The Third Dove
April 9, 2001
In the movie based on the mammoth tale by Jean Auel, Clan of
Cave Bear, there is a glimpse of the sex life of the
Palaeolithic people who roamed the earth some 35,000 years ago.
Apparently, whenever a Neanderthal wished to have fun, he didn’t
need to bring flowers or arrange dinner for two. He would make a
certain sign with his hand, and the chosen girl would
immediately comply with his desire, without further ado.
The sign to submit is still with us. Whenever people discuss the
things done in the name of Jews by, say, Sharon or Abe Foxman,
the moment the discussion starts to get out of hand, one of the
leaders of the community chants the magic word ‘anti-Semitism’,
and, as if under a spell, we immediately bend over. It is
amazing that grown men and women who have never personally
experienced any prejudice in their life, still respond to this
spell like the girl, Ayla, in Auel’s novel.
The machine of the official Jewish establishment and its Israeli
offshoot nauseates many Jews. Israeli government commits war
crimes on a day-to-day basis. It is run by a certified mass
murderer. The unprecedented siege, mass starvation and summary
executions are now routine. Bombing, strafing and shelling
civilians are no longer anything to get worked up about. Many
Jews see it, and are ready to say so in a cosy ‘entre-nous’
environment. They read news from Israel with resignation and
disgust, like an English Victorian squire learning of the new
exploits of his wild brother in a far away colony.
The American Jewish establishment is not better than Israel’s
leadership. It provides unconditional support to Israeli and
other Jewish criminals, from Sharon to Gusinsky, the Russian
media lord. Abe Foxman, the head of ADL, files compromising
materials, bugs phone calls and intrudes on the privacy of many
Americans. The whining voice of Elie Wiesel and his colleagues
traffic in schmaltzy self-righteousness. Conrad Black and others
of his ilk take morally unsustainable positions, supporting
freaks such as the Chilean torturer, Augusto Pinochet, and Henry
Kissinger, the destroyer of Cambodia.
But the moment a word of objection exits our lips, we see the
sign of Ayla and bend over. If nobody says it, we whisper it to
ourselves: "Sh-sh-sh! It will cause anti-Semitism!" We can not
help ourselves, it is too deeply engrained. Like a spoilt child,
we take any criticism as a sign of hate. We dared to rebel
against kings, but we do not dare to fight our self-proclaimed
and self imposed leadership, as "it will cause A-S".
Abe Foxman, besieged for taking a $100,000 check from the Marc
Rich Foundation, gave the sign of Ayla in the New York Times
(March 21), proclaiming, ‘anti-Semitism is a disease, and we
have seen a big eruption of that disease in New York’. But it
misfired. Rabbi Lapin of Toward Tradition called him ‘a guy
who's not in close touch with reality’, and a ‘dealer of the
Anti-Semitism Manufacture’. He noted that the ADL gets paid (by
contributors) according to how much anti-Semitism it finds.
The Guardian (March 28, 2001), to prove its pluralism, published
an op-ed by a Simon Sebag Montefiore, who declared that ‘the
most energetic media-campaigners against Israel are, in private,
virulent anti-Semites’. He pictures the British journalists and
public figures as ‘dogs besetting the bear’. "Dog" refers to
lord Gilmour; "bear" to Conrad Black.
He specifically objects to the ‘most wicked implication that
Israel is replicating German behaviour: this approaches
Holocaust denial in its iniquity’. Well, it is a question of
standards. Years ago, an Israeli writer noted that the Jews
measure their actions by the Nazi stick, and invariably find
themselves ‘a good and benevolent occupier’. Maybe even this
‘generous’ standard has been set aside. Yes, the Nazi chapter in
Poland was much worse than the thirty-four year Israeli military
rule in the occupied territories. But the Nazi occupation of
France was probably milder for the French, than the Israeli
occupation is for Palestinians, and mercifully it has been much
shorter. Daily life under the Vichy government was certainly
better than life in the ‘autonomous’ Gaza strip.
Montefiore calms the Brits as his ‘aim is not to launch
witch-hunts, just to warn decent people’ of the abyss ahead.
Another purpose of this op-ed, which was probably sponsored by
Black, is to frighten British Jews silly into supporting General
This game is not for the right wing only. An Israeli liberal,
Amnon Rubinstein, called his compatriots to fight the danger of
anti-Semitism. This plague, in his opinion, was manifested by
Greece bringing to court a Jewish stock market swindler, a local
Milken or Rich. For Rubinstein, Jew must be immune to
persecution, and all Jews must support every Jewish rascal. The
Israeli peace activist, Uri Avnery of Gush Shalom, called Arabs
to fight anti-Semitism, as "anti-Semitism brought one million
Russian Jews to Israel". He could say anti-Semitism brought half
a million of Chinese guest workers to Israel, as well.
In order to deliver peace to your souls, I will give my personal
testimony. An aging baby-boomer, I have travelled the world,
lived among Russians and Palestinians, Germans and Swedes, the
English and the Japanese, Indians and Africans, and I can tell
you, on the basis of my experience, anti-Semitism no longer
exists. As a Jew, you can walk freely in any city of men; you
will be safe everywhere, if you come as a friend. The prejudice
to Jews has vanished. You can find a Jew-hater, but there are
many more people who hate the Poles or the Irish or have a beef
against the WASPs. You are much more likely to encounter an
Arab-hater or those who hate blacks or Asians.
I met with many people who have been branded with the scarlet
letter of the anti-Semite. These so-called anti-Semites object
to the policies of the organised Jewish community, of the unholy
alliance of Sharon and Abe Foxman, Gusinsky and Mark Rich,
Conrad Black and William Safire. I concur with them
wholeheartedly, as it is not a question of prejudice.
The professional anti-Semitism fighters know this very well.
Their true purpose is not to fight anti-Semitism, but to
frighten ordinary Jews into submission. That is why the pillars
of the community write them generous checks, and they report
every insult, magnifying it by a factor of ten. The Holocaust
Industry is but a branch of the Anti-Semitism Manufacture, a
two-pronged weapon: it pumps money from Gentiles and forces Jews
into obedience to the leaders of the community.
In 1991, when Iraqi Scuds landed in Israel, and the gas warfare
alarm sounded, a dozen Israelis suffocated in their gas masks
and died. There was no poisonous gas outside, just the fresh and
fragrant air of the Judean hills, but they would not breathe it.
They thought they would die the moment they took their masks
off. Instead, they suffocated in their masks. This is the
paradigm of modern Jewish existence in the shadow of fear.
When Noah released the first dove from the ark, it had to
return. The second dove, however, brought back an olive branch.
The third dove did not come back. He found the deluge was over,
and saw no reason to come back to the stifling air of the Arc. I
am your third dove. You may take off your masks. The air outside
is perfectly good. The deluge has subsided. Step outside to
greet the human race, your brothers and sisters.
Jews and Gentiles, we have the same enemies and the same
friends. The enemies are those who push us back into a
goy-hating ghetto; for a Jew-hater is but a mirror image of a
goy-hater. A few generations separate us from the stifling world
of traditional Jewish community life. Those who pine for it can
take a trip to Brooklyn.
Yossi Klein Halevi, an Israeli-American journalist, wrote about
his childhood: "We lived on the border of Borough Park. Beyond
our Brooklyn enclave,.. were Italians, Puerto Ricans, and
Scandinavians. They evoked no curiosity in us, only fear. We saw
them all as members of the same ethnic group: Jew-haters. Goyim
we called them, a Hebrew word that literally means 'the nations'
but that we understood to mean the enemy. We lived in a sealed
Jewish world.... had it been possible, we would have surrounded
Borough park with a moat..... Borough Park's interests were
limited to its own borders, and leapt over the Christian
neighborhoods to embrace other Jewish enclaves - as if the only
civilized parts of the world were Jewish, the rest being
inhabited by rabid creatures capable at any moment of unprovoked
violence. 'The world' existed only insofar as it affected Jews.
The Jews and 'the world' could never coexist; at best we would
endure each other from a distance. Some of our religious laws
seemed meant not to bring us closer to God but to separate us
from the goyim, and I accepted that estrangement as
Keep in mind, he was writing of modern New York with its large
Jewish population, not of some medieval town. It is not strange
that Halevi, brainwashed in his youth, became an activist of the
goy-hating Nazi group, Meyer Kahane’s Jewish Defence League. He
moved on, but even now, this correspondent for the New Republic
in Israel supports settlers, who behave "as if the only
civilized parts of Palestine were Jewish, the rest being
inhabited by rabid creatures capable at any moment of unprovoked
violence". A few generations ago, all the Jews lived in such
enclaves, subservient to the Jewish elite of wealth and
learning. The rule of the elite was based on patronage and on
our fathers’ fear of anti-Semitism. The Jewish aristocracy has
adapted to new conditions and continues to reinforce this fear
in order to control us.
The ‘mutual support’ of the Jewish community is immoral. If an
Irishman or an Italian steals, he goes to jail, and his parish
priest might send him a Christmas pie. If an influential Jew
steals, be it Vladimir Gusinsky or Mark Rich, the Jewish
community demands his impunity. If the Jewish state commits war
crimes, the Jewish community supports it without reservations.
This is abnormal behaviour for an ethnic community, a shameful
remnant of our habit of dealing with the outside world as if we
were members of a medieval guild.
Let us help one another to overcome the impulse to bend over. A
man should be able to voice objections to the homicidal policies
of his leadership without being called a traitor. That was the
position of Mark Twain who fought the US intervention in the
Philippines. That was the position of Thoreau during the war
over Texas. These were the positions of Alexander Solzhenitzyn,
Thomas Mann, and Berthold Brecht. It should be easy for Jews to
emulate these men, as the self-styled Jewish leadership has no
real power over Jews; it can only resort to scare tactics.
The pursuit of the bogey of anti-Semitism leads away from the
real problem. During WWII, the brilliant Russian Jewish writer,
Iliya Ehrenburg, in a moment of rage called out (on the pages of
Pravda) to his countrymen to ‘Kill the German vermin’. Marshal
Joseph Stalin rebuked him: ‘The Nazis come and go, but the
German people remain forever’. The German propaganda made a
killing out of the hate speech of Ilya Ehrenburg, trying to
obscure the fact that the problem was not the anti-German remark
of the Jewish writer, but the German war crimes. In the same
vein, the problem today is not a mythic anti-Semitism, but
Israeli war crimes and US complicity in these crimes.
Anti-Semitism is a weapon of the scoundrel, said Lenin in 1920’s
echoing the maxim of Samuel Johnson. This sentence, as so many
Biblical verses, has retained its validity in a changed context:
scoundrels still use anti-Semitism as a weapon, but now most of
these scoundrels are Jewish.