Jeffrey Goldberg: Leon Wieseltier, Andrew Sullivan and Anti-Semitism – The Atlantic

Here are a couple of observations about Leon and Andrew, based on a more careful reading of Leon’s piece, and a look back at some of Andrew's greatest hits.

1 I don’t mean this as a cop-out, but Chait says much of what I would say, but better.

2 Like Chait, I don’t believe that Andrew is an anti-Semite. I have no doubt that if Andrew happened to come upon a Jewish person being harassed or otherwise tormented, he would ride his ridiculous bicycle into the fray and beat back the anti-Semites with a stick. And he certainly passes the Anne Frank Attic Test.

3 But: His evolution from wild-eyed Zionist to vitriolic Israel-basher is one of the more painful things I’ve witnessed recently, and not only because we are friends, or were friends. In the old days — meaning last year, and before — Andrew was an intemperate defender of the Jews. I remember one exchange in the run-up to the Iraq War in which he told me that seeing the movie “The Pianist” made him even “more pro-war.” Now he has flipped, to the other extreme.

4 The question of whether Andrew is or is not personally anti-Semitic isn't entirely relevant. What is relevant is that he sometimes uses his blog to disseminate calumnies that can cause hatred of Jews, and of Israel. I know this from personal experience, because the anti-Semites who e-mail him copy me. Andrew's posts on Israel and on Jewish political power in America have lately given comfort to some very repulsive people. This doesn't mean, of course, that the role of AIPAC shouldn't be debated openly, but it should be done without prejudice; without the axiomatic assumption that American Jews who love Israel are disloyal to America; and without the Judeocentrism of the neo-Lindbergh set.

via Leon Wieseltier, Andrew Sullivan and Anti-Semitism – Jeffrey Goldberg.

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    Anti-semitism pops up in the strangest places – hope this aint true –
    By Dr. Laurie Roth
    February 12, 2010

    Most folks have believed that Fox TV and their many conservative shows is the last bastion of conservative safety left on TV. You have your Sean Hannity, Bill’ Reilly, Greta Van Susteren asking the hard legal questions and more. But with all the conservative, multi millionaire and popular conservative voices, did you also know that the second largest owner of Fox, parent corporation Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp is Prince Ahwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia.

    Prince Ahwaleed has been buying his anti Semitic and Muslim way right into American life. Let us review just how generous he is a moment. He purchased a 5.6% stake in News Corp. in 2005, second from the top now. He manipulated Islamic study departments into place by giving $20 million each to Georgetown and Harvard Universities.

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    Ahwaleed is a man who gave $500,000 to CAIR, Council on American Islamic Relations, and then there is the mother load of $27 million in 2002 to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers. Naturally, he called them ‘martyrs.’

    The prince is also rather close to James, Murdoch’s son who is known for his anti-Israel views and left wing radical environmental and global warming nonsense.

    He is not a man of mystery in anyway. Before he jumped in bed with Murdoch and his son James, he revealed his true heart on Arab News. Just some of the things he said were: “Arabs should focus more on penetrating U.S. public opinion as a means to influencing decision making” rather than boycotting U.S. products…….Arab news stated “Arab countries can influence U.S. decision making if they unite through economic interest, not political…..We have to be logical and understand that the U.S. administration is subject to U.S. public opinion.”

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    BY their DEEDS, EWO, by their DEEDS, NOT by their stock-holdings, shall we know them!
    If you disinvested from, or boycotted, every single stock and share in which an Arab/Muslim had an interest you would have to keep your millions under your mattress!
    What has Murdoch done wrong if Alwaleed decides he wants to buy shares on the open market in the Murdoch business?
    Oh! I get it! You're a Murdoch hater. Sorry! Your Alwaleed red herring just made me lose track of your real, most cleverly hidden, agenda