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September 29, 2012

Index to blogs on antisemitism

Saudi cartoon 2008

http://clarespark.com/2009/08/19/noam-chomskys-misrepresentation-of-walter-lippmanns-chief-ideas-on-manufacturing-consent/

http://clarespark.com/2009/07/11/multiculturalists-and-wilsonians-cant-diagnose-the-new-antisemitism/

http://clarespark.com/2009/07/29/the-centrality-of-the-holocaust-to-nazi-war-aims/

http://clarespark.com/2009/11/17/melencolia-i-and-the-apocalypse-1938/

http://clarespark.com/2009/08/30/that-slippery-word-populism-a-clarification-and-a-road-map-to-this-site/

http://clarespark.com/2009/12/13/klara-hitlers-son-and-jewish-blood/

http://clarespark.com/2010/04/03/liberals-and-jewish-racism/

http://clarespark.com/2010/08/15/nazis-exhibit-der-ewige-jude-1937/

http://clarespark.com/2010/11/14/the-abcs-of-antisemitism/ (a synthesis that takes account of the “Hebraic” Reformation sects)

http://clarespark.com/2010/11/16/good-jews-bad-jews-and-wandering-jews/

http://clarespark.com/2011/03/28/index-to-multiculturalism-blogs/ (index to German Romantic sources for multiculturalism and related issues, such as identity politics)

http://clarespark.com/2010/08/07/american-music-and-jewish-composers-irving-berlin-and-leonard-bernstein/

http://clarespark.com/2009/09/17/moderate-men-and-dirty-jews-part-two/

http://clarespark.com/2011/10/15/baltzell-on-the-good-jews/ (retitled The Protestant Establishment Taps a Good Jew)

http://clarespark.com/2011/06/17/the-famed-jewish-vote/

http://clarespark.com/2011/06/19/index-to-links-on-hitler-and-the-big-lie/

http://clarespark.com/2012/11/08/the-magical-power-of-negroes-and-other-beautiful-people/

http://clarespark.com/2012/08/06/gellhorns-blind-spot-on-israel/

http://clarespark.com/2012/09/28/bibi-and-the-human-nature-debate/

http://clarespark.com/2013/03/10/what-remains-useful-about-freud/

http://clarespark.com/2013/07/12/blogs-on-the-integral-nation/

http://clarespark.com/2012/12/08/hobsbawm-obama-israel/

It is a misconception to think that a person’s views toward individual Jews tests their antisemitic views one way or another. A-S is above all, a theory of history, most recently a reaction to the “disruptive” effects of modernity, and an identification of the source of Evil. Most or all antisemitism is racist, for no matter how assimilated a person of Jewish descent may be, that person retains mental, physical, and moral attributes attributed to “the Jews” considered as a collective entity. Of these, none is more pernicious than the  notion that all “Jews” partake of the Old Testament God as read by non-Jews, most famously by Voltaire (whose admirers were possibly angrier at Christianity, the offshoot of Judaism). That deity is domineering, militaristic, and genocidal, looking out solely for his “Chosen People.” One would think that such a powerful set of misconceptions would be corrected in the schools and in the mass media, but no. For in a highly populated globe, the masses must be controlled, and there is no more potent poison, directing popular anger away from abusive elites, than antisemitism: our innermost desires for truth, for a relatively accurate inventory of our past, is stigmatized as disintegrating to “the family.” So despite occasional hand-wringing over “the Holocaust,” antisemitism is still poorly, even crudely, understood by most, if not all, trained intellectuals.

Gustave Doré: Lost Satan

Gustave Doré: Lost Satan

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  1. […] on antisemitism. It has a paragraph at the end that summarizes my view of modern antisemitism. http://clarespark.com/2012/09/29/index-to-blogs-on-antisemitism/. This is the closing […]

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  2. […] [For an index to many of my blogs on antisemitism, see http://clarespark.com/2012/09/29/index-to-blogs-on-antisemitism/.%5D […]

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  3. My paternal ancestors were marranos and chuetas (Anusim; Meshumadim, geshmat, conversos, New Christians etc.) I found this out and I’ve practiced Judaism for two years now. I’m still “on the fence” about making a full conversion to Judaism, though that is likely in my probable future.

    Prior to this, I approached anti-semitism mainly as an academic subject, a quaint legacy of past generations. It pains me to admit this now, but I really felt that way. I understood prejudice towards non-whites, though I vehemently disagreed with it, but I found prejudice against Jews to be antiquated and bizarre because I considered Jews white. But now- oh boy, when I told people I wanted to convert to Judaism (and I still want to!) I got a rude shock, a cruel lesson that anti-Semitism is still alive and well right here in 21st-century U.S.A. Everyone gleefully took the chance to pelt me with opprobrium. So-called “friends” came out of the woodwork; devout Christians tried to convince me Christianity was right and I was making a grievous error of choosing the “wrong” religion. Devout Italian Catholics like those with whom I’d been raised, told me I would never be accepted by the Jews and that I was “betraying my race”. Devout Muslim friends simply stopped speaking to me altogether, or passed me on the street without seeing hello as though I had acquired a new and highly contagious disease. A few brave Muslim souls seized on the fact that I can sing in Arabic, and attempted to teach me ‘tajwid (Koranic recitation), but needless to say they were not successful. Interestingly enough, many secular Jews also added fuel to the hate-fire. They are convinced that Judaism has no value and fail to see its appeal to an outsider like me. By and large, though, my reception into the local Jewish community has been warm, accepting, and understanding. Judaism is a treasure trove for deep-thinking people like me who want meaning out of life and are disgusted with the shallowness of contemporary culture.

    But I must say it has produced a bifurcation in me. As a Christian I was not strongly pro or anti-Jewish either way. I had Jewish friends, but I was a Catholic, smugly convinced that Catholicism was the “right” religion, and I despised Protestants. Now, as a Jew or a soon-to-be-Jew, anyway, I see the entire enterprise of Catholicism and Christianity through new eyes- for that is just what it was. A business enterprise, designed to diverge from Judaism, to court the political influence of Rome, to mix in pagan beliefs and practices in order to appeal to the masses, to subjugate, enslave, coerce, convert and murder millions of people, including Jews. I recently received a rosary from the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, for instance. A Catholic friend purchased it for me hoping it would incite me to renew my Marian devotions. But the cathedral of Notre-Dame has a picture of Ecclesia- the militant Church- destroying Synagoga- the Jews. Medievals were fond of allegory and this was a common one; but I have reached a point now where I cannot say “Oh, look, a beautiful rosary!” I literally cannot glance at a rosary now without thinking of Jews being forcibly converted or beheaded. If I read a Christian author or book I always think, “But what were his views on the Jews? Was he good for the Jews?” I guess it’s a “Jewish consciousness” I have now; if I dare post anything pro-Jewish or pro-Israel, I am immediately pounced on. Antisemitism is terrible, and as you say, getting worse. And conversion is a tough channel of water to navigate, but hopefully I’ll be a ger tzedek someday!

    Comment by Yitzhak — May 13, 2013 @ 10:30 pm | Reply

  4. Reblogged this on YDS: The Clare Spark Blog and commented:

    Antisemitism is getting worse, so I added Gustave Doré’s Lost Satan (illustrating Milton’s Paradise Lost) to the ending. Evil as an independent force in the universe is an essential part of antisemitism of all kinds.

    Joshua Trachtenberg was onto this in 1943 when Yale UP published his concise book The Devil and the Jews (Yale UP, 1943). It has been republished.

    Comment by clarespark — May 11, 2013 @ 11:11 pm | Reply

  5. Good considerations above. After the Army and completing school, I took a 9 to 5 job that would let me go to grad. school. It was with a Jewish owned and largely operated company doing something of interest to me (I’m WASP). Despite all I had heard I ignored it because my oldest, non-relative friend, predating grade school, was Orthodox. WOW, did I get an eyefull.

    I found that about 75% of them were attractive, trustworthy, hard-working and
    creative. It was the 25%, +/-, of what I’ll call “traditional” Jews. They treated others, including other Jews, with utter contempt and their finest momemts came when bullying and destroying those vulnerable to them.
    Fortunately, in the last 20 years there has emerged a cadre of obvious Jews who think America and its Christian values are a good idea; and they speak out
    in defence of them.

    I think it the frequent and highly visible attack against national values and collusion among them that stirs their rejection (Soros hunting other Jews for the Holocaust; Bloomberg,Feinstein, Schumer, etc. attacking our Constitution).

    Look up “AntiSemitism” to see a large argument on this going on among Jews themselves. Half say not living according to the Torah energizes anti-semetism, more say it’s white bigotry; still more recognize persistent traditional cultural contempt for others. Someone quotes Albert Einstein as saying, “Anti semitism is a reaction to Jewish behavior”. I think Al is a pretty astute analyst.

    Comment by Bob Leach — May 11, 2013 @ 10:42 pm | Reply

    • This is exactly the kind of nonsense that all “Jews”–secular or religious, it matters not– are up against.

      Comment by clarespark — May 11, 2013 @ 10:53 pm | Reply

  6. [...] diluted by inclusion on the general subject of “diversity” (On my blogs on antisemitism, see http://clarespark.com/2012/09/29/index-to-blogs-on-antisemitism/. The illustration for this blog was taken from a Suffolk England “diversity” program that [...]

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  7. [...] I have written a great deal on antisemitism, often in a more comprehensive and experimental fashion than others, including academics. For an index of blogs on the website see http://clarespark.com/2012/09/29/index-to-blogs-on-antisemitism/. [...]

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  8. Speaking if intellectuals …
    Below is a question asked by a professor Rod Stackelberg:
    “What I don’t understand is that no one seems to notice how much today’s
    Islamophobia resembles pre-World War II antisemitism.”
    Well, this professor clearly understands very little if he doesn’t see the difference between the situation of Jews before WWII and the present day situation of one billion of Muslims. Another case of “inverse Holocaust?”

    Comment by anna — October 8, 2012 @ 7:43 pm | Reply

  9. [...] you read this blog, please see http://clarespark.com/2012/09/29/index-to-blogs-on-antisemitism/, especially the last paragraph, just added to the [...]

    Pingback by Bibi as warmonger? « YDS: The Clare Spark Blog — October 3, 2012 @ 5:32 pm | Reply


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