More than a year ago Peace Now in Israel (Shalom Achsav) posted the above video in Hebrew, calling on Israelis to save Israel from “downfall” by giving up the territories and working to establish a Palestinian state– two states for two peoples.
The video has lately been translated and reposted by leftwing Israelis critical of Peace Now. You will see that at :47 the video warns that if Israel annexes the territories, “Israel will become a binational state, without a Jewish majority.” At this point the wail of the muezzin, or Muslim call to prayer, is heard. So: A liberal group is employing Islamophobia. (The recent Nation issue on Islamophobia pointed out the connections between Zionism and Islamophobia.)
Also, the video says that there are 300,000 settlers. This is a vast understatement of the number that, among others, Trudy Rubin has used, 722,000. It surely leaves out all the East Jerusalem settlers.
I also think there is a socio-political reason why Peace Now have become so repugnant. Until a few years ago, they had grassroots activists. I was one of them. The activists always pushed in the direction of more genuine peace and human rights campaigning, not (just) sheer populism. Nowadays Peace Now is not a mass movement, and the show is run by PR hacks. It has never been a democratic movement, No official membership, and no elected board.
This is the same problem that I have had with J Street. It doesn’t represent the rank-and-file you see at the conferences, it’s non-democratic. And of course the same criticism is made of AIPAC; it doesn’t represent American Jewish opinion.
P.S. Amos Oz has long been associated with Peace Now and he also made the ethnic claim at J Street’s conference earlier this year: There is a Palestinian family and an Israeli family, and we can’t be in a state together. And liberal Zionists regularly say that there are “too many Arabs.” Here and here.