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Goebbels Lives in Havana By: Myles Kantor
FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, March 25, 2003

National Socialist Germany’s chief propagandist died in 1945, but the virulent spirit of Joseph Goebbels lives in Communist Cuba.

The British Broadcasting Corporation monitors Cuban media including the Havana-based Radio Rebelde News (state-controlled like all media in Cuba).  The BBC notes in its report on the March 3 edition of Radio Rebelde News:  

Eduardo Dimas’ [a prominent media functionary] “Our Opinion commentary” discusses the United States' spying on non-permanent members of the UN Security Council and efforts to control oil resources in the Middle East and Africa in conjunction with Israel, who has a very strong hold on the U.S. economy…In short, American and Jewish money seek to expand its global reach. 

He forgot to mention that the Jewish vampires enjoy sacrificing gentile infants and using their blood for holiday pastries.

Dimas’ anti-Semitic remarks are no aberration in Cuba, though.  They reflect the totalitarian regime’s chronic hatred of Jews concentrated against Israel.

On February 10, the Cuban News Agency (AIN) reported a statement by Iranian Ambassador to Cuba Ahmad Edrisian that relations between the tyrannies are “very friendly.”  AIN also reported his reference to “the genocide being carried out by the Zionist government of Israel against the Palestinian people.”

Cuban media likewise seek to delegitimize Israel as a genocidal regime.  Radio Rebelde and Cubavision TV had roundtable discussions last year on “the genocide committed by Israel against the people of Palestine.” 

“Sharon announces continuation of Palestinian holocaust,” declared Cuba’s main newspaper, Granma International, on April 9 of last year.  Other 2002 headlines on Israel included “Crusade against the Arab people from Washington and Tel Aviv” (August 21) and “Israeli genocide continues against the Palestinian people” (August 30).

Granma maintains the anti-Israel barrage in 2003.  “Bloody Israeli attack against Palestinian refugees,” read a typical headline on March 4.

None other than Fidel Castro led a rally last June in Havana to protest Israeli “genocide.”  He referred to Israel's “ongoing genocide against the Palestinian people” at the September 2001 United Nations “World Conference against Racism” conference in Durban, South Africa.

Castro's demonization of Israel goes back over a quarter of a century.  In 1975, Cuba co-sponsored the infamous United Nations resolution equating Zionism with racism, praised by Granma at the time for showing “the identical imperialist origins and racist structure of the Israeli Zionist regime that is occupying Palestine and the one that is exploiting the black masses in South Africa.”  Cuba voted against repealing the resolution in 1991.

Examples of books Cuba has published on Israel are Zionism: The Fascism of the Star of David and The Other Face: The Truth about the Secret Relationships between Nazism and Zionism.  The latter claims the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis is “an invention by Zionists” and that Zionists have murdered more than Nazis.  (The author of The Other Face, Mahmoud Abbas, has been designated by Yasser Arafat to be prime minister of the Palestinian Authority.)

Lest one think Castro's demonization of Israel ends at propaganda, he has been at the vanguard of anti-Israel violence.  After Syria and Egypt attacked Israel in October 1973 on Yom Kippur, for example, Castro sent thousands of troops to aid Syria. Cuba has trained and armed Arab terrorists since the 1960s.

In the late 1980s, Castro even sent orthopedic surgeon Rodrigo Alvarez Cambras to Iraq to remove a lethal tumor from Saddam Hussein's back.  Cambras visited Hussein last April for his birthday with a message of support from Castro.

The Iraqi News Agency reported, “Condemning the Zionist crimes against our people in Palestine, Cambras described them as Nazi crimes…He called on the world and its governments to take a decisive stand against the crimes of the Zionist aggressors.”

Martin Luther King Jr.'s words to an individual who attacked Zionism come to mind: “When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You're talking anti-Semitism.”

It will come as no surprise that over 90% of Cuba’s pre-Castro Jewish population have fled the country.  If Cuba’s remaining Jews criticize Dimas or Castro's venom against the Jewish homeland, they can be charged with “crimes” such as “disrespect” and “enemy propaganda.”

Here are the words of Cuban Jew Tony Fune: “I understand that we have no freedom of speech, no freedom of the press, no freedom to travel, no freedom to choose how we will educate our children. And I understand that's not right.”

It’s not right and will never be right.  Yet Jewish organizations such as the Anti-Defemation League (“the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism”) and the B’nai B’rith (“the world’s best-known Jewish human rights organization”) have failed to confront the Castro regime’s anti-Semitism and the systematic violation of Cuban Jews’ human rights.

Groups like the ADL and B’nai B’rith talk about never forgetting the evil of men like Joseph Goebbels.  Shouldn’t they therefore struggle against his spawn and for the liberation of their Cuban brethren?  Or are Cuban Jews unworthy of solidarity?

Myles Kantor is a columnist for FrontPageMagazine.com and editor-at-large for Pureplay Press, which publishes books about Cuban history and culture. His e-mail address is myles.kantor@gmail.com.

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