Anti-Semitism Turns Violent at UC Irvine
At least fifty troublemakers from the Muslim Student Union and Students for Justice in Palestine (a better name would be Students for Eliminating Jews from Israel), shrieking “Long live the Intifada” and various profanities, pounded on the doors and windows and blocked the exits at the screening of Beneath the Helmet, a documentary on the Israel Defense Forces, which was being shown as part of an event hosted by Students Supporting Israel at the college. Jewish students were forced to call the police who escorted them to safety. Eliana Kopley, a sophomore pursued by the mob, says: “I was terrified. There is no other word to describe how I felt.”
At a time when “microaggressions” (i.e. aggressions invisible to ordinary human beings) are taboo at campuses around the country, actual violence against Jewish students is not treated as a serious issue. Rabbi Yonah Bookstein, campus rabbi at UC Irvine for almost five years, says that this latest incident brings back his tumultuous and scary days there. He had dubbed the campus UC Intifida as a result of the “constant anti-Israel programs, racist and anti-Semitic speakers, anti-Israel marches, protests and disruptions and an administration that looked the other way or denied how bad it was. A repeat performance seems to be in the works as, in response to this latest outrage, Chancellor Howard Gillman has issued a lame email lamenting that the protest “crossed the line of civility.”
If Jewish students around the country, increasingly subject to attacks from Muslim and far left students and agitators, think they can count on university administrators, including Jewish administrators, they are fast learning otherwise. Retired librarian Steven Karetzky recently sent a letter to the local Jewish newspaper commenting on the failure of Jewish students at San Francisco State University to react, although they were spat upon and assaulted. The mayor of Jerusalem had recently been forced from the stage there while police stood passively by. Karetzky, now 70, writes that he grew up as the sole Jewish kid on the block in a low-class, anti-Semitic neighborhood and learned as a result to become the toughest kid in the neighborhood. He asks: “Why aren’t Jewish children and young adults instructed in self-defense and martial arts like I was? The ZOA provides lessons in Krav Maga—an easy form of self-defense taught to all male and female Israelis when they enter the military…With the huge amounts of money given by the Jewish community, surely some can be given to Jews of all ages to teach them to defend themselves.”
A Fake Museum for a Fake Palestine
Daniel Greenfield reports on the opening with much fanfare of the $24 million Palestinian Museum, in the works since 1998. Only one problem: there are no exhibits. It is a perfect metaphor for the Palestinian cause. Writes Greenfield: “Palestine is an empty building with nothing in it. It’s a political Potemkin village. There’s a flag, an anthem, a museum and all the trappings of a country. But if you look closer, there’s nothing inside.” Nothing daunted, the empty museum is replicating itself, planning satellite museums in Beirut, San Diego, London, Dubai and Gaza. As Greenfield sums it up: “The Palestinian Museum is as empty as the souls of a populace that has wholly given itself over to a cult of death. Nothing can be put in there except hatred of Jews.”
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In 2016, Israel is a major contributor to – and a global co-leader with – the U.S. in the areas of research, development, manufacturing and launching of micro (100 kg), mini (300 kg) and medium (1,000 kg) size satellites and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), as well as joint space missions, space communications and space exploration sounding rocket and scientific balloon flights. According to NASA Administrator, Charles Bolden, “Israel is known for its innovation. The October 15, 2015 joint agreement gives us the opportunity to cooperate with Israel on the journey to Mars, [highlighting Israel’s unique, extremely lightweight technologies, which conserve energy]….”
The annual U.S. investment in Israel – erroneously defined as “foreign aid”– has yielded one of the highest rates of return on U.S. investments overseas. Israel is neither “foreign,” nor does it receive “aid.”
From a one-way-street relationship, the U.S.-Israel connection has evolved into an exceptionally productive mutually-beneficial alliance. The U.S. is the senior and Israel the junior partner, in a win-win, geo-strategic partnership which transcends the 68-year-old tension between U.S. presidents (from Truman through Obama) and Israeli prime ministers (from Ben Gurion through Netanyahu) over the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Palestinian issue.
According to the former Supreme Commander of NATO forces and Secretary of State, the late General Alexander Haig: “Israel constitutes the largest U.S. aircraft carrier, which does not require a single U.S. boot on board, cannot be sunk, deployed in a most critical region to the U.S. economy and national security. And, if there were not Israel in the eastern flank of the Mediterranean, the U.S. would have to deploy – to the region – a few more real aircraft carriers and tens of thousands of troops, which would have cost the U.S. taxpayer some $15 billion annually. All of which is spared by the existence of Israel.”
Israel has been the most cost-effective laboratory of the U.S. defense industries, sharing battle experience and battle tactics. Thus Israel extends the U.S. strategic hand at a time when the U.S. is experiencing draconian cuts in its defense budget, curtailing the size of its military force and the global deployment of troops, while facing dramatically intensified threats of Islamic terrorism overseas and on the U.S. mainland.
The plant manager of Fort Worth, Texas-based General Dynamics (Lockheed Martin), which manufactures the F-16, asserted that Israeli lessons have spared the manufacturer 10-20 years of research and development, leading to over 700 modifications in the current generation of the F-16, “valued at a mega-billion dollar bonanza to the manufacturer.”
Similar lessons have been shared with the U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps and the U.S. manufacturers of tanks, armed personnel carriers, missile launchers, missiles, night navigation systems and hundreds of additional military and homeland security systems utilized by Israel. For instance, the Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Northrup Grumman plant, which manufactures explosive-neutralizing robots has increased its exports since Israel’s decision to employ its product, benefitting from weekly telephone conference calls with Israeli experts, who have shared with Northrup Grumman their operational lessons. Israel is to the U.S. defense industry what a triple-A tenant is to a shopping mall – enhancing value and drawing clients.
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Mark Twain famously said, “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re misinformed.” So distorted is the news coverage about the Middle East today, you’re better off uninformed. Whether in the media or academia, treatment of the topic drips with anti-Israel bias and historical ignorance. Dr. Steven Carol’s new book Understanding the Volatile and Dangerous Middle East is a necessary antidote. The purpose of the book, according to Dr. Carol, is to “combat the mistaken beliefs, misrepresentations, and outright fabrications that have been perpetrated to the present.” He achieves his object in this impressive work, a nearly 1,000-page volume (with 78 historical maps the author himself made) covering virtually every aspect of the Middle East, from the Arab-Jewish conflict to the history of the Kurds, Sharia law, Islamic culture, and more.
Understanding the Volatile and Dangerous Middle East succeeds both as a reference work and an entertaining read. Even those knowledgeable about Middle East history will learn from this book. For instance, did you know that the secret signal for Egyptian forces to seize the Suez Canal was “Ferdinand de Lesseps” – the name of the chief engineer in the construction of the canal? Egyptian President Nasser embedded the signal in a speech he gave at Mansheyya Square in Alexandria on July 26, 1956. He repeated it “fourteen times in the space of 10 minutes,” Dr. Carol relates, which is amusing as it suggests Nasser didn’t trust his forces to get the message.
It isn’t surprising that the book is filled with such tidbits for Dr. Carol has spent a lifetime studying his subject. The author of six books, including Middle East Rules of Thumb, he will be most familiar to Arizona residents, where he has taught at the high school, college and graduate levels and is the official historian of the Sunday radio program “The Middle East Radio Forum.” He is also Middle East consultant to the Salem Radio Network.
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Editor’s note: We must take issue with Greenfield on one point, his statement that ADL has always been “a sell-out organization.” The watershed year was 1987 when the leadership passed to Abe Foxman. Indeed, from 1979-87, under the leadership of Nathan Perlmutter, there was no more staunch defender of Jews and Israel than ADL. In those years the ADL cooperated closely with AFSI, especially in helping to fund and distribute its monographs. ADL in those years also operated an extensive intelligence network on anti-Israel and anti-Semitic extremism in the United States, which it shared with law enforcement (hobbled by the Church Committee hearings) and with pro-Israel activists.
A few years ago, the Syrian American Council sponsored a tour by Sheik Mohammad Rateb al-Nabulsi who had called for the murder of all the Jews.
“Allah has made it a duty to fight them and wage Jihad against them,” he had declared. It was not “permissible under Sharia” to make peace with the Jews. Instead the Muslims were obligated to “fight them, to shed their blood, and wage perpetual Jihad.”
“All the Jewish people are combatant,” he ranted. They could all be killed.
The chairman of the SAC, Hussam Ayloush described Jews as “Zionazis” and refused to condemn Hamas.
Despite that, HIAS allied with the Syrian American Council in its push for the migration of Syrian Muslims. And the ADL chose to invite Omar Hossino of the SAC to speak at its National Leadership Summit.
The ADL is no stranger to strange alliances with Islamist groups through its Interfaith Coalition on Mosques which harasses local communities into acceding to the construction of Islamist institutions. But under its new leader Jonathan Greenblatt, an Obama associate, the organization has also been opening doors to anti-Israel groups across the spectrum.
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As head of an underground Jewish resistance group, David Raziel had been pursued by the British. Come World War II, he would offer his help.
On May 20, 1941, David Raziel, commander of the Etzel – the Jewish underground militia in Palestine affiliated with Revisionist Zionism – was killed while leading a commando mission in Iraq for the British army.
In its early years, the Etzel, the acronym of Irgun Tzvai Leumi – literally “national military organization” –treated the British Mandatory government in Palestine as an enemy. But after World War II started, Etzel made common cause with the British, which is how it was that Raziel was asked to assemble a team to travel to Iraq. Its mission was to destroy the oil refineries west of the capital, which were supplying the Germans with fuel critical for their war effort.
Raziel was born David Rozenson on December 19, 1910, in Smorgon, in modern-day Belarus. His father was Mordecai Rozenson, a Hebrew teacher, and his mother the former Bluma Gordin. The family, which also included a sister, Esther, were Zionists, and spoke Hebrew in their home. When Mordecai was offered a position teaching at the Tachkemoni School, in Tel Aviv, in 1914, they immigrated there, if not for long.
During World War I, the Turkish rulers of the Land of Israel exiled Russian-born residents, whom they considered enemy aliens, to Egypt. This happened to the Rozensons too, and they went back to Russia, only to return to Israel in 1923.
David studied at his father’s school, graduating in 1928, when he moved to Jerusalem to attend the Merkaz Harav yeshiva, where his hevruta (study partner) was Zvi Yehuda Kook, son of chief rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook. At the same time, he was a student at the Hebrew University.
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This month will mark the 49th anniversary of the Six-Day War, fought between June 5 and 10, 1967 by Israel against the neighboring states of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. It was a war intended to annihilate Israel as stated clearly by Gamal Abdul Nasser in 1965: “We shall not enter Palestine with its soil covered in sand; we shall enter it with its soil saturated in blood.” His threats were echoed by then Syrian Minister of Defense Hafez al Assad who was to become Syria’s President: “Our forces are now entirely ready not only to repulse the aggression, but to initiate the act of liberation itself, and to explode the Zionist presence in the Arab homeland. The Syrian army, with its finger on the trigger, is united. As a military man, I believe that the time has come to enter into a battle of annihilation.”
In their jihadist agenda they received the blessings of the entire Arab world. President Abdur Rahman Aref of Iraq exulted: “The existence of Israel is an error which must be rectified. This is our opportunity to wipe out the ignominy which has been with us since 1948. Our goal is clear — to wipe Israel off the map.”
King Hussein of Jordan, the pluckier papa of the present King Abdullah, was repeatedly asked by Israel’s leaders to stay out of the war, but anxious to shore up his standing in the Arab League he signed a defense pact with Egypt and joined the war against Israel. As a result, he lost control of the West Bank and Jerusalem.
The rest is history. Israel won a decisive victory, inspiring pride and confidence in Diaspora Jews, respect and admiration from military and defense experts throughout the world, and resolve among dissidents in the Soviet Union who organized a powerful army of “refuseniks.”
The 1967 war was won in battle but lost in the war of words. Israel’s media and leaders immediately referred to Judea and Samaria as “occupied territory,” and its Arab inhabitants as “Palestinians.”
After defeat, the Arabs and their protagonists replaced the emphasis on refugees with a myth of victimization under “occupation” by Israel. The media, academics, and politicians bought into the lies and “occupation” is now the buzzword for the morally degenerate boycott and divest movements ostensibly seeking “justice” for the Palestinian Arabs.
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A theological gallery of self-anointed “evangelicals” operating out of the Bethlehem Bible College has launched a frontal assault on Israel’s largest and most dedicated global support group, the estimated 60 million “Christian Zionists” comprising the overwhelming majority of the American Evangelical movement.
“Those who would destroy Israel by the power of the word,” as Olive Tree Mission director Susan Warner tagged them, had their heaviest verbal artillery on display some weeks back at the BBC-hosted fourth biennial “Christ at the Checkpoint” conference. Its theme was dutifully encapsulated for the 600 pastors in attendance in Fullerton Theological Seminary President Mark Labberton’s assertion that “Christians who call themselves Zionists are the enemies of God.” Fullerton has two campuses in California, three in Washington State and one each in Texas and Arizona.
Any further doubt about where Christ at the Checkpoint 2016 was heading should have been put to rest by the scene at the conference’s inaugural portrayed by Christian Zionist Brian Schrauger, a free-lance journalist living in Bethlehem-adjoining Bet Jalla, who has covered these events for the Jerusalem Post and New York-based Jewish Press, among others. (Jews, including Messianic Jews, were barred from attendance.) Following a standing audience rendition of the Palestinian National Anthem, “Guest of Honor” Hanna Amira, member of the Executive Committee of the PLO, launched into a 40-minute rant against Israel highlighted by a charge of “sanctioned acts of unprovoked murder by its army and settlers.” It was received with “not a peep” of protest from the assembled clergy and their higher education representatives, Schrauger reports.
But the real focus of CatC IV wasn’t on the reiteration of its thrice-told tale of Israeli depredations against the Palestinians or, despite a passing reference to ISIS, the conference’s mission statement, “The Gospel in the Face of Religious Extremism,” but on what Schrauger terms a “condemnation of Christians who support the Jewish state…a strategic move against Israel from mainstream Evangelism, at once ingenious and profoundly hypocritical.” Its primary danger, he submits, is in its religious framework, the product of a breathtaking exercise in Biblical revisionism, wherein a Jewish Jesus is magically resurrected as a Palestinian Muslim, along with a virulent Replacement theology we thought Pope John 23 had left for dead. Denied in the process is any contemporary Jewish religious or historical link to Israel (God’s promise to Abraham was allegedly fulfilled with the birth of Jesus) as well as the ethnic authenticity of the entire western Jewish population.
The chief target of this exercise in “Evangelical terrorism” is Christian Zionism’s soft underbelly, its millennial fruit, their teachers and opinion shapers. Receptive to a generational peer temptation to separate themselves from their parents’ most cherished beliefs, Schrauger finds too many of these parents unawakened or in self-denial of the fact that their children, “like dandelion florets floating in the winds, are tottering forward toward an anti-Israel religious world view.” Nothing more pointedly informs CatC 2016 and sets it apart from a 2014 predecessor that proclaimed “I am not for the Palestinians or Israelis…I love everyone,” is that the gloves are finally off. “The 2016 event,” Susan Warner charges, “was organized by Evangelicals with the objective of destroying the Biblical integrity of Evangelicals supporting Israel and their doctrine of Christian Zionism.”
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Sylvia Raphael—A Documentary
It’s coming to U.S. movie houses at the end of August. Sylvia—Tracing Blood is a documentary on the life of a remarkable woman, a spy of whom Israeli defense correspondent Eitan Haber says at the end of the film: “I say to all the Jews in Israel, you should go twice a week to the grave of Sylvia and lay flowers for the contribution she has made for future generations.”
Raphael’s story is told in the Jerusalem Post Magazine by journalist David Kaplan, who had delved into Raphael’s life after her death in 2005 and introduced the film at its world premiere in Israel. Born in South Africa to an atheist Jewish father and Calvinist Afrikaner mother, Raphael grew up in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. In the mid-60s she embarked on what was then a not uncommon adventure—going to live on a kibbutz, in her case Kibbutz Gan Shmuel. There the Mossad took notice and recruited her.
Raphael circulated on the European cocktail circuit, making anti-Semitic comments, and was eventually admitted into the inner sanctums of the Arab world, even babysitting Jordan’s current ruler, King Abdullah II. In her double life she circulated from Cairo to Damascus to Mogadishu. She took up the role of spy in Syria after master spy Eli Cohen was uncovered and slain. She was in Egypt in June 1967 watching Israeli mirages swoop down from her hotel balcony.
In 1973 Raphael joined a team of Mossad agents to track down Ali Hassan Salameh, suspected mastermind of the Munich massacre of Israeli athletes. The team disastrously killed a Moroccan waiter in Norway instead. While Raphael languished in prison, her brother David joined Kibbutz Ramat Hakovesh as a volunteer. When he eventually revealed Sylvia was his sister, the kibbutz decided to “adopt” her and when she was released Raphael, who became a teacher in Tel Aviv, would visit the kibbutz on weekends with her Norwegian boyfriend, then husband. The couple returned to Norway for a few years, then moved to Pretoria.
Ironically the Mossad’s mistake would be echoed by the terrorist opposition. In 1985 a splinter group of the PLO murdered three Israelis on a yacht off the Cyprus coast, mistakenly claiming they had slain Mossad agents, including Sylvia Raphael. In fact Sylvia would live another 20 years, dying of leukemia at the age of 67. She was buried at Kibbutz Ramat Hakovesh, with her words inscribed on the headstone: “I want to be buried in the soil of my soul.”
Dermer on Capitalism
In 1990 Michael Novak made waves with The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism, arguing that capitalism, not socialism, promoted social justice and ethical values. Now Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer has joined the ranks of those who champion capitalism in moral terms, saying in a speech at Penn’s Wharton School (of which he is an alumnus): “I don’t know another system that has done more good for more people.’
Israel is a case in point, with Israel’s current economic and business success the result of getting rid of its earlier socialist system. Dermer notes that even 20 years ago, when he came to Israel, he was startled to discover capitalism was considered a dirty word. Yet, says Dermer, “one thing I know for sure—socialism stifles genius.” For a long time, he observes, Jews succeeded all over the world except in Israel, which for years had the same GDP per capita as Egypt and Jordan.
Dermer gives much of the credit for Israel’s shift toward capitalism to Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu ended Israel’s long-standing capital controls, ended the long-distance telephone monopoly, introduced major privatization reforms to the country’s industries, reduced government control of the economy, and cut taxes, among other measures. Israel has responded with sustained growth.
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Forget the alphabet soup acronyms of a thousand organizations. The pro-Israel community has only three elements.
There’s the anti-Israel side of the pro-Israel community. This misnomer calls itself Liberal Zionism even though, like the Holy Roman Empire, it is neither liberal nor Zionist. Instead illiberal anti-Zionist groups such as J Street provide a comfortable pathway from the pro-Israel community to the anti-Israel left by selling the illusion that it is possible to be pro-Israel while opposing the survival of Israel.
These illiberal anti-Zionists, like most domestic abusers, claim to be providing “tough love” by pressuring the Jewish State to make the “tough decisions” it needs to make in order to “end the occupation.”
These “tough love” and “tough decisions” all translate into appeasing and aiding terrorists. The only people that the illiberal anti-Zionists, who clutch fistfuls of dirty Soros cash while hiding behind the blue skirts of the pro-Israel community, are willing to get tough on are Jewish victims of Islamic terror.
Somehow Abbas and Hamas never seem to come in for any tough love from these lovers of Israel who instead relish showing their tough love by kicking and beating the Jewish State at every opportunity.
And then there’s the great center of the pro-Israel community, which is not quite anti-Israel nor quite pro-Israel. Instead it hovers moderately and indecisively in the glorious middle. The center of the pro-Israel community is not really pro-Israel. Instead it’s for a two-state solution. It’s for Israel and for the PLO. It wants foreign aid for both. It wants peace. And no amount of terrorism will change its mind.
The marshmallow center of the pro-Israel community is the best recruiting ground for the anti- Israel left because its worldview is hypocritical and incoherent. It lobbies for arms for Israel and yet insists that peace is inevitable. It concedes that both sides have good arguments, but that Israel’s argument is slightly better. Or perhaps slightly less worse. It evades the issues to talk up Israel’s tech sector or the gay bars in Tel Aviv. It believes in boosterism, but not in Israel’s right to finally end terrorism.
The best and brightest culturally liberal youth naturally see through this nonsense and leave. And why shouldn’t they? On campuses they hear from one side that Israel is the devil while their side tells them that Israel is flawed, but basically means well because it is tolerant enough to concede most of the arguments of the other side. You don’t need to be a debate champion to see the trouble with this.
When its younger crowd is through singing “Shalom, Salaam”, it will go either left or right.
The center of the pro-Israel community is actually liberal and Zionist, but it is too liberal to be Zionist and too Zionist to blend well with the left. And so it is a walking contradiction that stands for nothing. It calls for tolerance and applauds its own humanism. It raises money for Israel, but it lacks all conviction when it comes to defending Israel. It is not pro-Israel in any way that truly counts.
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