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March 30, 2009
It's been two weeks
since I released my new book ‘THE conPROMISED LAND’. My once
faithful readers became very lax. Only a few dozen were sold. Am I past my
prime? Do I have nothing original to write? Am I a has-been? A once-was?
Through to the other side?
NO, it can't be. I'm still vital. Sure,
my Rabin murder expose was easier to grasp, so it was a hit. But my current
research is just as historically enervating, but it may be just TOO much. My
readers don't realize the research that went into the new book, so they don't
appreciate how vital getting a copy is.
I'm going to leave you some tips that
went into the copy. Try to get the book by clicking:
If there is any problem with credit cards or whatever, write me and I'll
order you a book or more, all personally signed.
Now look at some research material, part of
which is lengthy but fun to read, that I used to create ‘THE conPROMISED LAND’.
Then never under-estimate me again.
In the book, I expose new coalition partner
Avigdor Lieberman as a crook on the take, who years ago was bought by the
"peace" camp. Soak in the crimes:
(INN) A lengthy investigative exposé in Haaretz targeting Minister
of Strategic Affairs Avigdor Lieberman of Yisrael Beiteinu
(Israel Our Home) has unearthed connections between the financier of the
corruption-laden Oasis Casino in Jericho and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and
his predecessor Ariel Sharon.
Lieberman is currently being investigated for receiving a bribe from
Austrian-Jewish businessman Martin Schlaff.
Schlaff “was known during the Cold War for his ties with the East German
secret police, the Stasi,” Haaretz reports. It also notes the fact that he
met with Yitzchak Rabin hours before Rabin was murdered on November 4, 1995.
He established the Jericho casino with the help of former Shas Chairman Aryeh
Deri during Binyamin Netanyahu’s term as prime minister. The two were
introduced by Dov Weissglas, who went on to be the
architect of the 2005 Gaza Disengagement as a consultant to Sharon.
Many see the casino as one of the most corruption-laden aspects of the Oslo
Accords. For years, gambling moguls lobbied for a casino in Israel and were
rebuffed. Finally, with the “Gaza and Jericho First” stage of the Oslo
Accords, in which the two areas were relinquished to PLO control, the Knesset
no longer needed to approve the casino’s establishment.
Schlaff is now afraid to set foot in Israel, as he is being investigated for
giving out millions of dollars in bribes to Lieberman and former Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon. Police have concluded that Schlaff transferred $3 million
in bribes to Sharon through South African millionaire Cyril Kern to open
offshore casinos on boats docked in Eilat. Austrian police confirmed that
Sharon accepted the bribes.
The original Haaretz interest in the case was a series of articles by
left-wing activist-turned-journalist Uri Blau, who
was determined to expose Lieberman’s corruption, even at the cost of bringing
down Olmert and Sharon.
Blau reported that $650,000 was transferred from an
Austrian company owned by Schlaff to a Cyprus-based company “police suspect”
was controlled by Lieberman on August 14, 2001 (while he was serving as
Minister of Infrastructures in the Sharon government). Lieberman had
established the company, originally named Nativ el HaMizrach (“Path to the East”) in 1998. Schlaff says the
money was payment for Ukrainian lumber mills bought from the company. The
article says, “Police suspect the money was a bribe.” It was not speculated
for what the bribe was made.
Lieberman’s lawyer’s response: "Nativ el Hamizrach was sold by Lieberman in April 2001, and since
then he has had no connection with it, and therefore he has no idea what
happened to the company four months later."
If Syrian President Bashir Assad isn't
destroyed by the commission investigating the murder of Lebanese billionaire
politician Rashid Hariri, yes, he approved the hit, then
Netanyahu will reward him for getting away with murder by handing him the
Golan Heights in a "peace" deal. ‘THE conPROMISED LAND’
asserts, for the first time in any book from any perspective, that Israel
already owns enough Syrian real estate to save much of the Golan. You want to
know how I knew?
TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 6 (UPI)
The Jewish National Fund said Thursday it owns more than 13,000 acres
southeast of Damascus. The Syrian government nationalized the land, but the
group still has a right to demand land elsewhere in Syria, it said.
The JNF forwarded the information to the Israeli delegation negotiating peace
with Syria. Syria has been demanding a total Israel withdrawal from all the
Golan land, southwest of Damascus, that Israel captured in the 1967 war. A
JNF spokeswoman said that Baron Edmond de Rothschild purchased its land at
the beginning of the 20th century and transferred the rights to the JNF. De
Rothschild facilitated early
Maariv (Hebrew only) reports that Baron Rothschild purchased thousands of
acres of Syrian land in the 1920s that may today legally belong to the Jewish
Rothschild’s real estate company, named Pika,
bought the lands and the ownership of most of that land was transferred in
1957 to the JNF. About 59,000 dunams (15,000 acres) were purchased - 6,000 in
the Golan Heights and 53,000 in the plains of Haran, 35 kilometers from
Damascus and near Bashir Assad’s palace (according to Palestine Today’s
report.) Taxes were paid on the land at least until 1942.
Now for the American crooks run by the Council
On Foreign Relations! I get so many headaches for even mentioning the CFR!
That proves I'm a conspiracy nut to the most mundane of minds. And to say
that Obama's foreign policy has been shanghaied by the CFR and it's anti-Israel serial
criminal, the raging beauty, Secretary of State Hillary "Bugsy"
Clinton, is the frosting on the cake. But I'm not wrong and the new book
Hopes You've Forgotten - Have You?
From Diane Rigali Hillary Clinton has been telling America that
she is the most qualified candidate for president based on her
"record," which she says includes her eight years in the White
House as First Lady - or "co-president" - and her seven years in
the Senate. Here is a reminder of what that record includes:
HILLARY, As First
Lady, assumed authority over Health Care Reform, a process that cost the taxpayers
over $13 million. She told both Bill Bradley and Pat Moynahan,
key votes were needed to pass her legislation, that she would "demonize
"anyone who opposed it. But it was opposed; she couldn't even get it to
a vote in a Congress controlled by her own party. (And in the next election,
her party lost control of both the House and Senate.) HILLARY assumed
authority over selecting a female Attorney General. Her first two
recommendations (Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood) were
forced to withdraw their names from consideration, and then she chose Janet
Reno. Janet Reno has since been described by Bill himself as "my worst
mistake." HILLARY recommended Lani Guanier for head of the Civil Rights Commission. When Guanier's radical views became known, her name had to be
withdrawn. HILLARY recommended her former law partners, Web Hubbell, Vince
Foster, and William Kennedy for positions in the Justice Department, White
House staff, and the Treasury, respectively. Hubbell was later imprisoned,
Foster committed suicide, and Kennedy was forced to resign. HILLARY also
recommended a close friend of the Clintons, Craig Livingstone, for the
position of director of White House security. When Livingstone was
investigated for the improper access of up to 900 FBI files of Clinton enemies
(Filegate) and the widespread use of drugs by White
House staff, both Hillary and her husband denied knowing him. (FBI agent
Dennis Sculimbrene confirmed in a Senate Judiciary
Committee in 1996 both the drug use and Hillary's involvement in hiring Livingstone.
After that, the FBI closed its White House Liaison Office, after serving
seven presidents for over thirty years.) HILLARY, in order to open
"slots" in the White House for her friends the Harry Thomasons (to whom millions of dollars in travel contracts
could be awarded), had the entire staff of the White House Travel Office
fired. They were reported to the FBI for "gross
mismanagement" and their reputations ruined. After a thirty-month
investigation, only one, Billy Dale, was charged with a crime - mixing
personal money with White House funds when he cashed checks. The jury
acquitted him in less than two hours. HILLARY also assumed the duty of
directing the "bimbo eruption squad" and scandal defense: ...She
urged her husband not to settle the Paula Jones lawsuit. ...She refused to
release the Whitewater documents, which led to the appointment of Ken Starr
as Special Prosecutor. After $80 million dollars of taxpayer money was spent,
Starr's investigation led to Monica Lewinsky, which led to Bill lying about
and later admitting his affairs. ...Then they had to settle with Paula Jones
...And Bill lost
his law license for lying to the grand jury. ...And Bill was impeached by the
House. ...And Hillary almost got herself indicted for perjury and obstruction
of justice (she avoided it mostly because she repeated, "I do not
recall," "I have no recollection," and "I don't
know" 56 times under oath). HILLARY accepted the traditional First
Lady's role of decorator of the White House at Christmas, but in a unique
Hillary way. In 1994, for example, The First Lady's Tree in the Blue Room
(the focal point each year) was Decorated with drug paraphernalia, sex toys,
and pornographic ornaments, all personally approved by Hillary as the invited
artists' depictions of the theme, "The Twelve Days of Christmas." HILLARY
wrote "It Takes a Village," demonstrating her socialist viewpoint. HILLARY
decided to seek election to the Senate in a state she had never lived in. Her
husband pardoned FALN terrorists in order to get Latino support and the New
Square Hassidim to get Jewish support. Hillary also had Bill pardon her
brother's clients, for a small fee, to get financial support. HILLARY then
left the White House, but later had to return $200,000 in White House
furniture, china, and artwork she had stolen. HILLARY played the "woman
card" in the campaign for the Senate, by portraying her opponent (Lazio)
as a bully picking on her. HILLARY'S husband further protected her by asking
the National Archives to withhold from the public until 2012 many records of
their time in the White House, including much of Hillary's correspondence and
her calendars. (There are ongoing lawsuits to force the release of those
records.) HILLARY, as the junior Senator from New York ,
passed no major legislation. She has deferred to the senior Senator (Schumer)
to tend to the needs of New Yorkers, even on the hot issue of medical
problems of workers involved in the cleanup of Ground Zero after 9/11. Quite
a resume, isn't it? Sounds more like an organized crime family.
Obama to name CFR MEMBER Geithner,
CFR MEMBER Summers to economic posts
NEW YORK (AP) - President-elect Barack Obama will announce
the leaders of his economic team Monday, naming CFR MEMBER Timothy
Geithner as treasury secretary and CFR MEMBER Lawrence Summers to
direct the National Economic Council, transition officials said.
If confirmed by the Senate, CFR MEMBER Geithner, 47, president of the
New York Federal Reserve, would be the top Cabinet official in charge of
leading the administration's response to the global economic crisis. Word of
his likely selection Friday helped send the Dow Jones Industrials soaring 500
points after several days of steep losses.
CFR MEMBER Geithner (pronounced GITE-ner)
served as a Treasury Department official during the CFR MEMBER
Clinton’s administration, where he played a major role in negotiating
assistance packages for South Korea and Brazil.
CFR MEMBER Summers, 53, a former treasury secretary under CFR
MEMBER President Bill Clinton and one-time president of Harvard
University, will advise Obama from the White House. Officials said he would
coordinate the federal response to the economic meltdown across several
agencies, including a plan Obama announced Saturday to create or save 2.5
million jobs by rebuilding infrastructure and modernizing schools while
developing alternative energy sources and more efficient cars.
During the Clinton administration, CFR MEMBER Summers helped craft the
U.S. support program for Mexico during its 1995 financial crisis. He later
helped lead the U.S. response to the Asian financial crisis of 1997.
CFR MEMBER Geithner and CFR MEMBER Summers were scheduled to
appear with Obama at a press conference in Chicago Monday morning.
New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton also is in line to become secretary of
state, while Obama's choice for attorney general is Eric Holder. He held the
No. 2 slot in the Justice Department in CFR MEMBER President Bill
Officials said New Mexico Gov. CFR MEMBER Bill Richardson had emerged
as a likely pick as commerce secretary, although he had hoped to be secretary
of state. Like Clinton, he was a rival of Obama's for the Democratic
presidential nomination last winter. He dropped out after the early contests,
though, and soon threw his support behind the eventual winner. The officials
spoke only on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to
publicly discuss the anticipated appointments.
While speculation has been rampant about most top-level appointments, there
has been relatively little about Obama's choice for defense secretary. His
aides encouraged speculation before the election that CFR MEMBER
Robert Gates, who now holds the position, would remain in office for an
Former Senate Majority Leader CFR MEMBER Tom Daschle of South Dakota
has been chosen as secretary of health and human services and Arizona Gov. CFR
MEMBER Janet Napolitano is likely to be named as secretary of the
Homeland Security Department.
CFR MEMBER Napolitano was an early supporter of candidate Obama among
the ranks of Democratic governors, as was Kathleen Sebelius
of Kansas. Sebelius has figured prominently in
recent days in speculation as possible secretary of labor.
Additionally, retired CFR MEMBER Gen. James Jones, a former Marine
Corps commandant and NATO commander, was among those under consideration for
national security adviser. CFR MEMBER James Steinberg, an Obama
campaign aide who served in Clinton's White House, was another possibility,
according to officials.
Obama has repeatedly referred to the economic crisis as the top priority for
his new administration.
CFR MEMBER Geithner held posts in the Treasury Department under three
administrations and five secretaries before moving to the New York Fed in
2003. He also held positions at the International Monetary Fund and was
employed at the private firm of former Secretary of State CFR MEMBER
From here on, I REALLY
scare the Jewish establishment! They will never read ‘THE conPROMISED LAND’,
which is why you must. Only you can hold onto the truth, no matter how ugly
it may be. I don't apologize, neither should you. My
new book concludes with a long chapter on the Sabbataians. A most prominent
member of this anti-Jewish cult was Young Turk Kemal
Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, and the leader who approved the
genocide of 1.5 million Armenians. It's so much simpler to just say, the
Turks did it.
28, 1994 (www.forward.com)
When Kemal Ataturk Recited Shema
"It's My Secret Prayer, Too," He Confessed
By Hillel Halkin
ZICHRON YAAKOV - There
were two questions I wanted to ask, I said over the phone to Batya Keinan, spokeswoman for Israeli president Ezer Weizman, who was about to leave the next day, Monday,
Jan. 24, on the first visit ever made to Turkey by a Jewish chief of state.
One was whether Mr. Weizman would be taking part in
an official ceremony commemorating Kemal Ataturk.
Ms. Kenan checked the president's itinerary,
according to which he and his wife would lay a wreath on Ataturk's grave the
morning of their arrival, and asked what my second question was.
"Does President Weizman know that Ataturk had
Jewish ancestors and was taught Hebrew prayers as a boy?"
"Of course, of course," she answered as unsurprisedly
as if I had inquired whether the president was aware that Ataturk was
Turkey's national hero.
Excited and Distressed
I thanked her and hung up. A few minutes later it occurred to me to call back
and ask whether President Weizman intended to make
any reference while in Turkey to Ataturk's Jewish antecedents. "I'm so
glad you called again," said Ms. Kenan, who
now sounded excited and a bit distressed. "Exactly where did you get
your information from?"
Why was she asking, I countered, if the president's office had it too?
Because it did not, she confessed. She had only assumed that it must because
I had sounded so matter-of-fact myself. "After you hung up," she
said, "I mentioned what you told me and nobody here knows anything about
it. Could you please fax us what you know?"
I faxed her a short version of it. Here is a longer
Stories about the Jewishness of Ataturk, whose statue stands in the main
square of every town and city in Turkey, already circulated in his lifetime
but were denied by him and his family and never taken seriously by
biographers. Of six biographies of him that I consulted this week, none even
mentions such a speculation. The only scholarly reference to it in print that
I could find was in the entry on Ataturk in the Israeli Entsiklopedya
ha-Ivrit, which begins:
"Mustafa Kemal Ataturk - (1881-1938), Turkish
general and statesman and founder of the modern Turkish state.
"Mustafa Kemal was born to the family of a
minor customs clerk in Salonika and lost his father when he was young. There
is no proof of the belief, widespread among both Jews and Muslims in Turkey, that his family came from the Doenme.
As a boy he rebelled against his mother's desire to give him a traditional
religious education, and at the age of 12 he was sent at his demand to study
in a military academy."
The Doenme were an underground sect of Sabbetaians, Turkish Jews who took Muslim names and
outwardly behaved like Muslims but secretly believed in Sabbetai
Zevi, the 17th-century false messiah, and conducted carefully guarded prayers
and rituals in his name. The encyclopedia's version of Ataturk's education,
however, is somewhat at variance with his own. Here is his account of it as
quoted by his biographers:
"My father was a man of liberal views, rather hostile to religion, and a
partisan of Western ideas. He would have preferred to see me go to a * lay
school, which did not found its teaching on the Koran but on modern science.
"In this battle of consciences, my father managed to gain the victory
after a small maneuver; he pretended to give in to my mother's wishes, and
arranged that I should enter the [Islamic] school of Fatma
Molla Kadin with the
traditional ceremony. ...
"Six months later, more or less, my father quietly withdrew me from the
school and took me to that of old Shemsi Effendi
who directed a free preparatory school according to European methods. My
mother made no objection, since her desires had been complied with and her
conventions respected. It was the ceremony above all which had satisfied
Who was Mustafa Kemal's father, who behaved here in
typical Doenme fashion, outwardly observing Muslim
ceremonies while inwardly scoffing at them? Ataturk's mother Zubeyde came from the mountains west of Salonika, close
to the current Albanian frontier; of the origins of his father, Ali Riza, little is known. Different writers have given them
as Albanian, Anatolian and Salonikan, and Lord
Kinross' compendious 1964 "Ataturk" calls Ali Riza
a "shadowy personality" and adds cryptically regarding Ataturk's
reluctance to disclose more about his family background: "To the child
of so mixed an environment it would seldom occur, wherever his racial
loyalties lay, to inquire too exactly into his personal origins beyond that
of his parentage."
Did Kinross suspect more than he was admitting? I would never have asked
had I not recently come across a remarkable chapter while browsing in the
out-of-print Hebrew autobiography of Itamar Ben-Avi, son of Eliezer
Ben-Yehuda, the leading promoter of the revival of spoken Hebrew in late
19th-century Palestine. Ben-Avi, the first child to be raised in Hebrew since
ancient times and later a Hebrew journalist and newspaper publisher, writes
in this book of walking into the Kamenitz Hotel in
Jerusalem one autumn night in 1911 and being asked by its proprietor: "
'Do you see that Turkish officer sitting there in the corner, the one* with
the bottle of arrack?' "
" 'Yes.' "
" 'He's one of the most important officers in the Turkish army.' "
" 'What's his name?' "
" 'Mustafa Kemal.' "
" 'I'd like to meet him,' I said, because the minute I looked at him I
was startled by his piercing green eyes."
Ben-Avi describes two meetings with Mustafa Kemal,
who had not yet taken the name of Ataturk, 'Father of the Turks.' Both were
conducted in French, were largely devoted to Ottoman politics, and were
doused with large amounts of arrack. In the first of these, Kemal confided:
"I'm a descendant of Sabbetai Zevi - not
indeed a Jew any more, but an ardent admirer of this prophet of yours. My
opinion is that every Jew in this country would do well to join his
During their second meeting, held 10 days later in the same hotel, Mustafa Kemal said at one point:"
'I have at home a Hebrew Bible printed in Venice. It's rather old, and I
remember my father bringing me to a Karaite teacher
who taught me to read it. I can still remember a few words of it, such as --'
And Ben-Avi continues:
"He paused for a moment, his eyes searching for something in space. Then
" 'Shema Yisra'el, Adonai Elohenu, Adonai Ehad!'
" 'That's our most important prayer, Captain.'
" 'And my secret prayer too, cher monsieur,'
he replied, refilling our glasses."
Although Itamar Ben-Avi could not have known it, Ataturk no doubt meant
"secret prayer" quite literally. Among the esoteric prayers of the Doenme, first made known to the scholarly world when a
book of them reached the National Library in Jerusalem in 1935, is one
containing the confession of faith:
"Sabbetai Zevi and none other is the true Messiah. Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is
It was undoubtedly from this credo, rather than from the Bible, that Ataturk
remembered the words of the Shema, which to the
best of my knowledge he confessed knowing but once in his adult life: to a
young Hebrew journalist whom he engaged in two tipsily animated conversations
in Jerusalem nearly a decade before he took control of the Turkish army after
its disastrous defeat in World War I, beat back the invading Greeks and
founded a secular Turkish republic in which Islam was banished - once and for
all, so he thought - to the mosques.
Ataturk would have had good reasons for concealing his Doenme
origins. Not only were the Doenmes (who married
only among themselves and numbered close to 15,000, largely concentrated in
Salonika, on the eve of World War I) looked down on as heretics by both
Muslims and Jews, they had a reputation for sexual profligacy that could
hardly have been flattering to their offspring. This license, which was
theologically justified by the claim that it reflected the faithful's freedom from the biblical commandments under
the new dispensation of Sabbetai Zevi, is described
by Ezer Weizman's predecessor, Israel's second
president, Yitzchak Ben-Zvi, in his book on lost Jewish communities,
"The Exiled and the Redeemed":
"Once a year [during the Doenmes' annual
'Sheep holiday'] the candles are put out in the course of a dinner which is
attended by orgies and the ceremony of the exchange of wives. ... The rite is
practiced on the night of Sabbetai Zevi's traditional bithday. ...
It is believed that children born of such unions are regarded as
Although Ben-Zvi, writing in the 1950s, thought that "There is reason to
believe that this ceremony has not been entirely abandoned and continues to
this day," little is known about whether any of the Doenmes'
traditional practices or social structures still survive in modern Turkey.
The community abandoned Salonika along with the city's other Turkish
residents during the Greco-Turkish war of 1920-21, and its descendants, many
of whom are said to be wealthy businessmen and merchants in Istanbul, are
generally thought to have assimilated totally into Turkish life.
After sending my fax to Batya Keinan, I phoned to
check that she had received it. She had indeed, she said, and would see to it
that the president was given it to read on his flight to Ankara. It is
doubtful, however, whether Mr. Weizman will allude
to it during his visit: The Turkish government, which for years has been
fending off Muslim fundamentalist assaults on its legitimacy and on the
secular reforms of Ataturk, has little reason to welcome the news that the
father of the 'Father of the Turks' was a crypto-Jew who passed on his
anti-Muslim sentiments to his son. Mustafa Kemal's secret
is no doubt one that it would prefer to continue to be kept.
AND now for
The most frightening in its implication for LABOR
Zionism, and not the good Zionism of Jabotinsky or the orthodox. Israel in
six decades of existence, convicted one and only one
Nazi, Adolph Eichmann. They let tens of thousands of butchers off the hook.
So why Eichmann? Because he knew far too much of Labor Zionism's
negotiations to let 800,000 Jews trapped in Hungary die, while bartering with
him to save a few thousand of their staunchest loyalists. Eichmann was
brought to Jerusalem and locked in a soundproof glass cage. ‘THE
conPROMISED LAND’ asserts that the precaution didn't work 100%. The
implication is the Israeli "peace" camp has a lot of Jewish blood
to account for, and if they aren't exposed, they'll have to explain away just
as much blood flowing out of former Israel.
Becoming Eichmann: Rethinking the Life, Crimes, and Trial of a "Desk
Murderer," by David Cesarani, London and
Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2006. 368
pages. Glossary and Abbreviations to p. 372. Notes to p. 423. Sources and
Bibliography to p. 442. Acknowledgments to p. 444. Index to p. 446. $27.50
Reviewed by Lenni Brenner, Journal of Palestine
Studies, Spring 2007
David Cesarani is a well-publicized British
holocaust historian, but the
inadequacy of his present work will be obvious to the field's scholars. He
trivial battle against some commentators on Eichmann and totally evades
He gives little important new information on Eichmann, nor
does he correct
his own previous errors. In spite of Da Capo
Press's jacket claim that "Cesarani
. . . reveals [Eichmann's] initially cordial working relationship with
Zionist Jews in Germany," in fact he omits many of Eichmann's previously
statements that may embarrass Zionism (or Cesarani
himself). Indeed, the true
Eichmann rarely makes a full appearance in his latest biography.
Cesarani devotes much of his book to attacking
ex-Zionist Hannah Arendt's
celebrated Eichmann in Jerusalem report on his 1961 trial and her famous
"banality of evil" description of him. Defending Zionism against
her critique drives
him to denounce her as "deeply prejudiced. She came from the German
bourgeoisie that had long nurtured a contempt for
the Jews of Poland and Russia."
He rages against "her nasty, stereotypical comments about Jews. (p. 345)
complains of Arendt's accusations of Zionist collaboration with Eichmann, a
topic his trial's prosecution didn't dare touch. "She claimed it
avoided instances of Jewish cooperation with the Nazis, notably by Zionist
organizations" (p. 348). But he doesn't explain why many eastern Jews
agree with her
description of Zionist misleadership. Indeed he
doesn't dare quote her
directly on the 1930s Zionist-Nazi collaboration, when
Eichmann learned his lessons about Jews. . . . Hitler's rise to power appear
ed to the Zionists chiefly as "the decisive
defeat of assimilationism". . . .
Zionists too believed that "dissimulation," combined with the
Palestine of Jewish youngsters and, they hoped, Jewish capitalists, could be
"mutually fair solution" . . . . The result was that in the
American Jewry took great pains to organize a boycott of German merchandise,
Palestine, of all places, was swamped with all kinds of goods "made in
(Eichmann in Jerusalem, pp. 58-60, 62)
In 1937, Labor Zionist Feivel Polkes
invited Eichmann to Palestine. On 2
October 1937, the Nazi visited a kibbutz. Realizing he was a German agent,
British deported him to Egypt, where he eventually met Polkes,
who offered to spy
for Germany in return for loosened currency restrictions for Zionists.
In 1944, Labor Zionist Reszo Kasztner
(a.k.a. Rudolph Kastner) negotiated
with Eichmann, offering silence on Nazi plans to deport 750,000 Hungarian
Auschwitz in return for Eichmann's promise to send prominent Jews to
Switzerland. In 1946, Kasztner reported his
activities to the World Zionist
Organization. In 1953, the Israeli government on Kasztner's
behalf sued a Hungarian Jew
for libeling Kasztner as a Nazi collaborator, but
the judge found him a
collaborator. He was assassinated by right-wing Zionists but the
dominated Supreme Court ruled posthumously on his appeal. He didn't
because "no law . . . lays down the duties of a leader in an hour of
toward those who rely on leadership and are under his instructions" (Ben
Perfidy, p. 272). But he did perjure himself in a Nuremberg affidavit on
behalf of an SS man.
In 1955, hiding in Argentina, Eichmann discussed Palestine and Kasztner on
tape. After his capture in 1960, Life magazine published excerpts. On the
kibbutz in 1937, he;
did see enough to be very impressed by the way the Jewish colonists were
building up their land. I admired their desperate will to live, the more so
I was myself an idealist. In the years that followed I often said to Jews
whom I had dealings that, had I been a Jew, I would have been a fanatical
Zionist. I could not imagine being anything else. In fact, I would have been
most ardent Zionist imaginable." ("Eichmann Tells His Own Damning
[28 November 1960], p. 22).
He described Kasztner as;
a fanatical Zionist. He agreed to help keep the Jews from resisting
deportation -- and even keep order in the collection camps -- if I would
close my eyes
and let a few hundred or a few thousand young Jews emigrate
Palestine. It was a good bargain. For keeping order in the camps, the price
15,000 or 20,000 Jews -- in the end there may have been more -- was not too
for me. And because Kastner rendered us a great service by helping keep the
deportation camps peaceful, I would let his groups escape" ("I
to the Butcher," Life [5 Dec. 1960], p. 146).
Neither stunning quote is in Becoming Eichmann.
In 1961, Ben Hecht, a celebrated American journalist and Zionist, wrote
Perfidy (Julian Messner, 1961) about the libel
trial. His quotes from the judge's
decision attracted worldwide attention: "Eichmann did not want a second
For this reason, the Nazis exerted themselves to mislead and bribe the Jewish
leaders. The personality of Rudolph Kastner made him a convenient catspaw for
Eichmann and his clique" (Perfidy, p. 179). But Hecht and Perfidy are
listed in Cesarani's sources and bibliography.
In 1983, my Zionism in the Age of the Dictators, which detailed Kasztner's
collaboration and the libel trial, was published in Britain. In 1987, Jim
used it and Perfidy in writing his play Perdition. The Zionist establishment,
using Cesarani's "Perdition, by Jim Allen: A
Report," drove the play out of a
London theatre, two days before its scheduled opening. Cesarani
Allen cited "evidence of a symbiosis of Zionism and Nazi ideas about the
etc." But "Racial theories permeated all ideologies at this time,
and it is
banal to observe that Zionism was expressed in, and legitimated according to,
the discourse available. Zionism could not have transcended the thought of
period" (David Cesarani, "Perdition, by
Jim Allen: A Report," p. 5).
The show biz purge generated such attention that a nationwide, prime time TV
debate was organized. Allen, Marion Woolfson, and I
took on Stephen Roth, who
worked with Kasztner, historian Martin Gilbert, and
Rabbi Hugo Gryn, an
Auschwitz survivor. Ultimately Cesarani confessed,
in London's 3 July 1987 Jewish
Chronicle, that the public thought the theatre "had been bullied into
the play." Nothing of this is in Cesarani's
present book. The Essential Lenny
Bruce is listed in the bibliography for an Eichmann joke, but apparently
Zionism in the Age of the Dictators, Jim Allen, Perdition, and Cesarani's report do
not merit mention.
Cesarani admits that Fritz Bauer, Attorney General
of Hesse, West Germany,
discovered that Eichmann was hiding in Buenos Aires. "Yet the Israelis
remarkably little interest in pursuing the leads . . . they practically had
be led to the fugitive Nazi" (p. 14). When they caught him, they
sensitive issues such as the contact between Zionists and Eichmann in the
1930s, and the negotiations over the fate of the Hungarian Jews in 1944 that
involved Ben-Gurion himself" (p. 14).
But this isn't fast breaking news. In 1973, Andreas Biss,
who worked with
Kasztner, wrote of his offer to testify against
Eichmann, whom he had contact
with in Budapest. A date was set until the prosecutor learned that Biss would
defend Kasztner's role. The prosecutor asked Biss "especially to pass over in
silence what was then in Israel called 'the Kasztner
affair'" (Andreas Biss, A
Million Jews to Save, p. 231). He refused and was dropped as a witness. Biss's
book is in Cesarani's bibliography, but he goes
unmentioned in the text.
Zionism is a major theme in Eichmann's life from 1935, when he read Theodor
Herzl and studied Hebrew, through the 1944-45 Hungarian slaughter. It again
became part of his life with the 1950s libel trial and tapes. Then he was
captured, tried and executed by Israel in 1962. Reading him and about him
questions for general readers and specialists: What made Zionism so
him? Who in the Zionist establishment did Polkes
report to regarding his
negotiations? Why wasn't Israel looking for Eichmann after the libel trial?
prosecutor asked, what would he have testified about Kasztner,
high court declared wasn't a collaborator? Cesarani
tells us that a Zionist
historian "begged for a stay of execution on the grounds that it would
kill such a unique witness to history" (p. 320). Why weren't historians
to query him in depth before his execution (which of course was justice
In 1947-8, many UN delegations and much of world opinion supported Israel's
creation because of what Hitler had done to the Jews. Few, Jew or gentile,
what Zionists did or didn't do for the Jews. By now, Cesarani
knows both. But
he came upon Zionism's shameful relations with Eichmann as a Zionist zealot
and has, for decades, consistently applied his ideology to the facts, instead
of fact checking his beliefs. He grudgingly accepts the reality of repeated
collaboration, but he refuses to treat it systematically. The 14 May 2006 New
York Times is correct: Cesarani is "a writer
in control neither of his material
nor of himself." For all his rage against Arendt personally and her
Zionism, when it comes to interpreting Eichmann, nominally the topic of his
book, the Times was correct: "what is striking is how far [Cesarani's] research
goes to reinforce [Arendt's] fundamental arguments."
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