PARIS (Jun. 9)
Using its vast armed forces as a captive student body, the Soviet Union is systematically indoctrinating its people in anti-Semitism, Dr. William Korey, director of foreign policy research for B’nai B’rith International, declared in a new study just released here.
Addressing the annual meeting of the B’nai B’rith International Council, Korey, an expert on Soviet affairs, outlined the ideological training of the Soviet military and warned that this training which emphasizes on anti-Zionist, anti-Jewish theme, is laying the groundwork for a new, “warrant for genocide. “The linkage between the stress on ideology and the use of Zionism as its local point “merits the world’s deepest concern,” Korey declared. He said that some of the books and publications used by the Soviets echo the infamous forgery. “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” but others are even more virulent, he added.
ZIONISM IS ‘PRINCIPAL TARGET’ FOR HATRED
Korey reported that the indoctrination is pervasive and conducted at all levels, from the 161 officer-training schools analogous to West Point and Annapolis to high school teenagers–as well as the army navy and air forces which induct two million youth every year. Korey said that Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev stressed at the 24th Communist Party Congress the importance of the military in shaping the public’s mind. Korey added that “commanders in the military are called upon to see that not a single serviceman is outside continuous political influence.” The focus of the indoctrination is “hatred for the enemies of the Socialist Motherland,” Korey said and quoted a Soviet journal declaring that such hatred is “the most important component part of the perseverance and heroism of the Soviet troops.” The principal target for this hatred is Zionism, Korey said.
The campaign apparently began in 1968, when tension between the liberal regime of Alexander Dubcek in Czechoslovakia and the Kremlin was growing, Korey explained. The Soviet depicted world Zionism as the capitalists’ spearhead to subvert Communist states. The Soviet propagandists, began to write about mysterious saboteurs, several of whom were Jewish associates of Dubcek, Korey said. “They become scapegoats, thereby providing legitimization for a military invasion,” he added.
During the next dozen years, the military became the center of Soviet anti-Zionism. Book after book, article after article, attacked Zionists and Jews for a variety of “crimes.” Frequently the notorious “Protocols” were the basis of the propagandists’ charges. Sometimes the writers went further.
Following President Carter’s early initiatives on behalf of human rights in 1977, Lev Korneyev, the Kremlin’s most prolific anti-Zionist writer, charged that “international Zionism” was attempting “to get into its hands the military-industrial complex as the most profitable sphere of business.” He accused American Zionists of manipulating anti-Soviet and anti-detente policies in Washington. Later, Korneyev claimed that Zionists tried “to create an underground in the USSR and conduct military and industrial espionage.”
One writer accused the Mafia and organized crime in America of providing funding for Israel’s secret service. A documentary contended that a Jewish woman had tried to kill Lenin and in a sequence showing Hitler’s tanks invading the Soviet Union, said “Jewish capital helped Hitler to power.”
Korneyev contended in later articles that of the 165 largest military industrial complexes in the West — he called them “death concerns” — 156 were controlled or owned by “pro-Zionist bourgeoisie of Jewish origin.” This charge, Korey added, “was a bald and wild attempt to depict Zionism as an enormous and almost unchallenged power with the capacity to incinerate the globe.” The B’nai B’rith executive told the International Council that “the significance of military publications as a conscious instrument for promotion of anti-Semitism became especially clear in 1979 “with publication in a new Armed Forces Journal of an article entitled “Zionism –The Poisoned Weapon of Imperialism.”
‘PROTOCOLS’ PROVIDE THEMES FOR ANTI-SEMITIC BOOKS
The article said its intention was “to help our officers and all fighters to recognize … the perfidious aims and methods of the subversive organs of imperialism and to fail their plans.” It recommended four books, all written by known anti-Semites and taking their themes from the “Protocols.” One book attempted to justify the Czarist pogroms as a legitimate expression of the class struggle in Russia; another declared that the ideological sources of “Zionist gangsterism originated in the scrolls of the Torah” which is “a textbook unsurpassed for blood-thirstiness, hypocrisy, betrayal, perfidy and moral dissoluteness.
The third book equated Zionist with Nazism and called Zionism man’s worst enemy today while the fourth book, published by the prestigious Academy of Sciences, charged Zionism with aspiring to dominate the world by controlling its banking system.
“Almost a half century after the ridiculous Protocols, they have become the centerpieces of the hate campaign in the Soviet armed forces,” Korey told the B’nai B’rith meeting. “Jewry is presented as the embodiment of Satanic evil, equated with racism, imperialism, colonialism, militarism, crime, murder, espionage, prostitution, even Hitlerism. It threatens the Soviet Union and is the enemy of the contemporary world. “The campaign, he added, is foreboding for the future. “If the enemy is as vile and insidious as he is depicted, is not his total suppression, if not excision, the remedy?” Korey asked. “The Protocols ultimately became Hitler’s warrant for genocide. Today, a new warrant is being shaped from the very same themes and images.”