April 22nd, 2014
01:13 PM ET

Was anti-Semitism an idea exported from Europe?

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Fareed speaks with Simon Schama, professor of history at Columbia University and author of The Story of the Jews, about the roots of anti-Semitism.

And what about Arab anti-Semitism – is anti-Semitism, as is sometimes claimed, a kind of European idea that has been exported...

…to the Arab world?

Yes. That's exactly right. What's happened is that, you know, Zionism and the state of Israel obviously manifestly caused a huge problem for Jews anciently settled in the Arab world. But what's happened is actually the forms of poison have exactly been transfused into the Israeli-Palestinian problem.

For example, probably more people, especially in the Arab world, are reading and believing in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, this 19th century forgery, which purported to be the minutes of secret meetings of international Jews.

Produced by the Russians, who at the time were probably the most anti-Semitic...

Absolutely the most anti-Semitic. But now this is online. The thing about our online is that all this stuff that comes at us like hurtling asteroids is that there are no gatekeepers between madness and truth. So more people are probably reading or believing that in the Arab world, in particular, than at any other time.

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  1. palintwit

    Anti-Palin-ism is much healthier for our society. All Palins and teabaggers will have their Identification tattooed on their forearms. This will make it easier to find them when it is time to round them up.

    April 22, 2014 at 1:21 pm | Reply
  2. chrissy

    You should just call yourself "twit" or "racist twit" cuz thats all youre promoting! Sheesh! Talk about dumbing down...you are the poster child for THAT program!

    April 22, 2014 at 1:37 pm | Reply
    • You voted for Palin didn't you

      You voted for Palin didn't you. That explains a lot.

      April 24, 2014 at 8:24 am | Reply
  3. HeyHey

    Islamic radicalism brought to you by the KGB

    April 22, 2014 at 1:48 pm | Reply
  4. takaguchi

    Twit is just announcing the true goal of authoritarians, not that is a surprise. Islamic radicalism was not invented by the czarists, what Schama is saying is that the current conspiratorial codification of anti-Zionism called anti-semitism by their European sycophants is a byproduct of the Inquisition legacy. Previous disruption between Arabs and their Hebrew neighbors were simply the same tribal disputes that characterized Phoenician and Chaldean and Alawite communities living among Sunnis and Persians.

    April 22, 2014 at 1:59 pm | Reply
  5. GOP Prayer - GOPers, Read Together and Out Loud With Me

    The GOP Prayer/Mantra/Solution: Dear God...With your loving kindness, help us to turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Female, and Gay people into slaves. Then, with your guidance and compassion, we will whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Male, and Straight. Or until they are dead. God...Grant us the knowledge to then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military during the next "unfunded/off-the-books" war. God...Give us the strength during our speeches to repeatedly yell........TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH!!!..........and........GET RID OF SS AND MEDICARE!!!
    In your name we prey (purposely misspelled, or is it?)........Amen

    April 22, 2014 at 2:45 pm | Reply
  6. palintwit

    Sarah Palin believes that the earth is only 6,000 years old and that early man walked with the dinosaurs. Sarah Palin believes that early man rode dinosaurs to church every Sunday and parked them in the Roman Coliseum. Sarah Palin also believes that the first automobiles really were foot powered just like on the Flintstones.

    April 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

    I have met a lot of people during my already-long life. I do not know one person who actually believes that THE PROTOCOLS OF THE ELDERS OF ZION is authentic. That work serves as excellent propaganda for Jewish persons, not against them.

    April 22, 2014 at 8:08 pm | Reply
  8. evil russians

    yeah yeah blame the russians who were killed by hitler more than actual jews lost, 27 million had to die for saving jews and other from the burtal regime that orginated from the West.

    Jews in america are russophobic in nature

    April 23, 2014 at 12:38 am | Reply
    • Thinker23

      Out of 8,668,000 Soviet military losses 5,756,000 (66.402%) were Russians. 142,500 (1.644%) were Jewish soldiers. Many more Jewish fighters died fighting the Nazis while wearing American, British, Canadian and other uniforms. Take your hateful lies elsewhere.

      April 23, 2014 at 7:50 am | Reply
  9. ✠RZ✠

    Are you sure it wasn't originally exported by some Pharaoh in Egypt?

    April 23, 2014 at 12:43 am | Reply
  10. j. von hettlingen

    In the Middle Ages, Jews had been ostracised by communities and societies across Europe.

    April 23, 2014 at 4:24 am | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      They were often used as scape-goats and blamed for financial woes, because Jews were merchants and bankers. The only power they had was the pecuniary one. Rulers approached them for money to wage wars.

      April 23, 2014 at 4:25 am | Reply
      • Thinker23

        You forgot to mention that the main reason the Jews were merchants and bankers was the prohibition for Jews to own land and to join the military. The Jews had not many choices left but to become craftsmen, merchants and financiers.

        April 23, 2014 at 7:39 am |
  11. No, not from Europe

    Ideologies originate from Eastern Cultures:
    1. anti-Semitism, Fascism, Rascism, Marxism ... from: + J a p a n + !
    2. Communism ... from + K o r e a + + Korean military ideology +

    April 23, 2014 at 5:56 am | Reply
  12. John Smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    April 23, 2014 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  13. SAS

    It never ceases to amaze me how Fareed Zakaria repeatedly makes himself the purveyor of pro Zionist apologists and war criminals alike. I cannot imagine him airing a piece about any other form of racism.

    April 24, 2014 at 9:06 am | Reply
  14. sand

    soon Iran is going to use a 12mm Gatling gun against a Jewish kinder garden killing all the Jewish children when that Israeli humvee wants to stop the carnage Iran is going to use that same Gatling gun to cut that humvee in 2 from 1500m away at 2500 bullets a minute. Jews are like rats just has the people of Norway Oslo or Ireland Dublin are like rats use a Gatling gun and cut them all down Jews Norwegians and Irish.

    April 24, 2014 at 11:06 am | Reply
  15. spaniard88

    So exactly why does everyone all over the world dislike the Jews? One day you're going to have to answer the question.

    April 27, 2014 at 12:15 am | Reply
  16. 100 % ETHIO

    Hahaha...the jew want live peacefully, by the cost of others blood.
    Who they think the jews are? Are they better than others?

    Jews striked this World Three times.

    1) They killed our Lord Christ,
    2) They stole and sold The Manhattan Project, Nuclear Components, to China, to cause war between China and U.S.A and
    3) Yhe current Russia vs West is caused by Jew. Let. Jeffrey Delisle ( Canada's Top Spy Agent) got caught Red-Handed by America, when he exchanged top Military secrets with Russian Agents.

    April 29, 2014 at 1:47 am | Reply
  17. Question

    I thought that Arabs are Semitics......How can you become "Anti-yourself"?

    May 21, 2014 at 12:26 pm | Reply

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