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“The era of procrastination, half measures , soothing and baffling expediency delays is coming to a close,” Winston Churchill wrote in witness to Adolf Hitler’s brazen 1936 remilitarization of the Rhineland. “In its place, we are entering a period of consequences.”
With the release of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency’s umptieth report on Iran’s passionate pursuit of an atomic bomb––a 1,000-page indictment replete with everything from satellite footage of the steel containers required for nuclear explosives testing to interviews with renegade scientists employed in transitioning Teheran from uranium enrichment to bomb assembly––Western civilization has clearly arrived at another “period of consequences.”
The 1936 response to those consequences – “soothing and baffling expediency delays” ending in 30 million deaths, a fifth of them Jewish, and the devastation of a continent––is being replicated 75 years later, with the Jews, this time in the person of Israel, reprising their roles as coal mine canaries. Over the last 12 months, Iran has enriched 4.5 tons of uranium, more than a third of its entire stockpile. With a little further enrichment––a largely mechanical process at this juncture––the Teheran regime will be in possession of enough fissionable material for three or four nuclear bombs. The technology for arming and firing an actual warhead may still be a year to 18 months beyond its grasp, but if Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei means to stand by his assertion that “the only solution to the Middle East problem is the destruction and annihilation of the Jewish state,” then he has the material at hand for the realization of that objective.
Israel Develops Cancer Vaccine
In a breakthrough development, Israeli company Vaxil BioTherapeutics has come up with a cancer vaccine, now in clinical trials at Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem. While it is being tested against a specific cancer––multiple myeloma––if it works, its technology could be applied to 90% of all cancers, including prostate and breast cancer, solid and non-solid tumors.
Julian Levy, the company’s CFO, explains that in cancer the immune system doesn’t know how to protect itself, as it does against an infection or virus. That’s because cancer cells are the body’s own cells gone wrong. In addition, a cancer patient has a depressed immune system, caused both by the illness and the treatment. The trick is to activate the compromised immune system to mobilize against the threat.
While a traditional vaccine helps the immune system fend off foreign invaders and is given to people not yet sick, Vaxil’s vaccine is given to sick people and works more like a drug. Its lead product ImMucin destroys cells that display a specific marker called MUC1 found only on cancer cells. Since they don’t attack any cells without MUC1, there are no side effects. ImMucin is seen as a long term strategy––a shot every few months––to prevent a recurrence by ensuring the patient’s own immune system keeps the cancer cells under control.
If this vaccine fulfills its promise, will the morally dead Boycotters and Divesters of Israeli products try to block this life-giving drug from reaching cancer patients world-wide?
Harassing Israeli Patriots
Israeli authorities have adopted a sickening double standard in which they tolerate incitement (and worse) against Israel but not legitimate protests by patriotic Israelis. Two recent examples:
Rabbi David Druckman, chief rabbi of the city of Kiryat Motzkin north of Haifa, was hauled in for questioning by police over a letter he, and a number of other rabbis, signed over three years ago opposing employment of Arabs. It was written in the immediate aftermath of the 2008 massacre in the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva in Jerusalem when an Arab terrorist, who had worked as a driver at the yeshiva, murdered eight students and seriously injured many more. Druckman told Arutz Sheva that questioning a rabbi for signing a letter is “unreal,” and that he told his police would-be interrogators that he would only cooperate if the police also questioned former Mossad chief Ephraim Halevy who recently said Israel’s hareidi-religious Jews are “a bigger existential threat to Israel than Iran and Ahmadinejad” and also questioned “those academics who incite against the State of Israel and against the Jews.”
Y (his name is being kept confidential) was surfing on Facebook when he came across a post by far-leftist Dorit Eldar, a lecturer at Tel Aviv University, who complained that several weeks ago she and her friends were blocking the entrance to the Jewish village of Anatot and IDF soldiers conducted what she termed “a pogrom” against her. Y replied to her posting that it was illegal to prevent people from entering their homes.
Y tells what happened next: “Two days later I was in my car when suddenly I got a call from the police asking me to come for questioning. I said I was on my way and I never even thought it had anything to do with what I wrote on Facebook. Seconds after I got off the phone with them I was blocked by a police car that stopped me for questioning. They interrogated me for two hours.”
While he was at the police station, detectives went to his home and confiscated his personal computer and cellular phone. Y, who served three years in the IDF, said he does not understand why he was arrested while extreme leftists who speak against IDF soldiers and incite against Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria, are not detained. “I am deeply hurt that the State of Israel is acting against people who truly love the country. It’s a disgrace.”
There has been a successful campaign in the West against the sale of “blood diamonds,” those that are mined in a war zone and sold to finance an insurgency. EthicalOil.org, a grassroots advocacy organization, has seized upon this principle to advocate the use of “ethical oil” from Canada’s oil sands in place of conflict oil from the world’s most oppressive regimes. This is an especially adroit strategy given the moral posturing of assorted global warming fanatics who denounce oil sands for their evil “emissions” without paying any mind to the fact that the alternative is oil with equally wicked “emissions” from oppressive societies whose behavior the West enables by its purchase of that oil.
Saudi Arabia is not amused. Kathryn Marshall, spokesperson for EthicalOil, reports that the Saudis are trying to block the airing of their ads in Canada through “lawfare.” The ad first aired in August on the Canadian version of the Oprah Winfrey Network. In September EthicalOil discovered that Saudi Arabia, through Norman Rose, its multinational law firm, tried to revoke the ad’s Canadian broadcast clearance. Marshall now plans to expand the campaign to the United States to show Americans, she says, “just how far the Saudi dictatorship is willing to go to keep North America dependent on Saudi oil imports.” (We are indebted for this to Diana West’s blog of Nov. 15.)
Tunisia was supposed to be the success story of the Arab spring, with its reportedly secular, relatively well educated population and largely peaceful revolution. Even the victory in the elections of the Islamist party Ennahda scarcely disturbed Western complacency: it was pronounced a “moderate” Islamic party.
It’s looking less moderate by the day. In November Ennahda invited Houda Naim, a Hamas member of the Palestinian Legislative Council in Gaza, to speak at a rally in Sousse, a coastal Tunisian city––the first time a member of Hamas had addressed the Tunisian public. Ennahda’s general secretary Hammadi Jebali, expected to become Tunisia’s next Prime Minister, declared the occasion “a divine moment in a new state, and in, hopefully, a sixth Caliphate.” Jabali also echoed Naim’s words, declaring “The liberation of Tunisia will, God willing, bring about the liberation of Jerusalem.”
At sunset on the evening of December 20 Jews everywhere will light the first candle of Chanukah, the festival that commemorates two miracles––and may perhaps foresee a third. The first was the victory of a small band of Jews, led by Judah Maccabee and his brothers, over an army of Hellenists that vastly outnumbered them.
The attempt to replace the monotheistic religion of the Jews with the pagan rites of the Greeks had been defeated by a small guerilla army willing to face death rather than abandon their faith.
The second miracle took place when the victorious Judeans set about rededicating the temple, which had been defiled by their enemies. They found only one small jug of ritually pure oil, just enough to keep the menorah alight for a single day. Yet the candles burned for the entire eight days until more consecrated oil could be found.
The phrase “Arab Spring” is a surprisingly appropriate description of current events in the Arab world. It relates not only to the awakening of anger and to the desire for change by the Arab masses, but also to the lack of understanding of the circumstances, by most European and American observers. Winter in New York, London or Berlin is often accompanied by a mild depression. It is a period when nothing blooms, very little remains green, sunshine is rare and most birds are gone. And then comes the spring, when everything begins to blossom, warmth returns, birds are chirping and life restarts. Alas, in most of the Arab world, winter is a pleasant period relative to what comes next. The winter temperature is quite comfortable and the sun often shines. When spring arrives, the heat returns, heralding an unbearable summer, without one drop of water and a harsh and dry brown-yellow land. The little that was partly green, during the winter, is gone. Indeed, “The Arab Spring” inevitably leads to a difficult and unpleasant summer. The metaphor reflects not only what it purports to describe, but also the mentality gap between its Western authors and the real situation.
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