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Tinseltown's Marxist Anti-Semite By: Don Feder
FrontPageMagazine.com | Wednesday, July 14, 2004


There are many Israel-haters on the Left – but none more persistent, or rabid, than far-Left British actress Vanessa Redgrave. The mummified Marxist is a longtime enemy of the Jewish state.

In 1977, Redgrave did a "documentary" titled "The Palestinians" that showed her in a PLO training camp, dancing as she waved a rifle over her head. (Doing the fedayeen two-step?) In accepting an Oscar for Julia (1978), Redgrave railed at the "Zionist hoodlums" (an expression Soviets propagandists applied to those protesting the treatment of Russian Jews).

In 1980, Redgrave proclaimed, "The State of Israel must be overthrown, there is no room for such a state." In December 1981, she told the publication Arab Perspective, "The Zionist state is the cause of conflict and violence in the Middle East." The establishment of Israel in 1948 was presumably preceded by millennia of peace and brotherly love in a region renowned for harmony.

In the same interview, Redgrave declared, "I am against the racism and violence of the Zionist state of Israel," then adding (almost as an after-thought), "but I also oppose anti-Semitism." On the other hand, she isn’t on record actually condemning a specific act of anti-Semitism in the Arab world, or anywhere else.

Her statements last week were fully in keeping with a quarter century of evil lies and a steady stream of venom directed at the only democracy in the Middle East.

The Communist (with a capital-C, see below) was in Jerusalem as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. (Only the UN would consider this creature an emissary of goodwill.) After the standard propaganda tour of the West Bank, Redgrave told reporters that Israeli soldiers use the skulls of Palestinian children for target practice.

"An Israeli sniper will shoot at a classroom full of Palestinian children who are in their uniforms and scarves," Redgrave informed the press.

"Any Palestinian mother or schoolchild knows that a schoolchild who is dressed in a uniform can be and is frequently shot in the head – not in the chest, not in the legs, in the head." Redgrave wasn’t talking about collateral damage. She was charging the Jewish state with deliberately engaging in infanticide.

When asked for her source on this updated Blood Libel (Jews murdering non-Jewish children), Redgrave cited a documentary by the UN Relief and Works Agency ("Huda’s Story"). The child, who lives in Gaza, "was indeed wounded in the head, but by a ricochet bullet," according to UNWRA’s spokesman in the Gaza Strip. No one knows whether the shot was fired by Israeli forces or Palestinian gunmen.

From this, Redgrave concocted a lurid lie of Israeli snipers peering through their scopes at rooms full of little girls in uniforms, trying to decide which of the kids they should kill for fun.

Speaking of the murder of innocents, in May, Palestinians ambushed a Jewish convoy in Gaza. After her car was forced off the road, Tali Hatuel (age 34) and her four children were shot and killed -- not with a sniper’s rifle but at close range. As a finishing touch, Palestinian assassins shot the pregnant woman in the stomach, to ensure that her unborn child did not survive.

Redgrave is, to put it mildly, a piece of work. A leftist who makes Michael Moore look like a Republican, she is Noam Chomsky in a dress – Goebbels with an upper-class British accent.

A longtime member of Britain’s Workers Revolutionary Party – which proclaims on its website, "We are Marxists and fight for the principles founded by Marx, Engles, Lenin and Trotsky" – she left in the course of one of those periodic Trotskyite splits and helped to found another proletarian-vanguard, The Marxist Party.

True to her principles, Redgrave never met a Communist butcher she didn’t adore, and never encountered an act of Western self-defense she wasn’t prepared to denounce.

In 1962, she became one of the first celebrities to visit communist Cuba, where she was rumored to have had an affair with Fidel Castro. (How old is Sean Penn, anyway?) In 1967, she took out a full-page ad in the United Kingdom, denouncing U.S. bombing of North Vietnam.

In the 1980s, she was active in the nuclear freeze movement and protested American policies in Central America, especially our opposition to the saintly Sandinistas.

Prior to the 1991 Gulf War, Redgrave demanded "withdrawal of U.S., British and all imperialist troops from the Gulf." In fairness, she also called for the withdrawal of Saddam Hussein from Kuwait -- but was prepared to allow that occupation to continue indefinitely rather than apply force.

Last year, she was a regular at antiwar protests in London. (Said she of the effort to remove Saddam Hussein: "The British and American governments are about to destroy all hopes for peace anywhere in our world, forever.") She also posted 50,000 pounds bail for a Chechen accused of complicity in the 2002 Moscow theater siege, where 116 died.

In June (in the course of delivering a petition to 10 Downing Street), Redgrave charged that Bush is operating a "concentration camp" in Guantanamo, where prisoners are routinely subjected to "torture."

There is no record of Redgrave ever denouncing Islamic terrorism (other than the pro forma, "of course I don’t support terrorism, but…") or condemning the Cambodian genocide, Vietnamese re-education camps, North Korean nuclear blackmail, or Castro’s treatment of political prisoners. Such would not have served the interests of the revolution.

Besides accusing Israel infanticide, the sexagenarian actress attacked its security fence. It’s "a barrier higher than any wall I’ve seen and even higher than the Berlin Wall," Redgrave insisted. Would that be the enclosure built by Marxists to keep their slaves from escaping, Vanessa?

"I see a government (Israel’s) that is deliberately trying to destroy the peace," Redgrave raved.

And which "peace" would that be? – the peace of Arafat and Hamas, the peace of mortar attacks, snipers and suicide bombers, the peace of Palestinian imams who preach jihad, the peace that has claimed the lives of almost 1,000 Israeli civilians (mostly women, children and the elderly) in the past four years?

The security fence is designed to protect Israelis from the ravages of this peace.

Except for a few zigzags, Israel’s fence is on the Green Line, which demarcates pre-1967 Israel. The 480-mile barrier is almost entirely chain-link fence, with only 5 miles of concrete barrier, primarily near the Palestinian cities of Qualqilya and Tulkarim – hotbeds of terrorism.

By making it harder for Arafat’s killers to reach Israeli cities, or forcing them to take more circuitous routes (often resulting in their capture), construction of the fence has led to a significant decrease in suicide bombings.

The idea that a free people have no right to employ passive defense measures to protect themselves from random slaughter could only be embraced by a self-proclaimed Marxist – or the United Nations.

While Redgrave was spreading atrocity stories, on July 9th, the International Court of Justice decided the fence violated international law. The court rejected out of hand Israel’s explanation for the barrier and accepted without reservation Palestinian arguments.

ICJ is the chief judicial arm of the United Nations, which has spent 30 years bashing the Jewish state in resolution after resolution. The "justice" Israel receives from a UN body is the same it can expect from a Trotskyite actress masquerading as a goodwill ambassador.

Redgrave’s the name, red graves are the game. In the 70s, she and her comrades helped inter countless Vietnamese and Cambodians. She’s aided Castro in keeping the Cubans in a Marxist morgue.

In the growing alliance of the Left and militant Islam, Vanessa Redgrave would put Israel into its own place of eternal repose. Shovels in hand, The International Court of Justice is there to assist her.


Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who is now a political/communications consultant. He also maintains his own website, DonFeder.com.


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