paranoid Jews? (was: RE: Michael Lerner bashing)

Frances Bolton (PHI) fbolton at
Sat Jul 4 08:48:57 PDT 1998

I'm in the middle of a reponse to the thoughtful comments of Jay Hecht and Max Sawicky. But, just briefly, I don't think my comments were anti-semitic, I think they are self-critical, as I'm Jewish. Do you really think a non-Jew would be stupid/audacious enough to make such comments on a list that wasn't explicitly racist/anti-semitic/white supremicist? I'm not sure where you got the "Palestinian agenda" from my post.

Out of curiousity, I've been waiting to see how long it would take for someone to denounce me as being anti-semitic. You're absolutely right in pointing out that, had I made a similar comment about Blacks or what Yoshie inexplicably calls "sexual dissidents," I would have been criticized far sooner. Jay and Max were extremely gentle in their criticism, I thought.

I do think it is disengenuous of US Jews to compare our current situation to Germany in the 20s and early 30s.

Good Shabbos, Frances

On Fri, 3 Jul 1998 Nurev at wrote:
> Where do you come off dicussing Jewish " paranoia?" Why isn't this
> considered
> racist? Would not list members respond strongly if Bolton ascribed the
> feelings
> of American Blacks as paranoid for thinking that Whites invented the
> Aids
> epidemic to wipe them out? This is certainly foolish, but based on past
> experience
> I wouldn't call it paranoid.
> The audacity of this person to ascribe to Jews a kind of " paranoia for
> profit"
> as Bolton does is dishonest as well as insulting. Most Jews are well
> familiar
> with their history. They know quite well the experiences of their
> forbears in
> Spain, Holland, and yes Germany too, where they enjoyed the freedoms of
> citizen-
> ship, only to have things change in an instant.
> I'm familiar with Bolton's Palestinian agenda. I'm somewhat surprised as
> to how
> easily anti-Jewish racism is overlooked among this group.
> Joshua2

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