Beyond the Cusp

June 21, 2017

Tomorrow Will Bring More of the Same Tired Excuses

 

First thing, we can guarantee you are, there will be more terrorist attacks, more supposed “lone wolves,” more mass shootings and more general mayhem and every time the immediate media response will be a combination of the following demands and explanations. There is that ever-present “call for calm by both sides.” Then there is the demand that “we not jump to any conclusions until more is known,” And one of our favorites, “We must not respond with Islamophobia,” whatever that is as we have yet to find it anywhere except for the warnings against it. Have you ever noticed there is no call to eradicate anti-Semitism after these attacks which almost always Jews are the victims and were targeted by people with obvious case of severe anti-Semitism. There will be demands that there be gun control and the ever present that the perpetrator has to be some gun nut, right wing, violent militia member, plus the recently added Trump supporter against whose type of crazies we must be ever vigilant and guarding against before they destroy our precious, liberal, democratic, social wonderland. Then when the perpetrator turns out to be a leftist, anti-social lunatic, everything is dropped and no corrections to the previous venom spurted by the media and left wing politicians. When, in the not too distant future, somebody decides to do a research paper on violence of the late Twentieth Century through the early Twenty-First Century they will reach the conclusion, unless they are very good at reading through page thirty or even section C page twenty-two on the day after the truth came out for the retractions or correction stating the truth about the perpetrator, that all the violence was from the right and supported Trump for emperor of the world. That is the state of things so we will discuss our favorite subject, Israel, with a side of Trump-mania.

 

Please excuse our not giving particular examples as with the slightest suggestion of using Google (or equivalent if you prefer not feeding the monster), examples by the gazillions are easily found. Terror attacks can be found striking every continent with a preference apparently Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Despite the seemingly excessive number of terror attacks targeting Israelis, there are even more terrorist strikes of Muslim on Muslim with most being between Sunni and Shiite yet there is also intra-sect terror violence. Mostly, the attacks of Muslim on Muslim violence gets a minor report and are pretty much left to wither and fade into the background noise of everyday clatter which passes for news. What is uninspiring is the repeated call for calm after every terror attack within the European sphere and the more often than not demand that people just adapt and get used to such events as part of normalcy. This is the European elites preferred means of coping with anything which does not directly affect their reelection potential. The exception, as we noticed with the Mosque attack in London this week, when the victims are Islamic, then terror must be fought no matter who is behind it. We are willing to bet we do not hear that call after the next attack on Israelis or in Europe where people going about their daily lives or attending a concert are struck with a mass attack traced to an Islamist group. Then we will be told how most Muslims are peaceful and Islam is the religion of peace.

 

One has to wonder if those claiming that Islam is the religion of peace have ever read the Quran. We know that those who claim that Judaic history is filled with violence have read the Bible and those claiming that the Christians are violent as they perpetrated the Crusades. What they do not bother to do is correct the Crusades claims, as those were not offensive wars but instead a response to the Islamic conquest of the formerly Christian Holy Lands and trying to take back Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Nazareth. You also do not hear that Judaism had their wars of conquest around three thousand years ago and the Jews had not had an offensive war since before the Babylonian Empire, Persian Empire, Greek Empire, Roman Empire and the birth of Islam and their conquest of the Middle East, North Africa and parts of Asia and having made three attempts for the conquest of Europe, one ending in Tours France after taking much of Spain, Andalusia as the Muslims named it, and the other two ending at the gates of Vienna. Of course, it appears that the discussion must never point out little imperfection in the victimhood of the Islamic world claiming how they have been wronged by the developed world, namely that the Islamic Caliphate has been the longest existing empire which has covered much of the existing world second only to the Mongols in area of coverage. The Islamic Caliphate, or Islamic Empire, is the longest existing empire lasting over the past one-thousand-three-hundred-eighty-seven years since the year 630 AD when Mohammad had led the Arab Islamic forces out of the Arabian Peninsula starting the conquest of the Middle East followed by the conquest of North Africa and began their conquest of Spain and later into the Balkans, as described above (see map below). Their claims of being the poor victims of European colonialization was about a period covering less than a century which resulted from the Ottoman empire allying with Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire during World War I which their side lost.

 

Islamic Expansion

Islamic Expansion

 

So, all we have seen of late in the United States has been intriguing. Any criminal act where there is gun violence the immediate response is that it is all the fault of President Donald Trump. The perpetrator, as we mentioned earlier, is claimed to be a Trump supporter. There was the scare that the election of President Trump was going to unleash a wave of anti-Semitism. There were some threats which proved to be made by a mentally distressed American-Israeli teen and the other few by a distraught man trying to have some form of revenge on his former girlfriend. Then the expected waves of anti-Semitism presumably planned and executed by legions of Trump supporters never happened. And that was the end of that story. But then there was the two, or was it three, day event over Kathy Griffin and her decapitation of President Trump. As she is from the wonderful elite from Hollywood and one of the wonderful and perfect people and she was slightly off in her judgement but her heart was in the right place. Anything which might bring down Trump is all from things which are in the right place. There is this wonderful rendition of the Shakespeare play of Julius Caesar in Central Park where their depiction of Julius Caesar has this great appearance resembling; you guessed it, Donald Trump. It has received rave reviews for its great symbolism and artistic genius. The one thing which we can count on the leftists is their double standards. Things which are wonderful and of great value when used for attacking conservatives are equally despicable and horrific should they be used in similar vein against the left. Imagine if a play was performed eight years ago of Shakespeare in the midlands based on Romeo and Juliet where two star crossed lovers end up committing suicide in a political imbroglio where Romeo and Juliet were made to resemble President Obama and Michelle Obama. Imagine the reaction in the media and the screams that those who wrote the adaptation and all the thespians who took part in the play should be arrested and tortured relentlessly for their thought crime of performing such an insult and threat to the President and the First Lady. Exactly the opposite of the reception the death of Donald Trump on stage in Central Park has received. There have been some Trump supporters who have taken to disrupting the play and they should simply allow it to continue as an example of the left’s deep seated hatred of all things they oppose. Allowing these items to continue over the next four, or possibly eight, years of Trump in the White House as a reminder of exactly what those who elected President Trump were voting to prevent. These actions may just inspire the conservatives and the rest who elected Trump and those who have joined them as the left and their bile is paraded before all America may just invigorate them to continue to make a difference and continue to remain active politically and not just return to sleep and allow the left to return to power and finish what they have started. Given another couple of terms in near term could return everything to the brink which the world was on as the elections altered the path and then tip it right over the edge sending things beyond the cusp.

 

When there is the next mass shooting or terror attack, we will once again see the usual media and liberal elitist reactions claiming that in reality we are all to blame for not enacting those ideas they present as the cure-alls to everything which ails our societies. Their bromides are as predictable as where they place the blame. It is the gun, not the person behind the gun. What they will never admit is that the reason they want to rid the world of individual firearm ownership is because an unarmed people are called slaves. There is a reason they demand that every society and every culture are equal is so they can allow the less civilized, also known as more barbaric, are permitted to intermingle with the developed world and complete chaos results. This works in their favor as when society reaches a state where the violence becomes intolerable, the people will scream for a savior, grant such a savior any and all power they demand if only they will be granted security. It is after what results that the people will learn that Benjamin Franklin, whether misattributed or not, was dead on correct when he stated, “Those who sacrifice Liberty for Security deserve neither.” But the elite leftists have something, which is currently being denied students in our universities today, a solid Liberal Arts education. They have a reason for graduating students who lack this education and the understanding that a basic knowledge of history, political science, literature, philosophy and the rest of the humanities will never understand, the reasoning behind the American Constitution and the thoughts and protections it provided. Instead, they will fall for the same pitfalls and traps which previous generations have time and time again when knowledge of the past was forgotten. That is what is coming and all too fast for those of us from previous generations who availed ourselves of a solid education are watching and fearing for our children and grandchildren, and most of us are grandparents and thus too far removed from the current generation to be heeded rather than dismissed as old fools.

 

Now for the most inflammatory part of this article, the reason that the Jews are always the first people targeted. The Jews are and always have been called the people of the book. This was not a phrase invented by Islam but picked up by Mohammad. There are a number of reasons for this name. First and most obvious is that we have the Torah and Bible and thus are the people from those Books or scrolls. But it goes deeper. Jews from the time of Moses on provided their children with the ability to read in order to read the Torah from the earliest time of writing. The Jews initially learned much through memorization but still had a core of leaders, the priests who were always gifted with the ability to read and write. This was disseminated to all Jews whenever possible and society and time permitted. After the Roman Diaspora this learning to read and write and afterwards arithmetic, philosophy, physics and all the sciences became almost the Jewish calling card. This is part of the reason so many Nobel Prizes in the sciences have been disproportionally won by Jews, around 30% despite being but 0.2% of the Earth’s total population. Because the Jews, as a whole, are one of the highly educated peoples and because of this they are a danger to the elites who desire to return to a world where they are the privileged few with the remainder living in servitude with some preferred scientists to continue to provide the technology the elites require to continue to oppress the rest of humanity. But for this return to the medieval societal bifurcated society with a small and selected leftist elite controlling all while the remainder slave away living brutish lives denied the pleasures and power which is controlled by the elite and portioned out to the lesser society in order to prevent the evils of global climate change. The people will be disarmed and denied the weapons, especially firearms which the elite will retain, because an armed people are a free people who can demand equality. Equality is not the lefts idea of a perfected society. A perfected society allows for the correct people in charge leaving the remainder to be few but sufficient in number to grow their food and other menial tasks while their betters live their privileged lives. Jews have to be removed from the society because they will resist such and warn the masses of the coming threats as the Jews Torah demands that all people respect and be respected. Life is to be celebrated, not squandered and lived in servitude as an underclass. Jews have a history of resisting such demeaning of humanity and leading people in revolution against tyrants. That is why the Jew must be kept low or preferably destroyed, as they will continue by their nature to be the liberators of those relegated as an underclass. Education is the strength of the Jews and should be treasured by all people because when it is lost, the people are soon to be lost as well. Below is this explained by somebody far more qualified and knowledgeable than we are capable of providing.

 

 

The video is worth the time it takes to view it. There are some surprising insights and some quotes which many likely have never heard. They are utilized well in describing some truths, some which hold some hope and others which are disturbing and hurtful but necessary if we are to approach these problems honestly.

 

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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.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

April 21, 2017

It Can Get Worse But Why Wait?

 

The articles and editorials all point to the same truths. It is painful to read about but we read it anyways. Those who read here regularly know the feeling and most made of sterner mettle read on if for no other reason than the hope that in the story there will at the least be a single ray of hope. The stories from the last few days held no such light. Stories from across Europe and back again, from the campuses of the United Kingdom to across the Ukraine to Paris, the capital city of France, the stories are all too similar. The names of the victims change and all too often the perpetrators remain unidentified and probably without remorse. The only time these beasts feel remorse is before the television cameras and the media and even then the discerning realize their remorse is that they will face legal proceedings. Then there are the few defiant who cannot understand that they had committed any crime and demand to have explained what they did that was wrong, after all, they had merely beaten the life out of a Jew. And these miscreants often come in small groups up to a half dozen or so and attack as a mob again a singular target or perhaps two Jews both teens or old men. They rarely take their vengeance and hate out on any Jew physically capable of dealing harm to at least one or two before numbers take their toll. These stories rise out of Europe and one of the rare voices reporting on these heinous acts has been the Italian journalist Giulio Meotti. His most recent article ”Welcome to Europe’s Four Capitals of anti-Semitism” was one of a series of articles over the past week which served as the impetus for this article.

 

There has been one ray of light we have kept in mind when reading these stories, and that is that more and more European Jews are choosing Aliyah to Israel as the solution to the growing menace in Europe. The information we have seen indicates that Israel is the number one choice followed by the United States with a small number choosing elsewhere such as South America and Canada or even Asia. The main group we would like to speak with directly, and to anyone knowing of such people, are those deciding that the United States, and by inference anywhere other than Israel, as their destination where they can restart their lives anew and be safe. We are not trying to imply that currently the problems for Jews in the United States is something dire and that it is a reckless choice which places them in nearly the same level of danger as that is definitely not the situation. But on the other end of the scale, we are speaking as amongst those who made Aliyah to Israel from the United States. The main reason is that one of us had promised themselves at an early age that they would retire in Israel when the opportunity arrived. We lost a great deal of financial security by doing so having now to rent at a far higher price than the mortgage we paid on our home in Oklahoma. We can tell you that the sacrifice was more than worth it. That leaves the question as to why we would make such a move and that gets to the crux of why we recommend that the United States not be at the top of any Jew’s list of safe destinations. If your reason is that you have relatives in the United States and you are moving near them, then by all means go to the United States as having supportive relatives of close friends should always be amongst the highest priorities. But, if the choice is purely which destination would be best, then choose Israel.

 

First, we can give a couple of startling facts comparing Israel and the United States. Taking in all types of criminal acts even including terrorism, one is more likely to have a violent crime committed against their person in the United States than they are in Israel. The best means of avoiding such a fate is identical in Israel as it is in the United States; simply avoid areas where criminal acts are most often perpetrated. Do not visit certain places or at least minimize visiting such places to daylight hours and one severely diminishes the probability that they will fall victim to violence. We will grant that there is a definitive difference in the likelihood of a military attack on the nation between the United States and Israel. Mitigating this problem is that the Israeli government has made a great deal of effort into protecting the people, particularly the children, from the ravages of war. There are shelters throughout the country and should the sirens sound, simply follow the flow of people to reach the closest shelter. During the last Gaza war the seeming biggest question on virtually every Western journalists’ list came across asking, “Where are all the dead Jews to match the Palestinian losses?” Of course, it was not phrased so clumsily, well except one journalist who said almost exactly that, but they were all seemingly fascinated in the fact that more Gazan civilians appeared to be dying than Israel civilians. Now we must point out that these very same journalists were following the crowds of Israelis heading for the shelters when the sirens sounded and they marveled, as did we all, at the unbelievable accuracy and kill rate of the Iron Dome batteries. But, despite witnessing the exact reasons for the disparity, they were not making a comparison as much as a political statement which basically could have been read, what makes the lives of Israelis more important than the lives of Gazans. They were asking the wrong side, that is what they should have queried the Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders as to why they too had not permitted their civilians the protections they reserved for their fighters. But that was a lesson that Israel will spend just as much if not more, fifty-thousand dollars a missile cost for Iron Dome to prevent a rocket costing a few hundred dollars if that, preserving the lives of her citizens, all her citizens. Israel has recently completed fortifying every school roof and structure to withstand the majority of rocket strikes and further enforced the kindergartens and many daycare facilities. Israel requires that all new residences come equipped with a shelter which will withstand rocket attacks up to a certain level. Basically, Israel is a nation with bomb shelters spread across every city, town, kibbutz and community and invests in the best intercepting systems all in the name of keeping the people safe.

 

Israel can offer one guarantee; she will not enter into any conflict which can be avoided by negotiations or other means to mitigate the necessity of war. The same cannot be stated about her neighbors, especially Hamas, Hezballah, the terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula (who are fortunately busy fighting one another), Syria (which is also engaged with internal struggles), Jordan, Egypt or Iran. What is interesting about Jordan and Egypt is that the nation’s leaders in both countries are less inclined in fighting with Israel than are the people, with the Jordanian people actually having the highest and most deeply ingrained hatreds for Israel largely due to their listening to Palestinian Authority radio and television, stations Israel licenses and permits to broadcast. That is largely financed by the European Union, United Nations, many individual European governments and likely the United States funds are also used for these broadcasts and at least the first three would all be up in arms should Israel shutter these incitive voices of hatreds. Some claim that Israel is high upon the list of the Islamic State as a target to attack should the opportunity present itself. This was revealed to be untrue when one of the commanders in the areas closest to the Golan Heights was asked if striking Israel was a priority to which he responded that striking Israel was not even on their to do list as they would incur serious and irreparable damage resulting from such a foolhardy move. If only all our enemies thought so clearheaded and logically. The main thing is Israel will do everything possible to refrain from engaging in a war, often going further than the majority of the population in such efforts. Once such conditions exist, the safety of the population becomes of paramount concern. Israel is a nation which stocks her shelters regularly and such activity being hastily performed nationwide would be a greater sign of potential for coming conflict than the opening of weapons bays and other such readying which other nations take as a sign of impending conflict.

 

So, even in worst-case scenario, one would be equally safe residing in the United States as in Israel. We must grant that residing in Israel would decrease the numbers of holidays one could celebrate as other than the Jewish celebrations, the other communities mostly celebrate on their own and theirs are not national holidays. On the other hand, with Synagogues plentiful and the vast majority of food retailers selling only Kosher foods and many restaurants also serving kosher food, it is far easier to be a practicing Jew here in Israel. Outside of certain neighborhoods in the United States, the same is not the case and it would be next to impossible in large swaths of the United States or at the least most difficult. In some areas, one would need look far and wide and likely further just to find sufficient men for a Minion for morning prayers forcing one to recite them alone, not a conducive setting for remaining religious. Assimilation in Israel means becoming more Jewish aware if not Jewish while assimilation in the United States makes one more secular Christian where you are either secular or Christian, both is difficult. So, should your concern be remaining a practicing Jew or becoming a practicing Jew, Israel should be your destination. If within you is even just an ember, a mere spark, of being a practicing Jew, Israel will nurture that spark until it lights the fire and from there you decide. In the United States, such an ember would be doused with ample water unless one was to protect it with great effort. So in Israel such an ember is given to lighting the passion of being a religious Jew and this is made much easier in Israel while in the United States the driving force is to make one a secular humanist and possibly a leftist who discards Hashem as they believe only those things they can see, touch and explain with formulae.

 

The final reason to choose Israel is the most difficult for people to accept, the growing anti-Semitism in the United States. For much of the last seventy-five years, anti-Semitism in the United States has been swept under the carpet. Much of this has been accomplished by those wishing to hide the brutal truth so as to make the United States appear moral. They also wished to deny that any trace of anti-Semitism was existent within their great nation. The problem is that despite these efforts, anti-Semitism has been measurably rising. The often-strange property of this rise in anti-Semitism is its tendency to rise fastest in those communities with the fewest or no Jews. All too often acts of anti-Semitism were perpetrated by people living outside of the neighborhood or even the city or town where the incident occurred. This has permitted the explanation that the act was a one-out or rare occurrence which poses no threat to the Jewish population. Such thinking is desperately erroneous. It is exactly this sort of anti-Semitism which is most dangerous because beneath such an act is a seething anti-Semitism which will only be furthered by the punishment of the miscreant. This will be interpreted as the Jew victimizing one member of their community and punishing them to an extreme for some minor act. My fortune was to, more often than not, live in an area where there was some distance, often more than five or even fifty miles, between me and the next Jewish family. Of course as I have resided in Wyoming; there in one town if there were not a person matching some description, it was at least fifty miles to the next town with maybe three homes between the two, so we are talking fair sized towns of at least seventy-thousand. Yes, that included where I resided in Wyoming.

 

While growing up as a youth anti-Semitism decreased hitting a low mark somewhere near or soon after the Six Day War as that made many in the United States feel as if they were a little bit Israel for that one week. Nevertheless, within a few short years, anti-Semitism began to grow, and in a most peculiar place, the far-left wing of the political spectrum. The far-right, today called the alt-right, actually remained relatively constant and more of a nuisance than an actual threat. The far-left had a simple problem with Jews, and that was Judaism and little ideas such as the Ten Commandments, the Torah and the entire Bible (Old Testament) and the morality within these documents. Adolph Hitler spoke of this hatred of a Jewish morality when he declared, “The Ten Commandments have lost their validity. Conscience is a Jewish invention; it is a blemish like circumcision.” And “…the personification of the devil as the symbol of all evil assumes the living shape of the Jew.” Hitler included Christianity as another of the items which prevented mankind from reaching its glorious heights he envisioned once Judeo-Christianity was dead. That is the overriding side of anti-Semitism left from many discussions, that what is the target is not as much the Jews as the Torah and the rules Judaism gave to human civilization. Judaism is the root from which Christianity grew and set at the core the Jewish morality which Christianity accepted as was with minor alterations making the practice more suitable for their target audience, the Roman pagans. Christianity kept many of the basics upon which Judaism is based, including but not limited to, the Ten Commandments, Love the stranger, treat others how you wish to be treated, and numerous other teachings which were gleaned from the words of Jesus. One item which remains in the backgrounds about Jesus was that he lived and died as a Jew, taught Judaic laws, preached from Torah and everything he said and performed he did so as Judaism taught and within the moral and legal codes of Judaism.

 

Conscience is a Jewish invention

 

Since the early to middle 1970’s anti-Semitism has grown regularly. This has been in part due to money flowing to anti-Semitic organizations with a great deal of this money invested on college-aged youth across the nation’s campuses. Many of these organizations and entities are under the collective arm of the Muslim Brotherhood often through multiple channels making direct tracing near impossible. Some of these organizations were recently linked to the Hamas terrorist group during the Holy Land Foundation trial which included amongst the numerous named co-conspirators Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). There was found numerous links from Palestinian Arab aligned groups especially the Students for Palestinian Justice (SJP) and the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS), all of which come together for a singular cause, the destruction of the Jewish State followed by the systematic eradication of the Jews worldwide as called for in the Hamas Charter. The destruction of the Jewish State is also included in the Palestinian Authority Charter. These groups use far left tactics of intimidation, harassment, and ridicule targeting anybody who might give an even and unbiased review of anything to do with Israel. There are a growing group of colleges and universities which Jewish parents oppose sending their children there for further education and many of the names are as amazing as it would appear to many as unbelievable. This list on its own would be sufficient to prove that a serious problem exists at many of the leading liberal arts colleges and universities across the United States. What makes this even more threatening is that it is exactly these institutions which are producing the national leaders of the next generation and the generation beyond. These colleges have become central places of indoctrination of a curriculum and faculty fiercely anti-Israel, anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic. There will be those who claim that being anti-Israel is not against the Jews but the nation and its policies. They will also claim that Zionism is a form of racism and that they are against racism so of course they are not again the Jews. Yet the only nation these people demand be removed from the community of nations is Israel, the sole Jewish State. The only nativist group they call out as racist is the Jewish Israelite nativist calling. They have no problem with China basically destroying the Tibetan culture step by step removing forcefully Tibetan people moving them thousands of miles away into China and replacing them with Chinese peasants from rural areas of China. These groups have no problem with North Korea, Syria, Turkey, Canada and their indigenous people of the Inuit and other native tribes or a plethora of other nations and peoples we could name. Oh, many also have a problem with one other nation, the United States, where many will point to the problem that Jews have disproportionate power over the government. When pressed to explain, they basically just repeat that the Jews have too much influence and point out that President choose too many Jews for Cabinet posts and other important positions. If these are the most qualified people for these positions, we wonder why they should not be chosen. They always get to the same point, too many Jews alive and working hard and getting ahead. The simple answer is to come home now before the deluge starts, as it is coming. Some point in the near, far too near, future the United States will reach a critical point and past that point Jews will not be safe in the United States. This will signal the end for Jews in Europe as well and who knows where else. The Jews have already been wiped from the Arab World and pretty much from Russia. Europe will be next and when the United States pushes out her Jews, the end will have arrived. On that day, Israel has best be prepared because she will have no friends in the world and a mere half dozen nations remaining on talking terms. What comes after that, we are afraid to guess, really afraid to guess.

 

Anti-Semitic Cartoons top from Judge magazine bottom from April 15, 1896 issue of Sound Money magazine

Anti-Semitic Cartoons top from Judge magazine
bottom from April 15, 1896 issue of Sound Money magazine

 

The end of this story brings us full circle. Most anti-Semitism in much of the world generates the hatred for Jews in the baby’s milk. They are all but born with it permeating the conversation throughout their childhood. It is introduced as something as natural and normal as love for Mom and Dad. Life includes anti-Semitism is felt to be as normal as anything else in life and children are reared with anti-Semitism as if it were the right thing to do. Such hate simply is something that far too many children the world over are taught anti-Semitism just as they are taught their A, B, C’s and addition and subtraction. There is nothing strange or abnormal about such hatreds. That is the saddest of truths which the world must face.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

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