BDS

A ‘Jew of color’ speaks out against Berkeley’s racist BDS movement


One of the more insidious elements of the BDS movement is the supremely dishonest racial narrative which suggests, in varying degrees of explicitness, that Zionism is a racist movement in which ‘white’ privileged European interlopers continue to displace indigenous Palestinians ‘of color’.  

Whilst the racial demographics of Israel alone disproves the fiction of a ‘caucasian nation’, facts clearly have never been an obstacle to those intent on demonizing the Jewish state. 

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Yemeni Jews arrive in Israel, 2009

Aryella Moreh, a Jew of color whose mother was a refugee from Iran, addresses the racial dynamic of the BDS movement (at Berkeley and elsewhere) head-on in an eloquent and inspired essay published on May 6 at the Daily Californian – the student run newspaper at UC Berkeley:

I come from a family of refugees. My mother was younger than I am now when she was forced to flee for her life from the Islamic Revolution of Iran. My mother recalls being forced to sit in the back of her classroom along with a group of young Jewish children during her school years.

When my mother went to buy groceries in the market, she was not allowed to touch the produce because she was considered a “dirty Jew.” These are only a few indicators of the systematic oppression of the Iranian Jews, some of the oldest inhabitants of Persia. At the age of 20, she was forced to abandon her life in Iran as her family was scattered across the world. My grandmother, Mamanjani, was never allowed to return home because of her active involvement in Jewish organizations. Though she had no ties to any other government, she was warned not to go home for fear of execution without trial. Despite calling Persia home for 2,500 years, in 1979, my family and many Jewish families like my own were forced to forced to flee their homes. My family’s home, business and property was confiscated. We were torn from our homes, forced to flee to whichever country would take us in.

Though these experiences define me, some students on our campus seem to think my history does not count. During the “divestment” meeting two weeks ago, Students for Justice in Palestine tweeted about those opposed to divestment: “the Zizis are literally white people crying about their privilege, lol.” Apparently, Zizi is SJP shorthand for Zionist. And later, Daily Cal Blogger Noah Kulwin discussed a clear division he seems to see between “students of color” and “Jewish students,” implying that Jewish students like me cannot be considered students of color. I am here to address ignorance about what truly defines the Jewish people. Amid claims — or rather accusations — of “privilege” or the inability of Jews to understand the plight of “colored people,” I realized many people on this campus are unaware of who the Jewish people actually are.

We encourage you to read the rest of Moreh’s passionate plea, by clicking here.

Also, you can learn more about the broader issue of Jewish refugees from Muslim and Arab lands here and here.

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    • The people behind BDS are the most disgusting, pathetic assmonkeys on the planet. They hate being accused of anti-Semitism, but they’ll drop that Nazi accusation the moment they see a yarmulke. Oh, and they’ll wipe their crotch with an Israeli flag because, “Hey man, I’m speaking up for the oppressed.”

      • “Hey man, I’m speaking up for the oppressed.” Translation: “I’ve been taught that I’m an ugly son of white privilege, and feel guilty. In order to assuage my guilt feelings I engage in a form of entertainment known as identity slumming.”

        • Right on the money Jeff. BDS hypocrites feel guilt over being born into privilege but rather than dealing with their misplaced guilt in some meaningful, legitimate way, they look for the easy way out by trying to force proxies to assuage it for them. Israel makes for a very convenient and easy proxy.

  1. Of course she’s right to set the idiots straight – but how does all this make Berkeley’s BDS movement “racist”?

    And what proportion of the global BDS movement actually make the – indeed insidious – claim that Zionism is a racist movement in which ‘white’ privileged European interlopers continue to displace indigenous Palestinians ‘of color’?

    • Pretz honestly! Here take a look at the BDS website and you decide whether BDS is playing the race card fairly or not. The front page.
      “What is BDS?
      In 2005, Palestinian civil society issued a call for a campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights. A truly global movement against Israeli Apartheid is rapidly emerging in response to this call.”

      http://www.bdsmovement.net/?q=node/58

      • Still nobody here has even bothered to try and show how Berkeley’s BDS movement is “racist”.

        • Semantics, if you deny that Jews are a race and the argument can be made that we are. The fact that they focus on a particular ethnic group amounts to the same thing.

        • ….you wouldn’t know it if it knee’d you in the ball’s, mate. What a dunsky.

          • Yawn … but still no effort to explain how the Berkeley BDS movement is racist …

            Yet another mental midget joins the CiFW BTLers!

        • Israeli society is made of many peoples, including Arabs, yet this movement seeks to exlude multi-racial Jewish ethnicity calling it racist against “the Palestinians” being allegedly of an entirely different ethnicity and being “discriminated ” solely on that basis.. Subdividing and excluding Jews in this way sounds pretty racist to me and Berkeley or whoever engages in this sort of thing is peddling racist muck.

          • yet this movement seeks to exlude multi-racial Jewish ethnicity calling it racist against “the Palestinians” being allegedly of an entirely different ethnicity

            Not sure what you mean. Please explain.

            • “Please explain”, why ? you never listen. What difference does it make? This point has been “explained” three times in this thread alone. What don’t you understand ? I wonder if you understand what this blog is all about ? The answer is that you don’t really understand, although you have been reading it for years. Too funny.

              • Forget this pretznut, aka churchlady. He’s a politically correct schizoid. who likes to think himself as a little soviet commissar, but who’s in fact the blog’s professional clown.

    • Prenzlauerberg,
      outing yourself again as being out of depth. The strange thing is that you never learn. Although there have been many an opportunity to get with the program.

      • Again you have nowt but superifical insults.

        Typical for this website – so welcome!

        • For the uptenth time you insult everybody with your idiocy, calling people “idiots”, “mental midgets”, etc, and still whine about the blog. Just f*** off, churchlady.

    • One more time for Prenzlauerberg.
      Here is stormin’ Norman Finkelstein tacheles with the BDS about the BDS you may start at 11.30 or earlier….

      • Just look at that Euro-trash moron he’s talking to. Presumably he’s from a country not being threatened with extinction, and motivated by do-gooderism to do some good that will come out bad at someone else’s expense. Creep.

        • affirmative Jeff
          I adore how EuroTrash try and build a case on water all the time. Like the Arabs. And of course our socialist friends in the East Bay. The whole thing brings back memories of fascism and communism. You simply make shit up and construct a verbal corset of utter nonsense around insanity. Give it a paint of “humanism” and hey presto, we have a ‘movement’. Now all we need to do is set the bait and wait for the cockroaches to crawl from underneath the kitchen sink.
          Earlier in the video , Finkelstein alludes to the ‘kitchen sink’ being dragged into the debate. Hilarious.
          Erdogan as of late has again shone with neo-Ottoman discharge served in a coat of Islamist “logic”. Meanwhile “President” Mursi is waiting for the next four billion dollars to be donated to his national Islamist project. “Allah will provide.”
          It is a laugh a minute in the ME. The Arab Circus with its Clown’s of Insanity number have broadened their tent and are selling tickets to the millions of illiterate.
          Mr EUtrash in the video is also ‘illiterate’ in a different manner. That is why they all get along so well.
          Pass the pop corn! Here come the Lion’s of Aza.

          • I’ve had lots and lots of first-hand experience with the ‘geniuses’ in the East Bay and their ‘special place’ in the world.
            I can’t argue with anything you say. It’s all true. Mr. EUtrash thinks he’s found his life’s work, but would be better off learning a real craft, like making pencils. This dunce has the audacity to say that once 6 million Palestinian “refugees” “return” to Israel, it will still be their, but not in its current form. Even a 5 watt bulb like Finkelstein can shine a light on this grotesquery.
            As for Finkelstein, he apparently is operating under the false assumption that the UNGA is some sort of international legislature creating laws that are “clear.” What a freak show.

            • I recall an Israeli hostage from Entebbe pointing out to the German Revolutionaere Zellen terrorist, as he was separating the Jewish hostages from the Gentiles that that was what the Nazi’s did. The terrorist answered that he was no Nazi but an idealist. Eurotrash! What you gonna do ?

    • “And what proportion of the global BDS movement actually make the – indeed insidious – claim that Zionism is a racist movement in which ‘white’ privileged European interlopers continue to displace indigenous Palestinians ‘of color’?”

      What proportion would satisfy you?

  2. It’s ironic how these BDS types are evident bigots trough and through but congratulate themselves on being such highminded ‘anti-racist liberals’. What a joke…

  3. “One of the more insidious elements of the BDS movement is the supremely dishonest racial narrative which suggests, in varying degrees of explicitness, that Zionism is a racist movement in which ‘white’ privileged European interlopers continue to displace indigenous Palestinians ‘of color’.
    Whilst the racial demographics of Israel alone disproves the fiction of a ‘caucasian nation’, facts clearly have never been an obstacle to those intent on demonizing the Jewish state. ”

    The racial demography will be ignored in the name of a suggested ‘White Zionism” of which all are guilty who support the Jewis state whether colour or not. It is a “thought criime” à la Orwell to these post-totalitarian freaks.
    It reminds of
    http://www.zeit.de/1991/17/welteislehre-ahnenerbe-und-weisse-juden
    “… nicht der Rassejude an sich ist uns gefährlich gewesen, sondern der Geist, den er verbreitete. Und ist der Träger dieses Geistes nicht Jude, sondern Deutscher, so muß er uns doppelt so bekämpfenswert sein als der Rassejude, der den Ursprung seines Geistes nicht verbergen kann.

    Der Volksmund hat für solche Bazillenträger die Bezeichnung „Weißer Jude“ geprägt, die überaus treffend ist, weil sie den Begriff des Juden über das Rassische hinaus erweitert…

    Am klarsten erkennbar ist der jüdische Geist wohl im Bereich der Physik, wo er in Einstein seinen „bedeutendsten“ Vertreter hervorgebracht hat. Während alle großen naturwissenschaftlichen Entdeckungen und Erkenntnisse auf die besonderen Fähigkeiten germanischer Forscher zur geduldigen, fleißigen und aufbauenden Naturbeobachtung zurückzuführen sind; während der germanische Forscher in der sogenannten Theorie immer nur ein Hilfsmittel sieht, das die Naturbeobachtung gegebenenfalls erleichtern, niemals aber ein Mittel zum Zweck werden kann…; hat der in den letzten Jahrzehnten vordringende jüdische Geist die dogmatisch verkündete, von der Wirklichkeit losgelöste Theorie in den Vordergrund zu schieben gewußt. ”

    So stand es am 15. Juli 1937 im Schwarzen Korps, dem Organ der SS, zu lesen. Verfaßt hatte diese Zeilen der Physik-Nobelpreisträger Johannes Stark (1874-1957), damals Präsident der Physikalisch-Technischen Reichsanstalt.

      • White Jews

        It is about scientific thinking in Nazi Germany that follows the lead of famous Jewish scientist, the “difference” between “Aryan” and “Jewish” science.
        It never was an official category, but in vernacular people suspected of Jewish thinking were called White Jews.
        But this writing points towards categorising them. Stark spoke about the much greater danger deriving not from the “racial Jew”, but from the mind he spread, whose bearers are not so much Jews as Germans.

        • Interesting. I’d only ever heard the term “weißer Jude” once before – und zwar in the 1970s TV documentary series “The World at War”. In the one episode a Jewish-American veteran recalls how he was part of the force liberating some town in western Germany. When he revealed to a local that he was Jewish, they responded “Ach so … but you’re a white Jew” (presumably meaning: not Middle Eastern-looking). His thoughts at the time? “I wanted to sock ’em in the teeth” – and understandably so.

  4. Berkeley and the rest of the pantheon of academia are a f***in Joke., LMFAO, their racism, anti semitism and xenophobia is endemic,who gives a fiddlers F***k about bds and their campus crap! Israel gets stronger as a Nation literally by the day, while their adversaries wallow in victimhood, blood lust and hate!….Whatever makes them so impotent and dumb, really works!

  5. The BDS are nothing more than racist bigots, worse than the BNP.

    At least the BNP are honest about their racism, and don’t try to hide it behind a mask of compassion for the poor little palestinians. And unlike BDS, the BNP do have a healthy antipathy to Islamofascists.

  6. I’ve come to learn that the highest priority on the totem of values for the Left is elective dhimmitude. During the war six years ago, leftists naturally derided Israel’s “warmongering.” I wrote a commentary on a blog about how statistics show that the composite racial profile of Israel is darker than that of Lebanon. it didn’t make any sway.

  7. This is an excellent article and I also appreciate what Fritz Wunderlich has to say. I would add that those opposing the false or ignorant attackers of the Jews should themselves be be armed with facts. What has rarely been told is that the Jews were among the earliest supporters of the NAACP; indeed, they were part of that organization, and worked hand in hand with African Americans to end racial discrimination in the courts and in the field. The Jews of South Africa were among the most active in working to end Apartheidt. Studying history one will find that the Jews supported and were in the vanguard of nearly every significant movement for democratization and individual liberty, albeit some misguided, and are viscerally discomfited, even pained, by any racial or religious discrimination.