Saturday, August 17, 2013

U of M Strangely Uninterested in Appearance by Leftist Writer Who Believes Jews are Reptilian Space Aliens

I blame the Reptilian space alien control over America’s academic institutions for this sordid act of censorship.

Alice Walker is upset that her appearance was canceled because the donors that were supposed to be funding it showed a keen disinterest in having a woman who believes her enemies are a race of evil interstellar villains put in her appearance.
In Case You’ve Ever Wondered How It Is Done: Censorship by Purse String An Invitation to speak at the 50th Anniversary for the Center for Education of Women at the University of Michigan has been withdrawn
I’m saddened to write this because I’m a proponent of free speech and have been brought up to allow everyone to have their say. But I also realize that there are other considerations that institutions are faced with. This afternoon I was contacted by the University of Michigan instructing me to withdraw their invitation due to the removal of funding from the donors, because of their interpretation of Ms. Walker’s comments regarding Israel. They are not willing to fund this program and the university/Women’s center do not have the resources to finance this on their own.
What sort of comment misinterpretation could have led to this unfortunate series of events?
Alice Walker seems to think that the Jewish people are all an extension of her “evil” ex-husband.

Friday, August 16, 2013

A ‘two-state solution’ is a contradiction in terms

David Wilder
The Jewish Community of Hebron
August 16, 2013

It was exactly three years ago that I wrote Serving Israel on a Silver Platter. It is just as relevant today as it was then, but in the name of rejuvenation, a few more points can be added.

First, in speaking with groups here in Hebron, many ask me about the ‘two state solution.’ I explain to them that it is not going to happen. Why?

Hizbullah in the north, Syria to the east, and Egypt and Hamas to the south. And who knows how long it will be until Jordan faces the same issues. And let’s not forget Iran.

A Very Negative Oslo/Pro-Eretz Yisrael 53%

My Right Word

There's a new poll, conducted by Maagor Mochot and commissioned by Ma'ariv and the results are, after finding out that but 73% of the public knows what are the "Oslo Accords", that

57% believe that the Oslo agreements were injurious to Israel from a political, security and economic viewpoint and that 53% would not vote today in favor of an agreement that includes a withdrawal from Judea and Samaria, even if the Palestinians would recognize Israel as a Jewish state and give up the right of return.

The graphics:


I tabled discussion about Egypt for some days, as I considered the release of terrorists from Israeli prison and related events here.  And in the course of those days, the situation in Egypt has escalated -- in some ways, inevitably, in some ways not.
The military regime of General al-Sisi had been threatening to take out encampments of Muslim Brotherhood resistance, if the people demonstrating for the return of Morsi did not disband.  Finally, Sisi acted.  As I write, some 500 people have died and the Islamists are not pulling back but rather responding with violence.
I hesitate to endorse violence of this scale, and yet I champion the military in Egypt.  Al-Sisi acted when he understood that the growing strength of the Islamists in the street presented the specter of the Brotherhood again taking over -- something he was not about to tolerate. 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Defend Daniel Seaman!!‏


Subj: Defend Daniel Seaman!!

   Israel's fascist Left has a new cause.  It is operating a jihad against the freedom of speech of poor Daniel Seaman.  He is the outgoing director-general of the Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Ministry and he is a man who speaks his mind.  Leftists do not mind people speaking their mind as long as their mind is speaking leftism.   But Brother Seaman speaks politically incorrect thoughts.

   Seaman is a Likud activist who has held a series of posts, including serving as head of the government press office.  What has the Left soiling its Pampers is that Seaman has been tapped to head a new experimental governmental program to recruit Israeli college students to serve as public relations activists on the internet, where they would fight anti-Israel demonization and hate propaganda and provide the Israeli side of events.   The Left hates that idea.  For the Left, the proper Israeli position should always be the position of the Palestinian genocidal terrorists.  The Left wants Israel to defend itself by adopting the Arab world's political agenda, not be supporting Israel's!

What is Really Behind Egypt’s Violence?

Night Watch


 Egypt:Police used tear gas to disperse pro-Mursi supporters in a demonstration march in Cairo. The purpose of the march was to protest the appointment of 25 new provincial governors, most of whom are army or police generals. No governors appointed by Mursi remain in office. Two governorships are not yet filled.
The pro-Mursi marchers were confronted by residents along the route who called them "terrorists." That's when the rock and bottle throwing began, leading to the police intervention.
During subsequent clashes one person was killed and ten injured and some store fronts were smashed.
Comment:Security remains a high priority for many reasons, including revival of the economy. Consolidation of the chain of command to the provinces to ensure reliability and responsiveness is an essential step in preparations to stop the anti-government protests.

PA honored the killers of 238 Israelis

22 terrorist murderers chosen by PA and Fatah
for honor during Ramadan

17 of the terrorists were imprisoned
3 were suicide bombers
2 others were killed during their terror attacks

The honored terrorists killed 238 people
PA Minister of Prisoners' Affairs:  
"The purpose of this visit during this month (Ramadan) is to emphasize the loyalty and love to the prisoners."
by Itamar Marcus
As a major focus of its Ramadan activities, the Palestinian Authority chose to honor and glorify terrorist murderers.

In all, 22 terrorist murderers who killed 238 Israelis were glorified, along with numerous other terrorists who caused injuries. Those honored included suicide bombers, bomb makers, hijackers, snipers, stabbers, and planners of terror attacks. Palestinian Media Watch has reported that many of them have been honored numerous times in the past for their terror attacks.


That's the current state of affairs.
Yesterday, the High Court -- totally as expected -- rejected the appeals of families of terror victims and said that the State had the right, for diplomatic reasons, to effect the release of the first 26 Palestinian Arab terrorists.
And so, after midnight last night (the wee hours of Wednesday, the 14th) the arrangements were carried out by Prison Services, with some being bused to Ramallah and others to the Erez Crossing into Gaza.
For obvious reasons, Hamas forbid its populace to have public celebrations over the releases.  This would have been an acknowledgement that Abbas had achieved something in the lead up to negotiations, which they are dead set against.  (More below on this.)
For equally obvious reasons, the Palestinian Authority engaged in celebration as the prisoners were brought to the presidential compound.  Israel had specifically requested that the welcome of the released be kept low key.  But Israeli officials must have known they were blowin' in the wind when they made that request: Israel cannot prevent us from celebrating, PA officials retorted.  There was music, and there were fireworks.  PA officials were there along with families, offering welcome.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Arab Christian Party: Don’t Release Arab Murderers!

A new Arab Christian political party vehemently opposes BDS and the release of convicted Arab murderers, but whether it is the Holy Grail of Arabs fully supporting the Jewish State remains an open question
By: Lori Lowenthal Marcus
The Jewish Press
Published: August 14th, 2013

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Bishara Shlayan is an Arab Israeli who says BDS harms Arabs most of all
Photo Credit: Facebook Photo

Could it be that the elusive needle in the haystack exists? Just what so many people have been looking for: Arabs who understand that people who don’t obey the rule of law are bad neighbors, bad classmates, and bad for business. Those bad guys are also more likely to kill other Arabs than law-abiding citizens who wish to create a strong, safe country that unifies people of all religions and races.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Eldad: ‘New’ Construction – from 2012

Maayana Miskin

The government has made a serious mistake by portraying the latest construction east of the 1949 armistice line as something Israel is doing in exchange for freeing terrorist killers, former MK Aryeh Eldad warned Tuesday.

Speaking to Arutz Sheva, Eldad explained why he was unimpressed with the government’s decision to allow limited new construction in Jerusalem and in select cities in Judea and Samaria (Shomron).

“These are recycled declarations. Netanyahu promised to build these same houses in November, 2012, after the Palestinians went to the United Nations – and he didn’t build them then, either,” Eldad accused.

“These are empty declarations meant to make up for the release of terrorists,” he said.

Lies, Democracy & Obama

Bruce Thornton On August 13, 2013

The great French political philosopher Jean-François Revel once wrote, “Democracy cannot survive without a certain diet of truth. It cannot survive if the degree of truth in current circulation falls below a minimal level. A democratic regime, founded on the free determination of important choices made by a majority, condemns itself to death if most of the citizens who have to choose between various options make their decisions in ignorance of reality, blinded by passions or misled by fleeting impressions.” If Revel is correct, the rapidly diminishing level of truth in our public discourse suggests that we are in dire straits.

I’m not talking about the sordid lies politicians tell in order to survive. Lechers like Bill Clinton or Bob Filner caught in the act have lied from time immemorial. But that sort of desperate lie, whatever larger damage it may do, is nothing compared to ideological lies of the sort corrupting our society. Those lies reflect peculiarly modern ideas, particularly the notion that since truth is relative, presumed noble aims in the service of some bright future of peace and justice make it acceptable to tell lies or ignore the truth.

A conspicuous absence

  Tuesday, 13 Aug, 2013

Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami did not attend Rouhani’s inauguration ceremony. I examined the faces of everyone in attendance while watching the event, which was held in the office of the supreme leader. Khatami’s absence raised a lot of questions. Why was he not invited? If he had been invited, why did he not attend?

The supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, officially endorsed Rouhani’s appointment to the country’s presidency for the next four years. The ceremony was attended by senior Iranian officials and political figures, including the chairman of the Expediency Discernment Council, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the parliamentary speaker, Ali Larijani, the head of the judiciary, Sadeq Larijani, the head of the Guardian Council and former president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Former presidential candidates also attended, such as Mohammad Reza Arif, Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf, Mohsen Rezaee, Gholam Ali Haddad Adel, Sa’id Jalili, Ali Akbar Velayati, and Mohammad Gharazi.

But Khatami’s absence was obvious.

Palestine: History of a Name

Palestine: History of a Name

I've recently condemned the focus on Reza Aslan’s religion – Islam – when talking about his new book about Jesus, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth”. I think there is no room for propaganda when reviewing history. No one is objective. But we can try to be truthful.  Putting aside the thesis of his book i.e., that Jesus was an anti-Roman Jewish revolutionary, in all his interviews, Aslan goes out of his way to refer to Jesus’ Judea i.e., the land of the Jews, as “Palestine”. For all I care, he can call it “Nebraska”, as long as he doesn’t give the impression that this is really what it was called by the inhabitants of Judea in Jesus’ time. But Aslan wraps this “Palestine” name with a veneer of history. When challenged on his use of the name “Palestine” for ancient “Judea”, his answer is that he’s using the “Roman designation” for the area. According to Aslan, this designation was “Syria Palestine”. This is absolutely wrong. More than this, it demonstrates a certain cynicism when manipulating history for the purpose of ideology. Let’s look at this word “Palestine”. Where does it come from? 

Monday, August 12, 2013

How did we get there?

With the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE, the Second Jewish Commonwealth came to an end.  From then until modern times, what had been Judah, and was renamed Palestina by the Romans, was only an appendage to one empire or another, never an independent country.

San Remo

Jewish legal rights in the land in modern times began with the San Remo Conference and resultant San Remo resolution, which has been called the Jewish Magna Carta. 
For centuries, Palestine had been part of the (Turkish, Muslim) Ottoman Empire. With the end of WWI, the land of that Empire was taken by the Allies. Great Britain, France, Italy and Japan, with the US as observer, met in San Remo, Italy, to decide how it would be divided: Palestine was put under British Mandatory rule.

Balfour Declaration

At San Remo it was decided to incorporate the Balfour Declaration into Britain's mandate.  The Declaration, in the form of a letter, was an endorsement by the British government of the establishment of a Jewish home in Palestine.  Written in 1917 by the British Foreign Secretary Lord Balfour, and sent to Lord Rothschild, it stated:
"His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, , and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object."
Full text of letter: The Balfour Declaration

Democracy and Egypt: A "Brotherhood of Cains"

Salim Mansur
August 12, 2013 

Both the good and bad about democracy are inseparable from what people think about it, or their experience with it, their cultural predisposition when they go about demanding it be given to them, or how they practice it.
The recent spate of commentary in media about the troubles in Egypt illustrates how widespread is the confusion among the "commentariat" class in the West witnessing the "breakdown" of democracy when an elected president was unceremoniously removed by the military.

Releasing Prisoners, Appeasing Enemies

Michael Ledeen


Both the Israeli release of more than a hundred Palestinian killers and the American release of five Taliban killers  from Guantanamo are US policy decisions, so it’s fair to treat them as part of a single mindset.  There are many possible reasons for releasing prisoners, but most of the time, and especially in recent years, such actions are part of a bigger issue, as are these two examples. The prisoners are typically pawns on a geopolitical chess board.  Both Israel and the United States have been involved in this game for decades.  It all started as barter, but it has now become an embarrassing form of appeasement.

The Israelis have frequently released Palestinian prisoners [1], as a component in efforts to reach a stable agreement between the two enemies, but the practice began in 1971 as a simple one-on-one swap, when a terrorist from al Fatah was released in exchange for an Israeli night watchman who had been abducted by the Palestinians.

Willful Blindness, Mortal Peril


Diana West's splendid new book, "American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character," is an expose of a practice that she persuasively argues has cost us dearly in the past and endangers our future. Former federal prosecutor-turned-pundit Andrew C. McCarthy calls it "willful blindness," and we indulge in it at our extreme peril.

Ms. West painstakingly documents how America's government, media, academia, political and policy elites actively helped obscure the true nature of the Soviet Union. She persuasively argues that such blinding began literally from the moment in November 1933 when Franklin Roosevelt normalized relations with the USSR in exchange for the Kremlin's fraudulent promise to forgo subversion against this country.

A Place to Sigh: Israel Memorial Day

Thousands of strangers come to the funeral of a soldier who was kidnapped, tortured and killed because of his Star of David.

I once went to a funeral – a spring funeral – at the military cemetery in Jerusalem. An Israeli soldier had been killed. Another name was added to a list, a long list, of Jews who have given their lives in the past 60 years so that the Jewish State of Israel might live.
I didn't know this particular soldier, but it didn't matter. He was one of ours – our children, our soldiers, our sons, our people. His name was Jason.
He had come to Israel alone, from Montreal, and had joined the Israel Defense Force. Now his parents, stunned, bewildered, jet lagged, disoriented, had hurriedly come to join him one last time – for his funeral.

Egyptians Enraged by U.S. Outreach to Muslim Brotherhood

Raymond Ibrahim
PJ Media

In the eyes of tens of millions of Egyptians, Senators John McCain's and Lindsey Graham's recent words and deeds in Egypt—which have the "blessing" of President Obama—have unequivocally proven that U.S. leadership is aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egyptian media is awash with stories of the growing anger regarding this policy.
A top advisor to Egypt's Interim President Adly Mansour formally accused McCain of distorting facts to the benefit of the Brotherhood, dismissing the senator's remarks as "irrational"—or, more colloquially, "moronic." Ahmed al-Zind, head of the Egyptian Judge Club, called for the arrest and trial of McCain for "trying to destroy Egypt." The leader of the youth movement, Tamarod (or "Rebellion" against the Brotherhood) which played a major role in mobilizing the June 30 Revolution, said "We reject John McCain and call on the international community to let the [Egyptian] people decide their own fate." Another incensed secular political commentator, Ahmed Musa, asserted that "These two men have made more shameless demands than the Brotherhood themselves would dare," adding:

Thanks to Obama, Muslim Brotherhood Opens First Office in Syria

Could this have happened without Obama funding and arming the Syrian “rebels” – costing U.S. taxpayers more than $1 BILLION already with a deluge of  Syrian “refugees” being permanently settled in America?
via Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood Publicly Inaugurates Office in Aleppo.
The Organization of the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria announced establishing its first official office inside Syria, following decades of crackdown and prohibition by the Syrian regime.

"Despicable and Dangerous"

Last Thursday night, Secretary of State Kerry met for 90 minutes with a select group of heads of Jewish American organizations to speak about the "peace process."  Standing with him at this "briefing" were National Security Advisor Susan Rice and special envoy (Middle East "mediator?") Martin Indyk.

Present were representatives of AIPAC, J Street, the ADL, the American Jewish Committee, the Conservative movement (the Rabbinic Assembly according to the JPost, and perhaps also the United Synagogue), the Orthodox Union, American Friends of Lubavitch, B’nai B’rith International, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the Jewish Federations of North America, Hadassah, the National Jewish Democratic Council, the National Council of Jewish Women and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Bereaved Families Ask: ‘Israelis, Where Are You?’

Maayana Miskin

Families of victims of terrorism marched through Jerusalem on Sunday in a protest against the government’s plan to approve the release of 26 terrorists.

They marched from the central memorial for terrorism victims, located in Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, to the Supreme Court building, where the court is to hear a petition against terrorist release filed by the Almagor organization.

Gila Molko, one of the marchers, could not hold back her tears as she called on the Israeli public to come join the victims’ families.

“Today I march alone, but tomorrow I hope that the nation of Israel will join me. I’m begging you to come, where are you, Israel?” she asked, speaking to Arutz Sheva.

“Don’t you understand?” she continued, facing the camera. “Don’t you understand that this is our blood, that he was part of our nation?”

“It’s not easy for bereaved families to come here,” she added. “It’s like having teeth pulled without anesthesia. We need your support.”

The parents of Lior Tubol, who terrorists kidnapped and murdered, expressed outrage at the plan to release their son’s killers.

Netanyahu Recovering After Emergency Surgery

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu underwent an emergency hernia operation overnight Saturday.

By Elad Benari
First Publish: 8/11/2013

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was recovering on Sunday morning after undergoing an emergency hernia operation overnight, his office said in a statement.

The surgery, which took place at the Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem, was successful and lasted about an hour, said the Prime Minister’s Office.
Netanyahu, 63, is expected to be discharged on Sunday afternoon. The doctors, who had originally planned to do the surgery under a local anesthetic, decided to perform it under general  anesthesia.

Until Netanyahu fully recovers from the operation, he will be replaced by Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon.