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Busted: The Orthodox Criminal Network

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by Christopher Bollyn


Some of the members of the international Orthodox Jewish criminal network arrested on July 23, 2009. This network is deeply involved in illegal narcotics and financial crimes.

The FBI’s mass arrest on July 23 of Orthodox rabbis, their partners-in-crime, and the venal and corrupt politicians who accepted bribes from a Jewish gangster-turned-witness provides essential insight into the extensive Othodox Jewish criminal network that dominates Israel, New York, New Jersey, and to a great extent the United States of America. Having written a great deal about this subject, particularly in relation to the false flag terror attacks of 9-11, there are a few important things that need to be pointed out about this developing story.

“TERRIBLE BLASPHEMY”

This is a very important story, not only for the insular and segregated Orthodox Jewish community in which this criminal network operates but for the larger intercommunal relationship between Jews and the U.S. general public, which is incensed and indignant about being ripped off for hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars by notorious Jews like Bernard Madoff, Maurice Greenberg of A.I.G., and Ben Shalom Bernanke of the Federal Reserve. “If the charges against the rabbis are proved to have been correct,” one veteran Brooklyn rabbi told the Israeli press, “it’ll be the worst and most terrible blasphemy that will ever be remembered about the New York Jews.”

While the controlled media wrongly puts the focus on the corrupt minor politicians who allegedly took bribes, the real crooks are those who paid the bribes and used dirty money to corrupt politicians. The main players in this criminal network are among the leading members of the Sephardic Jewish community of Brooklyn, New York City, and Deal, New Jersey. The key players, such as the FBI’s cooperating witness Solomon “Shlomo” Dwek and the 87-year-old “chief rabbi” Shaul J. Kassin, are both high-ranking members of this closed community, which is actually Israeli (or Palestinian prior to 1948). A member of the Dwek clan, Rafi Dwek, for example, is director-general of the Likud party, the extreme right-wing party of Ehud Olmert, Ariel Sharon, and Benjamin Netanyahu.


Shlomo Dwek, the Talmud teacher and Jewish gangster-turned-witness who helped expose a small part of the international Orthodox criminal network

Israeli members of this Syrian Orthodox Jewish community are discussed in my articles about the secret visit of Ehud Olmert to New York City on the very eve of 9-11. During this top-secret visit on September 10, 2001, Ehud Olmert, then the Likud mayor of Jerusalem, met with two other Likudniks from the Syrian Jewish community, namely Shaul and Meir Levy, founders and owners of the “Wings” beach store chain. Having visited one of these massive “Wings” stores in North Miami Beach, I am convinced that the Levy brothers deal in more than beach towels and suntan lotion.

The tiny Syrian Jewish enclave of Deal, New Jersey (population 1,000), has been mentioned in my 9-11 research, for example in the chapter on the Architecture of Terror. When the FBI busted 5 prominent rabbis from this secretive group of Syrian/Israeli Orthodox Jews, I was very interested and watched to see how the media covered this story, which is far more important than many realize. This story reveals the fundamental Jewish method of corruption and political control, which is the subject of my earlier 9-11 article about Italian Gangsters and their Jewish Bosses. While the rabbis and the Jewish “charities” were laundering tens of millions of dollars, venal politicians were being bought off by the rabbi’s son for a few thousand dollars, literally for pennies on the dollar. Two things are striking about this latest story: the depth and extent of the Jewish criminal network and the cheapness and degree of corruption of our political leaders. The Jewish criminal network is just as entrenched in Chicago, Miami, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles as it is in New York and New Jersey.

The Dwek and Kassin families are very close and have been since at least the early years of the 1900s when they studied Talmud and Kabbalah together in the yeshiva in Jerusalem (then part of the district of Syria in the Turkish Ottoman Empire). The Kassin family came to America from Palestine in August 1933. Rabbi Jacob and his wife Mazal arrived in New York with their first four children, the eldest being Shaul, the now indicted rabbi. Mazal, the rabbi’s 30-year-old wife was unable to read or write, according to immigration documents, which is not unusual for this segregated and backwards community. Orthodox Jewish women are known to be treated as untouchable second-class humans and are made to ride in the back of the bus even today in Israel. Non-Jews, “Goyim” or Gentiles, are considered to be even lower and are despised by Orthodox Jews yet they choose to live and carry out their criminal schemes in America, which has a population which is overwhelmingly non-Jewish.

“WE DON’T WANT GENTILE CHARACTERISTICS”

The Syrian Jewish community is known for its strict racial Edict that acts like “an invisible fence” and bans members of the community from marrying anyone outside of the community. “Never accept a convert or a child born of a convert,” the son of rabbi Kassin told Zev Chavets of the New York Times in 2007, summarizing the message of the Edict. “Push them away with strong hands from our community. Why? Because we don’t want gentile characteristics.”

To understand the ties between the key families in this story, I recommend Sarina Roffé’s articles on the Kassin and Labaton rabbinic dynasties. Sarina is an expert on Syrian Jewry and a member of Brooklyn’s Syrian Jewish community and the Jewish Genealogical Society, Inc. of New York.

The “Syrian” Jewish community is well known for its notorious criminals. One of the most infamous is Eddie Antar, a.k.a. Crazy Eddie. In the ’70s, he created an empire in the home electronics business. When he was caught defrauding investors of nearly $100 million dollars, he fled to Israel, was extradited, prosecuted (by then U.S. Attorney Michael Chertoff), and sent to prison. Antar, who still lives in the community “enclave”, told the Jewish Week that the recent mass arrest of rabbis doesn’t surprise him at all. “Most people in this community are law-abiding hard-working Americans and the alleged actions of a few people are no reflection on the entire community. But I’m not surprised when I see this kind of thing happen.”

Small, tight-knit communities such as the Syrian Jewish enclave in New Jersey and Brooklyn are particularly prone to financial crime, he said. “It happens all the time in all kinds of closed, insular communities, and these crimes are the toughest to crack,” he said. “The people are bound not just by economic incentives, but cultural, religious, ethnic and family ties. They tend to be highly coordinated, and they can take years to investigate.” When the dust settles “hundreds” of people could be implicated, Antar predicted. Antar’s prediction that many more people are involved comes from a person who knows the Orthodox criminal network from the inside.

ORTHODOX RABBIS = CRIME BOSSES

The most obvious question that a person would ask after hearing the report of the mass arrest of Orthodox rabbis: What kind of religious community is this Orthodox Jewish community in which its leaders are venal crooks who engage in serious criminal activity as easily as one drinks a glass of water?

“These rings, led by clergymen, cloaked their extensive criminal activities behind a facade of rectitude,” New Jersey District Attorney Ralph Marra said, describing a disgraceful picture of religious leaders heading money-laundering crews and acting as crime bosses. They moved “at least tens of millions of dollars through charitable, nonprofit entities controlled by rabbis in New York and New Jersey,” Marra said. Exactly where the “tens of millions of dollars” came from has not been explained, but connections to the illegal drug trade and the Madoff scam are both very likely.


Crime Boss” Shaul J. Kassin, 87, chief rabbi of the Syrian Jewish community

“Religious leaders allegedly acted like ‘crime bosses'”, was the Marra quote that became the title of a July 26 article in the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz. “For these defendants, corruption was a way of life.”

Israelis, however, are well aware of the gangster methods and tactics of the Orthodox Jewish community, something most Americans are only becoming aware of as a result of this mass arrest. Small Orthodox Jewish parties, such as Israel’s theocratic Shas Party, have long wielded enormous clout in Israel’s coalition governments and used political extortion to obtain special privileges for the Orthodox community. Orthodox religious practices and conversions, for example, are the only ones recognized in the “Jewish state.” The Shas party’s seed money was raised in rabbi Kassin’s living room in Deal, N.J., in the early ’80s.

In most cases the indicted rabbis used Jewish and Zionist “charitable organizations” to launder money that they believed came from bank fraud and selling counterfeit goods. Dwek told the rabbis he was trying to hide large amounts of cash. In some instances, he said, the money came from the sale of fake Gucci bags. It should be noted, however, that the Orthodox Jewish community has a long and documented history of involvement in the sale of narcotics and illegal drugs, such as Ecstasy. The Syrian Jewish community is very powerful in Latin America. Another Kassin family member, a Miami resident from Colombia named “Victor Tesone Kassin,” for example, was indicted in a $100 million money laundering operation to wash drug profits from Colombian narcotics with drug financier Isaac Kattan in 1982 following a similar investigation called Operation Greenback. This operation involved a bank in Miami and Switzerland. Switzerland and Israel played roles in the recently busted Jewish money-laundering operation and are also thought to be involved in the disappearance of tens of billions of dollars from the Madoff scam as well.

A Brooklyn Jewish man, Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, is charged with enticing poor people in Israel to give up a kidney for $10,000 so he could sell their organs for $160,000 each, according to Marra. Some, if not all, of the kidney removal operations were reportedly carried out at New York’s Mount Sinai hospital.

The arrest of the Orthodox rabbis led some to dub the affair “Kosher Nostra.” The rabbis, including two synagogue leaders, are suspected of organizing a money-laundering network that allegedly worked through charities in Deal, Brooklyn and Israel, Ha’aretz reported. The 15 people arrested on money laundering charges were all Orthodox Jews and/or Israelis, including the “kidney trade middleman,” a.k.a. Levi-Yitzhak Rosenbaum. There were so many detainees that a bus was used to transport them. This massive arrest, however, is seen by many as only the tip of the iceberg.

Officials say investigations originally focused on an international Orthodox Jewish network that laundered tens of millions of dollars through charities controlled by rabbis in New Jersey and New York. This money-laundering network is most likely connected to the $50 billion Bernie Madoff scam. Madoff, as I pointed out in my articles about his scam, managed the Sy Syms school of business at the Orthodox Jewish community’s Yeshiva University. Another Sephardic family, the Recanati family, has a great deal of influence in the shipping and selling of crude oil and at the Israel Discount Bank, the corrupt private bank where Sy Syms was a director for many years. Like the 9-11 crime and cover-up, at every key nodal point of this vast criminal financial network — one finds an Orthodox Jew.


Levy Itzhak Rosenbaum used his gun to threaten poor kidney donors who got cold feet. He made more than $150,000 for each kidney he traded.

Sources and Recommended Reading:

Bollyn, Christopher, “The Architecture of Terror: Mapping the Israeli Network Behind 9-11

Bollyn, Christopher, “Ehud Olmert Was in New York on 9-11,” December 2, 2007

Bollyn, Christopher, 9-11: The Israeli Network in Florida,” May 21, 2008

Bollyn, Christopher, “The Italian Gangsters and Their Jewish Bosses,” October 1, 2007

Chavets, Zev, “The Sy Empire,” New York Times Magazine, October 14, 2007

Roffé, Sarina, “Kassin Rabbinic Dynasty” and “Labaton Rabbinic Dynasty

Source: Christopher Bollyn

The Bollyn 9/11 archives are Here.

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JIDF hate group attacks free speech

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The Jewish Internet Defense Force (JIDF) is a non-violent protest group who share concerns about antisemitic online content, as well as content which promotes terrorism on sites including Facebook, YouTube, Wikipedia, Google Earth, Blogger, and other sites and forums throughout the internet. The JIDF believes in direct action both to eradicate the problems we face online and to create the publicity that will cause those with the power (companies like Facebook and Google) to take the needed action themselves.

A jewish group, the JIDF, taking issue with the jewish internet moguls….yeah right.

Facebook – Mark Zuckerberg

Google, youtube, blogger – Sergey BrinLarry Page

Wikipedia – Jimmy Wales

The enemies huh…

Before you slobber all over yourself, the JIDF can help.

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A non-violent protest group…I’ll have to question that. Attacking free speech, creating false history and trolling the internet to censor any criticism of jewish criminals and their allies plus Israeli genocide and war crimes may not be physically violent but it sure as hell is violent against freedom and truth.

“eradicate the problems we face online” means shutting down anyone who would dare to express their first amendment rights.

The JIDF, google, wikipedia, youtube…..

working together to create an antisemitic free internet….. one where the truth has no place.

The Law of Compensation Regarding Conservatives and Zionism.

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A comment from a previous post recommended A World Of Our Own. Here is an interesting essay. Food for thought.

You Bet Your Life

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The tribe has been deceived by one of their own.

Wolf Blitzer reported tonight that the Bernard Madoff scams have put some very rich Jewish investors in a bind. Some had put 100% of their liquid assets with him and now need money to live on.

Let me repeat that. Wealthy just a few days ago. Can’t pay the light bill today?

Sorry but I just had to laugh. Very loud…

The Times reports:
In the wealthy enclaves of Long Island and Palm Beach, people spent years trying to get on to Bernie Madoff’s client list. Some even joined the blue-blooded golf clubs where he was a member – and where he recruited many of his investors – just for the chance of meeting him.

Inside this world of predominately older, less flashy investors, there is not just shock and panic over the huge losses inflicted by Mr Madoff’s colossal swindle. There is a profound sense of betrayal. To many he was not just a philanthropic pillar of the community: many considered him a friend.

In Palm Beach, Florida, many were happy to part with hundreds of thousands of dollars of membership fees each year in the hope of an encounter with Mr Madoff. Roughly a third of the club’s members had invested with him.

One of the most prominent victims of the scheme is Mort Zuckerman, owner of the New York Daily News and US News & World Report, who ran a fund with considerable sums invested. Steven Spielberg, the Hollywood director, has also been affected; his charity, the Wunderkinder Foundation, was a client.

The membership of the Palm Beach Country Club is, like Mr Madoff, actively involved in charitable concerns. Philanthropic interest is a requisite to join the club, which was established in the 1950s by Jews excluded from Anglo-Saxon clubs. Mr Madoff ran the Madoff Family Foundation, which donated money to numerous Jewish charities. Jewish schools and charities have been particularly badly hit. One is the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, founded by the Holocaust survivor. Yeshiva University, in New York, where Mr Madoff served on the board, also had investments with him. Some charities have already had to close down.

The shock and distress throughout Palm Beach was widespread and profound yesterday. Dozens of investors, and entire families, face ruin.

What has the world come to when a Jew can’t trust a Jew with his money?

It’s what the majority of us have had to deal with for a long time.

The backlash is coming.

You Bet Your Life

Hebrewnomics — Helping To Expose The Jewish Exploiters

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SO IT TURNS OUT THAT ONE OF THE LARGEST PONZI SCHEMES IN HISTORY was run by the Jew Bernard L. Madoff. Who knows how many billions were transferred out of the country to Israel, Switzerland, or some Caribbean island before this wicked scheme came crashing down. At least we can take solace in the fact that many of his Jewish family members, friends, and coworkers will be well cared for during his stay in prison: “Madoff said he had about $200 million to $300 million left and planned to distribute money to select employees, family and friends before surrendering to authorities in about a week, the government said.” Quite hilariously, Madoff was a major benefactor and supporter of the Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University (he was the treasurer of the board of directors there…what chutzpah The Chosen have!), though his name was promptly removed from their website once the scandal broke; however, it’s still viewable in the cached versions of some webpages or by highlighting the blank spot where his name once was.

This is in no way surprising: Jews are disproportionately white-collar criminals and have comprised the highly exploitative hypercapitalist class in every single country they have ever settled in (there used to be a whole lot of Jewish blue-collar criminals too…maybe there still are?). They move fluidly between the role of predator, parasite, or scavenger depending on their overall situation in the host country. At any given time the individual Jew or groups of Jews in a society are playing one or more of these different roles, but there is always an elite core of ultra-plutocratic Jews who manage to claw, cheat, steal, deceive, and/or kill their way to the top of the economic food chain at which point they commence to vampirically bleed the country dry of as much money as they can and begin to hoard it for themselves and the Jewish community.

Many of these plutocratic Jews do indeed give much money to charities, but the vast majority of these charities ‘just happen to be’ Jewish charities which support Jewish enrichment activities even though Jews are already one of the wealthiest and most successful ethnic groups in the world (i.e., they hardly need any charity). In addition to these organizations related exclusively to Jewish education, Jewish business endeavors, Jewish health issues, Israel/Zionism, etc., a whole lot of wealthy Jews also send many billions per year to support legions of highly unproductive Talmud scholars and other Yeshiva bochers (all of these schools are registered as tax-free nonprofits, of course) which serves to sharpen the collective Jewish mind at the expense of non-Jewish money; the most learned and intelligent scholars also tend to have the most children in these communities, which eugenically enriches the overall Jewish gene pool with very intelligent (but so often devious) DNA. Along with the billions given to them by their wealthy co-ethnics, these Talmudic parasites also manage to collect lots of government welfare because they often officially fall below the poverty line due to their very large families and lack of employment (because of their extreme non-assimilation within the wider society). To make matters worse, a lot of money is laundered by these Talmudists for the very wealthy secular Jews and they cooperatively deal in various black-markets: illegal tax-evading diamonds (along with precious metals), expensive jewelry, drugs, rare art works, valuable archaeological artifacts, and other high-priced but easily hidden and transported goods are constantly traded hands under the table amongst these people as they seek to avoid government tax collectors (many of who are actually, SURPRISE!, Jewish).

Unfortunately, a fairly large amount of these Talmudists eventually leave the ghettoized Yeshivas (or their kids do) for the secular world (recent examples include Chertoff, Mukasey, Shalom Weiss, etc etc.) and commence to use their sharply analytical, highly suspicious, hyperintense, and greedy-scheming-materialistic minds to figure out even more ways to economically rip-off non-Jews and/or worm their way in to high-paying and influential positions in the arenas of business, the media, and government with the help of their ethnic networks — thus these Yeshivas often account to nothing more than breeding grounds (remember, they are largely funded by the money of ripped-off Gentiles) for generation after generation of hucksters, swindlers, con-artists, schemers, fraudsters, and criminals of all stripes…in short, new generations of corrupt bankers, lying lawyers, unjust journalists, Occidental-hating professors, dishonest politicians, and so on. This allows them to further cement and centralize their control over an already prostrate society.

Here’s another article: read it but do not weep — instead, read that article (noting all of the Jews found therein) and get very angry over the greed and hubris of the most materialistic, scheming, and avaricious group of human beings to ever walk planet Earth. Next, take a few minutes and learn how various peoples and nations in the past rewarded them for their economic terrorism.

Source: http://zsidozas.wordpress.com/2008/12/12/hebrewnomics-helping-to-expose-the-jewish-exploiters/

Your Shylock Eyes Will Tell On You

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The walkway to your starlit dreams.
You’ll curse the One who laughs and watches
The blotches of your bitter scene.
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John Huston playing the character of Jon Davies in costume as Shylock (2000)

By Patrick Grimm

Every single time you turn on the television and watch the spectacle of President Bush flanked by his Jewish financial handlers, you can see these powerbrokers attempting to look serious and sober-minded, but they just can’t keep the smirk out of their eyes. They are glowing with pride and an insouciant mischievousness that can’t be disguised. It’s a game to them, a game they’ve been playing and winning for probably 4,000 years of human history. The Tribe, these desert nomads who slithered their way into Egypt and plundered its treasures and made one last steal when they escaped with the gold and silver, are good at theft. This time, however, it’s not quite as flagrant. They aren’t spilling blood, poisoning the water and cattle and smiting your first-born, yet. Unless of course you count Iraq.

It’s all about usury. It’s as simple as that. Jewish power and Zion’s configuration of control are only propagated by usury and loan-sharking. Sometimes we make the Jewish Problem much more difficult and convoluted than it needs to be. We have complicated something that is childishly simple. If you are utterly broke and I loan you a sizeable chunk of change all while charging you an obscene rate of interest, then you become my slave. In fact, you become more broke, more in debt, and you are bound to me because of the debt you owe. If I am an unforgiving man, I will take everything you own.

Somewhere thousands of years ago, buried within the mysterious and hoary annals of history, a Jew came upon a system of enslavement, a system whereby he might increase his wealth without soiling his Self-Chosen hands. We can’t say exactly who this Jew might have been, but he was clever. He probably loaned out whatever was used for currency at that time to a poor non-Jewish peasant. He made this peasant promise to pay him back at an exorbitant rate of interest. This Jew soon found that his usury yielded him quite a profit, certainly more profit than he could gain from tilling the soil and he cared little that the non-Jewish peasant was left destitute and probably perished as a result of his poverty. After all, there wasn’t a generous welfare state to keep this poor soul from starvation.

And so the scheme gathered steam and another thousand years later, Jews were storing gold for the hapless Goyim and then issuing them paper for their market transactions. Of course, as it is contemporaneously, there was more paper than there was gold to back it up. But the Goy, an economic neophyte, didn’t understand this and frankly, he probably didn’t care. He was ignorant, fat and happy with the arrangement, all while the Jew made a killing from the interest on the gold, gold that he readily used to compound his own profits.

As someone more economically savvy that I explained so well, today we are enslaved by a Jewish-run system and are being bankrupted all for the price of some ink, paper and a few bookkeepers. This is the travesty of our central banking counterfeit scheme, brought to us by the same folks who have given us so many other little societal treasures.

White people, those of European heritage had their chance to make it to the farthest star, as David Duke is often fond of writing. Sadly, our wings were clipped a long time ago. The path upward has now become a slippery slope leading to wreck and to ruin. Our Icarus barely made it into the air, but it wasn’t the sun that brought him down.

The power that has stymied and stifled us is fueled by nothing more complicated than usury, by loan-sharking, by greed and bribery and the control that only money can buy. Every mode of communication, every newspaper, every publishing company, every government official and politician, every TV network, every phony conservative talk show host, every journal, magazine and periodical, every movie on the Silver Screen, every televangelist, every university, every major nation and every word that is allowed to be consumed by the public has been bought and paid for by the highest bidder and the highest bidder is always the Jew. He owned the means of transaction right from the get-go. Who can compete with that? No one.

This moneyed elite have brought kings, emperors and dictators to their knees. They held the Romans hostage and made a George Bush-like stooge out of Julius Caesar. Is it any wonder that Brutus and Cassius did what they had to do? And yet we think that simply creating a white media is the answer to our problems. Nonsense. We are up against a Jewish fortress of Mammon so all-encompassing as to make the most powerful men on earth tremble at its might. Only the bravest or most foolish souls dare to mention this looting leviathan that is robbing us blind. There is not a whisper of it in the public square.

Yet even the Jewish tribalists themselves know that this avaricious feeding frenzy cannot go on forever. The structure is collapsing. The axe is being taken to the root of the tree. And yes, a few of the Goyim are awakening, broke, hung-over and looking for someone to blame. Let us hope that they don’t place the blame upon the Illuminati, the Trilateralists, the Freemasons or God forbid, the Vatican. Yet these are the false paths that many of our people are being led down by the gatekeepers who have weaseled their way into the information stream.

No, we must point our fingers at the real culprits, to the Jewish Mammon empire that is enslaving us with debt, with inflation and with the theft of our wealth and our property. Eminent essayist John Kaminski declares that “Your God is in your wallet” and “Your money is your life.” These are sad truisms, but they are only true because of the centralized, Judaized system that has stacked the odds against us right from the beginning. The game is rigged, the cards are marked and the Jewish economic elite are glowing with insouciant mischief. Can’t you see the smirks emanating from their Shylock eyes?

Source: http://zionistwatch.wordpress.com/2008/10/16/your-shylock-eyes-will-tell-on-you/

The myth of the ‘Jewish people’

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Jonathan Cook describes (or here) the Israeli best seller When and How Was the Jewish People Invented? There does not appear to have been any serious attempt to refute the main points made by its author, Shlomo Sand (who waited until he was a professor to publish the book, as “There is a price to be paid in Israeli academia for expressing views of this sort.”):

  1. the idea that Jews existed as a people separate from their religion is completely new, with no basis in Jewish thought, and was created by Zionist ideologues in the nineteenth century (presumably inspired by the popularity of various ethnic nationalisms in vogue at the time, concepts which caused great tragedy in the following century);
  2. the kingdoms of David and Solomon are legends;
  3. there never was an exile as the Romans did not exile people and all evidence shows that the Jews stayed on their lands (other have pointed out that there never was an expulsion from Egypt as no contemporary Egyptian records make mention of it, and the whole concept of exodus is fishy as the area where Moses supposedly headed, Palestine, was also under Egyptian control at the time);
  4. the idea of exile may have come from early Christians, who used it as a conversion tool in explaining that the exile was punishment from God;
  5. the modern Zionist idea of Jews being obligated to return from exile to the Promised Land was entirely alien to Judaism, and is in fact senseless as there was no exile to return from (the history of Jews spreading around the world comes from the religious necessity of the time of proselytizing);
  6. most of today’s Jews have no historical connection to Israel;
  7. It is not taught in Israeli schools but most of the early Zionist leaders, including David Ben Gurion [Israel’s first prime minister], believed that the Palestinians were the descendants of the area’s original Jews. They believed the Jews had later converted to Islam.

Here is more Cook, this time on the misuse of Biblical archaeology in the ‘City of David’.

Source: http://xymphora.blogspot.com/2008/10/myth-of-jewish-people.html