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Mark Weber: A Straight Look at the Jewish Lobby

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    Critical Analysis A Straight Look at the Jewish Lobby [in the US] By Mark Weber Dec 26, 2007 http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/article_25703.shtml For
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      Critical Analysis
      A Straight Look at the Jewish Lobby [in the US]
      By Mark Weber
      Dec 26, 2007
      http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/article_25703.shtml


      For decades Israel has violated well established
      precepts of international law and defied numerous
      United Nations resolutions in its occupation of
      conquered lands, in extra-judicial killings, and in
      its repeated acts of military aggression.

      Most of the world regards Israel's policies, and
      especially its oppression of Palestinians, as illegal
      and outrageous. This international consensus is
      reflected, for example, in numerous UN resolutions
      condemning Israel, which have been approved with
      overwhelming majorities.

      "The whole world," said United Nations Secretary
      General Kofi Annan, "is demanding that Israel withdraw
      [from occupied Palestinian territories]. I don't think
      the whole world... can be wrong." [1]

      Only in the United States do politicians and the media
      still fervently support Israel and defend its
      policies. For decades the US has provided Israel with
      crucial military, diplomatic and financial backing,
      including more than $3 billion each year in aid.

      Why is the US such a staunch bastion of support for
      Israel?

      Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, who was awarded
      the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize, has candidly identified
      the reason. Speaking to an audience in Boston, he
      said:

      "But you know as well as I do that, somehow, the
      Israeli government is placed on a pedestal [in the
      US], and to criticize it is to be immediately dubbed
      anti-Semitic … People are scared in this country, to
      say wrong is wrong because the Jewish lobby is
      powerful – very powerful." [2]

      Bishop Tutu spoke the truth. Although Jews make up
      only two or three percent of the US population, they
      wield immense power and influence – much more than any
      other ethnic or religious group.

      As Jewish author and political science professor
      Benjamin Ginsberg has pointed out: [3]

      "Since the 1960s, Jews have come to wield considerable
      influence in American economic, cultural, intellectual
      and political life. Jews played a central role in
      American finance during the 1980s, and they were among
      the chief beneficiaries of that decade's corporate
      mergers and reorganizations. Today, though barely two
      percent of the nation's population is Jewish, close to
      half its billionaires are Jews. The chief executive
      officers of the three major television networks and
      the four largest film studios are Jews, as are the
      owners of the nation's largest newspaper chain and the
      most influential single newspaper, the New York
      Times... The role and influence of Jews in American
      politics is equally marked...

      "Jews are only three percent of the nation's
      population and comprise eleven percent of what this
      study defines as the nation's elite. However, Jews
      constitute more than 25 percent of the elite
      journalists and publishers, more than 17 percent of
      the leaders of important voluntary and public interest
      organizations, and more than 15 percent of the top
      ranking civil servants."

      Stephen Steinlight, former Director of National
      Affairs of the American Jewish Committee, similarly
      notes the "disproportionate political power" of Jews,
      which is "pound for pound the greatest of any
      ethnic/cultural group in America." He goes on to
      explain that "Jewish economic influence and power are
      disproportionately concentrated in Hollywood,
      television, and in the news industry." [4]

      Two well-known Jewish writers, Seymour Lipset and Earl
      Raab, pointed out in their 1995 book, Jews and the New
      American Scene: [5]

      "During the last three decades Jews [in the United
      States] have made up 50 percent of the top two hundred
      intellectuals ... 20 percent of professors at the
      leading universities ... 40 percent of partners in the
      leading law firms in New York and Washington ... 59
      percent of the directors, writers, and producers of
      the 50 top-grossing motion pictures from 1965 to 1982,
      and 58 percent of directors, writers, and producers in
      two or more primetime television series."

      Vanity Fair magazine in October 2007 published a list
      of what it calls "the world's most powerful people" –
      a lineup of the one hundred most influential media
      bosses, bankers, publishers, image makers, and so
      forth, who determine how we view ourselves and the
      world, and who – directly and indirectly – shape our
      lives and our futures. Jews made up more than half of
      the powerful men and women on the Vanity Fair list,
      reported a leading Israeli newspaper, The Jerusalem
      Post. [6]

      The influence of American Jewry in Washington, The
      Jerusalem Post has also noted, is "far
      disproportionate to the size of the community, Jewish
      leaders and US official acknowledge. But so is the
      amount of money they contribute to [election]
      campaigns." One member of the influential Conference
      of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
      "estimated Jews alone had contributed 50 percent of
      the funds for [President Bill] Clinton's 1996
      re-election campaign." [7]

      A Grip on Hollywood

      "It makes no sense at all to try to deny the reality
      of Jewish power and prominence in popular culture,"
      acknowledges Michael Medved, a well-known Jewish
      author and film critic. "Any list of the most
      influential production executives at each of the major
      movie studios will produce a heavy majority of
      recognizably Jewish names." [8]

      One person who has carefully studied this subject is
      Jonathan J. Goldberg, editor of the influential Jewish
      community weekly Forward. In his 1996 book, Jewish
      Power, he wrote: [9]

      "In a few key sectors of the media, notably among
      Hollywood studio executives, Jews are so numerically
      dominant that calling these businesses
      Jewish-controlled is little more than a statistical
      observation …

      "Hollywood at the end of the twentieth century is
      still an industry with a pronounced ethnic tinge.
      Virtually all the senior executives at the major
      studios are Jews. Writers, producers, and to a lesser
      degree directors are disproportionately Jewish – one
      recent study showed the figure as high as 59 per­cent
      among top-grossing films.

      "The combined weight of so many Jews in one of
      America's most lucrative and important industries
      gives the Jews of Hollywood a great deal of political
      power. They are a major source of money for Democratic
      candidates."

      Reflecting their role in the American media, Jews are
      routinely portrayed as high-minded, altruistic,
      trustworthy, compassionate, and deserving of sympathy
      and support. While millions of Americans readily
      accept such imagery, not everyone is impressed. "I am
      very angry with some of the Jews," complained actor
      Marlon Brando during a 1996 interview. "They know
      perfectly well what their responsibilities are...
      Hollywood is run by Jews. It's owned by Jews, and they
      should have a greater sensitivity about the issue of
      people who are suffering." [10]

      A Well-Entrenched Factor

      This intimidating power is not a new phenomenon, but
      has long been an important factor in American life. In
      1978, Jewish American scholar Alfred M. Lilienthal
      wrote in his detailed study, The Zionist Connection:
      [11]

      "How has the Zionist will been imposed on the American
      people?... It is the Jewish connection, the tribal
      solidarity among themselves and the amazing pull on
      non-Jews, that has molded this unprecedented power ...
      The Jewish connection covers all areas and reaches
      every level. Most Americans may not even sense this
      gigantic effort, but there is scarcely a Jew who is
      not touched by its tentacles…

      "The extent and depth to which organized Jewry reached
      – and reaches – in the U.S. is indeed awesome … The
      most effective component of the Jewish connection is
      probably that of media control … Jews, toughened by
      centuries of persecution, have risen to places of
      prime importance in the business and financial world …
      Jewish wealth and acumen wields unprecedented power in
      the area of finance and investment banking, playing an
      important role in influencing U.S. policy toward the
      Middle East … In the larger metropolitan areas, the
      Jewish-Zionist connection thoroughly pervades affluent
      financial, commercial, social, entertainment, and art
      circles."

      One-Sided `Holocaust' History

      The Jewish hold on cultural and academic life has had
      a profound impact on how Americans look at the past.
      Nowhere is the well entrenched Judeocentric view of
      history more obvious than in the "Holocaust" media
      campaign, which focuses on the fate of Jews in Europe
      during World War II.

      Israeli Holocaust historian Yehuda Bauer, a professor
      at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, has remarked: [12]

      "Whether presented authentically or inauthentically,
      in accordance with the historical facts or in
      contradiction to them, with empathy and understanding
      or as monumental kitsch, the Holocaust has become a
      ruling symbol of our culture ... Hardly a month goes
      by without a new TV production, a new film, a new
      drama, new books, prose or poetry, dealing with the
      subject, and the flood is increasing rather than
      abating."

      Non-Jewish suffering simply does not merit comparable
      attention. Overshadowed in the focus on Jewish
      victimization are, for example, the tens of millions
      of victims of America's World War II ally, Stalinist
      Russia, along with the tens of millions of victims of
      China's Maoist regime, as well as the 12 to 14 million
      Germans, victims of the flight and expulsion of
      1944-1949, of whom some two million lost their lives.

      The well-financed Holocaust media and "educational"
      campaign is crucially important to the interests of
      Israel. Paula Hyman, a professor of modern Jewish
      history at Yale University, has observed: "With regard
      to Israel, the Holocaust may be used to forestall
      political criticism and suppress debate; it reinforces
      the sense of Jews as an eternally beleaguered people
      who can rely for their defense only upon themselves.
      The invocation of the suffering endured by the Jews
      under the Nazis often takes the place of rational
      argument, and is expected to convince doubters of the
      legitimacy of current Israeli government policy." [13]

      Norman Finkelstein, a Jewish scholar who has taught
      political science at City University of New York
      (Hunter College) and DePaul University in Chicago,
      says in his book, The Holocaust Industry, that
      "invoking The Holocaust" is "a ploy to delegitimize
      all criticism of Jews." [14] "By conferring total
      blamelessness on Jews, the Holocaust dogma immunizes
      Israel and American Jewry from legitimate censure ...
      Organized Jewry has exploited the Nazi holocaust to
      deflect criticism of Israel's and its own morally
      indefensible policies." He writes of the brazen
      "shakedown" of Germany, Switzerland and other
      countries by Israel and organized Jewry "to extort
      billions of dollars." "The Holocaust," Finkelstein
      predicts, "may yet turn out to be the `greatest
      robbery in the history of mankind'."

      Jews in Israel feel free to act brutally against
      Arabs, writes Israeli journalist Ari Shavit,
      "believing with absolute certitude that now, with the
      White House, the Senate and much of the American media
      in our hands, the lives of others do not count as much
      as our own." [15]

      Foreign Policy Role

      In Britain, a veteran member of the House of Commons
      candidly declared in May 2003 that pro-Israel Jews had
      taken control of America's foreign policy, and had
      succeeded in pushing the US and Britain into war in
      Iraq. Tam Dalyell, a Labour party deputy known as
      "Father of the House" because he is the
      longest-serving Member of Parliament, said: "A Jewish
      cabal have taken over the government in the United
      States and formed an unholy alliance with
      fundamentalist Christians … There is far too much
      Jewish influence in the United States." [16]

      Admiral Thomas Moorer, former Chairman of the US Joint
      Chiefs of Staff, has spoken with blunt exasperation
      about the Jewish-Israeli hold on the United States:
      [17]

      "I've never seen a President – I don't care who he is
      – stand up to them [the Israelis]. It just boggles the
      mind. They always get what they want. The Israelis
      know what is going on all the time. I got to the point
      where I wasn't writing anything down. If the American
      people understood what a grip those people have got on
      our government, they would rise up in arms. Our
      citizens certainly don't have any idea what goes on."

      Today the danger has never been greater. Israel and
      Jewish organizations are prodding the United States
      into new wars against Israel's enemies.(Sudan, Burma,
      China, Musharafs Pakistan)

      As the French ambassador in London has put it, Israel
      – which he called "that shitty little country" – is a
      threat to world peace. "Why should the world be in
      danger of World War III because of those people?," he
      said. [18]

      To sum up: Jews wield immense power and influence in
      the United States. The "Jewish lobby" is a decisive
      factor in US support for Israel. Jewish-Zionist
      interests are not identical to American interests. In
      fact, they often conflict.

      As long as the "very powerful" Jewish lobby remains
      entrenched, there will be no end to the systematic
      Jewish distortion of current affairs and history, the
      Jewish-Zionist domination of the US political system,
      Zionist oppression of Palestinians, the bloody
      conflict between Jews and non-Jews in the Middle East,
      and the Israeli threat to peace.

      Notes

      1. On April 8, 2002, in Madrid. Quoted in Forward (New
      York), April 19, 2002, p. 11.

      2. D. Tutu, "Apartheid in the Holy Land," The
      Guardian (Britain), April 29, 2002.

      3. Benjamin Ginsberg, The Fatal Embrace: Jews and the
      State (University of Chicago, 1993), pp. 1, 103.

      4. S. Steinlight, "The Jewish Stake in America's
      Changing Demography: Reconsidering a Misguided
      Immigration Policy,"
      Center for Immigration Studies, Nov. 2001.

      5. Seymour Martin Lipset and Earl Raab, Jews and the
      New American Scene (Harvard Univ. Press, 1995), pp.
      26-27.

      6. N. Burstein, "Jewish power dominates at 'Vanity
      Fair'," The Jerusalem Post (Israel), Oct.12, 2007. ()

      7. Janine Zacharia, "The Unofficial Ambassadors of the
      Jewish State," The Jerusalem Post (Israel), April 2,
      2000. Reprinted in "Other Voices," June 2000, p. OV-4,
      a supplement to The Washington Report on Middle East
      Affairs.

      8. M. Medved, "Is Hollywood Too Jewish?," Moment, Vol.
      21, No. 4 (1996), p. 37.

      9. Jonathan Jeremy Goldberg, Jewish Power: Inside the
      American Jewish Establishment (Addison-Wesley, 1996),
      pp. 280, 287-288. See also pp. 39-40, 290-291.

      10. Interview with Larry King, CNN network, April 5,
      1996. "Brando Remarks," Los Angeles Times, April 8,
      1996, p. F4 (OC). A short time later, Brando was
      obliged to apologize for his remarks.

      11. A. Lilienthal, The Zionist Connection (New York:
      Dodd, Mead, 1978), pp. 206, 209, 212, 218, 228, 229.

      12. From a 1992 lecture, published in: David Cesarani,
      ed., The Final Solution: Origins and Implementation
      (London and New York: Routledge, 1994), pp. 305, 306.

      13. Paula E. Hyman, "New Debate on the Holocaust," The
      New York Times Magazine, Sept. 14, 1980, p. 79.

      14. Norman G. Finkelstein, The Holocaust Industry
      (London, New York: Verso, 2000), pp. 130, 138, 139,
      149.

      15. The New York Times, May 27, 1996. Shavit is
      identified as a columnist for Ha'aretz, a
      Hebrew-language Israeli daily newspaper, "from which
      this article is adapted."

      16. F. Nelson, "Anger Over Dalyell's 'Jewish Cabal'
      Slur," The Scotsman (Edinburgh), May 5, 2003; M.
      White, "Dalyell Steps Up Attack On Levy," The Guardian
      (London), May 6, 2003. See also: M. Weber, " Iraq: A
      War for Israel"

      17. Interview with Moorer, Aug. 24, 1983. Quoted in:
      Paul Findley, They Dare to Speak Out: People and
      Institutions Confront Israel's Lobby (Lawrence Hill,
      1984 and 1985), p. 161.

      18. D. Davis, "French Envoy to UK: Israel Threatens
      World Peace," The Jerusalem Post, Dec. 20, 2001. The
      ambassador is Daniel Bernard.


      About the author

      Mark Weber is director of the Institute for Historical
      Review. He studied history at the University of
      Illinois (Chicago), the University of Munich, Portland
      State University and Indiana University (M.A., 1977).
      For nine years he served as editor of the IHR's
      Journal of Historical Review.

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