Hate crimes in America: either a trap or an opportunity for Palestine advocates

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A collusion exists between the anti-Semitic, White supremacist forces that have ascended to the White House and Zionists. While the former advocate for global apartheid and a race battle between Europeans/Whites/Western “values” and an imaginary construct of dark-skinned barbaric hordes, the latter promote a Jewish-only settler-colonialist “villa in the jungle” as an anti-Muslim, Western stronghold and a means to salvation in the form of the second coming (Christian Zionists) or the construction of the third temple (Jewish Zionists).

This relationship contains a glaring paradox: anti-Semitism is a central tenet of White supremacy, neo-Nazism and the “alt-right” just as much, if not more than, anti-Muslim sentiment.

There is a long history of collaboration between anti-Semitic forces and Zionists. Anti-Semites aim to get rid of Jews and all “other” races, while Zionists have worked to entice Jews, by any means necessary, to Israel’s shores, i.e. Judaizing Israel as a means to fight the “demographic threat” posed by native Palestinians.

This collaboration has recently culminated in a grotesque display of brotherly love between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the President of the United States Donald Trump.

Immediately following Trump’s surprising victory, Netanyahu, the self-anointed representative of world Jewry, praised Trump for his friendship and support of the state of Israel, as exemplified by his campaign rhetoric.

In their first joint press conference, which included reciprocal ego-stroking, Netanyahu clearly defined the currently convenient mutual interest that binds modern day Israel and Zionists with Trump and his anti-Semitic enablers: radical Islamic terrorism.

However, since the American elections there have been a series of anti-Semitic bomb threats and desecrations of Jewish cemeteries that are unrelated to Islamic terrorism. In fact, these add to a growing number of racist expressions against immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQI and other members of minority communities, apparently fueled by the emboldening of racist groups and individuals inspired by Trump’s ascendency.

In response to these incidents , Trump ignored his obvious culpability in this spike of violence and regressed to anti-Semitic rhetoric, claiming that the desecrations and attacks could be false flags perpetuated by Jews themselves. Furthermore, when directly asked by a reporter about the spike in anti-Semitism, Trump referenced Netanyahu’s support as a sort of vindication.

In this context, Netanyahu and his ilk are directly aiding and abetting anti-Semites. It is painfully ironic to recall the words of the newly-confirmed Israeli ambassador David Friedman, who accused members of the liberal Zionist group J Street of being “far worse than kapos”. Friedman has been serving Trump’s agenda in one capacity or another for years.

Trump’s particular claim underlines a nexus where anti-Zionists and anti-Semites sometimes converge and is a dangerous trap for Palestine advocates. Claims that dismiss an anti-Semitic and racist reality, such as those vocalized by Trump and supposedly backed by anecdotes of Jews involved in hate crimes, serve to validate notions of a Zionist conspiracy that foments anti-Semitism for the purpose of Jewish immigration (Aliyah) to Israel. Whereas fear has undoubtedly been used by Zionist propaganda (Hasbara) to promote Aliyah, it is erroneous to associate all, or even most expressions of anti-Semitism with this phenomenon. In fact, it is extremely counterproductive for Palestinian advocates to promote such claims as it serves to excuse the real culprits who are frequently White supremacists and anti-Muslim, and associates the Palestinian cause with right-wing anti-Semites.

Instead of falling into this trap, Palestinian advocates and members of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement would do well to continue to focus on forming allegiances with progressive and radical groups who represent other victimized minority communities with goals of equality and justice, such as the Black Lives Matter movement and others. The recent wave of Trump-inspired violence and bigotry inflicted on both Jewish and Muslim American communities has presented opportunities for building bridges of interfaith solidarity that have proved highly successful (see here and here).

Collaboration between repressed communities may be the best and only hope of fighting the divisiveness and ongoing cycle of violence and inequality, which plagues societies in America and Israel/Palestine.

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. echinococcus
    March 9, 2017, 1:45 pm

    I’ll believe these are bona fide “hate crimes” when I see a pig flying by my window.

    Also, one still has to see any evidence at all that the ” forces that have ascended to the White House” are “anti-Semitic”*. There is a White supremacist fraction among their supporters and voters, for whom Jewish (=Zionist, as there are no other examples visible) means a part of their favored master race, who are admired for their audacity to enforce their racial theories in all impunity.

    * Defined as racism, i.e. prejudice against a group based on real or supposed characteristics by birth.

  2. JLewisDickerson
    March 9, 2017, 4:59 pm

    RE: “[The Zionists] promote a Jewish-only settler-colonialist ‘villa in the jungle’ as an anti-Muslim, Western stronghold and a means to salvation in the form of the second coming (Christian Zionists) or the construction of the third temple (Jewish Zionists). “ ~ Litvin

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    Published on Sep 9, 2016
    Fanatic Jews, fanatic Islamists, fanatic Chritians – 3% of the world population – are capable or setting off WWIII.

    Prof. Jerry Kroth discusses the most volatile 35 acre site on planet earth, Haram-al-Sharif or what Israeli’s call the Temple Mount. While rational and sane negotiations proceed to resolve conflict at a snail’s pace, there are four collective, dark forces which impose themselves on this area: extreme Islamic fundamentalism, militant messianism, radical Christian evangelism, and the “inspired lunacy” of territoriality. These ‘four horsemen of the apocalypse’ predispose the entire region to nuclear annihilation.
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  3. Donald Johnson
    March 10, 2017, 8:50 am

    Good post. It’s weird seeing people deny antisemitism when there have been so many incidents. The one distinction I would make is that Islamophobia in one form or another has the backing of ” respectable” people and the government. You get it from Bill Maher, Donald Trump, Haim Saban, and so on. Antisemitism is something that lurks in the fringes in the US. Trump is reluctant to acknowledge it in his supporters and because he is an extreme narcissist he reacts badly to even the slightest trace of criticism, but he isn’t banning people from Israel.

    • Atlantaiconoclast
      March 13, 2017, 1:02 pm

      prove one of them! I have yet to see one that was not a hate hoax!

    • Mooser
      March 13, 2017, 4:28 pm

      “The one distinction I would make is that Islamophobia in one form or another has the backing of ” respectable” people and the government”

      Sure, but is that a distinction which makes any difference?

  4. Philip Weiss
    March 10, 2017, 9:56 am

    Litvin describes the trap, and commenters promptly rush into it, denying the existence of anti-Semitism.
    I agree w Donald re Islamophobia. Also; imagine the response if his daughter had married a Muslim and converted to Islam; would he have gotten elected.

    • Mooser
      March 10, 2017, 12:47 pm

      Maybe it is easy to rush into the trap at this time because the acts of antisemitism seem so tentative, compared to the acts of bigotry taking place towards minorities and Muslims and immigrants.

      Almost as if the perpetrators are probing to see how far it is safe (so to speak) to go, or possible to go, under the changing circumstances.

      • gamal
        March 10, 2017, 6:34 pm

        “because the acts of antisemitism seem so tentative, compared to the acts of bigotry taking place towards minorities and Muslims and immigrants”

        lets face it how can you tell if someone is Jewish?

        Indians and Sikhs are easily recognised as Iranians and Muslims in the US

        ( there is free food in the gurugurdwalla, dahl and rice usually, delicious)

  5. Eva Smagacz
    March 11, 2017, 1:58 pm

    Any one who is surprised that xenophobia and racism spills over to include Jews, despite their considerable progress towards being recognised and considered Caucasian/White and part of the Judeo-Christian family, must have their head examined.

    It was entirely predictable.

    The gamble that some Jewish circles took, that, by stoking up Islamophobia, they will gain support and understanding for Israeli racist policies from the racist Republican right, was a bet with a very poor odds and entirely foreseeable consequences.

    • Atlantaiconoclast
      March 13, 2017, 1:01 pm

      none of the Whites I personally know think Jews are non White, but I have read a number of Jews who argue that they are not White

      the notion that Jews are not White is largely a Jewish one these days

      • Mooser
        March 13, 2017, 1:55 pm

        “the notion that Jews are not White is largely a Jewish one these days”

        Now, now, you can’t blame people for wanting to be more than they are.
        Everybody has their pretensions.

        But somebody needs to tell those Jewish people not to get any funny ideas about not being ” not White”.

      • Mooser
        March 13, 2017, 4:23 pm

        “none of the Whites I personally know think Jews are non White”

        Well then, as long as we can fool the “Whites” into thinking we are one of them, things will be easier, plus, we like to marry the girls.

        , “but I have read a number of Jews who argue that they are not White”

        It’s just a matter of jumping to the winning side when Helter-Skelter comes down.

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