Am Yisrael Chai
The anti-Israel movement in a snapshot: A young woman who was writing a message of peace for Israel was physically and verbally assaulted, and thrown out of a public park, by people who claim to be, and are referred to by the mass media, as "peaceful," "non-violent," "free speech" activists.
Am Yisrael Chai written under Freedom to Speak, led to 3/13/13 assault on an Israeli woman in Oakland.
The problem is not that most progressives despise Israelis or Jews or Zionists. They don't. The problem is that they accept anti-Semitic anti-Zionists as part of their larger coalition and have come to believe that the Jewish victims in the Middle East are the victimizers, while their Arab-Muslim oppressors are, in fact, the victims of the Jewish minority.
This scene happened in Oakland, which is where I live. And I understand, of course, that the "Occupy" people do not represent the left as a whole. They represent the far left. What we see in the video clip above is a Jewish Israeli being attacked by Gabrielle Silverman, an American Jewish progressive activist.
Now, tell me, how sad is that?
But this did not happen in a right-wing venue. It happened in a left-wing venue. And it wasn't just a matter of a hard-left Jewish activist, but of her non-Jewish friends pushing out a young Israeli woman and her companion.
The last time that I went to an anti-war rally in San Francisco I saw a Swastika entwined in a Star of David, which represents one of those moments, a landmark, that has driven me out of the left, entirely.
I find it interesting that Silverman said this afterwards:
I want to say that I don’t like or respect the right wing, but I would never disturb one of your memorial spaces.There is nothing to suggest that the young Israeli girl that she attacked was "right-wing" beyond the fact that she was pro-Israel and pro-Jewish. That's it. Nonetheless, it is becoming a matter of "religious faith," so to speak, that standing up for the human rights of the Jewish people is now considered "right-wing" or "conservative."
Would anyone ever think that about a Latina who stands up for Latin Americans?
Would anyone ever think that about a Black woman who stood up against Jim Crow?
The Jewish people in the Middle East are not oppressing the Palestinian-Arabs. On the contrary. It is the vast Arab majority which continues to lay siege to the Jewish minority in that part of the world out of an exceedingly violent form of religious bigotry, yet the progressive-left, including much of progressive-left Jewry, interprets Jewish self-defense as a form of aggression.
Think about what happened last year. All year long Hamas rocketeers bombarded southern Israel, making that part of the country virtually unlivable, and no one in the international community cared. In November Arabs shot hundreds of rockets into Israel and only when Israelis finally responded in defense of themselves did the progressive-left stand up to denounce the Jewish State.
The right did not do that. It was the left.
So, why in this world would any self-respecting Jewish person continue to support a political movement that holds us in violent contempt?
Political sands are shifting and it is time for us to move on. We can still hold to our highest ideals, but we should not do it under the banner of a regressive and racist political movement that is increasingly supportive of anti-Semitic anti-Zionists.
Because the Day of the Dhimmi is Done.
It's time to have a little self-respect.