Haaretz, of all papers, has an article by Uzi Silber about The Jew Flu (h/t Elise Ronan), “the strange illness of Jewish antisemitism”. The reason for my surprise at Haaretz’s article is that Haaretz itself is a prime source of anti-Israel material for all those foreign media outlets, diplomats and commentators who love to focus on Israel’s ostensible misdeeds.
Here are some excerpts from the article:
The 1930s Labor Zionist leader Berl Katznelson asked “Is there another People on Earth so emotionally twisted that they consider everything their nation does despicable and hateful, while every murder, rape, robbery committed by their enemies fill their hearts with admiration and awe?”
This is Jew Flu – the virus of Jewish Anti-Semitism, and its Jewish Anti- and Post-Zionist mutations, afflicting a small but inordinately loud minority of Hebrews.
Its modern symptoms are a rejection of Israel’s identity as a Jewish state and a dismissal of its right to defend itself militarily, while embracing the goals of its nihilistic Arab enemies. Those infected with the virus wildly inflate Israeli sins real or imagined, while excusing or rationalizing Palestinian anti-semitism and outrages against Jews.
What causes Jew Flu? Harvard psychiatrist Kenneth Levin argues for twin culprits: so-called ‘Stockholm Syndrome’, where “population segments under chronic siege commonly embrace the indictments of their besiegers however bigoted and outrageous”, as well as “the psychodynamics of abused children who blame themselves for their situation and believe they could mollify their tormenters if they were ‘good’.”
Suffice it to say that Noam Chomsky, Daniel Boyarin, Joel Kovel, Avrum Burg, Ilan Pappe, Steve Quester, Jacqueline Rose, Tony Judt, Naomi Klein, Michael Neumann, Ben Ehrenreich, (the apparently “outed”) Mahmoud Ahmedinejad and their ilk, spout pronouncements eerily similar to the propaganda routinely ejaculated by representatives of Fatah, Hamas or Hezbollah.
Please note that two famous names are blatantly missing from this miserable list. That’s right – Haaretz’s very own Gideon Levy and Amira Hass, two haters of Israel who would be more at home on the pages of the PLO’s internal screeds than in a national Israeli paper. The malign influence of these two writers on the foreign media’s anti-Israel bias is hard to overestimate. It’s possible that had the author mentioned those names, Haaretz would never have agreed to publish the article.
At the same time, a hearty “shout out” is due those who have made it their business to forcefully rebut the Jewish defamers, including Andrea Levin, Edward Alexander, Alan Dershowitz, David Solway and others. Those interested in a quick and free primer on Jew Flu should download Alvin Rosenfeld’s UJA-sponsored brief, “Progressive Jewish Thought and the New Anti-Semitism”.
The author goes on to give a history of Jewish antisemitism, from its roots in Soviet anti-Zionism through the New Left’s over-identification with the enemy, especially amongst the intelligentsia:
The infection among Israel’s cultural elites intensified through the Lebanon War and the two Intifadas that sandwiched the delusional Oslo era. As author Aharon Meged lamented in 1994, there existed “an emotional and moral identification by the majority of Israel’s intelligentsia, and its print and electronic media, with people committed to our annihilation.”
Epitomizing this “moral identification” were the certain prominent Jewish journalists who, according to Israeli journalist Nahum Barnea, crucially failed the so-called ‘lynch test’, by exhibiting an inability to ever criticize Palestinian terror, even following the widely televised gruesome execution of two Jews by a Palestinian mob in Ramallah In 2000.
As it turns out, the afflicted regularly engage in at least one of the following -Demonization (comparing Israeli actions to Nazism and referring to Arab refugee camps as Auschwitz);- Double Standards (singling out Israel for human rights abuses while ignoring the blatant human rights violators such as Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Palestinian Authority, North Korea, Cuba, China, Myanmar etc); and Delegitimization (denying Israel the fundamental right to exist as a Jewish state)
Jew Flu occurs even amongst religious Jews like Avram Burg or admirers of the late Prof. Yishayahu Leibowitz.
Silber then draws his own conclusions based on some interesting research:
David Brooks recently reported in the New York Times on research by a Haifa University team led by Reem Yahya who studied the brains scans of Arabs and Jews while showing them images of hands and feet in painful situations.
Brooks reports that “the two cultures perceived pain differently. The Arabs perceived higher levels of pain over all while the Jews were more sensitive to pain suffered by members of a group other than their own.”
The intriguing research out of Haifa suggests that Jews may very well be inherently altruistic. But while exhibiting more sensitivity to another group’s pain is one thing, embracing the goals of people openly committed to one’s destruction is a form of madness.
So here’s my ultimate theory for the cause of this nefarious virus: Jew Flu is a condition in which being “more sensitive to pain suffered by members of a group other than (one’s) own metastasizes into a malignant emotional and moral identification with people committed to (one’s) annihilation.”
Like any other virus, Jew Flu is contagious but containable. Yet ultimately incurable.
I find the article extremely interesting in an appalled kind of way. If it didn’t concern us, the Jewish nation and Israel, so directly, I’d be fascinated. As it is, it leaves me profoundly depressed despite the brave souls who work so hard to combat “Jew Flu”.
A related article starkly highlights the utter hypocrisy, not to mention the ultra-thin skin, of antisemitic Israel-bashers and boycotters.
Daniel Greenfield in Front Page Magazine tells us of The Amcha Inititative which has been working to identify and list those academics who call for a boycott or blacklist of Israeli academics – and the boycotters are whining at being boycotted!
There’s nothing anti-Israel academics love more than playing the victim. Given a choice between the fountain of youth and the opportunity to whine about how they’re being persecuted for their anti-Semitism, they will always choose the latter.
We dealt with their whining and cries of McCarthyism last month.
The Amcha Initiative put out a list of college faculty who support pro-terrorist boycotts of Israel. Its sources were mostly the boycotters themselves.
Apparently it’s not McCarthyism to boycott Jews. It’s only McCarthyism when Jews boycott back.
Now a bunch of professors have claimed that listing the names of BDS advocates is a blacklist. Either this whole thing is a promotion for the second season of The Blacklist or they think that boycotts should only go one way.
The professors, who include the repulsive Hasia Diner, denounce the denounciations as a threat to academic freedom. Somehow it’s not a threat to academic freedom to engage in BDS boycotts of faculty from the Jewish State.
But when someone says something critical about BDS PhDs, they have to be muzzled right away by the likes of Hasia Diner. That’s not a violation of academic freedom.
But here are Hasia Diner’s views on a BDS boycott of Israel.
“BDS is labeled anti-Semitic. Why is it that somebody can not take a political, moral, ethical stance and say, ‘I think the policies of the Israeli government are reprehensible and the only way to push Israel to change is to boycott their products’? I am not sure why that constitutes anti-Semitism, but they are immediately tarred with that feather. Among other problems, this means it is impossible to have a conversation about Israel or BDS because one is accused of being anti-Semitic.”
Those darn Jews. So if we can demand the destruction of the Jewish State and attacks on Jewish businesses and faculty members as a form of academic freedom… why can’t we have a conversation about BDS supporters without being accused of McCarthyism?
The antisemites, anti-Zionists, BDS bigots and general Jew-haters can certainly dish it out but they’re too pathetic to take it when it’s dished back at them.