is a review of a book which, as far as I
am aware, has never been reviewed in the
mainstream North American press, even
though it caused a sensation in Europe
when it was published in France. Its
title is "The Founding Myths of
Modern Israel," and it was written
by the French scholar Roger Garaudy.
The only reason we can read it now is
that it has been put out in English by
For Historical Review in California.
that it isn't seized by the Canadian
censors as "hate literature.")
It is of course a myth that we have a
free press. Certain subjects are taboo,
and in many "democracies"
punishable if they cross the line of
approved opinion.That includes
questioning the six million figure of
Jewish deaths in the Holocaust. Any
German who does so soon sees the inside
of a jail. And the unceasing flood of
propaganda from Hollywood and the
liberal media ensures that
"Holocaust deniers" are seen
"neo-Nazis," and knaves, even
though they may not deny that the Jews
were persecuted and died in their
thousands under the Nazis.
As Garaudy states: "The only
arguments that have been used against
the [Holocaust] revisionists have been
refusal to debate, physical
attack, censorship, and repression".
He should know. In 1998 a French court
fined him $40,000 for having written
Founding Myths, which he calls a
An Egyptian Nobel Laureate in
literature wondered at the time why it
is that you can deny the existence of
God, but not the Holocaust as described
by the ax-grinders. That applies also
here in Wimpland, where you can find
yourself up before a "human rights
commission" for doing so.
Garaudy shows that it is not Judaism
that is at fault but Zionism, and he
expresses no hostility to Jews as such.
Judaism is a humanitarian religion, he
says, while Zionism can be, and has
been, ruthless nationalism.That is what
explains the brutal expulsion of
Palestinians from what used to be their
country, plus the outrageous attacks on
Lebanon involving thousands of deaths,
not to mention murderous actions like
the one in 1948 on Deir Yassin, designed
by Menachem Begin to terrify
Palestinians into fleeing.
became a prime minister of Israel, yet
was described by the first prime
minister, Ben Gurion, as "clearly a
Hitlerian type. He is a racist willing
to destroy all the Arabs for the sake of
the completeness of the country,
sanctifying all means for the sake of
the sacred end...". Interestingly,
too, Garaudy compares the view that the
Jews are "God's chosen people"
with Hitler's view of the superiority of
the German race.
Yitzak Shamir, another terrorist who
became a prime minister, tried to
collaborate with the Nazis.The
persecution of the Jews took second
place to the creation of Israel.
"The [Zionist] preoccupation
with building a strong Jewish state made
them much more anti-British than anti-Nazi,"states
Garaudy. It was in 1941 that the British
arrested Shamir "for terrorism and
collaboration with the Nazi enemy".
He is at pains to point out, however,
that the great majority of Jews were
active in the fight against Hitler.
Still, Shamir's early antics were not
something we heard much about once
Israel became a state.
Garaudy also deals with "myths
on the Holocaust" that are put out
daily by the propaganda machine, the
main purpose of which is to make it
dangerous to challenge Zionist policies.
There was, he states emphatically, no
Hitler order for the extermination of
the Jews (which is not to say that he
thought that Hitler was some kind of
Teutonic Boy Scout); Rudolf Hoess, the
commandant at Auschwitz, was beaten to a
pulp in order to make him say that he
had overseen the killing of over
two-and-a half million Jews; and no
"final solution" was decided
at the Wannsee Conference.
Others have been convincing on the
same points. Robert
Faurisson, Europe's leading
revisionist, was run out of his
university.He was also hauled before the
French courts and nearly killed by
Jewish thugs. Deny God, yes, deny the
six million of the Holocaust, no.
Unfortunately for his critics,
Garaudy's whole background is anti-Nazi.
He fought in the French Army in 1940,
joined the Resistance after the defeat
of France, became a prominent Communist
deputy in the French National Assembly,
rejected Communism in 1968 and converted
to Islam, but, it is stated in the
Foreword, "has never ceased to
proclaim his anti-racialist,
internationalist, and socialist
"Founding Myths: has been
denounced by the Zionist Organization of
America and other Jewish groups as
"the number one threat to
Israel". Which is a confession that
what Garaudy has to say must have some
substance to it.
It is also a proclamation that
revisionists must be silenced and