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January 31, 2014 0

Newseum & Smithsonian Select Anti-Semitic Paper For Upcoming Media Exhibit

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Car­toon pub­lished in Arab Amer­i­can News in March 2010

The New­seum and the Smith­son­ian Insti­tute have cho­sen the Arab Amer­i­can News¸ an Arabic-English lan­guage weekly news­pa­per based in Dear­born, Michi­gan, with a long his­tory of pub­lish­ing anti-Semitic arti­cles, for an exhibit show­cas­ing media from var­i­ous eth­nic com­mu­ni­ties the U.S.

The May 2014 exhibit,One Nation With News for All,“will tell the story of how immi­grants and minori­ties used the power of the press to fight for their rights and change Amer­i­can his­tory,” accord­ing the New­seum website. 

The stated pur­pose of the exhibit to cel­e­brate the rich cul­tural, eth­nic and reli­gious back­grounds of hun­dreds of com­mu­ni­ties that have made the U.S. their home, is laud­able. The selec­tion of the Arab Amer­i­can News to rep­re­sent the Arabic-speaking com­mu­nity is a par­tic­u­larly poor choice to rep­re­sent the pos­i­tive mes­sage of the exhibit.

The news­pa­per has a long his­tory of pub­lish­ing arti­cles that prop­a­gate the­o­ries of Jew­ish con­trol over the U.S. gov­ern­ment and for­eign pol­icy. The English-language sec­tion of the news­pa­per has pro­vided a plat­form for known anti-Semites, Holo­caust deniers and 9/11 con­spir­acy the­o­rists, such as Jeff Gates, Paul Craig Roberts and Alan Sabrosky. Its Editor-in-Chief Osama Siblani has expressed pub­lic sup­port for ter­ror­ist organizations. 

Exam­ples of the anti-Semitic and con­spir­a­to­r­ial arti­cles in the Arab Amer­i­can News can be found in ADL’s Pro­file: Osama Siblani & The Arab Amer­i­can News

The New­seum stirred con­tro­versy in May 2013 when it included the names of two jour­nal­ists from Hamas’s Al Aqsa TV as part of its ongo­ing memo­r­ial to jour­nal­ists who lost their lives in the line of duty. Although the New­seum had indi­cated that it would “reeval­u­ate” the inclu­sion of the jour­nal­ists, the museum ulti­mately decided to include the names in the memorial.

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January 30, 2014 1

What Targeting SodaStream Reveals About the BDS Movement

by Abra­ham H. Fox­man
National Direc­tor of the Anti-Defamation League

This arti­cle orig­i­nally appeared in The Huff­in­g­ton Post on Jan­u­ary 30, 2014

SodaS­tream, the Israeli gad­get for home­made seltzer and soda is the boogey man– du jour for activist sup­port­ing the boycott-divestment-sanctions (BDS) move­ment. Retail­ers around the world have been lob­bied to remove SodaS­tream prod­ucts from their shelves.   A pub­lic radio sta­tion in San Fran­cisco recently suc­cumbed to pres­sure to remove the soda machine as a pledge gift.  Most promi­nently, Star­let Scar­lett Johans­son is being vil­i­fied for her Super Bowl com­mer­cials for the product.

What com­pletely upends the defama­tion of SodaS­tream by these entrenched anti-Israel activists is this this boom­ing global company’s humane and prac­ti­cal com­mit­ment to true Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation.

The ral­ly­ing point for BDSer’s is that one of SodaStream’s 22 man­u­fac­tur­ing facil­i­ties is located in an indus­trial park in the Israeli set­tle­ment of Maale Adu­mim, and they accuse the com­pany of “prof­it­ing from the occupation.”

But SodaS­tream is far from an evil prof­i­teer, colo­nially exploit­ing the Pales­tini­ans.  The fac­tory employs 500 West Bank Pales­tini­ans out of its 1300 on-site employ­ees.  Describ­ing the work­ing con­di­tions in the plant, in a 2012 inter­view with Al-Monitor, CEO Daniel Birn­baum, explains:

We are build­ing bridges between us and the Pales­tin­ian pop­u­la­tion, and we pro­vide our Pales­tin­ian employ­ees with respectable employ­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties and an appro­pri­ate salary and ben­e­fits. We “even” pur­chase med­ical insur­ance for them from a pri­vate Israeli com­pany, because I am not con­fi­dent that the money we pay to the Pales­tin­ian Author­ity for such social ben­e­fits will actu­ally be used for med­ical insurance.”

Our fac­tory has a syn­a­gogue, but it also has a small mosque. We all eat the same food in the same din­ing hall, and if nec­es­sary, we will go through the same secu­rity inspection.”

Birn­baum told the For­ward this week, SodaS­tream will not close the facil­ity and move employ­ees to its new plant in the Negev, because of the impli­ca­tions for those Pales­tin­ian work­ers: “We will not throw our employ­ees under the bus to pro­mote anyone’s polit­i­cal agenda,” he said.  Chal­leng­ing the BDS activists, he added:  he “just can’t see how it would help the cause of the Pales­tini­ans if we fired them.”

As for SodaS­tream as the poster child of Israel’s “occu­pa­tion,” Birn­baum posited to the For­ward that should a Pales­tin­ian state be estab­lished, SodaS­tream will remain in the West Bank and “pay its taxes to the new Pales­tin­ian state.” “We already have fac­to­ries under the con­trol of the Chi­nese, the Ger­mans, the Amer­i­cans and many other coun­tries,” he said. “So what’s the prob­lem to have a fac­tory in the in the Pales­tin­ian state-to-be? We don’t give a hoot where the fac­tory is going to be.”

The pil­lo­ry­ing of SodaS­tream by BDS activists only reveals the absur­dity of their blind cam­paign, and their mis­guided refusal to engage in con­struc­tive dia­logue regard­ing the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict, and, at their core, rejec­tion of Israel as the Jew­ish national home­land and the two-state solution.

Retail­ers and con­sumers have voted with their pock­et­books to make SodaS­tream a global suc­cess in the home bev­er­age market.

Sadly, those tar­get­ing SodaS­tream only con­tinue to pro­mote divisiveness.

 

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January 23, 2014 3

Ron Unz: Controversial Writer And Funder Of Anti-Israel Activists

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Ron Unz

Con­ser­v­a­tive busi­ness­man Ron Unz has stirred con­tro­versy over the last year by pub­li­ciz­ing ideas that appeal to anti-Semites, offer­ing a forum for writ­ers who demo­nize Israel, and fund­ing sev­eral anti-Israel activists, some of whom pro­mote anti-Semitic canards. Though Unz does not appear to be an anti-Semite, he pro­vides sup­port to extreme anti-Israel ide­o­logues and his writ­ings res­onate with and are reg­u­larly cited by anti-Semites.

In Novem­ber 2013, Unz cre­ated a webzine called The Unz Review that addresses con­tro­ver­sial polit­i­cal and racial top­ics because he believes the main­stream media ignore or con­ceal cer­tain infor­ma­tion and ideas.  Although Unz claims that he does not agree with many of the views pre­sented in the webzine, he nonethe­less has pro­vided a new out­let for cer­tain writ­ers to attack Israel and Jews.

The Unz Review emerged a year after Unz pub­lished a con­tro­ver­sial arti­cle “The Myth of Amer­i­can Mer­i­toc­racy,” in The Amer­i­can Con­ser­v­a­tive in which he claims that Jews are over­rep­re­sented at elite schools even though their achieve­ment lev­els have been in a down­ward spi­ral. He also claims these schools dis­crim­i­nate against better-qualified Asian-Americans and non-Jewish whites who rep­re­sent a greater per­cent­age of the population.

Unz pos­tu­lates that one rea­son that Jews are more read­ily admit­ted to Ivy League schools is that a large per­cent­age of the schools’ admin­is­tra­tors are Jew­ish and are more apt to admit Jews based on “uncon­scious biases.” Most dis­turbingly, Unz implies that Jews are an alien pres­ence in the United States com­pared to White Anglo Sax­ons who dom­i­nated elite schools in the past.

As might be expected, anti-Semites have latched onto Unz’s work to affirm their own views. In par­tic­u­lar Kevin Mac­Don­ald, an anti-Semitic pro­fes­sor of evo­lu­tion­ary psy­chol­ogy at Cal­i­for­nia State Uni­ver­sity, Long Beach, and anti-Semite David Duke both assert that Unz’s work shows that Jews in power dis­crim­i­nate against white European-Americans.

Unz is involved in other endeav­ors that raise ques­tions about his views of Jews and Israel. He funds a num­ber of extreme anti-Israel ide­o­logues through the Unz Foun­da­tion includ­ing Paul Craig Roberts, an anti-Semitic syn­di­cated colum­nist;  Mon­doweiss, an anti-Israel blog run by Philip Weiss; and Philip Giraldi, the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Coun­cil for the National Inter­est, an anti-Israel group based in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

For full arti­cle, see “Ron Unz: Con­tro­ver­sial Writer and Fun­der of Anti-Israel Ide­o­logues.”

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