Ira Chernus


Ira Chernus, professor of religious studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, discusses the dominant narrative of Israel: a vulnerable Western-style democracy in a sea of hostile Arab nations, the destructiveness of race and class based stereotypes, the Israeli and Palestinian peace groups ignored by the media and the lessening stigma of publicly criticizing Israel.

MP3 here. (28:18)

Ira Chernus is a professor of religious studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder and author of Monsters To Destroy: The Neoconservative War on Terror and Sin. His article “Palestinian Violence Overstated, Jewish Violence Understated” appears on

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  1. Israel did 9/11, definitely. The longer American Jews keep silent about that (whether because they're afraid or they simply don't know), the higher the likelihood of an eventual "Russia-style pogrom" in this country. Separately, any discussion of the diminishing taboo of criticizing Israel should probably include at least a passing mention of Mearsheimer and Walt's invaluable work.

      1. Mr. Lester speaks the truth.

        The truth is that the Twin Towers and WTC7 were destroyed in a controlled demolition. The evidence for that is overwhelming, incontrovertible.

        It is ridiculous to assert that Al-Quaeda felled both the twin towers and WTC7 in a controlled demolition is ridiculous.

        The list of suspects and conspirators is long (Larry Silverstein should be at the top of that list) and mostly has ties to Israel – to the Mossad, and to zionist causes.

    1. Your assertions are 100% correct. Regardless of what the misinformed might say, the Israelis carried out what was essentially an inside job on 9-11-2001. That is the sad truth.

  2. Well-meaning Americans have been fooled into supporting Israeli's or Palestinians.
    This is the issue, the "catch" which keeps the US involved in military and financial "entanglements" in the Middle East.

    Ask yourselves (without religious suggestion) wouldn't the US be better off, not supporting either side and remaining "neutral" like the Swiss?

    Neutrality is a "safe" position to be in time after time…just ask the Swiss.

  3. My support for the Israeli government started to wane soon after I learned the truth about its deliberate attack on the U.S.S. Liberty. My support for the U.S. government started to wane soon after I learned the truth about its deliberate coverup of the same incident. Trust no government! They all lie, steal and kill whenever it benefits them – which is all the time, of course.

  4. I think the backlash, in the US at least, against Israel is rooted somewhat in economics as well.

    The US economy is imploding and will continue to do so. As people lose their homes, are unable to feed their famlies, and drown in a sea of debt; the last thing they want to hear is that their tax dollars (collected under the threat of death) are being shipped off to some country half way across the world and that any voice of protest obviously means they are minority hating bigots.

    I can't think of any other nation where wanting to cut off their foreign aid to them would create such a response. Over time, as the economy worsens, this attitude will backfire.

    Of course, what isn't touched on is that the US government has a stake in keeping the conflict going. Israel, and the Arab nations we bribe not to attack them, are the few reliable remaining customers for US weapons on the international market. That is only because we give them generous aid packages to buy said weapons. The folks at Lockheed and GE do not want the make work program to come to the end.

    1. My dad, an old-fashioned left-wing revolutionary who served in Habash's PFLP, often would tell me as a child, 'the difference between America serving and being ensalved by Israel and thinking on its own, is that the American people need to go hungry for a few days. That'll wake them up'. It seems as if he was correct.

  5. Hell, if I had my way, Israel would be cut off American life support. They'd be forced to stand or fall on their own. And isn't that what any self-respecting nation wants?

    1. You did say "self-respecting" right? That sorta leaves Israel out of the equation. Think parasite on the United States. Not "nation". Like a big, fat ,blood-engorged tick . . . Israel . . . sucking the lifeblood from its host (that's us, by the way).

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