The “Parushim”, Jewish Goodfellas
OK, raise your hands if you knew this one: Most people know that Louis Brandeis was a famous, Jewish Supreme Court Justice. But few know of his fervent support of Zionism and that he was a leader in a clandestine organization called the Parushim (Hebrew for “Pharisees” and “separate”). According to Alison Weir, author of Against Our Better Judgment; the secret history of how the U.S. was used to create Israel, the Parushim was “a secret society that covertly pushed Zionism both in the U.S. and internationally.”
After Brandeis was named to the Supreme Court by his friend President Woodrow Wilson, he formally resigned from his private clubs and affiliations, but he worked “behind the scenes” and through his protégé Felix Frankfurter, to serve as a conduit between British Zionists and the president. Brandeis was one of the leaders of the Parushim, which, according to former New York Times Editor Peter Grose (Israel in the Mind of America) had as part of its initiation ceremony the following demands of its new members:
“You are about to take a step which will bind you to a single cause for all your life. You will for one year be subject to an absolute duty whose call you will be impelled to heed at any time, in any place, and at any cost. And ever after, until our purpose shall be accomplished, you will be fellow of a brotherhood whose bond you will regard as greater than any other in your life–dearer than that of family, of school, of nation.”
Close your eyes and remember Christopher Moltisanti taking the pledge when he joined TV gangster Tony Soprano’s crew. Now try to separate fiction from reality. It is really mind boggling, the information Alison has culled out with this amazing work of investigative reporting. About 80% of my neighbors disapprove of my anti-Israel flag which still flies in front of my house, but I have a feeling that if they all read this timely book, they might all be flying such flags.
Who wants to be a Peace Activist?
According to this article in the Washtenaw Jewish News, local Jews are scheduling an entire month’s worth of activities celebrating “Israel”. The highlight of this month’s scheduling will be a $10 picnic at the Jewish Community Center on Sunday, May 18th at noon. As JWPF has other items on the schedule, we will be unavailable to remind revelers that their celebration is a wake-up call to Palestinians that the theft of their homeland is just about complete.
So to other local peace groups – especially those who feel JWPF’s tactics too incendiary – you can step up to the plate and address the Jewish community utilizing your own methods. If you need any help gathering information, or would like to borrow some of our signs, please just let us know.
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