The Ten Worst U.S. Purveyors of Antisemitism, #4: Ali Abunimah

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In addition to his well-trafficked Electronic Intifada, Ali Abunimah spreads his “Eliminate Israel” message through columns in papers like the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, The Guardian, and others, through talk-show appearances on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, and elsewhere, and by speaking and participating at university Israel-bashing events. He persistently promotes the anti-Israeli boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement; he knows Israel can’t be killed all at once, but tries to hammer away at its foundations.

To say Abunimah doesn’t have anything good to say about Israel is a great understatement.  Two years ago he called for a third intifada; the First Intifada killed 27 Israelis and injured 3100 in violent assaults, while the Second Intifada killed 1100 and wounded 8100. Also around that time Abunimah tweeted that Israel’s Likud Party was planning to storm and “cleanse” the Temple Mount and Al-Aqsa Mosque, a blatant and ridiculous falsehood.

Abunimah also speaks of “Israel’s attacks, killings, land theft, settler pogroms and kidnapping,” and its “near daily killing of children, destruction of communities and racist apartheid against millions of people….” To Israelis, living between Gaza on one side and the West Bank on the other, it’s an all too familiar, primeval hatred that precludes compromise and peace.

But those are Abunimah’s good days. He has also called Gaza “a ghetto for surplus non-Jews,” likened the Israeli press to Der Stürmer, proclaimed that “supporting Zionism is not atonement for the Holocaust, but its continuation in spirit,” and described Israeli actions in Gaza as “a slow and calculated genocide—a genocide through more calibrated, long-term means.... In many ways, this is a more sinister genocide, because it tends to be overlooked.”

An antisemite? Not me. But the Jewish state is, at all times, pure evil, worse than even the Jews’ own worst persecutors.

From Abunimah and his circles, it’s a message so de rigueur that it would just be dreary if it wasn’t also murderously dangerous.