Famous Jews and Famous Jewish People

Woody Allen (December 1, 1935 – )
Allen Stewart Konigsberg, aka Woody Allen, got his nickname “Woody” because he played the clarinet which is a woodwind instrument. He has won many awards as a film director, writer, actor, musician, and comedian. Allen has directed and has acted in the majority of his movies. Allen derives his inspiration from literature, philosophy, psychology, and New York City, where he has lived all his life.

His initial film was “What’s New, Pussycat?”, starring Peter Sellers in 1965. Woody Allen has had 14 Academy Award nominations for best screenplay and six nominations for best director. He won the Academy Award in 1977 for “Annie Hall”, and in 1986 for “Hannah and Her Sisters”.

Julio Iglesias

Julio Iglesias (September 23, 1943 – )
Julio Iglesias was born in Madrid, Spain. His father was a prominent gynecologist, and his mother, María del Rosario de la Cueva y Perignat, was of Jewish origin. As a young man, Julio Iglesias was very athletic and earned a position as goalkeeper in the Real Madrid soccer team while he studied law. At the age of 20, Julio was involved in a traffic accident that left him partially paralyzed for about two years. Julio started writing poetry during his rehabilitation and he accompanied his poems by playing a guitar that he received as a gift.

After his recovery, Julio brought one of his compositions to a music publisher who convinced him to sing the song himself. Julio won the international competition in Benidorm and his success led to a contract with Columbia Records. As Julio’s notoriety increased, he started singing in other languages. He was honored by the Guinness Book of World Records for selling the most records in different languages than any other music artist in history. Those languages include Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, Italian and Japanese.

Countries with Largest Jewish Populations (2007)
Rank Country Jews % of World Jewish Population
1 Israel 5,313,800 40.6%
2 United States 5,275,000 40.3%
3 France 491,500 3.8%
4 Canada 373,500 2.9%
5 United Kingdom 297,000 2.3%
6 Russia 228,000 1.7%
7 Argentina 184,500 1.4%
8 Germany 118,000 0.9%
9 Australia 103,000 0.8%
10 Brazil 96,500 0.7%

Brief Glossary of Jewish terms:

  • Sephardi Jews – descendants of Jews expelled from Spain or Portugal at the start of the Spanish Inquisition in 1492. Sephardic Jews are also called Sephardim. The word Sephardim is derived from the word “Sepharad” which is the Hebrew word for “Spain”.
  • Ashkenazi Jews – descendants from the medieval Jewish communities of the Rhineland, the land on both sides of the Rhine river in Germany.
  • Hasidic Judaism, Reform Judaism, and Orthodox Judaism refer to specific religious traditions and ways of practicing Judaism.
  • Zionism is an international political movement that supports a homeland for the Jewish People in the Land of Israel.

The title of the traditional Hebrew folk song Hava Nagila means “Let us rejoice”. This song is the international stereotype of Jewish music and is played at Jewish weddings, parties, and festive occasions.

Dutch violinist and conductor André Rieu
Royal Albert Hall, London, England

World War 2 Jewish Holocaust
It is estimated that 5,933,900 Jews perished during World War 2 as a consequence of Hitler’s final solution. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland lost 90 percent of their Jewish population or about 3,228,000 people. The following table lists the approximate number of Jews who died during World War 2 by country.

Poland 3,000,000
Hungary 450,000
Romania 300,000
Russia 107,000
Netherlands 105,000
France 90,000

 


Jewish Actors and Actresses:
Alicia Silverstone — Actress – Clueless, The Crush, The Babysitter, Batman
Barbara Streisand — Singer and actress winner of two Oscars, four Emmys, nine Golden Globes, and other awards.
Mandy Patinkin — Emmy & Tony award-winning actor, ‘Dr Jeffrey Geiger’ on TV’s Chicago Hope
Harrison Ford — Actor: ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’, ‘Star Wars’, ‘ American Graffiti’, ‘Witness’, ‘The Fugitive’
Gwyneth Paltrow — Oscar winner
William Shatner — Captain James T. Kirk on the original ‘Star Trek’
Natalie Portman — Actress, Queen Amidala in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
Al Jolson — famous entertainer. Starred in the first talking movie
Winona Ryder — Star of films like Heathers, Girl Interrupted, Little Women, Beetlejuice
Noah Wyle — Actor, ‘Dr John Carter’ on TV’s ER
Michael Landon — Little Joe Cartwright on Bonanza
Mark Frankel — Actor in ‘Sisters’ and ‘Fortune Hunter’
Sarah Jessica Parker — Acress in ‘Sex and the City’, ‘LA Story’
Seth Green — television actor, Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, Family Guy.
Robert Downey, Jr. — actor in ‘Less Than Zero,’ ‘Chaplin,’ ‘Short Cuts.’
Paul Newman — Academy Award winning actor and philanthropist
Cary Grant — (maybe Jewish, maybe not) Classical good looks and humor

Musicians:
Bob Dylan (nee Robert Allen Zimmerman) — American singer-songwriter, musician, and artist who has been influential in popular music and culture.
Itzhak Perlman — Grammy-winning Violin soloist
Max Weinberg — Drummer for Springstein and musical director for Conan O’Brien
Isaac Stern — Violin virtuoso
George Gershwin — American composer of many vocal and theatrical works written in collaboration with his older brother, lyricist Ira Gershwin.
Jascha Heifetz — Violinist
Yehudi Menuhin — Violinist
Herb Alpert — Leader and trumpeter of Tijuana Brass
Stan Getz — Jazz Tenor Sax player most famous for The Girl from Ipanema
Julio Iglesias — Internationally famous Spanish singer. Holds Guinness world record for the most albums sold in the most languages.

Scientists:
Albert Einstein — One of the most famous and influential scientists since Isaac Newton
Carl Sagan — astronomer and popular science author; made book and TV series ‘Cosmos’
Niels Bohr — Nobel prize-winning Physicist: atomic structure
Roald Hoffmann — Nobel prize winner in Chemistry: field of electronic structures
Fritz Haber — winner of the Nobel Prize of Chemistry in 1918, for the synthesis of ammonia from its elements
Edward Teller — Physicist, father of the hydrogen bomb
Leo Szilard — Physicist, proved the possibility of a nuclear chain reaction in 1933.
Jonas Salk — Developed the first polio vaccine.

Business Professionals:
Milton Hershey — Hershey’s Chocolate founder
Michael Dell — Founder of Dell Computer
Larry Ellison — Founder and CEO of Oracle
Alan Greenspan — Federal Reserve Chairman under Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush
Steve Ballmer — CEO of Microsoft and the richest Jew in the world
Sir James Goldsmith — financier and banker who amongst others has taken over Goodyear.
George Soros — millionaire philanthropist who has donated millions to aid Eastern Europe.
Bernard Madoff — American financier convicted of operating a Ponzi scheme that resulted in the largest investor fraud ever committed by a single person.

Fashion designers:
Calvin Klein — Famous Clothes Designer
Ralph Lauren — (Ralph Lipshitz) world famous fashion designer
Levi Strauss — Inventor of Blue Jeans
Kenneth Cole — Fashion Designer who’s married to Mario Cuomo’s daughter

Comedians:
Jerry Lewis — A comedian who teamed up with Dean Martin
Marcel Marceau — The most famous mime in history
Jerry Seinfeld — Stand up comedian, TV show Seinfeld, American Express commercials
Sarah Silverman — American comedienne whose satirical comedy addresses social taboos and controversial topics.
The Marx Brothers — An American family comedy act with Chico, Harpo, and Groucho.
Milton Berle — Comedian who pioneered comedy/variety on television
Jack Benny — Reknowned radio and TV comic

Directors and producers:
Steven Spielberg — Director of films such as Saving Private Ryan & Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park, E.T.,
Stanley Kubrick — Director of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, Spartacus
Mel Brooks — Film director, producer, actor: Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein
Woody Allen — Film Maker/Actor: Annie Hall, Bullets Over Broadway, Mighty Aphrodite, Antz
Roman Polanski — Director, screenwriter, actor: Rosemary’s Baby, Macbeth, Chinatown, Tess
Ben Stiller — Director/Actor: Seinfeld, SNL, Reality Bites, Something About Mary, The Cable Guy
Aaron Spelling — Produced Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place…
Oliver Stone — Popular Director: The Doors, J.F.K., Heaven And Earth, Natural Born Killers

Artists:
Frida Kahlo- — Mexican artist famous for vivid, surrealist self-portraits. Married to Diego Rivera.
Marc Chagall — Painter, designer and graphic artist
Modigliani — Artist whose elongated faces are reminiscent of African masks
Camille Pissarro — Father of Impressionism

Politicians:
Golda Mabovitch (Golda Myerson, Golda Meir) – the fourth prime minister of the State of Israel.

DIASPORA HAS A HUGE STAKE IN ISRAEL, ZIONIST LEADER SAYS

 

TORONTO – The newly revived Canadian Zionist Federation got a shot in the arm last month in the form of a visit to Toronto from David Breakstone, vice-chair of the World Zionist Organization (WZO).

Originally founded in 1967 as a representative of the WZO, the Canadian chapter was dormant for many years until Les Rothschild stepped in as president earlier this year to “revitalize” it.

Breakstone, who made aliyah from the United States in 1974 and has served in a number of Jewish leadership roles, including as a volunteer for the Masorti/Conservative Movement in Israel for more than 40 years, said the mission of the WZO is to ensure that Israel remains high on the agenda of the Jewish community.

“I don’t need to tell you about the studies that have come out about the disenfranchisement, particularly of the younger generation, the distancing from Israel,” he said.

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“There are many who see Zionism as having been all about creating a safe place for the Jews to live. And some feel we pretty much have that. The feeling is if that is what Zionism is all about, then we’re done. We can disband.”

Breakstone said that for Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, the movement was always about something much more than creating a safe place for Jews. It was also about creating a utopian society.

“It’s a work in progress. We’ve got plenty to do and we have to face that we have plenty to do without any embarrassment and without any apologetics.”

He said the biggest challenge is engaging millennials to care about Israel. In the past, writing a cheque and leaving the fledgling country’s development in the hands of Israelis was sufficient.

“That is long gone… What we have to do is create ways for genuine engagement, including finding ways for Diaspora Jews in general to impact Israeli society. I would love to see a situation… where the president of the State of Israel would be elected by Jews around the world,” he said.

“Gone are the days when we can tell Jews abroad that it is not for you to tell us what to do. It is your business, and we have to make sure it is your business, and we’re going to be enriched by it as well.”

He said if Israel is to be known as the state of the Jewish People, it can’t be expected that Jews from other parts of the world will buy into that if they don’t have a say in what happens.

He said the most recent example of Diaspora Jews having an influence on Israeli society was the historic decision to create a non-Orthodox egalitarian prayer area at the Western Wall.

“That was 99.9 per cent a result of Diaspora Jewish involvement,” he said.

But, he said, Zionism isn’t only about Jewish struggles.

“Pluralism is a problem. The treatment of minorities, the social gap in Israel – this is a Jewish state, and look at how many children are living under the poverty level, look at what is happening with migrant workers. These are all Jewish issues as well as Israeli issues.”

Breakstone referred to another challenge when it comes to Israel advocacy. He feels that some people have the concept of Israel advocacy backwards.

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“You can’t have advocacy without education… It’s not a matter of handing them a script and telling them what to say. You’ve got to feel it first. I think for a number of years, the Jewish community has lost sight of that,” he said.

He criticized one of the strategies that tries to change the narrative that demonizes Israel with more positive messages about its accomplishments.

“They say, ‘Talk about how Israel is making the world a better place with pill cameras and drip irrigation and start-up nation.’ And all those things are wonderful, but I don’t think we can afford to try to change the conversation. My response, if someone were doing that to me, is ‘Don’t insult my intelligence.’ It’s great that you’re making the pill cameras and so forth, but if you’re doing it on the back of the Palestinian, then… I think both of those points have to come out,” Breakstone said.

“I talk about broadening the conversation. We should put it in context.”

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Zionist Hip-Hop: a Critical Look at Matisyahu

There is currently a boycott going on in regards to the reggae rap-rock artist Matisyahu, who has a history of apologetics for Israeli brutality and fundraising for AIPAC. To make obvious his political agenda, the artist recently performed a concert at Auschwitz following an effort to boycott him in Spain. His claim is that “I do not insert politics into my music.”

This is just patently absurd, his lyrics are loaded with hasbara and justifications for Israeli policy. As such, rather than engaging in a denunciation, I have chosen to dissect some of his rhymes and see what lies beneath the surface.

Let us begin with his first album, Live at Stubbs, released in 2005. A good deal of the content is related to the artist’s embrace of the Chabad branch of Hasidic Judaism. Based in New York City, the sect’s leader, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, was a militant hawk and refused to sacrifice one inch of land. In a November 1980 letter, he said:

I am completely and unequivocally opposed to the surrender of any of the liberated areas currently under negotiation, such as Judah and Samaria, the Golan, etc., for the simple reason—and only reason—that surrendering any part of them would contravene a clear ruling found in Shulchan Aruch (O.C., Ch. 329, par. 6,7). I have repeatedly emphasized that this ruling has nothing to do with the sanctity of the land of Israel, with “the days of Moshiach,” the coming redemption or similar considerations—but solely with saving lives.

By “saving lives”, Schneerson was referring to Israelis exclusively and in a theocratic sense. The rebbe would meet with Benjamin Netanyahu, Ariel Sharon, and other Israeli politicians, offering them encouragement and blessings. He even declared service in the IDF a Mitzva. Ergo, when Matisyahu invokes his faith in his lyrics, he is referring not just to a religion but an ideology loaded with a socio-political outlook on the Israel-Palestine conflict, an outlook that defines the messianic strains of the settler movement.

 

Now let’s consider this line in the song Aish Tamid. The song is based around the juxtaposition of the ruins of the Second Temple and the concrete jungle of Manhattan.

The place lays phased like a warrior slayed

Engraved into the space with his sword still raised

Layers of charcoal sprayed through hallways

Praise relays off the walls echoing all ways

Dirt covered earth lays beneath my rib cage

Giving birth to overgrowth invading on to path ways

Burnt out trees cover streets where children once played

Sown seeds decay through sacred stepping stones in disarray

Where the altar used to be placed inter-changed for bloodstains

Sunrays illuminate the smoke filled haze

Trace of incense scents of sacrifice stayed

Aish tamid eternally

A fire burns continuously

Wondering where you been

Won’t you come on home to me?

This emphasis on emptiness is problematic because, in reality, the site of the Second Temple is not vacant, the Dome of the Rock is located there. The language of emptiness, disrepair, and abandonment puts the entire Muslim project in East Jerusalem into the realm of undesirability. The final line, ‘won’t you come home to me?‘, carries this idea to the logical conclusion, destruction of the Dome. A few lines later, when he says ‘I’m left empty like the temple turned into a fox den’, you know exactly what he thinks of Palestinians.

On his second album, Youth, released in 2006, the lyrics get more interesting. He says in the song What I’m Fighting For things that obviate the Zionist project:

What I’m fighting for

Is worth far more than silver and gold

What I’m fighting for

Is a chance to unite the past

When a brother’s coming home at last

Fighting together for lives

Sons and daughters of Abraham

Lay down to a higher command

Don’t be tricked by the acts of man

God’s wisdom revealed in a holy plan

A chance to unite the past

When a brothers coming home at last

Fighting together for lives

To Zion we roll and we’re not all alone

Unite and you will find

By ‘unite the past‘, the author is referring to this concept of a Jewish kingdom of antiquity and the effort to re-create it in historic Palestine. ‘Coming home at last‘ is about the completion of full Israeli control of Palestinian lands in the name of the aforementioned Messianic mission. ‘Don’t be tricked by the acts of man‘ seems, in my own estimation, to refer to the efforts to negotiate a peaceful solution to the conflict, a type of trickery in the minds of the most hawkish and reactionary, while ‘God’s wisdom revealed in a holy plan‘ is reference to the idea that the Almighty sanctions the murder of children.

A major single from the Youth album was Jerusalem, a song loaded with messianic Zionist imagery. As such, an almost line-by-line dissection is appropriate.

[Chorus]

Jerusalem, if I forget you,

Fire not gonna come from me tongue.

Jerusalem, if I forget you,

Let my right hand forget what it’s supposed to do.

In the ancient days, we will return with no delay

Picking up the bounty and the spoils on our way

We’ve been traveling from state to state

And them don’t understand what they say

3,000 years with no place to be

And they want me to give up my milk and honey

Don’t you see, it’s not about the land or the sea

Not the country but the dwelling of his majesty

[Chorus]

Rebuild the temple and the crown of glory

Years gone by, about sixty

Burn in the oven in this century

And the gas tried to choke, but it couldn’t choke me

I will not lie down, I will not fall asleep

They come overseas, yes they’re trying to be free

Erase the demons out of our memory

Change your name and your identity

Afraid of the truth and our dark history

Why is everybody always chasing we

Cut off the roots of your family tree

Don’t you know that’s not the way to be

[Chorus]

Caught up in these ways, and the worlds gone craze

Don’t you know it’s just a phase

Case of the Simon says

If I forget the truth then my words won’t penetrate

Babylon burning in the place, can’t see through the haze

Chop down all of them dirty ways,

That’s the price that you pay for selling lies to the youth

No way, not ok, oh no way, not ok, hey

Ain’t no one gonna break my stride

Ain’t no one gonna pull me down

Oh no, I got to keep on moving

Stay alive

Obviously the invocation of Psalm 137, a source for the reggae song Rivers of Babylon by The Melodians, carries multiple meanings. On the one hand, there is the Jewish theological connection to Jerusalem on full display. But there is also the socio-political justification of Occupation. As we continue through the lyrics, the theological references continue to serve as such justification.

And them don’t understand what they say

3,000 years with no place to be

And they want me to give up my milk and honey

This is typical reference to the wandering of the Jews and alleges Gentile discrimination because the peace process would require ‘me to give up my milk and honey‘. As usual, any solution based on the pre-June 1967 borders is deemed anti-Semitic.

Don’t you see, it’s not about the land or the sea

Not the country but the dwelling of his majesty…

Rebuild the temple and the crown of glory

Again, references to the Temple Mount and the messianic goal of destroying the Dome of the Rock. The fact that an entire population and religion has a concrete claim on the land does not phase the artist.

Years gone by, about sixty

Burn in the oven in this century

And the gas tried to choke, but it couldn’t choke me

I will not lie down, I will not fall asleep

They come overseas, yes they’re trying to be free

Erase the demons out of our memory

Change your name and your identity

Afraid of the truth and our dark history

Here is the typical Holocaust guilt trip twinned with militancy and a kind of Israeli nationalist agenda of the most reactionary kind.

Ancient Lullaby is the song that I find most blatantly discriminatory and Orientalist in verbiage.

Jerusalem breathes, bringin’ me ease from the Brooklyn squeeze,

Dirty Babylon I’ll bring ya down to ya knees

The implication here is that Jerusalem is held in bondage by the Babylonians, both a reference to the Bible and also the Palestinians.

Track ya like a lion, leave me be

When they come with their disease to drag us into the street

The combination of predatory and illness references here is disturbing and classically seen in both anti-black and anti-Semitic propaganda. The lion, associated with purity and royalty, is a further implication of righteousness as opposed to the diseased Arabs.

My law’s still pure, you can’t take that from me,

3000 years until this last century,

Impossible to break the seal of the High Priest

This is more of the same messianic hawkish tendency exhibited elsewhere. The fact that the Old Yishuv and Neturei Karta both oppose Zionism is obviously not on the radar of our Orthodox rap star.

No more leaders, we must flea

We want see God in our enemy

If that were so, Mr. Matisyahu, why are you so militantly opposed to the solution of the conflict?

The 2012 album Spark Seeker features only one song that I could discern as related to the conflict directly, Tel Aviv’n, but it is a doozy.

I’m on a plane over

The Mediterranean

And this terrain of the plains

That’s beneath my feet

I’m on a Jeep at twilight,

With my night vision on

To find the song of my people

‘Til we hit the dawn…

These lines tell of a kind of euphoria and spiritual freedom in Occupied land, utilizing Jeeps and night vision, elements of warfare.

Independence Day the sunset

Dj plays one day

The Independence Day he refers to here is the foundation of Israel, a day of mourning for the Palestinians who were ethnically cleansed from the land. Yes, the nakba was such a celebratory event.

Fly high, higher than all the walls

Fly high, like a desert eagle…

A desert eagle may be a bird, but it is also the name of a high-powered rifle.

I’m on a hillside

Feeling so alive

Below me the Dead Sea and F15’s

Bullet shells be

Just like graffiti

Kojak in a flag with an M16…

You feel so alive among reminders of disenfranchisement and child murder?

You could teach your children hatred

Teach them how to fight

I’m a teach my children how to love

This is typical victim blaming, the Palestinians teach their children hatred and the Zionist project fosters the growth of cherubs.

The history of reggae is one of a music politicized by design. The late Bob Marley was a pan-Africanist and emphasized a critique of the Jamaican political order that resulted in an assassination attempt. Now we have Matisyahu, utilizing the most reactionary of Zionist currents to spread a message of violence and disenfranchisement. How quaint, we go from some of the best anti-racism music to music that promotes blatant anti-Arab racism.

Muslims, Christians, and Jews Celebrate Zionism in New Orleans

Earlier this month, over 1,000 students gathered on the campus of Tulane University in New Orleans to celebrate Zionism. Defined as “the national movement for the return of the Jewish people to their homeland and the resumption of Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel,” the term has been hijacked in recent years by anti-Israel advocates who have attempted to redefine Zionism as racism.

The April 12 DYF (Declare Your Freedom) Music Festival was described to the Salomon Center   as “unabashedly Zionist” by event co-founder Chloe Valdary. Headlined by international Hip Hop Reggae artist Matisyahu, the music, arts, and culture festival did not shy away from any aspects of Israeli life and the history of the Jewish State.

Paul Miller

DYF (Declare Your Freedom) Music Festival Posters

“We are really proud of this festival as it is the only festival completely run by students and which celebrates Zionism. We had tents on the quad, each of which represented a different aspect of Zionism or Israel,” explained Valdary. “One tent displayed signs and posters conveying the indigenous status of Jews in the land of Israel. Another talked about the totality of Zionism, and celebrated all of the founding fathers of Zionism, from Ben-Gurion to Jabotinsky to Lechi. We also promoted the rights of Jews to live in Judea and Samaria.”

Valdary continued, “What we found most fascinating about this festival is that most people who attended were non-Jews. Often times, we hear the saying that it’s a mistake to bring up issues that are “too political” or “too controversial.” But the way we conveyed our message actually transcended politics and controversy to the point where people not only agreed with our message, they celebrated it. This is a huge accomplishment!”

In addition to the majority of attendees not being Jewish, the same could be said for the event speakers.

Paul Miller

International Hip Hop Reggae Artist Matisyahu

African-American Pastor Dumisani Washington and Muslim Zionist Kasim Hafeez were two of the many non-Jewish supporters who addressed the crowd. Israel Defense Forces Reservist Sgt. Benjamin Anthony, a favorite speaker of the pro-Israel community, was one of the Jewish voices that spoke to the Zionist celebration.

“DYF does something that the Jewish pro-Israel community has failed to do for the past couple of decades – set a narrative,” explained event co-founder Maor Shapira. “We are not reactionary, we are not apologetic, and we are not defending ourselves.  We set the tone.  And in so doing, inspire others to do the same.”

A similar DYF festival took place the following Tuesday at Indiana University. According to Shapira, schools in Florida, New York, Tennessee, Canada, and Australia are looking to bring the celebration of Zionism to their campuses.

Seven Jewish Americans Control Most US Media

From http://www.rense.com/general44/sevenjewishamericans.htm

 

From southern France, Christopher Jones summarizes and comments on a report on the assassination of President Kennedy. Need I stress that WAIS censors only direct attacks on other WAISers and grossly improper laguage. Christopher says: “I glanced at the Kennedy assassination site and found this; it fits into our discussion of Hollywood stereotypes and the slavish behavior of the US press after the 9/11 tragedy and in the run up to the invasion of Iraq. In a quick rundown, the website recapitulates an old story that I heard back in the late sixties and early seventies in California: that Kennedy was liquidated by the mafia whose kingpin was Meyer Lansky (pal of Lucky Luciano). In fact, I could add a small tidbit which the author may or may not have covered: that Marilyn Monroe was murdered by the mafia as a warning to her lovers; Bobby and Jack Kennedy. The story of the Corsican hit squad was documented in a TV documentary in Europe. Of course it would be interesting to know more about Auguste Ricord and his collaboration wih the Gestapo and if he had anything to do with our old friend, Mandel Szkolnikoff. “Today, seven Jewish Americans run the vast majority of US television networks, the printed press, the Hollywood movie industry, the book publishing industry, and the recording industry. Most of these industries are bundled into huge media conglomerates run by the following seven individuals: Gerald Levin, CEO and Director of AOL Time Warner Michael Eisner, Chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company Edgar Bronfman, Sr., Chairman of Seagram Company Ltd Edgar Bronfman, Jr, President and CEO of Seagram Company Ltd and head of Universal Studios Sumner Redstone, Chairman and CEO of Viacom, Inc Dennis Dammerman, Vice Chairman of General Electric Peter Chernin, President and Co-COO of News Corporation Limited Those seven Jewish men collectively control ABC, NBC, CBS, the Turner Broadcasting System, CNN, MTV, Universal Studios, MCA Records, Geffen Records, DGC Records, GRP Records, Rising Tide Records, Curb/Universal Records, and Interscope Records. Most of the larger independent newspapers are owned by Jewish interests as well. An example is media mogul is Samuel I. “Si” Newhouse, who owns two dozen daily newspapers from Staten Island to Oregon, plus the Sunday supplement Parade; the Conde Nast collection of magazines, including Vogue, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Allure, GQ, and Self; the publishing firms of Random House, Knopf, Crown, and Ballantine, among other imprints; and cable franchises with over one million subscribers.” I coul d add that Michael Eisner could depart Disney tomorrow but the company will remain in the hands of Shamrock Holdings, whose principal office is now located in Israel”. http://wais.stanford.edu/History/history_KennedyAssassination(092803).ht ml  Bronfman Group Buys Time Warner Music NEW YORK (Reuters) – Time Warner Inc. (TWX.N: Quote, Profile, Research) on Monday said it would sell its Warner Music business to a group led by media mogul Edgar Bronfman Jr. for $2.6 billion, in a move to trim the media group’s debts and signaling a return of the former Seagram chairman to the music business. The Bronfman group beat out a bid by EMI (EMI.L: Quote, Profile, Research) for the recorded music portion of the business for an estimated $1 billion. By choosing the Bronfman bid, Time Warner is forsaking $250 million to $300 million in cost savings it could have realized by combining with EMI, home to such acts as The Beatles and Radiohead. Warner Music artists include Madonna, Led Zeppelin and R.E.M. On the other hand, Time Warner is getting more cash up front by selling the entire business, which includes the music publishing company, and will have an easier path to regulatory approval. In the past, European and U.S. regulators have frowned on consolidation within the music business. Bronfman’s team, backed by some of America’s biggest private equity houses including Thomas H. Lee Partners, is betting it can slash costs and turn Warner Music around ahead of a comeback in sales, a major challenge in an industry currently in decline. Bronfman has had long ties to the music business, first as a songwriter for the likes of Dionne Warwick and Celine Dion, and later as head of Seagram when he bought entertainment group MCA from Japan’s Matsushita for $5.7 billion. On his watch, the renamed Universal Music bought Polygram, creating the world’s largest record company. Bronfman merged his family’s entertainment empire with France’s Vivendi three years ago, only to see the family fortune disintegrate. When Vivendi put its entertainment assets on the block earlier this year, Bronfman led a group to buy the assets back but was ultimately outbid by NBC. Hit by rampant piracy and competition from other entertainment such as video games, music sales are expected to fall for the fourth year in a row in 2004. Earlier this month Sony Music (6758.T: Quote, Profile, Research) agreed to merge with Bertelsmann AG’s (BERT.UL: Quote, Profile, Research) BMG. © Reuters 2003. All Rights Reserved.
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From Donna Halperin
11-23-3
 Hi Jeff – I am Jewish and I take exception to some of the articles you post on your site. However, this particular article is staggering in its implications. It is said there are less than 15 million Jews on the planet. Most of us…and I know a lot of people… are kind, normal and not megalomaniacal in our approach to life. When someone of ANY religious or political persuasion reads this story and then also factors in the dominance of Jews in finance and the economy, government, science, the medical profession, the legal profession – in fact all the professions – one has to come away pondering how such staggering influence has been acquired by such a microscopic percent of the world’s 7 BILLION people. For ANY group to wield such power clearly and obviously injects profound bias and skewing into all areas of a nation so dominated. Is there a Zionist/Jewish bias in Western society and especially the US? Is grass green? It is often whispered that Baron Rothschild really owns and controls Great Britain. It is reported that 7 of the 8 oligarch/gangsters who control most of Russia are Jews …probably hard core Zionists. (Maybe Putin is trying to prevent a total Zionist takeover of Russia with the Lukos oil magnate’s arrest?) And then look at the Zionist Jewish near domination of the Bush administration (no coincidence, that) and the more than one trillion dollars the kindly American people have given to Israel in ‘loan guarantees’…not a penny of which has ever…or will ever… be paid back. I could go on but it when a Jew starts to point out the facts and connect the dots, they are quickly smeared as ‘self-hating’ and so forth. Well, this Jew is an American first and I’m hoping you continue to post factual articles like this on your site. Thank you. Shalom

“Russian” Oligarchs Mostly Zionist Supremacists, says Israeli Media

From: http://davidduke.com/russian-oligarchs-mostly-zionist-supremacists-says-israeli-media-2/

A large number of the infamous “Russian” oligarchs are in fact Zionists who hold—and conceal—their dual Israeli-Russian citizenship, a new article in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz has revealed.

Titled “Just don’t call them Gaydamak: Meet Israel’s Russian oligarchs,” the article confirms what knowledgeable observers have known for a long time: that Jewish Supremacists took advantage of the chaos in the collapsing Soviet Union to emerge from their middle-ranking Communist Party membership to seize control of huge parts of that nation’s economy.

According to the Haaretz article, “more than a handful of Russia’s richest men have made their way to Israel in recent years, but most keep their ties to the Jewish State out of the limelight for fear of antagonizing the Russian authorities or hurting their business interests.

“In the past decade, wealthy businessmen from the former Soviet Union have flocked to Israel in private planes via the Moscow-Tel Aviv route.

“They live below the radar, zealously guarding their privacy and hiding their assets and Israeli citizenship.

Valery Kogan
Valery Kogan

“Many of them fear that if their Israeli assets and citizenships were revealed, it would complicate their relations with Russian authorities or hurt their business interests.

“A good example is the case of Vitaly Malkin, one of the richest and most influential politicians in Russia.

“A former banker who Forbes estimated to be worth $1 billion, he was elected to the Russian Senate in 2004 and quickly accumulated power and influences in the halls of government.

“Among other things, Malkin was Gaydamak’s partner in the company Avalon, which was involved in a scandal involving Angolan debt to Russia.

“Malkin appeared to be a man inevitably on the rise until March of this year, when he was forced to resign from government in shame following a shocking revelation: He was an Israeli citizen.

“A mysterious oligarch who doesn’t hide his connection to Israel is Valery Kogan.

Alexander Mashkevitch
Alexander Mashkevitch

“In 2008, Kogan made headlines here when he bought five plots of land covering 11 dunams (nearly 3 acres) in the luxury community of Caesarea for NIS 64 million.

“Kogan is close to Putin, and Forbes estimated his fortune to be $1.8 billion.

“Together with his business partner Dmitry Kamenshchik, Kogan owns Moscow’s Domodedovo International Airport, the largest airport in Russia, serving 28 million passengers per year.

“He also owns an $18-million mansion in Connecticut and in 2009, bought an apartment in the Sea One residential tower project along the Tel Aviv promenade for NIS 110 million.

“Kogan lives in Russia most of the year, visiting Israel every now and

Viatcheslav Kantor
Viatcheslav Kantor

then.

“Kogan’s neighbor in the Sea One project is Alexander Mashkevitch, a Russian oligarch who resides in Israel part of the year.

“He was ranked number 287 on Forbes’ 2010 list of the richest people in the world. At the time, the magazine estimated his wealth to be $3.3 billion.

“Mashkevitch was born in Kyrgyzstan in 1954 and made his money in the mining industry. He has held Israeli citizenship since 1991.

“Today, he owns mines in Kazakhstan, Africa and Eastern Europe. His other business holdings include an insurance company in Kazakhstan.

“Together with his business partners and the Kazakh government, he controls 54 percent of the shares of the mining company Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation.

“In the past, Mashkevitch has been tied to money laundering investigations in Belgium, the United States and Switzerland. He denies the allegations and has never been indicted or convicted.

“Moshe (Viatcheslav) Kantor, 60, is the president of the European Jewish

Ihor Kolomoyskyi
Ihor Kolomoyskyi

Congress and the person behind the Russian fertilizer empire Acron Group.

“The Russian tycoon, who Forbes estimated to be the 39th richest person in Russia with $2.3 billion, has ties to Israel but doesn’t significantly invest here.

“Very active in philanthropy and Jewish organizations, he splits his time between his homes and offices across Europe, particularly in Russia and Switzerland, and his mansion in Herzliya.

“Vladimir Gusinsky is a Russian oligarch who once held great influence in Israel but these days makes do with visits.

“In Russia, Gusinsky because a media baron in the early 1990s and was seen as one of the big businessmen closest to the government of then-Russian President Boris Yeltsin. He is now the owner of the Russian-language television network RTVi.

“Another billionaire who maintains ties with Israel is Ihor Kolomoyskyi, the third-richest person in Ukraine.

Vladimir Gusinsky
Vladimir Gusinsky

“Forbes estimated his wealth at $3 billion, while the Ukranian magazine Korrespondent put it closer to $6 billion.

“He is involved in philanthropic activity and contributes to various institutions, among them Yad Vashem.

“In Ukraine, Kolomoyskyi is one of the cofounders of PrivatBank and a major stockholder in Naftogaz, the largest gas and oil company in the country.

“He is also one of the key partners in Privat Group, one of the largest holding companies in Ukraine, through which he controls the Ukrainian national airline, Aerosvit, which declared bankruptcy in 2012.”

GOP mega-donor and hard-line Zionist Adelson endorses Trump

From: http://www.presstv.ir/DetailFr/2016/05/13/465404/Zionist-Sheldon-Adelson-Donald-Trump

 

US Republican mega-donor and hard-line Zionist Sheldon Adelson has decided to endorse Donald Trump, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

In a Washington Post op-ed published on Friday, Adelson wrote that Trump “exemplifies the American spirit of determination, commitment to cause and business stewardship.”

The casino owner, who together with his wife spent nearly $100 million in the 2012 presidential campaign cycle, had previously voiced support for Trump, but now he “strongly encourage[d]” those still on the fence about the divisive billionaire to do likewise.”

“The alternative to Trump being sworn in as the nation’s 45th president is frightening,” Adelson wrote, adding, “Republicans have fought tooth and nail against President Obama” and his “agenda.”

“We gained some victories, but on too many issues Obama achieved his goals, if not necessarily America’s goals. As Republicans, we know that getting a person in the White House with an ‘R’ behind his name is the only way things will get better.”

“He is a candidate with actual CEO experience, shaped and molded by the commitment and risk of his own money rather than the public’s,” Adelson said.

Adelson was listed by Forbes in June as having a fortune of $28 billion, making him the 18th richest person in the world.

He is a major contributor to Republican Party candidates, which has resulted in his gaining significant influence within the party.

Adelson, a Zionist Jew, has said his most important issue when considering which candidates to support in US elections is “the safety of Israel.”

Donald Trump speaks during a rally on May 5, 2016 in Charleston, West Virginia. (AFP photo)
US billionaire Sheldon Adelson (L) and his wife Miriam (R) attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speech on Iran at the US Congress on March 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)

Adelson had previously expressed interest in Florida Senator Marco Rubio and his wife Miriam liked Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

But after Trump’s commanding victory in Indiana’s primary earlier this month, his remaining challengers, Cruz and John Kasich, both suspended their presidential bids, leaving the businessman tycoon on an uncontested path to the Republican nomination.

Rubio dropped out of the presidential race in March after losing the Florida primary to Trump and failing to unite the Republican establishment against the billionaire businessman.

Trump’s campaign has been marked by controversial statements, including with disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants and Muslims.

Zionism And Its Impact

From http://www.wrmea.org/special-topics/zionism-and-its-impact.html

Zionism And Its Impact

By Ann M. Lesch

The Zionist movement has maintained a striking continuity in its aims and methods over the past century. From the start, the movement sought to achieve a Jewish majority in Palestine and to establish a Jewish state on as much of the LAND as possible. The methods included promoting mass Jewish immigration and acquiring tracts of land that would become the inalienable property of the Jewish people. This policy inevitably prevented the indigenous Arab residents from attaining their national goals and establishing a Palestinian state. It also necessitated displacing Palestinians from their lands and jobs when their presence conflicted with Zionist interests.

 

The Zionist movement—and subsequently the state of ISRAEL—failed to develop a positive approach to the Palestinian presence and aspirations. Although many Israelis recognized the moral dilemma posed by the Palestinians, the majority either tried to ignore the issue or to resolve it by force majeure. Thus, the Palestine problem festered and grew, instead of being resolved.

 

Historical Background

The Zionist movement arose in late nineteenth-century Europe, influenced by the nationalist ferment sweeping that continent. Zionism acquired its particular focus from the ancient Jewish longing for the return to Zion and received a strong impetus from the increasingly intolerable conditions facing the large Jewish community in tsarist Russia. The movement also developed at the time of major European territorial acquisitions in Asia and Africa and benefited from the European powers’ competition for influence in the shrinking Ottoman Empire.

 

One result of this involvement with European expansionism, however, was that the leaders of the nascent nationalist movements in the Middle East viewed Zionism as an adjunct of European colonialism. Moreover, Zionist assertions of the contemporary relevance of the Jews’ historical ties to Palestine, coupled with their land purchases and immigration, alarmed the indigenous population of the Ottoman districts that Palestine comprised. The Jewish community (yishuv) rose from 6 percent of Palestine’s population in 1880 to 10 percent by 1914. Although the numbers were insignificant, the settlers were outspoken enough to arouse the opposition of Arab leaders and induce them to exert counter pressure on the Ottoman regime to prohibit Jewish immigration and land buying.

 

As early as 1891, a group of Muslim and Christian notables cabled Istanbul, urging the government to prohibit Jewish immigration and land purchase. The resulting edicts radically curtailed land purchases in the sanjak (district) of JERUSALEM for the next decade. When a Zionist Congress resolution in 1905 called for increased colonization, the Ottoman regime suspended all land transfers to Jews in both the sanjak of Jerusalem and the wilayat (province) of Beirut.

 

After the coup d’etat by the Young Turks in 1908, the Palestinians used their representation in the central parliament and their access to newly opened local newspapers to press their claims and express their concerns. They were particularly vociferous in opposition to discussions that took place between the financially hard-pressed Ottoman regime and Zionist leaders in 1912-13, which would have let the world Zionist Organization purchase crown land (jiftlik) in the Baysan Valley, along the Jordan River.

 

The Zionists did not try to quell Palestinian fears, since their concern was to encourage colonization from Europe and to minimize the obstacles in their path. The only effort to meet to discuss their aspirations occurred in the spring of 1914. Its difficulties illustrated the incompatibility in their aspirations. The Palestinians wanted the Zionists to present them with a document that would state their precise political ambitions, their willingness to open their schools to Palestinians, and their intentions of learning Arabic and integrating with the local population. The Zionists rejected this proposal.

 

The British Mandate

The proclamation of the BALFOUR DECLARATION on November 2, 1917, and the arrival of British troops in Palestine soon after, transformed the political situation. The declaration gave the Zionist movement its long-sought legal status. The qualification that: nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of the existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine seemed a relatively insignificant obstacle to the Zionists, especially since it referred only to those communities’: civil and religious rights, not to political or national rights. The subsequent British occupation gave Britain the ability to carry out that pledge and provide the protection necessary for the Zionists to realize their aims.

 

In fact, the British had contracted three mutually contradictory promises for the future of Palestine. The Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916 with the French and Russian governments proposed that Palestine be placed under international administration. The HUSAYN-MCMAHON CORRESPONDENCE, 1915-1916, on whose basis the Arab revolt was launched, implied that Palestine would be included in the zone of Arab independence. In contrast, the Balfour Declaration encouraged the colonization of Palestine by Jews, under British protection. British officials recognized the irreconcilability of these pledges but hoped that a modus vivendi could be achieved, both between the competing imperial powers, France and Britain, and between the Palestinians and the Jews. Instead, these contradictions set the stage for the three decades of conflict-ridden British rule in Palestine.

 

Initially, many British politicians shared the Zionists’ assumption that gradual, regulated Jewish immigration and settlement would lead to a Jewish majority in Palestine, whereupon it would become independent, with legal protection for the Arab minority. The assumption that this could be accomplished without serious resistance was shattered at the outset of British rule. Britain thereafter was caught in an increasingly untenable position, unable to persuade either Palestinians or Zionists to alter their demands and forced to station substantial military forces in Palestine to maintain security.

 

The Palestinians had assumed that they would gain some form of independence when Ottoman rule disintegrated, whether through a separate state or integration with neighboring Arab lands. These hopes were bolstered by the Arab revolt, the entry of Faysal Ibn Husayn into Damascus in 1918, and the proclamation of Syrian independence in 1920. Their hopes were dashed, however, when Britain imposed direct colonial rule and elevated the yishuv to a special status. Moreover, the French ousted Faysal from Damascus in July 1920, and British compensation—in the form of thrones in Transjordan and Iraq for Abdullah and Faysal, respectively—had no positive impact on the Arabs in Palestine. In fact, the action underlined the different treatment accorded Palestine and its disadvantageous political situation. These concerns were exacerbated by Jewish immigration: the yishuv comprised 28 percent of the population by 1936 and reached 32 percent by 1947 (click here for Palestine’s population distribution per district in 1946).

 

The British umbrella was CRITICALLY important to the growth and consolidation of the yishuv, enabling it to root itself firmly despite Palestinian opposition. Although British support diminished in the late 1930s, the yishuv was strong enough by then to withstand the Palestinians on its own. After World War II, the Zionist movement also was able to turn to the emerging superpower, the UNITED STATES, for diplomatic support and legitimization.

 

The Palestinians’ responses to Jewish immigration, land purchases, and political demands were remarkably consistent. They insisted that Palestine remain an Arab country, with the same right of self-determination and independence as Egypt, Transjordan, and Iraq. Britain granted those countries independence without a violent struggle since their claims to self-determination were not contested by European settlers. The Palestinians argued that Palestinian territory COULD NOT AND SHOULD NOT be used to solve the plight of the Jews in Europe, and that Jewish national aspirations should not override their own rights.

 

Palestinian opposition peaked in the late 1930s: the six-month general strike in 1936 was followed the next year by a widespread rural revolt. This rebellion welled up from the bottom of Palestinian society—unemployed urban workers, displaced peasants crowded into towns, and debt-ridden villagers. It was supported by most merchants and professionals in the towns, who feared competition from the yishuv. Members of the elite families acted as spokesmen before the British administration through the ARAB HIGHER COMMITTEE, which was formed during the 1936 strike. However, the British banned the committee in October 1937 and arrested its members, on the eve of the revolt.

 

Only one of the Palestinian political parties was willing to limit its aims and accept the principle of territorial partition: The NATIONAL DEFENSE PARTY, led by RAGHIB AL-NASHASHIBI (mayor of JERUSALEM from 1920 to 1934), was willing to accept partition in 1937 so long as the Palestinians obtained sufficient land and could merge with Transjordan to form a larger political entity. However, the British PEEL COMMISSION’s plan, announced in July 1937, would have forced the Palestinians to leave the olive- and grain- growing areas of Galilee, the orange groves on the Mediterranean coast, and the urban port cities of HAIFA and ACRE. That was too great a loss for even the National Defense Party to accept, and so it joined in the general denunciations of partition.

 

During the PALESTINE MANDATE period the Palestinian community was 70 percent rural, 75 to 80 percent illiterate, and divided internally between town and countryside and between elite families and villagers. Despite broad support for the national aims, the Palestinians could not achieve the unity and strength necessary to withstand the combined pressure of the British forces and the Zionist movement. In fact, the political structure was decapitated in the late 1930s when the British banned the Arab Higher Committee and arrested hundreds of local politicians. When efforts were made in the 1940s to rebuild the political structure, the impetus came largely from outside, from Arab rulers who were disturbed by the deteriorating conditions in Palestine and feared their repercussions on their own newly acquired independence.

 

The Arab rulers gave priority to their own national considerations and provided limited diplomatic and military support to the Palestinians. The Palestinian Arabs continued to demand a state that would reflect the Arab majority’s weight—diminished to 68 percent by 1947. They rejected the UNITED NATIONS (U.N.) partition plan of November 1947, which granted the Jews statehood in 55 percent of Palestine, an area that included as many Arab residents as Jews. However, the Palestinian Arabs lacked the political strength and military force to back up their claim. Once Britain withdrew its forces in 1948 and the Jews proclaimed the state of Israel, the Arab rulers used their armed forces to protect those zones that the partition plans had ALLOCATED to the Arab state. By the time armistice agreements were signed in 1949, the Arab areas had shrunk to only 23 percent of Palestine. The Egyptian army held the GAZA STRIP, and Transjordanian forces dominated the hills of central Palestine. At least 726,000 of the 1.3 million Palestinian Arabs fled from the area held by Israel. Emir Abdullah subsequently annexed the zone that his army occupied, renaming it the WEST BANK.

 

The Zionist Movement

The dispossession and expulsion of a majority of Palestinians were the result of Zionist policies planned over a thirty-year period. Fundamentally, Zionism focused on two needs:

 

to attain a Jewish majority in Palestine;

 

to acquire statehood irrespective of the wishes of the indigenous population. Non-recognition of the political and national rights of the Palestinian people was a KEY Zionist policy.

 

Chaim Weizmann, president of the World Zionist Organization, placed maximalist demands before the Paris Peace Conference in February 1919. He stated that he expected 70,000 to 80,000 Jewish immigrants to arrive each year in Palestine. When they became the majority, they would form an independent government and Palestine and would become: “as Jewish as England is English”. Weizmann proposed that the boundaries should be the Mediterranean Sea on the west; Sidon, the Litani River, and Mount Hermon on the north; all of Transjordan west of the Hijaz railway on the east; and a line across Sinai from Aqaba to al-Arish on the south. He argued that: “the boundaries above outlined are what we consider essential for the economic foundation of the country. Palestine must have its natural outlet to the sea and control of its rivers and their headwaters. The boundaries are sketched with the general economic needs and historic traditions of the country in mind.” Weizmann offered the Arab countries a free zone in Haifa and a joint port at Aqaba.

 

Weizmann’s policy was basically in accord with that of the leaders of the yishuv, who held a conference in December 1918 in which they formulated their own demands for the peace conference. The yishuv plan stressed that they must control appointments to the administrative services and that the British must actively assist their program to transform Palestine into a democratic Jewish state in which the Arabs would have minority rights. Although the peace conference did not explicitly allocate such extensive territories to the Jewish national home and did not support the goal of transforming all of Palestine into a Jewish state, it opened the door to such a possibility. More important, Weizmann’s presentation stated clearly and forcefully the long-term aims of the movement. These aims were based on certain fundamental tenets of Zionism:

 

The movement was seen not only as inherently righteous, but also as meeting an overwhelming need among European Jews.

 

European culture was superior to indigenous Arab culture; the Zionists could help civilize the East.

 

External support was needed from a major power; relations with the Arab world were a secondary matter.

 

Arab nationalism was a legitimate political movement, but Palestinian nationalism was either illegitimate or nonexistent.

 

Finally, if the Palestinians would not reconcile themselves to Zionism, force majeure, not compromise, was the only feasible response.

 

First

Adherents of Zionism believed that the Jewish people had an inherent and inalienable right to Palestine. Religious Zionists stated this in biblical terms, referring to the divine promise of the land to the tribes of Israel. Secular Zionists relied more on the argument that Palestine alone could solve the problem of Jewish dispersion and virulent anti-Semitism. Weizmann stated in 1930 that the needs of 16 million Jews had to be balanced against those of 1 million Palestinian Arabs: “The Balfour Declaration and the Mandate have definitely lifted [Palestine] out of the context of the Middle East and linked it up with the world-wide Jewish problem….The rights which the Jewish people has been adjudged in Palestine do not depend on the consent, and cannot be subjected to the will, of the majority of its present inhabitants.”

 

This perspective took its most extreme form with the Revisionist movement. Its founder, Vladimir Jabotinsky, was so self-righteous about the Zionist cause that he justified any actions taken against the Arabs in order to realize Zionist goals.

 

Second

Zionists generally felt that European civilization was superior to Arab culture and values. Theodor Herzl, the founder of the World Zionist Organization, wrote in the Jewish State (1886) that the Jewish community could serve as: “part of a wall of defense for Europe in Asia, an outpost of civilization against barbarism.”

 

Weizmann also believed that he was engaged in a fight of civilization against the desert. The Zionists would bring enlightenment and economic development to the backward Arabs. Similarly, David Ben-Gurion, the leading labor Zionist, could not understand why Arabs rejected his offer to use Jewish finance, scientific knowledge, and technical expertise to modernize the Middle East. He attributed this rejection to backwardness rather than to the affront that Zionism posed to the Arabs’ pride and to their aspirations for independence.

 

Third

Zionist leaders recognized that they needed an external patron to legitimize their presence in the international arena and to provide them legal and military protection in Palestine. Great Britain played that role in the 1920s and 1930s, and the United States became the mentor in the mid-1940s. Zionist leaders realized that they needed to make tactical accommodations to that patron—such as downplaying their public statements about their political aspirations or accepting a state on a limited territory—while continuing to work toward their long-term goals. The presence and needs of the Arabs were viewed as secondary. The Zionist leadership never considered allying with the Arab world against the British and Americans. Rather, Weizmann, in particular, felt that the yishuv should bolster the British Empire and guard its strategic interests in the region. Later, the leaders of Israel perceived the Jewish state as a strategic asset to the United States in the Middle East.

 

Fourth

Zionist politicians accepted the idea of an Arab nation but rejected the concept of a Palestinian nation. They considered the Arab residents of Palestine as comprising a minute fraction of the land and people of the Arab world, and as lacking any separate identity and aspirations (click here, to read our response to this myth). Weizmann and Ben-Gurion were willing to negotiate with Arab rulers in order to gain those rulers’ recognition of Jewish statehood in Palestine in return for the Zionists’ recognition of Arab independence elsewhere, but they would not negotiate with the Arab politicians in Palestine for a political settlement in their common homeland. As early as 1918, Weizmann wrote to a prominent British politician: “The real Arab movement is developing in Damascus and Mecca…the so-called Arab question in Palestine would therefore assume only a purely local character, and in fact is not considered a serious factor.”

 

In line with that thinking, Weizmann met with Emir Faysal in the same year, in an attempt to win his agreement to Jewish statehood in Palestine in return for Jewish financial support for Faysal as ruler of Syria and Arabia.

 

Ben-Gurion, Weizmann, and other Zionist leaders met with prominent Arab officials during the 1939 LONDON CONFERENCE, which was convened by Britain to seek a compromise settlement in Palestine. The Arab diplomats from Egypt, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia criticized the exceptional position that the Balfour Declaration had granted the Jewish community and emphasized the estrangement between the Arab and Jewish residents that large scale Jewish immigration had caused. In response, Weizmann insisted that Palestine remain open to all Jews who wanted to immigrate, and Ben-Gurion suggested that all of Palestine should become a Jewish state, federated with the surrounding Arab states. The Arab participants criticized these demands for exacerbating the conflict, rather than contributing to the search for peace. The Zionists’ premise that Arab statehood could be recognized while ignoring the Palestinians was thus rejected by the Arab rulers themselves.

 

Fifth

Finally, Zionist leaders argued that if the Palestinians could not reconcile themselves to Zionism, then force majeure, not a compromise of goals, was the only possible response. By the early 1920s, after violent Arab protests broke out in Jaffa and Jerusalem, leaders of the yishuv recognized that it might be impossible to bridge the gap between the aims of the two peoples. Building the national home would lead to an unavoidable clash, since the Arab majority would not agree to become a minority. In fact, as early as 1919 Ben-Gurion stated bluntly: “Everybody sees a difficulty in the question of relations between Arabs and Jews. But not everybody sees that there is no solution to this question. No solution! There is a gulf, and nothing can fill this gulf….I do not know what Arab will agree that Palestine should belong to the Jews….We, as a nation, want this country to be ours; the Arabs, as a nation, want this country to be theirs.”

 

As tensions increased in the 1920s and the 1930s Zionist leaders realized that they had to coerce the Arabs to acquiesce to a diminished status. Ben-Gurion stated in 1937, during the Arab revolt:

 

“This is a national war declared upon us by the Arabs….This is an active resistance by the Palestinians to what they regard as a usurpation of their homeland by the Jews….But the fighting is only one aspect of the conflict, which is in its essence a political one. And politically we are the aggressors and they defend themselves.”

 

This sober conclusion did not lead Ben-Gurion to negotiate with the Palestinian Arabs: instead he became more determined to strengthen the Jewish military forces so that they could compel the Arabs to relinquish their claims.

 

Practical Zionism

In order to realize the aims of Zionism and build the Jewish national home, the Zionist movement undertook the following practical steps in many different realms:

 

They built political structures that could assume state functions

 

Created a military force.

 

Promoted large-scale immigration.

 

Acquired land as the inalienable property of the Jewish people

 

Established and monopolistic concessions. The labor federation, Histadrut, tried to force Jewish enterprises to hire only Jewish labor

 

Setting up an autonomous Hebrew-language educational system.

 

These measures created a self-contained national entity on Palestinian soil that was ENTIRELY SEPARATE from the Arab community.

 

The yishuv established an elected community council, executive body, administrative departments, and religious courts soon after the British assumed control over Palestine. When the PALESTINE MANDATE was ratified by the League of Nations in 1922, the World Zionist Organization gained the responsibility to advise and cooperate with the British administration not only on economic and social matters affecting the Jewish national home but also on issues involving the general development of the country. Although the British rejected pressure to give the World Zionist Organization an equal share in administration and control over immigration and land transfers, the yishuv did gain a privileged advisory position.

 

The Zionists were strongly critical of British efforts to establish a LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL in 1923, 1930, and 1936. They realized that Palestinians’ demands for a legislature with a Palestinian majority ran counter to their own need to delay establishing representative bodies until the Jewish community was much larger. In 1923, the Jewish residents did participate in the elections for a Legislative Council, but they were relieved that the Palestinians’ boycott compelled the British to cancel the results. In 1930 and 1936 the World Zionist Organization vigorously opposed British proposals for a legislature, fearing that, if the Palestinians received the majority status that proportional representation would require, then they would try to block Jewish immigration and the purchase of land by Zionist companies. Zionist opposition was couched indirectly in the assertion that Palestine was not ripe for self-rule, a code for not until there’s a Jewish majority.

 

To bolster this position, the yishuv formed defense forces (Haganah) in March 1920. They were preceded by the establishment of guards (hashomer) in Jewish rural settlements in the 1900s and the formation of a Jewish Legion in World War I. However, the British disbanded the Jewish Legion and allowed only sealed armories in the settlements and mixed Jewish-British area defense committees.

 

Despite its illegal status, the Haganah expanded to number 10,000 trained and mobilized men, and 40,000 reservists by 1936. During the 1937-38 Arab revolt, the Haganah engaged in active defense against Arab insurgents and cooperated with the British to guard railway lines, the oil pipeline to Haifa, and border fences. This cooperation deepened during World War II, when 18,800 Jewish volunteers joined the British forces. Haganah’s special Palmach units served as scouts and sappers for the British army in Lebanon in 1941-42. This wartime experience helped to transform the Haganah into a regular fighting force. When Ben-Gurion became the World Zionist Organization’s secretary of defense in June 1947, he accelerated mobilization as well as arms buying in the United States and Europe. As a result, mobilization leaped to 30,000 by May 1948, when statehood was proclaimed, and then doubled to 60,000 by mid-July—twice the number serving in the Arab forces arrayed against Israel.

 

A principal means for building up the national home was the promotion of large-scale immigration from Europe. Estimates of the Palestinian population demonstrate the dramatic impact of immigration. The first British census (December 31, 1922) counted 757,182 residents, of whom 83,794 were Jewish. The second census (December 31, 1931) enumerated 1,035,821, including 174,006 Jews. Thus, the absolute number of Jews had doubled and the relative number had increased from 11 percent to 17 percent. Two-thirds of this growth could be attributed to net immigration, and one third to natural increase. Two-thirds of the yishuv was concentrated in Jerusalem and Jaffa and Tel Aviv, with most of the remainder in the north, including the towns of HAIFA, SAFAD, and Tiberias.

 

The Mandate specified that the rate of immigration should accord with the economic capacity of the country to absorb the immigrants. In 1931, the British government reinterpreted this to take into account only the Jewish sector of the economy, excluding the Palestinian sector, which was suffering from heavy unemployment. As a result, the pace of immigration accelerated in 1932 and peaked in 1935-36. In other words, the absolute number of Jewish residents doubled in the five years from 1931 to 1936 to 370,000, so that they constituted 28 percent of the total population. Not until 1939 did the British impose a severe quota on Jewish immigrants. That restriction was resisted by the yishuv with a sense of desperation, since it blocked access to a key haven for the Jews whom Hitler was persecuting and exterminating in Germany and the rest of Nazi-occupied Europe. Net immigration was limited during the war years in the 1940s, but the government estimated in 1946 that there were about 583,000 Jews of nearly 1,888,000 residents, or 31 percent of the total Seventy percent of them were urban, and they continued to be overwhelmingly concentrated in Jerusalem (100,000) the Haifa area (119,000), and the JAFFA and RAMLA districts (327,000) (click here for a map illustrating Palestine’s population distribution in 1946). The remaining 43,000 were largely in Galilee, with a scattering in the Negev and almost none in the central highlands.

 

The World Zionist Organization purchasing agencies launched large-scale land purchases in order to found rural settlements and stake territorial claims. In 1920 the Zionists held about 650,000 dunums (one dunum equals approximately one-quarter of an acre). By 1930, the amount had expanded to 1,164,000 dunums and by 1936 to 1,400,000 dunums. The major purchasing agent (the Palestine Land Development Company) estimated that, by 1936, 89 percent had been bought from large landowners (primarily absentee owners from Beirut) and only 11 percent from peasants. By 1947, the yishuv held 1.9 million dunums. Nevertheless, this represented only 7 percent of the total land surface or 10 to 12 percent of the cultivable land (click here for a map illustrating Palestine’s land ownership distribution in 1946)

 

According to Article 3 of the Constitution of the Jewish Agency, the land was held by the Jewish National Fund as the inalienable property of the Jewish people; ONLY Jewish labor could be employed in the settlements, Palestinians protested bitterly against this inalienability clause. The moderate National Defense Party, for example, petitioned the British in 1935 to prevent further land sales, arguing that it was a: life and death [matter] to the Arabs, in that it results in the transfer of their country to other hands and the loss of their nationality.

 

The placement of Jewish settlements was often based on political considerations. The Palestine Land Development Company had four criteria for land purchase:

 

The economic suitability of the tract

 

Its contribution to forming a solid block of Jewish territory.

 

The prevention of isolation of settlements

 

The impact of the purchase on the political-territorial claims of the Zionists.

 

The stockade and watchtower settlements constructed in 1937, for example, were designed to secure control over key parts of Galilee for the yishuv in case the British implemented the PEEL PARTITION PLAN. Similarly, eleven settlements were hastily erected in the Negev in late 1946 in an attempt to stake a political claim in that entirely Palestinian-populated territory.

 

In addition to making these land purchases, prominent Jewish businessmen won monopolistic concessions from the British government that gave the Zionist movement an important role in the development of Palestine’s natural resources. In 1921, Pinhas Rutenberg’s Palestine Electric Company acquired the right to electrify all of Palestine except Jerusalem. Moshe Novomeysky received the concession to develop the minerals in the Dead Sea in 1927. And the Palestine Land Development Company gained the concession to drain the Hula marshes, north of the Sea of Galilee, in 1934. In each case, the concession was contested by other serious non-Jewish claimants; Palestinian politicians argued that the government should retain control itself in order to develop the resources for the benefit of the entire country.

 

The inalienability clause in the Jewish National Fund contracts included provision that ONLY JEWS could work on Jewish agricultural settlements. The concepts of manual labor and the return to the soil were key to the Zionist enterprise. This Jewish labor policy was enforced by the General Foundation of Jewish Labor (Histadrut), founded in 1920 and headed by David Ben-Gurion. Since some Jewish builders and citrus growers hired Arabs, who worked for lower wages than Jews, the Histadrut launched a campaign in 1933 to remove those Arab workers. Histadrut organizers picketed citrus groves and evicted Arab workers from construction sites and factories in the cities. The strident propaganda by the Histradut increased the Arabs’ fears for the future. George Mansur, a Palestinian labor leader, wrote angrily in 1937:

 

“The Histadrut’s fundamental aim is ‘the conquest of labor’…No matter how many Arab workers are unemployed, they have no right to take any job which a possible immigrant might occupy. No Arab has the right to work in Jewish undertakings.”

 

Finally, the establishment of an all-Jewish, Hebrew-language educational system was an essential component of building the Jewish national home. It helped to create a cohesive national ethos and a lingua franca among the diverse immigrants. However, it also entirely separated Jewish children from Palestinian children, who attended the governmental schools. The policy widened the linguistic and cultural gap between the two peoples. In addition, there was a stark contrast in their literacy levels (in 1931):

 

93 percent of Jewish males (above age seven) were literate

 

71 percent of Christian males

 

but only 25 percent of Muslim males were literate.

 

Overall, Palestinian literacy increased from 19 percent in 1931 to 27 percent by 1940, but only 30 percent of Palestinian children could be accommodated in government and private schools.

 

The practical policies of the Zionist movement created a compact and well-rooted community by the late 1940s. The yishuv had its own political, educational, economic, and military institutions, parallel to the governmental system. Jews minimized their contact with the Arab community and outnumbered the Arabs in certain key respects. Jewish urban dwellers, for example, greatly exceeded Arab urbanites, even though Jews constituted but one-third of the population. Many more Jewish children attended school than did Arab children, and Jewish firms employed seven times as many workers as Arab firms.

 

Thus the relative weight and autonomy of the yishuv were much greater than sheer numbers would suggest. The transition to statehood was facilitated by the existence of the proto state institutions and a mobilized, literate public. But the separation from the Palestinian residents will exacerbated by these autarchic policies.

 

Policies Toward the Palestinians

The main view point within the Zionist movement was that the Arab problem would be solved by first solving the Jewish problem. In time, the Palestinians would be presented with the fait accompli of a Jewish majority. Settlements, land purchases, industries, and military forces were developed gradually and systematically so that the yishuv would become too strong to uproot. In a letter to his son, Weizmann compared the Arabs to the rocks of Judea, obstacles that had to be cleared to make the path smooth. When the Palestinians mounted violent protests in 1920, 1921, 1929, 1936-39, and the late 1940s, the yishuv sought to curb them by force, rather than seek a political accommodation with the indigenous people. Any concessions made to the Palestinians by the British government concerning immigration, land sales, or labor were strongly contested by the Zionist leaders. In fact, in 1936, Ben-Gurion stated that the Palestinians will only acquiesce in a Jewish Eretz Israel after they are in a state of total despair.

 

Zionists viewed their acceptance of territorial partition as a temporary measure; they did not give up the idea of the Jewish community’s right to all of Palestine. Weizmann commented in 1937: “In the course of time we shall expand to the whole country…this is only an arrangement for the next 15-30 years.”

 

Ben-Gurion stated in 1938, “After we become a strong force, as a result of the creation of a state, we shall abolish partition and expand to the whole of Palestine.” A FEW EFFORTS were made to reduce Arab opposition. For example in the 1920s, Zionist organizations provided financial support to Palestinian political parties, newspapers, and individuals. This was most evident in the establishment and support of the National Muslim Societies (1921-23) and Agricultural Parties (1924-26). These parties were expected to be neutral or positive toward the Zionist movement, in return for which they would receive financial subventions and their members would be helped to obtain jobs and loans. This policy was backed by Weizmann, who commented that: “extremists and moderates alike were susceptible to the influence of money and honors.”

 

However, Leonard Stein, a member of the London office of the World Zionist Organization, denounced this practice. He argued that Zionists must seek a permanent modus vivendi with the Palestinians by hiring them in Jewish firms and admitting them to Jewish universities. He maintained that political parties in which Arab moderates are merely Arab gramophones playing Zionist records would collapse as soon as the Zionist financial support ended. In any event, the World Zionist Organization terminated the policy by 1927, as it was in the midst of a financial crisis and as most of the leaders felt that the policy was ineffective.

 

Some Zionist leaders argued that the Arab community had to be involved in the practical efforts of the Zionist movement. Chaim Kalvarisky, who initiated the policy of buying support, articulated in 1923 the gap between that ideal and the reality: “Some people say…that only by common work in the field of commerce, industry and agriculture mutual understanding between Jews and Arabs will ultimately be attained….This is, however, merely a theory. In practice we have not done and we are doing nothing for any work in common.

 

How many Arab officials have we installed in our banks? Not even one.

 

How many Arabs have we brought into our schools? Not even one.

 

What commercial houses have we established in company with Arabs? Not even one.”

 

Two years later, Kalvarisky lamented: “We all admit the importance of drawing closer to the Arabs, but in fact we are growing more distant like a drawn bow. We have no contact: two separate worlds, each living its own life and fighting the other.”

 

Some members of the yishuv emphasized the need for political relations with the Palestinian Arabs, to achieve either a peacefully negotiated territorial partition (as Nahum Goldmann sought) or a binational state (as Brit Shalom and Hashomer Ha-tzair proposed). But few went as far as Dr. Judah L. Magnes, chancellor of The Hebrew University, who argued that Zionism meant merely the creation of a Jewish cultural center in Palestine rather than an independent state. In any case, the binationalists had little impact politically and were strongly opposed by the leadership of the Zionist movement.

 

Zionist leaders felt they did not harm the Palestinians by blocking them from working in Jewish settlements and industries or even by undermining their majority status. The Palestinians were considered a small part of the large Arab nation; their economic and political needs could be met in that wider context, Zionists felt, rather than in Palestine. They could move elsewhere if they sought land and could merge with Transjordan if they sought political independence.

 

This thinking led logically to the concept of population TRANSFER. In 1930 Weizmann suggested that the problems of insufficient land resources within Palestine and of the dispossession of peasants could be solved by moving them to Transjordan and Iraq. He urged the Jewish Agency to provide a loan of £1 million to help move Palestinian farmers to Transjordan. The issue was discussed at length in the Jewish Agency debates of 1936-37 on partition. At first, the majority proposed a voluntary transfer of Palestinians from the Jewish state, but later they realized that the Palestinians would never leave voluntarily. Therefore, key leaders such as Ben-Gurion insisted that compulsory transfer was essential. The Jewish Agency then voted that the British government should pay for the removal of the Palestinian Arabs from the territory allotted to the Jewish state.

 

The fighting from 1947 to 1949 resulted in a far larger transfer than had been envisioned in 1937. It solved the Arab problem by removing most of the Arabs and was the ultimate expression of the policy of force majeure.

 

Conclusion

The land and people of Palestine were transformed during the thirty years of British rule. The systematic colonization undertaken by the Zionist movement enabled the Jewish community to establish separate and virtually autonomous political, economic, social, cultural, and military institutions. A state within a state was in place by the time the movement launched its drive for independence. The legal underpinnings for the autonomous Jewish community were provided by the British Mandate. The establishment of a Jewish state was first proposed by the British Royal Commission in July 1937 and then endorsed by the UNITED NATIONS in November 1947.

 

That drive for statehood IGNORED the presence of a Palestinian majority with its own national aspirations. The right to create a Jewish state—and the overwhelming need for such a state—were perceived as overriding Palestinian counterclaims. Few members of the yishuv supported the idea of binationalism. Rather, territorial partition was seen by most Zionist leaders as the way to gain statehood while according certain national rights to the Palestinians. TRANSFER of Palestinians to neighboring Arab states was also envisaged as a means to ensure the formation of a homogeneous Jewish territory. The implementation of those approaches led to the formation of independent Israel, at the cost of dismembering the Palestinian community and fostering long-term hostility with the Arab world.

MEET THE TOP JEWISH OFFICIALS IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

From http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/The-top-Jewish-officials-in-the-Trump-Administration-479769

MEET THE TOP JEWISH OFFICIALS IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

A look at 11 influential members of the tribe who will be working alongside the new president.

American Jews are watching the beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency with both fear and hope.

 

Many have expressed worries about some of his supporters’ ties to the so-called “alt-right” movement, whose followers traffic variously in white nationalism, anti-immigration sentiment, anti-Semitism and a disdain for “political correctness.” Those fears intensified when Trump named as his chief strategist Stephen Bannon, the former chairman of Breitbart News, a site Bannon once referred to as a “platform” of the alt-right. Trump’s strongly conservative Cabinet picks also back policies on health care, the environment, abortion and civil rights often diametrically opposed to the views of most Jewish voters.

Yet others have praised Trump’s stance on Israel and his nomination of David Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer who supports West Bank settlement construction and has expressed doubts about the two-state solution, as US ambassador to Israel. Trump won 24% of the Jewish vote, with especially strong support in the Orthodox community.

 

Here is a look at the president’s Jewish advisers who will be helping to shape US policy for the next four years.

Jared Kushner

 

Trump’s Orthodox son-in law is serving as a senior adviser to the president. Kushner, the 36-year-old scion of a prominent real estate family from New Jersey, will not receive a salary and will focus on the Middle East and Israel as well as partnerships with the private sector and free trade, according to The New York Times. A day before his appointment was announced, Kushner said he would step down from his role as CEO of his family firm, Kushner Properties.

 

Kushner, who married Trump’s daughter Ivanka in 2009, played a crucial role in the president’s campaign, especially on Israel. He worked on Trump’s speech to the AIPAC annual policy conference that earned the real estate mogul a standing ovation, and helped plan a trip to Israel for his father-in-law in 2016 (Trump canceled the trip after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed his call to ban Muslim immigration to the United States).

 

Trump appears to be smitten with Kushner, often referring to his “fantastic” son-in-law when boasting of his pro-Israel credentials.

 

Kushner may have become a household name during the campaign, but he’s no stranger to the limelight. In 2006, at 25, he bought the New York Observer newspaper. Two years later he became CEO of Kushner Properties, four years after his father was sent to jail for tax evasion, illegal campaign donations and witness tampering. In 2015, Fortune named Kushner to its 40 Under 40 list, an “annual ranking of the most influential young people in business.”

 

 

David Friedman

 

Friedman, a bankruptcy expert and longtime Trump attorney, was tapped as the US ambassador to Israel. A statement by Trump’s transition team in December said Friedman, who speaks Hebrew, would serve from Jerusalem, but White House press secretary Sean Spicer said last week that Trump had yet to decide on moving the embassy from Tel Aviv.

 

Friedman, who is in his late 50s, is the son of a Conservative rabbi with a family history of ties to Republican presidential candidates — his family hosted Ronald Reagan for a Shabbat lunch in 1984, the year he won re-election. He lives in Woodmere, New York, in the largely Jewish area known as the Five Towns, and owns a home in Jerusalem’s Talbiya neighborhood, according to Israeli media.

 

Friedman has expressed support for and funded construction in Israeli settlements, and has expressed doubt about the future of the two-state solution, traditionally a pillar of bipartisan US policy in the region.

 

Some of his controversial statements — including slamming backers of the liberal Israel advocacy group J Street as “far worse than kapos” and charging President Barack Obama with “blatant anti-Semitism” — have sparked outrage from liberal groups.

 

 

Jason Greenblatt

 

Greenblatt, the longtime chief legal officer for the Trump Organization, is working as special representative for international negotiations focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, US-Cuba relations and American trade agreements with other countries. An Orthodox Jew and Yeshiva University graduate, Greenblatt studied at a West Bank yeshiva in the mid-1980s and did armed guard duty there.

 

A father of six from Teaneck, New Jersey, Greenblatt said he speaks with people involved in the Israeli government but has not spoken to any Palestinians since his yeshiva studies. He has cited the American Israel Public Affairs Committee as one of his main sources for staying informed about the Jewish state, and helped draft Trump’s speech at the lobbying group’s annual conference in March.

 

Greenblatt, who has said he supports the two-state solution, has implied that Trump will take a laissez-faire approach to peace building.

 

“He is not going to impose any solution on Israel,” Greenblatt told Army Radio in November. He also said that Trump “does not view Jewish settlements as an obstacle to peace.”

 

 

Steven Mnuchin

 

Trump picked Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs executive who worked as Trump’s national finance chairman during the campaign, to serve as Treasury secretary.

 

Trump and Mnuchin have been friends for 15 years, and prior to being in charge of Trump’s campaign finances, Mnuchin, 54, served as an adviser. Part of what The New York Times describes as one of Manhattan’s “most influential families,” Mnuchin and his father — the prominent art dealer Robert Mnuchin — both became wealthy working at Goldman Sachs. The younger Mnuchin also co-founded the entertainment company RatPac-Dune Entertainment, which has worked on such Hollywood hits as “Avatar” and “Black Swan.”

 

Some saw Trump teaming up with Mnuchin as unusual, considering that the real-estate mogul had consistently bashed Goldman Sachs during his campaign — but it doesn’t seem to have hindered a good working relationship.

 

 

Stephen Miller

 

Trump named Miller, who has played a crucial role in his campaign by writing speeches and warming up crowds at rallies, as senior adviser for policy.

 

Miller, who has described himself as “a practicing Jew,” joined the Trump campaign in early 2016, quickly rising through the ranks to become “one of the most important people in the campaign,” as Trump’s campaign manager told The Wall Street Journal.

 

Previously the 31-year-old worked for seven years as an aide to Trump’s choice for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., helping the lawmaker draft materials to kill a bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill. Some of Sessions’ arguments are similar to the harsh and often controversial statements by Trump on the issue, such as calling for building a wall on the Mexican border and banning Muslim immigration to the US.

 

Though Miller grew up in a liberal Jewish home in Southern California, he was drawn to conservative causes early. As a high school student he wrote a letter to the editor of a local paper in which he slammed his school for providing free condoms to students and for making announcements both in English and Spanish, among other things.

 

 

Carl Icahn

 

Icahn, a businessman and investor, is serving as a special adviser on regulatory reform issues. He is working as a private citizen rather than a federal employee or special government employee.

 

An early supporter of Trump’s candidacy, Icahn, 80, is the founder of Icahn Enterprises, a diversified conglomerate based in New York City formerly known as American Real Estate Partners. He has also held substantial or controlling positions in numerous American companies over the years, including RJR Nabisco, Texaco, Philips Petroleum, Western Union, Gulf & Western, Viacom, Revlon, Time Warner, Motorola, Chesapeake Energy, Dell, Netflix, Apple and eBay.

 

Icahn is a major giver to Mount Sinai hospital in New York City, among other philanthropic endeavors. In 2012, he donated $200 million to the renamed Icahn School of Medicine there.

 

In addition, Icahn established seven Icahn Charter Schools in the Bronx borough of New York.

 

 

Gary Cohn

 

Cohn, the outgoing president and chief operating officer at Goldman Sachs, heads the White House National Economic Council. At Goldman Sachs, where he had worked since 1990, Cohn answered to CEO Lloyd Blankfein and was considered a strong candidate to lead the bank.

 

The 56-year-old father of three has a reputation for abrasiveness, but also for getting things done, according to a Wall Street Journal profile last year. In a 2014 New York Times op-ed, Goldman Sachs executive Greg Smith wrote on the day he resigned that Blankfein and Cohn were responsible for a “decline in the firm’s moral fiber” that placed its interests above those of its clients.

 

Cohn, a Cleveland native, in 2009 funded the Cohn Jewish Student Center at Kent State University named for his parents.

 

Success wasn’t always obvious for Cohn, whose struggle with dyslexia made school difficult for him. But the Goldman Sachs banker, who was featured in a book on underdogs by writer Malcolm Gladwell, told the author that his learning disability also taught him how to deal with failure and that “I wouldn’t be where I am today without my dyslexia.”

 

 

Boris Epshteyn

 

Epshteyn, a Republican political strategist who appeared as a Trump surrogate on TV, is working as a special assistant to the president. Epshteyn, who is in his mid-30s, also is serving as assistant communications director for surrogate operations.

 

A New York-based investment banker and finance attorney, Epshteyn was a communications aide for Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign in 2008, focusing his efforts on the Arizona senator’s running mate, then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

 

He defended Trump on major TV networks over 100 times, according to The New York Times. TV hosts have described Epshteyn, who moved to the United States from his native Moscow in 1993, as “very combative” and “abrasive.”

 

In 2014, he was charged with misdemeanor assault after being involved in a bar tussle. The charge was dropped after Epshteyn agreed to undergo anger management training and perform community service.

 

 

David Shulkin

 

Dr. David Shulkin, the undersecretary for health at the Department of Veterans Affairs, will lead the department as secretary under Trump if confirmed by the Senate. He would be the first holdover appointment from the Obama administration, in which he served since 2015.

 

Shulkin, 57, is an internist who has had several chief executive roles, including as president of hospitals, notably Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. He also has held numerous physician leadership roles, including as chief medical officer for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and academic positions, including as chairman of medicine and vice dean at the Drexel University School of Medicine.

 

As an entrepreneur, Shulkin founded and served as the chairman and CEO of DoctorQuality, one of the first consumer-oriented sources of information for quality and safety in health care.

 

 

Reed Cordish

 

Trump chose Cordish, who is friends with his son-in-law Jared Kushner, to serve as assistant to the president for intragovernmental and technology initiatives. He will be responsible for initiatives requiring multi-agency collaboration and also focus on technological innovation and modernization.

 

Cordish is a partner at his family’s real estate and entertainment firm, the Baltimore-based Cordish Companies, .

 

Cordish’s father, David, the chairman and CEO of The Cordish Companies and an AIPAC board member, is a friend of Trump. The two met during the mediation process of a lawsuit in which Trump sued The Cordish Companies.

 

And Cordish, who is in his early 40s, has another connection to the Trump family — he was introduced to his now-wife Margaret by none other than Ivanka Trump, who attended the couple’s wedding in 2010 with husband Jared Kushner. Cordish and his wife were listed as co-hosts for a Manhattan fundraiser for Trump’s presidential campaign in October, Jewish Insider reported.

 

 

Avrahm Berkowitz

 

Berkowitz, 27, is serving as special assistant to Trump and assistant to Jared Kushner. Berkowitz and Kushner met on the basketball court of an Arizona hotel during a Passover program, Jewish Insider reported. The two stayed in touch and Berkowitz went on to work with Kushner in several capacities.

 

After graduating from Queens College, Berkowitz worked for Kushner Companies and later went on to write for Kushner’s paper, the New York Observer. In 2016 Berkowitz, who was then finishing up his last semester at Harvard Law School, directed a Facebook Live talk show for the Trump campaign. Later he worked on the presidential campaign as assistant director of data analytics.

 

Berkowitz’s first cousin is Howard Friedman, who served as AIPAC president in 2006-2010, according to Jewish Insider.

Meet the Jew who own Hollywood and the Media

From: http://www.texemarrs.com/jews_own_hollywood.htm

American opinion by constantly injecting Zionist propaganda and bias into news programs, movies, television shows, even children’s cartoons and entertainment?

The answer is so blatantly “Yes!” that you wouldn’t think these questions are even worth pursuing. But recently, the untoward comments of a patriot talk show host made me stop and rethink it. Are there people out there—even in the Patriot Movement—who really are that much in the dark, who deny Jewish influence in the media?

Recently, when a caller to a talk show on the Genesis Communications Network suggested that the Jews control the media, the host went wild. He raged on and on, playing the race card. He branded the surprised caller and others like him who are weary of Zionist influence “Nazis” and “anti-Semites.” Angrily, he denied Jewish involvement in any conspiracies and ridiculed those who had the audacity to suggest that Jews run Hollywood or the media. Then, in a real fit of spewed venom, the talk show host demanded that the caller and all others who believe like him should go out and hang themselves to promote population reduction.

As if that wasn’t hateful enough, the pro-Zionist host then stated that all the “Nazis and anti-Semites” who opposed Zionism and the Jews “should plug in an electric toaster, hold it to their bodies, jump into a bathtub filled with water, and have a party.” In other words, kill themselves.

Quite a rampage by the supposedly “patriot” talk show host. And all because the poor caller had dared to propose undue Jewish influence over the media.

Hearing the actual taped broadcast of this unbelievable tirade by a pro-Zionist advocate confirmed my resolve to inform good folks once again of the truly dictatorial grip that Zionist Jews have on the media. The best way to do this is not to rage and spew venom, but simply to present the facts, to document the truth of Jewish control of the media.

What Do Knowledgeable Jews Say?

How about going to top Jews in the media themselves and see what they say? Take Joel Stein, for example, columnist for the Los Angeles Times newspaper and regular contributor to Time magazine. In his column in the LA Times (Dec. 19, 2008), Stein says that Americans who think the Jews do not control Hollywood and the media are just plain “dumb.”

“Jews totally run Hollywood.” Stein proudly admits. He then goes on to provide a long, long list of Hollywood media chieftains—all Jews!—to prove his point. On his list: Fox News President Peter Chernin; Paramount Pictures Chairman Brad Grey; Walt Disney CEO Robert Igor; Sony Pictures Chairman Michael Lynton; Warner Brothers Chairman Barry Meyer; CBS CEO Leslie Moonves; MGM Chairman Harry Sloan; and NBC/Universal Studios CEO Jeff Zucker.

That’s just the top brass at the studios. Then there are the actors and entertainers—predominantly Jews, from Barbara Streisand and Gwyneth Paltrow to Adam Sandler to Ben Stiller. Jew…Jew…and Jew again. As Stein wryly remarks, even the head of the actors’ union, the Screen Actors Guild, Alan Rosenberg, is a Jew.

“The Jews are so dominant,” writes Stein, “I had to scour the trades to come up with six Gentiles in high positions at entertainment companies.” “But lo and behold,” Stein says, “even one of that six, AMC President Charles Collier, turned out to be a Jew!”

“As a proud Jew,” says Joel Stein, “I want America to know of our accomplishment. Yes, we control Hollywood.”

ADL’s Stein says he then called Abe Foxman, Chairman of the Jewish ADL, to ask him, why don’t more Jews just come out and boast at this great accomplishment? Foxman responded by admitting that yes, it’s true that most of the top execs “happen to be Jewish.” In fact, Foxman told Stein, “all eight major film studios are run by men who happen to be Jewish.”

Ben Stein (no relation to Joel), the well-known Jewish actor, economic commentator and writer, when asked “Do Jews run Hollywood?” stared blankly at the questioner, then retorted, “You bet they do—and what of it?” Shahar Ilan, writing in haaretz.com, the internet division of Israel’s top daily newspaper, commented, “The Jews do control the American media. This is very clear, and claiming otherwise is an insult to common knowledge.”

Neal Gabler, also a Jew and a noted media researcher, wrote an entire book outlining Jewish control of Hollywood. It was entitled, An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood. But to really see how the Jews, in their own publications and press, view the reality of Jewish control of the media, all one has to do is take a look at a recent issue of the Jewish Daily Forward, which featured an article entitled, “Billionaire Boychiks Battle for Media Empire.”

Billionaire Jews Battle for Media

This fascinating, look-see article discussed how the Jews had for decades owned the media and now were competing; that is, vying, to buy one of America’s most powerful media companies, Tribune Company, which owns 23 television stations, a baseball team, and many major newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times.

“However, it turns out,” gloated the Jewish mag, “we’ll have a Jew in charge of the (LA) Times, which was once one of old Los Angeles’ most famous WASP (White Anglo Saxon Protestant) institutions. What a great day for old LA Jews…”

The publication noted that among the Jewish billionaires (“boychiks”) vying for the Tribune media empire is “Liberal, Jewish, media mogul David Geffen.”

And who, pray tell, is the current owner of the Tribune Company? Why, that would be Jewish billionaire Sam Zell. Zell is a major donor to Israeli, Zionist and Jewish causes. His own rabbi proudly reports that Zell is “a committed Zionist, a generous supporter of Israel, and a member in good standing of the synagogue.”

Asked who his own favorite newspaper columnists were, Zell quickly answered, “Charles Krauthammer, Thomas Friedman, and David Brooks.” Surprise! The trio are all ardent Zionist whack-jobs who clamor over each other demanding the U.S. attack Iran, provide billions more in foreign aid to favored nation Israel, and so forth.

Local Newspapers Owned by Foreign Agents

So powerful is the Jewish control over the media that Nathanael Kapner, a rare Jew who converted to Christianity and now is adept at reporting these things, asserts that no longer can we trust our local daily newspaper. “Zionist Jews have taken over the ‘local newspaper’ in America,” Kapner writes. Indeed he explains that there basically is no local newspaper anymore, because, “Most local newspapers are owned by companies controlled by Zionists whose offices are hundreds of miles away.”

Kapner provides manifold evidence of Zionists’ dominating control of the media at all levels. The Newhouse Empire of the Jewish brothers Samuel, Donald, and Theodore Newhouse, Kapner says, “illustrates the insatiable appetite for opinion control:”

Then, there is the vast array of magazines run by the Jewish Newhouse family—including the New YorkerVogueGolf DigestGlamourGentleman’s Quarterly (GQ), and the massively circulated newspaper insert, Parade magazine.

Jewish Media Spew Out Pro-Zionist Propaganda

The fact that Zionists control virtually every media outlet in America is no doubt why the American citizenry hears only one version of events in the Middle East—the pro-Jew, pro-Israeli side. This led Dr. Kevin MacDonald, professor at California State University, to write:

“In the contemporary world, organized American Jewish lobbying groups and deeply committed Jews in the media are behind the pro-Israel U.S. foreign policy that is leading to war against virtually the entire Arab world.”

This Zionist bias and propaganda spin by the Jewish-owned American media is not new. As far back as 1978, the noted Jewish political writer Alfred Lillienthal, in his revealing book, The Zionist Connection, stated:

“The most effective component of Jewish connection is probably that of media control. It is well known that American opinion molders have long been largely influenced by a handful of powerful newspapers, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the St. Louis-Post Dispatch (All Jewish Families).”

To further illustrate the breadth of Jewish media control, we note that Jewish magnate Arthur Sulzberger’s media empire today includes not only the New York Times (which, in Stalin’s day, systematically covered up the genocidal crimes of Jewish commissars in Communist U.S.S.R), but also the Boston Globe, the Lexington Dispatch (NC), the Gainesville Sun (FL), the Ocala Star Banner (FL), the Tuscaloosa News (AL), the Spartanburg Herald Journal (SC), and the Santa Barbara News Press (CA). Each of the newspapers Lillienthal mentioned back in 1978, in turn, owned and still owns dozens of others. So tainted is the news because of this that almost every newspaper in America endorsed President George Bush’s radically pro-Israel policies in the Middle East, including Israel’s savage butchery of Lebanon and Palestine.

There can be no doubt. It is easy for us to document the massive dominance over the media by evil Jewish shills who are continually hostile to pure American interests while, everyday, unabashedly spewing out reams of misleading Zionist propaganda. Time magazine, Newsweek, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX—and many, many more are all owned or run by Jews and operated solely to further the aims of the traitorous, anti-American, ever-growing Zionist World Empire.

All America is in the Grip of the Hidden, Red Iron Fist of Zionism

Of course, the media, even as important as it is to our culture, is only a bit piece of the whole that is now, regrettably, under the big thumbs of the Jewish Zionist elite. Our educational establishment, Wall Street, the banks, the Federal Reserve, our Congress, the White House (just consider Rahm Emanuel, the Zionist Israeli freak who is Obama’s White House Chief of Staff), and our judiciary—each and every one is infiltrated by Zionist radicals who put Israel and their own “Chosen People” first, to the detriment of everything sacred to honest, God-fearing, hard-working Americans.

So, the next time you hear some ignorant rube on talk radio or elsewhere shoving the race card in your face and ranting and raving about “Nazis” and “anti-Semites” who “claim” the Jews control the media, why don’t you just reach out and turn that radio dial to another place. And please, don’t forget to also let the radio network and station manager know of your displeasure.

The fact is that the dishonest Zionist shills out there promoting Zionist lies, drivel, and nonsense truly deserve our contempt.

The Truth is Precious

As for Texe Marrs and Power of Prophecy, we have long pledged ourselves to telling you the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. And part of that truth, simply put, is this: That yes, absolutely, Zionist Jews do own and control Hollywood and the media. So beware of their lies and deceit. The truth is precious. Let us work together to protect and nurture it.