Table of Contents Editorial – Anarchy At Turtle Bay William Mehlman From The Editor Rael Jean Isaac Administrative Detention vs Jewish Nationalists Adina Kutnicki Baron Maurice De Hirsch David Isaac That Beilinesque Set Of Mind Sarah Honig A Vote For Independence? Steven Plaut A Museum At Atlit Nurit Greenger […]
Barring a zero-hour capitulation by Israel to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ insistence on the 1949 Arab-Israeli armistice lines and a renewed halt to Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria as starting points for revived “peace” negotiations , the UN General Assembly may have overwhelmingly approved the PA’s bid for recognition of Palestine as the […]
Will the Israeli government make the Palestinian Authority pay a price for contravening all its signed agreements with Israel by going to the UN to be declared a state? The answer seems to be no. The government’s reaction, rather, is to pretend nothing has happened. According to Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick, the […]
(Editor’s Note: The author variously uses the terms GSS [General Security Services], Shin Bet, Shabak, ISA [Israel Security Agency]. They are all names for Israel’s internal security service.]
In western democracies, a person’s home is considered his castle. Therefore, if a government banishes a citizen from his home, the act must be based on a judicious interpretation of the law. The detainee must present a clear and present danger.
Chief Justice Aharon Barak, previous president of the Supreme Court, underscored his belief in this principle, albeit not from a perspective which protects the rights of Jewish nationalists. On July 15, 2002, Justice Barak ruled in the Ajuri case: ”Our point of departure is that in principle removing a person from his dwelling place and forcibly moving him someplace else causes serious harm to his self respect, his freedom, and his possessions. A person’s home is not only a roof over his head, it is the means for establishing his physical and social relationships. A number of a person’s basic human rights are harmed when he is forcibly removed to another place , even if such a move does not involve an international crossing.” Tragically, his legal opinion was rendered in relation to the protection of the civil and human rights of terrorists! The security services recommended their expulsion from Nablus to Gaza, and the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the terrorists.
You may have encountered the name Baron Maurice de Hirsch. His name pops up in unusual places. There are cemeteries named for him as far afield as Halifax, Nova Scotia and Staten Island in New York City. There’s a Baron de Hirsch synagogue in Seattle, a Baron de Hirsch library on the pampas of Argentina. Sometimes it’s not even clear why his name is there, such as Baron de Hirsch Road in Crompond, New York. But the Baron deserves to be remembered, even if the reason he is remembered at a particular place may be forgotten. One of the richest men of his time, his name was synonymous with Jewish philanthropy.
Baron de Hirsch was born in 1831, the scion of a wealthy German-Jewish banking family. His grandfather, the first Jewish landowner in Bavaria, was ennobled in 1818. His father, a banker to the King of Bavaria, was made a Baron in 1869. But Maurice de Hirsch didn’t rely on his family fortune. He made his own, building a railroad from Europe to Turkey and investing in the sugar and copper industries.
Back in 1916 Ze’ev Jabotinsky described the Jews as “very strange with their pangs of conscience and sentimentality. They sincerely lament the misfortune of arch-haters…. What compassion they feel for the poor Poles whom Providence afflicted with the inconvenient Jewish problem.” Jewish guilt for burdening oppressors and assailants is entrenched and with it, apparently, […]
As you know, much of the world is getting ready to recognize a “state” for “Palestinians.” The US may veto the vote in the Security Council to set up “Palestine” in Israeli lands, and then again maybe it will not veto it. Other countries are going ahead with plans to vote for “Palestine” in the General Assembly, to grant “Palestine” embassy space, to grant it formal recognition, and so on. After years of paying lip service to the righteous need for granting “Palestinians” a state, Netanyahu and his cowardly crew are scratching their heads about what to do and how to stop all this. The best Bibi has come up with is a plan to give a speech in that building on the East River near 42nd street. I have a better idea. My suggestion is this.
The “Palestinian” movement is nothing more than a local separatist movement, composed of Arabs seeking to gain separatist independence. Arabs already have 22 states. Since almost all countries in the world have their own domestic separatist movements, the only reasonable response by Israel to votes by other countries in favor of the “Palestinian” separatist movement is a decision by Israel to recognize the separatist movements in those countries, to grant them embassy space and official diplomatic recognition.
Atlit is a town on the Mediterranean twelve miles south of Haifa. Due to its natural large bay–second only to Haifa–the site was inhabited as early as the Canaanite and Israelite period. Later it was a Phoenician port and functioned as a port during the Persian, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods.
The Crusaders built a large castle at Atlit to protect the pilgrims’ road along the coast from Acre to Jerusalem. Atlit was the last remaining Crusader outpost in the Holy Land and after the Crusaders retreated in 1291 A.D., it was partially destroyed. The fortress was repaired and held by the Mamlukes. During Napoleon’s failed expedition to conquer Acre in 1799, Atlit served as a French navy port. During the 19th century, the fort was heavily damaged by an earthquake, and many of its stones were looted and reused by the Turks in other cities.
The modern town of Atlit was founded in 1903, under the auspices of Baron Edmond de Rothschild.
As the 1930s drew to a close, the British, seeking to enforce the provisions of the various White Papers which severely limited Jewish immigration, built a detainment camp in Atlit to house refugees from Europe who attempted to violate their blockade of Palestine. The Atlit camp was surrounded by barbed wire and watchtowers. When they entered the camp, the detainees were sprayed with DDT, then told to undress and enter the showers. Men were sent to one side, women to the other. Some of those interned remained as long as 23 months. From 1939 until 1948, the jailed immigrants were housed in eighty rectangular wooden huts, each containing 40 bunks.
On September 15th 2011, Americans for Safe Israel observed our annual memorial for Zeev Jabotinsky (October 18, 1880 – August 4, 1940).
The annual event honors the memory of the great Zionist leader, soldier (founder of the Jewish Legion), author, orator, prophet and head of the New Zionist Organization. He is the inspiration for our organization, which remains true to the guiding principle of Zionism–namely, Jewish historic, legal, religious and moral rights to the land of Israel.
Jabotinsky warned the Jews of Eastern Europe of the impending cataclysm that killed one of every three Jews in the world. He died in 1940, fortunately unaware of the accuracy of his predictions.
Frank Gaffney Jr., the director of the Washington based Center for Security Policy, invoked this warning as he spoke forcefully of the implacable enemies surrounding Israel. He described how the so-called “Arab Spring” has evolved into a Moslem Brotherhood/Hamas/ Hezbollah springboard for faith driven fury aimed first at Israel and then at America. Behind Gaffney were two large maps in relief, created by Mark Langfan, illustrating precisely how vulnerable Israel’s pre-1967 borders were to these murderous forces.