Beyond the Cusp

June 7, 2019

Has the World Gone Crazy Again?

 

If aliens to the Earth have arrived in the last few years gathering intelligence to decide and judge whether the Earth is worth being approached or left to mature, they would likely have some serious questions. Actually, the longer they might have viewed the Earth, they would likely have realized that what is happening is simply an infection which has always led to disastrous results and is flaring once again. This viral infection first showed its ugly hate in Pharaoh’s Egypt, which was soon to have a change in the ruling class. There was the little matter during King David’s rule when the Philistines, when they sacked the sanctuary of Shiloh, captured the Ark of the Covenant. They initially celebrated this great victory only to start to suffer plagues in their capital city. They decided to send the Ark to another city and the ills went with the Ark from city to city until the Philistines returned the Ark to the Israelites along with the proscribed sacrifice for repentance. There was the Purim attempt to murder the Jews of Persia at the crucial point before the decline of Persia before the Greeks. When the Greeks took steps to attempt to destroy the Jewish faith, they were soon destroyed and conquered by the Romans. The Romans probably were the most beneficial in their treatment of the Jews though they did this as a punishment, the scattering of the Jews throughout their empire and even beyond sold as slaves. This was intended to destroy the Jews just as it had the Carthaginians and an unknown number of others who were destroyed and removed from history. But Rome too was doomed to fall just as all who had persecuted their Jews, but Rome’s destruction was slow and painful. More recently there were the two main persecutors, Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia, both presumably gone. The persecution of the Jews has spanned Europe, Africa, Middle East, the Americas, Oceania, and even parts of Asia. For a more accurate view, a survey was performed by the ADL in 2014 with access to a 2015 update showing world antisemitism by continent and links to individual nations (example map below).

 

Levels in Percentages of Anti-Semitism Worldwide by Regions

Levels in Percentages of Anti-Semitism Worldwide by Regions

 

Our aforementioned alien would be reporting that apparently the prevailing opinion appears to be that every problem can somehow be traced to Israel eventually. All the violence of the Middle East, Israel is to blame. Worldwide terrorism, Israel is to blame. Even further insanity prevails as anti-Semitism is Israel’s fault as well. Some of the tenuous and strained relationships are used to find some remote reason or historic allegation proves that Israel is at the root of whatever evils are found no matter where they may be in the world, there will be those who blame Israel or possibly just Jews generally. This special virus appears throughout history but there are periods where it starts to spread more deeply and widely throughout large areas of the world. The modern era is the first where this virus can now truly spread worldwide without any limitations, or are there. Were you to ask the average person on the street in any Western nation, they may rate their country as not being particularly anti-Semitic and would probably believe that the United States was amongst the lowest area for anti-Semitism, and that would be a good assessment as the United States had a lower than average at nine-percent, the same as Denmark. But there were others who performed better in the 2014 survey with United Kingdom rating at eight-percent, Vietnam at six-percent, Netherlands at five-percent, Sweden at four-percent, Philippines at three-percent and the lowest rating at next to none is Laos at a mere zero-point-two-percent. We must unfortunately state what many already know, many of these, especially the European nations, have increased drastically in recent years. The reality is that the levels of anti-Semitism worldwide is rising with some regions having unprecedented rise in such hatred since the end of World War II and other regions having lesser increases but still definitively higher levels of anti-Semitism are measured virtually universally. Historically, the rise in anti-Semitism virtually always arises when the world is soon to tip into calamity, violence and rising oppressions. We need to remember that what starts with the Jews, never ends with the Jews. It is as the infamous assessment made by Martin Niemöller, a prominent Lutheran pastor in Germany, who stated the following,


First, they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

 

Despite this truism being well known and that the history of anti-Semitism being on the leading edge of some of the world’s worst periods, the world still has yet to find the means of preventing this malignancy from inflicting the world. Now we see it rearing its ugly head and spreading without much of a care by most of the world where simply ignoring the new version of anti-Semitism, anti-Israelism and anti-Zionism, from spreading throughout our societies.

 

The most obvious rise of anti-Semitism has been within the Middle East and Europe. There are those who have attempted to blame the influx of refugees from Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan and Afghanistan for this rise, but these refugees cannot be blamed for everything. The attempts by numerous nations to outlaw Shechita (Kosher slaughter) and circumcision was performed completely independent from any refugee input. These came strictly from the historic attempts by Christian rulers and governments to attempt to force the Jews residing within their region of control to convert or at least prevent the practice of Judaism. This form of anti-Semitism is so ancient that it can easily be traced to the Romans, ancient Greeks, Persian and Babylonians. There can be no means of describing the laws banning these Torah requirements which all Jews must obey as anything other than anti-Semitism, outright anti-Semitism. Sure, these European countries have modern sounding, politically correct reasons and explanations for these laws, but they are aimed to target the Jews making their lives more problematic or even forcing them to emigrate to a more accepting climate, though the spread of such laws is making less and less nations Jewish friendly.

 

The latest flurry of anti-Semitic acts and the ensuing refusal of any proper criticism or adverse reactions came from the United States House of Representatives. Ilhan Abdullahi Omar of Minnesota, a Somalian by birth and Rashida Harbi Tlaib of Michigan, of Palestinian descent have made a very big splash than the average freshman Congress-critters. Ms. Omar made the first splash when a history of anti-Semitic tropes of hers were discovered on Twitter and other social media. But her problems did not end there as she doubled down with similar style anti-Semitic comments upon her arrival in the Congress. Not to be outdone, Ms. Tlaib echoed such sentiments with condemnations of Israel as well as the Jewish People. But that is not the worst part of this story, the really pathetic reaction by the Democrat controlled House of Representatives is the story here. And as if that was not enough, there was the pronouncement by the Speaker of the House and leading Democrat, Nancy Pelosi claiming, “I don’t think the congresswoman is anti-Semitic. I wouldn’t even put those in the same category.” And Ms. Pelosi did not leave it there rejecting any allegations of anti-Semitism in the Democratic Party adding when queried, “We have no taint of that.” These worries of signs that anti-Semitism was being normalized began when the Democrats in the House of Representatives were unable to denounce obvious and blatant anti-Semitic comments, statements and positions taken by their two now infamous members who along with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who supports her two fellow freshmen Representatives, have taken the spotlight and appear to be the new face and the future for the Democrat Party. Of course, the Jewish Representatives are all apparently too focused on the evils machinations they portend they will soon unravel from the Trump campaign and the Russia connection which they are so desperate to produce. None of these other events have even made a blip on their radar, though they had to have noticed the debate over whether or not to denounce anti-Semitism, which they did placing anti-Semitism at the tailing end of their list of other forms of hatred including Islamophobia. The refusal to report, sanction or otherwise notice the new Judeophobia (anti-Semitism) within their party is frightening, but not the most frightening of items.

 

There is one last item concerning the spreading Judeophobia which is positively frightening, and that is the lack of concern amongst the Jews in the Democrat Party. If one were to poll Jewish Democrats as to the Judeophobia sprouting within their party and its turning against Israel making supporting Israel into a partisan political position, you would likely find well over ninety percent would feign or actually honestly claim that they do not know what it is you are referencing. They will claim that they will continue to support the Democrat Party, continue to vote for Democrat candidates, continue to donate to Democrat political candidates and donate to the general Democrat funding. For them, they can see no wrong, hear no wrong and will speak no wrong about their precious Democrat Party. Their defense if one proves that there is a Judeophobic stripe running through their beloved Democrat Party, they will point out that it is not coming from their Representative. Then you also point out that their oh-so-wonderful Representative also made little or no effort to push for a letter actually condemning those who were practicing Judeophobia and instead simply caved to a general statement against hatred. Well, who actually is not against hatred other than those who actually hate, and even these often are unaware that what they repeat is hate or simply stating facts. This is most often the defense the Judeophobe will employ, that they are simply stating well understood facts which they have been told about all their lives. This was definitively the weak apology from Ms. Omar and Tlaib.

 

The rising levels of Judeophobia have reached epidemic proportions in the Middle East and Northern Africa and threatens to do similarly in many regions within Europe and throughout the Western World. As this pandemic Judeophobia continues unabated, it may have the unintended effect of doubling the Jewish population of Israel as Jews flee the coming persecution. Unfortunately, the most likely result will be about twenty-percent of Jews in afflicted regions making Aliyah or leaving to friendlier climes, which eventually will be Israel as there will be no other friendlier region left, and the remainder wondering what is happening when the Judeophobia reaches its ultimate form. The one positive in this situation is that there is someplace where every Jew will be accepted providing them with a place of last refuge. This is the reason and hope which Israel provides the Jewish People, a safe harbor in a far less than friendly world. We can only pray that all the Jews will find their desire for such refuge long before they have no other choice as it will make their transition more tranquil than coming with thousands of other Jewish refugees who have been stripped of all wealth and left for Israel to come and retrieve them before something unthinkable should be enacted. Israel absorbed closing in on eight-hundred-fifty-thousand Arab Jews evicted from their homes, many of which were hundreds if not thousands of years of their family residing in these lands, across the Arab and Muslim worlds. Israel went and brought the Ethiopian Jews and is in the process of approving more to be brought to Israel and also brought many sects of Jews from India and every corner of the globe. Israel stands ready to accept and provide a home for any Jew in need of rescue. We pray that no Jews are held hostage for ransom, as such would be tragic and set a horrific precedence. Judeophobia is a viral disease which becomes a world plague periodically and almost always is the precedence for some horrible upheavals of human history. Judeophobia is a warning signal that the train is about to leave the tracks if remedial actions are not taken to address the onset of this affliction before it becomes irreversible. The initial signs are that this will be yet another time the warning signs are to be ignored and the world turns itself inside-out all because when they came for the Jews, nobody cared as the Jews are an insignificant group of no concern to those who are not Jewish. History had proven this to be one of the worst positions taken repeatedly and apparently, we have not learned from our past. That brings us to a closing quote from George Santayana, “Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

 

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May 10, 2019

Why do They Always Target the Jews?

 

Well, the reason is in the numbers. The Egyptians faced a slave revolt if they did not allow Jews along with non-Jewish individuals to leave as Moses insisted. After a number of plagues, ten to be exact, the Jews were readied for their departure. Well, Pharaoh was not so ready for their departure. What we do not hear about the departure of the Jews from Egypt is that it was a ruse used to set the Jews up for one mighty massacre and the end of those people from history. The Bible tells us the story from a Jewish perspective without inspecting the other potential matters. Why did Pharaoh allow the Jews to leave? First, they need to wonder whether or not Pharaoh was going to use the Jews as an example to keep the remaining slaves (workers) in line and fearful of Pharaoh. Was it actually Pharaoh’s idea to allow the Jews and those supporting their efforts to gather and separate themselves from the rest of the workforce and then slaughter them out in the open and bring Moses and a few others from the leadership back in chains to teach everyone what happens when you mess with Pharaoh? It might have actually worked just as described except for some timely divine intervention. Instead, Pharaoh returned with almost his entire army which left with him to perform his butchery of those upstart Jews dead and left at the bottom of the Red Sea (Sea of Reeds is a modern and potentially incorrect translation). Pharaoh had to explain where his Royal Guards and elite forces were as he left with thousands in his army and returned with maybe fifty top commanders who all spoke of the raw power of the Jewish deity, Hashem, and the splitting of the sea and its closure upon the entire body of their troops. For all we can fathom, anti-Semitism may have been sewn into the psyche of mankind that fateful day when Pharaoh probably had no greater hate than for the slave revolt that defeated him, the most powerful of mankind, defeated by unarmed slaves whose only true weapon was their faith in Hashem.

 

History is filled with page after page of hatred for Jews. The Bible records much of the revelations of how Jews were particularly despised, though it does downplay such. Then there is the Purim story where Haman almost succeeded in having the Kingdom of Persia massacre the Jewish People. It just might have worked had the Queen of Persia not been a Jewess. The Greeks outlawed the reading of the Torah, circumcision, and numerous other specifics which were holy to the Jews and we practiced them in private. The Roman Empire was the next in line with a plan to wipe these pesky Jews from the face of the earth. It worked just as planned with the Carthaginians and who knows how many others. This method was based on the idea that there could not be a people without their having a homeland. The Romans would disperse the subject people throughout their quite sizeable empire denying them even sufficient people to form even the smallest of a core group. But the Jews had some secret weapons. Their peoplehood was not as dependent upon the land as it was around the Torah and worship of Hashem. As long as they could find ten Jewish males of adult age, they could perform every required law in Torah. Even the Romans were powerless to prevent ten men meeting for a singular purpose. What the Romans did not know was their dispersion of the Jewish People became their protection against genocide. No longer could a regional power or virtually any power be able to destroy the Jewish People as they were spread too far and wide. Never again throughout history to the modern era have all the Jews come under a single power or alliance.

 

But as for why have the Jews so often been the all but perfect victims, that is a matter of logistics. First off, the Jews have and will probably continue to be a small percentage of the people in any nation. Second is the problem that anti-Jewish animus has always existed even if only amongst the people on the edges of a society. Hitler proved how far one can succeed by simply taking the disgruntled during bad times and turning them into a unified force against an enemy for which they already were prepared to hate, or at least had no really positive feelings towards. Add in the centuries of anti-Semitic hatred found throughout the history of Europe and Christianity as well as the anti-Semitic founding of Islam and you have a ready-made excuse for anti-Semitism throughout most of the world. Add in modern telecommunications and a further spread of anti-Jewish animus is ready to be hatched even in those regions where there is no history of anti-Semitism. There are a few groups within which it will be difficult to inculcate an anti-Semitic core of feelings, and that is amongst the Buddhists as hating any creature is an anathema to them. Still, the seeds of Jew hatred have truly now been spread worldwide and that is one thing which will never be undone for as long as humanity rules this orb.

 

But why the Jews? Well, since the final revolt against the Romans, which was a very long time ago, there has been almost no large, organized Jewish force and definitely not a Jewish army until the founding of Israel. Part of the worldwide, specifically in the United Nations and Europe, animosity towards Israel is partially a transference of their already existent anti-Semitism and the rest is mostly piling-on. The problem is this “piling-on” has led to instilling anti-Semitic seeds in these nations and many have jumped on the idea that the reason for their problems is easy, it’s the Jews who have subverted their noble leaders’ efforts. With the mainstream world media in a constant dripping of anti-Israel articles, conspiracy theories and lies, the Jews amongst the nations, Israel, has become the new World Jewish Conspiracy upon whom to heap all blame for anything which does not proceed according to plan. Your new five-year economic revitalization plan failed to reach any of its goals, it was because of Jewish support for Israel stealing all the profits as the Jew sent all your profits and our monies to that Jew country, Israel. The temptation to play on what have become the worldwide fears that the Jews are out to control the planet, an idea which was put into writing by the Tsars of Russia with their falsity titled, “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” a conspiracy theory which refuses to die. Actually, it has come to have an unexpected (unless you are as paranoid as I) life of its own with increasing circulation worldwide in our oh-so-sophisticated-modern-societies. The one other item which has never managed to escape every age which makes up history is how the current age is so much closer to universal acceptance. This theme parallels with the theme of superiority of the modern age which has been touted also since Pharaoh and likely before. Every age is the most modern, as it is the now, and is assumed to be the most advanced, the most moral, the most humane and the one which will rid the planet of hate. But first, there will be the calls from the periphery, but first we need to be rid of the Jew if we ever hope to be safe and happy. This too has been part of every age almost from the beginning of time and easily reaching back into prehistory.

 

But why the Jews? Easy, we dress and identify differently and are a very small but dynamic minority. Further, throughout the ages, Jews have been amongst the most successful in business and numerous other ventures. This means that you get the largest return on your efforts stealing the wealth of the Jews. But probably the biggest other reason is the Jews have been the leaders in the movements for pacification of society, gun control and all the other means of leaving people defenseless. This also has left the Jews mostly defenseless. Add in their making up less than 0.2% of world population. This means for every thousand people in the world, you would expect to find two who are Jews. But as almost half the Jews reside in Israel, this means that the Jews in the rest of the world come closer to 0.1% of their populations. In Nazi Germany at the initial period while Hitler was still rising to power, the Jews were less than one-percent of the population of Germany. The majority of Germans had likely never knowingly met a Jew and thus had no knowledge of Jews or Judaism other than the government propaganda, and through the ages also the propaganda from the Church, both the Roman Catholic Pope and the numerous Protestant denominations as well. The Church became one of, if not the, progenitor of European and Western anti-Semitism. Following in those footsteps, the Protestant Reformation took their anti-Catholic driving force and simply added that to their persecution of the Jews. The Church and the various Protestant denominations seemed to compete one with the other to prove their being the most pious because they had executed, dispossessed and otherwise belittled their Jews the most. The bar had been set quite high after the onset of the Spanish Inquisition.

 

Then came the real proof that the world was being decided on the backs of the Jews. This is not to imply or otherwise say that the Jews had any say whatsoever in these events. We are referring to the Crusades as a response to the Islamic capture of Jerusalem and the Holy Lands. This was a period where the Christians and the Muslims both agreed upon one basic premise, namely that the Jews were assisting the other side. When the Christians would, say, retake Jerusalem they would execute and torture Muslims and Jews and then when the Muslims retook Jerusalem, they murdered and tortured Christians and Jews. This was a constant which plagued the Jews who remained in the Holy Lands. Fortunately, quite possibly a gift from Hashem, the Romans had dispersed the Jews centuries before guaranteeing their continuation in spite of the executions and other acts in the Holy Lands. This dispersion would actually serve to preserve the Jewish faith rather than destroying it. In the ensuing centuries both the Christian world and the Islamic world would brutalize, murder, torture, expel and force to wear identifying clothing upon the Jews wherever they resided. The initial demand for Jews to wear a yellow marking upon their outerwear was under Caliph Umar II in the early 8th century. The practice was reissued and reinforced by Caliph Al-Mutawakkil (847–861), subsequently remaining in force for centuries. This puts to lie that the Muslim world only learned how to be anti-Semitic from Europeans after World War II. Islam has had anti-Semitism ingrained in their Quran and in the Prophet Muhammad’s acts when alive making the killing of Jews to be a holy act fully endorsed by the Prophet and the Quran. Many modern Muslims believe that should they die murdering a Jew then they are guaranteed to go straight to heaven where they will receive wonderful rewards. This has worked to make the Islamic world very actively anti-Semitic.

 

There were those who mistakenly believed that when the horrors of the Holocaust and its complete gravity of the Nazi murder mechanisms became known, that this would drive the evil of anti-Semitism from the human race permanently. As it turns out, the neo-Nazis refused to believe the reality claiming that the Holocaust was a Jewish invention to take money from Germany and all the gullible people who would sympathize with the Jews and reinforce their lies. In the Islamic world this became the prevalent position with one twist, that this was used to force Israel onto Arab lands. Many an Arab leader would complain that the Europeans should have provided a place for the Jews likely carved from Germany. They are unswayed by the factual argument that the Jewish State of Israel had been planned at the San Remo Conference and incorporated into the Mandate System by a unanimous vote of the League of Nations soon after World War I. The anti-Semitism of the Islamic world is a very virulent form of the hate and has spread across the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Arab nations and has spread beyond the Islamic world catching on largely by far leftist groups from Asia, specifically the Communist revolutionaries. The rise of Islamic immigrants across most of Europe has taken the hatred of anti-Semitism out of the closet and returned it to center stream Europe. This is also starting to produce a similar rise in the United States.

 

With the fact about the truth of the warning from the Passover Service that in every generation there will be one who rises against us. This one does not mean the lone crazy but refers to a person who sits in a powerful position with sufficient influence and inroads to the ruling elite to inflict anti-Semitic acts against a greater number of Jews than if they acted largely alone. This admonition has proven to actually have been wise council to have passed down the generations. The unfortunate part is that too many Jews either have never heard this caution or simply believe that the admonition had become history as anti-Semitism was dead. Well, pure, unadulterated and heated anti-Semitic hatred took a rest or even paused for a moment. Most American Jews are just waking to the fact that the demonic anti-Semites are back and show massive confusion on how such could happen. The religious point to the leftist policies of their assimilated brothers and sisters. Those leftists blame it on the religious claiming if they would simply blend into society, then there would be no problem as everyone would accept them because such would make them the good Jews. The second argument is so backwards in its logic, reasoning and conclusions, that we will allow the history to prove that point. During the time of Haman and the Persian Empire, the Jews Haman desired to murder resided in the main cities of the Persian Empire and were completely assimilated while those religious Jews had returned to the Holy Lands and rebuilt the Temple. Those Jews were mostly off of the Haman radar or were included simply to prevent any return of the Jew to Persian lands. The Greeks went the opposite way attempting to force the Jews to assimilate. The Torah explains that the Jews are a stiff-necked people which spoiled the assimilation plan of the Greeks as the majority of Jews remained and did not take up celebrating Greek holidays nor took up Greek practices and idolatry. As explained, the Romans gave destroying the Jewish People their best shot and likely saved the Jews in the future. Beyond Rome we have to tell the truth, half the Jews resided in the MENA regions which came under Islamic world and the other half remained under European rulers. Despite the fact that both sides suffered similar difficulties, many insist on arguing that the Jews had never been persecuted by the Muslims as Islam is the religion of peace. That is only true when the Muslims control a land and have cleansed them from any non-Islamic interests. This rendition of commentary on Islam is what is found in virtually any history or other book which speaks of Islam as the European historians simply accepted whatever their Islamic guides told them and thus Islam was given a complete pass by the majority of European historians. They simply did absolutely no actual in-depth, in-person research as they had no desire to spend time in the deserts of the MENA nations. Whatever they were told, despite it being a complete whitewash of the brutality the Jews faced and, in its stead, described a perfectly civilized people living in peace.

 

After World War II, anti-Semitism was briefly relegated into the shadows and was largely a plague on the far right. These were the neo-Nazis and the White Supremacists. This has been changing at a consistent rate as these far-right anti-Semites have started to be outpaced by those anti-Semites from the far-left and moving ever closer to being a position of the left. This is a new form of anti-Semitism which professes its innocence from being so labelled because their target does not consist of Jews per se, the target of their acrimonies and enmities is Israel, Israelis and the Zionists who love her. This is but a small smoke-screen behind which they can hide the truth of their hate, it is the new anti-Semitism. Proper and valid complaints about Israel and Israelis is one thing and is not anti-Semitism. What is anti-Semitism, it is demanding that Israel be held to a different and often higher standard than other nations, and that the IDF fight its wars without harming any noncombatant, something not expected from other militaries. These anti-Israeli and anti-Zionist types of anti-Semites will find some singular action and draw attention to this one act claiming it is indicative of the way Jews in Israel act in every case. One of their favorite claims is to turn the Holocaust back upon the Jews by claiming that the Israelis are committing a holocaust on the Arab Palestinians. There is no validity to this absurdity which is proven as the Arab Palestinian population continues to rise, something which would not be impossible if Israel truly desired their slaughter.

 

The facts never matter when the time comes for demonizing the Jews. Any accusation will be met with howls of more, more guaranteeing that every Jew must be guilty as charged, of course. That is how it starts while at the start the effects are rarely felt since their town did not have any Jews and, after all, we would never know a Jew, we’re better people than that. This is the emotional mindset of not only many a Jew hater, but soon it defines the general public and once it passes a certain point, then it becomes accepted amongst that which is the norm making such views the majority. In all too many Jewish neighborhoods, the common threat is the thought that it could never happen here, we are accepted, we have friends, business associates and are accepted members of the society. How do we know that these are the baseline of the Jews in the United States? Because if there were sufficient numbers of Jews to form a congregation, this was how they perceived the world. No such unadulterated and baseless hatred could ever reach their neighborhood, after all they are accepted, they have tenure and all sorts of awards and their employer loves them, all until that day those “others” came to town with their smart uniforms and guns and we just did what we were told, honest. That is just how “it cannot happen here” dies, in a single early morning, when the train disembarked them. The rest we had no means of preventing and then it was too late. Oh, they were so very sorry sharing your women’s jewelry, moving into your vacant house, driving your cars and taking everything which had been yours. How do you think these former friends who claimed they would die before allowing your being taken to the camps would react to your coming back home? Hint, they really do not wish to answer for their taking everything after you were carted away. What happened in way too many such instances, the returning Jew was shot without any witnesses and with all covering up the crime which soon became a non-event. This was the fate of hundreds of thousands of Jews who became untraceable leaving families and friends without closure or even knowing where their next of kin, their friend died and was buried. This was the result of the last Holocaust and will be the result of even future holocausts as once you make one group of people into non-people, then it is easy to do with such however one pleases. Trust that eventually there will be those who will make yours into a non-people and you will have nowhere to run.

 

There is one other piece to the puzzle which is something we have found to be true despite continuous criticism that such a statement cannot be made as generally and liberally as we apply this. But Jews are the ultimate pacifists and always the first to stick up for others in our so-called modern age. Gun control, supported by Jews in horrifying numbers often approaching 90% and even higher. The less traditional the congregation, the further left their politics and the more they support disarming everyone. They never quite figure out how the criminals are supposed to be disarmed when convicted felons on parole are often found to be carrying weapons. If they can acquire a weapon, then anybody with sufficient cash can appropriate a weapon, or be taken by a group of thugs. With such people money is only good if you can defend your right to said money. There used to be a pro-gun advertisement which stated that once there is total gun control, then only the criminals will have guns. They left out that also only the government will have guns, but I guess that was covered after all. There are two ideas which go together, leftist socialism and gun control and they both stem from the same weakness, a feeling that one is helpless and requires the state to care of them. This feeling of helplessness is indicative of the prey mindset, everything is a potential threat unless identified as otherwise. The feeling that they are only safe when with the rest of the herd and thus protected. Take a far left liberal outside their comfort zone and they would fall apart, generally, yes, we know there are exceptions, you outliers. What those who just complained that they are made of better stuff, well, guess you just volunteered to protect the rest of the herd. It may not be your job, but it just may be your responsibility if you believe in Judeo-Christian ethics. Quoting, amongst others, Spiderman, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Sometimes you find your quotes come from the strangest places.

 

Why is it always the Jews? Well, it actually is not always the Jews. There was the mass murder of the Armenians by the Ottoman Turks, the Ukrainian Genocide of 1932–33 by famine which was induced by Stalin as he stole their food to feed Moscow leaving the Ukrainians next to nothing, the Cambodian genocide under the Khmer Rouge and too numerous other times throughout human history. All too numerous of these events involved the Jews for comfort. What we can place forward is that if there exists Jews in a region, they will take the brunt of any terrorism or assault simply because if you are capable of placing Jews amongst those you are opposing, then you can gain unbridled sympathy from Europe, the United Nations and countless organizations simply by decrying that the Jews and Israel are causing your problems. Truth does not matter. But there has been a constant throughout history, it has almost always been the Jews even where there have been scarcely a Jew to be found, should they find a single Jew, then they will be responsible for all damage from one’s civil war and the Jew will be accused of being responsible for everything claimed by either side in the end. The final draft of any agreement will claim that the Jew owes both sides for the loss of their heritage which both claim that the only Jew either side could find destroyed both. This is basically what Turkey is claiming about the areas along their Syrian border as they extend the Turkish borders southward while slaughtering the Kurds the United States State Department decided were expendable after they destroyed most of the Islamic State for the United States and the world, and what has their reward been? They have been denied again the homelands they too were promised after World War I. The difference being the Jews ignored the United States State Department and fought a war intended for their annihilation and established a flourishing modern nation. The Kurds should be permitted to try and do likewise but the world currently believes that the Arabs and Islam are the future. Everyone is permitted their own beliefs, but not their own facts. Well, that would be true except the State Department of the United States believes that the world will function exactly as they predict it will and all will be wonderful if their predilections ever forge reality. These are the people who originally backed the Nazis, then the Russian Communists followed by the Chinese Communists against the Capitalist Chinese who ended up with Formosa, Taiwan, The State Department backed the Communists even after the collapse as they were sure it would rise like the phoenix from the ashes. It did not rise, at least not yet, but we are sure a number of State Department offices are still waiting with great anticipation. To put things bluntly, it has been a long time since the State Department took the right side or did anything productive, but they keep on taking the wrong side every time or not taking a side at all.

 

Phoenix Rising from the Ashes Blazing in her Full Flamed Glory

Phoenix Rising from the Ashes Blazing in her Full Flamed Glory

 

That was why we advised the Kurds to declare their independence and pray that the United States Defense Department decided to assist them, which we are fairly certain they would, the only question being whether or not it would be done fast enough. The Kurds if provided with cover sufficient for their declaration of a nation large enough for all the Kurds from Syria, Iraq, Iran and Turkey to live under their own government, they would be another base for the American in case of any emergencies in this region and a check on Erdogan’s hopes for forming a greater Turkey on his way to the Second Ottoman Empire. Kurdistan would have provided the Western world with a stopcock preventing Turkish expansion and putting a damper on the Iranian dreams of being the new Persia. Their not declaring their independence will prove as a bane for them and for the United States. Fortunately for all involved, the Jews ignored the British, the United Nations and the United States State Department and went ahead with building, rebuilding their state home of Israel as best they could. Granted they were required to fight six allied Arab nations who were being advised by the British and German officers who were against the Jews ruling themselves anywhere, let alone where prophesy claimed they would return and rebuild their national homelands. This will persist as the main target for those who oppose the Jews as Israel is the huge poster with the target and bullseye painted upon it.

 

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May 9, 2019

Popping the Myths of Israeli War of Independence

 

We do not care how the wars sporadically started and stopped from May 15, 1948 onward with them lasting into mid 1949 before attaining armistices. Peace would be coming later with Egypt and even later Jordan, while technically Israel is still in a state of war with the other four Arab invading nations; Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. Don’t worry if you did not realize this, probably a fair number of Israelis are unaware of the fact Israel is still at war. There are likely a set of armistice agreements ending hostilities, but we were unable to find any reference to such between Israel and Iraq or Saudi Arabia. Perhaps we will have to settle with the fact they are not shooting at us currently and be happy with that. But the Arab-Israeli War of 1948-9 was not born in a vacuum, there were a series of initiatives which were rejected outright and even the United Nations sought some settlement which also failed and so much more to talk about and see how we got to where we are today, celebrating our independence which was established the nightfall before the dawn brought on the war. So, where do we begin.

 

What is difficult to believe, but just the same is true, there was a point in time when the Arab world welcomed the founding of the Jewish State and agreed over borders and everything. The year is 1920, late April to be more accurate, in beautiful San Remo, Italy where the San Remo Conference set up the preliminaries for the Mandate System. Included in this were two Mandates which are of interest to our telling, the French and British Mandates. These were set along with Italian and Spanish holdings (see map below). France was charged to form a Christian State and an Arab State while Britain was charged with establishing a Jewish State and subsequently also an Arab State. France divided their region forming Syria (Arab) and Lebanon (Christian) while Britain divided its region into Jordan (originally Transjordan and Arab) and Israel (originally referred to as Palestine and Jewish). The French attempt to make a Christian state in Lebanon was fragile from the very beginning and is close to becoming ruled by Hezballah who has military control and shares Parliamentary control. Were things to come to a head in Lebanon, the Christians would be hard pressed to mount any resistance to a complete Islamic takeover. The British never actually established a Jewish state and instead simply announced they were pulling out as of mid-May 1948 and washing their hands of whatever developed.

 

Colonial Structure Post World War I defined by Treaties from initial surrender in 1919 through the San Remo Conference setting up the Mandate System in 1922 plus Sykes-Picot redrawing of much of the Middle East

Colonial Structure Post World War I defined by Treaties from initial surrender in 1919 through the San Remo Conference setting up the Mandate System in 1922 plus Sykes-Picot redrawing of much of the Middle East

 

This is where we start our story, the British are leaving and, on their way out, they are confiscating as many weapons as they can find in Jewish towns and Kibbutzim and for expediency’s sake, they are turning these weapons over to the Arab towns which were preparing to join the war against the Jews. The evening of May 14, 1948, Jewish day begins at sundown, so for Israelis it is the next day while the remainder of the world insists on daybreak or midnight, but it is almost sundown of May 14, 1948, or 6 Iyyar, 5708 on the Hebrew Calendar. So, it is Friday, May 14, 1948 at 4 PM, a full eight hours before the official end of the British Mandate, David Ben Gurion read out Israel’s Declaration of Independence at a moving ceremony at the Tel Aviv Museum (video below). There was no shooting, no artillery, no tanks, just celebratory cheers, singing of songs and general state of joyous exhilaration from the Jewish and even some Arab towns, farms and villages. That was it, the official beginning to the Jewish State followed by recognitions which can be viewed here. The celebrations carried on into the morning, especially in Tel Aviv. The Jews and their Arab friends knew what the morning was likely to bring, so they made the most of the few hours of peace that remained.

 

 

The next morning was to bring an assault with an intent which we have found 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.” This was what was intended by the six Arab armies from Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq and Jordan which were perched on every border just awaiting the command or simply the sun to rise so they could swarm across the lands on their way to the Mediterranean Sea wiping the Jews from the land retaking the region for Allah. Their invasion routes can be seen on the map below. For weeks ahead of the morning of May 15, 1948, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Amin al-Husseini implored the Arabs who were living between the Arab forces and the Mediterranean Sea, in Israel in simple terms, to evacuate to behind the Arab lines for their safety. His claim was this would permit the Arab armies to simply slaughter every single person they came upon. There were exceptions, namely those Arab villages and towns which were to assist the Arabs by sabotaging Israeli supply and communication lines and ambushing the Israelis from behind as they faced the Arab armies advance. The Mufti promised that the Arabs could follow the armies to the sea and partake of the riches of the Jews and all the spoils of war. This was awaiting the next morning after the joyous celebratory evening and night of the Jewish People returning to their ancestral homelands after approximately a two-thousand-year absence of Jewish rule over these lands. There was great joy and few worried about the next day, but there were the select people who did exactly that as they were the ones who were to defend this precious return.

 

Initial Invasion Routes by Arab Armies on May 15, 1948

Initial Invasion Routes by Arab Armies on May 15, 1948

 

This was, very simply put, an Arab initiated war of intended annihilation, not Israel’s War of Independence. Israeli independence came the second David Ben Gurion finished his speech. There was no war necessary. Israel had been declared and that should have been the end of everything except for the celebrations. There was no war, the Jews did not make some amphibious assault on the beaches and push the Arabs out of their nation of Palestine. There was no nation of Palestine and the Jews were already in the land with many having come in the late 1800’s and others who could trace their ancestry back to the times of Kings Saul, David and Solomon. These were the Jews who the Romans had allowed to remain and had resided in these lands for over three-thousand-years. That is an impressive family history to be able to recount, and they can do exactly that. Others returned over the centuries and had resided in these lands for hundred upon hundreds of years. Whenever the British had used the term Palestine or Palestinian, they were referring to Israel and the Jews. The Palestine Post became the Jerusalem Post, the Palestine Philharmonic Orchestra became the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra and so on with names of banks, hardware stores, plumbing businesses and so much more. The Arabs had their own reference at that time, they were referred to as Arabs or Jordanian, Syrian, Egyptian, Iraqi or whatever nation their family names implied. The first time any Arab became a Palestinian was with the birth of the PLO in 1964. Why did the Arabs decide to take the mantle of Palestinians? That is easy to figure out once you understand the history, they intended to steal the history of the Jews claiming that the Arabs were the ones called Palestinians and the Jews were called, well, they never said what the Jews were called because their intent was always to be rid of them so who cares what names they were called by, anyway, that would just confuse things. Their hope was that nobody would bother with the actual history and they could pull a fast one. Well, what timing, just as the Western World decided not to actually teach history, the Arabs bet that nobody would know history, what timing.

 

World Recognition of Israel

World Recognition of Israel

 

Well, the celebrations ended rather abruptly around dawn as the first shots fired by the advancing Arab armies starting what would be more appropriately called The Arab War of Intended Annihilation instead of the Israeli War of Independence. Israeli independence had already been established and the war was over whether Israel would continue to exist or be killed at her birthing. The other misleading tale was that Israel won this war and took over additional lands. The only way this would have been true would be if Israel had extended her rule across the Jordan River, over the Golan Heights, into Lebanon and into the Sinai Peninsula. None of these were the result. What happened instead was Israel lost control of lands which included the Golan Heights, the Shomron (Jordan controlled this renaming it the West Bank) and the Gaza Strip which Egypt took control over. These are that troubling thing called facts. When the Arabs show maps showing Israel gaining land, they use the map of the plan offered by the United Nations in the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine under United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181. This was a nonbinding resolution which suggested a division of the land into Arab and a Jewish states. The Israelis were willing to accept this partition but the Arab League refused the plan planning on the annihilation of the Jews in its stead. When a United Nations General Assembly Resolution is rejected by any of the parties involved, it is forever negated and considered void as if it had never been proposed. So, the Arab League refusal ended any application of the division and the lands reverted to the original borders which was the Jordan River and the border between the Negev Desert and the Sinai Peninsula and the Golan Heights (see maps below). The armistice lines have become the Arab definition of what the Israeli borders should revert to now despite when they were agreed upon the Arab League insisting that these armistice lines were not to ever be interpreted or expected to be actual borders. Their intent was to deny the existence of Israel as it did not have actual borders. Now they demand a return by Israel to those armistice lines so they can have a redo on the Six Day War, another war which was intended to destroy the Jewish State which failed. During the June 1967 Six Day War, Israel liberated the lands lost in 1948-9 as well as gaining the Sinai Peninsula and some claim the Golan Heights.

 

Resolution 181 Division, Israel on the morning of May 15, 1948, Israel after the War and losing lands of Gaza and West Bank

Resolution 181 Division,
Israel on the morning of May 15, 1948,
Israel after the War and losing lands of Gaza and West Bank

 

That is why calling the war which began the morning of May 15, 1948, the Israeli War of Independence is actually a misnomer. Israel would have had her independence even had the Arabs not attacked that morning as she had declared her independence the afternoon before. The celebrations had gone on well into the night and even until the Arabs invaded the established nation of Israel. A better name for this war might be the Arab War of Intended Annihilation of Israel or the Failed Arab War to Erase Israel. Now that war is being fought by Arab proxies of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza which might be named Hamastan. Over the years, the Arab world acquired great amounts of financial assistance from the Western nations along with the United Nations and for a while the Soviet Union into the coffers of these terror entities all with the hope of peace or an end to Israel. Many of those contributing to these entities desired the latter while all claimed otherwise simply claiming they desired for the Palestinian Arabs to have their homeland back. There never has been an Arab homeland or a nation called Palestine and the main reason that so many Arabs resided in what became Israel was due to the British in cooperation with the Arab League kept moving Arabs into the land to prevent the Jews from being able to declare their homeland. The Palestinian Arab refugee problem is largely, if not entirely, due to the Arabs heeding the Mufti and then when the fighting was over, instead of allowing them to return, something Israel was willing to allow, they placed their brothers and sisters into refugee camps and have kept them there ever since. They basically incarcerated just over six-hundred-thousand fellow Arabs in these camps. Over the ensuing decade, the Arab world expelled over eight-hundred-thousand Jews after denuding them of all assets and anything of worth which Israel took in and remarkably simply incorporated every last one into their society despite much hardship and difficulty. Israel did not incarcerate them permanently in camps to use as a political weapon against the Arab nations which expelled them, Israel accepted their fellow Jews with mixed joy and hardship but in the end, we are all living together mostly in harmony. Give Israel another fifty years and there will be no differentiating who came originally from where and there will be more Israelis like myself with a European father and an Arab national origin mother. In my case it was due to World War II as my British father fought in Burma and when injured he was treated in Bombay (Mumbai) where he met my Iraqi origins mother, and the rest is history. The majority in Israel is simply a case of opposites attract and Jews are intermarrying which will allow us to become completely reinstituted as a single people whose histories and futures are forever to be intertwined.

 

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