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Dana Bash and David Gregory are warmup acts for Netanyahu at pro-Israel conference

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Tomorrow Benjamin Netanyahu will speak at the Center for American Progress, an allegedly progressive organization (whose director has embraced India’s Narendra Modi). And he will also give a speech to the Jewish Federations, a leading Zionist group, aimed at bringing the American Jewish community behind him in unity once again.

Yesterday David Gregory, the former moderator of Meet the Press, now an author of a book about faith, addressed the Jewish Federations.

Dana Bash speaking at Jewish Federations yesterday, a fervently Zionist organization

Dana Bash speaking at Jewish Federations yesterday, a fervently Zionist organization

Also yesterday, Dana Bash of CNN addressed a national women’s philanthropy session at the conference. There she is, with the logo of the conference, the GA, or General Assembly.

Maybe these Jewish media figures tell themselves they’re not addressing a fervently pro-Israel organization. Maybe they absolve themselves of being one-sided on a fiercely-contested matter, unwavering American Jewish support for Israel. Then they’re just fooling themselves. They should reflect that there’s an Israeli flag on stage; and that only fervent Zionists are on the program, including outspoken advocates for everything Israel undertakes, Dennis Ross, Eric Fingerhut, Matthew Brooks (of the Republican Jewish Coalition), and Irwin Cotler, as well as Jewish Agency officials responsible for acquiring land for Jews only in Israel.

I see several other journalists are also speaking– Nathan Guttman, Peter Beinart, Gil Hoffman, David Horovitz, Ron Kampeas, Chemi Shalev. I wonder what their excuses are. Beinart at least will lecture them; Shalev may tell them how rightwing Israeli society is.

Thanks to Max Blumenthal.

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  1. Krauss on November 9, 2015, 3:47 pm

    At this stage I’m just sitting with my mouth wide open, trying to comprehend what’s happening in front of me. These people are self-described liberals, for the most part.

    They are warm-up acts for a man who, just a few months ago, warned that “Arabs are coming to vote in droves”. This is straight out of Jim Crow Alabama.

    It’s funny how tribalism reveals people for who they truly are. And how money corrupts so-called “progressive” organisations like CAP.

    • pabelmont on November 9, 2015, 7:12 pm

      Sure some of the Jewish-means-Zionist is tribal in nature (arising from a fraud, but arising nevertheless). But there is also non-ideological me-too-ism (pay me enough and I’m yours, honey!) (some of my best {friends, customers} are Zionists, and I should insult them?)

      Hey, you want to keep your job on {NYT, NPR, etc ad naus.}, go speak to AIPAC dinner! You wanna be boss? Then marry the boss’s elderly-ugly daughter (apologies to G&S who hadn’t heard of feminism).

      And there is always the siren call of filthy lucre (as we call it when we disapprove) or business (as we call it when we like making the money): Didn’t a number of American industrialists kiss up to Hitler for a while? What was in it for them (besides, perhaps, antisemitism)?

      But documents discovered in German and American archives show a much more complicated picture. In certain instances, American managers of both GM and Ford went along with the conversion of their German plants to military production at a time when U.S. government documents show they were still resisting calls by the Roosevelt administration to step up military production in their plants at home.


      Do what it takes.

      And these are the people who will help defeat global warming/climate change? Backbones of jello?

      • JWalters on November 9, 2015, 7:57 pm

        A good list of the plausible motivations.

        Combined with one or more of those, perhaps they rationalize themselves as like Israel’s lawyers, defending Israel’s actions regardless of the facts. (Hey, everybody’s entitled to a defense.) Being a reporter, with its patina of honesty, is the perfect cover for a devious, lying advocate.

        I wonder how many of these people feel nausea, or have recurring headaches, or some other symptom of stress over their disgusting public behavior?

        Regarding WWII, we know know for an absolute fact that the Iraq War was a needless, manufactured war. The evidence is strong that the Vietnam War was also a needless, manufactured war. Is it implausible that WWII was also a needless, manufactured war? A madman gets put “in control” … Thomas Paine was complaining about war profiteers fomenting conflicts between nations back in 1791.

  2. wondering jew on November 9, 2015, 7:35 pm

    What is the foremost Jewish organization in America? I believe it is the Jewish federations. Yet Phil Weiss wants everyone to boycott them. When it comes to letting antiZionists into Hillel, Phil is all in favor of participation. When it comes to talking to the largest Jewish organization in America, unless you agree with them 100% you are forbidden to talk to them. (The specific case of MSM media biggies like David Gregory in fact raises some questions, but the attitude of Weiss is boycott all the Zionist Jews, whether Lubavitch or the Jewish federations, we must treat them like pariahs. This might play to the choir, but it is not a strategy of communication, but one of antagonism, which betrays the bias against real dialogue.)

    • annie on November 9, 2015, 7:56 pm

      Phil Weiss wants everyone to boycott them….unless you agree with them 100% you are forbidden to talk to them…. we must treat them like pariahs.[bla bla bla]the bias against real dialogue.

      right, lots of opportunity for “real dialogue” at the conference. and phil didn’t even mention boycotting it. but what’s the point of pandering to rightwing apartheid supporters?

      • wondering jew on November 9, 2015, 8:04 pm

        annie (bla, bla, bla, yawn, bla, bla, bla) robbins. the expert on dialogue.

      • annie on November 9, 2015, 8:24 pm

        annie … the expert on dialogue.

        thank you yonah!

      • Mooser on November 9, 2015, 11:33 pm

        “annie (bla, bla, bla, yawn, bla, bla, bla) robbins. the expert on dialogue.”

        Of course “Annie Robbins” is “the expert on dialogue”, “Yonah”!! That’s why they made her a Moderator. And she also has The Big Red Button at her desk. She presses it, and a tiny puff of smoke comes out of the Mondo Tower No. 2 chimney. That was some poor schmuck’s comment.

        But of course, “Yonah” like I always say: “Blogger is free!”
        Why suck like a parasite on Mondoweiss, when you could join “Hophmi” in the “Mondowatch” blog he is starting. Just think, “Yonah” you could be a moderator, and Editor and when Annie Robbins and Phil Weiss come begging for space…well, you’ll know what to do!

      • Mooser on November 9, 2015, 11:51 pm

        “we must treat them like pariahs.”

        Way out here, “Yonah” we’ve got a name, for wing-nuts and for Zionists. The wing-nut we just call a putz and we call the Zionists, pariahs!

    • JWalters on November 9, 2015, 8:07 pm

      Phil does not have a bias against “real dialog”. He is calling out the thoroughly documented, relentless suppression of dialog and facts by Israel and their U.S. agents, sabotaging America’s free press and democracy.

      • Citizen on November 9, 2015, 8:53 pm

        The Zionists and their bribed helpers certainly are diluting America’s free speech, free press, and what’s left of our democracy after SCOTUS decided cash is protected speech.

  3. Steve Grover on November 9, 2015, 10:07 pm

    Thanks for giving a shout out to 2 friends of mine Eric Fingerhut and Gil Hoffman!

    • Mooser on November 10, 2015, 11:23 am

      “Thanks for giving a shout out to 2 friends of mine Eric Fingerhut and Gil Hoffman!”

      Yes, sir, “Steve Grover” after the way you trumpeted your association with Rabbi Kedar yesterday, I’m sure Fingerhut and Hoffman will be grateful for the shout-out! Don’t forget to tell us what they told you about Mondo.

      As for me, I take advice only from the Chef Rabbi. He runs an well-aged Cheddar, where the discussion is always sharp!

  4. Boomer on November 10, 2015, 8:19 am

    re “I wonder what their excuses are.”

    I don’t know these people, but I suspect that they don’t perceive a need for an excuse. If someone who isn’t Jewish suggested to them that an excuse was needed, I suspect that they would probably dismiss that person as a “Jew-hater.” If someone who is Jewish suggested that, they would probably dismiss that person as a “self-hater,” . . . or perhaps simply as “bizarre,” to use Dana Milbank’s word from his recent piece in WaPo. In it, he lists ways in which Netanyahoo is “trolling” Mr. Obama. This bothers Mr. Milbank because it jeopardizes support for Israel. In his list, he does not mention the 2,200 new residential units: they only affect Palestinians, who don’t matter and should be of no concern to anyone in Washington.

  5. Bill in Maryland on November 10, 2015, 10:01 am

    BTW, this past Sunday, outside the Jewish Federations meeting in DC, but NOT well covered in the MSM, was the Jewish People’s Assembly sponsored by Open Hillel and others. Their demand was “that the Federations stop holding Jewish communities hostage to the political views of their right-wing donors and support local Jewish institutions in creating vibrant, open Jewish communities.” They also asked the Jewish Federations “stop conditioning their support for Jewish institutions on these institutions’ adherence to political red lines around Israel/Palestine.” The leaders Caroline Morganti, Rachel Sandalow-Ash and others did a terrific job. It was most inspiring! (The Jewish Week did do a story on the assembly.

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