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The Zionist Book Club was formed just as the Barak government was about to come into power. The banner heading of the full page advertisement that we ran in the Your Jerusalem newspaper said,” Read These Books Before the New Government Bans Them.” The political climate was ripe for repression. I had run the first advertisements in several newspapers during the Rabin government saying,” Bring Down the Government.” That was December 1993. At first I received many calls both in favor and against, but asking me how I was going to do that. Friends of mine were asked if I was alright as it was such a strange thing to do. It only took four weeks for an uprising to start after I opened the doors to standing up to the horrible violent abuse that Yitzhak Rabin was foisting upon the Jewish population in Israel who disagreed with his policies.
That full page color ad included the first book that we published: Israel Betrayed, by Barry Chamish along with several other books, videos and cassette tapes. In that ad was “The Transfer Agreement” by Edwin Black. We were selling hard to find copies of the out of print book for $100 apiece. The interest we generated led to the reissuing of the book by Brookline Books in Boston. I was bringing in copies of the book,”Who Murdered Yitzhak Rabin” by Barry Chamish which had been published by Feral House Publishers in Los Angeles. I walked a copy of the first edition into Brookline and they decided to update and print the second edition in English. They sent me the book on disk and I printed the book in Israel. For seven years, I published Barry Chamishs’ books and arranged for them to be sold at political demonstrations, lectures and in a few bookstores. We sold other books as well during those years. Our tables of books, videos, cassettes and posters were at the annual Conference on Who Really Murdered Yitzhak Rabin presented by the Root and Branch Association. The first year that we held the conference, the place was packed and we sold quite well. People commented that we had books that they were not able to find anywhere else. So began our rare out of print book phase. The third year of the conference was an event that was surreal. We had been having the conference in the Windmill Hotel. Business was so bad that they had made an arrangement with the Border Police to rent the hotel out as their living quarters. Imagine this outrageously controversial conference being held in the hotel which housed hundreds of Border Police. We were able to hold numerous conversations with high ranking officers as well as regular soldiers on a topic which had been and is still taboo in many circles to speak of openly. In the middle of a conversation I was having with one mid-level officer, I paused and said,” You know, if we would have had this conversation seven years ago, you would have arrested me.” He thought for a moment and said,” You’re right.” That was a wonderful catharsis. At that instant I knew that we had accomplished what had been one of the basic motivations for engaging in the enterprise years before.
Over the several years that we were active in Israel, we had a profound impact on the political scene by continually presenting books, some of which had been banned and others that Steimatsky Books, the large monopoly bookseller in Israel, had refused to carry, even though there was considerable interest. Our most recent publication is the two volume edition of Rabbi Marvin Antlemans, “ To Eliminate the Opiate.” Volume One was originally published in 1973. It was the first well presented history of the conspiratorial efforts to subvert and undermine Judaism. It can still be found offered used for even $250 on some rare book sites. Volume two was brought out after many years and much encouragement from several people. My editor asked to not receive public credit for his marvelous effort putting together this epic work. We are happy to offer both volumes in an attractive set of paired covers with strong artwork to drive home the message contained within. In the coming months, we hope to present new works as well as reprints of classic out of print books that our readers over the years could want to include in their libraries. If you have an item that you feel we may want to publish, please contact us.