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Friday, August 31, 2007

Dissident Veteran for Peace: Against Zionist Censorship

Zionists, who throw stones: Boycott Israeli Academia!

UMichigan Press Caves, Protects Zionism

In "State Censorship: Handala & Hasbara," I wrote: "Hasbara, dear readers, is about more than spreading pro-Zionist propaganda, it is also about suppressing and distorting anti-Zionist speech and ideas." Well, the Zionists of StandWithUs-Michigan are trying to show us all just how much a small group of determined racists can accomplish on that front.

The University of Michigan Press is an arm of the state-funded University of Michigan (UM) and the US distributor of books published by Pluto Press. The UM Press web site describes Pluto as follows:

Pluto Press, established in 1970, is one of the UK's leading independent publishers. Pluto Press is committed to publishing the best in critical writing across the social sciences and humanities.

Pluto authors include Noam Chomsky, Sheila Rowbotham, Pierre Bourdieu, Jean Baudrillard, Frantz Fanon, Hal Foster, Augusto Boal, Susan George, Israel Shahak, Antonio Gramsci, John Pilger, Manning Marable, Edward S. Herman and bell hooks.
But StandWithUs-Michigan doesn't like the offerings of Pluto Press and they don't like one book in particular. They say (links in the quote below are mine--VFPDissident):

Anti-Israel author Joel Kovel's 2007 publication "Overcoming Zionism" is distributed in the United States exclusively by University of Michigan Press. The book is a polemic against Israel, condemning Jewish support for the state and blaming Israel for nearly every wrong, real or perceived, in the entire Middle East. Kovel's Israel is the very definition of imperialistic and malicious in its systematic oppression of a morally neutral "Palestine." The book itself is dedicated to Rachel Corrie, "may she live in glory." ...

Overcoming Zionism is a wholly unscholarly propaganda text, a rambling negation of every aspect of Israeli society, and a near complete restatement of Israel's history. It is published by the radical left Pluto Press of London, England
Concerning Pluto, they claim:

Hundreds of anti-West, anti-American and anti-Israel Propaganda Texts Reach US Exclusively Via University of Michigan Press ...

'Pluto Press is clearly a publisher comfortable with its radical left label and agenda,' said Jonathan Harris, director of StandWithUs-Michigan. 'That is their perogative [sic]. The shocking thing is that a university press has chosen this one publisher to disseminate to its American readers. This one publisher, with numerous titles of pure bias and propaganda, rates that sort of endorsement from the University of Michigan? Is this the "important scholarly research" that now rates mass distribution by the University of Michigan? It is quite shocking.'
Although StandWithUs-Michigan doesn't openly call for censorship, it is clear from their site that they want the UM to pull the plug on Kovel and Pluto because they express truths and ideas that Zionists can't stand. The sad part is that they apparently have had some success. When their call to pressure UM Press Director Phil Pochoda and UM President Mary Sue Coleman went out on August 13th, the link to the description for Overcoming Zionism: Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine on the UM Press web site still worked but it doesn't any more (see before and after).

Moreover, here is an e-mail message dated August 24th and reportedly from Pochoda to Kovel:


Because it is a distributed title for Pluto Press, no one at UMP had read Overcoming Zionism prior to the Stand/With/Us diatribe. I and others read it after that assault, and had fully expected to gear up for, at least, a free speech defense. Though I had no trouble with the one-state solution your book proposes nor with a Zionist critique, per se-- we had, after all, proudly and successfully published Virginia Tilley -- I (and faculty members I asked to read the book, as well) were apalled [sic] by your reckless, viscious [sic], and unmodulated attack on Zionism and all Zionists. For us, the issue raised by the book is not free speech but hate speech. Perhaps such vituperative and aggressive rhetoric works for the barricades, but it cannot be countenanced or underwritten by the university or the university press, even in this peripheral, distributed capacity.

Even worse for me, as a result of your book, the university is in the process of reassessing our relation as a whole to Pluto (and that has been a four year relationship that I have cherished, both personally and professionally). While that review goes on (and I am only marginally involved), we have ceased shipping Overcoming Zionism.

Phil Pochoda
University of Michigan Press
There are a few interesting things about this message. First, to his credit, Pochoda sees the StandWithUs-Michigan campaign for what it is--a "diatribe" and an "assault" on truth and intellectual freedom. Unfortunately, it is clear that Pochoda has a stunted notion of what qualifies for a "free speech defense"--strong attacks on Zionism and Zionists don't make the grade. Neither do "vituperative and aggressive rhetoric" (see "On Propriety, Power, and Social Protest"). I haven't read Overcoming Zionism but I've spoken with friends who have and are acquainted with Kovel and I've also read some of his other work; Pochoda's bald characterization of Kovel's book as "hate speech" strikes me as absurd. Interestingly, the whole process has been taken over by someone in a higher pay grade--"I am only marginally involved," says Director Pochoda. His statement "we have ceased shipping Overcoming Zionism" explains why the book description no longer appears on the UM Press web site.

So, folks you now know to buy Overcoming Zionism and other fine titles by Pluto Press. I have a couple of titles on my bookshelf and I highly recommend Pluto. And let's be sure to tell Phil Pochoda and Mary Sue Coleman to stand up for intellectual freedom and against Zionist thought control by continuing to sell Overcoming Zionism and Pluto Press books. Here's the contact info:

Phil Pochoda, Director
University of Michigan Press
839 Greene Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3209
Phone: (734) 764-4388
Fax: (734) 615-1540

Mary Sue Coleman, President
University of Michigan
2074 Fleming Administration Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1340
Phone: (734) 764-6270
Fax: (734) 936-3529

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To get to the bottom of Muslim Alienation

The New York Observer tries to understand
by Joachim Martillo (

The department's report should be the first of many such attempts to get to the bottom of Muslim alienation. Hopefully, those reports will inspire creative responses from policymakers. Not every suicide bomber will be identified, and not every jihadist will be assimilated. But New Yorkers cannot simply react to those forces that seek our destruction. We must understand, and we must anticipate.

After helping Boston Muslims with the Roxbury Mosque issue, I can fairly safely assert that nothing infuriates Muslim Americans more than being told that being anti-Israel is anti-American, and if they are anti-American for voicing a legitimate opinion, why not go all the way?

As long as the Israel Lobby prevents any sort of civil discussion of the US relationship with Israel, only uncivil discussion is left, and these ongoing attacks on Muslims like the Roxbury Mosque controversy and the Stop-the-Madrasa campaign as well as attempts to create false consensus by attacking Muslims as terrorists can only create disaffection. 

David Harris (AJCommittee) and Abe Foxman (ADL) have probably done more to create an awareness among Pakistani and Indian American Muslims of the Palestinian issue than all the efforts of Arab, Pakistani or Indian Muslim religious leaders.

After working in the Occupied Territories, I am always amazed that Muslims (American or otherwise) are not angrier.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The Other Massachusetts Political Party

Muslims attend political convention in Boston

by Karima Friedemann


August 25--Boston--The Green Rainbow Party of Massachusetts, which is affiliated with the national Green Party, held its annual State Convention at the Community Church of Boston on August 25, 2007. Ibrahim Hooper, director of CAIR, told organizers to tell all area Muslims to come to the convention to learn how a grassroots political party is organized (or disorganized!). The convention drew about thirty active GRP members and twelve observers.


After opening remarks, the groups split into three workshops: "2008 Elections Strategy," "Using Technology to Promote the Party," and "Sudan: What's Going On and What Can We Do About It?" Most of the Muslim observers attended the Sudan workshop, which was led by Dr. Abdul Rahman Mohamed, retired BU professor, Loay Abdel Karim, who heads Jamaica Plain Residents for Human Rights, journalist Keith Harmon Snow, and Yousef Abdallah from Islamic Relief. The popular workshop received reviews of "phenomenal" and "illuminating" by those who attended.


During lunch, a keynote speaker spoke about predatory mortgages and the many Americans that are losing their homes due to rising interest rates. Another speaker talked about peak oil.


Elections for the administrative positions of the party were held, including a male and female co-chair. Unfortunately, only 5 of the 8 available slots for Delegates to the National Committee were filled, and other administrative positions were also left unfilled because no one volunteered for them. The GRP is desperate for political leadership. Of the five delegates who were nominated, there was no one running against them.


After a long debate over whether or not the Green Rainbow Party would endorse non-Green Party-registered candidates on the primary ballot, a vote was called and those in favor of allowing GRP to endorse non-Green candidates won by a margin of 21-7.


Towards the end, Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney walked in wearing a T-shirt that read, "First Aid for Democracy: Impeachment." She made a pro-Africa statement during her brief speech and called Keith Harmon Snow "the best investigative reporter in the world."  She also expressed her disapproval of the Patriot Act and America's many wars. The charismatic McKinney told the group she is considering running for president under the Green Party banner in the coming election. She received a standing ovation.


In 2002, McKinney was the victim of the first campaign in history, which was organized by AIPAC, where Republicans as a group switched to Democrat in order to support her opponent in the Congressional primaries.

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An Earlier ADL/Foxman Debacle

Because of the recent debacle over ADL denial of the Armenian genocide in the context of the ADL's "No Place for Hate" campaign, it is perhaps worth revisiting the controversy over The Passion of the Christ, which was directed by Mel Gibson.  "Freedom's Watch" ( and "No Place for Hate" are obnoxious because of the barely concealed ulterior motive of deflecting criticism from Israel. 
Foxman appears to assume all non-Jews (and possibly all Jewish critics) are morons, i.e., goyishe kep or gentile heads in Yiddish. This mentality hardly helps to create friendly intracommunal relations. The anti-Passion campaign also concealed a related ulterior motive, and this repetitive sort of intellectually dishonest behavior almost seems calculated to evoke hostility towards the organized Jewish community and perhaps Jews in general.

The Politics of Passion

by Joachim Martillo (


Passion plays are dramatic representations of the last hours of Jesus' life, his death and then his resurrection. They originated in the 12th century, and they depict the rejection of Jesus by the populace of 1st century CE Jerusalem. Detractors of Mel Gibson's movie, The Passion of the Christ, claim that the dramatic performance of this portion of the Gospel narratives leads causally to hatred or violence against Jews. While anti-Semites and other Judeophobes have at times made use of Passion plays, the performance of the Passion with an implicit or explicit accusation of deicide does not correlate in any simple or direct way either with hatred or with violence directed toward the Jewish contemporaries of any Passion play performance.


The early development of Passion plays may correlate both with the Crusades and with the suppression of political disorder and heresy in France and Germany. There is a fairly large (mostly dubious) literature from that time period that portrays the Muslim as the ally of the Jew. Creating enough animosity to inspire French and Germans to take up arms and travel to fight in Palestine might have required a difficult staged marketing effort that involved portraying a Jewish/Judean persecution of Christ and then making claims that Muslims were Jewish allies.


There were attacks on Jewish communities in the Rhineland in 1096 during the First Crusade and subsequently.  Such violence could have been an unintended consequence of the aforementioned attempt to develop an effective anti-Muslim polemic. The church and local political leaders seem to have worked very hard to stop these attacks. Scholars of the Crusades debate the severity of the attacks on the Jewish communities, and there are questions about the veracity of the Hebrew chronicles of the Crusades especially in the numbering of casualties and the descriptions of Jewish martyrdom. German and French Jewish communities survived while the Cathars were completely wiped out during the Crusader period. In the modern terminology that apologists for Zionism and the State of Israel use, the civilian Jewish victims of the Crusades were accidental collateral damage and not specific military targets.


During the period of the wars of the Reformation and for some time thereafter, the Jews of the Passion plays tend to represent not the "Jews" but the Protestants, who were labeled Judaizers in Catholic propaganda. Protestants constituted the main target of Catholic hatred during active hostilities and for a long time after the signing of the Treaty of Westphalia. The Jews of Emmerich's Passion, as portrayed by Brentano in 1833 in Das bittere Leiden unsers Herrn Jesu Christi, probably represent the French revolutionaries.


The Ashkenazi anti-Catholic polemic associated with the Passion plays tends to overlook the possibility that contemporary Jews might for the most part be of no interest either to the audience or to anyone associated with the production.   Ashkenazi polemicists make the tenuous connection between Matthew 27:5, which sometimes appears in Passion plays to foreshadow the destruction of Jerusalem Temple by the Romans, and the idea of the modern Jewish Diaspora as humiliation and punishment for rejecting Christ.


St. Augustine (354-430 AD) formulated this Christian conceptualization of the late Roman Judean Diaspora at a time when the term "Judean" had lost all territorial sense, but using the term "Jew" is anachronistic because the Babylonian Talmud does not yet exist in a finished form.  Without the Babylonian Talmud, there is no such thing as Modern Rabbinical Judaism.


Judean sages in Palestine and Mesopotamia had come to use the concept of Exile (גלות or Galut) to represent a spiritual alienation from God. The sages used this metaphorical Galut to understand the human condition. In contrast, Augustine concretizes the Judean spiritual Galut as punitive physical exile from Palestine for disbelief. He equated the dispersed Roman Judean communities of his time with the Biblical Israelites defeated and taken captive because of their sins by the Assyrians and the Babylonians even though the late Roman Judean population was for the most descended from various convert populations that had begun to practice some form of Judean religion at an earlier time period (see The Beginnings of Jewishness by Shaye Cohen). In other words, these convert Judean populations, which practiced pre-Rabbinic Judaic religions, had little or no ancestral connection to Palestine.


This idea that Judean/Jewish Diaspora populations are descended from ancient Palestinian populations has embedded itself firmly in Western mythology and serves as a large part of the legitimization of the theft of Palestine from the native population by Eastern European Zionist racists. 


Why did St. Augustine create this idea? Was St. Augustine an anti-Semite? Was St. Augustine a gentile Zionist?


The Augustinian formulation serves a more benign purpose.  St. Augustine was actually protecting "Jewish" neighbors during a time when the Roman government had decided everyone should be Christian. "Jews" constituted the only communities that were permitted to dissent from the universal creed. Augustine's understanding of the Diaspora created a sort of theological space where "Jews" could live and very often prosper. Christian heretics, by comparison, received no such privileges.  They were often forced to recant, exiled or sometimes killed. Modern Jewish anti-Christian polemic tries to find at least some of the roots of modern anti-Semitism and violence against Jews in Augustine's creed even though it was at the time a benevolent doctrinal exemption from compulsory conversion to Christianity.


The mischaracterization of Augustine's doctrine belongs to the very questionable "Pogrom and Persecution" version of Jewish history. The anti-Passion polemic is also part of this dubious historiography.  This genre of history writing makes proper historical understanding difficult because partisan and tendentious Ashkenazi authors tend to ignore the sufferings of all but Jews and typically overestimate the number of Jewish victims by an order of magnitude. Lucy Dawidowicz (in The Golden Tradition) puts the number of Ashkenazim killed during the Chmielnicki Rebellion (1648-1655) at approximately 100,000 while the real figure is closer to 15,000 as can be determined from examination of contemporary records.


This sort of Ashkenazi anti-Gentile polemic also tends toward fantasy. The scene in Fiddler on the Roof, in which the Ukrainian Constable warns Tevye that the Czarist government ordered a pogrom, is a complete fabrication and slander of Russians and Ukrainians. Not only did the Russian government have no role in the pogroms[1] that began in the 1880s in the Pale of Settlement, but also the Russian government tried hard to suppress the pogroms as a threat to the stability of the Russian Empire. 


Suppose that a new dramatic production transposed that scene to Israel and replaced Tevye the Milkman with Ahmad the Fellah, an Israeli Palestinian, who had a good relationship with the local Jewish police captain.  Suppose that in this new version of the drama the captain received orders from the Knesset for a pogrom.  Suppose that he warned his friend Ahmad shortly before the wedding of Ahmad's daughter. Foxman and the ADL (Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith) would accuse the director, the producer, the writer and anyone associated with the production of the vilest sort of anti-Semitism even though the transposed scenario is not particularly unlikely in the context of the history of   

  • the massacre at Qibya,
  • the massacre at Kafr Qassim,
  • the massacre of Israeli Palestinians that started the second intifada, and
  • the tendency of many Israeli Jews to believe that they should not be held accountable for the sorts of crimes that they erroneously believe the Czarist government committed against Ashkenazim.  

The Eastern European Ashkenazi anti-Christian claims that, in the past, Easter and Christmas were particularly dangerous for Jews may be for the most part another example of a collective persecution complex, but they could have originated simply as mechanisms for the control of social deviance. There may also have been an attempt to instill fear in order to prevent assimilation by fraternization or by conversion to Christianity. There may have been a tertiary attempt to externalize all the problems that Ashkenazim had with co-resident Polish and Ukrainian populations. In Prussian Poland Ashkenazim (but not Jews of other ethnicities), played the role of favored native collaborators in a program of colonization and Germanization. By relegating the developing hostility against Ashkenazim (we see no comparable development of hostility toward Polish Karaite Jewish Tatars) to the realm of religion, Ashkenazim avoided facing the possibility that there might have been something about Ashkenazi attitudes or behavior towards their neighbors that caused friction.


The same mechanism seems to be operative when the Christian Scholars Group expresses concerns in Facts, Faith and Film-Making ( that The Passion might serve as some sort of inspiration to theologically based anti-Semitism against Israel. The document suffers from a serious misinterpretation of the nature of anti-Zionism and anti-Israelism. People that hate Zionism and the State of Israel generally hate them because racist Eastern Europeans stole Palestine from the native population in 1947-8 and have continued a process of sometimes harsher sometimes less harsh abuse and ethnic cleansing. Trying to connect this hostility with theological anti-Semitism is an attempt to irrationalize and discount genuine and irreducible grievances against Zionism and the State of Israel. It is also an attempt by the ADL and friends to control discourse in the USA about historic Palestine. (There may be elements of a fundraiser as well.)


The ADL does not demand that Gibson dissociate modern Rabbinic Jews from the Greco-Roman Judeans of Palestine by making sure that only "Judean" or "Galilean" appear in subtitles instead of the anachronistic term "Jew" (see The Beginnings of Jewishness by Shaye Cohen) and by taking care that the Judeans and Galileans of the movie cannot in any way be connected:

  • with either Modern Rabbinical Judaism, which is a religion very different from the Jerusalem Temple Cult, or 
  • with Eastern European Ashkenazim, who have no ancestral connection to Judean or Galilean populations of Greco-Roman Palestine. 

Ancient Judeans should certainly not anachronistically wear the accouterments of modern Rabbinic Judaism such as the rabbinic prayer shawls (טליות or taliot), and Mary was a Palestinian woman not an Eastern European Ashkenazi woman.


The Ashkenazi American critics of The Passion of the Christ are "hoist upon their own petards" – so to speak. The controversy could have been framed not around the religious epic aspect but rather around the primordialist historical mythology axis, but Ashkenazi Americans have had no problems at all with Solomon and Sheba, Ben-Hur, Masada or similar movies even though such films have served the purposes of very racist, very violent, very murderous primordialist politics in their depiction of the ancient history of Palestine.


Such movies are acceptable to Gibson's critics because they are completely congruent with Zionist primordialist propaganda. Solomon and Sheba embodied the Zionist primordialist myth of  "the ancient lost Kingdom", Ben-Hur the Zionist primordialist myth of  "the reclamation of lost birthright", and Masada the Zionist primordialist myth of "righteous resistance and struggle to liberate land that had once been fertilized with Jewish blood." The comparable political content of Mel Gibson's The Passion of The Christ is hardly any more problematic and objectionable than the politics of the other three movies, but because the political implications of Gibson's movie potentially conflict deeply with the Zionist narrative, large numbers of Ashkenazi Americans react apoplectically to his film. Control of discourse, not anti-Semitism, is the issue in the uproar.


The Catholic solicitousness about anti-Israelism and anti-Zionism in the discussion of Gibson's film is disturbing. Because the Evangelists were neither historians nor newspaper reporters, the cinematic documentary effect of The Passion of the Christ has problematic aspects, but the depiction of Arabs and Muslims in US cinema is of far more concern than the portrayal of ancient Judeans in a single completely subtitled movie about the Passion. There is an obvious correlation between the anti-Arab anti-Muslim racism of US film and the current distressing situation that vicious anti-Arab anti-Muslim racists like Wolfowitz, Perle, Feith and Wurmser make US government policy toward the Middle East and the even more distressing situation that the US has been killing a large number of Arabs and Muslims over the last 10 years while the USA provides unqualified support to the State of Israel, which has been killing an even larger number of Arabs and Muslims over the last 50 years.


Catholic guilt is understandable. There is a lot of more or less justified criticism of behavior of the Catholic Church (and practically everyone else) during WW2, but as we learn more about Pope Pius during the Hitler period, we find that he was concerned about the Jewish situation and tried to help. A proper course of action is not always as clear in the midst of events as it is afterwards. Pius probably did not do all he could, and maybe he could have been more effective in many ways, but he had many concerns. The threat to Catholics (especially Polish Catholics) was clear from the moment Hitler became Kanzler. The Sejm (the Polish parliament) even debated a preventative strike against Germany in 1933. Max Weinreich documents in Hitler's Professors the public discussion among German academics of Umvolkung in Poland even during the years before the Nazi ascension to power. During the 30s relations between the Church and the Nazis were very strained even if it was not always publicly apparent.


At the very same time the Zionist executive was collaborating very effectively with the Nazis under the העברה (Haavarah or Transfer) Agreement. Hannah Arendt calls the period from 1933-9 the "Zionist phase of Nazism."  The Nazi mass-murder of Jews began in May 1941 and was mostly over by the end of 1944. The Zionist leadership did not fully comprehend the magnitude of the Nazi program of genocide.  It is simply unfair to criticize the Catholic Church for having worse relations with the Nazis from 1933-9 than the Zionists. The Catholic Church probably understood the ongoing mass-murder better than the Zionists (and the American Jewish community) in 1941-5 and was doing far more to save Jews from Hitler than the Zionists (and the American Jewish community) during the same time period.


But today, because of exaggerated guilt, historical confusion, and the personal sorrow of Pope John-Paul, who saw the ongoing mass-murder of Polish Jews as a young man in Poland, the Church is failing far worse than it did during the Hitler period. Palestinian Israelis live under a regime comparable to life for Jews in Nazi Germany circa 1935. Jerusalem Palestinians live under a regime comparable to life for Jews in Nazi Germany circa late 1938-9. Palestinians in the Occupied Territories live under a regime comparable to life for Jews in occupied Poland circa December 1940. Today we know more about the class of extremist organic nationalist political phenomena to which Nazism and Zionism belong.  While there was a legitimate fear in the 1930s that an open clash between the Vatican and Nazi Germany could worsen conditions for Jews, the State of Israel is in a very dependent relationship with the USA. Strong moral leadership by the Vatican against the State of Israel could materially affect US politics to provide relief to Palestinians and would show to 2 billion justifiably angry Muslims that Westerners will pay attention to their completely legitimate complaints and outrage about the situation in Palestine.


Now is the time for the Catholic Church to help to stop another mass murder before it happens. Now is the time for the Church to act and to make the forthright condemnation of Zionism that it did not make of Nazism in the 1930s. The controversy over The Passion of the Christ is far more than a matter of Catholic-Jewish or Christian-Jewish relations. It provides a chance for Catholics and all Christians to make amends by standing up to the genocidal racists. As long as Catholics and any other Christians maintain friendly relations with pro-Israel groups, all their repentance for neglect of the victims of Nazi Germany is totally in vain.


[1] While some pogroms seem to have resulted from economic competition among ethnic groups in Czarist Russia and at least one pogrom seems to have been a reaction to criminal activities among ethnic Ashkenazim, pogroms seem to have been part of a wave of violence directed at non-Orthodox and non-Slavs by drunken peasants and bullies.  Non-Ashkenazim dealt with such violence by fighting back and organizing self-defense groups.  Once Ashkenazim made similar efforts, they also experienced a dramatic decrease in such bullying.  Despite the mythology of state planning and support of pogroms, not only was the government uninvolved in incitement, but the military and the police also suppressed the violence brutally as a threat to stability.  Delays in government response resulted not from malevolence but from incompetence, which was an endemic problem of the Czarist state bureaucracy.

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Monday, August 27, 2007

Making sure Americans hear only one story

I first published the following review on August 15, 2003, but because of Zionist attacks on Barnard Professor Nadia Abu el Haj and on the Khalil Gibran International Academy, which is a New York City charter school, the introductory paragraph still remains relevant, for the racists are still trying to make sure that Americans cannot hear or engage Palestinians and other Arabs except through Zionist mediation, and if anything, the gatekeepers of public discussion are far more powerful today than they were in the 1920s.
Occupied Voices and Controlled Discourse
by Joachim Martillo (

Rafael Medoff describes "The Day Nathan Straus Went to Church" in Zionism and the Arabs (An American Jewish Dilemma 1898-1948). Nathan Straus is the wealthy philanthropist after whom the Israeli city of Netanya is named. The important Zionist leader, Rabbi Stephen Wise, persuaded Straus to send Reverend John Haynes Holmes, pastor of New York's Community Church to Palestine. The Zionist settlement impressed Holmes, but Holmes spoke with Palestinian Arab leaders and developed strong reservations about the undemocratic nature of the Zionist program. When another Zionist leader Julian Mack reported Holmes's findings to Straus, Straus rushed to the Community Church on Sunday, April 7, 1929, to "set Holmes straight" before Holmes could present the results of his conversations with Palestinians to his congregants.

The pattern of the effort to control the presentation of Palestinian views and opinions to the American public has not changed over the last 75 years. Under Zionist rules Americans are supposed to hear Palestinian voices only through sanctioned mediators or through the approved filter.

Wendy Pearlman addresses the disconnect between American discourse and ordinary Palestinians in her new book, Occupied Voices (Stories of Everyday Life from the Second Intifada). She states in the "Introduction" on page xxvi, "Furthermore, it is my belief the widespread misrepresentations of Palestinians and the general dearth of materials allowing them to tell their own stories makes a collection of exclusively Palestinian interviews crucial at this time. For reasons of common culture and political history, Westerners tend to be more familiar with the Israeli narrative than its Palestinian counterpart. Palestinians deserve a forum in which they can speak freely. We in America, in Europe and even, if not especially, in Israel stand to gain tremendously if we stop and listen."

Americans are so well trained at this point that the reviewer from Publisher's Weekly probably attacked the whole premise of the book purely out of conditioned reflex. He appears to believe that Pearlman should have been correcting and reeducating Palestinians instead of researching and revealing Palestinian opinion to the US public.

[Pearlman's] book grows out of her sojourn and 'provide[s] a window into the human dimension of their struggle' by letting the Palestinians speak for themselves. Think of it as Studs Terkel goes to the Middle East -- except that only one side in the conflict gets to speak. The first thing that emerges from these interviews is that the Palestinians have suffered a great deal -- if someone hasn't been hurt, jailed or degraded by the Israeli occupation, they know someone who has. 'The army just opens fire whenever it wants to,' says Mahmoud, whose house was razed by the Israeli army. But while Pearlman says her aim is to gain a deeper understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, some readers will come away only with despair, a sense that the conflict will never be settled. One Palestinian after another here shows an inability to see any legitimacy in the Israeli side, or to support an end to the current intifada or any attempts at peace-the moribund Oslo peace process is seen as a sellout. And when Pearlman fails to question such statements as that Israel has failed to comply with any U.N. resolution since 1948, many readers may despair regarding Pearlman as well.

Despite the misguided complaints of the above review, American readers should be grateful that Pearlman has published this book, for the current level of US involvement in the ME requires that all Americans be aware of current Palestinian thinking whether true or false. If Palestinians believe something that Americans do not, Americans might want to consider the possibility that common wisdom in the USA may be wrong.

Pearlman's transcriptions of Palestinian opinion are all valuable.

Suzanne's comments on p. 54 are particularly worthwhile because US reporters and political analysts, who for the most part do not read or speak Arabic, rarely challenge Zionist and Israeli claims that Palestinian school textbooks are loaded with anti-Semitism and incitement.

President Bush never fails to express his sympathy for victims of Palestinian terrorism even though he never criticizes Israeli state terrorism, but the toxic terror culture in Israel/Palestine is beyond understanding unless one is aware of the casual cruelty of Israeli policy even when the State of Israel does not employ deadly force. I direct the reader to pages 135-6 of Pearlman's book.

This little book is a gem that should be in the library of anyone that tries to comprehend the issues in Palestine and the ME. It has flaws but they are minor. I wish the book had been accompanied by a CD that contained the original interviews. I understand the absence. Providing such a CD would have required effort from a sound engineer and probably would have delayed publication. Nevertheless, the value to  a specialist in linguistics would have been immense.

When Zionist forces murdered Arab Palestine with premeditation in 1947-8, not only did they kill thousands of Palestinians and expel 80-90% of the native population from its homes, but they also followed up the ethnic cleansing with the bulldozing of hundreds of Palestinian villages in many cases 1000s of years old. Nowadays most scholars are aware that Zionists compounded their main crime against the native population of Palestine with an atrocity against the disciplines of ME archeology and anthropology, but philologists are generally less aware of the wealth of diachronic and synchronic Arabic and Semitic linguistic data that Zionists destroyed as they uprooted the native population of Palestine. If a CD had accompanied Occupied Voices, a specialist might have been able to analyze it to determine how much of the unique regional Palestinian phonemic, morphological, semantic and syntactic dialect features still survived among the current generation.

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Is the Israel Lobby Just another Lobby?

A Brief Thought on the Current Discussion of the Israel Lobby
by Joachim Martillo (
On page 16 of "The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy" ($File/rwp_06_011_walt.pdf), Professors Walt and Mearsheimer make a demonstrably false statement, "For the most part, the individuals and groups that comprise the Lobby are doing what other special interest groups do, just much better."

Cecile Surasky analyses the behavior of the ADL in "Islamic rights group CAIR says "ADL Seeks to Hinder Legal Rights of U.S. Muslims"" ( and points out:

The ADL's deliberate conflation of criticism of Israel, and anti-Semitism, validates CAIR's charges that this is not a civil rights issue but a political one.

The ADL won't get very far saying "We hate CAIR because we disagree with their political analysis," but they will get far using the ultimate weapon at their disposal: calling them terrorists.

And this is terrible for everyone, when people of all faiths and ethnicities should be working together to root out all forms of brutal killing of civilians, whether by individuals, groups or states.

To be sure the
United States is at war and sensitivities are justifiably high in the post 9/11 era. And, it is a war we have in large part exacerbated through bringing chaos to Iraq, and our tendency to demonize Muslims, who comprise some 1.5 billion people throughout the world.

The desire to create a false consensus on Israeli policy has led to numerous efforts to silence dissent–we at Jewish Voice for Peace know this because it has happened to us repeatedly, and in ways we never imagined.

But efforts to silence Muslims and people of Arab descent who refuse to toe the party line reach an order of a completely different magnitude: they are not just silenced, but criminalized. At stake is not just free speech, but actual lives and livelihoods. 
The Agricultural lobby simple does not threaten any segment of the US citizenry in the way that the Israel Lobby does.

Since slavery there has been no US lobby like the Israel Lobby. The Israel Lobby demonizes Arabs and Muslims the way John C. Calhoun dehumanized African slaves.

Obviously Calhoun did not want the slaves to be freed. The Israel lobby does not want Arab and Muslim Americans to be free to exercise their rights to participate fully in American society and politics.

The US congress criminalized this sort of conspiracy against rights, but the Israel Lobby is perpetrating something far more sinister than simple civil rights violations or even threats against life and livelihood.

Using a state of war to subvert the US government clandestinely to serve a foreign government's interests and to negate the constitutional rights of American citizens is getting real close to an attempt to put down the US government. It is time to research the case law, for the Israel Lobby is treading very close to a violation of Title 18.2384 Seditious Conspiracy. At the very least the Israel Lobby and the Organized Jewish Community can probably be nailed for major violations of the US tax code with regard to the deductibility of contributions to 501(c)(3) organizations.

It has to constitute high crimes and misdemeanors for a sitting president to surround himself with advisors that are engaged in conspiracy against rights and very close to seditious conspiracy.
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One-Sided Dialogue from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Jewish Palestinian Dialogue without Palestinians

Here is an event sponsored by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Notice the absence of Palestinian participants. If Palestinians are not even present, dialoguing with them will be difficult to say the least. 

In such dialogues is it only permissible to discuss the Holocaust? 

Shouldn't an expert in Nakba/Holoexaleipsis studies and Zionist genocidalism be present? 

Would it not have been reasonable to invite a scholar that could have discussed the killings and ethnic cleansing of Russian Germans often under the leadership of ethnic Ashkenazi communist officials during the Russian revolution and the consolidation of the Soviet Union?

Shouldn't some background information be provided on the murders of German non-Jews during the Bavarian communist coup that was led primarily by communist German Jews and Eastern European Ashkenazim in the aftermath of WW1?

Note that Pamela Steiner is the great-granddaughter of Ambassador Morgenthau, who tried to help Armenians during the genocide that took place during the waning days of the Ottoman Empire.


Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Difficult Dialogue Symposium: Dialogue Between Former Enemies
Lecture: Bridging the Impossible? Confronting Barriers to Dialogue between Germans/Jews/Palestinians by Julia Chaitin, Senior Lecturer, Sapir Academic College, Hof Ashkelon, Israel.
Followed by a Panel Discussion  Co-sponsored by Difficult Dialogues program and with the support of Shirley and Robert Siff.
Panel Moderator: Thomas Kühne, Strassler Professor in Holocaust History. Panel Comments: Deborah Dwork, Rose Professor of Holocaust History, Rebecca Phillips, Doctoral Student, Department of Psychology, Srinivasan Sitaraman, Assistant Professor, Department of Government, all from Clark University and Pamela Steiner, Project Director, Inter-Communal Violence and Reconciliation Project, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. 



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Monday, August 20, 2007

Aug. 25: Sudan Workshop Green Rainbow Party Convention

I'm organizing a workshop on Sudan for the Green Rainbow Party Convention, hoping to create a friendship between Muslim Bostonians and Green Party/Rainbow Coalition members.
I would love to invite you and your friends to our upcoming event. Please forward this announcement.
It is a very good opportunity to learn how a grassroots political party is organized, and to consider joining. The Sudan workshop is an event we scheduled with the aim of increasing "minority" participation in the democratic process. Coming to the workshop will get you into the conference for free, to get introduced to GRP. Anyone who is registered to vote GRP (you can switch at the conference) can vote in the conference to help choose candidates.
Keep in touch, inshaAllah
Karin Friedemann  -
We are trying to encourage non-GRP members to come to the conference so if you know anyone in the Boston area tell them to come to the Sudan workshop (no cost) on Aug 25 and get a free pizza lunch too.
Please do spread the word. The Sudan workshop takes place at 11-12:30 as one of several workshops. Non-GRP members are welcome to stay all day and to join the fundraising dinner/concert in the evening.
The convention will be at:
Community Church of Boston,
565 Boylston St.,
Copley Square.
A very short walk from the Copley Square T Stop on the Green Line and a little longer walk from the Back Bay Station on the Orange Line. 9-5 PM.
Admission free to non-GRP members!
Arabic pastries will be served. 
Workshop description
  1. "EXPLAINING SUDAN: What's going on and what can we do about it?"
  2. Brief Description of Workshop (Context, Purpose, Etc.):
As a response to the recent controversy involving the framework of discussion for GRP's relationship to Africa, we are focusing on Sudan since it has been the subject of a lot of misleading media propaganda. 
Our purpose is to rationally explain what kind of help Sudanese people need and the necessity of civil discourse.

Name(s) and brief information about the Presenters of the Workshop:
  1. Dr. Abdel-Rahman Mohamed, local Sudanese International Development Consultant and businessman, retired BU International and Development Communication Professor and CEO of AIM International, Inc., a cooperative marketing company for environmentally-safe technology transfer to developing nations.
  2. Loay Abdul Karim is a local engineer originally from Darfur. Loay has been involved in humanitarian efforts in Sudan in the early eighties through the early nineties, during the famine in Darfur, helping displaced children fleeing the civil war in the south of Sudan and living on the streets of the capital Khartoum, and the massive movement of refugees fleeing the famine in Ethiopia. He recently founded JP Residents For Human Rights, a study and advocacy group which aims to help and inspire US citizens to use the tools of democracy to create a more sustainable foreign policy.
  3. Keith Harmon Snow, an independent investigative reporter. An award-winning American  journalist, whose work has appeared in THE SUN; many local newspapers; Black Commentator; Newsweek, and Japan International Journal. He attended the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania.
  4. Yousef Abdallah, operations manager of the Northeast office of Islamic Relief, an NGO humanitarian aid organization, will give a slide show of his visits to Sudan. We would like to pass the hat around for humanitarian aid and environmental support in the region.
TOPIC: Sudan: Hope or Despair Showcase for Africa's Future (Why do we need to care).

One of the first African countries to gain independence, with extensive natural, agricultural, animal and educational resources, Sudan, "Africa in miniature," optimized the promise for Africa's future throughout the 1960s and 70s. With growing internal problems, environmental disasters and competing international interests and agendas, Sudan now stands as the beginning of the nightmare awaiting the whole of Africa.

Significance of Sudan:

Sudan is the most strategic country in Africa.  It is described by scholars as the "Microcosm of Africa" "Africa in miniature," "Crossroad of Africa," "A bridge between the Arabs and Africans" a country with "Multiple marginality," etc.
  1. It is the largest in size 1/3 Continental US, 
  2. Uniquely borders 10 countries,
  3. The only strategic depth for Egypt, 
  4. It connects between Arabic-, English- and French-speaking Africa, 
  5. Has one of the longest continuing and richest history, hence the characterization as the Cradle of "Human Civilization."  It also has very important religious significance from Biblical to Islamic History and belief systems with tremendous potential consequences,  
  6. Ethnically and Culturally it has almost all African ethnicities and all major defined African languages except the Khoisan of South Africa,
  7. Has the most enlightened, and dynamic Middle Class in Africa and the Middle East who laid the foundation of civil service, education, medical, transportation and engineering for most of the Gulf and English-speaking countries in Africa.  Hence what used to be their charismatic influence on many projects and policies,
  8. Founding Member of the Arab League and Organization of African Unity, 
  9. Most politicized populace and potent resistance that caused the emancipation from the shortest colonizations in Africa [Only 62 Anglo-Turkish and 54 Anglo-Egyptian] and termination of two 2 vicious military dictatorships. That is why the country is held by many African Intellectuals as a model for resistance which enable the country to play a crucial role and contribution during the liberation struggle in Africa, 
  10. The peaks of the Marra (Dar Fur) and Nuba (Southern Kordufan) mountains sit at equal distances from the East, West and North ends of the continent of Africa [The most strategic Radar and and aerial coverage of Africa],
  11. It is one of the 3 most strategic centers for the security of the Red Sea,
  12. Has the largest oil reserves in Africa,
  13. Claims of the largest Uranium deposits (The Uranium Lake),
  14. Has the richest animal resources,
  15. Has the most fertile soil with extensive land and abundance of rivers and rainfall [Ideal for massive and intensive agricultural projects [hence the "Bread Basket of the World"

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Please sign petition to support Nadia Abu El Haj

The latest salvo in the ongoing Tenure Wars against Arab and Muslim academics is a conspiracy to deny Nadia Abu el Haj tenure at Columbia University.
Here is background information:

Please sign the following petition to support her tenure application.

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Nadia Abu el Haj and the Truth about the Wizard of Oz

"Pay No Attention to that Man Behind the Curtain!"
by Joachim Martillo (
Jesse Walker supplies an article worth reading at the Reason Magazine website.  The title is "The Case of Nadia Abu El-Haj" and the URL is .  Walker references an even more thorough article from Richard Silverstein's blog. It is entitled "Pro-Israel Campaign to deny El-Haj Tenure." It's URL is .  Both articles missed the negative role that David Project operatives like Alexander Joffe have played in the controversy, which could well be the handiwork of David Project agent Rachel Fish. (See and .)
Aren Maeir has complained that Nadia Abu el Haj is insensitive to the changes that have taken place in Israeli archeology. While there have always been a few Israeli archeologists whose goal is to elucidate the past as Mark Lehner does in Egyptology, the reports of the excavation at Herodium and the reaction of the Israeli Jewish public indicate that the goal of Israeli archeology for many Israeli archeologists and for the larger part of the Israeli public remains verification of scriptural text. Such is the context in which Nadia Abu el Haj and Yael Zerubavel have written their books (Facts on the Ground: Archeological Practice and Territorial Self-fashioning in Israel and Recovered Roots: Collective Memory and the Making of Israeli National Tradition, see ).
As one would expect from the history of Zionist colonization since the late 19th century, the archeologists did not worry at all whether they had any right to carry out digs in the Palestinian Occupied Territories, and the Israeli public interpreted the discovery as yet more proof of the Jewish claims to the land in a sort of Pavlovian non-sequitur because Herod, who ruled a mixed population of Judeans, Galileans, Idumeans, Nabateans, Greeks, Samanians and others, was three quarters Nabatean and one quarter Idumean by ancestry.
Neither Zerubavel nor Abu el Haj addresses the issue, but Herod's subjects were almost certainly the ancestors of modern Palestinians and certainly not of any modern Jewish population (except perhaps for a subpopulation of historically Arabic-speaking Jews in the Syro-Palestinian region) while Eastern European and Southern Russian archeology as well as Geniza and other texts of late antiquity and the early Middle Ages show that modern ethnic Ashkenazim are descended almost entirely from various Eastern European and Southern Russian populations that adopted some form of Jewish or Judean practices at various times.
The ethnogenesis of Palestinians and ethnic Ashkenazim are interesting topics, and I recommend The Myth of Nations by Patrick Geary for anyone interested in such questions, but the issue of the origin of modern populations does not appear in either Zerubavel's or Abu el Haj's book. Zerubavel is describing the sociological relationship of modern Israelis to their past while Nadia Abu el Haj is analyzing how Israeli archeology functions internally and in relationship to Israeli society. 
If the vandalization of the Bruno Schulz historical site by Yad Vashem (see ) had occurred earlier, Zerubavel would probably have discussed it in her book because it supports her analysis of the role of shlilat hagalut and shlilat hagolah in Israeli society.  Removing the Schulz murals from the Ukraine can be tangentially related to the reworking of topography to fit Zionist conceptualization according to Abu el Haj's analysis.
When I read Abu el Haj's book in 2003, I was reminded to some extent of Boswell's Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality, for I had the impression she was providing an in-depth under-the-surface look at the Zionist high priesthood. She gives insight into the integration of nationalist doctrine, permissible doctrinal debates, ritual practices, and Zionized non-Jewish history into the public and the academic consciousness that Israeli archeologists fashion.
A lot of the membership of the Catholic church was uncomfortable with Boswell's work just as many Zionists have rejected Abu el Haj's approach to Israeli archeology, but neither scholar's results are any less important or any less valid on account of such reactions.  Nadia Abu el Haj definitely deserves tenure.

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

The Unrepentant Genocidaires

Jews, the Armenian Genocide and the Nakba (Holoexaleipsis)
by Joachim Martillo (

Philip Weiss writes the following in The Armenian Horror, Cte'd; Is Foxman Finished?

The Globe reports that the ADL fired its regional director in New England over his statements calling for an acknowledgment of Armenian genocide. And Foxman states in his letter "explaining" the decision that the security of Israel is paramount.

Ergo, we lie and cover up another people's suffering. What was I saying about free speech in the Jewish community? What was I saying about the demands the Jewish state has made on Jewish identity?

Yet acknowledgement among Jews that the Ottoman Empire in its waning days committed genocide against Armenians is simply not enough! Many Jews already resist Turkish and Zionist attempts to suppress discussion of the Armenian genocide. Jews (especially ethnic Ashkenazim) must fully admit to themselves and to non-Jews

  1. that revolutionary communist Ashkenazim were up to their eyeballs in mass murder, ethnic cleansing and genocide from the October Revolution right through the 1940s,
  2. that Zionist Ashkenazim and German Jews planned the murder of Arab Palestine in the latter half of the 19th century,
  3. that murderous Ashkenazi and German Jewish invaders carried out 80% of the Zionist genocide program in the middle of the 20th century and
  4. that Jews of all ethnicities are either carrying out genocide right before our eyes in Stolen and Occupied Palestine or are manipulating the US government into supporting ongoing Zionist crimes against humanity.*

Below is an essay that I circulated April 20, 2006.  It discusses Jewish involvement in a local Boston commemoration of the Armenian genocide.

Many ethnic Ashkenazim and many Turks practice genocide denial, but the Ottoman government tried and sentenced to death the Ottoman officials that planned and executed the genocide of Armenians while Zionist genocidaires founded the State of Israel and still lead that state to this day. 

The reluctance of the Turkish government to call the mass murder of Armenians genocide is probably a result of the popular equation of the crime of genocide with the Hollywood Holocaust that has very little resemblance to the actual historical mass murders a Jews that took place during WW2. See Nakba education vs Holocaust disinformation for Americans to obtain more information about Zionist misrepresentations.

(*) The loyal ethnic Persian Jewish population that has refused to leave its Iranian homeland and that has categorically condemned Zionism as evil and blasphemous is an exception that continues to embarrass American and Israeli Zionists with the truth.

kNOw Genocide, Armenians and the Mass Murder of the Jews

According to the announcement appended below April 21, 2006 will mark the public inception of "kNOw GENOCIDE,  a new multi-ethnic,  non-partisan coalition formed to combat the ongoing denial of known cases of genocide,  such as the Darfur,  Cambodian,  Jewish,  Rwandan, and the Armenian genocides."  In point of fact, Holocaust denial is a thoroughly insignificant phenomenon in the USA and is exaggerated by the Ashkenazi American community as a way of deflecting criticism of the behavior of the State of Israel.  The announcement claims to be "grounded in the understanding that denial of genocide is the final stage of that crime. For the sake of human rights as well as the historical truth it will counter and expose attempts at genocide denial."

The claim is nonsense.  Denial of genocide is not the final stage of crimes like the mass murder of Jews during WW2.  The final stage of such crimes comes when the victims of mass murder use their past sufferings to justify their depredations against innocent third-parties.  Holocaust denial is partially a reaction to such misuse of the history of the mass murder of Jews during WW2.  Holocaust denial is not genocide denial.  Holocaust denial exists because there are serious problems with the standard historiography of the mass murder of Jews during WW2.  Holocaust revisionists generally have their own agenda and often do not have the necessary skills to present a more accurate analysis of the destruction of European Jewish communities, but in their willingness to challenge the standard Holocaust mythology they do in fact do a service.

Real genocide denial is the cover up of the historical and ongoing genocide against the native Palestinian population.  Racist Eastern European Ashkenazim and German Jews planned the physical destruction of the native Palestinian population since the end of the 19th century and have been carrying out this program since 1947.  The murder of Arab Palestine planned in the 19th century,  carried out mostly in the 20th century and still ongoing in the 21st century is without doubt the defining crime of genocide of three centuries.

Here is article 2 from the Convention on Genocide (

Article 2

In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

Note that items a, b, and c clearly have applied to Palestine since racist Eastern European Ashkenazim began to invade Palestine for the purpose of stealing it from the native population at the end of the 19th century. The Zionist colonizer population is comprised of murderous genocidal thieves and interlopers under the international definition of genocide and under the original Lemkin formulation of the definition of genocide.

No one can take seriously any group that claims to be anti-genocide unless that group takes a clear and forthright stand 

  1. against the criminal Zionist colonizer population,
  2. against racist ethnic Ashkenazi Americans that have manipulated the USA into supporting the criminal genocidal state of Israel and
  3. against the murderous US Middle Eastern policy that supports Zionism and the state of Israel.

We have to start talking rationally about the mass murders of European Jews during WW2. 

German Nazism was a reaction to Soviet Bolshevism, which had already systematically wiped out 7-12 million Soviet citizens by the time of the German invasion of the Soviet Union.  Now that we can look act Soviet archives we find that the accusations of the Central and European right wings during the 20s and 30s of Judeo-Bolshevik terrorism were completely true.  As we examine higher levels of the Soviet hierarchy, we find that the leading party members belong ever more frequently to the Eastern European Ashkenazi ethnic group and that the murderous policies of the Soviet Union (e.g., collectivization, dekulakization, alienization, mass starvation, etc.) were for the most part formulated, developed and carried out by ethnic Ashkenazim.  Moreover, when we look at the early history of the Soviet Union,

  1. the quick consolidation of the Soviet Union because of the efforts of ethnic Ashkenazim within and without the Soviet Union 
  2. the military threat to Poland from the ethnic Ashkenazi-led Red Army defeated by Pilsudski in the Miracle of Warsaw and 
  3. the Communist coup in Bavaria (9 of the 12 leaders were German Jews and ethnic Ashkenazim)

gave Central and Eastern European populations more than enough reason to hate and fear ethnic Ashkenazim of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.

Until the invasion of the Soviet Union, the German Nazi policy with regard to German Jews and ethnic Ashkenazi was ethnic cleansing and relatively speaking this policy was a good deal less brutal than current Zionist policy with regard to the native population of Palestine. In Soviet territory, the German army tended not to distinguish between Bolsheviks and ethnic Ashkenazim.  From what we know now, this policy was not unreasonable to the first approximation, but mass murders in Soviet territories start not with German Nazi policy but with the collective revenge of liberated Soviet nationalities against ethnic Ashkenazim, who constituted the one ethnic group almost totally identified with the Soviet government.

Note that there is some dispute among non-Revisionist historians about the number of European Jews killed in the mass murders that start with the German invasion of the Soviet Union.  Raul Hilberg gives a figure of 5.1 million while Wiesel essentially pulls the figure of 6 million out of his hat.  Because new data available since the fall of the Soviet Union suggests that more Jews in Eastern European probably vanished among the non-Jewish population than previously believed even Raul Hilberg's figure may be high.  In general the depiction of the mass murders in terms of deportations of Western European Jews (like Anne Frank) to death camps is misleading.  Relatively speaking very few Jews lived in Western Europe.  Zionist historians and racist Ethnic Ashkenazi writers of the pogrom and persecution school of Jewish history focus on the Western European mass murders

  1. in part because access to Eastern European and Soviet data has generally been restricted, but 
  2. mostly because serious study of the Eastern European mass murders would invariably lead to discussion of the involvement of large segments of the Eastern European ethnic Ashkenazi population in heinous crimes against humanity because of their role in Eastern European radical activities.

Contextualizing Eastern European ethnic Ashkenazi political activities makes it much harder to portray European Jews as pure victims, who were specifically targeted by the German Nazis and who needed to receive Palestine as compensation.  In fact, it is not even improbable that more than half of the Jews subjected to mass murders during WW2 were killed not under any sort of program created by the German Nazis, but were the victim of collective revenge killings by "liberated" Soviet nationalities or by non-Soviet Eastern European populations, who understandably viewed local ethnic Ashkenazi populations as culpable in Soviet atrocities and mass murder.

As the German Nazis war effort went sour and as the German army had to retreat, the German government began systematically to deport and to kill the non-Soviet Eastern European ethnic Ashkenazi populations to the death camps, but this policy was not an irrational exercise in the hatred of Jews.  Soviet ethnic Ashkenazim were the quintessential Soviet class.  Ethnic Ashkenazim outside of the Soviet Union were the most loyal allies of the Soviet Union (they had aided the consolidation of the Soviet Union during the 20s and constituted the vast majority of pro-Soviet subversives in the West, including the USA, throughout the 20s, 30s and 40s).  Eastern European Ashkenazim managed large retail and distribution networks.  As the German army withdrew, the German government wanted to make sure that Eastern European ethnic Ashkenazi expertise was not used by the Soviet Union against Germany.  Killing the Eastern European ethnic Ashkenazi population was for Nazi Germany simply an extension of scorched Earth policies.  In Poland the Germany Nazis also mass murdered non-Jews that had similar logistic expertise and for the most part wiped out the Polish Tatar population because of its leading role in the military and in resistance to Germany.  The German government expected to hold the Soviet Union at the Eastern border to Germany and wanted to make sure that Soviet conquered territories in Eastern Europe were a tactical liability and not a tactical asset to the Soviet army.

The German government's calculation failed, but the mass murder of the ethnic Ashkenazi managerial population, which would have been the most pro-Soviet population within the Iron Curtain countries, guaranteed that the Soviet Union received little benefit from the Soviet dominated territories of the Eastern block.  Without the Nazi mass murder of the Jewish population of Eastern Europe and "liberated" Soviet territories, the Soviet Union would have been much stronger during the 40s-80s and would probably be threatening the 21st century with complete Soviet domination.

In short, we have to stop talking about the mass murder of Jews or ethnic Ashkenazim during WW2 as the most heinous crime in the history of humanity.  We need to recognize that because of historical processes since the collapse of the Polish Republic after 1648, ethnic Ashkenazim became a toxic minority hated for completely understandable reasons throughout Eastern Europe and Russian territories.  Because ethnic Ashkenazim have tended to have more financial resources and education, they have managed to do a tremendous amount of damage

  1. in Eastern Europe (including the overthrow of the Czarist Empire and the consolidation of the Soviet Union with concomitant mass murders) 
  2. in Palestine (including the murder of Arab Palestine and depredations on surrounding Arab populations) 
  3. in the UK by subverting the British Empire to Zionist goals in Palestine -- an action which contributed immensely to the demise of the British empire and 
  4. in the USA by subverting the USA during to 20s, 30s and 40s to the direct benefit of the Soviet Union and to the indirect benefit to ethnic Ashkenazi racist tribalism and then during 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s in subverting the US government to support the State of Israel to the direct benefit of ethnic Ashkenazi racist tribalism and to the obvious detriment of US interests.

Anti-Genocide coalitions like kNOw GENOCIDE are part of the strategy that racist Ashkenazi Americans use to enmesh non-Ashkenazim in service to Zionist/ethnic Ashkenazi racist tribalism and subversion. Patriotic Americans need to discuss how the Holocaust cult and the Zionist dominated discourse over genocide in the USA is harming America.  Any commemoration of genocide that does not include a strict condemnation

  1. of Zionism-inspired genocidal US Middle policy, 
  2. of subversive racist ethnic Ashkenazi tribalism and  
  3. of the murderous Zionist State

is both completely hypocritical and fundamentally anti-American because it supports the program of racist ethnic Ashkenazi Americans to sacrifice American lives and wealth to maintain the domination of Palestine by a murderous criminal genocidal population of racist Zionist thieves and interlopers. No one genuinely concerned about genocide can have any legitimate connection to ethnic Ashkenazim that do not reject and condemn Zionism and the State of Israel categorically.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             CONTACT: Harout H. Semerdjian

April 13, 2006                                                                                     617-489-1597

                                                                                                Rep. Rachel Kaprielian


BOSTON, MA This year the commemoration of the Armenian Genocide in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has taken an extraordinary turn given the genocide lawsuit in our state. April 21, 2006 will mark two important events at the Massachusetts State House. The first is the State House Armenian Genocide Commemoration Ceremony organized by Representatives Rachel Kaprielian and Peter Koutoujian and Senator Steven Tolman. It will take place at 11:00 am in the Chamber of the House of Representatives and will be followed by an informal reception in the Great Hall of the State House.

The second event will take place outside the State House on Beacon Street at 12:45 pm immediately following the Commemoration Ceremony. It will mark the public inception of KNOW GENOCIDE, a new multi-ethnic, non-partisan coalition formed to combat the ongoing denial of known cases of genocide, such as the Darfur, Cambodian, Jewish, Rwandan, and the Armenian genocides.  The coalition is grounded in the understanding that denial of genocide is the final stage of that crime. For the sake of human rights as well as the historical truth it will counter and expose attempts at genocide denial.

Both events at the State House will be marked with the participation of Dr. Taner Akcam, the first Turkish scholar to publicly acknowledge and discuss the Armenian Genocide. Despite facing great challenges, Dr. Akcam has worked for many years in creating a positive and successful dialogue between Armenians and Turks. His work regarding the Armenian Genocide is hopefully a beginning for eventual acceptance by Turkey of this great crime against humanity.

It is our sincere hope that this event receives a good turnout of Armenians united against denial. Please join us at this historic juncture in our history, as we join with this leading Turkish scholar to acknowledge the truth and remember our martyrs.

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