PHOENIX, ARIZONAMIDDLE EAST AFFAIRS
ISRAEL TO LEGISLATE TYRANNY
by Barry Chamish
at the upcoming laws being debated in the current session of the Knesset:
Revised Gun Law, which will severely restrict gun ownership. The proposed
legislation means tens of thousands of firearm licenses will not be renewed
nor new permits issued, if the applicants do not fall into strict
categories of absolute need for protection.
An updated Administrative Detention Law. The previous law, adopted during
the British Mandate, permits arrest and detention without charge. During
the previous government, it was applied vigorously to residents of the
Administered Territories, both Jew and Arab, but especially Jew. The new
law will expand on the old one allowing such unjust arrests to be applied
throughout Israel with detainees to be held for up to nine months, without
any legal recourse, on mere suspicion of dastardly thoughts.
The final proposed law is the most sinister of all, in part, because it
was drafted by barely known outsiders. Fourteen Labor members of the
Knesset have introduced advanced anti-incitement legislation. If the
proposal becomes law, anyone who makes a public statement that "may
cause others to commit violent or illegal acts" will sit in the
slammer for up to five years. Anyone who merely condones such a criminal
in public, gets two years in the big house.
The draft legislation was prepared for the
Labor Party members by a barely known institute called The Center For
Israeli Democracy and was written by a Jew and an Arab, Prof. Mordecai
Kremnitzer and Halad Gnaim. Who these people are and why they have been
summoned to prepare legislation are both shady questions so far.
It doesn't take much thought to understand the
danger of the proposed legislation. Disarming Israelis flies in the face
of recent Jewish history. The Nazis made certain Jews were disarmed and
for good reason. Barely a handful of remaining survivors of the Warsaw
Ghetto held off a German armored division for three weeks with only a few
dozen primitive weapons. Had the Jews of Europe been properly armed, the
history of the Holocaust would have been very different. This lesson was
well learned when Israel was founded and the basic principle of
self-defense has existed until this session of the Knesset.
Once disarmed, it will be no problem
overwhelming all citizens opposed to the government's policies. They will
be arrested without charge, held for nine months without any legal
protection, finally tried and sentenced to five years in prison, all for
daring to publicly utter what can be construed as statements that will
cause others to enter into illegal acts. And if anyone dares come to the
defense of his fellows so imprisoned, he risks two years inside himself.
Why the horrific all-out attack on basic civil
rights? That's not hard to figure out. Netanyahu and Foreign Minister
David Levy, both thoroughly corrupted by the Council on Foreign Relations
and their emissaries in the State Department, are planning to carry out
the Oslo Accord to its bitter conclusion. This time, the government does
not want to be caught off guard by massive public protest of the kind
which ruined the previous government's plan to weaken the country to a
state of defenselessness.
The public is already being prepared for the
new legalized tyranny if there is any objection to the next pullback from
Judea and Samaria, probably to take place this month. A known Shabak
provocateur, Avigdor Eskin, was arrested this week with a crony for
planning to throw a pig's head into the El Aqsa mosque during Ramadan
prayers, an act, a police spokesman claimed throughout the Israeli media,
which would "set off World War Three."
The whole drama is being staged managed, as
usual. Eskin had previously committed real crimes but was not arrested.
One example: On Yigal Amir's (Rabin's wrongly convicted murderer)
birthday, he went to his prison with a birthday cake and while the cameras
were clicking, beat up a 68-year old cab driver who objected to his
This time he was arrested before committing any
crime because "the security implications were so urgent." By
arresting this Shabak agent, the public was being primed for more arrests
of "radicals" planning to ignite world conflagration,
coincidentally, just as the government gives away more territory to the
benign peace partners of the PLO.
This is a mere taste of what will be when the
final stages of Oslo are concluded, which will include the division of
Jerusalem. By then, if the proposed legislation is passed, no citizen will
be allowed to object publicly to the end of his nation.
Barry Chamish is an Israeli journalist. E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
by Barry Chamish
JERUSALEM - It has been called, along with Ben
Hecht's Perfidy, the most controversial book about Israel ever written.
Unlike Perfidy, The Transfer Agreement by Edwin Black (MacMillan, 1985)
never had an audience. It was taken off the shelves quickly and
surreptitiously and is almost impossible to find. I thank David Perkins
for traveling to Washington and making copies at the Library of Congress.
What Black's book painstakingly proves is that in 1933, while the
rest of World Jewry was organizing an economic boycott of the new Nazi
regime in Germany in the hope of breaking it before it could mount the
Holocaust, the Mapai (Labour Party) faction of the Zionist Organization
based in Jerusalem decided to make Nazi Germany Palestine's chief trading
The vehicle for trade was The Transfer Agreement. The Nazis and
Labour Zionists had one very important thing in common: The Nazis wanted
Germany ridded of Jews and the socialist Zionists did too, so long as they
emigrated to Eretz Yisrael. To accommodate such a transfer of Jews, an
agreement was arranged whereby each Jew wishing to leave Germany for
Palestine would have to use his capital to purchase German goods there.
Thus, while world Jewry was busy fighting Nazi Germany economically, the
Mapai Zionists were saving Germany from financial ruin.
In short, the Labour Zionists assured the survival of the Nazis. To
do so, it was essential that their rivals, the Revisionist Zionists (Likud)
were eliminated from the power structure of the impending state of Israel.
The murder of Labour Zionist leader Chaim Arlozoroff, who was a chief
negotiator of the Transfer Agreement, was the means to totally discredit
the opposition and get on with the task of doing business with the Nazis
and in doing so, create a state in the socialist image.
I admit, Black does not paint things quite so black and white.
However, I'm certain most readers would be left with this impression.
Black does conclude, "Could the boycott really have overturned the
Hitler regime? I believe the answer is that for a short period of time,
the anti-Nazi boycott did have an excellent chance of toppling the Third
Reich. The boycott's greatest momentum occurred just after April 1, 1933.
Had the world's Jewish and Zionist organizations unified behind the
boycott at that point, they probably could have mobilized much of the
Christian population and many governments into joining...In their first
few months of power, the Nazis would not have been able to maintain
However, a veritable who's who of early Zionist heroes sabotaged
the boycott. In Part One of my review, I will follow the story of the
secret agreement in Black's own words. While I will not slow down the
narrative with explanations of every Jewish leader and organization, those
fighting the boycott allied themselves with the Labour Zionists of
Palestine. Then, instead of
negotiating with the Jew-hating Nazis, the same Labour Zionists exploited
a political murder to promote their pacts with the Jew killers of the PLO
by eliminating Revisionist (Likud) objections through deliberate, wrongful
The Transfer Agreement, pp 107- Locker advised the
Jewish Agency in Jerusalem that for tactical reasons, Zionists in all
countries should avoid participating in the struggle against Hitler.
Locker feared that open criticism of Hitler would precipitate crackdowns
on German Zionism... Zionists were seeking détente with an enemy to
achieve Jewish nationalism...But the American Jewish Committee's
antagonism to anti-Nazi activity defied even their own definition of
pp 127- By linking the purchase of German goods to
the settling of German Jews in Palestine...the Zionist movement would be
obliged not only to refrain from and oppose any boycott, they would be
obliged to aggressively sponsor German exports.
pp 134/135- The German government felt certain it had
triggered the breakup of the boycott because the Zionist movement would
now be in the German export business...The Jews of the world would now
have to choose between fighting Hitler and building Palestine...the plan
was not a rescue or relief project. If it was, the Zionists would have
labored for an agreement for Jews fleeing Germany without regard to where
they sought refuge.
pp 201- Yet at a Mid-July rally held at the height on
London's anti-Nazi agitation, Nahum Sokolow, in his capacity as Federation
president, advised an anti-Nazi rally to forgo boycott plans. And Chaim
Weizmann and other key Zionist figures repeatedly advised the Deputies to
persist in their non-boycott policy.
pp 293- Chaim Weizmann, a General Zionist, boycotted
the session and requested his name be removed from the Congress speaker
list altogether because the Revisionists had been allowed to participate.
pp 301- The same afternoon as Revisionist leader
Jabotinsky was exhorting his followers to postpone their political
grievances in favor of the war against Nazism, Labor leader David Ben
Gurion, speaking to the Mapai strategy conference, demanded that his
followers do the opposite. The most important task of the movement, Ben
Gurion declared, was to cleanse the movement of Revisionism and extend
Mapai's political borders to cover the entire Zionist Organization.
pp 306- Dr. Ruppin saw to it that most drafts of his
speech deleted any reference to the Transfer Agreement. Dr. Ruppin
apparently preferred history to believe he had never even mentioned the
pp 308- The Revisionist argument would never be
heard. Motzkin announced that after the resolutions were presented, there
would be no debate, this by the decision of the Mapai-dominated
presidium...Nahum Goldmann urged that the Congress show unity by
considering only the Mapai-based resolution.
pp 310/311- Holders of German bonds, loans and
investments around the world had been implored to forgo the material gain
of trafficking in Nazi wares...But now the Zionist Organization was
willing to betray the boycott in exchange for the same economic stimulus
many in the world were being urged to relinquish.
pp 361- As such, leadership of the worldwide boycott
was being consigned to Zionist officials and Zionist organizations. This
was the fate of the international boycott nurtured by the Jews of the
world. The boycott would be led by the leaders who, in fact, opposed it.
pp 373- By 1935, Palestine's need to sell German
merchandise to offset Jewish deposits in transfer accounts became greater
than anyone expected. So the Zionist Organization established another
transfer corporation (which) operated a regional sales network in Iraq,
Egypt, Syria and elsewhere in the region. Mid-east markets were opened for
a vast array of German exports, from Volkswagens to municipal bridge
pp 375- By 1936, the Jewish population had
doubled...The town of Haifa had grown into a bustling German immigrant
city. Palestine was on its way to a Jewish majority, on its way to Jewish
pp 382- The haunting question is: Was the continuing
economic relationship with Germany an indispensable factor in the creation
of the State of Israel? The answer to that is yes.
Thus ends Black's disturbing book. Labor Zionism got its way: it created a state in its image. And the cost was only 6 million dead. The same state could have been created by the Revisionists had they been allowed to fight. And the price in dead would have been high but, in retrospect, far more reasonable.
AUTHOR'S POST SCRIPT -
"TRANSFER AGREEMENT II"
I received numerous objections to the
above part of my review of Edwin Black's book, "The Transfer
Agreement." Two arguments were repeated. First, who is Edwin Black
and why should we trust him? Mr. Black was a longtime reporter for the
Chicago Tribune and the son of Holocaust survivors. His book was published
by no less than MacMillan and was delayed for many months until its
editor, Ned Chase was satisfied that every point was proved conclusively.
second objection is just as easy to answer. Numerous correspondents
complained about dredging up fifty year old history and asked what the
point of it is. The point is that the mentality of the socialist Zionists
has not changed and few Israelis learned the lesson the first time around.
1933, the vast majority of Palestinian Jews showed their righteous anger
at the Nazis by boycotting German goods. At the same time, the Labor
Zionist leadership scoffed at majority opinion and conducted secret
negotiations with Hitler's regime of terror which lead to a wide ranging
1993, the vast majority of Israeli Jews showed their righteous anger at
the PLO by refusing to recognize them as remotely potential diplomatic
partners. At the same time, the Labor Zionist leadership scoffed at
majority opinion and conducted secret negotiations with Arafat's regime of
terror which led to a wide ranging diplomatic pact.
1933, the chief negotiator with the Nazis, Chaim Arlosoroff was murdered
and though the perpetrators of the deed did not come from the political
opposition and the Labor Zionist leadership knew it, they exploited the
murder to push through their immoral pact when objections to it became
1995, the chief negotiator with the PLO, Yitzhak Rabin... finish the
let Edwin Black tell the story with some commentary by me intruding on his
pp 137- (The) first task was to circulate word
that the official proposal of Zionism was in the hands of Chaim Arlosoroff,
head of the Political Department of the Jewish Agency..."This leads
me to a central question...the liquidation of capital and holdings
belonging to German Jewish emigrants," Arlosoroff
explained..."It makes no sense to ignore it or think it can be solved
without an agreement with the German government."
pp 148- Chaim Arlosoroff was one of the most
provocative thinkers of his day... His Jewish friends began to fear and
hate him. Arlosoroff was a top Mapai (Labor) leader, but the Labor-aligned
moderates could hardly contain their fury that the prodigy of the Zionist
movement was abandoning all Zionist discipline. Unilaterally he was
formulating and executing policy- bilateral breakthroughs with the Arabs
and controversial trade-offs with the Nazis. Arlosoroff was by himself
engineering the fate of societies and nations, not in theoretical,
discreet ways but by one stunning fait accompli after another. He was
giving away the Promised Land to the Arabs, and in doing so giving away
the Zionist elections to the Revisionists (Likud). Arlosoroff would have
to be stopped.
His enemies among the Jews were convinced
there was no greater nemesis. Arlosoroff was a special foe of Revisionism.
It was Arlosoroff who in late 1931 conceived the decree against membership
in Jabotinsky's Revisionist Union. The calls for his assassination were so
commonplace during early 1933 that it was rumored Revisionist circles were
merely debating whether to kill him before or after the Eighteenth Zionist
pp 150- On June 9, the Palestinian Revisionist
newspaper Hazit Haam declared, "At a time when the people of Israel
in Palestine and abroad are in a defensive war of honor against
Germany...an official of the Jewish Agency, (Arlosoroff) suggests not only
a cancellation of the boycott but also a promise of a market for German
imports..." The animosity of the Jewish masses... cast Arlosoroff in
a deep depression.
pp 151- Arlosoroff at first refused protection
saying, "No Jew would kill me."
pp 152- At the hospital, the doctors were ill
prepared and indecisive...there was no surgeon on duty...With the last air
in his lungs he turned toward the mayor of Tel Aviv and whispered,
"Look what they have done to me." And then he died.
pp 157- Quickly the Revisionists emerged as the
logical, and to a larger extent, the most suitable culprits. Police squads
raided the apartments of leading Revisionist figures, including Abba
Achimeir, the editor of Hazit Haam...There they found a Betar activist
named Abraham Stavsky...Sima Arlosoroff identified Stavsky as the man who
held the flashlight and Polish Revisionist Avi Rosenblatt as the one who
fired the pistol. Some weeks later Achimeir was accused of masterminding
Sima Arlosoroff was under tremendous pressure
from Mapai leaders to maintain her damaging testimony despite doubts. In
the months that followed, the murder investigation was besieged by
bought-and-paid-for Arab confessions, false witnesses, manufactured
evidence, bizarre theories, dramatic revelations and unanswerable
questions. Within a year Rosenblatt and Achimeir were both acquitted due
to conflicting evidence...Stavsky was finally released on an evidence
technicality...Mapai leaders, satisfied that Revisionism was implicated-
whether or not juridically guilty- would refuse to discuss the case even
pp 158- Jabotinsky was often held personally
responsible. Pamphlets call him "a bloodthirsty beast." David
Ben Gurion admitted he "was less interested in whether Stavsky is the
murderer than Jabotinsky." Ben Gurion declared that Jabotinsky bore
full responsibility because he was Revisionism's "Commander,leader
Hostilities continued as Mapai forces hammered
away at Revisionism, labeling it a Fascist misfit of Zionism, and
harassing Jews who supported Jabotinsky. Jabotinsky himself was portrayed
as the Jewish Hitler, commanding forces analogous to Nazi Storm Troopers.
And yet in truth, it was not the stalwarts of Jewish militancy, the
Revisionists, who had constructed avenues of commercial and political détente
with the Third Reich. It was the forces of Mapai.
stage of the Rabin murder was constructed of precisely the same material
and starred the same actors. Sima Arlosoroff, like Leah Rabin knew more
than she was permitted to tell and under duress, blamed the political
opposition. Yigal and Hagai Amir, played Stavsky and Rosenblatt in the
latest production. Netanyahu made a fine Jabotinsky, Barak, a less
convincing Ben Gurion. Arafat played a most persuasive Hitler. The props
changed but almost no alterations were made in the script.
Now the scene changes to the 18th Zionist Congress in Prague. Word
has leaked about the secret Transfer Agreement. Labour Zionism must
deflect criticism of their immoral pact and to do so, they play the
Arlosoroff card just as effectively as today's Labor Party played the
Rabin card to keep its immoral deals with the PLO on track.
pp 314- When the session finally resumed,
Revisionists were anxious to demand more details of the Transfer
Agreement. But the proceeding was interrupted by what many believed was a
staged emergency. Someone dramatically handed Motzkin a telegram: Motzkin
reacted with a look of shock. The presidium passed the telegram around and
announced this session would be adjourned at once...word quickly spread
that the cable had come from Palestine. It claimed one of the Revisionists
on trial for the murder of Arlosoroff had confessed to the crime...The
next day, the Congress delegates quickly learned the "confession
cable" was a fake. Still, the false alarm had served to foreclose
debate one more day on the truly pressing issue: The Transfer Agreement.
pp 330/331- Now that representatives of all
parties had heard Political Committee testimony about at least the
superficial aspects of the agreement, the Revisionists believed they could
appeal to the delegates for a resolution of nullification. As expected,
the only way Mapai could block this was by intensifying their allegations
that Revisionists killed Arlosoroff...Hitting hard with the murder
accusation, Katznelson cried, "Only one of us has been slaughtered so
far..." This is how it went. Hour after hour, night after night. The
crisis in Germany was omitted from the agenda. The menace of Hitlerism was
bypassed. The Nazis must have been smiling.
pp 334- Mapai had finally succeeded in
scheduling a special session devoted exclusively to the question of
violence... The Actions Committee was then empowered "in the most
effective manner...to remove from the Zionist Organization those elements
responsible for violence."
It's as if whoever plotted the murder of Rabin said, "Let's do
Arlosoroff all over again." Once Rabin was out of the way, all debate
about the Oslo Accord was hushed in precisely the same manner. Anyone who
dared oppose the accord was labeled an assassin and that justified
carrying on with the nefarious agreement.
To my critics I say, read "The Transfer Agreement" by
Edwin Black. Learn from history. The same mentality of the same people are
at work in our time. We cannot allow them to lead us to slaughter again.
Barry Chamish is an Israeli journalist. E-Mail: email@example.com
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