Anti-Jewish Sentiment On the Rise
- Jews' Interference Crosses the Line: People Start to Get Annoyed
ADL, Zionist Policies Causing Rise In Anti-Jewish Sentiment
By Leland Lehrman - leland.lehrman @ gmail.com
I am an American citizen of Jewish heritage concerned about the
methods and doctrines that the criminal leadership of the Jewish and
Zionist hierarchy have promoted worldwide. I feel that Jewish
Americans need to affirm loyalty to the Constitution of the United
States of America as well as the Ten Commandments and the Golden
Rule, rather than the racist attitudes of the Talmud and other Jewish
My former intelligence friends are advising that I move quickly to
publicize my situation in order to protect myself through publicity.
The central assertion that the ADL makes is that I am "promoting the
Protcols of Zion." On the face of it, that is incorrect, because, in
fact, I am deploring the Protocols of Zion, which is without doubt, a
template for world domination by a criminal elite. There is a debate
about its authenticity, but it has not been proven a forgery by any
means, and, sadly, it fits neatly into the context of Jewish
Supremacist doctrine found the Old Testament, the Talmud and the
Zohar. My understanding is that the only court ruling which found it
to be a forgery, in Switzerland, was overturned on appeal by the high
court of that land. ADL further asserts that by my "promotion of the
Protocols of Zion" I am sponsoring anti-semitism of the Nazi variety.
This too is libelous as I have always made clear, taking great pains
to do so, that the Protocols do not legitimate racial or religious
bias, but represent evidence in a criminal case that involves
leadership and doctrinal matters.
In my below defense, I present the essential case for the
authenticity of the Protocols of Zion. Drawing from the works of
Fraser, Shishmareff, Fahey, Dilling, Freedman, Makow, Brafmann and
others, it can be easily demonstrated that the Protocols represent
the coherent viewpoint of the Jewish Supremacists of the time. If
there has been some interpolation (modifications over time
incorporating evolving bias) in the Protocols, that would be natural
for a historical document. There is evidence of interpolation in the
Bible and most historical narratives that have been translated,
copied and preserved by historians of varying intellectual
prejudices. But nobody accuses biblical scholars of promoting a
forgery because the Bible has some interpolations in it. It is not
considered illicit behavior to read the Bible although it certainly
contains racist statements and even insists in places that the Jewish
people will ultimately rule over all other peoples.
So, why is it that the Protocols are so much of an anathema?
There are two reasons:
One is because they have been misused in order to legitimate a policy
of racial and religious genocide. In fact, this is all the more
reason to determine what the true nature of the Protocols is. In the
event they have had such a terrible impact on humankind and in
particular, my people, I find it obvious that they should be studied
carefully such that through understanding we can determine the proper
solution to the problem.
The other reason the Protocols are so anathema is because, sadly,
they are most likely authentic, and therefore represent the most
thorough indictment of Jewish Supremacism known to man. The shocking
assertions, eerily accurate predictions and diabolical Macchiavellian
politics espoused by the Protocols is so violently cataclysmic to the
man of good intent's understanding of modern history as to virtually
guarantee a political and historical awakening which will unavoidably
lead to an understanding of the continuing problem of Jewish racism
and supremacism. It will also demonstrate that Jewish Supremacism
operates on at least an equal footing with Luciferian Freemasonry in
the creation of that diabolical political nightmare euphemistically
called the New World Order.
This the ADL believes it cannot afford or tolerate, despite the fact
that an honest protective strategy for the Jewish people depends on
our willingness to confront the doctrines and criminal leadership
which are the cause of our troubles. Again, I declare that it is time
for Jewish American citizens of good intent to break with the ADL,
the criminal spy organization AIPAC and its supremacist leadership
and join in the condemnation of Zionist and neoconservative war plans
in Iraq, Iran, Syria and thoughout the world. This alone will
guarantee us immunity from any blind anti-semitic backlash that we
might experience. It will also prevent the anti-semitic backlash in
the first place.
Given that speaking the truth about Jewish Supremacism is now
considered anti-semitic, and given that Israel is now trying to
extradite "holocaust deniers" to Israel or other places where they
can be imprisoned, it is time to bring these issues out into the open
and to give dissenting citizens of Jewish extraction the right to be
heard and demonstrate that we too understand the problem of Jewish
Supremacism and in no way support its warlike and police state
policies. It is ironic that Zionist Russian mafia criminals are given
safe haven in Israel which refuses to extradite them, yet Israel's
new law demands the right to extradite "thought criminals."
Apparently, truth is not considered to be a valid defense when
discussing anti-semitism. Therefore, we are entering a twilight zone
which requires the efforts of honest citizens or the truth may not
survive these lies.
Honest Jewish people who obey the law of the land and subscribe to
the Golden Rule, the Ten Commandments or to natural moral law should
have nothing to fear in these times. The ADL makes a mistake when it
asserts that people are "not smart enough" to distinguish between
racist doctrine and criminal leadership on the one hand and illogical
racial bias on the other.
In the tragic case of Germany, to be sure, this happened. However, as
someone who lost family in both the holocaust and the Russian
pogroms, I assert that were it not for the criminal leadership of the
Jewish people in those times, it is unlikely that either the Russian
pogroms or the Nazi holocaust would have had any popular support at all.
It is my aim to prevent such tragedies again, but that does not mean
I must therefore shield the criminal activities of Jewish elitists.
Indeed it is only through assisting in their exposure and removal
from power that one can be considered a proponent of justice. To
shield criminals from inquiry and prosecution makes one an accessory
after the fact - a collaborator.
I will defend the Jewish people as a whole to the last, but it is
time that we acknowledge the faults in our doctrine and leadership
and expose the criminals who hide behind the more reprehensible among
our scriptures. Indeed we should remove these writings from our Holy
It is to this end, and in the interests of my children and family and
the future of Mother Earth that I submit the below petition for
audience and extended defense of the content of my radio show. It was
originally written to address the Jewish Peace Group Tikkun, who was
influenced to drop me as a sponsor by the ADL which has been
misrepresenting my statements in confrontational meetings with my
sponsors around town. Here is that defense:
It is all so saddening, to see the supposed "Peace Movement" unable
to discuss Jewish Supremacism. Tikkun should be taking the lead in
exposing it from its historic Talmudic origins to its present
neconservative and Likud Party basis. Supremacism is hateful, as it
generates murderous policy and is anti-human. You know this, so why
do you protest when I discuss it? The ADL is quick to denounce White
Supremacism and Muslim Fundamentalism, but why do they deny the
record of Jewish Supremacism? It is dangerous hypocrisy.
As for the Protocols of Zion, despite the propaganda, learned by most
Americans at a curiously young age, they have not been proven to be
forgeries. The supposed proofs are of poor quality and are only
considered proofs by those who willingly believe propaganda without
doing any critical examination. Most people have never even read the
Protocols, and therefore do not understand their significance.
Of course, I deplore the use of the Protocols to legitimate the
destruction of the Jewish people during WWII, however, that does not
make them forgeries any more than the use of the Bible to legitimate
the Crusades makes the Bible a forgery.
It is also unfortunate that I must remind the ADL that Jewish bankers
assisted in the development of the Third Reich - the Warburg family
and their "American Jewish Committee" in particular. It is also known
and accepted that Jewish Supremacists like Jacob Schiff and Max
Warburg financed and engineered the Bolshevik Revolution and the
subsequent destruction of Russia, a holocaust of even larger
proportions than the Nazi holocaust. Leon Trotsky (Lev Bronstein) was
often seen darting in and out of Jacob Schiff's New York mansion
during the days prior to his dispatch to Russia aboard the
Kristianafjord. Jacob Schiff's own grandson has asserted that his
grandfather gave the Bolsheviks twenty million dollars in order to
accomplish the Revolution. When will the Jewish people begin to
acknowledge that their "leaders" had a causal responsibility for some
of the Twentieth Century's disasters?
As someone with Russian Jewish heritage who also believes in the
Golden Rule, I believe that true responsibility comes from
acknowledging our "leaders" causal role as part of a self-analysis
and confessional road to forgiveness. Why does the ADL and Tikkun
insist on the blamelessness and victimhood of the Jewish people when
the historical record so obviously records that their "leaders" were
guilty at the highest levels? Why do we protect our "Jewish leaders"
and accuse the "German people" as a whole in perpetuity? Isn't
collective guilt something we abhor? Why do we feel we have to deny
truth in order to be "peaceful?" It's just so sad, so irresponsible,
so untruthful and cowardly. Peace comes through responsibility, not
I find myself amazed at the institutional and childish refusal of the
"Jewish Peace Movement" to critically self examine and to speak out
against the Talmudic and Old Testament injunctions legitimizing
It is not I who is hateful, but certain Talmudic and Old Testament
doctrines - and those who live by their racist and murderous dictates
- who are hateful.
Though, sadly, I fear few will actually examine the documentary
evidence I will now provide, I will provide it anyway such that you
can see that I have in fact done the research on this topic. I would
be pleased to discuss this topic with anyone of you, but the current
strategy of intimidation is not a legitimate form of discussion.
Before I close, let me just tell you that the ADL of B'Nai B'Rith has
already succesfully insisted that I stop discussing the problem of
Jewish Supremacism and the Protocols of Zion on the radio, despite
the fact that it is completely relevant to the problem of Israeli
spying on America, Israeli influence on American Foreign Policy and
Israeli sponsored wars in the Middle East which are resulting in
widespread carnage among Americans and of course Iraqis and Arabs.
It appears to be the position of Tikkun that we don't want discussion
of Jewish Supremacism because we don't want another holocaust in
America. I understand that point of view, but I feel like this
position actually results in a more dangerous situation for American
Jews because by not speaking out forcefully against the Jewish
Supremacists in America and Israel who are promoting these disastrous
Middle Eastern Wars, we will appear to be sanctioning their activities.
Cindy Sheehan was right when she said that the war in Iraq was being
fought in large part for Israel. Although she has denied saying this,
and is probably now in fear of her own words for the same reason I am
now being persecuted here in Santa Fe, Slate has demonstrated that
she did in fact write those words, they are documented in two
separate locations on the web, from two different sources. Senator
Fritz Hollings said the same thing about Israeli responsibility for
the War in Iraq after he retired.
Victor Ostrovsky, Mossad defector described how Saddam was Mossad's
main target starting as far back as the '80s. Sure the oil companies
are going along with it, but the lead role in the propaganda for the
War in Iraq was taken by Doug Feith and the Office of Special Plans
who fabricated the intelligence that led us to war. Doug Feith is
well known as a right-wing Likud Party operative and lawyer for the
Israeli Jewish settlers and yet you dare to criticize me for
discussing his obvious motivation? Do you value truth? Do you really
value peace? Do you recognize the role truth plays in the creation of
peace? No Justice, No Peace is the old saying. Justice in this case
requires acknowledgment of just who the perpetrators of the criminal
war in Iraq are and what motivates them.
It is ridiculous to suggest that because of Doug Feith's creation of
the fabricated WMD intelligence, American Jews should suffer, but if
American Jews with political ability do not take a leading role in
exposing this sordid story, we may justifiably end up as suspected
The motto of the Mossad is "By Way of Deception Thou Shalt Make War."
The Lavon Affair proved that Israeli black operations includes
targeting Americans with intent to frame Arabs. When Irgun bombed the
Hotel King David, they were dressed as Arabs. Wayne Madsen, former
Naval intelligence analyst assigned to NSA has exposed the Mossad
involvement in September 11th in detail. See if you can refute any of
his evidence or analysis here:
Most people in Washington know the truth of Israel's causative role
in Iraq, but they won't speak out for fear of AIPAC. Many American
Jews know that this is true, but are scared of the implications. I
can understand that, but it doesn't make denial any less dangerous or
inadequate as a response. Consider the response of this Jewish
American who exposed AIPAC in 1992:
"In 1992, AIPAC member Harry Katz phoned the President of AIPAC,
David Steiner, to offer contributions. Steiner proceeded to make
several claims, including [that he was] negotiating with then-
candidate Bill Clinton over who would be Secretary of State, and had
already "cut a deal" with Baker for more aid to Israel.
Unknown to Steiner, Katz taped the phone call and gave the recording
to the media, worried that AIPAC's influence had grown to dangerous
Following the release of transcripts of the phone conversation, David
Steiner was forced to resign the Presidency of AIPAC."
Now that is courage, and responsibility as well.
We are more likely to end up with a resurgence of anti-semitism
worldwide if we do not speak out against the Jewish Supremacists in
Israel and America who are promoting World War IV. Yes there are
other guilty parties, but we cannot blame the Christian and Muslim
Fundamentalists, the Skull and Bones hierarchy, the "corporatocracy"
and the sundry other culprits and fail to mention Jewish Supremacism.
If we try and silence all those who notice its blatant fingerprints,
we will be guilty along with the perpetrators. As someone of Jewish
heritage, whose extended family suffered in both the pogroms and the
Holocaust, I declare that it is the responsibility of "peaceful" Jews
of good conscience everywhere to join Norman Finkelstein, Henry
Makow, Benjamin Freedman, Israel Shahak, Jacob Brafmann, Neturei
Karta and other Jewish leaders in denouncing Zionism, Jewish
Supremacism and the racist doctrines of the Zohar, Talmud and Old
Ultimately, scripture must be revised as our understanding of God
changes. It is now time for us to acknowledge that scripture which
calls one race or religion "Chosen" to the exclusion of all other
people needs to be revised.
Here is a link to the text of the Protocols:
Here a link presenting the essential points of the Protocols in
Here is a link to one of the documents showing the Protocols to be
possibly genuine and consistent with a long history of Jewish
Here is another, by Ivan Fraser:
As an example of Jewish Supremacy in the Bible, here is Ivan Fraser's
comment on Deuteronomy:
"Deuteronomy [Chapter 7] reveals the racist, hateful, bloodthirsty
and malevolent consciousness of these men who dominated "the Chosen
People" and reveals the consciousness of the "God" which they
worshipped: 'seven nations greater and mightier than thou [are to be
delivered into the Judahite's hands], and: Thou shalt utterly destroy
them; thou shalt make no covenant with them... ye shall destroy their
altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and
burn their graven images with fire... for thou art a holy people unto
the Lord thy God; the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special
people unto Himself, above all people that are on the face of the
earth... Thou shalt be blessed above all people... And thou shalt
consume all the people which the Lord thy God shall deliver thee;
thine eyes shall have no pity upon them... And he shall deliver their
kings into thine hand, and thou shalt destroy their name from under
heaven; there shall no man be able to stand before thee, until thou
have destroyed them... Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of
that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all
that is therein... etc. Furthermore... Thou shalt not lend upon usury
to thy brother... unto a stranger [non-Jew] thou mayest lend upon
usury... And all the people of the earth shall see that thou art
called by the Name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee...
thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. And the
Lord will make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be
above only, and thou shalt not be beneath... etc."
It was the above document by Ivan Fraser that first opened my eyes to
the well-kept secret of Jewish Supremacism.
Here is another document, perhaps even more capable in its exposition
of the case for the authenticity of the Protocols:
While many of the authors of these documents are Christian, there are
several Jewish people who know of and publish articles related to the
Protocols. Dr. Henry Makow is one such. Here is one of his excellent
articles on the topic:
Benjamin Freedman, prominent Jewish defector made a speech about the
Zionist effect on World War I and II. It is an eye-opening insider
account, to say the least:
And if all that wasn't enough, this online book by Elizabeth Diling
will provide more than enough food for thought for several years
research and general introspection:
My relatives suffered too for the sins of the banker-priests and
fanatics who masquerade as Jewish leaders. There is no moral monopoly
on truth. I have a different strategy for Jewish redemption and self-
protection than the ADL does. The ADL's attitude considers
intimidation a legitimate form of debate. It is not.
Thanks to some courageous non-Zionist Jewish rabbis we have the below
record of Zionist collaboration with Nazism and the Holocaust. The
racist and sacrificial politics of Zionism come right out and bite
you in this quotation and provide all the justification Jewish people
need to publicly denounce the Zionist leadership and its supremacist
ideology. My people were sacrificed too, in Russian pogroms and
German concentration camps. I have the right to speak on this matter.
I have the right to examine and to accurately reveal history, and the
responsibility to do so.
Excerpt from Sefer Min Hametzar by Rabbi Michael Dov Weissmandl ZT"L
Dean of Nitra Yeshiva and author of min hametzar
The following is an excerpt from Sefer Min Hametzar (p-92) by Rabbi
Michael Ber Weismandel OB"M. The excerpt is a literal translation of
the letter the Jewish Rescue Committee in Czechoslovakia received
from the Zionist "Jewish" Agency Executive Officers in Switzerland.
This was in reply to the call of the Jewish Rescue Committee for
help, with Documentary evidence furnished, concerning the fate of
millions of Jewish people in Nazi occupied Europe.
"We are writing to remind you of the one factor of which you must
never lose sight: that ultimately, the Allies will win the war. After
their victory, territorial boundaries will be reshaped, as they were
after the First World War. Then, the way will be clear for our
purpose. At this time, with the war drawing to a close, we must do
everything in our power to change Eretz Yisroel into Medinat Yisrael
and many steps have already been taken in this regard. Therefore, we
must turn a deaf ear to the pleas end cries emanating from Eastern
Europe. Remember this: all the allies have suffered many losses, and
if we also do not offer many human sacrifices, how can we gain the
right to sit at the conference table when the territorial boundaries
Accordingly, it is foolhardy and brazen for us to negotiate in terms
of money or supplies in exchange for Jewish lives. How dare we ask of
the allied powers to barter money for lives whilst they are
sustaining heavy casualties daily? So, insofar as the masses are
concerned: RAK B'DAM TIHJE LAKU HAAREZ, (Eretz Yisroel will be ours
only by paying with blood), but as far as our immediate circle is
concerned, ATEM TAJLU. The messenger bearing this letter will supply
you with funds for this purpose."
After I accustomed myself to the peculiar writing, I trembled when I
realized the import of RAK B'DAM TIHJE LANU HAAREZ. But many weeks
passed, and I was still confounded by the meaning of ATEM TAJLU.
Until one day, it struck me. ATEM TAJIU meant "You escape", for the
word "tiyul" (walking trip) was used by them as a euphemistic code
for "escape". They meant to say - you fifteen or twenty "party
members", escape from Czechoslovakia and save your hides. The price
of Eretz Yisroel is the blood of the men and women, hoary sages, and
babes in arms, - but not YOUR blood! Let us not spoil this plan by
giving the Axis powers money to save Jewish lives. But for you,
comrades, I have enclosed carfare for your escape. What a nightmare!
The Zionist agent "diplomat" comes to Czechoslovakia and says 'Now is
a very critical time. But comparatively speaking, it is not at all
critical for you trapped Jews. For there is an emergency of far
greater proportions; namely, BINYAN HA-ARETZ (the prize of Modinat
Yisrael). Shed your blood cheerfully, for your blood is cheap. But
for your blood, the Land (of Israel) will be ours!"
Finally, no expose of Zionism and Jewish Supremacism would be
complete without reference to Lenni Brenner's amazing book, 51
Documents: Zionist Collaboration with the Nazis. Here is a revealing
book review by William Hughes, read it and weep:
"51 Documents: Zionist Collaboration With The Nazis Edited by Lenni
Brenner, Fort Lee, NJ (Barricade Books, 2002) A Review by William
Hughes of Lenni Brenner's book, "51 Documents: Zionist Collaboration
with the Nazis"
History can be deceptive. It's fair to say that some of the
sensational never-published-before documents, in this book, will
shock those who have accepted Zionism and its supposed history, at
face value, as a political movement that was the hope of the Jews.
Lenni Brenner, the intrepid author of "Zionism in the Age of
Dictators," reveals disturbing new evidence in his latest effort,
that suggest just the opposite. In fact, he makes a compelling case
that the Zionist record was "dishonorable." You can consider this
excellent tome as a worthy sequel to his first expose' on the myopic
Zionist zealots of that bygone era.
For openers, Brenner showed how the Zionists had a long history of
shameless cooperation with the Nazis, especially after the dictator
Adolph Hitler had came to power in 1933. The Zionists were also in
bed, to some extent, with the other members of what later became
known as WWII's "Axis of Evil," that included Benito Mussolini's
Italy, and Tojo Hideki's Japan. For example, on March 29,1936,
Zionists praised Il Duce, and his regime, at the opening of a
maritime school, funded by the Fascist government, at Civitavecchia.
This is where a Zionist youth group, the "Betar," trained its sailors
for the future Revisionist state. The speakers ignored the fact that
on Oct. 3, 1935, Italian troops had invaded Abyssinia.
On another front, the "Third Congress of the Jewish Community of the
Far East," was held in Jan., 1940, in Harbin, Manchuria, then reeling
under a brutal military occupation by the Japanese imperial forces.
At that time, too, Tokyo was already aligned with Hitler and Italy's
Mussolini, in the notorious Anti-Comintern Pact. Also, keep in mind,
that the Japanese's murderous "Rape of Nanking," had occurred in
Dec., 1937, and the "Crystal Night" incident on Nov. 9, 1938.
Nevertheless, the Zionist confab went out of its way to legitimize
the Japanese occupation by certifying it as a guarantor of the
"equality of all citizens," in that beleaguered land.
The Zionist also had a trade plan with the Berlin government by which
German Jews could redeem their property in Nazi goods exported to
then British-occupied Palestine. And to top it all off, the infamous
SS-Hptscharf. Adolf Eichmann, had visited Palestine, in October,
1937, as the guest of the Zionists. He also met, in Egypt, with
Feivel Polkes, a Zionist operative, whom Eichmann described as a
"leading Haganah functionary." The chain-smoking Polkes was also on
the Nazis' payroll "as an informer."
Brenner isn't the first writer to address the mostly taboo subject of
how the Zionist leadership cooperated with the Nazis. Rolf Hilberg's
seminal "The Destruction of European Jews"; Hannah Arendt's "Eichmann
in Jerusalem"; Ben Hecht's "Perfidy"; Edwin Black's "The Transfer
Agreement"; Francis R. Nicosia's "The Third Reich and the Palestine
Question"; Rudolf Vrba and Alan Bestic's "I Cannot Forgive"; and
Rafael Medoff's "The Deadening Silence: American Jews and the
Holocaust," also dared, with varying public success.
After the Holocaust began in 1942, Eichmann dealt regularly with Dr.
Rudolf Kastner, a Hungarian Jew, whom he considered a "fanatical
Zionist." Kastner was later assassinated in Israel as a Nazi
collaborator. At issue then, however, was the bargaining over the
eventual fate of Hungary's Jews, who were slated for liquidation in
the Nazi-run death camps. Eichmann said this about Kastner, the
Zionist representative, "I believe that [he] would have sacrificed a
thousand or a hundred thousand of his blood to achieve his political
goal. He was not interested in old Jews or those who had become
assimilated into Hungarian society. 'You can have the others,' he
would say, 'but let me have this group here.' And because Kastner
rendered us a great service by helping keep the deportation camps
peaceful. I would let his groups escape."
Readers, too, will be surprised to learn, that after the Nuremberg
Anti-Jewish Race Laws were enacted in Sept., 1935, that there were
only two flags that were permitted to be displayed in all of Nazi
Germany. One was Hitler's favorite, the Swastika. The other was the
blue and white banner of Zionism. The Zionists were also allowed to
publish their own newspaper. The reasons for this Reich-sponsored
favoritism was, according to the author: The Zionists and the Nazis
had a common interest, making German Jews emigrate to Palestine.
As early as June 21, 1933, the German Zionist Federation was sending
a secret memorandum to the Nazis, which said, in part:
"It is our opinion that an answer to the Jewish question truly
satisfying to the national state [German Reich] can be brought about
only with the collaboration of the Jewish movement that aims as a
social, cultural and moral renewal of Jewry- -indeed, that such a
national renewal must first create the decisive social and spiritual
premises for all solutions..."
Incredibly, Avraham Stern, the leader of the notorious "Stern Gang,"
late in 1940, made a written proposal to Hitler, by which the Jewish
militias in Palestine, would fight on "Germany's side," in the war
against England, in exchange for the Nazis help in resolving the
"Jewish Question" in Europe, and their assistance in creating an
"historic Jewish state." By this date, German troops had already
marched into Prague, invaded Poland, and had built the first
concentration camp at Auschwitz. The deranged Stern had further
bragged about how the Zionist organizations were "closely related to
the totalitarian movements of Europe in [their] ideology and
structure." Stern's obscene proposal was found in the German embassy,
in Turkey, after WWII.
Finally, I think Brenner was right, when he wrote, "This book
presents 51 historic documents to indict Zionism for repeated
attempts to collaborate with Adolf Hitler. The evidence, not I, will
convince you of the truth of this issue...Exposing the Zionist role
in the [Nazi] era is part of the scrutiny of the past, required of
All of the above becomes even more important today in light of the
critical fact that it helps to subject Zionist Israel to the
examination called for by its crimes, past and present."
CA JEWISH GROUP SAYS SELECTION OF MUSLIM FOR AWARD MADE ILLEGALLY
Los Angeles Times
The Zionist Organization of America asked for an investigation Tuesday
into allegations that the Los Angeles County Human Relations
Commission violated state open meeting laws when it selected a local
Muslim leader for its annual humanitarian award.
Stephen Saltzman, executive director of the Zionist organization's
Southern California office, said the commission failed to post in
advance proper details of two July meetings at which the issue was
discussed, as required by the state open meeting law known as the
Brown Act. As a result, he argued, the decision to grant the award to
Maher Hathout, chairman of the Islamic Center of Southern California,
was "null and void."
The organization asked for the investigation in a letter Tuesday to
Board of Supervisors Chairman Mike Antonovich.
"The Brown Act gave the public the right to know and to participate in
the decision-making process," Saltzman said. "We intend to pursue this
until we're satisfied."
Similar complaints were made by StandWithUs, a pro-Israel
organization, and others to the supervisors at their meeting Tuesday.
County Counsel Ray Fortner's office is reviewing the allegations,
according to a board source.
Commission President Adrian Dove said there was "no substance" to the
allegations. He and another commissioner, the Rev. Zedar E. Broadous,
said proper notifications had been issued before both meetings.
The selection of Hathout as the first Muslim to win the award has
sparked intense controversy over whether his criticism of Israel,
statements supportive of Hezbollah, and other political views should
disqualify him for the award. The commission is set to vote Monday on
whether to reaffirm or rescind the award.
But Saltzman and others said the commission's July 10 meeting notice
failed to include any agenda item notifying the public that
nominations for the award would be taken, discussed and voted on.
The meeting notice posted on the commission website said that
"suggested nominations for all offices would be discussed" and a slate
of nominations for commission offices would be created.
That day, Salam Al-Marayati of the Muslim Public Affairs Council met
with the commission and nominated Hathout for the award, according to
commission Executive Director Robin Toma. He said Hathout was approved
by six of the eight members present.
The commission subsequently posted on its website a July 17 meeting
agenda that included the item "awardee." But then it posted a notice
that the meeting had been "canceled due to a lack of quorum."
In fact, the commission held a meeting that day and voted eight to
none to affirm Hathout, according to Toma.
He declined to comment on the allegations, saying his commission was
still reviewing the matter.
teresa.watanabe @ latimes.com
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