The "Jews Control the Media" Myth or Reality: A Realistic Understanding of Jewish Influence in America. Holocaust Supremacy Clarified,jan peczkis|Tuesday, April 4, 2017
This review is from: MEMOIRS OF AN ANTI-ZIONIST JEW (Paperback) Author Elmer Berger, a rabbi and anti-Zionist Jew, considers the actions of the State of Israel to be incompatible with the humanitarian teachings of Judaism. However, it is his analysis of Zionists and the media, in the USA, that overshadows everything else, and that is the subject of my review. Berger's insights have broader implications, and I later touch on some of these.
Memoirs of an Anti-Zionist Jew by Elmer Berger Publisher: Institute for Palestine Studies; unstated edition (1978)
Rabbi Berger unambiguously rejects the notion that Zionists control the press. (p. 62). They influence it, though. (p. 62). Here is how it happens:
[The following, except for the titles [IN CAPS] are direct quotes:]
TO INFLUENCE THE MEDIA, YOU HAVE TO WORK AT IT
Whether it deserves to be so or not, in the United States public relations and publicity are a business. They require full-time effort. They cannot be conducted successfully as an adjunct or an avocation of even the best diplomat, or most persuasive business-man. (pp. 60-61). [Hear that, Poles?]
TO INFLUENCE THE MEDIA, FLOOD IT WITH INFORMATION
The Zionist propaganda machine operates on the theory that if only one percent of its mimeographed output is seen in newsprint or on television, the operation is a success. (p. 60).
TO INFLUENCE THE MEDIA, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF TODAY'S LAZY JOURNALISTS. (p. 61). SPOON-FEED THEM
If the journalists do not exert themselves to discover the "news", those who want to make news bring it--tailor made--to the journalists. So, the sheer mass of Zionist handouts does "influence" the American media men who, it must be added, often sift through the blizzard of each day's mimeographing with less than an educated or sophisticated eye. (p. 61).
TO INFLUENCE THE MEDIA, CULTIVATE RELATIONSHIPS WITH JOURNALISTS
The State of Israel and the Zionist organizations here have large stables of "authorities" always at the ready to fill a speaking engagement at anything from a country barbecue to a state banquet. Press-coverage, often extending to radio and television time, is a usual dividend added to the main event. The cumulative effect of much of this, which is inherently often pretty superficial and even trivial, is still "public relations" and contributes to the mental-set of the American people. (p. 61).
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The informed reader can remember Polish Cardinal Jozef Glemp who was misquoted (deliberately?) as saying that "Jews control the media". In actuality, Glemp had said something quite different--that Jews have "sympathetic access to the media". There is an essential difference! The views of Cardinal Jozef Glemp, and those of Rabbi Elmer Berger, are virtually identical.
Much of what Elmer Berger writes is very much applicable to the supremacy of the Holocaust in American life--not only in the American media, but also in the educational and government establishments. It not only accounts for the proliferation of Jewish Polonophobia in American opinion-forming circles, but also the increasing redefinition of Polish history, in Jewish terms, in the minds of the American people. Elmer Berger (May 27, 1908 – October 5, 1996) was a Jewish Reform rabbi widely known for his anti-Zionism. He was the executive director of the American Council for Judaism from its founding in 1942 until 1955. After this time, he served as a consultant until he was forced to resign in 1968, when he founded American Jewish Alternatives to Zionism. ... From the beginning, Elmer Berger was squarely in the camp of those Reform rabbis who opposed the Columbus Platform of 1937 which moderated the movement's original anti-Zionism and rejection of traditional ritual. It was Berger's mentor, Louis Wolsey, who would in June 1942 issue a call to convene the American Council for Judaism, and who hired Berger as its first executive director. In the organization's struggle against the Zionist program adopted at the Biltmore Conference in May 1942, Berger increasingly became the movement's public face, particularly with the publication of his book The Jewish Dilemma in 1945, which argued that Zionism was a surrender to the racial myths about the Jews and that assimilationism was still the best path for the Jews in the modern world. Elmer Berger (May 27, 1908 – October 5, 1996) was a Jewish Reform rabbi widely known for his anti-Zionism. He was the executive director of the American Council for Judaism from its founding in 1942 until 1955. After this time, he served as a consultant until he was forced to resign in 1968, when he founded American Jewish Alternatives to Zionism. ... From the beginning, Elmer Berger was squarely in the camp of those Reform rabbis who opposed the Columbus Platform of 1937 which moderated the movement's original anti-Zionism and rejection of traditional ritual. It was Berger's mentor, Louis Wolsey, who would in June 1942 issue a call to convene the American Council for Judaism, and who hired Berger as its first executive director. In the organization's struggle against the Zionist program adopted at the Biltmore Conference in May 1942, Berger increasingly became the movement's public face, particularly with the publication of his book The Jewish Dilemma in 1945, which argued that Zionism was a surrender to the racial myths about the Jews and that assimilationism was still the best path for the Jews in the modern world. ... Controversies In his book The Jewish Dilemma, he also expressed support of the Soviet Union. He wrote "..the Jews of the Soviet have enjoyed equality of status and opportunity for only about a quarter of a century. They are the most recently emancipated Jews in the world... Freedom and integration and emancipation flow now through the veins of the Jews." and that "We have seen Jews free and equal under democracy and communism. In respect to Zionism he wrote, "At a single stroke, the Revolution emancipated those very Jews for whom, previously, no solution other than Zionism would be efficacious, according to Zionist spokesmen. Soviet Jews no longer had need of Palestine- or any other refuge. The level of suffering of Russian Jewry... was gone". Louis Wolsey resigned from the ACJ in 1945, but this did little to slow the activities of Berger and the ACJ, who felt that their chief purpose was to combat the influence of Zionism in the religious life of American Jews. Murray Polner, a historian of Judaism in the USA, has written of the ACJ: By 1948, with the establishment of an independent Israel, the council had earned the enmity of the vast majority of American Jewry, who viewed the group as indifferent, if not hostile, to Jews who had lived through the Holocaust and had nowhere to go. The ACJ is said to have had about 14,000 members in 1948. Ostracism Beyond 1948, Elmer Berger continued to write and lecture on behalf of the ACJ, becoming its Executive Vice President. In this position he became increasingly well known and widely despised by the Zionist camp in American Judaism, particularly after he toured the broaderMiddle East in 1955 and his views became increasingly identified by opponents with Arab and Palestinian causes. After the Six Day War in 1967, an event which swept what had previously been an arguably ambivalent American Jewish community with a massive pro-Israel fervor, Berger was widely pilloried, including by other members of the American Council for Judaism, for declaring Israel to be the principal aggressor in the conflict. This ultimately led to Berger's resignation from the Council the following year. Later life In 1968 he founded, with the support of some loyal friends, American Jewish Alternatives to Zionism (AJAZ), which was intended to serve only as his personal vehicle for writing and lecturing. This he continued to do actively, although in a state of semi-retirement, splitting his time between New York and Sarasota, Florida. Elmer Berger died in Sarasota of lung cancer at the age of 88. Among his direct legacies were his close involvement with the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs and his mentorship of Middle East scholar Norton Mezvinsky, who wrote a detailed obituary for himconcluding: "Throughout his adult life Elmer Berger’s definition of Judaism did not vary. In the introduction to his book A Partisan History of Judaism he wrote: “There are those who see Judaism as ‘the religion of the Jewish People.’ This book will not please them. For it indicates, unmistakably, that the origins of Judaism were not in ‘the Jewish people’ and that the best and finest of Judaism today transcends the Jewish people.” At the end of this same book, Elmer Berger succinctly gave his definition: “Judaism is to do justice and to have mercy and to walk humbly with God; and all the rest is commentary and of secondary importance.” It was from this perspective that Elmer Berger carefully and specifically documented his case against Zionism and against the oppressive character of the Zionist state. He called upon the state of Israel to de-Zionize, i.e. to cease being an exclusivist Jewish state granting by law rights and privileges to Jews not granted to non-Jews. He beseeched the state of Israel to develop as a truly democratic state, to be just and merciful to all people and thus to walk humbly with God. Elmer Berger was a Jewish patriot". In 2011 a biography of Berger was published, Rabbi Outcast: Elmer Berger and American Jewish Anti-Zionism by Jack Ross.According to the American Council for Judaism the book places liberal Jewish anti-Zionism in historical perspective. Ross' book was criticized by Lawrence Grossman, the editor of the American Jewish Year Book. https://www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/judaism-or-jewish-nationalism-the-alternative-to-zionism-by-elmer-berger/ Lucy S. Dawidowicz Rabbi Elmer Berger, ideologue and chief architect of the American Council for Judaism, has written an apologia for the Council’s views and activities. The book is singularly defensive, setting out to refute charges that the Council misrepresents Jews and Judaism, that it is anti-Israel and pro-Arab, that it accuses other Jews of dual loyalty, that it provides aid and comfort to anti-Semites, that it is “assimilationist.” In his defense of the Council Rabbi Berger discourses on the evils not only of Zionism and Jewish nationalism, but also of “non-Zionism,” which, in his eyes, shares responsibility with Zionism for the sad decline of American Judaism. ... Since its founding in 1943, the Council has vigorously opposed both Zionism (meaning the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine) and Jewish “nationalism” (meaning the desire for Jewish survival) and has equated one with the other. For example, Rabbi Berger writes that Zionism has “two changeless purposes,” one of which is “to increase or foster a separatist ‘Jewish national’ consciousness among all Jews.” If we omit from this phrase the inverted commas and remove the gratuitous epithet “separatist,” what remains is a statement describing Zionism as a program for Jewish survival. This indeed has been a declared purpose of Zionism; it is odd that an arch anti-Zionist should totally surrender the monopoly in fostering Jewish survivalist values to the Zionists. But I think we can fairly conclude that Rabbi Berger’s basic abhorrence is not directed primarily to Zionism but rather to the desire for Jewish survival itself—“nationalism.” DEFENDING HISTORY http://defendinghistory.com/state-sponsored-genocide-center-issues-document-that-is-2017s-jew-witch-hunt-against-95-year-old-holocaust-survivor-fania-yocheles-brantsovsky/87385 State-Sponsored “Genocide Center” Issues Document that is “2017’s Jew-Witch Hunt” Against 95 Year Old Holocaust Survivor Fania Yocheles Brantsovsky 26 March 2017
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