Yael Patir, Israel director of the left-leaning U.S. Jewish body, sat down with Haaretz to talk about Trump, the gap between U.S. and Israeli Jews, and the growing anger at the Israeli peace camp. Though she concedes boycott efforts by some on the left have a negative effect, she rejects calls to keep peace efforts local.01:12 01.05.16 | 2 comments
Yakobson speaks of the right to self-determination and claims some see this "no Jews allowed", but the sign actually read "No Palestinians allowed." If in 1947 the UN had lived up to its chartered belief in self-determination they would have demanded a vote in Palestine over partition. The Arab states brought up this inconvenient fact and tried to bring the issue to the World Court but were overwhelmed by American strong-arm pressure. Israel has never allowed Palestinians "full civic equality" and began its brutal ethnic cleansing in late 1947, a full five 1/2 months before war broke out. And still there is no definition of what a Jewish State actually is, and how it might be democratic in light of its non-Jewish population, except in the vaguest of terms. 1947 saw no principles worthy of the name, just political expediency.