(/sites/default/files/uploads/2014/11/MaxBlumenthal.jpg)The Norwegians had their Quislings, and the Jews now have their Max Blumenthal. Blumenthal, a fringe gonzo journalist, Goebbels-like propagandist and BDS activist, who once worked for a pro-Hezbollah daily, represents today’s new face of anti-Semitism and is arguably one of the most reprehensible figures of the radical left.
Blumenthal routinely spews forth the anti-Semitic canard that compares Israelis to Nazis, referring to them as “Judeo-Nazis.” Recently, he compared the Jewish State to ISIS calling it “JSIL” – or the “Jewish State of Israel and the Levant.” Blumenthal’s views are so extreme that he is often cited approvingly by neo-Nazi groups as well as depraved murderers.
His vitriol and depravity know no bounds and earned him a spot in the Simon Wiesenthal Top 10 list of anti-Semitic, anti-Israel slurs, placing him in the company of such lovely bottom feeders as Iran’s “Supreme Leader,” Ayatollah Khamenei and Turkey’s grand Islamic narcissist, Recip Erdogan.
Anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism are warped ideologies that go hand-in-hand and so it’s unsurprising that Blumenthal has expressed rabidly anti-America views as well. Among some of his more zany conspiracy theories is that American law enforcement is “schooled in Israeli killing methods” and law enforcement personnel are trained in Israeli methods of torture. These risible allegations were first published by Blumenthal for the Hezbollah mouthpiece Al-Akhbar, where Blumenthal worked as a staff writer, but were quickly discredited as arrant nonsense when it was revealed that Blumenthal simply invented fictitious quotes to support his fabrications.
Recently, Blumenthal’s antics caught the attention of Germany’s main opposition party, Die Linke(“The Left”), a radical leftist party considered the successor to the former ruling Communist Party in East Germany. Two party members with anti-Israel affiliations, Inge Höger and Annette Groth, invited Blumenthal to speak at a party seminar at the German parliament on November 10, just a day after the anniversary of the Kristallnacht outrage. But as it turns out, Blumenthal’s odious views proved too extreme even for the Communists who scrubbed his appearance.
As expected, the narcissistic and paranoid Blumenthal blamed his repudiation on the vast Zionist network stretching from Sheldon Adelson to the Simon Wiesenthal Center. And as expected, Blumenthal and another one of his Brown Shirt associates entered the parliament building where they harassed and bullied Die Linke’s party leader, Gregor Gysi. Blumenthal’s antics earned him an immediate and deserved lifetime ban from the German federal parliament building.
It is rather ironic and strange that while German Communists have enough commonsense to recognize Blumenthal as nothing more than a purveyor of anti-Semitism, elements within the American Left and more disturbingly, within the highest levels of the Democratic Party, continue to entertain his views and provide him with a platform.
Despite his overt anti-Semitism, Blumenthal’s articles are still featured in the leftist blog Mondoweiss. Moreover, the New America Foundation (NAF), a Washington think tank headed by Anne-Marie Slaughter, a former high-level Obama-administration official, provided Blumenthal with a platform to peddle his book, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, a screed widely recognized as anti-Semitic (one prominent leftist writer noted that it could have made the Hamas Book-of-the-Month Club) and adopted by the world’s most virulent and notorious anti-Semites. It should be noted that the NAF receives funding from organizations like the Ford Foundation and the State Department. While Mondoweiss is recognized as a fringe partisan blog that routinely features guttural gibberish, the NAF is viewed as a prestigious think tank and its actions with respect to the promotion of Blumenthal’s book served to bolster world-wide anti-Semitism.
Just as troubling is Hillary Clinton’s association with Sidney Blumenthal, Max Blumenthal’s father as well as his defender. Sidney Blumenthal advised Clinton during her 2008 campaign and was rumored to have nearly landed a job in the State Department following her appointment as Secretary of State. Sidney is also a passionate defender of his son’s anti-Semitic book, attacking with single-minded purpose those critics who found its repulsive contents to be beyond the pale.
Critics of those who warned about Barack Obama’s close associations with the likes of Rashid Khalidi, Bill Ayers, Edward Said and Jeremiah Wright were dismissed as being paranoid. Jeffrey Goldberg went so far as to call those sounding the alarm “rumor-mongering, fever-headed Jewish conspiracists.” Well, we now know that those rumor mongering conspiracists were spot-on in their analysis and, if anything, underestimated Obama’s disdain for America’s closest ally in the Middle East and one of its closest in the world.
Sidney Blumenthal has failed to disassociate himself from the views expressed by his son in his anti-Semitic screed but continues to maintain close relations with Clinton. Another high-level Clinton aide, Huma Abedin, has confirmed connections to the radical Muslim Brotherhood. Those who warned us about Obama’s past radical ties and the negative influence they had on him were scorned and ridiculed but were ultimately proven right. Hopefully, the American electorate, deemed to be shallow and stupid by the current administration, has learned its lesson and understands the ramifications of the old adage, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”
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