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Purim is a Celebration of Lies and Genocide

THE JEWISH FESTIVAL of Purim took place over the weekend. Celebrated each year, it commemorates the salvation of the Jews from the tyrant Haman, who planned to exterminate them. Like many of the stories Jews tell themselves about their history and peoplehood, however, this one has some truth-related issues. The main one is that there is no evidence Haman ever existed, much less that he planned to persecute or exterminate the Jews. It appears to be a completely made up story, possibly adapted from earlier Oriental fables.

The Purim festival is based on the account in the Book of Esther in the Bible. A short version of the story is this:

A Jewish noble called Mordecai lives under the rule of a viceroy called Haman. Haman, in turn, is subordinate to the emperor Ahasuerus (identified with Xerxes, the Persian ruler who invaded Greece, depicted in the film 300). Mordecai the Jew refuses to bow to Haman because Jews don’t do that. Haman becomes angry at this and plans to exterminate the Jews in response to their conceit and also because Jews had killed his family in a previous genocide. Haman asks permission to exterminate the Jews.

And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse from all people; neither keep they the king’s laws: therefore it is not for the king’s profit to suffer them. 9 If it please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed: and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver to the hands of those that have the charge of the business, to bring it into the king’s treasuries. 10 And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it unto Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews’ enemy. 11 And the king said unto Haman, The silver is given to thee, the people also, to do with them as it seemeth good to thee.

…And the letters were sent by posts into all the king’s provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, even upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and to take the spoil of them for a prey.

Things don’t look good for Mordecai or the Jews. Fortunately, some time before Mordecai had pimped out his cousin (Esther) — whom he had raised as his daughter, her parents having died — to Xerxes as a member of his harem. He then got Esther to persuade Xerxes to execute Haman, appoint Mordecai as viceroy instead, and then allow the Jews to exterminate their enemies.

Wherein the king granted the Jews which were in every city to gather themselves together, and to stand for their life, to destroy, to slay, and to cause to perish, all the power of the people and province that would assault them, both little ones and women, and to take the spoil of them for a prey. 12 Upon one day in all the provinces of king Ahasuerus, namely, upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar. 13 The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every province was published unto all people, and that the Jews should be ready against that day to avenge themselves on their enemies. 14 So the posts that rode upon mules and camels went out, being hastened and pressed on by the king’s commandment. And the decree was given at Shushan the palace. 15 And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with a garment of fine linen and purple: and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad. 16 The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour. 17 And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.

Purim, then, is, at root, a celebration of genocide against non-Jews.

This may be dismissed as irrelevant, obscure history, or rather a myth in which the only person known to have any historical reality was Xerxes (whose marital history is also known and does not correspond to the fable). That would be a mistake. Jews are raised on the story of Haman and make constant reference to it even today.

Jews are taught this prayer, particularly with reference to Haman.

It is this (promise) that has maintained our ancestors and us. That not only one has risen against us, to destroy us, but in every generation they rise up to destroy us, but The Holy One, Blessed Be He, saves us from their hands.

The effect of the Purim fable is to nurture a narcissistic sense of victimhood in Jews as well as suspicion of, and animus towards, non-Jews. It’s also noteworthy that, in the story, both Mordecai and Esther initially concealed the fact that they were Jews, so the story contains an implicit validation of deceitfulness.

I also find it troubling that the historical falsehood of the Purim story is known, even to Jews. There are almost no serious scholars who still maintain that it has anything but the most tenuous connection to truth. Yet Jews don’t seem to mind the fact that one of their principal celebrations is based on an outright lie. It brings to mind the Holocaust con man who, having been caught out, proclaimed: “It was real in my mind”.

Jews, in general, seem to have a disregard for objective truth that is striking to the European mind. I am reminded of the Imran Firasat episode. Firasat claimed to be a Muslim apostate facing expulsion from Spain because he had dared to criticise Islam. I demonstrated fairly conclusively that he was a con man and, very likely, a murderer who had fled Indonesia to escape murder charges then simply made up his story about being an Islam critic to win some support in the west. Even after I had proved he was a fraudster, however, the Counterjewhad movement embraced him and, as far as I know, still does. They don’t seem to care if he’s a liar and murderer, as long as he’s useful to the game they’re playing. It’s quite astonishing.

The whole idea of Jewish peoplehood seems to revolve around various persecution fables, many of which have little or no connection to demonstrable truth.

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3 Comments

  1. Anthony Collins
    March 27, 2017 at 8:08 am — Reply

    The author of the above article writes:

    “I also find it troubling that the historical falsehood of the Purim story is known, even to Jews. There are almost no serious scholars who still maintain that it has anything but the most tenuous connection to truth. Yet Jews don’t seem to mind the fact that one of their principal celebrations is based on an outright lie. It brings to mind the Holocaust con man who, having been caught out, proclaimed: ‘It was real in my mind.'”

    I think it’s perfectly natural that the Jews celebrate Purim. Telling lies is their métier, and they’re very proud of their heritage. Why shouldn’t they celebrate their ancient lies? Why shouldn’t they celebrate an ancient blood orgy, even if it never happened? As Martin Luther remarked in The Jews and Their Lives, “they love the book of Esther” because it “so nicely agrees with their bloodthirsty, revengeful, and murderous desire and hope.” For the Jews, the book of Esther is an edifying fable, and it is irrelevant whether the events described in it happened or not. It fits into the larger Jewish narrative of prejudice, persecution, and revenge, and that makes it real in their minds. They want to believe it and they therefore believe it.

    The Jews are masters of “doublethink,” of which George Orwell wrote in 1984:

    “Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them. The Party intellectual knows in which direction his memories must be altered; he therefore knows that he is playing tricks with reality; but by the exercise of doublethink he also satisfies himself that reality is not violated. The process has to be conscious, or it would not be carried out with sufficient precision, but it also has to be unconscious, or it would bring with it a feeling of falsity and hence of guilt. Doublethink lies at the very heart of Ingsoc, since the essential act of the Party is to use conscious deception while retaining the firmness of purpose that goes with complete honesty. To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies — all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth.”

    Orwell’s thoughts on “doublethink” were inspired by communism, which was very much a Jewish creation.

  2. Anthony Collins
    March 27, 2017 at 8:30 am — Reply

    The Talmud states that, during Purim, Jews should get drunk to the point of not knowing the difference between “cursed is Haman” and “blessed is Mordecai.” This is noted in an article by Jeffrey Spitzer linked below, which touches upon the bizarre nature of Talmudic laws, mores, logic, and disputation.

    http://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/drinking-on-purim/#

    Although Talmudic “case law” can be absurdly fanciful — the story about Rabbah and R. Zeira mentioned in Spitzer’s article is a good example of this — Jews take such things very seriously. Practicing Talmudic hairsplitting and pilpulism helps Jews master the art of “dislocating the sense of reality” that George Orwell referred to. Jews find this useful for offensive and defensive purposes alike. There really is a method in their madness, and they are well schooled in it.

    The common-sense principle of Roman law that “the magistrate is not concerned with trifles” was and is quite alien to the rabbis, who sought and seek to regulate all the details of Jewish life. Jews find tyranny congenial, so long as it’s kosher. They like to submit to it, and they like to exercise it. They lack dignity, self-respect, and good sense.

    It seems clear enough that not only do the Jews have an obsessive-compulsive disorder with which they rule their lives, they also have an intrusive-subversive disorder that compels them to ruin the lives of their host populations.

  3. Malla
    March 31, 2017 at 3:30 pm — Reply

    Do some research on this
    Many of the National Socialist leaders were all hanged on Purim.
    Julius Streicher (may his soul rest in peace) even called out “Purim-Fest 1946” before he was hanged. Those were not his last words as after that he said “Adele, meine liebe Frau!” (“Adele, my dear wife!”). He had already said “Heil Hitler” earlier.
    Look at this jewish scum gloating on this fact
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzaJZ0bGe0s

    But now it gets even more interesting.
    The war against Saddam Hussen’s Iraq by the USA ZOG was also related to Purim
    http://www.jta.org/2003/03/18/life-religion/features/rabbis-purim-iraq-war-linked
    http://davidstent.com/gulf-war-ii-and-purim-2/

    And so was the war against Libya’s Gaddafi
    http://survincity.com/2010/07/sarkozy-gaddafi-and-purim/

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