And for Massad, 'Jewish Supremacism' is not a racist movement among Jews, but is a global movement that spearheads imperialism in the Middle East. He sums it up like this:
[there is] an international, read western, commitment to Jewish supremacy, wherein Jews are seen as white Europeans defending white European values and civilization against the primitive Arab hordes. (Massad 449).
Massad is assistant professor in the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures (MEALAC) at Columbia University in New York. He thinks of himself as, and is widely accepted as, an anti-racist.
I don't know if it was him or neo-Nazi former leader of the Klu Klux Klan David Duke that first used the term 'Jewish Suprmacism' to define 'Zionism'. David Duke wrote a book called Jewish Supremacism: my awakening to the Jewish Question in which he argues that Zionists control the world's media and conspire to control governments.
George Galloway, currently the public face of the Socialist Workers Party in the UK, also believes that the 'Zionists' control the global media:
Well, first of all I would like to say that I am not a former member of parliament. I am still a member of parliament and was re-elected five times. On the last occasion I was re-elected despite all the efforts made by the British government, the Zionist movement and the newspapers and news media which are controlled by Zionism. I won in the elections held in May.
When Galloway was in the USA recently, he had a cosy chat on radio with Alex Jones, a loony right wing conspiracy theorist, who said to him:
You mentioned the Zionists. The Zionists its now coming out even in major publications, well we already knew, actually early on funded Hitler. They said he's gonna be good, he's gonna persecute Jews and he likes our plan for Palestine. And I'm sorry folks, funding Hitler, helping Hitler kill Jews is not pro-Jew.
And Galloway replied:
The reality is that these people [Zionists] have used Jewish people, and they have used them with this ideology of Zionism, to create this little settler state on the Mediterranean, to act as an advance guard for their own interests in the Arab world, and we're all paying for it. The Palestinians have paid for it, the Arabs are paying for it, and now the American people and the rest of the people in the world are paying for it, and why should we? We don't want to live our lives in a state of permanent warfare and division and hatred.
Anti-racist New York intellectual Massad, Klu Klux Klan Duke, working class hero Galloway, conspiracy nut Jones - are difficult to tell apart. It is still possible. Massad and Galloway are careful not to say 'Jew' when they mean Zionist. Duke and Jones are less careful, although Duke does go out of his way to say that he is not an antisemite. Duke perhaps shares Galloway's disgust for 'Trotskyism', although Galloway doesn't refer to it as Jewish 'Trotskyism' as his forefathers in the Soviet Communist Party used to and as Duke still does.
What has inspired this post is the fact that David Duke has followed in Galloway's footsteps to Syria this week (Galloway was there two weeks ago). They tell almost identical stories on Syrian TV about Zionist conspiracy, Zionists plotting to start wars, Zionists causing blood and death throughout the world and Zionist domination of the media.
Galloway's uttereances in Syria are here. Video clip here.
Duke's utterances in Syria are here. Video clip here.
Reference: Joseph Massad (2003) ‘The Ends of Zionism: Racism and the Palestinian Struggle’ interventions Vol. 5(3) 440-451
Hat-Tip Harry's Place & Normblog