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Yesterday we did a post on Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s debate at Barnard. He posted this picture after the event on Twitter, of him saying goodnight to liberal Zionist panelist Peter Beinart.

Boteach and Beinart

Boteach and Beinart

And Boteach put up video of the debate here that specifically censors the argument over videotaping that you could see in my video. His video removes two sections, at 15:30 and 53:18, in which Boteach interrupted the debate to confront me over my videotaping. I.e., this is not a true record of the debate. (Thanks, Sycamores.)

Just watch Boteach speak at 39:39 to get a sense of his manner. He begins:

Good evening ladies and gentlemen. I believe in Make Love and Not War. Most of you know me from my books like Kosher Sex… I would much rather be speaking to you today about my new book, Kosher Lust, available at fine book stores everywhere, that was just released… But I am a love prophet on loan to the state of Israel…”

I think that’s disingenuous. I know about Boteach because of his political activities, including the very important job of helping Samantha Power become UN ambassador by vouching for her in the rightwing Jewish community– to which President Obama is beholden (for reasons explained by Power herself in 2002, when she spoke of “a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import”).

Since the event, I got a look at a sheet of donors to Boteach’s “This World, The Jewish Values Network,” from 2011; and the biggest backer on it is the Slager family foundation, benefactors of Chabad, the religious group.

But the list includes, at $64,300, Kevin Bermeister, an Australian tech baron who is a mogul for the Israeli settlement project, and wants to build an airport in the West Bank to serve Greater Jewish Jerusalem and end Palestinian dreams of having a capital in Jerusalem. This is the kind of project Beinart believes in boycotting.

Bermeister told the LATimes (2012) he’s a religious Jew and:

Can you show me on any street in Jerusalem where the Green Line is? I’ve never seen it…. We are focusing on looking at the optimal use of the city. No divided city has ever performed as well as a united one. We don’t look at the political landscape.

Then there’s Denise Rich at $18,000; she is a giant supporter of the Democratic Party and friend of Israel, who helped get her former husband, the late Marc Rich, fugitive financier, pardoned by Bill Clinton. (P.S. This is some crowd. Another man who helped on the Rich pardon is Rabbi Shlomo Riskin who has now come out for Jewish worship on the Temple Mount, a rightwing occupier position.)

There’s Stanley Black, who has given a ton to the LA Children’s Hospital and seems to split his political givings between Dems and Republicans at $25,000; and the Cohen family, which owns Hudson News– they gave $27,000; and a Jersey neocon, Mark Gerson, at $26,000.

Yesterday we noted that Boteach had stopped us from videotaping the event at Barnard. The wonderful cartoonist Carlos Latuff has seen fit to memorialize the incident. He got the smoke coming out of my ears right:

Carlos Latuff cartoon on incident at Barnard, March 31, 2014

Carlos Latuff cartoon on incident at Barnard, March 31, 2014


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  1. Sycamores
    Sycamores on April 2, 2014, 1:10 pm

    this video is shockingly edited
    one example when Peter Beinart was talking around 53 minute mark

    “paying people to move from democratic israel to non democratic israel….” ***edit*** at the 53:18 mark then Peter Beinart is in a new sentence what was Peter Beinart saying that was cut out?

    this is to be expected i suppose but can someone provide an audio recording of the debate?

    so i can patch up all the video edits with audio recordings.

    • Krauss
      Krauss on April 2, 2014, 2:06 pm

      Stalinist edits.

      This what Zionists of his kind are now grasping for. Phil’s encounter was edited out completely, too.

      I still laugh when I think of the first time I saw him on video. It was an interview with some Canadian TV station, I believe the anchor was Jewish himself and basically said, c’mon, we know about the Jewish lobby in America, why do you insist that old geezers in Florida or the Allmighty Pastor Hagee are the reason why all these politicians keep running to the right of each other? And he basically went on a deranged rant, shouting about Nazi Germany, started to play victim and then, hilariously, stormed off set in what resembled a drunken stupor.

      Still makes me smile. If these are the A-team of Israeli hasbara, then I say bring it on. Who could ever wish for better enemies than these loons?

  2. Pixel
    Pixel on April 2, 2014, 1:19 pm

    Everything is connected.

  3. annie
    annie on April 2, 2014, 1:30 pm

    i love latuff’s caricature of phil! it’s perfect.

  4. bilal a
    bilal a on April 2, 2014, 1:41 pm

    Interesting how criminal financiers and alleged casino pimps organize around family foundations / philanthropy (bribes) for illegal ethnic cleansing. There is some evidence here of skill borne of experience. ‘One small step from having the cash to select the American President [Adelson?] .. Michael, We’re bigger than US Steel”:

  5. amigo
    amigo on April 2, 2014, 1:43 pm

    Boteach claims Sadat was Murdered for making Peace with Egypt but made no mention of Rabin and who killed him.

    The Rabbi quotes incessantly from the Bible.No surprise he is a religious fanatic.

    He parrots the usual zionist lies and diatribe.It is hard to listen to this creep.

  6. eljay
    eljay on April 2, 2014, 1:45 pm

    >> Boteach and Beinart

    Did someone take the “love prophet” up on his “follow me to the bathroom” offer…? ;-)

  7. Chu
    Chu on April 2, 2014, 2:18 pm

    Boteach is great. More of him please. He believes himself to be some sort of renaissance man of Judaism, but if your not a believer of Zionism and Israel, he comes across like a greasy salesman.

    No wonder he was routed in the New Jersey election. He selling something people ain’t buyin’; except Zionists think he’s relevant, but he’s a joke. Kosher Lust? Serious gauche I’d say…

  8. James Canning
    James Canning on April 2, 2014, 2:31 pm

    Great piece!

  9. kalithea
    kalithea on April 2, 2014, 4:01 pm

    This love prophet/preacher is like the love preacher in Night of the Hunter with love tatooed on one hand and hate on the other.

    I’ll bet every night he cleanses himself with a warm bath of hypocrisy.

  10. kalithea
    kalithea on April 2, 2014, 4:13 pm

    Caption to Beinart photo: In the end, all we Zionists kiss; shake hands; count the contributions benefitting the land theft operation and occupation persecution and go off preaching a kinder, gentler Zionism, buaaaa ha-ha ha-ha!.

  11. giladg
    giladg on April 2, 2014, 4:24 pm

    Watching your interaction with Boteach is a total waste of time and energy. It contributed zero to the discussion at hand and good that it was edited from the published video. It’s not about you Philip. Stop being such a narcissist and an immature one at that.

  12. Citizen
    Citizen on April 2, 2014, 9:47 pm

    Biotech makes my skin crawl; ditto Adelson, Kristol, Hagee, Roberts, Huckabee, just to name a few.

  13. David Doppler
    David Doppler on April 3, 2014, 12:48 pm

    Whatever happened to Boteach’s nephew Efraim Diverolli, the 22-year old arms merchant who somehow won a $300M Pentagon contract to arm Afghanis and was indicted for re-selling illegal, ancient Chinese ammo that didn’t work. Hard to believe that a guy with his own arms merchant background who can play the key role in getting Samantha Power appointed over Zionist opposition wasn’t involved when his young nephew stumbled through a Marijuana haze to get a plum government contract. But I think Henry Waxman did an inquiry that affixed the blame solely on Pentagon contracting officials’ incompetence.

    When accountability is removed, abuse and incompetence thrive, often at historically outrageous levels. Enough so, and repeatedly so, such that our founding fathers had this risk in the front of their minds when they created our highly inefficient, tri-partite federal government, to insure that whoever has political power in America will always have ambitious competitors seeking to draw them down. The press as our fourth estate is an additional check on such power. Phil sparring with Shmuley is an important scene in the historic and ongoing effort to bring abusive power to account.

    Is this the first appearance of Phil Weiss in a political cartoon? I predict it will find a place in the definitive biography of an important warrior for both American and Jewish values.

    • David Doppler
      David Doppler on April 3, 2014, 1:13 pm

      If you’re capable of empathy for guys like Boteach, Adelson, Netanyahu, Cheney, there’s plenty of irony and tragedy involved for people who wield so much wealth and power, are possessed of so much skill and self-confidence, have such a clear – if deeply flawed – vision of what they’re trying to accomplish, and manage to make such an historic botch of the whole endeavor, slowly unfolding on the pages of Mondoweiss.

    • James Canning
      James Canning on April 3, 2014, 1:48 pm

      Very interesting post. Does corruption explain the deal (arms, for war in

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