Yes, we have Scarlett Johansson and J.K. Rowling, the brave actor and writer who refused to join the boycott movement of the State of Israel. But the anti-Semites have dozens of luminaries and professors.
The Guardian, the leading British leftist newspaper, just published an appeal to sever any ties with Israeli universities. The appeal has been signed by 350 professors working in UK academia.
These BDS supporters are the grandchildren of those Max Weinreich called “Hitler’s Professors”.
If Italy’s Fascism had writers and philosophers such as Gabriel D’Annunzio, Luigi Pirandello, Giovanni Gentile and Tommaso Marinetti, Hitler’s Nazism had an even greater list of talents: Martin Heidegger, Carl Schmitt, Gottfried Benn, Ernst Jünger, Mircea Eliade, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Ernst von Karajan, Knut Hamsun, Emile Cioran and Louis Ferdinand Celine.
The best of European culture embraced Nazism just as today it is embracing new anti-Semitism. The cowardice of the intellectuals, academics and men of letters on the “Jewish question” is repeated today on the issue of Israel.
Henry Rousso called it “Le Syndrome de Vichy”. The reference is to France under Nazi occupation, when the cream of Paris’ writers continued their work, pleasing the Germans, getting favors, condemning the Jews to death by their indifference and hypocrisy.
Consider the words and images associated with Israel in recent years by these new anti-Semitic intellectuals in their newspapers, in their books, in their university classrooms: “s**t”, “Nazi”, “racist”, “apartheid”, “ethnic cleansing”, “settler”, “war criminal”, “illegal”.
These BDS supporters hope to nail an entire people, the Jewish people, to a dark destiny: being exterminated or being the exterminator, perpetuating the myth of a “race” inevitably involved in bloody tragedies, forcing 7 million Israeli Jews, a minority in the the immense Arab world, to the choice between national suicide or a desperate war. Europe and the Arab world are sinking into a deadly mentality, planning once again to inflict horrors on the Jewish people.
In their cumulative effect, the consequences of this new defamatory language against the reputation of Israel have been devastating. Neither Syria’s Assad, nor Iran’s mullahs or North Korea, not the worst African satrapies, enjoy this special treatment.