Why J Street Attacked Sarah Palin


Shortly after Sarah Palin provoked a barrage of criticism for her use of the term “blood libel,” a Democratic Congressman named Steve Cohen compared Republican statements about the Obama health care reform to “the big lie” told by Joseph Goebbels, saying it’s “like [a] blood libel. The same kind of thing.” Cohen further posited, “the Germans said enough about the Jews and the people believed it and you had the Holocaust.”  For the most part the left excoriated Palin for being insensitive to Jewish suffering, while the right has either defended her use of that historical term or has given her a pass on it.  I am one of the few liberal Democrats who, while criticizing her use of crosshairs in indentifying contested congressional seats, found nothing objectionable in her use of “blood libel” as a metaphor to describe what she regarded as a false accusation of complicity in the bloodletting in Tucson.  I have heard little from the left regarding Congressman Cohen’s more extreme statements.

The irony, of course, is that many of the same people on the left who criticized Palin for insensitively to Jewish suffering, have themselves contributed to Jewish suffering by unfairly demonizing the Jewish state and trivializing the increase in global anti-Semitism.  They have also given a pass to those on the hard left who have used Holocaust and Nazi references in mischaracterizing Israeli self defense actions.

Consider the case of Norman Finkelstein, a hero of the hard left.  Finkelstein regularly uses Nazi references in his attacks on Israel.  He has said the following about the Israeli Defense Forces:  “[I] can’t imagine why Israel’s apologists would be offended by a comparison with the Gestapo.” (This same formulation has been used by Finkelstein’s British clone, Gilad Atzmon and by others on the hard left.)  Most recently, Finkelstein, who regularly refers to the Holocaust as a “circus,” responded to a critic with the words “Heil Hitler,” and to Israeli President Shimon Peres’ Christmas greeting to the Christian world with the words, “And a ‘Heil Hitler!’ to you too.”   He has also offered the following advice to Israelis, when they travel abroad:

“Do not raise your arm at 45 degree angles and shout ‘Heil Hitler!’ Do not sing or hum ‘Israel uber Alles!’”

So proud is Finkelstein of his references to Hitler that he regularly includes them on his website.  Other Finkelstein misuses of the Holocaust include calling prominent Jews “Nazis” and comparing them to Eichmann, Streicher and Ribbentrop. He has also said they are “parasites” who “resemble stereotypes straight out of Der Sturmer.”

Yet, although J Street, which claims to be a pro-Israel lobby, went out of its way to criticize Palin’s remarks, it has not leveled comparable criticism against Finkelstein and other prominent leftists who abuse the language of Jewish suffering.  The reason is obvious:  Many J Street supporters adore Finkelstein, cheer him at his lectures and echo his demonization of Israel.  J Street does not go after Finkelstein for the same reason it refused to go after Richard Goldstone:  If it did, it would lose support from many on the hard left, which it is trying to cultivate.  (One of J Street’s leading activist and supporters, Letty Pogrebin, has praised Goldstone as a modern day prophet and supported the most egregious statements made in his report.)

Why J Street felt it necessary to enter the kerfuffle about the use of blood libel may not be obvious to those who actually believe that J Street is a “pro-Israel, pro-peace” lobby that limits its activities to issues surrounding the Israeli Arab conflict.  After all, J Street does not claim to be in the business of defending the Jewish people against defamation as does the ADL.  Nor is it a protector of Jewish sensitivities as is the Wiesenthal Center.  But to those of us who understand what J Street really is, its attack on Palin makes perfect sense.  J Street is a lobby for the Democratic Party in general and for the Obama Administration in particular.  That’s why it doesn’t deviate from the Obama line, doesn’t criticize the Obama Administration, and doesn’t miss an opportunity to dump on Republicans, even those who support Israel.

J Street will respond to this charge of a double standard by arguing that Sarah Palin is a prominent public figure, a potential presidential candidate, while Finkelstein and others on the hard left who abuse the language of Jewish suffering are marginal figures.  But that misses the mark.  Those of us who are liberals have a special obligation to criticize abusers of the left, just as those who are conservatives have a special obligation to criticize abusers of the right, such as Patrick Buchanan.  It’s too easy for J Street to pile on when the alleged abuser is a conservative Republican.  It’s far more difficult, and costly, for J Street to go after fellow leftists who abuse language, especially those with large followings among its supporters.  But that is their responsibility if they are to assume the role of protector of Jewish sensibilities.  I doubt it is a role they are willing to assume, except when it serves the interests of their real clients: the Democratic Party, the Obama Administration and the left.  That is why they went after Sarah Palin, even though her remarks had nothing to do with Israel or peace.

Any genuine lobby group for Israel and for peace must assure that support for Israel and for peace remains a bipartisan concern.  J Street wants to turn it into a partisan wedge issue that divides Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, young and old.  That’s why they focus so much criticism against Republicans who support Israel.  Such divisions do not serve the interests of peace or Israeli security.

P.S.  I’m still waiting for J Street’s reaction to Congressman Cohen’s invocation of the Holocaust, Goebbels and blood libels to attack Republicans.

Alan Dershowitz’s latest novel is The Trials of Zion.

  • http://www.jhayoub.tumblr.com/ Joey Ayoub

    I was wondering who wrote these comments about Dr Finkelstein and I’m not surprised it turned out to be mr Dershowitz.
    Sir, you have lost all credibility when Dr Finkelstein proved your book ‘The Case for Israel’ is a hoax and you never stop at any occasion to attack him by quoting what he says instead of responding to the actual findings. The fact is that the state of Israel is guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity. That is a fact and you can not deny it with evidence but with excuses as you have been doing for a while. You accuse Finkelstein of ‘misusing’ the Holocaust while we both know that he’s been fighting the misuse of the Holocaust for quite a long time. You’ve also accused him as a self-hating Jew and a Holocaust denier, knowing full well who his parents were. You use words and words and nothing else because you know that people won’t dig deeper if there are enough people saying these words.
    I hope that one day you’ll feel like being intellectually honest and publishing books based on facts, not propaganda. In the mean time, you are probably winning because the world’s ignorants are far more numerous than those who care for the truth. So congratulations on that, I’m sure the tortured and the dead are very grateful. May suffering continue and may your conscience be free from guilt.

  • ziontruth

    "The fact is that the state of Israel is guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity."

    The fact is that the state of Israel is defending itself from imperialist thieves who would like to murder all the Jews (God forbid) and plunder her riches. An enemy that does not shrink from using the dead bodies of its own in order to turn opinion against her.

    Those who put civilians in the line of fire, inmixed with the combatants, instead of sending them away to shelter (which the Jewish State does for her own) are guilty of war crimes. Israel is guilty of no crime whatsoever. And if international "law" refuses to recognize this, we will chuck it to the dustbin and implement a system of law that does. Foremost example of such a system: The Torah.

    • USMCSniper

      The Palestinians strap munitions on their own women and children and send them out on homicide-suicide missions to murder other innocent women and children in markets, restuarants, on school buses, and in their homes. The Palestinians in their own words and by their actions are committed to the genocide of the Jewish people therefore, have foreited their rights to even exist.

    • jmcaul

      In addition, the land mass known today as Israel was a desolate, barren wasteland before the Jews came in and literally brought about 'streams in the desert' with their productivity. The Palestinians have been too occuppied with blowing up anyone they perceive as enemies to be able to do anything constructive with what they have. They are not unified as are the Jews and they are driven by an urge to destroy rather than to create.

      • ziontruth

        True, but that also means that the ones you refer to as "The Palestinians" aren't Palestinians at all. For the reason you have stated, as well as for a host of other reasons, only the Jews can rightfully be called Palestinians.

        • jmcaul

          You are correct ziontruth, I should have said "so-called 'Palestinians'." Good catch!

  • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

    This article is so true and non-partizan that I can hardly associate it with Prof. Dershowitz. Bravo Professor!

  • SHmuelHaLevi

    Charming ballet with words that may impress some people but not anyone identified with Jewish Heritage living in retz Israel. j stretts attacks. Period. Insults, abuses, lies and conspire but not only against Mrs. Palin, although they took special aim, so to speak, at her. Not against the islamic monster that murdered 13 solider and wounded scores more. Not that.
    We, in turn. have seen that many times in the past. The worse enemies hail from "our own". In reality that element is long gone from being "our own".
    That is why we see it as a natural symbiosis that exist between virulent anti-Semites such as those holding key positions or top advisors levels in the administration and in particular, State, and those we define as unjews. "j street" for example.
    They have far more in common with islamic monsters than with JEWS and I will stop at that for now.
    We tides at least here are slowly but surely turning and those that imported and armed Arafat as well as those still plotting with the US state department as well as others see the historical noose slowly tightening.
    Out with the trash! They are not part of our MINIAN.

  • muchiboy

    "Such divisions do not serve the interests of peace or Israeli security."

    Let us be very clear,"peace" and "Israeli security" are not one and the same.They may,in fact,be incompatible and not serve the same interests of the region or the regions peoples.Until we ask ourselves or the region to consider both the interests of Jew and Israeli security AND Palestinians and their lost and stolen dreams and security we will fall short of the physical and moral requirements needed for a fair ,just and enduring peace.muchiboy

    • Amused

      spoken as the true totally biased point of view you represent . hmmm, lets see approximately 30,000 documented attacks [including the five wars ] against Israelis since 1948 ….and you say WHAT ?? ISRAELI SECURITY AND PEACE . are not one and the same ! LOL….,"fair and just ending " ….dont make me LAUGH MUCHIBOY , we all know what the Palestinians consider to be the fair and just ending .

    • ajnn

      muchiboy posts regularly on israel, but on no other issues at this website. always anti-israel and hysterically anti-israel.

      1. "both the interests of Jew and Israeli security". What is "Jew security" Mr. Muchiboy ?

      2. jew-hatred and regular lynchings of jews have been a constatnt feature of life in the middle east for a thousand years. one of the biggest of the 19th century was the 'Damascus Blood Libel" lynchings where not only were many, many jews lynched; but also the 'Aleppo Codex' (the oldest copy of the bible in existence at that time) was destroyed.

      3. the worst period of terrorism for israel was 1949-1966 when the 'fedayeen' made almost daily terrorism attacks. the most notorious was Ma'at where the palestinian arabs attacked a grammar school and murdered small children.

      When people like muchiboy talk about, "moral requirements needed for a fair ,just and enduring peace" they mean the 'peace of the grave' for all jews.

      • muchiboy

        "Ma'at where the palestinian arabs attacked a grammar school and murdered small children."

        Unconscionable.Unforgivable.But how many Palestinian schoolchildren have died at the hands of your IDF? Oh,that was different.Different my ass.muchiboy

        • MixMChess

          Actually, no Palestinian school children have died because of the IDF. However, unfortunately many Palestinian children have died because of Hamas and other Palestinian terror organizations which regularly use children as human shields and intentionally hide out and attack Israel from Palestinian playgrounds. Hamas in its own words has admitted that it intentionally seeks to increase civilian casualties as it creates good international press for Hamas (and bad press for Israel).

        • ajnn

          Of course there is a difference. only a dishonest person could claim anything else.

          1. The Palestinian Arabs kill children (israeli and their own) on purpose. Arafat's 'arithmetic of death'.

          Hamas in the last war, had their officers go everywhere with a child to avoid an israeli attack. hamas, in this way, made a strong statement that israelis do not knowingly attack children.

          2. The israelis count every child's death a tragedy and work very hard to save those lives. The israelis give warnings to leave areas about to be attacked, send in their own soldiers rather than use explosives (fewer deaths and injuries to the palestinian arabs), and generally avoid civilian areas.

    • MixMChess

      "Until we ask ourselves or the region to consider both the interests of Jew and Israeli security AND Palestinians and their lost and stolen dreams and security we will fall short of the physical and moral requirements needed for a fair ,just and enduring peace."

      Looks like NaziBoy Ron Grant is making up lies again.

      FACT: Palestinians have always had the opportunity for Peace and Security. Israel have offered the Palestinians Peace countless times: 1948, 1956, 1967, 1973, 1982, 1987, 1993, 2000, 2005, 2006…. and so on.

      It is clear the Palestinians can have peace and security whenever they want. The bigger question is why do Palestinians choose to murder and rape Jews instead of having enduring security and peace?

  • http://www.fxexchangerate.com/ fxgeorges

    Generally well said and as always, precisely factual, with few if any semantic 'liberties­' taken. BTW: I for one would prefer NOT to have Sarah Palin supporting me or my cause, if for no other reason. . . she does not know what she is talking about. This point remains valid even if she happens (for once) to be agreeing with me.
    There are other debates in the world which have the respective sides polarized into 180* opposites, even encompassi­ng the pertinent facts in controvers­y. However, most (if not all) of those topics typically relate to past events in history, which have grown incrementa­lly more obscure over passing time. Few (if any) major debates involve consistent­ly 180* factual incongruit­ies–perta­ining to real-time events, which either happened this morning or a short while ago . . . .except Israel. This point can not be over emphasized because it shows that the world (et al) is treating the Israel controvers­y in an entirely different category and fashion than all its other day-to-day events. When for example the swimmer off the Egyptian coast was recently bitten by a shark and accusation­s began of Israeli culpabilit­y, this is more than hysteria and more than hypnosis, it is a little place in hell especially reserved for Hebrews, its called "Earth".

    • ajnn

      "This point can not be over emphasized because it shows that the world (et al) is treating the Israel controvers­y in an entirely different category and fashion than all its other day-to-day events. "

      Good point.

    • Bruce

      " BTW: I for one would prefer NOT to have Sarah Palin supporting me or my cause, if for no other reason. . . she does not know what she is talking about." and Barack Obama does???!!! Give me an "effing" break!!

  • Gamaliel Isaac

    Sarah Palin is a friend of Israel and so is attacked by left wing Jews. There is enough antisemitism in the world without Jewish organizations like J street creating more of it. If you are against Israel, like Obama, the left wing Jews support you if you support Israel the left wing Jews attack you. I couldn't blame Sarah Palin if she turned against Israel and the Jews and I'm Jewish. Hell, J Street is turning me into an antisemite.
    Al Dershowitz should rethink his opposition to the crosshairs Sarah Palin used to identify congressional seats that were important, the Democrats use those too and they don't mean "go out and kill a congressman". We are not all demented psychos who hear the word "target" or see the word "crosshairs" and reach for our guns. These are figures of speech. Jared Loughlin killed because he was a psycho not because of a figure of speech.

  • richard handwerk

    all agreed except the crosshairs. military metaphors such as these have been used for decades and still are.

  • GirlKansas

    I wish Mr. Dershowitz would explain why J Street is working for the Democrats. I could never understand why they work against their own self-interests.

  • alan g

    Dershowitz is spot on with his assessment about. Jstreet, and I am so glad he is a true liberal of the JFK and Joe Lieberman mold. As democrat with a clear and reasonable head, he plowed through all the indecent crap, that the left stands for. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you. Alan G

  • http://www.chick.com Raymond

    "Shortly after Sarah Palin "provoked" a barrage of criticism for her use of the term “blood libel.”

    Sarah Palin did not "provoke" anything. Those who embrace evil are always looking
    for an excuse to attack.

  • http://www.chick.com Raymond

    Unfortunately, many Jewish groups supported Obama the muslim.

  • ajnn

    "J Street wants to turn it into a partisan wedge issue that divides"

    An excellent point.

  • Alex

    Yesterday I watched an episode from a 1963 movie – “The Cardinal”- scene where a mob of deranged Austrian National Socialists destroying the Catholic Archdioceses during the Uncshlusse. Then it was a Catholic Austria…

    Another, more recent historical quote, was delivered by Michael D. Evans, a #1 NYT bestselling author (“Jimmy Carter: The Liberal Left and World Chaos” ): BHO does not fear American Jewry: 80% supported him and also contributed more than 50 percent of the Democratic campaign funding…”.

    One more from a former Bill Clinton’s (another demigod of American Jews) White House spokesman, Joe Lockhart who described Netanyahu in an interview as follows: “…one of the most obnoxious individuals you’re going to come into – just a liar and a cheat. He could open his mouth and you could have no confidence that anything that come out of it was the truth…”. (Back in USSR we use to say that the best way to uncover a hidden Nazi is to put him in an argument with a SMART Jew. Within a five minutes time he will start reflexively grabbing his rite side looking for a gun).

    From Trotsky to Evsectsia to Jewish Communists of pre-WWII Europa to Koganovitch to J Street and Shumer/Weiner/Frank, etc. – these are the same degenerates who has the blood of my family and 6 Million Jews on their hands. They did not have enough…

    This is where we have to start – our own, first and foremost!

  • muchiboy

    The Palestine Papers

    "In several areas, Livni pressed for Arab citizens of Israel to be included in a future Palestinian state as part of a land-swap deal, raising the controversial spectre of "transfer". In other words, shifting Palestinians from one state to another without their consent, a demand backed in its wholesale form by rightwing nationalists."

    Ethnic cleansing,Israeli style.And let's call a spade a spade,Israel is a Jewish state.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/24/paper

    • Rifleman

      Lol, you say ethnic cleansing like you think it's a bad thing. That can't be the case because that's what the 'palestinians' have called for all along, and what muslims throughout most of dar al islam did when the first war to destroy Israel failed (They took it out on people who had nothing other to do with their anger than being Jewish, just like we see them do with Christians). Fatah, hezz, and hamas were all founded to destroy Israel, and they were proud enough of the fact to put it in their respective founding charters.

    • MixMChess

      "In several areas, Livni pressed for Arab citizens of Israel to be included in a future Palestinian state as part of a land-swap deal, raising the controversial spectre of "transfer".

      Actually, this isn't anything new, the idea of swapping Arab-Israeli towns for Jewish-W. Bank Towns has been discussed since at least 2000. Not sure what the big shocker there is?

      "In other words, shifting Palestinians from one state to another without their consent, a demand backed in its wholesale form by rightwing nationalists."

      Not at all. If you actually looked at a Map you would see these Israeli-Arab towns all border the W. Bank which would be the home of a future Palestinian State. The vast majority of the residents of these towns have longed to be part of a Palestinian state. All that would happen is the border between Israel and the new Palestinian state would be shifted so they would be under the administration of a Palestinian government rather than an Israeli one. They wouldn't be "shifting" their homes or anything else.

      This plan would be mutually beneficial to both Jews and Arabs. The fact that you attack it shows that you care more about hating Jews and destroying Israel than any well-being of the Palestinians.

      "Ethnic cleansing,Israeli style.And let's call a spade a spade,Israel is a Jewish state."

      See my above comment, in no way does shifting the line of a border constitute ethnic cleansing (even under the broadest definition).

      Of course Israel is a Jewish state, just as Japan is a Japanese state, India is an Indian state, France is a French state, Canada is a Canadian state…

      Even though Israel is a "Jewish" state it has never stipulated a requirement for being Jewish in order to receive citizenship, or to receive civil and equal rights under the law. In fact, Israel is a secular democracy which has never put restrictions on what religion its citizens choose to follow and assures freedom of religion as a matter of law.

      Israel’s open and democratic character, and its scrupulous protection of the religious and political rights of Christians and Muslims, have always rebutted any charge of exclusivity.

      Get your facts straight Ron Grant, I seriously think you're getting dumber and dumber each time you post.

  • Carl Sesar

    Sarah Palin, in calling the false accusation of complicity in bloodletting leveled against her a "blood libel," was not, as Alan Dershowitz thinks, using the term as a "metaphor." She meant it literally, and was correct. This blood libel also shared in the same motives as the traditional blood libel against Jews: to incite hatred and violence, this time against her.

    Those from all quarters who question her competence, or character, or the wisdom of her remarks, would do better to reflect on Sarah Palin's courage, and strength, in calling out a blood libel against her for the sordid, reprehensible act that it is. It's there, in that courage and strength, as plain as day, that the true measure of her character and qualities can be taken.

  • Alex

    Yesterday I watched an episode from a 1963 movie – “The Cardinal”- scene where a mob of deranged Austrian National Socialists destroying the Catholic Archdioceses during the Uncshlusse. Then it was a Catholic Austria…

    Another, more recent historical quote, was delivered by Michael D. Evans, a #1 NYT bestselling author (“Jimmy Carter: The Liberal Left and World Chaos” ): BHO does not fear American Jewry: 80% supported him and also contributed more than 50 percent of the Democratic campaign funding…”.

    One more from a former Bill Clinton’s (another demigod of American Jews) White House spokesman, Joe Lockhart who described Netanyahu in an interview as follows: “…one of the most obnoxious individuals you’re going to come into – just a liar and a cheat. He could open his mouth and you could have no confidence that anything that come out of it was the truth…”. (Back in USSR we use to say that the best way to uncover a hidden Nazi is to put him in an argument with a SMART Jew. Within a five minutes time he will start reflexively grabbing his rite side looking for a gun).

  • Alex

    From Trotsky to Evsectsia to Jewish Communists of pre-WWII Europa to Koganovitch to J Street and Shumer/Weiner/Frank, etc. – these are the same degenerates who has the blood of my family and 6 Million Jews on their hands. They did not have enough…

    This is where we have to start – our own, first and foremost!

    And, by the way, Mr. Derschowitz was one of them in the long forgotten past. I distinctly remember his confrontational high-pitch voice shrieking at Rb. Kahane, a true hero and a martyr of our people.

  • muchiboy

    "both the interests of Jew and Israeli security". What is "Jew security" Mr. Muchiboy ? "

    Jew ,whether in or out,within or without, Israel.While Israel and Jew are near equivalent in the mid east today,it wasn't so 65 years ago,and may not be sixty five years from now.muchiboy

    • MixMChess

      Israel and Jew are only equivalent to neo-Nazis and antisemites such as yourself Ronald Grant (aka Naziboy). Israel is merely an easy excuse for modern hate-mongers to spit their venom at Jews. Please do us all a favor and go play in traffic.

  • muchiboy

    "both the interests of Jew and Israeli security". What is "Jew security" Mr. Muchiboy ? "

    Jew ,whether in or out,within or without, Israel.While Israel and Jew are near equivalent in the mid east today,it wasn't so 65 years ago,and may not be sixty five years from now.muchiboy

  • muchiboy

    "..and hysterically anti-israel.."

    It is more likely your hysterical reaction to my anti Zionism then any perceived hysterical anti-Israeli sentiments on my part.The same might be said for your appalling and pathetic accusations of Antisemitism when I express legitimate anti Zionist sentiments.Your and others insistence of equating antisemitism and anti Zionism not only does a disservice to those who suffered antisemitism but is a fundamental flaw in your thinking that may have unfortunate consequences for others i.e.the Palestinian people and only leads to a perpetuation of the present day tragedy that is the Israel/Palestine nightmare.muchiboy

    • MixMChess

      Sorry Naziboy, you have already proven that you are hysterically anti-semetic. You claim to care about the Palestinians but have never raised any objections or anger about the Jordanian and Syrian genocide of Palestinians.

      I have said it before and I'll say it again… to single out Jewish self-determination for condemnation is itself a form of RACISM. As the great Martin Luther King once noted: "When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You’re talking anti-Semitism.” Even MLK would point out that you Ronald Grant are a filthy antisemetic racist. You're a disgrace to the entire human race.

    • ziontruth

      "legitimate anti Zionist sentiments. … unfortunate consequences for others i.e.the Palestinian people … the Israel/Palestine nightmare."

      Piling on the fallacies, are we, Muftiboy?

      There is no such thing as "legitimate anti-Zionist sentiments." Anti-Zionism is as illegitimate as anti-Hellenism, the view that the Greeks shouldn't have a sovereign state of their own within the borders of Greece.

      I can elaborate on that. This present-day anti-Zionism isn't just like mere anti-Hellenism. It'd be as if the Turks were construed as the original Greeks, and the Hellenes as settler-colonists. Imagine talking about "the Greece-Hellas Conflict," in which the "Greeks" (Turkish-speaking and of Muslim persuasion) are the indigenous since time immemorial, defending their land from settlement by the Hellenes, who in the name of their political movement (call it "Byzantism" maybe) and justifying themselves with mythical sources (the Odyssey et cetera; ignore all the archeological evidence to the contrary) have already settled the European part of Greece in the past few centuries, basing themselves in Occupied Athens but setting their sights on Istanbul (which they call "Constantinople"), Edirne ("Adrianople") and Izmir ("Smyrna").

      There's enough material for a full-blown spoof here. Back to reality, there's no legitimate anti-Zionism just as there's no legitimate anti-Hellenism, and the Phakestinian Narrative is a cover for the same Islamic imperialism that wants not only Palestine but also the Balkans and Spain back under Islamic rule.

  • Amused

    It happens to be true muchi-boy , the two terms are the same .You can do all the verbal dancing and b.s., all you want , critical thinking minds just simply know better .

    And if no one has said it yet , let me be the first …the "metaphor " that Palin chose to use was just proof positive of how utterly ignorant a person she is . LOL….you want her , you can have her ….for city dog catcher .

    • ziontruth

      "the 'metaphor' that Palin chose to use …"

      The metaphor was no metaphor but stark reality. The Marxist-dominated mainstream media named her an accessory to murder where she had nothing whatsoever to do with it (no more than MarKKKos with his scrubbed "Gifford is dead to me" post). That's the definition of "blood libel."

      "…was just proof positive of how utterly ignorant a person she is . LOL….you want her , you can have her ….for city dog catcher ."

      What is it about Sarah Palin that has otherwise solidly conservative people talking like your run-of-the-mill HuffinggluePoster? I just can't understand it.

  • Jim

    Sarah can rally the troops. All the money behind the Tea Party would be worth some what less with out Sarah Palin. She strikes terror in the hearts of the left. They must do everything they can to defame her. Maybe the idiot insults cause her anxiety but they shouldn't because they are really awards for her ability to move people.

  • Rifleman

    Dershowitz will probably wait forever on leftists to employ a single standard to anything. They should be called on it until they do or the public knows better, and I give him credit for doing so. Though I disagree with him more often than not, Dershowitz is one of the few democrats I’ll bother listening to, and I thank FPM for the variety in authors. It’s good to remind us that we have some common ground with many of them.

    • ziontruth

      Those of the Dems who call themselves Progressives ostracized him long ago for his support of Israel, and with his defense of Sarah Palin he may well have sealed his future with the Left in the manner of Juan Williams.

      Dersh will probably turn Independent. For reasons of inertia (primarily, misconceptions about the nature of conservatism) he'll never bring himself to jump ship to the Right, but the Left will now declare him persona non grata, so there's a good chance he'll follow Joe Lieberman's lead. Just my thoughts, I could be wrong.

  • Joudicca

    Isn't J-Street is partly funded by George Soros. It so, it explains a lot about them! Then we have ab-Normal Finkelstein who calls Israelis 'nazis because they fight to ward off another genocide, the one Arabs have threatened since WW2 when the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini fled to Germany and actively participated in the Holocaust. Since then, the Arabs have threatened nonstop to "finish off what Hitler started". If Finkey & J-Street hate nazis, how come they find nothing amiss with George Soros's collaboration with Nazis in Hungary during WW2? He informed on fellow Jews to the Hungarian 'Iron Cross', helping them 'expropriate' the Jews' worldy goods as they were sent to their deaths. Soros has declared on video, that the 'happiest year' of his life was 1944, as 460,000 fellow Jews were murdered.
    Finally, although I'm not American, Sarah Palin is one of my favorite Americans. I hope she goes from strength to strength. Far-Left US Jews should stop bashing her, and turn their attention to the dangers to US democracy from socialist (sic) billionaires like George Sorrows, oops, Soros.

  • muchiboy

    "There is no such thing as "legitimate anti-Zionist sentiments." Anti-Zionism is as illegitimate as anti-Hellenism, the view that the Greeks shouldn't have a sovereign state of their own within the borders of Greece.
    I can elaborate on that."

    I just think it's simpler then that,ziontruth,as simple as stating the Holocaust was morally abhorrent and the Germans,and maybe the rest of humanity,should be ashamed of themselves.If you have a problem with the comparisons, suffice it to say that the West has been complicit in the wrongs done to the Palestinian people,and the Jews deserve a homeland,as do the Palestinians,neither to the exclusion of the other.Any settlement ,in all fairness,must benefit the Palestinians as much as it is detrimental to the Israelis.In other words,the Israelis,who I consider victimizers,must give till it hurts for Palestinians to live in a deserved,secure state every bit as viable as Israel.I believe I am being generous.Denial is second only to the initial act of shame in its moral outrage.You have an opportunity to show your true colors and character that is so well documented in our Western history.muchiboy

    • ziontruth

      "I just think it's simpler then that,ziontruth,as simple as stating the Holocaust was morally abhorrent and the Germans,and maybe the rest of humanity,should be ashamed of themselves.If you have a problem with the comparisons,"

      My problem is you're not saying this or that action on Israel's part was bad, you're (to use your own words) an anti-Zionist, in other words against the whole concept of Jewish national sovereignty on Palestine. Indeed, that's the problem with the great majority of the detractors of Israel: detractors not of a particular policy, but of Israel's legitimacy from the very beginning. I can in no way make peace with anti-Zionists.

      "and the Jews deserve a homeland,as do the Palestinians"

      The Jews are the Palestinians. The falsely-called "Palestinians" are Arabs, Arab imperialists, colonists, settlers, invaders, thieves, stealers of land, occupiers, squatters, oppressors and murderers. Denial won't change this.

      "the Israelis,who I consider victimizers,must give till it hurts for Palestinians to live in a deserved,secure state…"

      The Jews, who I consider neither victims nor victimizers here but simply indigenous (I mean Zionism is not about the redress of past wrongs, it's about indigenous resettlements of a nation on its own land), have no obligation to give of their tiny patch of land to any other nation. The Arab thieves will have to make do with the 21 states and the huge mass of land they already have.

  • muchiboy

    "The israelis count every child's death a tragedy and work very hard to save those lives."

    Bullshiit ,ajnn,metaphorically pure and simple.If the lives and futures of Palestinian children were important to the Jews they would not have victimized the Palestinian people as they so effectively have over the decades.Your denials only compound your original sins.I suppose it's all very understandable.Jews are victimized by the Europeans and in turn victimize another vulnerable people,the Palestinians.We humans,Jews included, are some piece of work.Now Jews,like the Americans after WWII,have an opportunity to do it different.Go ahead,ajnn,I dare you!Make a difference.muchiboy

  • MixMChess

    "If the lives and futures of Palestinian children were important to the Jews they would not have victimized the Palestinian people as they so effectively have over the decades."

    Piss off Ronald Grant, you are lying and defaming Jews again Nazi-Boy. Israel has been providing welfare for Palestinians since 1948. Recall, in UNRWA's (UN’s Reliefs and Works Agency) first 20 years, Israel contributed more than most of the Arab states to the program.

    Look at 2005 when Israel withdrew from Gaza. Jews worldwide pumped hundreds of millions of dollars to build greenhouses and farms for the Palestinians to take over after Gaza was forcibly judenrein. What did the Palestinians do in return? They burned everything down! Millions in investments were gone within 2 days. Good job Palestinians!

    Want an even more recent example? Israel provided over 1 million tons in humanitarian aid to the Gaza Palestinians in 2009 ALONE. How are the Israelis thanked? Oh that's right, Palestinians lob rockets at Israeli schools and daycares. How brave of the Palestinians to target helpless Israeli children!

    But what about the W. Bank you say? In 2009, the West Bank enjoyed a significant economic recovery, with economic growth reaching an unprecedented 8%. The conditions in the W. Bank improved mainly thanks to measures taken by Israel to support economic activity, improve the security situation in the West Bank, and continued financial support and increased foreign investment. There is an increase in real estate projects: "Rawabi, the first planned Palestinian city, is being built with the help of Israeli consultants." The W. Bank "boasts one of the world's strongest stock exchanges, the Palestinian Securities Exchange, (PSE), which grew 12.5% last year. It is ranked 33 among international stock exchanges and second in the region in terms of investor protection." The quality of life in the W. Bank is rising with culture and leisure activities becoming easily available to Palestinians who enjoy movies, health clubs, malls, restaurants, and music festivals.

    Wow, I guess the Palestinians are really benefiting, and its all thanks to Israel. The Israelis give and give only hoping for peace in return. The Palestinians take and take and then take the lives of Israeli children. So Naziboy, when will the Palestinians be generous to the Israelis and simply stop trying to murder Israeli children? I am sure even a lowlife corrections officer can answer my question… go ahead, I dare you!

  • MixMChess

    "I suppose it's all very understandable.Jews are victimized by the Europeans and in turn victimize another vulnerable people,the Palestinians."

    Oh sorry Ronald Grant, you are LYING again. I would think that working in a prison would teach you not to lie and defame people. Jews have never victimized anyone, let alone the Palestinians. In fact the opposite is true, Palestinians have been victimizing the vulnerable Jews since as early as the 1920s.
    http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Terrorism-+Obstacle+to+

    Unfortunately, Jews aren't the only victims of Palestinian terror. In the past 10 years over 50 Americans have been murdered by disgusting Palestinian thugs. Just look what they did to this poor woman:
    http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/01/26/israel….