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Last Sunday the New York Times ran a front-page attack on campus BDS campaigns–boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israel–by characterizing BDS as a movement driven by minorities’ “hostility” toward privileged Jews, in a word, anti-Semitic.

The article again and again said that BDS targets Jews– “Where can I send my kids that will be safe for them as Jews?” asks one college administrator — and never quoted a Jew who supports BDS. Though there was a mention of Jewish Voice for Peace, which does.

Well, showing up the Times, the Forward, the Jewish publication, has not one but two pieces saying there are Jews in BDS.

First there’s this long piece, called, “Birthright paves path to BDS for some Jewish participants.” Lots of Jews who go on the free indoctrination trip to Israel (funded by Sheldon Adelson and Norman Braman) observe outright racism there and wind up boycotting the place. Naomi Daron of Haaretz wrote:

[Sam Sussman’s] group didn’t meet one Israeli Arab or Palestinian, and met maybe one or two Israelis who didn’t espouse right-wing views.

Sussman isn’t the only American to visit Israel on a Birthright or similar program and return filled with questions that morph into criticism. Many of these young people I spoke with say that after Birthright they became activists in left-wing organizations. They reflect the way some people see Israel when visiting for the first time — as well as young American Jews’ changing relationship with the land of their ancestors…

When [Chris Godshall] returned to the United States he volunteered for Jewish Voice for Peace, which works against the occupation and seeks to expand Jewish organizations’ dialogue with Israel. It supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel…

As Godshall puts it, “I need to thank Birthright for the understanding that Israel is connected to me, but I’m sure they didn’t intend to push me into supporting BDS.”

He says he’s not happy with the idea that Israel represents him in its actions. “My goal is still to identify with my Jewish identity, but to do so I have to take part in a movement that excludes Israel from this Jewish identity,” he says.

The article could also have mentioned Max Blumenthal, whose path to writing Goliath and leadership in the BDS movement included the promotional trip when he was in his twenties.

Then there’s a second piece in the Forward talking about Jews in BDS, that is actually inspired by the NYT article on BDS: “How American Jews Can Fight the Academic Intifada,” by Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin. The rabbi expresses great alarm over the New York Times report, but he at least recognizes the Jewish presence in the movement– Jews who have “capitulate[d]” to the bad minorities.

This is nothing less than an ethnic and class war. It uses Israel and the Palestinians as a backdrop and an excuse, but its target is clear — Jewish students — some of whom capitulate and join the battle against Israel. These verbal and political attacks cannot help but morph into anti-Semitism and anti-Judaism.

The rabbi says these Jews need an inoculation of Jewish education to survive the ideological onslaught.

Will our young people be prepared for the conversations that they will encounter this fall, right after they start unpacking their bags in their dorm rooms?..

When our young people get to college, they will need to intellectually defend the existence of the state of Israel. If we allow our teenagers to leave our homes without that knowledge and values base, they will enter the world without the inoculation they need against the ignorance and hatred that they will encounter.

It’s Phil’s estimate from attending dozens of campus events that about one in five BDS supporters is Jewish, and the inoculation failed. Shouldn’t the Times have acknowledged as much?

Meantime, the Washington Post practices the same sort of deception in a piece on Christian Zionist efforts to launch a “birthright” program to send young Christian Americans to Israel and Palestine and tell them it’s their inheritance, with the help of the Israeli Embassy:

“As young adults experience Israel firsthand, their faith is strengthened, their knowledge of the Bible is increased and their understanding of the connection between the Bible and the Land of Israel is put on solid ground,” said Steve Green [a sponsor of the trips, from the Hobby Lobby family]

There is not one word in the piece about why Israel feels this need to create ambassadors in the U.S., no mention of the occupation or Israel’s cratering international image, conditions that are turning a lot of young people off and leading many of them to endorse BDS. The Jewish press, the Forward and Haaretz, are giving a far more accurate picture of the world. When will American newspapers trust their readers to hear the facts?

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  1. DoubleStandard
    DoubleStandard
    May 12, 2015, 1:48 pm

    How many of these BDS Jews are marrying Jews and raising Jewish kids?

    • oldgeezer
      oldgeezer
      May 12, 2015, 2:20 pm

      Probably not a lot as the article is about young people. Not likely that many of them are marrying non-Jews or raising non-Jewish kids.

      The relevance of your question is?

    • annie
      annie
      May 12, 2015, 2:29 pm

      when they marry some will marry other jewish people and some will not. but they’ll all probably raise jewish kids, when they have kids. they wouldn’t be on the trip if they didn’t identify as jewish.

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        May 12, 2015, 8:10 pm

        To identify as Jewish is one thing, to be religious and/or nationalist and raise your kids as such a whole nother thing. Especially as there won’t be a request to do so from the kids’ other parent. What ar ewe talking about here?

    • eljay
      eljay
      May 12, 2015, 2:30 pm

      The rabbi says these Jews need an inoculation of Jewish education to survive the ideological onslaught.

      The rabbi appears to be suggesting that non-Jewish ideas are a disease. Shame on him for his bigotry.

      When our young people get to college, they will need to intellectually defend the existence of the state of Israel.

      No they won’t. Assuming they’re not Israeli – but even if they are – you should be teaching and wanting them to “intellectually defend” the universal and consistent application of justice, accountability and equality, and not the existence of an oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and religion-supremacist state.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 12, 2015, 9:03 pm

        “The rabbi says these Jews need an inoculation of Jewish education to survive the ideological onslaught.”

        I’m waiting to see who first suggests the matter of anti-zionism should be a contest of wills between parents and children. After all, that’s a contest the kids can’t win.

    • talknic
      talknic
      May 12, 2015, 2:35 pm

      @ DoubleStandard“How many of these BDS Jews are marrying Jews and raising Jewish kids?”

      Why? If they do, will Israel suddenly adhere to the law, the UN Charter, relevant conventions? Suddenly withdraw from all non-Israeli territories for the first time in its modern history? Suddenly stop illegal settlements and start displaying Jewish values? Please explain the difference it would make to the values they believe in and the illegal activities Naziesque creeps support.

    • joer
      joer
      May 12, 2015, 2:46 pm

      Doublestandard: Ah, you bring up one of the most disgusting aspects of Zionism-the eugenics aspect of the whole project. Even before I ever heard of Palestinians, I was totally turned off to any government’s input to who I could be in a relationship with. I have no idea why anyone would submit to an ideology that intrudes so completely into their personal life. I guess it appeals to people who have no idea of who they are as an individual. So is that it? Does Israel existmainly to act as a giant petri dish to isolate and purify Jewish DNA? Do Zionists bring babies into the world as a biological expression of their racist ideology? …But if having a Jewish mate is that important to you, there is always J Date. There is no need to impose your preference on me or any other Jew, much less exile, imprison, and kill millions of Palestinians.

      • pabelmont
        pabelmont
        May 12, 2015, 6:26 pm

        Imposing preferences (for Jews) on other Jews? It’s all part of Zionism’s principal raison d’etre, namely, fear and the teaching and propagation of fear among Jews, especially the fear of the wiping out of the “Jewish People”. Jews must be taught that they must protect the “Jewish People” who have — it would seem, under that teaching at least — no reason to exist other than to fear and avoid being wiped out.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        May 12, 2015, 7:15 pm

        “Jews must be taught that they must protect the “Jewish People” who have — it would seem, under that teaching at least — no reason to exist other than to fear and avoid being wiped out. ”

        Excellent!

        I keep asking why it is important that the “Jewish people” continue to exist. Now I have an answer.

      • DoubleStandard
        DoubleStandard
        May 13, 2015, 7:37 am

        This is really unbelievable. If commenters wrote this crap about any other group, you’d censor it and ban them. It may seem to be humor if you lack any sense of it, but it’s not.

        We’ve won 20 percent of the world’s Nobel Prizes; we’ve gjven religion to 70p percent of the world; we’ve practically created humanity as we know it. We have plenty of reason to exist other than preventing our green-eyed enemies from destroying us. There is no people in the world with more reason to exist than us, if you want to go down that road.

      • eljay
        eljay
        May 13, 2015, 9:57 am

        || DoubleStandard: … We’ve won 20 percent of the world’s Nobel Prizes; we’ve gjven religion to 70p percent of the world; we’ve practically created humanity as we know it. ||

        That is a wonderful bit of self-aggrandizement, although giving religion to 70% of the world isn’t something about which you or anyone else should brag.

        That said, please do tell: Exactly which part of humanity did you create? Which Nobel Prize(s) did you win?

        || We have plenty of reason to exist other than preventing our green-eyed enemies from destroying us. There is no people in the world with more reason to exist than us, if you want to go down that road. ||

        People who exist and who want to be Jewish have a right to continue existing and being Jewish. Their existence and their preference for being Jewish does not entitle them to an oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and religion-supremacist “Jewish State”.

      • just
        just
        May 13, 2015, 10:03 am

        @ DS’ “We’ve won 20 percent of the world’s Nobel Prizes; we’ve gjven religion to 70p percent of the world; we’ve practically created humanity as we know it. We have plenty of reason to exist other than preventing our green-eyed enemies from destroying us. There is no people in the world with more reason to exist than us, if you want to go down that road.”

        You’re joking, aren’t you?

      • eljay
        eljay
        May 13, 2015, 2:13 pm

        || eljay: … please do tell: Exactly which part of humanity did you create? Which Nobel Prize(s) did you win? ||

        Clarification: By “you”, I mean DoubleStandard. Since there is no-one “in the world with more reason to exist” than a guy like him, and since he is surely not riding on the coat-tails of those who came before him, I gotsta know! (as the man said) what he has accomplished in the fields of “creating humanity” and “Nobel Prizes”.

        I look forward to being thoroughly impressed. :-)

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 13, 2015, 4:07 pm

        “We’ve won 20 percent of the world’s Nobel Prizes; we’ve gjven religion to 70p percent of the world; we’ve practically created humanity as we know it”

        What a fool I have been, probably permanently influenced by those red diapers my Mom insisted on (She said they went well with my rash)!!!
        I accepted the dangerous lie of out-marriage not being harmful! But “Double Standard” has opened my eyes! Why every time a Jewish person marries a Gentile, they are denying the world a potential Einstein, a Bernstein, a genius!
        Instead they risk saddling the world with an atavism, a creature who could never attain a full Jew’s potential!

        Not only should out-marriage be discouraged, it should be enjoined by law, for the good of mankind. And more money should be spent on research into birth defects, excessive consanguinity, and hemophilia.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 13, 2015, 4:26 pm

        Oh, no, the problem just got a lot more complicated. Ever heard the expression “it’s complicated”? Well it is. Here’s the problem:

        Upon strict and impartial examination, it seems the combination of Jewish elements needed (we will call it the Nobel gene”) is not equally distributed among the Jewish population, rather it is restricted to one well, rather small cohort. If we are to preserve this wondrous gene intact, an effort comparable to the space program must immediately be put into studying inherited conditions due to consanguinity. There’s no other way out for mankind, if we don’t want to revert to a primordial bestiality like those awful….well, you know who you are.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 13, 2015, 5:19 pm

        “Ah, you bring up one of the most disgusting aspects of Zionism-the eugenics aspect of the whole project”

        There’s an encouraging aspect to it, tho: It is by any measure, failing miserably.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 13, 2015, 5:25 pm

        “Does Israel existmainly to act as a giant petri dish to isolate and purify Jewish DNA?”

        Ewww. You know what happens when you over-purify human DNA? Sorta curdles, doesn’t it?

    • Kris
      Kris
      May 12, 2015, 3:02 pm

      Hard to say, DS, since it is so unclear what is meant by “Jews” and “Jewish.” Even one of the most prolific Zionist commenters here, JeffB, isn’t clear on this.

      On the one hand, he says that he and his wife are atheists, which must mean they don’t practice Judaism.

      On the other hand, JeffB says, “”You don’t keep shabbat, you don’t keep kosher, you don’t pray after meals and wear tefillin. What other than your name is Jewish about you? You tell me how are you a Jew and not an apostate?” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/mooser#sthash.WuJjdcTS.dpuf

      Are you able to explain what “Jews” and “Jewish” mean?

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 12, 2015, 5:35 pm

        Of course “Double Standards” knows what “Jewish” means. He understands the situation perfectly. The fewer Jews there are, the more people he can say aren’t Jewish, the more Israel there is for him! You know, Holy Land, they’re not making anymore of it! Therefore, the fewer Jews, the better, the more there is for, uh, for the Jews!

        If there’s one thing constant among and common to every single one of our Zionists, it is the idea that there are way too many Jews, and a big proportion of Jews are phonies, who are just in it for the persecution.

        And, oh yes, did I mention the Biblical verse which says that Zionists and only Zionists have the privilege of saying who is Jewish?

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 12, 2015, 5:43 pm

        “On the other hand, JeffB says,”

        That both he and his wife are atheists. The man is multiambidextrous, if you ask me.

      • JeffB
        JeffB
        May 13, 2015, 8:48 am

        @Kris

        I don’t know when I’ve been unclear. You asked me a question about Hillel and I gave you a long and detailed answer. This question is much easier.

        Judea is a geographical region which encompasses chunks of Palestine. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c7/First_century_Iudaea_province.gif

        Judaea was a country formed by the residents of Persion Yehud Medinata when they got their independence. That country is in the Judea geographical region.

        Judaeans are the ethnicity of the people of Judaea. Jews are a modern group of people who identify themselves as the descendants of the people of Judaea. A tribal identity.

        After the Roman destruction of Judaea the culture of Judaea including its religion was formalized and preserved in a new religion Rabbinic Judaism, which calls itself “Judaism” today because there are no other forms widely practiced. Judaism being a cultural preservation movement is a religion of practice not belief.

        Apostasy from the religion is considered to be renouncing citizenship in the tribe. Apostasy is a more serious act than not practicing. Netanyahu isn’t religious that doesn’t mean he isn’t Jewish. You BTW have the same concept in mainline paedobaptist Christianity. There is a distinction your church would make between someone who is not active on the rolls of any particular church and someone who has been actively excommunicated by your denomination.

        Finally on Tony. You’ll notice in that quote I accused Tony of being an apostate not just accused him of being non-religious. I’m the former, I was accusing Tony of being the Jewish equivalent of the latter. Practicing the religion does matter in evaluating whether someone has renounced their membership in the tribe. Satmar Jews are traitors in a theoretical political sense. But in the religious sense they strongly uphold Judaism and in a practical political sense they are generally Zionists they have strong ties to Israel and frequently travel to or live in Israel.

        ____

        The reason you are confused Kris is you are buying into BDS propaganda. In their view Judaism is a religion with no particular association to a place. Jews are to them just a bunch of people who practice the religion of Judaism. In the 19th century that was the way Judaism was heading, Hitler altered the course of Jewish evolution. But that was not prior to Zionism the dominant form of Judaism. Under the BDS theory virtually none of the people who founded Israel were Jews. Jews don’t accept that limited definition and never have. The name of the place is embedded in the name of the religion. It is also embedded in the word Jew as well: as French developed from Latin: Iudea -> Gyu -> Giu -> Iuu -> Iuw -> Iew -> Jew

        The reality is that Judaism the religion has always pointed to Zion:
        By the rivers of Babylon
        we sit down and weep
        when we remember Zion.
        On the poplars in her midst
        we hang our harps,
        for there our captors ask us to compose songs;
        those who mock us demand that we be happy, saying:
        “Sing for us a song about Zion!”
        How can we sing a song to the Lord
        in a foreign land?
        If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
        may my right hand be crippled!
        May my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth,
        if I do not remember you,
        and do not give Jerusalem priority
        over whatever gives me the most joy.

      • Kris
        Kris
        May 13, 2015, 11:58 am

        Thanks, JeffB, maybe I get it now:

        1. “Jews are a modern group of people who identify themselves as the descendants of the people of Judaea. A tribal identity.”

        2. “Judaism being a cultural preservation movement is a religion of practice not belief.”

        3. “Practicing the religion does matter in evaluating whether someone has renounced their membership in the tribe.”

        So you think that a “tribal identity” and “a cultural preservation movement” justify the Zionist project of ethnically cleansing the Palestinians and stealing everything that they own, because your “tribal” group once lived there thousands of years ago?

        What difference can it make WHERE you perform your cultural activity of worshipping a God you don’t believe in? And why should anyone not in your group care?

        ” How can we sing a song to the Lord in a foreign land?” Easily.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 13, 2015, 4:32 pm

        “I don’t know when I’ve been unclear.” “JeffyB”

        Oh, surely not? “Unclear”? Vous, “unclear”? “JeffyB” don’t let that worry you, my old balmocha, Mondo’s mayvhen! You are coming through loud and clear.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 13, 2015, 4:35 pm

        Oy Jeffy! I love that song!! I play it myself, in a medley with “Shady Groove” and “Cripple Creek”.

        “….a drunkard’s dream, if I ever did see one”

      • talknic
        talknic
        May 13, 2015, 4:47 pm

        JeffB May 13, 2015, 8:48 am

        “Judea is a geographical region which encompasses chunks of Palestine”

        “is”? “encompasses”? …. Was! Encompassed! http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c7/First_century_Iudaea_province.gif

        “Judaea was a country formed by the residents of Persion Yehud Medinata when they got their independence. That country is in the Judea geographical region.”

        “was a country” then “That country is in” You’re desperation is apparent

        “Jews are a modern group of people who identify themselves as the descendants of the people of Judaea.”

        Japanese Jews, ChineseJews, Australian Aboriginal Jews … sure … Convert and suddenly you’re DNA changes, skin colour changes, eyeshape changes.. Nothing short of miraculous!!!

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 13, 2015, 4:47 pm

        Notice this: “JeffyB” just made a self-serving hash out of Judaism, but will a single Zionist or indeed Rabbi try to make an effort to correct his very harmful and downright insulting views? Where’s _______? And _____? (You know, speak of the Zionist, and he appears so I won’t).

        Gosh maybe “JeffyB” is right, there’s nothing to the religion but self-interest, self-excuse, and keeping up appearances, and creating pilpul. And what geographical extent it can be made to appropriate. (‘Signs of Biblical Jewish culture in New World’ say Israeli archeologists…)
        Maybe nobody really cares what conception Jews have of their own religion, as long as…. except I’ve never been able to figure that part out. Of course, when the imminence of existential persecution is a dominating exigency, long term plans must be put aside for immediate emergency measures aimed at survival.
        That must be it.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 13, 2015, 5:12 pm

        BTW, “JeffyB” full of viscious fantasies about Jews, keeps on nattering about “apostasy”. Gee, as far as I know, there has never been any public confession of faith required in Judaism, nor is there any agency for detecting and exposing apostasy. Perhaps “JeffyB” would like to give us examples of Jewish attempts to impose uniform belief on Jews, by seeking out or even excommunicating “apostates”, and how that worked out for us? You know, as one modern day instance, the Reform movement?

        However, I fully understand the new emphasis on uniform belief and practice. There’s only so much Holy Land to go around, and weak sisters, inconsistent practicers, apostates and mosers need not apply. Why should they receive the benefit of the Justification?”

        (I mean, what do they think we are? Like those crazy Christians who extends the benefits of Salvation through Christ’s crucifixion to all mankind? Sorry, but we can’t afford that. Ours, the Justification by Holocaust, is a private one.)

      • JeffB
        JeffB
        May 13, 2015, 5:54 pm

        @Kris

        So you think that a “tribal identity” and “a cultural preservation movement” justify the Zionist project of ethnically cleansing the Palestinians and stealing everything that they own,

        There is 3 things here.

        1) What was the goal of the Zionist project
        2) Given Palestinian resistance what did the Zionist project need to do if they were going to accomplish this goal.
        3) Specific claims like “stole everything they owned”

        I’d disagree that the Zionist project steals everything they own. Palestine was a devastatingly poor country with in the mid 19th century. If you look at the comparatives like Jordan, Egypt, Syria it is pretty likely that almost all of Israeli GDP owes itself to the Zionist project. Even with the massive economic discrimination and the violence I’d say that Zionism is likely a net financial benefit to the Palestinians. This is an argument that’s going to have to get into the numbers though to make. If you want to go there it is going to be data.

        Now onto (1). Contrary to BDS claims I don’t think the Zionist project in the mid 19th century believed in ethnic cleansing. Certainly the idea of transfer was around but it was always a minority view. I don’t believe, based on the very detailed history we have today, that there was any substantial moves towards even possible implementation of a transfer program until 1942. I don’t believe the political positions that backed up putting transfer on the table happened until 1936. So what I would say is was not the Zionist project but the situations that arose between 1936 and 1948 that moved transfer from a distant minority position to a policy the Zionist proto-state was carrying out. I think it is dishonest (and I’m not blaming you for this, I’m blaming the BDS movement’s educational materials more broadly) to handle “ethnic cleansing” as something intrinsic to the Zionist program and not a situational approach which arose from a particular historical circumstance.

        The potential of transfer you can blame Zionism for. The reality of transfer I’d blame Palestinian political and military incompetence for. During that 13 year periods and in others both before and after they have had a political position incompatible with their military means. Now we can still say that the Zionist project is responsible for shaking up the basket, putting the Palestinians where political mistakes become potentially irreversible national tragedies that’s fair. Blaming Zionism as a concept entirely for how the 1930s and 40s turn out is not.

        The Palestinians have gotten themselves into one destructive conflict after another. There is a tendency among liberals not to hold brown people to the same standards that white governments are held to as far as competence and blame everything on white government. I’m not a racist, I consider competence part of the criteria for being worthy of self government. The Palestinians have consistently not effectively evaluated the situation on the ground and responded in a way to maximize their national advantage. I’m going to start from a perspective when we discuss transfer. And that might be more left-right (even though I’m a moderate Democrat I’m still way to the right of MWers) than Zionist / anti-Zionist.

        What difference can it make WHERE you perform your cultural activity of worshipping a God you don’t believe in?

        Let me flip that around to see what your accept. Assume 500 years from now the Palestinians end up in a small territory in Africa that was importing labor. What difference does it make to their culture where they live and exist?

        Judaism because it evolved in Judaea has strong ties to Judaea and can’t properly function in other locations. If you are going to pick a spot to make Jews a nation, the place to pick unless there is very good reason to pick some other spot is Palestine. There were suggestions in the late 19th century and early 20th for other spots. They lost (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proposals_for_a_Jewish_state ) No one is going to reverse that now and move the Jews. They live, they die they do so in Palestine.

        And why should anyone not in your group care?

        They shouldn’t. I’d be thrilled if Christians like yourself would stop obsessing over Jews and stop caring about them at all. Jews are just another small tribe. The idea that Jewish actions are of cosmic importance and thus Israel is worthy of all this attention is anti-Semitic. I can’t wait until a century or so from now there is a news item and the announcer feels it necessary to tell the audience where Israel is and what a Jew is.

        Jews are the size of the Volga Tatars, Bulgarians, Balochis, Hui. Please start treating us like that and not like some major country worth all this attention.

      • Froggy
        Froggy
        May 13, 2015, 6:41 pm

        DoubleStandard: … “We’ve won 20 percent of the world’s Nobel Prizes; we’ve gjven religion to 70p percent of the world; we’ve practically created humanity as we know it.”

        Ah… the NMR (the New Master Race). I’ve heard this argument before, and always from individuals who are themselves mediocre.

        As for being “green-eyed”… I very much doubt that gentiles throughout the world sit alone in dark rooms torn up with envy, grieving over the fact that they’re not Jewish. The idea is so absurd that it makes me laugh.

        Kris, you ask DoubleStandard, ‘Are you able to explain what “Jews” and “Jewish” mean?’

        Can anyone?

        In the end, all any of us have that is of supreme value is our shared humanity.

        Froggy, the happy Bretonne

      • JeffB
        JeffB
        May 13, 2015, 9:11 pm

        @Kris

        Wrote a long reply to your question. Reply got censored. Your question deserves an answer but I guess you won’t be getting one.

        In the meanwhile ask yourself why people wants to live in their country. What is the connection between the French people and France or the Chinese people and China?

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 14, 2015, 6:51 pm

        “Wrote a long reply to your question. Reply got censored. “

        Don’t worry, “JeffyB” the reply which did get published was just like the movie!! Good job.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 14, 2015, 8:08 pm

        . “What is the connection between the French people and France or the Chinese people and China?”

        The miracle of separate creation! From each region’s soil sprung the man of the region, the Frenchman for France, Chinese people for China. The inextricable ties of blood and soil, as ordained by God Almighty. Go fight City Hall!

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        May 15, 2015, 1:38 am

        “From each region’s soil sprung the man of the region, the Frenchman for France, Chinese people for China”

        I get the impression that JeffB thinks that there was a group (an n-nation) of French and a group (another n-nation) of Chinese that logically and chronologically preceded France and China, and these groups said to themselves “Let’s establish a state”, and immediately set up France and China respectively. (Being very careful not to mix them up, because that would have been embarrassing.)

        What actually happened in France was that various oily and occy kings, dukes, and whatnots went about bashing each other on the head and claiming each other’s land until one won the lot, and told the others that they were all now French and to stop talking funny. (Well, not funnier than French is, anyway.)

        A similar process was conducted in China, though it was lengthier since it included a much larger area and there were a lot more heads to bash. Eventually the Han Emperor was able to say “You are all Han, now.” And this covered a fair bit of what is now China. They still speak a bunch of different languages, though. Only some of them are funny.

      • oldgeezer
        oldgeezer
        May 15, 2015, 2:00 am

        @Roha

        Not even the most ardent zionest agrees with JeffB.

        Jeff is the ultimate lubricant. His moral postions change in mid sentence,

        His position on how Jewish people should be viewed would embolden not only neo-nazis but nazis.

        The most ardent anti-zionest can’t take refuge in his views as they are beyond the pale and it’s impossible for normal people to believe anyone can be so far beyond the pale.

        That is not to suggest has no value. He does serve to prove their is indeed a more worthless form of life than the one that they can least imagine.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 15, 2015, 12:36 pm

        “Not even the most ardent zionest agrees with JeffB.”

        How can you say that? Has anyone, either a regular commenter or newly-registered commenter, of the Zionist persuasion, ever contradicted a single thing “JeffyB” has said? I can’t remember it happening. Can you?
        As far as I know, “JeffyB” is the recognized authority on all things Zionist and Jewish. And if you are Jewish, defer, defer, to the Lord High Excomunicator!
        And who, I ask, has dared to gainsay him? Which one of the “liberal Zionists’ has unlimbered their vouchsafer and loosed so much as a ‘nay’ in his direction? Is there not one Zionist breast, which seems to feel the moral duty of calling JeffyB out? Not one, no, no, not one!

    • DoubleStandard
      DoubleStandard
      May 12, 2015, 4:14 pm

      This is ridiculous. The moderators of the site clearly only wish to revel in the echo of their own thoughts. Posts that are blatantly anti-Semitic and stupid in content are accepted and are in fact the dominant trade of MW’s most prolific commenters.

      Posts that express dissenting opinions and rub against the delicate anti-Semitic sensibilities of Annie and her crew are silenced.

      No point to even try to have a discussion.

      • Kris
        Kris
        May 12, 2015, 10:07 pm

        @DoubleStandard: “No point to even try to have a discussion.”

        When you refuse to define your terms, you’re not trying to have a discussion. Why can’t you provide some simple definitions of what you Zionists mean by “Jews” and “Jewish”?

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        May 13, 2015, 12:03 am

        “Posts that are blatantly anti-Semitic and stupid in content are accepted ”

        I hope that you are not suggesting that my posts are stupid.

      • Qualtrough
        Qualtrough
        May 13, 2015, 12:37 am

        Posts that are blatantly anti-Semitic and stupid in content are accepted and are in fact the dominant trade of MW’s most prolific commenters. DoubleStandard

        That’s a very serious charge. Could you please back that up by providing links to 3 or 4 blatantly anti-Semitic posts you have seen here?

      • just
        just
        May 13, 2015, 9:36 am

        Do back up your outrageous claims, DS.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 13, 2015, 4:10 pm

        “Posts that are blatantly anti-Semitic and stupid in content are accepted and are in fact the dominant trade of MW’s most prolific commenters.”

        Double Standard, if you look at my comments, I have been complaining about this for some time now, but it does no good.
        I think Hophmi’s e-mail chat with Phil (Faithwashing” thread) about Moderation is having an effect on things. I could be wrong, tho.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 15, 2015, 7:39 pm

        “Why can’t you provide some simple definitions of what you Zionists mean by “Jews” and “Jewish”?

        Oh you know, somebody like me. I’m probably a typical specimen of the type, or so I’ve been told all my life.

  2. amigo
    amigo
    May 12, 2015, 2:11 pm

    “If we allow our teenagers to leave our homes without that knowledge and values base, they will enter the world without the inoculation they need against the ignorance and hatred that they will encounter. ”

    I heard a rumour that an Israeli hi tech firm,(are there any other kind) is working on a “Digital lobotomy catheter” capable of hi speed delete and replace functions.It is thought that a rabid self hating Jew can be reprogrammed in less than two hours.These kids heading off to uni for the first time can be inoculated in less than an hour.

    Given the urgency of the situation , the firm is working day and night to increase the speed of these gadgets.

    The GOI is financing the entire project, known as “save our children”.

  3. just
    just
    May 12, 2015, 4:46 pm

    lol, amigo!

    Thanks for covering these two stories, gentlemen.

    On another note, but very much about BDS:

    “A witch hunt with shofars on 59th Street

    There is nothing new about protests against progressive groups participating in the Israel Day Parade. But this year, the campaign is far wider.

    The protesters lined up in front of the headquarters of the United Jewish Appeal on East 59th Street holding shofars, just as the Manhattan evening rush hour began.

    “Shut down the UJA!” A man in a baseball cap shouted, holding a homemade sign.

    A few dozen picketers showed up on this summer afternoon for a rally organized by the self-styled JCC Watch and sponsored by Americans for a Safer Israel and the Zionist Organization of America, among other right-wing Jewish organizations; most of the demonstrators wore yarmulkes and baseball caps, T-shirts and jeans. Average age: approximately 60.

    “The UJA is supporting groups that call for boycott of Israel, and they’re allowed to march in the Israeli Day Parade [sic],” the speaker at the megaphone announced. Among the groups that purportedly “call for boycott” and which JCC Watch hopes to ban from the scheduled May 31 parade, the New Israel Fund is the main culprit.

    On Monday afternoon, protesters were invited to bring their shofars to an “anti-BDS rally”: Perhaps as Joshua once blew a shofar to bring down the walls of Jericho, so too this group intended to bring down the UJA’s midtown building – figuratively, of course. They called for the dismissal of Alisa Doctoroff, President of the UJA Federation of New York, as well as, for some reason, the ADL’s Abe Foxman, who long ago announced his retirement. They are a “terrible shame within our own community,” the protestors cried. “They are fighting for the Other side.

    But while the sparsely attended and somewhat eccentric demos of JCC Watch against the participation of progressive groups in the annual Salute to Israel parade have become a largely ineffectual annual ritual, communal Jewish politics have been ruffled far more this year with the wider campaign attacking Doctoroff, one of New York’s most active Jewish philanthropists, for her private support of NIF. The campaign is funded by far-right Islamophobic activist Pamela Geller and her organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, host of the latest Muhammed cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, which was the target of an attack – allegedly sponsored by ISIS – in which the two assailants were killed. Like JCC Watch, Geller’s ads maintain that NIF funds the BDS movement. …

    …On the sidelines stood Tuvia Tenenbom, German-Israeli journalist and author of “Catch the Jew!,” a controversial portrait of modern-day Israel and the Palestinian territories. His wife Isi stood next to him, holding a copy of her husband’s book. They were slated to promote the book at several pro-Israel events in New York, but were uninvited in the last minute by some of the community leaders present at the rally, Isi tells.

    “One lady convinced the organizations to uninvite us, because the book admits that there is racism in Israel,” Isi says. “It shows Israelis as just people. We are human. In Chapter 7, we asked an Israeli boy if he would ever marry an Ethiopian girl. And he said, ‘No, she’s black, I don’t want her.’ This small story was enough to ban the book.”

    Tuvia lit a cigarette. “I am a journalist. These American Jews, they tell me, ‘You can’t touch anything, you must write exactly what I want to see in Israel. Because I have the money.’ Well, I am not for hire. This is journalism. What am I? A PR company?”

    Later that night, the Tenenboms would receive an email from the event organizers who had uninvited them, threatening that if they would dare to arrive at the event the organizers would have them arrested.

    “American Jews are done for,” Tuvia declared, taking another puff from his cigarette.”

    For the rest, behind the wall: http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-features/.premium-1.656165?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

  4. just
    just
    May 12, 2015, 5:41 pm

    Whoa!

    “Student troubled by New York Times reporter’s “Jewish litmus test”

    Students interviewed for a New York Times article about campus Palestine solidarity activism say they were asked leading and inappropriate questions by reporters. In one case, a student says he was subjected to a troubling “Jewish litmus test.”

    The students who spoke to The Electronic Intifada also expressed surprise that none of the statements they gave appeared in what they see as a heavily skewed article, which appeared on Saturday with the headline “Campus Debates on Israel Drive a Wedge Between Jews and Minorities.”

    Lead reporter Jennifer Medina, who co-wrote the story with Tamar Lewin and Ronnie Cohen, referred questions to New York Times assistant national editor Jennifer Kingson.

    In an email to The Electronic Intifada, Kingson said that Times reporters “behaved professionally and that the story we published was both fair and accurate.”…

    …Questions from an iPhone

    Paul Hadweh, a Palestinian student at UC Berkeley, met with Ronnie Cohen. His experience corroborates that of the other students: that instead of reporting, the Times was attempting to shape a very specific narrative, looking for anti-Semitism where it didn’t exist.

    At one point, according to Hadweh, Cohen told him, “I don’t know how to rephrase these questions so I’m going to read out the questions my editors told me to ask.”

    She then pulled out her iPhone and read questions that to Hadweh’s recollection included: To what extent is BDS used as a fig leaf for anti-Semitism? Why is it that you are singling out Israel when there are multiple Arab countries that violate human rights and women’s rights?

    Hadweh says that in his responses he stressed that the BDS movement was not about Judaism, but about a settler-colonial project and ending the abuses of military occupation. He also stressed that SJP has members of all faiths and backgrounds, including many Jewish students.

    That is a message Times reporters heard consistently from the SJP activists they interviewed – and would certainly hear speaking to students in the Palestine solidarity movement across the country.

    But it is not a message that fits with the bogus narrative of Jews on campus besieged by “angry brown and Black students,” as UCLA’s Agatha Palma put it.

    The experience has left a dirty feeling that Times reporters attempted to manipulate these students, and when their words didn’t fit a preordained story, their voices were excluded altogether.”

    heaps more @ http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/student-troubled-new-york-times-reporters-jewish-litmus-test

  5. just
    just
    May 12, 2015, 6:05 pm

    David Palumbo- Liu in Salon:

    “The New York Times claims BDS is the reason for “a wedge between Jews and minorities” on campus

    The Times reduces both Jews and minorities to single, monolithic groups. Of course it’s not that simple

    …On May 10, the doyen of New York, and indeed American, newspapers, stooped to such yellow journalism as to garner notice not only across the nation, but also internationally. This is not surprising, for three reasons. First, one of the most valuable plots of New York real estate remains the front page of the New York Times — and that is where the story ran. Second, the story took up a hot-button issue — Israel-Palestine. Third, the headline can justifiably be labeled “race-baiting”: “Campus Debates Drive a Wedge Between Jews and Minorities.”

    To really assess just how bad this piece of journalism is, and the cavalier way in which the New York Times engaged in yellow journalism so as to actually exacerbate conditions on U.S. campuses, it’s important to separate myth from reality.”..

    The rest: http://www.salon.com/2015/05/12/the_new_york_times_claims_bds_is_the_reason_for_a_wedge_between_jews_and_minorities_on_campus/

    ~and~

    “California Senate mulls new attempt to squash Palestine solidarity

    The California legislature is once again attempting to formally conflate opposition to Zionism with anti-Semitism.

    California Senate Resolution 35 (SCR 35) urges each of the nine University of California campuses to condemn “all forms of anti-Semitism,” including those “justified…as expressions of disapproval or frustrations over political events in the Middle East.”

    On 29 April, the California Senate’s education committee approved the resolution after making two changes recommended by opponents. The resolution must pass in the state Senate before going on to the Assembly for a final vote.”…

    more @ http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/charlotte-silver/california-senate-mulls-new-attempt-squash-palestine-solidarity

    • pabelmont
      pabelmont
      May 12, 2015, 6:31 pm

      As to the NYT story: Is there an anti-Pulitzer prize that can be awarded for the worst example of such horrible “journalism”?

      • just
        just
        May 12, 2015, 8:50 pm

        There should be, lysias.

        The next horror, via Max B. :

        “”Have you now or ever supported Palestinian human rights?””

        re: Daniel Pipes’ (!)

        “@CanaryMission is a new org’n that builds bios of US campus anti-#Israel fanatics so future employers will know their full college records.”

        https://twitter.com/maxblumenthal

        Truly depraved minds, mission, and name.

      • bryan
        bryan
        May 13, 2015, 6:04 am

        But surely, Just, there are some professional roles where an employer looks for exceptional talents. Suppose you are weighing up two candidates, whose profiles are as follows:

        (A) Has shown dedication, commitment and energy even to an unpopular cause; prepared to “think outside the box” and challenge conventional thinking; passionate and interested in wider issues; proven skills in persuasion, communication and leadership….

        (B) Unimaginative; conventional; unprincipled; conservative; unprepared to challenge prevailing orthodoxy; ready to acquiesce to injustice; preoccupied with gaining social acceptance, and an unquestioning follower of current fashion; “jobsworth”….

        Perhaps its a little unrealistic of me to suggest that Canary Mission will be a boon to the recruitment industry, but how very sad it is that fanatical pro-Zionists have descended even deeper into the sewers, following in the illustrious footsteps of the McCarthyite “Hollywood Blacklist”, Countrywide Financial Corporation (maintained a blacklist of realtors who refused to inflate property valuations), the Economic League (United Kingdom) (maintained a blacklist of workers and trade unionists who dared to raise health and safety issues) and Stalinism (blacklisting of political “dissidents”.) [See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blacklist_%28employment%29)

        Guess this is further convincing evidence that the future lies with BDS.

      • just
        just
        May 13, 2015, 10:31 am

        Thanks for your post, bryan. The ‘program’ and its backers really gives me the creeps.

        You wrote: “Guess this is further convincing evidence that the future lies with BDS.”

        Absolutely. Governments aren’t going to do the “right” thing without all of us~ witness the ongoing Nakba and the attempts to crush BDS.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 13, 2015, 4:15 pm

        bryan, from what I’ve read here at Mondo, your “B)” is actually very forgiving. Couldn’t we ad ‘corrupting the political culture on campus’ and ‘flagrantly violating the rules on outside influence and direction on campus politics’ and ‘a demonstrated penchant for mendacity’ to the list?

        Yes, I feel very much like you; “Canary” is not going to be singing the right song.

      • bryan
        bryan
        May 15, 2015, 9:24 am

        Yes Mooser, I am a very forgiving person and usually only see people’s good sides, sometimes their frailties, and seldom their malignant wickedness.

    • oldgeezer
      oldgeezer
      May 13, 2015, 12:11 am

      What a silly claim for the times to make. Clearly there are Jews involved in BDS so it’s not a wedge issue for them at all. It is a wedge issue for those that support Israel I guess in all fairness but that’s putting the cart before the horse. It’s Israel’s illegal actions and immoral treatement of it’s ethnic and racial minorities that is the wedge issue.

      Supporters of racism and oppression are crying that their actions are being called out. Too bad, so sad.

      End the illegal acts and provide justice. BDS goes away by default and there is no wedge.

  6. Landie_C
    Landie_C
    May 13, 2015, 9:27 am

    53 comments at The Forward in response to the Naomi Daron piece so far, but a Zionist posting as “Scott Graham” may well get the last word. Any suggestions for a good riposte? (I’m also seeking book recommendations: other than Goliath, which I’ve read, what book offers the best systematic description of civil rights abuses against Palestinians?)

    “Scott Graham”

    First of all druze aren’t required to serve either. But Arabs and druze are welcome to. There are several categories of Jews that are not required to serve or have reduced requirements. Most religious women have the option of alternate non.military service. But everyone is welcome to serve. Most Arabs don’t. In part because some don’t want to but also because draftee pay is about $100-300 per month. For everyone. Some see it as a kindness to arabs, not putting them into a position to fight against family members that may be on the other side or having to take arms subject to military discipline in service of objectives they don’t necessarily agree with. If an Arab wants “status” of serving he or she may sign right up. In this case Arabs actually have more rights than Jews.

    Secondly nobody has to take any oath of office to a Jewish state. The traditional oath if office doesnt use that language anyway. This year several Arab mks didn’t. They’ll be seated anyway.

    Third no country grants citizenship automatically because of marriage. The us doesn’t even grant residency let alone work permits or green cards without a lengthy process. And in many cases citizenship is ultimately denied. Try getting citizenship in gernamy France or england…Israels laws are a breeze.

    Its not just that your points are invalid…its that they go further than that….they’re silly.

    http://forward.com/news/israel/307941/birthright-paves-path-to-bds-for-some-participants/

    • Froggy
      Froggy
      May 13, 2015, 7:09 pm

      “Try getting citizenship in gernamy France or england…”

      Not so difficult:

      https://www.gov.uk/remain-in-uk-family/overview

      Becoming a Brit is complicated and expensive, but not difficult.

      http://www.immigration-france-usa.com/french-acquiring-nationality.php

      “Foreign-born persons with a French spouse may claim French citizenship following four years of marriage. If joint married life can be demonstrated (the period of joint life is 5 years if the foreign spouse can not demonstrate at least three years of continued residence in France from the date of the marriage)

      Furthermore, foreign-born persons may request to be naturalized if such persons have resided continuously in France for five years prior to filing of the request. French nationality in this case is given in the discretion of above-mentioned five-year period may be reduced to two years if the foreign-born person successfully performed two years of higher education in France. This request is made at the Préfecture where the foreign-born person resides. A reply is given to the request within 18 months of the request (although in practice this may take longer).”

      http://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/FAQs/EN/Themen/Migration/Staatsang/Erwerb_der_deutschen_Staatsbuergerschaft_durch_Eingbuergerung_en.html

      Section 10, para. 1 of the Nationality Act

      “To be eligible for naturalization, a person has to have lived legally in Germany for at least eight years and possess the appropriate residence permit. Foreigners who have successfully completed an integration course are eligible for naturalization after seven years. Persons wishing to become naturalized citizens must also declare their allegiance to our constitution and have a sufficient command of the German language. Knowledge of German is an essential prerequisite for integration into our society. Candidates for naturalization must be able to support themselves without recourse to social assistance or unemployment benefits (Arbeitslosengeld II), unless this is due to circumstances beyond their control; nor can they have committed any serious criminal offences. In addition, they must give up their previous citizenship. In certain cases or for certain groups of persons, however, multiple nationality may be considered.”

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        May 14, 2015, 1:06 am

        “Becoming a Brit is complicated and expensive, but not difficult.”

        Didn’t cost me anything. (But I used the sneaky tactic of getting born there.)

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 14, 2015, 8:14 pm

        “Didn’t cost me anything. (But I used the sneaky tactic of getting born there.)”

        Congratualations!

  7. RobertHenryEller
    RobertHenryEller
    May 13, 2015, 10:38 am

    Jewish Americans, in numbers disproportionate to their U.S. demographics, participated both directly and indirectly in the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Doing so, were Jewish Americans displaying their hate, or their love, for the U.S.?

    I say, and they would have said, they were displaying their love for their country.

    Likewise, Jewish Americans, if they represent 20% of the BDS movement in the U.S., as Phil (Weiss?) estimates, but are only 2% of the U.S. population, are once again disproportionately directly and indirectly active in another Civil Rights movement. Doing so, are today’s Jewish American Civil Rights proponents displaying their hate, or their love, for the U.S., and indeed for Israel, for Judaism, and for Jews?

    I say, and the Jewish participants in BDS should say, proudly, that they are displaying their love for the U.S., for Israel, for Judaism, for Jews.

    • JeffB
      JeffB
      May 13, 2015, 6:12 pm

      @RobertHenryEller

      The purpose of the American civil rights movement was to get African Americans full legal equality, enforcement of that legal equality and effective social mobility. That is to incorporate African Americans into Americans the same way other minorities had merged in.

      The purpose of the BDS movement is the destruction of Israel. A complete overthrow of the government, slashing huge chunks of Israeli territory and giving it to hostile foreign entities and the replacement of the population of Israel by a hostile alien population. And that’s their admitted goals, not the likely outcome of their policies. That’s in American terms is far worse than what the Nazis, the Soviets or Al Qaeda would want to do. It would be like siding with a Mexican Nationalist Front / Nazi alliance in World War II (pretending they existed at the same time) to take over the SouthWest and the rest of the USA respectively.
      Absolutely an American who was doing that would be a traitor.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 14, 2015, 6:56 pm

        “The purpose of the BDS movement is the destruction of Israel. A complete overthrow of the government, slashing huge chunks of Israeli territory and giving it to hostile foreign entities and the replacement of the population of Israel by a hostile alien population”

        Oh, fer gawd’s friggin’ sake, “JeffyB”, if you can’t bring yourself to say “Palestinians” just go ahead and say “Arabs”. Nobody really expects any more than that out of you.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        May 15, 2015, 1:45 pm

        “It would be like siding with a Mexican Nationalist Front / Nazi alliance in World War II (pretending they existed at the same time) to take over the SouthWest and the rest of the USA respectively.”

        Wow! “JeffyB”, why are you wasting time blathering to an unappreciative audience of people who don’t pray after meals, when you could be writing political thrillers? That kind of “ripped from the headlines” and “so real it really could be happening really” stuff sells big!

  8. lysias
    lysias
    May 13, 2015, 11:49 am

    As I report with a link on another thread, the Forward is also reporting how Adelson is now facing a suit in a Nevada court that could end in the destruction of his financial empire.

  9. truth2power
    truth2power
    May 13, 2015, 2:47 pm

    I’ve spent the afternoon, a beautiful sunny one (by the way), sitting in a cinema in Chichester, West Sussex, UK watching a delightful film “Dancing in Jaffa”, about the efforts of the Palestinian-Irish gentleman, Pierre Dulaine, world champion ballroom dancer, teaching (as he described them) Palestinian-Israeli and Israeli-Jewish – think I’ve got that round the right way! – children from five different Primary? schools in Jaffa to do wonderful dancing! He invited/cajoled the boys and girls from both communities to dance with each other and produced magical results – not just as dancers, but he transformed the way they perceived/respected each other and – more importantly – how they developed friendship and trust with each other. This is a BIG, BIG, BIG lesson the grown-ups would benefit from learning, too,(the parents in the audience of their performance at the end seemed to have made learned from their children’s example!) isn’t it? Jews being part of BDS is a good step in this direction and I applaud and admire it – the more the better for all in the Holy Land!

  10. jackrackus
    jackrackus
    May 14, 2015, 1:14 pm

    on a side note. When Salkin was head Rabbi at a large reform Temple here in Atlanta, he taught my son’s confirmation class. During class one Sunday, my son asked him why he was so focused on teaching about Israel/Zionism, rather than Judaism, explaining to Salkin that the 2 two were not the same. Salkin blew up and my son walked out of class, never to return. He single handedly turned my son off to Judaism, probably for the rest of his life.

    • just
      just
      May 14, 2015, 1:33 pm

      wow.

      At least your son has you, jackrackus. You can teach him well, and by his question it certainly seems that you have.

      ;-)

    • bintbiba
      bintbiba
      May 14, 2015, 2:49 pm

      jackrackus +1

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      May 15, 2015, 12:43 pm

      “Salkin blew up and my son walked out of class, never to return.”

      Well, sometimes I wonder if maybe many ‘Jewish leaders’ (that ought to cover it) don’t harbor a lot of resentment over the fact that Judaism is a voluntary association/identification most places. They almost seem to take it as a personal affront, as if a trusted partner let them down. Makes ’em touchy sometimes, I would think.

  11. Shmuel
    Shmuel
    May 14, 2015, 1:38 pm

    There’s also this article by Chemi Shalev (Hebrew): http://www.haaretz.co.il/news/world/america/1.2633627

    Shalev refers to the cognitive dissonance in “feeling” like a liberal and a “persecuted minority”, but finding oneself on the side of right-wingers and bigots, with all the minorities on the other side.

    He also talks about the excuses used by opponents of BDS (“large numbers of minorities, including muslims, on campus”, “atmosphere created by Obama”), rather than recognising the direct connection between BDS and Israel’s actions.

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