Mel Gibson, anti-Semitism, Zionism and Mee
By Gavin Gatenby
Possum News Network
1 August 2006
the Sydney Morning Herald dropped on the bed on Monday morning,
Mel Gibson was spread across the top of the front page. The actor
and ultra-conservative Catholic some Australians like to call Our
Mel had levelled a torrent of anti-Semitic abuse at a Malibu
traffic cop who'd pulled him over for drunk-driving. The lead story
immediately below covered the latest outrages committed by the Zionist
armed forces in Lebanon.
The hapless officer, Deputy James Mee, happened to be Jewish and Gibson
proceeded to behave like an ignorant drunken Cossack in the lead-up
to a Tsarist pogrom.
It was one of those moments when history comes alive.
Deputy Mee has been most gracious about the whole incident and helpfully
explained to Associated Press that Gibsons outburst could be
put down to booze talking, and added:
you are a high-strung person, it's going to amplify that, and all
the bad things are going to come out.'' Indeed.
My very own connection with Our Mel is tenuous. Sometime, probably
late in 1976, a little cottage across the road from ours was used
as a location for the low-budget Aussie thriller Summer City
(aka Coast of Terror). Mel was a supporting actor in the movie
(his first) and the garden fence he leaned on in one scene remained
a minor local landmark until it was pulled down a few weeks ago. I
wondered vaguely whether I should save a few of the old palings, but
thought better of it. Some history should just be allowed to die quietly.
Gibsons The Passion of The Christ was released, many
voices warned that the New Testament gore-fest had a serious anti-Semitic
resonance. Some of John Howards favourite columnists, sensing,
no doubt, a threat to the Prime Minister's all-important alliance
with reactionary Catholics and Protestants, moved rapidly to Gibsons
defence. And now, mirabile dictu, here was Mel, allegedly fired
up by the events in Gaza and Lebanon, proving that the warnings were
Historically, fundamentalist Christianity, in its various murky shades,
is the home of anti-Semitism. To these people, Jews eternally remain
the killers of Christ. Their world outlook is so steeped
in irrational mysticism they are incapable of distinguishing between
an ancient ethnic group and a recently conceived political philosophy.
Jews who place trust in the recent marriage of convenience between
Zionism and Christian fundamentalism are fools and if they
really believe that God ordained they should own a chunk of land on
the eastern coast of the Mediterranean in perpetuity, theyre
even bigger fools.
Historically, the Zionist movement has drawn its major rationale from
a resilient undercurrent of ancient Christian anti-Semitism. Right
from its inception it has relied on an intellectual and political
symbiosis with Christian nutters.
Zionism got its first big break from the Dreyfus case. Emile Dreyfus
was a fiercely loyal Frenchman from a well-off Jewish manufacturing
family in German-occupied Alsace. Jews revered the French republic
because the secularism established by the French Revolution abolished
the link between church and state, at one stroke ending legal discrimination
and protecting the right to personal belief.
Dreyfus hatred of the German occupation led him to become a
French army officer. He studied hard, served in the artillery and
was appointed to the general staff. In 1894 he was arrested as a German
spy, sentenced to gaol for life in a closed military court and despatched
to rot on Devils Island.
The French right were delighted by the verdict. The case proved
their claim that Jews were the enemy within, eagerly plotting
to betray France to its enemies.
Trouble was, Dreyfus was a French patriot who had been misidentified
thanks to the anti-Semitism of the investigators as
the officer French counter-intelligence knew had been selling military
secrets to Germany. In reality, as was later proved, the culprit was
Major Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy, a shady wastrel of Hungarian, minor
Dreyfus conviction and the resulting international campaign
to exonerate him, ripped French society apart for years. The rights
fight to bring down every progressive secularist feature of society
established since the revolution became a fight to keep Dreyfus chained
to his rock and in it they mobilised the disparate backward
elements of French society with the robust weapon of Catholic anti-Semitism.
Theodore Herzl, the founder of the Zionist movement, was inspired
by the ghastly Parisian mobs he had seen howling for Dreyfus blood
to set course for a separate homeland for Jews. In the first entry
in his political diary he wrote:
I achieved a freer attitude toward anti-Semitism, which
I now began to understand historically and to pardon. Above all, I
recognized the emptiness and futility of trying to combat
from Herzl onwards, the Zionists rejected any attempt to confront
and defeat European anti-Semitism as a political and social phenomena
and a pragmatic adaptation to it became their main strategy for obtaining
a Jewish state.
Ironically, the progressive elements in French society, including
the vast majority of Jews, didnt support the Zionist solution.
In the Dreyfus affair they rallied around secularism, fought back
against the right, and finally, they won. Catholic and monarchist
reaction was defeated. Dreyfus was eventually exonerated and restored
to the army in 1906. In the First World War he fought in the artillery,
including in the front line.
Tragically, matters didnt end there. European reactionaries,
obsessed with the creation of mono-cultural single-religion states
wanted to get rid of their Jewish minorities and the Zionists continued
to campaign for a mono-cultural single-religion Jewish state in Palestine.
Neither side regarded the Arabs (and Palestinians of other ethnicity)
as anything other than an ignorant group of natives whose interests
and aspirations were of no importance.
The breakthrough for the Zionists came when the British Foreign Secretary,
Arthur Balfour (a politician who had opposed Jewish immigration into
Britain) signed, in November 1917, a declaration committing Britain
to the establishment of a Jewish National Home in the
Palestine, which British-led armies had wrested from Turkey and over
which Britain subsequently gained a League of Nations Mandate.
Even at this point, far-sighted Jews could see where all this was
heading. The final wording of the Balfour Declaration was, for example,
changed, at the insistence of Edwin Montagu, an anti-Zionist Jew and
Britains Secretary of State for India, so that it did not commit
Britain to giving the whole of Palestine to the Zionists and included
a rider insisting that the rights of non-Jewish natives should not
be prejudiced. It goes without saying that the Russian Social-Democratic
movement, soon to take power in Russia, and which numbered several
Jews, especially Leon Trotsky, among its leadership, were, in principle,
opposed to the Zionist project. At the same time, Germanys small
minority of Jews remained devoted to that country, in spite of its
undercurrent of anti-Semitism, and they served loyally in its armed
In the aftermath of World War I, the ancient Christian madness reasserted
itself in Germany through Hitlers Nazi Party. With Hitlers
accession to power in 1933, the Zionist project speeded up immeasurably
and the Nazi government, as part of a carrot-and-stick approach, encouraged
and assisted Jewish emigration to Palestine. Most Jews would far rather
have gone to another metropolitan country, but the Zionists saw Hitlers
terror as their greatest opportunity and exerted every influence possible
to funnel them Palestine.
In the ten year period to 1939, more than a quarter of a million Zionist
immigrants arrived in Palestine, bringing the Jewish component of
the population of the tiny country to 30 per cent, almost double what
it had been in the late 1920s. While Jewish immigration slowed to
a trickle during World War II, it surged to higher levels in the aftermath
of the war as tens of thousands of displaced Jews and concentration
camp survivors poured into the country. From 1945 onwards the Zionists
began the ethnic cleansing campaign that, by 1948, drove most native
Palestinians from their homeland. In doing so, they inflicted on the
Palestinians the injustices they had themselves suffered and created
the historic mischief that has now turned the shores of the eastern
Mediterranean into the coast of terror and is edging us all towards
a third world war.
Without the stimulus provided by Christian bigotry, none of this would
Mel Gibson will no doubt grovel and make amends, but Deputy Mee was
right: in obsessive obscurantists, madness lurks just beneath the
surface. All it takes to bring it out is an accident, a whispered
rumour, a perceived slight
or a few drinks.
Fundamentalist Christianity, like extremist Judaism and Islam, is
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