Michelle Goldberg’s Anti-Israel Freakout

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.


Fresh from complaining about angry black people on Twitter, The Nation’s Michelle Goldberg turned her fire on Israel and American Jews.

As discussed by Ronn Torossian at Front Page, Goldberg wrote about a “Pro-Israel Freakout.”

“The Israel lobby appears to be panicking,” Michelle Goldberg triumphantly wrote. What does this great panicked freakout consist of?

Earlier this week, New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage cancelled a talk by New Republic senior editor John Judis about his new book, Genesis: Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli conflict, deeming it too controversial.

Then, yesterday, news came that a different institution, the Jewish Museum of New York, was scrapping a talk on Kafka by BDS supporter Judith Butler, who pulled out amid a pro-Israel uproar.

BDS stands for a boycott of Israel. Judis’ book is a dishonest work of botched propaganda that others Jews while completely ignoring the rights of Middle Eastern Jewish refugees, as I discussed a few weeks ago in The Colonialism of the Anti-Israel Left.

Also the panicked freakout apparently consists of two mainstream Jewish institutions canceling appearances by liars and bigots. When Nation approved activists cause the cancellation of an event, they celebrate, and Michelle Goldberg calls it a victory, not a freakout.

When BDS hysteria leads to a popular musician canceling a tour in Israel because she doesn’t want to deal with death threats on Facebook, Goldberg calls that a win, not a loss. So why is the cancellation of two events involving anti-Jewish extremists considered a freakout by the activist Jewish community?

Goldberg mentions the Avi Goldwasser documentary taking on J Street, “The J Street Challenge: The Seductive Allure of Peace in Our Time” and claims it “smears the liberal pro-Israel, pro-peace group J Street as dupes of crazed anti-Semites.”

Smears, dupes, crazed. It sounds like Michelle Goldberg is the one panicking and freaking out.

“American Jews are overwhelmingly liberal, and it’s increasingly difficult to reconcile liberalism with actually manifest Zionism. Particularly among younger Jews, the cutting edge debate isn’t between AIPAC and J Street—it’s between J Street and BDS,” Michelle Goldberg writes. But if that’s really so, then why bother ranting about Avi Goldwasser? The anti-Israel left has won. All that’s left is to collect the genocide at the back door.

Considering that J Street has welcomed BDS groups in, there is no debate. J Street and BDS are two sides of the same coin.

Ironically, The Nation was once a strong supporter of Israel. Even the majority of liberal Jews remain pro-Israel. J Street is an invention of the left. The debate between J Street and BDS is taking place on the left, not among mainstream liberal Jews.

The President of AIPAC is a liberal Obama backer. AIPAC is as right wing as the New York Times.

It’s possible that Michelle Goldberg lives in a bubble and actually believes that J Street, a group with no real base in the Jewish community, funded by wealthy 1 percenter Wall Street donors looking to push their agenda, is an issue for most American Jews. I hate to disappoint Michelle Goldberg, but most American Jews have never heard of it. They’ve heard of BDS from their local Federation paper. And they’re not for it.

Michelle Goldberg talks as if the difference between J Street and AIPAC is that the former supports a Two State Solution and the latter doesn’t. Goldberg is lying and she knows it. AIPAC lobbyists first brought Palestinian Authority reps to Capitol Hill. AIPAC supports a Two State Solution. It’s J Street that is letting One State Solution and BDS advocates committed to destroying Israel through the door.

Goldberg’s anti-Israel allies are committed to pretending that they are the future even though their organizations represent the same narrow constituency that Elmer Berger’s anti-Israel groups a few generations ago. The left keeps pretending that their latest incarnation of the American Council for Judaism is going to sink the Jewish State.

The majority of American Jews are not committed to destroying Israel nor are they interested in joining front groups like J Street for those who are. And that’s not going to change no matter how much cash corrupt

  • Joel

    I remember “Rabbi” Elmer Berger and Alfred Lilienthal from the late 1960′s early 1970′s. They were two vile folks (ostensibly Jewish) who actually had no qualms about wanting Israel obliterated.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      And their work is carried on by clowns like these

  • nomoretraitors

    I hope Mossad has the address of that b**** in the photo

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      I hope the FBI and DHS has her address.

      • Notalibfool

        Why, so they could give her an award? In ObaMAO’s government idiots like the one in the picture are considered heroes.

        • carpe diem 36

          maybe not heroes, but definitely useful eediots.

      • tickletik

        I would rather a government that did not have that kind of knowledge. This is a fight that has to be fought by the people. Never the government.

  • herb benty

    Leftist Jews must be cowards at heart, believing that if they denigrate Israel and their own people, they will be left alone. WHY ELSE? Being Leftist didn’t help Daniel Pearl, the same with “J Street and it’s ilk.

    • BS77

      Was it JUDIS or JUDAS?

      • herb benty

        Israel was where Middle Eastern Jews fled when Islamists began to freak out in 1948, and Israel welcomed them. Even recently Israel accepted Ethiopian Jews. A tiny remnant of Jews stayed in Iran, but they are rabidly anti-Israel, likely pressured. I’d go with “Judas”, as in traitor, but Israel can live without them.

        • BS77

          Notice the photo at top. The moron carrying the sign could not even spell correctly.

          • herb benty

            Chuckle….ya anything to fit in, sort of like the cute kid with the misspelled Lemonade sign. Either that or just another example of the poor education in this country.

          • carpe diem 36

            it is definitely the second one.

          • oneteedoffpatriot

            I think Terroist is French for toast.

          • carpe diem 36

            proof of the level of her inteligense.(sic)

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Jews are “Terroist”? LOL!

    Islamofascists are TERRORISTS you illiterate sack of SHlTler.

    Kick that bitch and her spawn out of the country.

  • LiberalsHateUs!

    When this imbecile’s brainwashed little girls become acid victims of Mooslims after marrying them, let’s see how enthusiastic she is then.

    • tickletik

      She’ll just continue to blame everyone else. Especially Israel. Besides, who says that’s what will happen? They may end up leading terrorist attacks against innocent Jews, making momma proud.

      No, my idea of true revenge, is that her daughters should grow up to be proud, strong willed, feminine zionists who marry proud strong righteous Jewish Israeli men, and bring into this world 8-9 beautiful Jewish babies apiece who themselves grow up to make beautiful communities in Israel

      Trust me, nothing in this world or the next will cause the evil soulless bitch more suffering than that.

  • tickletik

    It’s just more provocative nonsense by a ridiculous hate filled narcissist.

    Saying that the right is “freaking out” is meant to provoke that exact reaction by using condescending shaming language.

    I recommend people take a look at the blog anonymousconservative.com he has great articles on how to cause leftists to have a total meltdown.

  • laura r

    i am critical of some jewish people, we know who they are. also i didnt know much about isreal, even though i was there for 3 months. it took several yrs of reading, lectures to get it. bottom line, i cant understand self hating jews. either it’s from the family, &/or some trendy mix to support islam. isreal isnt perfect, they made some mistakes. still, its bizarre to read these articals. the self hating jews are leading us right back to 1930. what they dont get it they will be taken as well. i think its an abomination or a sin for the jew to be anti isreal.

  • Hard Little Machine

    This is why I prefer to bring Nazi regalia to such events and cheer along with them. J-Street is unremarkable similar to the KKK in that they’ve both intentionally de emphasized the old “We hate Jews they are a mud people” trope and instead use the more post modernist “We hate Israel because the Jews there are mud people.”