Students for Justice in Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, and others are on the defensive now that the hate-monger Abe Foxman and his Anti-Defamation League have listed them as anti-Israel. The groups respond with all the right comments about the plight of the Palestinians. These groups represent a wide collective of Jewish and non-Jewish pro-human rights groups. They recognize the Nakba (ethnic cleansing of Palestinians between 1947-49), the apartheid wall, and BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions). But like many on the ‘left’, they’re afraid to stand up to the more powerful (like ADL, AIPAC, Democratic Party, etc.) and say ‘Screw You’.
I would recommend a joint press release saying the following:
We of the XXX are proud to have been outed by Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League as anti-Israel. Although we support the right of all Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace in a unified nation which guarantees basic human rights for all with one person-one vote, we do so with the full belief that Israel has become a pariah nation. Because of the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians as Israel was created, the racist laws against non-Jewish citizens, and the subjugation of the Palestinian people in open prison camps like Gaza and similar to the pogroms our ancestors experienced, we are anti-Israel. The ADL thinks it speaks for all Jews. Israel thinks it acts on behalf of all Jews. We Jews and non-Jews alike can only say, “Speak for yourselves.”
The ADL has been up front in its denial of the Armenian genocide by the Turks between 1915 and 1923, where 1.5 million were murdered. Turkey was (hopefully not now) a major military ally of Israel. Foxman has over the years created a sense of anti-Semitism worldwide simply by saying over and over again how rampant it is and equating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. This is akin to the Big Lie as well as a self-fulfilling prophesy. We see even how recently they joined the Islamophobes in opposing the Muslim center near Ground Zero. A center for tolerance is certainly not in his or their interest. How ironic that the ADL has joined with the Wiesenthal Center to construct a Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem, atop an Islamic cemetery. Chutzpah used to be described as a young man killing his parents and asking for leniency because he’s an orphan. Foxman has changed that example.
It is laudable for any group to speak out on behalf of oppressed minorities throughout the world, as the ADL had spoken out relentlessly against the oppression of Jews in the Soviet Union. But when such groups do so, yet support repressive regimes like in military-ruled Turkey and apartheid South Africa or openly oppose others’ oppression like the Palestinians, they completely negate their effectiveness and credibility.
I am Jewish and anti-Zionist but not head of any pro-Palestinian group. Will you make an exception of me, Abe, and condemn my fight for human rights too? Call me a self-hating Jew while you’re at it. It fits your profiling.