Barbara Lerner Spectre

Israeli academic

Barbara Lerner Spectre (born in 1942) is an academic and philosophy lecturer, who is the founding director of Paideia, the European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden, a non-denominational academic institute established in 2001.


  • The bottom line here is that in actual historical fact, Turks were not like Nazis; Armenians were not like Jews; and attempts to convince Americans that they were are propaganda, not history. The Armenian tragedy was real and terrible, but it was not the only terrible tragedy in Turkey in 1915 and it wasn’t genocide; it was that in the midst of a wider war that brought death and destruction to millions on all sides, nationalist Armenians fought a war to claim a piece of Turkey for a country of their own, and lost.

  • We can't let lone nutters get in the way of progress [...] #endwhitepeople [...] I'm not talking about wiping out people who identify as whites, it's about ending white privilege. [...] Show me in the UN OSAPG framework where it says whites are a protected group? genocide is only applicable to protected groups.
    • source: Twitter (December 17, 2014)

  • Being jewish is a tangible unbroken form of identity going back 3000 years, whiteness is a construct from 200 ybp.

  • I think there is a resurgence of anti-Semitism because at this point in time Europe has not yet learned how to be multicultural, and I think we are going to be part of that transformation which must take place. Europe is not going to be the monolithic societies the once were in the last century. Jews are going to be at the center of that. It's a huge transformation for Europe to make. They are now going into a multicultural mode and Jews will be resented because of our leading role. But without that leading role, and without that transformation, Europe will not survive.
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