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The radical anti-Zionist Left

The radical anti-Zionist Left

NGO Monitor keeps watch on anti-Israeli non-governmental organizations, and provides valuable research contesting many of the outlandish claims made by these mostly left-wing groups financed by European governments.

The NGOs, some of which are staffed by Israeli leftists, subject Israel to a microscope no society could withstand; every possible negative aspect of Israeli society is magnified and used to delegitimize Israel, even though in comparison to most of the world and particularly Islamic countries, the human rights situation in Israel is quite good.

The NGOs are wolves in sheep’s clothing. The Boycott Divest Sanction movement interacts with these NGOs, along with Islamist groups, in an effort to eliminate the Jewish state.  BDS rhetoric is so extreme that even some left-wing Jewish critics of Israel are worried.

The anti-Israeli groups masquerading  as “social justice” advocates have taken over much of academia, which is one of the reasons campuses are the center of anti-Israeli activity in the U.S.  If you scratch someone on campus who seeks to suppress speech which does not fit their notion of “social justice,” you almost always will find someone who seeks to suppress Israel.

We witnessed this recently, as pro-BDS Brown University Professors Linda Quiquivix and Naoko Shibusawa openly supported the protest against Ray Kelly.  We also saw it in the academic boycott of Israel announce by the Association for Asian American Studies, whose then President Rajini Srikanth is Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Dean, Honors College at U.Mass. – Boston.  The current AAAS Prisdent, Mary Yu Danico, a Cal-Poly professor, fully supports and defends the boycott.

It is in this context that I’m happy to report that NGO Monitor has been recognized for its work by being awarded the Begin Prize:

The prestigious Begin Prize, in recognition of “their strong stance in the defense of Israel and the Jewish people,” will be awarded to NGO Monitor on December 4, 2013. Founded in 2002 by Professor Gerald Steinberg and the Wechsler Family Foundation, NGO Monitor is an independent research institute based in Jerusalem and the primary source of expertise on activities and funding of political non-governmental organizations (NGOs) involved in the Arab-Israeli conflict. NGO Monitor was nominated by 2010 Begin Prize recipient Prof. Alan Dershowitz and Jewish Agency head Natan Sharansky, among others.

Prof. Steinberg has a column today in The Times of Israel that expands on the problem of anti-Israel NGOs and the BDS movement, A still, small leftwing voice against BDS:

As members the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America gather for their annual meeting in Jerusalem, the threat posed by anti-Israel demonization and political warfare is a central concern. In the US and Canada, this threat is remains confined to university campuses, some labor unions, and hostile church groups, but the hatred of Israel is gaining ground among the Left, including among a small but vocal group of radical Jews….

For many years, liberal values and moral causes have been exploited for immoral political warfare against Israel, including boycott campaigns and false accusations of “apartheid”. Fundamental principles such as human rights, peace, and democracy are cynically abused in distinctly anti-progressive and anti-liberal attacks that demonize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people….

The radical anti-Zionist Left also promotes what is euphemistically referred to as a “bi-national solution”, and invents legal arguments, such as a “right of return” for millions of Palestinian who claim refugee status. Both concepts have no substantive foundation, and are the equivalent of wiping Israel off the map.

This political warfare goes far beyond criticism of occupation and settlements, and debates on Israel’s policies on the complexities of borders, Palestinian terrorism, and security.

We need more sunlight on the Israel haters in NGOs and on campuses.

Not to suppress their speech — that’s their game.  But to expose it for what it really is.  And to expose them for who they really are.

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Where this is not ignorance, it’s antisemitism. Period.

(How about a “Buy Israel” ad page on the website, featuring Israeli products?) 🙂

If those punks had made their demonstration in the street outside the store, I would call it free expression.

Since they decided to do it inside private space, they are just trespassers. I would have no problem kicking them out by force, maybe breaking a couple of Binyamina Cabernet bottles on their heads.

Reminds me of Mel Brook’s Springtime For Hitler.

It’s in a show called “The PRoducers.” Great story. Zero Mostell played the producer who saw that lots of money could be made by snookering investors to invest in a show on Broadway. Only thing was, he needed the show to close right after it opened. He needed a stinker.

Snap your fingers and dance! Mel Brooks wasn’t the first person to make fun of Hitler in a production that set audiences laughing. Charlie Chaplin did this Soon after Hitler came to power. In a movie he made. And, starred in. Called the Dictator.

It set American audiences laughing.

Laughter is the best medicine.

Free speech works because some stories just lend themselves to giving you a good belly laugh. After you discover this “message” ain’t going anywhere! “Hitlerism” just attracts the losers.

Just as it did originally. When Hitler took twelve years to totally destroy Germany.

You know what Hitler’s worst moment was? Well, he was down in the bunker with his staff. And, word kept coming to him that Stalin was to the East. And, Eisenhower was sitting in the West of Berlin. Hitler figured he’d climb out of his bunker when Eisenhower arrived.

But Eisenhower decided to sit on his arse.

Stalin was selected to shove East. With a million soldiers. Some un-shoe-ed. Some unarmed. Some without bullets for their guns. And, with their enormus tank brigades stuck in the mid. (It should have taken about 3 days … but it took weeks … for the Russians to arrive.)

Hitler, thinking what it would be like if he waited for the Russians to invade the bunker, swallowed a bullet, instead.

This may not be true. He may have run to Agentina. All his officers that had no really negotiable talents had to flee there. While the scientists became “booty.” The smart ones? Didn’t let the russians lay a hand on them. They made their deals with Eisenhower … and were given safe passage to the USA.

Werner Von Braun … Pronounced Verner … was the reason the USA had rockets that could propel them to the moon.

That Russia got some of these scientists? Yes. They help the russians propel Sputnik into orbit … And, forced Eisenhower to re-think his hand.

TYPO ALERT!

“mid” … MUD. Russian tanks couldn’t deal with it.

God sent the rains/

these tools best not get in my way to the checkout. it could get very ugly, very quickly.

If I were in the store when this stupidity broke out I would have filled a cart with merchandise from Israel to the brim and walked it right through the middle of these dolts.

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