Ah. I see that now it’s “being against the Israeli occupation” to restrict or limit the access of Jews to certain jobs unless they openly support a political movement that is openly hostile to them.

silly me, I thought that was “1930′s nazi tactics” and “traditional christian and muslim forms of antisemitism.”

If you want to claim your anti-zionism isn’t just a mask for anti-semitism, you don’t demand things of American Jews who aren’t Israeli citizens that you don’t demand of non-Jews. 

If you want to claim your “policy of promoting peace” isn’t a mask for your anti-semitism, you don’t demand statements only from Jews and only about Israel.

When BDS starts demanding that non-Jewish musicians and celebrities agree with their policies or face boycott and protests, or when the Rototom Sunsplash festival starts asking it’s Spanish performers about Catalonian statehood and their Dominican performers about Haitian deportation, or heck, even their Rastafarian artists about Israel, because, you know, that religion also has strong views about Israel, then we can go back to having a discussion about the merits of BDS’s strategy or Rototom’s promotion of peace.


The above video screen shot reminds me of something….

I was talking to my boyfriend’s mom about how my grandma who was baptized as a child by her parents in Hungary to escape the Nazis didn’t want my mom marrying a Jewish man because she feared another holocaust would happen. I feel my grandmother was right in her fears.
Kedem staff member doused in ‘burning’ chemical in hate attack | The Jewish Chronicle

Police are investigating a hate attack in which a worker at an Israeli cosmetics stall was covered with a suspicious liquid. The teenager was working on the Kedem outlet in Glasgow’s St Enoch Centre when the incident occurred on October 25. She did not

I haven’t seen loud condemnations of the pig head in the kosher section of supermarkets in South Africa yet from the BDS movement and I’m waiting for a non-response or dismissal for this. 

Boycotting does not mean acts of violence. Divestment does not mean polluting Kosher foods. Sanctions does not mean defacing and fire bombing synagogues. 

Stop dismissing these people as a “minority” or ignoring the situation altogether. Start speaking out against anti-semitism. 

To be anti-Zionist but not anti-Semitic is to accept the existence of the Jews as long as we are dependent on non-Jews for our very lives. By opposing Jewish self-determination, anti-Zionists demand that Jews return to a diaspora condition in which we are minorities everywhere and are entirely subject to the whims of our temporary hosts. Jewish life before the state of Israel, in much of the world, was characterized by humiliation, subjugation, and massacres whenever such atrocities were in the interests of our host communities, and there is no reason to believe that the same situation would not arise again if we were to return to the pre-Israel global dynamic. Essentially, anti-Zionists who denounce anti-Semitism imply that Jews may live as long as non-Jews permit us to live, but no longer.

To be anti-Zionist but not anti-Semitic is to accept the existence of the Jews as long as we cannot mobilize politically. It is to say that we can participate as individuals in political systems built by and for non-Jewish populations, but we may not build our own political institutions or represent ourselves. We may vote in French elections, for example, but we may not establish a state in which we are the majority so that our communal needs are consistently met; in France, Jews have legal equality but not basic security. Anti-Zionism thus forever constrains our religion, culture, peoplehood, and safety to the limits that non-Jews set for us.

To be anti-Zionist but not anti-Semitic is to accept the existence of the Jews as long as we know our place. The millennia of Jew-hatred and oppression in Europe have left a deeply engrained conception of Jews as beneath non-Jews, as somehow backward and doomed to exist among and between other, more powerful peoples. Zionism is revolutionary in that it asserts a Jewish claim to equality – Jews will no longer accept an eternally degrading status, but rather will demand to function as a group with the same rights as all others, including representation on the international stage and the ability to choose our own leaders. All revolutions are met with conservative backlash, and in the case of Zionism that opposition includes Jews who are content with a diaspora existence, but that backlash does not make the Jewish claim to equality any less legitimate.

To be anti-Zionist but not anti-Semitic is to accept the existence of the Jews as long as we fit into the boxes that others have prescribed for us. Jewish identities have long been diverse, some based in religious doctrine and others based in other social, legal, ethical, cultural, or historical codes. Judaism was labeled a “religion” by a Church-dominated Europe. Anti-Zionism tends to enforce the Christian European notion of Jews as constituting solely a religious group in competition with the Church, or the anti-Jewish Enlightenment notion of Jews as constituting solely a religious group in competition with rationality and secularism. It denies Jews the right to decide for ourselves how we identify – more often than not, among other things, as part of a nation.

Finally, to be anti-Zionist but not anti-Semitic is to accept the existence of the Jews in theory but not in practice. As other states across Southwest Asia have disintegrated, groups like Daesh have massacred Shi’a Muslims, Christians, and Kurds of various religious backgrounds (especially Yazidis), while groups like the Iran-backed “Popular Mobilization Units” in Iraq or Hezbollah militants in Syria massacre Sunni Muslims. If the Jewish state were to voluntarily dissolve itself, as seems to be the suggestion of many American and European anti-Zionists, or if it were to merge with other states to become an unstable anarchy of rival groups like Syria, Iraq, or Lebanon, it would be inviting a similar wave of massacres against Jews by those who have promised to destroy us, from Hamas to Daesh and many more. I find it strange that American college students who know what happened when Europe drew borders around countries like Syria still suggest that American and European powers pressure Israel into merging with Palestine. If, as my anti-Zionist peers suggest, Israel were to stop defending its borders and cease to exist as a state, the (approximately) half of the global Jewish population that lives there would be immediately vulnerable.

this is going to fall on deaf ears because not many people are online but the bds movment is not monolithic. an action taken by advocates of bds whether it’s removing non-israel kosher products from a store or targeting jewish individuals shouldn’t represent the entire movement. it is a problem when these things aren’t only a one-time thing but it’s unfair to paint an entire movement as anti-semitic especially when it is endorsed by palestinians in palestine and who greatly rely on it for some sort of collective action from the international community. also by doing so, you also paint those palestinian advocates of bds as ‘anti-semites’ which, like i said, is completely unfair. 

Roger Waters: Pink Floyd star on why his fellow musicians are terrified to speak out against Israel

Roger Waters: Pink Floyd star on why his fellow musicians are terrified to speak out against Israel 

American musicians who support boycotting Israel over the issue of Palestinian rights are terrified to speak out for fear their careers will be destroyed, according to Roger Waters.

The Pink Floyd star – a prominent supporter of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel since its inception 10 years ago – said the experience of seeing himself constantly labelled a Nazi and anti-Semite had scared people into silence.

“The only response to BDS is that it is anti-Semitic,” Waters told The Independent, in his first major UK interview about his commitment to Israeli activism. “I know this because I have been accused of being a Nazi and an anti-Semite for the past 10 years.

“My industry has been particularly recalcitrant in even raising a voice [against Israel]. There’s me and Elvis Costello, Brian Eno, Manic Street Preachers, one or two others, but there’s nobody in the United States where I live. I’ve talked to a lot of them, and they are scared s***less.

“If they say something in public they will no longer have a career. They will be destroyed. I’m hoping to encourage some of them to stop being frightened and to stand up and be counted, because we need them. We need them desperately in this conversation in the same way we needed musicians to join protesters over Vietnam.”

Waters likened Israeli treatment of Palestinians to apartheid South Africa. “The way apartheid South Africa treated its black population, pretending they had some kind of autonomy, was a lie,” he said.

“Just as it is a lie now that there is any possibility under the current status quo of Palestinians achieving self-determination and achieving, at least, a rule of law where they can live and raise their children and start their own industries. This is an ancient, brilliant, artistic and very humane civilisation that is being destroyed in front of our eyes.”

A trip to Israel in 2006, where Waters had planned to play a gig in Tel Aviv and the end of the European leg of his Dark Side of the Moon Live tour, transformed his view of the Middle East……

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University of Michigan says death threats to pro-Israel students are 'activism'

Adam Kredo reports that a University of Michigan official has dismissed death threats by BDS supporters against pro-Israel students asactivism.’

The University of Michigan has allowed known pro-Hamas activists to openly organize riots on their campus and create an environment in which pro-Israel students had their lives threatened,” said one high-level official with a prominent pro-Israel organization.

“Now, after months of watching outside groups coordinate hateful stunts, university administrators are allowing students to be bullied into taking an anti-Israel vote with a gun pointed to their heads,” added the source. “They’ll have to answer for this, certainly politically and probably legally.”

The BDS brouhaha first began earlier this month when the school’s student government overwhelmingly suspended consideration of a divestment resolution. That prompted the pro-Palestinian group Students Allied for Freedom and Equality to hold protests on campus and inside student government chambers.

On Wednesday evening of last week during one of these sit-ins, a student opposed to the BDS resolution had “threats of violence” shouted at him by two “Arabic males,” according to a police report filed that evening.

University officials in recent days have helped broker a deal that led to an apology from the student government’s president for tabling the divestment initiative. The university has helped ensure that the initiative comes to a vote in the coming days.

University of Michigan spokesman Rick Fitzgerald—who first said that he did not understand a reporter’s questions—declined multiple requests to comment on the death threats and violent rhetoric from activists, saying that the school encourages “students to report them to police.”

Fitzgerald—who adopted an incredulous tone when faced with questions—additionally refused to connect a Free Beacon reporter with the university’s provost or other high-level officials, saying that the issue does not rise to the level of their involvement.

This is activism of students with their student government,” he said. The BDS activists “do not believe their voices were heard.”