Steven Plaut

Thursday, April 28, 2011


Passover, which ended a couple of days ago, is a holiday revolving
around slavery. There is a largely unknown chapter of slavery, which
ended only in modern times. It was a form of slavery conducted smack
in the middle of European civilization.

And the slaves were Jews.

A few days late for Passover, here is the story of the Maltese Yad:


http://www.jewishpress.com/pageroute.do/48095

THE MALTESE YAD

By: Steven Plaut

Date: Thursday, April 28 2011
It was the last slave prison and slave market in Europe. The United
States was already an independent country and France was in the tumult
of revolution. The Mediterranean island of Malta was the destination
for the slaves snatched off of merchant ships by an order of Crusader
Knights that had first been set up in Jerusalem in the 12th century.
And the slaves in question were Jews.
The slaves were unloaded at the Valletta Quay even today still known
as "Jews' Sally Port." The city was the headquarters built after the
Great Siege by the Order of the Knights of St. John, better known as
the Hospitallers. For the more than two centuries its slave market
operated, the main purpose was to extort ransom money from Jewish
communities in Europe in exchange for the release of the hostages.
Some captives were used as galley slaves. For some fortunate others it
was really "slavery lite," as they were allowed to leave prison during
daylight hours to hold jobs or even engage in commerce.
Malta is one of the more remarkable places on earth. It contains
antiquities a thousand years older than the pyramids of Egypt. Long
before humans discovered metal, its earliest inhabitants were carving
massive structures out of solid rock, some displaying amazingly modern
thinking about architecture. Its vegetation and landscape look like
the Galilee, while its architecture is simply breathtaking. Its 16th
century fortifications were so powerful that they later served to
defend British and Maltese forces from German and Italian assaults
during World War II.
Malta's devoutly Catholic population speaks a dialect of Tunisian
Arabic (with Phoenician, Italian, French and English words mixed in).
The Maltese like to think of themselves as the world's last surviving
Phoenicians, kin of Hannibal and King Hiram of Tyre. Speakers of
Hebrew and Arabic can make sense of many Maltese words.
Malta is never mentioned by name in the Bible. The word "Malta" is
Phoenician but is from the same root as the Hebrew cognate word for
"taking refuge." The Apostle Paul found himself shipwrecked there,
making Malta long a center of interest for the Christian world.
Jews first lived in Malta in the days when it was still a Carthaginian
colony. Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, and Sicilians all came and
left. Eventually the islands fell under Spanish rule. The Jews of
Malta then met the same fate as the Jews of Spain, expelled the year
Columbus reached the Americas.
One of the most famous Jewish residents of Malta was Avraham ben
Shmuel Abulafia, a 13th-century Spanish kabbalist rabbi. A bizarre
character, he dreamed of forging a monotheistic unification of
Judaism, Christianity and Islam. He managed to arrange for an audience
with the pope to lay out the merits of his plan. The pope was
horrified and ordered Abulafia burned at the stake. But the pope died
suddenly just before the sentence was to be carried out, and the
condemned man was released.
Abulafia spent the last two decades of his life as a hermit, evidently
living in caves on the barren and still all-but-deserted island of
Comino, just off the coast of the main Maltese island. There he wrote
several books on Kabbalah, philosophy and grammar.
Abulafia's career is of surprising contemporary relevance. The newest
addition to the Maltese Jewish community is an old man known by all
simply as "The Admor." He claims to be a direct personal descendent of
the hermit kabbalist of Malta. He plans to convert Abulafia's "home"
on Comino into a site for world Jewish pilgrimage.
* * * * *

It is hard to exaggerate the importance of the 1565 Great Siege of
Malta. For Renaissance Europe, it was Masada, Betar and the Warsaw
Ghetto all wrapped up into one battle, with the important difference
being that the besieged knights won. Suleiman the Magnificent's army
had marched all the way from Istanbul to the gates of Vienna. But a
mere 700 knights of the Order of the Hospitallers, supported by
several thousand Maltese auxiliaries, beat off a force consisting of
between 30,000 and 50,000 janissaries and other elite soldiers serving
the sultan.
Originally set up as a medieval order of knights in Crusader Jerusalem
to run a hospital for pilgrims (hence their name), the Hospitallers
were in the Holy Land until Acre fell to the Saracens. They moved
briefly to Cyprus, and then took up positions in the waters just off
Turkey.
They fortified Rhodes and defied the Turks for centuries until, in the
early 1500s, their bastion finally capitulated to the sultan. In a
sense it was the final showdown of the era of the Crusades. The
knights moved their "langues" to the new front line of Christendom,
Malta. And, yes, Humphrey Bogart fans, they really did pay the Spanish
king an annual "rent" for the island consisting of a falcon, just like
in the movie. But it was a live Maltese falcon trained to hunt, not a
statue made of gold.
In May 1565 the Ottomans landed on Malta shortly after they had sunk
half the fleet operated by the knights in a naval battle off Tunis.
The Turks converged on Fort St. Elmo, which later served as a kind of
Masada symbol for centuries of Europeans. With its small garrison of
defenders, the fortress held out for a month against the Ottomans.
While eventually overrun, the knights and their valiant resistance
broke the back of the Ottoman invasion. The sultan lost 8,000 of his
best fighters in taking the fort. The rest of the Turkish troops were
by then running low on supplies and water. When word came of a relief
force of knights arriving from Sicily, the Turks broke and fled back
to Istanbul.
The Great Siege was one of the most vicious, but also most decisive,
battles in pre-modern European history. Prisoners were brutally
massacred by both sides. The 70-year-old grand master of the knights,
Jean Parisot de Valette, ordered the wells near the fort poisoned to
stop the Ottomans. That poisoning evidently served as the inspiration
for a scene in the malicious "Jew of Malta" play, written by
Christopher Marlowe, ostensibly about the Great Siege of Malta.
The heroism of the knights in St. Elmo prevented the Mediterranean
from being transformed into an Ottoman lake, and probably spared much
of Christian Europe from being overrun by the Turks. In addition, it
would inspire the Maltese themselves in 1940-43, when Malta was
suffered through thousands of bombing attacks by Hitler's Luftwaffe.
The blockaded island played a critical role in interrupting supply
lines to Rommel's Axis forces in North Africa and directly contributed
to their defeat. Letters of thanks and homage to the people of Malta
written by Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt are engraved into
the walls of buildings around the city of Valletta.
Not far from the fort of St. Elmo, a different kind of siege would
take place soon after the victory of the knights over the Turks. After
the Great Siege, the navy of the Order went prowling for Ottoman ships
to plunder, but quickly discovered that kidnapping merchants plying
the waters of the Mediterranean was more profitable. And commercial
ships at the time carried a particularly large number of Jewish
merchants.
Though the treatment of Jews by the knights back at Rhodes had been
civil, there was money to be made from capturing Jewish merchants and
holding them as slaves until Jewish communities, mainly in Italy,
ransomed their release. Thus, not far from Fort St. Elmo, the Jewish
slave prison and slave market of Malta were erected.
For many years Malta carried for Jews emotional associations with
misery and mistreatment. In Vale of Tears (Emek Habakha), the 16th
century historian and physician Joseph Ha-Cohen told the tragic tale
of a ship of 70 Saloniki Jews captured and enslaved by the knights.
Still nominally under Spanish rule, the Inquisition was also
established in Malta after the Great Siege.
A popular Jewish prophesy circulating at the time warned of the demise
of four evil regimes, with Malta leading the list. The Malta slave
prison and market were closed down only when Napoleon evicted the
knights from the island, having stopped there along his route of
advance into Egypt and Palestine.
* * * * *

At the beginning of the 20th century, the lone synagogue still active
in Malta operated quite literally in the shadows of the Fort St. Elmo
defensive outer walls. From 1915 to 1920, the rabbi of Malta was
Nissim Ohana, whose granddaughter Pnina happens to be my wife. (I've
written before about another chapter of his life, when he served as
the rabbi of Gaza before World War I. See "My Gaza Roots" -
www.jewishpress.com/pageroute.do/39170.)
Rabbi Ohana arrived in Malta on a transport ship escorted by two
British destroyers due to fears of imminent U-boat attacks. The small
Jewish quarter in Malta's capital city was just a few steps away from
the knights' fortress. It was wartime, and Rabbi Ohana was invited by
the British colonial authorities in control of Malta to wear a British
officer's uniform while performing his duties. He tended not only to
the needs of the small local Maltese community but also to the Jewish
refugees who had reached Malta and even some Jews who were among the
prisoners of war held on the island.
Life was not easy. A smallpox epidemic hit Malta in those years and a
son of the rabbi perished. At the same time the rabbi's wife fell
seriously ill and was hospitalized in a church hospital serving as the
quarantine center. It was Tu B'Shvat 1916. She felt acutely
uncomfortable in the ward, which was bedecked with crucifixes and
portraits of the Virgin Mary and from which most of the patients were
"released" only after dying from the disease.
In her fevered torments that night, the rabbi's wife dreamed that her
father, a noted Jerusalem kabbalist, came into the room dressed in
princely attire. In the morning her fever broke and she was sent home
in a horse-drawn carriage. But she believed the dream was a sign that
her father had just died. The rabbi prohibited mourning, insisting
dreams are not a permissible basis upon which to sit shiva.
It was only two years later, with the war over and communications with
the Land of Israel reestablished, that she learned her father had
indeed died in Jerusalem the very night of her hospital vision.
In those days Jews on the streets of Valletta were often harassed
because they failed to make the sign of the cross when passing through
the many intersections displaying Christian statues and symbols. So
the Maltese Jews learned to use back alleys to avoid confrontations.
* * * * *

On our visit to the Malta National Library, the librarian did not seem
to know what a rabbi was. Her best suggestion about finding documents
on Rabbi Ohana was to check the baptism records at the local parish.
Shelley Tayar, whose late husband was head of the Jewish community,
was more helpful. Well into her 80s, the feisty unofficial archivist
for the community told us what she knew about Rabbi Ohana's days in
Malta.
The Tayars (also spelled Tajar; the word means merchant) had migrated
to Malta from Libya 200 years ago. Her father-in-law accompanied Rabbi
Ohana on his rounds and duties during World War I. Shelley couldn't
take her eyes off my Greek fisherman's cap, which she insisted made me
look exactly like the milkman Tevya. She was also hosting a Brazilian
Catholic couple exploring the husband's Maltese Jewish roots. His
grandfather had left Malta for Brazil back in the days when Rabbi
Ohana lived in Malta.
The synagogue behind the St. Elmo fortress was moved in 1979, when an
entire block of houses was demolished to make room for a road. The
current synagogue is located across Marsamxett bay from Valletta and
has about 100 congregants. About half of these are members of the
Ohayon family. Special candles that burn pure olive oil are lit in the
synagogue every day.
Reuben Ohayon, the community's young acting rabbi and cantor, showed
us around the premises, but our special interest was in the
furnishings still in use that are remnants from Rabbi Ohana's era.
These include lamps and decorated wooden chairs, including one on
which the head of the community sits. There are also several Torah
scrolls left from Rabbi Ohana's days back in the old synagogue. One of
those scrolls had been sold to the Jewish Museum of New York to raise
money for the community.
But perhaps the most dramatic item we found that had been left behind
by Rabbi Ohana was a yad pointer, used for reading the Torah scroll.
"This is the yad used by your grandfather," Ohayon told my wife.
* * * * *

It is late afternoon. We are in the large Hall of the Inquisition in
Birgu, across the Grand Harbor from Valletta, near the knights'
fortress of St. Angelo, the fort that was never captured by the Turks
during the siege. The building's dungeon cells are part of the tour,
as is the Inquisitor's Torture Chamber.
I check the time and decide to conduct my own small impudent defiance
of the Inquisition, just a few centuries after the fact. I slip into
the Inquisitor's courtyard and daven the afternoon Minchah prayer.
"You see," Rabbi Nissim Ohana's granddaughter winks at me as I reenter
the building, "in the long run the Inquisition lost and you just won."


PEACE AT LAST
by Steven Plaut

It was in the year 2013. The Israelis at long last gave up their
attempts to resist the pressures of the world. Their newly elected
national unity government approved the plan. The Palestinians, led by
a coalition of the PLO and the Hamas, had already earlier announced
the creation of a Palestinian state. Israel's Left had been holding
weekly protests in support of Palestinian statehood. When the UN had
officially and unanimously called for such a state, even the United
States of Barack Obama voted in favor.
The national unity government of Israel announced that Israel was
willing to accept the unanimous UN proposal for peace, supported by
every single country in the world. Israel would return to its
pre-1967 borders, remove all Jewish settlements from the territories
of the new state of Palestine, recognize Palestine, and grant
Palestine all of East Jerusalem, that is, all of the city located east
of a line running north-south through Zion Square, renamed Martyrs'
Square.
The world had not seen celebrations like this, celebrations that
greeted the Israeli decision and the creation of Palestine, since the
fall of the Berlin Wall or the transfer of power in South Africa to
the black majority. All-night celebrations were held in every city of
the planet, but none so enthusiastic as the party held in Tel Aviv in
Rabin Square. Speaker after speaker appeared under a banner
"Liberation at Last" and praised the decision to agree to the terms of
the accord as the ultimate completion of the work and dreams of
Yitzhak Rabin.
The settlers were marched out of the lands of Palestine at bayonet
point, with crowds of jeering Israeli leftists pelting them with
garbage as they moved into their temporary transit camps inside
Green-Line Israel. Liberal Jews in the United States organized a march
in Washington to celebrate. "Peace at Last" was the number one pop
single everywhere.
The State Department sent out a message urging Israel and Palestine to
conduct good-faith negotiations and round-the-clock talks on all
outstanding issues of disagreement still separating the two sovereign
states. At long last, there were two states for two peoples. Land had
been exchanged for peace. Peace had at long last broken out in the
world´s most troubled region.
The morning after the Palestine Independence Celebrations, the message
arrived in the Israeli parliament, brought in by special messenger.
The newly formed government of Palestine had only a small number of
issues it would like to discuss with Israel. It proposed that peaceful
relations be officially consummated, as soon as Israel turned over the
Galilee and the Negev to Palestine.
Israeli cabinet ministers were nonplussed. We thought we had already
settled all outstanding territorial issues by giving the Palestinians
everything, they protested. The spokesman for the Palestine War
Ministry explained: the Galilee was obviously part of the Arab
homeland. It was filled with many Arabs and in many areas had an Arab
population majority. Israel was holding 100% of the Galilee territory,
while Palestine held none at all, and surely that was unfair. As for
the Negev, it too has large areas with Arab or Bedouin majorities, but
is in fact also needed by the Palestinians so that Palestine can
settle the many Palestinian refugees from around the world in lands
and new homes.
Israel´s government preferred not to give offense and sour the new
relations, and so offered to take the proposal under consideration.
Within weeks, endorsements of the Palestinian proposal for stripping
Israel of the Galilee and the Negev were coming from a variety of
sources. The Arab League endorsed it. The EU approved a French
proposal that the Galilee and Negev be transferred to Palestine in
stages over 3 years. Within Israel, many voices were heard in favor
of the proposal. Large rallies were held on the university campuses,
organized by leftist faculty members. Sociologists from around the
world produced studies showing that these Arabs were victims of
horrible discrimination and that Israel as a state is characterized by
institutional racism. Israeli poets and novelists wrote passionate
appeals for support of the Galilee and Negev 'Others.'
When Israel´s cabinet rejected the proposal, the pressures mounted. A
Galilee and Negev Liberation Organization (GNLO) was founded and
immediately granted recognition by the UN General Assembly. It
established representative consulate facilities in 143 countries.
Weeks later, the infiltrations began. Squads of terrorists from Gaza
and the West Bank infiltrated Israel through the new borders
separating Palestine and Israel. The border fences were reinforced,
but to no avail. The US State Department proposed that Israel defuse
the situation by considering compromise on the matters of the Galilee
and Negev.
Six months later, the 'victims of Jewish discrimination' in the
Galilee and Negev decided to escalate their protests. Gangs of Arabs
lynched Jews throughout the disputed territories. Roadblocks were set
up, and entire families of Jews were dragged from their cars by the
activists and militants, and beaten to death or doused with flames.
The EU sent in observers, but warned Israel that there is no military
solution to the problems of terrorism and violence. When Israel
arrested gang leaders from the riots, the General Assembly denounced
Israeli state terrorism against Galilee and Negev Arabs. French
universities gave the pogrom leaders honorary doctorates. Dozens of
universities around the world held special Israel Apartheid Week
events to denounce the rump Zionist entity.
Meanwhile, boycotts of Israel arose throughout Europe.
Israel´s own leftists launched a Movement against Apartheid, and the
foreign press reported that 400,000 protested attended a rally by the
Movement in Rabin Square. Cars around Israel had bumper stickers that
read "My Son Will Not Die for Nazareth" and "Peace Now". The Israeli
Left urged people to refuse to do army service outside metropolitan
Tel Aviv. The Israeli Labor Party proposed erecting a series of
separating barriers throughout the Galilee under the slogan "Good
Fences Make Good Neighbors".
But Palestine could not sit idly by. Even before the formal demands
by Palestine for the Negev and the Galilee were presented, Qassam
rockets and mortars were being fired into Israel from Tul Karem, Beit
Jalah, and other towns in Palestine. Over time, the rocket attacks
escalated. Barrages of rockets and mortars drenched Israeli cities.
The death toll rose to 1,000 Israelis per month. The White House and
State Department threatened to cut off all supplies from Israel if it
dared to launch reprisal raids against independent Palestine. Large
cargo ships from Turkey and Egypt, laden with advanced arms, entered
the besieged port of Acre to provide munitions to the Galilee
militants. Thousands of volunteers streamed into Palestine from around
the world to assist in the campaign to rescue the Galilee and Negev
Arabs from Israeli oppression.
On the afternoon of Yom Kippur, tank columns from Palestine cut Israel
in two just north of Tul Karem, near Netanya. Palestine offered to
withdraw in exchange for immediately transferring the Negev and
Galilee to its control.
Meanwhile, outside Israel, synagogues in Belgium and France were
torched. Teach-ins for the Negev and the Galilee were held on US
campuses. A new conference was called in Durban to denounce Israeli
apartheid. The White House insisted that Israel not use force to
expel the invading Palestine troops who had divided the country, for
the dispute was a matter for negotiations and dialogue.
Increasing numbers of Israeli politicians urged that Israel respond to
the situation by granting limited autonomy to the Negev and the
Galilee. The Americans offered to send in ground troops to protect
the remaining Israeli territories, if Israel would only decide to
accept the proposal to give up the Negev and Galilee. Let´s have peace
in the hills that Jesus roamed at long last, suggested the President.
Jews living in the Galilee and Negev were under siege everywhere and
the roads were unsafe. The road through the Negev to Eilat was cut by
Arab gangs in four places. Leftist Israeli professors officially
joined the Arab militias fighting for liberation, as did solidarity
protesters from Western countries. Two of the latter blew themselves
up on a Jewish school bus to show their solidarity with the oppressed
Arabs. Ahmed Tibi, head of the largest Galilee militia, insisted he
was doing everything possible to stop the suicide attacks on buses and
cafes in Tel Aviv and Haifa by Arab activists from the Galilee, but
the Americans demanded that he do more. The UK demanded 100% effort to
stop the violence.
The Negev and Galilee liberation organizations raised their flags over
their towns and proposed that the Jews living in their territories be
resettled elsewhere. The Palestine War Ministry was shipping them guns
and explosives. The first word came of a detention camp north of
Nazareth in which Jews expelled from their Galilee homes were being
concentrated, with a second camp opened in the Negev near Rahat.
Strange black smoke rose from the chimneys...


2. http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=217861

Italian politician: Vittorio Arrigoni was 'enemy of Jews'
By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL, JPOST CORRESPONDENT
04/26/2011 03:13

Human rights watchdog organization: To refer to Hamas ally as a "peace
activist" is a moral travesty.

BERLIN – Fiamma Nirenstein, vice president of the Committee on Foreign
Affairs in Italy's Chamber of Deputies and chairwoman of the Committee
for the Inquiry into Anti-Semitism, has deemed the slain Hamas-aligned
activist Vittorio Arrigoni a "fan of political Islamism because he was
an enemy of the Jews."

Arrigoni was kidnapped by Salafist radicals in April, and murdered by
them in the Gaza Strip earlier this month.

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Writing in the Milan-based Italian daily Il Giornale, she added
"[Arrigoni's support of Islam] did not save him from a cruel
execution..."

Nirenstein also took aim at Italy's President Giorgio Napolitano for
attributing the murder of Arrigoni to the lack of a peace agreement
between Israel and the Palestinians.

"Instead of laying the blame on Islamic fundamentalism, he asked that
'a negotiated solution be found to the conflict, which sees bloodshed
in the region,'" she said. "Yet instead, Israel is being summoned to
face some mysterious responsibility."

According to Nirenstein, Arrigoni described Zionists as "rats." A
Facebook entry from Arrigoni apparently also refers to a Jewish critic
of his as a "rat."

Arrigoni's death has electrified NGOs, the blogosphere and media
regarding news reporting that they claim has glossed over Arrigoni's
militant anti- Israel views.

Arrigoni was a member of the International Solidarity Movement, an
organization devoted "to resisting the Israeli apartheid in Palestine
by using nonviolent, direct-action methods and principles," according
to its website.

Prof. Gerald Steinberg, head of NGO Monitor, a human rights watchdog
organization, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday that "the ISM openly
and directly supports 'the Palestinian resistance,' – meaning
terrorism and war crimes against Israelis. To refer to its members,
including Vittorio Arrigoni – who are allied with Hamas – as 'peace
activists' is a marketing triumph, and moral travesty.

"The record speaks for itself: In 2002, ISM members attempted to help
terrorists hiding in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, and in
2003 the murderers of Israelis at Mike's Place bar in Tel Aviv, forged
links with ISM activists. In 2010, the ISM played a major role in the
deadly Gaza flotilla confrontation. Whatever Arrigoni's motivations
might have been, he was clearly not promoting peace."

In an e-mail to the Post on Thursday, Noah Pollak, executive director
of the Emergency Committee for Israel, a Washington-based
organization, wrote, "Arrigoni devoted himself to helping Hamas try to
destroy Israel. He was a warmonger, an anti-Semite and a supporter of
the repression of Palestinians under terrorist rule in Gaza. The
attempt by anti-Israel activists to portray him as a crusader for
peace or human rights is nothing less than Orwellian."

Amnesty International Ireland's communication director, Justin Moran,
criticized a popular US-based, pro-Israel blog, "Elder of Ziyon," for
pointing out ties between Arrigoni's supporter and girlfriend, Claudia
Milani – who works for Amnesty International – and her promotion of
anti-Israel events.

According to the Elder of Ziyon blog, Milani is the "coordinator of
Israel/Occupied Territories section of Amnesty International/Italy,"
and as such, she gave a talk at an "Israel Apartheid Week" event
advertised by Amnesty last month.

Her Facebook page shows that she is "friends" with noted
Israel-haters, including Greta Berlin, Adam Shapiro, Max Ajl and Ken
O'Keefe.
Moran, from Ireland's Amnesty office, wrote an e-mail to a reader who
complained about the Elder of Ziyon blog entry, saying "I think the
site you link to is acting in a deplorable manner by using the tragic
death of Mr. Arrigoni to personally target his girlfriend – a woman
who is right now coping with the loss of a loved one in unbelievably
tragic circumstances."

Steven Plaut, a professor at the Graduate School of Business
Administration at the University of Haifa, culled anti-Israel photos
from Arrigoni's Facebook site for an article in the online US Magazine
Frontpage.

Plaut wrote earlier this week, "Arrigoni's Facebook page is also a
cornucopia of blind hatred. It includes the medieval blood libel
charge that 'Zionists' would arrest Jesus if he were to come back
today... A photo that Arrigoni included – and thought was just
delightful – is a sign in a store that announces that dogs and
Israelis may not enter."

When asked about Arrigoni's comments about Jews and Israelis, multiple
Post telephone calls and e-mails to Moran and the Amnesty office in
Ireland were not immediately returned.


Friday, April 22, 2011


1. It being Passover (Moadim l'simcha to you all), I thought I would
digress from my usual dismal obsession with Israeli politics and
comment on a few matters of "religion" at the fringes of the news.

The first involves the great battle over Ashkenazi-Sephardic customs
in a synagogue in Bnai Brak. The town of Bnai Brak has the largest
concentration of ultra-Orthodox "chareidim" – the black coat males and
wigs on females – in Israel. And in one of its synagogues, the
dispute over whether prayers should be conducted in Ashkenazi or
Sephardic tradition ended up being argued in front of the Tel Aviv
magistrate's court. That in and of itself makes this story silly
enough. But what makes it REALLY silly, and a fascinating
illustration of the complexity of life in Israel, including its
ethnicity and religiosity, is that NEITHER SIDE TO THE DISPUTE IS
SEPHARDIC. I repeat, neither of the two sides battling over whether
the prayer style in the synagogue should be Sephardic…. are Sephardim.

Confused? Well, the battle there is actually between Chassidim and
those who are opposed to Chassidim, or Misnagdim. In Israel the
Misnagdim are often referred to as the "Lithuanians." (When I told
that to my Lithuanian students whom I teach in Budapest, they were all
confused that Israel is one of the most bizarre places on earth!)

Briefly, their differences go back to the 1700s when the Chassidic
movement arose in Eastern and Central Europe. Many of the leading
opponents to Chassidism, led at some point by the Gaon of Vilna, lived
in Lithuania. But to make things even more confusing, many of the
leading Chassidic rabbis ALSO lived in Lithuania. In any case, both
groups have large populations in Bnai Brak.

The Chassidim are Ashkenazi, but most of them use prayer books that
follow "Sephardic custom." There are minor differences between
Ashkenazim and Sephardim in prayer texts and other customs. The
Ashkenazi synagogue to which I belong, and which is NOT Chassidic,
also uses a Sephardic custom prayer book. The Chassidim do not follow
Sephardic custom in everything, and specifically do not eat kitniyot
or rice during Passover, as real Sephardim usually do.

In the synagogue in question, the "Lithuanians" were upset by the
holding of "Sephardic" prayers in their building by the Chassidic
minority. What really had them worried though seems to be their fear
that the Sephardic-praying Chassidim would make a property claim at
some point to the building. So they went to court to fight over the
matter. The court ruled in favor of the "Lithuanian" dominant group
in the synagogue, and their right to refuse to conduct "mixed
tradition" prayer services.

Confused? Bewildered? Just say Gevalt three times loudly with
Sephardic accent!


2. The worst form of bigotry in Israel is the anti-Orthodox hatred by
some ultra-secularists. In some areas, most notably in the yuppie
leftist ultra-secularist Ramat Aviv suburb, in which Tel Aviv
University sits on occupied Palestinian lands, secularists zealots
have been battling to prevent religious people from moving into the
neighborhood. They are enthusiastically backed by most of the Left
and particularly by Haaretz, that Palestinian newspaper published in
Hebrew.

The zealots are being increasingly dismissed as deranged "racists" by
the sane segment of Israeli society. Haaretz today interviews the
leaders of the zealots. How do they respond to the charge that they
are racists? "The Orthodox are not a race at all so how can we be
racists?" They chime in unison.

What does this remind you of? That long-time defense by Arabs
whenever anyone accuses them of being anti-Semites. How can we be
anti-Semites? They chime in unison, after all WE are Semites. In both
cases the bigots in question defend themselves via silly semantic
games and twists of words.

First of all, true the Orthodox are not a race, but those denouncing
the secularist zealots as "racists" are just using the word as it is
commonly and ordinarily misused in modern Hebrew. What they mean is
that the zealots are bigots, which they indeed are. Strange that
Haaretz never repudiates those Leftists who denounce all the
non-leftist Israelis for supposedly being anti-Arab "racists" with the
objection that Arabs are not a race either. Arab anti-Semites are not
haters of Semites but haters of Jews. Never mind that the word
"anti-Semite" is misleading. It has been the common term for hatred
of Jews for 150 years. Saying Arabs cannot be anti-Semites because
they are Semites is a bit like insisting that the Ku Klux Klanners
cannot possibly be considered anti-black because they all wear black
boots and socks.


3. I have posted the following story regularly, but a few asked me to
re-post it for Passover.

A few years back, I took the kids to the Haifa beach promenade during
Passover, where they had French fries. While sitting there, some
Russian Jews who had not been in the country very long came and sat
down. They ordered some salads, and asked the Arab waiter to bring it
to them with Matzos because they did not want to eat Chometz during
Passover. Then they asked the Arab to also bring them beers. The
Arab stood and explained to them that it was not only bread that is
Chometz but actually beer is also considered Chometz and so is also
prohibited for consumption by Jews during Passover. The Russians
thanked him enthusiastically for explaining that to them.
I was reminded about the section in Pirkei Avot where it says one must
feel beholden and gratitude to anyone who teaches one Torah or even a
single Hebrew letter. These Russian Jews were beholden to their Arab
waiter for teaching them Torah.
Only in Israel!


1. See this photo of the head of the communist-front Israeli "peace"
group Machsom Watch, paying a pilgrimage visit to the mother of one of
the MURDERERS of the Itamar babies, to support and comfort the mother
of the MURDERER:

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=209083609110174&set=a.209083575776844.52570.116311335054069&type=1&theater


Needless to say, the "woman" in question did not go to Itamar to
comfort the victims of the murder.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/SendMail.aspx?print=print&type=0&item=143663

Leftists Visit, Hug Mother of Fogel Murderer
Nissan 17, 5771, 21 April 11 09:02
by Gil Ronen
(Israelnationalnews.com) Several ultra-leftist groups organized a
visit to the Arab village of Awarta on Saturday, April 16, in support
of the villagers and against the IDF's activities there in the search
for the murderers of Ruth and Rabbi Ehud Fogel and their children Yoav
(11), Elad (4) and Hadas (three months).
The leftists visited several homes in the Samaria village, including
that of the Awad family, which spawned the murderers. The identities
of the confessed murderers were released for publication on Sunday,
the day after the visit. The murderers were already in IDF custody at
the time of the leftists' visit and their arrest - including the fact
that they are relatively young - was already widely rumored and hinted
at by the press.

A photograph from the visit which can be viewed here, posted by one of
the activists on her Internet blog, shows Raya Yaron, spokeswoman of
Machsom Watch, comforting a woman described as being 37 years old and
"in a deep depression." The blogger explained in her post that the
woman fainted during the leftist women's visit and was distraught over
the arrest of her husband, her two sons and a daughter.

The woman is easily recognizable as Nuf Awad, mother of Hakem Awad,
whose photograph was featured on the front page of Arab newspaper
al-Hayat al-Jadida Monday.

"It is impossible that my son did this," she is quoted by the paper as
saying. "My son doesn't know how to slaughter a chicken" (the
translation is from the Seventh Eye media-watch website). The two
murderers confessed, however, to slaughtering five human beings and
investigators reported that they expressed no remorse, and even said
that had they realized there were two more children sleeping in the
house, they would have killed them as well. They saw no problem in
slitting baby Hadas's throat, they explained, since she was a Jew.

Another leftist visitor, Yaakov Manor of the Center for Alternative
Information, described the visit thus on the AIC's Hebrew website:

"The horror that we witnessed at the home of the family of Muhammad
Awad cannot be described as anything but a pogrom - a primitive and
brutal act of revenge intended to strike fear and awe into the hearts
of the residents..."

"The father, Muhammad, 45, the son Majdi, 20, a third year university
student, the son Amjad, 19, a freshman university student, and the son
Hakem, 17, were arrested."

At about the same time that Manor wrote the post, a court lifted a gag
order and allowed the press to publish the names and photos of the
murder suspects. One of them was 17 year old Hakem Awad. The other was
his cousin, Amjad Awad, who is apparently not the same Amjad mentioned
above as brother of Hakem.

Machsom Watch is a women's group that interferes with soldiers looking
for weapons and explosives at checkposts and is a member of the
Women's Coalition for Peace. Both are radical groups that espouse a
pacifist, anti-religious and anti-Western brand of gender feminism,
and both received considerable funding from the New Israel Fund as
recently as 2007, according to NGO Monitor.

Despite allegations of siding with Israel's enemies, the New Israel
Fund is still perceived as a legitimate body by many liberals in
Israel and outside it.

As reported on Arutz Sheva, Israel Online Ambassadors said Sunday that
these leftist groups had crossed a red line. "The time has come to
make leftist groups that support murderers illegal. Whoever supports
baby killers has no place in a democratic society," the group said in
a statement.

Nuf Awad on Al-Hayat al-Jadida: 'he couldn't slaughter a chicken' %ad%


2. The news of the massive refusal of Jewish donors to support Ben
Gurion University as long as it continues to operate as Israel's
University of Treason continues to thunder in Israel.

In the Hebrew news web site News1 comes an interesting Op-Ed
written by Yehuda Drori. The writer was once in charge of fundraising
for the Keren Kayemet fund in the American southwest. His article in
News1 is entitled, "No Contributions to Slanderers and their Patrons."
His article calls on people to contact donors and supporters of Ben
Gurion University and other Israeli schools, and to call upon them NOT
to support those academics involved in slandering Israel and serving
anti-Semites and Israel bashers.

The following my translation of the article:

There is only one choice left to those of us who seek the eviction of
those who slander Israel from Israel's academic institutions, and it
is to appeal directly to donors and contributors to these schools,
both foreign and Israeli donors, and to clarify to them that their
generosity is being misused by these institutions to serve
anti-Semitism and the enemies of the country.

Thirty years ago I was in charge of fundraising for the Keren Kayemet
in the American southwest. I was generally successful in this
capacity, especially when persuading donors that their contributions
were serving Israel's development. Hundreds of generous Jews from
outside Israel contribute each year to Israeli universities, as well
as to hospitals and other projects that contribute towards Israel's
development.

A few years back I discovered that a university in northern Israel (he
means University of Haifa -- SP) had eliminated all benefits for
Israeli army vets. At the same time, it not only created preferences
and benefits for Arab students, but also granted to them the right to
organize politically on campus, including holding of incitement
rallies against the country. The university refused to do anything
at all about this, and simply barricaded itself behind the distorted
mantras about supposed 'equality and democracy.'

It should be crystal clear that the status of an army vet who served
his country for three years is not the same as that of an Arab youth
who sat at home or worked for wages during the same period. It is
clear that equality does not begin just at the university gate. And
it is also clear that criminal incitement is not part of freedom of
speech. Especially not chants of "Massacre the Yids" or the flying of
PLO flags on campus. It also does not grant the right to silence
speakers on campus who happen to oppose the 'rights' of the
'Palestinian people.'

Since there was no response at all to direct appeals to the officers
of this university, I obtained the list of donors to the school and
sent personal letters to each one, including translations of newspaper
clippings. I described for them the outrageous scandal they were
supporting. How they were in fact being put in the position of
supporting anti-Semites and anti-Zionists. And I learned that my
efforts bore fruit.

The officers of the school revoked most of the pseudo-"egalitarian"
decisions that had been made. It placed constraints on the campus
political activities of Arab students. This shows that if you want to
create a separation between criminal incitement and freedom of speech,
it is necessary to hit the phony "enlightened" do-gooders and bleeding
hearts smack in their wallets!

We recently read in Maariv about an American donor who has frozen a
promised contribution to Ben Gurion University because of the campus
web of anti-Israel and pro-PLO incitement being operated from within
by Neve Gordon. At the same time the CEO of the university, Rivka
Carmi, who is herself identified with the Left, defends and justifies
Gordon and his repulsive activities, all supposedly in the name of
academic freedom and democracy, slogans that have become the last
refuge of all haters of Israel and enemies of the country.

Next month hundreds of donors will be coming to Israel from all
corners of the Diaspora to the Board of Governors meetings of Ben
Gurion University. It is my intention, and everyone is welcome to
join me, to explain to these representatives from all over the world
that their support for Ben Gurion University must be conditioned on
the eviction of the criminal inciter Neve Gordon and of his enabler
Rivka Carmi.

All the chatter and patter about friendly persuasion and compromise
with the university have long been proven to be pointless. We are in
a war for our future and our image, and the enemy must be neutralized.
Today we know who that enemy is and how to deal with him.

The full article in Hebrew appears here:
http://www.news1.co.il/Archive/003-D-58862-00.html

3. Israel's main Fifth Column:
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4059449,00.html
Israel's OTHER Fifth Column:
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4059570,00.html


Thursday, April 21, 2011


Subject: Interesting hysterical interview with BGU's Neve Gordon


Attacks Isracampus


Fact-free Neve strikes again! Neve Gordon (politics, BGU) attacks
Isracampus on anti-Israel radical web site "972+"

Claims we are "collaborating with the government to stifle academic
freedom." This from the fellow who organizes conferences in which no
non-leftist and no Zionist may speak! When asked why that is, Gordon
responds: "The whole notion of 'balanced' is now being used as a
weapon against the left. If there's a conference on Darwin we do not
need to invite creationists. For a Holocaust conference we should not
be inviting Holocaust deniers – although one could claim that in the
name of balance we would have to. Why, one might ask, should we invite
people who are against human rights?" In other words, all ZIonists
and non-leftists are opposed to human rights."

Actually, Little Neve's comments about Holocaust Deniers are
interesting, given his long track record of collabroation with and
celebration of Holocaust Deniers.


Another Excerpt from Interview:

Gordon says:
"There's an assault on Israeli academia in general. It involves an
alliance between forces such as IsraCampus and Israel Academic Monitor
on the one hand, who try to convince donors to stop giving money to
universities that harbor leftists, and Im Tirzu, which tries to
mobilize government Ministers and Members of Knesset to pressure the
top university executives to discipline recalcitrant academics.
There's an alliance between elements in civil society, a handful of
donors, and the government to stifle academic freedom and criticism of
Israeli policy. The phenomenon is not only in the academic sphere…it
also includes, for example, the attacks on the human rights
organizations in Israel.
"As I understand it, the assault has a twofold objective. The idea is
to prevent the flow of information from Israel abroad, and because
both academics and the Israeli human rights community have strong
networks outside of Israel they are the one's currently targeted.
Simultaneously, there is an attempt to stifle internal debate, by
reducing the limiting discussions about policies that lead to social
wrongs and more violence and aggression....
"We are seeing a totally new phenomenon in Israeli academia: students
sitting in class, filming the classes and then passing information on
to the monitor groups and the media. The recordings are almost always
edited, so the information doesn't reflect what really went on in
class. Such students consider themselves to be class monitors ,
rather than people who have come to the university in order to study,
broaden their horizon and expand their knowledge…not unlike the
McCarthy era in the US, some Israeli student see themselves as agents
of the state, as spies."


The interviewer Dahlia Scheindlin is herself a leftwing anti-Zionist
who teaches politics at BGU, who was hired and is employed by Neve
Gordon's department
(her web site is censoring out talkbacks from non-leftists)

The entire interview is at
http://972mag.com/academic-freedom-under-attack-interview-with-professor-neve-gordon-ben-gurion-university/


Tuesday, April 19 2011|Dahlia Scheindlin
Academic Freedom Under Attack? Interview with Prof. Neve Gordon


Wednesday, April 20, 2011


1. Maariv Defends the Right of BGU Donors to Refuse to Support BGU


In recent weeks, a series of malicious media attacks against the
donors to Ben Gurion University have been published by representatives
of Ben Gurion University itself. Evidently these officials believe
that smearing their own donors is a great way to up the level of their
generosity! Some of the most venomous attacks have come from David
Newman, the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at BGU. Newman
accuses the donors to his own university of plotting to suppress
academic freedom at BGU. He calls them McCarthyists and other foul
names. And he also smears every organization and person that dares to
criticize the many far-leftist anti-Israel extremists among the
faculty at BGU. Every conceivable form of treason should be protected
as academic freedom and freedom of speech, insist Newman and his ilk.
But anyone who dares to speak out AGAINST such tenured treason is a
"McCarthyist," someone who must be suppressed and silenced.

Among those critics of tenured extremists, who have NO right to
freedom of speech and NO right to criticize, are the DONORS, insist
Newman and his friends.

For the first time, a major Israeli newspaper has published a defense
of those donors to Israeli universities who refuse to finance
"academic" treason, and an attack on those who smear such activist
donors.

The following is a translation of that article:


(Isracampus Translation)

Maariv, April 20, 2011

The Right to Refuse To Donate
By Ben Dror Yemini (Deputy Editor of Maariv)

Translation by Steven Plaut

"Academic freedom" is by and large a delusion. In the USA there
are many professorial chairs financed by donors. Some of them from
Saudi Arabia. Whenever the Saudis are involved, the researchers and
the research being carried out both toe the line. Prof. John Esposito
of Georgetown University, for example, is funded by the Saudi
Billionaire Alwaleed bin Talal (see http://cmcu.georgetown.edu/ ).
His seemingly "academic" opinions are mainly political. It is true
that some Jews also make contributions, but in their case the story is
different. They are politically liberals, and so it even sometimes
happens that Jewish millionaires end up financing outright
anti-Zionists.

But when it comes to donations to Israeli universities, the donors
are lovers of Israel. These are not people who will donate to schools
and departments in America known for their venomous anti-Israel
propagandizing. So why on earth should they contribute, directly or
indirectly, to similar departments and schools operating in Israel!!??
Why? There is no reason at all!

Over the past few weeks while on a visit to the USA I heard over
and over and over again the same message. One woman donor told me
that she cannot simply stop making contributions. But she has decided
to change tactics altogether – to contribute directly to students and
for specific deserving research projects. She is unwilling to support
universities that are themselves unwilling to act against the plague
of anti-Zionism spouting up within them.

Another donor, who also serves as the head of the "Friends of Ben
Gurion University" office, told me that he simply cannot take it any
more. He is simply leaving. He is resigning from his position and
ending all donations to Ben Gurion University. He also told me of an
additional donor who has withheld all contributions to BGU, and he
emphasized to me that numerous other donors are doing the same. Yitz
Dekel, who used to serve as the director of the offices of the
"Friends of Ben Gurion University" on the West Coast of the US, told
me that he sent an enraged letter to Rivka Carmi, president of BGU,
which included a demand that all contributions to BGU be halted.
Donors and contributors have no interest in financing anti-Israel
propaganda, even if it hides behind the veil of "academic freedom."

The SUPPRESSION of Expression

Do the donors have a right to dictate a political line? Of
course not. But the problem is exactly the reverse. The issue has
nothing at all to do with freedom of speech. The real issue is far
more difficult – it is censorship and suppression of freedom of
speech. When entire university departments morph into platforms for
political propaganda, where so many people – including faculty members
and students – are intimidated and browbeaten into keeping their
mouths shut, the real problem is not freedom of expression but
suppression of freedom of expression.

The university officials simply chant the uniform tired mantra,
that it is all an exercise of academic freedom and so we just do not
intervene. But this is an empty and meaningless pronouncement.
Because there is indeed a need for freedom of expression. However in
entire departments there is an atmosphere of persecution and
suppression, where anti-Zionism is the hegemonic ideology, all the
while pretending to be "critical" and "academic." We could go on and
on with such empty slogans.

Most of Israeli academia does indeed maintain open and free
dialogue without the outrageous anti-Zionist propagandizing. But
there are some university departments where this is simply not so.
And this cancer is spreading. The university heads know perfectly
well that there is a serious problem. They know that what is taking
place is thought control and Bolshevik-style suppression of thinking.
They know that some faculty members feel entitled to anything and
everything. And the heads of the universities are simply
A-F-R-A-I-D!! The Bolsheviks are winning. Academic freedom is being
demolished in the name of defending academic freedom.

Under these circumstances, the results should not be surprising.
The donors are fed up. If some faculty members at Israeli
universities lead the calls for a boycott against Israel, the
consequence of this will truly be a boycott! But it will be a boycott
by donors against the very same academic institutions in which this
small group of extremist academics calling for boycotts against Israel
are themselves employed! Those faculty members demand an end to
financial support in order to achieve political influence? Well,
here you have it, their comeuppance – they are getting what they asked
for!

2. One of my favorite movies is A Bronx Tale, with Robert De Niro.
It is set in the 1960s in the Bronx. My favorite scene in it is where
a gang of bikers, Hells Angels characters, comes into the local Bronx
bar used by the Italians, including the Italian gangsters. The head
of the gangsters enters the bar and the head biker tells him that he
is not going to prevent the bikers from coming in. The Italian
gangster locks the door of the bar and says, "Now you can't leave."
(After that the other Italians enter the bar from the back room,
demolish the bikers and also their bikes.)

I mention all this because of the failure of Bibi Netanyahu and his
gang of cowardly politicians to come up with an effective way of
dealing with the flotillas of terrorist ships attempting to break the
"siege" of Gaza and challenge Israeli control of the sea lands. In
coming days, new provocations are expected, with new boats filled with
terrorists. Among the terrorists will be the usual ISM crowd, and
also Helen Thomas.

If it were up to me, I'd have Israeli ships practice their torpedo
runs on the flotilla ships. I have fantasies of seeing Helen Thomas
tossed off the bow and into the waves, like in a scene out of Titanic.
And then the entire Gaza fishing industry collapses because all the
fish near Gaza are floating belly up after they look at Thomas and
have strokes.

But it is pretty clear that Bibi does not have the moxie for that.

So, as my backup proposal, I would like to propose a Bronx Tale solution.

It goes like this. After making sure there are no weapons or
explosives on the flotilla ships, Israel allows them all to enter
Gaza. Once there, like in the scene with the bikers, Israel
announces, "Now you can't leave." Israel refuses to allow any of them
to LEAVE Gaza. Israel disables the ships while they are in Gaza port
so they have to stay and rust. All the Western "peace" terrorists"
are then prevented from entering Israel or from crossing into Egypt or
from leaving Gaza any other way. They just have to stay in Gaza,
forever. They can be hosted by the same folks who took such nice care
of Vittorio Arrigoni.


3. Speaking of Arrigoni, there is a new theory as to just what
happened to him. I am just citing what others are suggesting. See
this: http://www.israellycool.com/2011/04/20/was-vittorio-arrigoni-murdered-because-he-was-gay/
Was Vittorio Arrigoni Murdered Because He Was Gay?
April 20, 2011 | Aussie Dave |

Did Arrigoni go up to the wrong people in Gaza and ask them, "Is that
a detonator in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?"

4. Well the perps of the murders of the Itamar babies have been
captured, confessed, and re-enacted the murders for police, and indeed
bragged about their deeds. But some in Israel's radical Left are
still insisting that they are innocent. How come? Well, the family
members of the murderers say they are innocent. Among those
circulating the claim that they are indeed innocent is one Elana
Wesley, who is on the staff of Tel Aviv University, and used Tel Aviv
University computers to send this:.

Their families say they are innocent so they MUST be!
(posted to the ALEF list)


From: Elana Wesley <elanaw@post.tau.ac.il>

Subject: [AL-AWDA] ***Family of Awarta teen denies allegations


Family of Awarta teen deny allegations
Published Sunday 17/04/2011 (updated) 18/04/2011 18:15


AWARTA, West Bank (Ma'an) -- The family of one of two teens charged by
Israeli forces in the murder of a settler family last month is
contesting the allegations, saying 19-year-old Hakim Awwad was too ill
to have carried out the gruesome attack.

Nouf Awwad told Ma'an on Sunday - the day reports of the allegations
against her son were made public with the lifting of an Israeli
gag-order on the case of the slain settlers - that Hakim was still
recovering from a recent surgery, which prevented him from walking
long distances and required him to use the toilet every hour.

"We have the medical records, he is in unstable health," she said,
adding that the family is gathering the papers to present as evidence
in defense of Hakim.

She said Hakim had undergone testicular surgery in November at the
Rafidiya Hospital in Nablus.

"He was at home [the night of the murders] and went to bed at 9:30
[p.m.]," she said.

Hakim, who was detained in early April during the third sweep of
detentions carried out by Israeli forces, has remained in detention
since that time, and has had no contact with his family. Nouf said she
"could not rule out" the idea that her son had been tortured and
confessed under duress.

The mother said her daughter, Hakim's sister, Julia had also been
detained during the month-long series of sweeps. She said Julia had
been released exhausted, and said she had been harshly interrogated
and put under "severe psychological pressure," and had collapsed more
than once during questioning.

Head of the village council Qais Awwad said he suspected much of
Israel's investigation had been carried out using torture to extract
confessions from residents, and repeated his insistence that
international investigators, or at the least observers, be present as
the investigation continued.

Hakim was one of two teens from Awarta named in a briefing document
obtained by AFP, in which Israel's internal security agency Shin Bet
said it had arrested two main suspects and five suspected accomplices.

"The two, residents of the village of Awarta, confessed during the
investigation to planning and carrying out the attack and staged a
reconstruction," the Shin Bet document said.

Six of the men arrested in connection with the case are members of the
Awad family from the village of Awarta, and a seventh, a resident of
Ramallah, was a friend of one of the suspected accomplices, the
document said.

The Israeli military confirmed the arrests. Colonel Nimrod Aloni,
commander of the Shomron Brigade in the northern area of the occupied
West Bank told a briefing: "We can say that the murderers are in our
hands."

Hakim and Amjad, detained in separate raids, were both named as prime
suspects in the murders of five members of the Fogel family, settlers
who lived in the illegal settlement of Itamar, adjacent to the
village.

The Fogel parents and three of their children including an infant were
found stabbed to death in their beds on 11 March. The killings spurred
an increase in settler attacks against Palestinians.


Monday, April 18, 2011


Sorry to be a pest, but that "song" by moonbette
Julia Chaitin I posted earlier has inspired me to
compose a song of my own to the same melody, but
with a slightly different message.

Bibi let those drones fly in Gaza and fire and fire and fire!


Let my People Drone!
(To be sung at the Seder, after Let my people go ­ same tune)


When Hamas shoots from Gaza-land
(Let my people drone)
Where choppers go and phos-frus burns
(Let my people drone)

Chorus:
Go down Bibi
Drones fly in Gaza Land
Tell old Hamas
You'll let my people drone

The Osloids set up Hamastan
(Let my people drone)
Let's terrify them day and night
(Let my people drone)

Chorus
Go down Bibi
Drones fire in Gaza Land
Tell old Hamas
You'll let my people drone

If we want to protect OUR folks
Let my people drone
And have some peace, not security jokes
Let my people drone

Chorus
Go down Bibi
Drones bomb in Gaza Land
Tell old Hamas
You'll let my people drone


Here is the Chaitin original:
A Message from Julia Chaitin, Sapir College

Dingbette Galore! Sapir College's Julia Chaitin (social work) has a
New Song for Passover:

Dear all

I attach here some new verses that I wrote to a well known folk song
that we sing at the Seder… This is one of the wonderful things about
folk songs ­ we can add verses that reflect our times.

Feel free to sing and to pass it on to others who
might want to sing it as well…
Chag sameach

Julia

Julia Chaitin, PhD

Dept. of Social Work, Sapir College

and Other Voice (www.othervoice.org )

Home address: Kibbutz Urim, D.N. Hanegev, ISRAEL

Home phone: 972-8-9920445

Cell: 972-54-7976090

e-mail: jchaitin@urim.org.il or jchaitin@yahoo.com

Let their people go
(To be sung at the Seder, after Let my people go ­ same tune)
Julia Chaitin

We occupy Palestine
(Let their people go)
With checkpoints, sieges and arrests
(Let their people go)

Chorus:
Go up Bibi
Up north to Ramallah
Tell old Abbas
We'll let their people go

We've taken way all their rights
(Let their people go)
We terrify them day and night
(Let their people go)

Chorus
Go down Bibi
Way south to Gaza Land
Tell Haniyeh
That we will lift the siege

If we want to protect OUR rights
Let their people go
And have some peace, not endless fight
Let their people go

Chorus
Forward - Bibi
Make peace with Palestine
Honor our Moses
And let their peoples go


1. A Message from Julia Chaitin, Sapir College

Dingbette Galore! Sapir College's Julia Chaitin (social work) has a
New Song for Passover:


Dear all

I attach here some new verses that I wrote to a well known folk song
that we sing at the Seder… This is one of the wonderful things about
folk songs – we can add verses that reflect our times.

Feel free to sing and to pass it on to others who might want to sing it as well…
Chag sameach

Julia

Julia Chaitin, PhD

Dept. of Social Work, Sapir College

and Other Voice (www.othervoice.org )

Home address: Kibbutz Urim, D.N. Hanegev, ISRAEL

Home phone: 972-8-9920445

Cell: 972-54-7976090

e-mail: jchaitin@urim.org.il or jchaitin@yahoo.com


Let their people go
(To be sung at the Seder, after Let my people go – same tune)
Julia Chaitin

We occupy Palestine
(Let their people go)
With checkpoints, sieges and arrests
(Let their people go)

Chorus:
Go up Bibi
Up north to Ramallah
Tell old Abbas
We'll let their people go

We've taken way all their rights
(Let their people go)
We terrify them day and night
(Let their people go)

Chorus
Go down Bibi
Way south to Gaza Land
Tell Haniyeh
That we will lift the siege


If we want to protect OUR rights
Let their people go
And have some peace, not endless fight
Let their people go

Chorus
Forward - Bibi
Make peace with Palestine
Honor our Moses
And let their peoples go


2. The Israeli Left salutes the Itamar Murderers of Babies:
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/143625

Israeli Left's Solidarity with Itamar Killers

by Maayana Miskin
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Shortly before the IDF revealed the identities of the two murderers of
five members of the Fogel family, activists with the extreme Israeli
left went to visit one killer's family – and condemn Israel for
detaining him.

Members of Women for Peace (Nashim L'Shalom), Gush Shalom, and Adam
Lelo Gvulot traveled to the Palestinian Authority-controlled village
of Awarta, next to Itamar, where the IDF had been conducting intensive
investigations into the recent attack.

"The atrocity we saw in the home of Mohammed Awad can only be
described as a pogrom, as primitive and brutal revenge aimed at
putting fear in residents' hearts," activist Yaakov Manur wrote of the
visit one week ago. "The father, 45-year-old Mohammed, his son Majdi,
20, a third-year student in university, son Amjad, 19, a second-year
student at university, and Hakem, 17, were arrested."

Amjad, 19, was later revealed to be one of the murderers. He and
fellow murderer Hakim Awad told investigators they had received help
and support from their relatives after murdering Udi and Ruti Fogel
and their children Yoav, 11, Elad, 4, and Hadas, three months old.

The leftist activists apparently did not realize that the Awad family
was involved in the murders, and simply believed the family's claims
that Israel was treating them badly for no reason.

The Yisrael Sheli (My Israel) Movement said Sunday that the leftist
groups had crossed a line. "The time has come to make leftist groups
that support murderers illegal. Whoever supports baby killers has no
place in a democratic society," the group said in a statement.

"Leftists groups' encouragement for terrorists, which joins the
Palestinian Authority incitement, and author Amos Oz's support for
murderer Barghouti, ultimately creates human monsters like the
murderers from Awarta."

MK Michael Ben-Ari (Ichud Leumi) called on Attorney General Yehudah
Weinstein to investigate the groups that went to Awarta to provide
support to the terrorists' families. "By their acts, they incited to
violence," he wrote.

He added, "Today we see the extreme Left's true face. These are their
friends, these are the people they defend!"

MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) said the Israelis who expressed solidarity
with the Awad family had reached a moral low. "They cannot comfort
their brothers in Itamar, but run to show solidarity with the enemy,"
she said.


3. http://thejewishpress.blogspot.com/2011/04/dean-at-ben-gurion-university-attacks.html

Monday, April 18, 2011
Dean at Ben Gurion University attacks Donors to his Own School


Above, leftwing McCarthyist and enemy of freedom of speech for
non-leftists, David Newman
The Hysterical Leftist Opponent of Freedom of Speech, David Newman,
Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities at Ben Gurion University,
attacks Donors to his Own School!

And defends far-leftist anti-Israel campus indoctrination!

We recently reported the fact that Ben Gurion University was about to
hold a one-sided anti-Israel Nuremberg Rally, in which no pro-Israel
speakers would be allowed to speak. In the Jerusalem Post, BGU's Dean
of Social Sciences David Newman DEFENDS that Nuremberg Rally and
attacks those who express disapproval of it!

How dare anyone criticize extremist anti-Israel academics!!! Newman
forgot to mention that Zionists and non-leftists are prohibited from
teaching in his own Department of Politics at BGU!!

Newman claims that people like Martin Buber would today be prevented
from teaching at Israeli universities (because of the evil
non-leftists running around the country!). In a sense, Newman is
correct. Buber and his friends could never teach politics at Ben
Gurion University because they would be too Zionist!! Newman then
bad-mouths and smears the donors to his own school!!

Here is an excerpt from Newman's latest rant:
Were it not for the employment laws of the state relating to tenure,
there is a growing feeling among the faculty that some could have been
dismissed for expressing their views. Many believe that freedom of
expression on Israeli campuses is facing the strongest challenge since
the establishment of the Hebrew University back in the 1920s. No
doubt, in today's environment, Martin Buber, Judah Leon Magnes or
Yeshayahu Leibowitz would have been fired if the present donors and
politicians had their way.

The thought police of the extreme rightwing has grown in strength in
recent years. It includes sites such as Campus Watch and Isracampus,
well-funded organizations like Im Tirtzu and NGO Monitor, whose
objectives are to prevent freedom of expression among all those who do
not share their fortress view of the world. For them, anyone who
believes in such values as peace, human rights or the universal values
of Judaism are collectively labeled as traitors, anti-Zionists and
enemies of the Jewish State. In scenes reminiscent of darker days,
they send their representatives into universities to record lectures,
which are then selectively edited, published on their web sites and
used as ammunition to impose an extreme rightwing agenda on public
discourse.

The attempt by my own university to prevent a conference on human
rights from going ahead last week, and its refusal to allow the
conference organizers to use the Senate Hall for the main session, was
a knee-jerk reaction to this form of pressure.


4. Toronto's Lesbian Nazette, Jennifer Peto, is back:
http://www.thecanadiancharger.com/page.php?id=5&a=860

April 7, 2011
Why the Town of Markham is so concerned about Israeli Apartheid Week


http://frontpagemag.com/2011/04/18/how-supporters-of-palestinian-terrorism-are-murdered-and-raped-by-their-palestinian-sponsors/

How Supporters of Palestinian Terrorism Are Murdered and Raped by
Their Palestinian Sponsors

Posted By Steven Plaut On April 18, 2011 @ 12:19 am


The media and the cyber-world are all abuzz this week over the
Palestinian-perpetrated murder of an Italian communist and cheerleader
for terrorism. An accomplice to Islamist terrorism, the "victim" was
one Vittorio Arrigoni. He evidently found himself in the middle of a
turf war between Hamas and another genocidal Islamist organization.
The rival terrorist group is being described by the media
alternatively as an al-Qaeda branch or as "Salafists," meaning
Islamist fundamentalists led by Saudi Arabian Wahhabis. But I think
it is more likely they are simply a front for the "Islamist Jihad"
Palestinian terror group.

Arrigoni was sent to Gaza to assist the Islamist terrorists by the
pro-terror International Solidarity Movement or ISM, the same group
that once sent Rachel Corrie into Gaza to collaborate with terrorists
and obstruct Israeli anti-terror operations. One of the more amusing
pastimes this week has been watching radical leftist groups try to
"make sense" of the "senseless" murder of Arrigoni. Many of these
folks simply blame Israel and Jews, reverting to their knee-jerk
anti-Semitic instincts. Others just whine and wring their hands over
the "tragedy."

So just why did the Islamists murder Arrigoni? The answer is simple:
These fanatics believe that everyone who is not a Muslim, and
especially not a Muslim of their own particular fundamentalist genre,
is an infidel, an enemy, someone deserving death. It does not matter
in the least that the infidel in question has come to Gaza to assist
the terrorists. In the case of Arrigoni, it did not even matter that
he had tattoos on his body endorsing their terrorism. The
"bewilderment" being expressed by the ISM and its amen chorus, along
with Arrigoni's Stalinist Italian groupies, is simply further
indicative of how little these people know about the Middle East.

For Arrigoni is just one among many Western fellow-travelers who have
suffered brutal fates at the hands of the Palestinians. The verbal and
physical abuse of Western women at the hands of the Palestinian
"freedom fighters" they came to support have been reported before. A
series of articles in the left-wing pro-Palestinian Ha'aretz
documented the rapes of Western solidarity supporters by the
terrorists they came to serve. According to Haaretz: "One of the more
prominent Umm Salmuna activists – a village south of Bethlehem, long
entrenched in a battle against the West Bank separation fence – is
suspected of the attempted rape of an American peace activist who had
been residing in the village as part of her support of the local
protest." Local Palestinians then tried to cover up the incident and
threatened the victim. A local terrorist named Omar Alladin (that is
his real name) raped and molested a series of American women,
including one who was a Muslem American. Curiously, one of the few
anti-Israel groups to report the incident was a blog run by Arab
lesbians.

Numerous other leftist Western women who have come to the West Bank to
protest Israel's security fence and to confront Israeli soldiers and
police have also been sexually abused and molested by the very
Palestinians they came to support. A leftist local blogger reports
that these Western women are raped by the Palestinians "day after day,
night after night."

The embarrassing secrets of Palestinian molestations of their Western
solidarity supporters are coming out of the closet. The radical Left
has been hiding the reports of sexual abuse, lest they blemish the
terrorist cause. In a report published by one radical activist: "Roni
Aloni Sedovnik, a feminist activist, penned an article in News1 – an
independent website run by respected investigative reporter Yoav
Yitzchak – under the heading "The Left's Betrayal of Female Peace
Activists Who were Sexually Assaulted." She goes on to describe the
molestation as: "A dark secret that threatens to smash the basic
ideological values upon which the demand to end the occupation of the
Territories rests."

Aloni Sedovnik stressed that these are not isolated incidents, but an
ongoing general pattern of abusive behavior by Palestinians against
the very Western women who have come to support them. Sedovnik also
accused radical Israeli feminists of sweeping the information about
the abuses under the rug, lest it diminish world support for the
Palestinian cause beloved by those feminists.

According to the local leftist blogger cited above:

It is not a matter of rape to satisfy lust. They are done
systematically in order to impregnate the girl, and then to marry her,
after she converts to Islam. Of course, we know about this method from
girls who underwent a similar process inside Israel and escaped to
Europe, but it is hard to escape from the [Palestinian] territories.
Sometimes these women, some of whom are already older women, are not
allowed to leave their homes unaccompanied, in order to prevent their
escape. If someone doubts my words…please, check the statistics for
entries and departures, and you will discover that a large portion of
female leftist activists did not leave the country. Everyone knows
about it, but nobody dares to talk about it…I ran into a few Norwegian
girls married to Palestinians. They are not happy. Their lives were
destroyed. Their families have broken off contact with them. They have
no place to return to. They are deep in the raising of children and
wish to die.

Another Israeli blogger denounced the "thunderous silence" that
conspired to hide the sexual abuse.

Meanwhile, the identity crisis in the pro-jihad Left continues to
fester in the wake of the murder of Arrigoni. Members of the ISM
terrorist group to which he belonged were photographed marching about
with a poster showing both Arrigoni and Rachel Corrie, and the slogan
"Same Killer." You can see it here. For the first time ever I
actually agree with the ISM. It was the same killer. That killer was
the ISM itself, which sent these people into the Gaza Strip as
accomplices to terrorism. And in both cases, local Islamists
ultimately snuffed those cheerleaders for terrorism. In Rachel
Corrie's case, after being struck by an Israeli earth-mover (whose
work uncovering terrorist smuggling tunnels she was trying to
sabotage), Corrie was taken to a Palestinian medical facility in Gaza,
where she evidently died due to incompetent care and staff.

No sooner was Arrigoni murdered by Palestinian Islamist terrorists
than other Palestinian Islamist terrorists held a protest march in
Arrigoni's honor and memory. You can see a terrorist website report
about that march here. You will note that the page supposedly shows
an Israeli soldier throwing a rock (back) at violent protesters. But
the thrower is not wearing any Israeli uniform. Also note that the
page's headline reads, "Man shot with live ammunition during protest
for Vittorio." It is getting so difficult for Palestinian apologists
to keep all their lies straight.

While the Italian communists and their Western fellow-travelers are
beatifying Arrigoni as a "peace activist," some images from Arrigoni's
personal webpage can be seen here. You will note the open
endorsements of violence; the maps showing Israel annihilated and
replaced by "Palestine." Arrigoni's facebook page is also a
cornucopia of blind hatred. It includes the medieval blood libel
charge that "Zionists" would arrest Jesus if he were to come back
today. Somewhat amusing coming from a communist. A photo that
Arrigoni included and thought was just delightful is a sign in a store
that announces that dogs and Israelis (spelled wrong) may not enter.
Vittoria Arrigoni had an Arabic tattoo on his arm that read
"Al-Muqawmin" – "Those who Resist." Probably the most popular photo
of him is one in which he is embracing the genocidal Neo-Nazi head of
the Hamas terrorist organization.

Islamist terrorists murder not just clueless Western leftists, but
also other Muslems. The AFP news bureau is reporting that another
group of Islamist supremacists, this one also allegedly having
"Salafist" ties, is murdering people in Jordan. The victims there,
however, were all Muslims. They were shoppers in the town of Zarqa,
and for some reason, were regarded by the Islamists as "atheists."
According to the report: "The Salafists have been demonstrating for
several weeks to demand the release of 90 Islamist prisoners,
including Abu Mohammed al-Maqdessi, the one-time mentor of slain
Al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Zarqawi, who comes from
Zarqa in the north, was killed in an air strike northeast of Baghdad
in 2006. 'We will not forget you, Abu Musab Zarqawi. You are the
prince of martyrs,' read one banner carried by Salafists during the
demonstration. 'The grandsons of Zarqawi demand sharia (Islamic) law
in Jordan,' read another."

Hamas and the other terrorist groups, backed by much of the radical
Left, lost no time at all in placing the blame on Israel for the death
of Arrigoni. The ISM refused to condemn the Islamist terrorists who
murdered their own activist. It was much too busy turning out its
anti-Israel hate propaganda. Amusingly, some other ISM allies placed
the blame elsewhere. The "Uruknet" website, run by exiled Iraqi
Baathists loyal to Saddam Hussein, blamed the "Stop the ISM" web site
run by intrepid journalist Lee Kaplan for the death. The Uruknet
"source" for that claim is "Palestine Think Tank," a Neo-Nazi website
run by Holocaust Denier Gilad Atzmon. There are thousands of other
websites blaming "Stop the ISM," many of them far-leftist sites in
Italian. Awfully clever of that Stop the ISM website to arrange for
Islamist terrorists in Gaza to strangle a notorious ISM cheerleader
working for the Hamas.

Palestinian terrorists actually have a long track record of murdering
and torturing Westerners who support them. Some instances that come
to mind appear here. Other Arab terrorists have murdered and
kidnapped other Western supporters of Arab terrorism. Angelo
Frammartino was an earlier pro-terror communist volunteer for the ISM
from Italy, who was killed by the terrorists from the Islamic Jihad
group. Carlos Chavez was a farm volunteer from Ecuador who was
murdered by the Hamas. He was the "Rachel Corrie" whom the ISM does
not want you to know about. Malcolm Kerr, the pro-Arab president of
the American University in Beirut, was murdered by terrorists. The
Reverend Benjamin Weir, an anti-American and anti-Israeli US citizen,
was kidnapped in 1984 by the Hezbollah. When he was released, he used
his Kodak moments in the sun to denounce the US and Israel and to
endorse the Arab "resistance." Among the many other victims of Arab
and Iranian terrorism in the Middle East, one can find numerous other
cheerleaders for terrorism or radical anti-Israel journalists,
including reporters from the BBC and CNN.

Arrigoni had entered Gaza illegally in a so-called "peace flotilla"
that attempt to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza, a blockade that is
designed to prevent explosives, rockets and other weapons from
reaching the terrorists — weapons used by the Palestinians to murder
Israeli civilians. Arrigoni's own mother has announced she will be
joining the next boat to attempt to challenge the Israeli siege. We
know some Gazan Salafis who might like to host her.

2. The Nazification of Canadian Academia:
http://frontpagemag.com/2011/04/18/canadian-nazis/


Sunday, April 17, 2011


1. Rabbi Israel Rosen is an interesting guy. No one would ever
mistake him for a bleeding heart leftist. In his commentary this week
on religious matters, he writes about a phrase in the Passover Haggada
song "V'hee she-omda". The phrase in question says "She-lo echad
Amad Aleinu l'chaloteinu." It means, "Not only once do they fall
upon us to annihilate us." The rabbi argues that the opening words,
"She-lo echad" can also be read differently, as referring to a failure
to unite.

He writes the following, inter alia:

(My translation)

"I found another interpretation for the Passover Seder phrase in the
book, 'Making a Seder,' by Dov Goldberger, who argues that the "Lo
Echad" in that phrase refers to the lack of internal unity among Jews.
And it is THAT which stands ready to attack us in each generation and
annihilate us from within, as referred to in the Haggada's phrase.
How relevant and accurate are these words for our times and our
situation! Oh how much better we would be without the radical
treasonous Left, accomplice of our enemies, collaborating with all the
anti-Israel international organizations, serving as a sort of Trojan
Fifth Column. Even Dotan and Aviram, those trouble makers in the book
of Numbers, did not betray their people to the enemy.

"And the Blessed One continues to rescue us from these, who create
internal disunity. All those missiles suddenly landing in Beer Sheba
and Ashkelon one fine day, the mortars landing in the Negev with no
provocation, the constant attrition, the murders in Itamar – I believe
that all these are meant to rescue us from the forces of internal
disunity, the hands of the enemy, to show who they are and shut up
their lying mouths…

"The hatred towards the religiously observant, coming out of the Far
Left and Haaretz, is another facet of the Blessed One rescuing us from
their hands. Their blind hatred is seen as repulsive by the forces of
sanity, from wall to wall; it shows the public their true faces and
leads to these people being placed outside the camp."

2. The Oslo Dayenu


When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Israeli politicians
assured us that Arafat would pursue peace.
But they were wrong.

When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Israeli politicians
assured us that the PLO would fight the Hamas and Islamic Jihad "with
no Supreme Court or 'Betselem'" (in Rabin's immortal words).
But they were wrong.

When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Israeli politicians
assured us that terrorism would decrease.
But they were wrong.

When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Israeli politicians
assured us that hostility to Jews in the Arab and the Western media
would decrease.
But they were wrong.

When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Israeli politicians
assured us that trade between Israel and Arab countries would
flourish.
But they were wrong.

When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Israeli politicians
assured us that the Palestinian Authority would be disarmed.
But they were wrong.

When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Israeli politicians
assured us that the PLO would cooperate strategically with the Israel
Defense Forces.
But they were wrong.

When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Israeli politicians
assured us that there would be an economic peace dividend.
But they were wrong.

When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Israeli politicians
assured us that Israeli Arabs would demonstrate increasing moderation
due to the "peace process".
But they were wrong.

When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Israeli politicians
assured us that the Hamas and Jihad would be persecuted and suppressed
by the PLO.
But they were wrong.

When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Israeli politicians
assured us that Palestinian arms would never again be used against
Jews.
But they were wrong.

When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Israeli politicians
assured us that the PLO leadership would speak in terms of peace with
the Jews.
But they were wrong.

When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Israeli politicians
assured us that the PLO would denounce and renounce anti-Semitism.
But they were wrong.

When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Israeli politicians
assured us that the PLO would encourage normalization and daily
peaceful commerce between Arabs and Jews.
But they were wrong.

When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Israeli politicians
assured us that the Palestinian Authority would be forced to spend all
its energies on resolving domestic social and economic problems.
But they were ever so wrong.

When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Israeli politicians
assured us that the Palestinian Authority would have so many internal
troubles that it would not have the time or ability to pursue
confrontation with Israel.
Man, but they were wrong.

When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Israeli politicians
assured us that the US would back Israel if the PLO reneged on its
obligations or displayed duplicity.
What a joke, they were so wrong.

When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Israeli politicians
assured us that the US would cease to pressure Israel to endanger its
security and fundamental interests.
But they were mega-wrong.

When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Israeli politicians
assured us that the Europeans would rush forward to support Israel.
But they were wrong.

When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Israeli politicians
assured us that the Japanese and Saudis would pour money into regional
investments, including into Israel.
But they were surprised to find that they were wrong.

When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Israeli politicians
assured us that the Egyptians would end all animosity towards Israel,
Zionism and Jews.
But they were wrong.

When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Israeli politicians
assured us that the non-Arab Moslem countries would gush friendship
for Israel.
But they were wrong.

When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Israeli politicians
assured us that Arab military expenditure would drop significantly.
But they were wrong.

When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Israeli politicians
assured us that Arab verbal threats against Israel would end.
But they were wrong.

When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Israeli politicians
assured us that Nazi-like propaganda in Arab countries would end.
But they were wrong.

When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Israeli politicians
assured us that the Israeli Left would lead the retreat from the Oslo
experiment it if proved to be not working.
But they were wrong.

When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Israeli politicians
assured us that the Palestinian Authority would never behave as a tin
cup Third-World kleptocracy if granted power.
But they were wrong.

When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Israeli politicians
assured us that Jews remaining in Moslem countries would see their
treatment dramatically improved.
But they were wrong.

When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Israeli politicians
assured us that liberals and leftists around the world would
congratulate Israel for taking risks for peace and rush forward with
goodwill and support.
But they were wrong.

When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Israeli politicians
assured us that the majority of Palestinians would denounce all
violence and terror.
But they were wrong.

When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Israeli politicians
assured us that Israeli Arabs would exhibit moderation and increasing
loyalty to the state of Israel.
But they were wrong.

When they forced Israel to commit Oslo, the Israeli politicians
assured us that Palestinian chants of "Death to the Jews" and
"Massacre the Jews" would end.
But they were wrong.

Dayenu. Oslo put the "die" back in "Dayenu!"

Any one of these errors in judgment should have been enough to end the
career of a politician in a normal country, possibly even enough to
indict that politician and imprison him or her. But in Israel? The
same politicians prepare for new unilateral withdrawals from Judea and
Samaria.

3. Censorship and Leftwing McCarthyism at the University of Haifa:
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/143600
Left-Wing
'McCarthy' MK Bans 'Racist' Ben-Ari
Nissan 13, 5771, 17 April 11 09:14
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
(Israelnationalnews.com) Meretz Knesset Member Zahava Gal-On forced
Haifa University to cancel a joint appearance with National Union
Knesset Member Dr. Michael Ben-Ari because she refused to sit down
with him on the same panel.
"I am not prepared participate in any panel with Ben-Ari because he is
a fascist, a racist and a Kahanist [followed of the late Rabi Meir
Kahane] and is not legitimate," said Gal-On.
The two MKs and other public figures were invited to speak at a
discussion on "Religious Faith and the Israeli-Arab Struggle" at Haifa
University. MK Ben-Ari said his letter of invitation from Prof.
Yitzchak Wiseman stated, "I invite you to participate in the
conference and take advantage of the podium because we are interested
that all seams of thought present their views."
Despite the declaration of openness to different ideas, MK Ben-Ari
received another letter that stated his participation was cancelled.
"It is clear that the left exploits Haifa University, which surrenders
to Gal-On's dictates. This is McCarthyism," he said, referring to the
United States in the 1950s, when Sen. Joe McCarthy tried to rid the
government of suspected Communists.
"The McCarthy leftists are working overtime," MK Ben-Ari added. "Her
boycott [of me] is ridiculous. However, I sleep well at night without
sitting down with her at the same forum.
"I have news for her. I am not less legitimate and perhaps even more
legitimate than she is and than are her positions. I am happy she has
unmasked her true face," he declared after the cancellation.
MK Gal-On said, I have positions based on principles." She said that
when she understood that Mk Ben-Ari was to speak at the same panel,
she explained her position. "I then understood that he was to appear
on a different panel instead, and I did not know that his
participation was cancelled altogether. But it does not make any
difference," she added.


Friday, April 15, 2011


Sorry to be a pest, but I cannot resist a fast afterword. Without any
commentary at all from me, just open and read this:

http://www.israellycool.com/2011/04/15/body-of-ism-tool-found/


(In general, the israellycool.com blog is one worth reading regularly!
See also http://www.israellycool.com/2011/04/14/ism-tool-kidnapped-by-palestinian-terrorists/
)


A Peace Program from Gaza at Last!!


On the seventh day of Passover, the section of the Torah is read
in which the parting of the Red Sea takes place. Just before the
parting, the Israelites are panicking, as Pharoah's peace activists
are approaching them in chariots and with weapons. They scream their
panic to Moses, accusing him of making their lot in life worse than it
was when they were enslaved. Moses patiently answers them, saying
simply (Exodus 14: 14): You just sit back and be quiet!

Sometimes life requires that we sit back passively and quietly,
and savor the Higher Plan being carried out for us before our own
eyes, without any efforts on our own part.

And that is exactly what is now happening in the serial murders
of terrorists and terrorist cheerleaders by other terrorists.

A few days back we had the murder of the malicious Juliano
Mer-Khasin, an actor with a Jewish communist mother and an Arab
communist father, who spent his days calling for the murder of
Zionists and the complete elimination of Israel. He endorsed "armed
resistance" against the Jews by the Arabs. And he was murdered,
evidently by Islamist terrorists (such as from Hamas) in Jenin. They
were upset because the "Resistance Theater" that Mer-Khasin ran in
Jenin with another terrorist had staged "Animal Farm" by Orwell and
had made some Arab actors dress up on stage as pigs. This sacrilege
seems to be what triggered the murder. Mer-Khasin was and continues
to be the darling of the Far-Leftist Israeli Jews for a Second
Holocaust.

And then this morning comes the news of yet another cheerleader
for terrorism being murdered by terrorists. This time the "victim" of
his own love of terrorism was an Italian cheerleader for the Hamas,
Vittorio Arrigoni. Aged 36, he had gone to the Gaza Strip to assist
the Hamas as part of a delegation for the "International Solidarity
Movement." The ISM (or "I Support Murderers") is a terrorist
accomplice movement that openly endorses "armed struggle" by Arabs
against Jews, meaning genocidal terrorism. It has collaborated with
terrorists, hid them, held weapons for them, and attempted to
interfere with Israeli troops arresting terrorists. The most famous
ISM terrorist was Rachel Corrie, who decided to commit suicide in
order to protect Hamas terrorists by throwing herself in front of an
Israeli earth mover.

Arrigoni, whose name sounds very similar to "Arrogant-he," was
kidnapped by terrorists in the Gaza Strip this week. The terrorists
called themselves "Salafists," seemingly associates of the Saudi
Wahhabi movement. They also claimed to be from "Al-Qaeda" but
probably were from the Islamic Jihad. And they resented Arrigoni's
collaboration with their competitor terrorists from the Hamas. So
they kidnapped Arrigoni, beat the bejeebers out of him, released a
tape of him with bloodied face, and threatened that he would be
murdered by late Friday afternoon if the Hamas refused to accede to
their demands. (The Hamas is holding some of their members in
Hamastan prison.) But the kidnappers were impatient and executed
Arrigoni late Thursday night, ignoring their own deadline. You can
see Arrigoni engaged in his peaceful solidarity with terrorism in the
tape here: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4057173,00.html
In their statement, the kidnappers wrote: "The Italian hostage entered
our land only to spread corruption." They also described Italy as
"the infidel state".

Arrigoni had entered Gaza illegally on one of those
blockade-running flotilla boats. He personally denounced the
Palestinian Authority for "collaboration" with the Zionist regime, and
liked to compare Israel to Nazi Germany. He boasted that he was in
Gaza to act as a human shield to protect the terrorists from Israeli
forces.

He was either hanged or strangled by his captors (depending on
which news story you are reading).

Gaza terrorists have a long history of kidnapping those who come
to cheer them. A correspondent for the anti-Israel BBC was kidnapped
and held for 114 days. Even the parents of Rachel Corrie were briefly
kidnapped, before the terrorists realized that the Corries could do
much more on behalf of terrorism while walking about free. (See
http://forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=92538)

According to INN: 'Arrigoni wrote a blog for Guerrilla Radio and
for the communist newspaper Il Manifesto. During Israel's Cast Lead
counter terrorist offensive in Gaza, he wrote: "Israel has every right
to laugh and sing, even while it massacres its neighbor. Palestinians
are only asking to die a different death, one of old age."'
(http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/143577)

I can think of no better way to promote peace in the region than
to encourage terrorists to kidnap and murder more terrorists and more
apologists for terrorism. I can prepare a list of candidates, if any
of the terrorist groups would like one. Let the ISM Hitlerjugend
hoist with their own terrorist petard!!

I confess that most years, after the first cup of wine at the
Passover Seder, I drink grape juice for the remaining three glasses.
But not this year! Four glasses of wine it will be!


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