Our World: Today´s Jewish anti-Semites (JERUSALEM POST) By CAROLINE GLICK 01/26/05)
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In a recent poll, 62 percent of Germans said they were "sick of all
the harping on about German crimes against the Jews." Two thirds of
Germans said they believe Israel is waging "a war of extermination"
against the Palestinians.
Jews often focus their attention on Holocaust sentiment among non-
Jews to gauge anti-Semitic feelings. But while feelings about the
Holocaust serve as an indicator of general sentiment about Jews,
there are other indicators no less important or revealing.
Sensitivity about the Holocaust may tell us what a person feels about
Jews, but it may also simply tell us what that person feels about
But let´s say that most Germans did believe the Holocaust was a
terrible crime. Would the German rejection of the Holocaust mean that
the majority that believes Israel is today´s Nazi Germany is less
anti-Semitic? No, it would not.
Yesterday the UN General Assembly for the first time held a special
session to commemorate the liberation of the Nazi death camps and the
Holocaust. Does this mean that the UN, which devotes some one-third
of its resolutions to condemning Israel, is no longer hostile to the
Jewish people? No, it does not.
SINCE THE Holocaust, the rallying cry of Jews has been "Never Again!"
But the enormity of the Holocaust must not blind us to its present-
Today the vast majority of anti-Semites are not calling for Jews to
be deported to death camps. They are calling for the destruction of
the Jewish state and, as was the case in previous generations, they
are seeking out and finding Jews like Karl Marx who share their
hatred for the Jewish people and willingly advance their evil agenda.
This agenda is to again reduce Jews to a state of powerlessness where
we will be at the mercy of the same world that either participated in
or did nothing in the face of the extermination of European Jewry.
Today this is done by striking out at the main safeguard against such
powerlessness – the State of Israel – criminalizing it as the modern-
day incarnation of Nazi Germany. The role of Jewish anti-Semites in
this campaign is to decouple the dead Jews murdered by the Nazis from
the live Jews who live in, or support, the Jewish state.
Such a Jew was found by the British conservative magazine The
Spectator in one Anthony Lippman. Lippman is actually an Anglican,
not a Jew, but as the child of Jewish Holocaust survivors, he will
In a recent article, Lippman writes hypnotically about his mother´s
sufferings in Auschwitz only to explain that the job of Holocaust
survivors and their children is to speak out against... Israel.
In his words, survivors have "a terrible responsibility – to live
well in the name of those who did not live and to discourage the
building of walls and bulldozing of villages. Even more than this,
they – and all Jews – need to be the voice of conscience that will
prevent Israel from adopting the mantle of oppressor, and to reject
the label ´anti-Semite´ for those who speak out against Israel´s
policies in the occupied territories."
ANOTHER such Jew is Tony Judt. Since the start of the Palestinian
terror war, Judt, a historian at New York University, has been
outspoken in his rejection of Israel´s right to exist.
In a series of articles in The New York Review of Books, The Nation
and The New Republic, Judt has led the charge in claiming that "the
depressing truth is that Israel today is bad for the Jews," and that
for Jews to feel good about themselves again Israel must cease to be
a Jewish state – that is, Israel must cease to exist.
This perverse line of reasoning, whereby the only way for Jews to be
happy is for us to again be powerless, has brought Judt under attack
by prominent Jews who have exposed the anti-Semitism inherent in his
In a new article in The Nation magazine, Judt takes a stab at
responding to his many critics. The article is a ponderous attempt to
argue that there is no relation between anti-Zionism and anti-
On the one hand, he says that it is anti-Semitic to say that Jews
control the US. But on the other hand, Judt allows that "contemporary
US foreign policy is in certain respects mortgaged to Israel,"
adding, "To say that Israel and its lobbyists have an excessive and
disastrous influence on the policies of the world´s superpower is a
statement of fact."
Judt allows that there has been a rise in anti-Semitism in Europe in
recent years, but he blames this on "the policies of Israeli
government." Echoing Anglican Lippman, Judt writes that for anti-
Semitism to be dealt with in Europe, "Jews and others must learn to
shed inhibitions and criticize Israel´s policies and actions."
In Judt´s view, "once Germans, French and others can comfortably
condemn Israel without an uneasy conscience, and can look their
Muslim fellow citizens in the face, it will be possible to deal with
the real problem [i.e., anti-Semitism]."
Since the September 11 attacks Muslims have been called upon to decry
the preaching of hatred in their community. It is argued that until
Muslims themselves delegitimize the voices of hatred in their
communities the poisonous message of jihad will continue to attract
thousands to its genocidal cause.
The 60th anniversary of Auschwitz´s liberation is a good time to call
for a similar Jewish condemnation of hate-filled Jews and those that
use them to advance their anti-Semitic agenda.
These are not legitimate voices. These are not legitimate views. They
are the views of deranged Jew-haters which, if listened to, will do
nothing other than pave the way to the next calamity.
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