The JVP argument in support of its attack on Weir reminds one of the Israeli argument justifying the destruction of Gaza. It’s just self-defense, you see. JVP wishes to protect itself against the damage Weir’s behavior causes to their movement. So it has expelled her from their movement.
By implication all who share JVP’s stated goals — ending the occupation; equality and self-determination for Israelis and Palestinians; justice for refugees based on international law — are encouraged to follow their lead. One should think twice about donating to Weir’s website or attending one of her talks, okay? And spread the word!
Can someone point to any damage which Weir has caused to the effort to achieve those JVP goals? There is no damage; precisely the opposite. Through her 15+ years of tireless activism in educating Americans concerning the situation of Palestinians and the historical causes of Palestinian suffering, Alison has done more than many of us towards achieving the very goals espoused by JVP.
Has any Zionist or Zionist sympathizer ever pointed specifically to Alison Weir and said, you see, that’s why these anti-Zionists are beyond the pale? Look at this person, the anti-Semite. She hates Jews! That’s why she has that web site! That’s why she went on that radio show!
Please. The only people who would go that route are the very ones saying exactly the same thing about JVP and mondoweiss. We have all heard those people and been targeted by them, and we justly treat them with contempt.
Why did JVP attack Weir? It is not “self-defense”. It is not that they simply wish to dispense with her company. The reality is that those responsible for this attack wish by her expulsion to weaken and degrade Alison Weir and ultimately to silence her. It was the same with Spinoza’s expulsion from Talmud Torah synagogue in 1656. It was to degrade and silence him. The same with Goldstone’s expulsion from his community, even from his own grandson’s bar mitzvah. To silence him.
But why? What has Weir done that merits silencing?
Ms. Hitchcock gives us clues as to the answer.
“How important and helpful is it to write a book focusing on how a Jewish ‘elitist secret society’ allegedly pressured [the] US government to support Israel’s founding? Even if it was true.”
Hitchcock gives an unfair caricature of Weir’s discussion of the so-called Parushim and their role in promoting Zionist goals in America in the early 20th century — not in 1948 — but her remark reveals what the attackers hate and fear in Weir. It is that she has managed to publish a book about the (to most people) hidden Zionist influence on US govt. and institutions. She has gone beyond mere activism on behalf of Palestinians and pursued investigations into the history behind Palestinian oppression and specifically the reasons for the negative role played by the US. This sort of thing makes many Jews uncomfortable, including pro-Palestinian Jews, because it resembles trains of thought and certain conclusions which they associate with Nazis. Even if it is true.
But how dare these people accuse Alison Weir of hating Jews. If they have trouble with her book, then let them attack her book and demonstrate its flaws. Enough with this sideways, passive-aggressive phony nonsense about her associating with known anti-Semites or secretly supporting the “blood-libel”. It’s outrageous and foolish.
Sowing dissension within the anti-Zionist movement only benefits one party and no one else — the Zionists.