To oppose Trump, Jews must join the fight against fascism and Zionism

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In potentially the biggest con ever executed, Donald Trump, a billionaire real estate mogul and reality TV show celebrity, ascended to the most powerful position in the world – the Presidency of the United States of America. Throughout his election campaign and since his inauguration, Trump has displayed authoritarian rhetoric and tendencies that have begged the question – is the new Republican regime a form of fascism?

To determine whether a regime or politician is fascist in nature it is useful to examine Umberto Eco’s essay “Ur-Fascism”. In it, Eco constructs a list of 14 features typical of Fascism. He states:

“These features cannot be organized into a system; many of them contradict each other, and are also typical of other kinds of despotism or fanaticism. But it is enough that one of them be present to allow fascism to coagulate around it.”

Trump’s rhetoric and his administration’s deeds so far eerily qualify under multiple categories, including fear of difference, appeal to a frustrated middle class and the practice of what George Orwell called “newspeak”, among others.

The Trump Administration and Anti-Semitism

Since the rise of Trump there has been a spike in incidents of anti-Semitism and a sharp escalation in bomb threats aimed at Jewish community centers. In a recent case that received media attention, a Jewish family was targeted by White nationals and neo-Nazis in Whitefish, Montana, the hometown of Richard Spencer, an “alt-right” ideologue. Importantly, anti-Semitism is a main principal of the racial theory that guides White supremacy and the “alt-right”.

Trump’s own racist-hued history is well-documented; his campaign received endorsements from famous White supremacists and members of the Ku Klux Klan and he has surrounded himself with the likes of Steve Bannon, the former executive chair of Breitbart news, a haven for the “alt-right”.

In what many see as an egregious display of anti-Semitism and even Holocaust denial, Trump’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day statement failed to specifically address the suffering of Jewish people at the hands of the Nazis, even though racial struggle and the targeting of Jews as an ethnic group set for extermination (i.e. the “Final Solution”) were at the core of Nazi ideology.

Jews, Anti-Semites and Israel

One would logically expect the American Jewish community to unite around vocal opposition and resistance as a response to the new Republican administration’s fascist tendencies and ties to White nationalists and neo-Nazis. Though some rabbis have come out in protest over Trump’s Muslim travel ban, the American Jewish community’s response to the new administration has been weak and split, with one main reason – Israel. Trump and his gang have capitalized on the inherent contradiction between liberal cosmopolitan Jewish values and an ethical emphasis on human rights, and the unjust nationalist policies of Israel towards indigenous Palestinians.

This contradiction was highlighted in a recent debate between Rabbi Matt Rosenberg and Richard Spencer, in which the latter justified the creation of a white “ethno-state” by using the example of the exclusionary Zionist ideology and practices of the state of Israel. The rabbi was left speechless. Accordingly, the term “white Zionism” has been used to describe “alt-right” ideology.  

In line with widespread support for Trump in Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu has been very favorable, even jovial at the prospects of the new Republican administration. With Donald Trump as their champion, the Tea Party represents tribal, misogynist and nationalistic attitudes that are championed by Jewish right-wing Zionists like Netanyahu. In fact, the very idea for the “alt-right” Breitbart news website was conceived in Israel and it has faithfully served as an outlet for the Tea Party, anti-Semitic and Zionist agendas. On a personal level, Trump and Netanyahu are mirror images of each other in their corruption, extravagance and talent in manipulating the press.  

But this is nothing new. Zionists and anti-Semites have historically shared mutual interests. While anti-Semites have wanted to get rid of Jews, Zionists have concentrated their efforts on attracting them to Israel’s shores, i.e. Judaizing Israel as a means to fight the “demographic threat” posed by native Palestinians.

Jewish Collaborators and Faux-Friends

(Image: Carlos Latuff)

In order to guarantee support of the American Jewish community for Israel, which manifests in unparalleled diplomatic and financial backing by the United States government, prominent figures within the American Jewish community have whitewashed and trivialized the contradiction between American Jewish liberal values and the discriminatory policies in Israel. Anyone, but especially Jews, who vocally criticize the injustices perpetuated by Israel against Palestinians or others are marginalized and viciously attacked by Zionist organizations and their members.    

Predictably, some of these same apologists are now protecting the new Trump administration. One such example is the lawyer Alan Dershowitz. For years Dershowitz carelessly used the pejorative “anti-Semite” to describe any critics/opponents to Zionism and the state of Israel, including Students for Justice in Palestine and the non-violent Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) organization.  When referring to Steve Bannon, however, he claimed that “you should not toss that phrase around casually” and that it is “not legitimate to call somebody an anti-Semite because you might disagree with their policies”. Dershowitz, a so-called guardian of civil liberties, also came out in defense of Trump himself after the recent debacle in which the President disrespectfully called Judge James L. Robart a “so-called judge” on Twitter. Dershowitz remained true to his Trumpophilia stating the President “shows respect for independent judiciary”.  

Some claim that it is impossible for Jews or for gentiles who have Jewish friends or family (as in ‘some of my best friends are Black’) to be anti-Semites. In addition, according to Dershowitz and his ilk, those who support the goals of Zionism and the Israeli government are automatically friends of the Jewish people.

This logic is employed to explain away anything reeking of anti-Semitism from Trump’s administration: e.g. the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, is married to a Jewish man, Jared Kushner, their family are members of the orthodox politically right-wing Hassidic Chabad movement, and the President has ‘beautiful Jewish grandchildren’. What’s more, Trump’s new appointee for Israeli ambassador, David Friedman, is an orthodox Jew and staunch Zionist who subscribes to the fantasy of Greater Israel. This same sort of rationale is employed by Breitbart contributor and “alt-right” ideologue Milo Yiannopoulos, who has Jewish heritage and is openly gay (another community persecuted by the Nazis).

These anecdotes prove that the exclusionary versions of Zionism that Israel has adopted since its inception are contradictory to an expression of Judaism as an ethical tradition unbound by race or nation state. Instead, Jewish political Zionism developed as a secular ideology, with nationalistic and messianic overtones inspired by and coming from Christian Zionism (which predates the Jewish version) and the more contemporary Jewish far-right. As such, it is directly aligned with (fascistic) racist views that promote a form of global apartheid, now championed by Trump and his new Republican administration.   

Against Fascism, White supremacy and Zionism

Israel was inspired by the aspect of Zionist ideology that argued for the necessity of a safe refuge and homeland for the Jewish people who suffered persecution and trauma. Zionism has led to noteworthy accomplishments: Israel has served as a model for nation-building and Israelis have managed to revitalize ancient Hebrew into a modern and vibrant language. Zionism helped create an image of a new Jew – one who works the land, fights in all dimensions for his/her rights, and raises his/her head tall and proud.

However, as with all settler-colonialist and exclusivist projects, the indigenous population has paid the price. As a result of political Zionism and Israeli policies, Palestinians have undergone a process of ethnic cleansing and genocide to make room for non-native Jewish settlers.

As the blooming relationship between the Trump administration and Israeli politicians and apologists shows, the ethno-centric character of Israel shares many attributes with- and has been a source of inspiration for- American White nationalism, now embodied in Trump’s administration.

In order to effectively fight this new administration and protect community members against the growing tide of anti-Semitism, American Jews need to recognize these parallels, come to terms with the failure of political Zionism and renounce collaborators such as Alan Dershowitz and David Friedman.

To counter Trump it is essential that American Jews fight against all ethno-centric, exclusivist forces, including fascism, White supremacy and Zionism. The long history of trauma and persecution must guide Jews in a quest to vanquish these forces alike toward a vision of justice, freedom and equality for all.

About Yoav Litvin

Yoav Litvin is a doctor of psychology/behavioral neuroscience, a documentary photographer and writer living in New York City. You can find him at yoavlitvin.com.

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  1. eljay
    February 9, 2017, 12:14 pm

    … For years Dershowitz carelessly used the pejorative “anti-Semite” to describe any critics/opponents to Zionism and the state of Israel … When referring to Steve Bannon, however, he claimed that “you should not toss that phrase around casually” and that it is “not legitimate to call somebody an anti-Semite because you might disagree with their policies”. …

    Dersh is a Zionist douche.

    • John O
      February 9, 2017, 1:27 pm

      Dersh does have his uses. I was dozing through the early morning news on BBC Radio 4 the other day. You should have seen how fast I leaped out of bed to switch the radio off when they announced he was about to be interviewed.

      • JLewisDickerson
        February 9, 2017, 6:34 pm

        LOL!!!

      • Theo
        February 13, 2017, 1:03 pm

        Dersh and I are old friends. A few years ago I e-mailed to inform him that his discussion with Gideon Levy was very interesting, however I find that Levy was right!
        In return he called me an anti-semite, a cretin that just crawled out from under a stone and I should crawl back there, too.
        I make friends very easily.

  2. Citizen
    February 9, 2017, 1:55 pm

    This is a perfect example of what will never be read by 99.9% of America’s population.

  3. JLewisDickerson
    February 9, 2017, 5:52 pm

    RE: Latuff’s excellent editorial cartoon above, underneath the heading “Jewish Collaborators and Faux-Friends”

    MY COMMENT: I found a photo of that alt-right guy from when he was younger and not quite so hefty: ■ IMAGE

    This also might be him: ■ IMAGE

    P.S.
    HONK IF YOU
    HATE WINDOWS 10!
    I’m going to have to change to Linux. To hell with the touch screen crowd!
    The next World War will be between Microsoft and Google, and I don’t intend to get caught in the crossfire!

    • Mooser
      February 9, 2017, 9:12 pm

      “JLewis” I just got a Windows10 computer, and I was pretty shocked to see my menu was being used as advertising space!

      • JLewisDickerson
        February 10, 2017, 10:48 pm

        Microsoft has lost its near monopoly on operating systems. Consequently, it is desperately seeking new revenue streams. That’s why they set up Windows 10 so that you need to sign in to make it fully functional, and then they have a huge captive group they can market to advertisers (somewhat like Google).

      • Mooser
        February 11, 2017, 1:15 pm

        Yes, and they wanted samples of my handwriting and voice patterns sent to Microfoft “to help improve” some goddam thing or other!

        Had to go through it and shut all those things off.

      • JLewisDickerson
        February 11, 2017, 9:30 pm

        When you buy a computer running Windows 10, you are not paying anything much for the OS; but Microsoft has every intention of nickel and diming you to death over the life of that computer!

        I’m really kicking myself for having been seduced by Microsoft’s “free upgrade” from Windows 7 to Windows 10 on my primary computer.

        Consequently, I just had to order a refurbished Dell i7 Quad Core computer with Windows Pro 7.

        F–k apps, I think I can live without them!*

        * But if I’m wrong, I’ll have a Windows 10 desktop, a Windows 10 notebook and my seldom-used Nexus 7 (because I despise touch screens**).

        ** I’m just not good with “the laying on of the hands”!

      • Mooser
        February 13, 2017, 3:07 pm

        “When you buy a computer running Windows 10, you are not paying anything much for the OS;”

        I didn’t. Paid $299. Runs at 16gigs (after upgrade) and has one terrapin storage inside. I will probably buy a second turtle to keep it company.

  4. JLewisDickerson
    February 9, 2017, 6:32 pm

    RE: “Zionism has led to noteworthy accomplishments . . . However, as with all settler-colonialist and exclusivist projects, the indigenous population has paid the price. As a result of political Zionism and Israeli policies, Palestinians have undergone a process of ethnic cleansing and genocide to make room for non-native Jewish settlers.” ~ Yoav Litvin

    Discovery doctrine
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discovery_doctrine

    [EXCERPT] The Discovery doctrine is a concept of public international law expounded by the United States Supreme Court in a series of decisions, most notably Johnson v. M’Intosh in 1823. Chief Justice John Marshall justified the way in which colonial powers laid claim to lands belonging to foreign sovereign nations during the Age of Discovery. Under it, title to lands lay with the government whose subjects travelled to and occupied a territory whose inhabitants were not subjects of a European Christian monarch. The doctrine has been primarily used to support decisions invalidating or ignoring aboriginal possession of land in favor of colonial or post-colonial governments.

    The 1823 case was the result of collusive lawsuits where land speculators worked together to make claims to achieve a desired result.[1][2] John Marshall explained the Court’s reasoning. The decision has been the subject of a number of law review articles and has come under increased scrutiny by modern legal theorists.

    History

    The Doctrine of Discovery was promulgated by European monarchies in order to legitimize the colonization of lands outside of Europe. Between the mid-fifteenth century and the mid-twentieth century, this idea allowed European entities to seize lands inhabited by indigenous peoples under the guise of discovery. In 1494, the Treaty of Tordesillas declared that only non-Christian lands could be colonized under the Discovery Doctrine.

    In 1792, U.S. Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson declared that the Doctrine of the Discovery would extend from Europe to the infant U.S. government. The Doctrine and its legacy continue to influence American imperialism and treatment of indigenous peoples.[3]

    Johnson v. M’Intosh

    The plaintiff Johnson had inherited land, originally purchased from the Piankeshaw tribes. Defendant McIntosh claimed the same land, having purchased it under a grant from the United States. . .

    ALSO SEE:
    The Doctrine of Discovery, 1493https://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-by-era/imperial-rivalries/resources/doctrine-discovery-1493

    • JLewisDickerson
      February 9, 2017, 6:53 pm

      Speaking of “discovery”, I’m so excited about my accidentally having come across a pair of these on sale (thanks to them serendipitously showing up in a Google image search). God, I love algorithms!

      Of course, when they arrive, I will inevitably be very disappointed.

      Such is life.

      • Mooser
        February 9, 2017, 9:21 pm

        Of course, when they arrive, I will inevitably be very disappointed

        Always felt a man of sensitivity (like you) could not help but be disappointed by round antler-lamps. Palmate antlers, on the other hand, or lamp, are like a welcoming and comforting hand.

      • JLewisDickerson
        February 9, 2017, 10:49 pm

        Of course, at the price they sell for, they can’t possibly be real antlers of any type. Consequently, I see these lamps as being genuine American kitsch. Far better than Trump’s tasteless, vulger, ostentatious, über-gilded interior which appears to have been designed by Libêräcé in collaboration with Madame du Pompadour.

        Published on Sep 22, 2014
        Music by Frankie Yankovic
        Dancing by Fred Astaire, Barrie Chase, Ghoulardi and Alfred E. Neuman

  5. JLewisDickerson
    February 9, 2017, 7:53 pm

    RE: “As the blooming relationship between the Trump administration and Israeli politicians and apologists shows, the ethno-centric character of Israel shares many attributes with- and has been a source of inspiration for- American White nationalism, now embodied in Trump’s administration.” ~ Yoav Litvin

    ■ SHOUTED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS BELL TOWER: “The fascists are coming! The fascists are coming! Neither by land nor by sea; but by El Al ! ! !”

    Boston airport security program rife with racial profiling has Israeli links (By Alex Kane on August 14, 2012)
    LINK – http://mondoweiss.net/2012/08/boston-airport-security-program-rife-with-racial-profiling-has-israeli-links/

    TSA’S OWN FILES SHOW DOUBTFUL SCIENCE BEHIND ITS BEHAVIOR SCREENING PROGRAM (By Cora Currier on February 8, 2017)
    LINK – https://theintercept.com/2017/02/08/tsas-own-files-show-doubtful-science-behind-its-behavior-screening-program/

    Shin Bet Detains New Israel Fund Official as Security Threat at Ben Gurion Airport – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם (By Richard Silverstein on February 8, 2017)
    LINK – https://www.richardsilverstein.com/2017/02/08/shin-bet-detains-new-israel-fund-official-security-threat-ben-gurion-airport/

  6. hophmi
    February 10, 2017, 8:35 am

    “American Jewish community’s response to the new administration has been weak and split”

    Untrue. Just complete nonsense. ADL, AJC, and HIAS have all strongly condemned the EO, and will be rallying against it on February 12.

    • Atlantaiconoclast
      February 10, 2017, 3:42 pm

      And you don’t find that incredibly inconsistent, given their enthusiastic support for Israel’s straight up anti Gentile immigration policy and ITS illegal wall that cuts through Palestinian land? Please gain some self awareness.

  7. Mooser
    February 10, 2017, 1:01 pm

    ““American Jewish community’s response to the new administration has been weak and split”

    Untrue! Complete nonsense! ” ZOA Praises Pres. Trump for Immigration Order Protecting Americans From Terrorism”

    And the ZOA puts it in plain Jewish terms”

    “Why are ADL and the Reform Movement Condemning Trump’s Order and Supporting Bringing People Into U.S. Who Can’t Be Vetted While Many Support Terrorism, Are ISIS Infiltrated, and Have Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Views? http://zoa.org/2017/01/10350638-zoa-praises-pres-trumps-immigration-order-protecting-americans-from-terrorists/#ixzz4YJ4Ag8Sw

    BTW, that ZOA page is current, not from an archive. Hey, what on earth do American Jews need the courts for? We stand apart, together with Trump!

    • traintosiberia
      February 12, 2017, 1:28 am

      and Have Anti-Semitic /Anti-Israel Views?

      This is the confluence of the 2 rivers-one dirty and another pure , one Israeli another American This is the way Israel has shaped its acceptance -inserting somewhere in the paragraph , forcing it’s entry , and thus has quietly gained the equivalence . This s the way Israel’s war has been presented as Western war as well to the American . It is at a moral level could only be construed as the mixing of gallons of milk with few ounces of fecal matter .

  8. Rashers2
    February 10, 2017, 4:56 pm

    Just a minor, semantic quibble with Dr. Litvin’s piece: he uses the “-ism” form of Fascism, nationalism, Zionism, anti-Semitism as descriptors of various, irrational belief sets (anti-Semitism; racism generally) or political ideologies yet uses the term “white supremacy”. Supremacy is variously defined as “the state of being supreme”, “lordship”, “leading or controlling position”, etc. The irrational belief that those of Caucasian heritage are supreme, surely, is “white supremacISM”? The myth of white supremacy, i. e. that white people really ARE supreme, was comprehensively laid to rest in recent times by George Walker Bush…..

  9. Ossinev
    February 11, 2017, 12:08 pm

    “Zionism has led to noteworthy accomplishments: Israel has served as a model for nation-building and Israelis have managed to revitalize ancient Hebrew into a modern and vibrant language. Zionism helped create an image of a new Jew – one who works the land, fights in all dimensions for his/her rights, and raises his/her head tall and proud”

    Perhaps I am having an off day but I just don`t get this statement particularly given the follow up statement about “ethnic cleansing ” and “genocide” viz “a model for nation building” based on “ethnic cleansing” and “genocide” – perhaps it is the author and not me having the off day ?

  10. Mayhem
    February 11, 2017, 5:22 pm

    Left wing diversionary tactics. Left-wing anti-Semitism is more pervasive and dangerous than alt-right anti-Semitism. Refer Yes, The Left’s Anti-Semitism Is More Pronounced Than The Alt-Right’s
    “1. Members of the alt-right generally do not hold teaching positions in academia. Education is of prime import. As such, the opportunity to shape the minds of our country’s future generations is unparalleled in its influence. Left-wing anti-Semitism is, to be sure, alive and well among the professoriat—and its students and Mondoweiss of course.
    2. Alt-right anti-Semitism, like right-wing anti-Semitism, in general, is overt and stupid (meaning literally vulgar) and, therefore, is much easier to be tracked and combatted by law enforcement, nonprofits, and private citizens concerned with fighting bigotry. Left-wing anti-Semitism, on the other hand, too often is afforded a pass because it’s given an intellectual veneer by masquerading under the façade of anti-Zionism. ”
    and I would add
    3. The spike in anti-semitic incidents around the world has been inspired by the Left and their Muslim buddies. There is no particular reason (no new driving factors) for there to be any increase in right-wing inspired anti-semitism at the moment.

    • Mooser
      February 11, 2017, 8:59 pm

      “Mayhem”, you are so sad. You are another one, along with “Jackdaw”.

      It’s hard to believe you are not an embittered ex-Zionist, out to make Zionists and Jews look as bad as possible.

      And make us look fucking innumerate, too.

    • eljay
      February 11, 2017, 10:24 pm

      Some forms of anti-Semitism may be worse than others, but all forms of Zionism are unjust and immoral.

      In his article, Mr. Bronitsky writes:

      … we should ceaselessly go after Jew hatred, and all other forms of intolerance …

      I agree on all counts. Unsurprisingly, Zionists do not.

      • Mayhem
        February 12, 2017, 7:10 am

        If you reckon that “a movement for (originally) the re-establishment and (now) the development and protection of a Jewish nation in what is now Israel.” is unjust and immoral then you yourself are unjust and immoral denying Jews who want to express their national identity the right as other people worldwide possess to do so.

      • RoHa
        February 12, 2017, 9:15 am

        1. What is a “national identity”?

        2. Do Jews have one? (Bear in mind that Jews are, at best, only a c-nation. Comparisons with p-nations and n-nations are likely to be misleading.)

        3. Does anyone have a right to “express” a “national identity”? If you answer “Yes”, proceed to the following questions.

        4. What arguments support the idea that there is such a right?

        5. What forms of expression are permissible?

        6. What limitations are there on the expression of this “national identity”?

        In the specific case of the creation of Israel, the expression of national identity was achieved through theft, murder, ethnic cleansing, and lying. There cannot be a right to do wrong.

      • talknic
        February 12, 2017, 10:04 am

        @ Mayhem February 12, 2017, 7:10 am

        “If you reckon that “a movement for (originally) the re-establishment and (now) the development and protection of a Jewish nation in what is now Israel.” is unjust and immoral …”

        There’s nothing just or moral about Israel and Israelis illegally in non-Israeli territories illegally acquired by war by the Jewish state. Go kvetch to the Israeli Govt/Zionist Federation for f*cking up

      • eljay
        February 12, 2017, 11:50 am

        || Mayhem: If you reckon that “a movement for (originally) the re-establishment and (now) the development and protection of a Jewish nation in what is now Israel.” is unjust and immoral then you yourself are unjust and immoral denying Jews who want to express their national identity the right as other people worldwide possess to do so. ||

        Jewish is fundamentally a religion-based identity. A “Jewish State” is a religion-supremacist construct. No group of people is entitled to a supremacist state of any kind, and no state has a right to exist as a supremacist state of any kind.

        When the best you can do in defence of your belief that people who choose to be/come Jewish are entitled to a religion-supremacist “Jewish State” is argue – as you Zionists always do – the equivalent of “murderers exist, so it’s OK to rape”, you simply drive home the fact that you, your ideology and your religion-supremacist construct are unjust and immoral.

      • diasp0ra
        February 12, 2017, 12:50 pm

        @Mayhem

        “denying Jews who want to express their national identity the right as other people worldwide possess to do so.”

        There is nothing more disingenuous and purposefully misleading than describing Israel as such.

        Nobody cares if you have a state and express your national identity. We care that it’s at the cost of another people, at the cost of their national identity, their rights, their bodies, their lives.

        How do you not see this?

        Israel was not created in a vacuum, you destroyed an entire people’s way of life to establish it. You don’t have the right to rob me of a home so you can have a home. That’s not how it works. And pretending the issue is about you having a home at all is intellectually dishonest.

      • Mooser
        February 12, 2017, 12:50 pm

        “denying Jews who want to express their national identity the right as other people worldwide possess to do so.”

        Yes, yes, “Mayhem”, and those rights are validated by power and population. So whaddayou got” Mayhem”?

        Oh, I see, you aren’t declaring the power of the Jews to do these things, you are asking for sympathy, and co-conspirators.

      • Mooser
        February 12, 2017, 3:23 pm

        “Jewish is fundamentally a religion-based identity.”

        And, everyplace except Israel, Judaism is a completely .voluntary commitment, the extent and nature of which is completely an individual decision.

        That ain’t much to build a State on, especially when it must be done by theft and genocide.

    • John O
      February 12, 2017, 3:20 am

      Nonsense. Your kind have spent so long crying wolf about anti-Semitism on the left, you’ve allowed big bad Bannon and his wolfpack to creep up behind you and sink their fangs right into your buttocks.

      • gamal
        February 12, 2017, 9:15 am

        and what of the JVP now and l’affaire Weir?

        alt-white in the ascendent, we may all need some veneer or perhaps a vigorous purifying shelaking

    • Talkback
      February 12, 2017, 3:45 am

      Mayhem: “Left-wing anti-Semitism is, to be sure, alive and well among the professoriat—and its students and Mondoweiss of course.”

      Yes, it’s so alive that you and other Hasbara trolls can’t prove its existence,because it’s just an invention to shield Zionism.And when Hasbara trolls claim that it is not “overt” they simply admit that their fabrication isn’t verifiable.

    • John O
      February 12, 2017, 11:34 am

      @mayhem

      “… denying Jews who want to express their national identity the right as other people worldwide possess to do so.”

      The immorality and injustice stem from the treatment meted out to the indigenous people of Palestine. Other people wanting to express their national identity – e.g. Scots, Basques, Catalans, Palestinians – tend to be indigenous, not colonists.

      • Mayhem
        February 12, 2017, 7:37 pm

        @JohnO, you seem to be happy to turn the facts upside down to suit your political fancies. The Jews have the major claim to being the indigenous inhabitants of Palestine (as proven by archaeology) and the newly manufactured ‘Palestinians’ are mere usurpers. There is no solid body of evidence for a Palestinian Arab identity until the Jews arrived to stake their claim, when the xenophobic local Arab population got ‘shirty’ about a Jewish sovereign presence in their midst.

      • eljay
        February 12, 2017, 8:36 pm

        || Mayhem: @JohnO, you seem to be happy to turn the facts upside down to suit your political fancies. The Jews have the major claim to being the indigenous inhabitants of Palestine … ||

        You seem to be happy to turn the facts upside down, beat them and then summarily execute them to suit your supremacist fancies. “The Jews” had and have no claim to Palestine. The people who do have a claim to Palestine (now Israel and not-Israel) are its indigenous non-Jewish and Jewish population.

      • Annie Robbins
        February 13, 2017, 6:06 am

        Jews have the major claim to being the indigenous inhabitants

        no, they do not.

      • Mooser
        February 12, 2017, 8:51 pm

        “The Jews have the major claim to being the indigenous inhabitants of Palestine (as proven by archaeology)”

        Yeah whatever. How many Jews will it take to turn that lie into a truth, and where are they supposed to come from?
        Surely “Mayhem” you are not expecting the rest of the world to do this for us, are you?

        Make no mistake “Mayhem” I have no doubt 180 million Jews, working together for this end, could make it work!

      • talknic
        February 12, 2017, 11:33 pm

        @ Mayhem February 12, 2017, 7:37 pm

        ” you seem to be happy to turn the facts upside down to suit your political fancies. The Jews have the major claim to being the indigenous inhabitants of Palestine (as proven by archaeeology)”

        Care to show this archaeological evidence … thx.

        There is absolutely no evidence what so ever that Jewish folk were ever a majority in the region

        “There is no solid body of evidence for a Palestinian Arab identity until the Jews arrived to stake their claim”

        The Jewish scriptures tell us our Jewish forefathers conquered someone who was there before them.

        BTW your bullsh*t is irrelevant as of the moment Israel proclaimed it’s borders effective, precisely 00:01 May 15th 1948 (ME time) http://www.trumanlibrary.org/whistlestop/study_collections/israel/large/documents/newPDF/49.pdf As of that moment whatever territpry wasn’t proclaimed and recognized as Israeli simply was not and is still not Israeli by any legal agreement

      • diasp0ra
        February 13, 2017, 5:30 am

        @Mayhem

        Oh, so the inhabitants identified the wrong way for Mayhem so it’s okay now to ethnically cleanse them.

        What does this even mean? So what? So what if Palestinian identity was relatively late to form? Does that mean that the inhabitants didn’t exist? Does it mean that it became suddenly okay to colonize them?

        Stop conflating Judaism and Zionism. Jewish and Palestinian are not mutually exclusive identities. Everything that happened since the dawn of time in Palestine is my history and heritage. Including every single empire or people there. Some of us have outgrown outmoded ethnic nationalism.

      • RoHa
        February 13, 2017, 11:45 am

        “The Jews have the major claim to being the indigenous inhabitants of Palestine ”

        In what possible sense of “indigenous” can American, Polish, or Australian Jews be classed as indigenous inhabitants of Palestine?

        “the newly manufactured ‘Palestinians’ are mere usurpers.”

        Whom did the “Palestinians” usurp, and when did this usurpation occur?

        “when the xenophobic local Arab population got ‘shirty’ about a Jewish sovereign presence in their midst. ”

        I see you have learned that xenophobia is supposed to be be a Bad Thing, but that actually depends on the nature of the foreigners. When those foreigners intend to take over your country, and either drive you out or subjugate you, xenophobia is fully justified.

      • Mooser
        February 13, 2017, 3:11 pm

        “When those foreigners intend to take over your country, and either drive you out or subjugate you, xenophobia is fully justified.”

        In the case of an invasion, or violent settler-colonialism, wanting to get rid of the invaders or settlers hardly rises to the level of “xenophobia”.

    • Annie Robbins
      February 12, 2017, 1:06 pm

      mayhem, interesting the author of your article complains he got “heap of name-calling and essentially no sincere analysis” when he offers virtually no evidence of his claims and his “analysis” is grounded logic such as ‘the left has more “influence” on campus therefore they remain the biggest threat and therefore they are more anti semitic’. this is not a evidence of “left’s anti semitism being more pronounced”.

      in fact, he says himself, “Alt-right anti-Semitism, like right-wing anti-Semitism… is overt and stupid (meaning literally vulgar) and, therefore, is much easier to be tracked and combatted”. so how could “left’s anti semitism” be more pronounced? he further claims the left AS “masquerades” as anti zionism — as if anti zionism has no validity.

      he says ” I certainly don’t see why I can’t .. say that most of the “criticism” of Israel is anti-Semitic.”

      well, him “certainly” not seeing why he can’t make a claim is evidence of nothing. it’s just a claim. he doubles down and says he “believes” and “concludes” the left is worse. he references “two forms of anti-Semitism ” without ever establishing that anti zionism and criticism of israel is anti semitic.

      of course criticism of israel is and will continue to be more prevalent on campuses than anti semitism, which he “readily admit that the anti-Semitism wasn’t overwhelming” and even growing up “I can count the number of times I faced anti-Semitism on one hand”, iow, not much.

      making inflammatory statements, as he did, like “if the crematoria come to these shores, left-liberals will also be to blame” does not an argument make.

      last night someone sent me the david projects 2012 “A burning campus rethinking israel advocacy on campus”. the gist of it is that opinion of israel has shifted on campuses ( “dramatic increase in negativity” which curiously they do not ever connect to israel’s actions — gaza massacres etc) and since campuses are at the foreground of influence in america they need to combat this, “or craft an overarching strategy for how to deal with it…. A conceptual framework for understanding the situation for Israel on American campuses and a strategy for improving it is thus necessary.”

      the situation has only gotten worse as awareness grows of israel’s policy and oppression, so look at the tactic they are using:

      The central problem is that pervasive negativity toward Israel on key leading American university and college campuses is likely to erode long-term bipartisan support for the Jewish state. Campus has a heightened importance for Israel’s standing in the United States, as it is able to greatly impact the long-term worldview of a significant percentage of the population, as well as its opinion and political elite. It is further the mainstream venue where anti-Israelism finds the greatest acceptance.

      9. Campus also serves as the most important venue for disseminating anti-Israelism in American society. Anti-Israelists make effective use of the more widespread acceptance of anti-Israelism to promote their views both on campus itself and in general society.

      10. Throughout the report we use the term “anti-Israelism” to denote a specific form of bigotry targeted against the modern state of Israel. The key belief of anti-Israelism is that Israel is an illegitimate state with no moral claim to past, present, or continued existence under its own definition as a Jewish state. Anti-Israelism is usually, but not always, combined with longstanding anti-Jewish claims that the Jews are not a people, and therefore do not have the same rights (i.e. self-determination) as other peoples do. An “anti-Israelist” is a believer in anti-Israelism.

      what i am hearing here in 2012, is the david project is steering completely away from the central argument of palestinian activism — that of the quest for equality and to end the occupation and end expanded settlements (colonization) . this argument, that jews are not a people, is not a widespread concern on the left. plus, it’s rather irrelevant. instead of dealing with facts on the ground and policies of the state (continued expansion) this is couched in a language of ‘we have a “moral claim” to the land and if you deny that you’re denying our history and therefore an anti semite’.

      it’s a bunch of bs to stop criticism of israel and it’s not going to work. accusing ones adversaries of bigorty, as a central theme of countering criticism of israel, is merely an ad hominem attack and will continue to be viewed as such.

      • bintbiba
        February 13, 2017, 3:54 pm

        To diasp0ra @ 13 February , at 5:30 am

        …..”Everything that happened since the dawn of time in Palestine is my history and heritage. Including every single empire or people there. Some of us have outgrown outmoded ethnic nationalism. ”

        Thank you diasp0ra , I couldn’t have said it any better

    • Rashers2
      February 12, 2017, 2:27 pm

      @Mayhem, the inherent contradiction about Israel and its “rights” and ultimately, therefore, about Zionism is that it is, “a movement for (originally) the re-establishment and (now) the development and protection of a Jewish nation IN WHAT IS NOW ISRAEL” and was previously Palestine. The myth of Israel as “a land without a people for a people without a land” is exactly that – myth. Israel is superimposed on Palestine, home for centuries of – guess who? The Palestinians. The fact that Zionist politicians like Golda Meir have over decades denied the existence of a “Palestinian people” is evidence of absolutely nothing. She was a politician and did what politicians do: she lied.

      As for a “Jewish nation”, here the terrain becomes bumpier because it depends on how the user of the expression thinks of “Jewishness”. It cannot be an ethnicity because, if a geneticist mapped the genomes of four random Semitic (Mizrahi), African, Iranian and Ashkenazi Jews, the genetic maps would reveal four distinct genotypes. So “Jewishness” must be defined by a religious criterion. This is borne out by Israel’s own immigration policies, which officially permit the immigration of anyone from anywhere in the world, provided they’re Jews; and the test of this is based on the faith/religious identification of the immigrants’ antecedents.

      Please therefore explain to me why Jewish people, unique among the world’s minor faiths, need a nation state established through mass expulsions, dispossessions, terrorism and subjugation, built on top of other people’s land; but Seventh Day Adventists, Anabaptists, Zoroastrians and other groups which identify themselves through their religious adherences apparently feel no such compulsion to steal other people’s countries in order to establish their own nation states defined primarily by the religious adherence of the colonists.

      • Mayhem
        February 13, 2017, 6:34 am

        “home for centuries of – guess who? The Palestinians” Where is there a shred of evidence for that? It is all surmise and supposition that is ideologically driven by Pallywags. If anything, the name “Palestine” is fundamentally connected to the Jews. In the years leading up to the rebirth of Israel in 1948, those who spoke of “Palestinians” were nearly always referring to the region’s Jewish residents. Arab leaders repeatedly rejected the notion of a unique “Palestinian Arab” identity, insisting that Palestine was merely a part of “Greater Syria.”

      • echinococcus
        February 13, 2017, 8:32 am

        Of course Palestine is in greater Syria, and you guys don’t belong in it. Nohow. Personal papers please, as of 1897, or get lost.

      • eljay
        February 13, 2017, 8:52 am

        || Mayhem: … In the years leading up to the rebirth of Israel in 1948, those who spoke of “Palestinians” were nearly always referring to the region’s Jewish residents. … ||

        And those who spoke of Palestinians were never referring to Europe’s or Russia’s or America’s Jewish residents.

        Seeing as how the Jewish inhabitants of Palestine were known as Palestinians, what were the non-Jewish inhabitants of Palestine known as?

      • RoHa
        February 13, 2017, 11:30 am

        “home for centuries of – guess who? The Palestinians” Where is there a shred of evidence for that? It is all surmise and supposition …”

        So who was living in Palestine in the centuries before the Zionists turned up?

        ‘Arab leaders repeatedly rejected the notion of a unique “Palestinian Arab” identity, insisting that Palestine was merely a part of “Greater Syria.” ‘

        And why does it matter whether or not they had a unique “identity”? They were living in their own homes in their own country, and they were dispossessed. That was wrong regardless of their “identity”.

  11. yourstruly
    February 12, 2017, 2:27 am

    Yes, successfully opposing Trump calls for a united front against fascism and Zionism, but beyond that it demands a vision of what sort of world, were it up to us (the 99%, that is) to decide. And that moment will arrive but only if we remain united, initially in pursuit of a few universal goals such as workplace and retirement security, medicare for all, protecting mother earth, along with demilitarization. And as we gain momentum in our quest, behold, that just and peaceful world coming towards us.

  12. echinococcus
    February 12, 2017, 7:34 am

    Sorry, turn it in my head as much as I can it still doesn’t make sense:

    To oppose Trump, Jews must join the fight against fascism and Zionism

    Let’s see now, according to the above statement, the primary objective, or supreme good, is “opposing Trump”. Joining “the fight against fascism and Zionism”.

    Oooh right!

    And this is specifically for “Jews”; if it is the same for any other grouping is left unanswered, while the way it comes up in a title for an article specifically dedicated to “Jews” suggests that the problem is not universal but peculiarly “Jewish”, too.

    That much for the logic. As for the facts, reading the article just shows that it all was an assemblage of words to push the rise of “antisemitism” where there is no such thing.

    Seeing the number of similarly drifted articles, at times I have to ask myself if Mondoweiss’ “war of ideas in the Middle East” is now more a war of Dems and “Liberals” against Trump & Deplorables, in the US of A? I mean, no matter the opinions and acts regarding Palestinian resistance to Zionism?

    • echinococcus
      February 12, 2017, 3:15 pm

      A necessary edit:

      “Let’s see now, according to the above statement, the primary objective, or supreme good, is “opposing Trump”. Joining “the fight against fascism and Zionism” is seen as just a way to achieve opposition to Trump, not something desirable by itself

      Sorry for the omission.

  13. Ossinev
    February 12, 2017, 12:52 pm

    @Mayhem
    “then you yourself are unjust and immoral denying Jews who want to express their national identity the right as other people worldwide possess to do so”

    Please please please clarify. Being a naive Gentile I just don`t understand. A Jew born and living in Palm Springs and with American citizenship can express his or her “national identity” by eg voting , standing for government off ice , serving loyally in their country`s armed forces etc etc and lots of them do without suffering any withdrawal symptoms through not being able to “express their national identity”
    Same applies to a Golders Green Jew , a Montmartre Jew or a Reykjavic Jew, Why don`t t all of the 6 million plus (ie more than half the world`s Jewish population) simply move to your beloved Israel to “express” this “national ” identity. Perhaps methinks its because they don`t want to live in a nation which is teeming with right wing Fascist morons. Just a thought.

    • MHughes976
      February 12, 2017, 3:08 pm

      To my mind, everyone has a right to be an enfranchised citizen in a sovereign state and the right not to be expelled or excluded from his/ her home. Is that denied?
      I absolutely agree that these rights are not negated by the fact that one is Jewish.
      I deny that anyone has the right to insist on living in a state or polity where people of one’s own race or religion are the majority, because that so-called right would imply that people of the ‘Wrong’ kind could and should, if necessary, be disfranchised or excluded.

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