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Originally published in Tikkun Daily

Fifteen years ago, on a dirt road in rural Missouri, I was followed by two men in a beat-up Ford pickup for three miles, their middle fingers raised and their faces strained, screaming words I could not hear — words I did not need to hear.

This was during my yarmulke-wearing days. I was a visible, lone Jew out in the country bird watching. A Jew who suddenly found himself being tracked by two men whose hate-fueled rage inspired them to try running me off the road. As sport.

Of course, anti-Semitism exists in America and remains a dangerous, global prejudice which reverberates strongly in the Holocaust's wake. I've experienced it on several occasions in multiple countries, as have family and friends. Which is why it's troubling to witness individuals and organizations in America make false 'anti-Semitism' claims not to point out this real prejudice, but in the service of propaganda intended to demonize Middle-Eastern Muslims in general, and Palestinians in particular.

This week was a big moment for this phenomenon, as much attention was focused on a shocking global survey on anti-Semitism conducted by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The survey of over 50,000 respondents claims to reveal that over a billion people – 26 percent of the global population – harbor predominantly anti-Semitic views, with Muslims being the most anti-Semitic religious group and Palestinians the most anti-Semitic nationality. (According to the survey, 49 percent of Muslims worldwide are anti-Semitic, as are 75 percent of Middle-Eastern Muslims and 93 percent of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.)

Those numbers certainly appear shocking.

However, the survey's problematic metrics reveal this quantitative survey to be less about measuring actual anti-Semitism as defined by the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., and more about an occasion to demonize Middle Eastern Muslims in general, and Palestinians in particular, in the service of 'pro-Israel' and anti-Palestinian efforts.

Here's how the survey worked: respondents were read 11 statements representing Jewish stereotypes, and those who answered "probably true" to six of them were categorized as anti-Semitic. Here are those 11 statements:

antisemitism

Now, imagine that you are a Palestinian living under a decades-old Israeli military occupation in the West Bank or hermetically sealed within Gaza's blockaded borders. You regularly witness or experience indefinite detentions, home raids, restrictions on movement, settlement expansions, bombing campaigns, land appropriations, the denial of basic human rights ...

You are read the following statement: Jews don't care what happens to anyone but their own kind. Answering "probably true" gets marked in the anti-Semitic column. The same applies for similarly responding to the statement, Jews are more loyal to Israel than to this country (meaning settlers living in the West Bank).

Do such "probably true" responses measure actual anti-Semitism, or do they reflect the perspectives of those suffering through an asymmetrical, long-term political conflict? To me, the answer is clear, for these are leading questions with predictable answers, not measurements of definitional anti-Semitism.

Writing for The Guardian, Donna Nevel and Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark make a similar observation:

The most striking example of a leading question undergirds the ADL's claim that the highest percentage of anti-Semitism is among Palestinians who live in the occupied territories. The ADL asked a group of people for whom the movement of goods, money and labor is controlled by Israel, "Do Jews have too much power in the business world?". Were they really to be expected to answer anything but "yes"?

[...]

The ADL report comes out on the heels of a Pew research study showing that, for instance, bias against Roma and Muslim people exceeds that against Jews in Europe. We believe the goals of a group that calls itself the Anti-Defamation League would be better served if it allied itself with other targeted groups to combat all dangerous prejudices – instead of just using anti-Semitism as a propaganda tool to advance a decidedly political agenda.

Now, as a quantitative survey, the ADL's work certainly reveals the existence of those who still hold fast to anti-Semitic stereotypes, which is a surprise to nobody and certainly troubling. And if one peruses the ADL's presentation, it won't appear on the surface as though there is an agenda to typecast Muslims. In fact, the presentation makes clear that region – living in the Middle East, for example – seems to matter more when it comes to harboring anti-Semitic views than religion.

However, this is precisely one of the survey's goals: to propose that Middle-Eastern Muslims, particularly Palestinians, are the world's most virulent people. This agenda becomes clear in its press release to journalists, which highlights the "shocking" levels of anti-Semitism amongst Palestinians and those in the Middle East.

A sound quantitative or qualitative study on prejudice in the world would not have the same results as the ADL's global survey, nor would it leave open the potential for political, anti-Israel sentiment to be confused for anti-Semitism, as does the ADL survey.

At best, this potential for confusion seems to be the result of clumsily-constructed questions. At worst, such ambiguity was intentional so that the survey could, upon being reported, function as a propaganda tool, demonizing Palestinians in a zero-sum game. It shouldn't be surprising that this is predictably occurring, with anything but the truth being served.

As one who has both been the target of anti-Semitism and falsely called anti-Semitic for my political views, it is troubling to see this real prejudice be manipulated and diluted in this way.

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What Do You Buy For the Children
David Harris-Gershon is author of the memoir What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife?, just out from Oneworld Publications.


Originally posted to David Harris-Gershon (The Troubadour) on Sat May 17, 2014 at 01:40 PM PDT.

Also republished by Writing by David Harris Gershon and Adalah — A Just Middle East.

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  •  Tip Jar (42+ / 0-)

    "If the Jew who struggles for justice for Palestine is considered anti-Semitic, & if Palestinians seeking self-determination are so accused...then no oppositional move can take place w/o risking the accusation." - Judith Butler

    by David Harris Gershon on Sat May 17, 2014 at 01:40:51 PM PDT

  •  Seriously? (6+ / 0-)

    So on every other occasion you argue 'don't conflate Jews with Zionists,' but here you justify anti-Semitism by conflating Jews with Zionists, all to explain what you believe is somebody ELSE’s agenda? Hysterical!

    Done with politics for the night? Have a nice glass of wine with Palate Press: The online wine magazine.

    by dhonig on Sat May 17, 2014 at 02:37:37 PM PDT

  •  wonder what would have happened if they (20+ / 0-)

    had asked Israeli Jews questions regarding their views of Palestinians. My bet is prejudice levels against Palestinians would have been very very high.

    While Democrats work to get more people to vote, Republicans work to ensure those votes won't count.

    by Tamar on Sat May 17, 2014 at 02:47:17 PM PDT

  •  Point well taken. It was a bogus poll. (7+ / 0-)

    FWIW, I scored zero.

    It's hard to believe that anybody who actually knows any Jews would answer yes to any of those questions.

  •  Curiously enough, when you look at expressed (9+ / 0-)

    opinions in the Middle East, you find hatred of Christians, Imperialists, the West in general, and Crusaders, all at quite high levels. Also each other, when you consider not only the Sunni-Shia divide, but the gradations of each and the opinions both have of other strains from Sufis to secularists, and vice versa. Anti-Semitism is not a defining feature of the region.

    This is not because these people are Muslims or Middle-Easterners. It is because of centuries of political and economic helplessness. Almost everybody who feels helpless does it, whether they are actually downtrodden, or are monstrously privileged but living in abject fear of losing their entitlements.

    As both Palestinians and Israelis feel helpless before present and presumed future injustices following in both cases on centuries of actual oppression. And thus many on both sides react with denial and violence.

    The exceptions are those who have embraced the tradition of non-violence going back to early Buddhism and Hinduism, who are therefore not helpless in the face of oppression and other threats. We can also find it in some strains of Chinese religion, Christianity, and later Judaism and Islam, in almost all cases as minority views within their respective cultures. Occasionally events make it possible for someone to teach us to make it have a majority effect.

    Thus we have been taught to say

    Shalom aleichem

    Sholom aleykhem

    As-salaam alaykum

    Pax vobiscum

    Namaste

    Om mani padme hum

    Gasshyou

    and the like. But how many of us believe it?

    Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

    by Mokurai on Sat May 17, 2014 at 03:11:35 PM PDT

  •  While not all people who are anti- (2+ / 0-)
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    zionist are anti the Jewish religion, many are.  Since expressions of anti-Judism are no longer acceptable in Western society, that sentiment, by some, is expressed by anti-zionism and anti-Israel animus.  

    •  race is often a proxy for class (2+ / 0-)
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      especially in a society like the US that systematically denies the existence of class.  We are moved to hate entire groups because of their most visible members' economic activities, especially when they disadvantage us in some way.  Mirroring this tendency, right wingers actually tried to claim that the explosion of animus against "bankers" was actually a cover for antisemitism.

      In most places Jews live, they are statistically overrepresented among the highly educated, wealthy, and politically powerful (and all the more because of their tiny numbers), while Israel looms large in the foreign policy of many Western countries, but especially the United States.  While this should speak well of the Jews and their ability to assimilate, encourage achievement amongst themselves, and promote their individual and collective self-interest, most people instead interpret it as proof of some kind of unfair advantage.  The implicit assumption is that any group of people will form the standard bell curve, varying only in amplitude according to population size.  But in the real world, minorities - by virtue of their small sample size and subsequent greater degree of homogeneity ... and sharing of good and bad fortune - will tend to cluster, especially relative to the majority.  This is doubly true if the dominant culture forces them into a particular niche.

      When the perceived Jewish - and Israeli - siege mentality surfaces, it is seen as totally dissonant when set against this background of disproportionate success. Also too Jewish political activism, which additionally is seen as a threat to the established order which implicitly serves the interests of the majority ... even if it actually doesn't.  "They made it big and yet they've never stopped complaining and never stopped trying to change things!"

      Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

      by Visceral on Sat May 17, 2014 at 07:07:39 PM PDT

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  •  They have their land stolen, are occupied and have (6+ / 0-)
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    had their rights denied by the self-proclaimed Jewish state.  Who can blame themfor having less than warm feelings towards Jews in general.

    "When dealing with terrorism, civil and human rights are not applicable." Egyptian military spokesman.

    by Paleo on Sat May 17, 2014 at 03:27:28 PM PDT

    •  How was their land stolen? (2+ / 0-)
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      •  By force. eom (9+ / 0-)

        The frog jumped/ into the old pond/ plop! (Basho)

        by Wolf10 on Sat May 17, 2014 at 04:00:33 PM PDT

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        •  The publicly stated Arab goal (3+ / 0-)
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          in the 1948 Arab/Israel war was to eliminate Israel and expel the Jews.  What am I missing?

          •  The creation of the state of Israel was (2+ / 0-)
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            an unjustified taking of others' land. In effect, Palestinians paid the price for European crimes against a predominantly European Jewish population. If Germany, Austria and perhaps other nations had been required to cede land for a Jewish state it would be morally defensible and, given what has followed in the Middle East, a much wiser geopolitical choice.  

            The frog jumped/ into the old pond/ plop! (Basho)

            by Wolf10 on Sat May 17, 2014 at 06:15:42 PM PDT

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          •  The part where "But the Jews stole that land by (3+ / 0-)
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            buying it up because they had more money."  Or maybe it's the "The Jews practiced ethnic cleansing before they declared Israel by driving out the Arab milit- I mean people who just want to be left alone in peace."  Or any one of the hundreds of other bullshit reasons that people use to say Israel is illegitimate and that the Jews should once again be expelled and the land given to the Palestinians, an ethnic group that literally did not exist until the early fifties.

            "There are no atheists in foxholes" isn't an argument against atheism, it's an argument against foxholes. - James Morrow

            by kirrix on Sat May 17, 2014 at 06:59:18 PM PDT

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            •  Actually, until 1948 a "Palestinian" was assumed (1+ / 0-)
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              to be Jewish.

              •  Preposterous. (6+ / 0-)

                In 1878, the Ottoman census had the percentage of Jews in the Jerusalem, Acre and Nablus districts at 5.3 %.

                By 1946, the percent of Jews in mandatory Palestine was still a minority--29%.
                http://www.cjpmo.org/...

                Why would a  "Palestinian" at that time be assumed to be a Jew? Perhaps you mean that a Jew living in Palestine at that time was assumed to be Palestinian?

                The easily offended deserve to be easily offended.--God

                by Flyswatterbanjo on Sun May 18, 2014 at 09:51:53 AM PDT

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                •  Because (2+ / 0-)
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                  The people you are talking about were called 'Arabs'.

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                  by Zornorph on Sun May 18, 2014 at 12:29:13 PM PDT

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                  •  Goodness. (2+ / 0-)
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                    "Arab" was/is a designation of ethnicity or language grouping. "Jewish" was/is a designation of ethnicity or cultural grouping or religious grouping. "Palestinian" is a nationality.

                    The easily offended deserve to be easily offended.--God

                    by Flyswatterbanjo on Sun May 18, 2014 at 04:21:43 PM PDT

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                    •  Lets try this (1+ / 0-)
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                      Haj Amin al-Husseini called his organization the "Arab Higher Committee" - not the 'Palestinian Higher Committee'. He considered himself the leader of the Palestinian Arabs, so if anybody would have been inclined to take the title of 'Palestinian' it would have been him. And the irregular army he fielded - let by his nephew - was called The Army of the Holy War. No mention of 'Palestinian' there, either.

                      Good girls shop. Bad girls shop. Shoppin', shoppin' from A to Z!

                      by Zornorph on Sun May 18, 2014 at 10:24:47 PM PDT

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                      •  Let's try this, as it's illustrative of the (0+ / 0-)

                        nonsense some Zionists still engage in today. It's from a report by the Palestine Royal Commission, from 1936.

                        Jewish nationalism, indeed, seems sometimes to reject consciously or unconsciously, the very idea of a real Palestinian community. It claims, for example, that, though Palestine is not an Arab word and might therefore fairly serve for Jews as well as Arabs, Eretz Israel (Land of Israel) should be also accepted as the official translation of “Palestine”, and protests that the printing of the Hebrew initials “E . I .” after “Palestine” on every stamp and coin is not enough.
                        http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/...
                        See page 135.

                        The easily offended deserve to be easily offended.--God

                        by Flyswatterbanjo on Mon May 19, 2014 at 01:48:56 PM PDT

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          •  So you believe might makes right? (2+ / 0-)
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            And you believe in the right of conquest?

            Because otherwise the war in '48 has nothing to do with Israel annexing more land and expanding settlements.

            No War but Class War

            by AoT on Sun May 18, 2014 at 05:45:05 AM PDT

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            •  AoT, do you believe might makes right? (1+ / 0-)
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              Do you believe in the right of conquest?

              Wasn't Hebron a Jewish city until Arab pogroms in 1929?

              Weren't Jews, who have had a constant presence in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem and throughout the Mideast, the victims of ethnic cleansing from those places between 1948 and 1967?

              •  No Hebron was not in any real sense (0+ / 0-)

                a "Jewish city". Jews were a small minority in Hebron. For as bad as the massacre in Hebron was, it was not any sort of seizing territory nor was it right in any sense of the word.

                No War but Class War

                by AoT on Sun May 18, 2014 at 06:47:34 PM PDT

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          •  You're missing the part BEFORE the state of Israel (0+ / 0-)

            The part, in 1947, when the Jews there expelled or caused to flee at least half of the 750,000 non-Jews who ended up fleeing the war in total. Then you missed the part where shortly thereafter, the Jews declared a state, Israel, over territory of which they only owned 7%. Then the part where the new country, Israel,  refused to let those who had fled return to their homes, and then declared their property abandoned and gave it to Jews(that's the stealing  part).

            You can see why the non-Jews, who were the majority, by 1948 would want to, as you so dramatically put it, "eliminate Israel and expel the Jews," right?

            The easily offended deserve to be easily offended.--God

            by Flyswatterbanjo on Sun May 18, 2014 at 12:28:21 PM PDT

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            •  7 Percent (2+ / 0-)
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              That 7 percent figure is such a vicious distortion. While it's probably accurate to say that only 7% of Mandatory Palestine was private land owned by Jews, the implication is that the remaining 93% was owned by Arabs and this is nowhere near the truth. As with most countries, the vast majority was held by the government - the Ottoman Turks prior to 1917 and the British Crown after that. The moment Ben Gurion declared the State of Israel, all that land became property of the Israeli government according to all international laws and thus became Jewish. The maps that are based on this lie - and you know the ones I mean - are nothing more than disgusting distortions that people should be ashamed to spread.

              Good girls shop. Bad girls shop. Shoppin', shoppin' from A to Z!

              by Zornorph on Sun May 18, 2014 at 10:31:22 PM PDT

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      •  Every time ground is broken (7+ / 0-)

        on a new illegal settlement.

        "When dealing with terrorism, civil and human rights are not applicable." Egyptian military spokesman.

        by Paleo on Sat May 17, 2014 at 04:35:13 PM PDT

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    •  Really (3+ / 0-)
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      So you're really justifying bigotry and hatred?

      Would you feel the same if Americans hated Muslims because some Muslims have committed acts of terrorism?

      Just shocking.

      •  Explaining (2+ / 0-)
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        Put yourself in their shoes.

        "When dealing with terrorism, civil and human rights are not applicable." Egyptian military spokesman.

        by Paleo on Sat May 17, 2014 at 04:33:49 PM PDT

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      •  If a nation that declared itself Muslim (2+ / 0-)
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        systematically oppressed huge numbers of Americans then I think it's reasonable to expect that Americans would hate Muslims. There's a huge difference between a terrorist attack or two and a long term attempt to starve Gaza.

        No War but Class War

        by AoT on Sun May 18, 2014 at 05:47:31 AM PDT

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        •  Who is starving Gaza? (2+ / 0-)
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          All the statistics show that Gaza has no problems getting food in and out through the Israeli border.

          I don't know about the Egyptian border, so I won't assume that Egypt is not trying to starve Gaza.  I just recognize that you're complaining about Israel and not Egypt.

          And Israel continues to provide electricity in the West Bank despite the fact that the PA has not paid the electric bills in a long time.

          I agree that Israel is preventing Gaza from getting weapons, and I certainly think that's appropriate.

          Israel has pulled out of Gaza and given the people of Gaza the ability to govern themselves.  If they and their leaders choose to make war on Israel, Israel is fully justified in preventing them from getting weapons.

          Regardless of Gaza, AoT, I hope you'll confirm that you condemn the anti-Jewish hatred and bigotry coming from the Palestinian territories and are not seeking to legitimize it.

          •  Here's some evidence. (6+ / 0-)

            The easily offended deserve to be easily offended.--God

            by Flyswatterbanjo on Sun May 18, 2014 at 10:02:08 AM PDT

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            •  intentional malnutrition & food spoiling (1+ / 0-)
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              from the above article

              But a rather different picture emerges as one reads the small print. While the health ministry determined that Gazans needed daily an average of 2,279 calories each to avoid malnutrition – requiring 170 trucks a day – military officials then found a host of pretexts to whittle down the trucks to a fraction of the original figure.

              The reality was that, in this period, an average of only 67 trucks – much less than half of the minimum requirement – entered Gaza daily. This compared to more than 400 trucks before the blockade began. ...

              UN staff too have noted that Israel failed to factor in the large quantity of food from each day’s supply of 67 trucks that never actually reached Gaza. That was because Israeli restrictions at the crossings created long delays as food was unloaded, checked and then put on to new trucks. Many items spoiled as they lay in the sun.

              The boss needs you, you don't need him. -- France general strike, May 1968

              by stargaze on Mon May 19, 2014 at 07:36:44 AM PDT

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      •  My comment (1+ / 0-)
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        Is here, in case your HR finger gets too itchy to resist.

        We don't even have to debate, you can just drop a donut if you get too anxious and need some relief.

        No one is coming to save us, the future is in our hands.

        by koNko on Sun May 18, 2014 at 08:13:07 AM PDT

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        •  I said I would remove your HR if you showed (1+ / 0-)
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          even a shred of evidence to back your claim that Israel was intentionally starving children for political purposes.

          You're perfectly entitled to disagree with Israel's decisions and to have your own political views.  But you're not entitled to make up shit and then use it to justify bigotry. I would not describe that as progressive.

          •  I never said that. (0+ / 0-)

            You leapt to that conclusion under your own steam just as you make equally ridiculous interpretations of what others write on the subject.

            And that is why I offer you the use of my comment to vent the anger that seems to boil out of your keyboard.

            I have no intention of discussing this subject with you further because the outcome is predictable and would serve no useful purpose.

            But if someone who does interact with you causes that finger to get itchy, feel free to hit that button on my linked comment or here.

            You don't need to worry about reprisals because I never HR anyone, I'm for freedom of expression as people chose even when it is wretched excess.

            And I abide by the site rules.

            No one is coming to save us, the future is in our hands.

            by koNko on Sun May 18, 2014 at 09:52:07 AM PDT

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  •  Interesting (13+ / 0-)

    Note that if you replace the word "Jews" with "Americans" I'll bet a majority of people polled in every nation on earth would poll as anti-American (except here, of course).

    Important point, and well articulated. Thank you, David.

    "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” — William Arthur Ward

    by LilithGardener on Sat May 17, 2014 at 03:35:17 PM PDT

    •  Interesting observation. I would guess that (9+ / 0-)

      anti-Americanism would score infinitely higher than anti-Semitism with this construction.

      "If the Jew who struggles for justice for Palestine is considered anti-Semitic, & if Palestinians seeking self-determination are so accused...then no oppositional move can take place w/o risking the accusation." - Judith Butler

      by David Harris Gershon on Sat May 17, 2014 at 03:38:24 PM PDT

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      •  I don't know about "infinitely," but it would (0+ / 0-)

        be at least in the same ballpark.  If I remember correctly, the majority of the world's very small population of Jews live in the United States, so many of the most virulent anti-Semites think of America as the "land of the Jews."

        Just by the by, let me once again mention my wonder and amazement that such a small group as the Jewish people has survived so long and maintained their identity against so many unbelievable oppressions and so much cultural pressure.

        Yes, I think that God has a hand in that, although it's hard to understand how the Holocaust could have happened.

        The only other small ethnic group (and not religious group, IIRC) that has survived great oppression and continued to survive over the centuries is the Roma (Gypsies).  There are other groups, such as the Mormons and the Baha'i, who have comparable stories.

        Of course, in general, Jewish people have been much more successful than the Roma at assimilating and becoming leaders in their countries.

  •  Hatred of Jews is not just about Israel (3+ / 0-)
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    I'm going to repeat what I said in another recent diary.

    It's not uncommon for blood libels (i.e., Jews kill non-Jewish children to use their blood to bake Passover matzah) to be published in major newspapers in the Mideast quoting "experts" on Judaism. (Note: I'm sure someone will say that MEMRI is giving a bad translation, or is a bad source, or something like that.)

    If that's not bad enough, here's an article that was on the web site of a member of the PLO Executive Committee.  How do you expect to have peace when the supposed "peace partners" publish stuff like this intended to make their people hate Jews?  

    The real reason for anti-semitism in the Palestinian territories is that the educational system and the messages on PA-censored television teach hatred of Jews, over and over again, on a daily basis.

    If you teach children that Jews are monsters, and you glorify those who murder Jews, those children probably are not going to grow up with respect or tolerance for Jews.

    If you teach bigotry and hatred, aren't you likely to get adults who are bigots and haters?

    I can't explain this: Why doesn't Human Rights Watch or Amnesty International give a damn about anti-Semitism?  Why doesn't anyone ever call out particular Arab or Muslim speakers for obvious anti-Semitism?  Why aren't John Kerry,  President Obama or anyone in our news media calling out this stuff?  Shouldn't these bigots be treated the same as other bigots like Donald Sterling and banished from their and our communities?

    And David, why do you seek to justify this crap rather than condemn it?

  •  Precisely why I don't support (4+ / 0-)
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    We believe the goals of a group that calls itself the Anti-Defamation League
    the so-called "Human Rights Campaign," a sponsor of parties and vendor of schwag that, to the extent it gives a damn about human rights at all, then only for a certain group of individuals.

    To which I happen to belong, but the obfuscatory mendacity stinks to high heaven.  In both cases.

    Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

    by corvo on Sat May 17, 2014 at 04:29:13 PM PDT

  •  I was thinking of this today (3+ / 0-)
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    I went to pick one of the 12 year old soccer kids on my daughters team today. She popped in the van and the first thing she started complaining about was why we have to care about the Holocaust. After all, she said, it was the Jews that killed Jesus.

    My first response was to say "How 15th Century Martin Luther of you" but since she's only 12, I stuck with the that isn't true. It was the Romans.

    Deep seated European and Christian anti-Semitism gets covered up because some right-wing Zionists would rather blame a Palestinian for not only Hitler's but many a Europeans' anti-Semitism because it fits their political agenda. The kind of anti-Semitism that still flourishes right here in America. The ADL doesn't give a damn about right-wing Christian anti-Semitism. They are too political.

  •  I made a big mistake this week (5+ / 0-)

    I went into another diary on this subject and suggested that perhaps there were reasons why Palestinians might register negative attitudes in that poll other than a pathological inborn tendency toward antisemitism. Silly me.

    Thanks, David, for your usual good work and insight, and for being reasonable.

    And good luck in the comments.

    No one is coming to save us, the future is in our hands.

    by koNko on Sun May 18, 2014 at 08:09:59 AM PDT

    •  That was not what you said in the other diary (2+ / 0-)
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      Zornorph, RedsFanForever

      You said that Israel was intentionally starving children for political purposes.

      I said I'd remove the HR if you showed any evidence of that claim.  

      As I said in a different response to you in this diary, you have every right to disagree with Israel, but you get HRs when you make things up to justify bigotry.

      I don't really want to get into a flame war with you.  I'm not sure if it's too late to remove my HR, but I'd still be happy to do so if you can show that evidence.

      •  Do you think I am referring to you above? (0+ / 0-)

        Here is some news: I'm not. Actually I was thinking of another reactionary hate-spewing individual in the same diary. Our encounter was less memorable.

        As for what I actually said, you are quite mistaken; perhaps that is what you read or interpreted but I assure you that your are projecting something that is not there.

        Not everything is what you think it is, or about you.

        No one is coming to save us, the future is in our hands.

        by koNko on Sun May 18, 2014 at 09:58:55 AM PDT

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  •  Oh cool. (0+ / 0-)

    Affirmative action is now anti-Semitic.

    warning: snark probably above

    by NE2 on Sun May 18, 2014 at 08:54:07 AM PDT

  •  The problem with this diary and many comments (3+ / 0-)
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    Kane in CA, RedsFanForever, Zornorph

    Many of the commenters here truly seek to justify bigotry, Jew-hatred and anti-semitism.  Basically, they say, "it's Israel's fault" that there's so much anti-Semitism in the Mideast and suggest "how could that not be the case when Israel is so horrible."  

    More important, they give no hint that they oppose this Jew-hatred and instead explicitly in some cases and implicitly in other cases justify and legitimize it.

    Frankly, while certainly not all who are anti-Israel are anti-Semitic, some who are anti-Israel are in fact anti-Semitic, and that many anti-Semites coincidently also happen to be anti-Israel.  For many, sympathy toward Jews might, they'd claim, interfere with their goal of eliminating Israel as a Jewish homeland.

    How would this group have reacted if a diary said "anti-Muslim bigotry is understandable" because some Muslims flew the planes on 9/11 and have committed some other terrorist acts?  We'd all rightly disagree with that diary and agree that would be horrible.  The diarist would be HR'd to oblivion and probably lose his or her rights to post on this site.

    I'm truly shocked that we don't have the same reactions here.

    •  Well, Al (1+ / 0-)
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      poco

      While it is certainly true that Israel's enemies seek to downplay and/or justify the existence of the antisemitism that has become part and parcel of their anti-Israel agenda, it is also true that far too many on the pro-I side use the existence of said antisemitism as an excuse to oppose any and all reasonable proposals for ending the conflict.

      In either instance, the manipulation of the antisemitism issue is disingenuous, hypocritical, and a clear manifestation of bad faith in dealing with the I/P issue.

  •  Irresistable question for the diarist (4+ / 0-)
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    Al Abama, Zornorph, livosh1, JNEREBEL

    How would you answer each of the survey questions?

  •  In my opinion your allegation regarding the (0+ / 0-)

    assigning of motivation to JDL for the survey is without fact or substance.  

    Your only evidence is the press release which characterizes the results of the levels of antisemitism as "shocking".

    The results are shocking to any rational person and because they are accurately described as such gives no evidence to support your allegation that the ADL "propose that Middle-Eastern Muslims, particularly Palestinians, are the world's most virulent people".  

    "Stay close to the candles....the staircase can be treacherous" (-8.38,-8.51)

    by JNEREBEL on Mon May 19, 2014 at 10:07:10 AM PDT

  •  Thank you for posting this (0+ / 0-)

    The survey seems flawed.

    The restraint of trade brought up in the 2nd box of diary is another aspect that is a reason to question if Israel govt wants real peace. If restricting what goes into OT is for security, what is the security risk of exports? Restricting exports is restricting economic growth.

    The boss needs you, you don't need him. -- France general strike, May 1968

    by stargaze on Mon May 19, 2014 at 12:09:38 PM PDT

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