Why is Charlie Rose hugging Seth Klarman?
(Mondoweiss) -- by Philip Weiss --
Check out this video from November 1 in New York. Seth Klarman is a big hedge fund manager and philanthropist. He's never been on the actual Charlie Rose show, but Rose interviews him at an event for Klarman's organization that fights anti-Semitism, called Facing History.
At the end of the interview, Charlie Rose hugs Klarman. And that hug is the heart of the problem in our liberal media culture.
Seth Klarman seems to be a good liberal. Martha Minow, dean of Harvard Law School, is on Facing History's board. Klarman's wife Beth gives money to Barack Obama, Barbara Boxer, and Barney Frank. The Klarman Family Foundation (with an annual budget of about $40 million) gives tons to hospitals and arts organizations, the ballet, Shakespeare, Big Brother, Planned Parenthood, and NARAL. It has also given money to public television. I bet that Charlie Rose's show is getting support from Klarman-- or that Rose is seeking money from him, and that's why he's doing this interview.
But being a liberal philanthropist is just one side of Klarman. He is also an Israel lobbyist who is just as rightwing as Sheldon Adelson, the casino owner who supports the Republican Party.
Klarman gives money to settler groups: the Central Fund of Israel,which pays for settlers' "security needs" in the occupied West Bank, and Ir David, which is digging up East Jerusalem and displacing Palestinians. He gives $1 million in a year to Birthright, the program to send young American Jews to Israel to fall in love with the Jewish state. He supports the rightwing propaganda organization, the Israel Project (he's on their board), gives big money to the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces, and to top it off, Klarman is chairman of the board of the David Project, the group that has targeted Arab and Muslim intellectuals on college campuses.
Klarman epitomizes the foreign-policy crisis of the liberal Establishment: he supports every traditional liberal cause at the same time as he is a rightwinger on Middle East policy. And he's hardly alone. I've written about other big liberal philanthropists who swing right on Israel here.
And Charlie Rose knows this. Just ask him! He is dependent on such sources for funding, and the price of that support is not criticizing Israel. Or keeping that criticism faint.
At Minute 40 or so in the video above, Charlie Rose says "Israel is under siege like it's never been since 1948" and then flatters Klarman about his commitment to Israel. And Klarman tells Charlie Rose that the rise of criticism of Israel is like the rise of Nazism:
I am scared of this moment in history. When you look at the history of anti-semitism... hatred of Jews has shifted to hatred of the Jewish state... When Israel is singled out like no other country....[it recalls the] slow march of Hitler. [There is a] steady march in the world, from college campuses to the U.N. People would love to dismantle the Jewish state.... When Israel is singled out, when Jews are singled out, it's absolutely terrifying...When people ask why Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee chairwoman, is to the right of Mitt Romney and Rick Perry on aid to Israel, it's because Klarman is not alone, the Democratic Party relies on rich conservatives like Klarman. It is because the heart of liberal east coast philanthropy--the same people who endow halls at Princeton and Yale-- also are paying for 81 Congress people to go to Israel last summer, more than to any other country...MORE...LINK
Chris Moore comments:
Jewish Zionists are crypto-fascists who pose as liberals in the Diaspora in order to camouflage their true character, and their wealthy partners in crime on the limousine liberal (liberal fascist) left opportunistically play along with the charade.
Philip Weiss of Mondoweiss, the Jew who wrote this article, has been doing a good job lately of "outing" the true character of the Zionist wing of his ethno-religious culture, as have many other Jews who have come to realize to their horror that Jewish nationalism (Diaspora and Israeli) is nothing but a fascist racket.
People who have been brainwashed into believing that Diaspora Jewry in particular was always liberal, progressive, pluralistic, democratic, etc. often experience cognative dissonance when confronted with the fact that so much of organized Jewry is actually fascist, it often takes quite some time for them to get their head around it.