Is Jew Hatred Alive and Well?

Fern Sidman is the New York correspondent for the Arutz Sheva (Israel National News) Web site and staff writer at The Jewish Voice newspaper. Her articles frequently appear in a number of Jewish newspapers and magazines throughout the US.


For those who have ever pondered the eternal question of why Jew hatred has reared its ugly head in every generation since time immemorial, filmmaker Gloria Greenfield of Doc Emet Productions, enlightens and informs audiences in her riveting, new documentary entitled, “Unmasked: Judeophobia“. Meticulously researched and brilliantly presented, the film examines the alarming escalation of anti-Jewish animus through the lens of renowned historians, prolific authors and respected voices in the arena of international law.

Covering this egregious phenomenon from key angles, Ms. Greenfield travels the globe as she assiduously seeks to explore historical Christian and contemporary Islamist polemics against Jews. Moreover, such timely and hot-button topics as the proliferation of anti-Israel bias in academia and cultural institutions, misinformation campaigns, and state-sanctioned calls for the destruction of the Jewish state and the murder of Jews throughout the world are treated with the gravitas that they deserve. The film is a clarion call to action and a grim reminder that anti-Semitism is not exclusively a nemesis to Jews, but to the human condition as well.

I sat down with Gloria Greenfield to discuss the genesis of “Unmasked: Judeophobia” the subject matter in the film and her personal perspectives on the existential threat that modern anti-Semitism plays in the lives of the Jewish people, both personally and collectively.

FS: Why did you and Doc Emet Productions decide to make “Unmasked: Judeophobia” at this juncture in time? Was this film in the pipeline for years and was it released now as a response to the escalation of radical Islam?

GG: I have to credit Irwin Cotler for planting the idea in my mind. During the Philadelphia screening of The Case for Israel – Democracy’s Outpost (Doc Emet Productions, 2008) he leaned over and whispered in my ear that the next film should be about the resurgence of a new viral stream of anti-Semitism. While I initially filed his suggestion somewhere in my mind, as I continued to travel extensively throughout North America engaging audiences in post-screening discussions, I observed that too many good and decent people were unaware of the resurgence of lethal Jew-hatred in regions around the world. Many were also unaware of the history of complicity of Islamist leaders with the Nazi regime during the Holocaust, as well as the Islamists’ stated intent after the fall of the Nazi regime to continue Hitler’s work.

Without that context, people mistakenly believed that the virulent hatred being expressed toward Israel related to policies and/or territory held by Israel. They thought that the hatred was Israel’s fault and if only Israel would make itself smaller and weaker, the hatred would dissipate. In offering an examination of the contemporary manifestations of lethal Jew-hatred against the backdrop of history, the view gains better insight into the driving forces behind the calls to wipe the Jewish homeland off the face of the earth and to murder Jews wherever we can be found.

The final impetus for me to launch the making of Unmasked Judeophobia was watching a film in 2010 produced by Israeli filmmaker Yoav Shamir that enraged me. While Shamir stated that his intent was to investigate whether anti-Semitism really existed, the Euro-funded film was actually, as Stella Paul described in American Thinker, “a cinematic rant that accuses Holocaust survivors of exploiting their experiences for financial gain and condemns Israel for committing Nazi-like crimes.”

FS: The film opens with Holocaust historian and author Elie Wiesel issuing a frightening warning about the proliferation of anti-Semitism. He states that he thought that Jew hatred had made its final exit from the annals of history after the Holocaust. While making this film, did you come to the conclusion that “Judeophobia” is endemic to the Jewish experience?

GG: Judeophobia has nothing to do with the nature of Jews. Rather, as Ruth Wisse brilliantly articulates in her analysis of the pointed finger, Judeophobia has everything to do with the political needs of those who forged Jew-hatred as a political tool; they need this politics of accusation, grievance, and scape-goating. In my interview with Wisse in August 2010, she warned that “it is high time that people really begin to look at anti-Semitism in terms of its political function and consider the role that it plays in the politics of its users—whether they are autocrats or totalitarian oppressors, or whether they are religious radicals or secular radicals—look at the role that Jew-bating plays in their political scheme.”

FS: Today, the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” is still widely read and embraced by Jew haters. In your opinion, why haven’t more historians boldly stepped up to the plate and exposed it as the fraud that it is? And what has the Ford Foundation done to explain the role that founder Henry Ford had in financing it?

GG: I haven’t found an official explanation on the part of the Ford Foundation. I don’t know if they had a role in the writing or editing of the questionable Wikipedia article on Henry Ford, which contends that Ford never actually read the articles published in the Dearborn International—which included excerpts from Protocols.

However, the Ford Foundation certainly has a lot of explaining to do about its own complicity and funding of organizations that incite Judeophobia. While Ford Foundation President Susan Berresford in November 2003 made a commitment to cease funding organizations that incite anti-Semitism or challenge Israel’s legitimacy, merely three years later the Ford Foundation funded, along with the Rockefeller Foundation, a three-day conference in Italy’s Lake Como to discuss academic boycotts and their relation to academic freedom, in which more than a third of the participants publicly supported boycotting Israeli universities.

I find it most telling that most historians outside of the field of anti-Semitism, as well as non-Jewish NGOs with the mission of fighting hatred, ignore the continued popularity of Protocols of the Elders of Zion in regions around the world. In Unmasked Judeophobia, Yisrael Ne’eman points to the direct connection between Protocols of the Elders of Zion and the Hamas Covenant. Chapter 22 of Protocols accuses the Jews of trying to buy the entire world through their acquisition of gold. And that’s how Chapter 22 of the Hamas Covenant begins. They do not say gold but they speak of money, they speak of controlling the media, they speak of Jews controlling money throughout the world, causing all the revolutions that exist; Jews are accused of being behind all the evil that anyone could imagine. The Jews in the Hamas Covenant, Article 22, are accused of destroying the Islamic Caliphate, just like in the Protocols, the Jews are seen as trying to undermine the Pope, religion, and aristocracy.

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is so popular that it’s been adapted into film. In Egypt in 2002, Protocols of the Elders of Zion was made into a 41-part television series, which was broadcast during Ramadan on Egyptian television and then sold to at least 17 other Islamic television channels. In 2003, Syria and Hezbollah produced a 29-part television series based on Protocols.

In 2005, Iranian booksellers displayed copies of Protocols and The International Jew at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Protocols is still accepted as truthful in large parts of Latin America and Asia and continues to be a bestseller in Turkey.

And it’s been present in the United States. In 2002, the Arabic-language newspaper The Arab Voice (Paterson, New Jersey) published excerpts from Protocols. Walid Rabah, the paper’s editor and publisher, defended himself from criticism with the argument that “some major writers in the Arab nation accept the truth of the book.”

The American retail chain Wal-Mart sold The Protocols of the Elders of Zion on its website with a description that suggested it might be genuine: “If … The Protocols are genuine (which can never be proven conclusively), it might cause some of us to keep a wary eye on world affairs. We neither support nor deny its message. We simply make it available for those who wish a copy.”

After intense campaigning by the Simon Weisenthal Center and ADL, Protocols was withdrawn from sale in September 2004. Offering no explanation why it plugged The Protocols to begin with, Wal-Mart quietly yanked it off its website the next day. In an email to the Reuters news agency, a Wal-Mart official would only say, “Based on significant customer feedback regarding the book titled ‘The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion,’ we have made a business decision to remove this book.”

Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam distributed Protocols in the United States, and released this year The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews, an anti-Semitic screed masquerading as history. In 2011, Texe Marrs, an American writer who runs the Christian ministry, Power of Prophecy Ministries, published an edition of the Protocols, with his own foreword and additional notes by Henry Ford.

FS: Your film addresses the issue of virulent anti-Zionism being tantamount to anti-Semitism. Critics of your film say it is a “white-washing” of Israel. Do you believe that one can be critical of Israeli policy and not harbor anti-Semitic beliefs?

GG: First, let’s clarify terms. Criticism of policies and/or issues related to territory is not in itself anti-Zionist. To be anti-Zionist is to be against the right for the nation-state of the Jewish people to exist, regardless of policies or territories. Unless an anti-Zionist was opposed to the existence of every nation-state in the world, including a Palestinian state, there would be no way to understand the anti-Zionist stance as anything other than racism against the Jewish people.

FS: Many renowned scholars were interviewed in the film and provided a sophisticated analysis of the subject of Judeophobia. How did you select these scholars and how do you feel they affected the outcome of the film?

GG: Judeophobia is a complicated, heterogeneous phenomenon and I invested a significant amount of time researching current analyses by leading experts in the field. Several scholars and analysts, including Canadian MP Irwin Cotler, Professors Alvin Rosenfeld of Indiana University and Elchanan Yakira of Hebrew University, Philippe Karsenty and Nidra Poller of Paris, and Emanuele Ottolenghi of Brussels were very generous in their willingness to refer me to specific experts and in many cases to make the introductions. I interviewed 70 leading experts—who happened to be Jewish, Christian, Hindu, and Muslim—from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, England, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Rumania, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Syria, the United States, and Venezuela in the fields of history, law, literature, media, philosophy political science, psychology, and sociology. I also engaged a prominent scholar not associated with the project to vet the script after it was completed to verify accuracy.

The time that I spent in Paris, London, and Brussels interviewing scholars, analysts, and security experts was incredibly enlightening. I was both inspired by their courage and determination, and shocked by the reality and dimensions of the Jew-hatred being expressed—physically and verbally—in Europe. As important, having had the privilege of engaging in a three-hour interview with Professor Robert Wistrich, who is without a doubt the leading scholar of the history of Jew-hatred, afforded me an invaluable context. Much can be said for every scholar, analyst, and expert that I interviewed. The caliber of expertise of the commentators in Unmasked Judeophobia is outstanding, and the overall experience of making this film was personally transformative.

FS: Currently in such European countries as France and other places, incidents of anti-Semitism have reached an alarming rate. Could you comment on what factors you think are contributing to such venomous hatred?

GG: It would be dishonest to ignore the direct connection between the significant influx of Muslim immigrants into European countries—along with their radicalization by Islamist ideologues in European mosques and the public square–with the resurgence of lethal Judeophobia. Having said that, it is equally important to recognize that the manifestations of Jew-hatred that emanate from Muslim communities in Europe would not be possible without the complicity and empowerment by the non-Muslim hard-Left and hard-Right.

FS: Has your film been shown in countries other than the US and Canada and will you be bringing the film to other parts of the world such as Australia and Asia?

GG: A week after Unmasked Judeophobia’s world premiere on October 24, 2011 at the Paris Theater in New York, it screened to full houses in theaters in South Africa in Johannesburg and Cape Town; it has also screened several times in Israel, the United Kingdom and Australia. The film is having its Latin American premiere in Argentina on November 15th and then will tour throughout Latin America. I will be doing a UK tour of Unmasked Judeophobia in London, Birmingham, and Liverpool in early December; and a South Africa tour in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, and Durban in January. We’ve just completed translations of Unmasked Judeophobia into Arabic, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish and as soon as the DVD with multi-language subtitles is completed, the world tour will begin.

FS: Clearly, the state of Israel is under siege by the international community. Recently, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said that he does not think there will be a Jewish state in 10 years time. Do you feel that your film confirms this speculation and if not, do you feel that the film will serve as a wake-up call for vigilance on this subject?

GG: Unmasked Judeophobia is meant as a clarion call, as a tekiah gedolah blast. In Biblical times, tekiah was sounded on the shofar to raise awareness, to sound the alarm, to assemble all good people to action. We live in historic times, a time of inversion and a time when state-sanctioned calls for killing Jews and wiping the Jewish state off the map is regarded as unremarkable; when racists at anti-Israel demonstrations on the streets of North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa can chant “Send the Jews back to the ovens” and “Hitler was right” without repercussion.

My hope is that viewers will have their individual and collective consciousness raised. The lights must get turned on. It is imperative for good, decent people to recognize and acknowledge what is happening. Only then can action effect change. We may never totally eradicate Jew-hatred, but at the barest minimum, it is imperative that Jew-hatred be diminished to non-lethal levels. Genocidal Jew-hatred—whether manifested against individual Jews, the Jewish collective, or both—must be scorned, prosecuted and eradicated. And that is what we will accomplish. If anything is endemic to the Jewish people it is our determination, will, hope, and faith. We affirmed our future by declaring the State of Israel. We need to reaffirm our future by facing reality, standing tall, and doing what needs to be done.

FS: As depicted in your film, the scourge of radical Islam has far reaching tentacles. Do you think your film might serve to galvanize other groups such as Western-style feminists, Coptic Christians, and Hindus to assume a more vocal posture on the perilous consequences of this kind of unchecked radicalism?

GG: If honor killings, stonings, female genital mutilation, arranged child marriages, and gang rapes of women under Islamist tyranny don’t galvanize Western-style feminists, then I’m not sure what will. Coptic Christians are galvanized—they are being murdered, forced into conversion, and terrorized; it is their Christian brethren in the West that needs to be galvanized into action on their behalf, and Unmasked Judeophobia is having an impact with Christian audiences.

The Hindu leaders that I have spoken with need no galvanizing from us. Their analyses and responses are quite intense though on the mark, and regrettably I had to make the decision against including their interviews in the film for fear of offending Western sensibilities.

FS: It would appear to some that radical Islam has not been sufficiently condemned by the democratically elected governments in the Western world. Would you attribute that reluctance to speak out in opposition to this, a fear of being considered “politically incorrect” or “racist” and what role do you think multicultural relativism plays in this?

GG: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his administration are the quintessential role models for real leaders. Canada is standing with integrity, dignity, courage, and principles. I don’t think the reluctance on the part of political leadership is related to multicultural relativism or fears of being labeled racist or politically incorrect. That kind of reluctance is found among students, intellectuals, and in the public square. The reluctance on the part of political leadership comes from ineptness and lack of strategic thinking: too many Western leaders refuse to learn the harsh lesson from Chamberlain’s experience: appeasement of totalitarian despots and terrorists not only fails, but it empowers the totalitarians and disempowers the moderates.

FS: What has been the general reaction to your film from the major North American Jewish organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League, The American Jewish Committee, the Zionist Organization of America, etc? Have they encouraged their members to see this film and have they initiated debates and dialogues about it?

GG: The number of Jewish organizations and institutions that have been sponsoring screenings is encouraging in terms of willingness and courage to stand up for truth. Many Jewish federations, Community Relations Councils, Jewish Community Centers, and Jewish film festivals as well as chapters of the Anti-Defamation League, Aish Hatorah, American Jewish Committee, B’nai Brith, CAMERA, David Horowitz Freedom Center, Hadassah, Jewish National Fund, MERCAZ, National Council for Jewish Women, StandWithUs, and Zionists of America are sponsoring screenings and filling auditoriums around the country. Within the United States, the film has already been screened in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

FS: Any reaction to your film from The Vatican or major Christian organizations?

GG: I haven’t heard from the Vatican, but I’ve received very positive and enthusiastic responses from Christians United for Israel, Yad B’yad/HaShomer of Texas, Davis Interfaith Coalition for Peace and Justice in the Middle East of California, VISION of New Hampshire, Christians and Jews United for Israel, Christ Episcopal Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Poughkeepsie, We Stand With Israel and Christian Action Ministry of Vermont

FS: And what about pulpit rabbis, synagogue boards, Jewish day schools? Have they offered to place this film in their educational curriculum?

GG: There has been a rise in the number of pulpit rabbis, largely within “progressive” denomination, that challenge the belief of Jews as the “chosen people,” diminish the centrality of the Land of Israel to Jewish identity, and promote the notion of “moral equivalency” when it comes to issues of Judeophobia. In other words, there is a strong tendency among progressive rabbinic leaders to diminish or rationalize the abuse of human rights and calls for annihilation of Jews and the destruction of Israel on the part of Israel’s enemies, and quickly point the finger at the nation-state of the Jewish people and her supporters.

Fortunately, there are clear-thinking, intelligent rabbis who do understand that, as Daniel Gordis articulates in his groundbreaking article “Are Young Rabbis Turning on Israel,” (Commentary, June 2011), “to love all humanity equally is ultimately to love no one. To care about one’s enemies as much as one cares about oneself is to be no one.” And there are many synagogues that incorporate the centrality of the Land of Israel to Jewish identity in their sermons and religious school curriculum, and fund programming to educate their members about the genocidal threats facing Israel and the Jewish people. And these are the rabbis that are bringing in the film.

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  • devdeep

    it is time for Israel to annex and declare Judea/ samaria as an integral part of the Jewish nation as a first step….then get into Gaza to weed out the moslem insurgents

  • pierce

    Jew hatred is alive, it will never go away. Some of my best friends are Jewish, and it makes no difference to me. They will still be my friends no matter what happens.

  • Hoffy 561

    With the history of forced conversions to Christianityand Islam, pogroms, outright murdrer and the Holocaust, the population of Jews in the world may actually be larger than christians. That coupled with the acheivements of the Jewish people, should be promoted to the world as a positive to fight Ant-Semitism. Perhaps Ms. Greenfield could produce a documentary on these facts, not as "Look what we;ve done", but what the world has lost by these attrocities.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "the population of Jews in the world may actually be larger than christians"

      That depends on your protocols for gathering statistics. I can't imagine what you might be thinking that is consistent with getting the results you suggest. What really matters is who identifies as, or is identified as a Jew. That's where the friction comes in.

  • Western Spirit

    This exposes how ridiculous "root causes" are. If someone hates you it doesn't mean you deserve it, it only means it serves some agenda to perpetrate a political cause.

    When you think about it, though, the root cause of Jew hatred is power. So maybe there is something to "root causes" after all.

    Also a relatively small group of people who've accomplished so much makes them prime targets for envy and other ugly human emotions.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "This exposes how ridiculous "root causes" are. If someone hates you it doesn't mean you deserve it, it only means it serves some agenda to perpetrate a political cause. "

      Root causes are important for finding solutions, not making excuses. The problems are created by excuse-makers, who are generally collectivists on the left.

      • Western Spirit

        Actually "root causes" are used by the Left to suit their agenda that's why I started out poo-pooing them until I got into a stream of conscientiousness thinking where I realized they really do have validity when used right.

        .

  • Mary Sue

    Well. Irwin Cotler, eh? I'm glad he's doing something constructive rather than simply trying to take away Canadians' firearms. Seriously, that guy and Allen Rock are like the Charles Schumers of Canada when it comes to gun control. But I digress.

    It's amazing how many people have been bamboozled by the conspiracy theorists who not only rely on the Protocols, but stupid crap like stories about the Illuminati, and who controls the banks and hollywood. What goes even farther back than any of those things, however, is the stereotype of the unfair cheating businessman. You'll find this in unedited versions of Arabian Nights tales, and those are pretty old. While some people may be basing their opinions on negative experiences with individuals (like a theoretical person becoming a full blown racist after being mugged by a person of color), the vast majority just eat up the conspiratorial garbage up with a spoon because "it makes sense" to them.

    I was a middle school aged child when I heard from a classmate just what the extent of the problem was. I was horrified. I can't fathom discrimination of any kind, be it racial, religious, or anything else. I don't understand the mindset of a racist, and quite frankly, I don't want to. But this problem is so deeply embedded that it is going to take a lot of work to refute it.

    Canada has laws that punish those who make hateful statements. We threw out Ernst Zundel and charged Jim Keegstra (after he peddled the evil j00ish banker theory in a school classroom). But the problem I see with such rules is that it makes martyrs (of a sort that don't die) of those who believe that stuff, and they are thus reinforced in their belief that their conspiracy theory is correct. However I do support charging people who make threats (of death and harm) against anyone publicly, Jews included, though currently Canada's laws are inadequate to that task given that the cops need specifics, such as the person must say the day they are going to do x (which is ridiculous). The light of day needs to be shone on these things though, so that it doesn't go underground and fester and spread in secret. The truth is our best weapon, but it has to be seen as the truth by the public at large in order for it to work. You may never convince some crackpots, but you may be able to convince the deluded masses that most often do not know any better.

  • Schlomotion

    I think Ms. Sidman and Ms. Greenfield are trying to confuse well-behaved, civic minded Jewish people with belligerent ethnic nationalist Jewish people to try to get a rise out of goyim, and then deviate off into their favorite subject: Jewish superiority over the hated Muslim. It is no surprise that most of the film screenings have been sponsored by Jewish Separatist Organizations (JSOs).

    • Mary Sue

      If I were Jewish I'd want to separate from people that irrationally want to kill me for no good reason other than Allah demands it, too.

    • UCSPanther

      Hey chump: I'm mostly "Goyim" , can easily pass as an "Aryan Goyim" in appearance, and I am 100% with these guys.

      But then again, it is interesting how a lot of antisemitic malcontents love throwing their lot in with dictators like Chavez, Ahmadinejad and Putin…

      • Schlomotion

        Is that like "mostly not pregnant?"

        • Mary Sue

          Engage brain before opening mouth. Then remove foot.

  • watsa46

    The distinction between anti Zionism and antisemitism is more rhetorical than real. In both cases it undermines the rights of the Jew.
    In Europe the far Lt and Rt are empowered by the central govts own chronic, visceral subliminal antisemitism.
    Jealousy towards the Jews is one of the core emotional issue (therefore irrational and difficult to resolve).

  • Bert

    The majority of American Jews remain in the dark about all this. Remember that two thirds of U.S. Jews are solid for Obama despite all that we now know about him. Those Jews are lost to ever relating to reality.
    But even the so-called aware Jews are foolishly thinking that they can influence anti-Semites to change.
    It has been said the 'When all else fails READ THE INSTRUCTIONS!!' The instructions are very clear in Deuteronomy Chapter 28. If Jews will obey 'The Law' then G-d will fight for us and we will be victorious and secure. If we do not obey then G-d will abandon us and our enemies will be free to persecute us. The details are explicit and stark. Most Jews do not obey and yet they still expect to end the persecution that they themselves generate by their own actions. Most Jews, so far, are incapable of ever learning and so the suffering must continue.

  • driver

    Horray to Mary Sue re Cotler and Rock on gun control.
    Re Israel God in Genises 12:3 says " those who bless Israel I will bless and those who curse Israel I will curse" Those who spew hate towards Israel will one day give an account. They will then wish they could recant but it will be to late. Maybe if they would now look at the horrendous odds Israel has overcome just to stay a nation since 1948 they might realize that God indeed is watching over Israel today.
    But then who on left really cares about God!

    • Mary Sue

      I know right! We live in an age, where nearly a decade ago Al Gore was trying to hype the "we need to take back God for the Democrat Party" and now the Democrat National Convention BOOS the mention of God in its platform (and uses a LOLworthy way to get it back in). Things are going downhill fast man.

  • UCSPanther

    Antisemitism is a threat, not just to Jews, but to all people. Just take one look at the holocaust and WWII, the Cold War, and countries dominated by Islamic fundamentalists.

    • Mary Sue

      "When they came for the Jews, I was not a Jew, so I said nothing. Then they came for the Catholics and I was not a Catholic so I said nothing. Then they came for me…and there was nobody left to say anything."

      As true then as it is today.

  • Surak

    How I wish I could say yashar koach, well done. But the interview, at least, underplays the amount of anti-Judaism and anti-Semitic incitement in the Christian scriptures. Also, they never identify what makes the Jews a scapegoat, compared to some other minority. It's the Sinai Covenant (st*p*d)!

    • amused

      There is no anti-semtism in the christian scriptures . An honest and earnest survey would easily determine that . It is HOW christians have misused and mistranslated them to suit their own bias' .The Wellhausen School of "scholars are in part responsible for their injection in the translation in modern days . Again Jew hate has it's origins in the spiritual realm , well before any scriptures .

      • amused

        BTW , what is the " Snai Covenant "

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "How I wish I could say yashar koach, well done. But the interview, at least, underplays the amount of anti-Judaism and anti-Semitic incitement in the Christian scriptures."

      Wrong. Anti-Semites render it that way using collectivist theories but anyone who actually cares what the texts say should not fall in to those traps. The Bible does not teach collectivism. If you take anything it says that makes you think you can judge others, and groups in particular, you don't know what you're talking about.

      "Also, they never identify what makes the Jews a scapegoat, compared to some other minority. It's the Sinai Covenant (st*p*d)!"

      They did too. Generally politicians find great use from scapegoats. People also like using tools that work. Using Jews as scapegoats works and has worked for many thousands of years.

  • Ghostwriter

    If Ms. Greenfield wanted more examples of Judeophobia,she should come here. Then,she'd read the "delightful" comments of those like Schlomotion,Nakba1948,DeShawn,and those like them. In fact,she fill a whole other book with their anti-Jewish statements ALONE!!!!

  • joseph berk

    Ms. Greenfield hits it right on the head: the hatred of the Jews has been the greatest key to power in history, inculcated in the young since birth through the New Testament and the Koran. (Two thirds of the world)
    Although intelligent people can overcome this in a sense, it's happened before, during, and now after Nazi Germany, and it's worse.
    Why? For you unite people not out of love, but hate…

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "the hatred of the Jews has been the greatest key to power in history, inculcated in the young since birth through the New Testament"

      Jew hatred in "Christian" culture can only be traced back to the early "Roman Catholic" era. Earlier references are controversial, to say the least.

  • amused

    Great Article/Interview , and GREAT posts except for only TWO MORONS Bert and Mary Sue , who cant seem to "defocus ":: their hatred of those whom they percieve as " on the Left " , and in that sense they imply that is Democrats and anyone who has or would vote for Obama .
    What Ms. Greenfield fails to mention , most likely out of a need to remain secular , is the TRUE UINDERLYING NATURE OF JEW HATE . Yes it has been used for all those reasons she mentions and probably many many more .So too, a hatred for Israel , not for what israel does politically but essentially because Israel is a nation of yes , say the word JEWS . Whether they be left , right , orthodox , reformed or completely secular . At it's root Jew Hate is spiritual , and because it is spiritual it will manifest in all the ways that men can rationalize it…all of them bad . It makes perfect sense therefore that a bigot will also be a racist. A Jew , whether right or left , Orhtodox , Conservative , or Reformed CAN NOT BE SEPERATED FROM G_D . Not even an alleged atheist as David even though he may choose to , can not be seperated from G_D .

    • Mary Sue

      Hatred? Really? REALLY? Seriously dude? You've got me painted all wrong. I don't hate people that I disagree with. I hate totalitarian ideologies, not people. You're projecting and you don't know what you're talking about.

      Dude I live in a place where EVERYBODY would vote for Obama if they were legally able to. And I certainly don't hate people here.

      why are you spelling it G_D?

      • Sunbeam

        Mary Sue, I see your point and I agree with you. Well, let him said what he wants….

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "most likely out of a need to remain secular"

      Secular-friendly is not the same as secular. You have to teach ideas in terms the student will understand.

      Most Jew-hatred does come directly or indirectly from the fact that the prophets and the texts for Judeo Christianity were written by Hebrew prophets, and collectivists must hold "Jews" (and some times Christians…but can more often fight back) accountable for virtually every supposed fault of the world. All of those "lies of the Bible" are what led to "oppressive colonialism" and so forth. That is the Marxist-Socialist and Islamic lie in a nutshell.

      It doesn't make your arguments here wrong, it's just that most of your potential audience will reject what you say as you present it.

  • amused

    Oh , and to answer Fern Sidman's question : YES , Jew Hatred IS alive and well , and it exists in many more places than one would think . So much so that in essence it also reveals itself in Freudian slips ,and misguided political ideology , for as the scriptures say " out of the mouth comes the abundance of the heart " .

  • amused

    Oh my apologies , I left out the THIRD MORON Schlomotion . But at this point he's really a given .

  • amused

    -looks like Mary Sue and Sunbeam suffer the same deficiency in reading comprhension . People like you two never cease to amaze and AMUSED me .
    You've been too long in the echo chamber . Mary Sue you are especially hopeless , since you miss the obvious and then your ego kicks in leading to you always simply just miss the point . Heaven help anyone who has the misfortune of living with you .

    • Mary Sue

      That's nice amused but you haven't shown me the alleged deficiency. You can't assert something without being able to specifically point to it. Otherwise your assertion is meaningless.

      Echo chamber? Are you freaking kidding me? Dude I live in what would be a BLUE STATE if it were in USA. There is no echo chamber here. The NDP ran this place for 12 years (and it SUCKED).

      What frakking point did I miss, btw? You can't tell me I missed a point and not tell me what that point is.

      It shall comfort you to know that nobody has any misfortune while living with me.

  • Western Spirit

    What's this with you and reading comprehension? You must be the one deficient in reading if my psycho-babble clap trap barometer is working correctly.

    At least now we know you are a Jew, a reading deficient Jew. an anti-Semitic Jew. Thanks for the clue, Jew, adieu.

  • driver

    All you readers – I'm Canadian not American but hey we are friends. I see some of the same happening in our province that is going on at your Whitehouse. MarySue sees the light. How about all you readers write the following into Yahoo search engine and read. Master Series – The ascendencey of sociopaths in US governence. This guy is onto something. The reason I know is that my grandparents saw the same things in the Ukraine and got out only with their lives. Many of their friends weren't so lucky. Once government tastes the power of control it becomes almost impossible to stop it. Once politicians think they know better than we what is good for us the country is doomed. What makes that result final is the forced removal of accountability to a Higher Power. Once you remove God there are no limits to depravity.

    • Mary Sue

      I know right!

      I've noticed people who have come from evil dictator land (escaped, no less!) see the light a lot sooner.