Look how “progressive” the Jewish Voice for Peace is!
I was forwarded this email from the Jewish Voice for Peace:
Tell the Center for American Progress torescind their invitation to NetanyahuDearSince college — actually, since grade school — I’ve been a political activist, and I’ve spent my entire career fighting for peace, and justice, and equality. It’s what us progressives do.But some “progressives” didn’t get the memo.The Center for American Progress, one of the biggest and most influential progressive think tanks in the U.S. has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak. Let me put it another way: one of the most important progressive organizations in America is giving a huge platform to one of the least progressive men alive, at a time when he’s inciting hatred, entrenching a brutal status quo of apartheid, and presiding over a terrifying descent into far-right extremist violence.Our allies at the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation are calling on CAP to rescind their invitation to Netanyahu, and we’re standing with them.But we need you, too. Add your name to our letter: Bibi is no progressive, and CAP has no business inviting him to speak.…Jews like me, and supporters of justice and equality from all walks of life are moving the needle, and changing the political conversation around Israel and Palestine. Fealty to the Israeli occupation is no longer guaranteed, and Netanyahu knows it. The emerging progressive majority has had enough of Israeli apartheid, and Netanyahu is running scared.We can’t let the Center for American Progress give Netanyahu the veneer of bipartisan respectability. Not now, when the tide is turning for peace and human rights.I’m Progressive. Netanyahu isn’t. Add your name, and tell CAP to disinvite Netanyahu.Onwards,Stefanie Fox
Co-Director of Organizing
Eleven times she reminds us of how “progressive” she is – while advocating silencing any views that she disagrees with!
I never fail to be stunned at how the words “liberal” and “progressive” have been co-opted to push the most illiberal and regressive ideas. Jihad, after all, is about as regressive as possible, yet people who want to kill Jews as a religious imperative must be given a platform for their speech in liberal, progressive newspapers. The most liberal state in the Middle East is attacked as supporting terror while the terrorists and their cheerleaders are hailed as progressive and moderate. It is truly an Orwellian use of language, yet it is one that is not pushed back on nearly enough.
The Center for American Progress can invite or not invite anyone they want; it is not a violation of free speech either way. But “progressives” like Fox insist that the only speech that may be free is speech that they have labeled as “progressive kosher.”
JVP shows its hypocrisy in other ways, of course. Here is what they say about The Canary Mission:
While students who stand up for Palestinian
rights are under special scrutiny regardless of
their identity, Palestinian students, along with
Muslim and Arab students, bear the brunt of
this intimidation and demonization. They are
often deliberately “named and shamed”
publicly for standing up for Palestinian rights,
and are vulnerable to marginalization and
exclusion in campus communities. This is
nowhere more clear than when looking at the
recent “Canary Mission” database, which
claims to expose student activists as “hatefomenting
individuals” by compiling dossiers
of their pro-Palestinian political activities.
Yet they have built their own dossier of pro-Israel organizations on campus, complete with names and associations! Their list:
THE LOUIS D. BRANDEIS CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS UNDER LAW
THE AMCHA INITIATIVE
AMERICAN JEWISH COMMITTEE
AMERICANS FOR PEACE AND TOLERANCE
GLOBAL FRONTIER JUSTICE CENTER
INSTITUTE FOR JEWISH & COMMUNITY RESEARCH
ISRAEL ACTION NETWORK
ISRAEL ON CAMPUS COALITION
THE LAWFARE PROJECT
SCHOLARS FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
ZIONIST ORGANIZATION OF AMERICA
I personally don’t think there is anything wrong with a dossier, as long as it is accurate, but to complain that the other side is keeping tabs on you while you do the same for them is the height of hypocrisy.
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