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Keith

Radical dissident. Retired.

Website: http://saskck.blogspot.com

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  • Zionism's tailspin: Stark minority of young California Jews are 'comfortable with idea of Jewish state'
    • SIBIRIAK- "Mueller Indictment – The “Russian Influence” Is A Commercial Marketing Scheme"

      Yes, and notice how Mueller, et al, are conflating small scale internet fraud by some Russians with an orchestrated campaign against our political system. Was Mueller tasked with investigating social media fraud? No, but the faithful Clintonite followers will run around crowing about indictments even as they avoid the substance of these indictments and the lack of evidence for what they are implying through deception. All the while truly disasterous policies sail through with bipartisan support and little meaningful comment. People believe what they want to believe and defend the group meme even when ludicrous. Even "progressive" icon Bernie "sheep dog" Sanders has piled on: "It has been clear to everyone (except Donald Trump) that Russia was deeply involved in the 2016 election and intends to be involved in 2018. It is the American people who should be deciding the political future of our country, not Mr. Putin and the Russian oligarchs." https://twitter.com/BernieSanders/status/964596068435595264

      I could be wrong, but I believe that we have actually passed the irrational McCarthyite hysteria of the cold war as public opinion is molded with astonishing uniformity among those in the doctrinal system. I have difficulty believing that folks such as Bernie Sanders actually believe this BS. If one were to rank foreign nations regarding influence on the US political economy, Russia would be way down the list. It takes big bucks and massive organization to have influence on US policy and Russia, with an economy about half the size of France, can't compete and would be foolish to try in view of the relevant history. A similar situation exists in regards to progressive NGOs. It takes a lot of money to be even minimally effective, hence, the importance of fundraising. Soon, however, the means become the end as fundraising becomes the primary organizational mission. As a consequence, the system is relatively immune to change from anyone other than fat-cats and their corporations.

      PS- I never supported Bernie Sanders because I knew right from the get-go that he was a Democratic sheep dog trying to lure the youth back to the Democratic Party. His "bold positions" were talk, nothing more. Yet, Norman Finkelstein worships the ground Bernie walks upon. Go figure.

    • KAISA OF FINLAND- "But Keith, are you not for democracy??"

      Sounds like a good idea. Perhaps if we had real democracy in the US things would be different. As it is, the economic elites call the shots, elections a marketing extravaganza. It takes real talent to miss the fact that we are an elite run society.

      KAISA OF FINLAND- "In a democracy people have their freedom to vote for whom ever they choose and not to be bullied or mocked for their choise."

      Yes, and Trump won. However, the Clinton Democrats, the CIA, Soros and the "liberal" media are ludicrously claiming that the Russians elected Trump. Trump voters depicted as stupid and racist, a basket of deplorables. Pretty sad, huh? But it goes beyond that. This is a demonization campaign against Russia and Putin that is a dangerous pretext for aggression and confrontation. As a concerned citizen I have an obligation to speak out against this irrational militarism and war mongering. Why do you have a problem with that?

    • KAISA OF FINLAND- "It is a bit disturbing that you represent your own assumptions as facts here:"

      I have never presented my assumptions or opinions as facts, always as my personal conclusions usually buttressed by a relevant quote. So, for example, there is this article in the Telegraph:

      "After 2020, all EU members will have to adopt the euro

      Political union in the eurozone is an economic existential necessity, not a re-negotiable ambition" (The Telegraph) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/10935617/After-2020-all-EU-members-will-have-to-adopt-the-euro.html

      And what was my initial comment which you feel presents my assumptions as facts? "And don’t forget that up until now Britain has not been required to be in the Eurozone." Is that an assumption or a statement of fact? Britain has NOT been required to be in the Eurozone, however, had Brexit not occurred there are indications that Britain's relation with the Eurozone might evolve from what it is at present. Hardly an outrageous conclusion, nor one which should get you so emotionally involved. And not something I simply concocted in a vacuum. It is a moot point in any event.

    • ANNIE- " is there anyone here who believes russia actually stole the election?"

      This goes far beyond the election. This nonstop demonization of Russia/Putin is a massive propaganda campaign to justify increased actions designed to destroy Russia as a potential competitor to Imperial hegemony. Much of what is being said is irrational to the point of being ludicrous. And much of it is coming from the so called left. There is an article on Znet titled "Is Donald Trump A Traitor?" which is breathtaking in its irrationality. I quote the first sentence and provide a link.

      "Americans must live with the uncertainty of not knowing whether Trump has the best interests of the United States or those of Russia at heart." (James Risen) https://zcomm.org/znetarticle/is-donald-trump-a-traitor/

      Risen is a former NYT reporter who now works for the Intercept founded by billionaire Pierre Omidyar. Glen Greenwald works there too, however, he does not seem to be co-opted yet. Pilpul has replaced rationality as public intellectuals earn their living in the time honored fashion of giving the wealthy and powerful what they want. And what the Deep State wants is Putin out and Russia down. And truth is what works. And loyal Clinton Democrats like Mooser go along.

    • MOOSER- "Media pressure resulting in today’s indictments and guilty plea?"

      Who was indicted and for what? Who pleaded guilty and for what?

      Do you really believe that Russia had undue influence on the last Presidential election? Or that Russia has a relatively large influence on our political system? Are you actually buying in to this McCarthyite hysteria?

    • KAISA OF FINLAND- "What consequenses??"

      It is my understanding that had Britain stayed in the European Union, then after 2020 circumstances would likely force Britain to join the Eurozone which would entail using the Euro not the Pound Sterling. Also, Britain would have been placed under the EU Central bank. The initial exception was made to encourage membership, however, it is difficult to continue to have one foot on the train and the other on the platform. Is this wrong? I have no idea why Denmark and Sweden are not in the Eurozone, however, financial pressure may require joining in the near future. If my understanding of Britain's relation to either the European Union or the Eurozone is incorrect, please provide the correct info. Thanks.

    • JOHN O- "The thoroughly dishonest, and frequently openly racist, Leave campaign, promoted by our gutter press, played the immigration card relentlessly."

      Perhaps so, but has any of the media honestly indicated that the immigration problem is a direct consequence of Western militarism and neoliberal globalization? Whatever problems associated with Brexit, in the long run all of Europe would be better off not being controlled at the macro level by the EU central bank and the financiers. Look at Greece, for cry sakes. And don't forget that up until now Britain has not been required to be in the Eurozone. There would have been consequences for that.

    • SIBIRIAK- “Capital as Power” by Jonathan Nitzan and Shimshon Bichler"

      Wonderful book! I didn't bother reading their discussion of either classical economics or Marxism as I am already aware that both are essentially ideologies. Nitzan and Bichler, however, felt the need to deal with the weakness of current "theories." As Doug Henwood has noted, capitalist economists have devoted considerable effort in avoiding the issue of money as power, something most successful businessmen take for granted. One interesting finding is that dominant capital seeks to increase its relative capital accumulation rather than its absolute capital accumulation, something most Marxists are oblivious of. There will be profound changes as we transition from the dynamic capitalism of cheap and abundant energy to the much more static power relations of the rentier economy of corporate neo-feudalism.

    • ROHA- "Money and power have gone together ever since money was invented."

      The King ruled by divine right, not because he was a fat-cat. All societies prior to capitalism were ideologically justified. The King may have been rich but he was rich because he was King. Nowadays, our oligarchic nobility are "Kings" because they are rich. In capitalism, one acquires power by acquiring money. Previously, one acquired money by acquiring power. I am not playing a word game. The difference is significant and profound, not the least of which is that capitalism has an inbuilt ability to co-op the opposition. Also, unlike other systems, the true locus of power is not obvious and frequently hidden. And being controlled by money power seems natural almost voluntary. What many fail to realize is that when the rich get richer they get more powerful. And when the poor get poorer they get weaker. Money isn't a "thing," in capitalism it is economic power in fluid form, the primary instrument of social control. The industrial revolution was a true revolution in that control of society shifted from the nobility to the businessmen and financiers who now reign as the new capitalist nobility. The monetization of society is an extremely efficient form of social control.

    • ANNIE- "keith, i think your last sentence reflects our different outlooks."

      Absolutely! My view is based upon a radical interpretation of the implications of fundamental changes I foresee to the political economy at the macro level. For example, I interpret the militarization of the police along with the creation of a surveillance state as indicating that the elites anticipate massive popular discontent with the restructuring of society in spite of the massive propaganda and justification. The intent seems to me to be that there will be no bending to the popular will, rather, dissent will be crushed, which has, to some degree, already occurred. Of course, predicting the future is risky business, particularly during periods of radical transformation. There is no right or wrong answer, simply degrees of probability and different opinions. You are a true progressive, I am a radical dissident, yet we mostly agree on most issues.

    • ANNIE- " but if the mood of the country is solidly adverse to what the elites want, it’s not so easy to pull off policy."

      Aye, there's the rub! With an elite oriented media I have great difficulty imagining the mood of the country solidly adverse to what the elites want. I have even more difficulty imagining the bulk of the 99% doing anything to substantively oppose the policy. Current militarism and Russiagate two obvious examples of the 99% going along with what the elites want. This is historically consistent. Did the peasants oppose divine right? Hillary and Trump were the two most unpopular people to run for President, yet how many of our fellow citizens protested by voting Third Party? Most Americans favor single payer health care in spite of massive negative propaganda but I am not holding my breath waiting for single payer to arrive anytime soon. Nor a reduction in the military budget. Popular opinion seems to me to becoming less important to the elites who are busy restructuring our society to their liking. We are at the end of the hydrocarbon era of cheap and plentiful energy and the industrial economy which requires massive amounts of cheap energy. Productive capitalism is being replaced by the rentier capitalism of corporate neo-feudalism. Too big a topic to get into in a comment. One of the reasons for Russiagate is that the corporate elites are running out of time to eliminate ALL competition to their plans. Russiagate is but a pretext for destroying Russia as a potential competitor. I predict that if we are alive in ten years the political economy will be significantly different. Hard to predict all of the ramifications including the various means of social control. I am filled with dark foreboding.

    • ANNIE- " the 2% are not on some island. aside from christian zionists, they represent a segment of the US population most inclined to be pro israel."

      Yes, but the US population doesn't set policy, the elites do. And the "liberal" Jewish Democrats are solid Democrats and will vote for the Democratic candidate regardless of policy. They are no more likely to revolt at the polls than the non-Jewish population, perhaps less so. How else to explain the extreme militarism of the Clinton Democrats? Besides, we have entered the era of identity politics where the active segment of the US population is distracted by diversionary issues. If there was even a smidgen of sanity in politics, the Democrats and the "liberal" media would have been run out of town long ago over this Russiagate insanity.

    • ECHINOCOCCUS- "...the “Jewish” influence is exclusively in the lobby dollars."

      Change "exclusively" to "primarily" and expand "lobby" to include all Zionist influence and I agree completely. The most significant aspect of our society is the monetization of power.

  • Story of Israel's influence shadows the Russian influence story
    • PHIL- “My progressive congressman says he’ll never stop supporting Israel; and BDS is anti-Semitic.”

      One must never forget that we live in a capitalist democracy where one dollar equals one vote. The oligarchs and corporations control the agenda, elections merely marketing extravaganzas, a choice between Coke and Pepsi. If the Jewish Zionist oligarchs want the American people to buy Israeli cola, they can be persuaded to do so. Actual, meaningful democracy is an illusion. The vast majority of the 99% will never revolt at the polls, just as they never questioned the divine right of monarchs to rule. The change from monarchy to democratic forms was the consequence of capitalist business men slowly gaining control of the political economy. We are now at the end of an era, productive capitalism is being replaced by neo-feudal capitalism.

  • Englander's new novel is high entertainment, with a grim view of Israel
    • YONAH FREDMAN- "Btw, what do you think of the quote, “antisemitism is the socialism of fools”?"

      The phrase has no operative meaning and is meant to sound profound while saying nothing.

    • YONAH FREDMAN- "Few in this comments section will read this book from the Judeocentric reading list."

      Do you have a reading list other than a Judeocentric one?

  • NYT op-ed describing Israel as a place of refuge is missing the word, Palestinians
    • SUSAN SILVERMAN- "But the people of Israel — a country built by those who fled Hitler’s ovens and the oppression of Arab countries where they were treated as second-class citizens...."

      Hitler built ovens in 1897? Helpless Jewish refugees were treated poorly by the Arabs in Deir Yassin? Well, Reb Silverman doesn't deviate from the core meme, does she? Savoring her gilded victimhood?

      On another cheery note, over at CounterPunch, Thomas Klikauer warns against the new anti-Semitism. He quotes Auschwitz survivor Anita Lasker Wallfisch speaking before the German Bundestag “Anti-Semitism is a 2000-year-old virus and apparently it is incurable. Only, one does not necessarily say Jews anymore. Today, it is the Israelis.”

      Once again, throughout the media including "left" media, Zionist Jews are on the offensive weaponizing the Holocaust to bludgeon the opposition while claiming that criticism of Israel is anti-Semitism, a continuance of a 2000 year history of Jew hatred. I fear that Zionist Jews are disproportionately influential in our doctrinal system. Professor Klikauer is an Australian academic who gets around. In the article he links to "Inside the Anti-Semitic Mind," which demonstrates that "Israeli" is a code word for "Jew." Link to CounterPunch: https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/02/09/germany-commemorates-auschwitz-liberation-with-new-nazis/

      I conclude by noting my deep conviction that anti-Gentilism is intrinsic to Jewish Zionism (obviously not Christian Zionism). This is consistent with Israel Shahak's opinion that Zionism is a throwback to Classical Judaism in secular form.

  • Israeli ambassador devotes much of his speech to small group of protesters outside
    • JOSEPHA- "There’s no need to identify her as Jewish when her beliefs clearly contradict the tenets of Judaism."

      The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations is a Zionist umbrella group which lists 53 major Jewish organizations including the Rabbinical Assembly, the Union for Reform Judaism, the Union of Orthodox Jewish congregations of America and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Are you claiming that these Judaic organizations contradict the tenets of Judaism? That you are the voice of Judaic purity? All of these Rabbis are apostate? https://www.conferenceofpresidents.org/about/members

    • JESSE RUBIN- "The pro-Israel campus group Students Supporting Israel (SSI) continued in its tradition of inviting right-wing Israeli Zionists to Columbia University on Monday night, hosting Consul General of Israel and leader of the settler movement Ambassador Dani Dayan."

      You will never, ever see ANTIFA protesting an Israeli fascist or American Zionist Jew such as Pam Geller.

  • Israeli diplomat calls on American students 'to restore the honor' of vilified word-- Zionism
    • GAMAL- "...but Donald as a man I loath a coward, you are coward ain’t nothing lower."

      Really? Rapist and murders are bad, but not as bad as Donald? Get a grip.

  • 'Killing civilians is unheard of' -- Israeli propaganda gets red carpet reception in US press
    • PHIL/DONALD- "It is impossible to imagine any of the media that have given such a platform to Ronen Bergman — The New York Times, Random House, NPR, Washington Post, 92d St Y — giving a platform to a Palestinian to speak of what these attacks entail."

      Perhaps a contributing factor is that these media are located in New York, the Zionist capital of the world, home of Pam Geller and Howard Stern. I have linked to a Howard Stern rant on Lorde and Roger Waters who are obviously anti-Semites for boycotting Israel. Howard is f***ing sick of the rise in anti-Semitism. Must be heard to be appreciated. And this is what New Yorkers eat up. Link to Howard Stern on Lorde & Roger Waters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XINMqIbzaQU

  • Wilkerson says 'Israel's security' was motive for Iraq war-- though not in NYT op-ed
    • MEMYSELF- "... the NY Times, usually first in line to criticize Israel...."

      You have a very tenuous grasp of reality, at least concerning Israel. Israel uber alles?

      You are, however, correct about the neocons selling the Iraq invasion to initially reluctant Israeli officials with the proviso that Iran would subsequently be attacked. With that provision, Israel and the lobby became enthusiastic supporters of the Iraq invasion.

    • PABELMONT- "But this USA and Israeli aggression idea fits neatly with the suggestion, abhorrent to many decent people but apparently true, that there is no daylight between the foreign policies of the ruling classes of the USA and Israel."

      Indeed, with the overwhelming influence of Zionist Jews on US foreign policy, how could it be otherwise?

  • Pro-Israel Democrats concede 'human rights' issue is killing the brand
    • YONAH FREDMAN- "The Jews of Odessa suffered a pogrom in 1871."

      Your comment, like virtually all descriptions of historical anti-Semitism, is anecdotal in nature. So, for example, if you were to look at the murder rate per capita of Jews versus non-Jews for an extended period of time in Russia, what would the data show? If you were to look at the incidence of lynching per capita in the US of Jews versus non-Jews, what would the data show? Rates of incarceration, etc? You think the Russian peasants were safe from the Czar's secret police and troops? During the Thirty Year War, one-third of the population of Prussia was killed. How many were Jews? European history was extremely bloody and a lot of different groups of people suffered. And have you forgotten Genrikh Yagoda? https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3342999,00.html

    • JACK GREEN- "Jews had been persecuted for centuries in majority-gentile countries.”

      Perhaps you have heard that there is an increase in European anti-Semitism? Have you wondered what might be contributing to it? Perhaps you are aware of US support for the Ukrainian neo-Nazis? Uber neocon Zionist Victoria Nuland was the driving force behind that move essentially supported by US neocon Zionists. Something similar is going on in Poland. I link to an interview with Max Blumenthal discussing this very same phenomenon of Zionists supporting anti-Semites when it furthered their nationalist objectives. Link to Max Blumenthal on US support for Ukraine/Poland neo-Nazis: https://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2018/02/05/max-blumenthal-us-is-arming-neo-nazis-in-ukraine/#more-191679

    • JACK GREEN- "Jews had been persecuted for centuries in majority-gentile countries."

      Prior to the modern era, Jews, on average, did better than the Gentile peasants (the majority of Gentiles) in these "majority-gentile" countries. Perhaps that is why Jews chose the "service nomad" lifestyle (see "The Jewish Century" by Yuri Slezkine). If you can't be a nobleman, better to be a craftsman than a peasant.

  • Israeli paper's publication of BDS ad marks beginning of society's return to sanity
    • CATALAN- "In short, you die either from lack of food or by being shot and killed.”

      I previously responded to this absurdity, however, my comment, once again, did not pass moderation. I doubt that you Zionists appreciate the fact that Mondoweiss greatly restricts its anti-Zionist commenters, or at least me. Some of the outrageous crap which makes it through makes it through because it is outrageous crap. Serious discussion on sensitive issues is verboten.

  • 'We are proud of her': Palestinian teenagers on the importance of Ahed Tamimi
    • JACKDAW- "For all it’s many faults, Israel is the most progressive, free and democratic country in the Middle East."

      A regular "villa in the jungle," Herzl's dream come true.

  • We'll be waiting a long time for Al Jazeera's undercover investigation of Israel lobby
  • How to win the battle for freedom, justice, and equality
    • TALKBACK- "Why don’t you provide the exact Arabic quote...."

      Also provide a link. Notice how these guys make claims with no substantiation hoping that we will be naive enough to think that they wouldn't simply lie.

  • Zionists should be excluded from left-oriented protests
    • YONAH FREDMAN- "The nationalist Jewish urge seems quite natural if only because it was born in a storm."

      It was stormy in 1897?

    • GAMAL- "Or like Robert Maxwell the whole Atlantic Ocean to swim in."

      Indeed! One of the reasons I made reference to the sayanim is in response to the nonsense that questioning Jewish Zionist loyalty is an anti-Semitic trope. What other nationality/ethnicity/religion has anything comparable to sayanim? Yet, to discuss this significant reality is considered anti-Semitic. Why is that? Why is Jewish Zionist loyalty to Israel considered understandable and normal whereas knowing someone with a Russian name treasonous? Speaking of Jewish celebs and Israel, I link to an article on Jerry Seinfeld taking his family to a military theme park in Israel. The picture alone is worth a thousand words.

      “Finally we are allowed to tell you!! The legendary Jerry Seinfeld and his family were at Caliber 3 during their visit to Israel last week, they came to us for shooting training with displays of combat, Krav Maga [martial arts], assault dogs and lots of Zionism,” the post – which has since been deleted – said, according to Haaretz." (David Sheen) https://www.blackagendareport.com/seinfeld-boosts-israels-shoot-kill-fantasy-tours

    • STEPHEN SHENFIELD- "Perhaps he’s a sayan but sayanim is the plural."

      Perhaps so, but sayanim is easily recognized whereas sayan is not. Enter "sayan" into Google and you get a mountain range in Siberia.

    • HOPHMI- " It is national liberation movement."

      No it is not. It is an imposed system of Blood and Soil nationalism fused with Judaic religious symbolism and mythology, closely linked with Western imperialism and Jewish neo-tribalism.

      The rest of your comment is typical Hophmi, where you ludicrously label authentic populists such as Chavez as "reactionaries." Your loyalty is to tribe and empire, with the tribe coming first. Are you, perchance, a sayanim?

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  • I'm blacklisted and banned from Israel, but for many others this is nothing new
    • MOOSER- " I bet he could tell me if I have an Orthodox, Conservative or Reform nose."

      And then there are those with "Reconstructionist" noses.

  • 'NYT' praises Israelis for restraint in attacks aimed at Arafat that killed 100s of innocents
    • JON S- "How many people were killed by US forces in “targeted assassinations” carried out under the Bush and Obama administrations?"

      And the answer is? And yes, the empire is no slouch when it comes to assassinations and other forms of illegal and reprehensible behavior including support for Israel.

    • " The story says in passing that “hundred of people were killed” by them. But this is what they don’t tell you: this front specialized in car bombs in crowded neighborhoods. They would plant car bombs in West Beirut for purposes of sheer terror. I would estimate that the number of innocent victims killed by this group was in the thousands and not the hundreds."

      This is the history which the Zionists hide. Zionism has used terrorism right from the get-go, yet Zionists complain about later Palestinian suicide bombers while denying the long history of Zionist terrorism, not to mention the full blown mass murder of their military operations.

  • The not-so-secret life of Mathilde Krim
  • New Orleans City Council rescinds human rights resolution, igniting the movement for Palestinian rights
    • "While the resolution mentions no specific country, company or person, the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans (JFNOLA) and Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expressed immediate outrage that the council would support anything put forth by the NOPSC."

      Folks, this is a demonstration of power, pure and simple. A power so pervasive that it has veto power over resolutions of the New Orleans City Council. So pervasive that when Tom Hayden began his political career, he had to be certified "kosher" before he could run for the California State Assembly.

      "Hayden sold out, as he tells it, because, in order to run as a Democratic candidate for the California State Assembly, he had get the approval of the influential Democratic congressman Howard Berman. Berman is a guy who, when he became Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was proud to tell the Forward that he took the job because of his “interest in the Jewish state” and that: “Even before I was a Democrat, I was a Zionist.”

      Hayden had to meet with Howard’s brother Michael, who, acting as “the gatekeeper protecting Los Angeles’ Westside for Israel’s political interests,” told Hayden: “I represent the Israeli Defense Forces”—a sentence that could serve as the motto of most American congress critters today. The “Berman-Waxman machine,” Hayden was told, would deign to “rent” him the Assembly seat on the “one condition: that I always be a ‘good friend of Israel.’”

      But American congressmen were not the only “gatekeepers” through whose hands Hayden had to pass before being allowed to run for Congress. Other “certifiers” included “the elites, beginning with rabbis and heads of the multiple mainstream Jewish organizations,… the American-Israel Political Action Committee (AIPAC), …[and].. Israeli ambassadors, counsels general and other officials.“

      In fact, Hayden had to, in his words, be “declared ‘kosher’ by the ultimate source, the region’s representative of the state of Israel,” Benjamin Navon, Israel’s Counsul-general in Los Angeles.

      In other words, in this article Hayden was describing, in an unusually concrete way, how the state of Israel, through its state officials and their compliant American partners, was effectively managing—exercising veto power over Democratic Party candidates, at the very least—American elections down to the level of State Assembly. In any constituency “attuned to the question of Israel, even in local and state elections,” Hayden knew he “had to be certified ‘kosher,’ not once but over and over again.” (Jim Kavanagh) http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/10/27/tom-haydens-haunting/

  • Norman Finkelstein's new book on Gaza is a meticulous account of Israel's crimes
    • JAMES NORTH- "His most original finding — and one of the most alarming — is that the mainstream international human rights organizations have been silencing themselves about Gaza."

      The Western human rights NGOs are the missionaries of empire. Human Rights Watch has deep ties to Jewish Zionism, George Soros and the Clinton Democrats. They are increasingly bad as we near crunch time and the stakes grow higher. Western human rights NGOs are a fraud, their tepid criticism of Israel and empire designed to limit the debate and control opposition. Their support for "humanitarian" intervention a disgrace. They represent yet another example of Jewish Zionist influence over the doctrinal system.

  • There are two narratives, but one reality: Palestinian dispossession
    • BORIS- "The other two links point to the same article that was thoroughly discredited by the scientific community."

      No it hasn't.

    • JOSEPH LEVINE- " First, the British clearly had signed a treaty, thus legally binding them to its provisions, with Sherif Hussein of Arabia."

      One of the characteristics of successful power-seeking, whether by individuals, organizations or nations, is the skillful use of deception to achieve objectives. Great powers and powerful organizations should never be trusted or taken at face value.

  • Fearing breakup of Israel lobby, liberal Zionists stress the power of Jewish unity
    • YONAH FREDMAN- " But to belittle the role of antisemitism in the first half of the 20 th century is just plain ignorance...."

      Who, pray tell us, has belittled the role of anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe in the first half of the 20th century? Please provide quotes and links.

      YONAH FREDMAN- "...to assume that 2017 America reveals the true nature of the world or specifically of 1940 eastern Europe is stupid and malicious."

      Once again, please provide quotes and links to provide substance to this strawman you continually attack.

      You should be aware, but apparently aren't, that the first half of the 20th century was a uniquely turbulent time. World War I was hugely destructive, the world entered a severe depression and the Russian Revolution scared the capitalists to death. By the way, have you ever heard of Genrikh Yagoda? https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3342999,00.html Also, modernity was late in arriving in Eastern Europe and the old economic function of the Jews was being challenged. Ever heard of the Holodomor? Then the rise of Blood and Soil nationalism (which inspired the Zionists). So a lot of bad stuff was going on and a lot of people got killed including well over 20 million Soviets during WW II. To focus almost exclusively on the fate of the Jews in a Judeocentric manner in Eastern Europe during this time frame is extraordinarily myopic, but it is what you do to buttress your ideology of victimhood. You assume that conditions in Eastern Europe in the first half of the twentieth century reveals the true nature of the world. It doesn't. And to turn a blind eye to American Jewish power and to the abuse of that power by Israel and empire is typical Zionist apologetics. There is no legitimate defense of Israel's actions, or of the actions of the militaristic, neoliberal American empire.

      YONAH FREDMAN- " As a socialist and as a jew he condemns jew hatred as the socialism of fools."

      Does he say anything about Jewish hatred of Gentiles? Anything at all?

      "A series of contrasts is set up in the mind of the shtetl child, who grows up to regard certain behavior as characteristic of Jews, and its opposite as characteristic of Gentiles. Among the Jews he expects to find emphasis on intellect, a sense of moderation, cherishing of spiritual values, cultivation of rational, goal-directed activities, a "beautiful" family life. Among gentiles he looks for the opposite of each item: emphasis on the body, excess, blind instinct, sexual license, and ruthless force. The first list is ticketed in his mind as Jewish, the second as goyish." (P107, "The Jewish Century," Yuri Slezkine)

      "Everywhere, classical Judaism developed hatred and contempt for for agriculture as an occupation and for peasants as a class, even more than for other Gentiles- a hatred of which I know no parallel in other societies. This is immediately apparent to anyone who is familiar with the Yiddish or Hebrew literature of the 19th and 20th centuries." (p52-53, "Jewish History, Jewish Religion," Israel Shahak)

    • YONAH FREDMAN- " How does deutscher explain jew hatred?"

      Okay, you big tease, how does Deutscher explain Jew hatred? The whole point of a discussion is to discuss, not to provide a Judeocentric reading list. The one Deutscher quote I am familiar with has to do with Jews jumping out of a burning house and is pure BS. By the way, the NEW anti-Semitism doesn't involve Jew hatred, it involves criticism of Israel and/or examining Jewish power in the current political economy which is then used to INFER Jew hatred. The notion that Mondoweiss anti-Zionists are mostly Jew-haters is absurd.

    • YONAH FREDMAN- "The choir sees no antisemitism."

      You, on the other hand, revel in it.

      YONAH FREDMAN- "But you have your cut and paste yuri slezkine quote handy to avoid all serious thought on the subject."

      Yes, the use of quotes and references from scholars the sign of a lazy mind. Something no one can accuse you of.

      Enough of this! I have already indulged your conceits more than you deserve.

    • YONAH FREDMAN- "Here’s phil’s most famous antisemitic post."

      Be honest, Yonah, whining about (non-existent) anti-Semitism gives meaning to your life.

    • YEHUDA KURTZER- "But Jewish power in America has been essential to Jewish thriving in America, and it has required instruments of solidarity — and specifically, the technique of presenting to the rest of the world an image, even if a facade, of communal unity."

      For how long have I been saying this? Whatever the original intent of the early Zionists, Zionism in its present form represents a power-seeking collective dependent upon the kinship solidarity of neo-tribalist Zionist Jews. That is why most Jewish fat-cats support Israel and why there are no anti-Zionist Jewish billionaires. It is all about power.

      Speaking of courting power, I link to a video of Nikki Haley groveling before AIPAC: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/48617.htm

  • Netanyahu has taken a wrecking ball to Israel's favorability ratings among Democrats
    • YONAH FREDMAN- "Thus the change in Congress would be the true key to changing the Democratic party."

      Dream on. The Democratic Party is incapable of change so long as it is financially dependent upon Jewish Zionists. Bernie was a Sheep Dog whose function was to lure disgruntled Democrats back into the party. Initially, he had the support of the Democratic Party to do this until it became obvious that he was interfering with Hillary's coronation. He continues as a Sheep Dog. A vote for Bernie is a vote for the New Democrats, deceitful vocabulary notwithstanding.

    • PHIL- "...but solidarity with Palestinians is surging in the Democratic base."

      Big deal. That and $2 will get you a tall drip coffee at Starbucks. The Democratic Party fat-cats are not influenced by the Democratic Party base. And the party base is loyal to a fault, ignoring strong Democratic support for Israel. How could it be otherwise in view of funding of the Party and its candidates by Jewish Zionists? Besides, Democratic unrest is centered primarily on Netanyahu and Likud, not Israel per se.

  • Israel as a perversion of Judaism and the modern nation-state
    • BORIS- "The policy of Roman Empire toward Jews was humiliation."

      Why don't you reference some of these ludicrous assertions to show that you are not making this up. Sounds like Jewish myth-history to me.

    • DABAKR- "I think you might want to check your 300yrs. At least 2020."

      2020? Going to attempt to leapfrog over the Diaspora and land in antiquity on the head of Flavius Josephus? I am not going to debate whether this Roman-Hebrew historian, whose work was banned by the rabbinical authorities, qualifies as what nowadays defines a "Jew." Instead, I'll simply modify my comment to exclude antiquity. How about, "With the decline of Temple Judaism and throughout most of the period of Classical (Rabbinic) Judaism, there were no Jewish historians until about 300 years ago." That better? A quote for you from a book I highly recommend, "Jewish History, Jewish Religion," by Israel Shahak.

      "Classical Judaism had little interest in describing or explaining itself to the members of its own community, whether educated (in talmudic studies) or not. It is significant that the writing of Jewish history, even in the driest annalistic style, ceased completely from the time of Josephus Flavius (end of first century) until the Renaissance, when it was revived for a short time in Italy and in other countries where the Jews were under strong Italian influence. Characteristically, the rabbis feared Jewish even more than general history, and the first modern book on history published in Hebrew (in the 16th century) was entitled "History of the Kings of France and of the Ottoman Kings." It was followed by some histories dealing only with the persecutions that Jews had been subjected to. The first book on Jewish history proper (dealing with ancient times) was promptly banned and suppressed by the highest rabbinical authorities, and did not reappear before the 19th century. The rabbinical authorities of east Europe furthermore decreed that all non-talmudic studies are to be forbidden, even when nothing specific could be found in them which merits anethema, because they encroach on the time that should be employed either studying the Talmud or making money - which should be used to subsidise talmudic scholars." (p19, "Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years," Israel Shahak)

    • BORIS- "1. are united through their common history"

      Their common myth-history? There were no Jewish historians until about 300 years ago.

      BORIS- "2. from that history they are realize their common vulnerability"

      Discovered the benefits of gilded victimhood?

      BORIS- "3. … and this teaches them the importance of Israel."

      The importance of Israel as the last remaining example of Blood and Soil nationalism? The importance of Israel as a unifier of the Tribe? A means to revive the economic function of Jews in medieval Europe? Zionism as a power-seeking ideology?

    • DONALD JOHNSON- "I think you are misreading him at certain points. For instance, he defines “ religion” in an idiosyncratic way by everyday standards, as private belief rather than a system that dominates the entire society."

      Yes, and he is wrong. Religion as a "private belief system rather than a system that dominates the entire society?" That is bullshit, pure and simple. Reality isn't what he defines it to be, it is what it actually is. And for most of human history, there has been no separation of church and state. Religion was "a system which dominates the entire society." You disagree? What the f**k was divine right all about? Seriously. Separation of church and state is a recent phenomenon. Yet, the notion that religion is a recent phenomenon caused by the separation of church and state is ludicrous. Reality is what it is, not what you define it to be. Come one Donald, you are better than that.

    • ROLAND NIKLES- "Moses Mendelssohn re-cast Jewish law as a religion."

      The notion that Judaism pre-enlightenment was not a religion and only became one with the separation of church and state is bizarre. Surely we can agree that religion is an ideology with a godhead which deals primarily with the metaphysical world. To separate church and state doesn't impact scripture. It primarily impacts religion as the legitimizing ideology of the ruling elites. Defining religion as "private" beliefs and practices not "public" beliefs and practices is strange, to say the least.

      ROLAND NIKLES- "In order to accomplish this blending of sovereignty, territory and identity, the state was made secular and the church subordinate to the state."

      Is it possible to distort history this flagrantly? The early nation-states were all monarchies justified by divine right. The church was subordinate, yes, nonetheless it was a powerful force in medieval society, its role was as the justifier of the power structure. These medieval monarchies were not secular. The separation of church and state occurred with the rise of capitalism. During the Industrial Revolution and Enlightenment, European culture was radically transformed to accommodate the changed circumstances. Old social mythology replaced with new social mythology necessary to facilitate social control by a new group of elites. Capitalist businessmen and financiers gradually wrested control of European society from the nobility and church. The new mythology/culture justified and acculturated the citizenry to the new institutions of social power and control.

      ROLAND NIKLES- " “Orthodoxy is in a certain sense the most modern of modern Judaisms in viewing itself as a religion on the German Protestant model,” claims Yadgar (citing Batnitzki)."

      According to Israel Shahak, Orthodoxy is, along with Zionism, a successor to historical Judaism, hardly the most modern Judaism. It was a retrograde reaction to modernity and the enlightenment. Orthodoxy similar to German Protestantism? Never heard that before.

      ROLAND NIKLES- " The early Zionists who settled the land and built Israel were militantly secular. Secularism, in their view, was a natural development of the human race toward reason, rationality, and enlightenment."

      Atheists who right from the get go used biblical references to justify Zionism claiming a God-given title deed to the land as they thumped the Bible/Torah/Talmud. And the very notion that "reason, rationality, and enlightement" motivated these Blood and Soil Zionists is not based upon evidence. Have you read the racist ravings of some of these early Zionists such as Jabotinsky? Nowadays, there seems to be a significant symbiosis between Israeli nationalism and the various strands of Judaism in the US and Israel.

      ROLAND NIKLES- " Israel, and the holocaust as its justification, has become the new touchstone of Judaism."

      Indeed it has. Likewise, Israel is increasingly relying upon Judaism as a legitimizing ideology. Together, this is the symbiosis I referred to.

  • The checkpoints, by Rawan Yaghi
    • EMET- "Islam, the type practiced by the Palestinians, rewards death."

      Considering the relatively large number of Palestinians killed versus the relatively small number of Israeli Jews killed, may we concluded that for Israeli Jews, killing Palestinians is rewarding in its own right?

  • Once again, 'NYT' says Judaism = Zionism
    • MOOSER- "And seemed, to me, to start slipping around, oh, 2008."

      I am unaware of any slippage among Zionist fat-cats. Among the shakers and movers it seems to be more open and in your face. All of the new laws criminalizing criticism of Israel as anti-Semitic, for example.

    • MISTERIOSO- "Zionism will prove to be another Golden Calf for Judaism."

      Has imperialism been a Golden Calf for Christianity?

    • MISTERIOSO- "Henry Morgenthau Sr...."

      Yes, Zionism was initially a marginal movement which did not become popular prior to World War II and the Holocaust, and not real popular until after the six day war. Nowadays, however, Zionism is the overarching ideology of most of organized American Jewry. Zionism and Judaism have become entangled with one another.

    • MOOSER- " Elites, don’t fail me now!"

      What have we here? Trot N. Fetchit?

    • MOOSER- "See, Zionists are very concerned about Jewish survival."

      No, they are not. Zionist elites are primarily concerned with acquiring power and will take risks to do so. All elites are primarily concerned with acquiring power and will take risks to do so. If the elites were concerned with survival, nuclear weapons would have been eliminated long ago.

    • MHUGHES976- "I would like to think (which is not much of an argument, I agree) that those forms of Judaism and of Christianity that do imply Z are inauthentic"

      American Rabbinical support for Israel and Zionism is real and needs to be acknowledged. It is not up to you or me to define Judaism which has multiple strands. Currently, an undeniable symbiosis has occurred between Zionism and most of the strands of Judaism. Zionism has replaced Classical Judaism as the unifier of the Jewish people. And Jews are a people to the extent that they believe they are. Kinship is not a figment of Yuri Slezkine's imagination.

    • WATZAL- "Zionism has nothing to do with Judaism."

      Zionism has everything to do with Classical Judaism and Jewish peoplehood.

  • Norman Finkelstein's 'Gaza' is an exhaustive act of witness
    • ECHINOCOCCUS- "Yes but the key here is that one side is the aggressor...."

      I agree. Israel created the problem unilaterally and has the ability to end it unilaterally. And until they begin treating the Palestinians decently I will not criticize the Palestinians in their desperate struggle. One of my favorite Chomsky quotes:

      "There is, evidently, much satisfaction to be gained by careful inspection of those writhing under our boot, to see if they are behaving properly; when they are not, as is often the case, indignation is unconstrained." (Noam Chomsky)

  • What's wrong with colonialism?
    • JERRY HIRSCH- " ... the Jews have a 3,000 year history in the land of Israel."

      What Jews? The ones who converted to Islam? Surely you don't mean the Ashkenazi invaders.

    • MOOSER- "There’s an implicit assumption in all of this that if everybody else didn’t hate us, we would all immediately abandon the religion."

      Not the religion, Zionist neo-tribalism, the internal solidarity of a people apart.

    • JERRY HIRSCH- "... the Jews are indigenous to that land...."

      The Ashkenazi are indigenous? Cut the crap, Jerry, the Ashkenazi founders of Israel are European invaders.

    • MOOSER- "Are those really the odds (“The Jews” vs. well, everybody) the Zionists want us to play by?"

      Shhh! Jewish kinship is a secret only discussed inside the tent. Outside the tent it is an anti-Semitic trope, illegal in parts of Europe. The Talmud not for everyone's eyes. Seems to be highly successful so far.

    • AVIGAIL ABARBANEL- " Zionists cannot see beyond the deeply ingrained paradigm of ‘everyone hates the Jews, and wants to kill them all’."

      Yes, and this belief that non-Jews are inherently anti-Semitic represents a strong anti-Gentile bias intrinsic to Zionism.

    • FOLKS- As I said in my initial comment this is a big topic. It is also a very important topic which is too little discussed. Because of its relevance both to the Palestinians and to imperial geostrategy in general, I am going to delve a little deeper. Hang with me.

      Many Mondo commenters may be unaware of the extent to which post World War II the US consciously sought to extend its cultural influence and worldview not only to the Third World but to Europe as well. The CIA and State Department financed cultural groups/magazines which supported the US worldview. More significantly, the US opened up other cultures to US cinema or else. Economic aid to post war France was tied to opening up France to American movies, the prime transmitter of American mythology. It seems to have paid off. I am now going to provide three quotes from "The Grand Chessboard" to show the geostrategic importance Zbigniew Brzezinski placed upon culture.

      "Rome's imperial power, however, was also derived from from an important psychological reality....Cultural superiority, taken for granted by the rulers and conceded by the subjected, thus reinforced imperial power" (p11)
      ....
      "The overseas British Empire was initially acquired through a combination of exploration, trade, and conquest. But much like its Roman and Chinese predecessors or its French and Spanish rivals, it also derived a great deal of its staying power from the perception of British cultural superiority. That superiority was not only a matter of subjective arrogance on the part of the British ruling class but was a perspective shared by many of the non-British subjects. In the words of South Africa's first black president, Nelson Mandella: "I was brought up in a British school, and at the time Britain was the home of everything that was best in the world. I have not discarded the influence which Britain and British history and culture have exercised on us." Cultural superiority, successfully asserted and quietly conceded, had the effect of reducing the need to rely on large military forces to maintain the power of the imperial center." (p21)
      ....
      "In brief, America stands supreme in the four decisive domains of global power....and culturally, despite some crassness, it enjoys an appeal that is unrivaled, especially among the world's youth...."
      (P24, "The Grand Chessboard," Zbigniew Brzezinski)

    • AVIGAIL ABARBANEL- (Lecture Quote)- "Why is it so important for indigenous people to maintain their identity? What is so bad with a particular way of life or culture disappearing?"

      Jeez, this is a big topic! The short answer is that it depends upon the factors causing the cultural change. During the Industrial Revolution and Enlightenment, European culture was radically transformed to accomodate the changed circumstances. Old social mythology replaced with new social mythology necessary to facilitate social control by a new group of elites. Capitalist businessmen and financiers gradually wrested control of European society from the nobility and church. The new mythology/culture justified and acculturated the citizenry to the new institutions of social power and control.

      In the case of modern imperialism, crucial aspects of the indigenous culture are replaced with Western concepts reflecting the Western view of Western superiority and indigenous inferiority. Local leaders are frequently sent to the Western imperial states to be educated and indoctrinated in Western cultural mythos. Many Third World finance ministers, for example, have Economic PhDs from Western elite Universities and fully suscribe to neoliberal doctrines. High ranking military officers are sent to the US for training. And these Third World elites look to the West for their rewards. And for the ideological justifications for adopting policies which benefit Western corporations while harming their people.

      In the case of Israel, the Zionists went to great lengths to destroy as much of historic Palestinian culture as possible, villages destroyed, Arabic names replaced by Hebrew names, olive trees replaced with pine trees, Zionist atrocities denied, etc. One consequence is that this Middle Eastern country is oriented to European cultures and values, not to its Arab neighbors. And as more American Jews make aliyah, rather than returning to their mythological cultural roots, they are destroying the culture and replacing it with the homogenized culture of Western capitalism, the bazaar replaced with McDonald's.

      To conclude, colonialism/imperialism is all about elite power-seeking. And any system which exults elite power-seeking is destructive to all that it controls.

  • Trump's line on 'shithole countries' is a mainstream view in Israel
    • CIGAR GOD- "Worse, it is the silence of so-called liberals."

      Oh, it is much worse than silence. Complicity says I. Senate minority leader Charles Schumer was a strong supporter of the US embassy move to Jerusalem. Additionally, he supports the blockade of Gaza. Below is a quote and link to Norman Finkelstein on Schumer.

      "And on these questions, a lot of the Democrats, including Schumer—or especially Schumer, I should say—are worse than Trump. So, for example, after the Mavi Marmara incident in 2010, when Israel killed the passengers aboard the humanitarian vessel, the Mavi Marmara, killed 10 passengers, Charles Schumer, he went before a group of Orthodox Jews, and he said, “The people of Gaza voted for Hamas. They voted for Hamas, and therefore economic strangulation is the way to go.” Now, bear in mind what that means. We’re talking about a population, more than half of which are children, who are living under a medieval siege. And what he’s effectively saying is we should continue starving them, until they vote or get rid of Hamas. Now, what do you say about something like that?" (Norman Finkelstein) http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/48595.htm

  • Facing serious damage to its image, Israel must smear its critics as anti-Semites
    • I tried to comment earlier but to no avail. Permit me to make a second attempt.

      Unlike most of my fellow commenters, I am not enamored with Moshe Machover's defense of Tony Greenstein which, I fear, may be counterproductive. Let us begin with what should be obvious. The ludicrous charges against Tony Greenstein are nothing more than a pretext to purge the Labour Party of Corbyn supporters. Also, perhaps, to legitimize the New Anti-Semitism equating criticism of Israel with Jew hatred. How does one argue against a pretext? To attempt to do so tends to legitimize the pretext insofar as it appears that you consider the pretext to be a serious charge based upon its merits. Those utilizing the pretext are not going to be swayed by arguments that Tony has not engaged in anti-Semitic activity, they want him out. I believe in telling it like it is. This is a political power-play, nothing more, nothing less. And the person who needs to put his foot down is Jeremy Corbyn.

  • What MLK's 'Letter from Birmingham Jail' tells us about Ahed Tamimi in a cold Israeli cell
    • MHUGHES976- "We tend to blame everything on donors but I think that King, like Niebuhr, was responding to something he generally believed."

      Saying that King was influenced by his Jewish donors who he undoubtedly respected about a topic which he was poorly informed does not mean that he did not believe what he said. Of course he did. And if his donors had been anti-Zionists I suspect that they would have influenced his opinion accordingly.

    • ANNIE- "... to pretend this is in reference to the countries of israel and egypt in 1956, in support of israel, is to completely thwart the meaning of the sermon."

      Yet another example of the lack of intellectual integrity of these Zionist apologists. And as Talkback correctly points out, much of King's financial support came from Jewish donors who undoubtedly influenced King's opinion on Israel where he had limited knowledge. A more honest appraisal would be that King's limited statements on Israel reflected a desire to appease his donors rather than based upon thoughtful, moral principles.

  • Vic Mensa's searing piece in 'Time' on Israeli oppression is prefaced by clunky disclaimer re anti-Semitism
    • LILLIAN ROSENGARTEN- "Keith, your argument that successful Jewish wealthy people are all Zionists is not based on fact and propels a myth...."

      Haim Saban is a myth? Paul Singer is a myth? Sheldon Adelson is a myth? etc? I didn't say ALL wealthy Jews were Zionists, however, most seem to be. To repeat: "Name me one Jewish billionaire who is anti-Zionist? Name one Jewish media mogul who is anti-Zionist?" Go ahead, Lillian, shatter the "myth."

      LILLIAN ROSENGARTEN- "You undermine speaking truth to power as Vic has done."

      No I haven't. I have indicated why he might have initiated his comments with the lines "I am not anti-Semitic, and the views expressed in this essay are in no way an attack on people of the Jewish faith. My words are a reflection of my experiences on my trip, and my criticism lies with the treatment of Palestinian civilians by the state of Israel, no more and no less." Phil gave one explanation, I provided another. I hardly see as how that is undermining Vic's message. I suspect that you may be objecting to my referencing Jewish power which deep down inside you consider an anti-Semitic trope. No?

    • MISTERIOSO- (Neve Gordon Quote)- " I received death threats and scores of hate messages by email; administrators at my university received letters, some from big donors, demanding that I be fired."

      The same thing happened to Israel Shahak decades ago. Most of the threats, hate messages and calls for his firing came from AMERICAN Jews. This is organized harrassment designed to intimidate any and all opposition to Jewish Zionist power-seeking. These are the actions of a well organized, affluent and powerful group attempting to bowl over the opposition.

      NEVE GORDON- " The ‘new anti-Semitism’ also differs from the traditional form in the political affinities of its alleged culprits: where we are used to thinking that anti-Semites come from the political right, the new anti-Semites are, in the eyes of the accusers, primarily on the political left." https://www.lrb.co.uk/v40/n01/neve-gordon/the-new-anti-semitism

      If one stops to think about this it becomes obvious why this is so. Traditionally, Jews were considered part of the left, frequently socialists or Marxists who would logically be opposed by the right wing. Nowadays, Jews have significantly embraced Zionism which is fundamentally right wing. Israel is the last bastion of Blood and Soil nationalism which considers non-Jews as the other without equal rights nor the right to reside in the homeland. Of course the Left opposes this, hence, is attacked as anti-Semitic.

      NEVE GORDON- "...while also believing that ‘Jews are vastly over-represented in what you could call “the establishment”.

      Why is this considered "Jew hatred?" Are they or aren't they? Neve Gordon is now engaging in the same type of behavior which he criticizes. Why is it anti-Semitic to evaluate the distribution of power within our political economy? Yet, to raise the question is to be attacked as an anti-Semite even by Neve Gordon. Using this criteria, Phil Weiss is an anti-Semite. "... the fact that Israel supporters are imbeded all over our media, and this is never controversial." http://mondoweiss.net/2018/01/oppression-prefaced-disclaimer/ Although not specified, Phil almost always refers to Jewish Zionists. And yes, this influence is disproportionate, apposition attacked as anti-Semitic.

      NEVE GORDON- " The definition adopted by the current UK government offers 11 examples of anti-Semitism, seven of which involve criticism of Israel – a concrete manifestation of the way in which the new understanding of anti-Semitism has become the accepted view."

      These laws are a direct consequence of successful Jewish Zionist power-seeking. A clear and convincing indication of outsized influence in the political economy and the political establishment. Weak and beleaguered minorities don't get laws like this implemented, powerful groups do. And charges of anti-Semitism by groups that have the power to make the consequences significant are a form of power-seeking intimidation.

    • LONELY RICO- "...I find your denigration misplaced...."

      What denigration? Responding to the realities of power is not a criticism. I am surprised at your interpretation.

      LONELY RICO- "Not perceived power, real power...."

      I agree, however, our actions are based upon our perceptions, not empirically defined reality. Whether his perceptions are accurate is another matter. All of us respond to our PERCEPTIONS of reality, accurate or not.

    • PHIL- (Vic Mensa Quote)- "I am not anti-Semitic, and the views expressed in this essay are in no way an attack on people of the Jewish faith."

      I agree with Annie on this. Instead of an editor's influence, Mensa may simply be genuflecting to Jewish media power so as not to appear uppity. It strikes me as a supplication to perceived power, the way commoners used to speak to the nobility.

      PHIL- " Israel calls itself the Jewish state, but it is in reality a Zionist state."

      A Christian Zionist state? Common, Phil, the ongoing symbiosis between Zionism and Judaism has not gone unnoticed. And Jewish support for Israel remains strong, especially among the Jewish elites who have the power.

      PHIL- " Many Jews support Zionism, including many in the Jewish establishment; but an increasing number don’t."

      Name me one Jewish billionaire who is anti-Zionist? Name one Jewish media mogul who is anti-Zionist? Vic Mensa is grovelling before perceived power. He speaks to the rest of us only after he tries to protect himself. And yes, perhaps some editors were also so inclined, but not necessarily so.

  • Privileged American Jews are safe thanks to 'Israel's might'-- Roger Cohen
    • PHIL- " But Cohen’s column is a throwback to an earlier era...."

      Yes, and that is the essence of what Zionism has turned into. Perhaps anti-Semitism was a legitimate concern of the original European Zionists and Israel seen as a solution to that. Additionally, Zionism and Israel was always conceived as a defense against assimilation, a means to maintain Jewish tribal identity. Nowadays, the notion that American Jewish Zionist fat-cats are sincerely worried about anti-Semitism doesn't ring true. Rather, the intent seems to be to maintain a privileged social role through kinship solidarity.

    • ROGER COHEN- "The Jews needed a homeland."

      No they don't. The creation of a "Jewish" state pays homage to the "Blood and Soil" nationalism of Nazi Germany.

      ROGER COHEN- "History proves that."

      No it doesn't. Most of the Jews who remained in the historical "homeland" converted to Islam, which is their right. Cohen's entire article is based upon Zionist myth-history.

      ROGER COHEN- " Assimilation never worked...."

      Of course it did. Jews are doing quite well in the US.

      ROGER COHEN- "... the Holocaust was no more than a culmination."

      More Zionist myth-history. The social role of Jews underwent profound changes with the advent of modernity. The Holocaust cannot be analysed outside the context of World War II in which over 60 million people died.

      Cohen's article is shameless Zionist propaganda seeking to encourage and justify support for Israel among American Jews. Reality is turned on its head. Strong Israel benefiting a weak American Diaspora? Israel depends upon US imperial support facilitated by American Jewish support to maintain itself in the militaristic manner it has grown accustomed to. Israel needs the Diaspora more than the Diaspora needs Israel. Except, perhaps, for the American Jewish Zionist fat-cats who need Israel as the ideological center of neo-tribal kinship which benefits them alone. The anti-assimilationist tendencies of Jewish Zionism not in the best interest of the Diaspora 99%.

  • From Spinoza to Vilkomerson, Jewish voices for peace have long been banned-- by Jews
    • TALKBACK- (Mensora quote)- "By doing so, the Gentile then blurs the lines of who is a “Torah Authority”, and this done en masse, will destroy Torah, as other Gentiles not fit to teach, will proliferate ignorant rulings."

      This is utter BS and typical of the deception used to defend against revelation of the anti-Christian and anti-Gentile texts of the Talmud. This became an issue beginning in the 13th century when Jewish converts to Christianity revealed these passages to the Christian authorities who imposed censorship.

      "It must be admitted at the outset that the Talmud and the talmudic literature - quite apart from the general anti-Gentile streak which runs through them....contain very offensive statements and precepts directed specifically against Christianity." (p20, "Jewish History, Jewish Religion," Israel Shahak)

      This was dealt with primarily by substituting euphemisms for Gentile such as idolator, heathen, Canaanite, etc. These were recognized by Jews for what they were. In Israel, the euphemisms have been replaced by the original texts.

      "Needless to say, all of this was a calculated lie from beginning to end; and following the establishment of the State of Israel, once the rabbis felt secure, all of the offensive passages and expressions were restored without hesitation in all of the new editions." (p23, Shahak)

    • MOOSER- "Makes it that much harder to serve subpoenas and warrants."

      Good point. And if Spinoza was alive today he would no doubt want to comment on Mondoweiss under a different screen name. How about Spinooser?

  • 'Curricularizing Israel'-- the Hebrew program in suburban Chicago schools
    • YONAH FREDMAN- 'Regarding Zionism’s infiltration into Judaism: I think in the aftermath of the Shoah the creation of israel inevitably got all tangled up in the conception of God."

      Are you joking? The Holocaust had no effect on the religious beliefs of the atheist founding fathers of Israel. The Judaization of Zionism and the Zionification of Judaism evolved over time because these two aspects of Jewish expression found it mutually advantageous to do so. It is all about power and the success of Israel during the six day war caused the Zionists and the Rabbinate to aggressively embrace one another to mutual advantage. And while Judaism will outlive Zionism, Zionism requires the metaphysical justification of Judaism because secular religions have a short shelf life. A quote for you.

      "Unfortunately, secular zionism is in a state of symbiosis with religious zionism. That’s because the first cannot stand without the second. Which is why, as time goes on, more and more of the jews of Israel will turn religious, even as they deny it." (Danaa) http://mondoweiss.net/2017/12/ending-crisis-zionism/#comment-901284

      YONAH FREDMAN- "(or better yet read the bible and let the holy spirit take you. but seriously, deaf people discussing bach.)"

      I am glad that you find belief in a magical deity so intellectually enlightening. Pray for me?

    • ANNIE- "keith, “the various strands” makes it sound as though you mean ‘all various strands’. i think that may be inaccurate."

      I am referring to the three major strands of Judaism: Reform, Conservative and Orthodox which seem to be overwhelmingly supportive of Israel and Zionism. Of course, within these strands there are exceptions to the rule, Rabbi Shapiro a case in point. Let me link to another quote which seems to be saying what I am trying to get across.

      "There’s not time for me to discuss the seamless merger that has taken place over the last 70 years between Judaism and Zionism and modern Jewish identity." (Robert Cohen) http://mondoweiss.net/2017/08/cant-equal-rights/

    • LIZ ROSE- "Most importantly, young Jewish students are being taught that the only way to be a Jew is to profess an unwavering love of Israel."

      I think that it is important to be aware that just as Zionism has increasingly emphasized Judaic rituals and symbolism, so too has the various strands of Judaism incorporated Zionist ideology into their rituals and beliefs. I refer to this synergistic joining as Judeo-Zionism to reflect the distinction between it and pre-Zionist Judaism.

  • What Palestinians can learn from South African anti-apartheid struggle
    • EMET- " The Arabs are not going to support a Jewish state anywhere."

      Why should anyone support "Blood and Soil" nationalism? Why do Zionists insist upon emulating the nationalism of Nazi Germany? Is there something intrinsic to Zionism which causes this? What next, genetic studies to prove the purity of Jewish blood/DNA?

    • To me, the biggest lesson of South African "victory" over apartheid is that control of the political system without control of the economic system is a hollow victory. The local white oligarchs and the western transnational corporations still run the place and the majority of people are still poor or poorer. Black figureheads no cause for celebration as neoliberalism marches on.

  • When Zionism is the essence of life, a break has huge consequences
    • STEPHEN SHENFIELD- "...they cannot believe that they would be allowed to remain with equal rights in a state with a non-Jewish majority."

      Let us begin with the obvious. The atheist, blood and soil Jewish nationalists who founded Israel had no desire whatsoever for "equal rights in a state with a non-Jewish majority." They still don't. Zionism has morphed from a form of blood and soil nationalism into a unifier of the Diaspora in support of a Jewish state where "dual loyalty" is considered a form of treason to the Jewish state.

    • JONATHAN OFIR- " Under the Zionist meta-narrative, this is all temporary. Jewish thriving is temporary, and simply awaits a point in time wherein the gentiles will again ‘turn on the Jews’, because that’s what happens “in each and every generation”, as the Passover chant goes."

      Something which is critical to understand, yet which outrages many Jews when spoken by a Gentile, is that a core component of Zionism is anti-Gentilism. The notion that Gentiles are inherently evil and irrational and will eventually "turn on the Jews." Zionist neo-tribalism could not exist if Zionist Jews viewed Gentiles as their fellows of a different religion/ethnicity. The Zionist world is a manichean world of Jews versus non-Jews.

      According to Israel Shahak: “Therefore, the real test facing both Israeli and diaspora Jews is the test of their self-criticism which must include the critique of the Jewish past. The most important part of such a critique must be detailed and honest confrontation of the Jewish attitude to non-Jews.” (p103, “Jewish History, Jewish Religion,” Israel Shahak) Unfortunately, I have yet to see that happen.

  • Finally a 'New York Times' columnist says liberal Zionism is dead
    • PHIL- "... she insists that American Jews won’t prop it up in the long run."

      Oh? Why not? And you can forget about the majority of Jews, it is the Jewish elite which set the agenda and STRONGLY support Israel. Support for Israel among the American Jewish Zionist elite provides the considerable benefit of kinship solidarity, a potent unifier of power seeking purpose in our multicultural society. Unless that changes, American Jewish Zionist elite support for Israel will remain strong. And since American Jewish Zionist fat-cats effectively own the Democratic Party, the Democrats are effectively Zionists. I am unaware of any source of concentrated power in the US which is anti-Zionist. None.

  • Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as capital of 'Jewish people' is assault on my religion -- Queens rabbi
    • BORIS- "Please spare me your righteous indignation. Nowhere I am anti-Gentiles."

      Of course you are. Zionism is neo-tribalism and is inherently anti-Gentile. Your comments reek of hostility to non-Jews. You defend the actions of a state based upon Blood and Soil nationalism. Non-Jews are the hateful "other." Do you disavow the notion of irrational and eternal anti-Semitism? Your Judeocentric world view inherently diminishes non-Jews. Are you concerned with the 6 million non-Jewish Congolese Africans killed by Zionist posterboy genocidaire Paul Kagame? https://blackagendareport.com/content/rwanda-crisis-could-expose-us-role-congo-genocide

    • BORIS- "Yes, overall 50 million died in that war, but Jews, unlike everybody else, were hunted and murdered simply for being born Jewish...."

      More than 60 million, Boris. And the more than 55 million Gentile deaths are trivialized because they were not born Jewish? Dead is dead. You wear your anti-Gentilism on your sleeve. Who defeated Hitler and Nazi Germany? Zionist Jews? Yet, who criticizes the Gentile survivors for not doing enough to save Jews? Hitler's willing executioners? You need to check out Zionist cooperation with the Nazis before and during World War II along with Zionist efforts to thwart Jewish refugees from going anywhere but Israel. And what is Israel if not a throwback to the "Blood and Soil" nationalism of Nazi Germany?

      It is a nice trick you Zionists have of selling the concept of elite victimhood, where a powerful and privileged group turns reality on its head to claim it is a beleaguered minority, non-Jews born bad to the bone.

    • ROHA- "(And off topic, but I have to ask. Aren’t you just thrilled by the idea of Oprah as President?)"

      Sure, we can do worse and probably will. She has two important qualifications right from the start: she is not Hillary and she is not an Ivy League lawyer. Besides, Wall Street and the Deep State more-or-less run things regardless of who is in the White House, so why not elect someone who can put on a good show? Oprah's one unforgivable flaw is that she is a fat-cat imperial feminist, hence, we would be forced to suffer through gilded hypocrisy! But at this stage fat-cat hypocrisy is so omnipresent that we should all be inured to it. Shorter version: who cares?

    • ROHA- "Bethlehem, where Jesus was born, or Jerusalem, where he was crucified and resurrected?"

      Please, tell me you are joking? Jesus of Nazareth was almost assuredly born in Nazareth, the Bethlehem/manger mythology ideologically motivated. Resurrection? surely you jest. Dead is dead and mythology mythology, whether Jewish or Christian. Was Jesus soul so deficient that it needed the entire body to go into heavenly orbit? Normally, I avoid theological arguments, however, this whole Bethlehem/ 3 wise men fantasy is so intellectually debasing that it is difficult to remain silent. And if anyone gives me shit over this, I'll start quoting Reza Aslan on the historicity of the Bethlehem fairy tale.

  • Israel prevents Omar Barghouti from accompanying his mother to Jordan for critical surgery
    • JACKDAW- "I think the linked pic was a stock photo."

      Yes, and the caption reads "Tel Aviv HOT." What better enticement to appeal to a beleaguered, downtrodden Diaspora?

      JACKDAW- " That said, you’re not going to see ass like that on a beach in Gaza."

      No, I don't expect you will.

    • JACKDAW- "Did you know that Israeli tourism reached an all time high this past year?"

      I couldn't help but notice that your link featured an attractive Askenazi woman in a teeny bikini on a beach, a typical depiction. Apparently cherry tomatoes wasn't a big draw?

  • 'We have taken Jerusalem off the table' -- Trump bullies Palestinians
    • JOHN O- " The site you link to is clearly designed to rubbish the Guardian and the BBC...."

      I'm with you, John O. If you can't trust the Guardian, the BBC, the NYT, CNN and MSNBC, who can you trust?

      JOHN O- "They seem to think Putin is OK, though."

      I hear you! Bring back Yeltsin! Follow the link for a trip down memory lane. https://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2017/01/23/abby-martin-russias-transformation-from-an-american-colony-to-its-number-one-threat/

    • ROHA- "You wrote in yourself? I’d have voted for you."

      Well, that means that I would have gotten 4 votes. You, me, Hophmi and Yonah! Third Party candidates are not a joke! Jill Stein was a genuine Roosevelt Democrat, her positions far superior to the Republicrats. Her call for a recount in selected states stupid. She may have effectively destroyed the Green Party. And yet.... What is the alternative? Voting Republicrat? Only a masochist would do that. Not vote? Ah, a sleeper for justice! Unless and until the voters revolt at the polls, nothing will change for the better and a lot will change for the worse!

    • ROHA- "And this was the least worst candidate for the presidency."

      Not so. At least one of the Third Party candidates was far superior to either of the major party candidates, however, the US voters CHOSE to vote for one of the two corporate party candidates, hence, for the corporate/financial agenda. In many ways, the 99% deserves their fate. What a pity that I also am affected by their irrational decision making.

    • HARRY LAW- "Although one should never mock the afflicted, I agree with Tillerson."

      Yes, but is the 99% better off with an incompetent imperial president or with a highly effective imperial president, the more effective evil?

  • Ahed Tamimi has polarized western opinion -- but stirred some liberals to solidarity
    • YONI FALIC- "I was disgusted because moderators were filtering comments directed to known historical facts that are completely undisputed while the moderators persistently allow Zionist propagandists to make completely false and ridiculous claims."

      I know what you mean and appreciate how you feel, however, we should all be aware that Mondoweiss operates within an unusual and hostile environment where discretion is well advised. I second Mooser's comment. Every little bit of actual history helps us understand what Zionist myth-history seeks to misrepresent. Remember, what is accepted among scholars may be virtually unknown to the general public including, perhaps, the moderators and me.

  • Shmuley Boteach's unhinged attack on Lorde will only help the movement to boycott Israel
    • "In one of his many attempts to slime critics of Israel with newspaper ad purchases, Shmuley Boteach labels Lorde an anti-Semite...."

      To put this in perspective, Shmuley Boteach is a staunch supporter of Rwandan genocidaire Paul Kagame.

  • Jewish activist who counseled Lorde on BDS gets the full 'kapo' treatment in the Israeli press
    • JACK GREEN- "In the United States, life expectancy at age 55 (average number of additional years lived beyond 55) for Jews is 27.7. This is two to seven years longer than any other large religious group in the United States."

      Indicating that Jews are privileged, not the downtrodden victims of eternal and irrational anti-Semitism.

    • YONAH FREDMAN- "This false dualism invoked here: Justine Sachs (the forces of light and goodness) on one side and Assaf Wohl (the forces of darkness and evil) on the other side is convenient and rings like a 7th grade comic book reading of the israeli public."

      What are you talking about? Jonathan Ofir focuses mostly on Assaf Wohl's shameful libel of Justine Sachs, and he does it well. Read his quotes of Wohl who is obviously inferring that Sachs is analogous to a Kapo and a traitor to Israel, typical Zionist attack on anyone not supportive of Israel or its actions. And Wohl has some gall in inferring that Sachs is like a Kappo. Who notoriously worked with the Nazis if they thought it benefited Zionism? There is a long and sordid history there which you turn a blind eye to. And you have a history of seeing anti-Semitism where none exists. To you, these libelous charges and inferences are normal. My only criticism of the article is the notion that Viktor Orban's criticism of George Soros is anti-Semitic. Soros is a CIA asset with a lot to criticize without being an anti-Semite and I would need to see proof. There is way too much casual charging of anti-Semitism by Jewish Zionists.

    • JONATHAN OFIR- " When Prime Minister Netanyahu recently threw Jewish Philanthropist George Soros under the bus after a thinly veiled anti-Semitic ad campaign aimed at Soros by Hungarian President Viktor Orban...."

      Hey, partner, you want to back up that charge of anti-Semitic ad campaign? Soros is tight withn the CIA and his NGOs regularly attempt color revolutions in targeted nations. Soros is also considered "liberal" and has considerable influence within the Democratic party. All of Eastern Europe (and elsewhere) would be well advised to get rid of virtually all Western NGOs who function much as the imperial missionaries used to. And yes, the huge influx of refugees into Europe is a direct consequence of imperial actions and, perhaps, is part of the agenda of empire. The idea that criticism of any "liberal" Jew primarily derives from anti-Semitism is very convenient for liberal Zionists. Right-wing Zionist Jews such as Assaf Wohl are bound together by rigid tribalism whereas liberal Zionist Jews are bound together by kinship. There is a difference, but not as much as you think. Knee-jerk charges of anti-Semitism are common to both groups. A quote for you which sounds reasonable to me.

      "Orbán’s spokesman, Zoltán Kovács, told the Guardian that the Brussels speech was a “declaration of political war on Hungary”. Soros-funded organisations, Kovács said, were engaged in “political activism camouflaged as NGO work”. (The Guardian) https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/22/hungary-viktor-orban-george-soros

  • Why liberal Zionists have nothing to say about Ahed Tamimi's slap and arrest
    • HOPHMI- "Don’t bother these people with facts, Jack."

      Don't worry, he won't and neither will you. Zionist mythology, endlessly repeated, trumps honesty every time.

      HOPHMI- "...like the antisemites that they are."

      In your worldview, people can be divided into two groups: Zionist Jews and anti-Semites. Your first spoken word was "Auntie," and I am sure that we can all guess the second.

    • FOLKS- Coincidence? Police in Wichita, Kansas responded to a hoax call about a shooting and hostages. They surrounded the house. An unarmed man emerged. They commanded he put his arms up. He apparently didn't follow commands precisely. An officer "feared" he was drawing a gun. He was shot to death. (Seattle Times, 12/30/17) Imagine that. Heavily armed police officers wearing (I assume) body armor feel the need to murder another unarmed man in self defense. American death squads.

    • PHIL- "... many were enraged that the soldier was passive."

      Let us also be aware of the situation in the US where the police have been militarized and are anything but passive. I link to a shocking video of a Mesa, Arizona police officer essentially assassinating an unarmed man because he didn't follow instructions to the letter, even though intoxicated and in tears PLEADING for his life. Our police have been turned into an occupying force, citizens the enemy. The officer was exonerated. Watch the video and see what this country has turned into. Link to must see repulsive body cam video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBUUx0jUKxc

  • Zionism didn't have to turn out so badly for Palestinians, says Roger Cohen
    • CITIZEN- "Hey, you forgot, the ivy league schools once had quotas for Jews...."

      Quotas which EXCEEDED the Jewish percent of the population as a whole.

    • ROGER COHEN- "The book begins around the time of the Spanish Inquisition and ends with the Dreyfus case, a 400-year round trip back to the same Jewish question."

      Four hundred years of gilded victimhood? What other group of privileged shakers and movers incessantly whines about their alledged "victimhood?" Did the WASPs? Basically, all of this is primarily an ongoing, orchestrated pre-emptive defense against questions regarding Jewish power and privilege. And it works! Hard to discuss any of this without being called an anti-Semite. Has anyone ever been called an anti-WASP for discussing the previous political economy?

      ROGER COHEN- "...his Zionist vision of a “home that is destined to be a safe haven for the Jewish people.”

      If it is so dangerous for Jews in the lands of the non-Jews, and so safe inside of Israel, why was it so difficult to recruit Jews to make aliyah prior to 1967? And why do half of the word's Jews live in the "dangerous" US? The reality is that Israeli Jews are significantly dependent upon the "beleaguered" Diaspora for imperial support without which Israel would not be viable as presently constituted. End that support, and Cohen's fellow Ashkenazi would abandon Israel en mass, fleeing to "anti-Semitc" Europe and the US leaving the Mizrahi to fight it out with the Palestinians.

  • Pop star 'Lorde' honors BDS call, cancels Tel Aviv concert
    • MISTERIOSO- "Roseanne Barr is nuts!!"

      In the interview you linked, Barr refers to Rachael Corrie as a "Jewish American." Did Rachael consider herself Jewish? A quick web check yielded nothing. If true, I am surprised that this is the first I have heard of it. As for Barr being nuts, I tend to agree. Some of what she says is true, some outrageous. As a whole, there is a shocking incoherence to her worldview. The one constant is her Judeocentrism and diehard belief in Jewish victimhood.

  • The never-ending crisis of Zionism
    • DANAA- "... by selling sophistry as the height of rationality."

      And who better exemplifies this process than Alan Dershowitz? And when certain Trotskyists morphed into neocons, fundamentally they were selling the same thing in different packaging! Once again, I am in substantial agreement with everything you have said.

    • GAMAL- "that’s right i am telling you something"

      No you are not. You might think you are, but you are not. I would have thought that someone who claims to be a journalist could communicate more clearly.

    • GAMAL- "but who is a Judeo?"

      Judeo refers to the Judaic religion. Judeo-Zionism refers to the symbiotic relationship between Judaism and Zionism.

      Gamal- "If you see what I mean, are they like Islamos?"

      Your question is unclear. Do you mean "Islamo-XXXX?" If so, them "Islamo" would refer to the Islamic religion and "Islamo-XXXX" would refer to the symbiosis between Islam and XXXX. I would have thought that was clear, but perhaps not.

      Gamal- "the strict Islamos."

      Do you enjoy talking to yourself? Apparently you have some point which you want to make, but you are being too clever by a half. You aren't really asking me questions, are you?

    • MAYHEM- "The Jews were totally subjugated by brutal anti-semitic regimes that conducted pogroms against them."

      No they weren't. That is Zionist myth-history. Perhaps that is why you provide no quotes or references? For most of the last 1000 years, Jews functioned as service nomads performing functions for the Gentile nobility which the uneducated peasants and serfs were unable to perform. In effect, working for the crown. Many of the "pogroms" were, in reality, peasant uprisings against the feudal system of exploitation. In Eastern Europe, industrialization and modernization profoundly effected the role of the Jews in relation to the Gentile majority. Conflict was perhaps inevitable. ALL groups suffering from warfare and internal violence as power was fought for, non-Jews not some homogeneous group but composed of many competing groups. I, once again, provide some quotes and links for those interested in reality, not propaganda.

      "Jewish historiography, especially in English, is misleading on this point inasmuch as it tends to focus on Jewish poverty and anti-Jewish discrimination. Both were real enough at times; but the poorest Jewish craftsman, pedlar, landlord's steward or petty cleric was immeasurably better off than a serf. This was particularly true in those European countries where serfdom persisted into the 19th century, whether in partial or extreme form: Prussia, Austria (including Hungary), Poland and the Polish lands taken by Russia. And it is not without significance that, prior to the great Jewish migration of modern times (around 1880), a large majority of all Jews were living in those areas and that their most important social function there was to mediate the oppression of the peasants on behalf of the nobility and crown." (p52-53, "Jewish History, Jewish Religion," Israel Shahak)

      "...the social role of the Jews as an integral part of the upper classes. In many countries Jews were treated as potential nobles and, upon conversion, were able to immediately intermarry with the highest nobility. The nobility of 15th century Castile and Aragon or the aristocracy of 18th century Poland- to take the two cases where intermarriage with converted Jews was widespread - would hardly be likely to marry Spanish peasants or Polish serfs, no matter how much praise the gospel has for the poor." (p67, "Jewish History, Jewish Religion," Israel Shahak)

      At the beginning of the twentieth century, "Most of Russian Jews (about 90 percent) resided in the Pale of Settlement, to which they were legally restricted. Most of the Jews in the Pale of Settlement (all but about 4 percent, who were farmers and factory workers) continued to pursue traditional service occupations as middlemen between the overwhelmingly agricultural Christian population and various urban markets." (p105, "The Jewish Century," Yuri Slezkine)

      "Most important, they were affected by Russia's late-nineteenth-century modernization in ways that were more direct, profound, and fundamental than most other Russian communities because their very existence as a specialized caste was at stake. The emancipation of the serfs, the demise of the manorial economy, and the expansion of the economic role of the state rendered the role of the traditional Mercurian mediator between the countryside and the town economically irrelevant, legally precarious, and increasingly dangerous." (p115, "The Jewish Century," Yuri Slezkine)

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