November 27, 2015

Why Didn't the Allies Bomb Auschwitz?

Why Didn't the Allies Bomb Auschwitz?
Why Didn't the Allies Bomb Auschwitz?
One possible answer to Pope Francis’s question.
“The great powers had photographs of the railway routes that the trains took to… Auschwitz,” Pope Francis remarked last week.
“Tell me,” he asked, “why didn't they bomb them?”
The pontiff’s question is not merely a matter of historical curiosity. It raises issues of morality, diplomacy, and American foreign policy with profound implications for our own times. 
The reason the Allies had photos of the railways leading to Auschwitz is that throughout the spring of 1944, Allied planes conducted surveillance of the area in preparation for bombing German oil factories, some of which were less than five miles from the gas chambers and crematoria.
Yet when Jewish organizations asked the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration to bomb the railway lines or the death camp itself, U.S. officials replied that such an operation was not feasible because it would require “diverting” planes from the battlefield. That was false; those oil factories were very much a part of the battlefield.
Ironically, the administration did repeatedly divert military resources or change military plans for other non-military objectives – just not for the Jews. For example, an Air Force plan to bomb the Japanese city of Kyoto was blocked by Secretary of War Henry Stimson because he admired the city’s artistic treasures. Assistant Secretary of War McCloy diverted American bombers from striking the German city of Rothenburg in order to spare its famous medieval architecture. Allied ships were diverted to bring thousands of Muslims on a religious pilgrimage to Mecca in 1943 – at the same time U.S. officials were saying no ships were available to take Jewish refugees out of Europe.
The Roosevelt administration opposed calls by Jewish groups to create a government agency to rescue Jewish refugees – but it established a government agency “for the protection and salvage of artistic and historic monuments in Europe.” (That episode was chronicled in the recent George Clooney film, “Monuments Men.”) General George Patton even diverted U.S. troops to rescue 150 of the prized Lipizzaner dancing horses in Austria, in April 1945. 
Along these same lines, Pope Francis might ask Vatican historians about Allied policy concerning the bombing of Rome. In the summer of 1943, the Allied High Command was anxious to bomb Rome, since it was, as the New York Times put it, “a railway and communications center for Germany and Italian war material.” But Roosevelt feared Catholic voters would blame him if religious sites were damaged or if many civilians were harmed, so a slew of changes and restrictions were imposed on the military. 
Leaflets were dropped on the city the day before the attack, warning that bombing was imminent, thus surrendering the advantage of surprise. The bombing was carried out in broad daylight, increasing the danger to the pilots’ lives, in order to make it easier to avoid religious shrines. The bombing crews were given maps showing religious and cultural buildings to be avoided, with the words “Must Not Be Harmed” stamped in large red letters. The bombardiers were ordered to refrain from dropping bombs if there was “any doubt” as to where the bombs would land.
Why the double standard? Why was the Roosevelt administration willing to undertake diversions from standard military policy when medieval artwork, or dancing horses, or Catholic shrines were in danger, but – as Pope Francis noted this week – it refused to “divert” a few bombs to strike the railways that were bringing hundreds of thousands of Jews to their deaths?
Internal memoranda between senior officials of the Roosevelt State Department during 1941-1943 – the peak of the Holocaust – provide the tragic answer. One official, Cavendish Cannon, opposed rescuing Jews from Rumania because  it was “likely to bring about new pressure for an asylum in the western hemisphere… a migration of the Rumanian Jews would therefore open the question of similar treatment for Jews in Hungary and, by extension, all countries where there has been intense persecution.” His colleague Robert Alexander opposed rescuing Jews on the grounds that it would “take the burden and the curse off Hitler.” And R. Borden Reams warned of “the danger that the German government might agree to turn over to the United States and to Great Britain a large number of Jewish refugees.” An administration that viewed Jewish refugees as a “curse” and a “burden” was not going to take any steps that would leave it with large numbers of Jewish refugees on its hands.
Pope Francis made his Auschwitz remark while speaking to a group of young people about why they “find it hard to trust the world.” He was right – but why cite only the 1940s? Young people today see how the international community lets the architect of the Darfur genocide walk free, accuses Israel of war crimes for defending itself against war crimes, and yawns as the Syrian regime uses chemical weapons against civilians. It’s no easier to “trust the world” today than it was during the Holocaust.
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Who Gets to Pray on the Temple Mount?
by Ruchama King Feuerman
Who Gets to Pray on the Temple Mount?
It pains me that I can’t pray there. But it’s not an Arab woman who is preventing me.
So the Arab women, calling themselves the army of Muhammad, stand guard at the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif, Noble Sanctuary, whatever you call it, depending on what tribe you’re from. In between noshing and knitting and drinking tea, they seek out Jews, the visibly religious kind who ascend the Temple Mount, to stop them

November 11, 2015

The Time is NOW

What more is there to be said?

We all only speak to the people that agree with us...

Israel remains alone, this will not change.
The silent moral majority of the planet are the peaceful that will need to rise.
Will they destroy the wild jackass's amongst us?
Will Israel decide that as time goes by, her position erodes.
Technology and Military might maintain the survival advantage.
But Israel only needs to lose once to be gone.

What are they waiting for?
The status quo is negative while the enemies build stength.

The time is NOW.

Wait until the children raised in bomb shelters grow up and
run the Country, then what?

Israel needs to stand alone and to stand up firmly.

The Final Solution (TSS) and BIBI

So Bibi affirms his support for the Final Solution...

No action on Iran....

He is committed to keeping the status quo...
That seems to be a strategy that will only degrade Israel's position.

New policy or PM?

June 18, 2015

Face Reality: Many Muslims Support ISIS

Face Reality: Many Muslims Support ISIS

T. Belman. The author says Islamists have “highjacked” Islam. To be clear what has happenned is that armed jihad as demanded by Islam has been rejuvenated. One hundred years ago it was dormant although at other times in history, as now, it was dominant.
by Tarek Fatah, The Toronto Sun
In the last week of May, the Qatar-based Arabic news work Al-Jazeera polled its Arabic-language audience on the question: “Do you support the victories of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in your region?”
The results were shocking. Of the 56,881 Arabic-speaking respondents, a whopping 81% voted yes. The results of this online survey may not be scientific. But they do provide anecdotal evidence of what many see as a rise in the support of Islamism in the Arab Middle East, among Muslims in the Indo-Pakistan subcontinent, and in the diaspora in Britain and France.

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American Jewish journalists lead media’s anti-Israeli assault

Michael Oren: American Jewish journalists lead media’s anti-Israeli assault

In new book, former envoy Michael Oren claims antagonism towards Benjamin Netanyahu akin to historic hatred of Jews.
By Chemi Shalev, HAARETZ
Oren2Israel’s former ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, claims that Jewish journalists are largely responsible for American media’s anti-Israel coverage and the “double standard” it applies in its coverage of the Jewish state. Oren also writes that the antagonism towards Netanyahu shown by Jewish journalists such as Thomas Friedman and Leon Wieseltier resembles historic hatred of Jews.
Oren’s new book, “Ally” is due to be released early next week but is already garnering headlines for its harsh condemnation of President Obama and his policies towards Israel. But Obama isn’t Oren’s only target: he is also critical of American Jewish liberals and their “religion” of Tikkun Olam, and turns devastating when it comes to American journalists who are also Jews.

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‘Obama deliberately damaged US-Israel relations’

‘Obama deliberately damaged US-Israel relations’

U.S. President Barack Obama intentionally violated “no daylight” and “no surprises” principles of U.S.-Israel ties, former Israeli Ambassador to U.S. Michael Oren says • Oren: Obama changed U.S. policy on Iran and the Palestinians without telling Israel.
By Shlomo Cesana and Israel Hayom Staff
U.S. President Barack Obama has deliberately damaged U.S.-Israel relations, former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published on Tuesday.
In the op-ed, titled “How Obama abandoned Israel,” Oren, now a Kulanu MK, accused Obama of violating the “two core principles of Israel’s alliance with America,” which, according to Oren, are “no daylight” and “no surprises.”
Referring to disputes between Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Oren, whose four-year stint in Washington ended in 2013, wrote, “Neither leader monopolized mistakes, [but] only one leader [Obama] made them deliberately.”

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June 1, 2015

Major victory against BDS

Major victory against BDS:
Lawfare Project congratulates plaintiffs on Washington Supreme Court's reversal of Olympia Food Co-op decision

This past Thursday, in a 9-0 vote, the Washington State Supreme Court vacated a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit filed against Olympia Food Co-op board members for their enactment of a discriminatory boycott of Israeli products.

The Lawfare Project played an active role in the case, submitting an amicus curiae brief in favor of the plaintiffs and arguing improper application of Washington's anti-SLAPP statute, and publishing analysis to counter the rhetoric of BDS proponents concerning the scope of the lower court's dismissal.

Not only did the previous ruling prevent the plaintiff Co-op members' claims from advancing to trial, but it also imposed upon them $232,000 in fees and penalties. This outcome was reached pursuant to the state anti-SLAPP statute, which the Supreme Court struck down for violating the right of trial by jury.

Thanks to last week's decision, the plaintiffs do not have to pay the immense bill, and they may now have their day in court to challenge the board members' adoption of boycott policies in violation of the Co-op's own rules. Moreover, the holding paves the way for future lawsuits against entities that engage in discriminatory BDS conduct.

The Lawfare Project congratulates the plaintiffs, their attorneys, and the other organizations that supported this brave undertaking to legally combat BDS.


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