Sunday, December 20, 2020

  • Sunday, December 20, 2020
  • Elder of Ziyon
The Jewish socialist Left has been in the forefront of fighting against anyone using the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism, with countless articles that often falsely claim that this definition criminalizes any criticism of Israel.

What they try very hard not to do is to offer an alternative definition of antisemitism. 

This is deliberate, because any definition that they offer will necessarily exclude obvious case of antisemitism from their own political allies. 

Rabbi Alissa Wise, the Jewish Voice for Peace's Deputy Director,  moderated last week's "Dismantling Antisemitism" panel which included people with history of antisemitic statements themselves. In her introduction she veered into antisemitism herself by claiming [13:23]  that Israel built "Jewish only roads" in the West Bank and would shoot any Palestinian Arab who crossed them. This is of course a double lie. 

She later on said a little bit about how JVP and its socialist Left allies define antisemitism. "Antisemitism is a tool used to manufacture fear and division," she said [17:39].  

This is an astonishing statement. it downplays the fact that many people actually hate Jews, and instead she is saying that it is often some sort of myth that is weaponized to divide the Jewish community.

This was not a slip of the tongue. On Friday, JVP sent out a fundraising email where Wise said the same thing: "Antisemitism isn’t a virus, nor a tide, nor a force of nature. It’s a political tool that is used to divide us."

Talk about psychological projection!

The entire point of JVP and its allies is to divide the Jewish community, and the entire purpose of the "Dismantling antisemitism" panel and similar initiatives like the "How to fight antisemitism" website of Bend The Arc is to weaponize antisemitism as a strictly right-wing phenomenon. They studiously ignore the instances of antisemitism we saw just this past year from prominent Black entertainers and athletes, from Louis Farrakhan,  from Leftist icons like Roger Waters, the daily antisemitism that is published by Palestinians, even the attacks on synagogues  and Jewish stores we saw during Black Lives Matters protests

If you want to fight antisemitism, you would show solidarity with all Jews, not only Jews who are your political allies. If JVP and the Jewish socialist Left really cared about antisemitism they would be in the forefront of criticizing their Black and Arab allies when they spout Jew-hate.

They don't ever say a word about it. Because it is the Jewish Left who is using antisemitism as a political tool to divide us.

If you believe Alissa Wise's definition of antisemitism, then her JVP organization - along with her fellow travelers at IfNotNow, Bend The Arc, Jewish Currents and other fringe anti-Zionist groups - are the real antisemites. 






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