“If the Holocaust can be shown to be a Zionist myth, the strongest of all weapons in Israel’s propaganda armory collapses.”
~ Professor W D Rubenstein (Quadrant, September 1979)
Just so. There are two intertwined stories that provide the rationale for a Jewish State in Palestine.The first, both chronologically and rhetorically, is that the Jews are simply returning to their homeland. The weakness of this argument is suggested by the comical phrase “There is no God, but he gave us the land.” But even more devastating is that Zionism is a product of the European Jews, specifically the Yiddish speaking Ashkenazim. As is well known, and documented by a number of people starting with Arthur Koestler in his monograph “The Thirteenth Tribe,”and most recently Prof. Shlomo Sand’s “The Invention of the Jewish People,” these mostly secular Jews are descended from the Khazarians, a Turko-Finnic people who converted to Judaism in the 8th Century, obeying an Imperial fiat. In brief, the argument for a “return” has no traction and is easily debunked.
Much more interesting and potent is a more recent historical event, the experience of the Jews in Europe during the Third Reich. Prior to this, the Jewish community overwhelmingly rejected the Zionist project. Therefore, the Zionists’ first priority became the subversion of the Jewish community, otherwise a notoriously savvy bunch – not a people easily fooled, but all too easy to frighten. With this accomplished the Zionists were more than halfway to their goal. Here is a quote that illustrates the thinking of respected and prominent Jews at the time:
“The concept of a racial state- the Hitlerian concept- is repugnant to the civilized world, as witness the fearful global war in which we are involved.. I urge that we do nothing to set us back on the road to the past.To project at this time the creation of a Jewish state..is to launch a singular innovation in world affairs which might well have incalculable consequences.”
~Lessing J.Rosenwald, president of the American Council for Judaism, in 1944
This was said at precisely the turning point, just before the cult of the Holycause took hold starting in 1945, at the very same time that things were coming to a head in Palestine.
But what is it exactly that they are selling? It is referred to as the “official” version of events, which has become a religious dogma, no less rigid and fiercely protected than was the Vatican approved version of Roman Catholicism during the Holy Inquisition. Vast amounts of time, energy and money are devoted to shoring up this narrative, and heretics (anyone who publicly doubts the dogma or even just insists that people have the right to be skeptical about some of its details) are hunted down and their lives destroyed. In twelve European countries the punishment is long prison terms. After all, they have committed heresy and must be dealt with accordingly. Theistic religions are predominantly based on blind faith and the Church Militant recognizes no limits to the retribution deserved by those who dare to question. And let there be no doubt that the Holycause has become the dominant religion of our time, at least in the West.
“”Israelis and American Jews fully agree that the memory of the Holocaust is an indispensable weapon — one that must be used relentlessly against their common enemy .. Jewish organizations and individuals thus labor continuously to remind the world of it. In America,the perpetuation of the Holocaust memory is now a $100-million-a-year enterprise [much greater in today’s dollars of course], part of which is government funded.”
~ Israeli author Moshe Leshem, Balaam’s Curse
The bedrock of both the Western Enlightenment and all of the genuine spiritual traditions is the inalienable right to seek the truth, particularly when it is inconvenient or even dangerous to do so. On the other hand, all conventional institutions of power, be they political, economic or religious, are based on the right, indeed the necessity, to lie. The rationale for the latter is exquisitely expressed in the chapter from Dostoyevsky”s novel The Brothers Karamazov entitled ‘The Grand Inquisitor.’
I am an agnostic regarding the Holocaust. I don’t know what actually happened; I doubt there’s anyone alive who does (if you’re thinking of Elie Wiesel I have a very strong impression that he is a total fraud). However, I am certainly dubious about the three major assertions of the prevailing dogma, which consist of the following:
- Six million Jews (more or less) died or were murdered – they don’t specify – by the Nazis, mostly in the concentration camps.
- Most of those who died in the camps were gassed to death using Zyklon B (or diesel fuel, as some have claimed).
- These events occurred as the result of an official Nazi policy of extermination, commonly referred to as the Final Solution.
The first item is more of a tabloid insertion than an historical assertion. The provenance of this claim dates from the turn of the last century and was invented by Christian Zionists, estimating the number of Jews living in Europe at that time, so it has no historical standing whatsoever. The second and third items are legitimate subjects of debate and research, but such activities are proscribed by the Holy Inquisition. It is of no importance whether I believe or disbelieve these assertions, although there is considerable evidence contradicting them. As Shakespeare put it, “Methinks the lady protesteth too much.”
The Wikipedia page Criticism of Holocaust Denial is superbly written by the prosecution, and would be convincing if one didn’t look any further. If a defense attorney of the same caliber were to argue the case before the jury it would be difficult to predict the outcome, but this case is a classic example of the usual order of things, where the power and deep pockets of the State argue the case against the accused, represented by a Public Defender working 100 hours a week and scratching to make ends meet. To make it even worse, in Europe they are not only throwing the historical revisionists into prison, but their lawyers as well. The crime? Casting doubt on the official dogma or providing legal representation to someone with the chutzpah to do so. It should also be noted that there are at least two Israeli organizations, one of them set up by the IDF, dedicated to controlling the contents of Wikipedia pages of interest to the Zionists. What really matters is that one is prohibited from even publicly discussing the subject, so that the public is prevented from weighing the evidence themselves.
Before reading any further take a look at Anthony Lawson’s superb video Holocaust, Hate Speech & Were the Germans so Stupid? At least the circumstantial evidence (which is all we really have, aside from the extremely dubious and frequently hilarious “memoirs”) inclines me to doubt the gas chamber story. The same goes for the existence of an official policy or plan for a “Final Solution.” But as I have been suggesting, why don’t you look into it yourself.
“Much of the literature on Hitler’s Final Solution is worthless as scholarship. Indeed, the field of Holocaust studies is replete with nonsense, if not sheer fraud. …Given the nonsense that is turned out daily by the Holocaust industry, the wonder is that there are so few skeptics.”
~ Norman Finklestein, The Holocaust Industry, pp 55 & 68
As Gilad Atzmon frequently mentions, the anti-Zionist movement is often bedeviled by Jewish “anti-Zionists” who insist on setting the terms of discussion. These are “progressive” tribal Jews,who, consciously or not, resonate to the mantra “if it’s good for theJews…” Needless to say, such people buy into the Holycause lock, stock and barrel and fight tooth and nail to discredit anyone whom they consider outside the Pale. They blithely employ the term “Holocaust denier,” similar to the accusation of being “anti-semitic” – the twin canards of the Zionist spinmeisters and those they have successfully conned. These are their principal weapons of character assassination, one stemming from the Zionist religion, the Holycause as I term it, and the other from the secular ideology. It’s like a two barreled shotgun. If they don’t kill you with the first shot there’s still another shell in the chamber.
To sum things up, the noblest and most crucial human rights struggle of our time, against the apartheid, settler-colonialist, fascist State of Israel,can only be successful if we are able to debunk both of the twin pillars of the mytho-historical Zionist narrative. Creating doubt in the public mind about just one won’t cut the mustard – the Hydra has two heads. The case against the historical right of Jewry to dispossess the Palestinians has been exhaustively made and most of the world is on board, at least outside of the English speaking countries, but doubting the dogma of the Holycause remains too subversive, too dangerous for “prudent” people to acknowledge. All it will take is a little guts and determination, and perhaps the right to publicly question dogma will reassert itself, and we may find ourselves finally in possession of a weapon powerful enough to undermine and defeat the so far unassailable hegemony of Zionism over much of humanity.
“I’ve checked out the six volumes of Churchill’s Second World: not a single mention of Nazi ‘gas chambers,’ a ‘genocide’ of the Jews, or of ‘six million’ Jewish victims of the war. Eisenhower’s Crusade in Europe is a book of 559 pages; Churchill’s Second World War totals 4,448 pages; and De Gaulle’s three-volume Mémoires de guerre is 2,054 pages. In this mass of writing, which altogether totals 7,061 pages (not including the introductory parts), published from 1948 to 1959, one will find no mention either of Nazi ‘gas chambers,’ a ‘genocide’ of the Jews, or of ‘six million’ Jewish victims of the war.”
~ Richard Lynn, Professor Emeritus University of Ulster, December 5, 2005
As a point of entry for those not versed in the subject, The Holycause and Historical Revisionism, with links to a number of websites, would be a good place to start.
Editor, One Democratic State