Anti-Semitism has become Politically Correct

by Ron Jager, INN

We really shouldn’t be surprised that Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei only recently released a new doctrine explaining why it would be ‘legally and morally justified’ to commit genocide and wipe Israel off the map. “Israel is a cancerous tumor in the Middle East,” Khameini wrote for the ultraconservative Farsi-language Alef news site. “Israel is a satanic media outlet with bombers. Every Muslim is required to arm themselves against Israel.”

In short, despite his public claims that it is the moral obligation of every Muslim to destroy Israel and commit genocide against all Jews, nobody in the international community, none of the leading human rights organizations, not the New York Times nor any other known liberal outlet in the digital world has demanded that the ruling regime in Iran be perceived as an unacceptable apartheid regime harboring and based on explicit Anti-Semitism inherently
illegitimate and has no right to exist.

Hatred of Jews, demonization of Israel, anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism have all become interchangeable and analogous terms; acceptable politically correct superlatives in the public discourse in recent years. We hear it everywhere, whether from the mouths of Arab leaders, European organizations, academicians in the United States and Europe, and from leading journalists exercising their right of “free speech”, they all have elevated the hatred of Jews to socially acceptable. What we are witnessing without even realizing is the creation of an emerging new world order that is based on ridding the whole world of Jews.

Sound familiar?

This narrative of making the hatred of Jews politically correct is being effectively conveyed by the Western media, bloggers, and NGO’s, in which Jews and Israel are being singled out and denied the basic right to exist, demonizing and de-legitimizing our very existence.

The current epidemic of primal hatred of Jews developed from the link between Nazism and Islam that was established in the 1930s. For example, in a Nazi directive of 1943:
“The extermination of Jewry throughout the world is the precondition for an enduring peace”. Such a statement is remarkably similar, if not identical, to the statements made by the leader of Iran, Ahmadinejad who proclaims at every opportunity “the Zionist regime will be wiped out and humanity liberated”. The common thread unifying the desire for the total destruction of Jews is shared by Islamic terror and Hitler, hence the validity of the term Islamo-Nazism. It is not a coincidence that both German Nazism and modern Islamism arose in the 1920s. Nazi’s spoke of redemptive anti-Semitism, namely a form of anti-Semitism that explains all in the world and offer a form of “redemption” by exterminating the Jews and ridding the world of all Jews. Modern radical Islamism provides the same rational for murdering Jews and Israeli’s in particular.

Redemptive anti-Semitism is the connecting thread between World Jihad, the Islamic takeover of the Middle East, haters of Israel in the West, in the media, and in the Campuses of America and Europe. This common and united hatred of Jews and Israel has left behind any attempt to hide or diminish their public hatred of Jews and Israel using unlimited resources to make it OK and politically correct to call for the destruction of Jews and Israel. In our morally relative world logic is suspended; and an entirely poisonous narrative of wanting to rid the world of Jews and Israel is now widely accepted as politically correct.

Victim and victimizer, truth and lies, justice and injustice turn into their precise opposite This has led to a kind of public dialogue among anti-Semites and has found expression in the writings of mainstream journalists similar to what has been written in recent months by “Uncle Tom” Friedman.

What is remarkable for most of us, is that instead of rejecting the elevation of the hatred of Jews to being politically correct, many Jews and non-Jews belonging to
the progressive intelligentsia have largely embraced it as rational and true. To a large extent this is because that same western intelligentsia has itself supplanted rationality by an ideology of hatred. Not only do they hate Jews and wish to rid the world of Israel, but they do so while accepting financial support and backing from organizations and countries that employ the systematic killing of civilians and glorify the of murder of innocents. This is a very dangerous precedent and combination leading to the possibility that the streets of Western countries will become unsafe for Jews, a phenomenon that already exists and is widespread in the streets of European cities.

The gateway has been opened for the flooding of words and innuendo’s accepting the hatred of Jews and Israel as acceptable discourse in the public media. What seemed to have been an eradicated and forgotten ideology such as redemptive anti-Semitism has risen from the ashes of the Holocaust making the hatred of Jews and Israel once again a force that will lead to an inevitable clash between the forces of good and evil, between freedom and blind obedience. Anti-Semitism has become far more acceptable in the US and throughout the world. The volume of attacks against Jews has skyrocketed and the intellectual war against Israel and its Jewish supporters has grown ever more virulent. Now is the time to reject the politically correct anti-Semitic hatred of Jews and Israel.

The writer, a 25-year veteran of the I.D.F., served as a field mental health officer and Commander of the Central Psychiatric Military Clinic for Reserve Soldiers at Tel-Hashomer. Since retiring from active duty, he provides consultancy services to NGO’s implementing Psycho trauma and Psychoeducation programs to communities in the North and South of Israel and is a strategic advisor to the Director of the Shomron Liaison Office.

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  1. Paul is right. Seventeen hundred of the two thousand years of antisemitism are documented in The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History [Hardcover] Andrew G. Bostom (Editor), Ibn Warraq, (June, 2008)

  2. An ad homenim attack on an entire nation. Intellectually worthless. You wish death on people you have never met! What a prick!

  3. This is absolutely correct Bert, obedience to god is a blessing upon any nation. And any nation that willingly conducts itself in the manner which Israel now does will not be long in this world.

  4. The current epidemic of primal hatred of Jews developed from the link between Nazism and Islam that was established in the 1930s.

    Not true. There is no “current wave” of antisemitism. It is the same antisemitism that we have always had to put with. It is an ongoing religious hysteria invented by Rome and copied by Muhammad. Every generation of antisemites must couch their superstitious lies in the language and knowledge of their contemporaries in order to give it some kind of false dignity else no one will give them an audience. With the Nazis it was quack racial theories and with the modern Muslims it is fake Palestinian nationalism. Until the world confronts the ancient lie of antisemitism and rips it out at its ancient roots, the world will continue to suffer from it.

    Why is it so hard for people to call a lie for what it is? Antisemitism is a system of beliefs based on lies, it always has been and always will be, nothing less and nothing more.

  5. Antisemitism is not politically correct and should never be, period.

    Stamping out Antisemitism begins with each and everyone of us. It cannot be acceptable in any shape or form.

    When I hear it or see it, whether friend or foe I bring it to their attention and explain why it is wrong.

    Antisemitism is a cancer that needs to eradicated, the sooner the better.

  6. There is a mystical, non rational, aspect to Antisemitism which is why ordinary logic is ineffective against it. To ‘fight their fire with our fire’ we must look to our own ‘instruction book’. Look at Deuteronomy Chapter 28 for guidance. It states plainly that if we Jews obey the Law, them G-d will fight for us. If we fail to observe the Law then G-d will abandon us to our enemies.
    We fail the Law when we agree to divide the land and to even divide Jerusalem. We fail when we sign agreements with terrorist enemies and when we look to people like Clinton, Bush and Obama to help us.
    Our leadership is essentially secular and ignores Judaism. Our suffering matches the warnings. This is our Jewish tragedy for so many centuries where too many Jews seem incapable of ever learning.

  7. I am currently working through Daniel Kahaneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow. After reading it, we would all have more insight into human “heuristics and biases.” It will aid us in our pro-Israel efforts or at least allow us to recognize the enemy’s weaknesses, since they are ours as well.

  8. It is unnecessary and unproductive to fight antisemitism directly. All facts can be twisted. I will never forget the thesis of a masters’ degree student that claimed that the failure to rape Arab women by Jewish IDF members during conflict was a sign of the inferiority the Jews attributed to Arab women – racism as expressed on the personal level covered up as morality.

    Antisemitism’s irrational nature makes it part of an automatic response system in the brain, not easily assailable. However, there are two methods for combating the automaticity of the response pattern: 1) Birthright-type experiences, which would require the opening of Jewish homes and institutions to the most fervent of the antisemitic opinion leaders. 2) Systematic discussions of the “filters” that are supporting antisemitic thoughts. Yale had such a program, but it was “reorganized” out of existence. The pro-Israel blogosphere addresses those who are already in Israel’s camp, though there is the occasional antisemite who ventures over to sniff about. What is necessary is for those who post here to insert alternative thinking into the antisemitic camp. It is painful, since responses are vitriolic, but necessary. The foundations must be attacked. Alinsky must be assailed, as Marx, at their roots. Hannah Arendt, in The Banality of Evil, used by the Left against Israel, can be used by the pro-Israel camp as well. Quote from Wikipedia on Hannah Arendt:

    Explaining this phenomenon, Edward S. Herman has emphasized the importance of “normalizing the unthinkable.” According to him, “doing terrible things in an organized and systematic way rests on ‘normalization.’ This is the process whereby ugly, degrading, murderous, and unspeakable acts become routine and are accepted as ‘the way things are done.'”[2]

    Cannot the Leftist camp be righteously accused of reflexive evil? When their own epithets are turned on the accusers, the pro-Israel camp will find itself in a better position. We cannot be so nice as to accept our fate – again!

  9. Its going to be very difficult to pursue this necessary fight as long as the Israeli government negotiates with a terrorist group committed to Israel’s destruction.

    It is Israel that has helped to legitimate anti-Semitism and hatred of the Jewish people and the Jewish State.

    It is only Israel that can begin to turn around this bigotry and hatred by to ceasing to give its enemy the rope with which to hang it.

    About high time that happened!