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The Postville Pogrom – that Nobody Admits was a Pogrom

Sholom Rubashkin, one of the former managers of Agriprocessors, who was serving 27 years in prison until his sentence was commuted by President Trump.

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Stephen G. Bloom
Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America
New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2000

Many readers might not know that a surprisingly nasty fight took place in Postville, Iowa between whites and Jews more than a decade ago. The affair – or at least the lead-up to the climax of the affair – was described by the Jewish Professor of Journalism Stephen G. Bloom of Iowa City in his book Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America. At the center of it all was a kosher meat-processing facility called Agriprocessors that was owned by a group of Orthodox Jews of the Lubavitch sect. The situation in Postville was not very different from that of Eastern Europe in the late nineteenth century: Jews came to a small town, caused trouble, and were eventually purged in a pogrom. How the affair occurred will be explored below, from a White Nationalist perspective.

Most of the research for this article will come from the book mentioned above, but there was also a PBS documentary about the incident, Postville: When Cultures Collide, that is also important. Although the book’s version of the story ends in 2000, the conflict persisted for years afterwards, so other sources were used as well. Indeed, in 2008, the Department of Homeland Security launched a raid against Agriprocessors’ illegal immigrant employees and arrested the Jewish owners of the plant for a number of crimes. After 2008, the worst elements of Jewish power were broken in Postville, although some Jews remain to this day.

When Postville was first published, I didn’t read it, but I did see a C-SPAN Book TV interview with the author. Shortly thereafter, I became embroiled in America’s overseas adventures with the military for several years and promptly forgot about the matter. But I was drawn to reinvestigate the story when I spotted the book while killing time at the library, when I was serving as a taxi driver for young teenagers goofing off at the library – or as they called it, “studying.”

The Economics of the Rural Midwest

It’s not a big secret that agriculture is an important part of the economy of the Midwest, and this is especially so in Iowa. One significant component of the region’s agricultural production is butchering livestock. Industrial-scale butchering first arose in Chicago, and historically, the industry’s leaders were often Yankees from New England. One such Yankee is Gustavus Franklin Swift (1839-1903), who founded a meatpacking empire in Chicago that still exists today. Swift was born in Massachusetts. For decades, meatpacking in places like Chicago and Green Bay provided middle-class jobs and supported world-class cities. After the 1970s, meatpacking companies began to relocate their facilities to small towns. In part, the purpose of this move was to lower labor costs by moving to locations where it was more difficult for unions to organize, and where it was easier to exploit illegal immigrant workers.


The Corn Belt on top, cattle production on the bottom. Postville, as in many other towns across the Midwest, is positioned at the nexus of cattle grazing and feed-growing areas. While the big agriculture companies have increased their stock value by moving slaughterhouses to the countryside, the middle-class jobs in the big cities are long gone, as are the associated industries, such as tanning brush production.

 

Today, the whole of the meatpacking industry has changed from the stable, union shop, good-wage worksites of the past to something more like a sordid swindle. The massive agribusiness companies descend on a small town with a great deal of capital and clout. They promise jobs in exchange for tax breaks, and get the town to invest its own money in sewage and other infrastructure required for them to operate. The local economy does indeed get a semi-bump, but most of the labor force typically comes from illegal immigrants, so much of the profit ends up flowing not only out of the town, but out of the country. And in many cases, the company will simply move on to the next town once the tax breaks expire, leaving the community they are abandoning to pay the infrastructure costs.

Small towns with meatpacking plants are usually unhappy places. This author even once met a man who proudly described how he’d led his local community in an effort to prevent a slaughterhouse from opening a facility in his county. In 1987, however, the ugly reality of the meatpacking industry was not yet well-known, and Postville, Iowa[1] was desperate for investment. At that time, the Iowa economy was still struggling to recover from the Farm Crisis of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Enter Aaron Rubashkin. Rubashkin is a Russian-born Orthodox Jew dialed into the Orthodox Lubavitch Jewish community in the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. He purchased an abandoned slaughterhouse in Postville and turned it into a large kosher butchery. Postville got its economic semi-bump, but problems between the Jews and Iowans began immediately afterwards and persisted for decades.

Prof. Bloom got wind of the situation and went down to visit Postville in the mid-1990s to see what was what. It is clear that by the time he arrived (on one occasion, he mentions the year 1996), tensions were at full steam. The Iowans had made their stand against the Jews by deciding to hold a referendum to allow the town of Postville to annex the land on which the kosher meat-processing plant stood. If the town annexed the land, the Iowans would then be able to raise taxes and better control the Lubavitchers. The annexation issue was thus a vote on the status of Jews in Postville by the native Nordic Iowans of the town.

A Liberal, Semi-Hostile Jew Looks at Relations Between Hasidic Jews & Nordic Iowans

Bloom begins his account by frankly describing his suppressed, but deep-seated, dislike of the Iowans. He writes that after living in Iowa for a while:

I began to understand what Edna Ferber [the author of an anti-white novel that became the movie Giant], who grew up as a Jew in the southeastern Iowa town of Ottumwa, wrote about in her 1938 autobiography, A Peculiar Treasure. “Business was bad, the town was poor, its people were frightened, resentful, and stupid. There was, for a place of its size and locality, an unusually large rough element. As naturally as could be, they searched for a minority on whom to vent their dissatisfaction with the world. And there we were, and there I was, the scapegoat of the ages.”[2]

This author suspects that most of Ferber’s Iowan neighbors didn’t know she was a Jew unless she told them. Her “scapegoat” experiences were a fantasy, and the “resentments” she describes were projections of her own attitudes. (“Gangs” in 1930s Iowa – really?) However, it is notable that Bloom is identifying with Ferber’s sentiments, although he also states that Iowans are polite, honest, and tolerant. Bloom even describes an incident from his childhood where his father stormed out of a restaurant based on an insult that Bloom admits was probably imaginary.

During his investigation, Bloom discovered that the Jews were very rude to Postville’s civic leaders. They often cheated contractors and handymen by spreading out their payments over many months – when they didn’t simply throw away the bill, that is. They drove too fast on the roads and tried to hustle the local merchants. One Jewish woman tried to bribe a policeman, and one Rabbi stole some handmade leather sheaths from a woman, insisting that he’d already paid for them. And they didn’t bother to take care of the yards surrounding their homes – something which may seem trivial on the surface, but which is still a sign of disrespect. In the Midwest, a town displaying bad yards is a town that is dying.

Another crisis occurred involving Postville’s municipal swimming pool. The Iowans were concerned that the Hasidic Jews would demand “Jews only” hours. Iowans would thus be displaced from an amenity which they had built and paid for.[3] There were also a great many zoning and building use violations. About this, Bloom writes:

If the city of Postville tried to enforce any ordinance the Jews disagreed with, the immediate cry was anti-Semitism. If a local complained about the noise from the shul, if anyone disagreed about annexation, he or she was quickly branded an anti-Semite. Ultimately, I discovered, carrying on a conversation with any of the Postville Hasidim was virtually impossible. If you didn’t agree, you were at fault, part of the problem. You were paving the way for the ultimate destruction of the Jews, the world’s Chosen People. There was no room for compromise, no room for negotiation, no room for anything but total and complete submission.[4]

Agriprocessors in its heyday.

Toward the end of Postville, Bloom’s attitudes grow more hostile to the Lubavitchers. This is particularly noticeable when he describes the September 27, 1991 crime spree of Lubavitchers Pinchas Lew and Phillip Stillman.[5] The pair got drunk, removed the license plate from their car, and robbed two townspeople at gunpoint. They shot one woman – she was able to recover, but the bullet was permanently lodged in her spine, causing her constant pain for the rest of her life. In Brooklyn, Stillman had been part of an Orthodox crime gang, and he left for Iowa after one of his gang’s members was murdered, execution-style.

Stillman was an adopted Colombian street kid and didn’t get much help from his community, but the imprisonment of a full-blooded Jew, Pinchas Lew, caused an uproar in Postville’s Jewish community. The Orthodox considered Lew’s imprisonment an unjust kidnapping. The Jews called for help from their community back in Brooklyn and raised enormous sums for Lew’s bail and legal defense. In the end, Lew received very little punishment for his crime.

Stillman and Lew became bad-optics ambassadors for the Hasidic community in Iowa, and the Lubavitchers’ leadership did not realize the scale of the disaster. None of them checked up on the victims, or made a profession of remorse, or even so much as offered them a free slab of kosher beef. Instead, the Jews loudly supported their criminals, and, as always, ignored those whom they had harmed. In an interesting case of self-imposed blindness, Aaron Rubashkin could only say to Bloom, “No matter what we do, the goyim always find fault with us.”

By the end of his book, Bloom is clearly thoroughly disgusted by the Lubavitchers’ behavior. Indeed, he ends up coming out in favor of the annexation. The annexation vote was successful, although the story continued, eventually leading to the pogrom.

Postville’s Jews Were Engaged in Serious Crimes

When the mainstream media deals with Orthodox Jews, they tuck them into a category somewhat like the many peculiar Protestant sects that stretch across the Midwest, such as the Plymouth Brethren or the Pennsilfaanisch Deitsch Dunkards. Orthodox Jews, however, are a separate race hiding behind a religion. They have carved out a biological and economic niche based on predation and parasitism. Furthermore, unlike Christianity, their religion isn’t universalist: It has one set of rules for those in the group and another, entirely predatory set of rules for those outside of it. In other words, their conflict with the Iowans was not really about lawn care, it was about the fact that they were committing very serious crimes. To name only some of them:

  • The Lubavitch Jews were using the meatpacking plant to launder money.
  • By hiring illegal immigrant labor, the Jews imported Mexican and Central American crime into Iowa. Notably, Bloom mostly discusses only the Russian, Ukrainian, and Kazakh workers.
  • The Jews engaged in street crime. Stillman and Lew’s crime spree as described above was the event that most seriously damaged relations between the Jews and the Iowans.
  • The kosher slaughterhouse methods were sloppy. The plant was a torture center of cruelty towards animals.[6] Apparently, “throat ripping” can be kosher.
  • Jewish managers overworked their illegal immigrant employees, didn’t always pay overtime, permitted dangerous working conditions, and employed child labor. The workers were “unionized,” but only in a sham union run by another Orthodox Jew.
  • The Jews violated environmental laws. Wastewater from the plant was killing local fish. When the locals complained, the Lubavitchers ignored them.
  • The Lubavitch Jews sought to bend federal regulations to allow their unethical practices, especially the ones involving animal cruelty. On October 23, 2003, the Postville Lubavitchers met with Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman for this purpose. While this wasn’t illegal, it plays into the dispossessed majority situation in America. Jews from a rural slaughterhouse met with a senior government official and got their way, if only temporarily. Meanwhile, native Iowans and other Midwesterners were having their jobs taken away and permanently shipped to China.
  • In every circumstance, the Lubavitchers hired the best lawyers. After the 2008 raid, many in the US Justice Department protested their treatment, and a great many charges were either dropped or reduced.

Iowa: A Land Without a People for a People without a Land?

Postville: When Cultures Collide is interesting in that it uses the normal J-Left methods of evading the truth about what was going on in Postville – namely, an aggressive Jewish sect behaving badly. The documentary uses the standard set of tricks to downplay the concerns of whites. For example, the Jews are shown to be “just like” the Iowans, and we see them playing baseball, having cookouts, and so on. But there is no mention of the 1991 crime spree, the zoning violations, or any of the other problems.

The documentary is condescending towards the Iowans from the outset. It claims that most of the townspeople didn’t know who its most prominent citizen, Nobel Peace Prizewinner John R. Mott, Jr., was. From this point of view, Iowa might be considered a land without a people for a people without a land. (They have no culture! They don’t even know who their hero, Mott, was!) The town’s whites are shown dressed in work clothes, and they tend to be less than eloquent. When Jews are shown, they are wearing Iowa-style clothing and speak very clearly. These are the same sort of tricks that were used in the 1991 movie, Blood in the Face. Well-spoken whites are never seen, and the less eloquent ones are given plenty of screen time. Illegal immigrant crime is also downplayed. One Mexican activist interviewed claims the Iowans are simply “ignorant.”

An interesting footnote about Bloom’s book is that while this author clearly remembers media coverage of it on channels such as C-SPAN when the book first came out, little of it can be found online today. If one searches for Stephen G. Bloom and Postville on YouTube, you find material related to Bloom’s other projects, as well as amateur videos that aren’t worth describing. The likely reason for this memory-holing is the 2008 Postville pogrom.

The Pogrom

According to later popular accounts, in nineteenth-century Russia, pogroms are said to have been cases of Cossacks and white townspeople attacking harmless, blameless Jews, such as in 1971’s Fiddler on the Roof. This author suspects that in reality, the pogroms of those days were conducted for reasons much like what happened in Postville. Indeed, the Iowan-Jew conflict in Postville paralleled other Jew-Gentile conflicts that were occurring at the time. The problems with the Jews in Postville began the very afternoon when Aaron Rubashkin purchased the abandoned slaughterhouse in 1987, even though the conflict didn’t come out into the open until a mayor who endorsed the slaughterhouse annexation plan was elected in 1991. This time frame precisely matches that of the First Intifada in Palestine. Also in 1991, the same sorts of Jews as those who lived in Postville sparked a riot in Crown Heights, Brooklyn (the very place where many of the Postville Lubavitchers were from) after a Jew ran over several black children in a car accident, departing the scene in a “Jews only” ambulance while the children were left dead and injured in the street. In other words, Palestinian Arabs, Nordic Iowans, and New York blacks – vastly different peoples – reacted negatively to Jews at the same time for basically the same reasons.

The Postville Pogrom, such as it was, consisted of a raid by Immigration Officials from the Department of Homeland Security on May 12, 2008. Hundreds of Illegal immigrants who were employed at Agriprocessors were arrested, as were as the plant’s managers. Agriprocessors went bankrupt in November of that year. While the power of the Postville Jews had been broken, Postville’s economy was severely affected by the affair. The Postville Iowans experienced something like what Great Britain experienced after the Second World War: they had won, but impoverished themselves in accomplishing it. It became very difficult for the Postville town government to meet the loan payments stemming from the water treatment plant that had been built to process the slaughterhouse’s wastewater once Agriprocessors declared bankruptcy and no longer paid taxes.

A new, less offensive group of Orthodox Jews eventually purchased the kosher slaughterhouse and ran it on a smaller scale. But the damage was done: local property values plummeted and the illegal Hispanics were replaced by legal, but infinitely more problematic, Somali refugees. A good after-action summary with a pro-migrant slant can be found here.  And in 2017, President Trump commuted the 27-year sentence of one of Agriprocessor’s managers, Sholom Rubashkin.

A Final Summation

  • A pogrom can take time. The affair played out over twenty-one years, from 1987 until 2008.
  • The pogrom happened in part because the Jewish political elite themselves were divided about the goings-on at Agriprocessors.
  • The DHS raid was a big enough operation that President Bush was likely aware of it, but there is little information available about how the Iowans who requested government help got it. How did the Mayor of tiny Postville, Iowa get the state and federal governments to act? What messages were passed? Who said what to whom? How did those wanting the raid beat the charge of anti-Semitism and convince a bumbling, pro-Jew/pro-crony capitalist neoconservative President with a Jewish DHS Chief to act?
  • The pogrom left ragged edges. Afterwards, Postville didn’t instantly become a white ethnostate, and many problems ensued.
  • There was all sorts of optics and humanitarian issues during the raid. For example, children were abandoned at school when their parents were arrested. Social services had to mount a last-minute effort to deal with the crisis. In future, raids must take into account the full picture.
  • Throughout the affair, Christian churches of all denominations delayed and diffused an effective white resistance. Local church authorities preached tolerance even as problems with the Jews became too big to ignore, and local nuns even provided “sanctuary” and ran interference for the illegal immigrants.

Notes

[1] Yankees (and in this case, many American Midlanders of the Quaker/German Culture) versus the Jews:

Iowa, especially northern Iowa, was defined by old-stock Americans with roots in New England. Researchers found that the earliest whites in the region, who settled there in the 1850s, were from the extended New England portions of upstate New York, southern Michigan, and southwestern Wisconsin. Postville is thus on the edge of Yankee culture, and northeast Iowa is a partial extension of New England. In the map above, the blue areas show voters for John C. Frémont in the 1856 US Presidential Election superimposed on a map of the Midwest. This is a very good proxy for the location of New Englanders. The sharpest Jew-goyim conflicts in the United States usually involve a white with ancestors from the original English stock, New England Yankees. The reason for continuously stating this fact is to improve upon white advocacy efforts by in-reaching to Americans from the North.

Postville’s most illustrious citizen was John R. Mott, Jr. (1865-1955). Mott was the son of Postville’s Mayor and grew up in the town. He would go on to work on ecumenical fellowship between Christian denominations, and would win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1946. Mott’s family origins were in upstate New York, a Yankee region.

It is important to note, however, that Postville is also situated on the edge of America’s Midlands culture, which was formed by Quakers and New Sweden colonists in the southern Delaware River Valley. The Midlanders searched high and low for German immigrants to add to their numbers. In Postville, the majority of the town were of German ancestry and attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Bloom tends to describe the conflict in religious – not racial – terms. In his view, the Iowans are German Lutherans and the Jews are just whites who happen to have a different religion.

Another view of Iowa’s cultural blocs, which shows the Yankee influence in the north and the Quaker influence, originating in Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey, in the south.

[2] Bloom, Postville, p. 13

[3] The Hasidim did get “Jews only” hours, but because the lifeguards were all female, the men couldn’t use the pool.

[4] Bloom, Postville, p. 198.

[5] In prison, Stillman has continued to be nothing but a crook.

[6] Kosher slaughter methods exist to humanely slaughter animals. If done right, this can be true. However, as with all taboos, there is a down side. Essentially, taboos become a thing when the letter of the law attains greater value than the spirit of the law. And kosher methods don’t always make for a clean kill. Non-kosher captive bolt guns are a far more humane technique. Bloom also describes the slaughterhouse’s purifying bath. The bath met the standards of Jewish law, but to use it, one needed to take a shower with soap and hot water before entering, given that the bath itself was quite nasty, containing floating hair and grease, and one needed another shower after “purifying” in it.

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14 Comments

  1. Peter Quint
    Posted October 22, 2018 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    The last item about the Christian churches, and white christian clerics deliberately thwarting, and delaying effective resistance on the part of whites to jewish predation should be given special attention by all white nationalists. It is a clear example of the treacherous nature of Christianity, and its adherents, and has been going on for thousands of years,

  2. Posted October 20, 2018 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    “The documentary is condescending towards the Iowans from the outset. It claims that most of the townspeople didn’t know who its most prominent citizen, Nobel Peace Prizewinner John R. Mott, Jr., was.”

    And if the documentarians had so desired, it would read:

    “The documentary is condescending towards the Iowans from the outset. It claims that most of the townspeople, lacking achievements of their own, found pride in its most prominent citizen, Nobel Peace Prizewinner John R. Mott, Jr.”

    We know how the game is played.

  3. Pillister
    Posted October 20, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    It is worth noting that on the cover of the first edition of the book Postville Bloom drew criticism (ok I know authors do not decide cover art/subheadings etc) because there was an image of two Iowans looking at an Orthodox Jew. This image had to be photoshopped because they literally could not get a picture of a Jew with a native Iowan-they would literally walk past them and ignore them in the streets.

    I am reminded of the (unfortunate) Ultra Orthodox colony on Canvey island UK where Jews from Stamford Hill have opened their own school/shops etc. Perhaps another Postville situation in the making?

  4. Samuel Clemens
    Posted October 20, 2018 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    We need to take over a small town the same way. A few hundred of us could easily shift the demographics and culture to a more favorable position. There are many areas of the country that could allow us to create a self sufficient community; in the midwest, the south, the north east, and even parts of the west.

  5. Pillister
    Posted October 20, 2018 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    I assume you use pogrom in the non ironical Jewish sense.

    I encourage everyone to read Bloom’s postscripts to the new edition of the books as well as his interview with Luke Ford where he recounts Jews contacting him telling him that he must not air the Jews dirty laundry in front of the goyim. He is more ambiguous about the Jewish gentile conflict than he is at the conclusion of the book.

    There are also rumours that the slaughterhouse was hosting a type of breaking bad style operation and that the head guy was a gustavo fring type. This has apparently been suppressed by the feds. There was a meth outbreak in postville.

    Also the mayor of Postville was a few years ago set up in a sting where he was encouraged to make anti semitic remarks (or at least they could be interpreted as) and the national news media promptly went into overdrive. Whenever people try to tell me that the ultra orthodox are outliers I feel sick (remember Postville is a very small town).All groups work together.

    The website failed messiah (which was bought out and silenced by the authors fellow rich Jew) details all and more of this. The articles are now archived.

    • Iowa Wide Shut
      Posted October 20, 2018 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

      Hi. Valuable insight into the Postville disaster. I have a few brief questions, if you care to extend.

      >”[Bloom] is more ambiguous about the Jewish gentile conflict than he is at the conclusion of the book”
      Can you elaborate on this, how so? I’m fascinated by how “reform” Jews, when tackling the supremacist biases of the Orthodox sect, carefully dance around the unifying ideology of “goyim” as a subclass majority. I was surprised by the candor and “fairness” of the NYT review of Bloom’s book, by a Jewish staff member, but here too the writer through omission and subtlety, seemed to be communicating to Jewish readers first most.

      >”[a meth outbreak sourced to the slaughterhouse] was apparently suppressed by the Feds”
      Dark. Any guesses why, as Mr. de Camp mentions above, that the Fed Gov/Bush Jr. admin got involved in the first place in 2008? Any guess why Trump was so quick to pardon ringleader Sholom Rubashkin, and who applied pressure (Sheldon Adelson? The Kushners?).

      This reminds me of the Israeli Ecstasy rings in South Florida circa 2000-01, the sales were apparently assisting in a local Israeli surveillance operation of 9/11 hijackers. Not long after 9/11, a historic raid/bust occurred in South Florida, involving ~500 hardcore Zionist Israelis (yes, 500) running a shady, elaborate moving van network across the East Coast. Countless complaints by customers were reported of criminality, poor conditions, and shyster tactics, not unlike Postville. Some of these Israelis were also involved in Ecstasy. One of the companies even helped a 9/11 hijacker relocate from South Florida to New Jersey (which zooms out further to the five Israeli “movers” arrested on 9/11 and interrogated by FBI, before the Feds bent the knee and deported them). My point is that drug running often surfaces in these insulated Jewish outcrops. “All groups work together.”

      One day, I hope an FBI agent leaks a report on all these networks.

      • Pillister
        Posted October 20, 2018 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

        ‘Can you elaborate on this, how so? ‘

        The author of this article has it slightly wrong. Stephen Bloom was a journalism professor who relocated to Des Moines for a job. He initially got interested in the community of Jews in postville as a way to reinforce his (and his children’s) Jewish identity whilst living among the gentiles of Iowa.

        He sucessfully elides the dual morality issue between all Jews and non-Jews by pretending to be an impartial (if not an entirely disinterested) observer. He finds himself just naturally alienated from the Hasidim as they initially welcome him (as a potential convert to thier dynastic branch of orthodox Judaism) but then go cold on him as it becomes clear that he will not give up his goyish ways. This is presented as him siding with the native Postville people and allows him to sucessfully avoid stating where he stands on the crucial issues the more traditional style of Judaism raises. The book was rereleased years later after the immigration raids and the scandal with the supposed anti semitic mayor and included are some interviews with the author and a section with reader’s questions. These sections sucessfully parse the issues that the book managed to avoid and leave a distinct bad taste in the mouth if you read between the lines.

        To be fair my only source for the meth allegations are links on the renegade tribune website but it would stand to reason that only innuendo would be left if it had been suppressed. Orthodox Jews have a long history of drug dealing (ecstasy,cocaine) and also using block voting,entryism and bribery to cover up illicit activities.

        I beleive Trump pardoned Rubashkin as an easy sop to his orthodox Jewish supporters who are actually big trump supporters. They are numerically tiny but are politically powerful both in the United States (Trump is a New York native) and Israel. Ultra orthodox Jews (of all stripes) regard their head rabbis (called a rebbe) as basically an ersatz messiah. This is documented in the culture of critique series and is an extension of middle eastern collectivism.

        ‘Countless complaints by customers were reported of criminality, poor conditions, and shyster tactics, not unlike Postville’

        It is very common for all intelligence services to use basic service companies to run unobtrusive intelligence operations. In addition to the Israelis using an ecstasy ring/moving company to cover their tracking of the 9/11 hijackers they have previously run a locksmith service (staffed by actual Israelis using false American names and again providing notoriously poor service) the activity for which it was covering not conclusively uncovered. Also it has been speculated that the dead sea products sold in malls (again poor quality products-the stuff is made in Texas and the selling involves high pressure sales techniques) are cover for an espionage operation. They also operated a diving resort in Africa during the evacuation of Eithiopian Jews to Israel as well as running a company which would cold call and offer corporate art/ interior decoraring services to U.S government buildings as cover for planting listening devices etc. The urban moving systems van the dancing Israelis were found in had a huge logo depicting planes crashing into the twin towers. The image can be found on the web.

        When I said all groups worked together I was referring to reform/secular Jews (ie
        supposed moderates) who immediately covered in the national news an extremely tiny town (Postville originally had less than one thousand inhabitants) to put media pressure on the inhabitants who wanted to incorporate,legislate and tax the slaughterhouse based there.

        When push comes to shove the supposed more universalist Jews will cover for their Orthodox bretheren because they understand that this is the demographic future of Jewry (secular Jews marry out, fail to raise kids etc).

        • Iowa Wide Shut
          Posted October 21, 2018 at 11:34 am | Permalink

          Thanks for the great share and input. And I lol’d at learning the original Postville book cover was photoshopped; I thought the cover was too good, like a scene out of a CounterCurrents Clint Eastwood drama.

          >”Bloom initially got interested in the community of Jews in postville as a way to reinforce his (and his children’s) Jewish identity whilst living among the gentiles of Iowa.”
          Yes, this was interesting to learn. Bloom wasn’t merely a fish-out-of-water who stumbled into a clash, he was nearby, living comfortably with his assimilated family, and did many trips to Postville. So his ire wasn’t kneejerk or to get a funny rise out of fellow Jews, he was genuinely disgusted. The NYT has an excerpt where his blue jeans became a point of contention.

          >”Orthodox Jews have a long history of drug dealing (ecstasy,cocaine) and also using block voting,entryism and bribery to cover up illicit activities.”
          In fact there’s a movie about Orthodox drug dealers titled ‘Holy Rollers’ starring the Jewish actor from ‘The Social Network,’ caused quite an internecine stir.

          Kudos for your rundown of Israel intel fronts, we’ve done our research. Journalist Christopher Ketcham has my eternal respect for his Israeli Art Students expose in Salon, and the Dead Sea kiosk mall operation needs more awareness. I do, however, need to clear one misstatement up:

          >>”The urban moving systems van the dancing Israelis were found in had a huge logo depicting planes crashing into the twin towers. The image can be found on the web”

          It pains me that so many of us, especially on /pol/ continue to state this; the image online is photoshopped, whether it was intentional disinfo to discredit the entire Urban Moving Systems arrest history IDK. The image does have basis in an NYPD transponder recording that a mural/van had been spotted and reported by pedestrians, and NYPD did attempt to locate this van, to no avail. It was never cited as a UMS van at any point, although it’s an noteworthy coincidence. UMS vans, which I’ve thoroughly researched, including the one NJPD apprehended on 9/11, didn’t have outward logos etc. I’ve read speculation that the original “mural sighting” was even called in as misdirection by a sayan(im) so operatives could escape elsewhere. Fog of war etc. But if NYPD actually had a real 9/11 mural photo of a UMS van, owner Dominik Suter would be a household name.

          • Pillister
            Posted October 21, 2018 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

            Forgive me I thought the image was genuine

  6. 89ejrj
    Posted October 20, 2018 at 6:10 am | Permalink

    You’ve got to be kidding me:

    “Stillman was an adopted Colombian street kid and didn’t get much help from his community, but the imprisonment of a full-blooded Jew, Pinchas Lew, caused an uproar in Postville’s Jewish community. The Orthodox considered Lew’s imprisonment an unjust kidnapping. The Jews called for help from their community back in Brooklyn and raised enormous sums for Lew’s bail and legal defense. In the end, Lew received very little punishment for his crime.”

    That’s exactly what happened in the Leo Frank case. Unz has a great (in my opinion, groundbreaking) article on that subject:

    http://www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-the-adl-in-american-society/

  7. A. Yell
    Posted October 19, 2018 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    “In his view, the Iowans are German Lutherans and the Jews are just whites who happen to have a different religion.”

    Hello fellow White people!

  8. Iowa Wide Shut
    Posted October 19, 2018 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    I searched YouTube for “Postville cultures collide,” the results are like cruising through a conspicuous ghost town in Googlezon. Bloom’s expose certainly went against the grain, due credit, I bet he ironically still faces more legitimate intimidation than Rushdie did.

    These rural black clouds of blackhat Orthodox supremacism, Kiryas Joel, NY being a remarkable example, may as well be creepypasta about unkosher ‘Twilight Zone’ eps to many white Americans. There are a couple of old ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ segments on Amazon Prime about brazen Orthodox community schemes that certainly erase any mystery, and wouldn’t survive ADL’s content flaggers in 2018.

    • Estremadurian
      Posted October 23, 2018 at 9:19 am | Permalink

      If you are actually interested in watching the documentary you can find it on PBS’ website. (as the article author linked)
      You probably won’t find it on youtube because PBS is strangely aggressive on copyright stuff. And of course youtube is very kosher…

      Although reading the summary makes me wonder if it’s worth wasting the 53 minutes and 49 seconds watching the documentary.

      Through the prism of Postville, Iowa (population 1,500), this documentary examines what happens when a once homogeneous town becomes a new model for the American melting pot. This program investigates the roots of cultural misunderstanding, explores the meaning of community, showcases the manifestation of underlying racism and offers a glimpse into what might be the future of small town America.

  9. Sam
    Posted October 19, 2018 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    I’m unsure as to how this might add context, but it is true that Iowa is the primary current home for Dutch settlers in the USA.

    This is obvious if you research yDNA Haplotype distribution in the USA and Europe, and can be verified if you look closer at their culture starting with Des Moines. Look for political behavior similarities to the European Dutch.

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