…is this paragraph from Kevin Williamson via Israel Matzav

For the Jew-hater, this is maddening: Throw the Jews out of Spain, and they thrive abroad. Send them to the poorest slums in New York, and those slums stop being slums. Keep them out of the Ivy League and watch NYU become a world-class institution inspired by men such as Jonas Salk, son of largely uneducated Polish immigrants. Put the Jewish state in a desert wasteland and watch it bloom, first with produce and then with technology. Israel today has more companies listed on NASDAQ than any other country except the United States and China. The economy under Palestinian management? Olives and handicrafts, and a GDP per capita that barely exceeds that of Sudan.

The reality is the Arab world will never forgive the state of Israel for being what they could be. Every day they exist and thrive is a reminder that left to their own devices they have failed to do so.

Did you know in the 43 days from November 13 to December 24th there were 42 Anti Semitic attacks in the US? I sure didn’t as the elder notes:

No one supports anti-Muslim hate crimes. But what was a spectacularly bad month for American Muslims, with 38 attacks since Paris, is lower that an average month for American Jews.

Now if these things had happened to Muslims it would be front page news, stories would be on CNN and people would be talking about the unfair backlash over the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino.

I’m just wondering what attacks the targeting of Jews is over?

Oh one other thing…

There is a more subtle kind of bigotry at work, too. Most of the people who were attacked for being Jewish wore identifiable Jewish clothing, meaning that they are religious. But while the media is going out of its way to mention how terrible it is when identifiable Muslims are being attacked, there seems to be an idea that religious Jews are not “normal” Jews and the normal ones who are not easily distinguished from any other American are in no danger, only the fanatics who insist on wearing kippot or black hats or visible tzitzit or payos.

A Muslim woman who wants to wear a hijab must be protected but a Jewish man who wants to wear a long black coat is not someone the media wants its readers to identify with. If he gets punched, it’s sort of natural.

Personally I think the reluctance to talk about it also comes down to who is doing the attacking although it might be Islamophobia phobia.

On the bright side we’re doing better than England:

There has been a 61 percent increase in anti-Semitic crime in Britain in the last year, according to the statistics released by the Met Police on Thursday and published by the Jewish News Online website.

A total of 483 anti-Semitic crimes were committed up until November 2015, increasing from 299 crimes from November 2014.

If you are surprised that this carries no weight with the liberal media, then you haven’t been paying attention to liberals over the last 10 years.

Is the Israel lobby as powerful as they say?

Question both Jimmy Carter & Roland Reagan asked Tip O’Neil after being elected

For a very long time antisemitism was a fashionable sort of bigotry in the United States and around the world from “restricted” golf courses and clubs to some pointing at Jewish success as part of a plot.

World War 2, the and revolution of the final solution of Hitler in one fell swoop turned this around in a dramatic way.  Suddenly open jew hatred was not socially acceptable and with the foundation of the state of Israel hatred of Jews was an actual foreign policy issue.

Determined never to be exterminated again American Jews stood by Israel with both their votes and their money and those who would sell out Israel would have a price to pay.

but the people who hated Israel in general and Jews in particular didn’t lose their views and dreamed of a time when they could openly oppose them.

“No one quite realizes just how passionately anti-Israel Carter is. William Safire has reported that Cyrus Vance acknowledged that, if he had had a second term, Carter would have sold Israel down the river. In the 1990s, Carter became quite close to Yasser Arafat. After the Gulf War, Saudi Arabia was mad at Arafat, because the PLO chief had sided with Saddam Hussein. So Arafat asked Carter to fly to Riyadh to smooth things over with the princes and restore Saudi funding to him — which Carter did.

Jimmy Carter has for a long time been the patron saint of those who hate the Jews.  He openly painted Israel as the segregationist of the south (who he once supported)

“The intifada exposed the injustice Palestinians suffered, just like Bull Connor’s mad dogs in Birmingham.”

He has actively sought to split the Israel Evangelical alliance

Wading into the delicate fray over the alliance between Jews and pro-Israel Evangelicals, former President Jimmy Carter last week reportedly said it was a mistake for Jews to accept such ties, and that he was working to convince Southern Baptists to change the way they look at Judaism and the Middle East.

And called for the recognizing of Hamas

Former President Jimmy Carter once again is getting way out in front of the U.S. government on the Middle East, co-authoring an op-ed in which he calls for Washington to recognize designated terror group Hamas as a legitimate

But while Carter was always portrayed as a lone actor in the Democrats that’s not exactly true, democrats have always known how to count and with the growing arab population in America combined with serious money being thrown around by Arab states things began to change:

Senator Edward Kennedy endorsed Obama in a highly emotional speech. Earlier “Kennedy was the keynote speaker at a gala dinner for the Arab-American Institute that was sponsored in part by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.” He was greeted “with enthusiastic applause.” Among the guests was Congressman James Moran, a Democrat from Virginia, who had earlier declared that “without the support of the Jews, America would not have gone to war in Iraq.” Moran was also “greeted “with enthusiastic applause and a standing ovation.” One of the guests, Charlotte Kates, a Rutgers University law student and a leader of the National Student Conference of the Palestine Solidarity Movement, declared
Israel is an apartheid colonial-settler state. I   do not believe that apartheid colonial-settler state has a right to exist.

You would think that democrats like Kennedy & Moran would have distanced themselves from this kind of thing before an election but they both knew how to count and also knew the MSM wouldn’t bother to give this much press as evidenced by this story that everyone has forgotten:

The LA Times addressed its own controversy today in a news story (although one lacking a byline). Yesterday, the McCain campaign demanded the newspaper release a videotape it had obtained for an April story that mentioned Barack Obama speaking at a banquet in honor of Palestinian scholar Rashid Khalidi.

“The Los Angeles Times did not publish the videotape because it was provided to us by a confidential source who did so on the condition that we not release it,” said the newspaper’s editor, Russ Stanton. “The Times keeps its promises to sources.”

Jamie Gold, the newspaper’s readers’ representative, said in a statement: “More than six months ago the Los Angeles Times published a detailed account of the events shown on the videotape. The Times is not suppressing anything. Just the opposite — the L.A. Times brought the matter to light.”
The National Review, and many conservative outlets, write that the Times is“suppressing” information for Obama’s benefit, while claiming that Khalidi was a PLO adviser and pointing out that 60’s radical-turned-University professor Bill Ayers was also in attendance. Meanwhile on the other side, Huffington Post is reporting on McCain’s ties to Khalidi’s organization (as did Harper’s).

incidentally the LA Times STILL hasn’t released that tape.

What does all of this mean?  It means that for a long time the Democrat position on Israel has been hidden for fear of a political backlash.  It’s analogous to their Gay Marriage stance.  A few true believers with a lot of secret support purchased by donation covered by a web of MSM supported lies until they felt strong enough to openly say what they always thought.

Well with the Obama 2nd term today it’s official, the day when Democrats have to pretend to support Israel is gone and now for the few Jewish voters willing to see what’s in front of their faces decision time has come.

Political dork that I am, I like to make lists for myself during an election season, ranking the five issues most important to me at the time. I started doing this years ago (though I skipped 2012). While certain issues appear on each list, the most surprising development is that the list changes a lot over time.

And yet support for Israel has never made the list before — until now.

It’s not because supporting Israel was never important to me. On the contrary, it was — it’s just that I never expected either major party to nominate someone who wouldn’t pass muster as a friend to Israel. Considering the Democratic Party’s turn during the Obama years, that can no longer be taken for granted.

It’s doesn’t shock me that people are starting to see this and write about it openly in newspapers.  What surprises me is that it took so long to happen.

Closing thought:   Jews as we speak, are being attacked and murdered in Israel because they are Jewish, why isn’t the MSM considering this a newsworthy story?

Caecilius: Modern art. Out of the way, that’s it. Oh, Rombus, I’m a little bit peckish. Get me some ants in honey, there’s a good lad. Ooo, maybe a dormouse? What do you think?
Metella: You call it modern art, I call it a blooming great waste of space.

Doctor Who: The Fires of Pompeii 2008

Let’s say it bluntly, most modern art is junk and the people who choose to buy it are suckers. A great example of it is the sculpture The Queen’s Vagina:

qvma

That’s this monstrosity is considered art is bad, that it has been placed on the incredible grounds of Versailles (which are a work of art in themselves) is an offense against aesthetics and caused some fuss at the time of its installation. That people have decided to physically attack it however is an offence against property rights.

The “sclupture” was defaced (I use the word “defaced” loosely, since it’s hard to “deface” a piece of junk) by graffiti once but was cleaned, now it is has been hit for a 2nd time:

Phrases such as “Queen sacrificed, twice insulted” and “the second rape of the nation by deviant Jewish activism” covered the sculpture by the British-Indian artist.

However in the ultimate irony Mr. Kapoor has managed to use this event to transform his piece from the joke that it is to something more.

the 61-year-old British-Indian artist told the daily Le Figaro he would not restore the work as he did the first time, and instead would keep the “abominable words” as part of the sculpture.

“I had already questioned the wisdom of cleaning it after the first vandalism. This time, I am convinced that nothing should be removed from these slurs, from these words which belong to anti-Semitism that we’d rather forget,” Kapoor said.

“From now on, in the name of our universal principles, these abominable words will become part of my work, they will overlay it and stigmatize it.”

Congratulations Mr. Kapoor, you’ve managed by this gesture to transform a piece of junk into a statement about both freedom of expression and against anti-Semitism.

I still have no respect for you as an artist, but I have tremendous respect for you as a man.

Well done!

at Israelly cool there is a seven minute video (that I can’t get the embed code for) where Einat Wilf a former Israeli moderate explains what changed her position. Two key quotes

I remember going back from those meeting deeply troubled thinking: These are the moderates, so if these are the moderates than the conflict between us is about far more than what I was led to believe.

This was because the Palestinian “moderates” while recognizing the reality of Israel, supported by a powerful army did not recognize any Jewish connection to the land, to them it was a complete fabrication and they expressed such sentiments openly.

And comparing her willingness to recognize the right of the arabs to self determination and their connection to the land vs the lack thereof drew her to an inescapable conclusion:

I realized they don’t recognize my right, they recognized my might, but, what happens the day I no longer have might? They merely reinforcing the notion that I have to continue to have might to survive here.

The difference between the Palestinians and the Jews is very simple.

If the Palestinians disarmed tomorrow, if they got rid of every single mortar, bomb, rocket and suicide vest that they used against Israel in that moment there would be peace because the Jews would live their lives and leave the Arab alone to live theirs and if by disarming they were threatened by someone like ISIS, Israel would protect them:

“Today, no Arab feels safe in his country,” he said. “Ironically, the sole exceptions are Palestinians in the West Bank because they know Israel will defend them if ISIS attacks. Even in Gaza, most people secretly believe that Israel is their ultimate protection against ISIS fighters trying to strike roots in the Sinai.”

If Israel disarmed tomorrow, the war would also be over, but for a different reason. The Arabs would also be alone to live heir lives, but not the Jews because starting in that moment the Arabs would begin exterminating every single jew from the Jordan to the Mediterranean until there wasn’t a single one left.

That’s the reality it took Einat Wilf half a lifetime to figure out, that the reality proved over and over in Europe these days.

American Jews thousands of miles away from both Jerusalem and Paris have the luxury of ignoring this reality.

Ms. Wilf does not have that luxury.

Update: Compare and contrast the jews who come to pray at the Temple Mount & the Arabs who harass them:

Via Elder of Ziyon who notes:

The entire time the Jews are being harassed and screamed at, simply because they are Jewish. The Muslims aren’t there for prayer or for reflection or even to play ball – their entire lives are focused on trying to prevent Jews from walking around in peace..

Exit question. If there was not Israeli “might” there to protect those Jews in prayer, how long would they live?

Update 2: The Harassment is not confined to Israeli’s:

A delegation of U.S. congressmen in Israel was harassed by a large group of Muslim men during a visit to the historically significant Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Tuesday, according to a Jerusalem Post report.

Reps. Trent Franks (R., Ariz.), Keith Rothfus (R., Penn.), and Evan Jenkins (R., W.Va.), who was also joined by his wife, were approached by several Muslim men when they ascended the Temple Mount.

The men were “surprisingly intolerant and belligerent,” according to Rothfus.

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A year ago we saw this story from paris

I’m in Paris.

I had seen these videos where you shout “Death to the Jews” in the streets of Paris. But the truth is that with a video, we not went well even when that reality.

So when I came completely by chance, Republic Square in the middle of the afternoon, and I saw this pro-Palestinian rally, I first paid attention to me … But I wanted to see from close.

I do not have enough peace of mind to write as it should. It’s too hot.

But there:

– Death to the Jews
– Ashkenazi Death to!

– Hitler was right
– We’ll burn you
– white Sales!
– Hamas Resistance!
– Jihad! Jihad! Jihad!
– Palestine must finish the job (note: started by Hitler)

Where are the police?

…And in the streets, scooters reversed. Police remains speechless. Jews who lock themselves in synagogues.

Here is a glimpse of some video:

At the time Elder of Ziyon said

The attack on the synagogue has been denounced by politicians in France, but the real problem of huge numbers of Muslims who have no desire to act in a lawful manner, and who can be easily whipped up into a pogrom, does not seem to be a high priority for the French police.

Seven months later we saw this:

A gunman who would later say he was acting on behalf of the Islamic State walked into her neighborhood’s kosher market and opened fire, launching a siege that would leave four hostages dead — all of them Jewish.

two month later Jeffrey Goldberg in a Piece at the Atlantic wrote asking if it was time for Jews to leave Europe wrote:

 

France’s 475,000 Jews represent less than 1 percent of the country’s population. Yet last year, according to the French Interior Ministry, 51 percent of all racist attacks targeted Jews. The statistics in other countries, including Great Britain, are similarly dismal. In 2014, Jews in Europe were murdered, raped, beaten, stalked, chased, harassed, spat on, and insulted for being Jewish. Sale Juif—“dirty Jew”—rang in the streets, as did “Death to the Jews,” and “Jews to the gas.”

 

as for 2015?

The number of anti-Semitic attacks recorded in France during the first quarter of 2015 increased by 84 percent over the corresponding period last year, a watchdog group said.

The SPCJ security service (Service de Protection de la Communauté Juive) of France’s Jewish communities released the figures Monday in a quarterly report that counted 508 anti-Semitic acts recorded between January and May.

I think the Jews in France need to arm themselves or leave. I’d suggest coming here, at least you can defend yourselves legally, but

We saw it in the manifestation of UCLA and it was one kid. But it was worse in Stanford. When the Jewish girl in Stanford, who wants to be a rabbi, cleansed her Facebook and removed her (expressions of) support of Israel, in the United States, that’s scary to me. That’s like Jews taking off their kippa in the streets of Paris, and here it’s in the US. I have a feeling that Jewish kids, and I’m (also) looking at it in high school, feel intimidated.

If you are a Jew and are not free to be openly Jewish for fear of your safety you’re not free.

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Here is a bit from a story in the Independent:

Just 24 hours ahead of a planned five-day truce in Yemen, the country’s capital Sanaa has been hit with one of the worst days of bombing since a Saudi-led coalition began their air campaign against Houthi rebels in late March.

In videos taken by residents in Sanaa massive explosions can be seen across the capital before a planned ceasefire to allow the UN to deliver essential aid into the beleaguered country begins today at 8pm GMT on Tuesday.

The Independent has videos of those attacks the story continues

According to the UN, over 1,400 people die as a result of the conflict in Yemen, with many more displaced by the fighting.

In war people die furthermore if you are going to fight a war in a location other than an open field you are going to get civilian casualties. It’s one of many reasons why war is to be avoided.

But Avi Meyer in Israel has is wondering why these Arab Casualties are producing sounds of silence from Activists all over the world:

Apparently arab lives don’t matter until they are killed by jews

These human rights activist remind me of the “Black Live Matter” crowd. The thousands of blacks slaughtered by other black men in the inner city didn’t create the #blacklivesmatter hashtag, but if a black man is killed by a policeman in the performance of their duty that’s a cause celeb worth rioting over.

So there is a simple solution. Want to get the activist crowd worried about those 1400 dead in Yemen, tell the world the Saudi aircraft doing the bombing runs are being piloted by Israeli pilots.

Do that and the will be no other story in the world worth reporting.

Update: It’s worth noting that at least one Syrian Paper is not only going there but doing one better

Why is Saudi Arabia so concerned over Israel? Not because they are Zionist.

It is because, you see, the Saudi royal family is really Jewish!

Jews who were fleeing persecution ended up in the Gulf and pretended to be Arabs, according to his version of the legend. They prayed with Muslims and buried their dead in Muslim cemeteries.

But those crafty Jews, who took over Arabia, created the Wahhabi faith in order to destroy Islam from within.

I haven’t seen such lame propaganda since the Clinton’s last attempt to explain their finances.

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While the American left was busy crying over the re-election of bibi in Israel they missed something that is even more damaging to their argument and narrative, particularly those of the divestment crowd who have been telling us for more years than I can remember how Israel is an apartheid state built on the oppression of the Palestinians.

Now we could turn to a cartoon to expose this BS for what it is but there is a more concrete proof available to those willing to see it. I first noticed it from a tweet

Let that sink in for a moment.

And the increase in arab members didn’t just come from the Arab union:

 

The number of Arab MKs jumped from 12 to 17, in part because the parties making up the Joint List’s numbers went up from 10 to 13, and also because the Likud and Zionist Union each added an Arab lawmaker.

 

Nor was the arab vote confined to arab parties:

While the Arab list received over 92% of the vote in Nazareth, the remainder of the votes went to: 2.68% for the Zionist Union, 2.09% for Meretz, 1.06% for Likud, 0.42% for Kulanu, 0.39% for Yisrael Beiteinu, 0.22% for Yesh Atid, 0.19% for Shas, 0.13% for Aleh Yarok and 0.04% for Yahad.

So I have this to say to the BDS crowd that our friends at Legal Insurrection have written about at length.

To paraphrase Arthur Dent:  This is obviously some strange usage of the word “apartheid” that I hadn’t previously been aware of.

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I’m remembering the coy saying about the French resistance. “If everyone who claimed to be in the resistance really had been, there would have been nobody left to collaborate.”

There was an interesting piece by Charles Krauthammer that raised an interesting point:


The rise of European anti-Semitism is, in reality, just a return to the norm. For a millennium, virulent Jew-hatred — persecution, expulsions, massacres — was the norm in Europe until the shame of the Holocaust created a temporary anomaly wherein anti-Semitism became socially unacceptable.

This is the dirty little secret about the modern hatred of all things Israel & Jewish, many in the west didn’t really care all that much how the Nazis were treating and oppressing Jews until they started conquering their countries. After all the Norwegian Constitution of 1814 and the Dreyfus affair in France took place at a time when the Swastika was still a popular religious symbol.

But once Poland, Denmark, Greece, Luxembourg, Yugoslavia, Belgium, Norway, Holland Czechoslovakia and France fell, Once Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia were taken from the Russians (who occupied them first) these nations had a common enemy. And when this these lands that were occupied by the Nazi who slaughtered their jews were slowly freed by allied forces with no shortage of Jews among them (more that 1 million Jews served in the US & Soviet armies) it became impossible for those freed from this oppression to ignore that the when it came to Jew hatred the Nazi’s put them all to shame and as those same Jews in the Russian & American armies found the camps containing the survivors of their religion.

Thus the Nazi atrocities were pointed to and amplified and the collaboration and cooperation of those while occupied (or even after) was swept under the rug.

But with most of those involved in such things or feeling guilt or remorse for them long dead (an 18 year old from 1945 would be 88 today) there is no longer any restraint to hold back such views and plenty of oil financed incentives to those who take the “right” side in the debate.

So Charles let me tell you, those who say “Never Again” mean it, but what they mean is: Never again will we feel guilt over the slaughter of Jews past or present.

That’s the disgraceful truth.

What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He came to the first and said, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’  He said in reply, ‘I will not,’ but afterwards he changed his mind and went.

The man came to the other son and gave the same order. He said in reply, ‘Yes, sir,’ but did not go.  Which of the two did his father’s will?”

Matthew 21:28-31b

We keep hearing how Bibi’s visit and upcoming speech to congress is an insult to Barack Obama.

One might debate if this is a smart diplomatic move or no when dealing with an ally, but perhaps Israel’s prime minister is using a Christian standard to judge who is a ally or no:

“Either declare the tree good and its fruit is good, or declare the tree rotten and its fruit is rotten, for a tree is known by its fruit.

One could take a look at the condition of the Middle East to see how good his policies have been, but rather than rehash the last few years let’s take a peek at two events of this week

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will represent the United States at the 70th anniversary ceremony for the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp on Tuesday—rather than President Barack Obama or Vice President Joe Biden—while other countries are slated to send their heads of state.

well it’s not like other heads of state are showing up…oh wait:

“Heads of state from France, Germany, Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands, and Denmark will be present,” Wiser adds.

Well things are pretty busy for the President, that’s why he couldn’t go to the big Charlie Hebdo event, it’s not like he can, for example drop everything and go somewhere if a 90 year old who doesn’t allow women to drive in his country dies or something.

President Barack Obama will cut short his three-day trip to India to travel to Saudi Arabia to pay respects following the death of King Abdullah, U.S. and Indian officials said today, hours before the U.S. president was to depart for New Delhi.

The schedule change means Obama will skip plans to visit the Taj Mahal, the white marble monument of love. Pradeep Bhatnagar, a top state official based in the city of Agra, where the Taj Mahal is located, said U.S. security officials informed him of the cancellation today.

So let’s get this straight, the head of a Regime that doesn’t allow women to vote, or drive & restricts Christians & Jews (if they were allowed) is worth this Administration time.

Remembering murdered jews by either the Nazi’s or Islamic Terrorists is not.

Frankly given those facts when I hear people complain that Bibi has symbolically spat in Barack Obama’s face my response is, it’s a wonder he hasn’t done the real thing.

Update:  Now I know why Obama took the bust of Churchill out of the Oval Office

When in November 1932, shortly before Hitler came to power, and Churchill was in Munich doing some historical research about the First Duke of Marlborough,…an intermediary [Putzi Hanfstaengl] tried to get him to meet Hitler, who was in Munich at the time and had high hopes of coming to power within months. Churchill agreed to meet Hitler, who was going to come to see him in his hotel in Munich, and said to the intermediary: “There are a few questions you might like to put to him, which can be the basis of our discussion when we meet.” Among them was the following question: “What is the sense of being against a man simply because of his birth? How can any man help how he is born?”

Gilbert comments:

This may seem a simple sentiment to us now, but how many people, distinguished people from Britain, the United States and other countries, who met or might have met Hitler, raised that question with him? So surprised, and possibly angered, was Hitler by this question that he declined to come to the hotel and see Churchill.

 

 

The Opera The Death of Klinghoffer had its first performance at the Metropolitan Opera House of New York and was greeted by protests:

Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was among those who showed up at the Metropolitan Opera last night to denounce the production of The Death of Klinghoffer, which protesters say glorifies terrorism.

Chanting “Shame on the Met!” protesters, numbering about 400, said the performance of the 23-year-old opera was an affront to the memory of Leon Klinghoffer, a passenger on the Italian cruise liner Achille Lauro that was hijacked by members of the Palestinian Liberation Organization in 1985. Klinghoffer, 69, was shot in his wheelchair and dumped overboard.

The murdered man’s daughters commented thus

“We are strong supporters of the arts, and believe that theater and music can play a critical role in examining and understanding significant world events,” the daughters wrote. “‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ does no such thing…. It rationalizes, romanticizes and legitimizes the terrorist murder of our father.”

Nevertheless the met continues to offer tickets on their site through Nov 15th for between $25 & $320 a shot.

So I have a question for Peter Gelb of the met who declared this opera:

” a brilliant work of art that must be performed.”

If Mr. Adams decided to follow up this Opera with one based on the 1915 film Birth of a Nation, at one time considered the greatest American Movie for its 100th anniversary produced with all the skill that he brought to his current show, staging it first in Europe then bringing it to the Met, would Mr. Gelb say the same?

Furthermore I wonder if the NYT  would review such an opera using the same language they used to describe The Death of Klinghoffer?

Would the Times describe the scenes on the southern plantation full of happy slaves was accompanied by:   one of his most inspired and personal scores, the battle scenes as staged by an acclaimed British director, would they proclaim the scenes suggesting blacks incitement by carpetbaggers sung by a tenor with: “youthful rashness and a bright, defiant voice “ and note the finale with the heroine signing with: an elegant blend of poignancy and feistiness is rescued by the Klan riding in with  an elegant blend of poignancy and feistiness? as they save them from a black mob?

Would they talk tremendous ovations and Mr. Adams beaming before an audience grateful for the chance actually to see this opera, instead of just hearing about it?

Or would they, while conceding the right of the Met to host it refuse to even consider reviewing the performance, regardless of the skill of the writers, composers, singers and condemn the Met for staging the piece and heap opprobrium on those who applauded it because of the evil it embraces?

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Sir Humphrey Appleby: I’m sure it’s a question of maintaining our relationship with the Arabs, the power of Islam, Oil supplies.

Pm Jim Hacker: Humphrey I’m talking about what’s right and wrong.

Sir Humphrey Appleby: Well don’t let the Foreign Office Hear you?

Yes Prime Minister A Victory for Democracy 1986

The PR firm Burson Marsteller is rather upset about this article in the New York Observer that’s now splashed across Drudge:

Despite this appetite for controversy—and the juicy retainers that companies in trouble will pay—apparently even Burson-Marsteller has its limits. They refused to work with the democratic nation of Israel to help the tiny Jewish state improve its image. In turning down a potential $3.5 million engagement, Sigurd Grytten, Burson-Marsteller’s Managing Director said, “We will not deliver tender to such a project… we are running a commercial venture. If we accept this project, this will create a great amount of negative reactions … Israel is a particularly controversial project.” Representing Israel, apparently is worse than offending American Indians, anonymous smears, and shady defense contractors involved in extra-curricular killing.

In fact it made them angry enough that they called the Observer leading to this exchange:

In a telephone interview, he maintained that the firm does not have a policy in place that declines to represent Israel. After much back and forth, Mr. Cabrera was asked, “Yes or no, would you represent Israel?” He replied, “I’m not going to answer a hypothetical question.”

I certainly understand why they might do this, there is in fact only one Israel but an awful lot of Arab nations in terms of potential business so i might be a sound decision dollarwise.  It is however a bad idea for a business that does damage control for other business’ to need damage control itself for appearing anti-semitic.  So naturally they  produced a statement to defuse the story.  Unfortunately for them the statement from Burson-Marsteller dated Sept 26 2014

The opinion piece written by Ronn Torossian was not accurate. He creates the false impression that Burson-Marsteller currently has or has ever had a policy about whether or not to represent Israel. He writes as if he recently contacted a member of the firm and received confirmation about such a policy.

Here are the facts. This firm has no policy about whether or not to represent Israel. (emphasis mine)

…sounds an awful lot like this official statement from the Commissioner of Baseball Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis from July 17th 1942

Negroes are not barred Organized Baseball by the Commissioner and never have in my 21 years I have served as Commissioner. There is no rule in Organized baseball prohibiting their participation and never has been to my knowledge. If Durocher or any other manager, or all of them want to sign one or 25 Negro players, it’s all right with me.

and this statement later the same day from Bill Benswanger the owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates

I agree with Judge Landis’ statement. There is not and never has been, to my knowledge, anything to ban Negroes from baseball. I know nothing of any agreement in the major leagues to ban Negroes. I have gone on record before on this matter and I hope I still have a free mind and a free conscience.

Gentlemen’s agreement anyone?

Despite the lack of such a policy concerning blacks in the majors Jackie Robinson would not play for the Brooklyn Dodgers until 1947 nearly five years after Landis’ statement and 3 years after Landis’ death.  As for the Pittsburgh Pirates 2nd Baseman Curt Roberts break the color barrier for them on April 13th 1954 twelve years after Mr. Benswanger’s statement and  eight years after he sold the team.

Perhaps Israel is lucky.  If Burson-Marsteller can’t handle damage control on this Observer story without sounding like Jim Crow era segregationists that doesn’t sound like the type of company one would want doing your PR

But that’s just me.

Update:  More here and here.

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Be merciful, just as (also) your Father is merciful.

Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven.

Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.

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King Richard IV: As the good Lord said: “Love thy neighbour as thyself, unless he’s Turkish, in which case, kill the Bastard!”

Black Adder Born to be King 1983

“If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews,” he said. “Then I will not stand with you. Good night, and God bless.”

Ted Cruz

 

One of the great crimes of the last decade has been the systematic persecution & murder of Christians worldwide.  This has been particularly acute in the middle east where Christian communities that have existed since the time of Christ and Apostle are being driven out of their homes, murdered and enslaved.

Their plight has been largely ignored by the media and the powers that be, only some blogs and a very few pols of prominence have spoken out about this injustice.  One them has been Ted Cruz a likely candidate for President of the United States.

Yesterday at the Middle East Christian Conference Cruz got up as the Keynote speaker meaning that at last their plight might get attention

 Religious bigotry is a cancer with many manifestations,” he continued. “ISIS, al-Qaida, Hezbollah, Hamas, state sponsors like Syria and Iran, are all engaged in a vicious genocidal campaign to destroy religious minorities in the Middle East. Sometimes we are told not to loop these groups together, that we have to understand their so called nuances and differences. But we shouldn’t try to parse different manifestations of evil that are on a murderous rampage through the region. Hate is hate, and murder is murder. Our purpose here tonight is to highlight a terrible injustice, a humanitarian crisis

For people seeking mercy and help it was a grand moment right up until he mentioned a group of people that apparently these Middle East Christians had no mercy for, the children of Israel:

Christians have no greater ally than Israel,” he said, at which point members of the crowd began to yell “stop it” and booed him.

this continued until the final climatic moment


Thus did those seeking mercy and help, those seeing to highlight their plight chase away their highest profile ally in the US government. Cruz spoke of it later:

“I came to this event tonight to help shine a light on the tragic persecution and slaughter of Christians by ISIS and Islamic radicals throughout the Middle East. American leaders have been far too silent as to this horrific evil,” Cruz said. “But bigotry and hatred have no place in this discussion. Antisemitism is a corrosive evil, and it reared its ugly head tonight.”
Because of the “bigotry and hatred,” Cruz said he had to leave the event.

“After just a few minutes, I had no choice,” Cruz said. “I told them that if you will not stand with Israel, if you will not stand with the Jews, then I will not stand with you. And then I walked off the stage.”

But this was not the ultimate irony, that followed his departure when…

Antiochian Orthodox Metropolitan Joseph Zahlawi, who leads the Antiochian Orthodox in North America, soon after led those present in the Lord’s Prayer.

and ironically as a group prayed these words…

Forgive us our tresspasses as we forgive those who trespasses against us.

…apparently oblivious to petition they were asking of God.

As I’ve said many times, the right thing is invariably the smart thing.  The decision of these Middle East Christians to elevate their hatred of Jews over their love of Christ not to mention the plight of their own people was not only the wrong thing, it was the dumb thing and will likely extract a price in line with the prayer that they offered.

On the bright side for all there, there will be ample opportunity for those in attendance for the next two days to find a priest for sacramental confession.

However at Hotair. Allahpundit notes that Cruz acted wisely:

The conference was a minor political headache for Cruz by the time he came to the podium thanks to this Free Beacon story yesterday noting that a few of the other speakers were known to back Hezbollah and Bashar Assad, a.k.a. our new allies against ISIS. (The Beacon’s headline: “Cruz Headlines Conference Featuring Hezbollah Supporters.”) If his audience had sat quietly during his passages on Israel, the Beacon would probably be pressing him today to explain why he deigned to speak at an event with people like that sharing the dais. How pro-Israel can he really be? Instead, the crowd started booing him — Lebanon’s ambassador to the U.S. supposedly left the room in anger — and he not only stood his ground, he pressed the point. That’s brilliant political signaling, not just in terms of demonstrating his commitment to Israel but in showing his conservative base that he refuses to retreat under political pressure.

The sad thing about all this. This nonsense is overshadowing an actual crisis that deserves attention.

OK picture this problem, you are an ultra liberal, practically socialist mayor of one of the largest cities in the world who has followed a mayor so rich that nobody on your side wanted to make demands of him for fear of chasing away his custom or charity once he was out of office.

You have to please your base to the city starts to change, you go after the carriage drivers for the environmentalists (or maybe for a developer) the Squeegee men come back and you stop and frisk and crime starts to increase. Sensing the bad old times are back people who can afford it start to leave.

Well what do you do if you can’t keep people with money in your city? You get new people who are in a spot even worse:

Wealthy French Jews Are Fleeing Anti-Semitism and Bringing Their Money

A “fixer” named Marlen Kruzhkov has helped dozens of rich guys move their families — and over $1 billion — to NYC

And compared to France, even NY is business friendly

For this Jewish population, there are two main options when it comes to moving: the United States or Israel. While Israel feels more familiar to many of those seeking to migrate – it’s nearby and many already have Israeli passports — Mr. Kruzhkov notes that their businesses are often the key to determining a location.

“Israel is a small place, business opportunities are less, there is much more red tape.

The US is easier; it’s a great place to do business, less red tape.” Nonetheless, it is anti-Semitism, not business opportunities, that is driving the Jewish population out of France. “It’s no question, the driving force is the anti-Semitism, but the reason they are choosing the US is due to sound business reasons.”

Who thought that rampant french antisemitism would pay off for the ultra liberal mayor of NY?

The problem is will the supply of wealthy Jews fleeing for their lives to NY be sufficient to offset effects of a full DeBlasio term?

Poole: Care to revise your statement, sir?

Guard: What?

Marshal Samuel Gerard: Do you want to change you bullshit story, sir?

The Fugitive 1993

You know when you live long enough you see just about everything.

For example I’m old enough to remember the days when people objected to Israel Blaming Hamas for the kidnapping and murder of those Israeli teens that was the prelude to the latest round of fighting in the Israel & Gaza.

Khaled Meshal, head of the Hamas political bureau, told Sky News in Arabic on Wednesday that his organization is not behind the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli teens in the West Bank. According to the report, Khaled asked Turkey to intervene in the crisis with Israel and to convey a message that Hamas is interested in calming things down and avoiding further military conflict with Israel.

Furthermore

According to these sources, Hamas requested that Turkey convey messages to Israel to the effect that the organization has no connection to the kidnapping. Qatar also conveyed similar messages to Israel and the Palestinian Authority leadership.

And you could find attacks on Israel for blaming Hamas all over the net

If this ends with the missing teens being rescued, how will Netanyahu try to convince the world that Hamas was truly behind the kidnapping? If Netanyahu cannot prove his case against Hamas with solid and indisputable proof that the Palestinian organization was really behind the kidnapping this could very well be the last such hoax that Netanyahu pulls.

In tweets

In US Magazines:

It Turns Out Hamas May Not Have Kidnapped and Killed the 3 Israeli Teens After All

And with smug words

As in the case of Weapons of Mass Destruction, many observers and journalists never bought the Israeli story.

And “Smoking gun proof:”

Today, the whole world is recognizing and applauding Palestine’s new coalition government featuring the newly-reconciled PLA and Hamas. Israel is going crazy, screaming about the “evil Hamas terrorists.” Suddenly three Israeli teens are allegedly kidnapped. Israel blames Hamas, and initiates a brutal crackdown in the West Bank.

But Hamas had nothing to gain, and everything to lose, from pulling off this kind of kidnapping. The only beneficiary is Israel, which wants to delegitimize the Palestinian coalition government. The situation fairly screams “false flag!

Prompting smug remarks in comments

I am deeply ashamed over the falsehood of fanatic Jews in Israel.

Ah those halcyon days of my youth, I remember them well.

Alas how things change with the passage of time

A top Hamas official said members of his militant group kidnapped three Israeli teenagers whose deaths in June provoked a spiral of violence that led to the war in Gaza, the first acknowledgement of the movement’s involvement.

Hamas, which controls Gaza, has up to now refused to confirm or deny Israeli accusations that it masterminded the abduction and killing of the three young men, one of them a joint U.S.-Israeli citizen, in Hebron

but but False flag!

“There was much speculation about this operation, some said it was a conspiracy,” al-Arouri told delegates at the meeting of the International Union of Islamic Scholars on Wednesday, a recording of which was posted online by organisers.

“The popular will was exercised throughout our occupied land, and culminated in the heroic operation by the Qassam Brigades in imprisoning the three settlers in Hebron,” he said, referring to Hamas’s armed wing.

Amazing what you find out as time marches on. Why I remember those early denials of Hamas’s responsibility like they were only last month…

…come to think of it they were last month weren’t they?

 

Well maybe the various Jew haters out there will have better luck with this story from the US:

Temple University is investigating after a student reportedly attacked and made anti-Semitic remarks to another student at an event welcoming students to campus.

Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) is going long on denials

There was an incident today @ Templefest involving someone who is NOT a member of our organization, but accusations by right wing media are patently false. No Anti Semitic sentiments or slurs. We’re writing a statement w/ eyewitness testimony at the moment.

Temple has put out their own statement on their website:

Temple University is investigating a report of an attack against a student late Wednesday afternoon on main campus. The attack is alleged to have included physical violence and anti-Semitic statements and religious slurs. As part of its investigation, Temple asks that anyone with information about the incident contact Campus Safety Services immediately at 215-204-1234.

Temple University unequivocally condemns the disparagement or assault of any person based on religion or nationality. The university will not tolerate violence of any kind directed against members of the Temple community.

In addition, university officials Wednesday night reached out to leaders of the Temple Jewish and pro-Palestinian communities to discuss the incident and a best path for moving forward.

I wonder if those denials will hold up as long over the course of time as Hamas’ did?

For us the Jews are Scripture’s living words, because they remind us of what Our Lord suffered. They are not to be persecuted, killed, or even put to flight.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Today is the feast of St. Bernard of Clairvaux Doctor of the Church and the Patron Saint of Fitchburg Mass.

While Bernard is noted for his work as an abbot and as a Doctor of the church he like the much better known modern saint Maximilian Kolbe spoke out against attack against Jews in what would someday be Germany:

a fanatical French monk named Radulphe was apparently inspiring massacres of Jews in the Rhineland, Cologne, Mainz, Worms, and Speyer, with Radulphe claiming Jews were not contributing financially to the rescue of the Holy Land. The archbishop of Cologne and the archbishop of Mainz were vehemently opposed to these attacks and asked Bernard to denounce them. This he did, but when the campaign continued, Bernard traveled from Flanders to Germany to deal with the problems in person. He then found Radulphe in Mainz and was able to silence him, returning him to his monastery

Given the open anti-Semitism we’ve seen in Europe and the cowardice in confronting it I’d say it is most fitting on the feast of St. Bernard to remember his words and actions in combating this evil.  May we on his feast day follow that example with the same zeal and courage.

Over the last several years we have seen the rise of two distinct phenomena detrimental to Jews

1.  The increase of anti-semitic attacks on Jews particularly in Europe by a population with no living memory (or guilt) over the Holocaust 

2.  The nations of the west declining to enforce their laws on their ever-increasing  Muslim immigrant populations who violate them

And now we have added to it a third thing, a change in the Zeitgeist as the Anchoress puts it where it is now acceptable publicly hate jews, praise Hitler and call for their extermination.

The combination of these events are bad news for the Jews of Europe but does that mean that before you know it the ovens will be lit at Buchenwald?

Not at all, because the new Holocaust will not be played that way.

In an age of instant communication it will not be possible to destroy European Jewry with the comfortable deniability of Germany in the 30’s & 40’s so what will happen will be much more subtle.

An individual will disappear, a car will crash, a house will catch fire, a person will be assaulted, a business will be broken into

And somehow the police will decide that the person just ran away, the car “accident” will just be an accident, the investigation of the fire will be inconclusive and the Closed circuit camera images with of the robbery will either be inconclusive or lost.

No challenge will be made, particularly if the evidence points to a person from the new majorities that rule Europe either directly or through intimidation.

It will not happen overnight, we will see it over the course of 20, 30 or even 40 years but baring a change in population or culture the day will come where it will be unsafe for any Jew to walk the streets publicly in Europe, England or perhaps even in Canada.

As for the United States, the children of Israel will have one advantage over their brothers elsewhere: They’ll be armed.

This is what is going to happen unless the people and the culture changes, to my fellow catholics I would suggest the Rosary en masse and an active involvement to stand up for our Jewish Brothers and Sisters.

To the Jewish people and nation, I suggest devotion to God and an Exodus to either America or Israel as soon as you can.

And if you get here buy a gun or two because before this century is half over, you’ll need it.

Calvera: Once I rob a bank in Texas; your government get after me with a whole army… whole army! One little bank. Is clear the meaning: in Texas, only Texans can rob banks.

The Magnificent Seven 1960

Sunday an Arab paper , Asharq al Awsat wrote about escalating fighting that caused the death of over 700 Muslims.

Abdul Rahman said the death toll of Thursday’s clashes was 396 people, while Friday’s total reached 314, adding that 90 more people were still unaccounted for, although they were also expected to have been killed.

Given that this total is more than double the number of people killed in that Malaysian Air shootdown one might expect the media to express their outrage, for Muslims on twitter to be appalled, for protests to break out all over the world and for the US and western governments to urge restraint.

Ain’t gonna happen, and Breitbart London explains why:

From reading the international and national news you would probably never have known that last Thursday and Friday alone, over 700 people were killed in Syria at the hands of jihadists and pro-Assad forces. Muslim on Muslim, Arab on Arab, human on human, whatever you like to think of it as – Western media is doing an awful job of reporting these abhorrent incidences – and I think I know why.

You see those people were killed in Syria and the people who killed the are fellow Muslims so naturally they don’t count.

Lawrence Askowitz points out that this is not a new phenomenon inFirst One Through. People who apply different standards to Jews than to others are by definition anti-Semites. And the world’s media and leftists consistently blame Israel for the deaths of Muslims, yet by his calculations, 90% of Muslim casualties in wars are at the hands of other Muslims.

You will not see the people doing social media for Hamas talking about these people, you will not hear their stories, our their parents or children crying over their deaths.  In fact if your only source of info is the western MSM media, you likely won’t hear about them at all.

Via Doc’s Talk.

Closing question I wonder if any of the feminists RS McCain or anyone screaming #waronwomen will object to this:

ISIS reportedly carried out the stoning of a woman charged with adultery in the main stadium of the city of Tabqa on Thursday. SOHR said ISIS fighters brought a car filled with rocks and stoned the woman they accused of adultery to death

or this:

“I was walking down the street when a car suddenly stopped and a group of armed women got out,” she says. “They insulted me and yelled at me. They took me to one of their centers and kept me locked in a room. Nobody talked to me or told me the reason for my detention. One of the women in the brigade came over, pointing her firearm at me. She then tested my knowledge of prayer, fasting and hijab.”

The fighter told Zainab she had been arrested because she had been walking alone, without an escort, and because her hijab was not worn properly. “You should be punished for taking your religion lightly,” she told Zainab, before threatening harsher punishment should she be arrested again.

Two hours later, she was released. But for Zainab – and other women here – the message was clear.

The last one via Jihad watch.

Actually I don’t wonder at all, if you can’t blame Jews or the western republican Christian patriarchy it just isn’t evil.

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All in the Family

One of the reasons why CNN is still an important network is their coverage of medical news and this Saturday Dana Bash one of the top reporters at CNN looking at the Eric Cantor defeat has noticed such a phenomena (via MRC):

The Disease? Yes you guessed it that most dread of Scourges Sudden Republican Anti-Semitism Syndrome virus or SRASS.

Sudden Republican Anti-Semitism Syndrome is a horrible disease that strikes the voting patters of Republican voters. It can gestate within GOP voters for decades before becoming acute, for example Eric Cantor’s was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in the 73rd district in 1992 serving as a republican representative. He was regularly re-elected in every race he ran for that seat without a trace of the SRASS virus appearing until his latest re-election attempt.

Some have suggested this is about the strength of the tea party, or Talk radio or even his position on immigration but the MSM has told us repeatedly the Tea Party & Talk Radio is dying and immigration was not a factor but thanks to the important work of people like Bill Mahar Dana Bash & the whole gang on twitter we know that the SRASS virus a republican scourge.

I know I know some might ask why a SRASS variant wasn’t considered as the reason of Joe Lieberman the highest profile Jewish pols in the country’s history and the first Jew to be on a presidential ticket (2000) when he suddenly lost a Democrat primary in 2006 but the MSM assures us that Al Sharpton not withstanding the very act of being a Democrat makes one immune from all forms of sudden anti-semitic syndrome.

We are grateful for CNN & Dana Bash for bringing this dreaded disease to the forefront at this time so they can make sure low information understand the risk of being republican.

Judith: They’ve arrested Brian!

All: What?

Judith:They’ve dragged him off! They’re going to crucify him!

Reg: Right! This calls for immediate discussion!

Life of Brian 1979

Hey you remember when the world said “Never again” after the Holocaust?

Nevermind

Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city’s Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee “or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated,” reported Ynet News, Israel’s largest news website.

YNet has the English Translation of the russian language document:

“Dear Ukraine citizens of Jewish nationality,” the flyer began, “due to the fact that the leaders of the Jewish community of Ukraine supported Bendery Junta,” a reference to Stepan Bandera, the leader of the Ukrainian nationalist movement which fought for Ukrainian independence at the end of World War II, “and oppose the pro-Slavic People’s Republic of Donetsk, (the interim government) has decided that all citizens of Jewish descent, over 16 years of age and residing within the republic’s territory are required to report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and register.”

The leaflet detailed what type of documents the Jewish citizens would need to supply: “ID and passport are required to register your Jewish religion, religious documents of family members, as well as documents establishing the rights to all real estate property that belongs to you, including vehicles.”

The irony of these people reaching back to WW 2 for the justification of these acts, nor it taking place during Passover should not be lost on the reader. The document also prescribes the penalties for non-compliance:

“Evasion of registration will result in citizenship revoke and you will be forced outside the country with a confiscation of property.”

And if that’s not enough…

To add insult to injury, the leaflet demanded the Jews pay a registration fee of $50.

Well I’m sure this is an exaggeration and the Pro-Russian east Ukrainians had nothing to do with this

Pushilin acknowledged the flyers were distributed by his organization but he disavowed their content,

I’m sure Mr. Pushilin will look into it and find there’s not a smidgen of anti-semitism going on, just some local guys going rogue.

Don’t worry though, John Kerry and Barack Obama will get right on it

Update:  Glenn Reynolds:  “WHAT HATH PUTIN WROUGHT” .  I say “What hath Flexibility wrought?”

Pj Media is calls it chilling.  It’s a good thing we live in the US where people’s right to their religious expression is so well protected:

Update 3: Is the whole world trying to prove Mark Steyn right today or what?

Ms Greer has reached that Circle of Tolerance wherein the turkeys line up to volunteer for an early Eid. The Leveson Inquiry declaration of support signed by all those London luvvies like Emma Thompson, Tom Stoppard, Maggie Smith, Bob Geldof and Ian McKellen is the stage that comes after that House of Commons Science and Technology Committee — when the most creative spirits in our society all suddenly say: ‘Ooh, yes, please, state regulation, bring it on!’ Many of the eminent thespians who signed this letter started their careers in an era when every play performed in the West End had to be approved by the Queen’s Lord Chamberlain. Presented with a script that contained three ‘f***s’ and an explicit reference to anal sex, he’d inform the producer that he would be permitted two ‘crikeys’ and a hint of heavy petting. In 1968, he lost his censorship powers, and the previously banned Hair, of all anodyne trifles, could finally be seen on the London stage: this is the dawning of the age of Aquarius. Only four and a half decades after the censor’s departure, British liberals are panting for the reimposition of censorship under a new ‘Royal Charter’.

Maybe they can have the offending Englishmen register.

Update 4: Via Hotair Jake Tapper tweets:

Update 5: Meanwhile from ABC:

Update 6: the Daily Beast: On the one hand:

According to Rabbi Schneerson, the press secretary of the self-proclaimed republic, Aleksander Kriakov, is “the most famous anti-Semite in the region.” Schneerson wondered how separatists who are trying to position themselves as “anti-fascist” and claiming it’s Kiev that’s run by neo-Nazis could pick Kriakov as their spokesman.

but on the other hand from the same piece

This afternoon I went to see who was collecting the “Jewish fee” in room 514 at the seized administration. The office was empty.

“Nobody is going to charge Jews for living in our republic,” said Dmitry Sinegorsky, the “security supervisor” on the 5 floor who showed me the room. Sinegorsky said he would personally “put needles under Pushilin’s nails” to find out whose idea that was to discredit the pro- Russian movement, but he believed it also could have been a “pure provocation.”

My opinion, any Jew who doesn’t take this seriously is a fool.

Update 7: Vodka Pundit explains what “Never Again” means to the Jews:

“Never again” is a Jewish promise to the world. It means never again will they submit to registration. Never again will they don the yellow Star of David on their sleeves. Never again will they walk meekly to the concentration camps. Never again will they go quietly into the ovens.

“Never again” means if you want the Jews, you’re going to have to come and get them.

Update 8: John Kerry


“In [the] year 2014, after all of the miles traveled in all of the journey of history, this is not just intolerable; it’s grotesque, is beyond unacceptable,” Kerry said of the fliers during a press conference in Geneva. “And any of the people who engage in these kinds of activities, from whatever party or whatever ideology or whatever place they crawl out of, there is no place for that. And unanimously every party today joined in this condemnation of that kind of behavior.”

While I don’t doubt Kerry’s outrage I must admit I find both sides denials quaint and almost amusing. They actually think this administration gives a care about the welfare of the Jews.

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on an Arabic Facebook page.

Syria Bazinga

They wouldn’t be able to handle it.

Here is the poster’s statement translated into English via Google Chrome

Dr. Faisal al-Qasim

Imagine: Israel is jealous of the preferential treatment received by the Assad regime from the international community: How do you boycott our goods, and Tgeshun universities against us, and you send fleets to lift the siege on Gaza, while suffering 15 percent of children are obese from eating too much. In Syria, Assad has killed more than 120 000 Syrian, and made millions homeless, with no one calling for a boycott, or the surge in international universities against his regime, and no one sends ships to lift the blockade on the besieged areas of Syria. Imagine: Even Israel is jealous of this international complicity with Assad. (We lived and Vena…

The real interesting action is in the comments.

There is a reason why these guys pushing these things always seem to be anti-western. It’s not a coincidence that you have a defender of Stalin pushing this boycott of Israel.

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It’s Tuesday and the 2014 doldrums continue apace.

We are coming up to the half way point of the month and the half way point to the week and , and we have so far moved the ball only $22 dollars toward a full paycheck.

Now statistically January is traditionally a bad month here. January of 2011 & 2012 both rank in my bottom 6 months since I moved the blog to its current site.

But no matter what like a Baseball game there is no clock so if we get those 12 tip jar hits of $25 we’ll be back where we ought to be

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Once we manage that then we’ll worry about catching up on the ground we’re behind.

We’re now only 57 1/4 more subscribers @ at $20 a month the bills will be paid every week and the problem will be solved on a more permanent basis. It won’t cover CPAC but it will do all the base bills and that’s what counts

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There is a lot of talk about how things have changed for Jews in Europe and plenty of belittling of it, but for all of our friends on the left who doubt this I will refer you to this English language piece from the local Sweden.

We don’t need the whole article, about the reporter going out for the day wearing the kippah. No we’re just going to quote two sentences with my emphasis:

Sixty anti-Semitic hate crimes were registered in Malmö in 2012 – almost three times the number in previous years. None of these resulted in a conviction.

Think about it

Update: If that sentence said “anti-gay” or “anti-Muslim” how many US magazines, web sites and investigative TV shows would all over this story.
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Yesterday I had a post about the whole “No Jews on the Jury” and said the following:

Do a google search on the story and note the absence of most of the Mainstream media in the links.

Move on, nothing to see here.

I actually did a google search and saw a link to Atlas Shrugs, but when I looked closer I saw the post was from January 15th 2010. here is the story:

A Pakistani scientist who is the only woman accused of working with the al-Qaeda leadership has demanded that Jews should be excluded from the jury at her trial in New York.

Aafia Siddiqui called for jurors to undergo genetic testing in an outburst in federal court in Manhattan yesterday.

“If they have a Zionist or Israeli background . . . they are all mad at me,” Ms Siddiqui, an American-educated neuroscientist, said. “I have a feeling everyone here is them [sic] — subject to genetic testing. They should be excluded if you want to be fair,” she told the judge.

Prosecutors say that Ms Siddiqui, 37, who has a biology degree from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD from Brandeis University, fled the US in 2003 after marrying an al-Qaeda operative.

She was arrested outside an Afghan government compound in Ghazni province, allegedly carrying two lb of poisonous sodium cyanide and information on chemical, biological and radiological weapons, as well as descriptions of US landmarks such as Wall Street and the Statue of Liberty.

She was tried and sentenced to 88 years in jail. If you look on the net there seem to no shortage of sites protesting her innocence a sample, the author is Yvonne Ridley

The scenario painted in court was incredulous and more importantly, the evidence non-existent – no gunshot residue on her hands or clothes, no bullets from the discharged gun, no fingerprints belonging to Dr Aafia on the gun … other vital evidence removed by US military from the scene went missing before the trial. Come on, we’ve all seen episodes of CSI – the science doesn’t lie.

Because we all know CSI is real live and in the middle of a war zone people are always picking up spent shells for criminal evidence.

We also know that William Shatner actually fell from a bus saving people’s lives (and money on hotels), became a surfer and with his daughter helping millions save money on hotels.

All that is interesting but here is something that’s REALLY interesting from two months ago:

Gunmen in Algeria who are holding about 60 hostages at a gas plant, want to swap the American hostages for prisoners held in the United States including Pakistani Aafia Siddiqui, the ANI news agency quoted sources close to their leader as saying on Friday.

The abductors, who are also holding other Algerian and foreign hostages, have also demanded negotiations for an end to French intervention in Mali, the agency said, quoting sources close to Mohktar Belmokhtar.

So we have Islamic terrorists taking hostages and demanding the release of a person convicted of a terror attack. Nothing says: “I’m not really an Islamic terrorist” more than that. I wonder what Yvonne has to say about that?

Her family will certainly not be pleased that a group of Algerian terrorists have called for her release because it will give a perception in some quarters that Dr Aafia must be an Islamic extremist.

Yeah I guess it might at that, but have no fear. apologists for Islamists have a religious belief in the righteousness of their cause and no amount of terror attacks will change their mind that it’s all just a fantasy.

and Pam Geller & Ronny Alte

A central AUF (Labour Party youth party) politician post direct Jew hate in Facebook, and he explains his post-ups with humour.
“Fucking Jew whores, wish Hitler could come back and shower all you Jews again”, wrote the central AUF-politician in a Facebook discussion thread.
Many have reacted to the Ap-politician Khalid Haji Ahmed and his participation in the debate; Ahmed is the former County Secretary of the AUF and council for Labour in Hamar.

Now in a week were we’ve had bodies dragged through the streets and bombs on buses why would I be the most shocked by an Arab pol in Scandanavia.

Because it’s NORWAY!

The Nazi occupation was tough throughput Europe but it struck a collective cord in Norway to the point where ignoring their own laws against capital punishment they executed Vidkun Quisling and two dozen others who headed up the Nazi puppet government calling for Norwegians to not resist the Nazi’s. His very name has become a synonymous for traitor.

It took a long time for Norway to psychologically recover from occupation, it was a defining moment for the nation. Yet while the Nazi occupation is still in living memory you have a Norwegian pol wishing publicly for the return of Hitler and the gassing of the Jews in one of the countries where their deportation began.

To me this is one of the most obscene things I’ve heard of. It’s an offense against history and how Norwegians react. If they let it stand or if they take electoral action against this pol and his party will be the measure of how far Norway has fallen.

While everyone is hyperventilating about Todd Akin here is a blast that amazingly is not from the past:

Criminal charges filed against German rabbi for performing circumcisions

David Goldberg, who oversees a 400-member strong community in northern Bavaria, is the first mohel to be charged since Cologne court banned the ritual

From the story

Rabbi Engelmayer, from Cologne, told The Times of Israel in July that the court decision had “enormously” impacted Jewish life in his community. “De facto it looks as if doctors across the country are afraid [to perform circumcisions],” he said.

“The mohels are inquiring, and we tell them: without circumcision, there is no Judaism,” he said at the time. “Therefore it is hard to imagine how the courts could criminalize a correctly performed Jewish circumcision ceremony. It would be too harsh a sign, especially from Germany.”

Meanwhile in the middle east Egypt under their new Muslim Brotherhood management is making interesting moves:

Israel Radio – Voice of Israel – is reporting that Egypt has moved anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles into the Sinai Peninsula, which if true would be a violation of the 1979 Camp David peace accords it signed with Israel which limits the forces Egypt is allowed to position in the Sinai.

Just last week, Israeli officials said they were concerned by the movement of tanks and armored vehicles into the Sinai – ostensibly to aid Egyptian forces in their battle with the growing jihadi terrorist threat growing in the area bordering Israel. But the addition of more sophisticated weaponry and the fact that terrorists in the Sinai are not armed with aircraft or tanks is raising alarm bells in Israel.

You’ve heard of the Muslim Brotherhood Pam Geller talked about them during her Eurpopean trip that was so warmly received:

Swedish police in riot gear cordoned off the area of our rally on both sides and blocked entrance to it with police vans. But while the leftist media, which swarmed around our event like jackals, will tell you that we are the threat, the police had to face violence only from the leftist protesters. Desperate that our message of freedom not be heard, they blew vuvuzelas, screamed bloody murder, chanted “EDL go to hell” and kept up a constant din – while throwing eggs and firecrackers at the police and at any pro-freedom activist who got too close to them. One firecracker exploded in a policeman’s face; he had to be taken away in an ambulance.

Nonetheless, several hundred people braved the leftist thugs and police barricades and joined us, unbowed and resolutely determined to stand for freedom and truth. The enemedia was out in force as well, which was noteworthy in itself: In Europe this was a huge story (even Turkish media were there), while in the U.S. the media seem determined to ignore the issue of Islamic supremacist encroachment upon our freedoms.

I didn’t cover Pam in Europe (that’s on me) but you should go to her site and find out more.

Somehow I think this might be more significant that Todd Akin, but that’s me.

The MSM has been breathlessly reporting that Mitt Romney’s statements about “culture” being a reason Israel has gone farther with fewer resources in the 65 years of its existence than every Arab country that surrounds them that have spent those same 65 years trying to slaughter them.

What is the kind of culture that could be holding the others back, maybe something like this:

Turken told The Jewish Press that witnesses will testify that, in addition to cursing the Jews and yelling at her staff to remove them from the pool, Adaya was heard saying, “my family will disown me,” and that her “investors will be furious,” if the plaintiffs remained on site.

The genius of America is not only the ability to reach your potential but the ability to leave behind the old world hatreds.

However the Arab culture is a “face” culture. It the same type of culture in some ways as Sicilians and because of the old world connections family types her fear of what might happen is not an inconsequential thing.

However we are not seeing that, particularly with Radical Islam.

Our friends on the left want to pooh pooh this, ignore it, even when their wrath is directed on other favored groups.

Our nation and our friends on the left ignore it at their peril.

Food for thought; There are a lot of disturbing things in this story, but for my money the most disturbing bit was this:

Tehmina (Tamie) Adaya, a Pakistani-American Muslim, is the owner of the Shangri-La. Her father, Ahmad Adaya, was a founding partner of the California real estate company IDS Real Estate Group. He also was a founder and benefactor of the New Horizon School for Muslim religious education in Southern California. emphasis mine

After all someone has to teach the next generation to keep those [expletive deleted] Jews out of their pools.

Via Glenn.
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While our friend Joshua Hammerman lives in terror of the Christian Tebow another prominent writer has apparently overcome his issues with a gentleman of a different faith:

Look, if a Protestant like me can support a papist like Rick Santorum — “papist” being the kind of slur you don’t hear very often in our politically correct age – clearly the crisis is upon us.

I of course welcome the fact that Stacy is not going to let a disagreement over transubstantiation keep him from the best candidate, he is however less forgiving when it comes to Rabbi Hammerman’s religion:

Furthermore, having studied the subject some years ago, I can attest that many Christian theologians agree that Mormonism should be categorized as a cult. In defense of Mitt Romney, however, I’ll say that liberalism is also a cult, and it’s liberalism that’s taking America to hell in a hurry, so you can judge for yourself which cult poses the greater danger in 2012.

The only thing I’ve ever had against any Mormon was the failure to return a history book from 1847 that described Mormonism as a cult that a few visiting missionaries borrowed decades ago. With this exception my dealings with Mormons have been invariably pleasant and happy and polite.

Liberalism however has not been as friendly as as Rabbi Hammerman might be shocked to learn there is a new dispute between his two faiths.

These odious charges have been around since Henry Ford in 1920 said, “Wars are the Jews’ harvest,” Charles Lindbergh in 1940 condemned Jews for conspiring to plunge America into World War II, and “Jewish neocons” were charged with colluding with Israel to cause the 2003 Iraq War. Recently, University of Chicago Professor John Mearsheimer, co-author of The Israel Lobby and Foreign Policy, has descended to making the accusation that American Jews — unlike American Poles, Italians, Greeks, Turks, Chinese, Africans, etc., etc. — exercise a uniquely malevolent influence over American foreign policy. ….

Yeah because we all know how the Simon Wiesenthal center has been a hotbed of hatred for decades. Yid with Lid comments:

Not only Israel-firsters, but according to Obama’s friends at MMFA and CAP the Wiesenthal Center is War-mongering, Muslim-hating Israel first group

The Wiesenthal Center has always been reluctant to accuse people of Antisemitism, but in case it was justified, so the good Rabbi let loose.

Read the whole thing, and remember what I said. Liberalism is a religion that is much less forgiving of those who they consider apostates than Judaism or Mormonism.

Via Glenn, Legal Insurrection and Andrew Sullivan (who still has some scruples as this link indicates) comes a story that will likely shock the vast majority of readers who don’t pay attention to the realities of the Arab world:

While walking in the street someone pushed me from behind with such force that I nearly fell over.

Turning around, I found myself surrounded by five men, one of whom tried to punch me in the face. I stopped the attack by pointing out how shameful it was for a Muslim to assault a guest in his country, especially during Ramadan.

Relieved that a seemingly random assault was over, I was appalled by the apology offered by one of my assailants. “Sorry,” he said contritely, offering his hand, “we thought you were a Jew.”

Shaking his head in disbelief on hearing the news, an Egyptian friend sympathised: “That’s stupid, you are obviously not a Jew.”

The chilling implication I was left with was that, had I been Jewish, the assault would have apparently been justified.

That’s bad enough but I found his description of an encounter a few days earlier just as…interesting (emphasis mine):

Eventually one of the men struck up a conversation, revolving primarily around what exactly I was doing in Egypt at a time when most foreigners had left.

My answers met with furrowed brows and clearly dissatisfied shakes of the head, when suddenly, raising his hand in front of his mouth in a conspiratorial gesture one man shot, “I bet he’s from Israel” into the ear of his friend so quickly as to be barely discernible.

I was shocked. In nearly six months of living in Syria, where orchestrated hysteria about Israel is integral to the very identity of the state, I had never heard the accusation surreptitiously levelled against me.

The accusation Accusation! Who does he think he is David Rosovsky?

Ask them, Sister tell them I am NOT A JEW!

As a person constantly mistaken for a Jew (particularly when I wear my beard) I’m disgusted.

Considering that this comes a day after the unrepentant speech of one of the Fogel Family’s murders and the declaration that any Palestinian state much be Judenrein this shouldn’t get me all that worked up.

(BTW if you are a Huff-po reader crying “misinterpretation” perhaps you can explain why Politico reports he has explicitly called for this in the past and tell us; how many Jews currently live in Gaza?)

I should be more charitable, after all Dinham article plainly reveals the antisemitism and the paranoia behind it that is the reality of the Arab Middle east to a BBC audience that doesn’t acknowledge its existence. Of course Dr. Jack Shaheen will likely disagree.

But I feel bad for the Egyptians in question as well. Their mistake made them look bad in the eyes of the western media, if only they could find some way to isolate those troublesome Jews this would not be an issue. I wonder how that can be done?

Let’s be blunt, if the Jews in Israel thought of the Arabs the way the Arabs in the Middle East thought of the Jews every Arab east of the Nile and west of the Jordan would have been slaughtered decades ago.

As Michelle Malkin reported yesterday many were up in arms over Katy Perry’s tweet to “Pray for Israel” after a kid requested it.

Over the past 24 hours, all hell has broken loose — with Palestinian, Muslim, and progressive Twitter followers lashing out at Perry for her innocuous tweet asking others to pray for Israel. Here’s a small sample:

She has since backed off a bit insisting “#sheneutral.”

As well she should, I’ll be she wouldn’t have made that first tweet if she knew it was trampling on inalienable rights?

Sultan is a lecturer of Muslim jurisprudence at the Cairo University. In the decree, he ruled that “every Muslim who meets a Zionist is entitled to kill him,

Now some of you might find this harsh, but it is just the modern version of the end portion of this famous speech by James Mason’s character in the movie Yellowbeard (21st century version)

Let me remind you that it’s our duty to seek out and destroy her majesty’s enemies, the foul and most foreign French! Jews! Now while the rest of the world will eventually arrive at the same conclusion it’s our urgent task to push things on a little.

So maybe Katy Perry will think twice before tweeting

..something as offensive and repressive as that!

Update: You might laugh at the flippant tone of this post; but once you start excusing infidels praying for Israel and the Jewish people next thing you know people will start questioning the Islamic right to kill them. The next thing you know you’ve got faithful Muslims actually questioning killing infidels in general. And before you know it women are driving, girls are educated, and you end up with a country full of happily married Gay Couples with with closets full of assault weapons!

Update: 2 Take a nap, wake up to an Instalanche. Life is good, or maybe I should nap more often.

Update 3 A more serious take on the subject here.

Apparently the camp that mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik targeted was more than just a kids camp or even a party camp:

Nothing like teaching the kids to hate on a beautiful and lushly green island on summer break. Note, they even have signs – Boycott Israel. They demanded a Palestinian State. One of the camp activities the week of the shootings was “Break the Blockade.”

More details here and at Pam Geller’s site. Read them and prepare to be shocked and disgusted

Shocking or no it of course doesn’t change a thing. Mass Murder is still mass murder and even if this had been a Hitler Youth or a KKK camp the slaughter would be no more justifiable than the murder of George Tiller was. As Pam put it in her article on the camp:

There is no justification for Breivik’s actions whatsoever.

Sounds right to me.

Oh and BTW Lee Fang at Think Progress, who claims Pam justified the killings in Norway. You are a dishonorable and dishonest liar.

There was a rather nasty incident that got no attention in the west press this week:

A 28-year-old worker in a moving company trying to reach Ma’aleh Adumim narrowly escaped a lynch attempt in the village of Issawiya in northeast Jerusalem on Sunday after his GPS device mistakenly directed him there.

Yes you read that right a Jew beaten in Jerusalem for being….a JEW!. Some details:

The realization that he was in hostile territory, he said, came “just as I made the turn, I figured out that I made a mistake, but I didn’t realize how big the issue was. This is Jerusalem. This is home.”

“Immediately when I made the turn a 12-year-old boy started screaming ‘Jew, Jew’. Each time he called out dozens more people arrived.” That is when they started throwing rocks and cement blocks into the car.

How did he escape?

Nir then described how his life was saved: “Someone came out of nowhere and tried to rescue me from the people; there was screaming but he managed to get me to his house. I was still scared, I didn’t feel safe, and the people in the house said they needed to get me out of the village or they would also come under attack. emphasis mine

Yup Arabs in a village outside of Jerusalem are under threat for daring to keep a Jew from being murdered.

Via Meryl Yourish who asks the obvious question:

Name a single incident where a Palestinian made a wrong turn into a Jewish village and was stoned by a mob.

Oh. Wait. That never happened.

and believe me if it did the left would be screaming about it. Loudly!

…while survivors of the ovens are still alive is obscene. Update: Here is one of the images:

Germany circa 1940 or SF Circa 2011

I challenge anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of the propaganda of Germany in the 30’s and 40’s to go to the link and claim that this is simply opposing a medical procedure. I challenge the author of this comic or any of the commentators at Joe My God to show these images to any of the survivors of the camps or any of the still living troops who liberated them and ask THEM if this is anti-Semitic.

The first amendment protects this speech but remember, this is a clearly drawn line. Where you stand on it self identifies you for what you are.

And just a reminder of where we once were

I just can’t wrap my head around the idea that I would see something like this from a “mainstream” non-nazi, non-klan group in America in the 21st century. That the children and grandchildren of those who fought in Europe could do this is beyond me.

Update: This bears repeating, I invite any other blogger to use this image today

The Fr. O'Malley Badge
in solidarity with the Jews and join with me in stealing a line from the fictitious Fr. O’Malley:

Abdul: What is your name?
Father O’Malley: William O’Malley.
Abdul: I did not call you.
Father O’Malley: You called for all the Jews. I’m Jewish, just like Jesus Christ. You take one, you gotta take us all.

Fr O’Malley’s clip starts at 4:35

We must loudly stand against this. Justice and honor demands it!

Update 3: I’m sorry I made Lisa Graas cry.

Update 4: For the rest of the day my twitter icon will be as above

There seem to be a lot of “interesting coincidences” going on with Egypt

Item: Today on WCRN there was an interesting caller linking the revolt in Egypt with the attacks on Coptic Churches in Egypt.

Frankly this hadn’t hit me before but it makes a lot of sense. The government came out strong against the attacks with members of the Mubarak family going so far as to be human shields during Church services.

Less than 4 weeks later they are calling for the fall of the dictator.

Item: Take a look at who is supporting revolt actively in Egypt:

The question is begged: What have Obama’s allies Ayers, Dohrn and Code Pink taught the Muslim Brotherhood and other anti-Mubarak organizations in Egypt about using protests, riots and the modern social media to coordinate their actions to undermine the Mubarak regime?

Being that they have common enemies–the United States, Israel, and governements allied with them–it is understandable that they would be allies. It must give them encouragement that President Obama has yet to disavow Jodie Evans and Code Pink, but instead continues to do business with them as Evans and Code Pink act as conduits between terrorists and Obama.

I’m sure when you read the whole piece you will dismiss as just coincidence the connections between Hamas, Code pink and Bill Ayers.

Item: It loses something in translation:

There you have it: the velvet glove with the word “Freedom”; the steel fist with the words “Make Ready” with its well-known Quranic reference. Actually, not steel fist – steel swords, crossed. The Muslim Brotherhood.

It is not “freedom” that they intend to bring to Egypt – or to anywhere else.

But just wait for the CIA, the State Department, the Administration, the mainstream media, and so many others to tell you the Muslim Brotherhood is all about little Aisha and freedom, and if you question them, you’re an Islamophobe (Shariah definition of “Islamophobe”: Blasphemer or Insulter of Islam, punishable by death in an Islamic state).

The Language barrier has apparently been a positive thing for the Muslim Brotherhood and they are very keen to preserve it.

And as Yid with Lid reports we all know who is behind this don’t we:

In a column published today on Media Matters political correction site, MJ Rosenberg claimed that the current Egyptian crisis was the fault of AIPAC and the “Israel Lobby.” For those of you who have lived on a different planet till today, “Israel Lobby” is a polite way of saying “Jews.” It is based on the old anti-Semitic canard that it is the Jews who control the United States government.

It doesn’t matter how you slice it the Anti-Semites will always manage to blame the Jews for everything.

Egyptians, like all people deserve the right to have leaders who govern by the consent of the governed. We need to keep our eyes wide open to make sure that this actually becomes the fact, rather than being governed by an Iranian or Islamic state.

Is that it answers Max Blumenthal who frankly deserves no answer only scorn.

With all due respect (very little is actually due here) one wonders if Blumenthal is off his proverbial rocker. This claim of anti-Muslim “hysteria”, without which his conspiracy theory unravels, is insanely false. One might even say it’s spastic. More accurately, it’s just another “astonishing act of left-handed legerdemain” of the sort that Blumenthal routinely engages in as he touts the very same falsehoods we are used to seeing from the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). The latest statistics from the FBI tell quite a different story.

Max makes his living the way he makes his living, he frankly isn’t worth the attention but enough well-financed left leaning outlets promote him that it becomes necessary to make sure that voices of sanity are not crowded out by the dollars of the left.

Pay particular attention to the chart on page two, of the piece, it speaks volumes.

Meanwhile there is no comment about this poster from a banned Islamic group concerning the evils of Christmas out of England. I’m sure Max will get around to condemning it as soon as someone pays him a higher wage to do so.

then odds are you’ve crossed the line.

But hey Helen Thomas is an old lady it’s not like you have mainstream magazines advising people not to help out during Israel’s big fire right?

There are a great many good causes in Israel that deserve help, and a great many causes here in America that deserve our help. It seems to me, however, that Israel’s national fire service should be funded by Israel’s government, not by the people of Boca Raton, Potomac and the Upper West Side.

My sympathy is with the people who lost their lives, their families, and those still in danger. It is not with a government that appears to be negligent. And I’m not going to contribute funds that might serve to paper-over the government’s inadequacies.

You know I don’t quite remember his column saying that the US shouldn’t have accepted help in the BP disaster or that the rest of the country shouldn’t have helped New Orleans since the state was corrupt and didn’t use federal funding properly.

What is really odd, while bloggers like Jim Hoff are rightly upset at least one group of people are unexpectedly not taking Goldberg’s advice

Twenty-one Palestinian firefighters arrived at the Mount Carmel region on Sunday to assist Israel in its battle against the huge wildfire which has claimed the lives of 41 people.

Hey Jeff when even Palestinians are helping when you are advising otherwise, I’d say think again, but then again the American Left has really degenerated when it comes to Israel and Jews over the last 30 years. It’s been amazing to watch. I’m happy to see Alan Colmes hasn’t succumbed.

Update: Stacy nails it:

There is blood on her hands, just as there is blood on the hands of Hamas, Hezbollah, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and al-Qaeda. Indeed, by her slanderous accusations against Israel, Helen Thomas dips her hands in the blood of Bobby Kennedy and proclaims to the world that RFK was wrong to support Israel, and that Bobby’s killer was right.

This is not a debate about U.S. foreign policy or about the terms of peace between Israel and Palestine.

We can debate such things civilly and amicably. But there can be no room in that debate for those like Helen Thomas who foment anti-Semitic paranoia by making accusations of mala fides against Israel’s allies, claiming that anyone who defends Israel is “owned” by shadowy Zionist conspirators.

…than objecting to deifying a murderous communist dictator who has made his little island so wonderful that for decades people have risked drowning in the open ocean to escape it.

Yup sure is crazy congratulations Atlantic you figured out that stuff like this:

We are supposed to conclude that Cuba is no longer a threat to global stability and that Fidel is a reformed tyrant. But how believable is a guy whose revolution all but wiped out Cuba’s tiny Jewish community of 15,000, and who spent the past 50 years supporting the terrorism of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, Syria, Libya and Iran? And how does Castro explain Venezuela, where Cuban intelligence agents run things, Iran is an ally and anti-Semitism has been state policy in recent years? Mr. Goldberg doesn’t go there with Fidel.

…doesn’t have any bearing on if Castro’s polemic against antisemitism is sincere. We don’t need the evidence we have the word of “the great man” Fidel!

I really should stop being surprised at the left constant love affair with communist dictators as Alberto de la Cruz puts it:

His sycophantic descriptions of a murderous monster turned loving teddy bear turns the stomach of all but the most ignorant.

It doesn’t turn my stomach, but it will make the day when this salt water version of the Berlin wall falls and the records are displayed even more embarrassed to those who have worshiped at its altar…

…if they are capable of embarrassment that is.

memeorandum thread here

A close second on the Irony scale? A Marxist, anarchist , atheist commenting on the morality of Martin Perez’s Harvard gift. The mind boggles.

In 1941 Governor Lee “Pappy” McDaniel ran in a special election for an open Senate seat created by the death of Senator John Sheppard (an interesting fact is that a son of Sam Houston the 1st president of Texas born in 1793 was appointed as a “placeholder” senator during the time between the death and the election). His primary opponent was Lyndon Johnson then a congressman from the 10th district. The two primary candidates fought it out and both were involved in some underhanded tactics however at the end of the day it looked like Johnson had the game won until (According to Robert Caro in his book The Years of Lyndon Johnson the Path to Power) O’Daniel’s enemies contrived to steal the election FOR him to get him out of the governors office.

It turned out that Pappy although corrupt had one “virtue” and that was dislike for alcohol. Convinced it was the devil’s brew he was prepared to keep “dry” zones around military bases and his foes in the liquor industry wanted him out.

I thought of Pappy O’Daniel when I read this surprising quote from Jeffrey Goldberg’s interview with Fidel Castro:

Over the course of this first, five-hour discussion, Castro repeatedly returned to his excoriation of anti-Semitism. He criticized Ahmadinejad for denying the Holocaust and explained why the Iranian government would better serve the cause of peace by acknowledging the “unique” history of anti-Semitism and trying to understand why Israelis fear for their existence.

It was quite a shock to hear one of the monsters of the 20th century excoriating a modern monster for antisemitism and going on about the long history of Jewish suffering, that’s when I remembered Pappy.

Pappy was an opponent of the dangers of drinking, but it didn’t make him any less a corrupt pol.

Castro if this interview is to be believed believes that antisemitism is a centuries long disgrace and that Israel has a right to exist, that doesn’t make him any less of a murderous thug. I’m not going to fall for his pap any more that the Babliu blog guys will.

As the Doctor once told Margaret the Slitheen it doesn’t matter, you can oppress millions because every now and again you can speak up against an injustice that has nothing to do with you.

memeorandum thread here

Victor Davis Hanson is a bit of a scholar so how bad does an article have to be for him to say this:

I know it’s commonplace to read in the latest issue of Time or Newsweek that Obama is a god, that Islamophobic Americans are collectively prejudiced against Muslims, that the response after 9/11 was overblown and unnecessary (over 30 subsequent terrorist plots have been foiled, and, for some reason, renditions, tribunals, Guantanamo, Predators, intercepts, etc., have all been embraced by the Obama administration), but the recent Time piece on Israel by a Karl Vick is probably the most anti-Semitic essay I have ever read in a mainstream publication.

And it’s not like there is no competition out there. I’m presuming he is referring to the full article but would like to know if that’s the case.

All that’s missing is “I’ll have my bond“.

Hey Victor I sent a Resume to Time maybe they’ll hire a conservative blogger or two and then change their ways….sometime before the next century.

Some things are just so ridiculous on their face that you can’t believe a prominent journalist actually said it:

“They [Israel] haven’t had a car bombing in two and a half years and the sad truth, really, is that the wall with the West Bank has actually worked.

Am I to understand that it is a regrettable thing that the wall to the west has prevented large amounts of Jews from living in fear and dying in violent slaughter? Time magazine has more:

Now observing 2½ years without a single suicide bombing on their territory, with the economy robust and with souls a trifle weary of having to handle big elemental thoughts, the Israeli public prefers to explore such satisfactions as might be available from the private sphere, in a land first imagined as a utopia. “Listen to me,” says Eli Bengozi, born in Soviet Georgia and for 40 years an Israeli. “Peace? Forget about it. They’ll never have peace. Remember Clinton gave 99% to Arafat, and instead of them fighting for 1%, what? Intifadeh.”

Does it occur to anyone that the wall actually provided peace. The Jews aren’t (and never were) interested in killing “Palestinians”, and thanks to the wall the “Palestinians” who apparently still want to kill Jews instead of you know having a life, can’t get to them.

As long as Arabs in general and “Palestinians” in particular consider dead Jews one of their favorite things you can’t have official peace, but if Palestinians can’t kill Jews, you will have defacto peace which apparently offends some on the left to no end.

The “Palestinians” elites hate it too, because with even defacto peace comes the responsibility to govern, and perhaps the reduction of the international welfare that has allowed the PLO leadership to line their pockets while ignoring their people for years.

Bottom line as long as “Palestinians” areas are Judenrein they are not interested in peace and we should stop pretending they are.