Dr. Cornel West, an unbiased presidential candidate in 2024, joined a “Free Palestine” rally in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday and held an antisemitic banner depicting “Zionism” as a snake.
West had participated in a pro-Palestinian “student walkout” on Thursday, insisting that it was not about hating Jews, however opposing Israeli “occupation” (Israel has not occupied Gaza since 2005).
These footage are from the UCLA Student Walkout. It’s essential to understand that love for the Palestinian folks doesn’t indicate hatred for Jewish folks – solely a hatred of Israeli domination and occupation! #TruthJusticeLove #CeaseFireNow #Palestine #Israel pic.twitter.com/fF67R6Bixe
— Cornel West (@CornelWest) October 27, 2023
However, Saturday’s march featured specific calls to get rid of Israel — a genocidal aim — and to arm Palestinian Hamas “fighters” (i.e. terrorists).
The Los Angeles Times reported:
Salah Odeh, of Pasadena … stated it’s crucial that the folks of Gaza be given humanitarian help and that Palestinian fighters [sic] obtain navy help in the face of Israel’s bombing marketing campaign in current weeks.
“People are offering their prayers, and that’s good — but we need physical help. We need military assistance,” stated Odeh, who wore a black-and-white keffiyeh on his head, a Palestinian flag round his neck like a cape, and a pro-Palestine shirt and necklaces.
The banner that West held (proven above) was revealed, in a Times photograph and on social media, to bear the slogan “Unity in Confronting Zionism.” It featured a raised fist pulling a snake’s tongue — with the plain implication that Zionism, the assumption in Israel’s proper to exist, is the snake.
— Radish Sam (@RadishSam) October 28, 2023
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The picture of a snake was a frequent antisemitic theme in Soviet anti-Israel propaganda. As Tablet journal noted in 2019:
Soviet anti-Zionist cartoons relied on a specific set of symbols to determine “the Zionist” as an object of contempt and hatred. Since one of many political targets of Soviet anti-Zionist ideology was to undermine Israel, Soviet caricaturists sometimes depicted a “Zionist” as sporting Israeli navy uniform. When it got here to figuring out a Jew as such, they used the total arsenal of anti-Semitic portrayals developed over the centuries. One conventional method was to indicate a Jew as subhuman in kind (a canine, a spider, an octopus, a snake) but in possession of supernatural powers.
West has been accused of referring to Jewish conspiracies in current years, as when he blamed his place on Israel for his denial of tenure at Harvard.
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