Thursday, 6 February 2014

Jews, slavery and the media cover up

On p. 14 of his 1983 work, 'Jews and Judaism in the United States,' (1983) pre-eminent historian, Rabbi Marc Lee Raphael informs us thus:

“Jews also took an active part in the Dutch colonial slave trade; indeed, the by-laws of the Recife and Mauricia congregations (1648) included an imposta of five soldos for each Negro slave a Brazilian Jew purchased from the West Indies Company.
Slave auctions were postponed if they fell on a Jewish holiday. In Curacao in the seventeenth century, as well as in the British colonies of Barbados and Jamaica in the eighteenth century, Jewish merchants played a major role in the slave trade. In fact, in all the American colonies, whether French, British, or Dutch, Jewish merchants frequently dominated...

This was no less true on the North American mainland, where during the eighteenth century Jews participated in the ‘triangular trade’ that brought slaves from Africa to the West Indies and there exchanged them for molasses, which in turn was taken to New England and converted into rum for sale in Africa.  
Isaac Da Costa of Charleston in the 1750’s, David Franks of Philadelphia in the 1760’s, and Aaron Lopez of Newport in the late 1760’s and early 1770’s dominated Jewish slave trading on the American continent.”
According to the 'Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion,' Maimonides (1135-1204) is 'the symbol of the pure and orthodox faith.' 

In 'Guide of the Perplexed,' this oh-so 'pure' religious leader says this:
“Negroes found in the remote South, and those who resemble them from among them that are with us in these climes. The status of those is like that of irrational animals.
To my mind they do not have the rank of men, but have among the beings a rank lower than the rank of man but higher than the rank of apes. For they have the external shape and lineaments of a man and a faculty of discernment that is superior to that of the apes.”
The historical Jewish involvement in the slave trade, and their attitude towards slavery in general, is clearly delineated in the videos below:

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