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FOOD FOR THOUGHT – A Holocaust Survivor’s View on Islam

June 26, 2010

A Holocaust Survivors View on Fanatic Islam >

This is one of the best explanation of the Muslim terrorist situation I have read. His references to past history are accurate and clear. Not long, easy to understand, and well worth the read. The author of this email is Dr. Emanuel Tanay, a well-known and well respected psychiatrist.

A Holocaust Survivor’s View on Islam

A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism. ‘Very few people were true Nazis,’ he said, ‘but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories. ‘We are told again and again by ‘experts’ and ‘talking heads’ that Islam is the religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam. The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march… It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is > the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers. The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the ‘silent majority,’ is cowed and extraneous. Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China’s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people. The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet. And who can forget Rwanda, which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were ‘peace loving’? History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points: Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence. Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because like my friend from Germany, they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun. Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts — the fanatics who threaten our way of life. Lastly, anyone who doubts that the issue is serious and just deletes this email without sending it on is contributing to the passiveness that allows the problems to expand. So, extend yourself a bit and send this on and on and on! Let us hope that thousands, world-wide, read this and think about it, and send it on – before it’s too late.

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Why some liberals lose perspective

June 26, 2010

Why some liberals lose perspective.

Experts: Ofek 9 will detect Iranian activity – Israel News, Ynetnews

June 23, 2010

Experts: Ofek 9 will detect Iranian activity – Israel News, Ynetnews.

Ofek 9 launched to space Photo courtesy of Israel Aerospace Industries

Following successful launch of spy satellite, chairman of Israel Space Agency tells Ynet no country will be able to conduct secret operations in Middle East

Aviel Magnezi

Published: 06.24.10, 00:53 / Israel News
The chairman of the Israel Space Agency (ISA) says the new Ofek 9 spy satellite will be able to detect any material transferred by the Iranians.

Experts explain that Israeli satellite, which was successfully launched Tuesday evening, will be able to broadcast images from around the world within days. Its abilities, they say, are much higher than what has been cleared for publication.

“With Ofek 9, Israel now has about 10 satellites working in a joint system – a commercial amount,” ISA Chairman Isaac Ben-Israel told Ynet on Wednesday night. “One of them completes a round every 90 minutes, then the second one comes along, then the third one, and so on. At a given moment, there is not one place which interests us in the Middle East and is not being shot.

“In fact, a country will not be able to conduct any secret operations in the Middle East without the area being covered by one of our satellites, as there are no longer such moments. Iran won’t be able to transfer different materials without us noticing,” Ben-Israel explained.

The satellite, he said, was has been launched to a spot located 40 degrees north and south of the Equator, focusing on the Middle East and the southern half of the globe, “so that we can basically air all the World Cup games from South Africa.”

Ben-Israel explained that although the official publications talk about 70-centimeter (2-feet) objects which can be seen, in practice the abilities are much higher and the satellite can even detect objects carrying people.

‘Only US comes before Israel’

“There are satellites with optic cameras, and Ofek 9 has a radar camera which can see beyond clouds and networks,” Ben-Israel explained. He noted that the satellite, which would likely be launched next year, will be able to provide some answers on the Iranian nuclear facility in Bushehr.

“There are seven independent countries in space, and in terms of quality and technology only the United States comes before Israel,” he said.

Tal Inbar, head of the Space Research Center at the Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies, says Ofek 9 would be used by Israel for many years.

“Satellites of this type can live 10 years,” he said. “Ofek 5, for example, has been in space since 2002. A lot of it depends on the satellite’s altitude above the earth, but all the Israeli satellites work better and live more than planned.”

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Inbar said the new satellite was a case of Israeli pride. “Ofek 9 was built in Israel and all of its components were made in Israel. It was built in the Israel Aerospace Industries and the camera was made by an Israeli company.

“Within days, after the camera is calibrated and checked, we will be able to watch images from the new satellite. Every such satellite is another step towards a situation in which we can watch anywhere, anytime.”

Some things never change!

June 19, 2010

You probably don’t  know the name Eric Hoffer.
He was a  longshoreman who turned into a philosopher. He  wrote columns for newspapers and some books.

He was a non-Jewish American social philosopher.

He was born in 1902 and died in  1983, after writing nine books and winning the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

His first  book, The True Believer, published in 1951, was  widely recognized as a classic.

Eric  Hoffer was one of the most influential American  philosophers and free thinkers of the 20th  Century.  His books are still widely read  and quoted today.  Acclaimed for his thoughts on mass movements and fanaticism, Hoffer was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1983.

HERE IS ONE OF HIS COLUMNS.

Some things never change!

ISRAEL’S PECULIAR  POSITION.
by Eric Hoffer.
Los Angeles Times. 26/5/1968.

The Jews are a  peculiar people: things permitted to other  nations are forbidden to the Jews.

Other  nations drive out thousands, even millions of  people and there is no refugee problem. Russia  did it, Poland and Czechoslovakia did it.

Turkey threw out a million Greeks and  Algeria a million Frenchmen.

Indonesia threw  out heaven knows how many Chinese and no one  says a word about refugees.

But in the case  of Israel, the displaced Arabs have become  eternal refugees.  Everyone insists that  Israel must take back every single one.

Arnold Toynbee calls the displacement of the Arabs an atrocity greater than any committed by  the Nazis.

Other nations when victorious on  the battlefield dictate peace terms.

But  when Israel is victorious, it must sue for peace.

Everyone expects the Jews to be the  only real Christians in this world.

Other  nations, when they are defeated, survive and recover but should Israel be defeated it would  be destroyed.

Had Nasser triumphed last June, [1967], he would have wiped Israel off the map,  and no one would have lifted a finger to save  the Jews.

No commitment to the Jews by any government, including our own, is worth the paper it is written on.

There is a cry of  outrage all over the world when people die in  Vietnam or when two Blacks are executed in  Rhodesia .

But, when Hitler slaughtered Jews  no one demonstrated against him.

The Swedes,  who were ready to break off diplomatic relations  with America because of what we did in Vietnam,  did not let out a peep when Hitler was  slaughtering Jews.

They sent Hitler choice  iron ore, and ball bearings, and serviced his  troops in Norway.

The Jews are alone in the  world.

If Israel survives, it will be solely  because of Jewish efforts. And Jewish resources.

Yet at this moment, Israel is our only  reliable and unconditional ally.

We can rely  more on Israel than Israel can rely on us.

And one has only to imagine what would have happened last summer, [1967], had the Arabs and  their Russian backers won the war, to realize  how vital the survival of Israel is to America  and the West in general.

I have a  premonition that will not leave me; as it goes with Israel so will it go with all of us.

Should Israel perish, the Holocaust will be upon us all.
Astonishing!

THIS WAS WRITTEN IN 1968.  42 years ago.

Sent by:  Albert Tari

Column One: Weathering the approaching storm

June 19, 2010

Column One: Weathering the approaching storm.

Column One: Weathering the approaching storm


Israel is endangered today as it has never been before.

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Sunset News: Joys of Muslim Women

June 17, 2010

Sunset News: Joys of Muslim Women.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Joys of Muslim Women

Joys of Muslim Women
by Nonie Darwish

In the Muslim faith a Muslim man can marry a child as young as 1 year old and have sexual intimacy with this child. Consummating the marriage by 9.

The dowry is given to the family in exchange for the woman (who becomes his slave) and for the purchase of the private parts of the woman, to use
her as a toy.

Even though a woman is abused she can not obtain a divorce.

To prove rape, the woman must have (4) male witnesses.

Often after a woman has been raped, she is returned to her family and the family must return the dowry. The family has the right to execute her (an honor killing) to restore the honor of the family. Husbands can beat their wives ‘at will’ and he does not have to say why he has beaten her.

The husband is permitted to have(4 wives) and a temporary wife for an hour (prostitute) at his discretion.

The Shariah Muslim law controls the private as well as the public life of the woman.

In the West World ( America ) Muslim men are starting to demand Shariah Law so the wife can not obtain a divorce and he can have full and complete control of her. It is amazing and alarming how many of our sisters and daughters attending American Universities are now marrying Muslim men and submitting themselves and their children unsuspectingly to the Shariah law.

By passing this on, enlightened American women may avoid becoming a slave under Shariah Law.

Learn More…. Read:
Cruel and Usual Punishment just released in most bookstores.

Ripping the West in Two.

Author and lecturer Nonie Darwish says the goal of radical Islamists is to impose Shariah law on the world, ripping Western law and liberty in two.

She recently authored the book, Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law.

Darwish was born in Cairo and spent her childhood in Egypt and Gaza before emigrating to America in 1978, When she was eight years old, her father died while leading covert attacks on Israel . He was a high-ranking Egyptian military officer stationed with his family in Gaza .

When he died, he was considered a “shahid,” a martyr for jihad. His posthumous status earned Nonie and her family an elevated position in Muslim society.

But Darwish developed a skeptical eye at an early age. She questioned her own Muslim culture and upbringing. She converted to Christianity after hearing a Christian preacher on television.

In her latest book, Darwish warns about creeping sharia law – what it is, what it means, and how it is manifested in Islamic countries.

For the West, she says radical Islamists are working to impose sharia on the world. If that happens, Western civilization will be destroyed.

In twenty years there will be enough Muslim voters in the U.S. to elect the President! I think everyone in the U.S. should be required to read this, but with the ACLU, there is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends it on!

This is your chance to make a difference…!

Ex-Spain PM: If Israel goes down, we all go down

June 17, 2010
Photo: AP
Aznar: Israel has not had moment of peace Photo: AP

Ex-Spain PM: If Israel goes down, we all go down

In Times op-ed, José Maria Aznar asks West to remember Israel its only ally in ‘turbulent’ region

Ynet

Published: 06.17.10, 13:06 / Israel News

// José Maria Aznar, former prime minister of Spain, published an opinion article with the London Times Thursday saying the world must support Israel because “if it goes down, we all go down”.

Aznar, who has joined the ‘Friends of Israel’ campaign to which David Trimble, a foreign observer taking part in Israel’s flotilla raid probe, also belongs, calls on Europe to refuse to put up with cries to eliminate Israel as part of global Christian-Jewish cooperation.

Opposition
Lebanon, Turkey oppose Israeli raid probe / Yitzhak Benhorin
Diplomatic source tells Ynet only two Security Council members welcomed appointment of Turkel Committee. Politico website reports US was only member not to voice support for UN commission of inquiry
Full Story

“Anger over Gaza is a distraction. We cannot forget that Israel is the West’s best ally in a turbulent region,” Aznar writes of the IDF’s calamitous raid on a flotilla bound for Gaza on May 31.

“In an ideal world, the assault by Israeli commandos on the ‘Mavi Marmara’ would not have ended up with nine dead and a score wounded. In an ideal world, the soldiers would have been peacefully welcomed on to the ship.”

Aznar also criticizes Turkey, to which the Marmara belonged, for placing Israel “in an impossible situation” in which it would have to either give up its security or face world condemnation.

The former prime minister calls on the world to “blow away the red mists of anger” and take a “reasonable and balanced approach” based on the fact that Israel was created by a decision of the UN and therefore unquestionably a legitimate state.

“Israel is a nation with deeply rooted democratic institutions. It is a dynamic and open society that has repeatedly excelled in culture, science and technology,” he adds.

However, he says, “62 years after its creation, Israel is still fighting for its very survival. Punished with missiles raining from north and south, threatened with destruction by an Iran aiming to acquire nuclear weapons and pressed upon by friend and foe, Israel, it seems, is never to have a moment’s peace.”

Aznar says the real threat to the region is extreme Islamism, “which sees Israel’s destruction as the fulfillment of its religious destiny and, simultaneously in the case of Iran, as an expression of its ambitions for regional hegemony”.

“Both phenomena are threats that affect not only Israel, but also the wider West and the world at large,” he adds.

Aznar concludes by saying that Israel is the West’s first line of defense against the chaos set to erupt in the Middle East, and therefore must be protected.

“It is easy to blame Israel for all the evils in the Middle East,” he writes. Some even act and talk as if a new understanding with the Muslim world could be achieved if only we were prepared to sacrifice the Jewish state on the altar. This would be folly.”

The Dreyfus affair: Pointing fingers | The Economist

June 16, 2010

The Dreyfus affair: Pointing fingers | The Economist.

For the Soul of France: Culture Wars in the Age of Dreyfus. By Frederick Brown. Knopf; 336 pages; $28.95. Buy from Amazon.com

The Man on Devil’s Island: Alfred Dreyfus and the Affair that Divided France. By Ruth Harris. Allen Lane; 524 pages; £30. Buy from Amazon.co.uk

Why the Dreyfus Affair Matters. By Louis Begley. Yale University Press; 249 pages; $24 and £18. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

HE LED an unremarkable, bourgeois life in fin-de-siècle Paris, riding his horses in the Bois de Boulogne, and sending his family to the Normandy coast to take the sea air. He was a conscientious, if not particularly likeable, army officer, and a graduate of Polytechnique, the highly competitive French engineering school. His father was a successful industrialist from Alsace (which had fallen to the Germans after the Franco-Prussian war in 1870-71), supplying him with an unusually handsome income for a man of his rank. He also happened to be Jewish.

In 1894, Captain Alfred Dreyfus was secretly arrested, wrongfully convicted by a court martial of high treason, sentenced to life imprisonment, stripped of his military rank and shipped off in chains to solitary confinement in the sweltering heat of Devil’s Island, a French territory off the coast of South America. The only evidence presented at his trial was a torn-up note containing confidential military information, which had been found in a wastepaper basket at the German embassy by a cleaning lady working as a French spy. It was written in a hand that was said, implausibly, to resemble the captain’s.

How could the French army have conspired to bring down an innocent man in the name of national security? To this day, and despite the scores of books on the subject, the affair that rocked and divided France fascinates historians. Three new works re-examine what happened for contemporary readers.

In a dense study, Frederick Brown of the State University of New York, sees the affair as the product of culture wars. The French army was humiliated by the loss of Alsace-Lorraine, then shaken by the Paris Commune uprising. Nationalist feeling, spiced with paranoia about traitors and spies, took hold at a time when the top brass was forced to improve military performance through reform. Meritocratic recruitment drew in outsiders like Dreyfus. But this also made him the object of suspicion by the old Catholic families, who traditionally manned France’s officer class.

Mr Brown is particularly good on the battle of ideas, symbolised by the construction of two of the capital’s landmarks. In 1875 the first stone was laid for the Sacré Coeur basilica in Montmartre, designed as a statement of religious renewal, national atonement and devotion to Rome. Across the river, the following decade, Gustave Eiffel began work on his monumental iron tower as an emblem of industry and science. The clerical elite was scandalised: it towered over the churches, did not speak to God, and reflected “imbecility, bad taste and foolish arrogance”. As one anti-Semitic writer declared at the time, “Only a Jew could have submitted such a project.”

Political instability and insecurity fuelled social paranoia and anti-Jewish sentiment. Conspiracy theories about Jewish financiers were the talk of Paris salons. “La France Juive”, by Edouard Drumont, an anti-Semitic tract published in 1886, became a bestseller. The respectable Catholic press, notably La Croix, joined in. In one diocesan newsletter in the Cévennes, readers were told about “the Jew”, who, it declared, was: “Servile, slithering, artful, filthy and vile when he is the weaker one; he becomes arrogant when he has the upper hand, as he does now.”

Against this background, the clubby French military elite hunted for a traitor. A perfunctory internal investigation swiftly fingered Dreyfus, the only Jewish trainee officer on the General Staff. He stood out, in the words of Lieutenant-Colonel Jean Sandherr, head of intelligence, as reported to a young diplomat, for “his indiscreet curiosity, his constant snooping, his air of mystery, and finally his false and conceited character, in which one recognises all the pride and all the ignominy of his race.” The military hierarchy closed ranks: its singular aim to defend its honour, and incriminate Dreyfus, triumphed over the facts.

In the end, justice prevailed. Yet it took five years before the Dreyfusards secured a second military trial, at which the captain was again found guilty, this time after the top brass forged evidence against him. Dreyfus’s name was not officially cleared until 1906. He was readmitted to the French army, served in the first world war and died in 1935. In another scholarly study, Ruth Harris, an Oxford University historian, shows how the battle to establish his innocence was never, as myth would have it, a neat tale pitting the forces of truth and justice against paranoid military authority and national honour. This, she writes, was “good rhetoric but poor history”.

Anti-clerical republicans—most famously, Emile Zola and his front-page letter to President Félix Faure entitled “J’Accuse”—took on the Catholic elite, with its hold over the military hierarchy. But the Dreyfus affair often cut across political and religious lines. Léon Blum, Georges Clemenceau, Jean Jaurès and other Dreyfusards intellectuels, a term originally coined to insult them, were aghast at left-leaning friends who refused to join the campaign. Through a close reading of a mass of private documents, Ms Harris subtly draws the complex, and contradictory, human behaviour behind the public affair.

Louis Begley, an American novelist and retired lawyer, and a Jewish refugee from Nazi-occupied Poland, has produced the shortest of the three books. It is also the paciest read. As a primer on the affair, this is a first-rate narrative and a heartfelt plea to modern democracies to stick to their values and defend basic liberties, however threatened they feel.

The author draws an intriguing parallel between the Dreyfus affair and the Guantánamo detainees under President George Bush, held on suspicion of terrorist links, grossly mistreated and denied basic rights. Yet he stretches his point. Dreyfus was innocent, like some of those held at Guantánamo. Crucially, however, he was the “enemy” within: picked from the ranks of the officer class, by the military’s own elite, and in a country—unlike America—that was not at war.

More than a century on, the Dreyfus affair still holds important lessons about freedom, notably the fragility of basic liberties when national security is invoked. It is also a reminder of the deep roots of anti-Semitism, in France and beyond. Even after Dreyfus’s death, the family felt the consequences. As Mr Begley notes, Dreyfus’s wife, Lucie, changed her name and fled Vichy France for the free zone in the south. Her granddaughter, Madeleine, who fought in the French Resistance, was sent to Auschwitz

The America-Israel relationship is not just fine. It is thriving.

June 15, 2010

We heard it with our own ears. First from President Obama.

Then, from Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren.

Then from policy and political staff of the White House.

The America-Israel relationship is not just fine.  It is thriving.

And the only thing that stands to threaten it is us: the Jewish Community.

Like everyone else out there in email-land, we are daily  recipients of the viral emails that go round the world with information that has great shock value and is in most cases filled with half-truths and fabrications. And if all we do is READ:DELETE or READ: FORWARD without any system of verification, we engage in the slow destruction of the bond we hold so dear – the bond of the Diaspora and Israel.

At a private dinner a few days ago at the Israeli Ambassador’s residence, held to honor Democratic Party Chairman Governor Tim Kaine for his dedication to connecting the Commonwealth of Virginia with Israel, Ambassador Oren  wasted no time opening the discussion between the 16 of us. Using  Israel as a political wedge weakens the relationship and damages  Israel, he said.

Ambassador Oren was emphatic:

“In the majority of respects, relations between the  United States and  Israel are as good as under any administration, and better than some.”

Said Ambassador Oren:

“History has taught us not to be silent and to hold our leaders accountable.  But making noise that deafens the truth endangers  Israel and our future as a strong Jewish Diaspora community. I have more access to the highest levels in the US Government, including the NSC, than any of my predecessors ~ some of them are actually jealous!”

Said Ambassador Oren:

“Prime Minister Netanyahu was NOT snubbed recently at the White House”. “I was there, he told us. “The story was invented, it was untrue, and I was there.” He went on to explain for the thousandth time what happened last month:  the non-state visit followed protocol: no photos, no media, no pomp, no circumstance.  The Netanyahu-team, that included Ambassador Oren, entered the front door of the White House.  The 2-hour meeting ended amicably. PM Netanyahu requested additional time to continue meeting with his staff INSIDE the White House.  President Obama said yes – and excused himself to go to bed.  After several hours, PM Bibi called President Obama and asked him to return.  The President re-dressed and came downstairs to meet the Israeli team again. Near-midnight.  The two allies parted on good terms. The next morning, the false story appeared in one Israeli newspaper and other media outlets picked up that story as “reported in the Israeli press” without verifying the facts.

Ambassador Oren detailed the important intellectual property rights agreement signed between  Israel and the  US eight weeks ago, and strongly emphasized President Obama’s true commitment to  Israel by maintaining QME: the Qualitative Military Edge over its neighbors. This is an inside measure of military preparedness.  Other examples the Ambassador enthusiastically cited were the lifting of legal and trade barriers thanks directly to President Obama.  And today’s news that  Israel has been unanimously voted into the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) caps direct efforts by Presidents Bush and Obama to further the integration of  Israel into the coalition of democratic nations.   These kinds of things make quality of life and safety better for Israelis but don’t make sexy headlines.

Ambassador Oren stated without hesitation that the stories of the  US siding with Palestinians at the UN were FALSE.  And that stories of the  US holding up  Israel ‘s weapon-assistance are FALSE.  He asked us, implored us, to spread the truth. Ambassador Oren pointed out that allies do not always agree on everything. But that  America and Israel agree on most.  It was nearly four hours of dinner and discussion.

Ambassador Oren said he was humbled by the courage President Obama demonstrated in his now-famous  Cairo speech, and that few have noted the fact he was the first US President to say while standing on Arab soil directly to a Muslim audience,  that “America ‘s strong bonds with  Israel are well known. The bond is unbreakable. It is based upon cultural and historical ties, and the recognition that the aspiration for a Jewish homeland is rooted in a tragic history that cannot be denied.  …and denying that fact is baseless, it is ignorant and it is hateful.Threatening Israel with destruction- or repeating vile stereotypes about Jews- is deeply wrong, and only serves to evoke in the minds of Israelis this most painful of memories while preventing the peace that the people of this region deserve.”

As most on our ’email list’ know, we are committed to the success of this President and this Administration. We believe deep to our core that President Obama is sincere and honest and means what he says about the commitment to  Israel and her security. We believe him when he told us two weeks ago in  Miami that he spends more time on preventing a Nuclear Iran- than on any other single issue.  We believe his top policy and political staff when they tell us the issues concerning  Israel are top priority.

Sent by: Javier Y. Perl

We Hate When You Defend Yourself – Op-Eds – Israel National News

June 13, 2010

We Hate When You Defend Yourself – Op-Eds – Israel National News.

We Hate When You Defend Yourself

by Daniel Greenfield

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Liberals hate Jews even more when they defend themselves and they blame that defense for their hatred. You can’t win for losing with liberal bigots.

The underlying narrative of just about every liberal attack on Israel has been this. Defending yourself only makes us hate you more. This cynical sleight of hand is of course an old trick used by bigots to inhibit their targets from daring to fight back. And liberals have made it their weapon of choice when going after Jews and Israel.

The tactic works by criminalizing any attempt at a defense by the target, and making the defense itself part of the indictment. The goal is to impose a Catch 22 framework on Jews with the only way out being to agree and participate in the indictment of Israel. The defense itself is then incorporated into the bigot’s narrative.
A hundred years ago, Jews would be charged with being “Pushy” and any defense against pushiness would itself be construed as pushy. Thus attempting to defend yourself would itself be an indictment proving the case already made against you. Similarly Israel is charged with defending itself too strongly. Anytime Israel defends itself in any way, it is automatically then proven guilty of defending itself. Liberal bigotry against Israel is not simply a charge immune to any defense, it is a charge which incorporates any defense as proof of the truth of the original accusation. Self-defense itself becomes the crime.

Playing this game allows liberals to express antisemitic ideas and beliefs while blaming Israel and the Jews for making them feel that way. A liberal bigot will explain that he is a reasonable person, but that Israel and those Jews who defend it are causing him to hate them. Speaking the truth about the situation only inspires more vitriol, as the bigot warns his target that defending Israel is itself hateful, and will cause him to hate even more. The target is then left with the choice of joining with the “Good Jews” who agree with the bigot, or becoming one of the “Bad Jews” who believes that his people have rights. As one of the “Good Jews”, the target is then expected to join in the Jewbaiting. And as one of the “Bad Jews”, he or she is now expected to shoulder responsibility for the liberal’s bigotry. Catch 22. Either way the liberal bigot wins.

The use of such a tactic displays not only liberal hypocrisy on bigotry, but demonstrates their ability to exploit the social insecurities of a minority to prevent them from exercising their political and civil rights. No wonder then that so many liberal Jews who do support Israel’s right to exist are complaining that they are tried of being expected to constantly defend Israel. Because that is exactly what the left wants to accomplish.

The same tactic has been quite effectively used against Israel. Each time Israel defends itself against Islamic terrorists, it is warned that defending itself will only inspire more hatred. And so it scales down its self-defense. It abandons defensible borders. It gives over land to terrorists. It reduces itself to naval patrol and a defensive wall. And yet each time, the same hateful shriek follows in its wake. “Don’t you know that defending yourself only makes us hate you more.”

When an Israeli comedy website produced a parody of the hysterical attacks on Israel, titled, “We Con the World“, the liberal bigots rushed to warn us that we were only causing them to hate us more. Both the Huffington Post and Andrew Sullivan featured the video, and condemned Jews for daring to make a production mocking the lies being directed at Israel. An AlterNet blogger triumphantly announced that the video was just making people hate Israel even more. Which of course is as always the point. Because liberals have to justify their bigotry, by using the refusal of their target to just lie down and take it, as their justification. And so the balance swings right back to, “Defending yourself only makes us hate you more.”

When Israeli sent out soldiers with paintball guns against terrorists with knives, the liberal bigots were outraged that the soldiers eventually defended themselves. When video after video was released telling the truth, the liberal bigots were outraged because Israel was providing fact based evidence that demonstrated just what kind of ugliness they had gotten into bed with. Each phase inevitably drove the liberal bigots to become more outraged at Israel’s gall for actually defending itself, instead of apologizing and agreeing to turn Gaza into a Hamas state with a convenient Iranian port perfect for shipping missiles or any other weapons to their genocidal terrorist allies.

Like most bullies, the liberal bigot is self-righteously angry at the thought of his victim daring to offer any kind of defense. The combination of ideology and bigotry work to reinforce a sense of rightness in playing the old game of “Beat the Jew”. Being liberals, they do make a point of trotting out Jews to do at least some of the beating. This makes it look less like bigotry, and more like infighting.

Of course this isn’t exactly an original gimmick. The man who presided over the ethnic cleansing of the Jews from Spain in the 15th century was himself Jewish. In the early days of the USSR, the Communist Party employed the Yevsektsiya (the Jewish Section) to shut down synagogues, terrorized Jews and helped the NKVD murder Rabbis and Zionists. And even Pharaoh had his Jewish taskmasters and the Nazis their Kapos.
As liberals themselves are so fond of pointing out when challenging the feminist bona fides of a Sarah Palin or the legitimacy of black conservatives, it is not genetics or biology, but the willingness to fight for the interests of a group that gives one claim to be a legitimate representative of that group. There is no conceivable argument for the likes of M.J. Rosenberg or Glenn Greenwald meeting such a test. Not now. Not ever.

As I have written in the past, liberal anti-Zionism is actually poorly camouflaged anti-Semitism. It is based on the denial of Jewish national rights, which itself has roots in a Voltairesque disdain for the Bible and the Jews by association with it. The socialist approach has been that Jews ought to dissolve into the mass of humanity and cease to exist.

Israel was based on a rejection of that approach. And that alone has won it an incredible amount of enmity. A continuing Jewish identity represents an implicit rejection of the secular messianism that has defined left wing movements since the French Revolution. The destruction of the Jews continues to be associated with the destruction of the old order. But where liberals once believed that removing the ghettos and legal barriers to civic participation would do the job for them, Israel has come to represent an obstacle to their agenda.While the Muslims wield the battering ram, their liberal advocates demand that Israel raise the gates to let them in. When the terrorists open fire, the left demands that Israel not shoot back. When Jews are murdered, the left shrugs. It has nothing to say about dead Jews. Only about the inconvenience of still having living ones around and cluttering up the place. While they are not prepared to make active war against Israel. they instead work to characterize any self-defense by Israel as illegitimate. Whatever Israel does, it is indicted for excessively defending itself. An excessive defense in their eyes being any defense at all.

Sivan 28, 5770 / 10 June 10