Auto-Genocide, Jewish Style – by Kenneth Levin


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Demonization not only of Israel’s Jews but of all Jews, and calls for their mass murder, are a staple of media, mosques and schools throughout most of the Arab world and in some non-Arab Muslim countries such as Iran. Jews are portrayed as vermin or as satanic beings, the source of all human ills, ritual murderers of Muslim and Christian children, evil-doers fit only for extermination.

Yet, as in virtually every past situation when incitement against Jews and attacks on them have intensified, some Jews have rushed to volubly defend the Jews’ attackers. They have become supporters and cheerleaders even for those most committed to translating their Jew-hatred into action.

Hamas‘s charter quotes a Hadith in which Allah declares that the Day of Judgement will not come until the Jews are all killed and even the stones and trees will help in murdering them. The charter adds that Hamas “aspires to the realization of Allah’s promise, no matter how long that should take.” Hamas has, of course, perpetrated innumerable terrorist attacks targeting Israeli civilians, including suicide bombings and rocket and mortar barrages, and Hamas children’s television instructs its young audience to kill Jews.

Yet Jewish member of Britain’s Parliament Gerald Kaufman has affectionately compared Hamas to Jewish fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto. American Sara Roy, a “researcher” at Harvard’s Center for Middle East Studies and a perennial figure on the Israel-bashing lecture circuit, has waxed rhapsodic about the supposed “evolution in [Hamas's] political thinking… [and] its position on a two-state solution” and defends the organization’s administration of Gaza. This as Hamas seeks to impose Sharia law across Gaza and repeatedly proclaims its unswerving commitment to its anti-Israel and anti-Jewish agenda.

Hezbollah head Hassan Nasrallah has declared that “If [the Jews] all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide,” and Hezbollah has in fact gone after them worldwide, as in its 1994 bombing of the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires that claimed 87 lives. But none of this has constrained Noam Chomsky from visiting with Nasrallah and other Hezbollah leaders, praising the organization and advocating its arming. Norman Finkelstein has likewise met with Hezbollah leaders and offered encomiums to the group. Emoted Finkelstein at one point, “I say this without fear: for those who believe in freedom and dignity, we are all Hezbollah now.”

Iran’s Achmadinejad has, of course, repeatedly asserted there was no Holocaust while promising to visit a future Holocaust on Israel. He has virulently attacked “the Jews” and ratcheted up Iran’s support in money, weapons and training to Hamas and Hezbollah. Yet Achmadinejad’s Iran, too, has its Jewish supporters, who cast the Iranian theocracy as Israel’s victim. This is not limited to the usual culprits such as Chomsky. For example, the voice of the blog “Tikun Olam” (which has now widely come to mean somehow healing the world by attacking and seeking to undermine the Jewish state), one Richard Silverstein, declared, regarding Iran’s nuclear threat, “Of course, the Iranians do not have an ICBM to carry such a warhead. Nor do they have a nuclear weapon. But these are mere technicalities when it comes to frightening the world into adopting the Israeli government’s priorities and interests.”

Noteworthy is that many of those who embrace today’s would-be exterminators of the Jews make a point of advertising that they are themselves children of Holocaust survivors. Examples are Finkelstein and Sara Roy. In their twisted thinking, they trumpet their parents’ history as though it somehow confers on them a special right to back forces that aspire to another Holocaust.

A variation on outright Jewish support for purveyors of genocidal Jew-hatred is the spectacle of Jews who downplay the threat and indict those taking it seriously. The latter are ridiculed as paranoiacs mentally scarred by past assaults on the Jews and simply projecting that past onto a relatively benign present. The leader of the new American Jewish lobby “J Street” (which has opposed stronger sanctions against Iran), Jeremy Ben-Ami, characterized as irrational anyone who would construe the threat presented by Hamas or Hezbullah or Iran as so great as to justify a military response. Ben-Ami went on to observe, in a New York Times interview, “… there’s their grandmother’s voice in their ear; it’s the emotional side and the communal history…”

Some Israelis promote the same line. Hebrew University political scientist Yaron Ezrahi has virtually made a career of purveying this comprehension of reality. Ezrahi has suggested that the perception of existential threats reflects in large part less actual dangers than a warped world view embraced by some Jews and “founded on a long memory of persecution, genocide, and a bitter struggle for survival…”

Many more Jews could be mentioned who support those openly calling for the Jews’ annihilation, and still more who downplay the threat and caricature concerned voices. Hardly less unsavory are the myriad Jews who attack Israel’s policies as the source of all the nation’s difficulties, insist that “peace” can be had if only Israel would reform itself and make sufficient concessions, militantly advocate such a course and say nothing of the genocidal agenda of the nation’s enemies or of their aggressive indoctrinating of additional cadres dedicated to enacting that agenda.

M.J. Rosenberg, erstwhile director of Israel Policy Forum’s Washington Policy Center, has written multiple articles on, for example, Israel and Hamas. He has invariably used them to excoriate Israel and complain about the Jewish state and the U.S. not being more forthcoming to the Palestinian Jihadists – as in “The U.S. should be extending carrots to Hamas” – and has never addressed Hamas’s explicit and continually reasserted commitment to the extermination of Israel and the Jews. He has acknowledged Hamas’s involvement in terror and its opposition to Israel’s existence but has uniformly done so in the context of criticizing Israeli policies.

Hamas, Hezbollah, the Iranian mullahs and others of Israel’s enemies have not hidden their objective. As has been the case whenever Jews have been under threat, there is no shortage of those from the community who side with the aggressors, or dismiss the threat and demean anyone taking it seriously, or rationalize the threat, cast fellow Jews as instigating it and demand their reform. All, shamefully, lend succor and cover to the would-be annihilators.

Kenneth Levin is a psychiatrist and historian and author of The Oslo Syndrome: Delusions of a People under Siege.

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To get the whole story on the psychology of Jews who aid and abet those who wish to annihilate them, read Jamie Glazov’s new book, United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror.

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  • judy konigstern

    Actually the Richard Silverstein that you cite is an unemployed Neo-Nazi agent for Iran and the Hamas best known for his fabricating lies about his own parents and publishing them on the web. For details go to http://www.kapodickie.blogspot.com

  • Robert Bernier

    Jewish self-haters are the allies of Arabs.
    A part of the Israeli intelligentsia, left oriented, is no longer confident of the nation’s right to its own Jewish identity. This has created a dangerous vacuum. In Israeli universities, revisionist historians have told corrosive lies about their country’s history, portraying it as having been born in sin. In the schools, children have not been taught Jewish history and parrot Arab disinformation instead. Israeli left oriented intellectuals would rather self-flagellate their public and “admit” sins they never committed, and furnish intellectual rationalizations for the most convoluted arguments raised by their adversaries, rather than take up their country’s defense even when its conduct is beyond reproach as explained at : http://israelagainstterror.blogspot.com/2008/02

  • jenomblbnu

    They seem to thrive on being loathed, these folks, the 'negative identity' of the perennially inadequate. All sane Jews and any Christians with a modicum of sense detest them, while the Islamic 'warriors', like partisans everywhere, have nothing but contempt for traitors, whatever their stripe, using them and discarding them at need. Unfortunately, the scum are dime a dozen, floating along on the ooze of PC/MC media effluent. Targets of opportunity – if you see one and you need target practice, shoot it. Otherwise ignore.

  • garydalin

    Excellent start, but like any sophisticated recipe, there is much more to the psychological profile of Jews Who Hate Jews.

    More work needs to be done on the relationship of children of Holocaust survivors who identify with Nazi hate of Jews. It's called the Stockholm Syndrome.

    I perceive this clearly, and do not see why it is not obvious to others. It is danced around in the psychological profiles presented, but this perspective propounds that the sufferer of the syndrome seeks protection for himself, projected onto a part of his identity. They truly believe that by resolving the overt reasons given by those who persecute, and solving those issues, then the hatred will go away. E.g.: If Israel gives up all the land, there will be peace; if Jews supported all the Palestinian demands and permit Hamas to rule, they will be safe from terror. The syndrome emanates from a massive subconscious insecurity internalized from childhood.

    Their passion and fervor in their cause derives from a devout belief that they are actually saving the Jews from another Holocaust. Naturally those who hate the Jews love their participation and carefully spare them from the reality that there is nothing Jews can do aside from conversion to Islam that will spare them ignominy in the Islamic world. With one exception: To publicly take the side of Fascist Islam. By doing so, funding and fame flow. It may include a major title with the United Nations, major book sales in Arabic translations, constant exposure on Al Jazira and a celebrity treatment in the alternative world of opposition to democracies, peace and justice. It is a sickness. Now, who knows a treatment?

  • Leo

    Thank you for exposing those opportunistic scam bags. I don’t know how can anyone called them JEW. Those people are noting more than traitors and they need to be exposed again and again. We must fight them continuously.

  • PeaceAtAllCosts

    The Israelis themselves have given up. Collectively, the y refuse to defend their cities, their children and their land. Iran's Mullahs are coming to vaporize them, while they sip latte in Tel Aviv. Perhaps a country who is unwillinging to defend itself doesn't deserve to have the country. Jew haters, and self Jew haters will always be present. What else is new?

  • steven L

    I think I may have an understanding of the philosophy of N. Finkelstein, S. Roy, Judt, N. Chomsky and their ilk.
    It is based on the fundamental premise that Jews are bad people.
    As evidences: the massacre by the Romans (destruction of 2nd temple), the Spanish (inquisition) the Germans (holocaust) etc….
    Jews are good only dead or in submission (see Quran, Ahmadinejad the Iranian nitwit, etc…).
    In their eyes, all these catastrophes upon the Jews have only one purpose: to cleans the Jewish people from their rotten elements. But Jews are a resilient and stubborn people.
    Therefore Roy, Finkelstein, Judt, Chomsky and other are expecting and perhaps hoping that more holocaust-like events are to come until these “dumb Jews” get the message.
    That is highly pathological and sickening. But that must be their frame of mind.
    Only in submission or dead are they good!

  • seek

    People such as Norman Finkelstein are better suited for a psychiatrist's couch than for tenure at a major university. I am disgusted at this man and what he represents.

  • garyfouse

    As someone who teaches in a university, I want to make a couple of comments about Chomsky and Finklestein. When I was studying linguistics, I was assigned to read a lot of Chomsky's writings. He may be an eminent linguist, but when it comes to anything else, he's an idiot.

    As for Finklestein, I had a chance to see this guy at the UC-Irvine hate-Israel bash in January. he struck me as a neurotic jerk who couldn't say two sentences without insulting somebody.

  • Simon Wajcer

    When frightened; an ostrich can stick its head in the sand, but only man can stick his head up his rectum and proclaim the sun is shining.

  • http://defendisrael.blog.com/ steve bronfman

    Don't forget about Anna Baltzer who is a real traitor.

  • jehosephat

    Silverstein is better known as “Little Dickie the Kapo” throughout the Jewish web. His big disappointment in life is that he was born to late to be a kapo helping the Nazis in World War II.

  • Steve

    Don't give Dick Silverstein any publicity he thrives on it he's a worm

  • barrylund

    These Jew haters are no different than the rich hollywood types who love Castro and Chavez and think life in those countries is so much better than what we have here in the US. The FDR administration in the 30s thought Russia was a wonderful place and blindly looked the other way as millions perished. Obama really thinks America is a bad place and must pay for its past and present sins, ie. his “change” will change us to his way of thinking. It is amazing that these people so blindly think that if the tyrants they support would come to power that they would not be the first to be put in prision or beheaded in the case of Islam. They think higher of themselves than they should.

  • Thalia Broudy

    Living in Berkeley,California has introduced me to many Jews who are both anti-semitic and anti-Israeli. Is Berkeley unique ?
    I do know that their anti-Vietnam war beliefs and their beliefs in social justice has given them a template to place over their position today .

  • andyFree

    Finkelstein and Chomsky are not even anti-Israel, they each support the two-state solution and the apartheid.

    Well, unless criticising Israel is the real crime – what do people think of harvesting the organs of dead Palestinians for transplants, as they've now admitted doing?

  • Steve

    I have done some research on Richard Silverstein it appears he dislikes Blacks as well as other Jews http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/20

  • Yephora

    “It is a sickness. Now, who knows a treatment?”

    Conversion to room temperature.

  • pappy86us

    Personally, I think what needs to be done here, is what was done with the now dead drug king pin Pablo Escobar. First, some very powerful and wealthy Israelis, Americans's and Europeans need to get together. Get pictures of all of these people that want to destroy democracy, and kill them, one by, one. Muslim extremist who spew their hate towards Jews, and Christians, take them out. It can be done with the right people, money, and connections. That's what happened to Pablo……

  • jehosephat

    Andyfree
    Go back to your little stormtrooper cave and shut your anti-Semitic face

  • simonwajcer

    Both Finkelstein and Chomsky (and others of their ilk) are Stockholmed Jews who support the enemies of Israel; these Arab states and players have never wanted a two state solution or any form of apartheid, they have always wanted a Judenrein (as in Jew cleansed by genocide) middle east.

    Try criticising Islam and see who considers that a crime. In what alternate reality has there been any admission of organ harvesting from the dead? And what part of Stockholm do you live in?

  • andyFree

    Look it up – everything came tumbling out just before Christmas, the head of Israeli forensics admitted they had been stealing Palestinian organs to use in transplants.

  • Steve

    Actually your wrong it was not done to philistines exclusively it was also done to Israelis soldiers as well.Don't give part of a story

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  • Steve

    Israel has admitted that in the 1990s, its forensic pathologists harvested organs from dead bodies, including Palestinians, without permission of their families.

    The issue emerged with publication of an interview with the then-head of Israel's Abu Kabir forensic institute, Dr. Jehuda Hiss. The interview was conducted in 2000 by Nancy Scheper-Hughes, a UC Berkeley professor of anthropology, who released it because of a controversy last summer over an allegation by a Swedish newspaper that Israel was killing Palestinians in order to harvest organs. Israel hotly denied the charge.

    Parts of the interview were broadcast on Israel's Channel 2 TV over the weekend. In it, Hiss said, “We started to harvest corneas. … Whatever was done was highly informal. No permission was asked from the family.”

    The Channel 2 report said that in the 1990s, forensic specialists at Abu Kabir harvested skin, corneas, heart valves and bones from the bodies of Israeli soldiers, Israeli citizens, Palestinians and foreign workers, often without permission from relatives.

    In a response to the TV report, the Israeli military confirmed that the practice took place. “This activity ended a decade ago and does not happen any longer,” the military said in a statement quoted by Channel 2.

    In the interview, Hiss described how his doctors would mask the removal of corneas from bodies. “We'd glue the eyelid shut,” he said. “We wouldn't take corneas from families we knew would open the eyelids.”

    Many of the details in the interview first came to light in 2004, when Hiss was dismissed as head of the forensic institute because of irregularities over use of organs there. Israel's attorney general dropped criminal charges against him, and Hiss still works as chief pathologist at the institute. He had no comment on the TV report.

    Complaints against the institute, where autopsies are performed, at the time of Hiss' dismissal came from relatives of Israeli soldiers and civilians as well as Palestinians.

    The bodies belonged to people who died from various causes, including diseases, accidents and Israeli-Palestinian violence, but there has been no evidence to back up the claim in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that Israeli soldiers killed Palestinians for their organs. Angry Israeli officials called the report “anti-Semitic.”

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/

  • simonwajcer

    Steve has put the record straight and pointedly asks why you did not include the fact that this activity took organs from everyone, not just Palestinians. And just as important there is no report of any criminal misuse of these organs. That the activity was stopped in 2004 clearly makes the 2009 one-sided Aftonbladet report a 'blood libel'. Anyone parroting it is equally guilty.

    Where were all the hand wringers, moaners and groaners when hospitals in Argentina were harvesting organs from their living poor and selling to the highest bidder? (It wasn't Jews, it's none of our business.)

    And what did you good folks have to say about the same Argentina that supported Hamas in the bombing of a Buenas Aires Jewish community centre? (Nothing.)

    And even more curiously where were you and all your 'point your fingers at the Jews' comrades when Hamas was machine gunning Al Fatah in Gaza? Was there widespread condemnation of Hamas?

    No. That can't be done (dangerous). But Jews won't kill you for whatever you say against them and in your delusions (Stockholm anyone?) you get some brownie points from Islamist extremists for doing so.

  • Sashland

    Maybe they unwittingly hate and despise their parents?; their funny accents made it hard to blend with the cool kids at school? Maybe they were forced to go to Hebrew School? Who are they trying to prove themselves so smart to? Their parents again? Gentile Society?

    Rebellion because they can't stand to be (are secretly afraid to be) identified as Jewish and defined by the horror; internalizing that there must have been something wrong with all those Jews to get treated like that?

    I really wonder why someone who says they support human rights would not see that they are actually supporting repressive, bigoted, anti-liberal, anti-human rights, genocidal liars.

  • Sashland

    Were the organs only given exclusively to Jewish Israelis or did any other patients benefit from the organ harvesting? Who might that have been? Did the Israelis tag them For Jews Only? I'll venture to guess they were distributed among all of the hospital patients..

  • antifascist18

    MJ Rosenberg, (the mj stands for Mary Jane even though he's a fat guy) is one despicable piece of crap who hides behind some former affiliation with AIPAC alongside other Israel-haters like his friends Dennis Ross, Aaron Miller, Danny Kurtzer, Martin Indyk, Richard Haass and Dougie Bloomfield to claim what a great supporter of Israel he is – just if it would surrender to Hamas and give the Palestinians all of Judea-Samaria. A fat pig, who is NOT officially with J Street but his fingerprints and Soros-paid bloody hands are right behind them.

    You can add Zinn, Chomsky, Jacqueline Rose in England, Emanuel, Rosa Brooks, Mara Rudman, Jacob Lew, Hannah Rosenthal, Axelrod, as well as Ben-Ami and J Street and the so-called Jews who are Democratic Senators and Congressmen to the list of those self-haters who'd wish Israel ill. All of them are no better than Brian Becker of ANSWER, Adam Shapiro of IS, and of course their hero, Adam Gadahn of Al Qaeda

  • Katy

    Thanks for the article. Pretty well written.
    Katy Perry

  • Bert

    When any Arab steps out of line and wants real peace with Israel he is considered a traitor by his fellow Arabs. He becomes a candidate for liquidation and the world is totally O.K. with that. I say 'No double standard!' If it is O.K. for Arabs to deal with their "traitors" then we Jews should learn to do the same because our traitors encourage our enemies to kill us.