Jewish people are part and parcel to the American Establishment.
Given the history of Jewish suffering, and the strong sense of tribal identity among Jewish Americans - there's no surprise that such a strong, prolonged, coordinated effort exists to support issues important to the Jewish community here. I.e., Israel.
I recall reading a psychology study about group dynamics recently - it concluded that a strong, vocal minority can sway the attitudes of a majority. It's not 100% affirmation of my views re: the Israel Lobby, but it does provide some supporting evidence to the nature of the phenomenon.
If the Lobby is a network of coordinated support for Israel, then that would be bad enough. But it also must be noted that plenty of non-Israel Lobby Jewish Americans, Christian Americans, etc. (etc. meaning a lot of different things; ranging from the complicit to the naive to the most vulgar segments of our society) support Israel as well.
It's so odd that Beto supports or is sympathetic to BLM and so aware on issues like police brutality. Yet, he is completely lock-step on the Israel Lobby.
This issue - the Israel issue - is the one true litmus test for American political life. It's because it's personal. There are people behind it. It's not like the NRA - which is about a physical object and an abstract notion pertaining to 'freedom' and 'security'.
Israel is about people. Tangible things. And those people are our fellow citizens.
So the pressure is felt at EVERY level in American political life. The pressure can come from every political camp.
How does a political newcomer take this pressure on? People like Beto and that young lady (her name escapes me) are already standing apart from the old vanguard - and that defines them. That defines them and also can polarize others towards them.
So to have their own story and political attitudes define them and potentially handicap them is enough stress.
If they were to then add in the Israel angle, it would be too much weight. So - assuming Beto is consistent with his belief system and can extrapolate towards the Israel/Palestine conflict - he is playing the game now that all US politicians have to play.
There's nothing likeable about a group of people (rabid pro-Israel ideologues) that constantly deploy logical fallacies, emotional blackmail, threats against you and your family and your livelihood and your reputation, etc.
There's nothing likeable about Zionists. They are awful and immoral and will debase themselves to achieve their political goals.
So when you see the same old language used to ensure a politician is pro-Israel - it's fucking NAUSEATING because you know its so untrue and the politician most likely knows how untrue it is.
Fuck this world. Fuck Israel. Fuck Zionism. Fuck the Dems and Beto.
I recently watched Michael Moore give a long Q&A about his recent documentary. He talks about a comment Steve Bannon made to him. Bannon says, ' You (Michael Moore) not only have to contend with the Right, but you also have to deal with the Establishment Dems.'
Beto is fighting the right-wingers and the Establishment Dems (potentially; although I'm sure now they are co-opting him and other neophyte progressives). He nor any other US politician can afford to fight the Right and the Establishment Dems on a bipartisan issue (Israel). An issue that has - like I said - identity politics all around it.
We don't talk enough about Jewish identity politics in America - openly and honestly - to tackle Israel/Palestine honestly. We can kind of talk about Black and White or even Muslim identity. But Jewish identity? NOPE! Because then comes the accusations of antisemtism or no tenure or fired from the network or dismissed as a 'loony far-lefty'.
We are so fucked in America. We fail this litmus test of basic courage. Every single fucking American politician - no matter how 'progressive' - is a fucking coward on Israel.
So to summarize what happened (and has happened previously at other institutions to varying degrees; and WILL CONTINUE TO HAPPEN):
1. Jewish donors hold special sway over administrative decisions at educational/cultural institutions.
2. Pro-Israel groups get involved and lobby these institutions with the same simplistic, racist, bullshit arguments that exploit historical Jewish suffering (i.e., the Holocaust Industry).
3. Administrators cave in - as do other Americans worried about their paychecks.
4. The casualties are left without work and turned into pariahs - which is the goal of pro-Israel activism in the West. To make the Palestinian narrative itself an act of antisemitism or terrorism or whatever delusion the Zionists dream up.
Summary: Get tenure then become vocal about Palestinian rights or think ahead. Thinking ahead? Video-tape your classes. So we can see what happened without relying on the recollections of Jewish pro-Israel students (who seem to be lying or hysterically blowing things out of proportion).
We have seen videos of settlers' behavior. We have seen the behavior of pro-Israel Jews at protests. We have seen pro-Israel pundits on television spewing the most superficial arguments that are designed to appeal to the lowest common denominator and fit in neatly with the 24 hours news cycle mentality.
This is the SAME basic tactics.
Money + social pressure from Jewish identity politics (i.e., Holocaust Industry) + simplistic identity-politics-based argumentation (remember, all groups have social capital in America and Arabs and Muslims are at the very bottom).
It's harder for Zionist Jews to combat Blacks because there is a lot of sympathy for Black people - plus the Black community has it's own story of collective suffering and abuse and can fight back with a similar narrative-based argument.
But there is no parallel to Palestinian suffering. Palestinians are experiencing colonial oppression - for decades. Due to constant censorship by the pro-Israel community, this suffering has not been internalized by Americans in the same way Black suffering has.
People are simple. And when it comes down to it, the formula of MONEY, IDENTITY POLITICS and HYSTERICS will win out against truth.
It takes way more effort to combat bullshit than to spew bullshit. The Zionists spew bullshit, have money, and are well-versed in identity politics (ANTISEMITISM ANTISEMITISM ANTISEMITISM ANTISEMITISM).
Record everything. Document everything. Be as antiseptic in your language as possible. Stick to the facts. Stick to news reporting, NGO reporting, etc. Draw analogies and again remove emotion from your rhetoric as much as possible.
All the NORMAL things people get passionate about? We can't do that. Zionist Jews are so full of HATE and CYNICISM that they do not view Palestinians and their supporters as human beings. They view us as 'the enemy' - and will LIE/CHEAT/STEAL to beat us.
You have to be perfect. You have to think 10 steps ahead of them - or this shit happens.