Israel's Eugenics Program: Dr. Mengele Blues
Israel's non-consensual, criminal researches on humans
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Systematized in the second half of the 19th century, eugenics is the applied science which advocates the use of practices aimed at improving the genetic composition of a human population. It was derived directly from Mendele’s theory of inheritance and was supported for a long period of time by prominent Western leaders, including the British Winston Churchill. By the mid-20th century, eugenics became unpopular, because it was associated with Nazi Germany, specifically with eugenic policies of racial hygiene and genocide. At the bottom of this page are links to relevant and worthy books on the topic.
Eugenics is classified into positive and negative classes. The positive type encourages reproduction of the population designated “fit,” while the negative discourages reproduction of those designated “unfit.” Negative eugenics is linked to Nazi Germany, and as it will be shown here, to the State of Israel. By definition, and since its beginnings, eugenics is related to experiments on humans.
Experimenting on Humans
Until 1947, there was no code of conduct governing the ethical aspects of human research, though Germany and Russia, had national policies on the issue. What we call now “Western Democracies” didn’t care about the issue and in fact were great supporters of eugenic science. In that year, the Nuremberg Code defined ten points regarding the ethic principles for human experimentation. This was a direct result of the Nuremberg Trials that followed the Second World War.
The Nuremberg Code defined the person's consent to be part of an experiment as “absolutely essential,” while the Declaration of Geneva issued the following year relaxed the condition to “if at all possible.” Defining the regulation of medical research, the Declaration of Helsinki was adopted in June 1964 by the World Medical Association; since then it has undergone various revisions, the last one in October 2008. Though not legally binding, it has been codified in the local legislation of many countries, including Israel. In such countries, a body usually known as a “Helsinki Committee” regulates research on humans. Israel has such a committee in every hospital.
Important articles of the declaration include:
A5. In medical research on human subjects, considerations related to the well-being of the human subject should take precedence over the interests of science and society.
A8. Medical research is subject to ethical standards that promote respect for all human beings and protect their health and rights. Some research populations are vulnerable and need special protection. The particular needs of the economically and medically disadvantaged must be recognized. Special attention is also required for those who cannot give or refuse consent for themselves, for those who may be subject to giving consent under duress, for those who will not benefit personally from the research and for those for whom the research is combined with care.
A9. Research Investigators should be aware of the ethical, legal and regulatory requirements for research on human subjects in their own countries as well as applicable international requirements. No national ethical, legal or regulatory requirement should be allowed to reduce or eliminate any of the protections for human subjects set forth in this Declaration.
B11 The subjects must be volunteers and informed participants in the research project.
Articles B12 to B17 expand on the issue of consent.
The important point to keep in mind is that since the Nuremberg Code until the last revision of the Declaration of Helsinki, the consent of the human participating in the experiment is an important issue.
However, what’s an experiment? In scientific research, an experiment is a method of investigating causal relationships among variables. They are used in both natural and social sciences. The last are notorious for field experiments, where data is collected from the general society, in many cases after the environment has been modified in certain subgroups in order to provide control and experimental groups. Invariably, some individuals must experience the test clause, the hypothesis the experiment is checking out.
This long introduction is needed in order to show that Israel openly violates the Declaration of Helsinki while performing negative eugenics.
Israel’s Illegal Experiments on Humans
Never in the history of this website, has collecting evidence been so easy. Israel’s illegal experiments on humans are reported regularly by the Hebrew media. Israel performs them openly. Let’s take a look at a couple of these institutional violations.
In 2006, Four senior doctors at Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot and the Hartzfeld Geriatric Hospital in Gedera were arrested for carrying out hundreds of illegal experiments on elderly patients without their consent.
On March 2009, anthrax experiments on IDF soldiers were declared unjustified by a committee that also severely criticized the “shroud of secrecy” under which the experiments’ directors implemented them, and asks whether “that secrecy was geared at hiding the tests from the Israeli public.”
The committee also found that the Medical Corps and the IDF did not follow the guidelines of the Helsinki Accords, which has been regulating the procedures of experiments on humans since 1975. According to the report, enlisting soldiers under direct military authority was improper and ran against the principles of the Helsinki Accords. Are we witnessing a systematic disregard of human life by Israel? Did these practices originate with that state or are they part of the Jewish culture? Answering this is not difficult, this disregard goes beyond the practice of criminal medicine.
Never in the history of mankind was such a large and pretentious social (and Socialist) experiment conducted. Kvutzat Degania was established near the Sea of Galilee in 1909 as the first Kibbutz. Many followed afterwards and became an important part of the military machine that allowed the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. I wasn’t born back then, but I had the rare opportunity to grow up in a kibbutz located not far from Degania in the 1980s. I’ll skip the rudimentary socialist ideology preached there; it was overshadowed by other monstrous aspects.
One of the themes repeated to us time and again was that the kibbutz goal was to create a “New Jewish Man in the Land of Israel.” No one was asked his consent about that. One of the problems was that the adults’ generation was supposedly contaminated with reactionary ideas; they could not be trusted with children. Hence, children grew up separated from their families and were subjected to forced work in the fields from a relatively early age. Weekly meetings with people called “coaches” were used for our brainwashing with Socialist and Humanist ideas. God, Bible, and family were reactionary concepts. I expanded on this in The Cross of Bethlehem.
Was that an experiment? By itself, it was not. However, the kibbutzim were largely sponsored by the state; they were a way of keeping uninhabited lands under the state control. The large economical help of the state to the kibbutzim—even in the 1990s—testifies to this silent alliance. Thus, they should be seen as part of a larger picture including what is known as “Development Towns” (peripheral towns populated mainly with Sepharadic Jews), moshavim (a settlement similar to a kibbutz, but allowing some private property), and regular cities. All of them were designed, funded, and studied by the state. In this large picture, the kibbutzim were part of a large group study. Social researchers plagued our school and were some of our teachers; they regularly described to us in the classes the wonders of their science and their social studies of us. Unluckily, neither I nor all other children were asked if we wanted to give up our biological family or not. We were in fact non-consensual participants of a large social sciences experiment. No other human society has ever performed this horror on its own.
At the beginning of this article, I claimed Israel openly carries out eugenics policies; these are related to various experiments on humans carried out by this state. Dor Yeshorim is the name of a state-program which seeks to reduce the incidence of Tay-Sachs disease, cystic fibrosis, Canavan disease, Fanconi anemia, familial dysautonomia, glycogen storage disease, Bloom's Syndrome, Gaucher disease, Niemann-Pick disease, and mucolipidosis IV among certain Jewish communities. The Israeli public must carry out genetic tests to diagnose these diseases early in the pregnancy. If a fetus is diagnosed with one of these diseases the pregnancy may be terminated, subject to consent. What’s the State of Israel’s opinion on deaf people? Should they be allowed to be born? What about people with eyes too close to each other, or with small smiles? Should they live? And, while dealing with this, who can decide on this? Can a doctor unable to differentiate between good and evil destroy someone else’s life on account of his or her genes?
Sometimes, the eugenics connection is in the background of an issue. Yesterday (Minority Report: IDF arrests Palestinian prisoner released in Shalit swap, January 31, 2012), I reported on the illegitimate detention of a young man with no reason. Many like him are detained in Israel for years, being denied in such a way the right to have a family. This is not a direct application of eugenics, but it achieves the same result: people not favored by the state are not allowed to reproduce. In the past, I commented on Yigal Amir’s difficulties on this, to the extent he was forced to pass to his wife in the meeting room of the prison a plastic bag filled with semen. The State of Israel never got the consent of its citizens to apply eugenics or perform illegitimate, non-consensual experiments on humans, regardless of their religion or ethnic group. These are institutional crimes at their worst.
The Nazi Connection
Dr. Josef Mengele was a German SS officer and a physician in the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, where he supervised the selection of arriving prisoners. He continued his research on heredity in that camp, especially in the field of identical twins. Less prominent in Israeli textbooks is the fact that he recruited a Czech named Berthold Epstein, a Jewish pediatrician to help him.
In the book The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide by Dr Robert Jay Lifton (see link at bottom), it is claimed that Dr Epstein “was indignant that Mengele ‘wanted to rob him of his soul’” (page 296). Yet, despite this and that he “had extravagant notions of honor,” (same page) he fully cooperated in non-consensual experiments on humans carried out in the camp.
“Cooperated” is not the exact word to define his actions. He proactively “proposed research on the treatment of noma” (same page) and led non-consensual research on humans. He couldn’t claim being a victim any more than Judas Iscariot. Yet, according to history books, he “had extravagant notions of honor.” Yes, of course he had. Not surprisingly, Jewish doctors who survived WWII, joined the Israeli medical system and eventually were an important part of it for years.
On Love, Good and God
Jesus summarized religion upon two principles: love of God and of the Other. “But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Mathew 22:34-40
This being an inconvenient truth, He was (and is) attacked by the Pharisees and their descendants with every weapon they can imagine and design. One of them is called “Humanism” which is one of the philosophical bases for a research method called “science.” Unluckily, Humanism rejects love. Moreover, it does not recognize any values, nor cares about definitions of “good.” Actually, it doesn’t even properly differentiate between good and bad, everything is subjected to research by a heartless, valueless method of science. Under such circumstances, questioning goodness is useless, everything is allowed in the name of pure research, science and Gold. Blessed be the Gold. As such, Humanism—as practiced by Israel—is just another name for Crimes against Humanity.
Ludwig van Beethoven is one of the most famous and influential composers. Some would be tempted to question God for Beethoven’s hearing deterioration while still a young man. After all, he was an extraordinarily gifted man. He became completely deaf, yet he continued to compose, conduct, and perform. God was teaching all of us a lesson here. Even a person with faulty parts can perform extraordinary feats of the spirit, leaving legacies that survive within our spirits. Nonetheless, eugenics’ scientists say “He is deaf, let’s castrate him.” Israel is a world-wide leader on this.
As a subject of a non-consensual experiment held by the Jewish population that founded the State of Israel, I feel the blues for Dr. Mengele's experiments. At least, he was honest.
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