Thursday, November 09, 2023

From Ian:

How Jews Became the Last Minority It’s Acceptable to Hate
The wave of anti-Semitism is not confined to America. In Sydney, Australia, a Jewish man was recently assaulted by a mob of what Sky News calls “Palestine supporters” and severely beaten; he is now recovering in a hospital. In the same city, a mass protest occurred on October 9 where demonstrators chanted “gas the Jews.” Nor has Great Britain been spared. Stephen Daisley, writing from that country, comments on why so many young people seem to be drawn to anti-Semitism:

It’s not that the world is particularly woke to anti-black or any other form of racism, but that it is particularly unwoke to anti-Jewish racism. There is an empathy gap when it comes to Jews, a mental or emotional distance from their suffering that is either not present with other groups or not as respectable to let slip. This may be a generational phenomenon. In the world the baby boomers grew up in, the Holocaust was the recent past. The war loomed over the culture and, in the liberal West at least, the death camps became the ultimate symbol of evil.

The TikTok generation are coming of age in a world where Israel is no longer seen as the miracle in the desert, the return of a nation to its homeland in the shadow of its near extinction, but the racist oppressor of the indigenous Palestinians. They have no frame for understanding anti-Semitism because they have been taught that the world is divided into white victimizers and black and brown victims. Jews don’t fit into that formula, Israeli Jews certainly don’t, and nor do the Palestinians, but as the formula is all they know, it must be made to fit.

Jews are the last minority it’s acceptable to hate, and not just acceptable but progressive.
Biden Admin Isn't Sanctioning Hamas for Use of Human Shields, Drawing Bipartisan Ire
The Biden administration is not enforcing U.S. sanctions on Hamas’s use of human shields, drawing bipartisan concerns in Congress as the Iran-backed terror group uses civilians to shield itself from Israeli military attacks.

As Israel’s war on Hamas enters its second month, it has become increasingly clear the terror group is placing civilians in harm’s way in order to maximize casualties, in violation of a U.S. law barring the use of human shields.

"There still have been no sanctions imposed pursuant to this law" by the Biden administration, according to a bipartisan group of 22 congressmen. The group urges the administration to "prioritize the swift imposition and enforcement of all appropriate sanctions" on Hamas for its ongoing use of human shields in a letter sent to the State and Treasury Departments on Wednesday and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

The letter comes on the heels of a bipartisan bill meant to strengthen and expand U.S. sanctions on any terror group that employs human shields in combat. That legislative effort, first reported by the Free Beacon in October, days after Hamas butchered more than 1,400 Israeli citizens, is aimed at increasing pressure on the Biden administration to fully enforce sanctions on Hamas and its Iranian-backed ally Hezbollah in Lebanon. More than a month later, the Biden administration still has not sanctioned the terror groups, even with mounting evidence that Hamas’s use of human shields is a key pillar of its terrorism strategy.

"While the U.S. government has taken measures to combat Hamas and Hezbollah in recent years, it has yet to sanction Hamas and Hezbollah leaders for their use of human shields," the lawmakers wrote in a letter led by Reps. Mike Gallagher (R., Wis.) and Brad Sherman (D., Calif.). "Imposing such sanctions would make clear that the U.S. government does not tolerate the use of human shields and would encourage like-minded countries to take similar measures against this war crime."

The Biden administration, including the president himself, has repeatedly condemned Hamas for intentionally placing civilians in harm’s way by using hospitals and schools as bases for their terrorism operations.
This Is the Future Liberals Want: Pro-Hamas Mob Attacks Jews Outside Museum of Tolerance in LA
What happened: A mob of pro-Hamas hooligans attacked peacefully protesting Jews on Wednesday outside the Museum of Tolerance-Beit HaShoah in Los Angeles.

• The venue, dedicated to victims of the Holocaust, was hosting a screening of "Bearing Witness," a short film comprising "extremely graphic and violent" footage of the murderous rampage Hamas terrorists perpetrated against Israeli civilians on October 7.

• Israeli actress Gal Gadot reportedly helped organize the screening but did not attend.

Why it matters: The attack took place amid a dramatic surge in anti-Semitic violence across the country and throughout the world following the Hamas attack on Israel, which took the lives of more than 1,400 Israelis, mostly civilians.

• An elderly Jewish man died this week after being "struck in the head by a megaphone wielded by a pro-Palestinian protestor" in Ventura County outside Los Angeles. Police are investigating his death as a homicide.

• Two weeks earlier, Los Angeles police arrested a man who allegedly broke into a Jewish family's home and threatened to kill them. The suspect, Daniel Garcia, was filmed yelling "Free Palestine" as police took him into custody.

Crucial context: The pro-terrorist goons were enraged by a film that provides irrefutable evidence of Hamas atrocities that many of the group's supporters have dismissed as Israeli propaganda.

• Journalist Jotam Confino, who viewed the footage last month, recalled the "indescribable" scenes of children running for their lives as Hamas terrorists chase after them with a hand grenade, terrorists executing civilians in their cars while yelling "Allahu Akbar," and another terrorist screaming "Allahu Akbar" as he "frantically tries to behead a dead man with a shovel."

• "If anyone has any doubt about what happened, I truly don’t know what to say anymore," Confino wrote.

Bottom line: This is the future liberals want.
Natan Sharansky Blames Harvard and Yale for Decline of the Free World
Natan Sharansky warned that elite American universities are driving an increase in anti-Semitism and cultural division by spreading "neo-Marxist philosophy in the heart of the free world."

Sharansky, an Israeli human rights activist who spent years in a Soviet gulag, said schools such as Harvard and Yale have become bastions of support for terrorism—a big difference from World War II, when the vast majority of the Western world opposed the Nazi regime.

"All the world was against the Nazi regime, and nobody was sorry with [it] being destroyed," said Sharansky during a discussion with the Jewish Institute for National Security of America on Wednesday. "Today, the legitimacy for the regimes like Hamas is coming from Oxford, from Harvard, from Yale, from Penn, from all these centers."

"This neo-Marxist philosophy in the heart of the free world, that's why this division between the free world and not-free world is not so clear," he said.

Sharansky's comments come as universities have faced backlash over their tepid responses to Hamas's Oct. 7 terrorist attacks and as many student groups defended the mass slaughter.

Sharansky slammed the colleges for responding with "cheers" to the "most awful, unbelievable pogrom in modern history."

"These are enablers, those who give [terrorists] legitimacy. And that's [the] intellectuals of the free world," he said.

Sharansky said the "Critical Theories" taught at universities "divide the world into the oppressed and oppressors" and compared them to the Marxist-Leninist politics that he and his peers were taught growing up in the Soviet Union. He warned that the "Critical Theories" pit "all the white against black, all the men against women, all the straight against gays, all the Israelis against Palestinians."

"When it becomes the base for social activity, for political activity, it's very dangerous," he said, noting that this was how the Soviet Union "killed tens of millions of people."


Israel agrees to 4 hours daily pause as hostage video aired
Israel agreed to a daily four-hour pause in the fighting in northern Gaza as Palestinian Islamic Jihad published a video of two of the hostages it indicated could be released.

“We’ve been told by the Israelis that there will be no military operations in these areas over the duration of the pause,” US National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said, adding that “this process is starting today.”

The localized pauses limited to specific areas in northern Gaza would allow people to flee along two humanitarian corridors and were significant first steps, Kirby explained.

The United States and Israel have been at odds over the details relating to humanitarian pauses, including the length of their duration, particularly given that such steps have been linked and are expected to be linked to the release of over 239 hostages held in Gaza.

Israel is looking to avoid a situation in which the fighting in Gaza is repeatedly halted due to such pauses thereby increasing the timeline of the war, and preventing it from achieving its military objective of ousting Hamas from the coastal enclave.

US President Joe Biden told reporters he had asked for a three-day pause in Gaza. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, however, had preferred one that lasted for an hour or two.

Biden told reporters as he left the White House for a campaign stop on Thursday that he had sought a longer pause.

“I’ve asked for a pause longer than three days.”


Pro-Palestinian who 'hit Jewish protestor Paul Kessler with a megaphone' when rival rallies clashed in California is identified as 50-year-old college professor who posted online rant comparing Hamas to Mandela and Gandhi



Witness to Paul Kessler Altercation Speaks Out: “All Of a Sudden, I See a Punch”

Gil Troy: A Primer for the Perplexed: The Nine Big Lies Against Israel and What They Really Mean
“This is what decolonization looks like.” The world is a tough place. Over the centuries, powerful countries have colonized other places, sending explorers, then groups of settlers, away from the mother country to establish settlements, usually in order to extract resources. Inevitably, especially as national self-determination became a virtue, colonization led to decolonization.

On one level, decolonization is simply an historical process, whereby people in the colonies rebel, or the empire collapses. Over the decades, scholars defined decolonization as a state of mind, too. Frantz Fanon (1925-1961), born in Martinique, helped make decolonization trendy among some of the most settled and privileged people in the world’s richest and most expensive universities.

As a psychiatrist, Fanon observed that colonized people often internalized a sense of inferiority. As a revolutionary, he wanted those colonies to break free – even violently. Considering violence cleansing, restoring some balance, some dignity to the powerless, he called violence “man recreating himself.”

Fanon built on Marx’s binary dividing the world between the oppressing ruling class and the oppressed proletariat. For Fanon, the forever-guilty oppressor was the colonizer, the forever-innocent oppressed was the decolonizer. For the colonized, Fanon preached, “there is no compromise, no possible coming to terms; colonization and decolonization is simply a question of strength.”

Fanon remains remarkably influential today. Call them woke. Call them postmodern. Call them identitarians. Today’s campus commissars have forged Marx’s seesaw between the oppressor and the oppressed with Fanon’s colonizer-decolonizer dynamic and deification of violence. These people frame the world – and America – as caught in a zero-sum power struggle. The oppressive colonizers in this Manichean, black-and-white world are always guilty, while the oppressed are forever pure and innocent, no matter what they do.

Viewing the world through this distorting prism, Israel is always guilty, the Palestinians forever innocent. As a result, the October 7 barbarian bloodbath was exhilarating, joyous, justified. One influencer even injected the Hamas-romanticizing term “settler-babies” into the mix.

To see the world this way requires much fanaticism, many simplifications, multiple distortions, and, at the end of the day, a very, very bruised soul. But those blinders explain how so many feminists failed to see Hamas’s rape culture and child abuse, how so many liberals failed to acknowledge the despotism, how so many humanists failed to cry out in shame and horror as Palestinian marauders crossed every civilizational red line.

“Israel is practicing apartheid.” The Jews seem to have magical powers. Over the centuries, Jews attracted all kinds of labels: Jews were too rich and too poor, too capitalist and too socialist, too traditional and too modern, too anxious to fit in and too eager to stand out.

Today, the Jewish state has similar plastic powers. As trends change, Israel is deemed guilty of the most heinous of national sins. Today Israel is a white-supremacist or, even better, Jewish-supremacist state, and a settler-colonialist enterprise. In the 1990s, Israel was racist, colonialist, and imperialist, as well as guilty of “ethnic cleansing” once the Balkan mess introduced that phrase into the international vocabulary. But since the 1970s, as the international community justifiably turned away in disgust from apartheid South Africa, Israel has been called an apartheid state.

Apartheid was a system of racial differentiation – apartness – based on all kinds of racial classifications and perverse beliefs that whites and blacks and colored people were not equal. The Apartheid Wall in Johannesburg’s Apartheid Museum lists 148 laws sifting people into different racial categories to keep them apart and calibrate who deserved which privileges – and which restrictions.

Israel has never passed one law defining people by racial categories. In fact, Israelis and Palestinians are involved in a national conflict, not a race war.

Moreover, if Israel wants to be racist, and create an apartheid state, it’s doing an awful job. Israeli-Arabs enjoy equal rights and have served as Supreme Court judges, Knesset members, key members of the last coalition. With about 20% of the population, Israeli-Arabs are overly represented in Israel’s medical system: About 20% of the doctors, as much as 40% of the nurses, and 43% of the pharmacists are Israeli-Arab. Finally, if Israelis hate Arabs so much and see them as inferior, why was there so much excitement about the Abraham Accords, and why are Hamas and Iran trying to subvert a Saudi Arabian deal with Israel?

Maybe Israelis don’t hate Arabs – but only pass laws protecting themselves against enemies who seek to destroy them?
No, Israel is not a ‘settler-colonial’ state
The characterisation of Israel as a settler-colonial state is deeply misleading. It is an attempt to force the distinctive history of this region into a preconceived template. Maxime Rodinson may have been conscious he was making an analogy. But today’s anti-Zionist protesters take the claim as an unassailable fact. The argument serves to delegitimise Israel’s national aspirations and dehumanise its people.

As Doug Stokes explains in his new book, Against Decolonisation, contemporary ideas about a world divided into settlers and colonisers, popular in universities and the media, express a loathing of Western civilisation and accomplishments. This costs students in the West very little. But it costs the Israelis, as the supposed exemplars of the evil of settler-colonialism, their humanity. So, when hundreds upon hundreds of Jews were slaughtered by Hamas terrorists last month, colleges all over North America and western Europe thought nothing of holding protests against Israel.

The claim that Israel is an ‘apartheid state’ is equally tendentious. Israel’s critics can point to Amnesty International’s 2022 report, Israel’s Apartheid Against Palestinians. But they don’t mention the qualifying paragraph in the report that says Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is not ‘the same or analogous to the system of segregation, oppression and domination as perpetrated in South Africa between 1948 and 1994′.

Perhaps the most warped allegation against Israel is that it is engaged in a genocide against the Palestinians. There is no need to sugarcoat Israel’s wars. In its conflicts with Palestinians, the ratio of the dead is heavily in Israel’s favour. But it is beyond all reason to characterise these conflicts as ‘genocidal’.

There is no plan to exterminate the Palestinian people by the Israeli government, and no equivalent of Goebbels’ Wannsee Conference, where the extermination of European Jewry was planned. The Jewish population of the world has still not recovered from the Holocaust 78 years ago, while the Palestinian population, despite its great misery, has risen from under two million in 1948 to over five million in the West Bank and Gaza today.

War is an evil in its own right, but it is not genocide, even where it is grossly unequal. More than two million Koreans were killed in the war of 1950-53, but it is not generally called a genocide. The characterisation of Israel’s war as a genocide arises out of a desire to undermine the Jewish people’s status as the pre-eminent victim of historical genocide.

There are good arguments to be made against Israel’s policies towards Palestinians, and to other Arab countries. But the attempt to force this conflict in the Middle East into categories drawn from other historical times and distant places reveals the weakness of the contemporary case against Israel. It shows that those protesting against Israel today care less about the actual conditions in Israel and Gaza, than in engaging in a spectral fight against Western civilisation and the ‘original sin’ of colonialism. It is the Israelis’ misfortune that too many in the West have turned them into modern-day scapegoats for our own perceived sins.
Israel’s Claims to Its Land
In these weeks when Jews all over the world are worried about the future existence of the State of Israel, let alone its safety and flourishing, and when some claim that Israel is a colonial power that is usurping the right of Palestinians to their land, the philosopher in me wants to zoom out to ask this question: How does any nation have a right to its land?

I am going to suggest that there are four grounds that nations use in their self-understanding of why they rightfully occupy their land, grounds that other nations recognize as well in respecting each nation’s sovereignty over its land. For each of these grounds, I will give some examples from around the world, and then I will apply it to Israel. Interestingly, in some form all four of these grounds are illustrated in the stories in Genesis we are reading in the synagogue at this time of year.

War
The American Revolution and the revolutions of South American countries against their Spanish and Portuguese rulers are some examples of how nations establish sovereignty over their land. This is mirrored in Genesis 14, in which Abram has to wage war to defend his hold on the land. Interestingly, in doing so he redeems Lot from captivity, an especially poignant part of the story for the current Israel-Gaza conflict.

Israel has unfortunately had a surfeit of experience of having to establish or reenforce its claim to its land through war, from its War of Independence in 1948 to the current conflict.
7 Things pro-Palestinians Forgot to Tell You (...this war is not about land...)
You hear so much about Israel and Gaza in the news. But there are a few things that pro-Palestinians forget to tell you. Here is a quick summary of the things you need to know.


The Stanford Review 2007: The Deception of Palestinian Nationalism

US Media Cut Ties With Hamas-Linked Journalist, But Questions Remain
American media outlets cut ties Thursday with a freelance photojournalist accused of having links to Hamas, but questions remain about their knowledge of those alleged associations.

Photos emerged Wednesday that purportedly showed Hassan Eslaiah, who did freelance work for the Associated Press during the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks on Israel and also worked for CNN, receiving a kiss from Yahya Sinwar, the leader of Hamas in Gaza whom Israel believes masterminded the attacks.

The photos surfaced hours after the publication of a report from HonestReport, a pro-Israel media watchdog, that raised ethical questions over the outlets' association with Eslaiah and other freelancers who documented the attacks. The report asked whether the journalists' presence at the scene of the attacks to document them was "coordinated with Hamas."

Eslaiah did not wear a press vest or helmet as he filmed himself in front of a burning Israeli tank during the attack, according to the report, which alleged that he crossed the border into Israel during the attack. HonestReporting also included screenshots of now-deleted X posts on his account, one of which has an Arabic caption that describes him as "live from inside the Gaza Strip settlements."

Both the Associated Press and CNN issued statements announcing that they severed ties with Eslaiah.

"We are aware of the article and photo concerning Hassan Eslaiah, a freelance photojournalist who has worked with a number of international and Israeli outlets," CNN said in a statement. "While we have not at this time found reason to doubt the journalistic accuracy of the work he has done for us, we have decided to suspend all ties with him."

"We are no longer working with Hassan Eslaiah, who had been an occasional freelancer for AP and other international news organizations in Gaza," read a statement from the Associated Press. "AP uses images taken by freelancers around the world. When we accept freelance photos, we take great steps to verify the authenticity of the images and that they show what is purported."

The statement also denied that the Associated Press had "knowledge of the Oct. 7 attacks before they happened," noting that "the first pictures AP received from any freelancer show they were taken more than an hour after the attacks began." It also said that no AP staffers were at the border during the attacks, "nor did any AP staffer cross the border at any time."
Terrorists or Journalists? DEBATE over photographers embedded with Hamas
In a heated debate in the studio, security analyst Raphael Jerusalmy and senior correspondent Owen Alterman discuss reports that freelance journalists working with CNN and AP were informed prior to the Hamas massacre on October 7th.


PMW: Gazan journalist participated in Hamas massacre, ecstatically displayed soldier’s ID card, helmet and magazine Gazan journalist participated in Hamas massacre
This video shows Gazan journalist and actor Ali Nasman ecstaticallycelebrating the abduction or killing of an Israeli soldier, by displaying the soldier’s ID card, helmet and ammunition magazine, while he participated in Hamas’ massacre on October 7.

Gazan journalist and actor Ali Nasman: “Allahu Akbar (i.e., “Allah is greatest”), here, here, here. Here is [the Israeli soldier’s] ID card. Here is his [ammo] magazine, here is his helmet. Well, Shlomo, and here are the written plans. Here, here, nothing like it. Go!”

Posted text: “From the [Gaza] Envelope (i.e., Israeli towns near the Gaza Strip)…

Allahu Akbar (i.e., “Allah is greatest”) and praise Allah”

[“The Sons of the Homeland,” Telegram channel, Oct. 7, 2023]


This journalist who participated in the terror attack was subsequently killed by the Israel army in an airstrike.

Other journalists also reported live from the invasion and the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office has demanded clarifications from the bureau chiefs of the media organizations that employed them, among them AP, Reuters, CNN and The New York Times.

[Israeli GPO, Nov. 9, 2023]
What were photojournalists from Gaza doing on October 7? | HonestReporting's Gil Hoffman on i24NEWS

NGO Monitor: 7amleh’s Gaslighting: The NGO’s Campaign against “Censorship” of Support for Terror after the Hamas Massacre
7amleh, an NGO based in Haifa, describes itself as “a non-profit organization that advocates for Palestinian digital rights.” Among other activities, 7amleh runs a major political campaign alleging that Palestinians and pro-Palestinian individuals face structural discrimination on social media platforms, such as “censorship,” especially when writing in Arabic. This campaign attempts to rollback social media restrictions on antisemitism and pro-terror sentiments.

7amleh, with an annual budget of NIS 4.4 million, is funded by the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Germany, Canada, Konrad Adenauer Foundation (Germany), Open Society Foundation, and UNICEF. (In October 2023, the Foreign Ministry of Switzerland suspended funding pending an investigation.)

Although 7amleh has the status of a “trusted partner” with Meta, providing direct and preferred access on content-related issues in the region, NGO Monitor’s research has shown that the NGOs anti-Israel campaigning, support for violence, and incendiary social media content is entirely inconsistent with this status. In particular, NGO Monitor documented 7amleh’s high-pressure lobbying campaign directed at Meta regarding content moderation during earlier Gaza conflicts.

As this report demonstrates, 7amleh’s activity since October 7 reflects similar patterns, seeking to pressure Meta into abandoning its content moderation criteria for posts promoting terrorism. In addition, the social media accounts of several 7amleh employees contain highly offensive posts.

In the context of virulent antisemitic content on social media and violent attacks worldwide, we note the disturbing and counterproductive role of 7amleh. A “trusted” relationship between this NGO and social media platforms directly contradicts the November 6, 2023 statement from 30 antisemitism envoys calling on social media companies to act in order to prevent the “antisemitic messages, disinformation, hate speech, and terrorist content, which instigate real world hate crimes and threaten the very social cohesion that binds our democratic societies together.”
Jon Lansman distances himself from ‘much of the left’ over their response to Hamas
Momentum founder Jon Lansman has openly distanced himself from the way “much of the left” has responded to the Hamas massacre of October 7th in Israel.

In an interview with New Statesman magazine, the former close ally of Jeremy Corbyn, said that the left’s response to last month’s atrocities, has shown him there “isn’t an understanding” or “much sympathy” for “the feeling in Israel that they need to prevent such an attack again.”

Damningly he adds:”I feel sorrow and I find it difficult to relate to how much of the left responded.”

Lansman, whose aunt lived in lived in Be’er-Sheva and who has five cousins in Israel today, rejects widespread calls from some on the left for a ceasefire in Gaza, “from the comfort of Britain”.

He adds:” I can understand that Israelis need to ensure such attacks [by Hamas] don’t happen again.”

In the same interview he also attacks the left’s characterisation of Israel as a “settler colonial state” telling interviewer George Eaton;”It’s not a characterisation I would make at all.

“Most Jews who’ve migrated to Israel have been refugees, they’ve been arriving recently from Ukraine. The reason for Israel’s existence is the Holocaust, the fact that no other place would take them! Not Britain, not the US, who introduced immigration controls.”

Last weekend Lansman criticised the use of the From the River To The Sea chant at Palestine demos in a post on social media.

He repeats this in the interview arguing;” The Jewish community in Britain, understandably, sees the phrase ‘from the river to the sea’ as an attack on Israel’s existence, people should understand that. ”


Snowflakes for Hamas

October 7 Happened Before, in Hebron

‘It feels like 1939’: Rising anti-Semitism ‘runs chills through our spine’
The White House is resisting pressure from its Arab-American community to support calls for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Pro-Palestinian supporters have led a revolt within the Democrat party and are threatening the potential reelection of US President Joe Biden next year who has been vocal in his solidarity with Israel.

Congregation Shaarey Zedek’s Rabbi Aaron Starr told Sky News the rising anti-Semitism chants from Palestine and Hamas protesters are “frustrating and infuriating”.

“At our core, it’s also scary because that expression ‘from the river to sea’ really is a declaration that they’re looking to follow in the footsteps of Hitler and wipe Jews off the map.

“It’s about killing people, it’s not about freeing the Palestinian people, it’s actually about murdering Jews, so that slogan, in particular, is very scary and runs chills through our spine.

“It feels like 1939 all over again.”




Holocaust survivors pen open letter to Australia denouncing new wave of anti-Semitism
Holocaust survivor, Nina Bassat, says anti-Semitism in Australia has “never been as covert” since the Hamas October 7 attack on Israel.

“Anti-Semitism has never gone away, but anti-Semitism in Australia has never been as virulent, as covert, as targeted, as it is at the moment, and this was something that none of the 102 of us expected.”

“We came to Australia because it was the most peaceful, the most welcoming place that we could come to, and we’ve always thought of it as a haven.

“And then it became a multicultural haven where we all got along with reasonable civility, that has changed since the 7th of October, and it has changed so dramatically that we felt we needed to make a statement.”

Nina is just one of over one hundred Holocaust survivors who have penned an open letter calling on Australians to denounce anti-Semitism and hatred.


Federal government ‘failing’ to show leadership on anti-Semitism
There should be “no place” for Jew hatred in Australia and the Prime Minister needs to get home and sort it out now, says Sky News host Peta Credlin.

“While the Prime Minister has been dancing and wearing flowers in his hair, spruiking Australia's climate credentials in the Cook Islands … at home his government is failing to show leadership where it's needed,” Ms Credlin said.

"The war in Gaza may not quite have produced civil unrest in Australia, but here and elsewhere, it's produced an absolutely unprecedented outpouring of race hate against Jewish people.

Ms Credlin pointed to recent instances of Islamic hate preachers encouraging anti-Semitism in Australia.

“It's just not good enough for the federal government to take next-to-no action against these violence-praising, hate-inciting preachers, on the spurious grounds that next-to-non-existent Islamophobia is as real a danger as this rampant anti-Semitism.

“Or citing a concern for free speech entirely at odds with Labor's normal preoccupation with ‘misinformation’."


‘What next?’: Michael McLaren criticises pro-Palestine boycott of Jewish companies
2GB host Michael McLaren says leaders must draw a line in the sand with the boycott of Australian Jewish-owned companies or “we are in trouble”.

A pro-Palestine boycott has targeted Australian companies Spotlight, Chemist Warehouse, Anaconda and Harris Scarfe because they are owned by Jews.

“The Prime Minister would be no doubt getting some pressures from some of those rather senior figures in his government who represent those seats,” Mr McLaren told Sky News Australia host Peta Credlin.

“The people that are signing up to this, I’m sure most of them have no idea about the recent history of the Middle East, let alone the millennia of history which is informative of where we are today in the Middle East.

“This is now really getting to a tipping point, because if we just allow this to happen … what next?

“If leaders aren’t going to draw that line in the sand, we are in trouble.”


Jonathan Tobin: Sanctioning Jew-hatred doesn’t conflict with First Amendment

Seth Mandel: What Rashida Tlaib Means and Why It Matters
The phrase “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” is not, in fact, open to interpretation. It is open to gaslighting and revisionist propaganda, as are all things.

One of the most unintentionally humorous subplots to the Oslo peace process was when Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat finally acceded to amend the Palestinian National Charter to remove the parts that were “inconsistent” with the PLO’s obligations under the peace process. If the slogan “From the river to the sea” was the bumper-sticker expression of the Palestinian commitment to eradicate the Jewish state, the national charter was the essay form of the idea.

In 1998, Arafat assured Bill Clinton in writing: “As a result, Articles 6-10,15, 19-23, and 30 have been nullified, and the parts in Articles 1-5, 11-14, 16-l8, 25-27 and 29 that are inconsistent with the above mentioned commitments have also been nullified.”

If you’re keeping track, that means the articles of the Palestinian National Charter that survived unscathed were 24 and 28. Article 24: “The Palestinian people believe in the principles of justice, freedom, sovereignty, self-determination, human dignity, and in the right of all peoples to exercise them.” Article 28: “The Palestinian Arab people assert the genuineness and independence of their national (wataniyya) revolution and reject all forms of intervention, trusteeship, and subordination.”

The rest of the charter is basically all the ways and reasons the Palestinians would go about freeing the land between the river and the sea, and it does not mince words. (“[T]he liberation of Palestine will destroy the Zionist and imperialist presence.”)

In fact, the pre-1998 charter makes for instructive reading for anyone interested in Tlaib and her supporters’ “aspiration” for the land between the waters. Those hoping for actual peace and self-determination for Israelis and Palestinians, for Jews and Arabs, should hope Tlaib’s aspirations go unfulfilled.


Six Tlaib Fundraisers Linked to Terrorism, Report Says

The Omeish Family Hates Israel. And Tim Kaine Loves the Omeish Family.

Jeremy Corbyn Disinvited From Socialist Conference Over Hamas Views
It looks like Corbyn’s list of friends keeps getting shorter as Jezza is disinvited from a left-wing conference in Berlin over his Hamas apologism. The German Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, a socialist think tank connected with the hard-left Die Linke party, is organising an event this week on European politics populated mainly by Die Linke politicians. Corbyn’s invitation to speak has been withdrawn after the hosts at iconic Volksbรผhne Theatre intervened, saying: “Due to Jeremy Corbyn’s current stance on the Middle East conflict, we have decided not to offer him a public audience at the Volksbรผhne“. Categorical…

German socialist politicians don’t have the same problem as British ones on Palestine, they voted unanimously to condemn Hamas in October. Corbyn’s failure to explicitly condemn Hamas must have gone down like cold sick, even among the German hard left. How things change, Jezza will have to stay away from his old East Berlin stalking ground…


Pro-Hamas activists flee Germany for Switzerland after government ban



Macron Says France Will Be 'Ruthless' Against Anti-Semitism

The Third World Isn't All Pro-Hamas
As Israel's war against Hamas grinds on, some pundits have taken to tut-tutting about the dangers for the U.S. of alienating public opinion in the low per capita income

Third World. But developing nations are hardly a monolith.

In India, the world's most populous nation, much of the Indian media has rightly framed Israel as a beleaguered democracy defending itself against a barbarous terrorist group.

Most developing countries - including those that take public positions hostile to Israel - would benefit from the annihilation of Hamas.

Many nations in Asia and Africa face a genuine threat from the bloodthirsty jihadism the group exemplifies.

An Israeli defeat would inspire jihadists across the world. It's also a serious risk for Muslim-majority nations struggling with homegrown extremist challenges.

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele, widely popular in Latin America for crushing organized crime in his country, may have put it best: "As a Salvadoran with Palestinian ancestry, I'm sure the best thing that could happen to the Palestinian people is for Hamas to completely disappear."
JPost Editorial: South Africa must stop supporting Hamas

South African Jews sound the alarm as government reaches out to Hamas



Turkish Parliament Bans Coca-Cola and Nestle over Alleged Israel Support

60,000 Donated Blood since Oct. 7; No More Urgently Needed



4 former Arab MKs detained on their way to an anti-war protest



Hamas commander: Haniyeh and Sinwar 'destroyed us'

'I strangled them with my own hands': Chilling transcript of 1989 questioning of Yahya Sinwar revealed



Hezbollah’s Terror Threat In Latin America



U.S. launches second strike on Iranian assets in Syria



US Catholic universities offer campuses as refuge for ‘harassed’ Jewish students

TAKING A STAND: A COMPILATION OF LETTERS TO AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES ON ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS

Pro-Hamas Groups Convince NYC Schools to Join Thursday’s Massive Hate Event



THE SILENCE OF UW JEWISH STUDIES

18 students are arrested at Brown University while protesting war in Gaza: Jews for Ceasefire Now stages sit-in at president's office as pro-Palestine demonstrations sweep US college campuses



Activists Backed By Massive Liberal Nonprofit Organized Port ‘Blockade’ With Group Allegedly Tied To Terrorists



‘Sickening’: Anti-Semitic stickers plastered around Melbourne University
Posters of Jewish hostages stuck around Melbourne University have been defaced with stickers that read “Zionist propaganda”.

Shadow Environment Minister Jonathan Duniam described the stickers as “sickening”.

“The reality is that we are seeing an incredible amount of bias, sadly, in some of the coverage,” Mr Duniam said.

“We’ve got laws in this country that should prevent this sort of activity from occurring.”

The Shadow Environment Minister has called for a crackdown on anti-Semitic acts and behaviour such as this across Australia.




BBC Censored Another Herzog — in 1944
Herzog was referring to the fact that from the rise of Hitler in 1933 until the invasion of Poland in 1939, the British government pursued a policy of appeasing, rather than confronting, the Nazis. Churchill’s warnings about Hitler were ignored.

Herzog then referred to the consequences of Israel’s previous policy of not defeating Hamas: “We paid the price. We caved in. We enabled again and again and again to have ceasefires, and what happened? What happened? The highest amount of Jews killed since World War II, since the Holocaust, was on the seventh of October, eight times more, in proportional numbers, than 9/11. What else do you expect us to do? How do we protect ourselves, as a member of the family of nations? What’s our right here? We don’t want to inflict pain. We tell people to move out. But we have to get these terrorists, and get them out.”

The president’s spokesperson, Naor Ihia, wrote on X (Twitter): “Something about the way the BBC conducted the interview made me think I should have my own recording of what the president says before someone tries to censor or distort it….So here are the things the BBC didn’t want the world to hear.”

The BBC has not given an explanation for its decision to omit those portions of its interview with President Herzog.

Sixty-seven years ago, the BBC did not provide any explanation of its decision to censor his grandfather, the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of British Mandatory Palestine, Yitzhak HaLevi Herzog.

The occasion was a conference of some 1,800 Orthodox Jewish rabbis, leaders and activists at the Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan on January 30 and 31, 1944.

By that time, millions of Jews had already been slaughtered in Nazi death camps. The mass murder had been verified by the Allies more than a year earlier, and had been amply documented by Jewish organizations.

According to accounts in the Yiddish press and the leftwing New York City daily newspaper PM, the organizers of the conference paid the required fees to the BBC—as was the procedure at the time—to broadcast the proceedings of the gathering. They also submitted the text of the speeches to the British censorship authorities in advance.

The two most prominent speakers scheduled to take part were Chief Rabbi Herzog and the Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom, Joseph Hertz. They intended to speak about “the plight of European Jewry, urging American Jews to support a program to open the doors of Palestine to persecuted refugees,” according to PM.

Shortly before the conference, the BBC informed the organizers that the rabbis’ speeches could not be broadcast because “transatlantic wires were overcrowded.” The conference staff then arranged with AT&T “to provide the wire space,” and alerted the BBC accordingly. But on the first day of the conference, the British Embassy in Washington informed conference officials that the broadcast would not take place. No explanation was offered.

Conference chairman David Meckler, editor of the Yiddish daily Morgen Zhurnal, decried the censorship decision as part of the British White Paper policy of appeasing Arab extremists by keeping Jewish refugees out of the Holy Land. He called the cancelation “an attempt by the British government to silence our demands for aid to refugees through the opening of Palestine.”

Obviously, today’s BBC producers are not personally responsible for what their predecessors did in 1944. But the action by today’s BBC decision-makers against another Jewish leader from the Herzog family is more than a little ironic. It seems that the gagging of Zionist leaders did not end in the 1940s.


BBC News promotes Gaza ‘genocide’ propaganda

POYNTER, POLITIFACT ‘FACT CHECK’ MISLEADS ON BEHEADINGS

ABC staff complain about coverage of Israel's ground invasion of Gaza
Sky News host Peta Credlin says the ABC staff have complained the national broadcaster's coverage of Israel’s ground invasion of Gaza was “too heavily reliant on talking points” from Israel’s Defence Force.

Ms Credlin’s comments come after a mass meeting was held on Wednesday about ABC’s coverage of the Hamas terrorist attacks and the war in Gaza.

She said the journalists also raised concerns for the ABC’s “unwillingness” to use language such as “invasion, occupation, genocide, apartheid, ethnic cleansing and more” regarding the Israeli government’s policy.

“Mark Maley, the ABC’s Editorial Policy Manager, even said the allegations of war crimes against Israel at the moment is obviously a credible allegation.

Ms Credlin was joined by Former Liberal MP Nicolle Flint and Australian Senator Jonathon Duniam to discuss the ABC’s coverage of the Israeli-Palestine conflict.


Staff claim ABC’s coverage is too pro-Israel
More than 200 ABC staff held a mass meeting about the broadcaster’s coverage of the Israel-Hamas war.

Staff members criticised the network for being too “pro-Israel”.

Former Labor MP Michael Danby argued it revealed a lot about the inner workings of the network.

“It just shows you what’s happening elsewhere in ABC 24 and in radio national, and in all of the corners where these people hide on our taxpayer’s money,” he told Sky News host Andrew Bolt.

The conflict began when Palestinian militant group Hamas launched an attack on Israel on October 7.




Leading up to and on 85th Kristallnacht anniversary, attacks, antisemitism across US, Europe

Unpacked: When did the Holocaust start?
After World I, the German economy was in shambles and the nation was dejected. Hitler manipulated this state of affairs to legally rise to power and systematically strip German Jews of their rights. This slow increase in oppression culminated on Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, the night that the Nazi Party realized it could get away with genocide.

Chapters
00:00 Intro
00:31 Boiling Frog Syndrome
01:36 How did the Holocaust start?
02:00 Aftermath of WW1
02:44 The Jewish scapegoat
03:19 Nazi rise to power
05:28 Legalizing Jewish discrimination
07:27 The death of Paul von Hindenburg
08:06 Herschel Grynzpan
09:20 Kristallnacht / the Night of Broken Glass
09:43 International reaction
10:29 When the Nazis realized they could get away with genocide


Virtual-reality project announced to depict Kristallnacht

‘Never again’ is now: At Kristallnacht memorial, Scholz vows to protect Germany’s Jews

Jewish-owned NYC coffee shop in NYC that saw five pro-Palestine baristas quit serves FIFTEEN THOUSAND customers in ONE day with the help of volunteers

Call Me Back PodCast: Israeli Resilience, Pre- & Post-10/07 – with Liel Leibovitz
This is a crossover episode with Liel Leibovitz in which we jointly release a conversation on the Call Me Back podcast feed and the Tablet Magazine’s Unorthodox podcast feed.

Liel Leibovitz, who was born and raised in Israel, is editor-at-large for Tablet Magazine and a host of its weekly culture podcast Unorthodox. He also hosts the daily Talmud podcast Take One. He is the editor of “Zionism: The Tablet Guide” and he’s uthor of the new book, “How the Talmud Can Change Your Life: Surprisingly Modern Advice from a Very Old Book.”






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