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March 6, 2019

Rising World of Anti-Semitism

 

Thanks to the Congressional election of 2018, the fact is that anti-Semitism can still infect governing bodies of nations as the United States has elected three or more anti-Semites whose hatred of Jews is so obvious; their own party leaders have denounced some of their statements and Tweets demanding for them to apologize. Their apologies were less than satisfying and their return to detestable statements has cemented the fact that anti-Semitism now sits in the United States Congress and as such could eventually sit in the White House leading that nation. Now BTC editorialists know that no nation should elect such a leader, that should be impossible and you should know that. But is it really impossible for such? Let’s take a look over at Europe. Currently, if what many are predicting turns out to be true, the current ruling party will not be the one which chooses the next coalition and their main adversary may even have sufficient to rule absolutely without the need for smaller parties supporting them. We are speaking of the British Labor Party. Should the British Labor Party win in the House of Commons, they will select the next Prime Minister to sit at 10 Downing Street. Parties normally select the leader of their party to fill that address and the current Labor Party leader is Jeremy Corbyn, a man who calls Hamas and Hezballah leaders and members his friends. He, and his Labor Party, have been embroiled in charges of anti-Semitism which they have conveniently brushed aside claiming they are only anti-Israel or anti-Zionist. This is the new fig leaf behind which anti-Semitism is currently ensconced. It is the fig leaf which Jeremy Corbyn uses to attempt and play off his honestly overt anti-Semitism.

 

That brings up a question of how does one separate honest criticism of Israel from criticism which crosses into anti-Semitism? One of the most accepted tests is called the “3D test of anti-Semitism.” These three D’s are delegitimization of Israel, demonization of Israel, and subjecting Israel to double standards. We would like to point out that the easiest one to detect is the last, the double standard. When the BDS Movement refuses to boycott other nations which have a worse human rights record or also are occupying disputed lands, or are committing specious activities considered worse or are far more oppressive than Israel, then they are using a double standard when judging Israel. When they call for Israel to be destroyed through accepting many millions of refugees from the Arab world or making one super state out of the Palestinian Authority regions, Hamas’s Gaza, the aforementioned refugees and Jordan, these are forms of delegitimization as it transforms Israel from the homeland of the Jewish People into another Arab majority state with the Jews a likely persecuted minority. The final one is easily explained as when one refers to Israel as Nazi or the IDF of using Nazi tactics of genocide, then you have demonization. These are outright obvious examples and there are numerous far more nuanced means of still failing the Three D’s test. This test has been approved and adopted by the United States State Department in 2010 and remained in use until in 2017 when they adopted the Working Definition of Anti-Semitism authored by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. The Working Definition of Anti-Semitism has become the virtually universal accepted definition adopted by numerous governments, the European Union, the United Nations Security Council and numerous NGO’s. It has also been rejected as being a Jewish induced plot to absolve Israel of her crimes against the Arab Palestinians, which is a form of anti-Semitism in and of itself. When one refuses to accept the otherwise accepted definition of actions of which they are guilty in order to claim that their actions are not anti-Semitism, they probably are strongly anti-Semitic.

 

Further proof is readily found simply by reading almost any major newspaper, even the NYT, and within a week or so, there you will find articles reporting of Jews being attacked; Jewish cemeteries being desecrated; Synagogues being firebombed, desecrated, windows shot out, swastikas and anti-Semitic slurs painted on them or Jewish shops such as bakeries and kosher markets vandalized. These reports are currently more prevalent in Europe, but the United States is doing what she can to catch up. I remember when if you claimed that anti-Semitism was coming to the United States and growing there, you were basically laughed out of the conversation and people treated you like you were a nut case. There probably are places where such is still the case, but these are becoming rare as even the most news averse person will have at least overheard at least one conversation about the new and fresh anti-Semitism elected to the United States Congress or the near certainty that Jeremy Corbyn will become the next Prime Minister in Britain, depending on your circle of friends and coworkers and location. My advantage in reading the tea leaves about the growing anti-Semitism came by way of observation and experience which initially encouraged me to run faster than everyone else and later to be glad of my size as that prevented my need for speed which with age decreased greatly. Moving often for a decade also led to sampling most of the United States simply as my work had me living in a new Motel 6 every month to month and a half. The experiences and ability to see reality is greatly enhanced under such conditions though it can be a difficult life.

 

The problem has surfaced in one place which most people would have suspected Jews would be safe if only due to their numbers, the Jewish bergs of New York. It has reached the point where the NYT asks, “Is It Safe to Be Jewish in New York?” as well as the Forward where they reported, “Is A String Of Attacks Against Brooklyn Jews Really About Anti-Semitism?” But despite anti-Semitism only recently making appearances in the mainstream news coverage, an article by the Anti-Defamation League from November of 2017 reported, “Anti-Semitic Incidents Up 96 Percent in N.Y State in 2017,” proving that the problem has been growing for some time. Below we are including a video from PIX 11 News with a report about a gang attack of a Jewish sixteen-year-old youth in Queens, New York. And if we wish to cross the Atlantic into Europe, we find this in today’s Times of Israel where they reported, “Belgian carnival float condemned for anti-Semitic puppets of Jews.” Perhaps the most damning comes from CNN with the title, “Anti-Semitism is so bad in Britain that some Jews are planning to leave.”

 

 

The entire world has not gone around the bend; it just appears that way. Below, we have included a map which depicts percentage of people with anti-Semitic views, often a fairly accurate indicator of anti-Semitism. There are numerous forms of anti-Semitism. There are those who simply hate Jews, period. This is what is found throughout much of the Middle East and North Africa (the Arab Muslim world), in groups such as the neo-Nazis (todays Nazis), the KKK and new on the list is Black Lives Matter. There are those who claim that the Jews are the reason they failed because the Jews controlled their company, the media, the banks, or have too much influence in the government or any number of the tropes Jews have heard for centuries. The newer version is that the Zionists or Israelis controlled their company, the media, the banks, or have too much influence in the government. You probably noted a similarity between the two lists, that is because they are the same excuses and stories which simply get recycled. The story that the Jews bake their Matzah using the blood of non-Jewish victims who they kidnap choosing some hapless soul and place them in a machine which has sharp points on the inside and tumbles bleeding out the person has been used by the Christian world and the Muslim world and has recently begun to be used by NGO’s and will likely spread once more. Another version of this blood-libel which is also in use is that the IDF steals body parts, eyes, kidneys, and other organs etc. for use in the Israeli hospitals, as they need these for Jewish patients. Anybody with even a cursory knowledge of medicine would immediately note that this would never work as transplants require genetic matching to have any possibility of being successful, thus it would be insane to go about such in this manner. The body parts falsehood is simply a modernized version of the Matzoh libel. Then there is the Czarist anti-Semitic invention “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” (Russian: Протоколы сионских мудрецов) or “The Protocols of the Meetings of the Learned Elders of Zion” which weave a tale describing how the Jews are planning to take over the world, all 0.02% of the world population, the Jews, are going to take over the world. What was astonishing is that this was believed by the Russian people as they assisted in the pogroms and often with mass slaughtering of Russian Jews. This fiction is still being printed and distributed and has regained popularity in some places around the world. The only fortunate side to this is that it is most appreciated in areas where the Jews are already quite disliked, one could say hated. Mein Kampf has returned to print and supposedly is selling well despite a disclaimer that much of what is enclosed as being untrue, plus it can be found and read in its entirety on the Internet. You really can find just about everything on the Internet. All these things are going to do is add fuel to a fire which will soon be burning completely out of control across far too many swaths of land and groups of nations and people, more fuel is the one thing which is not needed.

 

World Wide Anti-Semitism

 

Then there are the defenses given by people which in and of themselves are simply a way of excusing their hatred and actions, sometimes explaining such to themselves so they will be able to dismiss their guilt and feel perfectly fine with their hatreds. Our favorite excuse is simply ridiculous and it goes, “Some of my best friends are Jews.” Then there is the excuse that, “Well, there are Jews who also claim that Israel is a horrible and racist place.” That or other claims against Israel, as that appears to be the main place this excuse is used and the people using it honestly believe that it holds some or complete validity. Here’s a small inside look into the Jews, some of the world haters of Jews have been Jews. Our favorite Jewish Jew hater is George Soros. He has claimed he cannot be anti-Semitic because he is Jewish and has many Jewish friends and a good number of his Jewish friends agree with him. We have to credit him with using the most number of refutable reasons which are refuted as they simply prove nothing. The Jews have been on both sides of virtually every issue since Moses and the twelve spies. Simple historic proof comes from two of the greatest murderers of Jews, Hitler and Stalin. Hitler claimed the Jews were all Communists and thus a threat to the Nazi state while simultaneously, Stalin claimed the Jews were national socialist supporters and enemies of the Soviet Union. There is a small validity to that as Jews supported the Communists and the National Socialists when their parties first rose to power and well before it became evident that the Jews were going to be used as the scapegoat by both the Nazis and the Soviets. Jews in the Muslim World, especially the Arab parts were also murdered in pogroms, rioting and other violence including in the Holy Land where the British often stood by and watched these riots until the Arabs came too close to the British before they would fire a single warning shot in the air bringing the violence to an end. Some anti-Semites are so sure that their hatred is founded will actually state, “Well, you know, that is how those people are.” This is an unfortunate truth about all too many people, that they are so assured in their misbeliefs actually believing their excuses will indemnify them against being called a racist, an anti-Semite, an Islamophobe or whatever hatred in which they are steeped. Hatred is one of those unexplainable truths which exists and will remain prevalent in so many different forms all of which have one thing in common, they are self-enforcing through the circular logic which is used in powering their vile, loathing hostilities. Racial, religious, nationalist and other bigotries will likely never disappear until the coming of the Messiah, in the meantime, all we can do is to uncover and reveal these despicable acts for what they are, unfounded hate. Anti-Semitism is just one of the oldest of these hatreds which has morphed into the forms of anti-Israel and anti-Zionist maligning defamation where many of the old stereotypical tropes have simply been made into nationalistic based falsehoods being presented as truth. Many of these are so easily taken apart as to be ridiculous, but people insist that they know the real secret which the rest of humanity is simply too blind to see. You cannot argue with such people as their minds are already set and nothing will sway them or force them to reconsider their beliefs. Even if you are able to silence them temporarily, they will simply walk away convinced, in the case of anti-Semitism, anti-Israelism or anti-Zionism, that you have been co-opted and turned by the Jew influence and that you are the one who needs to reconsider your lack of enmity towards the Jews, Jewish state or Jewish love of Israel.

 

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June 4, 2015

Crystallization and Realization of the Unavoidable Truth

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Despite my having found much of what I had heard and understood of the teachings of Rabbi Meir David Kahane, as minor as my knowledge back then had been, I was still foolish enough to believe that the Arabs, even Yasser Arafat, had tired of the violence and hatreds making them as ready and willing to make peace as Israel had been for years, decades, millennia. The one truth which is rarely spoken of but is the truthful essence of what constitutes the core of Jewish belief as it matured through the ages and had been its core truth from before the Greek conquest of the Holy Lands and even before the area where these lands were renamed the Holy Lands, the Jews main desire was to be permitted to live freely under our own governance in the lands promised us as written in Torah, the Five Books of Moses. We never desired empire or conquest of the world or anything like such, even the claims that the Jews want to establish a Greater Israel stretching from the Tigress and Euphrates in Iraq to the Nile in Egypt. If there were such a concept of a greater Israel, it would include the lands as described in the division of the lands on either side of the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, and today even just between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. But then there is the presumed problem of the Arab Palestinian’s supposed rightful claim to some part or the whole of the same lands. Truth be told, the Arabs have no real desire to form another Arab nation of Palestine as they simply desire to erase Israel and rid the world of the Jews.

 

That is partially why I find Hamas and even ISIS as more honorable than Fatah and Mahmoud Abbas and all the world’s claimants and presumed supporters of the “Two State Solution” because Hamas and ISIS make neither excuses nor obstructions of their desires. Both state outright that they desire a world with their form of Islam ruling supreme with all the Jews exterminated and only true (by their definition) followers who have dedicated and surrendered themselves before Allah. What makes these two groups so interesting, or at least peculiarly somewhat fascinating is that Hamas would probably demand all ISIS members swear allegiance to Hamas leadership and ISIS has already declared their intention of destroying Hamas replacing them and all others operating in Gaza with ISIS and a purification of the ranks of these entities and terror groups before admitting any of them into ISIS. The fact that both Hamas and ISIS have declared their intentions as being global conquest and the eradication of all who are not steadfast in their beliefs of their version of Sunni Islam starting with the eradication of the Jews worldwide make dealing with them clear in what position should be taken by anybody not already a member or considering membership in either Hamas or ISIS. Both Hamas and ISIS must be prevented from ever even approaching their goals, though there are those in the United Nations and Europe who believe they can reach an accord with Hamas at least as far as the Jews and especially Israel are concerned, and these individuals and groups fully understand exactly what accepting Hamas would mean.

 

While many years ago I believed the beautiful idea of peace between the Arabs and the Jews and Israel was potentially achievable if only a satisfactory settlement could be attained, slowly but inexorably the reality and truth became more and more clear and this process has reached its conclusion as far as the Arabs, as represented through the ruse of the Palestinians as a people in search of their homelands being restored or established, were concerned and have pretty much solidified on the desires of much of the rest of the world, especially those who are in control of the positions of power around the world. The Arab position is exactly the same as it was in and before 1948 ever since there appeared to be any glint of an idea for a Jewish State on the Jews ancient homelands, the destruction of the Jews and any remnant or idea of their having a state anywhere on planet Earth or the accompanying solar system, Milky Way Galaxy, the Milky Way-Andromeda Galactic neighborhood or the all-encompassing universe and any reality within which that universe may exist and beyond. I doubt that is in any way an exaggeration but potentially merely an approximation of the true intentions of the Arabs, particularly those represented by the ruse of the Palestinian People, a people who never have and still do not exist except as a ploy for destroying Israel and eventually the Jewish People. With this established, where does this leave things both generally and particularly?

 

It leaves Israel to wrestle with this idea that the only division of the land which any Arab known by their false identity of Palestinian is willing to accept according to their leadership and increasingly their people who have been fed a steady and unending flood of indoctrination to hatred of Israel and the Jewish People and anyone else, even the Muslims, residing within Israeli peaceably. The general Arab population in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) usually have little if any opinion concerning Israel, especially as of late with so many other threats from within their own societies spreading violence, death and other horrors throughout MENA putting their lives and everything else in great peril. When polled on their feelings towards Israel or the Jews they will often resort to stating the repeated aims of the dictatorial, monarchial or theocratic leaders have pounded home about the threat the Jews and Israel pose and the need to eliminate both Israel and the Jews universally. The recent polling of the Arabs residing in Judea and Samaria responded to the question of what would be an acceptable and fair peace with Israel by a majority choosing the eradication of Israel replacing it in total with Palestine. Should such a poll be issued from Gaza many experts believe the outcome would be even more extreme thus leaving little doubt that the Arab Palestinian population desires an end to Israel replacing it with Palestine. The interesting point found that the younger the polled person the more they supported the destruction of Israel replacing it with Palestine and annihilating every last Jews in Israel. This was credited to the indoctrination of the media and school curriculum. The truth is that the only acceptable solution to the Arab/Israeli Peace Process for the majority of Arab Palestinians and an excessive majority of those Arab Palestinians under the age of thirty is the eradication of Israel and the Jews replacing both with an Arab Islamic state of Palestine. Such leaves very little room for debate or negotiations.

 

Another truth which can be gleaned from the polling data is that Mahmoud Abbas cannot, and apparently will not, accept any peace deal which does not meet the maximalist demands of the Arab side as a minimal acceptable agreement. Needless to point out that Israel cannot accept such a proposition as doing so would be suicide by another terminology. This became obvious back in 2000 when Yasser Arafat was blind-sided when Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak who succumbed to a desperate United States President Bill Clinton who pressured the Israeli Prime Minister Barak to meet all of Yasser Arafat’s demands. The demands in question were part of Yasser Arafat’s best offer which had been slowly and painstakingly extracted by a persistent President Bill Clinton over weeks upon weeks until finally reaching what was presumed to be a historic effort culminating in an actual peace agreement and Nobel Peace Prizes all around. One might further assume that there was an even more enticing offer made from Taba, Egypt where President Clinton and Prime Minister Barak flew after Arafat strode purposely to his waiting vehicle which took him to his standing jet warmed and ready for flight back to Jordan presumably closing off and possibility for a deal. President Clinton was not going to give up on receiving his unprecedented second Nobel Peace Prize so easily, even should such an attempt spell potential eradication of the State of Israel. These deliberations continued with no further offers honestly being reviewed, let alone being accepted until President Clinton was to leave office in early 2001 and Prime Minister Barak had to start his unsuccessful campaign which he lost to Prime Minister Sharon.

 

The demands of the Arab Palestinians have also become far more dire with every attempt to negotiate a peace accord. The cycle has been repeated so many times since the 1993 Oslo Accords that none of the original intent remains. Viability has been replaced with simply erecting a framework from which peace might be discussed. Every single statement has been carefully scrutinized and nit-picked to such a point that the original intended meaning has become lost in a tangle of modifying verbiage. Mahmoud Abbas has set so many preconditions demanded just for the two sides to sit at the table for a brief photo-shoot so the press can be used to depict progress. There has been no progress nor can there be progress. The only potentials for solving the impasse would require honest brokers from all sides, such a point that simply finding such people has taken on a life of its own. Mahmoud Abbas has been left with demanding the impossible as conditions to facilitate meeting and the world’s public barely flinched when reports made it certain that the demands to meet and renew discussions included Israel packing in all of the cities and their suburbs, towns, factories, commercial spaces, shopping malls and housing for an estimated eight-hundred-thousand to one-million Israelis and relocating the entirety of the population and necessary equipment and other items necessary to rebuild and resettle these soon to be made Israeli refugees within the Green Line. This precondition would have been considered a maximalist and completely untenable final solution, let alone initial concession from which further negotiations and potential Israeli sacrifices be made additionally. There have been some talk that all of Jerusalem be turned over to a neutral party such as the Vatican to run the institutions and provide the citizens who live within the greater Jerusalem area protection and freedom of travel while also accommodating those who wished to visit or who worked in Jerusalem. An even more radical solution offered in order to keep Jerusalem undivided the entirety including western suburbs be made the capital of the Arab state of Palestine and Israel would be forced to remove their embassy. All the problems even arranging a sit down and talk should render any realistic hopes for a solution within any time period after which the European Union, NATO or the United Nations would be to impose their concept of a final solution has become the new default position, a position neither party is comfortable with. So, where does this leave the peace process?

 

This is where the rest of the world gets involved and everything gets impossible to explain in one simple posting. Much of our time here has been discussing different aspects, angles, intents and deceits from both sides and each of us have formed our own opinions. By this time we must all have realized that there can be no solution to the situation in its current form. This is where the rest of the world enters the picture. The problem with this is there exists an ugly truth about much of the world; they would like to undo their treaties and conferences by which Israel came into existence. The reason for establishing the state of Israel was largely so the European nations and powers could rid themselves of this subculture which, though loyal citizens, they were apart from the rest of your countrymen and as such caused much turmoil and strife. If one had been truthful back in the time period from the mid-1800s through to the end of World War I they would have admitted that much of the problem with their Jewish population was caused by their very own citizens seeking some place to place their blames for every calamity and this was traditionally the Jews. This was evident during the years of the plague and during every economic crisis and also during wars. No matter what extremes the Jews went to so as to harmonize and fit into the many societies there was one thing which they could not change which made them different and that problem was their Jewishness. Most of these nations were Catholic such as France, Spain and Italy while others were different forms of Protestant such as Germany and the Lutherans, England and the Church of England, the Greeks were Greek Orthodox, the Russians and Russian Orthodox, and so on with one reality being obvious in its absence, there was no state for the Jews and they were always those different people with their different culture. These Jews even ate food prepared differently and would not eat the same foods such as roast pork. The Jews were a problem for those ruling as they never could completely assimilate for as long as they remained Jews.

 

It was a noble idea to return the Jews to their ancestral lands after near two-thousand years. The collapse and defeat of the Ottoman Empire made the returning of the Jews to their ancestral lands become viable and was written into a number of the treaties, conferences and other documents binding most of the world into establishing the nation of Israel. Now the race appears to be to correct some mistake and return the Jewish People to being outcasts and always those others in every community. Even taking this route presents a problem; a very large problem in that roughly half of the Israeli population resulted from numerous pogroms and other persecutions and expulsions resulting in their ending their travels, trials and tribulations by settling in the one nation where they were welcome. Many of these refugees numbering over eight-hundred-thousand, which is far more than the estimated six-hundred-fifty-thousands of Arab refugees, many who fled Israel from Israel to facilitate the easier slaughter of those remaining behind as the combined and impressive armies of seven Arab nations, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt, Lebanon as well as several militias and the Air Forces from each nation against Israel and a few intrepid volunteers who somehow managed the miracle and held their ground and even made series of gains on virtually every front.

 

The question now is how will these nations treat the Jews now that they have their own nation? The answer to that question is readily available by checking their ratings concerning how they treat any Jewish citizens of their own and how do they treat Israel? There has been considerable recent studies on anti-Semitism and how it is increasing throughout much of the world with it being rampant in the MENA area of the world. What was interesting in the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was that the location in which one lives has more in determining the tendencies for people holding anti-Semitic feelings. In the ADL survey they tracked the religion of the respondents and in every case by continental regions the Christian and the Muslim rates tracked similar rises in MENA and increasing rates in Europe and lower rates in the Americas and other areas sampled. Europe has been showing a rampant rise in anti-Semitism and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has made gains in unions and across college campuses and even NGOs and governments in Europe. There are the early signs of a coming similar rise in the United States. Results and interactive tools are available at the ADL Survey Results Global Anti-Semitism which grants a good and interesting means of gaining information by regions, nations and other more typical survey informational breakdown such as by age, educational level, religion and others. One can get carried away as there is sufficient information at the site that I may have to spend some additional time there checking out some things of interest. The one unfortunate result from the exhaustive ADL Anti-Semitism Study was the rate of increase it made evident and the levels of hate and ignorance about Jews and how the two items are almost directly linked.

 

This rise in anti-Semitism is celebrated largely through hatred and double standards used against Israel. Both anti-Israel and anti-Zionism are the new faces of anti-Semitism. There is an easy way to tell if somebody’s commentary and critique of Israel or Zionism is actually masked anti-Semitism. This method is often referred to as the 3D Test of anti-Semitism is a means testing for determining if some criticism is actually masked anti-Semitism or legitimate criticism of Israel. The three Ds stand for Delegitimization, Demonization and use of Double Standards. Let’s define each term for easy recognition. Delegitimization would consist of arguments which tend to claim that Israel has no right to exist or should not be permitted to be the Jewish state. Claims that the Jews should not be permitted a state of their own are definitive anti-Semitism as you are making the Jews the sole peoples on the planet who should not be permitted their own country. That is also part of the teachings which claim that the Jews are a cursed people forsaken by G0d and as such have been condemned to always live as strangers subject to the treatment and will of the rest of the world as the Jew is somehow less human due to their being cursed. To make such comparisons easy just substitute Japanese, English, French, Chinese or any other group or nationality for Israel and if it sounds like hate, then it is probably hate and thus anti-Semitism. Demonization is a severe form of the last set of examples but usually goes deeper. Demonization will often be found when Israel is held up as the new Nazis or as genocidal monsters. The easiest way to recognize Demonization is to be well familiarized with the truth and simply measure if the person is falsely accusing Israel of the most heinous of acts and criminal activity. The Israel is a genocidal murdering nation that is ethnically cleansing the Arab Palestinians. As the population numbers continue to rise and there are no mass graves of Palestinians such accusations are totally false and an attempt to cast Israel, and the Jews, of blood libels of murdering people. The oldest of the blood libels is that Jews kill children (from whichever group you are attempting to provoke hatred for Jews or Israel) to use their blood in baking their ‘special holy matzoth.’ This has been a regular cartoon shown in the Arab Palestinian areas in Judea and Samaria by the Palestinian Authority often also broadcast on their television broadcast station. The last is the Double Standard which should be self-explanatory. People claim that Israelis are not being killed by the rockets and mortars while the Arabs have far greater casualty numbers so Israel is using disproportional force is one such form of a Double Standard as every nation in wars uses all the forces they can bring to bear. Actually, the main disproportional force Israel uses is to prevent any casualties of their civilians by investing and producing some of the most proficient anti-rocket, mortar and artillery in the world called the Iron Dome. Israel has extremely effective interception systems for larger rockets such as scuds and also for ballistic missiles which Israel attempts to strike while they are rising from the launcher and before it starts reentry towards its target. On the other side, Hamas and Islamic Jihad actually do everything humanly possible to increase the numbers of civilians killed in any conflict they start. Hamas uses children as bullet proof vests, they drape them around the cars of their high ranking people to prevent any strikes upon them, they place their rockets and most important operatives underground in bunkers with their command and control bunker built underneath the largest hospital in Gaza while they do not permit any civilians to use their extensive tunnel and bunker systems for their safety and Hamas has been caught simply removing the equipment such as any identifying insignia, their rifle and other military items and then claim the person shot and killed by the IDF, and for this person there is video in which the weapon and other similar items have been removed or blurred beyond recognition. There were close to or possibly over a hundred such attempts to list known terrorists as civilians so this is a common problem. As an Israeli politician, possibly Bibi, stated, “We (Israel) use our rockets to protect and save our people while Hamas (Islamic Jihad and company) use their people to protect their rockets.” One cannot say it more plainly than that. What is the major unavoidable truth that has crystallized and become a realization that Israel will now be the target of the haters and anti-Semites of the world as well as a whole new band of people who will believe that their insane preoccupation with Israeli evil deeds are not hateful of Jews or Israel, they are just amongst the few with clear sight. There is a tip off line when anyone in any argument which is against any grouping of people claims, if you only knew them as I know them, then you too would believe as I do. Of course that is nonsense, but take it for the very dangerous nonsense that it is and steer far from those claiming such as it is usually the argument of those with no real facts to back their hatreds, something the vast number of anti-Semites also suffer from, bad data making for bad arguments. The last hint you have found a rare breed of anti-Semite, if the subject is Israel, Zionists or Jews, and just hater is when they resort to shouting slogans at you refusing to permit intelligent conversation.

 

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August 1, 2014

Do Anti-Israel Demonstrations Equal Anti-Semitism?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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