In the Huffington Post is a fascinating embodiment of Kevin MacDonald’s thesis on Judaism.
NY-area law professor Menachem Rosensaft can, on the one hand, pen an op-ed titled “White Nationalism: A Scourge That Won’t Go Away“, but then also pen an op-ed titled “Israel’s Jewish Essence Is Non-Negotiable“.
Rosensaft’s “White Nationalism” op-ed focuses on the writings of Peter Brimelow, Jared Taylor, Kevin MacDonald, and the late Sam Francis. Here’s some excerpts on Brimelow:
Brimelow is founder and editor of the VDARE.com website which has been designated a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and which, according to no less an authority than the Anti-Defamation League, “features the work of racists, anti-Semites and anti-immigrant figures.”
The ADL has been following Brimelow’s activities for some time. In February of 2009, the organization tells us, “Brimelow demonstrated his racist views” at “a conference of racists in Baltimore, Maryland, dedicated to ‘Preserving Western Civilization.'” There, Brimelow “delivered one of the most extreme presentations at the conference. He argued that the influx of “non-traditional” immigration is a problem all over the Western world and that the loss of control over the country by “white Protestants” will mean a collapse of the American political system. He urged that whites respond by creating an explicitly white nationalist political party.”
Hmm? An “explicitly white nationalist political party”? Where have we heard that before?..
In an August 22, 2006, article, Brimelow called US immigration policy “Adolf Hitler’s posthumous revenge on America.” On February 15, 2011, he wrote that, “As immigration policy drives whites into a minority, this type of interest-group ‘white nationalism’ will inexorably increase.”
In an October 6, 2009, article Brimelow wrote that, “it’s still ‘about race’. It is no coincidence, comrades, that the backlash is overwhelming white. Whites in America voted heavily against Obama. White Protestants (‘let’s face it, they are America’ — Phillip Roth, American Pastoral, p. 311) still make up nearly half (42%) the electorate and they voted 2-1 for McCain. But are even 4% of Obama’s appointments white Protestants?”
Rosensaft on Sam Francis:
Sam Francis who wrote on July 21, 2003, that: “America was defined — almost explicitly, sometimes very explicitly — as a white nation, for white people, and what that means is that there is virtually no figure, no law, no policy, no event in the history of the old, white America that can survive the transition to the new and non-white version. Whether we will want to call the new updated version ‘America’ at all is another question entirely.”
Rosensaft on Jared Taylor:
Jared Taylor, who wrote on July 4, 2008, that: “What race realists find most infuriating about the liberalism of the last half century is not just that it has lost its instinctive appreciation for the culture and people of the West but actively, viciously attacks them. Whites are doing something no other people have ever done in human history. Our rulers and elites welcome replacement by aliens, they vilify our ancestors and their own, they sacrifice our interests to those of favored minorities, and they treat the entire history of the West as if it were a global plague of rapine and exploitation. This is a disease that is killing us, and we must fight it head on.”
The same Jared Taylor wrote on January 4, 2011, that: “Some of us, however, rather like being White, and would like for our children and grandchildren to be White, too. The self-haters are welcome to go extinct if that is what they want. But what would be wrong in wanting a country — even a small country — where Whites are the majority and intend to keep it that way?”
Rosensaft on Kevin MacDonald:
Kevin MacDonald, identified by the ADL as “anti-Semitic,” who wrote on November 14, 2006, that: “Jewish activity collectively, throughout history, is best understood as an elaborate and highly successful group competitive strategy directed against neighboring peoples and host societies. The objective has been control of economic resources and political power. One example: overwhelming Jewish support for non-traditional immigration, which has the effect of weakening America’s historic white majority.”
The same Kevin MacDonald wrote on November 5, 2005, in a review of The Jewish Century by one Yuri Slezkine that: “Despite the important role of Jews among the Bolsheviks, most Jews were not Bolsheviks before the Revolution. However, Jews were prominent among the Bolsheviks, and once the Revolution was underway, the vast majority of Russian Jews became sympathizers and active participants. . . . Slezkine’s main point is that the most important factor for understanding the history of the 20th century is the rise of the Jews in the West and the Middle East, and their rise and decline in Russia. I think he is absolutely right about this. If there is any lesson to be learned, it is that Jews not only became an elite in all these areas, they became a hostile elite — hostile to the traditional people and cultures of all three areas they came to dominate. . . . Given this record of Jews as a very successful but hostile elite, it is possible that the continued demographic and cultural dominance of Western European peoples will not be retained, either in Europe or the United States, without a decline in Jewish influence.”
Rosensaft concludes the positions of Brimelow, Taylor, MacDonald, et al, to represent ‘white supremacism’:
We all know that there are bigots amongst us who espouse theories of racial, ethnic or religious superiority. They have the right to express their views, however noxious, on street corners or on their websites. No one, however, is obliged to invite them to be part of polite society.
In fact, white identity perspectives (and the organizations that seek to collectively express them) are simply a form of white ethnocentrism, that is, whites simply seeking to be able to identify as whites, with a set of common interests, a common heritage, and the like, something that every non-white ethnic group in America is both allowed to do and encouraged to do.
Like the conventional wisdom of our extended culture, Rosensaft equates such white ethnocentrism with white supremacism, the latter of which presumes whites are superior than other ethnic groups. Brimelow, Taylor, MacDonald and their ilk (including this blog) represent the former, not the latter.
The same Menachem Rosensaft who condemns white ethnocentrism as pure evil (and seeks its outright censorship) can simultaneously defend Jewish enthnocentrism in his op-ed “Israel’s Jewish Essence Is Non-Negotiable” How does the same Rosensaft who preaches the virtues of ‘multiculturalism’ for the United States respond to similar calls for ‘multiculturalism’ in Israel?:
Abbas’s deliberate refusal to acknowledge that before either Christianity or Islam ever appeared on the historical or theological scene, Judaism had been firmly ensconced in what is today the State of Israel, speaks volumes.
And when Reuters reports that “The issue of whether and how to suggest that Israel should be a Jewish state ultimately sank” the Quartet’s recent diplomatic efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, it is time for all of us, in particular those of us who have long supported a legitimate peace process, to draw our line in the sand.
“My people,” Abbas declared, “desire to exercise their right to enjoy a normal life like the rest of humanity. They believe what the great poet Mahmoud Darwish said: Standing here, staying here, permanent here, eternal here, and we have one goal, one, one: to be.”
Our unambiguous response must be that we insist on precisely the same rights Darwish demands for the Palestinians. For us, a permanent, eternal Jewish sovereignty in the State of Israel is not only non-negotiable but must be, especially in the aftermath of the Holocaust, one of the cornerstones of any authentic and hopefully lasting peace…
Furthermore, for the likes of Rosensaft, post-war assimilation into various Western nations (including the United States) takes a backseat to Zionism:
[A]lmost from the moment of their liberation, the Holocaust survivors’ defiant affirmation of their Jewish national identity in the Displaced Persons camps of Germany, Austria, and Italy took the form of a political and spiritually redemptive Zionism…
At Bergen-Belsen, the largest of the DP camps, a popularly elected Jewish leadership headed by my father, Josef Rosensaft, made Zionism the order of the day. At the first Congress of Liberated Jews in the British Zone of Germany, convened in September 1945 in Belsen by my father and his colleagues without permission from the British military authorities, the survivors formally adopted a resolution calling for the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine…
Accentuating the extent to which radical Jewish interests influenced powerful NYC-area opinion making, Rosensaft continues:
Two months later, my father denounced the British government’s stifling of “Jewish nationalists and Zionist activities” at Belsen in the pages of the New York Times. He further charged “that the British exerted censorship over the inmates’ news sheets in that the Jews are not allowed to proclaim in print their desire to emigrate to Palestine.”
In December 1945, my father told representatives of American Jewry assembled at the first post-war conference of the United Jewish Appeal in Atlantic City, according to a report in the New York Herald Tribune, that the survivors’ sole hope was emigration to Palestine, the only place in the world “willing, able, and ready to open its doors to the broken and shattered Jews of war-ravaged Europe.” The following week, the New York Journal American quoted him as declaring at an emergency conference on Palestine at the Manhattan Center in New York City, that, “We know that the English are prepared to stop us with machine guns. But machine guns cannot stop us.” In early 1946, he told the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry on Palestine that if the survivors would not be allowed to go to Palestine, “We shall go back to Belsen, Dachau, Buchenwald and Auschwitz, and you will bear the moral responsibility for it.”
Small wonder, then, that according to British Foreign Office documents, my father was considered an “extreme Zionist” and a “dangerous troublemaker.”
My father, who taught me that a love of the Jewish people and of the State of Israel is the most important element of Jewish leadership, understood that the goal of a Jewish state was a spiritual lifeline that gave the survivors of Auschwitz, Treblinka, Belsen, and all the other centers of horror a sense of purpose and a basis for hope. He died 36 years ago this week during the Days of Awe, midway between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. I cannot think of a worthier way to honor his memory than by evoking his spirit and his uncompromising dedication to the creation of a new Jewish commonwealth to refute each and every refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.