I have never heard of The International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network but the information provided is damning for Israel and the fact that it comes from the Jewish populace gives it awee bit more clout than if it came from some "gentile anti-semite.". Needless to say, I take any Jewish organization with a very large grain of Dead Sea rabbi-cursed kosher salt but the information presented here is solid.
This report covers events from over 25 years ago. ~ Before the creation of PNAC~ Before 911. with its involvement of Israeli security firms in the planning of that criminal operation;
~ Before the "war on terror"
~ Before Kosovo and Sarajevo
~ Before the explosion of the surveillance society
~ Before the wars against Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Syria, et al
~ Before all those Free Trade Acts that are decimating nations
~ Before the militarization of our local police forces, their corruption into Israeli para-military operations (Ask yourself why it is that the NYC Police force has an office in Tel Aviv
~ Before the world realized that Palestine was (and continues to be) a testing ground for new weapons as was sen during Operation Cast Lead.
Special thanks to Jimmy Johnson for his extensive research. This publication relies heavily on The Israel Connection: Who Israel Arms and Why by Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi (Pantheon City: 1987).
What follows is a modest attempt to compile information from this and various other sources, in order to pull this thread of history forward.
The expertise on which it relies has been developed through its occupation of Palestine and parts of Lebanon, Syria and Egypt as well as its repression of and military aggression against the people living there.
Israel has more than 300 Homeland Security (HLS) companies exporting a range of products, systems and services… These solutions have been born by the necessity of Israel’s survival and matured by the reality of the continual terrorist threat to the country…No other country has such a large pool of experienced former security, military and police personnel and no other country has been able to field test its systems and solutions in real-time situations.
Zionism is an ideology of Jewish nationalism that resulted in the political project of building a state for and by Jews in Palestine that was acquired through colonial settlement and ethnic cleansing. Zionists/Zionist organizations are those who support the maintenance of a Jewish settler state in historic Palestine based on destroying or undermining the safety, well-being, dignity and equity of Palestinians and others of the colonized area (i.e. Bedouin, Druze, Syrians in the Golan Heights), and the region more broadly.
Today, the colonization of Palestine continues.~ Palestinian refugees are refused the right to return to their country of origin ~ a right officially protected by international law.~ Palestinians living inside of the state of Israel face over 20 apartheid laws.13~ Palestinians living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are subjected to a military occupation, home demolitions, ongoing and repeated forced displacement, theft of land, and lack of access to water for the farming population, severe restrictions on freedom of movement, and deadly violence, all of which is enforced officially by the Israeli military and informally by Jewish settlers.~ Palestinians living in Gaza are trying to survive what the United Nations recognizes as a manufactured humanitarian crisis. Their lives are daily threatened by a lack of access to water, food, trade, electricity and medical needs, ongoing military attacks from Israel, and an international blockade enforced by Israel.~ Attempts to dislocate and destroy Bedouin communities in the “unrecognized villages” of the Naqab (Negev) desert have recently intensified dramatically.14~ Meanwhile, immigrant and refugee communities in Israel, particularly those from Africa, are increasingly criminalized, and subjected to both state and vigilante violence and deportation.
Systems of surveillance used to criminalize populations considered potential threats to the legitimacy or security of repressive states and regimes. This information is used for mass incarceration, deportation, assassination, torture and forced removal to secure land or resources.Methods of isolating populations through forced migration and destruction of land into concentrated areas whose air space, borders/parameters and telecommunications are controlled.Militarized borders and border technology used to prevent freedom of movement.
~In Nicaragua, Israel provided 98% of the arms Somoza used in the last year of his dictatorship to kill 50,000 Nicaraguans.17~Israel also sold missiles, fighter jets and armored vehicles and provided counterinsurgency experts to the repressive forces listed above as well as the dictatorships in Honduras18 and El Salvador.19~In Costa Rica, as early as 1981, in addition to selling arms to the police to repress the population, Israel provided passports, aliases and arms to Contras operating out of Costa Rica against aliases and arms to Contras operating out of Costa Rica against the people of Nicaragua.20~In El Salvador, the Histadrut, Israel's national “labor federation” (see text box on page 14), cooperated with the United States AFL-CIO and the CIA to undermine rural cooperatives.21~In El Salvador Israel was involved in training the military, police, and death squads of the dictatorship beginning in 1972. It developed a youth military program sponsored by the Israeli Defense Force and supported counterinsurgency training for secret police including the military commander Sigifredo Ochoa, who was responsible for civilian massacres in 1981.22~As early as the 1950s, Israel sold small arms to Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Trujillo who subjected the Dominican people to a 31-year reign of terror.23~ In El Salvador and Guatemala, to assist the government’s tracking of suspected opposition, Israel introduced computerized equipment to monitor telephones and to interfere with radio transmissions. The information gained was then used by rightwing death squads to assassinate opposition figures.24
~ Borrowing from its long-standing tactic of displacing Palestinians, Israel helped plan and implement “scorched earth” policies in El Salvador and Guatemala. In Guatemala these policies were combined with “development poles” ~ concentrated villages of displaced populations that allowed for greater government control over the popular movement and the repression of any grassroots organizing.25~ Israel provided small arms and military training to Colombian paramilitaries and drug traffickers in the 1980s, and since that time, has provided counterinsurgency training, aircraft, missiles and small arms to the brutal Colombian government.26~ The Pinochet dictatorship of 1973-1990, that murdered, raped and tortured opposition in Chile, including trade unionists and socialists, bought Israel’s weaponry for crowd control ~ including vehicles fitted with water-cannons.27 Through the 1980’s, Israel also provided surveillance to the Pinochet regime.~~ In the 1970s, Israel armed the brutal military regime of the Argentinian Junta that imposed seven years of state terror terrorism on the population, including the torture and disappearance” of an estimated 22,000-30,000 left-wing activists, trade unionists, students, journalists, and other alleged anti-regime civilians.~ The Argentinian regime and its supporters also targeted its Jewish civilians and espoused anti-semitic rhetoric. Although just 2% of Argentina’s population was Jewish, between 10-15% of the people who were arrested, tortured and disappeared during the Junta were Jewish.29~ Rather than condemn the Junta, Israel worked with the Argentinian government to establish a program called “the Option,” allowing Jews to flee to Israel. It used, rather than confronted, the regime’s anti-Semitism to facilitate Jewish emigration to Israel.30
~ Today in Argentina, the government has a contract worth 40 million U.S. dollars with the Israel Military Industries (IMI) to set up a prison.31~ The Israeli government and corporations play a significant role in Brazil’s domestic policing, crowd control, surveillance systems, military arms, prisons and militarized borders.32The police training and arming is part of Brazil’s anti-favela33 campaign and other domestic repression.34~ Brazil has contracted with Israel to provide an advanced surveillance system in its state prison system.35
~ Israel funded and trained the military repression of anti-colonial uprisings and/or dictatorship in the Ivory Coast, Central African Republic, Benin, Cameroon, Senegal, Togo, Uganda, Nigeria, and Somalia.37~In the neo-colonial civil wars, former colonial powers and current imperial powers fuel, arm, and even instigate these wars to divide and re-conquer Africa. Israel has armed many or all sides. A prime example is Israel’s arming of the three sides of Angola’s civil war at different times over four decades.38~During the brutal Mobutu regime in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo), Israel sold Mobutu arms and trained paratroopers, the presidential security force and the military, thus building the power of this pro-Western dictator.39~In Malawi, from the 1960s to 1980s, Israel provided training to tyrant Dr. Banda’s army of boys used for murdering political opponents, terrorizing workers by flogging, and torturing opposition.40~ Starting in 1992, Israel sold arms and later provided training to Rwandan military and Hutu militia that in 1994 perpetrated genocide against the Tutsis. Israel continued to send millions of USD in arms even after the genocide was attracting international attention.41~Currently, Israel maintains strong ties with the Equatorial Guinean government ruled by President Obiang who seized power in 1979. Obiang is believed to have ordered the deaths of thousands of Guineans during his period in power, and to have headed one of the most tyrannical regimes on the continent.Equatorial Guinea, with a population of 800,000 ~ and now flooded with petrol dollars ~ has purchased from Israeli companies tens of millions of dollars in naval and aircraft.42
From its inception in 1920 the Histadrut has been misrepresented as, and mistaken for, a trade union and as an inheritor of part of the socialist tradition. It claimed to fight not for all labor, but for Jewish labor. The Histadut was led by Ben Gurion’s Labor Party, which later governed Israel. The Histadrut, whatever its claim to represent workers, acted as a government in training. As such it often acted as both employer, in charge of various collective industries that served the project of colonization, and in the interest of employers, in order to quash worker organizing. After the establishment of the state, the Histadrut continued to function in this dual role, prioritizing the interest of state and industry while claiming to represent workers.Until the 1990’s it was Israel’s second largest employer. As a result, the Histadrut is referred to in this document as both trade union and employer.
Therefore the collaboration of the CIA, AFL-CIO and Histadrut in undermining self-organized labor in El Salvador and Southern Africa is a reflection of the common interests that they shared with the repressive regime in El Salvador and apartheid regime in South Africa. (www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Middle_East/Israel_ElSalvador.html)
“From the point of view of our existence and security, the friendship of one European country is more valuable than the views of all the people of Asia.” ~David Ben Gurion, 1957
From 1954 on, the Shah’s secret police received training from the CIA and Israel.58
~ Israel participated with the U.S. in the Iran-Contra scandal,59 and also sold arms to Iran separately.60~ During civil wars in Yemen and Oman, Israel supported Arab dictatorships by providing war material and training to them. Israeli involvement was coordinated with the United States.61~ The Israeli government and Israeli corporations have provided tens of millions of dollars worth of naval and aircraft (including drones), intelligence training, electronic warfare technology, and ship-to-ship missiles to the Sri Lankan government in their efforts to destroy Tamil groups demanding an independent homeland in the northern part of the country (Tamils are 17% of Sri Lanka's 16 million people).62~ In 1978, Israel sold U.S. jets and attack helicopters to Indonesia as the military carried out genocide against peoplein East Timor. From 1978-1999, the Indonesian military killed more than 200,000 Timorese. Israel's arms trade with the Suharto dictatorship continued until his resignation in 1998.63Israel gave support to the U.S.-backed Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines. It supplied bodyguards for Marcos and provided covert training courses through private companies.64~ India purchases more Israeli arms than does the Israeli army. Israel is the second largest supplier of arms to India. India uses these arms not only to threaten Pakistan but to repress its own population, including the Jammu, Kashmir, forest tribes and Naxalite resistance groups amongst them.65~ In 2009, Israel sent instructors to train police in India in a strand of “counter-terrorism” that specifically targeted Muslim leaders.66
~ Israel has recently been helping India to modernize its military forces, including Falcon planes with Israeli-made warning systems, aerostat radars installed on the India-Pakistan border, and enhanced Barak missiles for use against aircraft, helicopters, and cruise missiles.67
Related propaganda has made way for and fueled growing vigilante violence against those communities. The influence of these government-funded organizations on national security policy is integral to other policies that have significant and far-reaching effects for all living in the U.S. Most impacted by policing, political repression, surveillance, and immigration policy are communities of color and immigrant communities. Also targeted are those who express and otherwise engage in dissent.
~Since 1949 the estimated cumulative total in U.S. direct aid to Israel ranges between 115 billion and 123 billion U.S. dollars. The U.S. gives Israel approximately 3 billion per year upfront in economic and military aid. This aid takes away from the ability to meet domestic needs including education and healthcare.
~In the past two decades, the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish Zionist organization founded to combat anti-Semitism, has participated in the surveillance of over 1,000 social justice and human rights organizations including opponents of South African apartheid, the United Farm Workers Union, the Vanguard Public Foundation, Labor Council/AFL-CIO, NAACP, MADRE, Greenpeace, and the Center for Constitutional Rights.69
~Elbit, the Israeli company that built the Apartheid Wall in Palestine, participated in the design and provided surveillance technology for the U.S.-Mexico border wall ~ commonly known as the Wall of Death.
~Made possible by U.S. government “anti-terrorist” funding, the Israeli government and corporations, as well as U.S.-based Zionist organizations, have collaborated with and trained local police, the National Guard, and the Department of Homeland Security in repressive tactics, including surveillance and crowd control. For example:
~ Since 2003, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has trained almost 700 senior level law enforcement personnel representing over 220 different agencies on "Extremist and Terrorist Threats.” In 2010 alone, the ADL trained over10,500 law enforcement officers.70
~ Following Hurricane Katrina, a 25- member delegation from the National Guard went to Israel. The purpose was to train them in maintaining order after natural disasters and terrorist attacks.71
~ Since 2005, the Department of Homeland Security has provided “antiterrorist” funding to U.S.-based nonprofit organizations to involve them in identifying and preventing “terrorist” activity. Of funds given to nongovernmental organizations specifically for this purpose, 73-80% is received by Jewish Zionist organizations. In 2008, this meant that 19 million out of 25 million U.S. dollars went to these organizations; in 2011, it was 15 million out of 19 million U.S. dollars.72
The facts and figures given here do not support the many fanciful theories that circulate about the role of Israeli ~ or Jewish ~ “control of the world.” On the contrary, anti-semitic conspiracy theories that misinterpret these or similar facts serve to bolster Israeli propaganda, helping Israel portray itself as victim, even justifying its repression industry as a necessity against such anti-semitism.
Furthermore, it allows Israel's allies and clients to camouflage their own interests in repressing peoples' movements for freedom. Such conspiracies are thus a disservice to the movements for liberation everywhere, including the Palestinian struggle.
This is the official blurb from this organization.
The International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network is committed to exposing and helping to end the role that Israel and Zionism play in violence and repression against fellow human beings and our movements for justice.