Wave of bomb threats renews charge that anti-Semitism is fueled by BDS

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Every Jewish group in the United States is rattled for one reason: Since Donald Trump’s election, 90 bomb threats have been called in to 73 Jewish Community Centers and schools throughout the country (and once in Canada).

Many Jewish groups connect the wave of anti-Semitic threats and hate crimes, including the vandalism of two Jewish cemeteries, to an empowered white nationalist movement that is blossoming under President Trump.

But there is a stark, albeit expected, divide on one question: whether the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel over human rights abuses is helping fuel the uptick in anti-Semitism in the U.S. Right-wing Jewish groups have cast BDS as a threat not only to Israel, but to Jews around the world. Left-wing groups that criticize Israel, though, say that this conflation obscures the roots of anti-Semitism, and is more about shutting up dissent than combatting anti-Jewish hatred.

On Monday, Malcolm Hoenlein, the head of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, told the Times of Israel that anti-Semitism is becoming a “pandemic” around the world. He’s worried about the phoned-in bomb threats, telling the Israeli outlet that they disrupt Jewish communal life. But, Hoenlein said, he’s more troubled about “what happens on campuses and the greater acceptance of charges against Israel.”

“Today it is accepted to say I am anti-Jewish,” said Hoenlein, whose organization consists of dozens of Jewish groups from across the political spectrum (though pro-BDS Jewish groups are nowhere to be found). And one of the reasons why it’s acceptable to be anti-Semitic, Hoenlein added, is BDS, which has provided a “cover for anti-Semitism.”

Hoenlein is the most prominent Jewish official to make the link between BDS and the worsening climate for Jewish Americans.

Also on Monday, Zalman Shoval, a former Israeli ambassador to the U.S., wrote in Israel Hayom that “the main anti-Semitic threat to U.S. Jews today is from elements mostly identified with the Left — such as the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement — whose purpose is to completely delegitimize the State of Israel and to cancel out the Jewish people’s very existence.” Michael Oren, another former Israeli ambassador to the U.S., made a similar argument.

The comments are part of a sustained campaign by right-wing Jewish and Israeli figures to link BDS to anti-Semitism. Critics of BDS have pointed to research alleging that BDS activism spurs anti-Semitic activity on college campuses. But anti-occupation Jewish groups say the current wave of anti-Semitic attacks clearly originates from the far-right.

JJ Goldberg, the editor-at-large at The Forward, said this divide over BDS and anti-Semitism is a reflection of intense polarization in the Jewish community.

“There’s a whole lot of team playing going on, where the right want to blame everything on the left, and the left wants to blame everything on the right,” he said.

IfNotNow, a group focused on ending American Jewish support for Israel’s occupation but takes no position on the BDS movement, is one progressive group that rejects Hoenlein’s reasoning.

“There’s really no basis to connect BDS to the recent spate of anti-Semitic hate crimes we’re seeing. There’s clearly been a spike in these types of incidents since the election of Trump, who has openly aligned himself with known anti-Semites and white nationalists,” said Morriah Kaplan, a member of IfNotNow.

“It seems [Hoenlein is] more interested in using these incidents to vilify the BDS movement, in line with de facto Israeli foreign policy, rather than taking action to actually keep American Jews safe,” Kaplan added.

Ben Lorber, Jewish Voice for Peace’s campus coordinator, told Mondoweiss that there is a deliberate strategy at work when Jewish groups conflate the BDS movement with anti-Semitism in the U.S. Lorber said Jewish establishment organizations want to tarnish the BDS movement with charges of bigotry to halt the spread of criticism of Israel, which has been particularly vociferous on college campuses. He also said that Palestine solidarity groups have consistently condemned anti-Semitism.

He pointed to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which has pressed the Trump administration to pour resources into a plan to halt the spread of anti-Semitism. But at the same time, the ADL continues to focus on fighting the BDS movement, which the organization says is anti-Semitic.

In December, the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, a bill crafted by the ADL to address anti-Semitism in the U.S., passed the Senate. But critics of the bill said it conflated legitimate criticism of Israel with bigotry by using a State Department definition of anti-Semitism that they say could be used to crack down on Palestinian rights activism. The bill did not advance farther than the Senate, but Lorber said that Congress, working in concert with groups like the ADL, may reintroduce the legislation and work with President Trump to sign it into law. Lorber fears that Trump could exploit fears of anti-Semitism to go after Palestinian human rights advocates.

That’s exactly what the Zionist Organization of America, a right-wing group, is now urging Trump to do. In response to the vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, the group called on the Justice Department to investigate anti-Semitism on college campuses–which they say comes from Students for Justice in Palestine–alongside the anti-Semitic hate crimes and bomb threats.

“What’s so dangerous is that in Trump’s America, free speech is under attack at levels of society from the media to college campuses,” said Jewish Voice for Peace’s Lorber. “We might see, under the guise of protecting Jews, the Trump administration going to silence the human rights voices of thousands of college students, instead of fighting white supremacists and neo-Nazis.”

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  1. Maghlawatan
    March 2, 2017, 11:39 am

    It’s easier for Hoenlein to attack BDS than go after someone like Ann Coulter,the Trump supporter who commented publicly about “f#cking Jews”

    • JLewisDickerson
      March 4, 2017, 12:22 am

      RE: “It’s easier for Hoenlein to attack BDS than go after someone like Ann Coulter,the Trump supporter who commented publicly about ‘f#cking Jews'” ~ Maghlawatan

      MY COMMENT: Hoenlein is nothing but a very highly paid hack. He says what his paymasters pay him to say.

      SEE: “The ‘Israel First’ Industry and CEO Profiteering” | by James Petras | dissidentvoice.org | January 16th, 2014

      [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
        March 6, 2017, 6:36 am

        RE: “Hoenlein is nothing but a very highly paid hack.” ~ moi (from above)

        CLARIFICATION: Hoenlein is a very highly paid political/PR hack. As to the efficacy of his managerial skills, I wouldn’t want to hazard a guess. Finally, as to his fundraising abilities (i.e., the care, feeding, ego-stroking, etc. of “major donors”) I’m satisfied that Hoenlein is very highly skilled (i.e., quite the barn burner), but not quite on a par with the ADL’s former CEO, Abe Foxman, and his $688,280 per annum!

      • JLewisDickerson
        March 6, 2017, 6:49 am

        P.S. What does it mean when someone says “stroke my ego”? ~ https://www.quora.com/What-does-it-mean-when-someone-stroke-my-ego

    • JLewisDickerson
      March 4, 2017, 1:13 am

      RE: “It’s easier for Hoenlein to attack BDS than go after someone like Ann Coulter,the Trump supporter who commented publicly about ‘f#cking Jews'” ~ Maghlawatan

      HERZL: “The anti-Semites will become our most dependable friends, the anti-Semitic countries our allies.”

      SEE: “Zionism and the Ethnic Cleansing of Europe”, by Siddhartha Shome, Stanford University, 2014

      [EXCERPTS] The Holocaust was by far the worst genocide in human history and has understandably attracted much scholarly interest. However, the Holocaust did not happen in isolation. As the term ‘final solution’ indicates, it was intended as the culmination of a broad effort to ethnically cleanse(1) Europe of its Jews – an effort that preceded the Holocaust and continued even after it ended. This paper argues that in a curious ideological relationship, Zionists(2) and their supporters embraced much of the ideological framework of European anti-Semitism, and, except for its most intense manifestation in the form of genocide, implicitly endorsed the effort to ethnically cleanse Jews from Europe and make Europe judenrein (free of Jews)…

      . . . Zionism arose in Europe within the milieu of völkisch and ethnic nationalism and in reaction to the racist anti-Semitism that accompanied it(6). Instead of directly challenging the core ideological assumptions and narratives of völkisch nationalism, mainstream Zionists(7) sought to find an accommodation that would carve out a secure niche for Jews within the overall framework of völkisch nationalism. In so doing, Zionists, whether out of genuine convictions or otherwise, seem to have accepted and even internalized some of the core values and assumptions of völkisch nationalism. Jews, claimed the Zionists, constituted a nation, or a ‘Volk,’ united by ties of blood, with its national homeland located in Eretz Israel (the land of Israel). The solution to the ‘Jewish problem,’ they declared, lay in transferring the diaspora Jewish population to their national homeland, the only place where Jews could establish the organic blood-and-soil links necessary for any nation to flourish. Theodor Herzl, considered by many to be the father of the Jewish state, believed that European anti-Semites and Zionists would cooperate with each other to advance their mutually complementary goals of cleansing Europe of its Jews and transferring the Jewish population to Eretz Israel. Partly quoting Herzl, one author describes Herzl’s reasoning,

      [Herzl] predicted that the anti-Semites would be Zionism’s best supporters: “the Government of all countries scourged by anti-Semitism will be keenly interested in assisting us to obtain [the] sovereignty we want.” … Furthermore, “honest anti-Semites … will combine with our officials in controlling the transfer of our estates.” … He unapologetically affirmed: “The anti-Semites will become our most dependable friends, the anti-Semitic countries our allies.” (Massad 178)

      In the early years of the Third Reich, Zionists were quite eager to cooperate with the Nazi regime, even though its anti-Semitic credentials were never in doubt. The most famous example of the Nazi-Zionist cooperation is the Haavara Agreement, which facilitated the transfer of German Jews to Palestine. There were many other avenues for cooperation as well. In Eichmann in Jerusalem, Hannah Arendt quotes Hans Lamm, a leading member of the German Jewish community, “it is indisputable that during the first stages of their Jewish policy the National socialists thought it proper to adopt a pro-Zionist attitude” (Arendt 58). Arendt then goes on to explain why this was so:

      It was in those years a fact of everyday life that only Zionists had any chance of negotiating the German authorities, for the simple reason that their chief Jewish adversary, the Central Association of German Citizens of Jewish Faith, to which ninety-five percent of organized Jews in Germany then belonged, specified in its bylaws that its chief task was the “fight against anti-Semitism”; it had suddenly become by definition an organization “hostile to the State.” (Arendt 58)

      What is unsaid, but implied in Arendt’s comments, is that the Zionists did not consider the “fight against anti-Semitism” their chief task, and perhaps, not their task at all.

      According to the logic of Zionism, the root cause of Jewish suffering was not anti-Semitism per se, but the Jewish exile from their national homeland. In this view, anti-Semitism was no more than the inevitable consequence of the Jewish exile, which had severed the organic bond between the Jewish people and their homeland, and had eroded the Jews’ moral fiber, reducing them to a ‘parasitic’ existence, thereby arousing the ill-will and hatred of their ‘host nations.’ The Zionists thus accepted and endorsed the notion, advanced by völkisch anti-Semites, that Jews in Europe were alien parasites. The Zionists then called upon Jews to rectify this dire situation by ‘returning’ to their homeland, shedding their ‘parasitic’ disposition, and becoming self-reliant and valorous farmers and warriors. David Ben-Gurion describes the task at hand:

      The very realization of Zionism is nothing else than carrying out this deep historical transformation occurring in the life of the Hebrew people. This transformation does not limit itself to the geographical aspect, to the movement of Jewish masses from the countries of the Diaspora to the renascent homeland – but in a socioeconomic transformation as well: it means taking masses of uprooted, impoverished, sterile Jews, living parasitically off an alien economic body and dependent on others – and introducing them to productive and creative life, implanting them on the land, integrating them into primary production in agriculture, in industry and handicraft… (Avineri, 200) . . .

      ENTIRE PAPER (PDF) – http://www.academia.edu/16928242/Zionism_and_the_Ethnic_Cleansing_of_Europe

  2. Maghlawatan
    March 2, 2017, 11:45 am

    David Frum retweeted Judah Ari Gross‏

    [email protected] 2 h

    My mom works at @AshevilleJCC, which got a bomb threat this week. With her OK, I’m sharing a message she sent to our family WhatsApp group.
    “We were greeted this morning by 20+ folks from various churches with flowers, chocolates, pastries, basically support. It was something to see”

    • JLewisDickerson
      March 5, 2017, 4:00 am

      I always assumed there was a very substantial, residual vein of anti-Semitism in this country; but I am shocked to see how close that vein is to the surface, and how easily it can be unearthed.

      It is truly frightening!

      FROM RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH’S 1992 FILM “CHAPLIN”:

      [This scene takes place behind the HOLLYWOODLAND sign, to where they had ridden their horses.]

      • Douglas Fairbanks: “Charles, you’re a foreigner; you’re still an outsider. You’ve never understood this country.”

      • Charlie Chaplin: “It’s a good country underneath, Doug.”

      • Douglas Fairbanks: “No, it’s a good country on *top*. Underneath, that’s what starts showing when we’re scared.”

      NOTE: The use of “*top*” means that top was said with emphasis.

      SOURCE – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103939/quotes

      • JLewisDickerson
        March 5, 2017, 8:15 am

        P.S. I’m beginning to view Donald Trump as our Caligula (i.e., Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus) ! ! !

        Incitatus
        From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incitatus

        Incitatus (Latin pronunciation: [in.ki.ˈtaː.tus]) was the favored horse of Roman emperor Caligula (reigned 37–41 AD). His name is a Latin adjective meaning “swift” or “at full gallop”.

        According to Suetonius, in the Lives of the Twelve Caesars (121 AD), Incitatus had a stable of marble, with an ivory manger, purple blankets, and a collar of precious stones. Dio Cassius has indicated that the horse was attended to by servants and was fed oats mixed with gold flake. Suetonius also wrote that it was said that Caligula planned to make Incitatus a consul,[1] and that the horse would “invite” dignitaries to dine with him in a house outfitted with servants there to entertain such events.

        The accuracy of the received history has been questioned by historical revisionists such as Anthony A. Barrett. . .


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      • JLewisDickerson
        March 6, 2017, 4:11 am

        P.P.P.S.
        Morris Berman: Is There Hope for Donald Trump’s America?

      • JLewisDickerson
        March 6, 2017, 5:26 am

        Ancients Behaving Badly – Caligula

      • JLewisDickerson
        March 6, 2017, 6:57 am

        Allan Nairn and Stephen Kinzer: US Foreign Policy

        Published on Oct 21, 2016
        Journalists Allan Nairn and Stephen Kinzer criticize US foreign policy and supportive media at the Breaking Through Power Conference September 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. This is a 58 minute edit for cablecast on public access stations.

      • Maghlawatan
        March 6, 2017, 9:06 am

        @JLD

        Trump reminds me of Caligula too.

        Trump and Caligula share at least 5 characteristics
        • Extravagance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOgKboHkjZE
        • Sexual perversion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKB92ohXn20
        • Construction fetish https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybUCW6mAems
        • Ran a corrupt system
        • Cruelty https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFOy8-03qdg

        There are few surviving sources about the reign of Emperor Caligula, although he is described as a noble and moderate ruler during the first six months of his reign.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6ZtdRbwAJk

        It is known that during his brief reign, Caligula worked to increase the unconstrained personal power of the emperor, as opposed to countervailing powers within the principate

      • JLewisDickerson
        March 6, 2017, 9:17 am

        THE ROMAN EMPIRE: CALIGULA and 1400 Days of Terror

  3. eljay
    March 2, 2017, 12:53 pm

    … “Today it is accepted to say I am anti-Jewish,” said Hoenlein … And one of the reasons why it’s acceptable to be anti-Semitic, Hoenlein added, is BDS, which has provided a “cover for anti-Semitism.” …

    This is news to me. As far as I know, it still is not acceptable for one to say he is anti-Jewish or for one to be anti-Semitic. And that’s a good thing.

    But it is – and it should be – perfectly acceptable to be anti-military occupation, anti-colonialism, anti-(war) crimes and anti-supremacism.

    If Zionists find too stressful the backlash against the evils they deliberately and unapologetically advocate, commit and/or defend, perhaps they should stop advocating, committing and/or defending those evils.

    • JWalters
      March 2, 2017, 8:16 pm

      Excellent points. And to be fair, we must keep in mind that Zionists have a history of using false flag attacks on Jews to gain support since before Israel was established.
      http://mondoweiss.net/2017/01/terrorism-israeli-state/

      In addition, before he backtracked Natanyahu famously said the 9/11 attack was “good for Israel” because it would gain support. “Good for Israel” seems to be the only relevant metric in Zionist thinking.

      • Egbert
        March 3, 2017, 8:31 am

        Maybe the Trumpists were also responsible for the frequent desecration of Muslim graves in the West Bank? After all, they seem to have a big thing about Muslims. All the countries included in the travel ban were Muslin countries.

  4. Maghlawatan
    March 2, 2017, 4:37 pm

    The tragedy of the situation is that the Palestinians understand Jews better than anyone and are natural allies. People like Hoenlein and Bannon are the enemy.

  5. Citizen
    March 2, 2017, 4:42 pm

    CNN said that police officials have claimed that many of the threatening phone calls came from overseas.

    • JWalters
      March 2, 2017, 8:18 pm

      Very interesting. Are Trump’s “low information” supporters flying overseas to make threatening phone calls? Why would they want to endure the airport security checkpoints to do that?

    • oldgeezer
      March 3, 2017, 8:10 pm

      @citizen

      One of the more interesting parts of that is that they have said that the process of tracing the calls is difficult due to the level of spoofing involved.

      This is of course wrong on the face of it. Either they don’t want the makers of the calls to know they are on to them or they don’t want to say who is making those calls for some reason,.

      Spoofing a call has nothing to do with the placing or routing of a call. Nor does it impact on even the billing records for said call.

      We shall see as the story unfolds.

  6. Maghlawatan
    March 2, 2017, 4:46 pm

    I wonder what the ADL will say. It has been fighting the imaginary antisemitism of antiZionism for a while but now the wolf is back on stage. The real end of economic cycle Jew hatred which was around a long time before Judaism started to tango with the Palestinians.

    • JWalters
      March 2, 2017, 8:28 pm

      The bogus use of anti-Semitism accusations is starting to generate blowback. “Israel’s Anti-Semitism Smears Backfire”
      https://consortiumnews.com/2017/03/01/israels-anti-semitism-smears-backfire

      • Maghlawatan
        March 3, 2017, 1:38 am

        It’s the boy who cried wolf. For real

      • Maghlawatan
        March 3, 2017, 3:09 am

        That article is good but it only scratches the surface of a very important issue. Antisemitism was basically dormant since 1945. It has a long gestation period linked to economic conditions. The Zionists appropriated the theme to attack pro justice supporters. They thought antisemitism was over too. Many careers were destroyed. In the process the term became meaningless. It essentially meant anti Zionism.

        Now the real thing is back.

      • yonah fredman
        March 3, 2017, 11:48 am

        Antisemitism was basically dormant since 1945. In the west. Not in Russia and eastern europe, where it erupted at intervals, with antizionist trial of Slansky in Czechoslovakia in the 40’s and systemic antisemitism in Poland 1968. *Also the white fight against desegregation in the South (of the US) involved a few bombings of synagogues, for “interloper” Jews were enemies to southern racists, and also the kkk emphasized whiteness but also Christianity. ( Christian identity rather than Christian ethics.)

      • Maghlawatan
        March 4, 2017, 3:01 pm

        Yonah, that’s true. I remember when Sharansky was imprisoned just because he was Jewish and how many people worked to free him. And he turned out to be a repressive **** who doesn’t give a sh+t about human rights. Very Zionist.

  7. talknic
    March 2, 2017, 5:36 pm

    http://www.haaretz.com/us-news/1.774995

    ” I don’t want to label it anti-Semitism, I don’t think there’s any proof of that,’ cemetery manager says, “

    • Egbert
      March 3, 2017, 8:24 am

      In 1989, a Jewish businessman was ordered to pay $5.5 million after a court found he forced a Florida restaurateur out of business by falsely accusing him of anti-Semitic conduct.

      ‘The Third District Court of Appeal in Miami said in its ruling Wednesday that the restaurateur, Denis Rety, was ”entitled to an unprecedented compensatory and punitive damage award so as to fit the vicious arrogance of the defendant’s conduct.” ‘

      http://www.nytimes.com/1989/02/20/us/false-claim-of-anti-semitism-brings-a-ruling-of-5.5-million.html

      The article is worth reading to get the full details of the origins of the incident.

      • JLewisDickerson
        March 5, 2017, 9:23 am

        To say the least, Arthur Green (who accused Rety of anti-Semitism) is not what I would call a “stand-up guy”. I would like to think he did time, but the odds are that he pretty much got off scot-free.

        [EXCERPT] . . . Thursday`s judgment comes on the heels of a November 1985 federal indictment against Green and his company`s vice-president, Barry Adelberg, in what the government said was a scheme to illegally import hundreds of thousands of pounds of “cheap foreign sugar.“

        The indictment said the men received more than $18 million in gross revenue for illegally marketing the foreign sugar in the United States.

        Green pleaded guilty to five counts of conspiracy and violations of U.S. import laws, [and] faces a possible prison sentence. He has been ordered to forfeit the $18 million in sugar or pay its value.

        Southern Commodity, a Miami manufacturer of liquid sugar for industrial use, was one of the major commodity firms in the southeastern United States. The company filed for protection from its creditors in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in 1985.

        SOURCE – http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/1986-02-21/news/8601110682_1_punitive-damages-epoque-libel

  8. CigarGod
    March 3, 2017, 9:07 am

    Until we know who turned over the head stones, I’m not assuming any particular culprit.
    I’ve lived thru too many false flags that we know about, who knows how many we don’t…and too many officials that have lied before congress that we know about…and who knows how many we don’t.

    For every rat you see, there are 10 you don’t. It is a universal rule.

  9. oneangrycomic
    March 3, 2017, 9:56 am

    BDS causing bomb threats? Just more Hasbara lies for Trump to cite when he implements laws preventing criticism of Israel, Zionism, etc. Wolves don’t need to actually exist for these war mongers to continue screaming that they threaten our existence! Looks like we have graduated from lying about Russian stealth subs to seeing ISIS everywhere and smearing BDS and anyone criticizing Israel.

    When BDS’ momentum reaches a tipping point (assuming illegal, unconstitutional legislation can’t slow it down) watch out for a “false flag operation”. Those ZioNuts will go WAY beyond false claims that BDS is responsible for bomb threats, etc. Once we have another 9/11, the gloves will really come off – mass deportations, security checkpoints, more foreign countries bombed to rubble, further unchecked NSA surveillance, revoking constitutional rights such as freedom of speech, etc.

    Could this post and others like it lead to charges of treason under this administration? Will Dershowitz be named to chair a renewed Council to investigate “Un-American Activities”? The Dersh was a rabid dog at Harvard, ferreting out anything even remotely resembling his interpretation of anti-Semitism – he’s the perfect choice!

    Trump, Bannon, Kirshner and the rest of the ZioCabinet are all poster boys for “1984”. Orwell is spinning in his grave. Meanwhile, Trump’s promise to curtail military spending just resulted in more $BILLIONS and $BILLIONS being ADDED to the military budget of our militaristic, fascist state. We must protect the Homeland at all cost – and Israel must be our FIRST priority!

  10. Kay24
    March 3, 2017, 11:24 pm

    It must be disappointing to those who cast blame for this ugly crime on Muslims and the BDS, hoping they can spew their hatred again.

    Let us not forget that the Muslims raised a lot of money to help put the cemetery back together, and even physically helped to move the gravestones. A wonderful show of unity.

    I wish people with mental issues would leave cemeteries alone. Let the dead rest in peace.

  11. DaBakr
    March 3, 2017, 11:35 pm

    @km

    . If it’s true the man arrested was in the employ of a news org. Associated with Glen Greenwald
    And was at least a very left leaning outlet I wonder what the comments calling trump everything from a fool to the most evil fascist. It’s the left going to say the whole thing was a double false flag initiated by zionists?

    • lysias
      March 4, 2017, 11:53 am

      The Intercept fired Thompson several months ago for fabricating quotes.

  12. JoeSmack
    March 5, 2017, 4:19 pm

    “IfNotNow, a group focused on ending American Jewish support for Israel’s occupation but takes no position on the BDS movement, is one progressive group that…”

    This statement is a contradiction in terms. If Not Now takes no position on BDS, which translates to being against it (you either boycott something or you don’t, if you’re not boycotting then you are against BDS). If that is the case then they are not a “progressive group”.

    It is bad enough that Zionist groups are trying to slander Palestine activism by tying it to anti-Semitism, we should reject the attempt to find token Jewish groups that reject this worldview when they are unprincipled on Palestine. The attempts to characterize Palestine solidarity as “anti-Semitic” is part of the Zionist worldview and is based on the same racism that regards Black Lives Matter as “anti-white”. We should not play into their propaganda by promoting Jewish groups that themselves have unprincipled views on Palestine, even if they don’t agree with the smears.

  13. catalan
    March 6, 2017, 1:23 pm

    Mag,
    of the five sins you list for Trump-, Extravagance • Sexual perversion • Construction fetish • Ran a corrupt system • Cruelty – I am kind of guilty of at least three, maybe four. I never ran a corrupt system, and am not cruel (although I was quite cruel as a kid and when I was younger).
    I don’t see what’s the problem with extravagance (if you can afford it), sexual perversion (provided it is between consenting adults), construction (if you like houses and all that stuff). As for the corrupt system, I didn’t run one, but boy oh boy is Bulgaria corrupt?!?

    • Mooser
      March 6, 2017, 3:14 pm

      “of the five sins you list for Trump”

      Did you include ‘selling the US out to Russia’? Cause, that’s what the big one is looking like.

  14. The JillyBeans
    March 8, 2017, 5:02 pm

    The inconvenient truth is that those who are making the bomb threats are Trump voters who don’t like Jews, and couldn’t care less about Palestinians (i.e. Muslims). So no, they are not likely to be BDS proponents.

    Hoenlein is looking for way to make BDS a scapegoat. He himself is probably an idiot Trump voter who can’t handle the anti Semitic, but frolics in the anti-Muslim sentiment of fellow Trump voters.

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