[lbo-talk] Raimondo Gets It Right

Chip Berlet c.berlet at publiceye.org
Sat Jul 15 07:10:36 PDT 2006


Actually, the paragraphs below by Raimondo are built around a seriious logical fallacy that the average high school student could spot (sequence implies causation), and include a dubious and sanitizing misrepresentation of what Mearsheimer/Walt actually claimed about the power of "The Lobby."

That Raimondo, like Mearsheimer/Walt, would tango with antisemitic stereotypes is hardly a surprise.

Maybe they (and others) can attend the workshop below!

Chip Berlet


When: Sunday, July 23, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Bluestockings, 172 Allen Street, between Stanton and Rivington Streets, Manhattan (directions below).

Antiauthoritarians and social justice activists often think they're immune from racism and prejudice. But many Jewish activists' experience shows that forms of antisemitism are alive and well in the social justice movement. This not only drives away many Jewish activists, but profoundly affects our work as a movement. This workshop brings together two longtime activists who have studied how the left responds to antisemitism for an evening of instruction and experience-sharing that will help us understand and combat its effects in the activist community.

Antisemitism is more than a "prejudice". It's a political worldview that can creep into the work of even dedicated fighters against oppression and injustice. This workshop will begin with the essentials: What is antisemitism? How is it different from what we've been taught it is? We will then explore the ways that antisemitism manifests itself today within movements against capitalism, the state, corporate globalization, and other forms of oppression, and what problems have kept the left from tackling antisemitism historically. We will look at how antisemitism damages the struggle for justice. Finally, we will discuss how we as activists can get better at seeing and fighting antisemitism where it arises.

This workshop is designed to be an interactive learning experience, where participants are encouraged to discuss their own experiences and concerns. The panelists are:

April Rosenblum, a Philadelphia-based activist and author of "The Past Didn't Go Anywhere," a pamphlet for radicals on resisting antisemitism.

Peter Staudenmeier, a faculty member, Institute for Social Ecology and author of "Fascist Ecology: The 'Green Wing' of the Nazi Party and its Historical Antecedents."

Eric Laursen (moderator), a writer, organizer, and longtime global justice and antiwar activist.

$5 suggested. No one turned away.

Directions: Bluestockings, 1 block south of the Second Avenue stop (F train) and 5 blocks from the Essex-Delancey Street stop (J,M,Z trains).


From: lbo-talk-bounces at lbo-talk.org on behalf of mike larkin Sent: Sat 7/15/2006 1:12 AM To: lbo-talk at lbo-talk.org Subject: [lbo-talk] Raimondo Gets It Right


"....The suggestion, by Professors John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, in their now famous "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy," that the Iraq war was fought for Israel's sake, and against our own interests in the region, was received in many quarters with outright horror, and not only from the Amen Corner.

Noam Chomsky and Stephen Zunes both objected to this thesis of an Israel-centric foreign policy: Israel, they insist, is the "junior partner" of the American hegemon, and is only acting at the behest and under the de facto control of its masters in Washington.

The war's aftermath, however, tells a different story. Examined in light of Israel's postwar actions - the unilateral "withdrawal" from Gaza, the absorption of more territory and the building of more settlements on the West Bank, the war against Hamas, and now the re-invasion of Lebanon - the chief (and only) beneficiary of the new regional balance of power is clear enough.

The American invasion and occupation of the Mesopotamian heartland has empowered the Israelis as never before - and now they are on the offensive, carving out a greatly expanded sphere of influence extending into Kurdistan as well as Lebanon, bringing closer to fulfillment the old Zionist vision of an empire stretching "from the Nile to the Euphrates."...."

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