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This Week in Jewish Self-Harm

March 16, 2017

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This Week in Jewish Self-Harm

Somebody get the naltrexone; the Jews are cutting again. Jews have a baffling tendency to resort to self-harm during times of crisis. Mind you, all professional victim groups have a self-defeatist streak. Black kids demand affirmative action so they can attend prestigious universities, only to boycott classes and disrupt campus life because an English teacher used the word “niggardly,” or an administrator wrote an email defending Halloween costumes. But that type of self-destructiveness usually results in only small-scale harm. But with my own beloved Jews, maybe it’s because we tend to have a hand in the bigger things in life that our self-destructiveness often results in larger-scale harm.

In the eschatology of the preterist left, we are in postmillennial times. The Antichrist doesn’t lie ahead of us. He’s already here, and he tweets incessantly from the Oval Office. This “end-time” view of America, held by traumatized leftists of all stripes, has taken a particularly strong hold on the minds of American Jews. And it’s making ’em go a bit wacky. We’re only two months into the Trump administration, and it seems like not a week goes by without some large-scale example of Jewish self-harm.

But before we get to last week, let me provide a little history. After all, I’m a history guy.

“Now we have the internet’s No. 1 purveyor of denial admitting he was dead wrong, and has even one mainstream Jewish journalist or leader written about it in the press?”

In the 1970s, the rise of Holocaust-related books, TV shows, and movies brought a concomitant wave of Holocaust revisionism (and denial, although that term wasn’t used back then), with the 1978 birth of the Institute for Historical Review (the first Holocaust revisionist publishing house in North America). Initially, Jews in Hollywood (and yes, there are a few) attempted to battle this scourge using their most powerful weapon: Jack Klugman as Quincy the coroner. When that failed to halt the spread of revisionism, Jewish advocacy groups decided to use the law as a weapon. In every Western nation in which freedom of speech is not an inviolable right, Jewish advocates lobbied for the prosecution of Holocaust revisionists.

This was supposed to be a wise-as-Maimonides strategy. And how did it turn out? In France, the prosecution of two-bit denier Robert Faurisson resulted in hundreds of French intellectuals weighing in in his defense. And it wasn’t only French intellectuals. None other than Noam Chomsky (back in the days when his name carried a great deal of weight) made defending Faurisson a cause célèbre. Faurisson was fined and imprisoned, sure. But he became an international figure, as opposed to the unknown crank he’d have remained had he not been given worldwide publicity due to his prosecution.

That’s some nice Maimonidizing there, Jews.

In Canada, Ernst Zundel, a Hitler-loving pamphleteering nonentity, was put on trial twice for being a revisionist, and both times, due to Canada’s half-hearted fascism (you can put authors on trial, but darnit there are no restrictions aboot how they can conduct their defense), Zundel’s lawyer was able to grill some of the world’s most renowned Holocaust historians and survivors. And the results were disastrous, with Canada’s largest newspapers carrying headlines like “Expert’s Admission: Some Gas Death ‘Facts’ Nonsense,” “Survivor Never Saw Actual Gassings,” and “No Scientific Proof Jews Exterminated.”

Arguably, nothing spread denial more in the 1980s than the attempts to silence it.

So here we are in Trump’s post-end-time hell on earth. And two weeks ago, Devil Trump decided to make an insane (but, you know, totally correct) assertion that some of the bomb threats against Jewish community centers might be hoaxes. Jewish leaders and “intellectuals” were beside themselves! Those JCC threats were proof of the “rising tide of anti-Semitism” brought about by Trump the Hitler. How dare #notmypresident suggest that the threats were possibly the work of a hoaxer. So these Jewish pooh-bahs decided that the best way to respond to Trump’s “crazy” (and again I might add, totally fucking true) claim that the JCC threats might be the work of a hoaxer was to deride Trump as a promoter of “false flag” conspiracy theories.

These days, “false flag” has a very specific meaning among conspiratologists. It’s shorthand for faked event, faked atrocity. Sandy Hook didn’t really happen. Obama built a phony school in a phony town, paid off a thousand “crisis actors” to pretend to be parents, teachers, and neighbors, and bribed every single member of the media and law enforcement to go along with the charade. There was no mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub. There were no victims, no bodies, no nightclub. It was all a stage show, produced so that “they” could manipulate the “sheeple.” “False flagism” is sheer lunacy, and I’ve never been shy about saying so in this column. And yet the Yeshiva kids at Haaretz and elsewhere thought it would be really, really effective to take Trump’s suggestion that the JCC threats might be a hoax, and claim that this means Trump is a “false flagger.” One can debate the frequency of hate-crime hoaxes (as I did last week with legal scholar David Schraub, who posted a rebuttal to my piece here), but the simple fact is, they happen. Conversely, there has yet to be a single proven example of a “false flag” crime in which a mass atrocity in the U.S. turned out to be a stage play involving actors and invisible puppeteers.

When Trump argued that the JCC threats might be a hoax, he was not suggesting something that fell outside the realm of the possible. But Trump claiming that the threats were a “false flag”? That’s an assertion only a madman would make. So, of course, prominent Jewish anti-Trumpers deceptively put the term “false flag” in quotes when describing Trump’s reaction to the threats, because that tied him to Sandy Hook and Pulse conspiracy nuts. And then Trump turned out to be right (in that the man arrested for at least eight of the JCC threats was a leftist hoaxer). As a result, actual anti-Semitic “false flaggots” claimed victory, because the takeaway from the episode (thanks to publications like Haaretz) was that Trump yelled “false flag,” and Trump was proven right. Therefore, “false flags” happen!

Jewish intellectuals tied Trump’s fairly reasonable skepticism to “false flagism” in an effort to discredit him. But because he turned out to be correct, all that resulted was a win for actual false-flag theorists, who can now put one in the victory column, not because Trump asserted that the JCC threats were a false flag, but because a bunch of shortsighted Jews claimed he did.

It was only a few months ago that anti-Trumpers thought it would be a great strategy to popularize the term “fake news” in order to delegitimize the election…and look how quickly that backfired, as Trump and the alt-right totally co-opted the term, to the extent that Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan raised the white flag, imploring her colleagues to abandon the strategy and go back to calling a hoax a hoax, without replacing the word with a label easily co-opted by the far right. And yet, knowing this, Jewish luminaries decided to do the exact same thing, replacing the word “hoax” with a label easily co-opted by the far right.

Self-harm at its finest. But that was two weeks ago. What about last week? Well, last week a bunch of Jewish VIPs managed to pressure Amazon into banning a slew of Holocaust denial books. Leading the fight was Robert Singer, CEO of the World Jewish Congress, who crowed in the L.A. Times, “Bookstores have long refused to carry certain items, with pornography being a prime example. Holocaust denial is no different, legally speaking, from hardcore pornography.” The good rebbe does so love the truth he’s even willing to lie for it, because, as even the most brain-damaged U.S. legal experts know, “legally speaking,” Holocaust denial is considered political speech, and is therefore exempt from some of the restrictions that can be placed on obscenity. But still, the Amazon banning isn’t a First Amendment issue. Amazon is a private company, and it can carry what it likes. The bigger issue is, here we have yet another case of Jewish self-harm.

What is the value of getting a few anti-Jewish books pulled from an online retailer compared with the harm done by the viral anti-Jewish stories that resulted from the ban? Does the WJC actually think that the audience they’re trying to “protect” from denial (“Di kinder! Vee must protect di kinder!”) is made up of people who learn about the world by buying books? No, dummies. They get their information from reading free shit on the web, like the hundreds (soon to be thousands) of pieces circulating right now about how “the Jews” are so afraid of denial that they had to pressure Amazon to ban it (click here to go to SturmerHellstormHeilHitler.org to read what THEY don’t want you to see!).

So damn self-defeating. Especially because groups like the WJC had a much better tool to use last week than censorship, had they not been blinded by their love of self-destruction. Eric Hunt was the youthful looney bird who attacked Elie Wiesel in an elevator back in ’07. After serving his time, Hunt returned to a hero’s welcome from Holocaust deniers (a community in which roughing up Elie Wiesel earns you a boatload of street cred). For the past eight years, Hunt has been denial’s biggest star and most prolific “documentarian.” And last month, he had the kind of epiphany that usually only happens after four ghosts fuck up your Christmas Eve. He realized that he was completely, totally, 100% wrong. He said goodbye to the deniers, and penned several lengthy screeds about how they’re full of shit.

Not to blow my own horn, but the deniers are blaming me for Hunt’s about-face, with neo-Nazi Hadding Scott claiming, “With Cole, he [Hunt] had an argument…. And apparently he felt badly about his performance in the argument with Cole. And he felt he had been defeated, I guess.” This is only partially true. I’d never directly argue with Hunt; he’s beneath me. But I have mercilessly mocked his views over the years. And now we have the internet’s No. 1 purveyor of denial admitting he was dead wrong, and has even one mainstream Jewish journalist or leader written about it in the press? Of course not, even though that’s exactly the kind of thing that actually could make a difference in turning young people away from Holocaust denial. Given the opportunity to draw attention to an extremist’s sincere conversion, thus invalidating denial books, Jews instead chose the path of banning the books, giving them a kind of legitimacy while making Jews look exactly like the nefarious cabal of secretive, information-controlling bullies that anti-Semites paint us as.

Good one, Jews. I think some of you need an intervention, because this love of self-cutting is not even remotely healthy. It’s especially surprising to see such behavior coming from Jews who believe that Trump is Hitler and Dachau: Daytona is just around the corner. I mean, if you really believe that the president is looking to slit your throat, why start the incision yourself?

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