THE FORWARD DELEGITIMIZES PRO-ISRAEL ACTIVISM
Do you read the Forward? If so, you may want to contact them about their coverage of Israel-supporting organizations. Sadly support of Israel, the United States' strongest and most loyal ally has become politicized, even among Jews - as if you didn't already know that. The Forward has not always been so supportive.
Much of the information about ICC is poorly sourced from “a Jewish communal official who asked not to be named.” A bigger issue, however, is the overall tone of the article. It suffers from an apparently deliberate choice to portray this information in such a way as to make it sound like ICC is engaged in a shady conspiracy. For example:
After three years of development, shadowy pro-Israel actors are rolling out a suite of new tactics to oppose the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement that are more aggressive, more sophisticated, and more secretive than anything before. …
The people behind these new tactics are going to great lengths to hide their identities, though they seem to be working in concert with each other. They are conducting surveillance on BDS activists. They are creating anonymous pop-up websites that attack activists and student government representatives. They are hiring top-level political strategists and opposition researchers. And in Canary Mission, they are running a long-term campaign to blacklist student activists. (Emphasis added.)
All political movements monitor those working at cross-purposes, but the Forward claims that pro-Israel groups are “conducting surveillance.” Exposing people’s actual actions is termed “blacklisting,” even though Canary Mission does not advocate taking any particular action against the BDS activists — who in fact advocate to blacklist others. Calling such groups “shadowy” is simply a gratuitous slur.
It sounds like the Forward, while pretending to favor pro-Israel groups, is waffling on that favor and giving a bit of solace to the Israel/Jew haters by trying to blame pro-Israel groups for using tactics that BDS and groups like SJP actually use.
After a shout-out to CAMERA as part of a “bafflingly long” list of organizations (proudly!) doing pro-Israel work on campuses, the Forward tells us, “the total amount of American Jewish and Israeli government funds flooding the anti-BDS effort is easily in the tens of millions of dollars each year.”
Unmentioned by the Forward is the assistance that pro-BDS campus groups get from American Muslims for Palestine. As CAMERA has noted before, “‘AMP provides speakers, training, printed materials, a so-called ‘Apartheid Wall,’ and grants to SJP activists.’ … AMP also has extensive ties to Hamas-linked ‘charities,’ including the now-defunct Holy Land Foundations (HLF).” HLF and five of its leaders were prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice and convicted of providing material support to terrorists. Similarly, Nathan-Kazis obscures the true nature of BDS and the threat that pro-Israel students are up against. He describes BDS groups merely as “Israel’s critics,” when the true goal of BDS is to destroy Israel.
So if you do read the Forward, maybe take some time, and drop them a line. Let them know the truth. Let them know that real support for Jews and Israel can't be wishy-washy, and it can't make an effort to be "even-handed." Demonizing pro-Israel groups is what our enemies do, and they don't need any more help from Jewish publications.