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The Israeli government is exploiting the Pittsburgh murders to try to demonize Palestine solidarity

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Yesterday during an interview on MSNBC, Ron Dermer, the Israeli Ambassador to the United States, placed the blame for the attack on both white supremacists and the “radical left,” which is clearly code for BDS activists.

Dermer said: 

“One of the big forces in college campuses today is anti-Semitism. And those anti-Semites are usually not neo-Nazis, on college campuses. They’re coming from the radical left. We have to stand against anti-Semitism whether it comes from the right or whether it comes from the left.”

This is a disgusting lie. But it is part and parcel with the recent push by the Israeli government and its supporters in the West to redefine the meaning of antisemitism to include criticism of Israel.

When faced the most blatant example of antisemitic violence imaginable, Dermer can’t bring himself to criticize the actual accomplices who made this violence possible. Donald Trump, who declared himself a “nationalist” earlier in the week, and the forces of white supremacy in this country have created the atmosphere where this type of violence is possible, even predictable. Yet during the MSNBC interview Dermer said Trump is to be praised for his statements on antisemitism, in no large part because the Trump administration has been a strong supporter of the rightwing Netanyahu government that Dermer represents.

This is where Israel finds itself in 2018. The same “nationalist” voices attacking George Soros and the “globalists” are also some of Israel’s greatest supporters in the U.S.

But it’s not just the Israeli government looking to use Pittsburgh.

Writing in the New York Times ADL head Jonathan Greenblatt did the same thing, equating the ideology behind the deadly attack on the 11 American Jews who were killed while praying with criticism of the state of Israel.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach did the same yesterday:

Same with the Israel Project’s Josh Block:

The murderous rampage at the Tree of Life synagogue had absolutely nothing to do with the struggle for Palestinian rights. And anyone who is telling you there is is shamelessly trying to use the murder of 11 innocent people to further their own racist agenda to dehumanize Palestinians and justify their ongoing oppression by the state of Israel.

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I watched this interview too, and true to form Dermer protected, and showed unwavering support for Trump, by not criticizing him even though Trump had mentioned there are nice people among the white supremacists, who chanted anti Jewish slogans in SC. Again it shows how selective zionist leaders can be in their outrage. Had this been Hamas or some other militant group, the bombs would already be raining over Gaza. Incidents of hate crimes against… Read more »

‘The Israeli government is exploiting the Pittsburgh murders to try to demonize Palestine solidarity’

Who would have ever thought the israeli government would exploit a tragedy to demonize Palestinians?

No one.

Richard Painter, who has over a half million Twitter followers, is using this as an opportunity to attack campus Palestine solidarity activists, even calling someone an anti-Semite for doubting the Times of Israel. He previously criticized Lorde over her concert cancellation.

Meanwhile in israel, Likud party activists are blaming the victim’s of the massacre:

https://grayzoneproject.com/2018/10/28/members-of-netanyahus-likud-blame-victims-of-pittsburgh-pogrom-and-echo-the-killers-rhetoric/

Relevant to the topic, I think: “The Tone-Deaf Israeli Reactions to the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting” https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-tone-deaf-israeli-reactions-to-the-pittsburgh-synagogue-shooting From refusing to call Tree of Life a synagogue to saying the massacre should inspire Jews to immigrate to Israel, some responses from Israel have underscored how far apart we are….First, sending the ultranationalist Bennett to “comfort” mostly liberal American Jews rubs salt in the wound. Bennett, perhaps more than any other Israeli politician, has legitimized open racism against… Read more »