General Antisemitism

On the anniversary of Mein Kampf: Anti-Semitism, “the hate that dares not speak its name.”


In attempting to understand and contextualize contemporary anti-Semitism – particularly its manifestation at the Guardian and Comment is Free – it’s important to understand the often misunderstood connection between what it was (historically) and what it now is.

Walter Russel Mead is one of the few bloggers who can claim the mantle of public intellectual. His blog, at the site of The American Interest, is must reading for those who seek to be informed on current events with the immediacy of a blog, and the erudition of a genuine scholar. Indeed, Mead is recognized as one of America’s leading experts on American foreign policy.

Mead is a Democrat who voted for Barack Obama.

Mead’s latest post, The Hate That Dares Not Speak It’s Name“, notes, about Mein Kampf:

“The Bible of the Nazi movement was published in July of 1925 [and] you could still buy it at the international airport newstand in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur — along with other classics of anti-Semitism like the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and the collected rants of Henry Ford in the Dearborn Independent.”

Mead continues:

When Hitler wrote, it was still socially OK to be an anti-Semite.   In some circles it was mandatory.  As a consequence of Hitler’s life’s work, it is now as unfashionable to be an anti-Semite as it is to name your child Adolf.

The truth is that anti-Semitism is alive and well and not even particularly rare; it’s just that many of today’s anti-Semites like to think of themselves as enlightened, modern people and get all huffy and hissy if anyone accuses them of prejudice in any form.  Many who in past times would have been open and honest about their anti-Semitism, now try to hide the truth even from themselves.

Mead then continues by listing the various views consistent with modern anti-Semitism:

1. Jews are more clannish than other people and act in concert to support a specifically Jewish agenda.

2. Jews deploy extraordinary wealth with almost superhuman cunning in support of the Jewish agenda.

3. As a religious and national minority, Jews cannot flourish without attacking the traditional values of their host society.  In every country Jews seek to weaken national culture, religion, values and cohesion.

4. Jews are not a national group or a people in the way that others are; they do not have the same right to establish a nation-state that other peoples do.

5. Where Jewish interests are concerned, the appearance of open debate in our society and many others is a carefully constructed illusion.  In reality, Jews work together to block open debate on issues they care about and those who resist the Jewish agenda are marginalized in public discussion.

Mead continues:

Since Hitler’s death, the world has defined anti-Semitism down.  Nurturing ancient fantasies of secret Jewish cabals that control the media and play politicians like puppets on a string, and making political judgments based on these fantasies isn’t sort of or almost anti-Semitic.  To believe that Jews control public discourse and the media and bend the gentile masses to their sinister agenda is the essence of old-fashioned anti-Semite.  In some countries these beliefs are so common that they are no longer recognized as an aggressive and communicable mental disease.  These ideas have become so widely accepted that they are seldom questioned or examined;

On the anniversary of Mein Kampf‘s publication people of good will everywhere should remember the need to fight one of the most vicious forms of prejudice that the world has ever known. Prejudice never recognizes itself; anti-Semites honestly think their delusional beliefs about Jews are simple, obvious truths.  They are not; all five of those beliefs are demonstrably false.

While, as I’ve noted continually, the Guardian’s biggest anti-Semitic sin is their sin of omission – failing to recognize and report explicit and quite ubiquitous anti-Semitism in the Arab and Muslim world – it is important to note that they are also often guilty of licensing narratives at CiF which advance the argument that Jews “do not have the same right to establish a nation-state that other peoples do” (Mead’s #4), as well as the increasingly banal but no less insidious argument that organized Jewry works in concert (typically described as the “Israel Lobby” or “Jewish Lobby” in a context denoting its injurious influence) “to block open debate on issues they care about and those who resist the Jewish agenda are marginalized in public discussion” (Mead’s #5).

Mead concludes:

Anti-Semitism is real, it is murderous, and it is very much with us today.  Speak the truth and shame the devil.  Whatever your religion, your politics, your views about Israeli policy, fighting anti-Semitism is part of what it means to be a decent human being.

Mead’s moral imperative represents, as eloquently as I could ever state, the mission of this blog.

28 replies »

  1. Some say a picture is worth a thousand words.

    The pic above is worth ten thousand words.

  2. In attempting to understand and contextualize contemporary anti-Semitism – particularly its manifestation at the Guardian and Comment is Free

    What “manifestation”? Some of the idiots posting BTL?

    Mead then continues by listing the various views consistent with modern anti-Semitism:

    Yes – but what miniscule minority of people in the Western world hold such views?

    the Guardian’s biggest anti-Semitic sin is their sin of omission – failing to recognize and report explicit and quite ubiquitous anti-Semitism in the Arab and Muslim world

    Yes the Guardian should do more on that front – but failing to do so is not automatically anti-Semitic. It could also be deemed to be excessively critical of the US. And that is due to which religious/ethnic prejudice exactly?

    • Yes – but what miniscule minority of people in the Western world hold such views?

      As usual you again have no idea what are you speaking about.

      According to innumerable polls in the European countries the vast majority hold very negative opinions about Jews and don’t want them any contact.
      I remind you the OSCE report on European antisemitism – comissioned by the EU – naturally they later tried to block its publication.

      • Yes the Guardian should do more on that front – but failing to do so is not automatically anti-Semitic.

        Yes it is.

        It could also be deemed to be excessively critical of the US. And that is due to which religious/ethnic prejudice exactly?

        It is due their hate of market economy, individualism, their victory on Soviet socialism and their envy of the success of the USA on every front.
        BTW I wouldn’t compare their excessive criticism of the powerful US with their attempts to delegitimise Israel. Somehow I don’t remember when was a an genocide against Americans wiping off about half of them performed by an European power and tolerated and/or supported by hundreds of millions of Europeans.

      • As usual you again have no idea what are you speaking about.

        It’s me who lives in Europe, not you.

        And there is no way that “the vast majority hold very negative opinions about Jews and don’t want them any contact.”

        • It’s me who lives in Europe, not you.

          A lot of my friends Jews and Gentiles are living in Europe and tell me about their experiences. I visit Europe three or four times every year – I read every day mainstream european newspapers of three different countries and almost every day watch the news on the French and Hungarian TV. You are living in Germany where according to every account antisemitism is much less acceptable socially (even it is a criminal offense) than in any other European country.

          And there is no way that “the vast majority hold very negative opinions about Jews and don’t want them any contact.”

          Then the OSCE report was the work of some Zionist conspiracy?

          • Then the OSCE report was the work of some Zionist conspiracy?

            Don’t be silly, peter. You know very well that I’m not that kind of poster.

            • I know it pretzel but you say the opposite what the OSCE report says.
              According to my very simple logic one of the statements must be false and I hope that you will excuse me if I believe the reports of a professional institution whose results correspond with my personal experience and have doubts about your assertion based on nothing but your opinion.

        • “It’s me who lives in Europe, not you.”

          And so you do. But, just as with any other place, getting your news from people who live in a place doesn’t mean you get the truth set in stone. An Israeli Jewish secular left-wing land-concessionist and an Israeli Jewish religious right-wing Complete Israel* advocate are both Israeli Jews, but to hear the story from either of them you’d think they lived in two different countries. So too there are your type of Europeans, and the ones who write on blogs like Gates of Vienna or The Brussels Journal.

          It’s you who are a left-winger living in Europe, and as an outsider I can gain from you only one of many possible perspectives.

          * That would usually be called “Greater Israel,” but the Hebrew term is Eretz Yisrael Ha-Shlemah, which means literally “Complete Israel.” It is a hint that the land-faithful Israeli Jewish Right view the concept not as a surplus, an excess addition, but a just and fitting extent. A fine counter to the Arab imperialists’ demand to take everything the Jews have.

    • Pretz: “what miniscule minority of people in the Western world hold such views?”

      I couldn’t disagree more. The antisemitic notion that Jews exercise undue influence over US foreign policy (or too much power over society in general) is a quite popular narrative, and is almost a banality in left wing msm papers like the Guardian – and within European society more broadly.

      Here’s one poll on European anti-Semitic views to demonstrate this:

      http://www.adl.org/PresRele/ASInt_13/5465_13.htm

      Highlight from the poll:

      “40% of Europeans in the countries polled believe that Jews have too much power in the business world, with more than half of Hungarian, Spanish and Polish respondents agreeing with that statement.”

      This is especially outrageous when you consider how tiny the Jewish community in many of these EU countries are.

    • “It could also be deemed to be excessively critical of the US. And that is due to which religious/ethnic prejudice exactly?”

      An ideological prejudice called Marxism.

  3. “Yes the Guardian should do more on that front – but failing to do so is not automatically anti-Semitic. It could also be deemed to be excessively critical of the US. And that is due to which religious/ethnic prejudice exactly?”

    Socialism and Islam, both cultish religions.

  4. “Mein Kampf” translates very aptly as “My Jihad” in Arabic.
    Surely a coincidence. Hitler was a muslim.

    • Islamofascists have given Socialist SHITler an Arabic name of Abu Ali.

      http://christianactionforisrael.org/antiholo/hitler_abu.html

      And just for old times sake, here is a youtube of Abu Ali being visited by Arafats relative, the “Grand Mufti” in the Turd Reich.

      Happy NAKBA MindOfCrap and mostly brainless!

      http://www.boycottscotland.com

      Soon it will be THREE YEARS since the convicted “dying” bomber of Pan Am 103 was released on “compassionate” grounds tied to Libyan oil contracts.

      The UK, the United Kaliphate must be very proud of its decadent present.

    • Hitler wasn’t – you meant to say. But one of Hitler’s generals observed that Islam was a good religion for a soldier.

      “Jews are more clannish than other people” or ‘Jews stick together’ is a favorite idea among antisemites. I would merely ask them to take a look at German or Austrian Jews in Britain. Not much clannishness there. Or else, just read the comments on CW. There may be a general consensus on Israel’s security needs but not much else

      The notion that there is a ‘Jewish agenda’ seems plausible to paranoid Guardianistas, but is laughable to Jews who live in the everyday world.

        • ‘Never again !’ – is not an agenda. It’s a moral self-defense imperative not unlike the scout motto: Be prepared! You cannot make a positive injunction out of a negative.

          For Israelis, admittedly, ‘never again’ is an everyday concern. For Diaspora Jews, it’s merely a cause to fight for mainly via blogging on CifWatch and fending off Guardianistas.

    • “Hitler was a muslim.”

      No, but he admired Islam, as against “Jew-conceived, weak, slavish” Christianity (though of course that didn’t prevent the Nazis from using classical Christian Jew-hatred to their ends).

      In addition, he saw eye to eye with a visitor just arrived to Berlin from Iraq: The Mufti of Jerusalem. Though wary of Arab nationalism, he agreed to help the Mufti in the extermination of the Jews, promising to take care of the renewed Jewish population in Palestine once conquered. (Fortunately, Montgomery put an end to that plan at El-Alamein.) The Mufti also presided over the Muslim Bosnian SS regiment the Handschar, which butchered both Jews and Christian Serbs with equal efficiency.

      Islam had enough in the plate of genocide before the Nazis came to the scene. Even if we regard the Armenian Genocide as a work of Turkish nationalism, the genocide of the Hindus cannot so be explained away. And right at the beginning of Islam, there was the mass murder of one of Medina’s Jewish tribes, by order of the founder of Islam himself.

      Birds of a feather…

  5. Thank God I’m An Infidel, ignore the neo-Nazi pond life who has just crawled back in from the primeval swamp. He is following on the tradition of a one time leader of his country, DeValera, who after Hitler died went to the German Embassy in Dublin to express his condolences.
    This is one of his ramblings, as you can see his spelling is as poor as his knowledge of history, from another site recently.

    “owainglyndwr16 says:

    July 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Goose stepped ?? Hang on .. Hitler invaded Poland to protect ethnic Germans who were being massacred by Poles and Communists who were mostly Jewsish Bolsheviks ! The dictators were the Russians and Brits !”

    • devalera was the prime minister of Ireland, which during WW2, took the cowards path and declared itself NEUTRAL.

      devalera couldn’t take a stand. Couldn’t differentiate between SHITler and the Freedom.

      devalera is a permanent stain and shame of Ireland.

      • During the Easter rising and the Congo expedition of Roger Casement the Germans stood side by side with the Irish because of what the Brits were doing to the Irish .. They supplied weapons for the rebellion. In light of that fact why would Ireland position itself any other way ? Did Germany declare war on Ireland ? No .. Ireland is not Britain and had a right to remain neutral .. If they decided to enter the war a lot of Irish would’ve fought on the German side !

    • Dev was an asshole .. He sucked up to the Roman Catholic Church .. The Church was given more power than the government and the thousands of kids who were beaten and raped sure as hell don’t look up to Dev.. Thank God we have a Jew in the shape of Alan Shatter who is going to tear usunder those evil Catholic institutions and outlaw Canon law once and for all .. Finally the survivors of clerical abuse might now get Justice !!