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The news has rarely been so bad for anti-Zionism as it is today. Jeremy Corbyn’s resounding defeat in Britain is being broadcast by Israel’s friends as a sign that any politician who espouses Palestinian solidarity is endangered. Michael Oren writes on twitter:

May Corbyn’s defeat send a message to anti-Semites everywhere. Your hatred comes back to haunt you.

And then there’s Trump’s executive order defining anti-Zionism on campus as antisemitism, and a form of discrimination barred under the civil rights act. The order treats Jews as a nationality and so denying “the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a state of Israel is a racist endeavor” is a form of antisemitism. So is analogizing Israeli conduct to Nazis.

The executive order has been heralded by alarmist claims about the experiences of Zionists on campus. They are bullied and harassed and terrorized. The New York Times’ news coverage of the order says so right at the top:

In recent years, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions — or B.D.S. — movement against Israel has roiled some campuses, leaving some Jewish students feeling unwelcome or attacked.

Jared Kushner echoes that assertion in an op-ed for the Times: Anti-Zionism is antisemitism, he declares.

Anti-Semites have grown increasingly brazen in claiming that attacks on Israel — and even on Jewish students who may or may not support Israel — are not anti-Semitic. It has become fashionable among Jew haters to characterize any discriminatory behavior — no matter how loathsome — not as criticism of Jews, but of Israel. This is a lie. Especially on college campuses, where discrimination, harassment and intimidation of Jewish students has become commonplace and is routinely, but wrongly, justified.

Bari Weiss of the New York Times described this supposed atmosphere in her recent book:

I meet such people in every Jewish community I speak to… They tend to wait until late in the evening, after the crowd has thinned out or after they’ve had a few glasses of wine, to make their confession. But the confession is always the same: I’m in the closet. It’s not their sexuality or gender expression they are closeting. It is their Jewishness and their Zionism.”

It seems to me that American solidarity activists’ job has never been more important. These propagandists for Israel are making an argument about the American discourse, and it shows that the fight against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions has gone to the highest level, the White House and the Congress and the New York Times. The battle is on because the Israel side is losing  important segments of the discourse: the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, the left grassroots, college campuses. The creeping delegitimization of Israel is rightly terrifying to the pro-Israel establishment, so they are taking measures to fight it. Just this week the Democratic Party pushed legislation to affirm America’s lavish military aid to Israel, $3.8 billion a year, as “ironclad,” saying that opposition to that aid is a mere “splinter” of the party. And a few months ago the Democrats overwhelmingly passed a McCarthyite resolution saying that BDS is antisemitic, and the Dems were aided by liberal Zionist groups like J Street.

Let’s be clear about something. This is the fight we always wanted. In fact, this battle was inevitable, if you believe that: Ethnic cleansing is wrong and ethnocracy shouldn’t be supported. Or that the United States is the crucial support for the idea of a Jewish state. Or that the Israel lobby is crucial to that American support. Or that the two-state solution is over/a cruel charade.

If you thought these things it was always going to come to this, a battle for hearts and minds inside the U.S. establishment. A few years ago the esteemed scholar Norman Finkelstein said that Americans wouldn’t argue about Zionism because they didn’t know what it was, it might as well be a hairspray. I honor Norman, but he was dead wrong about this. Zionism is being propounded at the very highest levels of our society as the idea of a Jewish state faces delegitimization and as the two-state paradigm completely crumbles.

Israel is facing delegitimization for obvious reasons. What it is doing in the occupied territories is completely unsupportable even to liberal Zionists and there is no sign that that regime will ever end, and even inside the ’48 borders Israel’s official policies are Jim Crow, first and second class citizens based on racial distinctions. While Israel moves to a third election in a year in some measure because “racism cripples its democracy,” per Juan Cole.

My side argues that these conditions exist because of the animating ideology of Israel, Zionism. Here, for instance, is what Michael Koplow, a very smart liberal guy, says about rightwing Jewish Zionist belief:

people who deeply believe in Israel’s natural, historical, and in some cases, divine right to control the biblical Land of Israel [espouse a] perfectly legitimate and understandable position

That’s really what it comes down to, folks. Do you think that such beliefs are “perfectly legitimate” in the 21st century, in a land that is half non-Jewish?

I don’t think that such beliefs are perfectly legitimate. They are the cause of enormous suffering and ought to be questioned harshly and marginalized the way that communities marginalize other opinions that breed intolerance. So some people’s feelings get hurt on campus! This is an important struggle. Jared Kushner fired me 12 years ago for good reason.

I always say, I would have been a Zionist 100 years ago in Europe. I would have been caught up in the movement given my ethnocentrism, my sense of being an outsider and my compassion for people being persecuted. But Zionism has failed utterly and completely. It is subjugating non-Jews in Palestine and pushing them out of their homes. It has done so for decades and will do so again tomorrow.

The last thing the Zionists want is for you to look into what is actually happening in Gaza or the West Bank. They want you to notice what some one may have said to a Zionist student advocate on the way to Economics 101 class.

Our movement to keep the focus on conditions in Palestine, and demand action against those conditions, is broad and strong. That is why it is getting the attention that it has. Just today I received Ian Lustick’s new book saying the two state paradigm is kaput, the battle is now for equal rights in Palestine, Israelis themselves use the Nazi analogy in criticizing the country’s conduct; and P.S. the Israel lobby has a “hammerlock” on U.S. policy.

This is the struggle we always wanted. Are you ready for it or not?

Thanks to James North and Donald Johnson and Scott Roth.

Philip Weiss

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  1. bcg on December 13, 2019, 2:19 pm

    I second the motion on Ian Lustick’s book “Paradigm Lost: From Two-State Solution to One-State Reality” – after you read this you’ll see that the “two-state” solution is a fantasy. From the Amazon review:

    Lustick shows how the combination of Zionism’s partially successful Iron Wall strategy for dealing with Arabs, an Israeli political culture saturated with what the author calls “Holocaustia,” and the Israel lobby’s dominant influence on American policy toward the Arab-Israeli conflict scuttled efforts to establish a Palestinian state alongside Israel. Yet, he demonstrates, it has also unintentionally set the stage for new struggles and “better problems” for both Israel and the Palestinians. Drawing on the history of scientific ideas that once seemed certain but were ultimately discarded, Lustick encourages shifting attention from two-state blueprints that provide no map for realistic action to the democratizing competition that arises when different subgroups, forced to be part of the same polity, redefine their interests and form new alliances to pursue them.

  2. JaapBo on December 13, 2019, 3:14 pm

    Thx Philip!
    Zionism is fighting very mean, but not because “mean” is inherent to Zionism, but because its a death struggle! Hasbara is failing, as will the antisemitism-smear in some time.

  3. Keith on December 13, 2019, 6:36 pm

    PHIL- “This is the struggle we always wanted. Are you ready for it or not?”

    I will probably be vilified for saying this but I have come to the conclusion that Chomsky was right and that BDS has been very counter productive both for the Palestinians who have gotten no relief from the Gaza “lawn mowing,” etc, and for the rest of us in the West who have suffered the consequences of the Zionist counter offensive against anti-Zionists which has provided the opportunity to attack free speech (fighting anti-Semitism) even as it caused increased Zionist internal solidarity. Perhaps that was the hidden agenda all along. Also, the American corporate/financial empire has become Zionist to the core. This goes way beyond AIPAC and campaign contributions. Sorry, gang, but that is how I see it.

    • Donald on December 14, 2019, 1:04 am

      There might be better tactics. . But any tactic that seemed likely to have any sort of effectiveness is going to be denounced as antisemitic. The NYT ran at least four columns justifying the murder of Gazan protestors, so there, where Gazans themselves take action, our great liberal paper thinks it suitable to run columnists who endorse massacres. And virtually no one even noticed, except most of the readers who apparently nodded their heads in agreement.

      Not sure what particular tactic is supposed to break through the extreme racism on this subject.

      • Citizen on December 14, 2019, 9:58 am

        I agree. Has the ACLU been trying to get the issue of anti-BDS legislation to SCOTUS? If not, why not? If so, anybody got a time frame for when SCOTUS will address the First Amendment issue involved?

      • Keith on December 14, 2019, 10:50 am

        DONALD- “There might be better tactics.”

        Focusing exclusively on Israel’s human rights violations such as the siege of Gaza would have been better.

        DONALD- “Not sure what particular tactic is supposed to break through the extreme racism on this subject.”

        The power imbalance is so extreme that it is difficult to contemplate success. As they say, the strong do what they will, the weak suffer what they must. I have no solution. Neither am I an armchair purist while others do the suffering.

      • echinococcus on December 14, 2019, 12:08 pm

        “Focusing exclusively on Israel’s human rights violations such as the siege of Gaza would have been better.”

        Why “exclusively”? BDS agitation is certainly a major tool to inform and educate people on the facts of the siege and the human rights violations, while continuous discussion of colonialism and territorial rights places the human rights violations in the proper causal context. Local acts of resistance against occupiers create bitterly needed awareness of the siege, as the deafening Zue and Zry for one Jewish fingernail clipping call way more attention than thousands of “Arabs” slaughtered in cold blood. Many other lines of activity contribute to the efficacy.

        While I agree that the human rights aspect must be the *main focus of a public campaign during crisis times of Gaza attacks, making it *exclusively so is like pulling its legs from under it.

      • Donald on December 14, 2019, 2:21 pm

        “ Focusing exclusively on Israel’s human rights violations such as the siege of Gaza would have been better.”

        People mostly do that. BDS in itself doesn’t hurt Israel at all economically afaik. What it does is tell people “ Israel is an apartheid state worth boycotting just like South Africa was.” The pro Israel side is sufficiently worried by this message to launch a counterattack trying to get local state and the Federal government to condemn BDS as antisemitic, with some success. But they would obviously prefer that nobody even know that people are boycotting Israel as an apartheid state.

        You say “ exclusively” and maybe you are right. I’m not really arguing with you on this because I’m not sure what to think. But I am sure that whatever tactic is used will face very similar counterattacks from the other side.

      • Keith on December 14, 2019, 5:55 pm

        ECHINOCOCCUS- “Why “exclusively”?

        Because it is much more difficult to misrepresent attempts to lift the ILLEGAL siege of Gaza as an anti-Semitic attack on the Jewish state. To have any chance of success, the objectives need to be narrowly defined due to the overwhelming disparity in power. Think of it as being somewhat analogous to guerrilla warfare versus a frontal assault by the Light Brigade.

      • Talkback on December 15, 2019, 5:21 am

        @Keith

        You are actually making my point.

    • Talkback on December 14, 2019, 5:22 am

      Keith: “… counter offensive against anti-Zionists …”

      I have come to the conclusion that (secular) anti-Zionism is indeed antisemitism, because it rejects only Jewish voelkish nationalism/Apartheid, the denationalization and expulsion of Nonjews and every other of their violations of human rights or international law allthough all of this should be rejected universally no matter who the perpetrator or victim is.

      It makes sense why Zionists can easily accuse antizionists of singling out Israel and Jews. Palestinian solidarity including BDS has fallen into the trap of Jewish exclusivism.

      • Citizen on December 14, 2019, 10:01 am

        I don’t see this at all.

      • Keith on December 14, 2019, 10:40 am

        TALKBACK- “I have come to the conclusion that (secular) anti-Zionism is indeed antisemitism….”

        This would be true ONLY if sectarianism was intrinsic to Judaism/Jewishness.

      • echinococcus on December 14, 2019, 12:40 pm

        Talkback

        “I have come to the conclusion that (secular) anti-Zionism is indeed antisemitism, because it rejects only Jewish voelkish nationalism/Apartheid…”

        Would only be so if it did not reject any other invention of a non-existing “Volk” based exclusively on a religion, and one that is not by definition observed or practiced by its members, to boot. In fact, anti-Zionism is even more universal than that: it supposes rejection of any settler (replacement) colonialism, ie historically also the American and Australian settlements. It also implies rejection of non-geographically-based “nations” patched together of wildly unrelated ethnicities.

        So, anti-Zionism may be universalist on several distinct levels but it should not reject anyone who might be joining because of a specialized prejudice against things Jewish, either. Most of what is decried as antisemitism is not racist (= prejudice based on accident of birth) anyway. Rejecting any support from political non-universalists, those who support the American Empire while opposing only its Palestinian extension, would be utterly stupid, too, by excluding all followers of both US parties…

      • lyn117 on December 14, 2019, 1:38 pm

        Probably most zionists are Christians, of course, the Jewish zionists appear to lead in enforcing racism & ethnic cleansing, and suppressing free speech & non-violent opposition to the ethnic cleansing in whatever form. I wouldn’t discount the wacky biblical notions of Christian zionists, but if Jewish zionists didn’t put themselves front and center in this racist endeavor, perhaps they wouldn’t get “singled out”. NPR just interviewed 2 Jews on the the new executive order and no pro-BDS people, just who there is singling out Jews? NPR isn’t anti-zionist.

        Zionists accuse anti-zionists of singling out Israel and Jews, however, I don’t know any anti-zionists who oppose the theoretical right of Jews to have a state of their own, on the condition they don’t employ mass murder, terror and apartheid to create or enforce its Jewishness.

        Correction: Not sure about the religion of the interviewees on NPR, but Ari Shapiro interviewed TOM GJELTEN (of NPR), JAMES LOEFFLER, professor of Jewish History, and JONATHAN GREENBLATT of the Anti-Defamation League.

      • Donald on December 14, 2019, 2:26 pm

        I’m a little confused. You seem to be saying what Zionists say— that antizionists focus exclusively on Israeli sins. I can speak for myself — this is false. This particular website focuses mostly on Israel. That’s its purpose, Nothing wrong with that, even if personally I would like to see a bigger site that focuses more on US imperialism in general ( and the crimes of its allies). But Phil doesn’t have endless resources and people choose their issues. Nobody can cover them all.

      • Talkback on December 14, 2019, 4:13 pm

        echi: “In fact, anti-Zionism is even more universal than that: it supposes rejection of any settler (replacement) colonialism, ie historically also the American and Australian settlements. It also implies rejection of non-geographically-based “nations” patched together of wildly unrelated ethnicities.”

        Anti-settler-colonialism is the universal approach, antizionism is only against Jewish settler colonialism.

      • Talkback on December 14, 2019, 4:34 pm

        Donald: “You seem to be saying what Zionists say— that antizionists focus exclusively on Israeli sins.”

        Well that’s what they do as “antizionists”. Otherwise this identifier is pointless. If you are an antifascist on the other hand it doesn’t mean that you only focus on Nazi Germany’s or Italy’s sins in the past. All this ideologies like Fascism, Communism, etc. are not connected with a certain people. Zionism on the other hand is. This is what enables Zionist to frame antizionism as antisemitism. That’s the box were Zionists like Nathan wants to put you when he says “Anti-Israel-crowd”, “Pro-Palestinian”, etc.. It’s this manipulative language that needs to distract from the fact that the rejection of Zionism or Israel’s official nature and apartheid policies is based on universal principles. He needs to have you in this Jewish exclusive box.

        Donald: “I can speak for myself — this is false.”

        I know. But it is in their best interest that you label yourself being an antizionist so they can claim that you do only focus exclusively on Israeli sins. It’s a twisted way of Jewish exclusivism.

      • Talkback on December 14, 2019, 4:40 pm

        lyn117: “if Jewish zionists didn’t put themselves front and center in this racist endeavor, perhaps they wouldn’t get “singled out”.”

        They are singling themselves out. But that’s not the point. They need YOU to be “antizionist” or “antiisrael” or “Pro-Palestinian” so they can claim that it is YOU singling them out. They can’t do that if anyone rejects these labels and strictly formulates arguments based on universal principles without even using the word “Jews”, “Zionist Jews”, “Israel”, etc. That’s because they know that they can’t make a case for Israel without using the word “Jews”, “Jewish” history, genes, ties, etc.. They know that they can’t formulate a universal principle and only fabricate Jewish exclusive rights and claims.

      • eljay on December 14, 2019, 5:42 pm

        Zionists are right: Israel – a deliberately and unapologetically colonialist, (war) criminal and religion-supremacist state – should not be “singled out”. It should receive exactly the same treatment that Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and Syria have received and with which Iran continues to be existentially threatened.

        But you’ll never hear a Zionist advocate this, because they much prefer that Israel be “singled out” for special treatment including unquestioning economic, political, military and financial support.

        Zionist whining about anti-Zionism is a bad joke. But no-one ever said aggressor-victimhood was an easy gig.  :-(

      • punterweger on December 14, 2019, 5:51 pm

        First, @Donald is perfectly correct – any effective tactic to bring about justice for Palestinians will be deemed anti-Semitic. Secondly, “Mowing the lawn” in Gaza is not a response to BDS but required to keep the Israeli electorate terrified to ensure they continue voting for the right. Finally, concerning our freedoms in the privileged West, let’s remember that both Nelson Mandela and MLK reminded us that none of us will be free unless their people are. So @Keith, you better get ready for the fight if you want to keep your rights.

      • echinococcus on December 14, 2019, 7:03 pm

        Talkback

        Bah. Anti-zionism combines a good number of powerful universal humanitarian impulses, viz against tribal religion, confusion of religious following with nation, negation of free thought through imposition of nominal religion, colonialism, racism, theft, genocide, etc.

        Presenting it as opposition to all these things in general, ie not limitedly to Palestine but just acros the board, means excluding alliances with any follower of Demolicans or Repucrats (and the similar reigning houses of Europe.) Bad strategy.

      • Talkback on December 15, 2019, 5:58 am

        echi: “Anti-zionism combines a good number of powerful universal humanitarian impulses, viz against tribal religion, confusion of religious following with nation, negation of free thought through imposition of nominal religion, colonialism, racism, theft, genocide, etc. ”

        Combines for whom (besides you and me)? And why frame it as “anti-zionism” and focus only on these particular universal humanitarian issues?

        That’s exactly why Zionist manage to frame this as singling out Israel and Jews. And what I’m promoting is just a reaction to this attempt. Don’t talk about Jews, Palestinans, Irael, Palestine, Zionism, Antizionism, etc. Just talk about universal values.

        It’s Zionists who need to constantly talk about Jews, their claims and their alleged rights. They simply cannot formulate any universal principle. Have you ever heard a Zionist saying that anyone with historic or genetic ties to a land has a valid claim to this land? They can’t, because then they would make a case for Palestinians, too, who can actually prove their “ties” on an individual base. So Zionists are only able to talk about Jews and Jewish exclusivism which means that contrary to any other people Jews have special rights.

        On the other hand you do neither have to talk about Palestinian rights nor to make an exclusive right for them. Their rights are based on universal principles. Human rights, international law, post-Colonialism, the right of the people OF a country (aka its habitual residents) to an independent state in this country, etc. All of this excludes Jewish exclusivism.

      • Donald on December 15, 2019, 12:25 pm

        Talkback—

        Okay, yeah, that’s an interesting point. I think the horse is out of the barn as far as terminology is concerned, but I see what you are saying.

      • echinococcus on December 15, 2019, 12:38 pm

        Talkback,

        “Combines for whom […]? And why frame it as “anti-zionism” and focus only on these particular universal humanitarian issues?”

        Good question, expressed in part by Keith as “any anti-Zionist who is not an anti-imperialist is a hypocrite” but false problem, if one recognizes that this is total war by the Empire against a totally defenceless, almost totally isolated civilian population.

        We need all hands, no exception for “hypocrites”. It is of no importance at all if a particular anti-Zionist is a follower of some universal principle, or a tribal particularist trying to clean the good name of his crime, or a medieval remnant who accepts the Zionists’ claim to represent “the Jews”, definition unclear. The motives of anti-Zionist actors, universal or particular, are irrelevant as long as the action is ongoing. Are we asking the Palestinians if they fight the occupation of their own land only or that of all people victim of foreign occupation? Doesn’t make sense now.

        We should be happy to work with anyone who damages the Zionists, anywhere and in any way — when one has to act, that is the only universal. Additional soul-searching only helps the enemy.

      • Talkback on December 15, 2019, 5:19 pm

        Thank you Donald. Could you help me explaining it?

      • Talkback on December 15, 2019, 5:36 pm

        echi: “We need all hands, no exception for “hypocrites”. ”

        Exactly, so why focus on antizionism? Don’t you think that we can reach more people, if we remind them by refering to universal principles that this is not only about Palestinians so they can see that for Zionists it’s only about Jews? I mean just have a look at jon s’ comment:
        https://mondoweiss.net/2019/12/if-you-believe-zionism-is-racism-get-ready-for-your-close-up/comment-page-1/#comment-960700

        echi: “Are we asking the Palestinians if they fight the occupation of their own land only or that of all people victim of foreign occupation?”

        We are telling everyone that the right of an occupied people to resist occupation by any means is enshrined in international law, refer to UNGAR 3246 of 1974 and quote or let them find the following passages:
        “7. Strongly condemns all Governments which do not recognize the right to self-determination and independence of peoples under colonial and foreign domination and alien subjugation, notably the peoples of Africa and the Palestinian people; …
        9. Calls upon those countries to reconsider their policies and to sever all links with the racist regimes of south Africa and Southern Rhodesia;”
        https://unispal.un.org/DPA/DPR/unispal.nsf/0/C867EE1DBF29A6E5852568C6006B2F0C

        echi: “We should be happy to work with anyone who damages the Zionists, anywhere and in any way — when one has to act, that is the only universal. ”

        I’m afraid you are not getting it. This is not about damaging Zionists. This is about restoring the rights of those whose rights are violated. And no, I will never work with antisemites or any other racist, including antizionist Jews who think that Nonjews are not human beings only because they fight Zionist racist. That would hypocrit and not based on universal principles at all.

      • echinococcus on December 15, 2019, 11:41 pm

        Talkback,

        Good to see someone at least understands what I’m saying here.
        Now to the specifics: this is of course about damaging Zionism, in fact about laying waste to it and sowing salt into its foundations. There is no “third way” here and the genocide is proceeding as scheduled. Palestinians are not only terribly isolated, their resistance has been murdered and buried since 1993. So enemies of our enemies are our friends, period. Provided of course everyone is clear what everyone is about. Review your history. The allies that end up tipping the balance are always the largest group — the most horrible, the very idea of whom as allies Make thy two eyes like stars start from their spheres, Thy knotted and combined locks to part, And each particular hair to stand on end. Like quills upon the fretful porpentine. Anyone who can damage Zionists could be it, even the marginal “anti-Semites” ie racists, the Islamic fundamentalists, whatever. Even tribal non-frankly-Zionists who do a little BDS while chasing “anti-Semitism”.

        Even the worst of all them, the Democrats! When you say you won’t ally yourself with racists etc., I don’t hear a refusal to ally with the Democrats (and of course Republocratians), even though that would be the absolutely most “hypocrit[ical] and not based on universal principles at all”! Beware any exclusions. They mean fighting alone.

      • echinococcus on December 18, 2019, 1:21 am

        Talkback,

        Also a belated question:
        “This is not about damaging Zionists. This is about restoring the rights of those whose rights are violated.”

        OK, can you tell me exactly how you restore these rights without ensuring the utter destruction of the Zionist entity, even if not Zionism-at-large? How does that fairy tale unfold?

    • genesto on December 14, 2019, 4:07 pm

      I see it the way I believe Gandhi would have seen it when he famously said, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

      We are now at stage three, with a fierce battle being waged over the future of Zionism. I’m convinced that stage four, victory over this racist ideology, will be achieved one day.

    • JustJessetr on December 14, 2019, 5:15 pm

      I won’t vilify you. Chomsky (and Finkelstien who was shown a great deal of disrespect and shunning for saying the same thing) has been correct all along. And that’s why I say it myself.

      Boycotting the Jews since the 20s, boycotting Israel since the 40’s has made Israel stronger and Palestinians weaker. Anyone care to argue those facts?

      Careful Keith, you may be called a “Zionist” now. You have my sympathies for speaking your mind.

      • eljay on December 14, 2019, 5:26 pm

        || JustaJester: … Boycotting the Jews since the 20s … ||

        You can always count on a Zionist to anti-Semitically conflate Zionism with all Jews and all Jews with Zionism.

      • Keith on December 15, 2019, 12:37 am

        JUSTJESSETR- “Anyone care to argue those facts?”

        Your facts are BS. I had a longer response but some things are not meant to be, if you take my drift.

      • Talkback on December 15, 2019, 6:03 am

        JustJessetr: “Boycotting the Jews since the 20s …”

        What are you talking about? Jews back then were boycotted simply because they were Jews and not because of their state actions against Nonjews.

        JustJessetr: “Anyone care to argue those facts?”

        LOL. Just watch Israel attempts to globally silence or criminalize the boycotters and try to argue that this is not a sign of weakness, including the desperate attempt to paint this as antisemitism.

      • JustJessetr on December 15, 2019, 5:01 pm

        And there you have my answer. A duck and a dodge without answering at all. NOONE can dispute those facts. No one has, and no one will dispute that Israel has become stronger and Palestinians have become weaker in the face of all this useless and counter-productive boycott effort.

        Sorry, Keith. When you start to think for yourself, people you would normally vilify start appearing at your side. I don’t take your insults personally. Eventually, eljay and annie and all the rest will start to mess up your name on purpose, compare you with Nazis and people who beat their wives, and call you a Zionist without understanding what it actually means. At that point you’ll know you’ve acheived independent thought.

    • David Green on December 14, 2019, 6:42 pm

      Keith: “I will probably be vilified for saying this but I have come to the conclusion that Chomsky was right and that BDS has been very counter productive…”

      Perhaps, but certainly not by me.

      It’s been clear from my campus-oriented perspective that BDS has been a distraction from the sort of education that needs to continue, cohort after cohort; and from emphasizing the relationship of I/P to USFP, and anti-imperialist anti-war movements.

      • Keith on December 15, 2019, 12:29 am

        DAVID GREEN- “… and from emphasizing the relationship of I/P to USFP, and anti-imperialist anti-war movements.”

        Indeed, i continue to be disturbed at the number of anti-Zionists who seem quite comfortable with the reality of empire. In my opinion, any anti-Zionist who is not an anti-imperialist is a hypocrite.

    • annie on December 15, 2019, 1:47 pm

      i remember just a few years ago when scarlett johansson made the soda stream commercial. within about a month john kerry (or some equivalent politician) and netanyahu addressed the boycott movement publicly for the first time. it felt like we’d passed the rubicon. now it’s front and center with laws forbidding it in over 1/2 the states and a system set up to strangle the first amendment on campuses — which will have the opposite effect.

      citizen, it won’t get to scotus until after anti bds wins in court. as long as they keep losing court cases it will require team anti palestine to bring it to scotus, and i don’t think they will because they’ll likely lose. it will be the ACLU who will initiate it, but they have to lose a court case first, and so far they’ve won them all (i think).

      anyway, i think bds has been radically successful.

      • punterweger on December 16, 2019, 5:15 pm

        annie – I couldn’t agree more. The BDS campaign has raised the profile of the Palestinian struggle throughout the world enormously. this is a longterm struggle in which israel will continue to delegitimize itself and our job is to continue to focus the world’s attention on Israel’s crimes, and the BDS campaign is an excellent way to do that.

      • echinococcus on December 17, 2019, 2:31 am

        Absolutely. The only measure of success of this boycott is in the number of people who are aware of the nature of the Zionist abomination.

  4. Boomer on December 14, 2019, 6:42 am

    Philip, I understand why you say that Zionism has failed. But you understand, I’m sure, that your perspective is–if not idiosyncratic–at least not the predominant one. Most people would observe Zionism doing very well, controlling facts on the ground in Palestine and the narrative in the halls of power in the U.S., Europe, and much of the world.

    I’ve always thought it ironic that George Bush the Elder was instrumental in getting the UN to cancel its resolution describing Zionism as racism. He was trying to do a good thing. He wanted a peace conference. Israel complained about that, and Zionists here criticized Bush. Israel said it wouldn’t go to the conference unless the resolution was withdrawn, so Bush worked to accomplish that. Of course, Bush was conned. In the end, the Palesinians weren’t better off. The occupation and oppression and expropriation continued, with the support of the United States.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_General_Assembly_Resolution_3379

  5. Misterioso on December 14, 2019, 9:58 am

    Zionism on the world stage:

    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israel-s-shameful-role-in-myanmar-s-genocidal-campaign-against-the-rohingya-1.8256822

    “Israel’s Shameful Role in Myanmar’s Genocidal Campaign Against the Rohingya”
    Haaretz, Dec. 11/19 by Charles Dunst.

    “Peace icon turned pariah Aung San Suu Kyi is in The Hague defending Myanmar from genocide charges. Israel gave Myanmar’s military regime the tools and diplomatic space to carry out those atrocities.”

    “The Israeli embassy in Myanmar’s former capital of Yangon sits just outside the city center off Inya Lake, protected by automatic weapon-bearing local guards and thick unscalable walls.

    “I visited in December 2018 to interview Israel’s envoy Ronen Gilor about Myanmar’s dwindling Jewish community. But when I brought up the Myanmar military’s widely-reported persecution of the Rohingya Muslims – an issue relevant to anyone’s relationship with Myanmar – and of Israeli arms sales to that same force, Ambassador Gilor pushed back and refused to answer my questions.

    “When we spoke, Gilor extended an ‘open invitation to visit Israel’ to Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a peace icon turned pariah for her inaction during and apathy towards the military’s continued crimes.

    “Last week, Gilor on Twitter wished Suu Kyi ‘encouragement for a good decision and good luck’ as she traveled to The Hague to personally defend Myanmar from International Criminal Court (ICJ) charges of Rohingya genocide. Gilor deleted the tweet; Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it had been written ‘in error.’

    “Israeli arms and military technology sales to Myanmar have earned Jerusalem scorn. But after Gilor’s tweet, Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs surprisingly condemned ‘the atrocities that took place in the Rakhine region against the Rohingya.’ Israel previously refused to use the term ‘Rohingya’ seemingly in deference to the Myanmar government that rejects the term and does not recognize the Rohingya as citizens, instead considering them ‘Bengalis.’

    “But this new Israeli statement is still too passive. Most glaringly, it fails to note who committed these ‘atrocities.’

    “Now, as Myanmar faces charges for the world’s worst crime – and India, another Israeli ally, passes legislation paving the way towards similar exclusion and violence – it is more necessary than ever that Israeli leaders ensure that the Jewish state and people never facilitate, or even tacitly tolerate, genocide.

    “In 2016, the Myanmar military intensified its decades-long persecution of the Rohingya, setting fire to their villages, throwing their babies into fires, raping their women, and decapitating their boys. Over a million Rohingya fled; thousands were killed. As the head of the U.N.’s fact-finding mission for Myanmar told U.S. officials in late October: ‘It is an ongoing genocide that is taking place at the moment.’

    “But Israel’s government remained quiet up until this past week, seemingly thanks to its relationship with Myanmar which dates back to the Southeast Asian nation’s Burmese days.

    “Both countries secured independence in 1948. Burma’s first prime minister U Nu had a ‘soft spot for Israel,’ was close with David Ben-Gurion, and was the first premier to visit Israel. The Israel-Burma relationship was important, as Gilor told me last year, because the former provided the latter proximity to China and India – countries with whom Israel had limited relations.

    “Most Burmese are not aware of Judaism, but as Sammy Samuels, the de facto head of Myanmar’s Jewish community, told me in Yangon’s sole sweltering synagogue: ‘They fully respect Israel.’

    “Israel reciprocated this courtesy, giving a green light to Israeli weapons manufacturers to arm Myanmar’s military through the fall of 2017, even after accusations of anti-Rohingya violence surfaced, and both the European Union and the United States placed Myanmar under an arms embargo and sanctions.

    “After a late 2017 High Court challenge, Israel claimed to have stopped selling advanced weaponry to Myanmar’s military. But public relations dust-ups – Myanmar’s Israeli envoy later said Israel was still selling his country weapons; Burmese officials were in June 2019 spotted at a Tel Aviv weapons expo – have undermined Israel’s position and credibility.

    “Gilor’s endorsements of Suu Kyi to Myanmar’s media aren’t helping.

    “‘Suu Kyi now is a leader of a country. She is not any more a human rights activist. She is a leader and, as a leader, she has to take care of many things,’ Gilor said of the Rohingya crisis last December. ‘For example, the relationship with the Myanmar military, which is very important.’

    “The word ‘Rohingya’ never appears in the article; Gilor instead calls them ‘the Rakhine people.’ That refers to the Bangladesh-bordering Myanmar state whose north the Rohingya once called home, and from which the Myanmar military terror drove them. Gilor is again here toeing the Myanmar state line on preferred terminology.

    “Israel’s apparent acquiescence to these atrocities seems to stem from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s traditionally pragmatic-opportunistic pursuit of relations with any country amenable to diplomatic relations, no matter if they are helmed by unsavory leaders like Chadian despot Idriss Déby, Azerbaijani autocrat Ilham Aliyev, or Rwandan tyrant Paul Kagame, among others.

    “There is some realist merit to Israel, indeed isolated in its own backyard, extending its diplomatic arms as far as possible. But tolerating and enabling Myanmar’s genocide is an obvious step too far.

    “The Israeli government’s recent criticism of Myanmar, while a step in the right direction, still lets the country’s criminal actors off the hook. Gilor’s support of Suu Kyi remains more reflective of Israel’s general Myanmar policy: a largely unconditional backing, even when Myanmar, mirroring the Nazi playbook for otherizing and then murdering Jews, disowned and otherized the Rohingya to normalize the subsequent commission of genocidal horrors against them.

    “Indeed, as Abubacarr Tambadou of Gambia, which brought the Rohingya genocide case to the ICJ, cited philosopher Edmund Burke’s forceful words while standing in the trial chamber just feet from Suu Kyi: ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.’

    “‘Every day of inaction means that more people are being killed, more women are being ravaged and more children are being burnt alive,’ Tambadou added. ‘For what crime? Only because they were born different.’

    “The international community’s laconic approach and deprioritization of protecting a victimized minority let Europe’s Jews die during the Holocaust; Israel’s similar equanimity gave Myanmar the tools and space to carry out atrocities against the Rohingya. It is a sad subversion of the post-World War II ‘Never again!’ rallying cry.

    “Israel, founded in the embers of the Jewish people’s genocide, failed to live up to that ideal.

    “With human rights groups now warning of potential genocide in India, another Israeli ally, Jerusalem must conduct some soul-searching and adjust its calculations to never again replicate Israel’s grave Myanmar errors. Never again should the Jewish State enable any country, particularly one of its allies, to carry out a genocide.

    “We, of all peoples, should know better.”

    Charles Dunst is an M.Sc. candidate in International Relations at the London School of Economics, and a journalist whose reporting from Southeast Asia has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications.

  6. Citizen on December 14, 2019, 10:08 am

    A few years ago the esteemed scholar Norman Finkelstein said that Americans wouldn’t argue about Zionism because they didn’t know what it was, it might as well be a hairspray. So true, so true. But the Zionists know what Zionism is, and they love the fact the average American has not a clue.

    • pabelmont on December 14, 2019, 11:37 am

      Citizen: ” the average American has not a clue” is true about lots of things. The whole system of so-called democratic governance in the USA where big-money directs and “the people” don’t know it and “haven’t a clue” is pervasive.

      And the mystification of global warming/climate{change/crisis/catastrophe/cataclysm (GWCC in each case) is another example. Major media mystify or are silent, politicians, ditto.

    • echinococcus on December 14, 2019, 12:46 pm

      Right. The way to make them understand the word Zionism, though, is to use it always, consistently, instead of repeating the obfuscating words of the enemy, like “Israel”, “I/P”, etc.

  7. Maximus Decimus Meridius on December 14, 2019, 1:07 pm

    “What it is doing in the occupied territories is completely unsupportable even to liberal Zionists”

    And yet… they have been happily supporting it for 50 years, and will go on so doing for another 40 years if not forced to choose between their humanity and their tribalism. And when put to the test, they will choose the latter. There is no such thing as a ‘liberal’ Zionist.

    • echinococcus on December 14, 2019, 4:57 pm

      MDM,

      “And yet… they have been happily supporting it for 50 years, and will go on so doing for another 40 years if not forced to choose between their humanity and their tribalism.”

      If not forced, rather, to a choice between completing their landgrab and genocide openly, on one hand, and on the other completing it while pretending to oppose it, so as to incur fewer diplomatic side effects.

  8. Ossinev on December 14, 2019, 2:14 pm

    All fairly predictable and no doubt featuring prominently in the Ministry of Strategic Affairs` power point presentations is the fact that the British Zios including that nice Rabbi Mirvis and his acolytes will now switch their eternal victimhood whinging from the “institutional A/S in the Corbyn led Labour Party ” crap to claims of rampant Anti – Semitism everywhere within British Society at large. Every non – Jewish human being and their pets will be now labelled as inherently Anti – Semitic.
    https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/.premium-jews-not-corbynism-will-be-blamed-for-labour-s-disaster-1.8264284

    So the Ziofreaks won the bout but all they will want to do (and be instructed to do ) is moan whinge and slobber about how unfair it was that the referee even allowed their “opponent” to throw defensive punches.

    It is in their warped universe quite simply unfair to allow innocent or defenceless non – Jews to resist or to fight back when they are being savaged by rabid Zios

    And of course life simply won`t be worth living if they lose their world title as the greatest victims in the history of primates.

  9. tommy on December 14, 2019, 2:41 pm

    Haunt Michael Oren with his hatred of Palestinians.

  10. genesto on December 14, 2019, 4:08 pm

    I see it the way I believe Gandhi would have seen it when he famously said, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

    We are now at stage three, with a fierce battle being waged over the future of Zionism. I’m convinced that stage four, victory over this racist ideology, will be achieved one day.

  11. punterweger on December 14, 2019, 5:52 pm

    Thanks for the clarity, Phil! Israel is delegitimizing itself. Ethnocracy is unacceptable to all who believe in democracy. As you say, “the battle is now for equal rights in Palestine.”

    • Talkback on December 15, 2019, 6:55 am

      Yes, but I’m afraid that this won’t work with the PA and the Oslo accords. Because this framework supports the two state solution. Which means that countries can ridiculously claim that it’s not Israel preventing this solution, but the unwilligness of both parties or especially the Palestinian to negotiate. (As if any occupied people have ever achieved to end a belligerent occupation through negotiation and without any resistance.)

      But if the PA dismantles – which many Palestinian supporters call for – AND the Palestinians choose to go for the one state solution Israel will finally and reluctantly allow a Palestinian SOUVEREIGN state (and maybe even more Palestinian demands) to prevent the one state solution. And it will up for the Palestinans two accept it or to go for the one state solution which Israel won’t politically survive, because not a single country (maybe except for the US and its Pacific micro-vassals) will support Apartheid.

      So the PA has to be dismantled in my opinion. BUT it’s better to allow Trump and Netanyahu to destroy the two state solution even urther first, so the PA won’t get blamed and Palestinians continue to receive (financial) support.

      In other words. Support Trump and Netanyahu!!!

      • punterweger on December 15, 2019, 11:42 am

        @Talkback – obviously the PA and the Oslo accords are part of the problem. The PA has become Israel’s quisling administration. It and the Oslo accords have become more or less irrelevant to the liberation struggle of the Palestinians. However, supporting the widely detested Trump and Netanyahu is the kind of “conmspiratorial” strategy that will only undermine the wide popular struggle that is required for progress.

      • Misterioso on December 15, 2019, 10:55 pm

        @Talkback

        While it may be preceded by two states, in the long run one state is inevitable. As the Zionist zealots die off or leave, those Jews who remain will realize that one state with full access to the Arab world will best serve them and the Palestinians.

  12. brent on December 15, 2019, 2:37 am

    This article is the most comprehensive case yet for a campaign for civil rights and equality under the law within Israel. No demographic concern present. It would throw light on the fundamental problem, supremacy. It would become an open door for Congressional support. It would counter the notion Palestinians secretly plan to destroy Israel. It would bring into the battle the Jews who formed the backbone of our civil rights movement and position them to bring about the “maturation” of Zionism. It would throw light on the issues that need to be resolved to bring into being the PLO idea of a secular, democratic state as the eventual resolution to the conflict.

    • Mooser on December 15, 2019, 11:52 am

      “for civil rights and equality under the law within Israel”

      Under which ‘law’, “brent”? Israel doesn’t have civil rights laws, and there is no Constitutional guarantee of equality.

      ‘Brent’ is our most consistent advocate of Palestinian quietism. He’s positive that no matter what the Palestinians are doing, they could do less.

  13. Hemlockroid on December 15, 2019, 11:29 am

    Not one newspaper put-together most Zionists on & off campus are Protestant not Jewish 30 to 1.

  14. jon s on December 15, 2019, 3:33 pm

    Phil asserts that “Zionism has failed utterly and completely”.
    Let’s see: The Zionist movement was founded in 1897. 50 years later it’s primary objective was achieved: the establishment of a Jewish state in the Jewish historic homeland. In it’s first decades Israel absorbed mass immigration, providing a home for millions of Jewish immigrants, established a strong military, a functioning economy, a rich cultural scene and enjoys diplomatic and commercial ties with most of the world. Many problems, but also much to be proud of. So, in my view, Zionism can hardly be considered a failure. I would agree that Zionism as a movement and organization has outlived it’s usefulness.

    • Talkback on December 15, 2019, 5:13 pm

      jon s: “So, in my view, Zionism can hardly be considered a failure.”

      Yes, it’s obvious that you don’t understand Phil’s article at this point of your development. Do you understand the concept of “context”?

      • oldgeezer on December 15, 2019, 9:05 pm

        @Talkback

        Clearly he doesn’t. He also provided a perfect example of a specific point Phil made.

        jon s should stick to fake history. On the left or a liberal he is not.

      • Talkback on December 16, 2019, 5:32 am

        @oldgeezer

        It is a perfect example of pathological collective narcissm. Either Nonjews or what Jews have been doing to Nonjews doesn’t even exist in his consciousness. Only what Jews have ebing doing to Jews-

      • jon s on December 16, 2019, 12:01 pm

        Talkback,
        Please don’t patronize me.
        My point is that a political movement that achieves its primary goal 50 years -not long in historical terms- after its founding can hardly be considered a failure. It seems to me that Phil has a problem with Zionism’s success, not its “failure’.

      • Talkback on December 16, 2019, 3:11 pm

        jon s: “My point is that a political movement that achieves its primary goal 50 years -not long in historical terms- after its founding can hardly be considered a failure. It seems to me that Phil has a problem with Zionism’s success, not its “failure’.”

        It seems to me that you still fail to understand why Phil makes this claim and have to ignore the context.

      • MHughes976 on December 16, 2019, 4:36 pm

        I think that Z has chalked up success after astonishing success, the absolute pulverising of poor old Corbyn, who had in reality supported Jewish causes for decades, being the latest. Phil’s point is, I think, that Z has no convincing answer to the question ‘What happens after the 2ss is obviously dead?’ This is so true, so true but the death of the 2ss has been a reality since the year Zionist dot – but acknowledged or obvious still not. The Kushner business is just the latest smokescreen around the grave of the 2ss and when that blows away there will be others. Jon s is not a UK person and I am, but I must admit that his approach to these matters would sound like common sense in most of this Kingdom, mine would sound like far-left nutbaggery. Which is so unfair because I’m not very Left.

    • eljay on December 15, 2019, 5:47 pm

      || jon s: Phil asserts that “Zionism has failed utterly and completely”.
      Let’s see: The Zionist movement was founded in 1897. 50 years later it’s primary objective was achieved: … ||

      The establishment of a colonialist, (war) criminal and religion-supremacist “Jewish State” in as much as possible of geographic Palestine and at the expense of its indigenous population.

      || … Many problems … ||

      Including Zionist terrorism, ethnic cleansing, theft, military occupation, colonialism, oppression, torture and murder; a refusal to respect and uphold international laws and human rights; and a refusal to accept responsibility and accountability for past and on-going (war) crimes committed.

      Yup, “many problems”.

      • Talkback on December 16, 2019, 5:35 am

        eljay: “Yup, “many problems”.”

        What jon s views as “problems” is only everything that troubles Jews only. It’s just an example of chauvinism and exclusivism.

      • jon s on December 16, 2019, 3:57 pm

        Old geezer,
        I don’t know what “fake history” you’re refering to.
        I don’t go for any kind of “alternative” or revisionist history. I pretty much stick to the conventional version that can be found in any mainstream textbook.

    • Mooser on December 15, 2019, 6:08 pm

      Has Israel formed a government yet? Or is keeping the Palestinians excluded more important than having a government?

      Anyway, “Jon s” you’ll do fine under the coming IDF-Rabbinate junta.

      • jon s on December 16, 2019, 12:11 pm

        Talkback,
        I’m accutely aware of Israel’s many problems and have no idea why you think I’m only interested in those that only trouble Jews. Is that why I oppose the occupation and the settlements and firmly support Palestinian rights? Is that why I participate in organizations and activities that promote peace and co-existence?
        And I despise chauvinism and exclusivism.

      • eljay on December 16, 2019, 3:11 pm

        || jon s: … I despise chauvinism and exclusivism. ||

        But you believe in and fully support Jewish / “Jewish State” supremacism.

      • Talkback on December 16, 2019, 3:50 pm

        jon s: “Is that why I oppose the occupation and the settlements and firmly support Palestinian rights?”

        It’s because you are a “liberal Zionist” who thinks that this is good for the Jews, too. It has nothing to do with morality. being humane or empathy for Nonjews in Palestine.

        Otherwise you would only support states that are states for all of their citizens and acknowldege all human rights, especially the right to return and the right to nationality for its refugees. But you would only do that, if this states weren’t “Jewish” and these refugees were Jews. You would even head human rights organisations in these states, fight against racism and be proud of being “liberal”.

        Who are you kidding?

      • Mooser on December 16, 2019, 8:18 pm

        ROTFLMSJAO! You despise “chauvinism and exclusivism”(sic), but consider “Jewish historic homeland” an adequate reason for Palestinians oppression, even genocide.

        No “chauvinism and exclusivism” there, at all.

        If Israel wasn’t on the US teat for billions each year, God would look less favorably on the Zionist project.

      • Talkback on December 17, 2019, 5:49 am

        At this point the only question is, if jon s’ contradictions/double think is a cognitive or a psychological problem.

    • eljay on December 16, 2019, 7:35 am

      || jon s: … I would agree that Zionism as a movement and organization has outlived it’s usefulness. ||

      But as a supremacist ideology it remains as relevant as ever to you and to every other Zionist.

  15. Emet on December 16, 2019, 11:37 am

    No matter how many times you try and attempt to answer the question of why the Arab armies massed on Israeli’s borders in 1967 and then closed the Straits of Tiran, which is an internationally recognized act of war, no matter how many times you try to answer this question, you fail to explain why this was done when there were zero settlements in the West Bank and the Old City with all the holy sites, Jewish, Muslim and Christian, were being controlled by Jordan, after the Arab armies marched on the Jewish people in 1948. If you don’t see a pattern in Arab and Muslim behavior it is because you don’t want to.

    • eljay on December 16, 2019, 12:08 pm

      || Emet: … the Arab armies marched on the Jewish people in 1948. … ||

      Wow. It’s not just absurd but completely insane to claim that in 1948 “the Arab armies marched on” every person in the world – every citizen of every homeland throughout the world – who had chosen to embrace the religion-based identity of Jewish.

      • Emet on December 16, 2019, 3:42 pm

        Were coming home

      • eljay on December 16, 2019, 8:18 pm

        || Emet: Were coming home ||

        Yes, it does make more sense to say that the Arabs were coming home.

      • Talkback on December 17, 2019, 5:51 am

        Emet: “Were coming home”.

        Jewish racism in a nut shell: It’s just our home.

      • Emet on December 18, 2019, 8:58 am

        Just like the Abbas, who wrote his doctorate that the Holocaust did not happen and six million Jews were not killed, so goes the Palestinian belief that Jews are not from this place.
        Abbas is a doctor of Holocaust denial, the single person on this planet who disgraced academia and basic moral code to pursue this line of study. Who is not trying to share?

      • eljay on December 18, 2019, 10:03 am

        || Emet: … the Palestinian belief that Jews are not from this place. … ||

        It is indisputable that some of the people in the world who have chosen to embrace the religion-based identity of Jewish live in geographic Palestine or are up to n-generations removed from the region.

        To believe that no Jewish person is up to n-generations removed from the region is almost as insane as the Zionist beliefs that:
        – every single Jewish person in the world lives in or is up to n-generations removed from the region; and
        – the religion-based identity of Jewish grants to those who have chosen to embrace it the right to be supremacists, to have as large as possible a religion-supremacist state and to do acts of injustice and immorality (a.k.a., “necessary evil”) unto others.

    • Talkback on December 16, 2019, 3:06 pm

      Emet: “No matter how many times .you try and attempt to answer the question of why the Arab armies massed on Israeli’s borders in 1967 …”

      What does this even have to do with the article, Emet? Your questions have allready been answered many times, but you fail to accept them.

      According to Israelis political and military leaders Egypt’s behaviour was purely defensive. Maybe you can explain why Israel NEVER allowed UNEF troops on its side of the border.

      Emet: “… and then closed the Straits of Tiran, which is an internationally recognized act of war, …”

      Says who? The self confessed liar Abba Eban? The UN General Secretary U Thant wrote bake then that “a legal controversy exists as to the extent of the right of innocent passage through these waters”. After Israel conducted an air raid on Syria in April 1948 the legal question was if international law required from Egypt to continue to allow Israel to bring in strategic supplies through Egyptian territory which it could use to conduct further aggressions, because this kind of passage wouldn’t be “innocent”.

      But what is more important is that Israel attacked two days before the Egyptian vice-president would arrive in Washington to talk about re-opening the Strait of Tiran and that the US Secretary of State Dean Rusk was “shocked … and angry as hell” when Israel attacked after its own pledge to Johnson at the end of May not to take unilateral action before two weeks.

      It rather seems that Israel did NOTHING to de-escalate the situation and feared that the opportunity to start a war slowly diminished, because of Egypt’s solely attempts to de-escalate the situation, including its re-invitation of the UNEF troops.

      Enet: “… you fail to explain why this was done when there were zero settlements in the West Bank and the Old City with all the holy sites, Jewish, Muslim and Christian, were being controlled by Jordan, …”

      If you can explain why Israel attacked Egypt in 1956 and after 1967 illegaly annexed Jerusalem and the Golan and started to illegaly colonize occupied you may find the answer why the Arab states went into defense mode and wre only left with the choice to liberate their territories in 1973.

      Emet: “… after the Arab armies marched on the Jewish people in 1948. …”

      Oh, now you even want to talk about who needed a full scale war in 1948 to acquire territory and therefore rejected a truce end of April 1948 and expelled 300.000 Palestinians before the Arab armies arrived to stop the conquest of Palestine and the expulsion of Palestinans by Jewish terror organisations?

      Emet: “If you don’t see a pattern in Arab and Muslim behavior it is because you don’t want to.”

      What can you tell us about ‘patterns in Jewish behaviour’?
      1948: Jews don’t accept a truce at the end of April 1948, but choose to engage in a full scale war to conquer Palestine through war and expulsion violating Security Council Resolution 46. After that it illegaly annexes all the terriories beyond the borders in which it declared statehood (according to the partition plan).
      1956: Israel starts a full scale war against Egypt
      1967: Israel starts a full scale war against Egypt in which it conquers the Sinai, Gaza, East Jerusalem and the Golan and starts to illegaly colonize all occupied territories.
      1967: Israel illegaly annexes East-Jerusalem and continues to illegaly colonize it.
      1981: Israel illegaly annexes the Golan and continues to illegaly colonize it.
      1982: Israel starts a full scale war and invades Lebanon.
      2006: Israel starts a full scale war and invades Lebanon.

      And I’m not even including all the atrocities against Palestinians, including dispossesion, denationalization, disenfrenchisement, expulsion, raping, looting, work camps, illegal long term occupation, illegal settlements, illegal blockade of Gaza, etc.

      Could this” pattern” be summed up as 1.) illegal acquisition of territory through war 2.) achieving and maintaining dominance through expulsion and denial of the right to return and 3.) illegal settler colonialism?

  16. hophmi on December 16, 2019, 12:15 pm

    “But Zionism has failed utterly and completely. ”

    Yeah, it’s not like Israel is a first-world state with the largest Jewish population in the world, at a time when antisemitism is rising through the West.

    You’ve always been something of a self-hater, Phil, but mostly, you’re just really out of touch with reality and you’re completely unable to see the world in any color. You deny antisemitism in Europe, you deny there is anything good about Israel, and you fight for antisemitism in the United States.

    Now that things have gotten serious enough that politicians are starting to take the fears of the overwhelming majority of Jewish communities seriously, you’re celebrating because it’s “the fight you always wanted.” Which is pretty typical activist speak. But whatever.

    I look forward to the moment when you enter the dustbin of history as just another person who decided he’d feel more comfortable condemning his people to powerlessness.

    • Talkback on December 16, 2019, 3:32 pm

      hophmi: “Yeah, it’s not like Israel is a first-world state with the largest Jewish population in the world, …”

      Hophmi, too. The same like jon s. ROFL. It must be brainwashing.

      hophmi: “…at a time when antisemitism is rising through the West.”

      Be honest, you love it. Otherwise you would stop accusing Jews of “self-hatred”, simply because they don’t support your Israel’s immoral behaviour towards Nonjews in Palestine and you and your fellows would stop accusing anyone of antisemitism, only because they rightly accuse someone of immoral behaviour who just happens to be Jewish. That’s your own racism, Hophmi.

    • Keith on December 16, 2019, 5:29 pm

      HOPHMI- “I look forward to the moment when you enter the dustbin of history as just another person who decided he’d feel more comfortable condemning his people to powerlessness.”

      Powerlessness? Powerlessness????

      • Mooser on December 16, 2019, 8:21 pm

        “condemning his people to powerlessness.”

        “Hophmi” will now sing a rousing chorus of “There is Power in the Blood of Palestinians”.

  17. jon s on December 16, 2019, 3:59 pm

    Old geezer,
    I don’t know what “fake history” you’re refering to.
    I don’t go for any kind of “alternative” or revisionist history. I pretty much stick to the conventional version that can be found in any mainstream textbook.

    • amigo on December 16, 2019, 6:32 pm

      “I don’t know what “fake history” you’re refering to.”.Jon s

      Well lets start with your oft used fake refrain .

      “I am not living on stolen Land, I am living in my Historic Jewish Homeland”.

      You could also throw in your other fake claim , ie , you are a left wing person who fights for Palestinian rights.

      Sure you do Jon S.

  18. subconscious on December 17, 2019, 1:44 am

    The Los Angeles-based Israeli-American Civic Action Network (ICAN) is holding a town hall on “Combating Anti-Semitism & Creating Safe Communities” on 12/18/19 in Beverly Hills, CA:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1042244266137960/
    Given ICAN’s record of “pro-Israel advocacy,” I wonder how much of it is gonna be about “leftie antisemitism” and “safe spaces” for pro-Israel students. Here’s their representative approving of Israel banning Tlaib & Omar from visiting the area earlier this year, which even AIPAC disapproved of:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Q2QzaBz56Q
    The organization, which is affiliated w/ Sheldon Adelson’s Israeli-American Council, lobbied for a Cruz/Rubio resolution, earlier in the year, which “recognizes Israeli Americans as a class that deserves protections against discrimination,” in order to counter “the boycott Israel movement that target Israeli individuals simply because they are Israeli”:
    http://www.jewishledger.com/2019/04/republican-senators-introduce-resolution-protecting-israeli-americans/

    • Mooser on December 17, 2019, 4:43 pm

      The rhetoric of Zionists concerning ‘left-wing anti-semitism’ is about as convincing as the rhetoric it is patently based on; the right-wing BS about the persecution of white men and Christians.

      • subconscious on December 18, 2019, 2:21 am

        ICAN pushing for a resolution claiming Israeli-Americans are a special class deserving of protection from boycott-Israel movements, narrows the scope of “left-wing anti semitism” significantly.

    • RoHa on December 17, 2019, 8:29 pm

      ‘“safe spaces” for pro-Israel students.’

      Are they advocating “safe spaces” for all students with unpopular views?

      I am against this idea of “safe spaces” for anyone. What happened to the idea of moral courage?

      • Mooser on December 17, 2019, 11:08 pm

        “I am against this idea of “safe spaces” for anyone. What happened to the idea of moral courage?” “RoHa”

        “Moral courage” is what happens when people gang up on, even hurt, people with unpopular or minority views?

        Oh, I see, that must make providing these “safe spaces” just about the ultimate in ‘moral cowardice’ doesn’t it?

      • subconscious on December 18, 2019, 2:27 am

        Part of the purpose of a university education is having your views and preconceptions challenged ; a notion antithetical to hiding in “safe spaces.” In fairness, though, I’m not certain how much of a focus that will be in ICAN’s town hall meeting. I was just guessing based on their advocacy, which includes support for the recent Trump EO regarding anti-semitism on campuses.

      • echinococcus on December 18, 2019, 5:21 am

        “students with unpopular views”
        being unpopular, are tagged for slaughter.
        “What happened to the idea of moral courage?”
        A hateful character trait so ingrained that you cannot spare the sinner while hating the trait; hence see Article 1.

    • subconscious on December 24, 2019, 4:25 am

      There’s now a report in the Jewish Journal on this ICAN anti-Semitism town hall, which is linked to at the group’s Facebook page as “great coverage” of the event.
      https://jewishjournal.com/news/los_angeles/308787/jewish-community-leaders-say-our-voices-are-heard-during-anti-semitism-town-hall/
      The only particular forms of “anti-Semitism” that the article mentions as having been referred to at the town hall are BDS, United Nations & Ilhan Omar’s “Benjamins” tweet. The article does not specifically mention murderous white-supremacy anti-Semitism, even though it mentions the Pittsburgh massacre.
      So far, the party line has been to equate neo-Nazi anti-Semitism with “left-wing anti-Semitism.” Are they now fading away the former in favor of the latter? (ADL, AJC, Simon Wiesenthal Center and 2 Iranian-American Jewish organizations were among the event’s sponsors.)

  19. Kathleen on December 19, 2019, 9:41 am

    Powerful piece Phil.

    Although I don’t think we should ever down play how inappropriate, disgusting hate filled comments to Jews, Arabs, people of color etc anywhere anytime are completely unacceptable. Should be dealt with using proportionate measures based on the threat posed.

    Although as you stated these events are often used to divert attention from the decades long apartheid system Israel has chosen as their path.

    For decades now we have groups like “Campus Watch” etc trying to shut down an honest debate on college campuses.

    Jared Kushner and Ivanka in White House assure some of the old and new ethnocentric guard that the chosen apartheid system stays intact with U.S. Presidential executive orders.

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