Saturday, January 20, 2018

Ben Lorber - A critque of an anti-Zionist Jew


When I first looked into the background of this individual to understand the motivation for his writings and his deep hatred for Zionism I noticed that his Facebook account that besides being a confirmed anti-Zionist that he may have Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) from the frequent updates of his profile photos of himself.

On the "About page of his Blog we learn that he is a writer for many virulent anti-Israel /anti-Zionist publications and web sites that publish articles of "historical negationism".
"... a journalist, he has written extensively about the Palestinian liberation movement, the migrant justice movement in America, the historical and contemporary American labor movement, the legacy of Jewish activism in America, the Arab Spring, the Occupy movement, and more.
His work has appeared in a variety of online and print publications, including The Abolitionist, In These Times, the Earth First! Journal, The Electronic Intifada, Tikkun, Jewish Currents, The Palestine Chronicle, The Indypendent, Green Left Weekly, +972mag, LINKS International Journal of Socialist Renewal, Occupied Palestine, the Monthly Review Zine, and many more." 
How does the "leftist" HaAretz describe the hate filled anti-Israel / anti-Zionistic web sites he has written for? "progressive publications"
"Ben Lorber works as Campus Coordinator with Jewish Voice for Peace. He has written articles for a variety of "progressive publications", and has previously worked with immigrant justice and workers' rights organizations throughout the United States."
By calling hate filled historical negationist anti-Israel / anti-Zionistic web sites The Electronic Intifada, TikkunThe Palestine Chronicle, and +972mag as "progressive publications" should tell you something of the honesty and truthfulness of their Journalistic credibility in reporting.

Ali Abunimah who is the co-founder and “Executive Director” of the The Electronic Intifada website, which caters mainly to anti-Israel activists like the proponents of BDS campaigns calling for boycotts against Israel. Abunimah harbors a truly Orwellian definition of antisemitism that reflects his preposterous view that “Zionism is one of the worst forms of anti-Semitism in existence today.”

In a 2006 column, Alan Dershowitz wrote that "Tikkun is quickly becoming the most virulently anti-Israel screed ever published under Jewish auspices" and that "support for Tikkun is support for the enemies of Israel."  Need I say anything more. 

In Ben Lorber's background from the postings on his Facebook page we learn that he is "Self-Loving Anti-Zionist' a Marxist and his words he expouses in his blog and in his "journalistic" articles are those of  supporters of Matzpen abroad Israca (Israeli Revolutionary Action Committee Abroad). Matzpen (Hebrew: מצפן‎, lit. 'Compass')  was the name of a revolutionary socialist and anti-Zionist organisation, founded in Israel in 1962 by former members of the Israeli Communist Party who viewed Zionism as a colonizing project, and strove for Arab–Jewish coexistence, based on full equality.Matzpen offered a more radical analysis of and opposition to Zionism.
"Why is our self-identity as a people held captive by a settler-colonial regime halfway around the world?"
"Our community has been brainwashed by Zionism. American Jews have a long, beautiful history in this country, but we never march for ourselves. We march for a country that exists for most of us as an abstract ideal in our heads, until, one by one, we awaken to the nightmare behind the dream- hopefully before it's too late."

The philosophy that he expouses is that of Ehud Adiv, who was arrested on grounds of treason for spying with Daud Turki (Arabic: داوود تركي‎, also known as  أبو عائدة Abu Aida). Adiv was a member of the "Red Front", a Revolutionary Communist alliance,  an organization that emerged from Matzpen in 1972. Adiv wrote:
if the Jews will prove to the Arabs, who have been fighting Zionism for dozens of years, that they [the Jews] are on their side, that they are prepared to sacrifice everything they have, to be subjected to the same ‘treatment’ and to share everything with them. Without this no Arab will have confidence that the sincerest Jewish revolutionary is really revolutionary. No ideology, not even the most equitable and progressive, can convince the Arabs unless it is accompanied by action on the part of those who adhere to it."
In the book, "The Other Israel: The Radical Case Against Zionism", edited by Arie Bober, who was a member of Matzpen. We see an overview of the positions held by Matzpen and echoed today in JVP, J Street, Code Pink on a range of issues. It is an essential resource on the organisation's analysis of Israeli society and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. According to the philosophy of Matzpen:
" The Zionist state was born in the violent expropriation and expulsion from their country of the Palestinian Arabs, and that process continues today. In open alliance with Western, especially United States, imperialism, and in scarcely hidden collusion with the most reactionary forces in the Arab world, the Zionist state actively sets itself against every step, no matter how faltering, taken by the Arab masses to alleviate the centuries’ old misery imposed on them by colonialism and imperialism. Within the territories occupied since 1967, the Zionist state employs a system of direct military repression to expel Palestinian Arabs from their lands and secure Jewish colonization of them, and to crush every expression of Palestinian resistance. Within its own borders, the Zionist state engages in systematic national oppression of its minority of Arab citizens. The dark-skinned majority of the privileged Jewish community itself increasingly feels the sting of racist discrimination, as economic inequality increases and social conditions deteriorate. Far from offering a haven to the persecuted Jews of the world, the Zionist state is leading new immigrants and old settlers alike toward a new holocaust by mobilizing them in a colonial enterprise and a counterrevolutionary army against the struggle of the Arab masses for national liberation and social emancipation – a struggle that is not only just but will eventually be victorious. This state of affairs is, moreover, in no sense accidental. It was the inevitable outcome of the success of the Zionist project to establish a Jewish state in Palestine. And to change this reality requires not merely a change of government or a modification of one or another specific policy, but a revolutionary transformation of the very foundations of Israeli society."
Matzpen's aim was to create a broad front of people opposed to the occupation and in favour of a de-Zionized Israel, which would form part of a socialist federation of the entire Middle East.(The One State Solution)
Matzpen insisted that the 1967 occupation was but one stage in the long history of Zionist settlement, and reversing it would be a necessary but not a sufficient enough condition for overall solution to the problems of the Middle East.

BDS is the visualiation of the Matzpen philosphy and JVP, Code Pink, B'Tselem are the voice:

"For such a solution, political mobilization of Arabs, Jews, and other national minorities in the region would be needed. The political framework for this mobilization became known as the Arab Revolution, which combined national and socialist tasks in the process of struggle against Zionism, imperialism and Arab reaction."
To advance these aims, Matzpen established links with New Left organisations in Europe and other parts of the world, and also with progressive Palestinian organisations, such as the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine."
"A number of Jews, through their speaking and writing, are feeding a rise in virulent antisemitism by questioning whether Israel should even exist". Alvin H Rosenfeld's essay;"Progressive Jewish Thought and the New Anti-Semitism".
Disinformation and Historical negationism includes falsifying information, obscuring the truth, and lying in order to manipulate public opinion about the historical event discussed in the revised history. In "History Men Battle over Britain's Future", Michael d’Ancona said that historical negationists "seem to have been given a collective task in [a] nation's cultural development, the full significance of which is emerging only now: To redefine [national] status in a changing world".

Here are some "Dr Jeckel and Mr Hyde" quotes full of disinformation and historical negationism from Ben Lorbers blog entries for deeper consideration:
An example of hstorical disinformation:
"In 1929, as mounting anti-Zionist sentiment began to stir up the Arab world (understandable, as Zionists were settling Palestine in droves and had clear, "British-backed" intentions to create a predominantly Jewish state on land previously promised to the Palestinians)" 
In this quote those who are not knowledgeable of historical facts would not know that they are not given the full story.
Jews who had been dreaming, hoping and awaiting for the opening of the doors of  Eastern Europe and Russia in the post World War I era, to leave the oppresion, pogroms and starvation, fled to other countries that would allow them in and Eretz Yisrael was but one place that Jews could immigrate to but were "restricted" by British regulations due to the Arab blackmail of revolt.
 Though the Balfour Declaration and the Mandate spoke of the inspired -intention-by Balfour to "create a "Jewish Homeland", NOT ALL the British governments deemed it so as Lorber and the Arab apologists who have you think.
For "IF" the British had truly wanted to they could just as easily have created a "Jewish Entity" in 1922 like they did when they took 78% of the mandate and created Transjordan, Iraq or create Saudi Arabia.

Dr Jeckel and Mr. Hyde
In these quotes from his blog entries Lorber shows some realisms in the begining but in the second half he resorts to his true hate. a true Dr. Henry Jekyll and his alternative personality, Edward Hyde!
Dr Jeckel:
"Before 1967, for 1400 years the Cave of the Patriarchs, was completely a mosque, and Jews could only ascend up to the seventh step on the outside staircase. In all honesty, speaking as a Jew and as a cosmopolitan secular citizen, I am glad that today part of the structure is a synagogue, and Jews can worship there freely;" Okay
Mr Hyde:
But then he goes on ...." I am not glad, however, that this has been achieved through such a barbaric and racist occupation!" Oy what a loss mind!
Dr Jeckel:
"And yes, it was wrong for Muslims to forbid Jews from visiting the tomb of their patriarch," -OKAY....
Mr Hyde:
"...but shame on those who use the memory of this past oppression to justify their present oppression!"
Dr Jeckel:
Truth:
"I feel disgusted at the image of myself sometimes, a boy coming from halfway around the world to spy on this conflict"
Mr Hyde:
that concretely strangles the lives of those embroiled in it, a boy who has the privilege to jog by soldiers, and ironically scoff at the fact that he is waved through because of his american passport,..."

In these quotes you simply feel the hatred
"...these Hebron (Jewish settlers) boys are something else, they look like dogs born and bred to hate, to fiercely, zealously, arrogantly and violently defend their Judaism. Shame on any interpretation of any faith that values such macho, ignorant defense of the tribe and hatred of the other over the universal virtue of humility)."
"They attribute this Arab hatred to anti-Semitism, coupled with the intrinsically violent nature of Arab blood. They forget that they are hated here because they bring an occupation that chokes the life of the city, and they are a symbol of a larger occupation that has choked the life of all Palestine."
 "On the side of the oppressor (Israel), the religious idea of a ‘return to the homeland’ is the whole reason Zionism has chosen this patch of land over all others, and its process of colonization and displacement of the 1000-year native Palestinian population relies completely on the idea that Jews were ‘here before’, and so have returned to ‘resurrect’ their innate, divine claim to the land. Zionism colonizes this land through remembrance- it fleshes out the past and uses it to usurp and cover over the present Palestinian presence. The past is its sword and shield."

A Facebook post from January 29, 2017: Lorber codemns Israel for its stance beside a world leader who for once has not whispered in closed rooms the truth but has boldly spoken openly and exposed the lies of the Arabs primarily of the Palestinians.
When the Trump nightmare finally crashes into flames- as all such nightmares eventually do- and the greater mass of American Jews, who have inwardly hated his regime, and fought against it, and tried to protect the vulnerable under it, and felt concerned for the future of their country, and for their own safety, in the face of it- when the rubble clears and the bulk of American Jews stand up, rub their eyes, and look around, they will see that the state of Israel, that Jewish state that we have so long seen as our ultimate ally and refuge, has actively cheered on the fascist Trump regime, has collaborated with it or, at best, has stood silently, arms folded, unable to utter a single word against it.
It will take some of our elders awhile to admit it. A few never will. But something will have changed in the heart of American Jewry. Our stubborn faith in the existence of a progressive Israel, an Israel that is a ‘light unto the nations’, a symbol of the promise of democracy, a rock of resistance against the evils of the world- this belief in Israel as a testament to justice, to which we have held tight, against the increasing evidence of our senses, for over half a century, will be finally, irreparably shattered. The Zionist dream will be dead. And what are we building now to replace it?
A Facebook post from June 4th 2017"
"Why is our self-identity as a people held captive by a settler-colonial regime halfway around the world?
The sad part is, I bet most marchers think they're expressing Jewish pride and resiliency, by marching with the flag of a country responsible for some of the worst abuses in the world today. They haven't been taught any other way to express their Jewishness to the world. Our community has been brainwashed by Zionism. American Jews have a long, beautiful history in this country, but we never march for ourselves. We march for a country that exists for most of us as an abstract ideal in our heads, until, one by one, we awaken to the nightmare behind the dream- hopefully before it's too late."
In ALL his article, "I'm a Jew and a member of JVP Israel just banned me" Mr Ben Lorber fails to tell the truth from the beginning by outright lying he states: (Dr Jeckel)
"In 2011, I visited the land of Israel on a trip for American Jews, organized by an Orthodox yeshiva — kind of like Birthright, only more religious."
Mr Hyde: From his about page he states:
"In 2011, he spent six months in the West Bank of Palestine, working as an activist with the International Solidarity Movement and a journalist the Alternative Information Center.
From this comment we have clear confirmation of what has happened in many cases recently where anti-Zionist Jews have lied and manipulated and infiltrated pro-Jewish funded organization like "Birthright"to get "Free" trips to "Palestine". A prime example (that backfired you may say) was with a young woman by the name of, Hannah Bladon, who was a pro-Palestinian student activist in England who also "infiltrated," on the encouragement of BTzelem and the Israeli chapter of (JVP)  Jews For Justice in Palestine. 
Bladon too had also surreptitiously enrolled in the Zionistic and pro-Israel program Rothberg International School of Hebrew University in order to receive free housing and ease of access to Palestinian groups.
However, unlike Mr Lorber, Hannah was murdered, stabbed to death, as she rode on the light rail trian in Jerusalem by Jamil Tamimi from the neighborhood of Ras al-Amud.
The murderer, Jamil Tamimi, is a clan relative of the infamous "forever 16 year old" "Shirley Temper" Ahed Tamimi, the "Pallywood" star known as Shirley Temper, whose parents Bassem and Nariman are well-known mass media Palestinian activists in their village of Nabi Saleh.

As to the  Alternative Information Center Lorber mentions.

Upon research I found that Alternative Information Center or AIC co-founder Michel Warschawski was a leader of “Matzpen,” the anti-Zionist Trotskyite organization. Warschawski was jailed in the 1990s for publishing an informational pamphlet for the PFLP terror group. The AIC is labeled as a grassroots binational organisation to "promote the human and national rights of the Palestinian people".
Their activities include providing political commentaries via its website- as Ben Lorber does. They actively promote BDS (boycotts, divestment, and sanctions). They organize“Apartheid Law Seminars,” and  they publish journals that advocate its policies.
According to the AIC,
the most urgent regional task is to find a just solution to the century-old colonial conflict in Palestine and confront the ongoing Israeli occupation-regime by using the UN  framework to negate the very existence of the Jewish State.”
The Alternative Information Center fully supports and calls for the “right of resistance” a call for violence as they call upon:
 “The Palestinian leadership must stop and consider the results of the peace process. Only the choice of resistance can put an end to the occupation.”
As to Ben Lorber's Article "I’m A Jew And A Member Of JVP. Israel Just Banned Me" he opens with his "Jewish credentials" by stating: (Dr Jeckel)
"I remember how holy it felt to pray at the graves of the matriarchs and patriarchs in Hebron, to dunk in the mikvah (ritual bath) used by the Arizal, Isaac Luria, legendary 16th-century Kabbalist, in the holy city of Tzfat. I remember how blessed I was to chant the Mourner’s Kaddish for my grandfather, on his yahrzeit (the anniversary of his passing), at the Western Wall."
Lorber as a good Marxist he is, immediately launches into the Alternative Information Center "demonization of Israel" line and accuses Israel of “ethnic cleansing,”(Mr Hyde)
"I prayed. “May the Palestinians ethnically cleansed from Tzfat, now exiled in refugee camps and around the world, be able one day to return home. May the brutal military occupation end, here at the Kotel and across Israel/Palestine."
Yes, Ben do tell us "the real truth" "the "WHOLE STORY" of "WHY?" the "Arabs of the Mandated Territories" aka the post 1964 PLO Foundation "Palestinians" FLED Tzfat in 1948?

Was it NOT because the blood thirsty Arabs descended in mass on the 5th of January 1948, to attack the approximately 1,700 happless unarmed, mostly elderly, pious Orthodox Jews,and begin massacring them?
According to Martin Gilbert, food supplies ran short:
"Even water and flour were in desperately short supply. Each day, the Arab attackers drew closer to the heart of the Jewish quarter, systematically blowing up Jewish houses as they pressed in on the central area."
On April 16, the same day that British forces evacuated Safed-and turned over the strategic positions held by them to Fawzi al-Qawuqji, who had been awarded the rank of a colonel of the Wehrmacht (German Army) and his 200 local Arab militiamen, supported by over 200 Arab Liberation Army soldiers. Once they receive the strategic positions and the ammunition convenietly "left behind' they tried to take over the city's Jewish Quarter.
They were repelled by the poorly armed Jewish garrison, consisting of some 200 Haganah fighters, men and women, boosted by a Palmach platoon.
The Arab Liberation Army had plans to take over the whole city on May 10 and to slaughter all as cabled by the Syrian commander al-Hassan Kam al-Maz, and in the meantime placed artillery pieces on a hill adjacent to the Jewish quarter and started its shelling.

The secretary-general of the Arab League Abdul Rahman Hassan Azzam stated that the goal of "*Plan Dalet"  was to drive out the inhabitants of Arab villages along the Syrian and Lebanese frontiers, particularly places on the roads by which Arab regular forces could enter the country. He noted that Acre and Safed were in particular danger.

(*Plan Dalet was a set of guidelines to take control of Mandatory Palestine, declare a Jewish state, and defend its borders and people. " In case of resistance, the population of conquered villages was to be expelled ( NOT MASSACRED as is claimed) outside the borders of the Jewish state.AND  If no resistance was met, the residents could stay put, under military rule.")

Jewish appeals for help were ignored, and the British, now less than a week away from the end of the British Mandate of Palestine, also did not intervene against the second – and final – Haganah attack, which began on the evening of 9 May, with a mortar barrage -from two home made Davidka mortars on key sites in Safed.
Following the "barrage", Palmach infantry, in bitter fighting, took the citadel, Beit Shalva and the police fort, Safed's three dominant buildings. Through 10 May, Haganah mortars continued to pound the Arab neighbourhoods, causing fires in the marked area and in the fuel dumps, which exploded. "The Palmah 'intentionally left open the exit routes for the population to "facilitate" their exodus...'
"The noise was its most important effect, so that anyone attacked by a Davidka mortar would hear the shell seeming to fall very near to them before bursting very loudly, increasing the fear factor. The Arabs abandoned many strongholds during the war as a direct result of this visceral fear: one story relates that, having been told that many of the proponents and designers of America's atomic bomb were Jewish (e.g., Einstein and Oppenheimer), the Arabs thought that they were being attacked with atomic weapons and subsequently abandoned their homes. This was especially true in the liberation of Safed."
According to Gilbert:
"The Arabs of Safed began to leave, including the commander of the Arab forces, Adib Shishakli (later Prime Minister of Syria). With the police fort -the Citadel-on Mount Canaan isolated, its defenders withdrew without fighting. The fall of Safed was a blow to Arab morale throughout the region... With the invasion of Palestine by regular Arab armies believed to be imminent – once the British had finally left in eleven or twelve days' time – many Arabs felt that prudence dictated their departure until the Jews had been defeated and they could return to their homes."
 "May the brutal military occupation end,"?...."here at the Kotel and across Israel/Palestine...Next time, when I am able to pray at the Kotel or Hebron, it will be a just place, where no homes are raided, no children are caged, no races or creeds are profiled, no people must live at the mercy of a checkpoint or under the barrel of a gun..... a staff person, at Jewish Voice for Peace." Ben Lorber

Ben Lorber is the personification of Alvin H Rosenfeld's essay;"Progressive Jewish Thought and the New Anti-Semitism":
"At a time when the de-legitimization and, ultimately, the eradication of Israel is a goal being voiced with mounting fervor by the enemies of the Jewish state, it is more than disheartening to see Jews themselves adding to the vilification. That some do so in the name of Judaism itself makes the nature of their assault all the more grotesque. Their contributions to what's becoming normative discourse are toxic. They're helping to make [anti-Semitic] views about the Jewish state respectable – for example, that it's a Nazi-like state,(Israhell)  comparable to South African apartheid; that it engages in ethnic cleansing and genocide. These charges are not true and can have the effect of delegitimizing Israel." 
Ben Lorber: ""... we have broken sharply with the mainstream Jewish communal consensus....For embracing a call for solidarity from Palestinians" (for this) "we have excommunicated ourselves from klal Yisrael (the Jewish collective)." "...pro-BDS Jews today...(see) Zionists as challenging Jewish unity, and even as encouraging physical and existential threat to the Jewish people."


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