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April 9, 2013 8:18 am

Mainstream Jewish Institutions Celebrate Anti-Zionists

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The Rachel Corrie documentary shown at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.

Major Jewish institutions show a marked propensity to promote and celebrate the enemies of Israel and even antisemites. Here are some examples, working backwards chronologically:

  • Cardozo Law School of Yeshiva University: Plans to give its International Advocate for Peace Award to Jimmy Carter, author of Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, on April 10.
  • 92nd St. Y: Scheduled (but then postponed) a talk by Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, leading exponent of artistic boycotts of Israel and purveyor of antisemitic canards.
  • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: Showed Rachel, a film hailing anti-Israel activist Rachel Corrie, and had Corrie’s mother speak at the showing.
  • Brandeis University: Bestowed an honorary degree on Tony Kushner, who says “it would have been better if Israel never happened” and accuses Israel of “ethnic cleansing” Palestinians.
  • Republican Jewish Coalition: Invited Christopher Hitchens to address it, despite his calling Ariel Sharon “vile” and Zionism a “false messiah for the Jews.”
  • Cardozo Law School: Gave its International Advocate for Peace Award to Desmond Tutu who has said that “Israel is like Hitler and apartheid.”

These examples hardly exhaust the list: last month, for example, the Barrack Hebrew Academy in Philadelphia hosted Abdulaziz El Sayed Nosair, the son of El Sayed Nosair who killed Meir Kahane in 1990.

The Russell Tribunal on Palestine, with Noam Chomsky and Roger Waters.

What is it about Jewish organizations that they acclaim their opponents? A belief that treating opponents generously will inspire reciprocity, even though this almost never works.

Here is a more serious example of this same impulse, concerning the Israeli government in 2000, as explained by David Wurmser in an article published a few days ago, “The Geopolitics of Israel’s Offshore Gas Reserves”:

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To help the development of the Palestinian economy – which was seen as key by Israeli and American leaders to politically moderating the Palestinian population and solidifying peace – and lay to rest any potential arguments in the future over the resource, Israel carved from within the demarcation of its proposed Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) between itself and Gaza an indentation rather than run the demarcation line straight from the coast as is done in every other EEZ demarcation across the globe. Israel agreed to allow the line to be indented to Israel’s disadvantage so that the entirety of Gaza Marine will be included in the Palestinian Authority area. The gas, which was to be used both inside Gaza for electricity production and exported to Israel, was to help the Palestinian Authority fund itself, have resources to build up its stature among Palestinians, and by stimulating development, to encourage political stability and moderation.

Comment: One watches and waits in vain for a recognition that being nice to enemies does not solve problems.

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  • Kobi

    The D9 in the Rachel promo is clearly switched off. Otherwise, there would be nothing but blinding dust filling everything.

    Ever since Esau, it is known that a Jew can be bought for a bowl of soup.

  • Simon

    Reply received from Yeshiva University President, regarding his “STAND” in principle,
    For mr. Carter’s invitation to that Institute….

    Richard M. Joel
    President and Bravmann Family University Professor.

    Thank you for sharing with me your concerns; I so appreciate and value your input.

    Please take a moment to read the statement below which I hope will help you more fully understand Yeshiva University’s stance on this situation:

    The student-run Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution has invited former United States President Jimmy Carter to receive its Advocate for Peace Award. President Carter’s invitation to Cardozo represents solely the initiative of this student journal, not of Yeshiva University or the Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School. The university recognizes the breadth of impassioned feelings engendered by this appearance, and is mindful of the diversity of expressed opinions on the matter.

    At the core of Yeshiva University’s expressed mission and sacred mandate stands an unwavering and unapologetic commitment to the legitimacy, safety, and security of the State of Israel. Israel remains not just a critical, but an essential pillar of our institutional and communal ethos. We’ve built a campus in Israel; our students study there in droves; our alumni make aliyah by the thousands; all of our schools engage in collaborative programs with Israeli institutions. Both literally and emblematically, Yeshiva University proudly flies the degel Yisrael, the Flag of the State of Israel, both on our campuses and in our hearts.

    While he has been properly lauded for his role in the Camp David Accords of 1978, I strongly disagree with many of President Carter’s statements and actions in recent years which have mischaracterized the Middle East conflict and have served to alienate those of us who care about Israel. President Carter’s presence at Cardozo in no way represents a university position on his views, nor does it indicate the slightest change in our steadfastly pro-Israel stance.

    That said, Yeshiva University both celebrates and takes seriously its obligation as a university to thrive as a free marketplace of ideas, while remaining committed to its unique mission as a proud Jewish university.

    Richard M. Joel

  • Daniel

    It is not accurate to say “Cardozo Law School of Yeshiva University: Plans to give its International Advocate for Peace Award to Jimmy Carter”. It is a student journal that is giving the award. The law school and/or university had and have no say in the award.

  • Sadie

    Israel’s Ungrateful Children

    by Norma Zager – July 3, 2010

    “Turn all her mother’s pains and benefits
    ҬTo laughter and contempt that she may feel
    “¨How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is
    “¨To have a thankless child!”

    William Shakespeare’s King Lear

    One of the easiest things to do is break a mother’s heart. Shel Silverstein wrote a wonderful book that has now become a classic and a must read for children entitled “The Giving Tree.” It is a story about a tree that gives and gives, its leaves, branches and all it possesses until it becomes no more than a stump. Yet the child continues to want more from the tree, never satisfied or appreciative for the sacrifices the tree has made out of selfless, unconditional love.

    It is a brilliant and poignant book because it is so grounded in reality.
    A mother lives to love her children. Hers is a true and remarkable love. Yet there are children who cannot see the love, dismiss it or cast it aside.

    Nothing is sadder than a mother who has given her life and love to her children only to find their hearts hardened and critical. This is the greatest sorrow. The sting of a child, their anger and refusal to forgive is true heartbreak.

    What has this to do with Israel one may ask?

    I have a friend whose son has cast her aside and turned a deaf ear as she now suffers alone and unwanted. When once she reveled in the love of her granddaughter, she now feels the distance between them and a lack of love and compassion. The tone and chill in her voice is a dagger.

    Living far away, her son ignores her illness and poverty and turns a deaf ear to her plight. Sadly, this is not an uncommon story, but one that comes to too many mothers.

    After World War II, Jewish people were in mourning. Few families were unscathed and exempt from sitting Shiva for six million who had been brutally murdered and sacrificed for evil’s sake.

    Where could they go? Who would help? Then, Israel opened her arms to her children and welcomed them home. It took the blood of many to secure their homeland, blood that still flows through her veins and has become a part of the land itself.

    She gave them land to cultivate, the coolness and shade of her sheltering trees and a calm wind blowing to cool them on a summer day or provide energy for their inspirations. She provided them nourishment, Kibbutzim where the sweetest fruits and vegetables soothed the years of starvation and emptiness they had suffered. Her warm deserts provided comfort and her family nurtured and sustained those who sought her.

    American Jews came to Mother and brought gifts. They applauded and endeared “precious” Israel to their hearts and protected and supported her.

    And she flourished under her children’s loving gaze. The land grew plentiful. Jewish minds set to work once again creating and enhancing the worlds of science and medicine. Her children were home and under her wing once more, safe, secure and now able to be the best they could be. They thrived bathed in her love.

    American relatives were proud, loving and diligent. They fought to strengthen her, sent money to sustain her and through it all burst with pride at her accomplishments. They understood their role in her well being while relatives were there caring for her daily.

    If she was a wonderful mother, so too were her children.

    They called, sent gifts, remembered her on holidays and wept when her song was sung, inspiring joy and awe in their very souls.

    They came for dinner regularly. They had not forgotten her birthday every year, marking it with enormous celebrations.

    No Jew allowed anyone to speak against Israel. She was the parent, the heart, and the soul of the Jewish people. She was God’s promise fulfilled.

    Suddenly, something happened and her children changed. They became sophisticated and decided mother was too “old fashioned.” She acted in ways they could not condone. They became critical of her every move and began to avoid contact. They were busy with too many obligations and could not visit or support her. Birthdays no longer were a priority and often Israel sat alone with a cake filled with candles and no one to help blow them out.

    Outwardly she still seemed strong, yet her heart was about to break, her very being to explode to pieces.

    She wondered what she had done to incur such wrath, such anger from her children. Had she committed some egregious, unforgivable mistakes? Even if she unknowingly did, did she not deserve forgiveness? Did she deserve their accusations of wrongdoing and untoward actions?

    She would never knowingly do anything to drive her children away. What mother ever would?

    What errors could have caused the hearts of her children to harden against her?

    Now Israel is alone. Infected with an enemy that wishes to destroy her. She has nothing left to give but the love for her children they no longer accept. Staring out a window and remembering how good life was when her family was around only creates an unbearable pain in her heart.

    It is this very moment, when she is most weak and fragile, that she needs the support and love to embrace her. Anything else will ultimately destroy her.

    Now her children join in the chorus of critics as she reels from the blows of former friends who turn against her in their folly.

    As she withers away, her children castigate and turn a deaf ear to her suffering. They have forgotten the mother, who took them in, cleaned, nurtured, fed and sustained them with a pure, selfless love.

    Now they are selfish, unforgiving and ungrateful children.

    One always wishes when they attend a funeral for one who has suffered at the hands of their children, “should I speak up and call them to task?”

    Shall I ask why when their mother was in pain alone and suffering they turned a deaf ear? Why they cry now when it is too late for her to hear? Or just pray that in the next life there is appreciation and unconditional love for a mother who needs to heal a broken heart?

    Why ask when it is too late?

    This time I cannot turn a blind eye to Israel’s children and their selfishness in breaking her heart. I am calling them to task and telling them how thoughtless and wrong thinking they are before it is too late.

    Israel was there for her children, now it is time to be there for her. This is the indisputable reality, and every Jewish person on earth must be held accountable. There will be no forgiveness at the graveside for these ungrateful children nor do I believe there will be any forgiveness in heaven. The mercy they have failed to show will be held from them.

    God gave the gift of Israel to His children and it must be nurtured, loved and protected. Or one day we may awake and the loving and forgiving arms of our mother will be in heaven, and we shall no longer have any protection from the hell here on earth.

    Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors(CJHS)

  • What inspires Jews to celebrate anti-Zionism? Speaking for this anti-Zionist Jew, I refuse to be a knuckle-dragging racist for apartheid Israel.

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