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On May 14, 2018 while Israeli forces were massacring Palestinian protesters in the illegally occupied Gaza Strip, the controversial new U.S. Embassy to Israel opened in Jerusalem. Among the speakers at the ceremony were American evangelical pastors John Hagee and Robert Jeffress. Both have a history of making anti-Semitic comments: Jeffress has said that Jews are going to hell, and Hagee has described the Holocaust as part of God’s plan to return the Jews to Israel. Their presence didn’t seem to bother Israel, however, where U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was met with jubilation. Indeed, the New York Times remarked that the pastors’ attendance signaled “the most public recognition yet of the growing importance the Netanyahu government now assigns to its conservative Christian allies, even if some have been accused of making anti-Semitic statements.”

The embassy ceremony is only the latest example of Israel’s apparent willingness to align with right-wingers who are not only Islamophobic, anti-immigrant and authoritarian, but anti-Semitic. From U.S. President Donald Trump to Hungary’s blatantly anti-semitic Viktor Orban, Israel’s growing relationship with the right internationally has presented a serious challenge for its claim to represent Jewish self-determination, even as it slanders the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement as anti-Semitic.

Why is “the Jewish state” supporting anti-Semites? Answers are suggested by the history of anti-semitism as well as the origins of Zionism as a colonial movement, which point to a contradictory relationship between the two. This history can help us challenge Zionism today, blunting its attacks against Palestine activists as well as its dangerous enabling of anti-Semitism.

Anti-Semitism and the origins of the Zionist movement

Anti-Semitism should first be recognized as modern racism more than religious persecution. Its basis is not in religious dogma, but in the racist pseudoscience that developed in 19th century Europe, dividing humanity into inherently different nations and races. It’s of a kind with justifications for European colonialism, which imagined the existence of a superior white race tasked with the burden of bringing civilization to the “lesser races” of the world.

Anti-Semitism was fueled by the ruling classes of European countries, who used it for their own interests. The Russian Tsars, under whose rule most of Europe’s Jews lived in the 19th century, scapegoated Jews to deflect and confuse popular anger. Anti-Semitism offered “Jewish financiers” or “communist Jews” as alternative targets for the ire of poor gentiles. It portrayed Jews as greedy and conniving, engaged in elaborate conspiracies for global domination. The most infamous example is the forged “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” fabricated by Russian ultra-nationalists to appear as if it was a secret Jewish plan for world conquest.

Facing poverty, unemployment, a denial of political rights and anti-Semitic pogroms, Jews in the Russian Empire began to emigrate en masse in the late 19th century. Many fled to western Europe, where small Jewish populations enjoyed political rights and were largely integrated into wider society. Their arrival was followed by a rise in anti-Semitism in western Europe, much like the anti-immigrant racism of Europe today, regarding Jewish immigrants as a subversive fifth column who didn’t share the values and customs of the nation.

In 1905, British Prime Minister Arthur Balfour presided over passage of the Aliens Act, largely aimed at restricting Jewish immigration. Balfour, who believed in the supremacy of the “white race,” gave speeches supporting the act about the supposed dangers presented by Jewish immigrants.

Rising anti-Semitism in France contributed to the false conviction of Jewish army officer Alfred Dreyfus on charges of treason in 1894. The “Dreyfus Affair” was a major subject of public debate, and a shocking development in the first country that had granted political rights to Jews. It was a blow to the idea, popular among many Jews, that the answer to anti-Semitism was Jewish integration into wider society (commonly referred to as “assimilation,” a term that didn’t carry the negative connotations it does today). Covering the story as a journalist, Austrian Jewish intellectual Theodor Herzl became convinced that Jews could never be safe as a minority. In 1896 he wrote “The Jewish State,” a book that became the basis for the Zionist movement, and a year later he convened the first Zionist Congress in Switzerland.

For Herzl and the Zionists, persecution of Jews was essentially a permanent feature of gentile society. They held that Jews constituted a separate nation, and following nationalist ideas of the day, the Jewish nation needed its own “soil,” its own country and national state. Creating such a state would finally resolve “the Jewish question,” with Jews finally taking their place among the world’s nations.

Zionism’s colonialism

While this history is uncontroversial, the colonial nature of Zionism, both in practice and ideologically, is left out of most accounts. Zionism accepted racist, colonialist ideas, and its project required the support of a colonial power to succeed. The Zionist slogan describing Palestine as “a land without a people for a people without a land” obviously ignored the existence of the Palestinians who already lived there. Zionists conceived of their project as spreading civilization, “redeeming” and “restoring” the land by cultivating it and making it more productive. An ugly passage in Herzl’s “The Jewish State” exemplifies his colonialism, conceiving of a Jewish state in Palestine as “a portion of a rampart of Europe against Asia, an outpost of civilization as opposed to barbarism.”

Practically, the Zionist movement recognized that creating a Jewish state in Palestine would require the support of a colonial power to deal with the indigenous Palestinians. Ze’ev Jabotinsky, the founder of right-wing Revisionist Zionism, summarized this in his 1923 essay “The Iron Wall:”

“Zionist colonization must either stop, or else proceed regardless of the native population [emphasis his]. Which means that it can proceed and develop only under the protection of a power that is independent of the native population – behind an iron wall, which the native population cannot breach.

That is our Arab policy; not what we should be, but what it actually is, whether we admit it or not. What need, otherwise, of the Balfour Declaration? Or of the Mandate? Their value to us is that an outside Power has undertaken to create in the country such conditions of administration and security that if the native population should desire to hinder our work, they will find it impossible.”

Herzl himself appealed to a number of colonial powers for support (often unsuccessfully). His diaries offer one example, a 1902 letter intended for the British colonialist Cecil Rhodes, whose British South Africa Company had founded the settler colony of Rhodesia:

“You are being invited to help make history. That cannot frighten you, nor will you laugh at it. It is not in your accustomed line; it doesn’t involve Africa, but a piece of Asia minor, not Englishmen but Jews.

But had this been on your path, you would have done it by now.

How, then, do I happen to turn to you, since this is an out-of-the-way matter for you? How indeed? Because it is something colonial, and because it presupposes understanding of a development which will take twenty or thirty years.” 

With the first waves of Zionist settlement in Palestine, its colonialism would be proven in cruel practice well before the 1948 creation of Israel. Zionist settlers began the process of expelling Palestinians from their land, buying land from wealthy Palestinian landlords and expelling Palestinian peasants from it. A wide range of other racist practices would later be described by the Israeli Labor Party leader David HaCohen, a so-called “socialist Zionist,” in a 1969 speech:

“I had to fight my friends on the issue of Jewish socialism, to defend the fact that I would not accept Arabs in my trade union, the Histadrut; to defend preaching to housewives that they not buy at Arab stores; to defend the fact that we stood guard at orchards to prevent Arab workers from getting jobs there. … To pour kerosene on Arab tomatoes; to attack Jewish housewives in the markets and smash the Arab eggs they had bought… to buy dozens of dunams from an Arab is permitted, but to sell, God forbid, one Jewish dunam to an Arab is prohibited; to take Rothschild, the incarnation of capitalism as a socialist and to name him ‘benefactor’ – to do all that was not easy. And despite the fact that we did it – maybe we had no choice – I wasn’t happy about it.”

It’s important to note that Zionism was initially a minority position among Europe’s Jews. Whereas today Zionists equate their ideology with Judaism, “the politics of Jewish self-determination,” the movement was opposed by many Jews for numerous reasons. Many favored assimilation into larger society. But there was another politics of Jewish self-determination that rejected both assimilation and Zionism, calling for socialism and Jewish autonomy in Europe. Its eventual defeat, and Zionism’s triumph, would be brutally effected by powers outside of Jewish politics.

The Jewish Bund

Formed in 1897, the same year as the founding of the World Zionist Organization, the General Jewish Labor Bund in Lithuania, Poland and Russia was a Jewish socialist party and communal organization. It was rooted in the Jewish working class in the Russian Empire, and fought for a socialist society as well as Jewish national autonomy within that society. At its height, it boasted over 30,000 members and even more supporters.

The Bund organized agitational reading groups for Jewish workers in their own language, Yiddish, rather than in Russian. It organized strikes as well as self-defense militias, sometimes successfully beating back pogroms. It also ran Yiddish schools and cultural programs, as well as publishing newspapers and journals in Yiddish. Like other socialist organizations in Russia, it had to operate as an illegal or semi-legal organization, and at one point, some 4,500 members of the Bund were held in the Tsar’s prisons.

As socialists, the Bundists stood for working class internationalism, but unlike the rest of the socialist movement (which also included many Jews), the Bund opposed Jewish assimilation. Instead, Bundists tried to combine working class internationalism with Jewish nationalism. They rejected Zionism as a colonial movement, countering with the principle of doikayt, roughly “here-ness” in Yiddish. Doikayt celebrated diaspora Jewish culture and held that Jews belong wherever they live: instead of going over “there” and colonizing Palestine, Jews should fight anti-Semitism “here” at home, together alongside non-Jewish workers as part of the struggle for socialism. When Palestinians rioted against Zionist settlement in 1929, the Zionist movement decried the riots as anti-Semitic, but the Bundist newspapers replied that in fact the riots were anti-colonialist.

The Russian Revolution and Civil War would see the Bund dissolve itself into the Russian Communist Party, but the organization persisted in newly-independent Poland, where the Bund continued to be active throughout the interwar period. It would ultimately be destroyed in the Nazi holocaust. More than merely being defeated and dissolved, the Bund was wiped out, with even the memory of it buried along with the people and communities who composed it.

Zionism’s triumph in Jewish politics

While the Holocaust’s victims obviously included Zionists and Jews of all political affiliations, the Zionist movement as a whole would fare much better than the Bund. Unlike the Bund, Zionism’s base of support was not limited to eastern Europe. Crucially, the Zionist movement would benefit from the support of Great Britain. Zionism could not have colonized Palestine without British support – and many of its strongest supporters in the British government were themselves virulently anti-Semitic.

The 1917 Balfour Declaration, for example, famously declared British support for the creation of a “national home for the Jews” in Palestine. The declaration is named for Britain’s foreign minister Arthur Balfour, the same Arthur Balfour who as prime minister had railed against the dangers of Jewish immigration and overseen passage of legislation targeting Jewish immigrants.

Another British statesman expressed support for Zionism in an essay rife with anti-Semitic bigotry and conspiracy theory. In his 1920 essay “Zionism versus Bolshevism,” Winston Churchill contrasted “good Jews” with “bad Jews,” decrying the “schemes of the international Jews” in pursuing a “world-wide communistic State under Jewish domination.” Churchill called on Jews in every country to prove their loyalty by “combating the Bolshevik conspiracy.” By contrast, he praised the Zionist movement, and wrote that Great Britain had “the opportunity and the responsibility of securing for the Jewish race all over the world a home and a centre of national life.” He described Zionism as the alternative to communism in the “struggle for the soul of the Jewish people.” (Churchill’s essay is popular today with right-wing anti-Semites, finding an expression of their own views from a highly respected historical figure.)

Britain would provide privileged treatment to Zionist settlers in Palestine against the indigenous population. Settlers were granted economic concessions by the British colonial government of Palestine that were denied to Palestinians, and the settlers were afforded the freedom to develop their settlements independent of British rule, in contrast to direct British control over Palestinian life.

When Palestinians revolted in 1936 against both British rule and Zionist colonization, Britain turned to Zionist settler militias for military support in crushing the rebellion, offering arms and training and incorporating thousands of settlers into a colonial military force. The arming and training of Zionists as well as the defeat of the Palestinian revolt would set the stage for the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and the creation of Israel in 1948. And while Britain was making possible the creation of a Zionist state, it along with the rest of the world would turn its back on Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazis, with strict quotas for Jewish immigration.

Jewish self-determination?

This history shows how the debate between Zionism and other Jewish politics did not take place on a level playing field. Zionism didn’t come to dominate Jewish politics through rational debate or an equal exchange of ideas. Colonialism and genocide from outside Jewish communities would intervene overwhelmingly, practically selecting Zionism to thrive while alternatives were destroyed. Is that self-determination?

The creation of Israel and Zionism’s dominance of Jewish politics today would have been impossible without outside intervention, including support from powerful anti-Semites. This contradiction carries through to today’s alliance between Israel, now more clearly than ever a racist settler colonial regime, and the global far right that shares its values.

That alliance has real consequences. As long as it’s widely recognized as “the Jewish state” and the ultimate authority on all matters Jewish, Israel can powerfully shield anti-Semitic governments from criticism. Hungary’s Orban, who infamously praised a Hungarian nazi and has launched a virulently anti-Semitic campaign against the Jewish philanthropist George Soros, was recently praised by Netanyahu for his supposed efforts against anti-Semitism. Netanyahu also interjected to defend Trump from accusations of anti-Semitism, saying there’s “no greater supporter of the Jewish people” than Trump and that we “should put that to rest.” If the leader of “the Jewish state” says so, who can say he’s wrong?

Standing with Palestinians

The Palestine solidarity movement, particularly in the United States, recognizes that focusing on Jews to the exclusion of Palestinians is itself a concession to Zionism. Recognition of Palestinian humanity should be reason enough to oppose Zionism, and it’s Palestinians who face expulsion, torture, theft and murder under Israel’s apartheid regime. As Israel has openly embraced the global right, its ethnic cleansing of Palestine has accelerated, with the rate of settlement expansion effectively tripling since Donald Trump’s election, and apparent preparations to annex the occupied territories.

The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement for freedom and equality has never been more urgent. But there are still many liberals, Jewish and gentile, who feel conflicted between Palestinian rights and “the Jewish state.” Without necessarily accepting the slander and repression against BDS, they hesitate to support it. They should consider Zionism’s relationship with anti-Semitism, and recognize that it’s not a zero-sum game between Palestinians and Jews. Indeed, exactly the opposite is true. Standing behind the demands of Palestinian self-determination is critical for resisting the rise of the far right, including a resurgence of real anti-Semitism that is just beginning.

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  1. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    July 31, 2018, 1:36 pm

    RE: “The embassy ceremony is only the latest example of Israel’s apparent willingness to align with right-wingers who are not only Islamophobic, anti-immigrant and authoritarian, but anti-Semitic.” ~ Joel Reinstein

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  2. Stephen Shenfield
    Stephen Shenfield
    July 31, 2018, 3:21 pm

    If a Christian fundamentalist says that Jews are going to hell, is that really antisemitic? He believes that all non-Christians are going to hell (not to mention Christians of the wrong denomination), not just Jews. Isn’t this yet another case of overuse of the ‘antisemite’ label?

    • Rodneywatts
      Rodneywatts
      August 1, 2018, 2:47 pm

      Agree with your important comment. It can also be said that quite a large number of Christians (including very many in the evangelical camp) look on John Hagee as a false prophet/teacher). In the UK, of course, we have the brouhaha regarding Corbyn and the Labour Party :
      https://mondoweiss.net/2018/07/establishments-bringing-semitism/
      Robert Cohen’s very good account also seems to have correctly forcast that crying wolf by Jews would lead to more real antisemitism.

    • Hostage
      Hostage
      August 3, 2018, 4:34 pm

      Stephen: If a Christian fundamentalist says that Jews are going to hell, is that really antisemitic? He believes that all non-Christians are going to hell (not to mention Christians of the wrong denomination), not just Jews. Isn’t this yet another case of overuse of the ‘antisemite’ label?

      You could logically extend your line of thought to also excuse a Klansman who teaches a racist, antisemitic, and white supremacist interpretation grounded in cherry-picked Christian scriptures. So, I think it probably is antisemetic. There have always been Christian groups who believe that all of humankind will eventually be saved and that all of creation will be restored to its original state of perfection. The fact that “fundamentalists” have consciously chosen to reject that possibility should be taken into account.

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        August 3, 2018, 9:50 pm

        Great to see you Hostage. You’re my hero and inspiration.

        You could logically extend your line of thought to also excuse a Klansman who teaches a racist, antisemitic, and white supremacist interpretation grounded in cherry-picked Christian scriptures. So, I think it probably is antisemetic

        I am inclined to disagree. Those same Klansmen would surely cherry pick from the Quaran and Torah to malign aetheists and indigenous people too. Islamophobes love citing Suras from the Quaran to malign Muslims. You would have to argue that the very existence of that scripture is evidence of anti semitism.

      • Hostage
        Hostage
        August 19, 2018, 7:58 am

        Shingo: I am inclined to disagree. Those same Klansmen would surely cherry pick from the Quaran and Torah to malign aetheists and indigenous people too. Islamophobes love citing Suras from the Quaran to malign Muslims.

        Pastor Hagee does claim that the Quran requires Muslims to kill Jews and Christians. His views on the Muslim travel ban and refugees/asylum seekers are indistinguishable from those of a typical white nationalist.

        Shingo: You would have to argue that the very existence of that scripture is evidence of anti semitism.

        Not really, since they frequently string together unrelated “proof texts” to give them an antisemitic meaning that they never had in the first place.

    • annie
      annie
      August 3, 2018, 8:37 pm

      i’ve questioned this same thing before in another john hagee article (i think by ben norton tho i could be wrong on that part), and although i think hostage makes a good point, and that there are many racists who have cherry picked quotes from the bible to justify all sorts of awful things, i still think that if someone truly believes that everyone who doesn’t accept christ in their heart and get saved will eventually end up in some pile of hellfire, i don’t think that necessarily think it means they hate those people. they could even feel sorry for them. i also think they would be brainwashed. but it does strongly indicate notions of inferiority, so in that sense it’s bigoted. but if one doesn’t outwardly show any sign of discriminatory behavior or act out to hurt anyone, i’m not sure it could be classified as hatred.

      either way it’s pretty grotesque. the notion hitler was good for the jews is deranged. but then so is the notion that anyone would take advantage of that for political gain or influence is equally deranged. i would avoid those people like no tomorrow, not break bread with them and form alliances.

      • Keith
        Keith
        August 4, 2018, 11:04 am

        ANNIE- “the notion hitler was good for the jews is deranged.”

        Yes, but Hagee didn’t say that. “… Hagee has described the Holocaust as part of God’s plan to return the Jews to Israel.” If you leave God out of the equation, I believe that without the Holocaust, Israel would not have been created as a Jewish state, if at all. Zionism would have withered on the vine. Good for the Jews? Obviously not. Good for the Zionists? You betcha.

        “From a purely instrumental standpoint, the Shoah proved the greatest asset ever acquired by Zionism, one sedulously cultivated over the years.” (p66, “Overcoming Zionism,” Joel Kovel)

        KEITH

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        August 4, 2018, 12:39 pm

        ” i would avoid those people like no tomorrow, not break bread with them and form alliances.”

        Me neither. I don’t need their help, I’m doin’ fine on my own.

      • annie
        annie
        August 4, 2018, 1:02 pm

        I believe that without the Holocaust, Israel would not have been created as a Jewish state, if at all. Zionism would have withered on the vine.

        didn’t obama get in deep sh*t for suggesting israel had any relation to the holocaust? you won’t see me making that grave mistake! gotta go, following the plague of antisemititus that’s swept the UK. so much happening i can’t keep up.

      • Hostage
        Hostage
        August 19, 2018, 12:08 pm

        Annie: i still think that if someone truly believes that everyone who doesn’t accept christ in their heart and get saved will eventually end up in some pile of hellfire, i don’t think that necessarily think it means they hate those people. they could even feel sorry for them.

        Much of what Hagee preaches is contradicted by the Christian scriptures. Hagee is in the false “End Times Prophecy” book publishing business and the “Prosperity Gospel” racket. He’s not the sort of guy who is looking to “sell everything he owns, give the money to the poor”, or “take up his cross and follow” Jesus any time soon.

        He has belatedly admitted that he does believe “the Jews” have to accept Christ in order to be spared eternal punishment. But he has publicly declined to accept “The Great Commission” and preach the Gospel to his Zionist Jewish allies, so that some of them might be “saved”.

        FYI, Hagee plays a deceitful shell game with Romans Chapter 11 and Joel Chapter 3 in order to award Palestinian-owned land to “the Jews”. Apparently, Hagee believes that you can go away and learn to speak Russian, and still be a Jew. But you can’t stay at home and learn Arabic. There are three groups of people who are connected to the House of Israel according to Romans Chapters 9-11. They were a faithful remnant of Jews who have accepted the Christian Gospel [e.g. Romans 11:1-6]; Gentiles who have accepted the Christian Gospel [Romans 11:11-19]; and Jews who are considered enemies of the Christian Gospel [Romans 11:12-29].

        The author of Romans explained that God has never forgotten his Covenant with his people. He cited a story from 1 Kings 19:18 where God had explained to the Prophet Elijah that he had reserved 7000 of the faithful “in Israel – all whose knees had not bowed to Baal”. The book of Romans goes on to explain that the Jewish followers of Jesus were evidence of a similar remnant in their day.

        Hagee seizes upon this passage and miraculously claims that it somehow proves that the exiled “Jews” and their converts (i.e. especially the “enemies of the Gospel”) still have a legal title to all of “The Promised Land”. He claims that they can’t surrender one inch of it to the Palestinians. This, despite the fact that the Palestinian Christians are the only possible proof that God could have kept the covenant and preserved a faithful Christian remnant of Jewish descent in the land for the last 2,000 years. Hagee trots out the shopworn mantra that God will bless them that bless “the Jews” and curse them that curse “the Jews” to justify stealing land from the presumptive faithful heirs of the promise!

        Worse still, he cites Joel 3:2 and warns that God will punish the nations and those who attempt to divide the land. He doesn’t seem to realize that it was the Jewish Agency which employed the nations of the world to divide-up the land of Palestine.

      • annie
        annie
        August 19, 2018, 1:30 pm

        hostage, the breadth of your knowledge astounds me. i readily admit to having very little understanding of the scriptures, must less hagee’s interpretation. all of it just swooshes over my head! this whole ‘who is and who isn’t a jew’ according to christians is part and parcel or that naivete, probably to my own detriment. people like hagee, i take their age into consideration and hope to live long enough to see a future world, one without them in it. i suppose some nut could just replace him. thanks for trying to educate me!

    • Talkback
      Talkback
      August 4, 2018, 4:59 am

      It’s not antisemitic. It’s anti-Non-Christian. And being Non-Christian is not something biological someone cannot change. Jews can convert to Christianity. That’s exactly what the first Christians did. But antisemitism is based on the assumptions that Jews are bad and that they can’t do anything about it, because being “Jewish” is hard written into their DNA like skin color. That’s obviosly not the view of Christians like Hagee.

  3. Keith
    Keith
    July 31, 2018, 4:30 pm

    JOEL REINSTEIN- “…launched a virulently anti-Semitic campaign against the Jewish philanthropist George Soros….”

    “Philanthropy” is nothing more than privatized social engineering, no “philanthropist” ever advocated social changes which worked against his personal interests. Soros, a currency speculator, has a horrible history of interference in the political economies of Eastern European countries with ruinous results for these formerly communist societies. His goal is societies open to financial penetration and control by private financiers like him. The entire global private financial system is a disaster for the 99% which George Soros helped to create. “Philanthropy” is a uniquely Orwellian term. Keep in mind that these privatized imperial NGOs function in much the same way as the old imperial missionaries. They are an important ingredient of imperial control.

  4. annie
    annie
    August 1, 2018, 9:58 am

    echi, why are you citing the hate group ngo monitor? 1. the Rockefeller Brothers Fund is “distinct” from the Rockefeller foundation (which is not even mentioned in your link), it is a charitable foundation run by the kids. 2. according to your ngo monitor link neither the Rockefeller Brothers Fund nor tides are the major known contributors to jvp. the link says “limited financial information on JVP is available through public IRS documents”. but the largest grant they identify is Schwab Charitable Foundation. and as your link explains,

    A donor-advised fund is a charitable giving mechanism to help manage charitable donations on behalf of organizations, families, or individuals. Once money is deposited in the fund, ownership is surrendered, but the donating individuals retain advisory privileges over how they would like their investments to be distributed. Ultimately, control over distribution lies within the fund itself; however, the only criterion for qualification as a grantee is usually 501(c)(3) status. Donor-advised funds often lack transparency, and it is impossible for the public to know the origins of the funds.

    iow, people may direct a certain amount towards charitable funds, often for tax purposes, and then they advise where they’d like it to go. in that way, you can’t really tell who it is that is donating. and that 158k might in fact be a culmination of dozens or 100’s of individuals or stockholders, you never know. whatever “sorta kinda” defense you’re spinning here, implying soros is some kind of shaker and mover at jvp? seriously. over a 50k donation in 2014? get a life. most of their money (which is not a lot) comes from small donations.

    • echinococcus
      echinococcus
      August 1, 2018, 7:54 pm

      Ms Robbins,

      You’re right, I made 2 mistakes: – not seeing that the Schwab amount was larger than the Rockefeller ‘s one and – not even knowing that there are other Rockefellers around (makes sense, of course.) At any rate, reliance on this NGO-Monitor Zionist site is for the good reason that a militantly Zionist source is not to be suspected of exaggerate Zionist-connected funding –rather the opposite. Also, RBF, the “kids'” (?) Rockefeller fund is the same one that’s notorious for financing projects in support of US occupation in Afghanistan, “Afghan” army, US asylum for “interpreters” of the US occupation, etc. And that one is not a donor-instructed fund at all (they discourage from applying and choose their projects themselves.) As for Tides, there is no doubt at all that it’s part of the Open Society circle.

      • annie
        annie
        August 1, 2018, 9:00 pm

        Mr. Coccus,

        reliance on this NGO-Monitor Zionist site is for the good reason that a militantly Zionist source is not to be suspected of exaggerate Zionist-connected funding –

        they are totally unethical, i wouldn’t rely on them for anything.

        Rockefeller fund is the same one that’s notorious for financing projects in support of US occupation in Afghanistan

        notorious! of course. why look, two 50k projects, i bet they really broke the bank! https://www.rbf.org/grantees/afghanistan-watch

        might you be a tad obsessed here? as i recall, last year there was that claim mondoweiss was a jvp funded org! what.ever.

  5. Jane Porter
    Jane Porter
    August 3, 2018, 1:16 pm

    Thank you Mr. Reinstein for explaining clearly and fully the real face of zionism,
    Which has nothing to do with the the great role brought by people of jewish culture to Europe.
    You mention France as the first country to grant political rights to the jews., but is it exactly so?
    It seems to me that in Germany earlier than France, Jewish writers, philosophers, musicians were a great part of german culture. But of course Germany was not yet a nation.
    And why Jews have such poetical names ,as yours, Pure Stone, or Rosenfeld, etc…. I always wondered about the origin of this. And not forget another country, the Netherlands, who in the 16th century received the Portuguese jews, who importantly contributed to the grandeur of Amsterdam, along with the french and flemish protestants. This city would have just been a small provincial city without their contribution.

  6. RoHa
    RoHa
    August 4, 2018, 7:00 am

    “This city would have just been a small provincial city without their contribution.”

    Quite frankly, I doubt that. The Dutch took a patch of dank, dismal, smelly, soggy, shore land and turned it into a major power and a centre of scientific discovery and wonderful paintings. No doubt some of the Jews helped, when they weren’t excommunicating Spinoza, but I think the Dutch would have succeeded anyway.

    (Data to be handled, no doubt disrespectfully, and, when it is dog-eared and covered in grubby fingerprints, stored somewhere where no one will ever find it.)

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      August 4, 2018, 12:43 pm

      “The Dutch took a patch of dank, dismal, smelly, soggy, shore land and turned it into a major”

      Hmmmm, “dank, dismal, smelly, soggy shore land…” That’s what we call irreplaceable wetlands around here.

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