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Europe’s Jew Hatred Isn’t Just On The Fringe

I have written from time to time on this blog about the phenomenon of anti-Semitism — a vice that is far more widespread and insidious than many understand. I have written about it in Europe, and readers have replied that it is simply a matter of immigrants. “Real” Europeans don’t do that anymore.

Not so, alas. Norway’s Johan Galtung is no ordinary professor of sociology. Known worldwide as the “father of peace studies,” Galtung is famous for his work on the peaceful resolution of conflict. He is the founder of the Peace Research Institute in Oslo and the Journal of Peace Research, the recipient of numerous awards, accolades, and honorary degrees and professorships, as well as a hugely prolific writer on issues of peace and conflict. His Wikipedia entry calls him the “principal founder of the discipline of peace and conflict studies,” a discipline offered at universities around the world. He lived through the German occupation of Norway during WWII and saw his father arrested by the Nazis.

Galtung has long been a respected and influential member of the European academy. He is no immigrant from the Middle East and is not identified with any fringe political movements. He is as establishment as they come.

And he is also a vicious and hate-spewing anti-Semite.

In remarks at the University of Oslo and a follow-up email exchange with the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, Galtung betrayed his true feelings on Jews.

He hinted at links between Anders Behring Breivik’s attack on civilians in Norway and Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency. He suggested there was some truth behind the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. He said that Jews share some of the blame for what happened at Auschwitz — they had provoked the poor Germans under the Weimar Republic. He suggested that Jews control the American media and academic establishments. The list goes on and on — the kind of remarks that haters call “common sense” and “daring to tell the truth” but that sane people see as hatred, error and bile.

Professor Galtung is 82 and perhaps these days like his soul mate Helen Thomas he expresses himself with more freedom and less restraint than in former times. And perhaps the mind is not everything that it once was. But his example demonstrates that the bacillus of Jew-hatred, responsible for centuries of folly and murder before climaxing in the Holocaust and the destruction of half Europe, has not been extirpated. Even among liberal academics who specialize in the study of peace, the flame of hate sometimes burns.

There may be some who say that the Professor is not an anti-Semite; he is merely an anti-Zionist whose righteous passion against the sins of Israel drove him momentarily into some incautious language. And they will argue that such a peace oriented fellow could only have been stimulated to such passions by truly unconscionable activities on the part of “the Jews.” That is how such people often talk, and it is always contemptible, always dishonest, always a manifestation of a failure of either character or intellect.

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  • Jeff Medcalf

    Maybe his remarks sounded more reasonable in the original German.

  • ms

    “Even among liberal academics who specialize in the study of peace, the flame of hate sometimes burns.”

    I sometimes suspect that this abomination is especially prevalent among the chattering and scribbling classes, who are also unfortunately often full of self-righteousness and lacking in self-knowledge.

  • http://pubsecrets.wordpress.com Phineas

    Norway’s governing classes, particularly so the further one goes Left, is rife with antisemitism. Bruce Bawer has written extensively about it at PJM and elsewhere.

  • Smudge

    I very much appreciate Prof. Mead’s willingness to directly confront this issue and to name names without reservations. I come from a career that values direct speaking and confrontation when necessary, but I entered the world of academia later in life to pursue a PhD. My experience in academia demonstrated that many sought to avoid direct confrontation and resorted to more passive aggressive options behind the scenes, or simply looked the other way. The issue of anti-Semitism deserves better, and WRM rose to the challenge here as he has elsewhere. Regardless of his pedigree, Prof. Galtung deserves to be exposed and his views directly challenged in the light of day. Please continue the good work.

  • Anthony

    “Common sense” and “daring to tell the truth” are phrases conveniently used WRM to cover predilection towards bigotry, mean spiritedness, and insecurity (sire of hatred, error, and bile); the usage is definitely a manifestation of…

  • JLK

    Dr Mead

    Thank you for bringing up an underdiscussed European phenomenon

    I am now a retired vet of international business having spent many months of my career in Europe and Asia plus daily phone conversations.

    What I noticed early on is that the majority of Euros will say things about Jews (my wife and daughters are Jewish and they usually knew it)that would be considered wildly and tastlessly anti Semitic here in the States.The difference is startling. “Jews are greedy, Jews are crooked businessmen, Jews control the world press” etc.

    Then when you call them on it, it is always one of two defenses: “I am not anti-Semitic only anti-Israel/Zionist” then the old standby; “some of my best friends are Jews”.

    In other words:even since the Holocaust, anti anti-Semitism is still only skin deep in most of Europe and they don’t get it.
    JLK

  • Beauceron

    Perhaps this is a gauge of my own pessimism about our “intellectuals”, but is anyone really surprised to hear that a prominent professor has been spouting complete nonsense? Given the nonsense spewed out of our academies on many topics like smoke from an industrial-era factory, I am not surprised at all about this– except to say that he was surprisingly forthright and honest about his views and not as circumspect as most.

  • Xenophon

    The point I never see addressed in articles in the US media addressing anti-semitism is why? Babbling pundits prefer nebulous phrases like “the bacillus of anti-semitism.” What does that mean exactly?

    Ideologies are not organisms. Clearly, anti-Jewish sentiment is on the rise world-wide. This is the salient issue. Instead of giving us some self-righteous twaddle, why don’t you do us the service of providing a plausible explanation for this phenomenon?

  • Iustus Peccator

    I used to think the “never again” shtick was tedious nonsense.

    It certainly is no joke now, as the “Eternal Jew” campaign revs up in its various disguises: high brow ( the Justice for Palestine crowd) and low brow (the “You know, for all his flaws, Hitler had a point” crowd) . As with all scapegoating phenomena, somehow the various crowds work their way to some middle ground, burying their enmity for one another to hate for a greater cause. All in the name of a just world, of course: “It is better for us that one nation die for the people than the whole world perish.”

  • Kris

    Xenophon@8: “Instead of giving us some self-righteous twaddle, why don’t you do us the service of providing a plausible explanation for this phenomenon?”

    One Professor Galtung has an explanation for the phenomenon of Auschwitz: “Jews had key niches in a society humiliated by defeat at Versailles”.

    Is this the kind of explanation you had in mind?

  • http://facingzionwards.blogspot.com/ Luke Lea

    “his example demonstrates that the bacillus of Jew-hatred, responsible for centuries of folly and murder before climaxing in the Holocaust and the destruction of half Europe, has not been extirpated.”

    Bollocks. First Gunther Grass, now this guy. It is a fringe miniscule minority. In a free society you are always, always going to have a few individuals holding almost any sociopathic idea imaginable. Nor should you think of anti-Semites as bacilli that need to be extirpated. That’s Nazi talk right there.

    No, the real problem in Scandinavia is a cross between naivite and political correctness. The 3rd comment on this story in Tablet put his finger on it:

    http://tinyurl.com/7mmagjq

    “Most Swedish media elites cannot comprehend a reality where a minority group is racist towards another, let alone the majority population (both is true).”

  • Xenophon

    @Kris,

    If I’d “had in mind” an explanation, I would have provided it. In any case, I’m talking about the rise in anti-Jewish sentiment over the last several decades after its decrease in the aftermath of WW II–not the post WW I period.

    If there has been no change in the level of anti-Jewish sentiment then what is the point of the article? If there HAS been a change, what is the cause? Galtung was not making statements like these two decades ago. Why is he now?

    Are you able to grasp the significance of the question?

    Iustus Peccator, directly above, appears to address this question, but the dynamic he proposes–if I understand it–doesn’t strike me as persuasive.

  • http://facingzionwards.blogspot.com/ Luke Lea

    Let me say there are some things Askenazi Americans can do to reduced anti-Semitism both in the U.S. and Europe — lead the movement to end mass third-world immigration and free trade with China (or otherwise protect average citizens from the baleful economic consequences of these unwise policies).

    Average people need help.

  • http://facingzionwards.blogspot.com/ Luke Lea

    Let me rephrase that: “champion” the movement. Average people need champions.

  • http://facingzionwards.blogspot.com/ Luke Lea

    Why should Ashkenazis champion the interests of ordinary Westerners? Because they can. And because they were instrumental in getting out current trade and immigration policies in place. [please don’t censor this remark editors: it needs to be out there.]

  • http://facingzionwards.blogspot.com/ Luke Lea

    I’m arguing that is happening in the West will not be good for the Jews. Why can’t we all work together to turn it around?

  • Steve W from Ford

    Education and high honors are no guarantee of wisdom, integrity or fair-mindedness. The strange thing is that so many continue to automatically assume the philosopher to be superior in humanity to the laborer.
    Unfortunately, the fault lies, not in the stars, but in ourselves.

  • Wifman

    @Jeff Medcalf: They don’t speak German in Norway, they speak Norwegian. Like English, related to German, but not the same.

    As a matter of fact the peace-movement – and I would even say the left – has always been quite antisemitic. Demonstrations against Israel’s “atrocities” when staying silent on real atrocities elsewhere in the world (esp. communist countries), and now very recently, the tratidional Easter peace demonstrations were supporting Günni Grass and his shamefully anti-factual poem.

    It shouldn’t be astonishing to anyone, weren’t it the National Socialists (Nazism is not a word, Nazism doesn’t exist, I think it was just invented by leftist professors to not insult the feelings of communists) who commited the greatest anti-semitic atrocities? They share even more similarities: Just like the left today, Hitler was in love with Islam (paraphrased quote: I wish the Muslims had not stopped their progress in Al-Andalus. I wish they had come to Germany. Then today I would not have to fight with these pesky Christian morals.) and good friends with the Mufti of Jerusalem who first called out to fight Israel to the death.

    You can even see the tactics of both Palestinians in the middle east and Islamists in Europe to be almost exactly the same as those Hitler employed in Czechoslovakia. Even the reactions of the Western establishment are the same.

    It is very sad to see that nothing has been learned from history – at all.

  • Richard S

    Thank you for this post, Professor Mead. And thank you for using the proper term for the phenemona, “Jew-hatred.” The Germans coined the term “Anti-Semitism” in the late 19th century when modern racial ideas were rising. But it also served as a bit of a euphemism to cover what it really was/ is.

    I sometimes wonder if the “peace studies” crowd might be Anti-Jewish by nature. In the West at least, one could argue that the quest for universal and perpetual peace, and the kind of homogenization among nations that it would entail, is simply a watered-down, and secularized, Christian impulse. The particularity of the Jews still scandalizes the Enlightened today, just as it did Voltaire and Diderot (but not Montesquieu, incidentally).

  • Kris

    Xenophon@12: Let me get this straight: you have absolutely no explanation for this phenomenon, but you feel free to insultingly demand that other people provide you with one. Do I have this right?

    Anyhow, I am sure we are all anxious to provide you with an explanation, but in order for us to know what will meet with your approval, it would help to know what you consider to be an adequate explanation for past rises in antisemitism. Hence my original question @10: Is Professor Galtung’s explanation for the Holocaust reasonable?

    “If there has been no change in the level of anti-Jewish sentiment then what is the point of the article?”

    Indeed. Likewise, I demand that our host stop posting about the situation in Nigeria!

  • JPS

    Luke Lea:

    I’m curious about the references to Ashkenazi Americans. Are you making some distinction whereby the Sephardim don’t need to help?

    And incidentally, I don’t agree that American Jews have a responsibility to support policies you favor so that others might not hate them. Your policy suggestions are either a good idea or a bad idea, regardless of the ancestry or creed of those who espouse them. Those who hate Jews will hate them anyway.

  • EvilBuzzard

    He’s your typical modern academic in a Western University. He hates the culture that has given him his wealth, his prestige and his standard of living miles intot he stratosphere. He hates the Judeo-Christian morality that propelled the West at least temporarily to the pinnacle of human achievement. If you hate Judeo-Christian morality; you pretty much have to hate yourself a bunch of Jews as well.

  • Xenophon

    @wifman

    Ah, the old Islam=Islamism=Nazism meme–that’s become an old chestnut pretty quickly.

    Muslims were favorable to Germany in both world wars for the obvious reason that they lived under the imperial rule of Germany’s opponents–the British, French and Russian Empires. And because the Germans weren’t overseeing the transfer of Muslim lands to the emerging Jewish state.

    It’s interesting that no one questions Finland’s ALLIANCE with Germany in WW II. But “the enemy of my enemy” rule almost always applies. Both Finns and Muslims looked to the enemy of their imperial occupiers regardless of the ideology holding sway in Berlin–Wilhelmine or Nazi. The German government during WW I spread the rumor in the Middle East that the Kaiser was preparing to convert to Islam.

    And that “paraphrase/quote” supposedly showing Hitler’s love affair with Islam you provide–how about the direct quote and the source rather than a dubious paraphrase. I’m quite skeptical. These attempts to link Islam and the Nazis in the common mind and to co-opt Christianity in the bargain are contemptible.

    Finally, when you say that, “the left has always been anti-semitic,” what do you mean? I don’t think that’s true in any meaningful sense. Arguably, anti-jewish sentiment has emerged on the left over the last several decades, but the question then has to be WHY?

  • Richard F. Miller

    @Xenophon.

    Why Anti-Semitism? is the anti-Semites’ question. It is the question about which they seek to engage their audience: then, one concedes their construct, and can argue within their framework: were Jews “over-represented” in governing elites in Germany? Are Jews “over-concentrated” in banking and media?

    Once you’ve conceded this ground the Galtungs have you. After all, people who are tall are probably over-represented in governing circles while shorter people, or left handed people, are not. Sounds foolish? It is, but that’s only because we generally don’t invest tall people or left handed people with certain group characteristics.

    And that’s the question, isn’t it? Most African-Americans are not Louis Farrakhan; but if you think so, they become a very dangerous group indeed. And if you think so, you are afflicted with hallucinatory racism: you see things that just aren’t there. Most of the European Jews killed during the Holocaust were rural peasant farmers, lower-middle-class urban workers, artisans, and shopkeepers–not bankers and newspaper owners.

    Here’s a question that differs somewhat from yours: Why Anti-Semites? Consider that it is grounded in psychopathology. When confronted with illnesses characterized by hallucination, we spend much less time analyzing the delusion and far more time on the patient, his lesions or aberrant neurochemistry.

    Frankly, Galtung’s hallucinations about Jews are less interesting (and less useful to discuss) than why Galtung is Galtung.

  • craig

    Wifman, ‘it sounds better in the original German’ is a common sarcastic idiom in English. It is used whenever someone wants to attack another’s statement as being fascist in spirit.

  • koblog

    Is hatred of Jews not “racism, straight up,” as Janeane Garofalo instructed us concerning criticism of our half-white president?

  • observer

    For 45 years I have been almost annually traveling to Europe for lengthy periods. European friends of 20-50 years duration nearly all seem to harbor the virulent virus of anti-semitism.
    In fact I have found he disease the most endemic & virulent in smugly self-righteous Scandinavia and all pervasive in my ancestral Norway.
    A careful examination of the early cheerleaders of fascism throughout post WW I Europe illustrates that then as now significant sectors of academia suffer epidemic levels of Jew hatred today disquised as opposition to zionism.

  • Bob

    “Peace studies” is a pseudonym for anti-Semitism.

  • fred

    xeno the solution is obvious and if you are one tenth as smart as your supercilious tone indicates you believe yourself to be then you will join the author in naming the problem and condemning the jew hatred as despicable.

  • http://facingzionwards.blogspot.com/ Luke Lea

    This should be about the future of anti-Semitism not its present or past. Let’s not kid ourselves: Religious, racial, and ethnic diversity is hard. It’s not a hunky-dory thing. Diversity is a challenge. Too much diversity and it becomes an insuperable challenge. We’ve got plenty on our plate as it is. Why dig the hole deeper? The long slog of assimilation and integration must begin.

    It does no good to hide our faces in the sand. In a multi-racializing society with downward mobility it is easy for unscrupulous elites (and it only takes a few — look at the Trayvon/Zimmerman phenomenon) to stir the racial pot in a divide-and-rule strategy.

    Alas, in the circulation of elites it becomes easy to stir those same passions at the top as well as the bottom of society. This is the six-layered cake we are trying to bake.

  • Spidey

    The world’s hatred of Jews and Judaism has roots that go all the way back to the day of Constatine the Great, Emperor of Rome, when he made Christianity the official religion of the empire. Up till then the Church had been gradually differentiating itself from being considered as only a sect of Judaism, by increasingly denigrating the Jews; who were not exactly loved by the empire but were a legal religion at the time. Once Christianity became the official religion of the empire, it began persecution of Judaism and the Jews; slowly at first but increasingly over the centuries. By medieval times, it was rife all across Christian Europe. For example, the Crusades often began with a pogrom at home before the holy warriors marched off to do battle against the infidels in the Levant, or however far they got. And, Mohammed eventually picked up the same ideology… the stubborn Jews wouldn’t convert to his vision of holiness, just as they hadn’t converted to Christianity, so they had to be persecuted. In short, anti-semitism or anti-Judaism as it would be more accurately called, has a background reaching back at least 1,700 years, and encompassing all of what was once the Christian world as well as what is now the Muslim world. It is deeply imbedded in the cultures thereof.

  • Mr. G

    It’s interesting to read old popular literature such as Don Quixote, Sax Rohmer, Arthur Conan Doyle, etc. and to see how current European and by extension leftist biases are historically consistent. Asians, Negros and Jews are criminal, primitive and dangerous while Moslems and Arabs are honorable and often misunderstood. It seems to me that because of the success of the moslems early on and the forcible conversions of prisoners in the crusades as well as the advent of the Janisseries Europeans had to become accepting of Islam simply to live with friends and families who were no longer Christians. They created a series of what we would call politically correct ideas and what they weren’t threatened by or forced to confront they were free to hate and build up into sinister mysterious forces. We think of Arabs as having the strong horse mentality but Europe is a tribal society at its roots and lives under the same rules.

  • Noah Nehm

    @Wifman: “@Jeff Medcalf: [Re: Maybe his remarks sounded more reasonable in the original German.] They don’t speak German in Norway, they speak Norwegian. Like English, related to German, but not the same.”

    Dude: Not every joke starts with “A guy walks into a bar…”

  • Ajax

    @Xenophon

    In the late 80s, things were going well for the Left. However, the last 20+ years have not been good for those that believe in the “leftist” causes.

    – Collapse of Communism in Europe
    – Impending failure of Socialism/”Blue Model”
    -China and Vietnam Communist “success” by going capitalist
    – North Korea as a symbol of success is a joke
    – Inability to control the “narrative”
    – Alternative news/information sources
    – Recently “freed” Muslim states turning to religious dictatorships
    – Failure of the “Gaia” cult

    We could name more.

    Who is the Left to blame for all their failures? Like most people, they will not blame themselves for their failures. Who is the typical boogieman for any group? “The other” Who is Europe’s favorite “other” to oppress when things go bad? “Jews”

    Leftist rant against America as well, but they know that if someone starts killing Americans, Americans will eventually fight back. Jews still in Europe though are a much easier target.

    I think it is really that simple, especially for Leftist that will die soon. They know their beliefs have failed, at least for now, and they will never see their Leftist Utopia on Earth. They are bitter, angry, and someone has to pay…

  • http://facingzionwards.blogspot.com/ Luke Lea

    Maybe I should have linked to circulation of elites.

  • gringojay

    After a stroke one commonly loses social inhibition & also apparently frequently once the brain ages. If all of our contemporaries in western coujtries were to likewise lose their social inhibition immense amounts of anti-jew talk would get expressed aloud by educated people like that old Norseman.
    Incidently, A. Hitler originally wrote decidedly disparaging things about the Arabs. As his postion in power developed he grasped their usefullness for his needs & made common cause with the Arabs.

  • ThomasD

    What passes for ‘Peace Studies’ among the leftist dominated academy is really nothing more than an exercise in choosing which voice to privilege in any given conflict.

    European socialism has never abandoned Jew hatred. (Let us be honest about this – the problem is not with all Semitic peoples, just one particular subset.) As baffling as it may seem Jew hatred is a central aspect of the entire philosophy.

    While the events of the Twentieth Century have led to a rejection of Nazism, Fascism, and Leninism, on the whole the continent remains committed to finding another mechanism for advancing socialism/communism. So long as that persists the Jew hatred will likewise persist.

  • AD-RtR/OS!

    The SPLC would have a field day with this “gentleman”; but, just like Ms. Thomas, they won’t bother, because he doesn’t fit the narrative.

  • FrankL

    >”I have written from time to time on this blog about the phenomenon of anti-Semitism ”

    Incessantly, in fact. Which is curious. considering that Jews are the single wealthiest and powerful group of people in the world.

    You might write instead about anti-Christianism, which is a far more persuasive problem in the real world than somebody somewhere saying something critical of Jews.

  • FrankL

    >”He suggested that Jews control the American media and academic establishments.”

    Clearly the ravings of a madman!

  • NaSa

    Finally, when you say that, “the left has always been anti-semitic,” what do you mean? I don’t think that’s true in any meaningful sense.
    It is not what you “think”, it is what you know. the most hateful remarks against jews/israel come regularly from the far left crowd of academicians.

    Arguably, anti-jewish sentiment has emerged on the left over the last several decades, but the question then has to be WHY?
    wrong. it has existed for a long time not just the last several decades. either you are ignorant or you are playing the fool.go read george orwell.

    i will try to answer your question in good faith.

    leftists have always hated capitalism. they have had nothing but extreme hatred towards capitalism. since no serious form of capitalism can exist without the concept of banking,lending and jewish people have known to be money lenders for a long time, leftist hatred of jewish people is deeply ideological.

    leftists also do not like the idea of nation states a whole lot. to them the idea of a nation state is an imperial construct and a tool meant to divide non white people. since israel was created as a jewish state and leftists already hate jews, israel was and is an easy target of leftist bile.

    of course Pakistan was created as a Muslim state a year before Israel came into existence and after a bloody partition of India in which millions of hindus were driven out of their homes to make way for a new muslim nation… there is no leftist outrage directed at Pakistan of course as they are muslim.

    anti semitism has been in europe since the last 4 centuries if not more. try reading merchant of venice (shylock the jewish money lender is portrayed in the most villainous manner by some one no less than shakespeare and is forced to convert to Christianity at the end for demanding a pond of flesh from antonio’s heart)

  • hepzeeba

    @Xenophon, and @ Richard F. Miller–

    Indeed: “Why anti-Semites?” is a good question.

    See Jean-Paul Sartre Réflexions sur la question juive [literally “reflections on the Jewish question” but published in English as Anti-Semite and Jew . [Available on Amazon–and, I hope, at some bookstores.]

    Sartre wrote the essay in 1944, after Paris was liberated–before the end of WWII.

  • John

    In my opinion, the Jews did nothing wrong but help finance the war Germany lost. When the bill came due, it was “Look what you did to us, you need to leave”. Over simplified, I know.

  • Cunctator

    The story of Galtung (whose writings I always thought were a crock) demonstrates what I wrote some weeks ago on this site: Scratch any lefty, and you are almost certain to find an anti-Semite.

  • Xenophon

    @Richard F. Miller

    “Why Anti-Semitism? is the anti-Semites’ question.”

    Well, you can take that approach if you want. My perception is that anti-Jewish sentiment declined after WW II and is now rising again. Since such sentiment is broadly condemned, it stands to reason that condemnation–i.e, failing to get at the why–is failing as a response. Are you satisfied with continuing with an approach that is not stemming the rising tide? (Or do you disagree with my conception of the trend?)

    With regard to your Farrakhan point, the distinction is that there is no uptrend in the conflation of Farrakhan and African-Americans. If there were, then I would want to know why and not dismiss the issue by saying, “that’s the racist’s question.”

    If you are going to ground the issue in psychopathology and focus on Galtung the individual, then you have not accounted for the broader trend. If, in your view, this is some kind of mass pathology, then we are still looking for an external cause, since we can no longer blame it on the aberrance of one mind located in one organism.

  • http://ceinquiry.us Andrew

    This is ridiculous.

    WRM finds one old (probably senile) influential academic with reprehensible views and uses it to arrive at a sweeping conclusion about Western Europe being anti-Semitic. Commenters join in and begin denouncing “multiculturalism” (code word for “tolerating brown people”) for good measure.

    Meanwhile, incidents of violence by genuine fascists like Breivik and the EDL are only mentioned in passing.

  • http://ceinquiry.us Andrew

    “There may be some who say that the Professor is not an anti-Semite; he is merely an anti-Zionist whose righteous passion against the sins of Israel drove him momentarily into some incautious language.”

    This is a straw-man of course.

  • Steve D

    I have the feeling Europe is a brittle shell. I have been there many times to 16 countries. It is beautiful, polite, historic — and moribund. I think we will be amazed how quickly it collapses, if we don’t collapse first.

  • Steve

    I don’t see anything in this article that supports the original contention: that “Europe’s Jew Hatred Isn’t Just On The Fringe”. This is a stupid article about the senile opinions of some 82 year old guy who may or may not have been respected at some point in time. Stop paying attention to scientists who have no data. Scientists’ opinions are not intrinsically valuable – their value is in the data they collect and interpretation of the same. A scientist with no data is as relevant as a political analyst who doesn’t pay attention to politics. This is a really stupid and inflammatory article as well as, I suspect, activist journalism. Walter, if you want to be an effective activist, please make some effort to support your contentions because, when you publish this kind of [thing], it destroys your credibility.

  • ken

    The first modern day anti-Semite I met was an archeology professor at the University of Southern Mississippi. He thought the Jews provoked the Holocaust by over-reaching during the Weimar Republic. He claimed that certain departments in German Universities were reserved for Jews—no non-Jews need apply, as students or instructors. This applied to certain occupations and businesses as well. Whether this is true or not, I don’t know. However, I think anti-Semitism is a left-wing academic disease.

  • Tom

    @Xenophon 23: Maybe the reason Finland gets pass for its alliance with the Nazis is because Finland’s president, when asked if he needed help with Finland’s “Jewish problem” replied: “Finland has no Jewish problem.” (Emphasis on the problem. Finland had Jews.)

  • Jim

    For what it’s worth to poster Andrew, my wife’s 40 year old cousin from Milan has a Ph.D. in economics, works at a think tank, is gay, is the classic European leftist intellectual elite, and is bizarrely anti-Jewish.

    Or “anti-Zionist,” as he insists on labeling himself.

  • ak

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704474804576222561887244764.html

    Norway to Jews: You’re Not Welcome Here
    Anti-Semitism doesn’t even mask itself as anti-Zionism
    by Alan Derschowitz

    and Trond Andresen’s response:
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703806304576234543785315106.html

    Norwegians Aren’t the Problem With Mideast Peace

  • http://edgeofthesandbox.wordpress.com/ edge of the sandbox

    Luke Lea doesn’t think Jews are “ordinary Westerners”.

  • Julius

    Here you can read another article by Leon de Winter, which shows the current evil of anti-Semitism in Europe and particularly in Germany.

    http://www.achgut.com/dadgdx/index.php/dadgd/article/leon_de_winter_why_the_palestinians_and_why_the_jews1/

    with best regards

    Julius (Germany)

  • http://abriefhistory.org Mike_K

    “extreme hatred towards capitalism. since no serious form of capitalism can exist without the concept of banking,lending and jewish people have known to be money lenders for a long time, leftist hatred of jewish people is deeply ideological.”

    I think there is something to this. Paul Johnson, in his History of the Jews, observes that capitalism may well have been invented by Jews who needed a way to transport their possessions because of frequent pogroms and bans on land ownership.

    The stereotype of the rich and powerful Jew is another source of hatred. Obama is trying to transfer this to the rich in general but anyone raised around blacks knows that anti-Semitism is near universal among them and probably due to resentment of the success of immigrants.

  • Andy Johnson

    We really need a website that consolidates the anti-Semitic crap … Why-? Because the duty of all good men is to act and stop evil at ever appearance. They must be challenged. They must provide more evidence than whims and some silliness about being “brave”… The 20th century has showed us that humans can be monsters. Challenging, rebuking, denying a monster when it is small. When large it may take the lives of millions to stop. Unfortunately, Jews have become the “canary in the coal mine” of civilization. Whenever they are threatened, all of civilization is threatened. All of good heart must challenge this evil. Or we are all fodder for the hatred…

    Have we learned nothing-? Shall we deny and hide away from the past-? Or stand and refuse the stage for the sickness that destroys civilizations as well as children, humans and the old-?

  • Vidkun Quisling

    The Saudis own at least 15% of Fox News. I didn’t know the Saudis were Jews.

  • FrankL

    >”Luke Lea doesn’t think Jews are “ordinary Westerners”.”

    Meade does not think that Jews are “ordinary Westerners” either.

  • http://www.mypostingcareer.com Pangur

    “I appreciate Foxman’s concerns. And maybe my life spent in a New Jersey-New York/Bay Area-L.A. pro-Semitic cocoon has left me naive. But I don’t care if Americans think we’re running the news media, Hollywood, Wall Street or the government. I just care that we get to keep running them.” -Joel Stein

    http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-stein19-2008dec19,0,4676183.column

  • FrankL

    >”Norway to Jews: You’re Not Welcome Here”

    Israel to Norwegians: You’re Not Welcome Here.

    I invite readers to ponder why the first sentence strikes them as provocative while the second one does not.

  • Richard F. Miller

    @Xenophon, @45.

    Thank you for your response.

    I do disagree with the notion of “broader trend.” Anti-Semitism has always been with us and widespread. In my distant youth, I recall George Lincoln Rockwell picketing outside the movie, “Exodus.” More significantly were the number of private institutions, through the 1970s, that were hostile to Jews (and other groups.)

    In my opinion, anti-Semitism didn’t diminish; rather, post WWII, the social controls that prevented its access to mainstream venues were tightened–for a time. Thus, the absence of mainstream reporting about anti-Semitic incidents, the marginalization of those who openly or, using dog whistle memes, embraced Jew hatred, shouldn’t be confused with a reduction in Jew hatred, merely the extent to which elites were (for a time) prepared to banish it.

    I concede that hard evidence is harder to find. The FBI did not begin tracking hate crimes until the late 1980s; since then, a growing number of federal, state and local agencies have contributed to the flow; thus, early statistics may not reflect underlying realities.

    At bottom, it is individuals and not groups that are anti-semitic. Once you depart from a “given Galtung,” causation becomes very difficult to establish without abstracting to a point of meaninglessness.

    But here’s my contribution to abstraction: in Europe, I would argue that the magical thinking of religion has been replaced by other kinds of magical thinking, of which anti-Semitism is prominent (but not the only kind, and perhaps, not even the most prominent.)

    The Devil has long since fled the secularized European soul. But the Jew lives on, and in some respects, he’s worse than the Devil, because, as Israeli psychiatrist Zvi Rex famously put it, “Europe will never forgive the Jews for Auschwitz.”

    All of Galtung’s pretensions as a peacemaker, a man of reason, the emblem of a culture embracing international law, and non-violent resolutions disappears when he confronts Quisling and Norwegian Waffen SS units.He can’t forgive the Jews because they remind him of who his (metaphorically speaking) parents were, not to mention the dirty little secret of the entire European project: it is built on corpses.

    But he can rationalize. Thus, the Jews contributed to Auschwitz. It takes him, his country, and the entire European project off the hook.

  • Kris

    Xenophon@45: “My perception is that anti-Jewish sentiment declined after WW II and is now rising again.”

    Do you reject the possibility that public anti-Jewish sentiment declined after WW II simply because the Holocaust made it seem temporarily in bad taste?

  • Kris

    Luke,

    What you are basically saying is that the ordinary “Gentiles” need the Jews to save them (Hmm, that reminds me of a certain popular religion :-) ), or that at the very least, Jews, out of a certain noblesse oblige, should volunteer for that role.

    Frankly, I find this group-based assignment of responsibilities to be antithetical to what I see as American ideals.

    Given our very limited interaction, I’m as sure as can be that you’re one of the good guys, but your good intentions and a dollop of philo-semitism seem to be greasing your way to problematic conclusions.

  • FrankL

    >”Anti-Semitism has always been with us and widespread. In my distant youth, I recall George Lincoln Rockwell picketing outside the movie, “Exodus.””

    Definitions of “anti-semitism” are often so broad as to be worthless. Such is the case with that example.

    To philo-semites, everyone who is not another philo-semite is an anti-semite.

  • FrankL

    >”the bacillus of Jew-hatred, responsible for centuries of folly and murder before climaxing in the Holocaust and the destruction of half Europe”

    The moderator does not seem to want to allow me to point this out, but WWII had nothing to do with “the bacillus of Jew-hatred”. A Jew-loving Hitler would still have invaded Poland, because the impetus to do so had nothing to do with Jews.

    Philo-semites and anti-semites are much alike in the wildly excessive importance which they attribute to Jews.

  • Tom

    @Frank L: Could it be because Israel’s never done anything that would suggest that Norwegians are anything but welcome?

  • LK

    The time will also show that the “peace” strategies of this Norway “professor” will ultimately contribute to war rather than peace. Norway is a country sheltered from human storms by its geography and neighbors, and a view from it is not what other people often see. Especially the Jews, who would have a very hard time trying to agree with many of Galtung’s ideas in making peace: for them following such ideas can prove suicidal. Is this not the root reason why Galtung is anti-Semitic: because the Jews can not afford accept his ideas?

  • FrankL

    >”Could it be because Israel’s never done anything that would suggest that Norwegians are anything but welcome?”

    ?

    Norwegians – and non-Jews in general – are NOT “welcome” in Israel. Israel has already “done something” to “suggest” that this is so. Check out Israeli immigration law and get back to me on this.

  • Snorri Godhi

    If the best you can do is mention a single native European antisemite, living in a country in the rain-soaked northern fringe of Europe (outside the EU), and an ACADEMIC for good measure, then there is nothing to worry about.

    On a more serious note: there is no question that Johan Galtung is not the only antisemite in Norway, Scandinavia, or Europe; but for practical purposes, does that matter? and anyway, what are you going to do about it?
    I claim that it does not much matter, because opinions today are manufactured by the Anglo-American intelligentsia, not by continental Europeans. I believe that Jews should be more worried about their own ignorance of the long association between anti-capitalism and antisemitism, than about European fanatics. European fanaticism has been greatly reduced by natural selection, most recently in the first half of the 1940s; though I wished that it had been reduced even more.

  • Richard F. Miller

    @FrankL:

    George Lincoln Rockwell was the leader (and this in the 1950s) of the American Nazi Party (and yes, that was his organization’s name.)

    Given the various shades of anti-Semitism, I would bet that there were a good many anti-Semites who would have preferred to have nothing to do with a George Lincoln Rockwell.

    Next time you take the plunge on a post, try doing a little homework.

  • gringojay

    Paraphrase: “Europeans will never forgive the Jews for the Holocaust!”

  • Kris

    FrankL@69: “Check out Israeli immigration law and get back to me on this.”

    You must be referring to the Israeli “Law of Return”, which automatically confers citizenship on applicants of Jewish origin and their spouses, while allowing others to go through a normal immigration process. This policy, by the way, is hardly unique, and is similar to that of various countries in Europe.

    So getting back to you, could you please enlighten us as to how this makes non-Jews unwelcome in Israel? For example, I would be interested to hear you expound on just how unwelcome the Vietnamese boat people admitted to Israel by (the notorious extreme right-wing fanatic war-monger) Prime Minister Begin feel.

  • Larry L

    As a sixty something Brooklyn born Irish Catholic, I really don’t get antisemitism. My experience of Jews has always been good neighbors, good friends, maybe a bit too leftie for my taste but usually up for a good argument about it. I recall some antisemitic mutterings among my peers, but nothing from the Church that I interpreted as hatred. If anything I got the distinct impression that the nuns and priests liked Jews far better than Protestants. Like the Jews, we Catholics were outsiders to the Protestant establishment, and thus natural allies. I realize that I am describing a world that no longer exists, but it did. My point is that sweeping generalizations concerning this issue may not be very useful in addressing it.

  • http://facingzionwards.blogspot.com/ Luke Lea

    “Kris says:
    May 1, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Luke,

    What you are basically saying is that the ordinary “Gentiles” need the Jews to save them (Hmm, that reminds me of a certain popular religion ), or that at the very least, Jews, out of a certain noblesse oblige, should volunteer for that role.

    Frankly, I find this group-based assignment of responsibilities to be antithetical to what I see as American ideals.”

    Who said anything about responsibilities. I see this more in the nature of an opportunity. Anyway this is a discussion that American Jews and American Jewish organizations should have privately among themselves. I was merely trying to put a bee in their bonnet.

  • Cunctator

    For those who argue that Galtung is being unfairly targetted, or being misrepresented as a personification of anti-semitic wave, I think the response is relatively straightforward. Galtung, an academic and the darling of a certain segment of political discourse, would not have spoken as he did had he not thought that there was an audience interested in what he had to say. No one goes out of their way to isolate themselves.

    Of course, there is a resurgence of anti-semitism in Europe. There is anecdotal evidence to be sure, but there is also hard, unambiguous empirical evidence — namely the report commissioned a few years ago by the EU. It was immediately suppressed when it was discovered that the source of most of the attacks were Muslims. The World Jewish Congress posted the report on their website and it might still be there.

    But what is more important is that the popular anti-semitism of most Muslims (and of some sections of the European populations) seems to have combined with the anti-Israeli views of left-wing academics to the point where, in some cases (like Galtung), they are indistinguishable.

  • Kris

    Luke@75: “I see this more in the nature of an opportunity. Anyway this is a discussion that American Jews and American Jewish organizations should have privately among themselves.”

    American Jewish organizations should have private discussions to discuss seizing the opportunity to lead the Gentile masses in a way that will improve their own situation?! Will those meetings have minutes?

    I reiterate that I am sure that you bear no ill will to Jews and have the best of intentions. Perhaps our disagreement is due to your taking (too?) seriously the Jewish idealized self-image as a “priestly nation” that serves as a light unto the nations, whereas I see (American) Jews as a (statistically) intellectually gifted people whose individuals ride madly off in all directions?

  • http://powerandcontrol.blogspot.com/ M. Simon

    “Luke Lea May 1, 2012 at 12:28 am ”

    Ah. Yes. If only THEY would…. then I (excuse me the other THEY) wouldn’t hate them so much.

    I have seen a lot of self outing on the net lately. Amusing.

    Personally I support JPFO. There will be guns involved. If it comes to that.

    As to why? Hard economic times always bring out the hidden resents papered over (heh) by money in the wallet.

  • FrankL

    >”You must be referring to the Israeli “Law of Return”, which automatically confers citizenship on applicants of Jewish origin and their spouses, while allowing others to go through a normal immigration process. This policy, by the way, is hardly unique, and is similar to that of various countries in Europe.”

    I think its fair to say that it is about as difficult for a non-Norwegian person to immigrate to Norway as it is for that same person to immigrate to Israel. (Actually it is somewhat MORE difficult for them to immigrate to Israel, but let’s not get bogged down in details)

    The point is that what is being claimed is that Jews, but not Norwegians or anyone else, are hated and discriminated against. And there is zero evidence being offered to support that claim.

    Jews are in fact just as welcome in Norway as Norwegians are in Israel.

    >”the Vietnamese boat people admitted to Israel”

    Just trust me on this one – you do not want to start swapping anecdotes about how Israel treats its (non-Jewish) immigrants with me.

  • FrankL

    >”George Lincoln Rockwell was the leader (and this in the 1950s) of the American Nazi Party”

    So is it that, or his “picketing Exodus” which you regard as being an unacceptable shade of anti-Semitism?

    Because neither of those things amount to a hill of beans.

  • George Turner

    Why should anybody be surprised that there is anti-semitism in a country that revolves around herding reindeer? If rabbis would include some tidbits about flying reindeer during passover (flyover?), I’m sure Norwegian sentiments would soften.

  • Tom Billings

    “Ideologies are not organisms. Clearly, anti-Jewish sentiment is on the rise world-wide. This is the salient issue. Instead of giving us some self-righteous twaddle, why don’t you do us the service of providing a plausible explanation for this phenomenon?”

    OK,…My 2 pence on it.

    The Jewish population in the world participates at higher percentages and more intensely than any other similar sized group in the world, in the networks of the continuing industrial revolution around the world. I find time and again that every reaction against the freedoms of action needed to build and sustain those networks eventually spawns a largely anti-semitic attitude. This was true in the racist reaction that peaked with the Nazis in Europe. It was true with the socialist reaction against market freedoms of action. It is true in the scriptural literalist reaction against religious and intellectual freedoms of action. I expect that eventually the “Deep Ecology” groups who are the dominant wing of the environmental movement will find their own reasons for hating Jews. Just give them a little time.

    These reactionaries find Jews troubling, because their actions so often move forwards the continuing industrial revolution that is destroying the agrarian cultures of our past. The result is destruction of social positions of many who defend the parts of the old cultures supporting their positions, or their wealth, or both.

    It’s not too surprising to see Jew-hatred in these circumstances, however repugnant it is.

    Each wave of reaction has different excuses for hating Jews, but they eventually borrow the excuses of the past, as our academic from Norway has, when their new “reasons” for jew-hating are insufficient to stop either Jews, or the continuing industrial revolution so many Jews participate in.

  • ahksehl

    labeling someone as a “hater” for voicing their opinions is getting very tiresome. It is itself a communistic ploy. It is the same thing as declaring someone an “enemy of the state”. It is sheer communist think. Listen to what the man says and argue his points one at a time. Some of them may be valid.

  • David

    Johan Galtung’s comment came out of left field.

    His son is Jewish and married to a Jewish Israeli woman and they both live in Tel Aviv with his Jewish grandchildren.

    I believe his statement is a false flag diversion to drive sympathy for Israel’s evil deeds.

  • Roithamer

    Now that I have read all these comments, I ‘ve got tired.
    Maybe anti semitism is a means to put our thinking about the world in open squares…

  • http://powerandcontrol.blogspot.com/ M. Simon

    I believe his statement is a false flag diversion to drive sympathy for the Palestinian’s evil deeds.

    They hang homosexuals you know. In the public square. Palestinian homosexuals go to Israel for refuge.

  • Richard F. Miller

    FrankL:

    Nice try.

    You characterized as “worthless” the anecdote of Rockwell protesting the movie Exodus on the basis that as a term, anti-semitism is too “broad.” Although you weren’t clear, I assumed that you meant to distinguish those picketing the movie because they objected to Israel, its existence and/or policies from those picketing the movie because they were anti-semites.

    If the picketer had been, say, the late Christopher Hitchens, you might have a point. Hitch was vehemently anti-Zionist and in equal measure, anti-anti-Semitic. But when the picketer is Rockwell, who wore knee-high jackboots, a brown uniform and a swastika armband during these events, you have no point.

    It is obtuseness beyond imagining to segment Rockwell’s actions into components of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, and then claim some uncertainly as to his motive or ambiguity about “anti-semitism.”

    Reading your posts, there is one term that you’re quite fond of, a description that is normally of neutral connotation, but one that you seem to wield like a sword: “philo-semite.” I am familiar with its use in religious studies, especially in the history of early Protestantism; I am also aware of its application in cultural histories.

    But I’m not sure I’ve seen it used in quite your way. Perhaps you’d like to explain what “philo-semite” means to you.

  • ahad ha’amoratsim

    Well, Frank L has certainly convinced ME that concern about hatred of Jews is overblown. According to him, any definition of anti-Semitism that would include upstanding folks like Geo. Lincoln Rockwell and his American Nazi Party is overbroad. And he cogently points out how we Jews are part of (behind?) the widespread persecution of Christians in today’s world. Since Jews are not the ones slaughtering Christians in Egypt and Nigeria, I wonder whether the Islamist murderers there realize that the Jews are manipulating them in this fashion. He also tells us that Israel is hostile toward everyone who is not Jewish. And in his mind, this justifies Norway’s hostility to the Jews who have lived in Norway for generations. No, no anti-semtiism to see here. Move along, people.

  • Kris

    FrankL, I have no idea whether antisemitism is widespread in Norway, but we have clear cases of antisemitism from “respectable” individuals. Find me one similar case of anti-Norse attitudes in Israel, and I will concede.

    ahksehl@83: (i) I feel very comfortable calling someone a hater if he voices hate. (ii) How come someone who objects so strongly to labeling people haters is so comfortable labeling people as communists? (iii) By all means, let us seriously discuss the proposition that Breivik’s massacre was a Mossad operation. We shall do so as soon as we have exhaustively examined, to my satisfaction, the accusations that you are a pedophile.

    David@84: “I believe his statement is a false flag diversion to drive sympathy for Israel’s evil deeds.”

    Ah. So Galtung’s statements are not antisemitic. And if they are, well, they’re not relevant to anything. And if they are, well then, they must actually be part of a secret Jewish plot! And dixit ahksehl, we should carefully examine this possibly valid point.

  • FrankL

    >”Nice try.”

    Get over yourself.

    >”when the picketer is Rockwell, who wore knee-high jackboots, a brown uniform and a swastika armband during these events, you have no point.”

    The point is that there is a continuum of “anti-semitism”, with the (actual) Nazi’s on one extreme end of it. And a further point is that people like you have a tendency to compress that entire continuum in such a way as to conflate any and all criticism of Israel or Jews with those (actual) Nazis.

    You cannot place people along that continuum on the basis of their clothing.

    But I’m sure you understood all of this before I tediously explained it to you.

    A “philo-semite” is the logical counterpart to an “anti-semite”. It denotes a person who has an irrational obsession with and attachment to Jews. Philo-semites bear some striking resemblances to anti-semites, such as their shared belief that Jews are the Most Important People In The World.

    An example of this is Meade’s peculiar claim that it was the “the bacillus of Jew-hatred” which was responsible for WWII. You should contemplate what sort of skewed view of the world can lead an otherwise intelligent person to such an absurd conclusion.

    To philo-semites just as much as to anti-semites, Jews are the hub around which the whole world turns. Both groups of people have an unhealthy obsession with their target.

  • http://facingzionwards.blogspot.com/ Luke Lea

    Correct me if I am wrong but aren’t Ashkenazi Americans the only descent group in America who continue to think of themselves as a people?

  • FrankL

    >”Perhaps you’d like to explain what “philo-semite” means to you.”

    I did. Ask the moderator to post my comments, which are perfectly civil and and intelligent but which for some reason have considerable difficulty in getting through.

  • FrankL

    >”FrankL, I have no idea whether antisemitism is widespread in Norway ..”

    Then why on Earth are you rabbiting on about the matter?

    >”we have clear cases of antisemitism from “respectable” individuals.”

    I guess you have not read this comment thread.

    The “antisemite” in question has a son who is Jewish and married to a Jewish Israeli woman and they both live in Tel Aviv with his Jewish grandchildren.

    But clearly Galtung is just like Hitler and longs for the violent extermination of all Jewish people. Or something. The beauty of “anti-semitism” is that it encompasses such a diverse range of views.

    >”Find me one similar case of anti-Norse attitudes in Israel”

    I’m sure that in a nation of several million people, someone somewhere has said something critical of Norwegians. And translated into your terms, that means “anti-Norse attitudes”.

  • Kris

    FrankL@93: “clearly Galtung is just like Hitler”

    Ah, so one must be just like Hitler to be an antisemite? Could you please decide just what your argument is?

  • Robert Nelson

    So, now even noticing disproportionate Jewish zionist influence in the West makes one an interminable anti-Semite and insane? Thanks for the memo.

  • Kris

    Luke@91: “Correct me if I am wrong but aren’t Ashkenazi Americans the only descent group in America who continue to think of themselves as a people?”

    I don’t necessarily agree, but that will lead us to start a pointless semantics discussion. As a side-note, I think I understand your focus on Ashkenazi Jews, but extremely few Ashkenazis would see themselves as a distinct people from Sephardi Jews.

    More to the original point: Milton Friedman, Noam Chomsky, Kristol & Podhoretz, Alinsky, Ayn Rand, Soros, Kissinger, Dershowitz, Greenspan, etc etc etc. Merely a from-the-top-of-my-head sample of Jewish American individuals who have played an important role in American life, and who mostly had little to do with the organized Jewish community. It goes without saying that this list represents an extremely wide variety of views. The “organized” Jewish community, in order to stay unified, must adopt a significantly lower denominator. It cannot contain iconoclasts such as the above, and it cannot adopt too controversial stances.

  • Kris

    Robert@95: “So, now even noticing disproportionate Jewish zionist influence in the West makes one an interminable [???] anti-Semite and insane?”

    No, but coupling it with saying that the Mossad was behind Breivik’s crazed massacre, or that what led to Auschwitz is that those uppity Jews didn’t know their place just might. Or do you find such views so unexceptionable that you just didn’t notice them?

  • asdf

    I was first exposed to Galtung during a high school honors class– a kind of “leaders of tomorrow” event. Our key reading was his redefinition of “violence” as being the “dialectic between the actual and the potential”. That is, anything that was not, in the opinion of the academic, at its ideal state was a case of “structural violence”. Most of us, especially the conservatives, ridiculed it mercilessly… but the teacher, a scholar in conflict resolution, loved it.

    Never mind the marxist obsession with dialectics. We hated it because by redefining that gloriously loaded word “violence”, Galtung was giving himself a two-fer: he was giving license to activists to call anything violent, with its attendant call to urgency, even as it diminished the word in the face of actual, real violence by the activists.

    See the game? We should get government-provided condoms, says I, but we don’t! That’s violent! And violence must be met with violence, right? From there, it’s a short, brisk walk to the Occupy movement.

    The point is, my Galtung-loving professor saw this as a great benefit. It furthered The Cause by uncovering anything that didn’t fit the leftist agenda as “structural violence” by the System, justifying anything and everything that might overthrow it.

    To hear, two decades later, that Galtung is a raging anti-semite, is absolutely no surprise. That his lefty theory makes an excellent apologia for the Holocaust makes perfect sense if you’ve been reading Jonah Goldberg. But I’m sure Galtung wouldn’t be caught dead reading something by one of Those People.

  • Cunctator

    I just found this article — not citing Galtung, but the mayor of Malmo in Sweden.

    http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/96146/swedens-damn-jew-problem

    Islam and the political left — a very dangerous combination.

  • ahad ha’amoratsim

    #94 “Ah, so one must be just like Hitler to be an antisemite?”

    Kris, I’m still trying to wrap my mind around FrankL’s idea that just because someone is a Neo-Nazi doesn’t make him a Neo-Nazi. (#90) Or maybe he just means that even a Neo-Nazi may have legitimate gripes about the international Jewish conspiracy, and no one but a Jew or a philo-semite would object so long as the Neo-Nazi is not actively shoveling Jews into gas chambers or shooting them en masse.

  • Kris

    ahad@100, you are disingenuously ignoring the crucial point here: what did the Jews do in order to cause the Nazis to shove them into gas chambers?

    [/sarcasm]

  • http://facingzionwards.blogspot.com/ Luke Lea

    @ Iris – “The “organized” Jewish community, in order to stay unified, must adopt a significantly lower denominator. It cannot contain iconoclasts such as the above, and it cannot adopt too controversial stances.”

    Organized, disorganized, affiliated, unaffiliated, assimilated, un-assimilated: if you’re Ashkenazi in America you probably know it in your bones, and experience tells you you need to be concerned about the future:

    http://tinyurl.com/7oxogyu

  • ahad ha’amoratsim

    LukeLea, I notice that you continue to use the term Ashkenazi as distinct from Jew. Ashkenazim are of course a subset of the Jewish people, but you seem to be drawing a distinction in your posts, without acknowledging Ashkenazim’s Jewishness or that their concerns about anti-Semitism are shared by other American Jews. Are you perhaps a devotee of the long debunked Kazar theory?

  • http://www.wisemanofchelm.com Chelm Wiseman

    This is unfortunately true. Good article.

  • Wessel

    Galtung has been known as a hard-left academic for almost 60 years. While he is certainly very influential and has received every accolade imaginable at home and abroad, he is not “as establishment as they come”, but very much opposed to (the political) establishment in the western world (which is also why he is so famous). Recently, he compared Norway’s FM Jonas Gahr Støre to Anders Breivik (due to Norway participating in the war in Afghanistan, the FM refused to comment).

    On the more personal side, Galtung’s son lives in Israel and is married to a Jewish woman.

  • Otto

    Antisemitism is here forever like the tides, only variessineintensity. Started with the Faraoh, right when Judaisn started and is almost part of Judaism.

    Jews are not rational if they believe tgey can eradicate or suppress antisemitism. Makes no sense to believe the Holocaust somehow has changed things.

    Jews are smart in some things and stupid in others. Certainly they are stupid choosing to live over and over at the mercy of non jews, right now they do it in the US, Canada, Europe, etc.

    Anyhow, a guy who leads his people out of fertile Egypt into the desert and wanders around it for 40 years and tells his people the barren land he finds is the promised.land is obviously nuts. The people who follow him make no sense either. Then they lose the land, wander around the World for 2000 years and then secide again the barren land
    The story of god callim this leader to the mountain to give him the answers to rule themselves and live properly defies common sense. Furthermore he tell them they will be a light to the nations when it is obvious the ancient greek were the true light as tgey set people.on the path to figure out tje world by themselves, no magic answers at the top of the mountaion.

    The greeks gave us thought, democracy, math, geometry, astronomy, meficine, etc.

    In fact, the World went into the dark ages once it adopted the jewish god and did not recover.until it rediscovered the greeks and rejected judaism and.its derivations.

    That Judaism or the Jewish God.prevailed ovet the Greek gods does not prove anything about the soundness of the idea, just its popularity. Football andtv serials, are often very popular and no one wpuold argue that is prove they are sounder or better

    Then they manage to lose the.promised land and instead of recovering it or finding a new place to start over, what tgey is to go and live amongst tribes.rhat over and over turn on them.

    Then 2000 years latet they decide the same barren land is the promised land, give me a break!

    Why antisemitism? Because humans are territorial and have need to control their territory. Jews never integrate, work.hard, are smart about.making money and gaining.influence and the.host tribe freaks out.

    It is amazing jews have been so incompetent, even now they have israel to move to yet they decide to live with gentiles that surely will eventualy turn on them.

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