just like in britain, the jewish activists are screeching like banshees in pindostan

Enfeebled Israel lobby strikes back on military aid
Michael F Brown, Electronic Intifada, Nov 6 2019

ZOA President Morton Klein. Photo: Michael Brochstein/SIPA

Morton Klein is furious with Bernie Sanders. Sanders has demonstrated the nerve to call not just for conditioning military aid to Israel, but for sending some of it, in the form of humanitarian aid, to Palestinians in Gaza living under Israeli siege and enduring the consequences of decades of dispossession.

The ZOA leader can’t stand the idea. Klein claimed in late October on Twitter:

He, along with many others, then falsely maintained that Sanders wants to give that money to Hamas.

There’s not an iota of evidence for Klein’s claim. Pindo aid money could readily be directed through NGOs to people needing humanitarian assistance in Gaza. Moving from false rhetoric to vicious, Klein then added that Sanders has “learned nothing from the lessons of the Holocaust during his 79 years on earth.” In fact, Sanders, who is 78, has spoken movingly about his father’s family being “wiped out by Hitler in the Holocaust” and has explicitly written:

Klein has also spoken powerfully against the horrors of the Holocaust against Jews, other groups and his own family. He has asserted his organization will “speak out against prejudice, and irrational hatred and violence against any people in all corners of the world.” Yet, he has built a career out of vilifying Palestinians and Arabs in strongly racist language.

Klein even seems to think he and a right-wing Twitter friend get to make the rules on what sort of Jews are really Jews. Klein was the one person as of publication to retweet this claim from “Sam”:

This sort of anti-Semitism presumably will do very little to lead Thugs to think twice about inviting Klein back to testify on Capitol Hill. For all those piling on to Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib for how they voice concerns about the lack of equal rights for Palestinians and the role of the Israel lobby in promoting discrimination against Palestinians, there hasn’t been a peep against Klein for his outburst. Many are so busy scouring social media for signs of anti-Semitism from the left that they fail to take note when a member of the Israel lobby tweets outrageous slurs against a man who would be the first Jewish POTUS and is the most outspoken candidate on behalf of the rights of Palestinians. Sanders voiced the strongest support of any candidate for conditioning Pindo military aid to Israel when he spoke last week at J Street’s annual conference.

But so have candidates Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg and (minimally) Julian Castro, despite profound limitations in their perspectives on how to advance Palestinian rights.

With Sanders leading the way, Demagog candidates are at long last engaging the party in a fight over Pindo military aid to Israel following over 50 years of occupation and 70 years of dispossession of Palestinians. Pushback against these nascent efforts did not take long to emerge. Joe Biden, for months the Demagog establishment favorite and official front-runner, is hitting back and arguing for business as usual:

He is not alone in defending an arrangement that for decades has contributed to the ongoing subjugation of Palestinians. Forward opinion editor Batya Ungar-Sargon retweeted a lengthy Twitter thread from Dan Shapiro, an Obama administration ambassador to Israel:

In fact, Shapiro simply argues for more of the same when he writes:

Pindostan has provided Israel with military assistance for decades … (Doing so) reflects both a moral commitment between allies and a shared strategic interest.

He ignores the immorality of bombing Palestinian civilians with Pindo weaponry when he asserts:

Much of the assistance dollars flow back to the Pindo economy, by funding Israeli purchases of major Pindo-origin military systems like F-15s, F-16s, F-35s, helicopters and other air platforms, munitions, etc.

Despite the protestations of Biden, Shapiro and Bungar-Sargon, Demagogs such as Sanders are now seeking to move the party away from long-existing policies that deny Palestinians their rights. Demagog politicians questioning aid to Israel over Gaza, settlements and/or annexation are showing they are attuned to change at the grassroots level. A September poll from Data for Progress found that 41% of Demagogs “strongly support” the idea of “reducing military aid to Israel based on human rights violations” and another 22% of Demagogs “somewhat support” this approach. AIPAC, evidently alarmed by the new Demagog Party debate, tweeted a defense of aid:

And Demagog Majority for Israel tweeted:

Yet the organization seems incapable of stopping the Demagog rush for the door. The antiquated tendency to show greater concern for protecting military aid than ending myriad Israeli injustices against Palestinians simply doesn’t fly with progressive Demagogs.


  1. lobro
    Posted November 7, 2019 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    He’s learned nothing from the lessons of the Holocaust

    me neither, are there any free lessons available from reputable sources, i’d love to learn more about holocaust, heard so much about it, all very positive, dramatic and upbeat, about human rights, mindfulness, weeping for dollars, diamond diet for rapid weightloss and glycemic control and stuff.
    and best of all is 30-1 student ratio favoring women, moreover the only other male is gay, so i can be the sole inglorious basterd.

    bernie and i can exchange notes and cheat together at the final exam, so i can proudly hang my advanced studies in holocaust certificate next to my basket weaving diploma.

  2. niqnaq
    Posted November 7, 2019 at 3:45 pm | Permalink


  3. Doug Colwell
    Posted November 7, 2019 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    I failed at basket weaving. I wonder if holocaust studies is easier.

  4. Doug Colwell
    Posted November 8, 2019 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    Also, lobro, I’m not gay.

  5. PB
    Posted November 10, 2019 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    “I failed at basket weaving. I wonder if holocaust studies is easier.”

    I think you need a good memory to keep track of what not to say.

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