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Palestine with its wonderful rolling landscapes and venerable old olive trees, - some of them planted by Mary’s own hands, by the Virgin, Mother of Jesus Christ, the Palestinian peasant woman who owned a plot of olive orchard near present Cremisan Convent in Beit Jalla, still bearing Her name; Palestine with its sturdy mountain folk,... Read More
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And there’s nothing they can do about it
Before I get going with my thesis, I have to discuss what it means to be racist. This is no easy matter, because most of the people who talk about racism (and in particular those who accuse others of being racists) do not bother to say what they mean. Let's start with a thought experiment.... Read More
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This is a topic which has had so much written about it that you could fill an entire city library with books entirely dedicated to this topic. Marx took a shot at it. As did Sartre. There were, of course, also plenty of good books written on this topic, but rather than list them all,... Read More
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How it drives US policies exploiting a spineless Congress and White House
At a recent panel discussion in Washington, screenwriter, film director and producer Oliver Stone briefly addressed the issue of alleged Russian interference in the recent national election, observing that “Israel interfered in the U.S. election far more than Russia and nobody is investigating them.” A few days later, in an interview with Stephen Colbert on... Read More
Delegates at the 2009 Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism convention in London. The organization issued a declaration calling on governments to use an Israel-centric definition of antisemitism and to outlaw and prosecute such “antisemitism.”
As the world has witnessed the oppression and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, many people have risen in protest. In response, the Israeli government and certain of its advocates have conducted a campaign to crack down on this activism, running roughshod over civil liberties (and the English language) in the process. The mechanism of this crackdown... Read More
Jez Turner addressing a rally
When I was younger, and first learning to play chess, the part of the game I found most difficult was learning to interpret the intentions of my opponent and anticipate his course of action. Like most novices, my focus was on moving pawns out of the way in order to bring more powerful pieces into... Read More
The 2014 WaPo caption: \"People hold a banner\"--they mean \"Arab Immigrants hold a banner.\" Credit: VDare.com.
The Main Stream Media predicts Donald J. Trump will appeal for “national unity” in his Inaugural Address this Friday, but they’ve been mistaken before. One way he could wrong-foot the Narrative: by announcing an immediate pause in “refugee” admissions, currently surging, to be followed by a zero quota for the next fiscal year—something that, by... Read More
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Or is it just that liberal Jews hate Trump?
One of the more curious bits of invective hurled at presidential candidate Donald Trump was the claim that he is an anti-Semite. The allegation is particularly odd as Trump worked comfortably for decades in the heavily Jewish New York real estate world, his daughter Ivanka, whom he is very close to, has converted to Judaism... Read More
Forget the Clinton emails—the BIG story (89,800 results on Google News as of 11:00 tonight) is that one (1) Trump supporter of the thousands attending his Phoenix rally on Saturday night took the opportunity of the crowd’s chanting “USA! USA!” to yell “Jew-S-A” at the press pen, who seem to have been upset. My own... Read More
Jennifer Rubin and Bret Stephens
I'd not an anti-Semite; I never have been; and I don’t have much time for anti-Semites. I’ve written a couple of million words of opinion commentary this past thirty years, all of it archived on my website, and I defy you to find any evidence of anti-Semitism in it anywhere. However, I’ve turned against the... Read More
Ironic, to say the least
Despite the fact that they are forever scrutinizing Donald Trump, the mainstream media seem to have largely missed the fact that he advocates policies more supportive of Israel than those of any American president. They missed the fact, too, that if Trump became president, he would enjoy closer connections with American Jews than any of... Read More
I’m ready to call bullsh*t on the notorious “Red Star of David” anti-Trump meme that has swept the Intertubes. Stars of David are not red (blue border on white field); ghetto stars used by the Nazis were yellow; and the red star, among other things, is the shoulder badge of the US Army’s 6th Infantry... Read More
Is There a New "New Anti-Semitism"? Part 7
Although it’s often alleged that anti-Semitism lurks behind criticism of Israel, the evidence adduced to support this claim is unpersuasive. The main act of the New Anti-Semitism roadshow homes in on Israel’s critics. It is alleged that Jew-hatred lurks behind much of the denunciation. One influential definition[1] points up these examples of anti-Semitism masquerading as... Read More
Is There a New "New Anti-Semitism"? (Part 6)
The allegations of a new “new anti-Semitism” have not only been directed at Europe. American college campuses are also said to be awash in anti-Semitism. The New York Times reported a “surge of hostile sentiment directed against Jews at many campuses in the country.”[1] As if in corroboration, a recent survey of Jewish college students... Read More
Is There a New "New Anti-Semitism"? Part 5
Former Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami denies a causal nexus between spikes in Israeli violence against Palestinians and upticks in anti-Semitic violence. But that’s what all the data collected over many years demonstrates.[1] Each time Israel launches another of its murderous assaults, anti-Semitic incidents peak in Europe, often perpetrated by disaffected, angry Muslim youths. (Far-rightists/neo-Nazis... Read More
Is There a New "New Anti-Semitism"? Part 4
Among other anti-Semitic manifestations, the Tel Aviv University report ticks off “Russia still does not recognize the uniqueness of the Holocaust”; the leader of a right-wing party in the Ukraine “claimed that the Jews automatically dismiss anyone they do not like as an antisemite”; a Brazilian caricaturist “published a series of cartoons claiming that antisemitism... Read More
Is There a New "New Anti-Semitism"? Part 3
A vast complex of Jewish and philo-Jewish organizations (often affiliated with Israel) purports to document an explosion of anti-Semitic incidents. Consider the annual report issued by Tel Aviv University’s Kantor Center, Antisemitism Worldwide. It recorded 25 anti-Semitic incidents involving a weapon in 2013 among a global population of seven billion. In this writer’s living memory... Read More
A New "New Anti-Semitism"? Part 2
The available polling data does not reveal resurgent anti-Semitism. On the contrary, it suggests that anti-Semitism is a marginal, benign phenomenon in the West. The other evidence Shlomo Ben-Ami adduces is equally problematic. He gestures to a recent poll that allegedly found pervasive anti-Semitism among the British population.[1] But does this frequently cited poll prove... Read More
Whenever Israel commits another atrocity, its propagandists stage a revival of the “New Anti-Semitism” extravaganza to deflect or squelch global condemnation.[2] Under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s megalomaniacal leadership, climaxing in Operation Protective Edge during summer 2014,[3] Israel has come to rank among the most hated countries on Earth. A 2015 survey of British public opinion... Read More
A few months ago I encountered at a conference an eminent Straussian scholar who teaches at an Ivy League institution, and he almost immediately launched into a tirade against "the Europeans," who are at the point of "finishing Hitler’s work." The only exception that my interlocutor would concede to this sweeping statement was for the... Read More
I won’t beat around the bush. I’ve known Russell Jacoby[Email him] now a septuagenarian fixture at UCLA, for about twenty-five years. Both of us served on the editorial board of Telos magazine and were present at some of the same board meetings. Jacoby always struck me as a lightweight, in contrast to most of the... Read More
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Alfred Dreyfus, a French Jewish officer, was jailed for spying at the end of the 19th century. His case divided France, and ended with resounding victory for Dreyfus’ supporters. Consequently, Dreyfus was exonerated and reinstalled in the army. Now, a hundred years later, he has made a comeback. His story is about to become a... Read More
Racial theorist Prof Kevin MacDonald has written a piece about film director Roman Polansky's recent arrest: http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/articles/MacDonald-Polanski.html#KM As you might expect, KMD has discovered that Polansky is not condemned by Hollywood because he is a Jew, and Jews protect their own. They also like Polansky because his films and his actions have undermined the Whites’... Read More
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Among those authors considered politically incorrect, and even those considered really politically incorrect, Kevin MacDonald holds a special place of honor or shame. A feature story in the May 9 (Los Angeles) Jewish Journal describes this small-boned, soft-spoken 64-year-old professor of psychology at California State University at Long Beach as “the professors anti-Semites love.” Alluding... Read More
Justin Raimondo is understandably upset by Andrew Sullivan, who has dragged through the mud an 'anti-Semite,' who dared to disagree with Sullivan's neoconservative pals. But true to slimy form, Sullivan, the neocon toady par excellence, neglects to mention the name of his opponent. My response is 'What else is new?' For decades now the neoconservatives,... Read More
The thinking-man’s antisemite would be baffled what to make out of Madoff Affair. Should he rejoice or bewail? If you read Jewish newspapers, you’d think that “antisemites” - the vast majority of mankind, according to Jewish sources (“scratch a goy and you'll find an anti-Semite”) – should be bursting with joy. Bradley Burston enthused in... Read More
Israel Shamir answers ADL complaint
Beyond the Golden Gate, on a sandy shore of the cold North Pacific, spayed by black rocks and frequented by Sirens, lies Marin County. In this most delightful part of California, the Sirens do not ravish seamen; well-nourished mammals (also called manatees or sea-cows) peacefully flock on the beach, near equally peaceful and tranquil humans.... Read More
Because of the numerous responses to my latest observations, followed by the firm statement of policy by Richard Spencer, I am offering this further comment about our past unpleasantness. Needless to say, I agree with Richard’s message that some system of registration is called for to keep the lunatics and trolls off our website. Otherwise... Read More
I originally planned to devote this blog to three books that had crossed my desk, none of which will likely receive the publicity it deserves. These worthwhile books are Terrence Zuber’s study of the piecemeal, defensive character of German war planning before World War One, Inventing the Schlieffen Plan (Oxford University Press, 2002); Harry Redner’s... Read More
Recently I encountered a revelation in the New York Postthat may startle my readers as much it did me. I discovered in a featured story “U.S. Jew Haters,” that a poll recently commissioned and carried out under the auspices of the Anti-Defamation League reveals that our country is awash in anti-Jewish bigotry. As much as... Read More
Having already finished most of a 600-page biography about French man of letters and political thinker Charles Maurras (1868-1953) by Stéphane Giocanti, Maurras: Le chaos et l’ordre (Paris: Flammarion, 2006), I’d like to address a question that the managing editor of this site posed about Giocanti’s subject. Is there a useful comparison to be drawn... Read More
Critics of the Iraq War weren't really "anti-Semites"
Success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. This explains why so many of those who leapt on the bandwagon, or led the parade, that marched American soldiers off to war in Iraq are now disclaiming paternity, or screaming for blood tests. (No matter that many of these same folks are priming the pumps... Read More
On November 12, 2005, the leading Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf published an article Op kruistocht met de duivel by a Jewish writer Joost De Haas attacking me, in the good company of the Dutch PM Dries van Agt and the wonderful Dutch lady, a friend of Palestine Gretta Duisenberg. The last two were condemned for... Read More
A man accused of witchcraft at the Inquisition Court had two ways to defend oneself. One, he could laugh it off, and declare: there is no such thing as witchcraft. The problem is, the inquisition won’t approve of such a defence, and the daring Witchcraft Denier may yet end at the stake, if not for... Read More
In its September 2004 issue, the leftist American magazine Socialist Viewpoint published a ferocious attack entitled “Israel Shamir: Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing”, a personal libel against me by a Roland Rance. A minor British trade union functionary, Rance is a leading member of a leftish group Jews against Zionism. Despite their name, The Jews against... Read More
A tip of the hat to the Department of State, which had the guts and good sense to express its opposition (sort of) to congressional legislation creating an office for monitoring "anti-Semitism." The bill passed both houses of Congress by voice vote and was signed into law by President Bush last week. It's a very... Read More
Fred Reed and I have what seems to be a shared problem, receiving hallucinatory notes from anti-Semitic readers who insist, "the Jews are behind everything." Perhaps I should feel honored that despite my family's flight from the Nazis, I have been taken into the confidence of non-Jews who have the same grip on reality as... Read More
With great anticipation I waited for response of Lisandro Otero. I waited for clear answer: why the Cuban writer repeated accusations against France and French people voiced by enemies of Palestine and Cuba, from President Bush to the head of ADL, Abe Foxman. Why did he subscribe to Zionist-led pro-American discourse of ‘growing antisemitism’? And... Read More
Letter to Lisandro Otero
When the red-jacketed British gentlemen ride after fox upon green hills of Surrey, they call ‘yoicks’ to encourage their dogs; the Jews cry ‘anti-Semitism’ to encourage theirs. ‘Yoicks’ terrifies the fox; ‘anti-Semitism’ is the means to terrify opposition to the New World Order. It is their equivalent of a Papal bull proclaiming the crusade against... Read More
Or anywhere else, really
A left-wing Canadian journalist, Kalle Lasn, wrote the obvious, and all hell broke loose. Lasn, editor of the Vancouver-based journal Adbusters, had the audacity to state that many neocons are Jewish! He proceeded to list 50 prominent neocons, finding that 26 are Jewish. Moreover, he declared that the neocons have a "special affinity" for Israel... Read More
Understandably, because Paul Gottfried is an editor of The American Conservative and so is John Zmirak, the magazine would not publish this letter to the editor. LRC is, of course, delighted to do so. John Zmirak (in The American Conservative) has written a forceful and timely defense of Mel Gibson's reverential cinematic treatment of The... Read More
A Cul-de-Sac of Bias
In his most recent Washington Post article, political pundit, George Will levels the charge of anti-Semitism against left-leaning intellectuals. This accusation, which is entirely without merit, comes from a journalist, who, during his dubious career has eagerly attacked blacks, aliens, Muslims and, his favorite "whipping boy", liberals. His animus towards these groups is only partially... Read More
When an author and an editor of a left-wing magazine repeats word-perfect the last speech of Ashcroft at ADL New York, it can't but cause some eyebrow twitching. That is the case with recent condemnation of 'antisemitism' by Nat Weinstein[1] http://www.socialistviewpoint.org/sum_03/sum_03_08.html on pages of The Socialist Viewpoint, a high-quality magazine consistently supporting democracy in Palestine... Read More
CounterPunch Diary World-Famous Philosopher Honderich Hit with "Anti-Semite" Slur in Germany; Habermas and Suhrkamp Cut and Run
The distinguished British philosopher Ted Honderich, is threatening to sue the head of the Holocaust museum in Frankfort for calling him an anti-Semite. The director, Micha Brumlik , levelled the charge last week after Honderich's book "After The Terror" was published in Germany in July. Suhrkamp, the jelly-kneed publisher, has said it is taking the... Read More
Does the Guinness Book of World Records have an entry for the politician fastest to apologize for Thought Crimes about ethnic issues? I figured Sen. Trent Lott held the world championship in the apology Olympics. But now comes Rep. James Moran, who seems to have trounced even the Mississippi senator in the belly-crawl competition. Mr.... Read More
The Culture of Critique, Kevin MacDonald, 1stBooks, 466 pages
One evening early on in my career as an opinion journalist in the USA, I found myself in a roomful of mainstream conservative types standing around in groups and gossiping. Because I was new to the scene, many of the names they were tossing about were unknown to me, so I could not take much... Read More
Review of Jewish Tribal Review
Israel Shamir The Author of the Critique is worried that he will be considered ‘anti-Semitic’, but my main objection is quite an opposite one, namely, The Critique is too ‘Jewish’ by its outlook. Our comprehension of the world starts at juxtaposing observations. Four blind men describe an animal they encountered: it is like a column;... Read More
Usually, newspaper polemic is akin to épée fencing: one tries to keep the opponent at arm's length, avoid his thrusts and draw his blood. The thoughtful and friendly query of Haakon Kolmanskog deserves a quite different attitude and a most sincere reply. Haakon poses a question: We can't be indifferent if friends of the Palestinians... Read More
Norwegian daily newspaper Nationen (Oslo) on 28.11.02 published an op-ed attacking me. Here is my reply followed by rough translation of the op-ed. I used contributions of our comrades Dave Kersting and Michael Neumann. As sooner or later everyone gets attacked as an anti-Semite, it could be useful as a blank standard reply. I do... Read More
The troublesome concept of the Hidden Hand or the Elders of Zion is superfluous and unnecessary. “The latest controversy to involve the Arab World concerns a TV program A Rider without a Horse that started airing on Wednesday, Nov. 5th, the first day of the holy month of Ramadan on several Arab satellite channels. The... Read More
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Critics of the Iraq War weren't really "anti-Semites"
The Culture of Critique, Kevin MacDonald, 1stBooks, 466 pages