Steven Plaut

Friday, October 24, 2014




1.   The US State Department consulate described the murder of the infant in Jerusalem this week as a traffic accident. Just like the 9-11 collapse of the WTC in 2001 was a plane accident....



2.  Back when the KACH party of Meir Kahane sat in the Knesset, the Israeli political establishment passed a special law outlawing the party while declaring it a racist and terrorist organization, whose members are NOT entitled to freedom of speech. They did this because they disliked the style and contents of what Kahane spoke. When the BALAD Party of Arab fascists sits in the Knesset and its Haneen Zoabi says that Israeli soldiers are mass murderers, terrorists, Nazis, and worse than ISIS terrorists, and when she praises Islamofascist terrorist atrocities against Jews, this is protected speech.
Is that clear now?


3.  What exactly is the difference between J Street demanding that Jews be kept out of neighborhoods where they do not belong and the Ku Klux Klan demanding that blacks be kept out of neighborhoods where they do not belong??


4.  New opera planned for next year at the NY Met about the moral equivalence between the Pestilinian driver that murdered the baby in Jerusalem and the baby herself. Auditions to play the singing driver start soon. Israeli leftist actors seeking to play the driver.




5.  The opera ain't over till the Islamofascist terrorists sing...


6.  If I had a Mercedes for every Israeli Arab leader who condemned the Nazi-like murder of the infant in Jerusalem yesterday by the Islamofascist terrorist, then I would still be driving a Mazda. If I had a Mercedes for every "Palestinian" who publicly condemned the Nazi-like murder of the infant in Jerusalem yesterday by the Islamofascist terrorist, then I would still be driving a Mazda.  Actually, many of them cheered on the murderer, including the moderates from Fatah.  
Remember all those Israeli leftists who issued heart-rending screams when a mentally-ill Jew who thought he was the messiah burned to death a Palestinian minor? Well, if I had a Mercedes for every one of those screamers who now condemned the Nazi-like murder of the infant in Jerusalem by the Islamofascist terrorist, then I would still be driving a Mazda.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


1.  About the 23rd

  

    I have long had a bit if a pet peeve when it comes to the 23rd Psalm ("The Lord is my Shepherd…").  My beef is not with the words in the Psalm and certainly not with King David himself.  Rather, I find it irritating how the 23rd Psalm has been converted into the "essence of the Bible" by popular culture.   Nearly every single Hollywood film in which anyone reads any passage at all from the Bible, whether a soldier character or preachers or cowboys, will be reading the 23rd Psalm.  In other media venues the Psalm is just as dominant.  Many decades back in yesteryear, when I was a whippersnapper back in Philadelphia, and when it was still permitted (even mandatory) to read from the Bible each morning in public schools, it was almost always the 23rd Psalm.  When American politicians want to show how interested they are in the Bible, they cite the 23rd.  I find it repugnant.

 

    It goes without saying that one cannot reduce the essence of the Bible to the 23rd.  The Book of Psalms in its entirety is unrepresentative of the Bible in general.  And within the set of Psalms, I do not see how anyone can even claim that the 23rd somehow "captures" the entire Book of Psalms, which is in fact highly heterogeneous.

 

     The over-marketing of the 23rd is, in my mind, very poor taste.  It has gotten to the point where I cringe a bit when hearing public readings of the 23rd in English, especially in films.  The Hebrew version is sufficiently different so that I do not have the same gut response, for example when it is read in evening services on Shabbat and holidays.  In Hebrew culture, it never became as over-marketed, saturated, and "commercialized" as in English.

 

    Having aired my beef, let me also tell you about one of the loveliest renditions of the 23rd, one you really will want to hear.  It is by the singer Uzi Hitman (pronounced Cheightman), who died in 2004.  Hitman was a popular singer in Israel, known best for his children's songs and appearances on children's TV shows.  He was a Tel Aviv secularist who hung with the local bohemians.   He died at the age of 52 from a heart attack.

 

    Despite being a secularist, Hitman had a long track record of writing music for, recording, and popularizing some religious songs.  The popular tune for Adon Olam, which is today often sung in synagogues and on the pop radio, was written and performed by him.   An album of his religious recordings was released after his death and has become quite popular (called Esa Einei).  Some of its tracks are on youtube.

 

      One in particular is worth emphasizing.  It is this track:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Nm_O0RNrb8 .   It begins with an old recording of a cantor singing for about 40 seconds and then it morphs into Hitman singing.  The cantor is the Holocaust-survivor father of Hitman himself, and Uzi chose to record it in this interesting way.  Based on an old Chassidic melody.  After the first 40 seconds you will hear Hitman singing the 23rd.  Take a minute and open the link.  It will make your day!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Nm_O0RNrb8

 

 

2.  "The Birth of a Nation" is an old film that glorified the Ku Klux Klan and was boycotted by all right-thinking folk, including in the entertainment world.
'Based on two historical novels, The Clansman, An Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan (1905) and The Leopard's Spots: A Romance of the White Man's Burden, 1865­1900 (1902), and a play, The Clansman (1906), written by a North Carolina lawyer turned preacher, Thomas Dixon Jr., The Birth of a Nation recounts the history of the Civil War and Reconstruction through the eyes and experiences of Southern whites who vehemently opposed the political and social progress made by newly freed African Americans after the Civil War. Much of the novel's tone, which Cripps describes as "a nightmare of interracial brutality, rape and castigation," found its way into The Birth of a Nation.' (from http://chnm.gmu.edu/episodes/the-birth-of-a-nation-and-black-protest/)

So isn't it time that the Birth of a Nation be set to music and staged at the NY Met? Surely the Mayor of NY will want to attend!

 

 

3.  The world media are having conniptions over a few Jewish families moving into SIlwan, the area of the ancient City of David near the Western Wall. Funny how it is never news or controversial when Arabs move into Jerusalem's Jewish neighborhoods. The anti-Israel Ku Klux Klansmen think Jews should be prevented from moving into neighborhoods "where they do not belong." Can cross burning by BBC and CNN and Peace Now be far behind?

 

 

4.   The "Occupy" Terrorists:  http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/dgreenfield/occupy-wall-streetferguson-thug-who-assaulted-jewish-man-at-anti-israel-protest-wont-be-charged-whate-crime/#.VEWo_L7uJJk.facebook

 

 

5.  (from 2011) An Open Letter to an Israeli "Social Justice" Tent Protester

http://zioncon.blogspot.co.il/2011/07/open-letter-to-tent-protester.html

 


Sunday, October 19, 2014


 

1.  When the Israeli government almost installed ISIS on the shore of the Kinneret

By Steven Plaut

 

    It is truly maddening to consider how close Israel came to turning the Golan Heights over to Syria in the year 2000 and how close Israel came to having hordes of ISIS terrorists sitting smack on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, directly across from Tiberias.

 

     In the year 2000 the Israeli Labor Party ruled the country and Ehud Barak was Prime Minister.  Negotiations were being conducted about a complete and total Israeli "withdrawal" from the Golan Heights.   The Syrian border would have moved to the shores of the Sea of Galilee and Syria would have been granted water rights to the Kinneret.  This took place under the coaxing of Barak's party's "doves" and especially Itamar Rabinovich, a past president of Tel Aviv University, a relative of Yitzhak Rabin, and an ex-Ambassador to the US.   Rabinovich saw himself as some sort of authority on Syria and led the Labor-Left's campaign to strike a deal-at-any-cost with Syria. 

 

     Israel in fact did offer Syria the entire Golan Heights, only to find that the Syrians were demanding MORE than that.  In what can only have been a divinely decreed miracle, the deal did not go through.  Like with Pharoah, the Assad dictator's heart was hardened mysteriously, and he failed to grab the prize when it was proffered.  Here is the Le Monde report on what appeared in 2000 to be an imminent "peace agreement":  http://mondediplo.com/2000/01/02gresh

 

   In reality, of course, Assad was offered everything including the kitchen plate.   Since then the Israeli Left has invented a new Pseudo-History of this episode, claiming Barak was in fact holding back and not making "enough" concessions to Assad.  After all, Barak failed to offer Assad all of Rabinovich's Tel Aviv University. 

 

   To read the opinion pieces and speeches in Israel from the 1999-2000 era of negotiations with Assad is to enter the Twilight Zone.  One after the other, these people hectored and browbeat the Israeli public about what a wonderful and unique historic opportunity this was.  All Israel had to do was to surrender to all of Assad's demands.   Moreover, time was of the essence.  Every second that passed without a capitulation deal to Syria would see Israel's situation worsen and would produce existential dangers for Israel.   Some of these pseudo-analyses and predictions were re-published over the past weekend by Haggai Segel in Makor Rishon, and reading them is truly eye-opening. 

 

    At the time I did my own small part to belay the catastrophe being planned by Rabinovich and Barak.  I published this article in 1999 in the Middle East Quarterly:  http://www.meforum.org/476/the-collapsing-syrian-economy ,  In it I argued that not only was time not pressing for a deal with Syria, but time was very much running AGAINST Syria, because the Syrian economy was deep in the depths of implosion. Hence Israel could only benefit from stalling any attempt at reaching a deal with Syria.  Say what you wish about the myopia of economists, but THIS prediction turned out to be right smack dab on the money.  Syria indeed collapsed, and not only economically.  The article at the time gained enormous attention and excerpts ran in the Wall Street Journal.

 

    When Assad hardened his Pharoah's heart and rescued Israel, the drama did not end.  During the next decade or so, swarms of Israeli leftists from the Labor Party and elsewhere tried to reconstruct the "deal" that Ehud Barak almost signed, demanding that Israel enter negotiations with Syria from the last negotiation position by Barak.  In other words, start with Barak's last offer of total capitulation as the starting point and then negotiate NEW additional concessions to Syria from there.

 

    It should be noted, by the way, that at this point the Golan Heights have been part of the state of Israel for more than twice as long as they were ever part of the state of Syria before 1967. 


     If it had been all up to the Israeli Labor Party, ISIS terrorists would be today encamped on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee, and sending out murder parties each evening into the Galilee in rowboats and rafts.   Israel was spared this fate not because of any serendipitous dose of common sense by its leaders, but thanks to the miracle of the Pharaoh-like hardening of the heart of the Assad beast.

 

 

 

2.  Leftists hate Peace and Jews:  http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4581284,00.html

 

 

3.  Obama says he is truly shocked that Joe Biden's soldier son was using drugs.  Well:  http://www.websophist.com/obama_smoking-weed1-300M.jpg

 

 

4.  According to a survey of Jewish Israelis published in Israel Hayom today, Jewish Israelis oppose creation of any Palestinian by a huge majority of at least four to one. The minority 18.2% who support it probably do so subject to all sorts of restrictions and limitations (the exact wording of the question is not reported in the news story). Even larger amounts (6,5 to 1 opposed) oppose creation of a Palestinian state if it involves Israeli withdrawal from the Jordan Valley. SO what are we to make of all those blubberings by Shimon Peres and the Israeli Left that there is near-consensus in Israel in favor of creation of a Palestinian state? I suspect that the proportion of Israelis who support the death penalty for traitors is far far larger than the proportion of Israelis who endorse the so-called "Two State Solution."

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=20817

 

 

5.  John  Kerry thinks the Jews are to blame for the emergence of ISIS because Israel refuses to commit suicide in order to end the "Arab-Israeli Conflict." So just out of curiosity, who was it exactly who created the Viet Cong that Kerry used to support so enthusiastically?

http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=13469

 

 

6.  PPSSSSTTTTT! Pass it on! Obama will be setting up a new web site to fight Ebola!

 

 

7.  Caroline Glick on why the "Palestinians" should never get a state:  http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/10/16/should-nations-recognize-a-palestinian-state/there-should-be-no-palestinian-state-23

 


Friday, October 17, 2014


http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/steven-plaut/recognizing-a-terror-state/

Recognizing a Terror State

Posted By Steven Plaut On October 16, 2014 

So let us see if we have this straight.  The British parliament decides to "recognize" the "state" of "Palestine."    It thus reverts to exactly the same displays of courage and integrity that it showed back when Britain recognized the right to self-determination of the Sudeten Germans in 1938.   All this from Britain, the occupier of Gibraltar, the Falklands, Wales, Scotland, Ulster, and the Channel Islands.   The Brits are  joined by Sweden in a similar belch of "recognition."  You remember Sweden, the country that was too cowardly to choose a side in either World War and that provided iron ore to feed Hitler's war machine.  Yes, Sweden, which refuses to recognize the rights to self-determination of its own Samis, and whose journalists recycle medieval blood libels about Jews murdering gentiles and selling their body parts.   Other European countries are expected to follow.  Why "Palestine" is any more worthy of being "recognized" than ISIS, another terrorist gang claiming to be a state seeking "recognition," is never explained.

Now an interesting twist to the story is the demonstration of the Israeli Radical Left of its contempt for democracy and for Israeli sovereignty.  The Israeli Left, led by the tenured leftists, is willing to endorse pretty much anything that is harmful to its own country.  It has been urging European countries to "recognize the state of Palestine."   A petition was signed by dozens of Israel's most anti-Israel academics, plus some non-academic members of the Hamas Lobby.  It was organized by Amiram Goldblum from the Hebrew University, a founder of the extremist anti-Israel "Peace Now" organization, and Alon Liel, an ex-diplomat who now teaches for some reason at Tel Aviv University.  These two were earlier among the initiators and organizers of a notorious pseudo-poll that claimed falsely to show that Israeli Jews favor "apartheid."   That "poll" last year was an exercise in distortion and tendentious manipulation, designed to generate misleading "statistics."  It was thoroughly discredited by serious social scientists.

Now the same "Israel is an Apartheid Regime" propaganda team is back, rallying the rest of the anti-Israel academic Left to attempt to bypass and neutralize Israeli sovereignty.   Their initiative also reflects the utter contempt and disdain that Leftists in Israel have for democracy.

No one is stopping the Radical Left in Israel from peddling its ideological wares in the marketplace of public opinion.  In fact the Radical Left exercises unchallenged control over two of Israel's daily newspapers and also dominates all of the television and radio broadcasts.   The problem is that it has been a dramatic failure.  Its anti-Israel lobbying has fallen flat on its face.  The public simply repudiates the Left's agenda.  Treason just has not proved to be the grand vote grabber that the Left expected.   Certainly since the outbreak of the recent battles in Gaza, almost no one in Israel still favors the so-called "Two State Solution."  Almost no one is willing to see Israel "withdraw" from the West Bank and allow a Palestinian terror state to operate there.  Almost no one is willing to reward Hamas with "concessions."

The Left understands that its "ideas" have been rejected by nearly the entire Israeli political spectrum.  Since it is incapable of persuading Israelis of the correctness of its agenda, it has decided instead to recruit foreign powers to "do the job" for it and bully Israel.  It demands that foreign countries and organizations hostile to Israel coerce the Jewish country into adopting the very political platform favored by the Left that is rejected by perhaps 97% of Israelis.

Goldblum, the organizer of the petition calling for European recognition of the "state of Palestine," has a long track record of calling for Europeans to suppress and override Israeli sovereignty and impose policies upon Israel from without opposed by the bulk of Israelis.   In a notorious speech before an assembly of leftists in May 2012, Goldblum was quoted as calling upon Israel's Left to stop wasting its time attempting to persuade the general public to embrace its political agenda, evidently because it is clear that the public will never do so.  Goldblum said he has no interest in the Israeli electorate and general public and called upon the radical Left to go directly to political groups abroad, outside of Israel, and recruit them as pressure groups to coerce Israel into accepting the agenda of the Israeli Left.

His comrades in Petitiongate are not very different.  Among the signers calling on Europeans to "recognize Palestine" are Shlomo Sand, the pseudo-historian from Tel Aviv University who is the most openly anti-Semitic "academic" in Israel, Oren Yiftachel, who has built an "academic" career by asserting that Israel is an apartheid regime, plus a gaggle of card-carrying communists, tenured anti-Semites, and Hamas aficionados.  The presence of such people on the faculties of Israeli universities tells you pretty much all you need to know about the state of academic standards here.

The only thing the signers of the petition detest more than their own country is freedom of speech.  The Israeli far Left is a fascist movement that ferociously opposes not only Israeli sovereignty but also democracy and freedom of speech for non-leftists.   Critics of leftists must be silenced and indicted, insist the Far Leftists, because the exercise of freedom of speech by non-leftists produces violence and it is a clear and present danger.

Meanwhile the number of Tenured Leftists openly calling for violence and murder grows.  The leftist Attorney General never prosecutes such people for their calls to murder.  They are just engaged in protected speech, you see, unlike Rabbis who write controversial books or Non-Leftist protesters expressing their opinions boisterously.  Many of the tenured extremists seek to suppress academic freedom for Non-Leftists, especially for critics of the Left, and also freedom of speech.  Goldblum, the initiator of the petition for "recognition of the State of Palestine," has a long track record of filing anti-democratic harassment SLAPP suits against those who disagree with his extremist opinions.   Ben Dror Yemini, a Dean of Israeli journalism, has denounced Goldblum as an anti-democratic fanatic.

The Israeli signers of the petition calling upon European countries and others to negate Israeli sovereignty and to "recognize" the "state" of "Palestine" not only hate their own country, but they also hate basic democracy and human freedoms.   "Peace Now," whose name in Hebrew is Shalom Achshav, should change its name to SHISIS = Subverters and Harassers of Israel and of Israelis.   It may yet merge with ISIS.  Its head should be renamed the Grand Israeli Scheisskopf.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Puddingate

By Steven Plaut

 

   The past few weeks the media in Israel has been all obsessed with reports that some Israelis are emigrating to Berlin.   Small numbers of Israelis have always emigrated to other countries.  In fact, the numbers were far larger in the 1950s and 1960s (when almost all emigrants were also recent immigrants to Israel).  The fact that some Israelis choose to go to Berlin is a bit disgusting, given Jewish racial memories, but not really all that newsworthy.  The media have attempted to connect the "out-migration to Berlin" with the cost of living in Israel.  If I had a shekel for every newspaper and radio report that says that these people are moving to Berlin because the cost of chocolate pudding is lower there, I could buy Teva.  Why the journalists are so obsessed with chocolate pudding is not really clear.  I propose it be called Puddingate. 

 

     One wag commented that it is not just chocolate pudding that is cheaper in Berlin.  In Israel one has to pay good money to get a tattoo on one's forearm, whereas in Berlin they are willing to give Jews a tattoo like that for free.   Haaretz, the Palestinian newspaper published in Hebrew, at least has challenged the pudding obsession.  It has repeatedly insisted that Israeli emigrants are going to Berlin because they are so disgusted with the ideology of the ruling Israeli Right.

 

      Ironically, the truth about the pudding emigration came out today in the same Haaretz.  To explain this, it needs to be pointed out that Haaretz is really a mix of two different newspapers.  There is the regular daily dose of treason, contained in the main section of the newspaper and in all of the Op-Ed and "analytic" pieces, poorly disguised even as it infiltrates into almost all the news stories.   But then there is a second Haaretz, which is the "Marker" business supplement.  The Marker is run by a completely separate team.  While as anti-Likud as the main newspaper moghuls, the "Marker" is not only the best business daily in Israel by far, it also tends to be the only voice of free market economic policy in Israel.  Go figure.  The main Haaretz is basically a communist front rag, but its business supplement is free market, anti-Histadrut, and proud of it!  My guess is that two thirds of Haaretz subscribers buy it because of the Marker.

 

     The Marker today fills in the missing facts about the hysteria over pudding emigration to Berlin.  As it turns out, emigration these days from Israel is actually at an all-time low (in fact, the lowest since the 1970s), and far lower than immigration to Israel from Europe and the rest of the world.  Emigration from Israel is also remarkably SMALL when compared to that from other OECD countries.  Switzerland, by comparison, suffers from a gargantuan plague of emigrants running to escape their country.  And the main reason for the remarkably LOW rate of out-migration from Israel is the high and rising standard of living in Israel and the low level of unemployment.   It is estimated that there are a total of 3,065 people living in Berlin with Israeli citizenship, probably most of them Israelis who had grown up in Germany or Russian Jews who did not find their place in Israeli society and chose to move to Berlin.

 

   Poor Haaretz!  How is it going to sell its snake oil about emigration being a vote of no confidence in the Israeli Right when the data about emigration come from the very pages of Haaretz itself!?!    


Monday, October 13, 2014


1.  When Amira Hass Merges with Barry Chamish

One of the stranger trends is the obsession with conspiracism on the part of the Radical Left and the Neo-Nazi Right.  Strangely, they tend to feed off of one another and reinforce one another. The silliest inventor of conspiracy fiction regarding the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin is the perpetually unemployed UFO chaser Barry Chamish, who publishes his "theories" on the web sites run by Holocaust Deniers. Many of his "theories" get picked up by the Ultra-Left, such as an old Chamish fiction about how supposedly the Zionists irradiated Mizrachi children for ringworm (seehttp://plancksconstant.org/blog1/2007/03/ringworm_hoax.html ).

Now Amira Hass, the pro-terror Tokyo Rose from Haaretz, the Palestinian newspaper published in Hebrew, joins the feeding frenzy. In her column yesterday in Haaretz, she grants credence to the conspiracist "theories" about supposed cases of "kidnapped" Yemenite children. This is an old urban legend in Israel that has long been completely discredited. The conspiracy nuts claim that Yemenite Jewish children were "kidnapped" from their parents in the 1950s and handed over to Ashkenazi parents illegally for adoption. 

Except no one can find any. Multiple state commissions of investigation checked out the claims over and over and could not find a single case of an abduction or illegal adoption. But, like the 9-11 Troofer cult, the "theories" live on among the IQ-challenged and the hopelessly-bored mentally ill. And now even Amira Hass takes time off from promoting the Hamas to dredge them up. Hass by the way recently came out and ENDORSED the claims by Abu Mazen that Israel carried out "genocide" in Gaza.

In the same column in Haaretz she invents her own new Chamashite fiction, where she claims that during Israel's War of Independence Israel built "concentration camps" for "Palestinians." What she seems to be talking about were some prisoner-of-war camps designed to hold 5000 enemy prisoners during the war. Hass would like us to believe that the operation of such detention camps for enemy fighters was nothing short of Auschwitz. And she immediately compares it to the massive conspiracy to abduct Yemenite babies.


2.  So the master plan of Yair Lapid, Israel's Finance Minister, for reducing the high cost of housing in Israel is to increase demand for housing (by granting buyers an exemption from VAT taxes) while doing nothing at all to change supply of housing. Can anyone see anything wrong with this plan?


Amiram Goldblum (Hebrew University) and Alon Liel (Tel Aviv University) Spurring the British Parliament to Recognize an Arab State of Palestine

Goldblum authors a desperate plea, to which Liel also gives his name, for other Israeli ultra-leftists to join their anti-democratic measure to circumvent peace negotiations and create a belligerent Arab state in the Israeli heartland as a reward for terror.

"We, Israelis who worry and care for the well-being of the state of Israel, believe that the long-term existence and security of Israel depends on the long-term existence and security of a Palestinian state. For this reason we the undersigned urge members of the UK parliament to vote in favour of the motion to be debated on Monday 13th October 2014 calling on the British Government to recognize the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel"



4.   Can the Messiah be far off? An unprecedented attack against the leftwing fascism of "Peace Now" appears in Haaretz today as an Op-Ed.  Hebrew only: http://www.haaretz.co.il/opinions/.premium-1.2456879 

5.   Tel Aviv University's Adi Ophir supervises some research:

The defender of the beheaders

Ben-Dror Yemini

She's Israeli. She's Jewish. She'd really like to write "love 'em!" about the Jihad's beheaders; but "in the storm of the present, it could be construed as cause for arrest."

 

It certainly is an exasperating present, in which a fascist majority isn't very enamored with the beheaders. And it's getting worse. Islamic State's public defender views the beheadings as a "refreshing form of dialogue," and she'd "really love to make kale for them." Her name is Anat Rimon-Or – a lecturer and teacher. She teaches at colleges. She taught at Beit Berl and also at high schools.

 

Along the spectrum of opinions in Israeli society, there are ones like these too. Clearly it was going to take a little while before members of the post-colonial cult began to offer up justifications for Islamic State too. It's not very complicated. You copy the standard blah-blah against colonialism – West, Zionism, white man, America, Europe – and the dish is ready. Noam Chomsky and Norman Finkelstein have already made pilgrimages to Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah. They are, after all, united in the struggle against Israel; thus the road linking madness on the left and the Jihadi madness was paved a long time ago.

 

Israel is a democracy. If someone were to claim that this madness is poisoning students, the outcry in support of freedom of speech would shift into high gear. She knows she can do it. After all, any form of criticism of this madness is viewed here as McCarthyism. So what's left to do? We need to make it clear to her students and pupils that a degree of caution is required when listening to her.

 

To get to the crux of the matter in just a few words: Rimon-Or bases her support for the Islamic State murderers on the claim that they are only responding to the misdeeds of the Americans, who are killing a lot more people with their tools of destruction – and "the more primitive and vulgar means" of the Jihad are nothing compared to that.

 

Before any of her students adopt this pseudo-sophisticated nonsense, one should remind them that the thousands who are being murdered in the name of Jihad in general, and the Islamic States' victims in particular, are in fact Muslims and Arabs. Only a handful are Westerners. But that's enough for her. Because the postcolonial school of thought is essentially racist.

 

It absolves "the others" of any responsibility. It rants and raves about the fact that two or three Westerners have been murdered. It turns the Jihad into an entity concerned with protest or the righting of social wrongs. It disregards the mass-murder festival. It ignores the fact that girls and women are being turned into sex slaves.

 

Whether any of that is of interest to her is doubtful. Rimon-Or, like many of her fellow followers of the same school of thought, is stuck like a scratched record in an anti-colonial model that has long since lost touch with reality. And the truth of the matter is that all the Jihad offshoots, from Boko Haram and through to the Taliban, operate with the same degree of barbarity, with or without Americans or Zionists in the vicinity. The Jihad groups perpetrate massacres against blacks and Muslims after all.

 

But let's not confuse the followers of this post-colonial school of thought with facts. The fact that the new mass murderers have also beheaded three Westerners is enough to get them to dive in with their theories.

 

Among other things, Rimon-Or has written a tiresome article under the title, "The Nazi Evil and the State of Israel," which, much to her chagrin, all the newspaper editors refused to publish. But fret not. Islamic State's anti-colonial newspaper will be happy to run it.

 

How did such a radical phenomenon emerge from within the Israeli academe? Well, it turns out that her doctoral advisor was Adi Ophir, a veteran member of the anti-Zionist school of thought..... 





Tuesday, October 07, 2014


1.  Candidate for the Stupidest Academic of the Year:

Yonatan Mendel, from the Department of Politics (as in Neve Gordon) from Ben Gurion "University" for his quote in Haaretz today:

'If the status quo continues, then "peace in exchange for peace" - the current Israeli slogan - is a falsehood. First and foremost because it ignores the fact that even when things are quiet in Israel, in Gaza the frustration builds, and secondly because it hides from Israelis the fact that as long as Gaza despair is not replaced with hope there can never be peace.'

(Since the hope of the Gazans is to ship all the Jews off to death camps, Mendel does not want them to suffer from their hope being frustrated!)


2,  The following are the two most mysterious unanswered questions from Israeli history:

   1. How could it be that, after the fiasco of the Yom Kippur War in 1973, the Israeli Labor Party did not instantly disintegrate and disappear altogether and permanently from the political map of the country?

   2. How could it be that, after the fiasco of the Oslo "Accords" in 1994, the Israeli Labor Party did not instantly disintegrate and disappear altogether and permanently from the political map of the country?


3.  After its success in launching thousands of rockets at the Jews from Gaza, "Peace Now" has plans for yet another success in its battle against the existence of Israel:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/185846

The heads of Peace Now have recently declared that "Withdrawal is still a good idea." Kind of a shame that their fathers did not think the same thing....

A play on words in Hebrew. The "Peace Now" organization is called "Shalom Achshav" in Hebrew, adapted to: "Shalom Ach-Shav – "Futile Peace"


4.  Ah yes, Sweden, the country that was too cowardly to pick a side in either World War.  The country that shipped iron ore to Hitler to build his tanks.


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