IfNotNow and Eli Valley’s Dangerous, Antisemitic Incitement
IfNotNow have tweeted the following in the wake of AIPAC spending money to try and defeat Israel-haters in Democrat congressional primaries.
That’s right, the guy who drew this
thinks I am the unhinged one.
Some Israel advocates have misunderstood the cartoon, thinking it somehow depicts a Jewish person. It does not; it seems to be based on this antisemite from the Capital riots:
The cartoon is accusing AIPAC of supporting such violent antisemites who subvert democracy, as Valley himself has explained:
While AIPAC did allegedly support two Republican candidates who refused to testify before the congressional panel investigating the insurrection of Jan. 6, 2020, they certainly did not support violent antisemites who stormed the capital. To say so is libel, plain and simple.
I would argue the contention of the cartoon that AIPAC paid for violent antisemites who subvert democracy is antisemitic, since it plays into the antisemitic trope of the powerful Jews trying to control people for nefarious reasons. The IfNotNow tweets spells it out even clearer in accusing AIPAC of being “an existential threat to democracy and our lives.” This goes beyond antisemitism and ventures into dangerous hyperbole territory.
I could envisage this sentiment leading to violence and, G-d forbid, Jewish blood spilled. Which is ironic, given that the person depicted in the cartoon is supposedly an antisemitic, violent, right-winger.
Update: Just saying (hat tip: EoZ)