Incredible thread. I am very grateful that it is still going and hopefully this comment will be published. I have no idea how the moderator has achieved this (Annie Robbins right?)
My first comment but I am a regular reader
It’s taken ages to get through it all. Some super comments from Tree, Danaa, Irish Moses, Citizen, PeaceThroughJustice, Annie Robbins and many others I have failed to mention
I’m in the UK. I’ve followed and read Alison Weir for many years. In my opinion she has done amazing tireless work backed up by an excellent and extremely factual website. I also read Counterpunch, Antiwar, ICH, and many other so called alternative news sites
I am relieved that the very, very vast majority comments here support Alison Weir. She deserves that support. It’s distinctly different with a couple of sites based in the UK
However there are those that are trying to smear a number of truth tellers with the charge of white supremacism and anti Semitism. Some other commenters have mentioned this and I am specifically talking about the positions taken by Jewssansfrontieres, Tony Greenstein and Elise Hendrick to name a few. All these three blog sites are firmly in line with the JVP position as well as the comments made on this thread by Jennifer Hitchcock. And it’s been a merciless attack
For example, this is from a recent JSF article:
The back story to the controversy mostly in the US between Palestine solidarity activists who believe the movement must be anti-racist across the board and those who believe that the movement should be so broad as to accommodate racists has become a little complex now but it began with Jewish Voices for Peace writing privately to a fairly high profile antisemite, Alison Weir, stating their disapproval of her approach and her associations
So all those years of hard work by Alison are suddenly reduced to being named as a defacto “fairly high profile anti semite”. I think some mediaeval witches got a fairer trial
We have the same tone and similar content from all three about Counterpunch. Tony Greenstein refers to Counterpunch as “Cockburn’s Coven – Where Fascists and White Supremacists Seek to Entice the Left”
Elise Hendrix wrote an article called “Counterpunch or Suckerpunch” where she claims to have forensically analysed all the articles published on Counterpunch which apparently show that the vast majority are actually articles written by right wing white supremacists.
Counterpunch gets a clobbering on JSF too.
So what has happened – quite recently – to Alison Weir, has also quite recently happened (all around the same time) to many others who are being accused of being racist right wing white supremacists. Is it a coincidence that most of “the accused” openly discuss The Lobby of having too much influence on American foreign policy. Is that an anti semitic position? Is there a connection there?
I personally find the idea of JVP asserting that they, as Jews, should somehow own and dominate this discussion because, as Jews they are better placed to discern the difference between real and fake anti Semitism, quite disturbing. It seems to me that they are far more interested in preserving the image and welfare of Israel rather than doing anything really meaningful to help the Palestinian people. Alison Weir is being smeared because while trying to get her message across, in any way that she can, to whoever will listen, supposedly didn’t do enough to defend against anti Semitism. In other words, she has her priorities all wrong. Instead of focussing on the Palestinian cause, she should really only be on alert for any trace of anti Semitism and the penalty for not spotting it and denouncing it in the time honoured fashion is excommunication!! Nothing else she has ever done counts. In fact it means less than zero. She failed the anti Semitism test so she immediately becomes a white supremacist and “high profile anti semite”. The purity police have spoken
How convenient for those actual criminals killing and torturing the Palestinians, they can sit back and watch the various factions of the opposition attack each other. But it’s a one way attack. This is all coming from one direction.
I know that Tony Greenstein has commented on Mondoweiss in the past and so far he has not commented here on this thread. I’m not sure if the JSF people have ever commented here
This is a huge discussion. I’m very grateful to for opening this up. However I believe that it needs to be expanded and continued and thrashed out. If there was ever a “war of ideas” this is it. I am totally unconvinced by Jennifer Hitchcock, JSF, Hendrick, Greenstein and others. I won’t be reading their stuff again unless they revise their position and stop behaving like a bunch of “ankle biters” as someone here called them