Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

June 8, 2010

Guest post: The Philanthropic-Zionist Complex

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The Philanthropic-Zionist Complex

By Michael Barker

We live in a world of unnecessary illusions and unnecessary death, but there is no doubt that capitalism must be eradicated to dispel the ongoing spectre of mass slaughter. The ruling classes Necessary Illusions must be dismantled:[1] however, to successfully replace “our” current system we must first identify the root causes of the problems we face. In this regard it is vital to observe that the military-industrial complex is not the only enemy of anti-capitalist activists, as arguably our most insidious enemy is what I refer to as the Philanthropic-Zionist Complex.[2] Instead of being composed of die-hard war-profiteers, like for example Haliburton, the main purveyors of the latter form of violence mask their militarism under a veil of humanitarianism, thus rendering most of their potential critics inert. One significant, but by no means only proponent of such profitable propaganda is the Chicago real estate mogul Lester R. Crown. By reviewing the Crown dynasties outstanding commitment to charitable Zionism this article will throw some light on an oft neglected side of elite power.

Lets begin by sketching out the Crown families profitable involvement with one of the United States most powerful military contractors, General Dynamics – a group that a long history of dealing with “Israel’s Apartheid [weapon] contractor,” Elbit Systems. Lester Crown’s father, Henry Crown, first took a “controlling block of stock” in General Dynamics in 1959, and when Henry passed away in 1990 (having retired some years earlier) Lester was already serving as their chairman; although at present the only member of the Crown family serving on General Dynamics board of directors is Lester’s son James S. Crown (who is also a board member of JPMorgan Chase). Given the Crown’s families interest in charity and war, it is fitting that The New York Times’ obituary for Henry noted that his “personal style was reported to be self-effacing and elusive”; adding that he “would portray himself as a ‘sand and gravel man’ of limited education, veiling his moves and quietly consolidating his power.” Thus given Henry and the Crown family’s ability to work quietly and methodically behind the scenes, it is important to explore the extent of their influence.

Since 2004 Lester Crown has been the chairman of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a group whose longstanding board members include Michelle Obama, the present First Lady of the United States; and whose president (Marshall Bouton) came to the post after spending two decades working with the Asia Society in New York.[3] The Chicago Council was created in 1922 and their founding president was former US Secretary for War (1909-11) Jacob Dickinson, so it is perhaps fitting that before Lester became chair of the Council his predecessor had been the former CEO of Boeing Company, Philip Condit. This coincidence is especially relevant with respect to this article as Noami Klein notes: “Israeli defense giant Elbit… partnered with Boeing to construct the Department of Homeland Security’s $2.5 billion ‘virtual’ border fence around the United States.” The current chair of Elbit Systems is Michael Federmann, an individual who In addition to making generous profits from death is presently the chair of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, having taken on this role in 2009 when he replaced recent General Dynamics board member Charles Goodman. Keeping the Crown the family in the picture, one should add that Goodman’s late wife (Suzanne Crown) was one of Lester Crown’s cousins, and Goodman himself is presently vice-chair of the investment firm, Henry Crown and Company.

Michael Federmann and Lester Crown solidify their Zionist interests by acting as representatives of the Jerusalem Foundation, an organization which ostensibly “seeks to create a just society for all citizens of Jerusalem” and was founded by the well-known Zionist the late Teddy Kollek (the Mayor of Jerusalem from 1965 until 1993).[4] Best illustrating the disturbing links between Zionism and “good work” (environmentalism in this case) we can turn to former Jerusalem Foundation board member Richard N. Goldman, who used to be a president of the Jewish Community Federation — a group whose current CEO is the former AIPAC executive director, Thomas Dine (1980-93). Goldman commitment to charitable Zionism means that he is also a member of the national council of the conservative free-market group, The Conservation Fund, a member of the board of counselors of the eugenic-inspired Save the Redwoods League, and in 1990, along with his wife Rhoda Goldman (of Levi jeans fame), he founded the world famous Goldman Environmental Prize. Given such ideological serviceable chartable work it should come as no surprise that the former propaganda Director of the Jerusalem Foundation is now the chief Israel emissary to the tree-planting Jewish National Fund, which is better known as the principal Zionist “colonialist agency of ethnic cleansing.”

But it’s not all roses and Zionism at the Jerusalem Foundation, as weapons manufacturers and big oil are represented on the Foundations board as well. For instance Elbit Systems board member, Avraham Asheri, sits on the Jerusalem Foundation’s board of governors; while the Foundations emeritus chair, Joseph Vardi, is the cofounder of major Israeli defence contractor, NESS TSG, is the former chair of the Israel National Oil Company, and has served as an adviser to the CEO’s and the chairmen of Occidental Petroleum Corporation.[5] These few connections, however, do not do justice to the full extent of Vardi’s elite networking, and to sample just a few of his other ties we might note that he is a member of the board of governors of Hebrew University, was Consul for Economic Affairs of the State of Israel in New York, a cofounder of Israel’s largest venture capital firm (Pitango), and is a former board member of the US-based State of Israel Bonds.[6]

This is not just to say that the Jerusalem Foundation is simply concerned with oil, guns, and Zionism, as their members include leading human rights activists too!: for example, another member of their board of governors is Ruth Gavison. Gavison helped cofound the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (in 1974), serving for many years as its chairperson (and most recently as their president, 1996-99); and at present she is senior fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, whose mission is “based on the Van Leers’ vision of Israel as both a homeland for the Jewish people and a democratic society, predicated on justice, fairness and equality for all its residents.” In the latter organizations case, what this means in reality, is justice for Zionists. Thus the Insitute’s hononary chair (Zelman Cowen) is an advisor to the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission, and their chairman is Dutch banker Tom de Swaan. It just so happens that Tom is the vice-chairman of the supervisory board of the global retail chain, Royal Ahold, where he serves alongside the former executive vice president and CFO of Sara Lee Corporation, Judith Sprieser.[7] Sara Lee is of course famous supporter of Israel, and one of their current board members is James S. Crown, the president of Henry Crown and Company.

Remaining on the trail of the Dutch industrialist, the late Bernard Van Leer (1919-1958), we might notice that his major philanthropic legacy is the Van Leer Group Foundation. Here we find Foundation trustee Amos Mar-Haim who serves on the Jerusalem Foundation’s board of governors and is the former deputy chairman of the Israel Corporation. Sitting alongside Mar-Haim on the Van Leer Group Foundation’s board of trustees is former senior partner at McKinsey & Company, Wilfred Griekspoor (who also served as vice chairman of Doctors Without Borders Holland, see footnote # 6), a board member of the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (Rien van Gendt), and human rights activists extraordinarie, Peter Bell. Given the fascinating (read: sickening) relationship between the Philanthropic-Zionist Complex and human rights it is worth briefly looking at Bells background in more detail.

For a start, Peter Bell is a former board member of the imperialist Human Rights Watch (1988-95) and currently serves on their Americas advisory committee; while more recently, in 1999, Bell helped found the Business Humanitarian Forum, which works to “bridge the gap of understanding and promote cooperation between humanitarian organizations and private business, encouraging both sides to work together to solve complex development problems.” Other notable individuals involved in founding this dubious group included notable “humanitarian” warriors John C. Whitehead and former US Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick.

More recently, Bell has served as the president of the inhumanitarian CARE International, a body whose current chair of Lydia Marshall, a former managing director of Rockport Capital Incorporated. This latter finance group belongs to Peter Ackerman, who also runs the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict which employs “peace activist” Stephen Zunes as the chair of their board of academic advisors. Bell formerly used to serve alongside Ackerman and Marshall on the board of CARE USA, and presently sits with him on the international management advisory group of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Finally, returning to the Crown family, it is noteworthy that Susan Crown has been a board member of CARE USA since 2006, and is also the vice-president of Henry Crown and Company.

Lester Crown’s daughter, Susan Crown, is the former chair, now board member, of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, which was founded in 1994 by Steven Spielberg, the “prominent Hollywood Zionist” who became “inspired” to take charitable action while making Schindler’s List (for a detailed examination of Hollywood Zionism, see “Hollywood’s Corporate Conservation Collaborators”).[8] Now known as the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation, their honorary co-chairs are media mogul’s Lew Wasserman and Edgar Bronfman, Jr. (the latter of whoms father is the former president of the World Jewish Congress), and Lester Crown’s wife Renée Schine Crown. Lester and Renée’s daughter, Susan, is also senior mentor for the Aspen Institute’s Henry Crown fellowship program (as is their son James S. Crown). This program is an exemplar of elite social engineering, and was set up in 1997 to “develop” the “next generation of community-spirited leaders, providing them with the tools necessary to meet the challenges of corporate and civic leadership in the 21st century.” To be chosen for this program is a sign of future (and previous) success, as only twenty “accomplished entrepreneurial leaders (between the ages of 25 and 45)” are selected each year to “hone their skills in values-based leadership.”[9]

Lester Crown serves on the board of overseers of Aspen’s Henry Crown program, but amongst the leading capitalists serving alongside him the most interesting is Margot Pritzker (who similarly sits alongside Lester on the board of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs). Pritzker is a committed new humanitarian which is evident by her serving on the committe of the Chicago chapter of Human Rights Watch, and by her service on the board of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, a group that apparently provides “non-sectarian disaster relief and long-term development assistance worldwide.”  Call me cynical, but this type of language reminds me somewhat of the noxious discourse adopted by the Zionist-linked Project for a New American Humanitarianism. Not surprisingly other board members of this “aid” Distribution Committee include Ronald Lauder and Stanley Chesley, who are respectively the chairman and president of the ethnic cleansing outfit, the Jewish National Fund. This is not to imply that the Committee’s humanitarian aid is used to directly kill people, far from it, it does help some people, if only to help legitimize the murder of Palestians.

It is fitting that Margot should serve alongside a vertiable orgy of democracy-manipulating elites on the advisory board of a group called the America Abroad Media which was founded in 2001 and apparently aims “to harness the power of  media to inform America and the world about the critical international issues of our time.” Particularly notable advisors include former CIA Director R. James Woolsey, Peter Ackerman, John C. Whitehead, Richard Armitage, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Martin Indyk, and Vin Weber.[10]

The political repercussions of the lack of critical commentary regarding the power of the Philanthropic-Zionist Complex are tragic, and sadly “Zionism is alive and well, even in some of the most self-proclaimed radical or progressive political spaces in the United States.” This is no accident of nature. Rather it is the logical result of a highly sophisticated propaganda campaign: a Zionist strategy which “strategically uses the discourse of ‘civil rights’ to promote Zionism” while “promoting extremely right-wing, white supremacist viewpoints in relationship to the Arab world in general and Palestine in particular.” This cynical strategy “impacts every community’s access to resources in that individuals, organizations, or communities of color who oppose Zionism risk defunding or slander.”[11] The Philanthropic-Zionist Complex is a more than capable ally of the Zionist Power Configuration, and taken together these two bodies play an integral function in contributing to what Edward Herman and David Peterson refer to as The Politics of Genocide (Monthly Review Press, 2010). In a sorry reflection on the state of progressive activism, Herman and Peterson conclude that: “The inability of any sector of the U.S. establishment to recognize fully that the human and material destruction in Southeast Asia and the Middle East are the consequence, not of accident, much less error, but of deliberate policies that produced this result, ranks among the greatest intellectual and moral failures in U.S. history.” Only by challenging the legitimacy of all aspects of Zionism’s genocidal legacy will anti-capitalist activists be able to unite to work to systematically build viable human-centered alternatives that can end our worlds “politics of genocide.”


[1] While Noam Chomsky’s work on propaganda is very useful (see Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies), his work on the influence of liberal foundations and Zionism leaves much to be desired: for criticisms, see Michael Barker, “Noam Chomsky and the Power of Letters,” Swans Commentary, December 15, 2008; James Petras, “Noam Chomsky and the Pro-Israel Lobby: Fourteen Erroneous Theses“, James Petras Website, June 4, 2006; Jeffrey Blankfort, “Damage Control: Noam Chomsky and the Israel-Palestine Conflict“, Voltaire, September 20, 2006 (see 2010 radio interview with Blankfort); M. Shahid Alam, “Chomsky on Oil and the Israel Lobby“, Dissident Voice, January 31, 2009.

[2] The  Philanthropic-Zionist Complex is by no means unique and its works alongside the secular Non-Profit Industrial Complex, building upon decades of experience of the United States leading so-called liberal foundations. For two seminal critiques of elite philanthropy, see Robert Arnove (ed.), Philanthropy and Cultural Imperialism: The Foundations at Home and Abroad (G.K. Hall, 1980); Joan Roelofs, Foundations and Public Policy: The Mask of Pluralism (State University of New York Press, 2003). Liberal foundations and elite social engineering more generally have also been heavily critiqued by William Domhoff who is the coauthor along with Richie Zweigenhaft of Jews in the Protestant Establishment (Praeger, 1982).

[3] Lester Crown notes that: “On the national front, the most noteworthy Council [on Global Affairs] activity was the landmark study of the importance of agricultural development to reducing global hunger and poverty, made possible by a generous grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, that became the blueprint for the Obama Administration’s global food security initiative.” (For a critique of the  Gates Foundation’s take on feeding the poor, see “Bill Gates as Social Engineer: Introducing the World’s Largest Liberal Philanthropist” – ironically this conference paper was presently at the Hilton Hotel (Brisbane, Australia), a hotel chain that Lester Crown has a major financial stake in.)

Here it is worth adding that the Asia Society provides an early example of a “democracy promoting” organisation (i.e., it served as a conduit for CIA funding). Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller III to foster understanding between Asians and Americans, the Asia Society’s current president and CEO, Vishakha Desai, is married to former Asia Society president, Robert Oxnam, who in turn is a trustee of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Asia advisor to Bill Gates.

[4] The chairman of the US board of the Jerusalem Foundation, Alan Hassenfeld, is the former CEO of toy manufacturer Hasbro, an emeritus board member of the imperialist Refugees International, and is a board member of the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy. (For a critique of corporate “philanthropy,” see “Corporate Social Responsibility as a Political Resource.”) US board member of the Jerusalem Foundation and former US Deputy Secretary of State, John Whitehead, cofounded the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy in 1999 (with Peter Malkin), and notable honorary chairs of this group include David Rockefeller and Paul Volcker.

[5] Current Occidental Petroleum board members include former US Ambassador to Israel, Edward Djerejian; the powerful right-wing Christian Zionist Spencer Abraham; and Occidental Petroleum’s chair and CEO is Ray Irani, who serves on the advisory board of the Center for Middle East Public Policy (where he mixes with the likes of Frank Carlucci).

[6] Jewish National Fund president and AIPAC luminary, Stanley Chesley, is a former board member of the State of Israel Bonds (also known as the Development Corporation for Israel); while the former CEO of State of Israel Bonds, Nathan Sharony (1994-97), is a board member of military giant Elbit Systems.

Pitango Venture Capital cofounder, Rami Kalish, used to serve on the board of directors on the Zionist non-governmental organization, the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace (now known as the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education). Needless to say this organization might be better known as the Center for Enabling War and Legitimating Intolerance as their advisory board includes the infamous right-wing Zionist Daniel Pipes. That said, another board member of the “Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace” is Jean-Christophe Rufin, the former vice-president and cofounder of Doctors Without Borders (also known as Médecins Sans Frontières or MSF). This implies that some limited form of peace might possibly be promoted at the Center. Yet a closer look at Rufin’s background suggests that his inclusion on their board is another Zionist smokescreen, as Rufin is currently the president of Action Against Hunger, a group whose most notable board member is the former vice chairman of Rothschild Inc., Yves-André Istel. On top of this, it is interesting to highlight the fact that Séverine Autesserre — who served as an advisor to the imperialist Center for Preventive Action in 2008, see “Preventing independent Action in the Congo” — acted as an advisor for Action Against Hunger’s work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (between 2005 and 2007), and prior to this worked in a variety of jobs (including as a consultant for Doctors Without Borders, in the Congo and elsewhere (between 2001 and 2004).

Doctors Without Borders has come along way since their founding in 1971, as Bernard Kouchner, another cofounder, “left MSF in 1979 to form a break-away organization called Medecins Du Monde” which “later developed the doctrine of the ‘right to intervene’” (Richard Seymour, The Liberal Defence of Murder, p.172.) Initially MSF and Rufin did not follow this imperialist evolutionary pathway and they were one of the few humanitarian organizations that subjected their colleagues to critical scrutiny; for an example, see former MSF research director Fiona Terry’s Condemned to Repeat? The Paradox of Humanitarian Action (Cornell University Press, 2002). However, things appear to have changed in recent years, as the former recent chair of MSF’s US advisory board is Richard Rockefeller (the head of Rockefeller Brothers Fund), while another notable advisory board member is the treasurer of Goldman Sachs Group, Elizabeth Beshel.

[7] The longstanding CEO of Sara Lee, John Bryan (1975-2000), is the former chair of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a board member of Goldman Sachs, and serves on the international board of governors of the Peres Center for Peace (along with the likes of Desmond Tutu, Henry Kissinger, and Lester Crown).

The chair of Royal Ahold’s supervisory board is Rene Dahan, who is the former president of Mobil Oil, and who until recently served as a board member of Exxon Mobil.

[8] One might add that Steven Spielberg is a trustee of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, where he serves alongside Bruce Ratner (who is a member of the board of overseers of the CIA-linked International Rescue Committee), and Howard Rubenstein (who is an adviser to the right-wing human rights outfit AmeriCares).

[9] The executive director of the Henry Crown fellowship program, Peter Reiling, had prior to joining the Aspen Institute in 2004, served for eight years as the president and CEO of TechnoServe – a group formed in 1968 to “grow businesses and industries in the developing world.” TechnoServe’s two largest funders are the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Google, closely followed by the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations (Peter Ackerman even rears his nonviolent power head again as a TechnoServe member). At present TechnoServe’s work is being directed by Bruce McNamer who used to be an investment banker at Morgan Stanley and a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.

[10] Margot Pritzker’s husband is Thomas Pritzker, an individal who amongst his many other corporate affiliations is the chair of Global Hyatt Corporation. Thomas’s cousin, Nicholas Pritzker, who is vice-chairman of Global Hyatt Corporation, is a former chair of the biotech corporation Eos Biotechnology, and is the co-vice-chair of Conservation International (see “When Environmentalists Legitimize Plunder”). Nicholas’s wife Susan is in turn a board member for Mother Jones magazine (see “Mother Jones and the Defence of Liberal Elites”). Here one might add that James S. Crown’s wife, Paula Hannaway Crown, who is a principal of Henry Crown and Company, presently serves on the board of directors of Conservation International, and is a trustee of the Museum of Modern Art (a body whose honorary chairs are Ronald S. Lauder and David Rockefeller).

[11] Nadine Naber, Eman Desouky, and Linda Baroudi (for Arab Women’s Solidarity Association, San Francisco Chapter), “The Forgotten ‘-ism’: An Arab American Women’s Perspective on Zionism, Racism, and Sexism,” In INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology (South End Press, 2006), p.98, p.110. As Soraya explains: “Since Zionists have a long history in progressive circles in the US even though their stance on Palestine contradicts their stance on other political issues, they play a role in the funding of non-governmental organizations. Many activists fear publicly supporting Palestine because a precedent has already been set that you will lose your funding or you will not be funded at all if you support Palestinian liberation.” (p.110) For a related discussion of funding problems, see “Engineering Human Rights in the Israel-Palestine Conflict.

47 Comments »

  1. [...] The Philanthropic-Zionist Complex, The Unrepentant Marxist, June 8, 2010. (The other side of the coin to the latest Zionist attack on humanitarianism.) [...]

    Pingback by Michael James Barker’s Weblog — June 8, 2010 @ 2:53 pm

  2. Hello,

    Hope you are well.

    That is a very excellent post.

    It is human nature to view one’s self as righteous. It is necessary for survival. If one realizes they are evil they will question themselves. Just like the Nazi prison gaurds who went home to be ‘loving’ family men so are these people. They do a little bit of ‘good’ and justify their existance.

    That is the problem with liberalism. They contribute a small portion and feel they have done their service. Total dedication to the revolution is necessary.

    Of course we can debate the strategy of the revolution and the end result. Furthermore revolutionaries are made not born. Small commitments are better than none and limited involvement brings one deeper into the cause.

    Love,

    John Kaniecki

    Comment by john kaniecki — June 8, 2010 @ 7:14 pm

  3. Oh for Fuck’s sake.

    Comment by Jenny — June 8, 2010 @ 7:41 pm

  4. Also, riddle me this, Barker: If Human Rights watch is so fucking Zionist then why did they publish a report decrying Israel’s destruction of Gaza:

    http://antonyloewenstein.com/2010/05/15/homes-and-infrastructure-deliberately-destroyed-in-gaza/

    And yes, yes, they condemn Hamas too, but so what? Even anti-Zionists agree Hamas should be kept in check:

    http://antonyloewenstein.com/2010/04/16/hamas-is-not-above-murdering-its-enemies/

    Comment by Jenny — June 8, 2010 @ 9:03 pm

  5. This doesn’t seem very smart to me. Its governing principle–that connection of any sort means lockstep coordination and conspiracy–reminds me of half-mad Truther fulminations.

    And on the level of strategy alone, its vision of a Zionist-capitalist megalith is debilitating. Much better to analyze the ways in which an anti-Zionist section of the American ruling class (think of Mearsheimer and Walt, for example: certainly no Bolsheviks) might be further set against a Zionist section, thus freeing Palestine and dividing the ruling class. That’s what I want for breakfast!

    Comment by Jim Holstun — June 8, 2010 @ 11:31 pm

  6. Mr Barker: Thank you for your contribution. However I must warn you this side is full of zionists who pretend are ‘socialist’. Look at the distribution of comments. All they come here to defend the RACIST state of Israel. All of them took time off when Israel attacked the ship full of freedom fighters. Now, they came back to attack your contribution. One of these zionist said:
    {Much better to analyze the ways in which an anti-Zionist section of the American ruling class (think of Mearsheimer and Walt, for example:…}
    He is so protective of apartheid state that paint Mearsheimer who many times has said “Israel a vibrant democracy and bought people’s laugh for himself” an anti zionist. You can imagine how these zionist at this site think. Very arrogant people ….

    Comment by Against zionism — June 9, 2010 @ 12:06 am

  7. Wait, if Mersheimer said that Israel’s a “vibrant democracy”, then he’s pretty much contradicting himself.

    Comment by Jenny — June 9, 2010 @ 12:29 am

  8. Im not surprised a criticism of philanthropy would raise the liberal Jenny’s heckles. Btw Jenny you may have missed a lot of what Angry Arab has had to say about HRW and its relationship to Israel, or you may have missed out on its State Department denunciations of Hugo Chavez. I think a better name would be APM, American Propaganda Mouthpiece. For fucks sake, yes thats how I feel after mreading your latest liberal nonsense.

    Comment by SGuy — June 9, 2010 @ 3:11 am

  9. Calling smiling philanthropy to account is like delving into Mother’s sex-life or counting the carbs in Apple Pie. Is nothing sacred? If we can’t admire our do-gooder billionaires, we’re going to get terribly depressed. Michael Barker’s research is solid and original. Its main concern isn’t “strategy” and nothing could be farther from “fulminations”. He’s telling us something we don’t want to know. That explains the indignation.

    Comment by Peter Byrne — June 9, 2010 @ 8:26 am

  10. Good post. Politics is a system of human relations: you don’t understand the human relations you don’t understand the politics.

    Comment by Castellio — June 9, 2010 @ 4:11 pm

  11. IMPORTANT AMMENDMENT

    In the original version of this article, which was first posted yesterday, I referred to Professor Stephen Zunes as a liberal Zionist “peace activist.” However, today I asked Louis Proyect if he could delete the reference to Zunes being a liberal Zionist (which he did straight away). This is because while Zunes’ work vis-a-vis Israel might be interpreted as serving a useful PR function for the Zionist cause he regularly says that he is not a Zionist.

    For more on this point, see the link embedded in the article which leads to the following article: Michael Barker, “Stephen Zunes and the Zionist Tinderbox,” PULSE Media, May 12, 2010. http://pulsemedia.org/2010/05/12/stephen-zunes-and-the-zionist-tinderbox/

    I will be writing more about this subject in a forthcoming article.

    Comment by Michael Barker — June 9, 2010 @ 5:11 pm

  12. Barker’s “research” is predicated on one of the most easily discredited propaganda practices of those who try to promote conspiracy theories: Find out if A has been on the same board or committee with B, and if B has done something nefarious, then allege that A (your target) has done the same nefarious thing — without any independent evidence that A has done anything nefarious. It’s guilt by association (and one of the weakest forms of association at that), and specious by any scholarly standard. Anyone who’s bothered to find out how corporate much less nonprofit boards function knows that apart from a small number of core members who take an interest in the organization’s activities, most board members are decorative big names, rarely attend meetings, or merely donate money. Barker seems to have made attempt to delve into the business and social realities of the boards which he assumes are dens of iniquity, and no attempt to ascertain if the board members whose occasional physical proximity to one another he finds so suspicious have ever done any work together, so most of this is an exercise in ideologically driven speculation. The best deconstruction of Barker’s form of “research” is here: http://www.fpif.org/articles/the_cooties_effect

    Comment by Tom Paine — June 9, 2010 @ 5:53 pm

  13. Sguy: So? They’ve been improving within the past couple months. Hell, the Zionists have been riding their asses about their “anti Israel” viewpoints. And why shouldn’t Hamas investigate their side for violation as well? If they’re an elected government, surely they should keep in check to make sure they’re actually treating Palestinians fairly. And I think Angry Arab is rather schizophrenic with his views, if you want to know the truth. He hates Hamas, but defends them anyway.

    And again, if what the Against Zionism guy says is true about Mearshimer, than you have another Zionist traitor on your hands.

    Comment by Jenny — June 9, 2010 @ 8:44 pm

  14. Oh and did I mention Walt doesn’t support the BDS campaign?

    Comment by Jenny — June 9, 2010 @ 8:45 pm

  15. Amnesty International is also called anti-Israel, in fact pretty much everyone not actively propagandizing for Israel is regarded as anti-Israel. As far as angry arab is concerned I think you’re completely misrepresenting him. On the other hand I think you’re not being altogether honest, I believe you think Fatah is the future of the Palestinians, he is harder on Fatah for sure. Of course thats because of Fatah’s capitulations to Israel.

    Comment by SGuy — June 9, 2010 @ 10:07 pm

  16. The web of corporate/zionist/imperlialist/elitist forces and liberal do-gooder nonprofits is fascinating but I agree with Tom Paine above — I need more than guilt by association.

    Comment by Rojo — June 9, 2010 @ 10:11 pm

  17. Jim Holstun writes that my “governing principle” is “that connection of any sort means lockstep coordination and conspiracy”. This however is not the case: instead my governing principle is expose elite manipulation to encourage more critical writers and activists to take a closer look at the so-called humanitarian and environmental activities that powerful capitalist Zionists deem worthy of support.

    There is no “lockstep coordination” among capitalist Zionists, they simply aim to promote the longevity of capitalism and Zionism. This is not a conspiracy, this is plain old commonsense. This however does not prevent people like Tom Paine from trying to dismiss my work by stating that it…

    “is predicated on one of the most easily discredited propaganda practices of those who try to promote conspiracy theories: Find out if A has been on the same board or committee with B, and if B has done something nefarious, then allege that A (your target) has done the same nefarious thing – without any independent evidence that A has done anything nefarious.”

    Paine points out that the “best deconstruction” of my research is Stephen Zunes’ article “The Cooties Effect”: yet I have already demonstrated that this “critique” of my work was nonsense, see footnote #22 of my article “Co-opting Intellectual Aggressors: The “Progressive” Face of the CIA.” http://www.swans.com/library/art14/barker08.html#22

    The point of my present article is simply to show that anti-capitalist researchers need to expand their criticisms beyond the obvious targets like the military-industrial complex. To try to make my case clearer I have represented the connections I have made to make my argument less opaque. To begin with I introduce a few members of the Crown family and outline the key role they play in managing key parts of the military-industrial complex:

    1. Lester Crown is the former chair of General Dynamics, and chair of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs – a group whose president previously spent two decades at the Asia Society (which was created by the Rockefeller family).

    2. James Crown, who is Lester Crown’s son, is the president of Henry Crown and Company, and is also a board member of General Dynamics, the Rockefeller families JPMorgan Chase, and Sara Lee – a corporation whose longstanding CEO is the former chair of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

    3. Charles Goodman, who is a former board member of General Dynamics, is the vice-chair of Henry Crown and Company (and his late wife, Suzanne Crown, was one of Lester Crown’s cousins). Charles is the former chair of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem – a body whose current chair, Michael Federmann, is the chair of Elbit Systems.

    After this I introduce a group known as the Jerusalem Foundation which was set up by a leading Zionist to ostensibly “create a just society for all citizens of Jerusalem” (their words). I demonstrate how various controversial individuals like to lend their names to a “just” cause, and occasionally hang out together. Thus:

    1. Lester Crown is a board member of the Jerusalem Foundation.

    2. Michael Federmann serves on the Jerusalem Foundation’s board of governors, as does another board member of Elbit Systems.

    3. The Jerusalem Foundation’s former propaganda Director is now the chief Israel emissary to the ethnic cleansing outfit, the Jewish National Fund.

    4. Another Jerusalem Foundation former board member, Richard Goldman, represents two conservative “environmental” groups, The Conservation Fund and Save the Redwoods League; moreover he is the former president of the Jewish Community Federation – a group whose current CEO is the former executive director of AIPAC.

    5. Jerusalem Foundation emeritus chair, Joseph Vardi, sits on the board of governors of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is the co-founder of NESS TSG (another major defence contractor). Vardi is the former chair of the Israel National Oil Company, and a former adviser to Occidental Petroleum Corporation – whose board members include former US Ambassador to Israel, Edward Djerejian and the powerful right-wing Christian Zionist Spencer Abraham.

    I then introduce another organization, the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, which appears to also be a stronghold for humanitarian imperialists and philanthro-Zionists:

    1. The Van Leer Jerusalem Institutes’s honorary chair is an advisor to the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission.

    2. The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute chairman, Tom de Swaan, is vice-chairman of Royal Ahold’s supervisory board – a group whose chair is the former president of Mobil Oil, and former board member of the Rockefeller firm, Exxon Mobil. (Another member of Royal Ahold’s supervisory board is the CFO of Sara Lee Corporation.)

    3. Ruth Gavison who is a senior fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute serves on the Jerusalem Foundation’s board of governors, and is the cofounder of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel

    4. Van Leer Group Foundation trustee, Amos Mar-Haim, serves on the Jerusalem Foundation’s board of governors, and is the former deputy chairman of the Israel Corporation.

    5. Van Leer Group Foundation trustees includes other individuals, like Rien van Gendt, who is a board member of the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and Peter Bell (see next).

    Finally I show how the Crown family is directly associated with various so-called humanitarian and environmental organizations – critiques of which can be found if one follows the appropriate hyper links.

    1. Lester Crown’s wife, Renée Schine Crown, is a co-chair of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation (founded by Steven Spielberg) – the two other co-chairs are Edgar Bronfman, Jr. (whose father is the former president of the World Jewish Congress), and Lew Wasserman.

    2. Lester Crown’s daughter, Susan Crown, is a board member of the Shoah Foundation, a vice-president of Henry Crown and Company, and board member of the “humanitarian” group CARE USA. (Infamous imperialist, Peter Ackerman, formerly served as a board member of CARE USA at the same time as Peter Bell.)

    3. Peter Ackerman is the founding chair of the controversial International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, a group whose academic chair is Stephen Zunes – an individual who, like Noam Chomsky, is famous for his dismissals of the influence of the Israel Lobby.

    4. Peter Ackerman owns Rockport Capital Incorporated, a finance group whose former managing director, Lydia Marshall, is the current chair of the “humanitarian” group CARE International.

    5. CARE International’s former president, Peter Bell, is a former board member of the imperialist Human Rights Watch.

    6. Peter Bell helped found the Business Humanitarian Forum along with the likes of Robert Zoellick and John Whitehead – the latter of whom is a US board member of the Jerusalem Foundation. Whitehead also co-founded the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy (with Peter Malkin), and David Rockefeller is one of the the Committees honorary chairs.

    7. Susan Crown is also a senior mentor for the Aspen Institutes’s Henry Crown fellowship program (as is James Crown). Her father, Lester Crown, serves on the board of overseers, and their executive director, Peter Reiling, is the former CEO of TechnoServe – a group whose major funders include the Gates and Rockefeller foundations. (Peter Ackerman also happens to be a member of TechnoServe).

    8. The Henry Crown programs board of overseers includes Margot Pritzker, who serves alongside Lester on the board of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

    9. Margot Pritzker also represents Human Rights Watch, and serves on the board of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee alongside Ronald Lauder and Stanley Chesley, who are respectively the chairman and president of the ethnic cleansing Jewish National Fund.

    10. Margot Pritzker is on the advisory board of America Abroad Media where she sits alongside the former CIA Director James Woolsey, Peter Ackerman, John Whitehead, Richard Armitage, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Martin Indyk, and Vin Weber.

    11. Paula Hannaway Crown, who is the wife of James Crown, is a principal of Henry Crown and Company, a board of the “environmental” outfit Conservation International, and is a trustee of the Museum of Modern Art (a body whose honorary chairs are Ronald Lauder and David Rockefeller).

    12. Nicholas Pritzker, who is a relation of Margot Pritzker, is the co-vice-chair of Conservation International, and his wife is a board member of Mother Jones magazine.

    Although I doubt that my conspiracy-hungry critics will be pleased by anything I can say or do, I realize that complex network analyzes are not the easiest thing to read and can be easily misread as conspiratorial rantings. Therefore, if they would care to choose the two most progressive people that I have apparently smeared in this article, I would be more than happy to provide a detailed examination of their roles in sustaining the Philanthropic-Zionist Complex.

    Comment by Michael Barker — June 9, 2010 @ 11:38 pm

  18. Lets not take guilt by association to far. As an argument Ive always seen it to mean either associations one can’t help, like the actions of a relative or something that happened years ago and has no demonstrable bearing on the current actions of a person. When a person chooses to associate with someone/something and that leads to predictable actions then that person is legitimately guilty.

    Comment by SGuy — June 9, 2010 @ 11:56 pm

  19. What Sguy says.

    Comment by Jenny — June 10, 2010 @ 12:03 am

  20. And no,I don’t think Fatah would be good for Palestinians

    Comment by Jenny — June 10, 2010 @ 12:08 am

  21. Tom Paine’s critique has some merit but not much in this case. It’s like saying the conspiracy theories hatched around The Bohemian Grove or the Bilderberg Group contribute nothing to our understanding of the pernicious way the world works.

    Sometimes you can tell in a narrative just by the flow and logic of the argument that if you were to actually investigatively research the dots one by one you’d in the end be able connect them into a clear picture of Zionist turpitude just as Barker ingeniously depicts.

    Capitalism isn’t about individual conspiracies being more or less successful — it’s about class interests ultimately prevailing.

    In the last analysis it’s impossible to escape the conclusion that not only is imperialism the mortal enemy of the overwhelming majority of this planet’s living creatures but also that Zionism is a tool of that same imperialism.

    Comment by Karl Friedrich — June 10, 2010 @ 12:36 am

  22. Jenny: The Angry Arab is not nuts, he’s just angry.

    To say he’s shitzoid because he hates Hamas while he defends them is like calling Trotsky insane for defending the USSR while hating Stalin.

    Unless you begin to understand the dialectics of the DUAL NATURE typical of beseiged organizations that represent historically oppressed peoples, such as Trade Unions, Workers States, Hezbollah, etc. — then you’re only wasting time with ridiculous, inaccurate & unfounded comments.

    Comment by Karl Friedrich — June 10, 2010 @ 12:57 am

  23. Karl,

    A) are you saying Alex Jones’ conspiracies actually have merit

    B) Hamas are excused from criticism despite the fact that they executed two “Spies” without fair trial:

    http://antonyloewenstein.com/2010/04/16/hamas-is-not-above-murdering-its-enemies/

    Hell, there are even Palestinan activists who advocated less restrictions:

    http://angryarab.blogspot.com/2010/04/hamas-rules.html

    and Angry Arab favors this, for the record.

    Comment by Jenny — June 10, 2010 @ 2:07 am

  24. A) The United States is an Imperialist Nation. Imperialism is inherently predatory. Imperialism inexorably generates wars not through conspiracy but as a product of class interests. Thus conspiracy theories contribute very little to a Marxist understanding of politics, meaning, who gets what. Alex Jones exists primarily to enrich himself through the selling of conspiracy DVDs to de-classed petty bourgeois elements who are stampeding.

    B) Nobody is excused from criticism. Revolutionary Marxists, however, learn to be very sensitive about publicly criticising historically oppressed brown people who’re in mortal combat with their oppressors. For example, during the famous Attica Prison uprising, while the prisoners’ reasonable demands were being negotiated, there were a lot of arbitary excecutions of accused snitches. The same phenomena happened in Vietnam during the late 60′s & early 70′s. While the NVA were being carpet bombed by LBJ the Viet Cong often arbitrarily executed alleged collaborators. So does this mean the prisoner’s demands should be ignored or that the national liberation movement of the entire Vietnamese people should be condemned?

    Only a very confused liberal without an iota of understanding of the dialectics of class struggle would answer in the affirmative.

    Comment by Karl Friedrich — June 10, 2010 @ 8:44 pm

  25. B)So you actually oppose criticism then, period.

    Comment by Jenny — June 11, 2010 @ 5:33 am

  26. supporting hamas is supporting politics that will get 1000s and 1000s Palestinians more get killed by israel. I fucking hate it when angry arab posts pictures of nationalistic brainwashed children waving the Palestinian flag over the ruins of their houses like it’s something positive they are ready to die for their country

    Comment by PfromGermany — June 13, 2010 @ 8:50 am

  27. supporting hamas is supporting politics that will get 1000s and 1000s Palestinians more get killed by israel. I fucking hate it when angry arab posts pictures of nationalistic brainwashed children waving the Palestinian flag over the ruins of their houses like it’s something positive they are ready to die for their country.

    This is an astounding expression of contempt and hatred not only for the Palestinian people, but of all those other victim of oppression and dispossession who dared to raise their banner and assert their humanity against the scourge of European colonialism and expansionism throughout history. You are a racist scum and filth.

    Comment by Lajany Otum — June 13, 2010 @ 10:11 am

  28. [I fucking hate it when angry arab posts pictures of nationalistic brainwashed children waving the Palestinian flag over the ruins of their houses like it’s something positive they are ready to die for their country.]

    I fucking hate it when MSNBC posts pictures of nationalistic brainwashed children waving the Israeli flag over illeagal settlement houses like its something positive they are ready to die for their country.

    I really fucking hate it when Fox News posts pictures of nationalistic brainwashed children waving the American flag over their fathers’ graves at Arlington cemetary like it’s something positive they are ready to die for their country.

    In the 60′s I didn’t really mind it when CBS showed pictures of nationalistic brainwashed children waving the North Vietnamese flag over the ruins of their houses like it’s something positive they are ready to die for their country.

    Comment by Karl Friedrich — June 13, 2010 @ 10:33 am

  29. [supporting hamas is supporting politics that will get 1000s and 1000s Palestinians more get killed by israel.]

    Supporting the Democrats and Republicans is supporting politics that will get 1000s and 1000s Americans more get killed by Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Comment by Karl Friedrich — June 13, 2010 @ 10:41 am

  30. Karl,

    Hi hope you are well. I made some posts on the video you asked me about on the Stalin, Berlin Wall thread.

    I certainly appreciate your attitude! Tell it like it is. USA equals death. If only the US Citizens could see the evil they are doing. They dismiss blowing up a village under the disguise of ‘collateral damage’. Truth is the public don’t want to see so they ignore reality and watch Dancing with the Stars. Just like they don’t want to see migrant workers without gloves picking flowers covered with pesticides. No all the masses want to do is satisfy their carnal desires. Unfortunately I could write volumes of books on this topic!

    I do not blame the young soldiers of the United States that go over to fight. I know a couple. One wanted to pay for his college by joining the national gaurd and went to Iraq. Others are idealistic with ideals based on lies. The ones I do blame are the generals, politicians, big business and weapons makers. They know exactly what evil manipulations they are doing!!

    You see Marxism as a way to eliminate the world’s evil. I see Christianity as that. However I do see paralells between the two envisioned outcomes. Let me warn you about becoming the beast in trying to destroy the beast. This happened in the Russian Revolution and manifested in Stalin. But Stalin was not a seperate entity but a projection of most of what was wrong about the revolution. The ends do not justify the means. I would rather have a non violent revolution that failed then a violent one with any outcome. We can always build on the failures of the past! I am certain a violent revolution will only cause more pain, anger and hatred.

    You see those young Isrealis children, prescious and innocent will one day grow up to be leaders. How do we break the cycle? Love.

    Love,

    John Kaniecki

    Comment by John Kaniecki — June 13, 2010 @ 1:27 pm

  31. Dear John:

    How do we break the cycle?

    We start by exposing the racist hypocricy of people like PissFromGermany who condemn Palestinian victims of Imperialist atrocity from defending themselves by any means necessary against the genocide and organized crime that is systematically perpetrated against them.

    Comment by Karl Friedrich — June 13, 2010 @ 3:37 pm

  32. genocide? are you nuts? and why am I asking rhetorical questions?

    so, it’s racist not wanting people to die for nothing. okaaaayyy…

    Comment by PfromGermany — June 13, 2010 @ 9:18 pm

  33. Resistance to the Israeli racism and colonialism is “nothing”? What a mealymouthed hypocrite this PrickFromGermany is, vilifying the victims of Zionism, that bastard progeny of racist 19th century European nationalisms, in the name of opposition to nationalism.

    Comment by Lajany Otum — June 13, 2010 @ 10:17 pm

  34. in what terms have the last 10 years of resistance to Israeli “colonialism” (I suppose you include firing unaimed missiles and indiscriminately murdering people in pizza joints and busses in Tel Aviv under that term) improved the life of the Palestinian people?

    Comment by PfromGermany — June 14, 2010 @ 10:22 am

  35. For the prick who feigns confusion about colonialism:

    The colonial world is a world divided into compartments. It is probably unnecessary to recall the existence of native quarters and European quarters, of schools for natives and schools for Europeans; in the same way we need not recall apartheid in South Africa. Yet, if we examine closely this system of compartments, we will at least be able to reveal the lines of force it implies. This approach to the colonial world, its ordering and its geographic layout will allow us to mark out the lines on which a decolonized society will be reorganized.

    The colonial world is a world cut in two. The dividing line, the frontiers are shown by barracks and police stations. In the colonies it is the policeman and the soldier who are the official, instituted go-betweens, the spokesmen of the settler and his rule of oppression. In capitalist societies the educational system, whether lay or clerical, the structure of moral reflexes handed down from father to son, the exemplary honesty of workers who are given a medal after fifty years of good and loyal service, and the affection which springs from harmonious relations and good behavior—all these aesthetic expressions of respect for the established order serve to create around the exploited person an atmosphere of submission and of inhibition which lightens the task of policing considerably. In the capitalist countries a multitude of moral teachers, counselors and “bewilderers” separate the exploited from those in power. In the colonial countries, on the contrary, the policeman and the soldier, by there immediate presence and their frequent and direct action maintain contact with the native and advise him by means of rifle butts and napalm not to budge. It is obvious here that the agents of government speak the language of pure force. The intermediary does not lighten the oppression, nor seek to hide the domination; he shows them up and puts them into practice with the clear conscience of an upholder of the peace; yet he is the bringer of violence into the home and into the mind of the native.

    The zone where the natives live is not complementary to the zone inhabited by the settlers. The two zones are opposed, but not in the service of a higher unity. Obedient to the rule of Aristotelian logic, they both follow the principle of reciprocal exclusivity. No conciliation is possible, for of the two terms, one is superfluous. The settlers’ town is a strongly built town, all made of stone and steel. It is a brightly lit town; the streets are covered with asphalt, and the garbage cans swallow all the leavings, unseen, unknown and hardly thought about. The settler’s feet are never visible, except perhaps in the sea; but there you’re never close enough to see them. His feet are protected by strong shoes although the streets of his town are clean and even, with no holes and stones. The settler’s town is a well-fed town, an easygoing town; its belly is always full of good things. The settlers’ town is a town of white people, of foreigners.

    The town belonging to the colonized people, or at least the native town, the Negro village, the medina, the reservation, is a place of ill fame, peopled by men of evil repute. They are born there, it matters little where or how; they die there, it matters not where, or how. It is a world without spaciousness. The native town is a hungry town, crouching village, a town of niggers and dirty arabs.

    Frantz Fanon. The Wretched of the Earth.

    Comment by Lajany Otum — June 15, 2010 @ 7:48 am

  36. From Battle of Algiers by Gilo Pontecorvo:

    Journalist: Isn’t it a dirty thing to use women’s baskets to carry bombs to kill innocent people?

    Larbi Ben M’Hidi: And you? Doesn’t it seem even dirtier to you to drop napalm bombs on defenceless villages with thousands of innocent victims? It would be a lot easier for us if we had planes. Give us your bombers, and we’ll give you our baskets.

    Comment by Lajany Otum — June 15, 2010 @ 7:58 am

  37. [How do we break the cycle?]

    Max Ajl, “Non-violence is not a principle, it is a tactic,” PULSE Media, June 14, 2010.
    http://pulsemedia.org/2010/06/14/non-violence-is-not-a-principle-it-is-a-tactic/

    Comment by michaeljamesbarker — June 15, 2010 @ 8:15 am

  38. the difference is: the French in Algeria had France to go back home to. The Jews in Israel don’t have a home country. and you’re conveniently forgetting the causes of Zionism, which were rather different from French colonialism.

    What do you expect Jewish Israelis to do? become frightened by blown up busses, giveup their nation state, go somewhere else? are you insane?

    Comment by PfromGermany — June 15, 2010 @ 5:05 pm

  39. I think that when the going gets rough, most will come to the USA. I keep hear more and more Hebrew being spoken in my Manhattan high-rise elevator.

    Comment by louisproyect — June 15, 2010 @ 5:14 pm

  40. Do they have to jump through the same hoops as other immigrants?

    Comment by Karl Friedrich — June 15, 2010 @ 7:28 pm

  41. What do you expect the natives to do? become frightened by bulldozers, white phosphorous and blown up hospitals, and giveup their homes, go somewhere else? are you insane?

    Who cannot see that, no less than did its former ally in arms in Apartheid South Africa, the Israeli state is charting for its society a course which can only end in moral and political bankruptcy?

    Comment by Lajany Otum — June 15, 2010 @ 10:10 pm

  42. Blimey. Just because the FLN analogy isn’t perfect doesn’t mean it is not apt; just like South Africa and Northern Ireland, everything can be nitpicked to show many differences. Whatever the “causes” may be, colonialism is colonialism, especially when it was through a marriage of elites coddling with elites to provide a bourgeois “homeland” for Ashkenazims to stick up their noses on Arab Jews and Ethiopians and domestic workers brought in from Bangladesh. Ironically, Israel was founded on a kibbutz model of Jewish socialism; I wonder how socialist this state really is now? (Duh. It isn’t.)

    If it isn’t crystal clear what is expected of “Israeli Jews” to scale back the horror that is Zionism, then you are a sad case.

    Comment by Joshua — June 16, 2010 @ 2:40 am

  43. well, it’s not like hamas is like the ANC and wants jews and palestinians live together in a secular democratic state. read their charter. it’s frightening

    Comment by PfromGermany — June 18, 2010 @ 7:24 am

  44. How peculiar then, that:

    [A]ccording to several current and former U.S. intelligence officials, beginning in the late 1970s, Tel Aviv gave direct and indirect financial aid to Hamas over a period of years.

    Israel “aided Hamas directly — the Israelis wanted to use it as a counterbalance to the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization),” said Tony Cordesman, Middle East analyst for the Center for Strategic Studies.

    Israel’s support for Hamas “was a direct attempt to divide and dilute support for a strong, secular PLO by using a competing religious alternative,” said a former senior CIA official. (Hamas history tied to Israel, Richard Sale, UPI, 06/18/02)

    Falsely equating the Palestinian people with Hamas, and Hamas with Palestine, and then claiming that this deceitful equation somehow justifies anything or everything that the usurping entity does or wants to do, is an argument straight out of the that entity’s copybook. It is also a tried and tested method of would be oppressors. As Jean-Paul Sartre wrote in the introduction to Albert Memmi’s The Colonizer and the Colonized:

    [O]ppression justifies itself through oppression: the oppressors produce and maintain by force the evils that render the oppressed, in their eyes, more and more like what they would have to be like to deserve their fate.

    Comment by Lajany Otum — June 18, 2010 @ 11:30 am

  45. Hello,

    Hope all are well.

    Something about the Isreal – Palestine conflict from another perspective.

    http://kloposmasm.wordpress.com/2010/06/11/my-desire-for-ethnic-cleansing-is-more-righteous-than-yours/

    Love,

    John Kaniecki

    Comment by john kaniecki — June 18, 2010 @ 3:24 pm

  46. fucking Zionist Complex

    Comment by jack — September 12, 2010 @ 1:29 pm

  47. Pretty one sided isn’t it, how about you do an article on Islams biggest Lie in the Middle East, The False Palestinian Cause, which is mostly made up of a bunch of fake Palestinians, majority of them Arabs, going around pretending to be a people who they aren’t, yet can show no real claim to land, plus on top of that show Islams inhumanity which is still going on, which them breaking UN Laws, having Child SOLDIERS, strapping bomb belts on there children, lets not forget, they also desire the Death of Israelis by any means, but im sure this post be will moderated, edited & or erased, because u cant handle the truth, that you love sucking up to the pagan gods of islam.

    Comment by Yisraels Redeemer — May 17, 2011 @ 6:29 am


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