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What do the Jews think? It’s an impossible question, one that recalls the old joke “ask two Jews, you’ll get three opinions.” Yet on Sunday night, Jewish activists brought out about 500 protesters in New York to voice a progressive consensus on Trump’s newly appointed chief strategist Steve Bannon: he’s a fascist.

The protest was organized by a coalition of lefty Jewish groups including If Not Now, Jews for Racial & Economic Justice, and Jewish Voice for Peace as a statement against Bannon’s planned appearance at the Zionist Organization of America’s yearly gala. Bannon ended up backing out at the last minute, possibly due to the protest, but his appearance – or lack thereof – was incidental. To those familiar with Bannon’s history, the ZOA invite was a shameful attempt to provide Jewish cover to an anti-semite.

During a 2007 child custody dispute, Bannon’s former wife claimed he said he didn’t want his daughters going to school with Jews because their parents raise them to be “whiny brats.” ZOA president Morton Klein stood firm, saying “Bannon was grateful that I defended him against this ludicrous charge of anti-Semitism.” Other Bannon defenders included Zionist hardliner Alan Dershowitz and celebrity Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, both of whom are known to lob accusations of anti-Semitism at anyone they deem insufficiently pro-Israel. Dershowitz showed up to the gala, unlike Bannon, and delivered a speech in which he claimed Black Lives Matter is a greater threat than European fascism.

Though there are some ideological differences between the groups (JVP explicitly supports Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, while IfNowNow and JFREJ don’t take an official organizational position), the groups all draw from Jewish tradition to fight for egalitarian ideals. “Regardless of who is President, we work to end the Jewish community’s support for the occupation,” IfNowNow spokesman Sarah Lerman-Sinkoff told me. “The appointment of Steven Bannon as White House Chief Strategist draws into sharp relief the need for Jews to form common cause with targeted groups inside and outside the Jewish community, and reject the systems of violence and separation in the United States and in Israel-Palestine.” For one night, at least, left-of-center New York Jews were all on the same page.

When I arrived at the protest around 5 o’clock, it was already dark but the brightly lit roman columns of the New York Public Library shed light on the tightly packed crowd. IfNotNow member Tom Corcoran was revving up the crowd through a bullhorn: “This is a moment to speak out, to fight!” The mere mention of ZOA drew a chorus of boos, while an excoriation of Dershowitz elicited even more righteous anger.

A woman next to me at the rally seemed as befuddled at Trump’s election as she was outraged. “The whole thing is such a shit show,” she said, shaking her head. “You heard he wants to live in Trump Tower?” As for whether there was a chance of Trump rescinding his offer to Bannon, she had no idea.

Corcoran shouted out a number for the National Lawyers Guild in case anyone got arrested, and someone passed me a flyer with the logos and mission statements of the three organizing groups. On the back was a list of nine suggested chants (sample: “When Muslim communities are under attack, What do we do? Stand Up Fight Back!”) As hundreds of voices ricocheted off the surrounding glass skyscrapers, we halted traffic to cross Fifth Avenue and made our way east on 42nd street to the Grand Hyatt Hotel where the gala was being held.

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Breitbart, the site Bannon helmed until Trump brought him onboard, is the kind of far-right cesspool that publishes stories like “Judge Lets Drunk Illegal Immigrant Go After Killing Nebraska Woman” and “Does Feminism Make Women Ugly?”  Less extreme than the baldly neo-Nazi Daily Stormer (published by Trump supporter Andrew Anglin), Breitbart uses dog whistles and innuendo to attract millions of readers ranging from mainstream conservatives to genuine fascists. Roughly speaking, the views expressed lie somewhere to the right of Pat Buchanan while stopping just short of George Lincoln Rockwell.

Breitbart’s late eponymous founder Andrew Breitbart once called Bannon “the Leni Riefenstahl of the Tea Party movement” and Bannon himself has called the site “a platform for the alt-right,” referring to a loose network of attention-starved trolls who have taken Pepe the frog as their mascot in an attempt to rebrand white nationalism for the internet meme era.

The phrase alt-right was made popular by a neo-Nazi named Richard Spencer, who had given a much-publicized speech the day before the march at the annual conference of a white supremacist think tank he runs called the National Policy Institute. The two hundred or so attendees were treated to a live version of the awkward Nazi worshipping usually confined to Stormfront message boards. “”Hail Trump,” yelled Spencer, “Hail our people. Hail victory!” To those who believe Trump has a hidden agenda to Make America Jundenrein Again, this was the ultimate connect-the-dots moment, definitive proof that Trump and Hitler are birds of a feather.

Earlier that day I had stopped by Adam Yauch park, which had been defaced with swastikas and the words “Go Trump.” The park, named after the late Beastie Boy, was filled to capacity with hundreds of concerned New Yorkers who had gathered to see Yauch’s former bandmate Adam “Ad Rock” Horovitz and a couple local politicians condemn the graffiti and similar acts of pro-Trump hate. “This is homegrown terrorism for real,” said Horowitz. “I reject Donald Trump’s vision of America.” If you were looking for more dots to connect, they were everywhere.

The night’s most popular chant – No Bannon! No ZOA! No Fascist USA! – did a good job capturing the spirit of the night. This was not the time to debate the merits of violent resistance or purge the left of liberal Zionists still holding out hope for a two-state solution. It was a time to reclaim Judaism from the crotchety bastards who have taken up space at the head of the dinner table for too long, plugging their ears with their fingers and yelling “self-hating Jew” at any critic of Israel until they ended up so out of touch that they thought it was okay to give a guy like Steve Bannon a pass.

Jews resisting Bannon, in Philadelphia, from IfNotNow twitter feed

Jews resisting Bannon, in Philadelphia, from IfNotNow twitter feed

Protester and Socialist Party member Joel Feingold told me he entered the Grand Hyatt through a side entrance, made his way down to the ballroom level and snuck past security into the banquet. When a hotel worker asked him if he needed help, he shouted to the largely modern Orthodox attendees, “Chaverim [friends]! Steve Bannon is a fascist and he is an enemy to Jews and all peoples. Don’t delude yourselves!” One attendee responded, “Steve Bannon is amazing.” As he was being escorted out by security, Feingold asked where Bannon was and a worker told him “Bannon never came tonight. He must have heard y’all were coming.” If there is a metric for successful protests, getting a fake internet tough guy to back down from a bunch of chanting Jews is pretty high up there.

Let me be clear: I do not think Donald Trump will round up Jews and put them in camps. I sincerely doubt he will send his own Jewish son-in-law or his Jewish grandchildren to the gas chambers. But he may very well crush any vestiges of Palestinian resistance in the West Bank by putting his full support behind expanding settlements. It is entirely possible that he pushes through a registry for Muslims, and not just the Bush-era kind but one for American-born citizens as well – a sort of digital yellow star for the country’s favorite scapegoats.

Perhaps most importantly, he has already empowered the kind of casual bigotry that liberals tend to see as passé, or even dead. Trump doesn’t have the grand vision of Ferdinand II or Hitler or Stalin – he’s too self-centered, too obsessed with petty grievances and net worth. Trump is his father’s son, the type of anti-Semite who would gladly play in a Jews-free country club but isn’t averse to stringing along a Jew like Michael Cohen as an attorney (I can almost hear him say “don’t they make the best lawyers?” in his trademark Queens growl). His bigotry does not belong to 30’s Berlin or 50’s Biloxi, but to this present moment, where he can continue the conservative presidential traditions of Nixon’s anti-Semitism, Reagan’s racism, and Bush’s Islamophobia (not to mention the anti-Palestinian bigotry of both parties).

The rally felt like a rebirth of sorts for what might traditionally be referred to as the New York Jewish Left. It’s a group united by political, rather than religious, beliefs: that Jews should not normalize authoritarianism even in its incipient phases and that the Zionist Jewish establishment must not be allowed to hijack a religion in order to defend a reactionary enterprise in Palestine. In the past, I saw this conflict as largely generational – an impression I got from attending Israel lobby events as a journalist and gazing over a sea of white hair.

This time, though the crowd skewed young – and the ZOA leadership is undoubtedly old – I saw less of a generational gap. There were elderly couples and children, liberals and radicals, those who enthusiastically sung Hine Ma Tov and others who mumbled along, unsure of the words. The unity was electrifying, and it was something I had never felt in a synagogue. If such a thing as the “Jewish community” exists, I felt sure it was out there on the street rather than at a $700 per head event in a hotel ballroom.

When the enemy is as slippery as Donald Trump, knowing how alarmed we should be is tricky. Standing in the frigid New York air, staring at the rows of cops lined up across the street with plastic handcuffs, it was not hard to imagine that our country was drifting towards autocracy. But there is something to be said for heightening the contradictions, for knowing what side you’re on, and on Sunday night the lines could not have been clearer.

Rob Bryan

Rob Bryan is a freelance journalist from New York City. Follow him on twitter: @rbryan86.

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  1. ToivoS on November 24, 2016, 3:26 pm

    This article is full of ironies. When I saw the title about the rebirth of the New York Jewish left the first thing that popped into my mind was the struggles of the garment workers a century ago. One of their leaders was Clara Lemlich, a Ukrainian Jewish immigrant. She accomplished so much. She became a symbol of working class solidarity.

    So what does this article expostulate: How totally evil Trump is! What is so ironic is that Trump won because he won the votes of today’s working class. I guess the corollary to this article is that the New York Jewish left has now moved into opposition to the American working class.

    Dear fellow progressives: Maybe it is time to sit back and think a bit about why the American working class is rejecting the Democratic Party and think a bit about how we can once again represent their interests? I do not think that Trump bashing is going to accomplish that. It will simply reinforce their feelings that we are their enemy.

    • W.Jones on November 24, 2016, 8:58 pm

      The article’s point seems to be that Bannon is “fascist” and, based on the headline, Jews are coming together to oppose Bannon and Trump, because of their cultural intolerance. One thing I would question here is whether Bannon actually represents “fascism” any more than Bushes Sr and Jr did, with the introduction of the Patriot Act and surveillance state and its continuation or even growth under Obama. I think there really needs to be a bipartisan or nonpartisan review and approach to these more fundamental issues if “the Left” actually wants to address them.

      Secondly, while I see Republicans as tending to be more intolerant, based on what I know of his personal history, I don’t actually think Trump is anti-semitic, as I quoted about him in another Comment below.

      You ask: ” Maybe it is time to sit back and think a bit about why the American working class is rejecting the Democratic Party and think a bit about how we can once again represent their interests? ”

      Definitely YES. The article itself is begging for an answer when it says:

      “A woman next to me at the rally seemed as befuddled at Trump’s election as she was outraged.
      Yes. So if you don’t understand why a largely working class nation with many minorities voted for Trump, we DO need to ask why so many of those very voters are rejecting the Democratic Party machine. Otherwise we just stay “befuddled” like the characters in the author’s account about what is happening in the nation.

      Unfortunately, I am not very hopeful for a major needed turn around. I mean, would liberal oligarchs really prefer to funnel bigtime campaign donations into a Democratic party that didn’t represent them bigtime?

  2. W.Jones on November 24, 2016, 6:10 pm

    ” on Sunday night the lines could not have been clearer.”

    The lines could have been clearer if the Republican candidate was responsible for deadly interventions in Libya and Syria, and conflict with Russia, while the Democrat was a strong opponent of the proxy conflicts with those nations.

    But instead, we have the opposite. Aren’t World Peace vs disastrous and deadly Regime Change very crucial issues for us on the Left, Rob?

    Shouldn’t this be a major moment for soul searching for any pro peace leftists if it risks supporting a neoliberal pro war campaign?

    It feels as if many pro peace antiwar activists have their head on backwards, since wouldn’t you agree that pro war liberalism is a contradiction in terms? It’s mind boggling.

    • echinococcus on November 25, 2016, 3:22 pm

      Looks like “left” applies to any kind of trendy things in matters like abortion law, autocensored speech, homosexual rights to become uniformed murderers, etc. “Right” may apply to principled opposition to warmongering, or support to Palestinian resistance, and even to socialist politics, too. No relationship to the ownership of means of production –just don’t go there.

      Essentially, all things Democratic mafia are “left” –including the financing of the politics by Soros or Saban. All things connected to the Republican mafia are “right”.

      Makes for a notable chapter in the future history of language, On the Unusually Accelerated Devaluation of Technical Terms.

  3. W.Jones on November 24, 2016, 6:21 pm

    Rob, you write:
    ” Trump is his father’s son, the type of anti-Semite who would gladly play in a Jews-free country club ”

    Wayne Allen Root says:
    ” When he bought his Florida home and turned it into a popular and exclusive country club, he specifically opened the membership up to Jews. Mar-a-Lago was the first club that ever allowed Jews in Palm Beach. Donald changed the customs of the most-wealthy, WASP-y town in America to favor Jews.”

    Personally, I am a strong supporter of civil rights and equality, and so I lean democrat on this topic. That’s true again especially talking about race or women’s rights, where I support the Democrats…. But……. why not try to be more objective about Trump’s relations with Jews. Isn’t his son in law Jewish? Why imply that he’s antisemitic when he isnt, and, if anything, could lean pro-Jewish?

  4. on November 24, 2016, 6:57 pm

    Weakest piece I’ve read in Mondoweiss.

    And Bryan would have done well to avoid taking a swipe at Pat Buchanan, any one of whose columns is a model of clarity, insight, and good writing, agree with him or not, compared to this disjointed mess.

    • Mooser on November 24, 2016, 7:55 pm

      “Pat Buchanan, any one of whose columns is a model of clarity, insight, and good writing”

      “Pat Buchanan says “Donald Trump is the future of the Republican Party …”

      That’s because “Trump Is Pat Buchanan With Better Timing”

      But really, isn’t Trump just really all of us but with better timing? Really better.

      • Maghlawatan on November 24, 2016, 11:40 pm

        Trump is full of premature ejaculations on Mexicans and grabbing people by the schnitzel that he then has to backtrack on by sayIng they are wonderful people or it was lockerroom talk. His timing is atrocious . I thought W was a joke but Trump expands the theme into another dimension. He is like Mr Dopamine.

      • Mooser on November 25, 2016, 12:28 pm

        “He is like Mr Dopamine.”

        Well, he better keep his hands off any dope of mine. It’s legal, and we intend to keep it that way.

      • on November 25, 2016, 4:48 pm

        “Mooser” I don’t know if you’re as ignorant of Buchanan’s columns and writing as your post suggests, or I just don’t get your comment; to be honest, I don’t get most of your comments. But the fact is, Buchanan is one of the finest columnists writing today — again, agree with him or not. Paul Craig Roberts is another, Raimondo’s another, so is Greenwald. (David Stockman’s not bad either, believe it or not.) Buchanan lays out what he’s going to say, he says it, he includes historical information I am often unfamiliar with, he draws his conclusions. Almost alone among columnists has he called attention to the perfidy in the NYT’s coverage of Russia and Putin, “reporting” that makes the Times’s coverage of Israel/Palestine worthy of a FAIR award. If you don’t read him, you should. Here’s a taste — lengthy, I apologize, MW, but worthwhile.

        Who Got Us Into These Endless Wars?

        “Isolationists must not prevail in this new debate over foreign policy,” warns Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations. “The consequences of a lasting American retreat from the world would be dire.”

        To make his case against the “Isolationist Temptation,” Haass creates a caricature, a cartoon, of America First patriots, then thunders that we cannot become “a giant gated community.”

        Understandably, Haass is upset. For the CFR has lost the country.

        Why? It colluded in the blunders that have bled and near bankrupted America and that cost this country its unrivaled global preeminence at the end of the Cold War.

        No, it was not “isolationists” who failed America. None came near to power. The guilty parties are the CFR crowd and their neocon collaborators, and liberal interventionists who set off to play empire after the Cold War and create a New World Order with themselves as Masters of the Universe.

        Consider just a few of the decisions taken in those years that most Americans wish we could take back.

        After the Soviet Union withdrew the Red Army from Europe and split into 15 nations, and Russia held out its hand to us, we slapped it away and rolled NATO right up onto her front porch.

        Enraged Russians turned to a man who would restore respect for their country. Did we think they would just sit there and take it?

        How did bringing Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia into NATO make America stronger, safer and more secure? For it has surely moved us closer to a military clash with a nuclear power.

        In 2014, with John McCain and U.S. diplomats cheering them on, mobs in Independence Square overthrew a pro-Russian government in Kiev that had been democratically elected and installed a pro-NATO regime.

        Putin’s response: Secure Russia’s naval base at Sevastopol by retaking Crimea, and support pro-Russian Ukrainians in Luhansk and Donetsk who preferred secession to submission to U.S. puppets.

        Fortunately, our interventionists failed to bring Georgia and Ukraine into NATO. Had they succeeded, we almost surely would have been in a shooting war with Russia by now.

        Would that have made us stronger, safer, more secure?

        After the attack on 9/11, George W. Bush, with the nation and world behind him, took us into Afghanistan to eradicate the nest of al-Qaida killers.

        After having annihilated some and scattered the rest, however, Bush decided to stick around and convert this wild land of Pashtuns, Hazaras, Tajiks and Uzbeks into another Iowa.

        Fifteen years later, we are still there.

        And the day we leave, the Taliban will return, undo all we have done, and butcher those who cooperated with the Americans.

        If we had to do it over, would we have sent a U.S. army and civilian corps to make Afghanistan look more like us?

        Bush then invaded Iraq, overthrew Saddam, purged the Baath Party, and disbanded the Iraqi army. Result: A ruined, sundered nation with a pro-Iranian regime in Baghdad, ISIS occupying Mosul, Kurds seceding, and endless U.S. involvement in this second-longest of American wars.

        Most Americans now believe Iraq was a bloody trillion-dollar mistake, the consequences of which will be with us for decades.

        With a rebel uprising against Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, the U.S. aided the rebels. Now, 400,000 Syrians are dead, half the country is uprooted, millions are in exile, and the Damascus regime, backed by Russia, Iran and Hezbollah, is holding on after five years.

        Meanwhile, we cannot even decide whether we want Assad to survive or fall, since we do not know who rises when he falls.

        Anyone still think it was a good idea to plunge into Syria in support of the rebels? Anyone still think it was a good idea to back Saudi Arabia in its war against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, which has decimated that country and threatens the survival of millions?

        Anyone still think it was a good idea to attack Libya and take down Moammar Gadhafi, now that ISIS and other Islamists and rival regimes are fighting over the carcass of that tormented land?

        “The Middle East is arguably the most salient example of what happens when the U.S. pulls back,” writes Haass.

        To the CFR, the problem is not that we plunged headlong into this maelstrom of tyranny, tribalism and terrorism, but that we have tried to extricate ourselves.

        Hints that America might leave the Middle East, says Haass, have “contributed greatly to instability in the region.”

        So, must we stay indefinitely?

        To the CFR, America’s role in the world is to corral Russia, defend Europe, contain China, isolate Iran, deter North Korea, and battle al-Qaida and ISIS wherever they may be, bleeding our country’s military.

        Nor is that all. We are also to convert Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Afghanistan into pro-Western preferably democratic countries, and embrace “free trade,” accepting the imported merchandise of all mankind, even if that means endless $800 billion trade deficits, bleeding our country’s economy.

        Otherwise, you are just an isolationist.

      • Mooser on November 25, 2016, 6:02 pm

        “I just don’t get your comment; to be honest, I don’t get most of your comments.”

        And I, unfortunately, were getting hardly any of yours, either. But they finally fixed all that, (apart from an occasional glitch or dropped comment.)

  5. echinococcus on November 24, 2016, 10:00 pm

    November 24, 2016, 4:42 pm
    So, as far as I understand, this born-again Jewish Left consists of or includes: – A partial-boycott-observing, “non-zionist” tribal group whose primary target seems to be the witch hunt against prominent and determined anti-zionists who are perceived as “antisemitic” (no clear definition of what that if that should mean racism or something else), or rather insufficiently prostrating themselves in adoration of the tribe, suspected to be financed by a Zionist group; – other, “liberal”-zionist groups, still “zionist, but.” All of the above defending “Israel’s right to exist” but as good “liberals”.

    All this being used to oppose a bunch of Zionists who differ from them in that they voted for someone the Born-Again oppose, not because there would be any difference with respect to the occupation and genocide of Palestine but because of mainly domestic policy differences, and in support of a wildly war-mongering, confessed criminal against peace and war criminal who already had promised to extend and intensify US wars of aggression.

    Their “unity was electrifying” –as if it couldn’t be done as plain humans and Americans or New Yorkers instead of as members of a given religion-optional religious group. No electricity seems to be generated in the absence of incestuous mingling with Zionists. No reason here not to protest as plain Joes: all things being equal, there was no Zionist dog in this fight: both presidential candidates strongly support the spoliation and enslaving of the Palestinian people.

    Feel free to challenge any of the plain-fact bare bones. If this checks even only in part, one may confidently say that an abort would have been preferable to a rebirth.

  6. Maghlawatan on November 24, 2016, 11:45 pm

    I agree with Toivo. Well meaning protests do not address blue collar grievances. Trump will betray his voters . What is needed is to work with blue collar leaders who can deliver that message to their people in the global struggle for payrises. US society is atomised after 36 years of systematic pauperisation. The only way to change anything is to organise the paupers .

  7. Maghlawatan on November 24, 2016, 11:47 pm

    JVP should rebrand as Jews for Payrises.

  8. JoeSmack on November 25, 2016, 12:04 am

    I have to say that this article is fairly inaccurate. It is not the rebirth of the Jewish left or of any left at all. It was a restatement of liberal Zionism. Anyone who attended the shitshow rally that Rob describes would have been greeted with signs that said things like “Zionism and Bigotry Don’t Mix” and Israel ultranationalist slogans like Am Israel Chai.

    The rally was very much a Zionist rally and it was clear that a significant number of the people (not to mention deeply chauvinistic and racist organizations like If Not Now, which opposes “the occupation” but fights against BDS and the like) were not there for Palestinian rights, or rather, that it was not a matter around which these people were particularly principled. It seemed that many people were there because of the prevailing view that Bannon is anti-Jewish (something that has been challenged on MondoWeiss by Phil). Bannon’s blatant and obvious genocidal anti-Muslim prejudices were secondary and the obvious fact that Bannon and the Zionist Organization of America go quite well together was being challenged by those who cannot accept that Zionism is, in fact, a deeply racist endeavor.

    Palestinians who attended the rally were shown the door for challenging Zionism outright and at least one Palestine student group received some angry letters about alienating Israeli Jewish liberals and the importance of the Meretz Party (?). In short it was similar to other very white rallies against Donald Trump: it emphasized the concerns of the dominant ethnic groups (in this case, Jews concerned about Bannon’s alleged anti-Semitism) while equivocating or even wholly dismissing the systematic racism against Muslims, Arabs, and other marginalized groups.

    Rob might have considered using this as an opportunity to be critical of the deep-rooted racism amid the Jewish liberal groups that put the rally together rather than tout them as a sort of renaissance of Jewish resistance. The effect of continuing to reduce INN, JFREJ and JVP to part of a “Jewish tradition to fight for egalitarian ideas” in the same sentence that he concedes that several of them don’t even boycott Israel amounts to little more than a whitewash. The rebirth of the Jewish left cannot happen without a principled shift on Palestine, and that can start by recognizing the significance and importance of Palestinians and their organizations in mobilizing for change.

    • Mooser on November 25, 2016, 12:40 pm

      .“| The rebirth of the Jewish left cannot happen without a principled shift on Palestine”

      Oh yes, that “principled shift” will; do us a lot of good when the boxcars start rolling, rolling, rolling. I’ve seen hundreds of boxcars at the railyards here. Not to mention all those shipping containers at the docks!

      Tribal Unity is what is important now! It is time for us to put away our differences. “We must hang out together, or certainly we will all hang out separately” as Quincy Adams said.

    • on November 25, 2016, 5:04 pm

      Joe Smack: ‘Rob might have considered using this as an opportunity to be critical of the deep-rooted racism amid the Jewish liberal groups that put the rally together rather than tout them as a sort of renaissance of Jewish resistance. The effect of continuing to reduce INN, JFREJ and JVP to part of a “Jewish tradition to fight for egalitarian ideas” in the same sentence that he concedes that several of them don’t even boycott Israel amounts to little more than a whitewash.’

      Exactly right.

    • echinococcus on November 25, 2016, 10:12 pm

      You’d think that Mr. Rob Bryan would have been required to show a bare minimum of honesty in reporting, at least noting that clearly Zionist slogans, including highly offensive ones, were clearly visible. This is somewhat dangerous if it may create an impression that MW doesn’t care about Zionism, or intends to remain allied with “liberal” Zionism, etc.

  9. Maghlawatan on November 25, 2016, 4:20 am

    One of the things i notice about Judaism is self advertisement. Look how many billionaires or Nobel Laureates we have. Look how progressive we are .

    And there is a glorious Jewish past of service. But the community in the US has in large part left that behind. Zionism destroyed the old ecosystem. Prosperity finished it off.

    The kind of Jewish culture that produced the guy who wrote Strange Fruit and took in the Rosenberg kids doesn’t really exist anymore.

    If you want inspiration take Mohammed Assaf’s mother. A maths teacher in a refugee camp. She taught her kids they are as good as anyone . She doesn’t crow about it either . She just got on with it.

    • Mooser on November 25, 2016, 12:43 pm

      “The kind of Jewish culture that produced the guy who wrote Strange Fruit…”

      “Mag” good try, but I ain’t gonna touch that. No way.

  10. DaBakr on November 26, 2016, 10:21 pm

    the author is too stupid to see that the shit he is complaining about breitbart and bannon publishing on the right is the exact same crap from the opposing view of the far left. the same screaming hysterical headlines. the same ignorance of the way the articles exaggerate the numbers of supporters. in fact-mondoweiss and breitbart deserve each other and bannon and weiss could easily discuss editorial policy

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