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Friday, May 08, 2009

The Link

While trying to track down the source of the quote found in the previous post, I stumbled across the following gem:

"On any given day one can find some eminent European – a university professor, high-ranking churchman, a parliamentarian – gravely explaining to reporters that harsh and disproportionate criticism of Israel is not anti-Semitic. And their protestations sound plausible. After all, this is not your grandfather’s anti-Semitism.…At least that is what I assumed until someone did the study."

"Two Connecticut professors got curious about the constant denials that extremely harsh critics of Israel were anti-Semitic. Edward H. Kaplan, the William N. and Marie A. Beach Professor of Management Sciences at Yale, and Charles A. Small, Director of Urban Studies, w:Southern Connecticut State University, decided to examine the issue in formal way.…"

"Kaplan and Small ask whether individuals expressing strong anti-Israel sentiments, such as the statement by Ted Honderich, Emeritus Grote Professor of the Philosophy of Mind and Logic at University College London, that “those Palestinians who have resorted to necessary killing have been right to try to free their people, and those who have killed themselves in the cause of their people have indeed sanctified themselves,” are more likely than the general population to also support in such old-style anti-Semitic slurs as “Jews have too much power in our country today.” "

"The correlation was almost perfect. In a survey of 5,000 Europeans in ten countries, people who believed that the Israeli soldiers “intentionally target Palestinian civilians,” and that “Palestinian suicide bombers who target Israeli civilians” are justified, also believed that “Jews don’t care what happens to anyone but their own kind,” “Jews have a lot of irritating faults,” and “Jews are more willing than others to use shady practices to get what they want.” "

"The study’s other interesting finding was that only a small fraction of Europeans believe any of these things. Anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism flourish among the few, but those few are over-represented in Europe’s newspapers, its universities, and its left-wing political parties."


What you've just read is an excerpt from an article by Diana Muir entitled 'Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism: The Link, [History News Network. George Mason University].  Click here to read the whole thing.

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“Jews don’t care what happens to anyone but their own kind” - ?????

No, we only took leading roles in the women's movement, the civil rights movement, the anti-apartheid movement, and the campaign to end the genocide in Darfur. But other than that...

Posted by: Lisa | May 8, 2009 6:26:32 PM

"The study’s other interesting finding was that only a small fraction of Europeans believe any of these things. Anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism flourish among the few, but those few are over-represented in Europe’s newspapers, its universities, and its left-wing political parties."

and

"No, we only took leading roles in the women's movement, the civil rights movement, the anti-apartheid movement, and the campaign to end the genocide in Darfur. But other than that..."

Amen on both counts!

Posted by: ProphetJoe | May 8, 2009 8:57:23 PM

No mystery here. The only amazing thing is that these leftists, who so despise Israel, apparently think someone (other than themselves) believes their protests that they aren't anti-Semitic.

Posted by: Bob | May 9, 2009 7:44:00 AM

Apt remark Lisa.

Posted by: Ilana-Davita | May 10, 2009 11:13:14 AM

I'm really glad that someone is finally doing a study on this topic. Unfortunately, it is doomed to be buried by academia, because it doesn't spout the politically-correct dogma of the Left. (see: Peters, Joan, "From Time Immemorial".)

Posted by: psachya | May 10, 2009 5:48:04 PM

Just took a look at the article itself. The conclusion says:

"among those with the most extreme anti-Israel sentiments in our survey (anti-Israel index scores of 4), 56 percent report anti-Semitic leanings."

56 percent?!? So if someone has extremely anti-Israel views, it's still only slightly better than a 50-50 chance that s/he is also anti-semitic. I was hoping for better than that...

Posted by: Tzurah | May 15, 2009 10:53:24 PM

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