Michael Rabb Has a Right To Be Anti-Semitic
Michael Rabb, whose November 10th letter to the Daily Camera calls for a demonstration this Saturday against Jewish Congregation Bonai Shalom, has a right to oppose AIPAC and demonstrate wherever it is allowed. He has a right to tell lies, misrepresent the Palestinians, misrepresent Israeli history and spread hatred. He does NOT have a right to anti-Semitism, though.
And, the Daily Camera does not need to publicize for free the date, time and place for a demonstration against Jewish Congregation Bonai Shalom. They do anyway. Does the Daily Camera have the duty and need to publicize Michael Rabb’s rally? No, they have a duty to be fair and represent all points of view in their Letters, depending on each side expressing them. But to publicize demonstrations against Jews? No.
Michael Rabb does not target Israel, he targets the Jewish community. What is the connection? Rabb’s reasoning is that the Jewish Diaspora supports American intervention on the side of an apartheid state through organizations such as AIPAC. My reasoning is that Bonai Shalom takes no particular position in opposition to the Palestinians, supports Israel’s right to self-defense and desires a state of peace in the Holy Land.
Nothing controversial. Rabb is straining to make a link. Why target Bonai Shalom if he can target AIPAC?
Could it be that he is trying to threaten the Jewish community if it expresses any sympathy for Israel by supporting AIPAC? Like terrorism, such demonstrations are meant to divide people, not publicize a wrong.
In this case, it is meant to divide Bonai Shalom or Bonai Shalom from other religious organizations. His hope is to divide Protestants, for instance, from Jews, or those more critical of Israel from those more critical of the Palestinians. His message is this: If you are Jewish and you want to support Israel, then the Protestants who back the Palestinians will and should hate you. Rabb suggests that if you are Jewish and back Israel, then you are unworthy of protection from pro-Palestinian hatred. In other words, you should either cave to their message or you too will be deservedly hated, ipso facto.
Is there anti-Semitism at work here? Yes, there is a double standard for Jewish pro-Israel organizations and pro-Palestinian activists. Jews cannot support Israel because they become apartheid representatives by doing so, and they therefore have no right to publicize a pro-Israel point of view. It’s like being in court and the judge stops you from representing your point of view because you are already considered guilty. Unfortunately, the Daily Camera has fallen into this manipulation.