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Once again, ‘NYT’ says Judaism = Zionism

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The best thing about this article in today’s New York Times on the nomination of pro-Israel activist Kenneth Marcus to be the assistant secretary for civil rights in the Education Department is the headline, which identifies him accurately: “An Advocate for Israel Draws Fire as He Nears Confirmation to Civil Rights Post.”

But a theme of the article is that the boycott movement against Israel, B.D.S., pits “Jews” against “students of color.”

“On campus after campus, the B.D.S. movement — Boycott, Divest and Sanction Israel — has driven a wedge between Jewish students and students of color, challenging university administrations and straining the traditional bonds between Jews and other minorities.”

The article leads with an anecdote about a showdown at the University of Wisconsin, along those lines, over a resolution to divest from companies/countries doing human rights abuses.

A student representative who was Jewish said that the last-minute inclusion of Israel “crossed the line from legitimate conversation to a point where I consider it malicious.” The student government chairwoman, who is black, suggested the opposition to the resolution amounted to “white supremacy,” which she condemned with a four-letter expletive.

In the aftermath, Kenneth L. Marcus, the founder and president of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, decided to enter the fray, writing to university administrators to denounce calls for divestment from Israel as anti-Semitic, and to assail the meeting as hostile toward Jewish students. He urged that the black student leader be disciplined.

Every Jew in this story is frightened by advocates for BDS.

Ariela Rivkin, the Jewish student representative on the [Wisconsin student] council. . . and other students felt targeted by [student government chairwoman Carmen] Gosey’s comments and believed that her decision to allow the divestment legislation to be introduced on the Jewish holiday of Passover was harassing and exclusionary.

Hold on. Lots of Jews support BDS. The burgeoning organization Jewish Voice for Peace, for instance. And the young Jews of IfNotNow are at least neutral on the matter, with many quietly supporting it. Peter Beinart and Americans for Peace Now and other liberal Zionists support BDS with respect to settlements beyond the Green Line — though Ken Marcus also sees those initiatives as anti-Semitic. In his view, “‘Israel’ means Israel or Israeli-controlled territories.” Where are all the Jews who disagree?

The article is not so bad later on. Maya Berry of the Arab American Institute says that Marcus is both more dangerous than and “infinitely more effective” than Betsy DeVos, Trump’s ideological education secretary.

And the Times reporter, Erica Green, links support for BDS not to anti-Semites, but to human rights groups.

Human rights groups also expressed concern that Mr. Marcus will use his office to further a more narrow agenda: combating the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement on college campuses, which he believes has devolved into violent, anti-Semitic harassment.

She also quotes Rahul Saksena of Palestine Legal.

“His primary mission is not to support students’ civil rights; it’s to protect Israel from criticism.”

But then it’s right back to all those Jewish students opposed to Palestinian ones.

Mr. Marcus has lobbied for institutions and the Education Department to adopt a definition of anti-Semitism that Jewish activists embrace but that many Palestinian rights groups say would render criticism of Israel as hate speech.

So long as Zionism is conflated with Judaism, then criticism of Israel would be anti-Semitic. But they’re not the same, as more and more Jews are trying to make clear to the media.

H/t Donald Johnson

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  1. ckg
    January 19, 2018, 12:51 pm

    Lots of Jews support BDS.

    Indeed. JVP’s Rebecca Vilkomerson wrote in Twitter about the Times article:

    Disastrous appointment. Really tired of misleading reporting of “Jewish students” as a monolith of opposition to BDS when plenty support it. It intentionally blurs the line between discrimination and advocacy for human rights for all.

  2. maliban
    January 19, 2018, 1:43 pm

    To identify the truly sick racists google: chief rabbi of Israel says only purpose of goyim is to serve jews, life of goyim worth same as donkey. Netanyahu says this jerk is the greatest mind of this generation.

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/5-of-ovadia-yosefs-most-controversial-quotations/

    • Mooser
      January 19, 2018, 4:04 pm

      ” chief rabbi of Israel says only purpose of goyim is to serve jews, life of goyim worth same as donkey. “

      I guess a knowledge of numerology is no guarantee against being innumerate. He obviously can’t count Jews.

      • Mooser
        January 20, 2018, 12:36 pm

        What am I going to do with over 500 servants? (If my arithmetic is correct)

      • John O
        January 20, 2018, 2:19 pm

        @Mooser

        500 servants? You won’t have to do anything.

      • RoHa
        January 20, 2018, 7:10 pm

        Pay us. Unless we are actually slaves. Then you just have to feed us.

  3. watzal
    January 20, 2018, 8:59 am

    Zionism has nothing to do with Judaism. Judaism is a religion and an ethical code of behavior. Zionism, however, is a racist ethnocentric ideology that is used to oppress and exploit a helpless people. There are many Jews, believers, and non-believers, who object to Zionism and its ugly political face. Even they, as Jewish Voice for Peace, are slandered as anti-Semites because they support the BDS movement. This movement has nothing to do with anti-Semitism. The problem, however, is the millions of Philo-Semites who function as Zionist’s “Willing Executioners”. who does their dirty work, especially in Germany? Political functionaries, such as Kenneth Marcus, just do their work for which they were appointed, plus the Zionist political extra load. If one reads the work of Professor Jacov Rabkin or knows about the resistance of the millions of Rabbis against Zionism should fight this wicked ideology with the ideas and arguments of these great intellectuals. Compared to them, the so-called Zionist “intellectuals” are just a nobody.

    • Keith
      January 20, 2018, 11:35 am

      WATZAL- “Zionism has nothing to do with Judaism.”

      Zionism has everything to do with Classical Judaism and Jewish peoplehood.

      • MHughes976
        January 20, 2018, 12:17 pm

        I would like to think (which is not much of an argument, I agree) that those forms of Judaism and of Christianity that do imply Z are inauthentic

      • Mooser
        January 20, 2018, 12:24 pm

        See, Zionists are very concerned about Jewish survival. That’s why they insist every Jewish egg must be in Zionism’s basket, and every Jew is implicated in Zionism.
        That seems more like a suicide plan than a survival strategy.

        They bind Judaism to Zionism like it just isn’t possible for people to dislike something because it is Jewish. Isn’t that a dumb thing to do in what is (according to them) an anti-Semitic world?

      • Matt McLaughlin
        January 20, 2018, 12:52 pm

        . Rabkin says: “Jews, including myself, pray three or four times a day for the return to the Holy Land. But praying for something and actually taking it from its owner are two different things.” – Prof Rabkin, Univ Montreal, Russian born Jew

      • eljay
        January 20, 2018, 1:08 pm

        || Mooser: See, Zionists are very concerned about Jewish survival. That’s why they insist every Jewish egg must be in Zionism’s basket, and every Jew is implicated in Zionism. … Isn’t that a dumb thing to do in what is (according to them) an anti-Semitic world? ||

        Zionism needs more jackdaws. They’re highly intelligent. Nobel Prize winner (and Nazi party member and anti-Semite) Konrad Lorenz said so.

      • eljay
        January 20, 2018, 1:31 pm

        || Matt McLaughlin: Rabkin says: “Jews, including myself, pray three or four times a day for the return to the Holy Land. But praying for something and actually taking it from its owner are two different things.” – Prof Rabkin, Univ Montreal, Russian born Jew ||

        Dude’s been wanting to self-determine himself in this one chick for ages. “Next year in Geri Salem!” he says regularly. Finally, he makes his move and “returns” to his one true homegirl. She puts up a fight – she’s obviously an anti-dudeite who hates him more than she loves herself – which leaves him no choice but to brutalize her in self-defence.

        Her supporters call for her to be liberated and for him to be held accountable for his actions. His defenders argue that he’s a victim of “dude hatred”, that he shouldn’t be “singled out”, that “murderers exist so it’s OK to rape” and, anyway, there’s no such thing as “perfect justice”.

      • Keith
        January 20, 2018, 2:37 pm

        MHUGHES976- “I would like to think (which is not much of an argument, I agree) that those forms of Judaism and of Christianity that do imply Z are inauthentic”

        American Rabbinical support for Israel and Zionism is real and needs to be acknowledged. It is not up to you or me to define Judaism which has multiple strands. Currently, an undeniable symbiosis has occurred between Zionism and most of the strands of Judaism. Zionism has replaced Classical Judaism as the unifier of the Jewish people. And Jews are a people to the extent that they believe they are. Kinship is not a figment of Yuri Slezkine’s imagination.

      • Keith
        January 20, 2018, 2:46 pm

        MOOSER- “See, Zionists are very concerned about Jewish survival.”

        No, they are not. Zionist elites are primarily concerned with acquiring power and will take risks to do so. All elites are primarily concerned with acquiring power and will take risks to do so. If the elites were concerned with survival, nuclear weapons would have been eliminated long ago.

      • echinococcus
        January 20, 2018, 4:10 pm

        Hughes,

        Sure, you’d like to. Most of us are so constructed that we need to rationalize even admittedly irrational belief. To make that one effective, though, you’d have to devise a definition of religion such that it expressly excludes Zionism.

      • Mooser
        January 20, 2018, 6:00 pm

        “No, they are not.”

        They are not very concerned about Jewish survival? This is very distressing information. I was counting on them. Elites, don’t fail me now!

      • Misterioso
        January 20, 2018, 6:33 pm

        @Keith

        Henry Morgenthau Sr., renowned Jewish American and former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, 1919: “Zionism is the most stupendous fallacy in Jewish history….The very fervour of my feeling for the oppressed of every race and every land, especially for the Jews, those of my own blood and faith, to whom I am bound by every tender tie, impels me to fight with all the greater force against this scheme, which my intelligence tells me can only lead them deeper into the mire of the past, while it professes to be leading them to the heights. Zionism is… a retrogression into the blackest error, and not progress toward the light.” (Quoted by Frank Epp, Whose Land is Palestine?, p. 261)

        Asked to sign a petition supporting settlement of Jews in Palestine, Sigmund Freud declined: “I cannot…I do not think that Palestine could ever become a Jewish state….It would have seemed more sensible to me to establish a Jewish homeland on a less historically-burdened land….I can raise no sympathy at all for the misdirected piety which transforms a piece of a Herodian wall into a national relic, thereby offending the feelings of the natives.” (Letter to Dr. Chaim Koffler Keren HaYassod, Vienna: 2/26/30)

        Lessing J. Rosenwald, president of the American Council for Judaism, 1944: “The concept of a racial state – the Hitlerian concept- is repugnant to the civilized world, as witness the fearful global war in which we are involved. . . , I urge that we do nothing to set us back on the road to the past. To project at this time the creation of a Jewish state or commonwealth is to launch a singular innovation in world affairs which might well have incalculable consequences.”

      • Keith
        January 20, 2018, 8:44 pm

        MOOSER- ” Elites, don’t fail me now!”

        What have we here? Trot N. Fetchit?

      • Keith
        January 20, 2018, 8:58 pm

        MISTERIOSO- “Henry Morgenthau Sr….”

        Yes, Zionism was initially a marginal movement which did not become popular prior to World War II and the Holocaust, and not real popular until after the six day war. Nowadays, however, Zionism is the overarching ideology of most of organized American Jewry. Zionism and Judaism have become entangled with one another.

      • Mooser
        January 21, 2018, 1:27 pm

        ” Zionism was initially a marginal movement which did not become popular prior to World War II and the Holocaust, and not real popular until after the six day war. “

        That’s funny. The popularity and support for Zionism pretty much correlates with increased acceptance and prosperity for Jews in Western countries.
        And seemed, to me, to start slipping around, oh, 2008. Has the battle of wills been lost?

      • Keith
        January 22, 2018, 10:05 am

        MOOSER- “And seemed, to me, to start slipping around, oh, 2008.”

        I am unaware of any slippage among Zionist fat-cats. Among the shakers and movers it seems to be more open and in your face. All of the new laws criminalizing criticism of Israel as anti-Semitic, for example.

    • Maghlawatan
      January 20, 2018, 12:19 pm

      Zionism is to Judaism as Trump is to conservatism. The paranoid style. The fearful.

      Zionism is thuggish, reactive, bullying, dark, cruel, vindictive, insecure, arrogant, heedless, vicious, self absorbed …..

      https://www.theguardian.com/global/commentisfree/2018/jan/18/fear-donald-trump-us-president-art-of-the-deal

      Trump’s temperament and his habits have hardened with age. He was always cartoonish, but compared with the man for whom I wrote The Art of the Deal 30 years ago, he is significantly angrier today: more reactive, deceitful, distracted, vindictive, impulsive and, above all, self-absorbed – assuming the last is possible.

      Fear is the hidden through-line in Trump’s life – fear of weakness, of inadequacy, of failure, of criticism and of insignificance. He has spent his life trying to outrun these fears by “winning” – as he puts it – and by redefining reality whenever the facts don’t serve the narrative he seeks to create. It hasn’t worked, but not for lack of effort.

      In his first year in office, Trump has lambasted any facts he dislikes as “fake news”, while making nearly 2,000 false or misleading claims of his own – more than five a day. In a single half-hour interview with the New York Times in late December, he made 24 such claims. This is the very definition of gaslighting – lying until you get people to doubt their own reality – and it is both frightening and disturbing. Because the office Trump now occupies makes him the most powerful man on Earth, his fears, and the way he manages them, have necessarily become ours.

      We fear Trump because he is impulsive, irrational and self-serving, but above all because he seems unconstrained by even the faintest hint of conscience. Trump feels no more shame over his most destructive behaviours than a male lion does killing the cubs of his predecessor when he takes over a pride.

      Trump has made fear the dominant emotion of our times. This, I believe, is his primary impact on the body politic after a year in office. He began his campaign by describing immigrant Mexicans as rapists, Muslims as terrorists, and more recently all black and brown people, and entire countries, as inferior. Trump skilfully exploited the fears of supporters who felt powerless and disenfranchised by presenting himself as their angry champion, even though the policies he has since pursued are likely to make their lives worse.

      About the only thing Trump truly has in common with his base is that he feels every bit as aggrieved as they do, despite his endless privilege. No amount of money, fame or power has been enough to win him the respect he so insatiably craves. His anger over this perceived injustice is visceral and authentic. Trump’s unwinding of government programmes such as Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act will fuel yet more fear among the millions of people will lose their health care in the year ahead. The tax plan Trump pushed through most benefits him, his family and his fellow billionaires and provides the least relief to those who need it most. In both cases, the victims of these policies will include millions of his supporters who may find someone else to blame, but whose suffering will inexorably increase.

      The fearful divide Trump has exacerbated is not simply between his supporters and his detractors, the rich and the poor, or Democrats and Republicans, but between the best and the worst in each of us.”

      Trump could be Israel in human form. A failure.

      • Annie Robbins
        January 20, 2018, 12:49 pm

        Zionism is to Judaism as Trump is to conservatism

        sorry Maghlawatan, but i think this trivializes the detrimental impact zionism has had on judaism. trump is a flash in the pan. i say that knowing he could screw up the country for years to come. there will be no massive cult, no trumpism in 100 years. won’t happen. no radical shift in the meaning of conservatism or the direction of the gop. he will be a footnote in history.

      • RoHa
        January 20, 2018, 8:48 pm

        “In his first year in office, Trump has lambasted any facts he dislikes as “fake news”, while making nearly 2,000 false or misleading claims of his own – ”

        I hope this author is not implying that there was any truth in the “facts” that Trump declared fake.

      • Maghlawatan
        January 20, 2018, 9:43 pm

        The Kochs control the GOP. Trump has very deep roots. If he died tomorrow nothing would change.
        The GOP base has been fed lies for the last 40 years. They don’t know what reality is. Fixing this will take years. Israel is very similar.

        Kurt Eichenwald

        @kurteichenwald

        ·

        Jan 17

        One thing shown by the obvious lying of recent days by so many in GOP: They have total contempt for their base. They know decades of propaganda have left them incapable of detecting fiction, and now lie 2 make them think this is about anything other than enriching the donors.

    • Naftush
      January 21, 2018, 9:14 am

      What an efficient post: everything from “millions of Rabbis against Zionism” to a cute Zionism=Nazism allusion in fewer than 12 lines! Zionism correctly addresses the one characteristic of nationhood that was torn centuries ago from the Jewish people, which maintained its other aspects of nationhood including uninterrupted consciousness of its homeland. It is about sustained indigeneity, not about my intellectuals versus yours.

      • Talkback
        January 21, 2018, 12:43 pm

        Naftush: “… uninterrupted consciousness of its homeland …”

        ROFL. Does this “uninterrupted consciousness” create any right?

      • Mooser
        January 21, 2018, 1:41 pm

        ” Does this “uninterrupted consciousness” create any right?”

        “Talkback”, they always want to talk about “rights”. Like “rights” can substitute for adequate numbers, resources and organization. Oh, I forgot, the right hisotorical framework (where have you gone, Seventh Century? A “nation” turns its lonely eyes to you!)

        I mean, c’mon, a “nation” which works by please and thank you? A “nation” which cannot compel, tax, or sanction its own members?
        A “nation” of nothing but sentiment? A “nation” who doesn’t really know who is in or out and to what extent.

        All the Zionist talk about “rights” is just a way of trying to make Zionism everybody else’s responsibility. And cover for their own inability to deliver what they promise.

      • Mooser
        January 21, 2018, 2:25 pm

        . “It is about sustained indigeneity”

        If a Ziocaine episode results in “sustained indigeneity” (No such word, and, you spelled it wrong) of more than four hours, consult your medical provider immediately.

  4. JosephA
    January 20, 2018, 9:40 am

    I know the NYT is a “respected” institution of the mainstream media, but seriously where do they come up with this crap?

    • CigarGod
      January 20, 2018, 10:24 am

      Garbage in, garbage out.

    • Lillian Rosengarten
      January 20, 2018, 1:17 pm

      Annie I so agree with you. It has been the prime aim of the Zionist ministry of propaganda to equate Zionism with all of Judaism. Nothing is farther from the truth. Kenneth Marcus has disgracefully set up a “war” between Jews and Blacks who support or don’t support BDS. This is crazy as the NY Times remains married to the Zionist myths .

      • Annie Robbins
        January 20, 2018, 1:53 pm

        Kenneth Marcus has disgracefully set up a “war” between Jews and Blacks who support or don’t support BDS.

        the marcus types will say anything and throw anyone under the bus for their cause.

        why the nyt goes along with this knowing damn well there’s no unified jewish voice on college campuses is beyond me. and those other students, you know, the ones who are neither “Jews and other minorities” (like me — who actually — shockingly — happen to still represent a majority in this country last i heard ) do we have any opinion? are we even worth mentioning? not according to the nyt. as if israel/palestine is some side issue that only matters for niche minority student groups or identity politics. please!!! it’s simply stunning.

        the issue of free speech on campuses and the palestine exception https://palestinelegal.org/the-palestine-exception/ threatens our constitution. it’s an everybody issue, not a ‘jews and minorities’ issue.

  5. LHunter
    January 20, 2018, 11:41 am

    “On campus after campus, the B.D.S. movement — Boycott, Divest and Sanction Israel — has driven a wedge between Jewish students and students of color, challenging university administrations and straining the traditional bonds between Jews and other minorities.”

    Ya BDS is the culprit here not the racist violent tenets and actions of Zionism and Zionists. All BDS has done is provide a platform to expose Zionism for what it truly is – minorities can decide on their own whether to support a violent criminal apartheid regime and brutal occupation or the victims.

  6. Ossinev
    January 20, 2018, 1:47 pm

    @Magwhalatan
    ” No amount of money, fame or power has been enough to win him the respect he so insatiably craves. His anger over this perceived injustice is visceral and authentic”
    Nicely summarised. Here in the UK he is perceived variously as a sick joke / a clown / a psycho and for some a mixture of all three. His mother is / was Scottish and even the Scots loathe him.

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/hilarywardle/this-is-why-lots-of-scottish-people-hate-trump?utm_term=.jtm8QBAdBk#.bozAjm1vmK

    He must be avoiding a formal UK visit at all costs as must the Tory government. Both he and they know that there will be mass protests and even more relentless mickey taking. I think however that his main fear is that his “novelty” factor will sooner rather than later run out. He will have no more international figures / nations to insult.No more interns to fire and he will end up having to do the actual job of being a President which will be way beyond his mental ability and also very boring.

    He must be praying that Baldwin and Co don`t get bored and that they keep up their mimicry of him. My advice to them would be that if they really do have the interests of America to heart then they should do something really positive and give up the spoofing. He feeds of it. It makes him feel relevant and the absolute nightmare for Donald is to feel that people are bored with him and that he is irrelevant in the grand scheme of things.

    • Annie Robbins
      January 20, 2018, 2:05 pm

      Here in the UK he is perceived variously as a sick joke / a clown / a psycho and for some a mixture of all three.

      yeah, we got that going on here too. along with feeling he’s gross and repulsive. a couple months ago i was on foreign holiday w/some american ex pats and over dinner, everyone was sort of dumbfounded as to what to even say about him. i don’t think the shock has worn off for a lot of people. and the hits just keep coming.

      he will end up having to do the actual job of being a President which will be way beyond his mental ability

      once the layers of bombast are peeled away, i’m fairly convinced he’s an idiot. the result of a 2 party system that’s totally gone awry.

  7. James Canning
    January 20, 2018, 5:41 pm

    Some Jews of course support BDS. And I continue to think BDS is in Israel’s own true best interests.

  8. Muchiboy
    January 20, 2018, 6:31 pm

    ““On campus after campus, the B.D.S. movement — Boycott, Divest and Sanction Israel — has driven a wedge between Jewish students and students of color, challenging university administrations and straining the traditional bonds between Jews and other minorities.”

    Jews do not get a free ticket or right to occupy,displace or ethnically cleanse another innocent,vulnerable people in turn because they have a long historical record of similar crimes against them over time and place.Even the Holocaust does not give them that right.

  9. Misterioso
    January 20, 2018, 6:35 pm

    Zionism will prove to be another Golden Calf for Judaism.

    • Keith
      January 20, 2018, 9:07 pm

      MISTERIOSO- “Zionism will prove to be another Golden Calf for Judaism.”

      Has imperialism been a Golden Calf for Christianity?

    • Maghlawatan
      January 20, 2018, 9:38 pm

      Zionism is a Golden calf , a Golem and Masada all in one.

  10. James Canning
    January 21, 2018, 12:38 pm

    Is it fair to say Kenneth Marcus hopes to suppress free speech in the US, to facilitate further illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank?

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