[Marxism] About Alison Weir & the "Pro-Palestine" right (& far right)

Jeff meisner at xs4all.nl
Fri Apr 29 08:35:44 MDT 2016


At 19:50 28-04-16 -0400, Louis Proyect via Marxism wrote:
>
>What do you mean by openly rightwing? 

That Alison Weir is a leader of right-wing (but yes, anti-Israel) groups can be read directly from their own literature. So I will post links to their own statements which you can read on your own. Of course I would be the first to admit that very much of what these rightwingers write about Israel is absolutely true and even valuable information (but usually after having been published elsewhere); in fact that is surely the main reason that they were often undetected in the past as being right-wing.

Fortunately that record has been set straight by some legitimate (thus left-compatible) activist or research organizations which I'll call your attention to:

http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=4510

https://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/jewish-voice-for-peace-statement-on-our-relationship-with-alison-weir/

http://www.politicalresearch.org/campus-profile-alison-weir-if-americans-knew/#sthash.h2mDuqLq.dpbs

But again, you can skip reading those analyses; the proof itself is published by the groups themselves. We are talking about two organizations which she leads:

1) The Council for the National Interest (CNI), which Alison Weir became president of some years ago. It seems their website is 404 (temporarily?) so we need to view saved versions of their webpages such as the one listing her position there:

http://web.archive.org/web/20120407102506/http://www.councilforthenationalinterest.org/about-us/staff

2) If Americans Knew, which she founded herself:

http://www.ifamericansknew.org/about_us/whoweare.html

What these organizations have in common (besides being tax-exempt!) is that they decry American support for Israel as being contrary to the actual (imperialist!) interests of the U.S. The CNI states this very clearly:

    Our Mission
    CNI works for U.S. Middle East policies 
    that represent the highest values of our founders 
    and our citizens and that work to sustain a nation 
    of honor, decency, security, and prosperity.

(Whoops! They forgot to mention their "love" for the Palestinians....)

The current and former leaders of CNI are listed here:

http://web.archive.org/web/20140305051510/http://www.councilforthenationalinterest.org/new/whoweare/

Not all of those listed are equally despicable. But they all clearly fall outside of what we would call the "left" -- and I don't just mean the revolutionary or socialist left. Which is why they can be part of a group which explicitly argues for policies which will strengthen the US (the current, capitalist US) and believe (perhaps correctly?) that supporting Israel is actually contrary to those imperialist interests.

If Americans Knew is more careful to describe itself as an information source supplying an alternative to the mainstream media. 

    If Americans Knew is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt, independent 
    research and information-dissemination institute, 
    with particular focus on the Israeli-Palestinian 
    conflict, U.S. foreign policy regarding the Middle 
    East, and media coverage of this issue. Specifically, 
    the organization’s objective is to provide information 
    that is to a large degree missing from American 
    press coverage of this critical region.

    We believe all people are endowed with inalienable 
    human rights regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, 
    sexuality, or nationality. We believe in justice, 
    fairness, and compassion and in treating all human 
    beings with respect, empathy, and in the manner 
    in which we would wish to be treated. 

Unfortunately the last paragraph appears to be window dressing. You'd be hard pressed to find material on their website defending those oppressed by "race, religion, ethnicity, sexuality, or nationality" -- with the exceptions of Americans, and yes of course Arabs and Palestinians when (and only when) they are victims of Israel!

You don't need to dig too deep to observe the selective nature of their righteous concerns. Although not emphasized by any Palestinian solidarity organizations (being rather ancient history, though well a crime), both of their websites have voluminous sections devoted to the Israeli bombing (covered up by the "liberal" American president Johnson) against the USS Liberty during the 1967 war:

http://www.ifamericansknew.org/us_ints/ussliberty.html
http://web.archive.org/web/20140305140918/http://www.councilforthenationalinterest.org/new/liberty/

It isn't hard to detect the right-wing character of the movement (yes, after 50 years) to "remember the Liberty", which has the dual purpose of decrying the Israeli killing of 34 Americans (hardly Israel's greatest crime against innocents!) as well as attacking the pro-Israeli policy of American politicians, particularly "liberals" -- Democratic party politicians -- who are most associated with that policy. So this is a convenient convergence which is why the (actual) crime against the USS Liberty is a favorite issue of the far right (along with the crime of Israeli spying against the US -- only against the US you'd think!).

This outcry includes racist/fascists such as Clay Douglas, on whose radio show Alison Weir appeared no less than 4 times:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/claydouglas

Her participation and clear friendliness to Clay Douglas was mentioned in the statements about her I listed above. This is one of her appearances on youtube:

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Glfrl26-R6o

Or you can more easily read the transcript:
 
   http://ifamericansknewalisonweir.com/category/transcripts/

I actually watched one of her appearances on the racist's show. After some very explicit antisemitic talk by Douglas (but more carefully worded statements by Weir), they both stepped back and said something like (paraphrasing): "But OF COURSE we have to oppose antisemitism! No, no, we aren't antisemitic, we would NEVER do that!" At that point Alison Weir "acknowledged" that of course Clay Douglas had nothing to do with antisemitism, which was reciprocated. To me, that spoke volumes: to "agree" with a far-right pig that "we have to avoid antisemitism" proved that they both saw antisemitism as a PR problem that we need to wash our hands of. He wasn't holding a knife to her throat, so there was nothing stopping her from saying "No, I am NOT an antisemite like you are!" Rather they agreed fully on the need to avoid the antisemitic label, so they could just go ahead with their liberal-bashing (from the right) and hating Israel for every reason other than the actual reason that the far-
right (fascistic right) chooses to focus its hate against Israel.

I can't believe that Alison Weir couldn't see this. At best she is covering up for antisemitism, and she knows it. Along with the more mainstream view by some of the ruling class that the US policy to Israel is contrary to US interests. Between those two rightist positions lies Alison Weir and her two organizations. These have nothing whatsoever to do with the movement to liberate Palestine; their "concern" with the plight of the Palestinians is disingenuous.

- Jeff





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