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Don’t use Jewish grief to criminalize defending Palestinian rights, JVP tells Cory Booker

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Last week NJ Senator Cory Booker used the Pittsburgh massacre, the most violent outbreak of anti-Semitism in US history, to justify taking a stance against Palestinian rights. He said that he would sponsor the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, a Senate bill that criminalizes some forms of support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS)– as if the demand for Palestinian rights is an expression of hatred for Jews.

Booker has not yet signed on to the bill, and meantime Jewish Voice for Peace has mounted a campaign against his doing so.

“The Israel Anti-Boycott Act, which we call the Gag Bill, silences Palestinian human rights defenders and has nothing to do with fighting antisemitism,” says Rabbi Joseph Berman, JVP’s Government Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy Manager.
“Our social media campaign launched the same day Senator Booker announced his intention to co-sponsor this unconstitutional bill, and we’ve made hundreds calls and sent thousands of tweets to Senator Booker telling him why this legislation is just so wrong. Senator [Kirsten] Gillibrand withdrew her support for the earlier version of this same bill – and we very  much hope Senator Booker will do the same. Our grief shouldn’t be used to silence defenders of Palestinian human rights!”
Here is a portion of that appeal by Jewish Voice for Peace from last week:

Do not support the Gag Bill
Senator Cory Booker announced this morning that he will support the Gag Bill (aka, the Israel anti-Boycott Act) because of the rise in anti-Semitism. Call and Tweet Senator Booker’s office to tell them loud and clear: Supporting Palestinian rights is not anti-Semitic….

The ACLU says the bill violates the First Amendment (even as amended). Senators shouldn’t be working with Trump to silence advocates of justice for Palestinians. Push back against white supremacists, not human rights supporters. Call his office now, (202) 224-3224, and click below to Tweet directly at Senator Booker.

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  1. eljay
    eljay
    November 14, 2018, 10:48 am

    Whether it’s the Holocaust, the Paris Hypercacher shootings or the recent murders in Pittsburgh, no Jewish grief is too painful for Zionists to abuse it for their supremacist, colonialist and (war) criminal purposes.

    Zionists are truly hateful and immoral people.

  2. DaBakr
    DaBakr
    November 14, 2018, 4:26 pm

    @ej

    If you ended at “abuse it….” I would say it’s a valid statement. But also, every anti-zionist group plus other assorted unaffiliated groups used the Pittsburgh shootings to validate their assorted points. at least until the 12 murders in the California square dance bar.

    although I agree that Jews in the US are as safe as other groups of minorities that are subject of hate (eg: jihadi murderers= americans, Dylan roof nazis= blacks and Jews, the Dallas police killer=cops bad cops= black folks, Islamic terror = all americans, but usually, when it’s well known haters it usually Congress down to the same old: blacks and Jews, Jews and blacks. The stats are lately being muddied by lone crazed gunman on non ideological murder sprees.
    . I don’t agree with the reasoning that israel makes american jews less safe or more safe. israel is now an established fact and nations who’s leadership promotes specific violence against individual or groups of jews must take that into consideration just like everything else that leaders or tyrants take into account (or don’t take into account) when engaging with the world in general. MW premise that Jews would be in a safe paradise were Jews deprived of sovereignty in israel is, to me, simply bogus.

    • Keith
      Keith
      November 14, 2018, 5:19 pm

      DABAKR- “although I agree that Jews in the US are as safe as other groups of minorities that are subject of hate….”

      Jews as safe as Blacks? Not safer? Not as safe as other whites?

      • DaBakr
        DaBakr
        November 15, 2018, 8:51 am

        @k

        Absolutely safer then black folks. Ashkenasi Jews have usually had the option of anonymous assimilation (to an extent) if they chose I american life. , many did this with the same assumption as did German Weimar Jews. But that is another subject

      • Keith
        Keith
        November 15, 2018, 10:51 am

        DABAKR- “Absolutely safer then black folks.”

        Then why the “as safe as” phraseology implying that Jews are treated the same as other “minorities that are subject of hate?” You are dishonestly reinforcing the Zionist meme that Jews are a disadvantaged minority rather than a relatively privileged group. And what is the empirical basis for claiming that Jews are subjects of hate, relatively speaking? I hardly think that the demographic data supports such a contention.

        DABAKR- “… many did this with the same assumption as did German Weimar Jews.”

        Why are you conflating multicultural USA circa 2018 with blood and soil Germany circa 1932 when the demographics and other relevant factors are radically different? This is Zionist ideology, not empirical reality.

      • Marnie
        Marnie
        November 15, 2018, 10:57 am

        Make up your mind(s).

      • Marnie
        Marnie
        November 15, 2018, 11:24 am

        “Make up your mind(s)” was to Dab as he is flip-flopping like a fish caught on a lie.

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      November 14, 2018, 5:37 pm

      “The stats are lately being muddied by lone crazed gunman on non ideological murder sprees.”

      You mean the Pittsburgh shooter?

      Neo-Nazi Brothers Tied to Pittsburgh Massacre”

      MW premise…”

      Yeah, that’s just what it says on the “About” page. “Dabakr” knows more about Mondoweiss than the people who publish it.

    • eljay
      eljay
      November 14, 2018, 7:18 pm

      || @Daak: @ej

      If you ended at “abuse it….” I would say it’s a valid statement. … ||

      It’s equally valid – and more specific – with the rest of the statement (” … for their supremacist, colonialist and (war) criminal purposes.”).

      || … But also, every anti-zionist group plus other assorted unaffiliated groups used the Pittsburgh shootings to validate their assorted points. … ||

      I don’t disagree. Doesn’t change the fact that Zionists abuse Jewish grief for their supremacist, colonialist and (war) criminal purposes.

      || … I don’t agree with the reasoning that israel makes american jews less safe or more safe. … ||

      Maybe it makes Jewish Americans more safe to have Zionists constantly…
      – conflating them and their Jewish identity with a colonialist, (war) criminal and religion-supremacist “Jewish State”; and
      – suggesting that their love and loyalty should lie (primarily) with that “Jewish State”,
      …and maybe it doesn’t. I don’t know for sure. But my money’s on “doesn’t”.

      || … israel is now an established fact and nations who’s leadership promotes specific violence against individual or groups of jews must take that into consideration just like everything else that leaders or tyrants take into account (or don’t take into account) when engaging with the world in general. … ||

      There you go again, anti-Semitically conflating Israel with all Jews and all Jews with Israel.

      I agree that nations who promote specific violence against Israelis in their countries must take into consideration that Israel is an established fact.

      And thanks for pointing out another reason why Israel is reluctant to allow Palestine to emerge as an “established fact”.

      || … MW premise that Jews would be in a safe paradise were Jews deprived of sovereignty in israel is, to me, simply bogus. ||

      Threatened minorities – homosexuals, battered wives, people who have chosen to be Jewish – are not entitled to be supremacists or to have supremacist states. What they are entitled to is justice, accountability and equality.

    • Marnie
      Marnie
      November 15, 2018, 6:25 am

      Okay, you’re out of your mind. Jews ‘as safe as blacks’? Have you discussed that with any black people? Unless the stories weren’t covered, I don’t recall a single american jew shot in the back by a cop at a traffic stop or stopped because they were jewish and then shot in the back. How dare you try and say jews and blacks are equally safe! How many jews do you know would feel safe enough to trade places with a black person? Historically, i don’t recall any jews, with one notable exception of Leo Frank in 1915, who was lynched by a mob of white men. One jew out of 5000 black men, women and children.

      2:47

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      YouTube – Oct 29, 2009

      Please note in particular starting at 1:21.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 15, 2018, 6:24 pm

        “Marnie”, compare Pres. Washington’s letter to the Tuono Synagogue with the experience of African-Americans in US.

        Not much of a comparison. The ignorance it takes to think the two are a variety of the same experience is mortifying to see.

        “Historically, i don’t recall any jews”

        How many laws concerning the civil rights of Jews or the status of Jews as American citizens were made?

      • Antidote
        Antidote
        November 15, 2018, 8:08 pm

        What about Black Hebrew Israelites, mooser? Are they considered Blacks or Jews, and how did they fare in the US, or Israel?

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 15, 2018, 8:32 pm

        “What about Black Hebrew Israelites, mooser?”

        That’s a perfect example. In spite of both the alarming Constitutional and immense practical implications of this vast disenfranchised population growing ever more restive, there has been no effort by the US government to define the status of “Black Hebrew Israelites”.

      • Antidote
        Antidote
        November 15, 2018, 10:56 pm

        mooser:

        There are as many Black Hebrew Israelites in Israel today than there were victims in the 9/11 attacks. You call that irrelevant? The latter sure got a lot of attention, all thecwy to Afghanistan.

        Somehow they fell through the cracks of the Civil Rights Movement and made aliya:

        “This is the great irony of the African Hebrew Israelites’ migration story: They left the U.S., where they were treated as second-class citizens because of the color of their skin, only to be treated as second-class citizens – and minus the citizenship – in Israel, because they are not recognized as Jews. (Given the option to convert to Judaism early on, they refused, asserting that they were the authentic descendants of the Tribe of Judah and that white Jews were imposters.)“

        https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-israel-give-the-african-hebrew-israelites-citizenship-1.5461503

        Betrays some true chutzpah, don’t you think?

      • Marnie
        Marnie
        November 15, 2018, 11:19 pm

        @Mooser wrt Washington’s letter to Touro synagogue – George Washington and his Letter to the Jews of Newport

        The original of Washington’s Letter to the Hebrew Congregations of Newport, Rhode Island is small in size, but its impact on American life is immense. In 340 well-chosen words, the Letter reassures those who had fled religious tyranny that life in their new nation would be different, that religious “toleration” would give way to religious liberty, and that the government would not interfere with individuals in matters of conscience and belief. Quoting the Bible’s Old Testament, Washington writes,

        “every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and figtree, and there shall be none to make him afraid.”

        He continues:

        For happily the Government of the United States gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.1

        When he wrote this particular letter in August of 1790, the new President must have been aware of the effect it would have on the fledgling nation. He could not have known the extent of its influence today. The history behind Washington’s Letter not only gives us an understanding of the values of the early colonists and our Founding Fathers, but also insight into two fundamental tenets of American democracy: the separation of church and state, and the right of individuals to believe in and practice their religion.”

        Still waiting for Dab’s rebuttal to the many reposts regarding the jews ‘as safe as blacks’ remark, Dab might want to keep in his mind(s) that jews, though not allowed in exclusive neighborhoods, country clubs, hospitals, until much later, were among the practitioners of the south’s ‘peculiar institution’ and “General Robert E. Lee, himself a committed Christian, pledged in 1864 to do all in his power “to facilitate the observance of the duties of their religion by the Israelites in the army,” and to allow them “every indulgence consistent with safety and discipline.”

        Compared to letter/directive by treasonous Jefferson Davis wrt the treatment of black soldiers who fought for the Union: “Turning slave property into a regiment of human soldiers, according to Jefferson Davis, was punishable by death. If a white man put a gun in the hand of a black man, both he and the black man, according to Davis, deserved to die – even if the black man had never been property in the first place.

        Davis decreed that captured black soldiers were “to be dealt with according to the laws of said States.” A few weeks earlier, he, along with his Secretary of War James Seddon, made it gruesomely clear what these laws were.

        In Georgia, mid-November, four black Union soldiers had been captured. General P.G.T. Beauregard, commanding the department, wrote to Richmond asking what should be done.

        Apparently, some Confederate cavalry had landed on an island off the South Carolina coast. While they were there, they “encounters six negroes in Federal uniforms with arms (muskets) in their hands.” Two were killed and four were captured. “One of these negroes, a boy named Manuel,” the report continued, “is now in the possession of Messrs. Blount & Dawnson, negro brokers in this city, for sale….”
        Subject to Death: The Confederate Response to Black Union Troops …
        http://www.thiscruelwar.com/subject-to-death/

        crickets chirping

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 16, 2018, 1:50 pm

        Quite a difference from the experience of African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and even women of all groups.

        As far as the US goes, its a difference not just of magnitude, but a difference of type (the normal adjustments, by every measure, the experience of jostling and derision and social friction of European immigrants to US, vs. being legislated against, held in a lesser status by law ) so vast that I would think trying to make it tells more about the person equating the two experiences than anything else.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      November 15, 2018, 11:00 am

      @DaBakr

      “israel is now an established fact…”

      I must have missed the memo. What are “Israel’s” officially declared borders and when were they formally recognized as such by the world community?

      • Marnie
        Marnie
        November 15, 2018, 11:25 am

        @Misterioso – !!!!

        @dab – Tick-tock.

      • mondonut
        mondonut
        November 15, 2018, 1:16 pm

        @Misterioso, I must have missed the memo. What are “Israel’s” officially declared borders

        Israel has officially declared borders with each and every adjacent country. Formal recognition by the “world community” is nonsense, borders are agreements between countries that share them, although often with territorial dispute.

        Israel’s borders with Egypt and Jordan are not disputed. The border with Lebanon is largely without dispute and the border with Syria is mostly if not entirely disputed. But nonetheless, they are officially declared.

        And yes, territorial disputes are commonplace…
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_territorial_disputes

      • amigo
        amigo
        November 15, 2018, 3:16 pm

        re mondonut ,Misterioso , maybe we should just ignore this tiresome troll.

        Nothing irritates a narcissist , more than being ignored.

        If you must respond , treat him with the derision he richly deserves.

      • mondonut
        mondonut
        November 15, 2018, 5:58 pm

        @amigo, Misterioso , maybe we should just ignore this tiresome troll.

        Good idea, why bother responding to actual content (and facts) when you can fall back on childish name calling.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 15, 2018, 6:33 pm

        “If you must respond , treat him with the derision he richly deserves.”

        Only if I am absolutely sure I am not deriding a person who is experiencing and exhibiting a disturbed senescence. And I am not by any means sure of that.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        November 15, 2018, 8:20 pm

        “Nothing irritates a narcissist , more than being ignored.”

        Probably true, but that misplaced comma is pretty irritating too.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 15, 2018, 8:35 pm

        “Probably true, but that misplaced comma is pretty irritating too.”

        The gratitude for your corrections, “RoHa”, is its own reward.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        November 15, 2018, 9:57 pm

        I’m basking in Amigo’s gratitude, Mooser. It’s been a while since I corrected a comma and I’ve missed the warm glow.

        Still, some money would be nice.

      • amigo
        amigo
        November 16, 2018, 9:56 am

        RoHa. I am keeping my distance to avoid contracting a dose of commaphobia.

        But thanks for your attention to detail.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 16, 2018, 11:56 am

        “Still, some money would be nice.” “RoHa”

        Why not have Mondo monetize your corrections? Simple spelling errors, this much, complex grammatical corrections, that much.
        What other web-site provides this level of service? In time, it may become the site’s main attraction.

  3. Antidote
    Antidote
    November 15, 2018, 1:27 pm

    “Why are you conflating multicultural USA circa 2018 with blood and soil Germany circa 1932 when the demographics and other relevant factors are radically different? This is Zionist ideology, not empirical reality.”

    ok, let’s get sth straight about “blood and soil” vs muliculturalism, and some major differences between Europe and the US , esp with regard to the conception of “race”

    First, the US was clearly founded in opposition to all notions of blood and soil, as a “nation of laws, not men”. Theoretically at least, any immigrant had as much right to live and thrive in an expanding country as any other immigrant or the indigenous population. Blood and soil types who defended their superior rights to their ancestral lands and opposed immigration were branded as “savages” in the Declaration of Independence, which is now a bit of an embarassment – not only because of a long history of racism and genocide of the ‘red Indians’, but also because it brands the new anti-immigration white supremacist blood and soil types screaming for a wall as ‘savages’ in violation of quintessential Americanism.

    In Europe, white people are the indigenous people and as blood and soil as the original Native Americans. Europeans never thought of themselves as white but as Italians, Spaniards, Poles, French, German etc. Hence, a Spaniard considers him/herself white until lectured upon entering the US that the cross meeds to be made on the “Hispanic” box. A german or Italian will get away with identifying as “white” even though either may be of darker complexion as the blond and blue-eyed Spaniard, as the case may be.

    The first problem is this: If you support indigenous land claims in the US, and lament the replacement of indigenous peoples, cultures, languages by non-indigenous immgrants from wherever else, you must logically also be in favor of blood and soil politics in Europe. Unless, that is, you think ‘red Indians’ have more rights than ‘white Europeans’. Both terms, incidently, are. generally perceived as”loaded’, also juxtaposing victims of racism against their destroyers, i.e. white supremacists.

    White supremacy, however, makes no sense in the European context because they are/were all white. Racism as theories of superiority are intense and linked to tribal/national achievements such as size of population/territory, cultural and economic development etc. Hence, white supremacy in American history has always been affected by intrawhite racism. Benjamin Franklin famously considered Swedes and Germans as “swarthy” non-whites and declared the “red Indians” as racially superior to them and more equal to the master race of white anglo-saxons. Irish immigrants in the 19th c were called “inside-out blacks”, reflecting homegrown anglo-saxon attitudes against the Celts/Irish, and so on. Wasps only gradually admitted non-Wasps, be they white or not, to equal rights in US history, and it is idiotic to call white suprematists in the US Nazis or Neo-Nazis and tell them to “ go home”

    They are home, and always have been, long before the real Nazis adopted Jim Crow laws and came up with the Nuremberg race laws, replacing “black” with “Jew”

  4. Antidote
    Antidote
    November 15, 2018, 1:54 pm

    I should add one more point: Just as the new blood and soil right in Europe loves Israel, so do some Native Americans. You would think they would all identify with the blood and soil Palestinians instead but no: it is the Jews who have SUCCESSFULLY reclaimed their homeland even after 2000 years, and revived their culture and language. Why identify with losers? here is one example

    https://kehilanews.com/2017/02/23/native-american-couple-visits-israel-as-ambassadors-of-indigenous-peoples/

    And there is, of course, the old theory of the Native American tribes being the descendants of the lost tribes of Israel, which has been around from post-Columbian missionaries until today, moving from biblical to ethnographic to genetic models of evidence . This may explain the relative absence of anti-semitism in US history (compared to Europe, where Jews were generally identified as migrants and foreigners): Jews provided a link to the land as immigrants joining their long lost relatives: convert/assimilate both, and a messianic age of peace was sure to follow. At the same time, it adds acwhole new dimension to what David Stannard calls the biggest genocide of all times in his book “American Holocaust”. Could this, psychologically, explain the extraordinary position of Israel in US society, religion and politics? Can’t undo what happened to the Native Americans without “painful concessions” such as land and resources. So much easier to make it up to the Jews and restore their land at the expense of non-Americans.

    Justice and Atonement?

  5. niass2
    niass2
    November 15, 2018, 8:30 pm

    Cory Booker is a fool if he thinks his pseudo contrived possibly zionistac stances make my Jewish grandma and I want to vote for him. His reflexive opportunism simply means he can’t be trusted on any issue, much less this issue. Gross. I don’t think he understands what he is doing either, etc. Grandma says no and says this is like saying If your stupid look over here…………………we’d like protection from Israel, not him to protect israel, We’re Jewish and don’t want to be forced to be idiots just cause were supposed to be. Doesn’t he have anything else to do for us, like pave my sidewalk? Is this cause he’s from New Jersey? Is he? Maybe that’s why, people there are……………………………………problematic. I know. I went to 11/10/85, the Half Step-Rider Playin thing.

  6. Vera Gottlieb
    Vera Gottlieb
    November 16, 2018, 5:10 am

    And I continue being ashamed of my Jewish background. The Jews of the Warsaw ghetto, fighting for their lives, should they have been demonized too…just for fighting for their survival???

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