Newsletter #117 – The Red-Green Alliance and the BDS Campaign Against Israel (Part 3 of 5)Posted: April 4, 2014
“Progressives” – aka the Socialists, Alinskyites and Marxists Who Hide Behind Religion
What do self-labeled socially progressive Christians, Jews and even some Muslims, have in common? They either openly support the BDS campaign, or like Jewish Voice for Peace, give it their “Jewish” stamp of approval.
The Israel bashers and Jew-haters in their midst, including the Islamists and Arabs, have shrewdly embedded their objectives in the leftist jargon of social justice and human and minority rights. This is the Red-Green alliance that explains why the language of BDS’ers describes Israel as an “apartheid state” and why Sabeel is grounded in Palestinian liberation theology, a socialist, dhimmi Christian ideology.
Liberals who view themselves as socially progressive believe man can perfect the world. Jewish liberals pervert the repair rhetoric of tikkun olam from a God-driven end to a man-made mission. The Islamist partners in the Red-Green Alliance steadfastly challenge man’s right to legislate over Allah and make laws of their own while the Christian leftists delight in practicing social justice with the Palestinians who support terrorism and rule over their own apartheid state.
As Jonah Goldberg writes in Liberal Fascism:
“In Italy they were called Fascists. In Germany they were called National Socialists. [later renamed Nazis] In America we call them progressives…. Religion was a political tool, while politics was their true religion….”
But what Islamist Jew-haters and academics like Hisham Sharabi, founder of the Jerusalem Fund and supporter of “radical Palestinian terror groups” understood, is how gullible American progressives are. He predicted that the intifada followed by a BDS campaign would be supported by “progressive Jewish forces in Israel and the United States….[any group] enlisted in the ‘progressive’ cause of the Palestinian Arabs – why not, anyone ‘progressive’ enough to embrace Hamas…is someone useful to Israel’s enemies.”
“Any group enlisted in the cause of the Palestinian Arabs” would certainly include the groups highlighted in Part 2. It would likewise include the Tennessee groups listed as part of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation which include the Progressive Student Alliance at UT-Knoxville, the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center in Memphis and the Network for Environmental & Economic Responsibility of UCC in Pleasant Hill.
Tennessee groups in the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
As discussed in Part 2, the U.S. Campaign is an umbrella group. The Progressive Student Alliance at UT-Knoxville supports BDS. To this end they partnered with UT-Knoxville’s new anti-Israel hate group Students for Justice in Palestine.
The Mid-South Peace and Justice Center(MSPJC), is itself a coalition of member organizations. One of its members is the Worker’s Interfaith Network (WIN), also located in Memphis. Methodist Rev. Rebekah Gienapp, founded WIN and served as its first Executive Director. She is a co-author on a study guide about Islam. She has also served as the Communications Chair of Interfaith Worker Justice located in Chicago.
WIN is a great example of the Red-Green Alliance. Some of WIN’s high profile members include:
Former AMAC (TN American Muslim Advisory Council) Board member Abdulkadir Gure lists an affiliation with many organizations including WIN, the far left anti-American TIRRC (TN Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition), ACO (American Center for Outreach) and the Muslim Student Association (MSA).
Kyle Kordsmeier, Organizing Director for WIN and MSPJC Board member traveled to Gaza in 2006 to “help defend the rights of Palestinians” in an area where just two days prior, Lebanese guerrillas killed three IDF soldiers and attacked two others. Kordsmeier was arrested by Israeli police after he tried to take a Palestinian prisoner away from the police. He claimed unprovoked brutality by the police.
WIN Board members include Renee Dillard, associate minister, St. John’s UMC and Neal Gammill, Socialist Party, USA National Committee and Pres. Memphis Socialist Party.
Network for Environmental & Economic Responsibility of UCC (United Church of Christ) also pushing BDS, signed a petitionprotesting the U.S. boycott of the 2009 Durban II conference. Countries like the U.S., were concerned that like Durban I, the 2009 conference was going to be used to promote anti-Semitism and a push for sharia-styled anti-blasphemy laws. Canadian Prime Minister Harper boycottedthe conference because he believed it would be used to “scapegoat the Jewish people.”
Withdrawing from the 2001 Durban I conference, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell stated:
“I know that you do not combat racism by conferences that produce declarations containing hateful language, some of which is a throwback to the days of ‘Zionism equals racism;’ or supports the idea that we have made too much of the Holocaust; or suggests that apartheid exists in Israel; or that singles out only one country in the world–Israel–for censure and abuse.”
Amazingly 13 years later, anti-Semitism, or more precisely, Jew-hatred, has re-energized the BDS campaign and has spawned such heinous documents as the PresbyterianUSA’s Zionism Unsettled. Equally contemptible are initiatives likethe “Christ at the Checkpoint” conferences whose speakers have included Holocaust deniers, and whose organizers want U.S. evangelicals to understand the Bible from a Palestinian Christian perspective, ie, the same narrative used by Sabeel (see part 2). Claiming to be evangelical Baptists, they are working the U.S. churches with the message that Zionism, not Hamas persecutes Christians. The “BDS in the Pews” report shows that there is a very short road from full-blown BDS and its end-game agenda.
Even direct statements by BDS leaders like Omar Barghouti and Ali Abunimah that the goal of BDS is to eliminate Israel as a Jewish state does not seem to make BDS’ers stop and reevaluate their commitment to this movement. Nor has it stopped the liberal progressive media from promoting the Jew hater agenda by “fram[ing] the plight of Arab Christians in the West Bank as a problem caused by Israel.”
The BDS Progressives faithfully adhere to Alinsky’s “rules for radicals,” Marxist revolution, and the socialists’ dreams of man-made perfection on earth. But first, they must destroy any and all obstacles that stand in the way of achieving their utopia. In the case of Israel, the interfaithers use the Kairos Palestine Document’s liberation theology as a guide.
The intense and sustained hatred for Israel and the Jews is fueled by the fact, that despite Israel being the sole democracy in the Middle East, it has moved away from its communal-by-necessity beginnings. What began as a socialist’s vindication has matured into a strong capitalist-based economy.
So they hate a country and its people, who despite being attacked without provocation by Hamas, provided medical care this year to the granddaughter of Hamas leader Hamal Haniyeh.
This act was true goodness and mercy.