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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PM Jim Hacker: Then there’s this business of the UN vote on Israel tonight, the US wants us to abstain.

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.

Luke 6:36-38

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“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.