Bended Knees: Zionist Power in American Politics
1 The major sources which inform this article include: The Daily Alert
a bulletin published daily by the 51 Presidents of Major American
Jewish Organizations; press releases and reports published by the
American Israel Public Affairs Committee, The New York Times, Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and the Boston Globe;
the US Congressional Research Services. The mailings of articles from a
plethora of publications by Sid Shoniad were of enormous help, though,
of course, the analysis and interpretations found in this article are
solely my responsibility, Web sites such as Information Clearing House
(www.informationclearinghouse.info), Al Jazeera and the BBC were also
consulted on a daily basis.
2 The claim is found on the webpage of the Daily Alert the official propaganda vehicle of the Presidents.
3 See the report prepared by the Jewish Community Task Force published in the Boston Globe, Sept. 20, 2009. See Elliott Abrams on the “threat” of intermarriages, Faith and Fear: How Jews can Survive in Christian America, (NY Free Press 1999). See Natan Sharansky “Assimilation is Eating the Jews”, (Haaretz, 11/8/09)
In the face of faltering interest in Israel among young Jews, the
Anti-Defamation League, Bnai Brth, Chabad House and Hillel have
organized all-expenses-paid summer junkets to Israel – with mixed
6 See Yakov Rabkin, Jewish Opposition to Zionism
(Halifax: Fernwood 2006) for a religious critique of Israel and its
overseas Zionist supporters. For a secular version see Israel Shahak Jewish History, Jewish Religion (London Pluto Press 2002).
7 See Barbara Yaffe “Over-the-top criticism of Israel is the new face of anti-semitism: Vancouver Sun,
December 2, 2009. Systematic campaigns to fire critics of Israel by the
‘51 Presidents’, especially the ADL, led to the firing of Professor
Norman Finklestein and prolonged academic harassment for Professor
Robinson at the University of California at Santa Barbara and Nadia Abu
El-Haj at the University of Chicago/Barnard, as well as numerous other
writers and academics in Middle Eastern studies programs at Columbia
and UCLA. See Stephan Lendman, “Will Congress Criminalize Israel
Criticism”, Dec. 4, 2003. email@example.com.
A handbook put by Congregation of Conservative synagogues details the
precise tactics in pressuring civic and political groups and leveraging
them to support the Israeli state line.
9 For a detailed account see my The Power of Israel: The United States (Atlanta Clarity Press 2006) especially Ch 1-3. Rulers and Ruled in the US Empire (Atlanta Clarity Press 2007) especially Ch 8 – 10; Zionism, Militarism and the Decline of US Power (Atlanta Clarity Press 2008); Global Depression and Regional Wars (Atlanta Clarity Press 2009) Ch 9 – 11.
10 In their otherwise fine book The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy
(New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux 2007), the authors John
Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt confine their analyses to Washington and
political pressure on the legislative branch by neo-conservative
Zionist Jews, (see Ch 4 “What is the ‘Israel’ Lobby”, pp 111 – 150).
Needless to say the entire spectrum of Zionists from the Left to Right
attempted to trash the book, fabricating non-facts, ad hominem slanders
and minimizing the scope and depth of the findings.
11 A survey of the Daily Alert,
the propaganda organ of the ‘51’, between January 2001 to December 3,
2009 – namely over 2500 issues — revels nary a single critical article
on any Israeli action. Even more revealing, every issue echoes the
policy line of the Israeli government, defends every Israeli massacre,
military invasion and dispossession of Palestinians and condemns every
human rights group, country, and political leader who criticize Israel
in the best fashion of the hardest line unconditional Stalinist
apologist of the Soviet purge trials of the 1930’s.
Pluralist political theorists emphasize the importance of numerical
weight of the working class electorate as a counterweight to the great
concentrations of wealth, property and media power of the capitalist
class under the misconception that unorganized masses are an equal
power to an organized financial oligarchy. The classic formulation of
pluralist theory is found in Robert Dahl, Who Governs (New Haven: Yale University Press 1961).
13 Between the publication of the Goldstone Report in the fall of 2009 to the end of November, the Daily Alert
published an average of three articles a day defending Israel war
crimes, viciously attacking the Report, and slandering the author,
Richard Goldstone, drawing on articles from the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Jerusalem Post and the entire stable of Israel-First “experts” housed in the Zionist think tanks. Once Netanyahu established trashing the Goldstone Report
as a ‘number-one’ priority, the entire international Zionist propaganda
network went into full gear, especially in North America. The Daily Alert
published over 30 articles savaging the ‘Report’. Its affiliates went
into overdrive securing over 80% of Congressional support demanding
that President Obama reject the Report and veto its approval by the
Security Council. Netanyahu and his American agents succeeded –
overfilling their quota of articles published in all the US mass media
and securing submissive Congressional votes. See also Paul Craig
Roberts “Israel Lobby Routs Obama”, Information Clearing House
(www.informationclearinghouse.info) November 12, 2009.
According to Aljazeera.Net, November 4, 2009, Steven Rothman, a
prominent Zionist Democratic congressman from New Jersey claimed to
have read only the 20 page executive summary of the Report, prepared by the office of his fellow-Zionist Congressman Berman (D-California), instead of the full 575 page report, – a summary full of errors, lies and distortions, which were pointed out by Justice Goldstone.
15 See Thalif Deen “U.N. Affirms Israel-Hamas War Crimes Report” Inter Press News Service, (www.informationclearinghouse.info) November 6, 2009.
Jewish anti-Zionist organizations in North America, including
Independent Jewish Voices, have played an important role in building
the Boycott Disinvestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israeli war crimes: See their web site, http://www.independentjewishvoices.ca
17 For articles and reports on the BDS among trade unions, see independentjewishvoices.ca
18 Trials on Israeli war criminals are scheduled in Belgium, Spain and possibly the UK.
19 Among the publications we can include the Nation, the Progressive and Mother Jones as well as all the Marxist quarterlies,
20 The Zionist Fifth Column
and their apologists claim that analysts, academic researches and
journalists who document the power of Israel in the US, are reminiscent
of past “anti-Semitic conspiracy theorists writing about secret Jewish
cabals”. This slander of empirical researchers overlooks the fact that
most studies rely on public documents, including boasts by the Zionist
organizations themselves, as well as the testimony of ex-functionaries
of AIPAC. This slander is part of the campaign led by the “anti”
Defamation League; Abe Foxman, to intimidate and discredit serious
21 Haaretz 11/10/09.
24 Shlomo Sand The Invention of the Jewish People (London: Verso 2009) Ch 3 and 4. Arthur Koestler The Thirteenth Tribe: The Khazan Empire and its Heritage (New York: Random House 1976).
The annual AIPAC meetings, attended by the vast majority of congressmen
and executive officials, sponsor the participation Israel’s top
officials, who literally dictate top Israeli priorities to be
implemented by the Zionist delegates and their congressional flunkies
in the audience.
26 See Grant Smith Foreign Agents (IREP Washington 2008)
From the early 1950’s to the mid 1960’s, the US Justice Department
(especially under Robert Kennedy) sought to have the forerunner of
AIPAC (American Zionist Council) register as a foreign agent.
Influential Zionists undermined his efforts. See Grant Smith, “The
Justice Department’s Battle to Register the Israel Lobby as Agents of a
Foreign Power” in America’s Defense Line (Washington: Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy 2008).
28 See my Power of Israel in the United States (2006) cc 5 – 8; Lenni Brenner Jews in America Today (New Jersey: Lyle Stuart 1986) Ch 3 Lee O’Brien American Jewish Organizations and Israel (Washington D.C: Institute for Palestinian Studies 1986).
Declassified documents of the US Justice Dept. revealing the role of
the major Zionist organization (American Zionist Council) as Israeli
foreign agents can be found in Grant Smith Declassified Deceptions (Washington: IRMEP 2007) pp183 -200. Grant Smith Foreign Agents IRMEP 2007: Washington D.C.) Ch. 1
30 Grant Smith Spy and Trade
(1Rmep: Washington D.C. 2008) See pp 66 passion “Military Industrial
Espionage” and pp 120 – 138 for unclassified FBI documentation.
31 Forward, December 23, 2005.
32 For a complete inventory of Kadish’s theft of strategic weapons secrets see Grant Smith Spy Trade, pp 80, 85, 115.
33 See Grant Smith Spy Trade, pp 19, 43, 46, 60, 66, 67, 69, 74, 80, 122, 154.
34 See Carl Cameron Investigates (Part 1-4) Fox New Network, December 17, 2001, available at http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article5133.htm
35 James Petras Zionism, Militarism and the Decline of US Power (Clarity Press: Atlanta 2008) p 156.
The Washington Post, New York Times, and a coalition of 125 rabbis
attacked the AIPAC, Rosen-Weissman spy trial as “anti-Semitic” while
Amy Goodman and liberal-left pundits charged it was a violation of the
First Amendment. See Grant Smith Spy Trade pp 117 – 119. Grant Smith Foreign Agents, pp 134-145.
37 Petras, Zionism, Militarism and Decline of US Power, p 156.
38 See Grant Smith Declassified Deceptions, p 229.
39 James Petras “Barack Obama: America’s First Jewish President” Information Clearinghouse, January 31, 2008.
40 James Petras Global Depression and Regional Wars (Atlanta: Clarity Press 2009) Ch 10, pp 153-155. Jewish Telegraph Agency, April 27, 2009.
41 Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski, a middle level official in the Pentagon eventually resigned in protest.
43 Between November 2007 and January 2008, The Daily Alert,
propaganda mouthpiece of the ‘51’ Zionist organizations, reproduced
over two dozen articles from the major media condemning the November
2007 US National Intelligence Estimate and parroting Israeli
disinformation on Iranian nuclear bomb.
44 Mearsheimer and Walt The Israel Lobby Ch 6, Dominating Public Discourse, pp 168-196, Lee O’Brien American Jewish Organizations and Israel Ch 5.
Despite the general consensus among most Washington observers and
congressional staff people regarding the power of what they call the Israel Lobby
and despite the enormous influence of known Zionists in important
foreign policy positions over the past 20 years (in the Clinton, Bush
and Obama regimes) one looks in vain for any critical essays on Zionist
power in the New Left Review, New Politics, Against the Current, Socialist Register, International Socialist Review, Critique etc. If anything, when a book appears, like Mearsheimer and Walt’s The Israel Lobby or my The Power of Israel in the US, we are much more likely to receive a more balanced review in libertarian conservative publications like antiwar.com and informationclearinghouse.info,
than from what appear to be Marxist…Zionist fellow travelers.
Exceptional cases of critiques of Zionist power have appeared in Canadian Dimension and Z Magazine, though I am told that “left” Zionists readers have complained and threatened to cancel subscriptions and/or contributions.
46 See Alex Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair The Politics of Anti-Semitism (Oakland: AK Press 2003).
47 Mearsheimer and Walt, The Israel Lobby op cit.
Several publications have enumerated the media outlets, which parrot
the political line of the ZPC and the Israeli regime, principally the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post (and with occasional minor deviations) the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, The New York Post, The Sun,
as well as CNN, CBS, NBS and, of course, Murdoch’s Fox News. However,
these studies lack a systematic analysis of the organizational links
between the pro-Zionist/Israel message, the media owners, editors and
directors and their ties to the ZPC. Glimpses of the Zionist Power
Configuration in the media appear in the writings of Edward Herman,
Norman Finklestein, Grant Smith, Alexander Cockburn, Joel Kovel,
Mearsheimer and Walt. A general resume is found in Edward Abboud Invisible Enemy/Virginia: Vox 2003) Ch 4, 49.
Most of the essays, which identified Zionist zealots in power positions
in the Bush regime, have been published in the website, antiwar.com.
The authors include Justin Raimundo, Philip Giraldi, Paul Craig
Roberts, Alison Weir and Jonathan Cook.
50 Exceptions include Edward Said’s writings, Edward Tivnan, The Lobby, Grant Smith Spy and Trade. See also Edward Said and Christopher Hitchens editors, Blaming the Victim (London: Verso 1988).
Privileging “Jewish” or “Israeli” sources is the favorite device of
writers across the political spectrum and includes non-Jews and Jewish
critics in all the progressive blogs and published work.
This is an argument that I have heard and read from some of the leaders
of newly formed Jewish organizations critical of Israel. One wonders
whether this is not a replay of the exclusivist outlook featured in the
rabbinical canon: keeping the ‘dirty wash’ in the family.
53 See Stephen Lendman, “Jews Against Zionism”, December 7, 2009 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The major trade unions supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
Movement include Canadian public sector unions, Irish trade union
confederation, British, Italian, French, Greek and Spanish trade unions.
In recent times the most notorious effort by the US and Canadian ZPC to
blackball and oust academic critics of Israel revolve around the tenure
case of Norman Finklestein at DePaul University and the censure of
William Robinson at UC Santa Barbara. The ZPC succeeded in securing the
ouster of Finklestein despite strong faculty support and several major
book publications but failed in the Robinson case. In Canada the ZPC
has set up a nationwide campaign to ban activities around the
anti-apartheid issue on university campuses.
56 Daily Alert
has re-published over two dozen op-ed pieces from in the Washington
Post, Wall street Journal and Zionist think-tanks in Washington
defending Israel violations of international law from November 1 to
December 7, 2009.
57 The scorecard is pro-Israel articles 49 to 1 article critical between October – November 2009.
From September 1 to December 1, none of the above mentioned media
allowed a single critical non-Zionist commentator to present a view
favorable of the Goldstone Report.
Ultra-Zionist academics holed up in so called prestigious Ivy league
universities include Michael Walzer at Princeton, and Dershowitz at
Harvard, Friedman at University of London, Kagan at Yale, Cohen at
Johns Hopkins and a flock of others penning apologies for Israeli state
60See the excerpts in the Daily Alert from September through December 2009.
61 Michael Walzer, Just Wars and Unjust Wars
(New York: Basic Books 2006. President Obama’s address to the Nobel
Peace Prize committee in December 2009 relied heavily on Walzer’s “Just
When Goldstone forwarded his reply to Congressman Berman detailing the
lies and distortions in the latter’s ‘summary’, which accompanied a US
Congressional resolution defending Israeli war crimes, Berman merely
repeated his fabrications. Such are our contemporary “Stalinists” who
know only one “truth” – how to parrot and defend the Israeli party
line. What is amusing is how few of the lifelong Jewish anti-Stalinist
writers have raised any questions about the neo-Stalinist Zionists in
The combination of scientist, racist and ideologue among Zionist
advocates of the biblical myths is not uncommon among twentieth century
colonial and imperial regimes. On Israeli-Zionist fabricated racial
myths see Nadia Abu El-Haj, Facts on the Ground op cit; Joel Zerulavel, Recovered Roots (Chicago: University of Chicago Press 1995) Ch2, 3; Israel Shahak Jewish History, Jewish Religion (London: Pluto Press 1994) Ch 2 -4.
64 Theodore Adorno et al The Authoritarian Personality
(New York: Basic Books 1950). It is curious that very few
psychological-clinical studies of Zionist socio-pathological behavior
have been produced. Jewish psychologists and sociologists, many of whom
claim expertise in the ‘psychology of terrorism’ and the effects of
fear on civilian populations, are especially prominent in their embrace
of Israeli crimes against humanity. Given the large number of Jewish
psychiatrists and psychologists, this suggests how important ideology
is in defining scientific projects.
65 According to the Guardian
(November 16, 2009), 50% of MP’s in the shadow cabinet are Conservative
Friends of Israel who have received ten million pounds over the past 8
years. The British television Channel 4 documentary program Dispatches broadcast ‘Inside the Pro-Israel Lobby’ with
investigative journalist Peter Osborne, from November 16-20, 2009. This
astonishing report revealed the deep penetration of the three major
parties by the Zionist Power Configuration and the centrality of lobby
funding in securing British defense of Israeli policies and war crimes.
Zionist control of the British mass media is as pervasive as in the US:
the International Television (ITV) network’s two most influential
companies, Carlton Communications and Granada Media Plc, are under
Zionist management and ownership. The BBC TV has turned from being a
fairly objective news outlet to being a cheap propagandist over the
past half decade, under the direction of managing director Tony Cohen.
Zionist ownership of the principal dailies include The Daily Express, the Daily Star and the Murdoch chain (The Sun, The Times, The News of the World) which controls over 80% of British readership.
66 Channel 4 op cit.
67 See the web site independenjewishvoices.ca
for complete coverage of the Canadian government’s close ties with the
leading Zionist organizations, its pursuit of Israel’s agenda and moves
to criminalize criticism of Israel. See also the news report on the Canadian Jewish Congress Vancouver Sun, Dec. 2, 2009.
68 New York Times November 11, 2009.
71 Interviews with Argentine Jewish immigrants to Israel, April – May 2004, March 2006.
The Argentine Communist Party was said to have a greater representation
of members in the financial sector than any other party in the world.
Its Jewish members were more likely from the Co-operative Banks than
the meat packing or car manufacturing sector – Interviews, March 2006.
73 Interviews Buenos Aires, April – May 2002.
President Cristina Fernandez met with President Shamir and Abe Foxman
of the ADL in Buenos Aires and with the top Zionist leaders during a
visit to New York, before and after speaking at the United Nations.
Fernandez is the leading proponent of Israel’s privileged status in
Engel’s threats had little impact: Brazil signed over 20 trade and
investment agreements with Iran and Lula dismissed US Zionist efforts
to dictate foreign policy to the dustbin of history. On December 4,
2009, Secretary of State Clinton threatened dire consequences for
countries developing economic ties with Iran, targeting Brazil, Bolivia
and Venezuela (La Jornada December 4, 2009). President Evo
Morales of Bolivia charged the US has no authority to speak against
terrorism since it is the biggest practioner (La Jornada, December 13, 2009).
Avi Lieberman’s visit was an Israeli foreign policy disaster, provoking
major protests in Argentina and Brazil, as well as a very cold
reception from heads of state.
Most heads of state, especially the new center-left regimes governing
most of the region, have unpleasant memories of Israel’s close ties
with the bloody dictatorships of the 1970’s and 1980’s. Israel provided
intelligence, military advisers and arms to the genocidal Somoza regime
in Nicaragua, Rios Mont terror state in Guatemala and the death squad
regime in El Salvador. Israel had a special relation with Argentina
the bloody military coup in 1976, replacing the US as the main military
supplier, overlooking the murderous campaign against all Argentine
progressives including many Jews, who were taunted by anti-Semitic
torturers. Bishara Bahbah Israel and Latin America (New York: St. Martins Press 1986) Ch 3, 4 5.
The Israeli-Jewish media, with the rare exception of an occasional
article in Haaretz, was vehement in support of the rape of Gaza, as was
the Israeli-Jewish public reported in a number of polls published in
January 2009. Dozens of Israeli democratic stalwarts took beach chairs, picnic baskets and binoculars to survey the terror bombing of Gaza from adjoining hills.
79 Julian Benda, The Betrayal of the Intellectuals, (Boston: Beacon Press 1955).
80 Under moderate pro-Israelite editors, The New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, the Nation and Progressive
have “debated” the pro and con of Obama’s pro-Israel policies avoiding
any mention of the Zionist penetration of its Mid-East policy apparatus.
81 See Stephan Green Taking Sides (New York: Morrow 1984) Ch. 9. James Bamford, Body of Secrets (New York: Doubleday 2001). James Ennes, Assault on the Liberty (New York: Random House 1980).
82 These include the National Review and the Daily Standard on the right, the New Republic on the liberal left, and the New Yorker which publishes Seymour Hersh’s exposes and hack jobs on the critics of the Zionist power structure.
83 The transformation of Jewish liberalism into virulent Zionist extremism is evident subsequent to the take-over of the New Republic by Martin Peretz in 1974 and Norman Podhoretz “right turn” at Commentary
in the early 1960’s. The Seven Day War and Israel’s military victory
was a major factor in bringing out all the chauvinists strains latent
within many formerly liberal and progressive Jews who subsequently
combined liberal domestic politics with blind support for the most
extremist measures adopted by the Jewish state.
84 Under Bush see by Power of Israel in the United States, Ch1, 2 and under Obama see my Global Depression and Regional Wars, Ch 9, pp 131 – 135 and pp 151 – 158.
85 See Mearscheimer and Walt The Israel Lobby Ch 6, esp. 175 – 178. At least eleven “think tanks” function directly under Zionist control in the greater Washington/NYC area.
86 See Grant Smith, The Spy Trade, pp. 111 – 113; The Power of Israel in the United States,
Ch.2. Prominent Zionists in top policy positions making Middle East
policy under Clinton included Dennis Ross, Martin Indyk, Richard
Holbrook, Lawrence Summers, Robert Rubin, Madeline Albright, Eliot
Cohen and a host of other political advisers.
87 See Mearscheimer and Walt Israel Lobby pp. 153-62, 163-64.
Among the leading left academics ignoring ZPC influence in the lead-up
to the Iraqi war and Iranian sanctions include Perry Anderson, Robert
Brenner, Norm Chomsky, Howard Zinn, among a long list of who’s who in
the Anglo-American left.
One prominent progressive rabbi suggested to me that my critique of the
ZPC was “veering on Anti-Semitism”; others have even raised the idea
that identifying organized Zionist influence over US Middle East policy
“reads like the Protocols of Zion”. See Norman Finklestein on the abuse
of the anti-Semitic “blood libel” (to quote Israel’s prime minister) in
The Holocaust Industry, Verso 2003, especially Ch. 3, and Joel Kovel, Overcoming Zionism, Ann Arbor Pluto Press, 2007, Ch 1 – 3.
90 Financial Times November 21/22, 2009, P2.
91 Information Clearing House, November 20, 2009.
92 Shlomo Sand The Invention of the Jewish People,
op.cit. Ch 5, pp 256-279. Israeli-Jewish “scientist”, engage in the
same type of pseudo research in “Jewish genes” that their German Nazi
counterparts researched on the “Aryian Genes” practiced in the 1930’s.
Totalitarian ideology guides research in defense of genocide and ethnic
expulsion. ZPC objections to the Nazi comparisons would be better
directed at Israeli state funded Jewish gene research.
93See Albert Lindemann, Esau’s Tears: Modern Anti-Semitism and the Rise of the Jews
(Cambridge (UK): Cambridge University Press 1997) pp. 59. Lindemann’s
historical survey of the socio-economic position of Jews is a balanced
account describing the power, wealth and property of Jews in Europe, as
well as their persecution and dispossession. The study puts the lie to
the Zionist notion that “Jews” suffered oppression and persecution for
2000 years. The question is: Which class of Jews was persecuted
in which countries, under which regimes in what time frame. For example
Lindemann details the extraordinary political, media, financial and
commercial power of Jews in Hungary (Budapest), Austria (Vienna),
Germany (Berlin) during the fifty years before the 1920’s. See pp. 119,
138, 188, 189-190.
94 Shlomo Sand The Invention of the Jewish People, Ch.2.
95 See James Petras’ Zionism, Militarism and the Decline of US Power (Atlanta: Clarity Press 2008) Ch 1-2; James Perkins Rulers and Ruled in the US Empire, Ch 8, 10.
96 My calculations based on Congressional reports on campaign funding.
97 While liberal critics of the “Israel Lobby” posit a notion of the “national interest” without any clarification of which class interests
in the nation are central, our perspective defines the national
interest in terms of what benefits the wage and salaried classes.
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