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Outraged Jewish Students at Oxford Demand Withdrawal of Campus Support for Upcoming Conference Hosting … – Algemeiner

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The Jewish Society at Britains Oxford University (OUJS) is calling for the withdrawal of support for anupcomingconference featuring speakers whohave expressed sympathy for Palestinian terrorists and advocated violence against Israelis,reported Cherwell, the schoolsindependent student newspaper.

According to the report, the OUJS railed against theOxford Radical Forum (ORF) 2017 forplanning to hostMiriyam Aouragh, a Dutch anthropologist and activist, who reportedly describedAhmed Yassin, afounder of Hamas, as anelderly man in a wheelchair living in a refugee camp in Gaza and organized a memorial service for him after he was killed by Israeli forces;Malia Bouattia, the president of the National Union of Students, who called the University of Birmingham a Zionist outpost;andRichard Seymour, whoreportedly wrote of an Israeli journalist,F*** him, they should cut his throat.

The OUJS toldCherwell,We believe that our community should not be inviting speakers who espouse antisemitism and hate speech. They should not be afforded a platform to spread their opinion.

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The OUJC demanded thattheOxford University Student Union (OUSU) and a number of Junior Common Rooms (JCRs) which provideservices toa sectorof the student population withdraw theirfunding for theevent,saying, We believe that our students union and JCRsshould not be supporting this.

According toCherwell, the OUSU has said it was not aware of any such concerns, but will take [the allegations]very seriously, while the president of one of the JCRssaidits involvement absolutely does not mean it endorses each and every word the speakers have said in the past nor might say at the ORF.

According to ORF organizers, the conference, scheduled for March 3-5, is a weekend of events designed to critically interrogate current political issues from a range of left-wing perspectives, and has been a fixture of intellectual life at Oxford for almost a decade.

In a statement posted on its Facebook page, ORF defended its choice of speakers, saying, Weconsider [them] to be well qualified to take part in the specific debates to which they have been invited.Organizers added, [We] are united against antisemitism, and all forms of racism, butcriticized those who insistthat past offensive statementsconstitute sufficient basis for which to exclude people from any critical forum.

According toCherwell, ORF has a history of inviting speakers who have expressed antisemitic views and remarks, including journalist Max Blumenthal, the notorious Jewishanti-Zionist.

Oxford has come under scrutiny recently forallegations oframpant antisemitism in its LabourClub, asThe Algemeiner reported, and was criticized whena nearly year-long investigation into the chargesresulted in no disciplinary action.

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Revealed: Oxford Radical Forum speakers criticised for anti-Semitism ties – Cherwell Online

Speakers at the Oxford Radical Forum (ORF), including controversial NUS President Malia Bouattia, have been variously condemned for allegedly expressed anti-Semitic views, sympathy with Hamas, and for mocking a disfigured British veteran, among other provocative positions.

ORF is described by the organisers as a three day event for the radical left, held in Wadham, although the College has not confirmed that they are hosting the event. There are currently seven speakers announced.

Oxford University Jewish Society (OUJS) said in a statement made to Cherwell: OUJS stands in opposition to the decision of ORF 2017 to host Miriyam Aouragh and Malia Bouattia.

84 per cent of our voting members last year voted that they are unable to reconcile their Jewish identity with Bouattias presidency of the NUS, and 57 Jewish Society presidents across the country condemned her comments. Further, the Home Affairs Select Committee have condemned her outright racism and an NUS investigation decided that her content had been anti-Semitic.

Last term, our own student union called for Bouattia to issue a full and formal apology, and should stand down otherwise. Jewish students are still waiting.

We believe that our community should not be inviting speakers who espouse anti-Semitism and hate speech. They should not be afforded a platform to spread their opinion.

ORFs committee told Cherwell: ORF is a weekend of events designed to critically interrogate current political issues from a range of left-wing perspectives, and has been a fixture of intellectual life at Oxford for almost a decade. We consider the speakers to be well qualified to take part in the specific debates to which they have been invited.

ORF is not committed to a unified political line and as such cannot and does not endorse all the views held by speakers. Its purpose is to enable critical exchange, self-reflection, and mutual questioning, and to contribute to vibrant and nuanced debates about key political issues of the day.

Bouattia was elected NUS President in 2016, but soon came under fire for stating that with mainstream Zionist-led media outlets resistance is resented as an act of terrorism.

The Home Affairs select committee said of her: Referring to Birmingham University as a Zionist outpost (and similar comments) smacks of outright racism, which is unacceptable, and even more so from a public figure such as the president of the NUS.

Another figure due to speak at ORF is Richard Seymour, a far-left blogger who previously spoke at at the forum in 2015.

Seymour responded on Facebook to criticism of Jeremy Corbyn by Simon Weston, a British veteran of the Falklands war who suffered 46 per cent burns to his face after his ship was bombed, by writing Seriously, who gives a shit about what Simon Weston thinks? If he knew anything hed still have his face.

Later that year he wrote of an Israeli journalist reporting on Israel-Palestine Fuck him, they should cut his throat.

He has also appeared multiple times on Press TV, the Iranian state broadcaster that has been accused of Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism, and wrote on his Leninology blog that its sensible for occupied people to attack and kill British troops, and the poppies should be burned not just a few, in a symbolic Islam4UK-style action, but all of them in a mass cremation; and any family members who actually sign up to wear a uniform of the armed forces in Afghanistan or anywhere else should be shunned, not loved.

In a statement Seymour apologised for his comments mocking Simon Western and calling for the murder of an Israeli journalist, referring to them as off-hand, off-colour statements made over a year ago in what I had assumed were private exchanges.

These exchanges involved, as far as I was aware, a small number of friends who would know from the context that they were not intended literally or maliciously

To be absolutely clear. I do not think that Simon Westons injuries deserve ridicule. I emphatically do not think that people who advocate for the West Bank settlers should have their throats cut I am, of course, very sorry to anyone who was hurt.

However, when contacted by Cherwell he made no comment in relation to Press TV or Leninology.

Another speaker on the lineup this year is Miriyam Aouragh, a Dutch anthropologist and activist.

According to Jewish NewsBritains largest Jewish newspaperand JTAa global Jewish news agencyin 2004 Aouragh organised a memorial service in Amsterdam for Ahmed Yassin, a Hamas founder and spiritual leader killed by Israel that year.

In their statement to Cherwell OUJS described Hamas as a terrorist organisation whose charter issued in 1988 is overtly anti-Semitic, stating the need to kill Jews and referring to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Aouragh told Cherwell: Like many I was very angry about Israels murderous targeted killings campaign between 2000-2004, which saw hundreds of political activists and leaders assassinated when the popular uprising in 2000 broke out.

These war crimes were condemned across the political spectrum, especially the collateral damage caused by extrajudicial killings using F16s, such as collapsing buildings with families in them and the killing of bystanders when cars were blown up.

One case was that of Ahmed Yassin of Hamas, an elderly man in a wheelchair living in a refugee camp in Gaza . I was part of a protest against the incredible violence of that period, many were making this argument, including the UN, the EU, as well as a large numbers of MPs in this country.

Oxford University Student Union (OUSU) Council, Somerville JCR, and Magdalen JCR have each voted to donate hundreds of pounds to support the event sparking further controversy.

OUSU and Somerville JCR both pledged 150 and Magdalen 200 to cover the costs of bringing the speakers to Oxford.

OUJC condemned OUSUs funding of the forum: We believe that our students union and JCRs should not be supporting this event and therefore demand that their funding for the Oxford Radical Forum 2017 be withdrawn.

OUSU Communications Manager, Jo Gregory-Brough told Cherwell: OUSU werent aware of any such allegations against the motion but take them very seriously. With this in mind, the OUSU Sabbatical team are looking into the allegations as a matter of urgency and from which a conclusion will be drawn regarding the funding.

Somerville JCR President Alex Crichton-Miller said: ORF puts on panels for all sorts of currently relevant issues, and this absolutely does not mean it endorses each and every word the speakers have said in the past nor might say at the ORF.

Magdalen JCR President Hannah McNicol did not respond to a request for comment.

This is not the first time that ORF has invited speakers with alleged ties to anti-Semitism. Max Blumenthal, who spoke in 2016, has been criticised for his 2013 book Goliath, Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, in which he compared Israel to Nazi Germany, advocated that the majority of Jews currently living in Israel be removed to make way for a Palestinian state, and referred to Israeli soldiers as Judeo-Nazis.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center, named after the famed Nazi Hunter, included the book in its 2013 list of the worst anti-Semitic and anti-Israel quotes.

The book was praised by former KKK leader David Duke, but denounced by a writer in The Nation who said it could have been published by the Hamas Book-of-the-Month Club.

Malia Bouattia and Max Blumenthal have not replied to Cherwells request for comment.

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Who is Max Blumenthal, why is he a Hillary Clinton Israel Svengali and does he pose as big a headache for Hillary as Jeremiah Wright did for President Barack Obama? The well-known proverb declares you can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep.

Last summer, in the wake of the impending Iran deal, which she herself helped to create and vocally supported, Hillary reached out to calm the jitters of her wealthiest Democratic Jewish supporters in an attempt to convince them that she would always support Israel. She also emphasized that she utterly condemns the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement that Israel is currently facing.

But she has been a harsh critic of the Jewish state, often relishing her role.

During a speech in 2012 she spoke of Israels lack of generosity and lack of empathy toward the Palestinians. She admitted that during her time as secretary of state she oftentimes was the designated yeller at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. She once yelled at him for 45 minutes when Israel granted permits to build houses in the eastern neighborhoods of its capital Jerusalem during Vice President Joe Bidens visit to Israel.

But with the recent dumps of emails from Hillarys private Internet server the public has received an in-depth look at the very important role that Sidney Blumenthal played for Hillary during her time in the Obama administration.

Blumenthal is one of Hillarys closest advisers and a longtime family friend. He was a senior adviser during Bill Clintons presidency and served again as senior adviser for Hillarys failed 2008 run for the White House.

Blumenthal was clearly a man whose advice Hillary trusted and she was willing to pay him $10,000 a month for his services. However the information coming to light paints a troubled picture.

What they show is a slew of anti-Israel writings and opinions, many of which originated from articles written by Blumenthals own son, Max Blumenthal.

Max is a writer and self-declared anti-Zionist, known for his active support of the BDS movement and his calls for the dismantling of the State of Israel. He trolls pro-Israel writers, as I can personally attest. Maxs widely panned 2013 book Goliath, Life and Loathing in Greater Israel is full of anti-Israel rants, omissions and outright lies. In it, he repeatedly compares the Jewish state to Nazi Germany, and advocates that the majority of Jews currently living in Israel must be removed from the land to make way for a Palestinian state. Mimicking the Islamic States acronym ISIL, Max created the hashtag #JSIL Jewish State in the Levant. To Max, the democratic State of Israel and Islamic State are morally equivalent entities.

His opinions are seen as radical leftist claptrap even by Left-leaning detractors of the Jewish state. The Nation columnist Eric Alterman himself a critic of Israels presence in the West bank described how the book could have been published by the Hamas Book-of-the-Month Club. J. J. Goldberg of The Forward described Goliath as an unpleasant book. By contrast, David Duke, the racist former Klu Klux Klan leader, praised Blumenthals book.

What is truly concerning is that Sidney Blumenthal has not only failed to ever condemn his sons anti-Israel writings, but has actively advocated for and defended the warped, outrageous ideas conveyed therein. In fact, after learning of Altermans critique of Maxs book, Blumenthal began sending out emails attacking Alterman and supporting his sons shoddy and repugnant anti-Israel scholarship. One such email included an article from the radical anti-Zionist website Mondoweiss (which loved the book and for which Max has written for in the past) attacking Altermans review.

But even more concerning than all of this is that Hillary Clinton, the nations chief diplomat, valued Max Blumenthals disturbed anti-Israel rants so much that she forked out $120,000 a year to his dad to keep the flow of information coming.

Among the emails Sidney Blumenthal sent to Hillary is a link to a November 2010 blog post written by his son. In it, Max attempts to equate the views and policies of far Right Dutch politician Geert Wilders with those of Israel. Max goes so far as to claim that Wilders learned from, and formulated his views as a result of his living in Israel. Max writes: Israels mainstream leadership echoes Wilders crudest talking points on a regular basis. Max describes how the extreme right [in Europe] is also attracted to Israel because the country represents its highest ideals. While some critics see Israel as a racist apartheid state, people like Wilders see Israel as a racist apartheid state and they like it.

He continues, They richly enjoy when Israel mows down Arab Muslims by the dozens and tells the world to go to hell; they admire Israels settler culture.

Max also writes, Most of all, they yearn to live in a land like Israel that privileges its ethnic majority above all others to the point that it systematically humiliates and dispossesses the swarthy racial outclass. He adds, The endgame of the far-right is to make Europe less tolerant and more Israeli.

What was Hillarys response to this racist, anti-Israel tirade? She writes back to Blumenthal, A very smart piece as usual.

Before her speech to AIPAC in March of 2010, Blumenthal sent Hillary a column written by Uri Avnery claiming Israel was pursuing goals contrary to the United States interests while starting a rebellion against the US.

Hillarys response to Blumenthal was, I have to speak to AIPAC tomorrow.

How and should I use this? Blumenthal responds that with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Hillary should, Hold Bibis [Netanyahus] feet to the fire.

Blumenthal also recommended to Hillary to try and mention in a positive light the George Soros-funded organization J Street, which is fiercely critical of the Jewish state.

Blumenthal tells Hillary to remind [AIPAC] in as subtle but also direct a way as you can that it does not have a monopoly over American Jewish opinion. Bibi is stage managing US Jewish organizations (and neocons, and the religious right, and whomever else he can muster) against the administration.

AIPAC itself has become an organ of the Israeli right, specifically Likud.

Holding Netanyahus feet to the fire, advocating for J Street and courting AIPACs favor while simultaneously viewing it as a conspiracy organization being wielded against the interests of the United States? These are the musings of Hillary Clinton as she considers American policy toward Israel.

Blumenthal also offered some truly bizarre analysis in an email to Hillary in the aftermath of the 2010 Gaza flotilla raid. During that operation Israeli soldiers boarded a Turkish vessel approaching the Gaza Strip, where they were brutally attacked, stabbed and thrown off ledges by the ships passengers, resulting in a shootout and casualties, as video evidence of the event makes clear. However, back in May of that year, before any of the facts had been properly clarified, Blumenthal provided Hillary with an armchair psychoanalysis of the events in which he states, Bibi desperately seeks his fathers approbation and can never equal his dead brother. Blumenthal explains that this must be what led Netanyahu to order the operation, adding, The raid on the ship to Gaza resembles the raid on Entebbe [in which Netanyahus brother was killed] except that there are no hostages, no guns (on the Turkish ship), its not in Africa, and its a fiasco; otherwise, its Entebbe.

Throughout all of this, there is no email showing Hillary objecting to any of these anti-Israel articles and opinions that Blumenthal continually sent her. To this day, even in light of all these damning exchanges being made public, Hillary has yet to apologize or publicly distance herself from Sidney or Max Blumenthal. Will Hillary disassociate herself from the crackpot anti-Israel theories of Max Blumenthal? Were all waiting to see.

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Which is precisely why terror sympathizers and antisemites like Max Blumenthal son of Hillary Clintons close associate, Sid Blumenthal, and a Jew who hates both Israel and the Jewish people into which he was born celebrated Wiesels death.

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The elder Blumenthal, who earns $200,000 per year as a partof Clintons inner circle, frequently sent the Secretary of State his sons hateful work. That oeuvre includesGoliath, an anti-Israel screed casting the Jewish state in the role of the Nazis.

Blumenthals bileis a perfect tribute to Wiesel, who was the living retort to such nonsense. He earned his enemies by being a witness who not only refused to die, but alsoto shut up.

It was Wiesel who elevated the phrase speaking truth to power, as he took on presidents from both parties, challenging Ronald Reagans visit to Bitburgand Barack Obamas surrenderto Iran.

His most widely-read work,Night, is a riveting memoir ofhis survival at Auschwitz, after the Jews in his remote Hungarian village were rounded up, stuffed into cattle cars, and sent to die horrific deaths. (I first readNight in the eighth grade;its terror has stayed with me since.)

But Wiesel won the Nobel Prize in 1986 for peace, not for literature. It was Wiesel who shaped memory into a potent political force: whenever a new genocide loomed, he was the voice of conscience, urging the world to act.

In hisefforts to save others, he drew no distinctions of race, religion, or ethnicity. He was as passionate in his pleas for Muslims in danger of extermination as he was in defendingthe State of Israels right to defend its citizens against Palestinianterrorism.

Re-read Max Blumenthals tweet accusing Wiesel of defending apartheid and then read what Wiesel said on accepting the Nobel Prize:

It would be unnatural for me not to make Jewish priorities my own: Israel, Soviet Jewry, Jews in Arab lands But there are others as important to me. Apartheid is, in my view, as abhorrent as anti-Semitism.

In that same speech, he recognized the plight of the Palestinians, but added that he deplore[d] their terrorist methods. Let Israel be given a chance, let hatred and danger be removed from her horizons, and there will be peace in and around the Holy Land, he said.

That is a solution Max Blumenthal, and his Clinton-advising father, reject.

Notably, Hillary Clinton has not shunned the Blumenthals. These are the sorts of people whom even Barack Obama, with his long history of associations with Jeremiah Wright and Rashid Khalidi and the like, knew to keep at bay.

With the passing of Wiesel and his generation, fabulists like Max Blumenthal who invert history to cast Israel as the fascists will feel emboldened.

Thatis precisely why each of us must keep Wiesels work, and his moral vision, alive.

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Sidney Blumenthal – Wikipedia

Sidney Stone Blumenthal (; born November 6, 1948) is an American journalist, activist, writer, and former political aide. He is a former aide to President Bill Clinton; a long-time confidant[1] to Hillary Clinton, formerly employed by the Clinton Foundation;[2] and a journalist, especially on American politics and foreign policy. He was editor of several departments and wrote for several publications including The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and was Washington, D.C. bureau chief for Salon.com, for which he has written over 1800 pieces online. He is a regular contributor to openDemocracy.net, and was a regular columnist for The Guardian.[3] After 2000, he published several essays critical of the administration of President George W. Bush.[4][5][6][7]

Blumenthal has written for several publications including The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Guardian and The New Yorker, and was briefly Washington, D.C. bureau chief for Salon.

Blumenthal was born in Chicago, to Jewish parents Claire (ne Stone) and Hyman V. Blumenthal.[8] He earned a BA in sociology from Brandeis University in 1969, and started his career in Boston as a journalist who wrote for The Boston Phoenix and The Real Paper, two weekly-issued publications.[9]

Blumenthal popularized the phrase “permanent campaign”, in a book of the same name, in 1980. The term describes officials campaigning for re-election throughout the electoral cycle, leaving no time when they can focus exclusively on governing.[10]

In 1983, Blumenthal became a national political correspondent for “The New Republic”, covering the 1984 campaign.[9] Soon after, Blumenthal began working for “The Washington Post” before returning to “The New Republic”.[11]

In 1993, Blumenthal became a Washington correspondent for “The New Yorker” before joining the Bill Clinton Presidential administration in the summer of 1997.[9]

Sidney Blumenthal served as assistant and senior adviser to Bill Clinton from August 1997 until January 2001. His roles included advising the President on communications and public policy as well as researching information in the general media about the White House. He became a major figure in the grand jury investigation that ended in the impeachment of President Clinton. While working for Clinton, Blumenthal was known for this loyalty to the Clintons, and for attacks on their adversaries, which is one reason Rahm Emanuel, original chief of staff for President Obama, barred Blumenthal from holding a position in Hillary Clinton’s State Department.[9]

During the investigations by independent counsel Kenneth Starr, Blumenthal was called to the grand jury to testify on matters related to what Clinton had told both Blumenthal and his senior staff in regard to Monica Lewinsky. It was on this occasion that Blumenthal was accused by the independent counsel of seeking to discredit the office of the counsel by passing stories to the media about Starr and his aides. The leadership of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives felt enough evidence existed in regard to the Paula Jones case and Lewinsky for impeachment proceedings to begin in December 1998.

After the House Judiciary Committee and the United States House of Representatives impeached Clinton on December 19, the matter then passed to the United States Senate. Blumenthal was one of four witnesses called to testify before the Senate. No live witnesses were called; the four were interviewed on videotape. His testimony addressed the key “lie”: that Clinton was allegedly pressuring Betty Currie and Blumenthal himself to attest that it was Lewinsky who initially pursued Clinton, not vice versa. Lewinsky stated she was the one who instigated the relationship. The Senate acquitted Clinton of perjury and impeachment proceedings ended.

In 1997, Blumenthal filed a $30 million libel lawsuit against Internet blogger Matt Drudge (and AOL, who had hired Drudge) stemming from a false claim Drudge had made of spousal abuse attributed to “top GOP sources”. Drudge retracted the story later, saying he had been given bad information. In Blumenthal v. Drudge, 992 F. Supp. 44 (D.D.C. 1998), the court refused to dismiss Blumenthal’s case for lack of personal jurisdiction. Drudge later publicly apologized to the Blumenthals. Blumenthal dropped his lawsuit and eventually reached a settlement involving a payment to Drudge over having missed a deposition. In his book, The Clinton Wars, Blumenthal claimed he was forced to settle because he could no longer financially afford the suit.[12][13]

After the Clinton presidency, Blumenthal wrote The Clinton Wars, which was published in 2003. Janet Maslin wrote in a review of the book in the New York Times: “Beyond his intention to set the record straight on controversies that plagued the Clinton presidency, Mr. Blumenthal has a more personal agenda. Barely mentioning others close to the Clintons, and illustrating this memoir with smiling, convivial photographs of himself in their company … Blumenthal sends a clear message to his administration colleagues: Mom liked me best.”[14]

Reviewing the book in the New York Review of Books, Joseph Lelyveld, the former executive editor of the New York Times, wrote that Blumenthal came across as more like “courtier” than “the bright campaign reporter he once was … When it comes to the Clintons, there is not a single line of comparable acuity or detachment in the whole of The Clinton Wars. What you get instead are passages that would have been regarded as above par but hardly fresh if they had appeared in a news magazine cover story ten years ago.”[15]

Andrew Sullivan has characterized Blumenthal as “the most pro-Clinton writer on the planet.”[16]

In addition to The Clinton Wars (2003), Blumenthal’s books include The Permanent Campaign (1980), The Rise of the Counter-Establishment (1986), Pledging Allegiance: The Last Campaign of the Cold War (1990), and How Bush Rules: Chronicles of a Radical Regime (2006).

During the 2004 election, Blumenthal was Washington, D.C. bureau chief for Salon.[9] He also was a regular columnist for “The Guardian” from August 2003 until November 2007.[17]

British-American journalist and author Christopher Hitchens upon subpoena submitted an affidavit to the trial managers of the Republican Party during the impeachment of Bill Clinton. In the affidavit, Hitchens swore that then-friend Blumenthal had described Monica Lewinsky as a stalker. This allegation contradicted Blumenthal’s own sworn deposition in the trial,[18] which resulted in a hostile exchange of words between the two. Following the publication of The Clinton Wars, Hitchens wrote several pieces in which he accused Blumenthal of manipulating facts.[18][19]

Blumenthal was a political consultant for the Emmy-award winning HBO series Tanner ’88, written by Garry Trudeau and directed by Robert Altman; he appears as himself in one episode. More notably, he was the executive producer of the documentary Taxi to the Dark Side, directed by Alex Gibney, which won an Academy Award for Best Documentary of 2007. He was an associate producer of the 2002 film Max.[20]

Blumenthal joined the 2008 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign as a “senior advisor” in November 2007.[21] While on a trip to advise Clinton on her presidential campaign, Blumenthal was arrested for driving while intoxicated in Nashua, New Hampshire, on January 7, 2008. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor DWI charge.[22]

After her January 2009 appointment as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton wanted to hire Blumenthal. However, Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, blocked his selection due to lingering anger among President Barack Obama’s aides over Blumenthal’s role in promoting negative stories about Obama during the Democratic primary.[23] According to a report in the New York Times, “Emanuel talked with Mrs. Clinton … and explained that bringing Mr. Blumenthal on board was a no-go. The bad blood among his colleagues was too deep, and the last thing the administration needed, he concluded, was dissension and drama in the ranks. In short, Mr. Blumenthal was out.”[23]

Blumenthal was a full-time employee Clinton Foundation from 2009 until 2013 and served as a consultant for the foundation from 2013 until 2015, earning about $10,000 per month.[24][25] Right-wing critics charge that Blumenthal’s work at the foundation was inappropriately politically motivated and that during his time at the foundation, he blurred the lines between the foundation and Secretary Clinton’s role as Secretary of State.[26][27]

During the 2011 uprising in Libya against Muammar Gaddafi, Blumenthal prepared, from public and other sources, about 25 memos which he sent as emails to Clinton in 2011 and 2012, which she shared through her aide, Jake Sullivan, with senior State Department personnel. In the form of intelligence briefings, the memos sometimes touted his business associates and, at times contained inaccurate information.[28][29]

The United States House Select Committee on Benghazi, headed by Representative Trey Gowdy, Republican of South Carolina, subpoenaed Blumenthal in May 2015.[30][31] Blumenthal gave testimony in a closed-door session the following month.[32]

Blumenthal’s name came up during the October 22, 2015 full committee public questioning of Hillary Clinton regarding the Benghazi incident, as one of the alleged sources of Hillary Clinton’s intelligence. During this hearing Democratic members asked that Blumenthal’s deposition transcript be made public so that comments regarding his involvement could be placed in context. The motion was defeated by a party-line vote.[33]

Blumenthal currently serves as a consultant to the left-leaning watchdog group Media Matters for America, the pro-Democratic Super PAC American Bridge 21st Century and the pro-Clinton Super PAC Correct the Record.[34]

He currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife. The couple has two sons, one of whom is author, journalist and pro-Palestinian activist Max Blumenthal.[35]

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Max Blumenthal – The Louis D. Brandeis Center Blog

Activists devoted to promoting boycott campaigns against Israel and maligning the Jewish state as illegitimate and uniquely evil knew already what to expect when Max Blumenthals book Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel was published last October. As Blumenthal himself emphasized in the acknowledgements at the end of his book, sites like the Electronic Intifada and Mondoweiss had provided essential outlets for much of the reporting presented in Goliath, while less courageous publications had shied away from publishing this material. What kind of courage it took to publish Blumenthals reporting on Israel was illustrated when the Simon Wiesenthal Center released its 2013 list of the Top 10 Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Slurs at the end of December and included Blumenthal in the category The Power of the Poison Pen.

The Louis D. Brandeis Center (LDB) is publishing today a Research Article that provides a detailed documentation of Blumenthals efforts to depict Israel as an utterly evil state that can only be compared to Nazi Germany and should be treated accordingly. Entitled Another Milestone for the Mainstreaming of Anti-Semitism: The New America Foundation and Max Blumenthals Goliath, the paper highlights how inappropriate it is to promote a book on Israel by an author whose related work had been shunned by mainstream outlets for good reason. After all, Blumenthals writings and video clips not only appealed to activists campaigning for the delegitimization and elimination of Israel as a Jewish state, but were also promoted on all the major sites popular among conspiracy theorists, Jew-haters, racists and neo-Nazis: from Stormfront to David Dukes site, Rense, and Veterans Today. Moreover, Blumenthal himself endorsed reviews that praised his book for presenting Israel as the Nazi Germany of our time, thereby arguably undermining the mainstream legitimacy bestowed on Goliath by the New America Foundations (NAF) unfortunate decision to provide him a platform for promoting the book.

While Blumenthal was perfectly capable to adjust his presentations according to the audience he was addressing, he provided a chilling demonstration of what he hoped to accomplish with Goliath during an event at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was hosted on October 17 by political scientist Ian Lustick to promote his book. Lustick noted at one point in the discussion that Blumenthal showed in Goliath that Israel is not just a little bit fascist, Israel is a lot fascist, and according to Lustick, this was the ultimate delegitimizer, because after World War II, nothing fascist can even be allowed to survive. Referring to the biblical story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrha, Lustick invited Blumenthal to fancy himself in the position of God in order to decide whether there are enough good people in todays Sodom-like Israel to save it from destruction. Blumenthal, who clearly didnt need convincing that Israel as a Jewish state shouldnt be allowed to survive, responded by explaining that his first concern was relieving the suffering of the indigenous people of Palestine. According to him, the only way to achieve this was by placing external pressure such as the BDS (boycotts, divestment and sanctions) movement is advocating on Jewish Israelis in order to force them to choose between emigrating and agreeing to become indigenized by accepting Arab dominance in political, cultural and social terms.

This open call for the demise of the Jewish state and a Juden raus-policy for those of Israels Jews who would be unwilling to become indigenized after the hoped-for victory of the BDS movement did not remain one of the many barely noticed events staged regularly by so-called pro-Palestinian activists, but was reported by the Forwards J.J. Goldberg. Yet, there were no consequences, which arguably only illustrates the urgent need to fight the alarming deterioration of the debate about Israel on American campuses.

When NAF President Anne-Marie Slaughter was notified at the end of November that her organizations planned event for Blumenthal had been criticized at Commentary as completely inappropriate, she dismissed the criticism by quoting the popular notion that the best answer for speech is more speech. Unfortunately, however, there was no attempt whatsoever to counter Blumenthals speech during the NAF event; instead, as was to be expected, Blumenthal received some mainstream endorsements after the event, most notably from veteran NAF board member James Fallows.

With the Research Article published today, LDB is providing the long overdue answer to Blumenthals speech by documenting that promoting his work on Israel ultimately means to contribute to the mainstreaming of anti-Semitism.

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Does anyone here know Max Blumenthal’s story? He is the geeky blogger and author that takes on the Repugs in some hilarious videos. I find him quite sexy.

He’s cute. I think he’s Sidney Blumenthal’s son.

yes, he is the son of Sidney (who worked in the Clinton administration). I think max is hot too. not sure if’s he’s gay.

He sure seems to aim at the GOP over gay rights. He’s a little Jewish hottie!

He has a lot of guts to venture into these different GOP functions. I love some of his Youtube videos. He is the guy who dug up the most dirt on Rick Warren and his funding of homophobic policies in Africa. He is very pro-gay and has been a guest several times on Michelangelo Signorile’s radio show. He also called out CNN’s Roland Martin on his homophobia.

He did a report on Repug’s favorite not-gay escort, pornboy Matt Sanchez, on the Olbermann show a few years ago. The clip subsequently got more than a million hits on youtube until Matty’s lawyers got it pulled.

I see a cable show in his future. Seriously ballsy and has a matter of fact delivery that is priceless.

He reported on Sanchez after Sanchez got exposed right here on DL.

Max Blumenthal sounds like a whiney girl, but it’s good to see someone thinks he’s attractive.

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Max Blumenthal (born December 18, 1977) is an American author, journalist, and blogger. He is a senior writer for Alternet and formerly a writer for The Daily Beast, Al Akhbar, and Media Matters for America.[1] He is the author of two books including Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party (2009), which appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list,[2][3][4][5] and Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel (2013).[6][7][8]

Blumenthal was born on December 18, 1977 in Boston, Massachusetts to Jacqueline (ne Jordan) and Sidney Blumenthal, a writer and former aide to President Bill Clinton and aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He has one brother. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999 with a B.A. degree in history.[9]

Blumenthal joined Lebanon’s Al Akhbar in late 2011 primarily to write about Israel-Palestine issues and foreign-policy debates in Washington, noting, upon leaving in mid-2012 in protest of its coverage of the Syrian Civil War, that it “gave me more latitude than any paper in the United States to write about … Israel and Palestine”.[10] He ended his association with Al Akhbar in June 2012, over what he viewed as the newspaper’s pro-Assad editorial line during the Syrian Civil War that he said was spearheaded by Amal Saad-Ghorayeb.[10][11]

Blumenthal contributes weekly articles to Alternet where he has been a senior writer since September 2014. He focuses on the deepening crisis in the Middle East and its role in shaping political dynamics and public opinion in the US, particularly the special relationship with Israel. He occasionally covers domestic issues such as corporate media consolidation, the influence of the Christian right and police brutality.[12] His reporting from the Gaza strip in 2014 was developed into a book, The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza.[13]

Blumenthal’s articles and video documentaries have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, The Nation, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Independent Film Channel, Salon, The Real News, and Al Jazeera English, among other publications.[14]

Blumenthal won the Online News Association’s Independent Feature Award for his 2002 Salon article, Day of the Dead.[15][16] The piece revealed that the killing of hundreds of women in Ciudad Jurez, Chihuahua, Mexico was connected to the policies of corporate interests in the border city.[17] Blumenthal contributed to The Huffington Post from 2009-11.[18]

In 2014, Blumenthal covered hunger strikes in the privatized Northwest Detention Center by undocumented migrants for The Nation.[19] He had written about the rise of the so-called “Minuteman” movement for Salon.com in 2003, describing its members as border vigilantes who have harassed and detained hundreds, perhaps thousands, of migrants suspected of entering the country illegally.[20]

In 2010, he covered the federal immigration enforcement program known as Operation Streamline for Truthdig. “The program represents the entrenchment of a parallel nonproductive economy promoting abuse behind the guise of law enforcement and crime deterrence”, he wrote.[21] He also testified as a prosecution witness in the civil trial of Vicente v. Barnett, in which Arizona businessman Roger Barnett was forced to pay $73,000 for assaulting a migrant on the US-Mexico border.[22]

Blumenthal has written two books of his time spent in Gaza and the Occupied Territories documenting Israeli and Palestinian war crimes: Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel and The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza. In The 51 Day War, Blumenthal writes of his time in Gaza during and in the aftermath of Operation Protective Edge, an Israeli military offensive in Gaza during the summer of 2014. In Blumenthal’s interpretation the event cited as sparking the 2014 Gaza War, was the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers by a Hamas cell. He posits that the massive West Bank operation that followed it was not aimed at rescuing the teens, who were known to be dead, or to capture their killers, but to destroy a political agreement between Hamas and the Palestinian National Authority by targeting the Palestinian Unity Government. [23]

Blumenthal later provided testimony from local Palestinian residents who said they had been used as human shields by the Israeli army during Operation Protective Edge. [24] He furnished details garnered from interviews with Rafah residents who said they had evidence of Israel’s application of the “Hannibal Directive”. According to Blumenthal, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) invocation of the “Hannibal Directive” resulted in the IDF carrying out a large-scale military operation that included bombing all possible escape routes from Rafah tunnels. Ha’aretz reported this action to have killed scores of Palestinians and to have been the “most devastating” execution of the Hannibal Directive:

On Friday morning, when the IDF still believed that Lieutenant Hadar Goldin may have been taken alive by Hamas into an attack tunnel beneath Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, the Hannibal Directive was activated to its most devastating extent yet including massive artillery bombardments and air strikes on possible escape routes.[25]

Blumenthal wrote that the offensive killed 190 Palestinians in Rafah and that the Israeli army seemed to have “aimed to kill one of its own”. Only partial remains of the three Israelis were found. An IDF inquiry concluded Goldin probably was killed during the initial battle. Lt. Hadar Goldin, was taken captive by an ambush team from the Hamas military wing known as the Qassam Brigades”,[26]

According to an IDF investigation of the incident, while the phrase “Hannibal Procedure” was mentioned on the IDF field radios, the procedure was not implemented nor was there indiscriminate fire towards Rafah homes. The IDF investigation concluded that 41 people were killed, 12 of whom were Hamas combatants.[27] Blumenthal said he had reported from the Gazan city of Shuja’iyya on Israel’s “destruction of their neighborhoods and the killing of civilians.”[28]

Blumenthal subsequently appeared before the Russell Tribunal on September 25, 2014, in Brussels, Belgium, to testify before a jury examining allegations of war crimes and genocidal intent by the Israeli military against residents of the Gaza Strip during Operation Protective Edge. According to his testimony, he was:

able to gain unfettered access to residents [of Gaza] who had borne the brunt of the Israeli ground invasion in the hardest hit border areas, places like Khuza’a, Shujaiya, Beit Hanoun, Rafah, and the villages surrounding Beit Lahiya. I recorded testimonies from scores of residents of these areas, documenting war crimes committed by the Israeli armed forces. The atrocities formed an undeniable pattern, suggesting that the crimes committed by Israeli forces in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge were the product of stated military policies, or at least rules of engagement that enabled massacres, summary executions, wholesale residential destruction, the use of civilians as human shields, and abductions.[29]

It is unclear whether Goldin had been killed (along with two comrades) by a suicide bomb one of the militants exploded, or later by friendly fire in the Israeli assault on the area to hunt for him, nor is it known if his remains were recovered. Blumenthal postulated that the goal may have been to “den[y] Hamas the leverage it might have gained at the negotiating table with a live soldier in its possession.”[26]

Blumenthal wrote about his observations on Gaza for The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza, published by Nation Books on June 30, 2015.[13]

In 2011, Blumenthal wrote a story alleging that Israeli forces trained American police departments in anti-protester techniques, including torture, quoting Fordham University Law Professor Karen J. Greenberg.[30] Contacted by Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic and Adam Serwer of Mother Jones, Greenberg told Goldberg that “I never made such a statement”, while she told Serwer that “I did not intend to assert these allegations as factthe entire sense of the quote is inaccurate.”[31][32] Blumenthal responded that he had quoted Greenberg accurately, adding that he believed she had been “intimidated by Goldberg and the pro-Israel forces he represents”.[33][34]

During the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, Blumenthal made a comparison between Israel and ISIL. In a follow-up, journalist Rania Khalek created the Twitter hashtag JSIL; “The Jewish State of Israel in the Levant”.[35][bettersourceneeded]

JSIL became a popular Twitter hashtag after Blumenthal introduced it alongside Khalek. It was covered in many publications including Israel’s Ha’aretz, New York Magazine and Al Jazeera.[36][37][38]

In 2013, Blumenthal appeared in ninth place on that year’s Simon Wiesenthal Center list of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel slurs, reasons given being that chapter titles in the book Goliath were used to “equate Israel with the Nazi regime” and that Blumenthal had quoted “approvingly characterizations of Israeli soldiers as ‘Judeo-Nazis.'”[39] Blumenthal responded to being awarded ninth place on ‘Top Ten 2013 anti-Semitic, anti-Israel slurs’ list published by The Simon Wiesenthal Center, noting he was tied with Alice Walker.[40][41] Blumenthal noted that he, Richard Falk, and Roger Waters (who also appear on the list) “had stiff competition: Ayatollah Khomeini was number one.”[40][41]

James Fallows argues that Goliath “is no more anti-Israel, let alone anti-Semitic, than The Shame of the Cities and The Jungle and The Grapes of Wrath were anti-American for pointing out “extremes and abuses in American society.”[42]

On November 12, 2014, after being invited by Inge Hger and Annette Groth, members of the Parliamentary Left, to talk with them in the German parliament, the Bundestag, Blumenthal and Canadian-Israeli journalist David Sheen learned that senior German left-wing politician Gregor Gysi, himself critical of what he termed Israel’s violation of international law, in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank after 1967, tried to cancel the meetings on the grounds that Blumenthal and Sheen held radical views on Israeli settlements,[43][44] while Gysi wished to dissociate the Parliamentary Left party from anti-Israel campaigning.[44]

Blumenthal reported in a later article that Volker Beck of the Green Party considers Blumenthal’s work “consistently anti-semitic”, while neoconservative writer Benjamin Weinthal accused him of “public abuse of Jews”.[45]

An incident ensued later that day, later dubbed “toiletgate”, in which Blumenthal and Sheen waited for Gysi to “confront him about Israel’s crimes in Gaza and the smears that Gysi and his acolytes had disseminated against them”.[46] Gysi, followed by the two other parliamentary members, left his office and crossed down a corridor to enter a restroom, where Sheen and Blumenthal followed him. He entered a stall but the journalists refused to leave. After this event, Blumenthal and Sheen were banned from ever setting foot in the Bundestag again. In an e-mail explaining the ban, Bundestag president, Norbert Lammert stated: “Every attempt to exert pressure on members of parliament, to physically threaten them and thus endanger the parliamentary process is intolerable and must be prevented.[47][48][49]

Ali Abunimah wrote that an investigation by Blumenthal led him to uncover a “smear campaign against him and Sheen and more importantly the effort to prevent discussion about Israels crimes in Gaza – was the product of the anti-Palestinian network funded by American billionaire Sheldon Adelson. () Blumenthal notes that it was Benjamin Weinthal, a Berlin-based anti-Palestinian activist, who initiated the campaign with an article in the right-wing Berliner Morgenpost, and later in The Jerusalem Post, falsely claiming that the Bundestag meeting would not take place. Weinthal is a fellow of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD).”[46]

In 2013, Blumenthal reported from the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan for The Nation about the conditions in which he purported that Syrian refugees were living.[50]

Blumenthal says there has been a rise of Islamophobia in the world today, which, in TomDispatch, he attributes to an alleged trans-Atlantic Islamophobic political network that “spans continents, extending from Tea Party activists here to the European far right. It brings together in common cause right-wing ultra-Zionists, Christian evangelicals, and racist British soccer hooligans.”[51]

In The Nation, he alleged that Nina Rosenwald funded Islamophobic organizations. He also said that Somali-born author Ayaan Hirsi Ali is an “anti-Muslim author” with “a history of fraud”.[52][53]

Blumenthal made a short video which he titled Generation Chickenhawk. It featured interviews with convention attendees at the July 2007 College Republican National Convention in Washington, D.C. Blumenthal asked why they, as Iraq War supporters, had not enlisted in the United States Armed Forces.[54][55][56]

In 2007, Blumenthal made a short video called Rapture Ready, about American Christian fundamentalists’ support for the State of Israel.[54] He attended the June 2007 Take Back America Conference (sponsored by the Campaign for America’s Future), where he interviewed Barack Obama supporters and 9/11 conspiracy theorists. Blumenthal says that conference organizers were angered by the video, and refused to air it.[54]

In 2008, he posted video footage of Christian preacher Thomas Muthee praying over Sarah Palin (then a candidate for Governor of Alaska) and asking God to keep her safe from witchcraft.[57]

In 2009, Blumenthal posted a 3-minute video on YouTube, titled Feeling the Hate in Jerusalem on the Eve of Obama’s Cairo Address. The video was a photo montage of drunken Jewish-American young people in Jerusalem in June 2009, shortly before Obama’s Cairo address. The youths used expletives and racist rhetoric about Barack Obama and Arabs, which included referring to Obama as a “nigger” and “like a terrorist”.[58] According to The Jerusalem Post, the video “garnered massive exposure and caused a firestorm in the media and the Jewish world”.[59] A Bradley Burston op-ed in Haaretz described the video as “an overnight Internet sensation”.[58]

After YouTube removed the video from its website, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency quoted Blumenthal as stating: “I won’t ascribe motives to YouTube I am unable to confirm, but it is clear there is an active campaign by right-wing Jewish elements to suppress the video by filing a flood of complaints with YouTube”.[60] Blumenthal said that he had received death threats for his publication of the video.[61] He identifies the radicalism of the interviewees with the “indoctrination” of Birthright Israel tours, a program in which several of the interviewees were participating.[61]

Blumenthal says his 2009 book, Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement That Shattered the Party, was inspired by the work of psychologist Erich Fromm, who asserted that “the fear of freedom propels anxiety-ridden people into authoritarian settings.” Blumenthal says that a “culture of personal crisis” has defined the American “radical right”.[62]

He released Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel in 2013, a look at what he described as Israel’s aggressive shift to the far-right, and its crackdown on local activism. Goliath was awarded the 2014 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Notable Book Award.[8][63]

In the preface to the book, Blumenthal says “Americans’ tax dollars and political support that are crucial in sustaining the present state of affairs” in Israel and that, in the book, he wanted to show what that money is paying for and to present the facts “as they really are today, in unadorned and unsanitized form, without sentimentality or nostalgia.”[64]

Recommended by Glenn Greenwald and Charles Glass, the book received great critical acclaim. Among many reviews, Goliath was praised by Akiva Eldar, a veteran Israeli political correspondent, in Al-Monitor. According to Eldar, a significant part of the books strength lies in the effect that is naturally created when a foreign correspondent describes the reality of your life and surroundings. Thus, as if from a bas relief, details are raised to which the local eye has become so accustomed that it no longer notices their existence.[65] The book also received heavy criticism.[from whom?][66][67][68]

With journalist David Neiwert, Blumenthal wrote about Sarah Palin’s links to the secessionist Alaska Independence Party and how that party reportedly played a quiet but pivotal role in electing Palin as mayor of Wasilla and shaping her political agenda afterward.[69]

CBS reported that Palin responded to the story in an email to John McCain’s campaign manager Steve Schmidt: “Pls get in front of that ridiculous issue that’s cropped up all day today – two reporters, a protestor’s sign, and many shout-outs all claiming Todd’s involvement in an anti-American political party … It’s bull, and I don’t want to have to keep reacting to it … Pls have statement given on this so it’s put to bed.”[70]

On 25 December 2014, the day the film American Sniper depicting Chris Kyle’s tours of duty in Iraq was released,[71] Blumenthal tweeted to his followers on Twitter: “I haven’t seen American Sniper, but correct me if I’m wrong: An occupier mows down faceless Iraqis but the real victim is his anguished soul”.[72][71] In a May 2015 interview, Blumenthal argued that the film heavily distorts the historical, political and social truth of the war on Iraq, that it falsely portrays all Iraqis, including children and women, as “endemic terrorists”. He concluded that the film was a “bogus whitewash of the atrocities committed by U.S. troops in Iraq and Fallujah”.[73] His comments about the film drew criticism from Noah Rothman, writing for the conservative political blog Hot Air, who described them as “kneejerk and misguided appeals to relativism”,[71] and from Rick Moran at American Thinker, who said Blumenthal was “insanely wrong”.[74]

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Email a copy of “Outraged Jewish Students at Oxford Demand Withdrawal of Campus Support for Upcoming Conference Hosting Alleged Zionism-Bashers Sympathetic to Palestinian Terrorists” to a friend University of Oxford. Photo: Wikipedia. The Jewish Society at Britains Oxford University (OUJS) is calling for the withdrawal of support for anupcomingconference featuring speakers whohave expressed sympathy for Palestinian terrorists and advocated violence against Israelis,reported Cherwell, the schoolsindependent student newspaper. According to the report, the OUJS railed against theOxford Radical Forum (ORF) 2017 forplanning to hostMiriyam Aouragh, a Dutch anthropologist and activist, who reportedly describedAhmed Yassin, afounder of Hamas, as anelderly man in a wheelchair living in a refugee camp in Gaza and organized a memorial service for him after he was killed by Israeli forces;Malia Bouattia, the president of the National Union of Students, who called the University of Birmingham a Zionist outpost;andRichard Seymour, whoreportedly wrote of an Israeli journalist,F*** him, they should cut his throat. The OUJS toldCherwell,We believe that our community should not be inviting speakers who espouse antisemitism and hate speech. They should not be afforded a platform to spread their opinion. February 19, 2017 9:12 am The OUJC demanded thattheOxford University Student Union (OUSU) and a number of Junior Common Rooms (JCRs) which provideservices toa sectorof the student population withdraw theirfunding for theevent,saying, We believe that our students union and JCRsshould not be supporting this. According toCherwell, the OUSU has said it was not aware of any such concerns, but will take [the allegations]very seriously, while the president of one of the JCRssaidits involvement absolutely does not mean it endorses each and every word the speakers have said in the past nor might say at the ORF. According to ORF organizers, the conference, scheduled for March 3-5, is a weekend of events designed to critically interrogate current political issues from a range of left-wing perspectives, and has been a fixture of intellectual life at Oxford for almost a decade. In a statement posted on its Facebook page, ORF defended its choice of speakers, saying, Weconsider [them] to be well qualified to take part in the specific debates to which they have been invited.Organizers added, [We] are united against antisemitism, and all forms of racism, butcriticized those who insistthat past offensive statementsconstitute sufficient basis for which to exclude people from any critical forum. According toCherwell, ORF has a history of inviting speakers who have expressed antisemitic views and remarks, including journalist Max Blumenthal, the notorious Jewishanti-Zionist. Oxford has come under scrutiny recently forallegations oframpant antisemitism in its LabourClub, asThe Algemeiner reported, and was criticized whena nearly year-long investigation into the chargesresulted in no disciplinary action.

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Revealed: Oxford Radical Forum speakers criticised for anti-Semitism ties – Cherwell Online

Speakers at the Oxford Radical Forum (ORF), including controversial NUS President Malia Bouattia, have been variously condemned for allegedly expressed anti-Semitic views, sympathy with Hamas, and for mocking a disfigured British veteran, among other provocative positions. ORF is described by the organisers as a three day event for the radical left, held in Wadham, although the College has not confirmed that they are hosting the event. There are currently seven speakers announced. Oxford University Jewish Society (OUJS) said in a statement made to Cherwell: OUJS stands in opposition to the decision of ORF 2017 to host Miriyam Aouragh and Malia Bouattia. 84 per cent of our voting members last year voted that they are unable to reconcile their Jewish identity with Bouattias presidency of the NUS, and 57 Jewish Society presidents across the country condemned her comments. Further, the Home Affairs Select Committee have condemned her outright racism and an NUS investigation decided that her content had been anti-Semitic. Last term, our own student union called for Bouattia to issue a full and formal apology, and should stand down otherwise. Jewish students are still waiting. We believe that our community should not be inviting speakers who espouse anti-Semitism and hate speech. They should not be afforded a platform to spread their opinion. ORFs committee told Cherwell: ORF is a weekend of events designed to critically interrogate current political issues from a range of left-wing perspectives, and has been a fixture of intellectual life at Oxford for almost a decade. We consider the speakers to be well qualified to take part in the specific debates to which they have been invited. ORF is not committed to a unified political line and as such cannot and does not endorse all the views held by speakers. Its purpose is to enable critical exchange, self-reflection, and mutual questioning, and to contribute to vibrant and nuanced debates about key political issues of the day. Bouattia was elected NUS President in 2016, but soon came under fire for stating that with mainstream Zionist-led media outlets resistance is resented as an act of terrorism. The Home Affairs select committee said of her: Referring to Birmingham University as a Zionist outpost (and similar comments) smacks of outright racism, which is unacceptable, and even more so from a public figure such as the president of the NUS. Another figure due to speak at ORF is Richard Seymour, a far-left blogger who previously spoke at at the forum in 2015. Seymour responded on Facebook to criticism of Jeremy Corbyn by Simon Weston, a British veteran of the Falklands war who suffered 46 per cent burns to his face after his ship was bombed, by writing Seriously, who gives a shit about what Simon Weston thinks? If he knew anything hed still have his face. Later that year he wrote of an Israeli journalist reporting on Israel-Palestine Fuck him, they should cut his throat. He has also appeared multiple times on Press TV, the Iranian state broadcaster that has been accused of Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism, and wrote on his Leninology blog that its sensible for occupied people to attack and kill British troops, and the poppies should be burned not just a few, in a symbolic Islam4UK-style action, but all of them in a mass cremation; and any family members who actually sign up to wear a uniform of the armed forces in Afghanistan or anywhere else should be shunned, not loved. In a statement Seymour apologised for his comments mocking Simon Western and calling for the murder of an Israeli journalist, referring to them as off-hand, off-colour statements made over a year ago in what I had assumed were private exchanges. These exchanges involved, as far as I was aware, a small number of friends who would know from the context that they were not intended literally or maliciously To be absolutely clear. I do not think that Simon Westons injuries deserve ridicule. I emphatically do not think that people who advocate for the West Bank settlers should have their throats cut I am, of course, very sorry to anyone who was hurt. However, when contacted by Cherwell he made no comment in relation to Press TV or Leninology. Another speaker on the lineup this year is Miriyam Aouragh, a Dutch anthropologist and activist. According to Jewish NewsBritains largest Jewish newspaperand JTAa global Jewish news agencyin 2004 Aouragh organised a memorial service in Amsterdam for Ahmed Yassin, a Hamas founder and spiritual leader killed by Israel that year. In their statement to Cherwell OUJS described Hamas as a terrorist organisation whose charter issued in 1988 is overtly anti-Semitic, stating the need to kill Jews and referring to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Aouragh told Cherwell: Like many I was very angry about Israels murderous targeted killings campaign between 2000-2004, which saw hundreds of political activists and leaders assassinated when the popular uprising in 2000 broke out. These war crimes were condemned across the political spectrum, especially the collateral damage caused by extrajudicial killings using F16s, such as collapsing buildings with families in them and the killing of bystanders when cars were blown up. One case was that of Ahmed Yassin of Hamas, an elderly man in a wheelchair living in a refugee camp in Gaza . I was part of a protest against the incredible violence of that period, many were making this argument, including the UN, the EU, as well as a large numbers of MPs in this country. Oxford University Student Union (OUSU) Council, Somerville JCR, and Magdalen JCR have each voted to donate hundreds of pounds to support the event sparking further controversy. OUSU and Somerville JCR both pledged 150 and Magdalen 200 to cover the costs of bringing the speakers to Oxford. OUJC condemned OUSUs funding of the forum: We believe that our students union and JCRs should not be supporting this event and therefore demand that their funding for the Oxford Radical Forum 2017 be withdrawn. OUSU Communications Manager, Jo Gregory-Brough told Cherwell: OUSU werent aware of any such allegations against the motion but take them very seriously. With this in mind, the OUSU Sabbatical team are looking into the allegations as a matter of urgency and from which a conclusion will be drawn regarding the funding. Somerville JCR President Alex Crichton-Miller said: ORF puts on panels for all sorts of currently relevant issues, and this absolutely does not mean it endorses each and every word the speakers have said in the past nor might say at the ORF. Magdalen JCR President Hannah McNicol did not respond to a request for comment. This is not the first time that ORF has invited speakers with alleged ties to anti-Semitism. Max Blumenthal, who spoke in 2016, has been criticised for his 2013 book Goliath, Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, in which he compared Israel to Nazi Germany, advocated that the majority of Jews currently living in Israel be removed to make way for a Palestinian state, and referred to Israeli soldiers as Judeo-Nazis. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, named after the famed Nazi Hunter, included the book in its 2013 list of the worst anti-Semitic and anti-Israel quotes. The book was praised by former KKK leader David Duke, but denounced by a writer in The Nation who said it could have been published by the Hamas Book-of-the-Month Club. Malia Bouattia and Max Blumenthal have not replied to Cherwells request for comment.

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AlterNet Trump's Nominee for Ambassador to Israel Is More Right-Wing Than Netanyahu AlterNet Before a crowd of far-right Israeli-Americans, he launched into a bizarre diatribe against Max Blumenthal , an editor of this website, accusing him of being one of the world's leading anti-Semites and a secret adviser to Hillary Clinton, then claimed … and more »

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No Holds Barred: Hillarys Clintons troubling …

Who is Max Blumenthal, why is he a Hillary Clinton Israel Svengali and does he pose as big a headache for Hillary as Jeremiah Wright did for President Barack Obama? The well-known proverb declares you can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep. Last summer, in the wake of the impending Iran deal, which she herself helped to create and vocally supported, Hillary reached out to calm the jitters of her wealthiest Democratic Jewish supporters in an attempt to convince them that she would always support Israel. She also emphasized that she utterly condemns the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement that Israel is currently facing. But she has been a harsh critic of the Jewish state, often relishing her role. During a speech in 2012 she spoke of Israels lack of generosity and lack of empathy toward the Palestinians. She admitted that during her time as secretary of state she oftentimes was the designated yeller at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. She once yelled at him for 45 minutes when Israel granted permits to build houses in the eastern neighborhoods of its capital Jerusalem during Vice President Joe Bidens visit to Israel. But with the recent dumps of emails from Hillarys private Internet server the public has received an in-depth look at the very important role that Sidney Blumenthal played for Hillary during her time in the Obama administration. Blumenthal is one of Hillarys closest advisers and a longtime family friend. He was a senior adviser during Bill Clintons presidency and served again as senior adviser for Hillarys failed 2008 run for the White House. Blumenthal was clearly a man whose advice Hillary trusted and she was willing to pay him $10,000 a month for his services. However the information coming to light paints a troubled picture. What they show is a slew of anti-Israel writings and opinions, many of which originated from articles written by Blumenthals own son, Max Blumenthal. Max is a writer and self-declared anti-Zionist, known for his active support of the BDS movement and his calls for the dismantling of the State of Israel. He trolls pro-Israel writers, as I can personally attest. Maxs widely panned 2013 book Goliath, Life and Loathing in Greater Israel is full of anti-Israel rants, omissions and outright lies. In it, he repeatedly compares the Jewish state to Nazi Germany, and advocates that the majority of Jews currently living in Israel must be removed from the land to make way for a Palestinian state. Mimicking the Islamic States acronym ISIL, Max created the hashtag #JSIL Jewish State in the Levant. To Max, the democratic State of Israel and Islamic State are morally equivalent entities. His opinions are seen as radical leftist claptrap even by Left-leaning detractors of the Jewish state. The Nation columnist Eric Alterman himself a critic of Israels presence in the West bank described how the book could have been published by the Hamas Book-of-the-Month Club. J. J. Goldberg of The Forward described Goliath as an unpleasant book. By contrast, David Duke, the racist former Klu Klux Klan leader, praised Blumenthals book. What is truly concerning is that Sidney Blumenthal has not only failed to ever condemn his sons anti-Israel writings, but has actively advocated for and defended the warped, outrageous ideas conveyed therein. In fact, after learning of Altermans critique of Maxs book, Blumenthal began sending out emails attacking Alterman and supporting his sons shoddy and repugnant anti-Israel scholarship. One such email included an article from the radical anti-Zionist website Mondoweiss (which loved the book and for which Max has written for in the past) attacking Altermans review. But even more concerning than all of this is that Hillary Clinton, the nations chief diplomat, valued Max Blumenthals disturbed anti-Israel rants so much that she forked out $120,000 a year to his dad to keep the flow of information coming. Among the emails Sidney Blumenthal sent to Hillary is a link to a November 2010 blog post written by his son. In it, Max attempts to equate the views and policies of far Right Dutch politician Geert Wilders with those of Israel. Max goes so far as to claim that Wilders learned from, and formulated his views as a result of his living in Israel. Max writes: Israels mainstream leadership echoes Wilders crudest talking points on a regular basis. Max describes how the extreme right [in Europe] is also attracted to Israel because the country represents its highest ideals. While some critics see Israel as a racist apartheid state, people like Wilders see Israel as a racist apartheid state and they like it. He continues, They richly enjoy when Israel mows down Arab Muslims by the dozens and tells the world to go to hell; they admire Israels settler culture. Max also writes, Most of all, they yearn to live in a land like Israel that privileges its ethnic majority above all others to the point that it systematically humiliates and dispossesses the swarthy racial outclass. He adds, The endgame of the far-right is to make Europe less tolerant and more Israeli. What was Hillarys response to this racist, anti-Israel tirade? She writes back to Blumenthal, A very smart piece as usual. Before her speech to AIPAC in March of 2010, Blumenthal sent Hillary a column written by Uri Avnery claiming Israel was pursuing goals contrary to the United States interests while starting a rebellion against the US. Hillarys response to Blumenthal was, I have to speak to AIPAC tomorrow. How and should I use this? Blumenthal responds that with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Hillary should, Hold Bibis [Netanyahus] feet to the fire. Blumenthal also recommended to Hillary to try and mention in a positive light the George Soros-funded organization J Street, which is fiercely critical of the Jewish state. Blumenthal tells Hillary to remind [AIPAC] in as subtle but also direct a way as you can that it does not have a monopoly over American Jewish opinion. Bibi is stage managing US Jewish organizations (and neocons, and the religious right, and whomever else he can muster) against the administration. AIPAC itself has become an organ of the Israeli right, specifically Likud. Holding Netanyahus feet to the fire, advocating for J Street and courting AIPACs favor while simultaneously viewing it as a conspiracy organization being wielded against the interests of the United States? These are the musings of Hillary Clinton as she considers American policy toward Israel. Blumenthal also offered some truly bizarre analysis in an email to Hillary in the aftermath of the 2010 Gaza flotilla raid. During that operation Israeli soldiers boarded a Turkish vessel approaching the Gaza Strip, where they were brutally attacked, stabbed and thrown off ledges by the ships passengers, resulting in a shootout and casualties, as video evidence of the event makes clear. However, back in May of that year, before any of the facts had been properly clarified, Blumenthal provided Hillary with an armchair psychoanalysis of the events in which he states, Bibi desperately seeks his fathers approbation and can never equal his dead brother. Blumenthal explains that this must be what led Netanyahu to order the operation, adding, The raid on the ship to Gaza resembles the raid on Entebbe [in which Netanyahus brother was killed] except that there are no hostages, no guns (on the Turkish ship), its not in Africa, and its a fiasco; otherwise, its Entebbe. Throughout all of this, there is no email showing Hillary objecting to any of these anti-Israel articles and opinions that Blumenthal continually sent her. To this day, even in light of all these damning exchanges being made public, Hillary has yet to apologize or publicly distance herself from Sidney or Max Blumenthal. Will Hillary disassociate herself from the crackpot anti-Israel theories of Max Blumenthal? Were all waiting to see. The author, Americas rabbi, whom The Washington Post calls the most famous rabbi in America, is founder of The World Values Network and is the international best-selling author of 30 books, including Wrestling with the Divine and The Fed-Up Man of Faith, both of which deal with the problem of human suffering. Follow him on Twitter @RabbiShmuley. Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

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January 19, 2017   Posted in: Max Blumenthal  Comments Closed

Elie Wiesel’s Perfect Tribute: Hate Tweet from Clinton …

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER Which is precisely why terror sympathizers and antisemites like Max Blumenthal son of Hillary Clintons close associate, Sid Blumenthal, and a Jew who hates both Israel and the Jewish people into which he was born celebrated Wiesels death. SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER The elder Blumenthal, who earns $200,000 per year as a partof Clintons inner circle, frequently sent the Secretary of State his sons hateful work. That oeuvre includesGoliath, an anti-Israel screed casting the Jewish state in the role of the Nazis. Blumenthals bileis a perfect tribute to Wiesel, who was the living retort to such nonsense. He earned his enemies by being a witness who not only refused to die, but alsoto shut up. It was Wiesel who elevated the phrase speaking truth to power, as he took on presidents from both parties, challenging Ronald Reagans visit to Bitburgand Barack Obamas surrenderto Iran. His most widely-read work,Night, is a riveting memoir ofhis survival at Auschwitz, after the Jews in his remote Hungarian village were rounded up, stuffed into cattle cars, and sent to die horrific deaths. (I first readNight in the eighth grade;its terror has stayed with me since.) But Wiesel won the Nobel Prize in 1986 for peace, not for literature. It was Wiesel who shaped memory into a potent political force: whenever a new genocide loomed, he was the voice of conscience, urging the world to act. In hisefforts to save others, he drew no distinctions of race, religion, or ethnicity. He was as passionate in his pleas for Muslims in danger of extermination as he was in defendingthe State of Israels right to defend its citizens against Palestinianterrorism. Re-read Max Blumenthals tweet accusing Wiesel of defending apartheid and then read what Wiesel said on accepting the Nobel Prize: It would be unnatural for me not to make Jewish priorities my own: Israel, Soviet Jewry, Jews in Arab lands But there are others as important to me. Apartheid is, in my view, as abhorrent as anti-Semitism. In that same speech, he recognized the plight of the Palestinians, but added that he deplore[d] their terrorist methods. Let Israel be given a chance, let hatred and danger be removed from her horizons, and there will be peace in and around the Holy Land, he said. That is a solution Max Blumenthal, and his Clinton-advising father, reject. Notably, Hillary Clinton has not shunned the Blumenthals. These are the sorts of people whom even Barack Obama, with his long history of associations with Jeremiah Wright and Rashid Khalidi and the like, knew to keep at bay. With the passing of Wiesel and his generation, fabulists like Max Blumenthal who invert history to cast Israel as the fascists will feel emboldened. Thatis precisely why each of us must keep Wiesels work, and his moral vision, alive. Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. His new book,See No Evil: 19 Hard Truths the Left Cant Handle, will be published by Regnery on July 25 and is available for pre-order through Amazon. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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Sidney Blumenthal – Wikipedia

Sidney Stone Blumenthal (; born November 6, 1948) is an American journalist, activist, writer, and former political aide. He is a former aide to President Bill Clinton; a long-time confidant[1] to Hillary Clinton, formerly employed by the Clinton Foundation;[2] and a journalist, especially on American politics and foreign policy. He was editor of several departments and wrote for several publications including The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and was Washington, D.C. bureau chief for Salon.com, for which he has written over 1800 pieces online. He is a regular contributor to openDemocracy.net, and was a regular columnist for The Guardian.[3] After 2000, he published several essays critical of the administration of President George W. Bush.[4][5][6][7] Blumenthal has written for several publications including The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Guardian and The New Yorker, and was briefly Washington, D.C. bureau chief for Salon. Blumenthal was born in Chicago, to Jewish parents Claire (ne Stone) and Hyman V. Blumenthal.[8] He earned a BA in sociology from Brandeis University in 1969, and started his career in Boston as a journalist who wrote for The Boston Phoenix and The Real Paper, two weekly-issued publications.[9] Blumenthal popularized the phrase “permanent campaign”, in a book of the same name, in 1980. The term describes officials campaigning for re-election throughout the electoral cycle, leaving no time when they can focus exclusively on governing.[10] In 1983, Blumenthal became a national political correspondent for “The New Republic”, covering the 1984 campaign.[9] Soon after, Blumenthal began working for “The Washington Post” before returning to “The New Republic”.[11] In 1993, Blumenthal became a Washington correspondent for “The New Yorker” before joining the Bill Clinton Presidential administration in the summer of 1997.[9] Sidney Blumenthal served as assistant and senior adviser to Bill Clinton from August 1997 until January 2001. His roles included advising the President on communications and public policy as well as researching information in the general media about the White House. He became a major figure in the grand jury investigation that ended in the impeachment of President Clinton. While working for Clinton, Blumenthal was known for this loyalty to the Clintons, and for attacks on their adversaries, which is one reason Rahm Emanuel, original chief of staff for President Obama, barred Blumenthal from holding a position in Hillary Clinton’s State Department.[9] During the investigations by independent counsel Kenneth Starr, Blumenthal was called to the grand jury to testify on matters related to what Clinton had told both Blumenthal and his senior staff in regard to Monica Lewinsky. It was on this occasion that Blumenthal was accused by the independent counsel of seeking to discredit the office of the counsel by passing stories to the media about Starr and his aides. The leadership of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives felt enough evidence existed in regard to the Paula Jones case and Lewinsky for impeachment proceedings to begin in December 1998. After the House Judiciary Committee and the United States House of Representatives impeached Clinton on December 19, the matter then passed to the United States Senate. Blumenthal was one of four witnesses called to testify before the Senate. No live witnesses were called; the four were interviewed on videotape. His testimony addressed the key “lie”: that Clinton was allegedly pressuring Betty Currie and Blumenthal himself to attest that it was Lewinsky who initially pursued Clinton, not vice versa. Lewinsky stated she was the one who instigated the relationship. The Senate acquitted Clinton of perjury and impeachment proceedings ended. In 1997, Blumenthal filed a $30 million libel lawsuit against Internet blogger Matt Drudge (and AOL, who had hired Drudge) stemming from a false claim Drudge had made of spousal abuse attributed to “top GOP sources”. Drudge retracted the story later, saying he had been given bad information. In Blumenthal v. Drudge, 992 F. Supp. 44 (D.D.C. 1998), the court refused to dismiss Blumenthal’s case for lack of personal jurisdiction. Drudge later publicly apologized to the Blumenthals. Blumenthal dropped his lawsuit and eventually reached a settlement involving a payment to Drudge over having missed a deposition. In his book, The Clinton Wars, Blumenthal claimed he was forced to settle because he could no longer financially afford the suit.[12][13] After the Clinton presidency, Blumenthal wrote The Clinton Wars, which was published in 2003. Janet Maslin wrote in a review of the book in the New York Times: “Beyond his intention to set the record straight on controversies that plagued the Clinton presidency, Mr. Blumenthal has a more personal agenda. Barely mentioning others close to the Clintons, and illustrating this memoir with smiling, convivial photographs of himself in their company … Blumenthal sends a clear message to his administration colleagues: Mom liked me best.”[14] Reviewing the book in the New York Review of Books, Joseph Lelyveld, the former executive editor of the New York Times, wrote that Blumenthal came across as more like “courtier” than “the bright campaign reporter he once was … When it comes to the Clintons, there is not a single line of comparable acuity or detachment in the whole of The Clinton Wars. What you get instead are passages that would have been regarded as above par but hardly fresh if they had appeared in a news magazine cover story ten years ago.”[15] Andrew Sullivan has characterized Blumenthal as “the most pro-Clinton writer on the planet.”[16] In addition to The Clinton Wars (2003), Blumenthal’s books include The Permanent Campaign (1980), The Rise of the Counter-Establishment (1986), Pledging Allegiance: The Last Campaign of the Cold War (1990), and How Bush Rules: Chronicles of a Radical Regime (2006). During the 2004 election, Blumenthal was Washington, D.C. bureau chief for Salon.[9] He also was a regular columnist for “The Guardian” from August 2003 until November 2007.[17] British-American journalist and author Christopher Hitchens upon subpoena submitted an affidavit to the trial managers of the Republican Party during the impeachment of Bill Clinton. In the affidavit, Hitchens swore that then-friend Blumenthal had described Monica Lewinsky as a stalker. This allegation contradicted Blumenthal’s own sworn deposition in the trial,[18] which resulted in a hostile exchange of words between the two. Following the publication of The Clinton Wars, Hitchens wrote several pieces in which he accused Blumenthal of manipulating facts.[18][19] Blumenthal was a political consultant for the Emmy-award winning HBO series Tanner ’88, written by Garry Trudeau and directed by Robert Altman; he appears as himself in one episode. More notably, he was the executive producer of the documentary Taxi to the Dark Side, directed by Alex Gibney, which won an Academy Award for Best Documentary of 2007. He was an associate producer of the 2002 film Max.[20] Blumenthal joined the 2008 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign as a “senior advisor” in November 2007.[21] While on a trip to advise Clinton on her presidential campaign, Blumenthal was arrested for driving while intoxicated in Nashua, New Hampshire, on January 7, 2008. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor DWI charge.[22] After her January 2009 appointment as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton wanted to hire Blumenthal. However, Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, blocked his selection due to lingering anger among President Barack Obama’s aides over Blumenthal’s role in promoting negative stories about Obama during the Democratic primary.[23] According to a report in the New York Times, “Emanuel talked with Mrs. Clinton … and explained that bringing Mr. Blumenthal on board was a no-go. The bad blood among his colleagues was too deep, and the last thing the administration needed, he concluded, was dissension and drama in the ranks. In short, Mr. Blumenthal was out.”[23] Blumenthal was a full-time employee Clinton Foundation from 2009 until 2013 and served as a consultant for the foundation from 2013 until 2015, earning about $10,000 per month.[24][25] Right-wing critics charge that Blumenthal’s work at the foundation was inappropriately politically motivated and that during his time at the foundation, he blurred the lines between the foundation and Secretary Clinton’s role as Secretary of State.[26][27] During the 2011 uprising in Libya against Muammar Gaddafi, Blumenthal prepared, from public and other sources, about 25 memos which he sent as emails to Clinton in 2011 and 2012, which she shared through her aide, Jake Sullivan, with senior State Department personnel. In the form of intelligence briefings, the memos sometimes touted his business associates and, at times contained inaccurate information.[28][29] The United States House Select Committee on Benghazi, headed by Representative Trey Gowdy, Republican of South Carolina, subpoenaed Blumenthal in May 2015.[30][31] Blumenthal gave testimony in a closed-door session the following month.[32] Blumenthal’s name came up during the October 22, 2015 full committee public questioning of Hillary Clinton regarding the Benghazi incident, as one of the alleged sources of Hillary Clinton’s intelligence. During this hearing Democratic members asked that Blumenthal’s deposition transcript be made public so that comments regarding his involvement could be placed in context. The motion was defeated by a party-line vote.[33] Blumenthal currently serves as a consultant to the left-leaning watchdog group Media Matters for America, the pro-Democratic Super PAC American Bridge 21st Century and the pro-Clinton Super PAC Correct the Record.[34] He currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife. The couple has two sons, one of whom is author, journalist and pro-Palestinian activist Max Blumenthal.[35]

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Max Blumenthal – The Louis D. Brandeis Center Blog

Activists devoted to promoting boycott campaigns against Israel and maligning the Jewish state as illegitimate and uniquely evil knew already what to expect when Max Blumenthals book Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel was published last October. As Blumenthal himself emphasized in the acknowledgements at the end of his book, sites like the Electronic Intifada and Mondoweiss had provided essential outlets for much of the reporting presented in Goliath, while less courageous publications had shied away from publishing this material. What kind of courage it took to publish Blumenthals reporting on Israel was illustrated when the Simon Wiesenthal Center released its 2013 list of the Top 10 Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Slurs at the end of December and included Blumenthal in the category The Power of the Poison Pen. The Louis D. Brandeis Center (LDB) is publishing today a Research Article that provides a detailed documentation of Blumenthals efforts to depict Israel as an utterly evil state that can only be compared to Nazi Germany and should be treated accordingly. Entitled Another Milestone for the Mainstreaming of Anti-Semitism: The New America Foundation and Max Blumenthals Goliath, the paper highlights how inappropriate it is to promote a book on Israel by an author whose related work had been shunned by mainstream outlets for good reason. After all, Blumenthals writings and video clips not only appealed to activists campaigning for the delegitimization and elimination of Israel as a Jewish state, but were also promoted on all the major sites popular among conspiracy theorists, Jew-haters, racists and neo-Nazis: from Stormfront to David Dukes site, Rense, and Veterans Today. Moreover, Blumenthal himself endorsed reviews that praised his book for presenting Israel as the Nazi Germany of our time, thereby arguably undermining the mainstream legitimacy bestowed on Goliath by the New America Foundations (NAF) unfortunate decision to provide him a platform for promoting the book. While Blumenthal was perfectly capable to adjust his presentations according to the audience he was addressing, he provided a chilling demonstration of what he hoped to accomplish with Goliath during an event at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was hosted on October 17 by political scientist Ian Lustick to promote his book. Lustick noted at one point in the discussion that Blumenthal showed in Goliath that Israel is not just a little bit fascist, Israel is a lot fascist, and according to Lustick, this was the ultimate delegitimizer, because after World War II, nothing fascist can even be allowed to survive. Referring to the biblical story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrha, Lustick invited Blumenthal to fancy himself in the position of God in order to decide whether there are enough good people in todays Sodom-like Israel to save it from destruction. Blumenthal, who clearly didnt need convincing that Israel as a Jewish state shouldnt be allowed to survive, responded by explaining that his first concern was relieving the suffering of the indigenous people of Palestine. According to him, the only way to achieve this was by placing external pressure such as the BDS (boycotts, divestment and sanctions) movement is advocating on Jewish Israelis in order to force them to choose between emigrating and agreeing to become indigenized by accepting Arab dominance in political, cultural and social terms. This open call for the demise of the Jewish state and a Juden raus-policy for those of Israels Jews who would be unwilling to become indigenized after the hoped-for victory of the BDS movement did not remain one of the many barely noticed events staged regularly by so-called pro-Palestinian activists, but was reported by the Forwards J.J. Goldberg. Yet, there were no consequences, which arguably only illustrates the urgent need to fight the alarming deterioration of the debate about Israel on American campuses. When NAF President Anne-Marie Slaughter was notified at the end of November that her organizations planned event for Blumenthal had been criticized at Commentary as completely inappropriate, she dismissed the criticism by quoting the popular notion that the best answer for speech is more speech. Unfortunately, however, there was no attempt whatsoever to counter Blumenthals speech during the NAF event; instead, as was to be expected, Blumenthal received some mainstream endorsements after the event, most notably from veteran NAF board member James Fallows. With the Research Article published today, LDB is providing the long overdue answer to Blumenthals speech by documenting that promoting his work on Israel ultimately means to contribute to the mainstreaming of anti-Semitism.

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Max Blumenthal – the Data Lounge

Does anyone here know Max Blumenthal’s story? He is the geeky blogger and author that takes on the Repugs in some hilarious videos. I find him quite sexy. He’s cute. I think he’s Sidney Blumenthal’s son. yes, he is the son of Sidney (who worked in the Clinton administration). I think max is hot too. not sure if’s he’s gay. He sure seems to aim at the GOP over gay rights. He’s a little Jewish hottie! He has a lot of guts to venture into these different GOP functions. I love some of his Youtube videos. He is the guy who dug up the most dirt on Rick Warren and his funding of homophobic policies in Africa. He is very pro-gay and has been a guest several times on Michelangelo Signorile’s radio show. He also called out CNN’s Roland Martin on his homophobia. He did a report on Repug’s favorite not-gay escort, pornboy Matt Sanchez, on the Olbermann show a few years ago. The clip subsequently got more than a million hits on youtube until Matty’s lawyers got it pulled. I see a cable show in his future. Seriously ballsy and has a matter of fact delivery that is priceless. He reported on Sanchez after Sanchez got exposed right here on DL. Max Blumenthal sounds like a whiney girl, but it’s good to see someone thinks he’s attractive.

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Max Blumenthal – Wikipedia

Max Blumenthal (born December 18, 1977) is an American author, journalist, and blogger. He is a senior writer for Alternet and formerly a writer for The Daily Beast, Al Akhbar, and Media Matters for America.[1] He is the author of two books including Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party (2009), which appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list,[2][3][4][5] and Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel (2013).[6][7][8] Blumenthal was born on December 18, 1977 in Boston, Massachusetts to Jacqueline (ne Jordan) and Sidney Blumenthal, a writer and former aide to President Bill Clinton and aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He has one brother. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999 with a B.A. degree in history.[9] Blumenthal joined Lebanon’s Al Akhbar in late 2011 primarily to write about Israel-Palestine issues and foreign-policy debates in Washington, noting, upon leaving in mid-2012 in protest of its coverage of the Syrian Civil War, that it “gave me more latitude than any paper in the United States to write about … Israel and Palestine”.[10] He ended his association with Al Akhbar in June 2012, over what he viewed as the newspaper’s pro-Assad editorial line during the Syrian Civil War that he said was spearheaded by Amal Saad-Ghorayeb.[10][11] Blumenthal contributes weekly articles to Alternet where he has been a senior writer since September 2014. He focuses on the deepening crisis in the Middle East and its role in shaping political dynamics and public opinion in the US, particularly the special relationship with Israel. He occasionally covers domestic issues such as corporate media consolidation, the influence of the Christian right and police brutality.[12] His reporting from the Gaza strip in 2014 was developed into a book, The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza.[13] Blumenthal’s articles and video documentaries have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, The Nation, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Independent Film Channel, Salon, The Real News, and Al Jazeera English, among other publications.[14] Blumenthal won the Online News Association’s Independent Feature Award for his 2002 Salon article, Day of the Dead.[15][16] The piece revealed that the killing of hundreds of women in Ciudad Jurez, Chihuahua, Mexico was connected to the policies of corporate interests in the border city.[17] Blumenthal contributed to The Huffington Post from 2009-11.[18] In 2014, Blumenthal covered hunger strikes in the privatized Northwest Detention Center by undocumented migrants for The Nation.[19] He had written about the rise of the so-called “Minuteman” movement for Salon.com in 2003, describing its members as border vigilantes who have harassed and detained hundreds, perhaps thousands, of migrants suspected of entering the country illegally.[20] In 2010, he covered the federal immigration enforcement program known as Operation Streamline for Truthdig. “The program represents the entrenchment of a parallel nonproductive economy promoting abuse behind the guise of law enforcement and crime deterrence”, he wrote.[21] He also testified as a prosecution witness in the civil trial of Vicente v. Barnett, in which Arizona businessman Roger Barnett was forced to pay $73,000 for assaulting a migrant on the US-Mexico border.[22] Blumenthal has written two books of his time spent in Gaza and the Occupied Territories documenting Israeli and Palestinian war crimes: Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel and The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza. In The 51 Day War, Blumenthal writes of his time in Gaza during and in the aftermath of Operation Protective Edge, an Israeli military offensive in Gaza during the summer of 2014. In Blumenthal’s interpretation the event cited as sparking the 2014 Gaza War, was the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers by a Hamas cell. He posits that the massive West Bank operation that followed it was not aimed at rescuing the teens, who were known to be dead, or to capture their killers, but to destroy a political agreement between Hamas and the Palestinian National Authority by targeting the Palestinian Unity Government. [23] Blumenthal later provided testimony from local Palestinian residents who said they had been used as human shields by the Israeli army during Operation Protective Edge. [24] He furnished details garnered from interviews with Rafah residents who said they had evidence of Israel’s application of the “Hannibal Directive”. According to Blumenthal, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) invocation of the “Hannibal Directive” resulted in the IDF carrying out a large-scale military operation that included bombing all possible escape routes from Rafah tunnels. Ha’aretz reported this action to have killed scores of Palestinians and to have been the “most devastating” execution of the Hannibal Directive: On Friday morning, when the IDF still believed that Lieutenant Hadar Goldin may have been taken alive by Hamas into an attack tunnel beneath Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, the Hannibal Directive was activated to its most devastating extent yet including massive artillery bombardments and air strikes on possible escape routes.[25] Blumenthal wrote that the offensive killed 190 Palestinians in Rafah and that the Israeli army seemed to have “aimed to kill one of its own”. Only partial remains of the three Israelis were found. An IDF inquiry concluded Goldin probably was killed during the initial battle. Lt. Hadar Goldin, was taken captive by an ambush team from the Hamas military wing known as the Qassam Brigades”,[26] According to an IDF investigation of the incident, while the phrase “Hannibal Procedure” was mentioned on the IDF field radios, the procedure was not implemented nor was there indiscriminate fire towards Rafah homes. The IDF investigation concluded that 41 people were killed, 12 of whom were Hamas combatants.[27] Blumenthal said he had reported from the Gazan city of Shuja’iyya on Israel’s “destruction of their neighborhoods and the killing of civilians.”[28] Blumenthal subsequently appeared before the Russell Tribunal on September 25, 2014, in Brussels, Belgium, to testify before a jury examining allegations of war crimes and genocidal intent by the Israeli military against residents of the Gaza Strip during Operation Protective Edge. According to his testimony, he was: able to gain unfettered access to residents [of Gaza] who had borne the brunt of the Israeli ground invasion in the hardest hit border areas, places like Khuza’a, Shujaiya, Beit Hanoun, Rafah, and the villages surrounding Beit Lahiya. I recorded testimonies from scores of residents of these areas, documenting war crimes committed by the Israeli armed forces. The atrocities formed an undeniable pattern, suggesting that the crimes committed by Israeli forces in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge were the product of stated military policies, or at least rules of engagement that enabled massacres, summary executions, wholesale residential destruction, the use of civilians as human shields, and abductions.[29] It is unclear whether Goldin had been killed (along with two comrades) by a suicide bomb one of the militants exploded, or later by friendly fire in the Israeli assault on the area to hunt for him, nor is it known if his remains were recovered. Blumenthal postulated that the goal may have been to “den[y] Hamas the leverage it might have gained at the negotiating table with a live soldier in its possession.”[26] Blumenthal wrote about his observations on Gaza for The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza, published by Nation Books on June 30, 2015.[13] In 2011, Blumenthal wrote a story alleging that Israeli forces trained American police departments in anti-protester techniques, including torture, quoting Fordham University Law Professor Karen J. Greenberg.[30] Contacted by Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic and Adam Serwer of Mother Jones, Greenberg told Goldberg that “I never made such a statement”, while she told Serwer that “I did not intend to assert these allegations as factthe entire sense of the quote is inaccurate.”[31][32] Blumenthal responded that he had quoted Greenberg accurately, adding that he believed she had been “intimidated by Goldberg and the pro-Israel forces he represents”.[33][34] During the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, Blumenthal made a comparison between Israel and ISIL. In a follow-up, journalist Rania Khalek created the Twitter hashtag JSIL; “The Jewish State of Israel in the Levant”.[35][bettersourceneeded] JSIL became a popular Twitter hashtag after Blumenthal introduced it alongside Khalek. It was covered in many publications including Israel’s Ha’aretz, New York Magazine and Al Jazeera.[36][37][38] In 2013, Blumenthal appeared in ninth place on that year’s Simon Wiesenthal Center list of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel slurs, reasons given being that chapter titles in the book Goliath were used to “equate Israel with the Nazi regime” and that Blumenthal had quoted “approvingly characterizations of Israeli soldiers as ‘Judeo-Nazis.'”[39] Blumenthal responded to being awarded ninth place on ‘Top Ten 2013 anti-Semitic, anti-Israel slurs’ list published by The Simon Wiesenthal Center, noting he was tied with Alice Walker.[40][41] Blumenthal noted that he, Richard Falk, and Roger Waters (who also appear on the list) “had stiff competition: Ayatollah Khomeini was number one.”[40][41] James Fallows argues that Goliath “is no more anti-Israel, let alone anti-Semitic, than The Shame of the Cities and The Jungle and The Grapes of Wrath were anti-American for pointing out “extremes and abuses in American society.”[42] On November 12, 2014, after being invited by Inge Hger and Annette Groth, members of the Parliamentary Left, to talk with them in the German parliament, the Bundestag, Blumenthal and Canadian-Israeli journalist David Sheen learned that senior German left-wing politician Gregor Gysi, himself critical of what he termed Israel’s violation of international law, in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank after 1967, tried to cancel the meetings on the grounds that Blumenthal and Sheen held radical views on Israeli settlements,[43][44] while Gysi wished to dissociate the Parliamentary Left party from anti-Israel campaigning.[44] Blumenthal reported in a later article that Volker Beck of the Green Party considers Blumenthal’s work “consistently anti-semitic”, while neoconservative writer Benjamin Weinthal accused him of “public abuse of Jews”.[45] An incident ensued later that day, later dubbed “toiletgate”, in which Blumenthal and Sheen waited for Gysi to “confront him about Israel’s crimes in Gaza and the smears that Gysi and his acolytes had disseminated against them”.[46] Gysi, followed by the two other parliamentary members, left his office and crossed down a corridor to enter a restroom, where Sheen and Blumenthal followed him. He entered a stall but the journalists refused to leave. After this event, Blumenthal and Sheen were banned from ever setting foot in the Bundestag again. In an e-mail explaining the ban, Bundestag president, Norbert Lammert stated: “Every attempt to exert pressure on members of parliament, to physically threaten them and thus endanger the parliamentary process is intolerable and must be prevented.[47][48][49] Ali Abunimah wrote that an investigation by Blumenthal led him to uncover a “smear campaign against him and Sheen and more importantly the effort to prevent discussion about Israels crimes in Gaza – was the product of the anti-Palestinian network funded by American billionaire Sheldon Adelson. () Blumenthal notes that it was Benjamin Weinthal, a Berlin-based anti-Palestinian activist, who initiated the campaign with an article in the right-wing Berliner Morgenpost, and later in The Jerusalem Post, falsely claiming that the Bundestag meeting would not take place. Weinthal is a fellow of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD).”[46] In 2013, Blumenthal reported from the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan for The Nation about the conditions in which he purported that Syrian refugees were living.[50] Blumenthal says there has been a rise of Islamophobia in the world today, which, in TomDispatch, he attributes to an alleged trans-Atlantic Islamophobic political network that “spans continents, extending from Tea Party activists here to the European far right. It brings together in common cause right-wing ultra-Zionists, Christian evangelicals, and racist British soccer hooligans.”[51] In The Nation, he alleged that Nina Rosenwald funded Islamophobic organizations. He also said that Somali-born author Ayaan Hirsi Ali is an “anti-Muslim author” with “a history of fraud”.[52][53] Blumenthal made a short video which he titled Generation Chickenhawk. It featured interviews with convention attendees at the July 2007 College Republican National Convention in Washington, D.C. Blumenthal asked why they, as Iraq War supporters, had not enlisted in the United States Armed Forces.[54][55][56] In 2007, Blumenthal made a short video called Rapture Ready, about American Christian fundamentalists’ support for the State of Israel.[54] He attended the June 2007 Take Back America Conference (sponsored by the Campaign for America’s Future), where he interviewed Barack Obama supporters and 9/11 conspiracy theorists. Blumenthal says that conference organizers were angered by the video, and refused to air it.[54] In 2008, he posted video footage of Christian preacher Thomas Muthee praying over Sarah Palin (then a candidate for Governor of Alaska) and asking God to keep her safe from witchcraft.[57] In 2009, Blumenthal posted a 3-minute video on YouTube, titled Feeling the Hate in Jerusalem on the Eve of Obama’s Cairo Address. The video was a photo montage of drunken Jewish-American young people in Jerusalem in June 2009, shortly before Obama’s Cairo address. The youths used expletives and racist rhetoric about Barack Obama and Arabs, which included referring to Obama as a “nigger” and “like a terrorist”.[58] According to The Jerusalem Post, the video “garnered massive exposure and caused a firestorm in the media and the Jewish world”.[59] A Bradley Burston op-ed in Haaretz described the video as “an overnight Internet sensation”.[58] After YouTube removed the video from its website, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency quoted Blumenthal as stating: “I won’t ascribe motives to YouTube I am unable to confirm, but it is clear there is an active campaign by right-wing Jewish elements to suppress the video by filing a flood of complaints with YouTube”.[60] Blumenthal said that he had received death threats for his publication of the video.[61] He identifies the radicalism of the interviewees with the “indoctrination” of Birthright Israel tours, a program in which several of the interviewees were participating.[61] Blumenthal says his 2009 book, Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement That Shattered the Party, was inspired by the work of psychologist Erich Fromm, who asserted that “the fear of freedom propels anxiety-ridden people into authoritarian settings.” Blumenthal says that a “culture of personal crisis” has defined the American “radical right”.[62] He released Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel in 2013, a look at what he described as Israel’s aggressive shift to the far-right, and its crackdown on local activism. Goliath was awarded the 2014 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Notable Book Award.[8][63] In the preface to the book, Blumenthal says “Americans’ tax dollars and political support that are crucial in sustaining the present state of affairs” in Israel and that, in the book, he wanted to show what that money is paying for and to present the facts “as they really are today, in unadorned and unsanitized form, without sentimentality or nostalgia.”[64] Recommended by Glenn Greenwald and Charles Glass, the book received great critical acclaim. Among many reviews, Goliath was praised by Akiva Eldar, a veteran Israeli political correspondent, in Al-Monitor. According to Eldar, a significant part of the books strength lies in the effect that is naturally created when a foreign correspondent describes the reality of your life and surroundings. Thus, as if from a bas relief, details are raised to which the local eye has become so accustomed that it no longer notices their existence.[65] The book also received heavy criticism.[from whom?][66][67][68] With journalist David Neiwert, Blumenthal wrote about Sarah Palin’s links to the secessionist Alaska Independence Party and how that party reportedly played a quiet but pivotal role in electing Palin as mayor of Wasilla and shaping her political agenda afterward.[69] CBS reported that Palin responded to the story in an email to John McCain’s campaign manager Steve Schmidt: “Pls get in front of that ridiculous issue that’s cropped up all day today – two reporters, a protestor’s sign, and many shout-outs all claiming Todd’s involvement in an anti-American political party … It’s bull, and I don’t want to have to keep reacting to it … Pls have statement given on this so it’s put to bed.”[70] On 25 December 2014, the day the film American Sniper depicting Chris Kyle’s tours of duty in Iraq was released,[71] Blumenthal tweeted to his followers on Twitter: “I haven’t seen American Sniper, but correct me if I’m wrong: An occupier mows down faceless Iraqis but the real victim is his anguished soul”.[72][71] In a May 2015 interview, Blumenthal argued that the film heavily distorts the historical, political and social truth of the war on Iraq, that it falsely portrays all Iraqis, including children and women, as “endemic terrorists”. He concluded that the film was a “bogus whitewash of the atrocities committed by U.S. troops in Iraq and Fallujah”.[73] His comments about the film drew criticism from Noah Rothman, writing for the conservative political blog Hot Air, who described them as “kneejerk and misguided appeals to relativism”,[71] and from Rick Moran at American Thinker, who said Blumenthal was “insanely wrong”.[74]

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