Acid Test Failed
January 6, 2001
Among the colorful revelers of Allenby street, in
crowded restaurants of merry-making Tel Aviv nights, a
vision came to me, a vision of an angel in battle-dress,
chalking up on a wall three words, Mene, Tekel ufarsin.
My Angel-English on-line dictionary prompts a
translation: you were tested and you failed the test.
These are the darkest days for the people of Israel.
They are dark, as the lamentations and protests of us
and our fathers turned out to be as genuine as a
three-dollar bill. In 1968, a young Jewish Russian kid,
I wrote on the walls of my native Russian city, ‘Hands
off Czechoslovakia’. The beautiful deep voice of a
Jewish Russian poet Alexander Galitch intoned: Citizens,
our motherland is in danger, our tanks are on foreign
soil! Some Russian Jews demonstrated on the Red Square
against the invasion, and were beaten up by the police.
We protested against the presence of the Russian tanks
in Budapest, Prague and Kabul as Russian citizens who
value honor above the ill-understood loyalty, humankind
above blood ties. In the same time, Jewish American kids
demonstrated against their country’s intervention in
Vietnam, while Jewish boys and girls in Europe fought
against racism. Years passed by, and now our Jewish
tanks are on the foreign soil.
Our Jewish army murders civilians, demolishes houses,
starves millions and imposes the siege on the
Palestinian villages. Our crimes exceeded the Russian
crimes committed in Chechnya and Afghanistan, the
American crimes in Vietnam and Serb crimes in Bosnia.
Surely, the Israeli intellectuals demonstrate en masse
on our equivalent of Pennsylvania Avenue or Trafalgar
Square, American Jews raise their voice against the
America-armed killers of Palestinians, Russian Jews
speak up for the human rights of the enslaved Gentiles
of the Holy Land? No fear, our literati exalt the
courage of our Jewish soldiers, venerate the steady hand
of our Jewish snipers and glorify the immense humanity
of the Jewish folk, who could pulverize all the Gentiles
of Palestine, but kindly limit ourselves to a few
hundred wounded and maimed a day.
My grandfather in the Pale of Settlement complained
against the restrictions of the free movement of Jews in
the Russian Empire, while in our generation Anatoli
Sharansky became a symbol of struggle for human rights.
In our own country, the Gentiles are fenced into
reservations and concentration camps that the Pale pales
in comparison with. A Palestinian cannot go to the next
village without the Jewish ausweis, he is forever
checked by our Checkists. He can only dream of the sea,
washing the shores of his ancestral home ? we do not let
Palestinians to pollute the Jewish purity of our
Ostrovsky reported that Mossad gents bugged the home of
a Middle Eastern diplomat during the administration of
Jimmy Carter in order to embarrass the United States
Ambassador to the United Nations, Andrew Young, after
Young sought to establish informal talks with PLO
representatives. When Young met with the unofficial
United Nations PLO representative Zehdi Labib Terzi
"accidentally" in the home of a friendly diplomat,
Kuwaiti Ambassador Abdalla Yaccoub Bishara, listening
devices planted surreptitiously and without Terzi's
knowledge by Mossad field officers recorded every word
of the diplomats conversation. The incident soon became
front-page news in the Zionists' most prominent U.S.
propaganda organ, The New York Times, and President
Carter caved in to public pressure and asked for Young's
resignation. Thus, that early effort to establish
relations between the U.S. government and the PLO became
a footnote in history when, on September 23, 1979, Young
resigned from his position. Young, an African American,
has never since served in the upper levels of
For years, the Jews protested the discrimination in
employment and education. In our own state we created
the system of total national discrimination. In our
state-owned Electric company, out of 13000 employees
there are six Gentiles. 0,0004%. Gentiles form forty
percent of the population between the Jordan River and
the sea, but only one out of four has the right to vote.
There are no Gentiles in the Supreme court, in the
government, in Air Force, in the secret services. There
is not even one Gentile on the board of the main Israeli
Liberal newspaper, Haaretz.
That is why all complaints of Jews in the Diaspora
deserve to be re-written in the light of the events. We
did not fought for the human rights, but for the rights
of Jews. We were for the freedom of movement and freedom
of choice ? for Jews only. We spoke of the universal
suffrage, but we meant the right of vote for Jews only.
We do not mind occupation and invasion, as long as we
invade and occupy. The sight of a child raising hands in
front of the machine gun toting thug grieves us only if
it is a Jewish child. The Gentile child can be shot at
When Bialik wrote “Devil did not invent a fit punishment
for the murder of a child”, he actually meant ‘a Jewish
child’. When he was horrified by the scenes of pogrom,
he was horrified that the violence is directed against
Jews. Otherwise, there is nothing wrong with pogrom per
se. The Jews of Upper Nazareth committed a pogrom of
Gentiles in Nazareth, but no pogromchik was tried.
Police helped them by murdering few of pogrom victims.
Still worse were the pogroms of Ramallah and Beth
Jallah, committed with the helicopter gun ships and
Tsarist Russia, ‘the land of pogroms’, was much hated by
our grandfathers, and eventually destroyed by them.
Still, hundred years of Jewish pogroms caused fewer
casualties than we murder in a week. The most horrible
pogrom of Kishinev claimed 45 dead and 600 wounded. Last
weeks in Israel, 300 were killed and many thousands
wounded. After the pogrom in Tsarist Russia, all writers
and intelligentsia condemned the perpetrators. In the
Jewish state, hardly few dozens gathered on the
demonstration in Tel Aviv, while the Hebrew Writers
Union supported the pogrom of Gentiles.
In 1991, the majority of the Russian Jews took the stand
against communism and for the private ownership. They
actually had in mind Jewish private property, as we
confiscate the Gentile property with greatest ease. Go
through the best areas of Jerusalem, Talbieh, Old
Katamon, Greek and German Colonies, and see the
marvellous palaces. They belonged to Gentiles, -
Germans, Armenians, Greeks, British, Russians,
Palestinians ? Christian and Moslem. All of them were
confiscated and given to Jews. During last weeks,
hundreds of acres of Gentile property were confiscated,
and hundreds of Gentile houses seized or demolished.
Just before his arrest, the richest Russian Jewish
media-lord Gusinsky came to Israel and expressed his
unlimited support. At the same time he asked the world
to help him in his fight with the Russian authorities
who try to save the TV from his clutches. His support of
Israel proves that Mr Gusinsky approves confiscations on
the ethnic base. He is just against the confiscations of
the Jewish property. He is against Jews being arrested ?
the Gentiles may rot in prisons forever, as it happens
in the Jewish state.
In no time at all we succeeded to undermine the
long-term achievements of Jews in the struggle for
democracy, human rights and equality. What we did not
like about the German Nazis? Their racism? Our racism is
not less wide-spread and poisonous. The Russian language
newspaper Direct Speech published in Jerusalem asked
hundreds of Russian Jews about their feelings towards
the Palestinians. Typical answers were: “I would kill
all Arabs”, “All Arabs must be eliminated”, “Arabs must
be expelled”, “An Arab is an Arab. They have to be
eliminated”. I am not sure you would get better results
in Germany in 1938. Even Nazis did not intend to kill
their Jewish enemies until 1941.
Let us put it straight, we were against racism as long
as it was somebody else’s racism. We were against death
squads and Sonderkommando as long as they acted against
us. Our own killers, our Jewish Sonderkommando is the
object of our tender admiration. The Jewish state is the
only place in the world possessing legitimate killer
squads, embracing the policy of assassinations,
practicing torture on the medieval scale. Do not worry,
dear Jewish readers, we torture and assassinate Gentiles
We were against ghetto while we were pushed into a
ghetto. Now the most liberal Jewish plan calls for
creation of a few Gentile ghetto fenced by barbed wire,
surrounded by Jewish tanks and Jewish-owned factories at
the fence, where the Arbeit will macht the Gentiles frei.
We shall give the ghetto full independence previously
removing all sources of income and sustenance.
Israelis are brainwashed from kindergarten, they are
taught they belong to the Chosen People, who are Uber
Alles. They were indoctrinated in belief that the
Gentiles are not fully human, and therefore they can be
killed and expropriated at will. After all, Israel
fulfilled one UN resolution, the one that called Zionism
a form of racism. What is upsetting that the
internationalist upbringing in the Soviet Union could
not withstand the poison of Zionist propaganda of Jewish
superiority. I do regret the moral collapse of my own
Russian community in the Holy Land.
Now, as the angel wrote his fiery words, as prophets
called the people to repent, we have the choice. We can
choose the way of Nineveh, to repent, to return the
stolen property, to give full equality to Gentiles, to
stop discrimination and murder, and hope to be forgiven
by God, if not for our sake, then for the sake of our
cats and dogs. We can persist in our evil ways as the
people of Sodom and wait for the flood of fire and
burning sulfur from the angry heavens of Palestine.