Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Invisible Enemy: Israel, Politics, Media and American Culture

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Invisible Enemy: Israel, Politics, Media and American Culture

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Invisible Enemy: Israel, Politics, Media and American Culture

By Edward Abboud, Vox Publishing Co., UC-Reston, VA, 2001, 284 pp. (paper). List: $29.95

Edward Abboud's powerful new book, Invisible Enemy, explains how Israel, in a new kind of war, extracts $5 billion to $12 billion a year from the United States. Chapters two and three on conspiracy and propaganda are scholarly/theoretical, and will be heavy reading for many people.

Thereafter Abboud, a student of advertising and propaganda techniques, really gets rolling in chapters on the mass media, television and cinema, American society, the U.S. government and religious wars/ancient hatreds.

Abboud's "old" warfare in Invisible is the classic conquest of one nation by another to gain control of the conquered nation's resources. The new Israel/Zionist war is a propaganda war, conducted by a foreign nation and its all-too-willing co-conspirators in the United States for the same purpose: to control, by well-focused and broad-based propaganda, billions in American taxpayers' money annually transferred to Israel.

Abboud convincingly portrays Israel as a conspiratorial and invisible enemy of the United States. Take the example of the 60 or more misleadingly named pro-Israel political action committees. What ordinary American would ever suspect their true purpose: to elect congressmen and senators ready to give Israel what it wants, and to defeat those who won't do so. Such sneaky Israel/Zionist creations as Delaware Valley PAC, Florida Congressional Caucus or San Franciscans for Good Government can and have ganged up, in secret and in violation of electoral campaign finance laws, to play tricks on the American people by electing politicians they like and defeating those they don't.

The depressing, and disturbing, thesis of Invisible, supported by mountains of evidence, is that Israel/Zionism targets virtually every American institution and individual on behalf of the national state of Israel. Only Israel/Judaism are bathed in a rosy media light.

Actor Marlon Brando made this point in the most basic Anglo-Saxon terms and without regard for political correctness. Interviewed by CNN's Larry King in April 1996, Brando said Hollywood was run and owned by Jews. It had brought us "the n----- [African American], and the [Italian] Greaseball; we've seen the Chink, the slit-eyed Jap, we have seen the wily Filipina, we've seen everything--but we never saw the Kike."

Edward Abboud documents that, since the late 1940s (when Israel was established), Zionism has tried to establish a link between a collective worldwide guilt for the Holocaust and support for Israel. Several years ago Professor Jack Shaheen documented the traditional Hollywood hatefulness of dumping on Arabs. Abboud illustrates Israel's/Zionism's relentless media campaign of making "symbolic transfers" between Nazis/Arabs and all other ethnic and religious groups.

The Catholic Church is a favorite target. Abboud quotes William E. Simon, a former secretary of the treasury, as describing "how the national news media delight in portraying the Catholic Church as an intolerant and anachronistic institution, out of touch with the times."

Arabs and Islam are fair game in Hollywood and on television. Invisible lists 43 films since 1967 that glorify heroic Israeli leaders and vilifiy Arabs.

Abboud documents the extraordinary numbers of Jewish officials in the Bill Clinton administration. The phenomenon was so outlandish, given that Jews are only 2 percent of the total American population, that some Washington observers referred to Clinton's as "the first all-Zionist administration. …

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