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Editor: Rael Jean Isaac
Editorial Board: Ruth King, Rita Kramer


The French Disconnection : William Mehlman

The French may not have invented chutzpah but they’ve certainly invested it with new meaning.

That became strikingly evident when in virtually the same diplomatic breath Prime Minister Manuel Valls said he’d divert 100 million Euros from France’s staggering economy to wage war on the anti-Semitic virus engulfing his nation, while his foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, was peremptorily flogging a proposed UN Security Council resolution that would send Israel back to the 1949 “Auschwitz” cease-fire lines, impose a “Palestinian state” on Judea and Samaria, with its capital in a re-divided Jerusalem, and compel the Jewish state’s submission to a “fair resolution” of the Palestinian “refugee” claim.

So let’s get this straight: On the one hand, 500,000 Jews must, at all costs, be dissuaded from running off to Israel and other locales because, per Msr. Valls, “France without its Jews is not France.” On the other hand, 6.3 million Israeli Jews must be prepared to cede their defensible borders, their historic highlands and their 3,500 year-old capital to a Fatah kleptocracy partnered with a politicidist Hamas because, per Msr. Fabius, “there is no other solution.”

We have late-breaking news for these two gentlemen – it is 2015, not 1938. If 500,000 Jews choose to remain tenants of a government under the illusion that 100 million Euros, or ten times that amount, can lure the Jihadist genie it has loosed upon its land back into the bottle that is their affair. One can but hope that those among them who regard the insurance of their children’s Jewish future a categorical imperative will grasp the hand Israel has extended to them.


From the Editor: Rael Jean Isaac

In Memory of Robert Wistrich

AFSI mourns the passing of Robert Wistrich, professor at Hebrew University, leading historian of anti-Semitism and staunch Zionist. Wistrich died at 70 of a heart attack while in Rome to address the Italian Senate on the perils of rising anti-Semitism in Europe.
Wistrich’s magnum opus, A Lethal Obsession: Anti-Semitism from Antiquity to the Global Jihad, was published in 2010. Tellingly there is a chapter on Jewish self-haters through the ages. Wistrich recounts Schnitzler’s witticism that anti-Semitism did not succeed until the Jews began to sponsor it. Today the Jewish haters of Israel (the stand-in for Jews) are an especially dangerous collection of vipers, organized everywhere from Israel itself to the United States (see the item on donors to the New Israel Fund in this From the Editor)..
In an appreciation of Wistrich in the Allgemeiner, Winston Pickett says that he asked him how he could bear spending every hour on such a depressing topic. Wistrich’s response was “Israel. This is the only place I could ever carry out this work.” In other words, the miracle of modern Israel gave Wistrich the essential sustenance to chronicle the bitter story of anti-Semitism through the ages. And of course the story was not all bitter. One of Wistrich’s books was The Jews of Vienna in the Age of Franz Joseph, an interlude in which Jews made Vienna a center of high culture under the benevolent rule of Franz Joseph. Anyone who has missed seeing Woman in Gold about the effort to restore Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer to the rightful owner should hasten to see it.

Congress Missteps on Iran

Tom McClintock (R-CA), a staunch friend of Israel and one of the finest minds in the House of Representatives, warns that in passing House Bill 1191, supposedly restoring Congressional oversight over the President’s negotiations with Iran, Congress may be making a bad mistake. This is what McClintock says: “Our Constitution requires that any treaty be approved by two-thirds of the Senate. This wasn’t going to happen, so Mr. Obama simply redefined the prospective treaty as an agreement between leaders—an agreement with no force of law and no legal standing. I fear that Congress has just changed this equation by establishing a wholly extra-constitutional process that lends the imprimatur of Congress to these ill-advised negotiations with no practical way to stop the lifting of sanctions. Instead of two-thirds of the Senate having to approve a treaty as the Constitution requires, this agreement takes effect automatically unless two-thirds of both houses reject it—a complete sham.”
McClintock points out that any agreement with Iran’s leaders is meaningless for “Iran’s government is a notoriously untrustworthy rogue state” and the only way forward is to provide “every ounce of moral and material support that the Iranian opposition needs to rid their nation of this fascist-Islamic dictatorship, to restore their proud heritage and to retake their place among the civilized nations of the world.”


The Jews, the Vatican, and the Pope :Ruth King

On March 23, 2000, Pope John Paul II spoke the following words at Yad Vashem:

“As Bishop of Rome and Successor of the Apostle Peter, I assure the Jewish people that the Catholic Church, motivated by the Gospel law of truth and love and by no political considerations, is deeply saddened by the hatred, acts of persecution and displays of anti-Semitism directed against the Jews by Christians at any time and in any place. The Church rejects racism in any form as a denial of the image of the Creator inherent in every human being (cf. Gen 1:26).

“In this place of solemn remembrance, I fervently pray that our sorrow for the tragedy which the Jewish people suffered in the twentieth century will lead to a new relationship between Christians and Jews. Let us build a new future in which there will be no more anti-Jewish feeling among Christians or anti-Christian feeling among Jews, but rather the mutual respect required of those who adore the one Creator and Lord, and look to Abraham as our common father in faith (cf. We Remember, V).”

Six years later, in May 2006, Pope Benedict XVI, a native of Germany who had directly experienced the Nazi years, speaking at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, invoked the memory of John Paul II.

Walking alone, the 79-year-old pontiff, with head bowed said:

“To speak in this place of horror, in this place where unprecedented mass crimes were committed against God and man is almost impossible — and it is particularly difficult and troubling for a Christian, for a Pope from Germany.
“By destroying Israel, they ultimately wanted to tear up the taproot of the Christian faith and to replace it with a faith of their own invention: faith in the rule of man, the rule of the powerful.”
He added “Why, Lord did you remain silent?”


Islamic State Eyes Damascus: Eyal Zisser

One year after seizing vast areas of Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State group has once again reared its head. As it turns out, while Washington was busy eulogizing the organization and spreading rumors about the death of its leader, Islamic State was gearing up for the next round of fighting.
Last week, Islamic State dealt a one-two punch to the Syrian and Iraqi regimes by seizing the Iraqi city of Ramadi, 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of the capital of Baghdad, and the Syrian city of Palmyra, 200 kilometers (124 miles) northeast of Damascus.

It seems the Obama administration, which was convinced Islamic State was retreating and perhaps even on the brink of collapse, was the only one to be surprised by the group’s success.
Islamic State’s progress is resounding proof of the failure of the American strategy, which seeks to deal with the threat via airstrikes and covert commando raids. Moreover, the group’s success is also resounding proof of how detached Washington is from the reality on the ground.

The problem is that in their quest to get a better grasp of the situation, the Americans have decided to adopt the Iranian point of view, placing their trust in Tehran, and therefore in Hezbollah, to indirectly assist them in curtailing Islamic State’s progress in Syria and Iraq.


A Delegitimization Called Nakba: Sarah Honig

Delegitimization provides the sociopsychological rationale, the moral and discursive basis to harm the delegitimized group, even in the most inhumane ways… Delegitimized groups are rhetorically constructed as worthy targets of violence.

…..The Oxford Handbook of Intergroup Conflict, 2012

The above is what we Israelis, as this volatile region’s most relentlessly delegitimized group, must keep uppermost in mind every mid-May.
Whereas we celebrate our state’s Independence Day according to the Hebrew calendar, the Gregorian anniversary, May 15, is annually commemorated by Arabs as a day of lamentation for the Nakba. It’s the catastrophe according to their loaded terminology, which renascent Jewish sovereignty supposedly inflicted on the supposedly indigenous people of this land – the Palestinians.
The notion that Israel was born in sin is delegitimization in the most extreme sense.

The delegitimization rests on two interconnected cornerstones – portraying Israel as the occupier-aggressor and portraying local Arabs as the hapless aboriginals overrun and oppressed by the occupier-aggressor.

Here in a nutshell are the crude Nakba charges against Israel, predicated on the fictional existence of an entity called Palestine, which had predated Israel and which Israel had ruthlessly demolished.
All which inconveniently contradicts these contentions can be dispensed with in the style of Soviet-era loose-leaf encyclopedias, where pages with no-longer approved information were replaced by the latest party line.


The Legacy of the Three International Brigades : Norman Berdichevsky

(Editor’s note: In this essay Berdichevsky describes three “international brigades,” the most famous of which is the International Brigade in the Spanish civil war. The second is the international volunteer group of 12,000 men that sought to help Finland when it was invaded by Soviet Russia during the short “Winter War” from November 1939 to March 1940. The third –the section reprinted here—consisted of the 4,000 (both Jewish and non-Jewish) volunteers who helped defend the nascent state of Israel from the invasion of seven regular Arab armies and a large force of Palestinian irregulars pledged to its destruction in 1948-49.)

With regard to the three International brigades, the most effective one without a doubt was Mahal – Mitnadvei Hutz la’Aretz (Volunteers from Outside the Country) who helped turn the tide of battle and constituted a major segment of the Israeli Air force. American Jewish military veterans, pilots and merchant seamen in the volunteer force were under supervision by orders of the State Department and the FBI to make sure that they were not carrying illegal immigrants or arms and more than once they were stopped.

American intelligence continued to buy the myth from 1947 to 1951 that the new Israeli state might be pro-Soviet because of the large presence of the Socialist-Zionist political parties and the proven success in combat of the Hagana and Palmach, units with a large participation of leftwing kibbutz members. Taking (as always) their lead from Moscow, the (hitherto anti-Zionist) Palestinian communist organizations merged their separate Arab and Jewish divisions in October, 1948, giving unconditional support to the Israeli war effort and urging the Israel Defense Forces to “Drive on toward the Suez Canal and hand British Imperialism a stinging defeat!” This alarmed the State Department which had been warned by British intelligence of possible Soviet infiltration or influence among the Israeli forces.


Simple Questions Relating to the Middle East that are Never Asked Edgar Davidson

1. Why are Western countries expected to take in unlimited Muslim “refugees” while far wealthier (and under-populated) Muslim countries like Qatar, Saudi, UAE, Bahrein, etc never are despite sharing the same religion, language and culture as the “refugees”?
2. Why is it a cause for celebration when Americans, Brits or Arabs kill Islamic terrorists, but a ‘war crime’ when Israel does it?
3. Why is the only country in the Middle East that is not an apartheid state (Israel) the only one that is accused of being an apartheid state?
4. How is it that the people who call Israel an ‘apartheid’ state also generally insist that every single Jew must leave ‘Palestinian territory’?
5. Why are anti-Semitic activists who are dedicated to the destruction of Israel always called “Pro-Palestinians” rather than what they really are?
6. Can you identify a single pro-Palestinian activity (as opposed to anti-Israel activity) that has ever been carried out by any Western “pro-Palestinian” activist?
7. Why are anti-Zionist organizations like Yachad, J-Street and the New Israel Fund still referred to as being ‘pro-Israel’?
8. Why are bigoted, brainwashed Westerners who go to “Palestine” to throw rocks at Israelis called “peace activists”?
9. Why are scorecards of ‘civilians killed’ mandatory for conflicts involving Israel (as in “2000 Palestinians killed, only 10 Israelis”), but never used in any other conflict in the world (did you ever see the number of dead British or US civilians mentioned when those countries mount attacks against Arab countries)?


Truly Amazing Israel: Ruth King

First: The population of Israel on the eve of 2015 was 8,296,000. The population of New Jersey in 2014 was 8.938 million.

Second: The size of Israel including Judea and Samaria…Well, it would fit cozily inside of Lake Michigan.

Third: Climate is generally arid with long, hot and dry summers and short wet winters. Water shortages were considered a major problem for Israel after 1948. Today, thanks to a cutting edge desalination industry Israel has agricultural output, farms, lush green parks, gardens, with the yearly anguish over the water level of Lake Kinneret a nightmare of the past.

Fourth: There are 35 colleges and universities in Israel. Four Israeli universities are ranked in the world’s top 300. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem was named the best university in Israel, coming in 138th overall—just behind Dartmouth College and just ahead of the University of Virginia. The Technion—Israel Institute of Technology—was Israel’s next highest, at 190th, followed by Tel Aviv University, at 195th, and Ben-Gurion University at 292nd.

Fifth: Nobel Prize Winners in Israel: I don’t count “peace“prizes whose recipients are, to put it charitably, a mixed bag. There are six winners in Chemistry, two in economics and one in literature. One of them Prof. Aaron Ciechanover, an Israeli Nobel-prize winner in chemistry (2004) is leader of a team at the Technion which recently discovered two proteins that can suppress cancer and control cancer cells’ growth and development.

In August of 2015 Israel will host the world’s biggest science conference.


Editor: Rael Jean Isaac
Editorial Board: Herbert Zweibon, Ruth King

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