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Shany Mor wants you to know that the American Jewish community is wide open to critics of Israel.

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Writer Shany Mor. (Photo via Times of Israel)

In The New Republic, the former Israeli National Security Council official has penned a long, meandering critique of Peter Beinart’s latest New York Review of Books essay. What has troubled Mor is Beinart’s contention that American Jews live in an intellectual “cocoon” that does not speak to Palestinians. On the contrary, Mor argues that Jews in the U.S. have a “robust and diverse and self-critical intellectual space” that “manifests” itself strongly on Israel.

 

Trouble is, anyone searching for examples of how the organized Jewish community shuts down dissent on Israel doesn’t need to look far at all. (There are indeed plenty of Jews who do not adhere to the “cocoon” Beinart wrote about, but they exist outside the Jewish establishment Mor is writing about.)

The piece Beinart wrote points to Hillel guidelines that advise against chapters hosting speakers who “deny the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish and democratic state with secure and recognized borders,” “delegitimize, demonize, or apply a double standard to Israel,” or “support boycott of, divestment from, or sanctions against the State of Israel.” Mor brushes the guidelines off:

[Beinart’s] third objection is that an Arab member of Knesset who even “presides over sessions of the Knesset” wants to remove Israel’s Jewish identity, and therefore he might not be allowed to speak at a Hillel function. Can anyone imagine a member of Knesset being turned away from a Hillel? Has this happened? All Beinart has done is present Hillel’s entirely reasonable sounding guidelines, mock them as vague where they are deliberately anodyne, and then proceed to give them the most uncharitable and radical interpretation possible.

Mor ignores a very recent example of “a member of Knesset being turned away from a Hillel.”  And this (former) Knesset member was not even Arab–he was an Israeli Jew who used to be the speaker of the Knesset.  In November, Avraham Burg was barred from speaking in a Hillel space at Harvard, his crime apparently being advocacy of a single state with equal rights for Jews and Palestinians. As Ann Finkel, a Harvard student, put it, “this is an attack on free speech in its most naked form.”

Another recent example of Hillel clamping down on critics of Israel occurred at Binghamton University. In December 2012, a student was ousted from the Hillel board because he brought a pro-BDS Palestinian filmmaker, Iyad Burnat, to speak at a different campus organization.

The list of examples of the “American Jewish cocoon” is exhaustive.  There was the Jewish community mobilizing to shut down a Palestinian children’s art exhibit in San Francisco in 2011; the cancellation of a talk on Israeli democracy at an Upper West Side synagogue; the tossing out of young Jewish Voice for Peace activists from the Jewish Federation’s TribeFest; and so on.

Sounds like the organized Jewish community has a problem: the lack of a “robust and diverse and self-critical intellectual space.” Mor should take note.

Alex Kane
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  1. pabelmont
    pabelmont
    December 3, 2013, 12:54 pm

    I get it!

    Let’s have the Jewish Establishment suppress free speech of Jews but CLAIM that all opinions will be heard in any space managed by Jewish Establishment organizations, such as Hillel.

    Yeah, right!

  2. hophmi
    hophmi
    December 3, 2013, 12:56 pm

    Do you think Mondoweiss has a robust and diverse and self-critical intellectual space?

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      December 3, 2013, 2:33 pm

      @ hophmi
      You’ve been posting zionist comments here for quite awhile, haven’t you? If MW was a cocoon like Hillel, you’d have been gone after your first post. Well, no, actually, no comment of yours would ever have been posted here at all.

      • hophmi
        hophmi
        December 3, 2013, 3:33 pm

        “You’ve been posting zionist comments here for quite awhile, haven’t you?”

        That’s not remotely the same thing. How many anti-Zionist events have included Zionist speakers, even very left-wing Zionists who are harshly critical of the settlements? Even here, I face a situation where the moderator regularly holds up my comments, and others are permitted to pile on with personal insults, in direct violation of the commenting rules.

        Don’t try to cast this site as open-minded or self-critical. It isn’t. I’m a part of the organized Jewish community. My organization’s events have included reps from both Peace Now and B’Tselem. The Moishe House in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn (a project for Jews in their 20’s supported by mainstream Jewish funders like Michael Steinhardt) hosted a program on settler violence in Hebron in the last couple of months. I don’t know whether Phil attended. So I’d say our tent is far bigger than yours.

      • piotr
        piotr
        December 3, 2013, 11:46 pm

        You are not consistent, hophmi. If your organization invited B’Tselem and thus proved something about the extend of “your tent” then you assume that B’Tselem has some particular position AND that this is OK.

        AFAIK, B’Tselem does not have stated ideology but their are generally in the “peace camp”, and so is Mondoweiss. In either case the organization/website has leaders with specific ideas and has a specific profile that collectively forms a “voice”. This is not a “tent” at all.

        That said, the people who were invited to post articles represent some spectrum of opinions. For example. elthough the founders seem to be 1SS adherent, some articles are very much 2SS or studiously non-committal on that point.

      • marc b.
        marc b.
        December 3, 2013, 4:35 pm

        citizen, there have been times where it has taken too long, far too long in his opinion, for hophmi’s comments to pass through moderation here. and then, sometimes, he has to wait for minutes for a moderator to explain why it has taken too long, far too long, for his comments to get through, and when they finally do get through, someone disagrees with him. this is exactly the same sort of rough treatment that you or I would never stand for when speaking our minds at the latest Hillel meeting. nor would we stand for it when speaking our minds at the latest AIPAC conference, or the latest meeting of the board of directors at the ADL, or when our comments are disappeared at Huffington Post, the NYT or other similarly robust and diverse and self-critical intellectual spaces.

      • hophmi
        hophmi
        December 3, 2013, 5:22 pm

        “citizen, there have been times where it has taken too long, far too long in his opinion, for hophmi’s comments to pass through moderation here.”

        No, there have been times when my comments have been held up for many hours, while others have been put through, including superfluous ad hominem attack after superfluous ad hominem attack on me.

        “this is exactly the same sort of rough treatment that you or I would never stand for when speaking our minds at the latest Hillel meeting. nor would we stand for it when speaking our minds at the latest AIPAC conference, or the latest meeting of the board of directors at the ADL”

        I don’t recall your coming to an ADL meeting. There are plenty you could attend if you were interested. The same is true for many AIPAC events and Hillel events.

        “or when our comments are disappeared at Huffington Post, the NYT or other similarly robust and diverse and self-critical intellectual spaces.”

        Well, when you violate the rules by posting hate speech (as I’ve told you many times, outside of this cult, a goo deal of what you routinely say is really, actually, antisemitic, including the dual loyalty charges, the Jews-run-the-media stuff, the Zionists-run-the-Congress stuff and so on), you get your comments removed because they violate the rules on these sites.

      • lysias
        lysias
        December 3, 2013, 5:33 pm

        I often have to wait for as much as a day for comments of mine to get through moderation here. Might the delays not be just typical for a lot of people posting here, and have little or nothing to do with ideology?

      • marc b.
        marc b.
        December 4, 2013, 4:07 pm

        your comments are not the only comments that get plugged up in the moderation process for hours or days you preening hysteric. it happens to me regularly as well as many others whose comments are similarly of the anti-Zionist variety all the time. the idiosyncrasies of the moderation policy have been explained to you a thousand times, and yet you’re still clinging to your narcissistic paranoia about being singled out for ‘special treatment’.

        the rest of your comment is just plain subjective, navel gazing idiocy. aside from the fact that you have no idea what events I have or have not attended, to imply that the ADL/AIPAC/Hillel are ‘robust diverse self-critical intellectual spaces’ is delusional. you’re making a claim for them that they don’t even advance. the very definition of what they do is narrow, dogmatic, and inquisitorial. their ideological foundation is the existential threat to Israel and ‘the Jews’ posed by deviant thought. the very idea of a conversation about a one-state solution, equal rights for all citizens, for example, sends every one of you diverse, intellectually critical half wits into frothing, eye rolling paroxysms.

      • hophmi
        hophmi
        December 4, 2013, 4:52 pm

        “to imply that the ADL/AIPAC/Hillel are ‘robust diverse self-critical intellectual spaces’ is delusional.”

        I don’t recall claiming that ADL, AIPAC, and Hillel were robust self-critical intellectual spaces, although the comments about the ADL in particular evince very little actual knowledge about what it is and how it functioned, so, for me, your opinions are less than irrelevant. Hillel is a Jewish campus organization. I’m not aware of general intellectual diversity in campus religious organizations. I’m not familiar with Muslim Student Associations challenging human rights violations in the Muslim world, and I am not familiar with Christian Student organizations challenging the history Christian colonialism in the last two or three centuries.

        “the very definition of what they do is narrow, dogmatic, and inquisitorial.”

        Whatever. AIPAC lobbies Congress to support a strong US-Israel relationship. That’s what it does. So, by definition, it’s pretty narrow. Hillel provides spaces for university students to be Jewish. It’s not dogmatic or inquisitorial, but it has, like every other non-profit I know of, guidelines as to what it is going to fund. The ADL is a civil rights organization. It is not narrow, though like most civil rights organizations, it raises money by highlighting examples of discrimination.

        “sends every one of you diverse, intellectually critical half wits into frothing, eye rolling paroxysms.”

        Really, Marc, your namecalling is not going to make you more right.

      • Woody Tanaka
        Woody Tanaka
        December 4, 2013, 5:34 pm

        “The ADL is a civil rights organization.”

        Unless you’re Muslims who want to exercise your right to freedom of religion in a place where Pam Geller thinks you shouldn’t. Or your Ukranian who want to commemorate the holocaust that your people experienced…

      • Cliff
        Cliff
        December 4, 2013, 5:52 pm

        The ADL is not a civil rights organization.

        The ADL is a Zionist advocacy group and is part of the Israel Lobby.

        The ADL specializes in censorship, defamation and scare-mongering.

        The ADL promotes hatred of Arabs and Muslims and especially of Palestinians.

      • marc b.
        marc b.
        December 5, 2013, 10:00 am

        Whatever. AIPAC lobbies Congress to support a strong US-Israel relationship. That’s what it does. So, by definition, it’s pretty narrow. Hillel provides spaces for university students to be Jewish. It’s not dogmatic or inquisitorial, but it has, like every other non-profit I know of, guidelines as to what it is going to fund. The ADL is a civil rights organization. It is not narrow, though like most civil rights organizations, it raises money by highlighting examples of discrimination.

        1.AIPAC does not support ‘a strong US-Israel relationship.’ it supports a relationship in which the interests of the US are subordinated to the interests of a foreign power.
        2. Jewish students are not prevented from being ‘Jewish’ outside of the confines of Hillel. Hillel is designed to establish ‘responsible’ parameters of what is means to be Jewish on campus, and who can collectively speak for ‘jews’ on campus.
        3. ADL is not a civil rights organization, in fact it is the opposite of a civil rights organization. it attacks legal, legitimate dissent. it favors the authority of a minority over the rights of the majority. it intentionally misrepresents basic, verifiable facts in order to advance its agenda. and on and on.

        stick with your persecution complex. it’s more convincing.

      • Krauss
        Krauss
        December 4, 2013, 2:15 am

        You’ve been posting zionist comments here for quite awhile, haven’t you? If MW was a cocoon like Hillel, you’d have been gone after your first post. Well, no, actually, no comment of yours would ever have been posted here at all.

        Brilliant retort, and absolutely correct, too. There are many Zionist trolls like hophmi. Nobody takes their bigotry seriously but they are tolerated nonetheless. If we were to take a page out of the right-wing Zionist handbook, every comment and commenter would have been banned, verboten.

        And finally, there’s no moral equivalency here either. There’s a chasm between defending Apartheid, like hophmi, and opposing it and the occupation.

      • Cliff
        Cliff
        December 4, 2013, 5:57 pm

        All of the Zionists on MW should be banned.

        Absolutely nothing is to be gained by debating them. We’ve been doing it for years and ALL their arguments boil down to:

        Verb, noun, antisemitism.

        There are too many fake personas and sock-puppet accounts among them too.

        Like the potato-seller or the new, ‘half-Black/half-Jewish (but all Zionist)/married to a Muslim’ sylvie1970.

        Seriously, these trolls have no shame. I guess that is the point to their longevity.

        MW would be fine without them. The comments section is built by people like you or Hostage, Shingo, talknic, etc etc (too many to name).

        Take a look at 972+’s comments section to see how this place would look like without the present filter.

        In fact, MW looked worse than that years ago. It took a lot for Phil to finally moderate the blog but its good that he did.

    • ritzl
      ritzl
      December 3, 2013, 4:38 pm

      Yes. Obviously.

      If only orgs like Hillel were as accommodating as MW, progress might be made more quickly. MW doesn’t do ahistory very well. Unfortunately Zionism is about 80% ahistory, and the current political manipulations on its/Israel’s behalf are about 95% made up. That’s a tiny tube of info flow you cram yourselves into, here if not generally. What you don’t seem to be used to is that elsewhere your tiny signal gets amplified uncritically. Here it gets picked apart for what it is.

      Personally, I do try to read you all. A few of you make reasonable points. Maybe even struggle with support for Israel and/or what it has become. But reality is what it is.

      • hophmi
        hophmi
        December 4, 2013, 4:54 pm

        “If only orgs like Hillel were as accommodating as MW, progress might be made more quickly. ”

        If Hillel were like Mondoweiss, it would harshly attack everyone who does not believe that Jews should annex the West Bank and expel the Palestinians there.

      • Woody Tanaka
        Woody Tanaka
        December 4, 2013, 5:38 pm

        “If Hillel were like Mondoweiss, it would harshly attack everyone who does not believe that Jews should annex the West Bank and expel the Palestinians there.”

        First of all, stop being a baby. If you can’t stand being challenged, then go someplace else.
        Second of all, you’re completely wrong, because in your example, the person asserting that israel should not commit more crimes against humanity is “attacked.” Here, such people are welcome. Those who are less welcome are those who say that israel should commit more such crimes, who seek to deny that israel is commiting such crimes today, who seek to minimize that israeli has commited such crimes in the past.

      • ritzl
        ritzl
        December 4, 2013, 6:39 pm

        Should be: “If Hillel were like Mondoweiss, it would [let almost anyone speak, on a regular basis, and then] harshly attack…”

        HUGE difference.

        Second, Hillel seems to condition Jewishness on support for Israel. The net effect is that anti-Zionist Jews (forget about Palestinians) cannot speak there, while the org itself facilitates, if not outright advocates for assimilation and expulsion by making that distinction. I suppose that’s their right, but you really can’t call it an open-door way of doing things.

  3. piotr
    piotr
    December 3, 2013, 1:19 pm

    “Mor argues that Jews in the U.S. have a “robust and diverse and self-critical intellectual space” that “manifests” itself strongly on Israel.

    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.”

    But isn’t it the half-full glass view that organized Jewish community (a.k.a. The Lobby) has dissent to shut down?

    The side-view is that on the list of hasbara arguments is “Israel (Jews) has such dissenting intellectuals and Palestinians (Arabs) do not”. Which is sad, because there are Zionist friendly Arab and Palestinian intellectuals who are not only reviled by their compatriots but also thoroughly ignored by the Zionists because they do not fit to that argument. Nevertheless, it is interesting to see how this argument (we have dissenters and they do not) is used. As with many arguments, it works best if you do not think too much about it.

    The basic meaning is “we Jews are intellectually superior in all kinds of intellectual activity, even so absurd like criticizing Israel. Even our weirdoes are good at what they do.” If this argument is used in “hasbara piano” then the train of arguments smoothly departs elsewhere.

    But “hasbara forte” dwells more on that point, complaining bitterly about the world-wide conspiracy of radical leftists and Islamists united in their join hatred of everything that is good and decent, like Democracy, Western Values, Israel, with some special attention to Jewish conspirators who are “Jew washers”, kapos, “the likes of Hanna Arendt and Stella Kübler” etc.

  4. Krauss
    Krauss
    December 3, 2013, 1:48 pm

    The siege mentality of Israel has reached American Jewish shores. Things as innocent as a theatre play can now be banned instantly, even if it is a Jewish theater, by right-wing donors reach with their long arm into the communal space.

    I’ve increasingly come to believe that the debate will not be settled within, but outside the Jewish community. So far, the most important book on any of this has been the Israel lobby, because it enabled a frank discussion about the sociological implications of American power, fused with ethnic politics which stands at the center of this debate.

    But as importing the American context is, fundamentally, the knowledge about the true nature of Israel must also be revealed. And here the Jewish community cannot really help. Max Blumenthal is an outsider to this right-wing elite concensus, so it’s not like a Jew can’t write what needs to be written. But forget about being in a position like Beinart, who had the most influential secular rabbi in America, rabbi Wolpe, essentially call his grandmother a self-hating Jew and heavily imply he was one, too. And the “crisis of Zionism” is really quite meek compared to what is really going on in Israel.

    From where I stand, it seems like the main posture of the Jewish establishment seems to be to settling on a tactic to destroy all critics. That hasn’t really helped that much.

    The next step has been to silence everything within the community that isn’t the standard line. And what about the grassroots? Basically try to co-opt campus leaders by offering them free trip to Israel. That hasn’t helped.

    So what’s next? Maybe try to engage with the debate.
    Or leave it to us.

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      December 3, 2013, 5:04 pm

      “I’ve increasingly come to believe that the debate will not be settled within, but outside the Jewish community.”

      Yes it will, as world history shows (not Jewish history, but world history). Then the cycle will begin again.

    • hophmi
      hophmi
      December 3, 2013, 5:24 pm

      “The next step has been to silence everything within the community that isn’t the standard line.”

      What’s the standard line to you, Krauss?

  5. American
    American
    December 3, 2013, 1:54 pm

    ”Mor argues that Jews in the U.S. have a “robust and diverse and self-critical intellectual space”>>>>

    Which Jews? Jews-Jews or Zionist Jews or Lib Jews or anti Zionist Jews?
    I’m not seeing a ‘vast’ intellectual space created by the whole.
    I’m seeing various groups and individuals.
    Jews-Jews like JVP and some others have some intellectual space.
    MW has some intellectual space.
    Some ‘individual’ Jews have created intellectual space.
    But zionist and lib zionist?…I dont see any real intellectual space there. They have their own set of 10 commandments that cant be questioned.

  6. Les
    Les
    December 3, 2013, 1:58 pm

    Can Mor name just one person, Jew or non-Jew, who supports Israel’s ethnic cleansing and occupation of the Palestinians, who is not a racist. Those living in black holes in distant galaxies may be unaware of Israel’s ethnic cleansing policies.

  7. American
    American
    December 3, 2013, 2:15 pm

    You know its not just the Palestines they,( the spokespeople, I-people activist, leaders, organizers,), dont talk to, they dont talk/listen to anyone outside themselves.
    Most of the talk by those in the conversation seems to be Zionist-Jews attacking Regular Jews and anti Zionist Jews and non Jews and even liberal Zionist— and then the liberal zionist attack the Zionist and the non Jewish critics.
    It’s a in-group wheel that goes round and round.
    We’ve had enough examples of the attitude that no voices count except their own.

  8. piotr
    piotr
    December 3, 2013, 2:37 pm

    I would like to add a very important aspect of the cocoon. From time to time we read generalizing statements that come from the cocoon like

    “I do not know anyone who really cares about Palestinians”, Alan Derschowitz — I bet he does not!

    “… settlement blocks that everybody agrees should become parts of Israel in any conceivable peace proposal …” Dennis Ross

    • hophmi
      hophmi
      December 3, 2013, 2:45 pm

      I believe what Dershowitz said was that most of the care internationally for Palestinians is more a function of hating Israel than it is actual care for Palestinians. Just for accuracy’s sake. I disagree with the sentiment.

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        December 3, 2013, 5:12 pm

        @ hophmi
        Right, nobody cares about the Palestinians. They only want to hate Israel.

    • pabelmont
      pabelmont
      December 3, 2013, 3:21 pm

      Nice to be able confidently to align oneself with “everybody”.

      Let me try it. “Everybody agrees that UNSC 242 calls for the restoration of the green line with small mutually agreed deviations.” Oh, dear, everybody doesn’t? My bad.

      • marc b.
        marc b.
        December 3, 2013, 4:42 pm

        by everybody, ross means everybody who matters, or, in other words, everybody who agrees with him. in which case his statement that ‘everybody agrees should become parts of Israel’ is perfectly, logically, geometrically accurate. like a circle. or a bubble.

  9. Citizen
    Citizen
    December 3, 2013, 2:37 pm

    If what Mor says is true, let him show us the list of Jewish organizations that have allowed Phil Weiss, or Max Blumenthal, for example, to speak to them in their own forum.

    • hophmi
      hophmi
      December 3, 2013, 5:26 pm

      Well, the American Jewish Committee has had Yariv Oppenheimer of Peace Now and Uri Zaki of B’Tselem speak to them, in addition to Peter Beinart. So their ears are not closed to criticism of Israel.

      And let’s be honest, please. Phil Weiss and Max Blumenthal have no desire to speak to an American Jewish establishment group, and if they did, most of you here would probably consider them traitors to the cause.

  10. seafoid
    seafoid
    December 3, 2013, 2:45 pm

    Jews have self critical space to worship Israel and anyone who disagrees will be ostracised and certainly will NOT get tenure.

    • hophmi
      hophmi
      December 3, 2013, 2:48 pm

      “Jews have self critical space to worship Israel and anyone who disagrees will be ostracised and certainly will NOT get tenure.”

      Please. There are plenty of Israel critics with tenure in the United States. Norman Finkelstein is not a typical case.

      • marc b.
        marc b.
        December 3, 2013, 5:07 pm

        There are plenty of Israel critics with tenure in the United States.

        so since you’re keeping a tally, why don’t you name them for us.

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        December 3, 2013, 5:15 pm

        @ hophmi
        I conclude you don’t live in the USA; here anything critical of Israel is damaging to one’s income, career.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        December 3, 2013, 5:55 pm

        Hoph

        Why didn’t Norm from Coney Island get tenure? Was he too edgy for the donors? Was he too right?

      • hophmi
        hophmi
        December 3, 2013, 6:09 pm

        Because Norm is a little nuts, seafoid.

        Edward Said had no trouble getting tenure. Charles Smith at U of Arizona, whose history of the conflict is standard fare in college intro courses, is tenured. I believe Corey Robin is tenured. Mark LeVine is tenured. Joel Beinin is tenured. Hamid Dabashi is tenured. Richard Falk is tenured. There are countless others. I went to a pretty left-wing liberal arts school with several post-colonialist professors whose views on the conflict are anti-Zionist. They are all tenured.

        As I predicted, your statement is about Finkelstein, and Finkelstein only. And as I’ve told you many times, Finkelstein’s personality is what gets him into trouble, not his scholarship. I believe some people here see it my way now that Finkelstein has become a trenchant critic of the BDS community.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        December 4, 2013, 5:02 pm

        “As I predicted, your statement is about Finkelstein, and Finkelstein only.”

        Yeah. Nobody else was ever hounded out of a job or hounded to death by the bots.
        But they were so afraid of Finkelstein they destroyed his career.

      • hophmi
        hophmi
        December 4, 2013, 5:07 pm

        “Yeah. Nobody else was ever hounded out of a job or hounded to death by the bots.
        But they were so afraid of Finkelstein they destroyed his career.”

        Do you, or do you not agree that there are many tenured professors who are critical of Israel?

  11. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    December 3, 2013, 6:24 pm

    RE: “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.” ~ Alex Kane

    FOR INSTANCE, SEE: “Peter ‘Powder Keg’ Beinart is disinvited from gig at Atlanta Jewish book festival”, by Annie Robbins, Mondoweiss, 11/05/12

    [EXCERPTS] The Marcus* Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) has dis-invited liberal Zionist Peter Beinart from a speaking engagement at its annual Jewish book festival, presumably because he has called for a boycott of settlement goods, and it’s causing quite a stir. Everyone from J Street to Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt is weighing in. The event is expected to attract over 10,000 people this year. Beinart is one of 55 authors, some best selling, listed on MJCCA’s 2012 festival brochure. His talk, named “Zionist Zeal” about his book ‘The Crisis of Zionism’, is listed on page 16, relegated to a spot alongside “Low Cal Gal” Lisa Lillian and right above Marni Davis’s “Jews and Booze”.
    The center’s president and CEO are now defending their decision to cancel Beinart’s invitation, claiming that once that brochure went out with word of Beinart’s appearance, protests came “pouring in.”
    However, just how many of the center’s 18,000 members participated in this screeching avalanche of disapproval is not information Steven Cadranel, the president of the MJCCA, is willing to disclose. Nor is he saying if any arm twisting measures were employed. After all, it’s entirely possible merely a few big donors expressed their disapproval in a way that could impact the economic future of the center and phff… and so, for the first time in the history of the festival, a scheduled writer’s invitation went kaput.
    San Franciscans are quite familiar with this kind of blacklash against Jewish cultural events since the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation announced extremely restrictive funding guidelines a few years ago accompanied by “witch hunts.” . . .

    SOURCE – http://mondoweiss.net/2012/11/peter-powder-keg-beinart-is-disinvited-from-gig-at-atlanta-jewish-book-festival.html

    * ALSO SEE: “Thinktank [Foundation for Defense of Democracies] that promoted war w/ Iraq (& now Iran) was funded by Steinhardt, Saban, Bronfman, Feith and Marcus (of Home Depot)http://mondoweiss.net/2011/07/thinktank-that-promoted-war-w-iraq-now-iran-was-funded-by-steinhardt-saban-bronfman-feith-and-marcus-of-home-depot.html

    • DICKERSON3870
      DICKERSON3870
      December 3, 2013, 6:26 pm

      P.S. ALSO SEE & LISTEN TO: “Bailout Recipients Hosted Call To Defeat Key Labor Bill” , By Sam Stein, Huffington Post, 02/27/09

      [EXCERPT] Three days after receiving $25 billion in federal bailout funds, Bank of America Corp. hosted a conference call with conservative activists and business officials to organize opposition to the U.S. labor community’s top legislative priority.
      Participants on the October 17 call — including at least one representative from another bailout recipient, AIG — were urged to persuade their clients to send “large contributions” to groups working against the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), as well as to vulnerable Senate Republicans, who could help block passage of the bill.
      Bernie Marcus, the charismatic co-founder of Home Depot, led the call along with Rick Berman, an aggressive EFCA opponent and founder of the Center for Union Facts. Over the course of an hour, the two framed the legislation as an existential threat to American capitalism, or worse.
      “This is the demise of a civilization,” said Marcus. “This is how a civilization disappears. I am sitting here as an elder statesman and I’m watching this happen and I don’t believe it.”
      Donations of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars were needed, it was argued, to prevent America from turning “into France.”
      “If a retailer has not gotten involved in this, if he has not spent money on this election, if he has not sent money to [former Sen.] Norm Coleman and all these other guys, they should be shot. They should be thrown out their goddamn jobs,” Marcus declared. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/27/bank-of-america-hosted-an_n_161248.html

      AUDIO: Anti-union call between Bank of America, Bernie Marcus, et al. and Rick Berman, 17 Oct 2008 – http://wikileaks.org/wiki/Anti-union_call_between_Bank_of_America%2C_Bernie_Marcus%2C_et_al._and_Rick_Berman%2C_17_Oct_2008

      • DICKERSON3870
        DICKERSON3870
        December 3, 2013, 6:31 pm

        P.P.S. ALSO SEE: “A Christmas Message From America’s Rich”, by Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone, 12/24/11

        [EXCERPTS] It seems America’s bankers are tired of all the abuse. They’ve decided to speak out. . .
        . . . Courtesy of a remarkable story by Max Abelson at Bloomberg, we now get to hear some of those choice comments.
        Home Depot co-founder Bernard Marcus, for instance, is not worried about OWS:
        “Who gives a crap about some imbecile?” Marcus said. “Are you kidding me?”

        Former New York gurbernatorial candidate Tom Golisano, the billionaire owner of the billing firm Paychex, offered his wisdom while his half-his-age tennis champion girlfriend hung on his arm . . .

        ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/12/24-4

    • ritzl
      ritzl
      December 3, 2013, 8:24 pm

      Thanks Dickerson. There’s no “looking” involved. You just have to say something marginally heretical and the exclusion camps itself on your doorstep. And never leaves.

      As you point out below (the Palestinian kid’s art exhibit, and I would add e.g. the Boulder-Nablus sister city effort), it’s far worse for non-Jews. They are simply mercilessly trashed into oblivion.

      It would be interesting to know what kind of exclusion the masthead folks at this site have personally experienced. Though by voicing it, they may become the focus of more exclusion. Tough stuff to navigate and weather, imo.

  12. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    December 3, 2013, 6:45 pm

    RE: “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.” ~ Alex Kane

    RE: “Beyond the pale: NYC Jewish community center cancels workshop on Palestinian nonviolent movements”, by Adam Horowitz, Mondoweiss, 5/29/12

    Catching up on news from the long weekend. On Saturday, Young, Jewish and Proud sent out a press release saying the 14th Street Y, a Jewish community space in New York City, had cancelled a room they reserved for an educational event on BDS. From the press release:

    With less than two full days until a Jewish educational workshop on Palestinian nonviolent movements planned for May 27th at 3pm, the 14th Street Y, a Jewish community space, has pulled the plug. In a phone call made to Liza Behrendt of Young, Jewish, and Proud (YJP) on Friday night, Executive Director Steven Hazan Arnoff cancelled the event and refused to reschedule, although YJP had signed a contract and rented space months before. Event organizers have chosen to move forward with the event and plan to meet as scheduled, in front of the 14th Street Y.
    Arnoff cited concerns of high attendance as the Y’s reason for cancellation, although the rented space holds 75 and only 40 have RSVP’d.
    . . . The 14th Street Y’s last minute cancellation is emblematic of a larger trend of silencing discussion on Palestinian nonviolent movements within the Jewish community. In March, YJP organizers were excluded from Tribefest, a youth conference of the Jewish Federations of North America. Last year Brandeis University Hillel excluded a campus chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace. Before that, a Boston-area synagogue cancelled a talk by J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami. Jewish institutions nationwide have instituted guidelines that silence discussion of the BDS movement and intimidate Jewish leaders who wish to engage publicly with criticism of Israel.

    The event was part of the new JVP initiative Go & Learn: BDS Education in Jewish Communities, and similar events have taken place in Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle.
    Despite the cancellation the event did happen . . . on the sidewalk in front of the 14th Street Y. A perfect metaphor for a Jewish communal leadership that refuses to acknowledge the conversation knocking at its door.

    SOURCE – http://mondoweiss.net/2012/05/beyond-the-pale-nyc-jewish-community-center-cancels-workshop-on-palestinian-nonviolent-movements.html

  13. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    December 3, 2013, 6:49 pm

    RE: “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.” ~ Alex Kane

    SEE: “New McCarthyism: Brooklyn College fires teacher who dared to speak out for Palestinian self-determination”, by Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss, 1/31/11

    [EXCERPT] Kristofer Petersen-Overton, a political science doctoral student at the CUNY Graduate Center, has been fired from his position as an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College one week before his course on Middle East politics was slated to begin. [LATER REINSTATED – http://mondoweiss.net/2011/01/brooklyn-college-reinstates-teacher-fired-for-scholarship-on-palestine.html ]
    The case was taken up by the Brooklyn College administration after a student enrolled in his course raised concerns that Mr. Petersen-Overton’s alleged pro-Palestinian bias would prevent him from conducting a balanced seminar. The student expressed these concerns with the political science department but agreed not to pursue further action until after the course actually began. However, this student contacted state Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who then characterized Mr. Petersen-Overton as “pro-suicide bomber” in a letter to the college President.
    In a response sent to Hamodia newspaper on Wednesday, Mr. Petersen-Overton expressed concerns “that a state official would denounce my work so strongly without, apparently, having offered it more than a cursory reading. [Hikind’s] press release … is slander pure and simple.” Mr. Petersen-Overton emphasized that his work has little to do with suicide bombers and that Mr. Hikind deliberately twisted his conclusions to make it appear otherwise.
    The allegations against Mr. Petersen-Overton center on time he spent in the Gaza Strip working for the Palestinian Center for Human Rights and on an unpublished scholarly paper [“Inventing the Martyr”] that analyzes the symbolic place of martyrdom in Palestinian nationalism. Petersen-Overton’s detractors also took issue with the fact that, according to his personal website, he still maintains “close contact” with the Palestinian activist community. . .

    SOURCE – http://mondoweiss.net/2011/01/new-mccarthyism-brooklyn-college-fires-asst-prof-who-dared-to-speak-out-for-palestinian-self-determination.html

    P.S. FROM Anonymous @ Mondoweiss on May 11, 2011:

    [EXCERPTS] . . . In 1994, Brooklyn assemblyman Dov Hikind picked George Pataki for governor and Carl McCall for comptroller. That was huge politically. And so the buzz around Hikind mushroomed. 1994 also brought an end to Democratic control of Congress.
    By the spring of ’95, Hikind was throwing a fundraiser on the Inteprid, and word got out that Newt Gingrich would be making a special appearance. But in the end he didn’t. And the reason was Jerusalem and Hikind’s settler ties. Hikind’s wife, Shani Hikind, was an executive with the Jerusalem Reclamation Project.
    The JRP was involved in the Good Friday takeover of St. John’s Hospice back in 90 in Jerusalem (covered by Jeffrey Goldberg here ).
    At the time, that was even too much for Christian Zionists. Mindful of the fact that he was was holding a constitutional office in the line of succession, Newt never appeared at the Hikind bash. . .

    SOURCE – http://mondoweiss.net/2011/05/jeffrey-wiesenfelds-political-nexus.html

  14. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    December 3, 2013, 6:59 pm

    RE: “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.” ~ Alex Kane

    SEE: “Nakba porn kingpin Michael Lucas bullies LGBT center against Anti-Apartheid Party”, by Max Blumental, Mondoweiss, 2/24/11

    (excerpt) Wealthy gay porn producer Michael Lucas has successfully pressured New York City’s LGBT Center to renege on its agreement to host a “Party to End Apartheid” on Israeli Apartheid Week. Lucas threatened to boycott the center and pressure its donors to pull their money out. He called the event an “anti-Semitic” affair held by a “hate group.” It seems that money talks, because I doubt that a progressive institution like the LGBT Center would have otherwise responded to an open bigot like Lucas who has used ethnically cleansed Palestinian villages as sets for sex scenes. Lucas, who leads gay tours to Israel to promote the country’s supposedly tolerant gay culture, has celebrated fellow porn producer Charles Merrill’s public burning of a Qu’ran, calling it an act of “artistic bravery.” Last year, he joined the Islamophobic bandwagon in calling the Cordoba Initiative’s plan to build an Islamic community center near Ground Zero part of a covert plot to install Shariah law in the United States — he described the proposed center as a “monument to Muslim terrorism.” A laundry list of racist statements by Lucas would be so long it is impossible to compile (for more, see here); it is enough to note that his political views are defined by crude resentment of Muslims, the fetishization of an Israel that does not exist, and little else.
    What is more remarkable about Lucas is the way in which he has fused extreme Zionism with homoeroticism in his films. His most widely promoted film, “Men of Israel,” contains a sex scene inside a Palestinian village that was ethnically cleansed by Zionist militias in 1947-48. Lucas describes the scene here (NSFW), deceptively stating that the village was “deserted centuries ago”:

    …we went to an abandoned village just north of Jerusalem. It was a beautiful ancient township that had been deserted centuries ago…however, that did not stop our guys from mounting each other and trying to repopulate it. Biology may not be the lesson of the day but these men shot their seeds all over the village. . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://mondoweiss.net/2011/02/nakba-porn-kingpin-michael-lucas-bullies-lgbt-center-against-anti-apartheid-party.html

  15. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    December 3, 2013, 7:22 pm

    RE: “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.” ~ Alex Kane

    SEE: “ADL gloats over the cancellation of Gaza children’s art exhibit”, by Adam Horowitz, Mondoweiss, 9/28/11

    [ SCREEN CAPTURE from the ADL Central Pacific Region Newsletter ]

    The Oakland Tribune is not impressed. From a September, 26 editorial:

    Earlier this month, the board of Oakland’s Museum of Children’s Art, MOCHA, abruptly canceled an exhibit of Palestinian children’s art that had been six months in the planning. “A Child’s View in Gaza” featured drawings and paintings by Palestinian children who were living in Gaza during Israel’s three-week bombing and ground invasion that began Dec. 27, 2008.
    Pro-Israel lobbying groups claimed that the Gaza exhibit was anti-Israel and fought to kill it. They asserted that the art could not possibly have been created by children . . .
    The museum’s actions have drawn justifiable condemnations from critics, including progressive Jewish groups who have demanded the museum reverse itself and allow the art work to be shown.
    The entire event is troubling that certain individuals have prevented the public from viewing art they don’t want us to see. What’s to stop other organizations from using the same strong-arm tactics to silence opposing viewpoints?

    For more see the Forward – “Bay Area Jewish Groups Celebrate Shutting Palestinian Art Exhibit.”

    SOURCE – http://mondoweiss.net/2011/09/adl-gloats-over-the-cancellation-of-gaza-childrens-art-exhibit.html

  16. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    December 3, 2013, 7:54 pm

    RE: “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.” ~ Alex Kane

    SEE: “In ‘naked attack on free speech,’ Harvard Hillel bars Avraham Burg”, by Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss, 11/23/13

    News from the the Harvard College Progressive Jewish Alliance, released today. The speech at the Harvard dormitory took place last week.

    [EXCERT] November 20, 2013, Cambridge, MA— Avraham Burg, the former speaker of Israel’s Knesset, spoke in an undergraduate dormitory at Harvard College last week after being barred from speaking at Harvard Hillel.
    “It’s such a shame that Harvard Hillel would not allow an open discussion about Israel to take place within its walls,” Sandra Korn, who helped organize the talk. “Hillel should be a space for students to engage with Jewish issues, regardless of religious or political beliefs.”
    Burg was allowed to attend an invitation-only dinner in the Hillel building, but was forbidden from hosting the event there since it was co-sponsored by the Harvard College Palestinian Solidarity Committee. The other co-sponsoring student groups included J Street U Harvard and two Hillel-affiliated groups, Harvard Students for Israel and Harvard College Progressive Jewish Alliance. . .

    SOURCE – http://mondoweiss.net/2013/11/harvard-hillel-avraham.html

  17. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    December 3, 2013, 7:56 pm

    RE: “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.” ~ Alex Kane

    SEE – “The AIPAC Politics of Smear: The Secret Section in Israel’s U.S. Lobby That Stifles American Debate”, By Gregory D. Slabodkin, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, July 1992, pages 7-8, 89-91

    [EXCERPTS] During the reign of terror that Senator Joseph McCarthy unleashed in the 1950s, when the reputations and lives of many loyal Americans were ruined by false charges of “communism” and “treason,” American Jewry was overwhelmingly opposed to the Wisconsin senator and his blackmail by blacklists. According to the Gallup polls of the time, the percentage of U.S. Jews who opposed McCarthy’s smear tactics was twice that of the rest of the population. Many Jewish organizations passed resolutions condemning McCarthy’s ruthless character assassination.Copyright © 2013
    Today, however, such national Jewish organizations as the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith (ADL) and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) are using the same tactics to stifle open debate of U.S. policy in the Middle East.

    • Secretly Circulated Lists
    To conduct this “neo-McCarthyism,” AIPAC operates a covert section within its research department that monitors and keeps files on politicians, journalists, academics, Arab-American activists, Jewish liberals, and others it labels “anti-Israel.” AIPAC selects information from these files and secretly circulates lists of the “guilty,” together with their alleged political misdeeds, buttressed by their statements, often totally out of context.
    Just as McCarthy’s permanent investigations subcommittee labeled criticism of specific policies of the U.S. government as “anti-American,” or “pro-Soviet,” AIPAC labels criticism of Israeli government policies “anti-Israel,” “pro-Arab” or “pro-PLO.” Still worse is the pro-Israel lobby’s redefinition of “anti-Semitism” to include any such criticism of Israel or its actions. . .
    . . . AIPAC’s “opposition research” department traces its roots to I.L. (Sy) Kenen, who founded AIPAC in 1954. As editor of AIPAC’s weekly Near East Report, he often attacked critics of Israel in his aptly titled column, “The Monitor.” Besides monitoring, analyzing, and responding to “anti-Israel” comment and activities in the United States, Kenen also kept files on AIPAC’s “enemies.” In his final year AIPAC began to expand its intelligence-gathering operations.
    Kenen’s memoirs, “Israel’s Defense Line: Her Friends and Foes in Washington”, record how AIPAC pooled resources in 1974 with the American Jewish Committee and other national Jewish organizations to create a “truth squad.” Its purpose was to combat “pro-Arab propaganda” and the emerging “Arab lobby,” which Kenen believed to be a growing threat to the U.S.-Israel relationship.
    “While vigorously defending Israel’s perceived interests, the organizations that created the truth squad turned into a kind of Jewish thought police,” journalist Robert I. Friedman explains. “Investigators—sometimes overzealous Jewish college students, sometimes sources with access to U.S. intelligence agencies—were used to ferret out critics of Israel, Jew or gentile, wherever they might be. At ADL and AIPAC, files were opened on journalists, politicians, scholars and community activists. Their speeches and writings were monitored, as were, in some cases, their other professional activities. And they were often smeared with charges of anti-Semitism or with the pernicious label of self-hating Jew. The intention was to stifle debate on the Middle East within the Jewish community, the media and academia, for fear that criticism of any kind would weaken the Jewish state.”
    When Kenen stepped down as executive director of AIPAC in December 1974, the task of monitoring Israel’s “enemies” was left to the department of research and information at AIPAC, where it has remained ever since. . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.wrmea.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10030:the-secret-section-in-israels-us-lobby-that-stifles-american-debate&catid=141

  18. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    December 3, 2013, 10:28 pm

    RE: “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.” ~ Alex Kane

    SEE: “Australian Zionists Dump Chazan”, By Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam, 02/05/10

    [EXCERPTS] Haaretz reports that the Israeli rightist Jerusalem Post has dumped Naomi Chazan’s column in that newspaper. The editor refused to elaborate when asked. Clearly, this is connected to Im Tirtzu’s campaign of vilification against Chazan and New Israel Fund, which I’ve covered extensively here. . .
    . . . The Australian Reform Movement, the Union for Progressive Judaism, also rescinded an invitation to Chazan to speak there. The amount of distortion in the following shameful passage is astonishing:

    According to ZCV [Zionist Council of Victoria] President Dr. Danny Lamm, news of the report…on Im Tirtzu’s Web site, had generated angry responses throughout the Melbourne Jewish community and the decision was made to withdraw Chazan’s invite.
    “The activities of the NIF are anathema to Zionist groups such as ours, and frankly, we’re just not interested in having anything to with it,” Dr. Lamm told the Post by telephone from Melbourne on Tuesday.
    “It’s not new to me, or many of us, that the NIF has supported groups that have damaged Israel and will continue to do damage to Israel, but others were surprised by this,” he added.
    Lamm made it clear that the Zionist Council of Victoria represented all branches of Jewish political and religious affiliation, “from Likud to Meretz” and that they would “never bar anybody from the left just as they wouldn’t bar anyone from the right.
    But the sort of stuff the NIF supports is so far removed from the community here,” Lamm added, saying “it was decided that Chazan’s public appearances be canceled.”

    What I find so astonishing is that Lamm would believe that it was NIF that was extremist and not his own views. NIF is really a liberal Zionist group plain and simple. It’s views are glatt kosher as far as doctrinal Zionism is concerned. So for Lamm to contend that his group includes Meretz, but NIF is somehow farther out there to the left is simply unbelievable. The man doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Yet another example of the Diapsora Jewry have to be holier than the [Zionist] pope.
    Actually, the Australians may’ve done Chazan a favor because at the rate the Shin Bet is going in criminalizing human rights work in Israel, they might not have allowed her back into the country on her return, deeming her to be a subversive security risk . . .

    ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2010/02/05/jerusalem-post-and-australian-reform-jews-dump-chazan/

  19. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    December 3, 2013, 10:33 pm

    RE: “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.” ~ Alex Kane

    SEE – “Rabbis warn Bush: Annapolis will bring destruction to US”, by Neta Sela, Ynet News, 11/06/07
    Group of right-wing rabbis writes open letter to US president demanding he cancel Annapolis summit or risk provoking ‘wrath of the almighty.’ Rabbis assert Katrina disaster a result of America’s support of 2005 disengagement, say California fires a warning

    [EXCERPT] A fringe group of prominent ultranationalist rabbis issued a harshly-worded letter to United States President George W. Bush earlier this week, warning him that the upcoming Annapolis peace conference would bring destruction upon America.
    The rabbis evoke their previous prediction in 2005, when they published an open letter to Bush in the New York Times, demanding the US rescind its support of the disengagement plan.
    “We wrote to President Bush, a man who believes in the Bible, to warn him against the terrible danger to which he is exposing his country by hosting such a conference,” said Rabbi Meir Druckman, one of signatories to the letter.
    “The land of Israel belongs to the people of Israel. God punishes anyone who coerces Israel to give up its land,” he said.
    “There is no doubt the New Orleans flood from the Katrina hurricane was God’s punishment for evicting the settlements,” said Druckman , “with hundreds of thousands left homeless, hundreds killed or wounded and billions of dollars sent down the drain – can we really ignore God’s hand collecting an eye for an eye?”
    The disengagement from Gaza and the northern West Bank was completed August 23rd, 2005 – which was also the date Hurricane Katrina formed over the Bahamas.
    “Despite those consequences, yet again we find ourselves facing an initiative to expel Jews from Judea and Samaria and cede their cities to terror organizations. And once again the patrons of the event are President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
    “This time the Almighty is warning the US in advance: if the plague of water was not enough now he shall send flames. While hundreds of thousands of families have already fled the terrible fires in California, and we ask you, will you really forge ahead with this malevolent plan?” added Druckman. . .

    SOURCE – http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3468489,00.html

  20. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    December 3, 2013, 11:05 pm

    RE: “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.” ~ Alex Kane

    SEE: “Swiss museum cancels competition after prize-sponsor Lacoste rejects Palestinian artist”, by Annie Robbins, Mondoweiss 12/21/11

    Here is a shocking story that tells us how the world is changing before our eyes. A Swiss museum staging a prestigious international art competition selects a Palestinian artist as one of eight finalists. The sponsor of the prize– the Lacoste clothing company– then demands that she be excluded. The museum wavers and tries to buy the artist off with a solo exhibition separate from the prize.. She refuses.
    And the museum cancels the whole competition!
    Now let’s go through the events. This morning at 10: 43 AM ET the Washington Post published “Lacoste Elysée Prize withdraws nomination of Palestinian photographer”.

    Larissa Sansour thought that her photographic project “Nation Estate,” which imagined a dystopic Palestine, exemplified ‘la joie de vivre,’ the theme of the Lacoste Elysée Prize 2011. The maker of crocodile-emblemed polo shirts disagreed. Sansour says that Lacoste censored her entry for the competition and withdrew her nomination because her work was too pro-Palestinian.
    The Lacoste Elysée Prize is awarded by the Swiss Musée de l’Elysée, and is sponsored by the clothing brand. According to a news release from the artist, when Sansour was nominated, she was given €4,000 (around $5,200) and carte blanche to produce a portfolio of images for the final judging. When she submitted her final project in November, three photos for the “Nation Estate” project were accepted — but a month later Lacoste decided the work was too political and asked Sansour to withdraw. Her name has been removed from the list of nominees on the prize’s Web site.
    ……..
    As for Sansour, the Musée de l’Elysée has offered to show her photos in a solo exhibition separate from the prize. She declined. . .

    . . . And now the climax of the story. Shortly after the Washington Post published its story, I received a press release (below) informing “The Musée de l’Elysée has decided to suspend the organisation of the Lacoste Elysée Prize 2011.”

    Suspension of the Lacoste Elysée Prize 2011

    Lausanne, 21 December 2011 – The Musée de l’Elysée has decided to suspend the organisation of the Lacoste Elysée Prize 2011. Introduced in 2010 to sustain young photographers, the prize is worth 25 000 euros.
    In the context of the 2011 edition of the prize, eight nominees were selected to take part in the contest. They were asked to produce three photographs on the theme la joie de vivre. With the help of a individual grant of 4 000 euros, each nominee had carte blanche to interpret the theme in which ever way they favoured, in a direct or indirect manner, with authenticity or irony, based upon their existing or as an entirely new creation. An expert jury should have met at the end of January 2012 to select the winner of the Lacoste Elysée Prize 2011.
    The Musée de l’Elysée has based its decision on the private partner’s wish to exclude Larissa Sansour, one of the prize nominees. . .

    SOURCE – http://mondoweiss.net/2011/12/french-museum-cancels-prize-rather-than-accept-lacostes-banning-of-palestinian-artist.html

  21. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    December 3, 2013, 11:11 pm

    RE: “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.” ~ Alex Kane

    SEE: “Army Radio asks musician not to perform song that ‘debases’ IDF soldiers”, By Emilie Grunzweig, Haaretz, 10/14/12

    [EXCERPTS] Israel’s Army Radio chief, Yaron Dekel, cancelled a special broadcast of a new song released by musician Izhar Ashdot as the song, entitled ‘A Matter of Habit,’ is demeaning to IDF soldiers and according to Dekel, should not receive airtime on the IDF’s radio station.
    Among the song’s lyrics, written by Alona Kimhi, are the lines “they are not men, nor women / They are mere objects, mere shadows / To learn to kill / It is a matter of habit … To learn cruelty / Is a matter of momentum / It starts small / And then it comes.”
    According to Ashdot, the song was written following Kimhi’s experiences on tours led by “Breaking the Silence,” an organization comprised of IDF veterans, who served at the start of the Second Intifada or alter, and have taken upon themselves the task of exposing the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life in the West Bank. . .
    . . . “Today at about 1 P.M., with the band already at the radio studio tuning the instruments, we were contacted by the station and asked not to perform his album’s title song ‘A Matter of Habit’ during the program, despite the fact that the song had already aired on the station and was even preformed live on another of the station’s programs,” a statement made on behalf of Ashdot read.
    Ashdot’s statement went on to attack the press release made by the station “The release of the statement and the announcement that it represents the position of Army Radio negates the possibility of holding a fair and balanced discussion on the song and its contents. I am worried by the fact that in a democratic country a media outlet bans a song.

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.haaretz.com/culture/arts-leisure/army-radio-asks-musician-not-to-perform-song-that-debases-idf-soldiers.premium-1.469985

    VIDEO: יזהר אשדות – עניין של הרגל – הקליפ הרשמי – Izhar Ashdot’s title song from the 2012 album “A Matter of Habit” (sung in Hebrew) [VIDEO, 04:59] – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-NRrB9pbKs

  22. mcohen
    mcohen
    December 4, 2013, 6:59 am

    Dickerson,
    i made up a saying

    Incitement encourages dissent into chaos
    encouragement refines dissent into stability

    there is a fine line between incitement and encouragement when commenting on a dispute between 2 sides

  23. W.Jones
    W.Jones
    December 4, 2013, 10:45 pm

    Hello. Regarding Critical Space, may I ask if you know if there are any progressive groups that make religious arguments against nationalism?

    I know that Neturei Kartei does based on their theology about how they are not interested in having a state until the Messiah comes. However, is there a space within the reform or progressive religious community that has articulated religious arguments also?

    For example, has JVP’s religious council or others made a statement in favor of binationalism based on religious justifications?

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