Wednesday, February 29, 2012
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1. Sex, Marxism and Fraud - The Marc Ellis Affair at Baylorhttp://frontpagemag.com/2012/02/29/sex-marxism-and-fraud/
Sex, Marxism and Fraud
Posted By Steven Plaut On February 29, 2012 @ 12:06 am
Scott Ritter is not the only darling of the Left to get himself into
trouble because of his sexual misbehavior. Another is Marc H. Ellis, a
tenured professor at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and one of the
most malicious collaborators in the Campus Wars against the Jews. He
openly calls for Israel to be exterminated. He is to be one of the
key speakers at the "Annihilate Israel" academic "conference" to be
held in a few days at Harvard.
Baylor University's president is Kenneth Starr, best remembered from
his investigations of another sexual predator, Bill Clinton. The
current campaign to rid Baylor of Ellis is because Ellis reportedly
sexually harassed a female faculty member, who got herself a lawyer
and filed a complaint. Evidently all sorts of Baylor faculty knew
about it. In response to this, Starr and Baylor have suspended Ellis
from all teaching and administrative duties indefinitely. Baylor
offered to "buy Ellis out" to get him to leave. Last July the Faculty
Dismissal Committee notified Ellis that the administration was seeking
As this world's largest Baptist University, Baylor officials do not
take kindly to professors manhandling the prairie womenfolk. Ellis
seems to be defending himself by claiming his suspension is
"discriminatory" because others at Baylor have been involved in
hanky-panky and have not been similarly punished. In his words, his
are "alleged offenses reportedly routine at Baylor." In other words,
if other gropers were coddled, so should he be. Ellis is also
claiming there is a dark conspiracy by the tiny local Waco Jewish
community to pay Baylor to get him fired.
The radical Left has long adored and celebrated Ellis because he is a
radical Jewish anti-Semite in the tradition of Hezbollah agent Norman
Finkelstein. The anti-Israel Middle East Studies Association issued a
statement defending and endorsing Ellis, as did the American
Association of University Professors. How ridiculous these groups
appear now that it is known that Ellis is under fire not because of
his anti-Semitism but because of his inability to control his
A pro-Ellis petition has been organized by Cornell West and is being
promoted by such luminaries as Noam Chomsky. (What a comedown for
Chomsky, the one-time apologist for the Khmer Rouge, now merely an
apologist for Ellis.) It charges that Ellis is a victim of
"persecution." The very first endorsement of the petition is by the
discredited pseudo-academic fraud Ilan Pappe. In a speech at the
American Academy of Religion in November, Cornell West, who just does
not like Jews very much, described Ellis as a "prophetic figure."
Ellis is a professor of "Jewish Studies" who knows nothing at all
about Judaism or Jewish Studies. He has built a career as a
Bash-Israel propagandist and supporter of Islamofascism and as a
leader in the movement to exterminate Israel and Israelis. Indeed,
that is the real reason the radical Left is defending him.
The Reverend Jeremiah Wright loves him. Academic terrorist Edward
Said adored him while Said was still alive. George McGovern likes
him. Neo-Nazi Norman Finkelstein is the close soul-brother of Ellis,
who endorsed Finkelstein's "book" and who likes to mimic Finkelstein's
smear terminology about the "Holocaust Industry."
Ellis has no degrees and no academic training at all in Jewish
theology, Jewish history, Jewish anything. He holds a PhD degree from
a Jesuit University (Marquette), where people may know their Catholic
catechism but no one would consider it a serious place to learn about
Judaism. Ellis later was employed at the Maryknoll School of Theology
in Maryknoll, New York (a liberation theology school that closed in
1994 and was not even accredited). Ellis woke up one fine morning and
decided he was an expert in "Jewish Studies." He peddled himself as
such to Baylor, which evidently did not check out his credentials very
thoroughly. There he set up the university's Center for Jewish
Studies as his one-man fiefdom. While Baylor should be saluted for
wanting to have a Jewish Studies department operating in this Baptist
University, hiring Ellis was hardly the way to go about it.
Ellis replaces the traditional Jewish Biblical Patriarchs of Abraham,
Isaac and Jacob with Marx, Lenin and Arafat. In Ellis's writings as a
purported "theologian," there is nothing to indicate he has any
familiarity at all with Jewish religious sources or concepts. Indeed,
there is no evidence that he has ever read the Bible, let alone
studied the Talmud or other classical Jewish texts. Ellis's
"theology" is the same as that of the wacky pro-LSD hippie magazine
"Tikkun," on whose board of editors he sits. Tikkun is published by
Michael Lerner, promoter of psychedelic drugs and one-time SDS leader.
While Lerner pretends to be a rabbi, he is not and never has been
ordained by any rabbinic school. Both Lerner and Ellis like to cite
obsessively the "Ethics of the Books of the Prophets in the Bible" as
artillery support for their politics, but neither has ever provided
any evidence that he has ever read those books or has the slightest
idea what they contain.
Marc Ellis's curriculum vita is not published anywhere on the Baylor
University web site, nor anywhere else in the Internet for that
matter. And there is a good reason for this. His CV is an
embarrassment and reveals the pathetic quality level of his "work."
Ellis has virtually no academic publications, in spite of his having
served as a tenured full professor at a large university. I could
find no publications by Ellis in any international refereed academic
journals, the usual yardstick to evaluate an academic. Most of his
journal articles are in the "Journal of Palestine Studies," a
propaganda magazine controlled by the PLO. He also has a few things
in Christian liberation theology magazines, none of which could be
considered academic publications, and almost all of these articles are
bashings of Israel. He has published a few screeds in Marxist
magazines and other bash-Israel magazines. The closest thing to an
Ellis academic publication I could find was something he has in an
obscure Turkish journal about how insensitive Americans were about
Muslims after 9-11.
Ellis's entire "academic" record consists of Bash-Israel propaganda
books purporting to be concerned with theology, mostly published with
either Marxist publishers, like the Pluto Press (which used to have
Trotskyite connections and likes to publish anti-Semitic screeds), or
with obscure publishers specializing in Christian liberation theology.
Ellis serving as a professor of Jewish Studies at a university makes
about as much sense as Shirley MacLaine working as a distinguished
professor of physics. Ellis has essentially never published anything
about Judaism, but instead only about the shallow Marxism he expects
Jews to embrace as a replacement for Judaism. Jewish theologians who
have heard of him at all consider him a quack.
Ellis's main academic achievements seem to be the invention of
nonsense terms and the utilization of the Holocaust as a bludgeon to
demonize Israel. Ellis is openly contemptuous of any talk about Jews
being in need of any national empowerment. Such things constitute
"Constantinian Judaism," to use Ellis's favorite terminology, a
malapropism picked up – one suspects – after spending too much time
misrepresenting Judaism at Christian theological institutions.
Constantinian Judaism, in Ellis's view, is conscripting religion to
serve the agenda of the militarist state. Ellis uses the term to
describe Jews who support either Israel or the United States. Jews can
only fulfill their proper ethical role in history, which – Ellis is
persuaded – is to promote socialism and leftist fads, if they are
stateless and suffering. Ellis never finds time in all his discussions
of the theological implications of the Holocaust to consider the mass
murder of Jewish children by his beloved Palestinians. Uniformed
Jewish youths certainly have no right to prevent such things. No Anna
Franks in Israel are entitled to defense.
Ellis pretends to be some sort of expert on "Holocaust Studies" but
the only "Holocaust lesson" Ellis derives is the need to have a second
Holocaust to rid the world of Israel and Israelis. Ellis has publicly
endorsed not only Finkelstein's The Holocaust Industry, but also
Finkelstein's scurrilous attacks on Nobel Prize winning-writer and
concentration camp survivor Elie Wiesel. Ellis sometimes writes for
the pro-jihad "Counterpunch" web magazine of the Cockburns, where he
appears alongside some of the worst Holocaust Deniers on the planet.
The theological lesson that Marc H. Ellis draws from the Holocaust and
preaches wherever he goes is that Jews must stop trying to defend
themselves against violent anti-Semites and that "progressive Jews"
such as himself should see to it that Israel is destroyed. He will be
conveying this "lesson" at the upcoming Harvard Nuremberg Rally.
(Harvard, hide thy womenfolk.) It remains to be seen whether
participants will march from the rally along Harvard Street to
Brookline to burn down any synagogues.
It would be preferable if Baylor fired Ellis for being a fraud, a
pseudo-academic, an imposter with no knowledge of "Jewish Studies,"
someone unqualified to serve as a professor of anything. But the
United States got rid of Al Capone by convicting him of income tax
evasion. So I suppose Baylor could do worse than firing Marc H. Ellis
because of sexual misconduct.
2. Genocidal Liberalism:
Genocidal Liberalism: The University's Jihad Against Israel & Jews
3. Harvard's Ruth Wisse on Harvard's Academic Pogrom:
Wall Street Journal
• FEBRUARY 28, 2012, 6:34 P.M. ET
Harvard's Latest Assault on Israel
Promoting the Jewish State's destruction at a school dedicated to
By RUTH WISSE
In 1948, when the Arab League declared war on Israel, no one imagined
that six decades later American universities would become its overseas
agency. Yet campus incitement against Israel has been growing from
California to the New York Island. A conference at Harvard next week
called "Israel/Palestine and the One-State Solution" is but the latest
aggression in an escalating campaign against the Jewish state.
The sequence is by now familiar: Arab student groups and self-styled
progressives organize a conference or event like "Israeli Apartheid
Week," targeting Israel as the main problem of the Middle East. They
frame the goals of these events in buzzwords of "expanding the range
of academic debate." But since the roster of speakers and subjects
makes their hostile agenda indisputable, university spokespersons
scramble to dissociate their institutions from the events they are
sponsoring. Jewish students and alums debate whether to ignore or
protest the aggression, and newspapers fueling the story give equal
credence to Israel's attackers and defenders.
A featured speaker at Harvard's conference is Ali Abunimah, creator of
the website Electronic Intifada, who opposes the existence of a
"Jewish State" as racist by virtue of being Jewish. A regular on this
circuit, he also keynoted a recent University of Pennsylvania
conference urging "Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions" (BDS) of, from
and against Israel. Ostensibly dedicated to protecting Palestinian
Arabs from Israeli oppression, BDS has by now achieved the status of
an international "movement," some of whose branches exclude Israeli
academics from their journals and conferences.
But the economic war on Israel did not start with BDS. In 1945, before
the founding of Israel, the Arab League declared a boycott of "Jewish
products and manufactured goods." Ever since, the Damascus-based
Central Boycott Office has tried to enforce a triple-tiered boycott
prohibiting importation of Israeli-origin goods and services, trade
with any entity that does business in Israel, and engagement with any
company or individual that does business with firms on the Arab League
blacklist. Although the U.S. Congress took measures to counteract this
boycott, and the Damascus Bureau may be temporarily preoccupied on
other fronts, the boycott momentum has been picked up by Arab students
Freedom of speech grants all Americans the right to prosecute the
verbal war against Israel. But let's differentiate toleration from
abetting. Harvard may tolerate smoking, but its medical school
wouldn't sponsor a conference touting the benefits of cigarettes
because doctors have learned that smoking is hazardous to health. The
avowed mission of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, host of
the upcoming conference, "is to strengthen democratic governance
around the world by preparing people for public leadership and by
helping to solve problems of public policy." How farcical that instead
of seeking to strengthen democratic governance, its students hijack
its forum for "studying" how to destroy the hardiest democracy in the
The pattern of anti-Israel attack, administrative embarrassment,
Jewish confusion, and media exploitation of the story will continue
until all parties realize that the war against Israel is fundamentally
different from biases to which it is often compared. Once Americans
acknowledged the evils of their discrimination against
African-Americans, they abjured their racism and tried through
affirmative action to compensate for past injustice. Arab and Muslim
leaders have done the opposite. Having attempted to deny Jews their
right to their one country, they accused Jews of denying Arabs their
22nd. After losing wars on the battlefield, they prosecuted the war by
Students who are inculcated with hatred of Israel may want to express
their national, religious or political identity by urging its
annihilation. But universities that condone their efforts are triple
offenders—against their mission, against the Jewish people, and
perhaps most especially against the maligners themselves. Smoking is
less fatal to smokers than anti-Jewish politics is to its users.
Remember Hitler's bunker.
Ms. Wisse, a professor of Yiddish and comparative literature at
Harvard, is the author of "Jews and Power" (Schocken, 2007).
4. Jubran was one of the Supreme Court judges who ruled against
freedom of speech in the Gordon-Plaut court case. Now he is jihading
5. My Habonim Colleague:
6. Israel's caring classes, led by its radical feminists, have been
terribly upset when one or two bus lines were set up in Ultra-Orthodox
chareidi neighborhoods in which the menfolk and womenfolk sat
The irony here is that there really is a form of malicious bus-related
gender discrimination in Israel, although one about which Israel's
feminists have never had anything to say.
Israel may be the only Western country in which there are no (or
virtually no) women bus drivers. The reason for this is that, ever
since it was created, the Egged monopoly has refused to allow women to
be bus drivers. In my 32 years in the country I have seen one or two
women bus drivers, and I think they were not even on Egged busses but
Dan busses (the Tel Aviv separate bus monopoly). Egged denies it bars
women from being drivers but Egged is lying.
In all other countries, women drive busses. And since Egged drivers
are grossly overpaid, driving a bus would be a great form of
livelihood for women who do not have college educations or technical
training, and would even allow divorced and single mothers to raise
families. There are also almost no women taxi drivers in Israel.
The radical feminists, invariably also radically anti-Israel, have
never once had a single word to say about this gross gender apartheid
and discrimination. That is because they are far too busy demanding
that the number of women on Knesset lists be increased, and that women
be assigned as directors of public corporations, even when they are
underqualified women with no business training. In other words, the
feminists are concerned with the advances of the pampered Queen Bees,
but working class women have no interest for them.
Israeli women are harmed by the Egged discrimination far more than
they were from being asked to sit separately from men on the Chareidi
Tel Aviv University (Dept of History) and UC Berkeley (Townsend
Humanities Lab): Michal Givoni Strives for New Polysyllables that Can
help Eliminate Israel
By Lee Kaplan IsraCampus.org.il
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
2/28/2012 09:05:00 AM
1. Jewish occupiers and colonialists (Buchenwald concentration
2. Zionism's Greatest Achievement (re-posting)
In some ways it is a depressing period in Jewish history. The American
Jewish Diaspora community, or at least the non-Orthodox bulk therein,
is in the process of committing cultural/national/religious suicide.
Most American Jews are indifferent to their Jewishness; intermarriage
is close to and may be above 50 percent; and the dominant "religion"
of the American non-Orthodox Jews is the pseudo-religion of
Liberalism-as-Judaism, its chief tenet being that Judaism is nothing
more nor less than the political agenda of the American Left, never
mind that this agenda is totally bankrupt intellectually on its own
demerits. The Reform movement, the Deconstructionist
Reconstructionists and many Conservatives (as in Conservative
synagogues) are simply religious liberals, with political liberalism
as their dogma.
The "defense" organizations, American Jewish Congress, B'nai Brith, et
al, are also largely devoted to the practice of political liberalism
And then we have the chattering classes in Israel - the media and
intelligentsia and literati - devoted to seeing Israel weakened and
In these days of frustration, I think there is one idea that we should
bear in mind. And that is that the Zionist movement has many fantastic
accomplishments under its belt, one of the most important of which is
that Zionism forced a major change in the nature and expression of
Not that anti-Semites are really any different when they hide behind
the mask of anti-Zionism. These are the same gutter bigots, the same
people who refuse to acknowledge that Jews are humans, that Jews are
entitled to rights and equality. But they have been forced to express
their bigotry differently.
This should be obvious any time you observe the campus anti-Semites of
the Left, the Arab fascists and the self-hating leftist Jewish
anti-Semites demonstrating against Israel.
For centuries, the slogans of the anti-Semites were that Jews were
racially inferior, intellectually inferior, cowards, money-grubbers,
killers of God, sub-humans.
But observe the main slogan of anti-Semites today: The Jews are mean.
They are mean to the poor Palestinians.
Ooooh, soooo mean.
What a marvelous transformation! The main calumny thrown at the Jews
is that they are bullies, meanies. What greater accomplishment of
Zionism could be imagined?
Of course, this does not mean that the anti-Semites really think that
the Jews are mean or cruel to the "poor" Palestinians. The
anti-Zionists do not give a damn about the Palestinians, and the last
thing they care about is Arab human rights. This is why they have
absolutely nothing to say about the treatment of Arabs in Arab
countries or by the Palestinian Authority's Gestapo.
When Saddam Hussein ordered Kuwaiti civilians to be forced to drink
gasoline and then had his troops shoot into their bellies to make them
explode (to the cheers and laughs of his stormtroopers) there was not
a single anti-Zionist who expressed disapproval or concern. The
anti-Zionists know perfectly well that Arabs are treated a thousand
times better in Israel (and this would be so even if one were to
believe all their accusations and allegations of mistreatment) than
are Arabs in Arab countries.
The anti-Semites lament supposed Israeli mistreatment of the "poor"
Palestinians because they think this is an effective way to
delegitimize and undermine the existence of Israel. In other words,
they are motivated by hatred of Jews and not by any compassion for
Palestinians. They seek to see Israel destroyed, not the Palestinians
enfranchised, or rather their only interest in Palestinian
enfranchisement is as a tool to endanger Israel's existence. Of the
enormous Arab territories of the Middle East, almost twice the land
mass of the United States, the only place where they suddenly are
concerned for the welfare and civil rights of Arabs is in Israel. The
other Arabs, as far as they're concerned, can go to hell.
And if they can accuse Israel of violating Arab civil rights (never
mind that their accusations are false and invented) then they can
pretend to be compassionate and interested in peace, not gutter bigots
who hate Jews.
The anti-Semites have lost their ability to march about and accuse the
Jews of ritual murders and similar medieval libels (at least outside
the Arab media and Counterpunch magazine). Such things would make them
laughable in the West. No one outside the Arab world takes the
Protocols of the Elders of Zion as anything other than an
embarrassment for anti-Zionists. Hence they have seized onto a new
propaganda tactic, complaining that the Jews are oh, so mean and cruel
- and bullies to boot.
At long last -after two millennia of exile - to be accused of being
bullies! To leave the anti-Semites with no more effective weapon than
heaping invective upon the mean Jews! For this one must say a blessing
of thanksgiving, a shecheyanu. And often.
It is Zionism's greatest achievement!
3. Quaker Bigots:
4. More leftwing fascism:
And even MORE Leftwing Fascism:
5. Ecological Fascism:
6. An Adar Thought:
As you know, there has been some ruckus in Israel in recent weeks
over gender separation among the ultra-Orthodox, or what the media are
calling "HADARAT NASHIM" – meaning exclusion of women.
Well, a film crew wondered into a bank in an ordinary Israeli
neighborhood, meaning one with ordinary modern Orthodox and secular
Israelis, and saw there a case of reactionary gender separation, with
all the men in one line and all the women in another. The crew asked
the manager how he can tolerate this HADARAT NASHIM and wasn't this
just the worst example one can find of Ultra-Orthodox religious
coercion and theocratic bullying.
No, you do not understand, said the bank manager. All the men are
waiting in the line for depositing money and all the women are in the
line for withdrawals.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
2/26/2012 12:21:00 PM
1. Friends, Comrades, Fellow Inciters!
I believe I have at long last found a formula for ending the Middle
East strife and bringing pace to Israel. All we need to do is make
thousands of copies of the column from today's Haaretz by
arch-Israel-hater columnist Gideon Levy and distribute it in
Afghanistan! The article is entitled "Allah is NOT Akbar," although
the web version of the article distorted the title to read "Allah is
NOT Akbar in Syria," (Haaretz's web coward weenies at work!!), which
you can read in Hebrew here:
http://www.haaretz.co.il/opinions/1.1650340 . The Haaretz English web
site has evidently not posted it lest any Afghans see it.
Sure, what Levy meant is that things are not pleasant in Syria, and it
is largely Israel's fault because Israel alienated Turkey when it
refused to allow its unarmed soldiers to be murdered by Turkish
flotilla terrorists, thus undermining the ability to collaborate with
Turkey to fix things in Syria.
So there is something of an innocent explanation for Levy's headline,
just as there was for those accidental burnings of the Koran in
Afghanistan. But several murdered GIs later, we know how much the
Afghans care about such excuses.
Therefore I say, let the Afghans know all about Gideon Levy and
Haaretz, and maybe invite a few plane loads of Afghans to go visit the
Haaretz headquarters in Tel Aviv.
I can see peace breaking out within days thereafter!
2. Meanwhile it is always nice to see Israel's loyal patriotic Arab
citizens displaying their political allegiances. This weekend a group
of them held a rally in Haifa to support and defend Bashar Asad. The
rally was led by Said Nafa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Said_Nafa ),
a Druse Knesset Member and chairman of the Israeli (Arab) Communist
Party, a party that never quite got around to repudiating Stalin. The
rally was one of several to be held by the Committee to Support Syria,
a communist party front.
Probably not coincidentally, at around the same time not far away, two
young Jews walking in Haifa were approached by ten Arabs who asked if
they were Jews and then beat them.
Friday, February 24, 2012
2/24/2012 04:50:00 PM
Haaretz is undergoing a facelift. It has canned a lot of its
writers because evidently it is facing serious financial crunch
(Huzzaaahh!!). Its own journalists union is on strike. It cut out
one of the sections of the paper altogether, cutting out most of its
investigative reporting and features, although retaining all its
treasonous Op-Eds and editorials.
And this weekend in its weekend magazine (which still exists) it has
a long piece "exposing" the Institute for Zionist Strategies. This
follows its early "expose" o fthe funding of NGO Monitor. In both
cases, the "scoop" is that the group accepts some donations from
The Institute is an important Zionist think tank that Haaretz
despises because the Institute is not seeking Israel's destruction,
like most Haaretz writers are. The long "expose" reveals that the
Institute gets some donations. The donors are all pro-Israel people
or organizations. Haaretz has never thought it was of interest to
report the identities of all the anti-Israel people and groups who
prop up the NGO's of Israel's radical Left. Anti-Israel donations are
fine and do not require exposure. You can see the article here:
I find its reporting that Zionist think tanks are able to raise
donations very encouraging.
But the most delicious part of this "scoop" is who wrote it.
It is Uri Blau, waiting to face trial for anti-Israel espionage in the
Anat Kamm affair, in which a leftist woman soldier and Tel Aviv
University student stole large amounts of classified documents from
the army and passed them on to Blau for leaking.
That is right! The Haaretz writer chosen to "out" the Institute for
Zionist Strategies for accepting donations from overseas because that
is of questionable ethical rectitude is himself one of the worst
anti-Israel spies in history.
2/24/2012 12:52:00 PM
Just as a followup to yesterday's item on why Marc H. Ellis, the
fraudulent pseudo-academic anti-Semite at Baylor University, should
It now turns out that the move at Baylor to fire Ellis has nothing to
do with Ellis' (lack of) academic credentials or his anti-Semitic
It has to do with sexual misbehavior. Yes, at this Baptist
University, they do not take kindly to professors manhandling the
females. Groping women may just be another example of the "Prophetic
Ethics" that Ellis always claims he practices. You know, the TIKKUN
version he learned from Mikey Lerner.
The full story was broken by JTA, see this
The initiative to fire Ellis is because of alleged sexual misconduct!!
Meanwhile the radical Left continues to campaign for Ellis – see this
petition to support him and note how the top signature is by Osama bin
The pro-jihad anti-Israel Middle East Studies Association has issued
statement backing Ellis and claiming he is being persecuted merely
because he is an anti-Semite. MESA looks even more ridiculous than
usual in this!
To help rid Waco of this vermin, please send a note to the heads of
Baylor University. The President of the university and the initiator
of the move against Ellis is Kenneth Starr, yes the one and the same
from the Clinton era's investigations. His email is not published but
his mailing address is Office of the President
One Bear Place #97096
Waco, TX 76798-7096
You can email Dr. Karla Leeper at email address:
Karla_Leeper@baylor.edu and she can forward the message to President
You may have noted that Ellis is not the FIRST person investigated by
Starr for failure to keep his old dingdong zipped away
Thursday, February 23, 2012
2/23/2012 04:15:00 PM
1. Call to Arms!
Earlier in the week I posted an item about the "Destroy Israel"
conference in Harvard, where one of the speakers there is to be Marc
H. Ellis, a pseudo-academic from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
Ellis has pretensions of being a "Jewish theologian," but is not
recognized as such by any Jews. He is in fact a full time basher of
Israel, who churns out "liberation theology" mixes of Marxism with
anti-Semitism and calls for Israel's extermination.
I have written about Ellis before. See these:
It turns out that there is now a move afoot at Baylor to sack Ellis.
Evidently the heads of the school have figured out that their
"professor" of "Jewish Studies" knows nothing at all about Judaism and
is nothing more than a clone of Norman Finkelstein, who has already
been fired from HIS school for being a fraud and bigot.
The radical Left is up in arms about this. A pro-Ellis petition was
organized by the anti-Jewish Cornell West and is being promoted by
such luminaries as Noam Chomsky. The very first endorsement of the
petition is by Ilan Pappe. It accuses Baylor of trying to fire Ellis
because of Ellis' vile anti-Israel and pro-terror opinions (and just
what would be so bad about that if it were true?). In reality, the
initiative against him is because he misrepresents himself as a Jewish
theologian and holds a university slot reserved for someone who knows
something about Judaism. Ellis is on the board of Tikkun magazine and
everything he knows about Judaism and the Bible seems to be things
that Mikey Lerner, publisher of Tikkun, has taught him. In other
words, neither has ever read the Bible, let alone studied the Talmud.
The story of the pro-Ellis petition appears here on the anti-Semitic
You can see the petition itself at
and note that Pappe is the first name on it.
I would like to propose that all Jews for Jews hold a counter-action
and contact the heads of Baylor University, urging them to fire Ellis,
while pointing out that Ellis is nothing but a fraud and a
pseudo-academic who has made a career out of promoting bigotry and
To help rid Waco of this vermin, please send a note to the heads of
Baylor University. The President of the university and the initiator
of the move against Ellis is Kenneth Starr, yes the one and the same
from the Clinton era's investigations. His email is not published but
his mailing address is Office of the President
One Bear Place #97096
Waco, TX 76798-7096
You can email Dr. Karla Leeper at email address:
Karla_Leeper@baylor.edu and she can forward the message to President
2. Two sad notes. My good friend Avi Strimber A"L, who ran Jewish
radio programming in the Philadelphia area, just died suddenly, at the
age of 61. Avi and I had been telephone buddies for years and he
often interviewed me for his shows. We met face to face for the first
time completely by accident when I took my son into a kosher pizza
place in Phila and got to chatting with the only other guest (it was 4
PM) – who turned out to be Avi.
Many people have asked me if I am related to the great Gunther Plaut,
who also just passed away, A"L.
Baruch Dayan Emet in both cases
I am a very distant relative of Rabbi Gunther, a prominent Jewish
leader in Toronto. He was one of the few Reform Rabbis I was actually
willing to call a Rabbi without cringing, and he was a great scholar
and mensch. I forced myself to think of him every time I was inclined
to bash the entire Reform synagogue movement. He was the greatest
exception to the stereotype of Reform leaders being ignorant
professional liberals, those who preach and promote the view that all
of Judaism reduces to political liberal fads. Here is a short bio
about him: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/12/world/americas/w-gunther-plaut-rabbi-and-scholar-dies-at-99.html?pagewanted=all
I met him several times and was very impressive. When people would
ask how closely we were related, he and I would both say "Not close
enough for Steve to get a loan."
There are so many stories about him that I will not keep you from your
chore of writing Baylor. Just one fast one, not about Gunther but
about his mother. At the age of 96 she decided to get her BA,
something she had never managed to do. And she did it. She was
awarded a BA at the age of 102, I think from York. All the newspapers
in Canada wrote about the oldest person in Canadian history to receive
a degree. She passed on a few years after that.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
2/22/2012 05:36:00 PM
Haaretz, the Palestinian newspaper printed in Hebrew, has uncovered
a grand conspiracy! On the front page it runs a lurid expose of the
fact that some corporations have contributed funds to a US think tank
that challenges and questions the dogma of human-caused global
warming. (The story is not on their English site, only their Hebrew
site – at http://www.haaretz.co.il/news/science/1.1647215
- and I am
sure the reason is that English readers would just guffaw at the
Their discover goes like this. Some large corporations, including
Microsoft, Pfizer drugs, and General Motors, have made donations to
the Heartland Institute (http://heartland.org/ ), a think tank that
challenges politically correct theologies regarding education, the
environment, health care, and other matters. Heartland is actually
just a minor player in the global warming debates. There are
thousands of serious scientists who have no ties with Heartland who
also raise doubts about the idea that human activity is producing
Haaretz first dismisses out of hand the credibility of Heartland by
describing it as a "Neo-Liberal" think tank. Now the very use of that
nonsense word requires some interpretation. These days Marxists refer
to all those who reject Marxism as "Neo-Liberal." .When they use the
term, they do not mean people who newly want to vote for Obama or who
newly want to support affirmative action or spend more on welfare,
those the rest of us usually describe as liberals. Anyone using the
term "Neo-Liberal" is essentially a communist and someone who can have
nothing of intelligence to say about anything else in the world.
So when Haaretz dismisses Heartland as "Neo-Liberal," it means
Haaretz is condemning the think tank for not being communist.
Haaretz is simply recruiting itself into the broader assault on
Heartland that began a few days ago on the Far-Leftist Huffington Blog
in the US. See
The Huffington pinkies revealed that Heartland gets some funding from
corporations. Big deal. (Other Huffington "esposes" of Heartland are
). According to the data in the Haaretz piece, total corporate
support for Heartland comes to maybe a million bucks, almost enough to
buy a large apartment in a good neighborhood in Tel Aviv.
This is part of the Left's attempt to rescue global warming
theories from the "Climategate Scandals," in which it turned out that
promoters of the theory had cooked the books and distorted data. (See
) It comes in the very days when lots of other respectable
scientists and journalists are expressing skepticism about global
warming (see for example
reprinted below since you may not be able to open it - note that one
of the signers is a scientist at the Hebrew University!. It is so
nice to see the Hebrew University in the news for a change for
something other than treason!)
The main thing to be learned bout the Heartland Institute story is how
poorly funded the skeptics about global warming are compared with the
But for Israelis, the REAL story here – in my opinion – is how Haaretz
gets so self-righteous and aggressive about "exposing" the sources of
funding for a conservative think tank. This is the same Haaretz that
has been leading the jihad AGAINST any disclosure or transparency for
the myriad picayune anti-Israel extremist NGO's operating in Israel
with funds provided by the EU and other anti-Israel players.
• From the Wall Street Journal:
• FEBRUARY 21, 2012
The Not-So-Vast Conspiracy
Stolen documents show the tiny budget of global warming skeptics.
When did it become received media wisdom that global warming
skepticism was all the work of shadowy right-wing groups lavishly
funded by oil companies? As best we can tell, it started with a 1995
Harper's magazine article claiming to expose this "high-powered engine
of disinformation." Today anyone who raises a doubt about the causes
of global warming is accused of fronting for, say, Exxon, whatever the
Now comes a rare glimpse inside the allegedly antiscience behemoth,
with the online publication last week of documents purloined from the
conservative Heartland Institute. The files appear to contain detailed
financial, donor and personnel information and outline the
think-tank's projects. Chicago-based Heartland says one of the
documents is fake and warns that others may have been altered.
Given the coverage the story has generated, you'd think some vast
conspiracy had been uncovered. Heartland is, according to the
Associated Press, "one of the loudest voices denying human-caused
global warming, hosting the largest international scientific
conference of skeptics on climate change." The Vancouver Sun reports
that it is "heavily funded by right-wing industrialist Charles Koch,"
while the Virginian-Pilot dubs it "the ideological center of the
So how flush is Heartland? The documents show the group is expecting
revenues of $7.7 million this year, mostly from private donations and
grants. Mr. Koch's "heavy" funding came to $25,000 in 2011, though the
Heartland "Fundraising Plan" has it hoping for an increase in 2012. To
put those numbers in not-for-profit perspective, last year the Natural
Resources Defense Council reported $95.4 million in operating
revenues, while the World Wildlife Fund took in $238.5 million.
Press coverage has focused in particular on Heartland's plans to
produce and distribute "educational material suitable for K-12
students on global warming that isn't alarmist or overtly political."
Heartland is budgeting $200,000 this year for the effort, which in the
past has "had only limited success," per one of the documents. Little
wonder if teachers aren't returning Heartland's calls: Last year the
World Wildlife Fund spent $68.5 million on "public education" alone.
As for "the largest international scientific conference of skeptics,"
Heartland will, according to the documents, spend all of $388,000 this
year on the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change.
That's against the $6.5 million that the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel
on Climate Change costs Western taxpayers annually, and the $2.6
billion the White House wants to spend next year on research into "the
global changes that have resulted primarily from global
over-dependence on fossil fuels."
In the pages of Rolling Stone last summer, Al Gore warned of the
"Polluters and Ideologues [sic] . . . . spending hundreds of millions
of dollars each year on misleading advertisements in the mass media."
He had the wrong spenders.
No Need to Panic About Global Warming
There's no compelling scientific argument for drastic action to
'decarbonize' the world's economy.
Editor's Note: The following has been signed by the 16 scientists
listed at the end of the article:
A candidate for public office in any contemporary democracy may have
to consider what, if anything, to do about "global warming."
Candidates should understand that the oft-repeated claim that nearly
all scientists demand that something dramatic be done to stop global
warming is not true. In fact, a large and growing number of
distinguished scientists and engineers do not agree that drastic
actions on global warming are needed.
In September, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Ivar Giaever, a supporter
of President Obama in the last election, publicly resigned from the
American Physical Society (APS) with a letter that begins: "I did not
renew [my membership] because I cannot live with the [APS policy]
statement: 'The evidence is incontrovertible: Global warming is
occurring. If no mitigating actions are taken, significant disruptions
in the Earth's physical and ecological systems, social systems,
security and human health are likely to occur. We must reduce
emissions of greenhouse gases beginning now.' In the APS it is OK to
discuss whether the mass of the proton changes over time and how a
multi-universe behaves, but the evidence of global warming is
In spite of a multidecade international campaign to enforce the
message that increasing amounts of the "pollutant" carbon dioxide will
destroy civilization, large numbers of scientists, many very
prominent, share the opinions of Dr. Giaever. And the number of
scientific "heretics" is growing with each passing year. The reason is
a collection of stubborn scientific facts.
Perhaps the most inconvenient fact is the lack of global warming for
well over 10 years now. This is known to the warming establishment, as
one can see from the 2009 "Climategate" email of climate scientist
Kevin Trenberth: "The fact is that we can't account for the lack of
warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can't." But the
warming is only missing if one believes computer models where
so-called feedbacks involving water vapor and clouds greatly amplify
the small effect of CO2.
The lack of warming for more than a decade—indeed, the
smaller-than-predicted warming over the 22 years since the U.N.'s
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) began issuing
projections—suggests that computer models have greatly exaggerated how
much warming additional CO2 can cause. Faced with this embarrassment,
those promoting alarm have shifted their drumbeat from warming to
weather extremes, to enable anything unusual that happens in our
chaotic climate to be ascribed to CO2.
The fact is that CO2 is not a pollutant. CO2 is a colorless and
odorless gas, exhaled at high concentrations by each of us, and a key
component of the biosphere's life cycle. Plants do so much better with
more CO2 that greenhouse operators often increase the CO2
concentrations by factors of three or four to get better growth. This
is no surprise since plants and animals evolved when CO2
concentrations were about 10 times larger than they are today. Better
plant varieties, chemical fertilizers and agricultural management
contributed to the great increase in agricultural yields of the past
century, but part of the increase almost certainly came from
additional CO2 in the atmosphere.
Although the number of publicly dissenting scientists is growing, many
young scientists furtively say that while they also have serious
doubts about the global-warming message, they are afraid to speak up
for fear of not being promoted—or worse. They have good reason to
worry. In 2003, Dr. Chris de Freitas, the editor of the journal
Climate Research, dared to publish a peer-reviewed article with the
politically incorrect (but factually correct) conclusion that the
recent warming is not unusual in the context of climate changes over
the past thousand years. The international warming establishment
quickly mounted a determined campaign to have Dr. de Freitas removed
from his editorial job and fired from his university position.
Fortunately, Dr. de Freitas was able to keep his university job.
This is not the way science is supposed to work, but we have seen it
before—for example, in the frightening period when Trofim Lysenko
hijacked biology in the Soviet Union. Soviet biologists who revealed
that they believed in genes, which Lysenko maintained were a bourgeois
fiction, were fired from their jobs. Many were sent to the gulag and
some were condemned to death.
Why is there so much passion about global warming, and why has the
issue become so vexing that the American Physical Society, from which
Dr. Giaever resigned a few months ago, refused the seemingly
reasonable request by many of its members to remove the word
"incontrovertible" from its description of a scientific issue? There
are several reasons, but a good place to start is the old question
"cui bono?" Or the modern update, "Follow the money."
Alarmism over climate is of great benefit to many, providing
government funding for academic research and a reason for government
bureaucracies to grow. Alarmism also offers an excuse for governments
to raise taxes, taxpayer-funded subsidies for businesses that
understand how to work the political system, and a lure for big
donations to charitable foundations promising to save the planet.
Lysenko and his team lived very well, and they fiercely defended their
dogma and the privileges it brought them.
Speaking for many scientists and engineers who have looked carefully
and independently at the science of climate, we have a message to any
candidate for public office: There is no compelling scientific
argument for drastic action to "decarbonize" the world's economy. Even
if one accepts the inflated climate forecasts of the IPCC, aggressive
greenhouse-gas control policies are not justified economically.
Princeton physics professor William Happer on why a large number of
scientists don't believe that carbon dioxide is causing global
A recent study of a wide variety of policy options by Yale economist
William Nordhaus showed that nearly the highest benefit-to-cost ratio
is achieved for a policy that allows 50 more years of economic growth
unimpeded by greenhouse gas controls. This would be especially
beneficial to the less-developed parts of the world that would like to
share some of the same advantages of material well-being, health and
life expectancy that the fully developed parts of the world enjoy now.
Many other policy responses would have a negative return on
investment. And it is likely that more CO2 and the modest warming that
may come with it will be an overall benefit to the planet.
If elected officials feel compelled to "do something" about climate,
we recommend supporting the excellent scientists who are increasing
our understanding of climate with well-designed instruments on
satellites, in the oceans and on land, and in the analysis of
observational data. The better we understand climate, the better we
can cope with its ever-changing nature, which has complicated human
life throughout history. However, much of the huge private and
government investment in climate is badly in need of critical review.
Every candidate should support rational measures to protect and
improve our environment, but it makes no sense at all to back
expensive programs that divert resources from real needs and are based
on alarming but untenable claims of "incontrovertible" evidence.
Claude Allegre, former director of the Institute for the Study of the
Earth, University of Paris; J. Scott Armstrong, cofounder of the
Journal of Forecasting and the International Journal of Forecasting;
Jan Breslow, head of the Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics and
Metabolism, Rockefeller University; Roger Cohen, fellow, American
Physical Society; Edward David, member, National Academy of
Engineering and National Academy of Sciences; William Happer,
professor of physics, Princeton; Michael Kelly, professor of
technology, University of Cambridge, U.K.; William Kininmonth, former
head of climate research at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology;
Richard Lindzen, professor of atmospheric sciences, MIT; James
McGrath, professor of chemistry, Virginia Technical University; Rodney
Nichols, former president and CEO of the New York Academy of Sciences;
Burt Rutan, aerospace engineer, designer of Voyager and SpaceShipOne;
Harrison H. Schmitt, Apollo 17 astronaut and former U.S. senator; Nir
Shaviv, professor of astrophysics, Hebrew University, Jerusalem; Henk
Tennekes, former director, Royal Dutch Meteorological Service; Antonio
Zichichi, president of the World Federation of Scientists, Geneva.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
2/21/2012 06:04:00 PM
1. Get your Lottery Tickets!
I would like to propose a wonderful way to raise money for worthy
causes. Since I am not planning to implement it myself, you are
welcome to use the idea on your own - for free, no royalties. The
basic idea is to raise money for good causes by selling lottery
tickets based on the date and hour that Khader Adnan dies.
Let's back up a little and explain this. The Israeli Left has a
new darling in the person of one Khader Adnan, an arch-terrorist from
the Islamic Jihad now in Israeli prison. He is a leader in the
terrorist group, has served as its spokesman, and is now in the
headlines because he has been treating himself, or at least apologists
claim he has, to a nice long hunger strike. See this:
Now just what is he holding his hunger strike over? Surely it is
not over the country-club conditions under which Israel holds its
Palestinian terrorist mass murderers! Their food comes from outside
caterers and is the same food the police and guards eat. They have
nice cushy cells with DVDs and they get to do college degrees via
distance learning. Adnan's only complaint seems to be that, by being
kept locked up by Israel, he is being preventing from pursuing his
real career goals of murdering as many Jewish children as possible.
Technically he is being held under "administrative arrest," but
in Israel that just means that a terrorist has not yet been brought to
formal trial because Israel does not want to disclose the informers
and sources of information about his terrorist activity to keep them
discreet and for fear of what would happen to the sources.
Among those rushing to support the dieting terrorist have been
many in the Israeli ultra-Left, including the anti-Jewish "Physicians
for Human Rights," an extremist group that was in the past run by Ben
Gurion University anti-Semite Neve Gordon and is now run by Ben Gurion
University leftist extremist Dani Filc (who is also chair of the
political science department at BGU that the whole world wants to see
shut down). Obviously, neither of the latter two are physicians.
Adnan is suddenly the hero and darling of the anti-Semites all over
the world. They say he is nothing more than a harmless baker, not a
terrorist. Sure, and Hitler just was a house painter. The web is
full of expressions of love for him: see for example
(this is an Israeli leftist web site funded by the EU) and
. Few of those so upset about Adnan's weight reduction program had
much to say about Gilad Shalit being kept in captivity for five years,
although a handful – like Neve Gordon – actually justified and
celebrated Shalit's being kidnapped and held.
You may recall that terrorists from the IRA used to hold hunger
strikes in British jails back when Maggie Thatcher invited them to
refuse to eat for as long as they wished. You may also recall Winston
Churchill's reaction to one of Mahatma Gandhi's hunger strikes: "Why
hasn't he died yet?"
I personally am all in favor of Israel helping Adnan in his hunger
strike on behalf of the Palestinian right to murder by announcing that
he will not be given any food even he asks for it. This is important,
because there are news reports today that he has decided to start
eating (http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4192881,00.html ).
I would help him to continue in his cause! I must say that I also
find an alternative suggestion tempting, according to which McDonald's
hamburger commercials will be broadcast into his cell 24 hours a day
while he strikes.
Meanwhile, oodles of other jailed murderers and terrorists in
Israel announced to the media that they too are going on hunger
strike, at least in between meals, as a gesture of solidarity with
Adnan. They can also be the bases for my lottery scheme.
Here is how it would work. As long as Adnan continues his hunger
strike, or – if he has really decided to end it – the next time he or
another arch terrorist holds a hunger strike, lottery tickets will be
sold. 80% of the proceeds will be used to pay out a prize to the
person (or split in case of ties) whose guess of the date and time of
the death of the hunger striker was closest to the actual time. The
remaining 20% would be used to fund worthwhile charitable causes, such
as new settlements in the West Bank or Ariel University (whom 500 of
Israel's leftist academics are petitioning this week to be shut down
because it sits on the correct side of the Green Line.) Separate
lotteries could be held for each hunger striker. You are welcome to
set up your own lottery along these lines - no need to pay me any
royalties for conceiving the idea! Just use the skim for something
2. Speaking of hunger strikes, as a related item I would like to
propose putting on permanent hunger strikes all Israeli politicians
responsible for the Israeli policy of paying welfare checks and social
security stipends (from Israel's "National Insurance Institute," which
is like the Social Security Administration) to convicted terrorists.
It is called Paychecks for Terrorists!
Anyone thinking that Israel's government wants the country to
survive will have a great deal of trouble explaining away this
long-time policy. That is correct, jailed terrorists collect social
security and welfare payments. After all, it is not like they can get
a job and go out to work! In cases where they have murdered Jews, the
families of their victims cannot demand to strip the murderer of those
funds received and to have them paid to victims. In some cases the
murderers have been injured, so they also get disability insurance
payments. And it goes without saying that when they reach the legal
retirement age, they get an old-age stipend. Even George Orwell could
not have dreamed up such a system!
I guess there is nothing stopping the terrorists from buying
Welfare Caddies with their checks, except that most prisons in which
they are held do not have parking facilities for Cadillacs purchased
Now comes the latest attempt to reform this outrage. In a new
initiative in the Knesset by a group of Knesset Members from different
parties, led by David Rotem (Yisrael Beitenu party), and approved
unanimously yesterday by the Knesset welfare committee, the stipends
and pensions paid to convicted murderers and terrorists will be cut by
50%. That is correct – the Knesset is only one-half working for
Israel's obliteration, by preserving only half of the stupidest idea
in human history. Rotem wants to eliminate the Paychecks for
Terrorists Program altogether but there is too much opposition from
the rest of the Knesset. Israel's Ministry of Justice bureaucrats
opposed any reduction in the welfare benefits for the mass murderers.
So on second thought, maybe the solution is to put all those
Knesset Members who insist that the Paychecks for Murderers Program
continue at 50% of its old level into prison on a diet providing them
with 50% of the calories that an adult needs to survive!
And then we could sell MORE lottery tickets for them!
And since Adar is about to begin, let me be very clear that this
entire news item is NOT a spoof! (I realize you suspected it was, but
it is for real!)
2/21/2012 08:36:00 AM
Harvard's Academic Pogrom
Posted By Steven Plaut On February 21, 2012
Harvard University is a school of rich tradition. And in a few days it
will be restoring a great Harvard tradition dating back to the 1930s:
the tradition of hosting Nazis and violent anti-Semites on campus
seeking the mass murder of Jews.
Harvard is to hold a pseudo-academic conference devoted to calls for
Israel's extermination. This "academic conference" will be little more
than a genteel campus pogrom. Misnamed the "One State Solution
Conference," it will definitely not have any discussion of any "One
State Solution" under which all of Western "Palestine" remains one
single Jewish state, while "Palestinians" unhappy about living there
as a political minority move to one of the 22 Arab states. When the
conference organizers and speakers talk about a "One State Solution,"
what they mean is a Rwanda solution, a final one, to the "Jewish
Problem" of the Middle East. They want Israel annihilated and replaced
by a "bi-national" state with an Islamist Arab majority in control.
And it does not take a great imagination to understand just how Jews
will fare under such a "solution."
Naturally, Harvard is defending this campus atrocity with the usual
protestations about academic freedom and freedom of speech. The
administrators who justify such open and violent bigotry in the guise
of an academic conference are the very same people who never seem to
express any objections when campus hooligans disrupt and harass talks
by Israeli diplomats and rallies by Jewish students. Harvard
administrators would be the first ones in the Ivy League to shut down
as "hate speech" any "conference" devoted to proving that black people
have lower IQs than others, that called for evicting all illegal
Hispanics from the nation, or that promoted the view that
homosexuality is a mental disorder.
In any case, a brief review of pedigrees of the participants in this
"conference" illustrates just how clearly this is to be nothing more
than a Bash-the-Jews campus crusade.
The "star" of the Harvard pogrom will be Ilan Pappe, who is arguably
the most thoroughly discredited pseudo-academic on the planet. Pappe
is a notorious fabricator, someone who claims proudly that facts and
truth are of no importance. "Indeed the struggle is about ideology,
not about facts. Who knows what facts are? We try to convince as many
people as we can that our interpretation of the facts is the correct
one, and we do it because of ideological reasons, not because we are
truthseekers," the French newspaper Le Soir, has cited Pappe as
Pappe is an expatriate Israeli who devoted one of his "books" to his
sons with the wish that they may grow up in a world without Israel.
His own University of Exeter recently chastised him for his infamous
habit of playing fast and loose with facts. Pappe is best known as a
fulltime anti-Israel propagandist who has done more than any other
anti-Israel Israeli to promote the moral equivalence of "Nakba denial"
with Holocaust denial. He is a "new historian" in the sense of
pseudo-historian. His mission in life is to invent an imaginary
Palestinian historic "narrative." Nearly all those beating the "Nakba"
drum today cite Pappe and his "books" about the supposed "ethnic
cleansing" of Arabs by Israel in its war of independence. (For those
who do not know, "Nakba," meaning "catastrophe," is how Arabs refer to
Pappe was a lecturer in political science at the University of Haifa,
but moved to resume the position of a pseudo-academic propagandist
position at the University of Exeter in the UK. Even other
anti-Zionists have repudiated Pappe as a liar and fabricator. He
openly calls for Israel to be exterminated and endorses Hamas
terrorism. He considers Noam Chomsky insufficiently anti-Israel.
Pappe, who ran for the parliament in Israel on the slate of the
Stalinist communist party and played a central role in fomenting
boycotts of Israel in the UK and elsewhere, was also the central
figure in the now infamous "Tantura Affair." In this incident, Pappe
coached a graduate student of his into inventing a non-existent
"massacre" of Arabs by the Hagana Jewish militia (Alexandroni Brigade)
in Tantura, south of Haifa, a "massacre" that Pappe claims took place
in 1948. Not a shred of any evidence for any such "massacre" exists.
Arab and other journalists who were present at the time of the battle
that took place in Tantura reported no massacre. Arabs living in the
town at the time confirmed that a battle did occur, but that after the
battle the Jewish militiamen aided and assisted the townspeople, not
massacring anyone. The graduate student in question was sued for libel
by the veterans of the Hagana militia. He later admitted in court with
his lawyer present that the entire massacre was an invention.
No matter – Pappe roams the world and continues to spread the lie
about the imaginary Tantura "massacre," a lie that has found its way
into nearly every anti-Semitic web site and Neo-Nazi magazine on
Earth, and even a handful of otherwise respectable mainstream
journalists foolishly rely upon him. Pappe has lied about practically
everything else, including about being "persecuted" by his own
university in Israel. In fact, Pappe was never fired for his fraud and
fabrication by the University of Haifa, although he should have been.
(Some wags even suggested the university should be boycotted for not
firing Pappe.) That did not stop Pappe from waving his stigmata as
"victim of Zionism" before the European anti-Semites promoting
"divestment" from Israel. His recruitment by the University of Exeter
proves how indifferent that school is to scholarly standards. His
coming appearance as the star of the Harvard academic pogrom shows
that things are not much better there.
While Pappe may be the most notorious fabricator at Harvard's Destroy
Israel Conference, he is hardly the only one. A close runner-up will
be Stephen M. Walt, who – along with his sidekick John Mearsheimer –
is best known for proliferating medieval "theories" about a grand
Jewish cabal plotting to control the world. Walt and Mearsheimer spin
yarns about the imaginary power of the "Jewish lobby" that resound
very much like German propaganda from the 1930s. It would be an
exaggeration to say that there is no Israel lobby whatsoever in the
United States, but only a small exaggeration. The "Israel lobby" does
not come up to the pinky toes in terms of the power of the farm lobby
and the teachers union lobby. Walt's partner Mearsheimer has been in
the news the past few weeks for endorsing and celebrating a
notoriously deranged British Israel-born Holocaust denier, Gilad
Atzmon. Walt also defends Mearsheimer's choice of Nazi chums on his
own personal blog.
Walt and Mearsheimer are widely seen as open anti-Semites, churning
out conspiratorial tripe no better than what the "9/11 truther" nuts
produce. The Anti-Defamation League dismisses them as anti-Semitic
cranks, adding: "Mearsheimer and Walt start by blaming Israel for
everything in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Once establishing
Israel's consistent guilt, from the creation of the state to present
day, they then move to asserting that the 'Israel lobby' (which is
loosely and inconsistently defined) in the United States uses every
device and method of pressure politics to stifle criticism of Israel
and to ensure America's pro-Israel policy, against America's true
interests and to serve the interests of the Jewish state."
The Harvard conference will also feature a number of obscure
pseudo-academics, whose inclusion is evidently entirely due to their
being Jewish anti-Semites. One of these speakers will be Marc H.
Ellis, on the faculty at Baylor University. Ellis is someone
considered by himself to be a Jewish theologian and thinker, and by
himself alone. No one else in the world seems to consider his
"philosophical" salad of Marxism and the quest for the annihilation of
Israel to be Jewish theology. Well, no one besides the racist Reverend
Jeremiah Wright, at least (Wright just adores Ellis). Ellis is
basically a clone of Norman Finkelstein, but – unlike Finkelstein –
was never dismissed by his own university for being a fraud (yet).
Come to think of it, since Finkelstein has lately been renouncing the
"Boycott and Divest from Israel" movement, Finkelstein these days
might better be considered to be the Ellis Lite. Ellis pretends to be
something of a "Holocaust theologian," but the only lesson he has
managed to extract from the Holocaust is that it is necessary now to
conduct a second Holocaust to rid the world of Israel.
Ellis thinks that the legacy of the Holocaust ought to instill in Jews
the duty to denounce Israel unambiguously and to support the demands
and agenda of the Palestinian terrorists. He denounces all Jewish
denominations and all rabbinic institutions for their failures to
endorse Palestinian violence unreservedly. He is as hostile to the
Jews of America as he is to those of Israel: "We as Jews come after
the Holocaust, but we also come after the illusory promises of Israel
and America. And we cannot find our way alone, only with others who
realize that the promises they have been handed are also illusory."
An even more obscure "academic" to be featured at the Harvard pogrom
is one Dalit Baum, a mouth-foaming hater of Israel who teaches "gender
studies" as an adjunct at my own school, the University of Haifa. She
holds a degree in math, and spends her days in quest of being the
planet's leading lesbian for jihad. When she is not leading "dyke
marches" (her term), Baum lectures to college students against the
state of Israel and its right to defend itself. She pretends to be a
victim of societal oppression against homosexuals and women, although
the fact that she holds a job in a sociology department without having
any degree in sociology better illustrates the nature of her
persecution. Baum created an organization of anti-Semitic lesbians
calling itself Black Laundry, which meets in gay bars in Israel. Black
Laundry members, of course, never convene in the areas controlled by
the Hamas or Palestinian Authority to protest "oppression" of
homosexuals. We can only wonder why.
Timothy McCarthy, an adjunct lecturer at Harvard and a self-proclaimed
expert on "gender studies" and "human rights," will be joining Baum.
He will be explaining why the best way to achieve gender equality and
human rights in the Middle East is to annihilate the only country in
which they exist.
Other speakers at the Nuremberg Rally off Harvard Square will include
anti-Semitic journalists, a gaggle of anti-Israel sociologists, law
professors who define human rights in such a way that Arabs have a
human right to murder Jews, but Jews have no human right to defend
themselves, and even one liberation-theology pseudo-rabbi. What they
all have in common is their desire to see Israel exterminated. In what
passes for academic pluralism and diversity these days, the Harvard
conference will not have even a single speaker who thinks that Israel
has the right to exist and the right to defend itself.
Harvard University has a bit of a history when it comes to coddling
Nazis. In the 1930s, it was one of the American universities reluctant
to hire Jewish and other refugees fleeing Nazi Germany. According to
"The Third Reich in the Ivory Tower," by Stephen H. Norwood (Cambridge
University Press, 2009), Harvard University stood out above the rest
in its moral failure and in its collaboration with Nazism. Many of the
faculty members at Harvard were openly anti-Semitic, including
Harvard's president James Bryant Conant. Later, after the war, Conant
served as US Ambassador to Germany and worked feverishly to get Nazi
war criminals paroled and hired. He lobbied for appointments of Nazis
to various public posts in Europe and at the United Nations.
Harvard's law school dean, Roscoe Pound, was openly sympathetic to
Hitler, vacationed in Germany and attended anti-Semitic events there.
Harvard history professor William L. Langer strongly defended Hitler's
reoccupation and remilitarization of the Rhineland, which was the
first step in launching World War II. More generally he served as a
sort of academic apologist for the Nazis. The Nazi Professor Friedrich
Schoenemann had taught at Harvard during and after World War I. During
the 1930s, when he was at the University of Berlin, he went on a
speaking tour of American campuses in 1933 to great acclaim, where his
talks were titled "Why I Believe in the Hitler Government."
Harvard went out of its way to host and celebrate Nazi leaders during
the 1930s. The high Nazi official Ernst (Putzi) Hanfstaungl was
invited as the Harvard commencement speaker in 1934. The wealthy
Hanfstaungel had been one of Hitler's earliest and most important
backers. He was on record insisting "the Jews must be crushed," and
describing Jews as "the vampire sucking German blood." Hanfstaungel
was invited by a Harvard medical professor to serve as the honored
speaker in the Harvard commencement ceremony and class reunion of 1934
and used the occasion for anti-Semitic incitement. He openly advocated
the mass arrest or worse of German Jews. The student paper, the
Harvard Crimson, defended Hanfstaungel. Harvard called in the Boston
police to arrest Jews and others protesting the visit, and they were
charged with "illegally displaying signs." When Hanfstaungel returned
to Germany from Harvard, he was personally welcomed by Hitler.
So the Destroy Israel "Conference," AKA the Nuremberg Rally near the
Charles River, is simply upholding a proud Cambridge Ivy heritage.
The "One State Solution" as promoted by the Harvard pseudo-academic
pogromchiki should really be called the Final Solution.
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URL to article:
Sunday, February 19, 2012
2/19/2012 06:34:00 PM
End the imperialist colonialist occupation !! Liberation now!!
Now that the heads of Iran are openly calling for Israel's
annihilation, and Iran's "president" suggests that Europe create a
Zionist state some place inside Germany or maybe in Alaska, I think we
should all promote a REAL solution to the problems of the Middle East
and end the illegal occupation. I refer of course to the illegal
Iranian occupation of lands that properly belong to the Mongols.
Meaning all of Iran.
True, Iran was conquered or liberated from the Persians by the Mongols
militarily starting in 1219. Iran then became a legitimate part of the
Mongol homeland. Tamerlane, who was part Mongol, also ran the place.
All in all, the Mongol liberation of Persia lasted for two and a half
centuries, not much different from the length of the period of Arab
rule of "Palestine," after which Iran was "lost" to Turkic tribes. I
guess that means the Turks also have a legitimate claim to a homeland
Now if the fact that some Arab armies once conquered the Land of
Israel is thought to confer upon them rights of sovereignty and even
statehood, why should not the Mongol conquest of Iran do the same?
After all, Iran was once a Mongol state, as recently as 550 years ago,
whereas the last time the Land of Israel was an Arab Palestinian state
was, well, never.
Not only should Mongol rule be restored to Iran as the only legitimate
rulers of the place, but these days the Mongols make far better
neighbors than do the ayatollahs. The Mongols have no nuclear plans
and have never met with the pagans from the Neturei Karta. The Mongols
would surely put the Persian Gulf petroleum to better use than do the
Holocaust Deniers in Iran these days, like developing yak milk
So, I say, end the illegal occupation once and for all. Liberate Iran
from the imperialist colonialist occupation of the Iranians! Restore
it to its proper owners - the Mongols!
Biladi ya ardi ya arda al-judoud
(That is the Mongolian song of national liberation: Its lyrics
continue: "Az der rebe zingt Zingn ale chasidim Az der rebe tantzt
Tantzn ale chasidim." Alas, I do not know enough Mongolian to tell
you what it means.)
Saturday, February 18, 2012
2/18/2012 09:00:00 PM
1. This is a minor point but there was a really great political
cartoon in Maariv this week, unusual because Israeli political cartoon
are usually not very good. It was after the attempted terror attack
by Irsanian agents against Israelis in Thailand. As you recall, the
agents' bomb blew up prematurely, blowing the leg off one of the
terrorists. In the cartoon you see a picture of Iran's president
Ahmadinejad walking along with one leg blown off, on crutches, blood
flowing out of the wound. Bibi comes up to him with a severed blood
leg. Ahmaminejad says "That's not mine!"
2. Recently the Israeli media and academic blab lists have been
inundated with accusations coming from the anti-democratic Left that
Israel is undergoing a plague of "McCarthyism." Of course, by the
word "McCarthyism," the radical Left just means any criticism of or
disagreement with the radical Left. SO these day, writing that you
think Israel has the right to exist and the right to defend its
population makes you a McCarthyist.
Well, I think the most interesting commentary on McCarthyism in
recent decades has come from P.J. O'Rourke - in my opinion and in the
opinion of many an American imperialist running-dog capitalist – the
funniest pundit in America. So I thought the time was ripe to post
P.J.'s comments on the New McCarthyism:
P. J. O'Rourke
A CALL FOR A NEW McCARTHYISM
Our era is supposed to be the 1950s
all over again. Indeed, we are experiencing
anew many of the pleasures
and benefits of that excellent decade:
a salubrious prudery, a sensible avariciousness,
a healthy dose of social conformity,
a much-needed narrowing of
minds, and a return to common-sense
American political troglodytism. But
there's one delightful and entertaining
feature of the Eisenhower years which
is wholly absent from the contemporary
Where's our McCarthyism? Who's our
Tailgunner Joe? Why don't we get to
look for Communists under our beds
or—considering the social changes of
the past thirty-five years—in them?
("Good night, Honey, and are you now
or have you ever been a member of the
Committee in Solidarity with the People
of El Salvador?")
God knows the problem is not a lack
of Commies. There are more fuzzyminded
one-worlders, pasty-faced peace
creeps, and bleeding-heart bed-wetters
in America now than there ever were
in 1954. The redskis have infiltrated the
all-important exercise video industry,
not to mention movies and TV. Academia,
too, is a veritable compost heap
of Bolshie brain-mulch. Beardo the
Weirdo may have been laughed out of
real life during the 1970s, but he found
a home in our nation's colleges where
he whiles away the wait for Woodstock
Nation II by pestering undergraduates
with collectivist twaddle when they
should be thinking about better car
stereos. And fellow travelers in the
State Department? Jeez, the situation
is so bad at Foggy Bottom that we'd
better hope it's caused by spies. If it's
stupidity, we're really in trouble.
… And come to think of it, there are other problems with an
up-to-date witch-hunt. For one thing, it's no use going after
real, card-carrying Communists anymore.
Hard-core party apparatchiks are
already being persecuted by organizations
more brutally efficient than anything
we've got in the U.S., organizations
such as the Union of Soviet Socialist
Republics and the People's Republic
of China. Plus, accusing somebody
of being a "comsymp" just isn't
the same since Gorbachev began his
three-hankie perestroika performance.
… No, a modern McCarthyism is going
to have to concentrate on
other things besides the Big Lie and the
Red Menace. In fact, if we examine
even a brief selection of people who
should be tarred and feathered and run
out of town on a rail (or, to be more
contemporary, oat branned and goose
downed and jogged out of the condominium
complex on an exercise track),
we see that they are not necessarily
Marxist or even socialist in their thinking
because that would presuppose
thinking in the first place. Nobody is
ever going to accuse us of being thought
police for going after the likes of Kris
Kristofferson, Phil Donahue, Mario
Thomas, Dr. Benjamin Spock, Yoko
Ono, Dave Dellinger, Ben and Jerry's
Ice Cream, the World Council of
Churches, Ed Asner, Michelle Shocked,
Lenora Fulani, Robert Redford, and
people who think quartz crystals cure
The distinguishing feature of this
cluster of dunces is not subversion but
silliness. If we hope to wreck careers,
destroy reputations, and drive holistic
Ortega fans into exile in Sausalito and
Amherst, we're going to need tactics
very different from those used by Roy
Cohn, Bobby Kennedy, and the distinguished
senator from the great state
famous for its La Follette and cheese.
A "blacklist" will never work. Put
some Sandalista on your blacklist and
you probably guarantee him a MacArthur
Genius Grant and a seat on the
ACLU national board of directors. …
No, this isn't going to work either.
You can't shame or humiliate modern
celebrities. What used to be called
shame and humiliation is now called
publicity. And forget traditional character
assassination. If you say a modern
celebrity is an adulterer, a pervert,
and a drug addict, all it means is that
you've read his autobiography.
We have to come up with more clever
ways to ruin these people. Or perhaps we can direct the wrath of
the remarkably terrifying animal rights
activists against them. I'm going to
write a letter to People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals about how Susan
Sontag allows her ideas to be tried on
innocent laboratory rabbits before humans
are exposed to them. (As for the
animal rights activists, we can turn
some animals loose on them later.)
But the worst punishment for dupes,
pink-wieners, and dialectical immaterialists
might be a kind of reverse blacklist.
We don't prevent them from writing,
speaking, performing, and otherwise
being their usual nuisance selves.
Instead, we hang on their every word,
beg them to work, drag them onto all
available TV and radio chat shows, and
write hundreds of fawning newspaper
and magazine articles about their wonderful
swellness. In other words, we
subject them to the monstrous, gross,
and irreversible late twentieth-century
phenomenon of Media Over-Exposure
so that a surfeited public rebels in
14 THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR JULY 1989
American Spectator, July 1989
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
2/14/2012 04:29:00 PM
1. It is a quote I have posted before, but the timing is such that it
needs to be raised again.
Here is a quiz: Can you name the Zionist who said the following:
"Those good Jews brought civilization and peace to the Arab Muslims,
and they dispersed gold and prosperity over Palestine without damage
to anyone or taking anything by force. Despite this, the Muslims
declared holy war against them and did not hesitate to massacre their
children and women…. Thus a black fate awaits the Jews and other
minorities in case the Mandates are cancelled and Muslim Syria is
united with Muslim Palestine."
Those with good memories may recall the answer. That statement is
from a letter sent to the French prime minister in June 1936 by six
Syrian Alawi notables (the Alawis are the ruling class in Syria today)
in support of Zionism. Bashar's great-grandfather, Suleiman al-Assad,
was one of them.
That is right – the great-grandfather of the dictator currently
massacring his own civilians supported Zionism. He and the rest of
the Alawi leadership did so for a variety of reasons.
The Alwais are a Shi'ite minority group that is not even regarded as
Muslim by most other Muslims, and the Alawis traditionally did not see
themselves as Arabs at all. To survive, they struck a deal with the
French colonial occupiers of Syria and Lebanon. The French
essentially put the Alawis in power as their puppets in Syria. The
Alawis feared the French would withdraw from Syria as tensions grew in
Europe, leaving the Alawis high and dry. At the very least they
sought to form a separate Alawi mini-state independent of Syria, one
that would not be oppressed by the Arabs should Syria gain
The Alawi leadership, which included Grampsy Assad (or should I call
him Zayde Assad?), dispatched a letter to the Jewish socialist Prime
Minister of France begging him to remain in Syria, and expressing
emotional support for Zionism. In the letter the denounced Arabs and
Muslims as barbarians who would persecute and massacre all minorities
if the French were to leave Syria. The Jews, by contrast, were held
up by the signers of the statement as the model of civilized people
who bring progress and tolerance when they migrate into and area.
2/14/2012 04:26:00 PM
1. It is a quote I have posted before, but the timing is such that it needs to be raised again.
Here is a quiz: Can you name the Zionist who said the following:
"Those good Jews brought civilization and peace to the Arab Muslims, and they dispersed gold and prosperity over Palestine without damage to anyone or taking anything by force. Despite this, the Muslims declared holy war against them and did not hesitate to massacre their children and women…. Thus a black fate awaits the Jews and other minorities in case the Mandates are cancelled and Muslim Syria is united with Muslim Palestine."
Those with good memories may recall the answer. That statement is from a letter sent to the French prime minister in June 1936 by six Syrian Alawi notables (the Alawis are the ruling class in Syria today) in support of Zionism. Bashar's great-grandfather, Suleiman al-Assad, was one of them.
That is right – the great-grandfather of the dictator currently massacring his own civilians supported Zionism. He and the rest of the Alawi leadership did so for a variety of reasons.
The Alwais are a Shi'ite minority group that is not even regarded as Muslim by most other Muslims, and the Alawis traditionally did not see themselves as Arabs at all. To survive, they struck a deal with the French colonial occupiers of Syria and Lebanon. The French essentially put the Alawis in power as their puppets in Syria. The Alawis feared the French would withdraw from Syria as tensions grew in Europe, leaving the Alawis high and dry. At the very least they sought to form a separate Alawi mini-state independent of Syria, one that would not be oppressed by the Arabs should Syria gain independence.
The Alawi leadership, which included Grampsy Assad (or should I call him Zayde Assad?), dispatched a letter to the Jewish socialist Prime Minister of France begging him to remain in Syria, and expressing emotional support for Zionism. In the letter the denounced Arabs and Muslims as barbarians who would persecute and massacre all minorities if the French were to leave Syria. The Jews, by contrast, were held up by the signers of the statement as the model of civilized people who bring progress and tolerance when they migrate into and area.
2. The Israellycool blog is often a joy to read but I particularly liked this item I found there:
Asher in Austin says:
February 13, 2012 at 9:40 pm
Funny, but seeing as how Israel bashers misdefine everything from Apartheid to Zionism, nothing they say ever should be taken seriously.
Especially the shit the Israel-bashers say:
"I'm not anti-Semitic. Arabs are Semites."
"I'm not anti-Semitic. I'm anti-Zionist."
"I'm not anti-Semitic. I just don't think Jews should live in Jerusalem."
"How dare those Jews build a 3000 year old temple underneath a 700 year old mosque!"
"How dare Israel send sharks to eat German tourists in Egypt."
"How dare Israel stop missiles through war."
"How dare Israel cause cancer patients to die 2 hours before they actually die because they built a wall to stop suicide bombers."
"How dare Israel stop suicide bombers!"
"How dare Israel not kill themselves for my own sanity."
"Where's my Congressman? Why is he supporting AIPAC?"\
"OPEC loves me."
"Hizbullah loves me."
"Hamas loves me."
"Bashir Assad is a Zionist tool."
"The Syrian resistance is a Zionist tool!"
"The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt loves me."
"I can't be part of the Klan. I love Arabs!"
"Arabs are dark skinned. Jews are white skinned. I'm not a racist!!"
"Arabs are trustworthy. Jews are not trustworthy! I'm not a racist!!!"
"Arabs believe in peace. Jews believe in war. I'm not a racist!!!!!"
"My professor has formulated my opinion about Israel."
"The Jews own the media. The Jews own the banks. The Jews own the oil importers."
"Judaism isn't a race, so I'm not a racist!!!!!!!"
3. The Origins of the notion of "Nakba": http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=30873
4. Dersh on Iran and Israel: http://frontpagemag.com/2012/02/14/iran-has-declared-war-against-israel-and-the-jewish-people/
5. Berkeley anti-Semitism: http://frontpagemag.com/2012/02/13/berkeley-jew-hate-on-trial/
6. Zeev Sternhell, leftwing fascist: http://www.isracampus.org.il/third%20level%20pages/HebrewU%20-%20Zeev%20Sternhell%20-%20defends%20Leftist%20McCarthyists.htm