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Simon Wiesenthal Center's top ten list of Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Slurs for 2013. (Image: Simon Wiesenthal Center)

Simon Wiesenthal Center’s top ten list of Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Slurs for 2013. (Image: Simon Wiesenthal Center)

You’d think it’s a parody but it isn’t. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, which says it’s devoted to fighting anti-Semitism worldwide because of the Holocaust, has made a year-end list of the “Top Ten Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Slurs” for 2013 and (no surprise) the victors are a combination of actual anti-Semites and critics of Israeli policy. The American Studies Association, Richard Falk, Alice Walker and Max Blumenthal are some of the notable accused anti-Semites. Not to mention the Pine Bush, NY, school district!

The list reads:

1. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
2. Prime Minister of Turkey Recip Tayyip Erdogan
3. Richard Falk
4. Boycott Divestment Sanctions Movement/American Studies Association/Roger Waters/The United Church of Canada
5. Jobbik: Hungarian rightist party
6. Hitler as a hero: Lebanese pop star Najwa Karam/ Dutch social worker, Mehmet Sahin/ Yusuf al Qaradawi of the Muslim Brotherhood/Saudi poet Muhammad al Farraj
7. French cartoonist Zeon
8. Pine Bush, NY school district
9. The Power of the poison pen: Alice Walker/Max Blumenthal
10. European sports venues/NBA player Tony Parker

The Wiesenthal top ten is a crude fiat to isolate and defame activists and intellectuals, listing more BDS supporters than actual anti-Semites. Where number seven, Zeon, a French cartoonist who has produced classically anti-Semitic renderings of Jewish people, two slots below is author Alice Walker who hardly is an usher of racism.

Blumenthal has caught rightwing fire recently over his chapter titles in Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel,  in which the author quotes Israelis who make comparisons between the experience of the Holocaust and what they see happening inside of their country.

And what is the Simon Wiesenthal Center?

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is a global Jewish human rights organization that confronts anti-Semitism, hate and terrorism, promotes human rights and dignity, stands with Israel, defends the safety of Jews worldwide, and teaches the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations.

P.S. Peter Beinart has even criticized the list. Beinart was asked if he believes that Blumenthal is anti-semitic (because Ron Radosh says that Anne-Marie Slaughter, the head of the New America Foundation, asked Beinart if it was OK to host Blumenthal at her thinktank on December 4 and Beinart gave her the thumbsup). Beinart to Ron Radosh:

Speaking for myself, as a Zionist who believes in the legitimacy of a democratic Jewish state, I disagree strongly with Max Blumenthal. I also disagree strongly with Naftali Bennett, who supports permanent Israeli control over millions of West Bank Palestinians who live under military law and lack the right to vote for the government that controls their lives. And yet I think it was legitimate for Blumenthal to speak at New America, just as it was legitimate for [Naftali] Bennett to speak recently at the Brookings Institution…. If it were true that Max Blumenthal (who is Jewish himself) were an anti-Semite, as opposed to anti-Zionist, then I would make an exception to this general rule, as I don’t support offering a platform to bigots. But I have seen no evidence of that. Being anti-Zionist does not make you an anti-Semite: Ask the Satmar Rebbe. And groups like the Simon Wiesenthal Center that promiscuously throw about the term “anti-Semite” in order to discredit people whose Israel views they dislike do a disservice to the fight against genuine anti-Semitism.

 

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  1. seafoid
    December 31, 2013, 12:40 pm

    The SWC is a total joke. People like Blumenthal, Hass, Levy and Weiss who are trying to do something before Zionism brings Judaism over the cliff are the real heroes of Judaism. The “museum of tolerance ” project tells you all you need to know about the SWC. Zionism is like an advanced state of cancer now.

    • Krauss
      January 1, 2014, 11:12 am

      Still annoyed at this segment of Radosh’s piece:

      I was interested in Beinart because I had been told by a source that Anne-Marie Slaughter, head of the New America Foundation, had asked Beinart whether or not she should go ahead with the scheduled appearance at the Foundation after it was widely criticized for hosting him. Beinart had evidently told her to go ahead with NAF hosting Blumenthal’s book talk.

      Are we still stuck in this place? Do we still need a kosher stamp of approval?
      Is Ann-Marie Slaughter’s knowledge of anti-Semitism so limited that she cannot distinguish between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism? Blumenthal doesn’t believe in ethnocracies. Not in America. Not in Israel.

      Given her prominence in the Beltway establishment, I find it hard to believe that Slaughter would have a limited understanding of Jews; she must come into contact with us on a very regular basis. A lot of her friends are probably Jewish and probably an ex-boyfriend or two, as well.

      We can’t really say we’ve progressed until Americans who are not semitic, Jewish or Arabic, feel free to opine on Israel like they do on every other country. Do people in the beltway need to ask somekind of “Indian journalist/guru” for permission to talk about rape in India? Is there a Chinese equivalent of Beinart when discussing Tibet? What about a Russian Beinart for discussing gay rights?

      Yet Israel is far smaller and of a less significance than either China, Russia or India.

      Somehow, however, it receives this amazing amount of kid gloves treatment and this deeply induced fear(even panic) so that you must ask some Jewish “oracle” for permission.

      Next time, I hope Slaughter and people in her position follow her conscience instead of trying to ask for permission.

      • Citizen
        January 1, 2014, 1:06 pm

        @ Krauss
        Considering what you say, and noting the extensive credentials & careers of Mrs Slaughter, and those of her husband, I can only conclude, that she and those in her circle of friends and career peers think Beinhart presently holds the key to partial unlocking of PEP roller skates, and to what will slide along easy with the New America Foundation (Obama’s vision?) donors, 70% of whom come from the public, not government sector. Sounds like a Soros fan to me.
        (If memory serves, she has justified Bush Jr’s war on Iraq, and Obama’s on Libya. I don’t know what her stance has been since one of her criteria was that interventionists thought there was WMD, and there were none found.)

        She’s like some sort of clone of Ms Powers. But seems to have held her cards closer to her vest during her career when it comes to anything Israel v Palestinians.
        I guess, like Obama, all three have tossed Obama’s Cairo speech in the dust bin.

      • Krauss
        January 1, 2014, 1:57 pm

        You don’t get to reach her position without some pretty brazen opportunism.

        That said, the problem is structural/cultural rather than person-oriented. There will always be people like Slaughter(who, by the way, seems like a pretty decent lady when you hear her speak. I listened to one of her speeches at a university recently on technology and how it affects policy).

        What must be fixed is this insistent desire to vet everything Israel-related with a Jew first, to ask for permission to think aloud, to think critically.

        As I noted, you don’t have such an impulse with far greater and more important countries like China, India, Russia whenever those countries get in trouble.

      • seafoid
        January 1, 2014, 2:18 pm

        You don’t have that tendency with real powers because they operate in the real world. Israel is the 15 yr old wimp who turns up at big social events with a supermodel paid for by his Dad on his arm. A complete fraud. He thinks she adores him. He thinks the men present respect him as an equal.

  2. seafoid
    December 31, 2013, 12:42 pm

    And the term antisemite is utterly meaningless in the hands of the bots.

    • Justpassingby
      December 31, 2013, 12:45 pm

      Lol #10

      “European sports venues”

      Wtf does that even mean?

      • Ira Glunts
        December 31, 2013, 1:16 pm

        http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1905186-updates-on-backlash-of-tony-parkers-usage-of-controversial-quenelle-gesture

        I began seeing reports of the “quenelle” and antisemitism a few days ago. These reports appeared to originate from Jewish groups. There seems to be a dispute about if it used to express an antisemitic message.

        Also, see here: http://www.theguardian.com/football/2013/dec/29/nicolas-anelka-10-match-ban-quenelle-gesture

        Anyone have an insight into this?

      • American
        December 31, 2013, 1:39 pm

        Here’s what the quenelle qesture is …originated with a french comedian who is ‘anti establishment’ and has a large youth following in France. He has also said Washington and Israel are trying to run the world so Ziodom considers him anti semitic.

        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-25550581

        I am sure giving the finger to a zio or israel is also considered a uniquely anti semitic gesture first used by the nazis.

      • Citizen
        January 1, 2014, 1:19 pm

        @ American
        Yep. The official monitors of anti-semitism have dubbed the quenelle a “reverse nazi salute.” That french comedian stumbled upon The Most Sacred Cow and still insisted on doing what he does. You really need to be paranoid to think that physical gesture looks like a reverse nazi salute. Not exactly analogous, but considering all the symbols Waters has used in his acts, remember that star of David on the pig balloon is the only one anyone ever objected to.

      • gamal
        January 1, 2014, 7:21 pm
      • Woody Tanaka
        December 31, 2013, 1:51 pm

        I just heard about this the other day in connection with Nicolas Anelka doing the gesture. I don’t know enough to know if the gesture is meant to be antisemitic. Obviously, if it is, it should be condemned. But I must say that I found abhorrant the repeated prosecutions by the French authorities to the comedian who originated the gesture, which are wholly contrary to the right of free speech. Those prosecutions are way more dangerous than this gesture.

      • Walid
        January 1, 2014, 2:02 pm

        Anelka said he did to show support for his friend, Dieudonné, that’s now up to 7 convictions for racism and has no intention of stopping. All the brouhaha by the French Jewish lobby is only serving to build up a severe backlash against it. The lobby is not doing the Jews of France any favours with this campaign, especially that Muslims have nothing to do with it.

      • Sibiriak
        January 1, 2014, 8:38 pm

        gamal

        http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/01/01/the-bete-noire-of-the-french-establishment/

        Interesting analysis. This part caught my attention in particular:

        More than anything else, Auschwitz has been interpreted as the symbol of what nationalism leads to. Reference to Auschwitz has served to give a bad conscience to Europe…

        […]Europeans are less and less enthusiastic about the EU as it ruins their economies and robs them of all democratic power over the economy. They can vote for gay marriage, but not for the slightest Keynesian measure, much less socialism. Nevertheless, guilt about the past is supposed to keep them loyal to the European dream.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 31, 2013, 2:17 pm

        yeah, i read about it yesterday in http://forward.com/articles/190053/basketball-star-tony-parker-caught-making-nazi-que/

        what’s quite telling is that tony parker, who makes the gesture 3 years ago apparently not knowing the anti semitic overtones or how it was being used, makes the list but the originator, the famous french comedian .. doesn’t!

        this just goes to show the list is being used to bash people, or against people they deem most threatening due to their social influence, as opposed to the most anti semitic. for clearly the french comedian whose wife has registered the quenelle as a trademark, most represents the gesture: http://www.france24.com/en/20131230-france-quenelle-anti-semitism-anelka-dieudonne/

        The comedian has been busy launching a range of quenelle-related merchandise, while his wife in October registered the quenelle as a trademark with the French National Industrial Property Institute.

      • Bumblebye
        December 31, 2013, 3:35 pm

        As portrayed in this article, the comedian seems to me to be anti-semitic (I can’t quote from it, my computer’s having a seizure due to the number of comments!):

        http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/29/french-comedian-nicolas-anelka-ban-dieudonne

      • American
        December 31, 2013, 3:48 pm

        Wasnt it just a few weeks ago that they were labeling some Palestine protest gesture as nazi? One also used by sports teams?
        Cant remember what it was.

      • yrn
        December 31, 2013, 4:28 pm

        “or against people they deem most threatening due to their social influence, as opposed to the most anti semitic.”
        Looks like MW and you don’t have any social influence, as you protest, why you are not in the list.

      • Bumblebye
        December 31, 2013, 3:07 pm

        Ira
        Take a look at this photo-montage video, with people making this gesture in all sorts of places around Europe and in Israel:

        Synagogues, memorials, Wailing Wall, street signs, anything remotely ‘Jewish’. It seems clear that some of them are likely to be Jewish themselves.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 31, 2013, 3:30 pm

        It seems clear that some of them are likely to be Jewish themselves.

        hm, not the ones making the gesture. personally i don’t think feel comfortable about it’s usage. i read someone say it represented anti establishment and world order being run out of washington and tel aviv, but that doesn’t really jive w/photos of people making the symbol in front of holocaust memorials. sure, there may be some people who use it to code conspiracy theories or anti zionism, but there are too many photos of it just referencing jews. that’s weird. and why drag the holocaust into it?

        and what’s the point of singling out tony parker? anyway, i have never heard of it til a few days ago, but the video doesn’t bode well for a defense of the term, at all.

      • Bumblebye
        December 31, 2013, 5:55 pm

        I’d seen the gesture before, and wondered what on earth it was, then I found the video, and a couple days later, up pops the Anelka controversy. You’re right, it puzzles me the SWC wouldn’t call out the comedian who is the source of the thing – especially as he started up a political party he calls “Anti Zionism” (per the Grauni article I linked above), though that article also shows he seems to have trampled the lines between anti-zionism/anti-semitism quite thoroughly!

      • Citizen
        January 1, 2014, 1:24 pm

        @ yrn
        Atta boy, flash your schadenfreude. It’s quite becoming.

      • biorabbi
        December 31, 2013, 7:06 pm

        Maybe they’re just misunderstood anti-zionists?

      • thankgodimatheist
        January 1, 2014, 1:22 am

        Une quenelle or bras d’honneur is a traditional French way of giving the finger but with the full arm. It was recently extensively used by funny man and staunch anti Zionist Dieudonne often accused of anti Semitism as often the case with anyone who dares speaking against Israel. The gesture is now very popular among the youth and it can be used in any situation and have nothing to do anymore with the “Jews”.

      • thankgodimatheist
        January 1, 2014, 1:51 am

        Btw, what is the common factor between Dieudonne , Anelka and Tony Parker is That they’re all from the French Antilles or “blacks” if I may. So the gesture now is widely seen by French black teens as anti establishment and has nothing to do with the Jews.

      • Walid
        January 1, 2014, 9:00 am

        Hollande has joined Valls (both Israel-firsters) in looking for ways to shut up Dieudonné for good but I think the “gesture” movement is picking up speed and the more the French Jewish lobby tries to stop it, the stronger it will get. The French are not as much suckers for Jewish lobby gimmicks to stir up anti-Islamic feelings as are Americans.

        The downwards salute has nothing to do with the Nazi salute except in the imagination of Zionists always looking for ways to keep the memory and the guilt of the holocaust alive. It isn’t any more Nazi than the “bras d’honneur” that has existed for decades in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Bulgaria, Poland and many Latin American countries.

        Wiki says of the bras d’honneur: “To form the gesture, an arm is bent to make an L-shape, with the closed palm pointing upwards, while the other hand then grips the biceps of the bent arm, and the bent forearm is then raised vertically emphatically. It has the same meaning as giving the finger (known as le doigt d’honneur), though this particular usage is often connotated as relating to the phrase “Up yours”. Occasionally, the middle finger of the bent arm is also raised to add emphasis.”

        How bras d’honneur is made in a short video at the end of the program while the credits are rolling:

        And nobody ever made a connection of this to antisemitism, which shows that the efforts of the French Jewish lobby are going nowhere.

      • Keith
        January 1, 2014, 4:09 pm

        IRA GLUNTS- “I began seeing reports of the “quenelle” and antisemitism a few days ago.”

        Over at CounterPunch, Diana Johnstone has a good analysis of the phenomenon.

        “To invent a pretext for destroying Dieudonné, the leading Jewish organizations CRIF (Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France, the French AIPAC) and LICRA (Ligue internationale contre le racisme et l’antisémitisme, which enjoys special privileges under French law) have come up with a fantasy to brand Dieudonné and his followers as “Nazis”. The quenelle is all too obviously a vulgar gesture roughly meaning “up yours”, with one hand placed at the top of the other arm pointing down to signify “how far up” this is to be.

        But for the CRIF and LICRA, the quenelle is “a Nazi salute in reverse”. (You can never be too “vigilant” when looking for the hidden Hitler.) (Diana Johnstone)
        http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/01/01/the-bete-noire-of-the-french-establishment/

      • Woody Tanaka
        December 31, 2013, 1:18 pm

        “Wtf does that even mean?”

        It means that the Simon Weisenthal Center and other groups like it (the ADL, etc.) have outlived their usefulness and are just trolling for donations, now.

      • American
        December 31, 2013, 1:49 pm

        Looks to me they are running short of anti semites and having to recycle some old ones and co- opt some gestures from budding political movements.

      • Little_Shih_Tzu
        December 31, 2013, 3:13 pm

        It means you can’t boo an Israeli soccer or rugby team without being accused of Guess What.

      • Ira Glunts
        December 31, 2013, 9:20 pm

        http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/31/french-comics-anti-system-salute-is-frequently-used-to-mock-jewish-suffering/?emc=edit_tnt_20131231&tntemail0=y&_r=0

        The NY Times Blog Lede has a piece on la quenelle.

        Writing on the left-leaning French news site Rue 89, the journalist Pierre Haski argued that it was vital for supporters of the Palestinians to clearly denounce this popular form of anti-Semitism, as it lent support to the argument in Israel that all anti-Zionism is really just a front for anti-Semites. Mr. Haski noted that one militant supporter of Israel had written on a social network that Dieudonné “deserves a gold medal from the Israeli military for discrediting anti-Zionism.” The viral popularity of the quenelle, Mr. Haski concluded, “forces those who want to sincerely oppose Israeli policy to better define and to break with those whose agenda has nothing to do with Israel, but with a quite classic anti-Semitism.”

        To all a Happy New Year and to Shuki and Mahane, Sylvester Tov.

        http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/israel-likes-party-torn-years-21371033

      • American
        December 31, 2013, 11:07 pm

        Here’s some background on Dieudonne.

        http://saveourcola.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/dieudonne-palestine-english-subtitles/

        http://www.countercurrents.org/fryett010305.htm

        Looks to me he’s giving the Zios and French censorship in general a run for their money.
        They’ve lost one French court case against him already when the court ruled it wasnt anti semitic for him to say whatever he wanted about Israel.
        As far as I am concerned anti semite ‘incitement’ would be preaching ‘death to or down with the Jews’ or some similar sentiment —not just telling the zios or Jews or Israel to shove it up their [email protected]@.

        But this goes back to what I said long ago—the more you tell people what they cant say, the more you try to punish people and make laws against anyone’s free speech regardless of what it is about—-the more they are gonna rebel and act out against it.

        The recent squabble over some reality show star (Duck Dynesty) saying homosexuality was a sin was ridiculous. I dont happen to agree but if that is the man’s religious belief then he has right to express it. Immediately the Gay establishment called him a bigot and demanded he be fired.
        So what we have there is one person saying homosexuality is a sin implying homosexuals are sinners– and the other person saying that person is a bigot……..what the difference?—one calls one a sinner the other calls one a bigot.
        In this case since the Duck guy didnt say anything nasty about gays as individuals, didnt call them ugly names or etc, just his religious belief about homosexuality –the Gay estab. was more wrong than he was for labeling him a bigot for expressing his opinion based on his religion.

      • Annie Robbins
        January 1, 2014, 4:32 am

        american, from your second link, 2005 :

        Dieudo complains that Blacks do not have the same rights as Jews. The latter have monopolized suffering to such a degree that when one protests “the whole world rises up” in opposition. He says that France is tired of Jewish suffering and tired of Zionism. Dieudonne compared the holocaust to the four-century-long colonial period and asked which is worse. He laments that Jews, as he sees it, are denied nothing as France feels a collective guilt and sympathy for the holocaust but lacks a the similar attitude for former colonials. Jews, he told the Arabic paper Djazair News, occupy all the strategic offices in the national government and thus control the national agenda. And because of this they have a kind of impunity to say what they want and characterize all criticism as anti-Semitic. He added that the poverty and political impotence of Arabs and Blacks in France was due to the machinations of Jewish power all with an eye to keeping the French government pro-Israel where the majority of the population is pro-Palestinian.

        The captious director was not finished: He referred to President Chirac’s right-hand man and Prime Minister, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, as an “ass-licker” of the French Zionist community. He described the CRIF (Jewish Council of France) as a “crooked gang, a kind of mafia” that is going to be the ruin of the French Republic. And in a tour de force, Dieudonne likened Zionism to a disease and called it the AIDS of Judaism and labelled the recent commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz as “pornography immemorial,” decrying the use of the dead as political propaganda for Israel/Zionism and even more repulsively for profit.

        The reaction was instantaneous and furious . The CRIF called him an anti-Semite. Le Monde was uncharacteristically savage with him in an editorial. There are calls for a boycott of all of Dieudonne’s films. Even the Left failed to rally to his cause but by far the worst consequence, assuming he is not mudered, is that he may be imprisoned.

        and the first link:

        so why tony parker and not dieudonne? maybe the answer to that in the second link. strange goings on.

      • German Lefty
        January 3, 2014, 6:05 am

        @ ToivoS (no reply button)

        I am willing to change my mind about Dieudonné if there is more damning information

        In recent days, I have defended Dieudonné on Twitter. Then someone sent me a link that changed my mind: http://www.20min.ch/ro/multimedia/videostory/story/24025758
        Dieudonné said: “The biggest crooks on the planet are all Jews.”

      • German Lefty
        January 3, 2014, 6:08 am

        @ Annie

        Why don’t ALL comments have reply buttons?

      • Annie Robbins
        January 3, 2014, 7:40 am

        i have no idea it’s some kind of formatting glitch and i assume it’s temporary. write adam and phil, like i did.

      • miriam6
        January 3, 2014, 4:17 pm
      • lysias
        December 31, 2013, 11:14 pm

        One Sylvesternacht when I happened to be stationed in Berlin with the U.S. Air Force, the festivities were so noisy that it sounded as if the city were under artillery bombardment.

      • tree
        January 3, 2014, 7:32 am

        German Lefty,

        My French is way too rudimentary to understand the video you posted, and the translated captions are atrocious, but from what I can tell this video is a response to Eric Zemmour, a right wing journalist who stated, among other stereotypical comments, that all the drug traffickers in France are blacks or Arabs. It appears to me to be intended to throw a stereotype right back in the face of a bigot. I certainly could be wrong about this and my lack of understanding of French makes it impossible for me to say anything with certainty, but that’s my take on the video you posted. I “google translated”a few articles about the video and that’s the impression I got from them. Here’s one that I translated.

        http://www.afrik.com/article19563.html

      • German Lefty
        January 3, 2014, 8:06 am

        @ tree (no reply button)

        the translated captions are atrocious, but from what I can tell this video is a response to Eric Zemmour, a right wing journalist who stated, among other stereotypical comments, that all the drug traffickers in France are blacks or Arabs. It appears to me to be intended to throw a stereotype right back in the face of a bigot.

        I always was the best pupil in French class, but sadly I forgot most of what I learnt there.
        I just noticed that “google translating” the French article to English leads to a much more useful result than “google translating” the French article to German.
        Thanks a lot for your explanation. Now that you say it, the context is totally obvious to me.

        Eric Zemmour had controversy in France [by stating that] “most traffickers are black or Arab”. Dieudonné notes that Zemmour was not penalized. [Dieudonné] keeps going: “You have to be Jewish to have freedom of expression in France. It is a reality.” Dieudonné think[s] “that there is a double standard when [people make gaffes].”

        This totally fits in with what Diana Johnstone wrote in her Counterpunch article. She mentioned this double standard, too.

        French leaders have been leading the cry for wars in Muslim countries from Libya to Syria, while insisting on devotion to Israel. […]
        The so-called Gayssot Law bans any questioning of the history of the Shoah, an altogether unprecedented interference with freedom of speech. Moreover, certain organizations, such as LICRA, have been granted the privilege of suing individuals on the basis of “incitement to racial hatred” (very broadly and unevenly interpreted) with the possibility of collecting damages on behalf of the “injured community”. In practice, these laws are used primarily to prosecute alleged “anti-Semitism” or “negationism” concerning the Shoah. […]
        The violence-prone Jewish Defense League, outlawed in the United States and even in Israel, is known for smashing books shops or beating up isolated, even elderly, individuals. When identified, flight to Israel is a good way out. The victims of the JDL fail to inspire anything close to the massive public indignation aroused when a Jewish person falls victim to wanton violence. […]
        France has adopted laws to “punish anti-Semitism”. The result is the opposite. Such measures simply tend to confirm the old notion that “the Jews run the country” and contribute to growing anti-Semitism. When French youth see a Franco-Israeli attempt to outlaw a simple gesture, when the Jewish community moves to ban their favorite humorist, anti-Semitism can only grow even more rapidly.

        http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/01/01/the-bete-noire-of-the-french-establishment/

      • German Lefty
        January 3, 2014, 9:31 am

        @ Annie
        I just sent an e-mail to Phil. I keep forgetting that you all don’t sit in an office together.

      • miriam6
        January 4, 2014, 4:59 pm

        Now, France’s top security official wants to ban him from the stage. Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala has a small but faithful following of fans from disparate walks of life. Some are marginalized immigrants from France’s housing projects. Some are Muslims. Some are even adherents of the far-right.
        An investigation also opened this week after Dieudonne allegedly made an anti-Semitic slur toward a Jewish journalist on France-Inter radio. “When I hear him (the journalist) talk, you see … I say to myself gas chambers … A pity,” Dieudonne said during a performance last month, parts of which were shown on French TV.
        Dieudonne originally rose to fame as part of a comedy duo with the noted Jewish comedian Elie Semoun. The two regularly parodied everyday racism and discrimination in France before they fell out. Years later, Dieudonne befriended the founder of the far-right National Front party, Jean-Marie Le Pen, who is godfather to one of his children.

        http://www.mail.com/int/news/europe/2551734-france-mulls-ban-comic-double-edged-salute.html#.1258-stage-subhero1-4

      • MahaneYehude1
        January 1, 2014, 12:18 am

        @Ira:

        Thanks for the blessings, Ira. Happy New Year to you too. I love you!!!

      • ToivoS
        January 2, 2014, 4:17 am

        Having just heard of Dieudonné and the quenelle today I think it would a grave mistake to call this antisemitism. Diana Johnson’s piece in Counterpunch referenced above multiple times makes it pretty clear that he is not an antisimite and it is totally absurd to describe the quenelle as a Nazi salute. An obscene gesture to be sure. I have much respect for Diana Johnson’s work over the last 15 years and have never seen any indication that she harbors any prejudices towards Jews.

        It seems clear that Dieudonné has made some biting criticisms of the use of the holocaust in French education to try to shame the French into uncritical support of Israel. He has certainly not done anything more outrageous than Norm Finklestein has in his written work. Dieudonné is a commedian and he makes people uncomfortable. Lenny Bruce and George Carlin did the same in their performances.

        It is not that surprising that his popular gesture has been used by some in contexts that could be interpreted as antisemitic. But then again any one who writes an explicitly antiZionist essay should also realize that their words can and will be embraced by real antisemites. To denounce either Dieudonné or other antiZionist writers as antisemites because of this is simply to play into the hands of the Weisenthal center propagandists. I am willing to change my mind about Dieudonné if there is more damning information but for now he should be defended from prosecution by the French government. That could set a precedent whereby this site is shut down in France.

  3. Pamela Olson
    December 31, 2013, 12:42 pm

    Wait — is he saying Naftali Bennett is not a bigot? Weird.

    • Justpassingby
      December 31, 2013, 12:44 pm

      ..bennett is the right kind of bigot according to wiesenthal.

    • David Samel
      December 31, 2013, 2:48 pm

      That’s a great point, Pamela. According to Beinart, anyone who is a genuine bigot against Jews, or presumably against blacks or women or whatever, could legitimately be barred from a speaking platform. However, someone like Bennett, who is an open bigot against Palestinians and Arabs in general, might be to the right of Beinart but still is kosher enough to speak. For that matter, Beinart has acknowledged that Israel as a Jewish State cannot provide equality for all its citizens regardless of religion and ethnicity, yet he strongly believes in the legitimacy of such a state, and that Palestinian citizens will simply have to accept their second-class status. Should he be barred from public acceptance on the ground of bigotry? What about someone who defended apartheid in South Africa? Where do you draw the line? Ethnic privileges are OK as long as they are not too egregious?

      Beinart seems more willing than most fellow liberal Zionists to criticize Israel and defend (lukewarmly) someone like Max B, but he has a long way to go before he can achieve any sort of consistency.

      • Philip Weiss
        December 31, 2013, 5:32 pm

        Thanks for landing on this Pamela, Ira, et al, I should put in full quote there… P

  4. Justpassingby
    December 31, 2013, 12:44 pm

    Too stupid to even comment…But its not anyone on the list that supports the racist regime in Israel. Oh thats why these people are on the list isnt it mr wiesenthal?

  5. James North
    December 31, 2013, 12:52 pm

    I stumbled across this list online before seeing that Mondoweiss had already covered it, and I honestly and sincerely thought at first that it was a parody.

  6. Woody Tanaka
    December 31, 2013, 1:20 pm

    “Top Ten Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Slurs”

    LMAO. This isn’t even a coherent group. It’s the equivalent of a list of “The Top 10 Statements Which Are Either Homophobic Or Critical of US Trade Policy.”

  7. American
    December 31, 2013, 1:24 pm

    I nominate this guy for the Number One spot on the Americania Institute’s list of the top 10 Anti- Gentilemites for 2013.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/1.566021

    Gay Jews have ‘higher souls’ than gentiles, says deputy minister

    Habayit Hayehudi’s Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan says same-sex marriage is prohibited just as marriage between Jews and gentiles is.
    Homosexual Jews have “higher souls” than gentiles, gay or straight, the deputy minister for religious services told the Israeli daily Maariv in an article published on Friday. ”

    • Annie Robbins
      December 31, 2013, 3:21 pm

      Homosexual Jews have “higher souls” than gentiles

      ok, that does it. now i’m really pissed.

      • American
        December 31, 2013, 3:36 pm

        Yes, call the Gentile Defense league, notify the World Gentile Congress, the Gentile Organization of America!…. the Anti-Gentilemite disease has surfaced and is rampant in the world. …help! call the gov, call the marines, call congress, call the UN, insist they create an Emergency Committe for the Protection of Gentiles, institue laws against anti gentileism!…gentiles are under existential threat!

      • MHughes976
        December 31, 2013, 4:16 pm

        Co-existential threat even, considering that sex is part of the topic.

      • American
        December 31, 2013, 4:01 pm

        ok, that does it. now i’m really pissed.”

        I nominate the zionist for a Nobel Prize in the Science of Absurdity.
        While a government deputy minister of their Israel mothership says gentile souls are lower than gay Jews, they issue their top ten list of anti semites.

      • Citizen
        January 1, 2014, 2:34 pm

        @ Annie Robbins

        Pissed, why?

        This man is a high ranking government official in the only democracy in the Middle East. That’s our tax dollars, our treasure and blood at work to enable the only state that is the light onto all nations, and a bulwark for Western Civilization in the Middle East, an endless fountain of shared Judeo-Christian values, as Bibi told us Americans when he visited here.

        He was asked:

        “What will you do if the Knesset votes on a bill legalizing gay marriage?”

        He merely responded:

        “No way. Also, a Jew cannot marry a gentile.”

        Next he was asked the followup question: “Is that the same thing?”

        And his response: “We don’t recognize either of them. And anyway, a Jew always has a much higher soul than a gentile, even if he’s gay.”

    • lysias
      December 31, 2013, 6:46 pm

      I think that implies that, even though gay Jews have higher souls than gentiles, straight Jews have higher souls than gay Jews.

      • libra
        December 31, 2013, 8:00 pm

        lysias: I think that implies that, even though gay Jews have higher souls than gentiles, straight Jews have higher souls than gay Jews.

        Logically it does but for all we know there may be a whole hierarchy of souls based on a host of criteria. Indeed, the Pauli Exclusion Principle may even apply such that no two souls in the entire universe can occupy the same level. That could even be construed as a ‘Universalism’ of sorts.

        JeffB has proven himself recently to be both scientifically and theologically literate. Hopefully he can shed some light on this important matter.

      • Citizen
        January 1, 2014, 1:43 pm

        @ llibra
        Or you might shed some light by looking at the non-redacted Talmud.

      • RoHa
        December 31, 2013, 8:06 pm

        We should get a full listing from the deputy minister.

        So far, it seems like this.

        Straight Jews: First class soul
        Gay Jews: Second class soul
        Straight Gentile: Third class soul
        Gay Gentile: Fourth class soul.

        But that is totally inadequate.

        Does he include lesbians in his definition of “homosexual”? As far as I can tell, women’s souls are a bit lower on the scale than men’s souls. If so, I would expect male homosexual Jews to have Second Class div. A souls, and lesbian Jews to have Second Class div. B souls.

        And where do bisexuals fit in? (I know. That phrasing is just asking for it.)

        We really need to have this all explained, so that we know where we stand.

        Mind you, I am pleased to find out that, as a straight male Gentile, I do at least have some sort of soul.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 31, 2013, 9:02 pm

        Straight Jews: First class soul
        Gay Jews: Second class soul
        Straight Gentile: Third class soul
        Gay Gentile: Fourth class soul.

        But that is totally inadequate.

        totally! there are probably several within each category. there should be some color coded chart like homeland security had after 9/11.

      • Citizen
        January 1, 2014, 2:06 pm

        @ Annie Robbins

        Maidhc Ó Cathail shared a link on Facebook yesterday:

        Haaretz’s Uri Misgav asks, “How can a nation so proud of being ‘the only democracy in the Middle East’ operate as the only theocracy in the OECD?”

        I am taking a calculated risk here and, based on the algorithm I have developed, I will present to you the full table of deputy Religious Services Minister Eli Ben Dahan concerning the hierarchy of the human species.

        1. Jewish men who have sexual relations with Jewish women

        2. Jewish bastards

        3. Jewish women who have sexual relations with Jewish men or with the Holy One Blessed Be He

        4. Jewish men who have sexual relations with non-Jewish women

        5. Jewish homosexual men who have sexual relations with Jewish men

        6. Jewish lesbians who have sexual relations with Jewish women

        7. Jewish homosexual men who have sexual relations with non-Jewish men

        8. Jewish lesbians who have sexual relations with non-Jewish women

        ———————————————————————

        9. Male Goyim

        10. Female Goyim

        Pay attention to the fact that below the line red line are only goyim. There is no need or reason to divide them up into subcategories. We only need to pour out our wrath on them, to be very careful not to marry them, and to remember extremely well that even a Jewish homosexual (and it goes without saying about, say, a Jewish heterosexual murderer) is endowed with “a soul [on a] very much higher [level]” than their souls. Truly a nation of a light unto the gentiles.

        The only question that remains to be asked is this: How can a nation so proud of being “the only democracy in the Middle East,” and “a villa in the jungle,” and all sorts of other stupid slogans; can operate in practice as the only theocracy in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

      • Stephen Shenfield
        January 1, 2014, 2:39 pm

        There are also important differences in degree of “holiness” among Jews, with Cohanim (descendants of the priestly caste) a cut above all the others and mamzerim (the illegitimately born) at the bottom. Only Cohanim have first class souls.

      • Daniel Rich
        January 1, 2014, 1:45 am

        @ RoHa,

        According to the Zionist gospel your list is incomplete.

        Straight/Gay Muslims: Doormats

        Poor god… so many choices to make…

      • Elliot
        January 1, 2014, 4:55 pm

        @Stephen –
        I think “holiness” is not the right term. The Hebrew word is “yochasin” (which gave birth to the Yiddish “yichus”) translates somewhat archaically as “pedigree”. But then again, the whole concept is archaic.

        The earliest Rabbinic source, the Mishnah lists the pedigrees thus:
        Ten pedigrees emigrated from Babylonia [to Palestine in the 6th century BC]
        Priestly, Levitical, [Ordinary] Jewish,
        Invalidated Priestly, Converted, Freed,
        Mamzeric [bastards], Nathinitic, Silent Ones and Foundlings.
        Priestly, Levitical and [Ordinary] Jewish
        (Mishnah, Tractate Kiddushin 4:1).

        The context is fitness for marriage within the Jewish community, a focus of this wave of immigration dating back to the Bible.

  8. Talkback
    December 31, 2013, 1:53 pm

    If only I would be on this list … Next year I’ll try even harder.

    • Annie Robbins
      December 31, 2013, 3:18 pm

      yeah, why didn’t mondoweiss make it onto the list? it seems so unfair. as if we’re not important! maybe they don’t want to call attention to us. i can’t believe tony parker made the list before we did. humph.

      • Citizen
        January 1, 2014, 1:51 pm

        @ Annie Robbins
        above in this thread yrn has a spasm of schadenfreude about what you say; Mondoweiss is not on the list for the same reason the French comedian is not on the list: because both address the current state of affairs regarding the impact of the influence of zionists too persuasively.

  9. Taxi
    December 31, 2013, 2:30 pm

    I’m laughing so much at the list, the article, the comments – everything!

    Good grief I can’t think straight from too much laughter!

    And I can just imagine the roundtable meeting when these absurd categories were ‘created’ and configured.

  10. Shmuel
    December 31, 2013, 3:01 pm

    I nominate the Simon Wiesenthal Center, for equating Judaism with nationalism, racism, ethnic cleansing and apartheid; for trivialising anti-Semitism; and for suggesting that their idiocy is somehow representative of Judaism or Jews in general.

    • Taxi
      December 31, 2013, 3:08 pm

      Bravo, Shmuel.

      How right you are!

      Happy New Year, pal.

      • Shmuel
        December 31, 2013, 5:04 pm

        Thanks, Taxi. Happy New Year to you too.

  11. W.Jones
    December 31, 2013, 3:20 pm

    So the actual anti-Semites are:

    5. Jobbik: Hungarian rightist party?

    6. Hitler as a hero for:
    Lebanese pop star Najwa Karam/ Dutch social worker, Mehmet Sahin/ Yusuf al Qaradawi of the Muslim Brotherhood/Saudi poet Muhammad al Farraj?

    7. French cartoonist Zeon?

    Or do you start to question if even these guys are racist? I know nothing about Zeon, Jobbik, or the other guys.

    • Woody Tanaka
      December 31, 2013, 4:57 pm

      “So the actual anti-Semites are:”

      Actually, I think if, among the top 10 antisemitic things in the whole wide world is an obscure French cartoonist, a Lebanese pop star, a bunch of goofballs in France (and Tony Parker) standing in a goofy pose and European sports areas, then I’d say you’ve pretty much licked anti-semitism as a going concern in the world.

      • Elliot
        January 1, 2014, 4:59 pm

        @Woody – thanks for making that point. What would the Wiesels, Foxmen and Wiesenthals do without anti-Zionism? If it didn’t exist, they’d need to create it to justify their pulpits.

    • W.Jones
      December 31, 2013, 5:50 pm
      • W.Jones
        December 31, 2013, 6:03 pm

        His cartoons seem to focus on IP.

    • Djinn
      December 31, 2013, 8:25 pm

      The only one I’m familiar with is Jobbik and while they’re pretty careful about how they phrase things (the party that is rather than many of their supporters who are blatant as a punch to the face) I’d call them antisemitic without hesitation.

      I would also have no hesitation in describing the SWC as a massive joke.

    • Taxi
      January 1, 2014, 12:31 am

      Najwa was asked to give a handful of names of men she admired for different attributes. Najwa Karam said that she admired Hitler’s oratory skills, how he “convinced” people. She didn’t say Hitler was her “hero”. She added to her list: Richard Geer for his charm; the street-smarts of Al Pacino; Hugo and Shakespeare for their romanticism; and Onassis, she said she admires his wealth.
      http://www.plus961.com/2012/09/loreal-ends-contract-with-najwa-karam-for-praising-hitler/

      The zios jumped on her because she’s a known supporter of Hizbollah and they could therefore connect Hitler to Hizbollah through her. Debbie Schlussel, the zio propagandist, complained to L’Oreal and had Najwa fired from her contaract with L’Oreal.

      Debbie Schlussel is the type of gal who googles ‘Hitler’ first thing in the morning and last thing at night, just to see who is saying what about him that day. There are antisemites even in the salt-shaker, as far as she’s concerned.

      • Walid
        January 1, 2014, 3:31 am

        It should also be mentioned that Karam, a very folksy popular guttural dabkeh singer with a voice that’s close to being masculine is also known as an intellectual twit, sort of a yahoo. You could tell by the other people she named on her list that one name has nothing to do with the other. The gossipy program on which she was asked that insignificant question is also for twits as it invites celebrities to talk about themselves and their latest work. She shouldn’t have worked for L’Oreal to begin with since it’s on the BDS hit list.

      • W.Jones
        January 3, 2014, 6:58 am

        Guys,
        Memri titles it:
        “Lebanese Singer Najwa Karam: My Ideal Man Is a Combo of Hitler, Richard Gere, Al Pacino, Shakespeare, and Einstein”
        In the video she says Einstein is part of her ideal too.

        So the Nazis decided to reject her for wanting intermarriage.

        Basically she also said a Jewish person was part of her ideal. So should she be respected for philosemitism?

        This is weird. You know in the clip people are smiling, it’s like they are joking around. A mix of Hitler and Einstein? How dumb it is to say she is a Nazi. Really? People are losing their jobs for making stupid meaningless jokes?

        She did not say she liked Hitler for his bad things, but that she liked his personal oratory and Einstein for his brains. It’s just silliness. If you watch her movies you should get that- she runs up to a store window all googly eyed and she is probably in her mid or late 30’s.

  12. Shuki
    December 31, 2013, 3:27 pm

    Keep you head up guys, maybe you’ll make it next year if anyone actually pays attention to you…

  13. Daniel Rich
    December 31, 2013, 4:08 pm

    Zionism is Judaism’s only and biggest enemy.

    The enemy within, the one that’s unbeatable and unstoppable, the one that has brought down entire empires, the one that has no friends and always walks alone. But trying to explain this to rabbit Zionists is like trying to stop a rapist in the middle of his actions, it only works if you squash testicles to get some attention [and don’t get your thumbs caught in between those two barren bricks when they collide]…

    Happy 2014 everyone!

  14. American
    December 31, 2013, 4:35 pm

    I am shocked they left Porky Pig off the list since he kept trying to kill the Jewish Bugs Bunny……I mean now that they’d declared Bugs to be Jewish shouldnt Porky be denounced as a anti semite?

  15. Rusty Pipes
    December 31, 2013, 5:51 pm

    SWC’s report cover captures its tactics: framing a Muslim cleric’s blessing as a Nazi salute. Anti-Semites are everywhere! Be very afraid! Send your tax-deductible gift before the year’s end!

    • Sibiriak
      January 1, 2014, 3:58 am

      Rusty Pipes:

      WC’s report cover captures its tactics: framing a Muslim cleric’s blessing as a Nazi salute.

      Good point. And the very idea of combining and conflating “Anti-Semitic” and “Anti-Israel” slurs is a fundamental strategy. So is the notion that it is anti-Semitism which causes anti-Israel sentiment and never the converse.

  16. thankgodimatheist
    December 31, 2013, 8:43 pm

    And now off to destroy some Arab cemetery to build a museum of “tolerance”..

  17. flyod
    December 31, 2013, 8:52 pm

    pine bush school district??? maybe they had a christmas concert….

    • American
      January 1, 2014, 12:10 am

      I been reading some on that Bush School thing…….more than meets the eye there.

      The school principal himself is Jewish and said :

      ‘Mr. Steinberg, who, along with two other administrators named as defendants, is Jewish, described the lawsuit in recent interviews as a “money grab.” He contended that the plaintiffs had “embellished” some allegations.’

      Also…

      ”The most prominent skeptics, however, have been the Jewish press and Jewish residents of Pine Bush, such as local dentist Stuart Feuer, who wrote the New York Times:

      My family has never experienced any anti-Semitism in our 25 years in the community, nor do we know of any other Jewish families who have experienced this. We are at home in this town.”

      Funny thing is there was none of this until these three families who filed the lawsuit moved to town—-and the question is why did they?…..when there was a Jewish school not 30 miles away.
      Also adding to the intrigue is some Hadsic Jewish town planned there over which there is a real estate fight as to how they purchased it and the permits for it is now also being investigated.

      Sounds like part of it at least is a scam and set up. Could have been some kids in it that heard remarks about the Hadsic Jewish development fight from grown ups and took it to school picking on the jewish kids.
      Anyway the school district is now lawyered up so maybe all the details and intrigue will come out.

      • Annie Robbins
        January 1, 2014, 4:14 am

        intrigue is some Hadsic Jewish town planned there over which there is a real estate fight as to how they purchased it

        i read about this. some fight between 2 brothers in competition or something. weird. some big public building they want for almost free for a school. can’t recall where i read about it tho. maybe it was in nyt regional.

      • flyod
        January 1, 2014, 9:14 am

        Pine Bush is a mere 20 miles from my home. Middle class, working community with many commuting long distances (Westchester, NYC, etc) to blue collar jobs. Taxes are high and a huge issue. Under the guise of “Senior Housing” a Hassidic sect wielded the power of their voting bloc to sneak in some 300 plus housing units. Units which will be off the tax roles and available only to members of the sect. Illegal under HUD fair housing laws. The use of religion to cheat the public who more often than not are working pay check to pay check and accounting for more than their fare share. Charges of anti semitism are quite useful in diverting attention away from the real issue.
        The other issue Annie mentions is also close to here in the town of Tillson, NY.
        As to my Christmas concert comment our district once had one but now it is framed as a “Winter Concert” Of the 5 pieces played this year by the quite talented 5th and 6th grade band none had anything to do with, nor was there any mention of, Christmas. There was however a Hannukah piece and a brief introduction of the importance of that holiday by the non-jewish director.
        As history has proved time and time again the backlash will be terrible..

  18. piotr
    January 1, 2014, 2:03 am

    I am a bit dismayed by the lowly position of Max Blumenthal who barely made it to top 10. I think that a lot of persons above him should be shifted way down.

    Starting from number 2, Erdogan had a good year offending almost everybody. But did he offend Jews? He railed against “interest rate lobby”, but the only source I have found that would relate that lobby to Jews was a column critical of Erdogan. He claimed that Israel was instrumental in deposing President Morsi. Perhaps it was not, but it was surely enthusiastic in support of the military regime, so a conjecture of prior support was not altogether unreasonable. So I would remove Prime Minister from the list.

    Then a Lebanese singer said that Hitler had a gift of persuasion. This is actually hardly controversial. But she is but a member of a larger category of “Hitler admirerers” that consists otherwise of Muslim clergy. So she was just a token non-cleric. On the principle that one drop of tar spoils a barrel of honey, I would remove that group from the list. Which gives me a though: could Wiesental Center compile the list of top 10 Goy Haters, hopefully not consisting solely of rabbis?

    A cartoon suggested that Netanyahu was poisoning peace talks with Iran. If he did not, than not for the lack of trying. And using tar-honey argument, we get rid of the cartoonists.

  19. yrn
    January 1, 2014, 5:00 am

    “The Anti-Semitic Jew max blumenthal”
    Its all over the net already.

  20. seafoid
    January 1, 2014, 7:49 am

    Jobbik looks like the only valid entry on the list.
    The fact that the leaders of 2 of the regional powers are listed speaks volumes for bot diplomacy.

  21. amigo
    January 1, 2014, 9:30 am

    Rearranging the deck chairs before the ship goes down as the band plays “nearer my God to thee”.

    Zionism R.I.P.”(Rot in perpetuity)

  22. yrn
    January 1, 2014, 11:29 am

    BTW Next time max blumenthal comes to Israel.
    There will be a big welcome banner.
    “Welcome Anti-Semitic Jew max blumenthal”

    • just
      January 1, 2014, 1:17 pm

      Well then shame on Israel and her sham “democracy”, yrn. It’s really a shamocracy.

      (please use a better artist than the one used by Netanyahu for his “bomb”)

    • Talkback
      January 2, 2014, 8:27 am

      BTW Next time max blumenthal comes to Israel.
      There will be a big welcome banner.
      “Welcome Anti-Semitic Jew max blumenthal”

      These days the biggest honour to a Jew that Israeli shmocks can give!

  23. talknic
    January 1, 2014, 12:37 pm

    So what yrn? Bearing false witness is against the basic tenets of Judaism. Bearing false witness on behalf of the Jewish state is really bizarre.

  24. German Lefty
    January 1, 2014, 4:54 pm

    Here’s a German article from a right-wing newspaper about the Wiesenthal list:
    http://www.welt.de/politik/ausland/article123418151/Irans-Machthaber-fuehrt-beschaemende-Liste-an.html
    “Two Jews among the anti-Semites […]
    Surprisingly, there are also two Jews on the Wiesenthal list: Richard Falk […] and […] Max Blumenthal. It is said that both became conspicuous by anti-Semitic statements or articles. […] There is no carte blanche, not even for Jews. […]
    It is said that in his new book “Goliath” Blumenthal equated Israel with the Nazi regime and gave some chapters titles such as “The Concentration Camp” or “The Night of Broken Glass” […]. Furthermore, it is said that Blumenthal vilified Israeli soldiers as “Judeo-Nazis”. […]
    Surprisingly, there are also two German newspapers on the shameful/shaming list. The ‘Badische Zeitung’ and the ‘Stuttgarter Zeitung’ caricatured Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu as the man who doesn’t only mar the peace talks but who poisons them.”

    From the comments section:
    “Apparently, the Simon Wiesenthal Center interprets every criticism of Israel as ‘anti-Semitic’. This reduces the credibility of the institution considerably.” (The comment has 423 likes and 9 dislikes.)
    “The Simon Wiesenthal Center tries to establish the equation Israel criticism = anti-Semitism.” (154 likes and 5 dislikes)
    “Nowadays, you are already an anti-Semite if you condemn the Israeli settlement policy. Well then, I will have to live with it.” (355 likes and 8 dislikes)

  25. James Canning
    January 1, 2014, 4:58 pm

    What utter nonsense, to call Peter Falk an “anti-Semite”!

    True friends of Israel say: stop oppressing the Palestinians and get out of the West Bank.

    • tree
      January 1, 2014, 8:46 pm

      What! Columbo was an anti-semite? Oh just one more thing…

      The stupid list is referring to RICHARD Falk, not Peter. Although neither one of them deserves to be smeared by a bigot like Hier.

      • James Canning
        January 2, 2014, 6:40 pm

        Thanks, Tree. Nice to be noticed!

      • German Lefty
        January 3, 2014, 6:52 am

        My grandmother loved watching “Columbo”.

      • James Canning
        January 3, 2014, 7:19 pm

        She had good taste in TV. Thanks.

  26. German Lefty
    January 3, 2014, 6:48 am

    I just had a little Twitter fight with Benjamin Weinthal, European Affairs Correspondent at The Jerusalem Post. He called me all kinds of names simply because I respect the human rights of Palestinians. I assume that he tried to provoke me in the hope that I reply with something anti-Semitic or so. Anyway, he just tweeted this:

    Best Oscar Wilde Quote? “Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.”

    I think that this sums up the Zionist mindset pretty well. They reject equal treatment. In their opinion, denying the superiority of Jews is anti-Semitic.

  27. braciole
    January 3, 2014, 7:23 pm

    They left off Christmas trees – according to the speaker of the Knesset they are antisemitic.

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