An American journalist and media correspondent who has just returned from an international conference in Iran says that Israel directly benefits from the radical, perilous actions of the terrorist group ISIL.
Caleb Maupin believes that the United States and Israel share a common interest in seeking instability and chaos in the Middle East, and they can realize this ambition by supporting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
According to Maupin, Zionism is a racist ideology “that has been fostered by the US and British imperialists” and Zionists are not concerned that they are killing innocent people, or offending the world by doing so.
In response to the allegations by the Israeli politicians that the critics of Tel Aviv are anti-Semites, Maupin says, “the burning hatred that peoples in the Middle East and the world have for Israel and Zionism have nothing to do with anti-Semitism. They are a reaction to Israel and its crimes.”
“Israel’s merciless slaughter of Palestinians, and its blatant belief that Jews are a superior race, is something that nearly all human beings are repulsed by and driven to oppose,” said Caleb Maupin in an interview with Fars News Agency.
Caleb Maupin was in Iran last month to attend the international New Horizon conference of independent thinkers and filmmakers. Maupin was born in Ohio, and studied political science at Baldwin-Wallace College. He is a youth organizer for the International Action Center and was involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement since its beginning in early August, 2011. He is a member of Workers World Party and Fight Imperialism – Stand Together (FIST). His articles and commentaries have appeared on Russia Today, New Eastern Outlook, Press TV and other publications.
FNA did an interview with Mr. Maupin about the politics of Zionism, the US government’s supports for Israel and the connections between Israel and the terrorist group ISIL.
Q: You recently traveled to Iran to attend the New Horizon conference of independent thinkers and filmmakers. The influential Jews and the Israeli lobby in the United States and some European countries were extremely infuriated and published several declarations and protest letters against it, because they claimed the conference was attended by a number of “notorious anti-Semites.” What do you think about the anti-Semitism claim and the fact that the pro-Israeli media strived diligently to vilify the participants of the New Horizon conference?
A: The charge of anti-Semitism is always thrown at anyone who dares to criticize Israel and its crimes. In the age of Israel and the strength of Zionism, the very definition of “anti-Semitism” has been re-defined. Anti-Semitism, historically, does not refer simply to hatred of Jews. Anti-Semitism was an ideological current in Europe during the 1800s, that maintained imperialism, colonialism, and capitalism were not immoral. It blamed the woes of the period, such as poverty, war, etc. on a “Jewish conspiracy.” Anti-Semitism was promoted by the British empire, the German imperialists, and others, as a way to conceal their crimes.
The same forces that promoted anti-Semitism during that period also promoted Zionism. During the 1930s, the man who wore the British crown was forced to step down because he was so well known to be a Nazi sympathizer. British banking institutions, including the House of Rothschild, loaned money to Hitler and promoted fascism and anti-Semitism.
Yet, these same forces also promoted Zionism. The British government and monarchy, while promoting anti-Semitism as an ideology, also passed the Balfour Declaration and also supported the creation of Jewish settlements in Palestine.
Henry Ford, the automobile manufacturer in the United States was [a] big promoter of anti-Semitism. Today, the Ford Foundation, which is run by his estate, is one of the primary Zionist foundations that promotes pro-Israeli NGOs and does its best to keep “social justice” oriented forces from oppose Israel.
The anti-Semitism of Europe, and Zionism, have the same source. They are both rooted in maintaining the global order of imperialism. Imperialism means the rule of the world by a small clique of bankers and monopolists, and poverty and suffering for the rest of the world.
The burning hatred that peoples in the Middle East and the world have for Israel and Zionism have nothing to do with anti-Semitism. They are a reaction to Israel and its crimes. Israel’s merciless slaughter of Palestinians, and its blatant belief that Jews are a superior race, is something that nearly all human beings are repulsed by and driven to oppose.
Attending a conference of people around the world who oppose Zionism does not make me anti-Semitic. It makes me pro-humanity and anti-oppression.
I did not agree with everything that was said at the conference. No two guests had the same views. We all had a unique interoperation of world events and politics. Some people I agreed with more. Some I strongly disagreed with.
I’m proud to have attended the conference, and explored the questions that are forbidden in the West. I hope the conference can help strengthen the global struggle against Zionism and Imperialism.
Q: The United Nations has appointed a five-member panel for the investigation of Israel’s crimes during the 51-day offensive in the Gaza Strip early in August, including the repeated assaults on the UN facilities and schools. The UK-based Amnesty International has also called Israel’s actions during the Operation Protective Edge “war crimes” and deliberate targeting of the civilians. Does the investigation sound like a serious and worthwhile effort?
A: The effort is worthwhile and important in the fact that it creates a record of Israel’s actions. It was important in that it provides documentation.
Unfortunately, I doubt the investigation will halt Israel’s actions. Zionists are racist to their core. They are not concerned about how many innocent civilians they kill. Palestinians, Arabs and others are not human according to their beliefs, and they see themselves as superior.
Zionism, a racist ideology that has been fostered by the US and British imperialists, is primitive in viewpoints. It looks at world events in tribal terms of “us against everyone else.” Zionists are not concerned that they are killing innocent people, or offending the world by doing so.
Zionism would be weak and irrelevant if it were not for the support coming from the US. We need to find a way to convince the world people that opposing Israel, not supporting, is in their interest.
People in the US need to be aware how they are being robbed. Their schools are closing, hospitals are closing, all kinds of infrastructure is falling apart, yet every single day we give $18 million to fund Israeli crimes.
Q: Kristyan Benedict, an Amnesty International official, has likened the mass killings and atrocities of Israelis to those committed by the ISIL terrorist group in Iraq and Syria. He was fiercely attacked by the Israeli MPs and powerful Jewish advocacy organizations in the United States and Britain. Do you personally see any connection or link between Israel and ISIL or at least in their policies and practices?
A: Israel directly benefits from ISIL’s activities. The Syrian Arab Republic was a strong supporter of the Palestinian people. ISIL was a faction among the terrorists funded by the West and its allies to tear Syria apart.
Zionist NGOs promoted the “Syrian Revolution” non-stop in the United States and the media. In Iraq, more instability and fighting is also in their interest.
Just as the chaos and fighting involving ISIS was beginning in Iraq, the oil exports were at record levels, the highest since the US invasion. The last thing Israel and the US want is stability and independent economic development in the region. They want chaos and death, so they can keep their power intact with no rivals.
Q: The US government strongly continues to support Israel, and the White House officials refrain from criticizing Israel when it kills the civilians, expands the illegal settlements and puts the laws of racial segregation in place. Can you think of any way to prevent Israel from doing what it constantly practices in the Occupied Territories, Gaza Strip and West Bank, and compel the United States to take action and at least raise its voice in protest against the law-breakings of Israel?
A: We need a mass uprising from below. The people of the West must link their struggles against economic cutbacks and privatizations, and the destruction of their living standards, with the struggle against Israel.
People in the US need to realize how they are being robbed. Israel is a criminal regime, and it does not benefit them. The corporations that are destroying the United States are all closely tied with Israel.
Q: Do you agree with the apartheid analogy drawn between Israel and the former South African regime led by white supremacists? Which of the Israeli regime’s policies and practices resemble those exercised by the South African government during the period between 1948 and 1994? Apartheid is considered a crime by the United Nations and subject to severe criminal penalties. Should Israel be punished for perpetrating the crime of apartheid?
A: The US was once a big supporter of apartheid in South Africa. Nelson Mandela was considered a terrorist, and US embraced the apartheid regime.
However, a mass explosion of protest and resistance took place. On college campuses students occupied their dorms. Protests in support of the African National Congress took place. The ANC fought with arms and other tactics, and had the support of a global mass movement. The US was eventually forced to back down and begin to condemn South Africa.
When Nelson Mandela died, Obama even attended his funeral. The US is now pretending that it had always supported him. It was the Soviet Union, China, Cuba, and other countries which were enemies of the US that supported the fight against apartheid.
Israel is guilty of the same crimes that the South African apartheid state committed, and it should be punished. In a just world, the Israeli leaders would all be forced to stand trial and severely punished for what they have done. The world media, which conceals their crimes, would also face harsh punishment.
Q: In a March 2013 interview with Press TV, you said that the assassination drone program of the US government, which was expanded and intensified under President Obama, benefits Israel, Wall Street and military corporations. In what ways does the US drone program help Israel? Why are some research and academic institutions in the United States cooperating with the Israeli regime to provide it with UAVs, the use of which, according to the United Nations, violates the international law?
A: In Pakistan, the drone strikes have completely devastated the society. They have forced the people to live in terror and fear. Similar things have happened in Yemen and elsewhere.
The drone strikes and other operations of the US military are not creating peace and stability, but chaos, fear, and instability. This benefits Israel, allowing it to remain strong, with those who would oppose being weakened.
The last thing the Israelis want is the peoples of the Middle East to join together, arm in arm. The unity of the peoples of the Middle East, with a stable independent economic foundation would spell the destruction of Israel. It would create a force that would be unstoppable.
Q: One of the most pressing security concerns of the Middle East in the recent years has been Israel’s atomic arsenal. It’s reported that Israel possesses up to 200 nuclear warheads, in violation of the UN Security Council resolution 487 which called upon Israel urgently “to place its nuclear facilities under IAEA safeguards”. Do you think there’s a binding mechanism to force Israel into joining the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, dismantle its dangerous nuclear arsenal and refrain from making nuclear threats against other nations?
A: Even if Israel were to sign the Nuclear Non-proliferation treaty, I doubt it would abide by it. Israel violates international law without even a second thought.
People in the United States have been told that they should be terrified of a “Nuclear Armed Iran.” In reality, Iran’s peaceful nuclear energy program is not a threat to anyone. What is indeed a threat, is that hateful, Israeli Zionists are armed with an arsenal of nuclear weapons.
The drive to disarm Israel should be a global effort. The crazed, Zionist extremists, with nuclear weapons in their hands, is something that is very scary. The US has not just tolerated, but in a way promoted Israel’s nuclear program. It has not condemned it or opposed it.
This task falls on the morally concerned forces of the world. Only we, who care for humanity and morality, not just profit, will work to stop Israel and its crimes. It is our obligation.