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Besides White Nationalists and some Muslims who actually engage in full blown anti-Semitism, one of the biggest groups of Anti-semites are themselves Jewish.

There have been many articles written characterizing Jewish critics of Israel, like me, as self-hating Jews, and I've been called that many times. Some articles, like Michael Laitman's, in The Times of Israel, even suggest that Jews who criticize Israel and Zionism have become haters of not just Israel, but the Jewish people. Laitman inappropriately conflates criticism of Israel and Zionism with hate of the Jewish people.

I would argue that Laitman's assessment is actually anti-semitic for a very ugly reason. He can cloak his rationale in a shallow reference to the Talmud, but he is actually attacking the majority of American Jews because they are progressive and they are unhappy with the policies of Israel and the way the leadership of Israel leads.

i choose to refer to Laitman because he comes out and says it, that criticism of Israel is the same as hating Jews. It's kind of like he says that Jews who don't live in Israel are experiencing Stockholm syndrome.

I see things very differently. I see Laitman and the many right wing, Trump and Netanyahu supporting Jews as being the real Jewish Antisemites. There are a number of different varieties. There are the ultra-orthodox who don't see less intensely religious Jews as being real jews at all. I assure you, they will, with one face, say they support all Jews, but with another, and I've seen that face, suggest that reform or conservative Jews who do not obey the 600+ rules Orthodox Jews follow on a regular basis. Those include reading the Torah regularly, following strict Sabbath rules, men not touching women... not even a handshake.

About 20% of Jews, most of them ultra-orthodox and Orthodox, vote Republican (update: Ironically, these appear to be the Jews most often targeted by recent anti-semitic attacks, which I believe have been inspired by Trump and his White Supremacy supporters.) Some of them are vicious, using the accusation of anti-Semitism to attack progressive candidates with the integrity to take a stand on Israel and not cave to the pressure of AIPAC to give Israel a pass.

That's what's going to happen to Bernie Sanders. Actually, it's already begun. They will go with the playbook that was used to dishonestly accuse UK Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn of anti-Semitism. it worked very well with Corbyn.

These right wing Jews, but attacking the first Jewish candidate for president who has had a real chance in many years, are really attacking Jewish progressives-- and there are millions of them. I say that makes them anti-semitic. I say that when a Jews falsely accuses someone of anti-Semitism, it dilutes the meaning of the accusation of anti-Semitism, just as the boy who cried wolf diluted the meaning of crying wolf.

Noah Berlatsky writes, in his article, for NBC, Is Bernie Sanders anti-Semitic? Why new right-wing smears are the real anti-Semitism,

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The political right has for some time been using charges of anti-Semitism to slander, target and delegitimize left-wing politicians and voters. Support for Palestinian rights, or opposition to any part of maximalist right-wing Israeli government policy can and has been painted as being equivalent to hatred of Jewish people."

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"Emboldened by its success weaponizing such charges of anti-Semitism, the right appears to be contemplating using this tactic against an unlikely target - Jewish progressive senator and Democratic presidential primary contestant Bernie Sanders. These attacks both perpetuate bigoted tropes and make it harder to root out real anti-Semitism on the left."

And " The right-wing Federalist website targeted Sanders on the basis that one of his campaign surrogates has been accused of anti-Semitism, though of course the Federalist has also gone out of its way to defend Trump surrogates accused of anti-Semitism. And in the Washington Examiner, Tiana Lowe claimed Sanders' campaign was "the most anti-Semitic in decades."

Berlatsky notes that Lowe boasts of her Balkan Chetnik roots, even though they were Nazi collaborators.

Worse, Berlatsky observes that "the anti-Semitic smears are themselves often based in anti-Semitic assumptions and reinforce anti-Semitic tropes, pointing out that

"Lowe's article qualifies Sanders' Judaism, saying that he is merely "ethnically Jewish." This is a way to imply Jewish people who aren't religious are not quite authentically Jewish."

And,

"This ties into general anti-Semitic stereotypes that paint Jewish people as fake or inauthentic. It's the same idea behind the old Stalinist slur that Jews in the diaspora are "rootless cosmopolitans" without any connection to true folk traditions or nationality. In America, conservatives are using it to try to delegitimize Jewish Democrats, who are supposedly "disloyal to Israel," as Trump claimed."

He observes that the biggest group of Israel supporters are Evangelicals who see Israel as playing a key role in "the Rapture." I've written at length on this in my article, The Twilight Zone Metaphor for Evangelicals' Jerusalem Fantasy

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It's complicated; and I commend you for tackling it so honestly, and bravely. This is how people can bridge the gap between different races and religions. Too many people are too cowardly to risk being honest and open themselves up to recriminations. I give you my heartfelt congratulations. Everything was well said.

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Kall made good points, but it was not well said (or written). It used the languages of two ethnic supremacy groups, the "American exceptionalists" (actually US), and the Zionist Jews (who are dominated by the white, i.e. European, Jews).



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OH my! You nailed how I feel about this. A wonderful, smart, erudite and honest explanation of what is happening.


And, while on the subject of anti semitism, the other piece that nails how I feel about what is before my eyes, is thisone,

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Cohen was pandering to his audience, the ADL. If one understands what a Semite is, and notices what is not stated, Cohen greatly ignores the vast majority of anti-Semitism; perhaps, like most of the pronouncements from the ADL, non-Jewish Semites are not worthy of mention, even if far more anti-Semitic rhetoric and violence are directed toward the non-Jewish Semites.

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AH... so YOU think..and say... with such authority.. as if it is true!

Actually, what is not worthy of mention is your alternative facts.

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From what I have seen of Cohen's his forte seems to be exploiting Central and West Asian stereotypes which is popular "politically correct" bigoted humor. It is the kind of bigoted anti-Semitic stereotypes of Jews which at one time was considered acceptable humor too.

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I just want to offer a wonderful pod cast about Jewish History. Listen to "The Jewish Story" on Stitcher..it can't hurt to learn a thing or two... which I did, even thought I knew a thing or two!


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Is there a transcript on-line? Despite the fact I read far lower than I did 50 years ago, it is still far faster than reading. And given you recommended the Sacha Baron Cohen speech, I do not expect much.

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I recommended the Anti-Defamation League award speed, which you dismiss out of hand, because they gave it to a satirist. You define yourself with words "I do not expect much." Your expectations will always be filled.

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Thank you for bringing this subject up. Already, groups are forming to smear Bernie as anti-semitic and that's really sick.

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Rob Kall made some very good points. I think he also used some language that is most often used, at least in most parts of the English speaking world, to support a white supremecy paradigm that has caused millions of deaths of Semitic people. I refer, of course, to people who speak Arabic, and the many wars agianst them waged by the Anglo and Jewish peoples.

Consider a common definition of Semite:

"Semite, member of a people speaking any of a group of related languages presumably derived from a common language, Semitic (see Semitic languages). The term came to include Arabs, Akkadians, Canaanites, Hebrews, some Ethiopians, and Aramaean tribes. Mesopotamia, the western coast of the Mediterranean, the Arabian Peninsula, and the Horn of Africa have all been proposed as possible sites for the prehistoric origins of Semitic-speaking peoples, but no location has been definitively established." [from .britannica.com/topic/Semite, extracted 29 Dec 2019]

Thus, all those who support the Zionist principle of seizing land by force, and treating the majority of non-Jews under their control as not worthy of citizenship, and a minority of them only eligible for second-class citizenship, are anti-Semites. (I note the most genetically Semitic Jews are second class both socially and economically within Israel.) So are all the people in Anglo speaking countries who support wars against those who speak Arabic.

Kall also, as I perceive, over-estimates the amount of progressiveness of US* Jews when it comes to anti-Arab actions. I do remember reading of a poll during or after one of Israel's major massacres in which a "mere" 75% supported that orgy of killing which led to a sharp uptick in Israeli deaths. But that was a major and clear excess, and not a poll about the basic principle of Zionism, stealing and killing for land. I suspect US Jews are no better than non-Jewish voters on the wars against Semites who speak Arabic: in some US Presidential elections this century, over 98% of those who voted voted for pro-war candidates, and over 35% of eligible voters considered the deaths of millions of people caused by their government not worthy of voting against.

*Kall used the term American, when he almost certainly meant USAn.


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In the USA, anti-Semite means anti-Jew and nothing else.

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Just another example of pandemic, hysterical ignorance.

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One would not know that you actually read the essay that Rob Kall wrote about the reality at hand. I was stunned by this comment.

You see, I had just watched Meet The Press, which aired an important interview with executive editors who spoke of the need to bring truth back to journalism, and to fight back at this new War on Truth. These respected journalists-- explained ALTERNATIVE FACTS how a lie is promoted and then repeated, and why their publications are now fighting back with facts and evidence in this post-truth world.

They explained how a lie often begins with a real fact, (like your definition of 'semite!") -- a truth and a common' definition... ( which had not a thing to do with the subject at hand). Then you go on, to push your utter distortion of what is afoot, adding disinformation and outright lies.

Your reasoned "argument" which had nothing to do with the truth of Rob's essay, was a shining example of the dissemination of and distortion being promoted out there. We "Americans" who do think, are aware of observable reality.

We "Americans" who witnessed the massacre in Philadelphia, (and who saw the "very fine people' who marched in Charlottesville chanting "we will not let the Jews take over our country,") are aware of the anti-semitism in this nation --- that is directed at Jews --- despite your definition.

For example as Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) earlier this week promoted a far-right influencer with a history of Holocaust denial and anti-immigrant bigotry, who once tweeted, "Hitler had some good points. I think the Holocaust never actually happened." He has not met my 92 year old cousin with the numbers burned into her arm!

And then, towards the end of your comment on Rob's essay about anti-Semitism... comes another 'perception' of yours-- the reality and distraction that you are 'pushing' --> about "Israeli massacres." "The water has been repeatedly and intentionally muddied about Zionism and the State of Israel in the service of many agendas, and this identitarian gambit of making Jewish synonymous with Zionist is but one example. Actual anti-Semites do oppose Zionism, because they hate Jews, and the conflation in this case stands. Actual Zionists do want us to see Judaism and Zionism as the same thing, because it makes it easier to use this conflation to call any critic an anti-Semite."

Yes, of course you can say it (freedom of speech in this day of the internet) ... but it is still nothing more than your perception... an opinion... in your post 'truth alternative-fact' worldview.

You, sir, perceive a great many things! For example YOU CLAIM as an opinion that "Kall" overestimates. LOL

Then there is your 'analysis' of "Kall's" use of the word American ... what a doozie that one is...at the end of your 'comment.' Americans (not USAns.) are well aware that we are not alone in this war against anyone who is not of the 'real' faith... the one that William Barr is attempting to define as the guiding light of "our "Constitution.

Add to this "personal perception" of Rob Kall your repulsive distortion: "I think he also used some language that is most often used, at least in most parts of the English speaking world, to support a white supremecy [sic] paradigm that has caused millions of deaths of Semitic people. " All this is is so close to an 'ad hominem' attack that I have to admire Rob's calm retort.

And of course, Mr Pietrasz, this is not a social blog where facts are malleable but a NEWS-SITE that encourages discussion; AND THUS, you have a right to express your 'perceptions,' even if your 'take-aways have nothing to do with the truth.

Just know that a few of us who know exactly what YOU are telling us... and it is far from observable reality. Just wanted you to know that there is media and then there is OPED News.

Just wanted you to know how transparent such commentary is to those of us who respect Rob Kall and this news-site, and to me, personally, who has taught debate and the art of discussion for decades.

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I appreciate your points, and the semantics are irrelevant. As with all bigotry, "Islamophobia" and "anti-Semitism" are despicable. As in that they are both two sides of the same coin. Yet, in the white Western world, bigotry towards non-white West-Asians is tolerated and even officially encouraged. In that sense "Islamophobia" has become the "new anti-Semitism".

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I live here as this 'conversation " for want of a more accurate word) about Islamaphobia as the 'new' antisemitism appears here.

it seems to me, that such a 'redefinition at this moment dilutes or ignores the reality of the enormous spike in anti-semitism. It is a 'waddabout' that does nothing to discourage people who, like Mr Pietrasz, do not grasp why the ADL award went to this man.

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