‘One Voice’ Too Many

The author is a PhD historian, writer and journalist living in Israel.


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Last month, One Voice, an American/European-based organization promoting peace arrived in Israel led by TV-star Jason Alexander. Supported by foundations like Rockefeller, Ford, and Cummings (which have histories of funding anti-Israel activities), with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London and Tel Aviv, and boasting personalities like Sir Paul McCartney, Mohammed Ali, Natalie Portman and Brad Pitt, One Voice got the red-carpet treatment, visiting with President Shimon Peres and hosted by MK Yoel Hasson’s Knesset committee.

The Knesset meeting with about 30 members of the group was attended by representatives from Kadima, Meretz and Labor parties. The discussion lamented the demise of the two-state solution, castigating Jewish “settlers” who lived over the 1949 Armistice lines (“Green Line”), dumping on Prime Minister Netanyahu and his coalition, and promoting the work of Palestinian Authority president Mahmud Abbas/Abu Mazen.

Founded by Daniel Lubetsky, president of Peaceworks Foundation in New York, One Voice is dedicated to establishing a Palestinian state on the 1949 lines, including a division of Jerusalem; its position on the “Palestinian right of return” is ambiguous.

One might think that their efforts on behalf of peace would include condemning PA incitement. Asked if the group raised this issue during their meeting with the PA in Ramallah, Howard Sumka, the organization’s CEO, replied, “We oppose all forms of violence and incitement on both sides.”

But how does this translate into a dialogue with Arab leaders?

Asked about a recent anti-Semitic cartoon that appeared in the official PA media, Sumka added: “I am not about to engage in a defense or condemnation of every real or imagined offense of the Palestinians against Israel.  No point to that.  I am aware of most of the accusations (although I had not seen this cartoon before).”

One Voice’s media reps did not reply to queries concerning why the organization did not raise the issue of PA incitement, nor would they explain their position on specific issues of dispute between Israel and the Arabs. MK Hasson, a seemingly enthusiastic supporter of One Voice, refused to answer any questions concerning his involvement with the organization, or its positions.

The moral dilemma of groups like One Voice is that in their desire to find a peaceful solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict they ignore the fundamental reason that has prevented peace: Jew-hatred.

PA incitement is clearly documented by PMW and MEMRI, open and officially sanctioned. Pretending that it doesn’t exist because one is feted in Ramallah and Gaza might delude one into thinking that peace is possible.

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  • truebearing

    I don't understand Jews who participate in these ridiculous initiatives. They adhere to vague, utopian sounding causes, like "peace," while ignoring virtually all of steps that are necessary to reaching true peace. Peace is arrived at because of integrity on the part of both sides of a conflict. Peace can only come when there is an element of trust. Peace can only come when neither party is continuing to make genocidal threats. To talk of peace when there are no stepping stones to reach it is absurd and moronic. To feed the narrative of the side that continues to plot genocide, while cynically pretending they want peace, is profoundly stupid, contemptible, and traitorous.

    • mlcblog

      Liberalism is a mental disorder.

  • truebearing

    Actors are professional deceivers. They win awards and are paid according to their ability to project themselves as someone they are not. They are as a group, profoundly narcissistic and more concerned with applause than anything else. Hollywood is a fiction within a fiction.

    Perhaps the industry of deception, aka Hollywood, is the reason so many actors lose their grip on reality, or maybe one has to have a tenuous grip on reality, a weak identity, and a tendency to be dishonest to be a successful actor. Either way, these aren't people we should look to as leaders of anything important. This country has been playing Follow the Liar for way too long.

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    There are clearly too many sensible people associated with One Voice to not make this author look like a goof for attacking them.

    • truebearing

      You're upside down, Flipper. Try standing on your feet. Maybe you'll finally make some sense, though I won't be holding my breath.

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        Right. Because Jason Alexander, Paul McCartney, Natalie Portman, Brad Pitt, Shimon Peres, three Israeli political parties AND the Knesset all have an agenda of genocide against the Jews.

        • truebearing

          Naively supporting stupid initiatives doesn't means someone endorses genocide. They can support policies that encourage and support the fanatical, genocidal goals of groups like Hamas, naively though inadvertently. Stupidity isn't a crime, nor is it complicity, but it can be just as dangerous.

          You need to go on a non sequitur diet.

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

            Right. Everyone in One Voice and three major Israeli political parties, the Knesset and Shimon Peres are all naive. It could happen.

          • mlcblog

            Your sarcasm and unfeeling comment drips with ignorance of the heart of the issue.

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

            My feeling is that Israelis, like Communists will gladly throw the whole world full of people into a trash can so that a small gaggle of apparatchiks can keep stealing and swindling more in the name of the group.

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

    With "Jews" like those who needs inventors of anti-Semitic slur?

    "Through our history many Jews have acted in betraying their God and their own people… " (See item 4):

    http://www.resonoelusono.com/ApostasyOfJewry.htm

  • StephenD

    Why on earth would anyone give credence to a group of NON-CITZENS telling them how and what they must do in the name of peace? If we showed up in Chili and told them they must get along with Argentina or Peru and to do this they should split their capital and they should give land that will make them vulnerable and they should listen to us because, well, we know better, who in their right mind would listen to us?!?

    These people are too full of themselves and it truly is comical.

  • NotaBene

    One Voice IS naive if they think the Israelis want to end this conflict and so kill the goose that lays the golden eggs