- The question of "who is a Jew?" has been debated
in Israel since it attained statehood. In the Jewish state the authorities,
Rabbis and the media would dig into one's bloodline with no shame whatsoever.
For the Israelis and orthodox Jews, Jewishness is obviously
a blood related concept. However, Jewishness and blood concerns are becoming
a subject of a growing debate in the UK. In the last few days The Daily
Telegraph and The Guardian are trying to decide whether Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a 'self hating Jew' or just an ordinary antisemite.
Like the Israeli Rabbis they both dig into his bloodline.
- Ahmadinejad is revealed to have a 'Jewish past' said
the Daily Telegraph on Saturday. According to the paper, a photograph
of the Iranian president holding up his identity card during elections
in March 2008 "clearly" suggests that his family had Jewish roots.
The Telegraph even found the 'experts' who suggested that "Mr
Ahmadinejad's track record for hate-filled attacks on Jews could be an
overcompensation to hide his past." Needless to say that Ahmadinejad
has never come on record with a single anti-Jewish 'hate- filled' attack
as the Telegraph suggests. He is indeed extremely critical of the Jewish
state and its raison d'etre. He is also highly critical of the crude and
manipulative mobilisation of the holocaust at the expense of the Palestinian
- One may wonder how come a Western media outlet happens
to selectively engage with issues to do with the racial or ethnic origin
of the Iranian president. At the end of the day, digging into peoples ethnic
past and family bloodline is not a common practice you expect from
the Western press. It is something you tend to leave for racists,
Nazis and Rabbis. For one reason or another, no one in the so called free
press tried to dwell on the close ties between multi billion swindler
Bernie Maddof and his tribe. The Free Press saved itself also from dealing
with Wolfowitz's ethnicity, in spite of the fact that the Zionist war
he brought on us has cost 1.5 million lives by now. If you wonder
how it is that the Western free media is reverting to 'pathology'
in order to deal with a Muslim president, the answer is simple not
to say trivial:
- The so called 'liberal West' is yet to find the answers
to President Ahmadinejad within the realm of reason. It lacks the argumentative
capacity to address Ahmadinejad. Instead, it insists to spin banal racially
orientated ideas that cannot hold water, "By making anti-Israeli statements"
says The Daily Telegraph, "he is trying to shed any suspicions
about his Jewish connections." The truth of the matter is clear. Ahmadinejad
has already managed to re-direct a floodlight of reasoning and skepticism
just to enlighten our darkest corner of hypocrisy. He somehow manages
to remind us all what thinking is all about.
- It is pretty much impossible to deny the fact that Ahmadinejad's
take on the holocaust and Israel is coherent, consistent and valid.
He seems to have three main issues with the narrative:
- 1. Around sixty Million died in WWII, the vast
majority of them were innocent civilians. How is it, asks Ahmadinejad,
that we insist to concentrate on the particularity of the suffering of
one 'very' specific group of people i.e. the Jews?
- 2. The Iranian president rightly maintains that
this historical chapter must be historically examined. This would mean
as well that every event in the past should be subject to scrutiny, elaboration
and revision. "If we allow ourselves to question God and the Prophets,
we may as well allow ourselves to question the holocaust."
- 3. Regardless of the truthfulness
of the holocaust, it is not a trivial fact that the suffering of the Jews
in Europe had nothing to do with the Palestinian people. Hence, there is
no reason for the Palestinians to pay for crimes committed by others. If
some Western Leaders feel guilty for crimes committed against
the Jews by their ancestors, which they seem to claim, they better allocate
some land for the Jews within their territories rather than expect the
Palestinians to keep upholding the Zionist murderous burden.
- As much as it is obviously clear that the above points
raised by Ahmadinejad are totally valid, it is also painfully transparent
that the West lacks the means to address those issues. Instead we seem
to revert to supremacy and pseudo scientific discourse dwelling on blood,
pathology and lame psychoanalysis.
- As embarrassing as it may seem, in just three moves
Ahmadinejad manages to expose the current deceptive Western mode of discussion.
He, in fact identifies the holocaust as the core of our hypocritical
stand, a tendency that has managed to shatter our ethical judgment. The
holocaust was there to divert the attention from the colossal crimes committed
by the allies: Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Dresden are just brief examples
of institutionalised genocide at the hands of the English Speaking Empire.
- The holocaust has successfully matured into a new religion.
Yet, it lacks theology. It doesn't allow any form of criticism or
reformism. It is in fact an anti-Western religion inspired by hate and
vengeance. It is dark, it is blind and it lacks mercy and compassion.
It is a faith that declares an assault on any form of doubt. It
is a crude brutal belief system that stands in opposition to the notions
of liberty and goodness. As if this is not enough, those who subscribe
to this religion are complicit in an ongoing assault against grace and
- As things stand at the moment, The British media is yet
to decide whether Ahmadinejad is a 'Jew rebel' or just a 'Meshugena Goy'. The Guardian was
very quick to publish its own take on the subject refuting the Telegraph's
account. However, one thing is clear, neither the Guardian nor the Telegraph
or any other so called 'free media' outlets are free enough to address
the questions raised by Ahmadinejad. 1. Why only the Jews? 2. Why
do you all say NO to scrutinizing the past? 3. Why do the Palestinians
have to pay the price? Instead of engaging in these crucial elementary
questions. The British main papers succumb to racially orientated bloodline
- Rather than following the banal Zionist query 'who
is a Jew?' I suggest that we take the discourse one step further and ask
a very simple question: What does Jewishness stand for?