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Alex Cockburn and Counterpunch: Fellow Travellers of Israel Shamir and the Far-Right?

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Philosemite who should have been sentenced says Shamir.


“Everything Evil eventually works its way to the Anti-Dreyfusards.” Old Saying.

Its not just kind words about Marine Le Pen by Alexander Cockburn.

The magazine has looked at the history of the French far-right and liked what it saw.

Counterpunch announces the following exclusive in the its next issue:

“THE DREYFUS CASE, REVISITED: Israel Shamir sifts through the Dreyfus case: was he really a victim of anti-semitism?”

Harry’s Place  asks what this article will look like.

We can get a good idea from this:

Israel Shamir.

Bloodcurdling Libel (a Summer Story)

Indeed, the philosemites of Aaronovitch ilk brought incredible calamities to mankind and to Jews. They excluded a priori the possible guilt of Captain Dreyfus or Beyliss. Instead of standing aside and allowing the justice to take its due course, they created mass hysteria in France and Russia, thus obtaining acquittals but also undermining popular belief in the judicial system. After Dreyfus and Beyliss trials, Jews rose above the law. This caused the backlash of the 1930s, and the back-backlash of our days, and will probably cause a back-back-backlash of tomorrow.

In a better world, Dreyfusards and Beylissists would be sentenced for contempt of court; for their unspoken axiom was ‘a Gentile may not judge a Jew’.

Harry’s Place found this quickly, so can anybody.

But in case anybody does not know who this friend of Alex Cockburn’s former journal, Counterpunch, is in more depth,  this is a (typical) quote from Wikipedia,

In an essay published on his website discussing Holocaust denier David Irving, Shamir wrote that “the Jews” now “rule over the minds and souls of Europeans”:

David Irving was sentenced for denial of Jewish superiority. His doom seals the reign of (albeit limited) freedom that began with the fall of Bastille. European history went full circle: from rejecting the rule of Church and embracing free thought, to the new Jewish mind-control on a world scale. Not only is Western Christian civilisation dead, but even its successor, secular European civilisation, has met its demise only a few days after its proud and last celebration by the Danish scribes. It was short-lived: about two hundred years from beginning to the end, the Europeans may once have had the illusion that they can live without an ideological supremacy. Now this illusion is over; and the Jews came in the stead of the old and tired See of St Peter to rule over the minds and souls of Europeans.

This character’s presence in Counterpunch, is, in a nutshell, why I can never say,  as the otherwise good judge Louis Proyect remarks, of Cockburn, “He was courageous and he had integrity by the railroad carload.”


Written by Andrew Coates

July 24, 2012 at 3:30 pm

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  1. Here is the french text of the shamir article. Shame on counterpunch for giving space to such dreck. http://www.plumenclume.net/articles.php?pg=art1382

    stephen marks

    July 24, 2012 at 8:09 pm

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