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Liberal American Jews Ally With Anti-Israel Activists
ADL ALLIES WITH ANTI-ISRAEL ACTIVISTS AGAINST TRUMP
Mainstreaming anti-Semitism through anti-Trump alarmism.
By Daniel Greenfield
The media’s story is that Trump’s win unleashed anti-Semitism on the right. Instead it’s unleashing anti-Semitism on the left. From the elevation of Keith Ellison to head the DNC, despite his ugly history with anti-Semitism, to the mainstreaming of Islamist anti-Semites from CAIR, ISNA and other hate groups with a history of supporting anti-Semitic terror, the atmosphere on the left has only grown uglier.
Equally troubling is the way in which anti-Israel hatred is being mainstreamed within the Jewish community under the guise of a collective front to oppose Trump. The groups taking the lead in these protests include some of the ugliest anti-Israel organizations around, including JVP and If Not Now.
From the beginning they have camouflaged attacks on centrist pro-Israel groups, such as AIPAC and ZOA, in anti-Trump rallies. Their real agenda isn’t opposition to Trump, but to the Jewish State.
And many establishment Jewish groups that claim to be pro-Israel have proven all too willing to mainstream anti-Israel groups and their hostility to Israel to be able to hold anti-Trump events.
Given a choice between supporting Israel and opposing Trump, they have made their priorities clear. They have chosen to attack Trump and give aid and comfort to those working against the Jewish State.
The ADL has been one of the loudest voices against Trump. But while the former Jewish civil rights organization claims that it’s protecting Jewish values, it’s partnering with vocal opponents of the Jewish State. Its new campaign against Trump is normalizing organizations that are hostile to Israel.
While the headlines for ADL events rarely mention them, behind the latest splashy rally or conference vowing to fight “hate” are groups that hate and fight against the rights of Jews to live in Israel.
On a cold day in Boston, the Anti-Defamation League of New England rolled out its "Massachusetts Speaks Out Against Hate" rally. Top Boston political officials were in attendance. The ADL's partners included the Greater Boston JCC and the JCRC, along with radical leftist groups, and J Street.
In New York City, the ADL convened what it billed as an inaugural summit on anti-Semitism. Its urgent title, and accompanying hashtag, was #NeverisNow. It promised TED Talks and “interactive sessions on the challenges posed by modern-day anti-Semitism.”
Instead it provided a platform for opponents of Israel to spew their hatred at the Jewish State.
The star of #NeverisNow was Ford Foundation CEO Darren Walker. The Ford Foundation not only financed much of the groundwork for the left’s wave of anti-Semitism, but it backed Black Lives Matter and funds various anti-Israel groups.
But it got worse.
Instead of wholly and utterly rejecting delegitimization of Israel, the ADL asked it as a question.
The “Is Delegitimization of Israel Anti-Semitism?” panel gave anti-Israel activist Jill Jacobs and the Forward’s Jane Eisner a forum. Jacobs denounced the Israeli “occupation” and argued that Jews had to stop equating attacks on Israel with anti-Semitism. She defended BDS tactics against accusations of anti-Semitism and criticized the Jewish community for backing legislation opposed to BDS.
While leftist anti-Semitism could be given the benefit of the doubt, Jacobs denounced counterterrorism expert Frank Gaffney who has worked to protect Israel and Jews from Muslim terrorists.
The Jane Eisner quote, which the ADL chose to showcase, insisted that, “with the BDS movement, there are some bad actors, but we have to listen hard to people attracted to that ideology and think of ways to engage with them productively.”
That had been Greenblatt’s message in the past. While denouncing Trump, the ADL was engaged in normalizing anti-Semitism by minimizing it and then insisting on dialogue with the perpetrators.
And all of this was taking place at a conference purportedly being held to fight anti-Semitism.
The ADL had an anti-Trump consensus while trying to erode the pro-Israel consensus. It spread alarmist paranoia about Trump’s threat to Jews while providing a platform for opponents and critics of Israel.
The panel “Power and Powerlessness - Anti-Semitism In Our Times” included the leftist academic Halbertal who had accused Israel of being headed toward becoming an Apartheid state. The quotes from this panel that the ADL chose to highlight were Hartman’s “Jews have a hyperdefensiveness about Israel. It’s hard for us to distinguish when we’re being criticized and when we’re being hated” and Halbertal’s “Part of having power is the ability to take risks to not dominate other people.”
Instead of tackling anti-Semitism, the ADL was tackling Israel and pro-Israel Jews.
ADL boss Jonathan Greenblatt, the Obama crony many in the Jewish community have blamed for turning the organization away from Jewish causes and toward generic leftist identity politics, had signaled that this pivot was coming when he penned an essay justifying BDS bigots and attacking Israel.
Greenblatt became the first ADL boss to address J Street. And under his leadership, the ADL continues to ally with anti-Israel groups while, occasionally, even attacking Israel. And he didn’t improve matters any with his opening remarks in which he referenced a hoax Muslim hate crime hoax.
His signature remark, the one spread on Twitter, was a boast that, “If one day Muslim-Americans will be forced to register their identities, then that is the day that this proud Jew will register as a Muslim.”
The registry that Greenblatt was ranting about had existed during the Bush years. It was a way of monitoring tourists and students from Muslim countries who might become terror threats.
Unless Greenblatt abandoned his citizenship, moved to Pakistan and then visited America, he could no more get on this registry than he could flap his arms and fly. It was troubling that the ADL boss had no idea what he was talking about. But it was even more troubling that it was promoting Muslim migration that brought out his true passion, not defending Jews against Muslim anti-Semitism.
Perhaps instead of “registering as a Muslim”, Greenblatt could register as a member of a genuinely persecuted minority, a Jew living within range of Muslim terror, whether in Yemen, Paris, or in the part of ’67 Israel under attack by both Muslim terrorists and their hateful anti-Israel allies.
While the ADL’s donors were being assured that the organization was still fighting anti-Semitism, it was instead normalizing anti-Israel rhetoric and organizations. All it had to offer was the same tepid mythology of Muslim uber-victimhood in which Muslims are said to be the new Jews. Meanwhile Muslim anti-Semitism against Jews and the Jewish State had to take a seat in the back of the bus.
Growing anti-Semitism on the left had created a dilemma for the ADL which was caught between its mission statement and its desire to be on the left. The rise of Trump has become highly useful to the useless organization because it is able to fundraise off fighting him while ignoring real anti-Semitism.
The ADL is boasting of a massive increase in donations. That’s good for ADL executives. But while its bosses pat themselves on the back for their profitable alamism, their Islamic and left-wing allies continue to mercilessly terrorize Jews and the Jewish State. And the ADL’s anti-Trump alarmism plays neatly into the hands of the anti-Israel left by allowing anti-Semites to reinvent themselves as fighters against anti-Semitism.
The ADL is no longer just whitewashing anti-Semitism. It’s giving it a platform and a voice.
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The ADL"s New Bedfellows
THE ADL'S NEW BEDFELLOWS
Normalizing Hatred For Israel In America.
By Caroline Glick
Originally published by the Jerusalem Post (http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Column-...fellows-473603).
In an interview this week with the Australian media, Jordan’s King Abdullah became the latest Arab leader to express hope that President- elect Donald Trump and his team will lead the world’s to date failed fight against jihadist Islam.
Like his counterparts in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Abdullah effectively ruled out the possibility that President Barack Obama will take any constructive steps to defeat the forces of global jihad in his last months in power. Speaking of the humanitarian disaster in Aleppo for instance, Abdullah said, “I don’t think there’s much we can do until the new administration is in place and a strategy is formulated.”
Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi was among the first Arab leaders to welcome Trump’s victory.
Sisi has been largely shunned by the Obama administration.
President Barack Obama supported the Muslim Brotherhood regime that Sisi and the Egyptian military overthrew in 2013.
Sisi was the first foreign leader to speak to Trump after his victory was announced. He released a statement to the media saying that he “looks forward to the presidency of president Donald Trump to inject a new spirit into the trajectory of Egyptian-American relations.”
The support that the incoming Trump administration is garnering in the Arab world stands in stark contrast to the near wall-to-wall opposition to Trump expressed by the American Muslim community.
According to a survey of Muslim American opinion taken in October by the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR), 72% of American Muslims supported Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Trump was supported by a mere 4% of the Muslim community.
Muslim American activists played key roles in the Clinton campaign. They were particularly active in swing states like Ohio and Michigan where Trump won by narrow margins.
As The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday, since the election, Muslim American leaders have expressed concern and hostility toward the incoming Trump administration. Muslim Democrat activist James Zogby, who also heads the Arab American Institute, published an op-ed in The Jordan Times to this effect after the election. Zogby expressed concern that the Trump administration would harm the civil rights of Arab Americans.
The gap between the Arab world’s support for Trump and the Muslim American community’s opposition to him is particularly notable because it reverberates strongly the growing cleavage between the Israeli government and public and large swaths of the American Jewish community.
Led most prominently by the Anti-Defamation League and its executive director Jonathan Greenblatt, in the wake of the election, American Jews are at the forefront of efforts to delegitimize Trump and his senior advisers. Unlike their Muslim American counterparts, who are keeping their criticism of Arab regimes to themselves, Greenblatt, the ADL and their allies on the Left have linked their opposition to Trump to legitimizing opponents of Israel.
Before assuming his role at the ADL, Greenblatt worked in Valerie Jarrett’s political influence shop in the Obama White House. As ADL chief, Greenblatt has used his position as the head of a major Jewish organization to support the Obama administration’s policies. To this end, since the election, the ADL has worked to tar the incoming Trump administration as antisemitic, focusing its fire on Trump’s senior strategist, former Breitbart News CEO Stephen Bannon.
The ADL spearheaded the campaign to label Bannon an antisemite. When its claims were shown to be entirely spurious, this week the ADL quietly acknowledged that Bannon has actually never made any antisemitic statements. But its quiet admission of spreading lies didn’t stop the ADL from continuing to traffic in them. Even after it admitted that “we are not aware of any antisemitic statements from Bannon,” the ADL continued to insist that Breitbart has been a home for antisemites because some Jew-haters wrote antisemitic responses to Breitbart articles.
The ADL’s smear campaign against Bannon is a hard-sell because Breitbart is among the most pro-Israel websites in the US. But this brings us to the second aspect of the ADL-led campaign against President-elect Donald Trump and his team.
With each passing day, it becomes increasingly clear that the ADL and its allies are using the Trump victory as a means to draw a distinction between pro-Israel and Jew-friendly while arguing that antisemites support Israel and that people who hate Israel are not antisemites. This was the clear goal at the ADL’s summit on antisemitism last week.
As Daniel Greenfield reported Thursday in Front-Page Magazine, the ADL used the conference to legitimize the so-called BDS campaign to boycott Jewish Israeli products and divest from businesses that do business with Jewish-owned Israeli businesses.
It similarly normalized the general argument that there is nothing inherently antisemitic about opposing the Jewish state.
In a panel with the disturbing title, “Is Delegitimization of Israel Antisemitism?” the ADL featured anti-Israel activists Jill Jacobs and Jane Eisen. Both women argued that BDS is legitimate. At the same time, they denounced fervent supporters of Israel like Bannon and Center for Security President Frank Gaffney.
Greenfield reported that the ADL gave a prominent platform at the conference supposedly dedicated to fighting antisemitism to Ford Foundation CEO Darren Walker. The Ford Foundation is one of the leading contributors to anti-Israel organizations in the US and to anti-Zionist political front groups in Israel.
Other speakers explained that it isn’t that Israel’s foes are antisemitic. It is just that Israelis and their supporters have become “hypersensitive” to criticism.
All in all, Greenfield concluded, “Instead of tackling antisemitism, the ADL was tackling Israel and pro-Israel Jews” and “normalizing anti-Israel rhetoric and organizations.”
A few days after the conference, the ADL took the next step toward normalizing hatred for Israel in America when it announced its support for Rep. Keith Ellison’s candidacy to serve as the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
Ellison became the first Muslim American elected to the House of Representatives in 2006. In the decades that preceded his election, Ellison built a long and documented history of membership in and advocacy and employment for the antisemitic Nation of Islam. In his capacity as a Nation of Islam spokesman, Ellison made antisemitic statements and promoted anti-Jewish and anti-Israel positions and activists.
Since joining the House of Representatives, Ellison has been one of the leading anti-Israel voices in Congress. He has spearheaded multiple anti-Israel initiatives. He openly supports the boycott of Israeli Jewish products and has castigated Israel as an apartheid state.
Together with James Zogby, last August Ellison served as a member of the Democratic Party’s platform committee. The men attempted to purge the platform of language in support of Israel.
Yet Wednesday the ADL released a statement extolling Ellison as “a man of good character.” The ADL praised him as “an ally in the fight against antisemitism and for civil rights.”
It even said that Ellison “has been on record in support of Israel.”
ADL is supporting Ellison – and opposing Trump and his pro-Israel advisers – because Greenblatt and his backers support Obama’s policies in the Middle East and want to make it difficult for Trump to abandon them.
Ellison and the leading American Muslim groups oppose Trump for the same reason. The difference between the two groups is that the ADL and its Jewish backers are acting in this manner because they support the Left, which Obama leads. Ellison and his allies at CAIR, the Islamic Society of North America, and the Arab American Institute and other groups oppose Trump because they support the substance of Obama’s policies.
The chief characteristics of Obama’s Middle East policies have been support for the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran against Israel and the US’s Sunni allies.
Former FBI agent and counterterrorism expert John Guandolo estimates that upward of 80% of Islamic centers and mosques in the US are controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood.
The major American Muslim groups, including CAIR, ISNA and the Islamic Circle of North America are tied to the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood in turn supports Iran.
During his year in power in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi permitted Iranian warships to travel through the Suez Canal, hosted Iranian leaders and Hezbollah commanders in Cairo and took a series of additional steps to embrace Iran.
Trump’s foreign policy adviser Walid Phares gave an interview to Egyptian television after Trump’s election stating that Trump will support a bill introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz to outlaw the Muslim Brotherhood in the US as well as its offshoots CAIR, ISNA and others due to their support for jihadist terrorist groups formed by Brotherhood members. Al-Qaida, Hamas and a host of other jihadist groups have all been formed by Muslim Brotherhood followers.
Trump’s national security adviser, Lt.-Gen. (ret.) Mike Flynn; Rep. Mike Pompeo, whom Trump has selected to serve as his CIA director; as well as Marine Gen. James Mattis, the leading contender to serve as Trump’s defense secretary are all outspoken opponents of Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.
Given the stakes, then, it makes perfect sense that the Arab American groups oppose Trump.
It also makes sense that Arab regimes threatened by the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran support Trump and eagerly await his inauguration.
And it clearly makes sense for Israel to welcome Trump’s election.
The only thing that makes no sense is the American Jewish campaign to demonize Trump. The ADL’s leadership of the campaign to smear Trump and his advisers while legitimizing BDS and supporting Israel-bashers is antithetical to the interests of the American Jewish community.
In adopting these positions, Greenblatt and the ADL along with their allies in J Street, Jewish Voices for Peace, If Not Now, The Forward, other far-left groups and mainstream groups that have lost their way show through their actions that they have conflated their Judaism with their support for the Left.
To the extent that the interests of the Jews of America contradict the positions of the Left, the Jews of America are behaving in an “antisemitic” way.
It is the responsibility of the segment of the community that understands “Jewish” is not a synonym of “leftist” to oppose the ADL and its backers. If they fail to do so, they will contribute to the descent of the community into powerlessness and irrelevance, not only in the era of Trump, but into the future.
Election 2016: The Day the Music Died for American Jews
Election 2016: The Day the Music Died for American Jews
Ever since November 8, liberal American Jews are slowly waking up to a new reality of losing their political clout.
By Ron Jager
For most American Jewish liberals, November 8 was not only a watershed election, but a day in which the music died. They have been left speechless and silent, unwilling to fathom the implications. These liberal Jews have become disoriented and unsure about what to do and what to say; they seem to be suffering from a bad case of PTSD (Post Trump Stress Disorder). For many of these liberal Jews, they are slowly waking up to a new reality of losing their political clout, being left out of the multiple loops of power and access to the White House. They have been demoted to the rank of irrelevancy.
Betting on the wrong horse is always a wrenching experience. Over the past eight years, liberal Jews supported and abetted a president and a Democratic Party that was overtly anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian. During this period, Islamic terror attacks have spread throughout America, and anti-Semitism has blossomed in America’s universities and campuses, poisoning the minds of America’s future political and business leaders. This is real anti-Semitism, not the made up anti-Semitism associated with the emerging Trump administration. In recent years, Jews have been attacked and vilified at levels never seen before in recent history. All this didn’t matter; the Democratic Party was a sure bet as far as they were concerned.
Jewish liberals became drunk with Jewish power. In a wide variety of domestic spheres – immigration and refugee policy, civil rights and affirmative action, abortion rights, church-state separation issues – Jewish liberals became major players, helping to make the rules and call the shots on matters from health care to zoning.
It was during these eight years that Jewish liberals felt free to preach and moralize to us Israelis publicly about how Israel conducts itself nationally and internationally. Many Jewish liberals freely accused Israel of being non-democratic verging on Apartheid, they demanded of Israel to agree to political concessions that clearly endangered Israel’s national security; they funded and lead many of the organizations that spread the poisonous message of Jew-hatred by the BDS movement. It is easy to see why a Jewish liberal never saw it coming, actually believing that the invented narrative of BlackLivesMatter and transgenderism and Obamacare and unrestricted immigration is actually good for America. Donald Trumps’ election might well signal the beginning of an era in which Jewish liberals refrain from preaching and moralizing to us as if they have a monopoly on social justice and truth.
This interesting parallel of how Jewish liberals have distanced themselves from mainstream America and Israel equally is also the key to undoing the trauma of the election. For starters, despite years of dismissive rhetoric and holding Israel to a double standard, never demanding a similar standard from Israel’s enemies, has also spilled over to Jewish liberals’ attitude and support for movements and policies that have been rejected by the majority of the American public. Now that the liberal ideology in America has lost its grip on the White House, with right-wing governments being voted in throughout the Western world, with the continuing re-election of a right-wing government being repeatedly led to electoral victory by Benjamin Netanyahu, now is time for Jewish liberals to take one step back and question many of their givens.
For many years, Jewish liberals have blamed Israel for the daylight between themselves and the State of Israel. It never occurs to them to question their own values and behaviors such as their decision not to engage with organized Jewish communal life, or belong to a synagogue, or never visit Israel, let alone marry out of the Jewish religion. Maybe these might explain less attachment or the lack of any special feelings toward Israel and the Jewish nation.
A similar blind spot surfaces when Jewish liberals deny the election results and embrace leftist progressive movements in the United States. The delegitimization of the results of Democratic elections, the arrogant use of arguments about "saving" America from itself, and about organizing "sane liberal forces" to fight the "darkness" that is creeping into America’s "soul," are all essentially two sides of the same liberal coin.
Jews rise or fall together. For Jewish liberals, the quickest path to overcoming their collective PTSD as a result of the election of Donald Trump might well be defined by their attitude toward and affiliation with the State of Israel. With the Democratic Party moving left and expected to be led by a known anti-Semite and supporter of the Hamas terror group, maybe this is the needed signal to question if the Democratic liberal path is still the path needed to be taken by Jewish liberals in America.
So, rather than engaging in rhetoric that gave American Jews an excuse to distance themselves from Israel, now is time to embrace Israel and reaffirm their affiliation and sense of belonging to the Jewish nation. Likewise, embracing America, the Democratic process, and American exceptionalism is just one step away.
The writer, a 25-year veteran of the IDF, served as a field mental health officer. Prior to retiring in 2005, he served as the commander of the Central Psychiatric Military Clinic for Reserve Soldiers at Tel-Hashomer. Since retiring from active duty, he provides consultancy services to NGOs implementing psycho-trauma and psycho-education programs to communities in the North and South of Israel. Today, Ron is a strategic adviser at the Office of the Chief Foreign Envoy of Judea and Samaria To contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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