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. Palestine, the Jews and the Arabs II. The Case of the Jews and of Judaism Versus "Jewish" Political Nationalism (Hardcover)

jan peczkis|Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The author generally shares the belief of Zionists that the world is a very unfriendly place for Jews. His understanding of Jewish history is clearly that of the lachrymose viewpoint. Even so, author Moshe Menuhin strongly inveighs against “Jewish nationalism” as a regressive development, and has especial praise for the way that Jews have become integrated into American society. He also has high regard for the “spiritual Zionism” exemplified by the teachings of Ahad Ha-’Am (Asher Ginzberg). (e. g, pp. 54-on, p. 189).

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Author Menuhin provides the reader with various insights into Judaism. For instance, he characterizes Jewish ritual slaughter, in which the throat of the animal is cut in order to make the meat kosher, an antiquated and barbaric act. (p. 249).

Moshe Menuhin characterizes Israel’s wars as ones in which Israelis were the aggressors. [And this book was written before the June 1967 War].

I now examine notable topics in some detail. The following, except for the title [IN CAPS] are direct quotations:

JEWS “YES”: JEWISH POLITICAL NATIONALISM “NO”

In the French National Assembly [1791], one liberal deputy, Count Clermont Tounerre, stood up and solemnly made this fundamental assertion: “TO THE INDIVIDUAL JEW EVERYTHING, TO THE JEWS AS A NATION NOTHING!” (p. 295).

CANDOR ABOUT JEWISH PREJUDICES AGAINST NON-JEWS

I know whereof I speak, because I was reared in the Hebrew Gymnasia Herzlia. I was one of the first graduates of this unique school of “Jewish” nationalism. And it took me a long time to rid myself of all the hate-filled, asphyxiating xenophobia toward Gentiles, including, of course, the Arabs of Palestine, that was implanted in our young hearts. (p. 50).

The time has come for the Jews to discard the absurd and wild prejudices of the East European ghettos against the Gentile world. Take that inveterate and pathetic prejudice against GOYIM—a sort of neuroticism stemming from a twisted superiority complex acquired during the long tortured and hedged-in ghetto life—“A GOY BLEIBT A GOY” (A Gentile always remains a Gentile.) It has many connotations and applications. “What can you expect of a GOY? He has no SAYCHEL (wisdom, sense). He has no heart. He has no Torah (Old Testament). He is dumb.” Therefore, “A GOY BLEIBT A GOY”; once a GOY, always a GOY. (p. 246).

NO TORAH STUDY ON CHRISTMAS EVE, SO AS TO AVOID POTENTIALLY BENEFITTING JESUS

As I write these lines, I recall my long-forgotten childhood days, or rather nights, when my HEDER and YESHIVA (elementary and higher Talmudic Hebrew schools) in Jerusalem called a complete halt to the study of the Torah and Talmud one night every winter. It must have been the birthday of Joshua of Nazareth. (p. 269).

INVOKING THE TALMUD ON JESUS AS THE SON OF PANDERA AND MARY

The REBBEH (not “rabbi”)—the teacher—used to indulge in slighting traditional stories about the ACHER (“Strange One,” “Other One”), or YOSHKEH PANDREH, as we kids were made to call the ACHER, Jesus. (p. 269).

THE EARLY HOLOCAUST INDUSTRY: DILUTION OF GERMAN GUILT, FOR THE HOLOCAUST, INDUCED BY RESTITUTION MONIES

The cynical politician Ben Gurion, in return for the bonanza of German cash indemnities—“reparations” already paid Israel and still going strong—gave complete moral absolution to the German people. “Nazi Germany no longer exists. The children should not be made to suffer for the sins of their fathers.” (p. 474).

DEIR YASSIN (May 1948), QIBYA (October 1943), KAFR KASSEM (October 1956): ORGANIZED MASSACRES OF ARAB CIVILIANS BY JEWS

The village Deir Yassin lies a few miles West of Jerusalem…The inhabitants of the village had lived in an especially friendly relationship with the old Palestinian (Jewish) settlers…The Irgun and the Stern Group were assigned to look after Deir Yassin. When they ran into trouble, they asked Haganah for help. With its help the village was occupied. After the Haganah men had withdrawn, members of the Irgun and Stern Group perpetrated the most revolting atrocities: 254 Arab men, women, and children were butchered in cold blood and their mutilated bodies were thrown into a well; captured Arab women and girls were brought in lorries to Jerusalem and paraded through the streets, where they were jeered and spat at…Deir Yassin struck panic into the hearts of the Arab villagers, and a large scale exodus began. (p. 119).

On October 14, 1953, a 600 man battalion of Israeli regulars, using artillery, rifles, Sten guns, grenades and Balgalore topedoes made a night attack on the Arab village of Qibya, a mile and a half inside Jordan territory. They shot every man, woman, and child they could find. The grisly slaughter included even the animals. They dynamited the houses, the school, and the church. (p. 166).

The Kafr Kassim [Kafr Qasim] massacre of the innocents reminds me automatically of the Kishinev pogrom…At Kafr Kassim, forty-six men, women, and children were brutally massacred by the armed forces of the Israeli army border police, for no reason in the world except lust for murder… (p. 186). Defense Minister Ben Gurion, directly responsible for what his army did, managed to quote the Bible and even shed a few crocodile tears. Let us go into the details of this grisly story. Although Israel is a tiny country and everybody certainly knew about the massacre at Kafr Kassim, silence reigned everywhere… (p. 187). To complete the tragic story of Kafr Kassim as far as Israel’s justice is concerned: it took two years for the murderers to be brought to trail and “final” judgement… Most unbelievable is the “end” of Commander-in-Chief of the Kafr Kassim [Kafr Qasim] district, Colonel Aluf Mishne Shadmi. (p. 189).
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