Glorifying Fringe Jewish Extremists at the NY Times

Ronn Torossian is one of America’s most prolific and respected public relations experts. Torossian is the Founder, President and CEO of 5W Public Relations, one of the 25 largest independent American PR firms, which was named PR Agency of the Year by the American Business Awards. He is the best-selling author of “For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results with Game-Changing Public Relations,” a book known as an industry “must read.” Torossian is a featured op-ed columnist for The Huffington Post, Newsmax, Wired Magazine and others. He is the recipient of multiple awards, including PR Executive of the Year and is a past semi-finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. Torossian lives in Manhattan with his wife and children. Connect with him on Google+ and Twitter.


03israel_n070424The New York Times continues to go out of its way to glorify Jewish extremists who represent a minuscule portion of world Jewry, yet command high-profile media coverage. In the latest absurdity, this weekend, the New York Times ran a 1,300-word polemic entitled A Conflict of Faith: Devoted to Jewish Observance, but at Odds With Israel” about observant Jews who oppose the State of Israel.  (There’s about as many traditional Jews who oppose Israel’s existence as there are Black KKK Members, or GOP voters who support communism.)

While a rational person may question why readers of one of the world’s most circulated newspapers would have any interest in such an obscure topic, a more educated person may surmise that multiple Jewish reporters of the NY Times endorse the extreme viewpoints espoused in the article. There can be no other reason to explain such a topic being covered.

As one who travels often and has met tens of thousands of Orthodox Jews in countless synagogues across the world, I must say I have never encountered in any synagogue Jews opposed to the State of Israel.  This weekend, I attended a weekend retreat with thousands of Orthodox Jews – and while there was much debate on many issues, amazingly, not a single one voiced such a viewpoint.  Nor have I ever heard a single Orthodox Jews endorse a boycott against Israel.

Of course, as an author and contributor to multiple Jewish newspapers who travels quite often I have never seen dancing lesbian Chinese midgets, or pigs whom can fly, but indeed such things may exist. Other than the quackadoo extremists of the Neturei Karta, the positions the NY Times detail are not one which a single Orthodox, or even conservative synagogue in the world would embrace.  Think its extreme?

A person like Charles H. Manekin who says he was pleased that there was an academic boycott of Israel and is “’sympathetic’ to B.D.S., as the global movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction Israel,” is the very definition of a person whom Lenin spoke about when he said that those who work against their own people’s best interests in support of their enemies are “useful idiots.” Then there is Stefan Krieger who is proud that he “will not rise in synagogue for the traditional prayer for the state of Israel.” Kreiger’s position as a donor to the extremist New Israel Fund wasn’t detailed as he said, “I think nationalism and religion together are toxic.”

The New Israel Fund’s associate director has said she believes in 100 years Israel would be majority Arab and that the disappearance of a Jewish state would not be the tragedy that Israelis fear since it would become more democratic. Dangerous people for anyone who supports peace in the Middle East.

Then there is Rabbi Alissa Wise who works for the Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), which the liberal ADL describes as an anti-Israel organization and says use “its Jewish identity to shield the anti-Israel movement from allegations of anti-Semitism and provide it with a greater degree of legitimacy and credibility.” ADL says the group exploits its so-called “Jewish nature,” yet their ideology is nothing but a complete rejection of Israel.” Another source is Daniel Boyarin of the University of California, Berkeley.  He is so extreme that the liberal American Jewish Committee condemned him.  In an essay entitled “”Progressive” Jewish Thought and the New Anti-Semitism,” Alvin H. Rosenfeld says Boyarin lacks “lucid thinking” and is biased for making an analogy between the Holocaust and the Israeli government’s conduct toward the Palestinians.

Harvard professor Ruth Wisse wrote, “the rapid demoralization of Jews in the face of anti-Zionism… shows the depth of the influence of the past, for many have yet to achieve the simple self-respect that has been eluding the Jews collectively since the dawn of modernity.”

Useful idiots like those quoted desire a “humanity” that will divest the Jewish people of their humanity. To oppose Israel so vehemently is simply endangering Jews. There has never been a shortage of people or groups who harm Jews – and the most effective stick for beating Israel over the head is a Jewish or Israeli stick, who are allies of Jewish enemies.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    I’d like to see the anti-Israel orthodox jews move to gaza and live the lives of orthodox jews under hamass rule.

    Let’s see how things work out for them.

    And it’s wonderful that there is a group called Jewish Voice for Peace.

    Where is the MUSLIM Voice for Peace???

  • Insecticide

    Like Boston Cream Pie, the members of the “Jewish Voices for Peace” are not Jews, do not have a voice, and are not for peace.

    • ahad_ha_amoratsim

      Sadly, quite a number of them probably are Jews. Unless one adopts a non-Jewish view of what makes on a Jew.

  • Insecticide

    There are less than 500 members world wide in the Neturei Karta pseudo-Jewish cult movement

    • ahad_ha_amoratsim

      And not all of those 500 endorse the anti-Israel activism and collaboration with terrorists that some of the NK engage in.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    Anything that promotes Marxism is good. Anything that interferes with it is bad.

    Now you understand a lot of today’s insane media articles, not to mention raving lunatic trolls.

  • nancinger

    It amazes me when I read about the Jewish people how they have managed to survive so many wars against them. In the Bible, God made a covenant with the Jewish people that they would be His chosen people and that they would always have their land. With so many countries and peoples around them that are hostile toward them, it sure does seem that God is keeping His promise to them.

  • rxpc

    In the NYT article, all but one of those who are quoted are on the teaching staff at some major university. It’s clear to me that they reflect the views of their faculty peers rather than their acknowledged faith based group. But, what was really scary was Rabbi Wise’s comment that in 1999 (when she came to study at Hebrew U) she had never heard of an “occupation” in the West Bank. Perhaps what she really meant is that her Jewish teachers never referred to the Jewish presence in the West Bank as an occupation, but it seems hard to believe that she could have been completely unaware of the conflict between Israel and the so-called Palestinians in the heyday of Arafat.

  • The Facts

    It is amusing to watch Mr. Torossian and also a few of the commenters channel Karl Lueger with their “I decide who is a Jew” routine. Would that the similarities ended there.

    • Mortimer Post

      Your comment epitomizes precisely the brand of intellectual dishonesty displayed by the Times.

    • ahad_ha_amoratsim

      Mr. Torossian claimed the right to decide who is a Jew? Either I missed that part of his column, or you have posted one of the more transparent lies I’ve seen this week. Surely you can come up with some better ones than that!

      • Karl Marx

        That is a quote from Marshall of the Realm Hermann Goring. When asked, “Why do you allow Jewish officers to fly in the Luftwaffe?” HE replied, “I’ll decide who is Jewish and who isn’t.”

        • ahad_ha_amoratsim

          I did not know that.Thank you. Of course, it is always touching to see The Facts’ concern for Jews, as well as his usual distortion of the facts.

  • AlexanderGofen

    To refer to those “Jews” merely as the extreme edge in Judaism is a gross mis-characterization. Extreme (or minority) views sometimes may happen to be correct, while a hate to Israel (or refusal to acknowledge her) is plain wrong. By no means does it follow from Torah: No way! Worse: It’s not only that those people on the edge have academic disagreements with the main stream Torah: They are infamous by going to and being cordially received by the deadliest enemies of Israel such as the former Iranian president or late Arafat (and by the “gray lady” old York Times). Those people are vicious traitors, the regretful anomaly, the curse of Jewry…

  • laura r

    this is the jewish group who are waiting for the messiah. when he comes, then its ok to claim isreal. am i correct? they say it was very peaceful before 1948. IMO, best not to wait for anyone.