One of the obvious things about the current political moment is that western anti-Semitic anti-Zionism and BDS primarily come out of the progressive-left. There is nothing the least bit controversial about acknowledging this obvious fact.
Democrats, as a group, are considerably less supportive of Israel than are Republicans... and I say this despite the fact that I am very much not a Republican. I do not have much against Republicans, I suppose, I simply do not happen to be one and I very much question their domestic policies.
In truth, I have been a life-long Democrat until I was pushed out of the party by progressive-left Democratic anti-Zionists.
But that does not change the fact that the progressive-left in the United States, and the grassroots-netroots of the Democratic Party, has betrayed its Jewish constituency through the acceptance of anti-Semitic anti-Zionism as part of the larger movement.
What amazes me is the inability of intelligent progressive-left Jews to acknowledge the obvious.
There is a well-meaning and intelligent young man, here in northern California, who goes under the moniker of "fizziks." Fizziks, if I am not mistaken, is a student of physics at one of the prominent northern California universities, perhaps UCAL Berkeley.
He is also a good-hearted liberal and Democrat who simply cannot bring himself to face the very clear fact that his own political movement has betrayed not only himself, but the Jewish people more generally; and not just the Jews, but women, Gay people, and all non-Muslims throughout the Middle East.
The progressive-left, and the grassroots / netroots of the Democratic Party, have failed to meaningfully acknowledge the rise of political Islam.
The progressive-left, and the grassroots / netroots of the Democratic Party, whip up hatred toward Jews who live where neither Barack Obama, nor Mahmoud Abbas, want them to live.
The progressive-left, and the grassroots / netroots of the Democratic Party, erase Jewish history through failing to acknowledge that Judea and Samaria are historically Jewish land.
Fizziks is a commenter at John Haber's Divest This! blog.
In a recent exchange between himself and a commenter who goes under the name charles Bane, Jr. we read this:
charles Bane, Jr.
April 4, 2014 at 3:33 pm #
Also, it must be faced squarely— and I have never seen it done so in any media outlet— that BDS is fast becoming a part of “progressive” orthodoxy. No prominent Democrats condemn it, which is like permitting a healthy patient to be injected with cancer.To which fizziks replied:
April 6, 2014 at 3:42 pm #
That’s BS. Almost every prominent Democrat condemns BDS. Who do you think controls the Maryland and New York State legislatures, who have passed or are about to pass the most vociferous anti-BDS measures?It boggles the mind that at this late date intelligent Jewish Democrats can still not bring themselves to recognize that the primary challenge facing the Jewish people today is anti-Zionism and that anti-Zionism in the west is primarily expressed through the progressive-left movement and the grassroots / netroots of the Democratic Party.
For reasons of their own, far too many progressive-left Jewish Israel supporters simply cannot bring themselves to face what is before their very eyes. Why this is the case we can debate, but that it is the case is simply beyond question.
Jewish progressives like "fizziks" are seeking to deny that which is undeniable. Almost all the significant organizations and venues and magazines and blogs, in the west, that are associated with anti-Zionism and hatred toward the Jewish state of Israel are also associated with the progressive left. This includes, among many other places, Daily Kos and the Huffington Post and the UK Guardian and the Obama Administration and minor, insignificant organizations like the European Union.
Both the Obama Administration and the European Union are whipping up hatred for the tiny Jewish State of Israel. Obama did it through blaming the Jews of the Middle East for majoritarian Arab hatred toward us and the EU does likewise and both are essentially left-wing organizations.
Fizziks, like many Jewish Democrats and "progressives," for ideological reasons simply cannot bring himself to acknowledge the obvious.
It is not just sad and wrong-headed, but dangerous to the well-being of the Jewish people.
Needless to say, of course, fizziks is not alone.