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This week, the University of Chicago released a climate survey “aimed at identifying ways the University can improve in regards to diversity and inclusion.”

Strikingly, despite the fact that just weeks ago Muslim students and those advocating for Palestinian civil rights on this campus were targeted by an outside hate group, anti-Muslim or anti-Middle Eastern bigotry was nowhere to be found in the statement.

The situation has gotten so bad that an outside civil rights group has even demanded the University take steps to protect student activists. And yet, the survey showed no concern for documenting, addressing, or stopping them, instead rendering these concerns completely invisible.

The most recent incident occurred just last month, when an anti-Muslim hate group put posters up on 10 campuses across the country – including University of Chicago – listing the names and affiliations of more than 100 students and faculty. The targets were primarily Muslim, and the posters labeled them anti-Semites, “Jew haters,” and sympathizers with the militant group Hamas. Some even featured black-and-white cartoons that accentuated the dark features of those targeted, a tactic eerily reminiscent of anti-Semitic caricatures.

My name was one of those on the list.

Posters on University of Chicago campus

Posters on University of Chicago campus

I was horrified when I awoke that morning to find a poster with my name on it below the words “#JewHatred” flyered all over campus. A chill went down my spine as I realized hundreds of students had likely already seen the poster slandering me and more than a dozen other students.

Even worse was the fact that the posters carried a link to Canary Mission, a website which is composed of a blacklist of individuals active in groups promoting Palestinian human rights and has been slammed as “McCarthyist” by more than 1,000 university faculty from across the country. It is run by an anonymous, shadowy organization that refuses to identify itself. It includes hundreds of profiles of people with pictures and statements beside accusations of anti-Semitism and Islamic extremism. Among those listed are professors, faculty, and students from universities across the country.

Since the website went up, I have been harassed on a regular basis by tweets claiming that I hate Jews, retweeted by dozens of people along with hateful messages. But the day the posters went up on campus was the first time this cyber bullying and harassment hunted me down in real life.

Some universities – notably UCLA – have released statements condemning the group, which is the second campaign by the Horowitz center this year. The Anti-Defamation league, an organization committed to fighting anti-Semitism, even denounced the campaign as “hateful.”

The University’s response, comparatively, was muted. A University spokeswoman at the time described the flyers as “defamatory and inconsistent with our values and policies.”  Though, in meetings with administration officials, students targeted by the poster were offered sympathy but little more. After reviewing camera footage, we were told, the university was unable to identify those responsible. And a statement to all students condemning anti-Muslim bigotry on campus was deemed out of the question.

But the posters were not put up by unknown assailants. They bore the logo of the “David Horowitz Freedom Center,” an organization the Southern Poverty Law Center labels “a driving force of the anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant and anti-black movements” and the “premier financier of radical anti-Muslim extremism” in the United States today. Horowitz himself has called Islam a “religion which preaches war and violence and hate” and Obama an “evil man,” while he deems Black Lives Matter a “racist hate group.”  

The posters substantiated their allegations of “anti-Semitism” by claiming those named were involved with Muslim Student Associations (MSA) and/or Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), while others were labeled as being linked to “BDS.”

The idea that being in any of these organizations is proof of anti-Semitism is patently absurd.

The Muslim Student Association is a religious organization that serves Muslim students – like Hillel serves Jews or Christian clubs serve Christians. SJP, meanwhile, is a club that advocates for an end to Israeli human rights abuses of Palestinians through nonviolent means such as boycotting companies that profit from the Israeli occupation.

None of this constitutes proof of “Jew hatred” or promoting the “genocide” of the Jewish people. And yet there were the names strewn on posters across campus.

What is clear is that these students were targeted primarily for being Muslim or for being involved in causes that advocate for Muslims.

SJP, for example, is not a religious organization, and there are many Palestinian Christians beside the Muslim majority. Despite this, right-wing supporters of Israel have learned in the last few decades that slandering all Palestinians as Muslim extremists is an effective way to silence criticism of Israeli abuses of human rights.

And, unfortunately, it’s working.

The failure of the University of Chicago – and other universities like it – to vocally defend the rights of its students to free speech, political activism, and to live in an environment free of racial and religious hatred is particularly disconcerting given the wave of Islamophobia that has overtaken the country in the last year, particularly in light of Donald Trump’s electoral victory.

Trump’s campaign was predicated on defaming Muslims and threatening those who use their free speech in ways he disliked. He has revived the idea of forcing Muslim-Americans to register – raising the specter of internment camps – and called for a ban on Muslims entering the country, beside defaming, attacking, and slandering those of many political stripes who have dared to stand up to his bullying and bigotry against African-Americans, women, Mexican-Americans, the disabled, and many others.

Two weeks after taking office, he is now appointing men who have long histories in the white supremacist movement to power, including Steve Bannon, as well as people like Frank Gaffney, who have been described as “Islamophobic conspiracy theorists.”

Those being appointed to the White House are united not only by their hatred of Muslim-Americans but also by their targeting of Muslim-American political groups.

They have repeatedly slandered Muslim civil rights groups like the Council on American Islamic Relations as connected to terrorism and Hamas – just like David Horowitz did against MSA and SJP on campuses. This is not an accident, but, is instead part of a broader attack on Muslim-American rights under the cover of targeting terrorism and protecting national security.

This is not the first time SJP or MSA members on our campus have been targeted; just last year SJP was subject to a postering campaign accusing the organization of standing for “Stabbing Jews for Peace,” which led to a wave of online harassment against the group and its members. In another incident, leaked emails from a fraternity showed a pattern of anti-Muslim hate speech.

In this climate, one would expect anti-Muslim bigotry and silencing of students involved in promotion of Palestinian human rights through Islamophobic attacks to be taken seriously, especially when discussing the implications of a campus climate survey. One would expect universities to be vigorously condemning the creation of blacklists targeting their students and faculty for being involved politically and to be fighting to prevent hate groups from using their campuses as platforms to silence dissent.

If universities refuse to protect their students from attacks by hate groups in this climate, who will?

When will anti-Muslim bigotry be considered important enough for the University of Chicago to intervene?

A shorter version of this article was originally published in the Chicago Maroon on November 22, 2016.

About Alex Shams

Alex Shams is an Iranian-American journalist based in Bethlehem, Palestine and a PhD student of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. Follow him on twitter @SeyyedReza.

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  1. HarryLaw
    HarryLaw
    November 22, 2016, 12:35 pm

    Surely, if the posters are clearly defamatory as the University allege, then a case for defamation could be made out against the Horowitz “Freedom Centre” after all he takes full responsibility for the posters…”When The Maroon spoke with David Horowitz, he declined to name any individuals”.
    “I’m not going to tell you that,” Horowitz said, “These college administrations are coddling these terrorists. [The posters have] probably been torn down by campus administrators already. It’s a free speech issue. There is no law about campus posters. It’s a disgrace to the University. I take full responsibility for posting them.”
    Unless people start fighting back, legally, things will only get worse. A false claim of anti semitism can lead to a person losing his/her job, a further false claim of supporting terrorism could not only ostracize that person from the community, but also endanger their life.

    • annie
      annie
      November 22, 2016, 1:03 pm

      speaking of fighting back, do you recall horowitz has threatened to sue a student for an op-ed condemning the posters? because he called horowitz a racist!

      http://mondoweiss.net/2016/11/horowitz-threatens-condemning/

      • HarryLaw
        HarryLaw
        November 22, 2016, 2:20 pm

        Thanks for the link Annie, I think the issue here is that one of the students concerned Robert Gardner was legally threatened by Horowitz because he told the truth, as was his constitutional right [confirmed, inter alia by the University, and the Southern Poverty Law center]. Whereas Horowitz is telling bald faced lies [defamation] and has been criticized by those same organizations for doing so.

      • annie
        annie
        November 22, 2016, 9:21 pm

        yep

  2. Elizabeth Block
    Elizabeth Block
    November 23, 2016, 10:29 am

    Look over the oceans, look over the lands,
    Look over the leaders with blood on their hands,
    And open your eyes and see what they do,
    When they knock for your neighbor, they’re knocking for you,
    With a knock on the door,
    Knock on the door,
    Here they come to take one more.

    — Phil Ochs

    • Maghlawatan
      Maghlawatan
      November 23, 2016, 11:12 am

      Two short poems from Yip Harburg, who wrote “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead”, from “At This Point in Rhyme” (1976)

      On militarism:

      “Build Pentagons and armories
      From Boston to Lajolla
      There is no fortress strong enough
      To placate Paranoia.”

      and democracy under capitalism:

      “Sing a song of politics
      With bottles full of RyeThat anyone can buy
      When the voting opens
      The price begins to rise
      And this, my little citizens,
      Is called Free Enterprise.”
      Fourteen hundred delegates

  3. Elizabeth Block
    Elizabeth Block
    November 23, 2016, 10:30 am

    And it’s grimly amusing to watch Zionists make it clear that it’s okay to hate Jews, as long as you support Israel.

    • Maghlawatan
      Maghlawatan
      November 23, 2016, 11:08 am

      Zionism is a vile ideology.

      In 1944 Kastner traded thousands of Hungarian Jews to the Nazis in return for a couple of hundred passes to Palestine.
      In the 1970s Israel sold weapons to the Argentinian junta while over 3,000 left wing Jews were murdered by the junta.

      • wondering jew
        wondering jew
        November 23, 2016, 11:57 am

        There was nothing uniquely Zionist about the kastner train or the kastner deal. this propaganda from ben hecht is just propaganda. Yehuda Bauer, a real historian, debunks it. leave kastner out of your condemnation of zionism. it is just a symptom of the left’s ignorance and inability to put themselves in the shoes of the jews of europe.

      • jon s
        jon s
        November 23, 2016, 1:42 pm

        Yonah is right.
        Furthermore, since when were the Nazis issuing passes to Palestine?
        Over 1600 Jews were saved on that train, Zionists and non-Zionists and Anti-Zionists (including the Satmar Rebbe), and the train took them to Switzerland.
        What’s “vile” is Maghlawatan’s accusation.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 23, 2016, 2:27 pm

        Okay, now we’ve got a Zionist defending Kastner. Good work, “Jon s”. You’re a real kick in the head.

      • amigo
        amigo
        November 23, 2016, 3:03 pm

        “Yehuda Bauer, a real historian, debunks it.” YF.

        Source , please.

      • wondering jew
        wondering jew
        November 23, 2016, 6:33 pm

        “Jews for Sale” is the yehuda bauer book involved.
        Mooser commenting on kastner is a laff. He knows nothing. Like Schultz on hogan’s heroes.
        (Remember mad magazine’s take off on stalag 13.)

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 23, 2016, 7:20 pm

        Yes, “Yonah” you are the real bal-toyreh around here.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 23, 2016, 11:13 pm

        “Over 1600 Jews were saved on that train, Zionists and non-Zionists and Anti-Zionists (including the Satmar Rebbe), …”

        And every one of them balebatim! Jews worth saving! I mean, all Jews are equal, but some Jews got more quality than others.

        “What’s “vile” is…”

        …communally kicking an innocent man to death at Beersheba.

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        November 23, 2016, 11:53 pm

        Yonah is a mashgiach

        I will leave Kastner to Yossi Israeli

        By saving the Jews on the Kastner train, while failing to warn others that their “resettlement” was in fact deportation to the gas chambers, Kastner had sacrificed the mass of Jewry for a chosen few, the judge said.[4] The verdict triggered the fall of the Israeli Cabinet.[5]
        Kastner resigned his government position and became a virtual recluse, telling reporters he was living with a loneliness “blacker than night, darker than hell”.[4] His wife fell into a depression that left her unable to get out of bed, while his daughter’s schoolmates threw stones at her in the street.[6] Kastner was shot on 3 March 1957 by Zeev Eckstein, who was part of a three-man squad from a group of veterans from the pre-state right-wing militia Lehi led by Yosef Menkes and Yaakov Heruti, and died of his injuries twelve days later

      • jon s
        jon s
        November 24, 2016, 10:31 am

        Maghlawatan,
        Kastner couldn’t save all the Jews in Hungary, but he could save 1600, and did.

        The Supreme Court ultimately exonerated Kastner on most counts, albeit posthumously.

        Incidentally, his granddaughter is MK Meirav Michaeli.

      • annie
        annie
        November 24, 2016, 1:01 pm

        The Supreme Court .. exonerated Kastner on most counts … posthumously.

        why do you think they did that? transcripts of the (multiple) judges remarks at the trial are so damning. what evidence came to light after he was killed do you think lead to him being exonerated?

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        November 24, 2016, 1:14 pm

        Jon

        Kastner was typical of Jewish leadership in WW2

        As Hannah Arendt noted the Nazis were helped in their work by far too many Jews.
        It seems to have something to do with the Jewish power thing. It works beautifully until it collapses. .
        Like AIPAC at the moment.

        But Yossi ISraeli only gets fed bromides about WW2. If he is secular it’s the Warsaw ghetto uprising. If he^s Orthodox it’s piety.
        Nothing about leaders aiding in the destruction of their own communities.

        And why were 1600 Zionists saved? Why not 200K Bundists?

      • wondering jew
        wondering jew
        November 24, 2016, 1:25 pm

        Shoah is very emotional turf on a blog in 2016, three generations removed from the dead, and you think the judges in 1955 standing with brothers of the murdered are above emotion in their judgment. On this topic you grant Joe Israel’s street verdict. The judges were not historians and the intensity of the emotions of the moment are really beyond you spoiled americans whose grandparents all died of natural disease.
        There’s plenty to accuse zionism regarding its evil towards the Palestinians . Why bring up the topic of kastner. It is a sign of bad faith on your part to raise the topic out of the blue.

      • annie
        annie
        November 24, 2016, 1:39 pm

        On this topic you grant Joe Israel’s street verdict.

        so that would be a “No” you have no information regarding evidence that came to light after he was killed that lead to him being exonerated. there’s a book, perfidy by ben hecht, transcripts from the trial. 1/2 the book consists of footnotes. call it what you will, but “street verdict” it was not. there was an abundance of evidence as well as documents that came out in the trial and (if the transcripts are accurate) lead to no other conclusion. ben gurion’s government wanted him exonerated — so he was.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 24, 2016, 1:28 pm

        “Kastner couldn’t save all the Jews in Hungary, but he could save 1600, and did.”

        There speaks a Zionist. Next “Jon s” will tell us Kastner actually undercharged for the train fare.

      • oldgeezer
        oldgeezer
        November 24, 2016, 4:01 pm

        @yonah

        Bad faith in what way?

        There have been a couple of articles regarding him in jpost and ToI recently. Not surprising given that December is the anniversary of the last train.

        You have to love his standing up in defense of various SS officers. What a guy!!!

        Historically zionists have thrown Jewish people under the bus on a number of occassions and even now use quite antisemitic language against any Jewish person not adhering to the zionist political line.

        There is nothing nice or admirable about zionists.

        The only thing we know for sure about Kastner is that he made sure he was included in those saved.

      • jon s
        jon s
        November 24, 2016, 4:41 pm

        Annie, interesting that you’re willing to rely on Ben Hecht, a right-wing supporter of the Irgun.
        From Wikipedia:
        “The Supreme Court of Israel overturned most of the judgment against Kastner in 1958. The judges overturned the first count by 3–2 and the second count by 5–0. The longest majority decision was written by Judge Shimon Agranat, who said:
        During that period Kastner was motivated by the sole motive of saving Hungary’s Jews as a whole, that is, the largest possible number under the circumstances of time and place as he estimated could be saved.
        This motive fitted the moral duty of rescue to which he was subordinated as a leader of the Relief and Rescue Committee in Budapest.
        Influenced by this motive he adopted the method of financial or economic negotiation with the Nazis.
        Kastner’s behavior stands the test of plausibility and reasonableness.
        His behavior during his visit to Cluj (on May 3) and afterwards, both its active aspect (the plan of the “prominents”) and its passive aspect (withholding the “Auschwitz news” and lack of encouragement for acts of resistance and escape on a large scale) – is in line with his loyalty to the method which he considered, at all important times, to be the only chance of rescue.
        Therefore, one cannot find a moral fault in his behavior, one cannot discover a causal connection between it and the easing of the concentration and deportation, one cannot see it as becoming a collaboration with the Nazis.[42]
        But Judge Moshe Silberg disagreed on historical and moral grounds:
        We can sum up with these three facts:
        That the Nazis didn’t want to have a great revolt — “Second Warsaw” — nor small revolts, and their passion was to have the extermination machine working smoothly without resistance. This fact was known to Kastner from the very best source — Eichmann himself …
        That the most efficient means to paralyze the resistance wheel or the escape of a victim is to conceal from him the plot of the coming murder …
        That he, Kastner, in order to carry out the rescue plan for the few prominents, fulfilled knowingly and without good faith the said desire of the Nazis, thus expediting the work of exterminating the masses.[43]
        All five Supreme Court Judges upheld Judge Halevi’s verdict on the “criminal and perjurious way” in which Kastner after the war had saved Nazi war criminal Becher.[44] Judge Silberg summed up the Supreme Court finding on this point: “Greenwald has proven beyond any reasonable doubt this grave charge.”[45]”

        Also see here:
        https://www.amazon.com/Jews-Sale-Nazi-Jewish-Negotiations-1933-1945/dp/0300068522
        and here:
        http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/Holocaust/0172_Kasznter_Jews.html

        Maghlawatan, As I wrote above, not only Zionists were on the train.

        Old geezer , Kastner himself didn’t board the train. He did include his family. I don’t know anyone, who under those circumstances, would not have included his own family

        In the appeal, the supreme court upheld the earlier ruling on one count: Kastner had testified on SS officer Kurt Becher’s behalf after the war, probably saving him from the gallows. Later, Kastner had lied about that, committing perjury. On all other counts he was exonerated.

      • annie
        annie
        November 24, 2016, 7:10 pm

        interesting that you’re willing to rely on Ben Hecht, a right-wing supporter of the Irgun.

        as i said, the book was transcriptions from the trial including the damning verdict of multiple judges. one of the most surprising things to me about the book, primarily because when i read it (about 8-9 years ago) i had very limited knowledge about zionist history, was the division between the rt wing zionist terrorist sympathizers and the ben gurion terrorists who eventually formed the government. each side had tremendous stakes in the outcome. but contrary to what many people may think or assume, it was not kastner on trial, it was his accuser, gruenwald. nor was it kastner making the charges against his accuser it was the government of israel whom minister kastner worked for. so ben gurion’s government was suing gruenwald to protect the reputation of both his government (which was not yet a government during the war) and kastner.

        and i really think they had every reason to believe the trial would not last a grueling 18 months nor would gruenwald be able to back his charges in court but gruenwald had extraordinary documentary evidence which i think surprised the court — (ben gurion’s justice system) and the public. rumor had it this trial had the entire society riveted for a long time (i imagined something like OJ’s trial that went on and on with eveyone glued to their tv screens.) and there were mobs outside the courthouse and all that.

        so yes, hecht had terrific bias as did the gov of israel and the captivated public which included hungarian jews — who were livid. but alleging i am “willing to rely on hecht” is a tad disingenuous. more accurately i am willing to rely on the decision of the judges after the 18 month trial.

        and i don’t think this is comparable to warsaw and here is why; unlike warsaw this was at the very end of the war. germany was squeezed and didn’t have a lot of military forces to carry out these mass deportations they had to rely on collaboration. the people were never told where they were going. they were lied to. they packed their bags and got in line. 12k people a day between may and july. this was after the occupation of hungary. and he knew about the death camps by then as did the zionist federation (or jewish federation i can’t recall) he worked for. which i think was gurion’s federation vs the rtwg zionist terrorist. and this was all backed up by documents.

        (withholding the “Auschwitz news” and lack of encouragement for acts of resistance and escape on a large scale) – is in line with his loyalty to the method which he considered, at all important times, to be the only chance of rescue.
        Therefore, one cannot find a moral fault in his behavior,

        yes, it may have been the only chance of rescue for the jews he rescued, but no government official, jewish representative nor anyone else had the moral right to deceive so many people about their impending death. it’s one thing for a parent to lie to their child they are going to be dying. but to withhold that information from half a million people because the german government didn’t want riots or escapes? it’s unconscionable. people have a right to resist their own execution or chance escape.

        read the book, it’s short and concise. he remained silent. at least he could have let people know what was going to happen to them.

        i also think it’s telling that there was no supreme court effort or appeal to exonerate him in the years he was alive after the trial. i don’t think the society would have stood for that. it wasn’t til after he was dead that it was brought before the court (i think tho i could be mistaken). it didn’t shed a good light on the actions and decisions of the zionist federation he was working under during the war. and then it became buried, now rewritten from history with his posthumous exoneration told first.

      • talknic
        talknic
        November 24, 2016, 6:45 pm

        @ jon s November 24, 2016, 4:41 pm

        “On all other counts he was exonerated.”

        It was a LIBEL case.

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        November 24, 2016, 7:46 pm

        Mooser, Kastner arranged to have gefilte fish and sabra hummus on the train so the saved could get used to their new life. He had a problem securing enough buses to throw the Hungarian Jews under but the Nazis promised him they would sort it out. As one Nazi told him , Kastner could always tell later generations of Jews that without the exterminations there would be no Israel . What you lose on the genocide swings you gain on
        the Moshiach roundabout. It is such a beautiful argument. Oy vey.

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        November 24, 2016, 7:50 pm

        Eichmann himself had talked about Kastner a lot already when his interview Life magazine was first published on the 28th November and 5th December 1960:
        I resolved to show how well a job could be done when the commander stands 100% behind it. By shipping the Jews off in a lightning operation, I wanted to set an example for future campaigns elsewhere . . .
        In obedience to Himmler’s directive I now concentrated on negotiations with the Jewish political officials in Budapest . . . Among them Dr. Rudolph Kastner, authorized representative of the Zionist Movement. This Dr. Kastner was a young man about my age, an ice-cold lawyer and a fanatical Zionist. He agreed to help keep the Jews from resisting deportation – and even keep order in the collection camps – if I could close my eyes and let a few hundred or a few thousand young Jews emigrate illegally to Palestine. It was a good bargain. For keeping order in the camps, the price . . . was not too high for me . . . We trusted each other perfectly. When he was with me, Kastner smoked cigarettes as though he was in a coffeehouse. While we talked he would smoke one aromatic cigarette after another, taking them from a silver case and lighting them with a silver lighter. With his great polish and reserve he would have made an ideal Gestapo officer himself. Dr. Kastner’s main concern was to make it possible for a select group of Hungarian Jews to emigrate to Israel . . .
        As a matter of fact, there was a very strong similarity between our attitudes in the S.S. and the viewpoint of these immensely idealistic Zionist leaders . . . I believe that Kastner would have sacrificed a thousand or a hundred thousand of his blood to achieve his political goal . . . ‘You can have the others’, he would say, ‘but let me have this group here’. And because Kastner rendered us a great service by helping keep the deportation camps peaceful, I would let his groups escape. After all, I was not concerned with small groups of a thousand or so Jews . . . That was the ‘gentleman’s agreement’ I had with Kastner….Dr. Kastner’s main concern was to make it possible for a select group of Hungarian Jews to emigrate to Israel. But the Arrow Cross, the Hungarian fascist party, had grown strong and stubborn. Its inspectors permitted no exceptions to the mass deportations. So the Jewish officials turned to the German occupation authorities. They realized that we were specialists who had learned about Jewish affairs through years of practice.
        As a matter of fact, there was a very strong similarity between our attitudes in the SS and the viewpoint of these immensely idealistic Zionist leaders who were fighting what might be their last battle. As I told Kastner: “We, too, are idealists and we, too, had to sacrifice our own blood before we came to power.”
        I believe that Kastner would have sacrificed a thousand or a hundred- thousand of his blood to achieve his political goal. He was not interested in old Jews or those who had become assimilated into Hungarian society. But he was incredibly persistent in trying to save biologically valuable Jewish blood, that is, human material that was capable of reproduction and hard work. “You can have the others,” he would say, “but let me have this group here.” And because Kastner rendered us a great service by helping keep the deportation camps peaceful, I would let his groups escape. After all, I was not concerned with small groups of a thousand or so Jews.
        At the same time Kastner was bargaining with another SS of ficial a Colonel Kurt Becker. Becher was bartering Jews for foreign exchange and goods on direct orders from Himmler. A crafty operator, Becher had come to Hungary originally to salvage a stud farm which the SS wanted. He soon wormed his way into dealings with the Jews. In a way, Reichsführer Himmler was Becher’s captive. Becher showed me once a gold necklace he was taking to our chief, a gift for a little lady by whom Himmler had a child. There were other agencies, German and Hungarian, which tapped Kastner for foreign exchange in return for Jews, but I held aloof from money affairs and left the material transactions to Becher.
        Men under Becher’s command guarded a special group of 700 Jews whom Kastner had requested from a list. They were mostly young people, although the group also included Kastner’s entire family. I did not care if Kastner took his relatives along. he could take them whereever he wanted to.
        Life, Vol. 49, No. 23, December 5, 1960, p. 146

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 24, 2016, 8:01 pm

        it was not kastner on trial, it was his accuser, gruenwald. nor was it kastner making the charges against his accuser”

        Gee, that sorta casts a different light on “Jon s” comment, donnit? And his claims of Kastner’s “exoneration”.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 24, 2016, 8:07 pm

        “Historically zionists have thrown Jewish people under the bus on a number of occassions”

        I don’t think “Yonah” and “Jon s” are saying that has never happened. I’m sure they will concede that it has. Rather, they are defending the Zionist’s right to do it, based on the Zionist ownership of the Jews.

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        November 24, 2016, 8:18 pm

        http://mondoweiss.net/2013/06/hannah-arendt-hungarian/

        The movie Hannah Arendt, now at New York’s Film Forum, is excellent. See it. It makes reference to Eichmann and the Hungarian Jews. I have previously written this in my book, ” Notebook of a Sixties Lawyer,” page 174.
        In point of fact, members of the Zionist movement actively collaborated with Nazism from the beginning. The World Zionist Organization sabotaged world Jewry’s attempt to boycott the Nazi economy in order to be allowed to send money from Germany to Palestine. They fought against liberalization of U.S. immigration laws, for they wanted European Jews to go to Palestine, not America. As Ralph Schoenman wrote in The Hidden History of Zionism, “This obsession with colonizing Palestine and overwhelming the Arabs led the Zionist movement to oppose any rescue of the Jews facing extermination, because the ability to deflect manpower to Palestine would be impeded.”

        David Ben-Gurion summarized to a meeting of “left” Zionists in 1938 in England, “If I knew that it would be possible to save all the children in Germany by bringing them over to England and only half of them by transporting them to Eretz Israel, then I opt for the second alternative.”

        My cousin was one of several thousand Hungarian Jews who survived the fire: 800,000 died. A pact was signed by Dr. Rudolph Kastner of the Jewish Agency Rescue Committee and Nazi exterminator Adolph Eichmann in 1944 allowing 600 prominent Jews to leave in exchange for Zionist silence on the fate of the remainder.

        Malchiel Greenwald, an Hungarian survivor, exposed the deal and was sued by the Israeli government, whose leaders at the time had actually drawn up the terms of the pact. Greenwald won. The Israeli court concluded, “The sacrifice of the majority of Hungarian Jews, in order to rescue the prominents (and send them to colonize Palestine) was the basic element in the agreement between Kastner and the Nazis…In addition to its Extermination Department and Looting Department, the Nazi S.S. opened a Rescue Department headed by Kastner.”

        Judgement given on June 22, 1955, Protocol of Criminal Case 124/53 in District Court, Jerusalem. Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir’s organization proposed on Janurary 11, 1941, a formal military pact between his Irgun –a Zionist military organization–and the Third Reich. In offering to enter the war on the side of Germany, the Irgun proposed that, “The establishment of the historical Jewish State on a national and totalitarian basis, and bound by a treaty with the German Reich, would be in the interest of a maintained and strengthened future German position of power in the Near East.” (see Lenni Brenner, “Zionism in the Age of the Dictators”, p. 49)

        My cousin escaped Budapest and settled in Jaffa, a former Palestinian city south of Tel Aviv. His name was Carl Oppenheim. He was not an important person and not part of the deal.
        I saw him and his son in 1959 in a two room place in what was formerly the Arab quarter. He begged me for $$$ to buy a fridge and was selling silver trinkets to get by. His son was wearing an old shirt of mine that my grandmother had sent in a care package. His son would later be the last soldier to die in the 1967 war. Carl’s brother Anti was a communist and was picked up early for that reason, in 1940 or so. He escaped the labor camp they put him in and fought with the Partisans in the woods throughout the war. He is an historical figure in Hungary. His son Vili, also a communist, is a lawyer, my age.

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        November 24, 2016, 8:23 pm

        http://mondoweiss.net/2009/05/at-the-end-of-the-aipac-policy-conference-maybe-during-joe-bidens-pandering-speech-i-sat-biting-into-a-napkin-trying-to/

        “the most important line in Avraham Burg’s book, The Holocaust Is Over, Let Us Rise From Its Ashes. I cite this line frequently, but not enough. Burg says that the Jews forgave the Nazis too quickly, in part so as to get reparations, and the result was that they projected their unhealed rage on to the Arabs, and made them Nazis”

        The real Nazis do not speak arabic. And they are back. Ya’ni

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        November 24, 2016, 8:31 pm

        Hostage says:
        February 19, 2014 at 5:46 pm
        Kastner also spoke with the Nazis, of course.

        The accounts of Holocaust survivors say that the SS used thousands of Kapos to control the enormous populations of Jewish prisoners.
        Israel only conducted 70 or so token trials. It still keeps the records of those sealed to this day under a 70 year court order implemented in the 1990s. The only case that’s still accessible is “Attorney General v Friedman”, See:
        * Michael J. Bazyler and Julia Y. Scheppach, The Strange and Curious History of the Law Used to Prosecute Adolf Eichmann, 34 Loy. L.A.
        Int’l & Comp. L. Rev. 417 (2012).
        Available at: link to digitalcommons.lmu.edu
        * Cassese, The Oxford Companion to International Criminal Justice, page 681 link to books.google.com

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        November 24, 2016, 8:36 pm

        Zionism is gruesome.
        Your Zionist teacher will tell you that as long as you live with the goys you will hate yourself.
        And she will reserve the right to murder you to save the group if circumstances demand it. If you get in the way of arms sales or have a funny looking face.

      • talknic
        talknic
        November 24, 2016, 9:47 pm

        Mooser November 24, 2016, 8:01 pm

        “Gee, that sorta casts a different light on “Jon s” comment, donnit? And his claims of Kastner’s “exoneration””

        And his claims to being a history teacher of any worth. A ZioHistory teacher 101 maybe. Also shines a light on WikI/Pedia’s treatment.

        ZioFools try the same kind of pathetic shtick with the Karsenty/France 2/Muhammad al-Durrah libel case

      • Sibiriak
        Sibiriak
        November 25, 2016, 1:14 am

        Annie Robbins: yes, it may have been the only chance of rescue for the jews he rescued, but no government official, jewish representative nor anyone else had the moral right to deceive so many people about their impending death. it’s one thing for a parent to lie to their child they are going to be dying. but to withhold that information from half a million people because the german government didn’t want riots or escapes? it’s unconscionable. people have a right to resist their own execution or chance escape.
        —————

        I’ve read a bit on Kastner and I’ve reached pretty much the same conclusion.

        A lot of anti-Zionists want to make Kastner’s perfidy emblematic of Zionism as a whole.

        But Ben Hecht, as we all know, was a ardent Zionist himself.

        So if Kastner is to represent one current in Zionism, Hecht must be taken to represent another very strong one, one which flourished on American soil and whose overriding aim was to rescue as many European Jews as possible from annihilation.
        Hecht stood against not only the British, who “wanted no more Jews in Palestine,” but also Zionists who “wanted ‘only the best Jews.'” [Perfidy , p.18].

        (None of that, of course, justifies the creation of a Jewish-supremacist Israel, nor all evils heaped upon the Arabs of Palestine its creation required.)

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 25, 2016, 12:50 pm

        “1944 allowing 600 prominent Jews to leave in exchange for Zionist silence on the fate of the remainder”

        So was it 600, or 1600, as “Jon s” claims?

        “but also Zionists who “wanted ‘only the best Jews.’” (in Palestine)

        And that is, of course, what they got. Ah, no wonder Israelis have such a sense of superiority. They know they are “the best Jews”. They is ‘on the train’!

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 25, 2016, 3:32 pm

        Thanks “Mag”. Very interesting, and the glimpse of how Kastner intersected your family’s history. Appreciated.

        Just wonderful the way Zionists like “Yonah” and “Jon s” can identify with Kastner and the people on the train. And it’s hilarious that they are completely ingenuous about it. They see no reason to dissemble about it at all.

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        November 25, 2016, 5:23 pm

        Mooser that wasn’t my family, thankfully. I agree with your thesis. Zionism owns the Jews and reserves the right to throw you under the bus, especially if it involves arms deals or ideological preferences. And if you reject Zionism you will hate yourself and the goys will kill you.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 25, 2016, 5:39 pm

        “that wasn’t my family,”

        My mistake. I wasn’t sure if I was reading it right. I apologise.

      • annie
        annie
        November 25, 2016, 5:52 pm

        Hecht must be taken to represent another very strong one, one which flourished on American soil and whose overriding aim was to rescue as many European Jews as possible from annihilation.

        overwhelmingly so i am sure. i think it would be crazy to think otherwise. i think the information that came out in court was truly shocking to the vast majority of the public which is why efforts have been made to sweep the trial under the rug. there’s no way i could conceive kastner represented an average jewish/zionist sentiment. he represented a part of the leadership. but the people didn’t know.

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        November 25, 2016, 6:02 pm

        The Israeli Government defended Kastner in the trial cos he was an insider. The WW2 history of Zionism and Orthodoxy is gruesome. I presume they thought they could manage the trial . But they couldn’t. And so Kastner suffered the fate of Rumkowski. He was murdered as a collaborator.

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        November 25, 2016, 7:16 pm

        Maghla Watan,

        Mooser, that wasn’t my family

        Why would anyone throw in some more unattributed, unmarked, confusing quotes as if they were one’s own production, in an already confusingly logorrheic series of posts?

        Now I see it was from a post by Michael Smith on Mondoweiss
        http://mondoweiss.net/2013/06/hannah-arendt-hungarian/

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 25, 2016, 7:57 pm

        “Why would anyone throw in…”

        Because in his haste he got a bit careless about using italics and quote marks or blockquotes or bold or some damn thing or other to distinguish quoted material from uh, not-quoted material. He won’t do it again. If for no other reason than to save me embarrassment.

        “Now I see it was from a post by Michael Smith”

        Which he linked. I mistook (and didn’t check) how much of the comment it applied to.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 25, 2016, 8:34 pm

        “In the 1970s Israel sold weapons to the Argentinian junta while over 3,000 left wing Jews were murdered by the junta”

        “Yonah” and “Jon s” aren’t even going to bother denying that one.

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        November 25, 2016, 8:46 pm

        Yes, Mooser, thank you. I saw that late, too, my bad.
        I confuse easy, especially with some authors.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 26, 2016, 12:37 pm

        “I confuse easy, especially with some authors.”

        Well, I may be confused (I’m reading a book about a collegiate guy who got a job as a wine-taster, called “Two Years Before the Glass”) but I think “Mag” is having a great time, and saying a lot of stuff he wants to say, the way he wants to say it.

    • eljay
      eljay
      November 23, 2016, 11:29 am

      || Elizabeth Block: And it’s grimly amusing to watch Zionists make it clear that it’s okay to hate Jews, as long as you support Israel. ||

      When the blowback hits, it’ll be a lot more grim (and not at all amusing) to watch Zio-supremacists turning against non-Zionist Jews and shouting, “That one there – he’s a Jew! Get him!”

    • Steve Grover
      Steve Grover
      November 23, 2016, 11:29 am

      Elizabeth Block,
      100% of all Jew haters hate Israel too. Gideon Levy of Haaretz sez different. But, Gideon Levi just like Phil Weiss and Max Blumenthal scratch out their living by drumming up Israel hatred and hatred of those that observe Judaism.

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        November 25, 2016, 6:12 pm

        Only a mother could love Israel

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        November 25, 2016, 8:25 pm

        “100% of all Jew haters hate Israel too.”

        So there’s people who hate Israel, just for Israel, and then there’s Jew-haters, who hate Israel because it is Jewish. Starting out with two strikes against you is not a good idea.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        November 25, 2016, 9:46 pm

        A mother who truly loved Israel would give it a clip round the ear and tell it to behave itself.

  4. wondering jew
    wondering jew
    November 23, 2016, 6:54 pm

    Gideon levy lives in israel and is a friend to almost half the people under the charge of the israeli army. He was trained by the best Zionists and came to the conclusion that the long range future of the land is not being served by the status quo.

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