From the Editor Rael Jean Isaac

Jewish Eyes Wide Shut

American Jews have gone ballistic over President Trump’s awkward effort to blame both sides equally for Charlottesville.  It was a self-inflicted wound.  All he needed to have done was include on Sunday what he said on Monday, when he specified the neo-Nazis and assorted white supremacists as “repugnant to everything we hold dear.” The emphasis should clearly have been on excoriating the neo-Nazis; It was one of their number who mowed down demonstrators, killing 32 year old Heather Heyer.  Trump could then have added that there were counter-protesters who behaved badly.  This, admittedly, would likely have set off paroxysms of rage In mainstream media outlets who viewed the scene as clear black and white, but the opportunities for assaulting Trump would have been limited.  In National Review John Fund points out that antifa (short for Anti-Fascist Action) counter-protesters showed up armed with pepper spray, bricks and clubs.  The New York Daily News reported how antifa demonstrators roughed up reporters.  A videographer for a Richmond TV station suffered a concussion from blows to his head.  Even Sheryl Stolberg of the New York Times had tweeted from the scene that the hard left seemed as hate-filled as the alt-right, saying she saw club-wielding “antifas” beating white nationalists.

But clumsy as Trump may be, he is no neo-Nazi and the Jewish reaction is over the top.  If Trump suffers from not knowing where to strike a balance, it is nothing compared to the failures of the Jewish community in this regard.  There was no comparable expression of outrage sweeping American Jewry when Obama rammed through his Iran nuclear deal, although Netanyahu cashed in his political chips to go directly to Congress to warn of the existential danger it posed to the Jewish state.

If the Jewish community would only open its firmly sealed eyes, it would recognize that anti-Semites on the left are a far greater threat to Jews than the small fringe group of neo-Nazis that marched in Charlottesville.  It is the leftist anti-Semites, as former World Jewish Congress leader Isi Leibler rightly observes, who “promote the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement and have transformed campuses into anti-Israel and anti-Semitic platforms.” Antifa—which also is behind the violent protests against conservative speakers on U.S.  campuses—is part of a coalition of far-left hate-Israel groups that includes Black Lives Matter, which in its mission statement declares Israel an “apartheid” state carrying out “genocide.”

Antifa is almost certain to take an increasingly prominent role in anti-Israel actions on campus, now that two of its activists have launched a campus Antifa group for faculty, the Campus Antifascist Network (CAN).  Its founders Bill Mullen of Purdue and David Palumbo-Liu of Stanford are leading figures in the BDS campaign.  In an article on the new group, Rachel Frommer in Washington Free Beacon reports that Mullen, in 2014, issued a call to “de-Zionize our campuses.” Don’t bet that CAN makes a distinction between “Jews” and “Zionists.”

And don’t bet that most Jews (including their lamentable organizations like the Anti-Defamation League) give up their default position of “no enemies on the left.” When forced to confront the reality of such enemies they dismiss them as a “fringe” even when, like Keith Ellison, they are pillars of the Democratic Party.  (Typically, the ADL refused to break with the Black Lives Matter movement on the grounds, Leibler reports, that the anti-Israel clauses were inserted by “a small minority.”) And that is ultimately the key blindness of the Jews.  The neo-Nazis are a true fringe of the Republican Party while the anti-Israel left is increasingly the controlling core of the Democratic Party.  Nothing better illustrates this than the recent decision of two Presidential hopefuls, Kristin Gillibrand and Corey Booker, to move away from their traditional pro-Israel stands.  Booker, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, voted against the Taylor Force Act, which would make future aid to the PA contingent on their ceasing to reward terrorists and their families (this year $345 million–one half of aid to the PA from the U.S. and Europe–has been devoted to this), while Gillibrand has announced her opposition to the Israel Anti-Boycott Act.

 

Reducing Government Waste

One obvious and easy way to cut down on wasteful government spending would be to keep Kushner, Greenblatt and Powell (and their expensive entourage) at home.  But no, they took off on a safari through the Middle East, seeking to give a “regional” push to the Trump administration’s new go at peace between Israel and Palestinian Arabs.  Abbas has zero interest in peace with Israel.  His idea of peace is to be left in peace to distribute U.S. aid to PA terrorists and their families.  There’s only one way this silly charade can end—badly.

 

Editing Out the Temple Mount

To control words is to control thoughts, something no one demonstrated more brilliantly than  Orwell in 1984.  By persistently calling Judea and Samaria the West Bank for decades after it ceased to be Jordan’s West Bank, the media enforced Jordan’s claim.  What makes this especially ironic is that Jordan’s title to the land, which it annexed in 1950, was recognized only by England and Pakistan.   In any case the territory was Jordan’s West Bank for a mere 17 years. It was only after Israel conquered Judea and Samaria (as it has been known throughout history) that suddenly the entire international community  endorsed Jordan’s title.  Even after 1988, when Jordan formally relinquished its claims in favor of the PLO, for the world it remained the West Bank.

Enter “the Noble Sanctuary.” As Susan D.  Harris points out in The American Thinker the media is stealthily eradicating the term “Temple Mount” to make us “think of it primarily as a sacred Islamic Jerusalem shrine that the Jews falsely lay claim to.” .From the Drudge Report to the Guardian to CNN to Reuters to Fox News there is a pattern of framing the Temple Mount as first a Muslim site and secondarily a Jewish site.  For example, in describing an attack on Jews, CNN says it occurred “next to what Muslims call the Noble Sanctuary and Jews the Temple Mount.” As Harris writes: “While the United Nations has been pushing the narrative that the Jerusalem holy site is ‘Muslim, not Jewish’ for years, it should be troubling to those who support Jewish claims to the site that even the most conservative Western media are now falling in lockstep with UN talking points.”

There is no historical basis for this.  Harris reports a search on an American/Canadian newspaper archive holding nearly 40 million newspapers dating back to the 1880s returned 1,933 “Temple Mount” results and only 86 “Noble Sanctuary results”—almost all of them post 2000.  But don’t be surprised, under Muslim-propelled media Newspeak, if a post-2017 archive shows Israel’s title to its holiest site buried by “the Noble Sanctuary.” To end, as we began, with Orwell “The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.”

 

Solar Panel Waste

Our environmentalist Chicken Littles wax ever more urgent in their cries that the sky is falling.  Even Al Gore would find it hard to beat New York Magazine‘s July cover story “The Doomed Earth Catalog” in the hysteria competition.  Its first sentence sets the tone: “It is, I promise, worse than you think.” According to the author people have been so obsessed by the terrors of “swelling seas—and the cities they will drown” that they have ignored the still greater looming dangers—“plague, famine, heat no human can survive.” In the lifetime of their children, the author declares, “parts of the Earth will likely become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable.”

Nowhere in the litany of the global warming doomsayers is a genuine threat cited: the problem of disposing of waste from the solar panels that are supposed to rescue us from a fossil fuel Armageddon. The Institute for Energy Research points out that disposing of solar panels—they have a life of only 20-30 years–will soon become a major issue.  They contain sulfuric acid and phospine gas, which make them difficult to recycle, as well as toxic metals like lead, chromium and cadmium.   They create about 300 times more toxic waste per unit of electricity generated than nuclear power plants.  China operates roughly twice as many solar panels as the United States and is on the way to producing 20 million metric tons of solar panel waste, or 2,000 times the weight of the Eiffel Tower, by 2050.  And—this is worthy of Ripley’s Believe It or Not—except for Europe, which puts the onus on solar panel manufacturers, no country has any plans or requirements for collecting or disposing of solar waste.  That includes that world leader in environmental virtue, California.

The global warming apocalypse will eventually go the way of all the earlier apocalyptic millennial movements going back to ancient Egypt that are chronicled by Richard Landes in Heaven on Earth.  Unfortunately, the damage that they do lives after them.

 

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