New York Times implies anti-Zionism is anti-Semitic


When Jim Rutenberg and Serge Kovaleski refer to “books like The Invention of the Jewish People and March of the Titans: A History of the White Race,” should we assume that these are just ignorant journalists making a grossly inappropriate association, or are they purposefully trying to mislead their readers?

In their New York Times hatchet job on Ron Paul we are told that “white supremacists, survivalists and anti-Zionists who have rallied behind his candidacy have not exactly been warmly welcomed.”

White supremacists, survivalists and anti-Zionists? In the minds of these reporters, anyone who promotes the idea that Israel should become a state of all its citizens — Jews, Arabs and others — apparently looks like a political bedfellow of the likes of Stormfront or the Militia of Montana.


The article reports on the appeal that Ron Paul has among some white supremacists and survivalists and yet says nothing on the anti-Zionist element. Rutenberg and Kovaleski were apparently content to merely insinuate that there is a link between criticism of Israel and racism.

The closest they come to providing evidence of such an association is the article’s opening sentence where the two books are linked.

March of the Titans: A History of the White Race is by Arthur Kemp, an advocate of white separatism and foreign affairs spokesman for the ultra-right and racist British National Party. Kemp is a Holocaust denier and was “linked to the murderer of the South African Communist party and ANC leader Chris Hani in 1993,” The Guardian reported in 2009.

The Invention of the Jewish People, first published in Hebrew in Israel with the title, Matai ve’ech humtza ha’am hayehudi?, is by Shlomo Sand, Professor of History at Tel Aviv University. The book was a bestseller in Israel for several months before being translated into French and English.

Tony Judt wrote: “Shlomo Sand has written a remarkable book. In cool, scholarly prose he has, quite simply, normalized Jewish history. In place of the implausible myth of a unique nation with a special destiny – expelled, isolated, wandering and finally restored to its rightful home – he has reconstructed the history of the Jews and convincingly reintegrated that history into the general story of humankind. The self-serving and mostly imaginary Jewish past that has done so much to provoke conflict in the present is revealed, like the past of so many other nations, to be largely an invention. Anyone interested in understanding the contemporary Middle East should read this book.”

Of course Rutenberg and Kovaleski would be unlikely to attach much weight to Judt’s assessment of Sand’s book — Judt was after all one of those dubious anti-Zionists.

The irony about linking anti-Zionists with anti-Semities is that Zionism is a philosophy that has obvious appeal to anti-Semites. Encourage all the Jews to move to Israel — why would the anti-Semites object?

Indeed, the emerging political convergence on the extreme right has been between anti-Semites and Zionists and that’s an unholy alliance that probably finds Ron Paul the least appealing among the GOP presidential hopefuls.

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3 thoughts on “New York Times implies anti-Zionism is anti-Semitic

  1. Norman

    Perhaps I’m off base here, but it seems to me that every person who believes what the Israeli Government does today, should move to Israel, that way, they could really be in solidarity with the Government. Notice that these two journalists reside here in the U.S., as does the AIPAC and most of the congress and neocons. They should go, as well as any other of the lovers of that government. Of course, when they do, they can’t come back.

  2. DE Teodoru

    You can paint Ron Paul any color you want. But in the end he is not trying to become president, he is only trying to get you to think outside the box. It is *THINKING* that scares the Zionists most. Most Jewish academics know full well that the NYTimes is nothing but “ALL THE HASBARA THAT’S FIT TO PRINT” when it comes to Zionism. Ron Paul is too contagious American common sense in the eyes of those NYTimes neocon “journalists” that would now starve our own and slide $billions to Israel through Congress as if thieves in the night. Most American Jews and most Israelis know what a propaganda rag is the NYTimes; that’s why they read Ha’aretz for news from Israel. So long as Zionism can bring $millions from dedicated American Zionist multimillionaires, to capital-strapped media, it will tell any lie that pays the mortgage and car payments, so when it comes to Zionism, the whole paper is an ad-page. But you can fool some of the Jews and Israelis some of the time but never all, all of the time. Proof of panic is that Zionists moved from inventing the truth to inventing that anti-Zionism=anti-Semitism. Yet everyone knows that you can be madly in love with Israel– as I am– and still find what has become of Zionism a criminal racist enterprise….That’s PRO-Semitism, not anti!

    By the way, Norman. That’s exactly what right-Zionist Likudniks are trying to do: create an anti-Semitic scare that will force Diaspora Jews to flee to Israel in duped panic.

  3. Uhh

    Demanding that Israel cease being a Jewish state, while not demanding that Islamic states no longer be Islamic states, is bigotry against Jews, yes.

    It’s anti-semitic to rally against Israel, which is 80 percent Jewish, being a homeland for the Jewish people (as what the democratic majority of Israel wants), while not demanding that Muslim countries cease favoring Muslims over non-Muslims, that Japan cease favoring Japanese people over non-Japanese, that Italy cease being a homeland for Italians, etc.

    Antisemites just make up every excuse in the world for trying to erase Israel’s existence from the map. They call for Israel to allow Muslims to flood in and become a majority, then pretend it’s because they “want peace.”

    No one who matters is fooled. Israel won’t destroy itself, sorry. Jews will continue to have a tiny state, next to the 98 percent of the middle east that are Arab/Persian states.

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