Zionism. Failure to Support Resistance (1/2)

von G.Lange » Sonntag, 14. November 2004




Failure to Support Resistance
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The VJBD has specifically complained about a Palestine Speaks broadcast, of
June 1977, which said:

"Not only did the International Zionist movement with its world-wide
political influence, its financial intelligence and arms-smuggling
resources fail to send any arms or ammunition to help the beleaguered
ghetto fighters...."

But that statement is a simple fact.

The World Zionist Organization prided itself on its international
organisation and especially its intelligence network and so on. It was the
only specifically Jewish international organisation which had liaison
offices both inside and on the periphery of Nazi Europe, which had direct
organisational links with Zionist groups throughout Europe and direct
access to and political influence with the Allied powers, and which had
been engaged in arms smuggling and financial operations. The only other
international Jewish organisation was the Bund, which had far less
resources and did far more to publicize the Holocaust and seek support for
Jewish resistance in Europe.

The vast apparatus of the World Zionist Organisation, including its illegal
armed forces in Palestine etc. was not used to publicize the Holocaust and
support resistance, but took part in covering it up until the Allied powers
decided to publicize it.

This vast Zionist apparatus was not used either for assisting beleaguered
ghetto fighters or aiding rescue activities. Rabbi Michael Dov Weissmandel,
organizer of rescue activities in Slovakia asks in his book 'From the
Depths':

"Why didn't they try, from their place of freedom, to break through to us
and send us a secret messenger? This question becomes greater when we see
that the governments of Czechoslovakia and Poland, which were in free
lands, sent secret messengers daily to their loyal people in the occupied
countries. And therefore our amazement grows. Why don't the grea
organizators of Jewry use these messengers if they have no other way? And
during all of the years since we developed this method, those in the free
countries did not once attempt to send messengers to us - rather, WE had to
send them and to pay for them. How many did we send them only for the to
return empty-handed - because those over there did not have time to answer
?" (Quoted in 'The Holocaust Victims Accuse' by Rabbi Moshe Shonfeld)

The only known assistance from the international Zionist movement to Jewish
resistance in Nazi Europe was when the British Royal Air Force parachuted
some volunteers from Palestine to make contact with partisan forces. Those
who were escorted by Tito's partisans from Yugoslavia to Hungary were
handed over to the Gestapo by their Zionist 'liaison' in Budapest - Rudolf
Kastner.

Many Zionists in Nazi Europe had no choice but to fight back against the
Nazis and some acquitted themselves with honour in ghetto rebellions and
partisan warfare, although these resistance activities were generally led
by Communists and Bundists rather than by Zionists.

It is not necessary, as Dr. Foster seems to imagine, for anti-Zionist
programs on 3CR to mention this fact, since it has been very thoroughly
drummed in by Zionist propaganda which conveys the impression that Zionists
were the main organizers of resistance. As Dr. Foster mentions, the Zionist
participation in the Warsaw ghetto uprising is 'well documented'. Indeed,
it is documented to death and exaggerated in numerous stories, books and
plays, on stage, screen and television, which picture the Jews of Warsaw
fighting under the Blue and White Zionist flag, not mentioning that the
Polish flag was flown as well.

Large masses of Jews organised resistance movements and took part in
partisan warfare throughout occupied Europe - usually under Communist
leadership, often under direct command of the Red Army, and generally
making quite a substantial contribution to the Allied war effort.

Generally, Zionists preferred MASSADA-like last stands to the more
effective form of resistance - partisan warfare. But even at Warsaw, where
their contribution was greatest, the majority of fighters were Communist,
Bundist or unaffiliated. Moreover, although both left-wing Zionists and
Revisionists did make a major contribution to the Warsaw ghetto rebellion,
their first target was other Zionists, mainly mainstream ones, who were
leaders of the Nazi sponsored Judenrat, the ghetto police and the Jewish
Gestapo.

The leading pro-German, anti-British Zionist theoretician, one of the well
known international leaders of a dissident faction in Zionism, Dr. Alfred
Nossig, was shot by the Warsaw ghetto fighters as a Gestapo agent. Whatever
role some Zionists played in the resistance activities, the plain fact is
that they got little or no support from the international Zionist movement,
whose leadership was too busy demanding unrestricted immigration and a
Jewish Army in Palestine.

That is not to say that Zionists in Palestine were incapable of giving
assistance to partisan warfare. On the contrary, both the mainstream
Zionists and the Revisionists maintained very efficient clandestine armed
forces in Palestine throughout the war, and these both had extensive arms
smuggling operations which substantially depleted British armouries and
forced the diversion of British troops to guard duty. But these arms were
for use against the British and the Arabs, not against the Germans. Details
will be found in 'Cross Roads to Israel' by Christorpher Sykes (Nel Mentor,
London, 1967).

Extremist Zionists and the Axis
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Although the Haganah, representing the mainstream Zionists, maintained a
ceasefire throughout most of the second world war, Zionist policy was to
'fight the war as though there was no White Paper (restricting immigration
to Palestine) and to fight the White Paper as though there was no war'.

In 'fighting the White Paper as though there was no war', the mainstream
Zionists did manage to tie down substantial numbers of British troops and
naval units to guard Palestine. This may be called stupidity rather than
outright collaboration, but the same cannot be said for the policy of the
Zionist Revisionists and their clandestine armed forces the Irgun. Apart
from sporadic raids, the Irgun formally declared war on Britain in January
1944 and organized systematic terrorist activities against the British
forces in Palestine from then on. This was while European Jews were still
being exterminated by the Nazis.

There are accusations that the Irgun proposed a formal military pact with
Nazi Germany, promising intelligence and other support against Britain on
condition that a victorious Germany would establish a Jewish State in
Palestine, although it is clear that Germany never accepted this alliance,
having been allied with the Grand Mufti instead.

A memorandum dated January 1941 from a report by the Naval attache at the
German Embassy in Turkey reads as follows:

"It is often stated in the speeches and utterances of the leading statesmen
of National Socialist Germany that a New Order in Europe requires as a
prerequisite the radical solution of the Jewish question through
evacuation. 'Judenreines Europa'. The evacuation of the Jewish masses from
Europe is a precondition for solving the Jewish question. But this can only
be made possible and complete through the settlement of these masses in the
home of the Jewish people, Palestine, and through the establishment of a
Jewish state in its historic boundaries. The solving in this manner of the
Jewish problem and thus the bringing about with it of the liberation of the
Jewish people once for all, is the objective of the political activity and
the years long struggle of the Jewish freedom movement: The National
Military Organisation (Irgun Zva'i Le'umi) in Palestine. The NMO, which is
well-acquainted with the goodwill of the German Reich government and its
authorities towards Zionist activity inside Germany and towards Zionist
emigration plans (one should notice in this respect the fascist-Zionist
cooperation in the years stretching between 1933 and 1939 - K.P.) - is of
the opinion that:
1. Common interests could exist between the establishment of a new order in
Europe in conformity with the German concept, and the true national
aspirations of the Jewish people as they are embodied by the NMO.
2. Cooperation between the new Germany and a renewed Hebrew nation
(volkisch-nationalen-Hebraentum) would be possible and
3. The establishment of the historical Jewish state on a national and
totalitarian basis and bound by a treaty with the German Reich would be in
the interest of maintaining and strengthening the future German position of
power in the Near East.

Proceeding from these considerations, the NMO in Palestine offers to take
on active part in the war on Germany's side, provided that above-mentioned
national aspirations of the Jewish liberation movement are recognized by
the German Reich government.

This offer by the NMO, whose validity extends over the military, political
and information levels, inside and also according to certain organisational
preparations outside Palestine, would be bound to the military training and
organising of Jewish manpower in Europe, under the leadership and command
of the NMO. These military units would take part in the fighting to conquer
Palestine, in case such a front is formed.

The indirect participation of the Israeli (sic) freedom movement in the
drawing up of the New Order in Europe, already in its preparatory stage,
would be connected with a positively radical solution of the European
Jewish problem in conformity with the above-mentioned national aspirations
of the Jewish people. This would strengthen to an uncommon degree the moral
basis of the New Order in the eyes of the entire world.

The cooperation of the Israeli (sic) freedom movement would also be in line
with one of the recent speeches of the German Reich Chancellor in which
Herr Hitler stressed that any combination and any alliance would be entered
into in order to isolage England and defeat it." (Source: Klaus Polkehn,
The Secret Contacts: Zionism and Nazi Germany, 1933-1941. Journal of
Palestine Studies, Vol. V, Nos. 3-4 (Spring/Summer 1976, pp.79-80

This document comes from East German sources and has not been confirmed
conclusively from material in Western archives, although it is quite
consistent with the behaviour of the Revisionst Zionists as a fascist party
allied with other fascist parties in pre-war years. Since it could be an
East German forgery or could have originally been a British forgery, we
will not rely on this document. But there is no doubt whatever that the
Irgun's offsiders, the even more extreme 'Stern Gang', Lehi or Fighters for
the Freedom of Israel did establish treasonable relations with fascist
Italy and launched terrorist attacks on British forces in Palestine with
Italian aid and as a direct component of the Axis war effort. They were
shot as Axis quislings by the British and denounced by the mainstream
Zionists, although this did not prevent cooperation being re-established
after the war was over. Dr. Foster can call it what he likes, but we would
call a declaration of war against Britain in 1944 and a formal alliance
with an Axis power, voluntary collaboration with the Nazis.

Of course the mainstream Zionist position was basically on the side of the
Allies and the Irgun was only an extremist minority led by the extremist
Menachem Begin, now Prime Minister of the extremist State of Israel, who
came to Palestine as a soldier in the Polish Army fighting Nazism, but
deserted to fight Britain instead. Thus the accusation can be put much
stronger than it has been on 3CR.

Not only did the International Zionist movement fail to aid the beleaguered
ghetto fighters, but the only use it made of its facilities for arms
smuggling etc. was to support terrorist attacks on the Allies with the
assistance from the Axis.

While Jews in Europe, including some Zionists, were fighting the Nazis with
help from the Allies, some Zionist in Palestine were fighting the British
with help from the Axis.


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