Are They Out Of Their Minds?
CAMERA, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, has lost whatever little credibility it had.
At a news conference held to denounce Jewish defamers of Israel, who did they pick out for particular opprobrium? Not out right anti-Zionists like Finkelstein, Chomsky, or (l'havdil) the Neturai Karta representatives at last year's Iranian "Holocaust" conference. No. The real evil guys are Haaretz and Michael Lerner (editor of Tikkun Magazine.)
Haaretz is labelled as "printing outright lies and failing to issue corrections, even when the mistakes are pointed out."
Lerner is labelled "one of a growing band of ambitious, self-touting Jews whose hostility to the State of Israel more and more takes on the character of spite."
In one of the more convoluted arguments of the press conference Alvin Rosenfeld, a professor of English at Indiana University, called furious criticism of Israel by Jews a new genre, a "central convention" of which is the notion that Israel's supporters try to shut up critics with charges of anti-Semitism. In other-words Israel supporters do not call critics of Israel anti-Semites - its just false paranoia, or a cynical tactic, on the part of Israel's critics.
But then Rosenfeld - author of the book "Progressive Jewish Thought and the New Anti-Semitism" stated "There is a connection between anti-Semitic acts and anti-Semitic utterances. ... It is Israel's Jewish defamers who have contributed to rising anti-Semitism with their relentless demonization of the Jewish state."
(Way to shoot your argument in the foot, Alvin!)
Another speaker, Kenneth Levin, a clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard University, claims that Jewish critics of Israel are suffering something akin to Stockholm syndrome. He suggested that the tendency to identify with one's attackers is typical of besieged populations. He likened the condition to that of an abused child that blames himself, rather than his alcoholic father, for his suffering.
Author Cynthia Ozek rounded out the panel with a presentation, "Reflections on Apostasy," vilified Jews who appear to identify with the enemies of the Jewish people. Among its gems: "Only imagine Karl Marx davening and you will comprehend the dazzlement of Rabbi Lerner’s current achievement."
In response, David Landau, Ha'aretz's editor-in-chief, called CAMERA, "Mcarthyite."
More like the lunatic fringe, if you ask me. (Though sadly we know they are more lunatic than fringe.)
For more detail see this story at the JTA.