Saturday, October 13, 2007

Mike Rivero of WhatReallyHappened.Com Is Decended from Marrano Jews of Spain

Christopher Jon Bjerknes

Many of you are probably familiar with the website WhatReallyHappened.Com that links to news articles, blogs and other websites of interest, many of which are highly critical of Zionism, Israel and Jewish organizations. He has in the past graciously linked to some of my blogs, and I received a fair amount of traffic from his generosity, which I would not have otherwise received.

Today, while interviewing guest speakers at the No More Wars for Israel Conference, Mike Rivero told a bit about his family history, noting that he descended from Sephardic Spanish Jews of nobility, who had fought in the Crusades to "get back the old homestead back—that didn't work out", and who were forced to convert to Catholicism under the edicts of Queen Isabella—a conversion which did not take. I had suspected that he might of been of converso ancestry and he has confirmed the fact. His website is perhaps the best source of news stories of interest to anti-Zionists I have yet to find.

That said, I have noticed that his commentary on stories related to the Armenian genocide and Turkey which I have seen, and I have not looked at each and every link he has posted nor read or heard everything he has written or said, are shallow and uninsightful and do not address the issue of the Doenmeh crypto-Jews. Perhaps he has touched upon these issues and I have missed it. Perhaps he is unaware of these issues. Perhaps he disagrees with my position. In any event, it would be interesting hear his take on the Jewish involvement in the Armenian genocide and on the Doenmeh's disproportionate influence in Turkey and around the world.