Monday, October 30, 2023

10/30 Links Pt2: Netanyahu calls civilized world to arms against ‘forces of barbarism’; ‘Never Again’ has rarely rung so hollow; Feminists Are Consenting to Hamas’ Rape Culture

From Ian:

Netanyahu calls civilized world to arms against ‘forces of barbarism’
The Jewish state is fighting a war against “the forces of barbarism” for itself and for all decent countries, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told foreign reporters on Monday.

“It is a time for everyone to decide where they stand,” he said.

Netanyahu hopes that the world will back Israel, because “Israel’s fight is your fight,” and should “Hamas and Iran’s axis of evil win, you will be their next target,” he said.

The “horrors of Hamas” show that the 21st century has not moved “beyond the barbaric horrors of the past” towards a brighter future, according to Netanyahu.

“We will not realize the promise of a better future unless we—the civilized world—are willing to fight the barbarians,” he said. “The barbarians are willing to fight us, and their goal is clear: Shatter that promise and future, destroy all that we cherish, and usher in a world of fear and darkness.”

The prime minister noted that Hamas carried out “the most horrific crimes imaginable” on Oct. 7 when it broke through Israel’s security barrier with the Gaza Strip and murdered, tortured and beheaded its way through Israel’s southern communities.

Netanyahu dismissed calls for a ceasefire.

“Just as the United States would not agree to a ceasefire after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, or after the terrorist attack of 9/11, Israel will not agree to a cessation of hostilities with Hamas after the horrific attacks of October 7,” he said.
‘Never Again’ has rarely rung so hollow
It is not an overstatement to say Dagestan is no longer safe for Jewish people. In Nalchik, another Dagestani city, a planned Jewish centre was set on fire on Sunday. And in Khasavyurt, a mob besieged a hotel and searched rooms for Jews. A former chief rabbi of Moscow, Pinchas Goldschmidt, tweeted last night that, ‘We are receiving reports from four different cities in Dagestan… of mobs demanding to kill the Jews’.

It is likely the prompt for Sunday’s anti-Jewish riots was a Telegram post claiming that the passengers on the flight from Tel Aviv were refugees from Israel. Some of the mob were waving placards stating, ‘We are against Jewish refugees’. Goldschmidt blamed the riots ‘on the Russian government’s siding with Hamas in this conflict and the lack of condemnation of the massacre [on 7 October]’.

Whatever the immediate cause, it is clear that anti-Jewish hatred has become truly globalised. The behaviour of the Dagestani mob, itself inspired by Hamas’s videos of its atrocities on 7 October, exposes the raw hatred fuelling 21st-century anti-Semitism.

The Russian government’s pro-Hamas stance will obviously not have helped. But Moscow’s craven position is not the cause of this eruption of anti-Jewish hatred. The Kremlin is, in part, only trying to appease the already existing loathing of Israel among Russia’s Muslim populations.

Indeed, hatred of Israel plays a key, unifying role within the Muslim world. Since the decline of pan-Arabism and Arab nationalism in the 1970s, opposition to Israel has become the one cause that different Muslim sects and nations could agree on. This anti-Israeli consensus had appeared to be unravelling recently, with Gulf states and Saudi Arabia seeking a modus vivendi in Israel. The outbreak of the war on 7 October – which was likely encouraged by Iran – has put paid to any rapprochement between Israel and the Muslim world, at least for now.

The current wave of anti-Israeli sentiment sweeping the Muslim world is being mirrored in Western societies. The rabble waiting for a plane from Tel Aviv to land in Dagestan is merely a less inhibited and less restrained version of the ‘pro-Palestine’ marches on the streets of London or Berlin. They may present their visceral loathing of Jews as anti-Zionism and dress it up in the seemingly civilised discourse of ‘decolonisation’. But beneath the surface, their hatred of Jews is just as strong as it is among the mobs in Dagestan.

Indeed, while walking down a side street in central London on Saturday night, my wife pointed to a poster that had been stuck on a bagel shop. ‘Blood on your hands’, it read. My wife, full of anger, tore down the sign, and we continued on our way, dumbstruck by what we had just seen.
Hillel Fuld: Let me tell you how Jews around the world are feeling today
I know that it is hard to understand with our finite human brains, but that is exactly the point, we are human, and we can only understand other humans.

Looking at the world today, it is clear that this is not being run by humans, because no human mind can come up with the twisted reality in which we find ourselves. Why God does what He does? Again, I have no clue, we have no clue, we do not have the tools to decipher why God does what He does.

Some people view that as a cop out, I view that as the only possible way to look at the world. The only tool that I have in order to try to understand God‘s ways, and perhaps what is coming next, is history, is the Torah.

I look at the different miracles and stories we have learned our entire lives, and I know how this ends. God watched over us in the desert with the clouds of glory. He accompanied us and held our hand until we reached our destination. He watched over Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Moses, Aaron, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, Leah, and all the rest of our forefathers and foremothers.

He chose us, He gave us the Torah, He loves us, He is our father, and that I know beyond any shadow of a doubt. How could a father allow this to happen to His kids? I don’t know. I struggle with this question every day.

I don’t know.

But I do know that, throughout our history, we were the victims of endless persecution, and we always, always came out on top. Why we needed persecution in order to come out victorious? I have no clue.

Anyway, I started off by letting you know how Jews feel around the world, and out of all of the things I said above, to me, what I am seeing is, that Jews are strengthening their faith around the world, coming back to their tradition, remembering their heritage, and so many are understanding that God is in our corner.

You, the world, the anti-Israel world, you will go down in history, along with the Nazi sympathizers, and the people who sided with the Jew haters throughout our history, and were wiped off the map and forgotten forever.

How are Jews feeling today? Devastated. Broken. Depressed. Hopeless.

And at the same time? Unified. Strong. Optimistic. Confident.

“Israelis will never forget October 7th. Jews will never forget what came after.”

I know Hashem is here with His clouds of glory again. I know He is marching alongside us into Gaza to do the impossible work we need to do there. I know that God’s version of today’s clouds of glory is the Iron Dome.

I am endlessly grateful and proud of the IDF. The IDF is God’s vehicle by which we will win this. God has our back. We are marching into a man-made hell on earth but right behind us is God, and if history teaches us anything, God does NOT look favorably on people or nations that mess with His children.

I promise you, this has a good ending. The sadness won’t disappear. The loss won’t ever be forgotten, but we will win this and this will all end with the Jewish people victorious!

Am Yisrael Chai. Now and forever!

Don’t Let the War on Hamas Normalize the PA
The push to grant Gaza the PA on a silver platter ignores the circumstances that brought Hamas to power in the first place. When Israel forcibly evacuated the Jewish settlements in Gaza, it handed the keys over to the PA. In 2006, under pressure from then-President George Bush, the PA held elections. Hamas won the majority of the votes, and the rivalry between the PLO and Hamas led to a civil war in 2007. After a few weeks of struggle, Hamas succeeded in ejecting the PA from the Strip, not before hurling some Fatah operatives from Gazan towers. In May of 2021, PA President Abu Mazen delayed the first elections in 17 years, fearing another victory by Hamas. Israeli, Jordanian and Egyptian Heads of Security met with Abu Mazen to warn of a Hamas electoral victory. The most recent polling from July 2023 shows that most respondents in Gaza, Judea, Samaria, and East Jerusalem express support for Hamas. There is therefore no reason to assume that the PA can prevent Hamas or some other extremist organization from reclaiming power.

The Hamas is one organization, but it represents and expresses a wider worldview extant among the Palestinian public. Not only “official” Hamas terrorists participated in the massacre on Simchat Torah but also a Gazan mob, joining in the wanton murder, torture and looting. Security cameras from the Be’eri Kibbutz show Gazan civilians entering the Kibbutz to burn and loot. Many Israeli civilians were taken hostage by “regular” Gazans. One Hamas official, Saleh al-Arouri, admitted in an Al- Jazeera interview that Gazan civilians took an active part in the slaughter. A clear and horrifying example perfectly capturing this is the phone call recorded by a terrorist, where he boasts to his parents about killing ten Jews with his own hands. His proud Mom and Dad bless him in the name of God.

Even now, the IDF and Israeli security forces are fighting Hamas in Judea and Samaria. The PA cannot prevent Hamas from gaining power in its own territory. The little it does do under international and Israeli pressure is criticized by the Palestinian public. Large swathes of Palestinians see the PA as tyrannical, corrupt, and collaborative. Moreover, its future, once Abu /Mazen the 87-year-old departs, is unclear. There is therefore no reason to believe that the PA can prevent radical Islamists from taking power in the Gaza Strip or would even want to.

Around two weeks ago, the Jewish nation was bloodily reminded that our struggle for a Jewish state in the land of Israel hasn’t ended. We cannot deceive ourselves that the murderous hatred is confined to the Hamas organization alone. The PA is not a partner for peace and is not a moderate actor. For decades now, its officials and institutions teach young Palestinians to “oppose”, incite violence and reward terrorists. The Palestinian people loathe the PA, weak and thoroughly corrupt as they view it. It cannot be expected to fight extreme and murderous elements within the Palestinian public, even it wanted to. We should not exchange Hamastan for PLO-land. Our continued existence in the land of Israel demands we set up a wall of iron against all our enemies.
Seth Frantzman: IDF: There Is No Food Shortage in Gaza
The IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) on Sunday pushed back against claims of shortages in Gaza and stressed that Israel is "trying to act in accordance with international law to minimize harm to civilians."

COGAT officer Elad Goren noted that on Oct. 7, Hamas attacked the Erez crossing where Gazans enter Israel for medical treatment. Three COGAT soldiers were murdered.

COGAT has "assembled a team of experts that assess the humanitarian situation on a daily basis - what is in stock and what is missing - and we interface with international organizations in Gaza."

The IDF monitors the full scope of water, food, energy, and health needs.

"We check what is the situation in UN warehouses and shelters, the amount in hospitals and food warehouses, and the condition of water supply wells and desalination facilities."

While Hamas wants to present the humanitarian situation as worse than it is, Israel says there is no food shortage in Gaza and there won't be for weeks to come.

COGAT stressed that "90% of drinking water is self-sourced [from Gaza] and 10% comes from three waterlines from Israel." Hamas struck one of those lines on Oct. 7; Israel has now opened two of them.

"Hospital administrators in Gaza have been shouting since the beginning of the war that they have diesel fuel for only another 24 hours but they are still operating."

"Hamas is supplying them the fuel and has an interest in keeping them operational because hospitals above the ground became Hamas centers underground."
The Hamas massacre plan was 10 years old... and it was originally Hezbollah's
If you've been following the news, you will have noticed that there's been an escalation on Israel's northern border. So what's going on there? And how is it all connected?

We sat down with Lt. Col. (Res.) Sarit Zehavi from @israel-alma to understand the threat in detail.

Hamas massacre brings global rise of Antisemitism
Hamas massacre brings a global rise of antisemitism, leading many Jews to feel safer in a country at war then abroad. Attorney Arsen Ostrovsky breaks this down for us.

NGO Monitor: Norwegian Refugee Council Activities after the October 7 Pogrom

British Israelis demand release of hostages at Qatari embassy

YAS QUEEN: Hillary Clinton Speaks the Truth (for Once) About Hamas

Gil Troy: Feminists Are Consenting to Hamas’ Rape Culture

How the arts turned a blind eye to Islamism

NGO Monitor: Norwegian Refugee Council Activities after the October 7 Pogrom

We are witnessing this war through the horrors on social media

Hillel Neuer on i24 news: U.N. chief appears to justify Hamas attacks
Hillel Neuer appears on i24 news to discuss U.N. chief Guterres' statements that seem to justify the October 7th Hamas attacks: “For the U.N. chief Guterres to say that Hamas‘ mass murder, rape, mutilation & torture of more than 1300 men, women and children, young and old, ‘did not happen in a vacuum’—his attempt to contextualize and justify Hamas—is inexcusable.”

Biden State Department Won't Fire Notorious Anti-Semitic Foreign Service Officer

A Harry Potter fan’s murder reverberates from Israel to Boston

IDF Spokeperson: '700 Hamas terrorists arrested in Judea and Samaria since start of war'

A Different Concept of Death

PMW: Are Fatah the “moderates”? Think again! Fatah students call on Allah to murder Jews

MEMRI: Hamas Leader Khaled Mashal's Address To Anti-Israel Rally And Conference In India Draws Attention To Radical Islamism Of The 'Solidarity Youth Movement';, Mashal Says: 'Take To The Streets… For Palestine Cause In Various Nations, Also To Protest American Imperialism, Which Is Complicit In The Zionist Actions Affecting Our Society'

MEMRI: Top Hamas And Palestinian Islamic Jihad Officials: Iran Has Given Our Organizations Billions Of Dollars, Paying For 'Every Weapon' And Funding Our Jihad – MEMRI TV Compilation Video

Hamas sits on extreme wealth while Gaza falls further into collapse

MEMRI: Hamas Official Mousa Abu Marzouk: The Tunnels In Gaza Were Built To Protect Hamas Fighters, Not Civilians; Protecting Gaza Civilians Is The Responsibility Of The U.N. And Israel

MEMRI: Egyptian Journalist And Writer: With Its October 7 Attack, Hamas Foolishly Repeated The Mistake Made By Al-Qaeda On September 11

Lebanese prime minister calls Hezbollah ‘rational, wise’

80% of people in Lebanon support Hamas’s Oct. 7 massacres in Israel, poll finds

GOP Lawmakers Push Iran Sanctions Package Following Hamas Attack on Israel

Iran-Backed Forces Have Attacked US Positions and Allies 23 Times in Past Two Weeks, Pentagon Says

Pogroms, Politics, and the Association for Jewish Studies
Since the war began, we have seen university students, administrators, and faculty alternately respond with cowardice, hypocrisy, and sheer anti-Semitism. But what about those scholars dedicate specifically to Jewish concerns? On Monday October 9, the Association of Jewish Studies (AJS)—a body whose members are overwhelmingly Jewish—issued a statement of “deep sorrow for the loss of life” that, in Daniel B. Schwartz’s words, “managed the rare feat of being both drab and discordant.” It seemed especially milquetoast when compared with the forceful statements the AJS issued after the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, or the renewed Russian assault on Ukraine in 2022.

The next day, after receiving much criticism, the AJS’s executive committee issued a new, somewhat bolder statement. Schwartz describes his reaction:

That’s more like it, I thought. But on a second reading, I noticed something—or rather its absence. here was now an agent—Hamas—and specific actions, but there wasn’t exactly an object. Civilians were targeted in Israel, but what sort of civilians? We know that tourists, Thai workers, and Arabs were murdered, maimed, raped, and kidnapped along with the Jewish residents of the towns, kibbutzim, and moshav on the Gaza border. But we also know that the aim of Hamas was to kill, torture, and terrorize Jews. Indeed, they have gloried in precisely that in their social media posts about the attack, and, after all, it is infamously called for in their chartering document.

Why did the half-dozen distinguished scholars who form the executive committee of the Association of Jewish Studies first feel obligated to obfuscate about the terrible events to which they were ostensibly responding and then, even after resolving to speak more frankly, still find it hard to speak of Jews? After all, they (we) are, in one way or another, the subject of their academic life work. I wasn’t in the room, but I have a guess, and so, I bet, do you.
British Medical Journal Ignores Hamas, Demonizes Jewish State

Over 100 Colleges and Universities (But No Ivy League Schools) Form Coalition to Stand With Israel Against Hamas

Harvard Lecturer Who Discriminated Against Jewish Students Faces No Disciplinary Action

When Universities “Twin” with Terror

Columbia Faculty Downplay Hamas Terror Attack as 'Military Response'

Ron DeSantis says letting pro-Hamas students go unpunished will see the US 'commit suicide as a country' after he called for pro-Palestine campus groups to be banned by colleges

‘Gonna shoot up’: Cornell University’s Jewish students on lockdown after threat

Cornell Hillel Posts Warning After Threats To Jewish Students, Kosher Dining Hall

Letter From Group Of Law Students At Toronto Metropolitan University Supports “All Forms of Palestinian Resistance;” These Are Their Names


UPDATED: “JEWISH VOICE FOR PEACE” (JVP): WHAT THE MEDIA IS CONCEALING David Collier: The dangerous lies of our media

Uncertain Things PodCast: Disgusting 'Journalists' (w/ Batya Ungar-Sargon)
Friend of the pod Batya Ungar-Sargon, deputy opinion editor for Newsweek and author of Bad News, returns for a deep, contentious conversation about the responsibility of journalists covering the Israel-Hamas war, the people worth expending energy on (versus relegating as enemies), and the uncomfortable embrace of moral certainty.

While much vitriol is expended on the “journalists” bringing shame to the (let’s face it, already pretty scumbag) profession, we also shout out the reporters doing good, honest analysis, even if we don’t always agree with their positions: Zaid Jelani, Lee Fang, and Arash Azizi


Toronto Star Commentator Denies Israel’s Right To Exist, Citing “75 Years Of Occupation”

Reporter Claims She Was Fired For Being Pro-Palestinian; She Engaged in Antisemitism

Government-Funded Vancouver-Based “Feminist” Magazine Accuses Israel Of Genocide

HRC Rebuts Hamilton Spectator Letter Writer Who Ignored Hamas Terrorism And Made Baseless Accusations Against Israel

UK boys’ soccer club launches probe after player boycotts match against Jewish team

Singer Pink Condemns Hamas and Violence At ‘Hate-Filled’ Protests Around the World

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