Our grandparents faced a quandary when they had to describe some body parts or physical activity. The ‘obscene words’ remained taboo at least until D.H. Lawrence broke the prohibition in Lady Chatterley’s Lover, and the four-letter words became printable only recently. However, now we have new banned words, or words one can use only at... Read More
Palestine with its wonderful rolling landscapes and venerable old olive trees, - some of them planted by Mary’s own hands, by the Virgin, Mother of Jesus Christ, the Palestinian peasant woman who owned a plot of olive orchard near present Cremisan Convent in Beit Jalla, still bearing Her name; Palestine with its sturdy mountain folk,... Read More
Alfred Dreyfus, a French Jewish officer, was jailed for spying at the end of the 19th century. His case divided France, and ended with resounding victory for Dreyfus’ supporters. Consequently, Dreyfus was exonerated and reinstalled in the army. Now, a hundred years later, he has made a comeback. His story is about to become a... Read More
Racial theorist Prof Kevin MacDonald has written a piece about film director Roman Polansky's recent arrest: http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/articles/MacDonald-Polanski.html#KM As you might expect, KMD has discovered that Polansky is not condemned by Hollywood because he is a Jew, and Jews protect their own. They also like Polansky because his films and his actions have undermined the Whites’... Read More
The thinking-man’s antisemite would be baffled what to make out of Madoff Affair. Should he rejoice or bewail? If you read Jewish newspapers, you’d think that “antisemites” - the vast majority of mankind, according to Jewish sources (“scratch a goy and you'll find an anti-Semite”) – should be bursting with joy. Bradley Burston enthused in... Read More
Beyond the Golden Gate, on a sandy shore of the cold North Pacific, spayed by black rocks and frequented by Sirens, lies Marin County. In this most delightful part of California, the Sirens do not ravish seamen; well-nourished mammals (also called manatees or sea-cows) peacefully flock on the beach, near equally peaceful and tranquil humans.... Read More
On November 12, 2005, the leading Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf published an article Op kruistocht met de duivel by a Jewish writer Joost De Haas attacking me, in the good company of the Dutch PM Dries van Agt and the wonderful Dutch lady, a friend of Palestine Gretta Duisenberg. The last two were condemned for... Read More
A man accused of witchcraft at the Inquisition Court had two ways to defend oneself. One, he could laugh it off, and declare: there is no such thing as witchcraft. The problem is, the inquisition wont approve of such a defence, and the daring Witchcraft Denier may yet end at the stake, if not for... Read More
In its September 2004 issue, the leftist American magazine Socialist Viewpoint published a ferocious attack entitled Israel Shamir: Wolf in Sheeps Clothing, a personal libel against me by a Roland Rance. A minor British trade union functionary, Rance is a leading member of a leftish group Jews against Zionism. Despite their name, The Jews against... Read More
With great anticipation I waited for response of Lisandro Otero. I waited for clear answer: why the Cuban writer repeated accusations against France and French people voiced by enemies of Palestine and Cuba, from President Bush to the head of ADL, Abe Foxman. Why did he subscribe to Zionist-led pro-American discourse of ‘growing antisemitism’? And... Read More
When the red-jacketed British gentlemen ride after fox upon green hills of Surrey, they call ‘yoicks’ to encourage their dogs; the Jews cry ‘anti-Semitism’ to encourage theirs. ‘Yoicks’ terrifies the fox; ‘anti-Semitism’ is the means to terrify opposition to the New World Order. It is their equivalent of a Papal bull proclaiming the crusade against... Read More
When an author and an editor of a left-wing magazine repeats word-perfect the last speech of Ashcroft at ADL New York, it can't but cause some eyebrow twitching. That is the case with recent condemnation of 'antisemitism' by Nat Weinstein http://www.socialistviewpoint.org/sum_03/sum_03_08.html on pages of The Socialist Viewpoint, a high-quality magazine consistently supporting democracy in Palestine... Read More
Israel Shamir The Author of the Critique is worried that he will be considered anti-Semitic, but my main objection is quite an opposite one, namely, The Critique is too Jewish by its outlook. Our comprehension of the world starts at juxtaposing observations. Four blind men describe an animal they encountered: it is like a column;... Read More
Usually, newspaper polemic is akin to épée fencing: one tries to keep the opponent at arm's length, avoid his thrusts and draw his blood. The thoughtful and friendly query of Haakon Kolmanskog deserves a quite different attitude and a most sincere reply. Haakon poses a question: We can't be indifferent if friends of the Palestinians... Read More
Norwegian daily newspaper Nationen (Oslo) on 28.11.02 published an op-ed attacking me. Here is my reply followed by rough translation of the op-ed. I used contributions of our comrades Dave Kersting and Michael Neumann. As sooner or later everyone gets attacked as an anti-Semite, it could be useful as a blank standard reply. I do... Read More
The troublesome concept of the Hidden Hand or the Elders of Zion is superfluous and unnecessary. “The latest controversy to involve the Arab World concerns a TV program A Rider without a Horse that started airing on Wednesday, Nov. 5th, the first day of the holy month of Ramadan on several Arab satellite channels. The... Read More
Dear friends, You asked me to comment on the letter of Ali Abunimah and Hussein Ibish. They spoke against what they feared might be my anti- Semitism. I am certainly pleased with their principled stand. As a Jew and a man, I salute them. Any irrational aversion to Jews should be certainly eradicated and condemned.... Read More
In the movie based on the mammoth tale by Jean Auel, Clan of Cave Bear, there is a glimpse of the sex life of the Palaeolithic people who roamed the earth some 35,000 years ago. Apparently, whenever a Neanderthal wished to have fun, he didn’t need to bring flowers or arrange dinner for two. He... Read More
Israel Shamir has written extensively on public affairs, primarily relating to the Israel/Palestine conflict and Russia, including three books, Galilee Flowers, Cabbala of Power and Masters of Discourse available in English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Norwegian, Swedish, Italian, and Hungarian.
He describes himself as a native of Novosibirsk, Siberia, who he moved to Israel in 1969, served as paratrooper in the army and fought in the 1973 war, afterwards turning to journalism and writing. During the late 1970s, he joined the BBC in London later living in Japan. After returning to Israel in 1980, Shamir wrote for the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz, and was the Knesset spokesman for the Israel Socialist Party (Mapam), also translating and annotating the cryptic works of S.Y. Agnon, the only Hebrew Nobel Prize winning writer, from the original Hebrew into Russian.
His perspective on the Israel/Palestine conflict was summed up in The Pine and the Olive, published in 1988 and republished in 2004. That same year, he was received in the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem and Holy Land, being baptised Adam by Archbishop Theodosius Attalla Hanna. He now lives in Jaffa and spends much time in Moscow and Stockholm; he is father of three sons.