Tuesday, November 14, 2023

11/14 Links Pt2: The Moral Clarity of a Just War; Greta and Gen Z’s irrational hatred for Israel; Levin: The New York Times has blood on its hands

From Ian:

The Moral Clarity of a Just War
We are at one of those defining moments in Jewish history when we find ourselves at a moral disconnect with much of the international community.

A mere month later, the memory of Oct. 7 has faded, absorbed into the "cycle of violence."

No, we patiently explain, the massacre was not in response to anything Israel does but to what Israel is.

And yes, the suffering of innocent Gazans deserves the world's urgent humanitarian attention, but not at the expense of moral clarity about the justness of this war.

But increasingly, we sense that we are talking to ourselves. The West doesn't understand the language we are speaking.

We watch the mass marches against Israel with astonishment. What may well be the most horrific massacre of our time has resulted in the unprecedented popularity of the Palestinian cause.

But with the Hamas massacre, we agree that those who did that to the Jewish people must not be allowed to claim victory.

To leave a genocidal regime on our border would be a betrayal of the founding ethos of Israel as a safe refuge for the Jewish people.

We know that the longer the fighting in Gaza lasts, even our friends will begin to pressure us to relent. We must resist that pressure and not fear the consequences.
What if Palestinians don't want peace?
A thought has been worming its way uncomfortably through my mind since Oct. 7. What if peace is impossible? What if there is literally no way to reach a lasting accord? What if one side will settle for nothing less than the destruction of the other?

My doubts began in the immediate aftermath of the atrocity as I watched the reaction of some Palestinians and some of their sympathizers, not least in the West. On that dreadful Saturday evening, there had as yet been no Israeli response. Protesters did not have the (perfectly reasonable) argument that the participants in later demonstrations had, namely that they were defending human rights in Gaza. No, this was exultation in the murder of Israelis, pure and simple.

C.S. Lewis remarked that when the lights are flicked on suddenly, we see where the rats are hiding, and we saw them on Oct. 7. The Hamas volunteers boasting about rape and murder. The leftist academics queuing up to tell us that decolonization was not a metaphor. The delirious crowds celebrating the “resistance.”

These people were not demanding a two-state solution or calling for a different line on the map (the kibbutzim where the horrors took place were not settlements). They must have known, on some level, that the attacks would ensure a terrible retaliation. Yet they did not care as long as a blow had been struck against Israel. As one British-Arab TV reporter put it: “Nothing will ever be able to take back this moment, this moment of triumph, this moment of resistance, this moment of surprise, this moment of humiliation on behalf of the Zionist entity — nothing ever.”

Israelis have heard such talk before. Indeed, in one sense, the history of their country has been a series of struggles against neighbors who would rather fight than share. Since the 1937 Peel Commission, various plans have been put forward providing for partition. All of them have been rejected by Palestinians, who were happier to risk losing everything in a war than to accept the existence of a Jewish state.

In 1948 and again in 1967, coalitions of Arab armies attacked Israel with the declared purpose of annihilating it. “Our basic objective will be to destroy Israel,” Col. Nasser told a cheering crowd just before the Six-Day War started.

The calamities that have befallen the Palestinians stem from defeat in those two wars. Occupation, humiliation, hunger, emigration, and the failure, unique in the story of refugees, to be allowed to become citizens of many of their new lands (in marked contrast to 700,000-odd Jews who fled from Arab nations and who immediately became Israelis).

As the decades passed, and Israel’s existence no longer looked contingent, there was a hope that Palestinians might accept what their grandfathers had rejected, namely a division of the land. From 1993, the Palestinian territories began to acquire the attributes of statehood: a president, a parliament, a passport, postal stamps, police officers. Full sovereignty was due to follow, with land swaps giving the Palestinian Authority control over roughly the same territory as pre-1967, East Jerusalem as a capital, and the evacuation of many Jewish settlements on the West Bank. Instead, in 2000, Palestinian leaders rejected the deal and declared the second intifada (uprising).
Jonathan Schachter: Antisemitism on the left demands of Biden another Charlottesville moment
The first-ever U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism opens with a letter from President Biden. In its first paragraph, he explains that the 2017 antisemitic rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, spurred him to run. He points to the torch-bearing marchers chanting “Jews will not replace us,” and the rest of their hateful ideas, as a threat to American democracy.

Now, in cities and on campuses across the United States — and even at the gates of the White House — different marchers are chanting impassioned, if sometimes encoded, calls for the mass murder of Jews. Biden’s moral stance on Hamas’ crimes and Israel’s obligation to defend itself has been forthright, unambiguous and deeply appreciated. But he has yet to speak out against Hamas’ unrepentant supporters here in America.

The protestors demand “intifada,” the most recent iteration of which was a campaign of Palestinian suicide bombings that left over 1,000 Israelis dead and another 8,500 injured. They cry, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” a core principle of Hamas’ antisemitic, genocidal doctrine that mirrors Charlottesville with an unmistakably ominous message: We will replace Jews.

Biden’s silence about these fanatical domestic demonstrators (always described as pro-Palestinian) appears to reflect a disturbingly persistent blind spot in the administration’s understanding of antisemitism.

In the president’s introductory letter to the antisemitism strategy, he argues that antisemites “also target other communities,” and lists several examples of minorities hated by white supremacists. But meanwhile, social media platforms are teeming with documented antisemitic acts carried out by members of those very same groups.

It is impossible to understand the current moment through a lens that sees antisemitism as an exclusively right-wing phenomenon. About the antisemitism of Americans primarily motivated by left-wing, Islamist or Palestinian nationalist ideologies, Biden’s strategy and his administration have little to say.

Seth Frantzman: How Hamas Seeks to Benefit from the Gaza War
Iran’s assessment appears to be that it can benefit from the war in Gaza. Iranian proxies seem to believe they will reap rewards as well. Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah said in Lebanon on November 11 that if the war in Gaza continues, then Hezbollah could also attack U.S. forces. This statement coincides with more than forty attacks by Iranian-backed groups on U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria since October 7. In addition, an Iranian proxy in Syria or Iraq even launched a drone that targeted Eilat in southern Israel. Iranian media even boasted of this attack.

Hamas wouldn’t likely gamble its future on one major attack. The actions of its leadership and Iran since October 7 suggest a more complex goal. Hamas first gained popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s, opposing the Oslo Accords and seeking to benefit from the Palestinian Intifada that began in 1987. Hamas presented a political Islamic alternative to the secular nationalist Fatah party. Hamas also became more violent as time went on, ousting Fatah from Gaza and stockpiling thousands of rockets. However, its goal is to rule over the Palestinians, not just Gaza. If the war in Gaza goes well for Israel, Hamas leaders could nevertheless see a kind of Pyrrhic victory. Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas is aging. He was born in 1935. While his security forces enjoy U.S. and Western backing, he has already lost control of some Palestinian towns and cities in the West Bank over the last year. Jenin, for instance, is now the scene of clashes between Iranian-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the IDF. The Palestinian Authority struggles to maintain its rule.

After Israel defeats Hamas in Gaza, there will be questions about whether the PA can run Gaza. Gaza could end up being too much of a piece to chew on, and it could result in both Israel and the PA getting entrenched in the Gaza Strip in a complex, chaotic conflict. There is talk of what comes next in Gaza, and Israel and the Palestinian Authority are sending mixed messages. Hamas could leverage this chaos to re-enter the West Bank as it leveraged the Oslo peace accords to launch a campaign of attacks in the 1990s. The current trend in the Middle East is that countries such as Turkey, Russia, China, and Iran appear more sympathetic to Hamas. The joint Arab League and Islamic summit in Riyadh didn’t showcase backing for the Palestinian Authority or Abbas in Ramallah.

While it doesn’t appear that Hamas has a foothold in the West Bank yet, the overall trend already sees Hamas taking advantage of the war in Gaza to get foreign backing abroad. This has included major protests in the West and the extraordinary meetings Haniyeh has attended in the region. The end goal of Hamas may be to draw Israel into a quagmire in Gaza, hoping to come out of it stronger than on October 6. This was what happened after Israel went into Lebanon in 1982. Israel vanquished Palestinian terror groups during that war but ended up with Hezbollah, which is now much stronger than those groups were in the 1980s. Israel also defeated terror threats in Gaza in the 1970s and the 2000s, only to end up with Hamas. Iranian-backed groups think in the long term, not in terms of short six-month conflicts. Iran has proven this in Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. Israel’s campaign in Gaza will need to take into account regional strategy if it is to prevail.

Melanie Phillips: Framing Israel
This morning, I appeared on TalkTV to discuss the anti-Israel demonstrations in London, particularly those that took place this last Saturday. You can watch the segment by clicking on the clip below.

Meanwhile, in Gaza itself today the Israel Defence Forces killed 21 Hamas operatives who opened fire from the entrance to Al-Quds hospital in Gaza City where the terrorists were embedded within a group of civilians. Times of Israel reports:
Amid the exchange of fire, the IDF says civilians were seen leaving the hospital, and other operatives came out of adjacent buildings and hid among them to attack the Israeli forces. After firing RPGs at troops, the IDF says the operatives fled back into the hospital.

And in news that’s still unfolding at time of writing, IDF Chief Spokesman Brig. Gen. Daniel Hagari has revealed the discovery of an underground Hamas command centre beneath Gaza’s Rantisi children’s hospital which not only contained suicide vests, rocket-propelled grenades and a variety of weapons but also signs, such as baby bottles, that Hamas had held Israeli hostages there. He said there was evidence and independent separate intelligence that Hamas terrorists had returned directly to the hospital after their attacks and mass murders of Israelis on October 7.

All this might come as a surprise to one of the presenters on BBC Radio’s flagship Today programme, Mishal Husain. This morning’s show was another outstanding example of the contribution made by the BBC to the current climate in Britain of reasoned, informed and civilised debate that was so vividly illustrated on London’s streets last Saturday and ever since the Hamas pogrom in Israel on October 7.

Mark Levin: The New York Times has blood on its hands
FOX News host Mark Levin argues The New York Times is 'loaded' with 'Israel-hating, antisemites' and shares headlines insinuating anti-Israel views by the liberal media in the U.S. on 'Life, Liberty & Levin.'

BBC – a platform for Hamas propaganda: Israeli hostages are our “guests... we want to release them”
The video shows an interview with Hamas Political Bureau member Musa Abu Marzouq on BBC Arabic.

BBC interviewer: "Let's move on to the last topic, the issue of prisoners (i.e., Israeli hostages) …”

Hamas Political Bureau member Musa Abu Marzouq: “By Allah, we are attempting to make a list of all these guests (i.e., Israeli hostages), who from the first day we have considered as guests, because really they are not in one place, but we need a ceasefire... What interests the West, what interests America, and what interests the Israelis is not our top priority. We treat them (i.e., Israeli hostages) as we treat our sons, our children, and our wives. There is no difference between these [Israeli] civilians [and us]… We don’t even need them, and we want to release them, but let them do a ceasefire at least!”
[BBC Arabic, YouTube channel, Nov. 7, 2023]

Hamas war on Israel October 2023 - At least 1,200 Israelis, including over 1,000 civilians, were murdered and over 4,800 wounded, in addition to at least 243 Israelis (including 5 later released or liberated) who were abducted into the Gaza Strip, in a Hamas terror war that began when approximately 3,000 Hamas terrorists broke through Israel's security fence at the Gaza Strip border and launched a surprise attack, taking control of several Israeli towns and attacking a music festival on the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah, which fell on the Sabbath, Oct. 7, 2023. During the massacre the terrorists tortured, raped, shot, beheaded, and burned their victims alive, murdering entire families and leaving at least 21 children without parents. Hamas terrorists also fired at least 5,000 rockets at Israeli population centers. In response, Israel launched Operation Iron Swords to counter the Hamas terror threat. Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon joined Hamas' terror war starting from the following day, attacking Israel from the north. Occasional rocket launches and shootings continued from Lebanon throughout the war.

WHOA: Ben Shapiro Directly Goes After Candace Owens, Calls Her 'Disgraceful'
Is Candace Owens on the way out over at The Daily Wire? I can't answer that question, but if Ben Shapiro's latest commentary is any indication, there's trouble in paradise.

Owens has faced recent criticism for flirting with right-wing antisemites throughout Israel's war against Hamas. For example, in a November 7th interview, she claimed that Israel forces Muslims within its borders to live in "Muslim quarters," using that as supposed evidence of apartheid. In reality, Israeli Muslims have full rights and benefits and can live wherever they want.

More recently, Owens took to her show, claiming that those who support Israel do so because they are being paid off, mimicking an antisemitic trope Rep. Ilhan Omar infamously repeated some years prior. Further, she claimed that support for Israel has "virtually collapsed socially," saying that the pro-Hamas "protests" prove that. In reality, support for Israel remains above a super-majority within the United States.

For context, Owens has a close relationship with Kanye West (or whatever his proper name is now), who had a months-long antisemitic breakdown in late 2022. Her decision to platform and praise Andrew Tate back in July, a proven abuser of women, both physically and emotionally, also said nothing good about her credibility.

Apparently, Shapiro, one of the founders of The Daily Wire and an Orthodox Jew, has had enough. Speaking on Monday evening, he was asked about his host's behavior, and he didn't hold back.
SHAPIRO: Yes, the question was about Candace Owens. I think her behavior during this has been disgraceful. Without a doubt.

She still works for my company, and I think she's been absolutely disgraceful. I think that her faux sophistication on these particular issues has been ridiculous. It's not her sophistication. It's ridiculous. Everyone can see the moves that she's making and the things that she's saying, and I find them disreputable.

To say that's shocking is an understatement. As Shapiro mentions, Owens is still a part of his company or was at the time that video was made (we don't know the exact situation as of mid-day Tuesday). Certainly, it is unusual to see that kind of animosity spill out into the open when dealing with a media company.

The Israeli Left woke up to find it had no progressive friends
Today it is the symbol of the Enlightenment, but actually, the movement is a virus of the Marxist revolution, which seeks to dismantle the West.

But then came the October 7 massacre, and suddenly everything came together. The red and the pink met the green of Hamas, and the global left-wing movement joined – and not for the first time – with animalistic antisemitism in its most monstrous form. For the ignorant students, whose values and cognitive world are rooted in the universities poisoned by Qatari money funding, supporting Hamas is like bullying Jordan Peterson or Ben Shapiro into silence. A revolutionary act.

Nor is it surprising just how many Jews are part of this. It is impossible not to recall Berl Katznelson's speech on May 1, 1936: "As long as it is possible for a Jewish child to come to the Land of Israel, a child nurtured by the suffering of generations and the burden of the soul of generations, and here he will be infected with self-hatred bacteria, of 'slavery within the revolution', and devour his mind to such an extent that he will see social redemption in the Palestinian Nazis, who managed to concentrate here in Israel the zoological antisemitism of Europe and the desire for violence in the East – our conscience will know no peace."

But I am optimistic because of Europe. The government's support for Israel indicates that perhaps Europe is finally waking up from the progressive dream. The West is beginning to understand that an ideology that seeks to create a world without identities, nationalities, languages, or historical connections will collapse in on itself.

The ideology of selection turned out to be an illusion. We don't choose our name, our native language, or the words we sing in the national anthem at the end of the ceremony. Humans are born into an identity context – historical, national, and familial –- and they make their choices among these.

Huge demonstrations in European capitals of Islamists who support infanticide and rape of women are arising panic among sane Europeans. The scene is so frightening that it is enough to overpower even traditional antisemitism.
Now that we are back in Gaza, apologize to the settlers

Jonathan Schachter: Whom Does Hamas Represent?
The oft-repeated cry at rallies from coast to coast that “from the river to the sea Palestine will be free” is just a catchy, rhyming paraphrasing of Hamas’s own antisemitic, genocidal doctrine: “Hamas rejects any alternative to the full and complete liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea.”

Most telling about these demonstrations and the groups organizing them is that they are invariably described as “pro-Palestinian.” Why is it simply understood that supporting a violent holy war against Jews is to support Palestine? (Others have addressed why supporting an anti-peace, antisemitic, anti-LGBTQ+, misogynist dictatorship has been adopted as a progressive cause.)

Further blurring the line between support for Hamas and support for the Palestinian cause more broadly is the pointed refusal by some of the most prominent Arab-American and Muslim-American organizations to condemn Hamas by name and their mischaracterization of the war on Hamas as a “war on Palestine.” It is unclear whether these policy decisions reflect the organizations’ leadership, the people they claim to represent, or both.

If President Biden genuinely seeks the defeat of Hamas and the creation of a more peaceful Middle East, he also must act to defeat the widely held toxic ideas Hamas represents.

On October 9 Biden correctly said that Hamas “offers nothing for the Palestinian people other than more terror and bloodshed.” The president is right to try to drive a wedge between Hamas and the Palestinian public. But downplaying existing Palestinian support for Hamas is to obscure a grave problem not just in Gaza, but in the United States too. Rather than pretending that Hamas does not represent many Palestinians and their advocates in the West, Biden should call them out and press them to reject Hamas in word and deed.

The president understands at the most fundamental level that no one can rape, kidnap, and murder in the name of human rights and that antisemitism is contrary to American values and an obstacle to the Palestinian people’s legitimate aspirations.

He knows that Hamas and its paymasters in Tehran have brought destruction on Gaza and put Palestinian civilians in harm’s way by militarizing their homes, schools, mosques, and hospitals.

Maybe someday Palestinians and their American supporters will acknowledge these essential truths, demonstrate against Hamas, and lead marches not to Israel’s embassies, but to Iran’s. Until then, the most important things President Biden can do are tell it like it is about Hamas and keep standing by Israel until Hamas is undeniably vanquished and the utter failure of its goals and methods is plain for all to see.

Brendan O'Neill: Greta Thunberg and Gen Z’s irrational hatred for Israel
Let’s put it another way. Imagine if Thunberg shared a platform with someone who minimised the transatlantic slave trade or described the slaughter of black people by white supremacists as a form of resistance. Do you think she’d still be basking in the warm glow of the chattering classes’ dumb, doe-eyed love? It’s doubtful. If she remains unimpeachable in the wake of her dalliances with people who have done the equivalent in relation to Jews, then we will know, in David Baddiel’s evergreen phrase, that ‘Jews don’t count’.

Greta’s cack-handed embrace of the Palestine issue is not surprising, but it is shocking. It’s not surprising because she is the patron saint of fashionable causes, and there is no cause more fashionable among the West’s time-rich TikToking upper-class brats right now than Israel-bashing. Every woke cause is leaping on the anti-Israel bandwagon. Want to stay relevant? Want to enjoy clicks and clout online? Then you’d better say ‘Fuck Israel’.

So not only do we have climate-change loons for Palestine, we also have Queers for Palestine. I’m sure Hamas would love these posh, purple-haired, gender-fluid navel-gazers. As journalist James Kirchick says, I wonder if they have a sister movement: ‘Blacks for the KKK’? We’ve also had sex workers for Palestine. Apparently the right to sell sex to tragic fortysomething blokes is intimately bound up with the struggle for Palestinian freedom. Porn star Mia Khalifa celebrated Hamas’s racist onslaught of 7 October, calling the killers ‘freedom fighters’. It is truly surreal that a woman who got rich from showing her breasts is cheering a movement that would stone her for showing her ankles.

The rise of Gaza Greta is shocking, though, because it suggests the new generation has failed to recognise the historic enormity of 7 October. This was the worst act of racist violence of modern times. It was the worst assault on Jews since the death camps. And yet solidarity with Israel and Jews has been notable by its absence among the toytown radicals of very online Gen Z. Instead they moved with startling speed to damning Israel itself. This is where echo chambers aren’t only annoying, but dangerous. So loud is the clamour of ‘Yasss Queen’ whenever a social-media youth says ‘Screw Israel’ that these people never stop to think about what has happened over the past month. About the gravity of what was done to Israeli Jews. About the hateful, racist, misogynistic and supremacist motivations of the Hamas pogromists – all vices I thought you youngsters hated?

I wonder if we’re witnessing an unwitting and profoundly unholy marriage between two types of death cult – the eco death cult and the Islamist death cult? Perhaps the reason Western greens seem strangely unexercised about Hamas is because there’s a commonality between their own feudalist loathing for modern society and Hamas’s medieval contempt for the gleaming state Israel built in the deserts of the Middle East. In both cases there’s a culture of cosmic derision for ‘arrogant’ modernists, a loathing of Enlightenment, a horror at the temerity of the human race not only to survive but to thrive.

It’s time for Greta and the rest to wake up. The world is not coming to an end, and neither will Israel.
Supporting Hamas won’t help lower CO2, Greta

Jake Wallis Simons: Pro-Israeli journalist slams “woke” Palestine protesters
Jake Wallis Simons is Editor of the Jewish Chronicle and author of Israelophobia: The Newest Version of the Oldest Hatred and What To Do About It.

He came by JOETowers this week to discuss the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas, antisemitism and the West's attitude towards Israel.

Victor Davis Hanson: Squeezing the World’s Vulnerable Peoples
The population of Israel is about 10 million. This represents about half of the world’s Jewish people.

The founding idea of modern Israel was to offer a sanctuary for Jews in their biblical home in the Middle East, in the aftermath of Nazi Germany’s mass murder of 6 million Jews.

Yet currently, 78 years after the Holocaust, anti-Israel protestors throughout the Middle East, the great cities of the Western world, and iconic American universities chant death threats and “Palestine will be free from the river to the sea.” Their signature slogan is shorthand for the erasure of the Jewish state and everyone in it.

There would currently be zero chance that Jews could live peaceably under any current Middle Eastern government. In the postwar era, nearly a million Jews were persecuted, ethnically cleansed, and forcibly expelled from all the major Arab countries — Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, Syria, and Yemen — despite hundreds of years of residence.

Anti-Israel hatred still remains a staple in most of the nearly 500-million-person Arab world, and indeed is commonplace among the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims and their countries at the United Nations.

And Israel is only one of a number of small, vulnerable states. Most of them are in the volatile Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East. Hostile neighbors surround all. The others have also suffered a long history of persecution and periodic genocide — catastrophes that are not necessarily permanently relegated to their ancient pasts.
Schools for Hamas-cide
While the slaying of some 1,400 Jews by Hamas is a major tragedy in and of itself, other important facets of the story merit attention. For example, a Harris poll taken after the massacre reveals that 51% of American 18-24-year-olds think the murder of innocent Jewish men, women, and babies was justified, and much of this Jew hatred can be attributed to our nation’s schools.

Rethinking Schools, a radical activist outfit established in 1986, whose products are used by 200,000 teachers and are on university reading lists, asserts that educators have a “moral and educational responsibility” to join and teach about “the movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction Israel.”

Also, a wing of Rethinking Schools, the Zinn Education Project,which has developed history curricula since 2008, is used by 155,000 teachers nationwide. On October 10, the organization declared that the terror, violence, murder, and rape we’ve seen in the past week “is the direct result of decades of Israeli occupation.”

In Oakland, the teachers union has accused Israel of carrying out genocide and ethnic cleansing. The teachers union in Seattle passed a resolution in 2021 supporting the same lie. In Virginia, a school board member in Fairfax County has, under the banner of culturally responsive pedagogy, pushed for an explicitly anti-Israeli curriculum.

Also, Black Lives Matter, which has had success infiltrating our public schools, insists that the recent events in the Middle East are a “direct result of decades of Israeli settler colonialism, land dispossession, occupation, blockade, apartheid, and attempted genocide of millions of Palestinians.”

Why Biden keeps talking about Islamophobia HBO’s John Oliver: U.S. Military Aid to Israel Means ‘We’re Heavily Implicated’ in Deaths of Palestinian Civilians

Activist who led march alongside Corbyn glorified October 7 terror

Jeremy Corbyn refuses to call Hamas terrorists in tetchy Piers Morgan interview

Jeremy Corbyn implodes during fiery clash with Piers Morgan about Hamas
Former UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn failed, 15 times, to call Hamas a terrorist organisation during a fiery exchange with Sky News Australia host Piers Morgan.

Piers Morgan and Jeremy Corbyn spoke of the unfolding Israel-Hamas war and the horrific attacks on October 7.

They also discussed the recent pro-Palestinian protest seen in London to demand a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Mr Corbyn said he does not “approve, support, or welcome Hamas”, however he failed to label them a terrorist organisation when repeatedly pressed by Mr Morgan.

“Can you say it … can you call them a terror group?” Mr Morgan questioned.

A fired-up Mr Corbyn responded by saying, “is it possible to have a reasonable discussion with you?”

Mr Morgan replied by stating, "it’s my show, you answer my question”.

“Are Hamas a terror group … answer the question,” the host continued to ask.

“I’ve asked you two questions: Should Hamas stay in power and are they a terror group?”

“You’re refusing to answer either of them – that is very telling.

“And you wonder why people think you had a problem with Jewish people.”

Mr Corbyn replied by saying, “it’s not very telling at all”.

‘Falls apart on first analysis’: Douglas Murray lashes Jeremy Corbyn on Israel-Hamas stance
Author Douglas Murray says UK MP Jeremy Corbyn talking about the Israel-Palestine conflict is like watching a brain surgeon operate “whilst wearing boxing gloves”.

Israel declared war on Hamas on October 7 after the Palestinian terrorist group fired thousands of rockets as far north as Tel Aviv.

“Listening to Jeremy Corbyn, let alone Len talking about the Middle East and talking about the way to solve the Middle East’s problems is like watching somebody trying to do brain surgery whilst wearing boxing gloves,” he told Sky News Australia host Piers Morgan.

“I mean it is so cack-handed it’s just beyond belief, nobody in this region could make any sense of their dreams and claims and assertions.

“Everything that they’ve said falls apart on first analysis.”

Corbyn Lying About His Hamas "Friends"
Jeremy Corbyn in his own words caught lying about his Hamas friends.

‘From the river to the sea’ chant means ‘nothing else’ but ‘genocide’
Former Jewish Leadership Council chair Jonathan Goldstein discusses his concerns with the dark meaning behind the pro-Palestinian chant ‘From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free’.

Mr Goldstein sat down with Sky News Australia host Piers Morgan to discuss the rising anti-Semitism among pro-Palestinians as the Israel-Hamas war continues.

“We all know that from ‘the river to the sea Palestine will be free’ – where the population of Israel is 10 million, of which 8 million almost are Jewish people, means a land free of Jewish people,” Mr Goldstein told Mr Morgan.

“It can mean nothing else – it is a genocidal message.

“The fact that it is being encouraged by the leadership of those rallies, creates hate, creates incitement.”

Humza Yousaf slammed for backing Remembrance Day ‘hate marches’

UN Official Says Hamas Is 'Entitled To Embrace Resistance'

Antisemitic U.N. Envoy: 75% of the People of Gaza Should ‘Return’ to Israel

U.N. Official Dismisses Israel’s Right to Self Defence as ‘Non Existent’ and Is Guilty of ‘War Crimes’

A UN expert on why Israel cannot invoke the right to self-defence
Will there ever be peace in the Middle East? And if so, how can it be accomplished? This is one of the great questions of our time. Multiple, deadly wars have been fought to try and achieve lasting harmony between people who have been divided for generations. It is at the heart of the latest atrocities that the people in Gaza and Israel have been suffering through, for more than a month.

But the problem, says Dr Francesca Albanese, The United Nations Special Rapporteur for human rights in the Palestinian Territories, is that everyone, from politicians to soldiers, has often been fighting for the wrong thing.

Today, she joins Samantha to discuss what is needed to stop the seemingly unending suffering in the Palestinian territories, and Israel.

‘Incredibly smug’: James Morrow on Francesca Albanese’s Press Club address
Sky News host James Morrow says Francesca Albanese’s National Press Club address on Tuesday was “incredibly smug” as she “declared something to be the case” and wouldn’t tolerate anyone challenging her.

Ms Albanese is the United Nations Special Rapporteur for the Occupied Palestinian Territories and she claims Palestinian civilians are at “grave risk of genocide”.

She appeared on Q+A on Monday and made a speech at the National Press Club on Tuesday.

“I thought the performance at the Press Club … [was] incredibly smug,” Mr Morrow told Sky News Australia host Sharri Markson.

“I would be really curious to know who there was applauding her when she gave that really smug answer and were any of the press gallery … giving her a round of applause for that.

“The whole point of her shtick … is this sort of unanswerable bullying smugness where she declares something to be the case and then doesn’t brook anybody saying anything else and challenging her with alternative facts or, as I would call it, reality.”

National Press Club: Palestinians too easily ‘blamed and smeared’: Francesca Albanese

National Press Club: Israel ‘prevents me' from visiting Palestinian territory: Francesca Albanese

'Europe stands with Israel,' German Ambassador to Israel talks about Germany's position amid war
German Ambassador to Israel, Steffen Seibert discusses Germany's position on the Israel-Hamas war, the current humanitarian situation in Gaza, and efforts being made for the hostages' release

Jonathan Tobin: The future of the Democrats lobbies for Hamas

House members left in stunned disbelief, horror by video of Hamas’ attack on Israel
House lawmakers were stunned into shock and disbelief by a screening on Capitol Hill of footage of Hamas’ attack on Israel on Oct. 7.

The roughly 45-minute video assembled by the Israeli government — versions of which have been shown to international media, diplomats and lawmakers, among others — includes graphic footage of Hamas murders and atrocities, some of it pulled from the group’s own body cameras.

Lawmakers left the screening largely in grave silence, visibly shaken, several of them openly crying and comforting one another. One lawmaker, Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (D-WA), left the screening in tears less than five minutes after entering.

The screening was attended by a packed audience of lawmakers, including some such as Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Greg Casar (D-TX), who are supporting a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) attended for a few minutes. The screening was organized by the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

“How anyone could call for a cease-fire after watching that — they’re not understanding what is actually happening,” Rep. Mike Lawler (R-NY), who traveled to Israel over the weekend, told Jewish Insider as he came out of the screening.

Rep. Haley Stevens (D-MI) told JI she was “absolutely gutted.”

“Seeing the video footage of people celebrating the killing of Jews shows what we’re up against. And the fact that anybody would encourage or condone what Hamas did that day. It’s outrageous,” Stevens said. “It’s unbelievable seeing footage like that in the year 2023, in places we’ve all been.”

Disbelief was a common response from lawmakers.

“It’s obviously horrific and gruesome and it’s hard to believe that in the year 2023 things like this are still happening, but unfortunately they are,” Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-CA) said.

Multiple lawmakers compared the footage to the Holocaust.

“I’m feeling like I felt when I went to Birkenau,” Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) said, shaking his head in disbelief. “It’s just war crimes. Unbelievable.”

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) responded simply, “Never again.”

Israeli-Arab news anchor Lucy Aharish interviews Tom Gross (in English) about the media & Israeli PR

Fatah official: ”We will sweep away [Israel] from every centimeter” of Palestine

MEMRI: Pakistani Twitter Users Promote Boycott Of 'Israeli And Jewish Products': 'If We Cannot Go To Palestine And Wage Jihad, Then By Boycotting These Products, We Can At Least Provide Evidence Of The Dignity Of Our Faith'

He's a Communist Trust Fund Baby Who Inherited Millions. Now, He's Using Daddy's Money To Harass Jews.

More than 500 alumni thank Columbia University for suspending anti-Israel groups

The conflict with elite US universities is bigger than it seems

More anti-Israel propaganda from the Washington Post

How The Washington Post’s Karen Attiah Defames Israel Online & in Print

Defund the BBC: An open letter to the people of Britain


BBC impartiality compromised by reporting on UK demonstrations

Jewish Hate Hits the Silver Screen

Stockholm Film Festival Denies Allegedly Disinviting American-Israeli Filmmaker Because of Gaza War

Kosovo Soccer Fans Boo as Israel’s National Anthem Plays During Match Against Israeli Team

Fighting Back With Comedy

Thousands rally in Toronto calling on Hamas to release hostages
On Sunday, Christie Pits in Toronto was the site of a solidarity rally for the 240+ hostages being held captive in Gaza.


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