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      Op-Ed: Peter Beinart, Meet Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone

      Published: Saturday, March 24, 2012 11:00 PM
      Peter Beinart: Tell us, in France & Europe - where exactly have Jewish fortunes changed for the better?


      Journalist Peter Beinart recently wrote, despicably, that the world should launch a targeted boycott of Israel against Judea and Samaria.

      He claimed that his“…mission is to launch a conversation not just about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.. but about the struggle to confront the ethical responsibilities of a world in which Jewish fortunes have radically changed.”

      While Beinart, the esteemed Yale Graduate raises his children on the posh Upper East Side of Manhattan, one wonders if the Jews in Europe feel the concerns of “..the question of what it means to live an ethical Jewish life in an age of Jewish power”  a few days after the massacre in Toulouse.

      Mr. Beinart and all of the wonderful Jews in J Street must feel overwhelming pleasure reading their liberal friends' statements on Israel. Here are a few:

      Ken Livingstone, the former mayor of London who is running for mayor once again, has been a persistent enemy of Israel and the Jews – he has stated on a number of occasions that it would be better off if Israel did not exist.

      According to David Hirsh,“Livingstone sees Israel as a pariah state with a menacing and malign influence well beyond its borders.”

      Just this week, he used anti-Semitic language in a meeting with the city's Jewish community leaders. The leaders reported that.Livingstone said the Jewish community would not vote for him because "the Jewish community is rich," according to a letter describing the meeting. They also said that Livingstone had used the words Zionist, Jewish and Israeli interchangeably and "in a pejorative manner."

      Of course it’s nothing new for Livingstone, who has vowed to “turn London into a “beacon for the words of the Prophet Mohammed”.

      He has also embraced Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a high profile member of the Muslim Brotherhood and avowed anti-Semite, who in July 2003 spoke in favor of suicide terror attacks, said the Likud party and Hamas are “two sides of the same coin”.

      He has called for the forcible disarmament of Israel, said Israel's expansion has included ethnic cleansing, and said Jews had no right to be in Israel.

      Livingston is just one example of growing anti-Semitism that sees no problem in singling out Jews for hatred, villification and worse.

      Mr. Beinart, can you really believe that if the world boycotts “the settlements”, as you advocate, everything will be dandy, Jews won’t be killed in France, and Mr. Livingstone will love us ?

      Absurd.

      EU Chief Diplomat Catherine Ashton compared the dead Jews in Toulouse, France, with the children in the Gaza Strip. Speaking at a conference on Palestinian refugees on Monday in Brussels, Ashton cited the tragedy of “young people who have been killed in all sorts of terrible circumstances.”

      Jenny Tonge, Liberal Democratic Member of Parliament in the UK and party whip, resigned after refusing to apologize for saying: "Beware Israel. Israel is not going to be there forever in its present form. One day, the United States of America will get sick of giving £70billion a year to Israel to support what I call America's aircraft carrier in the Middle East – that is Israel. One day, the American people are going to say to the Israel lobby in the USA: enough is enough. Israel will lose support and then they will reap what they have sown."

      Amazingly, in London, Paris, and the halls of the European Union one doesn’t hear about Peter Beinart or J Street – nor are they active anywhere in the Arab Middle East.

      Since they are so proud to be Jewish.. they should don a kippah and build their movement in these countries – and let’s see how long they last.

      In fact, my PR Firm would be happy to announce to the media of their arrival to any Arab country as long as they don a symbol of their religion outwardly. I’ll even buy Beinart airfare to any of the countries opposed to Israel’s existence with which he thinks Israel should negotiate.

      Liberals like Beinart (who did his post grad in Oxford, and was born in the liberal Ivy League town of Cambridge, Massachusetts) seem to be ideologically in line with Livingstone, Ashton and Tonge.

      Jew-hatred is a palpable danger and people like Beinart and J Street do nothing other than give solace to the enemy.

      Ronn Torossian is the CEO of 5WPR, 1 of the 25 largest Public Relations Firms in the U.S.