Dershowitz disqualifies an entire continent from supporting BDS, citing history of ‘Jew hatred’

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The headline looks like parody, or at least gross exaggeration, but it is actually true. In a column published on the Newsmax website in March, Alan Dershowitz argued that modern-day Europeans who support BDS do so out of the same anti-Semitic fervor that their grandparents avidly displayed during the Nazi genocide of European Jewry. Dershowitz’s absurd smear is directed at the entire continent, including “the French, the Dutch, the Norwegians, the Swiss, the Belgians, the Austrians, and many other western Europeans,” as well as the Germans, “Polish, Ukrainian, Latvian, Lithuanian, and Estonian.” No one is immune, not even the English, who concededly were “on the right side of the war against Nazism” but who have their own “long history of anti-Semitism, beginning with the expulsion of the Jews in 1290.” (After all,, today’s English are all great-great-great (repeat 28 times) grand-children of those late 13th century anti-Semites.)

Dershowitz begins his column by asking:

“Why are so many of the grandchildren of Nazis and Nazi collaborators who brought us the Holocaust once again declaring war on the Jews?”

This question assumes that 1) today’s European proponents of BDS are indeed grandchildren of Nazis or collaborators, rather than grandchildren of the vast majority of Europeans who were victims of Nazism; 2) present-day Europeans should be blamed for the sins of their supposed ancestors; and 3) BDS proponents are “declaring war on the Jews”. It may seem difficult for someone to cram so much dishonesty and hypocrisy into a single sentence, but Dersh is up to the task. He insists that those who today advocate for (1) an end to military occupation and control over a foreign civilian population, (2) equality for all without regard to ancestry, and (3) compliance with international law, are just carrying on the Nazis’ work. After all, didn’t the Nazis themselves stand for those same ideals?

Of course, Dershowitz’s factual premises are absurd. How does he know that today’s BDS proponents are descendants of Nazi sympathizers rather than heroic resistance fighters? And his favorite line of attack is front and center as well.

Where are your demonstrations on behalf of the oppressed Tibetans, Georgians, Syrians, Armenians, Kurds, or even Ukrainians? Where are your BDS movements against the Chinese, the Russians, the Cubans, the Turks, or the Assad regime?
Only the Palestinians, only Israel? Why? Not because the Palestinians are more oppressed than these and other groups.
Only because their alleged oppressors are Jews and the nation-state of the Jews.

Is Dershowitz really unaware that Europe has imposed far greater sanctions on quite a number of countries, including Iran (his personal favorite arch-fiend country), and that the EU has labeled Hamas and Hezbollah’s military wing  terrorist organizations? Of course, the IDF, with its enormously greater civilian death count, would never be considered for such a list. What about the Europeans who made these decisions: are they also grandchildren of Nazi persecutors?

But Dershowitz’s reasoning is even worse than his facts. If present day Europeans can be collectively blamed for the sins of some Europeans 70 to 80 years ago, what about the Japanese, whose military acted with extraordinary cruelty in China, Korea, the Philippines, etc during the same time period? If Japan has a dispute with China over islands in the South China Sea, should we presume that the Japanese are motivated solely by their savage, mass-murdering “grandfathers”? For that matter, should all present-day Jews be denied the right to criticize Palestinians because they are collectively guilty of their “grandparents’” crimes at Deir Yassin and dozens of other late 1940’s massacres?

As usual, Dershowitz peppers his argument with straw men.

“Oh no,” we hear from European apologists. “This is different. We don’t hate the Jews. We only hate their nation-state. Moreover, the Nazis were right-wing. We’re left-wing, so we can’t be anti-Semites.”
Nonsense.

Nonsense indeed. Can Dershowitz actually quote a single “European apologist” who said anything like this?

And no Dershowitz column would be complete without outright fabrications, such as this whopper:  Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas collaborated with the Gestapo.  Many have questioned how Stein and Toklas survived the war living openly in France, and Stein’s obviously sarcastic suggestion that Hitler be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and her early support of Petain (a French national hero before his collaboration became a national disgrace), which she later reversed, have been much discussed. For example, see here. There are many similar controversies about the WW2 activities of cultural figures, including Maurice Chevalier  and Wilhelm Furtwangler.  But Stein/Toklas’s actual collaboration with the Gestapo? Only from the dim recesses of the Dersh imagination. As usual, he just made it up.

Dershowitz closes with a vitriolic attack on the entire Jew-hating continent:

The simple reality is that one cannot understand the current western European left-wing war against the nation-state of the Jewish people without first acknowledging the long-term European war against the Jewish people themselves.
Theodore Herzl understood the pervasiveness and irrationality of European anti-Semitism, which led him to the conclusion that the only solution to Europe’s Jewish problem was for European Jews to leave that bastion of Jew hatred and return to their original homeland, which is now the state of Israel.

Maybe he should let his friends in Israel in on his analysis. After all, they seem to crave European association, even fancying themselves part of Europe rather than the Middle East or Asia in sports leagues. Could such association be a manifestation of the phenomenon of Jewish “self-hatred”? Maybe Dershowitz could enlighten us.

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  1. Woody Tanaka says:

    This is nothing but ethnic bigotry. The man is basically a racist and should be denounced as such by every decent human being.

    • Krauss says:

      Just like Abe Foxman. The same thing.

      There is a broader lesson here for the left, because ethnic minority racists and/or nationalists can hide under the guise of liberalism in Western countries but are free to be bigots in situations where we would be in the majority.

      Another example is how some Indians in the diaspora vigoriously defended Modi, yet they are supporting policies that benefit them as minorities in the West.

      It doesn’t matter whether it is Jewish, Indian or any other minority. Every group has racists and bigots and it’s a problem that the left has defined racism as simply emanating from one direction(white Christians).

      The end-result is that we have people like Dershowitz and Foxman basically being let off the hook for generations, while both call themselves “liberals”.

  2. weiss says:

    “Where are your demonstrations on behalf of the oppressed Tibetans, Georgians, Syrians, Armenians, Kurds, or even Ukrainians?”

    And why do prominent US Congress members BLOCK any acknowledgement of the Armenian Genocide?

    Not as important as Jewish suffering? ??

    Dersh is yet another Right wing Fascist the makes me ashamed to be Jewish …

    • Zach S says:

      And why do prominent US Congress members BLOCK any acknowledgement of the Armenian Genocide?

      To protect America’s relationship with Turkey, which apparently is so insecure that it can’t handle open discussion of its history.

      • Ellen says:

        Actually Zach partly out of pressure from AIPAC onto Congress. Israel has come out more than once with the stance that they will not recognize the Armenian Genocide as they claim this will endanger Turkish Jews. (Which is utter BS) If the US makes this recognition, it puts pressure under Israel.

        Both Israel and the US want to maintain good relations with Turkey, each for their own involved reasons.

        Yes, like Israel, Turkey is too insecure to deal with their own history.

        • Zach S says:

          Israel has come out more than once with the stance that they will not recognize the Armenian Genocide as they claim this will endanger Turkish Jews.

          Source? I thought it was because they thought it would jeopardize their alliance with Turkey, which is much more logical.

    • marc b. says:

      don’t be ashamed. really. I am Christian, and I regularly meet other nominal Christians who could choke on a sandwich for all I care. they don’t represent me. Dershowitz is a specific type. An alleged opponent of racism, who repeatedly confuses history and biology, and the other way round. An historian who doesn’t know the fundamentals of any history. A lawyer with utter contempt for the law, except as it can be exploited for personal gain. A political scientist who is apparently unaware of the various laws boycotting, sanctioning, or otherwise interfering with the rights and freedoms of Russians, Syrians, Iranians, Cubans, etc. even as he simultaneously advocates for ever tightening sanctions against Russians, Syrians, Iranians, Cubans, etc. to paraphrase, may he be flushed down the toilet bowl of history.

    • lysias says:

      Not just Congress. Although Obama promised, before he was elected President, to continue to call what was done to the Armenians “genocide”, he has conspicuously failed to use that word in his annual statements about that event.

  3. lysias says:

    Having just read through Mein Kampf, I can attest that one of the objects of Hitler’s special contempt was internationalism. I just did another word search of Mein Kampf on my Kindle: the word “international” occurs 76 times, and the word “Internationalismus” (internationalism) twice, always with negative undertones.

  4. Ron Edwards says:

    “Parody, or at least gross exaggeration” is a fine description of the Dersh himself, including every definition of “gross.”

    Oh yes, and Alan? Yoo hoo! Hi there, from DePaul.

    • just says:

      “Oh yes, and Alan? Yoo hoo! Hi there, from DePaul.”

      LOL– well done, Professor Ron!

      As for the dangerous loony named Dershowitz, yes he is “gross”. Thanks for writing about his excruciatingly maniacal drivel.

  5. eljay says:

    >> Why are so many of the grandchildren of Nazis and Nazi collaborators who brought us the Holocaust once again declaring war on the Jews?”

    Huh, I never realized that Dershowitz was a Palestinian or Palestinian supporter.

  6. seafoid says:

    How did justice for the Palestinians turn into Jew hatred ?
    Surely Judaism is about justice.

    • Woody Tanaka says:

      “How did justice for the Palestinians turn into Jew hatred ?”

      For some people, they can only see the world through such ethno-centric lenses. I don’t think that’s the case with Dershawitz. I think for him, he is cynically using this excuse because he has no answer to the charge on the merits, because he is well aware of Israeli crimes. So, he attacks the character and good name of those who have the better of him on the merits. This slur is no different in principle than the criminal’s lawyer attacking a rape victim by calling her a slut. He is an immoral and nasty operator.

      • I agree, Woody. I think a couple years ago Dershowitz was quoted as having advised his “client” Israel that the war for American public opinion was either lost or inevitably about to be lost. But his client keeps doubling down. He cannot win on the facts, cannot win on the law, so he’s attacking his opponent’s character. “Chutzpah” is the name of his autobiography, and may as well be his middle name. Whether he’s personally a racist, I’m not sure, but he’s definitely got one for a client.

    • Zach S says:

      BDS is about Jew hatred. “Justice for the Palestinians” is not a priority for that movement, and never has been.

      • seafoid says:

        Zach

        Why is Judaism stuck between intermarriage and torture of Palestinians? Which is the lesser evil ?

      • Giles says:

        For those who have taken to heart the lessons of a certain aspect of Jewish upbringing/culture (Daniel Goldenhagen for one and it seems Zach S), the entirety of western culture and history revolves around the “Jew hatred” (they never do run out of inflammatory terms, do they) of the non Jews of the Western world. A level of delusion that is hard to imagine but there it is.

      • pjdude says:

        thats a bald face lie but than again when aren’t you lying about those who oppose Israel’s crimes

        • seafoid says:

          This BDS = Jew hatred is nonsense.

          So you walk past a checkpoint and an Israeli soldier in uniform is kicking a Palestinian woman .

          What is your reaction?

          a) that woman is being kicked by a soldier. That is not right
          b) the soldier is Jewish, World War 2 was dreadful, things are far worse in the DRC, nothing to see here

          Ethics MATTER. Why else are Israelis told that their army is the most ethical in the world, even though it clearly isn’t?

      • talknic says:

        Zach S “BDS is about Jew hatred”

        That’s odd. I’m a Jew and I think BDS is THE way to go. You can spew your bile and falsely accuse all you like pal, no one can force me to buy Israeli goods that profit from the occupation of the Palestinians.

        ““Justice for the Palestinians” is not a priority for that movement, and never has been”

        Says a pathetic propagandist who supports Israel’s illegal activities, why am I not surprised.

        • ziusudra says:

          Greetings talknic,
          ….I’m a Jew and i thinkBDS is the way to go……

          I’m american and i think that the US is an imperial power from de get go.
          I simply cannot fathom why you & i- & others- are not for the unjust causes of our kind.
          Yet, for the life of me, it is just natural to see things as they ‘is’!
          Many thanks for your Menschkeit, talknic.
          ziusudra

      • eljay says:

        >> Zach S: BDS is about Jew hatred.

        When did you become a Palestinian or Palestinian supporter?

        BDS is about justice, equality and accountability – three moral concepts that hateful and immoral Zio-supremacists find utterly repulsive.

      • Woody Tanaka says:

        “BDS is about Jew hatred.”

        Wrong. But you must be used to that by now.

        “‘Justice for the Palestinians’ is not a priority for that movement, and never has been.”

        Nonsense. Anyone who isn’t for BDS after seeing the barbarism of Israel — like when those Palestinian boys were murdered in cold blood. you remember them, right? — is either an evil monster or a sociopath.

      • Boycott against Iran and Gaza residents would qualify as expression of hatred of Iranian and of Gaza residents . Not BDS. It is a feeble attempt to remind the consumers not buy and subsidize the occupation of WB . BDS should ideally include all of Israel until they lift the seize of Gaza.

      • RoHa says:

        Zach, do you seriously believe that? If so, why?

      • Mayhem says:

        @Zach, it is probably a little extreme to suggest that BDS is just about Jew hatred.

        Yet the BDS movement cannot so easily absolve itself of charges of anti-Semitism – refer
        link to abc.net.au

        “Only last week, Omar Barghouti, the acknowledged leader of the BDS movement, felt compelled to reject what he called unfair allegations of anti-Semitism allegedly emanating from pro-Israel lobby groups. Writing in the New York Times, Barghouti emphasized that the movement had consistently rejected all forms of racism, including anti-Semitism. But he then blotted his copybook by oddly equating
        anti-Jewish racism with any form of criticism of Israeli government policies. Apparently, BDS advocates never demonize Israeli Jews or Jewish supporters of Israel in the real world.”

        No doubt the BDS movement goes to great lengths to show a ‘clean’ image of itself, removing anti-semitic posts quickly from its Facebook page before they get spotted (can’t say the same for Mondoweiss).
        The BDS movement cannot completely ignore valid criticism of its anti-semitic tendencies by dismissing any mention of anti-semitism coming from its ranks as just being a knee-jerk reaction by pro-Israel supporters.

        • mayhem, notice how Philip Mendes, the author, gives no example of how barghouti allegedly “blotted ..oddly”. this guy is a hasbara professional who makes a living smearing bds..iow, an agenda. don’t be fooled by the “religion and ethics” section of the paper. he’s got plenty background defending zionism feigning to be in the middle, reasonable and groovy while at the same time pretending his adversaries are

          anti-Zionist fundamentalists said that Israel was a racist colonialist state that should be destroyed by military force.

          then he goes on to call Antony Loewenstein an “Anti-Zionist fundamentalist”!

          reading the hasbrat Philip Mendes crap link to galusaustralis.com one would almost think there were an army of BDS activists advocating destroying israel by military force! you know, to counter balance the price taggers, annexers, emergency committee for israel’ers, neocons etc etc..only problem is…there isn’t.

          and there’s exactly zilch evidence omar barghouti or anyone from the BDS movement has ever advocated destroying israel by military force. the bds movement can’t so easily be morphed into hezbollah (a defensive army but an army none the less).

          BDS movement cannot so easily absolve itself of charges of anti-Semitism
          self
          oh sure it can, if that’s all ya got. otherwise, cite this alleged self “blotting” of barghouti in the nyt!!!

          • Mayhem says:

            @Robbins, why are you so amazed that apparatchik Loewenstein is referred to in these terms?

            anti-Zionist fundamentalists said that Israel was a racist colonialist state that should be destroyed by military force.

            then he goes on to call Antony Loewenstein an “Anti-Zionist fundamentalist”!

            You seem to have a problem understanding Mendes’ criticism because you are so enmeshed in the BDS psychology, where opposition to Israeli policies is conflated with opposition to people or groups because they
            just happen to be Jewish or pro-Israel.
            Omar Barghouti, with his outlandish hypocritical statements about ‘white racists’, refer
            link to hpmonitor.blogspot.com.au.
            Gilad Atzmon was very happy to post this on his website.
            Omar Barghouti, happy to have received an education from an Israeli University, now hypocritically boycotting Israeli academics whenever he gets the chance, has admitted, “If the occupation ends . . . would
            that end support for BDS? No it wouldn’t—no.”
            Using BDS as a vehicle for destroying any hope of a two-state solution and wanting to get rid of a Jewish state in the region, one gets the clear message that Barghouti is anti-semitic. He does not want a Jewish sovereign state in the Middle East i.e. he wants to deny the rights of Jews to their own nation state.

          • You seem to have a problem understanding Mendes’ criticism because you are so enmeshed in the BDS psychology

            no, i have a problem w/mendes’ criticism because he is lying. Loewenstein never said Israel should be destroyed by military force.(i fixed your blockquote to reflect what i really wrote btw)

            Omar Barghouti, with his outlandish hypocritical statements about ‘white racists’, refer

            you’re own link doesn’t even claim barghouti make a statement about white racists. he didn’t even utter the term. the link claims barghouti a racist. you should try being honest when you characterize others words. here’s from your link

            Omar Barghouti is a Racist…..For example Barghouti declares that he won’t be lectured on violence by a “white person” why? Because “the white race is the most violent in history of mankind.” Isn’t that special.

            how is that racist? what chutpza to lecture palestinians about non violent resistance if you support their opponents use of violent methods? and besides, it’s true. the white race is the most violent in the history of mankind if judged by the number of victims. how is that racist?

        • The BDS movement cannot completely ignore valid criticism of its anti-semitic tendencies

          yeah, and how many times a week do you beat your wife? it takes a little more than merely claiming something to make it so. and nothing in your link offers any evidence “The BDS movement” is anti-semitic. none. what.so.ever. it’s a paper tiger, as is your strawman allegation. where’s the “valid criticism” that you speak of?

          it should not be too hard to prove barghouti “equat[ed] anti-Jewish racism with any form of criticism of Israeli government policies” in his op ed in the NYT, if it’s there! just find the quote.

        • ziusudra says:

          Greetings mayhem,
          ….the BDS…cannot …ignore valid criticism of its anti-semitic…

          Did you ever hear of an Israeli Government since 48 who rejected
          hate from the populace against the Falesteeni? Did you ev’er hear
          Ben Gurion, G. Meir, M. Dajan, M.Begin, Sharon, Netanjahu express
          horror of the mountain of crimes, theft of land & resources, hate &
          anti-semitism against the Falesteeni?
          ziusudra
          PS Everyone is against Zionism & the conquest of Falesteena. I
          wouldn’t know a Jew if i saw one. My hate begins when he says,
          i’m a Zionist, do you have anything against me? It is the same hate
          that i wouldfeel for any american that claims to be an Imperialist.

        • ziusudra says:

          Greetings mayhem,
          ….the BDS…cannot …ignore valid criticism of its anti-semitic…

          Did you ever hear of an Israeli Government since 48 who rejected
          hate from the populace against the Falesteeni? Did you ev’er hear
          Ben Gurion, G. Meir, M. Dajan, M.Begin, Sharon, Netanjahu express
          horror of the mountain of crimes, theft of land & resources, hate &
          anti-semitism against the Falesteeni?
          ziusudra
          PS Everyone is against Zionism & the conquest of Falesteena. I
          wouldn’t know a Jew if i saw one. My hate begins when he says,
          i’m a Zionist, do you have anything against me?

      • ziusudra says:

        Greetings Zach S,
        …Justice for the Palestinians….

        My bouts with Judaics on Internet have shone that they know a little of the Mishnah, (Talmud; 200AD) but only the ‘Customs’ part of it.
        They know nothing of real history or don’t want to know.
        World Jewry has completed libraries of publicatons of their past.
        Where has it gotten them? 6 Million could read the Talmud only in
        English in the US. 6 Million could read it in modern Hebrew from 1922
        onwards. Zionist Governments back to 48 have not made the Halakka (law) of the Talmud mandatory which played to their advantage. Hebrew gets its Abjad, (consonants) first in 1K BC, but their Niqqud (vowels) in 100BC. No, proto hebrew nor archaic hebrew had consonants. Whatever was written, was done in Sumerian or Assyrian, later in Greek by singular Rabbi Scribes; the General public was illiterate, hence no one ever read.
        ziusudra

  7. seafoid says:

    Lashing judaism to the mast of the sinking SS Zionism is ultra dangerous. Zionism is an odious ideology that is out of place in 2014. It has no moral defence. It runs on lies and torture.
    Judaism should get an amicable divorce.

    • just says:

      Truly, there are irreconcilable differences.

      • seafoid says:

        And the way the lobby in the US uses money to shield Israel from international criticism and support the abuse of the Palestinians is straight out of a very dangerous book.

    • seafoid- 40% of the world’s Jews live in Israel (approx.) It is impossible to get an amicable divorce from that large a chunk of the people, unless you give up the ghost of Judaism at the same time. (impossible is overstating it. very unlikely.) The Michael Lerner impulse is not for divorce but for tikkun. That doesn’t seem too likely either, but the proposal of a divorce from such a large percentage of the Jewish “community” is nearly impossible, without a type of divorce from Jews in general.

      I dig the Schondes and their attachment to the concept of the fringe and for rock n rollers living on the fringe is part of the description of a rock n roller, but there is yet to develop a mechanism of divorce that you prescribe.

      • seafoid says:

        Yonah
        Irish Americans are nowhere near as deluded as Israeli Jews, prolly because they are not part of a paranoid military system , but they have drifted apart from Ireland over the generations. Geography will do that. I don’t buy any jewish argument that says we can’t because…

        The fall of zionism is going to involve external moral force that Israel will not be able to resist.
        Israeli judaism might as well schism from US Jewish observance the way things are going. Even if 40% of jews live in Israel they are dead wrong. Apartheid will tear the community apart anyway.

        Israel is a desperately Jewish tragedy. All those Nobels and not a single adult in charge.

        • Seafoid- I have no reason to doubt your sincerity, but the overall effect is one of breathlessness rather than considered thought. You get things off your chest very quickly and bravo for that, but your pronouncements echo off the stadium walls and do not speak to me.

          If there had been no Hitler (Israel if it would have existed would look quite different and) American Jewish development would have been different. (I view the post war assimilationist Jewish spirit of 45 to 67 as a type of repression and the Jewish awakening of 67 to be almost literally an awakening after the sleep of the previous 22 years. It is unfortunate that the source of pride was an army and resulted in an occupation.) The passage of 70 years (soon) since the end of the war will lead to a new dynamic relating to a past that is distant rather than near. The results of the Pew poll indicate such changes that are here and coming.

          • seafoid says:

            Blaming Hitler for Apartheid that Jews chose to run is not going to fly much longer in Galut, Yonah. I’m surprised by the speed at which the debate is changing in Europe. I remember being at a Palestine Solidarity meeting in London in 2001 where the issue of BDS came up.One elderly Jewish lady said that boycotting Jews would be an uncomfortable reminder of the 30s and that Israel should be given time to do the decent thing.
            It got 10 years. It didn’t do anything.

            The Shoah will only buy so much time. At the end of the day does it really matter who gets shafted ?

            The Afrikaners back in the 80s were convinced they were right but reality is uncomfortable when the winds shift.

            You need constant support from the US ‘family’ across the generations and I can’t see that panning out. Apartheid is a serious moral hole and whining while ignoring the abuses of today is not going to work.

            It’s very sad. The dynamics are dreadful.

          • RoHa says:

            ” I view the post war assimilationist Jewish spirit of 45 to 67 as a type of repression”

            What a weird idea. Freely deciding to be an ordinary member of an open, free, society doesn’t seem to be even close to the standard concept of repression.

          • RoHa- Freely choosing a new identity and casting off an old identity is fine. But to imagine that the murder of millions who had clung to the old identity for the mere sake of the old identity had nothing to do with the choice is divorced from the reality of history and human nature.

      • talknic says:

        yonah fredman ” 40% of the world’s Jews live in Israel (approx.)”

        All Israeli Jews are zionists? WOW, I wonder if those who aren’t know?

        • Elliot says:

          yonah: “millions who had clung to the old identity for the mere sake of the old identity”

          After WWI, my grandparents moved to central Europe from Eastern Europe. They became more acculturated if not assimilated. During that period, the The millions of Jews who flocked to the major cities of Warsaw, Vienna and so on went through a similar process. Many abandoned or shed layers of religion. Their sense of being Jewish was also a function of legal and social anti-Semitism. They were Jewish because everybody said so.

          Your formulation of who died in the Holocaust is common in the Orthodox world.

          • RoHa says:

            Yonah, if I understand you correctly (and tell me if I don’t) you are suggesting that the American Jews of that period were thinking (subconsciously?) “we’d better assimilate or we’ll end up in the gas chambers”.

            And they were thinking this even though the regime (not the US government) which actually ran the gas chambers had been comprehensively and very publicly annihilated (with the USA taking a major part in that annihilation), and the crimes of that regime had been universally denounced.

            Well, that may be true. I don’t know. My talents are multitudinous, but mind reading is not one of them.

            But there was no actual threat. There was no outside repression. (Anti-Jewish feeling had been rendered totally unfashionable at that time.) So I cannot see it as repression.

            To me, of course, it looks more like a liberation, as more and more American Jews realised that they did not have to play at Polish ghettoes any more, but could enjoy being Americans, and have Christmas trees.

    • talknic says:

      seafoid “Judaism should get an amicable divorce”

      Amicable, from Zionism? You’re kidding. Amicable simply doesn’t exist in Zioland. Read the ghastly bile Dershowitz showers in

    • ziusudra says:

      Greetings seafoid,
      …Zionism is an odious ideaolgy……, no moral defence……

      All three Abrahamic religions used and use ideology.
      1 Pope Leo in 1095 AD, comes up with the idea of reducing overpopulation in Europe by conquest of the Levant lasting 200 years.
      2. in 633AD, one year after Mohammad’s death, Abu Bakr sets out on a political
      scourge lasting one hundred years of conquest.
      3. Hertzl jumps on de bandwagon convincing Euo. Monarchies of the benefits of ridding themselves of Euro Jewry, where the original idea of a land for his People grew into conquest of contiguous Palestine.
      4. Remember that Pharaoh who tried to rid himself of the Priesthood by conceptualizing monotheism of the Sun? Their idelogy dusted him away.
      5. Try talking to Evangelicals of their ideological side of their Religion.
      Much tks for your positive thoughts.
      ziusudra

  8. amigo says:

    The dersh sure makes it easy to hate him and he certainly makes his own contribution to the creation of anti semitism.

    The EU should file a class action lawsuit for slander and take every dollar he has.

    A fitting end to this slanderous media hack.

  9. Woody Tanaka says:

    Dershbag: “Where are your demonstrations on behalf of the oppressed Tibetans, Georgians, Syrians, Armenians, Kurds, or even Ukrainians? Where are your BDS movements against the Chinese, the Russians, the Cubans, the Turks, or the Assad regime?”

    Me: “Who the hell are you to dictate whose suffering one can hold an opinion about?”

    • ritzl says:

      Yeah, and where are the Dersh’s demonstrations on those fronts? A: There aren’t any.

      All hyperventilation and mouth, with a mic.

      Appreciate your comments and insights, WT, and admire your energy.

  10. German Lefty says:

    David, I always enjoy your articles.

    This question assumes that 1) today’s European proponents of BDS are indeed grandchildren of Nazis or collaborators, rather than grandchildren of the vast majority of Europeans who were victims of Nazism

    In my case, great-grandchild. My great-grandfathers fought in WW2 because they were drafted. I have no idea what their political views were.

    Where are your demonstrations on behalf of the oppressed Tibetans, Georgians, Syrians, Armenians, Kurds, or even Ukrainians? Where are your BDS movements against the Chinese, the Russians, the Cubans, the Turks, or the Assad regime?

    Well, in these cases, the perpetrators do NOT misuse the Holocaust to justify their crimes. If the Zionists didn’t exploit German history, I probably wouldn’t have started looking into the conflict and would have kept ignoring it.
    There are so many injustices in the world that it’s impossible for a person to fight ALL of them. That’s why people are forced to choose a few causes. And they most likely pick those issues that they have some kind of personal connection to. As a German, my connection to Zionist crimes is the Zionists’ exploitation of German history.

  11. Alcibiades says:

    I wonder what Dershowitz imagines he is accomplishing. Does he think that this is part of an effective strategy of intimidating Europeans from expressing their views on IS-PAL? Does he not grasp that to the extent that it is read by Europeans, it will only enrage generate more hostility for Israel–and probably Jews in general? I guess not–or maybe he assumes that not enough Europeans will read it to matter. Or perhaps he calculates that the gravitation of European right parties–Front National, Lega Nord, True Finns, Danish People’s Party, Vlaams Belang, Dutch Party for Freedom–towards Israel-friendliness means that this sort of vituperation will be accepted by the majority of Europeans. Yes, I think that’s it–he believes he (and the global Israel lobby) can play the seam between the left and right in Europe to Israel’s advantage. I think in the end he will be disastrously wrong.

    • German Lefty says:

      Does he not grasp that to the extent that it is read by Europeans, it will only enrage generate more hostility for Israel–and probably Jews in general?

      Exactly! When Jews (like Dersh or Abe Foxman) keep falsely accusing non-Jews of anti-Semitism, then one day non-Jews will start hating Jews for constantly making these false accusations. So, it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    • ritzl says:

      Great question, Alcibiades. Whether he knows it or not (my money is on NOT, but who knows, he may be knowingly doubling-down on a lost cause) he’s forcing people of good will to soul-search, conclude that they are not anti-semitic despite the accusation/control method, and come back stronger morally with renewed energy and resilience to do the right thing about a topic that he keeps pointing to. One step back and five steps forward.

      We see it all the time here and it’s glaringly self-defeating (for Dersh-types). The accusation actually focuses the renewed morality and energy, rather than diffuses it. It’s a bizarre strategy.

  12. Kay24 says:

    As long as they can, they will blame the Germans for all their ills, and in this case Europe too. BDS is the result of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinians, and human right violations, not because of religious reasons. Throwing up that holocaust card to get endless support, and even silence any criticism, has worked so far. BDS is a bigger threat to Israel than they will admit. Despite the false bravado, they are terrified, it will spread to a larger proportion, and cripple their economy. Therefore they do what they are best at – link BDS to anti-semitism, and try desperately to make it an enemy that is intent on harming them. This time they are not going to succeed – the world is wiser. Dershowitz is indeed yet another minion, perhaps paid and doing the bidding of AIPAC. He too, has the ability to ignore the war crimes against civilians, the land theft, water control, and all other evils, and keep the “oye vey, the world is against Israel” narrative going in the US.

    • seafoid says:

      They are really afraid of smart non violent action. They have nothing in the idf to counter it, the memes all suddenly flaccid, arguments fallen away.

      • Kay24 says:

        Well, they tried hasbara tactics too. They all spewed lies, denigrated ALL Palestinians, while insulting Islam, and tried to insert lies to facts.
        Well, it seems that did not work either. I doubt a single mind believed their tales.

  13. StCuthbert says:

    Why is this racist still allowed to spread his disgusting rhetoric in the United States? We have hate speech laws, time to use them. I can’t think of a better candidate.

  14. chinese box says:

    OK, so Jeffrey Goldberg is telling European Jews to “get out” in the other thread, and the Dersh is lecturing all Europeans here…apparently in the minds of these people Europe (and its citizens) are peripheral and subordinate, and exist either to be scolded by America and Israel, or advised what to do in a paternalistic manner.

  15. chet says:

    The Agenda -

    – Victim! Victim! Victim!

    – Holocaust! Holocaust! Holocaust!

  16. German Lefty says:

    Is Dershowitz really unaware that Europe has imposed far greater sanctions on quite a number of countries, including Iran (his personal favorite arch-fiend country), and that the EU has labeled Hamas and Hezbollah’s military wing terrorist organizations?

    I have absolutely no intention to defend Dersh, but here you made a little “mistake”. You need to distinguish between European states and European people. From what I understand, Dersh “only” claims that European people – not European states – are anti-Semitic. No European state supports (full) BDS. They reject it. Many European people, however, support it. So, there’s a difference between the official position of the states and the actual opinion of the people. On other issues, too. That’s why you can’t argue against Dersh’s claim about European people by pointing to policies of European states.

    After all, they seem to crave European association, even fancying themselves part of Europe rather than the Middle East or Asia in sports leagues.

    What Netanyahu told a German newspaper:
    “Israel in many ways is the beginning of Europe and the forces of militant Islam that are crashing against us are ultimately directed against you. They want to subordinate the entire Middle East, maybe the entire world, to their medieval conception that has no place for the freedom of women, the liberties of minorities, gays. They want Israel to be eliminated in order for them to continue the march against you. So Israel is the frontal bastion of European and western civilization.”
    link to bild.de

    • David Samel says:

      GL, thanks very much for your compliments (above) on my articles, and thanks too for this great Netanyahu quote that is irreconcilable with Dersh’s nonsense. However, I thought about the Euro people/states difference and decided it was illusory. After all, the position of “states” is decided by actual human beings, the very same ones Dersh pillories as grandchildren of Nazis and their symps. Moreover, these leaders were elected to their positions by European people. If those people were so singleminded in their Jew hatred as Dersh suggests, wouldn’t they elect leaders who also wanted to make “war on the Jews” or at least throw them out of office once they failed to do so? So I think I can “argue against Dersh’s claim about European people by pointing to policies of European states.” In any event, I wish I had found that Netanyahu quote myself – it would have been perfect for the post.

  17. Faisal says:

    Yeah, we’re suppose to believe that an apologist for an apartheid garrison state cares about anything but himself and his most immediate interests.

    Not to mention the typical authoritarian – regarding BDS in particular – schtick: Petty indirection and the pot calling the kettle black.

    Someone as ethically disintegrated and humanly compromised like him looks horridly bizarre and insulting to everybody’s intelligence when he “demands action” about other world atrocities. Maniacally defending a bunch of settler-colonial ethnocrats who exile, occupy and besiege about 10 million people while pushing for his neocolonial interventionist schemes under the guise of humanitarian concern for maximum effect.

    Yes, the celebrity-murderer defender is driven to madness by what the Indonesian army does to Papuans and what the Ugandan and Burundian militias do to Congolese villagers.

  18. broadside says:

    By the way, Mondoweisseinheimers, did you catch the Times’s article on the cancellation of the revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, their second story, the one where the actors and crew sounded off? Toward the very end of the story (natch), either Johnny Lydon or Ben Forster said he began to get alarmed about the fate of the show when he realized the American media was expressing virtually zero interest in it. The rest of the world’s media was calling him non-stop, yet in America, no. The insinuation sure seemed to be that FOR WHATEVER REASON the American media wasn’t interested in promoting something to do with Jesus Christ.

    Which begs the question: before those two articles — what did the Times do to promote/report in the show?

    • just says:

      That’s pretty shocking.

      Webber’s/Rice’s work was genius, imho. The music/lyrics were truly unforgettable– I can still sing the whole opera.

    • Ron Edwards says:

      link? This is surprisingly well-timed; I’m right in the middle of trying to get a closer look at the history and sociocultural role of this very production. I mean – not this current production you mention, but the whole production history of the album, play, and film.

      • here’s the nyt link link to artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com

        and the rolling stone link to rollingstone.com

        link to telegraph.co.uk

        The reason for the show’s cancellation was said to be a failure to sell enough tickets to cover its extensive costs.

        As well as Mr Lydon and Mr Forster, an eclectic group of celebrities had been hired, including Brandon Boyd, lead singer of the rock band Incubus, as Judas Iscariot, Michelle Williams, of the R&B group Destiny’s Child, as Mary Magdalene and JC Chasez from the boy band N Sync as Pontius Pilate.

        Producers had booked huge theatres, including venues with up to 20,000 seats such as New York’s Madison Square Garden and the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Top price tickets were on sale for $125 (£75).

        The show’s promoter Michael Cohl, who has worked mainly with rock bands such as the Rolling Stones and U2, and whose previous musical experience was the troubled Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, said that backers had spent “millions of dollars” and hired “an army of people to promote the tour.” In an email to the New York Times, he added: “It became obvious the shows were in trouble, but we tried until the last moment to give it every chance to turn around.

        “In the end, it just did not make business sense to continue, and we didn’t want the cast to endure playing to disappointing audiences.”

        The show was being promoted by Mr Cohl’s company S2BN Entertainment in conjunction with the Really Useful Group, which is owned by Mr Lloyd Webber.

        Mr Lydon accused Mr Cohl of treating the cast and crew badly, saying he had been “devoid of human contact”.

        He added: “I didn’t like him and I instinctively didn’t trust him. The excuses are going to have to be phenomenal.”

        Asked what he would be doing after the show’s cancellation, the Sex Pistols star said: “I’m going to be doing the ballet next.”

        The tour was still being promoted on the homepage of the Really Useful Group website on Monday, with a statement announcing the cancellation only appearing after users clicked through.

        A Twitter campaign has now begun, led by the London cast, to take the show to this summer’s Glastonbury Festival.

  19. piotr says:

    One could ask why type of news vendor would risk their reputation by publishing something so ridiculous, but this is Newsmax for you.

    On a separate note, one can be puzzled why the (not-so-well) learned Professor Emeritus wrote about “[England] has a long history of anti-Semitism, beginning with the expulsion of the Jews in 1290″. Any history buff would know about York massacre of 1190, so it can be safely assumed that Derschowitz is not one of them.

    After accumulating some knowledge, one can try to generalize. After all, the pre-modern massacres (say, before 1700) fail one of the “tests” for anti-Semitism, namely “singling out”. Grand total of folks killed in Europe because of religion between 1000 A.D. and 1700 A.D is surely in millions and sometimes it affected Jews too. Many affected groups simply did not survive (check Cathars and Prussians). In particular, 17-th century was probably the culmination, Europe lost a larger part of population in religious wars of 17-th century than in wars of 20-th century. Enlightenment was precisely a reaction to that. Then 19-th century nationalisms were in some fashion a reaction to enlightenment and Zionism is a part of that wave.

    In any case, one has to know facts to generalize, and Derschowitz does not.

  20. Palikari says:

    “Nor is this to deny that many western European individuals and some western European countries have refused to succumb to the hatred against the Jews or their state.”

    Dershowitz is not “disqualifying” an “entire continent”.

  21. It has been a Hasabara hallmark to draw a straight lines between two unconnected dots and claim the connection. The reality is that it is the figment of Zionist imagination. Not that long ago,their Dear Leader blamed the reconciliation between Hama and PA for the failures of the latest talks between Zionist leaders and PA.
    14 yrs ago their lawyer drew the lines and blamed Arafat for failures.Zionist lawyers are angry for none wants to smell the reasonings made of crowding . The hatred that is so clear and manifest in this Dershowitz type of polemics ,can not be reconciled with any cool,collected,sane discussion. He should go and live in Israel for the generations of those Europeans are not restricted to Europe. They live in US also.
    Before branding them Antisemite he should implore his tribe to return the money and the freebies and should think of how to reverse the veto and the recognition at UN .

  22. RoHa says:

    “England] has a long history of anti-Semitism,”

    Which ended quite a long time ago. England also has a long history of equal rights for Jews. In all Britain (not just England) there are Jews who are members of Parliament, leaders of major political parties, and who hold high-ranking positions in every sphere.

    It was Britain which enabled the Zionists to take over Palestine.

    • Mr D will soon start blaming US for some imagined rejection. Tablet magazine was touting the ‘ Asian Pivot” of Israeli type to avenge the Obama policies on Syria and on Iran . Yes ,they even were writing about how Israel fought the fight against European colonizers and how Israel could be reached in 4 to 5 hours from India and cities of China . To Indian BJP radicals,these liars have raised the connection of spirituality and religion between the two as another tie cementing the relationship . Both are ancients and both are tolerant of pluralities of religious views . Neither convert ,have never. Ilk and minions or fellow liars of Mr D invents realities on one
      side and manufactures lies on the other side of the steady lips. The repeated lies become historical truth .
      The expulsion of Jews from England was much more complex and was driven by the farmers,labourers,small business owners,petty government officials and lowbrow Church figures. The reason was the burden of the debt. It was part of the Magna Carta deal.

  23. Rubbish from Dershowitz. Supporting BDS can be a way to benefit Israel.

  24. Basilio says:

    If Dershowitz and the majority of American Jews had been fighting for decades against Israel’s racial and settlement policies, we wouldn’t be having this discussion. Imagine if South Africa said people had no right to criticize Afrikaners because other countries were worse at that time. Also, Europe was under German control during WWII. Much of Europe suffered during the war. It was not like every European was in a position to save people in the camps. And haven’t Jews had in their community people who engaged in bad behavior? As I recall, some of the most prominent slavers in the New World were Jewish. This is not a conspiracy; it’s a fact. Many got rich by selling people, not just white Protestants or Catholics.
    And what of some of the Jews in Poland who helped the Polish aristocracy to oppress Ukrainian peasants? What about the ancient history of the Jews who killed tons of other Semites, which many Israelis use today to justify themselves? And many call the Palestinians the Amalekites?

    • piotr says:

      “And what of some of the Jews in Poland who helped the Polish aristocracy to oppress Ukrainian peasants? ”

      This is slightly questionable, because it is debatable if Poland had aristocracy. The “nobility” was a wide and eclectic bunch and there were no hereditary lords (with isolated exceptions). There was a honorific “duke” but it just meant a claim of descent from a royal (or Grand Ducal) house, which would be Lithuanian or Russian (Viking?). More important, rich noblemen had serfs, who would be Ukrainian in Ukraine, and employed a big bunch of people, and in Ukraine the armed goons would be either Ukrainians or petty (landless) noblemen (basically, again Ukrainian), and the non-armed flunkies would by often Jews. it was kind of free market feudalism, and Jews simply had jobs or contracts.

    • ThevJews of East Cetral Europe .
      Between The World Wars by Ezra Mendelson provides a complex picture of the status of the Jews .They occupied the desirable socio-economic positions . They renewed the religious awakenings . They established political parties . They participated in decision making processes both from within and outside the ruling elite administrative classes.
      They did not work only in two professions- peasantry and mining.
      Jews in Polish Commere – % of Jews in all Poland 62.6 – numberingb324,612 out of total number in commerce of 518,749.
      56 percent of the doctors were Jews,33.4 percent of lawyersc,legal advisors,notaries were Jews, 22.0 percent of journalists,publishers,librarians were Jews,43 percent of teachers and educators were Jews, 24 .1 percent of Druggists,laboratory workers were Jews .
      ( page. 26 and 27 )
      The Jewish Proletariat were not made of miners,factories,or laborers. They were self employed craftsmen from out of light industry
      .

  25. RE: “And no Dershowitz column would be complete without outright fabrications, such as this whopper: Gertrude Stein and
    Alice Toklas collaborated with the Gestapo… Only from the dim recesses of the Dersh imagination. As usual, he just made it up.”
    ~ David Samel

    MY COMMENT – I do not believe it would be inappropriate to at least consider the possibility that Dershowitz (despite his self-identifying as a liberal) simply could not resist taking advantage of an opportunity to smear Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas merely because:
    • they were “leftists” (and the type really loathed by the neocons); and/or
    • they were women (and the type most loathed by misogynists); and/or
    • they were lesbians (and quite open/unapologetic about it).

    • MHughes976 says:

      I suspect that Stein offends by offering an example of cultural leadership in which Jewish and non-Jewish thinkers could function side by side without ‘assimilation’ in any craven form.
      ‘Collaborate with the Gestapo’ to me would mean ‘denounce friends to the Gestapo’. I don’t think that there is the slightest evidence of that.
      I dimly recall that Stein wrote to Robert Graves after the war saying that she ‘had learned the difference between Jesus and Christ’, which must mean, I suppose, that she saw a Christian element in Nazism but was aware of the kindness and protectiveness of many ordinary people from peasants to those in official positions. These forces did in fact protect a very substantial number of French Jewish people during the bad years and are as much part of the Euro mentality as the bad things are.

  26. OhmOmair says:

    Alan Dershowitz has made interesting points and his position is nothing unusual for those familiar with his books, lectures, and interactions with others in the academic field who do not share his point of view. What he has cleverly done is not to categorise all Europeans, which of course is wrong, but to use the tactic of eliciting guilt; which reminds me of Norman Finkelstein’s writings, “The Holocaust Industry”. Although anti-Semitism has it’s roots in Europe and many groups claim that there is a ‘new wave’ that Jews are experiencing, which of course is wrong and needs to be addressed, this may be the reason many hate Israel or side against it. I do believe, however, that AD’s stand is to denounce the BDS because it is a strong movement that carries a tremendous amount of weight and instead of comprehending the reason for supporting it, many Jews and pro-Israeli supporters categorise it as anti-Semitic. I do agree with AD that people in general have to oppose other forms of hate and oppression and like that he added Syria because it is three years since the uprising and people use the same blighted logic to not care about the plight of Syrian people as with the Holocaust that, ‘it isn’t our fight’. On the same token, however, it was unjustifiable to add Turkey and in particular, Cuba, whose people have been suffering from the US embargo for over 50 years because Castro opposed imperialism and US policy in Cuba and refused to back down.

  27. MHughes976 says:

    The idea that ‘Jew-hatred’ is somehow an eternal, incurable aspect of the human condition, infecting even Jewish people to a degree and always bursting forth yet again, so that refuge in Israel is the only rational option, has strange implications. The withdrawal amid anger and suspicion of the Jewish population from everywhere else, place by place, is predicted and since these negative sentiments could only make matters worse, it seems inevitable that the rest of the world will become a kind of Amalekite empire over enough time. Even with nuclear weapons and Samson-style threats it would seem that the refuge would become a death-trap, since no amount of deterrence can be expected to work against hostility that is totally irrational. So the refuge policy cannot in itself be all that rational: so there’s something wrong with the whole theory, I suggest.

    • Jew hatred need not be eternal and incurable for it to still be a problem on the European continent or elsewhere on this planet. Certainly the change from a Christian society to a post Christian society is in play here. The world of rationalist philosophy has no place for religion, and though it might accept nations as inevitable, nations and national feeling are mostly in the realm of the irrational and against the spirit of rationalism. Thus the two prongs of Jewish identity- nation (culture, if the term nation is too ambitious a term to apply to the Jews circa 1881) and religion are both opposed by rationalism. Then we have rationalism’s corrective: romanticism. Which accepts nationalism and religion, but without much discernment or prejudice, as in the romantic strain of the Nazi love of ritual and flags and torches, and thus if we attribute Nazism or tolerance for Nazism in the school of romanticism, given where Nazism reached, we must blame romanticism for the philosophical permission given to Nazism, since it seems that there is nothing that romanticism can oppose on philosophical grounds if it is sincere and heartfelt, and thus the abyss must be attributed to the romantic reaction to rationalism.

      One never knows what kind of a role Jew hatred would have played in the post 1945 era if not for the birth of Israel (through the violence of the Nakba). The relationship of Islam to Judaism is entirely different than Christianity’s relationship to Judaism. And we are not yet in a post Islamic era. (Thus we have two factors regarding Islam’s attitude towards the Jews. The tradition is not in a modernist phase yet and a war on the ground with consequences occurred on “Muslim” territory.) Thus the field of Jew hatred in that part of the world is of an entirely different nature.

      The dynamics of an Israel at constant war with her neighbors, possessing nukes, influencing superpower policy through campaign contributions, sets up a particular mix of problems, to put it mildly. One need not believe in the eternal nature of Jew hatred to remark that the given circumstances are not conducive towards a calm tolerant progression towards peace and coexistence.

      • Woody Tanaka says:

        Yonah, why don’t you spend some time discussing the Arab hatred and Muslim hatred that washes through the Jewish community in Israel and the world at large, and the implications for that hatred? Perhaps what we need is a post-Jewish era?

      • MHughes976 says:

        Yes, it’s very true that even less sweeping forms of the idea of ‘Jew-hatred’ (what a horrible term, though) have very frightening implications.

    • ritzl says:

      MHughes- Another strange implication is that a trial lawyer, law professor, and author (i.e. someone who’s whole identity and livelihood is fundamentally based upon changing and/or molding peoples minds) believes that minds cannot be changed.

      How does he get up in the morning?

    • ziusudra says:

      Greetings M Hughes,
      ….jewish hatred…….
      Arithmatic says no. US, German, French, UK, So.American Jews are not suffering. How many Israelis are suffering just as much, but for reasons of poverty & irrational fear of the dispossessed Falesteeni or the mythical danger of a nuclear Iran? Where’s de benefit of living in Israel, satisfying one’s own masochism?
      One could say, I vant zu suffer ‘caus i’m a Yid! (Yid is jew in Yiddisch.)
      One could say, the 60% outside would say, I’m not meshugga! I favour them.
      ziusudra
      PS Very well put notes.

  28. Citizen says:

    Looking at that pic of Dershi, a voice balloon popped up in my mind: “Sucha deal! It’s got loads of miles ahead of it! Good tread too!”

  29. piotr says:

    Why have we seen such an increase in anti-Semitism and irrationally virulent anti-Zionism in western Europe?

    To answer these questions, a myth must first be exposed. That myth is the one perpetrated by the French, the Dutch, the Norwegians, the Swiss, the Belgians, the Austrians, and many other western Europeans: namely that the Holocaust was solely the work of German Nazis aided perhaps by some Polish, Ukrainian, Latvian, Lithuanian, and Estonian collaborators.

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    You must give it to Derschowitz, few can pack stereotypes and BS so tightly. I would like to point to some of them. First, everyone has his/her perspective, and mine is that over a longer period of time, everything happened. My Jewish ancestors were oppressing Ukrainian peasants, German ancestors were exterminating Jewish ancestors and sending the Polish ancestors to forced labor, Communist ancestors were incarcerating Polish nationalist ancestors on trumped-up charges, only the oddball Czech ancestor seems strangely blameless. (I must stress that this is strictly application of the guilt by association, e.g. German grandma had nothing to do with sending her daughter to forced labor, Jewish ancestors were not exterminated, and so on).

    So the first observation is that on the other side of Atlantic there is a strange continent divided into two parts: one that is worth talking about, “western Europe”, so when we say Europe it really means western Europe, and the benighted rest which is so damn God awful that its vile nature is beyond debate. Thus the myth that Derschowitz labors to expose is that while the western Europeans (or, European for short) fancy themselves to be better than the undisputably vile non-Western Europeans (the Poles, who always start the list, Estonians who were included to show the breadth of erudition and more other nations than it is worth to know), it could not be further from the truth. In fact, they are no better than Udmurts, Kalmyks, and other uncivilized hordes inhabiting the non-Western reaches.

    I mentioned Udmurts because to many they are either “who??!! there is something like that?” or a benign image of backwater grandmas link to youtube.com but I am sure that if we dig deeper we could expose what they truly are. However, since they are not from the western Europe, a sensible person will not write about them, Udmurts were really beyond the Pale.

  30. Talkback says:

    Dershowitz: Where are your BDS movements against the Chinese, the Russians, the Cubans, the Turks, or the Assad regime?

    Where’s your support for these opressing regimes? Your denial, endless lies, twisting laws and whitewashing of their human rights violation and crimes against humanity? Oh wait, they are not Jewish.

  31. eljay says:

    >> Theodore Herzl understood … that the only solution to Europe’s Jewish problem was for European Jews to leave … return to their original homeland …

    Mr. Herzl chose not to understand that Palestine was not the homeland of European Jews. Their original homelands were the countries in which they were born or in which they had taken up citizenship.

  32. eljay says:

    >> Where are your demonstrations on behalf of the oppressed Tibetans, Georgians, Syrians, Armenians, Kurds, or even Ukrainians? Where are your BDS movements against the Chinese, the Russians, the Cubans, the Turks, or the Assad regime?

    Does this blow-hard scream at people who demonstrate against China, Russia and Syria and demand that they also boycott Israel? I didn’t think so. What an ass.