Late Tanya Reinhart Reportedly Likened Lobby to ‘Protocols of Elders of Zion’

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I’ve never read the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the antisemitic Russian forgery of 100 years back, but Jews refer to it all the time. After the AIPAC conference at which Barack Obama shamelessly truckled to the lobby, Jon Stewart called AIPAC “the elders of Zion” on his show. Lately I heard that Tanya Reinhart, the celebrated Israeli linguist and writer who moved to New York two years back out of rage at the occupation and died a year ago, had used the phrase seriously when talking about the lobby during an appearance in the Bay Area.

I wrote to Jeffrey Blankfort, a writer and longtime pro-Palestinian activist on the West Coast who is writin’ a book about the Israel lobby. He said:

Re Tanya R’s comment, it came at a dinner hosted at a very fancy, schmancy San Francisco restaurant by Jewish Voice for Peace
in 2004. Since I had made the arrangements for Tanya’s trip to Berkeley
to speak for the Middle East Children’s Alliance, I accompanied her to
the event at which she lambasted the lobby, (much to the discomfort of
the JVP and most of the guests), and said, as I recall,  that the
present situation with the US lobby at that time, four years ago, was as
if the Protocols of the Elders of Zion had come to life. Those may not have been her exact words, but that’s
pretty close. In the Q and A that followed,  several members of the JVP
hierarchy challenged her characterization, but she didn’t back down.
Her death was a genuine tragedy. You are more than welcome to use this

I emailed Blankfort back to ask whether she had used the actual phrase “the Protocols of the Edlers of Zion.”

Yes, she most certainly did mention them (or it) which I found
pleasantly surprising since she was a devoted former student of Chomsky
whose dismissal of  the lobby’s power has made him largely irrelevant
as an analyst of today’s (or even yesterday’s) political scene.

Just a data point. Reinhart was a linguist. Blankfort also asked me to put in a plug for her last book, which came out in 2002: “Israel/Palestine: How to End the War of 1948,” published by Seven Stories Press. I ordered the book.

9 Responses

  1. higginslads
    September 15, 2008, 1:10 pm

    Jeffrey Blankfort's "A War For Israel" was one of the first pieces I read that got me interested in this whole Israel/Zionism business.

    link to

  2. The Fanonite
    September 15, 2008, 3:11 pm


    That is an excellent book, but not Reinhart's last. Her last book was A Roadmap to Nowhere

    link to

  3. Eva Smagacz
    September 15, 2008, 5:35 pm


    The protocols……

    The problem with protocols that whoever forged them, knew a thing or two of controlling the masses.
    His/hers prescription for controlling the world, is, unfortunately, pretty spot on.
    You can call it globalisation, consolidation of media, using of "pearl harbours" to reign in civil liberties, endless indebtness of whole societies, permanent financial deficits of countries….. it all has a twisted echo in the pages of the protocols.

    As long as Jewish interests and power will be disproportionate to their percentage position in the population census, and for as long as they concentrate in the power positions spelt out by the forgery, there will be those who will not dismiss it as a remarkable coincidence, but will impute foresight and design rather than blind evolution.

  4. sword of gideon
    September 15, 2008, 7:42 pm

    So says the Polack

  5. americangoy
    September 15, 2008, 8:54 pm


    Who the heck is Eva Smagacz?

  6. Ozzie Maland
    September 16, 2008, 12:02 am

    Eva omits some of the other frightening agendas of the protocols — the fostering of alcoholism, drug addiction, pornography, gambling, prostitution, etc etc, as ways to bring down Goliath-sized, non-Jewish countries. Henry Ford believed in a Jewish conspiracy as reflected in the protocols, from 1920 to 1928. and campaigned actively to oppose such — his recanting in 1928 is accepted by most people as genuine (but Douglas Reed suggested another possibility — for which he has been tagged as an anti-Semite of the first order). Ford in 1928 was made aware of an earlier fictional work, from France in 1848, which apparently was largely plagiarized in the Russian 1905 protocols, and claimed he was satisfied as to the unreality of same.

    Aloha ~~~ Ozzie Maland ~~~ San Diego

  7. Eva Smagacz
    September 16, 2008, 9:28 am

    I'm me, and if you trust SOG I'm unredeemably anti-semitic by the accident of my birth and the fact that I was breast, rather than bottle fed.

    No, I don't believe that a group of elderly Jews wrote the Protocols. I am merely pointing out that that the protocols are cleverly written: The literary style is understandable for masses, and the procedures for disrupting the social networks and herding the masses are spot on.

    Jewish influence is concentrated in some (but not all) neuralgic areas of power in society, and their influence is out of proportion to their numerical place between other citizens. Some of that influence has been achieved by ruthless destruction of their enemies.

    The link between the Jews and Protocol is pervasive and will not go away anytime soon.

    As a scientist, I'm always more likely to go for theory of social mobility as opposite to conspiracy theory. Doesn't stop me, on principle, from considering merits of both.

  8. AnomalousNYC
    September 16, 2008, 6:45 pm

    Tanya's timely little tome "How to end the war of 1948" was quite a shock, mostly because it dealt with all these issues as if they were as straightforward as they actually are.

    She made brilliant and often surprising political analyses, but she also had a truly impressive gift for disregarding all the usual hysterical bullshit and talking clearly and accurately about the truly relevant issues without even the slightest hesitation or pandering. I reread it several times aftwerwards simply to enjoy her STYLE, and I gave copies of the book to dozens of my friends.

    Now, just a few years after its release, it might have been written in 1987, thanks to the furious pace of Israel's criminal "fact-making."

  9. RC
    October 7, 2008, 9:05 pm

    "I've never read the Protocols of the Elders of Zion…"

    Why not?

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