By: Kevin MacDonald
Professor at California State University
February 10, 2009
A topic that is not discussed enough is the screaming, in-your-face, hostile aggression that people
must withstand when they dare to trample on Jewish sensibilities.
We are not talking about the sophisticated rationalization
one sees in the op-ed pages of the mainstream media, or even the smear techniques of organizations like the ADL or the SPLC. We
are talking about interpersonal aggression. There is something absolutely primal about it.
Now comes a refreshingly frank blog post by Karin Friedemann, an ethnically Jewish anti-Zionist. She notes the violent intolerance that defenders of Israel show towards
people with different opinions.
American Jews are actually being trained since childhood to interact with non-Jews
in a deceitful and arrogant manner, in coordination with each other, to emotionally destroy non-Jews and Israel critics in
addition to wrecking their careers and interfering with their social relationships. This is actually deliberate, wicked, planned
behavior motivated by a narcissistic self-righteous fury. ...
The problem is that non-Jews are taught through emotional
pressure and violence via the media and the school system to be very sensitive to Jewish suffering so when a Zionist becomes
outraged at them for challenging their world view, the non-Jew really has to fight against his own inner self in a huge battle
against his "inner Jew" making him feel inadequate and intimidated. But the Jew doesn't care how much he or she hurts others.
Jews only care about what's good for the Jews. ...
I once reduced a 50 year old man to hysterical sobbing tears
because I told him gently and lovingly that Jews were not that unique. I just told him the Jews, like everyone else, have
had good times and bad times. Times when they were slaughtered and other times when they slaughtered others. Just like everyone
else. Guess what he did next. He emotionally abused me in an insulting way and then cut off all further communication. Jewish
behavior is so predictable that it's truly scary. ...
If you mention cutting off the money or if you mention
the possible compromise of living with Palestinians as equals in one state they become very angry and start using bullying
tactics, unless they have some reason to fear you, in which case they shun you and complain about you to the authorities,
try to get you arrested or try and destroy your career or social status through character assassination. ...
all believe in the myth of "1000 years of Jewish suffering" and feel that the world owes them compensation for their ancestors'
"unique" suffering. It's a criminally insane viewpoint. They cope with the contradictions between their belief that they are
the good guys and what Jews are actually doing to their neighbors, both in the Middle East and in the US, by developing mental
health issues. Most Zionists are functional schizophrenics.
- These tactics are not restricted to critics of Zionism. As one who has
experienced a barrage of hostile email from my faculty colleagues, I can certainly attest to this. A correspondent sent me
the following recently:
I have encountered many liberal, politically correct Jews who react vociferously (almost
violently) to the most innocuous comments about any topic related to Israel or Jews. One Jew upon my mentioning that
my wife and I had been to Russia spent several minutes virtually frothing at the mouth about Russians. Another upon
hearing me say I was sympathetic to the problems of the Palestinians demanded to know who I was and how dare I say such a
thing. Often zero tolerance for any difference in opinion.
- The media constantly present images of Jewish suffering"most recently the endless glut of Holocaust
movies. But the media ignore instances, such as the early decades of the USSR and now in Greater Israel, where Jews have inflicted
horrible suffering. Right now I am reading E. Michael Jones' The Jewish Revolutionary Spirit and Its Effect on History.
It is striking to read his account of Jewish violence against non-Jews in the ancient world, particularly the persecution
of Christians whenever Jews had the power to do so.
Long before Christians had any influence on Roman policy, Christians'
complaints about Jews were not stereotypes based on historical memory but resulted from direct experience with Jews: "Origen
understood that Jewish calumny helped to cause Christian persecution, and that Jewish hatred was a fact of life for the Christians,
continuing unabated after the repeated defeats of Messianic politics" (i.e., the defeats of Jewish rebels at the hands of
the Romans in 70 and 135 ad) (p. 69). This is the basis of my concern on what will happen to whites when Jews become part
of a hostile elite in white-minority America.
- Non-Jews absorb these media images and as a result feel inadequate,
emotionally intimidated. Eventually they identify with the aggressor, much like a browbeaten hostage or, as Friedemann suggests,
an abused spouse. Or they maintain their friendships but studiously avoid talking about anything related to Israel. Non-Jews
do the bidding of their inner Jew because they have internalized images of Jewish suffering. They therefore aid and abet Jewish
brutality and aggression.
Non-Jews who persist in criticizing the organized Jewish community are threatened with loss
of livelihood and social ostracism. As I noted in a previous article the organized Jewish community does not believe in free
speech. It is important to keep in mind that when Jews were dominant in the first decades of the Soviet Union, the government
controlled the media, anti-Semitism was outlawed, and there was mass murder of Christians and the destruction of Christian
churches and religious institutions.
As Friedemann notes, the situation is nothing less than a sign of
serious mental health issues for the mainstream Jewish community: "Most Zionists are functional schizophrenics."
I think this is what happens when people who deal with Jewish issues finally realize that there is no hope for dialogue
and begin to think of what to do next. Honest people finally realize that when it comes to critical issues like Israel and
multicultural America, the divisions among Jews are an illusion. (Friedemann herself has renounced her Jewish identity.) As
Friedemann's husband, Joachim Martillo, notes, "Jews, who want to be decent human beings, have no choice but to renounce being
Jewish and serve the anti-Zionist struggle (right now)."
Exhibit A for this right now is the murderous Israeli
invasion of Gaza. We know (see, for example, John Mearsheimer' s article in The American Conservative) that this
invasion occurred after a prolonged period when Israel restricted supplies into Gaza and then attacked tunnels between Gaza
and Egypt. We know that the invasion was designed to "to inflict massive pain on the Palestinians so that they come to accept
the fact that they are a defeated people and that Israel will be largely responsible for controlling their future."
tone of Mearsheimer's article suggests a dramatic shift in attitude where the usual inhibitions on public discourse are finally
beginning to fall, even for a respected academic:
There is ... little chance that people around the world who follow the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict will soon forget the appalling punishment that Israel is meting out in Gaza. ... [D]iscourse about this longstanding
conflict has undergone a sea change in the West in recent years, and many of us who were once wholly sympathetic to Israel
now see that the Israelis are the victimizers and the Palestinians are the victims.
The gloves are coming off. This is what happens when smart and honest people who work hard to get the
scholarship right are nevertheless smeared as anti-Semites guilty of the vilest misdeeds. Not surprisingly, Abe Foxman - a
premier defender of the racial Zionist status quo in Israel - devoted an entire book to smearing Mearsheimer and Walt. Quite
simply, there is no point to talking to such people or taking seriously what they say about us.
We know that
the government of Israel is firmly in the hands of the racial Zionists " followers of Vladimir Jabotinsky and his view of
the racial distinctiveness and superiority of the Jewish people. Indeed, the only question in the Israeli election is which
brand of racial Zionism will form the next government.
One knows that racial Zionism has completely won the day in
Israel when Kadima - the party of Ariel Sharon, Ehud Olmert, Tzipi Livni and the Gaza invasion - is now described by Benjamin
Netanyahu as the party of the left. (The LA Times dutifully calls it "centrist" but, as Israeli peace activist Uri
Avnery writes, Livni "cries to high heaven against any dialogue with Hamas. She objects to a mutually agreed cease-fire.
She tries to compete with Netanyahu and [Avignor] Liberman with unbridled nationalist messages.") Indeed, Netanyahu's
only worry is that the openly racist Liberman " a disciple of the notorious Meir Kehane - will take away too many votes from
The situation is analogous to a US election where Pat Buchanan is the candidate of the far left. (I can dream.)
analogizes the election to a joke where a sergeant tells his men: "I have some good news and some bad news. The good news
is that you are going to change your dirty socks. The bad news is that you are going to exchange them among yourselves."
again we see at work the general principle that within the Jewish community, the most extreme elements carry the day and pull
the rest of the Jewish community with them. As I noted in "Zionism and the Internal Dynamics of Judaism," "over time, the
more militant, expansionist Zionists (the Jabotinskyists, the Likud Party, fundamentalists, and West Bank settlers) have won
the day and have continued to push for territorial expansion within Israel. This has led to conflicts with Palestinians and
a widespread belief among Jews that Israel itself is threatened. The result has been a heightened group consciousness among
Jews and ultimately support for Zionist extremism among the entire organized American Jewish community."
keep pushing the envelop, forcing other Jews to either go along with their agenda or cease being part of the Jewish community.
Ominously, if elected, Netanyahu promises that a top priority will be "harnessing the U.S. administration to stop the threat"
of Iran's nuclear program.
Incidentally, E. Michael Jones (The Jewish Revolutionary Spirit and Its Effect on History,
p. 42ff) has expanded this argument to the ancient world. He shows how the Jewish community was pulled in the direction of
fanaticism by the Zealots who expelled the followers of Jesus from the synagogue and adopted a disastrous path of revolution
against Rome, leading ultimately to the defeats of 70 and 135 a.d.
A good example of the schizophrenia described by
Friedemann comes from the fact that around 80% of American Jews voted for Obama but around the same percentage blames Hamas
for the escalation of violence and believes that the Israeli response was "appropriate". These results of the poll on the
Gaza invasion were proudly announced by Abraham Foxman of the ADL, an organization that is one of the principal forces in
promoting a post-European America. The Jewish left is a pillar of multi-cultural America but strongly supports racial Zionism
This same schizophrenia was on display at a recent presentation at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles
by Chris Hedges and Mark Potok - he of the Southern Poverty Law Center. The program dealt with the usual bogey-men of the
organized Jewish community: Christian fundamentalists, skinheads, David Duke, and (I am gratified to report) The Occidental
In a comment on the alliance between Christian conservatives and Zionists, an audience member mentioned
(to stifled applause) that "There are Jewish fascists." But the moderator, Ian Masters, saved the day when he stated that
"the vast majority of American Jews are secular and liberal" - a comment that brought much applause, presumably because it
reassured the many Jews in the audience that they weren't like THOSE Jews. For his part, Potok, that stalwart warrior against
white America, expressed his support for what he sees as a beleaguered Israel on the verge of apocalypse at the hands of the
Arabs. Schizophrenia indeed.
The politicians who are running Israel are, if anything, more racialist and nationalist
than anything even remotely on the horizon in American or European politics. As Avnery notes:
In every other country, Liberman's program would be called fascist, without quotation marks.
Nowhere in the Western world is there a large party that would dare to advance such a demand [to annul the citizenship of
Arabs]. The neo-fascists in Switzerland and Holland want to expel foreigners, not to annul the citizenship of the native-born.
When Joerg Haider was taken into the Austrian cabinet, Israel recalled its ambassador from Vienna in protest.
But compared to Liberman, Haider was a raving liberal, and so is Jean-Marie le Pen. Now Netanyahu has announced that
Liberman will be an important minister in his government, Livni has hinted that he will be in her government, too, and Barak
has not excluded that possibility.
The optimistic version says that Liberman will prove to be a passing curiosity.
... There is also a pessimistic version: Fascism has become a serious player in the Israeli public domain. The three main
parties have now legitimized it. This phenomenon must be stopped before it is too late.
So I have a suggestion for the Foxmans, the Potoks, the neoconservatives, and the secular Jewish liberals
of the world: If you want to fight racism and ethnic nationalism, start in your own backyard. And my suggestion for the rest
of us is to get rid of what Friedemann calls the "inner Jew". I know it's hard to do. But once you tune out the screaming
hostility (and assuming you don't fear losing your job), it's easy. Just don't expect a pleasant or rational conversation.
10 February 2009
MacDonald is a professor of psychology at California State University"Long Beach.