Collaborators in the War against the Jews: Ian Lustick – by Steven Plaut


“There is no winning this war, because the war on terror is the enemy.”

Ian Lustick

Three years ago, the tenured  left at DePaul was attempting to force the university into granting tenure to the anti-Semitic embarrassment Norman Finkelstein, who has no bona fide academic publications, and is well known as a collaborator with the Hezb’Allah terrorists.  To manipulate the tenure system, these leftists needed to recruit letters of recommendation from people at other schools who could be counted upon to endorse and support Finkelstein out of a sense of political solidarity with his propaganda.  Two academics were willing to play ball.  One was Avi Shlaim, a former Oxford professor known as a hater of Israel despite his own Israeli heritage.  The other was Ian Lustick, a radical Jewish anti-Israel and anti-American professor at the University of Pennsylvania who also stood and delivered for Finkelstein, although his opinion was not enough to convince the DePaul to give him tenure.

Lustick used to be Associate Director of the Solomon Asch Center for Ethnic Studies at Penn, named after a famous Gestalt psychologist who must be rolling in his grave at the fact that the Center named for him has hosted radicals and published work that includes a vilification of Israel for building its security wall to keep out suicide bombers.

Lustick has made an academic career out of bashing Israel and fighting against the war on terror.  He speaks frequently before anti-Israel and pro-terror conferences and organizations.   He has also written for Michael Lerner’s goofy pseudo-Jewish anti-Israel magazine, Tikkun.

Israelis who insist upon rejecting the demands made upon them by Islamofascist terrorists are denounced by Lustick as “dangerous fundamentalists.”  Lustick has long campaigned for a Palestinian state and for the division of Jerusalem.  He has compared the Palestinian “suffering” to that of the Jews in the Holocaust, and he has called on Israel to teach about this Palestinian experience in its schools just like German children study the Holocaust.  Meanwhile, he denounced the President of Harvard, Lawrence Summers, for claiming that the “Divest from Israel” movement is anti-Semitic.  Like his client Norman Finkelstein, Lustick likes to rant about the nefarious powers of the “Israel Lobby.”

In one of those Orwellian ironies, Lustick actually once headed the Association for Israel Studies in the United States.  He has never spent much time in Israel, although he claims that nation’s history and politics as a specialty. He is a defender of Israel’s own anti-Israel “New Historians,” who use historic revisionism to promote the agenda of Israel’s enemies. Lustick has spoken favorably of the so-called “One-State Solution” in which Israel will cease to exist altogether.  (Cynics refer to it as the Rwanda Solution.)  Lustick took part in the anti-Israel York University conference last year devoted to discovering an alternative to Israel’s continuing existence.

Lustick is almost as anti-American as he is anti-Israel.  He may be best known for his expressions of regret that America did not lose more soldiers in the campaign to topple the Taliban in Afghanistan. Denying that terrorism is a valid concept, he deconstructs the term by claiming that activities can be classified as “terrorist” if they encompass any violent “actions and threats” by governmental militaries and even tax collectors, as well as insurgents.”

Lustick describes America’s relationship to Israel as “like [that of] a friend to a drug addict.”  He denounces the United States as a “neo-imperialist” power.  He likes to rant against “hegemonists,” by which he means mainly the US, the West, and Israel.  He frequently speaks about nefarious cabals – his word – notably those “of neocon warriors driving this juggernaut”  He insists that President Bush and not al-Qaeda was the true cause of world terrorism.  He has campaigned staunchly against America’s war against terrorism and expressed his hostility in his book Trapped in the War on Terror.

Denouncing America’s military efforts in “The Nation,” Lustick wrote:

‘This is a supply-side war. There is very little demand for the war, and nothing in the way of a compelling necessity for it. But the enormous supply of political capital flowing toward the President after 9/11 combines with the overweening preponderance of US military power on a global level to make the production of war in Iraq not a trivial affair but one that can be embraced with relatively little thought and almost no need to appeal to a readiness to sacrifice.”

Meanwhile, Lustick engages in equally tortured apologetics for Hamas, which he claims  “is mainly popular because one of the things it is trusted to do is probably be ready to live with Israel, even if not officially, for a very long time.”

Why is there no peace in the Middle East? Here is the Lustick answer, according to a  Campus Watch report of a University of Pennsylvania event: “Lustick expressed grave doubts about a resolution to the conflict, and said that insisting on a ‘Jewish state’ and not a ‘predominantly Jewish polity’ in the Middle East is one barrier to any solution.”  A Jewish state is the obstacle; a Palestinian state is the solution.

When it came to Afghanistan, Lustick yearned for a longer war and was concerned only to discredit the so-called “cabal.” Said Lustick: “What I wanted was a war, a Goldilocks war, not too fast and not too slow, but we didn’t get it. We got one that was too fast and it gave the whip end to the cabal.” This cabal, Lustick contended, comprised “neo-conservative warriors” who aspired to nothing less than “American-military-enforced new order in the Middle East with pretensions and fantasies of democratization of the region of an American rule, domination of the oil wealth there, establishment of large, semi-permanent military bases in the heart of the region and the elimination of all pressures on Israel to withdraw from the West Bank and Gaza.”

A few years back Lustick was in the news for what has become known as the Gil-White Affair.  Francisco Gil-White was fired by Penn at the initiative of Lustick and claims that this was because of the fact that Lustick disapproved of the pro-Israel opinions and activism of Gil-White, who alleges that Lustick’s motivation for this opposition was Gil-White’s research into the historical origins of Arab terrorism.

Such research is, for Lustick, illegitimate.  Norman Finkelstein’s pro-terror political opinions are another matter altogether.

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  • SpiritOf1683

    Winston Churchill warned us about these treacherous pseudo-academics 77 years ago, with this quote:

    “The worst difficulties from which we suffer do not come from without. They come from within. They do not come from the cottages of the wage-earners. They come from a peculiar type of brainy people always found in our country, who, if they add something to its culture, take much from its strength. Our difficulties come from the mood of unwarrantable self-abasement into which we have been cast by a powerful section of our own intellectuals. They come from the acceptance of defeatist doctrines by a large proportion of our politicians…. Nothing can save England if she will not save herself. If we lose faith in ourselves, in our capacity to guide and govern, if we lose our will to live, then indeed our story is told.” Winston Churchill, Royal Society of St. George, 24 April 1933

    You can swap the word England for Israel and almost any other Western country in that piece, and it rings true. These West-hating morons are doing everything in their power to undermine the West, and we know full well that they are teaching their students this type of nonsense, which doesn't augur too well for our future. Would the Allies have tolerated their types 67 years ago? Somehow, I doubt it.

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  • Akingu

    The so-caled "jewish state" is nothing more than a spin dr approach to concealing their genocide, mass-murder, rapes, and 'honor killings' of innocent civilians. One could safely presume that if communist China invaded America, put up 35' high walls which kept us from family, food, medicine, gasoline and fuel to stay warm; accompanied by the theft of our cars, food, supplies etc for my immediate family survival, then we too, would be reacting in the same manner as the Arabs and Palestineans: subvertive freedom fighter tactics. While the treacherous jews are supplied by it's blind, deaf and stupid American slaves, the Arabs must resort to using whatever they may find. I find the movie comparison of "Red Dawn" very applicable to it's present situation. If America cut off ALL aid to the jews, then we would no longer be accountable for the two-faced, lying actions and words of the jews and we would no longer be supporting the largest terrorist group in the world: the filthy jews!

    • Bob Schmidt

      This is a stupid comparison and a stupid post! Well done…

    • Yehoshua Friedman

      I, as an Israeli, would welcome the cutoff of US aid. We could do our job much better without the economic and political constraints of having to buy US arms with strings attached. You are a hater and an idiot.

  • Robert Bernier

    The hypocrisy of the left.
    The hypocrisy of the left is astounding. They shout, “End the occupation now!” but when Israel did end the occupation of Gaza, they accused Israel of unilateralism. They cry out against racism, but they treat the Palestinians with a paternalistic racism that considers them so primitive they cannot be held responsible for what they do. After all, I have been told, you can’t expect the Palestinians to change, they grew up with an anti-Israel narrative. Israelis are expected to change. More about correcness at :

  • carahellend

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    • Bob Schmidt

      This post has taken Lustick out of context. Many of his views are prescient and will come to bear in future peace talks. The Jewish diaspora in America needs to stop calling those academics ciritcal of certain israeli policies, i.e. settlement building, "self-hating Jews." Those in America who blindly accept all that Israel does need to understand that they are not helping Israel in the long run.

  • edwinsvigals

    “Ian Lustick, a radical Jewish anti-Israel and anti-American professor …”

    There is absolutely nothing Jewish about this abominable person – he doesn't do anything that is Jewish , he doesn't identify as a Jew, and he provides comfort to the enemies of the Jews.
    It would be better to refer to him – and people like him – as someone 'of Jewish origin' rather than 'Jewish'.

  • abrahamstubenhaus

    Thank you Mr. {Plaut for yet another stinging, dynamite, truthful attack on those who love to show off how they can hate their own to prove how “open-minded” they are.
    Maybe that professor can rtead what a different professor did about something similar.
    Here then, is how a professor in Michigan State acted…
    Wichman sent an e-mail to the Muslim Student's Association.

    The e-mail was in response to the students' protest of the Danish cartoons that portrayed the Prophet Muhammad as a terrorist.

    The group had complained the cartoons were 'hate speech'

    Enter Professor Wichman.
    In his e-mail, he said the following:
    Dear Muslim Association,
    As a professor of Mechanical Engineering here at MSU I intend to protest your protest
    I am offended not by cartoons, but by more mundane things like beheadings of civilians, cowardly attacks on public buildings, suicide murders, murders of Catholic priests (the latest in Turkey), burnings of Christian churches, the continued persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt, the imposition of Sharia law on non-Muslims, the rapes of Scandinavian girls and women (called 'whores' in your culture), the murder of film directors in Holland, and the rioting and looting in Paris France.
    This is what offends me, a soft-spoken person and academic, and many, many of my colleagues.I counsel you dissatisfied, aggressive, brutal, and uncivilized slave-trading Muslims to be very aware of this as you proceed with your infantile 'protests.'
    If you do not like the values of the West – see the 1st Amendment – you are free to leave.. I hope for God's sake that most of you choose that option.
    Please return to your ancestral homelands and build them up yourselves instead of troubling Americans.

    I. S. Wichman
    Professor of Mechanical Engineering


    As you can imagine,

    the Muslim group at the university didn't like this too well.
    They're demanding that Wichman be reprimanded and the university impose mandatory diversity training for faculty.
    And mandate a seminar on hate and discrimination for all freshmen.
    Now the local chapter of CAIR has jumped into the fray .
    CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, apparently doesn't believe that the good professor
    had the right to express his opinion.
    For its part, the university is standing its ground in support of Professor Wichman,
    saying the e-mail was private, and they don't intend to publicly condemn his remarks.

    This political correctness crap is hurting our country and it is already “old hat” and is getting older and it is killing us.

    On and on Mr. Plaut!!!

  • seels4truth

    There are people like akingu that are so ignorant nothing will ever enlighten them. He compares a fictitious invasion by China to the current situation in Israel. What akingu fails to admit is that there was no invasion of Jews. The land NEVER belonged to any Arab calling themselves “Palestinian” as there never was an Arab State called Palestine. In fact, akingu's role model, Arafat, created the notion of an Arab Palestine in 1964. That was 3 years BEFORE the 6 day war and while the Arabs had complete control of the “West Bank”. It's difficult arguing with someone who is obviously so misinformed.

  • USMCSniper

    There are no comparable self-haters in any other country except Israel, whose leftists have the same contempt for their country, nor among any other group except the Jews, whose Left also generally loathe the Jewish state. Israeli professors in the West are often the leaders in anti-Israel demonstrations and movements. Jews such as Professors Norman Finkelstein and Noam Chomsky devote much of their lives to trying to harm the one Jewish country in the world and express deep hatred of Jewish institutions. They do not realize the damage they are causing to their own people and perhaps to the future of their children. During the Second World War the Germans relied on the co-operation of Kapos like these two, and today the Anti-Semites and Hihadists feast on the brilliant work of these modern Kapos.

    There are many other examples for such people in our times. Israel managed to survive and excel in sciences, research and balanced democracy, while engaged in regular wars with an implacable enemy that seeks its destruction, and an economy continuously under strain by having to spend more per capita on its own protection than any other county on earth.

  • hang akungu now

    Hey Akingu. You still mad because your momma ran off with a Jewish man and left you behind with the pigs in the trailer park?

  • jackhampton

    Well my you sure are a vile despicable anti-Semite. Now lets see why was the wall put up, Because Pals were doing suicide bombings in buses and pizza shops killing as many kids as they could. Who hijacks airliners and kills civilians starting with the Olympics in 1974 but even before that. You who ever cowardly fool you are are a disgusting liar and an offense to decent people of any nationality. You should just blow your brains out and do the world a favor.

  • SpiritOf1683

    Akingu is depressed because he was born 70 yeares too late to pour the Zyklon crystals into the showers.

  • BS77

    Nothing new here…more drivel from mentally challenged liberal leftists and their collective self hatred, hatred of the US, of Israel, of the free world….their groveling at the feet of terrorist insects and screaming flag burning mobs……FInkelstein, Lustick, Galloway….all hateful, sick, deranged self loathing morons put in University settings by other liberal morons…

  • BS77

    When Arafat receieved the NObel Peace Prize I knew the West was infected with deadly form of liberal virus….and it has spread to the voting public….in the US….a complete loss of intelligence….watch the Robo Sheep pull the lever for liberals and walk away with that swooning smile.

  • jackhampton

    Spirit he at least could do the decent thing and snort a few of the crystals him self.

  • sdavid

    I think Mr. Plaut should not be allowed to comment on these pages. He has no role in commenting on US intellectuals. He should comment on business matters in Israel. That is his area of expertise. Who is he to insult some of the most brilliant american
    intellectuals. He keeps insulting people instead of attacking their facts or arguments.

  • seek

    I believe I recently saw a message sent by one “Akingu” on Vanguard News Network, the neo-Nazi website run by Alex “No Jews, Just Right” Linder. There, at least, he was in his element.

  • WAdelstein

    The Jewish support for Israel or other Jews altogether has been reduced to almost only orthodox Jews. A minority amongst Jews. A politiciion should not even court the jewish vote. If a pro Israel politicion is pro Israel, said politicion should court the evangelical christian vote.

  • andrewnitzberg

    Lyndon Johnson once asked his campaign aides to start a rumor that his electoral opponant for the senate slept with pigs (farm animals). The aide replied, “But LBJ no one will believe that.” Johnson replied, “Yes, but let him deny it.”

    May I say that Israel and Israel-supporters do not sleep with farm-animals and I think all the time and energy spent denying it is the point of these false and nonsensical accusations.

    It would be better to debate the real issues rather than these nonsense accusations that have such traction on the Left and among Jew-haters everywhere.

  • martha

    Mr. Plaut can comment on anything he wants to, if you do'nt like too bad.

  • gang ho

    Plaut is an American, you moron

  • Akingu

    my, my, my! The wit of you jews never ceases to amaze me. No debates, no disproving of my statements, just childish banter. truth hurts, neh, jewboy?? Hell, EVERYONE hate the fucking jews! Over 250 countries have EXPELLED your socio-parasitic asses, haven't they? awww…poor, victim jews again.

  • Akingu

    If you fuckin kikes weren't there stealing their lands, killing their women and children, keeping them from food, family, jobs, home, medicines, ad nauseum, you stupid fuckers wouldn't BE getting attacked! You JEWS are there ILLEGALLY STEALING LANDS, OIL AND OPIUM!!
    Live with your own actions you insipid cocksucker! you kikes get what the Arabs throw at you

  • Akingu

    FUCK YOU HYPOCRITE! And I'm also calling up MSU to complain about your kike prof! The LAST thing students need is another kike ready to go tilt and start shooting more kids like Kliebold & Harris!

  • Akingu

    WOW! I can practically HEAR you sucking them jews off even as I write!

  • Akingu

    Nope. I don't go to those child molesting fed rat fucks!

  • Akingu

    yes, I am. If I had been there, I sure as hell would have given you cocksucking baby-rapers your fabled 6 million and then some! And I'll tell you this: I would have made SURE that the world knew what treasonous, two-faced backstabbers you filthy fucks are! Churchill and Patton found out too late, as they both wrote in their autobiographies!

  • Akingu

    Lavon Affair, USS Liberty, 9/11 . Geee NO ARABS THERE!! just filthy jews!! Hey Jack-off, why don't YOU just go blow your nigger boyfriend and get AIDS?

  • jamescavanaugh

    from (non-Jew) George Gilder's THE ISRAEL TEST describing Jewish leftists who abhor capitalism, e.g., Marx, Chomsky, Zinn, etc.:

    “Jews, amazingly, excel so readily in all intellectual fields that they outperform all rivals even in the arena of anti-Semitism.”

  • Eddie

    Akingu, you dumb sack of SHITler, you seem to be sad that your side LOST WW2 and that the Israelis are NOT the unarmed Jews of WW2 nazi filth infested europe. Good. I wish you and your klan continued nakba, defeat, failure and jealousy.

  • Eddie

    aqueenu, ain't it funny how your furher waited until the very end of his Turd Reich to FINALLY get the nerve to marry his first frauline? What's the matter, didn't your SHITler like girls?

  • Eddie

    Aqueenu, You must know that you have NO future. Asians are smarter than you, Black people are stronger and better athletes than you. Whathc'a gonna do? You can always go to you Turd Reich and share a bunk with SHITler. I believe SHITler would like you next to him.

  • USMCSniper

    Ahhhh…errr… hmmm.. You should not be soliciting heterosexual alpha males like myself as homosexual partners for yourself here as I am sure you know that there are many of the websites that accomodate perverts like you to meet your deviant and debachery sexual fantasies.

  • USMCSniper

    Are you a raghead?

  • jackhampton

    Your my hero I locked up bunchs of racist piss ant punks like you all over the country.

  • SpiritOf1683

    For starters I'm not Jewish. You are nothing more than a primitive and barbaric hate-filled raghead with no education, you are of no value to humanity. You are everything we expect from a Muslim – a lover of terrorists, you get a hard on when news of an atrocity which results in the murder of infidels comes on the airways, and worse still we subsidise you to the hilt because you are a workshy parasite of the worst kind. And it is about time the Israelis responded the way the Chinese would have responded had the Gaza Strip been where Hong Kong is now and missiles had been landing in Shenzhen. It is time leeching scum like you and your entire family were deported back to the Islamic craphole where you came from, as they and you are of no benefit to us whatsoever.

  • SpiritOf1683

    I would imagine that water fleas are smarter than the hate filled troll Akingu. And it is time he was banned from this forum. Styill, there must be a use fior water fleas unlike that workshy convict Akingu, who has probably spent half his life in jail, making him the lowest of the low.

  • SpiritOf1683

    I suppose spending half your life in jail gets in the way of molesting little girls, much to your disappointment, eh little parasitical Nazi troll.

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