Professor Ruth Wisse spoke at my synagogue several times this past Shabbat. An eminent conservative in an ocean of liberal/Marxist academia, she is the Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University.
I had the honor of meeting privately with Professor Wisse. We discussed the power of Hollywood movies and the corruption of the college and university campuses by the multi-culti crowd. Though 79 years old, Professor Wisse is young at heart with a vital, original mind in constant motion, processing and analyzing culture and politics.
When I described the poisonous, intolerant liberal atmosphere that dominates the Hollywood elite, Professor Wisse joked that Hollywood was nothing compared to Cambridge.
Last week we tweeted this fine essay by Ruth R. Wisse on the suicidal nature of Jew-Hatred. Since then, we have reread the essay and consider it so wise and articulate that we want to make sure all our readers have a chance to read it.
History demonstrates, that, without exception, when a society scapegoats Jews those societies inevitably fail.
The Arab world is one huge epic failure. Europe is in the midst—here we go again—of scapegoating Jews, this time via Israel, by appeasing their intolerant, sharia-yearning Muslim populations. At this rate, France and England will be Judenrein in about 25 years with frightened Jewish citizens moving to Israel and America. There are now entire apartment blocks in Jerusalem that have been purchased by European Jews who see the handwriting on the wall.
Goodbye Europe, hello Eurabia.
Anti-Semitism, or the organization of politics against the Jews, is at once the most protean and the most misunderstood force in modern politics. Because it works through misdirection, most people associate it with Jews who are its target, rather than with anti-Semites who are its perpetrators. But whether aimed at the Jews in their dispersion or in their homeland, anti-Semitism and its offshoot anti-Zionism are about the Jews only in the way that fox hunting is about foxes. Those who organize their hunt around the fox consider it the best animal to hunt. Important as it may be to identify those features in the swift little animal that make it the chosen target of those giving chase, any analysis of fox hunting must concentrate on the hunters—their motivations, strategies, implements, goals, and perceived gains. Fox hunting stops when there is a change in hunters, not in foxes. So, too, with anti-Semitism. Only changes in the implicated countries can arrest the political process their leadership promotes.