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Statements on Israeli influence on United States politics

Criticism by Bruce Bawer and Barbara Kay

During the course of his career, some of Galtung statements and views have drawn criticism, most notably his criticism of western countries during and after the Cold War and what his critics perceived as a positive attitude to the Soviet UnionCuba and Communist China. A 2007 article by Bruce Bawer published in City Journal magazine[25] and a subsequent article in February 2009 by Barbara Kay in the National Post[26] criticised some of Galtung’s statements, including his opinion that while Communist China was “repressive in a certain liberal sense”, Mao Zedong was “endlessly liberating when seen from many other perspectives that liberal theory has never understood”. Calling Galtung a “lifelong enemy of freedom”, Bawer claimed that Galtung discouraged Hungarian resistance against the Soviet invasion in 1956, and criticized his description in 1974 of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Andrei Sakharov as “persecuted elite personages”.Statements on Israeli influence on United States politics

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz accused Galtung in May 2012 of antisemitism for: (1) suggesting the possibility of a link between the 2011 Norway attacks and Israel’s intelligence agency Mossad; (2) maintaining that “six Jewish companies” control 96% of world media; (3) identifying what he contends are ironic similarities between the banking firm Goldman Sachs and the conspiratorial antisemitic forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion; and (4) theorizing that although not justified, antisemitism in post–World War I Germany was a predictable consequence of German Jews holding influential positions.[31] As a result of such statements, in May 2012 TRANSCEND International, an organisation co-founded by Galtung, released a statement attempting to clarify his opinions.[32] On August 8, 2012, the World Peace Academy in Basel, Switzerland announced it was suspending Galtung from its organization, citing what it posited were his “reckless and offensive statements to questions that are specifically sensitive for Jews.”[33] Galtung himself has vehemently repudiated the above attacks as “smearing and libel” in a published statement[34] and a public lecture at the end of the year 2012.[35]