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Date: Mon, 17 Jun 1996 21:47:00 -0700
Subject: SF: Jewish influence
Stormfronters!  A recent essay by Joseph Sobran craves our attention -
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Following is an article from the June 13, 1996 edition of The Wanderer
that cries for wide distribution.
"In Our Hands" 
by Joseph Sobran
One isn't supposed to say this, but many people believe that Israel
now holds the White House, the Senate, and much of the American
media in its hands. This is what is known as an anti-Semitic
conspiracy theory.
The odd thing is that it is held by many Israelis.  In an essay
reprinted in the May 27th issue of The New York Times, Ari Shavit,
an Israeli columnist, reflected sorrowfully on the wanton Israeli
killing of more than 100 Lebanese civilians in April: "We killed them
out of a certain naive hubris.  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
In a single phrase  --  "in our hands" --  Shavit has lighted up the
American political landscape like a flash of lightning.
Notice that Shavit assumes as an obvious fact what we Americans can
say publicly only at our own risk.  It's surprising, and refreshing,
to find such candor in an American newspaper (though his essay was
reprinted from the Israeli paper Haaretz).
The prescribed cant on the subject holds that Israel is a "reliable
ally" of the United States,  despite Israel's long record of
double-dealing against this country, ranging from the killing of
American sailors to constant espionage and technology theft. The
word "ally" implies that the relationship exists because it's in the
interests of this country, though Israel's lobby is clearly devoted
to the interests of Israel itself, and it's childish to suggest
You expect that from the Israeli lobby; lobbies are lobbies, after
all. But it's unnerving that the White House, the Senate, and much
of the American media should be "in our hands," as Shavit puts it. 
Bill Clinton, a lover of peace since his college days, raised no
protest when the Israelis drove 400,000 innocent Lebanese out of
their homes in "retaliation" for rockets launched into Israel
(wounding one Israeli) by a faction over whom those 400,000 had no
Congress, of course, was supine as usual at this latest extravagance
of Israeli "defense."  Congress too is "in our hands."
A recent article in The Washington Post likened the Israel lobby's
power to that of the gun and tobacco lobbies.  But there is one
enormous difference.  Newspapers like the Post aren't afraid to
criticize the gun and tobacco lobbies. They will say forthrightly
that those lobbies seek goals that are dangerous for this country. 
They don't dare say as much of the Israeli lobby.
But much of the press and electronic media are "in our hands" in a
more active sense:  They supply misleading pro-Israel propaganda in
the guise of news and commentary, constantly praising Israeli
"democracy" and ignoring Israel's mistreatment of its non-Jewish
minorities  -- mistreatment which, if any government inflicted it on
a Jewish minority, would earn it the fierce opprobrium of our media.
No decent American would think of reducing American Jews to the status
of Palestinians in Israel.  The idea is almost absurd.  Yet Americans
are taxed to subsidize the oppression of Palestinians, on the flimsy
pretext that they are helping an "ally" in America's own
self-interest to be hated and despised by the whole Muslim world.
All this is interesting less for what it tells us about Israel than
for what it tells us about America.  Frank discussion of Israel is
permitted in Israel, as Shavit's article illustrates.  It's rarely
permitted here. Charges of anti-Semitism and a quiet but very
effective boycott will be the reward of any journalist who calls
attention to his own government's --  and his own profession's   --
servitude to Israeli interests.
Very few in America are doing anything to change this sorry state of
affairs.  Shavit wrote his article in the desperate hope of turning
back his countrymen and his government from a morally and
politically perilous course.  At least he can hope.  It's harder for
us, when our own government isn't in our hands.
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