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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
May 5, 2016: Ultra-Zionist Billionaire Megadonor Sheldon Adelson attends 4th annual champions of Jewish values international awards gala at Marriott Marquis Times Square
Once in a while, an observer notices a concerted Jewish action, and reports on it pro bono publico. It could be that Jews support Third-world immigration, or Jews fight the memorials, or, in the recent case, Jews promote the war on Iran. The Jews respond with a huge vehement counterattack and make life very difficult... Read More
(Reading a Midrash out of Midrash Talpiyot)
An age-long discussion of Jewish attitudes to non-Jews had been pushed out of the central stage by the counter-discussion of goyim’s attitudes to Jews (beastly, anti-Semitic, prejudiced, leading to Holocaust, denying humanity). In the still uncensored corners and nooks of the Web, one still can find references to Jewish holy books and what do they... Read More
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As a rule I try to see my glass half-full, leaving the half-empty one to other fellows. And now there are some good reasons for an eternal optimist to stick to his positive schedule. Though it tarried, the summer has come, after all, to the North. The skies are blue, the grass is green and... Read More
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The ascent of Donald Trump is more than a change of tenant of the White House on 1600, Pennsylvania Ave. It is a momentous swing from Yin to Yang, from dark feminine to bright masculine paradigm, from Cybele to Christ. Tremendous resistance to the regime change proves its unique importance. That’s why the American colour... Read More
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The Jews can be a formidable enemy: devoid of scruples, they hunt in packs. Like aunts in P G Wodehouse’ fiction, they do not stoop to fair play: they go for the jugular. The hunt for disobedient leaders is their favourite national sport; and woe to a politician who crosses their path. They occupy commanding... Read More
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The erotic reliefs of Hindu temples with their gravity-defying and anatomy-challenging positions have found a new modern competitor in the Ukrainian crisis. Each party wants to get the Jews on their side, while claiming that the other side is anti-Jewish and a Jewish puppet at once. This impossible, Kama-Sutraesque position is the result of extremely... Read More
I love this country in the off-season. The tiresome tourists are all gone. The North is already covered in snow, but here in Crimea, autumn still lingers in all its late beauty. The forests are full of colour; not just green, but all hues from mellow yellow to a violent violet. Vineyards display more shades... Read More
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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
The study group Aguéli in Uppsala was honored by the writer Israel Shamir presence. He belongs to the small but mighty crowd of Zionism critic of Jewish descent who rejuvenates the intellectual discourse in the West. By his Swedish son, journalist John Wahlstrom, he has been described as a Jew's equivalent of Salman Rushdie. Shamir... Read More
Modern journalism is more akin to warfare than a search for truth. I have been misquoted so many times that it’s a wonder I speak to anyone at all. “Don’t speak to strangers” is what they told us in kindergarten, and I’m sure I’d be better off if I followed that advice. Journalists turn my... Read More
Every second headline with the word “Jews” in it also has the word “Outrage”. In 0.27 seconds the Google search engine discovered 8,230,000 hits for the search term “outraged Jews”, as if there are fifty outraged Jews for every outraged Frenchman. The reasons for the Jewish outrage are all over the globe, although the French... Read More
Israel Shamir about a new paper by Joachim Martillo
Joachim Martillo wrote an important paper called Judonia Rising: The Israel Lobby and American Society, purporting to explain, “What the Israel Lobby Really Is”. He spoke with Stephen Walt, of Walt and Mearsheimer fame, he followed the discussions of Philip Weiss, he corresponded with Noam Chomsky and Joseph Massad, he had read Israel Shamir’s Pardes... Read More
The ‘abusing priests’ campaign is a clear sign of forthcoming war. If the Church pays for ‘abusing priests’, maybe Jewry should pay for ‘cheating Jews’?
The Catholic Church, the biggest apostolic church in the US, is under heavy attack. The plotters had united media effort and legal machinery, utilized American obsession with money, and given the Church the treatment they gave tobacco industry, that is, suing it to oblivion. For their chance to get thirty pieces of silver (over a... Read More
The storm caused by publication of Dr Toaff’s book Passovers of Blood is not abating. The tortured and almost crucified professor Toaff is forced to a new act of repentance on daily basis. Haaretz reported that now “He now wants to make it clear that the Jews of Trent did not murder Simon or any... Read More
Blood, betrayal, torture, and surrender are intervowen in the story of an Italian Jew, Dr Ariel Toaff, as if penned by his compatriot Umberto Eco. Dr Toaff stumbled onto a frightful discovery, was horrified but bravely went on, until he was subjected to the full pressure of his community; he repented, a broken man. Dr... Read More
or Why do Jews answer a question with a question?
(A talk given in Paris on October 5, 2006 at the presentation of Notre-Dame des Douleurs, the French translation of Shamir’s book Our Lady of Sorrow). Should one try to be fair and just? Ulysses, Homer’s wanderer, said definitely yes, for the Gods hate injustice. Not, if you want to get laid, as Michel Houellebecq... Read More
Jews are evil, and there is a special place in hell just for them. I’d say to them: Believe whatever you want. Practice whatever you preach. Just stay the hell away from us. Do not rush to denounce me, do not send this piece post-haste to your local branch of ADL or LICRA, do not... Read More
Our good friend Gilad Atzmon proposed a new idea, that the Anglo-Americans are particularly vile, and that they need the Holocaust narrative to justify and persist with their nastiness. In Gilad’s own words, “I believe that it isn't the Jews who impose this Holocaust narrative. It is actually the Anglo-Americans who need Auschwitz , just... Read More
David Irving was sent to jail for denying Jewish superiority. His doom seals the reign of freedom that began with the fall of the Bastille.
“Do not ask for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee,” said the English poet, John Donne. A shameful Austrian verdict bodes ill not only for the English historian David Irving (sentenced to three years of gaol) but for our freedom as well. Never has our feeling of justice been insulted like this! When... Read More
The West was not amused by burning embassies in Beirut and elsewhere. “Them there Muslims do not understand our sense of humour; they do not understand our idea of liberty”. - droned the newspapers. Others condemned the tactless escapade of the Danes but thought the reaction was quite out of proportion. However the flare up... 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
My response to Greenstein’s attack on Gilad Atzmon et al
Tony Greenstein (Blind eye to anti-semitism) is obsessed with Jewishness. He views the world through the prism of a Jewish Nationalist. He judges people by one criterion which he shares with my late grandmother: “Is he/she good for Jews?” He and his friends "Jews Against Zionism” claim to be antizionists, but Zionism is just a... Read More
(A Talk given in the House of Lords, Westminster, on February 23, 2005) Ladies and Lords, Gentlemen, Friends, It is a great honour for this small writer from far-away Jaffa to speak to you in this ancient abode of democracy and aristocracy intertwined, and I wish to thank my host tonight, my dear brother, his... Read More
While the whole world had sent aid to the tsunami-hit South East Asia, Israel forwarded a team entrusted with unique task. Not many Israeli tourists were swept away by the giant waves – official death toll stands at three, with some twenty missing; not many comparing with hundred thousand Indonesians or even with three thousand... Read More
If there could be too few Jews, accordingly there could be too many Jews…
A major share of the world media is concentrated in Jewish hands, well beyond the wild dreams of the mythic “Elders” and this share is growing daily. In Chile and Argentina, inKazakhstan and Canada, even in far-away Finland with its tiny Jewish community, the key media belongs to Jews. In Russia every outrage of independence-seeking... Read More
Wandering on the great peninsula of Peloponnese I drove into the medieval-looking town of Nauplio . Its harbour is guarded by a grey-walled islet, cosy cafes line up the waterfront, while behind them, narrow and curvy lanes rapidly climb up the steep mount, crowned by a Venetian fort. City streets are fresh and dainty, and... Read More
The New Year Blessings to my Jewish readers
In Jerusalem, faith is always the most important preoccupation, even more so in these days, when the Jews observe the New Year, or Rosh Hashana, and the native Christians, members of the Orthodox Church, celebrate the Invention of the Holy Cross. Churches and synagogues are full, holy sites well attended, and chants flow in the... Read More
A talk given at “The Dialogue of Civilizations: the Contradictions of the Globalization” International Conference on May 23, 2003, in Kyiv, Ukraine
The organizers of the conference could not find a better place to discuss its topic, for the Ukraine is the borderland between Civilizations, the ground where these ultimate personae of human history check their valor and vitality by prayer and sword. Founded by Vikings, peopled by Slavs, baptized by Byzantines, decorated by poplar and scented... Read More
Review of Jewish Tribal Review
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
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
Do not bother to fast, my brothers, this Day of Atonement. It is done for us by starving people in Shechem. Do not bother to disavow your vows, as our leaders already did it for us and cancelled our vows to the nations. Do not ask for the gates of heaven to open and admit... Read More
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Israel Shamir
About Israel Shamir

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.