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“Judenrat Jon” Stewart

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by: David Harris-Gershon on January 7th, 2012

When Jon Stewart is called a “smug, self-loathing Jew” by a right-wing Jewish personality (who is often called upon by conservative pundits to wax political), it’s tempting to dismiss the comment as a disgusting tribal dig.

When Jon Stewart is called a Judenrat who “would have been first on line to turn over his fellow Jews in Poland and Germany” by this same hawkish voice, it’s tempting – even though this voice has a visible platform – to just ignore the comment as the product of the Republican, FOX-inspired echo chamber.

However, ignoring these comments wouldn’t just be dangerous, it would be to allow a growing brand of hatred coursing through America’s veins – produced on the fringes – to continue infecting our public discourse (and public opinion) on matters both foreign and domestic.

It’s a hate-filled islamophobia that masquerades as patriotic, as anti-terrorism, as proudly American and Zionist (as though the two are synonymous). It’s a brand of hatred that the current GOP seeks, a hatred it feels it needs, a hatred it foments for perceived political gain at great cost to civil society. And, as much as it pains me as a progressive Jewish American to say, it’s a hatred right-wing American Jews are often solicited to be spokespeople for on venues like Fox News, with claims of anti-Semitism at the ready should they be critiqued by people such as, well, Jon Stewart.

So, wait – what happened to Jon Stewart, exactly? – you ask. Here is the context:

Jason Jones and The Daily Show crew produced this rather brilliant segment on how Broward County Republicans orchestrated a campaign to block membership of a Muslim Republican to the Broward Republican Party’s executive committee. This was done with the help of the Muslim-hating group ironically called Americans Against Hate (headed by Joe Kaufman, who is running against Debbie Wasserman Schultz for Congress).

The segment elicited this disgusting display from Pamela Geller:

This is not the first time that The Daily Show made fun of, ridiculed, and smeared proud Americans and passionate zionists. What’s he doing? And why? Does he know how much CAIR raised for their home office, Hamas, whose stated goal is to destroy the Jewish homeland, through the Holy Land Foundation? Stewart missed his calling. He would have been first on line to turn over his fellow Jews in Poland and Germany. Smug self-loathing Jew.

Yes, Geller is a nut. And yes, this particular display has been limited – so far – to her personal site. But Geller, just one of many fringe figures who inexplicably get airtime aplenty, knows what she’s doing. She knows the game: play the anti-Semitism card.

And not just any anti-Semitism card – the self-hating-Jew card. And she plays it against one of our country’s most important media critics and defenders of reason. Why? Because he represents exactly what she and her right-wing minions loathe: someone willing to call out islamophobia for what it is, even when promoted by American Jews.

While it would be easy to dismiss all this due to the messenger, does Jon Stewart shy away from railing against hatred and bigotry when it is perpetrated by the unhinged?

Nope.

And neither should we.

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31 Comments »

  1. Yes, how dare Jon as a jew speak out on behalf of muslims, or criticize the neoconservative warhawks, whether they be jewish or christian. Because he doesn’t call out everybody else as well. Jackasses.

  2. I want to read this, but I keep on getting a 404 error :/

  3. Clearly, she’s ill. Poor lady needs help. Someone ought to tell her that operating a white supremacist blog is not a viable mental health plan.

  4. The link isn’t working *ADMIN*

  5. Coming from a Jewish perspective, this is a very refreshing article.

  6. You know what? I think this presents a perfect opportunity for Jon to completely roast, dissect, and eviscerate Pamela Geller. :D (For you Islamophobic dumbf*cks who think I’m threatening Pammycakes, I mean it metaphorically. Got that Prof. Bobby “F*ckislam” Spencer? ;) )

  7. Jon Stewart speaks for the overwhelming number of Jewish Americans, including me.

  8. I would LOVE to see Jon take down Gellar on his show sometime :)

  9. Never mind, I just needed to go to the main site and click the link from there. Horrible woman by the way. Simply vile.

  10. No one messes with our Jon Stewart. That woman needs a beat down

  11. HAte this kind of rhetoric.

  12. Please, stop trying to smear all Republicans and Zionists as Islamaphobes. This was a good article until it blatantly compromised its objectivity.

  13. why does there need to be tension between jews and muslims and hindus and christians and other sects or denominations fo religion? WOW you believe in different things or entities who cares dont make a big deal out of it you are entitled to your opinion but that doesnt mean u have to shove it down some other persons throat

  14. Geller is a complete nutjob, which does not exonerate her from her racist, bigoted, hatemongering rants and activities. Any statement she makes which purports to be fact should be assumed not only to be false, but the polar opposite of the truth. I’m not sure she’s worth Jon’s attention. It would give her too much of an air of credibility.

  15. awww I love Jon Stewart XD

  16. Zionists and their Evangelical Christian compatriots will not shy away from denouncing Jews who are against Zionism, or at least the fanatical ultra-nationalist Likudnik brand of Zionism as “self-loathers”

  17. That is a very funny clip.

  18. I love this guy! Hes absolutely hilarious.

  19. Don’t mess with my Jon Stewart!!!

  20. Zr we know not all of them are. But most though definitely end up coinciding so..

  21. Lol pammy here has soooo many issues. In one article about a bumper sticker she completely butchered the Arabic language tryin to explain her nonsense. “fatteh=invasion” my proud arab ass it does. No it means to open. Learn some islamic history and stop taking only bits of the quran to prove yourself. Seriously you wanna use our book use ot right read ALL of it

  22. I dont know that Judenrat is even an offensive term. Rat in German is a political term. I.E Rathaus = Parliament. Judenrat means a council of Jewish folks.

  23. Haters survive on hatred! They’d hate themselves if they couldn’t find anybody left to hate.

  24. Lol erika
    Told yall pamela needs to finish preschool

  25. Erik
    Lol sorryyy im using an ipod

  26. Um, ZT: You said that this article “smear[s] all Republicans … as Islamaphobes.” But the article didn’t exactly paint Nezar Hamze, the Republican, as an Islamophobe. And, to be fair, the Daily Show piece did clearly state that 11 out of the 169 Republicans on the Broward County GOP voted in favor of Nezar Hamze, a muslim…

  27. Maybe Mr. Stewart realizes that it’s time for the 5000 year old family feud to be over. Let’s see one Jew defends 1 Muslim. Then two Mulims defend two Jews then three…next thing you know there’s peace in the middle east. What’s a ilitary industrial complex to do.

  28. What else can we expect?! The least tolerant are constantly disrespecting and attacking other people.

  29. I had no idea Jon Stewart is Jewish. Isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be?

  30. Stewart is smart, very funny, and right on. Gellar is not playing with a full deck and is an utter jerk. Does it mater what religion Stewart is? Arrgghh….

  31. One thing is certain. These crazy-ass, entirely stupid bigots make it very easy for professional comedians like Jon Stewart to write jokes. Jon Stewart did a bit where he was disappointed and depressed that Herman Cain dropped out of the race.

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