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Sundown: Europe’s J Street

Plus, the ‘new Afrikaners,’ a murder trial, and a foot robbery

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• A group called JCall will launch next week as the self-proclaimed European answer to J Street. Organizers include a member of the EU Parliament and the ubiquitous Bernard-Henri Levy. (BHL, The Scroll would like to an extend a temporary freeze on our policy of mocking you.) Interesting to note: In an interview with the Jerusalem Post, a JCall official used the word “colonization” to describe Israeli policy—which we’re fairly sure is a word verboten in the J Street lexicon. [J'lem Post]

Israel Lobby co-author John Mearsheimer postulated in a speech today that Israel and the Palestinians are off the two-state solution track and that instead full-fledged apartheid will be followed by a bi-national state. Extending the apartheid analogy further than it usually goes, he classified a number of prominent American Zionists, from Abe Foxman of the ADL to Marty Peretz of the New Republic, as “new Afrikaners.” [Jerusalem Fund]

• The New Yorker proffers a real-life courtroom drama by Janet Malcolm about the 2009 trial of a woman who hired her cousin to murder her estranged husband at a playground—all set within the Bukharan Jewish community in Queens. Subscription unfortunately required. [New Yorker]

• Police apprehended a young man outside a Dallas Jewish cemetery who had removed and stolen a foot from a body in one of the graves. He told the cops that he “took it from a Jew girl just because I wanted a foot.” [Vos Iz Neias]

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Mort Zuckerman, legendary philanthropist, is an Afrikaner, according to Mearsheimer. $100 million to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Afrikaner. $10 million to the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, employer of Mearsheimer’s fellow antisemite and co-writer, Stephen Walt. Afrikaner. Contribution to buy Israeli Settler greenhouses for Palestinians about to take over Gaza. Afrikaner.

This is no different from labeling Arab-Americans terrorists. Will Andrew Sullivan, whom Mearsheimer cites, be denouncing this label?

jd says:

“Extending the apartheid analogy further than it usually goes, he classified a number of prominent American Zionists, from Abe Foxman of the ADL to Marty Peretz of the New Republic, as “new Afrikaners.” [Jerusalem Fund]”

So being a member of the ethnic group Afrikaners is an insult. Afrikaan is the name of their language.

We kwnow why he didn’t he call them the “new Germans,” don’t we?

DG says:

I think one can legitimately question whether Walt is simply a strict foreign policy realist or not, but Mearsheimer has repeatedly shown that he’s an anti-semite. His public appearances and utterances over the past 18 months have been pretty shocking. He discredits himself almost every time he opens his mouth.

I’m a bit shocked that Walt hasn’t distanced himself.

fw says:

I think you may be on to something DG, although Walt does say some awful things. I just get the sense he’s clueless. Clueless, of course, can be dangerous, even if unwittingly so.

Mearsheimer is citing writers who are not merely critical of Israel, but of Jews. In fact, who exude spite for Jews. And he celebrates them. I think it’s telling. And I think it also illustrates the danger of the monsters of cowardice, like Finkelstein, who sublimate their anger by adopting the perspective of the antisemite, their historic tormenter. It’s a form of relief by switching identity, and the reason, I think, that it’s found among those Jews with real ties to the Holocaust, like Judt, and Finkelstein. The horror is unbearable, so they identify with the aggressor, instead of the victim. Unfortunately, it provides truly malicious types like Mearsheimer with a kind of rationalization.

Marc R says:

Not only has Walt not distanced himself, he specifically endorses this grouping of Jews into Good Jews and Bad Jews: http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/05/03/mearsheimer_on_the_future_of_palestine

fw says:

Not a surprise; coming to the defense of his partner. Their reactions and motivations are infantile; the people Mearsheimer criticizes are people are people who took issue with their book. They don’t seem to understand that there is a big difference between criticizing–even harshly criticizing–the authors of a book and its thesis, and slandering an entire ethnic group. They’ve gone down a very dark road.

Dana Letvin says:

The real apartheid nations are the Islamic ones who allow no Jews. But these two and many others are too anti-Semitic to acknowledge it.

Susan Speil says:

This is just one more way for the media to put Israel alone, while ignoring the real problem of Islam and the Palestinians hatred. The new PLO headquarters in W.Bank is on the corner of two streets, both named after terrorists who killed many Israelis, the schools also are named after the terrorists, they are praised everywhere in W.Bank and Gaza.

Israel has tried a freeze on building, but it didn’t bring peace; neither did a total pullout from Gaza, but in fact the opposite, terrorism 24/7 on southern Israel.

Dana Letvin (comment here) is correct in saying the real apartheid nations are those that don’t allow Jews, the Islamic countries, not Israel.

If these people do not live in Israel and see their friends and families killed, why do they think at all? They are not logical or fair, just more blind hatred here.

Even on a legal basis, winning a defensive war is never a basis on giving back land to the attackers. They will only attack again and again, as history has proven.

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