Yet again the Jewish Voice of Peace (JVP) have pulled rug out from under an activist supporting a end to Palestinian suffrage. In this case Alison Weir and If American's Knew.
Unsurprisingly, divorce from these activists is not the end of the line. The organization continues to assault them with behind-the-scenes character assassinations and interventions to forestall their speaking engagements. Alison Weir reports several such instances of JVP interference and Atzmon documents the outspoken attempt of the Denver JVP to stop his appearance there. These efforts are disturbing to some JVP members who did not envision interfering with the free speech of other activists dedicated to Palestine at the behest of JVP’s Jewish board. JVP is now in the dirty business of judging, condemning and punishing Palestinian allies for not treating Jews or “Jewishness” with political correctness. This is probably the fate of all self-identified “Jewish” groups
Many of us have had a bit to say on this. At issue here is the priorities, Palestinian suffrage where millions are effected versus a notional concept of Jewish identity. One is real and current, people have been suffering for over 67 years under the policies of Jewish fascism by Zionist Israel, the other is conceptual identity, leftist policies and political correctness. The JVP could perhaps claim to be a peek body of Jews and others opposed to Palestinian suffrage but their consistent actions against effective activists places them in the role of ADL lite.
So I wrote to them...
Sent: Wednesday, 17 June 2015 2:29 AM
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Subject: Help required I don't know what to do...
Dear JVP Members,
As someone who has spent time in Palestine and witnessed the gross thuggery, including a teargas attack on the disabled school south of Bethlehem, I’m extremely concerned that I don’t make some error that will cause me to be labelled as an anti-Semite like Alison Weir, Greta Berlin, Gilad Atzmon and so many of my friends.
While it is obvious to any rational being that the prime cause of anti-Semitism in the 21st century is the thuggery of the fascist Jewish state of Israel, I’m not such a rational person and my prime concern is that of anti-Semitism and the preservation of my ability to speak out with authority. I would be torn apart with distress were anyone I know to engage in dialogue that is anti-Semitic. Better that my 2 deaf friends in Hebron be beaten up for not being able to hear instructions from the IDF than for me to engage in anti-Semitism or associate with anyone who might be. While over 2,000+ people in Gaza had the shit bombed out of them so Netanyahu could win election as Prime Minister of the fascist Jewish state, this is not my primary concern, anti-Semitism is!
As I’ve been accused of anti-Semitism before and hounded on Facebook by a coven of witches, including losing my rights to comment on the JVP Facebook page for making the comment “Jews Suck ©” in reference to 40 people that wrote 1 star fake reviews of the book Freedom Sailors, I’m fully aware of how seriously the JVP take this issue. Interestingly one of the Neturei Karta Jews yelled at those entering AIPAC this year “you fucking Jews” but I guess that is OK because he is a special kind of Jew unlike ordinary me.
It seems to me that despite all Alison Weir’s long and enduring effort over so many years that I should defriend her on Facebook. I have been making a sincere effort to reform my ways so that I’m guilt free of the heinous crime of anti-Semitism.
I’m very concerned that my reform will be stilted by those I have become associated with on Facebook. My friend Natali Cohen Vaxberg created a video where she shat on an the flag of the fascist Jewish state. And if that wasn’t bad enough she then made a video about the ‘glory’ of the holocaust. Asher Lev made a video where he eats Mayor Gafso's manifesto then vomit up blue liquids, some have claimed the 6,000,000 holocaust figure is inaccurate and it is more likely 6,666,666... I’m suffering severe cognitive dissonance in being able to purge myself of anti-Semitism which is of far greater concern to me than injuries, death, oppression, poverty and humiliation of millions of people in Palestine. It is clearly risibly fallacious to consider anyone who endures the fascist Jewish state on a daily basis or makes an effort to expose the crimes of Zionism to have any value to the cause if they are, even the slightest way, linked to any person, organisation, media, activity that could be rightly be seen as anti-Semitic.
Therefore I humbly ask for your advice by providing me with a list of who I can and can’t associate with. I seek you urgent assistance in this so that I can maintain my sobriety and resolve to recover from the moment of anti-Semitism where I proclaimed “Jews Suck ©”.
The question here is, does the JVP need to get their priority right? Or is it that they consider they already have their priority sorted and first in the list is protecting Jewish identity? In which case what influence will they attempt to exert on the solution?
So from my friends on Facebook I write...
A bit like the Socialists Alliance here who tack their agenda to every protest they can. Surprisingly as they hand out their little pamphlets on the BDS if you question them about Palestine they know nothing beyond a few BDS statements and have no intention of going to Palestine. Palestine is just an issue to be used as are all issues in the promotion of an agenda based on a failed model of socialism.
Just like the JVP they are exclusivist and seek to control the debate.
And in the interests of full transparency I note that I have been kicked off the Brisbane group that supports Palestine. Which is pretty funny considering the number of Facebook pages I'm an admin for this topic and the number of individuals I support. As best I can understand that as their was never a communication of cause why, it is because I posted too many items. Apparently the control of the discussion is not just on content but on volume as well. As insulted as I was at the time, it seems I share this honour with others including Pamela Rosengren.
Yet we have a whole pile of people that aren't a part of these rights clubs, who manage to work together as independent voices that get stuff done. Greta Berlin and her mates managed to get a boat into Gaza without being shot. Saeed Amireh manages to get trees planted in Ni'lin and go on shoe string financed speaking tours without an association with a political party in Palestine. Gilad Atzmon manages to pull apart the issues of Jewish identity, Alison Weir manages to compact the issues of Palestinian suffering into a format that can be understood by a newbie, Mazin Qumsiyeh can publish a book, be critical of the PA and do genetic research, Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi can take Palestinians to the site of the holocaust without conversion to Judaism... we can manage a range of difference in our views without a loss of appreciation for the individual. No one is blackballed for having different perspectives. Not forgetting Jennifer Frances Atchison who managed a personal transformation from soft Zionists to fully qualified #jewmocha rape at Ben Gurion Airport and a life ban from Israel tends to do this to women with Jewish heritage.
If there is a singularity of view that is organic and true I haven't seen it emerge yet. We don't even see this in computer programming where strict rules are a constant. Competing frameworks are the norm. Managed code is something for Microsoft who seek to protect and profit. Others work on the basis of 'I did this to solve an issue I had and I will share that code with you'.
We might well consider true activism to be open sourced. This is what we are in the process of learning, open source activism. We don't need to be right, to lose critical thinking, to blackball, to have a set of rules that must be adhered to, we can express opinions and agree to differ in a fluid environment where change is required of the world as it is of the self.
We can take hard lines, soft lines, pick deeply into specific dialogues or generally consider rights and meanings of what it is to be human. You can protect a religious heritage and cultural background as Amer Aynghazal does or throw it all to the wind and consider what all the accumulated knowledge you can get your hands on means (my preference). #missionaryposition
You can go all out and stand for political office like Pauline Pantsdown and get your position across while confusing the opposition and throwing their brains into a state of extreme cognitive dissonance. Reject the conservative values of family members like Carl Katter proving that the link between 'family values', genetics and upbringing are held only by the glue of a failure to be yourself.
You can dance your way through life like Emelia Caruana, take on the political mainstream with Jane Power or expose a truth from the inside like Eran Efrati. Or art out your existence like Lincoln Austin, Eitan Altman, and Tony M. Sabat. Refuse to be past of the mundane with Sarit Jacobsohn.
... So if the JVP, the Socialist Alliance, the BDS or anyone else think they are going to warehouse people via a set of rules and dismissal for non-compliance then they are simply wrong. Clearly people are not about having their choices and dialogue boxed in the framework of a notional concept of being politically correct, nor are we god and infallible from error.
Some say this and some say that but the fact is Israel is a creation of the Jewry. The majority have none nothing but encourage it to misbehave. Pandering to Jewish concepts of exclusivity and in doing so supported the creation of the Jewish state with little consideration about the consequences when a state is treated like a spoilt child. And the result is fascism.
So how is the JVP going to accelerate a peaceful resolution in Palestine that is neutral to all parties when even Alison Weir is booted to the curve? Using this model, at the moment where peace is possible they will revert to the protection of Jewish identity and turn against the cause which is to end Palestinian suffrage.