An ugly bias is back: blaming Jews for financial woes
Conspiracy claims die hard. But responsibility lies with all of us. Brad A. Greenberg February 27, 2009
LOS ANGELES - The stereotype of the money-grubbing Jew goes back a long way. Zacchaeus was a greedy little tax collector. Fagin was a hideous creature who forced orphans into his organized network of pickpockets. And Shylock, perhaps the most infamous Jewish moneylender of all? Well his avarice ran so deep that he demanded a "pound of flesh" from an indebted Venetian merchant.
Canonized in the Christian Bible and two classics of English literature, these characters reinforce prejudices that Jews have struggled against for centuries. This scapegoating has been particularly venomous during difficult economic times. And these are those times.
Scapegoating? Is that like calling someone "anti-Semitic" anytime they point out the connections between financial swindles and the Jews behind the swindles?
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reported Feb. 10 that a survey of 500 people in each of seven European countries – Austria, France, Hungary, Poland, Germany, Spain, and Britain – found that 40 percent felt Jews have too much power in business and nearly a third blamed Jews for the global financial crisis.
Though the ADL has not surveyed American anti-Semitism since 2007 – when 18 percent shared the sentiment that Jews have "too much control/influence on Wall Street" – the Jewish defense organization reported a spike in anti-Semitic chatter online after Wall Street collapsed last September.
Mr. GREENBERG, why not explain to your readers about the Federal Reserve? How the last head, Alan GREENSPAN is a Jew and the current head, Ben SHALOM Bernanke, is a Jew.
Add in the fact that of the six board of governor seats, five are held by Jews. What's that, I'm being "anti-Semitic" for pointing out the obvious?
And that was before anti-Semites were gifted their poster boy for Jewish grifting. In December, Bernard Madoff confirmed every suspicion about Jewish moneylenders when he reportedly admitted to running a $50 billion Ponzi scheme.
Uhh, don't forget to add in that Madoff shipped a lot of that stolen loot to Israel. Damn, their I go again, being "anti-Semitic."
Crooked. Evil. Innately able to rob you blind while shaking your hand and smiling.
"Is Bernard Madoff Jewish? Very. Oy," a headline from Los Angeles's Jewish Journal responded the day after his arrest.
Jews have lived more comfortably and prosperously here than anywhere else, but even American Jews can't escape the stereotype that they are, at best, penny-pinching cheapskates or, far worst, immoral monetary manipulators.
Today, Jews make big money and are bigwigs in, among other influential professions, the financial industry. But much as "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" would like you to believe otherwise, the connection between Jews and money is more complicated than a worldwide conspiracy to control the financial markets. (Shocking, I know.)
Let's add in a little historical perspective here. Like showing who helped formulate and push the lies the Bush White House used to invade an "existential" enemy of Israel, Iraq.
Which shows the troubling and incestous relationshihp between money and politics. Control the money and you'll control the political show. Control that and you'll have a firm grip on the Pentagon.
From an article in Haaretz:
The war in Iraq was conceived by 25 neoconservative intellectuals, most of them Jewish, who are pushing President Bush to change the course of history.
"I could give you the names of 25 people (all of whom are at this moment within a five-block radius of this office) who, if you had exiled them to a desert island a year and a half ago, the Iraq war would not have happened."
Tom Freidman, Zionist talking head and point man for the Tel Aviv Terror Masters, talking about the undue influence of the likes of Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, William Kristol, Eliot Abrams and Charles Krauthammer.
The confusion begins with a Hebrew word for money – mammon. In the New Testament, Jesus uses this word to refer to the god of greed. But to Jews, mammon, like the manna that sustained the Israelites in the desert, refers to the lifeblood of survival, a godly pursuit for the protection of the Chosen People.
Nomadic life led Jews to city centers along trading routes, where they often were barred from the respectable crafts. Before they became doctors and lawyers they carved out niches as traders and financiers. Ironically, their edge as moneylenders was courtesy of the Roman Catholic Church, which forbade Christians from charging each other interest; Jews had the run of the market.
Help me out here, Mr. Greenberg. If the Catholic Church forbade interest from being charged on loaned money, why would someone go to the local "shylock" to borrow money? Borrowed money that they would have to pay interest on.
Could it be that the Jews used that dominance in the money trade to enact laws forbidding us GOY to borrow money from those who wouldn't charge interest?
What else could it be? A savvy person would want to save money and not paying interest is a good way to save.
The Catholic Church no longer forbids bankers to charge interest, but Islam does. To certain bankers, that must sound like someone dragging a fingernail across a chalkboard.
Instead of teaching their children to farm or be blacksmiths, these financiers – at the time, more like glorified pawnbrokers – passed on the art of lending money. The tradition would pay off when boatloads of Central Europeans landed at Ellis Island in the 1800s.
"VAT, you vant me to do physical labor? Oy Vey, you must be crazy!"
Jews have historically taken advantage of the opportunities afforded them, and in those days there was hardly a better way for a poor German Jew to cut his teeth than selling cheap goods in rural America.
The story of the Lehman brothers – turning an Alabama cotton business into a global financial titan – is typical, almost a cliché, of how Jews rose from peddlers to shop owners to international financiers in the course of a few decades.
The saga of Lehman Brothers came to a sudden end Sept. 15, not coincidentally at the same time that Jews once again became the scapegoat for this country's, and the world's, economic problems.
Since then, conspiracy theorists and anti-Semites alike have been busy bombarding financial blogs, Jewish journalism outlets, and their self-serving forums with comments about how former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, current Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, Lehman Brothers, and others are orchestrating this crisis to crush the goy.
Crush the GOY? No argument here. We're getting crushed by the load of debt that is being piled on our backs by the Jewish controlled Federal Reserve to prop up criminal syndicates like AIG, controlled by the GREENBERGS... Any relation to you the author, Mr. Brad Greenberg?
It's the same trope that's been repeated since long before the rise of the House of Rothschild: The "international Jew," as Henry Ford deemed this global tribe, starts wars and manipulates markets for self-gain and schadenfreude.
And it's just as vacuous now as it was then. Jews are certainly prominent in the US financial market, but they remain an underwhelming minority.
An underwhelming minority of the working stiffs in a firm, but an overwhelming majority of the CEO's and CFO's.
The only time Jews were an underwhelming minority in the US financial market was on 9/11, when they managed to somehow not be in the Twin Towers that day, thanks to being warned to get out. Just ask the owner of the WTC, "Lucky" Larry Silverstein, whose original 14 million dollar investment has turned into a 4 billion plus bonanza for "Lucky" Larry.
Time magazine's list this month of the "25 People to Blame for the Financial Crisis" includes, by my count, six Jews – which means that more than 75 percent of the culpable were not Jewish. Among the blameworthy were former President Bush, disgraced subprime lender Angelo Mozilo and, ahem, the american consumer. There is little Jews can do to kill this old canard. But they can learn from the mistakes that enabled one of their own to use the communal bonds in American Jewry to orchestrate the biggest con in US history.
Though some Jewish money managers have proved to be scoundrels at best, like Shylock, it is not because they are Jewish – just as Christianity did not inspire Ken Lay to cheat Enron's shareholders. Indeed, Jews may be the easy historical target, but scapegoating misses the moral of our own failures. The real responsibility lies with all of us.
Brad A. Greenberg, senior writer for The Jewish Journal and creator of TheGodBlog.org , is working on a book about the facts and fiction of Jewish power.
Scapegoating my ass. Point out facts and realities and you'll have the Zionist dominated MSM screaming "anti-Semite." The more egregious the swindle is, the louder Zionist outifts like the ADL will scream, all to drown out any talk or discussion about whether or not the swindle did have Jewish roots.
Over the centuries, Jews have been booted out of over 50 countries, some more than once. Bring this up for discussion and the Zionist Scream Machine will pump up the "anti-Semite" volume to quash any legitimate questions of why this has happened.
You'll hear the tired ass saying about how Christians hate the Jew for killing Christ. BS. That might of worked back in the Dark Ages, but thinking, intelligent people who aren't afraid of asking hard questions know better.
Time and again, Jews have used their innate financial ability to get control of a country's money supply, raking off the cream while charging usurious interest rates.
Some of the money is used to buy off and bribe politicians to disastrous results, like the Jewish takeover of the White House and Congress which are run by Jews to help enrich and protect that racist and apartheid Jews only state, Israel.
No Mr. Greenberg, I'm not being "anti-Semitic" here, but trying to shine a light on one of the darkest secrets in the world.