Friday, August 25, 2006

Protocols of Zion

Another great accidental find at the library while perusing the documentary section. The title pulled me in - I had to know what a documentary with the notorious name like that would be about. Of course, even more enticing, it wasn't the full name, so was it really about what I thought it was, "The Protocols of Elders of Zion"? Sure enough.

Okay, for those who actually haven't heard of the infamous book and the conspiracy theory circling 9/11, this movie touches on both. The filmmaker is Jewish, and after 9/11, he keeps hearing this far-out conspiracy theory that no Jews died on 9/11. Which leads to the book, in a way - the overlap of folks who believe that and believe the book is probably pretty large. The book is an anti-semitic conspiracy theory as well, but goes back about a century.

The director is puzzled by such nonsense he hears from otherwise normal looking people, so he sets out to talk to various folks - even interviewing the National Alliance, some white supremacy group in West Virginia.

For such a serious subject, this movie has some absolutely hilarious moments. The director (Marc Levin) is pressing the guy from National Alliance about the "Jews control the media" thing. Marc asks him how to explain Rupert Murdoch. The guy says that Murdoch is a Jew, and Marc has to stifle laughter and incredulity at the same time. I think that made it into the trailer.

During a man-on-the-street talk with some guy who is yelling about Jews, Marc asks him that if Jews control New York, what about Giuliani? The guy replies with a remark, stressing the pronounciation - "Jew-liani". Yikes. To me, thinking like that is like some of the thinking in Loose Change (see my earlier remarks about that), but with hatefulness on top.

Also, during the question and answer session the special features, Marc is describing his call to National Alliance. When explaining who he was and what he was doing, the guy told him to stop right there, and proceeded to tell him that they loved his work, and they bootleg one of his movies. Eh?

For the record, I've never read the book, but the movie displays some of the supposed "protocols" from the book. Based on nothing else, one who thinks about it would have to reach the conclusion that the book is bogus. Why? Because virtually no group in history has written down their plans in those terms. Even when people are essentially conspiring to do bad things, they'll couch it in terms that are at worst neutral, and probably more likely spun into a way that sounds positive, even when speaking.

I shall quote exactly what Candour [a rightwing British journal edited by A K Chesterton] said in its June 1984 issue (vol. XXXV, no. 6):

"BIOGRAPHICAL details of [Rupert] Murdoch's past are sketchy and often contradictory. One reads that his grandfather was an impoverished Presbyterian minister who migrated to Australia from England, that his father was a low-paid reporter for a British newspaper in Australia, and yet, young Rupert divided his time between his family's suburban home near Melbourne and the family's sheep ranch in the country. He was educated first at the fashionable Geelong private school, and went on to the elitist and aristocratic Oxford University in England.
"Rupert's father Sir Keith Murdoch [see below] attained his prominent position in Australian society through a fortuitous marriage to the daughter of a wealthy Jewish family, née Elisabeth Joy Greene. Through his wife's connections, Keith Murdoch was subsequently promoted from reporter to chairman of the British-owned newspaper where he worked. There was enough money to buy himself a knighthood of the British realm, two newspapers in Adelaide, South Australia, and a radio station in a faraway mining town. For some reason, Murdoch has always tried to hide the fact that his pious mother brought him up as a Jew..."

And that, as I am sure you know, makes him a Jew according to the law of the Talmud, and indeed according to the present laws of Israel.
Until I see a credible source on such a theory, I will consider it to be in the crackpot category.

The Wikipedia talk page on Murdoch's mother does mention this, but for now, it's been expunged as it's fringe and unsubstantiated, apparently. In any case, the idea that having maternal lineage is the sole arbiter of whether someone is a Jew is questionable.

In any case, even if Murdoch actually was raised as a Jew, and was a practicing Jew, I'm not sure what that would have to do with the price of tea in China. The guy ranting on the corner about Jews was a nutter, IMHO.
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