No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has pledged $20 million to establish a foundation that will fight anti-Semitism and BDS (the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement). Kraft made the announcement while in Israel accepting The Genesis Prize, a $1 million award that Time Magazine has called “the Jewish Nobel.he then ponied up $50 million.This caused some embarrassment as Kraft had been charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution in Florida. He has pleaded not guilty.
Once again we have the tragic specter of an uber-wealthy American Jew Robert Kraft looking for redemption in all the wrong places. Men like Kraft are seeking a transcendent cause which would elevate them beyond marketplace skill. Sadly they settle on Zionism and not authentic Judaic values.
Eric Walberg in his engrossing book The Canada-Israel Nexus gives us the necessary context in understanding the formidable soft power of Jewish billionaires and it is, as US Minnesota rep Ilhan Omer wrote about, “the Benjamins.” This takes us away from the noxious conspiracy theory of Jewish control. Simply, this is a case of deep pockets and it is no secret that Jews punch way above their weight in finance and economic power in the USA.
Walberg writes “in the US and Canada there are no publicly proclaimed anti-Zionists.” The famous Clintons’ bagman media magnate Haim Saban described his pro-Israel formula outlining “three ways to be influential in American politics…make donations to political parties, establish think tanks and control media outlets.”
This should be no secret to anybody that the great financial success of many American and Canadian Jews has given them access to power and the shaping of both government and popular culture. Walberg writes, “By sheer presence and wealth the Jewish Zionist lobby overwhelms North American media culture and enforces strict censorship on Israel.” It is not too dissimilar in Canada. Simply Google Stephen Bronfman the heir to the Seagram’s fortune and Justin Trudeau.The wealthiest family in history the Rothschilds were the heaviest backers “of the Jewish state” in history.
Parapolitics describes covert political activity that is hidden from the public. Ordinary people desperately want to believe in justice and its political pursuit but too often the golden rule gets in the way, he who has the gold, rules and original sin,”the only empirically doctrine of Christian faith” (Niebuhr) too often shows our fallen nature. In the US Jews are 2% of the population and 50% of the billionaires, in Canada Jews are1.6 % and 25% of the billionaires.
The Israel Lobby larger than AIPAC supported by Kraft and other wealthy Jews are doing immeasurable harm to Israel and in the process are traducing authentic universal Jewish values. They end up knee jerk supporting not a Jewish state but a Zionist one and it takes the secular israeli prophet Gideon Levy to say it:
“I can tell you in the United States, as an Israeli, we don’t have a bigger enemy for justice, for peace, for equality than those who think that if you supply the drug addict with more drugs you are his friend; that if you support him blindly and automatically whatever he does, you are a friend. No, my friend, those are not friends. Those are enemies.”
Robert Kraft is simply the latest enemy of justice in the Middle East. It seems to escape the understanding of Netanyahu and Kraft that the Genesis Prize, its name taken from the bible, is the name to the great Israeli human rights group B’Tselem Genesis 1:27: “And God created humankind in His image. In the image of God did He create them.” The name expresses the Jewish and universal moral edict to respect and uphold the human rights of all people. B’Tselem works to expose the injustice, violence and dispossession inherent to the regime of occupation, to deconstruct the apparatuses that enable it, and challenge its legitimacy in Israel and internationally. Kraft, Netanyahu and the other Zionist billionaires are doing the opposite, strangers to authentic Judaic values.
Fighting BDS is both trashing democracy and defying the rallying cry of Deuteronomy 16:20 tzedek tzedek tirdof, justice, justice you shall seek.
Kraft has visited Israel more than 100 times. bringing clueless athletes to “sportswash the evil of occupation the same stunt .that another wealthy Zionist Larry Tanenbaum was planning to do with the victorious Raptors.
The antiwar organization Codepink commented,” Rather than participating in a propaganda trip that will help Israel continue its policies of racism and oppression, we encourage you to travel to the West Bank and meet with Palestinians living under occupation.”
God and mammon seldom go together as the first century wandering rabbi said and now we have an example that borders on blasphemy.
Las week as Kathryn Shahadah reported on Mondoweiss
Miriam Adelson, wife of billionaire Sheldon Adelson, proposed that the story of Donald Trump, hero and patriot, ought to be added to the Bible. This was part of an oped a propaganda sheet she owns in Israel which half the country reads.The Adelsons like Kraft have very deep pockets and have contributed millions to Trump and the Republican Party. For this Miriam was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.One would be hardpressed to name anything she has done for America.
Madam Adelson was flummoxed that American Jews did not seem to appreciate Trump as israelis did and she did make a salient observation: “Scholars of the Bible will no doubt note the heroes, sages, and prophets of antiquity who were similarly spurned by the very people they came to raise up. So you American Jews get with the scripture
Don’t snub this prophet like you did the others. Embrace him. Vote for him in 2020.”