A Glimpse into Jewish Guilt and Aggression
Gilad Atzmon, Oct 16 2016
Some Jews were not delighted by Donald Trump’s recent reference to ‘International Bankers.” Trump declared this week that his rival Hillary Clinton is somehow “an instrument of a vast conspiracy involving scads of money and international banks.” You may note that Trump didn’t refer to Jews, nor did he point out any ethnicity or religious group. However Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the ADL, was quick to react, tweeting:
Trump should avoid rhetoric and tropes that historically have been used against Jews and still spur antisemitism. Let’s keep hate out of campaign.
One may wonder at this stage why a leading Pindosi Jew sees ‘hatred’ in Trump’s critical reference to ‘International Banking’? Is it because Greenblatt knows that the International Bankers who fund Clinton’s presidential affair belong to one particular ethnic group? Is it possible that Greenblatt believes that the bankers at Goldman Sachs, along with individuals like Haim Saban and George Soros, may have one or two things in common apart from being filthy rich? The JTA was also alarmed by Trump’s true observation:
This election will determine if we are a free nation or whether we have only the illusion of democracy, but are in fact controlled by a small handful of global special interests rigging the system.
Once again, Trump didn’t refer specifically to Jews, yet the JTA must have gathered that he had Jews in mind. The JTA probably knows something that many of us may have gathered, but prefer to suppress. I guess the good news is the sudden appearance of Jewish guilt. Greenblatt and the JTA act out of guilt. They do know that international banking is a Jewish territory, and that makes them feel uncomfortable. But the tragic news is that Jewish guilt hardly leads to ethical reflection, and too often it is quick to transform into aggression. If Greenblatt was genuinely concerned with defamation and the safety of Pindosi Jews, he should have lobbied the herd of Jewish international bankers to remove themselves from Pindosi politics. But for Greenblatt and others within his tribal milieu, Jewish power is the power to silence the very discussion of Jewish power! In practice Greenblatt, a Pindosi-Jewish leader, is telling the Republican presidential candidate which topics to avoid. I would like to tell Greenblatt and his acolytes that this development is very dangerous to Pindosi people and to Pindosi Jews in particular.
Donald Trump’s ‘international bankers’ speech leaves some uneasy
Ron Kampeas, JTA, Oct 14 2016
MIAMI BEACH — Donald Trump’s star, blunted into a circle, may just have resprouted six corners. Trump delivered a speech Thursday in West Palm Beach, Florida, that sounded some familiar themes, familiar to his campaign, but also to folks versed in anti-Semitism and in classic conspiracy theories of global control that is its lifeblood. The Republican presidential candidate never mentioned Jews in his prepared text, which he read from teleprompters with some extemporization. But in declaring that his Democrat rival Hillary Clinton is somehow an instrument of a vast conspiracy involving scads of money and “international banks,” he entered what many saw as a territory, real and ideological, where hostility to Jews perpetuates (itself – RB) and thrives even in their absence. Trump said:
Hillary Clinton meets in secret with international banks to plot the destruction of Pindo sovereignty, in order to enrich these global financial powers, her special-interest friends and her donors.
That quote evidently was key. Trump’s campaign team, @TeamTrump, tweeted it out:
Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the ADL, noticed:
Trump did not seem amenable to that kind of advice. If not hate, precisely, he was ready to indulge a willingness to blame a mysterious cabal. He said:
This election will determine if we are a free nation or whether we have only the illusion of democracy, but are in fact controlled by a small handful of global special interests rigging the system, and our system is rigged. Our corrupt political establishment, that is the greatest power behind the efforts at radical globalization and the disenfranchisement of working people. Their financial resources are virtually unlimited, their political resources are unlimited, their media resources are unmatched.
Others heard echoes between Trump’s rhetoric and classic anti-Semitic tropes. Like Greenblatt, a number of writers on Twitter said the intent and the effect is essentially toxic whether or not Jews are explicitly mentioned. Todd Zwillich, a public radio correspondent, said:
Julia Ioffe, who suffered a barrage of anti-Semitic abuse after writing a critical article about Trump’s wife Melania, which Trump refused to repudiate, wrote:
Ari Ratner of the New America think tank posted a side-by-side comparison of Trump’s speech and Adolf Hitler’s 1941 declaration of war:
The speech also bore comparison with another notorious anti-Semitic tract, “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”:
Trump: “Our great civilization here in Pindostan and across the civilized world has come across a moment of reckoning. We’ve seen it in Britain, where they voted to liberate themselves from global government and global trade deals and global immigration deals that have destroyed their sovereignty and have destroyed many of those nations. The central base of world political power is right here in Pindostan, our corrupt political establishment that is the greatest power behind the efforts at radical globalization and the disenfranchisement of working people.”
Protocols (from the introduction, written in the voice of a “scholar” who purports to be revealing a secret Jewish document): “The nations of the West are being brought under international control at political, military and economic levels. They are rapidly in process of becoming controlled also on the social level. All alike are being told that their only hope lies in the surrender of national sovereignty.”
Trump: “The corporate media in our country is no longer involved in journalism, they are a political special interest, no different than any other … with an agenda, and the agenda is not for you, it’s for themselves … The establishment and their media enablers wield control over this nation through means that are very well known.”
Protocols (in the voice of its fabricated Jewish “conspirators”): “Through the Press, we have gained the power to influence while remaining ourselves in the shade: thanks to the Press we have got the gold in our hands, notwithstanding that we have had to gather it out of the oceans of blood and tears. ”
For its part, the Trump camp denied that the speech echoed nefarious themes and noted particularly the remarks by the ADL’s chief. Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s chief legal officer and a campaign aide on Jewish affairs, said in a statement to JTA:
Jonathan Greenblatt’s accusation that Donald Trump is evoking themes that have historically been used against Jews is irresponsible. Jonathan Greenblatt is trying to connect the hatred and bigotry of some despicable individuals with the movement to Make Pindostan Great Again that Mr Trump is leading. Note that in his recent comments, Jonathan Greenblatt did not dispute Mr Trump’s description that Secretary Clinton is at the heart of a global power structure that has stripped Pindostan of its wealth to line the pockets of corporate and political interests. Jonathan Greenblatt is merely trying to divert the attention of the voters away from these facts by fabricating connections to anti-Semitism. Jonathan Greenblatt seems to be willing to ignore Mr Trump’s lifelong commitment and support of Israel and the Jewish community, as well as his forceful rebuke of anti-Semitism, but Mr Trump will not allow anyone to hide the truth from the Pindo sheeple, no matter what illegitimate means they employ to try to do so.
Trump and the ADL have been down this road before, and the ADL seems to still be waiting for the candidate’s forceful rebuke of anti-Semitism. Trump’s speech, delivered in a must-win state, added flesh to the accusation in his notorious Jul 2 tweet depicting Clinton, against a pile of cash and a six-pointed star, as the “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!” The tweet was deleted the same day, and campaign staff replaced it with an identical one, but with the phrase now backed up by a red circle. Trump was furious at his staff for deleting the tweet, and at accusations that the tweet was anti-Semitic, although the image originated on an anti-Semitic website. The ADL’s Greenblatt said at the time:
We’ve been troubled by the anti-Semites and racists during this political season, and we’ve seen a number of so-called Trump supporters peddling some of the worst stereotypes all through this year. And it’s been concerning that he hasn’t spoken our forcefully against these people. It is outrageous to think that the candidate is sourcing material from some of the worst elements in our society.
The dreamscape conjured up by Trump’s speech, a conspiracy theory anchored by a proliferation of anti-Semitic tropes, but missing Jews, is not an unfamiliar one. “None Dare Call it Conspiracy,” a popular far-right tract published in 1971, explicitly repudiates Jew hatred and then, like Trump did in his speech, advances the same conspiratorial imaginings prolific in “The Protocols.” It was in its day tremendously influential on the antecedents to the alt right. Conspiracy theories are composed of two elements: the plot and its executors. The imagined plot is a device aimed at isolating and marginalizing, if not physically harming, its falsely accused executors. Whether or not Trump intended to intimate that his “handful of global special interests” are Jewish, his speech Thursday seeded the present tumult with the threats of a violent past.