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How Peter Beinart Defends the Repulsive Views of the Antisemitic Jew Max Blumethal

"I believe that the correct answer to views about Israel with which one disagrees is to allow them to be expressed, and challenged."

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Ron Radosh

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December 31, 2013 - 10:00 am
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The Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles this week presented its year-end list of the top 10 antisemitic and anti-Israel slurs. It is an ecumenical list, containing the usual suspects, led by Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and including Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk, and Pink Floyd front man Roger Waters, among others.

The ninth listing was reserved for writers and is titled “The Power of the Poison Pen.” Sharing the Wiesenthal award is the novelist Alice Walker, who was awarded it for comparing Israelis to Nazis, and for writing that Israelis engage in “despicable and lawless sadistic behavior” and seek to “erase” Palestinians “from their own land.” Jews, she said, “know how to hate and how to severely punish others.”

Sharing the listing with Walker is none other than “journalist” Max Blumenthal, and the Wiesenthal Center makes it quite clear that a Jew can indeed be an antisemite, and that Blumenthal is one. Equating Israelis with Nazis, Blumenthal mentions the Holocaust “only to ask [is it right] to have the Jewish victims of the Nazis impose their independence on another people’s tragedy.” Blumenthal uses the term “Judeo-Nazis” and explains the Israeli-Arab conflict as the result of Israeli politicians “outdoing one another in a competition for the most convincing exaltation of violence against the Arab evildoers.” According to Blumenthal, it notes, Israelis incite “unprovoked violence against the Arab outclass.” They also “indoctrinate schoolchildren into the culture of militarism.”

Rabbi Marvin Hier, co-founder of the Wiesenthal Center, told the Jerusalem Post that he considers Blumenthal to be a “Jewish anti-Semite.” We “judge him by what he writes,” Hier added. “He crossed the line into outright anti-Semitism.”

As I have pointed out in earlier columns, Blumenthal had two appearances in Washington, D.C., one at the National Press Club and the other at the liberal New America Foundation, whose director, Anne-Marie Slaughter, approved his appearance.  Atlantic editor Steve Clemons promoted the first appearance. Writing in his announcement for the event,  he said:

Max Blumenthal’s new book on Israel has received a torrent of attention — some caustic and some effusive.  I think his book is important and revelatory of many untouched, taboo subjects both inside Israel and in its neighborhood

A group called the “Committee for the Republic” sponsored the event. According to Source Watch, it is an ad hoc group that includes C. Boyden Gray, Charles Freeman, Stephen P. Cohen, and William A. Nitze. All are self-proclaimed realists and conservatives who are opponents of both Israel and those they call neoconservatives, whom they attack as supporters of the American empire.

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Anti-Israel sentiments are anti-semitism. Israel is the only democracy in the MidEast, with liberty for all. Those attacking Israel, including President Barack Hussein Obama, 20 year member of the church of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, anti-white, anti-semitic, who supports Iran getting nuclear weapons, which declares its intention of destroying Israel, are thoroughly dishonest. They would commit another holocaust, killing the 6 million Jews of Israel.
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I don't believe anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism, but it is certainly a convenient place for anti-Semites to hide. The problem with anti-oppression movements is that they don't really make any effort to call out people who have clearly infiltrated them and hide their bigotry behind notions of justice.

I think Blumenthal is more guilty of being a politically correct identity addict than a bigot, though at times the difference between the two in terms of rhetoric is negligible. The problem with Blumenthal and people like him is that, though they claim a moral ethos for their views, they simply don't understand the phrase "compared to what" that might drive such an ethos.

If Blumenthal's position is that Israel violates it's own principles and so he is comparing Israel to itself, I don't know that Israelis have ever denied they are in a Jewish state for Jews and by Jews. That was a decision forced on them by reality and death in Europe and again in the Palestinian Mandate, not notions of racial supremacy. Comparing Israelis to Nazis is idiotic.

As far as I know, no Jew occupied any property within that Mandate illegally prior to the 1947-48 wars. Unless you can make a case Jews started that war unilaterally, and I don't think you can, Blumenthal is simply unaware of how the threat of death is its own moral ethos.

Israel cannot absorb the West Bank and maintain its cohesion as a Jewish state. Neither can it let a still hostile polity loose to become a larger Gaza without assurances no one wants to give. What it can do is what it's doing: slowly whittle away militarily strategic or religiously desirable real estate and overturn the Arab-Jewish demographic. If the Palestinian Arab leadership were not such fools for 6 decades and counting, that would not be happening.

The fact is that the PA leadership has been so financially corrupted and live such better lives than in Gaza, despite their complaints about the West Bank, that they'll never opt for a two-state solution, and so then neither will Israel.

The truth is the PA want to ignore what they tried to do in 47-48 and pretend it never happened and instead sell the idea that Jews landed on the beaches like D-Day and took over every thing. You see that contextless story sold by their adherents again and again. Until the PA can do away with the disastrous leadership that has kept them penned since the British left and accept the reality and consequences of the actions of their parents, they will squat on very little and see it get smaller and smaller.
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This is one of those arguments that always annoys me. Every group in the world is for free speech, right up until you say something that offends them. That becomes "hate speech" and it needs to be banned. So Phil Robertson can't express his views about homosexuality or the life of black people sixty years ago, because it's offensive to gays and blacks. The *SAME* people who supported Phil R and think it's obnoxious for him to have been suspended from his TV show while it wasn't even on the air will be horribly offended by something someone else says, something that's not completely 200% supportive of Israel, regardless of what Israel does in any context.

Israel is a country made of humans. Humans make mistakes, a minority of them (even Jews) are evil people who do bad things. The idea that *any* criticism of Israel is automatically anti-Semitic is just ridiculous. Does that make the US trying to arrest Meyer Lansky, Dutch Schulz, or Bugsy Siegel back in the day anti-Semitic also? They were all Jews, and mobsters, but in the world of some people all opposition to *any* Jewish enterprise is anti-Semitic. I'm sure you could find a criminal prosecutor who called them Yids or Kikes or something to bolster your case.

I support Israel, at least in terms of its existence. That doesn't mean I just rubber stamp everything the country does without thinking about it critically, any more than I do that with the United States or any other nation in the world. People who just blindly support the actions of a nation, regardless of which nation that is, are in my mind not worth listening to.

I've got no interest in knowing what this Blumenthal person said; maybe it's completely inane. It doesn't really alter my main point: if you think Israel can't be criticized, you're an unthinking idiot.
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Your assertion is a red herring Dave. No one @ PJM or in the article to which we are commenting asserted that Israel is beyond criticism. Those that ascribe to your reasoning allow anti-semites to use obfuscation as a means of hiding behind their bigotry.
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Perhaps the reason Beinart defends Blumenthal is Beinart may want help breaking into Hezbollahs Al Manar TV or Irans Press TV. Since no one in the US is paying attention to Beinart, he needs new audiences. Blumenthal reminds me of another Nazi with a Jewish sounding name, Alfred Rosenberg
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A fact largely overlooked by these new neo-Nazis and their leftwing Jewish lackeys is the fact that "the Palestinians" supported the Nazis and the final solution. It is only fitting that being on the losing side that they have "their land" given to the victims of the Nazis. After all, nobody is arguing that Poland should give back East Prussia to Germany.

Leftwing Jews supporting Nazis is not a new phenomenon. From Mid August 1939 through late June of 1941 the Jewish left supported the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. You will find them following the Party line 100%. Jews, most of whom remain solidly on the left will choose Socialism over self survival every time.
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To use the term anti-Semite so foolishly is counter-productive because it cheapens the argument, the arguer, and the term itself. The term has long been used as a slur to end arguments in any event exactly as "racist" does, so I am all in favor of cheapening it. Blumenthal and all his type, millions of Gentiles and hundreds of thousands of Jews, are an absolute disaster for civilization, and anti-Semitism is not their poison.
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I am going to explain as clearly as possible why," anti-Zionism " is absolutely anti-Semitism. I encourage anyone who wishes to copy this post and place it where ever you please. You have my permission as it's author to post and repost to your hearts content.
There is no such thing as Judaism without the Land of Israel. The Jews were created as a distinct people for a distinct land. In fact the oldest continuously recorded deed for any property on earth is the deed of the Jews for the Land of Israel. As if a piece of paper where not enough the oldest building in continuous public use on the entire planet stands testament to that deed.
The fact that some religious Jews, few in number but theologically erudite, do not approve of the sovereignty of the Jewish people over the Land at this time does not make them anti-Zionist. The reason is simple- they understand and agree completely that the Land of Israel belongs in it's entirety to the Jewish people. Every inch of Israel, every grain of sand, belongs to the Jews. With this fact they have no dispute. The only issue for them is timing.
The anti-Zionist position is anti-semetic because their position is the Land of Israel , either in whole or in part, belongs to another people. They do not simply disagree with one Israeli government policy or another. That would be fair. I disagree myself with many of my governments policies. They however want to chop up our country much like a sadist who dismembers his victim. First a leg, then an arm, then the other leg. All the while claiming that their intent is not murder. Of course when their victim dies they can claim well, it was only a leg I took. The ant-Zionist seeks the destruction of the Jewish State and with it the Jewish people as a whole.
The fact that some who say they are anti-Zionist claim to be Jews does not give their position any more credibility. Those who claim to be Jews are not the best amongst us, they are the worst. The are the Bernie Madoffs and the George Soros. Liars and traitors to their own people. Usurpers of a title they have never earned.
Make no mistake to be a Jew is a privilege. And that privilege comes with a set of rules and restrictions none of these poseurs adhere to , acknowledge or even understand. They claim to be Jews but never make an effort to be Jews. The only time they identify is for personal gain. They are leaches on the Jewish body politic.
Understand something well, that while there is a theological dispute regarding Israeli sovereignty, there is no dispute what so ever about enabling Israel's enemies. There is no excuse or dispute regarding helping others murder Jews. The anti-Zionist knows that surrendered territory will be used to launch more missiles at Israel's civilian population. If they deny this their lies should be plain to all. For them to claim otherwise is a lie compounded. Does one release a snake in a kindergarten and then get to claim they are not responsible when a child is bitten?
One last point to be made- The world is so busy demanding Jews cede part of their sovereign territory to the, " Palestinians', that there is little discussion regarding whether the world is better off with such a state. Do we need another Iraq? Iran? Syria? Libya? Lebanon?Afghanistan? Just how many Islamic terror states is the world obligate to provide?
Next time you here someone claim they are not an anti-Semite just an anti-Zionist just ask them this question-
Under the most maximalist interpretation of the biblical boundaries of Israel the Jews have sovereignty over one- half of one percent of the entire MIddle East. Do you think that is too much?
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It all depends on how seriously you want to take Max Blumenthal. After much painstaking research, I come to the conclusion that Max Blumenthal is a Red-diaper princeling who, after graduation, toiled at being a generalized Lefty free-lance journo for about a decade, then found that he could actually support himself on the guaranteed petro-bucks to be had as a full-time "anti-zionist" writer and conference-circuit chowhound.

As you can see from photo #4, Daddy Sid looks very proud that his little boy no longer needs to hit him up regularly for rent money. Indeed, Sid almost certainly introduced Max to old chums and former bosses Bill and Hill's well-heeled Saudi benefactors to hook junior up with the well paying gigs he's had recently. I can only assume Max is a better investment for the Kingdom than Barack has turned out to be.
36 weeks ago
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What we need is Wiesenthal Center and ADL type organizations, that document the deluge of hatred and demonizaiton being spewed at European Christendom.

36 weeks ago
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Thank you.
36 weeks ago
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@Beinart, Blumental...completing the unfinished
work of Hitler. A special place in hell for those who
Commit Fratricide. May they be there soon.
36 weeks ago
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Anti-Israel sentiments are anti-semitism. Israel is the only democracy in the MidEast, with liberty for all. Those attacking Israel, including President Barack Hussein Obama, 20 year member of the church of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, anti-white, anti-semitic, who supports Iran getting nuclear weapons, which declares its intention of destroying Israel, are thoroughly dishonest. They would commit another holocaust, killing the 6 million Jews of Israel.
36 weeks ago
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(Facepalm)

Israel is not a democracy. Actually, the rest of the Middle East right now is closer to true democracies than Israel, what with all the Middle Eastern Countries' rapes, purges, murders, and all that.

True democracies are like France post-French Revolution, North Korea, the USSR, Nazi Germany, Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge, Cuba, and the like. They involve persecution of people, murders, rapes, anarchy/totalitarianism (depending on the country) and overall being a very bad place to live in. Where mob rule is in effect, alongside all the destruction that entails. Heck, the French Revolution in particular is the reason why I think Ben Franklin compared Democracy to a den of wolves debating with a lamb regarding what to have for dinner.
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