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Requiem for a Smear Victim: Clemens Arvay
+ A Letter from Jews Around the World Condemning the Weaponization of “Anti-Semite” to Defame Dissidents
This is one of the more important pieces I have published. I have been given the honor of hosting a letter written by Jews around the world who unequivocally condemn the weaponization of “anti-semite” to character-assassinate people guilty of nothing but questioning approved narratives; exercising free speech; exposing corruption, lies, and harmful policies; and practicing independent, critical thinking.
The reckless abuse of such a pointed term is being done in the name of Jews, and the signatories of this letter are saying, “NOT IN OUR NAME.” They are holding the media, politicians, and ideologically motivated organizations accountable for the destruction of lives resulting from the wielding of this accusation—the gentle Clemens G. Arvay being but the latest tragic example.
We rely on you to share Clemens’s story and the Open Letter in Commemoration of Clemens Arvay that follows my article. Thank you for your role in helping to prevent more casualties of calumny.
Those were the words scribbled on a note found on an Austrian cliff known as Türkenfallen on February 18, 2023.
It wasn’t the first time Clemens had written those words. According to his friend Raphael Bonelli, “They’re killing me” was a frequent refrain in his WhatsApp messages.
In a videomourning the death of Clemens, Raphael shares a message Clemens sent him in September 2020 after Wikipedia incorporated the media’s libels into his profile:
“[Wikipedia] deploys malicious press citations in which my work is presented in a wantonly distorted and disfigured way, most recently in Jungle World.… My statements about investors like Bill Gates are massively distorted. Criticism? Gladly, but then please make it criticism of my content and not of untruths and abridgments and distortions of my content. I am also not an opponent of vaccination—that can be proven. Madness, they send their reputation-damaging texts even to editors of my scientific essays to destroy my existence. The doctorate I started is in danger.”
Raphael interjects, “The haters then started calling his university, trying to smear him,” and then resumes reading:
“I am at my wit’s end, Raphael. I continue, but it is nervous madness. The methods are so vile. Will an enraged citizen end up killing me??? With so much hate? Since my ORF [Austrian TV station] appearance, it’s quite massive.”
Later in the video, Raphael states:
“He had the feeling that not only his life but his identity and his whole existence were slipping away from him. He was then massively afraid at the end of his life—there is a suicide note—that much more would be done to him. That even more would be alleged or revealed about him. He couldn’t bear that.”
“A person needs his reputation. A character assassination is something that goes so deep inside. A character assassination is like a social death, they say. Clemens Arvay, rightly or wrongly, felt that way, and, ultimately, it ended tragically for him. And I wish we still had him with us.”
This word holds the power to torpedo reputations with a single utterance.
It is the when-did-you-stop-beating-your-wife Chinese finger trap of allegations to which there is no feasible defense.
Once “anti-semite” is attached to you, it forever lurks in the archives, ever threatening to resurface, even if you’ve managed to clear your name.
It is like a rusty needle the shaman propagandists can plunge into their chosen voodoo doll the instant they cross a line.
What line did Clemens cross? The same line Andrew Bridgen, Neil Oliver, Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi, Dr. Daniele Ganser, Vera Sharav, and many other dauntless individuals crossed: They exposed the totalitarian and demonstrably dangerous COVID policies and experimental products, in some cases drawing comparisons with the actions of the Third Reich.
In a country described as having “the world’s strictest anti-Nazism laws” and where charges of anti-semitism can carry a weighty prison sentence, this is not a term to be applied lightly—particularly to a kindhearted soul like Clemens, who, according to Raphael, was known for speaking out against anti-semitism:
“Clemens Arvay was very close to nature, was very anti-fascist, and spoke out clearly against anti-semitism—so clearly that he once received a shitstorm from more right-wing people.”
The blurb for his book Corona Vaccines: Salvation or Risk? reads:
“The whole world is waiting for a vaccine against the coronavirus. But can an agent that was developed within a few months and is based on a barely tested technology save us? How do modern vaccines work? How high is their protection? How strong are the side effects? And can long-term damage be ruled out? Biologist Clemens Arvay takes a differentiated look at the Corona vaccines. He answers all the important questions in a scientifically sound manner. So that in the end everyone can decide for himself: Should I get vaccinated or not?”
It seems Clemens’s heresy scarcely differed from this June 2020 Scientific American article titled “The Risks of Rushing a COVID-19 Vaccine: Telescoping Testing Time Lines and Approvals May Expose All of us to Unnecessary Dangers” and this September 2020 Forbes article concluding:
“It boggles the mind and defies common sense that the National Institute of Health, the Center for Disease Control, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, and the rest would consider the approval of a vaccine that would be distributed to hundreds of millions on such slender threads of success.”
Calling attention to the fact that novel mRNA technology had not undergone human trials before being unleashed on the world’s population and suggesting people should consider the risk-benefit ratio were enough to earn him vitriolic attacks from the press.
As a self-proclaimed leftist, Clemens was appalled when the Austrian magazine Falter pulled the guilt-by-association ploy, classing him with QAnon and several right-wing figures. He replied in a Facebook post:
“Your attempt to portray me in a barrage of muddled theories is cheap and shows poor journalistic ethics.”
Particularly hurtful were the betrayals by former friends such as fellow animal welfare activist Martin Balluch, whose embarrassing “refutation” of Clemens is riddled with appeals to authority—including, most comically, Christian Drosten, now a known colluder in the Fauci-led coverup of the exonerated lab origin hypothesis.
Holding a bachelor’s in landscape ecology from Graz University and a master’s in applied plant sciences from the University of Natural Resources & Life Sciences in Vienna, Clemens was downgraded to a mere “landscape gardener” by Wikipedia. The entry also insinuated he was ignorant about the immune system—a topic so close to his heart, he noted that he would be devoting his attention to it in his final Facebook post on January 24, 2023:
“On the occasion of a small report on the immune system, on which I started working, I would like to inform you of a decision. Even if many of you wanted it: I will no longer deal with the topic of ‘vaccines’ and I have no desire to deal with pharmaceutical companies. My life topic is Ecoimmunology - exploring the immune system in the context of environment. I want to spend my time with this again - and with music and personal nature experiences 🙂.
“Corona pandemic is over, on the subject of ‘vaccines’, each and everyone has taken his or her position, who wants to get vaccinated, did and who doesn’t want to, didn’t. I’m just tired of shitstorms, denunciations and attacks of all kinds. I’ve never really been interested in the pharmaceutical industry. What interests me is the immune system.”
In what is believed to be his last video, Clemens makes it clear he continues to stand behind his work, despite feeling compelled to pull back due to the media blitzkrieg:
“So we now know in which direction it could go, with possible long-term consequences, complex immunobiological interactions that affect our innate immune system in that case. And what this study shows is simply that we still have a lot of questions, we don’t know possible problem areas yet because these vaccines are so untested.
“And also to this specific question that this study raises, we don’t have a conclusive answer yet. This means that we can only agree with the authors of the study who demand that this question, the possible reprogramming of the innate immune system, should also be taken into account in the application. And this cannot mean that one continues to act in the media and politically as if there were no possible long-term consequences. That has been refuted by this study. And, as I said, it is a preprint, but other preprints have also been quoted in the media, and it is a point we should be looking at, and people should know that.
“I also stand by every word I wrote in my book. We don’t know enough about these vaccines, about potential complex sequelae. And people should just know that. That’s why I continue to stand behind my book, behind my videos—even when it comes with further hostility and defamation. Because science is guided by findings such as these and does not follow a political narrative or a predetermined paradigm—that has nothing to do with science.”
The bestselling author of health ecology books such as The Biophilia Effect: A Scientific & Spiritual Exploration of the Healing Bond Between Humans & Nature and The Healing Code of Nature: Discovering the New Science of Eco-Psychosomatics, Clemens was passionate about the restorative power of nature. His forthcoming book on self-sufficiency, coauthored with Alessandra Moog, is scheduled for publication in May 2023.
When he coined the term “biophilia” in the 1960s, Erich Fromm described human biophilia as, “The person who fully loves life is attracted by the process of life and growth in all spheres”—a definition that seems to capture Clemens at his essence, at least until the smear merchants sank their rabid fangs into him.
This video shows the true Clemens, the Clemens who wedded his love of nature and music with his desire to help heal others:
If only this Clemens could have reached out to his future Clemens to heal the rotting wounds left by the muckrakers’ jagged needlework.
As the many heartbroken responses to his passing attest, his death has left a painful gauge in the medical freedom community.
Below is just a sampling of the outpouring of love, gratitude, and grief at one of his Facebook posts:
When people speak about Clemens, “gentle” is the adjective that comes up most frequently.
It is the following poem by fellow nature-lover Wendell Berry, however, that feels as if it were written specifically for Clemens.
by Wendell Berry
All that I serve will die, all my delights,
the flesh kindled from my flesh, garden and field,
the silent lilies standing in the woods,
the woods, the hill, the whole earth, all
will burn in man’s evil, or dwindle
in its own age. Let the world bring on me
the sleep of darkness without stars, so I may know
my little light taken from me into the seed
of the beginning and the end, so I may bow
to mystery, and take my stand on the earth
like a tree in a field, passing without haste
or regret toward what will be, my life
a patient willing descent into the grass.
Clemens has completed his “patient willing descent into the grass,” having hastened—regretfully—toward “the sleep of darkness without stars.”
It is now our responsibility to help prevent other tormented souls from falling prey to Clemens’s fate by sharing his story and the following letter. Please help us defuse the most powerful incendiary device in the mudslingers’ arsenal before more innocents are destroyed.
Open Letter in Commemoration of Clemens Arvay: One of Many—One Too Many.
Jews Against Media Incitement
This letter was written by Jews who have united internationally. It is addressed to politicians and the media, but also—and above all—to our fellow human beings who stand idly by or, in anticipatory obedience, make themselves deserving through complicity.
We mourn the death of Clemens Arvay. What drove this gentle man to end his life at the age of forty-two? What drove a loving father to leave his son behind? Always matter-of-fact and intent on conflict-free debate, attached to nature and music … how desperate must Clemens Arvay have been to give up everything he loved because he could see no way out?
There is hardly a worse insult for a decent person than to be called an “anti-semite.” When the advocates of the ruling opinion—or rather the opinion of the rulers—wield the anti-semitism cudgel for no reason, they condone the pain and despair they cause.
Clemens Arvay was also subjected to such agitation and denigrated as an anti-semite. We are no longer able to ask him the final trigger for his decision. But one question the agitators—the media in question, including some leading outlets and individual profiteers of political favor—may and must be asked is, Are you touched by the idea that this death might have something to do with your agitation? It is not relevant what the ultimate trigger was, but you must confront the possibility that you might be responsible for Clemens’s final, irreversible decision.
This death breaks the dam. The pent-up horror at the way you treat what is sacred to us, what has shaped us, what gives rise to our pain and our knowledge, moves us to write this letter.
An anti-semite is a Jew-hater. Those who tried to exterminate the European Jews eighty years ago were anti-semites.
Nazis are eugenicists, mass murderers who, out of their alleged racial superiority, denigrate, mistreat, and kill people.
To use these terms against people who merely question the vaccination agenda that has become religion, speak out in favor of peace negotiations, or otherwise buck a political or media trend is an unacceptable trivialization of Nazism and of the Holocaust. Such inflationary comparison of dissenters to mass murderers is a mockery of the victims of National Socialism. Some of these victims are the ancestors of the signatories of this letter, our parents and grandparents. And the signers know firsthand what distinguishes a dissenting biologist with such impressive human integrity from an anti-semite.
The anti-semitism cudgel is used as a weapon against critics of government measures. Like any weapon, it causes destruction. Like any weapon, it is a means of oppression and violence. This we do not want!
Why do we see ourselves in the position of saying, “Enough is enough!”? Because the impression is created that it is we, the Jews, who hold the anti-semitism cudgel in our hands. That it is we who want to be protected from the “swearers,” “conspiracy theorists,” “Nazis,” and “right-wing radicals.” That we were the ones who supposedly wanted to be protected from Clemens Arvay.
We are also said to have asked for protection from Vera Sharav, Andrew Bridgen, Daniele Ganser, Sucharit Bhakdi, Neil Oliver, Roger Waters, Andrew Tate, David Icke, and Ken Jebsen, among others. We are said to have been the ones who demanded fashionable trials for incitement of the people and Holocaust trivialization in Germany or Wiederbetätigung in Austria.
Clemens Arvay was not an anti-semite. We did not charge anyone with hurting him on our behalf.
Dr. Daniele Ganser is not an anti-semite. We do not wish to be abused for silencing this historian because his opinion about the war contradicts the approved narrative.
Prof. Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi is not an anti-semite. Those who are offended by the scholar whose passionate enlightenment has saved countless lives are far from representing all Jews.
Neil Oliver is not an anti-semite, nor should he be defamed on our behalf.
Andrew Bridgen is not an anti-semite, and the fellow politician who slandered him as such has now been exposed for the corrupt and manipulative official he is.
The fact that Vera Sharav, a Holocaust survivor and lifelong advocate of medical ethics, is being prosecuted in Germany for Holocaust denial and incitement of the people shows all the more clearly what we are up against. This is not being done on our behalf.
The same applies to every aforementioned personality and countless other critically thinking people who are denied, insulted, marginalized, and robbed of their good name and existence within the framework of the uniform Corona agenda according to a uniform principle—as if according to a playbook.
Every court case under the said paragraphs and every groundless insult of “Nazi,” “anti-semite,” or “Holocaust denier” aims at destroying a reputation, a financial and social existence—or even a life. We can never support such measures in a society that defines itself as liberal-democratic.
Moreover, we live in fear and worry: By destroying lives in our name, by dividing society, by inciting against a critical minority, one justifies and promotes real anti-semitism. And not only that: The constantly cultivated fear of being called a Nazi or anti-semite deprives people of civil courage and degrades our society into one that idly stands by and watches injustice.
In his book Instructions for Unhappiness, Paul Watzlawick writes:
“What A says about B says a lot about A and little about B.”
This says everything about the G’d-less campaign against Clemens Arvay.
To those who share our pain and concern: Take action! To the inciters and their contractors: Will you at least have the mercy to allow Clemens’s son to be proud of his father? Will you right these wrongs? Will you in the future see the human beings behind the critics? The fathers, mothers, lovers, sons, daughters, and people like you who simply do not share your opinion?
Jews for Justice • Jews for Enlightenment • We for Humanity
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The small note Clemens’s mother found in his backpack read, “Sie machen mich fertig,” which is difficult to translate precisely into English according to my German sources. Possibilities include “They’re killing me,” “They’re destroying me,” “They’re bullying me,” and “They want to finish me off.”
The date is unknown because all of his COVID-related videos along with his website were taken down shortly before his death.