Zionism, the False Messiah
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Alan Hart, a former correspondent for the BBC’s Panorama and for the major news service ITN, is about as mainstream a news figure as one can be in Great Britain. He cut his journalistic teeth as a young man covering the 6-day war in 1967 in the Middle East and probably has as much first-hand knowledge of the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians as any person alive. No Western journalist has had more intimate access to leaders on both sides than he has. He was very close to both Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir and PLO leader Yasser Arafat. In 1984, reflecting much of his first-hand knowledge, he wrote a book about the latter, Arafat, Terrorist or Peacemaker?
To be a top Middle Eastern correspondent for such major organs has also required a great deal of homework on his part, and one can see that he has put in the time. More than that, in volume one of Zionism, the Real Enemy of the Jews, entitled The False Messiah, he comes across as a thoroughly fair-minded man.
It is a combination that is both remarkable, to my mind, for a mainstream journalist and lethal in a career field that is now so Zionist-dominated. It is perhaps telling that the adjective “former” is now placed in front of those high positions of his in the Western opinion-molding industry. As we have seen with the 60 Minutes gerontocracy, at 71 years of age he’s still a relative spring chicken in the field. It is hardly surprising that, as Hart tells us in the prologue to his U.S. edition, published in 2009 four years after the first publication in Britain, that he initially had to self-publish this book. That was so “despite the fact that my literary agent had on file letters of rare praise for my work from the CEOs of some of our major publishing houses.”
Now, it would appear that the British liberal Hart has gone the way of the late conservative American Joseph Sobran who in his last years practiced his journalism in an unremunerated fashion through his web site. Since Hart can now say the sorts of things that he was not allowed to say by the BBC or ITN, AlanHart.Net is a very good source for useful information, but his audience is perforce much smaller than before, probably along the lines of that for DCDave.com.
The truth about Zionism, which Hart is now free to tell, is, unfortunately, very ugly. How, really, can one put a rosy gloss upon the violent forcing out of a people from their ancestral homeland and the heavy-handed continued oppression of those who remain? Zionism, to anyone who has observed it objectively as Hart has, is a witch’s brew of fanaticism, deceit, ruthlessness, and money.
The fanaticism has its roots primarily in the ethnic politics of Eastern Europe. The good liberal Hart perhaps sees too much of it as a reaction to pervasive “anti-Semitism” and too little of it as a reflection of the dark side of the atavistic, tribal nature of Talmudic Judaism, itself.
Following Hart’s narrative, it is clear that the Nazi oppression was not the cause of Zionist fanaticism. The movement predates the rise of Adolf Hitler. But Hart cannot admit that the fanaticism flows out of the nature of Judaism as it has evolved because that would contradict his central thesis, that is, that bad political Zionism should be contrasted with good religious Judaism. That view, as it happens, was well summed up by a June 3, 2014, letter to The Washington Post:
With Israeli flags in many synagogues and Jewish groups calling upon American Jews to “make aliyah”—emigrate to Israel—it seems that a form of idolatry has been embraced, making Israel an object of worship, replacing God, much like the golden calf in the Bible. Such views do not represent the outlook of the vast majority of American Jews. Judaism is a religion of universal values, not a nationality, and American Jews are Americans by nationality and Jews by religion, just as other Americans are Protestant, Catholic or Muslim.
Judaism has been corrupted by its politicization. Fortunately, Zionism seems to be in retreat among American Jews, as evidenced by the increasing number of Jews that the D.C. Jewish Community Center and like-minded groups feel the need to censor. The Jewish tradition believes that all men and women, of every race and nation, are created in the image of God and deserve to be treated humanely. What happens to Palestinians, as a result, is no less important than what happens to Israelis.
–Allan C. Brownfield, Alexandria.
Against Their Better Angels
Hart’s book is full of the warnings of prominent Jews who inveighed against the “false messiah” of political Zionism. He even devotes an entire chapter of praise to an early leader of cultural Zionism, Asher Zvi Hirsch Ginsberg, who used the pen name of Ahad Ha’am. In the following quote on page 107 Ha’am is reacting to actions by Jewish settlers in Palestine in the 1920s in which he well foresaw and lamented in advance what has in fact transpired:
Apart from the political danger, I can’t put up with the idea that our brethren are morally capable of behaving in such a way to humans of another people, and unwittingly this thought comes to my mind: if it is so now, what will be our relation to the others if in truth we shall achieve at the end of times power in Eretz Israel?
Hart quotes him further, “If this be the messiah, I do not wish to see his coming.
Continuing with Hart:
Another legendary spiritual Zionist who spoke against political Zionism was Dr. Judah Magnes, the founder and first president of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He warned time and time again that by establishing a political dominion in Palestine against the wishes and without the consent of the Arabs “we shall be sowing the seed of an eternal hatred of such dimensions that Jews will not be able to live in this part of the world for centuries to come.” And that, Magnes said to political Zionists, “is something you had better try to avoid.”
To the wisdom of Jewish leaders like Ha’am and Magnes adds that of British cabinet member Edwin Samuel Montagu and U.S. lawyer, businessman, and ambassador Henry Morgenthau, Sr., who was also a close associate of and influence upon President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The following observation by Montagu was made in 1917 (page 102 of Hart):
I deny that Palestine is today associated with the Jews. [Montagu’s own emphasis.] It is quite true that Palestine plays a large part in Jewish history, but so it does in modern Mohammedan history, and, after the time of the Jews, surely it plays a larger part than any other country in Christian history. The Temple may have been in Palestine, but so was the Sermon on the Mount and the Crucifixion. I would not deny to Jews in Palestine equal rights to colonisation with those who profess other religions, but a religious test of citizenship seems to be only admitted by those who take a bigoted and narrow view of one particular epoch of the history of Palestine, and claim for the Jews a position for which they are not entitled…
Morgenthau wrote the following in his 1921 autobiography (page 114 of Hart):
Zionism is the most stupendous fallacy in Jewish history. It is wrong in principle and impossible of realization; it is unsound in its economics, fanatical in its politics and sterile in its spiritual ideas. I speak as a Jew.
Just as Alison Weir’s recent book on Zionism is titled Against Our Better Judgment, Hart’s might well have been called Against Their Better Judgment or perhaps Against Their Better Angels.
Deceit and Treachery
The deceit practiced by the political Zionists, who have clearly been guided by those other angels, is legion, but two big lies stand out. The first is the subterfuge practiced by putative Zionism founder Theodor Herzl and his cohorts that all they were after in Palestine was a Jewish “home” in Palestine as opposed to a “homeland.” The latter term implies a sovereign state in which the Jews would be in full control. The second was the misrepresentation practiced upon unaware potential settlers from Europe that Palestine was lightly populated. Many were made to believe that what they would achieve by relocating would not be at the expense of any substantial number of Arab residents. Hart tells us that many of the early settlers returned to Europe in disgust when they learned that they had been lied to.
Hart’s sixth chapter is called “The Honest Zionists” and it refers to the so-called “revisionist Zionists” led by Vladimir Jabotinsky. Herzl, Hart informs us, had written in his diary as early as 1895 that the intent of the Zionist movement was to supplant the native population so that the Jews could have a state of their own in Palestine. Herzl and other Zionist leaders consistently misrepresented their intentions as wanting to share Palestine as the ancestral home of the Jewish people. Jabotinsky, by contrast, was up-front about the Jewish plans to monopolize power in a place that, at the time, was overwhelmingly populated by non-Jewish Palestinians. In 1935 he told the American Jewish Communist journalist, Robert Gessner, “Revisionism is naēve, brutal and primitive. It is savage. You go out into the street and pick any man—a Chinaman—and ask him what he wants and he will say 100 percent of everything. That’s us. We want a Jewish Empire.”
The world would have been better served paying attention to Jabotinsky than to other Zionist leaders and apologists. Later the primitive brutality would be supplied by men like Menachem Begin, perpetrator of the Deir Yassin massacre, Yitzhak Shamir, specialist in assassinations during the period of Jewish terror under the British mandate, and Ariel Sharon, architect of several civilian massacres. Each would be rewarded for their actions by being made prime minister of Israel. For a movement whose true guiding light was a man like Jabotinsky, who is now honored in Israel by such things as streets named after him, it was only to be expected.
Money and Gangsterism
Most important of all for the success, up to now, of political Zionism has been the money that has been used to buy weaponry, public opinion, and political leaders, primarily where it has mattered most, in the United States. The Zionist control of the opinion-molding industries has made their thuggish control of the politicians less obvious. Money is half of the time-honored method of the underworld to get its way with people in responsible positions. The Latin drug traffickers call it plata o plomo, silver or lead. In English it boils down to bribery and coercion. The “bribery” might well be within the law in the form of campaign contributions, given or withheld or given to the politician’s adversary. There is ample evidence, however, that the Zionists, in their completely amoral fanaticism, will freely commit murder if more moderate forms of coercion and intimidation are deemed insufficiently effective. We saw it with the assassination of the British governor general Lord Moyne and the lead UN negotiator on Palestine, Count Folke Bernadotte and with the bombing of the King David Hotel.
In his final chapter Hart reminds us that Begin’s Irgun gang attempted to assassinate Foreign Minister Ernest Bevin of the UK in 1946, though he makes no mention of the letter bombs sent to the Truman White House by the Stern Gang in 1947. To his eternal credit, though, although I only recently became aware of it, he broke the book-publishing silence about my own discoveries concerning the violent death of Secretary of Defense James Forrestal.
His concluding chapter is entitled “Forrestal’s ‘Suicide’,” and it is important to note that he encloses the word “suicide” in quotation marks. In his account of Forrestal’s determined efforts to remove the question of the creation and recognition of the state of Israel from U.S. domestic politics, Hart leaves no doubt that my characterization of Forrestal as the leading U.S. opponent of the creation of the state of Israel is an accurate one.
“I accessed his work by putting ‘David Martin also known as DCDave’ into Google’s search box and readers can do the same if they wish,” he tells us on page 317. It’s a good thing that he does that because it allows the reader to read all the evidence for himself and make up his own mind. * In spite of his extensive favorable reference to my work, including long quotes, Hart says at last, “In the jury of my own mind, the answer to the question of whether Forrestal committed suicide or was murdered is an open one.”
The case is really open and shut. Forrestal was clearly assassinated and the entire political and media establishment has conspired to cover it up. That latter point is extremely telling. Hart, as a mainstream establishment liberal still apparently hankers for “respectability” among the group that is complicit in this heinous cover-up. That forlorn desire would also explain why he takes gratuitous swipes at “holocaust deniers” in his book and apparently accepts the official 9/11 narrative (On his web site, though, he seems now to have put some distance between himself and the 19-Arab-hijackers story.)
The Zionist Grip on America
In the prologue to the 2009 American edition entitled “An Appeal to the American People,” Hart writes, “As surely as day follows night, the Zionist lobby and other supporters of Israel right or wrong will make an awesome effort to limit distribution of this book in America, and to cause the informed and honest debate it was written to promote to be suppressed.”
He certainly got that right, and the apparent success of that effort up to now demonstrates the futility of Hart’s efforts to stay on good terms with the mainstream crowd. Their success in suppressing his book in the United States is illustrated by the fact that I had never heard of it until I saw it mentioned by Alison Weir in Against Our Better Judgment, even though he makes such long and favorable mention of my Forrestal work. The publisher, Clarity Press, Inc. of Atlanta is hardly a household name. I have a wide circle of email contacts and my email address is freely available, yet no one had told me about the book.
I also live in an information center in suburban Washington, DC, but I find using WorldCat.org that the nearest library that has the book is at a small college 138 miles away in Lynchburg, Virginia. No library in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware, or North Carolina has it. The next nearest library that has the book is at a SUNY campus in Binghamton, NY, and after that I would have to go to a college library in Gainesville, Georgia. By some small wonder the Carlsbad City Library of Carlsbad, California, once made the book available to readers, but no more. They have discarded it, no doubt as part of the “awesome effort” to limit the book’s distribution. That discarded copy fell into my possession, where it has been put to better use.
By contrast, if I wanted to read a library copy of, say, The Eichmann Trial, by Zionist partisan Deborah Lipstadt, the nearest copy is within walking distance and there are six copies at libraries no farther than 20 miles from me. The Zionist grip on the United States, I’m afraid, is even firmer than Alan Hart realizes and from every indication of the power that it wields, it is still much firmer upon the American Jewish community than the Post letter writer Brownfield alleges. The Post identifies him as the publications editor for the American Council for Judaism. That group, according to Wikipedia, “is an organization of American Jews committed to the proposition that Jews are not a nationality but merely a religious group, adhering to the original stated principles of Reform Judaism, as articulated in the 1885 Pittsburgh Platform.” They have a magazine called Issues that Wikipedia says has some 2,000 subscribers. Don’t expect to see them using their clout to get Alan Hart’s terrific book on your local library’s shelves anytime soon.
*For what it is worth, anyone reading what I have written compared to Hart’s characterization will discover that Hart has made a small mistake on the matter of the disclosure of the official investigation of Forrestal’s death, the so-called Willcutts Report. He leaves readers with the impression that I only got the transcribed poem that was used as a sort of surrogate suicide note through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, but that the government released the larger official investigation itself voluntarily after keeping it secret for 55 years. It was actually my third FOIA request that sprang the Willcutts Report free. The transcribed poem was a part of the initial release. Only after I had analyzed the Willcutts Report in Part 2 of “Who Killed James Forrestal” did it occur to me to get handwriting samples to authenticate the transcription, which I did from the Truman Library, and my analysis is in Part 3.
June 26, 2014