Under the Spell of Israel

Zionist Gunzels Slaughter A Village

In Palestine, 60 years of carnage and invasion is still ongoing at the hands of some criminal and occupying Zionists.

They have forged a regime through collecting people from various parts of the world and bringing them to other people’s land by displacing, detaining, and killing the true owners of that land.

With advance notice, they invade, assassinate, and maintain food and medicine blockades, while some hegemonic and bullying powers support them.

The Security Council cannot do anything and sometimes, under pressure from a few bullying powers, even paves the way for supporting these Zionist murderers.

It is natural that some UN resolutions that have addressed the plight of the Palestinian people have been relegated to the archives unnoticed. –Ahmadinejad on Zionists

February 25, 2011

No Zionist news is old news!

As Israel carries out their illegal US funded attacks on civilian populations in Gaza, we look back at the origin of Israel, which is rooted in violence and racism; and the video, Who Were the First Terrorists in the Middle East?

When Gilad Atzmon sent this video across from London today I watched it and shook my head. For me the information isn’t all new but it is enlightening and equally suited for those of us in the know as well as people who are just opening their eyes to Israel’s insane, cruel and needless pattern of violence and cruelty and massive war crimes.

The west has been under a spell for decades, dismissing the real history, meaning and implications of Israel; blindly accepting and funding and protecting what truly is a rogue government without question or delay.

Israel, most unfortunately, is guided by a philosophy that they are more entitled. Israel’s approach to resolving real and perceived problems, as I have written before, is similar to gangland mentality where the biggest guns and sharpest knives, are used to decide the outcome of a situation.

Fortunately, everyone in Israel doesn’t believe in ‘Zionism’; the concept that Jewish people are allowed to take land from other human beings because ‘God gave it to them’.

This philosophy burdens not just Muslim and Christian people who live in occupied Palestine, but also Israeli citizens who speak out against the politicized, violent version of Judaism that Israel represents.

Today Israel is defined by its acts of state sponsored terrorism. As this video reveals, the story dates back to Israel’s very first days

We revealed in a recent report; Rahm Emanuel’s Father Specialized in Bus Bombings in Palestine Wayne Madsen Special to Salem-News.com, that Benjamin Emanue, father of Chicago’s newly elected mayor, Rahm Emanuel, was a Jewish terrorist who specialized in the bombings of buses carrying British troops and policemen during the British Mandate in Palestine.

Things are often not how they seem, and as Egypt’s quest for Revolutionary freedom glows, we receive word that an Israeli bomb has just injured 15 people in Gaza.

Israel is such a terrible player in the world political arena; they are deadly and murderous and prejudice and they cross national borders to conduct military action with impudence; as if beyond reproach.

Irgun, the army of Rahm Emanuel’s father, is short for Irgun Zvai Leumi- “National Military Organization” in Hebrew, was a terrorist Zionist group that operated in Palestine, killing innocent Palestinians and British soldiers; blowing up buildings

Rahm and pop- Chicago.. can only hope the apple landed far from the tree. The next Israeli President of the United States?

This is the same group that has been killing the people of Palestine in a cold blooded manner for over sixty years. They must be stopped.

We do wonder if the Israelis are targeting our friends in Gaza who are in the ground putting the news out in real time; people like Ken O’Keefe, our writer who Israel branded a ‘terrorist’ after the deadly incident involving the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara which was attacked by Israel in the dark with murderous intent.

Nine men were killed, one was American, they were all unarmed.

Ken O’Keefe and others overpowered Israeli commandos and disarmed them, taking them captive. To what end? Ken and the other unarmed peace activists protected the captured Israeli soldiers and gave them medical attention. Then they were released.

Ken O’Keefe is a former U.S. Marine who was aboard the Mavi Marmara when it was attacked by Israel during a recent attempt to break the siege of Gaza.

If only Israel played the same way. I am so sick and tired of hearing Muslim people referred to as terrorists when no place in modern history can even slightly compete with Israel’s record number of terrorism events.

This video shows how from the beginning, Israel has only represented death and violence to the world. Nobody denies the fact that Jewish people suffered during the Holocaust, but anyone who accepts their current behavior certainly should equally agree with Hitler’s quest, at least in concept.

There is no race or culture that is entitled to more than another. The world should not be governed by religious concepts or hate.

Salem News

The Terrorist Expatriation Act is new legislation that will strip all Americans of their right to due process, a trial by a jury of one’s peers and a speedy trial.

The bill would allow the Department of State to, entirely on its own, take away any American’s citizenship who is accused of having ties to a terrorist network. This would deprive the accused of all their rights as an American citizen, including their right to due process. Americans’ most basic rights are at risk!

Brought to you by Senators Joseph Lieberman and Scott Brown in the Senate and Representatives Jason Altmire and Charlie Dent in the House of Representatives.

Perhaps the most egregious example of such dual loyalty is that of Rahm Emanuel, currently serving as White House Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama. He is both an American and Israeli citizen, a man who served in the Israeli Defense Force in 1991 but not in the U.S. military.

If anyone should be considered to have ties to terrorism it should be Lieberman and Emanuel.

The audacity to propose such a bill from someone who has no alliegance to the U.S. and serves a foreign terrorist government is definitely TREASON: treason, renouncing one’s nationality during a state of war, or serving in the military of a “foreign state.”

If this doesn’t violate essence of our government and policies, I don’t what does. We should exercise our rights in preventing this belligerent bill from passing.  A Bill should be introduced to demand that anyone who serves in this country’s (Senate or Congress) or the Executive Branch, must be a U.S. Citizen with Allegiance to the U.S. and ONLY the U.S.

Tell Congress to oppose this horrendous legislation, and any future attempts to restrict or remove American citizens’ fundamental rights!

Sample Letter

The Honorable [Your Rep]:I am outraged by the introduction of the Terrorist Expatriation Act by Senators Joseph Lieberman and Scott Brown in the Senate and Representatives Jason Altmire and Charlie Dent in the House of Representatives.

This legislation is an assault on my basic rights as an American. In one fell swoop, this bill will take away my right to due process and a speedy trial by a jury of my peers. These are bedrock rights that protect my freedom and are guaranteed by the U.S. constitution.
[Your comments will be inserted here.]

This bill comes following the effective and speedy arrest of Faisal Shahzad less than 72 hours after he attempted to set off a home-made car bomb in New York City. Lieberman and company are offended that the the FBI Agents arresting Shahzad — an American citizen — read him his Miranda rights.

This legislation is un-American and a completely inappropriate response to a well-handled law enforcement situation in New York. Please oppose this horrendous bill and any future attempt to deprive me of my rights as an American.

[Your name here]
Complete Address

The Irvine 11, UCI and Michael Oren

UPDATE September 23, 2011:

Last week, the public saw the best and worst of Tony Rackauckas. On Wednesday, the Orange County district attorney concluded a thorough yet timely investigation into the death of a homeless man, which resulted in the unusual decision to file charges against two Fullerton police officers.

On Friday, in a case that never should have been filed, a jury delivered guilty verdicts against 10 of the 11 Muslim students who disrupted a UC Irvine speech by the Israeli ambassador to the United States. After one stupid incident, those students will forever have to answer yes if they are asked by, say, potential employers whether they were ever convicted of a crime. Source

No doubt that should that tables have been turned, and should the 11 students had been Jews, UCI, the despicable Tony Rackauckas – who serves foreign interests, AIPAC and the illegitimate terrorist state of Israel, and possibly the media would have all bowed down and dismissed such a case,  citing, naturally that the Jewish students were allowed to object because they were.. the descendants of those who suffered during the Holocaust!

Then we have the surprising comment by Erwin (Hypocrite) Chemerinsky, the dean of UC Irvine’s Law School, who said that although freedom of speech is not an absolute right, university sanctions were enough for the students. He also added that he believes criminal sanctions go too far.

Chemerinsky told The Times last week that “it makes no sense” to use such resources. “It’s so minor.”

This is the same hypocrite who told the students they FAILED THEIR EXAMS even before they had taken them!


No doubt that many have heard of the Irvine 11 by now.

On February 8, 2010, Michael Oren, a representative of, and the Israeli Ambassador to the U.S.,  was invited to UCI to speak on U.S.-Israeli relations. The speech by Oren was sponsored by the UCI Law School and the Political Science Department.

Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren was invited by several sponsors, including the law school (of which I am dean) and the political science department (of which I am a member) to speak at the university on Feb. 8.

Erwin Chemerinsky Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, UC-Irvine School of Law

Michael Oren: Israeli soldier!

Wikipedia presents Oren as follows: notice how certain points are worded to disguise the ugly truth that this person denounced his U.S. citizenship in favor of becoming an Israeli citizen!

Oren was born Michael Bornstein in upstate New York. His father was an officer in the U.S. Army who took part in the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944 and fought in the Korean War.  Oren grew up in New Jersey in a Conservative Jewish household. As the only Jewish boy in a Catholic neighborhood, he says he experienced anti-Semitism on a daily basis.

Of course, this the first line of defense such Zionists use any and every time! In his youth, he was an activist in Zionist youth groups such as USY  and a gold medal winning athlete in the Maccabiah Games.  At 15, Oren made his first trip to Israel with youth movement Habonim Dror, working on Kibbutz Gan Shmuel.

In 1977, Oren completed his undergraduate degree from Columbia University. He continued his studies at Columbia, receiving a Masters in International Affairs in 1978 from the School of International and Public Affairs.

After college, he spent a year as an adviser to the Israeli delegation to the United Nations headed by Yehuda Blum.  In 1979, Oren immigrated to Israel.  In 1979, Oren joined the Israel Defense Forces.

He served as a paratrooper in the 1982 Lebanon War.  His unit was caught in a Syrian ambush on the second day of the war. His commander was killed and nearly everyone was wounded. He then joined a unit stationed in Sidon. Oren married in the summer of 1982 and returned the next day to Beirut.

During the 1991 Gulf War he was Israeli liaison officer to the U.S. Sixth Fleet.  He served as an army spokesman in the IDF Reserves during the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict.  During the 2008–2009 Israel–Gaza conflict, he was a media relations officer.

A few years later, Oren returned to the United States to continue his education, studying at Princeton University. In 1986, he earned a Ph.D. in Near East Studies.

On May 3, 2009, Oren was appointed as Ambassador of Israel to the United States by Israeli Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu,

How does a U.S. citizen become a foreign government’s Ambassador? Michael Oren renounced his US citizenship in favor of becoming an Israeli.

“..a solemn ritual that involves signing an oath of renunciation. He [Oren] said he got through it with the help of friends from the American Embassy in Tel Aviv who “stayed with me, and hugged me when it was over.” source

If anything, Oren should have never be allowed in the U.S. again or should have been immediately arrested for treason and for serving in a foreign army, representing a state accused of War Crimes and Genocide as proven by the Goldstone Report.

But that would have been antisemitism! [chuckle]

Michael Oren, born in the US and a dual citizen, is about to become Israel’s ambassador to the US which will require him to give up his US citizenship, the JPost reports. 

No problem, says Oren. Now, the question is: At what moment does a Jewish American who chooses to make aliyah cease being a patriotic American and come out of the closet,  so to speak, as a patriotic Israeli wannabe?

At what point does a Jewish American supporter of Israel become a potential security risk if that person is employed in an agency of the US government?

To say that it is the moment the person announces his or her decision to make aliyah to Israel or give up his American citizenship is ludicrous.

The person who makes that decision could understandably as well as logically be viewed as having been politically compromised at some point before that and therefore it is reasonable for US government officials, particularly in areas where intelligence in involved, to look at Jewish American employees with a degree of suspicion. But when they do, it elicits the predictable accusations of anti-Semitism. source

The act of renouncing US citizenship is a very serious action to take and should not be done lightly. Prior to this it is imperative that you understand what happens as a result. This is not something that can be reversed, revoked or changed once it is completed.


1. Convicted For An Act Of Treason Against The United States

Treason is a serious crime, and the Constitution defines the requirements for convicting someone of treason.   Treason is waging a violent war against the United States in cooperation with a foreign country or any organized group.

It includes assisting or aiding any foreign country or organization in taking over or destroying this country including abolishing the Constitution.

Treason also consists of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the US government or of betraying our government into the hands of a foreign power. If you are caught and convicted of treason, you can pretty much count on losing your US citizenship as well as serving lots of jail time.


Now then, what about Rahm Emanuel?

Moskal also charged that Emanuel had dual citizenship with Israel and had served in the Israeli Army – Wikipedia

Whose interests are these people serving?

The Irvine 11

Since Michael Oren represents a country which engaged in war crimes and potential crimes against humanity as determined by Justice Richard Goldstone (a Jewish person) and the UN Human Rights Council, it is only natural to denounce and disrupt this terrorist’s speech and/or lies that would defend Nazism, Israeli style.

Israel continues to commit war crimes by maintaining a 3 year siege on Gaza, which is nothing less than collective punishment, in contravention to Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Israel is also expanding settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, in direct opposition to U.S. policy!

The 11 students who peacefully left the room and did not resist arrest, are accused of disrupting this terrorist’s [Oren’s] speech! Erwin Chemerinsky threatened the students as they walked out with: “YOU ARE FAILING YOUR EXAMS!”

Erwin C You are failing your exams!


The Audacity of this professor to retaliate with such threats! Is this not anti-Semitism? Will he simply select every Muslim sounding name from his class roster and simply FAIL them? This man is an education terrorist and should be banned from teaching! Period!

UCI: the Hypocrisy

Protection from Discrimination & Harassment

Harassment and discrimination is prohibited by University policies and procedures. Unwelcome, severe, and persistent behaviors that are unlawful and interfere with another person’s rights and educational opportunities will not be tolerated. Visit the OEOD website for more information on nondiscrimination and harassment policies.

Statement from Chancellor Michael Drake on Behalf of the UC Irvine Campus Community

Feb. 23, 2010

On numerous occasions during the past year, I have spoken and written about the manner in which we discuss and debate our differences, our values and how we use those values to guide our decision-making.

As you may have read, earlier this month I was very disappointed when some members of our community seemed more comfortable engaging in confrontation than collaboration, and in trying to close channels of communication rather than opening them.

As a brief frame of reference: Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren had been invited to speak on campus by a number of campus and community organizations (I bet it was Erwin and only Erwin and whoever he would threaten with anti-Semitism if they did not accept and agree with his invitation).

His speech was repeatedly and systematically interrupted by a group of students. The individuals involved were removed by campus police immediately, and are facing disciplinary proceedings.

Our primary goals are to ensure a UCI experience that delivers the highest standards of academic preparation, and an unparalleled richness of intellectual and cultural diversity. We are committed to growing our students as whole people. [but allow your professors to threaten students with failing them if they disagreed with his political views?]

All of our students learn that at UCI, whether we agree or disagree with someone’s views, we respect the right of everyone to share their experiences, insights and ideas. This is how we grow. This is among our greatest contributions as a learning community.

The 11 students have pending criminal charges and have been threatened with university disciplinary actions. Spokespersons of UCI have stated that the students may be dismissed or suspended for standing up in protest.

While the students’ speech was protected, the University seems to be sending a political message. The disproportionate response of the University and the Irvine police is undeniably due to outside pressures and lobbies!

UCI had a 30% fee hike and decrease in the quality of their education. This is due to the recession which has left California nearly bankrupt! Rather than funding our universities, the U.S. Government maintains approximately $4 billion a year of military aid to Israel: the only nuclear arsenal in the Middle East!

US tax dollars must not support a state which commits war crimes, particularly when tax dollars would be better utilized paying for students’ classrooms and tuition!

Another War Criminal’s speech interrupted!

Ilan Pappe: The Myth of Israel PT1

The Khazarians, never in Israel, converted to Talmudic Judaism in the 8th Century.

“I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the Synagogue of Satan.” —(Revelation 2:9) The nation of Israel today is populated with seven and half million imposters!

March 5, 2017

ILAN PAPPÉ: Netanyahu  represents a very deep  Israeli-Jewish conviction that they are the indigenous people of Palestine, and the Palestinians are the settlers… and the aliens.

And this is a starting point. A starting point is where the indigenous… yes, we haven’t been there for a few hundred… maybe two thousand years, but we are the indigenous people of Palestine. And from there, everything else emanates.

And I think the way to challenge it is really by using this paradigm of settler-colonialism, because it’s not exceptional for a settler-colonial movement to claim to be the indigenous people of the place that they occupy, colonize, and quite often genocide.

It happened before in other places. And I think that’s something that allows people who either were victims of other settler-colonial projects; or people who are part of settler-colonial states, like the United States, but are very familiar nowadays with their own history, and understand their own origins; to understand that actually it’s not exceptional, it’s not an exception – the only exceptional part of it is the denial, not the very historical act itself.

MAX BLUMENTHAL: Yeah. I mean, a lot of these myths are actually just Hasbara arguments by, in many cases, morons for the consumption of morons, but I’ve found that in our world there are a lot… it falls on fertile soil. I mean, the education system isn’t very good in the West.

So you have these… Netanyahu, and I think, you know, this is kind of a common feature of Hasbara, trying to draw a distinction between settler-colonialism and traditional metropole-colonialism, and you’ll hear him say, you know, we’re not the French colonizing Algeria. We have nowhere to go back to. You know? This is our homeland and we can’t go back anywhere.

How do you respond to that? And, you know, I think one of the things that we’ve failed to do is explain how settler-colonialism is in many ways more pernicious than traditional colonialism.

ILAN PAPPÉ: Absolutely. The exceptional part of the story is that settler-colonialism made certain connections, or made certain assumptions, which were accepted in the 19th century, but looked ridiculous, inhuman and non-democratic in the 20th century; and yet, in the particular case of Israel, they still remain valid.

For instance, the claim that the only way you can create a democracy in a country which has settlers and natives, is if the settlers are always the majority; which is the argument of the liberal Zionists, not the right wing Zionists. The liberal Zionists, the whole peace process, is based on the idea that the only way democracy can be sustained in Palestine is if the Jews are a majority in their own homeland.


ILAN PAPPÉ: This is a ridiculous assumption, that in any other context would be rejected as racist, but in the case of Israel is accepted. And I think that’s where the interesting part of the analysis comes into, also in my book, in … why educated; well-read people in the West did not see this? Or, did they see it and decided to accept it for reasons of guilt, anti-Semitism,…? to choose to stay in Europe, God knows why?

Everyone had their own reasons for that. For the second point that you were making, I think that it’s very important to highlight, when you talk about any settler-colonial project – what Patrick Wolfe called “the logic of the elimination of the native” – that you cannot create a new settler-colonial society, or a settler nation state, from the settler-colonials’ perspective, as long as there is an indigenous native population there. So you have to get rid of them.


ILAN PAPPÉ: Genocide them as you did in America, or impose apartheid and Bantustan them as you did in South Africa, or ethnically cleanse them as you did in Palestine. The means vary from one historical case study to the other.

The logic is the same logic. And what is amazing is that this logic is still legitimized in the 21st century in the case of Israel, under the guise of slogans such as “The only democracy in the Middle East”, “A country that wants peace but doesn’t find the right partner for it”, and all the other mythologies that are connected to the peace process.

MAX BLUMENTHAL: I think that the logic of… the underlying logic of Zionism, of maintaining a demographic majority, a sort of ethnic over-class, through violent demographic social engineering, is scarcely ever interrogated in our mainstream media. In academia it’s even very rare to see it.

Would you say that that has fuelled the rhetoric and the politics of the far right in Western Europe and in the United States; where you hear someone like Stephen Bannon, who’s the Chief Counselor to Donald Trump – the main intellectual force behind him – say at a major conference in Washington, that the United States is not just an economy; it has to represent a culture. STEPHEN BANNON: We have wide and sometimes divergent opinions.

But I think the center core of what we believe, that we’re a nation with an economy, not an economy just in some global marketplace with open borders, but we are a nation with a culture and a reason for being.

MAX BLUMENTHAL: And it’s this culturalist narrative, which implies that the United States is white and Christian, and it must maintain a white, Christian demographic majority. Do you think that that has anything to do with the legitimization that Israel has experienced?

ILAN PAPPÉ: I do think so. I think if you are a member of a right wing intellectual movement or ideological movement or political movement, you watch Israel desperately in a way. You say, “My ideas, my assumptions, my discourse, that is regarded as fringe, lunatic and dangerous, is welcomed when it is uttered by the spokespersons for the Israeli Jewish state, or by Israel itself.”

It’s exactly that. The dehumanization that Israel is allowed to express through its discourse, through its policies, through its activities, is not different from any racist approach by any other group. In fact, settler-colonialism is one of the most dangerous forms of modern racism. And it’s not surprising that there are two ways in which Israel was trying to challenge this or protect this kind of exceptionalism, because it’s very precarious. It can… you know, one day, the truth can be discovered.

The people would say, wait a minute; you’re not different from an extreme right movement in America. You are the same – especially when the right wing in Israel becomes stronger. So there are two ways they’re trying to challenge it. One is by claiming that, oh, we don’t use violent means – if you are a liberal Zionist – we’re not looking for violent means of keeping demographic purity.

We’re actually willing to give up some territory in order to keep demographic purity; or we enclave, we incarcerate, we besiege the Palestinians in small bantustan, so that we’re demographically pure.

MAX BLUMENTHAL: In Israel, it’s liberals saying, “Build the wall.

“ILAN PAPPÉ: Absolutely. Absolutely. Liberal. Of course, because this means I don’t want to use supposedly violent means. I’m not expelling people.

MAX BLUMENTHAL: We’re not going to transfer anyone.

ILAN PAPPÉ: Exactly. We’re just not going to let them leave.

MAX BLUMENTHAL: We’re just going to say, what was… it was Ehud Barak’s campaign slogan…

ILAN PAPPÉ: Yeah. We are here and they are there.

MAX BLUMENTHAL: Us over here, them over there. And we would recognize that here as sort of segregation. ILAN PAPPÉ: Exactly.

MAX BLUMENTHAL: But it’s hard segregation.

ILAN PAPPÉ: Absolutely. And the second means… and the second means by which they try to sort of hide it, is the one that Netanyahu prefers, because he cannot say that he’s willing to give up territory, and this is elevating this idea of… elevating anti-Semitism into supposedly a new phenomenon…

MAX BLUMENTHAL: Right. The new…

ILAN PAPPÉ: … the new anti-Semitism; and to say that when you criticize the Israeli settler-colonialism, you’re not criticizing racism, but you’re actually racist yourself.


ILAN PAPPÉ: Like the indigenous issue. If you… if the Palestinians claim that they are indigenous, we will claim that we are the indigenous, and they are the settlers. This is really new-speak…

MAX BLUMENTHAL: Which actually embraces the true logic of anti-Semitism that conflates Zionism with Jews, and holds them responsible collectively for all of Zionism’s crimes.

ILAN PAPPÉ: Absolutely. Absolutely. Above… another layer of uniformity or a connection between the idea that Jews should be settler-colonialists in Asia or the Arab world, and not live as communities in the West, which is another kind of joint platform for anti-Semitism and Zionism.

MAX BLUMENTHAL: Right, which opens the door for this kind of alliance of convenience we’ve seen with parties like the National Front in France; the Jobbik Party even, in Hungary, is moving away from its traditional anti-Semitism into a more pro-Zionist.

We see the Austrian Freedom Party, Strache, was hosted by the Likud Party – this is the party founded by the Nazis in Austria – he was hosted for a visit of the Holocaust Museum by the Likud Party. You go across the board to all these far right parties, down to Trump and the Republican Party, and they’ve all become pro-Israel while holding onto this idea that, you know, Jews really belong somewhere else.

ILAN PAPPÉ: And this is the whole notion of the Palestinians as immigrants. You have immigrants in Holland.


ILAN PAPPÉ: And you have all the right to vote for a right wing party, because they are really Muslim immigrants, and they create all the problems. We also have Muslim immigrants in Israel. And they are using the same message to identify themselves to operate politically and violently against our own culture, our own set of values.

MAX BLUMENTHAL: Right. We understand the terrorism that you’re experiencing…

ILAN PAPPÉ: Absolutely.

MAX BLUMENTHAL: …we have it ourselves.

ILAN PAPPÉ: And there are very worrying connections nowadays between the Israeli strategic advisors and experts and their counterparts in France, Britain, Holland, Denmark. They advise them how to control immigrant societies in order to pre-empt the next loner, the next…

MAX BLUMENTHAL: The next lone wolf.

ILAN PAPPÉ: …lone wolf…

MAX BLUMENTHAL: Right. And it’s –- what? -– through biometrics and racial profiling and -– what do they call it? –- micro-expressions?

ILAN PAPPÉ: Micro-expressions. And it’s all built on this assumption we all have Muslim migrant societies that did not fit into the host culture.


ILAN PAPPÉ: And that’s quite a challenge for us to… it’s so false. It’s almost like a kind of Nazi propaganda that you have such a big lie, that the bigger the lie is the more difficult it is then to diffuse it. It’s such a big lie that I think we are, at the beginning, we are a bit paralyzed when we try to challenge it, because it’s so false, and yet I think we have to be patient and unpack it again for the audiences, and make sure the people understand how ridiculous and dangerous it is for both case studies.

MAX BLUMENTHAL: Ilan Pappé, thanks a lot. ILAN PAPPÉ: Thank you. MAX BLUMENTHAL: I’m Max Blumenthal in Washington, D.C., for The Real News.

The Genius of Judaism (Review)

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“For many years, Bernard-Henri Lévy has been one of Europe’s leading public intellectuals.”

So according to this: if you condemn Israeli occupation and war crimes, you must be ‘anti-Semitic
This review is quite astonishing.

January 19

Condemning Israel (and world Jewry) for the suffering of Palestinians normalizes anti-Semitism, allowing it to appear more respectable as a human rights issue, concealing its bigoted, murderous agenda. In a sly twist to centuries of Jewish displacement, Jews are now being blamed for having a homeland and for vigorously defending it.

Thane Rosenbaum, a novelist, essayist and Distinguished Fellow at NYU School of Law, is the director of the Forum on Law, Culture & Society, and the author, most recently, of “How Sweet It is!”.

For many years, Bernard-Henri Lévy has been one of Europe’s leading public intellectuals. But he has been even more ubiquitous, and curious, as the world’s foremost wandering Jew.

Born in Algeria, and a fixture in France as both an author and a media personality, Lévy’s reputation as a globetrotter — an honorary citizen of hot spots around the world — has never had anything to do with exodus or exile, the traditional reasons that Jews, for millennia, have been on the move.

Lévy’s wanderings have a more muscular, crusading quality, quite different from the often pained, desperate departures undertaken by his tribe. He has been more swashbuckler than supplicant, more prophetic voice than man crying out for dry land. Even more anomalously, he has dared to travel to places where Jews normally fear to tread.

With the publication of “The Genius of Judaism,” we may now finally know what has motivated his adventurous spirit. Lévy argues that Judaism possesses a special genius for introspection and human betterment. In his view, the study of humanities, and enlightenment itself, brightens with the spark of Jewish thought. Approaching his mature phase as a philosopher, Lévy has now directed his thinking inward and concluded that his lifelong travels as unofficial ambassador on behalf of the oppressed and forgotten were apparently tied, all along, to his moral obligations as a Jew.

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It is an interesting revelation from a man who openly acknowledges his many lapses from Jewish ritual. One is far more likely to find him in a Parisian cafe than in one of its synagogues. He is a student of the European Enlightenment and not its Talmud academies. His romantic life would have exhausted Lord Byron, far better resembling that of a rock star than an ascetic rabbi. Yet, an intuitive sense of Jewish responsibility, if not Jewish soul, has not only guided his exploits but also seemingly imbued them with a higher moral purpose.

The Hebrew phrase “tikkun olam” — to repair the world — has been the raison d’etre of Jews who manifest their Jewish identity in social activism. Lévy was living these words long before most Jews knew what the phrase even meant.

Whether it was his years as a journalist and activist in Cambodia and Bosnia during their respective genocides, or as an investigator in Pakistan as he sought answers in the decapitation of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, or in Kurdistan standing in solidarity with the virtuous peshmerga, or when he urged Ukrainians to acknowledge their Nazi-collaborating past and memorialize their Jewish dead, or when he undertook his righteous but ultimately criticized efforts to mobilize world opinion in support of Libyan rebel forces overthrowing Moammar Gaddafi, Lévy has insinuated himself into world affairs without diplomatic protocol but with a lot of Jewish chutzpah.

“The Genius of Judaism” arrives at a propitious time. Anti-Semitism is rising, especially in France, with the murders at the Parisian kosher market and the Jewish day school in Toulouse; the torture and death of Ilan Halimi, a French Jew of Moroccan descent; and the trapping of 200 Jews in a synagogue by an outside mob chanting “Death to the Jews!” and “Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas!”

Lévy points out that these episodes are alarming, but quite different and far less threatening than the conditions in 1930s Europe that led to the Holocaust. Today’s Jew-hatred is directed at Israel and includes a cynical Holocaust backlash. Old-school Christian blood libels are passe, no small comfort to the thousands of Jews who left France for Israel these past several years.

 But Lévy is correct in observing that this new look to an ancient prejudice has the potential to become a “moral atomic bomb.” Condemning Israel (and world Jewry) for the suffering of Palestinians normalizes anti-Semitism, allowing it to appear more respectable as a human rights issue, concealing its bigoted, murderous agenda. In a sly twist to centuries of Jewish displacement, Jews are now being blamed for having a homeland and for vigorously defending it.

Lévy suggests, however, that anti-Semitism is confined largely to Muslims and right-wing fringe agitators. French institutions, by contrast, are resolutely opposed to anti-Semitism. As former prime minister Manuel Valls has stated, “France without Jews is not France.”

Lévy couldn’t agree more with that statement. Indeed, he makes the case that modern France was significantly shaped by Jews, such as the medieval rabbi Rashi, who endowed the French language with a religious and communal purpose; Marcel Proust, who brought a Jewish sensibility and resuscitated the French novel; and philosophers Emmanuel Levinas and Maurice Blanchot, who imparted a moral vision for how Jews should come face to face with “others” and “strangers,” ideals that reinforce why “The Genius of Judaism” became, for Lévy, such a deeply personal and indispensable project.

Here he returns to the Old Testament and the Book of Jonah, a minor prophet who, not unlike the others, doesn’t really want the job. God asks Jonah to visit the wicked city of Nineveh and persuade its people to repent or face destruction. Nineveh, ironically, is a sworn enemy of the Jews. Why Jonah would want to save them, only God knows. Instead, Jonah tries to ditch the assignment and escape, which ultimately leads him to be swallowed up by a whale, only to eventually return to Nineveh and carry out God’s command.

“The Genius of Judaism,” a smart, revealing and essential book for our times, is Lévy’s own private whale, and our treacherous world is his Nineveh. The book enables him to reflect on how he has lived his life as a Jew and how, as a student of moral philosophy and world events, his writer’s voice took on more prophetic, humanistic dimensions.

The Genius of Judaism

By Bernard-Henri Lévy