His chapter on Leon Trotsky, entitled “A Bolshevik’s Tragedy,” is a masterful essay which breaks new ground on this extraordinary, charismatic Jewish revolutionary who desperately sought to repudiate his Jewish origins. Yet, despite achieving the reputation of being “the most intransigent of revolutionary Bolsheviks,” Trotsky was ultimately forced by Stalin into assuming the traditional Jewish role in society and became reviled as the scapegoat for the failures of the Revolution.
Wistrich highlights the fact that many of today’s anti-Jewish Jews inherited the mantle of the 19th and early 20th century anti-Semitic Jewish radical revolutionaries. Yet he stresses that these renegade Jews have vastly exceeded the anti-Semitic tirades of their predecessors and even to the extent of allying themselves with reactionary clerical zealots and jihadists, who represent the antithesis of their purported world outlook.
He points to their public support and endorsement of terrorists and religious fanatics, noting that even the most extreme early anti-Jewish revolutionaries like Marx, Engels, Kautsky, Rosa Luxemburg or Trotsky “would never have remained silent about Shari’a law, censorship, female genital mutilation, honor killings, suicide bombings, or making the world safe for Allah’s rule,” and rarely resorted to outright racist outbursts like their current successors.
Nor would they have gone to the extreme of allying themselves with those explicitly committed to our physical destruction.
Wistrich asserts that Holocaust inversion, now a major component of the Left’s effort to besmirch Israel, while initially introduced by British historian Arnold Toynbee who referred to Zionists as “disciples of the Nazis,” was in fact institutionalized as the “Zionist- Nazi” nexus at the Prague Trials orchestrated from Moscow.
He reminds us that it was post-war Jewish Marxists who encouraged the left’s current paranoia and “anti-racist” racism against Israel. As an example he quotes the Polish-born Jewish biographer of Trotsky, Isaac Deutscher, who already in 1967 described Israel as the “Prussia of the Middle East” and a bastion of “racial Talmudic exclusiveness and superiority.”
It was the Soviets who, in 1975, succeeded in passing a UN resolution bracketing Zionism and racism. While this was ultimately rescinded in December 1991, it remains today the central plank in the Arab-leftist efforts to criminalize Israel and brand it as a state engaging in war crimes.
The concluding chapters review the anti-Zionist myths, many of which seem to have been directly replicated from Nazi propaganda and are today enthusiastically promoted by the Marxist Islamist alliance who regard Israel as the “Jew of the nations” fulfilling a dark preordained fate as an eternal scapegoat.
Wistrich relates to the quasi-religious belief of these groups that “the world will only be ‘liberated’ by the downfall of America and the defeat of the Jews.
This chiliastic fantasy has today emerged as a notable point of fusion between the radical anti-Zionist left in the West and the global jihad. Revolutionary anti-Semitism has become an increasingly important factor in cementing the anti-capitalist populism, much as it was during the birth pangs of modern socialism over 150 years ago.”
This is a magisterial work, providing a comprehensive understanding of the origins of the most pernicious challenges currently facing the Jewish people – especially those originating from the enemy within.
It will be especially valuable to those directly engaged in the struggle to neutralize the evil efforts against Israel by the left-Islamic alliance and its acolytes of Jewish origin.
The writer’s website can be viewed at www.wordfromjerusalem.com. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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