By Alan Hart (My Catbird Seat)

Nakba, Sabra - Shatilla, Qana, Jenin, Gaza ?

I have written and often say that very many if not most Jews do not want to know the truth of history as it relates to the making and sustaining of the conflict in and over Palestine that became Israel. (An essential element of the truth being that Israel was created, mainly, by Zionist terrorism and ethnic cleansing).

Because I am a goy, a non-Jew, (actually a blonde, blue-eyed Englishman of advancing years), that may strike some readers as a very presumptuous statement for me to make. How can I possibly know for sure that at least some if not many Jews don’t want to know truth of history? It’s a fair question and my answer to it, quoted below, is in the now published Volume 3 of the American edition of my book, Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews (www.claritypress.com and www.zionismbook.net).

After my dear wife, my best friend in the world, for more than 40 years, is my Jewish accountant. I’ll call him M. He is very orthodox in the practise of his religion and strictly kosher, but not a zealot. He lives in London and over the years he has travelled with me on a number of foreign assignments. Shortly before Golda Meir died, and as a way of saying thanks to M for his friendship, I invited him to travel with me and sit in on my last conversation with her. I imagined she would not object and she didn’t. Our conversation lasted nearly five hours. When it ended, I asked Mother Israel if I could take a photograph of her and M. In the tiny back garden of her small home in Tel Aviv, M put his arm around her shoulder (she didn’t object to that either) and I took several pictures. It was, as I knew it would be, one of the proudest moments in M’s life. One of the pictures was given pride of place in M’s home, and he subsequently told me that younger visitors would look at the photograph, point at the old lady, and ask, “Who’s that, your grandmother?”

Over time and privately M came to loathe what Israel has become but he won’t read my book. He doesn’t want to know the truth of history. Shortly before the publication of the original UK Volume One, I said to him the following. “Like most Jews everywhere, you believe that Israel went to war in 1967 either because the Arabs attacked first or were about to attack. What if I can prove to you, using only Israeli sources, that what you believe is Zionist propaganda nonsense and that it was a war of Israeli aggression?” After a long pause, M replied, “If what I believe about that war is not true, everything crumbles.”

I chose not to add to my friend’s agony by asking him what “everything crumbles” really meant or at least symbolizes; but over the several years since that conversation took place, and quietly in my own mind, I’ve been trying to work it out for myself.

What, actually, would “crumble” in those Jews, sadly most Jews, who don’t want to know the truth of history but by some miracle were confronted with it?

The short answer is their sense of victimhood, the impulse to see enemies everywhere who are committed to exterminating Jews.

Though constantly reinforced by Zionist propaganda since the creation of Israel, and currently by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, this impulse is, of course, the product of persecution and pogroms on and off down the centuries and which climaxed with the obscenity of the Nazi holocaust.

On 14 November 2009, in a comment on a Truthout post by Ira Cherna headlined “Israel’s Pathology”, Monty Renot wrote:

“I have thought, for a while now, that in the aftermath of the Nazi extermination during World War II, many Jews (and I speak as a Jew) entered into a mass state of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from which they’ve never emerged or recovered - like a nightmare trance in which they are stuck. The symptoms are, and have been, so unmistakably evident, especially in right-wing religious groups such as Meir Kahana’s Kach, whose slogan was ‘Never Again’ and whose vow was to ‘hit ‘em back 10 times as hard as they hit us.’’

Pre-emptive battle ?

What Renot called this “hypervigilant state, so typical of PTSD,” reveals that those who are still stuck in the nightmare trance believe that the threat to them (annihilation) is ever present and always will be; and any sign or omen that the worst was about to occur again “is magnified by the residual paranoia into ‘Uh-oh, here we go again!’, accompanied by a tightening of the emotional armoring and a heightened readiness to go into pre-emptive battle in order to forestall the worst from happening.”

In his analysis, Cherna asked how it can be that pathological feelings of fear, weakness and victimization “are comforting” to very many Israelis (and, I add, very many other Jews)

Gaza massacre

He answers: “For starters, they automatically put Jews on the side of innocence. Who can blame the weak victim for the violence? All the trouble, it seems, is started by the other side… And if all the trouble is started by the other side, then all the fault must lie with the other side. Weakness and victimization seem to prove that ‘We’re moral.’ Obviously, it’s our enemies who are immoral and thus to blame for all our problems. So Israelis have no reason even to consider changing any of their policies or behaviors.”

Cherna believes, as I do, that as long as this pathology dominates Israeli political life, it’s hard to see what Barack Obama or anyone else can do to move the Israelis toward a just peace, one that would be acceptable to the vast majority of Palestinians (“who need no special mental condition to feel victimized; all they have to do is look out the window at the Israeli military patrols passing by.”)

The answer to my headline question seems to be, “Yes, Jews (most of them) do need to feel persecuted. The question arising is what if anything can be done, and by whom, to cure the sickness of traumatized Israeli and other Jewish minds?In theory

I can think of two possible ingredients for a cure.

One would be a New Covenant, not between the Jews and their God but between the Jews and the Gentiles. For their part of the deal the Gentiles would commit to slaying the monster of anti-Semitism. An undertaking to let the monster die in its sleep would not be good enough. There would have to be evidence that the stake was being driven into its heart. For their part the Jews of the world would commit to making common cause with rational Israelis for the purpose of making a real and lasting peace on the basis of an acceptable amount of justice for the Palestinians and security for all (Arabs and Jews).

The other would be an explicit declaration by all Palestinian institutions, organizations and groups, endorsed by all Arab and other Muslim governments, to the effect that whether it be in a genuine and viable two-state or a one-state solution, the security and political and human rights of all Jews (in the one or two states) will be absolutely guaranteed.

Beyond that I have no answers to the question of what can be done and by whom to cure the sickness of traumatized and brainwashed Israeli and other Jewish minds. Do others have answers?

Alan Hart is a former ITN and BBC Panorama foreign correspondent who covered wars and conflicts wherever they were taking place in the world and specialized in the Middle East.

His Latest book Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews, is a three-volume epic in its American edition.  He blogs on www.alanhart.net and tweets on www.twitter.com/alanauthor.

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  1. Rehmat on the 26. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    Jewish history shows that they need that feeling as a smoke-screen against their anti-social activities. Some call it a “Jewish illness”.


  2. Peter Wakefield Sault on the 26. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    Where is the irrefutable physical forensic evidence that Germans murdered 6,000,000 Jews in gas chambers during WW2 and that it is not a fabrication concocted by Mishpucka gangsters posing as ‘Zionists’ for the purpose of fraud?

  3. Andrew on the 26. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    For what was done to Palestine for 60 years, there is one cure/therapy, and that is a stake through the heart.

    How you sir could handle being anywhere near golda meir (aka Elsa shewolf of the SS, is beyond me.

  4. kapoore on the 26. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    Your article echoes my own experience as the wife of a Jewish man whose mother survived the Holocaust. He doesn’t want to know what happened to his murdered relatives, thus will hear nothing about new historical evidence of WWII. He wants to hear nothing about the Israel/Arab conflict, except that Israel has a right to exist. He won’t listen to any theories about 9 11 because I mentioned that possibly Israel was implicated. We get along great in most respects and have been married for 33 years. Sometimes, though, I have to think twice before bringing up any topic that might lead to a conversation about you know what..the elephant in the living room as they say.

  5. Luath on the 26. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    There can be no “new covenant” between jews and gentiles unless the all encompassing attitude of looking down on the goyim as less than human is eliminated and erased. abolished forever. Which, of course would mean destroying the talmud, and all its psychopathological drivel and asinine babblings. Unless this is done, the goyim will never feel safe…..and why would we?
    In the talmud, it is perfectly fine for the jew to walk all over the goy, even kill us, and its all good. But now, the goy cattle, as we are described, oh well we must FOREVER be in gratitude to the jew for his ways, “chosen” as he likes to fancy himself, never to be brought to task for any sin against the stupid goy,for after all we are just cattle to be used for their entertainment. No, there can NEVER be any such farcical “new covenant” with this wall of hatred that is so covenient for the jew, never us. The jews might want to get a clue that their OWN KIND is their most dangerous enemy, but given the fact that many jews are psychiatrists and many shrinks end up as suicides, I am not holding out any hope for such lofty introspection on their part.

  6. Paul on the 26. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    New covenant? Precisely what is the old one? Is it the relationship that has emerged over many generations? It is not we “Goyim” who set ourselves apart as some kind of “Elect”. When the Jewish people themselves settle scores with the Zionists who have led them to where they are now, then maybe yes, we can have a new understanding.

  7. Cannibal Rabbi on the 26. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    “After my dear wife, my best friend in the world, for more than 40 years, is my Jewish accountant. I’ll call him M.”

    Now might be a good time to double-check your bank account!


  8. Rehmat on the 26. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    The reason as concluded by a 2010 study done by two Israeli professors, Dr. Daniel Bar-Tal and Dr. Eran Halperin, from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya – because the average Israeli doesn’t want to know the facts. He is chock-full of beliefs that would get in the way of achieving a negotiated solution. This could be said about the great majority of the Jews living outside occupied Palestine, who are bombarded with Israeli Hasbara (propaganda) lies on daily basis. The topics range from ‘anti-Semitism’ to ‘holocaust’; from ‘Jewish biblical right to occupy Palestine’ to ‘Arabs want to push Jews into the Sea’, etc. etc.

    French philosopher Roger Garaudy’s book The Founding Myth of Israeli Politics is one of the best source to find more about Zionists’ self-pity.

  9. Any Mouse on the 26. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    Ashamed of their own kind, and if they have hearts and souls, they need to hold their own particularly accountable…but they never do because they are more concerned with grubbing shekels than maintaining an aire of sanity and civility, just like their new american friends whom they control and whom slaughter innocent women and children in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and wherever Barry Soetoro’s puppet handlers ask him to murder for them.

    For that, they should be pretty friggin ashamed, as should their american puppets who let them do it.

  10. Any Mouse on the 26. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    This is my last catbirdseat post, so I want you all to heed it well, and pay attention:

    First, changing my posts from ‘amerikan’ to ‘american’ is uncalled for. You might as well change all the letters to xxxxxxxxxx in here if you’re going to do that. The reason I use that vernacular is that I have LONG AGO NOT BEEN ONE OF YOU, though I do currently LIVE AMONGST YOU.

    I gave that up years ago. I ‘quit’ because I couldn’t stand the goddamned hypocrisy and lying and bullshit in the name of being ONE OF YOU. So, LUATH, butt buggerer and troll you are, you can go screw yourself, because if YOU had any nuts, you would have quit the goddamned club the rest of you belong to, if you only had the nuts to do what I have done. I quit so very long ago, that it’s been DECADES! So, don’t ever give me shit about doing my part. I served in your jack off military, with distinction, during vietnam, and I absolutely don’t deserve that shit. Not even a little bit.

    But I digress. I feel so very sorry for you all because, not unlike people in a sinking boat, you are all condemned to die in this toilet, and I am not. I can get out, but you can’t. You’re all stuck here. You all have to kiss up to the zio-whores and blow them to eat in the not so distant future.

    as for me, I can get out of here and go. and not look back. I was one of you, but I couldn’t continue to pay that price, because the price was my SOUL, and my INTEGRITY, and I am a far better man than that to make that kind of compromise.

    as for the jews, they are also condemned to an end they won’t see coming, because, unlike all of you, they shit in their own bed and their own food bowl. They fornicated in the milk jar they feed out of.

    and they truly have no shame, for a people allegedly who were subjected to such ‘horror’ as they allege, because any decent human being would vomit and retch if they knew they were becoming what they allegedly despise and hate, in the mass murder, and the endless bullshit and murdering.

    as for the rest of you, I so feel sorry for you. because your nation is going down the toilet, and it will in fact take a lot of other nations with it. maybe even mine. but I am not one of you, I absolutely won’t even be called one of you, and I absolutely think that death is a better fate than being known as an AMERIKAN, because, you so very much deserve that communist sounding title now.

    You have become what I once was sworn to fight against.

    you are the torturers, the murderers with your drones, and the lackadaisical lazy asses who would rather just watch as your nation goes down the toilet at the hands of zionist jews, as get off your asses and start to throw them the hell out of your country.

    it was your only hope. but you blew it.

    Deb, don’t edit out AMERIKA this time. It’s my last post here. Let it be, it’s very appropriately earned by you all.

    it is.

  11. Rex Carlson on the 26. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    It’s so much bigger than this.

    How big?

    Listen to this 8/24/10 radio interview with Gordon Duff (VeteransToday.com)and see what you think.


    The truth shall set us free. Love is the only way forward. – LeftWright

  12. Rexw on the 26. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    The fault in all this does not rest with the Jewish people but with the Zionists whose password is hate.

    It was considered by many that with the advent of Netanyahu and his cabal, we would see the beginning of a point of no return and that time has now been reached. Nothing constructive is possible because of the evident hatred between the two groups, Jews and Goyims.

    I used to recoil in fear in my reading of selected passages of Muslim teachings, as you do. However the Talmud as a reference for Jewish people is as frightening in its irrationality as is anything displayed in a Muslim publication.

    Now that is where you start. One must stop believing in the sanctity as presented as the word of God, Jesus, Allah, Mohammed or any other ‘fictionalised’ deity. When such frightening documents are rewritten, purged of hatred, or better still totally discarded as worthwhile reference sources, and only then can you move on to the UN and remove the class barriers of the Security Council,who currently give preference and power to a certain powerful few, who use it blatantly. Then and only then can you think of a new covenant.

    One vote, one country, one result, one voice. Remove the barriers to equality and then you can address equality.

    Years ago, being a Jew was just going to a place of worship, in this case a Synagogue, just another religion. Anti-Semite is a relatively recent term, once a slur against ideas or people who were Jewish.

    These days if you hate Palestinian ethnic cleansing, apartheid, brutality, land seizures, home demolitions, starvation, murders and blockades and talk about it, you are ant-Semitic.
    The difference is that in 2010 being anti-Semite is a badge of honour because of what Israel has now become.

    Such names followed on after the distorted, blackmailing marketing campaign called ‘The Holocaust’ in which it then became the object to make the whole world feel obligated to accept anything that Israel did as reparation for such crimes implemented by just one country, Germany. It has run its race now of course and is solely represented by the hundreds of “Holocaust” museums, scattered around the world at great cost designed to continue the guilt. It is a total anachronism because what was done to the Jewish people in six years during World War II, they are now doing to the Palestinians in 2010 and have been doing so for sixty years. Who deserves museums more than the Palestinians. Remember Sabra and Shatila? That was in 1982, not 1942.

    Jew, Catholic, Protestant Muslim, etc…these were just religions that people engaged in every week, as they wished.

    Then it seemed to me that the differences became a source of hate, then a source of power. They were realising that they had power and control if they had numbers so they used money to influence, blackmail to threaten, spreading their populations to other countries as fast as they could. Almost part of a Grand Master Plan.

    Along the way they developed the cunning necessary to buy the minds and opinions of others, to influence governments, to be supported financially by aid until almost imperceptibly over time, they became a serious force and they got the taste for power, and used it with the connivance of a pathetically weak world superpower, which it now controls.
    60 years had passed.

    Then a Jew became a Zionist, a point of no return. Not a religion any more but a hateful philosophy and that’s the point we are at today. The simple has become the complex; the accepted now the intolerable; the friend has now become the enemy; the once understood is now the hated.

    So discard the hateful writings in all the hateful books of ‘prayer’ and you can take the next step.

    Until then, it is all rhetoric.

  13. Rexw on the 26. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    Any Mouse.

    I must be missing the point here or have missed something that has happened?

    I am sure I speak for all when I say that none of us enjoy the current climate. We are all in our own way trying to encourage readership of pages like this, one of the best around, to make some points. It may seem like a futile exercise and once a week I feel the same as you; frustrated, disillusioned, disgusted at times when I hear that charlatan Clinton trying to represent herself as a patriotic Secretary of State representing all the people of the US, which of course, she does not in any way shape or form. She is not even careful in the way she shows her ‘handlers’.

    But, if anything, the bias and insincere rhetoric we hear daily from the current US administration motivates me further to convince people that there will be a win for us based on the words I see written by all My Catbird Seat writers, the efforts of the Gordon Duff’s (who knows what he is risking in his outspoken comments), the analytical comments and research from Jeff Gates. It is all grist for the mill and we need such grist badly.

    But I have no option but to write about the things that impact my life, daily, in the hope that it may encourage someone else to be aware of something previously unknown.

    I would love to own a newspaper network to counter the evil and distorted words in the New York Times; to counter the BBC and its recent misrepresented report on the Gaza matter, but I don’t, so I use my words in a well-regarded blog to wear down the stone.

    Don’t call it a day. Everyone of intelligence needs to know there are others out there of like minds. The time to call it a day is when there is no one adding to the comments on blogs. Then the bastards have won.

    At that time time I will gladly submit myself to a plot of good earth 5 feet 5 inches long.

    In the meantime, reconsider.

  14. Cannibal Rabbi on the 26. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    “The fault in all this does not rest with the Jewish people but with the Zionists whose password is hate.”

    Patent rubbish!

    “evident hatred between the two groups, Jews and Goyims.”

    You mean khazars and Humans?

    “One must stop believing in the sanctity as presented as the word of God, Jesus, Allah, Mohammed or any other ‘fictionalised’ deity.”

    Jesus Christ will do me fine thanks.
    I reckon that His denigration in the talmud, by judaics, is all the proof I need of His historical veracity.
    Also, the Quran honours Jesus as a prophet.

    “rewritten, purged of hatred,”

    The only hatred i read is in the old testament, and the talmud. All judaic. All khazar.

    “move on to the UN”

    You mean jew N?

    “in this case a Synagogue, just another religion.”

    Are you kidding me?

    Is it that you are naive, stupid, or duplicitous? Let me guess.

    “because what was done to the Jewish people in six years during World War II, they are now doing to the Palestinians in 2010 and have been doing so for sixty years.”

    What was done to the “jewish people”?
    Let’s have a new totally independent, thorough, forensic investigation. Just to shut those doubters up, shall we?



    “Then a Jew became a Zionist”

    Judaic, or khazar, has been a byword for mendacity, lies, sophistry, trickery, manipulation, usury, exploitation, and other anti-human evils since time immemorial, as your post would seem to prove.

    “Not a religion any more but a hateful philosophy”

    Judaism never was a religion. It always was, and continues to be a hateful philosophy.
    A criminal blueprint, masquerading as a religion.
    Evil, alien, khazar, trash.

    “friend has now become the enemy”

    Judaism, and khazars have never been the friend of anyone, but the devil himself.
    Sure, didn’t Jesus Christ tell us this?
    Now there was a MAN, and a GOD!

    “So discard the hateful writings in all the hateful books of ‘prayer’ and you can take the next step.”

    The next step, will be to step on judaism, and its sabbath goy cohorts!
    No compromise with the spawn of satan!!!

  15. Earlaiman on the 27. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    “If what I believe about that war is not true, everything crumbles.”

    That about says it all….

    What would crumble?

    How about three thousand years of “history” by which these people identify themselves, xplain their behavior here on earth, and justify their depredations among the “other” people of this planet.

    Having lost their identity, their raison d’etat,, and all meaning, just who, or what, would they be?

    The same arguments provided here by Alan Hart explaining the willful and deliberate ignorance of the Jewish people might apply, as well, to those millions of American keep their heads in the sand, and who still believe that twelve ignorant and inept Arabs with box cutters could hijack a couple of airplanes, knock down three large buildings and drive an airliner through a four meter hole in the Pentagon.

    “If what I believe about 9-11 is not true, everything crumbles.”

    And if it did not happen that way, then who DID do it?

    Read Gordon Duff in this same


    Think about it!

    “Think about it?”

    Yeah, go ahead and try… it ain’t really very difficult… and you might even become accustomed to doing it… it doesn’t hurt… much!!


  16. Cannibal Rabbi on the 27. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    Y’see, it’s your prerogative, whether you post my refutations of Rexw’s absurd, slyly worded, claims.
    However. As the wheels continue to come off the wagon, that is generational, reflexive, compulsive, malevolent, judaic, lies, it is you and your ilk, that do their work for them. With your craven terror of upsetting those who couldn’t give a damn, whether you live or die, with a preference for the latter.

    It is truly pitiful to see this attitude, up close, and in the raw.

    Shame on you.

    The TRUTH will OUT, with or without your approval.

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