The Anti-Semitic ADL


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by Keith Johnson

 

George Orwell coined the phrase “double speak” in his science fiction classic “1984.”  According to Wikipedia: double speak is language that deliberately disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words.  Some examples from the book are:

War is Peace
Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance is Strength

We certainly have evolved into that kind of society, with organiztions like the ADL operating in much the same way that the Ministry of Truth does in the novel.  Both employ double speak as part of its modus operandi to disseminate lies and distort reality.

The latest example of this technique being used comes to us courtesy of ADL head, Abraham Foxman, who recently condemed former White House journalist, Helen Thomas, for statements she made in a speech delivered to a group of Arab American students at the University of Dearborn last Thursday.  In that speech, Thomas made this truthful and factual assessment of the political reality dominating our society:

“We are owned by the propagandists against the Arabs. There’s no question about that. Congress, the White House and Hollywood, Wall Street, are owned by the Zionists. No question in my opinion. They put their money where their mouth is. … We’re being pushed into a wrong direction in every way.”

Foxman responded by stating:

“Helen Thomas has clearly, unequivocally revealed herself as a vulgar anti-Semite.  Her suggestion that Zionists control government, finance and Hollywood is nothing less than classic, garden-variety anti-Semitism. This is a sad final chapter to an otherwise illustrious career. Unlike her previous, spontaneous remarks into a camera, these words were carefully thought out and conscious. It shows a prejudice that is deep-seated and obssessive.”

How do you like them apples?  Here we have a white man—born to Eastern European parents—calling a Semitic person an anti-Semite.  If that’s not double speak, I don’t know what is.

That’s right.  Helen Thomas is a true, honest to goodness Semite.  She is of Lebanese decent, which makes her Arab Semitic. 

Even today, most dictionaries define the word “Semite” as: a member of a group of Semitic-speaking peoples of the Near East and northern Africa, including the Arabs, Arameans, Babylonians, Carthaginians, Ethiopians, Hebrews, and Phoenicians.

Is Foxman a Semite?  I’m not so sure.  We do know that he was born to Polish parents in a town that once belonged to Poland, but is now part of the Republic of Belarus in Eastern Europe. According to his biography, posted on the ADL website:

“Born in Poland in 1940, Mr. Foxman was saved from the Holocaust as an infant by his Polish Catholic nanny who baptized and raised him as a Catholic during the war years. His parents survived the war, but 14 members of his family were lost.”  

That hardly makes him a Semite—according to our academic definition—unless of course there is something about his background that we don’t know about.  Can his ancestry be traced back to the Middle East, or do his ancestors hail from the plains of southern Russia and the Caucasus Mountains, where many Jewish Poles are more often linked to the Khazars of Central Asia, who converted to Judaism in the late seventh and early eighth centuries?

Though raised a Catholic, Foxman now identifies with Judaism.  But Judaism does not make you a Semite.  Judaism makes you Jewish, Scientology makes you a Scientologist, and Christianity makes you a Christian.  We’re talking about a belief system here, not genetics.

Of course many Judaists will disagree.  They believe that their Jewishness constitutes a genetic bloodline that can be traced back to the legendary Abraham of the Old Testament.  They even claim that certain genetic studies have proven this to be a scientific fact.  But these studies are sponsored by Judaists, authored by Judaists, and are conducted at Jewish institutions.  Their papers are released with misleading titles that are picked up by ignorant journalists who propagate conclusions that the real studies have never reached.  Not one study has been able to find a gene that is unique to Jews.  The reason they don’t is because no two people share the same version of the human genome text except pairs of identical twins.  These studies are full of flaws and distortions using data that does not fit the theory they set out to prove.

Still, many Judaists insist that they are direct descendants of a Jewish people that received the Torah in Sinai.  They maintain that their exile from the “Promised Land” set them on a two thousand year journey of wandering throughout much of the world, and that they always managed to preserve that crucial bloodline that links that them to the children of Abraham.

Israeli historian, Shlomo Sand, author of the book, The Invention of the Jewish People,” has done a thorough job of debunking some of the more widely propagated myths in support of this Jewish Diaspora.  His research is supported by archaeological evidence discovered—following an earthquake in the 1980’s—that discredits the great exodus of the 13th century B.C., among other things. 

“Moses could not have led the Hebrews out of Egypt into the Promised Land, for the good reason that the latter was Egyptian territory at the time. And there is no trace of either a slave revolt against the pharaonic empire or of a sudden conquest of Canaan by outsiders.

Nor is there any trace or memory of the magnificent kingdom of David and Solomon. Recent discoveries point to the existence, at the time, of two small kingdoms: Israel, the more powerful, and Judah, the future Judea. The general population of Judah did not go into 6th century BC exile: only its political and intellectual elite were forced to settle in Babylon. This decisive encounter with Persian religion gave birth to Jewish monotheism.

Then there is the question of the exile of 70 AD. There has been no real research into this turning point in Jewish history, the cause of the diaspora. And for a simple reason: the Romans never exiled any nation from anywhere on the eastern seaboard of the Mediterranean. Apart from enslaved prisoners, the population of Judea continued to live on their lands, even after the destruction of the second temple. Some converted to Christianity in the 4th century, while the majority embraced Islam during the 7th century Arab conquest.”

As you can see, there is much to suggest that many people who refer to themselves as Semites are doing so incorrectly.  But, of course, we’re still defining Semites according to the academic standard.  If you define a Semite within the context of anti-Semitism, you get a whole other story altogether. 

What is anti-Semitism?  According to the ADL website, anti-Semitism is:

“The belief or behavior hostile toward Jews just because they are Jewish. It may take the form of religious teachings that proclaim the inferiority of Jews, for instance, or political efforts to isolate, oppress, or otherwise injure them. It may also include prejudiced or stereotyped views about Jews.”

Two European writers from the late 19th century, Wilhelm Marr and Heinrich Von Treitschke, are the ones often credited with applying the word Semite exclusively to Jews.  But I reject this notion.  Am I allowed to do that, or am I forced to accept the assumptions of two self proclaimed anti-Semites?

I don’t know about you, but I prefer to apply the word Semite to a wide range of Semitic speaking people from the Near East and northern Africa, including the Arabs, Arameans, Babylonians, Carthaginians, Ethiopians, Hebrews, and Phoenicians.

If you want my definition of anti-Semitism, I would refer you to what is being done to the people of Gaza.  That’s anti-Semitism on steroids. 

I would also apply the term anti-Semitism to the growing Islamophobia taking place here in the United States and in parts of Europe. 

The Iraq war was anti-Semitic, as is the war in Afghanistan as well as what is being planned against the people of Iran. 

The ADL is anti-Semitic.  When plans were announced to build an Islamic community center blocks away from Ground Zero, Abe Foxman came out against it.  Some called old Abe out for his hypocrisy on that one.  And although he has recently tried to repair the ADL’s image by condemning certain acts carried out against Muslims, he continues to feed the flames of racism and bigotry (behind the scenes) by allowing his group to be allied with organizations like “Family Security Matters” (FSM), a fiercely anti-Islamic group that propagates lies and peddles in fear and loathing against Muslims. 

According to Source Watch:

“Family Security Matters (FSM) originated in 2003 as a project of the Center for Security Policy a hawkish security policy think tank and advocacy group. Soon after its formation FSM claimed to represent “security moms”. While generally supportive of President George W. Bush’s domestic and international security policies, FSM have had their differences with the Republican administration over issues such as immigration policy, U.S. policy towards Russian Presdient Vladimir Putin. Since the Democratic ascendancy in the 2006 mid-term elections, FSM have also published criticisms of the Bush administration — such as those byNewt Gingrich — for being too cautious in their strategy in the Middle East.

FSM states on its website that its mission is to “inform all Americans, men and women, about the issues surrounding national security; to address their fears about safety and security on a personal, family, community, national and international level; to highlight the connection between individual safety and a strong national defense; to increase civic participation and political responsibility; and to empower all Americans to become proactive defenders of our national security and community safety.”

And Media Matters says this in an article from 2004 entitledFOX’s “security mom” expert spouted Bush-Cheney talking points

“Family Security Matters (FSM) is a front group front for the Center for Security Policy (CSP), a conservative Washington think tank think “committed to the time-tested philosophy of promoting international peace through American strength.” (The phone number listed  on the FSM website is answered by the CSP.) The FSM website features articles by, among others, right-wing syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin Michelle and CSP president Frank J. Gaffney Jr., whose lies and distortions Media Matters for America has documented.” 

If we were to take the ADL’s definition of anti-Semitism, and replace the word “Jews” with “Muslims,” you would find that FSM fits those criteria to a “T.”  Let’s try it.  What is anti-Semitism?

“The belief or behavior hostile toward Muslims just because they are Muslim. It may take the form of religious teachings that proclaim the inferiority of Muslims, for instance, or political efforts to isolate, oppress, or otherwise injure them. It may also include prejudiced or stereotyped views about Muslims.”

Want proof of their anti-Semitism?  Take a look at some of these excerpts, taken from articles that FSM runs on its website: 

From What is Islam?

“Islam is a comprehensive totalitarian form of slavery. It is the opposite of freedom. Its very name, Islam means submission or surrender. True to its name, Islam strives for nothing short of enslavement of the body of humanity as well as the bondage of its mind. This non-negotiable surrender to Islam requires the individual, as well as the society, to disenfranchise themselves of many of the fundamental and deeply cherished human rights.”  

“Islam is not a religion, but a harmful thorn; thus, we must make laws to fight this unwanted thorn growing like mushrooms in our backyards. If Islam is not controlled, these mushrooms soon will blossom and become mushroom-clouds.”

From Islam—Phobia or Simple Misunderstanding?

“The problem we face at the Mosque and elsewhere is not one of moderate Islam versus an extreme or perverted version. The problem is with the fundamental nature of Islam itself. Read the Koran, listen to the Imams. One need not be selective in the passages he chooses, just try to understand what the Koran is commanding the faithful to do. For anyone who still has doubts after that, play back the tape of millions of wildly cheering Muslims from Cairo to London after the 9/11 attacks.”

From Why Would a Woman Convert to Islam?

“…as so many autobiographies of Muslim women note, the religion bans anything that is fun (“haram”or forbidden). No chewing of gum, no bicycle riding, no make-up, no eating in public, no painting of nails, no pets, no questions, and of course, no answering back. For many Muslim women, there is an eagerness to assert independence as soon as adulthood is reached.” 

“By and large, Islam devolves into extremism, the repression of women, inequality, and brutality such as the stoning of adulterers. Converts, however, refer to the celebration of old-fashioned family values and hospitality, values which have been eroded in the West. For many, Islam is an escape route from the cultural degradation of Western society.

But what converts often confuse is culture and religion. The warmth a family confers is not the same as the demands of religious obedience.”

This is just a sampling.  There are plenty more.  I would challenge you to browse their website and find at least one article sympathetic to Muslims. 

So what is the ADL’s connection to this group?  Well, the Executive Vice President is Linda G. Cohen, who also serves as a trustee on the New Mexico Board of the Anti-Defamation League. 

No wonder we don’t find this organization listed among the many radical-right groups being monitored by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

So who are the real anti-Semites?  I guess that all depends on whom you ask. 

Unfortunately, nobody is asking me.

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  1. #1 by Sean on December 9, 2010 - 3:50 am

    If Jews claiming antisemitism were subject to a DNA test the vast majority would find that they are no more Semitic than a Scandinavian. There will be a certain percentage, about 15%, that will be able to claim Semitic origins but they will be from the Sephardi group following the religion of Judaism, the rest of them, the Ashkenazim, will be decidedly Caucasian with the odd intermarriage between the groups whereby some Semitic DNA alongside Caucasian DNA will show up. The Ashkenazim demonstrate a huge dislike of their co-Jews further demonstrating their antisemitism. To try and convince us that the religion of Judaism is in fact a race beggars belief. If one can convert to Judaism does ones DNA convert to the Semitic gene? If that was the case I could convert to being Chinese or Japanese if the mood took me. “I think I’m turning Japanese I really think so”. It’s an absurdity so ridiculous one cannot find the words to express it’s ………. The term Jew is a modern term; introduced for the very first time in a redacted version of the King James bible in the 18th century. It is used to describe a war between the Jews and Israel. I’m sure the ADL would consider that FACT antisemitic and demand that the bible be redacted again to fit their POV. Interesting they, the Jews, are the ones that constantly complain about obfuscation, twisting the meaning of words to fit an argument. “Pot calling the kettle black” comes to mind, or is that antisemitic.

  2. #2 by Amerikagulag on December 9, 2010 - 5:02 am

    Funny because Foxman is NOT a semite, but Helen Thomas IS a semite. Foxman is a Euro descent Jew with no ties to semitism. Probably of AshkeNAZI/ Khazar lineage like the majority of those who inhabit the land formerly known as Palestine.

  3. #3 by Sam on December 9, 2010 - 5:52 am

    Nobody asked me either!

  4. #4 by Jerzy Ulicki-Rek. on December 9, 2010 - 7:46 am

    Wonderful example:)
    A Polish-Khazar calling Helen Thomas an anti-semitic:)
    But…as the author mentioned very accurately:
    “War is Peace
    Freedom is Slavery
    Ignorance is Strength”

    I only can add a bit more:

    When ,for doing a good deed the reward is punishment,it is only a matter of time when any good activity will stop.That’s human and not only human reaction .
    Jews are using this since centuries.
    Effects we could see around us-today .

    Jerzy Ulicki-Rek

  5. #5 by B.A.Frémaux-Soormally on December 9, 2010 - 1:27 pm

    The worst anti Semites I have ever known are ASHKENAZI JEWS and they form more than 80% of World Jewry!!

    But, Western Christians are not angels as far as anti-Semitism is concerned!

    BAFS

  6. #6 by Janie Jones on December 10, 2010 - 2:48 pm

    As someone who is genuinely descended from Sephardic Semitic Jews, I am outraged that repulsive Ashkenazis like Foxman and all of the creepy Khazars that surround Obama and control our media have stolen my heritage so they can murder, lie and steal with impunity.

  7. #7 by Avery on December 10, 2010 - 3:20 pm

    ANTIGENTILISM causes “antisemitism”. HUMANITY did not invent “antisemitism” and then wait thousands of years for Jews to appear, just so everybody could “hate” them for absolutely no reason. Judaism codified ANTIGENTILISM, their hatred of all NON-jews, and the only SANE reaction of any NON-jew is self defense, which the “Tribe” calls antisemitism. Judaism very existance is based on consciously chosing to separate itself from the Family Of Man, labeling ALL non-Jews GOYIM, GENTILE, SHISKA, and infusing Judaism’s very soul with venom toward ALL NON-jews. Judasism would evaporate without ANTIGENTILISM keeping individual Jews from rejoining the Family of Man.
    Go research the instigators of the First Christian SHOAHs, that is RIGHT, instigated and carried out by Jews, what was Saul of Tarsus doing, HUH?!
    March 2000 Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, leader of Chabad-Lubavitch:
    “The difference between a Jewish and a non-Jewish person stems from the common expression: ‘Let us differentiate.’ Thus, we do not have a case of profound change in which a person is merely on a superior level. Rather, we have case of ‘let us differentiate’ between totally different species. This is what needs to be said about the body: the body of a Jewish person is of a totally different quality from the body of (members) of all nations of the world… A non-Jew’s entire reality is only vanity. The entire creation (of a non-Jew) exists only for the sake of the Jews.”

  8. #8 by Big Man on December 10, 2010 - 3:22 pm

    Given Ashk. historical treatment of others from Sephardic ringworm attempted genocide 1950’s to Pals. & world citizens today, they behave no differently than german nazis. Disgusting.

  9. #9 by mr semitic on December 10, 2010 - 4:42 pm

    Please note that most Iranians are not semitic, rather, they are Persian.
    Muslim, yes, but not semitic. Your article is excellent, otherwise.

  10. #10 by G Street on December 10, 2010 - 5:54 pm

    What is anti-Gentilism?

    It is beliefs or behavior hostile toward Gentiles just because they are Gentile. It may take the form of religious teachings that proclaim the inferiority of Gentiles, for instance, or political efforts to isolate, oppress, or otherwise injure them. It may also include prejudiced or stereotyped views about Gentiles.

  11. #11 by Jerzy Ulicki-Rek. on December 10, 2010 - 10:32 pm

    “Antisemitism” is skillfully provoked by Jews since hundreds of years and then use again the naive Goim and -next to so called “holocaust” Jewish most powerful propaganda weapon.

    Jerzy Ulicki-Rek

  12. #12 by Mihail on December 11, 2010 - 12:27 am

    The Jewish Encyclopedia:
    “Khazars, a non-Semitic, Asiatic, Mongolian tribal nation who emigrated into Eastern Europe about the first century, who were converted as an entire nation to Judaism in the seventh century by the expanding Russian nation which absorbed the entire Khazar population, and who account for the presence in Eastern Europe of the great numbers of Yiddish-speaking Jews in Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Galatia, Besserabia and Rumania.

    The Encyclopedia Judaica, Vol. 10, (1971) relates the following about the Khazars (Chazars):
    “Khazars, a national group of general Turkic type, independent and sovereign in Eastern Europe between the seventh and tenth centuries A.D. During part of this time the leading Khazars professed Judaism.”
    (Encyclopedia Judicia, Vol. 10, (1971)
    Collier’ s Encyclopedia, Volume 14, page 65 states:

    “Khazars [kaza'rz], a semi-nomadic tribe of Turkish or Tatar origin who first appeared north of the Caucasus in the early part of the third century…in the Eighth Century Khaghan Bulan decided in favor of the Jews and accepted Judaism for himself and for his people.

    Bible:
    Relates that the Khazar (Ashkenaz) Jews were/are the sons of Japheth not Shem:
    “Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood. The sons of Japheth;…the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz..
    Genesis 10:1-3)
    Therefore, the Bible proves that the Ashkenaz Jews [Khazars] are not the descendants of Shem and cannot be Semite.
    Bible-Revelation 2:9,,3:9

  13. #13 by revoltoftheplebs on December 11, 2010 - 2:32 am

    In reply to Mr. Semitic.

    Yes, most Iranians are Persian. But there is a significant population of Semites there as a result of the Palestinian Diaspora of 1948 and beyond. There are at least a million Semites living there now. Besides…most people who would like to see Iran turned into a glass parking lot don’t know the difference between Arabs and Persians anyway. Like my Mother would say…”It’s the thought that counts.”

  14. #14 by Auntie Cementhead on December 11, 2010 - 7:43 am

    ADL was created the same year the FED was instituted, enslaving America. 1913. to the uninitiated, it’s the MOSSAD ON U.S. SOIL, as is the S.P.L.C., and the B’nai Brith, and F.B.I., and C.I.A.

    they solely exist to ENSLAVE every single one of you! ALL OF YOU!!! FOREVER!!!!!

    they are not benevolent, but they are ROTHSCHILDS surrogates on U.S. soil.

  15. #15 by B.A.Frémaux-Soormally on December 12, 2010 - 11:36 am

    Mihail says:
    December 11, 2010 at 12:27 am

    The Jewish Encyclopedia:
    “Khazars, a non-Semitic, Asiatic, Mongolian tribal nation…”

    MANY THANKS MISHKA FOR THIS PRECIOUS PIECE OF INFORMATION!

    My wife is from Bessarabia (now Moldava) where Jews recruit/kidnap women/children for prostitution and the Legal Israeli Sex Slave Market!

    BASHEER

  16. #16 by avenzaor on December 13, 2010 - 10:33 pm

    revoltoftheplebs in his reply to Mr. Semitic (December 11, 2010 at 2:32 am) said:

    “Yes, most Iranians are Persian. But there is a significant population of Semites there as a result of the Palestinian Diaspora of 1948 and beyond….”

    The Palestinian diaspora (1948) is the least in Iran of all the neighboring Muslim countries in the East (i.e., Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Arab gulf countries, Saudi Arabia, etc.), and I might say almost non-existent. The Semitic population in Iran is actually almost entirely of Arab origin (not Palestinian), from the days of early Islamic Caliphate beginning in about 640 CE and nearly ending in about 1586 CE when Shah Abbas became the ruler of Persia. Apart from its ancient origin, the name Iran as a nation state is of more recent development, as Iran was known as Persia until 1935. This name change took place under Reza Shah. He abdicated in favor of his son Mohammad Reza Shah in 1941 and who was overthrown in the Iranian revolution of 1979.

    The Ahwaz province of Iran used be called Arabistan until about one hundred years ago, which borders on the northeastern side of the Persian Gulf. There have been recent attempts, particularly since revolution, by ***cons to encourage the Arab population of this province to secure independence. This province is the major source of gas reserves and has one nuclear reactor planned to go on line in the near future.

    While many Iranians consider themselves Persians, modern Iranians constitute a number of races and a large number of them are actually a mixture of races. Most of the mixing of races occurred in three periods: during the Persian Empire built by Cyrus II (the Great), Arab Caliphates (Omayyad and Abbasid, 7th-13th CE), and the Mongol occupation of Persia. The greatest mixing occurred in developed cities and towns on trade routes. The pure races tend to preserve in villages and underdeveloped or remote areas. The south-eastern part of Iran east of great desert and southern (one-fifth of) Iran is not Persian (Aryan) in racial sense. I remember once meeting an Iranian-American senior citizen, the mother-in-law of one of my acquaintances, who called Ayatollah Khomeini an Indian; this was soon after the Iranian revolution of 1979. She noted that the Ayatollah’s father was from Kerman (a southern province of Iran).

    I quote below two examples of discourse on the Persian race depending on what period of history is being considered.

    1. “Persia was first settled by Elm, son of Shem, who was the son of Noah. It is supposed that Cherdorloomer, who lived in the time of Abraham, was one of the early kings. Here we have the tomb of Daniel the Prophet, and other prominent men of ancient times. Here also are the sepulchers of Mordecai and Queen Esther.” – Quoted from page 20 of the book “Persia, the land of the magi, historical and descriptive account of its people …”, published in 1913 by Samuel K Nweeya. This author was a prominent physician in Philadelphia, was born in Iran and of Iranian heritage. He had strong church support.

    2. “The Persians were originally a Medic tribe which settled in Persia, on the eastern side of the Persian Gulf. They were Aryans, their language belonging to the eastern division of the Indo-European group. One of their chiefs, Teispes, conquered Elam in the time of the decay of the Assyrian Empire, and established himself in the district of Anzan. His descendants branched off into two lines, one line ruling in Anzan, while the other remained in Persia. Cyrus II, king of Anzan, finally united the divided power, conquered Media, Lydia, and Babylonia, and carried his armies into the far East.” – Quoted from Illustrated Bible Dictionary by M.G. Easton, Third Edition, Thomas Nelson, 1897.

    The description in 2 above is not correct. There were two separate nations in the western part of that area in ancient times – Media and Persia (about two centuries before Cyrus II). Media was located in the southwest of Caspian Sea and Persia to the south of Media with borders on the north-eastern coastline of Persian Gulf. In between them but closer to Persia was Elam, located just east of present southern Iraq. Medic tribe is a reference to people of Media. Before Cyrus the Great, Persia was under nominal control of Media but not occupied. By the way, Afghanistan was known as Ariana in the ancient times.

    Modern Iran and Modern Israel do have several historical timelines in common, one of which is that Judah was a province of the Persian Empire during 539-332 BC. Cyrus the Great is mentioned in the Bible in several places [2 Chronicles 36:22,23; Ezra 1; 3:7; 4:3; 5:13,14,17; 6:3; and Isaiah 41:2,3; 44:28; 45:1-4,13; 46:11; 48:14,15]. Subsequent Persian kings Artaxerxes (aka Cambyses), Darius, and Xerexes are also mentioned in the Bible.

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