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    #1

    confusing text

    "Diana Ralph's attempt to paint the Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians as a benign group of Jews who want to be free to criticize Israeli policies doesn't cut it."

    Hi there,
    I have found this text on a web site. In my opinion(*), the very last part of the text doesn't make sense. It seems that either there is a word missing after "policies" or that "doesn't cut it" is related to "Diana's attempt".
    Could some one help, please?
    What does "to cut it" mean?
    Thanks.

    (*) could I say "To me,..."?

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    #2

    Re: confusing text

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    "Diana Ralph's attempt to paint the Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians as a benign group of Jews who want to be free to criticize Israeli policies doesn't cut it."
    Her attempt does not reduce Israeli policies. It is a bit hard to understand. What is the background of it?

    She helped set up the Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians to counter Israeli policies, particularly toward Palestinians. She critizes Israeli policies but it has no effect, according to the sentence above. So her attempt does not stop these policies she is in opposition to.


    Hi there,
    I have found this text on a web site. In my opinion=to me (*), the very last part of the text doesn't make sense. It seems that either there is a word missing after "policies" or that "doesn't cut it" is related to "Diana's attempt".
    Could some one help, please?
    What does "to cut it" mean?
    Thanks.

    (*) could I say "To me,..."?yes. you can.

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    #3

    Re: confusing text

    "Diana Ralph's attempt to paint the Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians as a benign group of Jews who want to be free to criticize Israeli policies doesn't cut it.

    It was this same group that gave strong backing to CUPE Ontario's resolution calling for a boycott against the Jewish state; that utilizes ugly anti-Israel rhetoric, labelling Israel an apartheid state; and that sees Hamas as legitimate, even though Israel, Canada, the U.S. and most Western nations have designated it as a terrorist group.

    However, the one telling indicator that the organization does not support the continuation of a Jewish State of Israel can be found in the article itself. Ralph's group supports the unfettered return of all Palestinians who lost their homes in the last 60 years to Israel."


    Hi,
    I have posted above a larger piece of the text, just in order to provide more context.
    Regarding the first paragraph, here goes what I understand: "Diana Ralph's attempt to depict that group as a group that wants to criticize someone doesn't cut it." If the interpretation is correct, I would like to know what "cut it" means. I could not find it on any dictionary.
    Thanks.

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    #4

    Re: confusing text

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    "Diana Ralph's attempt to paint the Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians as a benign group of Jews who want to be free to criticize Israeli policies doesn't cut it."
    I am not a teacher, but the phrase "doesn't cut it" here means "does not stand up under scrutiny", "fails" or " lacks credibility". So the writer is saying that Diana Ralp is making an attempt to do something, paint or portray a group in a certain manner, and it is that attempt which fails, which "doesn't cut it".

    Here's a parallel construction:

    My attempt to portray Cristiano Ronaldo as an overpaid diving prima donna doesn't cut it in the light of the overwhelming evidence of his prodigious skill.

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    Re: confusing text

    How about -

    Diana Ralph's attempt to portray the Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians as nothing more than a harmless group of Jews who want to be free to criticize Israeli policies just doesn't hold up to be true.

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    #6

    Re: confusing text

    thanks.
    is "to hold up to be true" a colloquial expression?
    thanks

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    #7

    Re: confusing text

    Yes.

    Her story just doesn't hold up. (to scrutiny, to examination)

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    #8

    Re: confusing text

    What does 'hold up' mean?

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    In that sentence, it means "stand up to"

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