The Simon Wiesenthal Center, who is sure now to include me on their list of anti-Semites now I’m sure, has released their 2010 Top Ten Anti-Semitic Slurs list from people in the main stream media.
Of course, most of these supposed slurs are not slurs at all and the rest are pulled out of context. Here are some examples:
“Jews should get the hell out of Palestine. They should go home to Poland, Germany, America and everywhere else.” attributed to Helen Thomas, as is “Congress, the White House, Hollywood and Wall Street are owned by Zionists. They put their money where their mouth is.”
Hmm… The first one is a political statement about Israel and is the truth, since the majority of Jews living in Palestine (Israel) are not actually from there, but immigrated from other parts of the world. The second is not about Jews, but about Zionism, which is not Judaism, but is a political movement. So Helen Thomas is being villified for political statements. So much for the First Amendment, I guess.
Here’s another one, this one attributed to Oliver Stone. “Hitler is an easy scapegoat throughout history and it’s been used cheaply. He’s the product of a series of actions. It’s cause and effect.” Somehow, I can’t find any reference to Jedaism in that statement. It’s a (true) statement about Hitler. In fact, change the name and it’s a true statement about pretty much anybody. But because it’s Hitler, it must be bad..
Then, of course, they quote his (again, true) statements about history and current events: that Hitler did far more damage in Russia than he did the Jewish people, that there is a huge Jewish domination of the media and that the Zionists have a major lobby in the U.S. All true statements, none anti-Semitic. Of course, what really peeved them was his political statement at the end: “Israel has f***** up U.S. foreign policy for years.”
Now towards the end, let’s look at a couple more. Here’s one from Thilo Sarrazin, a German central banker: “All Jews have a certain gene … that makes them different from other people.” So long as you agree that Jews are Semites and a separate race (aka “People”) you have to also accept that they must have a genetic difference that makes them separate. So which is it? Wiesenthal apparently wants it both ways: “We’re genetically just like you, but still different.” I don’t think so.
Here’s my favorite, attributed to Christina Patternson, a journalist for The Independent in the UK:
“I would like to teach some of my neighbors some manners… I don’t care if they wear frock coats and funny suits and hats covered in plastic bags and insist on wearing their hair in ringlets (if they’re male) or covered up by wigs (if they’re female), but I do think they could treat their neighbors with a bit more courtesy and respect. I didn’t realize that goyim were about as welcome in the Hasidic Jewish shops as Martin Luther King, Jr. at a Ku Klux Klan convention. I didn’t realize that a purchase by a goy was a crime to be punished with monosyllabic terseneness or that bus seats were a potential source of contamination or that road signs and parking restrictions were for people who hadn’t been chosen by G-d.”
Sounds to me like she got bent because she sees that most of the Jews in her neighborhood are rude. I’ve said much the same about my former residence in Utah regarding Mormons, but I didn’t get on any special list for doing so. What if she’s said this, but used references to Muslims? Would this be a big deal to Wiesenthal? Probably not.
Number ten on their list is entirely from Yahoo, Facebook, and Tiwtter social networking. I would be willing to bet that most of those statements they cite are posted anonymously. You can find those same kinds of statements on any of those networks by people referencing any race you care to name. I’ve personally seen attacks on blacks, whites, and even Asians of a similar nature. I see far more of these attacks aimed at Islam than I do at Judaism.
So there you go. This is the best that Wiesenthal could come up with for a Top 10 list of anti-Semitic statements. If you ask me, it’s a pretty weak list. I would say that of their ten statements, only 3 are really racist at all and those come from what we should consider “the usual suspects” for that sort of thing anyway: one a minister for the Palestinian authority, one a Malaysian Muslim, and the aforementioned social network posts.