The Anti-Defamation League put out an exhaustive poll to find out how much anti-Semitism there is in the world. The poll is fatally flawed, with questions that often don’t describe anti-Semitism but a broader fear of the other, a weak standard for passing the anti-Semitism bar and other issues. Yet, with all of that, it found that 26% of the world holds some of what they defined as “anti-Semitic views.” That is, actually, a remarkably low number, but the ADL and Israel sounded the alarm bells. I explore this further in Souciant this week.
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Posted in Anti-Semitism, J Street, tagged AIPAC, Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, BDS, Bekah Wolf, Benjamin Netanyahu, Daily Beast, Gaza, Gilad Atzmon, Greta Berlin, Holocaust, human rights, Israel, Israel Lobby, J Street, JCPA, Jeremy Ben-Ami, Jewish State, Judaism, Middle east, Occupation, Peace Groups, pro-Israel, Rachel Lerner, Racism, Theodor Herzl, Two-state solution, West Bank, Zionism on October 19, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
This week’s piece in Souciant reminds my readers that I don’t write the headlines there. The piece actually follows up my article last week on Greta Berlin, the Christian letter regarding aid to Israel and anti-Semitism. This time, though, I single out J Street, unfortunately, for its sad behavior regarding the US role in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Ahmed Tibi is perhaps the Knesset’s most controversial member. Eloquent (in Hebrew), he is an unflinching critic of Israel’s occupation and its treatment of its Arab citizens and has frequently been the target of his fellow Knesset members.
In 2010, on the UN Holocaust Remembrance Day, he delivered a speech so brilliant and moving that even the right-wing Speaker of the Knesset, Reuven Rivlin called it “one of the best speeches he has ever heard in the plenum” about the Holocaust.
Rivlin’s saying that is particularly noteworthy since, while always respecting the Holocaust and its meaning for Jews, Tibi did not back away from saying that racism is a growing problem in Israel today.
I provide the full text of Tibi’s speech below. (more…)
Posted in Anti-Semitism, Iran, tagged Anti-Semitism, Benjamin Netanyahu, Günter Grass, Germany, Holocaust, Iran, Israel, Jewish State, nuclear, pro-Israel, Suddeutsche Zeitung, United States on April 11, 2012 | 2 Comments »
My latest piece on Souciant looks at Germany’s relationship with Israel through the lens of the recent controversy over Gunter Grass’ poem criticizing Israel’s actions vis a vis Iran and its own possession of nuclear weapons. It’s also a new paragraph in the discussion about how people or governments can be pro-Israel and that simply doing what Israel wants is no more the right way to do that than it would be if one thought they were being a good friend to another by letting them do something self-destructive or immoral.
Posted in BDS, tagged AIPAC, American Jewish Committee, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Americans for Peace Now, Anti-Defamation League, apartheid, BDS, Brooklyn, Christians United For Israel, COPJ, Daniel Levy, Holocaust, Israel, J Street, Jewish Voice for Peace, Lara Friedman, New York Times, Occupied Territories, Palestine, Park Slope Food Cooperative, Peter beinart, South Africa, The Atlantic, West Bank, Zionist Organization of American on April 4, 2012 | Leave a Comment »