When anti-Semites and self haters strike back…..

So what happens when the new generation of anti-Semites and their self hating associates gets hit with the charge of being anti-Semitic? Instead of actually addressing the issue and taking “pride” in their hatred, they seek to divert from the issue and rather say: “You are just trying to smear me because I disagree with the policies of the Netanyahu government”.

In turn, these Hard Leftists (and American / European Hard Rightists) will actually use the tactics that they so decry when defending themselves. They will “smear” all of their critics as irrational haters who just want to defend Israeli Rightist Political practices and gloss over the usual (and justified) commentary of those who call out the anti-Semitism that is obvious to most.

One such self-hater and anti-Semite is a person whose book was reviewed and supported here at the Times of Israel, author (I hate to use that word but…) David Harris-Gershon. Mr. Harris-Gershon who has supported many anti-Semitic memes such as CT that the U.S. is controlled by AIPAC, supports the anti-Semitic BDS  movement, gives a microphone to the most rabid of anti-Semitic comments with nary a comment, and strikes back at some who call him an anti-Semite by trying to simply telling people that anyone who disagrees with his point of view, does it because they really just don’t like his political stance on the Israel / Palestine conflict. In this “masterpiece” of delusion and deception over at Daily Kos and Tikkun Daily, Harris-Gershon had this to say:

Now, anti-Semitism remains a very real, exceedingly dangerous prejudice. However, the charge has been so overused by my fellow Jews that all it really amounts to anymore, in political discourse, is this: I am frightened by your politics and don’t agree with them. (emphasis added)


And yet, the smear still holds sway. Particularly in the American Jewish community. Which is why those Jews commenting on a review of my book could, with a straight face, call someone like myself – a Jewish studies teacher, for goodness’ sake – anti-Semitic.

But to answer Harris-Gershon, I say: “Nope… You are wrong”.

The fact that Harris-Gershon purports to stand against settlement policies of the Rightist Government in Israel does not bother me one bit. There are many people that stand against the settlement policies of the Netanyahu Government including a good percentage of the Israeli and Jewish people. I count myself as one of them (not an Israeli citizen but as Jewish person and a Zionist) . I generally support the Two State Solution and the agreement proposed by Ehud Olmert in 2007-08. So there is that. Most Liberal / Progressive Jews I know feel similarly to myself. So… why is it that we call Harris-Gershon a “Self Hater” and “anti-Semite”… Well here are some very specific reasons.

1. Harris-Gershon openly supports anti-Zionist Professor Judith Butler. As one can see from his “sig-line” at Daily Kos he freely quotes the “good” professor who has said:

“Similarly, I think: Yes, understanding Hamas, Hezbollah as social movements that are progressive, that are on the Left, that are part of a global Left, is extremely important.”

I mean calling proto-fascist religious movements that suppress all dissent, free press, women, the LGBT community, other religions, who have a charter that calls for the annihilation of the Jewish people “progressive”… Sure that makes sense. And Harris-Gershon wonders just WHY, someone seeing that might think he is anti-Semitic.

2. Harris-Gershon engages in outright Z.O.G. (Zionist Occupied Government) CT mongering. Here he claims the following:

The reason for this disproportionate, obsessive focus on Israel with no regard for U.S. troops in Afghanistan? Simple: AIPAC and the “pro-Israel” lobby’s ill-founded concern about the Hagel nomination coupled by the lobby’s disproportionate influence on our representatives (emphasis added) to echo that concern.


But when the hawkish, “pro-Israel” lobby in America can influence our representatives to sound as if they – well – are representing Israel’s citizens more than our own?


We have a problem. A problem that must be discussed openly and honestly.

This reads like something straight out of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the anti-Semitic tract from Czarist Russia (and also quoted by the ever so progressive Hamas in their charter), which posited that Jews controlled the world. I mean Harris-Gershon is saying here that American Legislators are more loyal to Israel than they are to their own citizens in other words, the old “Dual Loyalty” canard.

3. Harris-Gershon fully supports the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) Movement that has been directed at Israeli Jews. He claims that all the BDS Movement wants to do is end the Israeli Occupation of the West Bank. In this case, Harris-Gershon is either completely unconscious (and he might be) and has no understanding of the BDS movements goals (a Palestinian One State Solution) or it’s methods which advocate the only the boycott of Israeli Jews, OR he is outright lying. Now, I would give Harris-Gershon the benefit of the doubt that he is not a complete idiot and go with the second part – he is completely and totally lying.

Someone like Harris-Gershon who writes extensively on the Middle East SHOULD be aware that the policy that he supports, BDS, and the outcome that he espouses for that movement is not even supported by the general Palestinian Population. According to the latest poll of Palestinian Public Opinion by the Palestine Center for Survey and Research, where only 29.5% of the Palestinian Populace supports a One State Solution based on equality for Jews and Arabs.

But more than that one would think that also because of his extensive writing he might be aware that over 65% of Palestinians think that even in a Two State Solution that the “refugees” (as defined by the UN) should be allowed to return to pre-1967 Israel thus also creating a Palestinian majority state and thus destroying Israel. It’s funny, but he never discusses these aspects of the BDS movement which he so avidly supports. Yet then he wonders why anyone would call him a “self hater” or an anti-Semite.

4.Harris-Gershon uses his writing to give a platform to not only those voices that want to see Israel destroyed but are straight out anti Semites. Here is an example of this from his writing in the comments at Tikkun Daily, in a comment where one Alice LaChappelle writes:

….Israel has “cried wolf” too often. For centuries, Jews’ isolation within countries, their rapaciousness, and obsession with financial control have made them disliked in every country in which they have lived

To which Harris-Gershon responds:

Alice, these words — “their rapaciousness, and obsession with financial control” — have no place in a rational, truthful discussion. I’m loathe to reflexively yell “anti-Semitism” as so many do when encountering someone with whom they disagree vis-a-vis Israeli politics, but you are either on the line or have crossed over it.


Harris-Gershon cannot even call out obvious anti-Semitism, rather he marks, LaChapelle’s comment as either on the line or possibly crossing over the line and credits it to a mere disagreement vis-a-vis Israeli Politics. And of course says nothing to those who echo LaChapelle’s comment.

But more to the point.. in that article Harris-Gershon sings the praises of Germany and has this to say about Israel and Jews:

However, the painful truth is this: while Germany as a country and a societal entity has largely (though not entirely) moved beyond the historical atrocities committed by the Nazis, the same unfortunately cannot be said for Israel. (emphasis added)


Of course, there’s ample reason for this. Created in the wake of an unspeakable trauma and bordered by hostile nations, Israel (and Jewish Israelis) have perpetually been afraid for the country’s existence. The country has been obsessed by security concerns for over 60 years. And it is my view that, because of these factors, Israel has never had a chance to recover from a national, post-Holocaust PTSD that continues to fuel a self-perceived sense of collective victimhood despite its overwhelming military.


It is a collective sense of victimhood that has compelled Israel’s leaders to perpetually have their fingers on the trigger, and has been partially responsible for the human rights abuses and atrocities Israel continues to commit against the Palestinians.

In other words… Harris – Gershon seems to be saying: “Germany is really cool because they have moved beyond their past atrocities and wouldn’t it be neat if Israel (Jews) could move beyond the Shoah? Oh and really, Israelis (Jews) are really just “self-perceived” victims and why can’t they simply get over it?”

And the guy (and his band of Useful Idiots and knuckle dragging morons) wonder why we think he is either a “self-hater” or an outright anti-Semite.

The thing is, that disagreement with his stated politics against the Israeli Right’s settlement policy is not at all what drives calling him an “anti-Semite” or a “self hater”. It is the examples provided above that drives many of us to accurately see him as a “self-hater” and “anti-Semite”.

The fact that he refuses to deal with this and simply smears his opponents as being against him because we fear his political stance on the settlements is just so much dishonesty and projection. And really, it is a typical response for those that want to distract from their real message of hatred and bigotry.



About the Author
Jon Segall is creator of the blog The Progressive Zionist. Jon has lived in Israel and studied Israeli and American Policy in the region. Currently Jon, is re-learning Hebrew, and is an active practitioner of the Israel Self Defense Martial Art Krav Maga.