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by Bernice Lipkin

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American Antisemitism Since WW2

John Mearsheimer has made himself an admired symbol to all red-blooded Jew-haters. He has become an academic spokesman for middle-class antisemites, who hitherto suffered from the uneasy suspicion that their obsession with Jews was seen as vulgar and slimy and shameful by the general public. To have a scholar backing up their hate for Jews is the equivalent of having the Venus de Milo on the same podium as a selection of centerpieces from girlie magazines. It is liberating. It takes away the odor of vulgar Jew-hate; their opinions now have the pure fragrance of the Academy.

To see this in context, let's take a very brief look at the history of antisemitism in America. During the 19th and 20th centuries, there was frank antisemitism, but it was private, not governmental. Jews with talent and energy could do well. Very well. And if the country club was closed to them, they could build one for themselves.

During the '20s and '30s, Jew hate could be preached openly, even by iconic figures. On the radio, Father Charles Coughlin preached a socialist-covered fascism, whose anti-capitalist principles were described by Alan Brinkley in Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and the Great Depression[1] as "work and income guarantees, nationalizing 'necessary' industry, wealth redistribution through taxation of the wealthy, federal protection of worker's unions, and decreasing property rights in favor of the government controlling the country's assets for 'public good.'" Coughlin ranted on and on about Jewish bankers and Wall Street; Jews were also said to be behind Communism. Charles Lindberg, a genuine hero for his accomplishments in aviation and viewed as a model for the younger generation, accepted a prize for his achievements in aviation from Hitler. He praised Nazi Germany and its promotion of Aryan racial purity and spoke against the Jews. He claimed Jews were pushing us into war. What was worse, they were pushing us into war on the wrong side.

Then came the Second World War.

Antisemitism was acceptable during the war, though more and more people praised themselves on their tolerance. Some clubs, communities, hotels and restaurants continued to be restricted. Quotas to universities and medical schools were openly reported as the reason a Jewish student was rejected.

The facts of the Holocaust, which were never highlighted by a mainstream medium such as the New York Times during the war,[2] became widely known toward the end of the War and afterwards. Many were genuinely remorseful. And things changed. At worst, it became impolite to be anti-Jewish.

Since the Second World War anti-Semitism has displayed a jagged course.

Because of what they had suffered during the Holocaust, the Jews had acquired the mantle of holiness that the Indians had had after Gandhi had won out over the mighty British Empire.

The Jews soon handed their can-do-no-wrong ticket to the blacks. Some half to two-thirds of the white civil rights activists were Jewish. They campaigned. They did for the Negro what they were seldom capable of doing for themselves. The belief in equality of rights and opportunity eventually became a necessity for all right-thinking individuals. Civil rights for all eventually prevailed.

But by the time it did, overt antisemitism was starting again -- and ironically, vicious complaints against the Jews were being shouted by the very people the Jews had helped so consistently and so successfully. Some blacks were beginning to articulate their bitterness and hate against the white man -- and the Jew was a perfect target. The Jew might remonstrate, but he would not hit back physically as might the Irish or the Italian or other ethnic groups making up the American culture. And while antisemitic speech from whites was seen as vulgar and meanspirited, hate speech coming from blacks was acceptable. They were, after all, the suffering victims whose righteousness white America had finally acknowledged. They were allowed to say what was in their hearts.

So it was in the spring and summer of 1968 when Resurrection City was created on the Washington Mall as part of the Poor People's Campaign. Many Jews came down from the suburbs to help build the houses. Reports drifted back that the blacks were ranting on the podium cursing the Jews. When their congregants voiced concern, liberal rabbis advised: forget their methods, focus on their cause. When Meir Kahane promoting the cause of Soviet Jewry came to DC in the '70s, the same liberal rabbis urged: the cause has merit, but his methods are not acceptable. Shun him. So it was that the shuls of Washington for the most part rejected the outspoken anger of Rabbi Kahane but welcomed Walter Fauntroy and Jesse Jackson, who are pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel. And so it was that the blacks were the acceptable mouthpieces of the haters of Jews in the few years that openly-expressed Jew hate was taboo.

Compared to today, the hate speeches were mild. They wanted to milk the Jews, not kill them. The blacks were the voice of the preachers and the elite who were themselves restrained from making unseemly anti-semitic remarks. The blacks, with their borrowed 'sacredness" were allowed. And did.

Today, 'Kill the Jews' mouthings and the wide-open, unrestricted hate -- the kind columnists can repeat without pretending indignation, the kind that Robert Wistrich in his book The Lethal Obsession calls exterminationist -- comes mainly from Muslims. Fairly crude remarks also come from white nativist neo-Nazis. Church people who see themselves as liberal and modern but who are still mired in medieval Jew-hatred usually use milder language.

During these years, Arabs such as Yasir Arafat were fleshing out the brilliant idea of pitting a newly-manufactured people called the Palestinians against the Jews. Given the basic idea, they had but to use the history and concepts of Jewish Zionism, substituting Arab for Jew. Arab refugees became diaspora Arabs -- even if they lived in a similar milieu 10 miles away from their original homes. They were homeless and persecuted, though they lived better than most Arabs in Arab countries. They instantly developed a longing for Jerusalem. Jerusalem went from being ignored for centuries into a respected even holy city. Arabs who turned every day to Mecca to pray began to "ache" for their holy city, Jerusalem.[3]

The Palestinians may be the perfect gun to bring down Israel, but it is the rich Arab countries and the Western countries that have paid to maintain the Palestinian unearned style of life by direct grants and through unofficial NGOs and official agencies of the U.N. and the E.U. And the dishonest media have disseminated each precious word that comes from an Arab mouth. Arab claims are not questioned.[4] The reporters never let what their eyes see influence what their fingers type. Reporters get up from a hearty meal in a luxury hotel in Gaza, stop at well-stocked stalls for some snack food,[5] open their laptops and write about the starvation of what are actually well-fed, comfortably housed Arabs. Somalia it ain't.

Israel has been and continues to be intimidated into military restraint by a media calling the death of a single Arab child a war crime, while the hundreds and thousands of Arabs and non-Arabs killed by the Arab countries have been ignored. There is even the psychological oddity that once it was established that tiny Israel was Goliath and the millions upon millions of Arabs were David, then anything Israel does is massive and brutal, and whatever the Arabs do is a small weak token of a response. The media will write up the fact that the Arabs used stones as if it were a childish prank and ignore that these stones had killed people. They write of handmade Molotov cocktails as if these were too primitive to harm anyone and ignore that scores of people are killed and maimed by the explosives.

The concern of the world for the welfare of the Palestinian Arabs is said to be au fond because of oil -- because the oil-bearing Arab countries are so upset by Israel's alleged treatment of their Palestinian brethren that they can't make peace with Israel. If this were true, it would suggest an easy fix: let Israel allow the millions of Arabs living as refugees to return to their pre-1948 homes, let Israel give the land (sometimes this is the Territories; sometimes it's all of Israel) to the Arabs and all will be well. The despicable treatment by the Arab countries of the Palestinians who live a life of dependency in their countries -- without human rights or political power -- gives the lie to that explanation.

There's another explanation, more resistant to change. It certainly isn't something the Jews can fix. Art Bussel put it well:[6]

"there was the world, tired of making nice to the Jews. Anti-Semitism never subsided; it was only buried beneath the surface after WWII. The Europeans may have behaved differently outwardly, but the Arabs' hatred toward the Jews remained exposed and festered in time."

The Arabs have for years been saying without hesitation and without shame what many a European hesitated to say out loud.

 

Sudanese child. (photo: Jason Straziuso)

If you don't think the excessive concern of the West for the welfare of the Palestinian Arabs is odd, ask yourself why isn't there the same amount of effort being made for the starving children of Muslim Darfur? Why was it not a scandal that after Raila Odinga of Kenya lost his bid for the Presidency and incited Muslim rioting in which Christians were burned alive that Condeleezza Rice and Barack Obama used their positions in the American Government to force Kenya to give Odinga a powerful position in the government?[7] Why does the prestigious feminist movement in the West ignore that Arab women are treated as chattel in pious Arab countries? Why isn't the U.N. in special session because Egyptian Muslims are slaughtering Egyptians Christians?[8] Why aren't Arabs reprimanded for their treatment of minorities? Why does the world become indignant only when Israel is accused of being the aggressor.

As a particularly egregious example of ignoring evil, Ahmadinejad of Iran continues to boast that he will soon be in a position to destroy the Jews; and this doesn't disturb the members of the United Nations. Claudia Rosett writes:[9]

"It's no surprise by now that the United Nations continues to host Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at "high-level" events at its New York headquarters. At the UN, despite its charter stipulation that membership is open to 'peace-loving states which accept the obligations contained in the present Charter,' it is by now obvious that a welcoming hand (including that of the Secretary-General) is routinely extended to Ahmadinejad as leading envoy of Iran's regime. Never mind that Tehran's proliferation-loving mullocracy is the world's leading sponsor of terrorism, a persistent and flagrant violator of UN sanctions, a gross violator of human rights on its domestic turf and a self-advertised hub of genocidal desires regarding the democratic state of Israel, and ultimately the United States (that's the meaning of 'Death to America! Death to Israel!').

[...] "If you read the charter, the UN's rationale for existing at all is to 'save succeeding generations from the scourge of war... to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights' etc. Instead of living up to its charter, today's UN effectively licenses others to stoop. It's not just the lure of lucre that opens Manhattan hotel doors to Ahmadinejad. It's also the morally corrupt seal of approval that is by now the hallmark of the UN."

Jonathan Rosenblum[10] writes that obsessional antisemitism

"is widespread throughout the Muslim world. But apart from the context of anti-Israel demonstrations, where slogans like 'Jews to the ovens,' are apparently considered within the realm of poetic, or left-wing, license, it is not yet acceptable for non-Muslims to voice such sentiments in the West. Instead anti-Israel Western elites content themselves with manipulations of international law that would leave Israel incapable of defending itself."

Actually, it does seem that Western politicians, media columnists and anchors, churchmen and academics are beginning to ignore the taboo on openly-expressed anti-Semitism that was instituted when it became obvious after WW2 that Jew-Hate had led to Jew-Slaughter.

And that's where John Mearsheimer comes in. He is a giant step forward in making antisemitism unselfconscious again. He wraps the recently unacceptable in a cloak of respectability. He's a big professor, after all.

Mearsheimer As Academic Seal Of Approval Of Antisemitic Sentiments

In March 2006, John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, both professorial objects of low luminance in the academic firmament, published an article entitled The Israel Lobby in the London Review of Books.[11] In different form, it was then published as a book The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy that became a hit, particularly popular on pro-Arab and leftist sites but also acclaimed, with perhaps less verve and more sobriety in clerical newsletters.

Like his book, John Mearsheimer became a celebrity in his own right. In this excerpt from her Pajamas Media essay, Belladona Rogers describes the aftermath of the Mearsheimer and Walt book:[12]

Overnight, the two professors were rich and infamous. Being rich is the right of all Americans. Infamy brought about through freely-expressed bigotry — although certainly a right under the First Amendment — is intolerable in a tenured professor, or in anyone choosing to teach for a living. Like so many before them and since, such as — no, why give any of them any further publicity? — the two authors found a mother lode of lucre and like-minded support in the far left academic world of today, as well as among people with similar political views outside the academy.

Because of the principle of academic freedom they were at liberty to hawk their hate-filled book, which claimed falsely and maliciously that a cabal of Jewish interests is responsible for the American government's support of Israel. The truth is, and has been since President Truman's recognition of the state of Israel in 1948, that strong support for Israel is the preference of the overwhelming majority of Americans — who are not lobbied by anyone.

For the next few years, matters at U of Chicago continued as in most universities in the West and in Israel. The dominant voices on the intersection of Jews and politics were of the far Left. They were often wrong. Much of their output was of an academic quality that would get a third year Pol-Sci student a big fat F. But they were not challenged. The faculty that didn't agree was too timid to speak out. Perhaps they feared that they would be putting their jobs in jeopardy. Yet, with a simple psychological flip, they fearlessly proclaimed the importance of freedom of speech. A good point. They didn't explain why they didn't speak out when the dominant Left refused to let students have the same right of freedom of expression.

The timidity of the Jewish faculty and Jewish organizations such as Hillel at Columbia and Berkeley was particularly bright-lighted because at these universities, some Jewish students were beginning to fight back. Things started to change. Columbia students made a documentary of multiple incidents of harassment of Jewish students by Muslim professors.[13] Prez Bollinger of Columbia was forced to convene a committee to investigate Rhasid Khalidi, a notorious Jew-hater and friend of Prez Obama.[14] Bollinger stacked the deck with committee members who shared Rhasid's ideology. As I commented on an article entitled "Columbia University under Investigation" in October 2011 in Front Page Magazine, when the Dept of Education was taking a look at possible misconduct:[15]

Columbia doesn't just discriminate against Jewish students by hiring anti-Semitic professors who can't keep their bias out of their lectures, it adds contempt into the mix.

In 2004-5, as part of Columbia U.'s damage control when the details of how Arab professors treated Jewish students could no longer be ignored, President Lee Bollinger convened a Provost Committee to investigate Rashid Khalid's unscholarly ideology-driven rabid hostility to Israel. Surprise, surprise, 2 of the 5 members had signed a divest-from-Israel petition and another was known as anti-Israel. Khalidi was of course exonerated and Columbia's selective freedom-of-speech continued. What really gets me is that Khalidi was put in as head of the committee to pick a head of Jewish Studies at Columbia. Predictably the committee picked an anti-Zionist Jew.[16]

But there was now a precedent.

Mearsheimer, was becoming more and more vocal and direct, though no more factual, in stating his belief that Israel (and the Jooz) had evil intent. As Rogers[17] writes:

Mearsheimer continued to teach, attend faculty meetings, and be treated with civility by his colleagues, both at the University of Chicago and beyond, where he became an ever more popular guest lecturer. Far from "paying a price," he and his co-author have flourished as they never had before. [...]

When, in September 2011, Mearsheimer endorsed a book by a Hitler apologist and Holocaust "revisionist,"[18] Mearsheimer escaped the censure that would normally be the fate of anyone outside academia.

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Beneath the surface, things were beginning to happen.

In Israel, student members of Im Tirtzu spoke up and used street theater to gain publicity and sympathy for their cause.[19] Donors who had never seemed to notice what their money was funding started asking questions. In this country, donations were also apparently affected. I noticed that Columbia Magazine, the Columbia alumni magazine, was having articles about munificent and saintly Jewish philanthropists -- just around fundraising time.

With respect to Mearscheimer, as Rogers[20] writes,

"Although his colleagues said nothing, Mearsheimer's students were taking note of his public descent into classic bigotry, freely and widely expressing his heretofore unspoken beliefs."

On November 30, 2011 conservative students at U of Chicago called for Mearsheimer's resignation.[22] As Belladonna points out, "In an editorial that is far better-written and more logically-argued than the Mearsheimer-Walt screed," they published an editorial in COUNTERPOINT: The University of Chicago's Conservative Quarterly, a student publication[23]

This is the editorial.


From the Editors: On the Controversy of John Mearsheimer

Posted on November 30, 2011 by Administrator
[http://www.chicagocounterpoint.com/archives/ author/admin]

When, after a long career built on a theory that domestic political relationships had a minimal impact on any state's foreign policy, John Mearsheimer co-wrote The Israel Lobby, a popular book alleging the maximal impact of a small cabal on American foreign policy, we were perplexed at the incoherence. When the book was written without accompanying scholarship on the Turkish lobby which has had a hand in the failure to recognize the Armenian Genocide or push for a Kurdish state, the Irish lobby which greatly influenced the American policy in Northern Ireland for decades, or Arab, Chinese, Tibetan, Greek, Indian, or Pakistani lobbies that have all made their mark on American foreign policy, we were left wondering at the motives of his focus. When the book was finally read and its narrative of the Israeli-Arab conflict rested on shoddy history, a mix of long-ago refuted facts (whose falsehood was easily available over Google) and stark errors of omission, we began to question the animus of Professor Mearsheimer.

The R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago has long been an important academic, but only recently a famous one. He built a robust theory of states seeking security through regional hegemony, no matter their domestic politics. Yet this theory could not explain many of the adventures of the United States in the Middle East. There had to be an exogenous factor. He labeled this factor "The Israel Lobby." But he did not use this factor to complicate the original model; he did not further examine the role of domestic constituencies in international relations. He left "The Israel Lobby" an outlier, an asterisk. It was a strange Jewish exceptionalism he propagated: only the Jews had dual loyalties. He was attacked. He dug in. More and more of his output was devoted to the dealings of the Jewish State. He began to speak at the events of Palestinian nationalists, groups whose assumptions would have seemed so contrary to realism. He would speak recklessly and accuse Israel of awful motives. This was a different John Mearsheimer. Something was going on.

This is now Counterpoint's sixth issue, marking the end of our second year in existence. The Mearsheimer controversy long predates us and we have withheld commentary on the man's motives. We can no longer do so. John Mearsheimer is now in the denouement of a tragedy of a great academic. Too stubborn to revise his long-time model, Professor Mearsheimer has instead endorsed the theories of a long-standing anti-Semitic conspiracy. We cannot say whether Professor Mearsheimer is an honest-to-goodness anti-Semite; we do not know his heart. We can only say that he has, from the perch of an endowed chair at our university, endorsed a grotesque theory of the doings of the modern Jew.

There are no reports of Professor Mearsheimer being anything less than cordial to his Jewish colleagues or reducing the grades of Jewish students. This is nothing like the anti-Semitism that bars Jews from country clubs; it is, indeed, an adaptation of an older anti-Semitism: a belief that old adages hold true, that the Jews are loyal only to one another and are not to be trusted with power. It is revealed, not in statements about usurers or admonishments about "kikes," but in an unwitting animus against the prominent Jews in public life and the ascribing of much too much to their effect. This comes out in speeches segregating "Righteous Jews" (marginalized radicals) from bad Jews, "New Afrikaners" (all the heads of major Jewish organizations). It comes out in paranoid blog-posts about the potential ability of the Israel Lobby to cover-up his own assassination. It comes out in reading lists for classes featuring the most absurd rendering of Israeli-Arab revisionism (Ilan Pappe's The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine) and a work of historical psychoanalysis that leaves the impression that Jewish dreams of self-determination are very near a mental disorder (Jacqueline Rose's The Question of Zion). And it comes out in John Mearsheimer's recent endorsement of a work by an undeniable anti-Semite, Gilad Atzmon's The Wandering Who?.

 

Gliad Atzmon plays a ditty

Reflecting upon himself in his book, Atzmon, a British Jazz musician born in Israel, considers himself a "proud, self-hating Jew." He is known to be a Holocaust minimizer and apologizer and considers the Jews to blame for the present financial crisis. Professor Mearsheimer says he does not endorse the man himself, but simply his book, a book by a (self-loathing) Jew about Jews and especially for Jews. Mearsheimer's praise reads (and we quote in full): "Gilad Atzmon has written a fascinating and provocative book on Jewish identity in the modern world. He shows how assimilation and liberalism are making it incredibly difficult for Jews in the Diaspora to maintain a powerful sense of their 'Jewishness.' Panicked Jewish leaders, he argues, have turned to Zionism (blind loyalty to Israel) and scaremongering (the threat of another Holocaust) to keep the tribe united and distinct from the surrounding goyim. As Atzmon's own case demonstrates, this strategy is not working and is causing many Jews great anguish. The Wandering Who? Should be widely read by Jews and non-Jews alike." Strange as it may be for an international relations theorist to comment on an eccentric contribution to intra-Semitic controversies, it is yet stranger that he praise so hateful a book.

The Wandering Who? makes many disturbing appraisals and disgusting arguments about the meaning of Jewishness and the Jewish condition of present and past. Atzmon is not here immune to Holocaust justification:

65 years after the liberation of Auschwitz we should be able to ask — why? Why were the Jews hated? Why did European people stand up against their neighbours? Why are the Jews hated in the Middle East, surely they had a chance to open a new page in their troubled history? If they genuinely planned to do so, as the early Zionist claimed, why did they fail? Why did America tighten its immigration laws amid the growing danger to European Jews? We should also ask what purpose Holocaust denial laws serve? What is the Holocaust religion there to conceal? As long as we fail to ask questions, we will be subjected to Zionist lobbies and their plots. We will continue killing in the name of Jewish suffering. We will maintain our complicity in Western imperialist crimes.

[. . .]

We, for instance, can envisage a horrific situation in which an Israeli so-called 'pre-emptive' nuclear attack on Iran that escalates into a disastrous nuclear war, in which tens of millions of people perish. I guess that amongst the survivors of such a nightmare scenario, some may be bold enough to argue that 'Hitler might have been right after all.'

He calls the current financial crisis a "Zio-punch" brought on by easy money, a cover for the supposedly Israel-benefiting War in Iraq, and recalls the older stereotypes of the Jewish financial manipulator:

You may wonder at this stage whether I regard the credit crunch as a Zionist plot or even a Jewish conspiracy. In fact the opposite is the case. It isn't a plot and certainly not a conspiracy for it was all in the open.

He describes Judaism as a cynical tribalism operated by an international axis of Israel, Wall Street, and American Jewish groups:

[T]o be a Jew is a deep commitment that does far beyond any legal or moral order... Jewish-ness is not a spiritual or religious stand, it is a political commitment. It is a worldview that applies to every last Jew on this planet... It is all about commitment, one that pulls more and more Jews into an obscure, dangerous and unethical fellowship. Apparently, Zionism is not about Israel. Israel is just a volatile territorial asset, violently maintained by a mission force composed of Hebrew-speaking, third category Jews. In fact, there is no geographical centre to the Zionist endeavor. It is hard to determine where Zionist decisions are made. Is it in Jerusalem? In the Knesset, in the Israeli PM office, in the Mossad, or maybe in the ADL [Anti-Defamation League] offices in America? It could be in Bernie Madoff's office or somewhere else in Wall Street.

This is no exhaustive list, but this is representative of the shrill mode of argument, upsetting turns of phrase, virulent intent, and palpable anti-Semitism of The Wandering Who? That Professor Mearsheimer could read these words and endorse them, that he would lend the words "The R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago" to the back of these Jew-hating rantings of a Jazz musician is astonishing to all who have appreciated his scholarship, diligence, decorum, probity, fair-mindedness, and humanity.

Pejman Yousefzadeh,[24] AB '94 AM '95, vividly remembers "how searing Mearsheimer's lecture on the Holocaust was, how powerful and unsparing his discussion was concerning the manner in which millions of Jews were massacred. He made sure that we, his students, fully absorbed the horrors attendant to the Holocaust, and in doing so, he did us a massive favor by ensuring that we were fully cognizant of the barbarism associated with the times." How could the cognizance of such evils become so calloused-over that this man would misconstrue barbarous hate for "a fascinating and provocative book on Jewish identity in the modern world?" Something has changed.

Professor Mearsheimer's contribution to the study of powers regional and global will last, may even become canonical, but he has in recent years attracted a very sorry stain upon himself, his scholarship, and the University which enabled his many achievements. The charge of anti-Semitism is a durable one, especially when actions repeatedly fail to contradict it. Professor Mearsheimer is certainly entitled to study, author, and speak whatever he will (we do not think the approval of hateful ideas a fireable offense), but it will refract upon an institution that has done more for him than he has done for it. It lately refracts the most bigoted ravings of a British madman and the questionable animus of his endorsing professor. If Professor Mearsheimer is to retain any of the grace of an accomplished scholar and do right by his home for nearly thirty years, there is but a single option: retirement.


Certainly, Mearsheimer's sympathies appear to have changed not just about the Holocaust but about America's current foreign policies. In 1991, he was a proponent of invading Iraq, to rescue Kuwait from Iraqi occupation. By 2002, he opposed invading Iraq, still in the grip of Saddam Hussein's brutal rule. Or he may finally have reached down to more fundamental attitudes. Cynically, we might see his flipflop as fundraising on behalf of a comfortable old age. Whatever. He has done damage, expanding the hernia through which anti-Semitism seeps out of ancient hate into the body politic. But he has also aroused a significant response. And not just from the usual suspects.

The Daily Kos is often described as a progressive political blog. An analysis by Adam Levick in 2009[25] suggested there was a nervous-making amount of demonizing both of Israel and its supporters.

From a cursory examination, it would seem the blog's belief structure is leftist conventional -- it is ardently "green" environmentally; it is devoutly for clean energy; it believes in the Democratic party and fundraises for its candidates; it look upon scientists who deny a climate holocaust is coming as spawn of the devil out to ruin the earth -- they seem not to have read about the sensor and programming inadequacies that produced the data that shakily supports their beliefs; the writers have a love of rabbit food instead of meat; they agree we are 15 trillion in debt, but other countries owe us, so what's to worry -- we're only a couple of trillion in the hole (assuming nobody defaults); Palestinian Arabs should have a state and there was annoyance with Gingrich saying that the land wasn't theirs. So I admit it was a surprise to see a sober analysis of Mearsheimer's drift into frank, undeniable antisemitism.[26] The article was posted by Geeksque and uses much of an essay by Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic entitled "John Mearsheimer Endorses a Hitler Apologist and Holocaust Revisionist."[27]

It got some things very wrong. It describes Thomas Friedman as a "mainstream supporter of Israel" -- now that's a chuckle. It feels Mearsheimer was "vindicated on the existence of 'the Israel lobby'" by Thomas Friedman. Another thing Friedman should feel guilty about. But, the Kos article continues

"for some reason Mearsheimer has decided to sacrifice his credibility by vouching for and endorsing one of the vilest Jew-haters on the planet, Gilad Atzmon. This is a stunning failure of judgment and of basic research--so much so that the only alternative hypothesis to Mearsheimer being an anti-Semite himself is that he is a complete fool."

I would think it is reasonable to assume that if Mearsheimer's endorsement of Gilad Atzmon was a very obvious indication of antisemitism, maybe his insistence on there being an Israel lobby dictating American foreign policy should be reexamined. It might be less obvious Jew-hate, but it still sets up Jews as the enemy. That being said, the Kos comments by Geeksque are succinct, sensible and blunt.

These are small signs. Students fighting back against brain-washing substituting for clear thought. A Leftist Blogger bluntly calling an antisemite an antisemite. Laymen taking university administrators to court because of their negligence in protecting Jewish students.[28]

Might this be the start of an "Academic spring" where scholarly output will again be judged on its merit, not on its politically endowed source? Who knows? Should it continue, perhaps even the academic believers in the coming of a climate holocaust might feel the heat.

End Notes

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Coughlin# cite_note-17

[2] Laurel Leff's book "Buried by The Times: The Holocaust." See also her article at
http://hnn.us/articles/10903.html

[3] Daniel Pipes,
http://www.danielpipes.org/84/ the-muslim-claim-to-jerusalem

[4] Martin Solomon, "The Blackout — A Hamas-Aljazeera Co-Production/Staged Gaza Blackout Pictures,"
http://www.think-israel.org/ solomonia.gazafakery.html

[5] Tom Gross, "Gaza Snapshots,"
http://www.think-israel.org/ gross.gazasnapshots.html

[6] http://web.me.com/bussel/Site/Home/Entries/2011/8/13_We_Wait.html

[7] http://www.think-israel.org/special.obamaandodinga.html

[8] Raymond Ibrahim, "Muslim Persecution of Christians: October, 2011,"
http://www.raymondibrahim.com/ 10724/muslim-persecution-of-christians-october-2011

[9] Claudia Rosett, 22sep2011,
http://www.familysecuritymatters. org/publications/id.10426/pub_detail.asp]

[10] Jonathan Rosenblum,
http://jewishworldreview.woodspalace.com/ anonymous/beyond-range-rational

[11] John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, http://www.lrb.co.uk/v28/n06/john-mearsheimer/the-israel-lobby.

[12] Belladona Rogers,
http://pjmedia.com/blog/ uc-students-call-on-anti-israel-prof-to-retire/

[13] Educating Voices for Israel, "Columbia to Check Reports of Anti-Jewish Harassment,"
http://www.thedavidproject.org/ index.php?option=com_content&view=article& id=180:columbia-to-check-reports-of-anti- jewish-harassment-&catid=42:in-the-media

[14] Rashid Khalidi, who had once served as Yassir Arafat's spokesman was at the U of Chicago from 1987 to 2003, when he toodled off to indoctrinate the newbies at Columbia. In Chicago, Obama and Bill Ayers, one-time Weatherman terrorist and currently a professor at U. of Chicago, had served together on the Board of the Wood Fund, where they were able to award Rashid Khalidi and his wife grants to help disadvantaged Arab Americans. The Los Angeles Times is yet to release its tape of the offensive anti-semitic remarks made at Khalidi's send-off dinner attended by Barack Obama.

[15]The comment was with Arnold Ahlert, "Columbia University Under Investigation,"
http://frontpagemag.com/2011/10/12/ columbia-university-under-investigation/

[16] Lee Kaplan,
http://isracampus.org.il/third%20 level%20pages/Editorial%20-%20Lee%20 Kaplan%20-%20Yinon%20Cohen.htm

[17] ibid

[18] http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/ 2011/09/john-mearsheimer-endorses-a-hitler -apologist- and-holocaust-revisionist/245518/

[19] Steven Plaut, " Why The Left Hates Im Tirtzu," The Jewish Press, 17Feb2010,
http://www.jewishpressads.com/pageroute.do/42598/. See also: "Im Tirtzu - The Second Zionist Revolution,"
http://en.imti.org.il/

[20] ibid

[22] Of course they were labeled conservative. I have no quarrel with the correctness of the label. I only wish to point out that were they Lefties, they would not be labeled, not even if they published in something named 'the Marxist Worker's Jargoned Journal Of Class Warfare." Being Left, even Illiberally Left, is normal and needs no label.

[23] Editorial in Counterpoint,
http://www.chicagocounterpoint.com/ archives/423].

[24] Pejman Yousefzadeh,
http://www.chequerboard.org/2011/12/ it-is-time-for-john-mearsheimer-to-go/]

[25] Adam Levick, "Anti-Israelism And Anti-Semitism In Progressive U.S. Blogs/News Websites: Influential And Poorly Monitored"
http://www.think-israel.org/ levick.antisemiticamericanblogs.html

[26] http://www.dailykos.com/ story/2011/09/26/1020371/-John-Mearsheimer- does-his-best-to-prove-critics-right

[27] Jeffrey Goldberg, "John Mearsheimer Endorses a Hitler Apologist and Holocaust Revisionist." The Atlantic, 23Sept2011,
http://www.theatlantic.com/national/ archive/2011/09/john-mearsheimer-endorses- a-hitler-apologist-and-holocaust-revisionist/245518/

[28] http://think-israel.org/benjamin. ucnegligence.html

Bernice Lipkin is editor of Think-Israel.org