Comments about annexation indicate concern for public opinion and less about the lives of Palestinians.
By Philip Weiss | Mondoweiss | June 25, 2020
…annexation ‘will absolutely create challenges and tensions as it relates to the different segments of the Jewish population here in the United States and I think across the diaspora.’
—Jonathan Greenblatt, Anti-Defamation League
American Jews will “pay a special price” for Israeli annexation of occupied lands because we “are held responsible” for Israel’s actions, Jonathan Greenblatt of the Anti-Defamation League, warned on Tuesday.
Greenblatt spoke in a forum opposing annexation because it forecloses negotiations for a Palestinian state. He said that annexation “will absolutely create challenges and tensions as it relates to the different segments of the Jewish population here in the United States and I think across the diaspora.” He went on:
Jewish communities around the world in diaspora, in Europe, in South America in South Africa, and here in the United States– I think we will pay a special price as we are often held responsible for Israeli actions and policies.
Greenblatt did not elaborate, but he appeared to echo the view of Tony Klug that Israel’s neverending occupation was bringing “infamy” to Jews in other countries and making their lives “precarious”. Or Nathan Glazer’s view that the occupation would increase “hostility” toward American Jewish groups that support Israel. Or Bruce Shipman’s view that anti-semitism was fostered by Israel’s “carnage in Gaza.” Such views have sometimes been condemned (by the likes of Greenblatt) as blaming the victims of antisemitism.