Wednesday, September 28, 2011

While We're Talking About John Mearsheimer...

...let's remember a far more egregious act than blurbing for Gilad Atzmon's book: i.e., his speech to The Jerusalem Fund at the Palestine Center last year wherein he made it very clear that his problem with the Jews and Israel wasn't only about how the 'Lobby' impinges on US Foreign Policy, but that anyone who defends Israel is a new Afrikaner. And who are the Righteous Jews? The vast majority are anti-Zionist and basically believe that Israel was born in sin and has no right to exist as a Jewish state. It seems to me that this speech, delivered to an anti-Israel audience, takes Mr. Mearsheimer's ideas out of 'policy' (realist or otherwise) and straight into advocacy (propaganda?) with the marking of Jews into Good ones and Bad ones unmistakably Antisemitic:

Mearsheimer on Righteous Jews v New Afrikaners
"American Jews who care deeply about Israel can be divided into three broad categories. The first two are what I call “righteous Jews” and the “new Afrikaners,” which are clearly definable groups that think about Israel and where it is headed in fundamentally different ways. The third and largest group is comprised of those Jews who care a lot about Israel, but do not have clear-cut views on how to think about Greater Israel and apartheid. Let us call this group the “great ambivalent middle.”
 
"Righteous Jews have a powerful attachment to core liberal values…..To give you a better sense of what I mean when I use the term righteous Jews, let me give you some names of people and organizations that I would put in this category. The list would include Noam Chomsky, Roger Cohen, Richard Falk, Norman Finkelstein, Tony Judt, Tony Karon, Naomi Klein, MJ Rosenberg, Sara Roy, and Philip Weiss of Mondoweiss fame, just to name a few. I would also include many of the individuals associated with J Street and everyone associated with Jewish Voice for Peace, as well as distinguished international figures such as Judge Richard Goldstone. Furthermore, I would apply the label to the many American Jews who work for different human rights organizations, such as Kenneth Roth of Human Rights Watch.
 
"On the other side we have the new Afrikaners, who will support Israel even if it is an apartheid state…..I would classify most of the individuals who head the Israel lobby’s major organizations as new Afrikaners. That list would include Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League, David Harris of the American Jewish Committee, Malcolm Hoenlein of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Ronald Lauder of the World Jewish Congress, and Morton Klein of the Zionist Organization of America, just to name some of the more prominent ones. I would also include businessmen like Sheldon Adelson, Lester Crown, and Mortimer Zuckerman as well as media personalities like Fred Hiatt and Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post, Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal, and Martin Peretz of the New Republic. It would be easy to add more names to this list."

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