December 16, 2008
Christmas came early for anti-Semites
Like I said Friday, in allegedly stealing from Jews, Bernard Madoff gave a real gift to anti-Semites. That much was evident from many of the comments my posts have received. On LAWeekly.com, Steven Mikulan writes that the white-wing blogs have been downright giddy:
Over at the neo-naz Stormfront.org, Celtic Welsh Warrior noted that the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity was among the Jewish organizations allegedly damaged by Madoff:
“Ouch, the pain, the suffering. Jews robbing Jews. Dumb race.
Cheery, I know. These are the same hatemongers who buy Kevin MacDonald’s books and sing his praises.
Keeping up with that Christmas theme Bradley Burston writes in Haaretz:
Click here for the rest. To be clear, though, Burston confuses losses at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles ($6.4 million) with those made by the Jewish Community Foundation ($25.5 million on paper; $18 million in original investments).
For my part, I’ve been shocked not that the largest investor fraud in U.S. history has brought out the crazies, but how just mainstream some of them seem to be. Having only experienced anti-Semitism in its most mild forms, I often forget how deep-rooted these prejudices are. As a friend wrote on my Facebook wall:
“Jews and money is a time-honored bigot flashpoint. I know people in the world really believe this. I believe these people are fine upstanding citizens and are just like you and me. Well liked, polite. But behind the anonymity that Internet comment boards provide, they can let their true beliefs out that they keep inside in polite company and they don’t have to couch their words. They can be as bad as they wanna be.”