Off to try to defeat Nethanyahu, Obama advisor Jeremy C. Bird once worked for an anti-Israel activist condemned by the Anti-Defamation League.
Bird, then a student at Harvard’s Divinity School, worked for Edmund Hanauer, one of America’s most prominent anti-Israel activists, in 2002.
Bird worked for Hanaeuer while Hanaeuer wrote a virulently anti-Israel op-ed that accused Israel of “state terrorism” and “war crimes,” and called for the arrest and prosecution of Israeli soldiers.
Bird and Hanaeur also attacked Israel in speeches. Hanauer showed an anti-Israel film to a Harvard audience and gave a speech at Harvard in 2002. Bird also spoke about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and introduced Hanaeur.
Here‘s the Harvard Crimson’s description of the event:
A viewing of a short documentary film on the Abu Ghneim Mountain Israeli Settlement Project opened the event. Hanauer later referred to the project as an example of Israeli expansion into Palestinian lands. It was followed by introductory remarks by Hanauer and Jeremy C. Bird, a second-year HDS student who has been working with Hanauer for the past year.
Bird said a “cycle of violence” has contributed to the tensions between Palestinians and Israelis. Rather than using violence themselves, both sides must peacefully campaign for justice, he added.
Bird got his political start in anti-Israel and anti-Netanyahu activism while he studying abroad. Bird also took an influential class with socialist professor and activist Marshall Ganz titled, “Organizing: People, Power, and Change.” In one of Bird’s first classes he worked as a community organizer in Boston.
Now Bird, fresh off losing Battleground Texas’s pro-Wendy Davis campaign, is off to Israel to defeat Benjamin Netanyahu with a State Department-funded group called “OneVoice.”
This is not Bird’s first time dealing with Israel.
“The first political rally I went to was at the University of Haifa for Ehud Barak, who was running against Benjamin Netanyahu for Prime Minister” Bird said to Wabash College, his alma mater. “I couldn’t understand what he was saying, but I noticed how many young people were there.”
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“[Edmund] Hanauer is a long-time opponent of Israel and has written that ‘it is the moral obligation of Jews to oppose Zionism,'” wrote Abraham Foxman of the ADL in a letter to the editor to the New York Times in 1981.
An Israeli consulate official said that Hanauer had reached “new heights of venom and outright hate, possibly self-hate” in his pro-Palestinian writings.
In 2003 Hanauer, who died in 2006, falsely claimed in an article for the Boston Globe that Israeli soldiers were killing Palestinian children for sport.