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September 17, 2019

The Unbelievable is Upon the United States

Filed under: Israel — qwertster @ 12:53 AM
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To the Jews of Europe, the United States was the glowing promise of financial opportunity, equality, religious freedom and personal safety. America was their future and many Jews gave up everything they knew, sold the vast majority of their belongings and did whatever else was required in order to reach this land which appeared to them to be their promised land. This is what the United States was in their minds, the promise of everything that Europe was not. America was largely a land which offered a lack of anti-Semitism. That was their vision for which they made their way across the Atlantic Ocean to seek out this land of promise. For close to a century the Jews lived with little fear of persecution as they had faced periodically in the Old Country. The American Jews believed they had found the land where their future would continue filled of acceptance and complete freedom from the threats of anti-Semitism within their communities and the regions in which they settled in larger numbers. These were largely the major cities where the Jews began by starting family businesses with some becoming bedrocks of economic viability. Jewish communities flourished and they envisioned this would continue on into the future without any end in sight. This view is one which many American Jews refuse to admit may be coming to an end. They simply ignore the rising anti-Semitism which has begun to rise beyond its normal home of the extreme right and left of the political spectrum and into the mainstream. This trending is represented by the graph covering anti-Semitic acts from 2008 through 2017 below.

 

Anti-Semitic Acts from 2008 through 2017

 

The rise of the ugly hatred of anti-Semitism has outstripped that of every and any other minority in the United States including the overly-hyped Islamophobia. We believe that the term anti-Semitism has been rejected to such an extent that despite its rapid rise, the political community has decided that some anti-Semitism needs to be understood as sometimes coming from a righteous indignation for which the Jews are largely to blame themselves. This has been the stance by the media whenever such acts are committed by other minorities and only hold those they can trace their imaginary line to President Trump’s actions and speeches. This has been made most evident by the refusal of the Democrat leadership in the House of Representatives to denounce the anti-Semitic antics of a number of their newly elected members. Still, these same Democrat leaders are amongst the first to jump and blame any anti-Semitic act committed by the “alt-right” to President Trump. This is an erroneous blaming of a man who observes Shabbat when visiting his daughter and her husband and his grandchildren, whose Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago Country Club was the first to allow minorities including Blacks and Jews to become members despite protests of the other clubs in the area, has recognized Israeli rightful possession of the Golan Heights and taken numerous other pro-Israel decisions and actions and has never uttered an anti-Semitic slur. These accusations are solely political as all forms and acts of anti-Semitism have become as the media attempts to blame every anti-Semitic act possible on the President while ignoring any which are not attributable to President Trump.

 

Anti-Semitic Acts by State for 2018

 

As reported here, even in the Jewish centers in and around New York City, anti-Semitism has become rampant. They recount the simple truth of acts committed over the last week in August as noted below.

In the last week of August alone we witnessed three vicious attacks on Jews.
On August 27th, 63-year old Abraham Gopin was brutally attacked with a paving stone while exercising in Lincoln Terrace Park in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. The suspect yelled an anti-Semitic slur before blindsiding his victim.
On August 29th, an assailant threw rocks at a Jewish man while the victim was in his truck.
On August 31st, an assailant hit a Jewish man with a belt outside a synagogue.

The acts of anti-Semitism committed in the Crown Heights neighborhood and other nearby Jewish communities have been attacked largely by other minorities in hit and flee type scenarios. These attacks have been attributed to the fact that the Orthodox Jews in these areas wear clothes making their religious affiliations obvious when the media mentions these at all. There has been no additional effort to end these attacks as compared to the excuses and dismissals of these acts as a minor nuisance. Yet, in the same area should a single member of the Islamic faith report that some passerby looked at them sideways, the decrying the horrific problem of Islamophobia must be taken seriously and actions taken to eradicate this menace. Anti-Semitism simply draws excuses and yawns taking minimal if any notice making every attempt to ignore or at least diminish such acts as of no real concern.

 

Many simply claim that anti-Semitism is an old problem which has been addressed and is not something which requires attention in this modern age. There are so many new forms of perceived hatred which require all of our attentions first before we worry about the boogieman of anti-Semitism as it is an old grievance which has already been eradicated except for a few outlier cases. This is only true if one ignores the majority of such instances which is easily done if the problem is blamed on those Jews who dress in a peculiar manner. Perhaps the time has come to bring forth a new terminology for anti-Semitism, a name which has apparently outlived its usefulness and has become an annoyance to be ignored. We are about to steal an idea which has circulated and we feel it need go mainstream. The concept is instead of anti-Semitism, we should bring attention to this scourge as “Judeophobia” and see if with this moniker hatred of Jews can be brought into the central focus it deserves. This is when Jews are largely being singled out for attack to such proportions that they outnumber all other forms of religious hatred combined as told by the graph below. What is more troubling is that the number of Judeophobic events since 2015 have risen with a troubling rate while other forms of religious centric crimes have remained level or decreased making the problem becoming far worse.

 

Religious Hate Crimes from 1992 through 2015

 

The thought that the United States would remain forever the perfect land was an attitude very prevalent since the later parts of the last century but are now beginning to fray at the edges. The problems which were considered next to impossible are coming true as the American society becomes more fractured. As had been the fear for Jews across much of the world, excepting America, are now coming to America. But this hatred of the Jews will soon spread to include Christians and who knows who else along the way. Will the United States remain a promised land for Jews? Should things continue as the present trends indicate, then the Jews welcome will soon be worn out and be faced with three choices, find a more hospitable place including their relocating to Israel, remain in their communities taking a fortress attitude which these communities become Jewish ghettos, or disbelieve it could happen here much as the German Jews had their disbelief that Germany, the leading nation in so many educational and cultural measures and the Nazis could never take over the country. It is becoming a believable proposition that the Jews time in the United States being accepted and seen as a group which added to the culture and other interests of the society to becoming the reason for blame for every downturn or catastrophe. With time they will be blamed universally for their own condition as violence and other acts of discrimination will become commonplace and acceptable in America. Soon behind such a series of events will be the persecution of Christians. These are the signs that the America many of us have known is rapidly self-destructing. Has the time come for America to fall as has every nation throughout history? That remains to be seen, but the signs are not promising. America will remain as a nation but it will not resemble anything we remember or have ever actually expected. It will be a sad series of events as America held such promise, and it always hurts the most when the things you had hung your hat upon no longer continue and begin to deconstruct. Perhaps the United States will recover from their current threat of decline, but that will be told over time. One thing we know from history is, as go a nation’s Jews, so goes that nation. This is a choice Americans will be required to make, either address and be rid of Judeophobia or face the promise of their coming decline.

 

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August 27, 2019

Initial Terror Reports Were Frightening

 

Residing in the north of Israel places one thus far outside the ranges of the rockets from Hamas. Living close to the coast makes us less prone to attacks by the Arabs under the Palestinian Authority. So, we should feel safe and outside any real threat. That feeling was shattered this last few days. The initial reports were not all that informative beyond that Iranian forces, the IRGC, had launched a terror attack against northern Israel. There was no specification stating where along the north this attack was launched. The good news was that it had been intercepted by the IDF and the launching point of the drones eradicated. Still, hearing that Iron Dome units had been placed in the north as preparation for this anticipated assault is fine, but were we the target or somewhere else? Well, as with all things, time will tell. Still, hearing about such a threat which had some unthinkable result as several drones laden with explosives was the one clear item we heard the morning after the Sabbath. It was not until several hours later, as everything was slowly coming back into full operation after the Sabbath that we heard that the attack came well east of our town. There is nothing like reports of terror attacks potentially being in one’s area to bring home that everywhere in Israel is within any number of Arab forces sworn to our destruction and the death of as many Israelis as possible. Sobering would be a definitive understatement.

 

One thing many people around the world are often unaware is exactly how small Israel actually is. People we have met believe that Israel is around the size of the average European country while some actually believe that Israel is close to half the size of the United States. The look of disbelief on these people’s faces when they are informed that Israel is approximately the size of New Jersey with a much narrower midsection is priceless. This means that much of Israel is within strike distances from outside her entire perimeter. Hamas can reach over two-thirds of Israel from their Gaza location which is beyond the reach of the IDF without necessitating a full invasion by soldiers as Israel refuses to utilize the tactics used by the United States, Russia and most of the rest of the world where air-power is used to eviscerate any target as well as much of the surrounding region. Israel uses ground forces when it becomes necessary to destroy the Hamas forces, rockets, mortars and other offensive operations and operators. The Palestinian Authority has taken a completely different route to increase their terrorist capabilities. Rather than expend the effort, time and their security forces, they instead pay any terrorist and their family a hefty salary for life for every Israeli they murder. This investment has led to knifing attacks, shootings, car rammings and other forms of attacks which are launched in shopping centers, at bus stops or any other location where a group of people make for ample targets. Even the sole individual is vulnerable as even a single Israeli murdered means that your family will live well into the future. But the real threats come from, you guessed it, the north. That threat is traceable directly back to Iran and takes the form of Hezballah and the IRGC which are spread across southern Lebanon and all across Syria.

 

Four Maps of Great Britain, the United States, Australia, and India with to scale map of Israel super-imposed for comparison on each map depicting her actual rather than perceived size.

Exactly How Small is Israel
A Comparison Against Four
Well Known Countries

 

Hezballah and the IRGC pose such a special threat that they deserve additional comment. Where Hamas is limited to Israel south of Haifa, Hezballah and the IRGC have missiles and rockets which are capable of reaching all of Israel and beyond (see map below). Additionally, these two militaries, and they are both legitimate military terror armies, are backed by Iran and everything they have is stationed from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. This includes ballistic missiles and weapons loaded with anything from nerve agents, biological agents, chemical agents and, once they produce them, assuming they have not already, nuclear warheads. Further, Iran could use any exchange, such as the events over the past weekend, as an excuse for declaring any strike they launch against Israel was in response to any Israeli response to terror assault whether they be rockets launched from neighboring countries, ambushes along their borders, drone attacks such as the recent ones or any interception of terror forces across these borders. Iran has often rattled her sabers after Israeli forces have intercepted across border attacks or struck rocket and artillery platforms used to strike into Israel often launching air to surface missiles from within Israeli airspace across into Syria and Lebanon as necessary. These two armies, IRGC and Hezballah, directly take their orders from Iran and the majority of their attacks are ordered from Tehran. These are just some of the threats which Israel faces, but things will become worse in the not too distant future unless the world awakens to the threats being faced by Western civilization.

 

Hezballah Rocket & Missile Threat

Hezballah Rocket & Missile Threat

 

The main step away from Israel which has infected too much of Europe will take root and infect the United States. Anti-Semitism has been increasing at rates formerly believed impossible over the last decade and it promises to accelerate and soon becoming beyond political will to resist the growing hatred. One need simply look at the candidates seeking the Democrat Party candidacy for President in the 2020 elections. Even Joseph Biden was forced to alter his expressing support for Israel making that a minor backside issue in his campaign. The remainder sound more like Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib than they do the Democrat Party of our youth. Bernie Sanders holds Israel in the deepest of contempt while defending himself from claims of anti-Semitism claiming he is Jewish and thus cannot be an anti-Semite while his history is replete with statements forsaking anything to do with his birth religion. This is far from unusual for far-left Jews of Western civilization as they defend their anti-Israel positions with the claim that they are Jews while declaring their atheist beliefs forsaking the tenets of Judaism. Their Judaism is nothing other than a shield they wield to deflect criticism of their positions against Israel and Zionism while ignoring every other nationalist movement and government on the globe. Should the Democrat Party continue their slide into anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and anti-Israeli political positions, when they inevitably resume the handles of power, Israel will find herself cut loose of United States support. That should stand as a double warning, one to Americans and the other to those in power in Israel who will be required to address such an eventuality.

 

Bernie Sanders anti-Israel Support

Bernie Sanders anti-Israel Support

 

Between the terror scare the other morning and watching as the world continues to drift away from Israel, we are concerned as to whether Israeli leadership will make the necessary adaptions to military and political stances and dependencies such that Israel does not end up blindsided when the inevitable comes to pass. The recent Rashid Tlaib and Ilhan Omar fiasco where Israel exercised the right of any nation to prevent those who work for their destruction from entering their borders, as the United States did with an Israeli Knesset Minister Michael Ben-Ari, laid a spotlight upon exactly which politicians from both parties upon which they can trust. It also was eye-opening, and not exactly a pleasant one. Israel will be required to be the sole source for whatever may be her military weaponry and other systems as well as facing the potential that she will become the outcast of the entire world with perhaps a dozen exceptions at best. This might go so far as to include agricultural requirements for feeding all Israelis, Arab, European, Asian, from the Americas as well as Jews, Christians, Muslims and every other person residing within her borders not to mention virtually every other need or requirement for a healthy and content society. Between Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza, Hezballah and the IRGC in Syria and Lebanon all taking orders from Tehran and Iran also making threats against Israel (as well as the United States, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and others), the possibilities for a multi-front war with Israel facing rocket and missile attacks from the north and south, terrorist tunnels on both fronts if they have not all been detected, across border infiltrations, drone attacks at both fronts and possible military attacks complete with armor and air support from out of Lebanon and Syria plus potential assault and launchings out of the Sinai Peninsula, a hot bed of terrorist groups, Israel could face what will amount to an existential threat to her existence.

 

There is another item we used to hear when back living in the United States coming from people who otherwise supported Israel was that they never would stand for American forces to be used in defending Israel. Some who did not like Israel were somewhat more direct claiming that they would not stomach American boys and girls having their lives placed in jeopardy over a nation of Jews. Well, allow us to place these fears to rest, Israelis refuse outright and definitively do not desire for any troops from another nation to come and fight and possibly die fighting for Israel. We are totally aware that there is no faster means of losing what support Israel has with any nation than to have their young people returning in caskets because they were helping Israel defend herself. Should there be those, like Colonel Mickey Marcus who fought with the Israelis defeating largely the Arab attempt to destroy the nascent state of Israel in the 1848 War, who choose to put on an IDF uniform and fight under their own choice and not as a foreign soldier, that is an entirely different situation. Would we expect to hear pushback should any of these volunteers die, most certainly as we expect pushback over virtually any and every act taken by our government (should we ever elect a new one), military and even our relief efforts in natural disaster regions. Hey, we’re Israel, the Jew amongst the nation, we never expected anything different. Still, Israel will hopefully do whatever she is required to do to protect her people and defend her lands. Our wish is for the world to finally make good on the promises made after World War I and allow us our full borders as laid out in the Mandate System and presumably protected under Article 80 of the United Nations Charter and enforceable by the United States under the Anglo-American Treaty and by Britain, Italy, France, Russia and Japan as signatories of the San Remo Conference, the Treaty of Sèvres and numerous other agreement, treaties, accords and conferences all which referred to promises made under the auspices of the League of Nations and the Allied Powers from World War I. We do not require the world to love us, like us, approve of us or do much which would show us favor and acceptance, but we will eventually, preferably sooner rather than later, insist that promises made by the unanimous vote at the League of Nations be finally honored and once our borders have met these guidelines set out now approaching a century past, leave us in peace and we will share with the world our discoveries, new technologies, computing advances, medical cures and treatments, agricultural methods, clean water technology, communications technology, security and other software, advances in physics and virtually everything else all without attempting to be moralistic. Friendship with other nations will always be preferred, but respect has to be the minimum, and that minimum is one thing which Israel can demand as she is entitled to at least that modicum of respect, just as is every other nation.

 

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June 27, 2019

The Islamic Hatred for Israel and the Jewish People

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The hatred for Israel and the Jewish People extends beyond the Arab world to include many of the Islamic world. Iran provides much of that hate which is precisely expressed along with the rationale for the anti-Semitism by Iraqi cleric Abd Al-Salam Zain Al-Abidin said in a broadcast on Al-Naeem TV in the video below. Then there are the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad, a virtual spitting spring of anti-Semitism using some of the oldest and most offensive commentary when referencing either Israel or the Jewish People. Then there are the near constant rants every Friday in Tehran where some official leads the protest in their chants against Israel. Sometimes Israel is so blessed as to be cursed by the Iranian Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini. We need to give Ruhollah Khomeini credit as he does not use all his energies against Israel, Ruhollah Khomeini also criticizes the United States. We all realize we could go down a list of Islamic world leaders who have made disparaging remarks about Israel, the Jews or both in numerous speeches, but people would not go to any further links, would they?

 

 

The above video makes the claim that the reason for the Islamic overriding hatred of the Jews which makes it obvious that Israel as the Jewish homeland is included as a target for their scorn and hate. Unfortunately, that claim is largely a valid claim and the reason why Israel must be destroyed. Israel allowing Jews to have self-rule is beyond the pale and must be terminated as Jews are presumed to be inferior, actually the most inferior peoples and because of this, they must not be permitted to rule even other Jews. According to what many Quranic scholars have interpreted is that Jews require being brought into the fold of Islam and if they refuse to convert, well, then they require eradication. This has been their desire concerning Israel since before Israel declared its independence. Such was best described so succinctly by Azzam Pasha, Secretary-General of the Arab League at that time, who stated, “It will be a war of annihilation. It will be a momentous massacre in history that will be talked about like the massacres of the Mongols or the Crusades.” The Egyptians immediately before the outbreak of the Six Day War referred to the coming battle as their opportunity to drive the Jews into the Sea. Their claims were stated as driving the Jews, not the Israelis. Often those who rant and defame Israel more often refer to Israel as the Zionist Entity or the Jews requiring corrective acts to repair all the problems they have caused as their rule had to cause such failures because the Jews, according to their claims presumably backed by the Quran, are incapable of such higher level thoughts and abilities and require being guided by their Islamic betters.

 

The Quran also tells the followers of Muhammad that the Jews are their worst enemy and must be fought and defeated in order for their messianic figure to arrive and lead them to ruling the entirety of the world. It is so nice that we Jews are part of their messianic references but it might have been nicer if we would be permitted to live in the post messianic world. Well, actually, other than the Islamic and Christian holy books, Jews would be permitted in any perfected world of the future. This may have something to do with the fact that both Christianity and then Islam hold to replacement theology. The Christians were the replacement of the Jews and then came Islam which was to replace the Jews and the Christians. The Jews returning to their ancient homelands was never supposed to be permitted to return from their exile to reestablish the nation of Israel, the Jewish State. The founding of Israel was initially taken as a direct threat to many Christian and Islamic clerics and leaders around the world. But Islamic leaders are far from the only people of some level of import that express hatred of Israel and Jews generally.

 

Probably the most well known of these is poised to be the next Prime Minister of Britain after the next election as his Labour Party is considered the likely winner of the coming elections in Britain. We are speaking of Jeremy Corbyn, of course. But he has numerous fellow anti-Semites within his Labour Party which their supposed investigation turned up next to nothing and was a complete whitewashing of their blatant anti-Semitism. Then there are the three little darlings from the United States Congress, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (pictured below), who have almost performed tag-team anti-Semitism. Congresswoman McCollum’s legislation presumed to be promoting Human Rights with the Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act which was introduced in November 2017 has now received backing by Congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Israel does not detain terrorists or other law breakers who are below age fourteen and only temporarily hold those under sixteen. This act includes people up to age twenty-six as qualifying as child military detention. Israeli soldiers will escort the young back to their home seeking an adult with which to leave them with supervision. Israel expends much effort to obey international laws regarding who is considered a minor and too young to be detained and those who are considered under international law as being responsible for their actions and thus capable of being detained over criminal or terror activities. But why allow Israel being legally within international law when one can redefine the law such that every nation is violating these laws by their definition but their gaze never leaves Israel, all else is inconsequential. That is an obvious setup for producing anti-Semitism when the rules are altered but only for Israel and then used to condemn Israel while ignoring what their alterations to the law makes every nation performing the identical criminal act according to their new definition.

 

Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

 

Currently, the deepest and most serious anti-Semitic hatred is just as much political as it is religious and a social societal embedding into a large region and is spreading with Islam across Europe. One has to wonder where those people and politicians who make anti-Semitic commentary and statements think the Jews will go when they feel threatened by the way their society is changing. They are going to head for Israel sooner or later as anti-Semitism growing specifically in northern and western Europe, what some have referred to as old Europe. Threatened Jews are very likely to head directly to Israel, though there will be those who head elsewhere such as the United States or South America or some place they believe they will feel safe. The Jewish Community of Malmo, Sweden, may need to dissolve itself by 2029 following a similar path as the Jewish Community of Umea in northern Sweden which dissolved itself primarily over threats recently. These communities will inevitably end up in Israel even if their paths will be different. Once the vast majority of world Jewry resides in Israel, will this permit the world to finally recognize the necessity of Israel as a home for the Jews or will they attempt to organize the entire rest of the world to assist these hate-filled people in destroying Israel because it holds the majority of world Jewry. What are the odds that once Jews are almost entirely living in Israel will lead to the world finally learning how to live with the Jewish State and finally leave the Jews to take care of themselves? Think it through and recognize that many anti-Semites demand that the Jews go live in Israel and leave the rest of the world to live free of the Jews while others express their anti-Semitism insisting that the Jews not be permitted self-rule and demands that the Jews return to being scattered throughout the nations of the world. Those who have strong dislike for the Jews should get together and decide which is preferable, all the Jews living in their own little country or the Jews spread all over the world in almost every country. Give us a hint so we can end our obvious upsetting of your otherwise copacetic lives. We would be quite pleased if the world would simply accept Israel and tell the Jewish People that if they wish to be allowed to live in peace, all they need do is make Aliyah and move to Israel where they belong. This would make the majority of Jews quite pleased and those who decide they really do not desire living in Israel with the other Jews, well, they probably were not practicing Jews to begin with. The vast majority of Jews would be glad to move to Israel if doing so would be the end of anti-Semitism, but who are we fooling as nobody could leave our little nation alone two millennia plus ago, why should we expect this to have changed. If the world could assure the Jewish People a peaceful existence in Israel, then the world would witness a massive transfer of the majority of the World’s Jews relocating to Israel just as has happened in France and may soon be the case in Britain. Eventually, the Jew hatred of anti-Semitism will spread to the United States as a rise in such problems has already raised its head. Is it too much to ask exactly what the world desires from the Jewish People such that we will no longer be such a difficulty for all too many people?

 

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