Steven Plaut

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

1.  The Israeli expatriate Israel-hating professor professor at Oxford Avi "Slimy" Shlaim has been in the news (see below) for claiming that it was actually Israel that started the recent war in Gaza because Israel dared to return fire. Well, Slimy Shlaim has been in the news before. Back when the Neo-Nazi Norman Finkelstein was trying to get tenured at DePaul University without having nay academic publications, the Finkelstein lobby recruited two academic street walkers to write glowing letters of recommendation for Fink. One was Shlaim. The other was Penn's Ian Lustick. It did not help them - DePaul (unlike Ben Gurion University) has standards and denied Fink tenure.

2.  I often find the Torah (and Bible in general) to have interesting insights into human nature and psychology. Take the use of the word Amen in this past week's Torah portion from near the end of Deuteronomy. Amen appears there repeatedly, and it is nearly the only place in the Torah where the word appears. (It does make an early passing appearance in the ritual of the "bitter waters" for a wife suspected by her husband of being unfaithful. )

But the repeated use of the word in this past week's portion may be the actual origin of the practice of using the word Amen as a response to blessings and prayers. But the matter is far more intriguing. In the portion, it is used there only as an answer to the curses read atop the Mount of Curses in the ceremony of the two mountains around Nablus/Shchem, and NOT as a response to the blessings read there. Indeed, in the Torah's "bitter waters" episode it is also a response to threats or a curse.

That is right - in the Torah, Amen (meaning roughly You Better Believe It Sonny) is a response to threats and curses, not to blessings. Blessings do not get answered with Amen. Perhaps it is all an interesting commentary on human nature and on just when and over what people are in need of hearing You Better Believe It, Boychik. 

Making it an intriguing mystery how the use of the word altered over time to be the mechanical response to hearing someone say a blessing. And more generally, what exactly the Amen word was intended to convey. 

It seems to me that the Torah-based appropriate response to hearing anyone say the Hamas terrorrhoids in Gaza should be bombed into the Stone Age - should be Amen.

4,  You probably heard about this demand from Egypt that the Jews return all the "gold" they took with them at the time of the Biblical Exodus:

In response:  We demand back wages for the the 400 years or so of slavery, computed at the minimum wage, capitalized forward with compound interest and adjusted for inflation to 2014, all of which is - I believe  - greater than the total capital asset stock of the planet, and then we can discuss this demand by the Gyptians.

Friday, September 05, 2014


    Meretz Activist and Writer Demands that Tuvia Tenenbom be Murdered

By Steven Plaut



   The Israeli media have been buzzing about the delicious story of Tuvia Tenenbom and his expose of the shenanigans of the radical Left operating in the West Bank.  Tenenbom is a multilingual journalist and play-write.    He is well known as the founder of the Jewish Theater in New York.  Passing himself off as a clueless leftist German reporter, he allowed himself to be hosted by various far-Leftist propaganda groups operating in the West Bank, supposedly "aiding" Palestinians.  He wrote his experiences up in a delightful book called "Catch the Jew," in Hebrew only for now (but in the process of being translated into English). 


     Much of the stories concern the anti-Israel NGO calling itself "Rabbis for Human Rights" run by Arik Ascherman, who claims to have Reform synagogue "ordination" together with his wife.  Ascherman has long been a bit of a laughingstock but comes over in the book like the Fourth Stooge.  Arabs working for Ascherman took Tenenbom to see how IDF soldiers harass and shoot poor Palestinians but all they could find was a soldier relieving himself behind a bush.   Others took Tenenbom to Yad Vashem and explained to him that the entire Holocaust is a hoax that never happened.    Excerpts from the book and articles describing Tenenbom's experiences have filled the Israeli media and web the past couple of weeks.   Israelis have not laughed so hard since the Hamas issued its battle song in Hebrew.


    Well, now there is a new twist on this story.  It involves a well-known Israeli leftist named Alona Kimche.  She is an Israeli author, song writer, and actress.  She made the news a couple of years back when she composed a malicious song about Israeli soldiers, accusing them of sadistic mistreatment of "Palestinians."  The Israeli army radio station decided not to play the song, upsetting the radical Left.  Here are a few excerpts from it:


Chorus: Learning to kill is a matter of a push
It begins with something small, then it comes easier

Patrolling all night in the Nablus casbah
Hey, what here is ours and what's yours
The beginning is an experiment
A rifle butt banging on the door
Fearful children, a terrified family
Then a closure, there's already danger
…They aren't men or women
They're only things and shadow
Learning to kill is a matter of routine.

…Learning cruelty is a matter of a push
It begins with something small, and then gets easier
Every boy is a man thirsting for conquests
Hands behind the head, feet spread apart
It's a time of danger, a time of terror
A soldier who weakens isn't worthy of mercy
Your cousin is like an animal
He's used to seeing blood.
He doesn't feel any pain
He's not a human being.
A field uniform, a jock itch, fragility and routine.
The distance between stupidity and evil is short.
The land of Israel is ours and ours alone
Learning cruelty is a matter of habit.

The Left denounced the army radio's refusal to play this jock itch song as "McCarthyism."


    Kimche is active in and was on the Knesset election slate of the tiny semi-Marxist Meretz party, expected to disappear from parliament after the next election.  She is active in various other leftist causes. 


      Kimche was not amused by Tenenbom's showing up the Far Left as a gang of circus clowns.  As reported by various news media in Israel, on her Facebook page she issued a call for Tenenbom to be murdered.   She said he should be burned at the stake for his "crime" of mocking the Left, and she added that she knows some shadowy friends of hers in Lod who "would be happy to do the deed."


   The radical Left in Israel loves to whine about being victimized by the political Right.  Just this week there is a petition being circulated that denounces "acts of violence against leftists by rightists" in Israel during the recent Gaza military operations.  The petition refers to cases where communists, radical Arabs and others held anti-Israel solidarity-with-the-Hamas rallies, and passing by Israelis cursed at them and maybe threw some things at them.   Dozens of prominent leftists endorse and cheer on terrorist attacks against Israelis.  A number of leftist professors have openly demanded that rightists be murdered.  But the petitioners have no interest in any of that.


    Now in Israel it is supposed to be against the law to call for someone to be murdered.  The problem is that leftists who openly call for people to be murdered are never prosecuted by the leftist Attorney General.  Non-leftists can be arrested and indicted for things like saying they think Jewish women should only date Jewish men, or for wearing a tee shirt that reads "Without Loyalty there Can be no Citizenship."   A number of people have demanded that Kimche be indicted, but there is little chance of that happening.  Hers is protected speech in Israel, unlike that of  rabbis who write controversial books about halakhic principles.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014



1.  While it is true that ISIS beheadings of journalists are a particularly ghoulish form of murder, people murdered by other Islamists and Arab fascists in other manners are just as dead. Around 25,000 Jews have been murdered by Arab fascists and terrorists in the various Arab Israel wars and by "Palestinian" terrorism. So why is the American Administration so abhorred by the ISIS atrocities while demanding that Israel make concessions to and negotiate with the "Palestinian" terrorists so they can have their own state?


Why is PS (Palestinian State) any less repulsive or more acceptable than IS (Islamic State) ??



2.  So tell me again why burying ISIS terrorists in pigskins is not the optimal response to the beheadings of Western journalists?



3.  Honk if you want Haneen Zoabi imprisoned in Gitmo!



4.  B'Tselem's Neo-Nazi Bedfellows:,7340,L-4565828,00.html



5.  Since the Likud is in power, only ultra-leftists can be appointed to the Supreme Court:



6.  So let us see if we have this straight now. The "Palestinians" have been screaming for two months that Israel carried out a "genocide" against them in Gaza far worse than the Holocaust of Jews in Europe, which by the way they also say never took place. And then at the same time that they are supposedly being victims of genocide, they proclaim the Gaza military operation a stupendous victory over Israel.  

Sunday, August 31, 2014



1.   Try to imagine how you would react if you saw a "scoop" on the web site run by white supremacists in Alabama claiming that the Ku Klux Klan was in fact being secretly run and commanded by Rev Al Sharpton or Barack Obama's daughter.   Would you laugh yourself silly?


   Well a claim a hundred times sillier is currently making the rounds on all the Bash-Israel web sites, claiming that ISIS is in fact run by the Israeli Mossad.  The anti-Semites even claim to know the name of the Israeli agent running ISIS. 


    The fabrication seems to have been invented by the web site of a Neo-Nazi organization calling itself "Veterans Today."   The "scoop" appears here: goes without saying that these people are not veterans at all.  This is a conspiracist group that finds Zionist agents under every bed and inside every coca cola machine.  It is wackier than the 9-11 Troofer kooks.  The group has long been listed by the Anti-Defamation League as a Neo-Nazi group (see


    "Veterans Today" insists the Jews themselves planned the Holocaust and are currently incubating a new Hitler inside America.  It has also long tried to capitalize on the old story of the accidental Israeli firing on the USS Liberty navy ship in the middle of the Six Day War (see ).  Indeed, that seems to be the origin of the group's name.  They pretend to be navy vets who had been on that ship.  As Neo-Nazis they have no problems with any of the countless Muslim attacks on the US over the past 60 years, and the only "attack" on the US military that interests them is that incident with the USS Liberty.   (The truth about the Liberty incident can be read here: and ).  The Liberty incident remains the favorite bugaboo of the Neo-Nazis and their jihadi allies.


   The Neo-Nazis are claiming that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a head of ISIS, is in fact a Mossad agent named Elliot Shimon.  There actually is an Elliot Shimon, but he teaches English lit at my university (Haifa).  Meanwhile, you will find the accusation that the Mossad set up and is running ISIS on every anti-Semitic Bash-Israel and pro-Jihad web site.



2.  Geezers my age may recall a popular book from the 60s titled "Black Like Me," about a white journalist who posed as a black man in the South and wrote about his experiences.  ( ).  Well, one of the more amusing developments in recent Israeli history consists of a somewhat similar book, titled "Catch the Jew," written by journalist and play writer Tuvia Tenenbom.  He is well known as the founder of the Jewish Theater in New York (see


     In his new book, the multi-lingual Tenenbom toured the West Bank while passing himself off as a German investigative reporter.   He spent time with the various leftwing Israeli and foreign agitators in the West Bank and asked them to educate him about the plight of the "Palestinians."   He turned the results into a book.  It is hilarious and at the same time highly revealing of the sorts of propagandists operating to undermine Israel and provide disinformation to the media.   A chapter of his new book is reprinted in this past weekend's Makor Rishon.


    Much of the chapter deals with Tenenbom's meetings and travels about the West Bank with "Rabbi" Arik Ascherman, head of the misnamed "Rabbis for Human Rights," a far-leftist anti-Israel propaganda NGO.  Ascherman has "ordination" from the Reform synagogue "seminary" in Cincinnati and his wife also claims to be "ordained."   In other words, both are Rabbis in the same sense as I am a ballet dancer.


     While I have attacked Ascherman as a self-hating Jewish anti-Semite for years, the portrait of him in Tenenbom's chapter is far more demolishing.  Mockery remains the most powerful weapon against such critters.  Tenenbom meets Ascherman while the latter is wearing a "We are All Al-Arakiv" tee shirt, that being the name of some West Bank terrorist village.  Noting that Ascherman is awash in funding from overseas haters of Israel, Tenebom describes how Ascherman "delivers the goods" to his patrons.


     Ascherman first takes the "German journalist" to an olive orchard where he is lectured about how the "settlers" come and sabotage it and how Ascherman's team defends the trees from them.  Tenenbom's guide is a Kenyan who came to the West Bank to make the world peaceful and it is a few days after the massacre of Kenyans in Nairobi by Islamists.  Tenenbom asks the guide why he is here and not in Kenya trying to make world peace.  He evades answering. 


     When they get to the orchard a Palestinian claiming his name is Bruce Lee tells the "German" about how settlers shot him last year.  Bruce Lee says the "settlers" murder Palestinians all the time.  How many have been so murdered?, asks the "German."   Ascherman's host intervenes and tells him you will have to look it up on Google.  The "German" persists and Bruce Lee says two.  When?  In 1999 and 2000.  Bruce Lee goes on and tells the "German" that a few days ago, an Arab was praying in the field and a "settler" rode up on his horse, dismounted, told the Arabs to stop praying, and then shot him.  From this we learn there are actually settlers who ride horses, says the "German" sarcastically.  Did you actually see that, Bruce Lee is asked?  No, my neighbor told me about it. 


   When no murderous settlers show up to bother the olive pickers, Ascherman offers to send a car that will take the "German" to see the horrific destruction perpetrated by settlers elsewhere.  The driver arrives, a Palestinian Arab named Zakaria.  They take him to a village where the German is told that every day or two the army comes and burns homes for no reason.  The German asks to see some burnt homes.  They cannot point him to any.  They offer to show him photos of the army burning houses on a cell phone.  When the German asks to see the phone photos, it turns out that they mysteriously disappeared, almost like IRS records.       


    Suddenly an Israeli army jeep appears.  Watch this, say the hosts, the kids in the village will throw rocks at the jeep and then the soldiers will open fire at them.  So they follow the jeep a bit.  At one point the jeep pulls over to the side.  Aha, say the hosts, these soldiers are about to set up a security checkpoint to harass Palestinians.


   The German watches and one of the soldiers gets out of the jeep and takes a wizz into the bush on the side of the road. 

   Ah, these soldiers must be the "Number One" problem in the West Bank, but fortunately they did not turn out to be the "Number Two" problem.


Friday, August 29, 2014

40 Lessons from Hamas' War Against the Jews

Posted By Steven Plaut On August 29, 2014 

1.      Nice fences do not stop missiles, rockets, and mortars.

2.      Complete removal of Israeli forces and Jewish settlers from an area merely signals Israeli weakness and invites escalated Arab terror and aggression.

3.      Hamas (and Hezb'Allah and ISIS) cannot be defeated with air strikes.  There is no effective alternative to ground invasion and ongoing military control of the ground retaken.

4.      Unless the Israeli military controls the ground on the other side of fences, those fences achieve nothing.

5.      Goodwill gestures by Israel increase terror.

6.      Goodwill gestures by Israel never produce moderation of Arab goals and demands.  They also do not win Israel friends in the West but rather encourage outbursts of anti-Semitism.

7.      Terror is not caused by Israeli settlements but by the removal of Israeli settlements.

8.      Terror is not caused by Israeli military occupation but by the removal of Israeli military occupation.

9.      It is impossible for two sovereign entities to exist between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.

10.      No matter how many concessions Israel makes, the world will always justify Arab terrorism because there will always be still one more capitulation Israel failed to make.

11.      No matter how nice Israel is to its own Arab citizens and no matter how many affirmative action programs it implements, Israel will always be accused of being an "apartheid regime."

12.      The Israeli far left is an openly anti-Semitic movement that seeks Israel's destruction and automatically endorses the enemies of Israel in nearly all things.

13.     The Likud is too cowardly to defeat the terrorists.

14.       The real enemy of Israel is not Arab fascism but Jewish leftism.

15.       Much of the world has no qualms about seeing Jewish civilians murdered by terrorists.  In fact it celebrates these Jewish deaths and complains that there are too few of them.

16.       The Israeli Left will oppose every conceivable act of Israeli self-defense.

17.       Israeli niceness and flexibility fan anti-Semitism.

18.       Arab terrorists do not morph into statesmen.

19.       Israel bashers do not care about dead Arab civilians, other than as a useful tool with which to bludgeon Israel.

20.      Many on the worldwide Left would not raise an eyebrow if Israeli Jews were shipped off to concentration camps in cattle cars – except perhaps to demand improved rail service.

21.      The vast majority of Israeli Arabs and nearly all Israeli Arab politicians support terrorism and wish to see Israel destroyed.

22.      There are hundreds of Jewish professors in Israel who serve as an academic Fifth Column and who collaborate with the enemies of their country.  They are the moral equivalent of American and British jihadis who fight for the ISIS.

23.      The Arabs will not accept an independent Israel within any set of borders, no matter how small. Hence reducing Israel's territory does nothing but signal weakness and destructibility.

24.      The only country on earth expected to respond to the mass murder of its civilians by turning of the other cheek is Israel.  The only country on earth that has spent years trying to defeat aggression and terrorism by turning the other cheek is Israel.  It failed.

25.      No matter how Israel responds to aggression and terrorism, it will always be denounced as a "disproportionate" response.  The only "proportionate" response is complete capitulation by Israel.  If an Israeli coughs in the general direction of Gaza, this would be a disproportionate war crime and act of genocide.

26.      Those who claim that anti-Zionism is different and distinct from anti-Semitism tend, on close inspection, to be anti-Semites themselves.

27.      The only people on earth whom the Left believes should be denied the right to self-determination and self-defense are the Jews.

28.      "Palestinians" are not a nation in any true sense of the term and never were. They are simply Arabs who happened to migrate or infiltrate into Western Palestine.  They have no "right" to statehood.

29.      Israeli leftists, rather than learn from the failures of their policies and "ideas," will always complain that their policies have not been applied thoroughly enough.

30.      The moral and legal responsibility for every single Arab civilian killed or injured in the Middle East conflict rests squarely on the shoulders of the Arab terrorists and their Western amen choruses.

31.      There is no moral or legal reason for Israel to refrain from attacking terrorists and murderers when they hide among civilians.

32.     Israel is the only country in the Middle East that is NOT an apartheid regime.

33.      Palestinians are the Sudeten Germans of the Middle East.

34.      There are no non-military solutions to the problem of terrorism.

35.       One can only make peace with one's defeated enemies.

36.      There are no significant differences between the agenda of the PLO and the agenda of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Moslem Brotherhood, and ISIS.

37.      One cannot make peace by pretending that war does not exist.

38.      One cannot buy off anti-Semites and Islamofascists with trade concessions and subsidies.

39.       The only way to stop terrorism is to kill terrorists.

40.       No terrorist has ever murdered anyone after he was executed.


4.   The latest treason from Israel;'s radical Left is to respond to the firing of 5000 Hamas rockets at Israeli children by calling on Israelis to refuse to serve in the military at all. SIgners include prominent academics, Haaretz writers, communists, and others of their ilk.

5.  When anti-Semites pretend to be Holocaust survivors:

7.   Here is an interesting thought. According to a poll in Israel this week, the number of Israelis who now see themselves as part of either the moderate or the radical Left is about 12%. The number of people in France who support ISIS is 16%. So more French support Isis than Israelis who support the Labor Party.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Global Research (canada) is a conspiracist web site run by the notorious Holocaust Denier Michel Chossudovsky.

Interesting that Israeli tenured leftists have decided to publish their petition with its condemnation of Israel on that web site:

Israeli Academics Condemn the Slaughter and Endless Oppression of the Palestinian People

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


   The Symposium against Patriotism and Democracy at Tel Aviv University



   In recent weeks Israel has seen an unprecedented unification of spirit, with nearly the entire Jewish population strongly endorsing the military activity against the Gaza savages.  The main criticism of the operations is coming from people who believe that the government is not using ENOUGH firepower and force.


   The Radical academic Left has maintained an eerie silence throughout much of the operation,  But this week a group of Tenured Leftists held a symposium to denounce the widespread patriotism that they fear has infected Israel.  The symposium at Tel Aviv University was titled "How to Think about the War," the purpose of which was to tell people how to think.  And of course the correct way to think is how the Far Left and communists think. 


   The symposium was organized in response to an innocent memo sent out by the Tel Aviv University administration expressing support for Israeli soldiers during the war, "embracing them," while at the same time denouncing "hurtful and extremist" comments being made by people in the social media and internet.   That statement enraged the tenured Left.  How dare the heads of Tel Aviv University say that they are embracing the soldiers. 


     The anti-patriotism rally was organized by Prof. Ishay Rosen-Zvi, an ultra-leftist faculty member at TAU in "Hebrew Culture."   Rosen Zvi has a long track record of pseudo-academic Israel bashing (see ) .   He said he organized the symposium because he felt that the administration's statement about embracing soldiers was silencing freedom of speech and also because he felt revulsion at the wave of patriotism and unity in the Israeli media.  After all, hardly any treasonous opinions were being aired during the war!  Rosen Zvi demanded that the media be cleansed of the endless security-oriented and patriotic opinion, which is "designed to suppress freedom of speech."  (Hebrew report in Haaretz on this is at ). 


   Rosen Zvi was particularly irate at the fact that deaths of Israeli soldiers were not producing defeatist sentiments in the public.  In the past, he said, such deaths produced pressures on the government but now they were simply contributing to a sense of national unity.  In addition, Rosen Zvi denounced what he describes as "violence against the Left," by which he means public criticism of the Left.   Other speakers at the symposium denounced the "excess" number of injuries of Gaza civilians as war crimes.