Israel Shamir answers ADL complaint
Beyond the Golden Gate, on
a sandy shore of the cold North Pacific, spayed by black rocks
and frequented by Sirens, lies Marin County. In this
most delightful part of California, the Sirens do not ravish
seamen; well-nourished mammals (also called manatees or
sea-cows) peacefully flock on the beach, near equally peaceful
and tranquil humans. They (humans, not sea-cows) are pleasant,
blond and suntanned, given to yachting, white wine and Sufi
poetry; or so it seemed to me after a fly-through visit. The
comfortable life does not make the residents sluggish and
placid, probably due to relatively bracing climate: Marine
County is the home to this rare breed, the American radical.
There are more of our readers and friends there than in the
whole city of New York.
than once I found myself mumbling: Northern California and its
people are too good for the United States. The border should be
drawn at Monterey. Let the Yanks keep the urban spread of LA
with its toothy lawyers, their broad-backed spouses, the steroid
instructors and silicon starlets who provide their relief.
Northern California should be hitched to a few large whales and
moved to the Atlantic shore of Europe, somewhere next to
Normandy. Not in vain did this strip of land belong to Russia
for a while, and it retains some of the Russian soulfulness,
though it faces the Pacific rather than the Baltic.
Their local paper, the Coastal Post, is mind-bogglingly
free from subservience to the Lobby. So free that they
ran my piece Carter and
defence of President Jimmy Carter after he
crossed the line and the Lobby
served him the black mark and
threatened him with prosecution under a quaint law of 1799. The
ferocious Jewish political police, the ADL,
attacked the paper and me “objecting
to unsubstantiated perpetuation of stereotypes of a malicious
cabal of Jews "pushing for war," as well as Shamir’s stereotype
of "Jewish media-lords" that "clinch the party line."
is my reply to the ADL’s attack:
Defence of Prejudice
prejudice are a legitimate part of our life. They are here to
make our life easier. If you walk the dark streets of an urban
ghetto and notice a gang of male teenagers without a single
woman among them, your prejudice tells you to make a prudent
detour. If a tramp in rags proposes to sell you a gold watch,
your prejudice advises you to avoid the deal. If a charming
stranger is eager to get bedded, your prejudice calls you to use
a condom – or run away. ADL correctly states that there is a
of a “malicious cabal of Jews” who are
“pushing for war," as well as that of "Jewish media-lords" that
"clinch the party line.”
stereotype, or prejudice, usually is a result of many unpleasant
experiences by persons who did not heed them. Ghetto teenagers
may beat you up, the tramp is likely to unload hot goods, a
brazen hussy may supply you with the clap. And organised Jewry
did push for World War Two, for the Iraq War, and now for the
war with Iran and Syria, while supporting apartheid in Israel.
American mainstream media from The New York Times and
Washington Post to the Chicago Tribune and the Los
Angeles Times has Jewish owners and sticks to the party
life difficult for stereotyped persons, and this is sometimes
unfair: the tramp may be a rightful heir and owner of the golden
watch, a charming stranger may be a chaste creature swept away
by your wit and looks, the teenagers may discuss Plato’s Cave,
publicity-shy Israel Taub, an octogenarian scion of a great
Hassidic dynasty, a Jewish prince, of sorts, spends his personal
fortune rebuilding Palestinian houses destroyed by Israeli
soldiers. Together with a Palestinian prince Nashashibi and a
WASP Professor McGowan he erected a memorial to the victims of
Deir Yassin Massacre.
For him, Jimmy Carter is right, while AIPAC is even worse than
the Israeli destroyers.
Still, such men are rather the
exception to the rule, and in chance encounters, a prudent man
will hope for best and expect the worst.
A person unhappy
with a stereotype or with prejudice may fight it. There is a
good, hard way to fight a stereotype you dislike: act contrary
to the stereotype. At the end of 19th century, Asians
were stereotyped as weaklings and walkovers, doomed to submit to
the White Man’s Destiny. The Japanese did not like the
stereotype, pulled up their socks and sank the Russian Navy,
before doing the same trick to the American one. In 1950s,
Japanese goods were stereotyped as ‘shoddy’. They did not
complain, but worked harder and by the 1980s, Japan-made cars
became a byword of quality.
may be defeated. If you are a ghetto dweller, be
stranger-friendly and make your ghetto a nice place to visit,
proving that prejudice is baseless. This was done by the Chinese
who suffered from terrible prejudice in the beginning of 20th
century. They got together, eliminated petty crime, and now
their ghetto, Chinatown, is a delightful place to come for a
stroll or for a dinner out. Prejudice against the Chinese died
out, or rather got limited to Mia Farrow.
The Jews fought
against prejudice a few times and won every time. In the 18th
century they were considered illiterate and to be living in the
Dark Ages. In the 19th century they were considered
unmanly. Each time, they listened to the received wisdom of
stereotype and acted to correct their behaviour. They can do it
now again. They may engage in work conducive to the general
benefit, shy away from stock markets and banks, give Christmas
presents, demand “troops out of Iraq, no aid to apartheid
Israel”, be friendly to their non-Jewish neighbours. Do not
demonise nor threaten with legal action everybody who does not
agree with you. Do not turn the media into your private reserve.
Try this, and an old stereotype will wither and vanish.
Actually, Zionism came into being as an idea of fighting the
stereotyping of Jews by turning Jewish money and media men into
peasants and soldiers. This was partly successful, but the old
habits die hard.
The ADL and their wealthy Jewish supporters
went by an easier way: sticking to stereotypes and intimidating
those who notice their relevance. Together, they fit stereotype
to a tee:
they are warmongering (against Iraq and now Iran), interfering
with free speech (see their attack on Carter), protecting of
thieves (remember Marc Rich?), spying on dissidents (as in the
Blankfort case in California), abusing the legal system (by
suing their ideological opponents), acting as a cabal (defending
and hiding Israeli crimes). And they still dare to speak of
“unsubstantiated perpetuation of stereotypes”! Next we may
expect a Spaghetteria fighting the stereotype of Italians
eagerly devouring spaghetti.
usually quite happy applying stereotypes and prejudice, that is
if they apply it to somebody else. Michael Kinsley, a star of
Jewish punditry (Harvard, Oxford, LA Times, Slate, CNN, New
Republic, Time, Economist, Harper)
stereotyping of Arabs: “When
thugs menace someone because he looks Arabic, that's racism [because
it is done by others - ISH]. When airport security officials
single out Arabic-looking men for a more intrusive inspection,
that's something else [because it is done under control of a
good Jew, Mr Chertoff – ISH] , for the airport security
folks have a rational reason for what they do. An Arab-looking
man heading toward a plane is statistically more likely to be a
terrorist. That likelihood is infinitesimal, but the whole
airport rigmarole is based on infinitesimal chances.”
the whole life rigmarole is based on small chances, but the
chances that your average Jewish pundit will be violently
anti-Arab, pro-war, against Iran and generally will stick to
their party line are not small at all. They are better than
winning in rouge et noir. There are exceptions, but they are
aware that they are exceptional. The stereotyping of Jews is
quite justifiable, and only their behaviour change will change
The ADL serves as a bad example to other groups. Instead of
working harder or changing behaviour, they copycat Jews and moan
If the Japanese would do that,
they still would be producing shoddy cars, but the hate laws
would forbid us to mention it.
Hate laws and political correctness may hush up a problem but
never solve it.
of it first-hand: my own Russian community had a bad image
problem in admittedly prejudiced Israel. Instead of whining, the
Russians created their own theatre, now arguably the best in
Israel, promoted their own newspapers and political parties, and
eventually asserted its place. Granted, they were helped a lot
by Putin’s Russia which reasserted Russian pride. In California,
I’ve met the Black Muslims, well-spoken and well-dressed men and
women, who are respected without appealing to hate laws. They
remind me of the youngish senator Barak Obama, another leader
who does not need anybody’s condescension or defence.
should be equal in law, this goes without saying. But
stereotyping and prejudice usually correspond to reality, and
they will change with the change of reality.
is not a means of prevention of the stereotype, but an important
reason for its perpetuation. With their army of lawyers, their
seemingly unlimited resources and their access to power they may
forbid every related public expression of people’s feelings. But
they can not forbid the feelings, and suppressed feelings will
burst out sooner or later with greater, devastating force.
repeating the error of Soviet days: the Party had banned
criticism, people suppressed their feelings, and their outburst
swept away the Party rule. The democratic regimes allowed for
free speech and criticism because this provided an outlet for
people’s feelings and moderated the need for violent revolution.
Now, with their supreme power of censorship and intimidation,
organised Jewry has almost recovered the ground lost by the
three major-party contenders for the Presidency of the Republic
go, hat in hand, to proclaim their fealty to AIPAC, if a former
President is unable to express his views without being brutally
abused by the ADL, America may need a revolution in order to
regain its freedom to express its feelings, unless the whining
lot of ADL activists is somehow reined in first.