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Jewish life and not only in Greece / Εβραϊκή ζωή και όχι μόνο στην Ελλάδα

Martin Luther King

Posted by Abravanel, the Blog στο 06/04/2007

Recently a comment by Donna reminded me of a famous speech which was attributed to Martin Luther King . In that speech Dr.King allegedly attacks anti-zionists as being in fact anti-semites. I searched a bit to see if it’s true and I’ve found that: «The idea accurately portrays the opinion of Dr. King, but the speech as quoted is a forgery» as BoycottWatch refers.

This is what Dr.King actually said and what has been confirmed as authentic:

King was, however, quoted by Dr. Seymour Martin Lipset, who is currently the Hazel Professor of Public Policy of George Mason University and a professor at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. The noted sociologist and political analyst wrote the article «The Socialism of Fools: The Left, the Jews and Israel» which was published in the December, 1969 (page 24) edition of Encounter magazine, and was reprinted in other publications.

The article states: «Shortly before he was assassinated, Martin Luther King, Jr., was in Boston on a fund-raising mission, and I had the good fortune to attend a dinner which was given for him in Cambridge…One of the young men present happened to make some remark against the Zionists. Dr. King snapped at him and said, «Don’t talk like that! When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You’re talking anti-Semitism!»


I’m not here to debate on whether in fact anti-zionism is another name for antisemitism, or it is simply used to avoid legitimate political criticism to Israel. Although I have to remind that the term «antisemite» was invented in the late 19th century when «antijew» or «jew hater» became politically undesirable terms and one wished to cloak his hate under more scientific terms. Anyway I just wanted to give the opinion of one who definitely can’t be accused of being controlled by the almighty World Domination jewish lobby! :D

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