Oh my goodness, Phil, this piece reminds me so much of when I was a broadcast journalist in the 1960s covering the Civil Rights Movement for NBC. And, yes, we all know that there were many, many folks of the Jewish faith in the vanguard of that movement. But Palestine is "different"? Sorry, but I don't accept that the American Jewish community is "terrified" of the Palestinians: far too trite an answer. Granted the Palestine/Israel longstanding bloody feud is complicated--but much, if not most, to the contrivance of the Zionists who decided decades ago that they would delete Palestine and its people no matter what means to that end. Much of the world has come to know that Zionist Israel has all but accomplished that end through brutality, racism, genocide, ethnic cleansing and land theft. The record of these longstanding and continuing egregious human rights crimes speaks loudly for itself.
So how and why is the American Jewish community so "terrified" of the Palestinians? Further elaboration on this question I think would require you to delve deeply into Zionist Israel's racism, or apartheid, if you will. Permit this native of South Louisiana who grew up in a racist culture to suggest that the answer is in the culture of Zionism and the Zionist regime "governing" Israel and still working to delete Palestine!
Very good points regarding the two columnists, but Oh, PLEASE, Mondoweiss, can't you post more about the New York Times and its coverage blackout of the Great March of Return and so many other stories that appear in foreign media and in Electronic Intifada? All of these obvious "omissions" of the human rights crisis in Gaza and the rest of what little remains of Palestine are dictated by NYT Publisher A.G. Sulzberger, Executive Editor Dean Baquet, a person of color who apparently "tolerates" racism in Times coverage of daily human rights violations in Palestine at the hands of brutal, racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing, fascist, racist Zionist Israel. Why not write about these human rights criminals?
"Zionism--liberal, light or conservative"--is not, never was, and can never exhibit any semblance of Judaism! Zionism, in word, is RACISM! And it is way past "high time" to begin talking about Racism and Zionism. It is also way past "high time" to talk about the suffering, death and destruction perpetrated in the name of "Zionism" in Palestine for the past 70 years. You can be assured that the vast majority of false charges of "anti-Semitism", especially on university campuses, emanate from Ziionists fighting to crush all attempts to win freedom, justice and equality for the Palestinians. Thank you, Peter Cohen.
FINALLY! AT LAST! Thank you, Dr. Yoav Litvin for your piece on "Zionism" and its curse on Judaism! Hopefully, "ethical Jews" will read your work and realize how the accursed brutal, racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing, land stealing, fascist, terrorist Zionist regime in Israel is the veritable antithesis of any semblance of Judaism in having created and maintained a human rights crisis in Palestine.
Also, kudos to Mondoweiss for having posted your piece, as well as its recent piece, "Hasbara Is Dead." Zionism has no place whatsoever in humanity; and let's make clear that accursed Zionism exacts the very same tactics on Palestinians as did the Nazis in Germany's 1930s and 1940s!