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If things proceed normally, President Barak Obama will soon proclaim April 11, 2014 “Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A.” Despite the innocuous name, this day honors the memory of a religious leader whose lesser-known teachings help fuel some of the most violent attacks against Palestinians by extremist Israeli settlers and soldiers.

The leader being honored on this day is Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, charismatic head of a mystical/fundamentalist version of Judaism. Every year since 1978, a Presidential Proclamation, often accompanied by a Congressional Resolution (the 1990 one had 219 sponsors), has declared Schneerson’s birthday an official national day of observance.

Congress first passed a Resolution honoring Schneerson in 1975. Three years later a Joint Congressional Resolution called on President Jimmy Carter to proclaim “Education Day, U.S.A.” on the anniversary of Schneerson’s birth. The idea was to set aside a day to honor both education and the alleged educational work of Schneerson and the religious sect he headed up.

Carter, like Congress, dutifully obeyed the Schneerson-initiated resolution, as has every president since. And some individual states are now enacting their own observances of Schneerson’s birthday, with Minnesota and Alabama leading the way.

Schneerson and his movement are an extremely mixed bag.

Schneerson has been praised widely for a public persona and organization that emphasized “deep compassion and insight,” worked to bring many secular Jews “back” into the fold, created numerous schools around the world, and had offered, in the words of the Jewish Virtual Library, “social-service programs and humanitarian aid to all people, regardless of religious affiliation or background.”

However, there is also a less attractive underside often at odds with such public perceptions. And some of the more extreme parts of Schneerson’s teachings – such as that Jews are a completely different species than non-Jews, and that non-Jews exist only to serve Jews – have been largely hidden, it appears, even from many who consider themselves his followers.

As we will see, such views profoundly impact the lives of Palestinians living – and dying – under Israeli occupation and military invasions.

Who was Rabbi Schneerson?

Schneerson lived from 1902 to 1994 and oversaw the growth of what is now the largest Jewish organization in the world. The religious movement he led is known as “Chabad-Lubavitch,” (sometimes just called “Lubavitch” or “Chabad,” the name of its organizational arm). Schneerson was the seventh and final Lubavitcher “Rebbe” (sacred leader). He is often simply called “the Rebbe.”

Founded in the late 1700s and originally based in the Polish-Russian town of Lubavitch, it is the largest of about a dozen forms of “Hasidism,” a version of Orthodox Judaism connected to mysticism, characterized by devotion to a dynastic leader, and whose adherents often wear distinctive clothing. (Spellings of these terms can vary; Hasid is also written as Hassid, Chasid, etc.)

There is an extreme cult of personality focused on Schneerson himself. Some followers consider him the Messiah, and Schneerson himself reportedly sometimes implied this was true. Some Lubavitch educators consider him divine, making such claims as, “the Rebbe is actually ‘the essence and being [of God] … he is without limits, capable of effecting anything, all-knowing and a proper object of worshipful prostration.”

While many secular Jews and Jews from other denominations disagree with its actions and theology, Chabad-Lubavitch is generally acknowledged to be a powerful force in Jewish life today. According to a 1994 New York Times report, it is “one of the most influential and controversial forces in world Jewry.”

There are approximately 3,600 Chabad institutions in over 1,000 cities in 70 countries, and 200,000 adherents. Up to a million people attend Chabad services at least once a year. Numerous campuses have such centers and the Chabad website states that hundreds of thousands of children attend Chabad summer camps.

According to the Times, Schneerson “presided over a religious empire that reached from the back streets of Brooklyn to the main streets of Israel and by 1990 was taking in an estimated $100 million a year in contributions.

In the U.S., the Times reports, Schneerson’s “‘mitzvah tanks’ – converted campers that are rolling recruiting stations whose purpose is to draw Jews to the Lubavitch way – roamed streets from midtown Manhattan to Crown Heights. And the Lubavitchers’ Brooklyn-based publishing house claimed to be the world’s largest distributor of Jewish books.”

Non-Jewish souls ‘satanic’

While Chabad sometimes openly teaches that “the soul of the Jew is different than the soul of the non-Jew,” Schneerson’s specific teachings on this subject are largely unknown.

Quite likely very few Americans, both Jews and non-Jews, are aware of Schneerson’s teachings about the alleged deep differences between them – and about how these teachings are applied in the West Bank and Gaza.

Let us look at Schneerson’s words, as quoted by two respected Jewish professors, Israel Shahak and Norton Mezvinsky, in their book Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel (text available online here. This book, praised by Noam Chomsky, Edward Said, and many others is essential reading for anyone who truly wishes to understand modern day Israel-Palestine. (Brackets in the quotes below are in the translations by Shahak and Mezvinsky.)

Some of Schneerson’s rarely reported teachings:

“The difference between a Jewish and a non-Jewish person stems from the common expression: “Let us differentiate.” Thus, we do not have a case of profound change in which a person is merely on a superior level. Rather, we have a case of “let us differentiate” between totally different species.”

“This is what needs to be said about the body: the body of a Jewish person is of a totally different quality from the body of [members] of all nations of the world … The difference in the inner quality between Jews and non-Jews is “so great that the bodies should be considered as completely different species.”

“An even greater difference exists in regard to the soul. Two contrary types of soul exist, a non-Jewish soul comes from three satanic spheres, while the Jewish soul stems from holiness.”

“As has been explained, an embryo is called a human being, because it has both body and soul. Thus, the difference between a Jewish and a non-Jewish embryo can be understood.”

“…the general difference between Jews and non-Jews: A Jew was not created

as a means for some [other] purpose; he himself is the purpose, since the substance of all [divine] emanations was created only to serve the Jews.”

“The important things are the Jews, because they do not exist for any [other] aim; they themselves are [the divine] aim.”

“The entire creation [of a non-Jew] exists only for the sake of the Jews.”

Most people don’t know about this aspect of Schneerson’s teaching because, according to Shahak and Mezvinsky, such teachings are intentionally minimized, mistranslated, or hidden entirely.

For example, the quotes above were translated by the authors from a book of Schneerson’s recorded messages to followers that was published in Israel in 1965. Despite Schneerson’s global importance and the fact that his world headquarters is in the U.S., there has never been an English translation of this volume.

Shahak, an Israeli professor who was a survivor of the Nazi holocaust, writes that this lack of translation of an important work is not unusual, explaining that much critical information about Israel and some forms of Judaism is available only in Hebrew.

He and co-author Mezvinsky, who was a Connecticut Distinguished University Professor who taught at Central Connecticut State University, write, “The great majority of the books on Judaism and Israel, published in English especially, falsify their subject matter.”

According to Shahak and Mezvinsky, “Almost every moderately sophisticated Israeli Jew knows the facts about Israeli Jewish society that are described in this book. These facts, however, are unknown to most interested Jews and non-Jews outside Israel who do not know Hebrew and thus cannot read most of what Israeli Jews write about themselves in Hebrew.”

In Shahak’s earlier book, Jewish Religion, Jewish History, he provides a number of examples. In one, he describes a 1962 book published in Israel in a bilingual edition. The Hebrew text was on one page, with the English translation on the facing page.

Shahak describes one set of facing pages in which the Hebrew text of a major Jewish code of laws contained a command to exterminate Jewish infidels: “It is a duty to exterminate them with one’s own hands.” The English version on the facing page softened it to “It is a duty to take active measures to destroy them.’”

The Hebrew page then went on to name which “infidels” must be exterminated, adding “may the name of the wicked rot.” Among them was Jesus of Nazareth. The facing page with the English translation failed to tell any of this.

“Even more significant,” Shahak reports, “in spite of the wide circulation of this book among scholars in the English-speaking countries, not one of them has, as far as I know, protested against this glaring deception.”

Praised by Said, Chomsky, etc., Shahak is almost unknown today

This pattern of selective omission, it seems, applies to Shahak himself, whose work is largely unknown to Palestine activists today, even though he was considered a major figure in the struggle against Israeli oppression of Palestinians, and his work was praised by diverse writers.

While Shahak was alive, Noam Chomsky called him “an outstanding scholar,” and said he had “remarkable insight and depth of knowledge. His work is informed and penetrating, a contribution of great value.”

Edward Said wrote, “Shahak is a very brave man who should be honored for his services to humanity … One of the most remarkable individuals in the contemporary Middle East.” Said wrote a forward for Shahak’s Jewish History, Jewish Religion.

Catholic New Times said: ‘This is a remarkable book …[It] deserves a wide readership, not only among Jews, but among Christians who seek a fuller understanding both of historical Judaism and of modern-day Israel.”

Jewish Socialist stated: “Anyone who wants to change the Jewish community so that it stops siding with the forces of reaction should read this book.”

The London Review of Books called Shahak’s book “remarkable, powerful, and provocative.”

Yet, very few Americans today know of Shahak’s work and the information it contains.

American tax money & Jewish Extremism in Palestine

If they did, it’s hard to believe that Americans would allow $8.5 million per day of their tax money to be given to Israel, where such teachings underlie a powerful minority that is disproportionately influential in governmental actions.

Nor is it likely that a fully informed American public would allow donations to religious institutions in Israel that teach supremacist, sometimes violent doctrines to be tax-deductible in the U.S.

One organization raised over $10 million tax-deductible dollars in the U.S. in 2011 alone – removing money from the U.S. economy and enabling illegal, aggressive Israeli settlements in Palestine. And some of this money went to benefit individuals convicted of murder – including the murderer of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

The New York Times obituary on Schneerson reported that Schneerson was “a major political force in Israel, both in the Knesset and among the electorate,” but failed to describe the nature of his impact.

One of a sprinkling of writers willing to publicly discuss Shahak and Mezvinsky’s findings is Allan Brownfeld, who is less reticent. Brownfeld is editor of the American Council for Judaism’s periodical Issues and contributor to the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.

In a review of Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel, Brownfeld describes Schneerson’s views on Israel:

“Rabbi Schneerson always supported Israeli wars and opposed any retreat. In 1974 he strongly opposed the Israeli withdrawal from the Suez area. He promised Israel divine favors if it persisted in occupying the land.”

Brownfeld reports that after Schneerson’s death, “[T]housands of his Israeli followers played an important role in the election victory of Binyamin Netanyahu. Among the religious settlers in the occupied territories, the Chabad Hassids constitute one of the most extreme groups. Baruch Goldstein, the mass murderer of Palestinians, was one of them.”


Another such Chabad Hassid is Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburg (also sometimes written as “Ginzburg” and “Ginsburgh”), who studied under Schneerson in Crown Heights and who heads up a major Chabad institution in the West Bank.

Ginsburg praised Goldstein, the murderer of 29 Palestinians while they were praying, and considers all non-Jews subhuman.

According to author Motti Inbari, Ginsburg “gives prominence to Halachic and Kabbalistic approaches that emphasize the distinction between Jew and non-Jew (Gentile), imposing a clear separation and hierarchy in this respect.”

In his book Jewish Fundamentalism and the Temple Mount: Who Will Build the Third Temple? Inbari states, “[Ginsburg] claims that while the Jews are the Chosen People and were created in God’s image, the Gentiles do not have this status and are effectively considered subhuman.”

Professor Inbari, an Israeli academic who now teaches in the U.S., writes that Ginsburg’s theological approach continues “certain perceptions that were popular in medieval times.”

“For example,” Inbari writes, “the commandment ‘You shall not murder’ does not apply to the killing of a Gentile, since ‘you shall not murder’ relates to the murder of a human, while for him the Gentiles do not constitute humans.”

Inbari reports, “Similarly, Ginzburg stated that, on the theoretical level, if a Jew requires a liver transplant to survive, it would be permissible to seize a Gentile and take their liver forcefully.”

While the mainstream American press almost never reports this kind of information, an April 26, 1996 article in Jewish Week by Lawrence Cohler reported on Ginsburg’s teachings, including their problematic roots in Jewish texts.

Cohler reported that a professor of Bible at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Rabbi Moshe Greenberg, “called for radically revising Jewish thinking about some Jewish texts on the grounds that scholars such as Rabbi Ginsburgh are far from aberrant in their use of them.”

Cohler quoted Greenberg’s concerns: “‘There’ll be a statement in Talmud… made in circumstances where it’s purely theoretical, because Jews then never had the power to do it,’ he explained. And now, he said, ‘It’s carried over into circumstances where Jews have a state and are empowered.’”

A rabbi associated with Ginsburg coauthored a notorious Israeli book,The King’s Torah, which claims that Jewish law at times permits the killing of non-Jewish infants. American donations to the Chabad school Ginsburg heads up, and that published the above book, are tax-deductible in the U.S. Ginsburg, who endorses the book, teaches classes throughout Israel, the U.S. and France.

Such extremism is opposed by the majority of Israelis, and major Jewish religious authorities condemn it, a Chief Rabbi, for example, stating: “’According to the Torah, every man is created in God’s image.”

Yet, such extremist views continue to exert a powerful influence.

Israeli military manuals echo extremist teachings: “kill even good civilians”

Israeli military manuals sometimes replicate extremist teachings. For example, a booklet authored by a Chief Chaplain stated, “In war, when our forces storm the enemy, they are allowed and even enjoined by the Halakhah to kill even good civilians…” Such teachings by the IDF rabbinate were prominent during Israel’s 2008-9 attack on Gaza that killed 1,400 Gazans, approximately half of them civilians. (The Palestinian resistance killed nine Israelis during this “war.”)

Chicago writer Stephen Lendman has described these teachings, giving a number of examples.

Lendman writes, “In 2007, Israel’s former chief rabbi, Mordechai Elyahu, called for the Israeli army to mass-murder Palestinians:

“If they don’t stop after we kill 100, then we must kill 1000. And if they don’t stop after 1000, then we must kill 10,000. If they still don’t stop we must kill 100,000. Even a million.”

Lendman reports that some extremist Israeli rabbis teach that “the ten commandments don’t apply to non-Jews. So killing them in defending the homeland is acceptable, and according to the chairman of the Jewish Rabbinic Council:

“‘There is no such thing as enemy civilians in war time. The law of our Torah is to have mercy on our soldiers and to save them…. A thousand non-Jewish lives are not worth a Jew’s fingernail.’”

Lendman writes, “Rabbi David Batsri called Arabs ‘a blight, a devil, a disaster…. donkeys, and we have to ask ourselves why God didn’t create them to walk on all fours. Well, the answer is that they are needed to build and clean.’”

Another such rabbi is Manis Friedman, a Chabad-Lubavitch rabbi inspired by Schneerson who served as the simultaneous translator for a series of Schneerson’s talks. (Friedman is currently dean of a Jewish Studies institute in Minnesota.)

A 2009 article in the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reports, “Like the best Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis, Manis Friedman has won the hearts of many unaffiliated Jews with his charismatic talks about love and God; it was Friedman who helped lead Bob Dylan into a relationship with Chabad.

“But Friedman, who today travels the country as a Chabad speaker, showed a less warm and cuddly side when he was asked how he thinks Jews should treat their Arab neighbors.”

In Moment magazine’s article, “Ask the Rabbis // How Should Jews Treat Their Arab Neighbors?” Friedman answered:

“I don’t believe in western morality, i.e. don’t kill civilians or children, don’t destroy holy sites, don’t fight during holiday seasons, don’t bomb cemeteries, don’t shoot until they shoot first because it is immoral.

“The only way to fight a moral war is the Jewish way: Destroy their holy sites. Kill men, women and children (and cattle).”

Lendman reports, “Views like these aren’t exceptions. Though a minority, they proliferate throughout Israeli society…”

They also, Lendman notes, work to prevent peace in Israel-Palestine.

Shahak and Mezvinsky note that when the book containing Schneerson’s statements quoted above about Jews and non-Jews was published in Israel, he was allied to the Labor Party and his movement had been provided “many important benefits” from the Israeli government.

In the mid-1970s Schneerson decided that the Labor Party was too moderate and shifted his support to the more right-wing parties in power today. The authors report, “Ariel Sharon was the Rebbe’s favorite Israeli senior politician. Sharon in turn praised the Rebbe publicly and delivered a moving speech about him in the Knesset after the Rebbe’s death.”

Roots in Some Early Texts

Brownfeld decries the fact that few Americans are properly informed about the fundamentalist movement in Israel “and the theology upon which it is based.”

He notes that Jewish Americans, in particular, are often unaware of the “narrow ethnocentrism which is promoted by the movement’s leading rabbis, or of the traditional Jewish sources they are able to call upon in drawing clear distinctions between the moral obligations owed to Jews and non-Jews.”

Teachings that Jews are superior and gentiles inferior were contained in some of the earliest Hassidic texts, including its classic text, “Tanya,” still taught today.

Brownfeld quotes statements by “the revered father of the messianic tendency of Jewish fundamentalism,” Rabbi Kook the Elder, and states that these were derived from earlier texts. [Kook, incidentally, was also an early Zionist, who helped push for the Balfour Declaration in England before moving to Palestine. He was the uncle of Hillel Kook, an agent who went by the name “Peter Bergson” and created front groups in the U.S. for a violent Zionist guerilla group that operated in 1930s and ’40s Palestine.]

Brownfeld quotes Kook: “The difference between a Jewish soul and souls of non-Jews—all of them in all different levels—is greater and deeper than the difference between a human soul and the souls of cattle.”

Brownfeld explains that Kook’s teaching, which he says is followed by leaders of the settler movement in the occupied West Bank, “is based upon the Lurianic Cabbala, the school of Jewish mysticism that dominated Judaism from the late 16th to the early 19th century.”

Shahak and Mezvinsky state, “One of the basic tenets of the Lurianic Cabbala is the absolute superiority of the Jewish soul and body over the non-Jewish soul and body. According to the Lurianic Cabbala, the world was created solely for the sake of Jews; the existence of non-Jews was subsidiary.”

Again, Shahak and Mezvinsky report that this aspect is often covered up in English-language discussions. Scholarly authors of books about Jewish mysticism and the Lurianic Cabbala, they write, have frequently “willfully omitted reference to such ideas.”

Shahak and Mezvinsky write that it is essential to understand these beliefs in order to understand the current situation in the West Bank, where many of the most militant West Bank settlers are motivated by religious ideologies in which every non-Jew is seen as “the earthly embodiment” of Satan, and according to the Halacha (Jewish law), the term ‘human beings’ refers solely to Jews.”

Israeli author and former chief of Israeli military intelligence Yehoshafat Harkabi touches on this in his 1988 book Israel’s Fateful Hour.

Harkabi writes that while such extremist beliefs are not “widely dominant,” the reality is that “nationalistic religious extremists are by no means a lunatic fringe; many are respected men whose words are widely heeded.”

He reports that the campus rabbi of a major Israeli university published an article in the student newspaper entitled “The Commandment of Genocide in the Torah,” in which he implied that those who have a quarrel with Jews “ought to be destroyed, children and all.” Harkabi writes that a book by another rabbi “explained that the killing of a non-Jew is not considered murder.”

Brownfeld writes, “Although messianic fundamentalists constitute a relatively small portion of the Israeli population [most Israeli settlers are motivated by the subsidized lifestyle US tax money to Israel provides], their political influence has been growing. If they have contempt for non-Jews, their hatred for Jews who oppose their views is even greater.”

Brownfeld cites the murder of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who had started to make peace with the Palestinians, writing that it was just one “in a long line of murders of Jews who followed a path different from that ordained by rabbinic authorities.” Brownfeld reports that Shahak and Mezvinsky “cite case after case, from the Middle Ages until the 19th century.”

The authors report, “It was usual in some Hasidic circles until the last quarter of the nineteenth century to attack and often to murder Jews who had reform religious tendencies…”

They quote a long article by Israeli writer Rami Rosen, “History of a Denial,” published by Ha’aretz Magazine in 1996. This article, which cannot be found online, at least in English, is also cited in the bookBrother Against Brother: Violence and Extremism in Israeli Politics from Altalena to the Rabin Assassination, by Israeli professor Ehud Sprinzak.

In his Ha’aretz article Rosen reported: “A check of main facts of the [Jewish] historiography of the last 1500 years shows that the picture is different from the one previously shown to us. It includes massacres of Christians; mock repetitions of the crucifixion of Jesus that usually took place on Purim; cruel murders within the family; liquidation of informers, often done for religious reasons by secret rabbinical courts, which issued a sentence of ‘pursuer’ and appointed secret executioners; assassinations of adulterous women in synagogues and/or the cutting of their noses by command of the rabbis.”

While Rosen’s article may seem shocking, in reality, it simply shows that members of the Jewish population, like members of Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and diverse other populations, have at times committed atrocities, sometimes allegedly in the name of their religion. The difference, as Shahak and Mezvinsky point out, is that such information is largely covered up in the U.S. Such cover-ups, however, don’t make facts go away. They merely bury them, where they smolder and at times eventually lead to exaggerated perceptions.

U.S. media rarely report that some extremist Israeli settlers are intensely hostile to Christians, and in one instance threatened peace activists who came to the West Bank to participate in nonviolent demonstrations, “We killed Jesus and we’ll kill you, too.” There is also a record of official hostility. For example, a few years ago an Israeli mayor ordered all New Testaments to be rounded up and burned.

Schneerson’s “schools”

While Schneerson is honored on national “Education” days, the reality is that the elementary schools he created often failed to teach children “basic reading, writing, spelling, math, science and history,” according to a graduate.

In his article “National Education Day and the Education I Never Had,” Chaim Levin reports on his experience at the Chabad school “Oholei Torah” (Educational Institute Oholei Menachem) in Crown Heights, New York – the site of Chabad’s world headquarters:

“I have profound respect for the late Rebbe and his legacy. However, I remember very clearly those talks that [Schneerson] gave – the ones we studied every year in elementary school about the unimportance of ‘secular’ (non-religious, formal) education, and the great importance of only studying limmudei kodesh (holy studies). As a result of this attitude, thousands of students were not taught anything other than the Bible throughout our years attending Chabad institutions.”

The goal of such schools, Levin writes, was to produce “schluchim,” missionaries who would promote Chabad all over the world.

Meanwhile, he notes, “Failure to provide basic formal education cripples children within Chabad communities. We cannot ignore the harm done…” Levin writes, “Until this day, Oholei Torah and many other Chabad schools — particularly schools for boys and a few for girls in Crown Heights and in some other places — do not provide basic formal education.”

Education and Sharing Day 2014

In his 2000 article, Brownfeld writes that Shahak and Mezvinsky’s book should be “a wake-up call “to Americans, particularly Jewish supporters of Israel.”

Fourteen years later, however, very few people are aware of these books and their powerful information, and U.S. tax money continues to flow to Israel. The main author, Israel Shahak, is now dead, as is Edward Said; Noam Chomsky rarely, if ever, mentions him; and Shahak’s co-author, Norton Mezvinsky (uncle of Chelsea Clinton’s husband), is a member of a Lubavitch congregation in New York.

In many ways, little seems to have changed since 1994, when Congressmen Charles Schumer, Newt Gingrich, and others introduced legislation to bestow on Schneerson the Congressional Gold Medal. The bill passed both Houses by unanimous consent, honoring Schneerson for his “outstanding and lasting contributions toward improvements in world education, morality, and acts of charity.”

And in two weeks, Americans will be officially called on to observe a day that honors Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson and the Lubavitcher movement.

That is, unless masses of people contact their Congressional representatives to demand a whole new direction: a “National Education and Sharing Day” that honors an individual who values education, and who believes that all people – in the words of the Declaration of Independence – are created equal.

Alison Weir is executive director of If Americans Knew and president of the Council for the National Interest. Her book, Against Our Better Judgment: How the U.S. was used to create Israel, contains additional information on Rabbi Kook’s family connection to American front groups for Israeli terrorists. (Kook was unusual in his support for political Zionism; most Jewish religious leaders at the time considered the movement heretical). Weir is NOT the British historian.)

(Republished from Counterpunch by permission of author or representative)
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  1. Mark Green says: • Website

    This is an interesting subject. And one that few Americans know anything about. Militarized Jewish fundamentalism is clearly on a collision course with US law and modern American values. There’s trouble ahead. And properly so.

  2. NB says: • Website

    It’s not surprising that Philip Giraldi’s colleague Alison Weir, who promotes the blood libel that Israelis harvest Palestinian organs would cite as her primary source fellow blood libel-promoter Israel Shahak. Despite Weir’s characterization of Shahak (who is the primary source of many, if not most, of the claims Weir makes) as a respected Jewish professor, he in fact has no credibility among scholars of Judaism and is widely regarded as a fraud among said scholars:

    Weir also paints a highly misleading, if not false, depiction of the Chabad movement, which is a fringe movement with an estimated 40,000-200,000 adherents (out of 15 million Jews worldwide). I have no idea if most of what she says about the Chabad movement is actually true since it’s a fringe movement (though given Shahak is her primary source, much is probably misleading or fabricated), and most Jews know little to nothing about it, nor any of the other nonsense published here, which bears no resemblance to the Judaism practiced by most Jews.

    One example among many of Weir’s dubious claims: that Israeli settlers threatened peace activists: “We killed Jesus, we’ll kill you too!” Jews generally don’t consider themselves to have killed Jesus, so it beggars belief Jews would actually say this. Sounds more like what an anti-Semite might think Jews would say.

    Alison Weir is following in the grand anti-Semitic tradition (going back to the 13th century) of fabricating or misinterpreting passages from the Talmud:

  3. Don Nash says:

    US government would honor the Rebbe Rabid on account of, that ever so annoying ‘Israel first’ crowd that has the US in a stranglehold. Disgraceful.

  4. People have a way of picking the verses they like to justify their own deposition towards the world. I once knew Christian Zionist who used the story of Ham to justify their hatred towards non-whites. Salafist are clearly illiberal. Liberals have a lot of ammo to use in ancient texts against religious people.

    This quote attributed to Schneerson is racist:

    I wouldn’t doubt that view is held by a few. Some people are built for tribalism.

    NB, I like Peter Beinart. I’ve read his stuff before. He seems like a reasonable person on the two state solution. I think it would be cleaner than the one state solution but I don’t get to choose. There is no evidence that Jesus ever existed outside of biblical sources. I saw on PBS a show regarding the judeo-christian tradition, and it said a jealous bishop (Melito of Sardis) came up with the christ killers slur to lure Christians away from Judaism (it had the best parties at Passover).

    Weir said:
    “Quite likely very few Americans, both Jews and non-Jews, are aware of Schneerson’s teachings about the alleged deep differences between them – and about how these teachings are applied in the West Bank and Gaza.”

    NB said: “most Jews know little to nothing about it, nor any of the other nonsense published here, which bears no resemblance to the Judaism practiced by most Jews.”

    There is some agreement that American Jews know nothing about this stuff, but how about Jews in Israel?

    How about these lines in the article:
    “The only way to fight a moral war is the Jewish way: Destroy their holy sites. Kill men, women and children (and cattle).”

    Lendman reports, “Views like these aren’t exceptions. Though a minority, they proliferate throughout Israeli society…”

    In Deuteronomy it looks like Yahweh supports genocide:

    It looks like how the Abrahamic religious traditions as practiced today. To be fair the passages are just a rationalization of people’s animalistic behavior: “The nature of chimpanzee war, in which males patrol their group’s territory and violently annex the territory of other groups in pursuit of land and resources, is startlingly similar to the warfare that has consistently emerged throughout human history.”

    “The chimp warfare described by this study, and previously by famed primatologist Jane Goodall, includes all the behaviors that we as humans consider to be the very worst: killing, torture, cannibalism, rape, and perhaps even genocide.”

  5. quercus says:

    @NB. It would be oh, so, refreshing if you and others like you would be honest enough to say, “you know, what, you’re right, that Schneerson was a right royal jackass, but his are not the views of most of those who subscribe to Judaism”. Yes, that would be quite refreshing. Instead, however, we are subjected to tiresome charges of …… (I shan’t even use the word because it’s so overused) that run off the back of this gentile like water off a duck’s.

    Dedicating a day in honor of someone who was the ‘leader’ of a ‘fringe’ movement is bizarre to say the least.

  6. quercus says:

    One more observation. Fred Phelps (now deceased) of the Westboro Baptist Church was the leader of a ‘fringe’ group too. No one is considering naming a day in his honor, and furthermore, it’s interesting that the Westboro people received such media attention given the fact their numbers were tiny — basically a family. Is it that fringe Christian groups are fair game for criticism, while fringe Jewish groups are not? If so, why is that?

  7. Anything for Israel, eh?

  8. NB says: • Website

    Johnny Ive, the source for the racist quote you cited is Israel Shahak. If any of these racist quotes are actually substantiated by reputable sources, that would be a different story (which is the point quercus seemed to have missed).

    That quote about fighting a war “the Jewish way” is authentic, though after that was published, there was an outcry (including by the ADL), and the rabbi quasi-retracted his remarks:
    Weir omitted the fact that the extremist rabbis she cites are widely denounced in the broader Jewish community (when the crazy statements they make are actually well-attested) and overstated the reach of the Chabad movement. She repeated wiki’s statement that “up to a million people attend Chabad services at least once a year” but conveniently omitted the preceding phrase about Chabad having only 40,000-200,000 adherents (worldwide).

    I don’t know whether Israeli Jews know about this kind of stuff, but I can assure you that whenever extremist rabbis say crazy things (and yes, that does happen), they are widely condemned. That isn’t to say Jewish extremism isn’t a problem, but Weir is grossly distorting the extent of it and the extent to which it’s condoned in the broader Jewish community.

    quercus, I don’t know of any Jewish groups that parade around the US putting their crazy on display the way that the Westboro Baptists have. The Jewish Defense League is classified as a terrorist group by the US government, so I don’t think it’s fair to say that Jewish fringe groups get a pass.

  9. KA says: • Website

    Are you aware of the article published in NYT exposing the NewYorker Rabbi , Jewish hospital and Israel harvesting organs from the poor,undocumented ,non English speaking immigrants?

  10. KA says: • Website

    Why are they honoring?
    It is for the crumbs and dog biscuit .

    Australian leaders are eying for personal financial expansion as wel. US has competitior.

    “Former foreign minister Bob Carr has suggested Julia Gillard’s dogged insistence on supporting Israel in a controversial United Nations vote was because Australian foreign policy had been “subcontracted” to Jewish donors.”

    The Guardian ( UK ) April 9 th 2014

  11. KA says: • Website

    quercus, I don’t know of any Jewish groups that parade around the US putting their crazy on display the way that the Westboro Baptists have. . ”

    They do it in Israel. They do it against Muslim and Islam on New York transit and California transit and on subways and on billboards.

  12. geokat62 says:

    NB writes:

    “That isn’t to say Jewish extremism isn’t a problem, but Weir is grossly distorting the extent of it and the extent to which it’s condoned in the broader Jewish community.”

    Speaking of distortion, the whole point of Weir’s article was to bring to the public’s attention the origins of Education and Sharing Day which honours a rabbi with racist tendencies…. nothing more, nothing less.

    The only relevant question is: do you think Americans should continue to observe a day that honors Rabbi Schneerson and the Lubavitcher movement? Yes or no?

  13. The editors here need to do something about this pathologically bigoted Jewish Supremacist NB spamming every article examining Jewish topics with anti-gentile hate.

  14. NB says: • Website

    KA, criminals of every creed and color engage in organ harvesting (though of course in these parts, only the Jewish ones are discussed). Weir suggested Israelis are killing Palestinians in order to harvest their organs – a totally unsupported claim. And it’s not a synagogue or a Jewish sect putting up those Islamophobic posters.

    geokat, if a reputable source actually corroborates Shahak’s claims about Schneerson, then I do not think he should be honored.

    LOL at the accusation that I’m disseminating anti-Gentile hate. that’s rich. I guess that’s like saying anti-racist is a code-word for anti-white. ha ha ha

    anyway, y’all will be pleased to know I’m probably going to stop posting here soon enough, but not for the reasons you think. It’s becoming increasingly clear Unz is actively trying to attract anti-Semitic readers, so posting here makes almost as much sense as posting on Stormfront, which happens to be quite a fan of Weir’s article.

  15. quercus says:

    NB. I didn’t miss any point at all. Your statement that Israel Shahak “is widely regarded as a fraud among scholars”, why? Did Shahak lie when he makes claims about passages from the Talmud? Or, is he, as you said, ‘misinterpreting’? And what does that mean? Misinterpreting? Who gets to decide which interpretation is the correct one? You? Some rabbi? And when rabbis don’t agree, which they often don’t, which is the correct interpretation? Making a claim about “misinterpretation” is a cheap way to excuse ugly things. It’s like the person who says something cutting to another individual, and if he or she is criticized for it, the claim is “oh, you misunderstood me”. I rather suspect some of these ‘scholars’ would rather ignore the ugly bits, desiring to portray Judaism as only ‘noble’. It’s not noble, it’s like anything created by humans — it has problems.

    Johnny Ive makes very excellent points, and DeepSouthPopulist is right you are a bigoted Jewish supremacist who doesn’t want to believe that some Jews can be and are and have been just as ugly, mean spirited, stupidly vicious, and racist as any gentile. People, no more, no less, with all their inherent weaknesses and character flaws, and residual chimpanzee DNA.

  16. geokat62 says:

    NB writes:

    “anyway, y’all will be pleased to know I’m probably going to stop posting here soon enough, but not for the reasons you think. It’s becoming increasingly clear Unz is actively trying to attract anti-Semitic readers, so posting here makes almost as much sense as posting on Stormfront, which happens to be quite a fan of Weir’s article.”

    Translation: since my postings are having little to no impact on the informed, I’m simply going to pick up my marbles and try to sell them to the uninformed.

    Good luck!

  17. Rambler88 says:

    “According to Shahak and Mezvinsky, ‘Almost every moderately sophisticated Israeli Jew knows the facts about Israeli Jewish society that are described in this book. These facts, however, are unknown to most interested Jews and non-Jews outside Israel who do not know Hebrew and thus cannot read most of what Israeli Jews write about themselves in Hebrew.’”
    –These facts about “ultra-orthodox” Jewish groups are clear enough to those who live near large communities of them in the U.S. But they are not reported or acknowledged even in those areas, and are doubtless unknown to many American Jews.

    “The only way to fight a moral war is the Jewish way: Destroy their holy sites. Kill men, women and children (and cattle).”
    –This principle, by the way, is not from the Talmud, or from Jewish mystical writings. It’s from the Old Testament–the book of Joshua, where it is repeated endlessly and unequivocally, as the direct command of God to the Hebrews invading Canaan: Joshua “utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the Lord, the God of Israel, commanded”. (Women are specifically included in the holocaust in an earlier passage describing the “smiting” of one locality. It is true that cattle, when mentioned, were counted among the spoils, presumably alive.) In the following book, Judges I, it is made clear that the failure to drive all of the previous inhabitants from the land was to have grave consequences for the Hebrews.

  18. KA says: • Website


    This guy is a lawyer from Crown Ht . People at the military and political higher echelon listen to him ( one wonders why they listen to a man with no expertise) . He builds since coalition .The coalition exerts overt and covert decision making power and influences public perception.

    “In fact, it is the product of an orchestrated drive that began five years ago in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, in the office of a little-known lawyer, David Yerushalmi, a 56-year-old Hasidic Jew with a history of controversial statements about race, immigration and Islam. Despite his lack of formal training in Islamic law, Mr. Yerushalmi has come to exercise a striking influence over American public discourse about Shariah.
    Working with a cadre of conservative public-policy institutes and former military and intelligence officials, Mr. Yerushalmi has written privately financed reports, filed lawsuits against the government and drafted the model legislation that recently swept through the country — all with the effect of casting Shariah as one of the greatest threats to American freedom since the cold war.”

  19. KA says: • Website


    “Former foreign minister Bob Carr has suggested Julia Gillard’s dogged insistence on supporting Israel in a controversial United Nations vote was because Australian foreign policy had been “subcontracted” to Jewish donors.”

    Guardian (U K) 9 th April

  20. NB says: • Website

    quercus, I already posted a link to an article explaining that Israel Shahak indulged in both fabrications and willful misinterpretations:
    He also discusses the “ugly bits” of the Talmud but correctly points out that “rabbis have never allowed the immoral Talmudic interpretations which Eisenmenger and his followers attribute to Judaism.” (Shahak’s “work” is based on Eisenmenger, and I already gave a link about him in my first post)

    KA, I know that some prominent American Islamophobes are Jewish, but it’s not a synagogue or Jewish sect putting up those Islamophobic posters.

  21. NB says: • Website

    As for the claim that I’m a Jewish supremacist, I have pointed out previously that it is evident from the articles that choose to publish that it is’s position that most of the people destroying the US/world are Jewish. has published numerous pieces complaining about Jews (or implicitly complaining about Jews like the articles claiming the Fed engages in all sorts of nefarious activities that inevitably elicit comments about the group of people who control the Fed and the media). If believes the incidence of racism and other bad traits are the same among Jews as among other religions/peoples, where are the pieces praising Judaism/Jewish values? b/c Unz has definitely published pieces praising Christianity/Christian values.

    but apparently combatting anti-Semitism = Jewish supremacy.

    just as racists claim anti-racist = anti-white.

  22. quercus says:

    NB. The link you provided is unconvincing. Mr. Cohn, while acknowledging there are ‘offensive’ passages in the Talmud, explains them as misinterpretation. That is not good enough, so sorry. In addition, there is so much wrong with what he has written I have inadequate space to address it here, but the kernel of his philosophy can be condensed to this: “Jews could not possibly do anything bad, it’s only others who are ignoble.”

    Here is a fact for you — I live in a neighborhood which has a fairly large population of Orthodox Jews. My neighbors’ youngest son one day seeing my daughter wearing a crucifix (a gift from her Italian grandfather; I am not a religious individual) told her he had “to spit” when he saw the crucifix. My daughter being justifiably offended by the ugliness of that, told me and I said something to the boy’s father, who attempted to explain it away by saying it was done by Jews because of their mistreatment by Christians. What I see, NB, is a hostility on the part of some Jews to Christianity, and it goes back a long, long, way, well before there were any Jewish persecutions, back to the very founding of the Christian sect of Judaism and the hostility that developed between a new Jewish sect and the entrenched rabbinic Judaism it threatened.

    However you wish to explain away spitting at the religious symbol of another person, it’s a very ugly thing to do. If it was found out that Christians were spitting at Jewish symbols today, the howl by you and others like you of “anti-????????” would resound on the airwaves of American news media.

    When I looked at the blog of Werner Cohn and saw links to articles such as “On Jews who hate Israel” and “Noam Chomsky links to neo nazis” I immediately discount and ignore anything Mr. Cohn has to write. He is not at all credible. Very bad choice, NB.

  23. KA says: • Website

    Are you suggesting that the people with easy access to the media,political apparatus,legal machinery,and with the ability to silence the opposition to their philosophies are less dangerous,less effective,and above all less vitriolically indoctrinated with “abstract bias” than the religiously biased churches with roots in the dogma and traditions that people question,laugh at,ignore,or sometimes simply make fun of ?
    The later group ‘s leader died and no water flowed from the corners of the eyes of any political figures.
    There was floodgate opening from the eyes of the leaders wetting the media when Sharon died . There was similar ouourings over the death of some despicable rabbi who measured the soul of the cattle being way taller taller than that of the Gentile.
    No body dared to laugh at him or stomp on his book.

  24. KA says: • Website


    So there you go. Sharon does what Rabbi tells him. De Blasio consorts with rabbi. Biden addresses a lot of Rabbi. These Rabbi come with the racist ,nationalistic attitude ,with anti peace,anti settlement agenda,wear pro war uniform,and celebrate murder. They enjoy the eyes and the ears of the people who make decisions. No body dares to laugh at them.Adelson loves the endorsement and sits on the same respectable,visible,powerful podium that reaches millions of Americans

  25. NB says: • Website

    Werner Cohn is a professor of sociology (specializing in studying the Jewish people) at the University of British Columbia, so I don’t see how he can be regarded as less credible than Israel Shahak, a former chemistry professor who has been widely accused of fabricating claims to defame Jews and Judaism:

    quercus wrote: “However you wish to explain away spitting at the religious symbol of another person, it’s a very ugly thing to do.”
    I would do no such thing. I’m sorry that happened to your daughter. There is no excuse for such behavior, and ADL has condemned it:

    However, hat I see, NB, is a hostility on the part of some Jews to Christianity, and it goes back a long, long, way, well before there were any Jewish persecutions

    I would never deny that some Jews are hostile to Christianity. However, do you deny that throughout history Christian persecution of Jews has far exceeded Jewish persecution of Christians? And that focuses on the latter even when there is no evidence to support it (e.g. that Harvard discriminates against white Gentiles in favor of Jews)?

    KA, are you trying to say Jews control the US? Who are the people with “easy access to the media”? The most pro-Israel major news sources in the US are owned by Rupert Murdoch, so what is your point exactly?

  26. quercus says:

    NB. I would not deny that Christian persecutions of Jews has occurred far more often than the opposite. However, I wonder if you have ever considered that some persecutions of Jews may have been the result of Christians becoming aware of Jewish antipathy toward them manifested by behavior such as spitting at Christian religious symbols. You would concede that such behavior would not endear them to their Christian neighbors?

    The Roman Catholic Church is to be commended for looking hard at some of its traditions and beliefs concerning Jews and the persecutions of Jews that were the result. I would humbly suggest that Jews look at their religious traditions and beliefs and root out the ugliness that exists there.

  27. NB says: • Website

    I would humbly suggest that Jews look at their religious traditions and beliefs and root out the ugliness that exists there.
    I can’t argue about that, but as you can see from my previous comment, the ADL has condemned Jews who spit on Christians, so it is clear that such intolerance is not tolerated by the broader Jewish community.

  28. KA says: • Website

    Rupert Murdoch serves Israel . Israel awards him Jerusalem award. His Wall Street are littered with anti Muslim,anti Palestinian voices . The columnists who write in Wall Street are the person like Pdohoretz, Kristol, Kagan to name a few. The whole PNAC gang is supported by Weekly Standard. The experts who write those columns are Jewish .
    Clinton is not a jewish neither was Truman or Johnson. But the payment arrived before and after election. It works the way corruption works.
    Rupert Murdoch ‘s eire will not last oneday if he tries to be objective on Israel.

  29. KA says: • Website

    Rupert Murdoch’s empire

  30. KA says: • Website

    It is not only the Rabbi or some nutter like Nethabyu”s father in old age but people like Caroline Glick enjoying the hospitality of Florida and brazenly attacking everybody from ancient times until today as suffering from an innate genocidl blood lust against Jewish people whose only fault was and still is faith in a God that told them to follow the reason,follow individualism,follow limited government,do hard work,( she said America was not like the Arab,Assyrians,Greek,Europeans,and Egyptians and never belonged to the Genocidal axis for its foundering fathers believed in Torah,in limited government,in reason,in hard work ) and claimed the enlightment figures like Hobb,Shelton,and other believers on Judaisistic principle )

    With this kind of mindset preaching against antisemitism and seeing antisemitism everywhere ,
    the charge of antisemitism is something people should very soon would feel proud about .

  31. KA says: • Website

    Christian persecution of Jews were preceded by the persecution and exploitation of the Christians by the Jews and persecution and exploitation of the pagan by the Jews. These pagans later gravitated to Chritianity. They did not forget what happened to them under Jewish inluenced – Roman rule before Constantine

  32. “I would never deny that some Jews are hostile to Christianity. However, do you deny that throughout history Christian persecution of Jews has far exceeded Jewish persecution of Christians? ”

    Once those who identified themselves as Christians grew in numbers to exceed many times over the number of those identifying as Jewish, there would naturally be more of them expressing hostility towards Jews than Jews towards Christians, in absolute numbers. And the more numerous would have had more power to act out any such propensities, just as some Jewish authorities did when they had the power to do so.

    However, as a percentage of the whole, this is not the case. Individual Christians do not have a bias towards persecuting others any more than Jewish people do, given the opportunity.

    And I would argue that no genuine Christian, following Jesus, could engage in any aggressive violent acts, and actually be a Christian. Of course that leaves out a lot of people who follow a made-up, ersatz “War Jesus.”

  33. “It is’s position that most of the people destroying the US/world are Jewish.”

    Jewish people hardly have a monopoly on causing trouble for the world. That is definitely an equal opportunity vocation which too many of all ethnicities are engaged in. It might be that because of a cultural emphasis on education and advancing oneself (“If not me, then who?”) that there is an overrepresentation of the most effective wreckers especially talented at it. But that overrepresentation also means there are many effective people doing especial good, as well.

    You can’t “blame the Jews” and be fair, unless you “credit the Jews” too.

    But to make the quoted statement really is paranoia that’s leading to delusion.

  34. “I know that some prominent American Islamophobes are Jewish, but it’s not a synagogue or Jewish sect putting up those Islamophobic posters.”

    Those mass transit posters claiming that we should be on the side of the “civilized man” – Israelis – and enemies of the “uncivilized” – Arabs and Palestinians – were like something drawn from “The Clansman” and “Birth of a Nation.” Support for them wasn’t limited to a particular sect or congregation, either.

  35. ” People, no more, no less, with all their inherent weaknesses and character flaws, and residual chimpanzee DNA.”

    Hey! You trying to make a monkey out of me?

    And isn’t that comment unfair to chimpanzees? Blaming the chimps makes as much sense as blaming “the Jews”!

  36. “Unz has definitely published pieces praising Christianity/Christian values.”

    But how would Jewish ethics seriously differ from Christian values? Any number of individuals may fail to live up to them, but there can’t be any serious contention that the ethical ideals aren’t the same.

    Both Christianity and Judaism can be warped by being subverted to the cause of patriotism, but that misuse isn’t at the core of either. What Christian values don’t Jewish people share, and which Jewish values don’t Christians aspire to?

    Leaving aside Westboro or extreme Lubavitchers whose animus is beyond the pale (so to speak.)

  37. KA says: • Website

    One of the common refrain from the Zionist is that the support to it’s causes are trans religion in base and is trans party in affiliations.
    It does not make it any less preposterous . So was Iraq war . But we now know how the consensus and the supports were built for the war. The war fever was spiked and measured and raised again by the evil confluence of two forces – one is creation of facts and the other was suppression of the facts. Fear and hatred and anger played its part.

    Over a long period of time, the same mechanism have been in place . News ,information,facts were created and news ,information,and facts were suppressed and destroyed along with the ignorance,indifference,disdain,and fear in relation to the Arab and Palestine and mechanism in situ ,omnipresent positive attitude , and corruption in high places favoring the Zionist cause.

    There was no voice against Iraq war. The voices of reason were called anti American,terrorist sympathizes,Jihadi apologist, on Saddam payroll, and even Antisemitic ( lately people who called into question the anti Iran hysteria and Iran’s nuclear capability were called anti-Semite)
    The voices of reason from 1917 till now have been also called anti Semitic,anti western, anti democratic,anti new world choice .and anti American.
    The voices were defeated by hateful lying insinuating and intimidating propaganda and by the lure of the money and lure of career success or threat of failures and the voices have not fared any better lately.
    The consensus has been repeatedly and at some level continuously been manufactured.

  38. Clearly, NB works with Israel’s “hasbara” propaganda machine, whose puppets populate many forums in which Israel policies may be questioned and/or criticized. Most official institutions in Israel have created their own “hasbara” department, from the Foreign Ministry, now again under capo mafiosi former bouncer Lieberman, to the Israel Disease Forces (they are a disease and a plague on the Palestinian people). Among the “hasbara” there are all kind of people, some are smart and do their job without giving themselves away too quickly (all of them are exposed, eventually), some are not, and their zeal to defend Israel at all cost exposes them in no time.

    That’s the case of NB.

    See how, on a typical “hasbara” tactic, his line of attack was to discredit Israel Shahak, killing two birds with one stone by, a) smearing the base-source of the article, and, b) taking away the debate from racist pig “Rabbi” Schneerson, to whether Shahak was a credible source. And he got away with it with impunity, because no one realized the debate was being manipulated in a different direction. After being confronted by some posters on his pro-Israel attitude, he does a “coup de théâtre” threatening to leave UNZ for good, because of UNZ’s anti-Semitic articles, back-slapping the integrity of UNZ as a one-sided, anti-Israel publication.

    His mistake is not to know where to stop, and that’s what showed his true colors. He is too much of a zealot to know how to play his “hasbara” propaganda machine without being noticed.

    Bye-bye, Mr. NB Hasbara.

    On the article: It was about time someone would talk about this racist pig and call him for what he was. What a disgrace to have US Education Day celebrating a Jewish Nazi, who believes on the superiority of his “race” as a God-given difference. His stupid mantra “Let us differentiate” opens up the can of worms of bigotry and racism, by which Jews (not all) and Israelites (not all) establish their fundamental difference with the “gentiles.” His entire diatribe is a religious, human, and even anatomical positioning of Jews as a superior race, vis-a-vis the rest of humanity, soul-wise and blood-wise.

    What a disgrace for Bush I to enact a law commemorating US Education Day, with the celebration of the bigoted and racist ravings of a Nazi Jew.

    Ivan The Terrible.

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