“It is permitted to take the body and the life of a non-Jew.” – Jewish Babylonian Talmud, Sepher Ikkarim IIIc, 25
On February 15, 1493, Christopher Columbus sent out a letter to the European world revealing for the first time his discovery of America. His finding was the first step into a new world, which would become the symbol of religious tolerance and freedom. The real identity of Christopher Columbus sheds new light on the poignancy of this historical period, especially for the Jews.
To gain a better understanding of Columbus’s legacy, it’s important to note the historical background of his life. Columbus lived during the time of the inquisition during which Anusim, Jews who practiced their faith in secret, were under constant threat of arrest and tortuous death. Tens of thousands of secret Jews were tortured during the Spanish Inquisition, many dying a martyr’s death.
Columbus’ identity has been shrouded in mystery and debated for some time. The Italians claimed that Columbus was born in Lugano, Italy to Domenico Colombo, a tower sentinel. The Spaniards claim that he was born on Spanish soil to a father with a different name and trade. Recently, as reported by Charles Garcia of CNN, Spanish scholars Jose Erugo, Otero Sanchez and Nicholas Dias Perez have concluded that Columbus was, in fact, a secret Jew whose voyage to the Indies had another altogether different objective than he claimed.
The content of Columbus’ personal letters and diary entries prove most revealing. One telling difference between Columbus’ personal writings and those of his contemporaries was the language it was written in, namely one unrecognizable to most native Spaniards. Linguistics professor Estelle Irizarry, after analyzing the language of hundreds of similar letters concluded that it was written in Castilan Spanish or Ladino, a Jewish version of the Spanish language, analogous to what the Yiddish language is to German.
Another revelation is in the mysterious monogram found on his the letters, written right to left. To quote Semitic linguist Maurice David, who discovered the meaning of the symbols, “On all of these… intimate letters the attentive reader can plainly see at the left top corner a little monogram which is… in fact, nothing more…. than an old Hebrew greeting….frequently used among religious Jews all over the world even to this day”. The symbol he was referring to were the Hebrew letters bet and heh, which we know to stand for b’ezrat Hashem, or with God’s help. Not surprisingly, Columbus’ letter to the King and Queen was the only one of his 13 letters studied that did not contain this symbol.
Three of the wishes in Columbus’ will and testament also lend a number of telling clues to his identity. One request in his will was that one-tenth of his income be given as charity to provide dowry for poor girls, a commonly practiced Jewish custom that stretches far back. He also requested to have money given to a certain Jew who lived near the Jewish quarter of Lisbon.
Another particularly telltale note in his will seemed to be somewhat of a hidden signature, a triangular form of dots and letters that resembled inscriptions found on gravestones of Jewish cemeteries in Spain. Columbus even instructed his children to maintain this mysterious symbol for perpetuity. The hidden signature, when translated, was actually a prayer in lieu of the standard Hebrew kaddish, which was forbidden in Spain. This ploy allowed Columbus to covertly instruct his children to recite the kaddish prayer for him.
Simon Wiesenthal suggests that the motive behind Columbus’ voyage was to find a safe haven for the Jews.
People assume that King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella financed Columbus’ journey. But according to Charles Garcia of CNN, two conversos, Louis De Santangel and Gabriel Sanchez, along with the prominent Rabbi Isaac Abarbanel, took money out of their own pockets to pay for the voyage. This historical fact should raise yet another question: Why did these Jews take interest in Columbus’ voyage?
Simon Wiesenthal suggests in his book, Sails of Hope, that the motive behind Columbus’ voyage was to find a safe haven for the Jews. Similarly, others conclude that Columbus set sail to Asia for the purpose to obtaining enough gold to finance a crusade in an effort to take back Jerusalem and rebuild the Jews’ holy Temple. According to Dr. Gerhard Falk, author of a Man’s Ascent to Reason, he brought a Hebrew interpreter with him, with the hope of locating the ten lost tribes. ( Hence, the popular lyric reads: “In 1492, Colombus sailed the ocean blue. His interpreter was lou, he was a Jew and that is true.”)
The day of Columbus’ travels are also of noteworthy significance. It is said that he had originally planned on sailing on Tisha b’Av, but postponed his travels because the day is considered inauspicious for such ventures. Instead he began his journey on August 3rd, the 11th of Av, two days after the Jews were given the choice to convert or leave Spain. For our discerning readers, is this a fact of mere coincidence or of remarkable significance?
On the surface it seems that an ordinary sailor set forth to find a different path to the Indies, and by a remarkable stroke of luck, landed in a land known for its benevolence and religious tolerance. However, upon exploring the true identity of Christopher Columbus, we come to know a man, who, in his quest to free the Jewish people from their oppression, was brought to America by the hand of Divine Providence.
Atrocities Committed by the Jew Christopher Columbus by AnonHQ:
Every year on the second Monday of October, Americans celebrate Columbus Day. This “holiday” is actually celebrated in quite a few countries throughout the world, and is observed as a positive affair. Vince Schilling of Indian Country Today Media Network has decided to set the record straight by detailing the contradictions of Columbus’ “noble” legacy. The fact is, were Columbus still alive today, he would be put on trial for crimes against humanity.
Columbus Was a Cheapskate
Columbus stole a sailor’s reward on the way to the New World. After receiving funding for his trip from King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, Columbus offered a reward of 10,000 maravedis (a year’s salary for a sailor, about $540) to the first person to discover land. Even though it was a sailor by the name of Rodrigo de Triana that spotted land in October, 1492, Columbus retracted the deal claiming he was the one who spotted it first because he was pretty sure he saw a dim light the night before (though even by his own admission, he could not affirm that it was land). This information comes from Columbus’s log of October 11-12, 1492 as reproduced by Robert Fuson in The Log of Christopher Columbus, pp. 73-74.
Columbus Never Actually Landed on American Soil
While Columbus returned to the Americas three more times, he never initially set foot on any part of America, and we know now that other travelers most likely made it there before him. His first landing was on an island in the Bahamas where he met the Arawaks, Tainos, and Lucayans, all of which were friendly to Columbus and his men. Impressed with their friendliness, he did what any European would do, and took some of the natives against their will. In his journal he wrote:
“As soon as I arrived in the Indies [Columbus mistakenly believed he had reached Asia], on the first Island which I found, I took some of the natives by force in order that they might learn and might give me information of whatever there is in these parts.”
Columbus Talked a Lot of Crap
When Columbus first met the Native Arawaks, he wrote in his journal:
“They… brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things… They willingly traded everything they owned… They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features… They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane… They would make fine servants… With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.”
After several months in the Caribbean, Columbus had a change of tone. After two Natives had been murdered during trading, Columbus wrote:
“..[They are] evil and I believe they are from the island of Caribe, and that they eat men.” He continues that they are “savage cannibals, with dog-like noses that drink the blood of their victims.”
Thanks to Columbus, the “cannibal story” is still taught as fact in some of today’s schools. See kids? This is why you shouldn’t talk shit about people.
Columbus’ Men Were a Bunch of Rapists and Murders
After Columbus’s first trip to the New World, he left 39 men behind when he returned to Spain. The men decided they would help themselves to the local Native women, and upon Columbus’s return, he found all of his men dead. Violence ensued, and with an additional 1,200 soldiers at his disposal, Columbus’s new army raped, pillaged, and tortured without discretion.
Here is the disturbing account of Michele de Cuneo, a close friend of Columbus:
“While I was in the boat I captured a very beautiful Carib woman, whom the said Lord Admiral gave to me, and with whom, having taken her into my cabin, she being naked according to their custom, I conceived desire to take pleasure. I wanted to put my desire into execution but she did not want it and treated me with her finger nails in such a manner that I wished I had never begun. But seeing that (to tell you the end of it all), I took a rope and thrashed her well, for which she raised such unheard of screams that you would not have believed your ears. Finally we came to an agreement in such manner that I can tell you that she seemed to have been brought up in a school of harlots.”
The Spaniards committed many other heinous acts towards the Natives, such as “testing the sharpness of blades on Native people by cutting them in half, beheading them in contests and throwing Natives into vats of boiling soap. There are also accounts of suckling infants being lifted from their mother’s breasts by Spaniards, only to be dashed headfirst into large rocks,” (Schilling, 2013).
According to Bartolome De Las Casas, a former slave owner who became a Bishop:
“Such inhumanities and barbarisms were committed in my sight as no age can parallel,” he wrote. “My eyes have seen these acts so foreign to human nature that now I tremble as I write.”
Columbus Was All About the Bling
“Gold is the most precious of all commodities; gold constitutes treasure, and he who possesses it has all he needs in the world, as also the means of rescuing souls from purgatory, and restoring them to the enjoyment of paradise.” – Christopher Columbus
Columbus reported there were “rivers of gold” in the New World, as well as an abundance of Native slaves, to Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand, and in return, he was given his additional 17 ships and 1,200 men. Needless to say, he was desperate to produce what he had promised.
The Natives were forced to work in gold mines until exhaustion, and if they refused, they were either beheaded or had their ears cut off. Those who did not supply at least a thimble of gold dust every three months had their hands cut off. The hands were then tied around their necks, and they were left to bleed to death. Around 10,000 Natives died this way.
Sex Slaves for Everyone!
As well as using the Natives for slave-labor, Columbus sold females as young as 9-years-old to his men as sex slaves. In the year 1500, Columbus wrote:
“A hundred castellanoes are as easily obtained for a woman as for a farm, and it is very general and there are plenty of dealers who go about looking for girls; those from nine to ten are now in demand.”
Columbus Used Natives as Dog Food
Apparently, Columbus allowed his men to use the Natives as dog food. It’s reported there were butcher shops throughout the Caribbean that sold Indian flesh, and periodically, a practice known as the montería infernal (infernal chase) was conducted in which Indians were hunted down, killed, and eaten by the Spaniard’s war-dogs. In an even more horrifying act, live babies were ripped from their mother’s arms and fed to the dogs as sport.
Columbus Was Arrested for His Crimes, and Later Pardoned
Numerous complaints were filed against Columbus in regards to his blatant mismanagement, and in 1500, he was arrested by a royal commissioner who took him back to Spain in chains. He was stripped of his title as governor, however King Ferdinand pardoned him, and then subsidized a forth voyage.
Thanks to Bartolome De Las Casas writings, the treatment of the natives in South America exposed Spain’s barbarism, contributing to the Black Legend—Spain’s reputation as a “uniquely brutal and exploitative colonizer,” (Foner, 2014, p. 28).
We might want to reconsider even acknowledging this so-called “holiday,” and with Columbus’ reputation being falsified to our children in school, the least we can do is set the record straight for them.