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The New Thought Police; The Israel Lobby and Traumatic Memory

The New Thought Police; The Israel Lobby and Traumatic Memory

Edward Snowden speaks of an electronic “architecture of oppression,” based on the mania of our national security state to control the communications of humankind at large. But there are other systems of control—emotional and cultural rather than digital—whose mechanisms of control are no less capable of being abused. The most effective of these are the overlapping systems of influence and control set up by the Israel Lobby. This is a generic term referring to disparate people and institutions that believe that Americans should not be allowed to publicly criticize the government of Israel, even when it does bad things; and it is with that intent in mind that they conduct extensive policing of public discussion of anything having to do with Israel.

The Lobby consists mainly of the leadership of three important organizations—the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee and the Simon Wiesenthal Center; the Lobby’s most well-known public figures are Abraham Foxman, Director of the ADL, and Alan Dershowitz, an American attorney, professor lawyer and political commentator. They are backed up by an even larger contingent of rightwing Christian evangelicals, the largest and most active constituency in the Republican Party, many of whom believe that a religious war would bring about the Second Coming of Christ. All of the above-mentioned people have one thing in common: they attack American critics of the Israeli state, usually by calling them anti-Semites or self-hating Jews, often trying to ruin their reputations or drive them from their jobs.

In Congress the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) does pretty much the same thing, with one major difference: they have at their disposal immense amounts of money. Currently an actual majority of elected officials receive money from AIPAC to vote as the current government of Israel wants them to, at least on issues having to do with the Middle East. There’s nothing illegal about it—it’s called ‘bundling,’ and is basically a form of legal bribery. But one must say that it’s rather odd, not to mention unprecedented, that the Prime Minister of a foreign country would participate in the distribution of money through his proxies to the US Congress, so that its members vote as he wants them to. From the point of view of American sovereignty, not to mention political morality, it’s an astonishing situation.

But why do people and organizations in the Israel Lobby behave in this manner, and why do so many supposedly free Americans follow their dictates? Why do they cooperate in suppressing criticism of the Israeli state, when everybody knows that self-criticism and robust debate are necessary to the health of the state, any state? Why do so many people who say they love Israel embrace doctrines that ensure Israel’s eventual destruction? And why do so many people feel constrained to think, speak and act according to the dictates of a Lobby that is often irrational?

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Trauma Bond

Trauma Bond: An Inquiry into the Nature of Evil

If the world seems more violent these days, it's not your imagination—there's far too much aggression, coercion and deceit. And powerful institutions such as corporations and governments are getting better at hiding and rationalizing the harm they do. But it doesn't have to be that way: Trauma Bond: An Inquiry into the Nature of Evil shows how breaking free of the cycle of aggression and violence starts with you, and can start today.

When aggression becomes evil, it turns into an extraordinarily dangerous and malignant force that threatens to destroy the planet. This fascinating book demonstrates at length how aggression and evil replicate themselves in the world, and how we can break free from the toxic cycle of psychological and physical violence. We can begin this process today, in order to make this world safer, both for ourselves and for our children.

If Wars Can Be Started by Lies, They Can Be Stopped By Truth.

Tremendously Insightful

This is the way to communicate with intelligent people who need to be reached.

Debating whether it was 6 million, 600,000, or 60 is stupid and VERY anti-minority rights libertarian. Interesting sidebars, perhaps to those who can handle misdirection, but divisive distraction from understanding genuinely important issues which requires effective communication in order to confront.

THINK ABOUT IT! Do any of you really doubt innocent INDIVIDUALS were killed cruelly? Do any of you really doubt there are inaccuracies and, as usual, outright lies in the narratives? What are the details worth your focus?

This article is refreshingly about the bottom line and how we may each attempt to manage to cope with pathology and the pathological ... and how They attempt manage us.

I don't doubt innocent people were killed (and are killed)


I am just not certain what to do about it. Today something tyrannical happened (minor, of course; subtle)--

in our church, and we bowed our heads to it--

where do *we* stop tyranny and cruelty--

there is bullying going on in every place--

What ARE the details worth *my* focus?

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--


The only detail you can control is yourself.

See the link I provide below (The whole article is on point and good):

"In the popular movie “The Wizard of Oz” Dorothy demonstrates constructive responses to tyranny.  The movie is such a good allegory for coping with tyranny you might be tempted to claim “everything I need to know about tyranny I learned in the land of Oz.” Here is a brief summary:

Everyone experiences fear, including fear of humiliation.

Courage can overcome fear.

We are responsible for our own choices.

We all have sources of power we can draw on.

Authentic self-confidence increases our power.

Inquiry, evidence, and argument are powerful tools for uncovering what is.

Alliances can increase our power.

We each have our own important stories to tell.

Tyrants use the trappings of power to enhance their image.

Tyrants suppress and manipulate opponents by exploiting their fears.

We often respond to image before we respond to substance.

Image is not substance.

You can speak truth to power.

Tyrants respond differently to compassion than they do to threats, dominance, or humiliation.

The Wizard is only human.

All things must pass; even tyranny is impermanent. "


This one's for The Granger --

“Never feel overwhelmed when you are overwhelmed with evidence of injustice.”
~ Ralph Nader

thanks for the link--


it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

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Thank you for the summary

and thank you for so eloquently clarifying the 'bottom line.' The article is not about denial of the horrific atrocities or the number of individuals who died but about recognizing and coping with pathology and the pathological 'The Trauma Bond.'


If Wars Can Be Started by Lies, They Can Be Stopped By Truth.

Excellent article.

Thanks for posting!

This is not even the tip of the iceberg!

Our nation has been under attack by the Zionists for so many years! Educate yourself:


"Thus it is that in war the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won,whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory." --- Sun Tzu, The Art of War.



I agree with this statement:

"Why do so many people who say they love Israel embrace doctrines that ensure Israel’s eventual destruction?"

AIPAC needs to listen more to ISRAEL and not those who say they are FOR Israel, but fund to blackmail her in the name of support.

It took me a while to get over the shock

that the Holocaust was a lie...a lie of such massive proportion. This was our school history, Ann Frank was compulsory reading. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, my children's favorite book.
It really was a painful awakening.
Counterpunch certainly has some great thought provoking reading, have book marked it now. Thanks littlewing.

Thank you for sharing the link

I have only begun in the last year to explore these ideas. Before that I bought the holocaust (particularly the execution of millions by gas chambers) hook, line, and sinker. I am being majorly challenged and it's sort of like putting the pieces of a puzzle together with everything else going on in the world - financial happenings, wars, the Zionist lobby, etc. The one question that always bothered me was why the Germans wouldn't just gas them all? Why would they waste "resources" such as food (albeit, lousy food) on keeping prisoners alive, only to then kill them later in the chambers? How much more expedient to kill them immediately upon arrival in the camp?

When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different: Liberty, sir, was the primary object. - Patrick Henry

When you really think about the sheer logistics

of "the Holocaust", none of it makes sense.
Germany was at war, her factories at full sped making munitions and transport. It was a coal based industry. Would they really have used that precious resource to burn bodies? Millions of bodies? I highly doubt it.
The German army had a very sophisticated method of delousing transport carriages, in large sealed units.
Why build camps with gas chambers when this handy devise is already up and running? Wouldn't even have to take the victims off the train.

What troubles me about your question

It assumes it was ok to gas people.

Gas chambers (car engine monoxide and insecticide were not the only means.. the even bombed people, they had so many humans to eliminate).

The Nazis needed to be careful who and how they eliminated people because they did not want a global uprising.. most people were so unsure what was going on, and many Jews(well connected.. they had to make sure no one was looking for some of these peple to tip off those in other areas as to what was comming).

This week is 60 years ago Warsaw had their uprizing.. the Jews KNEW the Nazis were coming, and they resisted, burnt their homes so they could not be resold as they had in France.. 200K people resisted, the word was out, WWII begun, because MURDER is immoral. Killing someone is SELF DEFENSE in not immoral.

Feeding the prisoners was not what the Nazis did and why you see pictures of people who starved to death.

Denying the holocast only says, I'm ready, willing and wanting another.

Wow. Amazing piece! I just

Wow. Amazing piece!

I just wish people would stop assuming that all that has been said about "the Holocaust" is true. There is no proof that six million Jews were systematically exterminated. The six million figure predates WW1! It was a Zionist myth well before "the Holocaust" of WW2. See http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=24369 .

There is not even proof of gas chambers and ovens. All of the available evidence points to typhus being the source of most of the deaths, which probably totaled less than one million. See "More than Taboo" at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7vXKZciSok . The internment of Jews in camps by Nazis was bad enough! The irony is that Allied bombing campaigns that cut off Axis supply lines, likely brought on many of the deaths of Jews in those camps. Malnutrition was rampant in the camps, along with the typhus.

Regardless, almost every Jew believes in the six million myth, and the gas chambers and ovens, so the writer's point remains correct.

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Ethnic Cleansing and Israel’s Racist Discourse

I have not looked into the accuracy of the six million figure. Interesting- the passage from the Torah. Glad you enjoyed the article. Here is another you may have missed:

Ethnic Cleansing and Israel’s Racist Discourse

Any act of collective punishment — whether ethnic cleansing or genocide or any other — is often preceded and or adjoined by a racist discourse that dehumanizes the victim and justifies the crime on baseless grounds, a concoction of lies and fibs that may appeal to national or religious psyches, but fails the test of law, morality or basic human norms and expectations.

Without such discourse, which depicted the original inhabitants of Palestine as cancerous, subhuman and a nuisance in the face of civilization and progress — as defined by the founders of the Zionist movement — it would not have been possible to carry out a systematic campaign of murder and ethnic cleansing in 1947-48, which saw the killing of an estimated 13,000 Palestinians, the forcible eviction of 850,000 and the depopulation and subsequent destruction of nearly 500 villages and localities. Without such a racist discourse it would have been difficult, to say the least, to carry out scores of preempted massacres, including Deir Yassin, Tantoura, Abbasiyya, Beit Daras, Bir Al-Saba’, Haifa and so forth.

The unfortunate reality is that Israel’s campaign of ethnic cleansing, though it might have changed tactics and pace throughout the years, has never stopped and is now more active than it has been for decades. It’s also clear that the adjacent racist discourse that made such a policy sustainable for six decades is also at work, making advocates of war crimes heroes in the eyes of most Israelis.


If Wars Can Be Started by Lies, They Can Be Stopped By Truth.

watched this last night

maybe you should watch it now http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vwh52H5HC6A

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Glenn Beck? Lol, No thanks!

I watched these two again last night:

Ron Paul on Gaza 1-3-09

Ron Paul Floor Speech- We've Been NeoConned!

If Wars Can Be Started by Lies, They Can Be Stopped By Truth.

Glenn Beck

Last night was the first show I ever watched by Glenn Beck, so I completely understand your refusing to watch, as that's what I did for years.

I was rather surprized by what Glenn Beck said, and what's more is I agree with him. He confirmed what I am learning.

Why do you think RP said, "Israel is our friend"? Is RP FOS a manipulative liar who says whatever to appease? Is RP AFRAID of Israel? Are you?

Neocons are not FOR Israel, they are blackmailers who offer money to Israel to entangle Israel into a global government. Thank God ISRAEL STANDS FOR SOVREIGNITY, and I STAND WITH THEM. FREEOM FROM AUTHORITY is where I'm at. Why do you stand with Palestinian AUTHORITY? I think it's because you don't know anything about Palestine but feel very comfortable in a large group of IGNORACE and DENILE. Suit yourself.


Outstanding article! Really puts it out there.

Thanks for the great find LittleWing.

Just received Miko Peled's "The General's Son" in the mail. Having read the article you posted, Lawrence Swaim's book will probably be the next one on my list.


“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

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The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by Ilan Pappe

Here is another excellent video and book review. Ilan Pappe is an Israeli historian and senior lecturer at Haifa University.
The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by Ilan Pappe

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. By Ilan Pappe (Book review)
Ilan Pappe is an Israeli historian and senior lecturer at Haifa University. He’s also Academic Director of the Research Institute for Peace at Givat Haviva and Chair of the Emil Touma Institute for Palestinian Studies. Pappe is an expert on Israel and Zionism and the Palestinians’ Right of Return to their homeland, is considered “an honourable academic with integrity and conscience,” and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Council for Palestinian Restitution and Repatriation (CPRR), an organization declaring that “every Palestinian has a legitimate, individual right to return to his or her original home and to absolute restitution of his or her property.”

Pappe is also one of Israel’s “new historians” whose scholarship and writings are based on access to material now available from British Mandate period and Israeli archives that provide the most accurate and authentic documented history of Israel before and after it became a state and which now serve to debunk the myths about the years leading up to the Jewish State’s founding and those following it to this day.

Pappe has also authored, contributed to or edited nine books. His latest is the one this review covers in detail so readers will know about its powerful and shocking content, unknown to most in the West and in Israel, that hopefully will arouse them enough to get the book and learn in full detail what Pappe documented. He proves from official records how the Israeli state came into being with blood on its hands from lands forcibly seized from its Palestinian inhabitants who’d lived on it for hundreds of years previously. Since the 1940s, they were ethnically cleansed and slaughtered without mercy so their homeland would become one for Jews alone.

The shameful result is that Palestinians then and today have almost no rights including being able to live in peace and security on their own land in their own state that no longer exists. Survivors then and their offspring either live in Israel as unwanted Arab citizens with few rights or in the Occupied Palestinians Territories (OPT) where their lives are suspended in limbo in an occupied country in which they’re subjected to daily institutionalized and codified racism and persecution. They have no power over their daily lives and live in a constant state of fear with good reason. They face economic strangulation; collective punishment for any reason; loss of free movement; enclosures by separation walls, electric fences and border closings; regular curfews, roadblocks, checkpoints, loss of their homes by bulldozings and crops and orchards by wanton destruction and seizure; arrest without cause, and routine subjection to torture while in custody.

They’re targeted for extra-judicial assassination and indiscriminate killing; taxed punitively and denied basic services essential to life and well-being including health care, education, employment and even enough food and water at the whim of Israeli authorities in a deliberate effort to destroy their will to resist and eliminate those who won’t by expulsion or extermination. Palestinians have no power to end these appalling abuses and crimes against humanity or receive any redress for them in Israeli, the West or through the International Criminal Court Israel ignores when it rules against its interests.


If Wars Can Be Started by Lies, They Can Be Stopped By Truth.

A conspiracy of silence, indeed. Immune from criticism.

Half way through the video now. An excellent lesson for all good people who have been duped by the Zionist propaganda. This man doesn't have an agenda in this presentation, except to get the truth out there.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

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The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by Ilan Pappe

He has several excellent lectures up on you tube! The book review I posted under the video above is a great read in itself but the book goes into much greater historical detail.


The renowned Israeli historian revisits the formative period of the State of Israel. Between 1947 and 1949, over 400 Palestinian villages were deliberately destroyed, civilians were massacred, and around a million men, women, and children were expelled from their homes at gunpoint. Denied for almost six decades, had it happened today it could only have been called "ethnic cleansing".

Decisively debunking the myth that the Palestinian population left of their own accord in the course of this war, Ilan Pappe offers impressive archival evidence to demonstrate that, from its very inception, a central plank in Israel’s founding ideology was the forcible removal of the indigenous population. Indispensable for anyone interested in the Middle East.

If Wars Can Be Started by Lies, They Can Be Stopped By Truth.