And Now Peter Beinart Plagiarizes Me


By Gilad Atzmon

In 2007, in an article in Counterpunch entitled From Esther to AIPAC, I exposed the disturbing ideological continuum between the Jewish Queen Esther and the Jewish lobby AIPAC. Today I was amused to discover that, in an article in the Forward, Peter Beinart had, almost word for word, recycled my ideas.

My article delved into the Jewish cultural and religious foundations of Zionist lobby thinking and it argued that infiltration into foreign elites and political administrations are deeply embedded in Jewish teachings and traditions.  I wrote: “The Book of Esther  … tells the story of an attempted Judeocide but it also tells a story in which Jews manage to change their fate. In the book the Jews do manage to rescue themselves and even to mete revenge… It is a story of a palace, conspiracy, an attempted Judeocide and a brave and beautiful Jewish queen (Esther) who manages to save the Jewish people at the very last minute…The moral of the story is rather clear. If Jews want to survive, they better find infiltrates into the corridors of power. With Esther, Mordechai and Purim in mind, AIPAC and the notion of ‘Jewish power’ looks like an embodiment of a deep Biblical and cultural ideology.”

Fast forward ten years, In his article from today AIPAC Reflects Heroism Of Jewish Power — And Its Perils, Beinart wrote: “On Purim, Jews read the Book of Esther, which tells the story of a Jew who unexpectedly gains influence with a mighty king. She learns that a wicked man named Haman threatens her people with destruction. Since her status may afford her some protection, she has the option to remain silent. But she does not. She uses her power to foil the wicked man’s plot and save her people….That’s also the story of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. American Jews are Esther. They have won influence with the most powerful government on earth. They could keep their heads down, focusing only on preserving their own safety and privilege…”

It goes without saying that I’m delighted to see my ideas disseminated so accurately and so widely – and especially so within Zionist-lite circles – though it would be nice if Beinart had the bravery to admit where he got his ideas. But never mind. What really matters here, is not from whence the ideas come, but how truthful they are. And they are pretty truthful. Jewish lobbying is indeed at the core of Jewish culture.

But the above articles, both from myself and now from Peter Beinart, explain not only how Jewish lobbies such as AIPAC have managed to dominate American and British foreign affairs, but also how the same kind of people have also managed to dominate any resistance to AIPAC. Because by now, it is anti-AIPAC Jews, rather than the American people who lead any opposition to the foreign lobby that pushes America into global  disastrous conflicts.  The meaning of this is as simple as it is devastating:  AIPAC and the opposition to AIPAC are now both an internal Jewish affair. Goyim are simply excluded.

Exactly the same happened to the Palestinian Solidarity movement which is now dominated by Jewish lobbies and activists (JVP, IJAN, Mondoweiss etc’) . Once again, Zionism and Israeli criminality and the opposition to Zionism and Israeli criminality, have both been reduced into Jewish internal affairs – with the result that the discourse of the oppressed (the Palestinians) is now shaped by the sensitivities of the oppressors.

But this should not take us by surprise. Two thousand years of imaginary ‘diaspora’, pathological victimhood and fake news have led to the emergence of a radical exilic culture, highly skilled and sophisticated in hegemony tactics and power strategies. What’s not to like?

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  1. Gilad the learned, lucid, the insightful:

    Self-identity as against self-awareness is the bond that ties, and the source of the fond lies of the Rabbis whose warped notions of exclusivity of the Chosen down the many centuries are debated, discussed and turned to directives of the Talmud. Not enough that Moses hauled the Ten Commandments down from the top of Mount Sinai/Horeb with clearly stated intent – “Thou shalt not” … but the Rabbis (true to form and turning all logic on its head dropped ‘not’ from “Thou shalt not”) to eventually outdo and outwit our Maker with millennia-long arguments as to just what exactly was said between Moses and God. So much so that now the Word of God augments the righteousness of the Rabbis and all Jews, and only Jews are right before God, now seated by the Rabbis to their Left. One phrase describes it all in my humble estimation – “Conceit of the Chosen” buttressed by attendant deceit to keep it relevant. That goy/guy Jesus never had a chance, nor do the rest of us. Everything goes out the window, la fenetre de la monde, frame and curtains too and I’m reminded that these Jewish visionaries as Paul/Saul said, are “Blind’. And all to what end: Zionist moles in the corridors of power; pure im-practicality. Oxymoron in there somewhere.

  2. This will never happen… When Jews wake up they either kill themselves (Otto Weninger) , Nailed to the wood (Jesus) or just stop being Jews … Jewaihness and self awareness are contradiction in terms…

  3. My wife’s name is Esther, mine David, and we are 2 non-religious folks with no affiliation. I would say on that count, the successful merging of Hebraization and Christian naming could be considered an infiltration. We are both 4th generation Americans from England. We shared a cab in a foreign country with 2 Orthodox Jews and they actually laughed when we told them our names. There was a obvious sense of pride in their humor. I wonder what their reaction would have been if we said, Omar and Atifa.

  4. Excellent and, as far as I can tell, an accurate analysis of jewish infiltration techniques and their philosophical underpinnings. I am sure the moral of the story is interpreted just as you say. However, the moral is actually illogical, namely it is not logical to state that to survive a people have to infiltrate and grasp power. It would be much better for survival to avoid corridors of power altogether. It is power-hunger and ambition that creates powerful and deadly enemies and hostile populations. So in my opinion the moral of the story is a kind of non-sequitur.
    As a side, the origin of the story is not likely historical, but a judaic version of the godly story of Babylonian deities Ishtar and Marduk. Isn’t the story placed in the Babylonian court?
    PS. Did you read about Ukrainians being unhappy that apparently 80% of the people wielding power in that country now are jewish! Here we go again!

    • W. Bruce Lincoln, in his “Red Victory” stated that ‘in Ukraine, Jews made up nearly 80 per cent of the rank-and-file Cheka agents.’

      The Cheka – Extraordinary Commissions for Combating Counter-Revolution, according to Winston Churchill constituted ‘the prominent, if not indeed, the principal part in the system of terrorism’.

      Lenin’s reason for this is the Jews could be counted on to be ruthless.

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