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‘American Jewish Committee’ and ‘Southern Poverty Law Center’ endorsed anti-Arab image

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SCAN06 Morris Dees is the head of the Southern Poverty Law Center. The Center made a name for itself in the 70s and 80s fighting for civil rights and human rights for blacks. They're very concerned with racism. They moved on to fighting the Ku Klux Klan, the white supremacist movement and the militia movement. Good liberals.

Morris Dees endorses the book whose cover is at left, called Antisemitism Today. On the back cover, he writes of the author, "Ken Stern has been out on the front lines of the fight against antisemitism, and he knows how and where the battles have been waged." Etc.

I just got the book today, but it was published in 2006 by the American Jewish Committee. You'll see the cover of the book features some angry Arabs at a demonstration, apparently Palestinians, if you notice the Palestinian flag. There's one sign against the occupation.

Wait, what the hell do these generic Arabs have to do with anti-Semitism today? Where is the antisemitism? Isn't it racist to put a photograph of Arabs on a book jacket and accuse them of anti-Semitism? Why is the Southern Poverty Law Center endorsing a racist book jacket? Do Arabs ever count when you're fighting racism?

Not really. There's an exception for Arabs. The exception is that great modern American tradition called PEP, reflecting the importance of American Jews to liberal causes: Progressive Except for Palestine.

The author of the book is Ken Stern. He works for the American Jewish Committee and he's Mr. PEP. His previous books were in support of the American Indian Movement and against the American militia movement.

American Indians: good. American right wingers: bad. Arabs: bad.

Got that? It's easy to be PEP!

Philip Weiss

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