Anti-Zionist harvest: AU edition

Algerian and international media outlets have reported that Algeria has officially begun forming an African block to reject Israel’s membership in the African Union.

The online newspaper Rai Al-Youm reported that South Africa, Tunisia, Eritrea, Senegal, Tanzania, Niger, ? the Comoro Islands, Gabon, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Liberia, and Seychelles have all agreed with the decision.

Lamamra noted that Israel had previously gained membership as an observer in the Organization of African Unity, but in 2002, the title was taken back from the regime as the African Union replaced the Organization of African Unity.

Well done Algeria! Let us review some colonial-era history:

History of the Jews in Algeria – Wikipedia

In 1830, the Algerian Jewish population was between 15,000 and 17,000, mostly congregated in the coastal area. Some 6,500 Jews lived in Algiers, where they made up 20% of the population; 2,000 in Oran; 3,000 in Constantine; and 1,000 in Tlemcen.[6] After their conquest, the French government rapidly restructured the Ottoman millet system. While Muslims resisted the French occupation, some Algerian Jews aided in the conquest, serving as interpreters or suppliers.[7]

In 1845, the French colonial government reorganized communal structure, appointing French Jews (who were of the Ashkenazi tradition) as chief rabbis for each region, with the duty “to inculcate unconditional obedience to the laws, loyalty to France, and the obligation to defend it”.[8]

The French government granted the Jews, who by then numbered some 33,000,[9] French citizenship in 1870 under the décret Crémieux, while maintaining an inferior status for Muslims who, though technically French nationals, were required to apply for French citizenship and undergo a naturalization process.[10]

most Algerian Jews came to speak French rather than Arabic or Ladino, and they embraced many aspects of French culture. In embracing “Frenchness,” the Algerian Jews joined the colonizers,

Under French rule, some Muslim anti-Jewish riots still occurred, as in 1897 in Oran.[15]


Djamaa Ben farès – Wikipedia

The site of the synagogue was previously occupied by a mosque, which was founded in 1400 and named after Sidi Al Harbi, one of the saints of Algiers. After the French occupation of Algeria in 1830, the French sold the site to the Jews of Algeria, who destroyed the mosque and built a synagogue in its place in 1845.

Then (back to earlier link) came Hitler, saviour of Algeria:

Under the Vichy regime in Algeria, an office called the “Special Department for the Control of the Jewish Problem” handled the execution of laws applying to Algeria’s Jewish population.[17] This was unique in French North Africa, and as such the laws covering the status of Jews were governed much more harshly in Algeria than in Morocco or Tunisia.[17] A bureau for “Economic Aryanization” was also installed in order to eradicate the Jewish community’s significance in the economy, mostly by taking control of Jewish businesses.[17]

And the Jewish response?

In response, many young Jews joined the Algerian resistance movement, which itself had been founded by Jews in 1940. On November 8, 1942, the Algerian resistance to the Vichy government took part in the takeover of Algiers in preparation for the Allied liberation of North Africa, known as “Operation Torch.”[17] Of the 377 resistance members who took Algiers, 315 were Jewish.[17] In November 1942, British and American soldiers landed and took control of Algiers and the rest of Algeria.

During the Algerian War, most Algerian Jews took sides with France, out of loyalty to the Republic which had emancipated them, against the indigenous Independence movement

Which ties back to what was covered here:

And remember there is nothing exceptional about the Algerian case; Jews were consistently on the colonialist (a.k.a. “white”) side all over the world:!/msg5164/#msg5164!/msg5527/#msg5527


National Socialists, in contrast:

Johann von Leers – Wikipedia

von Leers published an article in Die Judenfrage, a journal which belonged to the anti-Semitic intellectual world, entitled “Judaism and Islam as Opposites”. As the title indicates, the author’s perspective is Hegelian, presenting Judaism and Islam in terms of thesis and antithesis. This essay also reveals the ingratiating National Socialist perspective which von Leers projected on the Islamic past as well as the intensity of his hatred for Judaism and Jewry. The following passage is part of the original text:

Mohammed’s hostility to the Jews had one result: Oriental Jewry was completely paralyzed. Its backbone was broken. Oriental Jewry effectively did not participate in [European] Jewry’s tremendous rise to power in the last two centuries. Despised in the filthy lanes of the mellah (the walled Jewish quarter of a Moroccan city, analogous to the European ghetto) the Jews vegetated there. They lived under a special law (that of a protected minority), which in contrast to Europe did not permit usury or even traffic in stolen goods, but kept them in a state of oppression and anxiety. If the rest of the world had adopted a similar policy, we would not have a Jewish Question (Judenfrage)…. As a religion, Islam indeed performed an eternal service to the world: it prevented the threatened conquest of Arabia by the Jews and vanquished the horrible teaching of Jehovah by a pure religion, which at that time opened the way to a higher culture for numerous peoples ….[9]
Von Leers was later brought to Egypt under the auspices of Haj Amin al-Husseini, with whom he was in close contact. Eventually he converted to Islam and changed his name to Omar Amin as a gesture to his benefactor, becoming head of [Egyptian President Gamal Abdel] Nasser’s ‘Israeli’ propaganda unit.” [11] Von Leers was welcomed in Egypt by al-Husseini[12] and he became the political adviser to the Information Department under Muhammad Naguib and Gamal Abdel Nasser.[4] He served as head of the Institute for the Study of Zionism, managing anti-Israeli propaganda.[13] He was a mentor of Ahmed Huber and networked with Muslim emigres in Hamburg,[13] while also being an acquaintance of Otto Ernst Remer in the country.[14][15]

Otto Ernst Remer – Wikipedia

he served as an advisor to Gamal Abdel Nasser, and worked with other expatriate Germans assisting Arab states with the development of their armed forces.[1] He was a frequent acquaintance of Johannes von Leers.[4] In 1956, Remer was reported to be in Damascus, engaging in the arms trade; the Algerian National Liberation Front was one of his customers.[1]

See also:

There is no path to ending Jewish existence without first ending Western civilization.

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4 Responses to Anti-Zionist harvest: AU edition

  1. Twin Ruler says:

    That is really interesting, except that Islam is merely a more fanatical version of Judaism. Why side with either the Jews or the Muslims? That is what I never understood?

  2. AS says:

    The same pattern in Tunisia:

    The Jews of Tunisia felt much safer under the French protectorate. Contact with the French colonizers of Tunisia and the official presence of the French facilitated the assimilation of the Jews of Tunisia to French culture and their emancipation. Relying on the French revolutionary promise of Liberté, égalité, fraternité, the Jews hoped for a better life and were very receptive to the new French influences, though they had a Christian European source. For the generation born under the protectorate, the French language replaced Judeo-Arabic as the mother tongue of the Jews of French Tunisia.[18] Additionally, more Jewish children began attending state schools throughout the country, which slowly lead to the diffusion of French culture and lifestyle within the Jewish community.[19]

    (which, of course, was another country that Hitler tried to save:

    Following the armistice in June 1940, the French Protectorate of Tunisia became part of Vichy France, the new French state ruled by collaborationist Marshal Philippe Pétain during France’s occupation by Nazi Germany in World War II. Under the rule of Pétain’s collaborationist regime, the Jews of Vichy France and Vichy Tunisia were subjected to the two antisemitic Statut des Juifs (Jewish Statutes of October 3, 1940 and June 2, 1941), like the Jews in mainland France. Thus, discriminatory legislation defined the Jews, restricted them in the public service, in educational institutions and journalism, and in liberal professions (numerus clausus), counted them (Jewish census), and forced them to register their property to be subsequently aryanized.)

    In the case of South Africa, Jews themselves were the direct colonialists:

    Jewish cartographers in Portugal, members of the wealthy and influential classes, assisted Bartolomeu Dias and Vasco da Gama who first sailed around the Cape of Good Hope in 1488 and 1497

    There were Jews among the directors of the Dutch East India Company, which for 150 years administered the colony at the Cape of Good Hope.

    The first congregation in South Africa, known as the Gardens Shul, was founded in Cape Town in September 1841, and the initial service was held on the eve of Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) in the house of 1820 Settler and businessman Benjamin Norden, located at the corner of Weltevreden and Hof streets. Benjamin Norden, Simeon Markus, together with a score of others arriving in the early 1820s and ’30s, were commercial pioneers, especially the Mosenthal brothers—Julius, Adolph (see Aliwal North), and James Mosenthal—who started a major wool industry. By their enterprise in going to Asia and returning with thirty Angora goats in 1856 they became the originators of the mohair industry. Aaron and Daniel de Pass were the first to open up Namaqualand, and from 1849 to 1886 they were the largest shipowners in Cape Town, and leaders of the sealing, whaling, and fishing industries. Jews were among the first to take to ostrich-farming and played a role in the early diamond industry. Jews also played some part in early South African politics. Captain Joshua Norden was shot at the head of his Mounted Burghers in the Xhosa War of 1846; Lieutenant Elias de Pass fought in the Xhosa War of 1849. Julius Mosenthal (1818–1880), brother of the poet S. Mosenthal of Vienna, was a member of the Cape Parliament in the 1850s. Simeon Jacobs, C.M.G. (1832–1883), who was a judge in the Supreme Court of the Cape of Good Hope, as the acting attorney-general of Cape Colony he introduced and carried in 1872 the Cape Colony Responsible Government Bill and the Voluntary Bill (abolishing state aid to the Anglican Church), for both of which bills Saul Solomon, the member for Cape Town, had fought for decades. Saul Solomon (b. St. Helena 25 May 1817; d. 16 October 1892), the leader of the Cape Colony Liberal Party, has been called the “Cape Disraeli.”

    a small number of Jews also settled among and identified with the rural white Afrikaans-speaking population; these persons became known as Boerejode (Boer Jews). A measure of intermarriage also occurred and was generally accepted.[8]

    The South African gold rush began after 1886, attracting many Jews. In 1880, the Jewish population of South Africa numbered approximately 4,000; by 1914 it had grown to more than 40,000.[9] So many of them came from Lithuania that some referred to the population as a colony of Lithuania; Johannesburg was also occasionally called “Jewburg”.[10]

    hence the close later relationship between Israel and Apartheid South Africa as covered here:

    See also:

  3. AS says:

    Similarly in Zimbabwe:

    During the 19th century, Ashkenazi Jews from Russia and Lithuania settled in Rhodesia after the area had been colonized by the British, and became active in the trading industry. In 1894, the first synagogue was established in a tent in Bulawayo. The second community developed in Salisbury (later renamed Harare) in 1895. A third congregation was established in Gwelo in 1901.

    In the first half of the 20th century there was a high level of assimilation by Rhodesian Jews into Rhodesian society, and intermarriage rates were high. Roy Welensky, the second and last Prime Minister of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, was the son of a Lithuanian Jewish father and an Afrikaner mother.[4] By 1957, one out of every seven marriages in Rhodesia were between a Jew and a Gentile.[5]

    In addition to the Rhodesian Zionist Council and the Rhodesian Jewish Board of Deputies the Jewish Community developed institutions to serve and strengthen the community including two Jewish Day Schools (one in Harare called Sharon School and one in Bulawayo called Carmel School), community centers, Jewish Cemeteries, Zionist youth movements, Jewish owned sports clubs, Savyon Old Age Home in Bulawayo and several women’s organisations. A number of Jews from Zionist youth movements emigrated to Israel.[6]

    Let’s look at Welensky, then:

    Sir Roland “Roy” Welensky, KCMG PC Kt JP (né Raphael Welensky; 20 January 1907 – 5 December 1991) was a Northern Rhodesian politician and the second and last Prime Minister of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland.

    Born in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe) to an Afrikaner mother and a Lithuanian Jewish father, he moved to Northern Rhodesia, became involved with the trade unions, and entered the colonial legislative council in 1938. There, he campaigned for the amalgamation of Northern and Southern Rhodesia (the latter under White self-government, the former under the colonial office). Although unsuccessful, he succeeded in the formation of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, a state within the British Empire that sought to retain predominant power for the White minority while moving in a progressive political direction, in contrast to South Africa under the apartheid system.

    Becoming Prime Minister of the Federation in 1956, Welensky opposed British moves towards black majority rule, and used force to suppress politically motivated violence in the territories. After the advent of Black majority rule in two of the Federation’s three territories (Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland, now Zambia and Malawi respectively), it collapsed in 1963. Welensky retired to Salisbury, where he re-entered politics and attempted to stop Rhodesia (formerly Southern Rhodesia) from unilaterally declaring itself independent. With the end of White minority rule in 1979, and the recognised independence of Rhodesia as the “Republic of Zimbabwe” under Robert Mugabe in 1980, Welensky emigrated to the United Kingdom, where he died in England in 1991. A fervent admirer of Britain and its Empire, Welensky described himself as “half Jewish, half Afrikaner [and] 100% British”.[1]

    It should furthermore be noted:

    During the 1970s, Israel sold weapons and military equipment to the white government of Rhodesia during the Rhodesian Bush War, eventually granting them a license to manufacture their own.[5]

  4. AS says:

    “The government of South Africa is appalled at the unjust and unwarranted decision of the AU Commission to grant Israel observer status in the African Union,” South Africa’s foreign ministry said in a statement. The country openly backs the Palestinian cause and has formal relations with the territory. The conditions of Palestine under Israel are often compared to those of apartheid, the racial segregation and discrimination policy that existed in South Africa from 1948 to the early 1990s.

    The objections show a division among countries in the continent, says Munene Macharia, a history and international relations scholar in Nairobi. However, he adds, many African countries may be silent on the matter because they are very friendly to Israel as “a matter of tradition.”

    “The one that [has] no problem with accepting Israel, can be explained either in terms of pressure from the west or religious affiliation because most of the African countries claim to be Christian, which means Judeo-Christian of the European variety, and so we have a soft spot for Israel.

    Is something stopping them becoming Gnostic Christians instead?

    Still, at least we can now confirm that Western colonialism made things worse on this account also.

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