The concept draws on the concept of "white privilege" (which ultimately comes from WEB DuBois' insight into the "public and psychological wage" that white workers got by virtue of their whiteness in the Reconstruction period), but subverts it by saying that Jews, not being "people of color", are privileged in the system of white supremacy. This dear, sweet self-flagellating member of the 1%, for example, thinks that being Jewish is part of his privilege that he needs to check.
Maybe I'll write more one day about this, but now I'm not going to go into why I think it's a completely ridiculous line of argument, as that's been done brilliantly by my comrade Disillusioned Marxist already, and byAdam Levick from the opposite end of the political spectrum.
Of course, many Jews are positioned as white in this racist world and therefore do experience many of the "wages" of whiteness -- but not as Jews.
What I want to note here instead is how the idea has travelled.
The concept seems to be gaining some traction among the hardcore anti-Zionists of MondoWeiss, who recently published on "how Jewish establishment groups... exercise power in an attempt to control public discussions". Apparently, because some museum doesn't talk enough about Palestinian suffering, it is "exhibiting white privilege". It is, they say, "this same racism, violence, and white privilege that we all need to resist – from Ferguson to Ayotzinapa to Palestine."
Today Dr. Duke provided a preview of a major research article that he is preparing on Jewish privilege verses White privilege. The fact is that in American and many other Western societies today, privilege in concentrated in a tiny Jewish minority which when it suits them bills themselves as white. However, this same privileged Jewish elite goes to great lengths to suppress European American representation in important power institutions, such as the Ivy League universities.And now, finally, the concept is coming to rest on the streets of London, where neo-Nazis are planning to march through Golder's Green to protest "Jewification" and "Jewish privilege". Specifically, to protest "the Jewish occupation of Britain and the Jewish privilege which sets up the Jews as the occupying power". Fuck them.