Stand With Us, if you won’t, who the heck will?

StandWithUs (SWU) is among the best pro-Israel organizations and resources available to the  Jewish community in the diaspora.

I hope that I will be excused for my bias – given that SWU stood with me during the Reem’s Cafe litigation in Oakland – but these guys tread a razor’s edge with steady feet and sometimes a little acknowledgment of the obvious is necessary.

If Mort Klein’s Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has gained a reputation as right-wing and the Anti-Defamation League under Jonathan Greenblatt has earned a reputation for lappiness with the Democratic Party, SWU seems to represent the steady center.  It apparently has the resources and grassroots organic vision to push itself forward in the dialogue and for that I am grateful.

Michael Dickinson, SWU Executive Director of the Jerusalem office, has a blog post at the Times of Israel entitled, The 17-year-old terrorist.  It is a response to the recent murderous knife-attack in Adam, Israel, killing one and sending two other men into the hospital.

He writes:

Mohammad Tareq Yousef plunged his knife into multiple victims, leaving behind a bloody trail before one of those injured managed to stop and kill him.  His brutal attack left a beautiful young family fatherless.

But in ‘Palestinian’ society, a teenage terrorist is not something that is especially shocking.  On the contrary, extremism is deliberately saturated into ‘Palestinian’ Authority education, popular culture and media. 

His article hits the key points concerning the relentless nature of official Palestinian-Arab indoctrination of hatred toward Jews. The PA, as we all know, spreads violently-inclined antisemitic anti-Zionist venom throughout their systems of education, television, arts, sports, even to the extent of naming at least one hospital after a Jew Killer. This venom spreads throughout the world.

Dickinson writes:

A ‘Palestinian’ can be born into this world at the “Alshaheed (Martyr) Thabet Thabet” hospital in Tulkarm named for the leader of the violent ‘Palestinian’ Tanzim group.  Conversely, Israeli hospitals are quick to treat Palestinian patients, including at times of conflict. Yet rather than celebrate this, official PA newspapers often cover wild accusations of Israelis who allegedly harvest organs or conduct medical experiments on ‘Palestinians’ — claims aimed to dehumanize Israel and Israelis.

It just goes on and on and on and on.

And even as the PA and Hamas and Hezbollah and ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood and, you know, Turkey, defame the Jewish people through defaming the Jewish state – and thereby incite violence toward us internationally – the West screams from the bloody rafters about how the Jews in the Middle East are failing in their humanity toward the hostile Arab majority.

Dickinson reminds us that throughout the Hamas-controlled Strip, and PA-controlled areas, schools are named after Palestinian-Arab Jew Killers. The PA broadcasts television shows for toddlers that feature Mickey Mouse-like characters that yearn for Jewish blood.

Indeed, music is a key tool for spreading the PA’s anti-Israel message. In the past, the PA Ministry of Culture sponsored an art conference focusing on “Palestinian Folklore and Arts, Palestine in Musical Memory,” which glorified violence against Israelis through music.

International sports, of course, is a tremendous venue wherein Palestinian-Arabs seek to use their influence as Uber-Victims over other Arab states and guilt-ridden Europeans to marginalize and defame our brothers and sisters in Israel.

And, ultimately, that is the point.

When Tunisia refuses to allow Liel Levitan, a 7-year old Israeli girl, to participate in the World Chess Championship or when some pussitudinous Iranian judoka refuses to face a Jewish opponent – who probably would have kicked his ass, anyway –  they are reinforcing antisemitic anti-Zionism.

They are inclining well-meaning Westerners to think that maybe they have a point and, therefore, that violence against Jews from New York City to Paris to Jerusalem might be justified.

Why should well-meaning non-Jewish Westerners stand with us when we so often refuse to stand with ourselves?

Western-progressives – in their soft, middle-class, safe spaces – always want to believe that there are two sides to every story. They honestly believe – within living memory of the Holocaust and despite being outnumbered by a perpetually hostile Arab-Muslim majority throughout the Middle East – that the Jewish minority in that part of the world are the aggressors.

They are dangerously mistaken.

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  1. Another excellent piece from Mike Lumish thank you.

    Mike ,SWU have a history down under unfortunately a very sad one. Notwithstanding SWU are the most effective and hardworking Israel advocates on worldwide campus’s they had some fierce opposition in Australia not from the powerful Palestinian lobby but from our own hard left Jews on campus;

    SWU’s wonderful Michelle Rojas- Tal who I had met on numerous occasions both here and in Jerusalem had been to Australia on many occasions to try to enthuse our Jewish students to fight back on campus ; Unfortunately nothing much has changed since then on campus anti Israelism/anti- semitism has only got much , much worse and with out much opposition.

    SWU were brought to Australia by a private Israel lobby group AIJAC and their Joel Burnie appointed to as their coordinator on Monash campus.

    This did not go down well with the Uber -left ACJC [Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation the largest Jewish study dept in Australia funded by our community headed by a hard left academic with extreme views on Israel and similar staff. The bottom line was Burnie and SWU were thrown off campus by this deptartment head and fellow academics who even went to the trouble of contacting the main stream anti -Israel media labeling SWU ‘’ Overseas provocateurs and much more …which ended up very embarrassing for AIJAC, Joel Burnie and of course SWU .. which I suspect was the aim>

    The ACJC have a history and a strong hold on Campus and do not allow other than left wing views when it comes to Israel. This department are supporters of the anti- Zionist groups NIF ,
    J Street and allegedly believe Israel advocacy has no place on campus [ notwithstanding University campus is the front line of anti Israelism/anti- Semitism by active Arab/Muslim study departments and the Palestinian /Socialist activists so should go unchallenged ] the ACJC head allegedly call for the Israeli flag and National anthem Hatikvah to be changed because it offends Israel’s minority Muslims /Arabs and call for a bi – National state i.e not the National home for the Jews .

    I wrote about this as far back as 2016

    ”Dr. Colin Rubenstein, the executive director of AIJAC, blasted Baker’s comments as “misdirected, misconceived and misleading,” according to the Jewish News.

    ACJC Baker, who also sits on the New Israel Fund of Australia’s advisory board, savaged the campaign to “delegitimize” Jews, which he says has created a “toxic atmosphere” in Australia.

    As a along time Israel advocate SWU are desperately needed on campus here in Australia however first you would need enough students be be enthusiastic to fight the battle so far this has not happened;

    • Hi Michael, I have to say, sometimes I wonder of SWU is not a bit too moderate. I did not even know that they have an Australian presence. I’ll check out your articles. Thank you, good sir.

      • No it doesn’t Michael.

        I’ve been working with someone on it but we cannot get tax deductibilty status. Without it we cannot get funding.

        Funny thing the New Israel Fund did.!!