Left-Wing Antisemitism - An Overview

A. Campuses
B. Unification of Powerful Forces
C Focus points

A. Campuses

When violence erupted between Israel and the Palestinians on 29th September 2000, the Left rediscovered its pet cause. It had, since the late 1960s, perceived and presented the Palestinians as the victims of Israel. The David of the new millennium wears a keffiyah. Goliath drives a tank.

University College campuses worldwide became the breeding ground for a new generation of Left-wing antisemites.
Laurie Zoloth, director of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University, wrote a chilling explication of Antisemitism on the left.

"I cannot fully express what it feels like to have to walk across campus daily, past maps of the Middle East that do not include Israel, past posters of cans of soup with labels on them of drops of blood and dead babies, labeled 'canned Palestinian children meat, slaughtered according to Jewish rites under American license,' past poster after poster calling out Zionism=racism, and Jews=Nazis," she wrote -- and the details only became more shattering from then on."
Quoted in "The Rough Beast Returns" by Todd Gitlin

 

B. Unification of Powerful Forces

With The US invasion of Iraq, a new alliance was created. The anti-war movement merged with a plethora of radical left and anti-imperialism/globalization groups as well as many Palestinian groups. Stop the Occupation of Palestine and Iraq became a popular call. Left and Arab Antisemitism began to merge.

Anti War Protestor
(Photo credit: Getty Images)
http://www.newyorkmetro.com
/nymetro/news/religion/features
/n_9622/index.html.

As the Social Democratic Movement of America states:

“On April 20, nearly 80,000 people marched on Washington, DC to protest many things, from IMF/World Bank policies to US military action in Colombia to an end to the current war. But one issue stood out above all others: solidarity with the people of Palestine against the aggression of Israel. As ideological as well as practical activists, it is vital that we not let the desire to unite the largest numbers possible obscure the need to make some vital political demarcations within the emerging movement for Palestinian sovereignty.."

Statement Adopted by the Young Democratic Socialists Coordinating Committee on May 26, 2002. http://www.ydsusa.org/statements/israel2.html

 

C Focus points

  • Left-wing Antisemitism is particularly dangerous because it comes from the liberal/ intellectual/"progressive causes" world - and is therefore publicly palatable, but more importantly: it thus becomes acceptable to certain opinion and decision makers.
  • It is no longer a fringe movement, nor is it confined to the university campus.
  • It is often expressed by persons within politically correct circles, considered beyond the pale of racism and xenophobia, - and who therefore do not recognize their own sentiments as Antisemitism.

    Today, left- wing Antisemitism is virulent and advances unabated.

    “Israel has become the Jew among nations,” says Mort Zuckerman, who - in addition to his media holdings - is the former chairman of the Council of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. “It is both the surrogate — the respectable way of expressing Antisemitism — and the collective Jew.”
    The Return of Antisemitism http://www.newyorkmetro.com/nymetro/news/religion/features/n_9622/index1.html


 

 

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