JennyB wrote: ↑
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08 Apr 2020, 4:52pm
And as much as the far left will not like hearing this, there is a huge antisemitism problem (this doesn't dismiss antisemitism on the right, but I am not on the right). I see it every day on Twitter. It's insidious and it's evil. And it's driving people like me, someone who has dedicated her life to progressive causes, away.
You've said this before with respect to Bernie's campaign. Could you provide some examples of what you mean?
John Cusack's posts (that he doubled down on and issued a tepid "apology" for). If you recall, he tweeted an image with a quote from white nationalist and neo-Nazi Kevin Alfred Strom. The tweet suggested Jews were in control and were not allowed to be criticized. This is one example. The Dyke March. Purity tests of whether one is a good Jew (renouncing Israel) or bad Jew (those of us who believe in its right to exist) - I have witnessed this personally in my work. There are other examples that can be easily googled. Then, like in the UK, we are told by non-Jews that this isn't antisemitism. We are being gaslit because of course, I can't be antisemitic, I support the Jewish guy (which is no different from antisemitic Trump supporters who say he can't be an antisemite because Ivanka is Jewish). The tokenizing of the tiny percentage of anti-Israel Jews who use their platform to bash the rest of us. I criticize the Israeli government constantly, but I still don't pass the purity test. And I didn't even mean to get into a whole Israel thing.
I think your post also illustrates this (I am not calling you an antisemite) - you seem not to take me for my word. I feel like sometimes that we are the only group who isn't allowed to decide when people are working against them. I really wanted someone like Bernie (though not necessarily him - we don't need another old white man). I don't have any agenda to discredit the left. I want to *be* the left. I just don't feel welcome in these spaces.
Again, I am in no way trying to minimize the antisemitism on the right. I know it is much worse. But we expect that from the right. They have always been antisemitic. This is all new for me.
Wasn't about not taking you at your word, just wanted some examples because I hadn't seen anything personally.
I don't follow John Cusack on social media and I was unaware of that post. I also had no idea he was involved in the Bernie campaign. See, that's why an example is useful. Now I know Cusack is anti-semitic.
I'm sorry that asking for clarification and examples crosses some kind of line.
Not your fault - My hackles have been so raised lately that I see everything as an attack, and I didn't mean it that way. Also, it's hard to convey over writing. You're all good.
Yeah, I was genuinely asking.
I mostly see Israel popping up in postcolonial/decolonization discourse on the left. I have seen people on the left step over the line in criticism of Israel before (this more like ten years ago tho), like suggesting total decolonization, which like any policy focused on big population transfers seems pretty bad to me. There are many generations of Israelis who have grown up there--just as completely decolonizing the US would be pretty impractical and horrendous, though I think the US could stand to give back a lot of land to Native Americans. The tininess of Israel doesn't compare well to decolonization proposals for the US and Canada.
There's also this anti-semitic trope that Zionist Jews control the US and are the reason for American policy towards Israel, which gets it rather reversed in my opinion--Israel is dependent on the US to some degree and ends up having to accommodate American policy, not the other way around.
For Israel the two-state solution seems dead in the water given the settlements. I would guess scaling back the ethnonationalism put in place by Likud and the ultraright would be the start to an equitable path forward.
I do agree with defenders of Israel who point out that the surrounding Arab states have done little for Palestinians, although I don't think that absolves Israel of human rights abuses either. But it's pretty awful when rich Salafist states complain about Israel's treatment of the Palestinians while doing little to help them materially.
Neil, re: the prospect of a leftier government in Israel, I am not really optimistic. Israel seems to follow the overall global trend towards the far right. From reading Israeli media in English, which admittedly makes my access limited, there seems to be a real siege culture over there right now. I would love to see a peaceful path forward for the Israelis and Palestinians under leftist governance but that seems like a pipe dream.
Anyway none of this has to do with the Democratic Party anymore. Thread drift!
I feel that there is a fascistic element, for example, in the Rolling Stones . . .
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I've studied the phenomenon of neo-provincialism in self-isolating online communities but this place takes the fucking cake.