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A PERSONAL REPORT-BACK FROM THE OAKLAND "ANTI-SEMITISM" CONFERENCE - by Joseph Anderson

But, those energetic younger anti-Zionist Jews with whom I conversed -- like me, my Palestinian friend, and my non-European Jewish acquaintance -- indeed fervently wanted Palestine-Israel to be a multicultural society where *EVERYONE* has ABSOLUTELY equal rights (with no tricks in the small print) without regard to ethnicity, race or religion.
REF.: Facing A Challenge Within:
A Progressive Scholars' and Activists' Conference on Anti-Semitism and The Left.
August 21 - 23, 2004, Oakland Marriott Downtown, Oakland, California
www.facingachallenge.com/schedual.htm


A PERSONAL REPORT-BACK FROM THE OAKLAND "ANTI-SEMITISM" CONFERENCE

Monday, August 23, 2004

Joseph Anderson,
Berkeley, CA

I, unanticipatedly, ended up attending about a day-and-a-quarter of the 3-day conference and just a few of the many (and many overlapping) workshops, so my attendance was somewhat limited. A Palestinian friend asked me to go with him to see any indication of what the conference was like (for example, from the reception literature table, the people who were walking around, any media, etc.) and when we arrived, we were warmly invited to freely attend the workshops by a couple of the Jewish conference receptionists. My overall, albeit limited, personal experience of the conference and the numerous discussions I had, with Jews having a range of political positions on Zionism/Israel, was enjoyable, I am pleased to say.

The vast majority of the attendees directly or apparently identified as Jewish, when demographically asked how people ethnically identified by some workshop moderators. There was only one Palestinian in attendance that I know of (my friend who asked me to go with him there) and there were numerically only a literal handful of Blacks (and the majority of that handful seemed to be involved in, alternately, either co-moderating/facilitating or attending the workshops). Undoubtedly the hefty conference fee for an unsponsored/unsubsidized individual alone would dissuade other Palestinians or Blacks from attending, and most ordinary people.

And while there were good things and some things that I have serious reservations about, I was glad to see that the local/national/Jewish media *weren't* invited to swarm about the conference as a hypothetical PR event. (I will withhold final judgement about the conference as a possible pro-Israel/-Zionist PR media event until after I've had the opportunity see what kind of coverage/interviews it gets in the local/national press.) But then many conferences of all sorts have both "good things or aspects" and "bad things or aspects". However, I think that my Palestinian friend's and my contribution to the workshops we attended *definitely* contributed to increasing the incisiveness of the topics under discussion.

There was a spectrum of Jewish political opinion represented in the attendees -- and I had numerous wonderful, or just good, hallway/lobby critical discussions with several Jewish attendees whose political opinions ran from anti-Zionist to 'liberal Zionist' to staunch Zionists.

And, I guess inevitably, I had (only!) one or two rather frictional discussions with diehard Zionists who couldn't seem to accept that I was going to disagree *civilly* with them -- "We just have a fundamental disagreement: you believe in a religioethnically-defined state and I just fundamentally don't" -- and with one diehard Zionist that even some other Jews called "an asshole" (you know who you are), and one that was kind of a jerk to even a senior citizen Jew.

Having said that I was warmly received and had good discussions, the names of many of the workshops, as I review the conference scedule even as I type, still continue to disturb me. And, in fact, there was often the otherwise usual verbal sleight-of-hand propaganda conflating of the terms "anti-Zionism" with "anti-Israel" with "anti-Semitism" with "anti-Jewish oppression" -- all interchangeably or in different combinations -- by workshop moderators that I observed.

However, one workshop on "Jewish & African American Alliance Building" -- where we were moderator-conducted to do everything but discuss the *topic* -- was *so* namby-pamby and *so* 'touchy-feely' and *so* forced encounter groupish, that it even made one Jewish woman feel *very* uncomfortable with these typical conference professionally trained-&-led moderator exercises that are *FORCED* upon -- BUT JUST DON'T FIT(!!) -- everyone's personality. A determinedly moderator-*FORCED* immediate social intimacy. I just ended up making a polite excuse and leaving, when I couldn't take any more 'new age' moderating.

Even some other Jews, who felt that the moderator was being, as two attendees put it, "too namby-pamby" or "too touchy-feely", left another workshop I attended, and a third older Jew said that, "The moderating style of this workshop would be more appropriate for children than for adults."

(Actually, professional workshop moderators actually *are*, indeed, specifically trained to discuss everything but the central issue -- except superficially, at best. I.e., they are trained to avoid the very topic! They are trained this way for two reasons, one of lesser importance and one of greater importance: (1) They are trained to conduct/moderate in namby-pamby style to as a a way to try to avoid doing any real intellectual/critical work. But, let me say that this is not necessarily true of all the professionally-trained moderators at the conference. (2) They are trained to conduct/moderate in namby-pamby style to avoid legal liabilities for the institutions that employ/hire/commission their services: they don't want anybody to say anything of substance that might "drag" the institution into some lawsuit, but will still meet the institution's "obligation" to 'deal with' some employment/discrimination/harassment issue.)

[Long ago, I attended one UC Berkeley moderated session, regarding an erratic female student who made a clearly dubious, attention-seeking charge of sexual harassment, at an Asian American student magazine that I was once invited to write several articles for. This, because one guy (actually a commonly agreed very nice guy) -- once! -- flirtatiously "touched [her] on the *shoulder* without [her] permission" -- her *charge*! -- at an Asian American social occasion where there was a lot of drinking and flirting by some. The "counselors" that the university required the student magazine to bring in told us that we could talk about anything except the incident!!: that we could talk about "our feeelings"! -- but absolutely *nothing* about the issue!! And the female student who made the accusation didn't even show up at a date painstakingly arranged so she could be there!]

So, you see, professionally-trained moderators are, indeed, trained to avoid the substance of any issue. That's why they often have you playing little 'new age', 'touchy-feely' exercises.

And the "Jews of Arab Countries" workshop, attended by my Palestinian friend, greatly disturbed my Palestinian friend in its sheer historical Zionist propaganda mythology disseminated by its Jewish presenters. (I received a call from my very intellectually and personally thoughtful Palestinian friend, saying that he was effectively censored at a particular workshop, earlier, this Monday morning. He said that the Jewish attitudes at that workshop was, 'We Jews talk, you lone Palestinian just listen!')

But, there was *NO* workshop on "Euro-Jewish Racism Against non-European Jews"! One non-European Jew said that non-European Jews experience much racism from and are treated as though they are "invisible" BY European Jews in America and Israel! This one non-European Jew said (what I have also heard before from some non-European Jews) that they actually socially get along better with *Palestinians/Arabs* than with European/Ashkenazi Jews!!

(Non-European Jews were historically often used in Israel to form communities or buffer zones of 'human shields' in the Israeli frontier between Arab countries/territories and European Jews in steadily expanding Israel itself. Non-European Jews were often also relegated to menial jobs in Israel. And for a while, Black Jews in Israel had their clinic blood donations taken, lying there all plugged in with the needle in their arms, "patriotically" giving out blood, but then later it was secretly and summarily poured into the *sewers*[!!!] by Euro-Jewish health personnel -- until that practice was discovered in an international scandal.)

Also, I noted the word anti-Jewish "oppression" appeared so many times in the workshop titles that you would think that *Jews* were barely surviving and getting profiled, harassed, framed, beaten or killed by cops in American city and town ghettos, instead of Blacks, Latinos, and poor SE Asians.

In fact, it was *I* who was stopped by a cop and held up for about 40 minutes(!) -- as he *checked* me out(!) -- on a pretext for '*parking* while Black' on a quiet residential side street later that night, when I was giving three *white* attendees a ride, later after the conference! (Don't that count for *somethin'*!!???) I guess the cop might have thought the three whites in my car might have been in *trouble*!: being held hostage or something for money! No good deed by Black men (even for whites or white senior citizens) goes unpunished by the cops!

Smarmily, the cop even said as he finally let me go, though both I and the remaining white senior citizen passenger were *obviously* wearing our seatbelts and shoulder straps, "You both be *sure* and buckle up now!" I just rollled my eyes. Even the Jewish senior citizen woman in the car immediately said, "You were *definitely* just racially profiled!" I'm lucky some white people I knew were there; otherwise, God only knows *what* could have happened to me -- all by myself in the middle of the night! But, especially with my lawyer friends, those cops don't intimidate/scare me: I just want them to do what they gotta do -- write a ticket (that I can get dismissed anyway) or whatever -- and get the fuck outta my face.

But, the assumption at the workshops seemed to be that the presence of any anti-Semitism automatically equals anti-Jewish *OPPRESSION* -- in America!! One young Jewish woman said that she was made fun of in high school, and I think that it was my further question that readily revealed that she was made fun of in high school, "because I was *smart*!" The moderator 'assured' her -- and *insisted* -- that it was really because she was smart and *Jewish*!![???] As if only *Jewish* kids are made fun of because they are "smart"/studious.

And by the query criteria of one workshop conductor (a Jewish woman that I typically have high respect for), even one of my white, Anglo, Gentile housemates is "oppressed", just for being white, Anglo, and Gentile! In fact, the criteria was so broad, that we're *ALL* oppressed in America!: Native American, Black, Latino, Asian, Arab, Jewish, Muslim, female, differentially abled, poor, rich, *WHITE*, dum, smart, dark, light, skinny, fat, agile, clumsy, freckled, pimpled, graying, male, Protestant, Catholic, Italian, Irish, German -- you name it!!

Now, when it was my turn to speak, I said that traditional American minorities of color face *EVERYTHING* -- *ALL THAT* casual prejudice -- which was queried by the presenter-moderator [in all that very broad, casual criteria that *anyone* might experience for *any* reason -- external and internalized], **PLUS** *MUCH*, *MUCH* **MORE**-- at the hands of society's *INSTITUTIONS* or the **STATE**!

I then said that *these* would be my questions:

"If the police have stopped you for 'driving while Jewish', then raise your hand."

"If you have been in prison or have relatives in prison because you're Jewish, then raise your hand."

"If you have been manhandled, roughed up, or beaten by a cop, because you are Jewish, then raise your hand."

"If you fired from a job because you are Jewish, then raise your hand."

"If your house was busted into by the cops because you are Jewish, then raise your hand."

"If you had a non-Jewish white guy pull a gun on you in your own residential, predominantly white [university] neighborhood, demanding to know what you were doing there, and trying to mockingly talk to you in Yiddish slang -- and when you reported it to the cops they did nothing about it -- because you are Jewish, then raise your hand."

"If you were denied a business or investment loan or insurance because you are Jewish, then raise your hand."

I would have added, "If you were denied a house/apartment because you are Jewish, then raise your hand," but I didn't want someone trying to evade my point by talking about the 1920's or something.

I did mention it, but could have posed it as a question, "If you were pretextually stopped by a cop and detained for about 40 minutes, while he checked you out, for '*parking* while Jewish' on a quiet residential street last night while you were dropping off passengers from this conference, then raise *both* your hands."


But, I want to end on a positive note (not because I believe in namby-pamby, superficial "happy endings"), but because there were at least some very *POSITIVE* things about the conference:

I especially enjoyed my conversations there with, generally but not only, younger, enthusiastic, morally-conscious, energetic, anti-Zionist Jews (*unlike* UC Berkeley IAC/AIPAC/Hillel Jewish students) that -- raised in, in principle, egalitarian democracies, *NOT* religioethnically-defined states -- weren't up for all that political/nationalist, ethno-chauvinistic Zionism shit!

And those younger anti-Zionist Jews catch hell and political pressure from older, reactionary Zionist Jews too, at least behind the scenes. I told them that they should be like The White Rose Society during the Nazi era: morally-driven, energetic younger non-Jewish Germans who opposed the state-institutionalized persecution and attacks against Jews. I told a couple of them, "You remind me of the spirit of The White Rose Society!" -- who put their lives on the line for German Jews -- and, sadly, sometimes *paid* for that with their lives.

Those energetic younger anti-Zionist Jews with whom I conversed -- like me, my Palestinian friend, and my non-European Jewish acquaintance -- indeed fervently wanted a Palestine (which Israel is *IN*[!!]; not, by the new Zionist geographical propaganda, apart from) as a multicultural society, where *EVERYONE* has ABSOLUTELY equal rights (with no tricks in the small print) without regard to ethnicity, race or religion.

Only then would Palestine-Israel be "a light unto the world".


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Also see:

OPEN LETTERS TO OAKLAND "ANTI-SEMITISM" CONFERENCE!
- by Jeffrey Blankfort; & Jim Harris
(Posted by Joseph Anderson)
www.indybay.org/news/2004/08/1692542_comment.php

OPEN EMAIL TO OAKLAND "ANTI-SEMITISM" CONFERENCE!
- by Joseph Anderson
www.indybay.org/news/2004/08/1692588.php

ZIONIST MENU: RED HERRING OF "LEFT ANTI-SEMITISM" -- ONLY $125!
- by Aaron S.
www.indybay.org/news/2004/08/1692493.php
 
 


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6 million dead Jews might disagree with you

Thanks to Joseph for this report. And I agree, Blacks in America suffer discrimination on a daily basis with racial profiling by the police, discrimination in housing and jobs, and as victims of hate crimes. Let me also point out that Jewish people have been at the forefront of the civil rights movement and have worked for every social justice cause in numbers and intensity that put other groups to shame --most likely because their Jewish teachings urge protection of the poor and defense of the oppressed.

That said, Joseph seems to scoff at the idea of anti-semiticism as being a real problem. 6 million dead Jews in Nazi Germany would disagree with him. In a report on anti-Arab hate crimes in America post-9/11, a SF Chronicle article reported that these have increased 4-fold since 9/11. But that same report listed the number of hate crimes against Jewish Americans to be 2 and a half times greater than those against Arab-Americans.

That means for every 4 hate crimes committed against Arabs there are 10 hate crimes committed against Jews.

So while Joseph is correct in there is not a great problem with police stopping people for "driving while Jewish" there is a problem with anti-semiticism in American society.

I personally think the historical revisionists who have turned history on its ear to make the Jews the oppressors and the Arab armies massed to annihilate them the "victims" is a form of anti-semiticism. Holocaust denial is another form.

I understand that I am in the minority at indymedia on this issue, but the facts speak for themselves.

Someone tried to set the UCSC Hillel on fire earlier this year. The personal at the 7/11 store caught it and very little damage was done. But Hillel, which is hardly the cutting edge of Zionism, was targeted by someone in Santa Cruz at 3 AM. This is anti-semiticism in Santa Cruz.
 

Re: A PERSONAL REPORT-BACK FROM THE OAKLAND "ANTI-SEMITISM" CONFERENCE - by Joseph Anderson

Few deny that anti-Semitism exists in America, but it certainly no longer reaches the levels it did in the past, nor is it anything like the deeply ingrained institutional racism that exists in this society against Blacks in the nations employment, education, and criminal injustice system.

That said, some skinhead Nazis, or whoever they were, setting Hillel on fire is an ugly act of anti-Semitism that should be opposed.

Opposing Zionist chauvinism, discrimination, and mass murder of Arabs on the other hand is not anti-Semitism, but the duty of all right minded people. Anti-Semitism and Zionism are mirror images of very similar ideologies.
 

To: Becky Johnson (Aug 26)

Becky: "Let me also point out that Jewish people have been at the forefront of the civil rights movement"


This is what Jeffrey Blankfort (see online), a veteran civil rights, anti-war, anti-apartheid, and anti-Zionist, pro-Palestinian human rights Jewish-American activist has said in response to the Simmons-*RABBI SCHNEIER* Op-Ed piece:

“One expects the Dubyas of this world to abuse the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr., but it has become standard practice for Jewish community leaders, who were almost totally absent from the civil rights struggle, to do so.

“In that struggle, many Jews, mostly from the left and not affiliated with any of the phony organizations that [claim to] 'represent' the Jewish community, put their lives on the line in the South during the voter registration drives of the early ’60’s and two paid with their lives.

“For these hucksters of today to use King to promote Israel's continued oppression of the Palestinians -- which is the cause of anti-Jewish hostility -- while targeting any would-be Black leader that doesn't toady to their demands, such as Cynthia McKinney and Earl Hilliard, is nothing less than obscene.?

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JEWS NOT HISTORY'S ONLY -- OR ALWAYS WORST -- VICTIMS!

This [Becky Johnson's] comment is typical of those Jews who would have us believe that the history of Jews for the past 2000, 3000, 4000 years, depending on who is making the point, has been nothing but unmitigated suffering which was only relieved by the ascendancy of Zionism and the creation of Israel which, unfortunately required the expulsion of the Palestinians from their land in 1948 and the continued confiscation of their land up to the present moment.

As the late Israeli professor and Nazi Holocaust survivor Israel Shahak pointed out, "I don't think the Jews have suffered any more or any less than many other persecuted or minority nations. We have suffered like many other peoples have suffered...There were some periods when we suffered more..there were periods when we suffered much less......"

Any looking at the position of Jews in the US (as well as in other Western societies) would have a hard time denying the incredible political and economic power that it's organized factions wield over its governing institutions and the media, even without considering the tiny percentage of Jews in the national population. The fact that some people are anti-Jewish for one reason ot another [ANTI-SEMITISM] DOES NOT [AUTOMATICALLY] TRANSLATE INTO *OPPRESSION* OF JEWS unless those people are in a position to act on it and desire to do so. THERE IS NOT THE SLIGHTEST EVIDENCE OF THIS [OPPRESSION OF JEWS TODAY] IN US SOCIETY. [(caps, by JA.)]

Now, of course, that foregoing statement is considered a classic example of anti-Semitism (or, self-hatred in my case) when it comes from one of Israel's critics, such as myself, but not when it comes from one of Israel's supporters such as JJ Goldberg, editor of the Jewish national weekly, Forward (www.forward.com) whose book, "Jewish Power" should be required reading for the paranoids who will be gathering at the Oakland Marriot this weekend to complain about "anti-Semitism on the left."

I will add to their "evidence" of such by repeating a statement made to me in 1988 by a Native American leader (who, for his safety and reputation, will go unnamed) after the so-called left and peace organizations, Marxist and non-Marxist, of the Bay Area refused to issue a statement condemning Israeli occupation during the first year of the first Intifada. What he said rings true today: "The problem with the movement is that there are too many liberal Zionists." To which, I add, Amen!
 

an excuse to dispossess the Palestinians of their native land

Rochel Auerbach, Santa Cruz: "As a Jewish woman I can say that Jews are the most oppressed race in the world. I'm insulted that some people refuse to acknowledge this fact."

suggest that Rachel Auerbach get herself a new therapist or better yet, a new pair of glasses and take a look at the world as it is. Or, perhaps, she is experimenting with satire. The notion that Jews are the most oppressed people in the world is ludicrous. Obsessed with their own "victimization", maybe, which is used as an excuse to dispossess the Palestinians of their native land, and to intimidate and punish and politician who dares speak a critical word about Israel. As a Jew of now more than 70 years, I am tired of that crap and have just seen it again in Dispossessed Palestine with my own eyes.
 

Also to Becky Johnson (Aug 26)

"ZIONIST RABBIE MARC SCHNEIER: A HUCKSTER AND A HOAXSTER"


ZIONIST RABBI MARC SCHNEIER is the guy that hoodwinked hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons into signing some formal letter that SCNEIER himself, of course, wrote calling for Blacks to ally themselves with Jews -- NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND -- NOT EVEN RECIPROCALLY -- in an alliance against "anti-Semitism".

NO CALLS -- OF COURSE -- BY ZIONIST RABBI SCHNEIER FOR JEWS TO ALLY THEMSELVES WITH THE BLACK COMMUNITY IN THE FIGHT AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY, ANTI-BLACK/-LATINO RACIAL PROFILING, THE PRISON-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX, SUBSTANDARD BLACK EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES, OR THE SO-CALLED "WAR AGAINST DRUGS" (A WAR AGAINST THE BLACK COMMUNITY).

NOW, WHO IS IN A BETTER POSITION TO HELP WHOM?

FORTUNATELY, THE LETTER DID NOT GO OVER VERY WELL AT ALL IN THE NATIONAL BLACK COMMUNITY -- ESPECIALLY SINCE SIMMONS TRIED TO MAKE *EXCUSES* FOR EMINEM'S RACIST SONG AGAINST A *BLACK* GIRLFRIEND (WHOMEVER *SHE* WAS!) THAT BROKE UP WITH EMINEN.

(Simmons must have had some, direct or indirect, financial connection with Eminem's label, publicist, agency or something.)


"Rabbi Marc Schneier: A Huckster and a Hoaxster: Another Zionist Liar"

Exerpts from:

"Fraud Fit For A King: Israel, Zionism, And The Misuse Of MLK"
- by Tim Wise

[E]ven with my cynic’s credentials established, the one thing I never expected anyone to do would be to just make up a quote from King; a quote that he simply never said, and claim that it came from a letter that he never wrote, and was published in a collection of his essays that never existed. Frankly, this level of deception is something special. The hoax of which I speak is one currently making the rounds on the Internet, which claims to prove King’s steadfast support for Zionism.

...In the item, entitled “Letter to an Anti-Zionist Friend,? King proclaims that criticism of Zionism is tantamount to anti-Semitism, and likens those who criticize Jewish nationalism as manifested in Israel, to those who would seek to trample the rights of blacks. Heady stuff indeed, and 100% bullsh*t, as any amateur fact checker could ascertain were they so inclined. But of course, the kinds of folks who push an ideology that required the expulsion of three-quarters-of-a-million Palestinians from their lands, and then lied about it, claiming there had been no such persons to begin with (as with [the late Israeli Prime Minister] Golda Meir’s infamous quip ["There is no such thing as a Palestinian!" -- a form of rhetorical genocide: denying Palestinian Arabs even exist!]), can’t be expected to place a very high premium on truth.

...Though [Zionist leader Mark] Finkelstein only recited one line from King’s supposed “letter? on Zionism, he lifted it from the larger letter, which appears to have originated with * RABBI MARC SCHNEIER *, who quotes from it in his 1999 book, “Shared Dreams: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Jewish Community.?

...The letter also was filled with grammatical errors that any halfway literate reader of King’s work should have known disqualified him from being its author, to wit: “Anti-Zionist is inherently anti Semitic, and ever will be so.? The treatise, it is claimed, was published on page 76 of the August, 1967 edition of Saturday Review, and supposedly can also be read in the collection of King’s work entitled, This I Believe: Selections from the Writings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. That the claimants never mention the publisher of this collection should have been a clear tip-off that it might not be genuine, and indeed it isn’t. The book doesn’t exist. As for Saturday Review, there were four issues in August of 1967. Two of the four editions contained a page 76. One of the pages 76 contains classified ads and the other contained a review of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s album. No King letter anywhere.

Yet its lack of authenticity hasn’t prevented it from having a long shelf-life. Not only does it pop up in the * [RABBI MARC] * SCHNEIER book, but sections of it were read by the Anti-Defamation League’s Michael Salberg in testimony before a House Subcommittee in July of 2001, and all manner of pro-Israel groups (from traditional Zionists to right-wing Likudites, to Christians who support ingathering Jews to Israel so as to prompt Jesus’ return), have used the piece on their websites.

In truth, King appears never to have made any public comment about Zionism per se; and the only known statement he ever made on the topic, made privately to a handful of people, is a far cry from what he is purported to have said in the so-called “Letter to an Anti-Zionist friend.?

...And it is a tragedy that instead of King himself, we are burdened with charlatans like those at the ADL, or the Des Moines Jewish Federation, or RABBIs like MARC SCHNEIER who think nothing of speaking for the genuine article, in a voice not his own.

www.zmag.org/sustainers/c...20wise.cfm

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SO, KELLY ARE YOU CLAIMING THAT JEWS ARE BEING *OPPRESSED* IN AMERICA?

(first of all, I would like to apologize for the inadvertant double post of mine above; I don't know how that happened, but I hope that the sc-imc editors will delete one of them.)

SO, BECKY, ARE YOU CLAIMING THAT JEWS ARE BEING *OPPRESSED* IN AMERICA?

Becky, I'm going to give you a little more personal time here, if I may. Perhaps you are a diehard Zionist -- who I typically just ignore, except to debate them in public for others' edification -- or perhaps you are just struggling with these issues within yourself, having been conditioned like most Americans to automatically side with whomever is white (or "whiter"/WASPer) in national/global issues. I will give you the benefit of the doubt on the latter (even though you were sloganeering just as Jewish conferee Gerald Gerash falsely claimed I was; but when a Jew/white does it, I guess that's okay, huh?). I'll do this while pleasantly listening to KPFA's "Con Sabor" salsa music program in the background this Saturday night.

Becky (Aug 27): "a SF Chronicle article reported that these have increased 4-fold since 9/11. But that same report listed the number of hate crimes against Jewish Americans to be 2 and a half times greater than those against Arab-Americans."

Oh yeah, the Chronicle is where I *always* go and rely for *all* my factual information about Israel, Zionism, or even Jews, let alone most other things political or the world. (It wasn't until the past year or two that the Chronicle would even accept so much as a letter to the editor critical of Israel/Zionism -- even written by a JEW!!) And, in a *post 9/11* environment it 'certainly' makes even intuitive 'sense' that hate crimes against Jews (generally *WHITES*) would be *way* up -- by **TEN** times -- while hate crimes against *ARABS, SOUTH AND SOUTHWEST ASIANS, ARABS, AND EVEN AFRICANS* (*PEOPLE OF COLOR*) would be up by 'only' four times, doesn't it? Yeah: *that* makes *perfect* sense. You know, all those JEWS getting knocks on their residential or employers' doors by FBI agents and always being strip searched at the nation's airports -- just for being JEWISH!!

In truth, let's try California Dept of Criminal-Justice figures which indicate that hate crimes for *ALL* ethnic/racial groups have been steadily going *DOWN*-- *EXCEPT* for *ARABS, SOUTH AND SOUTHWEST ASIANS, MUSLIMS, AND EVEN AFRICANS* -- WHICH, SINCE 9/11, HAVE BEEN GOING *UP* *SHARPLY*!!

But, as I've pointed out before, those California criminal-justice statistics must be wrong, because Laurie Zolith, former director of SFSU's Jewish Studies program said just a few years ago that *THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA* was on the verge of another Jewish *HOLOCAUST*!!! (You know, now that I think of it, I don't see nearly as many Jews in the Bay Area as I used to!)

And, apparently, "anti-Semitism" is even RAMPANT in the *NEO-PAGAN/GODDESS* community!! -- as there was an Oakland "anti-Semitism" conference session on -- get this!: "*ANTI-SEMITISM IN BAY AREA NEOPAGAN/GODDESS COMMUNITIES*"!!! You know all those anti-Semitic Neo-Pagan Goddesses running around oppressing Jews!! (What are the Goddesses doing?: putting hexes or curses or spells on the Jews?) And Becky claims that *I'M* not taking the deadly dire situation for Jewish-Americans seriously!!

Look, Becky, former Chrysler Chairman Lee Iococa said in his book that some white auto executives didn't like Italians and that he was denied top executive positions in the auto industry (other than the ones he got). Does this mean that Italian-Americans are oppressed in America!?

So, I would *NOT* dare say that anti-Semitism doesn't exist in America -- I *know* it does, I lived out in the Northeast -- I know about anti-Semitism in the South (where most of the Jews there largely only live in the big, protective cities) -- but anti-Semitism does *NOT* automatically equal *OPPRESSION*!

But, Becky, when was the last time you ever heard of any Jews being dragged to death behind some redneck's pick-up truck, or beaten to an inch of his life and left on a barbed wire fence to die? Or *commonly* physically attacked in America -- just for being Jews -- as are gay men and even lesbians!?

And have you noticed that pro-Palestinian human rights activists are scapegoated -- by JEWS -- for any occasional attacks (for so much as a small broken glass) -- by some white yokel -- against a Hillel or other Jewish institution building the way the anti-Semites commonly used to scapegoat JEWS for anything that went wrong in society?

As for Euro-American Jewish racism itself: a Jewish friend of mine told me that when Jews first opened up country clubs way back when WASP's wouldn't let Jews into WASP country clubs, those Jews denied admission to *Blacks*! -- until it became too embarrassing about 10-20 years later. (And how many Blacks could probably even financially *afford* admissions to any white country clubs? -- non-Jewish or Jewish.)

Furthermore, Jewish friends of mine were *always* telling me about an anti-Black racist Jewish parent or relatives.

Or, as the pre-eminent Black comedian Dick Gregory once said, "There ain't a Jew over the age of *15* that doesn't know another Jew who don't like Blacks!"

But, more seriously, Becky, you should read the African American writer James Baldwin's landmark essay on this issue, sardonically entitled "Blacks Are Anti-Semitic Because They're Anti-White". (Find it, perhaps, online or in any good book collection of his essays.) And, of course, many Jews -- especially the Jewish-American establishment -- called Baldwin anti-Semitic for writing what everyone knew was true! But, there were many leftist Jews who greatly admired Baldwin -- to this day.

But, just to emphasize what Jeffrey Blankfort said, general Jewish-American alliance with the African American struggle and the Civil Rights Movement was always greatly exagerated, often by some of the very same mainstream Jews that hated King. In fact, Blankfort said that the Jewish establishment *hated* Jewish civil rights workers like Goodman and Schwerner, who were murdered by the KKK, because Goodman and Schwerner were leftists! -- and only claimed them as noble representatives of the Jewish-American alliance with Blacks *after* they were killed and later found.

And the Jewish establishment is well-known for MUZZLING even the usually staid and mainstream NAACP (which was started back in the 1920's(?) with Jews) whenever they thought that the Black officials there were getting a little to independent -- which had a *JEWISH* president until the early 1960's!!

And as Zionist Jews like you, Becky, are commonly more and more pre-occupied with Israel -- as Israeli racism and apartheid keep coming more and more to the world's attention -- Zionist Jews keep moving more and more to the political *RIGHT* -- keep getting more and more *CONSERVATIVE* -- in their Faustian deal with American neo-conservative Christian fundamentalists TO THE DETRIMENT OF AFRICAN AMERICANS. Why Zionist Jews keep picking off our political leaders, as they did with Earl Hilliard and Cynthia McKinney (who will make a comeback in spite of a nationwide ouster by Zionist Jews).

Non-European-descended Jews (as I mentioned above in my article) face **BOTH** anti-Semitism *AND* racism from whites -- from both European/Euro-American Christians *AND* *EUROPEAN/EURO-AMERICAN JEWS* -- against people of color!! Non-European Jews -- as people of color -- get a *DOUBLE DOSE* of racism (some from 'their own people', so to speak). That's a *LOT* more than white Jews in America have to face.

Becky, if you really want Jewish-America to be true friends with Black-America (as opposed to just Jewish *individuals* who can be -- or often *are* -- true friends with authentic Black-Americans), first you have to start with honesty -- the most important ingredient in any true friendship.

AND THANKFULLY, I HAVE SOME *VERY* CHERISHED FRIENDSHIPS WITH SOME *VERY* EXTRAORDINARY JEWS -- INCLUDING FORMER ROOMMATES/HOUSEMATES, MALE AND FEMALE.

But, you know what most Blacks get for their honesty?: viciously attacked as "anti-Semitic" by the Jewish-American establishment, and by Jews like Gerald Gerash, and often even have their livelihood threatened or attacked. In other words, Jews exercise the very *same* WHITE-SUPREMACY THEY SHARE WITH WASP'S AND PRACTICE IN ISRAEL.

That's why Blacks, especially the Black Church, who often used to identify with Jews, Biblically, now identify with Palestinians: they see the same whites who are oppressing us here at home, and oppressed people of color (through colonialism/imperialism) all over the world, are now oppressing the Palestinians in their home. And, as I always say about Zionists Jews: you can *NOT* claim to be non-racist at home and yet be racist abroad (in Palestine).

THAT'S WHY THERE'S HARDLY EVER *ANY* BLACKS ATTENDING SO-CALLED JEWISH-BLACK ALLIANCE CONFERENCES/WORKSHOPS!

THAT'S WHY JEWS HAVE TO *PAY* MOST BLACKS EVEN TO COME TO THESE THINGS, AS WERE THE 4 0R 5 BLACKS WHO WERE PAID TO CO-MODERATE WORKSHOPS AT THE CONFERENCE!

THIS, BECAUSE JEWS ALWAYS, AS WHITES, HAVE THE OPTION OF EXERCISING THEIR WHITE SUPREMACY ANYTIME THEY DON'T LIKE WHAT THEY HEAR!
 

Becky, please see this if you missed it. (And thank you, SC-IMC!)

WILL THE GREEN PARTY BECOME ZIONIST-OCCUPIED TERRITORY TOO?

by Joseph Anderson

27 Aug 2004

Summary:

Will the Green Party become Zionist-occupied territory too? It will if Gerald A. Gerash of the L.A. Green Party has anything to do with it -- complete with Zionist mudslinging and character assassination against anyone who ever dares to criticize Israel or its ethnochauvinistic state ideology -- and, of course, complete with the usual promiscuous charges of "anti-Semitism".

A RESPONSE TO GERALD A. GERASH, LA GREEN PARTY, RE OAKLAND "ANTI-SEMITISM" CONFERENCE

by Joseph Anderson
Berkeley, CA

santacruz.indymedia.org/newswire/display/11138/index.php

(And, sorry about confusing your name before, Becky: Kelly was another Jewish-American who I was having an exchange with on indymedia.)
 

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