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Anti-Semitism - What is it?

Is it Anti-Semitic to call for a New 911 Commission?


(TEMPE, Az.) - Several of us among the incurably curious asked ourselves a simple question: what is anti-Semitism? That it must be written with a capital “S” says a lot.

Then we realized it also morphs. To that feature I can attest. In November 2002, I met a “John Doe” in London who proposed a research challenge. While meeting that challenge, I encountered various versions of anti-Semitism.

A colleague advised against this challenge. First he fretted at the criminal nature of what the research has since confirmed. Then he inquired about my safety. That said a lot.

The colleague was M.I.T. Professor Noam Chomsky. For his criticism of Israeli policy, he was attacked as a self-hating Jew. Were he not Jewish, doubtless he would have been an anti-Semite. For critics of Israel, those are the only two options. He cautioned me:

You’ll get the same thing: anti-Semitic, Holocaust denier, want to kill all the Jews, etc. It doesn’t matter what the facts are. Bear in mind that you are dealing with intellectuals, that is, what we call ‘commissars’ and ‘apparatchiks’ in enemy states.

Is anti-Semitism a geopolitical strategy? If so, for what purpose? Character assassination?

Ten months ago, I met with Professor William Robinson on the University of California Santa Barbara campus. We met soon after he was attacked by the Anti-Defamation League and its network.

Robinson had read Guilt By Association, the first release based on this research. His question mirrored Prof. Chomsky’s concern: “Are they going to kill me?” he asked. Who are They? Those who attack anyone critical of Israeli policy.

Anti-Semitism—A License to Kill?

For his class on globalization, Robinson provided an email link to a photo essay critical of Israeli policy. The essay had been circulating online for weeks. When two students complained to the ADL, its attack troops insisted on Robinson’s removal while its national network urged alumni to threaten the withholding of gifts and bequests to the university.

'Favorite anti-Semites' From top left: Tun Mahathir, Desmond Tutu, Cynthia McKinney, James
Carter. Bottom left: Nelson Mandela, Mearsheimer and Walt, William Robinson.

Word quickly spread among academics nationwide. That time-critical ADL strategy silenced on-campus criticism of the Israeli assault on Gaza. Is it anti-Semitic to suggest that’s how anti-Semitism works?

When the Anti-Defamation League intimidates on a national scale, does anti-Semitism morph into something even more sinister? The Gaza assault killed 1,400, including 400 Palestinian children. That slaughter was scheduled during America’s political and media “down time”—between Christmas 2008 and the January 2009 inaugural of Barack Obama.

Is it anti-Semitic to suggest a strategic motive behind the timing of Israel’s latest savagery?

Then there’s the motive for 911. Is it anti-Semitic to raise that taboo subject? Ask those members of the 911 Commission who objected—successfully—when the chair and vice-chair proposed hearings on the motivation for that high-profile provocation.

Instead, Americans were left to cope with the results of an overwrought reaction to an unexplained mass murder too quickly blamed on “Islamo” fascism. Only now can we see the full costs in blood and treasure of a war waged on fixed intelligence and false pretenses.

The fiscal tab alone is projected to total $3 Trillion. That includes the future costs of military pensions, disabilities, record-level post-traumatic stress, suicides and so forth.

All that money is borrowed, a first for an American war. The interest cost could reach $700 billion. Is it anti-Semitic to mention here that debt is always the prize?

At the end of WWII, the victorious U.S. was home to 50% of the world’s productive power. Our bonds were gilt-edged and remained so for two generations. Now we are widely hated, our credibility is shot, our credit rating is slipping and our economy teeters on a meltdown.

Is it anti-Semitic to ask, “What happened?”

Is it anti-Semitic to report that the so-called “mastermind” behind 911 cited as his motive the U.S.-Israeli relationship?

Would it be anti-Semitic to ask for an accounting of the “but for” costs of this relationship?

But for this “special relationship” what would be the current condition of the U.S.—financially, militarily, diplomatically, geopolitically? Would the computation of those costs be an exercise in anti-Semitism? How about future costs?

Is it Anti-Semitic to call for a New 911 Commission?

America was misled to wage war in Iraq. Who had a relationship with us privileged enough to succeed with such duplicity in plain sight?

Who had the means, motive, opportunity and—importantly—the stable nation state intelligence to deceive us from inside our own government? Is that question anti-Semitic?

We were betrayed. Does that betrayal trace to those who befriended us?

We were defrauded. Does that treason trace to those we were induced to trust?

As counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee (1980-87), I crafted federal tax law governing funds under management. Those funds surged from $800 billion in 1980 to more than $17,000 billion by the spring of 2007.

Those tax policies created a vast pool of “money-on-autopilot.” Today’s consensus belief can be simply put: money should be allowed to pursue more of itself—freely.

The unspoken assumption is that money is smarter than people. That’s the generally accepted truth behind the finance-fixated obsession we now know as “economics.”

Legions of consensus-touting consultants insist that this One True Faith guide lawmaking worldwide. By law, financial freedom became a proxy for personal freedom. Tribunals under the World Trade Organization may yet enforce that worldview globally.

How did such a narrow perspective become a widely agreed-to mindset? How were we induced to set America’s course by those values peculiar to money?

Rather than the civil rights refrain, “Let my people go,” the consensus refrain is “Let my money go.” Were we induced by a subculture within a subculture…within a subculture to freely embrace the very money myopic mindset that now endangers our freedom?

This mindset first surfaced as the “Chicago model” before morphing over decades into the “Washington” consensus.

How were we as a nation induced to brand democracy with a point of view that, by law, displaces those values not denominated in money? Is that an anti-Semitic question?

Shutting Down Debate

Early on in this challenge, I included the noun “Jew” in a Google search. I received in return an automated response from the Anti-Defamation League implying I was an anti-Semite.


More importantly, how did a Google response appear in my email inbox—automatically—from the Anti-Defamation League?

The ADL network conducts trainings for law enforcement under recently enacted federal hate crimes legislation. By my use of a common noun in an online search, am I now identified in a database as wanting to kill all the Jews?

Mark Yudoff, president of the University of California, could have intervened in the on-campus events that caused Professor Robinson to fear for his life. He declined. Richard Blum, chair of the state’s Board of Regents, could have intervened. He too declined.

Judith Yudoff is the immediate past international president of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism representing 760 synagogues. Blum’s wife, U. S. Senator Diane Feinstein, chairs the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Is it anti-Semitic to report these facts?

My apologies. Clearly I don’t yet grasp what anti-Semitism is. Thus I throw the challenge to you the reader: what is it? Together perhaps we can sort this out.


Special thanks to:

Jeff Gates is a widely acclaimed author, attorney, investment banker, educator and consultant to government, corporate and union leaders worldwide.

Jeff's latest book is Guilt By Association — How Deception and Self-Deceit Took America to War (2008). His previous books include Democracy at Risk: Rescuing Main Street From Wall Street and The Ownership Solution: Toward a Shared Capitalism for the 21st Century. For two decades, an adviser to policy-makers worldwide. Counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee (1980-87).

For more: information, visit: You can email Jeff Gates at this address:

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gj March 29, 2010 2:07 am (Pacific time)

The leaders and instigators of the new anti-Semitism are congregated on the political left, its most active and vocal spokesmen being found in our prestige universities. Such is the anti-Zionist (anti-Semitic) focus of the left that, almost incomprehensibly, it includes a fair number of Jewish professors and other "intellectuals" not just here in the United States, but in Israel itself.

Editor: Thanks for your comment.  I wondered if you meant 'anti-genocide' when you said anti-Semitic?  If you search the term anti-Semitic on this site you will find numerous explanations of what that term actually means.  For example, pro-Israeli in the minds of millions means 'pro-Murder' and with Israel's racist apartheid politics it is easy of course to understand why, but that like your use of the term 'anti-Semitic' would be untrue.  Perhaps the most important thing you noted is that there are increasing numbers of peaceful Jewish people here and in Israel who are as frustrated as the rest of the humanitarians working to change this terrible racist government's approach that is highly illegal under International Law.  This of course greatly undermines the whole Zionist movement by showing the world that being Jewish has absolutely nothing to do with it.  Virtually any misuse of the term 'anti-Semitic' is a racist statement, since it is not a correct assessment when used, technically or otherwise.  Christians are as much of a problem as anyone, when they do not fully absorb and realize the meaning of Zionism.      

Rabbit March 21, 2010 11:57 pm (Pacific time)

Looks like I missed one of the "Chosen Ones" or their supporters' usual vindictive responses, I was wondering where they were, but can see you know how to deal with such ones around here. Threats and other forms of intimidation is all they know. Unfortunately when they control the debate for the most part, via a totally complicit media, we end up fighting against false accusations and defending our persons instead of debating openly the reality of Israel and Zionism's relationship with humanity. I admire Jeff Gates immensely and was looking for a site carrying this piece since my usual source via was down. Thanks. As for what anti-Semitism is, I'd say there are two answers depending on if you are living in the real world or a perverted paradigm dominated by base greed, fear and ignorance. For such a being popularly called a Zionist; and they come in both Jewish and Christian form, then anybody who criticises Israel in any way, who doesn't worship at its alter and bless its every crime and perversion is an anti-Semite. Also anybody who suggests Jews are not the main and only real victims of cruelty and bigotry or that Jews may sometime have been at least partly responsible for their predicament when such arose, would be an anti-Semite. In the real world, where words should be expected to have consistent meaning and “anti” as well as “Semite” have specific meanings then I’d say that Zionists are the worst anti-Semites followed by any loose stragglers who are not Zionists yet remain anti Arab.

Russ March 19, 2010 3:05 pm (Pacific time)

Anti-semitism is a label used by Jewish Globalist Elites to smear anyone who disagrees with anything they perceive as central to advancing their collective interests.

Anonymous March 16, 2010 6:31 pm (Pacific time)

Roger Milner? Neeta Lykamen? Dirty scumbag?  Since you don't know if you are a man or a woman, I suggest you get the hell out of this zone.  You make threatening statements toward any of my writers and you will have people on your doorstep with badges, we don't take too kindly to this.  So, you are warned and your IP is logged.   

Hank Ruark March 16, 2010 1:53 pm (Pacific time)

To all: Serious readers should check TIME (3/22/10) for"The Next American Century" lead to the Ten Ideas for Next Ten Years cover-feature. It very neatly sums up the many realities those who see desperate approach of national death keep trying to sell us all --while we continue to set the direction for the world. American exceptionalism is still a major modality, yet is changing to fit 21st Century.

Hank Ruark March 16, 2010 10:08 am (Pacific time)

Friend D.J.:
You do canny old Ben Franklin a strong disservice in equating his acknowledged entrepreneurial drive ONLY with acquisition of piles of pelf.

He and other Founders were men of their time, building an empire in a vast wilderness, with little or no backing but their own brains and the drive to create where nothing good existed.

In all fairness, money as motive was only one small part of their priorities, with the concept of freedom and of true equality under law as their real driving motives.

Massive, major, continuing and past historical research proves these points in proper documentary depth and detail.

We in America no doubt do have reputation for hard-drive to harvest huge piles of the stuff, but that's not all for which we have become famed all around the world, starting with what our Founders first put into pattern, protocol and premium plan.

That plan is still capable of further fine fashioning for what the 21st Century now so definitely demands, for many of the same sizzling issues to which they set solid solutions underway, still undeveloped today despite slow progress in past 250 years.

What we do NOW, given new challenges they could never know, is the true test of what they left us as legacy.
They made their mark, well known as shaping our world now, and we will make ours in coming decades by what we DO, NOW !!

Will we do as well ??

Debbie Menon March 15, 2010 11:03 pm (Pacific time)

A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it. Beauty is truth's smile when she beholds her own face in a perfect mirror. Bigotry tries to keep truth safe in its hand with a grip that kills it. -Rabindranath Tagore Debbie

Daniel Johnson March 15, 2010 10:16 pm (Pacific time)

Going back to at least Benjamin Franklin, money has been the underlying ethic of America. The history of the U.S. is reflected in this quote by Rabindranath Tagore:

"I thought that my invincible power would hold the world captive, leaving me in freedom undisturbed. Thus day and night I worked at the chain with huge fires and cruel hard strokes. When at last the work was done, I found that it held me in it grip."

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