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Rosh Hashana surprise: NY Democratic Party all but accuses Nixon of anti-semitism, citing boycott

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We have long predicted that the British Labour Party’s battle over alleged anti-semitism is coming to the States, and yesterday it reared its ugly head, when the New York Democratic Party all but accused Cynthia Nixon, the actress who is challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo in the upcoming September 13 primary, of being anti-Semitic. The party did so in a mailer to Jewish voters a day before Rosh Hashanah. The party later apologized for the mailing amid a storm of criticism.

The mailer cites BDS, boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel, saying that Nixon “supports BDS, the racist, xenophobic campaign against Israel.”

Mailer from the Democratic Party of NY accusing Cynthia Nixon of being anti-Semitic. Posted by Brad Lander

Nixon is said not to support BDS, but the boycott word points to a real difference between the candidates. Andrew Cuomo has made it illegal for the state to put public money into groups that support BDS and bragged about being the first governor in the country to do so.

Nixon supported a boycott targeting an illegal settlement in the West Bank in 2010.

The Jewish press predicted when Nixon entered the race last spring that the campaign would divide New York Jews over policy in the West Bank. But that has not happened, yet anyway.

The mailer was sent to Jewish voters. It states that it was paid for by the New York State Democratic Committee, and reads:

With anti-Semitism and bigotry on the rise, we can’t take a chance with inexperienced Cynthia Nixon, who won’t stand strong for Jewish communities. Cynthia Nixon:

–Against Funding Yeshivas.

–Supports BDS, the racist, xenophobic campaign against Israel.

–Silent on the rise of anti-Semitism.

The NY Post reported that Nixon has actually dodged the yeshiva funding question and says that the mailer “falsely accuses” her of being silent on anti-Semitism, and of supporting BDS.

The Post quotes a lot of Dems responding angrily, saying that the mailer was beyond the pale– among them Randi Weingarten, a bigtime Israel supporter. NY City Council member Brad Lander is vigorously defending Nixon:

Smearing @CynthiaNixon (whose kids are being raised Jewish, BTW) as soft on anti-Semitism & lying about her position on Israel in order to fearmonger and shill for votes is a shameful dead-end for our party.

Geoff Berman, executive director of the NY Democratic Party, apologized for the mailer at 8 o’clock last night:

Let me be very clear: This mailer was a mistake and is inappropriate and is not the tone the Democratic Party should set — it will not happen again.

Cynthia Nixon is angry.

The mailers that Governor Cuomo and the NY State Democratic Party have sent out are not only an attack on my family, but on all New Yorkers. At a time when anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, and other hate crimes are on the rise, it’s sickening to exploit people’s real fears like this.

Our children’s grandparents escaped the Holocaust but many of their family members did not. The accusation that my family promotes anti-Semitism is deeply offensive. Democrats should be coming together, not engaging in Trump-style tactics.

Later Berman said:

The state Party sent out a wrong and inappropriate mailer — we will work with the Nixon campaign to send out a mailing of their choosing to the same universe of people.

What’s that “universe”? Jewish voters.

Lis Smith, a Cuomo spokesperson, said the governor had nothin to do with it.

Governor Cuomo didn’t approve of or have any knowledge of the mailer in question. He disagrees with the language in it, believes it is inappropriate, and urges voters to focus on the real issues in this race.

Brad Lander isn’t buying:

Classic dirty politics. Send a mailing you know is heinous & false at the last minute. Hope you don’t get caught. If you do, promise “it will not happen again” when it’s too late to matter. This is indeed, “not the tone the Democratic Party should set.” But you set it.

Pretty convenient for the Governor to use the NYS Democratic Party to do the dirty work of his dog-whistle attack politics and then “condemn” it.

Back before Nixon announced, Alan Dershowitz called her “anti-Israel” because she had signed on to a petition approving boycott of the Ariel settlement in the West Bank. He tweeted:

Cynthia Nixon may run for Gov of NY. She has collaborated with Israel haters Jewish Voice for Peace and Vanessa Redgrave in boycotting Israel. Do not support her bigotry.

Haaretz describes the narrowness of that petition:

Dershowitz was referring to a September 2010 letter Nixon signed, joining together with 150 American actors, writers, directors and other artists to voice support for Israeli actors who had declared they would not perform in the settlements, refusing to take their productions to a newly-built cultural center in the West Bank city of Ariel.

The petitions signatories included Redgrave – along with actors Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn and playwright Tony Kushner, and was organized by the Jewish Voice For Peace group that supports the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is on Israel’s BDS blacklist.

When she announced, the NY Jewish Week predicted that the two candidates, Nixon and Cuomo, would battle over just this issue, boycott of the West Bank. It quoted Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf.

Sheinkopf said that although Nixon “probably believes she will win the East Side and the West Side, she should rethink that because the Jews there are mostly Israel supporters and not boycotters. A boycott is a boycott and that is what she supported, whereas Cuomo has been against BDS and is pro-Israel.”…

“Cynthia Nixon will try to be in two places at the same time,” Sheinkopf added, “which means she is nowhere at all. She can’t run away from her past. Cuomo is against the boycott, she is for the boycott.”

Nixon had a long-time Jewish partner; their two children were raised Jewish. Her current partner and she are members of a NY city congregation. The Forward has written of Nixon’s Jewish life that she has

a deep and abiding connection to Judaism through her family. Her two eldest children from a previous relationship with English professor Danny Mozes are Jewish… Nixon’s son with her current partner, education activist Christine Marinoni, is expected to become bar mitzvah at the synagogue they now attend, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in midtown Manhattan, which describes itself as the world’s largest LGBT synagogue.

Beit Simchat Torah is led by Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, who is married to Weingarten. Last night the two, who have stayed neutral in the race, issued a statement:

Tonite we saw a mailer from the NYS Democratic Party directed to Jewish Voters. We are both used to rough and tumble political advertising, particularly this close to Election Day, but this piece was beyond the pale.

Amongst other distortions, it suggested Cynthia Nixon was ok with anti Semitism, stating she was “silent on the rise of antisemitism”…

Cynthia is no anti Semite. It’s a baseless lie.

Norman Finkelstein points out that the incident recalls a dirty trick in the 1977 NY mayoral primary, when signs appeared on city streets saying “Vote For Cuomo Not the Homo.” Mario Cuomo was battling Ed Koch in the race, and denied any connection to the signs, though Koch, who was rumored to be gay, held it against Cuomo for years. Memo to Cynthia Nixon: Koch won that race. Cuomo was elected governor five years later.

Thanks to Annie Robbins.

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  1. annie
    annie
    September 9, 2018, 2:25 pm

    Geoff Berman, exec director of the NY Dem Party, has now tweeted he’ll try to rectify by “we will work with the Nixon campaign to send out a mailing of their choosing to the same universe of people.”

    https://twitter.com/geoffberman/status/1038842207401402368

    by “universe of people” one presumes he means NY’s Jewish democrats but he just can’t say that apparently.

    and thus far, there’s no indication anyone is going to take responsibility for the flyer, even tho scores of people know who’s responsible, including berman.

  2. amigo
    amigo
    September 9, 2018, 4:07 pm

    Boy , this antisemitism is powerful stuff.

    Zionist have managed to get themselves a Country, (belonging to someone else) they have zero to zilch connection with.They have managed to take over the US Congress/Senate and all the most important people who roam those corridors.

    They managed to get some 200 billion dollars since 1949 for their illegitimate country and that is a low estimate.
    They have managed to get the blood of US soldiers and sailors/airman spilled in the cause of this little pipsqueak country and indeed in the case of US Sailors , have spilled the blood themselves.(USS Liberty.)

    They have managed to infiltrate the Houses of Parliament and buy most of the MP,S who jump on command regardless of party.

    All because of a little bit of antisemitism.Can I order this stuff online or pick it up at my local grocer.Does it have a use by date or is it as I suspect everlasting.

    Can anyone buy it or is that question antisemitic.

    • annie
      annie
      September 9, 2018, 4:19 pm

      amigo, this is a tad OT. i was reading a story in the atlantic, really sad, called “My family’s slave” by Alex Tizon. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Family%27s_Slave and i thought to myself how so many people have been slaves and the miserable lives they’ve led. and i wondered, considering how millions have suffered throughout the ages, why it is people have bought into this obsession with the victimization of this one group? it’s really phenomenal. there’s only so many battles in life one can fight. why does this group deserve to be prioritized?

      • catalan
        catalan
        September 9, 2018, 4:47 pm

        “and i wondered, considering how millions have suffered throughout the ages, why it is people have bought into this obsession with the victimization of this one group?”
        Well actually there aren’t that many examples of a desire to complete annihilate a group based solely on origin and worldwide. Perhaps the Roman destruction of Carthage; some Assyrian conquests; the Albigensians; the Armenians; the Tutsi in Rwanda. Still, the extermination of innocent civilians with industrial methods on a large scale is fairly unique. If Israel set up an operation like Sobibór near Gaza it could get rid of the whole Gazan population in a few months or less and then dispose of the bodies with the added benefit of taking over their property. It’s a fairly unique hatred which befuddles me too.

      • eljay
        eljay
        September 9, 2018, 6:58 pm

        || catalan: … Well actually there aren’t that many examples of a desire to complete annihilate a group based solely on origin and worldwide. Perhaps the Roman destruction of Carthage; some Assyrian conquests; the Albigensians; the Armenians; the Tutsi in Rwanda. … ||

        And the Jewish people’s complete annihilation of the Amalekites.

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        September 9, 2018, 6:59 pm

        If Israel set up an operation like Sobibór near Gaza it could get rid of the whole Gazan population in a few months or less and then dispose of the bodies with the added benefit of taking over their property

        Not “if”. When.

      • wondering jew
        wondering jew
        September 9, 2018, 7:10 pm

        regarding annie robbins- “and i wondered, considering how millions have suffered throughout the ages, why it is people have bought into this obsession with the victimization of this one group?”

        nothing robbins has ever written has prepared me for this degree of tone deafness.

        The week that Barak Obama emerges from his silence to challenge Trump with the words, “How hard is it to say Nazis are bad?” along comes the hostess of the mondoweiss comments section with this line.

        I would try to explain it to you. But why bother telling someone that the sky is blue if they are blind and have no way of knowing what colors are? If you think it helps the Palestine movement to be tone deaf like this, I think you are sorely mistaken.

      • annie
        annie
        September 9, 2018, 8:39 pm

        i’m not the hostess of the comment section. and it’s not hard at all to say nazis are bad. (nazis are bad)

        the holocaust doesn’t explain why cynthia nixon is targeted with accusations of anti semitism tho. does it? and if it does, why is the holocaust being used to win an election primary in NY state in 2018? is it worth pimping the holocaust out as an election gambit? really? as nixon stated:

        it’s sickening to exploit people’s real fears like this.

      • catalan
        catalan
        September 9, 2018, 8:00 pm

        “And the Jewish people’s complete annihilation of the Amalekites.” Eljay
        Perhaps. More recently though the benchmark for sadistic brutality was set by Croatia in the Jasenovac camp where Serbs and Jews were subjected to the limits of human degradation. You mentioned you have Croatian background?

      • eljay
        eljay
        September 9, 2018, 8:25 pm

        || catalan: … “And the Jewish people’s complete annihilation of the Amalekites.” Eljay
        Perhaps. More recently though the benchmark for sadistic brutality was set by Croatia in the Jasenovac camp where Serbs and Jews were subjected to the limits of human degradation. … ||

        Sure. But I’m pretty sure – no, I’m really quite sure – the Croatians didn’t slaughter every living Amalekite.

        || … You mentioned you have Croatian background? ||

        I did mention it. But my father’s identity is not mine. I’m Canadian, not Croatian or Croatian-Canadian or a Canadian Croat or a “member of the ‘Croatian People'”.

        Another sleazy fail for you.

      • catalan
        catalan
        September 9, 2018, 8:42 pm

        “But my father’s identity is not mine.” Eljay
        So you compare the horrors perpetrated by Croatians 70 years ago with a biblical story of extremely questionable authenticity? The head cutting and murder in Jaenovac shocked even the SS. The “nations” of the biblical period consisted of a few thousand people. Yet Croatians, your dad’s people who now you disown, murdered 700 thousand people. With zero “accountability”. Indeed most of them are considered heros. It feels like there is more to this story.

      • eljay
        eljay
        September 9, 2018, 8:52 pm

        || catalan: So you compare the horrors … ||

        I added an entry to your list of complete annihilations. You made the comparison to Jasenovac. Another sleazy fail for you. You’re really on a roll tonight.

      • annie
        annie
        September 9, 2018, 8:57 pm

        there aren’t that many examples of a desire to complete annihilate a group based solely on origin

        if there’s a desire to completely annihilate a group, what difference does it make if it is “based solely on origin” or not? if it was based on jealously or greed or any other rationale, wouldn’t it be just as bad? and fyi:

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Slavic_sentiment

        Nazi Germany declared Slavs, especially neighboring Poles to be subhuman and planned to exterminate the majority of Slavic people.

        and they wanted their land too! i’m sure there are many instances in the history of humanity of a desire to annihilate a group — unfortunately.

      • JWalters
        JWalters
        September 9, 2018, 9:31 pm

        “How hard is it to say Nazis are bad?”

        How hard is it to say Zionists are bad?

      • Keith
        Keith
        September 9, 2018, 9:45 pm

        CATALAN- “It feels like there is more to this story.”

        Indeed there is. American Jewish Zionist support for the Croations as victims, and demonization of the Serbs as the new Nazis during Clinton’s war on Yugoslavia. American Jewish Zionist efforts were instrumental in turning history on its head in order to facilitate the US/NATO dismemberment of Yugoslavia for geopolitical reasons.

      • catalan
        catalan
        September 9, 2018, 10:12 pm

        “if there’s a desire to completely annihilate a group, what difference does it make if it is “based solely on origin” or not? Annie
        Well, it means that destruction is based only on the incident of birth. The Nazis put a special emphasis on immediately killing all Jewish children. I guess I was talking about an ethnic group – a people with a culture, language and history was eliminated from Europe. Does it make a “difference”? To you, perhaps not. To me, as a Jewish person it does make a difference.
        As to Slavs, the situation was different: for example, the Slavic Bulgarians, Slovaks, and Croatians were loyal Nazi allies. The Bulgarian king was a personal and respected friend of Hitler. The Slavic Ukrainians celebrated the German invasion and indeed formed the Ukrainian SS – one of the most formidable units which distinguished itself in the killing of civilians. There was no policy to exterminate all Slavs and the 7 Vernichtungslager “extermination camps” (Treblinka, Chelmno, etc) killed almost exclusively Jews with a small group of commissars and others. Some Slavs, like the intelligentsia in Poland or the resistance were horribly brutalized. But no effort was made to kill every last Czech or Pole.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        September 9, 2018, 11:41 pm

        Yonah, what’s wrong with Annie taking that line?

        There is a genuine question. Why is there so much attention given to the Jewish suffering tale?

      • Keith
        Keith
        September 9, 2018, 11:49 pm

        CATALAN- “The Slavic Ukrainians celebrated the German invasion and indeed formed the Ukrainian SS – one of the most formidable units which distinguished itself in the killing of civilians.”

        That being the case, why did uber Zionist Victoria Nuland support the Ukrainian neonazis such as Svaboda and Pravi Sektor? Why did Israeli citizen Ihor Kolomoisky financialy support them? Why are Zionist Jews, once again, rubbing elbows with Nazis? Why are Zionists like you silent concerning this perfidy? Why am I more-or-less alone in condemning this imperial support for neonazis? Is this not relevant concerning the purported rise in European anti-Semitism? This is happening NOW, not 70 plus years ago. Don’t F’ing piss and moan about anti-Semitism while Zionist Jews are supporting neonazis.

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        September 10, 2018, 1:26 am

        « The Nazis put a special emphasis on immediately killing all Jewish children. « 

        And nobody protected them. This is one of the main drivers of Israeli trauma. It’s why they dumped Jewish ethics. It is why the West Bank is occupied. It is why Yossi Israeli lives in a fantasy world of light versus darkness, why Netanyahu is in charge, why there is no Palestinian state.

        Israel doesn’t want to kill everyone in Gaza. It wants them to leave. The NYT split of Jews and Palestinians in greater Israel is 61/39 if you take out Gaza and if you don’t it is very embarrassing.

      • eljay
        eljay
        September 10, 2018, 8:31 am

        || wondering jew @ September 9, 2018, 7:10 pm ||

        y.f., here’s my challenge to you: How hard is it to say that Zionism is bad?

        I would try to explain to you how your tone-deafness does not help the past, current anf future Palestinian victims of your hateful and immoral ideology, but time and again you’ve proven that you’re blind and have no way of knowing what colours are.

      • catalan
        catalan
        September 10, 2018, 9:04 am

        “Don’t F’ing piss and moan about anti-Semitism while Zionist Jews are supporting neonazis.” Keith
        I would never piss and moan – antisemitism is a fact of life, like the sun and the rain. The best response is increasing the number and types of nuclear weapons, maintaining complete air force superiority, and responding to any provocation without mercy.

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        September 10, 2018, 9:40 am

        « The best response is increasing the number and types of nuclear weapons, maintaining complete air force superiority, and responding to any provocation without mercy.« 

        That is Nazi and it isn’t Jewish.
        If that is what is required to keep Judaism alive the Jewish kids in the States are right. Just forget about Judaism.

      • Misterioso
        Misterioso
        September 10, 2018, 10:25 am

        @wondering Jew

        “‘regarding annie robbins- ‘and i wondered, considering how millions have suffered throughout the ages, why it is people have bought into this obsession with the victimization of this one group?’”

        I wish the mainstream media would occasionally remind us of what was in fact the worst mass slaughter of a single group of humans in modern history. I am referring to the systematic murder of 10-12 million Congolese by “Christian” Belgian colonists during the latter part of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century when King Leopold II ruled Belgium. He was the founder and ruler of what was then known as the Congo Free State. One of the first people of note to refer to this holocaust was Samuel Clemens, aka, Mark Twain.

        As well as mass slaughter, the unspeakable horrors Belgium inflicted on the natives of the Congo, including amputations of arms below the elbow and beheadings, were prompted by pure greed and chronic racism, i.e., to force them to work like slaves in order to harvest natural rubber on rubber tree plantations, which prior to the invention of the synthetic version, was in huge demand in Europe and America to manufacture tires for the burgeoning automobile industry.

        Written by Adam Hochschild and published in 1998, “King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa,” provides an excellent source to learn about King Leopold II and his monstrous crimes against humanity.

      • Sibiriak
        Sibiriak
        September 10, 2018, 11:50 am

        Catalan: “… increasing the number and types of nuclear weapons, maintaining complete air force superiority, and responding to any provocation without mercy..”

        Maghlawatan: “That is Nazi… “
        ———————————————-

        Sounds American as apple pie.

      • Keith
        Keith
        September 10, 2018, 1:38 pm

        CATALAN- “antisemitism is a fact of life”

        Ah, the core anti-Gentile meme of Zionism. No need to deal with the responsibility and accountability which goes with power and privilege when you can deny the power and privilege by claiming eternal victimhood. Gilded victimhood.

      • Talkback
        Talkback
        September 10, 2018, 3:52 pm

        catalan: “… antisemitism is a fact of life, …”

        The accusation of antisemitisim to distract from crimes against Nonjews perpetrated by Jews, too.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        September 10, 2018, 5:10 pm

        .” But why bother telling someone that the sky is blue if they are blind”

        “WJ”, you just keep demanding sympathy. There’s no better way to get it. And the genuine article, too.

      • annie
        annie
        September 11, 2018, 1:00 am

        “WJ”, you just keep demanding sympathy.

        i asked earlier ” why does this group deserve to be prioritized?” maybe because they keep demanding it. i think perhaps part of human nature is to not advertise ones humiliation. but/and so many have been humiliated and mask that humiliation — they don’t advertise it. whereas, the advertisement (hasbara)of jewish suffering is mainstream – advertised. so we will all never forget. whereas other human atrocities (ie: as misterioso mentions, the congolese) so many, including me don’t even know about or recall. are the congolese demanding? maybe the press is obsessed w/israel. maybe their lobby makes sure we never forget. whatever it is, the world has many victims. because we are not continually reminded doesn’t make others suffering (and death) any less.

      • annie
        annie
        September 11, 2018, 1:19 am

        exactly dickerson. the exalted ones are not called to task.

      • annie
        annie
        September 11, 2018, 1:20 am

        Why am I more-or-less alone in condemning this imperial support for neonazis? Is this not relevant concerning the purported rise in European anti-Semitism?

        thank you keith.

      • Talkback
        Talkback
        September 11, 2018, 3:03 am

        Annie: “i think perhaps part of human nature is to not advertise ones humiliation. but/and so many have been humiliated and mask that humiliation — they don’t advertise it. whereas, the advertisement (hasbara)of jewish suffering is mainstream – advertised. so we will all never forget.”

        25 October 1942: “… there’s a big catastrophe [“Shoah”] – and that’s power” – David Grün, illegal traveller and master expellant, founder of the one and only Jewish Apartheid state.

      • Talkback
        Talkback
        September 11, 2018, 9:20 am

        Keith: “Don’t F’ing piss and moan about anti-Semitism while Zionist Jews are supporting neonazis.”

        Top statement of 2018.

      • wondering jew
        wondering jew
        September 11, 2018, 9:24 am

        The second reaction of a reader of the sad history of mankind that existed before World War II, including genocides and slavery, is how come people get obsessed about a recent atrocity. Well, if you have an animus for good reason or ill against the people who are obsessed with the recent atrocity, this line of thought might be natural to you, but otherwise this is pretty dumb.

        Imagine someone down your block had their family of 4 murdered and three months ago a family of 20 was murdered two blocks away, will you think, “How come this person from the family of 4 is so upset? Why don’t they view the history of the world and see that they shouldn’t be so upset?” Of course not. This is a type of dumbness. Even an 8 year old child would realize that this is a dumb thought.

        False accusations are being lobbed at Cynthia Nixon. This should not be seen as an excuse to act dumber than an 8 year old.

      • eljay
        eljay
        September 11, 2018, 9:56 am

        || wondering jew: … Imagine someone down your block had their family of 4 murdered and three months ago a family of 20 was murdered two blocks away, will you think, “How come this person from the family of 4 is so upset? Why don’t they view the history of the world and see that they shouldn’t be so upset?” Of course not. This is a type of dumbness. Even an 8 year old child would realize that this is a dumb thought. … ||

        Imagine if – unlike the remaining members of the murdered family of 20 – the majority of the remaining members of the murdered family of 4:
        – continually claimed that their tragedy surpassed all other similar tragedies; and
        – deliberately and unapologetically took to doing evil unto others; and
        – used their tragedy to justify those acts of evil and to smear anyone who opposed them.

        That would be worse than a type of dumbness. Even an 8 year old child would realize it.

      • annie
        annie
        September 11, 2018, 11:29 am

        will you think, “How come this person from the family of 4 is so upset? Why don’t they view the history of the world and see that they shouldn’t be so upset?” Of course not. This is a type of dumbness.

        and this is a strawman. i’m not questioning why a person would be upset, nor am i suggesting they should not be upset. i’m asking why one family’s tragedy should weigh heavier (be prioritized) on society at large, over time, and historically. especially when, or to the point, that that tragedy is being used as a cover to commit unspeakable crimes against others. i asked, “why does this group deserve to be prioritized?”

        of course it makes sense for the family to prioritize it, but what doesn’t make sense is the demand others do too. ie: why is the labour party required to have separate rules enforced for the protection of israel? especially when the UK has laws in place that require schools to literally spy on, and make reports on muslim kids. this is structural racism imposed by the government.

        in the US, do we even have a day to commemorate the genocide of native americans? no, millions killed during the colonization of this country and we don’t even officially acknowledge it. and yet our officials annually commemorate the holocaust. this is what i am talking about. so please do not water it down w/strawman’s like the one i cited above.

        and your little ad hominem about acting “dumber than an 8 year old”? just stop. when the democratic party starts mailing out dog whistling fliers on your behalf, it means they are privileging you at the expense of democracy. when your privilege threatens my democracy during an election, something is very wrong.

      • wondering jew
        wondering jew
        September 11, 2018, 12:10 pm

        Annie- It’s one thing to say that history shows us the evils of antisemitism and to toss around the word is cheapening of a horrible destructive mode of thought. That’s not what you wrote. You wrote: considering all the blood that’s been spilled why does the world buy into this obsession.

        It is crass, unfeeling, divorced from history, inciting, and yes, stupid language and stupid thinking.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        September 11, 2018, 12:50 pm

        Hey “Yonah”, have you ever noticed that the more you empathize with others, the more they will empathize with you?

        (There’s a corollary, too, “Yonah”. Ever notice that the more you go around demanding sympathy, the more people will use it to take advantage of you? Ever notice that?)

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        September 11, 2018, 1:08 pm

        Ressentiment, is a French word (like “mayonnaise”), meaning: a psychological state arising from suppressed feelings of envy and hatred that cannot be acted upon, frequently resulting in some form of self-abasement.”

      • annie
        annie
        September 11, 2018, 2:08 pm

        yonah, what’s “crass, unfeeling, divorced from history, inciting, and yes, stupid language and stupid thinking” is NY’s democratic party sending out that fear mongering flyer on the eve of a jewish holiday right before an election, and then everyone responsible pretending they had nothing to do with it and then protecting the very people who did it. tarnishing nixon “the joos the joos” wtf is all that about? it’s disgusting. and this crap going on in labour, when the right is hobnobbing w/nazis!

        trying to bring down politicians using faux accusations of anti semitism. that doesn’t seem to alarm you? to have a society in fear of offending you? it’s an obsession, with the victimhood of one group, being used as a weapon at the expense of innocent people, and in some cases (like an election) at the expense of society at large.

        and who’s to blame for this?? certainly not all jews. they are being used as pawns. and the people doing this? do they care? hell no. who pays the price for this? because there’s no conceivable outcome that will be “good for the jews”. any backlash is not good for you, that’s for sure.

        all of your moralizing and aghast-ness at my opinion is completely missing the point. you might not think this is a big deal but it is. you’re a pawn yonah. you’re being used.

        and you think i have a problem?

      • eljay
        eljay
        September 11, 2018, 2:20 pm

        || annie: … all of your moralizing and aghast-ness at my opinion is completely missing the point. … ||

        I don’t think he’s missing the point – I think he’s deliberately evading it.

      • wondering jew
        wondering jew
        September 11, 2018, 4:13 pm

        annie- i’ve been called a shrimp, but never a prawn. we’ll talk in the future, maybe, not in this spirit.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        September 11, 2018, 5:59 pm

        “we’ll talk in the future, maybe, not in this spirit.”

        “Yonah”, are you thinking of banning “Annie”? Cause I think you should give her another chance.

      • gamal
        gamal
        September 12, 2018, 7:21 am

        “and you think i have a problem?”

        Sometimes problems are best ignored

        “29 Rabbis of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations issue statement supporting Jeremy Corbyn – for some reason it is ignored by the BBC and the MSM!”

        Tony Greenstein reports

        https://azvsas.blogspot.com/2018/09/29-rabbis-of-union-of-orthodox-hebrew.html

      • annie
        annie
        September 12, 2018, 9:53 am

        thanks gamal!

  3. Kay24
    Kay24
    September 9, 2018, 5:30 pm

    The last time the zionists mowed the lawn in Gaza in 2014, and killed 2500 Palestinians, Andrew Cuomo flew over to Tel Aviv, to show his unwavering support, and undying love for Netanyahu and his band of merry killers, after precision bombs were sent into homes wiping out entire families including children. The timing says it all.
    He is a shameless, power hungry man, who will kiss up to Netanyahu’s large behind, just to get elected, supported, and become Netanyahu’s puppet in New York, and who knows might be their favorite candidate for president in the future (which many suspect is in his future).

    If New Yorkers cared about human rights, and supporting someone who speaks up for powerless people, they will consider Cynthia Nixon’s candidacy.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      September 10, 2018, 10:36 am

      @Kay24

      “The last time the zionists mowed the lawn in Gaza in 2014, and killed 2500 Palestinians, Andrew Cuomo flew over to Tel Aviv, to show his unwavering support, and undying love for Netanyahu and his band of merry killers, …”

      Zionists are short term smart and long term stupid. Their thoroughly documented monstrous crimes committed against the indigenous defenseless Palestinians and ability through bribery to make politicians do their bidding are in fact laying the foundation for another era of real anti-Semitism.

      • Kay24
        Kay24
        September 10, 2018, 11:46 am

        Exactly. They whine about “anti-semitism”, but pretend that their disgusting human rights violations, and the killing of unarmed civilians, always results in nations and their people, disliking them, condemning them, and treating them like pariahs. This anti-semitism card now a new game when anyone criticizes Israel’s brutality and violence against innocent civilians, is ridiculous. Only those supporting them, pretend the zionist version of “anti-semitism” is applicable.

    • amigo
      amigo
      September 11, 2018, 8:58 pm

      WJ. Annie called you a PAWN.not a PRAWN.

      Now reverse your banning decree and apologise and for your penance eat white bread and shrimp dipped in mayo for 1 month.

      • annie
        annie
        September 11, 2018, 9:06 pm

        i thought it was a good joke! and look, he got me all riled up. we’ll talk again, me and the wondering yonah.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        September 12, 2018, 12:31 pm

        “eat white bread and shrimp dipped in mayo for 1 month.”

        You will notice that “Yonah”, in positing a “mayonnaise with white bread/ mustard with pastrami” dichotomy, completely avoids the essential question, that of horseradish.

      • gamal
        gamal
        September 12, 2018, 5:22 pm

        “avoids the essential question, that of horseradish”

        well they do say that it’s antiseptic and good for the” botch of Egypt”, and for “the emerods, and with the scab”, but not for ” the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed”.

        dutiful Christians will understand.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        September 12, 2018, 5:59 pm

        Now I’m more confused than ever. Is horseradish countersemitic , and, if so, why?

      • gamal
        gamal
        September 12, 2018, 7:33 pm

        “Is horseradish countersemitic”

        I have had a jar of Cwitka z chrzanem for years which is I believe both Suprasemitic and countersmaltz. I have never opened it, Rolnik brand cost a Euro, Polish I think… It lasts forever and should be eaten with every meal. (there is no opening for wasabi, I’ve given up on it)

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        September 13, 2018, 5:50 pm

        . “Is horseradish countersemitic”

        Oh, heck no, you can buy it anywhere horseradish is sold.
        Whether or not you’ve got the gene for it or not.

  4. Citizen
    Citizen
    September 9, 2018, 5:57 pm

    @ catalan

    FYI: estimates by Roma historians state that as much as 70-80 percent of the total Roma population in Europe at the time were murdered in the Nazi madness.

  5. JWalters
    JWalters
    September 9, 2018, 9:27 pm

    Time to roll out the anti-Semitism scam.

  6. JWalters
    JWalters
    September 9, 2018, 9:57 pm

    “We have long predicted that the British Labour Party’s battle over alleged anti-semitism is coming to the States”

    The question will be whether bogus anti-Semitism accusations can overpower the 1st Amendment to the Constitution. The Zionist effort to suppress political speech in the US may well run aground on the 1st Amendment. A court case pitting Zionism against the 1st Amendment may be hard to keep out of the news, even for people who own the news. It could be a riveting show.

  7. ahadhaadam
    ahadhaadam
    September 10, 2018, 3:56 am

    There will come a time, in the not very far future, when accusations of antisemitism will only increase support for a candidate. That is how much Jewish organizations have overused the term in their feverish drive to legitimize Apartheid in Palestine and to maintain their status as tyrants of discourse.

    • Bumblebye
      Bumblebye
      September 10, 2018, 1:11 pm

      It’s already happening. Labour Party membership increases each time Corbyn and the Party come under accusation. As it does when Blair comes out with his condemnations. Some wits are only half jesting when they call for “more please!” .

      • JWalters
        JWalters
        September 10, 2018, 9:51 pm

        Very glad to hear that. “The Ruling Class” in action. For every ruling class there’s a Monty Python.

  8. HarryLaw
    HarryLaw
    September 10, 2018, 5:42 am

    “The mailer cites BDS, boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel, saying that Nixon “supports BDS, the racist, xenophobic campaign against Israel.”
    But Nixon only supported boycotting an illegal settlement in the West Bank, which is not Israel.
    Jeremy Corbyn does not support BDS against Israel [proper] but does support targeted BDS against the settlement enterprise. To my mind this does not make sense, all Israeli governments of whatever hue not only support the settlement enterprise but it is their policies which initiated the settlement enterprise and have promised to continue and enhance it, for instance the new basic state law…….
    “It establishes “Jewish settlement as a national value” and mandates that the state “will labor to encourage and promote its establishment and development.” BDS should target the state of Israel. Israel is also a racist endeavor, although to say so is Anti Semitic.
    “Mr McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, told the BBC’s Politics Live the posters, which have been seen in locations including Westminster and Waterloo, should be taken down, adding: “It is not the right thing to say.”

    “It is against the examples that we set out and linked to the IHRA definitions.” https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-45435365

    The truth is now banned in the Labour party.

  9. Boomer
    Boomer
    September 10, 2018, 7:43 am

    I see from WaPo that it is expected that:

    “The United States will threaten Monday to punish individuals that cooperate with the International Criminal Court in a potential investigation of U.S. wartime actions in Afghanistan, according to people familiar with the decision.

    “The Trump administration is also expected to announce that it is shutting down a Palestinian diplomatic office in Washington because Palestinians have sought to use the international court to prosecute U.S. ally Israel, those people said.”

    • Boomer
      Boomer
      September 10, 2018, 9:30 am

      PS re shutting down the Palestinian office in DC.

      This morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America” a reporter referred to this action as an example of why “conservatives continue to support Trump”

    • Sibiriak
      Sibiriak
      September 10, 2018, 10:48 am

      The Guardian:

      “The United States will always stand with our friend and ally, Israel,” the draft text continues. It says the Trump administration “will fight back” if the ICC formally proceeds with opening an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by US military and intelligence staff during the war in Afghanistan.

      Bolton is expected to propose that the Trump administration bans ICC judges and prosecutors from entering the US, impose sanctions on any funds they have in the States and prosecute them in the American court system.

      “We will not cooperate with the ICC. We will provide no assistance to the ICC. We will not join the ICC. We will let the ICC die on its own. After all, for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us,” Bolton’s draft text says.

      * * *
      The [U.S.] embassy opening [in Jerusalem] prompted the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, to reject Washington’s traditional role as a mediator, recalling his envoy to the US and stopping communication.

      Days later, the Palestinian foreign minister asked the ICC chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, to open an investigation into alleged Israeli war crimes, crimes against humanity, and apartheid. The referral came during a period of heightened bloodshed in Gaza as Israeli snipers shot hundreds of people attending weekly protests.

      Israel is not a signatory to the ICC and has said the body lacks jurisdiction. The ICC launched a preliminary examination in 2015 into allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Israel and the Palestinian territories. However, the court has not opened a full investigation that could ultimately lead to indictments.

      https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/sep/10/john-bolton-castigate-icc-washington-speech

    • amigo
      amigo
      September 10, 2018, 2:03 pm

      ““The United States will threaten Monday to punish individuals that cooperate with the International Criminal Court in a potential investigation of U.S. wartime actions in Afghanistan, according to people familiar with the decision.”Boomer

      I dare say Capone would have shut down the US Justice system if he was able.Unfortunately , he ran into the “Untouchables” .He also threatened potential witnesses.

      Trump too has been trying to shut down the US Justice system and threatens it,s officials .Mueller and co are Trumps untouchables.

      This what criminals do when they face accountability.

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        September 10, 2018, 2:19 pm

        When Israel is overrun by an invading army it wîll
        scream for international law.

        https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/sep/10/trump-attack-on-icc-is-the-unacceptable-face-of-us-exceptionalism
        Although the Rome statute setting up the court came into force in 2002, and 123 states are party to it, the US, Russia, China, India and others such as Israel have either not ratified or have rejected the treaty.

        Yet part of Bolton’s purpose was to suggest that US sanctions and other punitive measures against the ICC and its personnel could assist America’s allies if they, too, find themselves in the dock. That category may include Israel, given the ongoing ICC preliminary inquiry in Palestine.

      • amigo
        amigo
        September 10, 2018, 5:32 pm

        The USA is about to isolate itself from more former Allies by attacking the ICC.Just like they p—-d of many countries by pulling out of the Iran Deal and the Global Climate deal.

        https://asp.icc-cpi.int/en_menus/asp/states%20parties/pages/the%20states%20parties%20to%20the%20rome%20statute.aspx

        ” A
        Afghanistan
        Albania
        Andorra
        Antigua and Barbuda
        Argentina
        Australia
        Austria
        B
        Bangladesh
        Barbados
        Belgium
        Belize
        Benin
        Bolivia
        Bosnia and Herzegovina
        Botswana
        Brazil
        Bulgaria
        Burkina Faso
        C
        Cabo Verde
        Cambodia
        Canada
        Central African Republic
        Chad
        Chile
        Colombia
        Comoros
        Congo
        Cook Islands
        Costa Rica
        Côte d’Ivoire
        Croatia
        Cyprus
        Czech Republic
        D
        Democratic Republic of the Congo
        Denmark
        Djibouti
        Dominica
        Dominican Republic
        E
        Ecuador
        El Salvador
        Estonia
        F
        Fiji
        Finland
        France
        G
        Gabon
        Gambia
        Georgia
        Germany
        Ghana
        Greece
        Grenada
        Guatemala
        Guinea
        Guyana

        H
        Honduras
        Hungary
        I
        Iceland
        Ireland
        Italy
        J
        Japan
        Jordan
        K
        Kenya
        L
        Latvia
        Lesotho
        Liberia
        Liechtenstein
        Lithuania
        Luxembourg
        M
        Madagascar
        Malawi
        Maldives
        Mali
        Malta
        Marshall Islands
        Mauritius
        Mexico
        Mongolia
        Montenegro
        N
        Namibia
        Nauru
        Netherlands
        New Zealand
        Niger
        Nigeria
        Norway

        P
        Palestine, State of
        Panama
        Paraguay
        Peru
        Philippines
        Poland
        Portugal
        R
        Republic of Korea
        Republic of Moldova
        Romania
        S
        Saint Kitts and Nevis
        Saint Lucia
        Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
        Samoa
        San Marino
        Senegal
        Serbia
        Seychelles
        Sierra Leone
        Slovakia
        Slovenia
        South Africa
        Spain
        Suriname
        Sweden
        Switzerland
        T
        Tajikistan
        The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
        Timor-Leste
        Trinidad and Tobago
        Tunisia
        U
        Uganda
        United Kingdom
        United Republic of Tanzania
        Uruguay
        V
        Vanuatu
        Venezuela
        Z
        Zambia

      • gamal
        gamal
        September 10, 2018, 6:41 pm

        “The USA is about to isolate itself from more former Allies”

        I see the Knights Hospitaller (Sovereign Military Order of Malta, ie the Crusaders) who have a status at the UN similar to that of Palestine are also not signatories, hopefully they will see the light.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        September 10, 2018, 6:57 pm

        “Yet part of Bolton’s purpose was to suggest that US sanctions and other punitive measures against the ICC and its personnel could assist America’s allies if they, too, find themselves in the dock. That category may include Israel, given the ongoing ICC preliminary inquiry in Palestine.”

        I think it is obvious that protecting Israel is the main point of the exercise. Protecting Americans is just an added, useful, feature.

        As for America’s real allies, I don’t expect the US will lift a finger to help any Australian, British, or Canadian citizen who faces the court.

      • Boomer
        Boomer
        September 10, 2018, 8:36 pm

        re; RoHa, “I think it is obvious that protecting Israel is the main point of the exercise.”

        I agree. Bolton and the State Department made it pretty clear. And Loveday Morris didn’t mince words about it in the opening sentences of a good report in WaPo yesterday:

        “JERUSALEM — Palestinian officials on Monday vowed not to bend to what they called the Trump administration’s bullying tactics after being notified that their office in Washington would be shut down as part of an effort to block cases against Israel at the International Criminal Court.

        “Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said he was officially notified of the decision, which the State Department formally announced Monday morning, charging that the Palestine Liberation Organization “has not taken steps to advance the start of direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel.” The announcement also cited U.S. “concerns with Palestinian attempts to prompt an investigation of Israel by the International Criminal Court.”

        Likewise, when the ABC reporter I mentioned above made the comment that such actions explain why some conservatives stay with Trump, I thought that it isn’t “conservatives” in general who care about this issue. It’s a relative few with vast sums of money who care deeply about it.

  10. Ismail
    Ismail
    September 10, 2018, 11:39 am

    “Well actually there aren’t that many examples of a desire to complete annihilate a group based solely on origin and worldwide…. Still, the extermination of innocent civilians with industrial methods on a large scale is fairly unique….”

    And Jeffrey Amherst spreading smallpox to the indigenes of North America via blankets was unique, too. Every grotesque crime against humanity is unique in one way or another.

    Perhaps the whole process of calculating levels of infamy is wrong-headed to begin with, but if one were inclined to do so, outcome may be a better measure than the particular methods of each individual instance of such crimes.

    The nazis intended to erase Jews from the earth. Happily, despite the incalculable viciousness of their ghastly efforts, they failed. Jews prevailed, they thrived, and now enjoy levels of power, wealth and influence unmatched in their history.

    The indigenes of North America were systematically slaughtered by Europeans, whose efforts were far more successful. Although the number of deaths may have been lower than those caused by the nazis, although the the slaughter was not industrialized, the effect was closer to what the perpetrators wished – an erasure of a people, their culture, their language, their power.

    The enslavement of Africans by Europeans similarly had far more devastating consequences to the victims than did the nazi holocaust against Jews and others. Culture, language, religion – vanished. New identities formed and internalized, identities imbued with negative self-representation. In a word, sociocide.

    None of this is meant in any way to mitigate the horrors of the nazis’ crimes, only to suggest that rank-ordering assaults on humanity is a more complex business than simply counting the victims or noting the novelty of the methods.

    • oldgeezer
      oldgeezer
      September 10, 2018, 12:12 pm

      @Ismail
      “Perhaps the whole process of calculating levels of infamy is wrong-headed to begin with”

      It is in my opinion.

  11. Boris
    Boris
    September 10, 2018, 11:53 am

    “Nixon’s son with her current partner, education activist Christine Marinoni, is expected to become bar mitzvah at the synagogue they now attend.”

    Christine?

    Is their son’s name Mohammed?

  12. bcg
    bcg
    September 10, 2018, 12:44 pm

    @Catalan: Try Avraham Burg’s book “The Holocaust Is Over; We Must Rise From its Ashes”.

  13. Spring Renouncer
    Spring Renouncer
    September 10, 2018, 5:32 pm

    Truth comes from strange places these days. I happened to be watching CNN for a bit yesterday (which I almost never do) and John King, who I always thought of as a centrist/conservative, was anchoring a panel discussing current news items. King mentioned in one breath the U.S. closing down the P.L.O. office in Washington and the last-minute defamatory mail campaign against Cynthia Nixon. Both stories concern the impact of Israel on American politics across partisan divide. King was unexpectedly honest in highlighting and condemning American politicians’ pro-Israel, anti-Palestinian bias, even though his comments were very brief.

    I later looked up King’s biography on Wikipedia and found that he had been married to fellow CNN Journalist Dana Bash for a few years, and had converted to Judaism (Bash’s religion) as a result of the marriage. The two had a son together before separating. I wonder whether his experiences with religion have affected King’s understanding of the issue.

    • Boomer
      Boomer
      September 10, 2018, 8:38 pm

      Merely reading the DC news carefully, much less covering it, should be enough explanation. What’s more notworthy is being willing to mention it. I don’t get cable, so I don’t have an opinion of King, but this willingness speaks well for him.

  14. James Canning
    James Canning
    September 10, 2018, 7:28 pm

    Given that a good argument can be made, that BDS is in Israel’s own true best interests, the “anti-Semitic” smear is pure rubbish.

  15. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    September 11, 2018, 9:22 am

    @HarryLaw
    ” Israel is also a racist endeavor, although to say so is Anti Semitic”

    I think it is important to make clear that this reflects UK political party stated policies (inc now the UK Labour Party) and that it is not in any way enshrined in UK law. The posters which McDonnell refers to are illegal in as much they have been illegally placed on private property. The sentiments/views/analyses are not illegal.

    Any move to actually make this or any other freedom of speech expressions here in the UK illegal would lead to a whole new ball game. I stand to be corrected but I am not aware that the Israel First Zionist lobby groups in the UK are pushing for this probably because Ziocentral has told them that it could backfire. I believe that there would be a huge backlash against it and it would defeat the Zionist objective of keeping their ugly Apartheid racism under wraps as much as possible.

    As for McDonnell himself he comes across as an overtly ambitious cold cynical individual who patently lacks the street creed and integrity which Corbyn has but along with the arch hypocrite Deputy Leader Tom Watson sees himself as the Leader in Waiting if JC goes.

    • MHughes976
      MHughes976
      September 11, 2018, 4:28 pm

      Not enshrined in UK law – but it will be. Or at least a big effort will be made.

  16. Tuyzentfloot
    Tuyzentfloot
    September 18, 2018, 9:03 am

    Important article at the NYTimes about the temptation with the dissident democratic candidates to pick their fights carefully, focus on domestic issues and shut up about foreign policy..
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/17/opinion/democratic-party-cortez-foreign-policy.html

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      September 18, 2018, 12:51 pm

      The message of the unimportant opinion piece is very clear: ‘Don’t say Palestinian!’ (or ‘Zionism’ for that matter. That doesn’t come into it at all! And might upset donors leaving the Trumpublicans.)

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