Drawing on C. Wright Mills’ seminal work on The Power Elite, power structure research by Bernd Hamm, indicates the existence of four concentric circles – the inner two of which comprise a combination of elite clans of super wealthy individuals, CEOs of giant transnational corporations and the biggest international financial players.
The two inner rings represent the most powerful in society. Their influence is international compared with the national character of the outer two rings. Russian and other eastern European oligarchs as well as familiar names in the international scene of banking and international finance such as Soros, Gates, Buffet, Zuckerberg, Adelson and the Koch brothers, also comprise these inner two circles.
For the purposes of this article, it should be noted that Hamm’s research would suggest that Jewish power is disproportionately represented within the global hierarchy of power. There are legitimate historical reasons for this – an explanation of which is beyond the scope of this article.. Pertinently, the issues relating to elite banking and finance and the capitalist economic system that overrides it, cannot be disentangled from the relationships of power of those who largely maintain control of it.
We have seen how the banking system that comprise the Troika have effectively enslaved Greece, but rarely is the issue of Jewish power that is integral to it discussed – particularly, but not exclusively, in relation to the adverse impact this has on the Palestinian people.
It is alarming that a a powerful ethnicity who share the same sociopolitical, philosophical and cultural outlook that has given rise to Jewish identity, have a disproportionate influence within the realm of global power politics.
The dominant ethnocentric Jewish character of ostensibly pro-Palestinian and anti-Zionist organizations like JVP and BDS has arguably resulted in the development of a culture of controlled opposition to ending Palestinian oppression. That fact alone ought to be worrying to anybody who has the interests of the Palestinian people at heart.
Can a link really be made between an ethnocentric, supremacist and racist category on the one hand, and the support for the oppressive policies of the Israeli state and Jewish identity politics within the UK Jewish diaspora on the other?
An exclusive poll for the Jewish Chronicle revealed that two-thirds of British Jews who have a view on the last Israeli election would have voted for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party.
Netanyahu was re-elected on a mandate that a Palestinian state would not be established on his watch – a corrective to the succession of pronouncements by Israeli statesmen that have hitherto lied and misled the world.
Meanwhile, an overwhelming 69% of British Jews said they voted for the right-wing conservatives in the last election Could the reason have been that a higher amount of Conservatives MPs (80%) are Conservative Friends of the Jewish state whose population re-elected into power a leader on a mandate of overwhelming Israeli-Jewish support for Operation Protective Edge.
According to a survey published last July, 91% of Israeli Jews supported Israel’s campaign against the people of Gaza and just 4.2% believed the opportunity was a “mistake”. Just 1.5% of respondents opposed the airstrikes.
Seemingly, the UK Jewish diaspora on the one hand, and the Jews that comprise the Jewish state who re-elected and the right-wing leader of Likud into power who is responsible for the continued oppression of the Palestinian people, on the other, are synonymous.
Interestingly, in February, the BBC published a poll that measured British Muslims’ attitude towards Britain. Unlike the majority of Jews who expressed their will to leave Europe, 95% of Muslims here are “loyal to Britain”.