Two of the state of Israel’s North American front groups – the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and B’nai Brith Canada – have called me an “anti-Semite.”
For example: Amanda Hohmann of B’nai Brith Canada unsuccessfully tried to get my speaking engagement in Edmonton cancelled by telling the organizer that I was a “known anti-Semite conspiracy theorist.” The ADL has repeatedly issued press releases echoing the same charge.
And now I have been banned from speaking in the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists church, despite having given a well-received talk to a packed house last year with no complaints, because one member there has accused me of “anti-Semitism.” My talk at BFUU, originally scheduled for October 17th, has been cancelled. (See my speaking schedule.)
But what IS this “anti-Semitism”? What does it mean?
In the real world, virtually all anti-Semitism is directed against Arabs, which is to say native speakers of Arabic, who make up more than 95 percent of all Semites on earth. (Semite means “native speaker of a Semitic language.”)
Unlike many North Americans, I am not prejudiced against Semites. I married one – a native speaker of Moroccan Arabic.
But since the term anti-Semite is often abused as a misnomer for “anti-Jewish prejudice,” I will assume that B’nai Brith and the ADL are making that all-too-common mistake.
Am I prejudiced against Jews? If so, why would I be voting for Jews, and only Jews, in this year’s national elections?
I voted for Bernie Sanders, a Jew, in the Democratic Primary. I will vote for Russ Feingold, another Jew, in the Wisconsin senatorial contest. And I will be voting for Jill Stein, yet another Jew, for President.
Those are the only three candidates who have earned my vote in this year’s national elections. And they are all Jewish. (Unless you count Stein’s running mate, Ajamu Baraka.)
I am not voting for Sanders, Feingold and Stein because they are Jews. I am voting for them because they are pretty much the only candidates I can vote for without throwing up.
Jews make up less than 2% of America’s population. Yet they represent 100% of the national candidates for whom I am voting in 2016.
What kind of “anti-Semite” votes like that?
And though the percentage of Jewish guests on my radio show is far from 100%, it is undoubtedly considerably higher than 2%.
So based on my voting behavior and my list of radio guests, I ought to be suspected of harboring pro-Jewish prejudice, not “anti-Semitism.” It’s the goys who should be complaining.
If they did complain, they would have a point. When I meet someone and learn that they’re Jewish, my first impression is that they are slightly more likely to be educated and/or funny – two qualities I prize. That means I am indeed slightly prejudiced in favor of Jews, and therefore against goys.
So sue me!
But for some reason, the Goy Rights movement hasn’t come after me yet.
Another irony: One of the main reasons I became an “anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist” was anger at the murderers of a Jew, Senator Paul Wellstone, who was killed in a rigged plane crash, along with his wife, daughter, and campaign staffers, on October 25th, 2002, less than a week after he received an apparent death threat from Vice President Dick Cheney.
Cheney, by the way, is definitely not Jewish. He may even be a raving anti-Jewish bigot. A character based on Cheney is portrayed that way, anyway, in Bob Baer’s 9/11 roman-à-clef Blow the House Down.
Neither B’nai Brith nor the ADL has complained about the murder of the honest and courageous Jewish Senator Paul Wellstone, who consistently did the right thing – and paid with his life.
So do the ADL and B’nai Brith really think I’m prejudiced against Jews?
I doubt it. What they don’t like is my anti-Zionism – my opposition to the Zionist movement and the endlessly expansionist, borderless “State of Israel” it created.
They also don’t like my 9/11 research, and my interpretation of that event as a Zionist coup d’état. Nor do they appreciate my research and publication on 9/11-follow-up false flag operations.
So these two front organizations for the State of Israel are not really concerned about prejudice. Instead, they are trying to shut down research and discussion on critically-important historical events through name-calling.
My views of the War on Terror are based on 12 years of extensive research. And they are right in the middle of the Muslim mainstream.
Is the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Islamophobic? If not, why is the Muslim-majority view of the War on Terror off-limits in their church?
The same Israeli front groups that destroyed my ability to earn a living as a university professor by orchestrating a Republican-led witch hunt against me in the Wisconsin State Legislature, are now preventing me from earning a living as a public speaker and author.
These same groups are behind the ongoing witch-hunt against Professor Anthony Hall at the University of Lethbridge.
Whatever happened to free speech and free inquiry?
Was freedom – like the three World Trade Center skyscrapers – taken down in a controlled demolition on September 11th, 2001?
Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist is one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror.
He also has appeared many times on Fox, CNN, PBS, and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired feature stories and op-eds in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and other leading publications.
Dr. Barrett has taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris, and Wisconsin; where he ran for Congress in 2008. He currently works as a nonprofit organizer, author, and talk radio host.