By Philip Weiss
January 30, 2020 "Information
Clearing House" - In the
fallout over the Trump peace plan, the young Jewish
group IfNotNow said that most
American Jews oppose Israeli occupation and
AIPAC doesn’t represent the American Jewish
This is a false understanding. The Trump peace
plan was brought to you by the Jewish community.
Over the last 20 years any real and vigorous
opposition to the Jewish right– AIPAC–inside the
Jewish community has been fitful and meaningless.
Liberal Zionists have enforced that line by refusing
to organize as equals with the community Israel is
Yes, the liberal Zionist wing of the American
Jewish community has opposed settlements on
principle for at least 20 years. But whenever push
came to shove it has sold that principle out in
favor of Jewish communal cohesion and support for
the Israeli government. And it has helped to crush
real and effective dissent. Jewish groups that
forcefully opposed Israeli policy (Jewish Voice for
Peace, for example, and IfNotNow too) have been
repeatedly ostracized by the Jewish community as
heretics and self-haters.
The clearest expression of what I am saying was
the presence in the White House yesterday of Malcolm
Hoenlein, the executive vice chairman of the
rightwing Conference of Presidents of Major American
Jewish Organizations. Hoenlein loves Trump’s plan.
Malcolm Hoenlein has access and a lot of power over
U.S. policy. Malcolm Hoenlein came in and out of the
Obama White House too.
And Malcolm Hoenlein’s salary is paid in part by
Americans for Peace Now, the anti-occupation group,
because it is a member of the Conference of
Presidents. Other liberal members of the Conference,
Ameinu and the National Council of Jewish Women and
the Reform Jews, also pay Hoenlein’s salary. And J
Street would do so too, if the Conference would only
let them in.
They do so because ultimately these Jewish groups
place a greater value on a, Jewish communal
solidarity in support of Israel and access to the
halls of power than they do on human rights.