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December 8, 2014 2:36 pm

Jewish Group Accuses New York Times of “Crossing Red Line” By Publishing American Anti-Semite Max Blumenthal

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Anti-Semitic propagandist Max Blumenthal (left) harasses German parliamentarian Gregor Gysi. Image: Screenshot/YouTube

Less than one month after being indefinitely banned from entering the German parliament following an attempted violent assault on Gregor Gysi, the parliamentary leader of that country’s Left Party, the American anti-Semitic propagandist Max Blumenthal has been handed an opportunity to rescue his sullied reputation by no less than the New York Times – a move decried by a prominent American Jewish leader as “breaching a red line.”

In an article for the Times’ “Room for Debate” section on the proposed “Jewish State bill” that is being energetically discussed in Israel, Blumenthal attacks the “Zionist project” as an inherently racist endeavor.

But in an indication of Blumenthal’s contempt for accurate reporting about Israel, the paper was forced to publish a correction within hours of the piece appearing, after Blumenthal falsely claimed that the Prawer Plan – a bill that would have regulated the settlement of Beduin in the Negev area, but which was shelved last December – had been implemented.

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Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, blasted the New York Times for “insulting” those on the Zionist left in Israel who are opposed to the bill by selecting Blumenthal, “who believes that Zionism is racism,” to make the case against it.

Cooper told The Algemeiner that he welcomed a “healthy, multi-layered” debate about the bill. “But when you invite someone who conflates the illusory crimes of Israel with the Holocaust, then a red line has been crossed,” he said.

Blumenthal, who is of Jewish origin, has made a career of sorts in demonizing Israel as a carbon copy of Nazi Germany. More recently, he has begun describing Israel as JSIL  – an acronym that stands for “Jewish State in the Levant,” designed to provoke a direct comparison with the genocidal Islamic State terrorist organization.

Blumenthal’s book-length screed “Goliath,” which contains chapter titles such as “The Concentration Camp” and “How to Kill Goyim and Influence People,” was lambasted by critics on the right and left. Eric Alterman, a left-wing writer and academic, scorned Blumenthal for his “juvenile faux-cleverness” and accused him of being “deliberately deceptive.”

Such appraisals did not, however, prevent Blumenthal’s father Sidney, a close adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton, from waging a private email campaign against Alterman and from holding a launch party for his son’s book.

In November, Max Blumenthal traveled to Germany with an obscure Canadian film-maker named David Sheen at the invitation of anti-Zionist members of the Left Party, the successor organization to the old East German Communist Party. But when party leader Gregor Gysi was alerted to Blumenthal’s anti-Semitic statements and associations – he has been praised by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and by Frazier Glenn Cross, a neo-Nazi who murdered two people during a shooting spree at a Jewish community center near Kansas City – he immediately canceled the meeting at the German parliament.

Shortly after this announcement, Blumenthal and Sheen cornered Gysi and chased him along a corridor in the German parliament. As the terrified Gysi, who suffers from a heart condition, tried to escape them by locking himself in a bathroom, Sheen, at this point consumed by a fit of violent hysteria, attempted to force the door open, flanked by an equally outraged Blumenthal.  Their combined action led Norbert Lammert, the president of the German parliament, to announce an indefinite ban on their entry to the building, saying that “every attempt to exert pressure on members of parliament, to physically threaten them and thus endanger the parliamentary process is intolerable and must be prevented.”

Blumenthal’s subsequent appearance in the pages of the New York Times was described by Gilead Ini, a senior analyst with media watchdog CAMERA, as evidence that the “downward spiral at the New York Times Opinion pages continues.”

“Now they are publishing the fringe demagogue Max Blumenthal, whom far-left German politicians recently described as an anti-Semite,” Ini said.

Rabbi Cooper pointed out that in 2013, Blumenthal featured in the Wiesenthal Center’s “top 10” list of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel slurs and revealed that the propagandist would again make the list for 2014, because of his assault on Gysi. He called on Jews at both “the grassroots and leadership” levels to make clear to the New York Times management that publishing the anti-Semite has “nothing to do with freedom of speech, but is about mainstreaming someone who hates Israel.”

A similar concern about Blumenthal’s impact on mainstream coverage of the Middle East was underlined by the Israel writer Petra Marquardt-Bigman in a briefing paper on Blumenthal published by the Louis Brandeis Center, a legal advocacy group. The acceptance of Blumenthal’s analogizing of Israel and Nazi Germany, she wrote, sends an “unmistakable signal that it is now “salonfähig” – acceptable in polite company – to assert that Israel is like Nazi Germany and to insist that this is a reasonable, well-supported view that must be considered perfectly valid unless proven wrong.”

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  • Ken Kelso

    Max blumenthal supported the Arab terrorist who murdered 3 month old jewish baby” Chaya Braun in October.
    Why is the Times letting this Arab terrorist apologist write in their paper?
    Here’s what Max said.

    https://twitter.com/MaxBlumenthal/status/526452068589252609
    Some facts on deadly Jsalem car incident: Driver was jailed 4 stone throwing & tortured endlessly while settlers took over his neighborhood.
    Oct 26, 2014

    A good response to Max

    Sam Hakosem “@SamHakosem Oct 26
    @MaxBlumenthal Excellent justification for a mass murder: a 3 month old baby, another women, and an attempt to kill 10 more…

  • The NY Times has links to the BBC, but I doubt that even the BBC would accept Blumenthal’s views.

  • HaroldT38

    We are not short of anti-Semites. But the real villains are the NYT for their support of these anti-Semites.

  • Jack

    Oi vaye! And I’m not a Jew!
    What, it’s biblical history, not just reality in this day and age.
    I believe GOD has a special place for those that lie about GOD.
    Poor, poor Max:(((((
    He just doesn’t know what he’s missing.
    Or getting himself into.
    Bigots never get that everybody’s suffering matters, and to stand in judgement when it is only God’s right is an odious blindness at best.
    Some people really have no sense of power greater than their own egos.
    Freud would have had fun analyzing ‘Max the Schmuck!’

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    But this is the NYT. Why does this shock anyone? It’s the Times.

  • Paul

    “Half the World is now likening Israel to Nazism” – which half is it? Is it the same half that is watching YouTube lectures on how to properly beat your wife, hangs gays and let’s their children play with decapitated heads of the infidels? That “half”? But thanks for All Caps – they made you sound much more learned and your point much more convincing.

  • Blumenthal’s mother is not Jewish

    • Mike

      Big deal. What difference does it make? Whether or not his mother is Jewish, he’s still an anti-Semite. You, however, miss the point by focusing on irrelevancy.

      • Florence

        Blumenthal’s mother not being Jewish is not irrelevant. He is not a Jew by Jewish law. And in this case, I am relieved. Please do not refer to him as a Jew. To be Jewish and be anti-Semitic is very confusing to Jews and gentiles alike. Now at least I am not so confused by his anti-Semitic behavior. He is one mixed up A.H. He needs a psychiatrist — no he needs 5 psychiatrists. I am saddened to hear that his father counsels the Clintons. One more mark against the Clintons especially Hillary. Again, please do not refer to Blumenthal as a Jew and I wish he would change his name and save us all the embarrassment.

  • Fred

    Max Blumenthal has proven himself to be a Judas goat of the first water. A treacherous follower of Julius Streicher of Hitlers & “Der Stuermer”. He should convert to Islam, it would be more appropriate in his anti Jewish hatred. The New York Stuermer should be indicted for its anti Semitic ( anti Israel ) writing. It thrives on spouting lies & hatred no end. The great American dream of freedom of the press but without the obligatory responsibility, honesty ,transparency & integrity.

    • as. kolodkin

      It is beyond comprehension that the New York Times
      continues to publish lopsided articles about Israel.

      I read the New York Times for over 50 years but cannot continue to purchase a paper that to has not printed balanced articles on Israel. They should know better.

      Art K.

      • Victor

        Don’t tell us, tell THEM!

  • Robert Davis

    Left wing fake “intellectuals” and certainly NON intelligent people are waging an anti-Israel war TOTALLY SIMILAR to the nazi war against Jews.Somle like blumenthal by sheer hate of Israel and Jews some by cupidity as the israelis writers who fear that Israel’s isolationism has a financial consequence on the sales of their infamous books or salaries or other CUPID thoughts. For Jews this is all the more infamous because it is sheer treason on top of their other vile intents.

  • kRIS kRISTIAN

    THE PROBLEM WITH HATERS LIKE MAX & CHOCI, IS THAT YOU BELIEVE EVERY LIE COMING FROM THE MUSLIMS

    IF YOU FIND ISRAEL TO BE “LIKE THE NAZIS” WHY DONT YOU VISIT ISRAEL AND LEARN THE TRUTH.
    ASK ANY DRUZE MUSIM, CHRISTIAN, AND MOST ARABS LIVING IN ISRAEL, IF THEY ARE BEING PERSECUTED, ROUNDED UP, SENT TO EXTERMINATION CAMPS, NOT BEING ABLE TO FIND JOBS, NO ARAB, CHRISTIIAN OR DRUZE WORKING IN GOVERNEMT. eg JUDGES ON THE SUPREME COURT, PROFESSORS IN THE UNIVERSITIES, HEADS OF DEPATMENTS IN HOSPITALS, VOLUNTEERS JOINING THE IDF, DRUZE MAJ.GENERAL, DRUZE HEAD OF ONE OF THE TOP MILITARY BRIGADES, FREEDOM OF RELIGION, NO BURNING OF CHURCHES. MIX OF JEWS AND ARABS IN BUSES, RESTAURANTS, SHOPPING CENTRES, ETC. UNLIKE THE ARAB STATES, WHERE JEWS AND CHRISTIANS ARE BEING PERSECUTED, CHURCHES DESTROYED ETC.
    ASK THE INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN EMBASSY, JERUSALEM, WHAT THEY FEEL.

    ALL THE LIES BOUT ISRAEL, ARE SPREAD BY THE IMAMS WHO PREACH HATRED OF JEWS, ISRAEL, AND THAT ALLAH HAS COMMANDED THAT JEWS SHOULD BE SLAUGHTERED.
    WATCH PALESTINIAN TV AND SEE HOW SMALL CHILDRED ARE BEING TAUGHT TO HATE, AND THAT THEY WANT TO KILL EVERY JEW, SO THAT THEY CAN BE SHAHIDS/MARTYRS AND GO TO HEAVEN “TREE, THERE IS A JEW, KILL HIM” “ROCK, THER IS A JEW, KILL HIM”

    AND THAT HOLOCAUST DENIER, FINANCIER OF THE 1972 MUNICH OLYMPICS MASSACRE OF ISRAELI ATHLETES, WHO HAS SAID THAT WHEN (NOT IF) A PALESTINIAN STATE IS FORMED, NO JEW WILL BE ALLOWED TO LIVE THERE, AND ANYBODY WHO SELLS PROPERTY TO A JEW, WILL BE EXECUTED.
    THAT IS THE REAL NAZI.

    Israel HAS TO FIGHT EVERY DAY, AGAINST ISLAMIC NAZIS WHO LIE ABOUT ISRAEL, AND HAVE TRIED TO DESTROY THE JEWISH STATE FROM DAY ONE. WHY DO THE ARABS HATE ISAEL? simply BECAUSE THE MIGHT OF THE ARAB ARMIES, WHICH HAVE ATACKED ISRAEL, 1948, 1956, 1967, 1973, GAZA ETC, HAVE BEEN GIVEN A REAL BLOODY NOSE. THEY CANNOT DESTROY THE JEWISH STATE IN WAR, SO THEY SPREAD THE MOST DISGUSTING LIES. THEY USE HITLER’S MINISTER OF PROPAGANDA THEORY, GOEBBELS “THE BIGGER THE LIE, THE MORE OFTEN TOLD, THE MORE THET WORLD WILL BELIEVE IT.

    THEN THERE ARE HATERS LIKE TUTU WHO LIES ABOUT ISRAEL. HE IS PERSONA NON GRATA IN ISRAEL.

    VISIT ISRAEL. YOU WILL GO HOME AS THE GREATEST AMBASSADORS OF ISRAEL AND BEG FOR FORGIVENESS.

  • Rebecca

    It is so delusional to say you are against Zionism and against Israel yet do not see yourself as an anti-Semite.. It is exactly the same. People who are against Israel are against Jews. There is one Jewish state in the entire world ( a world in which Jews get attacked for being Jews) and everyone wants to take it away. I wish the energy and opinions people invest on hating Jews, Israel, Zionsist you name it, would be used to create good and fight monsters as Isis or help Tibet or other third world countries who actually want to live not die in the name of Allah!!

  • Eric R.

    If Israel wants to deal with this, throw this “paper” and its “reporters”, with a history of enabling Socialist (both National and Internationl) genocide, out of the country.

  • Reform School

    CHOCI makes the old, nutsy Nazi argument about the Shoah.
    Blumenthal (like CHOCI) is not necessarily an anti-semite, as both seem to love ISIL, semites in the truest nonsense.

    Chanukah, as we eat latkes, they can choke on our gotkes!

  • CSBG

    Max Blumenthal is emotionally ill. That is apparent. He should be designated as such
    and encouraged to seek help.

  • Showing your support for this distorted history,and purly anti semitic lies,looking to villify not only Israel,but all jews,proves you to be the anti semite you claim not to be.Liars,like you,are far more dangerous than those who are upfront bigots.

  • robert borns

    lets not forget that the clinton advisor father is boosting the son. because of this i would never vote for hillary. is he the reason hillary has turned anti israel.

  • Golum

    …oh by the way CHOCI…….
    anyone stating…”THE ANTI SEMITIC MONIKER IS NOW SO OUT OF DATE”…..is probably one…so I guess you are…how’s it feel???

  • steven L

    When it comes to Israel, NYT and the left in general have no more red lines. 2010 demo convention spelled it out front and center. The NYT is the flagship of antisemites of America. Very likely they are in full force for BDS too.

  • Efram

    The New York Times has long striven to be the US’s version of The Guardian. It is run by Jew hating slime, and to find anything reasonable in that yellow rag would take considerable research. As for the primeval ooze of which this article is about, there is nothing lower than a Jewish Nazi. Perhaps he makes that obscene analogy is because he recognizes it is true of him.

  • Put that Blumenthal in Asylum! He is a Paranoiac…seriously….
    What should the Jews and the Jewish people do with such crazy dangerous fools?
    Normally they would be just killed if no State is able to control him or intern him.
    Traitors in War Time are so treated…If nobody is at war and doesn’t risk one ! then everything is OK… and just let it go !

  • Choci, you’ve been fed a lie enough times to believe it when it comes to Israel. Either that or you’re a racist, an anti-Semite. Jews can’t be occupiers in their own land. Have a little self honesty.

  • blackrose

    Time for the Times to dump Blumenthal. No more contributing articles from a virulent anti-Semite. Same thing goes for Hillary Clinton taking advice from father Sidney. She needs to be advised to dump Sidney if she is serious about becoming a Presidential candidate.

  • shosh

    You did not print my comments. Are you are siding with the enemy too?

  • rulierose

    Max is a sad little man. he has really taken the whole self-hating thing to a new level: when an anti-Zionist German political party decides you’re too anti-Semitic, well, you know you’ve got a problem.

    as a Republican, however, I’m delighted to see the connection between the Blumenthals and the Clintons. just one more nail in the Hillary coffin! how sweet would 2016 be with the House, the Senate, AND the White House all GOP? we might be able to start cleaning up the Augean Stables of a mess Obama’s leaving us.

  • Howie Subnick

    Hey, Blumenthal, remember, if it walks lika a duck and sounds like a duck…..do you fit this description? You really don’t sound like a mench to me. It appears that you hate so much and so many, you just don’t know when to stop. Shalom

  • Ivan Gur-Arie

    One of the reasons I will never vote for Hillary is the association of Sidney Blumenthal to the Clintons and the administration of Bill Clinton. If the father can support the rotten apple of his loins as he does then anything he touches is rotten to the core.

  • judithg

    the nytimes for the past several years features lies, distortions, omissions and the publishing of anti-Israel tracts, fake photography and grotesque characterizations of Jews. all generously supplied by Israel’s avowed enemies. all published without fact checking. in short, it is no longer a news organization. just a pathetic, sordid blob noted primarily for its lack of credible journalism.

  • barry panensky

    A JEWISH anti-semite A Jewish Nazie. G d is going to get you.

    • barry panensky

      I’d a shame that the words Holocaust and Nazie are thrown at at Is real. Do any of you really know what this middle east upteth is all about. This Blumenthal is simple lost.
      and he can’t find he’s way but as a Jew let’s give him a chance.

  • jc

    pretty hamfisted, over the top propaganda, fellas. dedicating one’s life to defending an apartheid regime will do that to ya I guess.

  • Allan Fritz

    Comparing Israel to the Nazis is like comparing cats to dogs. It is an inane comparisons. The Nazis tried to kill all the Jews in Gas chambers. Have the Israelis tried to kill Hamas members in gas chambers? I think not.

  • Paul Cerar

    These two fascists were permitted to enter the German Parliament, and assault a Member of Parliament – a party leader! – and were not arrested? Where the hell are the security guards and police? These fascists should have been shot!

    Paul Cerar
    Toronto, Canada

    • jlevyellow

      Every point of view is just as valid as every other. Therefore, in assaulting the German parliamentarian, the assumption was that Max and company were having a difficult time being heard. Max and friend simply went a bit overboard in trying to get their narrative on the record. You cannot arrest someone for just trying to be heard! If the Zeitgeist at a given moment cannot accept your approach, then push will come to shove and someone may get hurt. But that is not important, even if someone dies, society will not progress until all arguments can be heard.

  • Jon R.

    “Blumenthal and Sheen cornered Gysi and chased him along a corridor in the German parliament. As the terrified Gysi, who suffers from a heart condition, tried to escape them by locking himself in a bathroom, Sheen, at this point consumed by a fit of violent hysteria, attempted to force the door open, flanked by an equally outraged Blumenthal.”

    Oh my, how dramatic!

    Was this from Duck Soup or A Night at the Opera?

  • Dov

    I believe that the reason there are people like Max around is thanks to people like Natanyahu, who instead of being proud as a Jew, keep looking over his shoulder to see what the words has to say.
    I don’t see America, England or Germany looking back to see what the reaction of the world is, but just Natanyahu, who allows for people like Max to stand up while Natanyahu acts small.

  • Herb Grossman

    Choci– those dislikes do not “make” you anything. They merely reflect what you are, and the fact that half the world may also be antisemitic does not redeem your character. Your endorsement of Blumenthal’s absurdity of comparing Israel to the genocidal Nazi regime speaks for itself.

  • The moral values in the United States of America are so far below even the slightest capability to discern the good from the bad or the ugly. This is especially apparent in the shoddy opinions coming at us from the New York Times. The paper is no longer worthy of any thinking and feeling person’s attention. We’re a minority, but I suggest we pull our support from this worn out, now-whorish publication. Pander to the bigots! That’s how we sell our papers!

  • That’s it for me. I now cancel my subscription to the New York Times.

  • Mandrake

    Half of the world are pro beheading non-believers.

  • Daniel Botnick

    Your reporting of this non-event makes the banal seem very exciting. The entire Times “debate” is slanted against Israel with the exception of the Caroline Glick piece, presumably included to counterbalance Blumenthal. With apologies to Glick, who should have avoided this venue like the plague, your article, like the one in Tablet, only draws readership for the Times, which should be allowed to suffer the fate of all antiquated media. But for your article, I wouldn’t have read theirs and this increase their web readership. For the benefit of other readers, although Glick’s essay was a bright spot in the Times’ morass, she can be read regularly on Facebook and in the Jerusalem Post which deserves more clicks.

  • So I ask a question, why does Saks,Bloomingdales,Tiffany&Co,Bergdoff’s and many many more stores…..Ralph Lauren, a Jew still advertise in the New York Times !
    Fellow Jews wake up ! Please wake up, the only way this vitriolic anti-Semitic paper can exist is through advertisements !
    If you own Mannys Kosher Deli or are a CEO of a major cooperation, STOP ! Advertising is their only revenue.
    Complain to company’s that do advertise.
    My wife’s Mother passed recently, may she rest in peace,even though she lived in NYC her whole life, we refused to have an obituary in the New York Times, only in The Jewish Exponant.
    Make an impact with our money and where we choose to spend it, this will have an impact !
    Shalom

    • JUDY METZ

      BRAVO! THE BEST RESPONSE IS TO HIT THEM IN THEIR POCKETBOOKS. I NEVER BUY FRENCH PRODUCTS FOR THAT REASON. BOYCOTT ALL HATERS OF JEWS. WE CONTRIBUTE SO MUCH TO SOCIETY, LET THEM EARN OUR ALLEGIANCE.

      • Thank you, I concur stop buying products from country’s and companies that are obviously supporting anti-Semitism !
        May Hashem grant you a sweet life to 120 !

  • Margaret Mildenhall

    tThat man (Blumenthal) will one day have to stand before his Maker, andaccount for every word spoken against God’s chosen people.Ihope he repents before then.Iam not Jewish, but I pray daily for the”Peace of Jerusalem”.

  • Max Cohen

    Zionism was and is an honorable effort to re-establish the birth land of Judaism to be a refuge for the descendents of the peoples who were defeated and driven out by the forces of the Roman Empire. These descendents subsequently suffered centuries of discrimination and abuse as minorities, culminating finally in holocaust. To equate Zionism with Nazism is evidence of a rabid mind that perceives a Jewish State west of the Jordan to be as threatening as Hitler’s plan to annex everything east of Germany. But, to ascribe anti-Zionism or antisemitism to a rabid mind, while satisfying, clarifies little. What is it that compels the New york Times and other leftist bastions of academe to oppose a scholarly, productive and democratic people as they struggles to survive amidst throngs which are mentally enslaved to a despotic ideology far more pervasive than Nazism? The answer to this question is not one that the Left in Israel (or elsewhere) will easily accept. It is that the Left shuns people of creative and independent disposition for they are the ones who thrive under capitalism.

  • Michael Fox

    No doubt this is a complex issue. Some ultra orthodox Jews are opposed not only to Zionism, but to the nationhood of Israel itself. Some of them even live in Israel. The underlying fact that identifies an anti-Semite is often well hidden in the nuances of geo-politics. It has become quite fashionable these days to be an anti-Zionist and for many, a politically correct venue for camouflaging their distaste of Jews. Ultimately, there are clear definable markers that eventually bubble to the surface and expose the cross-dressing Jew hater for who he is.

  • Shmuel Klatzkin

    Choci’s argument is — if lies are accepted by lots of people, they are true; and equating Israel with Nazism is the same thing as disliking Israel’s policies. The surreal scene of this man chasing a frail man through the corridors of the German parliament building is instructive. Should we fear such people? In the sense that we must not show them deference or cede them power, yes; in the sense that they, or Choci, has a truth that we can’t face — the very idea is absurd.

  • NCS

    Freedom of the press means freedom to express all sides of an issue. In this instance of Mr. Blumenthal one thinks perhaps an exorcism might be useful.

  • Wm. J. Levy

    Who did what to Sidney Blumenthal to make him such an anti-Jew. For the record I detest that term “Anti-Semitism” that Jews have latched onto because it doesn’t have the word Jew in it.

    19th century Wilhemm Marr was an Austrian journalist and notorious anti-Jew who first coined the words “Anti-Semitism”.

    There are so many Jews like Blumenthal such as George Soros who despise themselves instead of being proud of their heritage.

    Poor Spinoza. Someone should walk over to Syd and punch him in the nose.

  • Yale Rodman

    The New York Times,a Jewish owned “newspaper”, has again revealed itself to be a self-hating, far-left proxy, rather than a newspaper. Self-haters, such as Max Blumenthal, exist in a centuries old line of the most virulent Anti-Semites. Max Blumenthal’s sin of self-loathing is unsettling. The lack of journalistic standards, the endless pandering to the left, and the historically twisted mis representation of the Jewish State as “racist”, renders the Times as truly one of the great self-hating and anti-semitic institutions of modern history.

  • Leo Toystory

    Half the world is made up of Islamists, their useful idiots, Europeans who have a long and outstanding tradition of hatred of Jews, left-wingers, and other uninformed morons like you, Choci. I’m glad to see you’ve found some work since your stint on Happy Days.

  • HARVEY

    CHOCI,
    BY SAYING YOU ARE NOT AN ANTI SEMITE SAYS A LOT ABOUT YOUR UNDERSTANDING IT MEANS. GOING BY YOUR STANDARDS NEITHER WOULD HITLER BE ONE. HOWEVER ANY ONE, WITH ANY SENSE, KNOWS THAT HITLER WAS THE DEFINITION OF ANTI SEMITISM.

  • Yes it does make you an anti Semite.

  • The New York Times has be Anti Semite for many years all it takes is knowing a little about the Middle East and Israel.

  • Phil Cohen

    That the NYTimes would publish Blumenthal is beyond reprehensible. The panel itself is balanced against the Israeli status quo, but soliciting Blumenthal is a terrible misjudgment. Although the Times has gotten pass after pass (it is after all the Times), I hope this error will not simply slip down the rabbit hole and be forgotten.

  • Bella

    Choci – much of the western world thought it fine to murder Jews, gays and communists, but it didn’t make it right.
    Most of the Muslim world think it’s still fine to murder Jews and gays, but it still doesn’t make it right.

    I don’t like many Israeli policies either. I don’t like lots of American policies, British policies. In fact there’s no country on earth where I agree with all their policies.

    But that does not delegitimize their right to exist.

    When a country has a killing machine rounding up babies for target practice, imprisoning and gassing all of an ethnicity, then you can start to compare it to Nazism.

    DislikingIsrael and Zionnis certainly does not make you an anti-Semite but if you equate Israeli government where all citizens receive social welfare, the vote etc to Nazism then you are an anti-Semite and in my view you and those like you (even if it is half the world’s population) ought to be educated by experiencing the true 1940’s Nazis.

    In fact I believe if you and those like you gained that education, the world would be a much better place.

  • noellsq

    I wish Israel would do what most people accuse them of. Maybe then Iran would done with.

  • art

    The Jew haters of the world love the anti semitic Jew, he/she adds ” credibility” to their anti semitism. Ever wonder where he gets the money to travel and publish??
    His father like Martin Indyk are the court”Jews” used by Clinton and Obama to shield their own bias.

  • Steve Loeb

    Afraid of Max?? Are you kidding?
    No one’s afraid of this fool – we’ve seem him and his kind for centuries. We’re just surprised so many still don’t recognize it and ignore it. He’s an ignorant cowardly pretend anti Semite looking to make a buck out of Jew hate is all. No one should pay any attention to a fifth rate writer like this anymore then a turd they’re about to flush

  • Please, everyone knows NY Times is spelled: Der Sturmer.

  • Yoel Larry

    when your enemy comes to kill you…kill him first.

  • CHOCI

    HALF THE WORLD ARE NOW LIKENING ISRAEL TO NAZISM.ITS NOT LIKE ITS A SHOCKING ACCUSATION,MAX IS SIMPLY REFLECTING THESE SENTIMENTS/PARALLELS.THE ANTI SEMITIC MONIKER IS NOW SO OUT OF DATE AND SEE THROUGH THAT THE POLITICIANS REALLY DO NEED TO CATCH UP WITH WHAT IS HAPPENING ON THE GROUND.SOCIAL MEDIA IS MOVING SO FAST THEY ARE SOUNDING ARCHAIC.
    I DISLIKE ISRAELS POLICIES AND I DISLIKE ZIONISM,THIS DOES NOT AN ANTI SEMITE MAKE ME..
    I BELIEVE THE ISRAELIS ARE AFRAID OF MAX AND TRY TO SILENCE HIM AT ALL COSTS,ASK YOURSELF WHAT THEY ARE AFRAID OF….TRUTH HURTS THOSE THAT HAVE HIDDEN IT SO WELL FOR SO LONG….

    • “When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You’re talking anti-Semitism!” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

    • Milhouse

      It is a shocking accusation. Blumenthal is an antisemite, and so are you.

    • EST

      Spoken like a true antisemite, Choci.
      Anti – Zionism is the disguise rabid antisemites have adopted as code for their true nature. Yes, we also have sick self – loathing Jews who are… you guessed it! …antisemites.
      Max Blumenthal is an evil being, inflicting even more pain on Holocaust survivors and their families. It has nothing to do with Israel trying to silence him and everything to do with decent people having had enough of his sick ramblings. The truth hurts…. an antisemite is just that, a racist hatemonger …and you appear to be in like company with a sicko like Blumenthal ….

    • ProudIsraeli

      @Choci. Explain your statement “I DISLIKE ISRAELS POLICIES AND I DISLIKE ZIONISM,THIS DOES NOT AN ANTI SEMITE MAKE ME..”

    • Elliot

      Yes it does u effing moron. You hate JEWS and only JEWS right?

      Zionism = Arabism. Do you hate arabs. I bet u effing don’t you imbecile

      Eff off back to the KKK

    • Kerry Berger

      Maybe this is a job for the Mossad.

    • Jack

      Choci,

      Disliking Israeli policy merely joins you with 40-60% of the Jews living in Israel. Disliking Zionism, the Jewish nationalist movement, makes you a little suspect. Agreeing with Blumenthal’s Nazi analogies does clearly show you to have an antisemitic attitude, if not a full blown antisemite.

      There are no parallels between Nazism and Zionism. There are no parallels between Nazi Germany and Israel. Any possible analogies are the same shared by almost every government on earth. Singling out Israel for this analogy is odious and antisemitic.

    • JOSEPH

      Cochi, you are clearly a hater. Israel has nothing in common with Nazis. Jews are victims of Nazis and Israelis are victims of Islamo-fascists. The so-called Grand-mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin Al-Husseini, the uncle of arch-terrorist Arafat, helped perpetrate the Holocaust and lived in Berlin during WWII. The Palestinian leadership were intimate allies of the Nazi elite–Eichmann in the 1930’s visited British mandate Palestine and foremost visited the Islamo-fascist Al-Husseini.
      So Cochi, get your lying facts straight. Admit you are a Jew hater, so when we encounter you and your ilk you can meet justice.

    • BuckDePublick

      SHOVE IT!

    • Morry

      Utter ALL-CAPS nonsense, coming from an Obama lefty sycophant no doubt, who knows jack about Israel and Zionism except what he reads in the New York Slimes or Puffington Post, and his oh so cool social media outlets. He is quick to banter about Israel’s “policies” from the safety and comfort of his parent’s non-descript basement. This is what you get when you put lefties in charge and give them a keyboard. Long live Israel! We’ll keep fighting hatred like this and then sit back and watch is evil catches up with these naive lunatics!

    • KGA

      I think you’re an idiot

    • Pinchas Baram

      Choci– you are a dumb ass, and yes you are also an anti-semite: ANYONE who hates Israel as you and maxie b.do– the land, the state, the people–is anti-Jewish because if you know ANYTHING about Jewish history and Judaism, you would know that Israel, like a person’s heart or spine, is central to a Jew’s very existence.

      What is sickening about maxie is that he ignites by his propagandistic b.s. writing an increase in anti-semitism. So for you to say that he is simply reflecting social media is false.

      Do everyone a favor, Choci, and take the little swine maxie b. and both of you go back to your underground garbage pit where you belong.

    • Wolff Bachner

      The only truth that matters is that the world body in the form of the Leagge of nations, the San Remo Convention and The original United Nations [before it was taken over by the OIC and dictators] all declared the RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF the ancient nation of Israel AS THE NATION STATE OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE.That fact is part of IRREVOCABLE international law.

      You need to get over the lies and propaganda and read a real history book.

    • Robert Sklar

      Choci: Jews are a people. What makes them a people is the Hebrew language; a 3000 year written history; a developed religion with thousands and thousands of sacred writings, and numerous holidays and fast days; a body of literature that would fill the largest library; unique customs and practices too numerous to mention; and identification with the land west of the Jordan River supported by a 3500 year archeological record. If you can recognize Brits, and French, Italians, and Egyptians as peoples, why can you not accept Jews as a people. If you can accept Jews as a people, then you can understand that Zionism is a Jewish nationalism, the same nationalism that created every nation state in the U.N. BTW: What hidden truths are you referring to???
      Do you believe that 30 million Kurds are deserving a homeland???

    • Leon Rozenbaum

      Disliking Israel’s policies and zionizm does not make you an antisemite but comparing Israel to Nazi Germany definitely does.

    • David Oettinger

      You and yours, Chochi, with your “We just hate Zionism and Israel” canard remind me of American football player Ray Rice. After being exposed for punching out his then fiance in a brutal assault, Rice insisted that he REALLY did love her.

      I’m sure you really love Jews too…

    • Ann

      Firstly, just because, and if half the world agrees with the hate mongering of people like Blumenthal does not validate it. Also, having been in Israel and watching an incident, then
      seeing the reporting later in my hotel room, I realized the disingenuousness of most of the
      media. Part of the reason you dislike Israeli policies is, I would guess is because you
      really know very little facts. I’ve realized many who don’t like Israel and claim an under-
      standing of the situation have really only listened to talking points and have little if any sense and awareness of the history. It is very cool to hate Israel and cite some issues, which
      are often unrelated to reality.
      Please tell me where the Palestinians come from and how much worse it is for them in Israel than in Lebanon, Syria, etc., also please inform me why it is that 150,00 more Jews were
      forced out of Arab lands than Arabs left Israel, and those Jews were integrated into Israeli society. But 22 Arab countries could not find space for 700,000 “Palestinians”. If it’s so bad and apartheid is rampant in Israel, how is it that an Israeli president was sentenced to jail time by a Muslim Arab justice. I’m sure if Jews went to Gaza or the West Bank, they would also get equal treatment. Oh, sorry, they wouldn’t be allowed entrance….

    • Elliott

      Yes, anti-Semitism is a very contagious social disease. It preys easily on weak minds such as yours.

    • Bill Channon

      Choci, learn to write.

    • Larry

      The truth is you are an anti-semite.

    • DocReality

      As a matter of fact, it DOES make you an anti-Semite. Israel is a Jewish state, and Zionism is the belief/philosophy that Jews deserve to have their own homeland. Max Blumenthal is a disturbed individual who is in dire need of a psychiatric evaluation which would probably yield some form of narcissistic/anti-social profile…along with a great deal of self-loathing. Perhaps that’s why you identify with him.

      When we said, “NEVER AGAIN,” in 1945, WE MEANT IT. Perhaps that’s the truth that’s hurting YOU.

    • CGG

      CHOCI, sorry – You’re an anti-Semite. I don’t think any Israeli is afraid of this self-hating guy. If anything he is to be pitied. He must live with a lot of pain and anger. Anyone who supports his craziness is nuts themselves. That the NY times gave him air time is consistent with their degraded journalistic ethics. They’ve gone down the drain as an honorable institution.

    • shosh

      YOu are an anti semite yourself and there is no sense in reading or listening to your stupid and outrageous
      statements. Go take a long walk on a very short pier !

    • Rafael Manory

      Well, Choci, wow, what a powerful comment! And written in capitals as well! Well, it seems to me that you have not read the article. The problem seems to be that your beloved Blumenthal uses lies to justify his opinions. So HE is afraid that if he told the truth his theories would be invalid. And the only thing that decent people are afraid of usually is that someone spreading lies would be believed, at the expense of historical truth. And “the half the world that is equating Israel with Nazis” are the Arab and Muslim countries in which civil liberties are non-existent and anyone who is not a Muslim, or is gay has a very hard time surviving. And these people have the chutzpah to equate Israel with Nazis.

    • Mike P.

      CHOCI, there is little you are saying that Nazis in the 1930’s wouldn’t equally have said in defending themselves against criticism. Your logic is equally vacuous. It seems you take solace in being on the side of a large wild ignorant and hateful mob.

    • Caryl

      You are an anti-semite and you are dumb. If you cannot realize that Israel shares its country with Arabs while Arab country’s not only have no Jews living there due to how they were treated and now the same is happening to Christians, if you cannot see this…You Are In Denial. Jews like Blumenthal are considered Non Jewish Jews. These freaks are Jews by birth only. If Hitler got his wish, Blumenthal wouldn’t be alive. You don’t see Israel being the aggressor yet she is condemned for protecting herself. You folks
      are so off base and that is a crime in itself.

    • Larry

      CHOCI—Yes you are an anti Jewish Pig! Just look in the mirror to see the truth.

    • PAK

      And your so-called half the world is wrong. But stupid is a stupid does.

    • Efram

      You would not know the truth if G-d himself came down and told it to you. There is NO truth to the self-hating bigot Blumenthal. He is hateful, dishonest, and evil, as, I am sure, are you. The real truth about Israel is extremely difficult to find in the Jew hating press. And venal, moronic, hateful, bigoted ‘people’ like you love to read the rants of a Nazi, and give the Hitler salute to him. The fact that your hero would have burned Blumenthal irregardless of his attitudes, would be ironic, if you had the wit to see it.

      You pollute the world and disgrace humanity with your hateful lies. You are not worth the paper on which you are printed.

    • Golum

      CHOCI You’re a fool or worse,,,

      This “A-Hole” Blumenthal is riding his Jewish name into a moneymaking endeavor!He appears all over the place impersonating an unhappy with Israel Jew who pretends to know “The Real Story”of the Jews..I suppose someone whispered to him as a child about all the jewish conspiracies…you know…real inside stuff like “the protocols of Zion”…the same stuff Henry Ford used to pack in the glove boxes of every Model T or A!!! This Dude is SCUM!!! The fact that he’s a big star with Hamassss should tell even you something about his character!

    • steven L

      You are one, among billions, who does not realize that your statements qualify you for being an antisemite. By definition you put back Jews into 1939-`1945: totally at the mercy of others. That is antisemitism. You wouldn’t wish that for your mother or for yourself.

    • Eve

      You’re an ignrant moron. I can say a lot more and explain the situation, but you’re too stupid to waste keysytrokes on.

    • Liz Wagner

      FYI – The half of the world that likens Israel to Nazi Germany needs reminding that Hitler’s Final Solution was just another phase in the world’s 3,000-year-old hatred of Jews, unique only in scale and systematic process. Following the Holocaust, the Jews were left alone for a few decades, while Europe, etc. attempted to cleanse its memory and reputation of the sickening orgy of violence and death it visited upon the Children of Israel. Today, we have the spectacle of “half of the world” claiming its vilification of the Jewish state is a matter of human rights and justice for Palestinians, and has nothing to do with hatred of Jews. One big Holocaust, and the world’s 3,000-year-old tradition of hating and murdering Jews was eliminated! Is that what you’re trying to say? And do you honestly believe it? Tell the truth.

    • George Orwell is alive and well : “War is peace and peace is war”. The “novlanguage” is everywhere.

      And true journalism has disappeared form the media

    • My reply was meant for CHOCI

    • June Grant

      Choci, A simple test on whether or not you are an anti-Semite, is as follows: Do you also dislike China’s policies, Syria’s, Saudi Arabia’s, Pakistan’s, as well as all the other oppressive regimes who are members of the UN? If your answer is “yes”, then you are not necessarily an anti-Semite. If your answer is “Mo” then, you are indeed a dyed-in-the-wool anti-Semite.

    • June Grant

      Choci, A simple test on whether or not you are an anti-Semite, is as follows: Do you also dislike China’s policies, Syria’s, Saudi Arabia’s, Pakistan’s, as well as all the other oppressive regimes who are members of the UN? If your answer is “yes”, then you are not necessarily an anti-Semite. If your answer is “No” then, you are indeed a dyed-in-the-wool anti-Semite.

    • Just go away you anti Semite

    • IB

      *******t CHOCI. Just another less intellectually gifted Jew-hater.

    • Shamgar

      No, half the world is not likening Israel to Nazis; only half of your little world of nazi-like antisemite haters, you idiot Jew-bater. And for Gods sakes turn off your cap-lock: your just emphasises what a hysterical ranting nut job you are.

    • Robert Davis

      chocchi, : YOIU are afraid not israelis,that is ridiculous,no one is afraid of a VILE fool like blumenthal. We are just criticizing him and your LARGE LETTERS to make your stupid blabber sound “important” does not change anything. Anti-Israel people like you simply do not want the surge of a VIABLE LAND OF ISRAEL. You want an Israel as weak as possible which arabs can overcome so that there will no Israel at all in future. However you are waging a LOST WAR,Israel will SURGE and yoiur bloody europe will go down and be submitted to arabs or communism orsome other totalitarian power which bring it down and out of History. Europe is dead even if you do not know it yet!

    • First off you write with all caps,don’t get a sore throat.You bet it make’s you an anti semite.Actually i really don’t care what you think you’re obviously a loser and clown.If i was to say i hate all muslim states would that make me anti Islam.Now i wonder if the drunk Sidney Blumental better known as drunk affected his son.

    • mike schuman

      Since you provide no rationale reason for your so-called dislike of Israel and its policies in your diatribe, you are a bigot. Without a legitimate reason for your dislike, you can be descibed as a pre-judiced irrational common hater like the other “50 percent” of the world you cite

    • Lynne T

      Funny how people who type out messages entirely in upper case never seem to have a substantive argument.

    • Gábor Fränkl

      Yes, Holocaust-revisionists and others like KKK David Duke (admirer of Blumenthal, the feeling is certainly mutual for Max) say that too – “truth hurts”.

    • What truth do you speak of ? Blumenthal is an Anti-Semite..are you living in a cloud Choci ? His publishing’s are based on propaganda reflected by anti-Zionism and anti-Judaism which makes him the worst racist of all is because he is of Jewish heritage. I am a Zionist, which means I believe in the historic land of Israel for the Jewish people. It is only the anti-Semites like Blumenthal and the Palestinians which refer to Zionism as an evil word. If you are against Zionism you are against ALL Jews ( or at least those that believe in the State of Israel and understand the Old Testament), so don’t hind the fact that you are an anti-Semite..it just makes you look more ridiculous.

    • Muslim to the core obviously, ignorant..PUTZ !!

    • CM

      Your last sentence belies your claims.

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