Corey Balsam of Canada’s Impartial Jewish Voices, filmmaker and Jewish Voice for Peace activist Rebecca Pierce, Wake (or maybe Woke?) Forest College Prof Dr. Barry Trachtenberg, and Basis for Center East Peace (FMEP) President Lara Friedman not too long ago acquired collectively on Zoom to assault the IHRA definition of antisemitism.
I watched the whole factor so that you gained’t must – but additionally to select the inevitable examples of the panelists’ lies, hypocrisy, and – watch for it – antisemitic speak.
There’s really a lot to spotlight, I couldn’t confine it to only the one publish.
Beforehand: Half 1
Subsequent we flip to self-described “Jew of colour” Rebecca Pierce, who complains about being disregarded of the dialog on antisemitism, and particularly the IHRA definition’s insistence that denying Jews the correct to self willpower is antisemitic:
It very a lot appears she is in opposition to Israel’s very existence.
Right here’s what you’ll want to find out about Pierce: it will appear she identifies as Jewish, not as a result of she is definitely Jewish, however as a technique to advance her anti-Israel agenda.
Rebecca Pierce’s mom, Margalynne Armstrong, “determined to lift her [Rebecca] as an Episcopalian,” in keeping with a 2016 interview Armstrong did for the webzine, Journey with Jesus. Pierce’s mom grew up going to Catholic Mass and “considering I used to be Catholic, however wasn’t formally,” on account of not performing the required rituals (extra irony). In line with her mom, Pierce’s father, an agnostic, grew up in Highland Park, Illinois, attended Hebrew faculty and had a affirmation, which implies he grew up Reform, however he was by no means a bar mitzvah as a result of, “his rabbi discovered no scriptural help for the ceremony,” which is a weird assertion in a post-Holocaust Reform motion. Nevertheless, for the sake of anybody arguing that her father is legitimately Jewish, Pierce was by no means raised as a Jew. She apparently solely determined to “establish as Jewish,” as her mom places it, when she went to school and joined College students for Justice in Palestine. So even when Pierce has patrilineal Jewish bona fides, why did she particularly resolve to “establish as Jewish” with the obvious objective of demonizing the Jewish state and people Jews who help its existence?
And he or she commonly crosses the road into antisemitism territory, evaluating us to White supremacists and defending antisemitic conspiracy theories, in addition to defending terrorists.
In fact, she in a while whines about having such feedback featured on web sites, accusing these websites of participating in racism.
Word how she claims she obtained disparaging feedback about her look. I can’t touch upon the veracity of these claims however I can say this: Zionist Jews are always focused by the very “anti-Zionist” people this panel defends, with feedback about our look, and different racist invective. As you already know, I painstakingly catalogue this, and have been personally subjected to such abuse on many events. But Pierce and these different panelists appear to oppose portray this as antisemitic.
And whereas she accuses pro-Israel folks of conflating antisemitism and anti-Zionism, she herself tries to color all those that object to anti-Israel, pro-BDS rhetoric coming from folks of colour as being in opposition to actions in help of Black social struggles, in addition to a canopy for right-wing antisemites.
Keep tuned for half 3.
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