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Black Lives Matter will defeat the Israel lobby (because the lobby can’t debate reality)

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Read the Anti-Defamation League‘s statement twisting and turning on Black Lives Matter, because Black Lives Matter called Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians “genocide,” and you are reading the obituary of the Israel lobby.

The ADL’s big lie is that they care about other “minorities.” That’s the only thing that can keep the organization alive in the 21st century. “To woo millennials to the ADL, [director Jonathan] Greenblatt wants to stress the group’s work among other minority communities, which has long been a part of its agenda,” says the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

And in Greenblatt’s statement about Black Lives Matter’s new platform, look how he is FORCED to go on about their common struggle, one minority comrade to another:

the Platform is bold and provocative in its demands. It pointedly rejects many racial equality approaches tried over the past four decades. Instead, the document proposes a transformational policy frame for many ideas that previously have been articulated by activists, scholars and writers…

We do not agree with many of the specific demands of the Platform, but the document appropriately highlights the need to address mass incarceration and a wide range of racial inequities and socio-economic issues facing African Americans today. Beyond hand-wringing and soul-searching, the Platform proposes a number of specific legal, administrative, and legislative remedies to address identified challenges.

We appreciate these points because the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is deeply committed to addressing many of these issues, too.

Nothing about Jews, it’s all about black lives mattering. Greenblatt can’t give away the game: that what the ADL is really of course only about is the Jews. If he goes ballistic over one little part of this platform trying to help all the downtrodden he will be exposed. So he has to keep up the charade as long as he can.

It’s not till paragraph five that Greenblatt can part company with BLM.

But would-be allies in the struggle for civil and human rights along with justice and fair treatment cannot ignore the Platform’s false and blatantly one-sided position on US-Israel relations and Israeli-Palestinian issues. We categorically reject the document’s criticism of the United States and Israel as being “complicit in the genocide taking place against the Palestinian people.” The Jewish community knows too much about genocide.

Whatever one’s position on the relationship between Israel, its Palestinian citizens, and the residents in the West Bank and Gaza, it’s repellent and completely inaccurate to label Israel’s policy as “genocide.”

Repellent is as strong as it gets, and it’s buried in the article. Now remember the utter condescension Greenblatt showed to Rep. Hank Johnson, who said far tamer things about Israel during the Democratic convention. Greenblatt on Johnson’s innocent “termites” remark:

[Our first tweet on the comment] did not go far enough in con­demn­ing him.

So I wanted to take the oppor­tu­nity now to put this issue into full con­text, to explain why the remarks were so offen­sive both to Israelis and Jews across the polit­i­cal spec­trum and to elu­ci­date what elected offi­cials must do in such instances to assure the pub­lic that they do not sup­port the kind of anti-Semitic notions the remark sug­gested for so many.

First, to the remarks them­selves: As I myself tweeted, there’s absolutely no doubt that Rep. Johnson’s com­ments were both irre­spon­si­ble and rep­re­hen­si­ble, par­tic­u­larly because they played into tra­di­tional anti-Semitic canards. The image of “ter­mites” being used to describe Jews has sor­did con­no­ta­tions.

Nothing like that with BLM. Notice the tone of Greenblatt’s piece. No reprehensible or sordid or anti-Semitic. Quite civil on the part of the ADL, considering this BLM organization just claimed Israel is “committing Genocide”!

Why? Because BLM can’t be bullied. BLM isn’t in the Congress, BLM isn’t a thinktank or a nonprofit or a news organization with a big budget. BLM can’t be bought, and now it’s too late to start to try to marginalize them.

And they’re not going away. This is not the first encounter, but it is the beginning. Because I promise you that BLM is not going to be “precise” with every word when talking about Israel, as Walt and Mearsheimer, Andrew Sullivan, Chris Matthews are. And that will lead to public discussions.

No one is publicizing what is going on in Israel like BLM is going to do. And a big fight between ADL and BLM will just be very bad PR.

So what’s left? Greenblatt has to plead with BLM not to use such such over the top words.

So let’s work to keep our eyes on the prize…

The vital issues of racial justice we are confronting now — and the need to directly combat extremism, hate violence, immigrant bashing, and stereotyping — require sustained commitments. They necessitate a disciplined, relentless focus. They demand clear-headed, fact based approaches.

We cannot walk away. We cannot be distracted or dispirited. Those of us committed to justice cannot afford to stray from addressing the very real injustices facing our communities.

The only problem with this is– what happens when the next video of an Israeli medic murdering a Palestinian lying on the ground comes out of the occupied territories? Or the next video of an Israeli soldier throwing a Palestinian child’s bicycle in bushes after another soldier has bullied the girl?

Well, Black Lives Matter is not going to use careful and precise language, and nor should it. Black Lives Matter has taken on the conflict directly, and when Jeffrey Goldberg et al go after BLM the fight will be in the open, and Israel’s action will be in the spotlight. And the last thing Jeffrey Goldberg or the rest of the lobby need is a public debate with BLM.

Why do you think Goldberg let Gideon Levy get the last word with his column, “The Dangerous Fantasies of Jeffrey Goldberg”? When is the last time Jeffrey the bully ever let an attack go unanswered? He let this drop because Goldberg does not debate reality. And he knows very well that a public spat, which is what would have happened if he responded to Gideon Levy, would be a disaster for Goldberg. People would start talking about his false reports that helped get the United States into the Iraq war. He cannot win a debate over the occupation with Levy.

And it’s the same thing with BLM. Do you think the BLM people will publish a 10,000-word article in the Nation explaining why they’re not anti-Semitic after Goldberg accuses them of anti- semitism? No way. They will tell him, “Go away, you racist entitled warmongering prick.” “Israel is a colonial racist state committing Genocide against the Palestinians.”

Goldberg will be left to make fun of their lack of commas on twitter, or some other trivial matter, as he did when Levy dissected him in the eyes of the world.

The truth is, Israel can’t survive the truth. Israel is in the position it is in because of totally censoring and ostracizing critics, and creating so much of Nate Silver’s “noise” that the “signal” is lost in the eyes of the world. What their echo chamber is great at is pumping out bullshit to bury the “reality.” Jimmy Carter used the word apartheid when there isn’t an ex Israeli PM alive who doesn’t use the word Apartheid when discussing Israel’s future. But that didn’t help Carter. He was shamed by Wolf Blitzer and Terry Gross and pushed out of the Democratic convention.

Black Lives Matter is not in Jimmy Carter’s establishment position. BLM knows how to read the whole Israel situation. They see reality and what these Jewish tribalists are trying to do. They see Hillary Clinton in the pocket of  Haim Saban (“I am a one issue guy and that issue is Israel”), they see Clinton promising him to work against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS); and they know what to do: they endorse BDS.

Jonathan Greenblatt is going to have a hard time convincing BLM that standing by Israel is part of worldwide fight for social justice. It would go a long way to convince BLM if the ADL would just show the least bit of interest  or empathy, for the lot of the Palestinian people. That won’t be happening on Mr. Greenblatt’s watch.

Yakov Hirsch
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  1. silamcuz
    silamcuz
    August 8, 2016, 11:51 am

    Okay, I feel the author and I am a strong supporter of BLM myself. But I feel like this article is overplaying BLM’s role in uncloaking Israel’s criminal self that it pathologically suppress using its modern Western democracy in the backwaters of Middle East facade. Remember, Palestinian-Americans, along with various other Muslim and Arab denominations in America have long fought against Israel and its relationship with the US since the 70’s. They did so while risking great harm to themselves and their families, because back then criticizing Israel, as a non-white persons no less, was akin to federal treason and sedition against the very nation itself.

    BLM is merely latching on to the decades of work done and sacrifices of Palestinians and Palestinian Americans in the struggle against Zionism and liberation. They are definitely helpful to the cause, signal boosting the voices of Palestinians towards those who are pro-left wing ideas but not familiar with Middle Eastern conflicts.

    But as much as I respect and admire BLM, I can’t agree that it would be them who will bring down Israel. This is way too dismissive of the various historical actors in this conflict, that had lost their lives to the struggle against Zionism and Israeli occupation of Palestine. On the other hand, I agree that BLM will play a major role in finishing the lobby off once and for all, with the support and cooperation from various other pro-social justice groups in the country like JVP, SJP, ISNA, sectors of the Democratic Party and many others long subjugated by the state and the lobby.

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      August 8, 2016, 1:21 pm

      “Okay, I feel the author and I am…”

      Obviously, you didn’t even read the article.

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      August 8, 2016, 4:52 pm

      The difference–and it’s a big difference–is that no matter how hard Palestinian Americans and other Arab Americans may have tried to get their voice heard (which took great bravery), the black Americans have a substantial degree of teflon in any pan of US political culture–they are virtually impervious, as a practical matter, to attacks questioning their racial/ethnic bona fides–in other words, BLM is immune from the charge of anti-Semitism. Zionists have no such hole card with them. This is 2016–Jesse Jackson’s “Hymie Town” doesn’t make millennials, black or white or other color, weak in the knees. You think Bernie really ever thought he’d be relinquishing the mike to BlackLivesMatter women or the solidarity with Palestinian rights movement? IN US, blacks have CRED. They are divorced from any tinge of White Holocaust/KKK type Guilt. Makes all the difference in the world!

      • Atlantaiconoclast
        Atlantaiconoclast
        August 9, 2016, 2:45 pm

        Yes, but BLM does NOT have cred among the masses. You guys are delusional if you think otherwise. Journey outside of Manhattan and you will see what I mean. I oppose police brutality too, but it is nonsense that Blacks are being targeted and it is nonsense that cop killings are in any way as big of a problem as Black on Black murders.

      • annie
        annie
        August 9, 2016, 4:25 pm

        BLM does NOT have cred among the masses. You guys are delusional if you think otherwise.

        you don’t speak for the masses. or do you think you’re the voice of the silent majority?

        it is nonsense that Blacks are being targeted

        clueless!

        nonsense that cop killings are in any way as big of a problem as Black on Black murders.

        this reminds me of zionists deflecting off palestine by saying syria is worse. no one here is arguing black on black murder is not a problem in their community, it doesn’t mean there is not oppression built into our law, justice and incarceration systems (to name a few). there’s a LOT going on in a persons life before they become part of a black on black statistic.

      • Mr.T
        Mr.T
        August 9, 2016, 5:06 pm

        “but it is nonsense that Blacks are being targeted and it is nonsense that cop killings are in any way as big of a problem as Black on Black murders.”

        You should go ahead and tell them that you know better than they do what they should be concerned about. People LOVE it when outsiders tell them how to think.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        August 9, 2016, 8:34 pm

        “Yes, but BLM does NOT have cred among the masses. You guys are delusional if you think otherwise.”

        Wow, no wonder you call yourself an ‘iconoclast’.

      • silamcuz
        silamcuz
        August 10, 2016, 2:12 am

        Yes, but BLM does NOT have cred among the masses. You guys are delusional if you think otherwise

        Actually, I think it is you who are delusional. BLM is rapidly gaining influence within a global stage, especially in Western countries with significant black populations such as UK, France and Brazil. No other US-based group had managed to garner such a huge base of domestic and international support for its cause like BLM has. They are seriously making history now and you say they don’t have cred among the masses. I mean, even among the IQ-deficient masses of Trump supporters BLM is seen as a big deal albeit in a hostile way.

    • Atlantaiconoclast
      Atlantaiconoclast
      August 9, 2016, 2:47 pm

      Till you convince the masses in America that the special relationship has not been good for the US, the Lobby will not fall. BLM will only hurt the Palestinian cause given its unpopularity with the masses outside Manhattan and other tony districts.

      • annie
        annie
        August 9, 2016, 4:06 pm

        BLM … given it’s unpopularity with the masses outside Manhattan and other tony districts.

        hmm, i don’t really agree with that assessment of BLM’s popularity or lack thereof.

    • annie
      annie
      August 9, 2016, 4:14 pm

      I feel the author

      powerful words dude.

    • The JillyBeans
      The JillyBeans
      August 17, 2016, 10:44 am

      Prior black rights groups worked with Palestinian rights groups in the 1960’s onward. It’s merely been revived very publicly by the BLM movement in the MBL platform.

  2. a blah chick
    a blah chick
    August 8, 2016, 1:55 pm

    “We appreciate these points because the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is deeply committed to addressing many of these issues, too…” By getting big city police department to go for “training” in Israel.

    • US Citizen
      US Citizen
      August 8, 2016, 6:09 pm

      “We appreciate these points because the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is deeply committed to addressing many of these issues, too…except, of course, the Palestinian ones and the Occupation”. What a bunch of hypocritical racists. GO BLM GO !!!!!

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        August 8, 2016, 11:48 pm

        ‘The ADL’s big lie is that they care about other “minorities.” ‘

        I haven’t seen them do much for retired philosophy lecturers, and we’re a minority.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        August 9, 2016, 12:31 pm

        “I haven’t seen them do much for retired philosophy lecturers, and we’re a minority.”

        Well, what do you know! “Identity” just got a whole lot more important to “RoHa”. And he is identifying himself as “a minority”!

        Gee, quick switch, wonder why?

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        August 9, 2016, 7:32 pm

        As I said, it’s fashionable. And both the local high school and the police refused to accept my previous self-identification, so I need minority status to get some sympathy on my side in the trial.
        And a bit of support from the ADL would help, too.

  3. Boomer
    Boomer
    August 8, 2016, 4:04 pm

    It is certainly true that the Israel lobby can’t debate the reality. It simply ignores reality. The lobby doesn’t care about reality. An analysis at WaPo today is very much germane. Though on the surface it deals with Trump v. Clinton, at a more basic level it articulates a philosopher’s insights into bullshit. Excerpt:

    “But someone engaging in B.S., Frankfurt says, “is neither on the side of the true nor on the side of the false. His eye is not on the facts at all . . . except insofar as they may be pertinent to his interest in getting away with what he says.” Frankfurt writes that the B.S.-er’s “focus is panoramic rather than particular” and that he has “more spacious opportunities for improvisation, color, and imaginative play. This is less a matter of craft than of art. Hence the familiar notion of the ‘bullshit artist.’ ”

    The full piece is entertaining as well as insightful:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/08/08/donald-trump-and-hillary-clinton-have-very-different-relationships-with-the-truth/?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-c%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

    • John O
      John O
      August 9, 2016, 4:22 am

      I read Harry Frankfurt’s essay “On Bullshit” a few years ago, and heartily recommend it. You won’t listen to any politician’s utterances ever again without applying a mental “Frankfurt Test” to their words.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        August 10, 2016, 3:06 am

        He followed up with a radical suggestion that it might be a good idea to pay some attention to truth.

  4. Kathleen
    Kathleen
    August 8, 2016, 6:51 pm

    Been a long time coming…people connecting these justice issue dots.

  5. DaBakr
    DaBakr
    August 8, 2016, 7:31 pm

    if in the very odd chance that your average american even reads the blm platform -which is very unlikely- they would probably bring in even bigger numbers to the megalomaniac trumpf. while blm admits their platform comes from “dreamers”– i don’t think they understand how not ready the majority of the US population is for even a 10th of their radically ao-called “progressive’ platform to be adapted and when it strays into israel only as the only foreign ‘enemy’ (oh right-it mentions egypt in passing) their going to lose even more of their potential supporters until their numbers look exactly like numbers for groups like The New Black Panther Movement, MOVE, or the Green Party and Communist party. you peeps don’t like to acknowledge how far left you actually are, affairs

    • inbound39
      inbound39
      August 9, 2016, 2:03 am

      I certainly don’t think the Americans are going to turn America over to Israel willingly as seems to be happening at the moment due to the nefarious activities of the pro Israel Lobby. Much of their activities, in fact most, are kept behind closed doors with large sums of money changing hands to buy allegiance to Israel. Wait for the backlash DaBakr…….the big reveal is only just starting and the American people are beginning to mobilize against Israel’s interference in their government.There have been more people confronting politicians about Israel last year and more so this year than at anytime previous so I consider your take on things to be a little deluded. You can expect the confrontation of Israel to increase by years end.

    • Talkback
      Talkback
      August 9, 2016, 11:08 am

      DaBakr, is there any other position possible that isn’t ‘far left’ from your Kahanist point of view?

  6. RoHa
    RoHa
    August 8, 2016, 11:50 pm

    “Goldberg will be left to make fun of their lack of commas on twitter, or some other trivial matter, ”

    Hey! That’s not trivial!

  7. gingershot
    gingershot
    August 9, 2016, 5:03 pm

    ‘BLM knows how to read the whole Israel situation. They see reality and what these Jewish tribalists are trying to do.’

    BLM intersectionality is basically progressives finally learning how to play chess… it’s just a unnarcissistic* way of thinking, it’s being ‘no longer chosen’

    No more white feminists tears…

    intersectionality it’s where Jill Stein can take Hillary apart…

    Intersectional feminism finds a plethora of other biases (class, ethnocentric, heterosexist, etc) converging on and intersecting with them.

    ‘more profoundly of how one’s location in the social structure enables one to see, or prevents one from seeing.’

    First black lives matter in our Jill l Stein pops the A – word

    Jill Stein says no military support to the apartheid is really state:
    Jerusalem Post headlines August 8, 2016

    Canada’s Green party endorses BDS
    Times of Israel headlines August 8, 2016

    unnarcissistic* – uh oh… Time to start worrying!

  8. hophmi
    hophmi
    August 9, 2016, 6:32 pm

    You’re very fanciful, Yakov. And very self-righteous and nasty. Nobody could possibly believe in BLM except on M4BL’s terms. What BS.

    The price of this stupid, unfocused, retrograde platform, which ignores most of the challenges people of color face throughout the world, but lays on the leftist sloganeering, is that M4BL will hurt their ability to get anything done. They’ll be like Occupy Wall Street, a lot of kids with anger and without a real program.

    • annie
      annie
      August 9, 2016, 10:14 pm

      M4BL will hurt their ability to get anything done.

      do you think if they took out the word genocide they’d be able to “get things done” and if so why?

      They’ll be like Occupy Wall Street, a lot of kids with anger and without a real program.

      what specifically, aside from the word genocide, do you think makes them sound like angry black people without a real program.

    • Yakov Hirsch
      Yakov Hirsch
      August 10, 2016, 4:10 am

      hophmi August 9, 2016, 6:32 pm
      You’re very fanciful, Yakov. And very self-righteous and nasty. Nobody could possibly believe in BLM except on M4BL’s terms. What BS.

      Hophmi, usually you would get away with a comment like yours, even addressed to the author, without actually reading the article. But every once in a while there is an article with BLM in the title on a site like this, where the author gives no opinion at all about BLM.
      Hophmi, I got bad news for you. This is one of those times.
      Hophmi, can you point to one place in the piece where i give my opinion on BLM?

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        August 10, 2016, 5:29 pm

        “Hophmi”, isn’t it obvious? This analysis is nothing new. It is typical of “Yakov’s”s writing, which suggests, as it always does, that “Yakov” …will fall away, as they always do.

  9. eljay
    eljay
    August 10, 2016, 7:47 am

    … It’s not till paragraph five that Greenblatt can part company with BLM.

    … We categorically reject the document’s criticism of the United States and Israel as being “complicit in the genocide taking place against the Palestinian people.” …

    Of course the ADL rejects the criticism. Zio-supremacists believe that they are entitled to do unto others acts of injustice and immorality they would not have others do unto them. So they’re not “complicit in a genocide”, they’re merely defending the “right” of people who happen to be / choose to be Jewish to “self-determine” themselves in geographic Palestine at the expense of its indigenous population.

    … The Jewish community knows too much about genocide. …

    And this – using acts of injustice and immorality committed against Jews to realize and justify acts of injustice and immorality committed by Jews – is what makes the “Jewish State” project and the actions of Zio-supremacist Jews truly evil.

  10. wondering jew
    wondering jew
    August 11, 2016, 7:28 am

    Here’s an opinion piece that might provide something to chew on: https://medium.com/@YotamMarom/toward-the-next-jewish-rebellion-bed5082c52fc#.f4r0vpf6n

    • Mr.T
      Mr.T
      August 11, 2016, 2:07 pm

      A little slander and a lot of “why don’t you people do your thing in a way that doesn’t challenge MY beliefs!!!”

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      August 11, 2016, 5:20 pm

      “Yonah’s link, in one sentence: “Nine times out of ten, we talk about the Holocaust.”

      Don’t kid yourself, boychik, the next “Jewish rebellion will be against Zionism.
      Oh, and it might involve the repudiation of a sect which many consider both criminal and parasitic. Sometimes it gets rough for failed messiahs, knowwhatImean, “Yonah”?

  11. The JillyBeans
    The JillyBeans
    August 17, 2016, 10:52 am

    This response of Greenblatt’s certainly has an “uppity black folks” tone to it. Condescending is an understatement. Hopefully the useful idiots in the black churches and HBCU’s will wake up and detach themselves from the AIPAC lot.

    It seems the Zionists have found the crack in the Anerican black community and have been using that to fight their battle of legitimacy in the face of their abuse of Palestinians. It’s getting so old that blacks will fall for anything for a few suckers and a pat on the head.

    This brings to mind the Donald Sterling a virulent racist in LA who had a long history of discriminating against minorities. Every once in a while he would make a donation to the LA NAACP chapter to get absolved of his I diminished racism, basically buying himself some coverage from his blatant racist business practices with a few black “yes men”. Ironically in the tape scandal with his half black mistress, he said there was anti-black racism in Israel, he didn’t even seem bothered by Israeli intra-tribal racism either.

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