Peace and Justice Center
Original post made by Stephen Rock on May 16, 2007
several members of the PPJC board of directors are Jewish. The PPJC has never condoned anti-Semitism and has never knowingly had an anti-Semitic speaker at any of its events.. PPJC events are open to the public and there is often a question and answer period. Occasionally people with anti-Semitic views take advantage of our free speech policy to present their abhorrent views. We have tried, within the limits of nonviolent behavior, to isolate those individuals, have asked them to leave, and have refrained from giving them the microphone.
I have never heard anyone from the PPJC support the terrorist murders of Jews in Buenos Aires that Ms. Roth referred to, or any other murders. As for the specific comments that Roth refers to it is important to note that the speakers at PPJC events give their own opinions and are not controlled by the PPJC. Quoting people out of context, as Ms. Roth did, is never a good policy. Here is some background about one of the speakers' remarks.
Stanford history professor Joel Benin is Jewish and grew up in Israel where some of his family still lives. His remark about the US and Israel being responsible for the election of Hamas is probably controversial, but certainly sensible. Clearly the attack on the World Trade Center had a profound effect on US politics. Much has been said about how without the scare associated with terrorism George Bush would not have been re-elected. One of leading presidential candidates entire campaign is based on his being the Mayor of NYC when the attack occurred. So if US politics can be so influenced by a terrorist attack, it is not unreasonable to argue that the Palestinian elections would be influenced by the perception of the US and Israel as enemy terrorists.
Roth is concerned that some PPJC speakers thought that
Nasrallah, the leader of Hamas, is a not a "lunatic", or "not an Osama bin Laden" . Does she construe these words to mean praise for Nasrallah? Obviously one can have a very low opinion of an individual and still not question their sanity or think there are others who are even worse. Perhaps the issue is more about the wisdom of negotiating with people who you disagree with. The PPJC has consistently called for negotiations rather than violence to settle disputes. In the Middle
East, the eye for an eye policy has not led to security for anyone.
In summary, some people may not like the views expressed at Peace and Justice Center events. They do not express the majority viewpoint. You can turn on the TV or radio or read your newspaper for those. However, comparisons with Nazism stretch the bounds of rationality.
on May 16, 2007 at 6:39 pm
Bad acts deserve bad consequences. Spare the rod, spoil the country.
on May 16, 2007 at 6:59 pm
As usual when an organization like PPJC is called to task for their clear anti-Israel record, which is not limited to Israel bashing and the palestinians are always right and the evil Israelis are alwyas wrong, they alwyas like to bring out the fact that jews belong to the organization. to which I reply--so what. Jews are entitled to form their own opinions and to support any terrorist organization they want--this appears to be the case given the record of some of the Jews featured as members of PPJC.
the point is that PPJC has always been a virulently anti-Israel orgnization and has made excuses for any actions taken by the palestinian terrorists to destroy Israel. Rather than trying to make a constructive contribution towards peace in the region, they have served as a mouthpiece and apologist for the actions of palestinian murderers, terrorists and homicide bombers(not to mention their support for Hezbollah as well).
on May 16, 2007 at 10:25 pm
The center is opposed to the concept of self defense primarily because they can hide safely behind responsible adults.