Here's another guest blog by Professor William D. (Bill) Rubinstein.in his occasional series examining the execrable Mondoweiss blog.
As this writer has pointed out on the Daphne Anson blog before, the
anti-Israel and anti-Zionist website "Mondoweiss" functions as a kind of
general septic tank or cesspit to collect and publish virtually any
kind of posting that is hostile to Israel's policies or its existence.
Many readers have questioned whether it is antisemitic as well,
especially as (needless to say) it does not apply the same standards to
any Arab or Islamic regime that it applies to Israel, and virtually
whitewashes Muslim and Palestinian terrorism and violence.
As I pointed
out in a recent posting here, many of the "Comments" it prints by
readers are almost certainly antisemitic by any standard, and the site
makes no effort to delete them, despite its stated policy of doing so.
Two recent postings on the "Mondoweiss" site have been so extreme that
Daphne's readers should be told about them.
1) The first (11 April 2016) was
by Nada Elia, described as a "Palestinian scholar-activist," and is
entitled "As Threats Against BDS Grow, It Is Time for 'Sumoud' in Activist Communities". ("Sumoud" is defined as "the persistence of the
Palestinian people.") Reviewing the history of Zionism, the author
"Close to a century ago, in November 1917, British Lord
Rothschild promised Palestine as a 'national homeland' for (Europe's
unwanted) Jewish communities. The rest is a history of US and
Europe-sponsored settler-colonialism, genocide, and apartheid..."
Without commenting on any other nonsense in this passage, I would draw
the reader's attention to Nada Elia's insinuation that "British Lord
Rothschild" wrote the Balfour Declaration. This is, of course, pure
codswallop. The Balfour Declaration was signed by Arthur Balfour,
Britain's Foreign Minister (a former Prime Minister and a lifelong
pro-Zionist). It was actually written by Leopold Amery, a junior
minister, and then discussed by the British Cabinet, which made some
minor changes and then accepted it.
Lord Rothschild was, of course, not
the author of the Balfour Declaration, but its recipient. The Balfour
Declaration was addressed to him as the unofficial head of the British
Jewish community, as well as being a member of Parliament (in the House
of Lords). This Rothschild, the second Baron, was a distinguished
scientist and zoologist who had no role of any kind in procuring the
Balfour Declaration. He was not a member of the British government, and
could not have "promised" the Blarney Stone to gullible American
tourists, let alone Palestine to "Europe's unwanted Jews."
seems clear that Nada Elia has misidentified Rothschild as the author of
the Balfour Declaration to stir up what is often termed "rich Jew
antisemitism". Whether she has done this deliberately, or because she
thinks that the Rothschilds, through some kind of supernatural means,
can command the British government to give countries away, isn't clear.
More likely sheer ignorance.
2) Secondly, there was the long
declaration "Mondoweiss" published on 17 April 2016, "We Stand With
Palestine in the Spirit of 'Samud': Statement From the US Prisoner,
Labor, and Academic Delegation to Palestine".
I will spare readers any of
this very long and rambling disquisition, and will only say that it
makes Yasser Arafat look like a speaker at a Keren Hayesod fundraising
dinner. The most notable facet of this document, however, is its
signatories, those who went on this "delegation" to Palestine and signed
Examining just who they are via entries on the web
(often written by themselves or their allies) shows that its nineteen
signatories include the following:
who is described as a "former US-held political prisoner." In reality,
in 1985 she was arrested with seven others for conspiring to blow up the
US Capitol Building in Washington D.C., as well as three military
installations in Washington, and four sites in New York, including the
Israeli Aircraft Industries Building and the offices of the Patrolmen's
Benevolent Association (i.e., the pension fund for retired New York
policemen). For this, she spent fourteen years in prison. Her
association with left-wing extremism began long before. In 1969, as a
member of the Weathermen/Weather Underground, according to Wikipedia she
"travelled with them to Havana, visiting one of the camps established
by Soviet KGB Colonel Vadim Kotchergrine." In 1970 she took part in the
Greenwich Village Townhouse explosion in which three members of the
Weathermen extremist group were killed.
(pictured, with Whitehorn), who was
sentenced in 1995 to six years in prison for "buying thirty-seven pounds
of plastic explosives in a plot to help a Puerto Rican separatist
leader escape from federal prison." Previously, he had "lived
underground" for ten years under an assumed name to avoid arrest. His
wife Diana Block
, also a signatory, "spent 13 years living underground
[under an assumed name] with a political collective committed to
supporting the Puerto Rican movement and the Black Liberation movement."
, who is described as a "Revolutionary Artist and
Minister of Culture, Black Panther Party, 1967-82." Many readers will
assume that the position of "Minister of Culture" of the "Black Panther
Party" would have few duties and a rather short c.v., along the lines of
"short books" like The Wit and Humour of Ayatollah Khomeni
(pictured here, seated far right, at an anti-Israel event last year; part of the audience and a wall sign shown below), a "co-founder of "Critical Resistance" [in Oakland,
California], a national grassroots organization," which (I'm not joking)
is dedicated to abolishing the police. Personally, I would be all in
favour of abolishing the police – but would prefer to wait until we have
first abolished the criminals.
Manuel La Fontaine
, described as
"a former captive and survivor of California's Department of
Corrections better known as the Punishment System by its survivors". It
is even better known as California's state prisons. The online
material about this gentleman is rather lacking in detail as to why he
was in the slammer, although he noted that the "longest time" he served
"in captivity" was "approximately 51 months". He did not enlarge on the
other "times" he spent inside, or why. The inference from one website is
that the 51 months was for attempted murder.
I haven't gone
into detail about the other signatories, although readers with time on
their hands and a strong stomach might give it a try.
It remains to be seen
whether this collection of antisemitism, convicted criminals, and
loony-tunes will now be standard fare on Mondoweiss.