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Sunday, July 17, 2005

Why Anti-Semitism is a Mental Illness

The word Anti-semitism has been far too often overused. Coined by a German Jewhater it has long since lost its meaning and become a cliche, a punch line. To accuse someone of Anti-semitism today is to be laughed at.

The larger problem though is not that Anti-semitism is so prevalent that it has become a cliche, but that the very notion has at its heart a fundamental error. Both Jews and non-Jews treat the hatred of Jews as an expression of bigotry, as if it was racism directed at blacks or asians. Yet it is nothing of the kind. Hatred of Jews is not racial because indeed it is found at least as prevalent among Jews as non-Jews.

When Jews experience it from another Jew, their response is to call it self-hatred; but such a description which accurate enough in many ways as we shall see, it also woefully inadequate. The false distinction made between Anti-semitism by non-Jews which we describe as a kind of racial hatred and hatred of Jews by Jews which we describe as self-hatred is no distinction at all. They both hate the very same thing. It is only when we understand this that we can move towards an accurate understanding of the problem. In an era when our enemies are as likely to have the name Finkelstein or Chomsky as Duke or Farrakhan, denying the pervasiveness and vigor of Jewish Anti-semitism is delusional and dangerous.

The Jewish physician Dr. Leon Pinsker preferred the term, 'Judeophobia' to the word Anti-Semitism coined by German nationalist and professional Jewhater, Wilhelm Marr. The term 'Judeophobia' is far more accurate descriptive of the phenomenon than Anti-semitism for two reasons.

First of all, Judeophobia covers both hatred of Jews by Jews and non-Jews.

Secondly Judeophobia most accurately describes the nature of the hatred of Jews. It is not a prejudice so much as it is a mental illness.

Judeophobes historically tend to fall apart into utter inconsistent ravings when attacking Jews. The Communists have accused the Jews of being in the pay of the Capitalists. The Capitalists accused the Jews of being Communists. The Catholic Church spent endless centuries demanding that Jews convert to Christianity and when they did in Spain, spent the next century persecuting them even more harshly.

Judeophobes frequently demonstrate the symptoms of a phobia and a mental illness when dealing with the Jews. The composer Richard Wagner, who would help to inspire Hitler and Nazism, demanded that a Jewish composer not be allowed to conduct his opera except wearing gloves. Truman's Secretary of Defense James Forrestal began claiming there were Israeli agents behind every rock and finally committed suicide. The insane mathematician John Nash, subject of A Beautiful Mind too quickly created paranoid fantasies involving the Jews. Beginning with the mad syphilitic at the top, Nazi Germany was a conduit for utterly lunatic ravings about the Jews that were yet more symptoms of their insanity.

And Jews are far from immune from such demented behavior. Today Norman Finkelstein has made a career of sneering at the Holocaust. Israel Shamir and Gilad Atzomni pen demented screeds accusing Jews of actual blood libels. The spokesman for Reform Judaism, Rabbi Eric Joffe writes letters to Bush demanding that he pressure Israel. Karl Marx who innovated Marxism accompanied his plans for a new and better world with the usual Anti-semitic rants about the Jews, though he was Jewish himself. From Torquemada chief of the Spanish Inquisition to the Soviet Union's Yevsektsia to the Klan leader who turned out to have been Bar Mitzvah'd, to the ranks of Al Awda and Women in Black; Jews have been in the forefront of hating and persecuting Jews.

Lest anyone think these are extreme examples, consider this. Much of the world agrees on little else except that Israel is the cause of the world's crises. Take together the two major religions of the world in all their various forms and the one thing they agree on is the evils of the Jews. At a time in America when liberals, conservatives, neo-conservatives and even radical Communists could agree on nothing; the one thing they could agree on is that the world would be a better place without Israel and the Jews. How else can we describe this except as Judeophobia, as delusional beliefs given great force in the psyche.

Dr. Pinsker viewed the term Judeophobia as emerging from Demonophobia, or the fear of demons. As most of the world once believed in demons, most of the world believes in the Jewish threat. Unlike other prejudices, location means nothing. Japan is filled with bestsellers about the economic war of the Jews on Japan. Poland which has a bare 3000 Jews left is filled with Anti-Semitic literature. All 1 Billion Muslims who have successfully driven all but a tiny handful of Jews from their lands can think of nothing more, day or night, than a tiny strip of land in which those Jews still remain. What else can this be but madness?

It is time to abandon discussions of Anti-semitism as if it was a racial prejudice that could be resolved with a little communication and exposure and acknowledge and begin to treat Judeophobia for what it is; a mental illness suffered by both Jews and non-Jews.

10 comments:

Oleh Yahshan said...

Very interesting... I like the concept although I am not sure we have enough room in the mental institutions for all the new crazy people that are added on by this concept..

Night said...

Jews who hate other Jews are not Jewish at all, or Israelite in any way.
They are Erev Rav you can be sure of that.

Olah Chadasha said...

The problem with this is when you term something a mental illness, you are giving a person an excuse for something that is inexcusable, deplorable, and reprehensible. You are allowing some-body to say that it wasn't really them that hates, it's the mental illness. This is comparable to people wanting to saying that there is a genetic predisposition to things like murder or pedphilia. That may be true, but it's not a causal effect. A person has a choice. They can choose to hate, or they can choose to accept. If it were truly a mental illness, then an anti-semite would need treatment and medication to turn themselves around, and, even then, it would never be cured. But, that's not the case. KKK members and even Palestinian terrorists have turned themselves around by learning making a choice to turn their lives around. That cannot be classified as a mental illness. This article was interesting, but it's nothing more than an attempt to offer a logical or rational excuse or reason to something that we want an answer for the question, "why?"
-OC

Sultan Knish said...

you're confusing mental aberration with lack of responsibility. lack of responsibility only occurs when the person becomes so helpless or detached they are unable to make decisions or comprehend what is going on.

many serial killers have been mentally ill. Hitler too was mentally ill, this did not remove his responsibility for his actions.

as for hating being a choice, one can make a choice to stop hating but hate usually tends to develop as part of a person's character, rather than being a decision they make

Olah Chadasha said...

It is true that serial killers or pedophiles are "mentally ill". You have to be. A normal person does not think or do what these people do. Maglomaniacs are also "mentally ill" in their abnormal desires and passions. However, you may be born with certain traits that may make you more prone to certain things, but it is not a CAUSAL factor. It is a correlation. There are many more factors that need to come into play. E.g., environment, upbringing, choices, and actions, etc. If what you were saying is true, then any person that is born into an abusive home or KKK family would become a violent abuser or anti-semite. That just isn't the case. There's the one who chooses to be a criminal, and the one that chooses to be a dr or social worker b/c they've chosen to help people like them. Choice has everything to do with it. Some-one who is compelled to act on ill desires is more than mentally ill. They're insane.
-OC

sultan knish said...

again you're confusing mental aberration with lack of responsibility or something genetic, it is neither and it is certainly not destiny

some aberrations, particularly phobias arise from the individual and his interactions with his environment and mental responses

people who hate jews do choose to some extent but it is often an unconcious process, they are aware of the hatred but much less often of the full nature of the process of what they are becoming

Olah Chadasha said...

That would only be true, if, like a Pal child born and raised post first intifada, they were exposed to jewish hatred every day of their life and never learn anything different. Then, I would agree that it can be an almost sub-conscious process because it is being placed into the brain without them being the wiser. But, at some, opposite x factors come into play. It is then that choice comes into play. That is why a 5 yr old pal that throws rocks at soldiers, I can't blame them as much as I blame the society around them and their parents. However, when a teen-ager and above committs a terrorist act, I blame them almost completely. I really don't think we're arguing about anything except the details. I think we're on the same page in most aspects of this topic. Most of all, I believe more studying needs to be done in order to elaborate on this claim.
-OC

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Eowyn said...

This is a useful article pointing to the utter irrationality of Jew-haters. Thus, the author calls it a mental illness, meaning that Judeophobes seem impervious to facts, evidence, logic, and reason.

But, as some of the commenters here point out, calling it a mental illness risks absolving Jew-haters of their malice. I prefer and propose an alternative diagnosis of Judeophobia as a SPIRITUAL and moral disorder. At Judeophobia's roots is the denial and subsequent projection of what Carl Jung called our Shadow--those parts of ourselves we dislike/disapprove)--onto a scapegoat.

In effect, Judeophobes lie to themselves to preserve their narcissistic self-image, by dumping their "shadow" onto the Jews. That's why the late psychiatrist M. Scott Peck, M.D., called them People of the Lie.

Peck had proposed a new category of personality disorder -- the Evil Personality Disorder. He, too, believed that disorders such as Judeophobia are moral and spiritual in nature.

Anonymous said...

Hatred is in part based on and in fear, so what are Judoephobes afraid of? They are terrified of a people who ought centuries ago to have been wiped from the face of the earth, but despite all their vilifications, they are all over the world, successful in so many fields, and possibly more powerful now than they have ever been

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