Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at

Friday, December 15, 2006

Anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitism, And Carter's Fans Prove the Point

The barrage of hatemail in response to my Jimmy Carter column, not to mention some of the comments in the thread below, have proven that anti-Semitism, spurred on by the rise of so-called anti-Zionism, is alive and well among Carter's devotees. Indeed, much of the feedback has had little to do with Carter and everything to do with the alleged Zionist/Neocon/Jewish Lobby/AIPAC plot to take over the world.

Of course, such writers always go to great lengths to deny the connection between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. But it's funny how one can vociferously claim not to be anti-Jewish (for those who like to quarrel about the term "anti-Semitism"), all the while spewing said hatred.

Despite the pitiful attempts to deny the obvious connection, the authors of these missives give themselves away. As I wrote in an earlier SFGate column:
Never mind the fact that to be "anti-Zionist" is to oppose the existence of Israel. What else besides anti-Semitism explains the single-minded obsession with a country the size of New Jersey? Israel's alleged human rights offenses are given disproportionate attention, even as countless other nations commit crimes more heinous than anything seen in the Middle East's only democracy. Equality for women, gay rights, democratic institutions, tolerance of various religions and ethnicities are ignored in favor of the misguided view that Israel is the root of all evil in the world.

Increasingly, the myth that if the Middle East conflict were solved (i.e., if Israel were to cease to exist as a Jewish state), Islamic terrorism would come to a halt has made its way into many liberal and some conservative circles -- Pat Buchanan and other isolationists come to mind. But the fact is that Jews were hated before they had a state, and now they're hated for having a state. The very persecution that led Jews to flee Europe after World War II and help rebuild the nation of Israel is now directed at them for having survived the Holocaust. The insistence that Israel stop defending itself against Islamic terrorism also reeks of hypocrisy. Could it be that the very reason people despise Israel so much is because it's a Jewish state? No other explanation holds up under examination.
I thank the Carter acolytes for proving my point.

Cross-posted at Kesher Talk.


Blogger Babak said...

You prove your point by quoting yourself! Why don't you try to write self help books and leave the hard things to smart people.

Friday, December 15, 2006 10:05:00 PM  
Blogger Augusto said...


And ad-hominem attacks is what "smart" people like you do? I guess pointing out the supposed flaws of her argument is sooo above you "smart people", right?

Where in any rhetoric manual is there the rule that "thou shalt never quote thineself when trying to prove a point"? Gee, you people really are clueless...

Saturday, December 16, 2006 6:26:00 AM  
Blogger Babak said...


You are looking in the wrong book. Open a logic book, and you will find an entry on circular reasoning.

Your characterisation of my post as an ad hominem attack is slightly inaccurate. An ad hominem argument is the attempt to prove one's point by personally attacking one's opponent. Here, I was not trying to prove anything. I was advising Ms Stillwell that she had better find work elsewhere as thinking is not her strong suit.

Sunday, December 17, 2006 2:13:00 PM  

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