CiF contributor Ali Abunimah’s crusade against the existence of Israel (a love story)


Banner quoting Abunimah at anti-Israel and 9/11 Truther rally in San Francisco in 2010


(Link to above photo)

Ali Abunimah’s hatred for Israel is legion.  Abunimah is the co-founder of the anti-Israel propaganda site, Electronic Intifada (EI) – a site which doesn’t simply criticize Israel for its policies.  Rather, it is a propaganda offensive aimed at portraying Israel as a monstrous state.  Abunimah strongly supports the dissolution, and radical reconstitution, of Israel into the 51st majority Muslim state – a position, let’s remember, which squarely falls within the European Union working definition of ant-Semitism.  He also has flirted with, and seemingly justified, comparisons between Israel and Nazi Germany – also anti-Semitic within the EU definition.

Heres’s the text from the EU document:

“Examples of the ways in which antisemitism manifests itself with regard to the state of Israel taking into account the overall context could include”:

  • Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming the the existence of the state of Israel is a racist endeavor
  • Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis

He’s also a contributor – along with Noam Chomsky, Philip Weiss, Glenn Greenwald, Sara Roy, Omar Barghouti, Kevin Ovenden, Ilan Pappé, Ken O’Keefe, and Adam Shapiroto the pro-IHH book about the flotilla incident, called “Midnight on the Mavi Marmara”.  An excerpt from the book, notes:

Midnight on the Mavi Marmara reveals why the attack on Gaza Freedom Flotilla may just turn out to be Israel’s Selma, Alabama: the beginning of the end for an apartheid Palestine.

Here are some of Abunimah’s greatest hits:

Abunimah writing for Electronic Intifada

Israel-Nazi Comparison

“Gaza will likely be seen as the turning point when Israeli propaganda lost its power to mystify, silence and intimidate as it has for so long. Even the Nazi Holocaust, long deployed by Zionists to silence Israel’s critics, is becoming a liability; once unimaginable comparisons are now routinely heard. Jewish and Palestinian academics likened Israel’s actions in Gaza to the Nazi massacre in the Warsaw Ghetto. A Vatican cardinal referred to Gaza as a “giant concentration camp.” UK Member of Parliament Gerald Kaufman, once a staunch Zionist, told the House of Commons, “My grandmother was ill in bed when the Nazis came to her home town of Staszow, [Poland]. A German soldier shot her dead in her bed.” Kaufman continued, “my grandmother did not die to provide cover for Israeli soldiers murdering Palestinian grandmothers in Gaza.” He denounced the Israeli military spokesperson’s justifications as the words “of a Nazi.” – Why Israel wont’ survive, Jan. 19, 2009

Israel justifies the starvation, dehumanization, and murder of Palestinians with a sense of their own righteousness

“Rather, these borders [of Gaza] mark the beginning of a zone where the human beings inside have been completely dehumanized, where they can be starved and killed with impunity and even a sense of righteous justification [by Israelis]…”  – Israel’s Auschwitz Borders, Dec. 8, 2008

Zionism is inherently incompatible with human rights

“The post-two-state solution era compels us to recognize the fundamental incompatibility of Zionism with universal human rights.” – Beyond the make-believe of negotiations June 4, 2008

Rationalizing violence by Hamas and Hezbollah:

“The much condemned use of violence by Hamas and Hizballah — particularly suicide bombings — had more in common with other nationalist movements facing foreign occupation, than deriving from any “Islamist” ideology, as University of Chicago political scientist Robert Pape demonstrated in his book Dying to Win. Hizballah has focused its military strategy on countering Israeli military might, retaliating against Israeli civilian areas only in response to Israeli attacks on Lebanese civilians (as we saw in the July 2006 war). Hamas unilaterally suspended its notorious campaign of suicide attacks on Israeli civilians more than two years ago, again following the pattern of other groups like the IRA that sought to enter a political process. Hamas maintains this suspension despite escalating Israeli attacks and collective punishment against Palestinian civilians.” Engaging Hamas and Hizballah October 29, 2007

Israel kills children daily:

We can reflect that Israel’s dehumanization of Palestinians and other Arabs, its near daily killing of children, destruction of communities and racist apartheid against millions of people has been so normalized that if those massacres occurred today Israel would not need to go through the elaborate exercise of denying its culpability. Indeed, the “international community” might barely notice.” Dehumanizing the Palestinians September 21, 2007

Accuses rabbis of advocating genocide

“It seems there are no moral restraints left in Israel. It is right and proper that such a regime be isolated with boycott, divestment and sanctions until it desists from its racist — and potentially genocidal — practices…As Israel’s house of horror grows, so does the movement to confront it. In that there is great hope.” Top Israeli rabbis advocate genocide May 31, 2007

Abunimah writing in Comment is Free:

Israel lurching towards fascism

“But Israel today is lurching into open fascism. It is utterly disingenuous to continue to pretend – as so many do – that its failed leaders hold the key to getting out of the morass. Instead of waiting for them to form a coalition, we must escalate the international civil society campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions to force Israelis to choose a saner path.” There is no peace for Israel as it lurches into fascism February 12, 2009

More recently, CiF Watch has been battling with Abunimah on Twitter over his frequent anti-Israel vitriol.  Here are screenshots of two of his charges:

Thanks for the recommendation to post your quote, Ali.  Much appreciated.  Perhaps you want to expand on this practically incoherent invective?

Oh, I see, Israel, the national homeland of the Jewish people is anti-Semitic in that it “corrals” Jews into a “ghetto“.  Boy, and I used to think that our 62 year foray into freedom was a good thing.  I used to entertain crazy notions that a people – who, for centuries, have been 2nd class citizens in Europe and the Arab world – being released from their bondage was quite consistent with human rights.  How blind of me not to realize how anti-Semitic it was of Zionism to, after thousands of years of homelessness, dispossession, and oppression, release Jews from their bondage by re-establishing a national homeland ghetto which grants them the right to worship and live how they wish – in a nation which has not only survived the continuing efforts by its enemies to destroy it, but outdoes its Arab neighbors in nearly every quantifiable economic, social, and political measurement. You got to admit, Ali, “Ghetto” economies, political systems, and social dynamics are clearly underrated.

Thanks Ali!  Your philo-Semitism has finally allowed me to see the light.  Freedom is Slavery. Your passionate opposition to anti-Semitism is so clear to see.  Yes, I get it now, Israel is a scourge for Jews.  We can only be rescued by destroying it.  We must burn the village to save it. How silly of me not to see it all along.

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    In the Guardian newspaper print edition today there was an article about free schools (basically the slant was that they were not a good idea). It had a photo accompanying the article – of a kippa-wearing boy in class, along with a caption saying (something like) “Free schools – however some will be more exclusive than others”. The article itself didn’t mention Jews, Judaism or Jewish faith schools once (it did mention a Sikh faith school). So why the picture of an obviously-Jewish boy with a strap-line with clearly negative connotations?

  2. Obviously Nazi comparisons are beyond the pale.
    And the quote about Zionism being one of the worst forms of anti-Semitism is absolute bonkers.

    But how is proposing a single state “a position which squarely falls within the European Union working definition of ant-Semitism”?

  3. I note the protestor/poster holder is in San Francisco….this damages the credibility of the statement before even addressing who the quote is from and all the gruesome details, if that provides any consolation.
    For much of conservative/independent America,(north,south,east and west) San Francisco is a fringe city not to be taken seriously on most issues with perhaps the exception of gay rights (which does effect a significant number of it’s populace)

  4. “But how is proposing a single state “a position which squarely falls within the European Union working definition of ant-Semitism”?”

    Because it is not about a single state but the elimination of the Jewish state.

    The denial of Israels right to exist is antisemitism. The “one state” is one such denial disguised under some idealistic claptrap.

  5. Well written article, Adam and the photo at the head was a good taster of things to come.

    Abunimah is a prime example of the sort of rubbish half-baked “commentator” who thinks what he thinks is true just because he thinks it.

    But we should be thankful for people of his ilk and stupidity, who don’t bother even to try to appear neutral or intelligent. “He would say that, wouldn’t he?” epitomises him because of his endorsement of Islamism and all its nasty little buzz phrases. And he’s stupid enough to go public too! What a gift!

    pretzelberg, of course his statement about antisemitism is bonkers and typically Islamist wonky, back to front reasoning.

    And you know as well as I, pretzelberg, that if there were to be a single state the Jews in it would be dhimmis or would be killed. Islam is what Islam does and has done throughout the ages.

    Think of the fable of the scorpion and the frog (see – it’s part of Islam’s nature to spread and nullify everything else which doesn’t agree with its supremacist notion of itself. And it’s also natural to it to squeal loudly whenever anyone complains about what it does, and/or to accuse us of imagining things if we declare the truth about what it is doing.

  6. Greg, there was a court case against the Jewish Free School brought by the parents of a child denied entry. The denial was on the grounds of non-compliance with Jewish law by the parents. The school is Orthodox and the child’s mother had undergone some unacceptable conversion and was not observant.

    The court found against the school on grounds of racism – I think the mother was foreign-born – and decreed that the school must change its admissions policy.

    I may have conflated two cases but I think the gist should be clear. The Guardian probably employs the Bow-Wow theory.

    Rather more on-topic: that antisemitic half-wit might like to know that Moazzam Begg, one of the prisoners released from Guantanamo prison, was brought up as a little Jewish boy. His father is Muslim as he is but required a better education for his son than local secular schools offered. Moazzam therefore wore a kippah and learned to pray like everyone else in his Jewish school.

  7. You know what is said? I actually like the Nazi, white supremacist-type anti-Semites *more* than the leftist, Muslim, “human rights”-type anti-Semites?

    Why? Because at least the Nazis came right out and said that they hated Jews and believed that the world would be a better place if all the Jews were gone. They didn’t try to dance around and cloak their real views in high-minded language. It is this directness that is sadly lacking in today’s discourse.

  8. @ Jane Schlitz

    Those trademark mulberry (?) trees are always a giveaway re. SF.

    @ Ariadne

    The court found against the school on grounds of racism

    The decision was judged a breach of UK race relations law – but that doesn’t mean the school or its own decision were as such deemed racist.
    And it had nothing to do with the mother’s nationality.
    Just FYI.

  9. pretzelberg, you’d better tell the BBC which loved the racist label. On what grounds was the law broken?

  10. @ Ariadne

    I’m essentially relaying what my father said about this story – a man who spent most of his working life at the CRE.

    A breach of UK race relations law does not necessarily mean that the party involved is guilty of racism.

    My dad’s opinion – and my own – is likewise that this particular story is too complex to be reduced to such simplistic terms.

  11. Zach, what really gets me is that Jews are not perceived as human. Not suffering the “thousand, thousand ills that flesh is heir to” (if I’m not misquoting).

    There’s nothing high-minded about imbalance. The BBC has a very sickly version. Arab terrorists are “militants” and the 3 Ds represent words that never pass their biased “reporters'” lips. But they have a D for Arabs – “dispossessed”. Any approach – even distant – to any truth in Israel’s situation is prefaced by “what Israel calls…”. I’ve never heard “Arab East Jerusalem” prefaced by any similar phrase.

    When I mentioned to an Israeli how that description of Jerusalem annoys me he said, “It’s only politics”.

  12. pretzelberg: My dad’s opinion – and my own – is likewise that this particular story is too complex to be reduced to such simplistic terms.

    I’m sure but it is how it was reported nevertheless and I do think I may have conflated two stories. The “Free School” name was really the point and the “racism” no doubt underpinned The Guardian‘s presentation of a free school which isn’t the kind the government is currently talking about.

  13. The best part of this piece is your rebuttal to Ali at the end…you completely demolish and expose the malicious intellectual vacuity of these genocidals

  14. pretzelberg, I think I read that Asda has given up halal meat but in passing today I saw a reference to kosher and MacDonald’s in USA.

    There aren’t any kind ways I know of killing animals so vegetarianism is perhaps indicated.