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WATCH: Jewish activist disrupts AIPAC breakout session

WASHINGTON – Liza Behrendt, a 22-year old Jewish-American activist, accused the American pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC and its supporting organizations of stifling debate on Israel and particularly on settlements.  

On Sunday, the first day of the 2012 Annual Conference, Behrendt attended a breakout session called “The Struggle to Secure Israel on Campus.”  Wayne Firestone, CEO of Hillel (the largest Jewish organization on American campuses) was among the speakers at the session.  Behrendt accused Firestone’s organization of denying membership to her group (which criticizes Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the presence and construction of settlements on that land) while she was a student at the predominantly-Jewish Brandeis University in Boston.  She said she was not allowed to speak about Israel at Hillel.  The event was filmed and broadcast on youtube:

According to the group OccupyAIPAC, last year Firestone “issued controversial guidelines barring Hillel groups from partnering with organizations that support any facet of the BDS [Boycott, Divest, Sanction] movement or that lack a specifically Zionist stance.”  After the incident, Behrendt told OccupyAIPAC:

I felt it was necessary to confront Wayne Firestone, whose condescending guidelines barred my Brandeis University chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace from joining Hillel last spring. Hillel’s guidelines are part of organized efforts to enforce an ideological status quo among young Jews on Israel, but they are completely out of touch with what’s happening among young people.

Disruptions of AIPAC events by activists – even Jewish ones – are nothing new.  However, the outbursts are usually reserved for big headlining events, like the speeches of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.  AIPACers have gotten so used to the interruptions that they now collectively respond by instantly rising in applause to drown out the yelling activist.  At the 2011 Conference, a number of activists who were critical of Israeli policy interrupted Netanyahu’s address before the AIPAC gathering, but were immediately escorted out — in a matter of seconds — by security.  This footage I filmed last year shows one such incident:

The smaller breakout sessions are rarely interrupted, presumably for two reasons.  First, admission to the AIPAC conference is relatively pricey.  A ticket to the 3-day event costs about $400 per person, so if one is going to make a splash, one would likely want to do it in front of as many people as possible and as visibly as possible.  There’s only one chance!  Second, the interruptions at the keynote addresses are so frequent that, as a result, there is an abundance of security on-hand ready to drag the heckler out, much to the amusement of AIPACers.   Im comparing the two clips above, one can note that Behrendt had a much longer window of time to state her case before security arrived.  Even the small number of people in that particular breakout session were caught off-guard by the action.

Sadly, most of the people at AIPAC who saw this incident or, more likely, heard about it from someone else, will completely ignore the point of what Behrendt was saying.  Namely, the American Jewish community is defensive when it comes to tackling the real moral issues facing Israel.  These debates are frequently happening within Israeli societies and, of course, on websites like +972, but most American Jews are made uneasy by outbursts like these.  They find themselves under attack, which, ironically, feeds into the narrative they are being fed.

One may disagree with the tactic used to raise such an issue, but that does not negate the subject or its merits.  As 972’s Ami Kaufman pointed out, missing from President Barack Obama’s speech on Sunday was any real recognition of the more urgent issues facing Israel.  Syria was practically a non-issue, and the word “Palestinian” was only uttered by President Obama five times.  And this isn’t new: Iran has been the top issue on the AIPAC agenda for the last half-decade.  So why are American Jews not demanding these conversations?  Why are they not insisting that these issues be addressed by their leaders?  So long as that continues to happen, activists like Behrendt are vital.  Even if you don’t like they way they are saying it, at some point you have to at least try to listen to what they are saying.

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    1. Bill Pearlman

      Liza Behrendt is a spoiled brat who has never had a tough day in her life. And is looking for attention. The media flocks to Jews who hate Israel. And JVP is about has pro-Israel has the Iranian parliament. Actually less so.

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      • Kevin Herbert

        Bill Pearlman: so what’s your point, apart from engaging in a witless ad hominem attack against a person far braver than you.

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    2. Perhaps Liza Behrendt will explain why her organization should be invited to join Hillel when it is proud to be one of the North American sponsors of Global March to Jerusalem. Isn’t she happy in the company of Yusuf Qaradawi and other estimable Jew-haters?

      http://gm2j.co/endorsers/

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    3. Jazzy

      Isn’t this the same girl from the “Young Jewish Proud” video? Whenever there’s a story about Jewish anti-Zionists, or Jewish settler activists, you always see the same few faces (e.g. Baruch Marzel). This should be a clue that extremists at both ends are already too successful at letting themselves be used by extremists on the opposing team for propaganda purposes. Obviously the settlers are way more powerful than Liza and her clique, but there’s still kind of a mirror image phenomenon.

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    4. Yes, let’s compare this woman to Iranians and other ‘Jew haters’. That doesn’t at all support her argument that people who disagree with her political positions use buzzwords and labels like ‘Jew-hater’ to silence her opinion.

      Because, when it comes down to it, an economic boycott is by far the worst thing someone could advocate for. Worse than killing women and children. Gotta play the victim at all times or else the entire Israel narrative from the 70s and 80s begins to lose some ground.

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    5. Mohammed Hassanali

      Liza Behrendt is a saine voice and a ray of hope in a dark ocean of despair.

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    6. Bill Pearlman

      She is an advocate of the destruction of Israel. And has explicitly stated that. That means another holocaust. That I take personally.

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    7. Suzy C.

      Bill Pearlman – she is against the settlements. she makes that clear in the video and the organization she represents also makes it clear.

      do you really think that it’s either be an oppressor and occupier or another holocaust?

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    8. sarah grant

      I so wish you people would come down to earth ,i want to let you know we dont hate you because you are not worth HATEING

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    9. Philos

      Yawn and yawn on both accounts

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    10. Suzanna Salvino

      What a bold, intelligent, consciencous Jewish young woman! World is proud of people like you who cannot be stopped despite lack of freedom of speech, manipulations, intimidations! Thank you Liza for bringing some peace between these haters, close minded deniers, who go crazy to even hear your thoughts, forget about feeling empathy for people under suffering!

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    11. Pat Carmeli

      In response to the previous comments: Yeah, Ms Behrendt might hate Israel since she loves human rights, dignity for all, and justice – words what have been forgotten in Israel. I think though, that rather than hating Israel, Liza is just trying to remind Jews of the values their religion espouses.

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    12. Mark

      Liza Behrendt’s banner says it all: The settlements betray Jewish values. Occupation is incongruent with Jewish values.

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    13. Jessie A, Martin

      I am a huge fan and admirer of Jon Stewart. However, I was also hugely disappointed at his tirade against Helen Thomas for her comment several years ago when asked what to do about the Isaraeli/Palestinian conflict, saying “Tell them (the Israelis)to go back where they cam from”. That was cold and unfeeling, but it was an expression of her opinion. However, since then this good, brave woman has dropped from sight. Jouranlism has no one like her today in the Corporate media.
      Recently he threw another tirade against the Iranians triggered by their winning of an Oscar. I am disappointed in him and wonder if I’m alone with this feeling. He is a powerful voice among a lot of folks, including me and has done much good but he’s lost a lot of my respect for him. Jessie

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    14. Howard Hersh

      Thank you, Liza, for giving voice to all the Jews who call on Israel to return to the legacy of the moral high ground.

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    15. Maruja Frank

      Here is the horrible realization: to exist, Israel must kill, destroy, terrorize, and subjugate. After Israel bombs Iran, what then? There is no end to the fear. There is no end to the hate engendered.

      Is it worth it? Many Jews no longer think so.

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    16. James Morley

      Someone complains about AIPAC, and they are anti-jewish? (I am a Brit, and the OXford English Dictionary defines anti-semetic as being against semites – which includes jews and arabs).
      So if I do not like the activities of Obama or Bush, I am anti American. I must not complain?
      Noone really complained about Kristallnacht, or much later, about Deir Yassim.
      These young jews are young people of whom all jews shoul;d be proud.

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    17. Elinor Goldfarb

      When criticizing Israel’s policies results in name calling and expulsion, what happens to civil discourse? Israel’s actions carry the seeds of its own destruction through oppression and displacement of Palestinians. Jews who disagree with Israeli policies are Jews who are mindful of our history of persecution and the morals, ethics and character that enabled us to survive as a people.
      How can we oppress others after what we have suffered?
      As Americans, we are angered by AIPAC’s intimidating lobbying of our Congress and President. Americans don’t want another war. Israel can attack Iran on its own. We should give NO help.

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    18. Bre

      I met Liza Behrendt. She is incredibly kind, caring, and someone who stands up for traditional Jewish values. As a Palestinian, I look to people like her as a sign that there is hope. Well done, Liza. You make people who are on the side of justice, no matter the background, proud.

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    19. Larry Carney

      I see Liza as a loyal and deep-thinking Jewish girl and very “gutsy”! Are Americans who opposed the Vietnam War, and/or the invasion of Iraq, “Self-hating Americans”? And I oppose many policies of the Vatican; does that make me a “self-hating Roman Catholic”? I support J-Street, but was disappointed when they praised Obama’s boot-licking speech at AIPAC.

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    20. AIG

      If there are so many anti-Zionists Jews on campuses in the US, why isn’t there a parallel institution to Hillel which is anti-Zionist? Why do they need to join Hillel? I constantly hear talk about young Jews in the US are changing. In my eyes it will only gain credence when I see viable and prosperous anti-Zionist organizations.

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    21. Bryan Ryman

      I am a senior Jewish man who remembers when I was very young putting my saved money every week into the JNF box to plant trees in Israel.
      I imagened I was helping to create a place of Peace and Love, Milk and Honey.
      How can the present day Israelis, with the protection of Powerful Allies, do to the Palastinians what was perpetrated on their very selves during WW2?
      Might has NEVER meant Right.
      A Cousin of mine who was in the Israeli Air Force during the initial wars puts it like this, he says after all that happened then, he could never trust the Arabs again.
      In the wake of Arab Spring there’s a new breed of young Arabs wanting something else that’s new to the area…Justice and Freedom, same as their Western Brothers and Sisters, The Occupy Movement.
      Building on Palastinian lands is getting more dangerous as the balance (scant as it is) will soon be pushed too far.
      The way to Peace is through SHARING. No other way is possible.
      The way Israel is going at the moment means that Peace will never be viable until all Palastinians are pushed off their land or the status quo, which is the Might is Right credo, continues, and continues, and continues………

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    22. Do you really think you get any sympathy from those people attending the AIPAC Conference? Or what is such a spectacle for? Interrupting what for? To be in the news? I do not get it.

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    23. Bill Pearlman

      I see the Phil ( Hitler should have finished the job ) Weiss fans are showing. Like Pat Carmeli.

      JVP is against the existence of Israel. All you have to do is look at Syria to see the tender mercies of the Arabs and where that leads.

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    24. Maria Loizou

      AIPAC (American Isreal Political Action Committee) DOES NOT want Peace – They are a RACIST Organization looking not only to Kill all Arabs, but also their own Jewish Brothers and Sisters that do not agree with their tactics!!! The TRUTH always comes out in the End!!!!

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    25. Stephen Shenfield

      When I was teaching at Brown University, I had dealings with Hillel and with the Arab students’ society. I was struck by the difference. The Arab students lacked the resources of Hillel, but they were able to discuss freely and manage their own affairs and thereby gain experience that would help them contribute to a democratic society. Hillel, by contrast, is controlled by an outside bureaucracy with a truly Stalinist hostility to free debate (as the video shows). The students have no say at all. In some places independent Jewish student groups have been formed, though of course there are too few of them.

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    26. For starters, AIPAC is NOT a pro-Israel lobbying group. It is a pro-Likud lobbying group–not at all the same thing!

      Second, Bill Pearlman is a hateful, frightened man who pretends to be Jewish, when all he is is a Zionist–again, not the same thing.

      What I learned from the seder is that Jews:
      1. should think of ourselves as having **personally** come out of slavery, so that we could identify with the oppressed.
      2. should know that no one is free unless everyone is free (not just other Jews).
      3. have an obligation to work toward the end of oppression of all people.

      Because Bill Pearlman clearly doesn’t think or act in those ways, he is a Zionist poser, not a Jew.

      For the rest of you who hate the people against whom Israel is committing acts of genocide [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genocide], learn how to be a mensch, not a bigot.

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    27. Leonard Gale

      Hope has two beautiful daughters,Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are and the courage to see that they do not remain as they are.
      BE BRAVE.

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    28. She’s an absolute dipshit. Peace starts when terror stops and the PA recognizes the Jewish democracy of Israel. Until then, you’re under our thumb.

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    29. Lon Withers

      Liza is brave and exactly right about AIPAC’s policies. If our government had any morality on this issue, AIPAC members would be arrested for supporting terrorism. They’ve become a mere front for the extreme right fascist government of Israel. Like German-American groups supporting Hitler, and trying to sway American policy.

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    30. Jeffrey Carlson

      Bill Pearlman advocates a holocaust of Arabs! See, I can make baseless accusations as cavalierly as he can.

      The Israel you want is one that denies human rights in order to enforce an ethnoreligious majority. The “destruction” of that isn’t a holocaust, but a polity in which all its citizens, many descendents of the refugees, have equal rights in the eyes of the law. It’s plain why you wouldn’t want such a thing.

      AIG, if the opinion of young Jews is *now becoming* increasingly distant from Israel, that’s no reason to expect that huge organizations of American Jews with hard lines against Israeli policy *already* exist. You would be able to see that if it wasn’t your real point that only numbers of Jews give validity to an idea. Young Jews join Hillel because it is supposed to represent them, and they would like to improve it until it does.

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    31. Orzin

      Israelis close their ears and hearts at their own risk. Palestinians’ voices will not be silenced, and will remain a thorn in the side of Israel until and unless Palestinians are integrated into Jewish society while remaining Muslim and Christian, or Israel exterminates them all. That means of the housing developments built on the disrespected side of the Green Line, Muslims and Christians have just as much an opportunity to live in them as Jews. Jewish-exclusive housing is evil. I, as one American, don’t want my tax dollars, as is the case now, used to harass, maim, and kill non-Jews in Palestine. I advocate the US Treasury stop being emptied not for the benefit of Americans given away to Israelis for doing nothing constructive.

      I recommend Jews, Israeli-Jews, American Jews, and European Jews listen. We won’t be silenced.

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    32. Steve Brook

      The hardest thing for many Jews to understand is why they are resented by Palestinians. But the resentment is mutual. It springs largely from fear of the loss of identity.

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    33. Jazzy

      This comment thread illustrate Chomsky’s point: when an anti-Zionist makes a scene, her defenders always claim she’s just ‘against the settlements’, which is of course a partial truth (a lie) – she’s against Israel. Thereafter, right wingers point to exchange and say, “see, enemies of the settlements are enemies of Israel.” The whole spat is just a shiny present for Moshe Feiglin, but the anti-Zionist cretins don’t care because they’d rather burn the whole country then let the Jews have anything.

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    34. Can someone tell me why Jews (in general), are disliked (if not hated), around the world, and this having been the case for 2000 years? And even today, not one country in the world (except the U.S.), will stand behind Israell?
      Israel has been treating the Palestinians as “children of a lesser god” for the past 100 years. That is the absolute truth, and any honest person knows that. Israel has a dire future indeed if it doesn’t finally deal justly with the Palestinians—and soon!

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    35. Walter

      First, Jazzy, I believe you have misused Chomsky’s point. Post a reference if you can.

      Second, this whole thread does exemplify the difficulty reaching closed minds. Those who rely on absolutes to support their opinions are unlikely to listen or learn from dissenting or nuanced arguments. Liza Behrendt was more likely to reach those among the wider audience who are open to questioning and thinking about what might make for more rational and successful policies that could resolve the conflicts the people suffer.

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    36. In the long run AIPAC does harm to the idea of Israel. Its influence in the politics of this country encourages the irrational beliefs and behavior of the right wing in Israel. The sooner AIPAC loses power here the better it will be for Israel to become a decent and true people.

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    37. Indu Abeysekara

      I am proud of Liza Behrendt and what she stands for.

      I am neither Jew nor Palestinian nor Muslim, but I have an enormous empathy with the Jewish people and the holocaust suffering they were subjected to. Stemming from this same mindset, I am sorrowful of the plight of the occupied people of Gaza and the West Bank. The sorrow is compounded by the fact that it is done to them, not by some Nazi supremacists but by the very same people who could never forget The Holocaust.

      The young protester and the Jewish Voice for Peace are shining examples of what is possible in place of endless war and the slaughter of millions.

      But sadly endless war is what the Israeli Prime Minister is after in the US right now, and President Obama will be under huge pressure from AIPAC.

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    38. Fazal Khan

      In regards to AIPAC, those who support AIPAC, those who support the atrocities committed by the state of Israel on the Palestinians, I will share a quote from Thomas Paine…”To argue with a person who has renounced reason is like administering medicine to the dead.”. Anyone who thinks reasonably can see the very human atrocities being committed on the Palestinians by very sad Israeli troops, very sad leaders, and very disgusting agenda of dominance and elimination of the Palestinian identity and ties to their homeland. It isn’t enough that the Palestinians were kicked out of their homes in Israel, now they are being systematically removed from their refugee camps through settlement building and occupation. There is no reasoning with these occupiers. They shake with one hand while building settlements with the other. They are on the wrong side of history.

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    39. Jazzy

      Walter: Nope – I’m following Chomsky’s logic. Here’s the interview where he explains that BDS is a gift to the right: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5hY-gffV0M
      Stephen Shenfield: Let me just get this straight – did the former ACTING PRESIDENT of BROWN UNIVERSITY just call Hillel ‘Stalinist’? A pretty embarrassingly antisemitic thing to stay, given Stalin’s history with the Jews. The moral disintegration of the American Liberal establishment is accelerating. Or maybe Brown is still just full of poseurs.

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    40. Jennie

      It is absolutely essential to seperate the criminal government of Netanyahou and Liebermann from anti-semitism. Wanting to start
      a war (=collectively killing each other) is MADNESS in this nuclear and atomic age. These people have forgotten God’s divine Law NOT to kill. Covetousness (10th Commandment of God)is at the root of the absolute evil of wanting to kill off the Palestinians, the indigenous people of Palestine – it’s ethnic cleansing! Isn’t there enough hatred to blow up our whole planet? We only have one! Both the US and Israel possess nuclear capacity. The Palestinians don’t! Wanting to start a war with the Iranians will be committing crimes
      against humanity, just as wanting to kill off the Palestinians instead of living in PEACE with one another in mutual respect. But the criminal goverment of Netanyahou is making life impossible for the indigenous people of Palestine which has already been wiped off the map! Human history has shown how evil covetousness has always been and still IS – they cost the lives of billions of innocent people!
      As the prophet Hosea/Osée has written, Israel has forgotten his Creator, as killing is always a DE-creation.

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    41. Hasan Bhatti

      Dear Jazzy and Mr. Pearlman,

      I am a Jew, and I do not approve of the settlements, because I, along with other 20 somethings, were taught in our Hebrew school classrooms to love they neighbor, to give to those who had none, to pray for peace. I was taught, on one foot by Rabbi Hillel, to do unto your neighbor what you would do to yourself. I was taught, by King Solomon, to see through when a person try to steal what is close to another person toward the just truth. I was a service leader who prayed for peace to Israel, and peace to all of the world. I was co-president of two youth groups (USY and Hillel) who both

      I would ask you, now, from Jew to Jew, why you think establishing and maintaining settlements in the West Bank will bring about peace, will sufficiently love our neighbor, will give to those who have suffered as we have suffered, when it is quite obvious that this is a fundamental road block in any political peace negotiation, and it is a fundamental building block of hate against Israel? I think you may misunderstand the purpose here. What Liza is fighting for is a new concept of Zionism, the key tenet of which features peace and justice between Jews and others as a central talking point. The old concept of Zionism is one that pushes one agenda over all others, making in us a chosen people above any other story (doesn’t this sound familiar in certain colonial doctrines?). We need a homeland, but is this homeland, as it stands now in its actions, an accurate portrayal of the Jewish values we teach our children?

      My question, then, becomes, and I ask it out of curiosity for your definition is much different than mine: what is your notion of Zionism, and what’s Jewish about your own notion of Zionism? Herzl had a vision, yet would he approve of a land that must be kept by such extreme security (also defined as “the implementation of military to quell the fear of losing what you have”) so as to limit another population’s access to water, food, education, electricity? For those Jews who view Judaism through a social justice lens, it is not rooted in supporting settlements, complete control of another populations livelihood/movement, reappropriation of land, kidnapping, etc. This is what we speak out against, in the hope that the Judaic values of equality, compassion, and justice ring true within a land that roots their action in democratic, lest we become who oppressed us.

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    42. Hasan Bhatti

      *I was copresident to two youth groups (USY and Hillel) who both made it a pact to reach out beyond our comforts and empower those in need through direct social action and communal activism.*

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    43. Hasan Bhatti

      Fazal,

      On the contrary, there are many Israelis who are not occupiers, and devote themselves to instilling peace between Arabs and Israelis. You paint with the same brush as Bill and Jazzy, because on the Arab side, there are those that respond violence with violence. I will quote a very well known Gandhi phrase: “An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.”

      Is this the answer, then? To instill peace through wiping out what seems to be unmovable? You also miss Liza’s point: As Jews, we criticize in order to move our brothers toward peace and trust in peace. I think criticizing Israel is good, but demonizing them as completely unreasonable? No, they can be convinced when they realize that they become the minority. A new Zionism needs to be created, and it will be, down in the grassroots, seed by seed.

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    44. Hasan Bhatti

      Jazzy:

      Chomsky opposes full BDS. JVP supports BDS of the settlements, only. Walter is right: you are misusing Chomsky’s rationale because you misunderstand JVP’s position on BDS, which is directed toward organizations that benefit economically from the Israeli security measures in the West Bank.

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    45. Jazzy

      Hasan: I don’t think Liza subscribes to less than ‘full’ BDS just because that’s JVP’s official stance. In any case, BDS is BDS. The brand discredits whoever it touches, even if that person qualified their support.

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    46. Hasan Bhatti

      Here’s the reference on JVP’s official position of BDS: http://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/tiaa-cref.

      PS: most of the companies they support for settlement-BDS are actually against American companies, not Israeli…

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    47. Jazzy

      Hasan: I’m against settlements dude, JUST LIKE YOU. If you hadn’t noticed, anti-Zionists are in the process of discrediting the peace movement. That’s the problem. You can’t get up and talk about leaving settlements without being called a traitor. Was that the case even in 2006? No, it wasn’t. That’s a recently problem, caused by BDS.

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    48. Hasan Bhatti

      You don’t know Liza, so I might ask that you don’t speak for her, cause you don’t know her position. I do know her, and I know her position, and I don’t even do that.

      Brand certainly discredits… those who misunderstand its use….

      As I asked Bill, what is a Zionist to you? I have a very different definition of it.

      JVP’s stance on BDS is against the economic benefit of settlements, dude. So I ask, then, why you oppose JVP’s stance, when it is full BDS that you speak of.

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    49. Jazzy

      Like I said, it doesn’t matter whether she’s not personally an anti-Zionist, because JVP endorses a form of ‘BDS’ – this discredits the struggle against the occupation. The phenomenon can be seen OBJECTIVELY, so your assertion that JVP is ‘misunderstood’ is irrelevant to what’s actually HAPPENING.
      PS: I don’t know why you assume your definition of ‘Zionist’ is different from mine. Maybe because you’re trying to sneakily get people to be anti-Zionists? The whole word twisting strategy isn’t going to get you very far my friend. If you’re an anti-Zionist just say it, don’t pretend that Zionism means no Israel. Just because your little activist clique thinks is clever and original doesn’t mean it is. Its annoying and unpersuasive.

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    50. RobertCorra

      I’m writing from Sydney Australia to let you all know that as far as many Australian’s are concerned, Isreal is not the slightest bit interested in peace and the continual building of settlements is proof of that. Its difficult to see what sort of future Isreal could have, given that Isreal is very good at creating enemies, not just amongst its neighbours but the whole world. Now Isreal wants to bomb Iran. This whole ‘crisis’ is driven by Isreal’s desire to militarily dominate the Middle-East. Americans need to wake up, otherwise, Isreal will drag you into another useless war. I’m against all nuclear weapons but has anyone in the main-stream media asked why Isreal can have nuclear weapons but Iran can’t?

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