No Money In The Truth

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Jewish Homeland in Siberia

Andrey Zasorin leads a congregation at the old synagogue in Birobidzhan, the capital of Russia’s Jewish Autonomous Region. Credit James Hill for The New York Times


Andrey Zasorin, the spiritual leader of the old synagogue here in the capital of Russia’s Jewish Autonomous Region, is a born-again Jew who found God after 23 years in prison for robbery. Even then, he returned to Judaism only after flirting with the Russian Orthodox and Pentecostal churches.

Yelena Sarashevskaya, the editor of the local paper, Birobidzhaner Shtern, which still publishes two or three pages a week in Yiddish, is not Jewish. She is a descendant of Cossacks, but married a Jew and learned to read and write Yiddish in college.

Identity is a complex issue in the quixotic Jewish homeland established by Stalin here in the mosquito-infested swampland of Russia’s Far East, some 20 years before the founding of Israel. While the big menorah standing outside the railroad station, the Yiddish street signs and ubiquitous Stars of David give Birobidzhan the veneer of a Jewish Disneyland, the city often seems to have the religious authenticity of a pizza bagel with pepperoni.

Because of this gap between the city’s spirit and its spirituality — not to mention the dwindling number of people who actually call themselves Jews — commentators have been predicting the Jewish Autonomous Region’s demise for decades. But whether on the Upper East Side, or in Jerusalem, or on this last patch of Siberia along the Chinese border, Jewish is as Jewish does. And when it comes to the so-called Soviet Zion, Ms. Sarashevskaya, for one, is sick of the snickering.

“I don’t blame foreign journalists, even our own native journalists suffer from this,” Ms. Sarashevskaya said, sitting in her office on Lenin Street. “They say, ‘Stalin’s experiment, the Birobidzhan Project, failed’ — these are the clichés they use — and honestly it’s annoying already. By God, we are talking about living people, you understand. And it’s not for them to judge. History turned out this way and made all this possible. At least the Jews who came here survived the Holocaust. This place saved many lives.”

Of course, some survived the Nazis only to die by the thousands under Stalin. But if coaxing Russia’s Jews virtually to the end of the land always had the feeling of a cruel joke, the comrades in the Kremlin could hardly have predicted the punch line.

Unlike other places contemplated for Jewish resettlement over the years, like Uganda or Alaska or Japan, Birobidzhan, (pronounced bi-ra-bi-JAN) cannot be written off as a historical footnote or dismissed as fiction. Though it never became the agrarian, socialist-Jewish utopia that some founders envisioned, Birobidzhan remains a Jewish place.

The old synagogue, a ramshackle, one-story wooden house, is still functioning, after closing briefly in the mid-1990s. A new synagogue, financed by the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic movement, has been built in the center of downtown, along with a Jewish community center. Sholem Aleichem Street remains the main road, and a statue of the Fiddler on the Roof still greets concertgoers outside the symphony hall.

No doubt, the Jewish population has dropped, to less than 7 percent of the 76,000 people who live in Birobidzhan, and less than 2 percent in the wider region. Very few are religious.

But some Jews who left for Israel after the collapse of the Soviet Union have returned — tugged home even from the Promised Land, which still cannot promise peace or tranquillity.

On the same weekend last month, Birobidzhan celebrated Rosh Hashana and the city’s 75th anniversary. Visitors arrive by train, a stop on the Trans-Siberian, to see the city’s name written in huge Yiddish letters. One local elementary school still teaches Yiddish.

“For me Birobidzhan was a shock, because I was born in Yiddish civilization,” said Marek Halter, the French-Jewish novelist, who was so struck by the place when he visited in 2011 that he made a documentary film, “Birobidzhan, Birobidzhan,” and wrote a novel set in the city. “It was like Jurassic Park.”

Among the Jews to return to Birobidzhan from Israel is Gershon Riss, whose son, Eliyahu, 22, is now the rabbi of the new synagogue.“

In 2004, after a long absence, we came here for vacation,” Mr. Riss said. “We saw new buildings, a new, beautiful synagogue and the revival of the Jewish culture.”

As a boy, Mr. Riss recalled going to the Yiddish theater with his father, to see productions like “Tevye the Milkman,” by Sholem Aleichem, and “The Witch,” by Abraham Goldfaden.

Officials recently announced that they had allocated land for the city’s first mosque. At the ceremony, Roman Leder, a Jewish leader, gave the local imam a copy of the Old Testament.

Berel Lazar, the chief rabbi of Russia, said in an interview in Moscow that Stalin’s goal was to exile Russia’s Jews to where “they wouldn’t be able to do much harm.” Historians say another goal was to use the Jews as a buffer between Russia and China.

As a result, Rabbi Lazar said, Birobidzhan was never really a homeland. “Is it any more Jewish than any other area of Russia? Surely not,” he said. “He took the Jewish soul out of the Jewish people.”

But while Jewish imagery is rare in Moscow or St. Petersburg, Birobidzhan revels in it. Even signs in Russian often use a Hebraic calligraphy. Such pride was not always in evidence.

“There were times when we were young when it was not very convenient to be Jewish, it was even dangerous,” said Vilen I. Arnapolin, who, on Dec. 24, 1937, became the very first baby recorded in the city’s birth records. “Now everybody wants to be Jewish.”

But to say a renaissance is under way would be going too far.

Mr. Arnapolin’s daughter and two grandchildren have assimilated and are listed as Russian, not Jewish, in their passports. His granddaughter, Vlada Yakshina, 18, is studying not Yiddish but Chinese.

There is no kosher supermarket or restaurant — only a Chinese chef named Van Bao-lin, who goes by Kolya, serves up the occasional schnitzel and delights in toasting guests at his restaurant with a hearty “L’Chaim!”

The religious, meanwhile, are surviving as best they can.

Mr. Zasorin, who rejoined the synagogue his grandmother attended when he was a boy, leads an aging congregation, called Beit T’Shuvah — House of Redemption — that often cannot muster the 10 men required for a prayer group. The rabbi of the new synagogue, Eliyahu Riss, is hoping its Sunday school will engage a new generation.

Riva Khaskelevna Shmain, a founding Birobidzhaner who recently celebrated her 78th birthday, said she has hope for the future. “There is a Jewish kindergarten,” she said. “So I think all this will continue.”

Ms. Sarashevskaya, the editor, said those who declared Stalin’s experiment a failure missed the point. “Of course, this is not Israel,” Ms. Sarashevskaya said. “But that was not the goal. The Jewish Autonomous Region is wonderful as it is. This is a quiet, tranquil and cozy place, good for married couples, elderly people and children.” She added, “This is a Jewish place.

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A Decent Jew

Have you ever wondered “Are there any decent Jews? Or are they all irredeemably wicked?” The aswer is: “Yes, there are decent Jews! Many of them, in fact!”

Few are born wicked Jews or wicked Christians, wicked Muslims or wicked anything  …….. It is the culture we grow up in AND our subsequent choices that make us into what we are. We are NOT the helpless playthings of the gods or of fate or of our DNA …..

But exactly like non-Jews most Jews are nothing more than brainwashed sleep-walkers, victims of their psychopathic religious and secular leadership. They are shackled by ignorance and fear!

Whether Jew or non-Jew, however, few wake up from their trance. Fewer still have the courage to dissent and do so publicly. Josef Ginsburg was one of these rare courageous Jews.


An Interview With JOSEF GINSBURG by Eric Thomson

Josef Ginsburg, who wrote under the pen name of “J.G. Burg”, came to Toronto to assist Ernst Zündel’s defence effort in The Great Holocaust Trial in 1988, at which time I was able to speak to this remarkable anti-Zionist jew and to make extensive notes after each conversation. “Mr. Burg”, as he preferred to be addressed, was the author of several booklets on such favorite Zionist subjects as the so-called Holocaust, the founding of the bandit-state of Israel, the so-called “diary” of Anne Frank, German “guilt”, etc. Unfortunately, none of his works are available in English, to my knowledge and most of them appear to be out of print. I am sure the Zionists are happy about that, for my own readings of his works answered any question I might have had as to why the “Bundeszog” or Zionist Occupation Government of Germany and their jewish masters were attempting to surround “J.G. Burg” with a wall of silence. Zionist thugs had even attacked him in a cemetery where he was visiting the grave of a lady friend who had perished in a fire which “Burg” insisted had been set by the Zionists. Josef Ginsburg, who no longer needs the threadbare cover of his pen name, now that he is dead, probably put up a good fight, despite his years. He was a short, tough, wiry, agile and keenly alert man, with penetrating gaze and hawk-like features. His sharp eyes and almost haughty demeanor seemed to challenge all whom he met, as if to say: “You, there! How do you serve or thwart my purpose?” Being a jew, he often involved himself in confusing circular and/or corkscrew reasoning of the sort exemplified by Franz Kafka’s stories. When his guard was up, as it usually was, he would only answer a question with a question: “Is your name Josef Ginsburg?” “Why do you ask me that?”

Certainly, I would have received nothing but questions in answer to my questions, had I told him that I was treating our conversations as an interview and that I was secretly making notes of his statements. For anyone who did interview him, with his knowledge, it was a struggle all the way. Whenever there were witnesses, cameras, microphones and/or tape recorders in evidence, he would become very cagey and evasive. He insisted that no one take any pictures of him and he actually made a videotaped interview in which only the face of the interviewer ever appeared on camera! After this “night and fog” appearance, he demanded and received the interviewer’s promise that the interview would not be released or shown to anyone before his death. Although I did not tell him that I was taking notes, I respected Mr. Ginsburg’s wishes also in this regard.

Josef Ginsburg was exasperating, for he was an eyewitness to history, specifically the Zionist-National Socialist collaboration which Zionists have always exerted themselves so mightily to cover up. Yet, he would not reveal publicly how he had learned the truth about the Holohoax and the gas chamber lie. He would even quibble about his own identity and the political connections which caused him to be among the first Soviet inspectors of all the so-called death camps in Poland. Privately, he made no attempt to hide his Communist connections and sympathies. Yes, he had toured the concentration camps of Auschwitz, Birkenau, Maidanek, Treblinka, Sobibor and all the others in Poland, as a member of the official Soviet inspection team and he found no evidence whatsoever of any attempt on the part of the Germans to exterminate anyone and certainly not by means of lethal gas chambers! But by refusing to admit this in any public interview, his statements debunking the Holocaust legend were largely dismissed by journalists as ‘unauthoritative opinion’, which went unreported. That gave these prostitutes of the pen an ‘easy out’, for they were already being paid to believe in the Holohoax. If Ginsburg had been more open to them, he could have at least raised some doubts in their own minds, regardless of the rubbish their editors deemed ‘fit to print’.

I told him that he should tell them that he was a Communist and a member of the Soviet inspection team (“our gallant Soviet allies”), for in Soviet Canuckistan, alias Canada, that would be tantamount to sainthood. The word of a Communist jew “simply must be true” and the only rebuttal available to the Zionist Holocaustorians would be (a) to prove that he was not a Communist or (b) not a jew. But Josef Ginsburg would not go all out, as he saw it, to set the historical record straight. To this day it is a mystery to me why he wanted to ‘pull his punches’ or “hide his candle under a bushel”, as the jew-book says. Perhaps he feared for his life, although he and his work were no secret whatsoever to the Zionists and their German Occupation Government stooges, for he lived in Germany and could be contacted through a small publishing firm there. Maybe he thought they could not locate him if he concealed his real name and background. He behaved as if he feared to compromise his ‘security’, no matter how illusory that security appeared to me and others.

Josef Ginsburg’s motive for attacking Zionism by stating historical truth was indeed very jewish: he feared that jews were endangering their survival by putting all their political eggs into the Zionist basket. He saw in Communism, as his fellow jews had seen in Christianity and Capitalism, a protective cloak of universalism in which the body of jewish tribalism would thrive, much like certain maggots thrive beneath the protective skin of a living host, as they feed off the host’s blood, I opined, for the similarity was obvious. Ginsburg saw the Zionist drive to particularize jewish, as opposed to Gentile, interests as extremely dangerous. I certainly agreed with him on this point and I asked him why the Rothschilds, the International Zionists par excellence, had funded Theodor Herzl’s Territorial Zionist efforts, which, if successful, would serve to identify, separate and isolate the jewish population from the rest of the world.

“The Rothschilds had to do it,” said Ginsburg, “because it is so ordered in their family compact.”

I asked him what he meant by that, thinking of A. Conan Doyle’s “The Musgrave Ritual”.

“Each heir to the Rothschild fortune must read the compact and agree to fulfil its provisions, to the best of his ability, during his lifetime,” he said. “There is no argument with the terms of the compact, regardless of any perception of danger or undesirability on the part of the heir. The family compact has the force of law.”

“But,” I said, “the state of Israel is very much a danger to the interests of world Jewry.”

“I agree with you,” said Ginsburg. “The Rothschilds may also agree with you, but they must carry out the orders which have been in effect for many centuries. They have no recourse.”

Although jews have not only survived, but thrived, prospered and conned their way to conquest via such fallacious ‘universal creeds’ as Christianity and Capitalism, Ginsburg was convinced that ‘Communism was the only way to go’.

I mentioned Jabotinski’s group, from which came the founders of Israel, as being a bunch of Communist-Zionists.

“That is a contradiction in terms,” he said, “for true Communism is internationalist and all-inclusive. It cannot be nationalist and therefore exclusive. That is why I call the Territorial Zionists who founded the state of Israel ‘Zionazis’ and that is why people like Ben Gurion, Levi Skolnick, alias Eshkol and Golda Meyersohn, alias Meir, got along so well with the German Nazis, especially after their little Kristallnacht show which they deemed necessary to scare their fellow jews out of Germany, hopefully to settle in Palestine.”

“You bring up this recurrent theme of German Nazi-Zionazi collaboration,” I said. “This is a fairly new concept to me.”

“And rightly so,” he said, “for that is just the way the Zionazis who control the media want their collaboration to be: secret. Eichmann was one of their weak links. That’s why they had to kidnap him from Argentina and murder him in Israel. They locked him in a glass box in the courtroom, supposedly for his protection, but really to keep him from hearing the real questions and giving real answers. Eichmann was a fool. He did not even know that he had a dangerous secret, for he had done nothing wrong. He should have kept his mouth shut and gone into hiding when he heard about the Zionazis’ murder of his jewish counterpart, Joel Brandt, in Israel.”

“So, innocence can be deadly,” I said.

“Yes,” he agreed, “the guilty know why they should cover their tracks and they know how to do it.”

“So what was Eichmann’s role in German Nazi-Zionazi collaboration?” I asked.

“He worked with Joel Brandt and others to smuggle jews out of Europe and into Palestine, against the wishes of the British who governed the territory under a mandate.”

“Would Eichmann have known about the Ha’arev or Transfer Agreement which allowed jews emigrating from Germany to take their wealth with them in the form of German-made goods?” I asked.

“Another reason for his judicial murder,” said Ginsburg.

“You mentioned earlier that the Zionists and the Nazis collaborated on the drafting of the so-called Nuremberg Race Laws,” I said.

“Yes,” he said, “one of the Zionist collaborators was Rabbi Leo Baeck, who now lives in London, England.”

“What did Baeck do?” I asked.

“He helped the Nazis define who was a jew and who was a German and he suggested the adoption of the yellow, six-pointed star as the symbol of the jewish nation.”

“You mean that this symbol was not previously used to signify judaism?” I asked.

“Oh, it was a jewish symbol, just as it was a Babylonian symbol. The six-pointed star was used by many different people. The German Condor Legion used it as a badge of rank in Spain during the Fascist War from 1936 to 1939. Your American police often use the six-pointed star. But as late as the 1930s, “The Lion of Judah” was used to symbolize jewish nationality.

You may remember the British newspaper story which appeared in March, 1933, headlined “Judea Declares War on Germany.”

“Yes,” I said.

“Well, the article carried a frieze-like strip of lions and swastikas across the front page which symbolized ‘Germans versus jews’. No six-pointed stars!” he exclaimed.

“I remember the article,” I said. “Samuel Untermeyer of the World Jewish Congress declared a boycott of all German goods. Did this mean that there was a conflict between the Territorial Zionists and the International Zionists?”

“No,” he said. “The Zionists were only making sure that German foreign trade would remain under their control, as they had done with Germany in World War I. They made the blockade and broke it themselves. No one else was allowed to do that, so it was really a Zionist monopoly of German trade.”

“What, in your opinion, was the reason for the Zionist ‘declaration of war’ on Germany in 1933, only a month after Hitler’s election as Chancellor?” I asked.

“The Zionists (and all other jews, I thought) never do anything for only one reason,” he said. “Their declaration of war was given with at least a twofold purpose. One reason was their hatred of Hitler’s economic program and his intention of nationalizing the Bank of Germany, which was owned by the Rothschilds, as are all so-called national banks today.”

“So you agree that the Rothschilds and their bankster stooges control the creation of money for the entire world,” I said.

“Yes,” he smiled grimly. “Their ‘tekla mekla’ money is created out of nothing and they charge interest on it!”

“What would be another reason for the Zionists’ declaration of war on Germany?” I asked.

“To conceal their collaboration with the Nazis,” he said.

“What were some major points of Nazi-Zionist collaboration?” I asked.

“First, was the creation of a Zionist state in German-controlled territory. Second, was the German Government’s assistance for jews to leave Germany, preferably to enter Palestine illegally. Third, was Zionist assistance in supplying Germany with foreign exchange and goods, even during World War II.” he said.

“But why would the Zionists support Germany, when they wanted the Allies to win?” I asked.

“The Zionists did not help Germany sufficiently to win the war, but only to make a profit and maintain their influence with the Germans,” he said. “Zionazi Ben Gurion bragged that he was fighting London and Berlin.”

“You said that the Germans helped the Zionists to build a state within German-controlled territory,” I said.

“Yes,” said Ginsburg. “Zionists were given such jurisdiction in transit/training camps like Theresienstadt and they also established autonomous zones in parts of occupied Poland and Russia, as well as ruling over the ghettos of Polish cities like Warsaw, Lublin and Crakow.”

“Is it true,” I asked, “that the Germans taught jews such trades as carpentry, bricklaying, machine tooling, plumbing, farming, animal husbandry, auto mechanics, etc.?”

“Yes,” he said, “they did. The Germans also helped the Zionists to have their own money, banks, postage stamps, post offices and police, all of which were recognized by the German authorities.”

“It is so different from the Hollywood version of German-jewish relations which the Zionists want us to believe,” I said. “Was there, in your experience, sufficient jewish suffering during World War II to call it a ‘holocaust’?” I asked.

“Oh, there was jewish suffering,” he said, “but nothing to compare with German suffering!”

“Was jewish suffering due to German policies?” I asked.

“Indirectly,” he said. “The jews suffered most under the Zionists, especially in the ghettos and the autonomous areas. A jew could be thankful if he were in a German camp like Auschwitz, for at least he would be fed as long as supplies lasted and he would receive medical treatment.”

“What was going on in the Zionist-ruled districts that caused jewish suffering?” I asked.

“It was a catastrophe!” he said. “The Zionist administration was so criminal and corrupt that essential supplies, such as food, clothing and medicines wound up in the hands of black marketeers and speculators. There were shocking scenes of jewish children begging and starving outside jewish restaurants, while fat jewish diners looked out at them with indifference and jewish policemen strolled by, unconcerned!”

“What about the autonomous areas, where there was open land?” I asked.

“That was even worse!” he declared. “True, there was farmland and woodland, tools, implements and simple housing, wells and streams, but rich jews who had previously relied upon Gentile laborers and servants could not fend for themselves. Once again, jewish criminals stole the German food supplies, so even the rich jews suffered and died under Zionist misgovernment.”

“In regard to hoarding, speculating and black marketeering, you had mentioned Simon Wiesenthal,” I said.

“Yes,” he said. “The Gestapo had a department called the Stachel (barb), composed of jewish agents who spied on fellow jews who were hoarding and black marketeering. The agent received a reward in the form of a percentage of the value of any contraband he discovered. Wiesenthal was such an agent.”

JOSEF GINSBURG on how to make a jew tell the truth:

Jew-wise Gentiles know about the “jews’ oath” or Kol Nidre prayer, which all devout jews say every year to absolve them from telling the truth in the year to come. But there is a way to make a religious jew tell the truth, according to Josef Ginsburg, who was himself the son of an orthodox rabbi.

“First, all Christian symbols must be cleared from the room. Then, a Hebrew bible and a rabbi must be present. The jew must don a skull cap and take a rabbinical oath which nullifies the Kol Nidre anti-oath oath.” After this procedure, Josef Ginsburg claimed that “99.5% of all the sick holocaust stories would become truthful silence!” Jews are not otherwise bound to tell the truth, because their courtroom oath (as well as their pledge of allegiance) is deemed by them to be of no account, whatsoever!


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What Does It Take To Beat Them?

Reposted from:

Please note: the link above will not work!

RADICALPRESS.COM, the website of Canadian Arthur Topham, has been shut down –   courtesy of the kike!

(Emphases in bold by BJW)


By Dick Eastman

Rothschild and the band of trillionaires have more destructive power at their command than do the combined nations of the world, the governments of which they control anyway. They have a lock on the incentive systems of the world. They have more power to organize and psychologically move the various peoples of the world than those people could ever hope to muster by themselves for themselves – so much so that the ones who know Rothschild power and understand those aspects of their system that can be deduced and who have devised the most workable and salutary system to replace the Bank-of-England/East-India-Company/Rothschild system are the very individuals most isolated and marginalized to the point that they can neither be seen past the gigantic images of the fake opposition nor heard over the din or false reformers and false specialists.

For years I’ve pondered the problem of how mankind might one day beat such an enemy. I know a great many things that sound good but won’t work. Eventually I concluded that they can be beaten only under circumstances where the following three conditions obtain:


2) radically simple and instantly operational SOCIAL CREDIT SYSTEM to replace the Bank-of-England/East-India-Company system when it is shut down

3) absolute devotion to God in sinless, unwavering self-sacrificing SERVICE TO COMMON BROTHERHOOD OF MAN, to VOLKSGEMEINSCHAFT (to the people’s community) under God (but not a hireling priesthood or “denomination”).

Unable to organize anything as complex as a reform system or true democracy or a republic of representative government in the face of Rothschild power, the people must give their power to one man whose very will and being is for the people. Rudolf Hess gave this political remedy its name, the Führerprinzip. For him it meant “Germany is Hitler and Hitler is Germany.” When the people are powerless to be heard individually, when the remedies they want cannot be advanced by the politics of the old forms of government because these have been corrupted by the money power they must find one man they can trust, who embodies their views and they must simply uphold him and acclaim his statements and actions as their one representative, as one who does not need to be elected to be their spokesman – one whose only power is the people who believe in him believing in them.

Replacing the money and credit system of a nation when the initial system is completely in the hands of hostile interests is, under almost every circumstance one can imagine, quite impossible but there is this one grand strategy for doing it that is workable. The government takes over all banks, drafts the officers and the corporation itself; suspends debt payments owed to banks, suspends all default proceedings while simultaneously creating the government’s capacity to autonomously (by fiat) make (thin-air) deposits in the accounts of every citizen with a social security number, so that disbursement of new money dividends can be issued to everyone at once, to maintain purchasing power and buying, to keep businesses open and to actually improve their sales and provide money for them to make new orders and increase hiring. This step is an absolutely necessary component for any economic evolution/progress beyond Rothschild tyranny. During this transition the entire economy and all the lives it sustains are as vulnerable as a person whose bad heart is removed and a new one put in its place. Once this break from the Rothschild system is accomplished further reform becomes quite easy.

However replacing a perverted and evil system of money and credit with populist social credit does away with Rothschild control of the incentive system of the human race, Rothschild interests still have almost unlimited power to buy mercenaries who know no other way than to serve the boss by doing whatever he says. Rothschild can commit a crime and pay a thousand people a million dollars each to turn their backs on the truth, to obstruct justice, to help Rothschild get away with it – and such a payment – a mere billion dollars – is nothing to Rothschild. And in a world where everyone is crushed by unpaid debt, mercenaries come far cheaper than that. (One of the purposes of deflation and eternal economic depression for the masses is to make lackies cheaper to buy.)

 Only complete, deepest-running jihad zealotry will serve here!

 “Give me liberty or give me death” in service of God and one’s countrymen (the people of the land of one’s culture and values – by birth or by choice) and all mankind – is the necessary baseline and only attitude for success in the task at hand. Moderation is luke warm and ineffective when it comes to the most important and non-negotiable issue of all – freedom for humanity under God requires that you and I be in Jihad, that we be Sans-Culottes refusing to wear the trappings of the hirelings of the oligarchy, that your supreme purpose and duty is to end the curse and sin of mankind’s otherwise perpetual enslavement to Rothschild power.

Three elements are necessary to beat Rothschild power and all three must be in harmony, all three – man of the people, program, faith – must be – there is no other way to put it – one in holiness.

As I see it, those are the only terms and conditions upon which mankind can obtain freedom and the blessed life which, if you can believe it, God intended for us

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Ex Oriente Lux?

An old article of mine:

Twentieth-century man, in his boundless arrogance, sees himself as the highest expression of evolution – in every respect! Stone Age Man is viewed more or less as a brutish club-wielding slobbering grunting cave-dweller and our immediate ancestor is seen as little more than a country bumpkin, an unsophisticated superstitious yokel who believed that the Earth is flat and the Sun is circling the planet!

But … our ancestors did get it right, after all! Watch this documentary on Eric Dubay’s site:

Eric has also written a book on this topic.

Modern man presumes to be in possession of true knowledge, something he calls “science!” His “science” is essentially a belief-system akin to a religion, backed up by lots of faith, a few brazen lies, a bit of legerdemain and very little solid proof. It even has its own Inquisition, euphemistically referred to as “academia”. It might be more accurate to call this system “Scientism”. A case in point is Darwin’s Theory of Evolution for which there is not the slightest shred of evidence but woe to you if you confess to be a non-believer! Doubting the Theory of Evolution is almost as bad and sinful as doubting the sacred Holocaust! Shame on you! And off with your head!

Then there is “spiritual truth”. Without hesitation Jews, Christians and Moslems will tout their god as the one and only god – and they are ready, at the drop of a hat, to impose this god on you. Where is the proof that there is only one god? Where is the evidence that monotheism is superior to any other form of spirituality? Where is the evidence that the three Abrahamic religions, so-called, are, as they claim, supremely ethical?

The monotheism of Judaism and its daughter religions is neither superior nor is it inherently ethical. Even a cursory glance at its blood-stained history irrefutably proves the claim of intellectual and moral superiority to be utterly fraudulent and absurd. This claim is, to me, a symptom of a serious mental health problem!

There is one form of spirituality that is at the heart of many a religion, ancient and modern. There is one universal religion that is the matrix from which most of the others developed, or more correctly, from which they devolved and degenerated. That “ur”-religion, if it may be called thus, is “sun worship”.

Before we proceed I need to define “sun worship” so that there is not the slightest misunderstanding as to how I use the term.

Do Jews worship the scrolls on which the Torah is written? Does a Christian worship a piece of wood or metal in the shape of a cross or the statue of a saint? Does a Moslem worship a piece of black rock in Mecca? Does a patriot worship his country’s flag?

Of course not! Scrolls, cross, rock and flag are symbols! They are representations, visual and tangible, of abstract concepts. They serve to focus attention. They are, if you will, hitching posts for the mind. Why would we think that ancient man was any different from us?

The religions of antiquity agree that the visible sun is but a reflection of the light of the invisible spiritual sun which is behind all material phenomena. This invisible sun is the source of life, light, and truth. The sun, being supreme among all celestial bodies, is a symbol of the Creator Himself.

The Jew honours the scrolls of the Torah, the Christian honours the cross, the Moslem honours the Ka’aba, the patriot honours the flag. By the same token a “sun worshipper” honours what the sun stands for. As simple as that! Followers of solar religions did not then nor do they now worship the physical sun

There is, however, quite a bit more to “sun worship” than mere reverence and that something more may well be the real reason that “sun worship” is demonized by the sinister forces that created Judaism and its daughters, Christianity and Islam.

“Sun worship” is far more than a set of aesthetically pleasing rituals and ceremonies; it is more than poetic prayers and uplifting hymns; it is more than philosophical musings. It is nothing less than a practical tool for physical, mental and spiritual evolution. That is what “enlightenment” means!

Compared to what ancient man was – and what we will, hopefully, be again! – we are the country bumpkins; we are the yokels. Man has a past far more glorious than we are led to believe and no! we do not need ETs to explain it. Could we – today – create something like the pyramids? I think not!

In his book Solar Revolution, German biophysicist Dieter Broers makes a compelling case for the spiritual impact of the Sun and its transformative power. He points to scientific evidence that shows a clear correlation between increases in solar activity on the one hand and advances in our creative, mental, and spiritual abilities on the other.

Ancient man knew this and used ceremonies, rituals and sun-gazing to empower himself physically, mentally and spiritually. What the ignorant Bible believer considers to be primitive pagan “sun worship” is far from primitive; it is an important part in our evolution and has always been.

But what most modern men and women seem to desire is this: easy-on-the-mind delusions rather than truths which can be uncomfortable. They want their mythologies to be true; they want signs and miracles to wonder at and rules and regulations to abide by; they want illusions about this world and the one to come; they want scapegoats to blame for whatever goes wrong; they want punishment, such as everlasting damnation for the bad guys (naturally, that’s never them!) and rewards for the good guys (that’s them, of course!). They want leaders to think and make moral decisions for them.

Into this empty-mind vacuum created by the abdication of our responsibility to do our own thinking and to make our own decisions all kinds of secular and religious “makers and shakers” and leaders (read: parasites, the lot of them) will step. They contain us in a corral. They do not want us free; they do not want to lose us; we are their sustenance! We are their cattle! As parasites they cannot fend for themselves. Without us they will perish! And that is the reason that our evolution is exactly what they are aiming to prevent! That is why “sun worship” is demonized for it is the only way up!

Here are two points you may want to ponder and do some research on:

Only a fool will deny the fact that the psychopaths in power are spraying a cocktail of toxic chemicals on us because to them we are no more than bugs or weeds. Chemtrails in the sky are the clear evidence of this criminal act. These chemicals, whatever their exact composition may be, are intended to either reduce the overall amount of solar radiation or to screen out parts of the spectrum or both. Let’s not delude ourselves: they don’t do this out of the goodness of their hearts. This ain’t done to protect you from any negative impact of the sun!

In many parts of the world fluoride is added to drinking water and many everyday products, such as toothpaste. While it may not, as is often claimed, make you docile and submissive it WILL harm you. How? The pineal gland, deep within the brain, is your portal to higher dimensions of reality. It is the seat of the soul as some would say. It has a direct connection to the eyes and – guess what – it absorbs light via the optic nerve leading from the eyes to the brain! The ancient art of sun gazing was practised by Pharaoh Akhenaten and his good lady, Queen Nefertiti. Sun gazing stimulates the pineal. And hey! – surprise, surprise! – fluoride accumulates in the pineal and severely reduces its efficacy or shuts it down completely thus severing your connection to higher dimensions! The physical, mental and spiritual benefits of the sun are no longer available to you! Exactly what the NWO thugs want!

OK. But what does Judaism have to do with “sun worship”? Simple – much as Jews hate to face facts regarding their past – the plain truth is that it is an offspring of Atenism.

Every 28 years, according to Jewish tradition, the sun returns to the exact location in the sky it was in at the moment of creation. A blessing (Birkat Hachama – Blessing of the Sun) is recited as the sun rises; if it is not visible due to inclement weather the ritual is postponed to the following day although a minority view holds that the blessing can be said even if the sun is not visible. The last time this happened was Wednesday, 8 April 2009 and the next time will be on Wednesday, 8 April 2037.

ברוך אתה ה’ אלהינו מלך העולם עושה מעשה בראשית

“Blessed are You, LORD, our God, King of the Universe Maker of the Works of Creation”


The congregants are encouraged to look at the sun, if ever so briefly. Needless to say, this is not an act of worship. It is not the sun that is blessed but the Creator. I find it impossible to see in this anything other than a residue left by the polytheistic stellar creeds of Canaan or – far more likely – of Atenism, Pharaoh Akhenaten’s solar religion.

Enter Pharaoh Akhenaten:

In 1369 BCE Amenhotep IV took over from his father Amenhotep III, changed his name to Akhenaten and set about his agenda of transforming Egypt. His reforms changed Egypt’s fear-based superstitious polytheism ruled by a powerful – and corrupt – priesthood to a religion of the heart and the mind, free of graven images, free of the unhealthy obsession with the afterlife, free of magic. No animals were sacrificed; instead offerings were made of flowers, fruit and incense. The only image displayed in Atenist temples was the sun disk with rays that ended in hands, some of which held the ankh, the symbol of life.

In 1899 Egyptologist Flinders Petrie declared:

If this were a new religion, invented to satisfy our modern scientific conceptions, we could not find a flaw in the correctness of this view of the energy of the solar system. How much Akhenaten understood, we cannot say, but he certainly bounded forward in his views and symbolism to a position which we cannot logically improve upon at the present day. Not a rag of superstition or of falsity can be found clinging to this new worship evolved out of the old Aton of Heliopolis, the sole Lord of the universe.

What a beautiful tribute! But, unfortunately, Atenism did not last! When the Israelites left Egypt they took with them Akhenaten’s religion. That’s one scenario. Another one, far more likely, is that the Israelites weren’t even Israelites at the time but the persecuted followers of Akhenaten who fled for their lives after Akhenaten died – or was killed – and Egypt purged itself of Atenism. A third scenario holds that Moses and Akhenaten are one and the same man. Akhenaten/Moses chose the Hebrews to give his religion to since his own people did not want it. We may never know the truth, unfortunately.

In the centuries and millenia that followed Akhenaten’s death the man himself was forgotten and his legacy, the flower of Atenism, withered and died. During the so-called Babylonian exile a new religion was created and imposed on the Israelites by the Levites.

How To Conquer The World In Three Easy Lessons

Lesson 1

Take as many superstitions as you can, authoritarian political and religious ideas, unsavoury teachings and practices from the cultures around you, of Sumer, Canaan, Assyria, Babylon and Persia – in fact, steal from everybody; throw in a good measure of the most interesting myths and legends of said nations; season with generous amounts of fear and guilt, greed and overbearing pride; stir well; top it all with a dollop of xenophobia and genocidal racism; decorate everything with murderous intolerance; backdate this concoction to a time lost to memory so that nobody can refute anything you say; claim the whole caboodle as your own history, and as your own God-given religion and voila – you have just created Pharisaism aka Rabbinical Judaism, a tool for ruthless mind-control.

Lesson 2

Backed up by the financial resources of the King of Persia and the might of his army trek back to Canaan and to the hoi-polloi left behind when you went into exile. The next part is crucial, so do pay attention, please! The people know and understand that you are offering them dogmas and precepts Moses never taught them so you must force-feed this pigswill to the unwilling populace; enslave and punish and eliminate mercilessly anyone who resists (that is known as trauma-based conditioning) – and lo and behold! – you have created the “Jewish people”.

Lesson 3

Once the nation has become enured to rape and pillage, theft, murder and genocide it can then be relied upon to carry your sick ideas around the globe. Release them amongst the Gentile nations so that they, too, may be devoured by Yahveh. If the goyim, not unexpectedly, resist … repeat Lesson 2 as it pertains to oppression and punishment. And while you are at it … don’t be dead serious. Enjoy it! Have fun! Think of all the Purims you can celebrate!

That’s all there is to it! As they say: piece of cake!

But the rabbis were never able, no matter how hard they tried, to eradicate entirely the old ways. These either went underground and were practiced clandestinely or they were simply repackaged and integrated – in the same way that Christianity integrated the pagan ways of old Europe.

The ritual blessing of the sun is by no means the only evidence of pagan elements found in the Jewish religion. The swastika, for example, which is a symbol of the solar disk, is found amongst the most diverse cultures all over the globe and it hails back many millenia, probably well into the neolithicum. It can be found in the remains of the ancient city of Troy, which existed 4,000 years ago and … you guessed it … it can be found in many an ancient synagogue in Judea.


The Ein Gedi synagogue, for instance, features the zodiac and the swastika.

The sun god Helios shows up in the synagogue of Beit Alpha (left) and of Sipphoris (right)

There are also many traces in scriptures that irrefutably prove that reverence for, if not actual worship of, the sun was at one time a firmly established part of the Israelite religion. To mention a few:

Deuteronomy 4:19 forbids the worship of heavenly bodies, which would, of course, include the sun and Deuteronomy 17:3 commands that worshippers of heavenly bodies be stoned to death.

The very fact that the Torah rails and rants against such a pagan practice is clear-cut proof that it existed! You do not have to forbid something that nobody ever does, do you? The prophets, too, tirelessly preached against the Israelites’ pagan practices. There are far too many examples to enumerate them. Just peruse the Old Testament.

The Gemara (part of the Talmud) states that the entrance to the tabernacle court in the Jerusalem temple was oriented towards East. To catch the rising sun, of course!

It doesn’t come any clearer than the following passage:

Ezekiel 8:16  And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD’S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.

 In conclusion:

Judaism is to Atenism, its progenitor, what the polluted water of the Nile’s delta is to its clear and sweet headwaters deep within Africa.

It is not “sun worship” that is of Satan, always assuming that Satan exists! It is Judaism that is spiritual darkness and anti-life! The very opposite of what Atenism and other solar religions stand  for!

Judaism is a highway to perdition!

Ex Oriente Lux! Out Of The East, Light!

The light of the rising sun – yes!  The light of Far Eastern religions – perhaps!

The light of Judaism? Christianity? Islam? – No!


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Why I Support the BDS Movement Against Israel

By Chris Hedges

July 27, 2015 “Information Clearing House” – “Truthdig” –

The Palestinians are poor. They are powerless. They have no voice or influence in the halls of power. They are demonized. They do not have well-heeled lobbyists doling out campaign contributions and pushing through pro-Palestinian legislation. No presidential candidate is appealing to donors—as Hillary Clinton did when she sent a letter to media mogul Haim Saban denouncing critics of Israel—by promising to advance the interests of the Palestinian people. Palestinians, like poor people of color in the United States, are expendable.

Justice for Palestine will never come from the traditional governmental institutions or political parties that administer power. These institutions have surrendered to moneyed interests. Justice will come only from us. And the sole mechanism left to ensure justice for Palestine is the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. Sanctions brought down the apartheid regime of South Africa. And they are what will bring down the apartheid regime of Israel. BDS is nonviolent. It appeals to conscience. And it works.

All Israeli products including Jaffa citrus fruits, Ahava cosmetics, SodaStream drink machines, Eden Springs bottled water and Israeli wine must be boycotted. We must refuse to do business with Israeli service companies. And we must boycott corporations that do business with Israel, including Caterpillar, HP and Hyundai. We must put pressure on institutions, from churches to universities, to divest from Israeli companies and corporations that have contracts with Israel. The struggle against apartheid in South Africa was long and hard. This struggle will be too.

Gaza, a year after Israel carried out a devastating bombing campaign that lasted almost two months, is in ruins. Most of the water is unsafe to drink. There are power outages for up to 12 hours a day. Forty percent of the 1.8 million inhabitants are unemployed, including 67 percent of the youths—the highest youth unemployment rate in the world. Of the 17,000 homes destroyed by Israel in the siege, not one has been rebuilt. Sixty thousand people remain homeless. Only a quarter of the promised $3.5 billion in aid from international donors has been delivered—much of it diverted to the Palestinian Authority, the Israeli puppet regime that governs the West Bank. And no one in Washington—Republican or Democrat—will defy the Israel lobby. No one will call for justice or stay the Israeli killing machine. U.S. senators, including Bernie Sanders, at the height of the Israeli bombardment last summer voted unanimously to defend the Israeli slaughter of a people with no army, navy, air force, mechanized units, artillery or command and control. It was a vote worthy of the old Soviet Union. Every senator held out his or her tin cup to the Israel lobby and chose naked self-interest over justice.

Israel, like the United States, is poisoned by the psychosis of permanent war. It too is governed by a corrupt oligarchic elite for whom war has become a lucrative business. It too has deluded itself into carrying out war crimes and then playing the role of the victim. Israeli systems of education and the press—again mirrored in the United States—have indoctrinated Israelis into believing that they have a right to kill anyone whom the state condemns as a terrorist. And Israel’s most courageous human rights campaigners, intellectuals and journalists are slandered and censored in their own country, just as American critics such as Norman Finkelstein, Max Blumenthal and Noam Chomsky are in the United States.

Those who become addicted to the wielding of the instruments of war, blinded by hubris and a lust for power, eventually become war’s victims. This is as true for Israel as for the United States.

Israel’s goal is to make life a living hell for all Palestinians, ethnically cleansing as many as it can and subduing those who remain. The peace process is a sham. It has led to Israel’s seizure of more than half the land on the West Bank, including the aquifers, and the herding of Palestinians into squalid, ringed ghettos or Bantustans while turning Palestinian land and homes over to Jewish settlers. Israel is expanding settlements, especially in East Jerusalem. Racial laws, once championed by the right-wing demagogue Meir Kahane, openly discriminate against Israeli Arabs and Palestinians. Ilan Pappe calls the decades-long assault against the Palestinian people “incremental genocide.”

In Gaza, Israel practices an even more extreme form of cruelty. It employs a mathematical formula to limit outside food deliveries to Gaza to keep the caloric levels of the 1.8 million Palestinians just above starvation. This has left 80 percent of the Palestinians in Gaza dependent on Islamic charities and outside aid to survive. And the periodic military assaults on Gaza, euphemistically called “mowing the lawn,” are carried out every few years to ensure that the Palestinians remain broken, terrified and destitute. There have been three Israeli attacks on Gaza since 2008. Each is more violent and indiscriminate than the last. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said that a fourth attack on Gaza is “inevitable.”

During its 51-day siege of Gaza last summer Israel dropped $370 million in ordinance on concrete hovels and refugee camps that hold the most densely packed population on the planet. Two thousand one hundred four Palestinians were killed. Sixty-nine percent—1,462—were civilians. Four hundred ninety-five were children. Ten thousand were injured. (During the attack six Israeli civilians and 66 soldiers were killed.) Four hundred Palestinian businesses were wiped out. Seventy mosques were destroyed and 130 were damaged. Twenty-four medical facilities were bombed, and 16 ambulances were struck, as was Gaza’s only electrical power plant. Israel tallied it up: 390,000 tank shells, 34,000 artillery shells, 4.8 million bullets. Most of the civilians who died were killed in their homes, many of the victims torn to shreds by flechette darts sprayed from tanks. Children were burned with white phosphorous or buried with their families under rubble caused by 2,000-pound iron fragmentation bombs. Others died from dense inert metal explosive, or DIME, bombs—experimental weapons that send out extremely small, carcinogenic particles that cut through both soft tissue and bone. The Israel Defense Forces, as Amira Hass has reported, consider any Palestinian over the age of 12 to be a legitimate military target. Max Blumenthal’s new book, “The 51 Day War,” is a chilling chronicle of savage atrocities carried out by Israel in Gaza last summer. As horrible as the apartheid state in South Africa was, that nation never used its air force and heavy artillery to bomb and shell black townships.

A report by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) found Israel killed and injured more civilians with explosive weapons in 2014 than any other country in the world. Hamas’ indiscriminate firing of wildly inaccurate missiles—Finkelstein correctly called them “enhanced fireworks”—into Israel was, as a U.N. report recently charged, a war crime, although the report failed to note that under international law Hamas had a right to use force to defend itself from attack.

The disparity of firepower in the 2014 conflict was vast: Israel dropped 20,000 tons of explosives on Gaza while Hamas used 20 to 40 tons of explosives to retaliate. Israel’s wholesale slaughter of civilians is on a scale equaled only by Islamic State and Boko Haram. Yet Israel, in our world of double standards, is exempted from condemnation in Washington and provided with weapons and billions in U.S. foreign aid to perpetuate the killing. This is not surprising. The United States uses indiscriminate deadly force in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia that outdoes even Israel, leaving behind civilian victims, refugees and destroyed cities and villages in huge numbers.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who during his last election campaign received 90 percent of his money from U.S. oligarchs such as Sheldon Adelson, has internally mounted a campaign of state repression against human rights advocates, journalists and dissidents. He has stoked overt racism toward Palestinians and Arabs and the African migrant workers who live in the slums of Tel Aviv. “Death to Arabs” is a popular chant at Israeli soccer matches. Thugs from right-wing youth groups such as Im Tirtzu routinely beat up dissidents, Palestinians, Israeli Arabs and African immigrants in the streets of Tel Aviv. It is a species of Jewish fascism.

Israel is not an anomaly. It is a window into the dystopian, militarized world that is being prepared for all of us, a world with vast disparities of income and draconian systems of internal security. There will be no freedom for Palestine, or for those locked in our own internal colonies and terrorized by indiscriminate police violence, until we destroy corporate capitalism and the neoliberal ideology that sustains it. There will be no justice for Michael Brown until there is justice for Mohammed Abu Khdeir. The fight for the Palestinians is our fight. If the Palestinians are not liberated none of us will be liberated. We cannot pick and choose which of the oppressed are convenient or inconvenient to defend. We will stand with all of the oppressed or none of the oppressed. And when we stand with the oppressed we will be treated like the oppressed.

Chris Hedges spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years.


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Criminalizing The Boycott Of Israel

        The article below is reposted from:

Comment by Bernard Weckmann:

If you think that the previous post THE DUMB AMERICAN is harsh then today’s post should remove any lingering doubts as to the truth of this statement! But Americans, it seems, are not only dumber than I could have imagined but also spineless cowards! Israel got them by the balls and will castrate them and they will allow it to happen!

But from where I stand I can see something positive in that: Jews are cornered rats! And they know that the tide is turning against them and their days as the lords of the world are numbered hence this rush to outlaw the boycott movement!

A move like that proves to my built-in “bullshit-and-panic-detector” just how desperate they are. It may be too late for America, the land of the “Free” and the “Brave” but there is the rest of the world.

To Jews I say UP YOURS! The tide is turning and will drown you! And good riddance!


U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel

By Glenn Greenwald

July 19, 2017 “Information Clearing House” – The criminalization of political speech and activism against Israel has become one of the gravest threats to free speech in the west. In France, activists have been arrested and prosecuted for wearing t-shirts advocating a boycott of Israel. The U.K. has enacted a series of measures designed to outlaw such activism. In the U.S., governors compete with one another over who can implement the most extreme regulations to bar businesses from participating in any boycotts aimed even at Israeli settlements, which the world regards as illegal. On U.S. campuses, punishment of pro-Palestinian students for expressing criticisms of Israel is so commonplace that the Center for Constitutional Rights refers to it as “the Palestine Exception” to free speech.

But now, a group of 45 Senators – 30 Republicans and 15 Democrats – want to implement a law that would make it a felony for Americans to support the international boycott against Israel, which was launched in protest of that country’s decades-old occupation of Palestine. The two primary sponsors of the bill are Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland and Rob Portman of Ohio. Perhaps the most shocking aspect is the punishment: anyone guilty of violating its prohibitions will face a minimum civil penalty of $250,000, and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison.

The proposed measure, called the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S. 720), was introduced by Cardin on March 23. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports that the bill “was drafted with the assistance of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee [AIPAC].” Indeed, AIPAC, in its 2017 Lobbying Agenda, identified passage of this bill as one of its top lobbying priorities for the year:

The bill’s co-sponsors include the senior Democrat in Washington, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, his New York colleague Kirsten Gillibrand, and several of the Senate’s more liberal members, such as Ron Wyden of Oregon, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Maria Cantwell of Washington. Illustrating the bipartisanship that AIPAC typically summons, it also includes several of the most right-wing Senators such as Ted Cruz of Texas, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and Marco Rubio of Florida.

A similar measure was introduced in the House on the same date by two Republicans and one Democrat. It already has amassed 234 co-sponsors: 63 Democrats and 174 Republicans. As in the Senate, AIPAC has assembled an impressive ideological diversity among supporters, predictably including many of the most right-wing House members –  Jason Chaffetz, “Dutch” Ruppersberger, Liz Cheney, Peter King – along with the second-ranking Democrat in the House, Steny Hoyer.

Among the co-sponsors of the bill are several of the politicians who have become political celebrities by positioning themselves as media leaders of the anti-Trump #Resistance, including three California House members who have become heroes to Democrats and staples of the cable news circuit: Ted Lieu, Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell. These politicians, who have built a wide public following by posturing as opponents of authoritarianism, are sponsoring one of the most oppressive and authoritarian bills that has pended before Congress in quite some time.

Last night, the ACLU posted a letter it sent to all members of the Senate urging them to oppose this bill. Warning that “proponents of the bill are seeking additional co-sponsors,” the civil liberties group explained that “it would punish individuals for no reason other than their political beliefs.” The letter detailed what makes this bill so particularly threatening to basic civic freedoms:

It is no small thing for the ACLU to insert itself into this controversy. One of the most traumatic events in the organization’s history was when it lost large numbers of donors and supporters in the late 1970s after they defended the free speech rights of neo-Nazis to march through Skokie, Illinois, a town with a large community of Holocaust survivors.

Even the bravest of organizations often steadfastly avoid any controversies relating to Israel. Yet here, while appropriately pointing out that the ACLU “takes no position for or against the effort to boycott Israel or any foreign country,” they categorically denounce this AIPAC-sponsored proposal for what it is: a bill that “seeks only to punish the exercise of constitutional rights.”

The ACLU has similarly opposed bipartisan efforts at the state level to punish businesses who participate in the boycott, pointing out that “boycotts to achieve political goals are a form of expression that the Supreme Court has ruled are protected by the First Amendment’s protections of freedom of speech, assembly, and petition,” and that such bills “place unconstitutional conditions on the exercise of constitutional rights.” The bill now co-sponsored in the Congress by more than half of the House and close to half of the Senate is far more extreme than those.

Thus far, not a single member of Congress has joined the ACLU in denouncing this bill. The Intercept this morning sent inquiries to numerous non-committed members of the Senate and House who have yet to speak on this bill. We also sent inquiries to several co-sponsors of the bill – such as Congressman Lieu – who have positioned themselves as civil liberties champions and opponents of authoritarianism, asking:

Congressman Lieu: Last night, the ACLU vehemently denounced a bill that you are cosponsoring – to criminalize support for a boycott of Israel – as a grave attack on free speech. Do you have any comment on the ACLU’s denunciation? You’ve been an outspoken champion for civil liberties; how can you reconcile that record with an effort to make it a felony for Americans to engage in activism that protests a foreign government’s actions? We’re writing about this today; any statement would be appreciated.

This morning, Lieu responded: “Thank you for sharing the letter. The bill has been around since March and this is the first time I have seen this issue raised. We will look into it” (the Intercept will post any response from Rep. Lieu, or any late responses from others, as soon as they are received).

Senator Cantwell told The Intercept she is “a strong supporter of free speech rights” and will be reviewing the bill for First Amendment concerns in light of the ACLU statement.

Democratic Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, when asked by the Intercept about the ACLU’s warning that the bill he is co-sponsoring criminalizes free speech, affirmed his support for the bill by responding: “I continue to support a strong U.S./Israel relationship.”

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Meanwhile, some co-sponsors seemed not to have any idea what they co-sponsored – almost as though they reflexively sign whatever comes from AIPAC without having any idea what’s in it. Democratic Senator Gary Peters of Michigan, for instance, seemed genuinely bewildered when told of the ACLU’s letter, saying “what’s the Act? You’ll have to get back to me on that.”:

And there is this similar exchange with another co-sponsor, one of AIPAC’s most reliable allies, Democratic Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey, who said: “I’d want to read it . . . . I’d really have to look at it.”

Perhaps most stunning is our interview with the primary sponsor of the bill, Democratic Senator Benjamin Cardin, who seemed to have no idea what was in his bill, particularly insisting that it contains no criminal penalties. Cardin either has no idea how draconian his own bill is, or is purposely feigning ignorance. Either way, there is no question that, as the ACLU put it, “violations would be subject to a minimum civil penalty of $250,000 and a maximum criminal penalty o f $ 1 million and 20 years in prison.”

That’s because, as Josh Ruebner expertly detailed when the bill was first unveiled, “the bill seeks to amend two laws – the Export Administration Act of 1979 and the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945,” and “the potential penalties for violating this bill are steep: a minimum $250,000 civil penalty and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years imprisonment, as stipulated in the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.”

Indeed, to see how serious the penalties are, one can just compare the bill’s text in Section 8(a), which provides that violators will be punished”in accordance with section 206 of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1705),” to the penalty provisions of that law, which state:

The bill is designed to extend the current prohibition on participating in boycotts sponsored by foreign governments to cover boycotts from international organizations such as the U.N and the European Union. It also explicitly extends the boycott ban from Israel generally to any parts of Israel, including the settlements. For that reason, Ruebner explains, the bill – by design – would outlaw “campaigns by the Palestine solidarity movement to pressure corporations to cut ties to Israel or even with Israeli settlements.”

This pernicious bill highlights many vital yet typically ignored dynamics in Washington. First, journalists love to lament the lack of bipartisanship in Washington, yet the very mention of the word “Israel” causes most members of both parties to quickly snap into line in a show of unanimity that would make the regime of North Korea blush with envy. Even when virtually the entire world condemns Israeli aggression, or declares settlements illegal, the U.S. Congress – across party and ideological lines – finds virtually complete harmony in uniting against the world consensus and in defense of the Israeli government.

Second, the free speech debate in the U.S. is incredibly selective and warped. Pundits and political officials love to crusade as free speech champions – when doing so involves defending mainstream ideas or attacking marginalized, powerless groups such as minority college students. But when it comes to one of the most systemic, powerful, and dangerous assaults on free speech in the U.S. and the west generally – the growing attempt to literally criminalize speech and activism aimed at the Israeli Government’s occupation – these free speech warriors typically fall silent.

Third, AIPAC continues to be one of the most powerful, and pernicious, lobbying forces in the country. In what conceivable sense is it of benefit of Americans to turn them into felons for the crime of engaging in political activism in protest of a foreign nation’s government? And this is hardly the first time they have attempted to do this through their most devoted Congressional loyalists; Cardin, for instance, had previously succeeded in inserting into trade bills provisions that would disfavor anyone who supports a boycott of Israel.

Finally, it is hard to put into words the irony of watching many of the most celebrated and beloved Congressional leaders of the anti-authoritarian Resistance – Gillibrand, Schiff, Swalwell and Lieu – sponsor one of the most oppressive and authoritarian bills to appear in Congress in many years. How can one credibly inveigh against “authoritarianism” while sponsoring a bill that dictates to American citizens what political views they are and are not allowed to espouse under threat of criminal prosecution? Whatever labels one might want to apply to the sponsors of this bill, “anti-authoritarianism” should be not be among them.

This article was first published by The Intercept

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