More Evidence of Mearsheimer Bias?

Is John Mearsheimer, the University of Chicago political scientist and co-author of the infamous book, The Israel Lobby, providing more proof of an anti-Jewish bias? DC-based columnist Jeffrey Goldberg seems to think so. And with good reason.

In his blog, Goldberg notes that Mearsheimer recently endorsed an anti-Semitic book by an admittedly self-hating Jew, Gilad Atzmon.  According to Golberg:

[Atzmon’s] antisemitism is so blatant that activists of the so-called BDS movement (boycott, divestment and sanctions), which seeks the elimination of Israel, refuse to have anything to do with him. But Atzmon still has at least one friend among anti-Israel activists:

… Rather unbelievably (or believably, depending on where you sit) Mearsheimer has written an endorsement of Atzmon’s new book, “The Wandering Who?”

…In this new book, Atzmon suggests, among other things, that scholars should reopen the question of medieval blood libels leveled against Jews– accusations that Jews used the blood of Christian children to make matzo, and which provoked countless massacres of Jews in many different countries.

To read Goldberg’s entire post, click here. (H/t Jennifer Nath)

UPDATE (9/27/11): Mearsheimer accuses Goldberg of smearing him, building upon a “well-established record of making things up about [Mearsheimer and his co-author, Stephen Walt].” Mearsheimer further argues that Goldberg’s criticism of Atzmon and of his own support of Atzmon’s writings is unsubstantiated. Jon Chait, Adam Holland and others rebutt these claims, as can be seen here, here, and here.

1 reply
  1. David McCormack
    David McCormack says:


    Thanks for posting this. I am a former student of Mr. Mearsheimer’s and it was my pleasure to debate him every time I got the chance. I emailed him, and requested that he elaborate on his endorsement of Atzmon’s book. If he gets back to me, I’ll write up a piece and let you guys know what he says. I think we all know where he stands though.



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