Can Alex Jones Be Serious on the Middle East?

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“Frankly, my dear, Alex Jones is a man after my own heart.”

…by Jonas E. Alexis

 

As Jim W. Dean usually says, you certainly cannot make this stuff up. Alex Jones is still seeing “the jihadists and Saudi Arabian money” behind “Hollywood and the popular culture” on December 24, 2016!

The jihadists and Saudis are so powerful, says Jones, that “they’ve basically gained the upper hand against Zionism and the different variety of Zionism that exists.” How crazy can it get? And the source for these fantastic assertions? Jones provides none.

Jones could have saved himself some trouble by inviting Jewish writer Joel Stein of the LA Times on his show to expand on what he means by this:

I have never been so upset by a poll in my life. Only 22% of Americans now believe “the movie and television industries are pretty much run by Jews,” down from nearly 50% in 1964…Actually, it just shows how dumb America has gotten. Jews totally run Hollywood.”

Stein went on to provide evidence for his assertion:

“How deeply Jewish is Hollywood? When the studio chiefs took out a full-page ad in the Los Angeles Times a few weeks ago to demand that the Screen Actors Guild settle its contract, the open letter was signed by: News Corp. President Peter Chernin (Jewish), Paramount Pictures Chairman Brad Grey (Jewish), Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger (Jewish), Sony Pictures Chairman Michael Lynton (surprise, Dutch Jew), Warner Bros. Chairman Barry Meyer (Jewish), CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves (so Jewish his great uncle was the first prime minister of Israel), MGM Chairman Harry Sloan (Jewish) and NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker (mega-Jewish). If either of the Weinstein brothers had signed, this group would have not only the power to shut down all film production but to form a minyan with enough Fiji water on hand to fill a mikvah…

“As a proud Jew, I want America to know about our accomplishment. Yes, we control Hollywood. Without us, you’d be flipping between ‘The 700 Club’ and ‘Davey and Goliath’ on TV all day.”

Stein called people like Alex Jones “dumb.”

Then Jones moves on to say that he is “neutral” on the issue of Israel, despite the fact that he later asserted unjustifiably that the UN wants to “get rid of Israel.” The UN, he says, glorifies the Palestinians and is obsessed with attacking Israel. I would certainly like to get Jones’ take on the following statement:

“A Jewish state would not have come into being without the uprooting of 700,000 Palestinians. Therefore it was necessary to uproot them. There was no choice but to expel that population.

“It was necessary to cleanse the hinterland and cleanse the border areas and cleanse the main roads. It was necessary to cleanse the villages from which our convoys and our settlements were fired on.”[1]

Did the United Nations make that statement? Perhaps some Neo-Nazi punk? Maybe an anti-Zionist or anti-Semite?

The statement came from the pen of Benny Morris, one of Israel’s leading Zionist historians. Morris expanded on this very issue in his study The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).

Jones has to ignore an entire body of scholarship and academic studies in order to come up with crazy ideas. We have addressed this issues numerous times. Jones says that he tries “to read the books on both sides.” Well, let just mention an extensive list of academic studies on this issue and maybe he can talk about these later on his show:

Yuri Slezkine, The Jewish Century (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004); Murray Friedman, The Neoconservative Revolution: Jewish Intellectuals and the Shaping of Public Policy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005); Erich Haberer, Jews and Revolution in Nineteenth-Century Russia (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995); R. Michael Miller, Rabbis and Revolution: The Jews of Moravia in the Age of Emancipation (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2011); Benjamin Ginsberg, The Fatal Embrace: Jews and the State (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993); Nathan Abrams, The New Jew in Film: Exploring Jewishness and Judaism in Contemporary Cinema (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2012); Josh Lambert, Unclean Lips: Obscenity, Jews, and American Culture (New York: New York University Press, 2012); Neal Gabler, An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood (New York: Anchor Books, 1988); Benny Morris, The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004); Ami Pedahzur and Arie Perliger, Jewish Terrorism in Israel (New York: Columbia University Press, 2011); Zeev Sternhell, The Founding Myths of Israel (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998); Ilan Pappe, The Forgotten Palestinians: A History of the Palestinians in Israel (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2011); Joshua Eli Plaut, A Kosher Christmas: ‘Tis the Season to Be Jewish (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2012); Ruth Langer, Cursing the Christians?: A History of the Birkat HaMinim (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012); Peter Schäfer, Jesus in the Talmud (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007); Norman Finkelstein, Method and Madness: The Hidden Story of Israel’s Assaults on Gaza (New York: OR Books, 2015).

Ladies and gentlemen, these are not conspiracy stuff. These are serious matters, and Jones needs to wake up. In his recent video, he complains about ISIS running around the globe, most particularly in Syria, and it is actually “the left” that is supporting it. I am pretty sure Jones is aware of the fact that Israel itself would prefer ISIS over Assad:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tv3CPBzH5rU

I am pretty sure Jones also knows that Israel has been supporting the jihadists in Syria as well.[2] “The outrages of the left,” says Jones, “the outrages of the UN, the globalists, have pushed me from being neutral on Israel to more and more supporting Israel.”

First of all, Jones was never neutral on Israel. It was Jones who said back in 2010: “I support the Jewish state of Israel. That is their land and it’s the UN that has declared them terrorists.”

I honestly cannot take time to point out all the hoaxes and lies and fabrications that Jones has just recently spewed on his show. I just have to say this: Jones has a huge following and he needs to be honest with his listeners with respect to the issues in the Middle East and elsewhere. His listeners pay him too much money for half-baked news.

According to Jones, it was countries like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia that “went in to Syria to attack the country [Syria].”

It is just crazy because Jones can never see Israel behind the Syrian war. He also never mentions the fact that Jewish Neocons in the US have universally advocated that Assad be gone. (We have looked at Charles Krauthammer earlier.)

After spitting out a stream of consciousness stuff, Jones declares that “I just have so much history, I don’t know where to begin with all this.” He moves on to talk about “pseudo-intellectuals online that attacked me.”  And then this: “You’ve got real white supremacists that are pro-Islam and Pro-jihad and anti-Alex Jones.”

Are his listeners listening paying attention here? Can he name at least one “white supremacist” who is actually pro-jihad? I’d like to know who that person is so that I can interview him or her. And do you see why even the late Michael Collins Piper had problems with Alex Jones as well?


[1] Ari Shavit, “Survival of the Fittest? an Interview with Benny Morris,” Counterpunch, January 9, 2004.

[2] See for example “Saving their sworn enemy: Heartstopping footage shows Israeli commandos rescuing wounded men from Syrian warzone – but WHY are they risking their lives for Islamic militants?,” Daily Mail, December 8, 215.

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Jonas E. Alexis

Jonas E. Alexis graduated from Avon Park High School, studied mathematics and philosophy as an undergraduate at Palm Beach Atlantic University, and has a master's degree in education from Grand Canyon University.

Some of his main interests include the history of Christianity, U.S. foreign policy, the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and the history of ideas. He is the author of the new book ,Christianity & Rabbinic Judaism: A History of Conflict Between Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism from the first Century to the Twenty-first Century.

He is currently teaching mathematics in South Korea. He plays soccer and basketball in his spare time. He is also a cyclist. He is currently writing a book tentatively titled Zionism and the West.

Alexis welcomes comments, letters, and queries in order to advance, explain, and expound rational and logical discussion on issues such as the Israel/Palestine conflict, the history of Christianity, and the history of ideas.

In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, Alexis asks that all queries be appropriately respectful and maintain a level of civility. As the saying goes, “iron sharpens iron,” and the best way to sharpen one’s mind is through constructive criticism, good and bad.

However, Alexis has no patience with name-calling and ad hominem attack. He has deliberately ignored many queries and irrational individuals in the past for this specific reason—and he will continue to abide by this policy.

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