I am glad a bout of bronchitis felled me for a week because it allowed me time to gather the fallout from a scurrilous November 16 documentary produced by Britain’s Channel Four television, Inside Britain’s Israel Lobby.
From the moment narrator-producer Peter Oborne came on screen, I knew this was going to be one of those “lemme tell you about the Jooze” exposes in which every prominent Anglo-Jew is wheeled out as an example of the disloyalty and double allegiance of folks who support the survival of the state of Israel. Yes, I know there was the Larry Franklin case in which it was proven that a Washington insider was also double-crossing his nation and passing data to the Israeli embassy. I know there is Jonathan Pollard in jail for life for betraying the United States. Yes, there are bad Jews like Madoff and Maxwell and Levitt and Milken and hated Jews like Dick Fuld. So now that I have gotten the rotten apples out of the way, let’s talk about a nasty Channel Four show that seems to imply that the British government is being subverted by a very large gang in an endless parade of rich Jews determined to bully all of Britain into supporting Israel or else.
In the Oborne special he uses still photographs — mug shots, if you will — of a long line of prominent British Jewish philanthropists and businessmen from both the left and right to indicate how widespread the subterfuge is. It is astonishing and deeply disturbing to see him lumping liberal Lord Levy with right-wing Stanley Kalms. Oborne posits: Anglo-Jews will force British politicians to deliver speeches in a certain way and heaven help any politico who accuses Israel of “disproportionate” actions in war. Millions of pounds flow into the coffers of politicians as well as into groups favoring Israel, and this in turn is seen by Oborne as part of a bigger picture of shady men in expensive suits eating expensive food at posh dinners — set against vivid images of bloodied Palestinian child corpses — all of whom he accuses of a “lack of transparency.” (Remember how the Nazis accused the parasitic Jews of being part of a secretive inner circle that was siphoning the lifeline of good Germans?)
Oborne’s sneering face, always close to the camera and whispering as if he is trying to make sure a passing Jew might not overhear him, keeps popping up into view as he enumerates the organizations that are funded by the secretive coterie of rich yiddische men. What I found so amusing about Oborne’s list is that every organization he “exposes” has spokesmen on television and radio and in the print media whenever needed, and if anything they are not “lacking transparency.”
Poju Zabludowicz, a well-known international financier, is singled out by Oborne for extensive scrutiny. We are reminded that he is Finnish (a foreigner — not really British!) and are told that he bankrolls BICOM, the British-Israel Communications group. BICOM is about as “secret” as Wal-Mart. The Finn is accused of being a ruthless arms dealer and of then funding a shopping mall in Israel frequented by settlers! Yikes! Send him to the Tower of London! What Oborne never mentions is that the Zabludowicz family has been involved in the artistic life of the magnificent Sage Centre in Gateshead, Newcastle. I was there in 2007 and was enchanted. They have helped make the Sage into one of the foremost arts centers in Britain. (Jewish donors in the U.S. have always been at the forefront of the arts. At Covent Garden, the renovation was helped by donations listed on the wall of the new hall that reads like a who’s who of Anglo-Jewry. The whole project was spearheaded by the generous Vivien Duffield of the liberal Jewish community of London. I could go on and on.) Oborne seems to think that Anglo-Jewry ranks with Caesar: “The evil a man does lives after him; the good is oft interred with his bones.”