Nazism in Israel?
They were identified as
"Neo-Nazis." Eight young
immigrant Russian Jews were arrested in Israel,
September 9, 2007. They certainly filled the bill,
committing acts of thuggery and vandalism, making
pictures of themselves doing the "Heil Hitler"
salute, and painting swastikas on synagogues.
The Associated Press reported that "Group members
tattoos of Celtic crosses—a
symbol adopted by white supremacists—and barbed wire
fences, and the number
`88,` code for `Heil Hitler` because `h` is the
eighth letter of the alphabet. Another tattoo proclaimed
`White Power,` and they were photographed giving the
Israeli Neo-Nazi Ring Busted
, September 9, 2007]
Reuters quotes Amos Hermon, representative of
the Jewish Agency, a quasi-government group, who
said the youth were "suffering from `immigration
shock` and vented their frustrations by expressing
`some of the most hurtful sentiments towards the Jewish
people` and emulating behavior they may have witnessed
in the former Soviet Union."
Perhaps even more damaging is the
shadow this juvenile behavior casts on sincere
sentiments of nationalism in Israel—like the
bad name Nazism gave to nationalism everywhere in
the world. The word "Nazi" has
erroneously become synonymous with
nationalism. Even "patriotism" has become
Mickey Rosenfeld, Israeli police
spokesman, briefed the AP.
group planned its attacks, and its targets were foreign
workers from Asia, drug addicts, homosexuals,
punks and Jews who wore skullcaps. In one case they
discussed planning a murder. …Some of the victims
filed official complaints with police, and other victims
were identified after police viewed the films and
It sounds like the young Israeli
neo-Nazis targeted groups they felt were inimical to the
nation of Israel. (Yes, that would include
some orthodox groups, who do not believe Israel
has the right to statehood or nationhood.)
Now, no one in his right mind
would condone the brutal behavior of these neo-Nazis.
But are we allowed to consider their sentiments? Can we
examine at least their theoretical position? What of
What of nationhood? Is there no
place for concern over a nation`s health and prosperity?
Has a nation
That this Nazi thing should happen
in Israel certainly doesn`t surprise me. No nation in
the world is
more threatened. It`s a wonder radical nationalist
movements haven`t developed before. While it is
perfectly idiotic to label or associate "Nazi"
every notion of nationhood, it is most sensible to
recognize that any nation has the
responsibility to maintain itself and
its identity. It is the death of nations to deny
nations have enemies.
I doubt these young men were
enemies of Israel. They were simply misguided, immature,
and irresponsible youth. But they made a point, maybe in
spite of themselves. They made it very loudly, in the
most agonizing way possible.
Maybe they really didn`t fear for
health of Israel. Maybe they were just
hoodlums looking for opportunities to act out—under
a significant, infamous name. But what about people who
really do fear for their nation? Are they all Nazis?
What about people who are concerned over the
influence of foreigners,
religious fanatics, and
sexual perversions? Do they say "Heil Hitler"?
I think not. I think it is time
rather to shake loose of this
fear of being called a Nazi. Nationhood is in the
balance. We can`t simply allow
fear of a bad name to mesmerize us into an
impotence that allows our nation to be hijacked by our
enemies from without—or within. It is a great error to
allow a liberal lobby in the name of tolerance to allow
the disintegration of the country.
"Nazi" is like another “n” word.
dead if you`re found associated with it
in any way. It has developed into a legal tort. It
is used to hammer down any notion of race, religion, or
ethnicity to be associated with a nation—especially, if
not exclusively, Judeo-Christian European nations, and
particularly America, land of the "free," rather,
land of experimental
But this liberal, self-righteous
denial of anything nationalistic, this quasi-religious
anti-Nazi hysterics, this politicized aversion to a
historical fringe ideology, cannot be allowed to squelch
The people of a nation must never
be denied the expression of their natural love for their
country. Without love of country, no nation can exist
for long. It will become rather a heartless business
of mean greed.
Okay, so America presents a bit of
a problem. America is now
multi-cultural. America has
many races, many
religions—and many ideologies, actually. What is
in fact the country? Is there something that we all
love? Is there something that is tangibly American?
As an American Indian, I seek
their opinion. Their view is the one I want
to consider. I am
bound to them in blood, war, and
treaty. My history is theirs, and theirs mine. I
have looked to them for the health of the country.
I must say, they seem quite lost
now. They are either
afraid of who they are, or
ashamed. If they are indeed not proud of who they
are, yet continue to
constitute the polity they created, they throw a
curve ball to the world.
The anti-Nazi hysterics act like
nationhood is a bad thing. They suggest that a country
is itself a freak of human nature, and something to grow
out of, to get passed, to develop beyond.
George Soros equates nationhood to "tribalism."
Naturally, he is
most interested in bringing down the greatest
nation—America. And because of America`s multi-cultural
conditioning, it appears an easy enough task. He wants
Society," with closed doors to the basic,
historic elements of human existence: religion,
ethnicity, and nationhood. He wants a world that can be
perfectly controlled, one without these pestilential
Most interestingly, the anti-Nazi
hysterics want exactly the same thing Hitler wanted—to
dominate the world.
Politics is just
white people vying for the power they themselves
have created. The rest of us watch.
I deeply believe in nationhood. I
can only hope Americans do too. Otherwise, my seat is in
the wrong stadium. It was a total waste.
Dr. David A. Yeagley [email
is an enrolled member of the
and on his own Web site
and he is a regular speaker for
Young America`s Foundation.
David Yeagley`s columns for VDARE.COM include
An American Indian View of Immigration, and
To Deport or not to Deport.
David Yeagley is the author of Bad Eagle: The Rantings of a Conservative Comanche
and Altered States: The State of the Dead and the State of the Holy.