16 thoughts on “Jews, Zionists and Terror: a History – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. A good article but just a minor point. You say that Arlossorof’snegotiation of Ha’avara ‘broke the international boycott of Nazi goods organized in large part by US Zionist leader, Rabbi Stephen S Wise.’

    Wise only supported the Boycott after having been shamed into doing so by Samuel Untermayer. Wise later ratted on the Boycott because given the choice he preferred Zionism. This is all in Edwin Black’s ‘The Transfer Agreement.’

    Stephen Wise was one of the most notorious Zionist war criminals there was. He never missed an opportunity to block or turn down any refuge for Jewish refugees that wasn’t Palestine.

    Wise kept secret, at the State Departments urging, a telegram from Gerhard Riegner on 8 August 1942 from the World Jewish Congress in Geneva, which announced how the extermination of the Jews was official policy.

    Wise ‘not only knew of the death camps in the summer of 1942… but actively collaborated with the (State) Department in keeping verified accounts of mass murder from the public.’ [1] In a letter to Roosevelt of 2 December 1942 Wise admitted that

     ‘it is indisputable that as many as two million civilian Jews have been slain. I have had cables and underground advices for some months, telling of these things. I succeeded, together with the heads of other Jewish organizations, in keeping these out of the press and have been in constant communication with the State Department, particularly Under-secretary Welles.[2] (my emphasis)

    These 3 months were the most intensive period of the holocaust when 1.5 million Jews died. By this time the Zionists had but one priority, achieving a Jewish state and they weren’t going to let a minor matter such as the Holocaust to get in the way.

    In my forthcoming book I provide the gory details of some of Wise’s activities, such as trying to block the establishment of the War Refugee Board in January 1944 which saved an estimated 1/4 million Jews.

    Wise’s name should be as notorious as that of Haman.

    [1]         Saul S. Friedman, No Haven for the Oppressed: United States Policy Toward Jewish Refugees, p.139.
    [2]         Laqueur, The Terrible Secret, p.160, 2.12.42. Stephen Wise Papers, Brandeis University.

    1. @ TOny: I might have named the wrong rabbi. I remember reading there was a particular rabbi who championed the boycott. I thought it was Wise, but maybe I misremembered. COuld it have been Abba Hillel Silver? I’ve removed Stephen Wise’s name from the article

  2. [comment deleted: NO terror porn. And btw, for every instance of such terror porn you can find, I can another that proves the pre-state Yishuv engaged in similar acts of terror porn. That why it is a zero sum game.]

  3. “We must expel Arabs and take their place.”

    It’s amazing to me how you’ve taken the quote completely out of context to make it seem as if Ben-Gurion had said under all circumstances, the Arabs will be expelled. 

    Nothing can be further from the truth.

    The Arabs Ben Gurion was talking about were a few clans, or at most a tribe of Bedouins who were preventing the Zionists from settling a small portion of the Negev.

    Here is the original quote:

    “Let us assume that the Negev will not be allotted to the Jewish state. In such event,
    the Negev will remain barren because the Arabs have neither the competence nor
    the need to develop it or make it prosper. They already have an abundance of
    deserts but not of manpower, financial resources, or creative initiative. It is very
    probable that they will agree that we undertake the development of the Negev and
    make it prosper in return for our financial, military, organizational, and scientific
    assistance. It is also possible that they will not agree. People don’t always behave
    according to logic, common sense, or their own practical advantage. Just as you
    yourself are sometimes split conflicted between your mind and your emotions, it is
    possible that the Arabs will follow the dictates of sterile nationalist emotions and
    tell us: “We want neither your honey nor your sting. We’d rather that the Negev
    remain barren than that Jews should inhabit it.” If this occurs, we will have to talk
    to them in a different language—and we will have a different language—but such a
    language will not be ours without a state. This is so because we can no longer
    tolerate that vast territories capable of absorbing tens of thousands of Jews should
    remain vacant, and that Jews cannot return to their homeland because the Arabs
    prefer that the place [the Negev] remains neither ours nor theirs. We must expel
    Arabs and take their place. Up to now, all our aspirations have been based on an
    assumption – one that has been vindicated throughout our activities in the country
    – that there is enough room in the land for the Arabs and ourselves. But if we are
    compelled to use force – not in order to dispossess the Arabs of the Negev or
    Transjordan, but in order to guarantee our right to settle there – our force will
    enable us to do so.”

    1. @ Stoney: A couple of major issues with your claims. First, he was talking about the entire Negev. To call the “Arabs” of the entire Negev “a few clans” or “at most a tribe of Bedouins” is a complete distortion of reality. How would such a small number prevent all Jews from settling the Negev. BTW, many of the current inhabitants of Gaza were Palestinian refugees from the Negev. There are currently nearly 2-million living there. Even if the number was much smaller then, that is a very large number of indigenous inhabitants.

      Second, there were many parts of Palestine with indigenous Palestinians aside from the Negev. He mentioned the Negev in particular because it was less inhabited than the other areas. So it served as aqa tabula rasa in BG’s mind for what he envisioned in future. The expulsion of Palestinians in more densely inhaibtated parts of the country would be much messier and more complicated, which is why he did not mention other areas than the Negev.

      Third, the Negev served as a template for BG about how the rest of the Palestinian population would be dealt with. He didn’t use the Negev as an exclusive example of what he had in mind and exclude other areas of Palestinian population.

      Fourth, the proof is in the pudding. How did Yishuv policy play out in reality? Were only Bedouin expelled in the Negev? Of course not. Indigenous Palestinians were expelled from almost every population center which included them, north, south and center. So BG’s actions and those of his army showed precisely what he had in mind when he wrote the letter in 1937. And even if you’re right and he was only talking about the Negev, what he did in 1948 is more more declarative than what he conceived in 1937. Not that 1937 is not important. Since to my mind and those of TOm Segev, Ilan Pappe, and Benny Morris, the pre-eminent historians in the field, the earlier letter does accord entirely with subsequent policy, it is useful as an idea of what BG intended once he would have a chance to implement his ideas as actual policy of expulsion.

      Since there were Palestinianas living throughout the Yishuv, why would BG have confined his ideas only to one segment and omit the others? What would have made separated the Negev from the rest in his mind? Clearly, when he had the ability he applied his views not just to the Negev but to all their population centers.

      So all your claims fail. Reminder: you are permitted one comment per thread. This was your one comment.

      1. No, Richard. Your claims fail because your claims are contradicted by the plain meaning of the letter, which states:

        Up to now, all our aspirations have been based on an assumption – one that has been vindicated throughout our activities in the country– that there is enough room in the land for the Arabs and ourselves.
        But if we are compelled to use force – not in order to dispossess the Arabs of the Negev or Transjordan, but in order to guarantee our right to settle there – our force will
        enable us to do so.”

        And BTW, lot’s of ink has been spilt proving that that quote, as it appears in the original hand written version, did not call for expulsion.


        1. @ Shelly: First, you are referring to the letter alone. I have offered 2 other sources directly quoting BG himself which confirm my interpretation that he intended to expel all, or as many Palestinians as he could. And again, while what he wrote or said is important. What he did is definitive. And he did precisely what I claim (and what he said he intended).

          The original handwritten version DID call for expulsion. A later hand tampered with the text. As Morris writes, BG never crossed out or added text in such documents. Yet here there was such a suspicious tampering done by a different, later hand. Benny Morris confirms this was a fraudulent effort to avoid an inconvenient historical document. Ephraim Karsh, who championed your claim, is a pro Israel propagandist. Not a scholar or reliable source.

          Finally, as your comment very closely mirrors the argument and claims of an earlier commenter, I warn you both. Do not coordinate your commenting in any way. I would construe that as inauthentic, fraudulent behavior. If both of you have not coordinated your activity, good-then keep it that way.

          1. [comment deleted: yours is the 3rd in a series offering the same arguments about Ben Gurion’s views on expulsion of the Palestinians. We’ve plowed this ground before and pulverized it to death. Further, do not ever use Middle East Forum here for anything, let alone as a credible source. It’s garbage produced by a failed academic who himself is garbage.

            Further, you appear to using unique IP addresses for every comment you publish. That means you are likely using a proxy server to hide your location. I view this as inauthentic behavior unless you are hiding in a basement in Ukraine. More likely you are a member of a Hasbara Bot Network. USe a single, real IP address or I will treat you with suspicion.]

          2.  “..and Benny Morris, the pre-eminent historians in the field,..”

            You can cite Morris, but I may not.

            Animal Farm rules.

          3. @ Mynah: Not at all. If you want to cite Benny Morris’s worst, most noxious, most genocidal views, I’m gonna call you on it. When I cite Morris I cite his early historical research which was far more rigorous and well-founded than his later research. It’s called a careful understanding of the full arc of a historian’s career and where they were right and where they went astray. You prefer the Morris who endorses rape & expulsion as morally justified in order to guarantee the pure Jewish-dominated state. I prefer the Morris who simply recorded historical facts & reality without the added moralizing that detracted from the hard historical research & documentation.

            BTW, I cited a short sentence Morris wrote which documented an actual statement Ben Gurion made based on solid historical research. When a historian who I otherwise disagree with cites a historical fact, I have no problem with citing this.]

  4. Thanks for this review of Jewish terrorism. Your piece filled in many details that I never knew or forgot.

    I thank my luck that I was born in America where the Jews mostly gave up the terrorism that Israeli Jews still practice. After reading this review, I wonder why American liberal Zionists keep saying that they “love Israel” and go to bat for Israelis.

    I thought an earlier Jewish terrorism than against the Romans in 66 BCE, was during the Hasmonean (Maccabee) revolt against Syrian-Greeks in ~167 BCE when Jews would get near a Greek general and stab him to death, immediately being killed by the general’s men (real similar to lone wolf Palestinians committing “suicide by soldier”).

    An even earlier example of Jewish terrorism is the Biblical book of Ester. After Ester “saves” the Jews, she gets a dispensation from the King to kill Haman. Her brother, Mordecai, not only kills Haman, but 75,000 of his followers. That is surely genocide if not actual terrorism. Many Biblical guides suggest that the book of Ester is a comedy. Nevertheless, I see intend below the comedy.

    best jeff

  5. [comment deleted: Read the comment rules. I don’t permit Palestinophobic content in the comment threads. You might try Algemeiner or, if you’re Israeli, Arutz Sheva. THey will be much more conducive]

    1. [comment deleted: not censorship. My blog, my rules. Dont like it, dont play. New rule for you: One comment per thread.]

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