February 20, 2015

What do they have in common?


February 17, 2015

Why Arabs will never make peace with the Jews - Tuvia Brodie

If you ask peace advocates, leftists, the Obama Administration, the EU and the UN why there’s no Arab-Israel peace, you’ll probably get an earful. Israeli extremism, Israeli refusal to negotiate and Israeli ‘settlements’ will vie for ‘most probable answer’.
Unfortunately, all of the above would be wrong. The root cause for ‘no peace’ isn’t Israel. It’s Arab leadership—and what they’ve done to their Arab populations.
Arab leaders have spent decades selling their followers a vicious anti-Israel and anti-Semitic narrative that seems to have no limits: Jews are apes, Jews are pigs, Jews are Nazis, Jews are killers.
To give you a sense of how such a diet of Jew-hate affects the ‘Arab in the street’, Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn have written an essay for The Algemeiner (““Why Do Palestinians Believe Crazy Things?”, February 4, 2015). The essay reveals what Arabs typically believe about Israel, Jews--and Arabs.
These two essayists didn’t have to work very hard here. They didn’t have to dig through hidden, arcane publications. They didn’t have to interview people you’ve never heard of. They found everything they needed in the public domain.  
They took the easy route. They simply collected published results of Arab polls.
Here’s what they found:
In one poll, conducted by the Palestinian news agency Ma’an, some 84% of Palestinians believed the Paris attacks in January 2015 against the magazine Charlie Hebdo were “suspicious, and that Israel may be behind it” (ibid). Just 9% of Palestinians acknowledged that the Paris massacres were the work of Islamist terrorists.
Last year, 2014, PA news stirred a frenzy – and inspired waves of Palestinian violence – by repeatedly claiming (falsely) that “the Jews” were conspiring to harm or destroy the Al Aqsa Mosque. Indeed, Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas himself claimed that Jews were “contaminating” the mosque (ibid).
No less an authority than the Palestinian Authority (PA) Director of Consumer Protection made the public announcement that Israel distributes chocolates laced with mad cow disease in Palestinian areas (no such thing ever happened). The PA representative to the UN in Geneva has said that Israel infects Palestinian children with AIDS (untrue).  PA radio has declared that Israel carried out the 9/11 attacks (untrue).
The PA official newspaper, Al-Hayat al-Jadida , has published the anti-Semitic lie that Israel murders Palestinian children in order to harvest their organs (ibid). It has also published the accusation that Israel uses naked women to lure “intifada youth” into police ambushes (ibid).
Now, a British news anchor says, it’s okay to be anti-Semitic if you’re Palestinian (“British News Anchor: Anti-Semitism OK 'If You're Palestinian", Arutz Sheva, February 5, 2015).
You can be sure that if any Israeli said something anti-Muslim, he wouldn’t be excused. He wouldn’t get a free pass. He’d be called ‘racist’.
But Arabs are different. They got a free pass in 2009 when a University of Haifa poll showed that 40 per cent of Arabs living in Israel believe the Holocaust was a hoax (The Algemeiner, ibid). Arabs got a free pass in 2003 when a Public Opinion Research Poll of Israel showed that 26 per cent of ‘Palestinians’ believed it was Israel which committed the 9/11 attacks in America (ibid).
Arabs got another free pass in 2011 when the Pew Research Center came back to the question of the 9/11 attacks. The Pew poll showed that 68 per cent of Arabs believed Arabs had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks. Only 22 per cent believed that Arabs did it (ibid).
If you’re puzzled as to what all this means, here’s a quiz: what kind of family relations are you going to have with your in-laws if you keep going on TV and radio to declare that your mother-in-law is an ape and your father-in-law is a pig?
What do ‘apes and pigs’ have to do with Arab-Israel peace? You’ll find out by looking at Palestinian Media Watch (see “Case Study: Portraying Jews as ‘Apes and Pigs’”, Demonization of Jews/Israel, no date). Over the years, Palestinian Authority media has repeatedly called Jews apes and pigs (ibid). Those Jewish apes and pigs are also portrayed for Arab audiences as the enemies of Islam (ibid).
With TV like that, what's the Arab-in-the-street supposed to think about Jews?
Sane people know Arabs will never make peace with Jews when Arab leaders keep demonizing and dehumanizing Jews.  Sane people know Arabs will never have peace with Jews when Arabs leaders tell them Jews are responsible for Islamic terror. Sane people know Arabs will never give up terror when so many of their leaders keep declaring that Arabs are never responsible for acts of terror. Sane people also know that Arabs will never accept Jews when Arabs leaders keep putting songs on their radio glorifying the killing of Jews (“Glorifying terrorists and terror”, Violence and Terror, pmw .org, no date).

February 16, 2015

Terrorism in Europe, weakness in America

L: Dan Uzan (with niece Karoline), 37-year old volunteer guard murdered at Copenhagen synagogue. R: memorial to victims of terrorist shootings at cafe and synagogue.
L: Dan Uzan (with niece Karoline), 37-year old volunteer guard murdered at Copenhagen synagogue. R: memorial to victims of terrorist shootings at cafe and synagogue.
PM Netanyahu ruffled some feathers in the Jewish community of Denmark when he invited them to “come home” to Israel.
“We appreciate the invitation, but we are Danish citizens, this is our country,” Dan Rosenberg Asmussen, chairman of the Jewish Society in Denmark, told Reuters as he offered condolences to mourners at the synagogue.
This is understandable, especially in Denmark, whose population has historically been protective of its Jewish minority (unlike, for example, France, where authorities talk a good game today but have a poor record).
But European Jews have to be aware that demographic trends are against them. Much of the more and more frequent anti-Jewish behavior comes from the growing Muslim sector. That’s a fact, as is the fact that even without increased immigration from Muslim countries, the disparity in birthrates between ‘native’ Europeans and immigrants will guarantee that this growth will continue. And it’s unlikely that immigration will be cut back.
European governments are honestly horrified by the violence and promise to fight terrorism aggressively. But they mostly miss the point. In a very perceptive piece, Benjamin Weinthal explains,
To understand the continuation of violent anti-Semitism, the German philosopher Theodor W. Adorno said in post-Holocaust Europe, “We will not have come to terms with the past until the causes of what happened then are no longer active. Only because these causes live on does the spell of the past remain, to this very day, unbroken.”
What has filled the vacuum since Europe has relegated Nazism to a largely meaningless status, is the rise of Islamic-animated anti-Semitism enabled by an indifferent mainstream public coupled with an aggressive European Left. Anti-Jewish forces have turned Israel into a human punching bag.
Unfortunately, media and governments have bought into the anti-Israel conceptual scheme that inspires and is used to justify violence against Jews:
Prof. Gerald Steinberg, a political scientist at Bar-Ilan University, told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday, “The repeated and false allegations of Israeli ‘war crimes,’ ‘child killer’ and even ‘genocide’ from political groups under the facade of human rights and humanitarian assistance has certainly contributed to the lethal European anti-Semitism. And many European media platforms and government officials repeat these modern blood libels without bothering to verify the facts or the double standards that are employed.”
As a result, the problem will not get better. It will only get worse. In France, many Jews have decided that it is already intolerable.
This isn’t to say that there is the prospect of “another Holocaust” in Europe, and that Jews need to make plans for escape before it’s too late. It is not 1938 all over again. The changes that are overtaking the continent will be gradual, and little by little it will become clear that it is not a suitable home for us. Even the most self-deluded of European Jews will understand sooner or later.
American Jews are a different story. I doubt that they are in immediate danger from terrorism, at least not to a much greater degree than other Americans are. But their hubris and self-deception may be placing the Jewish community in Israel in danger. Several prominent American Jews, including Rabbi Rick Jacobs, head of the Reform movement and Abraham Foxman of the ADL have called on PM Netanyahu to back down from his planned speech to a joint session of Congress on the subject of Iran.
This is not surprising, really, since these Jewish leaders are close to the Obama Administration, which has pulled out all the stops to prevent Netanyahu from speaking and possibly torpedoing its planned deal with the Iranian regime. I can’t help but be reminded of the efforts of Peter Bergson (Hillel Kook), Ben Hecht and others to raise awareness of the ongoing Holocaust, and how they were viciously attacked by American Jewish leaders of the time.
In Israel the consensus of opinion is that the deal will leave Iran the ability to break out with deliverable nuclear weapons in a very short time frame. The very strident election campaign that is going on should not hide the fact that even those who will do anything to undermine Netanyahu understand that the deal is unacceptable, and while they are accusing him of damaging relations with the US, probably secretly hope he will speak persuasively before Congress.
From the point of view of Israel, it is 1938 again, in which the great powers sacrificed Czechoslovakia in a vain effort to appease Hitler. The difference, of course, was that Czechoslovakia did not have the power to act alone to protect itself, while Israel arguably does.
Chamberlain and Daladier gave in to the Nazis in the hope that they would obtain “peace in [their] time.” It’s hard to see what Obama thinks will come out of his surrender, but I can guarantee that it will not be peace.


Netanyahu Urges ‘Mass Immigration’ of Jews From Europe

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said on Sunday that his government was encouraging a “mass immigration” of Jews from Europe, reopening a contentious debate about Israel’s role at a challenging time for European Jews and a month before Israel’s national elections.

Speaking the morning after a Jewish guard was fatally shot outside a synagogue in Copenhagen in one of two attacks there, the remarks echoed a similar call by the prime minister inviting France’s Jews to move to Israel after last month’s attacks in Paris. Critics said then that the expression of such sentiments so soon after the Paris shootings was insensitive and divisive. Such sentiments also go to the heart of the complexity of Israel’s identity and its relationship with the Jewish communities of the diaspora, whose support has been vital.

“Jews have been murdered again on European soil only because they were Jews,” Mr. Netanyahu said Sunday in Jerusalem. “Of course, Jews deserve protection in every country, but we say to Jews, to our brothers and sisters: Israel is your home,” he added.
But expressing the unease felt by many Jews abroad over such comments, Jair Melchior, Denmark’s chief rabbi, said he was “disappointed” by Mr. Netanyahu’s call.
“People from Denmark move to Israel because they love Israel, because of Zionism, but not because of terrorism,” Mr. Melchior told The Associated Press on Sunday. “If the way we deal with terror is to run somewhere else, we should all run to a deserted island.”
In a move that was planned before the attacks in Copenhagen — which left another man dead when a gunman opened fire as a Swedish cartoonist who had caricatured the Prophet Muhammad was speaking at a cafe — Mr. Netanyahu announced Sunday a $45 million government plan to encourage the absorption of immigrants from France, Belgium and Ukraine in 2015. Israel says it has seen a significant increase in the number of people interested in emigrating from these countries.
More than 7,000 French Jews migrated to Israel in 2014, double the number from the year before. After the attacks in January in Paris that killed 17 people, including four Jews in a kosher supermarket, Israel was expecting an even larger influx.
For many Israelis, more Jewish immigration is an ideal embodied in the Hebrew word for it, aliya, which means ascent. The state was built by immigrants; its 1948 Declaration of Independence states that Israel “will be open for Jewish immigration and for the ingathering of the exiles.”
But the question of under what conditions goes to the core of Zionism and the essence of the principles on which the state was founded.
While some present Israel as primarily a refuge established on the ashes of the Holocaust, many Israelis prefer to view Zionism as a more proactive realization of the political vision of the Jewish nation.
Shlomo Avineri, an Israeli professor of political science, described Mr. Netanyahu’s call as “an intellectual and moral mistake” and accused him of taking a populist stance for electoral purposes.
“The legitimacy of Israel does not hinge on anti-Semitism,” said Professor Avineri, the author of a recent book, “Herzl’s Vision,” a biography of Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism. “It hinges on the right of the Jewish people to self-determination in the Jewish state.”
While Israel should always be open to immigration, he said, the suggestion that Israel is the only place where Jews can live safely “puts Netanyahu, and in a way Israel, on a collision course with leaders of the democratic countries and also with the leaders of the Jewish communities.”
Apparently piqued by Mr. Netanyahu’s remarks in January, President François Hollande of France pledged during a speech at a Paris Holocaust memorial to protect all of its citizens, and told French Jews: “Your place is here, in your home. France is your country.”
On Sunday, the Danish prime minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, visited the Copenhagen synagogue where the attack took place and said, “The Jewish community is a large and integrated part of Danish society.”
For some Israeli experts, though, Mr. Netanyahu’s call was a natural expression of the nation’s ethos.
“The raison d’être of Israel is to create a place where Jews can have a better quality of Jewish life,” said Avinoam Bar-Yosef, president of the Jewish People Policy Institute, a research center in Jerusalem.
“In my view, Netanyahu is encouraging those who in any event intend to leave their countries of origin to move to Israel and not to other places,” Mr. Bar-Yosef said, adding, “Even if it is controversial, this is something that a prime minister of Israel needs to do.”
Yigal Palmor, the spokesman for the Jewish Agency for Israel, which coordinates migration to Israel, agreed, saying, “The general perception is that when Jews come under attack, it is the prime minister’s job to remind them that Israel offers them shelter.”
“The rest,” said Mr. Palmor, a former Israeli diplomat, “is a matter of tone and emphasis.”
Mr. Netanyahu has again weighed in on the subject at a fraught time, when Israel’s relations with the White House are strained over his address to a joint meeting of Congress on Iran’s nuclear program next month, two weeks before Israeli elections on March 17.
In an election video posted Saturday on Mr. Netanyahu’s Facebook page, the prime minister gave a personal account of how important immigration to Israel has been for Europe’s Jews. Talking into the camera, Mr. Netanyahu tells the story of how his grandfather was beaten unconscious by an anti-Semitic mob at a train station “in the heart of Europe” at the end of the 19th century.
“He pledged to himself that if he survived the night he would bring his family to the land of Israel and help build a new future for the Jewish people in its land,” Mr. Netanyahu said, adding, “I am standing here today as the prime minister of Israel because my grandfather kept his promise.”

Pollard is a Modern-Day Israeli Hero: By Moshe Feiglin

Pollard is a Modern-Day Israeli Hero: By Moshe Feiglin

1 Nissan, 5774
April 1, ’14

Our Sages say that in the month of Nissan, the Nation of Israel was redeemed from Egypt and in the month of Nissan they will be redeemed in the future. This is a special month: the month of liberty. Who knows? Maybe this will be the month of the redemption of our brother, Jonathan Pollard?
According to news reports, Kerry is proposing that Israel expand the fourth scheduled terrorist release to include14 Arabs who are citizens of Israel and an additional 400 terrorists – in addition to a construction freeze in Judea and Samaria. All of this in exchange for the privilege to continue to bask in the glory of the presence of the murderer of our Israeli sportsmen at the Munich Olympics, Abu Mazen – into 2015.
For all of this, we may get Pollard. Or maybe not.
On numerous occasions, Jonathan has told me that he is not willing to go free in exchange for murderers. In principle, he is certainly right. The terrorists should have been executed long ago, and Pollard should have been out of prison long ago. Israel, however, utterly at odds with its identity, is incapable of justifying its existence as a Jewish State. It cannot deal with the claim of the ‘justice of the Palestinian cause.’ The result is that we pay in the hard currency of construction freeze or the release of murderers in exchange for the farce of a ‘process’ that is supposed to address the Arab demand for justice. Since Oslo, Israel has discarded all the fundamental values of a normal nation: values like sovereignty, justice, morality and the sanctity of life. In light of that, and since this process will lead to the terrorist release and construction freeze that Kerry proposes with or without Pollard, then at least he should go free.
The amazing Jonathan Pollard, however, refuses to participate in a hearing at the Parole Board to pave the way for his possible release. “I am not willing for other Jews to be murdered in exchange for my release,” he has said to me. Now, when his words have been put to the ultimate test, he stands by them. Pollard is a modern day hero of Israel. For the US to use Pollard as a political bargaining chip is unbelievably villainous. In a meeting with the US ambassador to Israel a few weeks ago, I made this position clear to him.
By the way, the high cost of housing crisis of 2011 broke out as a result of the previous construction freeze in Judea and Samaria. The additional pressure that was suddenly added to the housing market in Israel’s pre-’67 borders was like the extra vehicles that turn a traffic jam into a traffic gridlock. I assume that an additional construction freeze will result in an additional housing shortage and an additional leap in housing prices. But what won’t we do for the privilege of blabbing with Abu Mazen for another half year?
The name of our new Hebrew month, Nissan, means “our miracles.” Apparently, we need a miracle. Not the Splitting of the physical Red Sea – our physical/material situation has never been better. We need a miraculous “splitting” of our slave mentality. We need to leave the bondage of a slave mentality for the mentality of liberty. The modern-day redemption from Egypt is totally an internal, Jewish affair. We are the Children of Israel and we are Pharaoh. It is we who are breathing life into the puppet, Abu Mazen, and enslaving ourselves to it. I pray that in this propitious month of Nissan, we will choose redemption.

MK Moshe Feiglin: If You Have to Shoot, Shoot. Don't Talk

MK Moshe Feiglin: If You Have to Shoot, Shoot. Don't Talk

“Where are our previous prime ministers, Ben Gurion, Eshkol and Begin?” MK Moshe Feiglin asked on Tuesday. “None of them had a particularly high rank in the army. But when they were faced with a strategic threat they knew how to act – and not talk. Ben Gurion established the Israel Defense Forces and the State of Israel – despite the opposition and embargo of the US. Eshkol embarked on the Six Day War and conquered the Sinai, the Golan Heights, Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and Gaza – again, despite the opposition and embargo of the US. Begin destroyed the Iraqi nuclear reactor despite (surprise, surprise) the opposition of the US.

“If you have to shoot, shoot. Don’t talk.”  That is the simple principle that Begin remembered when he destroyed the nuclear installation in Iraq – and that Netanyahu has forgotten in Iran. It is not the speech in Congress that is detrimental. Every additional speech adds to the damage,” said MK Moshe Feiglin.

“Where are all those ex-prime ministers, who didn’t make speeches in the Congress?” Feiglin concluded.

Terror in Copenhagen

Terror in Copenhagen

According to news reports, a gunman shot at a café hosting controversial Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who has been threatened with death for his cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad. He was scheduled to be part of a panel discussion on freedom of expression following the terror attacks in Paris. French ambassador Francois Zimeray was also in attendance. The gunman opened fire, killing a 55-year-old man and wounding three police officers.
Hours later, shots were fired at the main synagogue where a bat mitzvah celebration was being held. The gunman shot dead the Jewish guard, a community member in his 30s, and wounded two police officers. 
Dan Rosenberg Asmussen, Copenhagen Jewish community leader, said that following the earlier attack, he had requested police presence at the synagogue, but police did not follow through. “We had contacted the police after the shooting at Café Krudttønden to have them present at the bat mitzvah, but unfortunately this happened anyway," Asmussen told Denmark's TV 2 News, as reported in The Guardian. “I dare not think about what would have happened if (the killer) had access to the congregation."
Danish police have shot and killed the man responsible for the two shootings.
This attack occurred a few days after the presidential gaffe where Obama seemed to remove the Jewish connection to the four Jewish victims murdered in the Paris kosher grocery store, by describing the attack by “a bunch of violent vicious zealots,” who “randomly shot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris,” and the subsequent defense by White House spokesman Josh Earnest and State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki who had to finally backtrack on Twitter after receiving a storm of criticism. The Copenhagen terrorist attack is yet another reminder that Jews are being targeted and attacked just because they are Jews.
This is not a new phenomenon. In fact it is as old as the Jewish people. Why have the Jewish people been the subject of the world’s longest, most intense hatred?
The Talmud, not mincing any words, connects Jew hatred with the Jews. The Talmud (Shabbos 89b) says, using a play on words, that the moment God gave the Torah at Mount Sinai, hatred – sinah – of the non-Jews towards the Jewish people has been aroused. At Sinai the Jewish people became the bearers of God’s absolute standard of morality for all of humanity. Consequently, if someone wants to liberate himself from the all-encompassing moral demands and obligations delineated by the Torah, they attack the messenger – the Jews – who represent this Divine source of morality in this world.
Adolf Hitler, may his name be cursed, openly acknowledged the uniqueness of the Jews as a people and viewed National Socialism as a new world order, a way to create mankind anew.
Hitler said, “They refer to me as an uneducated barbarian. Yes we are barbarians. We want to be barbarians; it is an honored title to us. We shall rejuvenate the world. This world is near its end.” (Hermann Rauschning, Hitler Speaks pg. 87)
He recognized that the Jewish people – who carried the message of monotheism, and taught the world that all men are created equal and "love your neighbor" – were his primary obstacle for achieving his world vision. Hitler declared: “The struggle for world domination will be fought entirely between us ? between Germans and Jews. All else is facade and illusion. Behind England stands Israel, and behind France, and behind the United States. Even when we have driven the Jew out of Germany, he remains our world enemy.” (ibid, pg. 242) He said, “Providence has ordained that I should be the greatest liberator of humanity. I am freeing man from the restraints of an intelligence that has taken charge, from the dirty and degrading self-mortifications of a false vision known as conscience and morality, and from the demands of a freedom and personal independence which only a very few can bear.” (ibid. pg. 222)
Hitler understood full well the source of this conscience and morality. He said: “The Ten Commandments have lost their validity. Conscience is a Jewish invention; it is a blemish, like circumcision.” (ibid. pg. 220)
The traditional understanding of anti-Semitism has always been that Jews are hated, consciously or not, for representing the mission to perfect the world with the morality of Torah. Thus the anti-Semite’s hatred is the Jew's badge of honor. Do not de-judaize the victims. Realize that their hatred of the Jew represents something that should be a source of tremendous pride. Yes I am Jew, part of nation who has changed the moral fabric of humanity, who stands for Torah values that contain timeless wisdom the world so badly needs.
Tragically, millions of Jews are not aware of their unique mission and responsibility. Anti-Semitic attacks, like the ones in Paris and Copenhagen, make them wonder if being Jewish is worth it if it carries such an enormous downside. In the absence of a deep understanding and appreciation of what it means to be Jewish, it is a reasonable question. Let us hope that as a nation we take heed of the latest wakeup call by strengthening our own appreciation of the gift of being Jewish and reaching out to our Jewish brothers and sisters across the globe with the meaning and relevance of their Jewish heritage.

"The greatest political threat young people face in this nation is Barack Obama."- Mark Lavin

Obama Crowd

On Friday’s Mark Levin Show: The greatest political threat young people face in this nation is Barack Obama. They'll have to spend their entire lifetimes trying to recover from what he is doing to this country, despite claiming to be doing it in their name. Obama claims, in a speech Friday, that we are the government but his policies aren't about us. They're about restricting and controlling us to fit the leftist ideology. Also, illegal immigrants will receive earned income tax credit from the IRS because of amnesty bonuses in the tax codes, getting upwards to $24,000 in tax credits. Later, the White House was never bypassed in inviting Benjamin Netanyahu to a joint session of congress. Obama and his administration were informed in advance and did nothing about it, and now they're in seek and destroy mode. If you challenge Obama he will try to destroy you, just like he did to Jack Ryan while running for Senate. His political hit squad now has Netanyahu in their sights and want to silence him. Finally Star Parker calls in to discuss Obama's Christianity bashing at the National Prayer Breakfast and her new book,