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In two recent Press TV debates I sided with the Palestinian resistance and Hezbollah—not something one can do anywhere in the Zionist-dominated Western mainstream media.

First 25 minutes: “This edition of The Debate is about the US-engineered annexation of Palestinian territories to Israel. Political commentator William Spring and Middle East expert Kevin Barrett exchange views on this issue.”

Second 25 minutes: “This edition of The Debate is about the United States’ claims of Lebanese Hezbollah misusing state funds. Kevin Barrett, Middle East expert, and Fredrick Peterson, senior US Congressional defense adviser, exchange views on this issue.”

Speaking of resistance to Zionism…Last week I was annoyed when my colleague Rabbi Michael Lerner (who contributed to my books on 9/11 and Charlie Hebdo) published an essay by David Mevorach Seidenberg arguing that Jews, and by extension Zionists, are the “indigenous” people of Palestine! I responded:

Dear David Seidenberg,

I share your ecological concerns, your ethical monotheism, and your respect for Indigeneity. I even share some of your enthusiasm for Jewish mysticism—I love the tales of the Ba’al Shem Tov, am a fan of Martin Buber, and in fact became monotheistic (by accepting Islam) thanks to a Kabalah class I fortuitiously wandered into.

But I also respect truth. And I think this essay plays on idealistic illusions in rather the same way that mainstream environmental organizations do, as revealed in Planet of the Humans.

While it would be nice if Judaism were an indigenous religion—it’s a pleasant fantasy—such is obviously not the case. Jews are by and large rootless cosmopolitans (which is not always or entirely a bad thing). In this they are proverbially like everybody else only more so. Very few of us are truly indigenous, tied directly to the land and making a living off it in pretty much the same way our grandparents and great-great-great grandparents did.

Though almost nobody today is fully indigenous, among those who are relatively indigenous are the Palestinians, the great majority of whom were, just a few generations ago, peasants with informal title to their lands dating back centuries. They have been genocided by Jewish rootless cosmopolitans, most of whom could very easily leave Occupied Palestine tomorrow, fly to any one of dozens of big urban centers on various continents, and land on their feet—which is in fact what precisely they all should do, after apologizing and paying reparations for the genocide they have perpetrated.

The notion of Palestine as indigenous Jewish land is a poisonous fantasy. Just as my Celtic ancestry does not give me the right to return to any ancestral homeland of the Celts to murder and expel the present inhabitants, your Jewish ancestry does not give you any such right either.

Your essay obscures these unfortunate truths, indeed seems almost calculated to obscure them, by pushing a big lie, a narrative that overall serves up the precise opposite of the actual facts.

I suppose it would be presumptuous to urge you to publish a retraction. So I will try to be polite and invite you to defend your position on my radio show. We could pre-record at a date an time of your convenience. Feel free to call or Skype me between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern.


Kevin Barrett

(Republished from Truth Jihad by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Hezbollah, Israel/Palestine 
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  1. Mr. Barrett,

    You state:

    “The notion of Palestine as indigenous Jewish land is a poisonous fantasy. Just as my Celtic ancestry does not give me the right to return to any ancestral homeland of the Celts to murder and expel the present inhabitants, your Jewish ancestry does not give you any such right either.”

    Please consider, and look into the fact that most Jews have no connection to the land of Palestine, as you have to the ‘homeland of the Celts’. Please look into the possibility that the vast majority of Israelis are descendants of the Khazars who intermarried with Europeans. Their ancestors are NOT Palestinians.

    Thank you

    • Replies: @MarkU
  2. Kudos fir Mr. Barrett for speaking without reserve for the truth be it with regards to the Palestinian issue or the Lebanese resistance to Israel.

    Though it is noteworthy to mention that the American Ambassador to Lebanon did speak half of the truth by blaming Hezbollah for the state of corruption when the reality is that all political parties are responsible for the state of bankruptcy with the pro American Saudi axis parties having through years of after war reconstruction milked the Lebanese treasury dry, thereby claiming the lion’s share of the reconstruction profiteering, and on more than one occasion were rescued financially through the Paris Accords I, II, III that were sponsored by pro American allies when bankruptcy would have forced the hands of all elements of the Lebanese power structure to deal with the widespread problem of corruption.

    The tragedy of the Palestinians is that they signed the Oslo Agreement with the Israelis who are known to renege on any agreement once they have the opportunity to cheat. The tragedy of Lebanon was that its multicultural system was too delicate to withstand the destabilising effect of the expansionist and the racially based Israeli policies when after the fifteen year Lebanese civil war, whose catalyst was the armed Palestinian refugees presence, ended with the Taif Agreement that was mainly sponsored by Saudi Arabia and the United States and to a lesser extent by Syria. All three sponsors of this accord made sure that Lebanon would remain a headless body by agreeing to empower the executive branch with the totality of the cabinet of ministers rather than with an elected president. Hence the sorry state of affairs that brought this country to the brink of starvation after the systemic looting of the country brought about by governments of national unity whose main concern was how to split the pie among the various protagonists.

    So who will suffer the most in Lebanon as a direct consequence of American political and economic pressure? All the Lebanese people including America’s allies with Hezbollah and it’s adherents better able to cope with the crisis because of superior organization and ideological commitment.

    As for the honourable American Senator, we understand that he has no choice but to dodge the questions for if he were to answer in a genuine and logical way he would lose his job and become a social outcast.

  3. MarkU says:

    You might also add that even those Jews who actually do have a connection to Palestine originally acquired it by conquest, of course they had to get rid of those pesky WMD’s (walls of mass destruction) first.

    It takes a lot of gall to use a confession of genocide as a title deed.

  4. anon[327] • Disclaimer says:

    Lerner, Dershowitz, Schumer, Johanssen are indigenous to Palestine?

    United States claims of Lebanese Hezbollah misusing state funds.

    No, but so what?
    Who said your mouth has any say?

    Whoever this American flapping tongue is,
    shut up mind your own business.

  5. Israel , the only country in the ME that has religious diversity. Muslims must eliminate it.

  6. Hezbollah is a non State actor

  7. Muslim v Jews , otherwise known as Monotheistic Heathens v Chosenites.

    A West sans these two groups would be a vast improvement.

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