Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The New York Times Goes Cockamamie

Only in the New York Times would one find such a cockamamie* defense of anti-Semitism

...critics have complained that such a policy could be used to stifle free speech and legitimate opposition to Israel’s policies toward Palestinians in the name of fighting anti-Semitism++. The definition of anti-Semitism to be used in the order, which matches the one used by the State Department, has been criticized as too open-ended and sweeping.  For instance, it describes as anti-Semitic “denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination,” and offers as an example of such behavior “claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.”

If that isn't wacky enough, this follows:

opponents of the definition fear that it could be used to declare any defense of Palestinian autonomy to be anti-Semitic, with federal education funding as a cudgel.

Autonomy is granted by the sovereign power within its own territory.  By agreement. So campaigning for autonomy cannot be anti-Semitic as all it is is a political arrangement that does not deny Jewish nationality.

I am presuming that radical Jewish anti-Zionists are at work here, supplying the NYT with nonsensical reasoning. I need be careful here as anti-Semitism is actually non-sensical itself which could lead to all sorts of misinterpretations and misrepresentations.

The order, once signed, is to protect Jews and also non-Jews who seek to defend Israel on campuses without being threatened with actual violence, their events shut down, their dorm rooms targeted by fellow students, off-campus activists as well as by their own lecturers and administration officials.


Read Joel Pollock on another NYT cockup in reporting on Donald Trump's Executive Order.

++  What is happening is that free speech and legitimate opposition to Arab terror, incitement, defense of Zionism & Israel, etc. is being stifled by Arabs and their fellow-travelers. That is the horrific situation on campuses and what the EO will combat.

The order, I understand, prohibits discrimination based on "perceived shared ancestry or ethnic characteristics".
In other words, the crime is what the anti-Semite presumes, not necessarily what Jews think of themselves.


Initial reporting indicated that the order would include language defining Judaism as a “national origin,” setting off a frenzy among major Jewish organizations, activists and lawmakers. The draft text of the order obtained by JI makes no such reference.

Of note: There is no mention of Israel in the text of the executive order draft shared with JI. However, IHRA includes as contemporary examples of antisemitism the accusation of dual loyalty, using symbols associated with antisemitism to characterize Israel or Israelis and “claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.” IHRA also notes in its working definition that “criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic.”





Mr. Cohen said...

New York Times Faulted
for ‘Irredeemable and Indefensible’
Coverage of British Chief Rabbi
by Ira Stoll:


“When Brooklyn’s Crown Heights erupted in
three days of anti-Semitic rioting in [year] 1991,
the media initially headlined it as a black-white
clash without highlighting Jews as victims.

The New York Times ultimately settled on the
alternative strategy of consistent under-reporting
further attacks on Hasidic Jews.”

Crown Heights through a Looking Glass
by Harold Brackman, 2019 November 25

Mr. Cohen said...

Caroline Glick said:

The [New York] Times
willingness to disseminate pro-Hezbollah
propaganda may have represented a new low
in its advocacy for terror groups.

But arguably, the [New York] Times
decision to champion the most powerful non-state
actor in the world — with one of the world’s
largest missile arsenals, all pointing at Israel —
is not the worst aspect of its coverage.”

“What may be worse is the [New York] Times
campaign to effectively disenfranchise American Jews.

The paper undertakes this campaign by using
its pages to legitimize anti-Semitism emanating
from the Left, delegitimize friends of Jews
on the political Right, and shame American Jews
who stubbornly refuse to abandon Israel,
or turn their back on Israel’s friends.

These American Jews also impertinently notice
the galloping Jew hatred on the political Left.”

“This move by the [New York] Times is more
dangerous because it is more difficult to criticize.
It is easy to spot apologetics for terrorism.
It is harder, and more controversial, to call
the [New York] Times out for manipulating
American Jews in the service of Left-wing anti-Semites.”

SOURCE: The New York Times’ war
against Israel and the Jews who support it
Caroline Glick, 01/13/2019




Mr. Cohen said...

Jonathan S. Tobin [editor in chief of JNS dot org] said:

“When a newspaper like the [New York] Times
focuses attention on the indiscreet tweets of others,
they call it journalism.

However, when someone else uses the same methods
against the press, including revelations about anti-Semitic
comments, the [New York] Times thinks it’s unfair.”

SOURCE: Insect analogies and making journalists
by Jonathan S. Tobin, 2019 August 28


Matthew Continetti [editor-in-chief of
The Washington Free Beacon] said:

“Throw a dart, and it will land on a publication
or media company whose feelings toward Israel are,
in a word, bellicose.

The Independent, the Guardian, the Economist, the BBC, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, Vox, NPR, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, Time, Newsweek, the Lancet — they all portray Israel as rapacious and the Palestinians as helpless victims of Jewish sadism.

Their fixation on Israel becomes a fixation on Jews that creates a noxious climate of opinion, breeding conspiracy theories, accusations of dual loyalties, intimidation, even violence.”

SOURCE: Where Do New York Times Editors Think
Anti-Semitism Comes From? The Sky?
, 2014 Nov 3


The New York Times has a Jewish problem (part 1):

The New York Times has a Jewish problem (part 2):

The New York Times has a Jewish problem (part 3):

The New York Times has a Jewish problem (part 4):

Mr. Cohen said...

Mr. Ira Stoll said:

“The comparisons between the Palestinian Arab struggle against Israel and the struggle for black civil rights in the United States and in South Africa are inexact. They tend to obscure the realities of the situation rather than clarify it.

They are shortcuts, appealing to those who would prefer to avoid the hard work of learning the history of the Middle East and who would prefer instead to jump to conclusions based on more familiar cases.

If the comparisons do apply, the Israelis themselves have a reasonable claim that they are the blacks, victims of irrational bigoted discrimination and unjustified violent attacks.”

SOURCE: New York Times Profile
of Palestinian Diplomat Pushes Israel-Apartheid
by Ira Stoll, 2019 July 1


Jerold Auerbach said:

“Blithely disregarding modern history — to say nothing of ancient Jewish sovereignty in the Biblical homeland of the Jewish people — [Nathan] Thrall [of The New York Times] ignores international guarantees dating from the 1920s (and never rescinded) that recognize land west of the Jordan River as the Jewish homeland.”

SOURCE: The New York Times is
enthralled by hating Israel
by Jerold Auerbach

Caroline Glick said:

“The Far Left and anti-Semitic positions
the New York Times stakes out,
for instance, aren’t the function of one editor.

They are reflections of the nature of the organization.”

SOURCE: The New York Times’ 120 year war
against the Jews
by Caroline Glick, 06/05/2019

Mr. Cohen said...

Must-read exposé of the New York Times
relentless hatred against Israel:

New York Times Grills
Presidential Candidates about
Israel’s Human Rights Record
by Ira Stoll:

PS:Why should anyone trust the
New York Times when their relentless
hatred against Israel is blatantly obvious?

Jonathan S. Tobin said:

When The New York Times decided
to give the Democratic presidential
candidates a chance to answer 18
policy questions in a video essay,
the only one that touched on
the Middle East went as follows:

“Do you think Israel meets international
standards of human rights?”

That question summed up the anti-Israel
bias of the so-called “newspaper of record”
as well as anything it has ever published.

Considering the scores of nations with
egregious human-rights records and
the presence in Israel’s immediate
proximity to many of them, it speaks
volumes about the obsessive nature
of the paper’s prejudice that the
only query it would ask about was
the one country in the region that is
a democracy and respects human rights.

SOURCE: Trump discarded the
carrot-and-stick approach to Israel

by Jonathan S. Tobin, 2019 June 20

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