The Crisis of Jewish Leftist Islamism

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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The left’s current anti-Zionist strategy is to feign moderation, to fake right while playing left. The money is in those groups and individuals who can shift that stolid mass of the Jewish community over to the left by making Israel bashing seem acceptable. Beinart, like J-Street, is another beneficiary of the fortunes being tossed by leftist billionaires at the left’s long project of educating Jews out of their tribal loyalties.

The real victims of Beinart’s narrative aren’t even the tragically oppressed terrorists, that ancient invented people who have been around for less time than the Ford Galaxie. The real victims are liberal Zionists, a group that somehow includes Barack Obama, who have been betrayed by a Jewish state which insists on protecting its citizens, instead of putting a gun to its head and pulling the trigger.

Beinart exonerates leftist Zionists and anti-Zionists, telling the former that they were abandoned by the awful Jewish state and telling the latter that hating Israel is the truest expression of their liberal and Jewish values. And what indeed could be more Jewish than hating Israel? Perhaps boycotting Israel, as Beinart suggested in an Op-Ed, in order to save Israel. Only by destroying Israel can the idea of Israel be saved.

The left’s perverse mission in American Jewish life has been to eviscerate the guts of Jewish identity and fill it with the stinking viscera of the left, slabs of rotting Tikkun Olam, green eco leaves and civil rights marches. Now the left is conducting its long march through Jewish institutions to make supporting Israel seem un-Jewish and transform bashing Israel into a Jewish value.

What do the Beinarts pretend they want? That ideal Israel where Islamists live side by side with gay bars? That wonderful country of the imagination that only briefly exists when leftists and Islamists conduct mutual protests against Israel. A country that can only fail to come into existence when Israel is destroyed, when another of the left’s projects in the Middle East end up like Egypt and Iran.

The real crisis of liberal Zionism is that it is under attack by the left, besieged by angry midgets who have rewritten all the definitions and are out to ban the dictionary. And the crisis of the left is that it is insane. It is capable of criticizing everything and everyone, but it never looks in the mirror long enough to see the insane twisted gargoyle face leering back at it.

The left is full of expert denouncers and informers, and Beinart isn’t the best they have. But none of them are capable of asking what the cause gains if Israel is destroyed and Hamastan rises in its place? And what of Europe which is speedily becoming Eurabia? Where will there be room for the agenda of the left then? While they ceaselessly manufacture one crisis after another, the real crisis is in the souls that they don’t believe they have anymore.

There is no crisis of Zionism, which is what it has always been. Ariel is as much of a settlement as Tel Aviv. There is as much need for the IDF in 2012 as there was in 1962 and only a liar would pretend otherwise. Israel has not changed. If anything it has made more concessions and become more generous to its enemies than in the halcyon days of the liberal Zionist.

What can we say of the moral outrage of the gangrenous left? The left which clasps hands with Islamists and then denounces Israel for war crimes? Which hugs a religion whose creed preaches the genocide of the Jewish people, and claims to do it all in the name of Jewish values? What is all this if not a crisis of Jewish Leftist Islamism?

When Peter Beinart praises the Muslim Brotherhood as non-violent, does he imagine that when Qaradawi praises Hitler for doing Allah’s work and calls for Jewish genocide that the Brotherhood cleric means every Jew but Beinart? This is the crisis of Jewish Leftist Islamism, the crisis of Jewish “Left Firsters” who denounce Jews and embrace their murderers, only to discover that despite their devoted service — to the murderers they are still Jews.

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  • Schlomotion

    I was reading this, posted just under an hour after jumping off the Jamie Glazov show, wondering how it is you can say the various Protestant Americans are Communists and the Jews are Muslims. How you can hate a guy who is putting out a book, when you just said you are putting out a book? But you did just say on a show a few moments ago that "the right" is an oppressed minority, boxed out of mainstream media and is only beginning to find its voice on the internet. You did just extol the virtues of the corrupt swindler Mikhail Khodorkofsky. You did just claim that everything is wrong with the United States and that it is a hindrance to Israel, except where it might have to bail Israel out if it launches a preemptive strike on Iran. In this topsy-turvy view, it is to be expected that you project neoconservatism on the Jewish left, saying they "fake right and play left." It is par for the course for you to say that Israel Firster is a criticism of betrayal of the left and not a betrayal of America. Because really, like your recent interview, a pile of leading questions from Glazov, interrupted by a caller and FPM "reader" who was really Mark Tapson, these opinions are simply recitations before a folding mirror.

  • Jerome

    Sew Peter Beinert's foreskin back on so he can then get it circumcised as part of his identification with the Islamofascist jihad against the Jews.

  • MikeWood

    Perhaps the left is gradually being crucified on its own contradictions.

  • MethanP

    I understand why people like Beinert are popular on the far left. Their anti-semite/Zionist mentality is long established. But why are so many "Jews" among them? It's not just Beinert. Check out any BDS, or other anti Israel demonstration, and you will find Jews. Jewish college organizations sponser pro Palestinian rallies and boycott pro Israel events. Why! And I have no answer. Can anyone explain this.

    • stern

      These Jews have a completely perverted understanding of just about everything in both Judaism and Zionism. They have latched onto the concept of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) without understanding what it truly means, and they have bought the Palestinian narrative hook, line and sinker.

      Their version of Tikkun Olam appears to mean siding with everyone who hates Jews, Judaism and Israel, in a perverse attempt to get those haters to like them, the perverse Jews, the anti-Jewish Jews. They regard the Jewish religion, heritage and traditions as old, old-fashioned and disposal, easily replaced by a modern "we love everybody except ourselves" philosophy. They seem to feel that the world would be better off without 3,000 years of deep contemplation about the meaning of existence.

      And when it comes to the Palestinians, well, here we have it all. They see a people that claims to be oppressed by THEM! And they will do everything they can to loudly and publicly demonstrate that "Hey, it's not me. It's my brother! So when you decide to kill my family, remember! And only kill my brother. I'm the good guy, the one who loves you, who sides with you."

      The only problem is that Hitler didn't care what kind of Jew you were, only that you were a Jew. And that's exactly how Abbas, Hamas, Nasrallah and all the rest feel.

      G-d help the anti-Semitic Jew, because nobody else can.

      • Choi

        Actually,the JEW-HATING Jew is a CURSED individual.

        • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

          Its sad that they hate themselves for being Jewish.

          Rabbi Antelmans book really explains these folk.

          "To eliminate the opiate"
          Vol 1 & 2

      • SHmuel HaLevi

        About seven years ago I coined the term unJews for that folk.
        Woe the Gentile that trusts them. They will be just as faithful to them as they are to those they would like believe are their own. unJews are the nemesis to the Jewish and its Heritage people, nemesis to themselves and anyone else that in any way trust them.

      • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

        The only problem is that Hitler didn't care what kind of Jew you were, only that you were a Jew

        And neither will America as it is becoming a Bolshevik/NAZI place now.
        We have to keep this in mind, b/c in the end, we will end up defending some of these idiots.
        Sickening.
        They REALLY need to repent

    • Juddea

      Some view Judaism as a heritage, not necessarily an ideology or way of life. Much like someone with Italian ancestory views themselves as "Italian/Americans" some Jews view themselves as Jewish/Americans. So many years ago, the religion itself was dumbed down in a failed attempt to keep less observant Jews involved in some way and they stopped teaching what was really att he heart of the religion. Now, even more orthodox segments are not focusing on the parts of the religion that are important, the teachings of Torah and Mitzvah that used to lead our lives. Guidelines for a happy productive, successful and fulfilling life. And in return, with the watered down teachings, many can't see the positives our religion has and can bring to the world and they are left with a picture of a watered down formulated worship that carries very little substance.

      • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

        I don't. I am an American of Jewish origin and ethnicity.
        I am also 1/4 Seneca Iroquois.

    • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

      Stolkholm Syndrome.

      • Raymond in DC

        Actually, according to Dr. Kenneth Levin, it's actually OSLO Syndrome, which he lays out in well regarded book of the same name. Subtitled "Delusions of a People Under Siege", it's clear Beinart is just the most prominent in a long line. (Levin is a clinical instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical.)

  • waltjr

    "Sultan Knish" you have summed it up well in just 1 short sentence.

    "But it isn’t Israel’s deeds that outrage it is — it is its existence."

  • Joe A

    These JEWS are nothing but what I call oven walkers.When the time comes again they will just walk right into the ovens.Thank GOD we are not all like them.

    • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

      Amen.
      But I will tell you something… In the end is the Jew, and the Jew stands alone.

      IF they were to gather all of us up, I can guarantee you, 100% that you would then stand with them.
      Its a reality that we must face.

      I cant stand leftist anything, but these leftist Jews must realize that all of their stupid efforts that are always wrong will end them standing with us, who they think is wrong.

      Its insane.

  • Elliott Alhadeff

    Beinert is another example of a common Jewish instituion of pseudo-intellects priding themselves in being able to "see the other side" irrespective of how evil it may appear,, In fact, the more evil the more they seek to defend it. The merits of the issue are irrelevant. What is important is how others perceive them, i.e. ingeniusly perceptive, intellectually courageous and undaunting defenders of minority opinions. Another reason Jews make good lawyers.

  • Dena

    Organized education seems to give people a corresponding lack of common sense. The "well" educated especially don't seem to have a clue about the most common associations between cause and effect in real world situations, from repairing a faucet to understanding how easily their thinking can be manipulated. Any Jew that is against Israel is looked at like a fool behind their back, and their weakness is taken advantage of. Fortunately, brain science is fast evolving, and perhaps soon there will be a cure for such stupidity.

  • sedoanman

    In an interview for frontpagemag.com http://frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?… , Peter Beinart "seeks legitimacy" for America’s power and holds America up to the "highest standards" of democracy and human rights. The notion of holding America to a "higher standard" than other nations is nothing more than what is known as "Cultural Leninism". Thus, morality of a nation is not determined by its actions measured against any objective standard such as international law, but inversely to its perceived degree of military power. Because America is strong, it is immoral and needs to be made "legitimate". Now this is being applied to Israel. So, Israel has the same problem that America does. The more America [now Israel] does to correct its moral deficiencies, the more, not less, unbearable the remaining ones become, however slight.

  • Ghostwriter

    What world is Schlomotion living in? It sure isn't the real one.

    • kentatwater

      And even its fake world…is fake. It's here for no other reason, than to stir the pot, attempt to discredit FPM, and cause its diverse readership to turn on one another.

      It did exactly the same thing, when it posted here under a different screen name.

  • Juda Engelmayer

    Peter Beinart is the typical leftist Jewish apologist who is so ingrained with old fashioned Jewish guilt; he needs to scream how sorry he is. He is sorry for his privileged up-bring, he is sorry for Yale education, and the Harvard of his mother and MIT of his dad. He is the typical Boston tweed wearing, pipe smoking, academic that he feels he not only knows better than everyone else, but he has to pay it back somehow – and by paying it back, it can't be to the Jews.
    The Jews, in his opinion, were better off when they were persecuted and kept down by nations and religions. Jews with money, Jews with education (other than he and his ilk), but do not accept their apologist way of thinking, and Jews with positions of authority, are an embarrassment to people such as Beinart.
    There is a psychosis among Jews that makes them ashamed of who they are. Kept down and victimized for so long, that even when they no longer live in the shtetl, they think as if they do; so fearful that if they don’t conform and accept the commonality of the world – which means the hatred of Jews rising above their “stations” – they may fall back into the dark days. Then, so protective of their own status, they fear if Jews rock the boat, they want to be the ones to get the free pass later on for “agreeing” that Jews have been so awful.
    Sorry Peter. You need to see a shrink for that, not sell out your people.
    America is the first place in centuries where Jews have had the freedoms, the access and the abilities to rise and achieve, and there is nothing to apologize for. Some Jews do bad, others do great things, in that, we are no different than everyone else. You should not be ashamed of who we are, what we’ve done and what we can build together.
    Zionism is not an anathema, it’s a pride in being Jewish, a pride in being part of a nation that has maintained itself longer than most others, and has survived some of the worst attempts to destroy it. Israel is a great nation of success and achievers. Your own academic prowess comes from a long lineage of learned, academic and knowledge seeking ancestors – many of whom also helped build the State of Israel and have produced the science, technology, medicine and economy that emanates from the small country. If the Palestinians really want peace, they know how to get it. You’re a tool for their real goals of undermining and dismantling Israel – which I hope is not your goal too.
    Don’t be the Judenräte, of our time. Remember your history; they didn’t get spared either in the end.

  • PETER

    The Protestant "Christianity" I was taught at Sunday shcool in the 50's is not the same "Christianity" taught in most places today. Americans seem to change everything they touch. Judaism is not immune from this phenomenon and I am loathe to say it is good or bad. I admire the Rabi who studies the Torah and debates its every word with a dozen other Rabi's and debates the subtle nuances discovered a thousand years ofter it was first written. I am glad that Jesus was a Jew. Mohammad was a camel driver and caravan pirate who "borrowed" elements the then most intellectual religions of his day for his own illegitimate purposes. I am unaware of any rabi or preacher or priest who preaches anything like murder or hatred unlike at the mosque where it is spoken often.