Mickey Z. -- World News Trust
Feb. 22, 2017
Submitted for your approval: By all accounts, an anti-Semitic president whose daughter converted to Judaism and married the Orthodox Jew who now sits amicably beside the ideological leader of the alt-right.
Are we really living in the Twilight Zone or have we gone Back to the Future?
“Ideological common ground with Nazism”
In the 1930s, as Hitler’s actions against German Jews became known, some prominent American Jews suggested organizing a boycott of German goods. However, Irving Lehman (older brother of then New York governor Herbert Lehman) spoke out against such a boycott. “I implore you,” he pleaded, “don’t let anger pass a resolution which will bring harm to Jews in Germany.”
The record doesn’t elaborate upon his definition of “harm.”
The record does, however, offer some insight on those who were fighting for a Jewish homeland in the years leading up to WWII.
Further adding to the travesty of the term “Good War” is the knowledge that as WWII broke out, the main right-wing Jewish organization fighting the British mandate was a group called Irgun Zvai Leumi, inspired by the ideas of “moderate” Zionist Zev Jabotinsky (a moderate in that he only sought territory on “both sides of the River Jordan”).
However, at the outset of the war, when Jabotinsky agreed to suspend military operations against Britain and even hinted at cooperating with them against the Nazis, Avraham Stern broke with Jabotinsky and formed the Stern Gang, “calling for a state that extended from the Nile to the Euphrates and proposing an alliance with Hitler to bring this about,” according to Christopher Hitchens in For the Sake of Argument. Stern’s loyal deputy and eventual successor was none other than Yitzhak Yezernitsky, later known as Yitzhak Shamir.
In the fall of 1940, Stern met with one of Mussolini’s agents in Jerusalem. By January, 1941, he put out feelers to the Nazis and dispatched an agent to meet with two of Hitler’s emissaries in Beirut.
“Stern’s proposal,” explains Hitchens, “which was rashly put in writing, began by establishing his ideological common ground with Nazism (emphasis added), expressing sympathy with the Hitlerite goal of a Jew-free Europe and speaking of ‘the goodwill of the German Reich government toward Zionist activity inside Germany and towards the Zionist emigration plans.’”
Stern proposed the “establishment of the historical Jewish state on a national and totalitarian basis” and offered that he, Shamir, and the rest of the Stern Gang would “actively take part in the war on Germany’s side.”
As a result of this proposed alliance, Hitchens notes, members of Stern’s group would react favorably -- in public -- to any news of Nazi victories. Even well into 1941, after Stern was killed in a shoot-out and as more and more became known of Nazi racial policies, Shamir took control of the Stern Gang -- never renouncing its support for Hitler.
In 1986, Yitzhak Shamir became Prime Minister of Israel.
FYI: These are not alternative facts.
Mickey Z. is currently writing two books, a political memoir called How to Change Minds & Influence the Future: Rebuilding Activism From the Ground Up (Microcosm Publishing) and a novella entitled stain red. In the meantime, he can be found here.
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