The Untold Truth: 150 Million Europeans Hate Israel – Part 2

Manfred Gerstenfeld

Manfred Gerstenfeld

HR: What about terrorism?

MG: Psychiatrist Daphne Burdman analyzes how Palestinian children are indoctrinated to genocidal hatred. Michael Whine gives an overview of how Jewish communities and Israelis abroad have been targeted by terrorists.

HR: What about self-hating Israelis and Jews? There aren’t that many, but they do cause damage.

MG: Hebrew University Philosophy Professor Elhanan Yakira points out the similarities between Israeli and Jewish post-Zionists and Holocaust deniers. Harvard Psychologist Ken Levin diagnoses the Jews and Israelis who embrace criticism from extreme anti-Semites and anti-Israelis. He says that this phenomenon reveals great similarity to the responses of children subjected to chronic abuse.

HR: What about NGO’s, hatred on the internet, etc.

MG:  Gerald Steinberg discusses NGO bias against Israel, Rabbi Abraham Cooper explains the dangers of anti-Semitism and terrorism on the internet, while Ronald Eissens evokes the problems concerning internet hate on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

HR: Do you also discuss some of the tools of transmission of hatred in contemporary anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism?

MG: Certain media are perpetrators of anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism through editorials and their selection of news items. Through the publication of anti-Israel op-eds, they are tools of transmission of bias. Similarly, the United Nations is both a perpetrator and a tool of Israel hatred. The latter is illustrated in the interview with Yohanan Manor about the “Zionism is Racism” resolution. Cartoons are a very effective tool to promote and transmit hatred as Joel Kotek demonstrates. Another tool of transmission of hatred among many is language. Georges-Elia Sarfati stresses that words are not neutral, but serve to introduce a certain vision of an issue addressed.

HR: Are there also interviews on how to fight anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism?

MG: An important one is the interview with former Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler. He lists political, diplomatic, economic and legal tools available to counteract the Iranian threat. Cotler says that there is enough proof to bring Iran before the International Court of Justice.

HR: Anything else?

MG: We would have to hold many other conversations like this one to cover all the major themes of the book.

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