to the Department of Defense, only 4000 Jews serve in the American
military.  Over 200,000 American Jews have been trained at US expense
by the IDF in Israel but only a handful defend Israel in the current
wars in the military of the country of their birth, the United States
of America.  40% of the world’s Jews live in Israel.  40% of the
world’s Jews live in the United States with 2.2 million residing in New
York City alone.   If any nation has been the homeland of the Jews, it
has been the United States.

It is a prerequisite for public
service in the United States or command rank in our military to accept
protection of Israel as equal to protection of the United States.  This
is as close to a loyalty oath as the United States has.  American
soldiers who swear “to protect and defend the Constitution of the
United States” also know they are saying “and the State of Israel”
without a doubt.  Why then, with American in a decade of wars clearly
fought to defend Israeli interests if not their security, are American
Jews so disinclined toward service to America?

The last war Jews participated in,
as American soldiers in any real numbers, was Vietnam.  269 Jews died
in Vietnam.  Though this was less than one forth of other religious or
ethnic groups, statistically, it is endlessly higher than today’s
figures, bordering on “nil.”  20% of American troops, by Defense
Department figures, are Hispanic, with the majority serving in combat
related specialties.  There are no “Hispanic related” or “Mexican
security” issues in the current Middle East conflicts.   What does this
tell us?

Phil Shulman of the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles wrote, in 2003,

“Only some 3,000 out
of 1.4 million active duty servicemen and women are Jewish, about
two-tenths of one percent. When it comes to Marines, the numbers are
even more startling. It’s one out of 1,000. One-tenth of one percent.”

Reasons can be many, as American
Jews may be unlikely to accept stories of the 9/11 attack or war on
terror as plausible.  Still more Jews have complained about the
military itself, saying it openly discriminates against Jews.  Debra
Nussbaum Cohen in The Jewish Daily writes:

Admiral Harold
Robinson, a Reform rabbi and director of the Jewish Welfare Board’s
Jewish Chaplains Council, “The military is like high school on
steroids.  Being Jewish doesn’t help you fit in…. Some kid from Alabama
says, ‘Jesus loves you; you ought to come to chapel services with
us.’   You’re living with 120 other people who know everything about
you.  Being Jewish can be one more source of pressure or conflict. 
It’s much better than it was 30 or 40 years ago, but we still have all
kinds of incidents where young people act out.”

At the Air Force Academy in
2005, Jewish and Christian students said that evangelical Christian
officers were aggressively proselytizing them. An academy graduate
filed suit against the Air Force, but the suit was dismissed in 2007.

Rabbi Irving Elson, a Navy
captain and chaplain, “Jews in the military are underserved, have
largely been ignored by the American Jewish community, and these
amazing young men and women need rabbis…of over 900 Navy chaplains,
only 8 are Jewish.”

Thus, we are confronted with a
conundrum.  85% of the members of congress have signed documents, not
only openly supporting Israel, but the majority support an immediate
attack on Iran including the use of nuclear weapons on populated areas
based on intelligence information from Israel that has proven to be,
not only inaccurate but totally falsified.  A study of America’s
“liberal press” shows, without question, control by the Israel lobby
with majority direct ownership of all media holdings in the US in the
hands of Israeli citizens or American Jews actively involved with
pro-Israel organizations.  It must be recognized, however, that a
significant number of American Jews, none employed any longer by major
media outlets, hold positions counter to those of FOX, CNN, WSJ,
Washington Post, ABC, NBC and the dozens of other highly biased

With American Jews “less than
patriotic” and Israel, spoken of as an American ally, technically a
misnomer as there are no written agreements with Israel, has the
“special relationship” with Israel always been for public consumption
only, propaganda, manipulated press, pop culture mythology, all
covering “business as usual?”


A possible solution for the obvious
inequities in Jewish participation as patriotic Americans would be
compulsory service for all IDF trained men and women holding American
passports or resident in the United States.  The assumption could be
made that, as the United States funded their military training, they
are the defacto equivalent of National Guard and reserve
troops and should be subject to call up.  You can’t turn on a TV in
America without seeing Jews prominently featured as American soldiers,
something statistically inaccurate, in fact, simply propagandization. 
An accurate depiction of a typical battalion would include one Jew and
200 or more Hispanics.  Admittedly, the chances of the Jew being a
“stand up comedian” are better than average but the obvious
misrepresentations made by the media are pure race prejudice.  TV
already has every police department in the country run by an African
American female.


Jews used to make up 3% of America’s
population.  They are now only 1.4% but control well over 40% of
America’s wealth.  It doesn’t take a genius or a “Smedley Butler” fan
to figure out that the root cause of all war is economic gain and that
American Jews have gained the most by America’s wars.  With
our ”volunteer army” increasingly becoming less “volunteer” and more
“feudal” in nature with Americas burgeoning population of poor and
unemployed, many of them from non-Jewish ethnic minorities becoming
“over-represented” among those in combat, those who have benefited most
from the American dream, America’s Jewish population, our wealthiest
and most powerful sector, also have the most to be thankful for.

American Jews are also the only
group with military training, claimed to be the highest quality in the
world, who are opting not to serve America during wartime while family
after family of poor Americans are being destroyed by endless combat
deployments to keep Israeli interests secure.


America’s military claims to be
“conservative” politically, especially the officer corps.  I would go
further and state that the officer corps of the American military is
clearly right wing extremist.  Though political conservatives outside
the military are powerful advocates of Zionism and defenders of Israel,
there is a nasty duplicity afoot.  These same groups that, when they
are looking for support from the Jewish controlled press, talk about
their loyalty to Israel or their tolerance of Jews, in fact these same
groups have been anti-Semites for decades.  Anti-Semitism has always
been at the root of the Republican party, the same party that, this
week, offered a resolution in the House of Representatives, advocating
an immediate invasion of Iran.

The officer corps in the American
military, how do we describe them in the “post Rumsfeld/Cheney era? 
What would Admiral Hyman Rickover, father of the nuclear navy, say of
them?  I shudder to think.

This is insane.

We have two issues here.  One
obvious one, American Jews care less and less about the United States
as time goes on and as Israel has become a safe haven, subject to no
real threat from the Arab world.  American Jews all know that the
continual whining about the safety of Israel is to dupe Americans out
of billions in aid, furnishing a socialist welfare state at American
taxpayer expense for Jews in Israel.  Each year, the Pentagon “stores”
billions worth of advanced weapons in Israel, weapons Israel is allowed
to sell.  We unload them and they load them back up.

The ships seem to have no trouble finding their way to North Korea.

But there is a dark side, despite
all the rhetoric about being pro-Israel, real anti-Semites are at the
root of America’s right.  The Tea Party, secretly financed under the
guise of thinly veiled prejudice against African Americans and
Hispanics, financed, publicized and guided by “game theory” political
experts in the Israel lobby, is at the heart of America’s
anti-Semitism.  No Israeli is so stupid as to believe that an American
“Christian Zionist” who supports Israel because of imagined biblical
prophesy actually would live next door to a Jew.

The American military does have a
strong representation of “Tea Party” patriots.  Nobody can claim they
don’t join or that they don’t fight.  What they can’t claim is that
they love Jews, not by a long shot.


In 2007, Jason Leopoldin
broke the story of a 35 year old Rabbi, Canadian born, who “deserted”
the US Army after being subjected to bizarre and almost ritualistic
anti-Semitism at Fort Stewart, Georgia.  Rabbi Goldman claims the army
listed him as a deserter in retaliation for demanding prosecution of
three Christian Evangelist Chaplains.

According to
documents obtained by Truthout, an investigation by the Army Inspector
General into Goldman’s claims of anti-Semitism shows that in May 2001,
Captain Robert Nay, a Christian chaplain at the Fort Stewart Army base,
hung Nazi uniforms and swastikas on the wall of the officers’ club at
Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia, during a May 23, 2001
interfaith prayer breakfast Goldman was ordered to attend.
an interview, Goldman said seeing the Nazi uniforms did not entirely
surprise him. A month earlier, Nay had informed Goldman that he thought
it would be “funny” if he dressed up soldiers in the Nazi uniforms on
Holocaust Memorial Day, a time when the world memorializes the six
million Jews who were slaughtered by the Nazis during World War II.

When contacted for comment, Nay
hung up the telephone. A public affairs official at Fort Stewart would
not comment for this story, nor would he disclose his name.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, headed by Mickey Weinstein, said this of the Goldman case:

Rabbi Goldman’s
civil rights were perniciously raped in a literally mind-boggling,
intentional manner.  The Army retaliated against him for speaking out. 
The army refused to lift a finger to address Rabbi Goldman’s
complaints despite documentary evidence that supports his claims.  And
now the Army is going to find itself in a lawsuit our organization will
file on behalf of Rabbi Goldman for grossly violating his civil

In fact, rather than being an
isolated incident, incidents like these are typical with chaplains at
major military bases such as Fort Levenworth, Kansas, openly teaching
anti-Semitic religious doctrine.  Rabbi Goldstein was asked to submit
to a polygraph examination.  The results showed the Rabbi to be totally
truthful yet the three “Evangelist” anti-Semites and hundreds more
like them are still in control of the Chaplain Corps that ruled
military life during the Bush administration.


During the 1980s, at American
military facilities such as Offutt Air Force Base, near Omaha,
Nebraska, The Presidio (now closed) near San Francisco, Ft. Bragg, home
of the JFK Special Warfare Center, North Carolina and Bolling Air
Force Base, home of the Defense Intelligence College, near Washington
DC, groups with ties to Satanism (Temple of Set), Evangelical
Christianity and Nazi occult practices, groups also tied r schools of
advanced psychological warfare and special operations were accused of
child molestation, kidnapping and a bizarre pattern of  ritual abuses.

During the February 5
hearing, Noreen Gosch stunned the court with sworn testimony linking
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Michael Aquino (ret., Military Intelligence, U.S.
Army, Special orces, Civil Affairs, and Defense Attaché, graduate of
the Command and General Staff College, the National Defense
University,the Defense Intelligence College, and the State Departments’
Foreign Service Institute)to the nationwide pedophile ring. Her son,
Johnny, then 12 years old, was kidnapped off the streets of West Des
Moines, Iowa on September 5, 1982, while he was doing his early-morning
newspaper deliveries. “We have investigated, we have talked to so far
35 victims of this said organization that took my son and is
responsible for what happened to Paul, and they can verify everything
that has happened,” she told the court.

Then, the Aquino
bombshell: “Well, then there was a man by the name of Michael Aquino.
He was in the military. He had top Pentagon clearances. He was a
pedophile. He was a Satanist… continued: “They used these kids to
sexually compromise politicians or anyone else they wish to have
control of.


There is no question that Jews are
choosing not to serve to protect the United States.  There is also a
serious question about the political alliance between Israel and the
conservative movement in America responsible for anti-Semitism in the
military.  How do the people of Israel reconcile that their closest
allies are also those who also admire Adolf Hitler and his teachings?

Could Israel be an entire nation
suffering from “Stockhold syndrome,” a nation that has come to admire
the policies and practices of those who were responsible for the

As for American Jews and military
service, it is difficult to reconcile sending America’s poor to fight
wars in the Middle East when IDF trained Americans shirk military duty
en masse.  The only answer would be to require service, making IDF
membership and US Army reserve membership one in the same.  It is also
clear that the US Army must deal with its failures to address the needs
of Jewish soldiers, when and if this policy can be enacted.

Gordon Duff is
a Marine Vietnam veteran.  A 100% disabled vet.  He has
been a featured commentator on TV and radio including Al Jazeera
and his articles have been carried by news services around
the world. He has been a UN Diplomat, defense contractor and
is a widely published expert on military and defense
issues.  This article first appeared in Veterans and Foreign
Affairs Journal.

Senior Editor: Veterans Today

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