A New Muslim?
(Jewish?) Anti-Defamation League head Jonathan Greenblatt has declared he will register as a Muslim if there is reinstatement of a national registry of immigrants and visitors from countries where Islamic extremist groups are active. Now there’s a terrific idea. Perhaps Greenblatt will then be eligible to head CAIR or the Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. Given how far ADL has moved from its ostensible mission of promoting Jewish interests (in practical terms it functions as a wing of the far left of the Democratic Party), Greenblatt’s departure from his current post would be cause for celebration for those who care for Israel and the welfare of American Jews.
Sitting Political Shiva
There has been much coverage of elite campuses where professors suspended classes and students retreated to safe spaces with Play Doh and even therapy dogs to recuperate from the staggering blow of an election in which the deplorables deplorably won. Less remarked, dozens of synagogues have been equally idiotic, organizing gatherings for their flock “to grieve together.” Rolando Matalon, rabbi at Congregation Bnai Jeshurun on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, where one such gathering occurred, told Haaretz: “People feel heartbroken and in disbelief…we need to give people space to hold each other or pray and sing.”
While excoriating the supposed anti-Semitism of Trump, his entourage and his appointments on trivial to non-existent evidence (most of them, including the much maligned Stephen Bannon, have a strong record of support for Israel), these same people show not a shred of concern that, at this writing, the strongly anti-Israel convert to Islam Keith Ellison is favored to become the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Charles Schumer, the incoming Democratic minority leaders, says “I’m not worried about the Israel stuff.” Neither of course are the likes of Rabbi Matalon, an avowed supporter of the Soros-funded anti-Israel J Street. But the synagogue members who care about Israel and are currently foolishly “grieving together” should be very worried about Ellison.
As ZOA chairman Mort Klein has pointed out, Ellison “was a devotee and worked for anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan for many years.” In 2014 he was one of only 8 members of Congress who voted against a bi-partisan bill to provide $225 million to Israel’s Iron dome missile defense system. In 2010 Ellison spearheaded the “Gaza 54” letter to President Obama, false accusing Israel of wreaking “collective punishment” on Gaza residents and demanding that Obama pressure Israel to lift the Gaza blockade. Ellison sought to insert anti-Israel provisions into the 2016 Democratic platform and has ties to radical Moslem anti-Israel groups. Why no political shivas at the prospect of an Ellison at the helm of the DNC?
The shiva-sitters might pause to ponder why, in Israel, the vote was as lopsided for Trump as it was against him within U.S. Jewry. In Arutz Sheva, Larry Gordon reports that of the more than 100,000 American citizens who live in Israel and cast absentee ballots the overwhelming number voted for Trump. The answer is easy: eight years of a hostile Obama administration was enough. For them U.S. policy toward Israel, i.e. the future of the Jewish people, was the decisive issue.
Not that there isn’t cause for concern: Trump keeps coming back to the fantasy that he can solve the Arab-Israel conflict, most recently by sending his son-in-law to do the job!
Keep Your Eye on the Corpses
Writing in the Australian journal Quadrant David Pryce Jones describes the cultural traits within the Arab world that fuel its brutal wars and inability to function as nation-states. He observes that in the post-1945 world, Arabs have been free to build their own societies in accordance with their numbers and hopes. “Instead,” he writes, “they have thrown away such prospects in self-perpetuating and interminable wars and civil wars. Never take your eyes off the corpses is the sole comment outsiders can make about these people who are failing to do justice to themselves, destroying, not creating, in a continuous human tragedy.”
Israel, says Pryce Jones, “is the one exception in the region. Zionism is the national liberation of the Jewish people, and it has enabled them to create a First World nation-state, a centre of excellence in the sciences and the arts. Its democratic institutions incorporate a variety of ethnicities, religious faiths and sects. To give just one example of its inclusiveness, the judge who condemned a President of Israel to prison for sexual misdemeanor is an Arab. Traditionally Muslims have been accustomed to see Jews as second-class people, by nature shameful, and it is intolerable for them and their honour that a Jewish liberation movement should succeed in their midst. Ranging from boycotts and sanctions to outright war, attempts to attack Israel are so many triumphs of ignorance and irrationality, incitements to pile up more corpses, and altogether a standing insult to civilization.”