The Mideast War Here at Home
By Andrea Peyser
April 18, 2013am 3:13am
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Is this anti-Semitism — practiced by Jews?
On April 8, five days before rabid Jew-hater Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 73 — also known as Frazier Glenn Miller — allegedly shot dead three people outside two Jewish-run facilities in Kansas (the victims were two Methodists and a Catholic), then was seen on TV shouting “Heil Hitler” from the back of a police car, New York’s guardians of the Hebrew faith geared up for battle.
But the targets of Jewish ire were not Ku Klux Klan members or neo-Nazis. They were fellow Jews.
Some 200 people demonstrated in front of the Midtown offices of the Jewish-run nonprofit UJA-Federation of New York. They were furious that members of several left-leaning Jewish organizations were invited by sponsors to march in this year’s 50th annual Celebrate Israel Parade (formerly called the Israel Day Parade). The June 1 event is expected to draw some 35,000 revelers set to march up Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue.
Members of the lefty groups are no better than Jew-bashers, protesters argue. That’s because they support the boycott of products manufactured in Israel’s West Bank, whose ownership is claimed by Palestinians.
“Many of these ‘Jewish groups’ are financed by anti-Semites, anti-Israel [factions] and Jew haters,’’ RabbAbadie Abadie, MD, of the EdmSafra. Safra Synagogue on the Upper East Side, alleged in an open letter to the heads of the UJA-Federation and the New York Jewish Community Relations Council, which organize the parade. “Their sole mission is to delegitimize and demonize the state of Israel until its extinction.’’
“In relation to this recent incident in Kansas, violence against Jews is an outgrowth of hatred and dehumanization of Jews,’Gilinskyilinsky, founder of the National Conference on Jewish Affairs, told me.
It can’t be denied that Jews are targeted for violence in this country at an alarming rate. The most recent FBI statistics reveal that out of 1,340 hate crimes against members of religious groups in 2012 — from verbal harassment to physical assaults — 62.4 percent of the victims were Jewish. Compare that to Muslims, who made up just 11.6 percent of hate-crime victims that year.
Of course, not everyone is as brave as Scarlett Johansson.
The sultry Jewish actress won international condemnation — and my deepest respect — when she refused to withdraw from her role as brand ambassadSodaStreamaStream, drink-carbonation devices, which are made in a factory on Israel’s West Bank. Instead, she resigned as global ambassador of Oxfam International, a humanitarian organization that’s hostile to Israel’s West Bank presence.
“I remain a supporter of economic cooperation and social interaction between a democratic Israel and Palestine,” the 29-year-old star of “The Avengers’’ said in January.
Leaders of the organizations identified as hostile to Jewish interests maintain that they are not enemies of the faith.
Nathan Hersh, acting executive director of Partners for Progressive Israel, agreed that his nonprofit human-rights group seeks a boycott of products made in the West Bank. But he insisted that his group does not support the international BDS — boycott, divestment and sanctions — movement, which seeks to end all investment in Israel and halt the importation of all Israeli products.Paissi Paiss, vice president of public affairs for the New Israel Fund, told me that her organization, which supports equal rights for everyone in Israel, also does not stand behind BDS. But, “we do oppose the occupation’’ by Israel of areas that she said were seized from Palestinians. B’Tselem, a human-rights group, was also blasted for failing to stand by Israel.
Richard Allen, founder of JCCWatch.org, which monitors treachery by Jewish groups, thinks it makes little difference wboycotterscotters claim only to reject West Bank products — any boycott hurts Israel.
Be like Scarlett Johansson.