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And What About Jewish Anti Gentile Studies?

The institute’s scholars would also be well advised to elaborate on Jewish cultural supremacy, and Jewish political lobbying, from Purim to AIPAC.

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(LONDON) - American Jewry won a victory last week: Yale University bowed to pressure - it is now starting yet another initiative to study anti-Semitism, after a decision to cancel an earlier programme had sparked criticism.

The earlier programme created in 2006 was cancelled because it had produced "little scholarly work,” and the institute's courses had not attracted large numbers of students, according to Donald Green, the director of Yale's Institution for Social and Policy Studies.

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Abe Foxman of The Anti-Defamation League criticised Yale for cancelling the programme and welcomed the new initiative, saying "We are satisfied that Yale University understood the critical importance of continuing an institute for the study and research of anti-Semitism".

The new programme will be led by Yale professor Maurice Samuels, who states that Yale has some of the leading scholars in the world working on anti-Semitism and interfaith relations. He intends to focus on contemporary and historical anti-Semitism.

However, for all Yale’s efforts, I remain convinced that Samuels will not be able to produce any valuable scholarly work either - the reason is simple: almost the entire body of research on ‘anti Semitism ’ conducted in recent decades is solely concerned and obsessed with recording the historical points at which hatred of the Jews manifests itself. And yet, for some bizarre reason, such scholarly work on anti Semitism never seeks to understand, and is totally impervious to the socio-economic, the ideological, theological and historical contexts, motivations, causes and reasoning that have existed behind such outbursts of hatred against the Jews.

These countless studies on anti Semitism rarely look into the causes, and rarely try to understand why anti Semitism arose in so many places throughout history.

Instead of elaborating on the causes that may lead to anti Semitism, the discourse on anti Semitism is a unique chronological account that only ‘starts to tick’ as soon as an ‘anti Semitic’ event is detected. Everything prior to that is a blank slate - and so we are left, once more, none the wiser as to why people ‘turned against the Jews’ yet again.

I’d like to suggest here, that for an academic study of anti Semitism to be scholarly and comprehensive, and if we are to even begin to understand the roots of anti Semitism, then primary attention must surely also be dedicated to the considerable body of anti-gentile views expressed within the Torah, Talmud, and within contemporary Jewish ideology and politics (Zionist and Jewish anti-Zionist alike).

The institute’s scholars would also be well advised to elaborate on Jewish cultural supremacy, and Jewish political lobbying, from Purim to AIPAC.

For a study of anti Semitism to become scholarly and valuable, instead of merely a form of hyper-emotional hysterical ranting, the researcher would also be advised to first assume that, perhaps, anti Jewish feelings might well have root causes which could be rational, and could be explained and understood -- yet not justified -- in terms of causality and reason.

Instead of assuming that the Goyim are just a bunch of crazy blood thirsty lunatics that periodically just went mad again and again throughout history in their dislike for Jews, the scholars would rather be advised to look for the root causes that may well have lead to an anti Semitic event, ideology or text.

Such a study then, would surely be academically and socially valuable, and I believe it would also be crucial for Jews and Israelis, so they may be enabled to understand the world they live in, and to grasp their role in it.

Some commendable studies by Jewish academics have already been done in that area : The Jewish Century by Yuri Slezkine, The Pity Of It All by Amos Elon and Jewish History, Jewish Religion by Israel Shahak and even early Zionist texts by Max Nordau, Ber Borochov and others  all provide some adequate answers to questions regarding the origins of anti Semitism.  Interestingly enough, none of the above studies were produced or sponsored by ‘anti-Semitism research institutions’ . The above scholars attempted to grasp the origins of animosity towards the Jews, instead of looking for a symposium in which they could moan about being hated. The three former at least,  were driven by genuine intellectual curiosity rather than by a need for collective therapy.

Like many, I am concerned by the recent upsurge in violence against Jews around the world and I plan to address these concerns," said Samuels the head of the new Yale Anti Semitism research centre.

Might I suggest that Samuel should be far more concerned with the upsurge in violence that is committed by the Jewish State in the name of the Jewish people. Samuels should look into the role of AIPAC in shaping American and world affairs.

Will Samuels be courageous enough to do so? I do not know Samuels, but somehow, I find it hard to imagine.

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Raul Reeve June 30, 2011 6:50 am (Pacific time)

Atzmon could also have mentioned 'Separation and its Discontents' by Kevin MacDonald as an example of a study of anti-Semitism of which the ADL disapproves.


June 29, 2011 4:52 pm (Pacific time)

As a follow up to what I just wrote: In July of last year, when asked in an interview with the Sunday Times of London why he focused on the Holocaust in his latest filmmaking project, Stone referred to, "The Jewish domination of the media."  He went on to say, "They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington.  Israel has f***** up United States foreign policy for years."


June 29, 2011 4:49 pm (Pacific time)

I love Gilad's writings.  I hope the following can be presented in the paragraph format I am presenting to make it easy to read.

I don't understand why the Jewish Supremacists do not understand why their chant of being the "chosen people" might actually work against them in the scheme of things.  Of course they don't admit their own severe form of racism.  Most people see through their approach to dominating the world opinion.

The following represents a specific issue about Oliver Stone.  The Anti-Defamation League, in order to skew the reality of what Stone represented in his work, wrote a scathing statement.  In part it said, "Oliver Stone has once again shown his conspiratorial colors with his comments about 'Jewish domination of the media' and control over U.S. foreign policy.  His words conjure up some of the most stereotypical and conspiratorial notions of undue Jewish power and influence." (See: http://www.adl.org/PresRele/ASUS_12/5813_12.htm)

Anyone who studies the truth knows this is just how the Jewish lobby tries to distort reality and make its members out to always be the victim.  It is odd that the Jewish people I personally know are just as offended at the political actions of the "organized Jewry" yet they have as little power to do anything about it on an individual basis as we can change the actions of the White House.

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Director Oliver Stone, whose father is Jewish, belittled the Holocaust during a shocking interview with the Sunday Times today, claiming that America's focus on the Jewish massacre was a product of the "Jewish domination of the media."

The director also defended Hitler and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and railed against the "powerful lobby" of Jews in America.

Stone finished a 10-part documentary TV series for Showtime in which he explored events in US history that he feels were under-reported.  The documentary series exposes a side of American history that is critical of the Jewish lobby.  "Through this epic 10-hour series, which I feel is the deepest contribution I could ever make in film to my children and the next generation, I can only hope a change in our thinking will result."  Stone has previously said the 10-part "Secret History" series would put Hitler and Stalin "in context," and offer an alternative crash course to the "grossly inadequate history" taught by American schools and proffered by mass media.

"Stone and a small group of historians and archivists have meticulously combed through the national archives of the U.S., Russia, South Africa, England, and Japan in search of papers, letters, memoranda, film, and photographs to assist in their documentation of unknown historical figures and events that have rarely, if ever, been revealed.

Stone kicked off a media firestorm for telling a reporter from London’s Sunday Times that Adolf Hitler, the subject of his upcoming documentary, did more damage to Russia than he did to the Jews. He also stated that the U.S.'s support for Israel is the result of Jewish domination of the media.

Topics range from President Harry Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan to the origins and reasons for the Cold War with the Soviet Union, to the fierce struggle between war and peace in America’s national security complex. Newly discovered facts and accounts from the Kennedy administration, the Vietnam War, and the great changes in America’s role in the world since the fall of Communism in the 1980s will be presented. "

However, billionaire Haim Saban called on CBS Corp.'s Showtime Networks to cancel Oliver Stone 's planned “Secret History of America” documentary. A furious Haim Saban has mounted a campaign to get Showtime to cancel its planned airing of Oliver Stone’s 10-part series, "A Secret History of America," in the wake of anti-Jewish remarks by the outspoken director.  In venting his outrage, Saban has become the first big Hollywood name to publicly criticize Stone for his controversial remarks about the Holocaust.


xexon June 29, 2011 5:37 pm (Pacific time)

I've been responding to this very subject in the Washington Post recently. Have a look:

I closed this thread several days ago: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/saving-the-yale-anti-semitism-institute/2011/06/13/AGRjAjTH_allComments.html?ctab=all_and#comments

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2011/06/23/AGfAGamH_allComments.html?ctab=all_and#weighIn

 
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