La série a été diffusée une seule fois aux États-Unis, dans un événement du Jewish Community Center (JCC) à Manhattan (NY) en novembre-décembre 2011. La première partie faisait partie de la programmation du festival de film « Other Israel », un rare festival osant montrer l’autre face, moins lumineuse, d’Israël.
Le Conseil représentatif des institutions juives de France (CRIF) a accusé lundi la chaine franco-allemande Arte d’inciter à la haine d’Israël et des Juifs en diffusant mercredi. Le serment, un téléfilm britannique controversé. « Lors de sa première diffusion sur Canal Plus, en mars 2011, le CRIF avait dénoncé la programmation de cette mini-série orientée et remplie de stéréotypes anti-israéliens et antijuifs », s’indigne le CRIF dans un communiqué publié sur son site. En 2011, l’ancien président du CRIF, Richard Prasquier, avait accusé la chaine cryptée française de présenter au travers du téléfilm « une vision partiale et idéologique de l’Histoire » et de « déshumaniser » les Juifs. Le Serment (The Promise) est une mini-série britannique en quatre épisodes réalisé par Peter Kosminsky.
(…) Peter Kosminsky met en scène une multiplicité de personnages censés évoquer tous les points de vue. Il tisse son propos autour d’événements dramatiques : la libération d’un camp en Allemagne, l’arrivée des déportés en Palestine, la lutte à mort opposant l’Irgoun aux Britanniques, l’attentat de l’hôtel King David, le carnage de Deir Yassin (massacre d’un village palestinien perpétré par l’Irgoun), l’exode des Arabes et la conquête de leurs maisons par des Juifs. Ce premier tableau sert de toile de fond à l’époque contemporaine. À travers le regard innocent de son héroïne, accueillie dans une famille de la gauche israélienne pacifiste, il nous fait découvrir les terribles conditions de vie des Palestiniens en 2005. Double positif des Juifs israéliens, les Palestiniens sont les victimes innocentes de cette histoire. De sorte que si Le Serment présente une vraie qualité narrative, il n’est pas sans ambiguïté, voire sans parti pris. À la fin de la projection presse organisée par Canal +, une salariée de la chaîne a eu spontanément cette réflexion : « Comment un peuple qui a été aussi persécuté peut-il être autant persécuteur ? » « J’ai recueilli le témoignage de près de 80 anciens soldats britanniques, j’ai enquêté pendant huit ans », se défend Peter Kosminsky.(…)
« J’ai rencontré des vieux soldats qui ont servi là-bas. Leurs témoignages, même soixante ans plus tard, demeurent d’une incroyable violence contre l’Angleterre. Mon récit entremêle l’histoire d’une jeune fille dans l’Angleterre d’aujourd’hui, qui s’apprête à retrouver son petit ami juif en Israël, et celle de son grand-père qui a servi en Palestine. J’essaie de montrer que les origines des problèmes actuels dans cette région remontent à l’époque où la Grande-Bretagne était présente. C’est l’histoire de l’échec de la décolonisation britannique. Mais aussi l’évocation de la relation très forte que j’ai eue avec mon grand-père maternel, juif autrichien, qui a eu une influence énorme sur moi. Il a connu les camps de concentration, j’ai beaucoup pensé à ce qu’il avait vécu dans sa jeunesse. »
For 11 years, British director Peter Kosminsky worked on the television series « The Promise, » in which he draws some unlikely comparisons between modern-day Israel and British-controlled Palestine toward the end of the Mandate period. The four-part series – which prompted fierce debate in Britain for its suggestion that the Holocaust is comparable to the founding of the state of Israel – has now arrived here for the first time since airing in Britain one year ago.(…) Kosminsky, a British resident of Jewish descent, said the series « deals first and foremost with Britain, and is designed for Britain. » Thus Israelis will likely identify small inexact details, and they also will likely feel find the narrative to be problematic. (It is depicted via different perspectives, primarily through the eyes of those who ruled here in the past. ) As the series’ makers claim, impressions of « The Promise » depend upon the viewer’s political outlook.
Victor Sharpe of Arutz Sheva says: « Not content with adopting every anti-Israel trope that Israel bashers can think up, Kosminsky distorted history to such an extent that to call it pro-Arab propaganda is a monumental understatement. »
For his research Kosminsky consulted the International Solidarity Movement about Israel, which is like basing your views on immigration on interviews with the BNP.
And now the BBC have shown a documentary which started out as a valid investigation into Islamophobia in Holland but, which, degenerated into a gratuitous attack on Jews, Israel and Zionism.
Marcus Dysch – The Jewish Chronicle March 31, 2011
Film-maker Peter Kosminsky has staunchly defended his drama series The Promise in his first public comments. Speaking at a Q&A session on Tuesday hosted by the TV station Al-Jazeera, Mr Kosminsky, 54, said that some reactions had been “hysterical”.
He said he had received hate mail from British Jews and that critics labelling The Promise as antisemitic were “dangerous, a bit like crying wolf”.
The Israeli Embassy in London and the Zionist Federation led complaints against the drama, set in British Mandate Palestine, present-day Israel and the Palestinian territories.
Mr Kosminsky said the series, shown on Channel 4 in February, was aimed primarily at making people aware of Britain’s role in Palestine in the 1940s
The director said: “I set out to try to be balanced. There will be individual moments that may not seem balanced. It’s not a documentary. We interviewed more than 80 survivors of the British deployment to Palestine in the 1940s. I wanted to remind British people that we have some culpability in one of the most tragic and intractable conflicts of our age.” The 30-strong audience included a small number of Israel supporters who questioned Mr Kosminsky’s “agenda”.
He replied that the themes in the series had been driven by interviews with British army veterans.
“Most of these guys arrived incredibly sympathetic to the Jewish plight, but at the end of three years of the kinds of incidents dramatised in The Promise, their attitudes had changed.
“This was so strong through the research that I either had to reflect it or abandon the project.
The moment you decide to dramatise that change, you have a story which starts with a guy who is pro-Jewish, and ends with a guy who is pro-Arab. I believe that is why some people feel the show is pro-Palestinian.
“I don’t think my own ethnicity had anything to do with how I approached this as a story-teller, but that might be a question for my shrink.”
He added: “If you seek to comment on the domestic or international policy of Israel, particularly if you are Jewish, you open yourself up to accusations of antisemitism. I get very nervous about the light use of the racism label.”|||
“The most striking thing I’m left with is a question: how did we get from there to here? Like most British soldiers we interviewed, arriving in Palestine from the war in Europe, Len Matthews felt only sympathy for the Jewish plight. Having seen the ovens of Bergen-Belsen, his heart tells him that Jews deserve a place of safety, almost at any price. In 1945, that view was shared by most of the world. In the era inhabited by Erin, his granddaughter, just 60 years later, Israel is isolated, loathed and feared in equal measure by its neighbours, finding little sympathy outside America for its uncompromising view of how to defend its borders and secure its future. How did Israel squander the compassion of the world within a lifetime?”
Peter Kosminsky | The Guardian, Friday 28 January 2011
Writer and director Peter Kosminsky has spent seven years making The Promise, a film about the Arab-Israeli conflict. What has he learned?
It’s April 1988, about five in the morning, 40km outside Kabul in Afghanistan. I’m taking shelter in a scrape in the rock, flattening my cheek against the cold surface, semi-automatic gunfire and the concussion of departing mortars beating in my ears. In theory, I’m making a documentary about young Soviet army conscripts in Afghanistan. In reality, I’ve been marooned on this « zastava », or mountain outpost, for days. The 17-year-old kids, who are the heroes of our documentary, fire back at the attacking mujahideen, in the grip of a kind of hyper-bravado. I, on the other hand, have leapt from my makeshift sleeping bag to cower in what passes for cover on this bare outcrop. « Why am I here? » I ask myself pointlessly, and not for the first time. « Aren’t there safer assignments I could pursue, where nights are spent between soft sheets? Why am I obsessed with war? »
A quarter of a lifetime later, I’m still exploring that obsession, trying to bring to the screen what is, without doubt, the most ambitious, agonising and creatively troublesome film I’ve ever undertaken. The Promise
, which screens on Channel 4 from 6 February for four weeks, attempts in drama to come to an understanding of the most dangerous and intractable war of our age – the conflict between Arab and Jew in the Middle East – as seen through the eyes of two outsiders, a British teenager and her grandfather. Erin Matthews, an 18-year-old just beginning her gap year, travels to Israel
with her Jewish schoolfriend, Eliza. Eliza, who has dual nationality, has been summoned back to Israel for military service. Erin goes with her for moral support, taking a diary written 60 years before by her grandfather, Len. Fresh from the second world war and the airborne assault on Germany, Sergeant Len Matthews has been unexpectedly posted – like 100,000 other British troops – to keep the peace in what was then called Palestine. As Erin reads his diary, we travel back in time to witness, with Len, the war at the birth of the state of Israel. And as Erin reads, she becomes curious about the disputed country beyond the comfort of Eliza’s seaside home. She starts to retrace her grandfather’s steps, beginning a journey through modern-day Israel and the occupied territories that will see her solve the mystery of why Len’s life was destroyed by the few months he spent in that troubled land.
War attracts nothing so much as cliche. Perhaps the greatest is that the first casualty of war is truth. For example, to my knowledge there are at least three convincing and apparently well-documented explanations of the killings that took place in the Arab village of Deir Yassin, one of the emblematic events of the bloody war of 1948. If we were to tiptoe into the minefield that is Middle-East politics, we had better get our facts right. For four years, a team of six researchers picked away at the story of Len and Erin in our two time frames, 1945-48 and today. We tracked down and interviewed over 80 veterans of the British Mandate in Palestine (Britain was the colonial power until 1948), studied archives from the period at the Imperial War Museum, the Airborne Forces Museum at Duxford and at the public record office in Kew, where thousands of declassified intelligence reports from the period can still be found and read. We unearthed unpublished photographs and accounts of the perilous journey undertaken by Palestinian Arabs in 1948, fleeing their homes in the face of the advancing Jewish forces. We spoke to Israeli academics who had interviewed Jewish women used to befriend British soldiers to covertly extract intelligence from them. And we spoke to their controllers, the underground fighters of the Irgun Tsvai Leumi, who fought to a standstill a proud British army fresh from victory in a world war.
For the present-day story we interviewed Israeli Jewish boys and girls, conscripted at 18 in defence of their country. We tracked down children of the same age from overseas, members of the International Solidarity Movement, who had confronted Israeli bulldozers to protect the homes of Palestinians in the occupied territories. We drew on testimony from Combatants for Peace, Breaking the Silence and other organisations concerned with the uneasy and undeclared truce in Israel today. On my own research trips to the region I located and visited the site of the massacre at Deir Yassin, finding the former Arab village still intact but, incredibly, now being used as a high-security hospital for mentally ill patients. I stood in the death cell where Jewish fighters condemned by the British Mandate government for insurrection awaited their fate, visited the sites of recent suicide bombings and gazed out across Israel’s protective wall, surely the most palpable and chilling symbol of division on our planet.
Our research turned up some surprising facts, counter to common knowledge. For example, for many years I had believed that the Israeli military had invented the strategy of destructive reprisals against the families of insurgents. If a Palestinian blows him or herself up in an Israeli city, the Israeli Defence Force will locate the family home of that bomber and bulldoze it. How strange then to discover, as we pored over records of tactics in Mandate Palestine, that the British used exactly the same techniques against the Irgun, part-precursors of the present-day Israeli military, in 1946. If British interests were attacked by a Jewish « terrorist », the home of that terrorist would be dynamited, as a matter of policy. Why would the Jews, who demonstrably defeated the British and their entire tactical handbook, adopt exactly the same failed anti-insurgency approach as their former masters when they in turn faced an insurgency? It made no sense but, as we were to discover, nothing is simple in a land where truth has long since been co-opted as a weapon of war.
Making the drama in Israel itself also turned out to be anything but simple. At the outset, it had seemed a wise decision. Nowhere else looks quite like modern-day Israel – the topography, the architecture, the physiognomy of its diverse population. Creating Erin’s story elsewhere in the Arab world would be time-consuming and costly. And where better to stage scenes set in 1940s Palestine than in the locations where the events had taken place, where some key buildings survive and others could be readily recreated from local archive and memory. English is widely spoken, period weapons and vehicles abound, there’s a thriving film industry. It ought to have been straightforward. In practice, it was anything but. When I dramatised events from the Bosnian war for Leigh Jackson’s Warriors, I faked them in the Czech Republic. Scenes for my drama about Somalia and Liberia were recreated in Kenya and Ghana. I did Iraq in Morocco, Pakistan in India, even Belfast was carefully remounted in the streets of Leeds and Bradford. Never before had I attempted to dramatise a conflict in the land in which it was taking place, using ex-combatants and reservists as actors and extras, local technicians as crew, shooting events still raw in the memory in the places in which they had occurred. Scenes that look achievable on paper take on a lively extra dimension when you have real Israelis and Palestinians playing your roles.
One particularly difficult scene calls for an actor playing an IDF commander to use a Palestinian civilian as a human shield while moving through a dangerous area in Gaza. We had detailed research supporting the event we were depicting and, by chance, an Israeli soldier had been found guilty in the courts for using exactly these tactics in the week we were to shoot the scene. None of these justifications made the sequence any easier to achieve in the cockpit of unresolved animosities that is Israel today. The first actor I cast walked out during rehearsals, explaining politely that, although he knew these things happened, recreating such an event in a scene with Palestinian actors wasn’t something he was able to do. I recast the part, outlining in over-elaborate detail to the talented substitute actor we chose what the scene would involve. When he agreed, I privately assumed he was a committed liberal, out of sympathy with Israeli military policy. But when it came to staging the scene, in the predominantly Arab town of Ramle with Palestinian actors playing opposite him, it became clear that he had recent military experience in the occupied territories. Eventually, he revealed that he was an officer in the Israeli army reserves, spending a weekend a month in uniform. When I asked why, if that was true, he had been prepared to accept the role he said: « These things happen. We need to confront them. » And confront them he did, in one of the most distressing and powerful scenes in the film.
In episode three of The Promise, Erin travels to Hebron in the occupied West Bank. We used her visit as an opportunity to restage a scene from our research, where a Jewish settler faces off angrily against an Arab resident. The actors involved wanted to be photographed together at the end of what was an unremittingly aggressive confrontation. « The image you’ll never see in The Promise, » said the Jewish actor as she posed arm-in-arm with her Arab fellow actor. Later she told me that, in a long career on stage and screen in Israel, this was the first time she had ever acted with a « real Palestinian ». It had taken the arrival of a foreign film crew, not realising the magnitude of what it was they were asking, to bring this thing about.
So what have they taught me, my seven years engaged with the inciting conflict of our terrorist-obsessed age? The most striking thing I’m left with is a question: how did we get from there to here? Like most British soldiers we interviewed, arriving in Palestine from the war in Europe, Len Matthews felt only sympathy for the Jewish plight. Having seen the ovens of Bergen-Belsen, his heart tells him that Jews deserve a place of safety, almost at any price. In 1945, that view was shared by most of the world. In the era inhabited by Erin, his granddaughter, just 60 years later, Israel is isolated, loathed and feared in equal measure by its neighbours, finding little sympathy outside America for its uncompromising view of how to defend its borders and secure its future. How did Israel squander the compassion of the world within a lifetime? That’s the question The Promise sets out to explore. Its other purpose is to act as a reminder to all of us Brits who shake our heads and mutter « not our problem ». As the departing colonial power, Britain was charged with seeing both communities to independence in good order. In Palestine, as in so many other examples of our rapid retreat from empire, we left chaos, political confusion, bloodshed and war. It turns out that it is our problem, at least in part, and we should take some responsibility for it.
By Dr Gideon Polya 19 January, 2012 Countercurrents.org
A core moral message from the WW2 Jewish Holocaust is “never again to anyone”. Accordingly, decent , anti-racist, humanitarian Jews speak out against the Palestinian Genocide and the racist abuses of Apartheid Israel but this ethical behavior typically elicits false defamation by pro-Zionists as exampled below. All decent folk must defend anti-racist Jews from false defamation by pro-Zionists.
“The Promise” is a UK TV series based on the experiences of 80 of the 100,000 UK soldiers who served in post-war Palestine in the 1940s. This TV series in four episodes was written and directed by Jewish British writer, director and producer Peter Kosminsky, with music by outstanding Jewish British composer Debbie Wiseman MBE, and premiered on 6 February 2011 on the UK Channel 4. « The Promise » deals with a young woman going to Israel/Palestine of today, using her visit to investigate her soldier grandfather’s part in the post-war phase of the British Mandate of Palestine. The series drew virulent criticism from pro-Zionists in Britain (see “The Promise (2011 TV serial)”, Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Promise_%282011_TV_serial%29
) and from Australian pro-Zionists after it was shown in Australia in 2011.
According to the Australian Jewish News (12 January 2012), ““Insidious”, “racist” and “a landmark in the creeping rehabilitation of anti-Semitism in Western culture”. These are just some of the terms used to describe The Promise in a 20-page letter of complaint submitted this week to the SBS ombudsman by the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ)” (Australian Jewish News, TV series akin to Nazi propaganda”, 12 January 2012: http://www.jewishnews.net.au/tv-series-the-promise-akin-to-nazi-propaganda/24212
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, “ Australia ‘s peak Jewish body is seeking to halt promotion and DVD sales of the SBS series, “ The Promise”
, a dramatic portrayal set in Israel it has likened to Nazi propaganda. The Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) said the British-made drama, inspired by accounts of British soldiers who served in Palestine during the 1940s, was anti-Semitic and in direct violation of the SBS code covering prejudice, racism and discrimination… The television drama prompted a similar reaction following its screening in Britain last year. The UK ‘s Office of Communications received 44 complaints about the series, which was not found to be in breach of its code” (see Leesha McKenny, “SBS fields complaints over series set in Israel ”, Sydney Morning Herald, 17 January 2012: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/sbs-fields-complaints-over-series-set-in-israel-20120116-1q37z.html
Further, the Jewish writer-director of “The Promise” Peter Kosminsky has stated that the 80 British veterans interviewed during research for “ The Promise” had arrived in Palestine »very pro-Jewish … but by the end of their stay had almost all shifted their allegiance and were feeling a great deal of sympathy for the Arabs ».
The detailed letter of complaint by the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) to the partly taxpayer-funded multicultural TV SBS TV network makes the following key but false and profoundly offensive argument: “ The internationally accepted “ Working Definition of Antisemitism
”10 includes the following passage: Examples of the ways in which Antisemitism manifests itself with regard to the state of Israel taking into account the overall context could include: • denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour. • drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis ” and then goes on to consider the reality that the writer-director of the series is Jewish: “
The fact that the writer-director of the series, Peter Kosminsky, is Jewish has no bearing on the present complaint, which requires an assessment to be made of the objective
effect of the material complained of. Kosminsky’s subjective motives are therefore irrelevant and cannot be known with any certainty. No person’s public statements to explain their motives can simply be accepted at face value. It is in any event false to assume that Jews cannot be the authors of material which is objectively antisemitic. As Howard Jacobsen observed: “ It matters not a jot to me that the writer/director of The Promise is a Jew. Jews succumbing to the age-old view of them and reviling what’s Jewish in themselves has a long history” . 29
In his most recent book, A Lethal Obsession
, the acclaimed historian of Antisemitism, Robert Wistrich, devotes an entire chapter to “Jews against Zion .” He summarizes the history of antisemitic Jews starting with the apostates in Christian Spain after the massacres of the Jews in 1391 and concludes: “Self-hating Jews, whatever their motives for betraying their own people and negating its history, have throughout the ages provided invaluable ammunition for the Antisemites. That still remains the bottom line.” 30 ” (for the full text of the letter of complaint see: http://www.australiansforpalestine.net/56857 ).
Before dealing with this routine, false, Zionist defamation of anti-racist Jewish critics of Israel as “anti-Semites”, a brief history lesson is required.
Palestine is part of the Fertile Crescent that was a key area of nascent human agrarian civilization (see outstanding Jewish American scholar Professor Jared Diamond’s “Guns, Germs and Steel”) and in the first millennium BC was inhabited by Philistines (whence the name) and a number of Semitic tribes, including genocidal Hebrews/Israelites, the precursors of the Jews, whose horrendous ethnic cleansing crimes are proudly recorded in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible. Jewish Israeli historian Shlomo Sand in his book “The Invention of the Jewish People” has made the key points that there is no Egyptian record of the Exodus from Egypt, there was no huge David and Solomon Empire, there was no Exile from Palestine in 136 AD (only some defeated Jewish rebels and their families were taken as slaves by the victorious Romans) and that the Jewish and non-Jewish Palestinians in the early Christian era variously converted to Christianity and thence to Islam i.e. the direct genetic and cultural descendants of those Jewish and non-Jewish Palestinians of 2,000 years ago are the present day Palestinians whereas the Jewish Israelis largely derive from Berber, Yemeni and Khazar converts to a more universalist Judaism in the first millennium CE.
Political Zionism arose in the late 19th century but was opposed by Orthodox Jews as heretical and blasphemous (Orthodox Judaism posits that Jews can only return to Zion after the Messiah arrives to present the glory of the Lord to all mankind) and was also opposed by secular, assimilated Jews who simply wanted to get on with their lives in the European countries or regions their forebears had inhabited for up to 2 millennia. Indeed in Hungary about half the Jewish population converted to Christianity from the mid-19th century onwards to avoid anti-Semitic restrictions. Even Theodor Herzl, the founder of Zionism, was not dogmatic about settling Palestine and considered Argentina (recently ethnically cleansed of Indigenous Indians) as a suitable alternative (see Theodor Herzl, “ Palestine or Argentine?” in “The Jewish State”, 1896: http://mideastweb.org/jewishstate.pdf ). Indeed there were some 20 possible locations on all continents for a Jewish Colony/Jewish State (see Martin Gilbert, “Jewish History Atlas”, p95) including the plan to settle North West Australia that was finally vetoed by the Australian Labor Government in 1944 (see “An Unpromised Land” by Leon Gettler).
The Allied conquest of much of the Ottoman Empire in WW1 enabled the British to offer Palestine as a Jewish Home (not a Jewish State) through the 1917 Balfour Declaration that was designed to get Russian Zionist support for keeping Russia in the war: “
His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country. ” In 1880 there were about 0.5 million Indigenous Palestinians and 25,000 Jews in Palestine , half the latter being immigrants. Post-WW1 Jewish immigration brought the Jewish proportion of the population to one third by 1947. Arab resistance to this alienation of their country grew to revolt in the middle 1930s. In 1944 pro-Zionist Churchill got the war cabinet to agree to the eventual Partition of Palestine. At that time ha was also persuaded by the Zionists to veto the Joel Brand plan to save 0.7 million Hungarian Jews from the Nazis (0.4 million died including all but about a dozen of my family) (see “Joel Brand, Exposing Zionist complicity in Nazi mass murder of Hungarian Jews”: https://sites.google.com/site/jewsagainstracistzionism/brand-joel-exposing-zionist-complicity-in-nazi-mass-murder-of-hungarian-jews and “Lenni Brenner. Exposing Zionist collaboration and complicity with the Nazis”: https://sites.google.com/site/jewsagainstracistzionism/brenner-lenni-exposing-zionist-collaboration-and-complicity-with-the-nazis ” ).
US-promoted UN recognition of a race-based State of Israel and British withdrawal left the Arabs at the mercy of Zionist terrorists. 800,000 Palestinians fled Zionist terrorist violence that ethnically cleansed cities, towns and villages that had been inhabited continuously by Palestinians for thousands of years. Apartheid Israel seized all of Palestine and a big chunk of Egypt and Syria in 1967 and occupied a large part of Lebanon in 1982-2000. The Sinai was eventually returned to Egypt but Apartheid Israel almost completely ethnically cleansed the Golan Heights ( Syria ) and has continued to ethnically cleanse the West Bank . The human cost to Palestinians of the US-, Canada-, UK-, EU- and Apartheid Australia-backed Zionist enterprise has been horrendous: 0.1 million violent deaths (1936-2012) and 1.9 million avoidable deaths from war-, expulsion- and occupation-imposed deprivation (1950-2012) i.e. 2.0 million war-related deaths. Since 1950 Palestinian under-5 infant deaths inside and outside Palestine have totaled 0.75 million and refugees now total over 7 million. Of about 12 million Palestinians only the adults of 1.5 million Palestinian Israelis can vote for the government ruling all of Palestine (plus part of Syria), albeit as third class citizens subject to Nazi-style race laws – democracy by genocide. 1.6 million Occupied Palestinians (half of them children ) are abusively confined to the Gaza Concentration Camp, 2.6 million Occupied Palestinians are abusively confined to ever-dwindling West Bank mini-Bantustans and about 6 million Palestinians living outside Palestine are effectively forbidden to even live in the Homeland continuously inhabited by their forebears for thousands of years to the dawn of history. This is an ongoing Palestinian Holocaust and a Palestinian Genocide as defined by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention (see “Palestinian Genocide”: https://sites.google.com/site/palestiniangenocide/ and the recent multi-author book “The Plight of the Palestinians”: http://mwcnews.net/focus/analysis/4047-the-plight-of-the-palestinians.html ).
Of course globally the racist Zionist impact is much worse. The Zionist-promoted US War on Muslims has since 1990 been associated with 12 million Muslim deaths from violence or from war- and occupation-imposed deprivation, the breakdown being 4.6 million (Iraq), 5.0 million (Afghanistan ), 2.2 million (Somalia) and 50,000 (Libya) (see “Muslim Holocaust, Muslim Genocide”: https://sites.google.com/site/muslimholocaustmuslimgenocide/ ). The Zionist-dominated US dominates Spaceship Earth on which 18 million people die avoidably from deprivation every year (see “Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950”: http://globalbodycount.blogspot.com/ ) . The Zionist-dominated US is hell-bent on climate change inaction and continued disproportionate greenhouse gas pollution, yet it is estimated that 10 billion people – including 3 billion Muslims – will perish this century if man-made climate change is not requisitely addressed (see “Climate Genocide”: https://sites.google.com/site/climategenocide/ ).
For anti-racist Jews and indeed all anti-racist humanitarians the core moral messages from the Jewish Holocaust (5-6 million dead, 1 in 6 dying from deprivation) and from the more general WW2 European Holocaust (30 million Slav, Jewish and Gypsy dead) are “zero tolerance for racism”, “never again to anyone”, “bear witness” and “zero tolerance for lying”. Yet for anti-racist Jews Peter Kosminsky and Debbie Wiseman the reward for their ethical and humane behavior is to be falsely defamed by pro-Zionists as “anti-Semites”.
One must turn to other even more eminent, anti-racist Jews for expert opinions on the genocidal, racist Zionist, Apartheid Israel enterprise. Thus “Jews Against Racist Zionism” (see: https://sites.google.com/site/jewsagainstracistzionism/home
) is an alphabetically ordered compendium of such anti-racist Jewish opinion. Further, many outstanding Jewish humanitarians have spoken out against Israeli Apartheid that is worse that South African Apartheid according to Jewish and non-Jewish heroes in the fight against Apartheid Israel-backed Apartheid South Africa and indeed back boycotts against Apartheid Israel just as boycotts were successfully applied against Apartheid South Africa (see “Boycott Apartheid Israel”: https://sites.google.com/site/boycottapartheidisrael/
Below are some opinions of outstanding anti-racist Jewish intellectuals that are relevant to the message of “The Promise”and the pro-Zionist backlash.
Consider the words of outstanding Jewish American scholar Professor Jared Diamond who in his best-selling book « Collapse” (Prologue, p10, Penguin edition) enunciated the « moral principle, namely that it is morally wrong for one people to dispossess, subjugate, or exterminate another people » – an injunction grossly violated by racist Zionist (RZ)-run Apartheid Israel and its racist, genocide-committing and genocide-ignoring US Alliance backers.
Sir Isaac Isaacs, the first Australian-born Governor-General of Australia (circa 1946) : “The honour of Jews throughout the world demands the renunciation of political Zionism » and « the Zionist movement as a whole…now places its own unwarranted interpretation on the Balfour Declaration, and makes demands that are arousing the antagonism of the Moslem world of nearly 400 millions, thereby menacing the safety of our Empire, endangering world peace and imperiling some of the most sacred associations of the Jewish, Christian, and Moslem faiths. Besides their inherent injustice to others these demands would, I believe, seriously and detrimentally affect the general position of Jews throughout the world. »
Jewish Israeli Professor Avi Shlaim ( Professor of International Relations at Oxford University , UK , and the author of “The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World” and of “Lion of Jordan: King Hussein’s Life in War and Peace” (2006): “ “ The only way to make sense of Israel ‘s senseless war in Gaza is through understanding the historical context. Establishing the state of Israel in May 1948 involved a monumental injustice to the Palestinians … This brief review of Israel ‘s record over the past four decades makes it difficult to resist the conclusion that it has become a rogue state with « an utterly unscrupulous set of leaders ». A rogue state habitually violates international law, possesses weapons of mass destruction and practises terrorism – the use of violence against civilians for political purposes. Israel fulfils all of these three criteria; the cap fits and it must wear it. Israel ‘s real aim is not peaceful coexistence with its Palestinian neighbours but military domination. It keeps compounding the mistakes of the past with new and more disastrous ones. Politicians, like everyone else, are of course free to repeat the lies and mistakes of the past. But it is not mandatory to do so.”
Professor Bertell Ollman ( professor of politics at New York University ) (2004): “An all out struggle against Zionism by Jews, therefore, is also the most effective way to fight against real anti-Semitism. Furthermore, if Zionism is indeed a particularly virulent form of nationalism and, increasingly, of racism and if Israel is acting toward its captive minority in ways that resemble more and more how the Nazis treated their Jews, then we must also say so. For obvious reasons, the Zionists are very sensitive about being compared to the Nazis (not so sensitive that it has restrained them in their actions but enough to bellow « unfair » and to charge « anti-Semitism » when it happens). Yet, the facts on the ground, when not obscured by one or another Zionist rationalization, show that the Zionists are the worst anti-Semites in the world today, oppressing a Semitic people as no nation has done since the Nazis.”
Decent anti-racist humanitarian Jews and indeed all decent people are obliged to speak out against the genocidal crimes of racist Zionist-run Apartheid Israel . The false defamation of anti-racist humanitarian Jews as “anti-Semites” can be seen as anti-Semitism itself as can the utterly false conflation of the genocidal atrocities of Apartheid Israel with decent, anti-racist Jews. Decent people around the world must (a) defend anti-racist Jews against false defamation by pro-Zionists, (b) inform everyone they can about the genocidal crimes of Apartheid Israel, (c) urge and apply Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against race-based, nuclear terrorist Apartheid Israel and (d) urge everyone to sideline racist Zionists from public life, as has already happened with racists such as Nazis, neo-Nazis, Apartheiders and the KKK.
Dr Gideon Polya currently teaches science students at a major Australian university. He published some 130 works in a 5 decade scientific career, most recently a huge pharmacological reference text « Biochemical Targets of Plant Bioactive Compounds » (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis, New York & London , 2003). He has recently published “Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950” (G.M. Polya, Melbourne, 2007: http://globalbodycount.blogspot.com/ ); see also his contributions “Australian complicity in Iraq mass mortality” in “Lies, Deep Fries & Statistics” (edited by Robyn Williams, ABC Books, Sydney, 2007): http://www.abc.net.au/rn/science/ockham/stories/s1445960.htm ) and “Ongoing Palestinian Genocide” in “The Plight of the Palestinians (edited by William Cook, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2010: http://mwcnews.net/focus/analysis/4047-the-plight-of-the-palestinians.html ). He has just published a revised and updated 2008 version of his 1998 book “Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History” (see: http://janeaustenand.blogspot.com/ ) as biofuel-, globalization- and climate-driven global food price increases threaten a greater famine catastrophe than the man-made famine in British-ruled India that killed 6-7 million Indians in the “forgotten” World War 2 Bengal Famine (see recent BBC broadcast involving Dr Polya, Economics Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen and others: http://www.open2.net/thingsweforgot/ bengalfamine_programme.html ). When words fail one can say it in pictures – for images of Gideon Polya’s huge paintings for the Planet, Peace, Mother and Child see: http://sites.google.com/site/artforpeaceplanetmotherchild/ and http://www.flickr.com/photos/gideonpolya/
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L’ONU: antijuif et anti-américain? Une nouvelle résolution onusienne contre la militarisation de l’espace rejetée exclusivement par Israël et les États-Unis
Encyclopédies antijuives? Menachem Begin, un terroriste exemplaire, selon Larousse.fr
Il y a vingt ans, l’attentat terroriste du loubavitch kahaniste Baruch Goldstein à Hébron montrait la fête de Pourim sous son vrai jour
Einstein considérait l’Irgun, la Stern gang, et les PM Israéliens Menahem Begin et Yitzhak Shamir comme des criminels terroristes
Yitzhak Shamir, le terroriste devenu président d’Israël qui joua un rôle central dans la conspiration contre JFK
La connexion secrète entre la Première Guerre mondiale et la Déclaration Balfour
Dans la série des terroristes juifs dont vous n’avez jamais entendu parler: L’incendie criminel contre une école bilingue arabe-hébreu en ville sainte, un attentat politique du groupe extrémiste juif Lehava. Aucune accusation de crime haineux? Et ils retrouvent leur liberté même si leur leader a dit qu’ils n’arrêteront jamais de terroriser les Palestiniens et combattre le métissage
Les renseignements britanniques évitaient d’engager des membres de la communauté juive
La Grande-Bretagne craignait qu’Israël n’utilise l’arme atomique
Médias juifs antijuifs? Le Jerusalem Post confirme qu’Israël savait que le USS Liberty était américain
Les médias « antijuifs » et autres théories du complot… Mise au point de Guillaume Weill-Raynal et de Marc-Édouard Nabe
La France antijuive? L’Europe antijuive? La gauche antijuive? Des hommes politiques français réagissent aux pressions des organisations juives. Roland Dumas : « Les États-Unis et Israël commandent la politique étrangère française. » Jean Glavany au « porte-parole du Likoud » Meyer Habib : « Parfois je me demande si vous êtes du Parlement français ou du Parlement israélien. » 339 députés français traités de nazis par des manifestants de la LDJ pour avoir voté une motion symbolique en reconnaissance d’un État palestinien. La mosquée d’Al-Aqsa régulièrement assaillie par des hordes de colons israéliens en colère sous protection policière israélienne, attisant la violence des deux côtés. Israël au fond n’a pas peur d’une Troisième Intifada, il la souhaite.
Médias juifs anti-juifs? La chaîne NBC révèle qu’un Israélien sur deux souhaiterait qu’une lettre contenant le virus Ebola soit envoyée au président Obama pour son anniversaire
Médiats juifs antijuifs? La chaîne CBS rapporte que l’administration Obama a demandé à Israël de bien vouloir cesser d’assassiner les scientifiques iraniens
Dans ses mémoires intitulées « Diary of a Foreign Minister », l’ancien ministre australien des affaires étrangères, Bob Carr, dénonce la domination malsaine du lobby juif sioniste international sur les affaires étrangères
Médiats antijuifs? Le journaliste de Newsweek Jeff Stein soulève l’ire des juifs pour avoir attiré l’attention sur un rapport étatsunien accusant Israël d’avoir dépassé les bornes de par l’ampleur de ses opérations d’espionnage en sol américain. Aucun autre allié des États-Unis ne les espionne autant que le fait Israël. Un ex-chef du Mossad qualifie ces allégations de « délirantes ». Israël et le lobby juif, quant à eux, se scandalisent que les États-Unis s’obstinent à refuser l’exemption de visas aux Israéliens.
Médiats juifs antijuifs? Le milliardaire juif ultrasioniste Sheldon Adelson est « tout droit sorti des pages des Protocoles des sages de Sion » selon Uri Avnery, ancien membre de la Knesset et correspondant dans de nombreux médiats israéliens
Médiats juifs antijuifs? Trop de « complots juifs » dans les séries télé états-uniennes, selon l’ambassade d’Israël aux États-Unis
Médiats juifs antijuifs? Pour l’Anti-Defamation League of B’nai Brith, même les médiats Rothschild doivent des excuses à Israël pour avoir attiré l’attention sur le lobby juif et son rôle dans l’impasse des relations irano-américaines
ENCORE UNE FOIS… Pire qu’en 2012, la dépopulation de la Palestine va bon train… Châtiments collectifs contre les Palestiniens: conséquence de la culture de haine en Israël et de sa dissimulation par le puissant lobby pro-israélien international. Israel sera-t-il récompensé du Nobel de la paix? Le parrain Netanyahou « prévient » les Français que les terroristes vont frapper chez eux s’ils continuent à tolérer les manifestations « pro-Hamas »… Jimmy Carter, considéré antijuif pour son livre PALESTINE–PEACE NOT APARTHEID (qui a scandalisé la communauté juive pour avoir omis d’y mentionner la divine Shoah!!), accuse Israël de ne pas reconnaître le Hamas comme un acteur politique légitime.
« Tout le monde est antijuif — à part les sionistes. » Plus israélien que les Israéliens, Harper resserre les liens de famille (pour ne pas dire incestueux) entre les États colonialistes et tentaculaires du Canada et d’Israël. Même les médiats juifs israéliens (comme le Jerusalem Post) sont restés bouche-bée de voir Harper s’abaisser à ce point, ne trouvant pas l’ombre d’une critique à formuler à l’endroit des politiques israéliennes
Humour juif? Complots partout? Selon le rabbin Antelman, le mondialisme oligarchique est un « complot communiste illuminati pour détruire les Juifs et le judaïsme »
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Le groupe Stern (Lehi) a tenté d’assassiner le président Truman; selon Victor Ostrovsky le Mossad a déjà tenté d’assassiner le président Bush père
Les médiats juifs forcés d’admettre que la prétendue lettre pro-sioniste de Martin Luther King est un faux
Inversion accusatoire: Israël furieux que les États-Unis n’aient pas étouffé la nouvelle concernant les bombardements israéliens en Syrie
Maîtres du monde, maîtres de l’humour: Netanyahou accuse le New York Times et Haaretz de donner le ton de la campagne anti-Israël à travers le monde
Un autre grand comique, propriétaire et éditeur d’un journal juif américain, soutient qu’il ne prônait pas vraiment l’assassinat d’Obama Médiats juifs anti-juifs? Sans ennemi extérieur à combattre, Israël est voué à l’éclatement
Les massmédias juifs antijuifs? Le directeur des organisations internationales pour le congrès juif mondial et l’ex directeur de la branche états-unienne du WJC, Shai Franklin: « oui il existe un lobby juif »
Les massmédias anti-juifs? Netanyahou caricaturé le jour de la mémoire de l’Holocauste
Les massmédias anti-juifs? Ils disent où va l’argent des universités
Les massmédias anti-juifs? Un Tweet d’une correspondante de la BBC à Washington réfère au pouvoir et à l’argent du lobby juif
Les massmédias antisémites? Le Washington Post rapporte que le virus Flame serait, comme Stuxnet, une cyber-arme us-israélienne contre l’Iran
Médias juifs antijuifs? « Une affaire profondément juive », commente un journal juif au sujet de l’arrestation du milliardaire juif et « roi du fond spéculatif » Steven A. Cohen, fondateur d’un des plus importants fonds spéculatif au monde
Police anti-corruption ou antijuive? Six ans de prison pour un ancien premier ministre israélien coupable de corruption, c’est pas rien… quand même!
Police anti-corruption ou anti-juive? Le grand rabbin ashkénaze d’Israël, qui remerciait Bush pour la guerre en Irak
Police anti-corruption ou anti-juive? Deux politiciens juifs de Montréal, incluant le premier maire juif de Montréal, arrêtés par l’unité permanente anti-corruption de la Sûreté du Québec
Police anti-juive? En association avec B’nai Brith Canada, le Jewish Tribune se porte à la défense de Pamela Geller et de son combat contre l’Islam, blâme la police pour l’annulation de son cirque de haine commandité par la LDJ
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