IfNotNow Co-Founder & Jeopardy Contestant Emma Saltzberg Gaslights & Criticizes Mayim Bialik in Interview

Just a few days in the past I posted about IfNotNow co-founder Emma Saltzberg’s efficiency on Jeopardy, specifically her lack of ability to supply the plain reply of “Tel Aviv” to a query.

JTA have since interviewed Saltzberg, portray her because the sufferer of on-line abuse.

Emma Saltzberg knew she would possibly invite criticism by competing on “Jeopardy!”

From her years of expertise in progressive Jewish teams, together with IfNotNow, a bunch based in 2014 to impress American Jews to oppose Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories, she knew that her look on one of the vital standard TV exhibits in america would possible generate adverse feedback from those that imagine criticizing the occupation is antisemitic.

There are trolls in IfNotNow’s Twitter mentions, a small and vocal group of people that say actually adverse issues. That was priced in to my determination to do one thing public. I used to be completely anticipating it.

I may even say that I bought an actual perspective into how tousled the type of hate that comes our manner really is.

That is a wholly dishonest assertion designed to color her critics as antisemitic. Those that criticized her (like me) don’t imagine criticizing the so-called “occupation” is essentially antisemitism. However we do object to IfNotNow’s assist of terrorism, alliances with antisemites, and co-opting Judaism to bash Israel (to call a number of issues).

The JTA piece additionally reveals that the man who answered “Tel Aviv” appropriately and ended up successful the episode is himself on the flawed facet of historical past:

What she hadn’t counted on, she mentioned, was her fellow contestants standing up for her. On Monday, Lawrence Lengthy, the nursing pupil and self-described “stay-at-home uncle” from North Carolina who defeated Saltzberg on Monday’s episode reached out to let her know that he was distressed by the assaults and can be donating to IfNotNow in her honor.

Lengthy, whose second look additionally resulted in a win Tuesday, advised JTA that he occurs to agree with Saltzberg on the problem of the occupation, however that wasn’t what animated him.

“I seen the significantly hateful feedback directed at Emma on-line,” he mentioned in an e mail, including, “I’d have had her again no matter whether or not our private beliefs aligned. … I want her nothing however one of the best and I gotta determine the cool a number of of $18 to donate.”

$18, or multiples thereof, is a standard donation quantity amongst Jews as a result of 18 represents “chai” or life. So this would possibly point out Lengthy is Jewish or has been “educated” by one about this (maybe Saltzberg). And if the latter, it’s no marvel he’s on the flawed facet of historical past!

Afterward within the interview, Saltzberg gaslights:

What makes the “Jeopardy!” world so nice is that this sense of curiosity and eager to study and being there for one another. And a lot of the dialog that I’m seeing within the Jewish world proper now could be so deeply anti-intellectual in a manner that I discover actually heartbreaking.

I see Jewish organizations — massive and small, secular and non secular — rejecting the painstakingly crafted analysis of an entire swath of human rights organizations simply out of hand, with out even bothering to make arguments about what it’s saying on the deserves. They simply reject it out of hand, and in a manner that actually sows confusion, for non-Jews and Jews alike, about what antisemitism is. In order that they’re calling issues like this Amnesty Worldwide report antisemitic, or saying that it’ll enhance antisemitism simply to look squarely at what the Israeli authorities is doing to Palestinians.

This complete dialog is mainly posing a false alternative: that individuals can assist Jews in opposition to antisemitism, or they’ll assist Palestinian liberation from Israeli oppression. The concept it’s important to choose one is so harmful to me and so unhappy, as a result of we really can stand for Palestinian freedom and stand for our freedom and security as Jews.

Portray those that reject IfNotNow, the Amnesty Report, and others who demonize the Jewish state as “anti-intellectual” is reflecting the precise reverse of actuality. There have been quite a few articles, as an example, explaining precisely why the Amnesty Report is inaccurate and dishonest. Fairly the opposite, you will see that it’s those that demonize Israel (like IfNotNow activists) who’ve a really superficial, anti-intellectual understanding of the scenario, to not point out Jewish ideas like “Tikun Olam.”

In the meantime, plainly Saltzberg takes goal at Jeopardy host Mayim Bialik for displaying assist for Israel in a wholly random remark:

It’s humorous that that is your takeaway as a result of “Jeopardy!” really is a contest with a single appropriate reply.

It’s a contest — nevertheless it’s additionally a spot the place folks respect the principles of the sport, and in case you get the reply flawed, you don’t inform the hosts that they’re making it extra harmful for Jews to stay on the planet. In some methods, that type of clear competitors creates a clearer option to assist each other.


IfNotNow Co-Founder & Jeopardy Contestant Emma Saltzberg Gaslights & Criticizes Mayim Bialik in Interview

David Lange

A regulation faculty graduate, David Lange transitioned from work within the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He’s a revered commentator and Center East analyst who has usually been cited by the mainstream media

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