Rabbi Boteac wants Clinton to denounce Max Blumenthal – Patrick Goodenough/CNSNews (double article)
One of America’s best-known rabbis, Shmuley Boteach, has called on Hillary Clinton to “repudiate” comments reportedly by anti-Israel writer Max Blumenthal – the son of her close confidante Sidney Blumenthal – referring to the armed wing of the Hamas terrorist group in complementary terms.
Boteach, executive director of the World Values Network, was reacting on Twitter to reports quoting Blumenthal as making the comments during an pro-Palestine event at the London School of Economics early last month.
In a covertly recorded audio clip obtained by London’s Sunday Telegraph, a man said to be Blumenthal describes a July 2014 attack by Hamas’ Izzadin al-Qassam Brigades on Israeli soldiers guarding a kibbutz near the Gaza Strip, and comments on the propaganda value of a video clip, of the attack released by the terrorist group.
The speaker suggests that young Palestinians involved in violent attacks against Israelis over recent months – or what he calls “the ongoing rebellion” – were inspired by the video, to “demonstrate their own bravery and recover their own dignity.”
The campaign of gun, knife and car-ramming attacks that began last fall has cost the lives of 29 Israelis and four foreign nationals – including West Point graduate and U.S. Army veteran Taylor Force, killed in a stabbing in Jaffa three days after the purported Blumenthal’s London talk.
Link to undercover recording: http://www.mrctv.org/videos/clinton-confidante-s-son-palestinians-recover-their-dignity-violence-against-israelis
In the recording, the man identified as Blumenthal says that Palestinians, after seeing family members killed, “want to recover their dignity. And one of the ways they can find it is in the al-Qassam Brigades or another armed faction.”
He then describes the attack on the Nahal Oz kibbutz, in which Hamas terrorists emerged from a tunnel dug from the Gaza Strip and killed five Israeli soldiers.
“A team of nine young men from the al-Qassam Brigades sets out in the tunnel with GoPro cameras attached to their helmets, burst into the Israeli base and kills every Israeli soldier they encounter in hand-to-hand combat, and steals a Tavor [assault] rifle as evidence, and makes it back safely to the Gaza Strip,” he says.
(According to the Israeli Defense Forces, the five were killed by an anti-tank missile fired into a pillbox guard tower, not in “hand-to-hand combat.” One of the attackers was killed, and soldiers prevented the terrorists from abducting one of the Israelis, it said.)
The speaker goes on say that a video which Hamas subsequently released of the attack sent a message both to Israel – that its “security bubble could be popped” – and to Palestinians.
“The message it sent to young Palestinians in the West Bank, in Jerusalem and abroad, was also incredible,” he says.
“Because just imagine growing up in Jerusalem – I mean, this is how I think about it – imagine growing up in the West Bank and all you see are videos of your people being humiliated by heavily-armed soldiers. And finally you see your people in commando uniforms, bursting into a military base and showing up the occupier.”
‘Demonstrate their own bravery’
The speaker then links the propaganda value of the video with the ongoing campaign of deadly violence in Israeli cities.
“I contend that that video and other videos like it influenced the ongoing rebellion in the West Bank and Jerusalem, as young Palestinians wanted to demonstrate their own bravery and recover their own dignity after being humiliated under a double occupation of Israel and the Palestinian Authority,” he says.
The recording and quotes formed part of a broader Telegraph news report saying the British government has decided to withdraw funding to a charitable group, War on Want, which it said helped to finance “Israeli Apartheid Week” events this year.
War on Want in a statement called the story “a complete fabrication,” claiming it had not sought government support “for a number of years now.”
On his Twitter feed, Blumenthal pointed to the War on Want denial and dismissed the news story as “trash” and “false and defamatory.” He also said he was “exploring legal action” before giving further comment. He did not confirm or deny the authenticity of the recording.
Blumenthal, a senior writer for AlterNet since 2014, focuses strongly on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and his work reflects clear pro-Palestinian sympathies along with support for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction (BDS) movement.
He is also the son of Sidney Blumenthal, a former aide to President Bill Clinton whose counsel to Hillary Clinton during her tenure as secretary of state was evident in many of the emails sent and received on Clinton’s private server, released by the State Department in line with a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
Sid Blumenthal’s emails to Clinton covered everything from how the administration should deal with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (“Hold Bibi’s feet to the fire”), to his scathing opinions about some congressional Republicans.
But in numerous emails to Clinton, Sid Blumenthal also forwarded, and commended, his son’s writings – on topics ranging from the Middle East to the American right wing.
In response to one Max Blumenthal article forwarded to Clinton – an epilogue for a paperback edition of the book “Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement That Shattered the Party” – the secretary of state replied to his father, “Pls congratulate Max for another impressive piece. He’s so good.”
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Max Blumenthal Praises Hamas Attack On Israeli Soldiers – Chuck Ross/The Daily Caller
Max Blumenthal, the anti-Israel son of longtime Clinton friend Sidney Blumenthal, recently praised the military wing of the terrorist group Hamas for a 2014 attack that killed five Israeli soldiers.
In undercover recordings published Sunday by The (U.K.) Telegraph, Blumenthal, an activist and writer, is heard praising an “incredible” 2014 massacre carried out by “commandos” with Hamas’s al-Qassam Brigades against Israeli soldiers stationed at a kibbutz and army base called Nahal Oz.
“With GoPro cameras attached to their helmets, [they] burst into the Israeli base and kill every soldier they encounter in hand-to-hand combat,” Blumenthal said during a March 5 event held at the London School of Economics.
“The message it sent to young Palestinians in the West Bank, in Jerusalem and abroad, was incredible,” he continued. “You see your people in commando uniforms, bursting into a military base and showing up the occupier.”
The al-Qassam attackers infiltrated the kibbutz through a series of underground tunnels connecting Gaza to Israeli soil. One Hamas operative was killed in the onslaught.
Blumenthal has previously praised al-Qassam Brigades’ attack on Nahal Oz.
“They chose not to attack the civilians in the kibbutz,” the writer-activist told The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald, during an interview last July. “They could have killed dozens of civilians, but that’s not where the orders were. The orders were to attack soldiers.”
Blumenthal and his father Sidney have received renewed attention due to their cameos in Hillary Clinton’s emails. The elder Blumenthal, a former journalist and Bill Clinton White House aide, frequently sent mysterious intelligence reports to then-Sec. of State Clinton.
In other emails, Blumenthal heaped praise on his son’s various books and articles. Clinton often congratulated her friend on his son’s efforts.
In one email two days after the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Clinton referred to the younger Blumenthal as a “mitzvah” because of an article of his that appeared in The Guardian.
The article strongly condemned the maker of “Innocence of Muslims,” the Youtube video that the Obama administration falsely blamed for sparking the Benghazi attacks.
Clinton’s relationship with the Blumenthals could pose political problems for the presidential candidate.
During a speech last month at an American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference, Clinton asserted that she is “pro-Israel.” But just outside of the conference, Max Blumenthal was leading anti-Israel protests.
At one point he became involved in an argument with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, a strong supporter of Israel. After the confrontation, Boteach took out a full-page ad in The New York Times slamming Clinton for her relationship with the Blumenthals.
The ad pointed to references Max Blumenthal made in his book “Goliath” to “Judeo-Nazis.” He also compared the Israel military to the Nazi SS.
Clinton has not commented publicly about Max Blumenthal, but she has said since the email scandal broke that she will stand by his dad, who worked at the Clinton Foundation and for other Clinton-connected outfits while she was in office.
According to a Politico report from February, Blumenthal is still providing Clinton with campaign advice.
During his March 5 speech, Blumenthal defended Palestianian violence against Israel.
“There’s often prison revolts which take place everywhere, because people are normal. People are normal in the Gaza Strip, and so they take up arms,” he said.
He also gloated that the attack “[popped] Israel’s security bubble.”