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Schumer and Macron equate anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism so as to target BDS

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The big news now is the draconian anti-BDS legislation in US Congress, threatening to make support of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions a federal crime, entailing a possible maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison, which Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Grim have brought to the forefront of attention yesterday in their article at The Intercept.

But there are other machinations at work, beyond the legislative ones. These involve the grand ideological campaigns of demonization, meant to manufacture moral consent to this onslaught which threatens to rip the American constitution and its 1st Amendment apart – all in the name of Israeli exceptionalism.

Last Monday, Senate minority leader, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is also a major supporter of the anti-BDS legislation, diverted from his Senate speech on health care, to address anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and BDS.

Schumer, whom the Forward regards as “currently the highest ranking Jew in government”,  repeatedly plays on his own last name, which in Hebrew means ‘guardian’ (more accurately phonetically spelled SHOMER), calling himself a ‘guardian of Israel’. As Rabbi Avi Weiss wrote in The Hill in 2015:

Over and over he’d say he will always be a guardian of Israel.

Indeed, Schumer has called himself a “Shomer Yisrael” and said that God had given him this name.

Schumer’s focus on his name and its relevance to Israel refers indirectly to Psalms 121:4: “Indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep”.

So what did this divine ‘guardian of Israel’ actually say on the Senate floor?

Schumer presented a three-stage rhetorical rocket, ultimately aimed at stifling critique of Israel. It started out with a historical summation of anti-Semitism:

“Anti-Semitism is a word that has been used throughout history when Jewish people are judged and measured by one standard and the rest by another. When everyone else was allowed to farm and Jews could not; when anyone else could live in Moscow and Jews could not; when others could become academics or tradesmen and Jews could not. The word to describe all of these acts is anti-Semitism.”

Let’s pause there. Anyone who is but slightly aware of the US double standard in favor of Israel, would already realize just how problematic his opening statement is. Measured on the face of it, one could immediately conclude that Schumer, an ardent proponent of Israeli protectionism, is either an anti-Semite himself, or that when the double standard goes in favor of Israel, it simply doesn’t matter. Then, if we apply the word ‘Palestinians’ instead of ‘Jews’, we actually get a frighteningly relevant (even if not totally precise) description of discrimination by Jews against non-Jews – Palestinians for the most, in the name of the Jewish state.

So where is Schumer taking this? Indeed, to address anti-Zionism:

“So it is with anti-Zionism; the idea that all other peoples can seek and defend their right to self-determination but Jews cannot; that other nations have a right to exist, but the Jewish state of Israel does not”, he said.

Once again, put ‘Palestinians’ instead of Jews, ‘Palestine’ instead of ‘Israel’, and you have another frightening description.

But there’s a whole lot of rhetorical mish-mash here. Yes, ‘people’ have a ‘right to self determination’, but that does not equal statehood. So is Schumer talking about ‘people’, a ‘nation’ or a ‘state’? Indeed, Schumer is throwing in all three. This is a problem not only because of the aforementioned self-determination issue. When Schumer says ‘nations’, we have to remember that Israel does not recognize an Israeli nationality. By Israeli internal and official definitions, there is no such thing as an ‘Israeli nation’. For Israel, there is a Jewish ‘nation’, and it is a Jewish State, but not an ‘Israeli nation’.

So how does Schumer get through this notion to make it applicable to Israel as a state? He says “the Jewish State of Israel”. Thus the ‘guardian of Israel’ pays tribute to the ‘Nation State of the Jewish People’, a concept that Israel is currently arduously working to cement as one of its quasi-constitutional ‘basic laws’. The bill on this one is just another form of Apartheid with a veil, meant to cement Israel’s institutionally criminal policies, just as the basic law concerning Jerusalem cemented the unilateral and illegal annexation of East-Jerusalem. So Schumer uses the conflation of ‘people’, ‘nation’ and ‘state’ to arrive at the famous claim concerning denial of ‘Israel’s right to exist’.

The question is not about an absolute right to exist, because no such right exists. (As Ben White has noted.) The question is ‘exist as what?’ Schumer’s conflation takes the Jewish ‘self-determination’, translating it to ‘nation’ (which is a Zionist notion that many Jews vehemently contest – see for example the late British minister Edwin Montagu). The extraterritorial ‘nation’ is then compared to other ‘nations’ (generally meaning states), and then we arrive at “the Jewish State of Israel”.

The upshot of all this is, that Israel should ostensibly have a ‘right to exist’ as a Jewish State, come what may. Even if Israel’s policies are discriminatory, even if it enacts crimes against humanity (such as Apartheid) in the name of this ‘right to exist’ – any opposition to the basic construct or to the state policy is deemed discriminatory.

This leads to the ‘ground zero’, towards which Schumer’s rhetorical missile is aimed – BDS:

“The global BDS movement is a deeply biased campaign that I would say, in similar words to Mr. Macron, is a ‘reinvented form of anti-Semitism’ because it seeks to impose boycotts on Israel and not on any other nation”, Schumer said.

It’s interesting to see what it is exactly that Schumer is referring to. He is referring to France’s Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron, who said on Sunday, during a visit by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, that

“we will not surrender to anti-Zionism because it is a reinvention of anti-Semitism”.

He did not say anything about BDS in this particular context, although he has earlier expressed his opposition to BDS as a form of anti-Semitism.

Schumer is not far off the mark with Macron, but he does exploit the statement somewhat disingenuously. Yet refined or not, it’s all fuel for Schumer’s rocket against BDS. This is the aim, this is the target, and we should not miss it in our awareness. All of this rhetoric conflating anti-Semitism with anti-Zionism is ultimately construed in order to avert popular, peaceful and democratic grassroots protest against Israel’s discriminatory policies and multiple violations of international law.

Two days ago, Professor Katherine Franke of Columbia Law School, published an exquisite piece in the Boston Globe, titled “Boycotts are an essential form of democratic protest — don’t ban them”. Here she is referring specifically to a hearing set for this week by the Massachusetts legislature, on a bill that aims to punish supporters of political boycotts.

“What’s really behind this measure is a desire to punish people or groups that have endorsed a boycott of Israel or of companies that profit from Israel’s denial of Palestinians’ human rights.”

In her analysis, Franke provides a historical appraisal of US boycotts tracing back to 1760’s (even pertaining to Massachusetts), noting how in more recent history, the Supreme Court found bans on political boycotts unconstitutional. In other words, Franke shows how the Massachusetts legislature is singling Israel out, in order to protect it from boycotts, and in so doing eroding its own constitutional tradition. By Schumer’s first mentioned statement, this could be said to be rather anti-Semitic…

So Schumer takes his cue from Macron, who also conflated anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. Who did Macron take his cue from? It is hard to tell if it came directly from Israel’s anti-BDS task-force, the efforts of which were particularly upped last year, with officials regarding it as a kind of military operation, or whether he just came up with it from his own volition. But Macron doesn’t really need to be threatened. France is after all a global leader and model in legislation against BDS, and Macron has made himself very clear on this, saying that

“France has already condemned boycotting Israel, and I have no intention of changing this position.”

There is perhaps a significance here in regard to the fact that both Macron and Schumer represent certain centrist-liberal politics, as opposed to right-wing. They are the ‘centrists’ who are very important for Israel to have defend them and fight BDS, so that protectionism of Israel does not appear to be a mere pet project of far-right politicians and ideologues, as it has increasingly become. Because the fact that Israel’s far right government is aligning with far right and sometimes downright anti-Semitic forces is becoming somewhat of a challenge to its narrative that it is a kind of national shield against anti-Semitism.

When looking at huge Christian-Zionist organisations such as John Hagee’s Christian United for Israel (CUFI), we are talking about a firmly anti-Semitic ideology. As Ben Norton summed it up,

“the reason CUFI so obsessively and blindly defends Israel is not because they care about Jews (who, in their mind, will face eternal damnation unless they renounce their religion and become Christians) but rather because they genuinely believe the world is on the verge of total annihilation and the Bible supposedly tells them they must do so.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu has enthusiastically supported the group, and has spoken at several of their annual summits.

On Tuesday, Netanyahu arrived in Hungary to meet Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has recently praised the Nazi-collaborator Hungarian leader Miklos Horthy, and ran a massive campaign against Jewish Hungarian-born billionaire Georg Soros, with anti-Semitic undertones serving an anti-immigrant agenda. At first, Israel’s ambassador to Hungary, Yossi Amrani, condemned the billboard campaign, saying it invoked “sad memories but also sows hatred and fear.” But a day later, the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem issued a “clarification,” reportedly at Netanyahu’s behest, which states that while Israel deplores anti-Semitism and supports Jewish communities in confronting this hatred, criticism of Soros was legitimate:

“In no way was the statement meant to delegitimize criticism of George Soros, who continuously undermines Israel’s democratically elected governments by funding organizations that defame the Jewish state and seek to deny it the right to defend itself,” the Foreign Ministry stated.

So yes, Soros is Jewish and there’s that anti-Semitism thing, but more importantly, he’s critical of Israel, and thus guilty of ‘defaming it’. ‘Denying’ Israel the ‘right to protect itself’ is a kind of military jargon version of ‘challenging Israel’s right to exist’. So that’s the cardinal sin, really – being critical of Israeli policy.

But now everything is alright again. Orban promised to take down the Soros campaign before Netanyahu arrived, and Netanyahu gave him the signal that in the end, what’s important is that they were seeing eye to eye on Soros and his ilk, and that’s a message about BDS too. Now Orban is also paying the necessary lip tax, saying that Hungary will, after all, protect Hungary’s Jews.  Orban also promises “Zero tolerance towards Anti-Semitism”. On a good day, that is.

As Chemi Shalev wrote in Haaretz, “in Netanyahu’s World, George Soros’ Politics Justify Throwing Him to Hungary’s anti-Semitic Dogs”.

It seems that for Israel, it’s not really that important if the good-old-fashioned anti-Semitism exists. It’s not about what people say about this or that Jew. If that Jew represents a view that is critical of Israeli policy, opposes it or God forbid even dares to question its Zionist essence, then that’s the big ‘anti-Semitism’.

Those Jews are thus self-haters, because they challenge the Jewish State. And as David Ben-Gurion said in 1938,

”If I knew that it was possible to save all the children of Germany by transporting them to England, and only half by transferring them to the Land of Israel, I would choose the latter, for before us lies not only the numbers of these children but the historical reckoning of the people of Israel.”

So if we could sacrifice half of the children of Germany for the Jewish state, what’s the big deal with sacrificing a Soros here or some other ‘self-hating Jew’ there? What’s the big deal if we rip up the 1st Amendment for the sake of Israel? It’s all for the greater good. And there’s always a Schumer there to keep watch and guard Israel. But will Schumer also guard his own country’s constitution? Or is that perhaps not part of the mission that was bestowed upon him by God the almighty?

Jonathan Ofir

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  1. eljay on July 20, 2017, 1:04 pm

    … “Anti-Semitism is a word that has been used throughout history when Jewish people are judged and measured by one standard and the rest by another. When everyone else was allowed to farm and Jews could not; when anyone else could live in Moscow and Jews could not; when others could become academics or tradesmen and Jews could not. The word to describe all of these acts is anti-Semitism.” …

    Shameful stuff. And that’s why Jews should be measured by the same standard: Other people do not have a right to become supremacists, rapist, child molesters or murderers and neither do Jews.

    Mr. Schumer appears to be anti-Semitically suggesting that Jews should be measured by a different standard and granted rights that other people do not possess.

    … “So it is with anti-Zionism; the idea that all other peoples can seek and defend their right to self-determination but Jews cannot; that other nations have a right to exist, but the Jewish state of Israel does not”, he said. …

    No-one is denying people who choose to be Jewish the right to self-determine as Jewish.

    But no nation – including Israel – has a right to exist as a supremacist state of any kind.

    Mr. Schumer is both:
    – a hateful and immoral supremacist for arguing in favour of Jewish supremacism; and, in this respect at least,
    – an anti-Semite for advocating that Jews be treated differently from other people.

  2. US Citizen on July 20, 2017, 1:50 pm

    Memo to Schumer – If your loyalties lie with Israel, you’re free to leave the States; just surrender your US citizenship at the border. No man can serve two masters.

    You have a choice along with your friends, AIPAC, WINEP, et. al. and all the other Israel firsters in Congress. You love Israel so much, go there and stay there. Otherwise your pursuit of a greater Israel will end this way – demographic trends mean that Israel can’t have it all –

    It can’t be a Jewish state, a democratic state, and a state in control of its whole historical land.

    It can only have two of its objectives at a time.
    Israel can be Jewish and territorial — but not democratic.
    Or it can be democratic and territorial — but not Jewish.
    Or finally, it can be Jewish and democratic — but not territorial.

  3. Citizen on July 20, 2017, 3:22 pm

    ” But will Schumer also guard his own country’s constitution? ”
    It doesn’t have one.

  4. Keith on July 20, 2017, 4:54 pm

    “When everyone else was allowed to farm and Jews could not; when anyone else could live in Moscow and Jews could not; when others could become academics or tradesmen and Jews could not.”

    All of these assertions are false. The first is particularly egregious insofar as Jews during the period of Classical Judaism had a deep disdain for agriculture and the peasants who tilled the soil.

    “Everywhere, classical Judaism developed hatred and contempt for agriculture as an occupation and for peasants as a class, even more than for other Gentiles….” (p53, “Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years,” Israel Shahak)

  5. gingershot on July 20, 2017, 9:31 pm

    ‘No Wall, No Ban, No Wxr with Iran’ – pass the word

    Vote the Successful 2nd American Revolution Party

    Lets put Tulsi Gabbard on our ticket – – perhaps even for President!

    No more Israeli and Israeli Lobby/Jewish Lobby Clean Break Plans

    We got them all – ‘One Big Bag of Kahanists’

    Courage is Contagious

    • gingershot on July 20, 2017, 9:36 pm

      Kahanism is a crime against humanity – Kahanist Apartheid is a crime against humanity

      Zionism as practiced by it’s Israeli enthusiasts is Apartheid, Kahanist Apartheid

      When Zionism as practiced by it’s Israeli enthusiansts is Kahanism, Zionism is a crime against humanity.

      Apartheid is a crime against humanity, per the UN, Geneva, all international law – so is Zionist or Kahanist Apartheid

      ‘One Big Bag of Israeli/Israeli Lobby/Jewish Lobby/Neocon/Hillary’s Boys and Girls Kahanists…including Chuck. Including Hillary’

      Including Hillary, David Brooks, Tom Friedman, Mort Klein, Adelson, Bennett, Smotrich, Bibi, Bannon, Sarah Palin, Lindsey Graham, Trump, Dennis Ross, Dershowitz and the REST of the Israeli Lobby/Jewish Lobby

      Kahanists are now successfully split and fighting each other – the strategic victory

      • gingershot on July 20, 2017, 9:47 pm

        and Richard Haass the Velvet Glove Kahanist, like Hillary

  6. eileenfleming on July 21, 2017, 8:27 am

    TRUE Antisemitism is a prejudice against or hostility towards the Jewish people and it is rooted in fear that breed’s hatred and it must be denounced and confronted.

    My Maternal grandfather was a German Jew who died before I could learn how many of our relatives may have been gassed or fried by the Third Reich. I speak up against anti-Semitism and to quicken the END of Israel’s Occupation of Palestine by honoring International Law and Equal Human Rights for ALL.

    I have also traveled to both sides of Israel’s Wall in Palestine eight times since 2005, to learn and share from people who live there:

    UNCENSORED video interview with Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu:

    Jonathan Ben Artzi is a nephew to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He went to prison for 18 months because he refused to serve in the IDF stating: “Sometimes it takes a good friend to tell you when enough is enough. As they did with South Africa two decades ago, concerned citizens across the US can make a difference by encouraging Washington to get the message to Israel that this cannot continue. If Americans truly are our friends, they should shake us up and take away the keys, because right now we are driving drunk, and without this wake-up call, we will soon find ourselves in the ditch of an undemocratic, doomed state.”

    Ariel Sharon once explained: “The terms ‘democracy’ or ‘democratic’ are totally absent from the Declaration of Independence. This is not an accident. The intention of Zionism was not to bring democracy, needless to say. It was solely motivated by the creation in Eretz-Isrel of a Jewish state belonging to all the Jewish people and to the Jewish people alone. This is why any Jew of the Diaspora has the right to immigrate to Israel and to become a citizen of Israel.– 28 May 1993 edition Yedioth Ahronoth

    During one of my eight trips to Jerusalem since 2005, I attended a Dr. Ilan Pappe lecture and learned from the [now expatriate] Israeli historian and a current Professor at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom:

    “On March 10, 1948, eleven men had a meeting in the Red House headed by Ben Gurion. The eleven decided to expel one million Palestinians from historical Palestine. No minutes were taken, but many memoirs were written about that fateful meeting.

    “A systematic ethnic cleansing of Palestine began and within seven months the Zionists managed to expel one half of all the Palestinian people from their villages and towns.

    “The New York Times followed Israeli troops and reported the truth of the expulsion and separation of men and women, and of the many massacres. The world was well informed in 1948, but a year later not a trace was reported in the USA press or books. It was as if nothing ever happened. From March to October 1948 the USA State Department stated what was happening was a CRIME against humanity and ethnic cleansing.

    “When ever one ethnic group expels another group they should be treated as War Criminals and the victims should be allowed to return. This is never mentioned in the USA about Palestine. Israel is so successful in their ethnic cleansing because the world doesn’t care! The ethnic cleansing continues via the apartheid policies of the Israeli government and because of the denial of the truth by the USA media.

    “To claim Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East is bullshit! The Six Day War of 1967 escalated the ethnic cleansing and today in Jerusalem every Palestinian who fails to pay taxes, or has a minor infraction will loose their citizenship. In 1948 the mechanism of denial and ethnic cleansing as an IDEOLOGY, not a policy but a formula began. When Zionism began in the 19th century it was meant to be a safe haven for Jews and to help redefine Judaism as a national movement, not just a religion. Nothing wrong with either of those goals! But by the late 19th Century it was decided the only way these goals could be achieved was by ridding the indigenous population and it became an evil ideology.

    “Israeli Jewish life will never be simple, good, or worth living while this ideology of domination, exclusiveness and superiority is allowed to continue. The mind set today is that unless Israel is an exclusive Jewish State, Palestinians will continue to be obstacles. However, there has always been a small vocal minority challenging this. The only thing that can save Palestinians is for the world to say ‘ENOUGH is ENOUGH!’ The way to challenge and change the ethnic cleansing is to pursue true democracy and the use of sanctions and divestment, for money talks.” – Excerpted from screenplay in progress “This American in Palestine” based on my 9 books:

    • Misterioso on July 21, 2017, 10:54 am

      Thank you!!

    • RoHa on July 22, 2017, 1:20 am

      Israel has stunned the Americans and is now driving both cars. The American car is much bigger.

      “When Zionism began in the 19th century it was meant … to help redefine Judaism as a national movement, not just a religion. Nothing wrong with either of those goals! ”

      Sir Edwin Montagu, Sir Isaac Isaacs, and many others disagree. They point out that such a redefinition effectively carries the message that British Jews are not really part of the British nation, Australian Jews are not really Australians, and so forth.

      And their fears have been proven justified. Many American, British, etc. Jews have accepted the message and make it clear that their chief loyalty is to Israel. They also complain that some anti-Semites have accepted the message and claim that Jews are not loyal to their countries of birth and citizenship.

      “will loose their citizenship. ”

      Am I the only person left alive who knows how to spell “lose”?

  7. eileenfleming on July 21, 2017, 9:26 am

    In Nov. 2007, I experienced a CUFI-fest in Miami. Hagges tribe of fundamentalists united with south Florida’s right wing Jewish community as “Zion’s Fire” Banners, dancers, singers and a band whipped the crowd into a frenzy of spinning, jumping, clapping, twirling and moved the rotund Hagee to link arms with men in skull caps and dance the Hora-not to Hava Nagila, but to repeated choruses of: “Shout for joy and victory! Bat Yerushalyim”

    From one end of the stage to the other, the largest American and Israeli flags I have ever seen were draped side by side and by the end of the evening I imagined every star on the red-white-and blue had morphed into the Star of David.

    Miami-Dade County Commissioner Joe Martinez pointed to the flags and exclaimed: “Isn’t that beautiful up there together? I get goose bumps! All nations have been created by an act of man, except Israel was created by an act of God.”

    Rabbi Freedman delivered the Invocation, “We are all friends of the only democracy in the Middle East.”

    I immediately recalled what American Israeli, Jeff Halper, the Founder and Coordinator of ICAHD/Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions told me during one of my journeys to Jerusalem:

    “Israel is a not a democracy but is an Ethnocracy, meaning a country run and controlled by a national group with some democratic elements but set up with Jews in control and structured to keep them in control.”

    Rabbi Freedman continued on, “From Mount Sinai to Mount Zion to Mount Vernon we are all Zionists! Israel is second to America in how many immigrants we have absorbed.”

    Immigrant absorption in Israel comes with perks and is called Aliyah, [“go up”] and is a fundamental concept of Zionism enshrined in Israel’s Law of Return, which permits any Jew from any where in the world the legal right to government assisted immigration and settlement in Israel, automatic Israeli citizenship, unemployment benefits, free medical, and subsidized housing. Young adult immigrants receive free room, utilities, and three meals a day for the first five months and 100 percent of their tuition is paid by the government.

    Hagee’s mastery of manipulating the fears of his audience garnered him a standing ovation as the shofars blew, “Israel was re-born by an act of God and Israel lives! The Jews have suffered great persecution and survived slavery and the Final Solution! God Jehovah will bury Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran! The flag of Israel will fly over the undivided Jerusalem and be the praise of all the earth! It’s 1938 again and the new Hitler is Ahmadinejad! Radical Islamisicts are threatening to develop nuclear weapons in order to destroy Israel and then the USA! But we are indivisible and we are both here forever!”

    The oft repeated comment ascribed to President Ahmadinejad, that “Israel must be wiped off the map,” was addressed by Virginia Tilley, Professor of political science who wrote:

    “In his October 2005 speech, Mr. Ahmadinejad never used the word “map” or the term “wiped off”. According to Farsi-language experts like Juan Cole and even right-wing services like MEMRI, what he actually said was “this regime that is occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time.”

    “In this speech to an annual anti-Zionist conference, Mr. Ahmadinejad was being prophetic, not threatening. He was citing Imam Khomeini, who said this line in the 1980s (a period when Israel was actually selling arms to Iran, so apparently it was not viewed as so ghastly then). Mr. Ahmadinejad had just reminded his audience that the Shah’s regime, the Soviet Union, and Saddam Hussein had all seemed enormously powerful and immovable, yet the first two had vanished almost beyond recall and the third now languished in prison. So, too, the “occupying regime” in Jerusalem would someday be gone. His message was, in essence, “This too shall pass.”

    Tikkun is Hebrew for mend, repair and transform the world. Tikkun is also an organization which researched and discovered that there are three distinct elements energizing the Christian Zionists:

    1. A strong commitment to conservative and ultra-nationalist American politics (so strong, I believe, that if the U.S. were to decide to break with Israel, this part of the Christian Zionist leadership would go along with that and drop its defense of Israeli policies).

    2. Dispensationalist religious commitments that lead many of the Christian Zionists to yearn for a cataclysmic “end of history” eschatological war in the Middle East that will precipitate the second coming of Jesus and the Rapture in which all true Christians will go to heaven and all Jews who have not yet converted to Christianity will burn in hell for eternity.

    3. A widespread understanding among many Christians that atonement and repentance is needed for 1700 years of murder, rape, and oppression of Jews that was frequently generated by the Church (though, of course, the Evangelicals do not recognize that church as their church). In this category are many Christian Zionists who genuinely feel terrible about what has happened to the Jews and genuinely want to help the Jewish people. Their philo-Semitism is real and sincere. [Rabbi Lerner, Tikkun Magazine page 9, Nov/Dec. 2007]

    But in Miami the other night, multitudes of misled and misinformed Christian’s celebrated military occupation, violence, power and control and ignored the gospel Jesus preached: “It is the peacemakers who shall be called the children of God.” –Matthew 5:9

    Hagee repeatedly cited that all worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but neglected to mention that the first mention of Israel is in Genesis 32:22, when Jacob was renamed Israel for having wrestled and struggled with the Divine.

    Hagee threw out the names of all the Hebrew prophets, but not the fact that God raised up prophets to speak truth to power and arrogance and to remind people of what God desires:

    “What does God require? He has told you o’man!
    Be just, be merciful, and walk humbly with your Lord.” -Micah 6:8

    God also raised up prophets to remind them they cannot know the mind of the Mystery of the Universe, for “His thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.”- Isaiah 55:8

    God raised up prophets to admonish the “stiff necked people” [Exodus 34:9, Proverbs 29:1] and that “My people are fools, they do not know me! They are skilled in doing evil, they know not how to do good.”-Jeremiah 4:22

    Hagee invoked the “Torah Way” but neglected what the Torah commands:

    “From Moses to Jeremiah and Isaiah, the Prophets taught…that the Jewish claim on the land of Israel was totally contingent on the moral and spiritual life of the Jews who lived there, and that the land would, as the Torah tells us, ‘vomit you out’ if people did not live according to the highest moral vision of Torah. Over and over again, the Torah repeated its most frequently stated mitzvah [command]: When you enter your land, do not oppress the stranger; the other, the one who is an outsider of your society, the powerless one and then not only ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself’ but also ‘you shall love the other.'” [Rabbi Lerner, TIKKUN Magazine, page 35, Sept./Oct. 2007 ]

    PS: Rabbi Lerner is a Zionist— and THAT’S another story

  8. Scott on July 21, 2017, 10:12 am

    Have always favored two state solution, which makes me, I suppose, not an anti-Zionist. But curious is that Jewish establishment element which favors “self-determination” for Israel but is quick to label anyone who favors the maintaining white majorities in the historically white countries a hateful bigot.

    • Mooser on July 21, 2017, 1:32 pm

      “Jewish establishment element which favors “self-determination” for Israel but is quick to label anyone who Jewish establishment element which favors “self-determination” for Israel but is quick to label anyone who favors the maintaining white majorities in the historically white countries a hateful bigot.”

      Scott, don’t worry. There is tremendous cooperation between Zionism and those who “favor maintaining white majorities in the historically white countries”. Those two ideological soul-mates continue to work well together.

    • Mooser on July 21, 2017, 3:33 pm

      Well, if no man is an island, Scott must be a whole country, an hysterically white one.

  9. Scott on July 21, 2017, 10:21 am

    Schumer has a young Asian woman with a sign saying “US Senator Chuck Schumer” walking beside him?

    • Mooser on July 21, 2017, 1:33 pm

      “Schumer has a young Asian woman”

      Good Lord, if she appears Asian, can she possibly be an American citizen? Somebody call ICE!

      • Scott on July 21, 2017, 7:59 pm

        Mooser, you failed to understand my comment–which I meant as a reference to Schumer’s Asian-washing his Zionism. I guess it was too oblique, but Phil (who knows me) would understand it.

      • gamal on July 21, 2017, 10:51 pm

        ” I guess it was too oblique”

        Obloquy can just sneak up on you like that, at least you recognise it, as Phil is vouching for you, since he is acute, thats good enough for me.

      • Mooser on July 22, 2017, 12:38 pm

        Surely, that strategically placed Asian girl has much to do with Schumer.

      • gamal on July 22, 2017, 1:52 pm

        “that strategically placed Asian girl”

        correct me if I am wrong but “Asian gir(s)l” are a tactic, aren’t they?

        Steve Bannons’ “Valkyries” are a strategy.

  10. AshMeh on July 21, 2017, 11:52 am

    While they are at it – they should go for a law that mandates ‘ Confirmed Zionists should be treated as g-ds on Earth. Penalty for not doing so ‘ will be sent to Palestine to be killed by them’.

  11. James Canning on July 21, 2017, 1:27 pm

    So, Chuck Schumer wants to suppress free speech in the US, to “benefit” Israel?

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