Sure we "single out" Israel, Ms. Eisner. Reason is simple: Our government singles out Israel: for weapons aid and diplomatic defense.
We do not give such support to any of the other human rights violators in your list. And if it is kosher for the pro-Israel folks to single out Israel for support, it is also kashrut for the Presbys to single it out for criticism. How else could the policy be criticized, if the criticism is in proportion to America's policy?
When the U.S. begins giving $4 billion a year (20% of Israel's military budget) to Assad, and the BDSers refuse to condemn it with equal vigor, I will join you and Bibi.
Israel is about the same size (in area) as Macedonia, Belize and Fiji, and (in population) as Burundi, Honduras and Switzerland. Because of your efforts, Ms. Eisner, and those of your comrades in the pro-Israel lobby here in the U.S., Israel gets a hugely disproportionate share of our country's foreign aid, even if it were a "light unto nations."
But lets be for real. What you call "anti-semitism" is really your panic over the unprecedented inroads BDS is making. So-called "liberals" back in the Sixties tried to shut off criticism of the Vietnam War by calling its opponents traitors and communists. Your neo-McCarthyism has an equally unpleasant aroma.
Yeah, Israel is not the worst human rights abuser in the region; but it's the only one our government gives weapons to, as well as moral sanction.
I often encounter the Haj Amin argument as well.
My reply is that this is a new form of Holocaust denial, because it shifts blame away from the perpetrators of the Shoah -- who were all white Europeans, and who all believed they were acting in the name of Christianity.
Haj Amin was one of about two dozen leaders of the Palestinians community before WW2, and the only one to make common cause with the Nazis. There are numerous examples of ordinary Moslems in Nazi-occupied North Africa saving Jewish countrymen. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_rescue_efforts_during_the_Holocaust#cite_note-Harris-2
Here is a snippet for a right-wing Israeli politician recalling the aid Jews received from Arabs:
(An excellent documentary based on the book "Among the RIghteous" by Robert Satloff, a right-wing AIPACer no less, fully documents Arab Moslem efforts to protect North African Jews during the war.)
The Zio-habarists sometimes revert to the SS division composed of Bosnian Moslems to prove their point. Firstly, what do Bosnians have to do with Palestinians, other than the fact that they share the Islamic faith? And what do any of these events have to do with Palestinians today? Isn't this line of argument just another form of the "blood libel" used against Jews., i.e. blaming people for what their long-dead ancestors are alleged to have done? (FYI, the Handschar division never had more than 5000 Bosnian Moslems in it, about a quarter the number who fought with Tito's partisans. One of the first things that happened after the division was formed in 1943 was a mutiny in which a dozen of the German officers were killed. Virtually all of the Moslem religious leaders in Bosnia issued fatwas against the Nazis.)
I love the part about the geriatric Zionists. I think, because of efforts like Mr. Blumenthal's, we are winning the fight among young Jewish Americans.
Official Racism in Israel
1. Legalizing Housing Discrimination in Israel:
2011 Knesset Approves Bill Allowing Segregation in Housing (the “Acceptance to [Jewish] Communities Law”). Allows admissions committees in communities of 400 homes or less located in two less populated regions to reject applicants for “social unsuitability.”
One third of communities in those regions already qualify and with a little clever repackaging, all Jewish communities could qualify.
Israel Supreme Court Ruling Allowing Jewish-Only Housing
(MK David Rotem (Yisrael Beiteinu), responded to claims the bill was meant to reject Arabs from joining Israeli towns. "In my opinion, every Jewish town needs at least one Arab. What would happen if my refrigerator stopped working on a Saturday?"
2. Suppressing Arab Dissent
The “Nakba Law” authorizes the Minister of Finance to cut off state funding to any school, town or state-funded arts organization that has made any payment towards an event or action that marks the date of Israel’s establishment “as a day of mourning.”
3. Ethnic Cleasing of Jerusalem
Number of buildings permits granted to Jews in Jerusalem (2008): 13,941 (about 20% in Arab neighborhoods of occupied East Jerusalem).
Number of building permits granted to East Jerusalem Arabs (to build in Arab neighborhoods only, of course): 400 units.
Ergo, although Arabs make up one third of the citizenry of Jerusalem, they comprise 2.8% of the housing permit grantees.
4. More Housing Segregation
Israeli Arabs Denied Housing Permits: http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/business/new-housing-for-arab-villages-stonewalled-1.405021
State-Funded Rabbi Who Issued Fatwa Against Renting Apartments to Arabs Gets Government Award:
Minister of Science and Technology Daniel Hershkowitz awarded Eliyahu with the prize for "his actions, efforts and devotion to the Jewish nature of the Land of Israel."
5. Apartheid Marriage Laws
Israel’s Apartheid Marriage Law Is Upheld By High Court 1/11/2011
6. Proposed Additional Laws Discriminating Against Arabs
Knesset Proposes “Loyalty and Citizenship Law” That Would Strip Arabs of Rights
List of Knesset Proposed Laws that Discriminate Against Arabs:
7. School Textbooks Create a New Generation of Haters
Israeli Scholar Documents Incitement Against Palestinians in Israel’s Textbooks
8. Miscellaneous Racism
Apartheid Parking Lots In Jerusalem (No Joke)
Up Until 2011 No Israeli Arab Could Be A Dairy or Poultry Farmer (Again, No Joke)
Government Ministry Warns Jewish Girls of Sex-Crazed Arab Doctors:
Channel 10’s main news broadcast last Wednesday evening reported that the National Civilian Service Administration had ordered its religiously observant women volunteers not to work after 9 P.M. According to the news broadcast, this decision was made by the Lehava anti-assimilation organization after “reports were received about intimate relationships between young women performing their national service and Arab physicians in the hospitals where they volunteered,” as reported on the Nana 10 online portal. The website quoted one of the rabbis as having said in the past, “I’m hearing horrible stories about good girls.” The head of the National Civilian Service Administration made sure to mention that the decision was made with the blessing of the minister in charge, Naftali Bennett.
And let us not forget the events of October 2000, when police used lethal ammunition to disperse Palestinian-Arab citizens of Israel who were throwing stones, resulting in thirteen fatalities. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October_2000_events
“[Upper Nazareth Mayor Shimon] Gapso told the paper that if he had been present during the October 2000 clashes between Israeli Arabs and police, more Arabs would have been killed. He also said his city would never become a mixed Arab-Jewish city, although 16 percent of its residents were Arab, and that a mosque would never go up in his city.” http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/mks-slam-racist-upper-nazareth-mayor-1.366188
Part II – Unofficial Racism
A-Speeches by political leaders invoking racism:
From Binyamin Netanyahu’s 2003 speech to the Herzliya Conference, while he was the Finance Minister: "We have a demographic problem, but it is focused not on the Arabs of Palestine but on the Arabs of Israel." He explained: "If the Arab residents become wonderfully integrated and their numbers reach 35 percent to 40 percent of the total population, the Jewish state will be canceled out and become a bi-national state. If their number remains around 20 percent as it is today, or even declines, but relations are harsh and contentious, then, too, the democratic fabric of our argument will be impaired."
Deputy Prime Minister of Israel Danny Ayalon Proposes Ethnic Cleansing of Israel’s Arab Citizens Under Guise of ‘Population Transfer’
Interior Minister says Israel Belongs to ‘The White Man’, Not African Asylum Seekers
Housing Minister: Spread of Arab population must be stopped: July 1, 2009
Knesset MK Says Arabs Are An Economic Burden on Israel
Likud MK Says “the Palestinians” Are “Worms”
Rightist MK’s campaign posters of an Israeli Arab woman with caption: “This demographic will kill us.” http://www.haaretz.com/news/mazuz-orders-probe-into-herut-s-kleiner-for-incitement-to-racism-1.185008.
Shas Rabbi Says Black Immigrants Must Be Expelled Because They Bring ‘Robbery, Violence and Sodomy’
It is no crime, I believe, to have "divided loyalties."
There are circumstances when Americans should support those making war against our armed forces.
Certainly, during the Vietnam War, I fervently supported the nation of Vietnam, who fought under the leadership of the Vietnamese Communist Party, against the U.S. (land of my birth and citizenship -- and that of seven generations before me).
Supposing the U.S. were to commence a genocide against its Jewish citizens (impossible as long as our Constitution is functioning, but supposing it happened).
Supposing Israel made war against my country to stop the gencode. Would I support Israel? With all my heart and soul. And I say that as someone devoted to the Palestinian freedom struggle.
The issue is not "divided loyalty." It is "loyalty to what".
Our loyalty is to the noble ideals of freedom, human rights, liberty and equality -- which, fortunately are enshrined in our Constitution, and no, they are not mere empty rhetoric. We are loyal to America as long as America is loyal to its ideals.
Of course, the pro-Israel lobby cares little for those ideals, at least as applied to the Palestinians.
But that does not change the principle of the thing.