any white advocates are grateful for the work of Jared Taylor. Hes at the forefront of racial realism as a researcher, writer, conference speaker, and leader. His American Renaissance magazine and website enjoy widespread respect among white advocates. But as white advocacy work is at some level invariably involved with the Jewish Question, many in the movement wonder why Taylor is not. What are this forerunners views about the racial group that is at the forefront in stifling white advocacy?
Thankfully, Joe Adams of The White Voice asked him point blank:
Why is it that you dont focus on the Jews, who have history been parasites upon many nations and continents which theyve put themselves in. They also control mass media and are responsible for pulling the strings behind many different forms of government. Why is it that you do not confront the Jewish problem?
Go to 22:15 in this podcast to hear it yourself, but below is Taylors response followed by our commentary.
As far as the Jewish Question is concerned, I think that whites need to take responsibility for what they do themselves. I think that its not useful to blame our failure on the machinations of others. People who are constantly talking about and complaining about Jewish influence remind me of blacks who think everything thats ever gone wrong for blacks in the past or ever will go wrong for blacks in the future is because of white racism. I think that blacks need to be responsible for their successes and their own failure, and I think that the whites have to as well. At the same time, I think that although many Jews are on the wrong side of questions of nationality and questions of race, I think that some Jews are on the right side. And I think that it would be wrong simply to exclude them from the efforts of any kind of racial sanity in this country simply because theyre Jews.
Adams had a response:
At the same time you dont, Mr Tayloryou dont have to look very far to realize that 90 percent of these [media] outlets are controlled by Jews. How often would you see black against white being portrayed as hate crime in the media? But as soon as a white person does something against a black person, its this big national story. Its the way the media pushes things and because they are 90 percent controlled by people within the Jewish either race or religionHow about the Israeli interest that this government has? A politician in this country cannot get elected if he is not pro-Israel There are a lot of pulling of the strings behind the scenesI think once we overcome Jewish influence, a lot of white people will have their minds straightened out.
I think that it would be a mistake to say that the media of the United States are controlled 90 percent by Jews. The implication there, of course, is that there is a Jewish interest that is constantly being expressed by 90 percent the media. I think that these days if you were to poll Episcopalians, for example, on questions that have to do with race and nationality, you wouldnt find much difference in their views on these things from those of Jews. And again, I think that the essential question is: What is it that white people must do? I think that if white people had a sensible view of their own history and their own future, it wouldnt make any difference what a small minority, whether Jewish or Episcopalian or anyone else, is doing. I think that if you had the kind of message that has been broadcast in the United States in terms of anti-racism or anti-Nationalism in any other groupsay you tried that on the Japanese or you tried that on the Nigeriansthey would just laugh at you. I think white people are particularly susceptible to appeals to a kind of altruism. I think that our very virtues are easily turned against it. But I think that it is to our own selves that we have to look for solutions, rather than blame them on the machinations of others.
I think that something that tends to happen to people who have the interests of whites at heart, they start fixating on the activities of Jews in a way that, I think, they begin to miss the point almost. That it seems that trying to counter Jews or trying to thwart their interests becomes more important than advancing our own interests. I think that at the same time some people become so obsessed with Jews that they refuse to see anything good that any Jewish group or any Jewish individual is doing for our race. That, too, is a mistake. At this point, we need allies of all kinds, and I think to the extent that we can find allies among Jews or any other group, its very foolish to try to fend them off simply because of what their religion or what their ethnic background may be.
It is true that societies die from suicide rather than murder, and that whites need to take responsibility for their actions. Whites have indeed gotten themselves in the mess theyre in, but according the general Jewish Question thesis, one key way in that whites got in this mess was by letting Jews in their societies to manipulate and pervert them. And a key means of this control and perversion is their promotion of the multiculturalism and miscegenation that Taylor and we all despise. Of course, there is copious historic and present data available that corroborates this general thesis: the primary group responsible for corrupting and controlling mainline media, humanities and social sciences in the universities, and economic and social legislation in European nations, is a Jewish group. They themselves admit it. Does Taylor outright denounce this claim as false? Not quite. But if whites are to take responsibility for their failures as Taylor wishes, then they must analyze and understand every aspect of their failures, and the JQ is directly on the radar.
Taylors comparison of whites who complain about Jewish influence to blacks who blame whites for their failures is desperately inadequate. During the limited time of American slavery, whites goverened blacks by rule of law (righteous law in my view). Jews, however, rule whites by deception, usury, censorship, blackmail, espionage, warfare, racial mixing, propaganda, Zionism, etc. And most of said practices have a much longer history than the sum of American slavery and Jim Crow. The petulant bickers of blacks about white oppression are mostly imaginary while white complaints against Jews are as bona fideas the Federal Reserve Notes in your wallet, the US military that is presently spreading Israeli hegemony in the Middle East, or the Sallie Mae bill at home on your desk. The physicalcommand centers of Jewish supremacy are present in several European countries and in major cities here along our East Coast. Youll find no white dominion headquarters on black soil. The comparison is simply preposterous.
The bit about some Jews being on the right side of questions of race and nationality is disingenuous. Is Taylor so benighted that hes unaware of the Talmudic doctrine of inherent gentile inferiority? Is it news to him that Jews are the most noxiously xenophobic and scrounging group on the planet? Has he not spoken about these things with other white advocacy leaders over the years (e.g., David Duke, Kevin MacDonald, William Pierce, James Edwards)? Yes, there are exceptions, but as members of an infamous class it behooves Jews to own their perverse Talmudic teachings and their historically parasitic behavior in European nationsafter all, Taylor himself is calling for racial groups to take responsibility for their actions. These are not the problems of any other groups, be it Nigerians, Japanese, or Episcopalian. These are Jewishproblems. Perhaps Rabbi Schiller, who has written positive things at AmRen, will concede these things.
The question of whether Jews control 90 percent of the media must be decided by examination of who actually owns the media conglomerates, not necessarily by determining whether the medias message is explicitly pro-Jewish. The irony, however, is that no message could be more pro-Jewish than mass medias. What message is pumped from Hollywood, sitcoms, reality shows, documentaries, news broadcasts, etc? Nothing but multiculturalism, miscegenation, suppression of minority crime, feminism, sexual liberation, anti-children/family innuendo, outright mockery of Christianity and Europeans, Zionism, and the suggestion that Jews are successful, smart, and funny yet dreadfully persecuted. According to the JQ thesis, that is as pro-Jewish as it gets. Taylors implicit claim that the mainline media doesnt promote Jewish interest a priori dismisses the very thesis the JQ poses for his consideration!
Taylor is correct that we whites are susceptible to a kind of altruism that easily turns our virtues against us. And one way we do thismaybe the chief wayis by capitulating to the fear of being politically incorrect instead of bravely decrying and boldly challenging the evils perpetrated by protected classes. By doing so, by not calling out the Jew, we are validating the farce of racism and reinforcing the weaponry of our enemy. Did you know that Taylor has the honor of being recognized on the ADLs website as personally refraining from anti-Semitsm? Yet they and the SPLC still demonize him as a white supremacist who conducts pseudo-scholarship and pseudo-scientific studies, and as one who provides venues for anti-Semites to gather and collaborate. Why the need to thread that PC needle when Jews call you a bigot all the same?
Taylor presents our situation as if we may either fixate on trying to thwart Jewish interests, or we may more nobly focus on advancing our own. This is the fallacy of bifurcation, committed when one presents a distinction or classification as if its conclusive or exhaustive when other alternatives exist, or when one presents contraries as contradictories. The alternative is that we fixate on advancing own interests as well as on removing the obstacles in our path. Many of these obstacles are placed by Jews.
Before we finish the commentary, lets raise an interesting perspective on Taylors refusal to focus on the Jew. Many white advocates believe that Taylor is being strategic, that he really knows what we know but that hes using a long-term tactic. Maybe the strategy is to fly under the radar long enough to recruit greater forceswork that wouldnt be possible using the scorched earth approach of Alex Linder. Maybe its another. Personally, I dont buy it. Its an unethical tactic to deceive your own people about that which youre hiding. There are other (albeit difficult) ways to side step the JQ, but Taylor hasnt done that. He hasnt been neutral. He has instead made a positive case for turning away from such silly Jew business. Consider the rest of his response.
Taylor says its a mistake to ignore any good that Jewish groups or individuals may be doing for whites. Indeed it is. We appreciate Brother Nathaniel Kapner, Bobby Fischer,Norman Finklestein, Benjamin Freedman, etc. But since these white favors involve Jews blowing the whistle on their own tribesomething Taylor refuses to dohis point backfires. Our point is that its also a mistake to ignore the mass evil that Jewish groups and individuals are doing to whites.
Shockingly, Taylor ends his response by stating that we must have cross-racial allies and that its very foolish to try to fend off other people simply because of their religion or race. While this warrants a blog post of its own, allow four points to suffice.
First, speaking the truth about group behavior should not be equated with (irrationally) fending off a group because of race or religion. Jared Taylor of all people knows this. Its precisely for his work in exposing black crime, for example, that Jews call him a racist. Yet, here is the pot calling the kettle black. Second, as mentioned, we welcome the work of whistle blowing Jews; he doesnt. Third, weno doubt Taylor includedappreciate Pastor James Mannings efforts in taking on the Black Question by calling a spade a spade, as it were. How can we applaud Manning for taking responsibility for the failures of his race but not also applaud when Jews like Kapner do the same? Double standard. Fourth and last, there are times when we should (rationally) fend off folks for their religion or race. Those who embrace Judaism embrace an explicitly anti-Christ and anti-Goyim religion. Unless this is an inaccurate evaluation of Judaism, Taylor should explain why we should welcome their help. If a black Muslim of the anti-white variety wanted to join our cause, wouldnt we first require a denouncement of his religion? Taylors point about refusing help for religious reasons is surely overstated. Race, too, can be a helpful profiling attribute. Rather than rashly fending off a black or a Jew because his race has historically been hostile to ours, we must at least allow his race to inform our first approximations. If we decide to allow his help, it is because we made an exception, not because we were color blind at the outset.
In Taylors reasoning for refusing to focus on the JQ, weve seen a poor analogy, contradictions, double standards, a bifurcation, and a take-away message that The Jew is one of us. As a leader in the white advocacy movement, thats simply irresponsible. We can condense our response to Taylor thusly: We are not blaming our failures on the machinations of others by opposing and exposing those who are forcefully and systematically contributing to our failures.
On the basis of Taylors being an erudite man, his acquaintance with those who strongly oppose Jews, and the very nature of his work, we may reasonably conclude that he is indeed aware of the realities behind the JQeven if he once told Phil Donahue that Jews are fine by me. Thus, puzzled white advocates are left seeking an explanation for his deeply deficient response to Joe Adams, as well as for his known policy of banning the JQ as a discussion topic at his AmRen conferences and web forum. The fairest judgment I can personally give to Taylor is that perhaps his tactic is to raise awareness of and offer credence to the JQ by never explicitly denying it, choosing instead to gain modest media coverage so that a larger number of possible converts can connect those dots on their own. But many white advocates will not be convinced; they will think that Taylors troublesome position on the JQ, which whitewashes a substantial threat to our work, has the efficacy of placing a Trojan Horse in the camp.
Ours is a time for straight talk and lasting solutions, not polished dialogue and misdirection. The great white leaders of the past spelled out the enemys name as clearly as they laid out the path to victory. Today, white politics is not for sport; it is for survival.
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Jared Taylor on the Jewish Question – Tribal Theocrat
Sixteen surviving members of the Bielski Brigade, Jewish partisans who saved thousands from the Nazis and their collaborators in Belarus during the Holocaust, were honored in Manhattan Monday night by the Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation.
The group included Aron Bielski, now known as Aron Bell, the youngest of four brothers and last survivor of the family that took up arms during a bloody three-year uprising and inspired several books and a 2008 action film, “Defiance.”
“It was hell on Earth,” Aron Bell told The Jewish Week. “They were killing Jews left and right. To be a Jew was like being the worst criminal in the world. We had to survive.”
The 16 former Bielski partisans, of 50 known to still be alive, were each presented with a medallion created for the event that bears the words “We Are Here,” from a song they sang during the war, also bearing the inscrition “Honored Commander Tuvia Bielski.”
Tuvia was the eldest of the brothers. He died in 1987 in New York and was largely unrecognized for his heroism during his life. He was portrayed in the Edward Zwick-directed film by actor Daniel Craig.
In addition to Aron, the other partisan brothers were Asael and Alexander, although the family had 12 siblings at the start of the war. Although the Bielskis were able to save an estimated 1,200 Jews, they were unable to save their parents and many of their siblings, who were killed in a massacre near Novogrudok, Poland. Some left Europe before the war.
“They were martyred, and inspired by future generations to resist oppression,” said Alan Bell, Aron’s son, who visited the site of the mass grave to say kaddish for his relatves.
Aron Bell took to the podium but defered to his son to speak for him. “He graciously accepts these accolades as the last surviving member of he Bielsksi family,” Alan Bell said.
In his keynote address, Alan Dershowitz, the noted author and Harvard law professor, said the Bielskis’ courage should inspire young Jews today to stand up and defend Israel and denounce anti-Semitsm.
“Courage is not something you are necessarily born with,” said Dershowitz (See above vdeo). “You can learn many things from the incredible bravery of the Bielski brothers and all the people who risked their lives in the woods to save the lives of others.”
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The history of Jewish community of Serbia goes back about two thousand years. Jews first arrived in what is now Serbia in Roman times. The Jewish communities of the Balkans remained small until the late 15th century, when Jews fleeing the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions found refuge in Ottoman-ruled areas, including Serbia. Jewish communities flourished in the Balkans until the turmoil of World War I. The surviving communities, including that of Serbia, were almost completely destroyed in the Holocaust during World War II.
Jews first arrived on the territory of present-day Serbia in Roman times, although there is little documentation prior to the 10th century.
The Jewish communities of the Balkans were boosted in the 15th and 16th centuries by the arrival of Jewish refugees fleeing the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions. Sultan Bayezid II of the Ottoman Empire welcomed the Jewish refugees into his Empire. Jews became involved in trade between the various provinces in the Ottoman Empire, becoming especially important in the salt trade.
Many Jews were involved in the struggle of Serbs for independence from the Ottoman Empire, by supplying arms to the local Serbs, and the Jewish communities faced brutal reprisal attacks from the Ottoman Turks. The independence struggle lasted until 1830, when Serbia gained its independence.
The new Serbian government was not friendly toward the Jewish community, and by 1831 there were prohibitions against Jews entering some professions. The situation for the Jews briefly improved under the rule of Prince Mihailo Obrenovi III (18391842), but anti-Jewish provisions were reinstated under Prince Alexander Karaorevi (18421858).
With the reclamation of the Serbian throne by the Royal House of Obrenovi under Milo Obrenovi in 1858, restrictions on Jewish merchants were again relaxed, but three years later, in 1861 Mihailo III inherited the throne and reinstated anti-Jewish restrictions. In 1877 a Jewish candidate was elected to the National Assembly for the first time, after receiving the backing of all parties.
The waxing and waning of the fortunes of the Jewish community according to the ruler continued to the end of the 19th century, when the Serbian parliament lifted all anti-Jewish restrictions in 1889.
In 1879, the “Serbian-Jewish Singer Society” was founded in Belgrade as a part of the Serbian-Jewish friendship. Renamed “Baruch Brothers Choir” in 1950, it is one of the oldest Jewish choirs in the world still in existence. By 1912, the Jewish community of Kingdom of Serbia stood at 5,000. Serbian-Jewish relations reached a high degree of cooperation during World War I, when Jews and Serbs fought side by side against the Central Powers.
While the rest of Serbia was still ruled by the Ottoman Empire, territory of present-day Vojvodina was part of the Habsburg Monarchy. In 1782, Emperor Joseph II issued the Edict of Tolerance, giving Jews some measure of religious freedom. The Edict attracted Jews to many parts of the Monarchy. The Jewish communities of Vojvodina flourished, and by the end of the 19th century the region had nearly 40 Jewish communities.
In the aftermath of World War I, Montenegro, Banat, Baka, Syrmia, and Baranja joined Serbia through popular vote in those regions, and this Greater Serbia then united with State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs (from which Syrmia had seceded to join Serbia) to form the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, which was soon renamed Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Serbia’s relatively small Jewish community of 13,000 (including 500 in Kosovo), combined with the large Jewish communities of the other Yugoslav territories, numbering some 51,700. In the inter-war years (19191939), the Jewish communities of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia flourished.
History of the Jews in Serbia – Wikipedia, the free …
Reflections & Religion
This essay is a continuation of a previous post, The Jewish Way.
Matthew 5:20, Christian Bible
Matthew 10: 5-6, Christian Bible
One of the most common themes in literature is teshuvah, or return and repentance. I am not a follower of the Christian tradition by any means, but one of the most famous stories that focuses on this theme in the Christian faith is The Prodigal Son.
It is a touching parable attributed to Jesus of Nazareth about a wayward son who asks for his inheritance when his father is still alivea real slap in the face of traditionsquanders it living the high life, and ends up destitute and feeding the pigs, an unkosher animal that symbolizes non-Jewish ways and traditions. He eventually makes it home, expecting to be treated with contempt, but is instead received in kindness and joy as a king.
In the Christian tradition, the story is significant in that it speaks about God’s patient and enduring love for humanity in general and his love for his own, in this case, followers of the Christian church in particular. There is no getting way from that reality when one reads the Christian interpretation of the story, even from the most liberal and Judaic-knowledgeable and -aware sources.
Even so, the conventional Christian interpretation, as full of humanity and humility it contains, surely misses the mark. Unfortunately, this view, even shared by Christian scholars and theologians of first-rank minds, fails to take into account a few essential points. In short, the whole social and cultural history of the parable and frame it within the proper context.
That being said, I would like to add another interpretation of this famous and well-liked parable. A midrash so to speak, in a sort of inquiry to the narrative’s meaning. I am not a biblical scholar or a Judaic studies scholar, but I am fairly familiar with the biblical narratives contained in the main books of both Judaism and Christianity and the traditions that inform them. So I say this not without knowledge or thought. The story of the Prodigal Son is actually about Jewish teshuvah or return to Jewish ways and values.
That is, the story is directed only at Jesus’ co-religionists at the time, his fellow Jews. His message is directly aimed at the idea of maintaining their Jewish ways and traditions, even in the face of opposition and the temptation to assimilate into the larger surrounding culture of Hellenistic Greece, which still had resonance in Roman-conqueredJudea. There is no getting away from that fact, and I am not sure how Christians today can read anything but that essential truth into the story.
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Perry J Greenbaum: The Jewish Prodigal
Firebird wrote:Reading some kind of love affair with Hitler is quite jawdropping on a Russian forum.
27 MILLION Russians/Soviets were murdered. Most of them women and kids. Vast numbers of other Slavs, West Europeans, Jews and other groups, the same fate. Despite what some crackpots might claim.
the anglozionist powers are pushing for the extermination of 140 millions of Russians today.. and 90% with the world population with their De-population programs and world government /world police non sense.. Germany/HItler was provoked into a war.. this cannot be ignored .
Go an see again at min 4:00 in the previously posted video..
How Poland , (similar to how kiev is doing in eastern ukraine) began massacres against German civilians minorities. Something they just like today kiev war crimes.. they denied.
Once a majo war start. the outcome cannot be predicted.. Today if a world war 3 start.. Putin will be in a risk of having to kill much more than hitler did. . Because no only they will need to attack USA.. but also any strategic place where americans have a military base in the world. That is all NATO. to make sure its military power can never again be threatening to them.
In world war , unintended consequences happens and many innocent civilians die.. Had soviets surrender (glad they didn’t ) ,probably will have been like France ,that was not destroyed. But Hitler only way to survive Germany the war with the west , at least he though was to have the oil fields of Russia.. to continue maintaining the war with the west ,why he don’t bother to enter in moscow.
Most of the people who died in Soviet union and concentratin camps in world war 2 ,died consequences of food..there was no people working in farms.. all were fighting, there was not enough food and they starved to death.
Im not a hitler supporter.. neither a war supporter ,but i can understand why he did what he did in europe . and i will understand if Russia is forced one day to use nuclear weapons against NATO major powers that right now are attacking Russia economy and fuel the violence in Ukraine and the violence in Syria ,kidnapping their people around the world and fueling unrest in their own country through NGOs.. In fact is impressive how tolerant is Putin today by all the things anglozionist powers do against their country. Not many leaders can sit down and watch their people to be massacred day and night in the thousands and NATO countries providing weapons for that violence to continue ,while at the same time blaming the victims of their attacks for the violence they provoke. Is quite admirable Putin patience with the west.. and still not sure if his policy can stop the aggression on their nation. time only can answer that.
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The Situation in the Ukraine. #10 – Page 51
To the editor: Your editorial about the proposed definitions of anti-Semitic actions and speech on University of California campuses raises a more important question: What is it about the societies of California, the United States and even the whole world that makes it necessary for the UC system to have a policy on anti-Semitism? (“How far should UC go with an anti-Semitism policy?,” editorial, July 16)
The United Nations has equated Zionism with racism (U.N. General Assembly Resolution 3379, passed in 1975). Why?
Anti-Semitism seems to be a cultural given in our society. Why?
Stephen M. Baird,San Diego
To the editor: I’m a proud, Israel-loving American Jew. I’ve been to Israel, and I fully support it. But its current government? As we say in my family, Feh!
By the way, I love my own country too. But the George W. Bush administration? Again, Feh!
Governments come and go, but the nation and the people outlive their current administrations and life goes on.
Oh, and those American members of Congress who say they vote with an eye toward what’s best for Israel? What would the Israelis call a Knesset member who said she or he would vote first for what’s best for America? A traitor.
Barry Davis,Agoura Hills
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A world in which UC needs a policy on anti-Semitism – LA Times
Sometimes its better not to talk too much about one’s blessings to others. Sometimes others do not have what you do and it is important to be sensitive to that. I do not mean that one should never speak about the bounty that one does have but maybe don’t speak about it all day long. Its nice to know when a friend or relative is engaged. I want to know and I am genuinely happy for them. Do I want to hear about it constantly night and day? Absolutely not. On the other hand I have had stable employment all of my adult life (no I am not rich) . I talk about work but I would not constantly tell this to my friends who do not have mazel in retaining employment. Its really not fair. Often someone does not hold back when talking about the joys of parenthood because they think that just because someone is single that the idea of parenthood is not on their radar . If they had a friend who had been married for many years and did not have children they might not spend all day and night talking about their kids. Its not that someone who does not have children resents someone who does has kids or wishes that their friend was in their boat, they just don’t want that to be their only topic of conversation. Once I was at work and someone who should have known better was going on about how once she had children she then knew why women were created This woman was a first time mother at forty. She should have shared this with her mommy and me group instead of in a place full of people she did not know who may or may not ever have kids. Of course being a parent is a beautiful experience but being a single woman without children I may not be the person to share such an epiphany with. There are all sorts of situations in life where one is more fortunate than another person. These just are a few that are foremost in my mind at the moment. I try hard not to make others feel envy when I am successful or have something someone else does not. There is no need to brag , just to have appreciation. Married people get divorced. People lose jobs. Children are fought over in brutal custody battles or chas v’shalom pass away. When you have a bracha just appreciate it because as easily as someone has mazel, they could also not have it.
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“Forget You Not”: Holocaust S urviv ors a nd R eme mbr a n c e Proj e ct – Part IV – TABLE OF CONTENTS . .
On December 7, 1970, while in Warsaw for a commemorative service honoring the participants of the WarsawGhettoUprising, the German Chancellor Willy Brandt kneels in front of the Monument, in an apparent gesture of apology, repentance, and reconciliation.
1. Pre-Holocaust Studies
The Israeli Coat of Arms features the Menorah, the candelabra used in the ancient Temple in Jerusalem. It, along with other Temple artifacts, was captured almost two millennia ago by the Romans during their siege of Jerusalem. According to the historian Flavius Josephus, a Jew who lived at the time of the Romans, “Most of the spoils that were carried were heaped up indiscriminately, but more prominent than all the rest were those captured in the Temple at Jerusalem – a golden table weighing several hundred weight, and a lampstand similarly made of gold but differently constructed from those we normally use. The central shaft was fixed to a base, and from it extended slender branches placed like the prongs of a trident, and with the end of each one forged into a lamp: these numbered seven, signifying the honour paid to that number by the Jews.” (Josephus, The Jewish War, G.A. Williamson, translator, Penguin, 1959.) The Arch of Titus in Rome has on it a carving depicting the spoils of the Temple – including the Menorah – being carried triumphantly through Rome.
Courtesy of Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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Part IV – Holocaust Studies, Anti-Semitism and Related Topics
Happy St. Patrick’s Day. I guess. . .
I’d like to be more celebratory today and somehow honor Irish immigration to my country, but what can I say? I don’t have Irish blood, for one thing. And more to the point of this blog — I can’t overlook how the U.S. descendants of Irish people, who often put on and take off being “Irish” like a hat or raincoat, tend to forget what it really means for their ancestors to have traded in their Irish-ness for whiteness. Yes, Irish immigrants used to be oppressed, but their descendants have basically joined the ranks of the oppressors, and thereby gained white privilege, and those benefits still come at the expense of the racially oppressed.
It is true that, as sociologist Jessie Daniels writes,
Once in the U.S., the Irish were [subjected] to negative stereotyping that was very similar to that of enslaved Africans and African Americans. The comic Irishman happy, lazy, stupid, with a gift for music and dance was a stock character in American theater. Drunkenness and criminality were major themes of Irish stereotypes, and the term “paddy wagon” has its etymological roots in the racist term paddy, a shortening of the name Patrick, which was used to refer to the Irish. However, this is also a gendered image and refers to Irish men, specifically. The masculine imagery of paddy hid the existence of Irish women, but did not protect Irish women from racism as they were often more exposed to such racism through domestic jobs. Women typically played a key role in maintaining Catholic adherence, which resonates closely with Irishness and difference. The model minority (if you will) stereotype of Irish-American women is of a Bridget, recognized for her hard work and contribution to Irish upward class mobility.
Simian, or ape-like caricature of the Irish immigrant was also a common one among the mainstream news publications of the day. . . For example, in 1867 American cartoonist Thomas Nast drew “The Day We Celebrate” a cartoon depicting the Irish on St. Patricks Day as violent, drunken apes. And, in 1899, Harpers Weekly featured a drawing of three mens heads in profile: Irish, Anglo-Teutonic and Negro, in order to illustrate the similarity between the Irish and the Negro (and, the supposed superiority of the Anglo-Teutonic). In northern states, blacks and Irish immigrants were forced into overlapping often integrated slum neighborhoods. Although leaders of the Irish liberation struggle (in Ireland) saw slavery as an evil, their Irish-American cousins largely aligned with the slaveholders.
And, following the end of slavery, the Irish and African Americans were forced to compete for the same low-wage, low-status jobs. So, the white negroes of the U.K. came to the United States and, though not enslaved, faced a status almost as low as that of recently-freed blacks.
So yeah, I get that. And I don’t mean to downplay or disregard what amounts to racist (and religious) oppression that people from Ireland once faced, nor the hard work that helped Irish immigrants to step up into the ranks of white Americans.
However, I sometimes encounter citizens of the U.S. who claim to be “Irish” instead of white, when anyone looking at them would clearly see them as “white” instead of “Irish.” I mean, just how many generations does this sort of “Kiss me, I’m Irish! Don’t worry, I’m not white!” card last?
White people still routinely complain about people of color who supposedly “play the race card,” but they rarely blame other whites for playing what amounts to the ethnicity card. That card is routinely used to dismiss discussions of today’s racism — “Yeah yeah yeah, my ancestors had it bad too! They were the ‘blacks’ of Europe, and they even got called black in the U.S.!” And that kind of talk usually leads to this kind of talk: “If my people could do it, why can’t they too?” Never mind that those Irish who were called “black” and other slurs didn’t have to stay black, and thus didn’t have to struggle with all that black and other non-white Americans still have to face.
Do you encounter white people who make these kinds of selective, derailing appeals to the sufferings and hard work of their ancestors?
stuff white people do: play the ethnicity card
“Va, Pensiero” (“Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves”) from Giuseppe Verdi’s Nabucco: Act III.
This is sung beautifully by the Westminster Choir, directed by John Finlay with the NBC Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Arturo Toscanini. It was recorded for a broadcast on NBC Radio on January 31, 1943, in the midst of the Second World War.
************* Nabucco (short for Nabucodonosor in Italian, or Nebuchadnezzar in English) is an 1842 opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi [1813-1901]. The lyrics of the famous choir chorus were written in Italian by Temistocle Solera , who took inspiration from Psalm 137 of the Hebrew Bible.
It is Verdis third opera and the one which is considered to have permanently established his reputation as a composer. Verdi composed Nabucco at a time when much sadness and grief engulfed his life. having personal losses in successive years, all before he turned thirty. First Verdi’s two children had died in infancy: Virginia Maria in 1838, and Icilio Romano in 1839; and then his wife,Margherita, had died of encephalitis at age twenty-six in 1840.
Such might explain the haunting power and beauty behind this opera, and in particular the Chorus, “Va, Pensiero,” of Act III, which resonates with humanitya call for freedom in the face of captivity. A freedom that is both corporeal and spiritual.
The setting is 587 BCE in Jerusalem and the defeat of the Israelites and the destruction of the First Temple, by the armies of Nebuchadnezzar. The Isrealites are taken captive, with the result that they have been removed from their centre of gravity, the Temple and Jerusalem.
Despite all this, in the famous Chorus, the Hebrew slaves look forward in their despair to a better future, the hope of all people during a time of crisis. Below are the original Italian lyrics. I know there are various other versions, particularly to suit modern sensibilities. But it’s always good to view the original. Va’ Pensiero
Va, pensiero Va, pensiero, sull’ali dorate; Va, ti posa sui clivi, sui colli, ove olezzano tepide e molli l’aure dolci del suolo natal! Del Giordano le rive saluta, di Sionne le torri atterrate Oh mia Patria s bella e perduta! O membranza s cara e fatal! Arpa d’or dei fatidici vati, perch muta dal salice pendi? Le memorie nel petto raccendi, ci favella del tempo che fu! O simile di Solima ai fati, traggi un suono di crudo lamento; o t’ispiri il Signore un concento che ne infonda al patire virt!
Fly, thoughts, on wings of gold; go settle upon the slopes and the hills, where, soft and mild, the sweet air of our native land smells fragrant! Greet the banks of the Jordan and Zion’s toppled towers. Oh, my country so lovely and lost! Oh, memory so dear and despairing! Golden harp of the prophetic seers, why do you hang mute upon the willow? Rekindle our heart’s memories and speak of times gone by! Mindful of the fate of Jerusalem, either sound a song of sad lamentation, or else let the Lord give us the strength to bear our sufferings!
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