Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Born in Terrorism



Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel, by Alison Weir

I continue with this second installment in my review of this book.

The Lobby

There are millions of active and well-organized Jews in America, and their position in life enables them to be most dynamic and influential.  They live in the nerve-centres of the country, and hold important positions in politics, trade, journalism, the theatre and the radio.  They could influence public opinion, but their strength is not felt, since it is not harnessed and directed at the right target.

-        Zionist  and future Israeli foreign minister Moshe Shertok

The problem with Americans Jews is that they thought of themselves as Americans first and Jews second.  The harnessing of this untapped power toward the right target by Zionists began in earnest in the late 1930s.  This Zionist effort was met with opposition from others in the American Jewish community. 

Anti-Zionist Jews received nowhere near the same level of funding as did the Zionists.  They did, however receive other “gifts” in large measure:

Among other things, would-be dissenters were afraid of “the savagery of personal attacks” anti-Zionists endured.

Non-Zionist Jews were anti-Semitic?

Christian support was manufactured; $150,000 was raised to revive the American Palestine Committee with the objective of providing moral and political support for the Zionist cause.  The Christian Council on Palestine was also formed –the two organizations could boast of almost 10,000 prominent members by the end of World War II.

These Christian groups didn’t know or didn’t care that many Christian sites Palestine were attacked by Zionist forces – including in May 1948, the month of Israel’s birth. Orthodox Coptic, Armenian and Syrian churches were all attacked as were Catholic churches.

“When we get control you can take your dead Christ and go home.”

I guess this is the Second Coming?

Terrorism

Zionists planned to buy land from the Arabs; failing this in any meaningful quantities, they planned terror and war:

When the buyout effort was able to obtain only a few percent of the land, Zionists created a number of terrorist groups to fight both the Palestinians and the British.

Terrorist and future Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin was asked in a 1974 interview:

“How does it feel, in the light of all that’s going on, to be the father of terrorism in the Middle East?”

To which he replied:

“In the Middle East?  In all the world.

Just to be sure you have no doubt.

Truman Accedes

Truman ignored all of the advice offered by the US State Department, various intelligence agencies, and the military and chose to accept the Zionist partition plan; his political advisor, Clark Clifford, felt that Jewish money and the Jewish vote were important for his election.

…Truman reportedly receiving a suitcase full of money from Zionists while on his train campaign around the country.

UN General Assembly Members Accede

Despite gaining US support, the Zionists did not have the two-thirds votes needed in the General Assembly to pass the plan; they secured a delay in the vote.

In a page recently borrowed by Trump…

…Zionists would use their influence to block economic aid to any countries that did not vote for partition.

Mink coats and blank checkbooks were distributed freely; after passionate speeches against partition, within 24 hours those same delegates would vote in favor of the plan.  On November 29, 1947, the General Assembly passed the resolution.

But it carried no weight without the Security Council approving the resolution; it never did.  However, the General Assembly vote resulted in an increase in violence in Palestine.  Within months, the Zionists forced out over 400,000 Palestinians – now refugees.

In May 1948, Zionists announced the creation of their state – without declaring boundaries or writing a constitution (apparently a situation that continues today).

A Swedish UN mediator, Count Folke Bernadotte, who had previously rescued thousands of Jews from the Nazis, was dispatched to negotiate an end to the violence.  Israeli assassins killed him…

No good deed goes unpunished.

Massacres

There were at least 33 massacres of Palestinian villages, half of them before a single Arab army joined the conflict. …over 750,000 Palestinian men, women, and children were ruthlessly expelled.

Children’s heads smashed; women raped and shot; families lined up and shot; the King David hotel (home of the British administrative headquarters) blown up.  A future colonel in the Israeli army would write of the militia members, “They didn’t know how to fight, but as murderers they were pretty good.”

Perhaps a good place to take a break.  I need a shower.

5 comments:

  1. "There were at least 33 massacres of Palestinian villages, half of them before a single Arab army joined the conflict. …over 750,000 Palestinian men, women, and children were ruthlessly expelled"

    How strange that libertarians like Walter Block can find the NAP in actions like that. Surely it's just a coincidence that the perpetrators share his ethnicity. Jewish libertarians are objective and don't let ethnic bias get in the way.

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    1. Once I finish this book by Weir, I am going to tackle Block's views on this topic.

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  2. Franz Oppenheimer pointed out that ALL political entities, the modern nation state included, are born of and sustained by terrorism, violence, and aggression.

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    1. Sure. The state having the monopoly on violence is at the core of libertarian thought.

      That said you can't equate the way the Israeli state treats its Israeli citizens to the way it treats its Palestinian helots, who are held in a open concentration camp.

      To point out that ALL political entities are violent in this situation is to obfuscate, not enlighten.

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  3. "It's the only democracy in the Middle East." TM

    If only they read Hoppe, they might realize democracy ain't all it is cracked up to be--but apparently you have to crack a few heads to make the omelette that is The Only Democracy in the Middle East (TM).

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