Charles Dunst, an editorial fellow at the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, called out Teen Vogue for its leftward turn, including its hypocritical defense of anti-Semitic terrorists.
“The July 16 “Do Better” column by Lincoln Anthony Blades, who writes on race, culture and society, compares the policing of minority communities in the United States and Israel, and not in a flattering way.
‘The recent history of police violence enacted on unarmed black and brown citizens by American law enforcement mirrors the recent history of Israel treating Palestinians as violent insurgents,” Blades wrote. ‘American law enforcement and Israeli military and law enforcement share more than similar modes of policing; they share responsibility for what many perceive are numerous human rights abuses and civil rights violations.’”
But Dunst points out the anti-Semitism animating Palestinian terrorists.
“The Anti-Defamation League and other Jewish groups have long rejected the comparison, saying Palestinian protesters often use violence, and the Gaza protests in particular were orchestrated by Hamas, the terrorist group that controls the strip and has pledged Israel’s destruction,” Dunst wrote.
Dunst calls out the hypocrisy of Vogue advocating for women’s rights, LGBT rights and minority rights even as Israel is a democracy that supports these rights, which are suppressed by their neighboring nations.
“Other Teen Vogue articles on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — they include ‘A Letter to Gigi Hadid from Palestinian Youth’; ‘I Am a Jewish Teen and I Support the Palestinian Cause’; and ‘At Cannes, Attendees Are Raising Awareness About Palestinian Protester Deaths’– also reflect a left-wing commitment to ‘intersectionality,’ which links support for marginalized groups like women, African-Americans and the LGBTQ community to the Palestinian cause.
KC Johnson, a history professor at Brooklyn College, former Fulbright instructor at Tel Aviv University and a regular Washington Post contributor, said intersectionality ignores Israel’s relatively tolerant record on those issues.
“There’s a lot of evidence that defining liberalism through an intersectional lens has had the effect of casting Israel as an ‘oppressor’ and thus a nation worthy of condemnation,’ Johnson told JTA earlier this month, ‘even as its actual policies on issues associated with intersectionality are infinitely better than those of its neighbors.’”
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