Most recently, during the first annual conference of the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism (JSA), which was held in New York City, Manhattan, at the Doubletree Metropolitan Hotel on october 2 and 3, 2010, I was awarded a price for the „best investigative article.“ This article – „Riga and Remembering “ – was published in the current issue of JSA, vol. 2, no. 1.
Many thanks to Dr. Neal Rosenberg and Dr. Steven K. Baum, co-editors and founders of JSA, for establishing this journal and for organizing this conference!
Other people who have been awarded at the conference in the category „best book“ include Prof. Dr. Robert Wistrich for his „Lethal Obsession. Anti-Semitism from Antiquity to the Global Jihad,“ New York 2010, among others.
From my article:
“ (…) For me it was a shocking event to see so many Nazis, SS-men and
their friends, including today’s youth of a European country like Latvia.
Many scholars and activists, particularly in the West, do not take Eastern
European antisemitism seriously. Many people even think any kind of anti-
Russian government, society, or action is appropriate. It is not. On May 8,
2010, we are celebrating the 65th anniversary of the unconditional surrender
of National Socialism. Without the heroic fight of the Red Army, this
would not have happened. Bad politics of the Soviet Union, crimes like the
occupation of the Baltics, deportations, and political crimes including
Soviet anti-Zionism cannot overshadow the fight against Nazi Germany.
Current trends in equalizing Hitler and Stalin have been called the “Holocaust
Obfuscation Movement” by Brooklyn-born Dovid Katz, professor of
Yiddish in Lithuania, who joined me in our anti-fascist protest in Riga.
Maybe the honoring of the Waffen-SS is a wake-up for scholars and activists,
including those in the United States. Antisemitism exists in several forms.
Anti-Zionist, anti-Israel antisemitism is the most dangerous form
today. The Riga experience, however, can tell us that European history has
not ended. Nazis are still living and we are now facing the rewriting of
textbooks of the Second World War and the Holocaust. This may not happen;
it is hoped at least that an international movement will stop the next
march of Latvian Waffen-SS members in 2011.“
Here are two reports about the conference:
JanSuzanne from before it’s news writes:
„The guest speakers and attendees were scholars, writers, theologians, educators and interested individuals that came from around the world. They traveled from as far as Melbourne, Berlin, Toronto, and Sheffield, as well as CA, RI, FL AL, MS, MD, NJ, CT and NY. They represent many of the people who have spent years of their lives investigating, writing, teaching and actively speaking out about their findings on Muslim Anti-Semitism. There were about 60 people in all, which offered a rare opportunity for all participants to connect and dialogue.
Saturday evening began with a cocktail hour, followed by opening remarks from the JSA’s co-editors, Steven Baum and Neal Rosenberg. Baum stated that “the world has not been right since 9/11 and we are here because we care… Read the published book titles about this subject and see how logic is leaving the world. Something is terribly wrong. As students, scholars and people who care, we see that much work has to be done, and we are here to see what we can do.”
Neal Rosenberg then spoke about the purpose of the JSA and this conference. “The JSA addresses the ever growing problem of Anti-Semitism… and this conference is a place where people can listen and develop ways to find solutions.” Global Anti-Semitism has become a “war of ideas and words and we are losing it because the information is not getting out. We must address these words and ideas and make people more informed.” The highlight of the evening was Rabbi Richard L Rubenstein, who gave a riveting Keynote Speech. His latest book titled ‘Jihad and Genocide’ was the topic of his presentation.“
And from Prof. Dr. Phyllis Chesler, who spoke at the conference and chaired a panel, too:
„Yesterday in New York City, I was part of another important conference about Muslim anti-Semitism which was sponsored by the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism. I both spoke and chaired a panel with my esteemed colleagues, Daniel Jonah Goldhagen of Harvard and Mark Weitzman of the Simon Weisenthal Center. At the end of our presentations, before the assembled could raise their hands, I asked them to allow me to ask the first question—and of the audience.
“What must we do, what must be done to stop this very specific genocidal threat to the Jewish state—and the overwhelming jihadic threat against civilians everywhere? I do not think that all our documentation will be enough. I do not think we have enough time to reason with the brainwashed, one by one. Only a military victory will do it. But in the 21stcentury, military victories may look different, they may look like Stuxnet, and may include targeted assassinations that we never get to hear about.”
People were very, very quiet. (…)
Here’s what else is important. More sober people are coming together, driven to find others with whom they may speak the truth, ready for new political and social friendships.
I had coffee with German scholar Clemens Heni, who also spoke yesterday. Heni is based in Berlinand has written two books about German anti-Semitism. He described the way in which most German activists are falsely equating anti-Semitism with “Islamophobia,” still trying to universalize the very particular hatred towards Jews whose history is both ancient and unique. When I asked him why he felt so strongly about this subject, here was his reply:
“I am a German. I have a responsibility to learn the right lessons of the Holocaust. When other Germans learn exactly the wrong lesson, they are continuing that Holocaust. I cannot remain silent.”
Furthermore, in another piece, Phyllis Chesler draws attention to today’s feminists who are silent about Jihad (or embrace it) or openly attack the Jewish state of Israel – this is the reason why Chesler joined the JSA conference against Muslim anti-Semitism, alongside with Daniel Goldhagen, Daniel Pipes, Alex Joffe, Neil Kressel, Frederick Schweitzer, Richard Rubenstein, Andrew Bostom, Alyssa Lappen, Lesley Klaff, Richard Landes, Samuel Edelman, Charles Jacobs, Mark Weitzman, Florette Cohen, Kenneth Lasson, Kenneth Marcus, among others:
“When Angela Davis was in jail, I marched on her behalf. Now that she is involved in the Women’s Studies program at the University of Santa Cruz, in California, neither she nor her communist colleagues, Bettina Apteker among them, bothered to come and hear me speak about the demonization and scapegoating of Israel for the very real gender apartheid crimes of Arab and Muslim countries. I have just been told that when Berkeley Professor Judith Butler recently [in January 2009, C.H.] lectured in Berlin the crowds numbered 5,000. People came not only because she represents the ruling, fashionable post-modern, post-structural, anti-colonialist academy, but because she is known as a prominent boycotter of Israel. Butler is both prominent as a philosopher and as a lesbian feminist, but since she is also a Jew, her real credential is her passionate advocacy against the Jewish state. The spectacle of 5,000 Berliners cheering her on for this precise reason is a chilling one. Indeed, I have recently interviewed Clemens Heni, who confirmed that many so-called scholars of German anti-Semitism are now more interested in “Islamophobia” than in anti-Semitism. According to Dr. Heni, this is another form of either Holocaust denial or a way to continue the Holocaust”.