Sunday, December 26, 2021

  • Sunday, December 26, 2021
  • Elder of Ziyon

(I've been working on my book, and this is a chapter I drafted this morning.)

Prominent anti-Zionists continually cross the line into antisemitism, with little or no repercussions to their careers.

Former Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters was interviewed by Hamas-affiliated Shehab News Agency in 2020. During the interview he essentially quoted Nazi literature:

Sheldon Adelson, who is the puppet master pulling the strings of Donald Trump, Mike Pompeo, and what's his name... The Ambassador [to Israel], Greenberg [sic] I think his name is. Sheldon Adelson is the puppet master pulling all of the strings. And Sheldon Adelson is a right-wing fascist racist bigot who doesn't understand the first thing about the idea that human beings might have rights. Sheldon Adelson believes that only Jews - only Jewish people - are completely human. … everybody else on Earth is there to serve them. Sheldon Adelson believe this. I'm not saying Jewish people believe this. I am saying that he does, and he is pulling the strings. [1]

There are no quotes by Sheldon Adelson that remotely resemble what Waters is saying this “puppet-master” believed. However, similar quotes abound all over neo-Nazi websites referring to Jews altogether. Waters, knowing Adelson was a religious Jew, connected the fake antisemitic Talmud quotes that are all over the Internet with every religious Jew, and Adelson – as a “puppet-master” – was the most dangerous religious Jew.

Another example that was eagerly seized upon by the anti-Zionist crowd was the “Deadly Exchange” campaign. Started around 2015, it claimed that police exchange and training programs between local police departments in the United States and Israel led to US police brutality that they learned from their Israeli counterparts.

The charge is obviously and provably false. The training that US police received in Israel was not on riot control techniques or anything else to do with subduing people; the programs emphasized intelligence gathering, counterintelligence techniques, border security, mechanisms to delay terrorists on their way to a target such as checkpoints, site security for terror targets like restaurants, shopping malls, preventing bombings, securing airports and border crossings and performing mass rescue operations. [2] But those facts don’t stop anti-Israel propagandists and heroes of the Left like Rania Khalek and The Nation’s Dave Zirin from asserting that Israel teaches US police “the arts of suppression.”[3]

The accusation veers into pure antisemitism because it assumes that somehow local US police departments have no autonomy or agency of their own. If, as they falsely claim, Israeli police taught them how to place a knee on a suspect’s neck or other potentially fatal techniques, that would mean that the local US police were somehow brainwashed into putting these techniques into their own procedure manuals. It is another variant of the Jewish puppet-master who bends the gentiles into doing its nefarious will.

Even Jewish Voice for Peace, which spent years pushing the “Deadly Exchange” lies, did an about-face when it enlarged its focus from purely anti-Israel activism into more general social justice issues.  It quietly admitted that blaming US police brutality on Israel was, yes, antisemitic and the exact same thing that the alt-Right racists do:

Making connections between the U.S. and Israel without context can do harm Highlighting these police exchange programs without enough context or depth can end up harming our movements for justice. Suggesting that Israel is the start or source of American police violence or racism shifts the blame from the United States to Israel. This obscures the fundamental responsibility and nature of the U.S., and harms Black people and Black-led struggle. It also furthers an antisemitic ideology. White supremacists look for any opportunity to glorify and advance American anti-Black racism, and any chance to frame Jews as secretly controlling and manipulating the world. Taking police exchanges out of context provides fodder for those racist and antisemitic tropes.[4]

Tropes that JVP heartily encouraged only a couple of years before, blaming US police brutality on Israel.[5]

Another example of how Zionists are the secret puppet-master of hapless, defenseless gentiles comes from the United Nations.

A 2005 UN report on violence against women said,

Women with husbands explained that the dire economic situation and the pressures of the occupation have made men more violent because they have lost their ability to provide and protect - two essential elements of manhood in a traditional patriarchal society. As men become stripped of their manhood, women become the shock absorbers of the crises as targets of domestic violence.[6]

This blaming Israel for Palestinian men beating their wives has been echoed by then-High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in 2014[7] and again in 2015. [8]

This might not be direct “puppetry” but the message being hammered home is that Israel is responsible for domestic abuse of Palestinian women. This is doubly bigoted: it echoes the theme of Jewish control over non-Jews, and it infantilizes Palestinian Arabs as not being responsible for their own lives.

Those two themes are accepted as truth in countless other ways. Arab terrorism is Israel’s fault, Arab intransigence is Israel’s fault, the lack of vaccines in the territories is Israel’s fault even when the Palestinian leaders explicitly say they don’t want Israel’s help. Israel has all the responsibility and Palestinians have none. What is that if not an echo of the traditional antisemitic themes of Jewish control over the “goyim”?



[2] See “Idiots blame Israel for – Baltimore!”, Elder of Ziyon, May 7, 2015.

[4] DeadlyExchange.org, retrieved June 28, 2020

[6] “Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Yakin Ertürk,” E/CN.4/2005/72/Add.4, 2 February 2005

[7]  “Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the implementation of Human Rights Council resolutions S-9/1 and S-1,” ns A/HRC/25, January 13, 2014

[8] “Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women: Report of the Secretary-General,” E/CN.6/2016/6, December 22, 2015









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