In blaming Israeli policy for the fact that on many U.S. campuses, the
classmates of Jewish students “shun them for identifying with Israel at
all,” perhaps American Jewish leaders are overlooking the failures at
home, particularly among liberal progressive diaspora Jewish leaders.
Many Jewish students are stuck entirely in an American bubble, with no
understanding of the centrality of Jewish self-determination (i.e.,
Zionism) to our survival as a people. So how can they even begin to
understand Israel, let alone give us advice?
For two decades, too many American Jews have ignored or downplayed the
gratuitous post-colonial Israel-bashing from the supposedly liberal
bastions such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, and which
are echoed in the mainstream media. When Israeli soldiers are
repeatedly and falsely accused of being child murderers and war
criminals, where is the outrage from the mainstream American Jewish
establishment? A couple of years ago, the federations finally
established a fund to fight boycotts, but this group is also largely
invisible and very timid.
Instead, fringe Israeli voices that polarize and demonize our society
under the façade of human rights, democracy and peace are given
legitimacy and resources in America, and the Jewish leadership is silent
or in some cases complicit. Much of the BDS war — and make no mistake,
the goal is the elimination of Israel — involves bogus peace NGOs that
received their initial funds and public relations boost via U.S.-based
Jewish groups who thought they knew better than the Israeli public. Such
groups include the Coalition of Women for Peace, the Israel Committee
Against House Demolitions, Breaking the Silence, Jewish Voice for Peace,
and many others.
And now, when the Israeli public finally demands an effective response
to the NGOs that lead to this demonization, the American Jewish
leadership condemns Israel, repeating liberal pieties about free speech,
but without addressing the real issues. In all of the criticisms of the
proposed new NGO funding transparency laws, I have yet to see any
serious understanding of the threat or alternative strategies. On this,
as on so many issues, criticizing Israel from a distance is far too
When crying out for an Israeli peace plan, “any plan,” your
interlocutor makes it seem so simple. Like most Israelis, I also hope
for a peace plan, but not any plan, and certainly not one that will
bring us yet another disaster when it fails. The reality that I see not
far from the windows in my Jerusalem home includes Hamas, Hezbollah,
ISIS, Assad, Iran and others. Our only “peace partners,” led by Mahmoud
Abbas and his Fatah group, are corrupt and stuck in the rejectionist
dead-end of 1948. So no, “any plan” that helps Israel’s PR among liberal
students, but makes our security situation even worse, is not better
than the status quo.
On this and many other issues, I understand why American Jewish leaders
want us in Israel to take risks, and probably think that this is for
our own good. But we do not see many American Jewish leaders taking many
risks in terms of criticizing President Obama and Secretary of State
Kerry when they put all of the blame and responsibility on Israel, and
patronizingly give the Palestinians a free pass. And where are your
tough decisions to exclude BDS groups and Israel bashers from the big
So it is not only “that Israel’s leadership is moving in a direction at
odds with the next generation of Americans,” but that America’s liberal
Jewish leadership is moving in a direction at odds with Israel and our
Shavua tov, and a good week to everyone from Boston.
If you think friends don't spy on friends, you're wrong. Of course, when the friends are doing the spying on behalf of Israel, they end up in jail for 30 years and then cannot leave the United States once they are released. But it's perfectly okay for the United States and Britain to spy on Israel.
United States and Britain have monitored secret sorties and
communications by Israel's air force in a hacking operation dating back
to 1998, according to documents attributed to leaks by former U.S. spy
agency contractor Edward Snowden.
disappointment at the disclosures, published on Friday in at least two
media outlets and which might further strains ties with Washington after
years of feuding over strategies on Iran and the Palestinians.
best-selling newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, said the U.S. National
Security Agency, which specialises in electronic surveillance, and its
British counterpart GCHQ spied on Israeli air force missions against
Gaza, Syria and Iran.
The spy operation, codenamed "Anarchist", was run out of a Cyprus base and targeted other Middle East states too, Yedioth said.
publication The Intercept, which lists Snowden confidant Glenn Greenwald
among its associates, ran a similar report, with what it said were
hacked pictures of armed Israeli drones taken from cameras aboard the
Yedioth said German news-magazine Der
Spiegel, whose publication day is Saturday, also planned to run an
article based on Snowden's leak.
[Energy Minister Yuval] Steinitz said Israel was "not surprised" by the hacking described in the latest Snowden leak.
know that the Americans spy on the whole world, and also on us, also on
their friends," he said. "But still, it is disappointing, inter alia
because, going back decades already, we have not spied nor collected
intelligence nor hacked encryptions in the United States."
Hey Yuval - are you sure they're our friends? After all, they've been telling us for 30 years that friends don't spy on friends.
I'm sorry to report that the 'thaw' has once again become a freeze. The Obama administration has issued an executive order calling for the labeling of products made in the West BankJudea and Samaria as not having been made in Israel.
The Jan. 23 directive
states that it is “not acceptable” to label goods coming from Israeli
companies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as having been produced in
The order comes amid an effort by the European Union to label
Israeli-made goods, a move the Israeli government called anti-Israel and
that prominent anti-Semitism watchdog groups have condemned as among the worst incidents of anti-Semitism in 2015.
This is a shift from the administration’s previous position. A State Department spokesman told reporters
in November that such labeling could be perceived as “a step on the way
to a boycott” and said boycotts would be opposed by the administration.
But earlier this month, senior Obama administration officials defended the EU’s move and reaffirmed its position against “Israeli settlement activity.”
The new guidance references a decades-old administrative directive
that sought to promote the import of Palestinian goods produced in the
West Bank. The Obama administration is facing criticism for
reinterpreting it and enforcing it to punish Israeli businesses.
The new memo, issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, is meant
to “provide guidance to the trade community regarding the country of
origin marking requirements for goods that are manufactured in the West
Good produced in these areas are not to be labeled “with the words
‘Israel,’” according to the memo, which warns that inappropriate
labeling will subject the products to “enforcement action” by Customs
and Border Protection.
“Goods produced in the West Bank or Gaza Strip shall be marked as
originating from ‘West Bank,’ ‘Gaza,’ ‘Gaza Strip,’ ‘West Bank/Gaza,’
‘West Bank/Gaza Strip,’ ‘West Bank and Gaza,’ or ‘West Bank and Gaza
Strip,’” according to the directive.
“It is not acceptable to mark the aforementioned goods with the words
‘Israel,’’ ‘Made in Israel,’ ‘Occupied Territories-Israel,’ or any
variation thereof,” it states.
Goods that are erroneously marked as products of Israel will be
subject to an enforcement action carried out by U.S. Customs and Border
Protection,” the memo states. “Goods entering the United States must
conform to the U.S. marking statute and regulations promulgated
The Obama administration has reacted by claiming that nothing has changed.
A State Department official who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon on Thursday said that the department is aware of the new memo but does not view it as a shift in longstanding policy.
“We are aware that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection re-issued
guidance on their marking requirements,” the official said. “There has
been no change in policy or in our approach to enforcement of marking
The latest guidance stands as a “restatement of previous
requirements,” the official added. “CBP has made clear that it in no way
supersedes prior rulings or regulations, nor does it impose additional
requirements with respect to merchandise imported from the West Bank,
Gaza Strip, or Israel.”
“Longstanding U.S. guidelines, dating to 1995, on country of origin
product marking requires that products produced in the West Bank be
marked as products of the West Bank, and products of Israel be marked as
products of Israel,” the official explained.
Except that for 20 years, no one bothered to label products that way and no one noticed.
Just a quick note to let you all know that it's a travel day today. When you see this post, I will be taking off for London. Will try to post more from there. (You know you haven't been posting a lot when your boss asks if you're swamped with work because you've been posting so little :-)
Ezra Nawi, an Israeli Jewish plumber, has a long history as a left-wing activist helping Palestinians in their struggle against Israel’s occupation of the West Bank. Now he is under arrest in Israel, after a right-wing activist surreptitiously filmed him bragging about exposing Arab brokers who tried to sell Palestinian land to Jewish settlers. Such sales are a capital crime under Palestinian law.
variously as a big-mouthed provocateur and a colorful human-rights
adventurer, Mr. Nawi has become the latest symbol in the battle between
advocacy groups on opposite sides of Israel’s political spectrum, and
the increasingly fierce debate here over the nature of Israeli society
The debate has heated up as Israel’s conservative government is pushing
forward contentious legislation that would require nongovernmental
organizations to disclose funding they receive from foreign governments
in their publications, advertising and meetings with public officials.
The proposed bill, which supporters say is meant to increase
transparency, would apply mainly to leftist groups critical of Israel’s
policy toward the Palestinians, since rightist groups mostly receive
private funding from abroad, and it has already drawn harsh criticism
from the Obama administration and European diplomats.
No, this story is not about the NGO law, which the Times so hates. It's about yet another Leftist fascist who thinks he has the right to endanger other people's lives.
is an odd case. Mr. Nawi, described in a 2009 New York Times profile as
“the Robin Hood of the South Hebron Hills,” helping Palestinians who
love him and “thwarting settlers and soldiers who view him with
contempt,” is now accused of endangering the lives of Palestinians. That
is because selling land to Israeli Jews is punishable by death
according to the Palestinian Authority. Although the authority is not
known to have carried out any executions for any offense in more than a
decade, there have been reports of torture in its prisons.
Ad Kan video, from about a year ago, shows Mr. Nawi behind the wheel of
his jeep, bragging about what appeared to be a dubious sideline to his
activist work in the West Bank.
He told the man sitting next to him, whom he believed to be a fellow
sympathizer, that he sometimes posed as a land broker and engaged with
other land dealers mediating sales of Palestinian-owned land to Jewish
settlers, then handed over their details to the Palestinian Authority
Asked what the Authority did with such people, Mr. Nawi said it “catches them and kills them.”
Days later, he was arrested at the airport as he was about to leave the country.
Odd? Not to anyone who knows the history of Israel's prosecutorial regime burying charges against the Left. Only by gathering evidence so convincing that even the Left-leaning Uvda had to run with it or lose all credibility could Nawi's disgusting behavior be exposed.
There is a story here. Too bad it's not the one the Times chose to tell.
If only the NY TImes used the sports headline writers for the news
Shavua tov, a good week to everyone.
Saturday's New York Times sports section features an article blasting the NFL for its treatment of Israel's football team (which plays for the AFC title and a trip to the Super Bowl tomorrow) and team quarterback Tom Brady (Hat Tip: Memeorandum). The headline is titled True Scandal of Deflategate Lies in the N.F.L.’s Behavior.
May, the data arrived. The prominent lawyer Theodore V. Wells Jr., who
was hired to investigate Deflategate for the league, delivered a
devastating indictment of the Patriots. The Wells report
concluded that “it was more probable than not” that two members of the
Patriots’ locker room staff had “participated in a deliberate effort to
release air from Patriots game balls,” and that “it was more probable
than not” that Brady was “at least generally aware” of the impropriety.
the evidence was circumstantial — based on ambiguous text messages;
Brady’s discarding of a cellphone; and a trip to the bathroom by one of
the staff members, who took the balls in with him — it was also
buttressed by a lengthy scientific report prepared by Exponent, a consulting firm with dubious bona fides, having disputed the dangers of secondhand smoke and asbestos. Exponent was a hired gun, and its conclusions backed Wells’s narrative.
liked his footballs at the lowest p.s.i. in the range — 12.5. The
consultants concluded that the drop in the p.s.i. of the Patriots’
footballs — the average was 11.3 p.s.i. — could not be fully explained
by the Ideal Gas Law; it was too steep. But the smaller drop in the
p.s.i. of the Colts’ footballs could indeed be explained by the laws of
in hand, Leonard went to work. He bought the same gauges the N.F.L.
used to measure p.s.i. levels. He bought N.F.L.-quality footballs. He
replicated the temperatures of the locker room, and the colder field.
And so on. When he was done, he concluded that Exponent had made a
series of basic errors. Leonard’s work showed the exact opposite of
Exponent’s conclusions: The drop in the Patriots’ footballs’ p.s.i was
consistent with the Ideal Gas Law; the smaller drop in pressure in the
Colts’ balls was not. (Leonard surmises that because the Colts’ balls
were tested after the Patriots’ balls, they had warmed up again.)
early November, he had a PowerPoint presentation with more than 140
slides. By the end of the month, he had given two lectures about
Deflategate, the second of which he had videotaped and posted on
YouTube. A viewer who watched the lengthy lecture edited it down to a
crisp 15 minutes; Leonard agreed to let him post the edited version.
The edited lecture
went up on YouTube on Dec. 1 and has been viewed more than 17,000
times. It is utterly convincing. Leonard told me that if an M.I.T.
undergraduate made the kinds of mistakes that Exponent made, “I would
force them to repeat the experiment and correct the analysis.” Based on
his study of the data, Leonard now says: “I am convinced that no
deflation occurred and that the Patriots are innocent. It never
He is hardly the only scientist to take that position. As Dan Wetzel pointed out in a recent Yahoo Sports column,
scientists at Carnegie Mellon, the University of Chicago, Boston
College, Rockefeller University, the University of Illinois and Bowdoin
College — and others — have all come to the same conclusion.
Fair headline? I think so. Now compare it with this headline and the accompanying article's content.
Palestinian Girl with Knife Killed by Israeli Guard, Police Say
A 13-year-old Palestinian girl was fatally shot by an Israeli security
guard at the entrance to a West Bank settlement on Saturday after she ran at him
with a knife, according to the Israeli police.
The girl was identified by the official Palestinian news agency Wafa as Ruqayya
Eid Abu Eid, a resident of the Palestinian village of Anata. The village is about a mile
from the settlement of Anatot, where the episode occurred.
According to the Israeli police, Ms. Abu Eid quarreled with her family on
Saturday morning and then left her home with a knife “intending to die.” She arrived
at the settlement about 8 a.m., the police said in a statement, and ran toward the
civilian guard at the entrance, who opened fire. Grainy security camera footage from
the scene appeared to show a girl with a knife in her hand chasing a guard.
The girl’s father, who was looking for her, arrived at the settlement soon after
she had been shot. The police detained him for questioning.
Sure glad I read the article for the context. I wonder how many other people didn't/
Meet 16-year old Morad Bader Abdullah Adais, whose father in the 'Palestinian' village of Dura is gushing with pride this week. Why? Stephen Flatow - himself the father of a terror victim - reports that the senior Adais' pride is because his son murdered 39-year old Dafna Meir in front of her children.
But Adais' pride is not an exception in 'Palestinian' society. It's the rule. (In fact, if anything is the exception, it's the fact that Adais was taken alive after the attack).
Advocates of the Palestinian cause are always
telling us that ordinary Palestinians are just like ordinary folks
everywhere. They say Palestinian moms and dads have the same concerns as
moms and dads in America, Israel, and anyplace else.
Then-president Bill Clinton epitomized this
attitude when he met with Israeli parents of terror victims on Dec. 15,
1998, and then traveled to Gaza to meet with Palestinian parents of
imprisoned terrorists. The president told reporters: “If I had met them
in reverse order, I would not have known which ones were Israeli and
Even back then, the president should have been
able to tell the difference. The Israeli parents were the ones mourning
the deaths of their innocent children. The Palestinian parents were the
ones cheering on their children for murdering the Israeli children.
The problem is not just individual Palestinian
parents endorsing their children’s terrorism. The problem is that the
official Palestinian leadership actively encourages such
attitudes. Consider how the PA’s Minister of Women’s Affairs, Haifa
Al-Agha, recently explained the “uniqueness” of Palestinian women: “The
Palestinian women’s uniqueness differentiates her from the women of the
world, as [only] she receives the news of her son’s Martyrdom with cries
Her statement appeared in the official daily newspaper of the “moderate” PA, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida,
on Nov. 7, 2015. Such declarations appear in the official PA news media
every day. They send a very specific message to the Palestinian public;
and it’s clear that the message has been received, loud and clear.
As much as we wish that the Palestinians were
moderate, reasonable people who hate violence and terrorism and would
live in peace with Israel if they were just given a state of their own,
they keep demonstrating, through their words and deeds, exactly the
Keep that in mind the next time someone tells you that the key to peace in the Middle East is a 'Palestinian state.'
Well, now he's become an international player, with the Washington Post reporting that he claims that President Hussein Obama is a Shiite Muslim and that Israel (Israel!?!) was behind Obama's election.
أوباما الذي يعود لأصول شيعية انتخب لتقريب وجهات النظر بين إيران وأمريكا لإيقاف برنامج إيران النووي العسكري.نجحت الخطة .
This week, as the Obama administration announced that it was lifting
sanctions on Iran as a result of a U.S.-led nuclear deal with Tehran
reached in July, Dhahi Khalfan
Tamim, the head of general security for the emirate of Dubai, suggested
that Obama's "Shiite roots" had helped him get elected in a bid to bring
the United States and Iran closer.
"Mission accomplished," he added.
In follow-up tweets, Tamim suggested that Israel was actually behind
the election of Obama and that the U.S. president would probably visit a
number of Shiite religious sites in Iran soon.
It's worth noting
that Tamim isn't an obscure figure. He is a former police chief of
Dubai. His Twitter account has more than 1.2 million followers, and his
tweets about Obama were retweeted hundreds of times. And neither is
this the first time that this rumor has found voice.
No, I don't believe Obama is a Muslim. But I do believe that he's an Islamophile with a disproportionate love for and trust of Islam. And yes, I believe he's an anti-semite.
Jewish Voice for 'peace' seeks to free accessory to murder
Israel Radio reported this morning that a Jew and a 'Palestinian' - both 'peace activists' - are being held for meeting with an enemy foreign agent.
While the radio did not disclose who they are, the uber-Leftist Jew-haters at Jewish Voice for 'peace' are petitioning for his release (if you think my description of JVP is an overstatement, go here).
If you're wondering why this Jewish-born drek is being held, go here.
Abu Mazen last night in Beit Lechem: We oppose murder or bloodshed of any person without connection to his sex/origin/religion. Our opposition will continue to be peaceful and we will not encourage otherwise.
Today, a 15-year old was arrested in connection with the murder of Daphna Meir HY"D (May God Avenge her blood), a mother of six children who was murdered in her own home in front of her children on Sunday. How does a 15-year old become incited to murder?
This video is from 'Palestinian' television in October of 2015. The senior 'Palestinian' official was commenting on the murders of Eitam and Naama Henkin HY"D (on which Abu Mazen had no comment - see the link).
When a child is fed this kind of support for murder with his mother's milk and thereafter for all of his brief life, is it really surprising that he decides that his duty is to murder Jews in front of their children (God Forbid)?
Abu Mazen doesn't oppose bloodshed. He lives for it. He's a liar.
And for this we can thank President Hussein Obama and his European Union friends, which continue to let the 'Palestinian Authority' off scot free for this type of incitement.
#ThanksObama IDF Chief warns Iran will finance Hamas and Hezbullah
At the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) conference in Tel Aviv on Monday, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot warned that sanctions relief for Iran would mean more funding for Hamas and Hezbullah.
Within a year to two years, large funds made available by sanctions
relief will be directed by Iran towards trying to harm Israel, he
Iran's "advanced military industry" will develop further,
and its transfer of funds to Hezbollah, which has so far stood at
around a billion dollar a year, will increase.
"The assessment is
that as the economic situation improves in Iran, more assets will be
diverted [to building up capabilities against Israel]," he added.
Hamas, which currently receives tens of millions of dollars from Iran,
is set to receive more, while Tehran continues to try and traffic
weapons to Gaza.
Hezbollah remains the "IDF's number one enemy," he said, challenging
Israel's aerial and intelligence superiority though its conversion of
240 Shi'ite towns and villages in southern Lebanon into rocket assault
Each such town and village has their own defensive
Hezbollah units, rocket launchers, and command and control center. "They
are the capability Hezbollah has built for the day they receive the
order to attack. They are seeking to make their projectiles more
accurate, and have grown in the past decade from 10,000 to 100,000
rockets and missiles," Eisenkot said.
Nevertheless, the chief of
staff said, "Hezbollah understands the implications of an escalation
in Lebanon," and has kept the peace in Lebanon for over a decade. "Our
intelligence and operational abilities have improved dramatically
compared to 2006, when we were focused on the Palestinian arena," he
"There is a deep understanding [among Hezbollah chiefs] of
Israel's intelligence penetration into the organization. They perceive
the IDF as a very strong, unpredictable military.
"In the coming
three to five years, the threat posed by sub-state actors like
Hezbollah, Hamas, al-Qaida, and ISIS will grow, as will the threat
posed by rockets, offensive tunnels, and terror and guerrilla cells.
The cyber threat will also grow. However, threats by conventional
armies will shrink, and there are no enemy air forces, navies, or
divisions that currently threaten Israel," he added.
Eisenkot also expects unconventional threats against Israel to decline in the next 3-5 years - something we can only hope and pray will be true - and notes with concern that ISIS has more support in Judea, Samaria and Gaza than anyplace else in the Arab world.
Not just in England and France: There are Muslim no-go zones in the United States
Muslim enclaves that are hostile to surrounding communities are
springing up across America. Funded by Pakistani radicals, 22 villages
in 9 states have been established that are teaching terrorist tactics to
members of their compounds.
It's been a couple of days. Having trouble writing anything....
Yesterday, a mother of six children was murdered in her own home by a 'Palestinian' terrorist. Yes, the picture on the right is her kitchen floor and that's not paint....
The woman has since been identified as 39-year-old Dafna Meir, a
mother to six children, two of them foster children. She waas
initially critically wounded in the attack and succumbed to her wounds
The Arab terrorist who carried out the attack succeeded in breaking
into the town, entering the woman's home and murdering her
before fleeing the scene.
The woman, who works as a nurse, fought with the terrorist at the
entrance to her home as her children were nearby, according to
testimony. The children did not see the attack but heard her shouts and
came running, and then called up security forces to hunt the murderer.
Security forces are currently pursuing the terrorist, aided by a
helicopter, and residents of the town were asked to stay in their homes
during the manhunt. The IDF has clarified that the terrorist is no
longer in the town.
Witnesses of the attack have said the terrorist worked in the town and
used his familiarity with the community to carry out the attack.
Some people have made the connection between Israel's Left and the encouragement of 'Palestinian' terrorism.
Former Interior Minister Eli Yishai, chair of the Yachad party which
narrowly failed to enter the Knesset, responded to the murder by blaming
the radical leftist groups B'Tselem and Breaking the Silence.
"I am shocked by the murderous attack in Otniel. The cruelty of the
murderers knows no bounds," said Yishai. "Again we come across the face
of uninhibited evil. An awful murder of a Jewish woman hy''d in her
private home, with her only 'sin' being that she was an Israeli Jew."
"The struggle against incitement needs to be escalated. The
Palestinian incitement at the side of the Israeli (incitement) managed
by leftist organizations B'Tselem and Breaking the Silence is
responsible for another despicable murder. God will avenge her blood."
For the Hebrew proficient, here's an Israel Radio interview interview with one of Daphna Meir's nursing colleagues (she was a neurosurgical nurse who also gave pre-nuptial classes to women after being in a boarding school herself by 5th grade) who traveled with her often from Otniel to Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva.
Sunday's murder came moments after another terrorist was stopped at the gates of Kiryat Arba.
And today, a pregnant woman, the daughter-in-law of prominent coexistence advocate Rabbi Menachem Froman z"l, and an activist in the Leftist political party Yesh Atid (led by Yair Lapid), was stabbed by a 'Palestinian' terrorist.
Deja vu all over again: Iran takes 10 US sailors hostage
It's 1979-80 all over again. Iran has seized two US Naval boats and has taken the 10 sailors on board hostage. But it's worse than 1979-80 - the Obama administration is already blaming the sailors.
Iran detained two small Navy craft
and was holding 10 American crew members Tuesday in the Persian Gulf, U.S.
officials said, an incident that seized the attention of Congress just hours
before President Barack Obama planned to deliver his final State of the Union
Defense officials scrambled to determine what
happened, saying they were looking into whether a mechanical issue caused the
incident. Officials also said one or both of the small boats may have veered
into Iranian territorial waters near Iran’s Farsi Island. The U.S. Navy had lost
contact with the two boats, U.S. officials said.
A senior administration official said the U.S.
has received assurances that the two small boats and their crew were to be
released “promptly.” The Iranians held 10 U.S. sailors, who were on board the
two craft on a trip to Bahrain from Kuwait, officials said.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called his
Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif, on Tuesday to try and arrange the release of
two U.S. boats, according to a second senior administration official. The second
official said the U.S. expected the American personnel to be released
A Jewish councilman was found dead in his apartment on Tuesday morning,
prompting French media speculation of a racially motivated killing.
Ghozland of the Parisian suburb of Créteil was found by his brother,
who checked in on the city councillor after he failed to show in
synagogue the previous evening.
While a police source who spoke
with Metro News admitted that it was “too early to know the cause of
death,” Ghozland was reportedly found with stab wounds and bruising. His
apartment appeared to have been ransacked and his car was missing from
its spot outside.
The victim, whose father helped found the local
Jewish cultural association, was active in Jewish affairs and his death
has shaken his coreligionists, according to the French newspaper.
was described by the Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de
France (CRIF), the umbrella organization representing French Jewry, as
“a prominent leader of the local Jewish Community.”
“People are upset. They do not know what to think and ask a lot of questions,” one relative was quoted as saying.
And last week marked the anniversary of the attack on the Hyper Cacher supermarket in Paris, which was the icing on the cake of a week in which mass murder was committed in the name of Islam at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Sorry but I don't understand why the flow of immigration from France to Israel isn't a wave. Why would any Jew want to stay there?
Taharrush - the Arab rape 'game' that's been exported to Europe
What happened in Cologne and other cities in Europe on New Year's Eve is known in the Arab world as Taharrush. It's a rape 'game' and it's particularly unpleasant for the women caught up in it (Hat Tip: Ellen S).
The "rape game" Taharrush is about a large group of Arab men surrounding
their victim, usually a Western woman or a woman wearing Western-style
clothing, and then the women are subjected to sexual abuse.
surround the victim in circles. The men in the inner circle are the
ones who physically abuse the woman, the next circle are the spectators,
while the mission of the third circle is to distract and divert
attention to what's going on.
If there is enough men, the woman
is dragged along by the mob, while the men take turns ripping her
clothes off, grope her, and inserting fingers in her various body
I have a mercifully short video of it to show you (safe for work, but parental discretion advised - I did not turn on this video with my kids in the room).
Now and Then - Some interesting economic statistics for the past five years
I would love to see what some of these statistics are for Israel, but I thought I would share with you some economic statistics comparing the end of 2010 to the end of 2015 that I received from one of my work colleagues.
In the aftermath of the Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia's embassies, Lee Smith writes that the Obama administration has given the Saudis contemptuous treatment that has only been matched by Obama's treatment of one other ally: Israel.
President Obama has said that the United States shouldn't take part in a
sectarian war. White House officials have let on that it's wisest for
the United States to stand aside while extremists from both sects kill
each other off. But the administration has effectively sided across the
region with Iran and its allies, including Hezbollah and Iranian-backed
Shiite militias in Iraq, and even the Revolutionary Guard Corps itself,
providing air cover for the operations of Quds Force chief Qassem
Suleimani in Iraq. John Kerry has finally admitted that the
administration has no interest in toppling dictator Bashar al-Assad,
Iran's ally in Damascus. As Obama has explained, the White House
acknowledges Iranian interests in Syria — which happen to include
shipping missiles to Hezbollah to point at Israel.
With the Nimr affair, the Obama administration again showed its
preference for Iran. After the Saudi embassy and consulate were torched,
the first statement the State Department released made no mention of
the attacks but questioned the wisdom of executing Nimr. Officials were
eager to put distance between the United States and the Saudis, claiming
the administration had tried to dissuade Riyadh but to no avail.
Why was the White House effectively
backing Iran's position, a self-arrogated "right" to have a say in the
fate of a citizen of another country? After all, Iranian foreign
minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tells Kerry that the fate of
Iranian-American Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian is none of America's business since he's an Iranian national.
"Shortly after they started getting
questions about the incident, the administration began furiously
briefing reporters against the Saudis," says Omri Ceren, an analyst with
the Israel Project. "It's difficult to think of any other country, with
the obvious exception of Israel, that's ever received that kind of
treatment from the White House's communications team." Large parts of
the American press and foreign policy community took their cue from the
White House and went on the offensive against Saudi Arabia. The
fundamental theme was that Americans share many values with Iran, but
not with the Saudis. This, though neither Riyadh nor Washington are in
the habit of directing their citizens to attack embassies.
Saudi Arabia is an often trying U.S.
ally, unfree, a violator of human rights, with private citizens who back
terrorism. But for the last decade, Saudi Arabia has been a partner in
the war on terror. Most of the 46 others executed with Nimr were Sunni
Islamists, including al Qaeda members. "Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef
has an impeccable record in fighting Islamists," says Hussain
Abdul-Hussain, Washington bureau chief of the Kuwaiti newspaper Al Rai. "Now Saudi has its Islamists on the run and sees Iran as the main threat they have to deal with."
Abdul-Hussain says that this new policy
focus is also partly due to the difference between the former king,
Abdullah, and the current ruler, Salman. "Abdullah didn't want to get
involved in regional politics. But with Salman, the White House has
asked the Saudis to do so many things and carry the ball on their own —
whether it's Syria, Yemen, or to stand up to Iran. But now the
administration is saying they don't like it that way. If you're Saudi,
it seems that no matter what you do, the Americans won't like it."
What's especially peculiar about the
White House's attitude, says Abdul-Hussain, is that the Saudis are a
status quo power that, in its foreign policy, essentially plays by
Western rules. "They believe in the nation-state. For instance, they
gave the Lebanese Army billions of dollars to buy weapons from France in
order to buttress a national institution. The Iranians are a militia
state that supports militias around the region. In Iran, the supreme
leader is more powerful than the president, the IRGC is stronger than
Exporting the Islamic Revolution means
replicating that system elsewhere. In Lebanon, Hezbollah is stronger
than the army. Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah, makes foreign
policy, not the Lebanese prime minister. "Iran is doing the same in
Iraq," says Abdul-Hussain, "where they back the popular militias, which
are stronger than the central government in Baghdad."
It's hardly a surprise that the regime
in Tehran continues to violate international laws and norms, laying
siege to diplomatic missions and testing ballistic missiles in violation
of U.N. Security Council resolutions. The revolution has always aimed
to overthrow the existing order of the region and the rest of the world.
What's striking is not just that the White House has turned on so many
American regional partners, from Israel to Saudi Arabia, or that it's
undone an American system that took 70 years to build, but that it so
often ends up taking Iran's side.
Obama wants to be UN Secretary General, Netanyahu determined to stop him
US President Hussein Obama doesn't want to go off into the sunset in January 2017. He wants to become Secretary General of the United Nations. And Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is determined to stop him (Hat Tip: Fox Nation).
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly is planning payback for President Obama’s dismissing Mr. Netanyahu’s objections to the Iran nuclear deal last year. Mr. Netanyahu
is said to be rallying moderate Arabs to thwart Mr. Obama’s bid to
become the Secretary-General of the United Nations after he leaves the
White House next year.
Mr. Obama has already discussed the issue
with Republican, Democratic and Jewish officials in the United States,
according to Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida.
recently is said to have gotten wind of Obama’s plans which he calls
the Obama Project. “Wasn’t eight years of having Obama in office
enough?” Mr. Netanyahu is quoted in the Kuwaiti daily as telling associates. “Eight years during which he ignored Israel? And now he wants to be in a position that is liable to cause us hardships in the international arena.”
Actually, the problem isn't that he ignored us - the problem is that he is obsessed with us.
But what's really interesting is that Netanyahu is enlisting the 'moderate' Arab states to help block the leader of the 'most pro-Israel administration evah.'
“Obama is the worst president Israel has had to deal with and the worst president for the Middle East and its allies, the moderate Arab states,” the paper quotes a Netanyahu aide.
source close to the Prime Minister said “his presidency was
characterized by [Washington’s] moving closer to the Muslim Brotherhood,
toppling the regime of Hosni Mubarak, and attempts to ally itself with
“Obama’s term is ending with him forging an alliance with Iran,
coming to an agreement with it on its nuclear program which in the end
will result in a similar scenario that took place with North Korea. Israel will not allow this to happen … It will take all of the necessary steps to prevent Iran from manufacturing a nuclear weapon either covertly or overtly.”
And you were wondering how Netanyahu really feels about Obama?
Does this mean that we can expect an Israeli attack on Iran once Obama is out of office? Hmmm.
In case you were wondering about the timing of this perfect storm, Townhall adds:
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's term expires in early 2017, making
Obama’s bid for the position a possibility. Last year after his speech
at West Point, some pointed out that he sounded an awful lot like he was campaigning for the role.
Republicans Overseas in Israel files High Court petition against FATCA agreement
Republicans Overseas in Israel, which can legitimately purport to represent 85% of American voters living in Israel (based on the results of the last elections) has filed a petition with Israel's High Court of Justice seeking to stop Israel's banks from transferring required information to the Internal Revenue Service under FATCA. FATCA requires foreign financial institutions to disclose to Lois Lerner's IRS the value of all foreign accounts held by US citizens. US citizens who actually live abroad are up in arms about this because it means that we have to go through two regulatory systems in all of our dealings with local banks (example: I had to fill out a W-9 to show that I have a US social security number in order to get a car loan from an Israeli bank for my car in Israel last year).
If you're a US citizen who lives in the US you no longer have any foreign bank accounts - at least in Israel where long before the Bank of Israel signed an agreement with the IRS, the local banks forced all non-Israeli residents to close their accounts. That means that this is almost entirely about people who live in Israel by any definition.
ROI’s petition claimed that the new information sharing process is not
only beyond government officials’ discretionary authority absent Knesset
legislation, but also in violation of the Basic Laws which create
certain property and privacy rights defending against an automatic
transfer of personal data absent a reasonable chance to object
(currently there is no chance to object.)
In courts in many
countries, including now Israel, the argument is, that the FATCA law and
how foreign countries are implementing, means it functions as a dragnet
of massive amounts of private information which could be misused and
where there is no evidence of wrongdoing.
Zell explained that “we
are not saying the Israeli tax authorities are prohibited from
transferring information to the IRS or other foreign tax authority…where
there is a reasonable basis to suspect tax evasion.”
that Israel can already do this under existing conventions and that the
problem is to “collect and transfer such data to foreign governments
without a showing of cause and without allowing the affected taxpayers
an opportunity to be heard before the information is transferred.”
equal treatment issue is that only dual US citizens are being treated
this way by the Israeli government, and not persons who are
dual-citizens of any other countries, let alone most Israelis who are
solely Israeli citizens.
The application is most “absurd” said Zell with cases of persons who merely have an American greed card.
so far other litigation against FATCA and its consequences have had
mixed results, with lawsuits in the US and Canada being initially
dismissed and currently pending appeal.
“If the Court addresses the merits of the case, I believe our chances
are quite good… The action of the Bank of Israel is highly problematic,
given that there was absolutely no statutory basis for its action…. The
Government Decision…directly infringe[s] upon fundamental rights and no
attempt was made to mitigate the damage,” stated Zell.
said treating American-Israelis differently is “clearly
discriminatory…There is no easy answer to that... the Government simply
disregarded the privacy interests of the affected class, signed what is
effectively an adhesion [coercive] contract and paid no attention
whatsoever to the fact that the US Government…does not provide adequate
protection for private information,” confirmed he said by the European
Court of Justice and Israel’s Justice Ministry.
As Zell said,
“taxpayers have a fundamental right of privacy protected by Basic Law
and statutory law. The Government sought to nullify these rights with
the wave of a hand and the Knesset thus far has said no. We hope the
High Court of Justice will agree.”
State Department spokesman John Kirby: 'We don't have to accept reality'
.@apdiplowriter (Matt Lee) demolishes State Department spokesman John Kirby at last Wednesday's State Department briefing. The subject was North Korea but it could as well have been Iran or the 'Middle East peace process.'
Let's go to the videotape.
If you had any doubts that the Obama administration is living in Fantasyland, this should resolve them.
Settlement activity is “illegitimate and counterproductive to the cause
of peace. Continued settlement activity and expansion raises honest
questions about Israel’s long-term intentions and will only make
achieving a two-state solution that much more difficult,” Kirby told
reporters in Washington on Friday.
He spoke days after Defense
Minister Moshe Ya’alon agreed to expand the Gush Etzion bloc to include a
4-hectare site with eight stone buildings that is located off of Route
60 between the Gush Etzion junction and the Kiryat Arba settlement.
want to operate a tourist center on the property geared to helping
visitors take advantage of Jewish tourist sites in the area, including
the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.
The property was owned by
the US Presbyterian Church until 2008 where it ran a tuberculosis
hospital and then a hostel on the site. Inclusion of the site within the
Gush Etzion boundaries would make it easier for settlers to further
develop the property.
When queried about the compound by a
reporter at the daily briefing, Kirby said the US was “deeply concerned”
about the move, “which effectively creates a new settlement on 10 acres
in the West Bank.”
He then spoke in general about Area C of the West Bank, which is under Israeli military and civil rule.
important to note that some 70 percent of the West Bank’s Area C has
already been unilaterally designated as Israeli state land, or within
the boundaries of these regional settlement councils,” Kirby explained.
new decision only expands this significant majority of the West Bank
that has already been claimed for exclusive Israeli use. “Along with the
regular retroactive legalization of unauthorized outposts and
construction of infrastructure in remote settlements, actions such as
this decision clearly undermine the possibility of a two-state
solution,” Kirby said.
He added that “continued settlement
activity and expansion raise honest questions about Israel’s long-term
intentions and will only make achieving a two-state solution that much
The US has asked both the Israelis and Palestinians to demonstrate their commitment to a two-state solution, Kirby said.
“Actions such as [the Gush Etzion] decision, we believe, does just the opposite,” he stressed.
One of the fund-raising groups that had connections to North Carolina was the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, which formerly was based in Richardson, Texas. The Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets named the charity a specially designated terrorist organization and shut it down in 2001.
The foundation was a front organization for Hamas and sponsored offices and fund-raisers nationwide, including in Charlotte. The foundation was one of the largest Islamic charities in the United States, raising about $13 million annually.
But the filmmakers use the Islamic
symbol of a crescent moon and star to spell out “Obsession.” And the DVD
offers mostly frightening images of Muslim leaders and crowds,
comparing them to Hitler and the Nazis. Its on-screen pundits include
anti-Muslim figures, including Walid Shoebat, who has said that “Islam
is not the religion of God – Islam is the devil.”
Also included: A grisly excerpt from an anti-Semitic TV show in which the execution of a young boy is dramatized.
Local Muslims criticized the Observer for agreeing to distribute the DVD.
“That film definitely is
something that would be considered hate speech,” said Rose Hamid,
president of Muslim Women of the Carolinas. “What if somebody put an
(advertising) insert in saying Hitler was right? Would you carry that? …
This is unacceptable.”
Notice the tag on her upper left shoulder. It is shaped in the image of the rub’ al-hizb,
which is a series of squares within squares used in Islamic
calligraphy. It has two meanings. The first is that it used as a visual
model for helping to recite the Quran. It is also known as the Al-Quds
star, since is represents Jerusalem and specifically, the Dome of the
Rock in Sunni Islam. It can be found on many Muslim flags, literary, and
architectural works throughout Islamic history.
However, what makes this particular example sickening is it is (a) pinned on her shoulder and (b) it is yellow. This
is likely a reference to the infamous Star or Cross patches, bands,
hoods, and other insignia that Muslims forced Jewish and Christian
dhimmis to wear as a sign of their second-class citizenship in Muslim
lands for centuries and was later adapted for use in 20th century German
for reasons we all know why:
Read the whole thing. Hamas is the 'Palestinian' branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Holy Land Foundation trial was about CAIR's support of Hamas.
One has to wonder whether Hamid was planted at the Trump rally or showed up on her own.
Israel's Left is circling the wagons around two of its own. Ta'ayush's Ezra Nawi (pictured) and B'Tselem's Nasser Nawaja were shown on Israeli television on Thursday night telling a Right wing activist with a hidden camera that they turn over 'Palestinians' who wish to sell land to Jews to the 'Palestinian security forces' for torture and death.
Although the story has gotten little exposure outside of Israel, here it's all the rage. Over the weekend, Israel's hard left has been circling the wagons to defend Nawi and Nawaja.
Both Nawi and Nawaja are among the most internationally renowned
members of Israel’s radical left. Earlier this year, Nawaja published an
anti-Israeli op-ed in The New York Times,
accusing the Jewish state of “dispossession and oppression.” Nawi is
considerably more prominent: when he was arrested, in 2007, for
attacking Israeli policemen during a West Bank demonstration, more than
20,000 people—including a long list of prominent Israeli academics as
well as progressive American celebrities like Noam Chomsky and Naomi
Klein—signed a petition demanding his release.
Responding to the piece with a statement on its Facebook page,
B’Tselem said that while it opposed tortures and executions, reporting
Palestinians interested in selling land to Israelis to the PA was “the
only legitimate course of action.”
These revelations comes at an inopportune moment for the two NGOs, as
the Israeli government is considering measures to regulate non-profit
organizations receiving financial support from foreign governments. Ta’ayush,
according to the Jerusalem-based group NGO-Monitor, receives some
foreign donations but does not disclose its funding.
B’Tselem, on the
other hand, is considered one of Israel’s leading civil rights
organizations, and receives financial support from
the governments of Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, the Netherlands,
Norway, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom, as well as the European
Union and the New Israel Fund.
Amazingly, B'Tselem, a favored grantee of the American non-profit organization The New Israel Fund, defended the action portrayed on today’s show, claiming that “This is the only legitimate channel for a Palestinian.”
Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennett accused the
New Israel Fund and the European Union of funding Israeli human rights
activists who turn in innocent Palestinians, and later urged foreign
ambassadors to Israel to stop transferring funds to these organizations.
(Both, B’Tselem and Ta’ayush receive funding from France and the United Kingdom, as well as from American Jews.)
Ta’ayush has in the past partnered with Rabbis for Human Rights
– of which Rabbi Gordon Tucker of Temple Israel of White Plains is a
donor - to bring “hundreds of volunteers to work side-by-side with
Palestinian farmers during Olive Harvest campaign.”
The pushback from the Left has been so fierce that even journalists like Maariv's Ben Caspit and Haaretz's Barak Ravid (both Leftists themselves) have criticized the Left wing organizations for not disavowing Nawi and Nawaja (links in Hebrew).
Of course, then there are the real Jew haters, like Gideon Levy, who still has a platform at Haaretz.
In a report on left-wing groups which operate in the West Bank, Uvda aired secretly recorded footage
of Israeli activist Ezra Nawi saying that he had exposed Palestinian
land brokers who sold West Bank land to Jews, and turned them over to
the Palestinian Authority.The right wing and the settlers celebrated the
event of course. Another outpost has fallen into their hands. They have
already compared the left-wing activist Nawi to the Duma murderers, no
less. The rightists and settlers, known for their deep concern about the
lives of Palestinians, were shocked by Nawi’s statements. But the right
is not the story. The story is how a lethal virus has penetrated what
is almost the last outpost of real journalism.
How has a McCarthyist right-wing organization, whose motives are
clear (and despicable) and whose sources are unknown, succeeded with
such ease in enticing such respected journalists as Ilana Dayan and Omri
Assenheim? How has this flagship joined the ranks of the false
propaganda which masquerades as journalism?
That is how to conduct delegitimization. That is how it is done to
liberal organizations in the darkest of regimes, and now here too, and
on Uvda – no less.
Presenting the human rights organizations as dangerous groups, and
penetrating them, is compared to penetrating ISIS. The McCarthyists are
glorified, depicted as heroes of Israel who excelled in battles in Gaza.
All these are well-known ploys. And against this background, all that
is left is to record Nawi boasting, to catch him uttering the taboo
words, to present him as a “senior” activist, to ignore the entire
context — the crimes of the occupation and the expulsion form the
Southern Hebron Hills, which you never heard about on Uvda. Just ignore
the holy work done by left-wing activists in this battered region, spice
it with a few lies such as “execution” by the Palestinian Authority,
add a few generalizations, suspicions and slander – and the dish is
To those of you with even the slightest suspicion that Levy is onto something, I suggest that you go watch the video of Thursday night's broadcast (it's in Hebrew only, but I summarized it here). It doesn't get much more clear cut. Nawi and Najawa turned 'Palestinians' who wanted to sell land to Jews ('Palestinians' whose existence the Israeli Left denies) over to the 'Palestinian security services' for torture and murder. And they did it with a sadistic smile.
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