Is Chomsky an Anti-Semite?
by Benjamin Kerstein
A loaded question, I realize. I am reticent to enter into this issue in depth, since it always arouses violent passions on all sides, but I don’t think there’s any sense in pretending it doesn’t exist.
To get things out of the way: Yes, I do consider Chomsky an anti-Semite. This inevitably raises the second question: How can Chomsky be considered an anti-Semite when he’s a Jew himself? Firstly, being Jewish has, unfortunately, never precluded fealty to anti-Semitism. In fact, many of the most brutal polemical assaults against Jews and Judaism have been accomplished at the hands of their former co-religionists. The first time the Talmud was burned, in the 13th century, it was at the behest of a Jewish apostate to Christianity named Nicholas Donin, who denounced the Talmud as heretical.