The Rockefeller Brothers’ anti-Semitism shows itself
Family legacy is a cherished value in the United States. Everyone at some point in their lives wants to understand and acknowledge the history of their ancestors. Everybody wants to know where and who they came from and how they might be successful in continuing a family legacy. Not all family legacy is to be cherished, however. Some family legacies should have been discarded with the founders. This could not be more relevant than in the Rockefeller family.
According to the David Rockefeller website, John D Rockefeller established the Rockefeller fund in 1913 as a “family foundation seeking to advance social change.” Part of this social change was an elaborate and well-funded series of programs founded in the United States and in Europe to progress the study of Eugenics. The Rockefeller fund supported Eugenics even after it was discovered that Nazi Eugenic programs were designed to shun and denigrate Europe’s Jewish population.
In the years leading up to World War II, extensive financing was being pumped into German Eugenics programs by the Rockefeller Foundation, the Carnegie Foundation and the Harriman Railroad Fortune. According to the History News Network, The Rockefeller Foundation specifically helped “fund the program that Joseph Mengele worked in before he went to Auschwitz.”
“By 1926, Rockefeller had donated some $410,000 — almost $4 million in 21st century money — to hundreds of German researchers,” the network said. “In May 1926, Rockefeller awarded a quarter of a million dollars to the German Psychiatric Institute of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute. Among the leading psychiatrists at the German Psychiatric Institute was Ernst Rudin, who became director and eventually an architect of Hitler’s systematic medical repression.”
Rockefeller was directly involved in committing treason against the United States during World War II. Rockefeller’s involvement with Standard Oil (later called Exxon) and appointment of William Parish as chairman during World War II directly benefitted the Axis powers. “Standard Oil was responsible for withholding patents from the U.S. Navy which had been supplied to the Nazis. Worse yet, the (Justice) Department revealed that Standard Oil had been supplying the Luftwaffe and German Navy gasoline and tetraethyl lead.”
As stated on the RBF.org website, the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation (RBF) operates under the same guise of a family foundation “as a vehicle by which they could share advice and research on charitable activities.” Established in 1940 by the sons of John D Rockefeller, the foundation continues to support causes today that reflect the anti-Semitism of its primary founder. The foundation operates as a not-for-profit charitable corporation, and, under the nonprofit law, it may not participate in or contribute money to political campaigns.
Thanks to the tireless work of NGO Monitor, the public now has a clearer picture of the RBF’s grants. One of the RBF’s largest donations was given on Aug. 5, 2015, to the J Street political organization for its Iran Campaign. The grant totaled a staggering $3 million. Iran is a largely corrupt and depraved Muslim country where minorities, political opponents, and western sympathizers are regular victims of subjugation. Iran is also one of the world’s largest supporters of worldwide terrorism; its proxies operate far beyond Iran’s borders, cultivating unrest and committing acts of terror. Hamas and Hezbollah, two of Iran’s major military representatives, sit on the borders of Israel with missiles aimed at Israeli civilians. Palestinian Islamic Jihad, an Iranian-inspired terror group, is responsible for the daily panic that southern Israelis endure, as well as the violence that exists within the Gaza Strip. Iran, not unlike Nazi Germany, calls for the unrelenting war against the Jewish people and the state of Israel with a goal to end the thousands-year Jewish presence in the Middle East.
President of the RBF, Stephen Heintz, responded in Tablet Magazine to allegations of anti-Semitism and supporting anti-Israel causes by claiming the necessity of pro-BDS funding. Heintz claimed the funding is aimed at “ending the 50-year long occupation in order to bring justice, dignity, and security to all Israelis and Palestinians.” Heintz has failed to acknowledge BDS’ goal of a one-state solution where Israelis are not represented.
Heintz expressed disappointment at speculation over David Rockefeller’s perspective on the RBF’s pro-BDS activity saying, “We are conscientious custodians of David’s legacy and we think he would be proud of our work dedicated to peace and justice in the region.”
It is no shock, looking at the RBF leadership why Heintz might have these views on how to confront the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Some of the trustees include Daniel Levy, co-founder of J Street; Heather McGhee, and Kavita Ramdas. McGhee and Ramdas have actively supported on twitter Ilhan Omar, the freshman congresswoman who has a problem hiding her anti-Semitism. Like Omar, the RBF seems unable to suppress its long-held beliefs that a one-state solution with right of return for Palestinian “refugees,” and ultimately the end of a Jewish state is required to recognize a Palestinian state.
Money talks. Stephen Heintz failed to explain away the RBF’s apparent obsession with donating to pro-BDS causes. BDS is a fringe group, supported by a cohesive, anti-Israel and anti-Zionist contingency. BDS is only able to survive with the scraps it receives and, thanks to the RBF, the boycott Israel movement can gorge itself. Stephen Heintz claims to support “security to all Israelis and Palestinians,” but what Heintz and the RBF board members fail to admit is that a future Palestinian state with no Jews, Christians, Israelis, Druze, gay, or lesbian citizens is not a democracy. It is another despotic, Islamic regime of the Middle East with an intention of eliminating Israel.
Josh Rieders is secretary of the Rieders Foundation and a paralegal at the Rieders Travis Law Firm.