MW is to be congratulated for having this forum. No other website seemed willing to do so.
I have reluctantly come to the conclusion, finally, that it was necessary to put some distance between Alison Weir and the rest of the Palestinian solidarity movement. After all, JVP, SJP and the entire BDS movement are facing extremely powerful opposition on US campuses this autumn, and perhaps even violence.
What bothers me most about Weir is this:
1. When people from a coalition she belonged to approached her, she was unable to make any changes, or acknowledge that any of their points might have validity. You have to be flexible to work in coalition politics.
2. She demonstrates an extreme lack of sensitivity to the kind of rhetoric that will be most effective in winning people–especially progressives–to our point of view.
3. You can’t allow yourself to be interviewed on the radio by extremists and racists. Simply by appearing on the air with them, you tend to validate their ideas.
Having said that, I do not agree with the idea, sometimes heard from JVP, that the Israel Lobby is just an extension of American empire. It is en extension of empire, to be sure, but it goes far beyond that, and is especially destructive to American democracy. It seeks to undermine America’s best values, split the Democratic Party, and split American Jews; and it will consistently be in alliance with the most irrational and pathological elements of Republican Party extremism. It will never rest until it–and the Republican chicken-hawks–drag the US into war with Iran. That makes it more malevolent than even the gun lobby, and Big Pharma.
We see the special dangers very clearly in Chuck Schumer’s disgusting betrayal of the Iran nuclear deal.