Torquemada. Hitler. Obama: The Three Faces of History’s Antisemitism Rogue Gallery

menachem-begin-with-signature-quote-eretz-israel-3For over 5,000 years, the Jewish people persevered through savage persecution and, in the words of the late prime minister of Israel Menachem Begin describing the generation (his) which survived the Holocaust to President Jimmy Carter in July 1977, “We were a helpless people, Mr. President. We were bled white, not once, not twice, but century after century, over and over again. We lost a third of our people in one generation – mine. One-and-a-half million of them were children – ours… We were tertiated, Mr. President. … Tertiated, not decimated. The origin of the word ‘decimation’ is one in 10.”

Castilian Dominican friar, and the first Grand Inquisitor in Spain's movement to homogenize religious practices with those of the Catholic Church in the late 15th century, otherwise known as "The Spanish Inquisition."

Tomas De Torquemada (1420-98), Castilian Dominican friar, and the first Grand Inquisitor in Spain’s movement to homogenize religious practices with those of the Catholic Church in the late 15th century, otherwise known as “The Spanish Inquisition.”

More than 70 years following the conclusion of World War II, it appears the world has fully condemned the Jewish people to their fate. As history teaches of the two greatest anti-Semites by the measure of their deeds being the Dominican inquisitor Tomas De Torquemada of Spain (who ironically was born Jewish) and Adolf Hitler, a new figure has assumed the role of the third — the outgoing current president of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama — in his one final act of defiance versus a man he hates, Benjamin Netanyahu, for rejecting his agenda to “stand with the Muslims” whenever political fortunes for him fair poorly. Ordering his equally degenerate ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power to abstain on a resolution condemning Israel’s “occupation” of territories impeding the birth of a Palestinian state having never existed has endangered its very existence, empowering Hamas, Lebanon, Syria and ISIS to cross into the Golan Heights based on the pre-1967 political map that is second from the left.

History of Israel's borders.

History of Israel’s borders.

There is one problem with the above timeline chronicling the current Jewish state’s existence: the map to the far left is missing Transjordan, promised to the early Zionists upon the issuance of the Balfour Declaration. Born of Britain’s public acknowledgement and support for the Zionist movement that emerged from growing concern surrounding the direction of the First World War, she was mired in a virtual stalemate with Germany by mid-1917 on the Western Front, while simultaneous efforts to defeat Turkey on the Gallipoli Peninsula had failed spectacularly. On the Eastern Front, the fate of their ally, Russia, appeared bleak given the Bolsheviks had forced Czar Nicholas II in March to abdicate, while the provisional government continued struggling against widespread opposition to its dying war effort against Germany and Austria-Hungary.

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The Balfour Declaration, issued in a letter to Lord Rothschild by British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour, dated November 2, 1917.

It was at this point where, on November 2, 1917, Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour penned in his letter to Baron Lionel Walter Rothschild the British government’s support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Thus, the government of Prime Minister David Lloyd George — elected in December 1916 — decided to publicly support the Zionist movement which was led in Britain by Chaim Weizmann, a Russian Jewish chemist who had settled in Manchester. The Lloyd George Government’s motives ranged from a genuine belief in the righteousness of the Zionist cause leading to a formal declaration granting aid for Jewish support of the Allies in neutral countries, in the U.S. and especially in Russia, where the powerfully anti-Semitic czarist government had been forced to abdicate with the full cooperation of Russia’s significant Jewish population. And despite Britain’s earlier agreement with France to divide influence in the region after the presumed defeat of the Ottoman Empire (Sykes/Picot agreement), Lloyd George envisioned British dominance in Mandate Palestine as a land bridge connecting the crucial territories of India and Egypt. Therefore, the establishment of a Zionist state there — under British protection — would achieve both this while fulfilling the stated Allied aim granting self-determination for smaller nations.

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Original map of the Mandate of Palestine, drawn up on April 24, 1920. It included the territory of Transjordan.

The initial map as designed by Balfour in 1920 was far more expansive than the contemporary revisionist account from the UN. In fact, the Jewish sanctuary to become Israel was to initially include Transjordan as part of the British Mandate for Palestine. By 1922 however, a revised British Mandate resulted in a 77 percent loss in territory initially guaranteed to the future Jewish settlers. Still, the Mandate for Palestine, wrote Winston Churchill while Secretary of State for the Colonies in 1922, was to “be answered that it is not the imposition of a Jewish nationality upon the inhabitants of Palestine as a whole, but the further development of the existing Jewish community, with the assistance of Jews in other parts of the world, in order that it may become a centre in which the Jewish people as a whole may take, on grounds of religion and race, an interest and a pride.” Furthermore, Churchill wrote that “it is essential that it should know that it is in Palestine as of right and not on sufferance.”

Yet the UN, which in 1947 partitioned the British Mandate, not only rejects Israel’s right to self-defense and its current borders, but Zionism itself. In 1975, the world governing body classified it as a racist ideology exactly 37 years to the day following KristallnachtAll of this perpetuates, of course, because of Zionism’s key planks: that Jews, like any other nation, are entitled to a homeland defined by its Jewishness, its shared origin, religion, culture and history. Frequently ignored is that Israel attracts Jews from more than 100 countries, including dark-skinned Jews from Ethiopia, Yemen and India, atop the approximately 1,000,000 Muslim and Christian Arabs, Druze, Baha’is, Circassians and other ethnicities who are already residents. The matter Hitler directly collaborated with Mohammed Amin al-Husseini, who led jihadists tied to the Muslim Brotherhood in the British Mandate and Afrika Korps, to exterminate the Jews in the Holy Land, and which continued upon the Arabs surrounding and attacking the newly-created Jewish state the following day, reflects the UN’s tacit embrace of the Nazi legacy and the jihadist imperative of the post-Ottoman period to restore governance in the Levant in an to effort assemble one final caliphate.

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Mohammed Amin al-Husseini (Left) and Adolf Hitler (Right)

There is no morally-relative means of separating the ethnic cleansing and mass killings of Jews at the conclusion of the Reconquista by Torquemada to what President Obama has laid before the Israelis and the world. In fact the ethnic Jew Torquemada maintained records of interrogations that are testimony to the fright of the Spanish Jews purged who were forced to recite a plea with the hope of saving their lives. One woman, desperate, frantically detailed how she “said that I did all that the witnesses say. Señores, release me, for I do not remember it… for God’s sake have mercy on me,” while a man, mid-torture, insisted he was a good Catholic willing to confess of his heresy to stop the pain. Another victim questioned of Torquemada, “what does your lordship want me to say?” A final, disturbing example is of a man who, awaiting his fate by Torquemada in the name of the Christian faith, screamed “Oh God help me, help me!” The Arab world strongly shares a similar sentiment to the Roman Catholic Church of 525 years ago and Torquemada.

In a September 1973 interview with 60 Minutes, the “Iron Lady” of Israeli politics, Golda Meir, wistfully acknowledged that “the crux of the problem isn’t anything concrete that they want from us. That’s why it doesn’t make sense when people say, ‘Give up this and give up the other place. Give up the Golan Heights,’ for instance.” The truth she shared and which the UN and President Obama have long since rejected, is how “…Egypt and Syria and the other Arab countries refuse to acquiesce to our existence. Therefore there can be no compromise,” that “…we must be dead. And we say we want to be alive. Between life and death, I don’t know of a compromise. And that’s why we have no choice.”

But Hope springs eternal. In Meir’s own words, “We Jews have a secret weapon in our struggle with the Arabs: We have no place to go,” for Israel “…exists as the fulfillment of a promise made by God Himself.” Therefore, “It would be ridiculous” to rely upon the UN or the Arabs “to account for its legitimacy” when they unequivocally seek her destruction through John Kerry’s ultimatum that the future of Israel’s “fundamental reality” is If the choice is one state, Israel can either be Jewish or Democratic; it cannot be both.” There has ever existed but one nation in the Holy Land, and there will remain room for only one nation: Israel. And after the Jewish state has returned the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt in 1979 and Gaza to be governed by the Palestinians in 2005, the attacks continue to escalate. When Kerry declared that “The two-state solution is the only way to achieve a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” what he really described was the fulfillment of the left-wing conscience for forcing political suicide onto the Jews of Israel either by the rockets of jihadists, or, as Mike Huckabee controversially denounced of the Obama imperative for the Iran nuclear deal, the UN resolution to “march Israelis to the door of the oven.”

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