This is creepy

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The Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces, which raised $20 million, tax deductible, at a recent NY fundraiser, just sent out a note to friends, and in one of the little sidebars, at the bottom on the right, you will see a headline with a (to my ear anyway) Nazi echo, "The Triumph of Will Power." Leni Riefenstahl made a famous Nazi propaganda movie called The Triumph of the Will, about the rise of Adolf Hitler. I don’t know. Call me hypersensitive. Maybe I’ve seen too many Anne Frank movies. 


Over 1,400 business and philanthropic leaders from across the United States gathered at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel on March 9th for the annual National NY Gala to salute and demonstrate their solidarity for the soldiers of Israel.  The Chief of the IDF General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, was the keynote speaker at the dinner which was chaired by Mr. Benny Shabatai. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who addressed the gathering via satellite, expressed his tremendous appreciation for the FIDFs support of the brave soldiers of Israel.

The $20 million raised included several major gifts:  $4 million pledged by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) founded by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein; $750,000 from The Genesis Philanthropy, $500,000 from the Iranian American Jewish Federation of New York (IAJF); and $100,000 from fashion designer Elie Tahari. 

One of the most memorable donations was given by U.S. Marine, Sergeant Todd Bowers, who recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan. He was so moved by the event that he donated $1,000 of his own savings in memory of IDF Staff Sergeant Liran Banai. Earlier in the evening, Lirans father, Guy Banai, who is deaf and spoke via a sign language translator, described how his son wanted to serve in the IDF and died a hero in its defense.

Other notable figures present to support Israels soldiers included: IDF Spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Avi Benayahu; Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations, Professor Gabriela Shalev; Israels Consul General in New York, Assaf Shariv; Israel Defense and Armed Forces Attaché to the U.S.A. and Canada, Maj. Gen. Gadi Shamni; popular Israeli musician, Idan Reichel; and renowned photojournalist Ziv Koren, who donated some of his photos for the silent auction. 30 active-duty combat soldiers, representing various IDF branches and corps also participated in the annual dinner.

Funds raised at the National NY Gala Dinner support such services as financial support to soldiers in-need and lone soldiers, academic scholarships for former combat soldiers, weeks of rest and recreation for entire IDF units, as well as cultural, educational and sports facilities. The evening was a precious opportunity to pay tribute to the IDF and send a message of love and support to the brave men and women in uniform.


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16 Responses

  1. Craig
    March 26, 2010, 2:42 pm

    Yeah, I think you are being hypersensitive. The problem with the Nazis was not their elevation of the will, but the fact that they were batshit crazy and full of resentment and hatred.

    • cvillej
      March 26, 2010, 2:48 pm

      they were batshit crazy and full of resentment and hatred.

      So they differ from Likudniks how?

      • Craig
        March 26, 2010, 3:45 pm

        Not much at all. My point is just that it’s not “will” or its “triumph” that is the problem. As time goes by and the Zionists grow more and more extreme, their resemblance to Nazis approaches near-perfect identity, but “will” isn’t the issue.

    • zamaaz
      March 28, 2010, 3:26 am

      This is even more creepy.
      This is a dialogue between prophet Zechariah and the angel of the LORD:
      And the LORD answered the angel that talked with me with good words and comfortable words.
      So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy.
      And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease : for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction.
      Therefore thus saith the LORD; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, saith the LORD of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem.
      Cry yet, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; My cities through prosperity shall yet be spread abroad; and the LORD shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem. (Zechariah 1:13-17)
      The LORD said in our ordinary lengua; He was provoked of what is going on in Israel. Though He was a little displeased with the Jews that why they were scattered abroad, the LORD was aggrieved by the arrogance of the people of the land (squatters). They are at ease, these people of the land (or squatters) thought because the Jews are nowhere out abroad, they have the right to own the land or the country. Now they are opposing the return of the Jews and the rebuilding of the temple (this writer’s interpretation)). And the LORD stressed the point; He is going to be back to Jerusalem with His mercies to the Jews, He is going to rebuild His temple in it (though without the traditional oblation and sacrifices at these dispensations)…He will make it His city, a very prosperous capital again. This is one good example of a recursive prophecy and promise of God that repeats again and again whenever the Jews are found in such dire situation. This dialogue happened in about 520 BC during the reign of the great Iranian emperor Darius I.

      • zamaaz
        March 28, 2010, 3:34 am

        Now if we do not believe in the Bible can anyone offer alternative concepts, beliefs, or doctrinal principles as basis of foresight that has similar veracity such as those writings in the Bible that were proven true with the history of the world since the dawn of the Egyptian and Babylonian (Iraqi) empires (6th century BC)? At least we have some thing to use as basis for settling fairly these perpetual conflict between the Jews and the anti-semites (Heathen)?

  2. pabelmont
    March 26, 2010, 2:49 pm

    Well, and the Israeli right-wing ? The “will power” argument is the same: don’t think about “is it right” or “is it fair” or “is it Jewish” or “is it legal” but just think”Does Bibi Want to Do IT !!!”.

  3. Chaos4700
    March 26, 2010, 3:11 pm

    I suppose the crowning irony might be if they they follow it up by saying, “Work will make the Palestinians free.”

    • braciole
      March 26, 2010, 5:20 pm

      Chaos4700 – I thought Netanyahu already had with his schtick about economic development in the West Bank being the same as/better than an independent sovereign Palestine.

    • Keith
      March 26, 2010, 6:23 pm

      CHAOS 4700- Interesting observation. There does seem to be a disturbing parallel between Zionist phraseology and Nazi phraseology. I think that Phil is on to something here. About a year ago (I think, I’m going from memory here), there was a bit of a flap over Israeli Zionist demonstrators carrying signs which said something to the effect of one nation, one people, one religion, which seemed to replicate the Nazi slogan (once again from memory) one people, one nation, one Fuhrer.

      Most Zionists seem unaware (and will probably dispute) that pre-World War II, “Mussolini set up squadrons of the Revisionist Zionist youth movement, Betar, in black shirts in emulation of his own fascist bands. When Menachem Begin became chief of Betar, he preferred the brown shirts of the Hitler gangs, a uniform Begin and Betar members wore to all meetings and rallies– at which they greeted each other and opened and closed meetings with the fascist salute.” (Ralph Schoenman)

      The fascist roots of Zionism are strong and deep. The Revisionists, once marginal, are now mainstream. Menachem Begin became Prime Minister as leader of the Likud. Begin and the Likud are now considered somewhat conservative, no longer the darlings of U.S. Jewish fat-cat funders. Avigdor Lieberman is the new Menachem Begin, and the symbol of where things seem to be heading. Not an encouraging development.

      • Egbert
        March 27, 2010, 12:34 pm

        There are other similarities. The Nazis used archaeology to support the idea of German racial superiority connction with the land etc. Read the paper

        Schmidt, M. (1999) Reconstruction as ideology: the open air museum at Oerlinghausen, Germany In Stone, P.G. and Planel, P.G. (eds.), The Constructed Past: Experimental archaeology, education and the public, London: Routledge, 146-156.

        There are reports of Israeli archaeologists supressing data relating to the presence of Arabic / Islamic material culture in sensitive areas within Israel.

        Gilad Atzmon has a link to a film at

        link to

        Is this a realistic representation of Israel?

  4. Les
    March 26, 2010, 5:25 pm

    Add this to what is creepy. The cartoons in our media of Middle Eastern Mullahs with swarthy complexions, ragged beards, angry scowling expressions, and of course, big noses and ears. Our cartoonists (how many are Jewish?) lifted these from WWI era cartoon originals of Eastern European Jews wearing not robes but yarmulkes and Star of David pins. Isn’t free speech great!

  5. Citizen
    March 26, 2010, 6:07 pm

    This may change over time, say a few more scores of years–It took a while for the
    American Jews to grow blondes and pale skins, yes? Same in the old USSR. Assimilation has such reward. Witty overlooks this.

  6. Citizen
    March 27, 2010, 6:03 am

    Yes, Phil, really creepy. We fought WW2 against Hitler’s “right of a people to self-govern,” a Wilsonian concept making sacred racial/ethnic-cultural nationalism, as Hitler declared in Mein Kampfe, along with its supports, the philosophy of blood and soil, and of Lebensraum.

    Here is a must-read article on the subject:
    link to

  7. aparisian
    March 27, 2010, 6:08 am

    Whats next? Gaz chambers?

  8. DICKERSON3870
    March 28, 2010, 7:38 am

    RE: “This is creepy” – Weiss
    Triumph of the Will, 1930s theater marquee (JPEG) – link to
    WIKIPEDIA – link to

  9. MHughes976
    March 29, 2010, 10:33 am

    Allusions – sometimes amounting, as here, to compliments of a kind – exchanged across the gulf of anti-Semitism are both creepy and interesting.
    When the anti-Semitic, some say proto-Nazi, Wagner makes the Nibelung/Jew Mime the guardian (treacherous guardian, but still guardian) of the child Siegfried he is admitting, as a kind of backhanded compliment, that Judaism played an essential role in the creation of modernity. And he shows the Nibelungs as cheated and abused by the gods/Christians. On the other hand his Jewish characters are always reactive (vengeful) and derivative in their culture.
    An anti-anti-Semitic version of this idea is found among those who, like Shlomo Sand, think that the Jews were not true to themselves or to their religion but were seduced and denatured by a derivative, perverse version of German Romantic nationalism which became Zionism.
    When the FIDF pays a backhanded compliment to Riefensthal, a Romantic nationalist, they mean, I suppose, that Zionism is the true owner of romantic-nationalist ideology. The Jews of central Europe did not, on this view, need to borrow from any come-lately post-Christian culture. The borrowing and the originality must have been the other way round. The truth about Siegfried and Mime, as it were, would be that the ungrateful, violent Siegfried made a cheap imitation of Mime’s long-cherished ideals.

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