From the Editor Rael Jean Isaac

Europe Votes on Jerusalem

“And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.”  Zechariah 12:9

It’s enough to convince you that Europe deserves to be Islamized and that what Douglas Murray calls the strange suicide of Europe is not so strange after all—it’s part and parcel of jettisoning its religious and cultural heritage.  The UN General Assembly has voted 138-9 (with 35 abstentions and 21 no-shows) to condemn President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.  The nine who voted against the resolution, apart from the U.S. and Israel, were  Guatemala and Honduras and the tiny Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Togo and Nauru.   Almost all EU member states voted for the resolution (Hungary and Czechoslovakia abstained).

The wonderful Nikki Paley scheduled a party on Jan. 3 for those who did not vote for what Prime Minister Netanyahu calls the “ridiculous” resolution; since it would not have been much of a party with only the nine holdouts, she has included in the guest list the 35 abstainers and 21 who stayed away.  They may have been cowardly but were indicating they would have preferred to vote “no.”


Guatemala Follows America’s Lead

The BBC, along with most of the mainstream media, has been gleefully rubbing in the isolation of the U.S. in the face of the overwhelming international “consensus.” But lo and behold, the New York Post reports that ten countries, including several in Europe, are talking to Israel about moving their embassies to Jerusalem. And once they break ground, there can be little doubt that many more will line up behind them.

It’s fitting that Guatemala is the first to announce openly its plan to move its embassy to Jerusalem.  Guatemala took a leading role at the time of the UN vote for partition  in 1947.  Jorge Garcia Granados, Guatemala’s ambassador to the UN, was a member of the UN Special Committee for Palestine (UNSCOP) where he took a strong stance for creating a Jewish state.  Granados became Guatemala’s first ambassador to Israel where several city streets are named after him.


Austria’s Rightwing Government

While the migrant invasion of Europe has led to significant gains by hitherto marginal right wing parties in the EU, Austria is the first Western European country to go all the way, installing a right wing, anti-Muslim mass immigration governing coalition composed of the Austrian People’s Party and the Austrian Freedom Party.  The latter has Nazi roots and many Jews are up in arms, the World Jewish Congress  calling for Jewish groups to eschew contact with the new government.

But given the abysmal lockstep anti-Israel positions taken by current EU governments (and their failure to stem the flow of Muslims drenched in anti-Semitism) perhaps an attitude of wait-and-see would be more appropriate.  The Gatestone Institute’s Soeren Kern points out that the Freedom Party’s current leader Heinz-Christian Strache insists that anti-Semitism has no place in his party and has pledged “to ensure that boycotts [against Israeli products] get taken off the agenda.”  During an April 2016 visit to the  Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem Strache said: “We have a lot in common [with Israel].  I always say, if one defines the Judeo-Christian West, then Israel represents a kind of border. If Israel fails, Europe fails.  And if Europe fails, Israel fails.”

Talk is cheap but having taken over on December 18, Austria’s new government will have a chance to prove itself.  How will it vote on the next rash of anti-Israel resolutions   at the UN?  How will it vote in EU councils?  The tests will quickly pile up. It’s already flunked the first one, voting on Dec. 21 with the dhimmi European herd in the UN General Assembly to condemn the U.S. moving its embassy to Jerusalem.


Brian Ross vs. Seymour Hersh

The Weekly Standard of Dec. 18 ran an article by Philip Terzian on  ABC “chief investigative reporter” Brian Ross  who falsely reported that Gen. Michael Flynn was prepared to testify that then candidate Donald Trump had told him to contact the Russians during the campaign.  Citing chapter and verse, Terzian concludes that misreporting the news is nothing new to Ross, who “seems to have established a pattern of chronic, even compulsive malpractice” garnering Emmys and Peabody Awards on the way.

Military historian Victor Davis Hanson has said that a generation ago someone guilty of Ross’s most recent serious misstep would have been fired, not feebly slapped on the wrist with a four week suspension. But the thoroughly admirable Hanson (his most recent book on World War II is a must-read) is wrong here.  A generation ago Seymour Hersh’s depredations on truthful reporting make Ross look like a tyro.   Take Hersh’s 1991 anti-Israel hatchet job, The Samson Option, about Israel’s nuclear deterrent, which depends on the “revelations” of one Ari Ben Menashe.  Hersh identifies him as a former Israeli intelligence expert who served as adviser to Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir— no, he didn’t.  In fact Ben Menashe is a notorious tale-spinner who has claimed to be Israel’s top spy, a commander of the Entebbe operation, to have planted a homing device in the Iraqi nuclear reactor at Osirak and to have been offered the job of head of the Mossad.  Ben Menashe claimed to have been with the first, then Vice Presidential candidate George Bush in Paris in October 1980 arranging for Iran to hold the hostages until after the presidential election—this on dates when Secret Service logs show Bush engaged in a large number of appearances in the United States. Newsweek’s John Barry, who looked into Ben Menashe’s claims, declared on CNN “If you were talking about the American civil war, he would tell you he was the guy who planned Lee’s campaign.”

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed Steven Emerson reported that Hersh was warned about Ben Menashe both by him and by Peter Hounam, an investigative reporter for the London Sunday Times but refused to listen. Much later Hersh would admit that Ben Menashe “lies like people breathe.”

Hersh from continuing to rely on conmen.  Several years after the Ben Menashe fiasco Hersh, then working on a book on Kennedy, fell for a stash of phony documents peddled by Lawrence S. Cusack (who went to prison in 1999 for defrauding more than 100 investors of $7 million in a scheme to sell the documents.)  Hersh even wrote to Cusack claiming to have “independently confirmed some of the most interesting materials” in the papers. Hersh had done the same thing with Ben Menashe, claiming he had “corroborated” charges that, as fantasies, defied corroboration.

“Anonymous sources that cannot be checked. Dark charges based on a crazy patchwork of suppositions. Far-out conspiracy theories. Conmen as sources. Reputable sources misquoted. These constitute the decades-long MO of Seymour Hersh, the man now serving as star investigative reporter of The New Yorker.”  This is what I wrote in “The Cult of Seymour Hersh” published in The American Spectator back in 2004.

Nor have I been the only one to expose Hersh.  Which brings us to the real villains in the long-standing corruption of American journalism: the editors and TV producers who act as gatekeepers for mainstream media and the journalistic peers who reward hogwash so long as it conforms to their political prejudices. Ross’s awards are nothing compared to those garnered by Hersh: the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, four George Polk awards, the National Magazine Award.

The rot in journalism is deep-seated. It will take more than cries of “fake news” to address it.


The Presbyterian Layman Folds

The Presbyterian Layman, the publication of the Presbyterian Lay Committee, which for many years has battled the “establishment” in the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) as it abandoned traditional church teachings to become (like the Reform movement in Judaism) a so-called “prophetic” version of the left wing of the Democratic Party, has thrown in the towel.  (The Committee survives but will turn its efforts elsewhere.)  In its last issue, the Layman notes that one of the nefarious activities on which the PCUSA continues to focus is its “anti-Israel social witness agenda.”  The 2016 General Assembly approved a resolution (by a lopsided 407-146) that calls on the church to “prayerfully study the call from Palestinian civil society for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against the state of Israel…” In other words the Presbyterian Church USA is set (“prayerfully,” mind you) to seek the extinction of the Jewish state.


The Great Cover-up

Recently Mark Steyn observed that “the demographic transformation of the Western world is the biggest story of our time.”

It’s also the least covered story of our time.  In Europe, the politicians responsible for opening their borders to vast numbers of young Islamic males from the Middle East and Africa (with the concomitant rise in terror, crime, rape, anti-Semitic violence, no-go zones etc.) have teamed up with the media to suppress any honest coverage as “racist.”  The internet offers the  chief way for citizens of the affected countries to find out what is going on and efforts are underway to pressure search engines (run by elitists sympathetic to Europe’s political class) to block that last path.

In the United States coverage of what goes on abroad (unless U.S. armed forces are actively engaged) is minimal.  Most of the media views the world through multicultural blinders, so what little reporting gets through adopts the see-no-evil perspective of European elites.  The Wall Street Journal editorial pages, which might have been expected to provide an antidote, are nullified by the Journal’s  dogmatic attachment to unlimited immigration as an unlimited good.  The Weekly Standard (with a tiny circulation in comparison) is an exception, thanks only to essays by Christopher Caldwell.

So there you have it, the biggest story of our time is largely untold. And except for a handful of voices in the wilderness, like Caldwell, Steyn, Douglas Murray, Bruce Bawer, Soeren Kern and Giulio Meotti, the failure to tell it goes unremarked.

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