Chamish and the X-Rays
Barry Chamish and Martine Antelman are enemies of the truth. They oppose the Jewish State of Israel
and tell lies about the Jewish People. The article below relates to these miscreants and deals with one of the numerous
misrepresetnations of Chamish
and his anti-Jewish propaganda.
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and the X-Rays
Barry Chamish, for those who do not know, is a Canadian journalist who describes
himself as a Conservative Jew.
Chamish used to live in Israel but now is to be found in the USA where he serves
as a conduit for Conspiracy Theories. Many of these theories are anti-Jewish and
against the State of Israel. Chamish on occasion sometimes writes himself. He
says things that are wrong, are proven to be incorrect, and on occasion are
outright lies and it must have been known that they were such at the time of his
writing. In the past, Chamish teamed up with Marvin Antelman who is similar to
himself but even more anti-Semitic. Antelman claims the State of Israel was
created to destroy the Jewish People and is all part of a big conspiracy the
main culprits of which are Jews. Antelman bears all the ideological trappings of Classical anti-Semitism.
Antelman however distinguishes between bad Jews
who he claims run the Conspiracy and good Jews who are dupes of it. Antelman comes from
the USA and now lives in Israel. Antelman and Chamish spread lies about the
Jewish People and the State of Israel. They are not the only people identifying themselves as Jewish who do this.
In the same way as Jewish criminals exist who hurt other Jews and the general
public so too one has propagators of Conspiracy Theories directed against the
Jewish people. Certain types who present themselves as super Jewish patriots also
indulge in such perverted fantasies. To our mind they are little
better (in some ways even worse) than Gentile racists and Jew-haters.
They legitimise untruths that should never be countenanced.
One of the lies that Chamish has propagated involves the case of Morroccan Jewish
immigrants and ringworm treatment in the 1960s. Chamish did not originate this
slur but he picked it up and adopted it as his own. The slur dates back some
time but acolytes of Chamish, such as a certain "Elazar", repeat it and
regurgitate it so we decided to relate to it.
The slur is based on a movie.
This Movie is comprised of different themes. part of the movie involves interviews
with Jewish immigrants from Morocco to Israel in the late 1950(?)s (early '60s?).
Many of the immigrant children had ring-worm. This was considered a worse
infection than it deserved to be.
The Ring worm was treated with X-ray radiation. Such apparently was an accepted
practice at the time though even then the medical authorities should have known
better. As a result of this -x-ray radiation treatment it has been claimed that
cases of cancer and illness in later life resulted. The Israeli Knesset later
set up a committee on the matter and a process of monetary compensation was
instituted. It is pointed out in the movie that Israel is the only country in
the world where a precedent has been set of governmental compensation for such
malpractices even though they were done in good faith.
Fair enough. We do not know the details of this case and it may well have taken
place as depicted.
[Though it was not. Even factually the
claims in the Movie are false or misrepresentations, see extracts from the article by "Bernie" below:]
We admit that, concerning Jewish immigrants from Arab countries etc to Israel, serious mistakes
were made, not only in Israel but all over the world.
Some of the early Zionist leaders did have negative views of Oriental Jews. This is
known. They were the products of the European Intellectual climate of their
time. This was the secular education they received. Mistakes were made. Oriental Jews in some cases were discriminated against
and mistreated. This has been admitted, apologized for, and attempts have been
made to rectify the injustices that resulted. Even today discrimination still
takes place. We are all human beings. People from different backgrounds coming
together can get offended or give offence.
The movie also includes segments of interviews with an "academic"(?) and with
some other activist. They speak of the pernicious influence of Darwin and the Eugenics
Movement and extrapolate to the x-ray affair. It is implied that one of the effects or aims of the X-ray treatment
against ring-worm was to impair the mental facilities of migrants from Morocco
and similar areas. It is hinted that the Ashkenazic Jews were against the
Sephardic Jews getting ahead or having a lot of children so they fried their
brains and irradiated them in an attempt to keep them down!! At least that is
how Chamish interprets it!
This is a fairy tale, a horror story, a slur, without any factual basis. it is so far far-fetched and ridiculous that
a normal person would usually not even consider its feasibility. The Movie however presents this notion and Chamish has promoted it.
The film was produced by a known communist.
It is depicted on a Web Site that is anti-Israel and anti-Jewish.
The site is pro-Arab and pro-Palestinian and racially against Jews.
The web site implies that there is something racially inheritantly sinister
about Ashkenazic (i.e. European) Jews.
Sephardic Jews on the other hand are OK since the web site considers them
Chamish is quoted on the site as an authority as happens often on anti-Jewish
And so on.
Chamish has been adequately replied to in the article:
and the Ringworm Children Hoax
By Bernie on 09 Mar 2007
[Article shows that scientifically and
factually the claims must be wrong. If this subject interests you then we
strongly urge that you go to the URL and read the article in full]
In 1951 there
were at most 20,000 Moroccan Jews in Israel. Yet in this poorly researched and
obviously anti-Jewish documentary it states that 100,000 Sephardic children, of
which Moroccans were the majority, were exposed to X-rays. Demographically
speaking this could not have happened. Someone is guilty of an anachronism.
Ascribing present statistics to past events is one of the many mistakes or
purposeful lies in this documentary.
Again we have historical revisionism. Back in the 50s radiation from x-ray
machines was considered harmless. Shoe stores in America even had X-ray machines
used for shoe-fitting that were a common sight in the late 1940s and early
1950s. It wasn't until 1969 that the .5
maximum yearly exposure was determined.
goes on and on with other conspiracy theories all of which are just as easy to
debunk as this one.
So that's the real story: X-ray treatments were given to Sephardic youths, which
long range problems were not known by the state at the time.
assertions of treatments with 35,000 times the normal dose, saying everyone knew
the max was .5 rad,
the stories of screaming pain from the treatments, putting in Moroccans because
that would make the largest group in Israel feel injured, inserting the
conspiracy with American military, etc., on and on now shows that he took a
tragic event and painted it Michael-Moore-style as the Ringworm Holocaust and
loves conspiracy theories. A year later, he inserted this hoax into the
watch and other gullible websites that assumed the story was true.
But like many movies in Hollywood, "based on a true story" does not mean the
story, as depicted, is actually true. Here is how the world was back in the 50s:
In 1950 two epidemics of ringworm appeared in French schools. Similar outbreaks
occurred all over the world. Americans treated during the 1950's for ringworm by
X-ray irradiation were 20 years later found to have an increased incidence of
Israel at that time was also plagued with an outbreak of ringworm, a skin
disease that grows in the roots of the hair and quickly spreads among children
who live in crowded conditions. The State of Israel began a comprehensive
treatment and prevention campaign, some of which were X-ray treatments of the
heads of all children up to age 15 who had emigrated from Arab countries. About
20,000 children underwent these treatments.
The dose given, in actual fact, was about 130
which at that time was considered safe. The medical world in the 50s, even
outside Israel, was as yet unaware of the future damage involved in these
radiation treatments; the connection between such treatments and cancer and
other illnesses was discovered only years later.
treatment of the scalp for ringworm in the early 50s was considered by everyone
to be safe. It was only years later that medical researchers in the US during
the 1970s found an increased incidence of thyroid cancer among people who had
been treated early in life with X rays for such conditions as acne, ringworm,
and tonsillitis. See encarta.msn.
But to allege that Israelis knew about the dangers 20 years before anyone else
I could list hundreds of more studies, but the point is that there was no secret
that these children were treated, nor was there any covering up of the studies.
They were published in International Scientific and Medical publications for all
to see for the past 55 years.
In 1994 Israel held hearings in the Knesset on compensation for those so
irradiated. As to why it took so long to hold the hearings? It wasn't until the
late 80's that a significant number contracted cancer or other illnesses as a
result of the radiation campaign.
The Knesset set compensation levels for various levels of injuries but by 2004
many of the victims complained or expressed dissatisfaction with the
Here is a clip from the video: The Ringworm Children, released by
Productions Ltd. in 2003. Directed by David
& Asher Hemias.
Those who view this film without knowing the science and details I outlined
above may well believe the Israeli government took money from the US to
purposely poison its own people.
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