Philip Giraldi: “The Growing Anti-Semitism Scam”

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Written by Philip Giraldi; Originally appeared at The Unz Review

In his novel 1984 George Orwell invented the expression “newspeak” to describe the ambiguous or deliberately misleading use of language to make political propaganda and narrow the “thought options” of those who are on the receiving end. In the context of today’s political discourse, or what passes for the same, it would be interesting to know what George would think of the saturation use of “anti-Semitism” as something like a tactical discussion stopper, employed to end all dispute while also condemning those accused of the crime as somehow outside the pale, monsters who are consigned forever to derision and obscurity.

Philip Giraldi: "The Growing Anti-Semitism Scam"

The Israelis and, to be sure, many diaspora Jews know exactly how the expression has been weaponized. Former Israeli Minister Shulamit Aloni explained how it is done“Anti-Semitic”…”its a trick, we always use it.”

If one were to read the U.S. mainstream media, reflective as it nearly always is of a certain institutional Jewish viewpoint, one would think that there has been a dramatic increase in anti-Semitism worldwide, but that claim is incorrect. What has been taking place is not hatred of Jews but rather a confluence of two factors. First is the undeniable fact that Israel has been behaving particularly badly, even by its admittedly low standards. Its slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza has been unusually observable in spite of media attempts to avoid mentioning it, plus its support of terrorists in Syria and attacks on that country have also raised questions about the intentions of the kleptocratic regime in Tel Aviv, which is currently pushing for an attack on Iran. That all means that the perception of Israel, which boasts that it is the exclusively Jewish state, inevitably raises questions about the international Jewish community that provides much of its support. But the shift in perception is driven by Israeli behavior, not by Jews as an ethnicity or a religion.

Second, the alleged increase in anti-Semitic incidents is largely fueled by how those incidents are defined. Israel and its friends have worked hard to broaden the parameters of the discussion, making any criticism of Israel or its activities either a hate crime or ipso facto an anti-Semitic incident. The U.S. State Department’s working definition of anti-Semitism includes “…the targeting of the state of Israel” and it warns that anti-Semitism is a criminal offense. Recent legislation in Washington and also in Europe has criminalized hitherto legal and non-violent efforts to pressure Israel regarding its inhumanity vis-à-vis the Palestinians. Legitimate criticism of Israel thereby becomes both anti-Semitism and criminal, increasing the count of so-called anti-Semitic incidents. That means that the numbers inevitably go up, providing fodder to validate a repressive response.

One might add that Hollywood, the mainstream media and academia have contributed to the allegations regarding surging anti-Semitism, relentlessly unleashing a torrent of material rooting out alleged anti-Semites and so-called holocaust deniers, while simultaneously heaping praise on Israel and its achievements. Professor of Holocaust Studies Deborah Lipstadt has written a book Anti-Semitism: Here and Now about what she regards as the new anti-Semitism, supporting her belief that it is getting markedly worse in both Europe and the U.S. There is also a movie about her confrontation with holocaust critic David Irving called Denial. All of the media exposure of so-called anti-Semitism has a political objective, whether intended or not, which is to insulate Israel itself from any criticism and to create for all Jews the status of perpetual victimhood which permits many in the diaspora to unflinchingly support a foreign country against the interests of the nations where they were born, raised and made their fortunes. That is called dual loyalty and, in spite of frequent denials from Israel-apologists, it clearly exists for many American Jews who are passionate about the Jewish state, including members of the Trump Administration Jason Greenblatt, David Friedman and Jared Kushner.

In the past week, a newly elected member of congress has been derided, shunned and then forced to both recant and apologize for having said something that is manifestly true: that Jewish money corrupts the American political system to favor Israel. The controversy erupted after House minority leader Republican Kevin McCarthy said he would initiate investigations of two Muslim congresswomen, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, over their criticisms of Israel. McCarthy called for the two to be denounced by the Democratic Party as anti-Semites after Tlaib had said that the sponsors of recent legislation intended to benefit Israel by limiting free speech “…forgot what country they represent. This is the U.S. where boycotting is a right and part of our historical fight for freedom and equality. Maybe a refresher on our U.S. Constitution is in order, then get back to opening up our government instead of taking our rights away.”

Indeed, Tlaib had a point as the Congressional Israel boosters have long since forgotten that they are supposed to uphold the Constitution of the United States while also promoting the interests of their constituents, not those of a country seven thousand miles away. Glenn Greenwald of the Intercept responded to the news of the McCarthy threat with a tweet “It’s stunning how much time US political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans.” Ilhan Omar then tweeted her own pithy rejoinder to Greenwald on Sunday February 10th: “It’s all about the Benjamins, baby!” which was in reference to the Founder Benjamin Franklin’s portrait on hundred-dollar bills. Her comment was almost immediately interpreted as meaning that she was accusing McCarthy of being bought by Jews. She followed up on a question about who was doing the buying she tweeted “AIPAC,” an elaboration that unleashed something like an anti-Semitism shit storm in her direction.

It was manufactured outrage, with political leaders from both parties latching on to a media frenzy to score points against each other. Even though it is perfectly legitimate for a Congresswoman on the Foreign Affairs Committee to challenge what AIPAC does and where its money comes from, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi complained that Omar’s “use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters” was “deeply offensive.” Chelsea Clinton accused Omar of “trafficking in anti-Semitism.” President Donald Trump, who has admitted that his Mideast policy is intended to serve Israeli rather than U.S. interests, also jumped in, saying “I think she should either resign from congress or she should certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.”

Ilhan Omar quickly understood that she had touched a live wire, surrendered, and recanted. She apologized by Monday afternoon, 18 hours after her original tweet, saying “Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes. My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole. We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize.” But she also bravely wrote “At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry. It’s gone on too long and we must be willing to address it.”

Pelosi approved of the apology. Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota who is running for president in 2020, chimed in to make sure that everyone knew how much she loves Israel, saying “I’m glad she apologized. That was the right thing to do. There is just no room for those kinds of words. I think Israel is our beacon of democracy. I’ve been a strong supporter of Israel and that will never change.”

Two days later, a motion sponsored by Congressman Lee Zeldin of New York passed by a 424 to 0 vote. It was specifically intended to serve as a rebuke to Omar. It stated that “it is in the national security interest of the United States to combat anti-Semitism around the world because…there has been a significant amount of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel hatred that must be most strongly condemned.”

Congressional votes professing love for Israel notwithstanding, the fact is that there is a massive, generously funded effort to corrupt America’s government in favor of Israel. It is euphemistically called the Israel Lobby even though it is overwhelmingly Jewish and it boasts fairly openly of its power when talking with its closest friends about how its money influences the decisions made on Capitol Hill and in the White House. Its combined budget exceeds one billion dollars per year and it includes lobbying powerhouses like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) which alone had $229 million in income in 2017, supporting more than 200 employees. It exists only to promote Israeli interests on Capitol Hill and throughout the United States with an army of lobbyists and its activities include using questionably legal all expenses paid “orientation” trips to Israel for all new congressmen and spouses.

McCarthy and the other stooges in Congress deliberately sought to frame the argument in terms of Ilhan Omar having claimed that he personally was receiving money from pro-Israel sources and that money influenced his voting. Well, the fact is that such activity does take place and was documented three years ago by the respected Foreign Policy Journal, which published a piece entitled “The Best Congress AIPAC can Buy” as well as more recently in an al-Jazeera investigative expose using a concealed camera.

And Kevin McCarthy does indeed receive money from Israel PACs – $33,200 in 2018. The amount individual congressmen receive is dependent on their actual or potential value to Israel. Completely corrupt and enthusiastically pro-Israel Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey received $548,507 in 2018. In the House, Beto O’Rourke of Texas received $226,690. The numbers do not include individual contributions of under $200, which are encouraged by AIPAC and can be considerable. In general, congressmen currently receive over $23,000 on averagefrom the major pro-Israel organizations while Senators get $77,000.

But, of course, direct donations of money are not the whole story. If a congressman is unfriendly to Israel, money moves in the other direction, towards funding an opponent when re-election is coming up. Former Rep. Brian Bard has observed that “Any member of Congress knows that AIPAC is associated indirectly with significant amounts of campaign spending if you’re with them, and significant amounts against you if you’re not with them.” Lara Friedman, who has worked on the Hill for 15 years on Israel/Palestine, notes how congressmen and staffs of “both parties told me over and over that they agreed with me but didn’t dare say so publicly for fear of repercussions from AIPAC.”

A good example of how it all worked involves one honest congressman, Walter Jones of North Carolina, who recently passed away. In 2014, “Wall Street billionaires, financial industry lobbyists, and neoconservative hawks” tried to unseat Jones by bankrolling his primary opponent. The “dark money” intended to defeat him came from a PAC called “The Emergency Committee for Israel,” headed by leading neoconservative Bill Kristol. Jones’ war views, including avoiding a war with Iran, were clearly perceived as anti-Israel.

And one should also consider contributions directly to the political parties. Israeli/U.S. dual nationals Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban are the largest single donors to the GOP and to the Democrats, having contributed $82 million and $8,780,000respectively in the 2016 presidential campaign. Both have indicated openly that Israel is their top priority.

If they have demonstrated fealty to Israel while in office, many Congressmen also find that loyalty pays off after retirement from government with richly remunerated second careers in Jewish dominated industries, like financial services or the media. And there are hundreds of Jewish organizations that contribute to Israel as charities, even though the money frequently goes to fund illegal activity, including the settlements. Money also is used to buy newspapers and media outlets which then adhere to a pro-Israel line, or, where that does not work, to buy advertising that is conditional on being friendly to Israel. So the bottom line is indeed “the Benjamins” and the corruption that they buy.

Karen Pollock of the Holocaust Education Trust said in January that “One person questioning the truth of the Holocaust is one too many.” That is nonsense. Any, and all, historical events should be questioned regularly, a principle that is particular true regarding developments that carry a lot of emotional baggage. The Israel Lobby would have all Americans believe that any criticism of Israel is motivated by historic hatred of Jews and is therefore anti-Semitism. Don’t believe it. When the AIPAC crowd screams that linking Jews and money is a classic anti-Semitic trope respond by pointing out that Jews and money are very much in play in the corruption of congress and the media over Israel. Terrible things are being done in the Middle East in the name of Jews and of Israel and it all comes down to those Benjamins and the silence they buy by accusing all critics of anti-Semitism. Just recall what the Israeli minister admitted, “It’s a trick, we always use it.”

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  • Tommy Jensen

    I also apologize to Israel.
    Apologize Israel. Apologize Israel. Apologize Israel. You have been suffering Israel and we apologize for this suffering Israel. My top priority will always be Israel´s security and to prevent anyone to hurt Israel again. You are good Israel, we are grateful for your shekels Israel and there is nothing wrong with usury loans.

    • daniel

      Amen,

    • verner

      nah israel or the squatters need to go or be undone! no two things about it.

  • purplelibraryguy

    The thing is, there is real antisemitism out there, and it could be dangerous . . . but apologists for Israel never, ever talk about it. Even when that guy went on a killing spree in that synagogue, their reaction was amazingly tepid. Partly I think because the obvious contrast between real antisemites and the people they just call antisemites would make it obvious they’re talking vicious nonsense. Partly because Israel actually seems to be allied with them. Israel is allied with the hard right in most countries, because Israel itself is increasingly fascist. Its natural allies are authoritarian racists, because it needs people who don’t object to a bit of systematic violence to get rid of minorities (or in the case of Palestinians, majorities). But of course, authoritarian racists are exactly the kind of group likely to have a fair number whose racism includes Jews.

    So Israel at one and the same time is representing itself to the Jewish diaspora as the representative and savior of world Jewry, and making deals with groups around the world which basically come down to “You support us killing the group we hate, and we won’t bother you about anything you do to groups you hate, even if it’s Jews”. It’s a horrific betrayal. If anything, it seems as if there’s a strand of Israeli government thinking which goes along the lines of “If we make the world mad enough, it will become less safe for Jews worldwide and they’ll end up with no choice but to come here and help solve the ‘demographic threat’.”

  • Ross

    The only time you ever hear the word ‘trope’ is in conjunction with ‘anti-semitic’. So I looked trope up in the dictionary:

    trope n Figurative (e.g. metaphorical or ironical) use of a word.

    So metaphor and irony is to be forbidden in our future glorious wholly semitic wonderworld!

    Edit: Oh dear. I think I might have just troped!

    • Ross Vachon

      Other words only Jews use are “virulent” (virulent anti-Semite) and “canard” (something true that Jews try and fob off as an untruth)

      • magaville

        so you back farakhan too. makes sense. keep spewing your hate online all day. its important for people to see the enemy

  • verner

    anti-semitism is on the rise in europe (and in moronistan as well) and there is some outcry from the various governments.

    but and in my mind anti-semitism is a corollary as long as it is allowed for jewish organisations from outside israel, for synagogue-congregations and for various interest-groups (jewish or non-jewish) to send financial support to israel,

    these jewish persons/congregations/interest-groups are

    complicit in the ongoing ethnic cleansing or what can be called depalestination

    complicit in the operation of Gaza, the concentration camp a la bergen belsen with ethnic cleansing as its primary force.

    complicit in the murder of stone throwing kids and murder of amything paletinian

    and

    complicit in the ongoing theft of palestinian land,

    and thus the squatters, subject themselves to the same kind of treatment the israelis bestow on the palestinians, alive and not yet killed by the israelis with the ethnic cleansing program and the more direct murderous efforts by idf and others.

    so tit for tat – antisemitism in unequal measures for the much more severe and deadly depalestination (and in fact the better part of the eu is complicit in this killing of an entire people.

    so antisemitism is a corollary as long as subsidies from abroad keeps the squatters going.

    prohibit financial support of israel from abroad.

    and kick the squatters far into the sea. no one wants them squatters and most would like to see them go/drown find another home in moronistan (aka usa).

  • Kelli Hernandez

    ZIONISM IS NOT JUDAISM
    ANTI ZIONISM IS NOT ANTI SEMITISM.

    I’m so sick to death of Israhell and it’s supporters overuse of anti SEMITISM.
    The only “anti semitism’ I see is in reality ANTI ZIONISM .
    The US no longer belongs to Americans . Israhell is using American tax cattle to prop up the welfare state and to pay for it’s wars
    Let’s see how Americans react when Sheldon’s obsession with war on Iran is met by a war weary public.
    We must kick Israhell out of our government if we are to ever know peace.

    • verner

      hear hear

    • RichardD

      Judaism is Zionism:

      “94% say that if Jewish state “no longer existed tomorrow,” it would be a “tragedy.””

      – JEWS STRONGLY SUPPORT ISRAEL, NEW POLL SHOWS –

      https://www.jpost.com/Jewish-World/Jewish-News/US-Jews-strongly-support-Israel-new-poll-shows

      • Michael

        While the idea of establishing a jewish state was hijacked by zionists five seconds after it was conceived.

      • gustavo

        This is true, it is hard to find a jew that does not support Israel formation and policy.

    • gustavo

      Well said.

  • Stephan Williams

    “Anti-semitism is nothing but the antagonistic attitude produced in non-jews by the jewish group. This is a normal social reaction.” So said Nicola Tesla, one of the most intelligent humans who ever lived.

    There is no shame in being an anti-semite. Not once you learn they collectively want to destroy us. In fact it would be madness to think any other way about this organized crime tribe masquerading as a religion.

  • R PLobo

    The construct that only the chosen matter has jumped the shark and made the creep into even the MSM. The Las Vegas casino pimps have now doubled down one too many times.

  • Mistaron

    The Israel state is hanging the Jewish diaspora out to dry. If anything, its behaviour actually encourages real anti-Semitism which in turn allows it to justify its worn out cries of ‘racism’ and ‘Jew-hater’ towards anyone who would demonstrate justifiable criticism, even when totally non-racist in their beliefs.
    The problem is that Israel’s behaviour deliberately lends grist to mindless reactionaries who in turn attack what may be a mostly innocent Jewish diaspora. Tarred with the same brush if you like.
    Unfortunately, until the state of Israel and its ‘Israeli Firsters’ start behaving within internationally accepted norms, the cycle will continue to perpetuate until no Jewish persons will be safe in their towns and cities.
    The Jewish people themselves need to understand and recognise the danger which this Israeli government is fomenting in their direction. Only Jews themselves can take point on putting an end to these Zionist zealots, before the wildfires being set by these tragically idealogical ‘leaders’ consume them and their families, (again).

    • Antipropo

      A minor point but when the(alleged) Jewish diaspora is mentioned it just perpetuates another self serving myth for the “all us poor Jews” trope. There is virtually no historical-as opposed to Old Testament mythology. evidence that Rome expelled all the Jews from Palestine. This was never done in any other territory that Rome controlled. It makes no sense because they would then have to import their own people to keep the place going.

  • RichardD

    “a motion sponsored by Congressman Lee Zeldin of New York passed by a 424 to 0 vote. It was specifically intended to serve as a rebuke to Omar. It stated that “it is in the national security interest of the United States to combat anti-Semitism around the world because…there has been a significant amount of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel hatred that must be most strongly condemned.””

    US legislators, to a person, are anti American Israel firsters. It’s appalling.

  • LR captain

    That all means that the perception of Israel, which boasts that it is the exclusively Jewish state, inevitably raises questions about the international Jewish community that provides much of its support. But the shift in perception is driven by Israeli behavior, not by Jews as an ethnicity or a religion. – best quote.

    like brass a bar trying to hide with some bronze bars only and expert can tell the difference.

    What needs to happen is there needs to be a split. with in the Jewish faith. Cause no matter how hard they the Jews try they can’t wash off the blood that has been spilled by Zionist cousins.

    There are jews that do hate Israel maybe they can spli from the rest of Jewish people as and separate religion like shia is to sunni or like Christians are to roman Catholics

    • RichardD

      Judaism needs to be outlawed and extinct. Why are you supporting an evil cult that rapes 1,000 children a week?

      • LR captain

        for the record i think every religion the needs to go away.

        But no they evolved yes i said evolved, to fit our modern world. so they will last a little longer.

        And the Jewish faith has not evolved and i like see them either give up their archaic practices or wither away. having them reform would be preferable but that is wishful thinking.

        • RichardD

          Do you think that Jews should be prosecuted and Judaism should be outlawed for ritual pedophile rape? Considering that you don’t think that they’re going to stop it.

          • LR captain

            first part i think any religion hinder humanity’s progress. i am a atheist, that is my belief.

            v Historical facts v
            For second part, look at Romans and ottomans the Jews never really caused issues why living there empires. why because those empires ruled with irons firsts. Some one was always watching them, plus the gold in temples would line witch ever guard captains pockets that made the arrests, they were just looking for a reason to seize it. So lets if you went a reported ritual pedophile cult activity had started in Jewish temples. That would be good enough reason for them.

            in medieval time the noble lords just moved their Jewish population out sight and out of mind. this ritual pedophile cult activity could continue.

          • RichardD

            I didn’t ask you about your religious or historical beliefs. I asked you about law enforcement. Felons are prosecuted and sentenced daily for the same crimes that Jews commit with impunity. You sound like a pedophile or pedophile supporter to me.

            I’m not. These perverts belong in jail, and Judaism should be outlawed as the criminal organization that it is and has been for thousands of years.

          • LR captain

            you need stop accusing me of being anything or anyone you’re talking too. That just pisses people off.

            you asked about law enforcement, encase you did not understand. I like the roman and ottoman style of law and order. I gave an example of just how easy it is to get Zionists arrested in those empires, get it.

            IN real life every police department is bought and paid for. that is the why the Zionists get can get away with anything. $50,000$ is nothing to them, but it is really nice bonus to any crooked cop.

          • RichardD

            It has nothing to do with paying off the police. That’s complete bs and you know it. The Jews not getting arrested is because they have immunity from prosecution that they shouldn’t have. The entire judicial system is turning a blind eye to crime that they prosecute non Jews for every day.

            I asked you about law enforcement today. And you keep evading the question with some non sensical stupidity about Turks and Romans from hundreds or thousands of years ago that has nothing to do with arresting pedophiles raping children today.

          • LR captain

            if they did these crimes, arrested them But put to death, like any rapist or terrorist.

          • RichardD

            Is English your first language? Your grammar is awful bordering on incomprehensible much of the time.

          • LR captain

            would you like me to point you towards a group of people that would give you a rifle, put you in a quad with 4 other like minded people. Then say “there is village of Jews, make sure they behave to your standards, deal them what ever punishment you feel is necessary.” there is a group of people like that in the world today. That is not located in the middle east and actively supported by western media and given arms requirement and money. They are not even called terrorists.

          • RichardD

            I have no idea what you’re talking about or what that has to do with my comment. You also didn’t answer my question about English being your first language. Because if it is, you have some serious mental issues.

          • LR captain

            English is my first language. I just think faster than I can type, and sadly I do wish that I had mental issues then I would more money from welfare.

            But now onto my question, would you like me to point you to a group. This group does persecutes the Jewish people living villages in Europe and the western world turns a blind eye. Would you be willing to join group like that?

          • RichardD

            You’re asking me a stupid question about joining a group that you refuse to identify. Judaism should be outlawed as a criminal organization so that Jews and Judaism go extinct. This needs to be done by governments. Not crazy private groups that persecute Jews.

          • LR captain

            its paramilitary groups in Kiev, you know the modern nazi’s that NATO created?

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b279829743d1fabcf0b03e88f40ae4387e0ede0a14c1446acf6031bad1fcdb95.png

          • RichardD

            That’s about what I expected from your two faced idiocy. A Nazi smear against me because I want to get the Jew problem corrected.

          • LR captain

            no im just trolling you

          • RichardD

            Because you’re a two faced Jew supporter.

          • LR captain

            I don’t support the Jews though. so how about you just stop talking to me, or replying to my comments in the future and get on with your life.

          • RichardD

            You’re lying, your Jew support has been outed, and you’re harassing me with insanity, stupidity and two faced Jew support because you hate the truth that I tell about Jew crime and evil.

  • RichardD

    Judaism needs to be outlawed and the planet dejudified so that it’s Jew free. Palestine needs to be dejudified, unified and admitted to the UN in replacement of Israel. Which never should have been admitted in the first place.

    The US needs to follow China and Russia’s lead and begin the dejudification process until there are no more American Jews. Judaism belongs in the trash can of history.

  • Marko

    “House minority leader Republican Kevin McCarthy said he would initiate investigations of two Muslim congresswomen, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, over their criticisms of Israel. ”

    With a “trope-trope” here and a “trope-trope” there
    Here a “trope” there a “trope”
    Everywhere a “trope-trope”
    Old McCarthy had a slander farm, E-I-E-I-O.