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Jews are the World’s Puppet Masters

by Anastasia (writer), London, November 18, 2012

Credit: CIF Watch
The Whole World in His Hands

The old anti-Semitic canards and lies are just as likely now to be found on the liberal left.

I don’t suppose too many people who read Broowaha have ever come across a copy of Der Stürmer – literally The Stormer -, the notorious Nazi paper edited by Julius Streicher, later hanged at Nuremberg for crimes against humanity. I have. I looked at copies in London’s Wiener Library when I was an undergraduate, part of a study into anti-Semitism and modern German history.

It’s difficult for me to describe just how repellent it is, how obsessive, how relentless in its hatred and monomania. Each edition carries a vicious anti-Semitic cartoon on the front page, the usual awful Jewish caricatures. This is a publication about as far removed from toleration and liberal values as is possible to imagine.

But it’s not. Anti-Semitism used to be associated with the far right, but one is now just as likely to find it on the left, usually masquerading in a hypocritical and deeply dishonest fashion as anti-Zionism. Anti-Semitic rhetoric makes a regular appearance in the Guardian newspaper, the main liberal daily in England, our equivalent of the New York Times.

Last week it excelled itself. As part of it’s coverage of the present crisis in the Middle East, it published a cartoon by one Steve Bell, a softer-edged version of the sort of thing that used to appear in Der Stürmer. I can’t publish it here for obvious copyright reasons but it’s possible to view the image elsewhere online. Over a heading of Vote Likud, it depicts a threatening-looking Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, as a puppet master, with William Hague, the British Foreign Secretary, in one hand and Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister, in the other.

The Jew as the international puppet master; it’s a caricature that regularly features as a trope of modern anti-Semitism, from Der Stürmer to the press in such places as Saudi Arabia. In fact Bell’s cartoon is highly reminiscent of one published in the Saudi paper al-Watan during the presidential campaign of 2008, which showed a Jew holding up puppets of John McCain and Barack Obama. A formal complaint has now been lodged against Bell with the Press Complaints Commission, the industry’s regulatory body.

But Bell’s cartoon is no more than a symptom of a deeper malaise. The paper has a long history of biased anti-Israeli reporting that carries strong overtones of anti-Semitism. Chris Elliot, one of the paper’s editors, partially admitted as much last year. But acknowledging a problem has done nothing to eradicate it.

For decades the Guardian has maximised the alleged crimes of the Israelis while ignoring or minimising those of their Arab neighbours. The Israeli cabinet has been described as ‘proto-Fascist’ and the Prime Minister has been accused of using ‘Nazi language.’ One headline trumpeted “Israel simply has no right to exist.”

In their 2009 obituary of Nizar Rayan, a leading member of Hamas, they said of him that he was ‘highly regarded’ and ‘considered a hero.’ This ‘hero’, who directed suicide bombers, including his own son, described the Jews as a “cursed people” whom Allah changed into “apes and pigs.”

By their friends shall you know them, and the Guardian has some rather peculiar friends. This summer the paper praised CounterPunch, the bi-weekly American news letter edited by Alexander Cockburn, as ‘progressive.’ I know little of this publication but it describes its approach as “muckraking with a radical attitude.”

Muckraking, certainly, for it repeatedly runs articles by noted anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers. Gilad Atzmon, one contributor, with bizarre logic questioned whether the Holocaust happened, before proceeding to say that if did it was partially justified by the Jews ‘villainous behaviour’ He has also endorsed The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, saying of this notorious forgery that it is “impossible to ignore its prophetic qualities.”

It would seem to be a view shared by Alexander Cockburn himself who, despite or perhaps because of his left-wing credentials, has said that the Jews have a stranglehold on the US media. Not CounterPunch, obviously.

Liberal shall speak unto Liberal; the Guardian shall speak unto CounterPunch, an axis of misinformation and outright lies, of propaganda masquerading as news. The words ‘progressive’ and ‘reactionary’, left and right, clearly no longer have any precise meaning. Julius Streicher, it might be said, has a new home.

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By melanie jean juneau on November 18, 2012 at 09:52 pm

Excellently written, of course and fascinating because I usually associate such anti-Jewish sentiments with the far right. A good question would be why century after century, men feel the need to scapegoat the Jewish race?

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By Angie Alaniz on November 18, 2012 at 10:49 pm

One of the reasons I like you're writing so much Ana is because you sure do tell it like it is!

Just today I was telling someone over the phone that whats happening in Israel effects the entire world.

I'm familiar with Julius Streicher (the attacker) and his ugly so call news paper filled with hate. I believe some people went insane because of the things he wrote about. Craziest thing about that news paper is that at the bottom of the page it read: "Deutsches Wochenblatt zum Kampfe um die Wahrheit"("German Weekly Newspaper in the Fight for Truth").

The Guardian had no friends and desperately seek fame in lies by destroying more then lives.

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By Anastasia on November 20, 2012 at 05:37 pm

Melanie, to answer that question properly would take me pages and pages. The short answer is that since the days of the Emperor Hadrian the Jews were a people with a religion but no home. They lived amongst others, always subject to the vagaries of persecution, particularly bad after Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empires. Centuries of ostracism and persecution followed, sometimes of a murderous nature.

Then came the Enlightenment and Emancipation. But no sooner did the old forms of religious discrimination die away than new forms of racial ‘science’ began to emerge which identified the Jews as a people apart. In short, the Jews have been scapegoated throughout history, secure nowhere. To understand this is to understand the necessity of the state of Israel

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By Anastasia on November 20, 2012 at 05:40 pm

Thanks, Angie. Der Stürmer was so bad that Goring refused to allow it in Luftwaffe offices and Baldur von Schirach, leader of the Hitler Youth until 1940, refused to allow its distribution among the organisation’s members.

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By John Nelson on December 27, 2012 at 03:56 pm


I applaud your steadfast stand against anti-Semitism. I share your desire for a world without pogroms against people based on race, faith, ethnic identity, etc… I also abhor caricatures designed to demean a person based on racial, ethnic or religious affiliations be it a “Sambo” depiction of Obama, a depiction of Mohammad as a crazed terrorist or caricatures of Jews as greedy puppet-masters that were widely used in Nazi propaganda.

I think political cartoons are a great medium for political critique, but they must be held to a reasonable social standard of decency. You can oppose a person’s political actions without resorting to personal demonization. Sadly, this kind of racialized caricature seems to be effective in stirring up the less enlightened among us.

Certainly an intelligent journalist or political pundit can oppose Israeli nationalistic expansion and apartheid policies without resorting to nasty propaganda images like that used by Der Stürmer. You can certainly oppose the actions of the Israeli government without condemning Judaism or resorting to anti-Semitism.

Whether you lean to the right or left, when we see this kind of caricature in the media we should call them on it. Complain. Let them know that we have evolved beyond cheap theatrics and hate-filled propaganda. We must remain vigilant and not let the mainstream media pander to the lowest common denominator.

Political dissent and debate is healthy in a society, but using racial stereotypes and hate-speech should always be followed by public blowback. I hope you have contacted The Guardian and expressed your dismay with their anti-intellectual behavior. Hold them to a higher standard!!

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By Anastasia on January 06, 2013 at 05:26 pm

John, I absolutely agree. The Guardian his not a paper I have an awful lot of time for. There is a very good site called Comment is Free Watch (CiF Watch) which keeps an eye on the more outrageous statements.

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