The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and the Georgia Council on American Indian Concerns (GCOAIC) have issued statements condemning the virulently anti-Israel and undeniably antisemitic campaign known as “Deadly Exchange”.
Member Writings and Interviews
On November 10, 1975, Daniel Patrick Moynihan spoke to the UN General Assembly, which had just passed Resolution 3379. The resolution declared Zionism “a form of racism.” In response, Moynihan said, the “abomination of anti-Semitism has been given the appearance of international sanction.”
A preposterous lie had been perpetrated by the General Assembly: that the term “racist” described a national movement distinguished by its conviction that anyone born of a Jewish mother, or any convert to Judaism, regardless of race, was part of the Jewish people. The General Assembly had also perpetrated an obscene lie: that the national movement of a people decimated by the Nazis was akin to Nazism.
I lived in Minnesota for five years. My wife is from there; her family still lives there.
When we return to visit, we have to reckon with a frightening reality: My in-laws’ newly elected congressional representative is deeply implicated in anti-Semitism.
Back in the summer of 2009, the Atlanta, Georgia chapter of the virulently anti-Israel Quaker organization American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) launched a campaign to shut down the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) — a police leadership and counter-terrorism training program housed at Georgia State University (GSU) that included several long-standing trips to Israel.
When it comes to anti-Semitism on the left, the political scientist Mira Sucharov can be too cautious. In 2016, after a speaker at Vassar College gave what seemed to me and many others an obviously anti-Semitic talk, Sucharov seemed to agree. Sure, the claim that Israelis delay returning the bodies of Palestinians because it takes time to harvest their organs “quacks like an infamous anti-Semitic myth,” she wrote. But that doesn’t make it anti-Semitic. Huh?
The Birthright Israel Foundation was established in 1999 by Jewish philanthropists to provide young Jewish adults with a free guided tour of Israel. Birthright’s mission is to motivate young Jewish adults to form a strong bond with both Israel and their Jewish heritage. Birthright’s 35,000 donors have given this opportunity to 650,000 young Jewish adults.
Ronald Reagan infamously described the “nine most terrifying words in the English language” as “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”
Right now, pro-Israel activists are recoiling from the unanticipated consequences of state laws that only sought to “help” them fight BDS, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel.
2018 was, on top of everything else, one long procession of 70th anniversaries of the raft of monumental events of 1948. Those 70-year-old decisions were critical in creating the historical reality we have been living in for two generations, and, taken together, they comprise a set of ideas about what it takes to make a decent, livable world. Looking at those anniversaries together helps us better understand how and why that world is now coming apart, and what it might take to put at least some of it back together, and maybe even move forward.
My generation believed that upon reaching our domestic and professional goals, we were more or less set for life. And so, by the end of the 1960s, I thought I was out of the shoals with only clear sailing ahead. During that decade, our three children were born into a city so safe there was no need to talk of safety at all. From the time they were in second or third grade, they rode the municipal buses on their own. Once when Billy, lost in thought, missed his stop, landed at the end of the line, and started trudging back, he was spotted by a woman who invited him in to phone us. We got him home scarcely more than an hour later than usual.