Sunday, June 01, 2003

Chomsky, Lies, and Anti-Semitism: The Fateful Triangle

"Anti-Semitism is no longer a problem". These are the words of the infamous Noam Chomsky. But don't hold your breath to long Chomsky's analysis (or lack there of) on anti-Semitism and his track record regarding the topic might clear up a few things.

First one must note that on the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)* website reports "an opinion survey of adults in five European countries found that 21% harbor strong anti-Semitic views, and 56% believe that Jews are more loyal to Israel than their own country". The survey also concluded that 40% of Europeans and in Spain alone an unbelievable 71% "believe that Jews have too much power in international financial markets".

Furthermore one glance at the Arab Media or any neo-nazi website and it's plain to see that hate for the Jewish people is still alive. In addition it should be noted that anti-Semitic literature such as the notorious "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" has made it's way on to mainstream Arabic television shows.

I could go on and on about anti-Semitism, from the halls of academia when Jewish students voice their support of Israel to the streets of Paris; however, that would be missing the point. It's obvious that anti-Semitism is not only alive but it is still a major threat. So where does Chomsky get off saying, "Anti-Semitism is no longer a problem"? And more aptly why does he say it? The answer is quite simple Noam Chomsky by all definitions of the word is an anti-Semite. And what’s the best way to cover up your dirty little secret? Declare that it doesn't exist.

Noam Chomsky has a long history of not only aiding anti-Semites, but he himself has at times expressed their very views. For instance, in the same article that Chomsky states anti-Semitism no longer exist he also asserts:

Jews in the US are the most privileged and influential part of the population. You find occasional instances of anti-Semitism but they are marginal. There’s plenty of racism, but it’s directed against Blacks, Latinos, Arabs are targets of enormous racism, and those problems are real.

One should note the pure hypocrisy of the above statement. To Noam Chomsky Blacks, Latinos, and Arabs have to face ‘enormous’ amounts of racism but the Jews are only affected by it ‘marginally’. It should not be a surprise to anyone that Chomsky believes anti-Semitism is not a ‘real’ problem. For if it were, Chomsky would have to admit that he is a part of the problem.

So what type of racism does Chomsky believe Arabs have to face here in America? Well, he doesn’t elaborate in that article but in another one he states that there is, a lot of racism here [in America], it was assumed [the reason Sadat lost the Yom Kippur War was] that Arabs didn't know which end of the gun to hold and that sort of thing. Therefore one can conclude Chomsky believes one ‘sort of’ racism that Arabs in America have to encounter are generalizations. Yet aren’t Jews victims of this very crime too? And isn’t Chomsky the one who compounds the issue? Isn’t Chomsky the one that stated, “Jews in the US are the most privileged and influential part of the population”? Isn’t that a generalization too on par with the anti-Arab one that he stated above? While Chomsky blasts Americans for being racist because they hold the belief that Arabs don't “know which end of the gun to hold”, an unsubstantiated claim, he is the one that spreads the old anti-Semitic lie that Jews are the most ‘influential part of the population’.

As if what Chomsky said wasn’t enough he further states that “[anti-Semitism is] raised because privileged people [Jews] want to make sure they have total control, not just 98% control. That’s why anti-Semitism is becoming an issue”. To Chomsky anti-Semitism is not a concern. He believes that the only problem the Jews have to face is how they can conquer the whole world because 98% of control is not enough for them. Anyone that has the smallest amount of human decency can plainly see what is going on here. Chomsky can’t admit anti-Semitism is a problem because he the is one that spreads the hatred. If Chomsky were to actually define anti-Semtism then he would see that he is the one who is in fact the anti-Semite. Thus Chomsky with a wave of the hand declares it to be non-existent

Though this is not the first time that Noam Chomsky has spread such falsehoods. As Werner Cohn has pointed out Chomsky has also stated:

We might ask how the Times would react to an Arab claim that the Jews do not merit a 'second homeland' because they already have New York, with a huge Jewish population, Jewish-run media, a Jewish mayor, and domination of cultural and economic life.

As Werner Cohn put it, “by mixing legitimate facts with allegations of ‘running’ media and ‘dominating’ culture, all in the same sentence and in the same tone, he endorses and justifies the anti-Semitic assertions”.

There are more instances of Noam Chomsky’s blatant anti-Semitism starting with his endorsement of the scholarship of a well know Holocaust denier to promoting the anti-Semitic work of a Israeli Chemistry Professor who claims that Jews are the root of all evil. Chomsky states that “Anti-Semitism is no longer a problem” for if he were to admit it was then he surely would have to be held accountable for his own anti-Semitic views.

As usual one is left to wonder with such perverse and twisted comments how such a person can be allowed to work at such a prestigious institution such as MIT.

*The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry. (Description From ADL’s Website)