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July 4, 2017

Boldness of Lies Wafting on Evil Breezes

 

One can check for the following quote with a search using the entire quote and will find the original article in multiple places. Well, we just had to have our say which will hopefully be a little different and perhaps cast more light onto the subject and the many arenas where such events are being carried out by different players but all with the same means. They use lies, accusations, and demands in the hopes of being believed and thus discrediting all opposition, all in the truest form of the real fascists. This is a game which has been played before and these are the same exact steps, the same exact lies, the same exact accusations and soon we will see similar violence which those who silently instigate much of the violence promise to save us from the violence and this has all been used by the previous usurpers. We have spoken of this and now it creeps into another political game which means that this time the usurpers desire more than one nation or one continent but this time they aim for the world. Now here is the latest war cry of the usurper claiming that all evil is born everywhere but in their camp, the first lie, the introduction to what will come.

We are undergoing a process of fascistization of Israeli politics. These are hard words but they are true. Artists, actors and playwrights are under threat, Supreme Court justices and judges generally are threatened, journalists are fired and are threatened, journalists and newspapers are under threat of being closed by the authorities, and now also academics are under threat and can say nothing.” Head of Opposition, Isaac Herzog, Holon, June, 24, 2017

 

Head of Opposition Isaac Herzog

Head of Opposition Isaac Herzog

 

This is the same tired accusation made repeatedly by Mr. Herzog and his ilk every time there is anything introduced which might permit equal opportunity into the hallmark institutions which currently are leftist strongholds. Here is a simple but not complete list of such institutions around the world which the leftists control with near complete impunity and lack of opposition; mainstream media, NGOs (nongovernmental organizations), courts (with the exception of the United States where the judges in the courts are appointed by elected officials, and even in the United States the left are strong within the court system as has been evidenced by their use against President Trump), and Academia where tenure is denied professors unless they are proven and tested to be pure leftists. The media is meeting a problem which the leftists would dearly love to strangle, the Internet and the free exchange of information. The Internet also provides an alternative to the information put forth by the NGOs. What has not been prevented by the Internet is the marriage between the media and the NGOs where the NGO makes statements or accusations demeaning those not aligned exclusively with their causes and the media amplifies their words repeating them in print which is in turn used by the NGOs as validation of their views which is again repeated in the media with this circle continuing all too often ad nauseum.

 

The fastest way to get the leftist political class screaming is to introduce any measure of fairness or free debate into the systems which they control. Examples include altering the appointment of new judges taking it from the existing legal system and giving it to elected officials who are answerable to the electorate, to the people. When such was suggested in Israel, the entirety of the media, academia, the legal associations and the leftist politicians who are not in power and are unlikely to regain power unless through subterfuge, exploded in the media in op eds as well as went running to the Supreme Court screaming, “foul.” Our friend, Isaac Herzog, gave a prime example of the courts siding with the left politically and further during the furor where demands were being posed to force the Prime Minister to relinquish the communications portfolio regarding which Herzog’s self-praise, even before the justices’ decision, judging by his Facebook post, it was important to him that he make clear that he himself filed the petition and that the “High Court in an unusual step issued a conditional order that directs the Prime Minister and the Attorney General to explain why they won’t respond to the petition.” Going a step further, Herzog and his people maneuvered to spread word of the court’s decision to the television news channels for prime time. If only some professor would offer a course selectively examining the political brilliance displayed by Opposition Leader Isaac Herzog in the fight against the imperialist Prime Minister Netanyahu trying to run the government all by himself (now that we have posed the idea, any bets on how long before some professor actually uses this in his coursework?), we would have hit the trifecta, courts, media and academia.

 

When there was an attempt to have NGOs which receive over half their funding from outside of Israel report themselves as being foreign NGOs, and not pass themselves off as Israeli NGOs, the left in the media went into an uproar and the political left declared that totalitarianism was coming to Israel. The Guardian reported that Isaac Herzog stated that, “The NGO law … is indicative, more than anything, of the budding fascism creeping into Israeli society.” Just in case you were wondering, the political “F” word pops right out of Isaak’s mouth whenever things move even the slightest towards the center. Isaak fears that should things ever be moved from pegged so far to the left that the only thing keeping the needle from sliding out of view is the little peg holding it where it can be located, but the needle is bending. The people are getting tired of the universality of leftist control in every arena throughout Israel except elections, but they refuse to permit equal footing in their little fiefdoms, media, courts, and academia.

 

But Israel is not the only place where the left is screaming of injustices, cheating and of having been robbed. Yes, we’re speaking of the elections, surprise elections according to many, of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. If you have been reading much of the mainstream media, especially the New York Times, then you are pretty much convinced that the Russians were running President Trump’s campaign and without Putin, Trump would have lost. You would also have believed that had Hillary been elected, her first move would have been to fire then Director of the FBI James Comey. Then, suddenly when President Trump “mishandled” the firing of former FBI Director Comey, suddenly he was the hero of the hour who would hand the Senate Committee investigating Trump and, you know, we forget what. The important thing is that as soon as Mr. Comey’s testimony did not lead to Trump being impeached, he became a worthless miscreant who never should have been Director of the FBI once again. Then there are the courts in the United States which took turns preventing President Trump from making a legal alteration to immigration policy claiming that it broke his campaign pledges. That actually was one judge’s reason which made breaking a campaign pledges into a legal reason for a decision. Meanwhile, the liberal and leftist outrage had barely lost even an ounce of steam since the results came out and Hillary conceded. There are still wall-to-wall postings which seem to go in circles from one person to the next until they complete the circuit and start all over again as if they were brand new. This, too, is one of the steps in the real attempted fascist takeover, but the people making the noise are unaware of their part. They are the true believers and the first to get hurt when freedoms are lost. They are also the most surprised when their heroes become the villains and the ones they labeled as villains turn out not to be the guilty as charged.

 

Just to be fair to our regular readers who have read the step-by-step guide to how leftists use their tools to instigate and install their dictatorial, and by the way, fascist governance and bring elections to an end, we will just give the broad-brushed sketch. The first requirement is an enemy let us say Trump. Then there need be belief that the left lost unfairly. Then protests followed by slowly increasing levels of violence. Then there are the demands for an end to the violence. The violence is blamed on the initial enemy or the next one who wins against the left unfairly, usually soon after the initial enemy and also seemingly against the predictions of the media, surprise, surprise. The more the person perceived to be a right wing extremist, as painted by the media, tries to end the violence, the more it increases and they are blamed for not doing the job because they support many of the ones causing the violence, and any leftists who get caught are simply responding to the right-wing violence. Eventually, the leftists promise to end the violence if only the Constitution is altered to give them the power, as is currently happening in Venezuela. Once they get their unopposable power, then they take care of the violence with greater violence and freedom dies quietly in the background.

 

Venezuela’s upcoming referendum on drafting a new Constitution will be something to watch and expect that it will not be a fair election. Once Maduro wins, Venezuela will no longer be amongst the free nations. All initial indications would indicate that the people are not in favor of a new Constitution, but that may not be the determination of the election, and that will be the great sorrow of it all. The real sorrow is the people never really learn because the way history is taught, memorize dates, memorize insignificant preambles and other trivial items but never, ever tell an interesting story, because that is what real history is, stories. But the stories would stick in the minds and make the young interested in history and then they would learn and with that knowledge they would be able to see things unfolding, and the elites do not want an educated public because that would make them too difficult to govern and fool time and time again. Now that is what government is about in far too many places in our world today, and that is truly sad.

 

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June 25, 2017

The Scene Turned Ugly at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn

 

The rally was organized by extremist groups in the camp of Orthodox Jewry in both the United States and Israel who are against their congregants having to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) because they believe that their willingness to study Torah, most of them, should exempt all of them from service just in case they decide they desire to study Torah today. These groups are part but not all of the Haredi movement. What is interesting is that in the United States the Haredi have normal lives, as they would see things. In Israel, many of the Haredi do not work and instead spend their days studying Torah, or so the argument is made. This is why they claim they should not be forced to serve in the IDF. They claim that according to Torah, their study brings about peace and that is their contribution to the safety of Israel. This is not a universal belief and there are Haredi who serve in the IDF with great distinction in many cases. These soldiers are in risk should they visit friends or family in Haredi neighborhoods and one recently suffered broken ribs as he was attacked in his own Haredi neighborhood. This was a disgrace and the most despicable of actions by those Haredi who perpetrated this beating.

 

IDF Crest Insignia

 

This takes us back to the rally held at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York, New York. This rally was anything but inexpensive. Those behind organizing this rally have deep pockets and cannot be taken lightly as with such pockets comes power. This makes the events which transpired at the rally of importance. The rally was announced as being held in sympathy with the Haredi in Israel and their soon being required to serve in the IDF except for a percentage who will be Torah scholars, but the average Haredi are going to be drafted, as are everyone else, to serve their term in the IDF. This is part of the effort to integrate the majority of the Haredi into mainstream Israeli society as this is quickly becoming a necessity as the numbers of Haredi in the population increases the remainder of the Israeli people will be unable to support the Haredi. This is being resisted and the movement has been joined by other extremist groups in the camp of Orthodox Jewry. The rally very quickly turned from supporting the Haredi cause to being grossly anti-Zionist and then finally anti-Israel. That is where the rally became troubling and unacceptable.

 

Having political views is one thing which is acceptable. Turning against the Jewish state by organized Jews and doing so in such a publically observable manner is unacceptable. Jews who believe that Israel has no right to exist because according to their belief and interpretation of Torah the Jews were to await the Messiah before reestablishing their homeland is one thing. Publically calling Israel an abomination or decrying her existence is something entirely different. By expressing such views in a public forum can only result in enforcing the enemies of Israel and possibly result in enemies of Israel acting claiming that even the Jews do not believe in or support fully the Jewish state. Calling for an end to Israel is calling for the elimination of the Israeli Jews who are going nowhere voluntarily. That is well over six-million Jews plus all the rest of the Israeli population. This is a serious breach of reality. The Jewish state is a fact and exists. Claiming that the Zionist Jews should have awaited the Messiah is a wonderful thought. There are also Jews who read the same Torah and believe that there need be a Jewish Israel and Jerusalem into which the Messiah can return. Obviously, both sides of this argument cannot be correct and to muddy the waters further there are those who believe that there will be no Messiah, but only a Messianic Age. There will be only one means of determining which of the three sides are correct, and that will require either the arrival of the Messiah or the Messianic Age. The arrival of the Messiah will, of course, answer many, many questions and settle who was correct, as if it makes any difference at that point.

 

That brings us back to now. There are far too few Jews for us to go around accusing one another of presumably unpardonable sins, at least not so publically. Jewish sects have had their differences in every age. Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Ben Azzai had a few differences over which Jews to this day can discuss and argue over the merits of the two Torah scholars. There are many who could rightfully declare that opposing the Jewish state today is tantamount to opposing the survival and welfare of the Jewish people as a whole. Debating Zionism was the biggest argument in Judaism a century ago but as of May 15, 1948 (5th of Iyyar, 5708) that debate was made mute. There is no reason to continue to beat a dead horse, as the saying goes. That debate is over, Israel lives and now it is the future of the Jewish people. Should Israel disappear the remainder of Judaism would assimilate and disappear except for a few stray groups clustered around their Rabbi and the Jews would become more of an oddity than a religion. That is the future of Judaism without Israel.

 

Yes, there are those with a differing view of Torah than the religious Zionists like myself. They believe the Messiah must come to establish Israel and we believe that Israel must have been established and Jerusalem brought into Jewish hands for the Messiah to have an Israel from within which to enter Jerusalem. We believe that Israel is not yet ready to receive the Messiah and until we hold Jerusalem as our capital undivided and wholly holy and ours and with all the holy cities of our Torah under Israeli law and with Jews as the citizens within. Then once we are worthy, the Messiah will come. That is when all the Jews are worthy and we will never be worthy as long as we are at one another’s throats. We are one people despite our differences and we need to act as one people. Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Ben Azzai had differences and debated their different interpretations all while each respecting the other. We could learn a lot from their friendly rivalry which was carried forth with high respect and never with animosity from one for the other. Debate within Judaism is almost a tradition, but always with respect and cordiality. As fellow Jews, we must act as what we are, brothers and sisters, a glorious family, the descendants of Abraham, Isaak and Jacob. Differences aside, we all say the same prayers and observe the same holidays and enjoy our Sabbath meals with family. While I understand the arguments of whether Israel was to be established before or by the Messiah and understand how many rise and fall over this argument, I see all of us as Jews first and foremost. We must all adopt this view for there are too few of us as has been the sad reality in every age. When we fight amongst ourselves, we only stir up wrath which will be our downfall. We must overcome out differences and learn to love one another as the siblings which we are. That is the long and the short of this and displays such as the one at Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York, New York can only serve to destroy the Jewish people making us but a footnote of history. Torah say such can never be, so apparently Torah says we must mend our ways.

 

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May 2, 2017

Germany, Breaking the Silence, and the Lies Europe Sells

 

A few days ago we wrote about the German Foreign Minister deciding insulting Israel was more important than meeting Prime Minister Netanyahu while in Israel. The end result was he met with the leadership of the NGO Breaking the Silence when given the choice of them or the Prime Minister. This was not a slight taken lightly as Chancellor Angela Merkel backed up the German Foreign Minister’s choice making it the choice of the German government. This insult should weight heavily on the campaign for the position of Chancellor of Germany allowing the people of Germany to hold Angela Merkel, her party and all the parties who remain in her coalition as supporters of her administration intentionally rebuking Israel through intentional insult and actions which are above and beyond just this insult alone. Germany is also the main financial supporter of Breaking the Silence, an NGO dedicated in making false claims about Israeli Defense Force (IDF) actions even to include their humanitarian activities but more about that soon. What need be added is that Germany is far from alone amongst European governments supporting NGO’s working to defame Israel by all and any means possible usually largely through lies and inference. That includes everyone from Sweden to Britain to Italy and everywhere inbetween. They disguise these NGO’s by abusing the open and unrestrictive free speech laws Israel applies to NGO’s and their ability to register themselves as Israeli NGO’s. That’s right, Breaking the Silence is registered as an Israeli NGO’s despite getting a plurality of their funds from Germany and according to NGO Monitor, European governments cover 65 percent of this NGO’s funds, but when Israel attempted to correct this foreign financing of Israeli NGO’s by changing the laws such that any NGO which received a majority of their funds from foreign sources would be required to register as a foreign NGO, Europeans erupted with indignation claiming that if this law passed then Israel would no longer be a democracy. When Israel was discussing this change the European Union and numerous European governments went absolutely orbital in their threats and sheer furious outrage claiming that Israeli democracy was under threat by this law. Did we mention that every European nation requires NGO’s registered by their governments be financed by a majority of their funds from within the nation, some place a higher than fifty percent requirement for NGO financing to be recognized as indigenous.

 

Now to give you a taste of the bile odium with which Breaking the Silence attempts to paint the IDF’s actions. The IDF sent a rapid response search and rescue teams and were the first nation to have a working complete field hospital complete with an entire diagnostic department, neonatal, OBGYN, surgical wards and other medical services all even before the United States arrived in Haiti after their devastating earthquake. One of the Israeli acts which received international acclaim was their going the extra steps to restore dancer George Exantus such that he was able to return to the love of his life, dancing, despite having lost his leg from the knee. For some of his story and others about the reputation of the IDF covering more than sending aid to disaster regions, we would like to suggest you read our article Time for Nations Saved by Israel to Demand United Nations Halt and even some of the links found there if they pique your interest. Also, there are videos with British Colonel Richard Kemp who was an international observer during the War with Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terrorists in Gaza including his report given to the United Nations Human Rights Council. We doubt that his report made many of those sitting in the chamber overly happy. Breaking the Silence regularly claims that the IDF has its soldiers harvesting organs from the Palestinians. Breaking the Silence was caught by nationalist group Ad Kan, as reported here by Arutz Sheva, spying on the IDF, or people they believe are IDF veterans, in attempts to gather internal secrets and planning by the IDF along the GAZA border. What Breaking the Silence did with the information and there are fears that they were working for Hamas, Islamic Jihad or possibly even Iran, is unknown and may constitute as espionage, a criminal act. We would be very grateful to any powers that be that actually would prove in a court, military or civilian, within Israel that Breaking the Silence has conducted espionage so that they could be delegitimized completely and made to disband. But, the problem is not just Breaking the Silence, they have allies who similarly are largely financed out of Europe with some financed by the European Union, others by individual nations, and some, in order to hide their financial origins, use other NGO’s through which they receive their funding.

 

One of the main NGO’s through which funds are channeled is called the New Israel Fund (NIF). By funneling through the NIF, they can claim that most of their funding comes from within Israel. We suspect but have yet to find sufficient evidence that there is the funneling of funds in both directions such that many of the NGO’s be sharing the same funds and repeatedly can show a higher percentage of funding from within Israel. For example one NGO receives a million Euros from any European source and then slide one third to two other NGO’s who then in return send the same amount back to the initial NGO. After doing this again with two other NGO’s they will have received one and one-third million Euros from other Israeli NGO’s and one million Euros from a European source and thus claim they received approximately fifty-seven percent funding from within Israel while actually only receiving one million Euros from a European source. They can then continue in using the one million Euros in efforts against Israel and still claim to be an Israeli funded NGO with holy credentials to prove such. Further, all European funding of the NIF immediately becomes Israeli funding when granted to other NGO’s in Israel and this is considered to be one of the main endeavors of the NIF. What is truly astounding are the number of NGO’s and intragovernmental agencies mostly attached to the United Nations which have as their main agenda the criticizing and denouncing of Israel. The German Foreign Minister also met with B’Tselem, another anti-Israel NGO. B’Tselem was founded as a Human Rights organization and has published over a hundred reports on various issues such as torture, fatal shootings by security forces, restrictions on movement, expropriation of land and discrimination in planning and building in East Jerusalem, administrative detention, house demolitions, violence by Israeli settlers and Palestinians, and Israeli operations in the occupied territories. Hiding behind a claimed Human Rights platform is a popular ruse used by numerous other organizations and most famously by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The UNHRC got to a point where they would open their biannual meetings with resolutions to criticize Israel for human rights abuses. They would fill in the particulars at a later time likely given to one of their staff to enter the desired accusations.

 

Beyond B’Tselem, NIF, UNHRC, and Breaking the Silence there are leagues of other anti-Israel NGO’s and committees. A short list would include but not be limited to Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), Sabeel, Badil, Christ at the Checkpoint, Zochrot (research on these by NGO Monitor can be read here, plus financing by the European Union for BDS supporting groups such as Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ), Land Research Center, The Culture and Free Thought Association (CFTA), Edward Said National Conservatory and Music Association, Popular Art Center, Cooperazione per lo Sviluppo dei Paesi Emergenti (COSPE), Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS), Palestinian Centre for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (PCDCR), Arab Youth Against ‘Honour Killings’, and a number of others also researched by NGO Monitor with the report here, and for a little extra, here is a report by JewishPress.com. If these are insufficient, well then, can we simply provide the link to NGO Monitor’s Home Page and you can spend the rest of the day simply realizing that Israel truly is the central nation, as far as the world’s attention, despite whatever is happening throughout the globe.

 

NGO Monitor Montage

 

Granted, one day the headline might read that North Korean missile launch went poorly and exploded upon takeoff. The next day the headline might read about a chemical attack in Syria against civilians. The day after that we might read about the launching of Tomahawk Cruise Missiles at a Syria airfield and a Mother of all Bombs (MOAB or GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast) being dropped on Islamic State cave complex in Afghanistan. But, before any two-week period is up you will likely find at least one front-page headline reporting on Israel. It may only take a week and far less if anything even minor should occur. We have a President in Turkey not only taking over all the power and centralizing it in the Presidency that he holds but also declaring his intent to take Aleppo and Mosul as the southern borders for the new Turkey, there is the continuing five year long Syrian civil war and all that entails, there is the massive refugee and immigrant influx into much of Europe, terrorism around the globe, the slow disintegration of the European Union, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, North Korea’s Kin Jong Un and his dwindling family size, weather anomalies, Voyager I reaching the Heliosphere and so many other monumental news items not all of which are terrifying and yet the news inevitably returns to a nation the size of New Jersey that is not currently fighting a war with any of her neighbors, Israel. How can anybody explain this? NGO Monitor has a partial explanation in that many nations and organizations around the world invest large sums of cash, often money they do not really have to spend, all on denigrating Israel. This is why the news always turns back to Israel, the world is investing huge sums of money in attempts to destroy Israel and they must have the news constantly screaming about Israel has done this or that or the other and it is terrible. The Arab Palestinians all originated in Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and even Turkey, the Sudan and Yemen; and these nations stopped accepting their countrymen back at the demands of Yasser Arafat and the Arab League such that they would have the refugee weapon to wield against Israel. The Arab Palestinians, and here is the dirty little secret, do not desire their own nations, they wish to return to where the rest of their families reside, but they are set on destroying Israel first and are willing to live forever in these camps because Israel must be destroyed. The Europeans agree with the Arab world on this point which is why they spend so much time, energy and money in efforts to discredit and demean Israel. The destruction of Israel has become the dream of the leftists who, it should be no surprise, are the modern fascists. The reason everybody has the desire to be rid of Israel is very simple and was given by Adolph Hitler as the reason for the Final Solution; he was going to rid the world of the “Jewish Conscience” which meant he also wanted to destroy all of the Judeo-Christian world. We have discussed this and shown how the left has been against the Judeo-Christian ethics for at least the past century. This was why they supported the Nazis up until Poland was invaded and they felt threatened, further one can simply research Charles Lindbergh and the Eugenicists of his era and their support for Hitler and Mousseline until the start of World War II and the attack on Pearl Harbor. During and for a while after World War II the left fell in love with Communism for the same reason and now are admiring Islam and see it as the savior from the Judeo-Christian ethic which they see as the bane of civilization. We talked of this in our article It Can Get Worse But Why Wait?

 

The only conclusion which can come from this is even leftist Jews who mostly have left their faith mostly outside their lives with special exception for their loved holiday parties such as dress-up costumes for Purim, jelly donuts on Chanukah and really dressing up for the High Holiday services, have joined in the anti-Semitic hatred for Israel. The hatred for Israel is largely fueled by anti-Semitism which is easily proven by simply asking those anti-Israel demonstrators what other nation they hold to a similar standard as Israel. Mostly they will sputter or perhaps be honest before they check themselves and name the United States. Hatred of the Judeo-Christian ethic is both anti-Semitism and anti-Christianity and often couched as anti-Western culture. The weird thing is the most ardent advocates of these particular poisonous hatreds are people living in Western Society. Why the natives of Western Society and the people who benefit the most from the Judeo-Christian ethics from which we get such niceties as private property rights, civility, polite culture, the Ten Commandments and nearly everything they find pleasant about their life all of which is kept safe due to the legal systems which were derived from Torah and the teachings of the Rabbis (Jesus was a Rabbi) and the philosophies which followed from their leads. Of course, the leftists will claim that religion has murdered more people than anything else in history. What they are doing is repeating a lie which by its repetition has become accepted truth, but it is still a lie. The first thing they need to take in is that World War I was not started over religion but by treaties, World War II and the Holocaust had nothing to do with religion, at least not Judeo-Christianity as the Nazis were anti-Christian and, need we add, anti-Semitic and then we have the Stalin Purges and then the disastrous policies of Mao which murdered more people than anyone has ever been able to estimate and that alone accounts for over three-quarters of the deaths due to war and governments. Only one killer even approaches these counts, disease. The current war against Israel is simply a continuation of a hatred which has existed for over four-thousand years and if only it could end and Israel be given the lands promised her in 1922, well before the Holocaust thus not having such as the reason, and allowed to live in peace, then everything discovered by Israeli scientists and physicians and engineers would be shared with the world and used for the benefit of the world. If you think cherry tomatoes are cool, imagine what other things Israel could invent.

 

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