Friday, August 31, 2012
There is the old quip that it is not news when a dog bites a
postman, but it is news when a postman bites a dog.
The principle is on display in recent days in the countless
screaming media headlines over the "lynch" of Arabs in Jerusalem by
Jews. Never mind that all involved (except for one alleged
participant) are teenagers. The headlines in Israel are calling it a
lynch (see http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4274106,00.html)
and of course these are being aped in the anti-Israel foreign media.
There is some argument over just what happened. A group of bored
Jewish teenagers, some as young as 12, were evidently hanging about in
downtown Jerusalem and perhaps looking for trouble. (The one
exception was a 19 year old, not a minor and so now under arrest.)
Possibly some passing Arab teenagers made flirtatious or obscene
comments to the girls in the group. The boys then attacked and beat
the Arabs. The "attackers" were street punks, one sporting a mohawk
haircut. One Arab was injured.
So what are we to make of this? The same media that are
turning purple with rage and screaming for retribution over this
"lynching" never had very much to say a few months back when a group
of Haifa Arabs who were NOT teenagers attempted to lynch some Jewish
soldiers out of uniform who were NOT teenagers, nor when the Arabs
involved went scot free. From the massive interest the Western media
are showing in this "incident" you would think that teenage hoodlums
of various ethnicities never ever get into street fights in any other
countries in hot weather. Haaretz has a long track record of filling
the paper with "reports," many of them fictional, of Jews
(particularly settlers) attacking Arabs or vandalizing Arab property,
while downplaying or refusing to mention acts of Arab violence. If
Haaretz had been operating in 1938 you would have learned that Germany
was filled with attacks by Jewish hooligans against poor innocent
German victims and that Kristallnacht was an anti-Christian pogrom by
Let me translate the comments by Kalman Liebskind in today's
Maariv on this whole story.
'The insane obsession with what is being dubbed the Jerusalem "lynch"
has by now been blown completely out of proportion. This is NOT
because we should regard the actual incident lightly but because
countless incidents at least as violent are completely ignored by the
'These days some graffiti on an Arab gravestone is international
headline news, while the nonstop vandalizing and desecration of Jewish
graves on the Mount of Olives gets nary a mention. When a Jew
strikes an Arab in anger this is a banner headline. Dozens of Molotov
cocktail bombs thrown at Jews by Arabs every day are never mentioned.
The excuse is supposed to be that Jews attacking Arabs are news, like
a man biting a dog. But I have two responses to that.
'First, If that is the real reason, then I want to hear it said
unambiguously on the news and in the media. The fact that the Arabs
are the violent side of the conflict is a matter about which the media
refuse to speak. Second, the media are supposed to be an intermediary
link between reality and the consumer. So when 1000 attacks against
Jews by Arabs are never reported, while one single attack by Jews
against Arabs is the focus of the front pages for two weeks, readers
will understand that the violent side in the Middle East conflict is
the Jews. One cannot overstate the importance of this bias. If the
media were to report accurately the dimensions of Arab terror, the
Israeli public would be demanding immediate military action against
Gaza. When the public is unaware that this terror exists, the public
'Oh and one more thing worth noting. Even with all the press
attention to the Arab victim of street hooliganism in Jerusalem, the
simple fact of the matter is that Arabs can walk about freely in the
"Jewish areas" of Jerusalem. Try to ask the cable TV technician who
made a wrong turn into Issawiya (Arab neighborhood next to the Hebrew
University) how he felt being attacked, and then ask on which page the
incident was reported.' (SP - or the Hebrew University students who
similarly were beaten by a lynch mob in the same place last year)
2. From the Wall Street Journal: August 30, 2012, 7:34 p.m. ET
Germany's Circumcision Police
Here's an idea: Send an international delegation of rabbis and imams
to seek arrest in protest.
There was a head-spinning moment in Germany last week: News emerged
that a rabbi had been criminally charged for performing his religious
duties. Rabbi David Goldberg of northern Bavaria, who shepherds a
400-member community, is the first person to run afoul of a ruling by
a Cologne judge earlier this year that criminalized circumcision, a
basic religious rite.
There is some precedent outside of Germany for such a ruling. In 2001,
a Swedish law sparked a protest from Jews and Muslims by requiring
that a medical doctor or anesthesia nurse accompany registered
circumcisers, and that anesthesia be applied before the procedure. The
law is still in effect.
In 2006, a Finnish court charged a Muslim mother with assault for
circumcising her baby, and this was followed by a Jewish couple being
fined for causing bodily harm to their son. The Muslim mother wasn't
ultimately punished, and in 2006 the Finnish Supreme Court said her
actions weren't criminal and religious circumcision not a crime. In
the United States, a San Francisco ballot initiative tried last year
to make circumcision an offense punishable by a $1,000 fine and up to
a year in prison; it failed to get enough votes. (In Germany, the
Cologne judge seems not to have not yet specified punishment for
The ban by the court in Cologne, however, is the most troubling. For
decades Germany has been an example of how a nation can take
responsibility for its previous crimes. It is very moving to see
Germany's Holocaust memorial in Berlin, just two blocks from the
country's parliament. But the circumcision ban deserves universal
The American and European rabbinate should lead a delegation of
mohelim (ritual circumcisers) to Germany to seek arrest for civil
disobedience in protest against government persecution. I would join
them and call upon Islamic imams to stand with us.
Does the German government really want to get into a public battle
over whether they are better guardians of the health and welfare of
Jewish (and Muslim) children than their parents?
The Los Angeles Times recently cited a study predicting that as the
number of circumcisions goes down in the U.S., the cost of health care
will steadily climb. Eryn Brown reported that "If circumcision rates
were to fall to 10% . . . lifetime health costs for all the babies
born in a year would go up by $505 million. That works out to $313 in
added costs for every circumcision that doesn't happen."
Why? Because circumcision has been proven to be the second most
effective means—after a condom—for stopping the transmission of
HIV-AIDS, with the British Medical Journal reporting that circumcised
men are eight times less likely to contract the infection.
The New York Times echoed these findings in an Aug. 27 report that
projected "declining U.S. circumcision rates could add more than $4
billion in health care costs in coming years because of increased
illness and infections." The story focused on the American Academy of
Pediatrics updating its 13-year-old policy on circumcision and
declaring that the health benefits of circumcision—in reducing chances
of HIV infection and other STDs, urinary tract infection, and
cancer—outweigh the risks.
While the Germans decry the barbarity of circumcision for men, they
also overlook the benefit to women who are the men's partners. Male
circumcision reduces the risk of cervical cancer—caused by the human
papillomavirus, which thrives under and on the foreskin—by at least
20%, according to an April 2002 article in the British Medical
While some attempt to equate male circumcision with female
clitoridectomy, the comparison is absurd. Female circumcision involves
removing a woman's ability to have pleasure during sexual relations.
It is a barbarous act of mutilation that has no corollary to its male
counterpart. Judaism has always celebrated the sexual bond between
husband and wife. Attempts to malign circumcision as a method of
denying a man's sexual pleasure are ignorant. Judaism insists that sex
be accompanied by exhilaration and enjoyment as a bonding experience
that leads to sustained emotional connection.
We Jews must be doing something right in the bedroom given the fact
that, alone among the ancient peoples of the world, we are still here,
despite countless attempts to make us a historical footnote.
A German judge may think he is a better guarantor of Jewish well-being
than Jews themselves. No thanks.
Rabbi Boteach's books include "Kosher Jesus" (Gefen, 2012) and "Kosher
Sex" (Doubleday, 1999). He is a Republican candidate for the U.S.
Congress from New Jersey's ninth district.
(Afterword by SP - I personally prefer that the problem of laws
against the bris in Germany be dealt with by pointing out that no
self-respecting Jew could possibly live in Germany today in the first
place. Even visiting it is something I think Jews should avoid.)
Thursday, August 30, 2012
The "Seattle Activism" group of anarcho-fascists held (and I am not
making this up!) a "Rachel Corrie Pancake Breakfast and Meetup"
If you think I am pulling your leg, open the link.
2. Reposting (response to the "My Name is Rachel" propaganda play
that is being staged all over the anti-Jewish world)
My Name is Horst?
From Prof. Steven Plaut
Rachel Corrie was an American member of the International Solidarity
Movement killed in 2003 in Gaza by an IDF bulldozer, whose driver did
not see her standing in its way to prevent demolition of an Arab home.
Since the parents of Rachel Corrie are in the process of suing Israel
and the Israeli Defense Forces for the suicide death of their clueless
daughter, it occurred to me that Rachel Corrie's real role in history
is not appreciated by most people. It is to serve as the Horst
Wessel of the anti-Israel Left.
Let me explain.
Horst Wessel was an idealistic young German active in the Bismarck
Youth organization, a nationalist youth group Their "martyrdom" was in
fact a pathetic death due in large part to their own stupidity in
post-WWI Weimar Germany. That group was too tame for him and so he
decided to join the National Socialist German Workers' Party, better
known as the Nazi Party, in 1926, when he was 19 years old. Like
Rachel, he wrote poems and music, and he played the oboe. One of his
poems was called "Raise High the Flag."
In 1930 when he was 23, he got into a dispute with his landlady, whose
husband was a communist party leader. Probably in response, on
January 14,1930, Wessel was shot in the face by Albrecht Höhler, an
active member of the local Communist Party. Wessel died in hospital
on 23 February. The murderer was sentenced to six years imprisonment
and was later himself murdered by the Gestapo. The communist party
denied it was involved in Wessel's death and insisted Wessel was
killed only because of the rent dispute.
The Nazi Party however decided that Wessel would make a brilliant
martyr figure, and his tragic death could be exploited as political
ammunition to promote the agenda of the party. Goebbals and Goering
organized a giant show funeral for him. Wessel was commemorated in
memorials, books and films. Nazi newspapers compared him with Jesus.
The German navy named one of its training ships for him. The "Horst
Wessel Song," based on Wessel's "Raise High the Flag," became the
official marching song of the Nazi Party. It was sang and played also
for party recruitment purposes. Nazi youth made pilgrimages to
Wessel's grave site. [For more on the song see this:
http://www.george-broderick.de/ns_docs/ns-horst_wessel_lied.doc ] The
British fascists changed the words slightly and used the melody as
their own marching song.
Horst Wessel was obviously the Rachel Corrie of the anti-Jewish
movement almost 80 years before Rachel Corrie played a similar role.
In both cases, their "martyrdom" was in fact a pathetic death due in
large part to their own stupidity. In both cases the death of a naive
young person involved in extremist politics was exploited by the
pro-terrorism groups to which they belonged. In both cases the
"martyrs" were beatified by those seeking the murder and annihilation
The only appropriate response to the staging of the anti-Semitic
propaganda play, "My Name is Rachel," in theaters around the world
would be now to stage a new play: one entitled "My Name is Horst."
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The Amazing Saga Of Two-gun Cohen
By Steven Plaut
Jewish Press August 31, 2012
In November 1947, the United Nations was considering the creation of a
Jewish state in parts of Western Palestine and a new Arab state in the
The hopes of the Jews rested in large part on China. The five-member
Security Council had to approve putting the resolution before the
General Assembly, but China, one of the five, was threatening to veto
The head of the Chinese delegation was approached by a hero of the
Chinese campaign against the Japanese during World War II, a man who
had been a general and senior adviser to President Sun Yat-sen. The
general persuaded the delegation to abstain. The Security Council
voted approval and the Partition Resolution was sent to the General
Assembly, where it passed. Modern Israel came into existence.
The general who persuaded the Chinese not to oppose the resolution was
not Chinese himself – but, in fact, a Jew born in Poland in 1887.
Morris Abraham Cohen was brought to London from Poland when he was
still a toddler and grew up in the impoverished East End of London.
By the time he was 12 he had become a skilled boxer and a pickpocket.
He quickly amassed a police arrest record and his family sent him to
reform school until he was 16. Once released, he went to Canada to
work on a farm in rural Saskatchewan, near some Indian reservations.
The farming bored him; he preferred work as a carnival barker and con
man. This got him arrested yet again and he did some jail time.
While wandering the Canadian West he became friendly with the local
Chinese. Cohen liked Chinese cuisine (what Jew doesn't?) and the
Chinese outlook on life.
One day Cohen wandered into a Chinese eatery and realized the owner
was being robbed. Cohen beat the robber to a pulp. The Chinese were
so impressed, they embraced Cohen as one of their own. He joined the
local chapter of nationalist leader Sun Yat-sen's political movement
and started to pick up some basic Chinese. Cohen raised funds for
Sun's movement and helped procure arms.
After serving in World War I as a Canadian soldier, Cohen headed off
in 1922 to China with plans to work as a railroad developer. But once
in Shanghai he found work as a writer on the English-language
newspaper associated with Sun Yat-sen's movement.
The Chinese called him Ma Kun ("clenched fist"), which was as close as
they could get to Morris Cohen. He procured arms for a warlord of
Canton in the 1920s and was adviser to Wu Tiecheng, the Canton police
chief who later became mayor of Shanghai. Cohen began to serve as part
of Sun's guard force, and eventually commanded the entire 250-man
presidential bodyguard unit.
Always armed, Cohen managed to defend Sun from more than one
assassination attempt. After Cohen was wounded in his hand while
driving off one group of assassins, he started carrying a second
pistol and local Westerners immediately dubbed him "Two-Gun" Cohen,
the nickname he carried with pride for the rest of his life.
Eventually he was appointed head of the Chinese secret service. His
sidekick was another Jew, an anti-Soviet Russian named Moses
Schwartzberg who had been part of a plot to assassinate Lenin in 1918.
(Schwartzberg was the model for the James Bond character later
developed by Ian Fleming - SP)
Because of the importance of the Schwartzberg-Cohen pair, Yiddish
became one of the three languages of the Chinese secret service, after
Mandarin and English. Schwartzberg would later organize a regiment of
1,200 Jewish volunteers to fight for Israel in its War of
After Sun Yat-sen died, Two-Gun Cohen was named commander of the
Chinese 19th field army. He worked for a while for Chinese President
Chiang Kai-shek. He led Nationalist troops in fighting against both
the Japanese and the Chinese communists. He was the only European
ever to serve as a Chinese general.
When the Japanese invaded China in the 1930s, Cohen worked for British
intelligence. Just after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hong Kong was
invaded by the Japanese. Two-Gun got Sun Yat-sen's widow out safely
on one of the last planes to escape. Cohen himself was captured by the
Japanese and thrown into the Stanley Prison Camp, where he was beaten
After the war he lived in Canada, where he helped the Zionists obtain
arms for Israel's War of Independence. He eventually returned to
England, where he died in 1970. On his tombstone in Manchester his
name appears in English, Hebrew, and Chinese characters. His funeral
was attended by representatives from both Chinas, which were still at
war with each another. It was the only thing in the world on which
they could agree.
There is a special entry about Two-Gun in the Spy Museum in
Washington. Two books have been published about Two-Gun's life. Rob
Reiner (the "meathead" from the Archie Bunker show -- SP) is working
on a movie about Two-Gun.
Two-Gun's cousin, the journalist Marion Dreyfus in New York City,
tells me her family still has many scrolls and silks that Two-Gun sent
them from China. She found a plaque on the wall of the Shanghai
synagogue commemorating Two-Gun as one of the ten most important Jews
in Chinese history.
When Cohen returned to Manchester after the war, he and his cousins
went into the raincoat business, the weather in England being ideal
for such a venture. Two pistols and a Chinese generalship
notwithstanding, Two-Gun was a proud Jew – and he could even get you
a raincoat wholesale!
2. If anyone is feeling just a smidgen of pity for the Corrie parents
and their terrorist daughter, I think you will be cured of that if you
read what the Corrie's lawyer, the one they selected and hired, has
Lawyer for Corrie family on PA TV in July:
Nazi Germany's founding was legal
but Israel's founding was theft
Lawyer Abu Hussein:
"Nazi Germany was a state based on the rule of law
for a short while... the State of Israel was founded
from the start on robbery and theft"
by Itamar Marcus
Yesterday, an Israeli court ruled that Rachel Corrie's death was a
"regrettable accident," but that Rachel Corrie "chose to put herself
in danger." Rachel Corrie was killed when she was run over by an
Israeli army bulldozer in Gaza, at a time when Israel was working to
curb terrorist activity in the area. Corrie's family sued Israel for
"wrongful death." The family's Israeli Arab lawyer, Hussein Abu
Hussein, said in a statement to the press:
"It's a black day for activists of human rights and people who believe
in values of dignity. We believe this decision is a bad decision for
all of us - civilians first of all, and peace activists." [NY Times,
August 28, 2012]
Palestinian Media Watch is releasing a statement made by the Israeli
Arab lawyer last month that shows his attitudes towards Israel in
In a Palestinian Authority TV interview, Abu Hussein said Israel's
founding was worse than the founding of Nazi Germany because "Nazi
Germany was a state based on the rule of law for a short while,"
whereas "the State of Israel was founded from the start on robbery and
theft." He also called Israel a "giant monster" and indicated that
people should take action against Israel: "We all want to step on its
head, but talking is not enough. Everyone has their role."
The following is the transcript of Abu Hussein's interview with
Israeli Arab actor, Mohammad Bakri, who hosts the weekly PA TV show:
Hussein Abu Hussein, Israeli Arab lawyer:
"Nazi Germany was a state based on the rule of law for a short while
and it found refuge in the law. [However,] the State of Israel was
founded from the start on robbery and theft of a nation's homeland.
Actually, the correct and true legal definition of what happened to
the Palestinians is homeland theft... We suffer from a great
injustice from the giant monster. This monster attacks us daily and
bites into our flesh in the Negev, the Galilee, the Triangle [region
in Israel], Jerusalem, and the occupied territories, the West Bank and
Gaza. Every day it bites into our body."
Mohammad Bakri, Israeli Arab actor (who was cleared of libel charges
by leftist Court judges in Israel):
"I want to step on the head of this monster."
Hussein Abu Hussein, Israeli Arab lawyer:
"We all want to step on its head, but talking is not enough. Everyone
has their role."
[PA TV (Fatah), July 2, 2012]
A Just Verdict in the Rachel Corrie Case
Posted By Steven Plaut On August 29, 2012 @ 12:10 am In FrontPage | No Comments
It is now official. Rachel Corrie, the patron saint of the pro-terror
radical Left and its Islamofascist allies, essentially committed
suicide in order to assist Palestinian terrorists. She was not killed
by Israel. Israel had no particular reason to want her dead (as
opposed to deported).
The Haifa District court just tossed out a petition by the clueless
parents of Corrie. They had sought damages and a court proclamation
that Israel was at fault in their daughter's death. Instead, Judge
Oded Gershon made it very clear that Rachel Corrie, the
US-flag-burning groupie of Islamofascism, was responsible for her OWN
death. She intentionally placed herself in harm's way in order to
interfere with Israeli military anti-terror operations in Gaza. She
did so in a place where Palestinian terrorists had fired at Israeli
troops just hours earlier. The Israeli troops were there to destroy
smuggling tunnels beneath residential buildings, tunnels used to
smuggle in explosives, missiles, and other weapons. Things used by
the Gazan terrorists to murder Jewish children and other living
Corrie had been sent to Gaza as part of a
Solidarity-with-Genocidal-Hamas-Murderers delegation organized by the
pro-jihad "International Solidarity Movement" or ISM. The ISM openly
endorses Palestinian mass murder of Jews and has collaborated with
terrorists, including in hiding their weapons and sheltering wanted
murderers. The ISM notoriously hosted two terrorists the day before
they murdered several Israelis at the "Mike's Place" tavern in Tel
Aviv in 2003.
Corrie entered Gaza to serve as a human shield for Hamas mass
murderers. On March 16, 2003 she decided to play chicken with a large
Israeli earth mover. The irony is that the driver would have stopped
and capitulated to Corrie's shenanigans if he had seen her. But he
did not and struck her. She later died while in Palestinian medical
facilities, probably due to medical incompetence by the staff. There
have been rumors that her bulldozer stunt was designed to draw Israeli
soldiers out in the open to be targeted by Palestinian gunfire.
Since then the totalitarian Left and neo-Nazis have beatified Corrie.
She is the darling of the Iranian Holocaust Deniers. A ridiculous
theater play has been making the circuits proclaiming Corrie a victim,
rather than an accomplice of terror. She is celebrated by David Duke
and the neo-Nazis, as well as the neo-Stalinist Left. The most
lasting images of Corrie was of her face contorted with rage and as
she burned an American flag.
When Reuters reported that Palestinians "honored" her after her death
in a "symbolic funeral" by flying U.S. flags, James Taranto from the
Wall Street Journal remarked that if Corrie were still alive, no doubt
she'd have burned the flags. Even the far-Left Mother Jones magazine
considers her a dangerous and deluded little twit. The Israeli army
investigated the death and concluded that Corrie had effectively
committed suicide. The Haifa court agreed.
Later other ISM activists were injured when they put themselves in the
middle of firefights, started when the PLO would fire on Israelis, and
– like Corrie – they were injured. One other died trying to protect
those terrorists from Israelis shooting back. In the case of the death
of ISM member Tom Hurndall, the ISM led a worldwide campaign to
demonize the soldier who shot him. Ironically, it turned out the
soldier who shot Hurndall was an Arab Bedouin patriot living in Israel
and serving in the Israeli military.
Corrie's parents have been serving as a SWAT team of Israel bashing
and as apologists for their daughter's terrorist comrades and for her
behavior. They frequently come to Gaza to show their support for the
same Hamas terrorists their daughter served. Ironically, on one
occasion the terrorists kidnapped the Corrie parents, but then quickly
released them when it became clear that they were far more valuable
assets for terrorism while they run about free. The Corrie lobby has
never had any interest in any of the Rachels, Jewish women named
Rachel, who were victims of the Palestinian terrorists assisted by
Rachel and her ISM friends. And there have been quite a few of those.
The Corries have been leading the jihad against the Caterpiller
company because it sells equipment to Israel.
When the Corrie parents began their legal assault against Israel here
in Haifa where I live, I published the following "greeting" to them.
I reprint here a small excerpt, which is still relevant:
The city of Haifa is still recovering from the trauma of the summer of
2006, when it, along with the rest of northern Israel, was targeted by
thousands of Katyusha rockets, fired from southern Lebanon by
Hizbullah terrorists. Haifa has also been targeted by several suicide
bombers who carried out mass murders against civilians in buses and
restaurants. Now Haifa is about to become the victim of yet another
indignity. It is to be the scene for a legal assault by the parents of
You (the parents) have stated, "She (Rachel) had been working in Rafah
with a nonviolent resistance organization, the International
Solidarity Movement, trying to stop the demolition of Palestinian
homes and wells."
Homes and wells, huh?
Well, she was not. Rachel was trying to prevent the demolition of
tunnels used to smuggle weapons for Palestinian terrorists seeking to
murder Jewish civilians. … Your daughter was in a war zone as a
belligerent, on behalf of a movement of Arab fascists seeking to
destroy Israel and murder as many Jews as possible. ..
You demand that we feel your pain at the loss of your daughter, yet
your daughter conscripted herself as an accomplice for those seeking
to murder my children. You feel no pain for the scores of martyrs in
my own city of Haifa murdered by those same terrorists.
Your write, "Clearly, our daughter has become a positive symbol for people."
I am afraid you are mistaken. Your daughter has become a symbol for
dangerous foolhardiness. She essentially committed suicide as an empty
gesture to assist murderers and terrorists.
You want the world to mourn for your daughter, who died while working
with monsters out to murder our children. On the pages of anti-Semitic
propaganda web magazines you denounce Israel, but you do not have a
single word of sympathy for the families of the thousands of innocent
Israeli victims of the terrorists with whom your daughter chose to
On behalf of the citizens of Haifa, all of whom your daughter's Hamas
friends are trying to murder, I remain,
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Israeli music. Allow me to introduce you to Shlomo Bar and his
amazing song about his native village in the Atlas mountains of
Morocco. The melody has become so popular in Israel that many
synagogues have adopted it and incorporated in in prayers (Ashkenazi
First, read the lyrics (in English translation):
KFAR TODRA THE VILLAGE OF TODRA
Here in the village of Todra
in the heart of the Atlas mountains
They would take the child
that reached the age of five
They would put a crown of flowers on his head
in our village of Todra
A crown would be put on his head
when he reached the age of five.
All the children in the street
would put on a party for him
When he turned five
in our village of Todra
Then the "groom of the celebration"
(who turned five
in our village of Todra)
would be taken to the synagogue
The alphabet would be written
on a wooden board in honey
from A to Z (aleph to taf)
All the honeyed letters would call to him:
"lick us, friend"
So the torah in his mouth would be as sweet
as the taste of honey
In our village Todra that is in the Atlas mountains.
You can see Shlomo Bar himself perform the song here:
For a haunting performance of the song by Greek (non-Jewish) singer
You can also see him perform the traditional Yeminite song version of
the religious song Dror Yikara here:
bombed the nuclear facilities being constructed in Iraq and only good
came from it.
And then after being warned that it would only produce disaster,
Israel bombed the nuclear facilities being constructed in Syria by
North Korea and only good came from it.
So after being warned that it would only produce disaster, is there
any reason to believe that Israel bombing Iran will result in anything
but good coming from it?
2. A few times a year, the "Women of the Wall" orchestrate incidents
at the Western Wall. They are a group of feminists, some with ties to
radical leftist NGOs. They wear Tallis and Tefillin and hold services
in the women's section. The Rabbinic authorities who supervise the
affairs around the Western Wall have conniptions. I have commented on
this before but let me just sum up my position.
Basically all involved are silly and all involved are at fault.
First, there is nothing intrinsically wrong with women putting on a
tallis or tefillin. It is not prohibited. The commandments involving
these do not explicitly exclude women. There are references to women
putting on tefillin in the Talmud. While over time these became
regarded as commandments for men only, there is no reason why a woman
cannot perform an optional activity for which women are exempt, such
as praying three times a day.
At the same time, I do not believe the "Women of the Wall" are
motivated by more than a desire for a confrontation, provocation and
headline. I do not believe they are motivated by deep spiritual needs
to wear a tallis.
And I think the ultra-Orthodox men who foam at the mouth when they see
the provocation are at least as silly as the feminists. Let them stay
in the men's section and keep their eyes off what is going on in the
women's section. The fact that there is even a women's section at the
Wall just reinforces what I was saying about women allowed to do
things for which they are not deemed commanded.
But all of the above silliness pales in comparison with the preachy
idiocy coming from the media and the politicians about all this. All
of these chant that the problem at the Wall is insufficient tolerance
for pluralism and diversity.
Well, just a couple of hundred meters from where all this is taking
place one finds an infinitely WORSE form of intolerance, violence, and
pigheaded bigotry, all operating with the blessings of the Israeli
government. Not a single media talking head nor politician has had a
single word to say about the intolerance towards Jews who seek to
visit the Temple Mount. Not a single bleeding-heart preacher of
tolerance has had a word to say about the arrests - I am not spoofing
you, I do mean ARRESTS - of Jews who enter the Temple Mount and move
their lips. Lip moving by Jews is prohibited by the Moslem
"authorities" who control the Temple Mount. Israel has turned control
of the Temple Mount over to them. They claim to fear a drive-by
pray-in by Jews visiting the Mount. Saying the SHMA TISRAEL there is
But the prohibition on freedom of speech for Jews goes beyond this.
In recent days, a group of religious Bnei Akiva youth planned a march
in the Old City of Jerusalem (not on the Temple Mount), in which they
would chant and wave banners saying "The Temple Mount is in Our
Hands." That slogan was the official announcement by a general in the
middle of the Six Day War in 1967, when the IDF took the Temple Mount.
Two weeks ago the police prohibited speaking that slogan or waving
such banners in Jerusalem, claiming it was "racist" and "anti-Arab."
So let us get this straight! Arabs shouting of "Massacre the Jews"
and "In blood and spirit we will redeem thee Palestine" is protected
speech in Israel, but a youth group chanting of "The Temple Mount is
in Our Hands" is prohibited "racism."
All those bleeding hearts so upset about the "intolerance" shown
towards the Women of the Wall have had not a single word to say about
The problem of course is 45 years old. When Israel took East
Jerusalem in 1967, the Labor Party-led government at the time decided
to turn control over the entire Temple Mount to the Moslems. The
Temple Mount is the holiest site for Jews. That is right, the Mount
and not the Western Wall. The Wall gets its holiness only from the
fact that it is positioned next to the Temple Mount.
At most the southern corner of the Temple Mount, where the Al Aqsa
Mosque is situated, is holy for Moslems. The rest of the Mount is
not. The Islamists deny there were ever Jewish Temples on the Mount,
which is a bit comic because the ONLY reason the Al-Aqsa Mosque was
erected there was precisely BECAUSE the Temples had stood on the Mount
and because the site was holy for Jews. The "Dome of the Rock" is not
a mosque at all and should have been removed back in 1967. The Moslem
"authorities" have systematically destroyed artifacts uncovered on the
Mount and have engaged in vandalism, in part to destroy evidence of
the Temples and Jewish presence in Biblical times. The Israeli
government has sat back in pusillanimous silence as the Moslems
perpetuate apartheid against Jews on the Temple Mount. The result is
suppression of freedom of speech, with the Israeli police and
authorities serving as accomplices of anti-democratic Islamic
So I hereby cyber-chant: "The Temple Mount is in Our Hands." To the
Attorney General: Come and Arrest Me!
3. Everyone knows of the wonders of Israeli high-tech and scientific
breakthroughs. But I wanted to draw your attention to
"Metallo-Therapy," a high-tech bio-med company that is developing
cutting-edge methods for fighting cancer. The founder and CEO of the
company holds a PhD in biomedical engineering from Ben Gurion
One important detail you should know. The founder and CEO of this
company is an Arab woman, Dr. Amal Ayoub. (I think she is Christian,
she grew up in Nazareth.) You can see this interesting write-up and
photo here: http://israel.usembassy.gov/wsh.html and also this:
Oh that dang-awful Israeli apartheid!
4. This is a riot.
This item was listed on E-Bay as:
Unique Vintage Navajo Moose 925 Sterling Silver Pendant, Marking 0.8 grams
I guess the seller from Texas doesn't know Hebrew.
To see the Navajo moose, go here:
Friday, August 24, 2012
How Leftist Jews Make Terror Kosher
Posted By Michael Widlanski On August 24, 2012
Lenin joked that capitalists would sell him the rope by which he would
hang them, and Muslim terrorists may be making the same joke about
Jews whom they target.
Jews are among the biggest defenders of Arab-Islamic terrorists and
those who help finance their efforts, help advance their political
goals and help hide their real aims.
Jewish lawyers, clergy, politicians, journalists have taken a
prominent role trying to stop interrogation or surveillance of alleged
terrorists, while working to block probes of radical mosque speakers
and Islamic funding programs that may aid groups like Al-Qaeda and
Hamas or support their agenda.
To some people, this may seem natural, because Jews often fight for
causes, lead political movements—from Communists to Neo-Cons—choosing
to help the "underdog" in almost any argument, even when the underdog
seems to hate Jews.
But Jews are also usually the first target of terrorists and tyrants,
and so, it seems a bit incongruous when Jews—consciously or not—seem
to be helping terrorists or those who aid terrorists, for example:
* Over the last eight years, The New York Times, owned by the
Sulzberger family, ran many articles exposing sensitive elements of US
surveillance programs and bank monitoring plans that thwarted terror
plots. The Times also relentlessly attacked, in editorials and
features, US interrogation of terrorists as "torture";
* The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other legal
lobbies—where Jews are leading members—have toiled tirelessly to win
for foreign-born terrorists (who are NOT soldiers or local car
thieves) not only the status of uniformed prisoners of war but even
the constitutional rights of US criminals;
* New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Jew who leads the biggest Jewish
metropolis in America, has supported building a mosque or Islamic
center near the site of the World Trade Center destroyed on 9-11 by
Muslim terrorists, though most New Yorkers oppose the Islamic project;
* The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and prominent Reform rabbis
denounced five congressmen as Islamophobic and McCarthyist for asking
about possible Islamic penetration of and influence on US government
agencies, including the armed services, the State Department and the
Department of Justice.
This kind of penetration is not a McCarthist mirage, but a real fact
of life. The man who trained Osama Bin-Laden's bodyguards—Maj. Ali
Muhammad—also trained special ops units for the Pentagon. And there
are many other examples.
ADL and Reform Jewish leaders said that questioning the goals or
methods of groups such as ISNA (The Islamic Society of North America)
or CAIR (The Council on American Islamic Relations) was
"conspiratorial" and "prejudiced."
"It's likes someone who says there's a Jewish conspiracy to take over
the world," asserted Rabbi David Saperstein, a Reform Jewish leader,
and he condemned "the Islamophobic effort to discredit and
delegitimize the Muslim community."
Saperstein and ADL referred to five House members: Michelle Bachmann
(R-MI), Trent Franks (R-Ariz ), Louis Gohmert (R-Texas), Tom Rooney
(R-Fla,.), and Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) who sent letters with
questions to the Inspector-Generals of several government agencies.
The five congressmen said they had not accused anyone of crimes but
rather raised questions about undue influence from Islamic lobbyists
(some of whom were named in US probes), about lax security clearances,
and seeming lax government precaution against radical Islamic
penetration of the US security community.
ADL said the congressmen should "stop trafficking in anti-Muslim
conspiracy theories." ADL leader Abe Foxman strongly defended the
Obama Administration's Department of Justice (DOJ), which closed major
cases against what US government attorneys themselves called Muslim
terrorist front organizations.
Neither ADL nor the Reform Jews recalled that Sen. Joseph Lieberman
(I-Conn.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) were also critical of US
policy regarding radical Islam, and their Senate Homeland Security
committee issued a 61-page report that said the Fort Hood shooting, in
which 13 died, could easily have been prevented.
Meanwhile, Obama's DOJ now stresses fighting hate crimes against
Muslims, under directives from Attorney General Eric Holder and his
assistant, Thomas Perez, though there were five to six times more hate
crimes against Jews than Muslims.
Rep. Peter King (R-NY), chair of the House Homeland Security
committee, also criticized Attorney General Holder, in April, for
stopping indictments of suspected money transfers to Islamic
terrorists as part of the Holy Land Foundation case.
So, why is the ADL defending the Obama Department of Justice that puts
out a special effort to stop "hate crimes" against Muslims, when there
six times as many hate crimes against Jews? Why is ADL going out of
its way to help a Justice Department that helps Muslim front
Why is the Reform Jewish leadership saying that anyone who asks
sensible questions about Islamic penetration of US government
institutions is a McCarthyist conspiracy monger? After all, the
reform rabbis and the ADL are NOT the second coming of William
Kunstler, the Jewish lawyer who never passed by a radical cause.
One suspects that it has less to do with conviction than in striking a
pose, trying to seem liberal and tolerant—even to terrorists and those
who help them.
Beyond the political positions, the Jewish defenders of Islamic groups
argue that harsh treatment of suspected terrorists or their backers is
unseemly and is actually another victory for the Arab-Islamic
"Let us not forget that Muslims were among those murdered on 9/11, and
that our Muslim neighbors grieved with us as New Yorkers and as
Americans," said Mayor Bloomberg as he backed the mosque at the 9-11
site. "To cave to popular sentiment would be to hand a victory to the
terrorists, and we should not stand for that."
One can almost hear Lenin joking about "useful idiots."
Dr. Michael Widlanski, an expert on Arab politics and communications,
is the author of Battle for Our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror
Threat published by Threshold/Simon and Schuster. He was Strategic
Affairs Advisor in Israel's Ministry of Public Security and teaches at
Bar Ilan University.
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Sunday, August 19, 2012
thought to be an acronym for the expression from the Song of Songs:
Ani L'dodi V'dodi Li. It means I am of my Beloved and my Beloved is
mine. It is thought to sum up the relationship between God and the
Anyway it occurred to me that this year there might be a whole new
interpretation of the word "Elul" with a new acronym. I am afraid it
is in Hebrew, but you may be able to figure out what it means:
"Ani L'Romney V'Ha-Teepshim L'Obama" = Elul
2. Haaretz has a new official editorial policy. The editor has
decided that no longer will the paper allow use of the expressions
"The War of Independence" or the "War of Liberation" to refer to the
events of 1948-49 during which Israel emerged as an independent state.
Instead, all writers in the Palestinian newspaper published in Hebrew
will be required to use the expression, "The War of 1948."
These instructions come from the one whom I think we should all refer
to for now on as the Putz of 2012.
3. So Iran says it would "welcome" an Israeli attack on its nuclear
facilities so that it can then wipe Israel off the map? All this
coming from a country whose most famous cultural contributor and
historic figure is Haman!!
Well, I have posted this before but I think a re-posting might be timely:
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.)
4. Bibi bashing: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4269917,00.html
5. Jewish anti-Semites:
6. Peace Now founder finds something more dangerous than Hamas and Iran:
And that is not his ONLY discovery:
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Iran" movement. It seems to be united over little else besides its
desire to see Iran get nuclear weapons. Almost every single Op-Ed in
Haaretz and half of its news stories these days are devoted to
lobbying AGAINST any possible Israeli strike against Iranian nuclear
facilities. A petition by 300 of Israel's "intellectuals" just called
upon Israeli pilots to refuse to participate in any Israeli strike
against Iran. Among those signers was the ex-Dean of the Law School
at Tel Aviv University, a chronic contender for a Supreme Court
judgeship, Prof. Menachem Mautner. No doubt this will earn him a
seat on the Court as the next Likud appointee, Perhaps he thinks his
law school building will be invulnerable to nuclear weapons. The new
Dean of Law at the Hebrew University, Prof. Yuval Shany, who is active
in Far Leftist groups like Betselem, has just expressed the opinion
that it would be "illegal" for Israel to strike Iranian nuclear
facilities. I would like to see him call the police if Israel does!
Meanwhile, one sheep after another, Israeli "intellectuals" and
"academics" churn out the same "argument" for sitting back and letting
Iran get its nuclear weapons. If I had a dime for every leftist
claiming that it would actually be in Israel's own interests to have
an Iran with nuclear weapons, I could retire. Their argument is
always the same: since the US and Russia never actually used their
nuclear weapons against one another during the Cold War, this PROVES
that the theory of "mutually assured destruction" holds. And since
this theory must be true, then the pair of Iran and Israel both having
nuclear weapons MUST mean that neither will use them, and so peace and
tranquility will prevail. Never mind the use of weapons of mass
destruction throughout the 20th century by pairs of countries who both
possessed them (think of mustard gas!). In other words, the Left is
so convinced that its "theory" is correct that it is willing to wager
a second Holocaust of Jews to test it out. Of course if they are
wrong and Iran DOES use its nukes to incinerate the Jews, those
leftists will not be around to have to apologize.
I had a very strange dream last night. I thought I would relay it
to you. In the dream, Yossi Beilin comes out with a new peace idea.
"Suppose all the Israeli Jews simply convert to Islam," he proposes in
my dream. "In that case Iran would have no reason at all to USE its
nuclear weapons against the Israelis!"
"What a remarkable idea," chimed in Zehava Galon, chief of
Meretz, "Now why didn't I think of that myself." Within days the
idea was endorsed not only by the central committee of Meretz, but
also the entire leadership of "Peace Now" backed the idea. That was
enough to get Haaretz to run the peace program on its front page, and
on every one of its other pages, including the sports pages.
Hundreds of university professors held mass street conversions to
Islam, while nearly all the poets and novelists in the country joined
them. "Let us go through the motions of converting if it will
prevent a nuclear war," insisted A.B. Yehoshua. A few dozen leftist
activists who had never been circumcised offered to have the procedure
done to them if this would allow a nuclear war to be averted, and Yuli
Tamir suggested that circumcisions could be done on women who are new
converts to Islam as well.
Leftist court judges ordered the government to adopt the plan. A
crescent replaced the menorah on the lawn in front of the Knesset.
Radio and television broadcasts were ordered to be brought into line
with the new national identity and agenda, although it turned out that
very little actually had to be changed in them. Israel joined the
Arab League and the Labor Party renamed itself the Levantine Moslem
Brotherhood. Newly elected Prime Minister Shimon Peres gave as his
opening speech an appeal to Iran for friendship for the newest Moslem
country. "We share the religion of peace," cried Hajj al-Shimon.
And it was one year after the entire Israeli population had
converted to Islam when the country was blanketed by Iranian-launched
nuclear missiles. When the reports of the attacks were brought to
President Obama, who was running for his third term as president, he
demanded to know how it was possible that Iran attacked Israel after
all the Israelis had converted to Islam. Simple, explained his
national security advisor Rashid Khalidi. It did not work because
those idiot Israelis converted to Sunni Islam!
It was at that point that I awoke and said Mode Ani.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
By Steven Plaut
The mantra crops up almost everywhere. "You Israelis must make a
choice between two alternatives," it goes. "You have two simple
choices. You can either annex all of the 'occupied territories' and
grant equal Israeli citizenship to all of the Palestinians there, in
which case Israel will no longer be a Jewish state. Or you can agree
to a two-state solution, in which Israel continues to exist alongside
a Palestinian Arab state. Simple. Make your choice!" The posing of
these two "choices" for Israel is part of the campaign to convince
Israelis that there is no alternative to the "Two-State Solution."
The first "alternative" is often dubbed these days the "One-State
Solution" by its anti-Israel advocates. Israel and its Jewish
population would be enfolded within a larger Arab-dominated Islamic
state. A better term for this is the "Rwanda Solution." It is
little more than a recipe for a second Holocaust of Jews, a Nazi-style
final solution, in which the Middle East conflict would end because
the Jewish population of the Middle East would be exterminated.
But the "Two State Solution" is little better. The creation of a
"Palestinian" state "alongside Israel" would not solve anything and
would not end the conflict. To the contrary, it would be the opening
round for a major escalation in the conflict and the launching of an
all-out war by "Palestine" against the rump Jewish state, a war in
which "Palestine" would be joined and backed by the entire Arab world
and much of the non-Arab Moslem world. Like rump Czechoslovakia after
Munich, the remaining Jewish mini-state would be the target for
aggression and irredentist belligerence, manifested in rocket and
missile attacks. The thousands of rockets that were fired at Sderot
and the Negev after the unilateral Israeli withdrawal from Gaza will
appear as a child's game by comparison.
Let us note that neither the "One State Solution" nor the "Two
State Solution" are solutions to the Middle East conflict. Neither
would resolve anything.
There is no Two State Solution, only a Two-State "solution."
There is also no such thing as a "One-State Solution," at least if one
means by that the granting of Israeli citizenship to all those
claiming to be "Palestinians." So how must Israelis respond to the
diktat that they choose either the one or the other? They must
answer NEITHER. The insistence that Israelis choose between these two
non-solutions is in fact nothing more than the newest manifestation of
anti-Israel aggression and bellicosity.
There is a real problem with the debate over "solutions" to the
Middle East conflict. The only way to resolve the Middle East
conflict is to stop the pointless quest for defining "solutions."
For more than 20 years everything that has gone wrong in the Middle
East was because of the search for "solutions" and is the ultimate
reason why the conflict has not been resolved.
Israelis cannot formulate and propose "solutions" to the Middle
East conflict for the exact same reason that the Western allies could
not have proposed or formulated any "solution" to the ambitions of
Germany in the late 1930s. No solution would have satisfied those
ambitions and none could have appeased Hitler. The quest in the 1930s
for "solutions" resulted in years of delay, during which Germany
re-armed and support for Hitler within Germany solidified. Similarly,
no "solution" could have prevented the assaults against Pearl Harbor,
Malaya, and the Philippines by Imperial Japan. The only solution to
those conflicts was Western victory.
"Solutions" are magical panaceas sought by lazy, shallow, and
impatient minds. No "solution" of any sort offered by Israel can
resolve the Middle East conflict because the Arab world has no
interest in seeing the conflict resolved.
The entire Oslo "peace process" initiated by Yitzhak Rabin and
Shimon Peres was based upon the belief that peace can be achieved by
pretending that war does not exist. Its axiom was that if the leaders
of Israel insist loudly enough that there is no war at all going on,
then there will be peace. Never mind what the Arabs are saying.
The Middle East conflict also has nothing to do with territory.
The Arab countries already control territory nearly twice that of the
United States (including Alaska), while Israel is smaller than New
Jersey. The architects of the "peace process" argued that possession
of territory twice the size of the US without the Everglades-sized
West Bank is a recipe for endless war, but if Israel just turns that
Everglades-size zone over to the "Palestinians," all will be peaceful.
22 sovereign Arab states have produced war and barbarism, but
creating a 23rd Arab state as a "Two-State Solution" will produce
No peace solution is possible with an adversary who has no interest
in making peace. And there is nothing that Israel can do, no package
of concessions and goodwill measures it can proffer, that will change
this fact. The 100% Israeli unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip
produced the nazification of Gaza under a Hamas regime, along with
thousands of rockets being fired into Israel by Gazan terrorists.
There is not the slightest doubt that any erection of a "Palestinian
state" in the West Bank will result in far worse.
Now if Israelis refuse to embrace the above two pseudo-solutions,
insists the Left, then Israel will end up as an "apartheid regime."
One in which "Palestinian Arabs" live under endless Israeli
"occupation" and control, but without Israeli citizenship, without the
right to vote. It is always amusing to hear whining about the absence
of the Palestinian right to vote in Israeli elections, especially when
it comes from the very same people who do not care that Arabs have no
free elections anywhere else in the Middle East. And never mind that
Israel is the only country in the Middle East that is NOT an apartheid
regime. Essentially the insistence that Israel must choose one of the
two pseudo-solutions, or else it will morph into an "apartheid
regime," amounts to the belief that Israelis are better off allowing
their country to be annihilated rather than risk becoming the targets
In reality, the most productive way to seek to resolve the Middle
East is to take as the starting point the list of what is ruled out,
what must never be. No "solution" to the Middle East conflict is
possible if it involves creation of an Arab "Palestinian" state, and
none is possible if it involves "Palestinians" being granted Israeli
citizenship. BOTH of these nonstarters must be ruled out absolutely.
Once that is understood, any proposal based upon those two NEVERS can
be taken into consideration.
The immediately implication is that Israel must remain in the
West Bank, and the "Palestinian" population there will neither be
granted Israeli citizenship nor national sovereignty. The United
States occupied Okinawa for decades, and American national historic
and cultural roots did not originate in Okinawa. Indeed American
armed forces STILL fill that island. There is no time limit on how
long Israeli "occupation" can last, and the very word "occupation" is
actually a misnomer. In any case the Israeli presence in the West
Bank is sui generis and not comparable to any other case of
So if West Bank "Palestinians" will neither be granted Israeli
citizenship nor national sovereignty, what can they be offered? The
original "peace proposals" offered by Israel in the 1970s and 1980s
spoke about limited local autonomy. Had the Palestinians played their
cards right, they could have enjoyed as much freedom and prosperity
under local autonomy as do Puerto Rica, Guam, and American Samoa. But
the Israeli Labor Party lost patience with the idea after a few years
and decided to frog- leap to an instant "Two-State Solution." It
imported Yassir Arafat's stormtroopers into the suburbs of Tel Aviv
and Jerusalem, and proclaimed its "recognition" of the "Palestinian
There is indeed another "solution" for West Bank "Palestinians"
unhappy with the two NEVERS defining conflict resolution. They can
leave. There are those 22 sunny Arab states, plus lots of other
Moslem states, whither any unhappy West Bank "Palestinian" can move
and live amongst his kin. After all, Jews unhappy with life in
Argentina, France or Hungary do not demand the annihilation of those
countries but merely the right to move to Israel. The fact that the
"Palestinians" prefer Israeli "occupation" over blissful residence in
these alternative countries states volumes about just how badly
treated the "poor suffering Palestinians" really are.
The "Palestinians" find these constraints on their options
distasteful? Too bad! Part of adulthood means coming to terms with
the fact that, as in Mick Jagger's words, "You can't always get what
you want." What the "Palestinians" and their apologists want is the
annihilation of Israel and a second Holocaust of Jews.
And they are not going to get what they want.
Monday, August 13, 2012
and how to attack the Iranian nuclear facilities, I thought that the
very best global political and strategic commentary on the situation
actually comes from Tuco the Mexican bandit, played by Jewish actor
Eli Wallach, in the classic movie, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly."
As you recall, Tuco is in his bathtub filled with soap foam when the
assassin comes in and starts telling Tuco how long he has been hunting
him and why. Tuco shoots him from within the foam and proclaims:
"If you are going to shoot, shoot. Don't talk!"
(You can see the scene here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCB3fnXDzew )
Saturday, August 11, 2012
had anything at all to say about the Olympics. That is not a
coincidence. I am an irritable curmudgeon and a fussbudget geezer,
and I must confess that I have never found anything interesting about
sports of any sort. You of course need not agree with me, but do not
try to persuade me of the excitement in sports, because it would just
be a waste of your time.
I hate sports. I refused to participate in them when I was a
camper in Zionist summer camps back in the Olde Country, nor later
when I was a counselor. Except for the prospect of making 50 cent
betting profits, I never took any interest in the baseball World
Series back when I was a whippersnapper. In the 1970s, when I was a
graduate student at the Hebrew University, the other students would
invariably ask me after the weekend if I had seen the game, and I
would ask them if they meant a chess match. That usually was enough
to get them to stop talking to me.
I have never seen the attraction of a bunch of sweaty men chasing
a plastic ball across the grass. I have on occasion posted my
suggestion that soccer hooliganism be dealt with by laws requiring
that all sports reporting be in Latin. Just like I think that no
newspaper that carries horoscope advice can be taken seriously about
anything, so I have serious doubts about any newspaper that has more
than 2 inches of news print about sports. In the past I have timed my
visits as a tourist to major cities for the week of some major
sporting event, so that I could be sure that the museums I wanted to
visit would be empty. When I buy a newspaper or get one for free (a
lot in Israel are now free), I carefully dump the sports section in
the trash before walking off, lest anyone suspect me of reading it.
All of which takes me to the nostalgic feature in this past
weekend's Israeli newspaper, Makor Rishon. You will be relieved to
hear that Makor Rishon does not have any sports pages (as far as I
know - it is possible my brain simply tunes out when I stumble across
them). It is also the main newspaper of the Zionist Non-Left in
Israel. This weekend's paper carried an interesting look back in time
to the Israel of the 1950s, and I thought I would paraphrase it for
you in English. The story is part of a column by Hagai Segel, one of
Israel's better columnists.
It begins with the observation that Israeli athletes were not
particularly good at bringing home Olympic medals back in the 1950s
and 60s either. But it was a different era, a different world. The
star of the country, the equivalent of the focus of paparazzi
obsession, was one Amos Chacham. His fame came from the fact that he
was the champion of the 1958 international Bible contest. All the
newspapers "kvelled" over him. The Prime Minister Ben Gurion followed
every round in the competition and was openly cheering for Chacham.
When Menachem Begin was driving around the outskirts of Jerusalem, he
happened to spy Chacham. He ordered his driver to stop, and he jumped
out to shake Chacham's hand and tell him how much he admired him.
Begin then quickly slipped away because he was afraid that the
paparazzi would photograph them together and Begin would be accused of
cynically exploiting the popularity of the Bible contest winner (it
was election season). The scandal sheet Haolam Hazeh, at the time a
sort of Israeli National Enquirer that later moved to the far Left and
went bankrupt, proclaimed Chacham its man of the year. It ran a
cartoon of Chacham as an athlete lifting bar bells, on both ends of
which were Bibles.
The international Bible contest in Jerusalem in which Chacham
excelled attracted international attention. It was open to non-Jews.
The Pope gave a special prayer and blessing for success of the Italian
team. Protestant and Catholic churches throughout Europe prayed for
the success of their own representatives.
Chacham, who passed away last week, was 37 years old at the time.
He made short shrift of the foreign non-Jewish competitors, but ran up
against serious challenges from the other Israeli contestants. They
included teachers, academics, mathematicians and rabbis. The father
of the Israeli atomic energy project was in the audience, following
every question and answer.
One of the toughest challengers was also the oldest contestant,
a 67 year old repairman of sewing machines. 460 Israelis participated
in the contest. The first prize was a box of books worth 500 lirot
(or about 200 dollars).
A mathematician who participated in the contest, one Dr. Baruch
Ben-Yehuda, was later offered the job of Minister of Education. I
think the best thing about him was how he responded when a young A.B.
Yehoshua, today the leader of Israel's pro-Palestinian Literary Left,
proposed that none of the more "nationalist" parts of the Bible be
taught in Israeli schools, and that in particular the sections that
refer to Jews as a chosen people be deleted. Ben-Yehuda dismissed
A.B. Yehoshua's idea as "self-abasement bordering on mental illness."
I think the writings of A.B. Yehoshua's, who also led the recent
campaign to subject book prices in Israel to bolshevik controls,
should be confined to the sports pages. (To be read with Google
translation software from the Latin.)
Friday, August 10, 2012
No more monopoly over education
by Dror Eydar
One must read the embarrassing letter written by the Committee of
University Heads (which includes the heads of all seven of Israel's
research universities) to the Israel Defense Forces' GOC Central
Command Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon to understand exactly who is at the helm
of our country's higher education, and how essential and urgent it is
to open up this exclusive club to fresh new members.
In its letter, the committee argues that it is problematic for an IDF
officer to decide to grant university status to an educational
institution (in this case, the Ariel University Center in Samaria),
but at the same time, the committee urges the same officer to make a
decision not to approve the university status.
One of the parties involved told me recently: "This is tantamount to
an attorney telling a judge, 'My client did not murder his parents,
but if what the prosecution is saying is true, I'm asking you to show
leniency to my client because he is an orphan.'"
It is very interesting that all of a sudden Rivka Carmi, the president
of Ben-Gurion University and the chairwoman of the committee, is
asking a military figure to intervene in the shaping of Israel's
higher education. It is ironic that the so-called enlightened ones are
suddenly pinning their hopes on militarism as a life saver.
Here is an infuriating historic moment: the establishment of the
Council for Higher Education's Planning and Budgeting Committee. On
May 17, 1977, the conservative camp won the general election, assuming
leadership of Israel for the first time after 50 years of left-wing
hegemony (since 1931). On June 20, 1977, Menachem Begin was sworn in
as prime minister. In the interim, the Left was in hysterics and
launched a frantic effort to cement its other strongholds outside the
government. On June 6, three weeks after the election and two weeks
before the new government was sworn in, the leftist interim government
deviously transferred authority over the higher education budget (and
more) from the government's hands into the hands of the Planning and
Budgeting Committee, or, in other words, into the hands of the
academic establishment. In short, anything to prevent the Likud
savages from gaining control over higher education as well.
Now do you understand why no new universities have been established
since? (The last Israeli institution to be granted the status of a
university – Haifa University – was established in 1972.) Now do you
understand why Israeli academia is, in large part, a political
fortress opposite any conservative government? Do you understand why
the quest for Ariel's university status is not just about a university
in Samaria but also a struggle for academic freedom and freedom of
independent thought within Israel's academia?
If you try to be hired at any of Israel's universities with a
conservative (right-wing) resume, you will find that even if your
academic achievements outrank those of your leftist colleagues, the
underlying test question will be whether or not you belong to their
exclusive club. Does this remind anyone of the current situation in
the Israeli media or in the Israeli justice system? There is reason
for that. Academia, the media and the justice system are the three
leftist strongholds that the conservative camp is having trouble
infiltrating. But their immunity will not last forever. The leftist
hegemony is beginning to crumble on all three fronts, and all three
strongholds are heading toward extensive pluralism and healthy
friction between opposing viewpoints.
The Committee of University Heads knew for seven years that the
institution in Ariel was seeking university status. But a week before
the decision to grant it university status, suddenly they jump up and
say, "It doesn't meet the criteria." Where have they been for seven
The truth is that in all the years since the establishment of Israel
there have never been any such criteria. If such criteria for the
establishment of universities had been in place, Ben-Gurion University
would never have been established in 1969, nor would Haifa University.
Who decided to establish new universities over the years? It was the
government, and only the government. And it was the government that
decided to grant university status to the school in Ariel now.
In the history of Israel, never has a university been established
without any opposition from the existing universities that preceded
it. I spoke with someone who attended the committee that decided on
the establishment of Tel Aviv University in the 1950s. He told me
about the fiery opposition voiced in that forum by Hebrew University's
Professor Ben Zion Dinur: "Degrees will roll around freely," he
reportedly said. "Woe to higher education."
Ironically, only Ariel actually met the strict criteria that were
instituted especially for the occasion. Pay close attention to the
individuals who manned the evaluation committee that examined Ariel's
academic activity: Nobel Prize laureate Professor Robert Aumann
(Hebrew University); Professor Amos Altshuler (Ben-Gurion University);
Professor Meir Wilchek (Weizmann Institute); Professor David Hasson
(Technion); the late Professor Yuval Neeman (Tel Aviv University); and
Professor Daniel Sperber (Bar Ilan Univeristy).
How is Emanuel Trajtenberg, the chairman of the Planning and Budgeting
Committee, or the Committee of University Heads more authoritative
than these renowned professors, who determined that Ariel did in fact
meet the necessary criteria? What do the former know that the latter
have yet to learn? One of Israel's most veteran professors, who was
involved in the establishment of previous universities, said to me:
"You want to know why there is opposition? They want monopoly. That is
all. Everything else is excuses, including the budget issue. These are
just empty arguments to hang onto. They want monopoly."
In conclusion: Ariel University will flourish as Israel's eighth
university and pose a profound Zionist challenge to the old academic
on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The following was posted in 2005, 7 years
ago, during the similar week:
Counterpunch Discovers Terrorism
by Steven Plaut
Posted Wednesday 3 August 2005
Counterpunch has been the leading American web magazine supporting
most forms of terror. But all of a sudden it runs a piece denouncing
the "Worst Terror Attacks in History" by one Norm Dixon.
The worst terror attacks? At Counterpunch, then No, of course not
9-11! Maybe the Red Terror that left tens of millions dead? No,
grasshopper, not in a magazine operated by Alexander Cockburn, son of
a communist agent and hater of all things American (who died a few
days ago -- SP).
So what were the world's worst terrorist attacks? The US bombings of
Hiroshima and Nagasaki, of course. The only thing that upsets Dixon
and his Counterpunch publishers about 9-11 is that American
"warmongers" are "exploiting" it to do evil.
Now the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were among the most humane
acts in human history. They saved many millions of Japanese civilian
lives, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of lives of Allied
soldiers, which were about to be lost in the invasion of the Japanese
main islands. I believe that all Asians, especially Japanese, should
celebrate the saving of those lives by having parties and picnics on
Hiroshima Day. I can think of no other pair of events that saved so
many human lives.
The Far Left has always claimed that the US dropped those bombs out of
sheer cussedness and racism. That is because the Left cares nothing
about hundreds of thousands of dead Allied troops. After all, most of
them were white!
Dixon cites the lunabrit leftist New Scientist magazine as saying how
two historians now claim that "the US decision to drop atomic bombs on
Hiroshima and Nagasaki was meant to kick-start the Cold War [against
the Soviet Union, Washington's war-time ally] rather than end the
Second World War.' Some other pro-terror Bash-America professors
agree. Gosh, how persuasive.
Dixon also cites Truman's chief of staff, Admiral William Leahy, as
having written in his memoirs that "The Japanese were already defeated
and ready to surrender.' And so the bombs were not necessary.
Someone just forgot to tell the Japanese high command at the time, who
were still convinced that inflicting large losses on the Allied forces
would lead to a military stalemate or victory for Japan. The
Islamofascist kamikazis are not the only kamikazi protesters against
occupation that the Left loves.
The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed far, far fewer people
than did the bombings of Tokyo and German cities using conventional
weapons. Or does Dixon consider those events terrorist attacks as
well? We are pretty sure the German invasion of Czechoslovakia would
be considered - by the thinkers at Counterpunch - to be legitimate
defense against occupation.
So who is this Dixon clown anyhow? He spends most of his time writing
pro-terror and anti-American articles for the Australian web rag
"Green Left Weekly." It is a communist magazine that features on its
cover a cartoon of Che Guevara. It also runs the Swedish Holocaust
Denier neo-nazi who calls himself "Israel Shamir." John Pilger raises
cash for it, so need we say more?
No, Dixon sees nothing inconsistent in his failure to write against
the terror operated by the totalitarians in Cuba who still wave Che
Guevare banners. In fact, the "Weekly" runs weekly toady pieces
singing the praises of the Cuban Gulag. It also supports the
Ba'athists in Iraq who like to remove heads of Western civilians.
In "Green Left Weekly" he has written articles celebrating the
pro-terror International Solidarity Movement, accomplices of
Palestinian terrorists. He has crayoned numerous pieces about how
Africa is poor because white Westerners are racists. So, I guess,
cheering Japanese imperialist aggressors and defending them against
American occupiers is entirely consistent for Alexander Cockburn's
Thursday, August 09, 2012
when Haaretz, the Palestinian newspaper printed in Hebrew, reports
that Israelis by and large despise the Left.
Which of course does not stop the Haaretz spin that fills the
paper. The banner headline at the top of page 1 of today's Hebrew
Haaretz reads, "The majority of the public holds leftist points of
view but detests the Left." You can see the watered down English
version here: http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/think-tank-reviving-israeli-left-a-ten-year-project.premium-1.456919#
The story is based on a public opinion survey conducted by a
Far-Leftist propaganda group, which Haaretz calls a think tank. The
propaganda group is called Molad - The Center for Renewal of
Democracy. It was run until recently by arch anti-Zionist Avraham
Burg. Burg is a vile scumbag who compares Israel with Nazi Germany
(see http://stevenplaut.blogspot.co.il/2009_02_01_archive.html ).
Involved in shady business "deals" in Israel, he moved to France years
ago, but continues to try to undermine Israel from a nice safe
This Molad hired one Jim Gerstein to run a public opinion survey
for it and Haaretz describes him as a leading pollster from America.
In Haaretz' words, he is "a leading American pollster who worked for
Ehud Barak during the then-Labor politician's campaign for prime
minister." Well, knowing a thing or three about American public
opinion surveying, I had never heard of Comrade Gerstein. It turns
out he is a "pollster" for Tablet, the hippy leftist Jewish magazine
best described as Tikkun-Lite. He spends the rest of his time working
for "J Street," whose "J" we all know stands for "jihad." (See
Well, Gerstein is about as serious a pollster as I am a
ballerina. But the story is still noteworthy because even his "poll"
finds that Israelis hate the Left. He claims to find that 63% of
Israelis have a solidly negative opinion of the Left (it is not clear
if Gerstein included Arabs in his survey). Left bashing is even
stronger among young Israelis.
And what about the Haaretz headline, claiming that most Israelis
actually hold leftist opinions? Well, you can comb the entire article
and you will not find anything that backs this headline "inference" by
the newspaper of the thinking jihadist. The poll does find that most
Israelis think the current government does not have solutions for the
country's socioeconomic problems, and that the parties of the Right
tend to promote their own interests over national interests. But that
hardly means that Israelis are leftists. Hell, I agree with THOSE
statements, and I have been accused of making Attila the Hun look like
The Haaretz "news" story is accompanied by a long whine by Yossi
"Call me Ishmael" Sarid, printed as a news story, here:
As you see, Sarid complains that the Left has had trouble "marketing
the truth," which of course shows that he still thinks that the Left
tells the truth about things. He concludes that it is not the Left's
fault that it is hated. Whose fault is it? The dingo who et his
2. The Anti-Semitic Left
Wistrich on 'the Left, the Jews and Israel'
By ISI LEIBLER
Candidly Speaking: Wistrich's analysis of the linkage of these
revolutionaries with the Left's contemporary abandonment of Israel is
a major intellectual and scholastic achievement.
Robert Wistrich, Hebrew University professor of European and Jewish
History and director of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the
Study of anti-Semitism, has just published his 29th book titled From
Ambivalence to Betrayal: The Left, the Jews and Israel.
It is an impressive tome of over 600 pages and follows his monumental
seminal work A Lethal Obsession: Anti-Semitism from Antiquity to the
Global Jihad, published in 2010 and now recognized as the definitive
work on the world's oldest hatred, and an indispensable text for
In a fascinating preface to his new book, Wistrich provides a brief
autobiographical sketch. His father had originally been a supporter of
the illegal Polish Communist Party in pre-war Krakow but became
alienated from Stalinist communism after being arrested by the NKVD.
He and his wife, who had experienced bitter Polish anti-Semitism,
survived the Holocaust by fleeing to Kazakhstan, where Wistrich was
He was educated in England, and to use his words, was "radicalized" in
grammar school and later at Stanford University. He first visited
Israel in 1961, returning in 1969 when he was appointed editor of the
left-wing Israeli journal, New Outlook. However his passion for the
Jewish state led to a parting of the ways with the Israeli far left.
Robert became increasingly engaged in academic scholarship related to
anti- Semitism, received a senior appointment at the Hebrew
University, and is now recognized as the world's foremost scholar in
From Ambivalence to Betrayal is a historic review and analysis of the
abandonment of the Jewish people by the left from the early 19th
century until the present. It also relates to the extraordinarily
disproportionate number of socialist thinkers and leaders who were of
Jewish origin and seeks to explain what motivated so many of them, in
the course of their utopian and futile efforts to "repair the world,"
to abandon their people and their heritage and frenetically seek to
deny their kinsmen the right to self-determination.
The introductory essay is a brilliant overview of the contemporary
Jewish political arena viewed in the context of the concurrent rise of
Zionism, Communism, anti-Semitism and Nazism. It focuses strongly on
the hypocrisy of the existing left, which has become obsessed with
demonization and delegitimization of the Jewish state.
Wistrich demonstrates the extent to which today's radical anti-
Zionists, despite purporting to represent the left, often share the
identical obsessions and delusions concerning the alleged malignant
influence of the Jews in the modern world as classical fascist
Wistrich provides fascinating and innovative insights on left-wing
He skillfully relates the connection of "the prefigured 19th century
sea-bed of anti-Semitic socialism found in Marx, Fourier and Proudhon,
extending through to the orthodox Communists and 'non-conformist'
Trotskyites to the Islamo-leftist hybrids of today who systematically
vilify the so called racist essence of the Jewish State."
His analysis of the linkage of these revolutionaries with the left's
contemporary abandonment of Israel is a major intellectual and
scholastic achievement and provides an intriguing insight into the
sources of the far left's current application of double standards and
anti- Israel venom.
WISTRICH REVIEWS in depth the attitude towards the Jews adopted by
many of the great socialist revolutionaries of Jewish origin like Karl
Marx, Bernard Lazare, Moses Hess, Ferdinand LaSalle, Karl Kautsky,
Victor Adler, Rosa Luxemburg, Leon Trotsky, Bruno Kreisky, Isaac
Deutscher and others.
His chapter on Leon Trotsky, entitled "A Bolshevik's Tragedy," is a
masterful essay which breaks new ground on this extraordinary,
charismatic Jewish revolutionary who desperately sought to repudiate
his Jewish origins. Yet, despite achieving the reputation of being
"the most intransigent of revolutionary Bolsheviks," Trotsky was
ultimately forced by Stalin into assuming the traditional Jewish role
in society and became reviled as the scapegoat for the failures of the
Wistrich highlights the fact that many of today's anti-Jewish Jews
inherited the mantle of the 19th and early 20th century anti-Semitic
Jewish radical revolutionaries. Yet he stresses that these renegade
Jews have vastly exceeded the anti-Semitic tirades of their
predecessors and even to the extent of allying themselves with
reactionary clerical zealots and jihadists, who represent the
antithesis of their purported world outlook.
He points to their public support and endorsement of terrorists and
religious fanatics, noting that even the most extreme early
anti-Jewish revolutionaries like Marx, Engels, Kautsky, Rosa Luxemburg
or Trotsky "would never have remained silent about Shari'a law,
censorship, female genital mutilation, honor killings, suicide
bombings, or making the world safe for Allah's rule," and rarely
resorted to outright racist outbursts like their current successors.
Nor would they have gone to the extreme of allying themselves with
those explicitly committed to our physical destruction.
Wistrich asserts that Holocaust inversion, now a major component of
the Left's effort to besmirch Israel, while initially introduced by
British historian Arnold Toynbee who referred to Zionists as
"disciples of the Nazis," was in fact institutionalized as the
"Zionist- Nazi" nexus at the Prague Trials orchestrated from Moscow.
He reminds us that it was post-war Jewish Marxists who encouraged the
left's current paranoia and "anti-racist" racism against Israel. As an
example he quotes the Polish-born Jewish biographer of Trotsky, Isaac
Deutscher, who already in 1967 described Israel as the "Prussia of the
Middle East" and a bastion of "racial Talmudic exclusiveness and
It was the Soviets who, in 1975, succeeded in passing a UN resolution
bracketing Zionism and racism. While this was ultimately rescinded in
December 1991, it remains today the central plank in the Arab-leftist
efforts to criminalize Israel and brand it as a state engaging in war
The concluding chapters review the anti-Zionist myths, many of which
seem to have been directly replicated from Nazi propaganda and are
today enthusiastically promoted by the Marxist Islamist alliance who
regard Israel as the "Jew of the nations" fulfilling a dark
preordained fate as an eternal scapegoat.
Wistrich relates to the quasi-religious belief of these groups that
"the world will only be 'liberated' by the downfall of America and the
defeat of the Jews.
This chiliastic fantasy has today emerged as a notable point of fusion
between the radical anti-Zionist left in the West and the global
jihad. Revolutionary anti-Semitism has become an increasingly
important factor in cementing the anti-capitalist populism, much as it
was during the birth pangs of modern socialism over 150 years ago."
This is a magisterial work, providing a comprehensive understanding of
the origins of the most pernicious challenges currently facing the
Jewish people – especially those originating from the enemy within.
It will be especially valuable to those directly engaged in the
struggle to neutralize the evil efforts against Israel by the
left-Islamic alliance and its acolytes of Jewish origin.
3. Semantic perversion:
4. Environmental terror:
5. Syria is not the only place with beleaguered Alawites. It is not
well known but there is a village of Alawites on Israel's border with
Lebanon, in Israel's liberated Golan Heights. It is called Ghajar or
Rajar. It has been the focus of some political conflict - Lebanon
claims the village belongs to Lebanon, Israel - says not. The village
has been split since the dark days of Ehud NeBARAKnezzer Barak, with
half officially in Israel. Villagers from both halves have Israeli
citizenship, although some also have Lebanese passports. The locals
want to remain in Israel, what with all the nice meals and jobs and
all that they enjoy as Israelis.
Problem is that some of the villagers are demonstrating their
solidarity with the Asads and the Syrian Alawite junta by engaging in
terrorism and espionage. See this:
So how about we in Israel help out the suffering Syrian population
by sending them some nice Alawites to help clean up the rubble?