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July 23, 2013 3:11 am

Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, and Self Loathing Jews

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An anti-Semitic attack in Hebron. Photo: Yonatan Atiya/Tazpit News Agency.

I was just reading Brendan O’Neill’s fascinating blogpost about the differences and similarities between anti-Zionists and antisemites, in which he argues: ‘I think the line between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism is getting thinner all the time.’

Then I was reading the blog of Ken O’Keefe, the self-styled tough guy of the anti-Zionist movement.

O’Keefe writes:

‘We need to acknowledge 100% that the American government is bought and paid for by the Zionist, Jewish supremacists, Israeli “dual citizens”, which in truth is a pyramid with the Rothschild’s [sic] and their bankster kin at the top.’

He also quotes a man called Rich Siegel, who he describes as ‘an honest, intelligent and compassionate Jew’, a ‘respected brother with a hugely important message that should be heeded by every single Jew on this planet’.

Siegel’s message: ‘Please, Jews, my people, you are desperately sick.’

Oh dear.

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  • As one wise Rabbi explained to me about fellow Jews of the Chomsky-leftist and other ‘accidental’self loathing Jews: “After Jacob attained to a higher level of Soul Hashem changed his name from ‘Jacob’ to ‘Israel’….Not all Jews are B’nei Israel. Many are B’nei Jacob.” That would explain a lot.

  • Rob

    I am always fascinated by those who are infatuated by a population that represents less than 0.5% of the planet instead of a population that represents 20% of the planet and responsible for virtually every terror attack.

  • Jack

    I have always described them as accidental Jews; Those who were accidentally born to Jewish parents.

  • Thanks, as always, for the crosspost.

    Just to clarify for any readers interested, I didn’t choose the headline for this. I don’t use the term ‘self loathing Jews’ to describe anyone, even someone with views as abhorrent as Rich Siegel.

    • News Editor

      What would you prefer it to be headlined?

      • Bathsheva Gladstone

        Thank you for the clarification. I think Chas was circumventing the possibility that he being a non-Jew could be taken to task for using the term “self-hating Jew”. He’s right to distance himself. That’s a slippery slope, at the best of times…

        As far as that line getting “thinner and thinner,” I would have to argue that it’s non existent and that it has been established that the new anti-Semitism is in fact anti-Zionism.

        Always enjoy reading you, Chas.