Meet the New Anti-Zionism, Same as the Old Anti-Zionism

In February, Harvard University once again found itself in the spotlight when student and faculty groups distributed a poster on social media that included an anti-Semitic cartoon. Sara Yael Hirschhorn notes that the drawing came from a newsletter published in 1967 by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Commission (SNCC), which, under the leadership of Stokely Carmichael, had then decided to ignore the second word of its name and embrace Black Power, Third Worldism, and anti-Semitism:

The unsubtle message of the cartoon was that Israel and the Jews, together with American capitalism, were guilty of subjugating and murdering not only Black and Brown peoples, but Arab nationalism and Islam. It illustrated a feature called “Third World Roundup,” which asked readers to “test their knowledge” of 32 anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic talking points regarding the Israel-Palestinian conflict. . . . For example, apparently thanks to “white European, American, and Australian states . . . Israel was planted at the crossroads of Asia and Africa,” and “the Rothschilds . . . were involved in the original conspiracy with the British to create the ‘state of Israel.’” The text seems to have been drawn from PLO propaganda, itself likely a product of Soviet agitprop.

This conflation of American racial tensions with a toxic mix of old-fashioned anti-Semitism, Arab hatred for Israel, and general anti-Western leftism doesn’t seem very different from what one might encounter at a ceasefire protest today. While the campus groups last month pled “ignorance and inadequate oversight,” and scrubbed the cartoon from the poster, the results weren’t much better:

Then they re-shared the larger post with the offending cartoon swapped out for a photograph of Stokely Carmichael. Interestingly, no one seems to have commented on a graphic on the flyer’s bottom left of Huey P. Newton, the founder of the Black Panther Party, meeting Yasir Arafat in 1980. The photo was taken from The Black Panther, an often virulently anti-Semitic periodical supporting violence. Stokely Carmichael himself would later quip that the “the only good Zionist is a dead Zionist.”

Read more at Jewish Review of Books

More about: Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, Black-Jewish relations, Harvard, Israel on campus

The IDF’s First Investigation of Its Conduct on October 7 Is Out

For several months, the Israel Defense Forces has been investigating its own actions on and preparedness for October 7, with an eye to understanding its failures. The first of what are expected to be many reports stemming from this investigation was released yesterday, and it showed a series of colossal strategic and tactical errors surrounding the battle at Kibbutz Be’eri, writes Emanuel Fabian. The probe, he reports, was led by Maj. Gen. (res.) Mickey Edelstein.

Edelstein and his team—none of whom had any involvement in the events themselves, according to the IDF—spent hundreds of hours investigating the onslaught and battle at Be’eri, reviewing every possible source of information, from residents’ WhatsApp messages to both Israeli and Hamas radio communications, as well as surveillance videos, aerial footage, interviews of survivors and those who fought, plus visits to the scene.

There will be a series of further reports issued this summer.

IDF chief Halevi in a statement issued alongside the probe said that while this was just the first investigation into the onslaught, which does not reflect the entire picture of October 7, it “clearly illustrates the magnitude of the failure and the dimensions of the disaster that befell the residents of the south who protected their families with their bodies for many hours, and the IDF was not there to protect them.” . . .

The IDF hopes to present all battle investigations by the end of August.

The IDF’s probes are strictly limited to its own conduct. For a broader look at what went wrong, Israel will have to wait for a formal state commission of inquiry to be appointed—which happens to be the subject of this month’s featured essay in Mosaic.

Read more at Times of Israel

More about: Gaza War 2023, IDF, Israel & Zionism, October 7