Peace Studies Professor: 'Two Sides' to Auschwitz

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The father of the "peace studies" movement recently told Ha'aretz that there were two sides to German antisemitism that led to Auschwitz and recommended reading the antisemitic libel, "Protocols of the Elders of Zion."

Johan Galtung, a Norwegian sociologist, also claims that a link may exist between the Mossad and the Norwegian killer who murdered 77 students last summer.

These and other revelations came to light Monday, when Ha'aretz published its correspondence with Galtung and exposed opinions he had expressed in Norwegian publications.

According to Ha'aretz:

Professor Galtung, 82-years-old, is one of the founders of the discipline called “Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution,” as well as a founder of the international Peace Research Institute in Oslo. He is considered well-respected sociological researcher, has been awarded many prizes, and is the author of over a thousand articles and over a hundred books. Some of his work has also been translated into Hebrew.

On the topic of Auschwitz and the Jews, Ha'aretz reports:

Galtung mentioned what he calls the “ambiguity of everything human.” To explain, he raised examples from the Middle Ages and the modern period. According to Galtung, “The terrible programs,” carried out upon the Jews, had another “problematic” side as well. “The Jews played a role in demanding payment from indebted peasants,” wrote Galtung. According to Galtung, “terrible Auschwitz,” had two sides as well.

“[It was] not unproblematic that Jews had key niches in a society humiliated by defeat at Versailles,” wrote Galtung, referencing Germany following World War I. Galtung continued, “In no way, absolutely no way, does this justify the atrocities. But it created anti-Semitism that could have been predicted.”

Galtung also wrote in a Norwegian periodical that Jews control the media: “Six Jewish companies control 96% of the media," he said.

On the subject of Anders Behring Breivik, currently on trial for massacring dozens of children in Norway last summer, Galtung proposed a bizarre theory linking the killer's acts with the Israeli intelligence agency.

Galtung mentioned a conspiracy theory, linking last summer’s massacre in Norway with the attack on the King David Hotel, carried out by the Etzel in 1946 – both attacks took place on July 22.

He finished with this astonishing claim: “It will be interesting to read the [Norwegian] police report on Israel, during the trial."

In an email exchange with Haaretz on Sunday, Galtung requested to clear up his claims. “When we know nothing about who is behind Breivik, including whether there is anybody at all, any hypothesis is legitimate; that is in the nature of research,” wrote Galtung. “I consider the Mossad highly unlikely, but it is illegitimate to eliminate it as a hypothesis with no evidence,” continued Galtung.

Alana Goodman at Contentions surmises that Galtung's thinking is the end result of the "peace studies" agenda.

Peace Studies is based on the premise that all conflicts can be resolved through peaceful, nonviolent means. It’s the height of moral relativism, holding that both sides have legitimate grievances and are rational, that both sides can and should make compromises, and that both sides have a responsibility to listen and consider each other’s arguments. Yes, even if the two sides are the Nazis and the Jews. Follow this argument to the end of its logical chain, and you get to Galtung’s repulsive idea that German anti-Semitism could have somehow been an understandable response to Jewish provocations.

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