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Category Archives: American Jewish Community
The Jewish Community Relations Council in San Francisco is hiring a Counter-BDS Grassroots Organizer.
Zionists – a musty 19th century archetype – remain committed to Jewish supremacy and the inferiority of gentiles, particularly Africans and Arabs. That hasn’t been a problem for American politicians until recently. Bill de Blasio and Deval Patrick – men with non-traditional racial backgrounds – have been forced into strained contortions over the issue.
Shany Mor wants you to know that the American Jewish community is wide open to critics of Israel. The ‘New Republic’ published a piece by Mor criticizing Peter Beinart for claiming that American Jews live in a closed intellectual space. Trouble is, anyone searching for examples of how the organized Jewish community shuts down dissent on Israel don’t need to look far at all.
Each time I come to Vienna, my mind moves in various directions. History trumps the present – it was overwhelmingly so the first time I visited here decades ago. Now the future looms large. The future has dark corridors. It seems increasingly constricted. Yesterday, surveying Hitler’s place of honor in 1938, I could no longer summon up the emotion of the Holocaust past. I no longer think Jewish suffering as if it stands alone. Especially when we are doing what we will continue to do to the Palestinian people.
In recent years, the Israeli government has prioritized populating the Negev with Jewish Israelis. And one partner of the Israeli government, Nefesh B’Nefesh, is encouraging young North American Jews to enlist in the key state project. The Negev was talked up and gushed over at a November 17th conference in New York held by the organization that encourages emigration to the Jewish state. One of their aims is to turn young Jews into the foot-soldiers of Israel’s plan for the Negev.
Pro-Israel Democrats are attacking Brooklyn College over an event at the school featuring author and activist Ben White (above). The fracas comes nearly a year after Brooklyn College found itself at the center of a storm over the school’s hosting of an event featuring proponents of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. Like the prior controversy, this year’s features ardent supporters of the state of Israel like Dov Hikind accusing the speaker of anti-Semitism and the school’s academic departments of supporting the event.
Leaders of four rightwing Jewish organizations met with the president last Tuesday and reportedly agreed to suspend lobbying for more sanctions on Iran in exchange for Obama agreeing not to lift any existing sanctions on Iran in forthcoming talks
Incoming Senator Cory Booker’s recent campaign was flush with cash–much of it coming from pro-Israel donors. In late July and early August, a newly formed Super PAC called the Mobilization Fund dropped $532,000 in cash on Booker. The organization only has six donors, all hedge fund leaders and corporate CEOs, and 4 of the 6 are big on Israel. As Booker enters the Senate, he could become one of its more outspoken pro-Israel members at a time when the body could vote on new sanctions on Iran and bills to upgrade the U.S.-Israel relationship even further.
‘Apolitical’ arts organization combatting BDS is front for pro-settler group tied to Israeli Foreign Ministry
Creative Community for Peace (CCFP) is an organization that, in its own words, “supports the idea of building bridges between people through art and music.” Since its formation in 2010–11, CCFP has led the fight in the United States against the cultural boycott of Israel, proclaiming that “music and the arts are bridge[s] to peace and they should not be politicized.” CCFP hopes to convince artists that performing in Israel during a boycott does not mean taking a political position. But CCFP is actually a front for StandWithUs, the notorious right-wing pro-settler organization that works closely with the Israeli Foreign Ministry. And CCFP provides cover for StandWithUs to fight cultural boycott without exposing its own political pro-Israel agenda.
The Friends of the IDF Western Region Gala raked in $20 million two nights ago.
Yeshiva U panel concludes Israel and Jews face destruction from: Iran, assimilation and occupation critics
Last night in New York City, a right-wing crew assembled at Yeshiva University to answer the foreboding existential question: “Will Jews Exist?” Although they didn’t definitively answer the question that brought them there, Sheldon Adelson, Shmuley Boteach, Bret Stephens and Yeshiva University President Richard Joel engaged in much handwringing over Jewish assimilation in the U.S., Iran’s “existential threat” to Israel and the Jewish state’s faltering image on college campuses. And along the way Adelson also said the U.S. should bomb Iran and pronounced the Palestinians are not a people. Read on for the gory details.
Norman Finkelstein says it is hard to conceive how the struggle to change U.S. foreign policy can be won in the face of determined Jewish opposition, and thus American Jewish opinion on a just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must be taken into account. This post is part of “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.”
Is the Jewish Theological Seminary dreaming of a world where Palestine and Palestinians don’t exist?
This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Most people assume I was trained in the Reform movement. They’re wrong. I started my Hebrew School … Continue reading
Alex Kane offers part two of his story outlining New York City mayor-to-be Bill de Blasio’s embrace of the pro-Israel community. Yesterday Kane showed how de Blasio came to love Israel from a past supporting international solidarity efforts. Today Kane follows the money, and finds that being pro-Israel in New York City is not only essential to getting elected in New York City — it also helps the fundraising bottom line.
The Israeli right continues to try to halt discussion of the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. Most recently, Al Jazeera reports that right wing groups have tried to censor schoolbooks and silence organizations that make visible to the Israeli public the Nakba.
Most Jews of Conscience are unable to wrap their mind around Judaism and religion in general – except as a way to discipline their waywardness. Whether informed about the details of Judaism and other religions or not, Jews of Conscience are right on target. But what survey considers Jews who embrace and embody the prophetic as the essence of what it means to be Jewish?
Just when you thought it was safe to get out of the (Jewish Empire) water, yikes, another survey. The survey is of American rabbis, the pulpit type, who rarely go near any issue that might interfere with their mortgage. The survey is about rabbis and Israel. The title is suggestive: “Reluctant or Repressed: Aversion to Expressing Views on Israel Among American Rabbis.”
Max Blumenthal reports from the September 29th event featuring Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Elie Wiesel, Shmuely Boteach and Sheldon Adelson discussing the “strong protecting the weak” from genocide. After Boteach delivered a lengthy treatise on shared Israeli-Rwandan values, and a human rights protester was removed by Kagame’s personal security detail for raising Kagame’s role in genocide in the Congo, Blumenthal and Mondoweiss’s Alex Kane attempt to ask the panelists what can be done to protect Palestinians from the Israeli occupation. Watch the video to see what happens next.
J Street is forcing American Jews to wake up to the persecution of Palestinians in their name. But because it is a communal organization, every baby step it takes is opposed by reactionary forces inside the Jewish community, and no substantive political action will come out of it. It is all too little, too late. Above, the logo for J Street’s new “2 campaign” for two states
Cooper Union’s bizarre ‘Jewish values’ panel: Accused war criminal and pro-occupation billionaires speak about the ‘strong protecting the weak’
Hundreds of people packed into Cooper Union’s Great Hall to witness President Paul Kagame, leader of Rwanda, speak on the topic of genocide and Syria with Elie Wiesel and celebrity Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. The satire could have written itself: an accused war criminal teaming up with pro-Israel billionaires to talk about the “strong protecting the weak.” But this was no gag. All of the participants were deadly serious–and the audience loved it.
Today, Netanyahu is in Washington for a meeting with President Obama. It’s a bit ridiculous, though, that these two nuclear powers will butt heads over how to keep Iran from developing one nuclear weapon. I doubt either Netanyahu or Obama see the evident irony. This is the colonial question of questions. Why we can have weapons of mass destruction. Why they cannot have the same weapons.
However awkwardly spoken or translated, Hourani’s statements represent a huge opportunity for Jews and the international community’s discussion on Israel. What Jewish leader in America or Israel is willing to take up Rouhani’s offer, to take their own political risk and to meet him halfway?
If we abandon exceptionalism – if that is even possible – I doubt we should embrace the world as it is. There are always exceptionalists buttressing their particular brand of injustice in the status quo. The challenge of exceptionalism is focusing it and sharing the hope of a better world with others who trumpet or hide their exceptionalism. That is where criticism of President Obama – and all exceptionalism – should begin.
Is Rwanda the Israel of Africa? Rwanda has taken more or less the same post-genocide road as Israel – aggressive militarism under the guise of innocence for past suffering. If we speak the truth about post-Holocaust Israel and post-genocide Rwanda, Holocaust remembrance takes another turn.
In smear campaigns waged in the last decade, right-wing Islamophobes used Israel as a cudgel to attack the legitimacy of a Boston mosque and Brooklyn school. Those campaigns illustrate how, when Israel enters the equation, many Jewish groups, public figures, and institutions (including those that claim to oppose Islamophobia) take positions based on their implacable commitment to Israeli policies.