January 31, 2005

Lenni Brenner on Zionism and the holocaust

Goodness me, learning all the time. According to this article by Lenni Brenner, Sharon came from a Jabotinsky loving family, joined Labour then Likud, and now he's with (though not in) Labour again. I always thought he had a Labour background and joined (indeed founded) Likud thereby showing that left and right zionists are both as bad as each other. It now turns out, they're twice as bad as each other.

Anyway the article details Lenni Brenner's response to an article by Moshe Arens, in the New York Sun, seeking to rehabilitate the Zionist revisionists of holocaust Europe. The article by Arens is in the link above.

Moshe Arens' 4/18 "Warsaw Ghetto - The Debt of Truth" condemns the refusal of the Zydowska Organizacja Bojowa, the Socialist-Zionist, Stalinist and Bundist underground, to unite with Betar's Zydowski Zwiazek Wojskowi in their final battle. "ZOB considered Betar to be a semi-fascist movement."

He blames this on "fratricidal animosity ... between the Socialist Zionist parties and the Revisionist Zionist Party, headed by Zeev Jabotinsky." But all ideologies, Jewish or gentile, saw classic Revisionism as fascist.

Jabotinsky loved pre-Mussolini Italy and condemned him as a "head buffalo." However, he grasped that Britain wasn't going to set up a Zionist state, and wished for Rome as a substitute Mandatory. In New York's 4/11/35 Jewish Daily Bulletin, he implored readers to stop using "'Fascism' as a cuss word." It was

"the official doctrine of ... one of those countries where Jews enjoy full equality.... It is very unwise to insist on antagonizing one of them by turning to abuse a term and an idea which is so highly cherished." Indeed, "the Permanent Mandates Commission which supervises Palestinian affairs has an Italian chairman .... Responsible leaders ought to take care."

The 3/36 issue of Revisionism's L'Idea Sionistica reported the establishment of a Betar squadron at Mussolini's naval academy:

A triple chant ordered by the squad's commanding officer -- 'Viva L'Italia!, Viva IL Re!, Viva IL Duce!' resounded .... This year there are 49 cadets .... The majority are university students and 30 of them belong to the GUF. (Gioventù Universitaria Fascista - University Fascist Youth- LB)

London's 6/12/36 World Jewry reported an interview with Wolfgang von Weisl, Revisionism's financial director: "He, personally, was a supporter of Fascism, and he rejoiced at the victory of Fascist Italy in Abyssinia as a triumph of the White races against the Black."

Mussolini became Hitler's ally against the left in Spain and expelled his Betar fans. But as late as 1/40, Ha Dagel, their Harbin magazine, had photos of them on stage with Japanese, puppet Manchukuo and Zionist flags:

"The Third Congress of the Jewish Communities of the Far East welcomes the Great Empire of the Rising Sun's aspiration for the establishment of peace and a new order in East Asia .... The Third Congress ... calls on the Jewry of the Far East to actively participate in establishing the new order and in building East Asia, guided by the principle of struggle against the Comintern, in close collaboration with all nations."

Each ZOB constituent must be held accountable for its role in the 1930s and holocaust. But in 1943 they faced military defeat, with or without the ZZW, at the hands of Hitler, self-proclaimed disciple of Mussolini and Fascism. Historians will forgive them for refusing to sully their defense of Jewish honor, by accepting as comrades, adherents of their murderers' ideology.

Lenni Brenneris the author of Zionism in the Age of the Dictators, and the editor of
51 Documents: Zionist Collaboration with the Nazis
. He has also just edited
Jefferson & Madison On Separation of Church and State: Writings on Religion and
(Barricade Books). He can be reached at BrennerL21@aol.com.

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