20 thoughts on “More Jewish Monsters Among Us – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. “And I’m a political science major so I know my shit.

    Interviewer: Do you know who Benjamin Netanyahu is?

    Interviewee: No. Is he the Israel prime minister or something? I don’t know who he is. Who’s Benjamin Yahoo?”

    I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard that. I almost suspected Blumenthal of having faked that scene. This woman probably knows next to nothing about the place except that she has a ‘birthright’ to it.

    I wonder how many there are like her. To judge from the crowd around her probably quite a few.

  2. Condemning such a video report by the pro-Israeli extremisms is a hypocritical. They would love such video and “support” it to the end if the interviewed people would be Arabs or European Nazis expressing “equal” views about Israeli Jews and their own “supremacy”. These pro-Israeli extremists never get tired to mention the video of celebrating Palestinians after 911 represents to view of the Arab/Muslim world.

    As Lieberman said just said world opinion is Israel’s No. 1 problem. But in contrary to Lieberman’s beliefs Israel has created its own present public image, not the Arabs. It is actually a “miracle” that it took so long to reveal the widespread racist and aggressive attitude among Israel’s Jewish population and their American brothers in faith.

  3. This reminds me very much of a scene that Sacha Cohen did in his Borat film. As I recall, he interviewed some drunk young southerners and recorded them making racist remarks. Blumenthal seems to have taken the same tack.

  4. “My grandma’s number was 1268493”
    Unlikely. The numbering scheme didn’t go that far. Lower numbers were re-used.

      1. They were wannabe’s. They saw the equivalent of Rambo movies, and said “I wannabe a marine”. “I want to join the badass IDF”.

        Extremely misguided, and as journalism maybe reflective of some larger phenomena. Who knows?

        In the follow-up radio interview with Dana (also on Mondoweiss), he acknowledged that after the Obama speech, he also interviewed orthodox and Americans on the street stating “Obama is a great man, a prophet”.

        Its a more moral stance to describe balance, rather than cheap shots.

        Phil’s writing coming back from Gaza was so effective and indisputable. This trash as the most watched product of his, was upsetting to me. I felt that his brand that was finally finding his voice, went back to Norman Finkelstein’s voice at his most reactive.

        1. “Phil’s writing coming back from Gaza was so effective and indisputable. This trash as the most watched product of his, was upsetting to me.”

          Normally I don’t find much to agree with you on, Richard, but on this point I wholeheartedly concur. In fact you’ve summed it up so well in those two sentences that I won’t endeavor to expand.

          I do encourage anyone who doesn’t regularly visit Mondoweiss to do so; specifically to read Phil’s Gaza accounts, though the site’s regular content is top-notch as well.

    1. Interesting… good eye! In all the analyses I read of the video, no one bothered to bring that up. Not that I doubt that the young man’s grandmother was a victim of the Holocaust, but it does show that it was more important to him to display his venomous, racist hatred of Obama and distorted views than it was to correctly remember and honor his grandmother’s suffering.

  5. Amitai Etzioni has a column over at TPM Cafe. He wrote a piece saying that he supports creating a Palestinian state but that it should be demilitarized. He then got so many foul mouthed curses and attacks at him from the “progressives” who comment there that they had to take the comments down. We also see many vile, profane antisemitic comments over at MONDOWEISS. Should we all extrapolate these to saying that all “progressives” (many if not most of whom are “college educated” are foul-mouthed, racist, antisemitic extremists?

    1. We also see many vile, profane antisemitic comments over at MONDOWEISS

      I read that blog’s comments regularly & hardly ever see what you claim to see. Could you give us a few examples of what you claim is vile, profane & antisemitic??

      And boy, if you want to match up this blog’s commenters or Mondoweiss’ with these thugs to see which is more profane I’ll take that bet anyday. Can I also throw in commenters here who call for my extermination or beheading along with the Jerusalem thugs in the video?

      1. Richard,

        For one, I actually have to agree with Bar Kochba here. I read Mondoweiss regularly, and there’s no doubt that many of the people who gather around it are openly anti-semitic. When you talk about Jewish ethnic loyalty, as Philip Weiss does, you’re bound to attach a bunch of ugly acolytes.

  6. I read that blog regularly as well and occasionally contribute to it. Those who are interested in putting together an anthology of insults and terms of abuse can find some meaty contributions there from the Israel firsters. The illustrious Bill Pearlman deserves a chapter for himself even though he is not very active nowadays.

  7. The Friedman quote is staggering but common understanding of what modern defense approach is, articulated by such “genocidalists” as Colin Powell. Its called shock and awe.

    Powell described it as a LESS-VIOLENT approach where one is confident that the results will be to stop military or terror assault, and the attack is overwhelming, focused, and not drawn out.

    That thesis was rationalized as applicable to Lebanon and Gaza, which turned out to be untrue.

    When the thesis is applied where infeasible, the results are gruesome and ineffective.

    The purpose of the Friedman description is a little different than shock and awe. Its application is extremely limited to conditions in which a lethal assault is known, the assailants are known and attacking is genuinely a preventative measure.

    His negligence was in his lack of clarity. As he is regarded as a teacher, that negligence is severe. But, it is overwhelmingly likely NOT advocacy of genocide.

    Exagerating to defame someone is NOT ethical in my book either.

  8. Wow….these kids are “monsters” but the HAMAS charter, of an organization that carried out many suicide bombings, and which says the Jews are responsible for two world wars and other ills of mankind “was written by a shmegege” and is of no importance.
    I see also that Martillo posted here.
    Very interesting.

    1. It’s possible that because of the Max Blumenthal video which they hosted that they’ve been dredging up some real anti-Semtic slime from under the rocks. I guess I don’t monitor the comment threads there as well as I thought I did.

      I do precisely what they announced they were going to do. I filter out the most egregious anti-Semitic & anti-Muslim remarks from my threads as well though I don’t manually approve every comment as they seem to be saying they will do. Manually approving first time commenters & banning the worst offenders seems to work reasonably well.

  9. I agree with you, Richard, that there is so much racism and aggression towards Arabs in Israel and in the American Jewish community. In their drunken state, these young people are probably being more honest than others who may want to hide the racism.

    Recently my colleague, Rabbi Sid Schwarz, encountered a shocking example of this racism at the Salute to Israel Day parade in New York City: young religious Jews dancing ecstatically to Am Yisrael Chai (The Jewish People are alive) alternating with “Let the Arabs die!”

    He wrote:
    “Then a band launched into a rousing rendition of Am Yisrael Chai. I spent more than 25 years as an activist for Soviet Jewry. This was our theme song signaling solidarity both with the history of our people and with all those oppressed Jews in the world whose cause we championed. A group of young men in their 20’s with kippot and tziztzit were right in front of me dancing in a frenzy. But they alternated the verse that meant “the people of Israel lives” with “all the Arabs must die.” It rhymed with the Hebrew. Given the way all joined in, it was clear that this was not the first time it was sung.

    I leaned over to a young man who was next to me, also wearing a kippah and tzitzit. I nodded at the dancers and asked: “Does this song bother you?” He looked at me with a suspicious look and replied: “This is Zionism.”

    You can read his full piece in the Jewish Week.

    1. It’s too bad Rabbi Schwartz didn’t read my post written a month before the concert he attended in which I documented in advance the horrors he would encounter there. The hosts of this concert are notorious supporters of the most extreme of the settlers. I derived the info originally from Jewschool.

  10. What is the connection between the fact that many Americans have abused black Americans and Israel? College kids drink and say stupid things anywhere! What is the point? Most of them grow up and some do not. Again, what is the point? Are there not real isuues to confront and solve in a productive way? Madoff is a Jew. Does that make all Israelis thieves?
    Earl

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