- My Jewish mother was born in Poland in 1919. She remembered
visiting her grandfather's vast "estate" as a child and riding
in a big carriage drawn by four white horses.
- This story contradicted my image of Jewish poverty and
persecution in Poland, and I questioned her about it.
- She reassured me that her family had means. (Unfortunately
her rich grandfather remarried and disowned her father. No more invitations.)
- On the other hand, my father's family fit my preconception.
His father eked out a living as Secretary for a labor union. They lived
in a two-room flat and sublet one room. Sometimes Poles threw stones at
them in the park. A quota meant that he could not attend university.
- The popular image of Jewish history is closer to my father's
story. But we cannot have an accurate impression without my mother's.
- Israel Shahak's book "Jewish History, Jewish Religion;
The Weight of 3000 Years" (1994) shows how the past provides a key
to understanding the present.
- According to Shahak, the Jewish elite always had a symbiotic
relationship with the governing class. The Jews would "administer
the oppression" of the masses. In return, the governing class would
force Jews to obey their "leaders." Sometimes a pogrom would
do the trick.
- The "Jewish" position was always strongest
when the governing class was most at odds with the masses, and when there
was least national feeling.
- Today, specific Jews (in finance, government, education
and especially the media) play a prominent role in the world elite's preparation
for "globalization," which many see as a modern form of feudalism.
Once again, "anti Semitism" is exploited to mobilize Jews (and
Christians) to support oppression (e.g. "The War on Terror"),
disarm opposition and to deflect blame.
- THE TRUTH IS BITTER
- History is propaganda about the past. Most historians
don't tell the truth because they would be fired. Israel Shahak, who died
in 2001, was not an historian. He was a professor of organic chemistry
at Hebrew University, who had a scientist's respect for objective truth.
He was also a concentration camp survivor, an Israeli army veteran and
a campaigner for Arab human rights. http://www.wrmea.com/archives/october01/0110071.html
- History repeats itself because we lie about it. Shahak
believes that Jews need to re-educate themselves about their history and
religion. Jews are "a closed society" that uses "anti Semitism"
to quash criticism, which is considered "hatred" or "self
- Shahak says Judaism is largely a primitive, materialistic,
authoritarian credo. The Talmud is devoted to Jewish supremacy and contempt
for Christ, Christianity and non-Jews in general. The Cabala embraces many
gods including Satan. (33) See also http://www.savethemales.ca/240902.html
- The following is a brief summary of Shahak's argument
in the chapter, "The Weight of History."
- 1. In spite of persecution, Jews throughout history formed
an integral part of the privileged classes. The poorest Jew was immeasurably
better off than the serfs. Until roughly 1880, their most important social
function "was to mediate the oppression of the peasants on behalf
of the nobility and the Crown."
- 2. Classical Judaism (1000-1880 AD) developed hatred
and contempt for agriculture as an occupation and for peasants as a class.
"The supposed superiority of Jewish morality and intellect...is bound
up with a lack of sensitivity for the suffering of that major part of humanity
who were especially oppressed during the last 1000 years, the peasants."
- 3. While Gentiles in general were reviled, Jewish laws
made an exception for the elite. Jewish physicians, tax collectors and
bailiffs could be relied upon by a king, nobleman, pope or bishop, in a
way that a Christian might not. The Jewish community enjoyed autonomous
status and Jewish rabbis and rich were part of the governing class. Together
they oppressed the masses, Jew and non-Jewish. (53)
- 4. The position of rich Jews is "particularly favourable
under strong regimes, which have retained a feudal character" and
are disassociated from the people they rule. "But in those countries
where...the nobility enters into partnership with the king (and with at
least part of the bourgeoisie) to rule the state, which assumes a national
character," the position of the Jewish elite deteriorates.
- 5. However the position of the Jewish masses moved in
tandem with the peasants not their leaders. The stronger the Jewish elite,
the more tyrannical its grip over the Jewish people. For example, at the
rabbis' request, the state would flog or imprison a Jewish vendor for opening
his stall on a minor holiday.
- MODERN ANTI SEMITISM
- Israel Shahak and I differ about modern anti Semitism.
I believe the above themes, in different form, continue into the 20th and
21st centuries. Shahak is a "humanist" and supporter of the principles
of the French Revolution who depicts anti Semitism as the reaction of "bewildered
men" in opposition to the modern world.
- My hunch is that in the 18th century, the Jewish elite
seized the upper hand by abandoning their traditional allies. They forged
new alliances with the emerging commercial elites and corrupt elements
of the old aristocracy. The Jewish elite championed the French Revolution,
liberalism and socialism (and Communism) as a way of destroying the old
order and increasing its own power. The position of Jews improved in direct
relation to the modern materialist and international movement. (See also
"The Jewish Century" http://www.savethemales.ca/000028.html)
- Modern conservatism and "anti Semitism" was
a reaction. But the Nazis, by their barbarism, actually played into the
elite Jews' international agenda. They discredited nationalism and "anti
Semitism," devastated Europe, and helped Zionists gain greater control
of Jews. (Think of the Holocaust as a giant pogrom.)
- Israel Shahak and I agree on the last point. In Shahak's
words, "Israel and Zionism are a throw-back to the role of classical
Judaism, writ large on a global scale..."
- "The state of Israel now fulfills towards the oppressed
peasants of many countries, not only in the Middle East, but far beyond
it, a role not unlike the Jews of pre-1795 Poland: that of a bailiff to
the imperial oppressor. " He refers to Israel's role as a linchpin
in the imperial system. It helps keep neighboring Arab regimes in power
(11) and arms Third World dictators. He wonders why religious Jews are
major participants in the arms trade and rabbis are silent.
- Shahak believes the Jewish people need to overcome the
"tyranny" of their religion. Only an "unrelenting critique"
of the past will achieve a "genuine revolution." (74)
- A Jewish reader wrote to me: "It is the Jewish mission
to be a light or spiritual guide to the nations...We [uphold] an ethical
and moral God, without which we would descend into barbarism in an instant.
And it is THIS which has caused Christianity to murder Jews throughout
- I beg to differ. Far from being a "light unto humanity"
many Jews (as well as so-called Christians) "mediate the oppression"
for the governing class. This is the real cause of anti Semitism.
- The New World Order is a revival of feudalism. The rich
rule as kings and humanity is en-serfed. It is happening before our eyes.
Religion, art and education are debased. Civil rights are taken away. Men
are emasculated and families destroyed. Jobs and technology are shipped
- The Jewish moral mission? How about "Thou Shall
Not Steal" and "Thou Shall Not Kill?" Zionists have stolen
the homes and land where Arabs lived for more than 50 generations. Israelis
must withdraw to the 1967 boundaries, and make restitution.
- I am accused of being "a self hating Jew."
I believe Jews like myself, Israel Shahak and many others represent the
true Jewish spirit: absolute truth, justice and love. (I also find this
spirit in Christianity and Islam.)
- We cannot change the truth just because we don't like
it. The real cause of anti Semitism is found in the Jewish religion and
in the role of the Jewish elite, their lackeys and dupes.
- Henry Makow Ph.D. is the inventor of the board game Scruples
and the author of "A Long Way to go for a Date." His articles
on feminism and the new world order are found on his web site www.savethemales.ca
He enjoys receiving comments at email@example.com
- From M. Emily Cragg
- Franklin West Virginia
- Anti-Semitism exists because Jews carry the load of writing
Law while Christians pretend, wish and presume.
- Jews work at understanding law from infancy.
- Christians were told by their "apostle Paul"
that Law doesn't apply to them, so they don't bother with it. They think
wishing, hoping and presuming is just as good as knowing. Faith, hope and
prayers, are to Christians, as "writing down your own copy of the
Law" is to the Jew.
- Christians believe their beliefs are the reason they
- Jews know better. Jews realize God Yahweh has expectations
around behavior--not just what thoughts rattle around in your head.
- There's a real disconnect here.
- Christians prosecuted "progroms" due to the
fact that Jews "thought differently." They created Crusades and
Inquisition to "correct the thoughts" of people whom they believed
were in error. To hell with behavior. To hell with Law, with Covenants,
Commitments, Promises or the Intent to Complete a Decision.
- Jews have kept records, studiously. I don't particularly
relate to the Talmud, but at least Jews have been faithful to the practice
of writing down the development of Law, as they have experienced it.
- Christians don't even bother to know what the laws are,
in the communities in which they live. They believe that "Freedom"
and "freedom from law" are the same thing.
- How else could a Christian Administration travel across
the ocean and ransack, pillage and plunder two whole nations--Afghanistan
and Iraq--without giving it a second thought? The rest of the world is
screaming about the violations of International Laws, Geneva Conventions
and the Constitution; but to Fundamentalist Christians, Laws are just something
to wave away. After all, if you love everybody, you can't do them any harm,
- And Christians are all about Love--and the Control they
believe goes with Love; and the dogma they believe goes with control.
- Haven't you ever walked into a church and had someone
come up to you with their hand extended, asking you, "Are you saved,
Brother?" And your first impulse is, "From what?"
- Christians, as a whole and with the exception of a few
serious sects [Catholics, JWs, 7thDayAdventists, Mennonites & Amish,
etc.] don't care about your behavior. They believe we're all sinners so
our behavior doesn't count. What counts to them is what we think about
- And it's no wonder that Jewish people roll their eyes
and say, "Look, if we're going to live in a society that is not anarchy,
we're going to have to live by Law, so let's write Law, since that is what
we know how to do.
- The double-bind is, everybody else criticizes the fact
that Jews know and write good [and not-so-good] Law. They write predatory
law--why? Because they can. Christians are babies in the Law discipline;
they are no competition or challenge in the Law-writing Department.
- So, before you take the Jewish people to task for having
written laws you don't like; may I suggest you memorize the Holy Law of
Israel [http://www.abidemiracles.com/2728.htm] so you know what good law
is, at the outset.
- And then, unlike 99% of the Christian folks in this nation,
you'll have a good enough grasp of basic and fundamental Law to be able
to talk intelligently about community Law.
- And you'll truly be able to hold your head up, as a citizen
and voter in the United States of America.
- But, if you don't know how Law works, you're just another
doofus with lots of opinions.