February 17, 2001
After the last episode of the 'Fateful Elections', the actors
amiably shared the trophies backstage. The muse of Israeli
politics, like Coca-Cola, wishes to please everybody. Whoever
thought that Barak was the best candidate, will be pleased to
have him back in power as the Minister of Defense. Those who
were about to get nostalgic for Shimon Peres, and were upset
that he was not allowed MMNrun, will have Peres in the
secondbest bed, as Shakespeare's widow. And yesterday's monster
Sharon has miraculously evolved into a wise statesman. It really
did make no sense to vote.
The elections were a sham, but the siege of Palestinian villages
is very real. Soldiers, who can't find enough demonstrators for
target practice, shoot at passenger cars. Gaza is awash with a
new sort of gas. Israeli tanks barrage suburbs of Bethlehem. A
UN commission, sent to investigate the war crimes, received the
short shrift: how dare they speak of war crimes? The Mitchell
commission also got brushed aside last week. As the response,
the US warplanes bombed : Iraq (surely some mistake?)
Innocent outsiders must question how Israel can get off
scot-free with war crimes and receive the blessings of the US
congress as a bonus? Could it be the Divine intervention? The
answer is no. There is another agent to thank for this state of
affairs. We, Israelis, enjoy full immunity, and have no doubt,
if and when our government decides to turn the Palestinians into
canned meat, the New York Times will celebrate its nutritional
values. If that is their intent, they should hasten the process,
because with the present blockade, the Palestinians are losing
weight with every passing day.
All is fine on the Israeli side of the barricades. The Israeli
shekel remains strong. Even George Soros knows that it would not
be healthy to take a position against it. The Tel Aviv stock
exchange rallies on the news that Intel has decided to invest a
cool five billion dollars in Israel. The beauty of it all is
that the siege of the Palestinians and the prosperity of Tel
Aviv are maintained at the expense of the American taxpayer and
investor. Since 1967, we have received some 170 billion dollars
from the people of the US. This money could be used to feed and
school all the underprivileged kids of America. It could pay to
compensate the descendants of the African slaves and help them
out of their hardship. It could save the sick and comfort the
miserable; it could turn Africa into a paradise. But it was
kidnapped and shipped to our shores. Every dollar invested by
the Israeli lobby into senators and congressmen has been
returned a hundred fold, as promised by the Bible.
Besides the taxpayer's money, the supporters of Israel -
business executives - invested billions of dollars that their
shareholders entrusted them with. There is no sound business
reason behind Intel's investment, or other similar investments -
Israel has no pool of qualified workers, they have to be
imported like everything else. The risk of the investments in
our country is great and the profits are meager. But then again,
they are playing with somebody else's money.
Israel's supporters fleece America in a grand way, but they also
go after other prey. In England, a Czech Jewish emigre who
adopted the name of Robert Maxwell, stole millions of dollars
from the pension funds of his British employees and shipped the
money to Israel. He was found dead in suspicious circumstances,
but Israel never refunded the stolen goods. In another English
scandal, Dame Shirley Porter, daughter of salesman Jack Cohen,
the supermarket chain owner and the one-time mayor,
misappropriated 50 million dollars and presented lavish gifts to
the Tel Aviv University, built on the ruins of the destroyed
Palestinian village of Sheikh Munis. She was found guilty by the
British High Court and sentenced to the fine of 27 million
pounds. As all her property had already been transferred to
Israel, the fine remains unpaid. Again, Israel did not return
the stolen goods.
Moving on to France, a group of Israeli and local Jewish
financiers transferred to Israel some 40 million of public funds
and disappeared to Tel Aviv. A Russian Jew and Israeli citizen
Lev Cherny, a great supporter of Yeltsin's democracy,
'privatized' the Russian aluminum industry, which has the
biggest reserves in the world. Now the income from that industry
flows directly to lovely Savion, the Beverly Hills of Israel.
While back in the frozen wastes of Siberia, the population has
been reduced to poverty. The Swiss and the Germans keep paying
umpteen billions of dollars to Israel for the confiscated
property of Jews, though Israel never paid even one penny for
the confiscated Gentile property. The Europeans meekly comply
under threat of the toughest of brothers Cray, the mightiest
enforcer of Jewish loans, the US.
Israel's supporters overseas are like a giant Hoover machine,
sucking out money and sweat from all over the world. Witness
Mark Rich, the thieving billionaire, pardoned by the best
supporter of Israel, Bill Clinton? He was a Mossad agent.
Remember Fujimori, a thieving ex-president of Peru? Israeli
banks helped him to launder the money. Sometimes, the
Palestinians and their friends bemoan their inability to build
up their own Arab lobby to counteract the Israeli lobby. They
miss the most important point. The Israeli lobby should not be
just a Palestinian concern, but the concern of all Americans.
When oil runs out of a tanker's hulk, it should concern the crew
and the owners, not only the fish. Israel's supporters swindle
all Americans of their money, and antagonize America's potential
friends abroad. Many American politicians support the swindle in
order to remain in power. For personal political ambitions, they
betray the trust of their voters.
John F. Kennedy told Gore Vidal, that in 1948, Harry Truman was
on the verge of losing the presidential election, but a Zionist
supporter brought to him 2 million dollars cash and saved his
skin. It caused America to vote for the creation of the Jewish
State. This pattern perpetuates itself. The politicians take
bribes, sell pardons, accept 'donations', and help the Israeli
lobby to rob the people of America.
The actual direct contribution of American Jews for the welfare
of Israel is quite small and tax exempt. It would hardly cover
the cost of the missiles and nerve gas to kill Palestinians,
much less support the Israeli life style to which we have become
accustomed. But what Israel supporters collect in campaign
contributions is enough to bribe politicians and embezzle a good
chunk of American money from the US treasury. If such a swindle
would be hatched by, say, the Libyan lobby, the media would
rightly demand these people be registered as foreign agents of
influence. That is where the Israeli lobby cashes in on the
solidarity of the many American Jews and right-wing Christian
Zionists in the national media.
Ahmed Amr, an independent journalist from Seattle, Washington,
has lamented the total absence of the Arab-Americans in the
American media, saying 'Could it be, that like white men can't
jump, the Arab-Americans can't write? Could it be that mainly
Jewish gentlemen can write?' Well, he should know better. Even
Jews, who can write but fail to support Israel, are also
deprived of access to the national mainstream media. Israel's
supporters have silenced the voice of Americans who would speak
up for the Palestinians, including notable Jewish intellectuals
like Chomsky. They silenced also the "native" voice of
Americans. The stock exchange rises and falls, but there is no
new Faulkner out of the South, no new Cheever in New England, no
new John Barth from Maryland. The Hollywood-made films have
degraded into sheer escapism and production of Arab-hate crap.
The enemy of Palestinians and of ordinary Americans, British and
French citizens is not 'the Jew', as some people tend to think.
There are thousands and thousands of wonderful folk of Jewish
descent - doctors, artists, rabbis, unemployed. A lot of them
object to Israeli crimes and to AIPAC policies. Some of them are
on the front line of the struggle for human rights. Now the time
has come for us to stand up and be counted.
The hesitating American Jews are in the position of the elder
sister in Raymond Chandler's Big Sleep, who covers up the crimes
of her wild kid sister. Probably you remember it by one of the
best American movies of all times, scripted by William Faulkner,
directed by Howard Hawks and acted by Humphrey Bogart and Lauren
Bacall. As the cover up continues, the young sister comes to
believe that she has immunity and keeps on her killing spree.
Eventually her crimes endanger the seemingly secure position of
the elder sister. It is not a day too early for misguided Lauren
to call for Bogart and to rein the crazed youth in, before she
will bring the house down on the heads of her blind supporters.
In spiritual terms, the blind support of Israel divided the Jews
into the sheep and the goats (Mt 25:32), into sons of saints and
sons of Mamon worshippers, the descendants of prophets and of
their killers, those who profess unity of mankind and adepts of
national exclusivity, those who wait for the saviour of man and
those who expect the enslaver of gentiles. The former ones will
make the name of Jews blessed, but those who would partake in
the starving of poor peasants under Israeli-imposed siege, those
who would let them rot in jails, they will certainly bring shame
to all of us.
The covenant of Israel's supporters is not an ethnic monolith.
It admits Gentiles, as well; it is enough to disregard the poor,
the weak, the oppressed, and you can enter it. On the other
hand, every Jew can opt out of it by rejecting Israeli crimes.
There is no biological guilt or virtue. The believing Jews of
Naturei Karta opted out and supported the Palestinian right to
life. So did Jews for Justice, and many others who did not care
to join a political group, but stood away from evil. Wise French
noblemen opted out of the Ancienne Regime in 1789; they did not
wait for the 'national razor' of 1793.
It is in interests of Americans, Jews and Gentiles alike, to
start with a full embargo of Israel. The idea of an exclusive
Jewish state is as wrong as the idea of an exclusive Aryan or
White State. Palestine/Israel should become a democracy based on
the principle of ONE MAN - ONE VOTE. Do not worry for us,
Israelis and Palestinians, - we, the sons of Abraham, can live
together. Just cut off the supplies to the Generals' Junta, and
we shall see the light.
A democratic Israel/Palestine will turn off the Zionist Hoover
machine. The long madness of Don Quixote will be over, and he
will be called again Don Quexana the Good. The fruits of labor
will come to those who need it, not to Israeli generals.
Americans will again become welcome guests in the Middle East.
Who knows, maybe even the great American cinema will be reborn
from its golden ashes.