The Accusation of Anti-Semitism


“Surely Jews understand that in identifying an anti-Semite one must use a sum-of-all-its-parts test. If it is yellow, has a four-foot neck, spots, and little horns, it is a giraffe.”

                            — Jewish comedian Jackie Mason and Jewish lawyer Raul Felder, 9-2000, p. 57

“If you want to understand anti-Semitism, read the Old Testament.”    — George Orwell

“So long as there is a single anti-Semite in the world, I shall declare with pride that I am a Jew.”  — Ilya Ehrenburg, Jewish Russian author, (in DERSHOWITZ, p. 14]

“Fighting anti-Semitism seems to be for some Jews more important than any other expression of Jewishness … The danger appears when one becomes dependent upon them for one’s identity, so that one begins to need anti-Semitism.” Stanislaw Krajewski, (Polish Jew)

“For some Jews and perhaps some of the Jewish leadership, the fear is that if anti-Semitism completely disappears then the Jewish community might erode or dissolve.”  Stanley Rothman, (in STALLSWORTH, p. 67)

 “And if real peace does come to Israel, the question will be asked:  Can we, and how do we, survive without an external enemy?”   Avraham Burg, head of the Jewish Agency[HARTUNG, J., 1995]

“The assumption of an eternal anti-Semitism … has been adapted by a great many unbiased historians and by even a greater number of Jews. It is this odd coincidence which makes the theory so very dangerous and confusing. Its escapist basis is in both instances the same; just as anti-Semites understandably desire to escape responsibility for their deeds, so Jews, attacked and on the defensive, even more understandably, do not wish to under any circumstances discuss their share of responsibility.”                     Hannah Arendt, Origins, p. 7 (Jewish historian)

              “The discounting of anti-Semitism is itself anti-Semitic.”
                                            Evelyn Torton Beck, 1982, p. xxii

“[Jewish psychologist Jules] Nydes argues that such individuals [representing the “paranoid masochistic character”] tend to see themselves and groups within which they identify as victims who are being persecuted. This sense of persecution derives partly from unconscious feelings of guilt. The paranoid masochistic person engages in aggression against others because he or she expects to be attacked. His aggression, which is accompanied by feelings of self-righteousness, is rarely satisfying. Indeed, he can often achieve gratification only when he is punished, and the punishment is interpreted as confirming his preconceived sense of persecution … The typology is suggestive. [Jewish psychoanalyst] Theodore Reik, who was Nyde’s teacher, suggested that a ‘paranoid masochistic’ personality structure is modal among Jews.”
          — Stanley Rothman and S. Robert Lichter, Jewish authors, 1982, p. 133

 “I felt that the bigotry always blamed on those who said anything negative about Jews was equally visible on the other [Jewish] side of the fence.”         Evelyn Kaye, (Jewish author, p. 114)

“Privilege does not relieve the vulnerability to prejudice.”
                    Michael Paul Sacks, concluding his article about the “privileged” Jewish occupational elite in modern Russia, and non-Jewish hostility to it, 1998, p. 266

“For all my life, I have never felt any substantial anti-Semitism, and was rather indifferent to the Jewish community. Then something clicked, and I thought, Well, I am over 40, I have made a successful career, I have made a forturne. But what will tell my children when I am 70?” — millionaire Leonard Nevzlin, upon becoming president of the Russian Jewish Congress [GORODETSKY, L, 5-23-01]

“We should be able to discuss Jews and their Jewishness, their virtues or their vices, as one can any other identifiable group without being called an anti-Semite. Frankness does not feed anti-Semitism; secrecy, however, does.”   Kevin Meyers, (British journalist), p. 26

“Telling the truth is not anti-Semitic. Am I right?” Joe Wood, (African-American) p. 112

 “It seems that [poet Allen] Ginsberg had traced an obscenity in the dust of a dormitory window; the words were too shocking for the Dean of Students to speak, so he had written them on a piece of paper which he had pushed across the desk to my husband: ‘Fuck the Jews.’ … ‘He’s a Jew himself,’ said the Dean. ‘Can you understand his writing a thing like that?’ Yes, Lionel could understand; but he couldn’t explain it to the Dean.” Dianna Trilling, (Jewish author) in BLOOM, p. 302

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