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July 5, 2012 6

Jewish Voice for Peace Lobbying Hard for Church Divestment

Update: The Pres­by­ter­ian Church voted against divest­ment late Thurs­day evening, July 5. While ADL wel­comed the deci­sion, we are trou­bled that the issue was decided on such a nar­row vote (333–331 with 2 absten­tions) and that the debate was biased from start to fin­ish with vehe­ment anti-Israel sentiment.  

Jew­ish Voice for Peace has been a highly vis­i­ble and vocal advo­cate in the Gen­eral Assem­bly in favor of the Pres­by­ter­ian Church’s con­sid­er­a­tion of a vir­u­lently anti-Israel divest­ment res­o­lu­tion. The res­o­lu­tion, which calls for the church to divest from three com­pa­nies that allegedly profit from Israel’s occu­pa­tion (Cater­pil­lar, Motorola and Hewlett-Packard), will be voted on later today by the full ple­nary after it was passed in com­mit­tee ear­lier this week.

There is much to crit­i­cize about the prob­lem­atic nature of the res­o­lu­tion itself, but one of the more dis­turb­ing ele­ments of this cam­paign has been Jew­ish Voice for Peace’s aggres­sive lob­by­ing for it.

The group invested sig­nif­i­cant time and resources to send a del­e­ga­tion of activists to the Gen­eral Assem­bly who report­edly tes­ti­fied on the com­mit­tee floor in favor of divest­ment and are live-tweeting the con­fer­ence. A large por­tion of Twit­ter chat­ter about the res­o­lu­tion has been gen­er­ated by JVP using the hash­tag “#church­di­vest” to pro­vide updates on the res­o­lu­tion. Of tweets using that hash­tag in the last 36 hours, approx­i­mately 25% have been gen­er­ated by JVP and two of its staff people.

JVP activists have also cre­ated and dis­trib­uted a flier called “Divest from Vio­lence. Invest in Peace” which con­tains sev­eral state­ments from Chris­tians who sup­port divest­ment, and is cir­cu­lat­ing a peti­tion that calls on Pres­by­te­ri­ans to sup­port divest­ment. The peti­tion claims that the inter­na­tional com­mu­nity has failed in its efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict and it is clear that BDS (Boy­cott, Divest­ment and Sanc­tions) is now the only option left. The peti­tion ends with, “Can you tell Pres­by­te­ri­ans we’ve got their back?”

It is clear that JVP believes it has a very crit­i­cal role to play in the domes­tic anti-Israel agenda: JVP pro­motes itself as rep­re­sent­ing the views of Amer­i­can Jews and can be seen as try­ing to pro­vide cover against claims that the Pres­by­ter­ian divest­ment ini­tia­tives are anti-Semitic. Nobody should be fooled. JVP is a fringe orga­ni­za­tion with its own anti-Israel agenda.

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July 5, 2012 0

Iran Media Uses Erroneous But Widely Circulated Holocaust Myth To Deny Authenticity Of The Holocaust

A Iran­ian news web­site sym­pa­thetic to the regime in Tehran pub­lished an arti­cle deny­ing the Holo­caust by point­ing to an erro­neous Holo­caust story that claims the Nazis man­u­fac­tured soap from their Jew­ish vic­tims. For this web­site, Mashregh News, this dubi­ous story was all the evi­dence needed to prove that the Holo­caust is a myth and that it must be exposed as a his­tor­i­cal falsity.

The arti­cle is an exam­ple of an often-used tac­tic by neo-Nazi groups and promi­nent Holo­caust deniers. By their logic, if the soap story is a fab­ri­ca­tion, con­se­quently all his­tor­i­cal facts con­cern­ing the authen­tic­ity of the Holo­caust are noth­ing more than “Jew­ish myths” pro­moted by an “inter­na­tional Jew­ish organization.”

The cur­rent Iran­ian regime is no stranger to Holo­caust denial. Iran­ian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ahmadine­jad has called for “experts” to inves­ti­gate the verac­ity of the Holo­caust. In Decem­ber 2006, Iran played host to a Holo­caust denial con­fer­ence, “Review of the Holo­caust: Global Vision,” which was attended by a diverse group of anti-Semites, includ­ing neo-Nazi, rad­i­cal anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian activists, and Islamic fundamentalists.

One month prior, Iran’s Cul­ture Min­istry hosted a car­toon con­test that sought entries derid­ing Jews and mock­ing the Holo­caust. The win­ning car­toon was sub­mit­ted by a Moroc­can artist who depicted Israelis con­struct­ing a wall around the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, with the pan­els of the wall reflect­ing an image of the infa­mous rail­way lead­ing to the gates of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Although Mashregh News is not directly affil­i­ated with or run by the Iran­ian gov­ern­ment, it nonethe­less staunchly pro­motes the government’s ide­ol­ogy and fea­tures arti­cles and inter­views with top offi­cials from the Islamic Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guard Corps (IRGC).

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July 3, 2012 8

Farrakhan Leads Audience in Anti-Semitic Tirade

Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Far­rakhan used his plat­form at the NOI’s Mosque Maryam in Chicago on Sun­day to lead his audi­ence in an anti-Semitic tirade.

Towards the end of his remarks, Far­rakhan made a bizarre com­par­i­son between the study of ants and white peo­ple. “The Hon­or­able Eli­jah Muham­mad says to study [white peo­ple]. They’re suc­cess­ful. They make no excuses for their fail­ures. They work hard in a col­lec­tive man­ner like the ant….Their long coevo­lu­tion with other species has led to mimetic, com­men­sal, par­a­sitic, and mutu­al­is­tic relationships.”

He then brought Jews into the comparison:

Go back to the Secret Relationship[Between Black and Jews] …White peo­ple are wise and the wis­est of white peo­ple are the mem­bers of the Jew­ish community…They are wise and they are the guards of their own world. Are you mad with me for say­ing that? [Audi­ence: “No sir!”] You can’t go nowhere in their world with­out pay­ing obei­sance to them.

Far­rakhan then engaged in a dis­turb­ing call-and-response with his audience:

Far­rakhan: How many of you are lawyers? Only have one in the house? No won­der we go to jail so much, brother. But at the top of the law pro­fes­sion, who are the top in law?
Audi­ence: Jews.
Far­rakhan: Sorry I didn’t hear you.
Audi­ence: Jews!
Far­rakhan: Any doc­tors in the house? Ain’t got no doc­tors? Oh there’s one way in the back. At the top of the med­ical pro­fes­sion, the top in that are mem­bers of the Jew­ish com­mu­nity. Any­body in media? Who’s the top in that field?
Audi­ence: Jews.
Far­rakhan: Any­body a rap­per in the house? There’s rap­pers. You can rap, ain’t noth­ing wrong with that, but at the top of that are those that con­trol the indus­try. Any of you have Hol­ly­wood ambi­tions, Broad­way ambi­tions… Who’s the top of that?
Audi­ence: Jews.
Far­rakhan: Same peo­ple! They’re mas­ters in busi­ness. Well I’m not a busi­ness­man I’m a banker. Well who’s the mas­ter of the bankers?
Audi­ence: Jews.
Far­rakhan: TALK TO ME!
Audi­ence: Jews!
Far­rakhan: You don’t dis­credit them because they’re mas­ters, you dis­credit them by the way they use their mastery.
Audi­ence: [applause]
Far­rakhan: Now, I close.

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