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We are told that there is a difference between extremist Islam and
peaceloving normal Islam.
"The Palestinian people does not
exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for
continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab
unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians,
Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical
reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people,
since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a
distinct 'Palestinian people' to oppose Zionism.
"For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa. While as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan." (PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein, March 31, 1977, interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw.)
The Palestinian leadership, including Ahmed Shukar and Yasser Arafat, has openly admitted Palestinian "peoplehood" is a fraud; See here.
"It should be remembered that in 1918, with the fall of the Ottoman Empire, Britain and France were handed more than 5,000,000 square miles to divvy up and 99% was given to the Arabs to create countries that did not exist previously. Less than 1% was given as a Mandate for the re-establishment of a state for the Jews on both banks of the Jordan River. In 1921, to appease the Arabs once again, another three quarters of that less than 1% was given to a fictitious state called Trans-Jordan." (Jack Berger, May 31, 2004.)
The total for all the 22 Arab League
countries is 6,145,389 square miles (SM). By comparison, all 50 states of
the United States have a total of 3,787,318 SM. Israel has
8,463 SM, about one-sixth of that of the State of Michigan.
Iran, Turkey, Pakistan and Afghanistan are Muslim but not Arab and are
World Arab population: 300 million; World Jewish population: 13.6 million; Israel's Jewish population: 5.4 million. (Dr. Wilbert Simkovitz, http://dehai.org/archives/dehai_news_archive/apr04/0223.html)
|"... during the late 1940s, more than 40 million refugees around the world were resettled, except for one people. They [Palestinian arabs] remain defined as refugees, wallowing 60 years later in 59 UNRWA refugee camps, financed by $400 million contributed annually by nations of the world to nurture the promise of the "right of return" to Arab neighborhoods and Arab villages from 1948 that no longer exist." (Noam Bedein, Jerusalem Post, January 6, 2009.)|
|Some 900,000 Jews left behind $300 billion in assets when they were forced to flee for their lives from the Arab countries in the 1940s. They hold deeds for five times Israel's size. (Independent Media Centre, Winnipeg)|
|Re Israel's irrevocable ownership of Israel, Samaria, Judea, the Golan and Gaza: "Nothing that Israel's legal system says can change the facts that: (1) the legal binding document is the Mandate of the League of Nations and (2) the obligations of the Mandate are valid in perpetuity." (Professor Julius Stone)|
|"By 1920 the Ottoman Empire had exercised undisputed sovereignty over Palestine for 400 years. In Article 95 of the treaty of Sevres, that sovereignty was transferred to England in trust for a national homeland for the Jews. The local Arabs had never exercised sovereignty over Palestine and so they lost nothing. Their rights were fully protected by a provisio in the grant: '...it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine...' The proviso has been fully observed by the Israelis. Since 1950 the Arabs have built some 261 new settlements in Judea and Samaria more than twice as many as the Jews, but you never hear of them. They fill them with Arabs from Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan and by the grace of God they become Palestinians. Allahu Akbar! The Arabs call Judea "the West Bank' because they would look silly claiming that Jews are illegally living in Judea." (Comment by Wallace Brand on Martin Peretz "Narrative Dissonance" The New Republic, July 1, 2009)|
"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia [rabies] in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.
"A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property either as a child, a wife, or a concubine must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.
"Individual Moslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome." (Winston Churchill, The River War: An Historical Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan, Vol II, pages 248-250, 1899.)
|Two Imperatives: "To ensure its long term survivability as the Jewish nation-state, Israel has to deal effectively with two imperatives: The Geographic and the Demographic. The first imperative calls for Israeli control (i.e. sovereignty) over all the territory east of the coastal plain up to the Jordan River—to prevent intolerable risks to its physical survival; the second imperative calls for significant reduction of the Arab presence in the territory under Jewish sovereignty to forestall the emergence of an intolerable demographic threat to its dominant Jewish character." (Martin Sherman; see here and here.)|
What we are talking about in the January–December 2019 Issue
Think-Israel tends to use salafist rather than extremist or Islamist or militant or fundamentalist or activist to describe generically a pious Muslim, one who sticks as closely as possible to the unfiltered words and actions of Mohammad and the first three generations of Muslims, including, especially, the Companions of the Prophet. In modeling himself as closely as he can on the preachings and practices of Mohammad, a salafist can in modern terms be precisely described as an uninhibited terrorist, a theological supersessionist, a political supremacist who believes Islam and sharia law must dominate and a social barbarian, who wages jihad with whatever tools are available. Thanks to the high quality of whitewash supplied by sympathetic propagandists, he seldom is so described.
This issue begins with suggesting why an organization such as the Muslim Brotherhood, with its wide range of ways to promote sharia from networking with politically, socially and theologically important groups in the West to starting the terrorists group Hamas in the Middle East, is still not labeled terrorist by the American government. It goes on to look at anti-Jewish activities that American Jews allow with no protest or participate in to some extent. It is most puzzling that just as Resurgent Islam, in league with Far-Left Democratic Party socialists, is again stirring a serious and strong brew of anti-Semitism, American Jews are largely unperturbed. American Jews who promote far-left-socialism, globalism and almost any group but their own, often work for the enlargement of socialist institutions, ignoring or castigating Judaism. Meantime, European Jews are already suffering severely from a large increase of anti-Semitism stemming from the large number of Muslim 'refugees' that have been coming to Europe the part few years.
We conclude with a History Section which begins with a description of some current excavations in Jerusalem, in the City of David and moves to other eras. One particularly startling bit of history is how the IDF had to be carefully conditioned to override their concern for all Jews so they could become capable of kicking out the innocent Jews living and working in Gaza, leaving it in the hands of Arab terrorists. It was supposed to bring peace. It brought increased hatred from the Arabs and havoc among the Jews.
Considering the villainy done by the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) world wide, not exempting the USA, why is there still argument about labeling the MB a terrorist organization? The answer may lie in their use of stealth jihad as a major technique in the early stages of infiltration of a host country, holding back their strong-arm methods until they judge they can go for full control. Their 'quiet subversion', as Raymond Ibrahim puts it, allows people that don't want to see the obvious to point to the MB's peaceful behavior as evidence that the MB means no harm. In Prez Obama's time, they were even welcome in the White House and capable of squashing anti-Muslim Government training material (see here). Even today, if you google queries involving them, many of the items focus on islamophobia and other noxious injuries to the MB, not coming from them.
This set of articles starts with information on Sharia law, the practical product of Sharia ideology, the rock to which the Islamic lifestyle is anchored, before discussing some MB techniques and gambits. The next articles look at CAIR, an MB front linked to Hamas, and Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, a prominent figure in the MB leadership. For insight into how CAIR argues, read James Simpson article, "CAIR's New 'Islamophobia' Report: The Larger Threat," here.
Finally, we extend the range of information about the MB to the Middle East, where MB groups and activities promoting its global mission have, in the last few years, been in conflict with such countries as Egypt and Saudi Arabia but are acceptable in Jordan, Qatar and others countries.
The most benevolent definition of sharia I've seen comes from the Ing website here. It starts this way: "With the focus in recent years on the issue of Sharia in the United States, many myths and half-truths have arisen around the topic. The following are a series of questions and answers about Sharia in the United States, including a look at what exactly Sharia means and encompasses, how much of a real threat Sharia really poses in this country, and who is behind this campaign." The author(s) use a great deal of whitewash, as they paint a well-sanitized portrait of a peaceful Islam. Take for example the answer to this question, "Isn't it un-American to follow Sharia in the United States?" After claiming an unwarranted affinity of Muslim sharia to Catholic magisterium and Jewish halakhah, they state that the "essential parts of Sharia are practices such as daily prayers, fasting during the month of Ramadan, marriage contracts, and rules for charity and investments." This blandly ignores stoning adulterers and honor killing girls who have been raped, two of sharia's many such quaint customs. In this article, Earl Taylor explains why, contrary to what Islamic propagandists claim, the US Constitution and Islamic sharia law are not compatible.READ MORE
Bill Warner writes on an important fact: Islam's ideology isn't just 'religious', it is also political, dwelling on how Islam is to dominate the entire world. This means that those who are skittish about discussing religion can examine Islam's concepts as they affect practical matters, such as a Muslim's attitude toward the kafir (a non-Muslim) versus how he behaves to another Muslim. If there is one flaw, it is that Warner notes that there are essentially two Korans without emphasizing the implications. The early verses written in Mecca and the later ones in Medina are contradictory. The early ones praise the Jew, the later ones revile him. In Islamic law, the later verses abrogate — cancel, nullify — the early one. Unfortunately the verses are arranged roughly by size from long to short and not by topic, event or chronological order. For a systematic analysis, see "Peace or Jihad? Abrogation in Islam' by David Bukay here and Stephen Coughlin's book Catastrophic Failure: Blindfolding America in the Face of Jihad. Both provide a deeper understanding of how acceptance of the later verses laid the foundation for Islamic jihad and intolerance.READ MORE
Kelleigh Nelson details particulars of Creeping Sharia, features that make it a serious menace to the United States. She provides us with actual example of sharia as it operates in America — attacks, demands, lawsuits, threats, intimidation censorship — carried out by Muslims whose mission is to make Islam preeminent in the US. She points out, "The steady adoption of sharia's tenets is a strategy Muslims are using to transform America into an Islamic state." She concludes with the chilling observation that "Sharia is in every facet of American society, from politics to football, including Kaepernick's kneeling during the Anthem. Islam is being taught in government schools while Judaism and Christianity are banned."READ MORE
This video is from an article entitled, "Islamic clerics in Iraq arrange selling of 9 year olds for "pleasure marriages" by Avi Abelow. (here.) As Abelow writes, "Listen to this Islamic cleric in Iraq. Technically speaking, he is just promoting Sharia Law. The problem is that Sharia Law is appalling and sickening. What religion allows for 9 year old orphans to be sold for something called a 'pleasure marriage?' Being sold and forced to marry AT ALL is wrong. Even if someone is of marriageable age, they should not be sold into a marriage. But especially a 9 year old orphan? How can this be happening in our world?"
Tawfik Hamid urges that the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) be declared a terrorist group, if we are to retain our American civilization. Middle East countries such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE have already done so. They have seen MB in action and know MB is not moderate; it is regressive and works to put all countries around the world under Sharia dominance. Even Hamas, itself a violent terrorist branch of the MB tree, has announced it has broken away — but MB still supports it through cutouts. Qatar, with the help of MB, has used terror groups effectively against Middle East countries that can compete with Qatar in selling natural gas to Europe. Turkey was living in the modern era for many years, until Recep Erdoğan, a MB supporter, gained control and is moving Turkey back to the 7th century; he is capable of helping carry out the MB desire to flood Europe with Muslims. The MB is as hostile to Egypt and Saudi Arabia, who have been straying away from strict Koranic fundamentalism, as it is to European democracies. On the whole, MB may claims it is moderate and indeed has peaceful enterprises, but it underwrites and often commits violence, secure in the knowledge that it is obeying the Koran's command to "slay the idolaters [that's you and me] wherever you find them."READ MORE
ISIS and al-Qaeda leaders, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, all started out as members of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). They left to join more exciting, overt terrorist groups, but, as Raymond Ibrahim points out, "... when all is said and done, the Brotherhood's patient and incremental methodology has proven far more effective than the outright jihad of its terroristic offshoots." Almost thirty years ago, MB wrote out how they would wage jihad from within the USA (see here). They called what they would be doing as the 'Civilization-Jihadist Process.' They described their work in America as a kind of grand jihad to eliminate and destroy Western civilization from within, "'sabotaging' its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers..." They would use coalition, conversion, absorption and cooperation; they would unify and direct Muslim efforts. They would continue to create front organizations to infiltrate particular parts of society. Their single goal was to gently ease (their word was 'settle') Islam into American society. Islam would eventually become rooted. As they wrote, "That Islam is resident and not a passing thing; rooted "entrenched" in the soil of the spot where it moves and not a strange plant to it". They aren't in for a sudden kill. They work to spread their civilization deeply and broadly in the USA, without alarming the populace. They are confident that ultimately it will become ingrained and intrinsic to American culture. It is certainly true that they have had great success infiltrating our media and our educational, judicial, financial and political systems.READ MORE
Why ever would anyone think there's a hidden agenda in a friendly get together of Christians and Muslims? It is low-keyed; it takes place in a church, underscoring that it is a peaceful event, with no evil intent. Clearly, the Muslims wish only to reach out and familiarize the Christian audience with the peaceful nature of Islam. They want to make the church goers understand they all worship one God, the same God. How absurd to think this is part of a global effort to make Islam globally supreme. Why would Tabitha Korol write of this polite assembly as Muslim-controlled and part of Islamic policy to take control of the local population? Simple. Because behind the smiles, there is the reality that the Muslim leadership really is focused on taking over all countries, one way or another, one way and another. And another. And another.READ MORE
Recall, if you will, the agitation, violence and death threats emanating from Muslims everywhere because some cartoonists had drawn Mohammad in a contest sponsored by the Jyllands-Posten, a Danish newspaper. These protests were in no way spontaneous. Olivier Guitta writing soon after the rioting, pointed out that, the "cartoon jihad is tailor-made to advance the Muslim Brotherhood's long-term worldwide strategy for establishing Islamic supremacy in the West." They had been trying to get Europe to criminalize any criticism of Islam as blasphemy. They would make good use of the 'blasphemous' cartoons. A Muslim cleric, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a leader in MB, was one of those involved in rousing Muslims around the world to riot. Kyle Shideler writes more about him below.READ MORE
Ilya Feoktostov writes of the strange behavior of the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis (MBR), which joined forces with CAIR to picket a synagogue which "hosted speakers whom CAIR calls 'anti-Muslim hate group leaders.'" If the MBR was indeed concerned about hate groups, then why partner with CAIR? With strong though mistaken indignation, they and many other Jewish leaders denounced the synagogue, not the damage that Muslim CAIR has inflicted on Jews. The speakers brought important and valid information on security against radical Islam to the congregants. Unfortunately, the intimidation by CAIR and the picketing Rabbis worked and the synagogue has abandoned their speakers program, making the local Jews less able to cope with attack by Jew-haters.READ MORE
Individual democratic congressmen have associated themselves with CAIR. One such, Ilhan Omar, spoke at a CAIR fundraiser. To put it more bluntly, as Raymond Berger wrote here, "The purpose of Omar's speech was to raise funds for an unsavory organization. [...] Why is a powerful Congresswoman helping to raise funds for an organization connected to terrorist and Islamist groups devoted to destroying the US government?" Eileen Toplansky writes of a more general issue: the bond between the Democratic party and terrorist-affiliated CAIR. Virulent Jew-hating statements by Democratic presidential candidates and congressmen are not chastised. And the Democratic party has had a radical political transformation. She concludes we need "to vote out every Democrat who supports CAIR since Democrats and jihadists are actively engaged in dismantling America."READ MORE
Kyle Shideler writes about Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, one of the Muslim Brotherhood's (MB) outstanding leaders, who, like the MB itself, is yet to be designated as a terrorist by the USA. Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries have banned the MB, but Qatar remains supportive, especially of Qaradawi, who has been a major figure in shaping Qatar's educational and banking systems and utilizing an umbrella fund for meting out charity intake to various terrorist groups. His work is not confined to Qatar. "Qaradawi provides Qatar access to an international network of committed Islamist activists throughout the West, who are willing to support Qatari policy goals." Thus Qatar has a position internationally much larger than its size would indicate. Shideler suggests that labeling Qaradawi a terrorist would put pressure on Qatar to reduce its terrorist-supporting activities.READ MORE
Using data from the Counter Extremism Project (CEP), Edwin Mora writes about the common goal toward which the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and Islamic terrorist groups such as the Islamic State and al-Qaeda work: the establishment of a global Islamic caliphate under sharia law. The oldest, the MB, has the advantage of being well-organized, well-funded, far-reaching and possessing a large network of associated and derived groups. Its reach is global. It is actively present in some 18 Middle East and African countries, itself or by proxy. It is closest to reaching the goal of fundamentalist Islam primarily by seeking to change "existing governments and societies from within." It thinks of itself as offering a different culture, an alternative civilization to Western culture. In 4 of these countries (Turkey, Qatar, Sudan, Iraq) and in the Israeli's Territories where Palestinian Arabs reside, MB "maintains a terror-linked presence." MB works directly with the state (Qatar is a major sponsor) and/or provides groups who commit genocidal violence with money, weapons, intelligence and asylum. CEP considers Hamas, which operates out of the Gaza Strip, the most "lethal Brotherhood offshoot." Some Middle East countries have justifiably labeled MB a terrorist group. The CEP report is available here.READ MORE
Mudar Zahran describes the Muslim Brotherhood as "the world's wholesale terror producer...it has evil tentacles that stretch across the globe wherever democracy and free choice thrive." He provides us with a description of the relationship between the MB and King Abdullah in Jordan, where it openly "works hand-in-hand with the monarchy" and helps keep the population, which is 70% Palestinian Arab, in check. It is a major force preventing King Abdullah's overthrow, acting "as a sort of para-military squad." In turn, with Abdullah's connivance, it won seats in the Jordanian parliament. "The King and the MB are using their resources to promote antisemitism, hatred for America and stall the peace process, putting people's lives in jeopardy."READ MORE
The Boycott-Divest-Sanction (BDS) movement seeks to destroy Israel through economic sanctions and divesting investors of stock in countries that sell to Israel. We need to take BDS seriously, if only because it has reached deeply into the legal, academic and political infrastructure of countries around the world. This set of articles provides examples of BDS infiltration in these areas. One area that is often ignored is the incorporation of BDS ideology into what on the surface would appear an unlikely environment: professional societies, noted for having a high percentage of members capable of thinking logically and with detailed knowledge of their particular expertise. The technique for absorbing these societies into the BDS movement is actually simple. The 'humanistic' and/or 'social justice' committees of the professional society are taken over by members of the radical left. They then attempt to formulate attitudes for the entire organization. The American Library Association was an early example (see here). The tactic didn't succeed in September 2019 with the American Political Science Association (see here). But they keep pushing.
As Alex Joffe writes in his article "Social Geography of the BDS Movement and Antisemitism" here:
Like antisemitism, BDS is both an environment and an instrument; it exists as a free-floating cultural norm both of the far left and far right, and as a tool utilized against Israel and Jews. The presence or absence of Jews is secondary and the complex realities of Israel are irrelevant. But the creep of BDS and resulting antisemitism into the normative liberal political behavior of Western countries where Jews have been an active, welcome presence in post-war history is an ominous development.
Alan Dershowitz points out that critics of Israel criticize only Israel for "doing bad things to the Palestinians." They ignore the oppression suffered by "Tibetans, Georgians, Syrians, Armenians, Kurds or even Ukrainians." He asks, "Where are your BDS movements against the Chinese, the Russians, the Cubans, the Turks or the Assad Regime? Only the Palestinians, only Israel? Why ... the disproportionate hatred directed against the only nationstate of the Jewish people and the disproportionate silence regarding the far greater imperfections and deserved criticism of other nations and groups including the Palestinians." The answer: the Nazis had many Western European sympathizers and collaborators in the countries they conquered. This anti-Semitism from both the right and the left has persisted generation after generation. Note that there is another large source of European Jew-hate: there is a strong correlation between spikes of Jew-hate and clusters of Jew-hating Muslims settling in Europe. These 'refugees' unabashedly sprout Jew-hate without hindrance, making it acceptable for others to chime in.READ MORE
Eugene Kontorovich, professor at George Mason University's School of Law and a director at the Kohelet Policy Forum in Jerusalem, wrote an important article on the ACLU's 180 degree flip on discrimination in its protection of BDS. (See here.) The article can't be read except by subscription. It was summarized by the editor of Just Desserts, Vivienne Grace Ziner, here:
In this article David Weisberg expands on Mr. Kontorovich's arguments. He concludes by asking, "So, is the ACLU woefully ignorant or intellectually dishonest? You decide."READ MORE
Lukas Mikelionis records Ilhan Omar's assertion that a boycott of Israel is as proper as boycotts of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Such language is shocking coming from a member of Congress, yet there was no thunderous rebuke. Democrats, however, are said to be "mulling a resolution condemning the boycott movement." How nice!READ MORE
Many commentators are skittish about writing about the choices American Jews make politically. It was bad enough when 70-80% of American Jews voted twice for Prez Obama, who worked hard at weakening Israel, even refusing to send ammunition in the 2014 Gaza War, while the Arabs were shelling Israel. Melanie Phillips writes of a choice closer to home: American Jews stay with the Democrats, who allow newly-elected Muslims to mouth ugly Jew-hatred. As she writes, "Downplaying or ignoring the Jew-baiting now tolerated by the Democratic Party, liberal Jews are so blinded by hatred of Trump that they actually attack him for supporting the Jewish people."
In truth, American Jews largely ignore that President Trump has acted decidedly against anti-Semitism on campus and in communities. He has also done a huge amount to benefit Israel. This includes moving the USA embassy to Jerusalem and confirming what has always been true, namely, that Israel has owned Samaria and Judea (AKA the West Bank) since the 1920 San Remo Conference. The Jews do occupy it, just as you occupy your own house.READ MORE
Despite his being prepared on how to react to anti-Jewish propaganda in college and despite accepting the kindnesses the Jews he knew bestowed upon him, Stacy Gittleman sad story describes a boy who almost immediately was caught up in the BDS movement when he entered college. He began mouthing the false and/or distorted BDS versions of the facts, and was impervious to correction. Unfortunately, this is not a unique or infrequent case.READ MORE
In Academia, staging hurtful theatrical events to highlight BDS is an accepted way to behave. It is mostly being triggered and maneuvered by Muslims. One such incident occurred at Columbus State Community College in Ohio and is described here by Rachel Wolf. On occasion, but not this time, Jewish students have participated, anxious to show they were on the right side of social justice for the Palestinians. A comment by GreenBasketball to Wolf's article stated the generality clearly: "Import Muslims, import hatred. And as more Muslims immigrate to the US, the more hatred that will come to the US. In Europe this has already reached violent levels of Jew hate. As the number of muslims increase there, it will reach middle eastern violence levels. It is merely math. The more of them, the greater the Jew hate. No, it does not mean all will hate and be terrorists, but as I say, it is just numbers. The more of them, the more Jew hate. It never fails. Never. Naturally Jews in the US are so insane they are in favor of this immigration."READ MORE
Teaching students to hate Israel and Jews isn't confined to colleges and universities. Jonathan Tobin describes a proposed high school course designed to do the same openly and blatantly. Aside from its message, note that it takes advantage of the division in American Jewry between those who recognize the BDS threat for what it is and the majority of American Jews, those on the left politically, who, in conformity with the Democratic Party, only recognize Jew-hate when it comes from the right, not from the left.READ MORE
Many churches are active supporters of BDS. Denis MacEoin writes of one of these, one of the liberal United Church of Christ (UCC), specifically ex-Prez Obama's 'spiritual home', Trinity UCC in Chicago, with its openly hostile attitude toward Israel, the bald and ugly anti-Semitic speeches by its pastors such as Jeremiah Wright Jr. and its close affiliation with Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam. MacEoin stresses that these views aren't confined to black Chicago radicals but, judging from the anti-Israel resolutions passed, permeate much of the UCC membership. They fawn on Muslims and encourage their practices; they ignore CAIR's links to international terrorists; they are silent on " the expanding exodus of Christians from the West Bank and Gaza ... precipitated by extremist Muslims and the Palestinian authorities"; and they don't allow facts to prevent them from writing earnestly but erroneously about Israel's supposed mistreatment of Palestinian children. Both their words and actions are "a contradiction of normative Christian ethics."READ MORE
Anti-Semitism is growing again in the USA. Not only is it growing, it is becoming normalized. Ben Shapiro (here) sums up the three sources of anti-semitism: "Right-wing white supremacist anti-Semites see the Jews as an eternal threat, a racially "mongrelizing" threat to white purity, a religious blot, a nefarious group of schemers threatening their race-based civilization. Radical Islamist anti-Semites see the Jews as the sons of pigs and monkeys, religious threats who must be exterminated. Left-wing anti-Semites see the Jews as defenders of brutal hierarchies, purveyors of exploitation."
We start off with an article on respect, and the lack of respect. Respect blocks nasty anti-Semitic theatrics. Instead, Jews have tried to deal with anti-Semitism by claiming victimhood. This works well for Muslims, but is annoying when it is a Jew complaining.
For the most part, this section deals with the typical response by very many, if not the majority, of American Jews to the growing anti-Semitism in America. It can be summed up this way: when not in denial, they identify the strongest sources of Jew-hate incorrectly.
Jews are known to be trendy, They are first to adopt a new point of view, a new generality, a new life style. Yet in one area, they retain a loyalty almost a century-old. Starting In the 1930s, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, then president of the United States, managed to convince Jews he was their friend while ensuring that his administration kept Jews out of America, when the Nazis were hounding Jews and later slaughtering them. After the second World War, American Jews continued to indulge in the dogma that the left as embodied in the Democratic Party was liberal and pro-Jewish, unlike the evil old Protestants who kept Jews out of so many areas. Besides, these stodgy Republicans had no sense of humor. If this ever held true, it is now some half century in the past, Nowadays, a member in good standing in the Democratic Party must subscribe to socialism and globalism, old ideas that have been brought back and to a new one, intersectionality, a gestalt of minority groups, all discriminated against. Jews are specifically excluded. Whites are excluded, unless they be of the new feminist persuasion.
For a while, Jews believed they could be loyal to Judaism and loyal to the Leftists, each separate in time and place. They are reluctantly learning they can subscribe to leftist tenets or they can follow Judaism. They can't be both, they can't do both, no matter how they distort Judaism to fake a commonality that doesn't exist.
Jews have applied none of their smarts to discovering effective ways to deal with the new rules governing one's identity and the old enemy, anti-Semitism.
Many American Jews are in uneasy denial. They still boast of their twinning with non-Jewish comrades of comparable wealth, education and status. Like others on the far-left, they are vexed at voiced 'islamophobia' but blithely trivialize ingrained Islamic Jew-hate. Yet somewhere, way in the back of their consciousness where it doesn't need to be examined, there's an untalked-about apprehension, a vague disquiet, that brings forth a voluminous denial when someone talks about the Democratic Party's growing anti-Semitism. They are solidly against racism, but shrug off indications that it has become a characteristic of the Democratic party. As a notable example, the new Muslim congress women spew forth Jew-hate much more virulent than that spoken by the current versions of the KKK. Do the Jews not hear it? Why are they not concerned that the DNC hasn't disavowed such speech?
The Republicans removed Stephen King from the Judiciary and Agriculture Committees because of what they said was a racist remark. King has a history of remarks that, these days, are considered to be racist and white supremacist. The remark that got him kicked off the committees was typical in tenor and content: "White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?" Querulous? Maybe. Mild? Certainly. Factual? Definitely. In tone, a sputtering candle compared to the fierce fire coming from the Muslim congress ladies. King's remarks over the years are as nothing compared to the shrill, blunt, angry and unending hate the congress women pour forth at each and every opportunity. They believe every word of what they say. They never sugar coat their arguments. Their hatred of the Jews is unmistakable. They nurse Jew hatred in others and encourage its growth. They unambiguously proclaim their prejudice at every opportunity. It is their core passion.
They have received no serious condemnation. Their positions on congressional committees are safe. They are of the far left. The far left, allied with resurgent Islam, is socialist in political theory, global in aim, and practitioner of 'you are what your group is' identification. More and more, the far left leads and makes the rules for the Democratic party.
The activities and the remarks by the Congress ladies are openly hostile to Jews, but au fond no different than ex-Prz Obama's attitude. He wasn't often confrontational but he worked hard to get the Iran deal accepted, even though the Iranians openly proclaimed they'd use the bomb on the Jews. He knew what they intended but ignored it in his speeches. Instead, he emphasized how he was slowing down Iran's nuclear activities, often implying he was changing Iranian direction. He wasn't changing Iranian plans and he knew it. He showed his real feelings again when he denied Israel ammunition just when it was needed — when the Jews finally invaded Gaza, after trying to stop 'lone-wolf' Arab terrorism for 8 years. But most of his activities were behind the scenes, and alerted few Jews.
Obama's attitude wasn't a minority opinion among Democrats, not even when he was first elected. American Jews seem to have forgotten that the Democratic National Committee (the DNC) barely was able to keep a popular anti-Israel plank off their platform. They succeeded because they feared losing Jewish money, not because such sentiments were abhorrent to them.
The current Jewish attitude — ignore Jew-hate but hate everyone who hates any of a particular set of minorities — was epitomized by Sacha Baron Cohen's award by the ADL. When first announced, it sounded like satire — a comedian being declared a leader by a deliberately ineffectual Jewish organization. But it was actually the case. The Jewish Chronicle reported that Sacha Baron Cohen, British and Jewish, actor, comedian and director, was to receive the International Leadership Award November 21, 2019 from the Anti-Defamation League for his use of comedy to expose racism, Islamophobia and, oh yes, anti-Semitism. When he gave his speech, yack after yack, he demonstrated that he didn't know there a jihad against the Jews going on. The audience laughed with him in gleeful agreement. Maybe he should have thrown in a comment that some dummies believe the world is round. The laughter would have been explosive.
About the speech itself: the media wrote almost exclusively about Cohen's major theme, his anger at Internet companies, whose major sin is, apparently, that they reinforce what Cohen calls conspiracy theories. Muslims, who are far-right in ideology are now considered by the Left as another endangered minority. The media were as oblivious to the damage being done by these Muslims as Cohen himself. Matt Wilson wrote here:
Baron Cohen turned to the rise of demagoguery, conspiracy theories and hate crimes around the world, and pointed to what he sees as the most logical explanation for this dangerous trend. "All this hate and violence is being facilitated by a handful of internet companies that amount to the greatest propaganda machine in history," he said.
And to him, no one bears more responsibility than the man who created Facebook. "It's like we're living in the Roman Empire, and Mark Zuckerberg is Caesar," he said at one point. "At least that would explain his haircut."
Baron Cohen spent the rest of his speech systematically dismantling a recent address given by Zuckerberg at Georgetown University in which he defended Facebook's limited attempts to combat its massive problems and explained away its inaction as a defense of "free expression."
Read Cohen's ADL speech and view the video below. It makes clear that the ADL, in selecting Cohen, selected someone who shares with many American Jews the belief that conservative Jews, nationalists and the right-wing hold absurd opinions. They ignore that the pertinent statements from these groups are not opinions but facts. They ignore that resurgent Islam, while playing the victim, has already created severe problems in the US and Europe for Jews and non-Jews alike. They are angry that some of the social media disseminate these distasteful facts. They want these distributors censored.
Victor Rosenthal deals with the new anti-Semitism and how to respond. He focuses on ways and means using actions by Israel as illustration. Forget "trying to teach Jew-hating bullies about the Holocaust, or about the importance of tolerance, or that someday they might be the ones being persecuted, or about how all humans are brothers (they aren't)." Go for respect, he advises. Like a barometer, respect increases when Israel aggressively wins a war or a sporting competition. It goes down when Israel is lenient to terrorists it's arrested. Batting "away missiles without killing the would-be murderers that are launching them is a very big minus." In the millenia of the disapora, "anti-Semitism thrived, in part because it was easy and safe to victimize them [Jews]." To fight anti-Semitism, Jews need better ways than writing letters and preaching peace. Gaining respect is one way to deter manifestations of Jew-hate.READ MORE
This is a video of Sacha Baron Cohen delivering his speech, when presented with the International Leadership Award by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) November 21, 2019. He received the award for using his talents to expose racism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.
Below is the transcript of the speech itself.
The Middle Eastern Arab states have had an excellent return on the millions and million of dollars they have spent proclaiming the rights of the Palestinians to Israel and stirring up hate against the Jews around the world, yet there was not a word about the Muslim war against the Jews by Cohen in his speech on fighting bigotry, racism and hate. Nor does Cohen seem to know that the Antifa is a terrorist organization. His implied argument seems to be: Antifa marched against the far right, so how can they be a terrorist organization? He finds it despicable that the social media will reinforce the (to him) fallacy that in Britain "white Christians are being deliberately replaced by Muslim immigrants." He believes it is a disgusting lie promulgated by the internet that the millions of illegals coming into the USA via its southern border (bringing crime and disease and disrupting communities near the border) is an invasion.
In giving his speech, Cohen was not acting in his typical mode as an exaggeration, a cartoonish character. In stating his own opinions, he was telling us what many American Jews also believe. What is worse is that Cohen voiced opinions are held by the ADL leadership. These opinions do not inspire the ADL to acknowledge who the enemies of the Jews are. Without incorporating this knowledge, how can the Anti-Defamation League do what it was set up to do?READ MORE
The large majority of Jews who run the large Jewish organizations are members of the Democratic Party. They have no problem fulminating against right-wing anti-Semitism but tend to ignore attacks against Jews by minorities favored by the Democrats. Unhappily for them, as Caroline Glick points out, the attacks against the Jews, say in large Jewish communities such as Brooklyn, are executed by blacks, a minority favored by the Democratic Party. How have these Jewish organizations responded? These large Jewish well-funded organizations designed to protect Jews from verbal abuse and physical attack have been most mousy quiet, speaking up mostly to suggest it is right-wing Jew-haters who are responsible, even though they know that isn't so. The foci of attacks have also expanded to academia, where Jewish students are harassed and physically attacked, and university administrators and professors encourage these acts by allowing antl-Semitic conferences on campus.
Glick points out that there is a larger issue: "many non-Orthodox Jewish communities now conflate progressive politics with Jewish identity [...] The problem with this strategy is that with anti-Semitism rapidly becoming a major component of progressive politics, the more strongly liberal Jews embrace progressivism, the less capable they become of defending their Judaism—much less defending their fellow Jews who aren't progressive."READ MORE
Of the congregations of Jew haters, there is right-wing anti-Semitism and there is left-wing anti-Semitism. In the right wing in 2016, all such groups — white supremacists, skinheads, the KKK and neo-Nazis — numbered almost 1000, 917 to be exact, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (here.) This sounds impressive, but there is only a relatively small number of members within this large number of groups. Many of these groups literally have only a handful of members. The KKK, which was once large and powerful, now totals well under 100 chapters and some 3000 members as of 2016, according to the Anti-Defamation League. I've read estimates of the total membership in all these groups as around 10,000 to 20,000. Few if any have political clout, funding or implementation strength. In contrast, the far left such as the Intifada have hundreds of thousands of members, and are well-supported to fight, to riot, to disrupt gatherings they don't control.
Matthew Hausman writes of the Jew-hating new Left, which now dominates the Democratic Party and Congress. Its controlling members are ideologues of socialism/Marxism, now labeled 'Progressivism, and Islam. They describe themselves as workers for social justice and equality. This is no burden for many Jewish Americans. As Caroline Glick notes, "Whereas the 2013 Pew survey of American Jews showed that a mere 19 percent of American Jews believe that observing Jewish law is an essential part of what it means to be Jewish, 56 percent said working for justice and equality is an essential part of Judaism."
What these Jews are trying to ignore, these Left-leaning Jews whose devotion to the Democratic Party has never faltered, is that they now need to subscribe to every tenet of the Democratic Party package, if they wish to continue as loyal members. And Progressivism is decidedly anti-Jewish. To conform, they need to embrace 'progressivism' and its intrinsic Jew-hate as the heart of Judaism.READ MORE
It appears American Jews are working to retain their loyalty to the old liberal Democratic party, despite the fact that the Democratic ideology has changed almost completely in content. It is no longer 'live and let live', it's more 'live as we tell you to live.' As part of this effort, they have joined the 'liberal' castigation of President Trump. They allege he is racist and bigoted toward minorities, anti-Semitic and authoritarian. True, he can hardly be described as weak and ineffective. But the Jewish frenzy at Trump's supposed anti-Semitism because he is targeting the Muslim freshmen congresswomen is bizarre. Apparently these Jews regard them as minorities, not hateful anti-Semites; ergo, Trump is persecuting minorities, which is a sign of underlying anti-Semitism. In actuality, it is the Congress women who are the Jew-haters. In defending them against Trump, Jews are defending Jew-haters against some one who speaks up against their Jew hate. As Jonathan Tobin points out, "claims that this administration is destroying democracy and liberty are partisan hogwash."READ MORE
Isi Leibler writes an excellent summary of Jews acting against Judaism and following progressivism. He notes that "[o]ver the past decade, the Jewish establishment leadership in America with the exception of the Orthodox, the Zionist Organization of America, and other small groups has failed to speak up in defense of Israel and imposed a curtain of silence." [...] "Many of these consider support for social radicalism to be a far higher priority than support for Israel." ... "They stand out as the most anti-Trump minority in the nation." Jewish organizations that should be neutral "openly display bias against Trump," who has been strongly pro-Jew, not just in word but in deed. This rejectionism has emboldened Democratic party radicals such as the new Muslim women congressmen and those seeking to be the Democratic Party's 2020 presidential candidate to promote BDS and criticize Israel at every opportunity. Ironically, this comes at a time when support of Israel by the American puble is at an all-time high.READ MORE
Allen Bergstein writes of some of the many ways that Jews, who "excel in the arts, science, medicine, law and finance" are just plain stupid when it comes to political intelligence. "Their support for Democratic candidates who are outright Jew haters is inexplicable. They show no common sense nor any desire to build up whatever portion of the brain functions as a road map to survival." True, sad but true. Too many American Jews prefer to ignore the facts and give their allegiance to the Democratic party, which is chock full of members filled with open and brazen hatred of the Jews.READ MORE
Jews sense the growing anti-semitism. It's hard to ignore that Jews are being beaten up, the synagogues sprayed, their cemeteries vandalized. But they accuse the wrong people. The new threat, the real threat. Caren Besner writes, "comes from an unholy red-green alliance — the Marxist left and Islam." Unfortunately, too many Jews continue to believe that their powerful enemies of old, the neo-Nazis and the KKK, are as powerful and effective as they once were. Just when American Jews need to understand where the new, dangerous, potentially deadly Jew-hate is coming from, the majority of the Jewish leadership is useless. It too ignores the Democratic party Muslims who spout anti-Semitism in the halls of Congress. It too continues to identify the current left with the liberal left our ancestors knew. Meantime, the Democrats effectively preach the doctrine of intersectionality, embracing the victimhood of particular minorities. More and more openly, they declare Jews are the source of the problems these minorities have.READ MORE
Manfred Gerstenfeld provides us with a wide range of ways anti-Semitism is currently whitewashed. They are used by politicians, the news media, members of the judiciary, even by writers who identify themselves as Jews. As Gerstemfeld notes with reference to Peter Beinart, "Jewish whitewashers of antisemitism are particularly in demand." Muslim foment Jew-hatred wherever they settle, and yet there is always a large group of politicians and media personalities ready to deflect awareness of the persistent Muslim incitement to harm Jews. Gerstenfeld mentions several ways but didn't include the oft-used technique, where violent and murderous Muslims declare themselves to be the victims. But as Gerstenfeld points out, he's written of "only a small selection of examples of antisemitism whitewashing that, with appropriate research, can be turned into a major collection."READ MORE
There are several overlapping Jewish groups that can rightfully be called traitors to Judaism.
First there are Jews who have superimposed and/or substituted tikkunism, human rights and social justice for Judaism and declare the ersatz product authentic.
Then there are individual Jews undermining Jews, Judaism and Israel, writers such as Peter Beinart and Norman Finkelstein and academics both in Israel and America who use their positions to preach against their own people or ignore their own and endorse groups who would destroy Israel.
Most of the damage comes from Jewish organizations. Organizations such as J Street, the New Israel Fund and Peace Now claim to be Jewish, and may indeed have many Jewish members. But they consistently reject measures that would support Israel or strengthen its security. Contrariwise, couched in lofty language and hollow generalities, their plans are designed to weaken or destroy Israel. In the name of 'democracy', the New Israel Fund uses Jewish money to generously fund Arab groups such as Adalah that openly work against Israel's existence. Discover The Networks has an accurate article about the New Israel Fund here. Discover the Networks also has a detailed article on J Street. The facts presented (see here.) lay to rest J Street's assertions that it wishes Israel well. The newer and very insidious organization, IfNotNow, is examined in this video that comes from the Elder of Ziyon.
There are Jewish organizations Jews have supported for many many years, without investigating whether these groups are doing the jobs they are richly paid to do. One, the ADL, protests Jew-hate speech from the right but ignores the vast amount and more effective hate speech and harassment coming from the left. Its recommendations are in general in keeping with far-left Democratic Party ideology, to which the ADL leadership subscribes. Another, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) has stopped helping Jews. European Jews could currently use their help in leaving Europe, where they have no protection against terrorist attacks that specifically target them. Instead, HIAS may take Jewish money but they are now busy bringing Jew-hating Muslim 'refugees' into America. Not only have they dropped Hebrew from their name, they are linked with organizations such as J Street and the New Israel Fund, organizations that claim to be Jewish but that are notoriously anti-Israel and supporters of BDS. HIAS (or is that now IAS?) also collaborates with CAIR, a subversive organization that actively seeks to replace the Constitution with Sharia law. CAIR was formed by Hamas members and, as guided by its co-founder Omar Ahmad, acts as a front group to carry out Muslim Brotherhood objectives.
Some organizations are bad for the Jews because they give us a false sense of security; they claim they are busy, busy, busy working to defend Jews but they accomplish little or nothing. This is particularly true in the universities. Around the beginning of the 21st century, the Muslims began a sustained attack against Jews in major universities. From the start, they had groups organized, large and nasty pre-printed posters and well-practiced techniques to harass and intimide Jewish students. They soon connected with far-Left Marxists and began a concerted and effective effort to prevent those who didn't agree with them from speaking or teaching on campus. Hillel and other groups have yet to act effectively while more and more Jewish students are intimidated, Judaism vilified and free speech undermined. Small groups such as Amcha Initiative, The Lawfare Project, Americans for Peace and Tolerance, ZOA and Im Tirtzu in Israel are effective within their limited resources, but we are yet to see the large organizations get significant results. Some supposedly Jewish groups on campus are undermining Jews by collaborating with the Jew-haters, J Street for sure, and ADL on occasion. We are also beginning to see the hostility toward Jewish students and the distorted and often fallacious information about Israel taught in the universities being transmitted to high school students and to even younger children.
This section examines some of these Jewish Jew haters and anti-Israel organizations.
In this essay, Victor Rosenthal has written about violently anti-Zionist Jews and Jewish organizations, who embrace the Arab's goal of destroying Israel. Ignoring both history and Israel's legal ownership, they claim Israel is occupying Palestinian Arab land. They subscribe to a detailed fantasy, which, contrary to reality, views Jews as racist, 'white' oppressors and "Arabs as the indigenous 'brown' inhabitants of the region who have been colonized by (primarily) 'white' European Jews, supported by the rest of the white, privileged, world." Rosenthal calls them misozionist Jews. Many base their activities on their idiosyncratic view of Tikuum Olam. Tikuum Olam (fixing/rectifying/improving the world) is actually an important Jewish activity. The Chabad Rabbi, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, maintained it was everybody's mission (here). Israel's quick response with doctors and medical equipment to disasters around the globe is an excellent example of how the concept has been incorporated into the Israeli way of behaving.
As used by latter-day social justice 'theologians', it came to be defined as repair of the world, in the sense of redoing it properly, a rather tall order, considering their ignorance of actual Judaism. But then again, rather that using Judaism as the base from which to develop ways and means to make the world a better place to live in, the adherents of Tikuum Olam substitute their socialist and human rights slogans and call that Judaism.
This article is one of a series of articles. In another article (here), Rosenthal points out that Tikkunism is "a radical departure from traditional Judaism. Reform Judaism de-emphasized the 'ritual' commandments like observance of kashrut and Shabbat, while emphasizing the 'social' commandments like concern for strangers, widows, and orphans, and the political vision of the Prophets. Tikkunism goes even farther and redefines the social commandments in terms of progressive politics. For example, the 'stranger' (ger) in the Torah, who in traditional Judaism is a convert to Judaism or a non-Jew living in the Land of Israel and obeying the Noachide commandments (ger toshav), becomes any outsider even a Palestinian terrorist or an illegal immigrant. The injunctions of the Prophets are also interpreted in the most extreme left-wing way possible."
For a rounded picture of how Tikkunism relates to anti-Zionism, read also Rosenthal's article, "Tikkunism Begets Misoziony" (here). Using Carolyn Karcher's views on Tikkunism, he details how the anti-Zionists have replaced Jewish concepts with their idea of Tikkun Olam. For example, it would be a move to social justice "to participate in a demonstration to make it easier for people to vote, but it would not be tikkun olam to try to tighten safeguards against voter fraud." With the same reasoning, they assure us their allegiance to Arab causes is Jewish.READ MORE
Cinnamon Stillwell writes about supposedly reputable academics who distort objective reality in their desire to destroy Israel. One of her articles reviews a book by Sunaina Maira, with its "skewered perceptions" of the USA and Israel, all couched in "numbing leftist jargon" (see here). Another describes the anti-Israel antics of faculty members of departments of Jewish Studies at various California universities (see here). Yet another article turns Israel's being the only state in the Middle East to not discriminate against gays into a defect, asserting "pinkwashing" was invented by Israel "to downplay its alleged oppression of the Palestinians." (See here.)
When a group of Jewish studies professors wrote on 'word crimes', "the manipulation of academic language whereby Israel is demonized and its foes are cast as victims" (see here), academics such as Ian Lustick of the U. of Penn Middle East Studies Department were outraged. In the present article, Stillwell writes about Norman Finkelstein, a well-known anti-Israel Israeli. What is indicative of how wide-spread academic anti-Israel vitriol has spread, he spoke at a panel at Princeton University.READ MORE
In this article, Rabbi Aryeh Spero condemns the major Jewish secular establishment organizations (ADL, AJC, NYF, JCRC, Conference of Presidents, and Federations) for knowing full well that Jews are being attacked in Brooklyn and Manhattan by blacks, Hispanics and Muslims. Yet they do nothing. As Spero says, "You can be sure that if the attackers were white or Jewish and the victims Black, Muslim, or Hispanic, [they] would be the very first organizing protests against racism and pontificating about something rotten within American society." For many years, they have fought hard for minority rights, mostly excluding Jews, who, apparently are not considered by these Jewish organizations to be a minority. Spero suggests that denouncing their minorities for beating on Jews "would shatter all they believe in." "These Jewish organizations also call their support of Islamic immigration a 'Jewish value,' ignoring that a cardinal Jewish value is protecting Jewish life and safeguarding Jews." They may believe that protecting all minorities except the Jews is 'Jewish', but in effect they strip Jews of protection and put Jewish survival at risk.
Rabbi Spero also points out that in many universities, like many Jewish deans and professors, these organizations ignore the harassment Jewish students suffer on campus. The attitude of the secular Jewish organizations that repudiate the need to attend to their own particular people, is also mirrored in Congress, where Jewish politicians are silent while the squad of Muslim women congressmen loudly preach Jew-hate. Time and again, universalist Jews use their drive and energy to promote their Far Left-liberalism values; "the Jewish people and their needs are insignificant and must take a back seat."READ MORE
Daniel Greenfield writes about Jonathan Greenblatt, the director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Greenblatt was an odd choice for an organization intended to protect Jews. He had worked as a special assistant for Prez Obama, no lover of Jews, and for the Aspen Institute, which received many large grants from George Soros, the quintessential Jewish Jew-hater. Under his leadership, which began in July 2015, "the ADL had turned sharply to the left." This was made glaringly clear at the ADL's Never is Now 2018 conference. Greenblatt defended Soros, not Israel." Greenfield points out that the "list of speakers did not include a single official from a major pro-Israel organization. Not even AIPAC. However Jill Jacobs, the head of the militantly anti-Israel T'ruah, was a featured speaker. T'ruah had rallied efforts to force Jewish charities to stop helping Jews living in areas claimed by Islamic terrorists." The other speakers and invitees were no better. Greenfield's gloomy conclusion needs to be taken seriously: "Once upon a time, the ADL was a Jewish civil rights organization. Now it's just another generic lefty group that pretends to care about Jewish causes only long enough to fleece some of its donors. ... As the Left goes anti-Semitic, the ADL is becoming a threat to Jews."READ MORE
Ilya Feoktistov, executive director of APT, a Jewish organization that reports on anti-Semites and others that wish to create dissidence between ethnic groups, describes what happened when he himself was reported to the police as a dangerous anti-Semite by leaders of the ADL and JCRC, who disliked his accurate portrayal of them as using their organizations to engage in promulgating anti-Trump nastiness and Democratic Party ideology, not the defense of Judaism. That the New England regional director of ADL, Robert Trestan, and the executive director of Boston's Jewish Community Relations Council, Jeremy Burton, would behave in such a disgraceful manner is almost unbelievable, but Feoktistov's account is factual, even tending to be low-keyed.
Feoktisov has published additional thoughts on the larger significance of leaders of Jewish defense groups using their positions to maliciously and falsely accusing a "rival" of being an anti-Semite. (See here.) As he says:
"In some ways like the doomed Athenians of Socrates's time, who destroyed their community while repressing internal enemies and ignoring threats from external ones, Burton, Trestan, and the other Jewish sophists play a dangerous game. By inflating its meaning to encompass their political enemies, including Jews on the right, they embezzle the gravest term of opprobrium that can be wielded by the Jewish people, and devalue it into their own worthless political plaything."
Steve Frank writes about J Street's tour of Israel for young Jewish adults, as a conscious alternative to Birthright Israel. J Street's tour is all about the suffering Palestinian Arabs, crushed under the ruthless feet of the Israeli occupiers. The participants in the J Street tour heard only from selected Palestinian Arabs and saw very little. The highlight of the tour was a visit to "the now-shuttered ... Shuhada Street ... a half-mile long road in Hebron which used to be the thriving market center of the city." The Arabs had a field day. There were no neutrals present to correct distortions. Nothing was said of the murderous Arab violence that led to Shuhada Street being closed. There was no hint that the Arabs now shopped in a close-by commercial district, which includes a luxurious mall. Shuhuda Street is a very dramatic visual in its ghost-town appearance,. Susceptible tourists were readily persuaded that the Palestinians are mistreated and Israel is evil. Frank spells out some of the facts the tourists didn't get to hear. They paint a very different picture.READ MORE
Strictly speaking, the US Green Party (GP) doesn't belong here. It has Jewish subscribers, but it is not a Jewish organization. However, as Ambassador Alan Baker points out, the environment is part of a bundle of GP's concerns, which include the promotion of non-violence, the distribution of wealth, the demolition of Israel. In other words, it differs little from the goals espoused by the US Democratic Party. This may be why many Jews support it, despite its attitude towards Israel.
As Amb. Baker writes:
"In a world that is plagued by environmental and ecological catastrophes and that faces continuing and ongoing moral and humanitarian crises such as willful bombing and wholesale killing of civilians, mass murders, mass expulsions, denial of basic social, cultural and religious rights and freedoms, assaults on immigrants and others, it is curious that the U.S. Green Party has chosen to concentrate most of its efforts on hounding Israel. This is even more astounding because Israel is one of the only states that excels in the very values treasured by the Green movement innovative ways to protect the environment, reduce pollution, purify wastewater, desalinate seawater, reforest, and protect natural resources.
Israel has indeed developed important ways to protect the environment while the Palestinian Arabs have garbaged up their aquifer and show little concern for the environment. Yet GP wants to dissolve Israel and create a Palestinian state in its stead. Curious.READ MORE
Resurgent Islam continues to infiltrate America's educational system, popularizing its version of the history and geography of the Middle East, while falsifying information about Israel. It is in full swing in the universities, where anti-Israel attacks now include attacks on Jewish students. It has also more quietly but effectively infiltrated high schools and even grammar schools, where dedicated Marxists and teachers just following the curriculum teach the beauty of Islam. Their israelophobic and islamophilic efforts are often aided by the inaction of Jewish defense organizations, the acceptance of a corrupt curriculum by the school administration and the school board and by the support of the local population. Bernice Lipkin describes one such example in detail.
There is also a video available. Lipkin writes, "I didn't discover this video on Newton until recently, else I would have cited it. It describes the Newton scandal in an nicely formatted informative narrative. See it here."READ MORE
In this set we explore the increased strength of anti-Semitism and the constriction of free speech in Europe.
Traditionally, Jew hate came from the right, but now it is mostly coming from the left. Muslims infiltrating a host country bring in Jew hate as part of their core creed. They also are responsible for much of the actual violence against Jews.
Ambassador Ron Prosor put it this way here:
There comes a time in any decent person's life when they should face reality and say, "No more." We are at such a point — the radical has become mainstream, and anti-Semitism has moved from the edges of society to the heart of the political system in certain European countries."
It may be more sophisticated, yet it is just as violent as it always has been. Behind its new, civilized mask of political opposition to Israel's policies, anti-Semitism has the potential to be extremely dangerous, since it erodes the very basis on which the free world has stood since the end of World War II. This basis is a shared set of values that have become the consensus in politics and international relations. Among others, they include the sanctity of free speech until the point where it becomes incitement, the sovereignty of nation-states and absolute intolerance for racism.
[...] A survey published by the European Commission this month [July 2019] found that 44 percent of Jews between the ages of 18-34 have experienced some sort of anti-Semitic attack. Many of them now hide their Jewish identities for fear of harassment, attacks and violence. We usually only hear about the deadly attacks, such as the ones on a Jewish school in Toulouse or the Parisian kosher grocery store, but Jewish people deal with some sort of anti-Semitism regularly.
Different countries are at different points on the line connecting rejecting Jew-hate to coping with it — often inadequately — to actively furthering it. But while different European countries react differently, the European Union (EU), the collective representing the majority of the European countries, is strongly and consistently anti-Semitic, focusing its hostile activities primarily on Israel, which it sees as thwarting the EU's plans. Starting with the sensible goal of sharing a common currency and easing entry across neighboring states, the EU began overriding decisions made by elected officials in the member states. Long term, EU shares with the UN a desire that we all live in a one-world socialist society, administered, of course, by the UN. And Israel is strongly nationalist.
The inpour of Muslims who expect the host population to conform to their ways has not only terrorized the country's Jewish community, it has played havoc with the native population, disrupting the way they live, the values they have and how they express their cultural and religious identities.
Constricting free speech is how European politicians and legislators cope with the response of the native population to being overrun by the non-assimilating Muslim immigrants. Instead of dealing with the core Muslim values that fuel alien behavior, they hamper effective response by the natives and censor speech that might offend Muslims — which means that any criticism of Islam and Mohammad, not matter how accurate or how mild, is off-limits.
In turn, suppression of anti-Muslim criticism has helped populism grow. As William A. Galston writes: (here)
... populism draws strength from public opposition to mass immigration, cultural liberalization, and the perceived surrender of national sovereignty to distant and unresponsive international bodies. If economic arguments had determined the outcome of the Brexit vote, Britain would have remained in the EU. If economic growth had been decisive in Poland, which enjoyed the faster growth rate in Europe between 1989 and 2015, the populist Law and Justice Party would never have become the country's dominant political force.
Despite this political reaction, the betting money still appears to be on Europe being controlled by Islam within a few years. A video that assesses and projects from the current status features Douglas Murray in 'Death of Europe' (here).
Is there an inconsistency in predicting an Islamic future and at the same time a socialist one-world? Probably not. Muslim countries, Sunni and Shiite, often work together to put Islam in control, and then duke it out on which country does the actual management.
Rami Dabbas points out that "the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) has the most extensive network of completely legal organizations in the Old World, while they retain the closest of ties with the Salafis and jihadists, which makes them even more dangerous than the militant radicals." Asking whether the MB is a terrorist organization invites slippery answers, in that its protectors, who also protest plans to declare it an illegal organization in the US, can point to all its legal activities. An accurate answer is this: the MB will do anything and everything, legal and illegal, locally and globally, to advance Islam above all other religions and Muslims above all other people.
Among the many videos on MB, we suggest starting with Cynthia Farahat's 'What is the Muslim Brotherhood' (here). Ami Horowitz has many factual and interesting videos about the MB, including 'The Truth About The Muslim Brotherhood' (here).READ MORE
In a related article (here), Olivier Guitta observes that Europe's growing radicalization happens in jails, mosques and universities. In this article, he focuses on the growing number of mosques where Islamic imams preach Muslim doctrine and urge terrorism as acts of piety. Mosques and preachers are well-funded by groups and organizations such as the Muslim Brotherhood that Westerners call extremist, but which religious Muslims see as conforming to Islam as practiced by Mohammad.READ MORE
European deradicalization projects have focused on how to reorient terrorists, to give them a "healthy identity." Olivier Guitta (see above) suggested that it was the propagandizing imams that needed to be deradicalized, if only because they were the nucleus that inculcated the desire to do acts of terrorism in large numbers of Muslims. Giulio Meotti would agree that attempting to rehabilitate jihadists doesn't work. He points out that until we tackle the core statements in the Islamic texts that provide religious justification for slaughtering people, deradicalization won't work.READ MORE
Swedish politicians for the most part still insist that Muslim immigration benefits the Swedish people but the reality, as Bruce Bawer writes, is very different. In fact, it may be "already far too late to forestall Sweden's transformation into a sharia state." As it is, services for the elderly have been severely cut to pay for welfare for immigrants without the language or level of education needed to find a job.READ MORE
This is an email describing problems confronting hospital personnel because of the attitudes and behavior of the influx of Muslim 'refugees'. It has been circulating on the internet for some five years. It came to Think-Israel as having been written by a nurse in Germany (here). The same letter has also been attributed to a Czech female physician in Munich Germany. Aside from the opening remark and trivial changes in some text ("Is this situation coming to your country?" vs "Is this 'situation' coming to America?') the letter is the same.
I am using the 'doctor letter' that appeared in the Sun Bay Paper because it is an early letter before much was known about how the Muslim refugees were reacting in Europe. Yet it is in keeping with what has been reported over time in bits and pieces in many articles and in comments appending articles. Moreover, Sun Bay Paper added remarks from Snopes.com. Snopes, always protective of Islam, disparaged these claims. But as the editor of the Sun Bay Paper points out (here)
Ed. Note: While we agree that unregulated influxes of economic migrants, asylum seekers and illegal immigrants are causing widespead problems for Western Societies, there is no way to verify this "letter" from the Czech Doctor, who, due to security risks from Islamic extremists, choose to remain anonymous. Snopes.com (an online service that vets material for authenticity) could neither deny nor affirm its veracity. However, since similar information is also available that mirrors much of what the missive states, we have chosen to print the information as a guest commentary/opinion with a following caveat from Scopes at the end of the article so readers can judge for themselves.
I had to admit I found so much of what Snopes said (here) risible. I especially liked Snopes subtly suggesting the letter was not authentic because the authority of a doctor bolstered the claims in a way that wouldn't happen if the claim came from a "barista or dog walker." It read as if Snopes was pleased it had scored a debating point. But would a barista or dog walker have the knowledge and hospital experience to write such a letter? Huh?READ MORE
Guy Milliere writes about France as a "a country adrift. Unrest and lawlessness continue to gain ground. Disorder has become part of daily life." Antifa members take to the streets. Separately, Arabs take to the streets. In another demonstration, African illegal immigrants take to the streets. Yellow Vests take to the streets at another time. Living areas are similarly partitioned with built-in no-go zones, and avoided by outsiders. Jews, targeted by Muslims, are leaving the country. President Macron chooses to focus on climate change. The government's response to the increasing disunity is to use new laws that allow the police to arrest "anyone, anywhere, even without cause" and punish anyone who uses ill-defined 'hate speech'.READ MORE
Soeren Kern writes of Ursula von der Leyen, slated to be the President of the European Commission, the powerful administrative arm of the European Union. Like any dedicated leftist, she urges large amounts of money be spent on reduction in carbon emissions, a guaranteed minimum wage, gender balance quotas, admission by all the member states of any migrant that requests asylum and inquiry into the "human and ethical implications of Artificial Intelligence." These expenses will of course come out of the pockets of the taxpayers and, of course, will have positive impact with no downside. But she also has larger, more global ambitions. Her policy proposals indicate she plans a large increase in the power of the EU, primacy of EU law over the current laws of the member states, the creation of a European army and the formation of a European superstate "at the expense of national sovereignty of the member states." Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said of her plans, "She wants to build a centralized, undemocratic, updated form of Communism that will render [obsolete] nation state parliaments, where the state controls everything, where nation state parliaments will cease to have any relevance at all.."
Imagine this scene. Several gangs are finally on trial for raping, grooming for prostitution and trafficking many, many children. These activities have been an open secret for decades but the media and the police have kept it quiet. Finally someone is convicted and sent to prison. It is a media person who has been writing about these horrible activities. As Linda Goudsmit writes, "Tommy Robinson was convicted for reporting the crime of Muslim rape gangs in England. The only law that Tommy Robinson broke was the Islamic supremacist sharia law forbidding criticism of Islam." This is, unfortunately, a true story.READ MORE
Judith Bergman informs us of the details of the Action Plan against Disinformation launched by the European Union (EU). The EU's concern is for Muslims. It wishes to avoid connections, informatively or disinformatively, between Islam and/or Muslims and extremism, a vague word for terrorism. it is quite serious about stomping out any activities it regards as disinformation. It advocate severe censorship on what the media write about Muslims.. The ways to 'detect and expose' and stop information are quite Orwelllian. The EU apparently believes it is better to stop information from reaching the public than refute it after the fact.READ MORE
This issue, as usual, explores a sequence of points in time of historic importance. What is unusual is those discussing the most recent events are first. These discuss the current archaeological digging in Jerusalem in the area called the City of David extending to the Arab village of Silwan. Obviously, it is of enormous historic and religious importance. Andrew Lawler, writing in the National Geographic, November 14, 2019, notes that the maze of tunnels reveals remains of ancient Jerusalem. "... A rocky spur of land jutting south from Jerusalem's Old City ... conceals a subterranean labyrinth of natural caves, Canaanite water channels, Judean tunnels, and Roman quarries." Unfortunately, as do most of the main-stream media, he spends a disproportionate amount of time recording the disgruntlement of above-ground Arabs complaining that the excavation is damaging their houses. Such articles ignore Arab distortions, exaggerations and just plain lies. Considering the harm these complaints do when used as a reason to close down a source that proves the Jewish attachment to its ancient homeland, more balanced articles such as the one below by Nadav Shragai need focus on refuting these complaints rather than the archaeological artifacts uncovered.. Victor Sharpe writes about some serious vandalism: the local Arabs have been deliberately destroying Jewish antiquities on the Temple Mount and environs. The local Arabs have not complained about Arab bulldozing affecting their homes; apparently Arab bulldozers don't crack Arab houses.
One of the artifacts found is a weight engraved with the word 'Beka' in ancient Hebrew; it dates from the First Temple period. As the Arutz-Sheva Staff writes here:
The Beka weight was used to weigh the half-shekel donation brought by the Jewish people for the maintenance of the Temple and the census, and it is mentioned in the Bible in Exodus 38, Verse 26:
"One beka per head; [that is,] half a shekel, according to the holy shekel, for each one who goes through the counting, from twenty years old and upward, for six hundred three thousand, five hundred and fifty [people]."
Another major find is a bulla (a seal), which bears the name Natan-Melech (Servant of the King) and has been accepted by even skeptical experts as likely having belonged to the Natan-Melech who was an official in King Josiah's court (Kings II 23:11). See here.
Nadav Shragai refutes the many inaccuracies in the usual write-up of the dig in the Old City of Jerusalem and provides the context the main stream media tend to ignore. He also tells us about some of the exciting findings recovered on the Pilgrimage Road to the Temple Mount.READ MORE
As Luke Moon points out, excavations in the village of Silwan are confirming the Biblical record. In fact, each new finding in the City of David and environs makes even more preposterous the Arab claim that Jews are johnnies-come-lately in their ancient land. In a recent article, the New York Times chose to ignore Silwan's history as a Yemini Jewish village. In an egregious lie — or maybe just out of plonkin' ignorance — it reasserted that "Israel captured East Jerusalem from Jordan in 1967 and then annexed it", implying it was Jordanian and the Jews were the aggressors. Even a 101 course in History would familiarize the NYT writers with the fact it was Jordan that invaded Israel in 1948 and captured Samaria, Judea and a piece in eastern Jerusalem. In 1967, when Jordan again attacked Israel, Israel didn't capture Jordanian land. Israel took back its own land, land that Jordan had seized in 1948, when it attacked the new-born state of Israel.READ MORE
Victor Sharpe writes that many Muslim 'authorities', including Yassir Arafat, have reassured us that the Jews built no Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and they have no long-term association with the city. Retroactively, the Palestinian Arabs have been 'proving' this by using bulldozers to wantonly destroying archaeological evidence buried under the Temple Mount and environs. As expected, most of the media, which bemoaned ISIS destroying antiquities in Iraq and Syria, raised no objections. Archaeologists and volunteers have sifted the tons of dirt dumped by the Arabs. They have found thousands of artifacts. But As Sharpe points out, "... each precious find, ripped and torn from its age old location upon the Temple Mount by Palestinians, fatally compromises what archaeologists can tell us: a most grievous and barbarous sin against history and civilization."READ MORE
In 2005, the then Israeli government handed over Gaza completely to the Arabs by kicking out each and every Jew who was living there. There was an attempt to justify this action by asserting it markedly reduced terrorism. As Akiva Bigman notes here, this assertion only works if one starts counting from the 2000 Intifada, when Arafat deliberately caused a sharp increase in terror incidents. It is more accurate to assert, as most Jews have come to understand, that "the Gaza withdrawal of more than 8,500 Jews in August 2005 serves as a costly case study demonstrating the implications of evacuating lands and turning them over to Arab control." [See Avrohom Shmuel Lewin, here.] Instead of turning Gaza into a mini-state promoting industry and human rights, Gaza was soon taken over by Hamas with the endorsement of the Arab voters and became another place to train terrorists and develop ways to kill Jews. In his JNS article, Lewin cites Maj (res.) Gen. Gershon Hacohen, who points out the military assumptions asserted before withdrawal, i.e., "territorial separation between Israelis and Palestinians ... will delineate borders, reduce friction and create stability" proved "totally untrue." There was also the blithe reassurance to Israelis, repeating the nonsense reassurance at the time of the Oslo Accords, that if this proved untrue, the military would "embark on any necessary military operation;" That didn't happen. That couldn't happen.
One aspect of the Gaza withdrawal that has received little attention is the preparation it required to condition the Israel Defense Force (IDF) to be ready to carry out an attack on its own people. The article below describes the grotesque training required to make Jewish soldiers act against their own people and its impact on the fighting ability of the IDF. As noted by Professor Arieh Zaritsky In Eretz Israel Shelanu:
'The Mental Preparation' for the Disengagement and its Aftermath in the IDF, summarizes a fact-finding investigation of the notorious "mental preparation" the IDF (Israel Defense Force) had been undergoing for 18 months, prior to the "Disengagement" from Gush Katif. This "mental preparation" had been an outright brainwash that had been the big enabler of the deportation crime (dubbed disengagement).READ MORE
In Mosaic Magazine, Rick Richman quotes Ben Hecht on his early life:
I lived 40 years in my country without encountering anti-Semitism or concerning myself even remotely with its existence. This is perhaps a record for a Jew or, more likely, for a country. . . . I attended no synagogue, read no Jewish history or literature, never heard of the Spanish Inquisition, and listened to no discussion of Jewish problems.
It took the growing power of Hitler and the Nazis to instill in him his Jewish identity. Working with Hillel Kook (aka Peter Bergson), he took up his pen to boldly push people into action. As Colin Shindler writes, "Ben Hecht offended many during his campaign to open people's eyes to the Holocaust. He didn't care a jot."READ MORE
In this article, Alex Grobman and Susan Rosenbluth review Michael Dobbs book: "The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught in Between." Dobbs writes of the time Germany wanted to rid itself of its Jews; its mania to slaughter all Jews was still a few years in the future. Dobbs writes about a group of Jews trapped in Germany but with no place to go, unwanted in Germany, unwanted elsewhere. Grobman and Rosenbluth, summarizing Dobbs, convey the anxiety, the urgency, the panic, the despair endured by this particular group of German Jews, who were suddenly awoken to the fact that they were decidedly not wanted in the very place they had called home, some for generations, some for hundreds of years. Speeches filled with Jew-hate and restrictions on Jewish activities grew increasingly in the 1930s in Hitler's Socialist Germany. By Kristallnacht -- the night in November 1938 that windows in thousand of synagogues and shops were smashed -- it was clear even to those who had ignored earlier anti-Semitic actions, that they had to leave. They wanted to go to the USA, but the USA didn't want them. Dobbs details the twists and turns of their unhappy history.READ MORE
Jordan invaded the new state of Israel in 1948 and was able to grab Samaria, Judea and some of the eastern part of Jerusalem. She killed or kicked out all the Jews. When she again invaded Israel in 1967, Israel was stronger and took back her stolen land. Foolishly, Israel did not evict the Arab squatters who lived in Jewish homes at Jordan's invitation. So Jews have been forced to sue at great cost in money and time to regain their own homes. David Rosenberg writes of one such incident. NOTE: See also "The Muslim Quarter of the Old City was Jewish before the Mandate" by Dovid Mark here.READ MORE
Ruth Blum addresses the problem of how the treatment of Jews in the Middle East and North Africa by Muslims has been presented. Too many books and articles assert that Muslims and Jews happily coexisted, completely ignoring that Jews were treated as dhimmis are treated in Arab countries: badly. She points out that Exile in the Maghreb authored by Paul B. Fenton and David G. Littman "is a most important book, which sets the record straight about the true plight of the Jews after the conquests of the lands in which they had peacefully resided."READ MORE
In the 6th Century BCE, the Jews of Judea were conquered and exiled by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar 2, their Temple destroyed. When Cyrus the Great, ruler of Persia, (now called Iran), overcame the Babylonians in 539 BCE, he allowed the Jews to return to their homeland and rebuild their Temple. As Rivkah Fishman-Duker points out, it was his political policy to allow freedom of religion. This did not return the Jews to control of their homeland, as did, say, the San Remo Conference in 1920. The Washington Post hastened to refute claims that Trump is a modern-day Cyrus because he moved the US Embassy to Jerusalem. In doing so, the newspaper violated one of their policies. By talking about events involving Jews that happened more than 2500 years ago, they were implicitly and atypically refuting "the mendacious Palestinian narrative, which claims that the Jews are not the indigenous people and are usurpers who lack a historical claim to the land."READ MORE
Bruce Bawer reminds us how little the world understood the threat of Islamic Jihad just thirty years ago. Salman Rushdie had just published a novel, The Satanic Verses which featured the Koran and Muhammed. The Ayatollah Khomeini declared the novel blasphemous. He issued a fatwa condemning Rushdie to death and promising $6 million dollars to the one who killed him. The world was so unfamiliar with the concepts of fatwa, jihad and sharia law that many found it all "grotesque, absurd — a joke, even." Many agreed that Islam had been slandered. Few understood this was not an isolated incident of no lasting importance. Since 1989 we have become much more familiar with fatwas and jihad and acts of Islamic terrorism. We no longer think Khomeini's fatwa was a joke. But it can not be said that we yet understand that Resurgent Islam is waging a war to the death against the West and Israel in a variety of ways. It will not stop until we take the threat seriously enough to fight back effectively.READ MORE
Nurit Greenger writes of the return of sheep called Jacob sheep to Israel after thousands of years. The association to the Biblical Jacob is that like the sheep Jacob got to keep from his father-in-law's flock, these sheep are "piebald, of spotted and speckled patterns." Sheep were originally domesticated and bred in the Fertile Crescent, but deliberately-induced modifications in features may have occurred over the millennia. Nevertheless, 'closing the circle' is a charming notion.READ MORE
Michael Freund acquaints us with some astonishing facts about how many people in Central and South America are of Jewish descent. Genetic tests indicated that a quarter of a 6500-people statistical sample have Jewish genetic ancestry. Translated to the general population, that means the millions of this population have Jewish roots. Another study determined that some 20% of the 50 million combined population in Spain and Portugal were descendants of Jews forced to convert to Catholicism centuries ago. Currently some individuals and groups of these people, called Bnei Anusim (Children of the Coerced), have formally reverted to Judaism. Freund suggests that as others become aware of their ancestry, the Jewish community should embrace "the Bnei Anusim and other Jewish descendants." It should welcome "back those who wish to come home."READ MORE
What we are talking about in the July–December 2018 Issue
Think-Israel tends to use salafist rather than extremist or Islamist or militant or fundamentalist or activist to describe generically a pious Muslim, one who sticks as closely as possible to the unfiltered words and actions of Mohammad and the first three generations of Muslims, including, especially, the Companions of the Prophet. In modeling himself as closely as he can on the preachings and practices of Mohammad, a salafist can in modern terms be precisely described as an uninhibited terrorist, a theological supersessionist, a political supremacist who believes Islam and sharia law must dominate and a social barbarian, who wages jihad with whatever tools are available. Thanks to the high quality of whitewash supplied by sympathetic propagandists, he seldom is so described.
This issue we tackle, in a small way, aspects of some large topics — Nationalism versus Globalism and Capitalism versus Socialism. We examine how avowed Marxists and pious Muslims have banded together to destroy our political system and our personal freedoms.
Part 1 examines the return of the notion of a single government planet-wide. To bring it about we would need to restructure our society and our values. Part 1 looks at the pressure to stop global warming (GW) and open all our borders. Doing so will move us closer to a one-world government.
Cleaning the atmosphere of carbon dioxide can not be done in bits and pieces, here and there. It needs to be done over the entire globe. The infra-structure in any one place needs to be connected to the network infrastructure. Once developed, a single network managed by some entity such as the United Nations is a global government in all but the name. In this way, dedicating ourselves to stopping GW would help bring about a single state.
If we start even in a small way to have open borders, we will be downgrading one essential characteristic of a sovereign state. Then too, if we rid ourselves of the idea that a sovereign nation has the right to decide which outsiders can reside within its borders, then we have no way to curtail the entry of people that don't have our values or want to abide by our laws.
Part 2 looks at socialism, defining it as best we can and exploring some of its practices. It also discusses the morphing of the Democratic party from liberalism to a political entity that is anti-Semitic, anti-family, anti-religion except perhaps Islam, and against our major values of personal freedom in speech and action. A few years ago, the Democrats promised to unite all groups by underplaying differences in skin color, religion, ethnic group and other features. Instead, we have morality by stratification. White people are told to go sit at the back of the bus and admit, despite their record of advancing civilization spectacularly, that they are worthless. We are being taught to value groups selectively, instead of assessing individuals according to what they have accomplished.
Part 3 looks at what's happening to Resurgent Islam's mission to make sharia law universal. What's happening in the States, in Europe, the Middle East and in the Far East.
The issue ends with Part 4 with sections on Public Relations and History.