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My myth of Israel was shattered. Through such Jewish voices as Ralph Schoenman, Norman Finkelstein and Lenni Brenner, a whole new picture of the "homeland" was emerging. I read the "Hidden History of Zionism" by Schoenman and "The Holocaust Industry" by Norman Finkelstein. I began researching the writings of Lenni Brenner and attended a meeting at which he spoke. I listened to the lectures of the late Edward Said. I was learning that Zionism was a dangerous geo-political movement and the part that the Rothschilds had played in establishing the state of Israel. I was learning about the Rothschilds' unholy relationship with the Nazis. I was learning about the atrocities that were being perpetrated on the Palestinians. I wondered "How could people who had suffered so much turn around and do the same thing to the people who were living on that land?" I was questioning everything I had been taught. According to Lenni Brenner's book, Zionism in the Age of Dictators (Ch7) the Zionist party was the only other political party in Nazi Germany that enjoyed a measure of freedom, and could publish a newspaper. The reason: Zionists and Nazis had a common interest, making German Jews go to Palestine. ( http://www.marxists.de/middleeast/brenner/ch07.htm) Anyone who listens to the mainstream media thinks that Israel is a helpless country who has to be constantly on guard against terrorist threats. Through the effective use of "fear" and the virtual media blackout, people are kept in darkness. People have swallowed and choked on a veritable feast of lies. --- I watched a video called "Palestine is Still the Issue" by John Pilger. Why has this documentary never been shown on network television? --- I don't know why certain Jewish people would feel "chosen" and my question would be "chosen for what?"
Jewdyism(s)
By Judy Andreas
10-31-4

As a young person, I was taught that there are three things one must never discuss...... politics, religion and sex. My response was "what else is there to talk about?" I have always found those topics interesting to study, question and discuss.

I call myself a "truth seeker," and my pursuit of truth has led me down some long and winding roads. I was born of Jewish parents, became an atheist in my late teens (it seemed so hip) and ultimately became immersed in psychology. From the readings of Carl Jung, it was a short hop into the realm of metaphysics My metaphysical pursuits led me to Hinduism where I experienced Shaktipat with a Guru. Next came Buddhism, which, although peace loving, lacked the passion I craved. Eventually, a book about Vedanta introduced me to Jesus Christ.

As a child of Jewish parents, the mention of the name Jesus had been verboten. This was, in part, because my mother had been raised in a neighborhood in which part of the celebration of Easter included throwing stones at my mother and her family and calling them "Christ killers" However, I had not had my mother's experience. The Christ according to Vedanta was a loving being.

I took to the words of Jesus and was baptized in 1991. Christianity was fine until you got past the teachings of Jesus and entered the realm of Paul's "hell fire and brimstone." The "exclusivity" of the religion and the need to chapter and verse people over the head with two by fours, sent me running from the church.

The Wiccan religion was probably my favorite. It was a nature loving teaching with magical content. I did the readings and participated in some rituals. And yet, at the end of the day, I am a solitary practitioner, practicing nothing. I have eaten the center of the Oreo and tossed the outer parts into the recyclable bin. Isms hold no spell over me. I believe in a loving Creator but that is where my belief ends. And, if I should one day find that I am wrong, I will merely place the disillusion in the large pile which has gone before. After all, who wants to live in illusion?

Growing up, I had always heard that Israel was a Jewish refuge.....a homeland for people who had been oppressed for centuries. Israel, I'd been told, was a democracy, a little good guy surrounded by a pack of big bad guys who were hell bent on driving the innocent state into the sea.

"Why?" I asked.

The answer was muffled. It was something about jealousy and anti-Semitism. My gray matter descended into a fog of distortions and divisiveness. I remained innocent.

This myth of innocence began to unravel when, I began reading The Spotlight. Don't ask my why, but it touched a nerve. Call it intuition if you like, but something in that paper rang true. I was appalled by the efforts, of some, to silence that voice, since, in my innocence, I still believed in "freedom of the press." However, "the powers that be" must have been successful and The Spotlight dimmed.

Enter the Internet. Those who know me think I have too intimate a relationship with the Net. I spend a great deal of time on it, when I am not working. I read "controversial" sites and listen attentively to Internet broadcasts. It is here that my innocence was lost. I am no longer a political virgin.

My myth of Israel was shattered. Through such Jewish voices as Ralph Schoenman, Norman Finkelstein and Lenni Brenner, a whole new picture of the "homeland" was emerging. I read the "Hidden History of Zionism" by Schoenman and "The Holocaust Industry" by Norman Finkelstein. I began researching the writings of Lenni Brenner and attended a meeting at which he spoke. I listened to the lectures of the late Edward Said. I was learning that Zionism was a dangerous geo-political movement and the part that the Rothschilds had played in establishing the state of Israel. I was learning about the Rothschilds' unholy relationship with the Nazis. I was learning about the atrocities that were being perpetrated on the Palestinians. I wondered "How could people who had suffered so much turn around and do the same thing to the people who were living on that land?" I was questioning everything I had been taught.

According to Lenni Brenner's book, Zionism in the Age of Dictators (Ch7) the Zionist party was the only other political party in Nazi Germany that enjoyed a measure of freedom, and could publish a newspaper. The reason: Zionists and Nazis had a common interest, making German Jews go to Palestine. ( http://www.marxists.de/middleeast/brenner/ch07.htm)

Another example from Brenner's book (Chapters 24 & 25) tells how the World Zionist Organization in Switzerland turned their backs on the Jews' cries for help. The Zionists sacrificed their brethren.

The quote reads:

"For instance, in November 1942, Rabbi Michael Dov-Ber Weismandel, a Jewish activist in Slovakia approached Adolph Eichmann's representative, Dieter Wisliceny: "How much money would be needed for all the European Jews to be saved?" Wisliceny went to Berlin and returned with an answer. For a mere 2 million dollars, they could have all the Jews in Western Europe and the Balkans. Weismandel sent a courier to the World Zionist Organization in Switzerland. His request was refused."

The Zionists knew that "unless large amounts of Jewish blood is spilled, we won't be able to establish the state of Israel nearly as easily after the war."

Zionism, as we see now, has had disastrous consequences for both the Jews and the indigenous Arabs. And now, there are dire consequences for the whole world.

How many Jews are aware of what is going on in Israel? How many Jews are aware of how they have been and are being duped. Since I interface with many different types of people, all shapes and colors and ethnicities, I have always been curious as to their perception of events.

I have some Orthodox Jewish piano students. Occasionally, I will get into a political discussion with the parents. My purpose is to understand their point of view. I was quite surprised when one of them told me about the huge split in the Orthodox (not Hasidic, which I will get to later) community.

"There is an extremely large segment who are anti-Israel," according to Mrs. L. and she is heartsick about what is going on in the Middle East. When I said "It's a land grab and is going to hurt the Jews in the long run, " she agreed.

Last October, my son hit a young Hasidic girl with his car. (or should I say, more correctly, MY car) She turned out to be fine but it began a dialogue between the Hasidic mother and myself. She even invited me to lunch. She is a member of the Satmar sect and is vehemently opposed to Israel.

In September of this year, a refusenick" named Adam Keller spoke at the local College. He had been jailed for refusing to fight in the occupied territory and said that he wouldn't even spit on Ariel Sharon. (there are many who might disagree with this last sentence)

Some of my friends have discussed the innate problem with Judaism and the implicit racism therein. I am avoiding this topic because, in my experience, "feeling superior" is a disease that has infected many groups of people. I am sitting in a country that slaughtered millions of indigenous peoples and claimed land that was not ours. I am sitting in a country that feels it is the best country and has the right to march boldly onto foreign soil and take the resources of other lands. "Feeling superior" is an egoic disorder that is pandemic.

The Jewish people are an extremely mixed group. The reformed or merely "cultural" Jews (whose only relationship with the religion seems to be around holiday time) seem pro Israel although they don't know why. The ones I have listened to have no knowledge of the Talmud nor do they feel "chosen" When you scratch the surface, you may find a scared person hiding underneath. They have been brainwashed into believing that there is an anti-Semite under every rock.

Among the varied groups, one often finds enmity. A few years back, the news ran an interview with an Orthodox Rabbi who had made a statement that the modern Jews were not Jews at all. It was not well received.

Anyone who listens to the mainstream media thinks that Israel is a helpless country who has to be constantly on guard against terrorist threats. Loudmouth talk show hosts screech about suicide bombers while never mentioning Israeli crimes. Through the effective use of "fear" and the virtual media blackout, people are kept in darkness. People have swallowed and choked on a veritable feast of lies.

I watched a video called "Palestine is Still the Issue" by John Pilger. It showed the abominable conditions under which the Palestinians live and the subhuman way in which they are treated. A Jewish man, who had lost his daughter to a suicide bomber, though devastated, told the host that he understood the frustration of the Palestinians. Why has this documentary never been shown on network television?

Friends of mine refer to the Babylonian Talmud with its vile philosophy. I have read some of it online and am appalled by it. Friends of mine are angered by the phrase "the chosen people" and so am I. I don't know why certain Jewish people would feel "chosen" and my question would be "chosen for what?"

I asked an Orthodox female Osteopath about a line in the Talmud which stated that it is preferable for Jews to lie down with animals than with (insert a gentile slur....I am too sickened to do it) However, this woman asked "How could that be?" "Abraham was commanded to lie down with Hagar?"

What have I described? A chaotic mess? A diverse group of people who seem to have more disagreements than similarities? The only thing they appear to have in common is the word "Jew" and most do not know the "whys" and "whats" except that they popped out of the womb of someone who told them that they belonged to a particular group. This is not the world that I have chosen to create for myself.

At the end of the day, the people I call "friend" come from many diverse families of origin. They do, however, have one thing in common. It is their distance from "Organized Religion" They have little, if anything, good to say about it. It's divisiveness is repugnant. It's history is bloody. And the " God loves me more than you" mindset is infantile at best, and homicidal at worst.

Judy Andreas can be reached at
 JUDE10901@AOL.com

www.judyandreas.com

c. 2004 Judy Andreas
A courageous essay 09.Nov.2004 17:27

Meredith Blitzer

I have to commend Judy Andreas for her courageous essay. It is not easy to seek the truth especially when it comes to Israel, Zionism and Judaism. It can be a bumpy road. It is clear to me that Judy is a truth seeker and shares her experiencs in her writing exceptionally well.

Needed Dialogue 10.Nov.2004 07:34

Monroe Pomona

The article is right on the money. I have never read anything like and it made me check out my own assumptions. Where have I been getting my information? Am I totally brainwashed by Zionists?

Hats off to Judy Andreas

beneath the surface 11.Nov.2004 18:15

bob cinque

If you want to discover the truth, then you have to question your assumptions and slog your way through the morass of opinions and agendas and do the hard work of thinking for yourself and determining just exactly what are the most important criteria for evaluating anything. People like Judy Andreas are precious to that endeavor and anyone would do well to follow her example. Reality is confusing and we all must decide what and where is real ground. This essay of hers is a good example of what is most important and how to navigate the territory. Thanks and can I have some more? bc

It's Clobberin' Time 12.Nov.2004 08:06

Nate

Hey Judy, keep on knocking down the lies and the B.S. ! Thanks for a great essay.

The rest of the story 14.Nov.2004 17:20

John

Thanks for the education with your article. You are a very prolific writer, please keep up the good work. PEACE !

One Heart Ruby Red 17.Nov.2004 04:20

Tullah Tullah@ktis.net

I once saw a metaphor that the mind is like a parachute-both work best when open!

To this I would only add the heart, for we must needs have both the mind and heart open if we are to rise above the quagmire and move toward any semblance of understanding of the mess the world is in today, how things got this way, and what we can do to rise above our differences and realize that we, as citizens of this planet, come from the same source, and regardless of skin color, background, ethnicity, conditioning and religious be-lie-fs, beneath it all beats ONE HEART-RUBY RED.

I have known Judy and/or had dialogue with Judy for several months now and can only say that it is so refreshing (and encouraging) to know that there are people like her who have both heart and mind in the right place.

Years ago I had the fortune of being part of a very diverse group of people coming from different backgrounds and belief systems and it was such an incredible experience for me to be in the company of like souls.
There CAN be unity (and strength) in diversity, as well as great beauty that words cannot begin to express.

This emerald planet is unique in all of creation and I believe that cosmic tv is tuned into good ole planet Earth as our breathren watch and wait to see what we will do, whether we will wake up in time to save OURSELVES (sorry folks this is a "do-it-yourself" proposition and we cannot afford to sit on our duffs and wait for someone or some thing outside ourselves to "save" us!)or whether we will continue on the path of destruction.

We cannot afford to sit paralyzed in fear.


We cannot afford to play the games of "MY God is better than YOUR God", or buy into the myths of "chosen" people or "you are either WITH us or AGAINST us".
We are called to rise above polarity thinking and strive for balance in this wonderful awe-filled 3rd dimensional construct TSI (time/space/illusion).

But what do I know?
I too am a truthseeker, and I probably read and think and feel WAY too much, but rather than letting any of it go to my head, thinking I, as a 3rd grader, am superior to someone in pre-school, instead, I find knowledge to be very humbling for I am given to realize just how LITTLE I know!

But one thing I DO know is that this world would be a better place if we would all strive to open our hearts and minds and EYES and Ears, as well as open dialogue (as Judy so marvelously and courageously does) regarding the manipulation and bombardment on multiple levels designed to further an agenda of separation and FEAR......

I salute Judy and thank her for being who she is and for sharing and opening dialogue regarding issues that (sadly) alot of people simply tune out (after all they are having a DALLAS reunion on the telly this week!).
When I try to discuss these things with the majority of people I encounter in daily life, I am met with a blank stare.
In exasperation, one day I said to this person, "I don't understand, I mean, what IS it? Is it Ignorance, Apathy.....??"
His was a very sad but telling response, "I don't know, and I don't care! Hey, who won the football
game last night?"