Is Jim Fetzer a Nazi, or Just Stupid?
Yesterday I posted an interview with Jim Fetzer in which he (falsely) claimed that Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff and Popular Mechanics editor Benjamin Chertoff of being cousins, based off the neo-Nazi newspaper, the American Free Press. A reader pointed out in the comments that he also accused Michael Chertoff of having dual American-Israeli citizenship, based off, you guessed it, another article in the American Free Press.
The AFP website is down (thankfully) but here is a link to a mirror of the article:
CONTROLLED PRESS CONCEALS CHERTOFF'S ISRAELI ROOTSOn what does he base this? Well, his mother worked in Israel for a while.
By Christopher Bollyn
Exclusive to American Free Press
Michael Chertoff, the new head of the Department of Homeland Security, was approved in a 98-0 vote in the U.S. Senate without the question of his Israeli roots and nationality being raised.
On February 15, 2005, Michael Chertoff, an apparent dual national with Israeli roots, was sworn in as the second Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The new "homeland security czar," who oversees the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, seems to be hiding his own dual-national status all with the cooperation of the controlled press.
The omission of Chertoff's mother's Zionist past suggests that there is an effort by the media to conceal his ties to Israel and his status as a "de jure" Israeli national, by birth.Even worse (gasp) his mother was a flight attendent:
Under Israeli law, a child born to an Israeli citizen, including children born outside of Israel as first generation out of Israel, is considered an Israeli citizen. The child remains an Israeli national until he or she formally renounces their Israeli nationality.
Chertoff was born on November 28, 1953 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, to the New York-born Rabbi Gershon Baruch Chertoff and Livia Eisen, the first hostess for El Al, Israel's state-owned airlines, founded in 1948.Then Bollyn suggests a newspaper coverup, even though he admits that he isn't even sure of Chertoff's mother's citizenship:
Even in 1998, however, The Star-Ledger was vague about Livia's nationality. "Born in Poland, Mrs. Chertoff lived in Palestine and Elizabeth before moving to Florida several years ago," it wrote.The article gets even stupider from there. This whole thing is silly though, because even if Chertoff had "dual citizenship" even Bollyn doesn't claim it was based on anything he did. He never applied for it, lived there, or even intended to live there. His mom worked there as a flight attendent. Although I suppose for a Nazi, that is enough to condemn you.
Israel's citizenship law of 1952 says: "Any Jew who immigrated to Israel before July 14, 1952, was granted citizenship after declaring a desire to reside permanently in Israel." As El Al's first hostess, Livia probably held Israeli citizenship.
This is perfectly legal based on US law incidently:
A U.S. citizen may acquire foreign citizenship by marriage, or a person naturalized as a U.S. citizen may not lose the citizenship of the country of birth.U.S. law does not mention dual nationality or require a person to choose one citizenship or another. Also, a person who is automatically granted another citizenship does not risk losing U.S. citizenship. However, a person who acquires a foreign citizenship by applying for it may lose U.S. citizenship. In order to lose U.S. citizenship, the law requires that the person must apply for the foreign citizenship voluntarily, by free choice, and with the intention to give up U.S. citizenship.Perhaps you are saying, James, I think the American Free Press is stupid, but aren't you a little over the top in calling it "neo-Nazi"? Well, that is a good question. Let's do a little research, since we know Uncle Fetzer won't.
The American Free Press was founded by a man named Willis Carto. Willis Carto also started a site called The Barnes Review. Here is a sample article from the Barnes Review. No, this is not a satire.
Christopher Bollyn has appeared on David Duke's radio show several times. And look, if you go to David Duke's website, look who all appears in his "links" section.
Duke Radio Archive
The Council of Conservative Citizens
The Truth at Last - Dr. Ed Fields\' website
American Free Press
E.U.R.O. - European American
Unity & Rights Organization
The Barnes Review
The Occidental Quarterly
The Institute for Historical Review (IHR) Noontide Press
Well I am glad "Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Duluth" Jim Fetzer, only uses sources of the highest unimpeachable character.