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shira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-04-11 06:34 AM
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Why are John Mearsheimer and Richard Falk Endorsing a Blatantly Anti-Semitic Book?
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Hard-core neo-Nazis, racists, anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers, on the other hand, have happily counted Atzmon as one of their own. David Duke, Americas premier white supremacist, has posted more than a dozen of Atzmons articles on his website over the past five years and recently praised Atzmon for writ such fine articles exposing the evil of Zionism and Jewish supremacism. Kevin MacDonald, a professor at Cal State Long Beach whose colleagues formally disassociated themselves from his anti-Semitic and white ethnocentric views, called Atzmons book an invaluable account by someone who clearly understands the main symptoms of Jewish pathology. Israel Shamir, a Holocaust denier (We must deny the concept of Holocaust without doubt and hesitation) who argues that Jews ritually murdered Christian children for their blood and that The rule of the Elders of Zion is already upon us, refers to Atzmon as a good friend and calls Atzmon one of the shining stars of the battle against the Jewish alliance.

But neither Atzmons well-established reputation for anti-Semitism nor the copious anti-Semitic filth that fills The Wandering Who? has deterred Professors John Mearsheimer and Richard Falk from actively endorsing Atzmons work. Mearsheimer, the Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, calls The Wandering Who? a fascinating book that should be read widely by Jews and non-Jews alike. Falk, Milibank Professor of International Law Emeritus at Princeton University and United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, calls The Wandering Who? an absorbing and moving book that everyone who cares about real peace should not only read, but reflect upon and discuss widely. Falks endorsement appears prominently on the cover of Atzmons book. Mearsheimers endorsement is featured on its first page. These professors are not merely defending Atzmons right to publish such a book; they are endorsing its content and urging their colleagues, students, and others to read and reflect upon the views expressed by Atzmon. One wonders which portions of this bigoted screed Professors Mearsheimer and Falk believe their students and others should read and discuss widely.


These endorsements represent a dangerous step toward legitimizing anti-Semitic rhetoric on university campuses. If respected professors endorse the views contained in Atzmons book as brilliant, fascinating, absorbing, and moving, these viewswhich include Jewish domination of the world, doubting the Holocaust, blaming the Jews for being so hated, and attributing the current economic troubles to a Zio-punchrisk becoming acceptable among their students. These endorsements of Atzmons book are the best evidence yet that academic discourse is beginning to cross a red line, and that the crossing of this line must be exposed, rebutted, and rejected in the marketplace of ideas and in the academy. (Another evidence of this academic trend in Europe appeared recently on Atzmons website, where he brags that he has been invited to give a talk on ethics at the Trondheim University in Norway. This is the same university whose faculty refused to invite me to speak about the Arab-Israel conflict.)

Accordingly, I hereby challenge Professors Mearsheimer and Falk to a public debate about why they have endorsed and said such positive things about so hateful and anti-Semitic a book by so bigoted and dishonest a writer.

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