Peter Beinart’s illiberal mission: To subvert Jewish & non-Jewish support for Israel


The following post was written by Yisrael Medad, and originally published at the Jerusalem Post and Love of the Land.

Peter Beinart

Peter Beinart once again pursues his goal of subverting Jewish and non-Jewish support for Zionism and the state of Israel. 

His new crusading essay has appeared, “The American Jewish Cocoon“. He is concerned with

“them.”

“They” are the…

Palestinians that so often consume the American Jewish conversation about Israel.

He notes that…

For the most part, Palestinians do not speak in American synagogues or write in the Jewish press. The organization Birthright, which since 1999 has taken almost 350,000 young Diaspora Jews—mostly Americans—to visit Israel, does not venture to Palestinian towns and cities in the West Bank (nor do they come to the Jewish communities, btw – YM)… the organized American Jewish community a closed intellectual space, isolated from the experiences and perspectives of roughly half the people under Israeli control. And the result is that American Jewish leaders, even those who harbor no animosity toward Palestinians, know little about the reality of their lives.

He, but of course, want American Jews to provide a platform for the Arabs of the former League of Nations territory awarded as a Mandate for the purpose of the reconstitution of the Jewish national home. For him, he is bothered that in not doing so, it is…

almost impossible for Jewish campus organizations to invite a Palestinian speaker.

He bemoans the standards that are set, which, to his thinking, are too high.

First, “delegitimize, demonize, or apply a double standard” is so vague that it could bar virtually any Palestinian (or, for that matter, non-Palestinian) critic of Israeli policy. 

As a result, American Jews, for the most part…

don’t know the degree to which Palestinians are denied those rights in the West Bank. They are unfamiliar with the realities of ordinary Palestinian life because they live inside the cocoon the organized American Jewish community has built for itself.

Not only, then, is the consequence of “this isolation” a “lack of information”, but…

the other is a lack of empathy

…as well as the minimization of 

the human toll of living, for forty-six years, without the basic rights that…Jewish neighbors take for granted….This lack of familiarity with Palestinian life also inclines many in the organized American Jewish world to assume that Palestinian anger toward Israel must be a product solely of Palestinian pathology…By walling themselves off from Palestinians, American Jews fail to understand the very behavior they seek to prevent.

He doesn’t like the trips Congressmen take, conveniently noting that AIPAC does not allow those it hosts to visit Jewish communities as well, although their regional directors have done their duty and seen, to an extent, the Jewish reality in Yesha, but not enough.

Beinart does take into consideration that…

in some ways a truly open conversation with Palestinians may be more discomforting to American Jews like myself who are committed to the two-state solution than to those skeptical of it.

Why?

Well, as Beinart admits…

Virtually every Palestinian I’ve ever met considers Zionism to be colonialist, imperialist, and racist.

Nevertheless, for Beinart, this open line to Arabs of the Palestinian Authority area is important for two reasons. The first is that ignorance is “dangerous” and that it can encourage “American Jewish hatred” and he refers to Sheldon Adelson’s remark of “why would I want to invest money with people who want to kill my people?” 

Beinart finishes his text so…

By seeing Palestinians—truly seeing them—we glimpse a faded, yellowing photograph of ourselves. We are reminded of the days when we were a stateless people, living at the mercy of others. And by recognizing the way statelessness threatens Palestinian dignity, we ensure that statehood doesn’t rob us of our own.

I can assure Beinart that the more American Jews get to know the truth – not the liberal-tinted glasses view, nor the propaganda view – they will be even more pro-Yesha, pro-Jewish retention of Judea and Samaria and more anti-Palestinianism.

They will learn of the “Temple Denial” phenomenon. They will become acquainted with the anti-Semitism at the root of Islamist ideology which drives (and, with the Grand Mufti El-Husseini’s pro-Nazism beginning in 1933, drove) their bloodthirsty opposition to Zionism. They will know that the dispute is not territorial nor where a boundary line will be drawn but it is existential. They will come to acknowledge the deeply rooted fanaticism and extremism that guides their anti-Zionism thinking and actions. They will recognize the lies and half-truths that form the basis of Palestinianism, the inventivity model of nationalism.

I publish their words. Many other bloggers and web sites do as well. With Google Translate, even the Arab-language sites are open to us all. There is no shortage of getting to know “the enemy”. In fact, we are commanded to, in a sense, to “know thy enemy” which, in Jewish thought was expressed in the Ethics of the Fathers, 2:14, by Rabbi Elazar who would say: ‘Be diligent in the study of Torah. Know what to answer a heretic’.

But Beinart seeks to turn things around. To weaken Jewish resolve which will lead to endangering Israel’s existence while permitting terrorists to gain sympathy. We cannot allow the history of the 9-decades conflict to dissolve into tears of empathy. 

If I do possess sympathy, I extend it to Beinart whose orientation is a twisted approach, one that subverts truth and lends itself to the further promotion of anti-Zionism, Israel’s delegitimization and its isolation.

He is not liberal in any sense but dogmatic and lacks true love of his people.

Oh, and that cocoon? No beautiful butterfly will appear from his suggestion.

28 comments on “Peter Beinart’s illiberal mission: To subvert Jewish & non-Jewish support for Israel

  1. Peter Beinart must learn from this it is no good winging –

    JERICHO (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided the Jericho village of Fasayil on Monday and demolished residential and agricultural structures, witnesses said.

    Israeli soldiers destroyed a house and cattle farm belonging to Deifallah Rashayda and Jihad Rashayda, leaving 12 family members homeless.

    During the demolition, soldiers assaulted five women with the butts of their rifles, locals said. All five women were taken to hospital for treatment after being assessed by Red Crescent medics at the scene.

    Deifallah Rashayda told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided his home early Monday accompanied by bulldozers. Soldiers ordered him to remove all of this belongings from the property before the demolition.

    Israeli troops assaulted several family members after they refused to obey the soldiers’ orders.

    The house was built ten years ago and Rashayda said he had precautionary orders from several Israeli courts to suspend the demolition.

    The cattle farm steel structure was built four years ago and he was not given notice prior to the demolition.

    Jericho governor Majid al-Fityani described the demolition in Fasayil as a “slap in the face for those who advocate the resumption of peace negotiations,” while visiting the injured women in hospital.

    The senior official slammed Israeli polices in the Jordan Valley which “obviously aim to forcibly evacuate Palestinian citizens from their lands in order to build settlements.”

    He appealed to President Mahmoud Abbas to allocate more support to the residents of the Jordan Valley so they can remain “steadfast” in the face of Israeli policies.

  2. Wow – Peter Beinart has got it wrong – this is the only way to clean Israel –

    JERICHO (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided the Jericho village of Fasayil on Monday and demolished residential and agricultural structures, witnesses said.

    Israeli soldiers destroyed a house and cattle farm belonging to Deifallah Rashayda and Jihad Rashayda, leaving 12 family members homeless.

    During the demolition, soldiers assaulted five women with the butts of their rifles, locals said. All five women were taken to hospital for treatment after being assessed by Red Crescent medics at the scene.

    Deifallah Rashayda told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided his home early Monday accompanied by bulldozers. Soldiers ordered him to remove all of this belongings from the property before the demolition.

    Israeli troops assaulted several family members after they refused to obey the soldiers’ orders.

    The house was built ten years ago and Rashayda said he had precautionary orders from several Israeli courts to suspend the demolition.

    The cattle farm steel structure was built four years ago and he was not given notice prior to the demolition.

    Jericho governor Majid al-Fityani described the demolition in Fasayil as a “slap in the face for those who advocate the resumption of peace negotiations,” while visiting the injured women in hospital.

    The senior official slammed Israeli polices in the Jordan Valley which “obviously aim to forcibly evacuate Palestinian citizens from their lands in order to build settlements.”

    He appealed to President Mahmoud Abbas to allocate more support to the residents of the Jordan Valley so they can remain “steadfast” in the face of Israeli policies.

    • Though the use of the “self hater” expression is widespread and everyone knows its real meaning; it doesn’t describe precisely the Beinart like persons. He doesn’t hate himself at all – exactly the opposite. His extremely egotistic love of himself make him hate the majority of other Jews because their real or perceived wrongdoings make him feel uncomfortably. He hates Israelis because they wouldn’t compromise on their security in order to satisfy his wish to be loved by everyone else in his immediate and secure environment. This makes him a Jew-hater despite his adoration felt for himself.

    • During the demolition, soldiers assaulted five women with the butts of their rifles, locals said. All five women were taken to hospital for treatment after being assessed by Red Crescent medics at the scene.

      Were the Red Crescent representatives there waiting for the soldiers to arrive?

      What was the determination of the hospital as to the injuries of the five women. Was there any criticism that the journey to the hospital was unnecessary??

      The house was built ten years ago and Rashayda said he had precautionary orders from several Israeli courts to suspend the demolition.

      Was the house built legally???

  3. Well Wayne
    We can only thank our lucky stars that none of that went on between 1947 and 1967 when there was no so called occupation and no settlements .
    I wish I knew why the Palestinians failed to declare their independent state back then . Surely 20 years was enough ?
    Perhaps you can enlighten us .
    Incidentally there are plenty of jewish outreach organisations such as JStreet and its UK equivalent Yachad .
    Why the need for mainstream Zionist organisations . Rhetorical question as we all know its nothing to do with 2ss and everything to do with subverting Zionism in order to bring about a one state no state of Israel .
    # Trojan Horse

    • “I wish I knew why the Palestinians failed to declare their independent state back then .”

      From the Palestinian Charter, 1964:

      “Article 24: This Organization [PLO] does not exercise any territorial sovereignty over the West Bank in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, on the Gaza Strip or in the Himmah Area.”

  4. You are right noe of it did – and this happened and necessarily –

    The 1948 Palestinian exodus, known in Arabic as the Nakba (Arabic: النكبة‎, an-Nakbah, lit. “disaster”, “catastrophe”, or “cataclysm”),[1] occurred when approximately 711,000 to 725,000 Palestinian Arabs left, fled or were expelled from their homes, during the 1947–1948 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine and the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.[2] The term nakba also refers to the period of war itself and events affecting Palestinians December 1947 to January 1949, and is synonymous in that sense with what is known to Israelis as the War of Independence (Hebrew: מלחמת העצמאות or מלחמת הקוממיות, Milkhemet Ha’atzma’ut, a term which covers those two events).[3][4][5][6]

    • In that case Noga , the PLO and the Palestinians missed the boat in 1947 . They were only to pleased for Jordan to annex the West Bank in the expectation that it would sooner or later overrun Israel . You proved my point . There was never a Palestinian state and never any expectation of declaring a Palestinian state . Nor was there any compunction to declare Jerusalem as capital of Palestine because a) there was no Palestine and b) the Palestinians already had their capital in Jordan ie Amman .

      The 6 Day war and the events leading up to it was Nassers grand opportunity to demonstrate the power of Pan Arabism . He lost the war and the opportunity to destroy Israel was gone . So now the Palestinians find themselves 10 steps back from the starting line and expect Israel to concede ground without reciprocal concessions .
      Life doesn’t work like that buddy .

      • I was answering the question you asked:
        “I wish I knew why the Palestinians failed to declare their independent state back then”
        directly from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.

        I think the Palestinians have never managed an elegant and plausible explanation for the difference between their 1964 Charter and 1968 Charter. I tend to believe that the 1964 Charter expresses Palestinian aspirations much more clearly and sincerely, and it can be easily detected in speeches made by Palestinian officials:

        http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Politics/2011/Sep-15/148791-interview-refugees-will-not-be-citizens-of-new-state.ashx#axzz2e1JhjsiA

        ” Abdullah said that the new Palestinian state would “absolutely not” be issuing Palestinian passports to refugees.

        Neither this definitional status nor U.N. statehood, Abdullah says, would affect the eventual return of refugees to Palestine. “How the issue of the right of return will be solved I don’t know, it’s too early [to say], but it is a sacred right that has to be dealt with and solved [with] the acceptance of all.” He says statehood “will never affect the right of return for Palestinian refugees.”

        Palestine on the WB and Gaza and then the continued “Jihad” for Palestine 2 on Israel’s territory.

        These are elementary and indisputable for the Palestinians. That is why they cannot make peace and they cannot stop wishing the destruction of Israel, planning for it and when they can, killing Israelis.

        People who advocate for the cause of Palestinians need to know what it is they are promoting. And they need to declare, a priori, that they are aware of it and that they are in agreement. They cannot pretend to be championing human rights justice while de facto they are championing a genocide.

  5. Another bla-bla-moniker won`t help Robery Wayne/Jim Ward/Rob Matthews/Jamie Thomas/Rabia Wattspratt/Ramesh Patel/Andrew Jackson/Dave Ernst/Janet Burke/Jim Davison/ John Atkins/falsefalse/ RObert Alright/Kumar Chaudry/Rebuttal/Jim Chance/ Frederick/ Richard/Patrick/NSIsmail/NSIsmael/Jason Helper/John Walsh/ ranamirza/ Rafi Mirza,
    From NSIsmail to Antisemite Rana, the antisemitic members of the Diane Shame Group of aliases like Mondoweiss Chris/Isac/ liar/Peter Ounce/Islamabadi/ diane/ dianeshammes/Angel/Rafi/Sharon/Jane/Catherine/Samantha/HarpalSingh/AaronPatel/AnrewBird/Jeremy Bowles/AlanThornton/ Jabal/ Alan/Deborah/Jim/Jason/ Dirk/ Nick/Natzie/Rob, amended by Gerald with Dopey/Grumpy/Sneezy/Sleazy/Tosser/Dorothy/Straw Man/Dick Head/Drek.

    I wonder if some of these aliases lead to
    http://sherrimunnerlyn.wordpress.com/
    http://mondoweiss.net/profile/sherri-munnerlyn
    http://inpalestine.blogspot.co.at/2008/04/standing-with-women-of-hebron-islamic.html
    http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3rwpdk/

    or to Diane Shammes.

  6. “almost impossible for Jewish campus organizations to invite a Palestinian speaker.”
    Jewish students on university campuses are at present overdosed with the poison of Palestinian propaganda. Mr. Beinart, the “open” Zionist, ought to be a little more concerned with the ability of pro-Israeli speakers to speak on campuses without harassment and threats.

  7. “Virtually every Palestinian I’ve ever met considers Zionism to be colonialist, imperialist, and racist.”
    Such unanimity of opinion should tell Peter Beinart that virtually every Palestinian he has ever met has also been indoctrinated, especially since the evidence is so overwhelmingly abundant and at his fingertips.

    • It just indictes the stupidity of self righteous people convinced of their own morals to be superior of ordinary people.

  8. He is a dangerous fool. He is now a CNN ME expert and stated on Piers Morgan that Islamists are an oppressed, silenced minority who’s voices are “suppressed” but should be heard !!

    He wanted to re-install Morsi !

    The guy is a extreme left degenerate and his views on Israel are only part of the rot he speaks for.

    • “There’s another problem, too. Being aware of anti-Semitism seems a fundamentally distinct mission from appreciating Jewish traditions, and it’s often hard to know what the two things have to do with each other. Yet, as Samuels noted in our interview, it’s necessary to study anti-Semitism because “You can’t really understand the positive aspects of Jewish culture without understanding this too.” Hannah Arendt in The Origins of Totalitarianism as well as Isaiah Berlin, in his virtuosic essay “Jewish Slavery and Emancipation,” showed that half-assimilated Jews can draw on, and turn inside out, anti-Semitic prejudices. It’s hard to imagine Disraeli or Proust, not to mention the history of American comedy, outside of this messy but fertile dynamic.”

      http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/books/143487/academic-anti-semitism?all=1

  9. Well Jeff it is not that different from my experience of meeting Black South Africans before Apartheid was dismantled they thought all Pro_apartheid White South Africans were racists and colonialists. No different there -

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