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The Penn BDS Conference Opens Tonight

In advance of this weekend’s BDS con­fer­ence at the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia, we are high­light­ing five of the most anti-Israel indi­vid­u­als sched­uled to speak at the conference.


Today we pro­file Philip Weiss, a writer and the founder of an anti-Zionist blog called “Mondoweiss.”

Weiss reg­u­larly tries to por­tray Israel as the only antag­o­nist in the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict, includ­ing describ­ing much of its his­tory asa “neo­colo­nial­ist land­grab.” Weiss alleges that Israel abuses the mem­ory of the Holo­caust in order to jus­tify the “end­less mis­treat­ment of Pales­tini­ans” and that Israeli pol­icy toward the Pales­tini­ans is a sort of vic­ar­i­ous revenge for the Holo­caust, with Pales­tini­ans stand­ing in for the Nazis and the “abused becom­ing the abuser.”

After a visit to Gaza in 2009, Weiss described the Gaza War as an “assault…[that] reminded me of what I had heard about the Jews in War­saw and in Ger­many and Aus­tria in the runup to the Sec­ond World War. Those Jews were per­se­cuted; and these Pales­tini­ans were too.”

Weiss has also fre­quently alluded to an exces­sively pow­er­ful pro-Israel lobby, even claim­ing that Pres­i­dent Obama’s insuf­fi­cient focus on the rev­o­lu­tion in Egypt dur­ing his 2011 State of the Union address was a result of “the unwa­ver­ing influ­ence of the Israel lobby in our pub­lic life.”

  • Anony­mous

    Weiss sounds like a rea­son­able per­son to me.

  • Anony­mous

    Good for Philip Weiss, a brave and thought­ful man.

  • Anony­mous

    Mr. Weiss is a very coura­geous man. G_d’s bless­ings upon you, sir.

  • Anony­mous

    Thank good­ness for Phil Weiss, a man of courage and a truth teller. All Jews should be grate­ful that Weiss has the courage to tell the truth about the coun­try that says that it rep­re­sents all Jews. Given what Israel is doing ther is no won­der that there is an increase in anti-semitism when israel says that it rep­re­sents all Jews.

    Too bad that the ADL has its head in the sand.

  • Anony­mous

    I couldn’t agree more with the above com­ments. I am an enthu­si­as­tic sup­porter of the web­site Mon­doweiss. I had the plea­sure of speak­ing to Mr. Weiss on var­i­ous occa­sions and can attest to his unre­lent­ing integrity and courage. He is an excep­tional human being and fierce defender of uni­ver­sal human rights for his Pales­tin­ian and Israeli broth­ers. In light of the mis­lead­ing and bias ME cov­er­age in the media Mon­doweiss is needed to dis­close the hor­ren­dous real­ties faced by mil­lions of Pales­tini­ans liv­ing under a bru­tal mil­i­tary occupation

  • Anony­mous

    Phil Weiss is a won­der­fully coura­geous anti­dote to the main­stream media’s and our own government’s non­stop pro­pa­ganda pass­ing for news con­cern­ing the Mid­dle East, espe­cially regard­ing US for­eign pol­icy there, and most par­tic­u­larly, con­cern­ing Israel and the Amer­i­can regime’s “spe­cial rela­tion­ship” with that for­eign state. He is a cure for the delu­sion that our for­eign pol­icy regard­ing Israel is simul­ta­ne­ously not a domes­tic issue of the first order.

  • MaraMorris1983

    Philip Weiss is part of the long Amer­i­can Jew­ish tra­di­tion of stand­ing against racism and big­otry. If we weren’t liv­ing in the new dark ages, he’d be hailed as tzedakah giv­ing patriot. Instead he is reviled by those who suc­cor to Chris­tian­ist extrem­ism in the US.

  • Stand4Justice

    I whole­heart­edly agree with the above com­ments. Phil Weiss sounds incred­i­bly rea­son­able and sim­ply con­cerned for Pales­tin­ian human rights. I don’t see why that’s a prob­lem? It’s dis­turb­ing when peo­ple label oth­ers as being “anti”, e.g. anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, sim­ply because they are opposed to gross human rights abuses. Being pro-human rights only makes you anti-abuse, anti-oppression, anti-injustice.

  • Anony­mous

    The ADL used to stand up for jus­tice. I think that was in the 1930s.

  • Shmuel

    The ADL of the day didn’t have much use for that other fel­low who described the seething pot either.

  • Anony­mous

    Weiss doesn’t just speak of “an exces­sively pow­er­ful pro-Israel lobby,” but THE exces­sively pow­er­ful pro-Israel lobby. It exists, it is exces­sively pow­er­ful, and it is being exposed.

  • Anony­mous

    Phil Weiss equals hope for us all. Thank you for your courage.

  • Anony­mous

    Weiss and his ilk are KAPOS and ene­mies of the Jew­ish peo­ple. The hard­core com­men­ta­tors on his site are dyed in the wool anti-Semites.

  • Anony­mous

    Weiss per­son­i­fies tra­di­tional Jew­ish con­cern for human rights, civil rights, and the wel­fare of the oppressed. Kudos to him.

  • Philip Munger

    I’ve been fol­low­ing Philip Weiss’ writ­ings and activ­i­ties since 2006, when we came into con­tact while he was research­ing an arti­cle about the play My Name is Rachel Cor­rie for The Nation. I watched and read as he was edged out at main­stream media out­lets for refus­ing to be dis­hon­est by back­ing away from sen­si­tive issues. I’ve watched as he devel­oped Mon­doweiss into one of the more impor­tant web sites there are.

    Although I view some issues fac­ing mankind as more impor­tant than the cen­tral­ity of Israeli con­duct to the down­ward spi­ral of hopes in the Mid­dle East, I can’t help but think of this state­ment by Albert Ein­stein in April 1938, when I read some or Weiss’ own essays at the blog he started:

    “I should much rather see rea­son­able agree­ment with the Arabs on the basis of liv­ing together in peace than the cre­ation of a Jew­ish State. Apart from prac­ti­cal con­sid­er­a­tions, my aware­ness of the essen­tial nature of Judaism resists the idea of a Jew­ish State, with bor­ders, an army, and a mea­sure of tem­po­ral power, no mat­ter how mod­est. I am afraid of the inner dam­age Judaism will sus­tain – espe­cially from the devel­op­ment of a nar­row nation­al­ism within our own ranks, against which we have already had to fight strongly, even with­out a Jew­ish State. We are no longer the Jews of the Mac­cabee period. A return to a nation in the polit­i­cal sense of the word, would be equiv­a­lent to turn­ing away from the spir­i­tu­al­iza­tion of our com­mu­nity which we owe to the genius of our prophets.”

    Weiss’ blog’s mis­sion state­ment is:

    “1. To pub­lish impor­tant devel­op­ments touch­ing on Israel/Palestine, the Amer­i­can Jew­ish com­mu­nity and the shift­ing debate over US for­eign pol­icy in a timely fash­ion.
    2. To pub­lish a diver­sity of voices to pro­mote dia­logue on these impor­tant issues.
    3. To fos­ter the move­ment for greater fair­ness and jus­tice for Pales­tini­ans in Amer­i­can for­eign pol­icy.
    4. To offer alter­na­tives to pro-Zionist ide­ol­ogy as a basis for Amer­i­can Jew­ish identity.”

    What could be wrong with that, ADL?

  • Anony­mous

    Loll petrol money could hire few cheap com­ments I guess. What a pathetic group of com­ments Mr.Philip
    Bravo ADL

  • Anony­mous

    I dis­cov­ered Phil Weiss and Mon­doweiss sev­eral years ago when try­ing to fig­ure out the US-Israel-I/P con­nec­tion. Weiss is the other Jew­ish per­spec­tive on I/P and Israel, not the one Amer­i­cans see rep­re­sented by the Israel Lobby and the Israeli injus­tices in Pales­tine.
    Regard­less of whether Israel is able to involve the US in a war with Iran, and regard­less of when Israel is put in it’s proper place in US for­eign relations—-Americans, Palestines and in par­tic­u­lar US Jews, will owe Weiss a debt of grat­i­tude for hav­ing the courage of his hon­or­able con­vic­tions and telling the sim­ple truth about Israel, Pales­tine and the US.

    Amer­i­can

  • Anony­mous

    Dear Amer­i­can ( aka Philip)
    Your the­ory is the most igno­rant one, I sug­gest you see a ther­a­pist for the fol­low­ing rea­sons.
    1– you have low IQ
    2– you think US Jews should be grate­ful to you ( I mean to Philip Weiss)
    Why should we be grate­ful to a self hat­ing per­son, who sold him­self for a cheap price.
    Philip Weiss, one thing is for sure: one they kick you because you are Jew­ish. Remem­ber you have a strong coun­try called Israel that will pro­tect you and take you there. The same coun­try you are try­ing to attack.
    Shalom

  • Anony­mous

    Those Jews were ” per­se­cuted” you mean we’re killed and led to gas cham­bers.
    Such a filthy per­son , mak­ing both cases com­pa­ra­ble.
    Even ter­ror­ists would say that noth­ing is sim­i­lar to the Holocaust .

  • Anony­mous

    Many thanks for this blog­post so that I can, once again, state, unequiv­o­cally, that Phil Weiss is a hero.

    - Riis

  • Anony­mous

    Philipp Weiss is a light unto the nations …

  • Anony­mous

    I hope he paid for the light of your house at least.

  • Anony­mous

    What do you mean?

  • Anony­mous

    Wow, does every­one who sup­ports the ADL just slan­der and insult and act like rude curs uncon­trol­lably? The com­ments that all endorse Phil Weiss are polite. The ones that don’t sound like they were penned up by grade school bullies.

    That should tell you every­thing you need to know about both the char­ac­ter of Phil Weiss and his sup­port­ers, and the ADL and their supporters.

  • Anony­mous

    I heard you guys get paid to post com­ments. Is that true?

  • Anony­mous

    I sup­port Phil Weiss.
    Nobody is pay­ing me to write this.

  • Anony­mous

    The ADL and orga­ni­za­tions like it have done far more long term dam­age to Jews and Judaism than any Arab ter­ror­ist. When Abe Fox­man leaves the ADL (or is finally removed by embar­rassed board mem­bers) he will be remem­bered for cheap­en­ing anti-Semitism to the point that it no longer has any meaning.

  • Anony­mous

    Just want to say that I am reader of Phil Weiss’s blog and greatly admire him. He is mak­ing a heroic effort to
    stand up for Jew­ish prin­ci­ples and all uni­ver­sal human val­ues in the issue of Israel and Pales­tine while telling the truth that has to be told about that conflict.

  • Anony­mous

    Phil is brave man who cares more about truth and human rights more than money & glory. In the long run he’ll have both.

  • Anony­mous

    I went to Jor­dan in the Sum­mer, I heard hor­ri­fy­ing sto­ries about the Pales­tini­ans per­se­cut­ing Jor­da­ni­ans until the king attacked them and dis­man­tled their ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions in Amman.… You guys spread your venom everywhere.

  • Anony­mous

    Uh, I’m com­pletely in favor of the ADL, but why are you pro­fil­ing these BDS peo­ple and not reveal­ing what’s actu­ally bad about them?

    This pro­file almost seems PROMOTIONAL of the dis­gust­ing Philip Weiss

  • Anony­mous

    Phil Weiss, mon­doweiss, max blu­men­thal, neo-nazis, islamic fundies, ter­ror­ists, big­ots, and EXTREME, EXTREME-left mani­acs. They’re all on one side.

    And good peo­ple are on teh other.

  • Anony­mous

    This Phillip Weiss seems like a pretty good guy, a “men­sch”, if you will. Fox­man and the ADL should strive to be more like Mr. Weiss.

    Also, why the hell do you idiots think that all the pos­i­tive com­ments about him are paid for? Do you think that what the ADL and the mass media has to say about the Israel-Palestine con­flict is the be-all end-all and 100% cor­rect view that has no faults at all? Are you truly this deluded? And you won­der why anti-semitism is on the rise!