no matter what is in your pants, you can still be a big prick.
American Jews and Israel: A divorce in the making?
By alan hart
In a piece on the news website Mondoweiss, Philip Weiss has speculated that the day is coming when American Jews will divorce Israel.
If it really happens, the president of the day will be free to use the leverage America has to cause or try to cause Israel to end its defiance of international law and denial of justice for Palestinians. And if an American president gave that lead, European governments would follow him or her.
According to Weiss an important “sociological trend” is underway.
American Jews, even mainstream ones indoctrinated to love Israel, are breaking more and more publicly with the Jewish state. The Netanyahu government is proving to be embarrassing to American Jews; they do not want to be associated with right-wing apartheid policies… The divorce that we have long predicted on this site is now on the horizon; and in years to come this separation will yield an even bigger reward: mainstream American Jews will declare themselves anti-Zionist.
This crisis will not end until American Jews declare Zionism is racism. And one day they will.
In support of his speculation, Weiss quoted Gary Rosenblat. He’s a hard-core supporter of Israel and the editor and publisher of The Jewish Week. In an article for it, and as summed up by Weiss, he revealed that Jewish leaders are saying that it’s getting impossible to sell Israel to young Jews.
American Jewish leaders confide that generating support for the Jewish state is becoming increasingly difficult these days – even within the Jewish community, and especially among younger people.
The hard fact is that Israel’s leadership is moving in a direction at odds with the next generation of Americans, including many Jews, who want to see greater efforts to resolve the Palestinian conflict and who put the onus for the impasse on Jerusalem. It is not only President Obama who feels that way… Whether or not it is fair, the strong perception today is that the Israeli government is moving further right, and intransigent, at a time when the rest of the world is fed up with the Israel-Palestinian impasse.
A related point made in Weiss’s article was that when the present generation of major Jewish funders passes, raising substantial dollars for Israel will be much harder.
Weiss concluded with this prediction. “This crisis will not end until American Jews declare Zionism is racism. And one day they will.”
Serious consideration of whether Weiss is guilty of wishful thinking and being naively optimistic or could be proved right by events to come requires the asking and answering of this question.
Why, really, have the overwhelming majority of the Jews of the world, American Jews especially, supported Israel (the Zionist not Jewish state) right or wrong and/or remained silent even when they were deeply troubled by its policies and actions?
It’s worth recalling for starters that prior to the Nazi holocaust, most Jews of the world did not support Zionism and many were opposed to it. Those who voiced their opposition believed the Zionist enterprise was morally wrong. They also believed it would lead to unending conflict. But most of all they feared that if Zionism was allowed by the major powers to have its way it would one day provoke anti-Semitism.
Though it was Britain that gave Zionism a spurious degree of legitimacy with the Balfour Declaration in 1917, if there had been no Nazi holocaust it is most likely that there would have been no Israel because without Adolf Hitler as its best recruiting sergeant Zionism would probably have failed to command enough financial and political support to impose its will on the Palestinians.
It was the 1967 war that dramatically changed how most Jews of the world thought about Israel and that was because they believed without question the big, fat lie Zionism told in the countdown to the war.
Also to be recalled is that from the creation of Israel mainly by Zionist terrorism and ethnic cleansing in 1948 until the Six Days War of 1967, most Jews of the world were not much interested in Israel. At an early point in its life, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion was very concerned that not enough Jews were coming in to start a new life there and give Israel the manpower needed for territorial expansion. One consequence of Ben-Gurion’s concern was that Mossad agents posed as Arab terrorists and bombed Jews out of Iraq and into Israel.
It was the 1967 war that dramatically changed how most Jews of the world thought about Israel and that was because they believed without question the big, fat lie Zionism told in the countdown to the war.
The lie was that the Arabs were intending to attack and that Israel was in real danger of being annihilated.
The truth was that despite some stupid Arab rhetoric to the contrary, which played into Zionism’s hands, the Arabs were not intending to attack. It was a war of Israeli aggression, not self-defence.
For those readers who still believe that Israel’s Jews were in danger of being driven into the sea, I recommend Chapter 1 of Volume Three of my book which is titled “America Takes Sides, War With Nasser Act II and the Creation of Greater Israel”.
In this chapter, I quote a number of Israeli leaders who years after the events said on the record that they knew that the Arabs were not intending to start a war. Here are just five examples.
In an interview with Le Monde on 28 February 1968, Yitzhak Rabin, who was chief of staff in the 1967 war, said:
I do not believe that Nasser wanted war. The two divisions which he sent into Sinai on 14 May would not have been enough to unleash an offensive against Israel. He knew it and we knew it.
On 14 April 1971, a report in the Israeli newspaper Al-Hamishmar contained the following statement by Mordecai Bentov, a member of Israel’s wartime national government:
The entire story of the danger of extermination was invented in every detail and exaggerated a posteriori to justify the annexation of new Arab territory.
On 4 April 1972, General Bar-Lev, Rabin’s predecessor as chief of staff, was quoted in the Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv as follows:
We were not threatened with genocide on the eve of the Six Days War and we never thought of such a possibility.
In the same newspaper on the same day, General Ezer Weizman, who was chief of operations during the Six Days War, was quoted as saying:
There was never any danger of annihilation. This hypothesis has never been considered in any serious meeting.
In an unguarded public moment in 1982, Prime Minister Menachem Begin said this:
The Egyptian army concentrations did not prove that Nasser was really about to attack us. We decided to attack him.
But the vast majority of the Jews of the world (probably 99 per cent of them) believed Zionism’s pre-war propaganda. They were absolutely convinced that the Arabs were about to attack and that Israel’s existence was in real danger. In the absence of the truth, which was not on the mainstream media’s agenda, they were brainwashed by Zionist propaganda.
One result of Israel’s stunning military victory was that most Jews of the world were not only greatly relieved, they were proud like never before to be Jewish and campaigners for Israel. Some took Israel’s victory as an indication of divine intervention, proof that the Jews were indeed the “Chosen People” and evidence that God would be with Israel whatever it did.
And that was the beginning of the real love affair between most Jews everywhere and Israel.
Now to my answer to the question of why, really, the overwhelming majority of the Jews of the world, American Jews especially, have supported Israel right or wrong and/or remained silent even when they were deeply troubled by its policies and actions.
For starters, it has to be said that criticism of Israel can and does tear Jewish families apart. And that alone seems to be reason enough for some, or many, American and European Jews to remain silent.
[Jews] must open their closed minds to the truth of history as it relates to the making and sustaining of the conflict in and over Palestine that became Israel.
But there’s much more to it.
The root cause of American and European Jewish support for Israel right or wrong and/or silence on the matter of its defiance of international law and denial of justice for the Palestinians is the unspeakable fear that a second holocaust may at some point be inevitable.
This fear is the product of persecution on and off down the centuries which climaxed with the Nazi holocaust and Zionism’s propaganda to the effect that the world has always hated Jews and always will. Zionism’s message to the Jews of the world is in effect, “You will need Israel one day so don’t question whatever it does to keep itself secure.”
It is therefore not surprising that very many Jews of the world believe that in the event of another great turning against them, Israel will be their refuge of last resort, so, they tell themselves, say nothing and do nothing that could assist Israel’s enemies and put this insurance policy at risk.
Despite all of that I think it’s not impossible that Weiss could be right and that time and events will see American (and European) Jews breaking with Zionism and all its represents. But, in my view, it won’t happen as a consequence of more and more Jews becoming “embarrassed” by Israel’s policies and actions. Embarrassment is not a strong enough motivation to cause the Jews of the world (American and European Jews especially) to do what they must if they are to best protect their own interests.
What is it that they must do?
Short answer: they must open their closed minds to the truth of history as it relates to the making and sustaining of the conflict in and over Palestine that became Israel.
If they did they would discover that Israel’s existence has never, ever, been in danger from any combination of Arab military force and that it could have had peace with the Palestinians many years ago on terms which any rational government in Israel would have accepted with relief.
Israelis must be aware that the price of their misconduct is paid not only by them but also Jews throughout the world. (Yehoshafat Harkabi, Director of Israeli Military Intelligence)
In other words, exposure to the truth of history would prove to them that Zionism’s version of it – a version to which most Western politicians and the mainstream media are still attached – is, generally speaking, a pack of propaganda lies.
Perhaps even more, to the point is that exposure to the complete truth of history would make American and European Jews of today aware of the warnings that were voiced by Jewish leaders who opposed Zionism before the Nazi holocaust. As I indicated above, their main fear was that if Zionism was allowed by the major powers to have its way it would one day provoke anti-Semitism.
What it has been provoking for many years is a rising, global tide of anti-Israelism, but the danger for American and European Jews is that this could be transformed into anti-Semitism if American and European Jewish support for Israel right or wrong is interpreted as complicity (even if by default) in Zionism’s crimes.
The most explicit warning of this danger was delivered by Yehoshafat Harkabi, the longest serving director of Israeli military intelligence in his 1986 book, Israel’s Fateful Hour. In my book I quote him at length but here in one paragraph with my emphasis added is the essence of his warning.
Israel is the criterion according to which all Jews will tend to be judged. Israel as a Jewish state is an example of the Jewish character, which finds free and concentrated expression within it. Anti-Semitism has deep and historical roots. Nevertheless, any flaw in Israeli conduct, which initially is cited as anti-Israelism, is likely to be transformed into empirical proof of the validity of anti-Semitism. It would be a tragic irony if the Jewish state, which was intended to solve the problem of anti-Semitism, was to become a factor in the rise of anti-Semitism. Israelis must be aware that the price of their misconduct is paid not only by them but also Jews throughout the world.
If Harkabi was alive today (he died in 1994), and given that Israel is not going to change course and that its brutal oppression of the Palestinians will only get worse and worse, I think he might agree with me that unless the Jews of the world divorce themselves from Zionism, anti-Israelism will be transformed into anti-Semitism at some point in the future.
It’s that vision of the future that ought to motivate American, European and other Jews of the world to come to grips with the truth of history and the conclusion it invites – that Zionism is their real enemy.
The problem for some and perhaps many American, European and other Jews of the world is that divorcing Zionism would mean that they were saying, in effect, that they no longer had the need for the insurance policy of Israel as a refuge of last resort. And that would raise a perfectly valid question. How can they be certain they will be safe and secure in their American, European and other homelands if they do abandon the Zionism?
My answer is this.
After the Nazi holocaust, and because of it, the giant of anti-Semitism would have gone back to sleep, remained asleep and, in all probability, would have died in its sleep – If Zionism had not been allowed by the major powers, first Britain and then America, to have its way, as Balfour put it, “right or wrong”.
In that light, I say there is every reason to believe that the Jews of the Western world will remain safe and secure if they demonstrate by divorcing Zionism they are not complicit, even by default, in its crimes.
tomie jones-footnote More and more Jews are divorcing themselves from Zionist Israel not just in America but throughout the world. There is one, in particular, lives in Spain and is a self-confessed Zionist of the first order, he only vilifies the non-Jews, with abuse and vitriolic language. When recently challenged by myself about the fact that jews were coming out joining action groups for Palestine and against Zionist Israel.WISHING TO PROCLAIM THEIR SUPPORT OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE.Yet he ignores this fact completely, why does he not vilify these people as he does the non-Jewish supporters (like myself) of the cause to free Palestine.Since my challenge was sent not a word has been said about the Jewish supporters or the rest of us,.He chooses to ignore us, both Jew and gentile, ignorance is bliss but he shows himself for what he is, A coward.
I maybe being harsh saying that,it is quite possible that someone has had a word in his ear about his blog and the image it projects over his work colleagues and the company as a whole.There are those who if they knew would boycott both persons and company.
Why have you not mentioned his name and the company he works for, I hear you ask. Well, the company and his fellow workers are to the best of my knowledge, not radical zionist Israel supporters.So they should not suffer for the deeds of others.
another huge earthquake is set to hit the Costa del Sol .property prices plummet to a third of original price
incredible Mansion apartments have come up for sale at San Roque golf resort.
The properties – that measure nearly 400m² in total size each – are up for sale at less than a third of their original price.
It comes after rumours rocked the coast that another big quake similar to the one on Monday morning would cause considerably more destruction.
Tremors have continued to rumble along the coast following the 6.1 magnitude earthquake that centered 132km from Malaga in the Alboran Sea at 5.22am.
So far, more than 160 aftershocks have been recorded in Malaga since Monday’s quake, leading to expats along the coast to fear another big quake like the one in the city of Lorca, in Murcia in 2011.
The costa del sol, Marbella, Malaga, etc. was (if you believed the estate agents)in the boom times as regards selling property.Not now, though , why?well firstly the criminal element has increased drug barons, mafia groups moving in buying the expensive properties paying cash literally in used euro notes. drive by shootings of rival mobsters, the white slave trade in brothels. the criminal element is on the increase right down to street level muggings, pickpockets, sexual assault , stolen cars from all European countries are a common site.The effect on the property market was buoyant because both innocent buyers were buying as well as the mobsters were. Now those that have bought are finding that their next door neighbours are not what they seemed to be or what their estate agents told them they were.
They are trying to sell their properties and get out but cannot, word of mouth has got around and prospective buyers are running scared,well I mean to say would you wont the modern day version of al Capone, or scarface lensman-stein living next to you in your million euro mansion, as well as a wild animal reserve. You have the SPANISH VERSION OF THE WILD WEST!!You could say that areas have become no-go ghettos where the average tourist does not go for fear of being robbed, mugged or much worse.
last but not least something they do not tell you when your buying, earth tremors are not uncommon” Wow …. woke up in the middle of the small hours to feel the bed shaking and swaying … the earth definitely did move for me last night (THIS BEING THE 25 JAN)….. Sadly, it was just another earthquake” quote from a person living in the cost del sol.Maybe if you, re buying you should make sure the property is earthquake proof.
The house was moving like a cigarette paper,” said Ricardo Alvarez.
In Melilla, buildings were damaged and frightened residents poured onto the streets.
It is reportedly the fourth biggest earthquake to have ever hit Malaga.
so you see or should I SAY NOW YOU SEE IT (EARTHQUAKE ) NOW YOU DON,T.
Your lovely mansion is now a big pile of builder,s waste NO problem, have insurance? hmm act of god exclusion. Still I am sure your estate agent when selling you your dream house will point out all these pitfalls and their agents will of course be fully qualified?
Israel ‘harvesting Palestinians’ organs’
The Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations (UN) says the Tel Aviv regime is harvesting the organs of Palestinians killed in clashes with Israeli forces in the occupied territories.
Riyad Mansour said in a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday that the bodies of the Palestinians killed by Israeli forces are “returned with missing corneas and other organs, further confirming past reports about organ harvesting by the occupying power.”
“A medical examination conducted on bodies of Palestinians returned after they were killed by the occupying power found that they were missing organs,” Mansour wrote in the letter.
The Palestinian envoy further protested Israel’s “persistent aggression against the Palestinian people” over the past month and the regime’s “insistence on use of violent force and oppressive measures.”
The issue of organ theft by Israel was first brought to the fore in a report published by Sweden’s most highly-circulated daily Aftonbladet in 2009.
US daily The New York Times also said in an August 2014 report that transplant brokers in Israel have pocketed enormous sums of money. Based on the Timesanalysis of major organ trafficking cases since 2000, Israelis have played a ‘disproportionate role’ in organ trafficking.
The Palestinians whom Mansour was referring to were killed amid tensions in the occupied territories, which have dramatically escalated in recent weeks.
The Israeli regime’s imposition of restrictions in August on the entry of Palestinian worshipers to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) has become the lightning rod for the surge of recent confrontations.
According to the latest figures by the Palestinian Health Ministry, at least 74 Palestinians have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces since the beginning of October. At least 11 Israelis have also been killed during that period.
The bodies of the Palestinian victims are most often held in Israeli custody for long periods of time before they are returned to relatives.
tomie jones says -enough you Zionist Jewish bastards.killing palesItian men, women, and children, You steal the organs from the bodies for transplant and then only then do you return to their loved ones IF THEY ARE LUCKY. The unlucky ones do not even get that. I WANT TO WRITE MORE MUCH MORE BUT NOT NOW. I am too depressed and upset. I really do not know what to do.
I SAY THIS THOUGH IF THE WORLD GOES TO WAR. ISRAEL, AS THEY HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS, THEY WILL USE THEM.WE WILL HAVE ARMAGEDIN.OH, AND YOU SHOULD SHOVE THAT PIECE OF PLASTIC UP WHERE THE SUN DOES NOT SHINE YOU HARBINJER OF DEATH THAT YOU ALL ARE.
The following is a famous exchange Gustave Gilbert had with Hermann Göring from his book, the Nuremberg Trials:
Göring: Why, of course, the people don’t want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship.
Gilbert: There is one difference. In a democracy the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars.
Göring: Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.
Kintbury businessman denies running international gold scam
Jury due to be deliberating today (Tuesday)
A KINTBURY businessman has denied cheating customers in an international gold scam.
Howard Del Monte – formerly known as Nigel Goldman – used his High Street home as a base for his online operation called Bensons’ Emporium, Reading Crown Court heard.
But he claimed at least some of the gold, which included valuable South African krugerrands worth more than £11,000, simply went missing after village Post Office staff forgot to put stamps on the parcels.
One angry local customer turned up on Mr Del Monte’s doorstep, where a scuffle broke out after he was taunted for being “stupid” in falling for the scam, jurors were told.
That led to PC Claire Drewitt intervening – and to the start of a fraud investigation that led to the trial.
Nicholas Cooper, opening the prosecution case last Monday, said: “Two gentlemen, Lee Cubit and Leon Shepherd, went about purchasing gold coins in 2014.
“Mr Cubit saw an eBay seller called ‘bensonsemporium1517.’”
In March 5 last year, said Mr Cooper, Lee Cubit in Australia enquired about buying gold krugerrands.
He agreed to buy one for £813.30 and the following day asked if there were more available.
Jurors heard Mr Del Monte contacted Mr Cubit and told him his partner had recently inherited some coins and that they had a selection they could sell.
Mr Cooper added: “He was told: ‘Here are my bank details, send me £1,612.’
“You may already be getting there, members of the jury… the coins didn’t materialise.
“Time passed, correspondence was exchanged and a number of assurances were given by the defendant – but nothing was received.”
Around the same time, Mr Shepherd also visited the online Bensons’ Emporium and saw that the seller, who apparently had 5,000 positive reviews, was local to him.
He paid for, and received the coin he wanted, said Mr Cooper and, as a result, enquired about buying more.
Mr Cooper said: “The defendant wrote back saying he was the executor of a large estate with other gold coins to sell.
“But this time, it would be a private sale, not through eBay.
“The point was to avoid eBay fees – at least that’s what he [Mr Shepherd] was told.”
Mr Shepherd opted to buy 40 Elizabeth II sovereign gold coins and two South African krugerrands, together worth £9,250, and transferred the cash to Mr Del Monte’s Lloyds TSB account in Newbury.
Mr Cooper said: “Mr Shepherd was told he could collect his coins from the defendant after payment.
“It didn’t work like that and it seemed to Mr Shepherd he was being put off. Again a series of emails and correspondence was exchanged.”
Eventually Mr Shepherd called a mobile number he found in their correspondence and spoke to Mr Del Monte.
Mr Cooper said: “I foresee that Mr Shepherd is going to tell you that, during that call, he was told that there never were any coins and that anyone who believed in a family trust is just stupid.”
As a result, the jury heard, Mr Shepherd went to Mr Del Monte’s High Street home at 5.30pm and waited for him.
Mr Cooper said: “The defendant arrived by car but then drove away. Eventually, at almost 9pm, he approached Mr Shepherd, who tried to video record the conversation. There was a scuffle and the police were called by the defendant.”
PC Drewitt began investigating the affair and Mr Del Monte was arrested on suspicion of fraud and taken to Newbury police station where he answered “no comment” to police questions, jurors heard.
But Mr Cooper said that, in a subsequent police interview in May last year, Mr Del Monte offered an explanation, at least where Mr Cubit was concerned.
He added: “He said he had an agreement with staff at Kintbury Post Office.
“He would take parcels down there; they would put on the correct postage then contact him for payment.
“On this occasion they had been sent without stamps and got lost – he had acted properly and had done nothing dishonest. We say: ‘On the contrary.’”
The 57-year-old denies three counts of fraud and the jury was due to begin deliberating its verdict today (Tuesday).