a credible candidate to lead the UN?

    In re: Judaization. After reading the Nuremberg Tribunal transcripts (for a paper for an international law class), I am fairly certain that Judaization is criminal by analogy under Nuremberg Tribunal case law.

    The Nuremberg indictment of the Nationalist Socialist Government includes the following charge (International Military Tribunal, vol. 1, p. 63):

    In certain occupied territories purportedly annexed to Germany the defendants methodically and pursuant to plan endeavored to assimilate these territories politically, culturally, socially, and economically into the German Reich. They endeavored to obliterate the former national character of these territories. In pursuance of their plans, the defendants forcibly deported inhabitants who were predominantly non-German and replaced them by thousands of German colonists.

    Maybe Harvard should set up a program in racist genocidal legal systems, which could cover Israeli (Zionist/Jewish Nazi) Law, Jim Crow, Apartheid Law, German Nazi Law, and colonial Spanish Law.

    • Steve Grover
      November 17, 2015, 9:43 pm

      YoniFalic sez:

      “Maybe Harvard should set up a program in racist genocidal legal systems, which could cover Israeli (Zionist/Jewish Nazi) Law”

      You really are such a Jew Hater. Maybe one day you will be the Dick-Tater! Your picture will be on the bag in the frozen food aisle!

      • a blah chick
        November 17, 2015, 10:36 pm

        “You really are such a Jew Hater. Maybe one day you will be the Dick-Tater! Your picture will be on the bag in the frozen food aisle!”

        That Golan wine is a hell of a drug.

      • Mooser
        November 18, 2015, 10:24 am

        I wonder if Yoni knows how to say “delirium tremens” in Hebrew? Maybe “wet brain”? Somebody is going to have to have a very frank talk with “Grover”, and it might as well be me.

        “Grover” dear “Grover”, come home with me now!

      • eljay
        November 18, 2015, 10:49 am

        || Steve Grover: … Maybe one day you will be the Dick-Tater! … ||

        Maybe. But you are without a doubt the Master Baiter.

      • Steve Grover
        November 18, 2015, 2:18 pm

        It really is telling that the best that blah and weiss’s little chihuahua (aka Mooser) could do is call me a drunk when I called out YoniFalic’s anti-Semitism of referring to Israel and Zionists as Nazis.
        And eljay, you don’t have to be a master baiter to fish out the anti-Semites who comment here. You don’t need bait at all.

      • YoniFalic
        November 18, 2015, 4:13 pm

        @Steve Grover

        Why do you believe that secular or ethnic “Jews” could not develop their own form of Nazism?

        Is it perhaps a racist or even Nazi belief in the ethical superiority of secular or ethnic “Jews”?

        Hitler did, in fact, believe that the racial superiority of Germans made them ethically superior, and, BTW, Ben-Gurion did, in fact, call Jabotinsky Vladimir Hitler.

        Unlike Ben-Gurion I was in fact born in Israel and to my shame served in IDF uniform.

      • Mooser
        November 18, 2015, 4:20 pm

        Mooser sez:
        “Try not posting while drunk, for a start.”

        Steve Grover replies:

        “Being shickered up is the only way a reasonable person can fathom an Israel hatin’ Yidlach such as yourself.” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/steve-grover?keyword=drunk#sthash.41ilcwMB.dpuf

        You told us, “Grover”, I simply suspected it from the dis-ordered and seemingly inebriated comments you made. You confirmed it. You shouldn’t come here if the stress makes you fall of the wagon. One step at a time.

        Oh BTW: here’s a picture of me

      • Mooser
        November 18, 2015, 4:49 pm

        ” when I called out YoniFalic’s anti-Semitism”

        Excuse me, “Grover” but is that the way you talk about an IDF vet? You never risked so much as a fingernail for Israel, “Grover”. I think Yoni has earned the right to say what he thinks is the truth about the country he comes from. Is there something else he owes Israel?

      • Steve Grover
        November 18, 2015, 5:03 pm

        Mooser, I don’t care if he served in the IDF or has relatives who died or were wounded serving in the IDF. He is a rat bastard for calling Israel and Zionists Nazis. And you are too if you are defending this.

      • eljay
        November 18, 2015, 7:23 pm

        || Steve Grover: … And eljay, you don’t have to be a master baiter to fish out the anti-Semites who comment here. You don’t need bait at all. ||

        Well, if you’re not the master baiter, you are at the very least an above-average wanker. Don’t sell yourself short (no pun intended). :-)

      • Mooser
        November 18, 2015, 11:12 pm

        “Mooser, I don’t care if he served in the IDF or has relatives who died or were wounded serving in the IDF.”

        That’s about what I thought. And I knew you were eager to say that, so I gave you a chance.
        Was somebody talking about fishing? Well, they rise to the bait pretty good in this pond.

    • Marnie
      November 18, 2015, 12:50 am

      “Maybe Harvard should set up a program in racist genocidal legal systems, which could cover Israeli (Zionist/Jewish Nazi) Law, Jim Crow, Apartheid Law, German Nazi Law, and colonial Spanish Law.”

      That would be brilliant. Then Harvard might be considered an institute of higher learning instead of a zionist metastasis. Then maybe people would see more clearly that democracy/zionism are incompatible whereas Zionism/Nuremberg laws fit like hand in glove.

      And yes, I am clearly calling zionism CANCER.

      • YoniFalic
        November 18, 2015, 9:51 am

        I have to admit that I forgot pre-Civil War US state and federal code that enforced slavery.

    • YoniFalic
      November 18, 2015, 7:32 am

      BTW, the Rabbinic Jewish trade networks of the Middle Ages were founded on a common faith and a commitment to Jewish law (Halakhah) as a Universal Commercial Code. Sharia functions similarly, but Muslim trade in Europe was limited. The Karaite Jewish trade networks foundered because Karaitism could not develop a universally acceptable commercial code.

      The Rabbinic system provided for decentralization, entrepreneurship, and innovation that were impossible in the Western Roman Empire or in Byzantium. Without the development of the Rabbinic commercial code, it is quite possible that Europe would still be in the Middle Ages. Western and Central Europe were also fortunate in that Mongol military tactics were suboptimal in heavily forested regions.

      Certainly the commercial codes associated with halakhah and sharia are worthy of study in American law schools.

      • Mooser
        November 18, 2015, 10:36 am

        “The Karaite Jewish trade networks foundered because Karaitism could not develop a universally acceptable commercial code.”

        Thanks, Yoni! Now I know what that line in the James Brown song (“I don’t know Karaite, but I know ca-raa-zy!“) means.

      • Keith
        November 18, 2015, 1:02 pm

        YONIFALIC- “The Rabbinic system provided for decentralization, entrepreneurship, and innovation that were impossible in the Western Roman Empire or in Byzantium. Without the development of the Rabbinic commercial code, it is quite possible that Europe would still be in the Middle Ages.”

        Interesting observation. Also, it seems to me, consistent with Yuri Slezkine’s description of medieval and early modern Jews as “service nomads” performing functions for the Gentile elites which the peasantry was unable to perform (“The Jewish Century”). Have you read the book? If so, are you describing a similar situation?

        I think it is good to get some feel for actual Jewish history as opposed to the “Fiddler on the Roof” myth-history which Zionists regurgitate ad nauseam.

      • YoniFalic
        November 18, 2015, 4:32 pm

        There is a lot of value in Slezkine’s book, but I did not fully understand the similarities he found between Gypsies and E. European Jews.

        Botticini and Eckstein in The Chosen Few point out that there were several groups that besides Jews freelanced as a sort of shake ‘n’ bake commercial & financial sector during the Middle Ages.

        They mention Tuscans and Lombards. I could add Armenians and Greeks.

        Jewish communities, which were linked religiously and halakhically throughout the Islamic and Christian worlds, probably had effectively deeper pockets and could generally offer a sovereign a better deal.

        All these financial commercial freelancers cheated and were periodically thrown out of states or kingdoms that had contracted their services.

        Surprise of surprises people disliked bankers just as much then as they do today, and if bankers could make money by violating the laws or agreements, they did.

        We should probably view financial abuse as the thread linking anti-Semitism from the Middle Ages (when Rabbinic Judaism was established as the dominant form of Judaism) until today.

        Peter Schäfer tries to claim that anti-Semitism goes back to the Judeophobia of Egypt of classical antiquity, but I find his analysis unpersuasive. Of course, Schäfer for various reasons seems reluctant to focus on the activities of Greek and Phoenician convert Judaic populations, whose economic behavior may have foreshadowed that of Rabbinic Jewish communities in the Medieval period.

  4. Keith
    November 17, 2015, 4:48 pm

    In the long run, the Judaization of imperial power is more significant than the Judaization of Palestine.

    • hophmi
      November 18, 2015, 3:44 pm

      “In the long run, the Judaization of imperial power is more significant than the Judaization of Palestine.”

      1. No racist or sexist comments. This includes anti-Arab, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic comments (and yes, Christian-bashing too). This includes comments that disparage, intimidate or attack a person based on perceived ethnicity or gender.

      • Mooser
        November 18, 2015, 4:38 pm

        “This includes comments that disparage, intimidate or attack a person based on perceived ethnicity or gender.”

        “Keith” you better face the fact that “Hophmi” is right. If you insist on talking about “the Judaization of imperial power” the Emperor is going to get pissed and come down on us like a load of bricks.

      • Keith
        November 18, 2015, 5:00 pm

        HOPHMI- “…anti-Semitic comments….”

        You wear your anti-Gentile animus and intellectual dishonesty on your sleeve. Fortunately, you are not the commissar in charge.

      • Keith
        November 18, 2015, 7:12 pm

        MOOSER- “Keith” you better face the fact that “Hophmi” is right. If you insist on talking about “the Judaization of imperial power” the Emperor is going to get pissed and come down on us like a load of bricks.”

        That is why I have to sneak in these comments quickly before there are any more of these anti-Semitism laws and I may face prosecution for disagreeing with Hophmi or failing to laugh at your jokes. Lord Bilgewater? Now that was funny!

      • Mooser
        November 18, 2015, 11:48 pm

        “Lord Bilgewater? Now that was funny!”

        Yup, ol’ a4tech is the Cameleopard in “The Royal Nonesuch” if I ever saw one!

    • Doubtom
      November 20, 2015, 12:44 am

      Amen Keith!

    • Doubtom
      November 20, 2015, 12:52 am

      Amen Kay!

  5. JWalters
    November 17, 2015, 6:23 pm

    Another example of the corporate war profiteers pushing their profitable “Zionist project” by every means available. Sunlight on the truth is the main antidote. Decent people need to become embarrassed to have any association with them.

  6. pgtl10
    November 17, 2015, 6:39 pm

    Talking about Jewish or Israeli law is nice and nothing wrong in itself. However, not talking about the discriminatory aspect of the law is glaring oversight.

    Civil rights is one of the prime aspects of learning US constitutional law and is on the Texas Bar exam. To ignore civil rights is to ignore people interact with each other and with government.

    • Citizen
      November 18, 2015, 5:56 am

      Isn’t there any law students in those campus PC populations demanding their feelings not be hurt by anybody’s words?

  7. kalithea
    November 17, 2015, 7:33 pm

    That’s how Zionists will get to legitimize ethnic cleansing and Apartheid and drive the narrative.

    On another thread I wrote: Zionism is ubiquitous in Europe and the U.S.

    Ivri and his hasbarat friends will continue to scoff that it’s all in my mind.

    But seriously, I’ve said many times the system is rigged against Palestinians; and this is yet more proof that Zionists cover every base that matters. Zionization is here. Maybe there’s a parallel universe out with a planet earth that’s still unpolluted; but alas, I’m dreaming and maybe we’re all dreaming that Palestinians will one day be free of the scourge Zionism.

    • DaBakr
      November 17, 2015, 8:31 pm

      @k

      Its all in your mind.

    • hophmi
      November 18, 2015, 3:45 pm

      Amazing that you could be heard to complain that the UN system is rigged against Palestinians, when they are the only people with an entire GA committee devoted to them.

  8. Kay24
    November 18, 2015, 7:02 am

    The easiest way to control world institutions, bodies, and even a nation. Put the most pro zionist individual (even pay them) in strategic positions, to make sure they help push policies that benefit you. This woman has shown where here loyalties are, and it is not nice. No one should have any doubt how she will operate, and how she will make decisions.

    Hey it works with the US Congress, so why not UNESCO?

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