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August 1, 2014

Do Anti-Israel Demonstrations Equal Anti-Semitism?

Even in normal times one can often find some form of demonstration against Israel for one reason or another. There are the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) protests aimed at stores carrying goods most often from Israeli owned businesses beyond the Green Line in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) claiming that they are stealing lands and profits which should belong to the Palestinian people. The fact that these companies all employ Palestinian Arabs right next to Israelis giving them equal pay and equal benefits providing them with the second best paying positions for those residing in the Palestinian areas, the terror prisoners receive a greater stipend which is proportional to the number of years they are sentenced to serve and how many Israelis they murdered and are among the highest paid officials within the Palestinian Authority government. Some of these BDS protesters and protests call for the complete divestment in all matters against all of Israel claiming that Israel is an illegal entity and actually belongs to the Palestinians. What is telling about many of these protests, especially those which are held on University grounds where Jewish students are more likely known to many of those demonstrating making recognizing whether a passer-by is Jewish than a regular street protest, is that the manner in which they react to any Jewish person passing by with threats, taunts, personal space infringement including such offenses of bumping and spitting. These Jews are not Israelis and may not even support Israel yet their being Jewish is sufficient to make them a target for scorn and potentially violent assaults.

Every year in a growing number of University and College campuses across the Western world there is an event under the idea of protesting perceived racial preferences placing Jews presumably in an advantageous position by racial preferences. The effort is to equate Israel with the racist apartheid in South Africa and is often titled “Israel Apartheid Week”. Often these demonstrations will include fake checkpoints and references to the separation anti-terror fence constructed in Israel which decreased suicide bombing and other terror acts by close to 90% by making a mock stone or brick wall labeled Apartheid Wall. During these demonstrations and even outside of Apartheid Week there have been protest of Israeli anti-terror actions such as destroying the homes where there is a tunnel entrance found by placing eviction notices made to resemble a valid University order often using official stationary which has been provided by sympathetic University employees. Another tactic often utilized during these demonstrations where known Jews, more often known pro-Israel Jews but not always so restricted, are surrounded and screamed at with accusations such as “murderer”, “baby killer”, “apartheid supporter”, “hater” and other hateful and scornful derisions.

During the current confrontation between Israel and Hamas we have had on display some of the most virulent anti-Israel demonstrations accusing Israel of war crimes, using disproportional force, murdering civilians, genocide, and a litany of other recriminations. They have pictures that were taken from the internet supposedly showing the result of the Israeli actions though the BBC noted that many of these pictures have been taken from other areas in conflict such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Libya and more. Why let something so minor get in the way of a good cause? What has also become obvious is that these demonstrations are not solely against Israel as much as they are calling for the annihilation of the Jewish People in every nation. This has been made evident the clearest has been in Europe, France in particular and Paris to focus in tightly at the worst of the worst. These demonstrations have often turned violent attacking the police and once they are able to break free they went on a rampage damaging Jewish owned businesses and attempting to make assaults on Synagogues including throwing Molotov Cocktails in attempts to burn down the Synagogue with the Jews inside. Across Europe in particular there have been protest signs and chants claiming Hitler was right and that the time to finish what the Nazis started has come. There are calls to annihilate the Jews, not just Israelis. What is most interesting is that at any of these demonstrations you are equally capable of hearing people advocate the destruction of Israel and returning the Jews to the countries from which they originated and people demanding that the Jews residing in their country be deported to Israel where those Jews belong. There are two ideas which are difficult to reconcile. Well, actually there is a path in which two ideas are reconcilable, but that leaves very few Jews in the world if it is applied universally.

Another result of returning the Jews to their nations of origin would require returning half of the population of Israel across the Arab and Muslim world as by the middle of the 1950s approximately half of the Jews residing in Israel were from Arab and Muslim nations where they were actually and under threat of or acts of violence used to drive them out or their lives made so difficult that they felt forced to leave. Those making such claims mistakenly believe that all of the Jews in Israel came from Europe. Further, what would these people suggest be done with those Jewish families who had never left their ancestral homes with some of them only being forced from their ancestral homes after the Israel Arab war at the birth of the state of Israel. These Jews had resided in places like Hevron, East Jerusalem and other areas which Jordan occupied and demanded these Jews leave or face death at the hands of the Jordanian leadership. Despite these differences between reality and the perceptions of many at these anti-Israel demonstrations, that is not as dangerous as the equating Israel with Judaism which would be equal to equating Japan with all Japanese or Ireland with every Irishman. Would it have been acceptable if during a demonstration against the Irish fighting with the British to deride all of the Irish worldwide or anybody who ever celebrated St. Patrick’s Day? Of course not and such would be roundly denounced by virtually everyone. Not so much when hatreds of Israel are further applied broadly to include all Jews worldwide and there are many who stand by such generalizations as being obviously valid and true. Those who permit and accept such are not only anti-Israel but anti-Semitic.

There was a set of three questions which can be applied to determine if an action is anti-Israel and potentially a valid point or if it is driven by anti-Semitism and thus invalidated as it is based on a venal hatred and not so much facts. This guild is referred to as the “Three D’s of Anti-Semitism” and was formulated by Russian Refusenik and head of the Israeli Jewish Agency, Natan Sharansky. Quoting from the website of the “Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs” here are the “Three D’s” and their description for application.

The first “D” is the test of demonization. When the Jewish state is being demonized; when Israel’s actions are blown out of all sensible proportion; when comparisons are made between Israelis and Nazis and between Palestinian refugee camps and Auschwitz – this is anti- Semitism, not legitimate criticism of Israel.

The second “D” is the test of double standards. When criticism of Israel is applied selectively; when Israel is singled out by the United Nations for human rights abuses while the behavior of known and major abusers, such as China, Iran, Cuba, and Syria, is ignored; when Israel’s Magen David Adom, alone among the world’s ambulance services, is denied admission to the International Red Cross – this is anti-Semitism.

The third “D” is the test of delegitimization: when Israel’s fundamental right to exist is denied – alone among all peoples in the world – this too is anti-Semitism.

The guide is quite simple to apply to any situation, any commentary, and demonstration or individual demonstrator or any other situation where there may be a hint of doubt as to whether some criticism of Israel should be taken as valid or dismissed as anti-Semitism. The revelations after applying these three determining factors are a real wakeup call and show the base hatreds which lie within much of the anti-Israel vindictiveness. This becomes even more clear and obvious when one realizes that so many of those at the United Nations vindictively tearing into Israel are remaining silent concerning the wars in Syria, Iraq, Libya or the actions of Boko Haram or ISIS. One of the telling events which demonstrated the anti-Semitism from anything else was the former Mayor of Malmo, Sweden. Former Malmo Mayor Reepalu was considered to be one of the problems challenging the Jewish residents of Malmo. In March he told a Swedish magazine that the far-right Sweden Democrat party had “infiltrated the Jewish community in order to push its hatred of Muslims”.  Furthermore, he had stated that should the Jews of Malmo want to avoid being attacked they should publicly denounce Israeli policies.

There have been reports and commentary claiming that anti-Semitism has returned and become acceptable once again in Europe. The only problem I have with that statement is that it does not go far enough. Anti-Semitism actually never completely disappeared and has been growing since the early 1960s and has reached the tipping point and has crossed into acceptable, and that is true well beyond Europe as some Jews have experienced outside of Israel. The United States has not escaped this rise and will very soon cross that same tipping point and return to the days when people who were openly anti-Semitic paid no price as proven by Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh. It was not until the horrors of World War II were revealed that anti-Semitism was relegated to the dark recesses and back alleys of our societies in the West. But as has been proven throughout the history of mankind, no matter how honest and worthy the efforts to bury hatred of the Jews is initially engaged and its apparent initial success, over time this ugly side of humanity returns and anti-Semitism rises and grows until it brings forth the one chosen to rise up against the Jewish People. We are warned of this truth in the Passover Haggadah and the world is once again proving the old proverbs and warnings are far more valid than our wishes and chosen blindness to avoid those truths which we find deplorable or even threatening. But eventually all threats if ignored and permitted to steep and ferment will eventually explode and subsume a society, nation, continent or in this age possibly the entire planet and drag the human race into darkness in the belly of stark hatreds. If anti-Semitism continues to be ignored, excused, refused ridicule, not taken seriously and dismissed as belonging to only those at the extreme fringes of society and not generally accepted, then it will subsume all that is humane and rot the compassion of mankind for the entirety of humanity to except the Jew from being a part of the body of humankind allowing for the worst of inhumanity to blossom and become acceptable and even desirable. This disease has struck before next to countless times and apparently has not worn out its welcome if the current demonstrations around the world are any sign of our future. If nothing else makes the case, the growing anti-Semitism is reason enough for Israel’s existence as a safe refuge when the need should again arise.

 

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July 31, 2014

Welcome to the New Middle East

There are many who like to cast aspersions on United States President Barack Obama and his foreign policy expertise. Well, it appears that President Obama has done something which has seemed impossible to previous leaders from across the globe and within Israel; he has melded a unified Israeli population amongst its Jews, Christians, Druze and across many other lines of distinction. Even Haaretz has rebuked President Barack Obama, United States Secretary of State Kerry and their peace proposal which demanded an Israeli stand down and a complete surrender granting Hamas their wildest dreams for open borders and a complete end to the Egyptian and Israeli blockades which prevented Hamas importing more advances and threatening weaponry. The proposed solution from President Obama actually puts a number of otherwise unusual and unexplainable series of events of the past weeks and months into what now appears to have been a carefully crafted solution to what the American administration has viewed as the main problems and difficulties in the Middle East. Stick with me as this will take a while before it makes sense.

We have seen in the past how President Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan both supported the government under Egyptian President Morsi and the parliamentary coalition headed by the Freedom and Justice Party, both being part of the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. When the Egyptian military under Army Chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi deposed President Morsi and dissolved the Egyptian government claiming to be acting at the will of the Egyptian people, both President Obama and Prime Minister Erdogan protested furiously and demanded that Morsi be returned and the elected government be returned to power. Even after the recent Egyptian elections to democratically choose new governance, Prime Minister Erdogan and President Obama persisted in their support and efforts to reinstate the Muslim Brotherhood into the leadership and control over Egypt. This unyielding support of the Muslim Brotherhood would eventually lead to the dissolving of any moral authority that President Obama could claim with many in the Middle East including numerous former American allies such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel.

In complete agreement with President Obama supporting the Muslim Brotherhood would come his similar support for the Muslim Brotherhood representative in the Palestinian political arena, Hamas. In the current conflict between Hamas in Gaza and Israel in response after Hamas operatives had abducted three Israeli teens and murdered them and the ensuing rocket barrages by Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists on Israeli civilian populations from the southern tip of Israel almost to the Lebanon border in the north, there had been numerous calls for ceasefires, both general and humanitarian. Most of these requests were ignored by those launching the rockets from within Gaza, even those which Israel had accepted and was observing until the rockets raining down became impossible to ignore. Even the ceasefire requested by Hamas was broken by rocket fire within Gaza within the initial three hours of the twenty-four hour ceasefire. The attempts by the Egyptian government to form a ceasefire in which Israeli and Hamas representatives could meet and attempt to reach an agreement ending the violence were completely rejected by Hamas. This was not entirely unexpected as Hamas had been providing support and aid in the Muslim Brotherhood efforts to regain their control over Egypt from the military and the ensuing newly elected government which placed Hamas in a position where they would necessarily need to reject any proposals from an Egyptian government they refused to recognize as legitimate. This eventually led to the arrival of United States Secretary of State Kerry carrying out the vision of a new peace from President Obama.

Secretary Kerry attempted to force the view of the perfect resolution to the current Hamas Israeli conflict which would have permitted a cessation of violence, the selling point that bringing the violence to a close would be in Israeli interests, but only as a path to recognizing and granting the demands expressed by Hamas in order to end the violence. This included forcing Egypt to open the Rafah Crossings to complete and open trade as well as the opening of all crossings from Gaza into Israel and the termination of the maritime blockade of the Gazan coast by Israel. The plan Secretary Kerry presented at the behest of President Obama would have provided Hamas with completely open borders, a newly refurbished seaport and a rebuilt international airport with the complete freedom to import of arms to satisfy their wildest dreams. This would serve a number of principles and events which President Obama would fully support and facilitate. The most obvious would be empowering the Muslim Brotherhood by providing them a base of operations bordering the Sinai Peninsula where they could equip and train an army with which to regain their iron-fisted rule over Egypt. This would also speed up the completion of President Obama’s hopes for the new Palestinian Authority unity government by allowing Hamas to arm themselves with sufficient weapons to take control over Judea and Samaria (West Bank) in a similar coup as they used to take control of Gaza. The ideal unity Palestinian government according to President Obama placed Hamas in the leadership positions and forced Fatah and Mahmoud Abbas in a subordinate role if allowed any positions at all. It was this betrayal of Mahmoud Abbas which so infuriated Haaretz and those on the extreme left in Israel and managed to place them supporting Prime Minister Netanyahu and the continued offensive to completely end any Hamas in any future scenario for the Palestinian people.

The crucial overstep committed by President Obama was the timing of his phone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on Sunday. According to the Israeli media, here is an excerpt of said conversation;

Obama: I demand that Israel agrees to an immediate, unilateral ceasefire and halt all offensive activities – particularly airstrikes.

Netanyahu: What will Israel receive in return for a ceasefire?

Obama: I believe that Hamas will stop firing rockets – silence will be met with silence.

Netanyahu: Hamas violated all five previous ceasefires; it is a terrorist organization which is dedicated to the destruction of Israel.

Obama: I repeat and expect Israel to unilaterally stop all its military activity. The pictures of destruction from Gaza distance the world from Israel’s position.

Netanyahu: Kerry’s proposal was completely unrealistic and gives Hamas the military and diplomatic advantage.

Obama: Within a week of the end of Israel’s military activities, Qatar and Turkey will begin negotiations with Hamas on the basis of the 2012 understanding [following the end of Operation Pillar of Defense - ed.], including Israel’s commitment to removing the siege and restrictions on Gaza,

Netanyahu: Qatar and Turkey are the biggest supporters of Hamas. It is impossible to rely on them to be fair mediators.

Obama: I trust Qatar and Turkey, and Israel is in no position to choose its mediators.

Netanyahu: I object, because Hamas is able to continue and to fire rockets and to use tunnels for terror attacks…

Obama – interrupts Netanyahu mid-sentence: The ball is in Israel’s court – it is obligated to end all military activities.

This conversation took place in the midst of the meeting of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Security Cabinet. Their discussion was reportedly deciding what would be the goals going forward with the efforts against Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the rest of the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza. They were discussing simply finding and destroying the tunnel systems or actually stepping the offensive to the next level and utterly destroying the infrastructure which supports Hamas and the rest of the terrorist rulers in Gaza.

There were a select few within Israeli society who called for an immediate ceasefire and an end to the casualties in Gaza claiming that the civilian casualties were reflecting harm on Israel. They touted the efforts as those they expected Secretary Kerry would present and that President Obama would offer. They honestly expected that Israel had a friend in the White House, not that Hamas had the White House completely supporting their end desires, open borders through which to import the weapons of their wildest dreams. When they realized that their support had been undercut and eviscerated every inch of support they thought they had supporting their position, these people were left standing with their mouths open wide in disbelief as they found they had been supporting a lie and that lie had been laid bare.

Now for a little conjecture which ties otherwise disparate events and weaves them into whole cloth. We had been perplexed as to what Qatar would do with eleven-billion-dollars in advanced military equipment from the United States with the blessings of the Obama Administration which includes Patriot missile batteries, Javelin anti-tank defense systems and Apache attack helicopters. Qatar already has sufficient forces to provide for their protection as there are sufficient United States military forces on bases within Qatar who could easily provide all the military protection they could ever desire. Additionally, the Qatar military predominantly consists of foreign paid fighters, so such additional military equipment made little sense. This produced a conundrum as Qatari military already had more than sufficient top line arms and advanced systems including armor, aircraft and artillery. But if Hamas could somehow procure open borders, and especially a seaport, then Qatar just might have had a solid reason for making such a procurement. Might it have been probable that Qatar was actually executing the shopping wish list of Hamas under an understanding that President Obama could force Israel into allowing Hamas to have open borders and to end the maritime blockade thus facilitating the export of somewhere in the neighborhood of eleven-billion-dollars of top of the line military equipment from Qatar to Gaza and into the hands of Hamas and their terrorist cohorts to use in what they perceived as their final destruction of Israel. This sounds completely unbelievable except for the fact that President Obama and Secretary Kerry sure seemed to support and strongly push to open the borders of Gaza and to empower Hamas and in turn the Muslim Brotherhood possibly making the return of the Muslim Brotherhood to power in Egypt, placing the Muslim Brotherhood spawn, Hamas, in power over the Palestinians and giving Hamas the necessary weaponry to defeat their primary enemy, Israel. There is likely nothing which could have driven both extremes within the Israeli Jewish communities closer together, and people doubt that the American foreign policy does not have commendable outcomes.

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July 29, 2014

Ceasefire or Cease Sanity?

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United States President Obama had a long conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu this past Sunday insisting that an immediate ceasefire for humanitarian reasons was absolutely necessary. The United States President repeated his standard bromides denouncing Hamas firing rockets from amongst the Palestinian civilian structures and their endangering both their own population while attacking Israeli civilians; also, the President expressed extreme consternation over the excessive numbers of Gazans who have died or been injured resultant to the border conflict. President Obama further claimed he fully supported the Egyptian proposed terms for a ceasefire which calls for the reinstatement of the conditions as established in the ceasefire established to curtail the 2012 Hamas-Israeli conflict. If this was what was actually being proposed on the ground in the Middle East there might be progress providing that Hamas could be pressured to accept this offer, the same offer they have unilaterally and completely refused claiming that their demands must be agreed to by Israel for them to accept any ceasefire. The Hamas demands are being fully supported and backed politically by Iran, Qatar and Turkey. While from President Obama’s conversation with Prime Minister Netanyahu would imply that the United States is not backing the Hamas demands as a precondition for any ceasefire; unfortunately, United States Secretary of State Kerry is not on the same page nor singing a similar tune as was President Obama. Secretary Kerry is pressing for Israel to agree and sign onto the Qatari proposed ceasefire and its specific requirements to be imposed on Israel which parallel the Hamas demands. This proposed ceasefire conditions have been rejected initially by Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Israel while being considered viable by Hamas, Qatar, Iran and Turkey. Where there has yet to be a full disclosure over the exact demands of the Qatari ceasefire initiative, it is rumored to contain elements which would require relief from the Israeli naval blockade and the permanent opening of the Rafah Border Crossing between Egypt and Gaza. Such an agreement would allow the terrorist groups within Gaza, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, al-Qaeda in Gaza, recently established ISIS affiliate and other lesser terror aligned entities to import arms of any variety as long as they could afford them or somebody was willing to arm them as a sign of support. This begs the question as to whether Secretary Kerry and President Obama have briefed each other and are working in concert or is one of them completely out of the loop on what the other is pursuing.

There is another explanation which is even more sinister and unfortunately has evidence to back up the theory that namely President Obama was playing good cop to Secretary Kerry’s bad cop and that behind the scenes the two are working together to force the Qatari pro-Hamas conditions for a ceasefire on Israel and Egypt with the support of Qatar and Turkey. While Qatar is known to be a major financial backer of Hamas, one might wonder why Turkey would be supportive of Hamas being a member of NATO which lists Hamas as a terror organization. The reasons behind Turkey supporting the strengthening of Hamas is due to their desire to return the Muslim Brotherhood to power with President Morsi returned to his post which he lost when the military conducted a coup presumably in response to popular demands from the people. Turkey also would desire to have the coalition headed by the Freedom and Justice Party returned to the Egyptian parliament. Since Hamas is the Muslim Brotherhood arm in the struggle against Israel and has previously assisted Muslim Brotherhood and other Sunni Islamists in their attempts at insurrection in Egypt, it will take great efforts or extensive bribes to turn Egypt to their views. Further, it might be suspected that another reason Qatar would desire an open port to receive goods free from any interference by Israel or Egypt has something to do with their recent near eleven-billion-dollar weapons purchase from the United States which included among other items Patriot missile batteries, Javelin anti-tank defense systems and Apache attack helicopters with hopes of also signing a jet fighter contract in the near future. The reasoning explaining this sale was in order to allow the small nation to resist any threats emanating from across the Gulf from Iran. Some might have doubts of any threat condition between Iran and Qatar as Qatar has been suspected of aiding Iran find paths around the nuclear sanctions as well as having held meetings with Iran and Russia to discuss situations and future relations in the heart of the Middle East all seemingly signifying cooperation to be far more likely than any threat situations. That begs exactly why Qatar would require eleven-billion-dollars of top-line military systems. Perhaps they plan on placing them on display in a similar manner that Steve McQueen used to display his car and motorcycle collection. There is no chance they might have much of these weapons finding their way to Gaza, not a chance as I am sure they gave President Obama assurances against such an eventuality.

A final note is that it appears that there has been pressure applied on Egypt to either alter their ceasefire stipulations to more closely match the Qatari offer or simply accept all of the Qatari stipulations and back them thereby applying additional pressures on Israel. Additionally, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has announced his participation for talks in Cairo where the others invited are Hamas and Islamic Jihad representatives who are scheduled to meet with Egyptian officials in order to examine how the Hamas demands as well as any additional demands from the Palestinian Authority, Fatah, Islamic Jihad and it would not be beyond belief for them to include the Popular Resistance Committees and who knows who else. These discussions are not going to include Israel but Israel will be pressured by a less than sympathetic world which is far more antagonistic than benevolent towards Israel to agree to accept whatever is hammered out no matter the consequences. Will this bring pressure from the Security Council of the United Nations which already issued a Chapter VI resolution for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas? The next resolution would likely be a Chapter VII demand for Israel to accept the given ceasefire and a Chapter VII resolution is enforceable by military force. Will this be when the world turns against Israel?

 

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