Even Abe Foxman, the former head of the Anti-Defamation League, accused Michael Oren of “borderline stereotyping and insensitivity” re American Jews in his memoir Ally, the former Israeli ambassador the US reveals in the new afterword to his reissued book.
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Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison pretends to be “more of a Zionist than Herzl, Ben-Gurion and Begin combined,” but if you go back to his record, “he is clearly an anti-Semite, an anti-Israel individual.” Haim Saban smears the DNC chair candidate at a fancy Washington dinner.
Jewish groups are conducting a “witch hunt” against Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison because he has dared to criticize Israel, and it exposes “a very bad tendency” of the Jewish community, the leader of the liberal Zionist group J Street said last night to a Jewish audience in New York.
American Jewish spaces have refused to hear Palestinians calling for one democratic state in Israel and Palestine. Last night Temple Israel in New Rochelle broke that taboo with the appearance of Jonathan Kuttab, a human rights lawyer who challenged a respectful audience of 80 and members of the temple’s Israel action committee to end the persecution of Palestinians by granting everyone between the river and the sea equal rights.
Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt says that the “alt right” is a euphemism for white nationalism and supremacism, and the media should tell Americans as much; but as for those who oppose Jewish nationalism in Palestine as a form of Jewish supremacism, she says they are anti-Semites.
Here’s the juice from Yakov Hirsch: Six years ago Peter Beinart came to realizations about Israel and the US Jewish community that Jeffrey Goldberg tried to suppress but that he is now expressing himself. For this reason Beinart is about to replace Goldberg as most important Jewish journalist and leader of the Trump opposition.
Sunday night demonstration in NY was a time to reclaim Judaism from the crotchety bastards who have taken up space at the head of the dinner table for too long, plugging their ears with their fingers and yelling “self-hating Jew” at any critic of Israel until they ended up so out of touch that they thought it was okay to give a guy like Steve Bannon a pass.
Only Israel: Leading Jewish groups, including the American Jewish Committee, AIPAC, and the Jewish Federations, have not criticized Trump’s appointments of men who have promoted bigotry, because they do not want to alienate the president-elect on the only issue they really care about: supporting Israel. Though some Zionist groups have stood up for human rights in America.
The Israel lobby seems to losing power before our eyes. Trump aide Steve Bannon blew off the Zionist Organization of America despite its patron Sheldon Adelson giving $25 million to the Trump campaign; and Alan Dershowitz warned that if Jewish supporters of Israel divide and allow an American election to become a referendum on Israel, “we could lose.”
Jewish Americans passed a big test by voting overwhelmingly against Trump. But a major question is yet to be answered: Will Trump’s aggressively Zionist agenda sway their opinion during his administration?
Phil Weiss says that Jewish status is changing with the Trump election, but comparisons to the Holocaust are overblown and self-involved: “I can’t diminish that reaction, but no one with any influence is talking about a registry for Jewish names, as they are for Muslims. Or restrictions on Jewish emigration, as they do for Muslims. Or talking about the problems in the Jewish religion– as the new national security adviser and top strategist Bannon do. We misread history if we think that is coming to the US. Other dangers are much closer.”
The day after the election Wikileaks published an email from Stu Eizenstat, an ambassador to the Jewish community, to Clinton’s foreign policy wunderkind Jake Sullivan scrutinizing activism in favor of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) at Princeton. Why did top figures in the Clinton campaign spend energy looking into how the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement was engaging this “sleepy campus?” Because it was trying to please donors in 2015, rather than wrestling with progressive causes.
Alan Dershowitz whitewashed Stephen Bannon a few days ago, but now belatedly discovers Bannon’s ‘anti-Muslim, anti-women’ bigotry is disqualifying
Alan Dershowitz’s boyhood neighborhood of Borough Park Brooklyn went overwhelmingly for Trump, because of the presence of Orthodox Jews. While US Jews overall went 75 percent for Hillary Clinton. This signals giant division among secular and Orthodox Jews over Israel.
Alan Dershowitz has wielded the anti-Semitism charge against any critic of Israel, including Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu, and Judge Richard Goldstone, for many years. But he defends Trump advisor Steve Bannon against the charge, saying the evidence must be “overwhelming,” out of a need to suck up to Donald Trump over his Israel policy.
Trump’s combination of rightwing extremism and love for Israel will cause American Jews to come out against the Israeli government and its policies, observers say, thereby accelerating the divide between liberal American Jews and the Jewish state, which is practicing apartheid.
In a triumph of navel-gazing and moral idiocy, NYT op-ed writer Shmuel Rosner says the bad thing about Trump is not what he threatens to America but that Israeli love for him will expose to American Jews the rightwing racism of their Middle East counterparts and they will distance themselves from Israel.
If Newt Gingrich is being bandied as Secretary of State under Trump, it’s surely because billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who funded the Trump campaign, share’s Gingrich’s outlook. “I happen to believe what our friend Newt Gingrich said is true,” Adelson says. Palestinians are “a made up people.”
Vice President Joe Biden claims to speak for Donald Trump in assuring “anxious” Jews that US support for Israel won’t change an iota in next administration. Meantime, Benjamin Netanyahu issues repeated congratulations to the president-elect, in apparent sign of anxiety.
Clinton campaign emails reveal often craven pandering to big Jewish donors. But they also show that Jews are not monolithic in supporting Israel. Many care about progressive causes. It’s time for the media to frankly address this outsize Jewish influence so that Jews will express greater diversity on foreign policy.
Most young American Jews have a non-Jewish parent, and intermarriage is the largest factor in distancing Jews from Israel, followed by growing offense with Israeli policies, says Steven Cohen, leading sociologist of Jewish attitudes. He said some “serious” Jewish donors have stopped giving to organizations that give money to Israel.
Courting John Podesta to come to his power seder last year, DC Israel advocate Lanny Davis boasted that it was “less traditional,” mostly in English, and had been formerly dedicated to Dodgers shortstop Pee Wee Reese and President Gerald Ford; and the late quarterback/Congressman Jack Kemp had once been a guest.
Why do media bystanders shut their mouths when they see critics of Israel smeared as “diseased” anti-Semites. Because of hasbara culture, a Jewish-Zionist ethnocentric way of looking at the world that is both aggressive and highly politicized.
Lots of Israel gossip in the latest Wikileaks Clinton emails, like Haim Saban, the campaign’s favorite billionaire, writing “Haleluyah” from Israel after Clinton won the Nevada caucuses, and Stu Eizenstat saying “Mission accomplished,” when Clinton threw President Obama under the bus for criticizing Netanyahu.
When President Obama rebuked Netanyahu for racism and abandonment of a Palestinian state in March 2015, the New York Times and Hillary Clinton campaign took steps to throw him under the bus. Here’s how it went down, according to newly-released Wikileaks emails.