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Jewish mother was born in Poland in 1919. She remembered visiting her grandfather's
vast "estate" as a child and riding in a big carriage drawn by
four white horses. This story contradicted my image of Jewish poverty and
persecution in Poland, and I questioned her about it.
She reassured me that her family had means. (Unfortunately her rich grandfather
remarried and disowned her father. No more invitations.)
On the other hand, my father's family fit my preconception. His father eked
out a living as Secretary for a labor union. They lived in a two-room flat
and sublet one room. Sometimes Poles threw stones at them in the park. A
quota meant that he could not attend university.
The popular image of Jewish history is closer to my father's story. But
we cannot have an accurate impression without my mother's.
According to Shahak, the Jewish elite always had a symbiotic relationship
with the governing class. The Jews would "administer the oppression"
of the masses. In return, the governing class would force Jews to obey their
"leaders." Sometimes a pogrom would do the trick.
The "Jewish" position was always strongest when the governing
class was most at odds with the masses, and when there was least national
Today, specific Jews (in finance, government, education and especially the
media) play a prominent role in the world elite's preparation for "globalization,"
which many see as a modern form of feudalism. Once again, "anti Semitism"
is exploited to mobilize Jews (and Christians) to support oppression (e.g.
"The War on Terror"), disarm opposition and to deflect blame.
THE TRUTH IS BITTER
History is propaganda about the past. Most historians don't tell the truth
because they would be fired. Israel Shahak, who died in 2001, was not an
historian. He was a professor of organic chemistry at Hebrew University,
who had a scientist's respect for objective truth. He was also a concentration
camp survivor, an Israeli army veteran and a campaigner for Arab human rights.
History repeats itself because we lie about it. Shahak believes that Jews
need to re-educate themselves about their history and religion. Jews are
"a closed society" that uses "anti Semitism" to quash
criticism, which is considered "hatred" or "hate speech" or "self hatred"
Shahak says Judaism is largely a primitive, materialistic, authoritarian
credo. The Talmud is devoted to Jewish supremacy and contempt for Christ,
Christianity and non-Jews [gentiles or 'goyim'] in general. The Cabala embraces many gods including
Satan. (33) See also http://www.savethemales.ca/240902.html
The following is a brief summary of Shahak's argument in the chapter, "The
Weight of History."
1. In spite of persecution, Jews throughout history formed an integral part
of the privileged classes. The poorest Jew was immeasurably better off than
the serfs. Until roughly 1880, their most important social function "was
to mediate the oppression of the peasants on behalf of the nobility and
2. Classical Judaism (1000-1880 AD) developed hatred and contempt for agriculture
as an occupation and for peasants as a class. "The supposed superiority
of Jewish morality and intellect...is bound up with a lack of sensitivity
for the suffering of that major part of humanity who were especially oppressed
during the last 1000 years, the peasants." (53)
3. While Gentiles in general were reviled, Jewish laws made an exception
for the elite. Jewish physicians, tax collectors and bailiffs could be relied
upon by a king, nobleman, pope or bishop, in a way that a Christian might
not. The Jewish community enjoyed autonomous status and Jewish rabbis and
rich were part of the governing class. Together they oppressed the masses,
Jew and non-Jewish. (53)
4. The position of rich Jews is "particularly favourable under strong
regimes, which have retained a feudal character" and are disassociated
from the people they rule. "But in those countries where...the nobility
enters into partnership with the king (and with at least part of the bourgeoisie)
to rule the state, which assumes a national character," the position
of the Jewish elite deteriorates.
5. However the position of the Jewish masses moved in tandem with the peasants
not their leaders. The stronger the Jewish elite, the more tyrannical its
grip over the Jewish people. For example, at the rabbis' request, the state
would flog or imprison a Jewish vendor for opening his stall on a minor
MODERN ANTI SEMITISM
Israel Shahak and I differ about modern anti Semitism. I believe the above
themes, in different form, continue into the 20th and 21st centuries. Shahak
is a "humanist" and supporter of the principles of the French
Revolution who depicts anti Semitism as the reaction of "bewildered
men" in opposition to the modern world.
My hunch is that in the 18th century, the Jewish elite seized the upper
hand by abandoning their traditional allies. They forged new alliances with
the emerging commercial elites and corrupt elements of the old aristocracy.
The Jewish elite championed the French Revolution, liberalism and socialism
(and Communism) as a way of destroying the old order and increasing its
own power. The position of Jews improved in direct relation to the modern
materialist and international movement. (See also "The Jewish Century"
Modern conservatism and "anti Semitism" was a reaction. But the
Nazis, by their barbarism, actually played into the elite Jews' international
agenda. They discredited nationalism and "anti Semitism," devastated
Europe, and helped Zionists gain greater control of Jews. (Think of the
Holocaust as a giant pogrom.)
Israel Shahak and I agree on the last point. In Shahak's words, "Israel
and Zionism are a throw-back to the role of classical Judaism, writ large
on a global scale..."
"The state of Israel now fulfills towards the oppressed peasants of
many countries, not only in the Middle East, but far beyond it, a role not
unlike the Jews of pre-1795 Poland: that of a bailiff to the imperial oppressor.
" He refers to Israel's role as a linchpin in the imperial system.
It helps keep neighboring Arab regimes in power (11) and arms Third World
dictators. He wonders why religious Jews are major participants in the arms
trade and rabbis are silent.
Shahak believes the Jewish people need to overcome the "tyranny"
of their religion. Only an "unrelenting critique" of the past
will achieve a "genuine revolution." (74)
A Jewish reader wrote to me: "It is the Jewish mission to be a light
or spiritual guide to the nations...We [uphold] an ethical and moral God,
without which we would descend into barbarism in an instant. And it is THIS
which has caused Christianity to murder Jews throughout the centuries."
I beg to differ. Far from being a "light unto humanity" many Jews
(as well as so-called Christians) "mediate the oppression" for
the governing class. This is the real cause of anti Semitism.
The New World Order is a revival of feudalism. The rich rule as kings and
humanity is en-serfed. It is happening before our eyes. Religion, art and
education are debased. Civil rights are taken away. Men are emasculated
and families destroyed. Jobs and technology are shipped abroad.
The Jewish moral mission? How about "Thou Shall Not Steal" and
"Thou Shall Not Kill?" Zionists have stolen the homes and land
where Arabs lived for more than 50 generations. Israelis must withdraw to
the 1967 boundaries, and make restitution.
I am accused of being "a self hating Jew." I believe Jews like
myself, Israel Shahak and many others represent the true Jewish spirit:
absolute truth, justice and love. (I also find this spirit in Christianity
We cannot change the truth just because we don't like it. The real cause
of anti Semitism is found in the Jewish religion and in the role of the
Jewish elite, their lackeys and dupes.
Henry Makow Ph.D. is the inventor of the board game Scruples and the author
of "A Long Way to go for a Date." His articles on feminism and
the new world order are found on his web site www.savethemales.ca He enjoys
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