Collaborators in the War Against the Jews: Jennifer Loewenstein

Steven Plaut is a native Philadelphian who teaches business finance and economics at the University of Haifa in Israel.  He holds a PhD in economics from Princeton.  He is author of the David Horowitz Freedom Center booklets about the Hamas  and Jewish Enablers of the War against Israel.


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Modern academia has become a welcome place for full-time anti-Israel propagandists. They churn out diatribes bashing Israel and misrepresent this as scholarship and research. Jennifer Loewenstein, an associate director of the Middle East Studies program at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, is just such a fulltime professional Israel basher – and an archetypal example of the erosion of academic standards.

Loewenstein’s professional field is actually supposed to be “business communications.” She came to the University of Wisconsin originally as a lecturer in business administration. Yet, she has never published a single academic article about “business communications” or business administration. Indeed, Lowenstein has no PhD at all, (which does not stop her from listing herself regularly as “Professor” and “Doctor”).

No less significant is that she has no training at all in Middle East studies. On the other hand, Loewenstein has published scores of anti-Israel articles in the radical Counterpunch web magazine. It is a reflection of the magazine’s political inclinations that it endorses anti-Semitic conspiracy “theories” and increasingly publishes Holocaust Denier columnists. Some of its columnists moonlight as writers for Neo-Nazi web sites and organizations.

Counterpunch is Loewenstein’s main forum for her political venting. She also publishes regularly in other extremist venues. These include “Global Research,” a web site run by Canadian Neo-Nazi Michel Chussudovsky, which claims that a Jewish cabal was really behind the 9/11 attacks on the US. Loewenstein is active in several anti-Israel organizations, and has promoted the pro-terror “International Solidarity Movement.”

That Loewenstein can often be found sharing editorial real estate with cranks and conspiracy theorists is no coincidence. Loewenstein herself rants about the Zionist bogeyman in “control” of the US. For instance, she has written that:

“Powerful pro-Israel organizations within the United States, including but not limited to the organized mainstream American Jewish community are allowed to prevail over our opinions with their increasingly vicious and racist propaganda against Arabs and Muslims.”

To underscore the point, Lowenstein embellishes one of her blog entries with a large Nazi swastika with Jewish stars carried on each of its arms. The Nazi analogy is a running theme of Loewenstein’s attacks on the Jewish state. To Loewenstein, Israel is a Nazi-like entity that perpetrates a genocidal “Holocaust” in Gaza. She cannot look at a passing Israeli soldier without seeing a Nazi storm trooper, someone she says “looks like the stereotype of a Nazi soldier.” In a quote that could easily have been printed by the Nazi newspaper Der Sturmer in the 1930s, she adds:

“The Neo-Jewish Masters and their allies in the United States… have no intention of making a just peace with the lower forms of life in their midst.”

In Loewenstein’s take on reality, Israel engages in state terror while operating a cabal that enslaves the American government and dictates its policies.

Loewenstein is Jewish-born, but she seems interested in her Jewish roots only to the extent that they can be used as a bludgeon against Israel and its supporters in the Jewish community. Even Yom Kippur for her is nothing more than an excuse to attack her two favorite targets.

John Perazzo has described her thus:

“Though Jewish, Loewenstein harbors a caustic hatred for Israel, a nation she views as an illegitimate entity with no right to exist. At the same time, she sees Palestinians as innocents, relentlessly oppressed and brutalized by violent, sadistic Jews.”

Loewenstein harbors a similarly bitter animus against America. Frequently denouncing what she calls American “imperialism,” she describes the war in Iraq in typically conspiratorial fashion:

“100,000 dead Iraqis so that we can control Iraqi oil….So that a few wealthy businessmen and women in the United States can continue to gain huge profits at the expense of the American people.”

Elsewhere, she describes the campaign in Iraq thus:

“Our war-mongering, rapacious actions have turned a chaotic, suffering region into an even greater hell.”

On what scholarly authority does Loewenstein render these judgments in the Middle East? Loewenstein claims to have “worked” in Beirut, Gaza and Jerusalem. She did spend a few months once at the al-Mezan Center “for human rights” in Gaza. But this is little more than a Hamas front group that churns out anti-Israel propaganda.

Loewenstein also claims to have spent some time as a “visiting research fellow” at the Oxford University Refugee Studies Center. The center’s claim to fame is that it publishes a magazine called Forced Migration Review. Representative of the magazine’s editorial perspective is its claim that there is a Jewish cabal to “police thought” about the Middle East on American campuses.

The one thing Loewenstein insists is beyond questioning or challenge is her insistence that Hamas has nothing at all to do with “terror,” a word Loewenstein invariably writes with scare-quotation marks. These same terrorists are labeled the resistance by her, a word she never writes with quotation marks. Hamas’ behavior also has nothing at all to do with provoking Israeli anti-terror reprisals, she insists. Indeed there is no such thing as Arab terrorism in Loewenstein’s universe. Every mass murder by Arab terrorists is resistance. When the Hezbollah fired thousands of rockets at Israeli civilians, some of which killed Israeli Arabs, that too was resistance, she insists.

Loewenstein insists that Hamas rockets do not “count” because they are “technologically primitive.” Writing in Counterpunch, Loewenstein insists that the Hamas is a harmless amusement, certainly nothing that could excuse Israel defending itself.  In her words,

“Meticulously and clinically thought through even before the first rocket from Gaza claimed a life inside Israel, the slaughter in Gaza today has nothing to do with rockets or with Hamas.”

Indeed, Loewenstein insists that the Hamas is actually nothing more than a peace movement, embracing a “two-state solution” in which Israel will survive – a solution which incidentally she opposes – and is simply working to nudge Israel back to its pre-1967 “Green Line” borders. Here she is, in Counterpunch, explaining why Palestinian terrorism is dandy, the most justified act since Lincoln freed the slaves:

“While they are being stomped, shot, beaten, demolished, assassinated, intimidated, robbed, despoiled, starved, uprooted, dispossessed, harassed, insulted and killed with bullets, missiles, armored bulldozers, tanks, helicopter gun-ships, cluster-bombs, fleshettes (sic), fighter-bombers, semi-automatic submachine guns, sonic booms, tear gas, electrified fences, blockades, closures and walls, they must renounce violence so that the hoodlums won’t get hurt. If they defend themselves they lose.”

When Israel builds a security fence to keep the terrorists from mass murdering its children, here is Loewenstein’s conclusion:

“This neo-fascist, Stalinist, gulag Guantanamo is there to keep you out, to keep you from even trying, from even wanting, to go in.”

Loewenstein cannot type more than a few words without accusing Israel of perpetrating “genocide” of Palestinians. Since the number of Palestinians has actually grown rapidly under Israeli “occupation,” John Perazzo has commented caustically, “Genocide does not typically lead to the tripling of a population.” Loewenstein also regularly insist that Israeli leaders take great pleasure in the murder of Jews by terrorists, since this allows Israel to pursue its inhuman policies.

That Loewenstein has joined the growing ranks of professional Jew baiters and Israel bashers in academia is perhaps unsurprising. That an otherwise serious institution like the University of Wisconsin should keep such a person employed on its Middle East Studies staff is nothing short of bewildering.

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  • jughead archie

    Loewenstein's entire "education" consist of a BA from Kalamazoo College. She is kept on the UW payroll thanks only to her husband, an English prof.

  • Rick Geiger

    This is your federal and state tax money at work at the Univ of Wisconsin. Just wonderful that our governments enthusiastically support Jew hating and lauding groups like Hamas and the PA and support the murder of Jewish children.

  • AntiFascist18

    I've written this Fascist Pig before…I know her type very well.

    Typical "Princess" wannabe Leftard Neo-Nazi.

    She'd make a great FELDHURE, along with Richard Madcow aka Rachel Maddow for that blitering idiot who occasionally posts here who also stinks of anti-Jewish venom.

    • James Cates

      It is clear, just from reading this single, 43-word rant, that not only do you not know the definition of fascism, but that you're one of those folks (like so many clueless Liberals) promiscuously tosses out – and shamelessly waters down – the WORD fascist. You're an embarrassment, and an insult to true anti-fascist fighters of the last century.

  • Marty

    Degenerates such as lowenstein can't help themselves. They are determined to "engage" terrorists and anti-semites even if it means joining their ranks. lowenstein is a kappo, the sort of self-hating Jew the germans used so effectively to control Jewish communities during the holocaust. Like them, she will be among the last to be delivered to the concentration camps.

  • Goldie

    What a coincidence. In Australia, we have our very own Israel/Jew hating Jew – one Antony Loewenstein. He is described as a Sydney-based journalist and author. He is a board member of Macquarie University’s Centre for Middle East and North African Studies. Just the right position to promulgate his anti-Israel views. Is he related to Jennifer Loewenstein, I wonder?

    His book is “My Israel Question” His website is antonyloewenstein.com. Taken from the cover of his book. I have not visited it.

    In his acknowledgements he lists Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali, Mohammed Alawi, Fadia and Said Daibes-Murad, Robert Manne, Ali Kazak, Robert Fisk, John Pilger (the worst of the lot), and many more. A really unbiased mob!!!

    He writes about the ‘brutality against the indigenous inhabitants’ (Palestinians) by Israel.

    And ‘why do we constantly hear about Israel’s need for ‘security’, as though that justifies erecting walls, checkpoints and barriers? Why is the world told to believe that the Palestinians should only accept peace on Israel’s terms? I’ve come to the sad realisation that many in the West simply don’t like Arabs or Palestinians very much…’

    These examples are only from his introduction. America cops some bile aswell.

    He obviously thinks that Israel should welcome the suicide bombers and all the rockets fired into Israel without retaliating or taking measures to protect Israeli civilians.

    Of course, he castigates the so-called Zionest lobby.

    As if Israel and Jews did not have enough enemies without the anti-Semite Jews. I consider them more despicable than mohammedans. Treacherous.

  • BS1977

    Lowenstien is a female Norm Finkelstein…..the depths of depravity, lies and hatred cannot be fathomed in these monsters who have some shred of Judaism in them, but hate themselves, their families, their religion, Israel and the United States with a passion that has no rational basis. That is why I have concluded many of these pseudo intellectual "college" lecturers and ""teachers" hide their rot and pathology behind the facade of socially acceptable university scholarship and issue the customary articles, books and other published examples of their sickness and venomous hatred. This woman is sick, but has no ability to depersonalize her self from her neurotic crusade and see it for what it is….a serious mental illness. Unfortunately, the University of Wisconsin and other schools enable vicious liars and leftist loons like this to appear credible.

  • christian west

    The bitch is both morally corrupted and quite mad.
    If not the fact that she also is abysmally stupid she would make a perfect Jewish Quisling.

    • http://www.itecode.com eerie Steve

      Whoa! Back up !!!

      She is a lovely lady. A remember the path to Christian Death is to insult a Queen. These people should be feared, not insulted.

  • solemnman

    The sleeping Jewish American princess is kissed by narcissus and turns into a self loving Jew hating frog.

  • sandleman

    She is kind of cute for a fascist. Maybe we can send her as one of the virgins to an al-Qaeda camp?

  • rob

    Chris Hitchens has a good article at Slate.com about the hellhole called North Korea. It's about how leftwing communism has morphed into extreme rightwing Nazism in that country. Hmm, interesting concept "Communism as a gateway to Nazism". This is where I put pukes like this cretin Loewenstein and her fellow travellers.

  • BS1977

    I wonder how long this ivory tower idiot would keep her opinions if she had to live in Somalia Sudan or Iran….While she champions the terrorist vermin and vilifies Israel, she has no idea what she is talking about…a totally indoctrinated, brainwashed useful idiot of the left…. another one like so many others, living obliviously in the greatest nation on earth, while endlessly complaining , clueless ingrate that she is. Ma'am, how can you stand to look at yourself in the mirror without recoiling in horror?

  • guest

    This woman is a total idiot. One of the first acts of the U.S., after toppling Saddam, was to GO to the U.N. and petition to have sanctions removed so that IRAQIS could export what little oil they could produce for reconstruction. The port is primitive in terms of output compared to other world ports and is PROTECTED by American and British forces, but ALL of the revenue is derived by IRAQ. In fact, just over a year ago there was a debate in Congress, with many arguing that because of the huge cost of the war and freeing Iraqis from Saddam's yoke, that Iraq should contribute to the reconstruction effort, a not unreasonable request at all. Ah, but the conspiracy theorists just love the knee jerk "steal their oil" line. But did oil play a role in the decision to go in? Probably, Saddam WAS dangerous (Canadian inspectors who were thrown out listed thousands of liters of poisons that still remained in Iraq, the figures were in the Globe and Mail…Saddam claimed "they were destroyed." Really? No evidence, no video, no U.N. witnesses, with a country under sanctions?? We still don't know where they are).

  • aliko

    Loewenstein and her partners are nothing but rapists and sodomizes of freedom of speech. The only target that should be attacked is the people in charge for enforcing laws against terror support, holocaust denial and incitement for genocide. This applies to all the countries in the west and first of all Israel.

    As an Israeli, I can attest that the majority of the people working in the media (both TV, radio, web and newspapers) are from the extreme left. The level of manipulation, new-speak, opinions injected into news and other manipulations are at an all time high.

    The venomous articles in major newspapers could have easily appeared on Al-Aharam, Al Jazeera or Der Sturmer. Comparing Israeli officials to Nazis have become common together with Apartheid. The leading voices who are pro-Goldstone, against Israel aid to Haiti, against any measures that stop terror are Jews who are inciting for new Arab intifada. Most of these Jews are financed by The New Israel Fund that in turn is funded by the openly antisemitic Ford fund.

    This can obviously happened only because the attorney general offices are crawling with viruses as former chief of IDF staff – Yeelon defined brilliantly.

    For those who understand Hebrew and want to see the only satire available from the right side, take a look at this site: http://www.latma.co.il
    As one hard core leftist on TV put it – it's good for pluralism and what he meant is that it's good that the left have all the media available while the right have a web site. Pluralism indeed…

  • USMCSniper

    If she likes Hamas so much maybe she could volunter to bea comfort lady for them.

    • Peachey

      Sniper,
      Islamists distance themselves from women, believing that they are demon possessed. They do however have a penchant for young boys that they refer to as "traveling wives". These young boys serve as house slaves, cooks, dancers, boy-fridays, and of course sexual slaves for the owner and his friends. This form of sexual slave is common in Afganistan, SaudiArabia, Sudan and other areas that practice strict adherence to the Koran. The exact term escapes me right now, but the English translation is "traveling wife" These boys were feminine clothing the face make-up. I do not believe that Hamas would have any interest in her beyond using her as a human shield or a distant propaganda tool. I do question her motives since her lack of logic in forming her statement of beliefs is astounding.

      • http://www.itecode.com eerie Steve

        Hmmm. They are using women as suicide bombers now.

        My only question is do they pack their rectums and genitalia with C4 when they blow themselves up. No horror is outside the qualm of those animals. They literally give a bad name to war, something I thought was impossible.

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  • bilbo

    I don't get it. Why are we even talking about this non-entity?

    • Peachey

      Because her type of poison is pervasive and infecting the colleges in our country. She is a symptom of a greater problem that directly impacts our children. Her beliefs are founded in Maoist philosophy and the very curse that saps the life out of our country. Her hatred evolves around her hatred of Christians and Jews. She is an important and influencial part of the problems that have infected our (and world) colleges. She may have a pleasant enough face, but what hids behind hers eyes is pure deceit and evil.

      • bilbo

        She's obviously an attention addict and people who respond to her are feeding her addiction. If her poison is pervasive it's because she gets free PR every time she can, like Jeremiah Wright, stir up controversy. Why not target the institutions that support her? They are the real villains.

  • Shlomo Sharan

    Regretablly there are a number of vociferous self-hating Jews whose denunciations of Israel are heard through most of the Western world. No names will be mentioned so as not to give them more publicity. Remember, Jew-hating has a long hiastory in the Western world, although the Swedes, English, Germans, and French were -and are – masters of that despicable doctrine. Jewry and Judaism will outlive them.
    Shlomo Sharan
    Professor Emeritus
    Educational Psychology
    Tel-Aviv University

  • xman

    Winston Churchill, who never went to university, nailed the likes of Loewenstein 77 years ago:

    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. But what have they to offer, but a vague internationalism, a squalid materialism, and the promise of impossible utopias? 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, 1933

    You could swap English for American, Israeli or any other Western nationality, and England for America, Israel or any other Western country and still it rings true.

  • Goldie

    It is not surprising they smashed all the greenhouses. That is their mentality. They want to live in a 7th century barbaric uncivilized environment. Trouble is, they want to take the rest of the world with them. They are on the road to success too unless the civilized peoples of the world stop it.

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  • Bethany Freeland

    Interesting how you misrepresent her writing, then quote it so it's clear how you have mis-represented what she wrote. Mostly, her words criticize agression against Gaza. Period. You should also better research her education if you are to claim she has no education or background in Middle East history and politics. False.

    The hateful tone of your readers says a lot about them – and you.

  • sahioniya

    The woman is totally right, maybe she hid too much of what it is going on in the holy lands, one is mentioning the state of Israel as if being legal. we all do know that the Zionist Jews in Palestine are nothing but criminal land thieves. no body invited them to be there, they just impose their existence upon the original people of Palestine by force. just remember the terrorist gangs they did the abuse and terrorism , such as Stern, Haghana. the Palestinians had been minding their own affairs in the lands of their parents, fore parents and ancestors till these Zionists, the international horizon attackers came in on them and did on them the brutalities to the furthest. stop such logic of yours. stop supporting the terrorist land thieves, apply justice and law the region. in that area no one to hear to your sick ration. they say the Palestinians are right, Hamas is a freedom-seeking . No one pays attention to what you are saying. they know what behind it. they know there is hate and spite behind it. bye

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  • ante semite

    you are sick jackasses

  • James Cates

    "It is a reflection of (Counterpunch’s) political inclinations that it endorses anti-Semitic conspiracy “theories” and increasingly publishes Holocaust Denier columnists. Some of its columnists moonlight as writers for Neo-Nazi web sites and organizations."
    How about some citations as evidence for these claims?

  • Curtis blow

    She’s right!