Last weekend, organizers of a gay pride parade in Chicago ejected three people carrying pride flags emblazoned with a Jewish Star of David. Subsequent bizarre statements attempting to rationalize their action, claiming that Zionism is “an inherently white supremacist ideology” only exacerbated the sense that the organizers were deaf to the concerns of the Jewish community and engaged in anti-Semitism — denying Jews the same rights that were extended to other participants, basically to celebrate their identities as Jewish queer women.
While this incident could be dismissed as one fringe group in one city, the fact is that it does represent a wider school of thought that is fueling a trend of creeping anti-Semitism among some segments of the political left.
Over the past year, we have seen other examples that have raised eyebrows as intersectional intolerance has sprung up among the progressive community. Similar stories to the one in Chicago were reported at the Celebrate Israel Parade in New York City earlier this month.
Last summer, a plank in the platform of the Movement for Black Lives bizarrely accused Israel of genocide.
Linda Sarsour, a leader of the women’s rights movement, has lambasted Zionism as incompatible with feminism and advocates for the exclusion of pro-Israel Jews from activist groups. And some in the anti-Israel movement have accused Israel of “pink-washing,” claiming that Israel and its supporters celebrate freedoms enjoyed by the LGBTQ community in Israel to divert attention from Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.
For an organization like the Anti-Defamation League, which was founded both to combat anti-Semitism and protect the Jewish people but also to secure justice and fair treatment to all Americans, these manifestations are upsetting. Frustration with particular Israeli policies does not excuse an irrational hatred of Jewish people who support its existence. But this occurs all too frequently, which provides an opportunity to make clear certain moral and practical distinctions.
For starters, the agenda of the civil rights community is the agenda of ADL. We are committed to this work because it is core to our mission.
For example, we do not agree with every tenet in the Black Lives Matter platform. We were outraged by the baseless accusations made against Israel in the M4BL platform released last summer. However, we find common cause with many in the BLM movement around the quest to achieve educational equity, end the school-to-prison pipeline and stop the use of excessive force and the killing of unarmed African Americans by some in law enforcement.
In the case of the Muslim community, we work to combat discriminatory laws such as the Muslim Ban, to call out Islamophobia whenever it happens, such as the recent use of scare tactics to stoke fear that Sharia law is taking over this country and to promote greater understanding of their faith through intergroup work.
And regarding the LGBTQ community, we were proud to stand against discrimination of HIV/AIDS patients decades ago and, more recently, to champion marriage equality. We continue to fight housing and workplace discrimination targeting people based on who they love or how they self-identify their gender. And while great progress has been made in recent years, we continue to resist efforts to turn back the clock under the guise of religious freedom.
On the other hand, when hatred comes from individuals in those very communities or organizations for whom we advocate, we are duty bound to raise our voice. In recent times, anger over specific policies of the Israeli government has been used by some activists to excuse broad anti-Semitism directed at members of the Jewish community. In some cases, we have seen painful rhetoric unfold on college campuses or outright exclusion of self-identified Jews from progressive circles simply because of their faith. All of it is inexcusable.
At ADL, we work with various communities not only because it is the moral thing to do but also because our freedoms are bound to theirs. That said, even as we fight alongside other groups on issues of mutual concern, we should not sacrifice our principles, and we will forcefully denounce those who would slander our community and resort to stereotypes.
This does not mean we need absolute ideological alignment with every prospective partner. But it does mean that we need to draw lines in a clear manner — and demand that our allies observe those fundamental values that we also seek to live by: equality, fairness and respect for all.
So you want to run in here and close up a blog because people disagree, and can prove the truth according to the Bible, now how does that work with Christ. What did the Bible say about Palestine, before the Rothschild entered????
How old is Palestine? the land carries a mark that is 12,000 years old.
The word 'Palestine' does not occur in the original Hebrew or Greek Bible texts. The Hebrew term Pelesheth, which refers to the land of the ancient Philistines—Philistia—is erroneously translated in the King James Version as “Palestina” in Exodus 15:14 and in Isaiah 14:29 and 31, and as “Palestine” in Joel 3:4.
Do not confuse the Philistines with Palestinians... the Palestinians are displaced Arabs there has never been a State of Palestine. The Palestinians are interlopers seeking lands that they never occupied or have title or claim.
The Philistines were a group of people who arrived in the Levant (an area that includes modern-day Israel, Gaza, Lebanon and Syria) during the 12th century B.C. It is believed they migrated from Crete.
What was Palestine in the Bible, Palestine was the land of the Canaanites, The Canaanites were people who lived in the land of Canaan, an area which according to ancient texts may have included parts of modern-day Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. ... Scholars doubt that the Canaanites were ever politically united into a single kingdom.
Haber found that the present-day Lebanese population is largely descended from the ancient Canaanites, inheriting more than 90% of their genes from this ancient source. The other 7% may have come from migrants from Central Europe who moved to the Levant around 3000 years ago.
Joshua is the account of Israel finally entering the promised land, Canaan, after wandering in the wilderness for 40 years. When I first began reading the Bible, I thought Canaan symbolized heaven. So, we have a story of God leading his people of Egypt, the world or the earth, and into Canaan, heaven.
A smaller area of former Canaanite land and land east of the Jordan River was conquered and occupied by their descendants, the Israelites, after Moses led the Exodus out of Egypt (Numbers 34:1-12), and this occupation was interpreted as God's fulfilment of the promise (Deuteronomy 1:8).
There was no Palistine in the Bible... site where.... chptr and verse.
Many people confuse the Philistines with the so called Arab Palistinians.... the Philistines are not Arab and did not originally occupy portions of Northern Israel... the Archiologist aren't sure where they came from.... the best guess is Crete. That would make the European and most likely related to the Greeks.
There is NO such thing as a palestine state!! Also it has never existed, you keep saying the False state of palestine is over 12,000 years old, this is Wrong!!
The HOLY BIBLE is truth about the Holy Land of Israel-Yisrael!! Israel-Yisrael is only 3,000 years old!!
Read the Holy Bible from Genesis too Revaluation!!
The Danite cult has invaded this site... don't expect them to agree with the scriptures. They have their own sources and Books... that they claim are superior to the Bible and Jewish Texts...
According to them, Germany and Hitler were maligned and never engaged in the holocaust or started WW-2... The Bankers did it and the fake Jews (Khazars) were responsible for the Holocaust...
They believe Dan is coming back to judge Israel and that the discredited and apostate Book of Enoch is true... and to be believed over all other texts.
They blame most of the world's problems on a Jewish Conspiracy ... Only, the Jews involved are not Jews at all, they are frauds... Khazar Jews... Whatever that is or is not.
What is even more ridiculous... they are defending the displaced Arabs, who call themselves Palestinians... A non-existent people, who supposedly have a first and superior claim on the land God gave to Israel...
They defend Arab terrorist and blindly believe that Israel is responsible for all the civilians being killed in Hama's continued war with Israel...
God warned us about this generation of vipers... incontinent haughty, high minded, disrespectful of elders and authority...
God hath said of this generation: "... that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." (2Th 2:8-14)
No one ever once said anything about a Palestine state, Ronald, all we did was show what the Bible stated, don't like it, go edit the bible....:)
And no Ronald, we stated for the record, Russia was responsible for the murders of 30 to 80 million Jews, or more, that the Russian blood line is Khazar.
The Tribe Of Dan did not comeback to Judge Israel, that is land, but to Judge the Tribes of Israel.
They blame most of the world's problems on a Jewish Conspiracy, well, we did not leave out Russia, but you seem to do it all the time...:)
They defend Arab terrorist, Hmmm? Ronald...why are Muslim Terrorist Camps allowed to stay in America, and why does the Muslim Brotherhood have seats with CAIR.. Within America?
Amazing... With extrinsic logic, with inexplicable ignorance, you manage to mangel the interpretation of simple comments...
Here is an example: " The Tribe Of Dan did not comeback to Judge Israel, that is land, but to Judge the Tribes of Israel."
You obviously don't understand that Israel is the name given to Jacob and that the name 'Israel' represents all those who are the issue of his loins... all of Judaism is Israel... all those of the Abrahamic covenant are Israel. Simple enough...
However, somehow you managed to miss the point of my comment. That the Danite's believe Dan has come to judge Israel... wrong. Jesus Christ will judge every man according to their works.
Tif... often mixes apples with oranges in her convoluted effort to analyze the facts... thus, arriving at conclusions which resemble a fruit salad more than reality. She describes Russia as the victim of Communism... the work of Jews... on the one hand... while holding Russia alone... as the villain who perpetrated the death of millions... not as the victim of a Jewish conspiracy.
She openly defends Arabs in what she calls Palestine while ignoring their continued aggression and self-inflicted injury... Hamas is not the good guy in the Arab, Israeli conflict... not even close... But somehow she manages to bad mouth Israel and defend the Arab's baseless claims... Even to the point of stating that most of the Jews in Israel are not Jews... they are usurper... Khazars.
There is too much Antisemitism here!! STOP the Antisemitism NOW!!
There is NO palestine state PERIOD!!
There are only two kinds of individuals in this world... the saved and the lost... Christ came to save the lost.
It is our purpose in life to be Christ like... too, save the lost, by preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jew or gentile, great or small, rich or poor... all men need salvation and the only name by which they can be saved is Jesus Christ.