We are talking about The Atlantic, currently funded by the Emerson Collective, the pet project of Steve Jobs’ widow, Laurene Powell Jobs. Beyond helping make the insane racism of Ta Nehisi Coates into a household name, it’s currently also hosting this toxic anti-Semitic garbage.
Earlier this month, The Atlantic posted a short film in its video section promoting the claim that Israel is “behind every regional war that’s happened in the last 70 years.”
The film, styled a “documentary,” is titled I Signed the Petition, and Now I’m Freaking Out, written by Mahdi Fleifel and produced by Nakba Filmworks.
Nakba being the Islamic descriptor of the Jews achieving their independence from Islamic dominance in Israel.
The Atlantic’s Buder claims, “Ultimately, [Fleifel and Faris’s] anxiety, frustration, and pain are a window into the meaning of Palestinian identity in today’s world.” In fact, however, the film gives us a window into the pathological antisemitism that is behind much anti-Israel activism.
It doesn’t take long for the conversation to veer into conspiracy theory territory. At about three minutes in, Faris says, “The program of ethnic cleansing is carrying on, and the Israelis keep telling us openly that the job will be finished at some point, including all the Palestinians inside Israel and everywhere else.”
Faris then tells him, “The bear is behind every regional war that’s happened in the last 70 years, pushing a sectarian agenda.
This is the sort of demented insanity you see on MEMRI clips. And now also at The Atlantic.
The ultimate blame for this goes to Atlantic curator Emily Buder who decided to help mainstream this slice of anti-Semitism. The real question is whether Laurene Powell Jobs is comfortable with this hate.