AIPAC Vs THE WORLD

Congratulations to AIPAC for finally dividing the American Jewish community!

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J Street Battles AIPAC Over Iran Deal

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AIPAC called on Congress to reject the Iran nuclear deal, saying it does not meet critical markers that the influential pro-Israel lobby outlined in recent weeks. But the liberal Jewish Middle East lobby J Street announced a multimillion-dollar campaign to support the agreement.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee made its case against in a statement Wednesday delivered after President Barack Obama conducted a news conference of more than an hour defending the deal achieved a day earlier.

“We strongly believe that the alternative to this bad deal is a better deal,” AIPAC said in its statement. “Congress should reject this agreement, and urge the administration to work with our allies to maintain economic pressure on Iran while offering to negotiate a better deal that will truly close off all Iranian paths to a nuclear weapon.”

Under the law, Congress may disapprove the deal. AIPAC’s call to reject the agreement achieved between six world powers and Iran will make it likelier that Congress will send Obama a “no,” although it is unlikely that opponents will have the numbers to override the veto that Obama has pledged to deliver. Disapproval requires a simple majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate; overriding a veto requires two-thirds majorities in both chambers.

On Tuesday, AIPAC had expressed skepticism about the deal, but held back from calling for its rejection until its details became clearer. A number of other major Jewish groups have expressed reservations about the pact, but only a handful have come out absolutely on either side.

Israel rejected the deal immediately and plans to lobby the Congress to reject it. In a show of national unity, Yitzhak Herzog, the leader of the opposition Zionist Union party, is coming to Washington next week to lobby against the deal.

AIPAC said the deal did not meet key markers that it has circulated since June. Among other complaints, AIPAC noted that the agreement does not grant inspectors immediate access to sites, lifts restrictions as early as eight years, does not require the dismantling of centrifuges and allows sanctions relief before compliance, although Obama administration officials have said that sanctions will not be lifted until Iran meets certain markers.

The lobby appeared to challenge claims by Obama – made as recently as his Wednesday news conference – that the likeliest alternative to the deal was war.

“Proponents of the proposed agreement will argue that the only alternative to this agreement is military conflict,” AIPAC said. “In fact, the reverse is true. A bad agreement such as this will invite instability and nuclear proliferation. It will embolden Iran and may encourage regional conflict.”

J Street, announcing its campaign on Wednesday, said it will make the case to lawmakers that the agreement “advances both U.S. and Israeli security interests.” The lobby has raised $2 million thus far for the drive, a source said.

“J Street wants Congress to know that, despite some loud opposition to the deal coming from Jewish organizational leaders, our polling suggests that a clear majority of Jewish Americans agrees with us and backs the deal,” the group said in a statement.

The campaign will launch this week with a 30-second TV advertisement highlighting the unprecedented inspections and monitoring of Iran’s nuclear and military sites under the agreement, along with more broadcast and print ads over the next 60 days.

Obama in his news conference asked lawmakers not to heed lobbyists in considering the deal. Earlier Wednesday, his vice president, Joe Biden, had met Democratic lawmakers in a closed session to persuade them to back a deal. Republicans overwhelmingly oppose the deal.

The president seemed eager to counter criticism of the deal.

“With this deal we cut off every one of Iran’s pathways to a nuclear program, a nuclear weapons program,” he said.

#OperationJewAgainstJew

It’s bad enough when non Jews hate Jews ….

Lone anti Semite on the streets of New York yesterday (Photo by Bud Korotzer)

Lone anti Semite on the streets of New York yesterday (Photo by Bud Korotzer)

It’s even worse when Jews hate Jews as can be seen in these reports (click on links)

Bear in mind that the zionists relish calling any Jew that dares to question or even condemn their policies a self hating Jew …

These reports will disclose who the real self haters are.

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Jerusalem – Police Officer Filmed Beating Ethiopian Soldier Not To Face Criminal Charges

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Western Wall Rabbi Apologizes for Turning Away Woman in Kippah

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‘Reform Jews aren’t Jews’  

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Minister Bennet: Reform Jews are Jews, Period

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Government strikes down conversions reform

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First they came for the Ethiopians, then the women, then they came for the Reform Jews, then they came for the converts …

Sound familiar?

Sound familiar?

ZIO BEX ~~ IF IT WASN’T A HOLOCAUST IN GAZA, WHAT WAS IT?

Words that upset are not nearly as bad as the crimes that were committed …

“The continuation of the extermination of the Assyrians by the jihadists, the invasion and occupation in northern Cyprus, the Kurdish issue, the blockade of Gaza, the genocidal dismemberment of Yugoslavia, and the Ukraine crisis.” 

Stop the Holocaust in Gaza: A pro-Palestinian protester at a Berlin rally Friday, July 18, 2014. (Micki Weinberg/The Times of Israel)

Stop the Holocaust in Gaza: A pro-Palestinian protester at a Berlin rally Friday, July 18, 2014. (Micki Weinberg/The Times of Israel)

Greek Official Slammed for Comparing Gaza to Holocaust

A Greek official is accused of abusing the memory of the Holocaust by mentioning Gaza during a speech about the genocide, and saying that “victims become bullies.”

The criticism by The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a watchdog group, was over a speech that Panagiotis Sgouridis, a deputy minister of rural development, gave on June 7 in the northern city of Kavala during the unveiling ceremony for a monument in memory of the area’s murdered Jews.

Noting that atrocities continue today despite the lessons of the Holocaust, Sgouridis listed “the continuation of the extermination of the Assyrians by the jihadists, the invasion and occupation in northern Cyprus, the Kurdish issue, the blockade of Gaza, the genocidal dismemberment of Yugoslavia,” and the Ukraine crisis as examples.

He concluded his speech by saying that monuments like the one unveiled at Kavala are important “because unfortunately many times the roles switch and the victims become bullies.” Shimon Samuels, the Wiesenthal Center’s director for international relations, said that Sgouridis’ speech was “not only an inversion of the Holocaust by listing it alongside the blockade on Gaza, but also served to banalize it.”

The Kavala unveiling was preceded by an international uproar over reports that the city’s mayor objected to the incorporation of a Star of David in its design, though she denied this. The monument that was unveiled features that symbol.

Public discourse in Greece about Jews and Israel has become “more toxic,” said the center, amid a financial crisis and the rise of Golden Dawn, a neo-Nazi party that became Greece’s third-largest following the 2015 legislative election.

Sgouridis’ party, the rightist Independent Greeks, has called on Germany to pay Greece reparations for its invasion and occupation of the Balkan country.

“The speech, the place, the time and the back story all combine to make Sgouridis’ speech inappropriate,” Samuels said.

TODAY’S BDS BEX ALERTS

The anti BDS campaign continues in today’s Israeli press …. never before has Israel seemed as desperate as it is now to justify their policies of Apartheid and Occupation.

Click on the links below to see the reports

From the greatest BS'er of the all

From the greatest BS’er of them all

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Israeli left must battle BDS

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Israel to allocate NIS 100 million for BDS

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Netanyahu tells Jpost Conference: Iran, BDS emerging as threats to Israel on world stage

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This is their latest video

PATHETIC!

Gideon Levy has a positive take on the Boycott in today’s HaAretz

For the sins of occupation, boycotts are a light punishment

Orange or SodaStream, academic or artistic boycott, the penalties will grow worse the longer Israel persists in settling, exploiting and stealing Palestinian land.

What are you defending? What are you fighting for? Over what are Israelis entrenching themselves now, with the assaults of the nationalist politicians and the populist media fulminating against the world. Why are they patriotically covering up the orange flags of Orange with the blue-and-white national flag? Has anybody asked why? Why is the boycott starting to gnaw at Israel now, and is this all worth it?

As usual, there are questions that are not even asked. Soul-searching, after all, is a clear sign of weakness. And so an explanation has been invented that absolves us of responsibility: The boycott fell out of the sky, an unavoidable force majeure of Israel hatred, and the only way to fight it is to fight right back at them. Israel always has an abundance of fitting (and sometimes violent) Zionist responses, but it’s always about the outcome, never about the reasons. That’s how was with terror, that’s how it was with the position of the world that Zionist Union chairman MK Isaac Herzog, of all Israeli ultranationalists, rushed to label with the ridiculous name “terror of a new kind” (referring to thestatements by Orange SA CEO Stephane Richard). Never give in. That’s fine, but why? We are fighting the boycott, but why did it break out?

Israel is now defending the preservation of the status quo. It is fighting against the whole world to preserve its advanced school of brutality and cruelty, in which it is educating generations of young people to act brutishly toward human beings, old people and children, to tyrannize them, to bark at them, to crush and humiliate them, only because they are Palestinians.

Israel is defending the continuation of apartheid in the occupied territories, in which two peoples live, one of them without any rights. It is defending its entire system of justification for this — a combination of Bible stories, messianism and victimhood, accompanied by lies. It is defending “united Jerusalem,” which is nothing but a territorial monster where separation also exists. It is fighting for its right to destroy the Gaza Strip for as long as it cares to do so, to maintain it as a ghetto and to be the warden of the biggest prison in the world.

The Israelis are fighting for their right to persist in settling, exploiting and stealing land; to continue breaking international law that prohibits settlement, to continue to thumb its nose at the whole world, which does not recognize any settlements. They are now defending their right to shoot children who throw stones and helpless fishermen pursuing the crumbs of a livelihood in the sea off the coast of Gaza, their right to continue snatching people from their beds in the middle of the night in the West Bank; they are fighting for the right to detain hundreds of people without trial, to hold political prisoners, to abuse them.

That is what they are protecting, that is what they are fighting for — for an area that most of them have not been to for years, and don’t care what happens there, for conduct that is shameful even to some of them. These are the sins and this is the punishment. Does anyone think that Israel can go on without being punished? Without being ostracized? And to tell the truth, doesn’t Israel deserve to be punished? Hasn’t the world been unbelievably tolerant so far?

Orange or SodaStream, academic boycott or artistic boycott, these are light punishments. The penalties will grow worse the longer Israel avoids drawing the necessary conclusions. As opposed to attempts by Israel and the Jewish establishment to divert the discussion, at its heart is not anti-Semitism. At its heart is the occupation. That is the source of the delegitimization.

The nation can fight against the position of the whole world. It can stand up for its rights (which are not its rights) and think that it is fighting for its survival. But do the Israelis know what they are defending now? What they are not willing to surrender? Is all this worth it to them? That discussion has not even begun here.

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KOSHER NOSTRA RETURNS TO LAS VEGAS FOR ANTI BDS DRIVE

The Kosher Nostra is right back where it started …..

An unprecedented meeting of more than 50 major Jewish and pro-Israel organizations took place in Las Vegas, to discuss the growing international boycott efforts against Israel.

The conception of Las Vegas as a leisure Mecca, it's most famous underworld personages have always been Jewish mobsters Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky.

The conception of Las Vegas as a leisure Mecca, it’s most famous underworld personages have always been Jewish mobsters Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky.

Anti-BDS Conference Brings 50 Jewish Groups Together

Conference organized by billionaires Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban to launch in Las Vegas this week.

An unprecedented meeting of more than 50 major Jewish and pro-Israel organizations took place in Las Vegas, to discuss the growing international boycott efforts against Israel.

The conference’s billionaire organizers – Sheldon Adelson and HaimSaban – told Israel’s Channel 2 they were determined to turn the tide on those seeking to challenge Israel’s legitimacy.

“The BDS (movement), and anti-Israel and anti-Semitic organizations similar to it, are making a lot of noise in (university) campuses in the United States, in addition to creating headlines on important topics such as industry and so on,” Adelson said. “My vision for this conference is based on the idea that it is on us to act first, in coordination, against the attempts to delegitimize Israel.”

“This challenge which has brought different Jewish groups to come together,” he added.

Saban – who part-owns Partner Communications, which has hit headlines over the controversy regarding its licensing agreement with Orange – was asked if he believes the “regret” voiced by Orange France’s CEO over talk the company would be “boycotting” Israel.

Orange CEO Stephane Richard claimed Saturday that he “sincerely regrets” the furor he sparked Wednesday when he said that Orange would end its brand-licensing agreement with Partner, Israel’s second largest mobile operator, and stated as well that he would “dump” Israel “tomorrow” if he could.

Richard insisted the decision to end the licensing agreement had nothing to do with politics – but given his statement in Cairo few are buying it.

Saban agreed with that sentiment, dismissing the comments as “blatant lies.”

“This is why we should consider all options available to us. One thing is for sure: this is not over,” vowed Saban, who has threatened to sue Orange as a result.

He pledged make an example of Orange and force other would-be boycotters to “think twice.”

“Trust me, this is only the beginning,” he added.

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An interesting report from The Times of Israel can be seen HERE

A summit in Las Vegas strives for bipartisan opposition to anti-Israel campaigns, and more rocket fire hits southern Israel

ZIOPRESS INTENSIFIES ITS WAR AGAINST BDS

The Israeli government and its spokesmen just won’t admit that the BDS Movement is not the enemy ….. they themselves are!

More headlines and Op-Eds from the ziopress appear daily with the intention of destroying and discrediting the Movement.

Following are the examples of today (Click on links to see reports)

Don't fall victim to the ziolies .... Support BDS .... It's the right thing to do!

Don’t fall victim to the ziolies …. Support BDS …. It’s the right thing to do!

Latest lies from the ziopress …

When will the free world realize Churchill was right?

Op-ed: The evil spirit of BDS is not only threatening Israel; it is wreaking havoc in the US and UK, threatening the free world, encouraging Palestinian terror and rejectionism and increasing hostility and hatred between Jews and Arabs.

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Op-Ed: Who is Really Behind BDS? We Can Cut Off BDS at the Spigot

How can we fight the flow of finances to BDS?
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Op-Ed: BDS on the March? Don’t Panic – Really

The series of hollow “victories” achieved by the boycotters over the past several days proves one thing only: BDS is a paper tiger, and only as dangerous as we allow it to be.
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The latest trash from Psycho Gal herself … 

The new government’s war on BDS

The flagship of the diplomatic war against Israel is the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement

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And from our resident idiot boi ‘rabbi’

Britain’s bizarre and dishonorable National Union of Students

Pardon my English, but there is no other way to describe the above reports

Pardon my English, but there is no other way to describe the above reports

Read the following to see what Mondoweiss has to say about the situation

A banner day for BDS — though you’d have to read the Jewish press to know it

And this interesting piece just published at The Times of Israel

When it comes to tackling BDS, Israel is all talk, no action

Despite their passionate rhetoric, MKs are using the latest uptick of boycotts for domestic political point-scoring, while the government’s counter-effort is dysfunctionally divided between two rival ministries, with almost no staff

BEX ALERT ~~ GOOGLE AND ADL UNITE TO FIGHT ONLINE HATE

Actually, the fight seems to be against online anti Semitism as can be seen in THIS report …

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Google’s participation at the 5th Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism was summed up in THIS report …

Also in THIS report …

All fine and good, right?

WRONG!!

What about the online hate displayed daily by the likes of Pamela Geller on her BLOG, her FACEBOOK PAGE and TWITTER??

And the online hate directed at the Ethiopian JEWISH community in Israel???

Ironic that Netyanyahu, himself, was invited to speak at the Conference.                                        

His speech is presented here …

And of course there is

EXAMPLES OF HATE SPEECH BY ISRAEL AGAINST PALESTINE

(Click HERE to see report)

Let’s not overlook the FACT  that much of the so-called online anti Semitism is criticism of Israel and zionism …. NOT OF JEWS as can be seen in the following two speeches by Roger Waters …

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Definition of yesteryear —- An anti-Semite was a term designated to anyone who hated Jews.
Today’s definition —- An anti-Semite is anyone who is hated by zionists.
There is a difference …
Image by Pete Pasho

Image by Pete Pasho

 It’s time for Google to learn that difference!

#JeSuisPamelaGeller (NOT)

For and Against…

Probably the most hated woman in America today …. making Hilary Clinton a mere second ….

Probably the most hated woman in America today …. making Hilary Clinton a mere second ….

Against…

Art Spiegelman Blasts ‘Racist’ Pamela Geller Group

 Cover of the graphic novel Maus by Art Spiegelman.  Description of book HERE from Wikipedia

Cover of the graphic novel Maus by Art Spiegelman.
Description of book HERE from Wikipedia

Art Spiegelman, the cartoonist best known for his “Maus” graphic novel about the Holocaust, called the group that sponsored a contest in Texas for cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed a “racist organization.”

Two gunmen attempted to shoot participants at the suburban Dallas cartoon contest Sunday, but police stopped them, killing the assailants in the process. Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the Sunday attack.

In an interview with Time about an award the PEN writers’ group gave France’s Charlie Hebdo magazine in defiance of protests by some PEN members, Spiegelman said the American Freedom Defense Initiative, founded and led by New York-based blogger Pamela Geller, is “exactly the nightmare version that the writers who were protesting the PEN award thought Charlie was.”

In January, two gunmen stormed Charlie Hebdo’s Paris office, killing 11 people and injuring 11 others. The Charlie Hebdo shooting occurred three days before another gunman held shoppers hostage at the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket, killing four.

Geller, Spiegelman said, “is intentionally trying to start war of culture with Islam by saying that all Muslims are terrorists under the surface, and we’re going to prove it.”

In addition to the cartoon contest, Geller’s group has also put out controversial anti-Muslim ads on public transportation in several U.S. cities.

While noting that Geller and her organization deserve free-speech protection, it does not, unlike Charlie Hebdo, deserve a “courage award.”

Spiegelman’s “Maus” was recently pulled from Russian booksellers because it features a swastika on the cover.

From JTA

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Meet Robert Shillman, the Tech Mogul Who Funds Pamela Geller’s Anti-Islam Push

Robert Shillman heads a publicly traded American technology company called Cognex Corp with a market value of $4 billion. He also says he is a big supporter of last Sunday’s Prophet Mohammad cartoon contest in Texas that was attacked by two gunmen who opened fire before being shot dead by police.

In a telephone interview with Reuters from his home near San Diego, California, Shillman said America’s free speech is under threat. He added that violent attacks on such events are making people fearful and prone to self censorship. Many Muslims regard depictions of the prophet – such as the caricatures displayed at the event – as offensive and against the religion’s teachings.

“It was a terrorist attack on the American way of life,” says Shillman, who says he isn’t anti-Muslim.

Shillman said he remains a director of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, whose Jihad Watch website helped organize the cartoon event in a Dallas suburb with activist Pamela Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which tracks what it describes as extremist groups, has called the Freedom Center’s founder, the right-wing commentator David Horowitz, “the godfather of the anti-Muslim Movement.” The Freedom Center says it “combats the efforts of the radical left and its Islamist allies to destroy American values.”

The SPLC also calls Geller’s AFDI a hate group because of the way it talks about and depicts Muslims.

Horowitz, in an email, called Shillman “an American hero” who is entirely transparent in his agenda. Horowitz also said the SPLC couldn’t produce one statement of his own that was anti-Muslim.

Geller did not return messages seeking comment.

PARIS ATTACK

Sunday’s attack had some echoes of the January assault on the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that left 12 dead in what was said to be revenge for its cartoons of the prophet.

As founder of Natick, Massachusetts-based Cognex, which makes machine vision products that help automate manufacturing, Shillman says he is more outspoken than a typical U.S. corporate leader. “Most CEOs are hired guns and their future depends on what their boards think of them. I don’t give a f—-.”

The Freedom Center, whose P.O. Box address is in Sherman Oaks, California, runs several blogs and websites, including the online FrontPage Magazine and Jihad Watch. Shillman has funded four fellowships for journalists who have have worked on the FrontPage, which is the center’s online journal for news and political commentary. He declined to comment when asked if he helped pay for the cartoon contest.

Shillman, who grew up in Boston, says he is an admirer of Geller for her defense of free speech and American democracy. “Blaming Pamela Geller for inciting violence is like blaming a victim of rape for wearing high heels,” he said.

Dr. Bob, as he calls himself, has the additional title of chief culture officer at Cognex, whose stock has produced a 373 percent return over the past five years. Shillman calls Cognex’s 1,300 employees Cognoids and rewards those who reach certain long-service milestones with trips to any one of the Wonders of the World. On their birthdays, U.S. employees get a cake delivered to their homes.

For years, Shillman – who owns about 5 percent of the company’s shares – has foregone millions of dollars in salary, bonus and stock options. Cognex donates the money to charity.

Anthony Sun, lead director on the Cognex board, could not be reached for comment.

FUNDS PRO-ISRAEL GROUPS

Shillman has in the past withdrawn support from organizations whose behavior he disagrees with. In 2002, he pulled funding from WBUR, a National Public Radio station in Boston, for what he perceived as anti-Israel sentiment.

His Shillman Foundation has funded a number of conservative and pro-Israeli groups, including the Zionist Organization of America. The ZOA has targeted both academics it perceives have been teaching anti-Israel doctrine and Palestine student groups accused of intimidating Jewish students on U.S. campuses, including a campaign at Shillman’s alma mater, Northeastern University in Boston.

Shillman is an emeritus trustee at the university and has given it substantial amounts of money, including $3 million for a classroom building that was then named after him.

From Reuters

JEWHAD AGAINST JEWS

A few days ago I posted THIS about Israel’s ‘war’ against Diaspora Jewry.

Usually when an Op-Ed appears in the Press it is published for one day only …. Ynet has kept THIS in their headlines for at least 3 days.

This might be the reason why …. as reported in +972

Diaspora Jews, it’s time to step up

For years there have been calls for on-the-ground opposition to the occupation. Now there are a growing number of Jewish platforms — and voices — seeking to make it happen.

By A. Daniel Roth*

Members of the ‘All That’s Left’ collective at a direct action protesting segregation in Hebron, West Bank, October 25, 2013. Seven of the Jewish activists were arrested and later released. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Members of the ‘All That’s Left’ collective at a direct action protesting segregation in Hebron, West Bank, October 25, 2013. Seven of the Jewish activists were arrested and later released. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

The way the world is talking about the Israeli occupation is changing. Alongside that change, opportunity is knocking for those of us standing in opposition: calls for diaspora Jews to be present on the ground in Israel and Palestine are increasing. An important shift is beginning to take place — right now.

The writing is on the wall. Since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was re-elected, U.S. President Obama and his staff have been speaking differentlyabout the once-incontrovertible two-state solution. One campus Hillel changed its name instead of changing it’s programming to adhere to Hillel International’s rules. If Not Now stormed onto the scene last summer in response to the violence in Gaza. Boycotts and BDS campaigns are sprouting up on campuses and at supermarkets all over the world.

The writing is on the wall. Since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was re-elected, U.S. President Obama and his staff have been speaking differentlyabout the once-incontrovertible two-state solution. One campus Hillel changed its name instead of changing it’s programming to adhere to Hillel International’s rules. If Not Now stormed onto the scene last summer in response to the violence in Gaza. Boycotts and BDS campaigns are sprouting up on campuses and at supermarkets all over the world.

That was on display for anyone to see last week in Washington D.C. The J Street conference, which brought together over 3,000 people, saw a series of fired up conversations that put shone a spotlight on the American-Jewish relationship with Israel. During a panel on liberal Zionism, Israeli journalist (and +972 blogger) Noam Sheizaf made a clear plea for a collective refocusing from “state solutions” to the urgency of ending the inequality that exists for millions under occupation, who lack freedom of movement or access to civilian courts.

Peter Beinart also took a step forward on stage, calling on young Jews from North America and around the world to stand physically in Israel and Palestine, and to take part in Palestinian non-violent resistance to the occupation.

For years there have been calls for on-the-ground participation from a variety of communities. Recently, there has been a surge in Jewish platforms for those communities to take part in peace and justice work.

A Jerusalem-based volunteer program for young American Jews (which I co-founded) called Solidarity of Nations-Achvat Amim engages in human rights work and learning based on the core value of self-determination for all peoples. All That’s Left (of which I am a member) is a collective aimed at engaging the diaspora in anti-occupation learning, organizing, and on-the-ground actions. The new Center for Jewish Nonviolence has already brought a delegation to help Palestinian farmers to replant trees the IDF uprooted last spring.

It is important that Jewish communities with connections to Israel take part in this movement. Whether they have a personal, communal, religious or cultural relationship with this land, diaspora communities should be on the forefront, stepping up to take responsibility for a peaceful and just future here.

The groups and initiatives I mentioned above are working on engaging even more people in this work: bringing dozens of diaspora Jews — who are already living and learning in Israel — to do solidarity work with Palestinians. In the coming months, they hope to bring hundreds more from around the world for direct actions and educational initiatives in the West Bank.

There are important roles for people from all over the world, of various backgrounds, in organizing opposition to the occupation. Right now, at this very moment, there is a growing call for diaspora Jews to to find their way here and stand up for equality. It’s time to answer that call.

*A. Daniel Roth is a journalist and educator based in South Tel Aviv.

ISRAEL’S ‘WAR’ AGAINST DIASPORA JEWRY

It’s time for the State of Israel to reassess its relationship with Diaspora Jews who have embraced anti-Israel views and initiatives.

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According to the polls, England’s Jews will vote in the upcoming elections for British Prime Minister David Cameron, a gentile who is less hostile towards Israel than the Jewish Ed Miliband, the chairman of the Labour Party. A significant part of the Unites States’ Jews embrace President Barack Obama although he favors the enemies of the Jewish state.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s appeal to France’s Jews, who are suffering from anti-Semitism and terror, that they have a warm home to return to, was met alongside the applause by objections from Jews seeking to remove any doubt from their pure Frenchness.

Jews in the world, especially in the media and academia, are attacking us and even calling for a boycott of Israel. They are led by J Street, a powerful American organization which serves as a mirror image of AIPAC, the great Jewish lobby. While AIPAC stands by Israel, J Street stands by the American administration and its anti-Israel views and initiatives.

And so the question of the Jewish state’s relationship with the Diaspora Jewry is back on Israel’s agenda. Here’s a reminder: The Land of Israel’s birthright position was only recognized by the Jewish people following the Holocaust. A smaller catastrophe was not enough to convince the majority of Jewish people that Zionism was the solution to the “Jews’ troubles.”

Theodor Herzl wanted to convene the first Zionist Congress in Munich, but faced the strong objection of the city’s rabbi, who was afraid that it would cast a doubt on the Jews’ loyalty to Germany. Many thought that more than Zionism solves anti-Semitism, it creates it. Vienna’s chief rabbi even suggested that Herzl should be hospitalized. He was forced to hold the Congress in Basel – at a casino.

The discovery of the horrors of the Holocaust silenced the anti-Semitism in the world for a few years of grace, and harmony prevailed among the Jewish people as well, first around the struggle over the Jewish state and then over its establishment. A sort of consensus was created that the state would take in the Jews of the distressed countries and leave the Jews of the welfare countries alone. The latter will provide the donations for the absorption of the “refugees.”

Gentiles in the European battlefield, including quite a few Israel haters, developed a perverted phenomenon of admiring the State of Israel precisely because of its alleged “non-Jewish” aggression.

All that ended after the Six-Day War. The Western world accepted a tiny Jewish sovereignty in the Holy Land, but not real Jewish strength, and especially not a Jewish Jerusalem. This is how the distinction between being anti-Israel and anti-Semitic was born for a while: The Israelis, the occupiers and settlers, became the “bad guys,” and the Jews – especially the “enlightened” ones, who fight the “occupation” – remained the good guys.

Jews who participated in this celebration and thought that the call “hit the Israelis!” would make people to forget the old call “hit the Jews!” were quickly proven wrong: The hatred was always against the Jews.

It’s true that for a while, the “political correctness” allowed people to express animosity only against the Jewish Israelis, but the real intention was understood by every gentile. Only the Jews, as usual, refused to understand. Now it is being clearly explained it to them. The violent and terrorist anti-Semitism has reverted to its evil ways: Jews or Israelis, it’s the same thing.

It’s time for the State of Israel to reassess its stance. The Zionist Movement engaged in active fighting to deny the Diaspora. Should the state, its offspring, step into its shoes or stand aloof? And to what extent is the state allowed, as a state, to call on the citizens of another state to emigrate from their country to its country, even when they are Jewish?

In two cases, the answer appears to be clear: The desire of a Jew who has drawn away and doesn’t want to be linked to his Jewishness, for good or for bad, should be respected and he should be treated as a foreigner. On the other hand, a person who lets Israel’s enemies use the fact that he is Jewish and serves as their king’s evidence, he should be treated according to the paragraph in the Eighteen Benedictions, which begins with the words, “And informers shall have no hope.”

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website.

ZION’S PATHETIC ATTEMPT TO SAVE THEIR ‘WAYWARD YOUTH’

zionism finds itself in a dilemma these days as more Jewish youth, especially university students. get involved in the BDS Movement and other progressive outlets.

Rather than change their policies, they prefer to attack those against them, much like the tactics used in the recent Israeli Election campaign, there were no issues raised but there were many attacks against opposing Parties and candidates.

In this video, zionists pathetically attempt to save their ‘wayward youth’.

It is a genuine act of desperation …

If they looked in the mirror they might see the actual causes of what appears to be a growth of anti-Semitism throughout Europe today. It obviously is a result of Israel’s policies towards the Palestinians. It is a growth of anti Israeli sentiments, nothing to do with anti-Semitism at all.

Norman Finkelsein recently gave a speech on “the new anti-Semitism” to the Students for Justice in Palestine chapter at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. For a short synopsis of what was said, see THIS report from Mondoweiss.It is worth your while to watch the following in its entirety ….

Israel Could Reduce Anti-Semitic Violence by Not Calling Itself the Jewish State, Finkelstein Says

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BOTEACH TRIES TO REKINDLE THE DAILY SHOW FIRE

In yet another attempt to show the world that he has the intelligence of a human being, Shmuley Boteach adds his voice to the controversy surrounding Jon Stewart’s replacement, Trevor Noah. As usual, he’s way off base. Good thing he doesn’t play baseball 😉

The Daily Show sets the standard for Comedy Channel, and Stewart set that bar high. I wish Trevor well, but I wish even more that he do a crash course in Middle East facts and get up to speed so that he treats this most volatile of subjects with the erudition it deserves.

Is he talking about himself in the last sentence? HE is the one that needs the crash course in Middle East facts!

Bottom line is …. If Boteach doesn’t like him, YOU gotta love him!

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No holds barred: Trevor Noah and ‘The Daily Show’ scandal

When Trevor Noah was named as Jon Stewart’s replacement as host of The Daily Show, my first reaction was, who? I watch the Daily Show almost every day. Stewart is a rare and incomparable talent. He’s gifted in so many areas. He’d be a hard act to follow for anyone, so the choice of a relatively unknown South African comedian to take his place was a shock, but one I could easily live with based on the little I initially read about him. As is often the case in today’s social media world, however, where comments and tweets are immortal, researchers began to find a rash of remarks and jokes that were unfunny and offensive. Some of the most troubling related to Jews.

Consider the following tweets, reported by a variety of sources (typos in the originals): • “Behind every successful Rap Billionaire is a double as rich Jewish man.”

• “Messi [the Argentine soccer superstar] gets the ball and the real players try to foul him, but Messi doesn’t go down easy, just like Jewish chicks.”

• “South Africans know how to recycle like israel knows how to be peaceful.”

• “Almost bumped a Jewish kid crossing the road. He didn’t look b4 crossing but I still would hav felt bad in my German car!” • “Note to self – Langostines are not Jewish prawns.”

• “Xbox and Playstation players are like Jews and Muslims. They are so similar but they hate each other so much!” I’ve heard worse – and also a lot funnier.

Jews are among the greatest comedians – Noah himself says his black mother is half-Jewish – and we are the subject of thousands of jokes so I’m not particularly bothered by the jokes themselves.

And Lord knows, as an avid Twitterer I can forgive mistakes made in the constant stream of keeping everything updated. What does concern me is their sophomoric nature, which may belie a not-that-well-informed man tasked with informing the public, albeit with fake news. The joke about a Jewish kid being hit by a German car was particularly unfunny. The tweets about money and Jewish women are tired stereotypes that one would not expect from a cutting-edge comedian.

The comment that bothered me most was the one that was most applicable to current affairs, and his new position, suggesting that Israel is not interested in peace. It was disappointing to see him repeat this canard.

The truth is no one wants peace more than Israelis. They live in the only country that has been threatened with genocide for its entire history, and had to fight multiple wars to stave off possible annihilation. And then there’s the death and mayhem caused by hundreds of terrorist attacks and rockets aimed at innocent men, women and children. Imagine the anxiety of living in a place where a seemingly harmless parcel on the street could blow up, or a discotheque could turn into a slaughterhouse. This week Jews around the world will be celebrating Passover and will reflect on a Seder held at a hotel in the coastal city of Netanya 13 years ago in which a Hamas suicide bomber killed 28 people and wounded another 140.

Because of the omnipresent danger, men and women graduating from high school, who should be heading to college, instead enter the Israel Defense Forces for three and two years, respectively.

And the men who do not stay in the army will serve in the reserves for most of their professional lives. These Israelis – Jews and many non-Jews, sacrifice part of their youth to protect their country.

While they are doing so, their parents are in a near constant state of fear for their safety.

Israelis desperately want the danger that surrounds them to disappear, but they cannot wish it away. Starting in 1947, Jews were prepared to share the land then called Palestine, but the Arabs rejected the offer of a state of their own beside a Jewish state. After the Six Day War, Israel was prepared to evacuate almost the entire West Bank it conquered in the course of defending itself, but the Arabs said no. When at last Egypt agreed to a peace treaty with Israel, the Palestinians were also offered greater freedom, but they said no. In 1993, Israel offered the Palestinians a path toward statehood in the Oslo Accords, but they squandered the opportunity with an orgy of violence.

In 2000, president Bill Clinton and prime minister Ehud Barak offered Yasser Arafat everything they thought he wanted, but he, again, said no to peace.

Most recently, President Barack Obama has spent most of his time in office trying to achieve peace, but the Palestinian president has refused to sit down and negotiate with the Israeli prime minister for the past seven years. These are facts that should be part of your education, Mr. Noah, as you embark upon commentating on Middle East affairs.

For better or worse, many young people get their “news” from the Daily Show. What made John Stewart such a master of his craft was his quick wit and intelligence. The man knows his stuff, as he demonstrated whenever he was a guest on “serious” news programs. The fact that he is Jewish never caused him to pull any punches when he spoke about Israel. Plenty of his detractors will not miss him because they believe he is very unfair to Israel.

I don’t see him that way. Stewart appears to be a proud Jewish liberal whose views differ from mine. I didn’t appreciate every parody he did of Israel, but they were always within the bounds of legitimate criticism and never crossed the line to Israel delegitimization. I don’t think that this was just because he is Jewish. He is also sensitive to boundaries and smart enough to understand the Middle East issues and leaders he was skewering.

It may be unfair to judge Noah on the basis of a handful of tweets, but they do not reflect a man in the same class of knowledge as Stewart. Will he have funny, intelligent conversations with guests discussing current events or throw off one-liners based on over-roasted stereotypes? From his biography, Noah appears to have suffered under the racist regime there, but for him to compare South Africa in any way to Israel is ignorant. His comment also raises the question of whether he will suffer from “underdogma” and intuitively gravitate to the pain of the underdog, however immoral, and have that reflected in his humor.

The Daily Show sets the standard for Comedy Channel, and Stewart set that bar high. I wish Trevor well, but I wish even more that he do a crash course in Middle East facts and get up to speed so that he treats this most volatile of subjects with the erudition it deserves.

Boteach’s rubbish FROM

Here’s what Stewart himself had to say …

TODAY’S TOON ~~ #JeSuisPresidentObama

How the extreme Israeli right sees the US President

They fail to see the 30 Billion Dollar$ he'll be sending to Israel this year

They fail to see the 30 Billion Dollar$ he’ll be sending to Israel this year

Our local Psycho Gal adds the following … ‘Make Palestine pay for Obama’s policies on Iran’

 

Meanwhile, the ‘other’ psycho in our midst plans the following …

(be sure to click on link regarding his wife’s ‘liquid diet’)

*******Netanyahu to stage hunger 
*******strike against world peace

In a last ditch effort to block an impending nuclear deal between Western powers and Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced today, April 1, he will immediately begin an open-ended hunger strike against world peace.

During his strike Netanyahu will only be eating fresh fruit. His wife Sara will join him, choosing a completely liquid diet.  The move is widely popular in Israel where a Channel 2 poll taken Monday shows Jewish Israelis are against world peace almost 6 to 1. An unnamed Florida-born Netanyahu confidant, who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to comment due to his history of generally fucking things up, explained the move, “He’s tried everything else, you have any other ideas?”

See the full report by Adam Horowitz HERE

ADL BLASTS JON STEWART’S REPLACEMENT EVEN BEFORE THE SHOW AIRS

Comedy Central stands by Jon Stewart’s replacement Trevor Noah as rightwing sites suggest he has a “Jewish problem.” The real problem is that he is likely to be critical of Israeli militarism.

Since his appointment was announced Monday by Comedy Central, Noah has come under fire for past tweets about Jews and Israel, including one from 2010 that read “South Africans know how to recycle like Israel knows how to be peaceful.”

As I always say; ‘If the sandal fits, wear it!’

Trevor Noah Blasted by Jewish Groups for Tweets

ADL and Bnai Brith Want Jon Stewart Successor To Avoid Targeting Jews

By JTA

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Two Jewish groups expressed their concerns over past social media posts by Trevor Noah, the choice to succeed Jon Stewart as host of “The Daily Show.”

The Anti-Defamation League and B’nai B’rith issued statements urging Noah, a South African standup comedian, to avoid making distasteful jokes about Jewish stereotypes on “The Daily Show.”

Since his appointment was announced Monday by Comedy Central, Noah has come under fire for past tweets about Jews and Israel, including one from 2010 that read “South Africans know how to recycle like Israel knows how to be peaceful.”

In 2012, he tweeted that “Messi gets the ball and the real players try foul him [sic], but Messi doesn’t go down easy, just like jewish[sic] chicks.”

“B’nai B’rith is concerned about the long history of anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and misogynistic tweets by the new choice to host the popular comedy program, The Daily Show,” the organization said in a statement issued Tuesday. “We recognize that the platform The Daily Show provides its host is different from the stand-up comedy circuit, and we are hopeful that Noah will use this new and larger role responsibly on complex, sensitive issues.

“Entertainment cannot justify promoting hate and misinformation — and no group, including Israelis and Jews, should be considered fair game for bigotry.”

Noah, 31, who has over 2 million Twitter followers, was a surprise selection for “The Daily Show” post, as is he relatively unknown in the United States. He is a star in South Africa, where he has filmed four standup specials.

Noah made three appearances as a correspondent on “The Daily Show” since December before being named host.

In a statement, ADL National Director Abraham Foxman said that he hopes that “The Daily Show” remains “funny and irreverent without trafficking in bigoted jokes at the expense of Jews.”

“We welcome Trevor Noah to his new endeavor at ‘The Daily Show’ and wish him success. We need humor — perhaps now more than ever — and we hope that he will build on Jon Stewart’s great legacy,” Foxman said.

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Some Twitter users, including American comedian Roseanne Barr, criticized Noah for being “sexist” and using anti-Semitic humor.

New Daily Show host defends anti-Semitic jokes after backlash

‘To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn’t land is not a true reflection of my character, nor my evolution as a comedian,’ says Trevor Noah.

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Noah, the son of a black South African mother and a Swiss father, uses his mixed race in his comedy routine and came under fire for jokes he posted on Twitter. NEW YORK – Trevor Noah, the newly announced successor to Jon Stewart on Comedy Central’s late-night news parody “The Daily Show,” defended himself against a backlash arising from past comments he made about Jews and women.

“To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn’t land is not a true reflection of my character, nor my evolution as a comedian,” the South African comedian said on Twitter on Tuesday.

Noah, the son of a black South African mother and a Swiss father, uses his mixed race in his comedy routine and came under fire for jokes he posted on Twitter.

Viacom Inc-owned Comedy Central also came to Noah’s defense, saying the 31-year-old is “a talented comedian with a bright future” at the network.

“Like many comedians, Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; he is provocative and spares no one, himself included,” the network said in a statement. “To judge him or his comedy on a handful of jokes is unfair.”

Among the jibes being criticized was a 2009 tweet in which Noah said, “Almost bumped a Jewish kid crossing the road. He didn’t look b4 crossing but I still would have felt so bad in my german car!”

In another, he compared England’s Manchester United football team to a white girl: “Heavy upfront but lacking in the back.”

Noah’s tweets prompted comments questioning how wise a choice he is to succeed Stewart on “The Daily Show,” which averages slightly more than one million viewers each night.

Some Twitter users, including American comedian Roseanne Barr, criticized Noah for being “sexist” and using anti-Semitic humor.

ONCE AGAIN BOTEACH DOESN’T SPEAK FOR ME

It must be nice to have extra money lying around that can be used to take out a full page ad in the New York Times. When a narcissist does not have an audience, he must create one …. that’s the game Shmuley Boteach plays.

Last month he and his weasel (Eli) buddy took out an ad condemning Susan Rice, an array of Jewish organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League and the Jewish Federations of North America, condemned the ad.  This week President Obama is the target. It will be interesting to see who joins me in condemning this ad as well.  Earlier today I posted that the Jewish Voice For Peace is gaining influence by leaps and bounds, see the post HERE. Boteach, on the other hand gets his foot caught in his mouth with every word he utters.  

An ad appearing in the New York Times over the weekend which warns US President Barack Obama not to become ‘like Chamberlain’ with Iran. (photo credit: Courtesy)

An ad appearing in the New York Times over the weekend which warns US President Barack Obama not to become ‘like Chamberlain’ with Iran. (photo credit: Courtesy)

Rabbi’s NYTimes ad urges Obama not to be ‘like Chamberlain’

Weeks after apologizing for insulting Susan Rice in an ad, Shmuley Boteach calls on president ‘not to appease Iran’

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach published a large ad Saturday in the New York Times, in which he urged Obama not to rush into a nuclear deal with Iran that many in Israel and elsewhere believe will leave Iran’s capabilities largely intact and within reach of a nuclear weapon.

In the ad, Obama’s portrait appears with the text “Mr. President: Fighting al-Qaeda made you like Churchill. Appeasing Iran will make you like Chamberlain.”

Overlain on a portrait of the president is a newspaper clip showing the cover of The New York Times edition of Friday, September 30, 1938.

Boteach was is referring to former British prime minister Winston Churchill, who led the UK during World War II.

He succeeded PM Neville Chamberlain, who went down in history as the leader who signed the Munich agreement with Adolf Hitler in 1938, paving the way for Germany’s conquest of eastern Europe.

At the bottom of the ad are the words “Don’t allow Iran to become a nuclear power.”

The ad by the New Jersey-based rabbi and author comes less than a month after he apologized to Obama’s national security adviser, Susan Rice, for a much-criticized ad that accused her of “having a blind spot for genocide.”

The ad, which ran on February 28, said “Susan Rice has a blind spot: Genocide,” criticized Rice’s complaints about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress for days before he delivered it.

The ad said Rice’s objections to the speech “could not be more wrong” and criticized her for refusing to use the word “genocide” in reference to Rwanda as a member of president Bill Clinton’s national security team.

An array of Jewish organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League and the Jewish Federations of North America, condemned the ad.

A week after the March 3 speech, Boteach penned an op-ed in the Washington Post titled “Dear Susan Rice, I’m Sorry.” In the piece, he admitted that the ad was more of a personal attack than an opinion on policy

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BOTEACH TO RICE; ‘SORRY I’M A COMPLETE MORON’

In his ‘public apology’ to Susan Rice he claims that the ad was criticized by Jewish organizations, which said that we had attacked you personally.

In reality, it was not criticized, it was condemned. There is a difference.

Idiot boy added insult to injury by defending his position publicly …

His tune has changed, probably to insure that his personal income is not affected.

Again I say, Pathetic if you ask me!

Now, the ‘apology’ which appears in the Washington Post

I didn’t mean to make it personal. But try to see Netanyahu with more empathy.

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Dear Ms. Rice,

Now that passions on both sides of Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress have cooled, I write today in keeping with the Jewish admonition that he who has caused offense in public must apologize in public, too.

Last week our organization took out a full-page ad in the New York Times that accused you of having a blind spot to genocide. The ad focused on the Rwandan genocide and quoted from Ambassador Samantha Power, your successor at the UN, who wrote, in a 2001 article called “Bystanders to Genocide,” that as a member of the National Security Council in 1994, you had resisted using the word genocide to describe the murder of 800,000 Rwandans because it might hurt Democrats in the midterms.

The ad was criticized by Jewish organizations, which said that we had attacked you personally. That was not our intent. We hoped to focus on policy, and we failed. I apologize fully and hope you will forgive me. It is the job of a communicator to communicate. Effectively. And having come up short, I will try again.

When you told Charlie Rose that the Israeli prime minister’s speech would be “destructive” to the US-Israel relationship, I was in Amsterdam interviewing Jacqueline van Maarsen, Anne Frank’s childhood best friend. The occasion was the 70th anniversary of the teen’s murder. I had just addressed the Jewish community of Amsterdam which lost 80 percent of its number in the Holocaust. Recently, Jews have been murdered inToulouse, Brussels, Paris, and Copenhagen. I asked my Jewish audience how many felt unsafe in Europe and wished to leave; nearly all the hands went up.

Genocide, unfortunately, is the defining characteristic of my people.

We wish it were not so. We wish we could be known for the light we have brought the nations rather than the darkness that engulfed us in the Holocaust. We wish we would be championed for the Ten Commandments rather than for surviving the decimation of the Crusades. We wish we were celebrated for giving the world the Sabbath rather than pitied for enduring the disembowelments of the Khmelnytsky pogroms. And we wish Israel were acclaimed for its democracy and innovation rather than for its steadfastness in the face of terrorism and rocket attacks.

Now, we face another — potentially genocidal — danger from Iran, which has repeatedly threatened the Jews with a second Holocaust when one was quite enough. I have no doubt that you, President Obama, and the administration are devoted to preventing that cataclysmic outcome. And I greatly appreciate your personal defense of Israel and vetoes exercised in its protection at the United Nations. Not only am I not a foe of the administration, but I vigorously defended Power during her Senate confirmation hearings in July 2013, when she was strongly opposed by other Jewish groups, and was attacked for it. And I did so because of her unwavering commitment to fighting genocide.

But all of that would pale into insignificance if Iran obtained a nuclear weapon with which it could harm Israel or the American people, even if that was never anyone’s intent.

You say that you’re working to prevent that. I believe you. But I have to passionately disagree with your point that Israel’s prime minister threatens to destroy the U.S.-Israel bond simply because he asked Congress to oppose what millions of us believe is a catastrophic deal that puts Israel in great peril. America does not condemn the leader of a threatened nation – especially a great ally – for simply doing his duty and raising the alarm. Can you see how these allegations of Netanyahu’s entreaty being “destructive” could deeply offend?

A Jewish leader’s first job is to prevent the possibility of another Jewish genocide, and that is what Netanyahu is doing. The Atlantic’s reference to you and other Clinton Administration officials as “bystanders to genocide” is, in truth, an indictment of each and every one of us. After all, the world has permitted the Armenian, Cambodian, Rwandan, Bosnian, Kosovaran, Darfuri and other genocides. Our own government shamefully refuses even to acknowledge the Armenian genocide, whose 100th anniversary is next month.

But breaking from this indifference, you laudably vowed to bring change. After refusing to use the word “genocide” to describe the 800,000 dead of Rwanda, you made a beautiful promise: “I swore to myself that if I ever faced such a crisis again, I would come down on the side of dramatic action, going down in flames if that was required.” Can we not agree that dramatic action in this case means first demanding that Iran publicly repudiate its own vow to destroy Israel and increasing sanctions until it does?

The Munich agreement of 1938 was outrageous not only because it appeased Hitler’s aggression but because Czechoslovakia was not even party to the negotiations held by Britain, France, and Germany about its future. In the same way, it is unthinkable that Israel be left out of the negotiations with Iran.

The 10,000 Jews who were being gassed every day in Europe merited scant mention in the American press at the time. A courageous Jewish leader named Peter Bergson decided to change that by taking out provocative ads in the New York Times and other publications highlighting the plight of Europe’s Jews. He was widely condemned by the American Jewish establishment, who believed he was stoking anti-Semitism. But his tactics succeeded in helping to wake America from its torpor and, together with other efforts, helped to inspire the creation of the War Refugee Board, which rescued as many as 200,000 Jews. For millions of others, the silence of American Jewry was deadly.

This World: The Value Network, the organization I founded, has vowed to never again be Jews of silence. In our own ads, Elie Wiesel alerted the world to the dangers of a nuclear Iran. They also highlighted the murder of gay men in Iran and called out the world for insufficient action against thebrutality of ISIS and Hamas.

I was honored that Rwandan President Paul Kagame asked me to deliver a keynote address at the 20th Anniversary Commemoration of the Genocide at Kigali’s National Stadium. In it, I referenced the slaughter at Ntarama Church, where I gagged when I saw a row of skulls from the victims. We used that image in our latest ad. It is a shocking and jarring image, as are all images of genocide. But I sincerely regret that the use of the image — not immediately recognizable to people unfamiliar with the Rwandan genocide — lent itself to being misinterpreted as something deliberately disrespectful and macabre.

God has given you significant influence. I ask you to please use that power to protect the Jewish people, Arab children in Syria, Muslim students in Pakistan, Christians in Darfur, women in Nigeria, and the people of the Central African Republic. Criticizing Netanyahu’s right to address Congress, or allowing Iran a robust nuclear program amid their protestations of peace, falls short of that goal.

Sincerely,

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

 

I have one question, why was this letter not also signed by Elie Weisel?

See THIS post if you missed it…

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS PULL OUT THE HOLOCAUST CARD

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS PULL OUT THE HOLOCAUST CARD

Bibi’s song and dance on Iran wasn’t going too well …

In fact, the video shows how his opposition cashed in on the speech.

… So, it was time to pull out the Holocaust Card by acknowleging Elie Weisel in the audience.

As if that wasn’t enough, our dear Shmuley (Boteach) pulled the card out a little more afterwards by devoting his weekly Jerusalem Post column to Weisel.

Before I post his words, I must state that I am not in the camp of holocaust deniers as some may think. I also do not have to be reminded by the likes of a Weisel, Boteach or Netanyahu that it occurred. I lost the entire Paternal side of my family in Auschwitz and am reminded of this daily as I carry the name of my Grandfather who was one of the victims. Unlike Weisel, who made and continues to make million$ through his writings and guided tours through the various camps, I have dedicated my entire life to ensure that those horrors never happen again TO ANYONE. Boteach and Weisel both limit the ‘Never Again’ only to members of his own tribe.

The day before Prime Minister Netanyahu’s masterful oration to Congress, our organization, This World: The Values Network, held one of its most moving events yet, “The Meaning of ‘Never Again’: Guarding Against a Nuclear Iran,” in Washington. Elie Wiesel joined me along with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, to discuss the genocidal threats from Iran and the rise of global anti-Semitism.

No Holds Barred: At Bibi’s speech with Elie Wiesel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with author Elie Wiesel after speech to US Congress in Washington. (photo credit:AMOS BEN-GERSHOM/GPO)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with author Elie Wiesel after speech to US Congress in Washington. (photo credit:AMOS BEN-GERSHOM/GPO)

This week I traveled with Prof. Wiesel and his wife, Marion, and my wife, Debbie, to the prime minister’s speech as guests of Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner.

Elie Weisel and I took out ads in America’s major newspapers supporting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right to speak to the American Congress about the Iranian nuclear threat. The ads were beautiful and biblical, retelling the story of Esther and the choice she was given between alienating her king by speaking up for her people and remaining silent. She chose to save her people from annihilation.

The speech was magnificent and did much to vindicate those who put their reputations on the line to support it.

The day before Prime Minister Netanyahu’s masterful oration to Congress, our organization, This World: The Values Network, held one of its most moving events yet, “The Meaning of ‘Never Again’: Guarding Against a Nuclear Iran,” in Washington. Elie Wiesel joined me along with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, to discuss the genocidal threats from Iran and the rise of global anti-Semitism.

The event sought to lend support to Netanyahu’s campaign for a tougher stance against the Iranians’ nuclear program, particularly in light of their genocidal threats against the Jewish state; it was Elie Wiesel at his most eloquent.

We had scheduled the event to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the murder of Anne Frank, who died in the first week of March 1945 in Bergen-Belsen. The exact date is not known.

The most famous survivor of the Holocaust would commemorate its most famous victim.

And what better way to respect her memory than in protecting her people from the threat of yet another genocidal regime, yet again from Persia.

The event got off to a heated start as protesters from Code Pink stormed the floor, trying to disrupt the procession with banners and screams. From the time the event began, though, and from the time Wiesel began to speak, there was barely a sound. All were entranced by his soft-spoken, yet all so powerful, words of wisdom.

Wiesel spoke of the differences between today and his years in the Nazi death camps.

Today, we have friends who will protect us.

Back then, he lamented, America did far too little to protect the Jews of Europe, a failure which Cruz said underscored the importance of acting against Iran today. More important, Elie Wiesel pointed out that today we have an army dedicated to the protection of the Jewish People. Indeed, he spoke of the sense of wonder that overcame him the first time he saw an IDF uniform. Yet he also lamented the key similarity between now and then – the presence of anti-Semitism. It is the eternal companion of the Jewish People, yet, the professor offered, it can be ameliorated through education.

Wiesel spoke of how he truly believed that after the unspeakable crime of the Holocaust anti-Semitism would die down, perhaps be purged from the earth forever. Surely now the nations of the world, having seen where their hatred can lead, would forgo revulsion for the Jews. But there was no such thing. Wiesel said he was horrified to see it all return so viciously.

Wiesel stated his absolute support for the prime minister’s speech. He said that we must rely as much on the threats of our enemies as we do on the promises of our friends. We dare not downplay the danger posed by Iran. “Especially when their threats are repeated, we have to take them seriously,’’ he said. “I need proof that Iran has changed its policy. If the evil begins its work, don’t give it another chance.”

Cruz, too, took a hard line on Iran. The prime minister’s speech had been become mired in politics, yet “politics are not what matters now,” he asserted. “What matters now is the single greatest national security threat to the world today – and that is preventing a nuclear Iran.” Tehran could not be trusted in negotiations, he said, and “those who are negotiating with Iran fundamentally don’t understand who they are dealing with.

“History may well record it as a mistake and a catastrophe on the order of magnitude of Munich,’’ said Cruz, referring to the failed 1938 “peace” deal that allowed Hitler to annex parts of Czechoslovakia. “When our negotiators return with a promise of ‘peace in our time,’ we should believe this no more now than we should have believed it then,” he said.

The most moving part of the event came at the end. Wiesel told the spellbound audience: “Everything I have endured could have led me to choose despair… I could have said, ‘Goodbye world, you’ve rejected me. You’ve killed off my father and mother, and everyone I’ve loved.’ I could have moved to the desert. I could have chosen to forget and just to enjoy my life; after all, I deserved it. And yet, I rejected that.

I chose to remember and to teach.” He said that he rejected that path because he could not live a life of loneliness. “Only G-d is alone.”

He needed to embrace others, and help them when he could.

And indeed, he stood before us having just flown in to Washington at this critical moment, all to support the Jewish People in its time of need.

Right after the prime minister’s speech, Wiesel and I went to a reception with prime minister Netanyahu where the prime minister thanked him warmly for attending. In the speech itself he had been the only person the prime minister welcomed personally. As we left the reception, and Debbie and I escorted the Wiesels to their car, it was freezing cold with a snowy breeze. I saw Wiesel huddled against his overcoat as the wind blew around him. Before me I saw the great hero of the Jewish People, prepared to meet any threat his people faced, prepared to always speak out.

Prepared to speak truth to power. Adamant that Never Again must mean exactly that.

And as he left, I told him, in the endearing term I’ve used for him for 25 years, “Reb Eliezer. You are our prince and our great light to the nations. God bless you with long life and the best of health. I cannot imagine a world without you.”

BOTEACH ON DEFENSE OF IGNORANCE

“It is not up to Shmuley Boteach to make it appear this is the way the Jewish community treats our friends.”

A few days after ‘rabbi’ Boteach was denounced by almost every legitimate leader of the Jewish Community for his recent actions, specifically by putting the following ad in the New York Times last Saturday …

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… he comes to his own defense in the following video;

Pretty pathetic if you ask me!

Obviously, the condemnations stand. only Boteach himself disagrees.

Neither does Shmuley Boteach!

Neither does Shmuley Boteach!

Despite the idiot ‘rabbi’s rants …

Susan Rice Gets Warm Reception at AIPAC

Delegates Ignore Calls To Boycott NSA Chief Speech

By JTA

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 A nuclear deal with Iran must include access to its nuclear facilities even after the expiry of restrictions, which would last at least ten years, Susan Rice, the U.S. national security adviser, told AIPAC.

Rice, addressing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Monday, the second day of its annual conference, said expectations that Iran would cease uranium enrichment altogether or that restrictions would be in place indefinitely, were unrealistic.

But she added that intrusive inspections would continue indefinitely.

“At the end of any deal, Iran would still be required to offer comprehensive access to its nuclear facilities and to provide the international community the assurance that it was not pursuing nuclear weapons,” she said.

Insisting on no enrichment would collapse the alliance the Obama administration has built to sanction and isolate Iran, factors which led Iran to agree to nuclear negotiations, Rice said.

“Let’s remember that sanctions have never stopped Iran from advancing its program,” she said.

Without a deal, Rice said, Iran would return to enrichment levels it achieved before the terms governing nuclear talks with the major powers imposed restrictions, and seek to expand its nuclear capability.

“And, we’ll lose the unprecedented inspections and transparency we have today,” she said.

Rice also addressed concerns about reports that any deal restricting Iranian nuclear activities would expire after 10-15 years.

“I know that some question a deal of any duration,” she said. “But, it has always been clear that the pursuit of an agreement of indefinite duration would result in no agreement at all.”

Restrictions would be in place at least for ten years, she said.

“A deal that extends for a decade or more would accomplish this goal better than any other course of action – longer, by far, than military strikes, which would only set back Iran’s program for a fraction of the time,” she said.

The AIPAC activists received Rice warmly, ignoring calls from some right wing figures to stay away from her talk after she said last week that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech to Congress was “destructive” of the U.S.-Israel relationship.

Netanyahu and the Republican congressional leadership infuriated the Obama administration by arranging the speech, which will take aim at the White House’s Iran policies, without consulting with the White House or congressional Democrats.

AIPAC favors legislation that would trigger new sanctions should Iran walk away from the talks and would subject any deal to congressional review. President Obama Obama has pledged to veto the legislation.

“Additional sanctions or restrictive legislation enacted during the negotiation would blow up the talks, divide the international community, and cause the United States to be blamed for the failure to reach a deal,’” Rice said.

She earned cheers for saying emphatically that Obama would consider “all options,” a euphemism for military action, should the talks fail.

However, activists also pointedly cheered whenever Rice described the views of skeptics of the talks in order to rebut them.

“I know that some argue we should just impose sanctions and walk away” if the talks collapse, was one such unintended applause line. “I know that some of you will be urging Congress to insist that Iran forego its domestic enrichment capacity entirely” was another.

ISRAELI SETTLERS INVOKE NAZI IMAGERY TO ATTACK OTHER JEWS

I posted about this over two weeks ago. Since then the video in question has gone viral on the Net. A must watch if you want to see the true colours of the settler movement.

Screengrab from 'The Eternal Jew,' a video posted online by the Samaria Citizens Committee. (YouTube)

Screengrab from ‘The Eternal Jew,’ a video posted online by the Samaria Citizens Committee. (YouTube)

As we mark the 70th anniversaries of the liberation of Nazi death and concentration camps such as Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, let us not forget that the atrocities committed in these places were fueled by vicious incitement in the pages of Der Stürmer and similar publications. The “Eternal Jew” video belongs in the same category. Those responsible for disseminating this ignominy must be held accountable. 

Israeli Settlers Use Nazi Imagery Against Jews

Jewish group invokes notorious Goebbels propaganda film in new video

NETANYAHU’S ARROGANCE SLAMMED BY JEWISH SENATOR

 

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Senior Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s comments that he speaks for all Jews were “arrogant” during a CNN interview Sunday.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein slams Netanyahu’s ‘arrogance’

Before boarding plane from Israel to U.S., Israeli PM said he felt like ’emissary’ for Jewish people embarking on a ‘historic mission.’

By Haaretz

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Senior Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s comments that he speaks for all Jews were “arrogant” during a CNN interview Sunday.

“Today, on the eve of the Fast of Esther, I’m embarking on a historic mission,” the prime minister said before boarding the plane to the United States Thursday morning. “I feel like the emissary of all the people of Israel, even those who don’t agree with me – of the entire Jewish people.”

Speaking on CNN’s “State of The Union,” Feinstein said Netanyahu’s comments were  “a rather arrogant statement. I think the Jewish community is like any other community, there are different points of view. I think that arrogance does not befit Israel, candidly.” However, Feinstein said she still plans on attending Netanyahu’s address, planned for Tuesday.

Feinstein has been an outspoken critic of the entire series of events leading up to Netanyahu’s address to Congress.

Last week, Netanyahu rejected an invitation from Feinstein and Senator Richard Durbin to meet with U.S. Senate Democrats during his trip.

Feinstein previously told Haaretz that inviting Prime Minister Netanyahu to address Congress during an Israeli election period is “highly inappropriate” and that imposing new sanctions on Iran at this time is “reckless and dangerous.”

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In case you missed this one on Saturday, I am reposting it …

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TONGUE IN CHEEK MESSAGE TO ALL JEWS EVERYWHERE

A MESSAGE TO ALL JEWS EVERYWHERE
FROM ALL JEWS EVERYWHERE

Our organization, All Jews Everywhere, wishes to voice our appreciation to Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of All Jews Everywhere, Inc., for speaking on behalf of the Chosen People before the Israel Funding Association (sometimes referred to as the U.S. Congress).

While we applaud Mr. Netanyahu’s invitation to members of Congress to emigrate to Israel, we advise him to drop that “coming home” theme. Bibi, Israel needs our Congress here to keep that spigot open and the funding flowing.

Many have suggested that Israel should finally relent and apply officially for U.S. statehood. However, we reject that notion, since Israel would then only be represented by two senators, as opposed to 100.

We are thrilled that Congress will be hosting this noted peace warrior. Bibi Netanyahu routinely provokes more standing ovations than the President of the United States when he addresses Congress. Fortunately, thus far, few self-hating Jews have been so petty as to criticize Mr. Netanyahu for actions he’s taken in his role as colonial administrator.

We are appreciative of the fact that, like most great leaders, Bibi has been able to negotiate many settlements. Some of those settlements are secured by walls, barbed wire, machine guns, helicopters, drones and tanks, and some argue that Israel is engaged in the oppression and ethnic cleansing of people living in Gaza and the West Bank. We beg to differ! The bulldozing of the houses of the families of 12-year-old terrorists throwing rocks at our tanks is essential in Prime Minister Netanyahu’s “Broken Windows: Eternal War for Eternal Peace” program, which of course requires U.S. aid to finance and maintain. Thus, All Jews Everywhere believes it is reasonable that Mr. Netanyahu is preparing to spend three full days in meetings with the executive committee of Congress — known locally as AIPAC.

We fully endorse Bibi’s cogent point that the problems between the so-called “Palestine” and Israel (whose right to exist as a Jewish state is biblically inscribed — thank you G-d for choosing us!) are caused by Iran. It is a known fact that all the problems in the world are a direct result of that rogue nation’s undeclared nuclear ambitions, which pose a serious threat to Israel’s monopoly of undeclared nuclear weapons.

Although secret cables from 2012 have just surfaced in which Mossad — Israel’s CIA counterpart — judged Iran incapable of manufacturing and deploying nuclear weapons, if the U.S. and its allies do not bomb Iran soon, there could be a war gap. As Mr. Netanyahu stated this week while touring Israeli military bases, “I will go to Washington to address the American Congress, because the American Congress is likely to be the final brake before the agreement between the major powers and Iran.” If too much time passes without war, the momentum for war, along with funding, will erode, threatening our way of life. Alarmed at such a possibility, we in the AJE endorse 2016 Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton’s request to continue U.S. taxpayers’ annual outlay of $3.2 billion in outright gifts to Israel, plus another $9 billion in loan guarantees and funding for projects that provide jobs there as snipers and tank-operators.

All Jews Everywhere prays for G-d’s assistance in preventing the same methods used to privilege Jews in Israel from being applied by other countries to privilege them against Jews. We reject the anti-Zionist idea that a single humanitarian standard should be applied to all. Otherwise, where are the perks in being the chosen people? We do however suggest that Bibi exchange his camouflage yarmulka for a more conservative one, to keep open his direct pipeline to Adoshem. We worry whether Bibi’s desert camo kippah makes him invisible to G-d. How can G-d protect him, then, and by extension Eretz Yisrael?

“Money for occupations” or “Money for war”? America is wealthy enough to continue funding Israel’s occupations as well as its wars, and make them our own. Yes we can!

Next Year in Tehran!
AJE Executive Board

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