Quotes on Jewish Power
Finance and economics:
"[Jewish billionaire George Soros] is often accused of masterminding some world conspiracy ... if the [economic] global crisis keeps spreading -- as most experts expect -- you won't hear much more talk about blaming Soros and his Jewish cronies. Anger will probably focus increasingly on the leaders of the [International Monetary Fund] and the Washington policy makers who stand behind it. The bad news is that most of them are Jewish too. Israel's daily Yediot Achronot recently published an unintentionally chilling list of senior economic policymakers known to be attending Kol Nidre services in Washington on the eve of the IMF summit. Among them: Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and his top deputy Lawrence Summers [who later succeeded Rubin as Treasury Secretary], World Bank Chairman James Wolfenson and his top deputy, Josef Stieglitz; Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, and IMF Director Stanley Fischer. That's scary. And it's only a partial list."
J.J. Goldberg, Market Meltdown. As the World Economic Crisis Turns Scary, Scapegoating Looms. Watch Your Back. Jewish Week, October 16, 1998, p. 12
"When [Israeli public opinion survey company] Hanoch Smith asked his Israeli respondents whether the Jews of America have control of important branches of the American economy, 73 per cent replied in the affirmative ... In a non-Jewish society, this would have aroused suspicion of anti-Semitism, but emanating from a Jewish society, it seemed both a matter of pride and bewilderment."
Colin Shindler, Ploughshares into Swords. Israelis and Jews in the Shadow of the Intifada, I. B. Tauris, London, 1991, p. 94-95
"A survey identifying Britain's wealthiest family names by their postcard areas has produced a fascinating insight into the national makeup of the 50 surnames most common among the movers and shakers ... More than 20 are from Jewish families [although Jews make up only 1% of the British population] ... There are more Cohens in the top group than any other family name ... Just behind are Levy, Bloom and Wolf ... This [trend] is confirmed by other surveys."
The Daily Mail, [London], July 17, 1999, p. 19
"Every year they are out there for all to see. There it is, in full salacious detail: the BRW Rich List, that quintessence of pennies envy, the vehicle of voyeurism that sums up the worst and most popular features of modern journalism. Each year, it parades the names of Australia's wealthiest, and the Jewish ones are always prominent. In fact, this year, their collective wealth totaled more than $23 billion, close to 40 percent of New Zealand's GDP. The names themselves are all too familiar. There's shopping centre king and former delivery truck driver Frank Lowy ($2.6 billion) and the cardboard magnate Richard Pratt. They are the second and third richest men in Australia." [Others noted include the Smorgon family, Scheinberg family, Harry Triguboff, Boris Lieberman, John Gandel, Solly Lew, Marc Besen, Nathan Werdiger, Joseph Gutnick, Ted Lustig, Max Moar, Eddie Kornhauser, Isador Magid, Barry and Norman Bloom, Chaim Liberman, Morry Fraid, Ruben Fried, Nathan Baron, Henry Krongold, Isi Liebler, Ervin Graf, Peter Joss, Henry Roth, Philip Wolanski, Rodney Adler (and sisters Kathy and Roxanne), Ruth Simon and David Herrman] ... "The Jews on the BRW list represent a group that accounts for a ridiculously small proportion of the general population -- only 0.4 percent in fact, according to the 1996 Census. So why the prominence?"
Leon Gettler, Dollars and Sense, Generation. Jewish Life [Australia], May 2000, p. 23
"It is disingenuous to pretend that since the end of the war there has not been a fundamental change in the status of Western Jewry ... Understandable reluctance to discuss Jewish socio-economic advantage in an explicit fasion has led to the neglect of an important trend -- the steady rise of Western Jewry into the upper-middle class, together with the broadening of Jewish membership in the institutional elites of most Western countries.The rise of Western Jewry to unparalleled affluence and high status has led to the near-disappearance of a Jewish proletariat of any size: indeed, the Jews may become the first ethnic group in history without a working working class of any size."
W. D. Rubenstein, The Left, the Right, and the Jews, 1982, p. 51
"When I read through the Newsweek story of the 'Overclass 100,' I began counting the Jews, something I've done since childhood, but soon gave up, overwhelmed by my tribe's prevalence among the powerful, troubled by what this means in the new American class paradigm of haves and have-nots."
Philip Weiss, New York magazine, 1-29-96, p. 27
"[Bessarbian Jewish immigrant Sam] Zemurray had shaped United Fruit [known as 'The Octopus'] in the twenty years after his dramatic takeover and, further, ... his 'style' in establishing his own company earlier in the century involved bribery and the subsidizing of revolution to overthrow a legitimate government [in Honduras] in order to place someone more favorable to his interests in the executive office. Unarguably, he stands guilty of this charge -- as does the U.S. government in its dealings with the isthmian governments in this century."
Langley/Schoonover. The Banana Men. American Mercenaries and Entrepreneurs in Central America, 1880-1930, University of Kentucky Press, 1995
"Jews have situated themselves in the upper ranks of society in terms of income per capita, educational achievement, lifestyle, and political identification ... [RATTNER, p. 187] ... Based upon available data, we may conclude that about two-thirds of the Jewish community of Brazil belong (in terms of income, occupation, educational level, and consumptive patterns) to the upper strata of Brazil's stratification system. Studies of income distribution in Brazil show a clear trend toward the concentration of income in the hands of the upper 5% of the population [RATTNER, p. 193] ... It can be assumed that two-thirds of Brazilian Jews belong to the elite who control nearly half of the total personal income and of the country's wealth where nearly half of the population at-large live at a subsistence level."
Henrique Rattner, Economic and Social Mobility of Jewish Brazil, in Elkin/Merkx, The Jewish Presence in Latin America, Allen & Unwine, 1987
"In a 1994 study of the Jewish community of Mexico, 52.6 percent of employed Jews identified themselves as 'directors, managers, or administrators,' while another 26.7 percent identified themselves as 'professionals.' The rate of upward social mobility was astonishing, considering that the community was barely 70 years old ... Professionalization demarcates the occupational pattern of male and female Jewish workers from that of the majority population."
Judith Elkin, The Jews of Latin America, Holmes & Meier, NY, London, 1998, p. 154
In Canada, "the proportion of Jews earning over $75,000 [per year] in 1991 was close to four times that in the Canadian population as a whole."
Singer/Seldin, The American Jewish Yearbook, American Jewish Publication Society, 1995, p. 235
The Wall Street Journal noted in 1997 that a Jewish family originally from Baghdad, the Kadoories, "are the foundation of Hong Kong commerce." [John Kahn, Kadoorie Dynasty Watches British Rule End in Hong Kong, Wall Street Journal, June 27, 199., p. A1] Hong Kong, said the Jerusalem Post in 1998, is the place where the Jewish community (the relatively few who live there) is "arguably the wealthiest per capita in the world." [Arnold, Michael, Trouble in the Year of the Tiger, Jerusalem Post, February 13, 1998, p. 16]
As about 1% of the German population, by 1908 12 of the 20 richest people in Berlin were of Jewish ancestry, as were 11 of the 25 richest people in Prussia. [W. E. Mosse, Jews in the German Economy. The German-Jewish Elite, 1820-1935, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1987, p. 208] Although Jews in 1903 were only 0.74% of the labor force in Prussia, 27% of all Prussian lawyers were Jews, as were 10% of apprenticed lawyers, 47% of magistrates, and 30% of all higher ranks of the judiciary. [Sarah Gordon, Hitler, Germany and the "Jewish Question," Princeton University Press, 1984, p. 13]
Politics, medias, power in general:
"I wonder if any of our immigrant grandparents could have imagined that on the eve of the 21st century, Jews would comprise 11 percent of the United States Senate, dominate the entertainment industry as never before, while at the same time boasting the most popular professional wrestler as well as the most notorious spy in the country?"
Jonathan Tobin, Jewish Exponent, 1-4-99, p. 5
"The list [of Jewish screenwriters in Hollywood] is long. A recent survey indicated that seventy to eighty per cent of the Screen Writers Guild was composed of Jews, a trend dating back to the 1930s."
Patricia Erens, Between Two Worlds: Jewish Images in American film [in Miller, Randall M., The Kaliedescopic Lens], 1980, p.
"There are uncounted dozens of Jewish White House staffers," noted the Jewish Exponent (1-23-1997, p. 1). There are so many that Ira Forman, director of the National Jewish Democratric organization, "tells of one Jewish staffer friend who balked at handling the White House Christmas decorations but was told he had to do it 'because, heck, everyone else here is Jewish too.'" [Jerusalem Report, 5-25-98, p. 30] "We've stopped counting the number of Jews in key places in the Clinton administration," noted Hyman Bookbinder, the former Washington representative of the American Jewish Committee," there are so many of them." [Washingtonian, May 2000, p. 79]
"I've never seen a President -- I don't care who he is -- stand up to [the Jews] ... They always get what they want. The Israelis know what is going on all the time. I got to the point where I wouldn't write anything down. If the American people understood what a grip these people have got on our government, they would rise up in arms."
Admiral Thomas Moorer, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Richard H. Curtiss, A Changing Image: American Perceptions of the Arab-Israeli Dispute. American Educational Trust, 1986, p. 267]
"The early SDS was heavily Jewish in both its leadership and its activist cadres. Key SDS leaders included Richard Flacks, who played an important role in its formation and growth, as well Al Haber, Robb Ross, Steve Max, Mike Spiegel, Mike Klonsky, Todd Gitlin, Mark Rudd, and others. Indeed, for the first few years, SDS was largely funded by the League for Industrial Democracy, a heavily Jewish socialist (but anti-communist) organization. SDS's early successes were at elite universities containing substantial numbers of Jewish students and sympathetic Jewish faculty, including the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Brandeis, Oberlin, and the University of California. At Berkeley SDS leaders were not unaware of their roots. As Rob Ross put it, describing the situation at the University of Wisconsin in the early 1960s, '... my impression is that the left at Madison is not just a new left, but a revival of the old ... with all the problems that entails. I am struck by the lack of Wisconsin-born people [in the Madison-area left] and the massive preponderance of New York Jews. The situation at the University of Minnesota is similar' ... [Researcher] Berns and his associates found that 83 percent of a small radical activist sample studied at the University of California in the early 1970s were of Jewish background."
Rothman/Lichter, Roots of Radicalism, Oxford University Press,1985, p. 61
"Jews fill top positions in the U.S. intelligence community. In the CIA alone, intelligence sources say, Jews fill four of the CIA's seven directorates and the agency is headed by John Deutch, a director described by one Israeli intelligence source as being 'so traditional in his Jewish outlook that he practically wears a kippa [traditional Jewish skullcap]."
Dan Rodan, Not Forgiven, Not Forgotten, Jerusalem Post, August 30, 1996, p. 2