Monday, September 7, 2009

Jewish Dominance in the South African Diamond Trade

In South Africa, “nowhere in the world have Jews slipped so quickly into a
life of economic ease as here.” [LITVINOFF, p. 192] “The marketing of diamonds,”
says Mendel Kaplan, “at the outset through individual dealers and later
through the big diamond syndicates, was largely handled by Jews … the best of
them … afterwards made their mark in the gold industry.” [KAPLAN, p. 356]
Edmond de Rothschild had a significant investment in his predecessor in the
South African diamond trade, Cecil Rhodes. By 1770 Jews controlled four-fifths
of all diamonds imported from India and “over the years Jews have taken
leading positions at De Beers, which today controls roughly four-fifths of the
world’s output of unpolished diamonds.” [KOTKIN, p. 53] (The modern polished
diamond trade is largely located in the Jewish state). Beneficiaries of
apartheid, “South African Jews,” says African-American professor Tony Martin,
“were the world’s richest community and have become the world’s highest per
capita contributors to Israel.” [MARTIN, p. 74] Ernest Oppenheimer, who
became one of the richest men in the world, is called by Louis Hotz “one of the
chief architects of modern South Africa’s economy.” [FELDBERG, p. 57] Representing
about 4% of the “white population,” “there is hardly a branch of
South African industry in which Jewish men of enterprise and initiative have
not had some part.” [FELDBERG, p. 63] “The white status of the Jew [in apartheid
South Africa],” says Milton Shain, “was never seriously questioned or
threatened … The Anglo-German Jewish establishment enjoyed privilege,
power, authority, and even acclaim from earliest times, and the upward mobility
of the Eastern European Jew was patently obvious. The pariah was indeed
transformed into the parvenu.”

“In South Africa,” diplomatically noted South African civil rights activist
Desmund Tutu to a Jewish interviewer, “Jews in their success, especially as
industrialists and business people and as traders would be seen as people who
have benefited from the exploitation of Blacks, because the South African system
is a capitalist system which has tended to favor the strong and successful …
[HOFFMAN, p. 14] think there is a perception [among many South African
Blacks] that Jews are not entirely innocent. Most of us oppose capitalism,
because what we have experienced of capitalism tends to favor the privileged
and the strong and [it] seems to be exploitive.” [HOFFMAN, p. 14]

From the book When Victims Rule under the chapter entitled "Jewish Money and Economic Influence," pp. 159-160.

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