Influential Jewish organizations who denounce as antisemitic the reports accusing Israel of apartheid are a “threat to freedom,” Peter Beinart writes in the New York Times.
By Philip Weiss | Mondoweiss | Aug 28, 2022
Here’s the crucial section of Levy’s “wake-up call” speech. There’s just one state, and it’s apartheid.
It goes without saying that Jewish voices have greater weight on the Israel question in the U.S. discourse, and that Zionist voices even greater weight. Well, on Thursday and Friday this week, two leading Jewish former Zionists granted credibility to the apartheid charges against Israel– in the New York Times and at the UN Security Council — and both statements have gotten wide pickup.
The former Israeli negotiator Daniel Levy gave a speech to the United Nations Security Council urging powerful nations to wake up to the fact that their dream of partition is dead. And “the increasingly weighty body of scholarly, legal and public opinion that has designated Israel to be perpetrating apartheid in the territories under its control” is gaining traction among nations around the world.
And Peter Beinart published an op-ed in the New York Times that all but embraced the apartheid designation by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. The piece was an attack on “influential” Jewish organizations that denounced those reports as supposedly antisemitic, as posing a “threat to freedom”. Beinart said the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League –and Deborah Lipstadt, the antisemitism envoy under Biden — were abandoning a traditional commitment to human rights out of blind support for Israel, and throwing in with Arab dictators to justify Israel’s crimes.