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honest with you. Frankly I don't know-- boy, I'm really making a
lot of confessions-- I don't know what anti-Semitism means
generally, as a general statement. I have raised questions about
Israel's policy in the Middle East in regard to the Left Bank and
Lebanon. Now does someone want to define that as anti-Semitism.
I have raised questions about black separatists and the Black
Power movement, and some people have defined that as anti-black.
I believe that people have a right to raise questions about
things that disturb them, in terms of relationships among groups
of human beings. Do the questions which I raise about white
supremacists mean that I'm anti-white, you know, any more than
the questions which I raise about black separatists being the
negative image of white supremacists mean that I'm anti-black.
My definition of anti-Semitism maybe unfortunately is that
the German government, the Nazis, were anti-Semitic in that they
sought to-- to use your term, genocide. They were hostile to the
extreme of taking groups of people and seeking to dehumanize them
to the point of death.
Frankly, I have not seen-- and I've written about black-Jewish
relationship as early as 1946 in an article in COMMENTARY.
I personally have not seen that kind of anti-Semitism, which
interestingly enough, that time when I wrote that 1946 article in
COMMENTARY-- the editor of COMMENTARY at that time was a man whom
I highly respected, Elliot Cohen-- the theme of my piece was that
the “anti-Semitism” among blacks was in many ways anti-“whiteism.”.
It was a reflection of the disparity between the
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