Wistrich on ‘the Left, the Jews and Israel’


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His chapter on Leon Trotsky, entitled “A Bolshevik’s Tragedy,” is a masterful essay which breaks new ground on this extraordinary, charismatic Jewish revolutionary who desperately sought to repudiate his Jewish origins. Yet, despite achieving the reputation of being “the most intransigent of revolutionary Bolsheviks,” Trotsky was ultimately forced by Stalin into assuming the traditional Jewish role in society and became reviled as the scapegoat for the failures of the Revolution.

Wistrich highlights the fact that many of today’s anti-Jewish Jews inherited the mantle of the 19th and early 20th century anti-Semitic Jewish radical revolutionaries. Yet he stresses that these renegade Jews have vastly exceeded the anti-Semitic tirades of their predecessors and even to the extent of allying themselves with reactionary clerical zealots and jihadists, who represent the antithesis of their purported world outlook.

He points to their public support and endorsement of terrorists and religious fanatics, noting that even the most extreme early anti-Jewish revolutionaries like Marx, Engels, Kautsky, Rosa Luxemburg or Trotsky “would never have remained silent about Shari’a law, censorship, female genital mutilation, honor killings, suicide bombings, or making the world safe for Allah’s rule,” and rarely resorted to outright racist outbursts like their current successors.

Nor would they have gone to the extreme of allying themselves with those explicitly committed to our physical destruction.

Wistrich asserts that Holocaust inversion, now a major component of the Left’s effort to besmirch Israel, while initially introduced by British historian Arnold Toynbee who referred to Zionists as “disciples of the Nazis,” was in fact institutionalized as the “Zionist- Nazi” nexus at the Prague Trials orchestrated from Moscow.

He reminds us that it was post-war Jewish Marxists who encouraged the left’s current paranoia and “anti-racist” racism against Israel. As an example he quotes the Polish-born Jewish biographer of Trotsky, Isaac Deutscher, who already in 1967 described Israel as the “Prussia of the Middle East” and a bastion of “racial Talmudic exclusiveness and superiority.”

It was the Soviets who, in 1975, succeeded in passing a UN resolution bracketing Zionism and racism. While this was ultimately rescinded in December 1991, it remains today the central plank in the Arab-leftist efforts to criminalize Israel and brand it as a state engaging in war crimes.

The concluding chapters review the anti-Zionist myths, many of which seem to have been directly replicated from Nazi propaganda and are today enthusiastically promoted by the Marxist Islamist alliance who regard Israel as the “Jew of the nations” fulfilling a dark preordained fate as an eternal scapegoat.

Wistrich relates to the quasi-religious belief of these groups that “the world will only be ‘liberated’ by the downfall of America and the defeat of the Jews.

This chiliastic fantasy has today emerged as a notable point of fusion between the radical anti-Zionist left in the West and the global jihad. Revolutionary anti-Semitism has become an increasingly important factor in cementing the anti-capitalist populism, much as it was during the birth pangs of modern socialism over 150 years ago.”

This is a magisterial work, providing a comprehensive understanding of the origins of the most pernicious challenges currently facing the Jewish people – especially those originating from the enemy within.

It will be especially valuable to those directly engaged in the struggle to neutralize the evil efforts against Israel by the left-Islamic alliance and its acolytes of Jewish origin.

The writer’s website can be viewed at www.wordfromjerusalem.com. He may be contacted at ileibler@leibler.com

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  • objectivefactsmatter

    Wistrich is a humble hero to those who fight for the truth.

  • Mohammed

    You Westerners will soon alll be our slaves and sex toys

    — Your friend

    Mohammed from Yemen

    • Lan Astaslem

      wrong mo – when Israel bombs the hell out of you muslim filth what's left of you will be servants for the JEWS!!

    • UCSPanther

      Either you are a troll or a really dumb Jihad imperialist.

  • bkopicz

    Isi, thanks for bringing this book to my attention. I read his previous book “A Lethal Obsession: Anti-Semitism from Antiquity to the Global Jihad” and as a layperson, found it to be a very readable and informative study of anti-Semitism. Given how well his previous work interested me, I just moments ago went to Amazon to purchased “From Ambivalence to Betrayal”.

    To get off subject for a moment another timely book (unfortunately) that should be reviewed by Frontpagemag.com is “The State of the Jews: A Critical Appraisal” by Edward Alexander.

  • Schlomotion

    Finally! An independently published book reviewed by a man from a separate media company with a personal history of fighting economic corruption in the WJC. This looks like a interesting read. The review as posted here had one quote:

    "the extraordinarily disproportionate number of socialist thinkers and leaders who were of Jewish origin"

    There are still a lot of people who try to call that a libel, and who deny it vociferously as Fordian antisemitism. It is refreshing to see it right there in the open as a statement of common fact.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Happy Eternal Nakba!

    • C.Geber

      You should buy the book and read it. I think most bigotry-free literate people know the difference between saying a disproportionate number of socialist thinkers and leaders were Jewish and saying that socialism and communism were Jewish conspiracies. The first is a fact, similar to the fact that there is a disproportionate number of Jews among Nobel prize-winners. The second is anti-Semitic scapegoating. Jews=communists is a libel of intended delegitimization, just as is Jews=Nazis (or its modern offspring, Jews=neocons). The question is, why do you bring up those who confuse the fact with the libel, unless you yourself do?
      Your clean-up zeal against the appearance of impropriety in anti-Islam book reviews and economic corruption in Jewish organizations is ridiculous. You dab your cloth and anti-disinfectant at imaginary spots on the window, hoping somehow that someone will issue a condemnation notice for the whole edifice.

  • Ghostwriter

    Some of those people in the article sound a lot like Schlomotion and Nakba1948. They too bash Jews simply because they exist.

    • Mr. Polly

      You're a vile philosemite.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Mrs. Polly, When you get to Hell, say Hi to your furher SHlTler for me.