Anti-Semitism: Zionist Minions Fight Back

Unfortunately, the reality is that many Jewish students – ignorant of Israel’s history and reality – are susceptible to the well-oiled and well-financed anti-Israel propaganda machine.

University campuses worldwide are in the midst of Israel Apartheid Week (IAW) 2021, initiated in 2005 by students at the University of Toronto.

The aim: “To educate people about the nature of Israel as an apartheid system and to build the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against the State of Israel.”

Today IAW operates in at least 55 cities in more than 30 countries.

At a time when the vast majority of Jewish students entering university are ill-equipped to counteract the vile distortions of the IAW movement, it should be a major concern for Israel and Jewish communities worldwide to address the turning away from Israel that specifically affects the younger generation of Jews.

Unfortunately, the reality is that many Jewish students – ignorant of Israel’s history and reality – are susceptible to the well-oiled and well-financed anti-Israel propaganda machine.

Credence is added by those Israeli academics, such as Noam Chomsky, Ilan Pappe and Avi Shlaim, who are regular lecturers at IAW events.

Britain had no moral or political or legal right to promise the land that belonged to the Arabs to another people. AVI SHLAIM HISTORIAN

 

In the UK, Prof. David Miller, lecturing at the prestigious Bristol University, speaks about an infinite megalomaniac Zionism seeking to impose its will on the world.

His Jewish students are inhibited from complaining for fear they will receive low grades.

The university body refuses to address the complaints, citing “Freedom of speech” – this in spite of protests from the Community Security Trust (CST), responsible for protecting the UK’s Jewish community against antisemitism, plus a petition signed by thousands.

While Jewish student groups on campuses endeavor to involve Jewish students in their activities, the reality of the challenge is enormous.

It is fair to say that most Jewish students prefer to avoid conflict situations (which is how they view the Israel – Palestinian dispute), seeing their university years as a time to obtain a degree and enjoy the opportunities of campus life. 

It is against this background that StandWithUs (SWU) was  co-founded in 2001 – in Los Angeles – by Roz Rothstein, currently its CEO, to educate students toward leadership on campus and beyond.

 

Today this registered charity operates in 18 US cities as well as having branches in Israel, Canada, France and the United Kingdom.

THE MAGAZINE was in contact with Jennifer Kutner, who has served as director of media relations in the US since SWU’s inception.
Kutner highlights SWU’s Emerson Fellowship program, inaugurated in 2007, which has resulted in the selection and training of more than 100 student leaders on some 100 campuses throughout North America.
The course teaches them how to run successful Israel educational programs and respond to anti-Israel rhetoric, including IAW’s BDS campaigns.
The concept includes high school pupils, with training taking place during the summer vacation. 

Iran-instigated attack warning in advisory to Israeli travelers

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Everybody wants a bite of the Jew. European Jews, specifically. They better stay within the safe walls of the Israel bubble. All Jews should immigrate to occupied Palestine. Where everyone REALLY hates them

The National Security Council’s anti-terrorism office on Monday advised Israeli travelers, “We estimate that Iran will continue to operate to harm Israeli targets,” following warnings by Tehran officials in recent months.

The countries to be avoided include both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Jordan and Egypt.

India held Iran responsible for the bombing at the Israeli embassy in Delhi in January.

The official Israeli advisory also covered international jihadist threats, especially by the Islamic State, that “continues to be active in places frequented by Israeli tourists.”

They include Mali and Burkina Faso, Central Africa, northern Nigeria and its neighbors, as well as Malaysia, Indonesia, Kashmir and the southern Philippines.

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Who’s Miseducating America’s Elites?

7 of 8 Ivy League Presidents Are Jewish

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Cursory research done by National Justice finds a crisis of nepotism at our Ivy League schools. Seven out of eight presidents of these universities are Jewish, despite being a miniscule 2% of the national population.

They are as follows,

Even Dartmouth’s Philip J. Hanlon, who does not appear to be a Jew, was inaugurated as president by a invocation led by the school’s Hillel Rabbi.

No other religious figures participated in the event.

The concentration of Jews as gatekeepers means that Jewish values and prejudices end up trickling down into every facet of our lives.

At Harvard, Lawrence Bacow (among others) has led an expensive legal war to resist the Trump administration’s demand that it stop racially discriminating against white and Asian students.

Bacow, who in 2018 became the second Jew named Lawrence to lead Harvard in recent years, claims that racially excluding qualified white students is important for fostering a diverse learning environment.

The quotas don’t seem to impact his own group. 53% of Harvard’s Grad students are Jewish.

Peter Salovey of Yale has joined the fray and turned what was one of the best research universities on the planet into a hyper politicized anti-white base of society wrecking conspiracies.

In an announcement last October, Salovey announced that he would put his school’s limitless resources and influence behind things like “The Center For Law and Racial Justice,” which trains students to use the law as an instrument to oppress white people, and a “new program to encourage diversity in Yale’s senior leadership” that apparently excludes the prospect of him resigning and giving his position to a non-white.

At Columbia, Lee Bollinger proclaimed the riots over the summer a “new Civil Rights movement” and announced radical reforms to curriculum and campus life intended to increase pressure on non-Jewish white students.

Bollinger has also vowed to decrease and weaken the presence of campus police, even though students attending his university are regularly assaulted, robbed and even murdered by blacks that live in surrounding areas.

All the other presidents have overseen similar changes, revealing the lack of diversity not only of race, but also of thought and educational philosophy in institutes of higher learning.

While some will try to argue that Jews control the Ivy Leagues because of merit, as if merit is even part of our national vocabulary anymore, the actual selection process for presidents is decided by a board of trustees.

Trustees are often inactive people who donate a lot of money to influence the schools or have high level political connections.

These trustees are disproportionately Jewish. Discounting ethnocentrism and shared ethnic interests as playing a role in their decisions when a clear pattern is present would be irrational and unscientific.

Conservatives will often excuse the behavior of these administrators by claiming they are “cowards” being “bullied” by leftist student groups, but this is not true.

In response to a referendum where 69% of students voted to stop Brown from funding the Israeli genocide of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, the Jew Christina Paxson wrote an indignant refusal letter, asserting that “Brown’s endowment is not a political instrument!

While all of these schools fought tooth and nail to fight the government’s lawsuit to prevent race discrimination against white students, none of the schools have challenged Trump’s executive order essentially outlawing criticism of Israel on campus.

The order is unconstitutional and students have complained that it silences Palestinian advocates, but administrators appear to agree with Trump on this issue.

If America’s power dispensaries are so concerned with diversity and racism, perhaps they should select somebody who isn’t Jewish to lead their operations for a change.

The problem isn’t radical students or liberal self-hatred. The rot corroding our institutions of higher learning, like many other failing American institutions, is Jewish racial dominance.

Do We Really Know What A Jew Is?

The Zionist power over the U.S. Government in Washington, D.C. stems from the Zionist/Bolsheviks centered in New York City.

It is from New York that orders go out to the vast Zionist network all over the U.S. — a network that influences the economic and political affairs of not only our federal government, but nearly all, if not all, state governments, and to a great extent the governments of the larger and even medium sized cities.

This power of the Zionist/Bolshevik Jews over the U.S. makes the New York leg of the New York/Moscow/Tel Aviv Triangle a tremendous influence over communist policies.”–Jewish author Jack Bernstein

The Zionist terror organization survives by using Jewish people as a shield.  The strategy has worked so well, that for most people in the western world, even thinking about whether they oppose or support Zionism makes them uncomfortable. 

“We do have a problem and that is that the Zionists have made themselves to appear as the representatives and spokespeople of all Jews and, with their actions, arouse animosity against all Jews…

The whole idea of a Zionist State is a flawed concept and is the underlying cause of the strife in the Middle East.

As Jews, we are ashamed of our brethren who have followed the Zionist path and we wish to state that Zionists do not in any way represent the Jewish People as they would like to have the world believe.”
– Rabbi Ahron Cohen

“Satan is constantly changing his disguise and sending his agents to entrap the Jewish masses in his net, so that they throw the yoke of the Torah off their necks.
The names of these agents change every few generations. Today, they are called “Zionists”.    – Rabbi Yisroel Hager    
 
Jews who are aware of the truth about Zionism are completely opposed to it.    


Even at the highest levels, the builders of the Zionist machine are under the deception that the world will be theirs.
It won’t.

They will be discarded just like everyone else they are using. Those at the top of the pyramid are useful idiots too.

The biggest mistake people often make, once they discover what is being done to the world, is to begin attacking Jews.
Justice can never be achieved by perpetrating injustice.

Jews are not responsible for the attacks on every nation and the overthrow of every government, Zionists are.
There are over 15 million  Jewish people in the world, and only a few thousand involved in the Zionist plot.
And essentially fewer than 300 who know the full scope of it.
The Zionists no more represent Jews than Black Lives Matter represents black people, than ISIS represents Syrian people, than the CIA represents Americans, or any other small Marxist terrorist organization represents any race or any nation of people. 
For decades religious Jewish leaders have been trying to alert the world to what is taking place, but they are given no platform, and no one can hear them. Zionists own nearly all global media.
Many groups such as True Torah Jews and Jewish Voice for Peace are actively working to raise awareness and expose the Zionist lies and tyranny.
Jewish people are among the primary victims of the Zionist plot and have suffered for centuries from deliberately created anti-Jewish sentiment against them, caused by Zionist usurious banking practices and subversion of governments, or caused deliberately by Zionist direct attacks on Jewish people such as terrorist bombings  or the murder of Jewish political opponents like anti-Zionist Yaakov Yisrael Dehaan.

In the words of Zionist leader Yitzhak Greenbaum:
“One cow in Palestine is worth more than all the Jews in Europe.  I think it is necessary to state here – Zionism is above everything.”
The Big Lie that the Zionist machine uses to cover up the hundreds of millions of murders and countless other crimes it has committed, is that anyone who notices is an anti-semite, a “racist,” or “bigot.”  
Since a bigot is defined as “a person unreasonably attached to a belief based on prejudice, or a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudice,” this means that, in fact, those who DO NOT oppose Zionism are bigots, as they blindly and without knowledge or information support the most violent and ruthless terror organization in world history.
The Zionist terror organization survives by using Jewish people as a shield.  The strategy has worked so well, that for most people in the western world, even thinking about whether they oppose or support Zionism makes them uncomfortable. 
Blind support for “Israel” has been portrayed as the epitome of virtue and most people have never spent even a single minute considering why they support “Israel,” how that support came to be, or who exactly “Israel” is in the first place. 
Opposition to Israel is portrayed as the ultimate form of hatred and injustice.  
They will censor this site and accuse it of racism, because in typical Marxist-speak the exact opposite is true. The purpose of this site is to end the worldwide oppression of all people on earth, including Jews by the world’s only terrorist organization.

Ukrainian Demonstrators Demand Jews Apologize And Repent For Communism And The Holodomor Genocide

Video: ADL bullying Ukraine into downplaying the Holodomor as serious as the Holocaust. “We own genocide (and all the banks). /rubs hands.”

Lithuanian refugee Zite Kaulius wrote in The Advocate, Newark, April 1964: “The Germans were angels compared to the Communists.  “Persecuted Christians came out of hiding.  My father who had been arrested was released by the Germans.  He came home with his hands raw. The Communist Jews had tortured him by plunging his hands into boiling water until his skin came off like gloves.” ~The Ritual Talmudic Execution and Torture Methods of the Bolsheviks Were Satanic

The Jerusalem Post is reporting that after Israel’s ambassador to Ukraine condemned the honoring of alleged Nazi “collaborators” in the former Soviet republic, dozens of people rallied outside the Israeli Embassy in Kyiv demanding that Jews apologize and repent for their role in orchestrating the 1930s genocide during which over 10 million Ukrainians were murdered:

The far-right activists called on Israel and the Jews to assume responsibility specifically for Holodomor, a famine that killed millions of Ukrainians in the 1930s and is widely believed to have been caused by the government of Joseph Stalin, then the leader of the Soviet Union.

Israel deliberately spreads anti-Semitism in Ukraine,” one protester, a white supremacist activist named Vladislav Goranin, said during a speech at the rally. He said Jews and Israel must “repent for genocide” on Ukrainians.

The action was in response to Israeli Ambassador Joel Lion’s tweet Saturday in which he condemned a torchlight march in memory of Stepan Bandera, a World War II Ukrainian leader whose troops killed thousands of Jews and who for a time was an ally of Nazi Germany.

Ultranationalists in Ukraine and beyond have often blamed Jews for Holodomor, citing the support of many Jews for communism and the prominent positions of power that some of Jewish origins achieved under its rule in the Soviet Union — even though they were often involved in the persecution of other Jews for their faith, which Eastern Bloc Jews were often discouraged from practicing.

Jewish support for communism increased as forces loyal to the czarist regime perpetrated multiple pogroms against Jews.

The Holodomor — where between 10 and 20 million White Christian Ukrainians were intentionally murdered through mass starvation and executions — was the brainchild and orchestrated by the mass murdering Jew, Lazar Kaganovich,  aka “Iron Lazar”, aka “The Evil Dwarf” — who personally signed execution orders for literally tens of thousands of “counter-revolutionaries.”

Today, Jewry continues to hide and obfuscate the enormity of this genocide — going so far as to blame some of the mass murders on the Germans during World War II — a textbook Marxist strategy:

Accuse your enemy of what you are doing, as you are doing it to create confusion. –Karl Marx

No apology from world Jewry will be forthcoming — as this article predictably points out, some murderous communists “just so happened” to have some “Jewish origins” — there’s nothing more to it — just more antisemitic scape-goating by the goyim.

Oh, and since these barbaric Jewish communists also “persecuted” some other Jews “for their faith” — then White Christian Ukrainians have nothing to complain about — it wasn’t personal.

All denials aside, communism in the Soviet Union — and the entire eastern Bloc — was top-heavy with ethnic Jews of the “greasiest type,” according to a telegram, dated March 1, 1919, by Captain Montgomery Schuyler of the Headquarters of the American Expeditionary Forces, Siberia, reporting to his Chief of Staff.

And just as it was 100 years ago, the western press is still under the control of communist-sympathizing Jews, as the above article from the Jerusalem Post clearly demonstrates.

Notorious communist sympathizer, American journalist John Reed — the subject of the flattering Hollywood biopic Reds — observed in his book Insanity Times how Jews in the media censor all opposition to their cause:

The censorship department, and that means the whole machine for controlling the home and muzzling the foreign press, was entirely staffed by Jews. There seemed not to be a single non-Jewish official in the whole outfit.

But let’s let some prominent Jews themselves tell us — in their own words — whether or not they have anything to apologize for — the genocide and social devastation wrought by this nation-wrecking ideology — an agenda which continues to this very day:

“Some call it Marxism, I call it Judaism.”
—Rabbi Stephen Wise, former Chief Rabbi of the United States, The American Bulletin, May 5,1935

“Anti-Communism is Anti-Semitism.”
The Jewish Voice, New York: National Council of Jewish Communists, July-August 1941, p. 23

“The Communist soul is the soul of Judaism. Hence it follows that, just as in the Russian revolution the triumph of Communism was the triumph of Judaism, so also in the triumph of fascism will triumph Judaism.”
—Rabbi Harry Waton, A Program for the Jews and Humanity And An Answer to All Anti-Semites (New York: Committee for the Preservation of the Jews, 1939), p. 143-144

“We must hate. Hatred is the basis of communism. Children must be taught to hate their parents if they are not communist.”
—Vladimir Lenin, Jewish communist

“We assert, therefore, that all these apparently differing systems of ideas have but one origin and one purpose. They originated in the mind of Jewry and are designed to destroy those who are so misguided as to give any credence to them.

This being so, it follows that there is but one name to give to the destructive agency which the English Jewry and Judaism are one and the same thing.

To think of it as being “Socialism,” or “Communism,” or “Bolshevism,” or “Subversivism,” or any other “ism” than “Judaism,” is simply to render ourselves impotent from the beginning.

For let us be thoroughly successful in removing any of these “isms” from the minds of men, we must make no mistake about it, so long as Jewry is left to disguise its activities under any suitable “ism,” so long will Jewry produce just as many more “isms” as can be removed, and probably of a far more dangerous character.”
The British Guardian, September 1924

“You have not begun to appreciate the real depth of our guilt. We are intruders. We are disturbers. We are subverters. We have been at the bottom not merely of the latest great war but of all your wars, not only of the Russian but of every other major revolution in your history.”
—Marcus Eli Ravage, January-February 1928 issue of Century Magazine

“We [Jews] have erred, my friend, we have most grievously erred…. We who have posed as the saviours of the world, we who have boasted of having given it the Saviour, we are today nothing else but the world’s seducers, its destroyers, its incendiaries, its executioners…” .
—Dr. Oscar Levy, in preface to George Pitts-Rivers’ The World Significance of the Russian Revolution, Oxford University

“First of all, we have to understand what communism is. I mean, to me, real communism, the Soviet communism, is basically a mask for Bolshevism, which is a mask for Judaism.”
—Bobby Fischer, Jewish-American World Chess Champion

“The revolution in Russia is a Jewish revolution.”
The Maccabean (New York), Nov. 1905, p, 250

“Jewry is the mother of Marxism.”
Le Droit de Vivre, May 12, 1936

“We Jews cannot be called upon to denounce Communism.”
The American Hebrew (New York), February 3, 1939, p. 11

“The picture which the Soviet Union presents today is one that should bring rejoicing to world Jewry.”
The Youngstown Jewish Times, Sept. 18, 1936, page 51

“It would be absurd to deny the intensity of the Jewish participation in the Russian revolutionary movement.”
—Leon Dennen, in The Menorah Journal (New York) July-September 1932, p. 106

“That achievement – the Russian-Jewish revolution – destined to figure in history as the overshadowing result of World War, was largely the outcome of Jewish thinking, of Jewish discontent, of Jewish effort to reconstruct.”
The American Hebrew, September 10, 1920

“The Jews [have been] furnishing for the Bolsheviks the majority of their leaders.”
The Jewish World (London), April 16, 1919, p. 11

“Russian Jews have taken a prominent part in the Bolshevist movement.”
The American Hebrew (New York), November 18, 1927, p. 20

“Jewry has come to wield a considerable power in the Communist Party.”
—Dr. Avrahm Yarmolinsky, in The Menorah Journal (New York), July 1928, p. 37

“The East-Side Jew [Trotsky] that Conquered Europe”
The Liberator (New York), March 1920, pp. 26-27

“It is not an accident that Judaism gave birth to Marxism, and it is not an accident that the Jews readily took up Marxism; all this is in perfect accord with the progress of Judaism and the Jews.”
Harry Waton, A Program for the Jews And An Answer To All Anti-Semites (New York: Committee for the Preservation of the Jews, 1939), p. 148

“The Bolshevik Revolution has emancipated the Jews as individuals.”
—Dr. Avrahm Yarmolinsky, in The Menorah Journal (New York), July 1928, p. 33

“There are many Bolshevik leaders of Jewish extraction.”
—D. L. Sandelsan, in The Jewish Chronicle (London), February 20, 1920, p. 22

“There is no Jew who does not hope with all his heart that the Soviet Union will survive and be victorious.”
Zionist Review (London: Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland), September 26, 1941, p. 7

“If the tide of history does not turn toward Communist internationalism … then the Jewish race is doomed.”
—George “Marlen” Spiro, Earl Browder: Communist Or Tool of Wall Street: Stalin, Trotsky or Lenin (New York, 1937), p. 414

“The [Jewish] Commissaries were formerly political exiles. They had been dreaming of revolution for years in their exile in Paris, in London, in New York, in Berlin, everywhere and anywhere. They saw in the Bolshevist Movement an opportunity of realizing the extreme ideas of Communism and internationalism to which their fate had compelled them.”
—Dr. D. S. Pazmanik, in The Jewish Chronicle (London), September 5, 1919, p. 14

“The Jewish people will never forget that the Soviet Union was the first country – and as yet the only country in the world – in which anti-Semitism is a crime.”
The Jewish Voice (New York: National Council of Jewish Communists), January 1942, p. 16

“Anti-Semitism was classed [by the Soviet Government] as counter-revolution and the severe punishments meted out for acts of anti-Semitism were the means by which the existing order protected its own safety.”
The Congress Bulletin, (New York: American Jewish Congress), January 5, 1940, p. 2

“There is no official anti-Semitism in Russia; anti-Semitism in Russia is a crime against the State.”
—Chaim Weizmann, The Jewish People and Palestine (London: Zionist Organization, 1939), p. 7

“The part which Jews play in the [Communist] Government of the country [Russia] does not appear to be declining.”
—Harry Sacher, in The Jewish Review (London), June-August 1932, p. 43

“The Jews have a right to subordinate to themselves the rest of mankind and to be the masters over the whole earth. This is the historic destiny of the Jews.”
Harry Waton, A Program for the Jews and an Answer to All Anti-Semites (New York Committee for the Preservation of the Jews, 1939), pp. 99-100

“We Jews, we the destroyers, will remain the destroyers forever. Nothing that you will do, will meet our needs and demands. We will destroy because we need a world of our own.”
Maurice Samuel, You Gentiles, p. 155

“The Russian intelligentsia . . . saw in the philosophy of Judaism the germs of Bolshevism – the struggle of … Judaism versus Christianity.”
—Leon Dennen, in The Menorah Journal (New York, July-September 1932, p. 105

“Soviet Russia has declared war on Christianity, and on those who profess this faith. In the Russian villages today Bolsheviks and Herbert H. Lehman . . . were called the ‘secret government of the United States’ and were linked with ‘world communism.’”
—Dr. Louis Harap, in Jewish Life (New York), June 1951, p. 20

 

Lydda Air Port. Palestine Airways plane close-up

1948: The British commander of Transjordan’s Arab Legion, had toured Palestinian Arab towns, including Lydda and Ramle, urging them to prepare to defend themselves against the Zionist horde.

The PLUNDER and LOOTING of Palestinian homes, farms, plantations, banks, cars, ports, railroads, schools, hospitals, trucks, tractors, etc. in the course of the 1948 war were a crime on a massive scale. For example, the looting of Lydda City was described by the Israeli Ministerial Committee for Abandoned Property in mid-July, 1948:

“From Lydda alone, the army took out 1,800 truck-loads of property.” (1949, The First Israelis, p. 69)

It should be noted that the great majority of the Palestinian people have been dispossessed for the past five decades, meanwhile, their properties are being used by mostly European Jews (who were victims of similar war crimes committed by anti-Semitic Europeans). Prior to being ethnically cleansed in 1948, the Palestinian people owned and operated 93% of Palestine’s lands, and contributed up to 55-60% of its national Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Zionists capture Lydda: Palestine’s main railway junction and its airport (now Ben Gurion International Airport) were in Lydda, and the main source of Jerusalem’s water supply was 15 kilometers away.

American President Bill Clinton and wife Hillary are welcomed at the Gaza airport by President of the Palestinian National Authority Yasser Arafat and wife Soha. (Photo by Ira Wyman/Sygma via Getty Images)

“The airport used to be packed with thousands of travelers and we received presidents and world leaders,” he said, pointing to parts of the site in various stages of decay.
“Now it’s turned into a ruin, a waste dump. It’s a tragedy.”

Daifallah Al-Akhras, the chief engineer of the airport, admitted he wept on a recent visit to the terminal.

“We built the airport to be the first symbol of sovereignty,” he said. “Now you don’t see anything but destruction and ruin.”

When the airport opened in late 1998 it was one of the most tangible symbols of the Oslo accords.

Many saw the deals as paving the way to the creation of an independent Palestinian state, but their five-year transitional period expired without a resolution to the conflict.

The airport was opened despite the assassination of the most senior Israeli signatory to Oslo, prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, by a Jewish ‘radical’ opposed to the agreements.

By 1998 the accords were fraying, but Clinton, along with his wife Hillary, still attended the ceremony to inaugurate the Yasser Arafat International Airport.

Built with funding from countries across the globe, it hosted the newly formed Palestinian Airlines and was able to handle hundreds of thousands of passengers a year, with many airlines opening up routes there.

Once a commercial airport was established, the Palestinian Authority moved forward with a plan to establish a flag carrier for the embattled country.

The airline was officially announced in 1995 with financial backing coming from the Netherlands and Saudi Arabia, who donated two Fokker 50s and a Boeing 727 to help start operations.

The newly-formed Palestinian Airlines would also join the Arab Air Carriers Organization, with its introduction to the alliance coming in 1999.

While the airline officially started operations in 1997, limits were quickly established on where it could fly.

The Yasser Arafat International Airport was still under construction in Gaza, leaving the airline to commence service in the Egyptian towns of Port Said and Arish to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Amman, Jordan.

Once the airline’s home in the Gaza Strip was completed, all operations were transferred to the new airport.

Palestinian Airlines quickly expanded to include service to additional countries including Turkey, Bahrain, Qatar, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

The airline would also come to take hold of an Ilyushin Il-62 to help with their expansion plans.

While the airline was expanding, it was not completely free of Israeli restrictions.

Under the Oslo II Accord, Israel had the right to restrict the airport’s schedule, which frequently saw the airport shuttered during the nighttime hours.

The airport’s security was also administered by the Israeli government due to fears that the Palestinians would lapse on security due to the economic instability of Gaza.

Unfortunately, the Oslo II Accord soured over time and increased tensions between the Israelis and Palestinians led to the breakout of the Second Intifada in the early 2000s.

Palestinian Airlines was forced to suspend operations while Israel and Palestine escalated their conflict.

Fearing that the Palestinians would use Yasser Arafat Airport for weapons smuggling into the Gaza Strip, Israel made the airport a primary target, destroying both the radar and control towers in 2001 before carving up the runway using bulldozers in 2002.

In addition to its smuggling fears, Israel also claimed that the dismantling was in response to a Palestinian raid that killed four Israeli soldiers.

The destruction of Yasser Arafat International Airport did not sit well with Palestinians or the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

For Palestinians, the ruins of the airport were a symbol of a potential nation now reeling from the Second Intifada and a sign that Israel and Palestine may never trust each other.

Meanwhile, the ICAO saw Israel’s destruction of the airport as a violation of Palestine’s right to operate a commercial airport and strongly condemned the Israelis for their actions.

The ICAO called for Israel to pay for any repairs from the damages caused to the airfield, which Israel ignored.

With no home airport inside Palestine, the flag carrier fled back across the border and restarted operations at El Arish International Airport in Egypt.

However, getting Palestinians to Arish was a struggle, as Egyptian security could take up to a day processing those traveling into and out of the country.

To attempt to ease the issue, the airline still manned the ticket counters at Yasser Arafat Airport, hoping to sell tickets to passengers inside Gaza and simplify their flying experience.

With this restriction, and the flag carrier operating 30 miles from its home opposite a major international border, the consumer base for Palestinian Airlines slowly dried up. The airline removed the Boeing 727 and Ilyushin Il-62 from its fleet before suspending operations outright in 2005.

The Palestinian Authority would hold on to the two Fokker 50s and lease them to other airlines while they waited for a chance to restart operations.

That chance would finally come in 2012, when the airline announced it would restart service using its Fokker 50s and a route map that would, yet again, be based in Arish, Egypt with flights to Cairo, Amman and Jeddah.

But much like their previous experience at Arish, Palestine was at too much of a disadvantage to make use of their airline.

The airline would last less than two years before re-suspending operations.

The Palestinian Authority returned to leasing their Fokker 50s, with Niger Airlines currently being the home for the two aircraft.

Despite having no current operations, the airline is still an active member in the ICAO, IATA and Arab Air Carriers Organization.

While Palestine hopes to have the airline flying again, the prospect of coming home to Gaza grows bleaker and bleaker.

The airport sustained more damage in recent years, with the terminal and ramps areas taking heavy bombings by Israeli forces in 2014.

Given that the Egyptian rehabilitation attempts have proven too costly for the airline, Palestinian Airlines is currently a flag carrier with no home, no service and no clear future.

The Forgotten History of the Jewish, Anti-Zionist Left

“Zion­ism is a tox­ic mix­ture of Euro­pean nation­al­ism and British impe­ri­al­ism graft­ed onto a cul­tur­al reser­voir of Jew­ish tropes and mytholo­gies that come from Jew­ish litur­gy and culture.”

“WHEREVER WE LIVE, THAT’S OUR HOMELAND”

“The Zionists have become known in the world, and they are considered like the lowest and the cheapest.” ~-Rabbi Shalom Dov Ber Schneersohn,Rebbe of Lubavitch, Russia (1866-1920)

A conversation with scholar Benjamin Balthaser about Jewish, working-class anti-Zionism in the 1930s and ’40s.

Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu’s push to forcibly annex up to 30% of the occu­pied West Bank is expos­ing the vio­lence inher­ent in impos­ing a Jew­ish eth­no-state on an indige­nous Pales­tin­ian pop­u­la­tion.

While the plan is delayed for now, the human rights orga­ni­za­tion B’Tselem reports that, in prepa­ra­tion for annex­a­tion, Israel already ramped up its demo­li­tions of Pales­tin­ian homes in the West Bank in June, destroy­ing 30 that month, a fig­ure that does not include demo­li­tions in East Jerusalem.

We can see the emptiness and barrenness of aligning ourselves with an American imperial project.

The theft and destruc­tion of Pales­tin­ian homes and com­mu­ni­ties, how­ev­er, is just one piece of a much larg­er — and old­er — colo­nial project.

As Pales­tin­ian orga­niz­er San­dra Tamari writes, ​Pales­tini­ans have been forced to endure Israel’s poli­cies of expul­sion and land appro­pri­a­tion for over 70 years.”

Today, this real­i­ty has evolved into an overt apartheid sys­tem: Pales­tini­ans with­in Israel are sec­ond-class cit­i­zens, with Israel now offi­cial­ly cod­i­fy­ing that self-deter­mi­na­tion is for Jews only.

Pales­tini­ans in the West Bank and Gaza are sub­ject to mil­i­tary occu­pa­tion, siege, block­ade and mar­tial law — a sys­tem of vio­lent dom­i­na­tion enabled by polit­i­cal and finan­cial sup­port from the Unit­ed States.

Anti-Zion­ists argue that this bru­tal real­i­ty is not just the prod­uct of a right-wing gov­ern­ment or fail­ure to effec­tive­ly pro­cure a two-state solu­tion.

Rather, it stems from the mod­ern Zion­ist project itself, one estab­lished in a colo­nial con­text, and fun­da­men­tal­ly reliant on eth­nic cleans­ing and vio­lent dom­i­na­tion of Pales­tin­ian peo­ple.

Jews around the world are among those who call them­selves anti-Zion­ists, and who vocif­er­ous­ly object to the claim that the state of Israel rep­re­sents the will — or inter­ests — of Jew­ish people.

In These Times spoke with Ben­jamin Balthas­er, an asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of mul­ti­eth­nic lit­er­a­ture at Indi­ana Uni­ver­si­ty at South Bend.

His recent arti­cle, ​When Anti-Zion­ism Was Jew­ish: Jew­ish Racial Sub­jec­tiv­i­ty and the Anti-Impe­ri­al­ist Lit­er­ary Left from the Great Depres­sion to the Cold War,” exam­ines the erased his­to­ry of anti-Zion­ism among the Jew­ish, work­ing-class left in the 1930s and ​40s.

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Balthas­er is the author of a book of poems about the old Jew­ish left called Ded­i­ca­tion, and an aca­d­e­m­ic mono­graph titled Anti-Impe­ri­al­ist Mod­ernism.

He is work­ing on a book about Jew­ish Marx­ists, social­ist thought and anti-Zion­ism in the 20th century.

He spoke with In These Times about the colo­nial ori­gins of mod­ern Zion­ism, and the Jew­ish left’s quar­rel with it, on the grounds that it is a form of right-wing nation­al­ism, is fun­da­men­tal­ly opposed to work­ing-class inter­na­tion­al­ism, and is a form of impe­ri­al­ism.

Accord­ing to Balthas­er, this polit­i­cal tra­di­tion under­mines the claim that Zion­ism reflects the will of all Jew­ish peo­ple, and offers sign­posts for the present day.

For Jews in the Unit­ed States who are try­ing to think about their rela­tion­ship not only to Pales­tine, but also their own place in the world as an his­tor­i­cal­ly per­se­cut­ed eth­no-cul­tur­al dias­poric minor­i­ty, we have to think of whose side we are on, and which glob­al forces we want to align with,” he says.

If we do not want to side with the exe­cu­tion­ers of the far-right, with colo­nial­ism, and with racism, there is a Jew­ish cul­tur­al resource for us to draw on — a polit­i­cal resource to draw on.”

Sarah Lazare: Can you please explain what the ide­ol­o­gy of Zion­ism is? Who devel­oped it and when?

Ben­jamin Balthas­er: A cou­ple of things need to be dis­en­tan­gled.

First of all, there is a long Jew­ish his­to­ry that pre­dates the ide­ol­o­gy of Zion­ism that looks at Jerusalem, the ancient king­dom of Judea, as a site of cul­tur­al, reli­gious and, you can say, mes­sian­ic long­ing.

If you know Jew­ish litur­gy, there are ref­er­ences that go back thou­sands of years to the land of Zion, to Jerusalem, the old king­dom that the Romans destroyed.

There have been attempts through­out Jew­ish his­to­ry, dis­as­trous­ly, to ​return” to the land of Pales­tine, most famous­ly, Sab­batai Zevi in the 17th cen­tu­ry.

But for the most part, through much of Jew­ish his­to­ry, ​Israel” was under­stood as a kind of a cul­tur­al and mes­sian­ic long­ing, but there was no desire to actu­al­ly phys­i­cal­ly move there, out­side of small reli­gious com­mu­ni­ties in Jerusalem and, of course, the small num­ber of Jews who con­tin­ued to live in Pales­tine under the Ottoman Empire — about 5% of the population.

Con­tem­po­rary Zion­ism, par­tic­u­lar­ly polit­i­cal Zion­ism, does draw on that large reser­voir of cul­tur­al long­ing and reli­gious text to legit­imize itself, and that’s where the con­fu­sion comes.

Mod­ern Zion­ism arose in the late 19th cen­tu­ry as a Euro­pean nation­al­ist move­ment. And I think that’s the way to under­stand it. It was one of these many Euro­pean nation­al­ist move­ments of oppressed minori­ties that attempt­ed to con­struct out of the diverse cul­tures of West­ern and East­ern Europe eth­ni­cal­ly homogeneous nation-states.

And there were many Jew­ish nationalism of the late 19th and ear­ly 20th cen­turies, of which Zion­ism was only one.

There was the Jew­ish Bund, which was a left-wing social­ist move­ment that rose to promi­nence in the ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry that artic­u­lat­ed a deter­ri­to­ri­al­ized nation­al­ism in East­ern Europe.

They felt their place was East­ern Europe, their land was East­ern Europe, their lan­guage was Yid­dish.

And they want­ed to strug­gle for free­dom in Europe where they actu­al­ly lived.

And they felt that their strug­gle for lib­er­a­tion was against oppres­sive cap­i­tal­ist gov­ern­ments in Europe.

Had the Holo­caust not wiped out the Bund and oth­er Jew­ish social­ists in East­ern Europe, we might be talk­ing about Jew­ish nation­al­ism in a very dif­fer­ent con­text now.

Of course, there were Sovi­et exper­i­ments, prob­a­bly most famous in Biro­bidzhan, but also one very brief one in Ukraine, to cre­ate Jew­ish autonomous zones with­in ter­ri­to­ries that Jews lived, or else­where with­in the Sovi­et Union, root­ed in the Yid­dish idea of doykait, dias­poric here­ness, and Yid­dish lan­guage and culture.

Zion­ism was one of these cul­tur­al nation­al­ist move­ments.

What made it dif­fer­ent was that it graft­ed itself onto British colo­nial­ism, a rela­tion­ship made explic­it with the Bal­four Dec­la­ra­tion in 1917, and actu­al­ly tried to cre­ate a coun­try out of a British colony — Man­date Pales­tine — and use British colo­nial­ism as a way to help estab­lish itself in the Mid­dle East.

The Bal­four Dec­la­ra­tion was essen­tial­ly a way to use the British Empire for its own ends.

On some lev­el, you could say Zion­ism is a tox­ic mix­ture of Euro­pean nation­al­ism and British impe­ri­al­ism graft­ed onto a cul­tur­al reser­voir of Jew­ish tropes and mytholo­gies that come from Jew­ish litur­gy and culture.

Sarah: One of the under­pin­nings of mod­ern Zion­ism is that it’s an ide­ol­o­gy that rep­re­sents the will of all Jews.

But in your paper, you argue that crit­i­cism of Zion­ism was actu­al­ly quite com­mon on the Jew­ish left in the 1930s and ​40s, and that this his­to­ry has been large­ly erased.

Can you talk about what these crit­i­cisms were and who was mak­ing them?

Ben­jamin: The fun­ny part about the Unit­ed States, and I would say this is most­ly true for Europe, is that before the end of World War II, and even a lit­tle after, most Jews dis­par­aged Zion­ists.

And it didn’t mat­ter if you were a com­mu­nist, it didn’t mat­ter if you were a Reform Jew, Zion­ism was not pop­u­lar. There were a lot of dif­fer­ent rea­sons for Amer­i­can Jews to not like Zion­ism before the 1940s.

There’s the lib­er­al cri­tique of Zion­ism most famous­ly artic­u­lat­ed by Elmer Berg­er and the Amer­i­can Coun­cil for Judaism.

The anx­i­ety among these folks was that Zion­ism would basi­cal­ly be a kind of dual loy­al­ty, that it would open Jews up to the claim that they’re not real Amer­i­cans, and that it would actu­al­ly frus­trate their attempts to assim­i­late into main­stream Amer­i­can cul­ture.

Elmer Berg­er also for­ward­ed the idea that Jews are not a cul­ture or a peo­ple, but sim­ply a reli­gion, and there­fore have noth­ing in com­mon with one anoth­er out­side of the reli­gious faith.

This, I would argue, is an assim­i­la­tion­ist idea that comes out of the 1920s and ​30s and tries to resem­ble a Protes­tant notion of ​com­mu­ni­ties of faith.”

 

But for the Jew­ish left — the com­mu­nist, social­ist, Trot­sky­ist and Marx­ist left — their cri­tique of Zion­ism came from two quar­ters: a cri­tique of nation­al­ism and a cri­tique of colo­nial­ism.

They under­stood Zion­ism as a right-wing nation­al­ism and, in that sense, bour­geois.

They saw it as in line with oth­er forms of nation­al­ism — an attempt to align the work­ing class with the inter­ests of the bour­geoisie.

There was at the time a well-known take­down of Vladimir Jabotin­sky in the New Mass­es in 1935, in which Marx­ist crit­ic Robert Gess­ner calls Jabotin­sky a lit­tle Hitler on the Red Sea.

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Gess­ner calls the Zion­ists Nazis and the left in gen­er­al saw Jew­ish nation­al­ism as a right-wing for­ma­tion try­ing to cre­ate a uni­fied, mil­i­taris­tic cul­ture that aligns work­ing-class Jew­ish inter­ests with the inter­ests of the Jew­ish bourgeoisie.

So that’s one cri­tique of Zion­ism. The oth­er cri­tique of Zion­ism, which I think is more con­tem­po­rary to the left today, is that Zion­ism is a form of impe­ri­al­ism.

If you look at the pam­phlets and mag­a­zines and speech­es that are giv­en on the Jew­ish left in the 1930s and ​40s, they saw that Zion­ists were align­ing them­selves with British impe­ri­al­ism.

They also were very aware of the fact that the Mid­dle East was col­o­nized, first by the Ottomans and then by the British.

They saw the Pales­tin­ian strug­gle for lib­er­a­tion as part of a glob­al anti-impe­ri­al­ist movement.

Of course, Jew­ish com­mu­nists saw them­selves not as cit­i­zens of a nation-state, but as part of the glob­al pro­le­tari­at: part of the glob­al work­ing class, part of the glob­al rev­o­lu­tion.

And so for them to think about their home­land as this small strip of land in the Mediter­ranean — regard­less of any cul­tur­al affin­i­ty to Jerusalem — would just be against every­thing they believe.

As the Holo­caust began in earnest in the 1940s, and Jews were flee­ing Europe in any way they pos­si­bly could, some mem­bers of the Com­mu­nist Par­ty advo­cat­ed that Jews should be allowed to go to Pales­tine.

If you’re flee­ing anni­hi­la­tion and Pales­tine is the only place you can go that is nat­ur­al.

But that doesn’t mean you can cre­ate a nation-state there. You need to get along with the peo­ple who live there as best as you pos­si­bly can.

There was a com­mu­nist par­ty of Pales­tine that did advo­cate for Jew­ish and Pales­tin­ian col­lab­o­ra­tion to oust the British and cre­ate a bina­tion­al state — which, for a host of rea­sons, includ­ing the seg­re­gat­ed nature of Jew­ish set­tle­ment, proved hard­er in prac­tice than in theory.

In any case, the Jew­ish left in the 1930s and 1940s under­stood, crit­i­cal­ly, that the only way Zion­ism would be able to emerge in Pales­tine was through a colo­nial project and through the expul­sion of the indige­nous Pales­tini­ans from the land.

In a speech by Earl Brow­der, chair­man of the Com­mu­nist Par­ty, in Manhattan’s Hip­po­drome, he declares that a Jew­ish state can only be formed through the expul­sion of a quar­ter-mil­lion Pales­tini­ans, which atten­dees thought was very shock­ing at the time, but it actu­al­ly end­ed up being a dra­mat­ic undercount.

Sarah: You wrote in your recent jour­nal arti­cle, ​Per­haps the sin­gle most per­va­sive nar­ra­tive about Zion­ism, even among schol­ars and writ­ers who acknowl­edge its mar­gin­al sta­tus before the war, is that the Holo­caust changed Jew­ish opin­ioin and con­vinced Jews of its neces­si­ty.” You iden­ti­fy some major holes in this nar­ra­tive. Can you explain what they are?

Ben­jamin: I would alter that a bit to say I’m real­ly talk­ing about the com­mu­nist and Marx­ist left in this con­text.

I grew up with in a left-wing fam­i­ly where opin­ion was def­i­nite­ly divid­ed on the ques­tion of Zion­ism — yet, nonethe­less, there was a per­va­sive idea that the Holo­caust changed opin­ion universally, and every­one fell in line as soon as the details of the Holo­caust were revealed, Zion­ist and anti-Zion­ist alike.

It’s unde­ni­ably cor­rect to say that with­out the Holo­caust there prob­a­bly would have been no Israel, if just for the sin­gle fact that there was a mas­sive influx of Jew­ish refugees after the war who would have undoubt­ed­ly stayed in Europe oth­er­wise.

With­out that influx of Jews who could fight the 1948 war and pop­u­late Israel just after, it’s doubt­ful an inde­pen­dent state of Israel could have succeeded.

How­ev­er, one thing I found most sur­pris­ing going through the Jew­ish left press in the 1940s — pub­li­ca­tions of the Trot­sky­ist Social­ist Work­ers Par­ty, the Com­mu­nist Par­ty, and writ­ings by Han­nah Arendt — is that even after the scope of the Holo­caust was wide­ly under­stood, their offi­cial posi­tion was still anti-Zion­ist.

They may have called for Jews to be allowed to reset­tle in the lands from which they were expelled or mas­sa­cred, with full rights and full cit­i­zen­ship, be allowed to immi­grate to the Unit­ed States, or even be allowed to emi­grate to Pales­tine if there was nowhere else to go (as was often the case).

But they were still whol­ly against par­ti­tion and the estab­lish­ment of a Jew­ish-only state.

What is impor­tant to under­stand about that moment was that Zion­ism was a polit­i­cal choice — not only by west­ern impe­r­i­al pow­ers, but also by Jew­ish lead­er­ship.

They could have fought more stren­u­ous­ly for Jew­ish immi­gra­tion to the Unit­ed States.

And a lot of the Zion­ist lead­ers actu­al­ly fought against immi­gra­tion to the Unit­ed States.

There were a num­ber of sto­ries report­ed in the Jew­ish Com­mu­nist press about how Zion­ists col­lab­o­rat­ed with the British and Amer­i­cans to force Jews to go to Man­date Pales­tine, when they would have rather gone to the Unit­ed States, or Eng­land.

There’s a famous quote by Ernest Bevin, the British For­eign Sec­re­tary, who said the only rea­son the Unit­ed States sent Jews to Pales­tine was ​because they do not want too many more of them in New York.”

And the Zion­ists agreed with this.

While this may seem like ancient his­to­ry, it is impor­tant because it dis­rupts the com­mon sense sur­round­ing Israel’s for­ma­tion. ​

Yes, maybe there could have been peace between Jews and Pales­tini­ans, but the Holo­caust made all of that impos­si­ble.”

And I would say that this debate after 1945 shows that there was a long moment in which there were oth­er pos­si­bil­i­ties, and anoth­er future could have happened.

Iron­i­cal­ly, per­haps, the Sovi­et Union did more than any oth­er sin­gle force to change the minds of the Jew­ish Marx­ist left in the late 1940s about Israel.

Andrei Gromyko, the Sovi­et Union’s ambas­sador to the Unit­ed Nations, came out in 1947 and backed par­ti­tion in the Unit­ed Nations after declar­ing the West­ern world did noth­ing to stop the Holo­caust, and sud­den­ly there’s this about-face.

All these Jew­ish left-wing pub­li­ca­tions that were denounc­ing Zion­ism, lit­er­al­ly the next day, were embrac­ing par­ti­tion and the for­ma­tion of the nation-state of Israel.

You have to under­stand, for a lot of Jew­ish com­mu­nists and even social­ists, the Sovi­et Union was the promised land — not Zion­ism.

This was the place where they had, accord­ing to the pro­pa­gan­da, erad­i­cat­ed anti­semisitm.

The Russ­ian Empire was the most anti­se­mit­ic place through­out the late 19th and ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry, before the rise of Nazism.

Many of the Jew­ish Com­mu­nist Par­ty mem­bers were from East­ern Europe, or their fam­i­lies were, and they had very vivid mem­o­ries of Rus­sia as the cru­cible of anti­semitism.

For them, the Russ­ian Rev­o­lu­tion was a rup­ture in his­to­ry, a chance to start over.

And, of course, this is after World War II, when the Sovi­et Union had just defeat­ed the Nazis.

For the Sovi­et Union to embrace Zion­ism real­ly sent a shock­wave through the left-wing Jew­ish world.

The Sovi­et Union changed its pol­i­cy a decade or so lat­er, open­ly embrac­ing anti-Zion­ism by the 1960s. But for this brief piv­otal moment, the Sovi­et Union firm­ly came down in favor of par­ti­tion, and that seems to be what real­ly changed the Jew­ish left.

With­out this kind of legitimization, I think we are all start­ing to see the Jew­ish left such as it exists return back in an impor­tant way to the posi­tions that it had orig­i­nal­ly held, which is that Zion­ism is a right-wing nation­al­ism and that it is also racist and colo­nial­ist. We are see­ing the Jew­ish left return to its first principles.

Sarah: That’s a good segue to some ques­tions I want­ed to ask you about the rel­e­vance of anti-Zion­ist his­to­ry to the present day. For a lot of peo­ple, Israel’s plan to annex huge amounts of Pales­tin­ian land in the West Bank, while delayed, is still lay­ing bare the vio­lence of the Zion­ist project of estab­lish­ing Jew­ish rule over a Pales­tin­ian pop­u­la­tion. And we are see­ing some promi­nent lib­er­al Zion­ists like Peter Beinart pub­licly pro­claim that the two-state solu­tion is dead and one state based on equal rights is the best path. Do you see now as an impor­tant moment to con­nect with the his­to­ry of Jew­ish anti-Zion­ism? Do you see open­ings or pos­si­bil­i­ties for chang­ing peo­ple’s minds?

Ben­jamin: In a way, Beinart’s let­ter was 70 years too late.

But it is still a very impor­tant cul­tur­al turn, to the extent that he is part of a lib­er­al Jew­ish estab­lish­ment.

I would also say that we’re in a dif­fer­ent his­tor­i­cal moment. In the 1930s and ​40s, you can real­ly talk about a kind of glob­al rev­o­lu­tion­ary sen­ti­ment and a real Jew­ish left that’s locat­ed in orga­ni­za­tions like the Com­mu­nist Par­ty, the Social­ist Work­ers Par­ty and the Social­ist Par­ty.

And you can see that again in the 1960s. Stu­dents for a Demo­c­ra­t­ic Soci­ety, which also had a very size­able Jew­ish mem­ber­ship, for­mal­ly backed anti-Zion­ism in the 1960s, along with the Social­ist Work­ers Par­ty, and formed alliances with the Stu­dent Non­vi­o­lent Coor­di­nat­ing Com­mit­tee, which had also tak­en an offi­cial anti-Zion­ist posi­tion in the late 1960s.

You could think about a glob­al rev­o­lu­tion­ary frame­work in which Pales­tin­ian lib­er­a­tion was an artic­u­lat­ed part — you could think about the Pop­u­lar Front for the Lib­er­a­tion of Pales­tine and the Pales­tine Lib­er­a­tion Orga­ni­za­tion as part of the fab­ric of glob­al rev­o­lu­tion­ary movements.

Today we’re in a much more frag­ment­ed space.

On the same note, though, we’re see­ing the rebirth, or maybe con­ti­nu­ity, of Pales­tin­ian civ­il rights move­ments, with Pales­tin­ian civ­il soci­ety putting out a call for decol­o­niza­tion — both out of their own tra­di­tions of lib­er­a­tion, but also look­ing to mod­els from the South African free­dom strug­gle.

For con­tem­po­rary Jews who are pro­gres­sive and see them­selves on the left, they’re sud­den­ly real­iz­ing that there real­ly is no cen­ter any­more, there is no lib­er­al Zion­ist posi­tion any longer.

The cen­ter has real­ly fall­en away. And we’re faced with this very stark deci­sion: that either you’re going to be on the side of lib­er­a­tion, or you’re going to be on the side of the Israeli right, which has elim­i­na­tion­ist and geno­ci­dal intent that has always been there, but is naked­ly appar­ent now.

And so I think peo­ple like Beinart are wak­ing up and say­ing, ​I don’t want to be on the side of the executioners.”

The his­to­ry of the old Jew­ish left and the new Jew­ish left of the 1960s shows us this isn’t new.

Any lib­er­a­tion strug­gle is going to come from the oppressed them­selves, so the Pales­tin­ian lib­er­a­tion move­ment is going to set its terms for strug­gles.

But for Jews in the Unit­ed States who are try­ing to think about their rela­tion­ship, not only to Pales­tine, but also their own place in the world as an his­tor­i­cal­ly per­se­cut­ed eth­no-cul­tur­al dias­poric minor­i­ty, we have to think of whose side we are on, and which glob­al forces we want to align with.

If we do not want to side with the exe­cu­tion­ers of the far-right, with colo­nial­ism and with racism, there is a Jew­ish cul­tur­al resource for us to draw on — a polit­i­cal resource to draw on.

This his­to­ry of the anti-Zion­ist Jew­ish left demon­strates that an impor­tant his­tor­i­cal role in a dias­po­ra has been sol­i­dar­i­ty with oth­er oppressed peo­ple.

That’s the place from which we’ve gath­ered the most strength his­tor­i­cal­ly. So I look at this not as say­ing, ​We’re not going to repro­duce the Com­mu­nist Par­ty of the 1930s and 1940s.”

We’re say­ing, ​We’ll pro­duce some­thing new, but the past can be a cul­tur­al resource that we can use today.”

Sarah: Who or what is respon­si­ble for the era­sure of this his­to­ry of Jew­ish, left anti-Zionism?

Ben­jamin: I wouldn’t blame the era­sure sole­ly on the Sovi­et Union or Zion­ism, because we also have to think of the Cold War and how the Cold War destroyed the old Jew­ish left, and real­ly drove it under­ground and shat­tered its orga­ni­za­tions.

So I think we also have to see how the turn toward Zion­ism was under­stood as some­thing that would nor­mal­ize Jews in a post-war era.

With the exe­cu­tion of the Rosen­bergs, the Red Scare of the late 1940s and ​50s, and the vir­tu­al ban­ning of the Com­mu­nist Par­ty, which had been through­out the 1930s and ​40s half Jew­ish, for much of the Jew­ish estab­lish­ment, align­ing them­selves with Amer­i­can impe­ri­al­ism was a way for Jews to nor­mal­ize their pres­ence in the Unit­ed States.

And hope­ful­ly that moment has to some degree passed. We can see the empti­ness and bar­ren­ness of align­ing our­selves with an Amer­i­can impe­r­i­al project, with peo­ple like Bari Weiss and Jared Kush­n­er.

Why would some­one like Bari Weiss, who describes her­self as lib­er­al, want to align her­self with the most reac­tionary forces in Amer­i­can life?

It’s a bloody matrix of assim­i­la­tion and white­ness that emerged out of the Cold War sub­ur­ban­iza­tion of the 1950s. Israel was part of that devil’s bar­gain.

Yes, you can become real Amer­i­cans: You can go to good U.S. uni­ver­si­ties, you can join the sub­urbs, enter into the main­stream of Amer­i­can life, as long as you do this one lit­tle thing for us, which is back the Amer­i­can Empire.

Hope­ful­ly, with the emer­gence of new grass­roots orga­ni­za­tions in the Unit­ed States, among Jews and non-Jews who are ques­tion­ing the U.S. role sup­port­ing Zion­ism, this cal­cu­lus can begin to change.

With the rise of Jew­ish Voice for Peace, IfNot­Now, the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Social­ists of Amer­i­ca and the Move­ment for Black Lives all tak­ing a seri­ous stance against U.S. sup­port for Zion­ism, the com­mon sense in the Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ty has begun to move in a dif­fer­ent direc­tion, par­tic­u­lar­ly among the younger gen­er­a­tion.

The bat­tle is very far from over, but it makes me just a lit­tle opti­mistic about the future.

What the Holocaust™ Proves

George S. Patton, commander of the U.S. Third Army: “I have been at
Frankfurt for a civil government conference. If what we are doing (to
the Germans) is ‘Liberty, then give me death.’ I can’t see how Americans
can sink so low. It’s the Jews, and I am sure of it.”


Dangerous Liaison: The Inside Story of the U.S. – Israeli Covert Relationship

excerpt Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

 

The premise is that there’s a side to the relationship between the U.S. and Israel which goes much beyond just the sentimental links and the links forged by supporters of Israel in this country.

What we say, what we explain is that there has been since almost the earliest days of the Israeli state and the earliest days of the CIA a secret bond, a secret link between them, basically by which the Israelis — the Israeli intelligence — did jobs for the CIA and for the rest of American intelligence.

You can’t understand what’s been going on around the world with American covert operations and the Israeli covert operations until you understand that the two countries have this secret arrangement. Andrew Cockburn

Two hundred pages into this 416-page fact-filled book, I recognized that it is the best compendium of information about the multifaceted secret relationships between Israel and private American citizens, and with the U.S. government itself, ever assembled.

This is reason enough to recommend the book. As I continued reading the second half, however, I found it also contained much information that was new to me, despite 30 years of full-time involvement in U.S.-Middle East affairs.

For a serious student of the history of Israeli dirty tricks, U.S. voluntary and involuntary involvement in them, and their results in making the Middle East into what it is today, there can be no more useful book.

This husband-and-wife journalistic team sketches in seven short sentences the essential fact about the U.S.-Israeli relationship that could give the U.S. the power to control it, instead of being controlled by it. Describing a contemptuous reaction by Israeli journalist Gideon Levi to a live-ammunition performance by Israel Defense Force soldiers on the Golan Heights for the edification of busloads of American Jewish tourists, the authors write:

“What Levi called the `masses of women with blue hair and pseudo-athletic men’ and many others like them back in the U.S. contribute at least $1 billion a year in private donations to Israel.

These donations are tax-deductible. The state raises another $500 million a year through the sale of Israel bonds. U.S. commercial banks lend an additional $1 billion.

Such generosity is dwarfed by the contributions of U.S. taxpayers overall, which amount to almost $4 billion in military and economic aid, at least, even in peacetime. All this adds up to well over $6 billion a year, or $1,300 for each and every Israeli.

Israel’s gross national product amounts to some $24 billion a year, so the country is receiving one quarter of its total income in the form of gifts from U.S. citizens, acting either as philanthropists or taxpayers.”

Closer to the theme of the book, the Cockburns point out that “the weapons trade accounts for almost 40 percent of Israel’s export earnings S1.5 billion a year.”

How Israel has developed those weapons, with stolen U.S. technology, and markets for them, by selling arms and technology to world pariahs ranging from South Africa to Colombian drug lords while the U.S. looks the other way, is part of what the book is all about.

Ironies of tiny Israel’s gigantic weapons trade are illustrated by the book’s description of Shaul Nehemiah Eisenberg, the richest man in Israel, who, the Cockburns report, “represents the ultimate confluence of arms, intelligence and political power.”

Eisenberg supervised modernization of the Chinese army’s weaponry, an upgrading of the entire Chinese tankforce, and even an improvement of the Chinese “Eastwind” ballistic missiles, which ultimately were purchased by Saudi Arabia, “whose defense purchases from the United States have always met with strenuous Israeli objections.”

The fact that while the Israeli government, through its Washington, DC lobby, blocks the access of major Arab states to U.S. weapons, it actually works with the other arms-producing countries which ultimately get the arms orders of some of the same Arab countries is the kind of thing that is unbelievable to most Americans, but carefully documented in this book.

The Cockburns present seldom-recalled historical facts. Most of the founding fathers of Israel “were born within 500 miles of the city of Minsk.”

The best known among them, Plonsk-born David Gruen, who renamed himself David Ben-Gurion upon arriving in Palestine in 1906, was “an atheist who refused to attend a synagogue; he adopted Zionism as his religion.”

Among those early leaders who became Israeli prime ministers, Ben-Gurion rival Menachem Begin’s Irgun Zvai Leumi had split from its revisionist parent group, Lehi, over the issue of opposing Hitler during World War II.

 

Identity Thieves: the Zionist Campaign

Welcome to the Israeli Army Melting Pot, the greatest spiritual equalizer that the world has ever seen.

The early Zionist leaders created the state of Israel with the goal of eradicating religion and transforming “Jews” into Israeli nationalists.

Until very recently Hareidi (ultra-orthodox) Jews were exempt from mandatory service.

They were able to remain true to their faith and traditions without fear of legal repercussions.

Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Dushinsky, Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem (1867-1948): “We furthermore wish to express our definite opposition to a Jewish state in any part of Palestine.”  The United Nations Special Committee in Palestine Wednesday, July 16, 1947 by the Chief Rabbis of the Ashkenasic Jewish Community, Rav Yosef Zvi Dushinsky and Rav Zelig Ruven Bengis of blessed memory, taken from the United Nations Trusteeship Library.

Recently that has changed. In 2014 the law exempting Hareidi Jews expired and was not renewed. Even though the IDF had a surplus of soldiers they decided that it was time to call the Orthodox to duty thus finally taking advantage of the opportunity to transform them from from “Jews” to “Israelis”.

The Rothschild Zionists sacrificed European Jewry during WW2 to transfer the surviving  European Jews to Palestine to occupy. Then they occupied the Palestinian Jews.

The transfer to Palestine

Palestinian Muslims and Christians pushed into the sea and transferred out

The Hareidi community has staged a number of peaceful protests and the Israeli police has responded with violence.

Young men are being pulled from their beds in the middle of the night and thrown into military detention centers.

We will continue to assert our right to be conscientious objectors according to Article 18 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.

We will not give up our faith to serve in your military. We will not offer up our children’s lives on the alter of Zionism. We will protest until the end for our rights as Jews and human beings.

Palestine is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of antiquities, competing with Egypt in the Arab world. At least 22 civilizations have left their mark on Palestine, the first of which were the Canaanites; their presence is still visible today.

Since 1948, successive Israeli governments have paid particular attention to the antiquities that have a distinct Arab and Palestinian identity. Committees of Israeli archaeologists were formed to research in every part of Palestine on which Israel was founded.

The aim remains to create a fake historical narrative by Judaising Palestinian antiquities. Historical monuments in major Palestinian cities, such as Acre, Jaffa, Jerusalem and Tiberias, have not been spared from this process.

Moreover, Israel has used various institutions to Judaise Palestinian fashion through systematic cultural theft and forgery. Even local recipes are not spared.

Israel has participated in international exhibitions to display Palestinian fashion and cuisine labelled as “Israeli”.

This is how Palestine’s heritage and history dating back thousands of years are being stolen by the Israeli occupation and the “mafias” selling invaluable antiquities.

This is happening at a time when Palestinian parties are taking action and calling for the protection of their legacy, history and civilisation.

WATCH: Israeli forces shoot Palestinian ‘for fun’

In this context, studies have indicated that there are over 3,300 archaeological sites in the occupied West Bank alone. A number of researchers confirm that, on average, there is an archaeological site every half a kilometre in Palestine which indicates the true identity and history of the land.

It is important here to mention the devastating effects of the Israeli separation wall on the future of Palestinian antiquities and monuments.

The ongoing building of the wall on Palestinian land in the West Bank will ultimately lead to the annexation of over 50 per cent of the occupied territory. It will also include over 270 major archaeological sites, in addition to 2,000 archaeological and historical locations.

Dozens of historically important sites and monuments have been destroyed in the course of the construction of the wall.

Specialised studies of Palestinian antiquities indicate that, since occupying the West Bank and Gaza Strip in June, 1967, Israel has been able to steal and sell even more Palestinian artefacts from the West Bank.

This phenomenon was exacerbated by the outbreak of the Aqsa Intifada at the end of September 2000.

The Palestinian Authority’s Department of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage has pointed out that more than 500 archaeological sites and more than 1,500 landmarks have been stolen and destroyed by Israeli thieves and the occupation.

It is a simple fact that, as the work of Salman Abu Sitta has demonstrated, more than 500 Palestinian towns and villages have been destroyed and wiped off the map by Israel since 1948. The Department also confirmed that the cultural and economic resources of Palestine continue to be depleted by Israel.

READ: Israel forces Palestinian to demolish his own house

Palestinian studies indicate that the reason for this ongoing Nakba is the collapse of any system to protect Palestinian areas due to Israeli control.

Such protection falls under the direct management of the occupation, which basically means that the Israeli army is free to destroy cultural heritage sites, as has happened in Jerusalem, Nablus, Hebron, Bethlehem, and other Palestinian cities, towns and villages.

Archaeological theft and the violation of Palestinian heritage sites is one of the biggest challenges facing Palestinians as they seek to preserve their culture and physical presence in their homeland, which is threatened by Judaisation and targeted by systematic Israeli policies.

. We need to raise awareness in Palestinian society to confront this new-old challenge imposed by Israel.

We also need to boost our capacity to fight Israel’s theft of our history at the local, regional and international levels. This may be reinforced through Palestine’s full membership in relevant international organizations, including UNESCO.

Cultural diversity in Palestine dates back thousands of years. It is shameful that we are allowing this to be whitewashed out of history as Israel seeks to “prove” its fake narrative of the “Jewish state”, to the exclusion of the indigenous people.

Felt That You Hate [Zionist] Jews Lately? Here’s Why

Isaac Asimov

“I am frequently asked if I have visited Israel, whereas yet, it is simply assumed that I have. Well, I don’t travel. I really don’t, and if I did, I probably wouldn’t visit Israel. I remember how it was in 1948 when Israel was being established and all my Jewish friends were ecstatic, I was not. I said: what are we doing? We are establishing ourselves in a ghetto, in a small corner of a vast Muslim sea. The Muslims will never forget nor forgive, and Israel, as long as it exists, will be embattled. I was laughed at, but I was right.”
Isaac Asimov

Modern Zionism encapsulates the ancient reference to the ‘synagogue of Satan’

Christ drives the Usurers out of the Temple

In 1286, Jews are said to have murdered children in a mill at Fulda: Hameln being originally Quern Hameln

A nearly 500 year old sculpture depicts a man wearing a Jewish hat eating a sack of babies in Bern, Switzerland

The European immigrant terrorist Jew depicted in occupied Palestine

This plaque at the Palazzo Salvadori in Trent, Italy, illustrates the martyrdom of Simon of Trent at the hands of Jews.

(Toni L. Kamins)

This carving on the facade of Martin Luther’s church in Wittenberg, Germany, shows Jews suckling at a sow’s teat.

This post by a Jew illustrates the delusion of Zionist Jews. The defenders of “israel” leave out the ‘Zionist’ part of their definition of Jew to pretend they are a part of the whole, which they are not. They do not even represent Jews, they are frauds.

By Tal Mandelbaum

Ever felt that you hate Jews? Feel uneasy about them? How about Israel? Do you hate Israel? Do you sometimes feel that if Israel did not exist, the world would be safer, and just generally better off?

An EOS Gallup Europe survey showed that Europeans view Israel as the No 1 threat to world peace, ahead of Iran and North Korea.

Jews are consistently blamed for controlling the world, the banks, the weather, for causing the economic crises and exploitation of the masses, for 9/11, even for creating Isis.

So, if you ever felt hate or anger towards Jews, you are not alone.

There are many, many people all over the world, from all religions, cultures, and nationalities, who feel the same.

It doesn’t even matter if there are Jews around you, or in your country, you may still feel that you hate them.

It may not be all the time, but the sensation that Jews are to blame may arise in you especially when things don’t work out in your life.

In fact, in 2009 the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology published a study titled “Modern Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israeli Attitudes”.

They wanted to find out how Anti-Semitism was linked to people’s sense of angst, in this case, their personal fear of death, which is basically the greatest negative experience we know.

They showed that mortality salience (reminding people that they will someday die) increases Anti-Semitism and Anti-Israel attitudes.

The study also showed that mortality salience caused Israel, but no other country to perceptually loom large.

It further showed that mortality salience increased punitiveness toward Israel’s human rights violations, more than it increased hostility toward the identical human rights violations committed by Russia or India.

The researchers managed to expose these sentiments in even the most polite participants, showing a very basic underlying attitude towards Jews.

Faced with fear, dread or unease, many people sense that Israel and the Jews are somehow at fault.

And here is where I want to ask you for just a moment to consider:

WHY?

Could there be a deeper reason that so many people feel Jews and Israel are to blame for such a contradictory collection of issues?
The Reason You May Feel That Jews Are To Blame

Let’s face it, people have a myriad of explanations to why they feel that Jews are bad. From socialism to capitalism, to religious reasons and conspiracy theories, everyone has their own take.

Even if Jews can’t be all of these things at once.

So consider that there is one deeper, root to all of this sentiment.

Consider that if people knew the real reason they hate Jews, they could also learn how to channel their anger constructively, so that something finally CHANGES for the better.

Because Jews really do have a special role to play in everyone’s happiness.

It’s just not what you think.

Very few Jews actually know this, but as a collective, they have a primordial inner potential to unite among themselves, and thus bring peace, harmony and what’s referred to as “Tikkun Olam” to the world.

Consider that we live in a kind of human network where we are all interconnected and interdependent. But it’s all falling apart because the connector units aren’t functioning properly, because the glue is not there to hold it together.

THAT’S what Jews are meant to do. They are the hubs, the conduits through which unity and love must flow to the rest of the network. This positive influence is what’s necessary for relationships to work out on every level.

The Jewish heritage is full of sayings about the people of Israel being “brothers who are in mutual concern for one another”, united “as one man in one heart”.

It contains deep and thorough spiritual teachings about HOW to “love others as yourself”

…but it‘s not taken seriously, it’s not being realized.

So Jews continue to be divided and the world continues to move into crisis after crisis- lacking the method to connect its failing limbs into one thriving organism.

Jewish sages such as Rabbi Kook wrote of this many many times.

“The construction of the world, which is currently crumpled by the dreadful storms of a blood-filled sword requires the construction of the Israeli nation … in anticipation of a force full of unity … that is found in Israel.” (Lights)

Forgetful of their role, Jews continue to be baffled by the world’s demands towards them, unaware that they carry the key.

How To Create True Change

The Jewish people have suffered tremendously at the hands of the nations of the world.

Throughout history, the rage that people felt towards Jews imploded and surfaced as hate speech, physical attacks, pogroms, and even calculated mass murder strategies.

But the violence towards Jews has never been constructive. The nations that lost their Jews were not better off for it. On the contrary.

Wherever Jews have dwelled they brought prosperity and development.

Their unique inner potential has enabled them to advance and contribute to society more than any other people.

Yet, patents, inventions, and even humanitarian aid were never what the world truly needed from them.

And now Antisemitism is on the rise once more.

The post World War II notions of peace, equality, and democracy that the world hoped would prosper and last, are once again challenged.

As if no one has learned the lessons of the past.

To really be smart, to get the results that we need, violence must be renounced.

Instead, anyone who feels hate towards Jews or Israel must channel this angst, to pressure them TO UNITE.

Unity is the key to fulfilling the Jewish role as the light unto the nations.

Jewish efforts to rise above their divisions and unite will create a profound ripple effect throughout the entire human network, ushering in a new sense of harmony, love, and stability.

Jews need to remember that and to realize the enormous wisdom and special traits that they carry.

Syria hosted Jewish European refugees during World War II

No doubt the “Israeli” new generations are not taught about this because it’s necessary to make them believe that everyone hates Jews just because they Are Jews.

Image result for jews stab US in the back

Backstabbers

Jewish civilians from Europe and the Balkans sought refuge in Middle East to escape the Nazi.

It is a long-forgotten fact that some Middle East nations, including now war-torn Syria, hosted European refugees during the second World War. 

Civilians from Eastern Europe and the Balkans migrated to the Middle East crossing the Mediterranean Sea and Turkey to escape the Nazi during the harshest period of the war.

The Middle East Relief and Refugee Administration (MERRA), established by the British in 1942, placed around 40,000 Europeans Jews to the camps set up in Syria, Egypt and Palestine.

Jewish Europeans stayed at the camps until the war was over, and then they returned to their country or went to a third country they preferred to go.

The Washington Post narrated the forgotten story in a report it published in 2016.

The report shared information on the situation in camps by providing notes from a study conducted by the Public Radio International (PRI) in April 2016.

According to the PRI, once the newly-arrived Jewish refugees went through a medical inspection, they were sent to separate living quarters — for families, unaccompanied children, single men and single women — and were assigned to a section of the camp.

In 1944, civilians coming from Greek island to the Aleppo camp could go out to socialize and shop after their security was ensured.

Iran also hosted tens of thousands of Jewish Poles who escaped Nazi slaughter, with the number varying from 114,000 to 300,000 between 1939 and 1941.

“Israel” was planted on top of Palestine after ww2 after the Jews were victorious. This was for imperialist control of the Middle East. The Middle East has since been on fire.

 

Also, on Jan. 11, 1942, an Arabic newspaper titled “Here is Jerusalem” (Huna al-Quds) published a front-page photograph of Syrian women distributing clothes to Greek children.

“Meal and clothes distributed to refugees coming from Greece to Syria,” the newspaper read.

Syria has only just begun to emerge from a devastating conflict that began in 2011. Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict and millions more displaced, according to the UN.

Turkey hosts more than 3.5 million Syrians, more than any other country in the world, while many European countries refuse to open its doors for the displaced civilians.

The Trump Impeachment Jew Coup Matters to Anti-Semites

Antisemitism: This term is used to refer to prejudice against European Jews, incorrectly implying they constitute a Semitic race as opposed to only a religion. Example: An Arab is a Semite. An Arab Jew is a Semite. The European Jew is not a Semite.

To point Jews out in any context is anti-semitic to non-Semitic Jews. Article by the Times of Israel 6 December 2019

WASHINGTON (JTA) – On Wednesday, the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee launched impeachment hearings just hours after the Intelligence Committee, chaired by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., concluded its own impeachment inquiry

All three witnesses are Jewish: Noah Feldman of Harvard, Pamela Karlan of Stanford and Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina. So are Schiff and Nadler, and so was the Democrats’ counsel who directed the first 45 minutes of questioning, Norm Eisen.

Why does this matter?

Well, predictably, it mattered to anti-Semites.

Ann Coulter, the right-wing agitator, tweeted, “Too little ethnic diversity among the professors for me to take them seriously.” past flirtations with anti-Semitism, one could conclude that she wasn’t faulting the professors just for being white.

TruNews, the YouTube channel run by an anti-Semitic Florida pastor who has coined the term “Jew coup” to describe the impeachment process, took to Twitter to accuse  “Jewish socialist Jerry Nadler” and his “three Jewish witnesses” of “escalating the Jew coup.”

Rick Wiles: “the devil is the father of Zionist Jews.” Wiles warns the Christian Zionists to give up Israel worship and worship Jesus. He is anti-war, anti-evil and pro-USA Pastor in Florida.

TruNews also helpfully informed us that Jonathan Turley, a George Washington University scholar and witnesses called by the Republicans who testified that the evidence for impeachment simply does not add up, is a Roman Catholic.

Twitter removed the tweet. Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt took a screenshot of it for posterity, calling on social media platforms to take action against blatantly anti-Semitic posts.

Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt

Why not ignore the blatant anti-Semitism?

Because the fringes no longer have pariah status: TruNews has been accredited for White House news conferences. Trump has taken questions from them (about his plans for Israeli-Palestinian peace, of all things) and his son, Donald Jr., gave TruNews an impromptu interview earlier this year at a Michigan rally. (Trump Jr.’s spokeswoman told The Washington Post that he was not aware at the time of TruNews’ outlook.)

Those views have crept into the mainstream discourse.

“The trepidation is a shame because considerations of how being Jewish shapes one’s outlook should be free of anxieties about what anti-Semites will make of it.”

While the hearings were underway, Breitbart News, the Trump-boosting news site, posted a story, “Norm Eisen, Democrat Impeachment Counsel, Linked to George Soros.” that Soros’s Open Society Foundation had helped fund an ethics watchdog Eisen founded, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, to the tune of $1.35 million in 2017. (This is not a secret: It’s on the Open Society website.)

But the Breitbart story failed to explain the relevance. Eisen is not pretending to be nonpartisan or unaffiliated from a liberal outlook; there is no suggestion that Soros’s money is reaching the committee itself.

Soros, the liberal Jewish billionaire philanthropist, is incessantly attached to conspiracies. Fiona Hill, a former senior National Security Council staffer, noted last month how the baseless Soros conspiracy theories beset the Ukraine scandal and called them anti-Semitic.

Republicans on the panel attempted to depict the three scholars on the Democratic side as effete elitists, another classic trope.

“Democrats still don’t get it,” Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Twitter. “They are pushing ahead with impeachment based on opinions from liberal law professors from coastal universities.”

McCarthy, from California, attended a “coastal university” (Cal State, Bakersfield), and Turley, the GOP’s scholar, teaches at one, George Washington — but never mind.

This creates Jewish fear

I got texts from leading Jewish Democrats during Wednesday’s hearings wondering, with not inconsiderable trepidation, whether the scholars were indeed Jewish.

The trepidation is a shame because considerations of how being Jewish shapes one’s outlook should be free of anxieties about what anti-Semites will make of it. And there are meaningful Jewish stories behind the decisions of these witnesses to become constitutional scholars:

“I grew up in Alabama, and I grew up Jewish in Alabama in the 1960s,” Gerhardt told C-Span last year, “and that was a time of great turbulence, and the time the civil rights movement was sort of unfolding, and it was all unfolding in front of me, and I paid attention to it, and that  — those events that arose in the ’60s and early ’70s really shaped my interest in civil rights, but also my interest in law.”

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., gives final remarks during a hearing where former White House national security aide Fiona Hill, and David Holmes, a U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, testified before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Karlan, delivering closing remarks in 2006 at the annual meeting of the liberal American Constitution Society, called herself one of the “snarky, bisexual, Jewish women who want the freedom to say what we think, read what we want and love who we do,” calling on listeners to “seize back the high ground on patriotism and on love of our country” from the rich, pampered, prodigal, sanctimonious, incurious, white, straight sons of the powerful.”

Feldman, who in 2015 launched Harvard’s Julis-Rabinowitz Program in Jewish and Israeli Law, also helped draft the Iraqi constitution; he is gripped by how and whether religious and civil law can coexist.

“Jewish law and Israeli law (Zionist) are distinct and different,” Feldman was quoted as saying by Tablet at the time of the launch of the Harvard program, “yet they also interact and make claims on each other.”