It is, in fact, central.
Anti-Muslim and anti-Arab racism is such a given on the Left that progressives seem incapable of even recognizing it, much less acknowledging it. Anti-Muslim and anti-Arab racism just fades into the background among white, western liberals. The truth is that progressives are, today, more racist than conservatives, and that they are far more racist toward Muslims and Arabs than they are toward Jews.
Nonetheless, since the progressive-left accepts anti-Semitic anti-Zionism as part of its larger movement it demonstrates that anti-Semitism is acceptable within the movement as a whole.
This is a big part of what drove me out of the Left, actually. The acceptance of anti-Zionism as part of the progressive-left should be abhorrent to anyone who cares about Israel and it was certainly abhorrent to me.
One of the primary forms of left-wing racism, however, is the infantilizations of Arabs and Muslims. Arabs and Muslims, particularly Palestinians, are condescended to and treated as if they hold no responsibilities as adult human beings. Palestinian fighters are not even held accountable for intended violence against innocent civilians. This is clearly a left-wing form of racism. Conservatives tend to stress personal responsibility, a creed that mitigates this particularly ugly "soft" racism.
Furthermore, while there are individual conservatives who are racist, the Left has taken the anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist BDS movement as part of the larger coalition. Individual Democrats may favor or oppose the BDS, but it remains the case that the BDS movement has a place at the table. In this way, because the BDS movement itself is anti-Semitic, anti-Jewish racism becomes institutionalized on the Left.
So, don't let these people get away with seeking to diminish our concerns as a recent commenter sought to do here.
They own the BDS movement, so they can just eat it. And we should have nothing to do with the progressive-left unless, or until, they stop screaming about how evil Republicans are and take a good, long, hard look at themselves for a change.
These people need to understand that they cannot be supportive of those who would harm the Jewish people, via friendship with anti-Zionism and the movement to boycott Jewish Israelis, and still claim to be supportive of the Jewish people.
It simply does not work that way.
The progressive-left is not supportive of Gay people in the Middle East. It is not supportive of women in the Middle East. And it is most certainly not supportive of Jews in the Middle East.
And it is possible that what we are seeing in the streets, right at this very moment, is the last gasp of a dying political movement. One can hope, anyway. Look how desperate they have now become, what with their calls for REVOLUTION. They have no idea what they are even advocating for, do they?
Revolution? What revolution?
Does the Occupy Wall Street movement, if it is a movement, have even the slightest revolutionary theory to back up their cries in the streets? I doubt it. Have any of them spent any time at all building up the necessary socio-political infrastructure upon which a successful revolution would depend?
No. They haven't.
And just what kind of revolution would this be? Do they have any idea what they would replace the U.S. Constitution with?
No, they do not.
Do they want Communism? Socialism? Anarcho-Syndicalism? Something else? Or are they are just yammering nonsense at one another before the cameras about how they feel like they are getting screwed by rich people?
I'll take that last one for the fact that it is.
This may be the final dying gasp of a failed and incoherent ideology, which, as Ziontruth has pointed out, left tens of millions of people dead in the 20th century.
Thankfully the vast majority of Americans are not buying this Occupy Wall Street nonsense and we, all of us, have options outside of the progressive movement and the Democratic party. I say that the sooner we begin to exercise those options the better.
Are Jews movin' on?
Recent numbers show a significant drop of Jewish support for the president.
No matter what happens, 2012 will prove very interesting.
We shall see.