Self-hating Jew or self-loathing Jew is a pejorative term used for a Jewish person who is alleged to hold antisemitic views.  The concept gained widespread currency after Theodor Lessing’s 1930 book Der Jüdische Selbsthass(“Jewish Self-hatred”), which tries to explain the prevalence of Jewish intellectuals inciting antisemitism with their views towards Judaism . The term became “something of a key term of opprobrium in and beyond Cold War-eradebates about Zionism “. Similar accusations of being uncomfortable with one’s Jewishness are already being made by groups of Jews against each other before Zionism existed as a movement. 
Description of phenomenon
The expression “self-hating Jew” “is often used rhetorically to discount Jews who differ in their lifestyles, interests or political positions from their accusers”.  Finlay, a member of the Psychology Department at the University of Surrey, distinguished between “Jewish antisemitism” and “Jewish self-hatred,” arguing that while the literature is full of examples of Jews who espoused antisemitism with dangerous statements and damning to all Jews, “self-hatred is not easy to assess.” Usage of self-hatred can also designate dislike or hatred of a group to which one belongs. The term has a long history in the history of Israel in Jewish identity ,critics of Israeli government policy .  Alvin H. Rosenfeld , an academic author who does not use the term self-hatred, dismisses such arguments as disingenuous, referring to them as “the ubiquitous rubric” of Israel, “stating that” vigorous discussion of Israeli policy and actions is not in question. ”  Alan Dershowitz limits the term self-hatred to extreme Jewish anti-Zionists who “despise anything Jewish, ranging from their religion to the Jewish state,” saying it does not apply to all “Israel-bashers.”  The academic historian Jerald Auerbach uses the term “Jewish self-loathing to characterize”
The cultural historian Sander Gilman has written, “One of the most recent forms of Jewish self-hatred is the virulent opposition to the existence of the State of Israel.”  He opposes Israel’s policy, but against Jews who are opposed to Israel’s existence. The concept of Jewish self-hatred has-been Described by Antony Lerman as “an Entirely bogus concept,”  One That “reserves no other purpose than to marginalize and demonize political Opponents”,  who says That It is used increasingly as a personal attack in discussions about the ” new antisemitism “. Ben Cohen criticizes Lerman saying no “actual evidence is introduced to support any of this.”  Lerman acknowledges the controversy of the extreme vilification of Israel and claims that anti- Semitism can be disguised as anti-Zionism ,   which is the concern of Rosenfeld and Gilman addressed above.
The sociologist Irving Louis Horowitz reserved the term for Jews Who poses a danger to the Jewish community, using “Jewish self-hater” to describe the short Jew “who validates the slander (contre Jews) as he Attempts to curry the favor of masters and rulers. ”  The historian Bernard Wasserstein prefers the term “Jewish anti-Semitism,” which he says was often termed Jewish self-hatred. He asks, “Could a Jew be an anti-Semite?” And responds, many Jews have “internalized elements of anti-Semitic discourse, succumbed to what Theodore Hamerow has called psychological surrender.” Wasserstein goes on to say that Jews self-hating, “afflicted by some form of anti-Semitism were not so much haters of themselves as Jews'”.
Jewish self-hatred has been described as a neurotic reaction to the impact of antisemitism by Jews accepting, expressing, and even exaggerating the basic assumptions of the antisemite . 
The origins of terms such as “Jewish self-hatred” in the mid-nineteenth century German Orthodox Jews of the Breslau Seminary and Reform Jews .  Each side accused the other of betraying Jewish identity,  the Orthodox Jews accusing the German Constitution and German Judaism. 
According to Elon Amos , during the 19th-century German-Jewish assimilation, conflicting pressures on sensitive and privileged or gifted young Jews produced “a reaction later known as” Jewish self-hatred. ” Its roots are not simply professional or political but emotional. ”  Elon uses the term “Jewish self-hatred” synonymously with Jewish antisemitism when he points out, “One of the most prominent Austrian anti Semites was Otto Weininger a brilliant young Jew” who “published” Sex and Character’, attacking Jews and women. “Elon attributes Jewish antisemitism as a cause in the growth of antisemitism when he says,” (Weininger’s) book inspired the typical Viennese adage that anti-Semitism did not really get serious until it was taken up by Jews. ”
According to John P. Jackson Jr., the concept developed in the late nineteenth century in German Jewish discourse as “a response of German Jews to popular anti-Semitism that was primarily directed at Eastern European Jews .” For German Jews, the Eastern European Jew has become the “bad Jew”.  According to Sander Gilman, the concept of the “self-hating Jew” developed from a merger of the image of the “mad Jew” and the “self-critical Jew”, and was developed to counter suggestions that an alleged Jewish stereotype of mental illness was due to inbreeding. “Within the logic of the concept, Gilman says, “The ubiquitousness of self-hatred can not be denied.”  : 1
The specific terms “self-hating Jew” and “Jewish self-hatred” only came into being, developing from Theodor Herzl’s polemical use of the term “anti-semite of Jewish origin”, in the context of his project of political Zionism.  The underlying concept has been coined in this context, “since Zionism was an important part of the vigorous debates that were held between Jews at the time of anti-Semitism, assimilation and Jewish identity.”  Herzl appears to have introduced the phrase “anti-Semitic of Jewish origin” in his 1896 book, Der Judenstaat (The Jews’ State), which launched political Zionism. 
He was referring to “philanthropic Zionists”, assimilated Jews who might wish to remain in their home countries while at the same time encouraging the Jewish proletariat (particularly the poorer Eastern Jews) to emigrate; yet did not support Herzl’s political project for a Jewish state.  Ironically, Herzl was soon complaining that his “polemical term”  was often being applied to him, for example by Karl Kraus .  “Assimilationists and anti-Zionists accused Zionists of being self-haters, Zionists accused their opponents of being self-haters,
The Austrian-Jewish Journalist, Anton Kuh , argued in a 1921 book Juden and Deutsche (Jews and Germans) that the concept of “Jewish anti-semitism” was unhelpful, and should be replaced with the term “Jewish self-hatred”, goal it was not until the 1930 publication of the German-Jewish anti-Nazi philosopher Theodor Lessing’s book Der Jüdische Selbsthass (Jewish Self-hatred).  Lessing’s book “supposedly lessing charts from Jewish self-hater to Zionist.”  In it he analyzes the writings of Jews such as Otto Weininger and Arthur Trebitschwho expressed hatred for their own Judaism. Lessing was murdered by Nazi agents shortly after Hitler came to power.
In English the first major debate of the topic Was in the 1940s by Kurt Lewin , Who Was Lessing’s colleague at the University of Berlin in 1930.  Lewin emigrated from Germany to the United States in 1933, and though Focused on Jews aussi argued for a similar phenomenon among Polish, Italian and Greek immigrants to the USA.  Lewin’s was a theoretical account, declaring that the issue “is well known by the Jews themselves” and supporting his argument with anecdotes. According to Lewin, a self-hating Jew “will dislike everything specifically Jewish, for he will be in the middle of the future. frequently indulge in self-hatred. ”  Following Lewin’s lead, the concept of a currency. “The 1940s and 1950s were ‘the age of self-hatred’.” It was a kind of “Jewish Cold War” … in which questions of Jewish identity were contentiously debated. The use of the concept in debates over Jewish identity – for example over the integration of African Americans into Jewish neighborhoods – died of the end of the 1970s, having been “steadily emptied of the most psychological, social, and theoretical content and becoming largely a slogan. ” 
The term used in a derogatory Was way DURING THE 1940s by “militant” Zionists “,  order the 1963 publication of Hannah Arendt ‘s Eichmann in Jerusalem ouvert a new chapter. Her criticism of the trial has a ” show trial ” provoked heated public debate, including accusations of self-hatred, and over-shadowed her earlier work criticizing German Jewish parvenu assimilationism.  In the following years, after the 1967 Six-Day War and 1973 Yom Kippur War , “willingness to give moral and financial support to Israel constituted what one historian called the existential definition of American Jewishness”.”This meant that the opposite was also true: Israel came out of the existential definition of ‘Jewish self-hatred’.”  This is dismissed by Rosenfeld saying it’s “masquerades as victimization” and “can hardly be expected to be taken seriously” since Israel’s “inception of Israel”. 
Even Commentary , the Jewish Journal, which was “considered the coming of self-hating Jews with questionable commitments to the Zionist project,”  came under the editorship of Norman Podhoretz to staunchly support Israel.  In his 2006 essay ” Progressive Jewish Thought and the New Anti-Semitism “, Alvin H. Rosenfeldtakes “a hard look at Jewish writers” which states “go beyond” the “opinion of Israel”, and considers rhetoric that calls into question Israel “right to continued existence” to be antisemitic. The use of the concept of self-hatred in Israel and the UK, with the issue particularly widely debated in 2007, leading to the creation of the British Independent Jewish Voices . The Forward reported that the group was formed by “about the 130 leftist Jews.” It was the Rosenfeld essay, which did not use the term Jewish self-hatred, that led to the 2007 debate. Critics claimed the burden of anti-Semitism implied Jewish self-hatred to those criticizing Israel. Rosenfeld responded that these claims were “disingenuous” and for some “dialectical scam validating themselves as intellectual martyrs.”  The New York Times reported that the essay spotlighted the issue of “legitimate criticism of Israel ends and antisemitic statements begin.” 
Social and psychological explanations
The issue has been periodically covered in the social social psychology literature on social identity . Such studies “frequently quoted by the United States of America in the United States of America and the United States. social status. ”  Modern social psychology literature such as “self-stigmatization”, ” internalized oppression “, and ” false consciousnessPhyllis Chesler, the professor of psychology and women’s studies, referring to female Jewish self-hatred, points to progressive Jewish women who “seem obsessed with the Palestinian point of view.” She believes their rage against oppression, frustration and patriarchy “is being unconsciously transferred to Israel.” 
Kenneth Levin , a Harvard psychiatrist, says that Jewish self-hatred has two causes: Stockholm syndrome , where “population segments under chronic siege commonly embrace the indictments of their besiegers, but bigoted and outrageous”, and ” psychodynamics of abuse,” who almost invariably blame themselves for their prediction, ascribing it to their being “bad,” and nurture fantasies that by becoming “good” they can mollify their abusers and end their torment. ” According to Howard W. Polsky, the social scientist, “feelings about Jewish marginality are often a step away from self-hatred.” He then says, “Jewish self-hatred denotes that a person has adopted gentiles’ definition of Jew as they are bad in one way or another and that being Jewish will hinder their success or identity.” 
It is argued by some academics that the concept of Jewish self-hatred is based on an essentialization of Jewish identity . Accounts of Jewish self-hatred often suggest that criticizing other Jews, and integrating with Gentile society, reveals hatred of one’s own Jewish origins.  Yet both in the early twentieth century, where the concept developed, and today, there are groups of Jews who had “significant differences in identity based on class, culture, religious outlook, and education”, and hostility between these groups. only be considered self-hate “if one assumes that a superordinate Jewish identity should take precedence over other groupings of Jews.” 
Yet such hostility between groups has some times drawn on some of the rhetoric of antisemitism: “criticism of subgroups of Jews that drew on anti-Semitic rhetoric were common in 19th and 20th century arguments over Jewish identity”.  In practice, according to the academic, whereas there is a lot of people in the world who do not know who they are. Jews or Judaism, but they are not worthy of mention. He argues that Jewish antisemitism does not necessarily amount to self-hatred, implying that “antisemitic Jew” may be more accurate term to use. Other authors have also shown a preference for using “antisemitism” rather than “self-hatred.”  
The Jewish Week (New York) and The Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem) in a number of contexts, often synonymously with antisemitic Jew. It is used to criticize a performer or as a portrayor of a child who is a child of a child or a child of the child. or particular Jewish practices. ” However, the widest use of the term is currently in relation to debates over Israel. “In these debates the accusation is used by right-wing Zionists to assert that Zionism and / or support for Israel is a core element of Jewish identity. 
Thus, some of those who have been accused of “self-hating Jew” have characterized the term “a charge of anti-Semitism [that] will not stick,”  or “pathologizing” them.   Someone who uses the term “anti-Semitism”,   on the subject of those words, or “so called ‘enlightened’ Jews who refuse to associate themselves with people who practice a ‘backward’ religion. ”  One novelist, Philip Roth , who – because of the nature of the Jewish characters in his novels, such as the 1969 Portnoy’s Complaint – has often been accused of being a “self-hating Jew”, argues that it is a novelty that deals with human dilemmas and weaknesses (which are present in all communities), and that to self-censor by submission to antisemitism. 
Controversy and criticism of the term
The legitimacy of the term (in modern use) remains controversial . According to the transdenominational Jewish platform My Jewish Learning : “Some scholars have claimed that by labeling another self-hating Jew, the accuser is claiming his or her own Judaism as normative -and implying that the Judaism of the accused is flawed or incorrect, based We have metric of the accuser ‘s own stances, religious beliefs, or political opinions by the term “self – hating” thus places the person or object. outside the boundaries of the discourse-and outside the boundaries of the community. ”  HaaretzThis is a term that is generally used by the Jewish right against the Jewish left , and that within the liberal-circles, is “usually considered a joke”.  Richard Forer, writing for The Huffington Post , criticizes the legitimacy of the term as it is commonly used, calling them so divisive that they make tolerance and cooperation impossible, eradicating the possibility for genuine understanding. Forer writes: “The notion that any Jew who is dedicated to justice for all people harbors self-hatred defies common sense. loving Jews. ” 
Jon Stewart, former host of The Daily Show, was repeatedly called a “self-hating Jew” by people whom he described as “fascistic”. Considering the term to be like equating someone with the Jews who turned their backs on each other during the Holocaust, he said, “I have people that I lost in the Holocaust and I just … go fuck yourself. How dare you?” Stewart commented that the way his critics used the term—to define who is a Jew and who is not—was formerly always done by people who weren’t Jewish. He saw this as “more than nationalism”. Stewart also criticized right-wing Jews for implying that they are the only ones who can decide what it means to be Jewish: “And you can’t observe (Judaism) in the way you want to observe. And I never thought that that would be coming from brethren. … How dare they? That they only know the word of God and are the ones who are able to disseminate it. It’s not right.” To The Hollywood Reporter, he said, “Look, there’s a lot of reasons why I hate myself — being Jewish isn’t one of them.”
In 2014, Noam Chomsky said that Zionists divided critics of Israeli policy into two groups: antisemitic non-Jews and neurotic self-hating Jews, stating:
Actually, the locus classicus, the best formulation of this, was by an ambassador to the United Nations, Abba Eban, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations…. He advised the American Jewish community that they had two tasks to perform. One task was to show that criticism of the policy, what he called anti-Zionism—that means actually criticisms of the policy of the state of Israel—were anti-Semitism. That’s the first task. Second task, if the criticism was made by Jews, their task was to show that it’s neurotic self-hatred, needs psychiatric treatment. Then he gave two examples of the latter category. One was I. F. Stone. The other was me. So, we have to be treated for our psychiatric disorders, and non-Jews have to be condemned for anti-Semitism, if they’re critical of the state of Israel. That’s understandable why Israeli propaganda would take this position. I don’t particularly blame Abba Eban for doing what ambassadors are sometimes supposed to do. But we ought to understand that there is no sensible charge. No sensible charge. There’s nothing to respond to. It’s not a form of anti-Semitism. It’s simply criticism of the criminal actions of a state, period.
Bernie Sanders, one of the Democratic candidates running for US Presidential elections in 2016, has repeatedly been criticized of being a “self-hating Jew”. His brother, Larry Sanders, told the Times of Israel that this was because his brother disagreed with Benjamin Netanyahu’s foreign policy. “Bernard is not a self-hating Jew. There was never a moment in our life when we had any reason to be self-hating. The fact that he does not agree with Netanyahu on politics does not make him a self-hating Jew.” In March 2016, after a reporter asked him if he was “intentionally keeping his Judaism in the background”, Sanders stated that he is “very proud to be Jewish, and being Jewish is so much of what I am. Look, my father’s family was wiped out by Hitler in the Holocaust. I know about what crazy and radical, and extremist politics mean.” Max Berger wrote in Haaretz, “While some in the Jewish American establishment strive to marginalize Bernie and his movement by suggesting we’re self-hating Jews who don’t care about Israel, it just goes to show how badly out of touch they are with the future of our community, and the values of our tradition.” A related dispute revolved around his Jewish advisor, Simone Zimmerman, who was similarly accused of being a self-hating Jew. In These Times strongly criticized this accusation, describing it as “slandering”.
“Self-loathing Jew” is used synonymously with “self-hating Jew.” “Antisemitic Jew” can be used synonymously as well. “Self-hating Jew” has also been compared to the term “Uncle Tom” which is used in the African-Americancommunity. The term “auto-antisemitism” (Hebrew: אוטואנטישמיות, autoantishemiut) is also synonymously used in Hebrew. In a column in Haaretz, Uzi Zilber used the term “Jew Flu” as a synonym for Jewish self-hatred.
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