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January 23, 2014 3

Ron Unz: Controversial Writer And Funder Of Anti-Israel Activists

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Ron Unz

Con­ser­v­a­tive busi­ness­man Ron Unz has stirred con­tro­versy over the last year by pub­li­ciz­ing ideas that appeal to anti-Semites, offer­ing a forum for writ­ers who demo­nize Israel, and fund­ing sev­eral anti-Israel activists, some of whom pro­mote anti-Semitic canards. Though Unz does not appear to be an anti-Semite, he pro­vides sup­port to extreme anti-Israel ide­o­logues and his writ­ings res­onate with and are reg­u­larly cited by anti-Semites.

In Novem­ber 2013, Unz cre­ated a webzine called The Unz Review that addresses con­tro­ver­sial polit­i­cal and racial top­ics because he believes the main­stream media ignore or con­ceal cer­tain infor­ma­tion and ideas.  Although Unz claims that he does not agree with many of the views pre­sented in the webzine, he nonethe­less has pro­vided a new out­let for cer­tain writ­ers to attack Israel and Jews.

The Unz Review emerged a year after Unz pub­lished a con­tro­ver­sial arti­cle “The Myth of Amer­i­can Mer­i­toc­racy,” in The Amer­i­can Con­ser­v­a­tive in which he claims that Jews are over­rep­re­sented at elite schools even though their achieve­ment lev­els have been in a down­ward spi­ral. He also claims these schools dis­crim­i­nate against better-qualified Asian-Americans and non-Jewish whites who rep­re­sent a greater per­cent­age of the population.

Unz pos­tu­lates that one rea­son that Jews are more read­ily admit­ted to Ivy League schools is that a large per­cent­age of the schools’ admin­is­tra­tors are Jew­ish and are more apt to admit Jews based on “uncon­scious biases.” Most dis­turbingly, Unz implies that Jews are an alien pres­ence in the United States com­pared to White Anglo Sax­ons who dom­i­nated elite schools in the past.

As might be expected, anti-Semites have latched onto Unz’s work to affirm their own views. In par­tic­u­lar Kevin Mac­Don­ald, an anti-Semitic pro­fes­sor of evo­lu­tion­ary psy­chol­ogy at Cal­i­for­nia State Uni­ver­sity, Long Beach, and anti-Semite David Duke both assert that Unz’s work shows that Jews in power dis­crim­i­nate against white European-Americans.

Unz is involved in other endeav­ors that raise ques­tions about his views of Jews and Israel. He funds a num­ber of extreme anti-Israel ide­o­logues through the Unz Foun­da­tion includ­ing Paul Craig Roberts, an anti-Semitic syn­di­cated colum­nist;  Mon­doweiss, an anti-Israel blog run by Philip Weiss; and Philip Giraldi, the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Coun­cil for the National Inter­est, an anti-Israel group based in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

For full arti­cle, see “Ron Unz: Con­tro­ver­sial Writer and Fun­der of Anti-Israel Ide­o­logues.”

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