Questions worth exploring:
- Has Europe’s tipping point been reached?
- Who are the inciters who cause the thousand cuts?
Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center hands Dr.Manfred Gerstenfeld’s book Demonizing Israel and the Jews to the Cardinal of Manila.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center raised the findings of Manfred Gerstenfeld’s book, Demonizing Israel and the Jews with Philippine Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila on November 13, 2013.
In the picture above, he is seen handing over the book to the Cardinal. During a meeting a few weeks ago in which 60 members of the Simon Wiesenthal Center participated, Rabbi Marvin Hier discussed this issue with the Pope. The Simon Wiesenthal Center has sent copies of the book to the cardinals and archbishops who head the Conferences of Bishops in various Western European countries.
BY ABRAHAM COOPER
A sculpture of a woman and a child is silhouetted against the water of Schwedsee lake at Nazi death camp Ravensbrueck about 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of Berlin, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. On Nov. 9, 2013 Germany remembers the 75th anniversary of the ‘Kristallnacht’, ‘Night Of The Broken Glasses’ or ‘November Pogrom’. On Nov. 9, 1939 the Nazis coordinated a wave of attacks in Germany and Austria, smashing windows, burning synagogues, ransacking homes and looting Jewish-owned stores. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Kristallnacht. Seventy-five years later, the very word (Night of Broken Glass) still casts its long shadow. On Nov. 9th, 1938, a mass pogrom was unleashed by the German High command against the Jews of Germany and Austria. It marked the Nazi regime’s transition from the quasi-legal discriminatory Nuremberg Laws to coming of ‘Final Solution’ genocide against European Jewry.
Is European hatred of Jews a thing of the past?
In his latest book, “Demonizing Israel and the Jews,” Manfred Gerstenfeld, analyzes polls taken across the continent and estimates that at least 150 million Europeans still harbor extreme anti-Jewish and/or anti-Israel animus.
Do Europe’s Jews feel safe?
According to Gerstenfeld, 25 percent are afraid to wear kippot or Star of David jewelry in public. While today armed police stand on guard across Europe protecting synagogues, 80 synagogues have been attacked in recent years in Germany alone. Jewish children have been targeted for bullying in Scandinavia and for insult, injury, even death on the campuses of day schools and Yeshivot in France.
And there is more, much more. This isn’t only about Islamist extremists for whom Jew is a dirty word. There is increasing mainstream hate and disrespecting of Jews and core Judaic values.
From Greece to Hungary to Ukraine, political parties increase their clout by playing the ant-Semitism card. Campaigns are underway in leading European democracies to criminalize the core Judaic mitzvot of brit milah and Shechita.
DR.MANFRED GERSTENFELD INTERVIEWED BY WOLFF BACHNER AT THE INQUISITR: MEDIEVAL ANTISEMITIC VIEWS OF 150 MILLION EUROPEANS …….
Wolff Bachner from the Inquisitr has done another major interview with Dr.Manfred Gerstenfeld, in which he also address some issues the he’s never addressed before, such as the possible reasons why the Israeli government is so incompetent in the propaganda war and why Israel is a sensor for the Western world’s decline.
Israel is confronted with a total propaganda war. Thus, it needs a very competent body of professionals to develop first strategies and then turn these into an operational approach. The current propaganda war is a huge battle with many new characteristics. It is post-modern, which means inter alia that its origins, messages and transmittal modes are very fragmented. As Israel is the first major target of such a propaganda war, it has to develop the mode of operation of such a defensive body itself.
If one is attacked in war, one develops weapons which can deal with the attackers. That is how armies expanded and progressed. Israel has developed a very sophisticated military instrument – the Israeli Defense Forces. If terrorism, revolution, subversion and the like are threats, countries develop intelligence services. Israel has, over the decades, been quite successful in this field and many try to copy its achievements. In the new cyber war, Israel has put together a defense unit which seems on its way to becoming a leader in the field. However, regarding the propaganda war, nothing of the like has been developed. Evidently, such a body will require substantial financial and human resources. We are not speaking here of a few tens of millions of dollars, but multiples of that.
Jews are leaving Europe in record numbers, and in city after city, where Jewish communities once thrived, people have packed their bags and fled to Israel, Canada or the United States. From Paris to Malmo, old Jewish homes are standing empty, as family after family leaves the land of their birth to escape the memories of 1800 years of persecution and death.
For those who remain behind, daily life is constant burden and an awful reminder of a time, only 85 years ago, when Jews were forced to wear yellow stars and herded into cattle cars by the millions to be gassed and burned.
Now, in the year 2013, Jews are once again spat on and kicked for daring to wear a Kippah on a European street, “Dirty Jew, Hitler should have finished the job” echoes in their ears as they run for cover. Ancient Jewish gravestones are covered with Swastikas and Israel flags are torn to shreds by ravening crowds of protesters screaming their hatred for the Jewish state.
Rather than dwell in despair on the horrors of Jewish life in Modern Europe, we invited Dr. Gerstenfeld here today to explain how and why this is happening and to gain an understanding of what can be done about it. Does hope still remain for the Jews of Europe or are we on the verge of a second Holocaust? Is Israel facing nuclear annihilation or can the Jewish state finally take its place as an equal partner among the nations of the world.
Dr.Manfred Gerstenfeld’s book Demonizing Israel and the Jews is mentioned in this article by Isi Leibler
Anti-Semitism in Belgium reaches new heights
I have devoted numerous columns of late to the tsunami of anti-Semitism sweeping through Western Europe.
I have devoted numerous columns of late to the tsunami of anti-Semitism sweeping through Western Europe, noting that aside from the frenziedly anti-Semitic Islamic extremists, the principal perpetrators are left-wing activists frequently led by those purportedly promoting human rights.
Manfred Gerstenfeld’s most recent book, Demonizing Israel and the Jews, documents evidence of the depressingly high levels of European anti-Semitism, highlighting the frequent employment of Holocaust inversion as a vehicle to incite Jew-hatred. He notes that opinion polls indicate that nearly half of all European adults – close to 150 million people – are today convinced that Israelis behave toward the Palestinians like the Nazis did toward the Jews.
This trend was corroborated in a recent report (published by the Gladstone Institute) exposing an outrageous situation in Belgium, the country of my birth and which thus struck a sensitive personal chord. Had my parents not immigrated to Australia on the eve of the war, they could have suffered the same fate as many members of my family who were among the 50 percent of the prewar Belgian Jewish community deported to and murdered in Auschwitz with the active assistance of the state bureaucracy and collaborators.
The report described an extraordinary Belgian primer for teachers of “Holocaust Remembrance” which appeared on the official central Flanders educational website database. Endorsed and funded by the Education Ministry, the template, designed for teachers of 6-12 year olds, shamelessly promoted hatred of Israel, and anti-Semitism, employing the crudest forms of Holocaust inversion.
It even reproduced a cartoon which had initially appeared in 2009 at the notorious Tehran Holocaust Denial conference, depicting a Jewish concentration camp inmate impaled on barbed wire in the form of a swastika. Entitled “Never Again,” it was accompanied by a caricature of an Arab in the same position titled “Over Again.” The message conveyed is crystal clear – Israelis, descendants of Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust, are treating the Arabs in the same manner as the Nazis treated their forebears.
The World’s Oldest Hate Metastasizes
A review of Demonizing Israel and the Jews by Manfred Gerstenfeld, RVP Press, New York, 2013
In the six years 1939-1945, two thirds of Europe’s 9 million Jews were executed by gunfire, starved to death, or incinerated in gas chambers during the Holocaust. While Nazi Germany was, of course the principal actor in this mass human slaughter, the Germans found many willing collaborators among the legions of Jew haters in countries they conquered, occupied, and recruited from for the slave labor and death camps. For a few decades after the end of the war, in part due to guilt for their complicity or stance as bystanders to the carnage, many Western European nations were supportive of the new state of Israel, and made the public expression of anti-Semitism verboten. Eastern European nations, in the orbit of the Soviet bloc, adopted the USSR’s position on Israel, which turned sharply negative soon after Israeli independence.
As Manfred Gerstenfeld, a scholar of Jewish communities in Europe and anti-Semitism vividly portrays in this collection of 57 interviews with academics, politicians, and writers in Europe and a few other places as well, the brief time-out on thousands of years of anti-Semitism among Europeans has ended. The end of any tilt towards Israel occurred even earlier, dating to the end of the 1967 war, when Israel was transformed in the eyes of the leftist elites from besieged victim to colonial occupier. Some Europeans pay lip service to hating Israel, but also oppose anti-Semitism. But when you treat the one majority-Jewish state in the world differently than you treat all others and use the most vicious language at your disposal to condemn Israel, then you are singling it out not for its behavior, but for the makeup of its population.
Gerstenfeld’s interviews include citizens of France, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic, Argentina, Egypt, and Libya. Interviews were also conducted with analysts from Israel and America describing how anti-Semitism is flourishing in these places as a result of activities of various Christian churches, radical Islamists, left wing political parties (e.g. the Communists, the Greens, hard left socialist parties), some nativist right wing parties, the media (the BBC worst of all in due to its influence), NGOs, and international organizations, in particular the United Nations and its councils and committees. All of these forces aligned against Israel, and in an increasingly visible way against Jews themselves , are aided and abetted by Israel-hating Jews and Israelis, who bask in the attention, financial support and worship by non-Jews whose hatred of Israel and Jews is legitimized by the self-loathing Jews.
An excellent interview of Dr.Gerstenfeld by Gerry Gordon at NER, I wholeheartedly recommend reading it in its entirety.
Gerstenfeld: The main theme in Demonizing Israel and the Jews is the explanation of the essence of the process of the demonization of Israel. I have tried to simplify it. It consists of three elements: a perpetrator, a demonizing message and a communication medium to transmit it. We live in post-modern times, thus there are many demonizing messages against Jews and Israel. There was one single major message in classic Christian anti-Semitism which claimed that the Jews committed deicide. Nazi anti-Semitism also had one central message: the Jews are subhuman. The transmission outlets through which you can communicate these demonizing messages include newspapers, TV stations, the internet and the United Nations.
The second major theme of my book is exposing how far the demonizing of Israel has progressed in the European Union. The third major theme is showing the multiple facets of contemporary anti-Semitism. They are expressed in the 57 interviews. The expert interviewees discuss perpetrators such as NGO’s, media and governments. They also analyze Christians, Muslims in Muslim countries and Muslims living in the West. The book illustrates the broad range of demonizers. It also exposes the great variety of demonizing messages as well as how they are communicated through the transmission channels.
Anti-Israelism is Anti-Semitism: an Interview with Manfred Gerstenfeld
by Jerry Gordon (September 2013)
Manfred Gerstenfeld, the former Chairman of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, is a noted author and commentator on European and World anti-Semitism. He recently published a book of interviews, Demonizing Israel and the Jews. The book presents important themes on how prevalent anti-Semitism, anti-Israelism and what Gerstenfeld terms “humanitarian racism” are in the West today. See our review in the current edition of the New English Review.
Vienna-born Gerstenfeld is a Holocaust survivor who grew up as a child of Jews hidden in Holland not far from Anne Frank’s hiding place in Amsterdam. A product of a strongly Zionist and Orthodox Jewish family he left Amsterdam for Paris in 1964 to become a premier pharmaceutical industry stock analyst for Eurofinance – a consortium of 16 international banks. That subsequently led to an illustrious international strategic and financial consultancy career in both Europe and Israel. Making Aliyah with his family in 1968 to Israel, he served in the IDF as a Reserve Officer in Economic Intelligence.
In 1999 following the passing of the founding chairman of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, he assumed that post which he held from 2000 to 2012. While there he established a program of Post-Holocaust and anti-Semitism studies specializing in the continuing problem of European and global anti-Semitism. Near the close of the 20th Century he returned to Dutch problems, advising on the matter of restitution for Dutch Holocaust survivors on behalf of Dutch Jewish immigrants in Israel. His demand for an apology by the Dutch for the failure of the Government in exile in London during World War Two to recognize the destruction of Holland’s Jews during the Holocaust drew wide international attention.
Gerstenfeld has frequently commented in books and articles about the Dutch attitude towards Jews following the Nazi occupation that witnessed the murders of over 100,000 of his Dutch coreligionists in Nazi death camps. In 2012, he was given a Lifetime Award by The Journal for the Study of Antisemitism. Gerstenfeld’s latest work draws attention to one reason why Israel and Jews are demonized, “humanitarian racism,” meaning the attributing of an “intrinsically reduced responsibility to people of certain ethnic or national groups regarding their criminal acts and intentions.” He has developed an estimate based on several studies and polls that approximately “150 million Europeans have extreme negative views about Jews and the State of Israel.” In an email exchange, Bat Ye’or suggests that Palestianism is the root of “humanitarian racism.” Note how Bat Ye’or defined Palestinism in our interview with her:
Palestinism is a world policy initiated and imposed by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and its Western allies that aims to transfer to Palestinian Muslims the history, the cultural and religious heritage of the Jewish people. . . . Palestinism encompasses all Western-Muslim relationships.
Please read the rest of the interview here at New English Review.
JEWISH NEWS SERVICE REVIEWS GERSTENFELD BOOK DEMONIZING ISRAEL AND THE JEWS…….
This ground breaking book by Dr.Gerstenfeld is making its way around the internet, it’s currently number 1 at Amazon.com for in the Discrimination & Racism category
The range of problems confronted in Gerstenfeld’s book is broad and complex. Grappling with the resurgence of anti-Semitism and the world’s willingness to embrace anti-Israelism presents a daunting puzzle. But Gerstenfeld casts a wide net. Turn to any page; the short interviews reveal shocking facts and offer gripping analysis.
Beware! Global Jew-Hatred Rising
by Jerry Gordon (September 2013)
Demonizing Israel and the Jews
By Manfred Gerstenfeld
RVP Press ISBN 978-1-61861-336-3
A new book, Demonizing
Israel and Jews, elucidates anti-Semitism which originated over 2,000 years ago in ancient Egypt. The earliest known instance is a different version Exodus story told by an Egyptian priest named Manetho in the Third Century BCE, who reverses the Biblical Exodus account and instead depicts the Jews being ejected as “unclean people.” A pogrom against Jews in Alexandria was witnessed by Philo in the First Century CE. That strain of violent anti-Semitism subsequently found fertile ground in both Christianity and Islam. Both doctrines accused Jews of deicide and blood libel.
The Prophet Mohammed taught the rejection of Jews for their not seeing the merits in his status as prophet nor in his doctrine of jihad. In Medieval Europe violent anti-Semitism led to episodic pogroms, expulsions, and formation of ghettos. Even in Nineteenth Century Europe, Socialists opposed Jews for their religious and later national Zionism that raised in Germany the Juden Frage, the question of dual loyalties. In France, anti-Semitic elements of the French General Staff connived to pin the charge of treason on Jewish Capt. Henri Dreyfus.
He was disgraced by being publicly stripped of his rank and his saber broken on the Champs de Mars to screams of “death to the Jews.” The creation by the Czarist secret police of the forgery The Protocols of Elders of Zion only provided fodder for anti-Semites in Russia to perpetrate pogroms by the Black Hundreds in Kishinev in 1903. The Protocolsalso had a brief foliation in the US and became an underlying theme of world Jewish control in Hitler’s Mein Kampf. Hitlerian doctrine was adopted by the Muslim Brotherhood, whose founder, Hassan al Banna, was an early devotee of Nazi Jew hatred.
BARBARA KAY: ON FOREIGN SHORES ANTISEMITISM STILL RAGES ON…….
There are many players on the Left who have fanned the flames
It’s been many years since anti-Semitic motifs — like cartoons showing money-obsessed Jews lusting after power — have been part of mainstream culture here in North America. Yet in other parts of the world, such offensive notions are flourishing.
Extreme Judeophobia is widespread in the Middle East, where many Arabs imbibe it at home, school and mosque. All educated people know that. But many readers might be shocked at how acceptable openly expressed Jew-hatred has become among some people in the “civilized” countries of Britain, Europe and Scandinavia.
DR,MANFRED GERSTENFELD INTERVIEWS SERGIO WIDDER: ANTISEMITISM AND ANTI-ISRAELISM IN LATIN AMERICA…….
Share This interview with Sergio Widder has just been posted at Israel National News, and republished here with the author’s consent. NOTE: Footnotes included at the end of the article. ANTI-SEMITISM AND ANTI-ISRAELISM IN LATIN AMERICA Manfred Gerstenfeld interviews Sergio Widder … Continue reading →
Share Available here. The Unpleasant Truth About European Anti-Semitism Publisher & Editor In Chief, Gary Rosenblatt Israeli author suggests ‘humanitarian racism’ behind demonization of Israel on the continent. Tue, 07/30/2013 Anti-Semitism in Europe, often in the guise now of anti-Israel … Continue reading →
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DR.MANFRED GERSTENFELD INTERVIEWS THE TUNDRA TABLOIDS AT INN ON ANTI-ISRAELISM/ANTI-SEMITISM IN FINLAND…….
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MEDIA GATEKEEPERS STRONG ARMING JOURNALISTS FROM COVERING GERSTENFELD’S BOOK ‘DEMONIZING ISRAEL AND THE JEWS’…….?
Once it becomes widely known that out of 400 million adult E.U citizens, 150 million have demonic anti-Semitic views, the possible consequences for the EU’s image, its politics and its need to act, cannot be ignored. The EU presents itself as a “model of democracy and promoter of human rights.” From the 150 million number of citizens with demonic views of Israel and the book’s interviews, it also emerges as a conglomeration of anti-Israel hate-mongering and a widespread criminal worldview. In the 1930’s European countries had huge number of citizens with a criminal worldview of the Jews. In view of the Holocaust thereafter and other atrocities this similarity pulls the bottom out of the image of a humanitarian Europe.
These European hate-mongers do not necessarily believe themselves that Israel exterminates the Palestinians, or behaves like the Nazis. Their biased statements however, all contribute to this image. This is the method of “the thousands cuts.” On an individual basis, none of these attacks has caused the dramatic results the studies show. However, together they have created them.
Part II: In the second part of our interview, Gerstenfeld talks further about the contents of his new book Demonizing Israel and the Jews (available for purchase on Amazon).
HR: The emphasis on Demonizing Israel and the Jews’ introduction which exposes Europe’s massive criminal worldview of Israel, to some extent overshadows the 57 interviews which are the main part of the book. What have you tried to achieve with these interviews?
MG: This is a collection of interviews with Jewish leaders, scholars, experts, politicians, journalists, important figures in Jewish organizations and the like. Together they illustrate how widespread, intense and multifaceted hate-mongering against Israel and the Jews is. The book deals with many countries and disciplines. After reading these interviews, one better understands how the demonic worldview of Israel in Europe has been created. The book is divided into a section with interviews which primarily focus on Israel and another, which mainly addresses classic anti-Semitism.
HR: What countries do most of the interviewees cover?
MG: The interviews deal with more than ten European countries. There are also interviews with Gustavo Perednik on Argentina, Rifat Bali on the uncertain future of Turkey’s Jewish communities, Maurice Roumani about what are attitudes in Libya with respect to its former Jewish community, Zvi Mazel on Egyptian anti-Semitism from Mubarak to Morsi as well as with Mitchell Bard on the powerful Saudi lobby in the United States. There is also an interview with Justus Weiner which discusses how Muslims are driving out Christians from Palestinian territories.
HR: Many of your interviews address various groups of perpetrators of anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism. What are the main ones?
MG: The greatest hatred of Israel by far comes out of parts of the Muslim world. This could easily fill several books of interviews. In Demonizing Israel and the Jews, interviewees elaborate on some of its aspects. Richard Landes explains how Muslim conspiracy theories affect Jews; Gunther Jikeli addresses Muslim anti-Semitism among European youths; former Chairman of the French umbrella organization CRIF, Richard Prasquier, discusses Muslim anti-Semitism in France.
HR: We at HonestReporting are of course very interested in media bias.
MG: This, like so many other topics in Demonizing Israel and the Jews also merits a book in itself. One interview is with Simon Plosker, Managing Editor of HonestReporting. Another is with Andrea Levin of CAMERA. In a third one, litigation lawyer Trevor Asserson takes the bias of the BBC – as far as reporting about Israel is concerned – largely apart. On a different note, moviemaker Gloria Greenfield tells about her documentary Unmasked Judeophobia and the reactions to it.
HR: Another major source of Israel hatred comes from the extreme Left.
MG: Indeed, this is addressed for instance by Angelo Pezzana who explains how anti-Israel Italians, primarily extreme leftists, abuse Holocaust memory. Simon Epstein discusses 60 years of French intellectual bias against Israel, giving much attention to the Communists. Ken Sikorski analyzes the Finnish scene, including the Socialists.
HR: European Socialists and Social Democrats have also manifested strong anti-Israel attitudes.
MG: The leading Norwegian non-fiction writer, Hanne Nabintu Herland tells about how the “politically correct” hatred of Israel is promoted. She said that the Labor Party plays a major role in turning Norway into the most anti-Semitic country in the West. Ilya Meyer discusses how Sweden’s third largest city Malmo, has become an internationally known hotbed of anti-Semitism. Part of this is due to the previous Labor Party Mayor Ilmar Reepalu, who has made frequent anti-Semitic remarks. Jehudi Kinar, former Israeli Ambassador to Belgium, details anti-Israelism in Belgian socialist parties.
HR: Yet, another source of Israel hatred comes from Christian circles.
MG: Far too little attention is paid to this. This subject also merits a special interview book. Dutch scholar Hans Jansen tells about the deep roots of Protestant anti-Semitism since its founding. His main focus is on church reformer Martin Luther. He also discusses the hateful Kairos document coming out of the part of the Palestinian Christian community. David Parsons explains how one can distinguish between pro-Israeli and anti-Israeli Protestants theologically. Dexter van Zile exposes the anti-Israel politics of the World Council of Churches.
HR: What about terrorism?
JEWISH LIFE IN EUROPE DYING A SLOW DEATH, 150 MILLION EUROPEANS HAVE DEMONIC VIEW OF ISRAEL…….
According to one Jerusalem-based researcher, the situation is dire, and he claims to have the numbers to prove it: More than 150 million European adults have anti-Semitic views, he asserts, in that they believe that Israel is waging a war of extermination against the Palestinians. “Numerical data from various studies provide evidence that well over 150 million citizens of the European Union embrace a demonic view of Israel,” Manfred Gerstenfeld, a former chairman of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, writes in his new book, “Demonizing Israel and the Jews.”
Jewish life in Europe ‘dying a slow death’?
It’s time to get out, urges Prof. Robert Wistrich, a leading authority on anti-Semitism. And he’s one of the scholars who dismisses a claim that 150 million EU citizens have demonic views of Israel
When Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay this week accused the “Jewish Diaspora” of orchestrating anti-government protests in his country, almost the entire Jewish Diaspora was up in arms. Oskar Deutsch, the president of the Vienna community, went so far as to call on the European Union to suspend its accession negotiations with Ankara.
Europe’s Toxic Anti-Semitism Problem
Posted on July 10, 2013 by Harold Brackman