Ignoring anti-Semitism isn’t progressive, it’s complicity
SEATTLE COUNCIL MEMBER SAWANT FEATURED SPEAKER AT ANTI-SEMITIC RALLY
One could no more miss the blatant anti-Semitic imagery at these hate-fests any more than one could miss the aroma of farm animal byproduct at the Puyallup Fair.
The Seattle Jewish community is reeling from a sudden explosion of public displays of anti-Semitism not seen here in decades. Local protests against Israel have been saturated in blood soaked Holocaust themed props. Posters and banners with swastikas abound as do depictions of Jews as baby killers, reminiscent of the vile blood libels of old.
Ed Mast of anti-Israel organization SEAMAC, best known for his serial plastering of anti-Israel ads on the sides of Metro buses is regularly sighted at local anti-Israel rallies. In an interview published today in Crosscut, Mast was asked about the very visible anti-Semitic imagery ubiquitous to such events.
A pro-Palestine rally is being held every Saturday at noon in Westlake Center, where imagery graphically reflecting anti-Semitism was reported on July 12. A sign depicted a Jew eating a baby off a plate beside a cup of blood, a medieval slander known as the “blood libel,” in which Jews murder and eat gentile children, using the blood as an ingredient in their matzah.
Ed Mast of the Palestine Solidarity Committee said he was at that rally and was told he was standing near the sign in a picture, but he did not see the sign. If he had seen it, he would’ve taken action to get rid of it and, he said, the Palestinian organizers he works with are vigilant about making sure there is no anti-Semitism at their protests.
Mast denied having seen any anti-Semitic imagery at the July 12th protest, in fact he claimed he and his Palestinian allies are “vigilant about making sure there is no anti-Semitism at their protests”. However vigilant Mast and his buddies are, not only did he miss the blood libel poster at the July 12th demonstration but he managed to miss the poster below comparing the Jewish State to Nazi Germany which was held aloft at the same rally.
It seems that Mr. Mast’s vigilance patrol against anti-Semitism was having an off day at the prior rally. Perhaps that is why the anti-Semites at a rally held on August 2nd made it real easy for Mast; holding a large blue swastika right under his nose. The poster bobbing in front of the “vigilant” Mr. Mast depicted an Israeli flag, but instead of a Jewish star it had a Swastika. Get it? Jews in Israel are the same as Adolf Hitler who murdered a third of their people. Clever right?
But where would the Jew haters who frequent these rallies get a sense that anti-Semitism is cool and safe again? Perhaps it is from elected officials like Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant who offer their tacit endorsement of these repugnant views by attending and often speaking at these very same rallies. In fact councilmember Sawant was the featured speaker at the Westlake rally on August 2nd where several swastika adorned posters were on display including the one above which the vigilant Ed Mast missed.
We presume that the very progressive Sawant would have condemned any anti-Semitic imagery she might have come across at the August 2nd rally. thus she must have missed this…
Sawant must have missed this one as well, a real classic.
The fact is that it would be impossible for any reasonable person to expect that any attendee could miss the blatant anti-Semitic imagery at these hate-fests any more than one could miss the aroma of farm animal byproduct at the Puyallup Fair. It is well past time for our elected leaders, community leaders, religious leaders and in fact all decent people to condemn these anti-Semitic expositions and all those who participate in them.