We Irish and Jews share some experiences that make us rather unique, no, not chosen races, simply unique. Aside from the larger part of our respective populations being scattered, to wander the earth, we have both suffered holocausts, where more than 6 million of each of our race, was exterminated by the British and German Nazis.
A well known Irish writer Brendan Behan, once said, that “other people have a nationality; the Irish and Jews have a psychosis”. Generally the modern solution for psychosis is telling and listening to the truth to recover, as in the old maxim,"the truth will set us free." We are as sick as our secrets and while being truthful sounds simple, in the context of both Irish and Jewish hsitory it takes courage, considerable courage. Many people have lost and continue to loose their lives in both countries as a result of telling the truth.
A writer called Michael Lewis recently wrote of the Irish mentality as follows. “Two things strike every Irish person when he comes to America, Irish friends tell me: the vastness of the country, and the seemingly endless desire of its people to talk about their personal problems. Two things strike an American when he comes to Ireland: how small it is and how tight-lipped,” writes Lewis, “An Irish person with a personal problem takes it into a hole with him, like a squirrel with a nut before winter. He tortures himself and sometimes his loved ones too. What he doesn’t do, if he has suffered some reversal, is vent about it to the outside world. The famous Irish gift of gab is a cover for all the things they aren’t telling you”.
Secrecy practiced under occupation, slavery and the genocide of the British Holocaust, that cost 6,257,456 Irish lives, has left many self destructive elements in the Irish psyche. I once sat at a recovery meeting in Amsterdam, where many international people, recovering from various addictions, shared that their dysfunctional family homes of origin, were for many of them, the source of their respective problems. Eventually my friend from the west of Ireland exploded and ranted, "If you people think you have a problem with your dysfunctional families, try coming from a dysfunctional fuckin country." I listened subsequently to many shared similar experiences of Jewish people. Below are two videos of what I consider truthful, one of them by a very brave Jewish man, who is the son of a General.
I have learned from experience, that no one person or group, have a monopoly on the truth but I continue to learn much from listening.
Debunking Jewish Myths
"If Anybody here, came hoping to hear a balanced presentation, then they are going to be sorely disappointed. I say this, because a lot of the things that you are about to hear to night are difficult to hear."
“Miko Peled is a peace activist who dares to say in public what others still choose to deny. He has credibility, so when he debunks myths that Jews around the world hold with blind loyalty, people listen. Miko was born in Jerusalem in 1961 into a well known Zionist family. His grandfather, Dr. Avraham Katsnelson was a Zionist leader and signer on the Israeli Declaration of Independence. His father, Matti Peled was a young officer in the war of 1948 and a general in the war of 1967 when Israel conquered the West Bank, Gaza, Golan Heights and the Sinai. http://mikopeled.com/
Miko Peled, author of The General’s Son, whose father was the renowned Israeli general Matti Peled, speaking in Seattle, October 1, 2012.
Video Posted October 13, 2012
The Generally Censored 20th History of the Unfree Irish State