Israeli philosophy journal rebuked for ‘legitimizing’ notorious white supremacist by publishing article on ‘Jewish influence’

Kevin MacDonald speaks at an event in 2013 for the white nationalist American Freedom Party. Photo: 2013 American Freedom Party Conference / YouTube screenshot / Creative Commons

An Israeli academic newspaper sparked controversy this week after the publication of an article on the “Jewish influence” of famous white supremacist Kevin MacDonald, prompting the resignation of its deputy editor and a conviction from the Anti-Defamation League ( ADL).

Sunday, the reading committee Philosophia: Philosophical Quarterly of Israel published the essay by MacDonald, a retired professor at California State University at Long Beach and an influential anti-Semitic virulent figure in the American white supremacist movement.

In “The ‘Default Hypothesis’ Fails to Explain Jewish Influence,” MacDonald responded to an earlier article in the journal of researcher Nathan Confas, which criticized and was interested in MacDonald’s earlier work on what he described as the “narrative. anti-Jewish ”.

In a lengthy article defending his earlier anti-Semitic work, MacDonald called Confas’s assessment of Jewish “influence” over US history “unsuitable”, arguing among other things that “Jews should be allowed to join. [pro-white] movements if they recognize the role and power of the Jewish community in transforming America against white interests and direct their efforts to convert the Jewish community to pro-white advocacy.

According to a 2013 ADL report, MacDonald achieved celebrity status in white nationalist circles for a series of books claiming Jewish support for everything from neoconservatism to multiculturalism is part of an “evolutionary strategy. group “anti-white, for which anti-Semitism is a” rational strategy “. response. In 2010, MacDonald became director of the American Freedom Party (AFP), a white supremacist political party whose goal is to “restore and preserve the legitimacy of white identity, white heritage and the expression of white interests ”.

Report author Marilyn Mayo, senior researcher at the ADL Center on Extremism, said The Algemeiner Tuesday that all of MacDonald’s work was “blatantly anti-Semitic” and said the publication of his article was “not a mistake that can simply be avoided.”

“I think it’s disappointing that an Israel-based newspaper publishes the work of an anti-Semite,” Mayo said. “It is legitimate to promote the work of an anti-Semite in an academic journal. “

“It’s not about censorship, but looking at what someone says and whether you are validating anti-Semitic or racist views or promoting ideas that have proven to be conspiratorial and false,” he said. she continued. “Of course, in academia there is naturally a willingness to present all kinds of points of view, and that’s understandable, but it’s also incumbent on institutions and journals to check what is published or put it into action. context. “

Moti Mizrahi, associate professor of philosophy at the Florida Institute of Technology, announced Monday that he had resigned “with immediate effect” from his post as associate editor of Philosophy. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the philosophical community in these roles for 4 years. I am very grateful to the editors, writers and proofreaders I have worked with over the years, ”he said. tweeted.

Mizrahi said The Algemeiner by email on Monday that he “was not involved in any editorial decision-making regarding the article in question”, and that Philosophy Editor-in-chief Asa Kasher “handled the document in question from submission to publication.”

Kosher, professor of philosophy at Tel Aviv University, did not return Alger request for comment. On Monday, he told the We daily – an informational website in the service of the philosophical profession, which first surfaced with the publication of the MacDonald article – that although the MacDonald and Confas articles were refereed before publication, it had been an “error” to publish them.

Kosher said he was “unaware of the general background to the debate,” according to the We daily, and said he was “sorry for treating the discussion as an ordinary philosophical debate”.

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