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FEBRUARY 2018 MIDEAST OUTPOST

Outpost

Editor: Rael Jean Isaac

Editorial Board: Ruth King, Rita Kramer

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The Pollard Logjam by William Mehlman

Among the constants of Jewish life in Israel and the U.S.–the American Jewish electorate’s unalterable attachment to Democratic party nominees, from the White House to City Hall, the annual emanations of a triumphal return by former prime minister Ehud Barak to the Israeli political scene, to cite just two–nothing is more constant than the seemingly endless suffering of Jonathan Pollard.

The most recent issue of Torah Tidbits, a weekly compendium of religious events in Jerusalem–lectures, Bible studies, tours, concerts–published by the New York based Orthodox Union’s “Israel Center,” featured an ad reading “Jonathan Pollard 10,956+755 days imprisoned.” The larger figure represents the sum in days of the 30 years the now 62-year-old former U.S. Naval Intelligence analyst spent behind prison bars for espionage, specifically for having provided Israel with strategic information he deemed vital to its security. The additional 755 days relates to the punishment Pollard had, to date, endured under a 2015 parole regimen that requires him to wear a GPS-monitoring device at all times, including Shabbat, when it conflicts with his observance as an Orthodox Jew to the prohibition against carrying. He is additionally restricted from wandering beyond the door of his Manhattan apartment before 7 a.m. and after 7 p.m. and must, on demand, submit any computer he uses, including one supplied by an employer, for police or FBI inspection.

Could all of this be entirely predicated on the notion, however absurd, that the 30-year-old “secrets” Pollard may allegedly be harboring would be of serious interest to any participant in the black bag trade, or is there something else involved here? The average U.S. prison sentence for espionage on behalf of a friendly or non-belligerent power has been 4-5 years. The 750,000 classified documents, videos, diplomatic cables and battlefield accounts former Private First Class Bradley (now Chelsea Elizabeth) Manning in his capacity as a military intelligence analyst gifted to WikiLeaks and its fugitive founder Julian Assange did not go to “friendly” powers.

As opposed to Manning’s unexplained release in May from the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas after serving a mere seven years of a 35-years sentence (commuted by President Obama) for what Reuters correspondent Karen Dillon described as the “largest breach of classified information in American history,” Jonathan Pollard’s ticket to Israel should have been a slam-dunk from the get-go of Donald Trump’s accession of the White House. Yet, 11 months into Israel’s “friendliest ever” U.S. Administration, that act of justice and compassion remains in limbo.

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FROM THE EDITOR: RAEL JEAN ISAAC

Israel Bars BDS Activists

In the December 2017 Outpost, we congratulated Israel for refusing to grant entry permits to a delegation of 20 members of the EU and French Parliaments who supported a boycott of Israel and planned to meet with convicted terrorist Marwan Barghouti in prison. Israel, and specifically her Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan, was finally refusing to accept its hitherto passive role as a punching bag for phony “human rights” outfits (for more on them see the article “Human Rights Groups: The World’s Most Potent Evil Doers” in this issue).

Now the Algemeiner reports that Erdan has followed up with a list of twenty groups (20 seems to be a magic number) whose entry will be barred by the Interior Ministry. American groups on the list include the American Friends Service Committee (on which over twenty years ago AFSI published a pamphlet by sociologist David Kirk whose subtitle said it all—Good People and Dirty Work). Also on the list are Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace, a viciously anti-Israel group funded in part by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Several of the European banned groups, like The Association France Palestine Solidarité, receive taxpayer support. The European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine coordinates over 40 BDS groups in Europe so the list really goes substantially beyond the official “twenty.”

The most over the top reaction has come from Rebecca Vilkomerson, who leads Jewish Voice for Peace in the U.S. In a version of the story of the man who murders his parents and claims victimhood as an orphan, Vilkomerson declares she is “personally feeling the pain of exclusion for the first time from a place that I am bound to by deep ties.”

It Happened Before

When feeling discouraged by the plethora of specifically Jewish groups undermining Israel, from Jewish Voice for Peace to the marginally less hostile J Street and New Israel Fund, it is well to remember that Jews have encountered this sort of thing before in the upbuilding of Palestine.

This hostility came dramatically to the fore in the wake of the Arab riots of 1929 in Palestine. While most Jews throughout the world were horrified, History of the Haganah (in Hebrew) reports that the declining Eastern European Jewish Bund, traditionally a foe of the Zionist enterprise, reacted with a joyful “I told you so” to the murder of Jews. “Hundreds of deaths, thousands of wounded” declared Prof. L. Hirsch, the theoretician of the Bund: “Moshavot went up in fire. Buildings raised in hope are in ruins…There isn’t any chance of an ingathering of the exiles and a Jewish state in Eretz Israel. Now after the events in Palestine, even the blind can see that.” The Central Committee of the Bund announced “The Zionists are guilty. They build their enterprise on a volcano….We Bundists warned that the Zionist enterprise will fail. We said ‘How can we join the English to oppress the Arabs?’”

Jewish Communists also celebrated. Immediately after the riots the communist Anti-Imperialist League of Berlin (with a large Jewish membership) issued a manifesto declaring “the Arab population in Palestine sees justly that the Zionist movement is the principal tool of British imperialistic exploitation of their land. With the help of the capitalistic and fascistic Zionist organization they expropriate Arab property and methodically impoverish the Arabs.” In New York. the Jewish Communist newspaper Morgen Freiheit initially reacted truthfully, calling the Arabs the aggressors. It was quickly forced to retract and with the blood of the pious Jews of Hebron and Jerusalem still fresh on the ground, Freiheit’s editor Joseph Olgin wrote “The editor of the morning issue was mistaken.” To atone, the paper started a vicious attack on the “Zionist imperialists and the crooked types of the Worker’s movement” that had joined the Second International “to organize systematically the pogrom of the Arabs in Palestine.” Topping it off, the Jewish Communists organized a major assembly and in its framework decided to establish a fund for the Arabs “hurt by the pogrom.”

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Human Rights NGOs–The World’s Most Lethal Evil-Doers by Rael Jean Isaac

The world’s most lethal evil-doers are the NGOs that fly under a false flag, claiming to be champions of human rights. Their potency comes from the fact that unlike other of the world’s worst actors—think Kim Jung Un—they are not feared and despised but admired and treated as moral arbiters. A billion dollar a year industry, these NGOs reinforce their moral with financial muscle. Gerald Steinberg, founder and director of NGO Monitor, has been alone in following these outfits for the last fifteen years. He observes that human rights NGOs show “that soft power can sometimes be more dangerous than hard power.”

And while Israel is their most obvious target, they have bigger game in their sights—the transformation of Western societies and culture through mass immigration.

Human rights NGOs bear a major responsibility for the demonizing of Israel in the West. In Catch the Jew Tuvia Tenenbom, masquerading as Tobi the German, focuses on the hundreds of so-called human rights NGOs that infest Israel and the Palestinian-controlled territories in search of Israeli misdeeds—and fabricate them (sometimes stage them) as they come up short. Many of these NGOs are basically front groups for terrorists and assorted destroy-Israel groups. In 1917 Steinberg finally was able to persuade the Danish government to stop funding the Human Rights International Humanitarian Law Secretariat, an NGO framework established in 2013 at Bir Zeit University in Ramallah with an annual budget of millions of euros paid for by the governments of Sweden, Holland, Denmark and Switzerland. In an interview with journalist Ruthie Blum, Steinberg says that his research has shown that of the 24 core NGOs funded by the Secretariat, six had ties to the Marxist-Leninist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (on the EU’s official list of terrorist organizations) and 15 were involved in world-wide campaigns to destroy Israel by economic means.

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Foolish and Dangerous Jews by Eileen F. Toplansky

In Eastern European folklore, the city of Chelm functions as an imaginary city of fools, similar to that of the Greek Abdera, the English Gotham, and the German Schilda. In fact, the Chelm tales describe outlandish naiveté and futility. Ruth von Bermuth argues that “Chelm…functioned for more than three centuries as an ironic model of Jewish society, both utopia and dystopia, an imaginary place onto which changing questions about Jewish identity, community, and history repeatedly have been projected.”

When reading these stories, one is amazed at the characters who seem so unaware of their folly. The tales showcase how common sense is often absent as so-called wise men cite unusual solutions that never work. They are stubbornly foolish and show contempt for logical problem-solving.

It is important to note that these stories reveal a backdrop of the centuries-old pariah status of Jews in a majority of countries. They could not endure if they lacked two essential survival mechanisms. The first is the necessity of always looking over one’s shoulder anticipating the Cossack, the inquisitor, the Nazi, or any of the diabolical characters whose aim was to demean or destroy the Jews. The second factor was black humor, which sustained Jews through the pogroms, the concentration camps, and the Gulag. These were necessary because one of the [d]efining characteristics of Jewish culture and identity is the awareness of historical and modern anti-Semitism. Jews could never become too comfortable.

Despite the fact that safety is a Jewish religious concern, there are currently far too many liberal rabbis in America who seem content to ignore the avowed enemies of the Jewish people. Consequently, on July 25, 2017, in what appeared to be an unprecedented event in American Jewish history, a group that came into existence as a front for a terrorist organization that murders Jews was invited to solicit donations at a synagogue.

Rabbi Howard Jaffe of Temple Isaiah in Lexington, Mass., hosted three Muslim leaders, whom he presented to his congregation as friends of the Jewish community. It was billed as an interfaith bridge-building affair. In actuality, it was “a political rally where Islamist extremists pretending to be moderates sought to enlist Jews in their campaign to undermine U.S. government counter-terrorism efforts, while raising funds for a Hamas-connected group–all in the name of ‘social justice’ and interfaith harmony.

The Muslim guests were Nadeem Mazen, New England director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Stephanie Marzouk, founder of the Muslim Justice League (MJL) and Samer Naseredden, director of youth programming at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC), which is New England’s largest mosque.

This occurred despite the fact that CAIR promotes a radical Islamic vision, as … its co-founder Omar Ahmad asserted that “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran … should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.” In a similar spirit, co-founder Ibrahim Hooper told a reporter in 1993: “I wouldn’t want to create the impression that I wouldn’t like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future.” In 2003 Hooper stated that ‘if Muslims ever become a majority in the United States, they will likely seek to replace the U.S. Constitution with Islamic law, which they deem superior to man-made law.’ In the late 1980s, Ihsan Bagby, who would later become a CAIR [b]oard member, stated that Muslims “can never be full citizens of this country,” referring to the United States, “because there is no way we can be fully committed to the institutions and ideologies of this country.”

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Palestinians: No Difference Between Fatah and Hamas by Bassam Tawil

Is there any difference between the “moderate” Fatah faction headed by Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas?

In recent weeks, Fatah, which is often described by Westerners as the “moderate” and “pragmatic” Palestinian faction, has escalated its rhetorical attacks against Israel and the US to a point where one can no longer distinguish between its rhetoric and that of Hamas.

Like Hamas, Abbas’s Fatah regularly glorifies terrorists and encourages Palestinians to take them as role models. This is the very Fatah that is supposed to be Israel’s peace partner and whose leader, Abbas, claims that he is still committed to the “two-state solution.”

The latest example of Fatah’s glorification of terrorists came last week, when the Israel Defense Forces killed Ahmed Ismail Jarrar, of Jenin, in the northern West Bank. Jarrar belonged to a terror cell whose members murdered Rabbi Raziel Shevach two weeks ago.

Although Jarrar is believed to be a member of Hamas, Fatah was quick to publish posters depicting him as one of its “martyrs.” In one of the posters, Fatah described the slain terrorist as a “hero” and “martyr of Jerusalem.” Fatah’s student faction at Al-Quds University also confirmed that Jarrar was one of its members. In a statement published hours after the terrorist was killed, the Fatah Shabiba [Youth] Movement at Al-Quds University boasted that he was “one of our prominent leaders and a member of our administrative body.”

Palestinian activists in Jenin claimed that Jarrar had served as an officer with the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces in the West Bank. However, a Palestinian security official denied the claim. The denial is seen as an attempt by the Palestinian Authority to distance itself from the involvement of one of its members in terrorism. The Palestinian Authority has good reason to be worried: its security forces are funded and trained by American and European experts.

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Israel at the United Nations by Ruth King

The United Nations conceived with such hope, has lost its way to bias, ignorance and endless attacks on Israel. The irony here is that the finest speeches delivered there have been by Israel’s defenders.

In 1949, Abba Eban urged the United Nations, still housed in Lake Success, to accept Israel’s membership. His speech lasted more than two hours. He chided the U.N. for holding up Israel’s application with the lame excuse that the “refugee and resettlement” issue had to be investigated. He noted many nations which expelled and dislocated hundreds of thousands were swiftly accepted. He scolded Jerusalem’s Arab authorities for flouting the UN’s resolution declaring Jerusalem an “international city” with access to people of all faiths. He described the desecration of shrines, churches and synagogues. And he addressed the problem of refugees with data and possibilities for resettlement in other Arab nations.

Abba Eban succeeded: United Nations General Assembly Resolution 273 was adopted on May 11, 1949 admitting the State of Israel to membership in the United Nations. It was passed following the approval of UN Security Council Resolution 69 on March 4.

Abba Eban served as Israel’s representative to the U.N. from 1948 until 1959 and as Israel’s Ambassador to the United States. He became Israel’s most effective speaker in the Diaspora. With a courtly manner and perfect diction, rarely checking notes, he defended his nation with zeal and rhetorical genius. The response of the Arab states was laughable. As soon as Eban stood, the Arab representatives walked out.

When he returned to Israel in 1959 he joined the Labor party. In June 1967 Eban, then Foreign Minister, returned to the United Nations to address the Security Council following the Six Day War.

Here are excerpts from his magnificent speech which should be read in full by anyone who falsely uses the word “occupation.”

Outpost

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

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