Steven Plaut

Friday, January 29, 2010


 

 

1.  "Haaretz" is the Palestinian daily published in Hebrew.   When even Haaretz concedes that a news "story" about a Palestinian "victim" of the Jews was a fraud, you know that the Palestinians themselves concede as much. 

     In September 2000 a French film crew fraudulently staged the "murder" of the Palestinian boy Mohammed a-Dura, supposedly shot by Israeli troops while slouched in his Daddy's lap.  Except it was all theater.  It later came out that it was staged.  A court in France pronounced that the French TV channel was responsible for fraud.  And the dead victim of Zionist aggression is still evidently alive and ticking and running about.  That did not stop the "pieta" photo of the dead boy becoming the war poster of the anti-Semites.  Iran uses it all the time, as does the PLO, as does the Hamas.  The Arab students at my own university do also.  So do the Trots.

   Well, this week, even Haaretz affirmed that the whole martyrdom of a-Dura was fraud.  Many years too late, Haaretz columnist Reuven Pedhatzur discovered the fraud this week and even wrote that a-Dura is probably still running about safe and sound.  We figure that at this rate Haaretz might yet discover that the Lindbergh baby is missing.

 

 

2.  Speaking of atypical journalistic integrity in Israel, Maariv runs a MAJOR expose of the New Israel Fun in today's weekend paper, and even touts the story on the paper's front page.  Ben Kaspit, a senior Maariv columnist who leans left of center, bashed the New Israel Fund for its financing of anti-Israel propaganda groups inside Israel.  His piece cites at length a study by the Zionist student group "Im Tirtzu," which discovered that 92% of the anti-Israel materials and propaganda picked up and used in the Goldstone Report, the report by the UN commission headed up by Jewish anti-Semitic judge Richard Goldtone, were taken from groups financed by the New Israel Fund.  The New Israel Fund is currently chaired by Naomi Hazan, who used to be a Kneseet Member from the semi-Marxist Meretz party.  She is extremely proud of the fact that the anti-Israel propaganda was produced with funds from NIF!!

 

In the US there are laws that restrict even what domestic corporate bodies can spend on local politicking (or at least there were until this past week's Supreme Court ruling).  In Israel there are no laws at all against Israeli treasonous Fifth Column organizations that enjoy no support at all inside Israel operating with large amounts of funds donated by foreign anti-Israel and anti-Semitic organizations.

 

3.  The liberal media is crying croc tears over the passing of the communist pseudo-historian and anti-Semitic Jew Howard Zinn, who taught history from a pre-perestroika point of view at Boston University.  Zinn was a Bash-America guru for the Left in the US and in EU.  His best-known book was "A People's History of the United States," where "people" is being used in the same sense as "the People's Republics" of the Soviet era.   Some members of the Jewish Left have also issued boo-hoos about Zinn's death, including the pseudo-rabbi and all-round crackpot (a word formed by mixing crack with pot), Arthur Waskow.

 

   Well, just to put things into their proper perspective, I reprint here an expose of Zinn from Frontpage Magazine:

 

http://frontpagemag.com/2009/10/21/collaborators-in-the-campus-war-against-israel-and-the-jews-howard-zinn/

Collaborators in the Campus War against Israel and the Jews: Howard Zinn

Posted By John Perazzo On October 21, 2009 @ 12:11 am In FrontPage | Comments Disabled

Boston University historian and Professor Emeritus of Political Science Howard Zinn is the author of more than twenty books, most notably A People's History of the United States (1980). Painting America as a nation whose chief contributions to humanity consist of repression, racism, imperialism, and genocide, this Marxist tract ranks among the best-selling history books of all time. A devoted admirer of Mao [1]'s China (which he calls "the closest thing, in the long history of that ancient country, to a people's government") and Castro [2]'s Cuba (which he says "had no bloody record of suppression"), Zinn takes a much darker view not only of America, but also of America's closest ally in the Middle East, Israel.

According to [3]Zinn, Israel's creation in 1948 "meant the dispossession of the Arab majority that lived on that land," and led to "the occupation and subjugation of several million Palestinians" — a situation that "we would today call 'ethnic cleansing.'"

Zinn recalls [3] that "after the Six-Day War of 1967 and Israel's occupation of territories seized in that war (the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights, the Sinai peninsula)," although he himself is a Jew he nonetheless  "began to see Israel not simply as a beleaguered little nation surrounded by hostile Arab states, but as an expansionist power." The fact that the new territories Israel gained not as the result of its own aggression, but in a war of self-defense against a massive invasion by the armies of three Arab states — Egypt, Syria and Jordan [4] — that were seeking to annihilate it did not factor into Zinn's new view of the Middle East.

With regard to the ongoing Mideast conflict today, Zinn places most of the blame for what he terms "the cycle of violence" on Israel's allegedly provocative and unjustified use of disproportionate force: "a rock-throwing [Palestinian] intifada met by [Israeli] over-reaction in the form of broken bones and destroyed homes; [Palestinian] suicide bombers killing innocent Jews followed by [Israeli] bombings which killed ten times as many innocent Arabs."

According to Zinn [3], Israeli society is filled with deep-seated "xenophobia, militarism, [and] expansionism."  He seeks Jewish precedents to buttress his hardcore anti Israel views:

"Some of the wisest Jews of our time — Einstein, Martin Buber — warned of the consequences of a Jewish state. Einstein wrote, at the very inception of Israel: 'My awareness of the essential nature of Judaism resists the idea of a Jewish state with borders, an army, and a measure of temporal power, no matter how modest. I am afraid of the inner damage Judaism will sustain….'"

In this confused formulation, by upholding its right to exist as a Jewish homeland in the face of genocidal enemies, Israel somehow compromises its "essence."

Zinn laments [5] that "in the occupied territories … a million and more Palestinians live under a cruel military occupation, while our [U.S.] government supplies Israel with high-tech weapons." His objection to U.S. aid to Israel has motivated him to endorse divestment campaigns aimed at companies that contribute in any way to Israel's efforts to curb the violence of Palestinian terrorists — or as Zinn sees them, freedom fighters.

In February of this year, when Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts became the first American college or university to divest its financial holdings in U.S.-based companies because of their alleged role in promoting Israeli injustices against Palestinians, Zinn endorsed [6] the measure along with such figures as Noam Chomsky [7] (who has called Israel "virtually a U.S. military base" founded "on the principle of discrimination"); Rashid Khalidi [8] (who contends that Israel's very existence is "at the expense of the Palestinians" and "fails to meet the most important requirement: justice"); Rep. Cynthia McKinney [9] (who once quipped that "the Israeli occupation of all territories must end, including Congress"); and Ilan Pappe [10] (who has openly expressed support [11] for the Palestinian terror group Hamas [12] "in its resistance against the Israeli occupation").

Just last month, Zinn was one of 59 clients [13] of the multi-billion-dollar financial services and retirement firm TIAA-CREF (Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association, College Retirement Equities Fund) to sign a letter calling on the Fund to divest the $257,000 in stocks it held in the company Africa-Israel. Zinn objected to Africa-Israel's role in funding the construction of Israeli settlements located in disputed territories in or near the West Bank. He was again joined in signing the letter by professors Noam Chomsky; George Bisharat [14] (who complains that greedy Zionists "stole Palestine" from its rightful owners); Joel Beinin [15] (who says [16] that the first Palestinian Intifada of 1988-92 was actually "a strike for peace"); and Juan Cole [17] (who says [18] Israelis "insist on occupying a people whom they do not wish to absorb, but only to steal from").

Zinn's view of the Middle East conflict is part of his view of his own profession as an "engaged" historian who wants his writing and his teaching of history "to be a part of social struggle"; a "political act" by someone who is "a part of history and not just a recorder and teacher."

in this post:

[1] Mao: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=2073

[2] Castro: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=912

[3] According to : http://www.tikkun.org/article.php/HowardZinn-Thepoisonsofnationalism

[4] Egypt, Syria and Jordan: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/guides/Why%20Israel%20Is%20The%20Victim.htm

[5] laments: http://www.zmag.org/zinncalam.htm

[6] endorsed: http://charlotte4palestine.ning.com/profiles/blogs/hampshire-college-first-in-us

[7] Noam Chomsky: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=1232

[8] Rashid Khalidi: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=1347

[9] Rep. Cynthia McKinney: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=1508

[10] Ilan Pappe: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=1244

[11] support: http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/Display_news.asp?section=Local_News&subsection=Qatar+News&month=March2007&file=Local_News200703298205.xml

[12] Hamas: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6204

[13] Zinn was one of 59 clients: http://usacbi.wordpress.com/2009/09/12/tiaa-cref-clients-ask-fund-to-divest-from-leviev%E2%80%99s-africa-israel-due-to-israeli-settlements/

[14] George Bisharat: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=2095

[15] Joel Beinin: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=2146

[16] says: http://www.campus-watch.org/article/id/1472

[17] Juan Cole: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=1782

[18] says: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/Articles/colestand4facts.html

[19] Joel Beinin: http://frontpagemag.com/2009/10/16/collaborators-in-the-campus-war-against-israel-and-the-jews-joel-beinin-%E2%80%93-by-steven-plaut/

[20] Mark LeVine: http://frontpagemag.com/2009/10/14/collaborators-in-the-campus-war-against-israel-and-the-jews-mark-levine-%E2%80%93-by-steven-plaut/

[21] Neve Gordon: http://frontpagemag.com/2009/10/13/collaborators-in-the-campus-war-against-israel-and-the-jews-neve-gordon-by-john-perazzo/

[22] Norman Finkelstein: http://97.74.65.51/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=36406

[23] Tony Judt: http://97.74.65.51/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=36238

[24] Michael Lerner: http://97.74.65.51/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=36178

[25] Marc H. Ellis: http://97.74.65.51/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=36028

[26] Image: http://www.addtoany.com/share_save?linkurl=http%3A%2F%2Ffrontpagemag.com%2F2009%2F10%2F21%2Fcollaborators-in-the-campus-war-against-israel-and-the-jews-howard-zinn%2F&linkname=Collaborators%20in%20the%20Campus%20War%20against%20Israel%20and%20the%20Jews%3A%20Howard%20Zinn

 

 

Here are some other items worth reading about the "legacy" of Zinn:  http://www.newsrealblog.com/2010/01/28/leftist-heads-explode-over-howard-zinns-death/

http://www.newsrealblog.com/2009/12/15/the-people-speak-try-howard-zinn-the-hypocrite-speaks-on-bill-moyers-journal/

http://www.newsrealblog.com/2009/12/11/big-hollywood-howard-zinn-intellectual-moron/

http://hnn.us/articles/1493.html

http://97.74.65.51/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=17914

http://www.nhteapartycoalition.org/tea/2010/01/01/schools-teaching-communism-howard-zinn/

(A close crony of the Chomsky, Zinn also lobbied for anti-Semite Joel Kovel recently:  http://peoplesgeography.com/2007/10/10/joel-kovel-overcoming-zionism/)

 

 

      


Thursday, January 28, 2010


 

1.  Tel Aviv University anti-Israel philosophy professors (and friends) produce yet another one sided "book" – a collection of Bash Israel pseudo-academic diatribes:

http://www.isracampus.org.il/Extra%20Files/IsraCampus.Org%20-%20Seth%20Frantzman%20-%20Power%20of%20Inclusive%20Exclusion%20book%20review.pdf

 

The Power of Insinuation: the modalities and normative anti-

Israel discourse of Israel's academics as seen through The

Power of Inclusive Exclusion.

Book Review

The Power of Inclusive Exclusion edited by Adi Ophir, Michal Givoni and Sari Hanafi, Brooklyn:

Zone, 641 pages, (Hardcover), 2009 $25.71

Reviewed by Seth J. Frantzman

28/1/2010

The fact that there is yet another book about the "occupation" should not be a surprise. The fact that

it consists ONLY of anti-Israel and anti-Zionist writers is not either. The fact that not a single pro-

Israel writer was invited to participate should be met with yawns. Ideological self-recruiting to

promote a political agenda under the guise of "research" has become trivially common in Israeli

universities and elsewhere.

Books about the conflict are also unique in their attention to the most minor details of the conflict.

Consider Tim Jon Simmerling's Israeli and Palestinian postcards: Presentations of National Self

published in 2004. Or Hollow Land: Israel's Architecture of Occupation by Eyal Weizman, who

coincidentally is also a contributor to this volume reviewed here. It is unlikely a coincidence that the

photo used for the cover of Architecture of Occupation is identical to the one used on the cover of

Power of Inclusive Exclusion. The book was commenced in 2003 as a project "under the auspices of

the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute" (page 26). This organization spends much of its time hosting and

funding extreme anti-Israel discourse. It currently publishes the Marxist Hebrew magazine "Theory

and Criticism."

In part, such books are the result of Israeli and Jewish academics who build careers out of churning

out such articles. Dr. David Hirsh, a sociology lecturer at University of London's Goldsmiths

College, recently described these antics: "Israeli anti-Zionists boast that their country carries out the

most important and horrific genocides in the world...[they have] delusions of grandeur." They are

celebrated as minor celebrities by weaving a narrative about being "Jews" and "Israelis" who

supposedly are supposedly courageously standing up against the mainstream. One example of this is

Dr. Anat Matar of Tel Aviv University, who attended a February 17, 2010 London University School

for Oriental and African Studies conference, where she spoke on "Supporting the boycott on Israel: a

View from Within."

Consider the introduction of Inclusive Exclusion, where the editors claim, "This book has been

conceived in an atmosphere that is generally hostile to the kind of political questions and theoretical

perspectives it strives to open." This is nonsense. The academic world is awash with Bash-Israel

diatribes and advocacy "research." Nevertheless every anti-Israel propagandist in academia insists

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that he or she is challenging the dominant paradigm, "breaking moulds" and "exploding myths." In

loud unison every single one of these people casts himself or herself as the "lone voice" who is

"radically refashioning." In many departments devoted to Middle Eastern studies, for example, every

single person claims to be a "lone voice" who "dares" to speak up about the Israeli occupation. It is

the conformism of the postureurs of non-conformity. In reality it is a form of group think.

(Review continues on http://www.isracampus.org.il/Extra%20Files/IsraCampus.Org%20-%20Seth%20Frantzman%20-%20Power%20of%20Inclusive%20Exclusion%20book%20review.pdf )

 

 

 

2.   http://www.jewishtribune.ca/TribuneV2/index.php/201001272567/Anti-Zionism-is-now-the-most-favoured-vehicle-for-anti-Jewish-expression-says-renowned-authority.html

 

 

Anti-Zionism is now the 'most favoured vehicle' for anti-Jewish expression, says renowned authority

 

Written by Atara Beck   

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

TORONTO-JERUSALEM – Antisemitism "adapts itself to the spirit of the time" and is now evident in the form of anti-Zionism, according to Professor Robert S. Wistrich, director of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism (SICSA) at the Hebrew University.

"Anti-Zionism has become the most favoured vehicle for expressing anti-Jewish sentiments that are considered politically incorrect in academic circles," he asserted.

Speaking to the Jewish Tribune just a week before the release of his A Lethal Obsession: Antisemitism from Antiquity to the Global Jihad (published by Random House), a 1,200-page encyclopedic work spanning more than 2,000 years of history, Wistrich discussed what he sees as the "common thread among many variations" of antisemitism.

"Jews have been perceived throughout the ages as being a distinctive people, even when Jews have tried to forget that fact and remove these distinctive aspects," he stated. "Antisemitism has always adopted a singling out of the unique and distinct characterization of Jews, but it has done it in a negative way; in fact, a demonization of the Jewish 'other' as threatening, evil.

"Something I've noticed is that however hard some Jews have attempted to run away from their Jewishness – whether religious, cultural or ethnic – this has never helped," he added. "In a strange, distorted way, I don't think they [antisemites] are wrong in that there is a difference."

According to Wistrich, in the ancient world the Jewish difference and source of conflict was mainly monotheism versus paganism, even at the highest point of pagan culture such as the Hellenistic era.

"Pagan antisemitism was not insignificant," he said. "It represented a real clash of values, as can be seen in the story of Chanukah. But with the advent of Christianity, we do see the beginning of a line that creates stereotypes painting Jews and Judaism as being not just a physical or cultural threat, but as a metaphysical one."

Roots of leftist antisemitism go back to late '60s
Regarding the Israel-bashing prevalent among gays, feminists and others who would be persecuted under the regimes dedicated to the destruction of the Jewish state, the author dedicated several chapters to the "background of these strange distortions," going back to the political and cultural roots in the late '60s.

"I think the Six Day War transformed the perception [of Jews] among many non-Jews. It expelled the myth that Jews had to be compensated after the Holocaust, which for 20 years served as a fragile shield against the worst outbreaks of antisemitism. But in the post-'60s, in the West, the image of the Jews as perennial victims and of the state of Israel as a small, besieged island in the Middle East and to a degree as a socialist utopia, seen through rose-coloured glasses – this was all turned around.
Israel was perceived from this point on as an occupying power, a colonial entity. It was a quick transformation. And once you're seen as the victim, you're always right; you can do no wrong.

"I was a student then and I remember the atmosphere very well. I belonged to the left at the time and this was one of the things that turned me away. I could see the seeds of it [antisemitism] already."

Wistrich devoted a chapter of his book to bigotry at the UN.

"Even I was shocked when researching it," he commented, adding that the "power of antisemites is always underestimated. The obsession with
Israel is very much apparent. [For example,] the Iraq/Iran war was the bloodiest conflict in the Middle East," yet it received so much less attention at the UN.

"I think the Jewish people are facing the most serious and potentially dangerous moment in its history since the Shoah," he declared. "I don't say that lightly.
Iran presents an existential danger…. Its links with antisemitism are downplayed in the American media – a big mistake.

"The situation is necessary to grasp. The idea of cleansing the
Middle East and the world of Jews is fundamental to Islamism. This is the first time this has happened since Nazism," he said, adding that one should make a "distinction between Islam, one of the great monotheistic faiths, and Islamism, which builds on manipulation and distorts and says the world has to be conquered for Allah."

As for the recent talks in
Toronto delivered by former Mossad head Ephraim Halevy, who downplayed the Iranian threat, "I would obviously disagree with each word of that. I think he has not the remotest understanding of what I'm talking about…looking at it from a completely different perspective. He hasn't studied any of this material [that] I study every day…. You would have to be blind, deaf and dumb to ignore, every single day, the propaganda…. As a historian, I can say that even the Nazis were more careful, used more euphemisms."

Multiculturalism can be a 'double-edged sword'

When researching the situation in Canada, Wistrich used B'nai Brith Canada's Annual Audit of Antisemitic Incidents as an important source of information.

"Antisemitism is there and is not a negligible problem," he said, notwithstanding the fact that "the Canadian government in recent years is among the most pro-Israel in the world and takes a lead in many issues.

"There is one chapter – 'Multiculturalism and its Discontent' – where I discuss
Canada, among others. It's a stunning paradox. Multiculturalism was embraced as a positive development by Canadian Jews and was seen to provide many opportunities [and] tolerance of differences. But now we see in Britain, France, Australia…[that] multiculturalism can also be a double-edged sword. It can have negative side effects for Jews and we are seeing some of them now," such as "cultural relativism. Certain common values are being eroded.

"There is a Canadian government that is responsive to the Jewish community but that might not always be the case."

He took issue with the recent expression of "concern" voiced by Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC) over the recent Swiss ban on the construction of minarets alongside mosques. According to a CJC press release, "state-imposed bans on essential elements of houses of worship are inconsistent with freedom of religion."

"It's not just about religious freedom," Wistrich argued, pointing out that
Switzerland is a "model democracy, notwithstanding its black marks with Jews…. People expressed a view that I do not think is Islamophobic. What they said is they do not want minarets on their landscape because they think it is in some way a threat to them. That could be debated. Islam – not just Islamists – has taken a very aggressive position in the societies in which they live, a position that no Jewish community in the diaspora has ever taken…. In some cases they try to impose shariah [Islamic law].

"Jewish communities should definitely be against intolerance of other minorities, but that doesn't mean you give a blank cheque. In any case in
Western Europe where the Muslim community has grown significantly, the position of the Jewish community has declined. What is going on here? Are they going to do anything for the Jewish community? There's something a bit reckless about rushing to take their position. There will be no gratitude; that's for sure.

"The year 2009 was the worst year for antisemitic incidents in
Great Britain since they began recording about 25 years ago…same in France…. Nobody would question that Britain is democratic, multicultural. Its government is not anti-Israel, although not as pro as Canada. But in society you see a coarsening of attitude."

According to information released this week by the Jewish Agency, antisemitic incidents in western Europe have reached the highest level since WWII.

Jews are 'on the front line'

 Wistrich was in the US when the massacre at the Fort Hood army base by a radicalized Muslim American major occurred.

"I saw all the politically correct statements" following the shooting, he said. "This [American] administration has been in denial for a long time, but reality is the greatest teacher. Part of the process is that they are beginning to understand there is a problem with Islamists in
America.

"Obama's
Cairo speech is meaningless today," he said. "He got slapped in the face…. He is still portrayed in the Arab world as a puppet of the Jews, although he is probably the least sympathetic American president to Israeli concerns in the postwar decades," Wistrich observed. Israel's building freeze in Judea and Samaria "had a brief and ironically disastrous effect…. Obama got nothing from the PA or the Arab world. It was supposed to be a quid pro quo, but he got nothing. Obama is not antisemitic. It was delusional to think he could bring about a shift in attitude.

"We are in a war of civilizations and Jews are on the front line, whether we like it or not," he asserted. "First, you have no chance if you don't recognize the problem. It's very important that we are clear-headed and clear-sighted, because to fight back will require a concerted effort.

"We have to pray as well as act," he suggested. "As Jews in particular, we have to draw on all our resources, spiritual, as well as military and economic."

 

3.  Dershowitz blasts the bias in the Goldstone Report:

http://frontpagemag.com/2010/01/28/the-case-against-the-goldstone-report/

"Much more scurrilous than most of its detractors (and supporters) believe."

 

4.  Israel's leftist McCarthyists did not dawdle for even a few minutes after the Chief Justice was attacked by a thug in court yesterday.  Chief Justice Dorit Beinisch was struck by a shoe thrown by a disgruntled hooligan in court over disagreements regarding his alimony payments.   The thug probably never even heard the expression "judicial activism."

 

But Beinisch of course is also the leading advocate in Israel these days of "judicial activism," the theory that holds that unelected judges should have powers of veto over the legislature and the executive branch and should use them to promote the agenda of the "enlightened" Left.  That makes her popular with Israel's leftist chatterers and gets her criticized by other folks.  

 

The leftists celebrating Beinisch's "judicial activism" ideas are the same McCarthyist chatterers who insist that the exercise of freedom of speech by non-leftists in Israel is what produces all the political violence in the country, including the murder of Yitzhak Rabin.  Well, they are back today, led by Haaretz columnists, insisting that criticism of Beinisch (from the Right?) no doubt set the stage and inspired the shoe hooligan yesterday.  Here is Tel Aviv University professor Zeev Segal, a Haaretz regular, at the head of the McCarthyists:  http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1145659.html   A defendant of laws against "incitement," He is all indignant over "those who disobey laws," but has never spoken out against the hundreds of his academic colleagues calling for mutiny and insurrection by Israeli soldiers.  For Hebrew readers, here is another professor making the same McCarthyist points:  http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-3840812,00.html

 

The solution for hooliganism and for everything else wrong in Israel is thus to silence the Non-Left!!

 

 

5.  The civil rights activists in Israel who hate civil rights and oppose freedom and equality under the law:  http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3838854,00.html

 

 


Wednesday, January 27, 2010


 

1.  Tel Aviv University – Yossi Schwartz (Dept. of History) Wants to Dissolve Israel

In the world according to Schwartz, then, it's Comrades Lenin and Trotsky who have the answer – the mass murderer and torturer who laid groundwork for the police-state infrastructure for all of Stalin's even larger-scale crimes.'

 

For full item Go to:

http://isracampus.org.il/third%20level%20pages/Editorial%20-%20Joel%20Amitai%20-%20Yossi%20Schwartz.htm

 

 

2.  More anti-Israel agitprop at the Hebrew University:

For full item go to http://isracampus.org.il/third%20level%20pages/Editorial%20-%20Joel%20Amitai%20-%20David%20Shulman.htm

 

 

3.  Progressive wife beating:  http://frontpagemag.com/2010/01/26/palestinian-wife-beating-the-jews-made-them-do-it/

 

 

 

4.  Wall St Journal:  Stop the Trial of Geert Wilders

A Dutch court is forced to compare Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' and the Quran.

By LEON DE WINTER

What started as a trial against Geert Wilders for alleged Islamophobia has nearly turned into its opposite: a historical case about the message of the Quran. The Amsterdam court trying the controversial Dutch politician is now preoccupied with the question of whether this book, sacred to more than a billion believers, can be compared to one of the most vile publications in the history of Western civilization—Hitler's "Mein Kampf." What could possibly go wrong?

In his writing and speeches, Mr. Wilders has found these two works to be similar in terms of their anti-Semitism and incitement to hatred, and has thus called for a publishing ban on the Quran similar to the one in place for "Mein Kampf." This is what triggered Mr. Wilders's prosecution for discriminatory and insulting remarks against Muslims and Islam. The Dutch politician, though, denies having insulted Muslims. He insists his focus is on radical Islam and the Quran, which he considers to be not only a religious text but also a political pamphlet encouraging Muslims to discriminate against and, if necessary, kill Jews, Christians, apostates and other unbelievers. That's why Mr. Wilders claims the right to criticize and condemn Islam.

Following complaints brought by mostly Muslim and radical leftist activists, Amsterdam's district attorney in 2008 at first found no legal basis for prosecuting Mr. Wilders. Prosecutors were forced to change course only after an activist appeals court last year ordered Mr. Wilders's prosecution—basically condemning the politician before any trial could even begin and before Mr. Wilders had a chance to defend himself. The court's unusual intervention illustrates the Dutch confusion about the conflict between two essential rights: the right to free speech and the right to protection from discrimination.

According to polls, Mr. Wilders's Freedom Party, a libertarian-conservative movement with populist tendencies, is currently the most popular political party in the Netherlands. If elections were held today, Mr. Wilders would be a serious contender for the position of prime minister. Mr. Wilders's detractors are mistaken if they think a conviction would hurt him politically. The trial is a win-win situation for him: If the court rules to restrict Mr. Wilders's right to free speech, many Dutchmen will interpret this as an effort by the politically correct establishment to limit the growing strength of the Freedom Party, which would widen its appeal to many voters. If, on the other hand, the prosecution fails to prove that Mr. Wilders has purposely insulted Muslims because of their religion, Mr. Wilders's views will be seen as vindicated. Again, he will gain politically.

More importantly, Mr. Wilders's prosecution may in the end inadvertently create a crisis between the Netherlands and the Islamic world. On trial is not so much Geert Wilders, but the Holy Book of Islam. On Jan. 20, the first day of the case, Mr. Wilders's defense team presented the court with a list of expert witnesses. It is indicative of his strategy. The expert witnesses, a group of internationally renowned academics on the one hand and, on the other, radical Islamists (among them Mohammed Bouyeri, the killer of Theo van Gogh, and the influential Iranian Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi, an outspoken anti-Semite and religious mentor of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinedjad), are requested to testify about the Quran's message and Mr. Wilders's comparison of the Quran to "Mein Kampf." As Mr. Wilders stated on the first and, so far only, session in court, if his statements about the Quran and "Mein Kampf" are correct, he cannot be convicted for telling the truth. So Mr. Wilders's defense team will concentrate on the extreme and violent paragraphs in the Quran, and compare them to paragraphs in "Mein Kampf."

The prosecution did not object to calling the witnesses for the purpose of shedding light on the Quran and "Mein Kampf" and only objected to the high number of witnesses named (17). The court will thus most likely allow most witnesses on the list to testify. Without doubt, there are many anti-Jewish remarks in the Quran. According to some researchers, there may be more of these in the Quran than in "Mein Kampf." So it is quite conceivable that the court will judge that Geert Wilders was within his right to compare the Quran to "Mein Kampf." Anything is possible in this absurd trial.

The three judges hearing the case—no doubt decent, modest, postmodern Dutchmen with a minimum knowledge of Islam and its culture and traditions—will now be forced to debate the nature of a religious text, something that should have never been heard in the court of an enlightened society. In front of the judges and television cameras, the ancient founding text of an entire civilization will be criticized and weighed against one of the most inhumane texts written in the 20th century—without any doubt a deep insult to Muslims, radical or not.

There is a way out. The district attorney's office has complied with the appeals court's order to prosecute Mr. Wilders. The trial has started. It should now ask the court for an acquittal. This preposterous trial needs to be stopped right now.

Mr. de Winter is a Dutch novelist and adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute.

 

5.  Jewish Arabs and other oxymorons at NYU:  http://isracampus.org.il/third%20level%20pages/Editorial%20-%20Lee%20Kaplan%20-%20NYU%20-%20Ella%20Shabiba%20Shohat%20-%20the%20Arab-Jew.htm

 

 

6.  Tel Aviv University continues its war against Israel:  http://isracampus.org.il/third%20level%20pages/TAU%20-%20Anat%20Matar%20-%20calling%20for%20boycott%20of%20Israel%20in%20international%20forum.htm

 

 

7.  Hebrew University:  Dogs and Zionists unwanted:  http://isracampus.org.il/third%20level%20pages/HebrewU%20-%20Alon%20Harel%20-%20leftist%20only%20conference%20chairman.htm

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Summary Of Israel's Legal Rights To Judea And Samaria by Ted Belman
Un Security Council Resolutions 181 And 242 by Eli E. Hertz
Barghouti, Amnesty And Travesty by Martin Sherman

Jewish Outposts And Settlements, Refugees And Civil Disobedience

The Al-Kuwaity Brothers Are Back! by Lyn Julius
Nightmare On Chelm Street. Cats All, Folks. Build Or Freeze. 3 Duffle Bags by Moshe and Rachel Saperstein
Hanukah And A Home by Anita Tucker
A Life's Work' Destroyed In Samaria by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz
'Anti-Freeze' Action Plan Released by Hillel Fendel

What Israel Is Doing Right Right Now

Israel's Lively Start-Up Culture Keeps Economy Thriving by Dan Senor and Saul Singer
Silicon Israel: How Market Capitalism Saved The Jewish State by George Gilder

To Bring Israeli Politics Up To The Quality Of Its Technology

Whither Israel? by Stephen Schecter
George Orwell Is Alive And Well In Israel by Tsvi November
Israel's Leadership Is Ignorant Of Law by Paul Lademain
Arabs To Israel: Juden Raus by Victor Sharpe
It's Annexation Time by Michael Freund
Unilateralism Is Our Only Option by Ted Belman
We Need Heroes Today. Let Us Be Like Maccabees by Bernard J. Shapiro

Christians In Biblical Israel

Church Leaders Remain Silent While Palestinian Christian Arabs Suffer At The Hands Of Muslims by Alex Grobman
Mainline American Christian "Peacemakers" Against Israel by Dexter Van Zile

Other Middle East Conflicts

Yemen Seizes Iranian Arms Ship Carrying Weapons For The Shi'ite Rebels In The Country's North by Dr. Reuven Erlich
The Enduring Iran-Syria-Hezbollah Axis by Michael Rubin
Hezbollah's Delusions by Jonathan Spyer
As The Islamic Curtain Descends by Mark Silverberg
How Islam Treats Fellow Muslims And Infidels
The Long March Of Islam: Chapter 2 by R. K. Ohri
Fitna And The Kafir by Kenneth Roberts
Jihad, Inc. by Alex Alexiev
Why I Murdered 13 American Soldiers At Fort Hood: Nidal Hassan Explains It All To You by Barry Rubin

Anti-Semitism In American Blogs And Syrian Radio And Earlier Influence

Rules Of Etiquette For Modern Anti-Semitism by Bruce Kesler
Anti-Israelism And Anti-Semitism In Progressive U.S. Blogs/News Websites: Influential And Poorly Monitored by Adam Levick
The Hate Industry: The Protocols Of The Elders Of Zion by Reuven Erlich
Hate Radio: The Long, Toxic Afterlife Of Nazi Propaganda In The Arab World by Jeffrey Herf

Academic Antisemites

Shlomo Sand And The Origin Of Judaism by Yoram Shifftan and Bernice Lipkin
Richard Falk: A Collaborators In The War Against The Jews by Steven Plaut
Introducing Alison Weir by Ken Waltzer
Harvard's Hamas Dumpling: Sara Roy by Steven Plaut

Europe On The Way To Dissolution

Who's Sleeping More Deeply — Europe Or America? by Bruce Bawer
Surviving The Coming Crash by Fjordman
Nazi Eurabia And America's Fate by Jim O'Neill

American Perception Of Terrorism

The Idiot Twins Of American Idealism by Spengler
The War For 21st-Century Freedom by Barbara Lerner
Would Iran Provide A Nuclear Weapon To Terrorists? by Steven Emerson and Joel Himelfarb
The Bomb Is Just The Beginning by George Jonas
Buycott Israel. Don't Let The Boycott Bite by Roberta E. Dzubow

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