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“Tell me who you cannot criticize and I will tell you who is your master”. (Attributed to Voltaire).

Saying anything negative about Israel has long been the third rail of US politics and media. Israel is our nation’s most sacred cow. Any questioning of its behavior brings furious charges of anti-Semitism and professional oblivion.

I keep in my bookcase a cautionary book, ‘They Dared Speak Out’ written by US senators and congressmen who all lost their positions after rebuking Israel for its mistreatment of Palestinians or daring to suggest that Israel had far too much influence in the US.

Journalists learn this first commandment very early. Criticize, or even question, Israel at your own peril. Until recently, we journalists were not even allowed to write there was an ‘Israel lobby.’ It was widely considered Washington’s most powerful lobby group but, until lately, mentioning its name was seriously verboten.

Now, young Democratic stars Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a feisty congresswoman from Minnesota, Ilhan Omar, have suddenly broken the taboo and said what dared not be said: there is too much rightwing Israeli influence and there must be justice for Palestine.

Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have come to the defense of Ilhan Omar against the usual charges that she is anti-Semitic. So have black groups and smaller liberal Jewish groups. The Democratic Party, that once received half its financial support from Jewish sources, is badly split over the Palestine crisis. Its old guard is retreating and does not know what to do beyond issuing fiery denunciations of the heretical Miss Omar. The Democratic Party split comes just at a time when it is trying to bring down President Donald Trump.

Many people seem unaware that Islam is now America’s third largest religion and may soon surpass the number of Jews. In Canada, Muslims are already the second religion.

Ilhan is not anti-Semitic. I grew up in New York and New England where vicious anti-Semitism abounded. I know real anti-Semitism when I see it. But she is quite right in charging that vast amounts of pro-Israel money have bought Congress and the media.

Sheldon Adelson, the pro-Israel casino tycoon, has given well over $100 million to the Republican Party and its leaders. This money comes from legal gambling, a sickness that preys on addicts and the unfortunate.

In the 1700’s, Dr. Samuel Johnson well defined lotteries and gambling as ‘a tax on fools.’ Such is the source of Adelson’s billions and his influence over the US political process. He is also the primary financier of Israel’s prime minister, Benyamin Netanyahu, who now faces serious charges of corruption.

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Interestingly, Britain faces a similar political storm. Its left-leaning Labour Party, led by Jeremy Corbyn, has called for justice for the Palestinians and a viable state for them. Britain’s pro-Israel groups and media have launched furious counterattacks on Corbyn and his allies, barraging them with false accusations of being anti-Semitic. This is utter nonsense. To find real anti-Semitism in Britain you need look into the recesses of the Conservative Party. I’ve seen its ugly face.

Israel’s brutal repression of Palestinians has sparked bitter anti-Israel sentiments across Europe. Not so much in America, where media leans far over to Israel’s side and evangelical Christians have been bamboozled into believing that a Greater Israel is somehow necessary for the Second Coming.

But young Americans, and even more so Europeans, are increasingly hearing the call of justice for Palestine. They want no truck with Israel’s right-wingers, whom many leftist Israelis, including the late great writer, Uri Avnery, brand ‘fascists.’

The prescient and courageous Pat Buchanan said it years ago: the US Congress was ‘Israeli occupied territory.’ His political career was ruined.

So was my mother’s career. She was one of the first American female journalists to cover the Mideast in the early 1950’s. After extensively reporting the unknown fact that there were nearly one million Palestinian refugees driven from the new state of Israel, she was silenced by advertisers pulling ads from the papers she wrote for and, finally, threats to throw acid in my face. Her career was ruined.

So I say to Miss Omar and the other brave ladies, full speed ahead. Damn the torpedoes. Do what is good for the world and your country. Break the hold of big money over our republic.

(Republished from EricMargolis.com by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Alistair says:

    It’s up us to safeguard our democracy; Israeli-Zionists unwarranted influence in the US is due to the weakness of our political institutions where special interest groups can easily buy their way in.

    Zionists know too well how to infiltrate and exploit the American political system in favor of Israel; we have an open political system in this country – prone to unwarranted foreign influence and political corruptions; specially, Zionists’ tribal influence in favor of Israel.

    We must put safeguards in place against foreign influence in our political institutions – we must learn about the role of special interests groups in our country and root out Zionist’s unwarranted influence from the USA; our political leaders should NOT be allowed to have divided allegiance – advocating loyalty to Israel as opposed to America; no matter how we put it, that’s treason, pure and simple.

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  2. Pontius says:

    A few years ago in Ottawa, a very intelligent and thought provoking radio host on CFRA radio, Micheal Harris, was dispatched within a few weeks of mentioning the Palestinians and their suffering on his afternoon radio show. He had been my favourite host on that station for many years, mainly due to his many guests and op-eds just before the Iraq war, warning endlessly that this was going to be a disaster and a tragedy. I even remember an interview with Pat Buchanan, which seemed something of a coup for such a small market. I credit him and his program for opening my eyes on many subjects, leading me to seek out “alternate” sources of information at places like Unz, AntiWar, VDare, even TakiMag. His summary dismissal left the station a bastion of neo-Con gas-baggery.

    I will confess to having been something of Zionist when I was young. I can trace this directly to being raised in an evangelical Christian home. The basis for the unconditional support of Israel is based little more on the passage in the Bible stating you will be blessed or cursed depending on your state of loyalty to all things Jewish and Israel. The acceptance of the Bible as being infallible and to be taken literally, gives many people a handy filter through which to view the world and the events taking place therein. There is really not a whole lot more to it. I doubt there is much more thought given to it by rank and file believers. I am now something of a heretic in my family, but way she goes I suppose.

    BTW Eric, many thanks for your efforts on behalf of those suffering zoo animals. I often look at old war photos and wonder how the animals in those photos are coping with the madness around them.

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  3. Want to see Americas future if things continue the way they have been?

    Look to Palestine. The Patriot act was the beginning. NDAA, DHS, NSA, TSA…. Now they can assassinate you or disappear you to secret prisons, torture you, won’t be long before they’re droning us on American soil.

    What they’re doing to journalists and whistle-blowers that tell the truth like Assange, Manning and Snowden is only the beginning. Big tech censorship. The anti-BDS and “hate speech” legislation is the first step to throwing you in jail for criticizing them.

    People better wake up and realize who is the threat here, Ilhan is exposing and fighting the war criminal psychopaths, I’m on her side. Elliot Abrams, John Bolton, Pompeo, all these degenerates that Trump has give power to, what they’ve done to people in foreign countries, destroyed their homes and murdered millions for profit, they will not hesitate to do the same to you and your family.

    Same with all the war crimes of Obama, Syria, Ukraine, Honduras, Libya, all over Africa. Its not a partisan issue. The MIC and Wall St insiders do not hold elections and both parties are corrupted.

    Good on Ilhan for calling them out. Conservatives and true Christians have more in common with these Muslims like Farrakhan, Ilhan, the Iranians, Hezbollah, than they do with Zionists, Wahhabi Saudis and the fake sellout establishment of the Republican and Democrat parties, who only represent the Wall St 1% and war profiteers. Turn off the Fox news and Glenn Beck. Know your enemy, or you and your family will be the final victims of the “War on Terror”, no different than the Palestinians, Libyans, Somalians, Iraqis or Venezuelans.

  4. Alistair says:
    @Pontius

    I’m not religious but Evangelists should always remember that Judas along with the Jewish community of the time, have plotted assassination of Jesus of Nazareth; Jews have rejected and betrayed the Lord of Christianity; let’s not forget that important historical fact.

  5. Ace says:

    ** Break the hold of big money over our republic. **

    After all that, shouldn’t you have written, “Break the hold of Jewish money over our republic”?

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  6. Jus' Me says:

    You can view a Slide or download the PDF of ‘They Dared Speak Out’ : https://archive.org/details/They-Dare-To-Speak-Out-Paul-Findley

  7. sarz says:

    Eric, you don’t spell out what you mean by real antisemitism, but it seems important. I think one can say the critical feature is contempt. Real antisemitism is a privilege of the powerful. Attitudes of fear, dismay and resentment, when based on truthful apprehensions, do not deserve the deprecatory label. When Jews nowadays complain of antisemitism it is usually not in good faith.

    I looked up your mother, to discover she was a feminist rebel against the usual expectations of her traditional Albanian (Muslim) family. What an extraordinary (and beautiful) lady. I wonder if she has a biography. I note that traditional Albanian women had an opt-out from the female role – for non-sexual and usually non-individual purposes. They could declare themselves to be men, dressing and behaving accordingly. And this was socially accepted.

  8. What the Jews have done to good people like your mother for her belief in truth and justice for all is one of the reasons that the Jews have been hated through time. They will stop at nothing to control mankind. They will always play the victim while murdering and lying about everything they do bringing up the Holocaust and antisemitism.

    These excuses for humanity have destroyed the soul of mankind and will destroy civilization in the end.

  9. Thanks for saying what needs to be said.

  10. Moi says:

    Why does Margolis include the name of Kamala Harris along side the names of Omar, AOC when Harris is a Zionist supporter of Aipac?

  11. “Mr. James Forrestal, Secretary for Defense. . . alone left a diary which fully exposes the methods by which Zion controls and manipulates governors and governments.” See chapter 43, “The Controversy of Zion” by Douglas Reed: https://t.co/BiUPr21BgI

  12. Blake says:

    Could not agree more

  13. Darkwing says:

    And all the time when Tramp, sorry Trump would say he was for jew land and praise them, all the sheeple cheered

  14. We all need be careful to not be too general in our condemnation of things Jewish. I was very antiwar and anti-interventionalist from the early days of the Vietnam deception to today. And I even was conversant with some anti Korean War activists from before my political awakening. It was Jewish leader who spoke the enlightening words which aroused my opposition to America’s military answer to every conceivable problem or annoyance. It was Pete Seeger at the Masonic Temple in Detroit, 1963?4? There would have been no peace movement without the Jewish radicals who dedicated themselves to the cause of peace. It wasn’ the average Jew that were causing the preponderance of the suffering, just as it wasn’t the common Germans who conceived of the holocaust. It was the natzis & it seems that Zionism has matasticied into something very similar. What occurred in Gaza, military assassin’s murdering harmless men, women and CHILDREN with the sheer glee of the demented can never be forgotten or forgiven by good people, anymore than the natzis genocide of the Jews in the camps. The Zionists have decided that they are entitled to take back the land that they abandoned two thousand years ago from whomever is now in possession with no regard for the legitimacy of their current ownership. In short, they are stealing most all of Palestine with an eye toward taking every square foot. Moreover, they covet the land of several other States to create their Greater Israel. It’s a formula for decades of suffering and war. And the most outrageous part of this theft, is if you are able to call them out on this theft & genocide, they accuse one of antisemitism. Even though the majority of their victims are semetic people like themselves. Thank g-d for the few brave people in high positions who are brave enough to challenge their madness. What else to call this manipulation of terms and actions we are witnessing.

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  15. Alistair says:
    @Billybob Binder

    I agree, we shouldn’t generalize, but it seems to be a consistent pattern of antisocial behavior, thirst for power and domination amongst the Jewish ethnic group that keep repeating itself since the down of history – in fact, if you just Google it, you might find that over the past 1000 years, almost every known European philosophers, thinkers, writers in the western culture had expressed negative opinion of the Jewish people; According to Voltaire, the French writer from 18th century: “The Jews are an ignorant and barbarous people, who have long united the most sordid avarice with the most detestable superstition and the most invincible hatred for every people by whom they are tolerated and enriched.” (Voltaire, Philosophical Dictionary)
    Surely, there are exceptions as well, we shouldn’t generalize.

  16. anon1 says:
    @Alistair

    I suggest we start by ending dual citizenship.

    • Replies: @Alistair
  17. Alistair says:
    @anon1

    I agree wholeheartedly !!!

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