Steven Plaut

Friday, December 30, 2005

Auld Lang Zion 2006

Should auld accomplice be forgot,
And never brought to trial?
Should auld Osloids, friend, be forgot,
In days of auld lang Zion?

For betraying auld lang Zion, my dear,
For abasing auld lang Zion.
Should their accomplice be forgot,
In days of auld lang Zion?

We yids hae run aboot the world,
Under fire the whole time.
We've wandered mony a weary foot,
To reach auld lang Zion.

Save auld lang Zion, my dear,
Save auld lang Zion,
Indict those Oslo blaggards, dear,
For the sake of auld lang Zion!!!

2. Great Picture:

3. Georgetown does Jihad:

4. Kwanzaa Kwetching:

5. Pusillanimous over at AIPAC:

6. The following listing appeared in the Spring 2005 catalogue of the
University of Pennsylvania:

Religious Studies 113
(AFRC 113)
T 1:30-4:30
Instructor: Michael Eric Dyson
Distribution II: History and Tradition

Topic for Spring 2005: Searching for Black Jesus: Tupac Shakur, Black
Masculinity and the Politics of Race

7. More Leftist Hate Speech:

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

1. More attacks on Free Speech in Sharonite Israel

Israel's Leftist First Amendment is alive and well under the Sharon
government. Please read the following item, in today's Haaretz. Note
that the Rabbi being disciplined would have been honored and promoted had
he instead made a non-political non-controversial speech endorsing
Israel's return to its 1949 borders and expulsion of all Jewish settlers
at bayonet point!

Note that the assault on poor Rabbi Drukman for expressing an opinion was
made to coddle the moonbat ultra leftists from teh Reform synagogue's
"Religious Action Center", an institution devoted to promoting the
pseudo-religion of "Political Liberalism as Judaism"!!

Municipal chief rabbi to face hearing over political comments
By Yuval Yoaz, Haaretz Correspondent

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni on Tuesday decided, for the first time, to
bring a sitting municipal chief rabbi before a disciplinary hearing due to
political comments he made publicly.

Livni has filed a complaint against the rabbi of Kiryat Motzkin, David
Drukman, due to five anti-disengagement comments he made in the media.
According to the civil service law, municipal chief rabbis - like all
civil servants - are not allowed to make political comments in public or
criticize government policies in public interviews or at press

"Drukman took advantage of his position as a rabbi and a civil servant and
is not fit to continue to serve in his public position," the Reform
movement's Israel Religious Action Center said on the decision to bring
Drukman before a disciplinary hearing. The Religious Action Center has
filed a High Court of Justice petition on the matter, following which the
attorney general and state prosecution recommended that Livni file a
complaint with the disciplinary court for municipal chief rabbis.

Drukman is accused of behavior not suitable to the position of a rabbi in
Israel and violations of the religious services law and the civil service

Drukman signed a proclamation last December saying Sharon and his
ministers were planning to throw "good and pure Jews" off their land. On a
Chabad movement Web site, Drukman wrote that the move would "increase
[Palestinians'] appetite for murdering us, our women and our children."

2. A Real Peace Plan:

3. Hanukka with Hugo:

4. More from the ISM Terrorists:

5. Sami the Terrorhoid Prof

6. Democrat Racism:
December 28, 2005


December 28, 2005; Page A14

American blacks who are affiliated with the Republican Party are
vigorously vilified by Democrats, especially black Democrats. Uncle Tom,
sell-out, Oreo -- the list of slurs is long.

But it is not only insults. I am the founder and director of a unique,
progressive homeless facility in downtown Los Angeles, known as the Dome
Village. Yet the 35 men, women and children and their pets who call the
Dome Village home are being "evicted" from privately owned property after
12-and-a-half years -- apparently on account of my political beliefs and
activities. You see, though I am a leading homeless activist, I am also a
conservative Republican and a strong supporter of President Bush.

Here's how the situation played out. Recently, I was invited to address a
local Republican Women's Club; my landlord read an article in the local
paper reporting on the event. Soon after, I received a notice raising the
Dome Village rent from $2,500 a month to $18,330. Shocked, I inquired as
to the seriousness of the change and the property owner blurted out that
the cause of our "eviction" was "because you are Republican." He said that
as a Democrat, he was tired of helping me and the Dome Village. In other
words, let the homeless be damned.

And people think the Democrats are the party of compassion and tolerance.

Private property should be protected, of course, and I have no intention
of causing any trouble for this property owner as we part ways. Whatever
he does with his valuable land -- it is only a few blocks from the Staples
Center -- is no concern of mine, and I will not go to court.

Still, I cannot help but be saddened by the whole business. When I founded
the Dome Village 12 years ago, we had an understanding that he could ask
for his property back at any time for any reason, and I would say
"absolutely" without hesitation. Still, his reason was prejudice against

We see this across the country. Michael Steele, the lieutenant governor of
Maryland and a Republican candidate for the Senate, has been crudely
denigrated on racial grounds. A prominent leftist Web site, for instance,
depicted him as "Sambo," among other aspersions. When Condoleezza Rice was
nominated as Secretary of State, she faced similar treatment: editorial
cartoons depicting her as a racial caricature, personalities calling her
"Aunt Jemima" on liberal talk radio, and so forth. Clarence Thomas, Ward
Connerly, Colin Powell, Thomas Sowell and other black conservatives
regularly face similar smears.

These conservatives are attacked not because of the validity or judicious
consideration of their views but because those views are supposedly
heterodox for American blacks. Yet it is my opinion that many black people
in the U.S. are politically and philosophically conservative -- and many
are in fact actually closeted Republicans, fearful of persecution by
friends, business associates, society clubs, school mates and even

It is time for American blacks to have a conversation about the phenomenon
of Democrats persecuting black Republicans. Why is this happening? What is
it that the Democrats don't want black folks to understand about
Republicans? What is it that the Democrats don't want black folks to know
about Democrats? And how is it that we have come to this point -- after
having endured so much -- where we have ourselves curtailed the freedom of
political expression through the threat of retaliatory consequences?

Mr. Hayes is a homeless activist in Los Angeles.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Israel.s Malaise
By P. David Hornik | December 27, 2005

Israel's burden is great. Other peoples have suffered genocides in recent
history, but only the Jews face both an industry devoted to denying their
genocide and a very real threat of a second one. Although the Holocaust
denial affects Jews everywhere, the current Iranian threat is directed at
the Jews of Israel.

Under this and other stresses, particularly an almost six-decades-long
jihadist siege, there are signs that Israel no longer holds up under the
burden. Since 1993 it has basically been begging for a reprieve, at one
point offering (that is, at least its government) even its most sacred
shrine, the Temple Mount, for a signed statement that the siege would
stop. More recently, troubling events suggest that Israel may have reached
a nadir in its weariness and self-delusion.

* Israeli officialdom, at least, now seems to relate to the Holocaust in a
way that is mechanical and pro forma. Last March, Israel opened a new
Holocaust History Museum, and to mark the event it invited prime
ministers, presidents, and other leaders from forty countries. They were
assembled on a mountaintop outside Jerusalem for the museum.s
inauguration, then treated to a couple of days of dinners and
speechifying. Especially, in a world that deals so roughly with the Jewish
state, it seemed mindless and undignified to expect, or require, that
these various notables would set aside their busy lives and relate
authentically to another people.s catastrophe sixty years ago.

Two months earlier, under Israel.s prodding, the United Nations held its
first-ever annual Holocaust commemoration. Given that organization.s
ongoing abuse of Israel, this seems an even worse case of dragging a
people.s intimate pain through the mud. But Israel.s foreign minister
Silvan Shalom has kept lauding it as a breakthrough.

* This month Israel.s Magen David Adom ambulance service, after over half
a century.s exclusion from the International Red Cross, accepted a
compromise whereby it joins the organization and in return substitutes a
new invention called the .Red Crystal. for the Red Star of David that had
offended some members. This capitulation seems directly to negate the very
purpose of the Jewish state, signaling that Jewish symbols and presence
are to be suppressed and concealed in deference to the feelings of those
they might rile. The Israeli government approved the move, with Foreign
Minister Shalom saying this time that it .reflects Israel.s improved
international standing . This is yet another achievement for Israel.s

* Amid growing protest over Steven Spielberg.s new film Munich, which
draws moral equivalencies between anti-Israeli terrorists and Israeli
antiterrorist fighters, it turns out Spielberg has hired the Israeli spin
doctor Eyal Arad to help promote the film. This might not be significant
if Arad was a private individual; he is, however, the public relations
consultant of Israel.s prime minister, Ariel Sharon. A book published this
year by two Israeli journalists alleged that it was Arad who dreamed up
the disengagement plan as a way of rescuing Sharon from his legal
jeopardy. Sharon at least does not seem troubled by the symbolism of
Israel.s leading spin doctor being enlisted to whitewash Munich.

* Earlier this month Azmi Bishara, a Member of Knesset from the Arab party
Balad, traveled without permission to an enemy state, Lebanon. At a book
fair he subjected the country he serves to a two-hour diatribe, saying
among other things: .Israel is the 20th century.s greatest robbery,
perpetrated in broad daylight.. .I will never recognize Zionism, even if
all Arabs do. I will never concede Palestine. The battle will long
continue.. (Addressing Israelis:) .We Arabs aren't interested in your
democracy. Give us Palestine and take your democracy with you.. .This
conflict is possibly endless..We must keep its embers burning.. Some Arabs
may want to surrender, but they cannot force us to surrender with them. We
shall go on fighting.. So far there is no talk of pressing charges against
Bishara or removing him from the Knesset. In 2003, when the Central
Election Committee disqualified his party Balad on grounds of supporting
the anti-Israeli terror war, Israel.s Supreme Court overturned the ruling.

* Palestinian terrorist leader Marwan Barghouti, serving a life term in
Israel for directing attacks that killed and injured civilians, is now
running for president of the Palestinian Authority on an independent
ticket. Presumably, he is allowed to hold meetings in his cell and be in
contact with operatives. One Israeli politician, Oslo architect Yossi
Beilin, has even called for his release on grounds that he is a force for
peace. I know of no other case of a jailed terrorist being allowed to
function actively as a presidential candidate.

Other examples could easily be added. One is the popularity of Sharon.s
new Kadima Party even though it is clearly a one-man, autocratic show
without ideological coherence, and a haven for opportunists. Another is
the apparent distortion of Sharon.s medical condition following his
stroke, so that the country, Third World-like, accepts being saddled with
a leader in fragile health as it faces the crisis of Iran.s
nuclearization. Then there is the ongoing ability of a few thousand Gaza
terrorists to shell and terrorize communities within and near Gaza for
five years running while Israel steadily refuses to use its vaunted army
of hundreds of thousands to defeat them.

Although, on the brighter side, the Israeli army still shows itself an
effective, innovative force to the extent the government allows it to act,
the situation is worrisome. Friends of Israel should tell Israelis,
tactfully and with awareness of the country.s great stresses, that
capitulation, acquiescence in abuse, and self-negation are never
successful strategies and bring the opposite of the hoped-for results.
Also needing to be raised is the question of whether a polity that shows
such tendencies is keen on surviving in the first place, and whether it
does not at least owe it to its children to try harder.

2. Peace Partners for AL-Qaeda:

3. Leftist NewThink:

4. Feminists and Monkeys:

5. Good news:

6. Osama's groupies:

7. In the U.S. and his British homeland, the comic Sacha Baron Cohen and
his various alter egos, including the faux rapster Ali G., enjoy cult
status. Mr. Cohen also inhabits the body of goofy Kazakh TV reporter Borat
Sagdiyev, who explains that Kazakhs make wine out of fermented horse
urine, mistreat goats and need a cage in the bedroom "for wife, so she not
escape." The Central Asian republic of Kazakhstan is not amused. Hinting
at some dark conspiracy against its country, the government even
considered legal actions against the comedian. Mr. Cohen's response? The
Borat Web site, with a Kazakh domain name, blaring: "Sue this Jew."

8. From: "Israel Academia Monitor" <>
Tel Aviv University-
Chen Alon appears in the movie 'On The Objection Front'

"...In this riveting 63 minute documentary, introduced by a member of Jews
For A Just Peace Winnipeg, six refuseniks from(Courage to Refuse, one of a
handful of refusenik suppprt groups, is featured. The footage shows them
telling their stories but also going about daily life. Some of the stories
about "missions" easily contained elements of human rights abuse, yet we
only hear about allegations from the Palestinians, which often fall on
skeptical ears of folks, many of whom paint them as all being terrorists.
Here, you actually see military members, some senior officers, recounting
the stories themselves and expressing incredible grief for it. They also
show you footage of a class of young officers being told by a LCol about
how IDF military officers are supposed to be humane to both the enemy and
their own troops. They are supposed to act with a conscience and question
options in situations, but must follow orders. The six soldiers, Maj Tomer
(28), an F-16 pilot; Dr. Itai Berger (42);David Zonshein (33), a
lieutenant in a Special Paratrooper Unit of the Reserve Army; Chen Alon
(35), a major in the Reserve Army Armored Corps; Yair Meyuchas (25),
Staff-Sergeant in the Special Commando Unit, Reserve Army and Guy Grosman
(32), a lieutenant in a Special Paratrooper Unit of the Reserve Army..."
Chen Alon:
2005-Present: Teaching at Tel Aviv University, Department of Theatre Arts
& Ph.D. Candidate.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Now ordinarily petty vandalism and theft are not the sorts of things that
I think should be celebrated by the Jewish people during Chanuka. But
this year might be a bit special. You see, just in time for Chanuka (and
also for Christmas for Christian Israelis with refined artistic tastes),
some people stole chunks of rusted metal from an eyesore "sculpture" of
anti-Semitic "sculptor" Yigal Tomarkin. You can see a photo of the
eyesore before the vandals improved its appearance here:

This piece of putrid rust was standing near a kibbutz in the Negev for
some time. Tomarkin is having a cow and denouncing the Israeli police for
not devoting its every waking moment to looking for the people who
improved the appearance of his piece of junk. Now this is unusually
delicious because of Tomarkin.s OWN bio as a thief of sculpture.

Let me explain!

Yigal Tomarkin is Israel's answer to the famous junkyard in Sanford and
Son. An "artist" specializing in making rusting eyesores that have
enraged more than one group of residents who have to look at them.
Tomarkin is probably even better known for his racist and anti-Semitic bon
mots, a partial list of which appears in the Jerusalem Post piece below.
Not listed there is Tomarkin.s stunt in 1980 when he wrapped a pig up in
Tefillin ( ).

Now if you still had any doubts that Yossi Beilin and Shulamit Aloni were
really calling all the shots for the Ariel Sharon government, then you
should know that the Sharon Likud government, elected to end groveling
leftist anti-Jewish Israeli Oslo self-hatred, decided last year to give
the same Tomarkin a national prize for his "art". Can Dror Feiler, the
pro-terror "artist" in Sweden who made a statue celebrating a Palestinian
woman mass murderer, be far behind?

As background, here are some old Plaut pieces on Tomarkin:

Yigal Tomarkin is Israel's official Sculptor of Junk. He is a geezer and
vintage member of Israel's bohemian artsy-phartsy set, who specializes in
spouting Far-Leftist anti-Orthodox poppycock and in building rusting
eyesores all over the country. His art looks like something taken from
the back lot at Sanford and Son. We have had many an occasion to comment
on the aging Junkster in the past.

First, Tomarkin is famous for saying that when he watches Orthodox Jews
walking about he can really understand why the Nazis wanted to murder all
the Jews. His art has triggered mass protests by Israelis demanding that
it be removed from their streets lest it lower their property values. But
perhaps the most theatrical Tomarkin affair was one in which Tomarkin was
involved in the theft of a statue from a town square in Europe, which
turned up in Tomarkin's own studio after he had .altered. it. Haifa's
weekly Kolbo July 4, 03 carries an interview with the Michaelangelo of
junk, and reveals some other juicy tidbits from his bio.

Two years ago Tomarkin got involved with the cops because he had been
smacking around his misses, choked her, and threatened to kill her. At one
point he took a pistol and pointed it at his own head and threatened to
make her watch his transformation into a Tomarkin sculptured original.
Tomarkin claims the Israeli Secret Service put his wife up to bringing the
charges as part of some sort of Chamishite conspiracy against him.

The Attorney General indicted him for all this, but last week cancelled up
on grounds that the couple claimed they had resolved things. Tomarkin was
70 at the time and the Misses Junkyard was 42. Tomarkin however is angry
that the police gave him back his guns after making them impossible to
fire. Personally, I think they would make a far more aesthetic sculpture
than anything else he has rusted up.

(and also)

Tomarkin makes "sculptures" that are rusting hulks and eyesores, sure to
lower the property values of anything within sight of them. The largest
collection of his junk
sits atop a mountain at Kochav Yarden, near Beit Shean, I guess because
placing it anywhere else might arouse the masses in revolt. (I think it is
divine justice that any ghosts of Crusaders haunting the old fortress
there next to his art have to look at it.) Naturally, Tomarkin is defended
by the same sorts of professional artistic pontiffs who defend the
Christianity-in-Excrement art in the US against critics like Giuliani, the
same people who dismiss you as a Philistine if you cannot see anything
creative and aesthetic in a blank white canvass with a piece of snot in
its corner. In any case, Tomarkin routinely argues that his works are
sacrosanct and no one should be able to remove or "improve" or tamper with
them, no matter how ugly or where they sit.

Tomarkin is in some ways a symbol of all that is wrong with an Israel
where radical secularism and post-Zionism have created an atmosphere in
which Dana International, Yair Lapid and "Take Me Sharon" are High

Tomarkin in some ways is the symbol of Tel Aviv bohemianism, and I would
like to remind you all that the term "Tel Aviv" appears in the Book of
Ezekiel referring to a distant backwaters in Iraq whither the Judeans were
exiled, far away from culture and Zion.

And now Tomarkin has joined the forces of Junkyard Psycho-Crime. Let me
explain. There operate around the globe, or at least in wealthy countries,
activist groups whose purpose in life is to rid the world of psychiatry.
Specifically they battle against the institutionalization of the mentally
ill and the psychotic. Inspired by such deep forms of Hollywood policy
analysis as "One Flew Over the Cuckoo Nest", these groups
want all institutionalization in psychiatric wards ended because it is

In large part, it is thanks to such anti-psychiatry fringe groups that the
United States is now host to hundreds of thousands of psychotics who live
on the streets, eat from garbage cans, talk to themselves, and die from
tuberculosis and similar diseases of the Third World. There are many good
discussions of this contribution of anti-psychiatry to mass homelessness,
none better than Rael Jean Isaac's book: "Madness In the Street" by Rael
Jean Isaac and Virginia C. Armat.

Anyway, Tomarkin - the same King of Junkyard Art -has now gotten involved
in crime with some of these anti-psychiatry lunatics. One such
anti-psychiatry group operates in Israel, and it has links with a much
larger such group in Germany, no doubt loosely tied to some radical Greens

In Germany, the anti-psychiatry group has targeted a German psychiatrist
who lived before World War II, named Karl Buhnhofer (spelling?). He was
regarded as a leading thinker in German psychiatry and there were two
busts in his honor in front of two leading German psychiatric hospitals,
one hospital named after him. He is somewhat controversial, mainly because
he thought psychotics should not have children and is believed to have
certified as psychotic some people after Hitler came to power. It is not
completely clear what his politics were and some say he was an anti-Nazi.
In any case, his son - a Christian pastor - was strongly anti-Nazi and
was killed for this in a concentration camp. The German anti-psychiatry
movement hates him, less because of suspicions about his ideology and more
because they hate psychiatry.

Two years ago the two busts of Buhnhofer suddenly disappeared from Berlin
and all signs pointed to the loony anti-psychiatry fringe. The same day
they disappeared a sign appeared on one hospital demanding it be renamed
for Princess Diana instead of Buhnhofer.

And then the two stolen sculptures suddenly showed up in the "studio" of
Yigal Tomarkin. (Haaretz June 8, 2000) No doubt passed on to him by the
Israeli affiliate group of the Psychoteutons. Tomarkin then took the two
busts, sliced and defaced them, adding things like male sexual organs to
the heads, and then displayed his handicraft at the Tel Aviv Cinematek.

Eventually it was realized the "art" was in fact stolen and defaced
sculpture from Berlin, and they were shipped back to Germany to some sort
of theater.

Tomarkin has not been charged with any crimes in Israel, a fact that is in
and of itself a severe crime you might want to discuss with the Minister
of Police.

Here is what the Jerusalem Post has to Say about it:
A prize Too Far

Jan. 28, 2004

The prestigious Israel Prize was awarded for the first time in 1953. It
took it some 40 years to spawn controversy. That began when Education
Minister Shulamit Aloni insisted on honoring someone outside the accepted
consensus ? Prof. Yeshayahu Leibowitz, who had referred to IDF soldiers as
Ever since the floodgates opened, the prize has been increasingly
associated with controversy. The latest was visited upon us yesterday with
the announcement that sculptor Yigal Tumarkin will be this year's arts
category winner.
Education Minister Limor Livnat, hardly Aloni's political twin, phoned to
congratulate him. She was equally chipper last year about awarding the
prize to painter Moshe Gershuni, until he refused to attend the ceremony
and was denied the NIS 50,000 prize by order of the High Court of Justice.
It must be admitted that the choices of the Israel Prize committees are
getting stranger and stranger. Consensus is by no means synonymous with
quality. Consensus doesn't necessarily negate greatness, but can mean
mediocrity. History often vindicates creators who were rejected by their
peers in their day. It relegates to oblivion others who enjoyed ephemeral
celebrity in a given period.
But bestowers of national honors aren't prescient art historians. State
accolades mean collective appreciation of the prize laureate's life's
If collective plaudits for a given individual are impossible, then perhaps
that individual will have to continue without a state prize.
Alternatively, if the state award-givers cannot steer clear of discord,
perhaps it's time to reconsider the Israel Prize altogether. It's not
sacred. The prize isn't a must.
Yigal Tumarkin is no stranger to controversy. He first scandalized
post-Holocaust Israeli opinion in the early Fifties when he broke the
of those years and moved back to his native Germany, from which he fled in
1933. But Tumarkin and scandals became inseparable ever since.
He once said he wished he had gunned down Raphael Eitan and Rehavam
He branded then Tel Aviv mayor Shlomo Lahat "Papa Doc" for proposing to
relocate Tumarkin's upside-down glass pyramid Holocaust memorial from
outside city hall.
Tumarkin has fashioned a pig wearing phylacteries, and on November 4, 1988
told Tel Aviv Magazine that when seeing haredi Jews he can understand the
By way of retracting that, he published an op-ed in Hadashot 10 days
writing that, "The outward strangeness of the Jew and the pretentiousness
of the notion that God chose us... caused violent surrounding cultures to
clash... with this arrogant minority... The image of the cunning,
scoundrel, lending money at exorbitant interest, turned the bent,
hook-nosed bearded Jew into the enemy of civilization... which didn't help
belatedly enlightened Jews."
That eventually cost Tumarkin Yad Vashem's Zussman Prize, which curiously
enough was awarded the artist known for insisting that "the Jewish
Holocaust wasn't the only holocaust." The Yad Vashem steering committee
later rescinded its decision, but not before Tumarkin was turned into
another trendy victim of the repression of free expression.
Shas MK Eli Yishai reminded the public yesterday of Tumarkin's slurs
against Sephardi Jews, which moved the sculptor to immediately reiterate
that "Moroccan Jews are indeed crybabies" and "ought to stop burdening us
with so many poor children." In 1997 the Israel Prize for journalism was
go to Shmuel Shnitzer. The High Court denied it to him because of one
alluding to the high numbers of HIV-positive Ethiopian immigrants. That
a minor glitch in comparison to Tumarkin's notorious volubility.
In January 1998, 26-year-old Tatiana Soskin was imprisoned for two years
for drawing a caricature depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a pig.
Tumarkin's pig with phylacteries is no less offensive. We agree that
extreme insults against an entire public must be taken seriously, and
sometimes even punished. But if so, than how is it defensible not only to
tolerate such hateful words against fellow citizens, but to celebrate and
reward those who say them?
The Israel Prize awards committee could hardly have been oblivious to
Tumarkin's troubling record. He isn't just naughty and cute. The committee
members didn't arrive here yesterday from a faraway galaxy. They know whom
they nominate. They knew the nomination would generate outrage, and
justifiably so. In other words, they were being willfully provocative.
This is foolish and superfluous, especially in our polarized society. The
Israel Prize is quickly becoming a bane on the arts it is devised to
promote, and a divisive luxury we can ill-afford.

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Persecuting the Holy Land's Christians
By Jamie Glazov | December 23, 2005

Frontpage Interview?s guest today is Justus Reid Weiner, a
Scholar-in-Residence at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, an
independent policy studies center. He currently teaches courses on human
rights and international law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His
main research field is the human rights challenges facing Arab Christians.
He is the author of the new book, "Human Rights of Christians in
Palestinian Society".

FP: Justus Reid Weiner, welcome to Frontpage Interview.
Weiner: Thank you Jamie.
FP: First things first, what motivated you to write this book?
Weiner: My initial interest in human rights began at the age of 10 or 11
when my great-grandfather, then almost 90, came for an extended visit.
Jacob, who spoke with a heavy Yiddish accent and was missing the index
finger on his right hand, regaled me with stories about his childhood in
Odessa during the reign of the Czar. He described what it was like for Jews
living in fear of pogroms in which the police looked the other way as
drunken anti-Semites roamed the streets murdering any Jews they came
across. I was embarrassed to ask him what happened to his finger, but Jacob
told me anyway. Like in other Jewish families, Jacob's parents feared the
Czar's conscription gangs who, without asking for permission, would kidnap
boys of 12 and ship them off to serve in Siberia or the Far East. The term
of service was 20 years and few ever returned to their families. To prevent
this, Jacob's parents got him drunk and took him to the butcher who chopped
off his trigger finger, rendering him unsuitable for army service. As I was
then almost the age at which Jacob lost his index finger, I had nightmares
about what he told me.
My specific interest in the plight of Christians living in Palestinian
society is more recent. Eight years ago I met a Christian pastor who,
knowing that I was a human rights lawyer, urged me to investigate the human
rights abuses directed at Muslims who converted to Christianity. I knew
nothing about this, and frankly doubted that anyone would victimize the
adherents of the world's largest religion. But as I began to interview
people most were reluctant to even meet me. If they agreed to reveal what
they had suffered, they insisted that I refer to them by a pseudonym.
FP: Why do you think there has been an increase in Islamic fundamentalism
in Palestinian society?
Weiner: The increase is a regional phenomenon. Indeed it would be hard to
find any predominantly Muslim country in the Middle East, North Africa or
even into Asia, where Islamic fundamentalism is not on the rise.
FP: Tell us about the persecution of Palestinian Christians and why their
persecution became so much worse since the Oslo peace process began.
Weiner: These are acutely trying times for the Christian remnant residing
in areas ?governed? by the Palestinian Authority. Tens of thousands have
abandoned their holy sites and ancestral properties to live abroad, while
those that remain do so as a beleaguered and dwindling minority. They have
faced virtually uninterrupted persecution during the decade since the Oslo
peace process began, living amidst a Muslim population that is increasingly
xenophobic and restless. Chaos, nepotism, and corruption are endemic. Their
plight is, in part, attributable to the influence of Muslim religious law
(Sharia) on the inner workings of the Palestinian Authority. Moreover, the
Christians have been abandoned by their religious leaders who, instead of
protecting them, have chosen to curry favor with the Palestinian leadership.
My new book reveals and analyzes why this persecution, largely ignored by
the international community, the media, and even the human rights
organizations, has metastasized to the extent that it threatens the very
existence of this 2000-year-old community. If current demographic trends
continue Bethlehem runs the risk, in another 15 years, of becoming a
Christian theme park for tourists -- with no "real" living Christians.
FP: Christian Palestinian women have suffered terribly. Can you tell us
some of the details of their plight?
Weiner: Christian women suffer rampant sexual harassment, rape and even
forced marriage. For example, Islamic militants have attempted to force
Christian women wearing modern, revealing clothing to conform to the
strict, modest Muslim dress code. In addition, Muslim men have attempted to
rape Christian women, sometimes achieving their objective. These victims
may, ironically, end up marrying the man who raped them because in their
society they are regarded as unclean for marriage purposes.
Christian men risk being jailed when they intervene to rescue Christian
women being attacked or insulted. The Muslim perpetrators get off scot-free
because they have family members in the upper echelon of one (or more) of
the 12 "security" forces.
FP: Why does the international community ignore the plight of Palestinian
Weiner: This is something I have never fully understood. This is a human
rights issue par excellance, not merely a Christian issue.
Perhaps a partial answer is simple ignorance -- as only of late have a few
courageous Christians begun to complain to the media and human rights
groups. Scholars are beginning to address this tragedy as well. But really,
there can be no justification, just excuses.
FP: Islamic militants want Christian women to dress more modestly yet at
the same time they engage in sexual crimes (i.e. rape) against them. Isn?t
there some kind of pathological contradiction here in terms of what sexual
morality is? So it is supposedly wrong for a woman to wear what she wants,
but it is somehow ok to rape her? What gives here? And what kind of God
does a person believe in when he is raping a woman and thinks that God is
happy with, and supportive of, what he is doing?
Weiner: Yes, Islamic militants frequently complain that Christian women
dress immodestly and they use that ?justification? to harass, or in some
cases, even to rape them. And this phenomenon is not by any means unique to
the West Bank and Gaza ? it has been addressed in articles from far-flung
countries with substantial Muslim immigration such as Australia and Norway.
While some Muslim men may truly be offended by women?s revealing modern
fashion, Islamic law no doubt provides others with a handy excuse for
criminal conduct. Of course Western courts would never accept the argument
that women who don?t wear the veil are announcing to the world that they
are sluts or even prostitutes. In Western jurisprudence such a
?justification? would simply not be tolerated.
By way of background, the Qur?an (Islam?s holy book) is rife with gender
and religious discrimination. Thus, for example, Muhammad taught that women
are inferior to men, their testimony in court carries less weight, and
their inheritance rights are halved. Marriage (or sexual relations) between
Christian men and Muslim women is prohibited, and punishable by death. But
a Muslim man is allowed to marry a Christian woman, even if he has abducted
and raped her. Moreover, their offspring would be forced to accept Islam,
and the woman would have no say if her husband engaged in polygamy by
marring up to three additional wives.
Historically Christian women taken captive by Muslims in warfare have been
enslaved or worse. And even when there is no conflict, legally speaking it
is virtually impossible to convict a Muslim man of raping a Christian
woman. This follows from the fact that testimony of non-Muslim witnesses
inadmissible in Muslim courts. Furthermore, it is most unlikely that the
Christian rape victim with be able to find four male Muslims willing to
testify on her behalf that they had witnessed the penetration. Indeed, even
leveling such a charge can backfire on the victim. That is, if a woman
levels a charge of rape against a Muslim man and cannot prove it, she runs
the risk of being severely punished for fornication or adultery, both
ruthlessly punished by Islamic law.
FP: If the Palestinians received their own state, what kind of state do you
think it would be? Would democratic rights be respected? How would
Christians exist in such a state?
Weiner: Your question is profound. It forces me to think and worry.
Certainly precedent is not encouraging. Former Chairman Yasser Arafat's
(and current leader Mahmoud Abbas?s) commitment to democratic values was/is
vague at best. The Palestinian Authority?s indoctrination of Palestinian
children, from a very young age, to hate and kill Christians and Jews, for
example, directly contributes to a culture that produces suicide bombers
and cheers on September 11.
Moreover, the testimonies provided in my new book make it pointedly clear
that lawlessness and anarchy have swept the West Bank and Gaza Strip in
recent years. Gangs of Muslim thugs and thieves have created what a former
Palestinian Cabinet Minister described as ?total chaos.? It is essential
that the Palestinian Authority arrest these militants who, in their range
of mafia-like conduct, frequently abuse and intimidate Christians.
But let?s think optimistically for a moment. Clearly, if the Palestinian
Authority's were to adopt sound human rights policies and practices it
would contribute immeasurably to the survival of the Christians, not to
mention the success of any future peace process. Christian Palestinians'
expectations regarding an improvement in their personal liberty deserves to
be met, and should not be limited to empty promises and rhetoric.
FP: What can we do to help Christians being persecuted by Palestinians?
Weiner: In essence, the U.S. statute known as the International Religious
Freedom Act was intended to enable the President and the State Department
to use incentives and pressures to improve the lives of groups like the
Palestinian Christians. But regrettably, because the U.S. wants to maintain
friendly relations with countries that are crucial to its national security
and policy interests, President George W. Bush may choose largely symbolic
steps to oppose religious persecution abroad.
President Bush however, has made the support and spread of religious and
political freedoms a cornerstone of his foreign policy during his second
term. Clear evidence of this comes from Secretary of State Condoleeza
Rice's trip to China earlier this year, during which she made a highly
publicized visit to a church. In remarks she made to the press following
her visit, Secretary Rice described how "religious communities are not a
threat to transitioning societies; in fact, they are very often... a force
for good, for stability and for compassion in societies that are undergoing
rapid change." If the Bush Administration were to target the Palestinian
Authority explicitly with its stated policy - which makes religious freedom
part of the Bush Doctrine of democratization ? it could only improve the
situation for Palestinian Christians.
The United Nations is less likely to perform a useful role. The UN?s feeble
response to the gross human rights violations perpetrated by the
Palestinian Authority further exemplifies the extent to which the desire
for peace between Israel and the Palestinians supercedes the basic rights
of individuals, especially the Christian minority, living under the
Palestinian Authority. That is, he UN has taken the posture of compromising
its role as protector of human rights in order to maintain a political role
in negotiating peace. Unfortunately, through the discretionary use of its
own human rights doctrine, the UN has sacrificed not just its legitimacy
and objectivity, but the human rights of minority groups such as the
Palestinian Christians.
I am not suggesting that human rights concerns should trump considerations
of peace making, national security or economic stability, but rather that
the necessity of the realization that peace, national security, and
economic stability often depend directly on the respect for human rights.
This situation must be recognized by those who would otherwise willfully
ignore the plight of Palestinian Christians in the name of peace. There
cannot be peace in the Middle East until the Palestinians respect the
rights of their internal minorities. This is no less important a
prerequisite to negotiations than the oft-repeated demands of a cessation
of terror.
The future of the Palestinian Christian community and any other religious
minority living under the PA will rest on the potential for religious
tolerance and the rejection of fundamentalist and archaic attitudes towards
non-Muslims. As long as the constitution of the PA reflects the principles
of Sharia law, it seems as though the emergence of religious tolerance will
remain highly unlikely. As long as the PA continues to shirk its
agreed-upon commitments to uphold the principles of religious freedom, the
Palestinian Christians will continue to suffer. Furthermore, as long as the
international community continues to ignore the human rights problems in
the Palestinian territories, there will be no chance for a proper liberal
democracy to emerge upon completion of the peace process. Instead, the
world will be left with yet another Middle Eastern autocracy that abuses
the most basic human rights values without regard for international norms.
FP: Justus Weiner, thank you for joining us today.
Weiner: Thanks for the opportunity.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

1. The Need for REAL Diversity!:

2. Hannuka Amongst the Hellenists
Of all the Jewish holidays, the one that best captures the contemporary
Jewish Zeitgeist, the one that is the most relevant to the current and
possibly the last chapter in Jewish history, is Hannuka. Hannuka is of
course the story of Jewish national liberation. It is the story of the
military victory of the few against the many, of the champions of Judaism
against the pagan barbarians. But more than this, it is the saga of the
heroic struggle of Jewish survivalists (those you would today label
"Zionists") against the assimilationists and self-hating Hellenists of the
second century BCE. Hannuka is less about the battle against the Greeks
than it is about the battle against the predominant assimilationist
paradigm at the time amongst the Jews. It is about the battle against the
anti-survivalists, those who hated themselves for being Jews and so sought
to be progressive and modern and "in", by rejecting and disgracing and
degrading themselves in their struggling AGAINST Jewish survival. In other
words, it is about the battle against the Oslo of Hannuka Past.

At this stage in Jewish history a convergence has occurred between the
main Diaspora Jewish community (in the US) and the Jews of Israel. It is a
convergence towards self-destruction, self-abasement, and
self-elimination. While it takes different forms, in both cases it is
about Jews who are embarrassed because of their being associated and
identified as such by the barbarians. They are ashamed of themselves and
seek to gain acceptance in the Greek world by overtaking the anti-Semites
in attacking their own people. They grovel before the enemies of their
people. They demand that their people abandon their archaic and backward
religion and traditions and values.

History books will recall the second half of the twentieth century as that
era in which the Jews lost their will to survive, first in the Diaspora
and now in Israel. Whether or not Jewish history ends in the next decade
or so depends on the unlikely proposition that the small numbers of
Maccabees still fighting against Hellenism will triumph. They appear to be
losing this war. It is not 200 BCE. One should not take a miraculous
intervention for granted.

In the United States, the dominance of the Jewish Hellenists is in the
form of the assimilationist liberals. These are the Jewish leaders and
organizations who dominate the non-Orthodox segments of American Jewry and
promote the view that all of Judaism can be reduced to the pursuing of
this week.s liberal political fads. They practice the "Political
Liberalism as Judaism" form of Hellenistic paganism. They reduce all of
Jewishness to support for the "progressive" agenda of the left wing of the
Democrat Party. They even endorse all forms of politically correct
wackiness - from radical feminism to extremist environmentalism to
affirmative apartheid. They will only support Israel as long as it is
pursuing self-destruction, lest it embarrass them in front of their
progressive gentile friends by defending itself.

In Israel, the country.s politics - particularly its cultural/educational
elite and its chattering classes - are now almost entirely dominated by
those motivated by the desire to commit national suicide. These are people
who are ashamed of their country and of their own people. They scorn
themselves the same way that the Hellenized Jews did at the time of the
Maccabees. Like the Hellenized Jews, they are convinced that
traditionalist Jews are reactionary and primitive, and that the greatest
priority is renunciation of Jewish peculiarity and the striving to
assimilate amongst the cosmopolitan progressive Greeks of the world. They
insist that a Seleucid "narrative" should replace their own reactionary
provincial national one.

Israel.s universities are by and large the Occupied Territories of these
Jewish Hellenists. The Israeli media is to almost the same extent. Jewish
Hellenists dominate the Israeli military and intelligence services.
Hellenists are rewriting the school curriculum to teach Israeli Jewish
children to despise themselves. Their message is that Jews must feel
ashamed because they are evil and immoral people, while the truly superior
sensitive people are the barbarian anti-Semites. The aim of these
Hellenists is to convince the Jews that the only way they may become
accepted in the world is to conform to paganism, to turn the Temple Mount
over to the barbarians, to stop seeking to exist as an archaic separate
national entity, to commit national suicide.

Moreover, their campaign is aimed at challenging the moral existence of
the Jews. They realize this is the weakest chink in the armor of the Jews.
If Jews can be convinced that they are morally in the wrong, then no
Maccabees will arise. The aim of the Hellenists is the delegitimization of
the Jews as a nation, discrediting the moral position of Jewish
survivalism. They insist over and over that Jews are evil, immoral,
selfish people, who must cease to exist as Jews if they want peace.
The message of the contemporary Hellenists is unambiguous: Those who wish
to purify the Temple, who seek pure oil for the Temple lamp, who wish to
evict the barbarians from Jerusalem, are the enemies of peace. The
Maccabees must be arrested for incitement. The Jews must provide Antiochus
with concessions and arms and funds. Under no circumstances should the
Jews seek to defend themselves from the Seleucids, for there is no
military solution to the terror. If the barbarians murder the Jews it is
because the Jews are selfish people and because they have been too
reluctant to abandon their primitive survivalism.

The era of national separateness is over; all must join in the great
Hellenistic politically correct pagan enterprise. The Post-Hasmonean era
is upon us. Dip the latkes in lard.

Friday, December 23, 2005

1. The Wall Street Journal on the Asslibs:
December 23, 2005

Whose Jews?

December 23, 2005; Page A14

The prophets have spoken, and it is time to retreat from Babylon. Or so
says the Union for Reform Judaism, speaking for the largest branch of
American Judaism. The Union's "prophetic mission and God's call to us to
be a 'light to the nations'" has, in its own telling, compelled it to
demand "a clear exit strategy with specific goals for troop withdrawal"
from Iraq.

The task of halting the Union's foray into politics has fallen mostly to
the Republican Jewish Coalition, which, unlike the Union, bills itself for
what it is: a partisan organization. As a result of all this, President
Bush, already bogged down in Iraq's sectarian divisions, finds himself
ensnared in a religious feud right here at home. In a major address on
Iraq last week, the president was reduced to playing the Israel card,
pleading with its supporters to acknowledge that "Israel's long-term
survival depends upon the spread of democracy in the Middle East."

In one sense at least, the Union's outburst amounts to something more than
the everyday pollution of public discourse. Recall that on the eve of the
invasion of Iraq, the claim that the Jewish state and its American
co-religionists were manufacturing war had become canonical in certain
quarters. From the right, Robert Novak described the conflict as "Sharon's
war," while from the opposite end of the spectrum, The Nation reported
that the war's promoters subscribed to "articles of faith that effectively
hold there is no difference between U.S. and Israeli national security

Never mind that Israeli officials were lukewarm about the war from the
outset, being far more concerned with the threat from Iran. Never mind,
too, that American Jews were more likely to be among the war's most vocal
opponents than among its boosters. (A Yeshiva University poll earlier this
year found that two-thirds of American Jews disapprove of the U.S.
enterprise in Iraq). The Union's stand demolishes the canard that American
Jews cannot distinguish between Israel's interests and their own.

Judging by the Union's vocal opposition to the war, the problem, if
anything, appears to be the reverse: What is "good for the Jews" seems to
concern the organization less than what is good for American liberalism. A
premature withdrawal from Iraq would be devastating to the cause of the
Jewish state. That observation does not reflect the motives for having
gone to war, but simply the outcome of abandoning a fellow democracy
without condition and regardless of consequence -- and the obvious
consequence would be Iraq's transformation into a den of terror. None of
this seems to have made an impression on the reform Jewish organization.

The Union, which "came to these views based on Jewish teachings on war"
and likens itself to "the rabbis of the Talmud," has no claim to
heightened moral awareness. Not only because it twists the words of those
very rabbis (as with any religious text, the Talmud offers ammunition to
multiple points of view, invoked to defend everything from Israel's
invasion of Lebanon to the "axis of evil" formulation). And not only
because the Union's intrusion into the public square comes from an
organization that claims to be in the midst of an "ongoing defense of the
wall of separation between church and state." No, the real problem is that
the Union grounds its arguments squarely in the traditions of secular
humanism, and then purposefully conflates them with the traditions of
religious Judaism.

True, the worldly admonition tikkun olam -- repair the world -- is one of
Judaism's signatures. But the Union isn't about repairing the world. Is it
really necessary, after all, to point out that its insistence on a U.S.
withdrawal does nothing to further the Union's call to "support the
democratically elected Iraqi government"? Or that the "international
community" that it invokes at every turn would sooner the Union's members
no longer existed? Or that the biblical injunction to "not stand idly by
the blood of your neighbor," one among many kernels of Jewish law the
Union ostentatiously cites in defense of its Iraq position, means not
abandoning Iraq to its fate?

Apparently so, because for all its confusions, the Union really does
amount to an authentic expression of the political inclinations that
define American Judaism today. As evinced by the Union's position on Iraq,
those inclinations defy easy logic. The American Jewish community's
attachment to the political left goes beyond obstinacy -- to the point of
running counter to the very requirements of that same community. Hence,
when asked to choose between the security of Jews, on the one hand, and
clich.s about social equality and inadequate domestic expenditures, on the
other, Reform Jewish leaders have put what they presume to be the secular
equivalent to Judaism above the interests of Judaism itself. The Union for
Reform Judaism stands for many causes. It's no longer so clear that Jews
count among them.

Mr. Kaplan is a senior editor at the New Republic.

URL for this article:

2. Haaretz bimbo Amira Hass is still campaigning for Israel's
Here she is on the openly anti-Semitic Counterpunch web magazine:
Right smack alongside a "book" claiming to document Zionist collaboration
with the nazis, written by an anti-Semitic self-hating Jewish crank.

3. Osama Chic in Hollywood:

4, A New Peace Partner?:

5, Vivisect an Animal Rights Nut!

6. Academic bias:

7. More Canadian moose droppings:

8. Even more Canadian lunacy:

9. Live and Let Spy:

Thursday, December 22, 2005

1. More from the Institutions of Academic Jihad:
From: "Israel Academia Monitor" <>
Murder in Jerusalem By NEVE GORDON and YIGAL BRONNER

"A short article posted on the Web site of Israel's most popular
newspaper, Yedioth Ahronot, described the killing of a Jerusalem resident.
According to the article, the man, a young father of two, was shot down by
police after he tried to run over one of the officers...
both Samir's killing and the readers' responses reflect some of the most
disturbing and dangerous aspects of contemporary Israeli culture. Most
prominent among these is the deep-seated racism that encourages violence.
This racism is inextricably linked to Israel's repetition compulsion,
which transforms the victim into the aggressor. A Palestinian is killed
and immediately he is described as violent; the police beat a Palestinian
and he, not they, is portrayed as brutal; Israel occupies and represses
the Palestinian people, but they are to blame. Thus, it is no surprise
that after Samir Dari was shot in the back from just a few yards away the
police instantly claimed that he was trying to run them over. It is almost
as if lying has become an involuntary reflex for the authorities.
But in order for the culture of deceit to be effective it needs the
assistance of the culture of dissimulation and suppression. If the past is
any indication of the future, then the policeman who shot Samir Dari can
rest easy. The internal affairs department did not indict a single
policeman following the killings of 13 Arab citizens in October 2000, nor
did it indict any of the policemen who gave false evidence regarding their
illegal behavior during protests against the separation barrier.
The cultures of deceit and suppression fan the flames of violence. The
clear message -- that Jews are eternal victims, and therefore they cannot
be found guilty regardless of the brutal means they employ -- renders
Palestinian life cheap and encourages a trigger-happy attitude. We have
accordingly reached a stage where we can predict that the Israeli security
forces will continue killing Palestinians..."

To read the full article please visit our homepage at:

2. Special Dispatch . Iran/Antisemitism Documentation Project
December 22, 22005
No. 1053

Iranian TV Blood Libel: Jewish Rabbis Killed Hundreds of European Children
to use Their Blood for Passover Holiday & Discussion on Holocaust Denial

To view this Special Dispatch in HTML, visit

The following are excerpts from a TV discussion with Iranian political
analysts Dr. Hasan Hanizadeh(1) and Dr. Ali-Reza Akbari, which aired on
Jaam-e Jam 2 TV on December 20, 2005. The discussion began with the
subject of the denial of the existence of crematoria at Auschwitz, and
went on to explain in detail how Jewish rabbis in Europe used to kill
children and take their blood for use during the Passover holiday.


Will these Iranians now be hired by Tel Aviv Unirsity or by Ben Gurion

3. Lying about al-Dura:

4. See this web site for more news about the nazi ties of Barry Chamish,
and about his lunatic conspiracy "theories" and lies:
Note that Chamish appears on the web site of the neonazi Holocaust
Denial Adelaide Institute 42 times (!!!). That is probably more times
than Ernst Zundel appears there!:
This is the web site that wishes its readers "Merry Christmas from Adolf

5. Interesting set of articles at:

6. Nobel Advice:

7. Spielberg as collaborator with fascist murderers:

Colse encounters of the treasonous kind:

8. Nice piece on the danger from Peretz:

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

1. Rabbis for Treason?
Left-Wing Activists Forming Militia For "Dangerous Action" in Samaria
16:16 Dec 20, '05 / 19 Kislev 5766

( The extreme-left Rabbis for Human Rights group has put out
a call for people interested in "dangerous action."

The call to action purports to be a response to Jewish residents of
Samaria cutting down Arab trees. "We and the people of [the Arab village
of] Burin will try to form a civil-watch during the next couple of nights
in case the army will not do it," the group's director Arik Ascherman

"The action is dangerous were [sic] talking about an area of illegal
outposts," Ascherman wrote, inviting participants to call him at 050 560

Ascherman was recently involved in a sting operation, bringing Arab
villagers to land belonging to Avri Ran, resulting in an altercation
followed by the arrest of Ran and subsequent imprisonment until the end of
proceedings against him.
For previous posting on "Rabbi" Ascherman see:

2. Canadian Moose Droppings:

3. SO Sharon is going to get tough? In exchange for the latest batch of
Kassam rockets aimed from Gaza at the industrial zone in Ashkelon, which
contains electricity generators, Sharon is now threatening to shut off
the electricity to the Gaza Strip. So how come he threatens this after
the rockets land near some power machinery but not after the rockets
murdered human Israelis months ago? And how come he is threatening that
he might turn the power off but only later after the savages have plenty
of time to get ready and get emergency generators and even then only from
2-4 in the morning?

Can you see Churchill retaliating for the V-2 rockets on London by
threatening to shut off the power in Berlin in two weeks from 2-4 in the

4. Spielberg's Smear
Andrea Levin

Steven Spielberg and an army of well-paid consultants and spinmeisters are
pulling out all the stops to promote Munich and fend off damaging
criticism of the movie about the murder of Israeli Olympic athletes and
the effort to track down the crime's masterminds.

The campaign has even included courting family members of the slain men
for endorsements to blunt a gathering storm of negative commentary from
the likes of David Brooks in the New York Times, Leon Wieseltier in The
New Republic and Andrea Peyser in the New York Post.

Briefly, the movie presents, via pulse-pounding scenes of kidnaping,
death, stalking and more death, the message that Israel was brutal,
bungling and immoral in its reaction to the massacre. True, the
hostage-takers were also brutal; but dispossessing Palestinians, we soon
learn, lies at the root.

Cultured Palestinians passionately explain: "We are for twenty-four years
the world's largest refugee population. Our homes taken from us. Living in
camps. No future. No food. Nothing decent for our children."

In Munich there are no Palestinians clamoring for the destruction of
Israel -- as all Palestinian groups did then and, regrettably, leading
groups continue to do today. On the contrary, in a contrived encounter
between Avner, the movie's lead, and a PLO member, the latter insists he
simply wants a homeland. He also blames Jews for turning the Palestinians
"into animals" and charges them with exploiting guilt over the Holocaust.

In all of this one sees the biases of Tony Kushner, the radical playwright
brought in by Spielberg to reshape the script. Kushner has repeatedly
called the creation of Israel a "mistake," blamed Israel for "the whole
shameful history of the dreadful suffering of the Palestinian people,"and
advocated policies to undermine the state.

Israelis in the film, including Prime Minister Golda Meir, do make their
case. But the language is often self-incriminating and vengeful. Meir
says: "I don't know who these maniacs are and where they come from.
Palestinians - they're not recognizable. You tell me what law protects
people like this ... Every civilization finds it necessary to negotiate
compromises with its own

The charge that Israel believed targeting terrorist leaders compromises
its values rather than affirms its obligation to seek every means to
defend itself against aggression is pure Hollywood concoction. But
spiraling self-doubt about the use of force is central to Munich, with one
team member, an ambivalent bomb-maker who eventually blows himself up,
lamenting: "We're Jews, Avner. Jews don't do wrong because our enemies do
wrong...we're supposed to be righteous. That's a beautiful thing. That's

Thus, not only, in the film's account, was it futile to assassinate
terrorist masterminds, because new and worse replacements sprang up to
escalate the violence, but eliminating terrorists ostensibly destroyed the
souls of the Jewish hit team.

During the movie's production, numerous Israelis with knowledge of the
actual events disputed Spielberg's central themes. But the Hollywood
director, along with Kushner, ignored them and insisted on their own dark

In fact, historical accounts of Israel's decision to target leaders of
Black September, the group responsible for Munich, emphasize that the
assault at the Olympics was part of a worsening series of terrorist
attacks against Israel in 1972. Lod Airport had been struck twice in May
with 32 killed. Only days after the September 5 Munich atrocity, an
Israeli official was shot in
Brussels, and two weeks later a letter bomb killed an Israeli in London.

Any nation supine in the face of such intensifying terrorism invites ever
more fearsome attack. Yes, Israel's new counter-campaign was reprisal for
the Munich murders, but it was aimed at fighting back against a broad
terrorist threat. What the various teams dispatched by Israel sought to do
was standard in its general goal: Shift the balance and force the
adversary onto the defensive, disrupting operations, planning and command

None of this common sense about self-defense and the context in which the
Olympic massacre and Israeli reaction occurred are part of Munich.
Instead, Israel's action battling its adversaries is cast as aberrant,
bloody and counterproductive. It is no different from the assault of the
terrorists and ostensibly spawns far greater violence.

Thus Munich is not fictionalized fact, but a falsehood at its core.

Small falsehoods too promote its thesis of Israeli culpability. For
instance, Meir is said to have shunned attending the murdered athletes'
funerals for fear of being booed because she refused to negotiate with the
terrorists -- yet as a New York Times piece reported one week after the
killings, a poll found her the most popular figure in the nation. Meir as
the war-like
Israeli, refusing to settle matters in peaceful dialogue, fit the picture.

The movie concludes that Israel should have, in Avner's recommendation,
"arrested" the terrorists "like Eichman." And, perhaps inspired by
Kushner's theme of the mistaken existence of Israel, an embittered and
hounded Avner abandons his homeland for all-American Brooklyn.

Munich offends on other counts. A leitmotif linking Jews and money will
make more than a few viewers wince. A Mossad handler growls: "I want
receipts!" We're not the Rothschilds, he says, just a small country. "We
need receipts. You got me? Whatever you're doing somebody else is paying
for it." Or: "A Jew and a Frenchman -- we could haggle forever."

In other coarse invocations of supposed Jewish banter and attitudes, a
team member demands a comrade drop his pants to "see if he's circumcised"
when the teammate doesn't understand the need for Jewish violence. An
argument among the team has one Israeli shouting: "The only blood that
matters to me is Jewish blood!"

This and much like it is what passes for deep dialogue by two of America's
leading entertainment lights. Indeed, it is stunning to watch Munich and
realize that its director brought Schindler's List to the world. Where
that was artistry drawn from truth, Munich is cinematic manipulation
rooted in lies.

Evidently, exploring essential truths about Jews murdered 60 years ago by
a regime that no longer exists and is widely reviled is one thing.
Defending the truth about Jews who, over the last half century, have
continued to be targeted for murder by Palestinians, Arab states, and in
recent decades Iran, and whose stalkers have enjoyed the support of the
U.N., scores of NGO's, and perhaps attendees of Hollywood dinner parties,
is quite another.

A preceding article on this subject appears at the CAMERA web site.

5. There is a new initiative in the Knesset. Any party having 30% of its
Knesset seats manned by women would get a bonus of 29,000 shekels per
month per woman. No matter how incompetent or stupid the Knesset Member
would be as long as having the proper set of genitals. Notice how this
will not help Prof. Ruth Gavison fend off the attempt at "Borking" her
and preventing her from sitting on the Supreme Court bench because she has
"incorrect thoughts" (disagrees with Chief Justice Aharon Barak).

Meanwhile, here are some women about whose rights the Israeli politicians
could not gave a dang:

6. A group of leading American Jewish asslib "leaders", leftists led by
Seymour Reich, is organizing a campaign in America to support and boost
Amir Peretz.
Of course, their standard of living would not be halved if Peretz were to

7. Same Difference:

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

1. You remember that old joke about the guy with the cast on his arm,
asking his MD, "Will I be able to play Mozart on the piano when this is
removed?." The MD says, of course. The patient says, "Great, cause I
could not play at all before I broke my arm."

I am reminded of that when people ask if Ariel Sharon's brain will think
clearly after his minor stroke.

2. Netanyahu beat Shalom for the head of the rump Likud, the party left
over after the Sharon people bolted and joined the Peres people in
co-creating "Kadima," yet another party of Oslo appeasement and Israeli

Netanyahu.s victory over Sylvan Shalom was not spectacular, and Feiglin
came in at a respectable 15% for third place. Netanyahu as Prime Minister
was as Chamberlainian as Shimon Peres and turned Hebron over to the
savages. He has been talking hawkishly in recent months, but he talked
hawkishly before he was elected Prime Minister in the 90s, so such talk
should be regarded with acute skepticism.

To Netanyahu's credit, while he did nothing at all to reform the economy
as Prime Minister in the 90s, he had been surprisingly brave and energetic
in seeking reforms as the recent Finance Minister under Sharon. As for
Sylvan Shalom's record as Foreign Minister, see item by David Bedein

At this point, there are three contenders for Prime Minister and each of
them has a track record of endorsing Oslo appeasement, Israeli
capitulations, and Israeli self-abasement.

Having noted this, there are nevertheless significant differences among
the three and the results of the next election do matter, although they
will not stop Oslo no matter how they turn out.

First of all, unless he has more health problems, Sharon will win.

Thus, the best result that can be hoped for in the next national election
is for Amir Peretz to come in THIRD, **behind** Netanyahu and the Likud.
That is the closest thing to a victory that Israelis can hope for at this
point. That would spell an end to Peretz.s career and probably also an
end to the Labor Party, an end well deserved. Peretz is a demagogue who
would destroy Israel economically in his attempt to restore Third World
economic conditions and bolshevik economic policies. Peretz is so
incompetent and just plain ignorant that he would place Israel in imminent
danger, should any crisis develop while he were Prime Minister. Even
worse, he might ask Red Shelly Yachimovich or Avishay Braverman for

Sharon would continue with his policies as usual, as the next Prime
Minister. The biggest existential danger to Israel from this, other than
the continuation of those policies themselves, would be having Ehud Olmert
as Number Two (I use the term "Number Two" in all of its many Austin
Powers-like meanings). Olmert is a clear and present danger and would be
the likely successor, should Sharon be forced to resign due to health or
death. In addition, nearly every corrupt criminal who was in the previous
Likud is now a "leader" in Kadima, so law and order would not be the
strong suit of a new Sharon government.

Likud is the most likely coalition partner of Kadima, and as such it would
probably put Netanyahu back in the Finance Ministry, which is a somewhat
good reason for people to vote for Likud. The Yesha Council endorsed
Netanyahu in the primaries, over Feiglin. Feiglin still has problems
being taken seriously by the general public and his two main weaknesses
continue to be the presence of Kahanists at his side and his image as a
theocrat. Most Israelis, including most Likud members, seem to think
these problems signal general shallowness.

The right-wing opposition is as usual confused and incompetent. At the
moment, some people are trying to build an opposition coalition between
the Ichud Leumi, the only truly anti-Oslo party, and the National
Religious Party (NRP). The NRP pays some lip service to opposing Oslo
appeasements but, in reality, it would move gladly Israel back to its 1949
borders in exchange for some subsidies for its schools and yeshivas.

Another hopeful sign is that Meretz, with Yossi Beilin at its helm, is
lagging in the polls, what with the Peres Left following Peres into
Kadima. Reduction of Meretz to the endangered species list would of
course be a great benefit deserving of a "Tov Oo'meitiv" blessing, should
it transpire.

December 20th, 2005

The test of Netanyahu's leadership, by David Bedein

Following the victory of Benyamin Netanyahu as the new leader of the
Likud, the question remains as how Netanyahu will cope with the policies
of his major opponent - Israel's Foreign Minister Sylvan Shalom.

FM Shalom has nurtured a policy that is based on the unilateral creation
of a PLO state, following the initiative of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Under the direction of FM Shalom, the Israel Foreign Ministry has formed
an unprecedented
working task force to pioneer a Palestinian state.

Meanwhile, while Gideon Meir, the deputy bureau chief of "hasbara" for
the Sylvan Shalom's foreign ministry, has been declaring that Israel's
settlement policies in Judea and Samaria are "illegal",
taking the position of the nations that attack Israel for the intrinsic
decision to allow Jews to settle in
"conquered territory".

Last May, when Gideon Meir was challenged at a Bar Ilan University
seminar by Bar Ilan U professor Mordecai Kedar to hear another opinion
about the legality of Israeli Jewish settlement beyond the 1967 lines, he
would not hear of it.

FM Sylvan Shalom has ignored numerous letters that question the
appropriateness of Meir's statements in this regard, which indicates that
Gideon Meir's policy statement is the position taken by Sylvan Shalom.

The question remains as to what Netanyahu will say and do about a foreign
policy that stands diametrically opposed to the policies that Netanyahu
stands for.

In other words, the quality of Benyamin Netanyahu's leadership will be
tested in
the days to come.

Will he stand on principle against the positions taken by Israeli Foreign
Minister Sylvan Shalom or embrace Sylvan Shalom's policies?

Moreover, since the Yesha Council and MK Uzi Landau played a crucial role
in Netanyahu's decisive election victory, what will they say now about
Netanyahu embracing the Sylvan Shalom/Gideon Meir foreign policy which
paves the way for further unilateral Israeli withdrawals in Judea and

Time will tell.

3. Here is yet another case in which Israel's anti-racism law was not
applied to an anti-Semitic racist Israeli:

Arab Member of the Knesset tells "robber" Jews they should leave Israel,
return to Europe

(A Jew endorsing "transfer" of Arabs out of Israel would be jailed as a
racist and an "inciter."

Arab Member of Knesset Azmi Bishara, speaking at a Beirut book fair, said
that Israel is the 20th century's greatest robbery, carried out in broad
daylight. "I will never recognize Zionism even if all Arabs do," he said.
"I will never concede Palestine. The battle is still long."

Bishara, who recently launched his campaign to seek an additional term in
Israel's parliament, left for Lebanon five days ago without receiving
permission from the Interior Ministry, Yedioth Aharonoth reported Sunday.
His harsh anti-Israel message at the fair was quoted by Lebanese newspaper
As -Safir: "The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is not a
demographic dispute, but a national one," he said. "It's not the problem
of 1.2 million Palestinians living in Israel. They are like all Arabs,
only with Israeli citizenship forced upon them."

"We are the original residents of Palestine, not those who came from
Poland and Russia," the MK added. He alsoaddressed himself directly to
Israelis: "Return Palestine to us and take your democracy with you. We
Arabs are not interested in it." His remarks were received by the Lebanese
with tumultuous applause.

Bishara criticized nations in the region that sought warming ties with
Israel: "Why does one of the Arab countries provide a home for (Foreign
Minister) Silvan Shalom, while the army destroys homes in Palestine on a
daily basis?" he said, referring to the foreign minister's recent visit to
Tunisia, where Shalom was born. "If you want to surrender, do it, but
don't force us to give in."

Bishara, who has since returned to Israel, told Yedioth that his speech
was "about Zionism and citizenship." He denied saying "anything new" and
confirmed that "I've spoken like this in the Knesset."

He has on previous occasions had his parliamentary immunity lifted to
allow for indictment on opinions deemed treasonous. Yet Arab voters
continually return him and his Balad party to Knesset.

Indeed, Bishara has a long history of pandering to anti-Israeli sentiments
among Arab citizens and has repeatedly spoken out against Israel in
neighboring countries.

An inveterate Jew-baiter, Bishara in 2004 called beloved Israeli poet
Naomi Shemer a "racist."

4. The Twelve Days of Oslo
Written by Steven Plaut

On the first day of Oslo, my true love gave to me,
A lemming in a pear tree.

On the second day of Oslo, my true love gave to me,
Two cafes a-burning
And a lemming in a pear tree.

On the third day of Oslo my true love gave to me,
Three legless kids,
Two cafes a-burning
And a lemming in a pear tree.

On the fourth day of Oslo my true love gave to me,
Four soldiers lynched,
Three legless kids,
Two cafes a-burning
And a lemming in a pear tree.

On the fifth day of Oslo my true love gave to me,
Five New History Texts,
Four soldiers lynched,
Three legless kids,
Two cafes a-burning
And a lemming in a pear tree.

On the sixth day of Oslo my true love gave to me,
Six more appeasements,
Five New History texts,
Four soldiers lynched,
Three legless kids,
Two shuls a-burning
And a lemming in a pear tree.

On the seventh day of Oslo my true love gave to me,
Seven deaths in Gilo,
Six more appeasements,
Five New History texts,
Four soldiers lynched,
Three legless kids,
Two cafes a-burning
And a lemming in a pear tree.

On the eighth day of Oslo my true love gave to me,
Eight kidnapped hostages,
Seven deaths in Gilo,
Six more appeasements,
Five New History texts,
Four soldiers lynched,
Three legless kids,
Two cafes a-burning
And a lemming in a pear tree.

On the nineth day of Oslo my true love gave to me,
Nine new subpoenas (for incitement),
Eight al-Kassem rockets,
Seven deaths in Gilo,
Six more appeasements,
Five New History texts,
Four soldiers lynched,
Three legless kids,
Two cafes a-burning
And a lemming in a pear tree.

On the tenth day of Oslo my true love gave to me,
Ten brand new taxes,
Nine new subpoenas (for incitement),
Eight al-Kassem rockets,
Seven deaths in Gilo,
Six more appeasements,
Five New History texts,
Four soldiers lynched,
Three legless kids,
Two cafes a-burning
And a lemming in a pear tree.

On the eleventh day of Oslo my true love gave to me,
Eleven car bombs popping,
Ten brand new taxes,
Nine new subpoenas (for incitement),
Eight al-Kassem rockets,
Seven deaths in Gilo,
Six more appeasements,
Five New History texts,
Four soldiers lynched,
Three legless kids,
Two cafes a-burning
And a lemming in a pear tree.

On the twelfth day of Oslo my true love gave to me,
Twelve new excuses,
Eleven car bombs popping,
Ten brand new taxes,
Nine new subpoenas (for incitement),
Eight al-Kassem rockets,
Seven deaths in Gilo,
Six more appeasements,
Five New History texts,
Four soldiers lynched,
Three legless kids,
Two cafes a-burning


Monday, December 19, 2005

1. Busybodies for the Destruction of Israel:
Dangerous Peaceniks on the Hudson
By P. David Hornik | December 19, 2005

In recent weeks, the president of Iran called for Israel to be wiped off
the map, amid reports that Iran will have a nuclear capability in a few
months, and the UN held a .Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
that prominently featured a large map of .Palestine. in which Israel had
disappeared. And after a massacre of Israeli civilians by a Palestinian
terrorist in the town of Netanya, the UN Security Council proved unable to
condemn the act.

In Israel and the PA, in addition to the Netanya attack, Hezbollah
subjected northern Israel to a missile barrage that injured a dozen
Israelis; the commander of the IDF.s Gaza Division sent a message to
Defense Minister Mofaz saying the number of terrorist incidents coming
from Gaza .is enormous,. with the army reporting 75 incidents of small
arms fire from there, 130 Kassam and mortar shell attacks, and at least 18
bombs planted along the border fence since the .disengagement.; PA
chairman Mahmoud Abbas signed a law providing lifelong stipends to
families of suicide bombers; Hamas leader Khaled Mashal announced that his
organization will resume attacks after the end of 2005; convicted mass
murderer Marwan Barghouti won the Fatah primaries in a landslide; Hamas
won municipal elections in a landslide in major West Bank cities;
Debkafile reported, .Palestinian terrorists are preparing Qassam missiles
with chemical warheads, according to information reaching Israeli
intelligence..and that is but a partial list.

Seemingly, the issue that Israel faces is not peace, but survival. But
none of this has stopped the professional peaceniks at the New York-based
Israel Policy Forum from continuing in their cheerful path. As Kenneth
Levin notes in The Oslo Syndrome, this American Jewish organization was
.created in 1993 at the behest of Israel.s Labor-Meretz coalition
government and placed under the leadership of...Jonathan Jacoby, who had
earlier in his career signed a New York Times ad accusing Israel of .state

Since then the with Seymour Reich as president and Jacoby as
executive director.has steadily shilled for the Fatah stream of the
Palestinian war on Israel, while urging the U.S. government to press
Israel into concessions on the basis of polls of American Jewry, conducted
by the IPF itself, that the Zionist Organization of America criticized for
.vague and deceptive language,. a .reprehensible misuse of...polling,. and
.misusing statistical evidence.. In one case, Levin notes, an IPF poll was
so .grossly skewed. that .the Anti-Defamation League, which had been
reported to have cosponsored the poll, disassociated itself from it.. [2]

Most recently, Israel.s left-wing daily Haaretz reported that .New York
Jewish leaders...encouraged [Secretary of State Condoleezza] Rice to
intervene aggressively in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute over the Gaza
border crossings...among others, Rice met in Washington...with the heads
of the left-wing Israel Policy Forum, who expressed their views on various
aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.. When Isi Leibler bitterly
criticized the IPF.s role in the crossings fiasco in the Jerusalem Post,
accusing the IPF of .unashamedly lobby[ing] the State Department to exert
pressure to bring Israel to heel even if that entails riding roughshod
over our security requirements,. Seymour Reich replied in the same
newspaper by condemning Leibler.s .malicious accusations. as .untrue and

Yet, as Leibler emphasizes, the same Haaretz article states quite plainly:

IPF President Seymour Reich, who participated in the meeting with Rice,
told Haaretz, .We don't presume to say that it was because of our
conversation with the secretary of state, or the political paper we sent
her, that she acted so aggressively to achieve the border crossing
agreement.. However, he added, .I have no doubt that we bolstered the
secretary of state's instinct and strengthened her opinion that aggressive
American involvement was needed to achieve practical results..
The .practical results. are now with us.that is, with Israelis, who face
an increased threat to our and our children.s lives thanks in part to
Seymour Reich and his other New York security mavens. Ynet reports that:

David Walsh, an aide to...Rice, has been trying to prevent [a] political
crisis following Israel.s decision to of the crossings
agreement following the deadly terror attack in Netanya...The most serious
disagreement focuses on Israel.s decision not to allow the passage of
Palestinian convoys between Gaza and the West Bank....We are exposed to
deadly terror coming from the West Bank, like the suicide attack in
Netanya. In such a reality we are not ready to move forward and implement
the crossings agreement,. government officials said....
The report goes on to note that defense officials:

have criticized the Palestinians. work in the Rafah crossing. One of the
problems was that online information about the people entering the
crossing was not transferred to Israel, contrary to the agreement signed
following Rice.s pressure...The more serious problem...was, according to
aides of Mofaz, .the feeling that the Palestinians are fooling us with the
names and the details of the people entering...We have information about
al-Qaeda members and people from the black list of Palestinian terror
entering the crossing from Egypt to the Gaza Strip..
In light of the Rafah situation and the ongoing attacks from Gaza, the
situation is now seen as so dangerous that the defense minister announced
the convoys have been delayed for the moment.while the international
pressure to get them moving continues.

Do not expect any contrition from the IPF for pushing a deal that, by all
accounts, Rice initially bludgeoned Israel into accepting despite the
urgent protests of its security agencies. Ideological peaceniks like
Reich, Jacoby, and crew are always ultimately uninterested in details
about terrorist infiltrations, broken agreements, and the like. There is
no other way the IPF could have kept enthusiastically promoting the .Oslo
process. throughout the twelve years of slaughter that this catastrophe
has brought upon Israel.

For the IPF, peace is always shining just around the next bend, if the
Jewish state can just be nudged into the right capitulations. The question
is how long we have to keep paying the price.


1. Smith & Kraus Global, 2005, p. 451.

2. Ibid., pp. 451-452.

2. Iranian leaders trying to get hired by Ben Gurion University?

Reuters Questions Holocaust
Yesterday we noted that a Reuters dispatch, titled "Iran's President
Questions Holocaust," included this sentence: "Historians say six million
Jews were killed in the Nazi Holocaust." A later version of the dispatch,
however, deleted the words "Historians say" and presented the Holocaust as
fact: "The Nazis killed some 6 million Jews during their 1933-1945 rule."

But today, Reuters has a new formulation:

Historians say six million Jews were killed in the Nazi Holocaust.
Regarding this widely-accepted view, Ahmadinejad was quoted by the
official Iranian news agency IRNA . . .

Reuters, of course, famously forbade its "reporters" from referring to the
Sept. 11 attacks as an act of terrorism. "We're trying to treat everyone
on a level playing field," said Stephen Jukes, the "global news editor,"
in September 2001. Apparently Reuters thinks Holocaust deniers are
entitled to a "level playing field," even if that means downgrading a
historical fact to a "widely accepted view."

Iran tells West to be tolerant of Holocaust views
Sun Dec 18, 2005 5:20 AM ET
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's denial of the
Holocaust is a matter for academic discussion and the West should be more
tolerant of his views, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman said on Sunday.

Ahmadinejad last week called the Holocaust a myth and suggested Israel be
moved to Germany or Alaska, remarks that sparked international uproar and
threaten diplomatic talks with Europe over Iran's nuclear programme.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi defended the president's
remarks, which also drew a rebuke from the U.N. Security Council.

"What the president said is an academic issue. The West's reaction shows
their continued support for Zionists," Asefi told a weekly news

"Westerners are used to leading a monologue but they should learn to
listen to different views," he added.

Some 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazis and their allies between 1933
and 1945.

Ahmadinejad, a former Revolutionary Guardsman who was elected president,
also said in October Israel was a "tumour" that must be "wiped off the

3. From Newsweek

Historical Blindness
The Union of Reform Judaism's vote to oppose the war in Iraq was a mistake
and embarrassment for my movement. (Actually, the entire Religios Action
Center of teh Reformies is an embarrassment for all Jews)

By Marc Gellman
Updated: 8:51 p.m. ET Dec. 16, 2005

Dec. 16, 2005 - The movement of which I am a member has just voted against
a war that I support. This vote by the Union of Reform Judaism was the
first vote by a major national Jewish organization or religious movement
opposing the war in Iraq.

This war was and is being fought for American reasons, not Jewish reasons.
However, to see this war that toppled one of Israel's fiercest
anti-Semitic dictator who sent $25,000 to the families of every jihadist
who had been able to kill and maim Israeli children and other
innocents.opposed by Jews is more than an act of ingratitude to this
country and this president. This vote was an act of stunning and
incomprehensible historical blindness.

One argument raised in support of the antiwar resolution passed in Houston
was that Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with 9/11 and was thus an
illegal and inappropriate military target. This putative fact is both
debatable and irrelevant. The idea that unless we have a credit-card
receipt showing that Saddam Hussein paid for Muhammad Atta's plane tickets
to New York, he must be presumed to be an innocent in the war on terror is
ludicrous. He was a trainer, a protector and a funder of terrorists around
the world.

A far more compelling Jewish reason to support the war in Iraq comes from
recent Jewish history in the clear and tragic records of the Holocaust. On
Nov. 18, 1944, John McCloy, the assistant secretary of War, sent the
following response on behalf of President Franklin D. Roosevelt to John
Pehle of the War Refugee Board. Pehle had forwarded to the president on
Nov. 8 the anguished and urgent request to bomb the railroad lines leading
up to and the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau in order to disrupt the
genocidal Nazi killing machine. McCloy wrote:

Dear Mr. Pehle,
I refer to your letter of November 8th in which you forwarded the report
of two eye witnesses on the notorious German concentration and
extermination camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau in Upper Silesia. The
Operation Staff of the War Department has given careful consideration to
your suggestion that the bombing of these camps be undertaken.
In consideration of this proposal the following points were brought out:
a. Positive destruction of these camps would necessitate precision
bombing, employing heavy or medium bombardment, or attack by low flying or
dive bombing aircraft, preferably the latter.
b. The target is beyond the maximum range of medium bombardment, dive
bombers and fighter bombers located in United Kingdom, France or Italy.
c. Use of heavy bombardment from United Kingdom bases would necessitate a
hazardous round trip flight unescorted of approximately 2,000 miles over
enemy territory.
d. At the present critical stage of the war in Europe, our strategic air
forces are engaged in the destruction of industrial target systems vital
to the dwindling war potential of the enemy, from which they should not be
diverted. The positive solution to this problem is the earliest possible
victory over Germany, to which end we should exert our entire means.
Based on the above, as well as the most uncertain, if not dangerous effect
such a bombing would have on the object to be attained, the War Department
has felt that it should not, at least for the present, undertake these
John McCloy
Assistant Secretary of War
The Jews of Europe are now the Kurds of Iraq, and the Shiites, and the
Marsh Arabs. The point of war is not only to defend one's own country from
attack but also to free from the jaws of death millions of innocent human
beings who lack the military means to secure their own freedom. This may
not be a universally supported political or military view of war, but it
is a religious view of war, and it is my view of this and other wars. I do
not know a single Kurd or a single Marsh Arab or a single Iraqi Shiite,
but I do know that they have been slaughtered by the thousands, and
because of this war they are now free. The Iraqi killing machine has been
destroyed. I also know, and every person of even moderate intelligence
also knows, that if our troops withdraw now, before victory has been fully
achieved they will be slaughtered again. When I say never again in memory
of the Holocaust, I don't mean "never again Jews," I mean "never again

I also feel, and I know, that many of the good Reform Jews who went to
Houston for our convention also feel deep solidarity and compassion for
the black Muslim victims of genocide in Darfur, and about the Bosnian
Muslims and about the Tutsis of Rwanda. What I do not understand and
cannot comprehend is why they cannot also feel a sacrificial solidarity
with the suffering people of Iraq who because of this war are now free.
(They also are indifferent towards the sufferings of Israeli Jews --- SP)

I am thinking of Abraham Lincoln, and I am thinking of the Exodus and I am
thinking of Isaiah. President Lincoln insisted on reading the numbers of
Confederate dead at every cabinet meeting and one cabinet secretary
protested this practice, "Who are they to us, Mr. President?" Lincoln
answered, "Thank God, the world is larger than your heart."

The Bible describes the people who left Egypt in the Exodus as a .mixed
multitude.. This means that when my people went free out of the house of
bondage, other people went free with us. I am uplifted and sustained by my
faith in a God whose strong hand and outstretched arm, extended not only
to the Jewish slaves in Egypt but to all the slaves in Egypt. I believe
that promise of freedom is still God's will for all people in all times
who sleep in the dust and despair of other houses of bondage and live in
fear under the rule of other Pharaohs.

Isaiah (25:4), speaking for God, commands us, .You are a refuge to the
poor, to the needy in distress, a shelter from the storm.. This war, and
the larger war of which it is a part, is not a war against terror for me.
It is a war of refuge, a war of shelter. A religious movement should feel
that, and I am disconsolate that they do not. The Reform moment in Judaism
has no official hierarchy and does not speak for all Reform Jews. Their
resolutions bind no one and compel no one to do anything. Sometime anarchy
is a good thing. That we embarrassed ourselves before America means little
to me. That we may have embarrassed ourselves before the survivors of the
kingdom of night and before the commandment to freedom from our God is a
matter of much more gravity.

I do not pretend that my interpretation of God's will that all oppressed
people should go free is in fact God's will. What I do know is that I
could not worship a God for whom this was not a sacred commandment. I do
not pretend that the liberation of all oppressed people everywhere is
either possible or politically or militarily realistic, but it is the only
possible spiritual goal that can save our world, and it is my view and my
reading of the mandates of my faith. I am sorry my coreligionists could
not feel more clearly and more urgently this commandment of liberation for
the suffering people of Iraq. I know they do not speak for me, and I can
do no more than humbly presume that they do not speak for God.

2005 Newsweek, Inc.

4. Hoping the stroke helps clear the thinking in Sharon's already
muddled brain:
Yet another Qassam rocket fired from Gaza hit Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon's ranch in the Negev Desert on Tuesday, WorldNetDaily reports. The
rocket, which according to Abu Abir of the Popular Resistance Committees
"was intended to kill Sharon," instead hit a water pumping facility next
to the ranch.