Beyond the Cusp

December 1, 2014

Arab Fallacy the World Chooses to Ignore

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There is one very basic and simple question which nobody dares to ask and if asked the answer is drowned out by the bellicose cries of Israeli Apartheid is the reason and the debate is settled. How dare you challenge the accepted narrative! Well, when the quiet truth goes orphaned from the conversation, how in all that is holy and logical falls to the side and gets discarded as useless to the discussion. The problem is that the discarded realities are the sole reason that there is an Arab-Israeli conflict today and the truth is so simple and easily validated that it surprises almost every curious individual who inspects the historical records. So, what exactly occurred that spawned the modern discontent which threatens peace and tranquility and has been the source of casualties of a terror war for almost a century. The history goes back to the 1917 Balfour Declaration which declared the existing Jewish rights and claims to the lands on both sides of the Jordan River and on to the Mediterranean Sea just as described in the Old Testament and also recorded by the Persian Empire, the Greek Empire and the Roman Empire as well as written of by the Crusaders, Mark Twain wrote of the area in his treasured work describing life in the Holy Lands and other historic writings and records from the Ottoman Empire and the British Mandate records. The Jews had always resided in this area even if only a remnant of the entirety of the Jewish peoples. They had almost exclusively made up the majority of the population of Jerusalem and a large proportion of the population of Hevron. The return of the Jews to their ancient and historic homelands began about the midpoint of the 1800’s and continued throughout the decades that followed independent of any outside forces. During World War I there was a Palestinian Brigade which was completely made up of Jews from the Holy Lands. These Jews and their bravery were much of the impetus for the Balfour Declaration. Contrary to popular myths, Lord Balfour was not Jewish. The Balfour Declaration was adopted by the winning nations of World War I at a conference named after the city where it was held, the San Remo Conference of 1922. Immediately after the Balfour Declaration and kicking into a higher gear after the San Remo Conference, Arab unrest threatened even the British troops charged with facilitating the conclusions of these two treaties. In an attempt to placate the Arab demands for their own state on the same lands as those reserved by the aforementioned treaties the British made a deal with the Jewish Zionists. They guaranteed that all of the lands of the British Mandate west of the Jordan River would be preserved into perpetuity for the Jewish State guaranteed by the British Crown in exchange for permitting a state for the Arab residents of the British Mandate, also referred to as the Palestine Mandate, for the Arabs in over seventy-five percent of the lands which covered all the lands east of the Jordan River to the Iraqi border. Thus was Jordan born initially called Transjordan. The Jewish State was not initially declared as it was presumed that over time Jews would eventually become a majority. Reacting to Arab pressures the British placed one difficulty after a blocking of Jewish immigration on and on assuring all the time that an Arab majority remained preventing the declaration of the Jewish State. Eventually came World War II and once again there was a Palestinian brigade which was constituted of Jews from the Holy Lands. Once again the British promised to form the Jewish State immediately after the war. Again they broke their promises to the Jews and did everything in their powers to prevent the Jews from Europe, the refugees of the concentration camps, from reaching Israel instead herding them into what could be called concentration camps without the crematorium. Eventually, even the British were unable of preventing the Jews from making their way to Israel, to what they believed to be the only salvation which would provide for Jewish freedom and a future.

 

At long last the United Nations in its formation took on the promise for founding a Jewish State when they internalized the edicts from the San Remo Conference and the Mandate System when under Article 80 of the United Nations Charter took those specifics under the auspices of the United Nations to finalize the ideals and ideas of these historic treaties. This is where the real sources for the problems today became inevitable despite any and all efforts to mediate an equitable resolution, the one thing the Arab world could not accept. The United Nations General Assembly on November 29, 1947 made a nonbinding resolution proposing an even division between Arab and Jewish States within the lands remaining from the British Mandate west of the Jordan River. The Arab League simply need only accept the offer and the Arabs within these lands would have gained their nation on the vast majority of the choicest lands west of the Jordan River. The Jewish relegated lands would consist half being the Negev Desert, a coastal strip from Tel Aviv to Haifa and a small section in the northern ridges of Judea and Samaria leaving the entire farmlands of the Galilee as part of the Arab declared state. The Arab League met and issued their response to this proposition. They refused to accept the formation of a Jewish State no matter how segmented, no matter how much was wastelands and desert, no matter any area as they refused to recognize any size of Jewish State. The Arab League refused to accept half of the lands simply because they refused to accept a Jewish States of any dimensions or size. The Zionist Jews agreed anxiously and willing to accept anything as their own lands from where they could begin to build and make a future for themselves and to form a state in which all Jews could eventually come to and make their homes as a people. From the declaration from the General Assembly of the United Nations the Arabs living in the lands west of the Jordan River began a series of pogroms attempting to destroy any chance for the formation of a Jewish State. This was the beginning of the Arab war efforts to destroy the Jewish State both before it was founded and ever since. Despite the Arab riots of Hevron where Jewish businesses and homes were set to the torch and dozens of Jews were murdered and scores injured. In response to the violence the British took harsh actions and relocated the Jews to Jerusalem gifting Hevron to the Arab rioters. This led inexorably to the Arab riotous pogroms in Jerusalem where the British again stood aside initially only intervening when the Arab rioters threatened the British troops themselves.

 

Finally came May 15, 1948 and Israel declared her independence and was invaded by the armies of more than a half dozen Arab nations and numerous independent militias including the one fanatical group led by the Mufti of Jerusalem who had recently returned after spending almost the entirety of World War II as a guest of the Nazis and supervising the Muslim troops who were left to cleanse the Balkan States and did so with efficiency and a great zeal pitted in hatred leading to brutality that even shocked the Nazi troops in the area to the point that they attempted to distance themselves from those troops under the Mufti’s command. By the eventual end of the conflict which continued off and on for almost two years only coming to an end in 1949, this led to Israel holding the borders referred to as the Green Line, the 1967 Lines. These were actually formed as the 1949 Armistice Lines which the Arab League demanded they be denoted as simply Armistice Lines and never to be used as a border as to allow them to be a border would mean they had recognized the existence of the Jewish State of Israel. From 1949 through to June of 1967 Jordan had control of Judea and Samaria, renamed the West Bank, and Egypt held the Gaza Strip. During that entirety of near eighteen years there was absolutely no attempt made to form an Arab state by any name as Muslims already held the lands so all was as they perceive it should be. The PLO was founded with the assistance of the Soviet Union and the KGB in 1964 with the called for in its charter the liberation of Palestine by which they meant all of Israel as there was no occupied lands before 1967 unless Israel is the lands you consider occupied. That is the dirty little secret, Israel is the occupied land at any size, be it including Judea and Samaria, the West Bank, or be it before June 1967 and Israel inside the Green Line without Judea or Samaria, the West Bank, and without Gaza.

 

Across Europe countries are recognizing an Arab state without any declared border being declared by Mahmoud Abbas or any other Arab leader. The one constant that is known is that should Abbas and the Arabs be granted a state and its borders are restricted to the areas of Gaza, Judea and Samaria outside of the 1967 Lines that they refuse to consider such recognition as being a reason to end the conflict with Israel. Mahmoud Abbas has made a point as part of his refusals of offers which included as much as ninety-five percent of Judea and Samaria and all of Gaza with land swaps to make up all differences, he has refused these offers because they include the end of hostilities. The problem with the making of an Arab state west of the Jordan River by any name is meaningless as far as ending the conflict as long as it allows for the remaining existence of a Jewish State. As long as Israel continues to exist the Arabs will continue to make claims that the Jews are occupying their land. The problem has never been the lack of an Arab homeland; it has been the existence of the Jewish lands. All one need do to realize this truth is to peruse MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute, translations of speeches made by Abbas and his fellow Arab leaders as well as the speeches of leading Arabs from throughout the Arab world and one will realize the reality that it is the existence of Israel that infuriates the Arabs and the destruction of Israel is their sole raison d’être. Perhaps the European governments might ask Abbas and the rest of the Arab leadership exactly what borders they are willing to accept to end the violence and terror war before they decide to grant them a state which is undefined and left to their wildest hopes to define after the fact. The response would likely be informative and potentially surprising. But the Europeans are simply attempting to feed the alligator hoping they will be eaten last and they would gladly sacrifice Israel for fifteen minutes reprieve from their eventual self-imposed coming fate. Israel does not plan on accepting the role of sacrificial lamb for the continued existence of Europe for an extra few months or so. Perhaps Europe and the whole world would be better served to repair their own houses rather than attempt to sacrifice Israeli homes. Israeli homes are not up for being sacrificed no matter what the eventual desires of the rest of the world may decide. Israel was before, Israel is now, and Israel will remain after.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

June 13, 2014

Why Israel Must and Should Build Everywhere

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Israel is once again receiving scornful condemnations simply for announcing their intent to complete plans but not to actually build housing for Israelis, which has been interpreted as for Jews as if only Jews can own housing in Israel. Apart from the fact that housing in Israel is available for purchase or rental by anyone without reference to religion with very few and honestly understandable exceptions, these houses are under fire for their location in the vicinity of Jerusalem in the surrounding suburbs, all of which would remain within Israeli borders under any but the most strident of expected final border agreements. This comes after the near constant flow of condemnations and threats cast at Israel during the months of fruitless talks over announced taking of tenders for possible future construction of housing despite it being fully known by the United States Administration and State Department that Prime Minister Netanyahu had intervened and blocked any building plans for the remainder of the negotiations in order to placate Chairman Abbas’s demands for a building freeze. One would probably not believe such due to the near constant protestations from Abbas demanding a building freeze be applied and announced and the State Department backing his claims as if there were an actual threat of houses being constructed. Why would the State Department echo so completely and march lockstep with Mahmoud Abbas knowing that there was, for all intents and purposes, a full-fledged building freeze put in place by Israeli Prime Minister? The reason is actually revealed by parsing their demands which included two main demands, first was the building freeze which had been satisfied, the other was for the building freeze to be announced to the public. The intent was for the building freeze to become publically known so that it would have the potential and very likely succeed in bringing down Netanyahu’s coalition government. The rather obvious objective, or at least not all that well concealed, was not so much to prevent building as it was to force Netanyahu to announce a building freeze had been instituted thus causing sufficient members of the coalition such as Jewish Home Party to bolt the coalition forcing new elections and, if all went as hoped, the new government be a coalition of Labor, Meretz and other leftist and pro-Arab parties which would be more likely to make full concessions granting anything Abbas could possibly demand. It must be also noted that the Europeans were in complete agreement and reinforced every demand made by either the State Department or the Palestinians and also must have had some amount of knowledge that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu had intervened to block construction.

 

So, what are the conclusions Israel should take from this experience? First off, it is obvious that no matter how much Israel attempts to meet demands from the State Department, the Palestinians and the Europeans, it matters little as there will always be some complaint, either Israel is only meeting the minimal amount of the request or Israel is not going far enough or there are many more areas Israel must compromise and numerous more concessions necessary before we will agree that Israel actually desires peace and is negotiating seriously. Of course these demands will never be satisfied and Israel will always be conveyed by the Palestinians, State Department, Europeans, and mainstream media in a way which will always minimize Israeli attempts to work for peace and entertain any additional demands as being completely valid and necessary demanding Israel immediately complies. Israel must decide where they wish to go from here and with the knowledge that there is nothing they can possibly do which will satisfy any of those who have chosen to always take an adversarial role in all things concerning Israel. The question Israel needs to answer before going forward is whether it has been at all beneficial constantly playing the subordinate role always taking risks and making concessions in a vain attempt to mollify those who stand as adversaries pretending to befriend and support Israel through guiding her into ever more dangerous positions and constantly backing every Palestinian demand on Israel while informing Israel why anything she desires or demands is beyond the pale and something they really need to rethink or simply forget. Israel’s other choice is to take a new track and choose to walk down the avenue of her desires while shutting out the expectant cacophonous caterwauling and petulant protestations and listen exclusively to her own heart’s desires.

 

Israel was founded despite every effort by the British to deny them their rightful space by first by lopping off a full three-quarters of the British Mandate lands out of which Britain had been mandated to form the Jewish State in order to establish Transjordan, later simply became Jordan, pay their debt to the Hashemites who had lost their rule over the Holy Cities of Mecca and Medina to a takeover by the Family Saud, and due to having aided Britain in World War I, just as had the Jewish troops which made up the Palestinian Brigade. This had been accomplished by the Churchill White Papers which in exchange for the lands east of the Jordan River being surrendered by the Zionists, the British promised that the lands west of the Jordan River would remain inviolate and undividable into perpetuity for the Jewish State. When the stalling and limiting of Jewish immigration finally failed to prevent the drive of Jewish Zionists to settle and form a Jewish State in their ancient homelands and the world decided the time had come, the British once again turned against the Jews and reneged on their promises and voted and supported the United Nations partition General Assembly Resolution to form yet another Arab state out of half of the remaining Mandate Lands. This British perfidy is actually the norm when it comes to much of the world’s treatment when it comes to everything Israel. Other representations of such hostility can be found in the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) global campaign, the entire series of World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance known as Durban Conferences, the campus violence and hatred displayed against Jews on college campuses during the annual Israel Apartheid demonstrations, the fact that the start of every United Nations Human Rights Commission meeting is required to entertain a denouncement of Israel before any other business can be entertained, and the almost constant denunciations in the world mainstream media and at international conferences as well as from numerous national governments and European Union among others.

 

The time has come for Israel to behave in the same manner as all other nations, in her own best interests. Any other nation which had gained territory resulting from a defensive conflict where they were responding to external threats to their existence, they would retain those lands at least until a peace could be reached with their former adversaries and even then it would be acceptable for the aggressor nation to surrender land in order to be granted final peace. Additionally, the people residing on lands which had been lost during a war of aggression by the aggressor could be made to resettle themselves within the new and smaller borders of their native nation. This is all part of suing for peace by the losing nation of a war; especially if the nation losing such a conflict was the nation whose aggressive acts were what spawned the conflict such as the actions of Syria, Egypt and, undeniably, Jordan during the Six Day War. Apparently, not so much if Israel proves to be the victor in such a conflict. Despite the facts that three Arab nations attacked Israel and cut off her access through the Red Sea at the Straights of Tiran, the world has demanded since the end of that war that Israel must return every millimeter of land to the aggressors thus setting up a rematch from the exact same disadvantage which instigated the initial adventurism in an attempt to completely destroy the Jewish State. Israel returned the Sinai Peninsula when she reached a peace accord with Egypt and returned the Gaza Strip in a unilateral move meant to provide the Palestinians with a place with which they could prove their intents and ability to have a normal and productive society. That unilateral gift resulted in Hamas taking control of the Gaza Strip and then launching thousands upon thousands of rockets and missiles including the launching of an antitank guided missile at a large Yellow school bus murdering the one student remaining after the bus had just let off the other students who had filled the vehicle. That singular attack stands as unarguable proof that Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the other terrorists populating the Gaza Strip aim to murder civilians, and in this case a school child.

 

Israel needs to take her own needs and future into consideration. Already Israel is facing a housing shortage which has only been aggravated by the building freezes established around Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal capital city. Israel made a peace with Egypt who surrendered the Gaza Strip and with Jordan who surrendered Judea and Samaria, mislabeled West Bank to remove the Biblical names which are steeped with Jewish and Hebrew connotations, presumably those areas were given Israel as compensations for the aggressions committed against her by Egypt and Jordan. Israel gave away the Gaza Strip but still has recognized her rightful claim to the contested areas of Judea and Samaria. Time has come for Israel to simply annex as much of Judea and Samaria as she decides is advantageous and provides Israel a defendable border. This could include the entirety of the lands west of the Jordan River of which, should Israel choose, an area could be provided for a semiautonomous region within which the Palestinian Arabs could live under their own leadership. This semiautonomous zone would remain under the security protection of the IDF and the Palestinian Security Forces would need to be disarmed. The Palestinian autonomous zone would be closed to immigration with such coming under the control of Israel which would choose whether or not to permit limited immigration with special consideration for family reunification within strict limits.

 

The remainder of the so-called Palestinian refugees, these descendants are often second or third and even fourth generation descendants, would necessarily need to be permitted to reside in their present country where they have been imprisoned in refugee camps consisting of large apartment buildings, not the tents and other claimed obviously insufficient conditions, and denied work or other normal endeavors of life keeping them as a weapon with which to threaten Israel by gaining them a return into Israel altering the population from a majority Jewish into a majority Arab and Muslim and simply voting Israel into an Arab, Muslim nations. Israel should simply state that these refugees who mostly fled heeding the demands that they vacate their lands thus allowing for the invading half dozen or so Arab armies to utterly and completely destroy the nascent Jewish State one day after her becoming a state in May of 1948 and allow the invading armies the capability to simply slaughter every last person they found assured that the Arab and Muslim residents had left and all would thus be only Jews. This invasion failed and Israel survived though Israel did lose lands in this conflict with Egypt retaining Gaza and Jordan retaining Judea and Samaria and East Jerusalem. The residual problems from that war need to be closed and considered a settled matter. The UNRWA needs to be disbanded and the Arab refugees transferred to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHRC Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) which is tasked with resolving refugee situations by assisting in the return into the national populations. The difference between these two refugee agencies is while the UNHRC does everything they are capable of to reintegrate refugees into the national population where they are located and only consider the initial population to be actual refugees with their descendants not so considered while UNRWA is in the business of making every relative possible a new refugee and transforming the refugee status to generation after generation into perpetuity with the intent of flooding Israel with these refugees and destroying the Jewish State.

 

Once these areas have been defined, Israel would inform the United Nations that Israel was annexing all of Judea and Samaria and establishing a limited autonomous zone where the Palestinians would rule themselves but would come under Israeli security provided by the IDF with a Palestinian police force which would be limited to sidearms and shotguns but restricted from usage of military capable weapons. Then Israel necessarily should build and build like there was no tomorrow. These houses would be made available to any Israeli just as current housing and other residential buildings are available within Israel’s green line. This availability would be equal for Druze, Bedouin, Arab, Christian, Bahá’í, Zoroastrians, Jews and any other Israeli citizen. Israel would need to initially monitor any transit from the autonomous Palestinian areas into Israel with such restrictions lessening as time and conditions permit eventually having no restrictions once terrorism had reduced or been eradicated, then full transit and making full availability of Israeli employment and other benefits, possibly even citizenship and total incorporation into Israeli society should such be desired. Meanwhile, the added available homes would finally begin to reverse the increasingly difficult housing market and provide many moderately and economical priced housing which, given time, would force prices of housing lower, or at least make them more reasonable, over time. There will be those who will claim, especially within Israel, that such actions would only serve to bring scorn and protestations from much of the rest of the world. They would claim that Israel might be removed, thus losing representation, from the United Nations and forced from many conventions and treaties by an angered and stunned world. There would be angry denunciations from the United Nations, United States (especially from the State Department), European Union and numerous countries. Well, all I can say in defense of this plan is, does not this sound exactly like the conditions described earlier in the article describing exactly what Israel is facing currently? Well, actually it does not sound as bad as at least once Israel had made such a decision to annex Judea and Samaria allowing generously for a Palestinian autonomous zone, she can ignore much of the protestations and wait until with time the protestations slowly subside into silence. It would be difficult to paint a picture which would picture a world any more antagonistic towards Israel as the current state. Israel might even permit any Palestinian who so desired, to relocate to Gaza and be part of the wondrous state of Hamastan. With the slow gaining of acceptance and even allies and actual applications of their plans by the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement and some nations actually bringing such actions to a vote, how long before such an idea becomes mainstreamed and starts gaining acceptance worldwide, annexing our ancestral lands might accelerate such a problem, but maybe not. Time has come for Israel to do what serves Israel and her people and end the constant threats and antagonisms dictating our actions because, if we have figured out anything, we have figured that there is nothing Israel can implement short of dissolving the Jewish State and leaving for another planet in a star system far, far away, and I bet that would even garner denunciations claiming we were attempting to take a whole planet for ourselves.  Believe me when I claim that Israel and the Jews need to act for their own interests as nobody will ever grant us a fair chance and we need to make our own breaks. So, annex all of our ancient lands, build for the future, make an inviting homeland which will make and enticement so wondrous that the seven to eight million Jews of the Diaspora will desire nothing else but to make Aliyah. We can already see how unwelcomed Jews are in many nations and the disease of anti-Semitism is spreading and growing across the entirety of this world. Already the Jews in France are fleeing persecution as are the Jews from the Ukraine while simply from a great and undefinable desire the Jews who have been lost to their brethren are returning home, the Jews of Ethiopia, India, China and from nearly every other nation in the world. These Jews will require homes and these homes need to be built and made affordable and that takes land, all our ancient lands.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

June 12, 2014

Reading Daily Assault News Reports Out of Europe Sickens Me

I remember while growing up many people of my parents’ age would discuss how life and the world had changed after World War II and how after the reports revealing the atrocities committed in the Shoah, the Holocaust, that anti-Semitism had passed silently into the dustbin of history never to raise its vile and hateful head again. I would suggest that they were wrong and that the only change was that anti-Semitism was more subtle and subdued but still just as prevalent and just as viscous as it had ever been throughout history. They would dismiss my comments angrily and accuse me of being some kind of paranoid, disturbed  and possibly mentally challenged person and I had no way of knowing of what I spoke being too young to have ever experienced anti-Semitism. I never again told them about the times I had been witness or even victim of anti-Semitism after I first tried to explain the problem to my parents who would hear nothing of my complaint and just became upset and insisted forcefully I never speak of such again as if speaking as I had would not only resuscitate anti-Semitism and bring back to life but actually inject it with a renewed ferocity and give it even greater power than it had ever possessed before. I prayed they were correct and never bothered them again despite my experiences.

 

Perhaps a short trip back to my early youth will help explain. I lived in a county outside the nation’s capital which was consisted of a large Jewish community. My family was middle class but barely and we often skimped in order to remain solvent. Because of this we lived in a modest house in a neighborhood which had a rather small number of Jewish families and a very large number Christian majority which mostly attended a religious school located between my neighborhood and the expansive apartment community adjacent to us. My having a rather Nordic appearance with blonde hair and blue eyes was pretty much excluded from the Jewish groups until around age twelve when the fact that I was studying to have my Bar Mitzvah ceremony finally proved definitively that I was Jewish. This left me to my own devices when at certain times of each year there were raised tensions between the Jewish and Christian youths over claims of historic and unforgivable crimes committed by the Jews against the earliest of Christians. These tensions often targeted me as the one Jew who was pretty much assured of being alone and thus undefended. Resulting from my flight or fight reactions, I became quite a sprinter as I found I could outrun my adversaries better at shorter distances usually just sufficient to place me near any help available. I had experienced that what the adults claimed had ceased to exist was in fact still very viable and for the same underlying reasons that anti-Semitism has always existed, Jews are different and a small minority which makes them a target of opportunity. But, as explained, nobody cared to listen and actually went to any extent to shun any mention of what I knew.

 

Taking us further along in the years, also due to my appearance, I did have people approach me while I served in the military and ask if I was interested in joining their club, group, or sometimes even referred to as their militia which inevitable proved to be supremacist or neo-Nazi. I respectfully, well, not so much, declined in no uncertain terms and with full expression of my disgust and insult at their offers. Fortunately, by adulthood I had grown to sufficient size and the United States Army had made me all that I could be and this was years before they used that as an enlistment incentive. Also, by my preteen years of my childhood I had already become a Zionist, a goal that tugged at me for most of my life. I made myself a promise to act on this desire to return to the ancient homeland of my people with one proviso, that I had been of whatever assistance my parents might require for the rest of their lives. When I retired my Father asked what my plans were now that I was not working. When I explained, for the first time as the subject had never been breached before, that I intended to make Aliyah as soon as I had given whatever assistance and care for he and my Mother; my Father insisted that that promise had been met simply through my having shown the intent and that as they might live long enough to make my realization of returning to Eretz Yisroel, he released me from the self-imposed obligation and demanded I follow my heart as soon as possible. Soon as possible proved to have pages upon pages of forms and required gathering documents generated in a very full life which had the property of a wandering soul who had travelled widely. Finally I made my way home to live a simple life just a medium walk from the Mediterranean.

 

Still, I had watched the growing animosities towards Israel and the attempts by some of the most ardent anti-Semitic haters to try and explain they did not hate Jews; they only had trouble with Israel. This, of course, led to reading about the “3D Test of Anti-Semitism” which can be applied to anyone whose acts are centered on Israel to discern whether they have realistic and honest problems with the Jewish State of if their hatred of Jews drives their difficulties with the Jewish State. The three ‘D’ test concerns looking to see if the person’s range of complaints and determining if their roots are based on demonization, delegitimization, and double standards. These tests were originated by Natan Sharansky, a man very respected worldwide and experienced with the many facets and kinds of hatred who learned much through his times as a Russian dissident in the former Soviet Union who spent his share of time incarcerated and in reeducation camps and today is in charge of The Jewish Agency which is tasked with Zionism and assisting returning Jews and Israeli Jews in general. His own explanation of the Three D’s can be found here. My concerns over anti-Semitism grew greatly after the Six Day War as the world slowly but inexorably turned from loving Israel and lavishing this little underdog nation which faced extermination almost daily from the nations surrounding her and those even a little further away. Right after the Six Day War, much of the world would have been completely understanding and even supportive had Israel immediately annexed all of the lands gained even including the entire Sinai Peninsula and even if she had offered the Arabs who remained within those territories a monetary incentive to leave and start their lives anew in any nation in the world which Israel would fly them there on El Al or another airline company if El Al did not fly to their desired destinations, say like Saudi Arabia, and include a somewhat generous stipend to offset the difficulties of reestablishing your life in a new nation. Slow and steadily that position was eroded until we are at the impasse today where Israel is often expected to return to the original demarcations Armistice lines which existed in June of 1967 and made an attempt to annihilate Israel so tempting to her neighbors.

 

If that was but the only problem Jews worldwide faced, then it might not be so troubling. It would still be disheartening, but not as serious a problem as what honestly exists today. You almost cannot read the news from around the world each day and not find a report of Jews being attacked in some town or city in Europe or North America. In the past week alone there have been at least five attacks I have read about and those were just in France with three from just outside Paris. Often the perpetrators of these assaults are described as Asians or North Africans with no further descriptions provided. Not only have the numbers of assaults increased but also the severity of the attacks have climbed where taunting has given way to assaults which in turn have given way to group muggings of individual or pairs of Jews and gone on to include attempted murder and on to murder itself. There were the strings of attacks across the United States and were referred to as the “knockout game” or “hit the Jew game” which continue but are no longer considered newsworthy as it is seen as simply more of the same and not a breaking story. There is the almost constant ritualistic desecration of Jewish cemeteries or Jewish sections of cemeteries where swastikas and hate phrases painted in the signs, gates, fences and tombstones and grave markers themselves and often the gravestones are smashed and toppled. This too has pretty much become such a common crime that often they get little if any mention unless you read news sources which tend to cover the minutia of attacks and assaults on Jews, Israel and Judaism. There has been a new twist being reported where desecrations and thefts are occurring at Auschwitz and other concentration camps as well as people posing making anti-Semitic salutes such as the regular Nazi stiff-armed salute or using the “quenelle” originated by anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala.

 

Even with the news the way it has been, it was not until the last few years that any of my friends and acquaintances with whom I had shared my concerns and belief that anti-Semitism was returning to become acceptable in large portions of Western society concurred with my prognosis. Now they are asking how long it had really been increasing and want to know how could they have missed such a serious and threatening change in the body public as well as the coming acceptance of fascist and xenophobic political movements often which include Jew hatred as part of their platforms, even if unofficially as it has not quite gotten to be completely acceptable. Their concerns are heartening as many of these friends are not Jewish yet their concerns are serious and their new perception has opened their eyes and they have sought to find actual reports and information and have become quite concerned and troubled. Hopefully the fact that it appears the vast majority of the public, Jews included, have been untouched and have chosen to downplay or even try to ignore the increasing anti-Semitism as they prefer to believe the world had finally buried that hatred with it discarded and never to return. Well, return it has and with a renewed vengeance which is just as startling and frightening as it has been any time previously throughout history. There is one even more disturbing truth which I have felt and discerned and that is just as throughout history each time anti-Semitism rose in the world it covered more of the globe and included a larger segment of the world’s societies and peoples. This time it appears that it may reach epidemic proportions unseen previously and even exceed the Holocaust in its inclusion of the world’s populations joining together to eradicate the Jews. The terrifying truth is that this time the intentions are not to eradicate the Jews from their midst and cleanse their part of the world of what they claim is a nefarious Jewish presence, the intentions nearly universally this time amongst the majority of anti-Semites is to eradicate all of planet Earth of its Jews, not just the six million plus in Israel or the almost six million in the United States but the approaching fifteen million Jews worldwide. That is why this time all peoples who are decent and caring people must band together and put anti-Semitism into its grave and bury that diseased state of mind once and forever. Those who choose to fight this chilling and growing reality had best start soon, if not immediately, as waiting will only feed the beast making it all that much more difficult to overcome and, at some point, it will become impossible to stop, making the inevitability of the situation, if not drastically prevented, that will result in a bloodbath unseen in human history for it will not stop with the Jews, it never just stops with the Jews, and the next on the list are the Christians followed by the Secular Humanists in all its many forms, and on and on until the majority of humanity will have been cleansed, leaving the smallest core of fanatics, of true believers, who are willing to murder the whole of humanity, if that is what it requires to save humanity.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

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