It was Peter Beinart who cancelled his talk in Berkeley when he realized that it was an a pro-BDS organization, JVP, who co-sponsored his lecture and who was providing-along with fellow Israel-loathing KPFA-the noxious Penny Rosenwasser as moderator.
Although in concert with a majority of Israelis I don’t believe W. Bank Jewish settlements are in the best interests of Israel, I don’t concur with Beinart that boycotting goods produced by the West Bank settlers will do anything positive for the cause of peace. Indeed, quite the contrary as it is all too easy for people who don’t know any better to confuse the Beinart’s position with those of organizations such as JVP which seek to help destroy Israel by advocating BDS vs all of the Jewish State. Indeed, JVP doesn’t believe in the existence of Israel as a Jewish State.
This is sewage which Beinart doesn’t support and he has demonstrated the integrity to eschew any connection with the toxic stance of JVP.
That JVP would blame Beinart’s decision to cancel his talk on a “McCarthy-like atmosphere” is typical of the inane ideological mire into which JVP regularly sinks.
In sum, JVP should give credit where credit is due: It’s Mr. Beinart who didn’t wish to sully his reputation by sharing the toxic air JVP produces and to share the podium with Ms. Rosenwasser. And whether one agrees with Beinart’s perspective on the settlements or not, the man has ethics which JVP so clearly lacks and he wants nothing to do with this destructively marginal minion…
“You just can’t make this stuff up: JVP, which insists that it should have the right to utilize Jewish community institutions to defame and delegitimize Israel, celebrates the muzzling of an Israeli LGBT delegation in Seattle (for which the Seattle LGBT Commission has subsequently apologized, recognizing that they failed to fulfill their responsibilities to the city and its LGBT population). And now they’ve thrown a tantrum over their failed attempt to get the East Bay JCC to cosponsor an event that would be led by a hard-core anti-Israel activist—though they refrained from blasting Peter Beinart, who is the one who actually cancelled his appearance. Given JVP’s track record, that probably means that they will try to disrupt his San Francisco talk.
Yet JVP failed to respond to an open invitation for debate in the pages of J Weekly, probably because they are afraid to try to defend their own positions against a knowledgeable opponent; it’s much easier to convince people who don’t know the facts
Mark Levine said it all
It is unfathomable how any so-called “Jewish” organization could host an anti-Israel faux-“Zionist” Jew who favors anti-Israel boycots. Hateful anti-Israel extremists, allied with the “progressive” enemies of Israel, such as J Street, are being provided legitimacy by Jew haters from the far left and within the “mainstream” anti-Israel media. Over the last week the Wall Street Journal, under partial Saudi ownership, has been giving this character tremendous free advertising. There is never a legitimate reason for any true “Jewish” organization to give the enemies of Israel any legitimacy by hosting them. They should be shunned and reviled.
Having Zacharia, who herself has been described as having a very anti-Israel bias, is icing on the cake if the “Jewish” JCC in San Francisco proceeds as advertised: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/03/a_fanciful_wash_post_news_arti.html
A better title for this event could be, “The Enemy Within - The Crisis of American `Jewish’ Leftist Antisemitism”.
(The vile antisemitism cited by “Pete” from Aljazeera, above, is indicative of the extremist leftist anti-Israel attacks by faux-Jews.)
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