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Columbia Prof: WWII-Era Zionists Colluded with Nazis
Prestigious university faculty member unleashes his hate.
by Salomon Benzimra

There are some ideas so stupid that only an intellectual could believe them” (George Orwell)

Columbia University Professor Joseph Massad is blind to reality. His virulent anti-Zionist streak leads him to the most laughable constructs: In The last of the Semites,” Massad wants us to believe that the Zionist effort to remove the Jews from Europe in the 1930s and 1940s (to save them from imminent extermination) is undistinguishable from Nazi anti-Semitism! (Update: Al-Jazeera just pulled Massad’s article from their website, as announced here on May 19, 2013).

Two parties can be ferociously opposed to each other’s ideologies and yet unite temporarily to pursue a common strategic objective. If Massad is not aware of this reality, he should revisit WWII and extend his ludicrous parallels between the Zionists and the Nazis to the British-American Allies who pursued the same military objective as the Soviets, while they despised Stalin’s ideology. Is this too hard for Massad to comprehend?

It is clear that the sole purpose of Massad’s article is to delegitimize Israel. This tiresome propaganda – driven primarily by envy, and buttressed by bankrupt Marxist dogmas and their unholy alliance with radical Islam – has been peddled over and over again to little or no effect. Now, Massad tries a new thread, plucked out of ludicrous fantasies, without the slightest corroborating facts and with omissions galore not to disturb his narrative.

And so we read one enormity after another in Massad 4,000-word article:
  • The ancestral connection of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel was concocted by the Protestant Reformation;
  • Most Jews were opposed to Zionism, up to the 1940s;
  • Lord Balfour was an anti-Semite;
  • The Nazis and the Zionists showed “ideological similitude”;
  • The totalitarianism inherent in Nazism and Communism was mere U.S. propaganda;
  • The (derisively called) “Judeo-Christian civilisation” was the product of European and American white supremacy, now turned against Arabs and Muslims;
  • The current relations between Germany and Israel are a continuation of past Nazi policies;
  • Israel and Zionism were not the victims of Nazis because “[the Nazis] killed the majority of Jewish enemies of Zionism”;
  • The Palestinians are the only remaining “Semites” and the last remaining bastion against anti-Semitism;
  • The Jews “have nothing to do with Palestine”;
  • The Zionist project is aggressive, colonialist, imperialist and tainted by “racial discrimination”;
  • The Jews had their “nations” in Europe before they “forcibly settled the land of another people”;
  • Israel’s claim of being the land of the Jewish people is “the most anti-Semitic claim of all.”
And what is the main voice that Massad quotes to support his narrative? Yasser Arafat, in his speech at the UN in November 1974! In the wake of multiple plane hijackings, the massacre at the Munich Olympics and the murder of school children in Ma’alot – acts of terror committed by the PLO and its affiliates – Arafat delivered his infamous speech at the UN. This was the first time a terrorist leader was welcomed and applauded at the General Assembly. He rehashed all the Marxist buzzwords (aggression, imperialism, colonialism, racism, etc.) that he diligently learned from his KGB handlers to attack Israelis and Zionists, which he branded “terrorists [and] war criminals”. This is the kind of inversion of reality that Massad embraces in his fantasy world of historical revisionism.

Furthermore, in his desperate attempt to deny the Jewish people their national aspirations in their ancestral land, Massad declares that “the Palestinians have always insisted that the homelands of European Jews were their European countries and not Palestine.” Quite an authoritative source! This blatant theft of identity from the Jewish people, which is still condoned with impunity in many quarters, is specifically hailed as an undisputed truth in Article 20 of the PLO National Charter (1968).

It must be hard for anyone to be proven wrong after a lifetime spent in defending a losing cause. The burning envy generated by Israel’s survival, progress and astonishing accomplishments against all odds in just a few decades must reduce its detractors to resort to claims of victimhood and self-righteousness, no matter how baseless. Massad does not hesitate to escalate the accusations directed against Zionism to ever more ridiculous levels: Now, the Zionists are the real Nazis and the Palestinians are the last remaining fighters against anti-Semitism! Considering the growing anti-Jewish indoctrination of Palestinian school children and the hateful admonitions contained in the Hamas Charter, Massad’s ludicrous claims are nothing but a thinly veiled burst of Freudian projection.

The unusual insistence on race-related notions in Massad’s article (no less than 18 instances) betrays an obsession dear to the anti-Israel crowd. Launched at the UN General Assembly in 1975 (Resolution 3379), the slanderous accusation equating Zionism – the legitimate national movement of the Jewish people – to racism is a reflection of the speech Arafat delivered at the UN a year earlier, and is now raised again by Massad (“European Jews … became the elements of settler colonialism intimately allied to racial discrimination”), even though this infamous resolution was rescinded in 1991. But anti-Jewish hatred never seems to go away. The “Zionism = racism” slander was revived at the Durban Conference in 2001, to give Massad and his fellow travelers a new lease on a life of hatred.

Massad cannot admit that the Jews have returned to their ancestral land and that the reconstitution of the Jewish State was enshrined in international law in 1920. This incontrovertible truth would blow his narrative to pieces and would deprive him of his raging outbursts against Israel, Zionism and the Jewish people.

I know it’s next to impossible to have a diehard propagandist acknowledge factual evidence, but can one still hope that a professor of Intellectual History at Columbia University is not totally impervious to established historical and legal facts? In his latest article, Massad offers only a crude sophistry that may be welcomed as profound insight by many among the biased Middle East academics who are, often wilfully, disconnected from factual reality.

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Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan trashes Jews in a Detroit Church, Democrat leaders in audience seen nodding in agreement

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and Detroit City Councilwoman JoAnn Watson were in the audience when screwy Louie Farrakhan was delivering blatantly anti-Semitic statements, using terms such as “Satanic Jews” and the “Synagogue of Satan,” during a speech.

The Blaze According to the ADL and the Detroit Free Press, those present at the May 17th Fellowship Chapel event included the church’s leader, Rev. Wendell Anthony, who also serves as President of the Detroit branch of the NAACP, Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan) and Detroit City Councilwoman JoAnn Watson. According to the Detroit Free Press, “Conyers and Watson nodded in agreement during Farrakhan’s remarks.”

Typical of most Farrakhan speeches,

Farrakhan referred to “Satanic Jews” and the “Synagogue of Satan” controlling America’s government and other sectors, reportedly stating that President Barack Obama “surrounded himself with Satan…members of the Jewish community.”

Farrakhan also said that the Jewish people “have mastered the civilization now, but they’ve mastered it in evil… Who’s the owner of Hollywood that creates images and makes the people think that what is created on the screen is the way we should live? That’s Satan…Satan has devoured much of humanity.”

“The people that own Hollywood,” Farrakhan added, are “the same people that control your press, the same people that control your media, the same people who are the publishers the same people who are the distributors, the same Synagogue of Satan, and they put you before the world in this disgraceful matter.”

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Dem. Rep. Apologizes for Attending ‘Racist, Anti-Semitic and Homophobic’ Speech

The Minister Louis Farrakhan’s latest sermon to capture headlines led the Anti-Defamation League and other Jewish groups to condemn his patently anti-Semitic statements. And following the fiery speech, amid controversy, a congressman who was in attendance has come forward to publicly repudiate Farrakhan’s comments — and to apologize.

Such language as “Satanic Jews” and “Synagogue of Satan” is nothing new for the Nation of Islam leader, but when prominent politicians are in attendance while he’s making these comments, the dynamic presents an intriguing, and some would argue troubling, situation. As previously reported by TheBlaze’s Sharona Schwartz, the May 17th event, held at Fellowship Chapel in Detroit, Michigan, had some popular leaders in the audience.

Among them: Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan) and Detroit City Councilwoman JoAnn Watson. The Detroit Free Press said that Conyers and Watson nodded in agreement during portions of Farrakhan’s speech, although the exact comments they appeared to be agreeing with weren’t divulged.

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) (L) and Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) (R) hold a news conference on H.R.1962, the ‘Free Flow of Information Act of 2013′, May 22, 2013 in Washington, DC. The bill would protect reporters from having to reveal their sources in federal court, with some exceptions including specific threats to national security. Credit: Getty Images

Now, nearly one week after the speech, Conyers is denouncing the faith leader’s “racist” and anti-Semitic remarks. On Thursday, the congressman issued a statement, CBS Detroit reports. He also called the minister’s comments “homophobic” and said that he condemns them “in the strongest possible terms.” Here is Conyers’ statement, as published by the Detroit Free Press:
“Farrakhan made unacceptable racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic statements, which I condemn in the strongest possible terms. It was my expectation that Minister Farrakhan’s speech would focus on the many challenges facing the city of Detroit. In previous days, he had discussed efforts to revitalize our city by purchasing property and investing in blighted neighborhoods. Regrettably, he used this opportunity to promote views that have no place in civilized discourse.

The fact that Minister Farrakhan has engaged in important charitable work aimed at expanding economic opportunities for underserved communities does not excuse these statements. I sincerely offer my apologies to my constituents and others who also may have been offended by the minister’s words.”
While he apologized for being at the speech, some will likely still be wondering at which points he was purportedly nodding his head — and how much negative public reaction to the speech played a role, if at all, in his apology.

Sharon Lipton, president of the Jewish Community Relations Council, applauded Conyers for saying he was sorry, but noted that he shouldn’t have been at the speech in the first place. Lipton also noted that it wasn’t good that it took the congressman nearly a week to apologize.

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan speaks to Detroit City Council on Friday, May 17, 2013 in Detroit. Farrakhan said it’s time for his movement to join others to invest in the struggling city where it was founded more than 80 years ago. He called on residents and religious leaders to “pool their resources” to buy distressed properties and create economic opportunities. Credit: AP

“I think that people in public office have to be very aware of where they’re going, what they’re doing, and what the perception might be for being in a certain place at a certain time,” Lipton told CBS Detroit.

Read the original report about Farrakhan’s controversial sermon.
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Fascist Jew-Haters, Left and Right
A new documentary sheds terrifying light on “Jew Bashing: The New Anti-Semitism.”

Editor’s note: “Jew Bashing: The New Anti-Semitism,” a new investigative documentary by Canadian-Israeli filmmaker Martin Himel, exposes the sinister face of modern Jew-hatred that is festering on both the political Left and Right. Watch the clip below for a preview of Himel’s must-see film and click here for more information.



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I have to wash my eyes after watching that video. It is beyond ludicrous to claim that the BBC is some Zionist controlled entity. For the record, my congressman peruses his policies because of the way we vote...
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101 Jewish Students Ejected From NYC to Atlanta Flight:
‘They Treated Us Like We Were Terrorists’

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NEW YORK (TheBlaze/AP) — A group of 101 high school students traveling from New York to Atlanta were thrown off an AirTran flight, along with their chaperones, after the pilot and crew lost patience with some kids who wouldn’t sit down and put away their cellphones.

Seniors from the Yeshiva of Flatbush in Brooklyn were on the flight about 6 a.m. Monday at LaGuardia Airport. AirTran’s parent company, Southwest Airlines, said in a statement that flight attendants asked passengers several times to take their seats and put their mobile devices away.

The airline said that when some didn’t comply, the captain repeated the request. When that didn’t work either, the whole group of students was ordered to disembark for safety reasons, the airline said. The flight was delayed for about 45 minutes while the students filed out of the Boeing 737, which seats about 137 people, leaving the plane mostly empty.

Rabbi Seth Linfield, executive director at Yeshiva of Flatbush, said administrators Tuesday were still looking into the disagreement, but he said in a statement that “preliminarily, it does not appear that the action taken by the flight crew was justified.”

Asked whether he thought 100 teenagers were too many to keep in order on a flight, Linfield said the school has taken similarly sized groups before without any problems.

Southwest spokesman Brad Hawkins wouldn’t get into details as to why the entire group was kicked out, but said “I have no indication that the flight attendants overreacted.”

He said the AirTran cabin crew made “repeated requests” for an unknown number of the students to behave. “The point at which the captain comes on the PA system and says ‘You all need to sit down’ is unusual.”

The students were on a three-day trip that was to include a rafting excursion and a visit to a Six Flags theme park.

The students were then put on other flights, but it took 12 hours for some to reach their destination via transfers that took them as far out of their way as Milwaukee, Wis.

Some of the students posted pictures and video of their journey on social media sites. At least one sent a barrage of Twitter messages to media organizations, complaining that the way they were being treated was a “scandal.”

Some are saying the teens were treated unfairly and may have been targeted for being Jewish.

“They treated us like we were terrorists; I’ve never seen anything like it,” student Jonathan Zehavi told CNN Tuesday.

He said he and his fellow classmates were not being disorderly as the airline claims. “It was 4 o’clock in the morning. The last thing any of us wanted to do was get up and make a mess,” he added.

Linfield said Southwest Airlines offered vouchers to future air travel to faculty and students who were on the plane.

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I am sorry to say they were treated fairly. I never recall not doing what I was asked the First time. I have seen teens disregard requests from teachers, fire fighters and even police officers. I never asked their religion, I just thanked the Lord my sons do not behave this way. If they had and faced same consequences I would be shamed not angry.
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This looks like a teenager behaviour matter, rather than anti-Semitism. Possibly it could have been handled differently, but I wasn't there.
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Israeli ‘Aggression’ in the Middle East?
The warped perspective of the American media.
by Ronn Torossian

Perusing media coverage regarding the Middle East, a redundant media theme is Israeli aggression in the Middle East. One reads of the need for peace talks due to Israeli aggression, concern that Israel must not harm the region by striking Iran, and, as American intelligence sources leak to the media, Israel has seemingly conducted multiple strikes against Syria lately, which are concerning.

As CEO of a PR agency, it’s interesting to review headlines over the past week, which can tell us a lot about the situation in the Middle East. While peace talks have restarted between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs, as a sign of good-faith, Israel agreed to release more than 100 Palestinian murderers and terrorists. In response, the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, proclaimed that “no Israeli citizens or military presence will remain in a future Palestinian state.” And Abbas is the so-called “moderate” Palestinian leader compared to Hamas, which is more extreme and openly calls for the destruction of Israel. Imagine if a moderate Israeli leader declared that no Arabs would be permitted in Israel after peace. When a third-rate Israeli politician gives an obscure press quote on a topic, it dominates world headlines. But when the head of the Palestinian Authority says he wants no Israelis in “Palestine” as a condition of peace, it isn’t cause for concern or condemnation.

On Saturday, the head of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, spoke publicly at a rally and said, “Israel poses a danger [to] all people of this region…including Lebanon, and removing it is a Lebanese national interest.” He continued:
We want to say to every enemy and every friend…we the Shi’ites of the world will not abandon Palestine, the Palestinian people or the sacred sites in Palestine. Some might think that the elimination of Israel is a Palestinian interest. Yes, it is a Palestinian interest, but not just that. It is in the interest of the entire Islamic world, it is in the interest of the entire Arab world and it is also in the national interest for every country in the region.
Surely, Israel is to blame for inciting the head of Hezbollah.

In Iran, the so-called moderate president-elect, Hassan Rouhani, participated in a march where Iranians shouted, “Death to Israel.” On Iranian State TV, he referred to Israel by saying “a sore has been sitting on the body of the Islamic world for many years.” Iran remains committed to threatening the peace and security of the region, yet as America and liberal media remind us, heaven forbid Israel takes action against Iran’s desire to complete their nuclear weapons.

This week, President Assad of Syria opened an Instagram account, which attracted more than 30,000 followers, and has pictures depicting him as a statesman at hospitals and the like. (Needless to say, there’s no depiction of the 100,000 Syrian citizens who have been butchered over the last two years.) Assad uses American technology regularly, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube – and keeps killing his own people. While Israeli media report that Israel treats Syrian people who have been harmed (at Israeli taxpayer expense), both sides in the Syrian conflict are anti-Israel. Assad continues to maintain he will remain the ruler of his country – and oppose the campaign against him, which is being run by Washington and London and Tel Aviv.

In the Middle East, any Jew living in Syria, Iran, Lebanon, Egypt, and countless other nations was expelled – and virtually none live there today. They’d likely be lynched on site if they tried to visit. In the democratic state of Israel, Arabs live better than in nearly any other nation in the Middle East. Inside the Knesset (Parliament), an Arab member of Knesset made a speech from the podium where he said Israeli Jews are an “enemy of peace.” He went on to say, “You’re an enemy of peace. We were here before you, and we’ll be here after you.” As Prime Minister Netanyahu responded, “The first part is wrong – and the second part will not happen.” The Arab MK wasn’t lynched after his speech – nor was he sanctioned. Yet, Israel remains the terrible oppressor.

The Arab Spring created many new rulers and in many countries a new political environment. What hasn’t appeared is a single Arab country that says it wants a closer relationship with America. Not a single country where the West is welcomed as a partner and positive force. There remains only one country in the Middle East where the American flag is flown proudly and respectfully and not burnt, and that is Israel.

In only the past week, there have been calls for Israel’s destruction, threats and violence. Pressuring Israel will not create peace – it will create more anarchy, chaos and terror, which harms Israel and American interests. America and Israel must continue to stand together and recognize they have the same interests.

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Israeli Ambassador So Furious with a New York Times Story He Wrote a Letter to the Editor

The New York Times is facing more scrutiny from the pro-Israel community over Middle East-related articles it published this week, prompting the Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. to write a letter to the editor complaining about the controversial coverage. This as the paper was forced to issue a correction after a conservative website pointed out an inaccurate key, lead fact in an article.

As TheBlaze reported on Tuesday, the venerated newspaper was the target of sweeping criticism after publishing a front page article on Monday that appeared to downplay Palestinian stone-throwing against Israelis, which one youth characterized as a “hobby.”

The U.S. does not officially define the building of Israeli settlements as “illegal.” (File photo: Getty)

Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren took the paper to task over the report penned by Jerusalem Bureau Chief Jodi Rudoren. In a letter to the editor published on The Times’ website, Oren wrote, “While Palestinian protagonists are described in detail, their Israeli victims are largely dehumanized ‘settlers’ — no name, age or gender.”

Rudoren’s article included a chart showing the amount of time Palestinian stone-throwers have spent in jail.

“The article could have added another chart: the names of Israelis who have been killed or permanently maimed by rock throwers and the time they have spent hospitalized. One of the names would be Adele Biton, a 2-year-old seriously wounded by a stone in March,” Oren wrote.
“The article notes that Palestinian youths attack Israelis “because their brothers and fathers did.” By breaking that pattern, Palestinian leaders can prepare their people for peace,” he added.

The Washington Free Beacon on Wednesday found a major inaccuracy in an article Rudoren published the day before about how Palestinians view an Israeli government decision to build housing in Judea and Samaria as “destructive” to U.S.-sponsored peace talks which began last month.

Rudoren reported that the U.S. views Israeli building in the West Bank and east Jerusalem to be “illegal.” However, while the U.S. opposes the construction of settlement housing, it does not officially define that activity as “illegal.”

She wrote, “The United States, along with most of the world, considers these [Israeli] settlements illegal, and some of them sit in the heart of the area imagined as a future Palestinian state.”

This is the correction The Times appended to its article on Wednesday:
An article on Monday about a decision by the Israeli cabinet to add several Jewish settlements in the West Bank territory seized by Israel in the 1967 war to a list of communities eligible for extra subsidies and better mortgage rates and loans for new homeowners misstated the United States’ view of such settlements. While much of the rest of the world considers them illegal, as the article noted, the United States has taken no formal position in the last several years on whether they are legal or illegal. (In a statement on Tuesday, the State Department said, “We do not accept the legitimacy of continued settlement activity.” )
The Free Beacon examined a 2012 analysis of the issue written by a former senior official at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Steven Rosen.

“This is not the declared policy of the United States,” Rosen wrote. “Successive U.S. administrations have deplored settlement activity as an obstacle to peace, but no American president—except Jimmy Carter—has taken the view that building Jewish homes in Jerusalem constitutes a violation of the Geneva conventions.”

Rudoren told the Free Beacon of her stone-throwing story, “I don’t have any comment on the criticism, which I’m sure you’ve seen has come from both sides. Lots of praise, too, for getting behind a stereotype/caricature, though it is of course quieter.”

She sent the Free Beacon a response that The Times standards editor Philip Corbett sent to those who had written to the paper to complain. That letter read in part, “…I respectfully disagree with the idea that our story was biased or in any way supported or glamorized the stone-throwers.”

“The purpose of the piece was to give a close-up, detailed look, to help readers better understand this ongoing element of the conflict,” Corbett wrote.

“I think few readers would feel that our story glorified the practice or its consequences,” Corbett added.

“To be clear, this story was just one piece of our continuing, extensive coverage of the region and the conflict,” he wrote. “It was not meant to address every related issue. But I think it provided a thoughtful, memorable, and detailed look that many readers found enlightening,” he wrote.

The Times in December also issued a correction for an article Rudoren authored. He wrote that construction of an Israeli suburb of Jerusalem would cut off Bethlehem and Ramallah from Jerusalem and divide the West Bank in two. Palestinians complain that Israeli construction will make establishing a contiguous Palestinian state impossible, though Israel has in the past removed Jewish residents from their homes in order to hand land to the Palestinians and to Egypt after Camp David.

Jonathan Tobin of Commentary Magazine writes that “these issues are not minor goofs.”

“Many in Israel and in the pro-Israel community have long since given up hoping for fair coverage of Israel in the New York Times,” he writes.
“But while we are used to the bias on their opinion pages and the slanted nature of their news coverage, it really isn’t asking too much to expect them to at least get their facts straight and to put stories in an accurate context,” Tobin adds.

1,000 Jurists to EU: Settlements are Legal
Mammoth petition delivered to Catherine Ashton states: '1967 lines' don't exist.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 8/4/2013

Security fence

A mammoth jurists' petition delivered to European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton states that the EU is wrong in holding that Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria are illegal, and that the term “1967 lines” does not exist in international law.

The letter is signed by over 1,000 jurists worldwide.

Among the signatories are former justice minister Prof. Yaakov Ne'eman; former UN Ambassaor Dr. Meir Rosen; Britain's Baroness Prof. Ruth Deech, Prof. Eliav Shochetman and Prof. Talia Einhorn. They include legal scholars from the U.S., Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Switzerland, Chile, Czechoslovakia, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Malta, Holland, Norway, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Taiwan, South Africa, Sweden and, of course, Israel.

The man behind the initiative is Dr. Alan Baker, Israel's former ambassador to Canada and legal adviser to the Foreign Ministry, who currently heads the International Action Division of the Legal Forum for Israel.

Baker was also a member of the three-person committee headed by former Supreme Court judge Edmond Levy, known as the Levy Committee, which pronounced that Judea and Samaria were not occupied territory.

Dr. Baker explained to Arutz Sheva that there is “no such thing” as the 1967 lines. “There never was such a thing. The matter of the borders is on the agenda of the negotiations, The EU cannot dictate a subject that is on the agenda of the negotiations. The pre-1967 lines are (1949) armistice lines. These are not recognized lines or security lines. In the Oslo process, it was agreed between us and the Palestinians that the matter of borders will be negotiated. The term '1967 lines' does not appear anywhere in our agreement with the Palestinians, therefore it is a legal and factual aberration to determine that these are our lines.”

"The second thing is the determination that the settlements are illegal according to international law. It is true that most of the world thinks so, but that does not make it true legally. Legally, the clause in the Geneva Convention that they use to say that settlements are illegal, was not intended to refer to cases like our settlements, but to prevent the forced transfer of populations by the Nazis. This is not relevant to the Israeli settlements.”

American progressive media types do not care about facts only their view of the world and everyone that does not agree with them is evil. They print such garbage every day while refusing to publish the facts Islamic Terrorism Islamic teachings to destroy Israel and conquer the world the world for Allah.

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The Jew-Hating Dem Behind the ‘Million Muslim March’
When M.D. Rabbi Alam isn’t stoking Islamophobia paranoia, he’s accusing Jews of perpetrating 9/11.
by Arnold Ahlert

A group known as the American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC) has been making headlines with its attempt to organize a “Million Muslim March” on Washington, D.C. on the 12th anniversary of 9/11. Predictably, a statement released by the group explaining the event offers a disturbing welter of demands, anti-Americanism and victimhood:
We at AMPAC are planning an historic event for 9.11.13 where one million Muslims will march to Washington D.C. and demand that our civil rights be protected by our government.

We are demanding that laws be enacted protecting our 1st amendment. We are asking President Obama to fulfill his promise from his first campaign for Presidency of a transparent government. Lastly we are asking for the release of the 9/11 commission report to the American people.

On 9.11.01 our country was forever changed by the horrific events in New York. The entire country was victimized by the acts done on that day. Muslim and Non Muslim alike were traumatized but we as Muslims continue 12 years later to be victimized by being made the villains. To this day every media outlet and anti Islamic organization has committed slanderous and libel statements against us as Muslims and our religion of Islam.

Yet our Government either sits idly by and does nothing to protect our freedoms or it exacerbates the problem with its constant war on terrorism in Islamic countries, congressional hearings on Islam in America, and its changes to the NDAA [National Defense Authorization Act] law.

These lies told to the American population has made it impossible for us to do true Dawa. Why do we have to defend our religion while doing Dawa? Why can’t we just share the perfection of the Quran and the beauty of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SWS)?
The media firestorm generated by the announcement precipitated a change in the event’s name. The new name temporarily became the ”Million American March Against Fear,” AMPAC spokesman Isa Hodge told U.S. News and World Report during an interview last Friday. In an earlier interview last July, Hodge insisted the march will be a protest against ”FBI traps,” the “illegal tapping and surveilling of Muslim Americans,” and the “media propaganda making the word terrorist synonymous with Muslim.”

Last week, Hodge claimed the name change was made in order to accommodate the addition of other groups who question the “official version” of the 2001 attacks. He further insisted that the group’s initial National Mall permit application, which called for only 1,000 likely participants, is no longer sufficient due to the increased media focus. “I expect the numbers to be astronomical…I expect many anti-protesters, but they’re going to be pleasantly surprised, I think,” he contended. “We’re not going to be up there whining about civil rights violations of Muslims. There’s going to be a presentation on rights and events that affect the liberties of all Americans.”

Hodges’ enthusiasm may be premature. Fox News reports that the name change “did not seem to gain much traction,” and that the group has reverted to its original title. Furthermore, the Missouri-based group’s Facebook page has only 57 supporters signed up for the event, which they first announced in January, when they promised to “challenge AIPAC’s [American Israel Public Affairs Committee] stranglehold on American political life.” What 9/11 Muslim march would be complete without a jab at the all-powerful Jewish lobby?

As even the Washington Post acknowledges, AMPAC’s leader, M.D. Rabbi Alam, has “pushed controversial anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about the attacks.” That’s putting it mildly. Alam is also a Democratic Party operative who sought to become Missouri’s secretary of state and is chairman of the National Democratic Party Asian American Caucus (NDPAAC), which is sponsored by the DNC. He is also a former “satellite campaign manager” for Barack Obama’s 2008 election effort, who was subsequently rewarded with an invitation to the White House in 2011.

In addition, Alam is a 9/11 “truther” who believes that Jews, in a grand conspiracy, perpetrated one of the worst domestic attacks in the nation’s history. He also participated in an event with a Muslim cleric who characterized the Israelis as terrorists, and accused the United States of inventing HIV. Alam offered his particular brand of “wisdom” on February 19, 2009 at an Internet discussion titled “Was 9/11 a conspiracy??” The grammar and spelling mistakes are all his:
Now, I can say this much which is a big yes from my own understanding and own judgement. But there is always other side of the coin. Few question to my readers,
Why 9/11 was a official holidy for all jewish people worked in the the WTC [World Trade Center]?

Who can tell me how many of the Jewish people died on the 9/11 tragedy?

Finally, who can tell me why there was a closed-end security and dog squad was implaced at the lower level of the WTC just a block before the 9/11?
In a 2012 interview with the Washington Free Beacon, Alam upped the anti-Semitic ante. “My question was, ‘What’s the reason not a single Jew was killed on that day.’ Was there a single Jew killed on that day?” Alam wondered aloud, even as he spent 20 minutes explaining how it was impossible that jetliners careening into the World Trade Center could have brought the towers down. “I have 100 percent doubts. It doesn’t add up,” he insisted. “My bottom line is the plane is not solely responsible for destroying the whole building.”

The State Department has completely debunked Alam’s assertion, estimating that between 200 and 400 Jews, including five Israeli citizens, perished in the attack on the World Trade Center. Alam subsequently apologized for his comments in 2012, but as his latest effort indicates, such an apology rings exceedingly hollow.

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, president of the Islamic Forum for Democracy, explains why. ”They’re basically a bunch of ‘truthers’ who think that America’s to blame for everything,” he said in an interview with Fox News last Friday. Jasser offered some additional and much needed perspective. ”If they were truly patriotic Americans and moderates, they’d be marching on the courthouse steps of the Fort Hood trial that’s happening this week to tell Americans that we want the death penalty for Nidal Hissan rather than this circus that they’re doing in exploiting the murders and horrific acts of 9/11.”

AMPAC remains undaunted. They have extended an invitation to Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan, as well as Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX). Neither man has responded to their invitation, but the group claims “lower level” members of the Nation of Islam have expressed interest, as well as other groups that support conspiracy theories about 9/11, or oppose the National Defense Authorization Act, because it authorizes the Commander-in-Chief to approve indefinite suspensions of terror suspects.

Sadly, a Pennsylvania-based faction of the Tea Party is also indicating support for the event. ”Depending on my work schedule, I will be attending the event,” Nick Defonte of the Williamsport Tea Party told U.S. News and World Report. “We all deserve to be judged on our own merits, and that is precisely why I will show my solidarity with peaceful, Constitution-loving citizens.” Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) spokesman Corey Saylor said his group would not participate, though he expressed theoretical support for the march.

Can such an effort succeed? AMPAC has promised to make this an annual event, and, as the Daily Mail notes, the “Million Man” name evokes powerful imagery “reminiscent of the Million Man March in 1995 and the 1963 March on Washington, which drew hundreds of thousands of blacks to Washington to protest for civil rights.” Moreover, the group seems to be banking on Americans’ ire over leaked information on classified NSA programs, along with the well-chronicled contempt for the law demonstrated by the Obama administration, to gain public sympathy.

The publicity given to this event has been unfortunate, but, if there is one positive aspect to this story, it is that yet another vicious anti-Semite has been outed in the Democratic Party. Here’s hoping that those sounding the alarm about Alam will prevent Americans from joining his cause, though don’t expect the Democratic Party to disassociate from him any time soon.

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Al Jazeera America’s First Guest? A Harvard Prof. Known for a ‘Hate-Filled Screed Against Jewish Participation in American Politics’

On its website, Al Jazeera America writes that it aims to “maintain credibility through impartial, accurate and comprehensive representation of the story” while a promotional video says “Al Jazeera’s journalistic integrity knows no borders.”

Considering those claims, it’s notable that the first guest Al Jazeera America chose to interview on its launch day was a notorious Israel-bashing Harvard professor, Stephen Walt.

Harvard Professor Stephen Walt on Al Jazeera America Tuesday (Image source: YouTube)

“Al Jazeera America dashed the hopes of journalism-hungry Americans in only the first hours of its existence Tuesday, airing an interview with disgraced conspiracy theorist Stephen Walt on the crisis in Egypt,” writes The Washington Free Beacon which first pointed out the controversial guest booking.

Walt is best known for co-authoring with John Mearsheimer the book “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy” which suggests that the so-called “Israel lobby” – supported by American Jews and Christian Zionists – has undue influence on American foreign policy. Critics of the book say it promotes anti-Semitism as it is perceived to suggest that American Jews harbor questionable loyalty to the United States.

In the interview with Al Jazeera America, Walt compared the events in Egypt to the American and French revolutions, saying “processes like this take a long time to work themselves out.”

Asked about the relationship between Egypt and Israel, he said that the U.S. gives Egypt aid to maintain the Camp David Peace Accords signed in 1979.

“It seems to me this is one of those moments where we have to recognize that we don’t have much leverage in what happens in Egypt and also what happens there is not likely to affect American strategic interests in any fundamental way,” Walt said.

“President Mubarak was, I think, ill-informed and stupid in how he handled the initial protests. Then the Muslim Brotherhood was quite stupid in how they handled the opportunity that had to try to build an inclusive democratic order in Egypt. And now I fear the Egyptian military is being stupid in trying to eliminate the Muslim Brotherhood and essentially turn the clock back to a military regime that wasn’t working particularly well before it was initially overthrown,” Walt told Al Jazeera.

Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz has called Walt and Mearsheimer’s paper upon which their book was later based a “hate-filled screed against Jewish participation in American politics.” He also wrote a 44-page catalogue of errors in the paper.

As the Free Beacon pointed out, Al Jazeera America head Ehab Al Shihabi, told the New York Times earlier this week, “Al Jazeera America will air fact-based, unbiased and in-depth news.”

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Some San Diego State University students studying the Arabic language were dismayed when they were handed a map by their professor at the beginning of the semester which labeled the State of Israel as “Palestine.”

The pro-Israel advocacy group StandWithUs tells TheBlaze that the professor, Ghassan Zakaria, distributed the map on the second day his Arabic 101 class met. Students worried that if they complained about the map they could be labeled as “troublemakers” and that their grades could be impacted, StandWithUs said, adding students turned to the organization fo help. The group urged its members to contact the university to complain.

The original map handed to students in a San Diego State University Arabic 101 class (Photo courtesy: StandWithUs)

“It is a language class, it’s not a class about conflict,” a student who asked not to be named told San Diego’s KGTV.

Another student said, “Bringing his own bias to the classroom was just not o.k.”

“This is not only anti-Israel, it’s the elimination of Israel,” said Nicole Bernstein who is executive director of StandWithUs-San Diego.

Bernstein says she spoke with the Arabic department chair who explained that the professor handed out the map labeling the territory as “Palestine” in order to reflect the views of Arabic speakers in the Middle East.

Bernstein says the university further told the pro-Israel organization that the professor planned to assign students to research the politics of the region in order to prompt a discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Israeli history.

San Diego State University issued the following statement to KGTV last Tuesday: “While SDSU encourages scholarly debate and discussion of varying opinions, presenting inaccurate information to students in not acceptable. SDSU’s Provost has conferred with the department chair, who spoke with the faculty member. This inaccurate portrayal will not reoccur.”

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Anti-Zionism Arrives, in Disguise, at Indiana U.
When hatred passes as “critique.”
by Edward Alexander

Competition for the most licentious definition of the term “criticism of Israel” conceived by the mind of man has for many years been intense. Given the number of academic scribblers with febrile imaginations who are profoundly troubled by having to share the globe with the state of Israel, this should come as no surprise.

Intifada II, during which Palestinian Arab suicide bombers, pogromists, and lynch mobs slaughtered over a thousand people (most of them Israeli Jews) and wounded thousands more, was euphemistically described (in Judaism Magazine, no less) by a Vassar professor of Jewish Studies as “a critique of Zionism.”

A Panglossian sociologist writing in the Chronicle of Higher Education assured readers that “calls to destroy Israel, or to throw it into the Mediterranean Sea…are not evidence of hatred of Jews,” but merely “reflect a quarrel with the State of Israel.”

When questions were raised in November 2003 about the indecency of Harvard and Columbia honoring and playing host to Oxford poetaster Tom Paulin after he had urged that Jews living in Judea/Samaria “should be shot dead” and announced that he “never believed that Israel had the right to exist at all,” his apologists in Cambridge and Morningside Heights defended his right “to criticize Israeli policy.”

The learned Swedish Chancellor of Justice (Goran Lambertz) in 2006 ruled that repeated calls from the Grand Mosque of Stockholm to “kill the Jews” by dispatching suicide bombers to Israel were not unlawful racial incitement to murder. Rather, ruled this Swedish Solomon, they should be judged differently and therefore be regarded as permissible because, although highly critical of the Jews, they were used by one side in an ongoing…conflict where calls to arms and insults are part of the everyday climate in the rhetoric that surrounds it.

But Shaul Magid of Indiana University has beaten all these redefiners of “criticism” to mean the advocacy of politicide (for Israel): he is ahead of the pack, and has no second in this race for obfuscation. Here is the official description of a course that this “chaired” professor of Jewish Studies and Religion is at the moment planning to offer in Bloomington. In happier times this great university was called “the Athens of Monroe County”; if Magid, a tribune of “post-Judaism,” makes further headway there, it may be renamed New Chelm:
Jewish Critics of Zionism (3 cr.)
Shaul Magid
REL-A 430 Topics in the History of Judaism / REL-R 541 Studies in Jewish Tradition MW 5:30-7:30 2nd 8 weeks
In the past fifty years, Zionism has risen to become a central component of Judaism and anti-Zionism has been relegated to those considered the enemy of the State of Israel. Many do not know that some of the most vehement critiques of Zionism came not from the enemies of the state but from Zionists themselves. In this course we will read and examine the Jewish critics of Zionism from the early twentieth century to the present. We will read from the works of Kaufmann Kohler, rector of Hebrew Union College, Martin Buber, Hannah Arendt, Gershom Scholem, Bernard Lazare, Hans Kohn, Simon Rawidowicz, The American Council of [sic] Judaism, Yeshayahu Leibowitz, Jacqueline Rose, Peter Beinart, and Judith Butler. We will also read some of the recent Israeli post-Zionist debates. This course is intended to give the student a much more complex and multifaceted view of Zionism as an idea and as an ostensible solution to the Jewish question.
The description is so gross, flagrant, and blatant in its willful deception as to be shocking even in these dark times. First of all, like his predecessors in this sordid enterprise, Magid forgets that “criticism” means (in Matthew Arnold’s classic definition) “the attempt to see the object as in itself it really is” and not to destroy the object. But he goes beyond them in identifying people who openly advocate politicide (and even genocide) where Israel is concerned not only as “Jewish critics of Zionism” but as “Zionists themselves.”

Indiscriminately lumped together are people like Scholem, Buber, Kohn, who were cultural more than political Zionists and favored bi-nationalism, but discovered the Arabs had no interest in co-existence; Arendt, who grudgingly acknowledged, in 1951, that Zionism was “the only political answer Jews have ever found to antisemitism,” but harbored what Marie Syrkin called “blinding animus” toward those vulgar Israelis and vast ignorance of their country; Lazare, who briefly associated with formal Zionism in reaction to the Dreyfus affair; Leibowitz, who said Yehuda Halevi, Israel’s national poet, was a “racist” and contributed the Israeli-Nazi analogy (which made redundant the declaration that Israel has “no right to exist”) to Europe’s semi-educated intellectuals whose predecessors had already resolved to their satisfaction the question of whether Jews had “the right to live”; the stridently anti-Zionist American Council for Judaism; that worldwide industry called “Peter Beinart,” the highly-publicized prophet of Zionists against Israel; and (culminating the outrage) Rose and Butler, whose hatred of Zionism as well as of Israel borders on the pathological.

Jacqueline Rose aspires to be the psychoanalyst of Zionism. This star in Magid’s galaxy of “critical” Jewish Zionists is so eager to “expose” Zionism’s birth in sin as the new Nazism that, in her book The Question of Zion (a title emulating Edward Said’s The Question of Palestine) she actually conjures up a scene in which Theodor Herzl and Adolf Hitler find themselves seated at the same Parisian performance of Wagner.

“According to one story,” she excitedly reports, “it was the same performance of Wagner…that inspired Herzl to write Der Judenstaat [The Jewish State] and Hitler Mein Kampf.” (Apparently Princeton University Press, which published her book, cannot afford to hire readers who know that Hitler did not arrive in Paris until 1940, and that Herzl died in 1904.)

In the same book, much of it a regurgitation of the phobias of the late Tony Judt, Rose declared that “Jewish nationalism will come into being only if it abolishes itself.” She is “appalled at what the Israel nation perpetrated in my name” and, wishing to live “in a world in which we did not have to be ashamed of shame,” hopes to cure her shame-sickness by destroying its cause: Israel and Zionism.

Judith Butler, a literary theorist famous for prose of stupefying opacity, was, prior to the autumn of 2003, somebody who defined her “Jewishness” (not exactly Judaism) in opposition to the state of Israel. A very busy signer of petitions harshly attacking Israel, she was one of 3700 American Jews opposed to “occupation” who signed an Open Letter urging the American government to cut off financial aid to Israel. Later (London Review of Books, August 21, 2003) she expressed misgiving about having signed that particular petition because it “was not nearly strong enough…it did not call for the end of Zionism.” (A strange remark to come from one of Magid’s contemporary “Zionists themselves.”) She looked into the history of Zionism and discovered that there had been “debates among Jews throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries about whether Zionism ought to become the basis of a state.”

From this abstruse research she swiftly concluded that demanding an end to Zionism in 2003, i.e., calling for politicide (and the massive bloodshed it would entail), was no different from taking a debater’s position against Zionism decades before the state was born. She played an important role in the campaign to hound Lawrence Summers out of the presidency of Harvard after he labeled as antisemitic the movement (for which she played the trumpet) “to single out,” in Summers’ words, “Israel among all nations as the lone country where it is inappropriate for any part of [Harvard’s] endowment to be invested.” She has become a matinee idol in Europe, where she helps to encourage the burgeoning feeling that the Holocaust gave antisemitism a bad name. “Butler’s unspoken assumption,” Cynthia Ozick observes, “is that consonance, or collusion, with those who would wish away the Jewish state will earn one a standing in the European, if not the global, anti-Zionist world club.”

It goes without saying that Magid’s course description also implies that there is no difference between articulating, 80 or 100 years ago, a Zionism that was cultural rather than political, or advocating a binational state, or even espousing “Jewish” anti-Zionism, and today’s agitprop of those calling for the erasure of a living society. Israel’s current population of eight million, including six million Jews, live under constant threat of nuclear destruction by the genocidal fanatics of Iran and unrelenting siege by Iran’s proxies: Hizbollah to the north and Hamas to the south.

I would not wish to suggest that people like Beinart, Butler, Rose and scores like them have no strong connection to Zionism. On the contrary, without Israel most of them would no longer be Jews. In “The Sermon,” a famous Hebrew short story of 1942 by Haim Hazaz, a character named Yudka declares that “[w]hen a man can no longer be a Jew, he becomes a Zionist”; nowadays, it would be truer to say that “when a man can no longer be a Jew, he becomes an anti-Zionist.”

One wonders whether, in the course of feeding his students such generous helpings from the works of non-Zionist, anti-Zionist, and post-Zionist Jews bent upon the end of Zionism and often of Israel itself, Magid poses this question: Do the Beinarts and Butlers and Roses ever pause, in their frenzied, apocalyptic demonization of the Jewish state, to consider the old Yiddish saying –

Come for your inheritance, and you may have to pay for the funeral.”

Edward Alexander’s most recent book is The State of the Jews: A Critical Appraisal (Transaction Publishers, 2012).

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Demonizing Israel More Important Than Defending Persecuted Christians?
It is high time for Christian leaders to express their views openly about the suffering by their fellows in Arab and Muslim countries -- and lay off the Jewish State.
By Michael Curtis

It continues to be a source of amazement that the mainstream Christian churches in the West and in the Middle East pay so little, if any, attention to the plight of Christians and the destruction of their churches in Arab and Muslim countries. Rather, they prefer to focus on the "oppression of Palestinians" so completely that they are blind to the real tragedies. This myopic lack of perceptiveness has been typical of a significant part of the Anglican Church; the Presbyterian Church, USA; the National Council of Churches; the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation; the World Council of Churches; and some Christian NGOs whose shortsightedness is limited to divestment from Israel or condemnation of it.

The most recent example of this hostility was exhibited in August 2013, at the Greenbelt Christian festival, held at the Cheltenham Racecourse in England. This festival of "arts, faith, and justice" has been held annually since 1974 and is essentially a summer camp for young Christians.

However, claiming to speak on behalf of Christians and Muslims who share a belief in the "deep rooted history" and the "natural right" of Palestinians to the land of Palestine, it has become yet another forum for anti-Israeli messages. This year, the festival launched "Kairos Britain," a pro-Palestinian Christian organization drawing its motivation from the 2009 document of the Sabeel ecumenical movement of Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, Kairos Palestine Document: a Moment of Truth, which has called for BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) of Israel and has portrayed Israel as an apartheid state.

Some extreme Catholic leaders have followed the same path of hostility towards Israel and total indifference to Muslim aggression against Christians. A notable example was the statement in January 2011 by eight bishops from North America and Europe who visited Gaza. The most striking comments were by French Archbishop Michael Dubost and William Kenney, Auxiliary Bishop in Birmingham, England. Dubost told the Gaza population, "I asked prisoners in the largest prison in Europe [in his town, Evry] to pray for you." The implication was that Israel is an even worse prison. Kenney informed his congregation, "I have just returned from visiting two of the largest open prisons in the world, Bethlehem and the Gaza Strip."

The indifference to the realities of the treatment of fellow Christians while concentrating on the criticism of Israel is equally true of Arab Christian leaders in the Middle East, who should be palpably anguished about these abuses but show little fervor to help the Christians suffering them.

The facts of the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, as well as in Nigeria, Uganda, and Pakistan, could not be clearer. Brave Christian leaders such as Naim Khoury have suffered for criticism of Muslim behavior. His church has been bombed 14 times by what he calls "extreme Hamas fundamentalists." Since Hamas took power in Gaza in 2007, the Christian population has shrunk to about 1,500, less than half it was a decade ago. An even more unprincipled form of behavior has been the use of Christian houses by Palestinian terrorists as sniper positions to fire at Gilo, the Jerusalem suburb.

In Iraq, more than one million Christians whose families have lived in the area for centuries have been forced to flee their homes by Islamic terrorism. A Christian population once 1.4 million strong has now decreased to less than 400,000. The attack in October 2010 on the church in Baghdad killed more than 50 worshippers and left many more injured. In Egypt, perhaps as many as 100,000 Christian Copts have fled since the downfall of President Mubarak in June 2012 and the ensuing violence in the country. About 100 churches have been ransacked or burned in Egypt, and Christians have suffered from attacks not only on churches and monasteries, but also on their shops, schools, and clubs,

Perhaps the most telling commentary on the fate of Christians is their disappearance from Bethlehem. Since 1995, the city has been under Palestinian civil control, which has altered the demographics by changing boundaries, and its present population includes 20,000 Christians, one third of the population. Two decades ago, Christians accounted for 75 percent of the city's population. In the West Bank as a whole, there are only 50,000, less than 3 percent of the total -- a decline due partly to low birthrate but mainly to Christian emigration from the area.

The overriding irony is that Israel is the only country in the Middle East where people of all religions have freedom to practice their faith, and it is the only country where the number of Christians has increased. While Bethlehem has been losing its Christians, the Israeli Arab town of Nazareth is increasing its Christian population.

Instead of the Christian leaders, Arabs as well as Western, expressing outrage about persecution, there is the sound of silence -- except for the assertion that Israel is responsible for the plight of Palestinians. Prominent Palestinian Christians such as Naim Ateek, Mitri Raheb, Michel Sabbah, and Fouad Twai express in similar ways the argument that Israel is responsible for suffering in the Middle East and that the Jewish state is responsible for the decline of Christianity.

Naim Ateek, an Arab citizen of Israel, is former canon of St. George's Cathedral in Jerusalem and now head of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem, which is dedicated to the liberation of Palestinians. Some of his utterances provide interesting reading by nature of their excessive rhetoric. In a Christmas message in 2000, ironically at a moment when Yasser Arafat was instigating the violent Second Intifada against Israel, he told his congregation that "[t]he state of Israel has been brutally gunning down hundreds of people and injuring thousands of people whose only crime is their desire for a life of freedom and the independence of their country from the oppressive occupation. ... It is the occupation that is evil and violent. It is apartheid in its ugliest form."

Any objective observer must find Ateek's extreme rhetoric shocking and appalling. In an Easter message of April 2001, Ateek remarked, "In this season, Lent, it seems to many of us that Jesus is on the cross again with thousands of crucified Palestinians around Him. ... The Israeli government crucifixion system is operating daily."

Ateek's recent utterances continue this animus. At the 8th international Sabeel Conference in February 2011 in Bethlehem, he stated, "The establishment of Israel was a relapse to the most primitive concepts of an exclusive tribal God." Ateek has spoken of the need to win the battle in Washington. In a remark in 2011 that will perhaps puzzle President Obama, he said that the Israel lobby has "confiscated American foreign policy."

Ateek's Sabeel Center holds annual international conferences. Previous conferences have included familiar critics of Israel Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Edward Said, and Rashid Khalidi, now of Columbia University. One should not expect pearls of wisdom, or even conciliatory remarks, to emanate from the next Sabeel conference, to be held in Jerusalem on November 20, 2013, at which the first item on the agenda is "The Occupation of the Bible and Palestine."

A second person who can illustrate the regrettable antagonism to Israel is Fouad Twai, the Jordanian archbishop of the Catholic Church who, since 2008 has been the Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, and who is also the Vatican's representative in Israel. In an interview in Die Tagespost on March 20, 2012, he said, "Israel's existence as such has nothing to do with the Bible. ... The concept of the promised land cannot be used as a base for the justification of the return of Jews to Israel and the displacement of Palestinians." At another time he condemned "the Judaization of Jerusalem."

One can appreciate that Christians in the Middle East may be fearful of Muslim attitudes towards them, and believe that silence is the wisest option. But that does not excuse the unwillingness and failure of Church leaders there and in the West to address the problem of Islamist violence against Christians. It is high time for those leaders to express their views openly about the suffering by Christians in Arab and Muslim countries.

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Why Bother Being Jewish?
The missing link in the American Jewish community’s connection to Judaism.
by Caroline Glick

Originally published in The Jerusalem Post.

Why should American Jews bother to be Jewish? According to a new Pew Research Center survey of the American Jewish community, more and more American Jews have reached the conclusion that there is no reason to be Jewish.

Outside of the Orthodox Jewish community, intermarriage rates have reached 71 percent. Thirty-two percent of Jews born since 1980 and 22% of Jews overall do not describe themselves as Jews by religion. They base their Jewish identity on ancestry, ethnicity or culture.

Whereas 73% of Jews say that remembering the Holocaust is an essential part of being Jewish, only 19% said that observing Jewish law is a vital aspect of Jewish identity. Fourteen percent say eating Jewish foods is indispensable for their Jewish identity. Forty-two percent say that having a sense of humor is a critical part of being a Jew.

Gabriel Roth, an intermarried Jewish author, welcomes these numbers. In a column in Slate, Roth claimed that the reason most cultural Jews keep traditions of any kind is a sense of guilt toward their parents and previous generations of Jews. He believes that it’s time to get over the guilt. Keeping such traditions has “no intrinsic meaning.”

“How much value can ‘Jewish heritage’ have if it signifies nothing beyond its own perpetuation?” he asked sneeringly.

Obviously, the answer is no value. To do something you feel is intrinsically meaningless just because your forefathers did the same meaningless thing is a waste of time. If Judaism has nothing to offer beyond lox and Seinfeld, then there is no reason to remain Jewish.

The findings of the Pew survey, and indeed, sentiments like those that Roth described are no surprise to those who have been following the downward trajectory of the American Jewish community.

Numerous initiatives have been adopted over the past decade or so to try to reverse the trend toward assimilation and loss of Jewish identity. These initiatives, including websites like JDate that help Jewish singles find and marry one another, and Birthright, which has brought tens of thousands of young, largely unaffiliated Jews to Israel, have had a positive impact in slowing down the trend. But the move away from Judaism for non-Orthodox American Jews remains seemingly inexorable.

“We have tried a lot of different things and created a lot of wonderful programs,” explains political theorist Yoram Hazony, the founder of the Shalem Center and author of The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture, published last year.

Hazony, who now heads the Herzl Institute, continues, “We’ve tried everything other than the central thing. Jews need to understand that there is an attractive and compelling idea that makes it valuable to be Jews.”

That idea, as Hazony explained in his recent book, is found first and foremost in the Bible.

Roth wrote, “If you believe that Jewish traditions are part of a covenant with God, of course you want your children to continue them.”

Yes, of course. But if you think that Judaism can be summed up so glibly, then you have no idea what it is that you are abandoning.

So in a sense, you are abandoning nothing. Because you cannot abandon what you never had in the first place.

And what Jews like Roth never had is basic Jewish literacy.

Hazony’s excellent book explains in easy, approachable language that the wisdom and philosophy imparted by the Hebrew Bible was purposely denied by the anti-Semitic philosophers of the Enlightenment. Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Hegel and other leading philosophers of the Enlightenment were vicious Jew haters. They sought to cleanse modern philosophy of all references to the Bible in a bid to write Jews and Judaism out of the history of ideas and the contemporary intellectual world.

This they accomplished by subsuming the Hebrew scriptures (like the New Testament) under a broader criticism of “work of revelation.” As a revealed text, (a divine covenant ordered by a deity with which none of us have direct dealings), the Hebrew scripture was then misrepresented as something that has no relevance for people trying to determine for themselves what it means to live a good, moral and just life. Those concepts, we were told, could only be learned from Greek philosophers, who, in turn, were falsely characterized as atheists.

Hazony does not simply expose the philosophical crime against the Jews undertaken by the Enlightenment philosophers. He demonstrates why the ideas found in the Bible are deeply relevant and important to our lives, and indeed, how they form the basis for man’s quest to live a good, moral life.

“The Jewish idea is in the Tanach, the Hebrew Bible and the rabbinical commentaries on the Tanach,” he explains.

“To the extent we care and see something worthwhile in these ideas then everything falls into place. When you take it all out, everything turns into a bagel – it all tastes good but there’s a big hole in the center where the idea is supposed to be.

“The Jews were the people who brought the idea that an individual was responsible for discovering truth and right and for bringing it into the world. That is the idea that freed mankind.

“That is the biblical idea. The Bible is about the expectation that a human being is going to take responsibility for discovering the truth and what’s right and devote his or her life to bringing what is right to the world.

“The fact that most Jews no longer study it, no longer remember it, means they stopped being part of the historic Jewish drama. It is being part of that great drama that makes people care whether their children receive a Jewish education and marry Jews, and that makes them support Israel. Without the great drama that we learn from the Bible, then Israel becomes meaningless and intermarriage becomes obvious,” Hazony concludes.

Orthodox Jews feel that the Holocaust is less essential to their Jewish identity than Conservative and Reform Jews, (66% of Orthodox, versus 78% and 77% of Conservative and Reform Jews, respectively). On the other hand, 69% of Orthodox Jews believe that being part of a Jewish community is essential to their Judaism. Just 40% and 25% of Conservative and Reform Jews, respectively, feel this way. And this makes sense.

The Holocaust was the most recent attempt of an oppressor to annihilate the Jews. In the 4,000-year history of the Jewish people, there have been dozens of attempts to annihilate us. The Jewish story is the story not of others’ attempts to destroy us, nor even of our capacity to withstand and survive these attempts. The Jewish story is the story of the lives we lived, the culture we developed, and the life of the mind that bound us together.

Jews who have learned the Bible know their history did not start in 1933. They know that the Jewish story is the story of a people that believes so strongly in its mission to bring the liberating idea of personal responsibility to choose good and life over evil and death that it refused to surrender to its oppressors.

The Jewish drama, as set out in the Bible, is the story of a nation that from the outset and until the present day chooses freedom over submission, while maintaining allegiance to a sacred trust, and an ancient people and a promised land.

When you understand this, remaining Jewish is a privilege, not a sacrifice.

And, alas, when you fail to understand this, leaving Judaism not a tragedy but simply a natural progression.

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'Alarming' Anti-Israel Campaign On Rutgers Campus
Students for Justice in Palestine accused of harassment after spreading mock eviction notices around US university campus.
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Mock eviction notice
Jacob Binstein

Some 1,000 students at Rutgers New Brunswick campus woke up to an alarming eviction notice, informing the students to vacate within 3 days time or have their belongings destroyed.

The Rutgers New Brunswick chapter of "Students for Justice in Palestine" (SJP) posted the eviction notices on Sunday evening on the residence hall doors on all five campuses as part of a campaign called "The Palestinian-style eviction movement."

The movement originated at New York University and has trickled across the nation, said Rutgers SJP President Aman Sharifi, and thatthis same campaign was demonstrated at schools including Harvard University, Florida Atlantic University and the University of California, Berkeley.

The eviction letter, which was shoved underneath 850 dorm residencies doors, stated: "We regret to inform you that your suite is scheduled for demolition in the next three days. If you do not vacate the premise within this time, we reserve the right to destroy all remaining belongings under Code 211.3B."

The letter continued to state that "this may seem like unrealistically harsh treatment, but this is the actual state of affairs in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip."

Rutgers' official student newspaper, The Daily Targum, reported Monday that the mock eviction notice was sent "purely for demonstrative purposes, but notices like this are the norm in Palestine and have been since 1967."

"The Students for Justice in Palestine hope to inform the public about more than 160,000 Palestinians who have been evicted from their homes since 1967," the Targum said.

Aman Sharifi, the current president of Rutgers SJP, said "it was just a simple way to demonstrate the realities in the conflict there." However, the incident ignited controversy about how appropriate the actions of Palestinian student groups were.

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Rabbi Akiva Dovid Weiss, the Orthodox Union-Jewish Learning Initiative rabbi at Rutgers Hillel, was outraged by the incident and said the group violated student privacy and their emotions.

"This is a group that receives university funding and routinely engages in controversial and divisive programming and tactics, often employing the use of propaganda, to play on the emotions of students in order to spread their views or message to others," Rabbi Weiss said.

"No student felt safe this morning when they awoke and read the 'eviction' notice placed under their doors," he said, "and no student in this university ever will feel safe until they know that university groups that engage in this kind of behavior will be unconditionally disbanded, since actions that compromise the emotional safety of our students within the privacy of their own residences cannot be tolerated and have no place on our campus."

When questioning what the consequences would be for breaking university rules, Rabbi Weiss stated that SJP should be suspended from campus.

"I do hope that the university acts to not just reprimand but suspend this group immediately. No warnings, no 'second-chances.' Let this group be the example for all others that an open and inclusive community cannot tolerate groups that engage in making others feel scared and unsafe," he said.

Rutgers Hillel released an official statement to the university concerning the alarming campaign.

"We decry this manipulation and intimidation of students through stunts employed to promote a political agenda," the statement read.

Rabbi Esther Reed of Rutgers Hillel also condemned the campaign. "These were not approved fliers, and the information was factually inaccurate and vilified Israel,” she said.

Reed also suggested that there are "more positive ways to engage in a factual discussion” about Israel.

"Making students feel unsafe in their homes is apparently part of the SJP strategy which also includes propagating half-truths, misstatements and historical inaccuracies," she said.

In addition, Reed said, "The fact that students were made to feel that they were not safe in their residence halls is one of the most disturbing aspects here."

Students who felt their privacy was violated by the incident were told to fill out a bias incident report on the university's website.
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Ironic that the Rutgers university newspaper is called Targum. That is the word for the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Scriptures. "Targum" implying both translation and explanation.

At one time, over a hundred years ago, Hebrew Scriptures and the Hebrew language, and its close sister Aramaic, were very important areas of study at Rutgers.

My brother has been a high official at four large American universities, and has noted very much the rise of strong anti-Israel sentiment, and the harassment of Jewish student groups. The US is ahead of many European countries in anti-Semitism, sadly--popular impression to the contrary. It is deeply imbedded in both left and right, though at least the right maintains public decorum with Jews.

Anti-Semitism has always been an Equal Opportunity Employer, and rises about race, gender, politics, and even most religion.

End times . . .
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When did the United States join the Muslim world in banning the teaching of the Holocaust in public schools?

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