No Mooser, I wasn’t suggesting you turn to Dylann Roof for “advice,” I was using Dylann’s words as, “a more recent example of how hatred of Jews can be part of a lethal mix.”
Not sure how I could make that more clear.
Hi Annie, yes, we agree about Israel’s policies being about colonization.
I cited another occupation because it relates to Western imperialism, which has also been discussed at points in this thread, and it’s something that a focus (like Weir’s) on “U.S. national interests” doesn’t address or consciously avoids.
It also relates to Weir and Blankfort’s emphasis on the Israel lobby, which also deflects from Western imperialism. I often bring up the actions of U.S. client states, and its own history of slavery and genocide; not to “make excuses” or engage in “whataboutery,” but so U.S. citizens are aware that the state terror of Israel, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Guatemala, the Philippines and others are connected to long-standing policies of the West and the corporate and military interests it serves. “If Americans knew” that, I think that would be helpful. For more on that, I’d recommend the work of the person that Weir and friends try to discredit, Noam Chomsky. In this classic debate, Chomsky dismantles Richard Perle.
For decades of my activism, anti-Semitism hasn’t been a concern. I bring it up in this thread because the topic is JVP and ETO’s decision to distance themselves from Weir because they feel she didn’t challenge the bigotry of Clay Douglas, and had brought up the “blood libel”, and so forth. My feeling is that JVP and ETO could’ve brought up Weir’s staunch support of Atzmon.
Anti-Semitism isn’t their focus either, but I think the letter signed by Abunimah, Barghouti, Hijab put their concern about it well,
As did the letter signed by Blumenthal, Sylvia Posadas, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and so many others, http://threewayfight.blogspot.com/p/atzmon-critique_09.html
The emphasis of this particular thread notwithstanding, my focus has been criticizing U.S. and Israeli policies, and challenging Islamophobia – spending countless hours on Facebook and message boards, writing several letters to editors and Amazon reviews, making calls into right-wing & progressive radio shows, marching, and so forth. I’ve distributed hundreds of copies of DVDs like “Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land”, and copies of “The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.” As with most activists on these topics, I’ve seen and received false charges of anti-Semitism. I’ve been called a nazi, and have received messages from “supporters of Israel” saying that they hope I die in a fire. Several years ago when I was working for a radio program that aired a Chomsky lecture on the Middle East – I was absolutely inundated with angry calls and got a quick lesson as to why there would be security at his Middle East talks.
But, as I mentioned, I had the experience of seeing a usually progressive person here in Denver start posting the material of a militia-advocating, David Duke-supporting, Jew-hater – and I decided I needed to put some attention into the material that was influencing him. While the material has been a disturbing realm to explore, it was something I needed to learn about and speak out against.
I think Naomi Klein makes a good point in this article from several years ago, how people concerned about the Palestinians should counter anti-Semitism,
“It’s easy for social justice activists to tell themselves that since Jews already have such powerful defenders in Washington and Jerusalem, anti-Semitism is one battle they don’t need to fight. This is a deadly error. It is precisely because anti-Semitism is used by the likes of Sharon that the fight against it must be reclaimed.
When anti-Semitism is no longer treated as Jewish business, to be taken care of by Israel and the Zionist lobby, Sharon will be robbed of his most effective weapon in the indefensible and increasingly brutal occupation. And as an extra bonus, whenever hatred of Jews diminishes, the likes of Jean-Marie Le Pen shrink right down with it.”
And, as another historical example of anti-Jewish oppression, I recently learned that the Jewish left was targeted by the Argentinian military during its “dirty war.”
“Jaime Stiuso entered what was known for decades as the Secretaría de Inteligencia de Estado, or SIDE, in 1972 at the age of 18. When the “dirty war” began in 1976, SIDE became an arm of the Argentine military dictatorship, deployed against domestic leftist enemies. Thousands were killed, and thousands more disappeared during the war, which targeted Jewish intellectuals based on an anti-Semitic theory prevalent in the Argentine military and intelligence services.”
(brings to mind the crap Atzmon and others write in, “Veterans Today: A Journal of the Clandestine Community”, and the sort of narratives radio hosts like Jeff Rense circulate, https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2015/04/28/used-canard-salesman).