Opinion

What’s a Little anti-Semitism Among Friends?

One who sleeps with orange dogs will wake up among brown shirts infested with fleas. Israel’s bond with the Trump administration is in itself an anti-Semitic conspiracy

White supremacists march in Charlottesville, Virginia, August 2018.
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You cannot separate white supremacy from anti-Semitism – it doesn’t matter how much the Israeli and American right try to launder it, or how many hundreds of millions of dollars Sheldon Adelson contributes to a Republican candidate. Why should racist Republicans even accept donations from Jews? Because Jews are good for one thing: their money. And if it means you have to wear a polite smile and restrain yourself from calling them goddamn Jews when they’re within earshot, it’s no great tragedy.

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It’s customary to say about the left that it bows to the enemy but there’s no worse groveling than that of the Israeli right, which is ready to drink straight from the neo-Nazi goblet in Europe and the United States, and to wipe their lips and ask for more – as long as the partner is okay with their interests, in other words, the occupation.

The right is convinced that they’re part of the in-crowd. As long as they shout out loud enough that they’re not at all like those Jewboys in exile, the cosmopolitan Zeligs and nebbishes; as long as they can swear they’re a new type of Jew, muscular and proud, and that they hate Arabs and black people more than anyone, they have no cause to worry. The Israeli right won’t agree to go like lambs to the slaughter: It will play the part of the shepherd (or at least the role of the shepherd’s largest donor).

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But in the eyes of the American or European Nazis, Jews are Jews. Yes, even those who hate Arabs. Even those who support Trump. There are right-wingers who would rather die in a mass shooting than admit that at no point during Barack Obama’s term of office (or “Hussein,” as they love to call him), there was no legitimacy given to anti-Semitism or violence against Jews, as there has been ever since Donald “Friend of Israel” was elected. More than a few people think like this: Israel’s prime minister and his entire government openly support the president elected thanks to the worst neo-Nazis, only because he doesn’t care that Israel is forcibly ruling over millions of Palestinians lacking in any rights. When we discuss the price of occupation, we have to remember this, too.

What was the most urgent thing Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, had to say after the massacre in Pittsburgh? That there’s anti-Semitism on “both sides.” In other words, also among the Democrats. Pardon me, a synagogue shooting? Mr. Dermer, that comes from your side of the family. You saw it coming from miles away. You could smell the burning torches and hear the calls: “The Jews won’t replace us,” shouted by thousands of white Republicans. You saw it and buried it and continued to openly embrace these horrible people only because of your common obsessive hatreds – against the Muslims, the leftists and the media.

One who sleeps with orange dogs will wake up among brown shirts infested with fleas. Israel’s bond with this administration is in itself an anti-Semitic conspiracy. It’s shocking not only because of its illegitimate aim (perpetuating occupation at any price), but because of the norm it establishes by which anti-Semitism is fine “among friends.” They wallow in this filth with the help of public relations experts awed by Steve Bannon who incite against the humane left using the same rhetoric employed by anti-Semites for centuries – under the sponsorship of Jewish politicians, who embrace this outrage and speak about a commonality of interests with the same pogromists who slay their people.