On Sunday, supporters of Israeli settlers held a conference at the West Side Institutional Synagogue (I did a post about it yesterday), and a large group of protesters organized by Jews Say No! and Jewish Voice for Peace and other organizations demonstrated peacefully outside on 76th Street.
Inside the synagogue, Steven Goldberg, a lawyer and national vice chair of the Zionist Organization of America, gave a fire-and-brimstone speech saying that the Jewish demonstrators were mutants who should have been aborted.
I’m mad as hell that we have protesters that have plagued the Jewish people, the mutants who betray us… For those who oppose a woman’s right to choose, I would say look at some of these Jewish protesters and maybe rethink a woman’s right to choose abortion.
Those remarks don’t appear in the video below; I have them in an audio recording.
As for the video, Goldberg has long supported the late Meir Kahane and on Sunday he issued a militant call in support of Kahane’s Jewish Defense League, and smeared Muslims in doing so. He began:
The organization affiliation of which I am proudest for myself is that I was a lawyer for the Jewish Defense League…[Applause]. They were right…. We do not need to apologize for [our support]… My message to the American Jewish community, It’s time to fight back..
Goldberg said that there were Jews who were politically savvy who knew how to work the halls of Washington, and they needed to be supported, but
We also need to take to the streets… When college students are intimidated. Jews can’t wear a Chai or wear any kind of tshirt with Hebrew writing, because of the Muslim student unions, where are the Jews out there physically protecting them and stopping that from going on… [When John Kerry appears in public] Why aren’t there Jewish protesters? We need to be vocal, we need to be loud, we need to use every bit of power we have got.
Goldberg also supported the settlers:
I’m mad as hell the demonization of the Jews in Judea and Samaria….I am mad as hell when the president of the United States takes it upon himself to tell the soveriegn Jewish nation that it can’t build in its own cradle of its civilization….The legal rights to Judea and Samaria of the Jews are beyond question.
It’s biblical, of course, which is most important. But it’s also under international law…This land is ours… We have Jewish heroes here… The people who have the courage to live in Judea and Samaria now, these are the ancient Hebrew warriors who exist today.