Israeli policy can’t be guided by fear of world criticism, deputy foreign minister says

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Israeli policy can’t be guided by fear of world criticism, deputy foreign minister says

By Rafael Medoff
jns.org/ Jewish News Service
November 15, 2017
Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely spoke at the Kemp Mill Synagogue in Silver Spring, Md., and discussed her remarks in a subsequent interview with JNS.org.

Hotovely said the notion that Israel is isolated and must change its policies in order to gain international acceptance is “a myth.” She pointed out that while just 33 countries voted in favor of Jewish statehood at the United Nations in 1947, Israel today enjoys diplomatic and trade relations with 160 countries—“pretty much every country in the world except the ones that want to destroy us,” as she put it.

The deputy foreign minister suggested that many countries’ criticism of Israel is little more than lip service.

“They go through the motions of criticizing Israel, but then they do a tremendous amount of trade with us,” she told JNS.org.

Hotovely recalled that during her first year in her current post, she met with more than 200 representatives of foreign governments, including some “that are not always thought of as being so friendly to Israel.”

At the same time, Hotovely noted, Israel throughout its history has sometimes “had no choice but to take actions that the world didn’t like.”

She recalled that in 1949, when the U.N. was demanding that Jerusalem be internationalized, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion responded by moving Israel’s government buildings from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“The world didn’t like it then, and they still don’t like it, but Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish state and the Jewish people, and it will be forever,” Hotovely said.

She also pointed to a number of actions that were crucial to Israel’s national security, even though most of the international community opposed them—including the pre-emptive strike that enabled Israel to win the 1967 Six-Day War, the rescue of the Entebbe hostages in 1976 and the bombing of Iraq’s nuclear reactor in 1981.

In each of those instances, Israel’s action was met with strong criticism from around the world.

“In fact, the United States not only condemned the bombing of the Iraqi nuclear facility, but even strongly considered imposing sanctions on Israel for violating Iraqi airspace,” Hotovely said. “But during the Gulf War of 1990, the U.S. was very glad that Saddam Hussein did not have nuclear weapons.”

“Israel’s policies cannot be guided by fear of international criticism,” she said. “At the end of the day, our survival is more important than world opinion.”

Sarah Stern, president of the Endowment for Middle East Truth, which hosted Hotovely’s visit, said the deputy foreign minister presented “a thoughtful and reasoned explanation of Israel’s position in the world, a message that has been resonating with her audiences throughout her trip to the United States.”

Hotovely, 38, speaks fluent English, thanks in part to a year she spent in Atlanta as an emissary of the Bnei Akiva religious Zionist youth movement. She is widely regarded as one of Israel’s rising political stars and is frequently mentioned as a possible successor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

When she was named deputy foreign minister in 2015, Hotovely became the de facto foreign minister, because Netanyahu declined to appoint a foreign minister. The prime minister has held that portfolio himself, and has offered it to the opposition’s Zionist Union alliance if it were to join his governing coalition. But to date, the Zionist Union has preferred to remain in the opposition.

Dep Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely – YouTube

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Israeli policy can’t be guided by fear of world criticism, deputy foreign minister says

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Israeli policy can’t be guided by fear of world criticism, deputy foreign minister says

 

By Rafael Medoff
jns.org/ Jewish News Service

November 15, 2017
Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely spoke at the Kemp Mill Synagogue in Silver Spring, Md., and discussed her remarks in a subsequent interview with JNS.org.

Hotovely said the notion that Israel is isolated and must change its policies in order to gain international acceptance is “a myth.” She pointed out that while just 33 countries voted in favor of Jewish statehood at the United Nations in 1947, Israel today enjoys diplomatic and trade relations with 160 countries—“pretty much every country in the world except the ones that want to destroy us,” as she put it.

The deputy foreign minister suggested that many countries’ criticism of Israel is little more than lip service.

“They go through the motions of criticizing Israel, but then they do a tremendous amount of trade with us,” she told JNS.org.

Hotovely recalled that during her first year in her current post, she met with more than 200 representatives of foreign governments, including some “that are not always thought of as being so friendly to Israel.”

At the same time, Hotovely noted, Israel throughout its history has sometimes “had no choice but to take actions that the world didn’t like.”

She recalled that in 1949, when the U.N. was demanding that Jerusalem be internationalized, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion responded by moving Israel’s government buildings from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“The world didn’t like it then, and they still don’t like it, but Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish state and the Jewish people, and it will be forever,” Hotovely said.

She also pointed to a number of actions that were crucial to Israel’s national security, even though most of the international community opposed them—including the pre-emptive strike that enabled Israel to win the 1967 Six-Day War, the rescue of the Entebbe hostages in 1976 and the bombing of Iraq’s nuclear reactor in 1981.

In each of those instances, Israel’s action was met with strong criticism from around the world.

“In fact, the United States not only condemned the bombing of the Iraqi nuclear facility, but even strongly considered imposing sanctions on Israel for violating Iraqi airspace,” Hotovely said. “But during the Gulf War of 1990, the U.S. was very glad that Saddam Hussein did not have nuclear weapons.”

“Israel’s policies cannot be guided by fear of international criticism,” she said. “At the end of the day, our survival is more important than world opinion.”

Sarah Stern, president of the Endowment for Middle East Truth, which hosted Hotovely’s visit, said the deputy foreign minister presented “a thoughtful and reasoned explanation of Israel’s position in the world, a message that has been resonating with her audiences throughout her trip to the United States.”

Hotovely, 38, speaks fluent English, thanks in part to a year she spent in Atlanta as an emissary of the Bnei Akiva religious Zionist youth movement. She is widely regarded as one of Israel’s rising political stars and is frequently mentioned as a possible successor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

(She is also a knock-out – the best looking deputy foreign minister I have ever seen!) jsk

When she was named deputy foreign minister in 2015, Hotovely became the de facto foreign minister, because Netanyahu declined to appoint a foreign minister. The prime minister has held that portfolio himself, and has offered it to the opposition’s Zionist Union alliance if it were to join his governing coalition. But to date, the Zionist Union has preferred to remain in the opposition.

Dep Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely – YouTube

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The US Betrayal of Kurdistan Should be a Warning Sign for Israel

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By Dr. Mordechai Kedar
Israel, October 23, 2017

The Kurdish people have an inalienable right to their own national homeland just as other nations do. The Kurds are the largest ethnic entity in the world, numbering some 30 million people, which does not have a state of its own.

Over three years ago, I declared – here on Arutz Sheva – that the world is obligated to see to it that historic justice is granted the Kurds by supporting their dream of being a free nation in their own land.

A referendum was held last month among the Iraqi Kurds over whether or not they should declare independence, while in the background threats emanating from Turkey, Iran, the Iraqi government and even Bashar Assad could be discerned.

Joining them were other countries, including the USA and Europe, all of them warning the Kurds – and especially their leader, Masoud Barzani – not to attempt a one-sided declaration of independence. The neighboring countries fear a snowball effect on other minorities in their own countries, including their resident Kurds. More distant countries fear another war in the oil-rich regions such as northern Iraq, which could lead to a much wider conflict.

The referendum showed that a vast majority, over 90% of those voting, support independence. This resulted in Masoud Barzani, head of the Kurdish region, acquiring the ability to wield powerful leverage against the Iraqi government, which was naturally unnerved by the results and tried its best to convince Barazani not to declare independence.

The two main issues in the dialogue between Barzani and the Iraqi regime are:

  1. Delineating the borders of the Kurdish region and whether the oil fields and the nearby city of Kirkuk are within those borders and
  2. What happens to the oil that flows under the ground in the Kurdish region – are the profits Iraqi or do they belong to the Kurds?

Except that Barzani is not the only Kurdish actor on the stage. Jilal Talabani, his rival, did not support the hopes for Kurdish independence espoused by Barzani, and was of the opinion that the Kurds must remain within the national framework of Iraqi sovereignty. He was once the Iraqi president – mainly a ceremonial post – from 2005 to 2014, and died in Germany two weeks ago, on October 3, 2017.

The differences between Barzani and Talabani are nothing new. In fact, the two families have been at odds for decades, and in the second half of the twentieth century there were actual battles between the two, involving weapons and resulting in dead and wounded.

The Iraqi regime knew this well and took advantage of it by forming a coalition of one side against the other. The factionalism of the Kurds prevented them from forming a united stand and the neighboring states – Turkey, Iran and Syria – knew how to make use of this factionalism for their own ends.

This week, the dispute led to facts on the ground: The Iraqi army, supported by Shiite militias, moved towards Kirkuk and the Kurdish Peshmerga fighting force left the city without doing battle. Within two days the Iraqis took over the city and its adjacent oil field without resorting to violence, neutralizing an important part of the leverage Masoud Barzani was hoping to wield during negotiations with the Iraqi government.

It seems that the Pershmega are not united and reflect the ongoing internal dispute among the Kurds. Some listen to Barzani’s orders and others act under the influence of Talabani. The forces guarding Kirkuk were under the sway of Talabani and gave up in the struggle against the Iraqi army’s takeover, to Barzani’s dismay. The internal strife among the Kurds distances them from their dream of independence, a dream that will only move farther away for as long as they cannot agree on its parameters.

The Kurds expected the world, headed by the US, to stand behind them once ISIS was defeated, remembering their large contribution to that defeat and supporting their demand for independence. These hopes were dashed very quickly when the official American stand turned out to be that “we have no intention of interfering in internal Iraqi affairs” – that is, the US will not support the Kurdish demand for independence led by Masoud Barzani, this despite the referendum and their historic rights.
It is possible that the American stand is based on Talabani’s approach, one which saw no need –certainly not an immediate one – for declaring independence and preferred that the Kurds integrate into the Iraqi state for good. Naturally, Talabani’s loyalty to the Iraqi regime is explained by rumors of bribery, jobs and other favors he and his men received from Iraq and Iran.

Conclusions Israel must draw from the Kurdish saga

For the last several years, and particularly since the signing of the nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers, there has been a discernible warming of relations between Israel and the Arab nations who feel threatened by Iran. Those include Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Kuwait, Egypt and Jordan.

Because all these countries fear Iran as much as, and possibly more, than Israel does.

The answer is simple: What happened to the Kurds will happen to Israel. The Kurds fought ISIS, sacrificed their soldiers and people, and were thrown to the wolves once they were not needed. That is exactly what the world’s nations will do to Israel once it extricates them from the Iranian problem. Why not? The immediate interests of each and every country and not the moral rights of the Kurds and the Israelis are what makes the world go round.

For this reason, Israel would do well not to give up its lands for a piece of paper with the word “peace” stamped on it, because that paper can easily fly away in the desert wind while the worlds on it fade in the blazing Middle Eastern sun. (AMEN)

As soon as the Sinai became Jihadistan and began fighting Egypt, the weapons smuggling from Sinai to Gaza ceased abruptly. In sum, the peace between Israel and Egypt exists for as long as it suits Egyptian interests.

The second proof is the peace with Jordan, based on Yitzchak Rabin and King Hussein’s shared interest in preventing a Palestinian state from being established. This common interest created wide-ranging cooperation between the two countries. Hussein’s son, Abdullah II, changed his father’s policies and is a strong backer of the idea of a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria whose capital is East Jerusalem .

The clear conclusion from the Kurdish, Egyptian and Jordanian situations is that Israel must not jeopardize its existence, security and interests by placing them in bankrupt Arab insurance companies.

 

Israel absolutely must strengthen its position in the Land of Israel, create local governing emirates for the powerful Arab families in urban Judea and Samaria while battening down Israeli control of the rural areas. No peace treaty can give Israel a lasting insurance policy, and the faster Israel and the world internalize this truth the better.

Dr. Mordechai Kedar

Dr. Mordechai Kedar is a senior lecturer in the Department of Arabic at Bar-Ilan University. He served in IDF Military Intelligence for 25 years, specializing in Arab political discourse, Arab mass media, Islamic groups and the Syrian domestic arena. Thoroughly familiar with Arab media in real time, he is frequently interviewed on the various news programs in Israel

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The US Betrayal of Kurdistan Should be a Warning Sign for Israel

By Dr. Mordechai Kedar
Israel, October 23, 2017

The Kurdish people have an inalienable right to their own national homeland just as other nations do. The Kurds are the largest ethnic entity in the world, numbering some 30 million people, which does not have a state of its own.

Over three years ago, I declared – here on Arutz Sheva – that the world is obligated to see to it that historic justice is granted the Kurds by supporting their dream of being a free nation in their own land.

A referendum was held last month among the Iraqi Kurds over whether or not they should declare independence, while in the background threats emanating from Turkey, Iran, the Iraqi government and even Bashar Assad could be discerned.

Joining them were other countries, including the USA and Europe, all of them warning the Kurds – and especially their leader, Masoud Barzani – not to attempt a one-sided declaration of independence. The neighboring countries fear a snowball effect on other minorities in their own countries, including their resident Kurds. More distant countries fear another war in the oil-rich regions such as northern Iraq, which could lead to a much wider conflict.

The referendum showed that a vast majority, over 90% of those voting, support independence. This resulted in Masoud Barzani, head of the Kurdish region, acquiring the ability to wield powerful leverage against the Iraqi government, which was naturally unnerved by the results and tried its best to convince Barazani not to declare independence.

The two main issues in the dialogue between Barzani and the Iraqi regime are:
Delineating the borders of the Kurdish region and whether the oil fields and the nearby city of Kirkuk are within those borders and

2. What happens to the oil that flows under the ground in the Kurdish region – are the profits Iraqi or do they belong to the Kurds?

Except that Barzani is not the only Kurdish actor on the stage. Jilal Talabani, his rival, did not support the hopes for Kurdish independence espoused by Barzani, and was of the opinion that the Kurds must remain within the national framework of Iraqi sovereignty. He was once the Iraqi president – mainly a ceremonial post – from 2005 to 2014, and died in Germany two weeks ago, on October 3, 2017.

The differences between Barzani and Talabani are nothing new. In fact, the two families have been at odds for decades, and in the second half of the twentieth century there were actual battles between the two, involving weapons and resulting in dead and wounded.

The Iraqi regime knew this well and took advantage of it by forming a coalition of one side against the other. The factionalism of the Kurds prevented them from forming a united stand and the neighboring states – Turkey, Iran and Syria – knew how to make use of this factionalism for their own ends.

This week, the dispute led to facts on the ground: The Iraqi army, supported by Shiite militias, moved towards Kirkuk and the Kurdish Peshmerga fighting force left the city without doing battle. Within two days the Iraqis took over the city and its adjacent oil field without resorting to violence, neutralizing an important part of the leverage Masoud Barzani was hoping to wield during negotiations with the Iraqi government.

It seems that the Pershmega are not united and reflect the ongoing internal dispute among the Kurds. Some listen to Barzani’s orders and others act under the influence of Talabani. The forces guarding Kirkuk were under the sway of Talabani and gave up in the struggle against the Iraqi army’s takeover, to Barzani’s dismay. The internal strife among the Kurds distances them from their dream of independence, a dream that will only move farther away for as long as they cannot agree on its parameters.

The Kurds expected the world, headed by the US, to stand behind them once ISIS was defeated, remembering their large contribution to that defeat and supporting their demand for independence. These hopes were dashed very quickly when the official American stand turned out to be that “we have no intention of interfering in internal Iraqi affairs” – that is, the US will not support the Kurdish demand for independence led by Masoud Barzani, this despite the referendum and their historic rights.
It is possible that the American stand is based on Talabani’s approach, one which saw no need –certainly not an immediate one – for declaring independence and preferred that the Kurds integrate into the Iraqi state for good. Naturally, Talabani’s loyalty to the Iraqi regime is explained by rumors of bribery, jobs and other favors he and his men received from Iraq and Iran.

Conclusions Israel must draw from the Kurdish saga

For the last several years, and particularly since the signing of the nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers, there has been a discernible warming of relations between Israel and the Arab nations who feel threatened by Iran. Those include Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Kuwait, Egypt and Jordan.

Because all these countries fear Iran as much as, and possibly more, than Israel does.

The answer is simple: What happened to the Kurds will happen to Israel. The Kurds fought ISIS, sacrificed their soldiers and people, and were thrown to the wolves once they were not needed. That is exactly what the world’s nations will do to Israel once it extricates them from the Iranian problem. Why not? The immediate interests of each and every country and not the moral rights of the Kurds and the Israelis are what makes the world go round.

For this reason, Israel would do well not to give up its lands for a piece of paper with the word “peace” stamped on it, because that paper can easily fly away in the desert wind while the worlds on it fade in the blazing Middle Eastern sun. (AMEN)

As soon as the Sinai became Jihadistan and began fighting Egypt, the weapons smuggling from Sinai to Gaza ceased abruptly. In sum, the peace between Israel and Egypt exists for as long as it suits Egyptian interests.

The second proof is the peace with Jordan, based on Yitzchak Rabin and King Hussein’s shared interest in preventing a Palestinian state from being established. This common interest created wide-ranging cooperation between the two countries. Hussein’s son, Abdullah II, changed his father’s policies and is a strong backer of the idea of a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria whose capital is East Jerusalem .

The clear conclusion from the Kurdish, Egyptian and Jordanian situations is that Israel must not jeopardize its existence, security and interests by placing them in bankrupt Arab insurance companies. Israel absolutely must strengthen its position in the Land of Israel, create local governing emirates for the powerful Arab families in urban Judea and Samaria while battening down Israeli control of the rural areas. No peace treaty can give Israel a lasting insurance policy, and the faster Israel and the world internalize this truth the better.

Dr. Mordechai Kedar

Dr. Mordechai Kedar is a senior lecturer in the Department of Arabic at Bar-Ilan University. He served in IDF Military Intelligence for 25 years, specializing in Arab political discourse, Arab mass media, Islamic groups and the Syrian domestic arena. Thoroughly familiar with Arab media in real time, he is frequently interviewed on the various news programs in Israel

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We live in an age where it is not fashionable to pray

From the book, To Pray as a Jew (or anyone else)

BasicBooks 1980

By Rabbi Hayin Halevy Donin
Introduction 4-6

Even among those who join synagogues, only as a small percentage pray daily. They are somehow beyond that stage — needing to pray daily or even weekly.

Those who do not worship regularly claim their reason for affiliating with a synagogue is to identify with the Jewish people and the Jewish community and perhaps, even with the Jewish faith but, not for the purpose of prayer.
Some consider the spiritual arrogance of contemporary man to be a stumbling block to prayer. Since prayer requires the capacity to be in awe and feel thankful, the immodest and arrogant personality simply cannot pray because he has no sense of awe or gratitude. He puts too much faith in his own ability to do wonders and ascribes all achievements to his own powers. He lacks the necessary measure of humility.
While this may be true for some individuals, it is perhaps skepticisms and doubt that make it difficult for other people to engage God in conversation. It is not that they are atheists or even agnostic.  It is simpIy that they waver between faith and doubt.

Even of Noah, who is described in the Bible as a “righteous man” who “walked with God,” it is said that ‘he believed and did not believe,”  for he lacked the faith to move immediately into the ark that he was commanded to build and did not move into the very last moment.

Our generation, too, often appears to be precariously balanced between believing and not believing, sometimes leaning in one direction, sometimes in the other.
Or perhaps the reason for the unfashionably of prayer is simply that most people dan’t know how to pray. They were never properly taught. Yet prayer is more commonplace than most people realize if we do not think of it as taking place only within a structured religious service and only through the medium of prescribed and sanctioned words.

“Dear God make her well” is as simple and classic a prayer as there can be. Moses said in his prayer for his sister Miriam when she was stricken with leprosy. In one form or another this prayer is recited by countless mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, children, friends, and lovers.

Or, consider the sigh of relief,  “Thank God”  that comes after going through a period of intense anxiety in the wake of a serious accident or a dangerous illness or a fateful mission  or when loved ones seem suspended between life and death or between success and ruin. This, too, is a prayer and is just as likeIy to be said by people who think that they never pray as by those who pray with deliberate and conscious regularity.

Or, consider the feeling of awe and admiration that wells up in one’s heart when coming upon great natural scenes — vast oceans, breath-taking mountains, stunning deserts.

King David summed it up saying, “Oh Thy works Lord, how great are Thy works!” Is this not a prayer, even though it may come out simply as “Magnificent!”  by those with less poetic talent than the author of the Book of Psalms! But if they believe these phenomena to be God’s handiwork and mean to praise Him, then this word, too,  constitutes a prayer.

Or consider the person who has qualms of conscience about some wrong-doing and in the privacy of his own thoughts says,”How truly sorry I am!” This, too, is a a prayer, especialIy if the words “forgive me” are added.

These examples are universal; they are also the four types of prayer that make up the content of the siddur (Hebrew prayer book). The prayer of petition which people most people think of as the nature and purpose of all prayer, is just one of four types of prayer.

The other three types of prayer consist of thanksgiving,v of praise of God, and of that are basically self-searching and confessional.

The Hebrew word for “to pray” does not mean or “to ask” or “to petition” It means for God to judge.

Here lies a clue for the real purpose for engaging in prayer. Whether we petition God to give us what we need, or thank Him for whatever good was granted, or extol him for his awesome attribute, all prayer is intended to help make us into better human beings.

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How the liberal leanings of Google, Facebook, (Twitter) shape the political landscape

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How the liberal leanings of Google, Facebook, (Twitter) shape the political landscape

(Redacted from a much more detailed, documented and shocking expose’)

By Jeff Mordock – The Washington Times – Monday, October 23, 2017

Robert Epstein tried a simple experiment in the run-up to the presidential election: running searches on Google and Yahoo for political topics.
The results were stunning. Google searches returned twice as many pro-Hillary Clinton news articles as Yahoo searches.

Perhaps even more stunning was that men and blue-state residents saw more than double the number of pro-Clinton articles than women and people living in red states, Mr. Epstein, of the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology, and Robert E. Robertson, a professor at Northeastern University, argued in a report this year.

Mr. Epstein said he is still studying what caused the bias but worries that Google’s search algorithm — a form of artificial intelligence that chooses what results a searcher is looking for — ranked pro-Clinton articles ahead of positive articles about her opponent, Donald Trump.

Those algorithms have become the modern-day Walter Cronkite or Edward R. Murrow, deciding what news reaches the eyes and ears of Americans in an increasingly Google-Facebook-Twitter media environment.

(There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that this is true. They definitely pick and choose which of my submissions agree with their limited, biased political position and that encompasses virtually the entire media.) Jerome S. Kaufman

In recent months, the focus has been on whether the companies were able to be manipulated by Russian-connected operatives who attempted to sow “chaos” in the U.S. surrounding last year’s elections.

But the power of the companies to shape American politics goes well beyond that.

“The social media companies are the gatekeepers,” said Frank Foer, a writer at The Atlantic and former editor of the New Republic who has authored a book on social media’s power. “Whatever choices these companies make to elevate or bury information is very powerful and will have a big impact on what people read.”

Mr. Epstein and Mr. Robertson, in their research, looked at 4,045 election-related searches on Google and Yahoo during a 25-day period from mid-October through Election Day. They found that the pro-Clinton articles swamped pro-Trump news.

“The algorithms are not programmed with an equal time rule,” said Mr. Epstein, a vocal Clinton supporter. “They are programmed to put one thing ahead of another in a way that is highly secret and ever-changing.”

He said his experiments show the power of news searches to affect politics and has found that he could boost support for a candidate by as much as 63 percent after just one Google search session. He has dubbed this the “search engine manipulation effect.”

Analysts have caught some deeper glimpses over the years, based on testing and on information gleaned from patent applications Google has filed, saying Google judges trustworthiness and importance of a news site, how much content it produces and even length of stories to gauge whether to elevate a site’s content.

Facebook workers raise questions
Accusations of an indirect bias may not carry as much weight if not accompanied by accusations of direct bias by the social media companies.
In May 2016, a group of several former Facebook workers told technology blog Gizmodo that they routinely suppressed news about prominent conservatives, including Mitt Romney, Rand Paul and the American Conservative Union’s Conservative Political Action Conference.

The employees, who worked as ‘news curators,’ also said stories reported by conservative outlets such as Brietbart and Newsmax were dismissed unless The New York Times, BBC or CNN covered the same article.

Facebook denied the accusations and said an internal study found virtually identical rates of liberal and conservative new topics. The company did concede bias could have occurred through improper human actions and it would take steps to prevent it from happening in the future. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg invited 16 conservative leaders to the company’s headquarters for a meeting.

“The meeting opened on a positive, honest note and went that way throughout the whole meeting,” said Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center. Mr. Bozell said Facebook has made a sincere effort since the meeting to include conservative voices. “We’ve never had a serious problem with Facebook,” he said. “Does that make us the exception to the rule? I don’t know.”

It’s not just Facebook and Google. Earlier this month, Twitter blocked a campaign ad by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee Republican, claiming it included “an inflammatory statement that is likely to evoke a strong reaction.” In the ad, Ms. Blackburn said she helped stop Planned Parenthood from selling baby body parts.

“The damage being done to conservatives is almost incalculable,” said Seton Motley, a technology policy specialist and president of Less Government, a conservative organization dedicated to reducing government power. “If network television media bias can give a candidate a 4- to 6-point advantage and social media giants have more power than the networks, can we even quantify a number?”

Facebook also donated heavily to the Democratic Party. Of the nearly $4.6 million Facebook employees and affiliates spent on last year’s election, 67 percent went toward Democrats and 32 percent went to Republican candidates. Mrs. Clinton received $478,000 from Facebook, while Mr. Trump received about $4,665.

Google and Facebook have increased their lobbying efforts over the past few months as Congress scrutinizes their power. Facebook spent $285 million on lobbyists from July through September, a 41 percent increase over the same period last year. Google spent $417 million during those three months, including hiring Republican lobbyists Jochum Shore & Trossevin PC to fight a bill that would penalize tech companies for content that promotes sex trafficking. The companies are fighting the bill because it weakens some of their legal protections.

“The social media companies will engage in full-scale censorship with the approval or rejection of advertising content in the next presidential election,” he said. “Trump’s advertising will be critiqued in a way that they will not do to the Democrats.”

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Germany “Replenishes” Itself With 6 Million Muslims. How many Muslims to “Replenish” the US?

Interesting number, that.

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Bogart and Bergman will “always have Paris.” For the rest of us there is no more Paris.

There is no more Europe, and it’s happening awfully fast.

Millions, even as we speak, are emptying the hellholes of Syria and Iraq and Afghanistan for the fleshpots of France, Spain, Italy and any other European country that will take them in, and most do so happily or reluctantly. Germany is the prime destination, and Germany appears to welcome the invasion.

We have it from various sources (grateful help from Soeren Kern at the Gatestone Institute) that by the end of the year, Germany will have taken in six million new people, mostly Muslims. Do we have to spell it out, what this means – Six Million? No, not necessary.

But call it payback. Call it Karma, for the day is nearing for a new anthem to the tune of  “The Koran Uber Alles.”

As followers of these pages are aware, Europe has never been our favorite continent. Even so the comeuppance isn’t pretty to watch.

Merkel and the other EU leaders are frantic. The BBC is near hysterical with hourly on-site reports about the migrant takeover that’s coming straight at them. We saw it coming in this book that spelled it out page after page, the perfect storm of Islamic migration – but nobody in high places heeded the warning or bought the book. Five bucks could have saved the world.

Yet word is that the Germans are happy to welcome this new resource, blissfully untroubled that this new population brings with it unique lifestyles and too often does not play well with others. Let’s try political correctness and just say that Islam is different. Different rules, and before you know it, it’s their rules that do the ruling.

Some time ago, in a particularly dark frame of mind, we wrote this for Arutz Sheva:

“As for you masters of Europe and your treachery; one day your sly anti-Semitism will come back to haunt you. Over the centuries, you have uprooted a thousand synagogues and replaced them with ten thousand mosques. Wait, now, and see what grows from the soil of Ishmael. Your churches are next.”

That was back in 2003, and we guessed right.

The typical German – if there is such a thing anymore – says that the influx is good. Why? Because the Christian birthrate has flattened.

We need fresh blood, they say. Olga, my Swedish waitress, says the same thing about Sweden. “We have no culture,” she says. “We need fresh culture.”

Okay! You want fresh culture? You will get fresh culture.

You want fresh blood? You will get fresh blood. Just wait.

You want birthrate? You will get birthrate.

Hungary is trying to stop the flow – but the multitudes keep on coming. On the one hand this is a humanitarian crisis that merits kindhearted justice. On the other hand, one culture, arriving in numbers so large, is consuming the established culture, threatening to obliterate a thousand years of tradition.


For your next European Vacation, leave your Bibles back home.
Back during the Korean War, America’s generals were worried that China might simply make it a stampede.

Ten million Chinese – UNARMED – would simply march in and erase all borders.

That’s Europe in a nutshell, only it’s Muslims who are encamping Europe by the millions. They don’t need guns to change the face of a continent, and make no mistake, the face lifting is a drama being played out by the hour, so for your next European Vacation, leave your Bibles back home.

Forget your Guide to the Cathedrals. Brush up on your Arabic. Beware the no-go zones.

Forget Marseille. Once a French jewel it is now a dangerous Kasbah.

In England girls and women face a rape epidemic caused by Pakistanis who’ve been imported by a welcoming government.

So it goes throughout much of Europe.

The word schadenfreude comes to mind. This means happiness at another’s misfortune. Be careful about this.

Yes, Europe, the continent that wiped its Jews off the map, Six Million one at a time — deserves what it’s getting.

But the influx is not stopping in Europe. They’re coming. In waves they’re coming to the United States and they are coming to Israel.

They come as migrants seeking shelter. Our mercy knows no bounds. That’s how it begins. That is never how it ends.

Case by case we owe the refugees our mercy, but it is strange that they are not crashing the gates of Muslim countries, their brothers.

Continents are shifting. The globe is being turned upside down. But there is a method to the chaos. There is a plan.

One morning we will wake up to find out what it is. But by then it may be too late.

New York-based author and bestselling Novelist Jack Engelhard writes a regular column for Arutz Sheva. Website: www.jackengelhard.com

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James Comey and Robert Mueller Imperil the Rule of Law

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The former FBI directors tend to investigate Republicans far more zealously than Democrats and come up empty. Is there a reason?

By Peter Berkowitz

The Wall Street Journal
October 23, 2017

News broke last week about possible Russian wrongdoing in the U.S., and it didn’t involve the Trump campaign.

The Hill reported that in 2009 the FBI “gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States.”

The FBI kept that information from Congress and the public, the Hill reported, even as Hillary Clinton’s State Department in 2010 approved a deal that transferred control of more than 20% of America’s uranium supply to a Russian company. The Hill also reported the FBI had documents showing that during this period Russia engineered the transmission of millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation.

The FBI director at the time: Robert Mueller, now special counsel in charge of investigating “Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election and related matters.” The revelations can only heighten anxieties about Mr. Mueller, the FBI and the rule of law.

The special counsel’s open-ended mandate covers not only “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump” but also “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.”
Because Mr. Mueller has interpreted his mandate expansively, his effort may become the most politically disruptive federal investigation of our young century—more than the FBI’s investigation of Mrs. Clinton’s private email server and mishandling of classified information, more than Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald’s investigation into the 2003 disclosure of CIA employee Valerie Plame’s identity.

All three investigations have one important characteristic in common: James Comey, Mr. Mueller’s successor as FBI director, played a dubious role in each.

In December 2003, after Attorney General John Ashcroft recused himself from the Plame matter, then-Deputy Attorney General Comey named Mr. Fitzgerald—a close friend who was godfather to one of Mr. Comey’s children—as special counsel to head the Justice Department’s “investigation into the alleged unauthorized disclosure” of Ms. Plame’s employment.

Unknown to the public then, and still not widely known, that potential crime had already been solved. By early fall 2003, the CIA had determined that revealing Ms. Plame’s identity caused no injury to national security, while the FBI knew it was not a White House official—as many Democrats and liberal pundits ardently believed—but rather Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage who was columnist Robert Novak’s source for the original Plame story.
Mr. Fitzgerald declined to prosecute Mr. Armitage, but he played hardball with the Bush White House. Over several years, Mr. Fitzgerald inflicted severe damage by feeding the false accusation that the president had lied the nation into the Iraq war.

The only criminal charges he prosecuted were generated by his investigation. He won a 2007 conviction of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, for obstruction of justice, false statements and perjury.

The conviction was based on small inconsistencies Mr. Fitzgerald discovered in (or created from) more than 20 hours of Mr. Libby’s FBI interrogation and grand-jury testimony. Star prosecution witness Judith Miller wrote in her 2015 memoir that Mr. Fitzgerald had withheld crucial information and manipulated her memory, inducing her to testify falsely against Mr. Libby.

In contrast, then-FBI Director Comey played softball with the 2015-16 Hillary Clinton investigation. Despite the gravity of the matter—military service members can be court-martialed and discharged for sending classified information on nonsecure systems—Mr. Comey mostly avoided issuing subpoenas and cooperated with the Obama Justice Department in obscuring the investigation’s criminal character.

He permitted Mrs. Clinton and her team to destroy evidence and granted generous immunity deals to her advisers. He drafted a statement exonerating Mrs. Clinton months before the FBI interviewed her. And his FBI neither recorded the interview nor compelled her to answer questions under oath.

In addition, in a July 2016 press conference, Mr. Comey usurped the authority of Justice Department prosecutors by publicly exonerating Mrs. Clinton. In the process, he confused the pertinent legal issue by asserting she did not intend to violate the law. But intent wasn’t a necessary condition for a crime. Federal law criminalizes “gross negligence” in mishandling classified information. By Mr. Comey’s own account, Mrs. Clinton had been “extremely careless.”

With Mr. Trump, by contrast, Mr. Comey is playing hardball even after leaving government. In May, shortly after President Trump fired him, Mr. Comey—possibly in conflict with FBI policy—leaked notes of an Oval Office meeting with the president. His purpose, Mr. Comey publicly acknowledged, was to “prompt the appointment of a special counsel.”

Mr. Mueller is playing hardball too. Unlike the Clinton investigation into narrowly defined allegations, his mandate authorizes pursuit of unspecified crimes. That invites casting a wide net, which Mr. Mueller has done, exploring conduct that long predated the 2016 presidential campaign.

He has assembled a huge team that includes, in addition to FBI agents, 16 seasoned prosecutors, at least seven of whom have contributed money to Democratic candidates.

He might have extended his investigation to Mr. Trump’s business interests. And he is working with agents from the Internal Revenue Service’s criminal investigation unit, raising the possibility that he has obtained Mr. Trump’s tax returns.

Mr. Mueller has adopted scorched-earth tactics in pursuit of Paul Manafort, who ran Trump’s presidential campaign from June to August 2016. The special counsel’s team has reached back more than a decade into Mr. Manafort’s financial affairs and conducted a predawn, guns-drawn raid on his home on a day he was scheduled to testify before Congress as a cooperating witness.

One crucial difference distinguishes the probe of Mrs. Clinton from the two Comey-instigated special-counsel investigations of Republican administrations. Mr. Fitzgerald’s multiyear investigation of the Bush administration and Mr. Mueller’s ever-widening scrutiny of the Trump campaign exhibit a tenacious and nearly unconstrained search for persons and crimes to prosecute. In contrast, Mr. Comey’s investigation of Mrs. Clinton reflects a determination not to prosecute systematic and obvious unlawful conduct.

Both excesses threaten the rule of law—but the dogged search for persons and crimes to prosecute poses the graver threat to constitutional government.

Mr. Berkowitz is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

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Assault on the Kurds

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By the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board.
Oct. 16, 2017

A central tenet of the Trump foreign policy, a work in progress, has been that the U.S. would rebuild its relationship with America’s allies. That commitment is being put to the test in northern Iraq.

Iraq’s army, assisted by Iranian forces, launched a major assault on the Kurds in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. Across the length of America’s recent history with Iraq, we have had no more reliable ally than Iraq’s Kurds and their fighting force, the Peshmerga.

So far the Trump Administration has said little about the attack on the Kurds. “We’re not taking sides, but we don’t like the fact that they’re clashing,” President Trump told reporters at the White House Monday. “We’ve had, for many years, a very good relationship with the Kurds, as you know. And we’ve also been on the side of Iraq, even though we should have never been in there in the first place. But we’re not taking sides in that battle.”

But if the U.S. allows one of its most visible allies to be defeated in the Middle East, make no mistake: Other allies in the region will notice and start to recalculate their relationship with the Trump Administration.

The Iraqi Kurds, to be sure, have contributed to their current plight. Kurdish President Masoud Barzani went forward with a needless independence referendum last month, despite pressure from the U.S. not to hold the vote. The pro-forma vote gave the Baghdad government a pretext to play the nationalist card and retake Kirkuk.

Kirkuk is a multi-ethnic city that lies just south of Iraq’s Kurdistan, an autonomous region whose borders abut Iran and Turkey. The Kirkuk region is also rich in oil. The Kurds gained control of Kirkuk in 2014 after Iraq’s army famously fled under attack from Islamic State, which seized control of Mosul in June that year.
After the Iraqi forces abandoned the region, the Peshmerga became the primary reason that Islamic State was never able to consolidate its control of northern Iraq.

Arguably, the Kurds, backed by U.S. air power, saved Iraq by giving Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi time to reconstitute his nation’s army into a fighting force capable of driving Islamic State out of Iraq’s major cities, with the help of the Peshmerga.

Possibly the phrase “no good deed goes unpunished” originated in the Middle East. Having taken back Mosul from Islamic State, Mr. Abadi now wants to drive the Kurds back into their northern Iraqi homeland.

But the strategic details of this attack on the Kurds are important. Iraq’s offensive includes Iran. According to the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War, Iranian-backed militias and the 9th Iraqi Armored Division moved toward Kirkuk last week to support the Iraqi army.

The Abadi government in Baghdad is under constant pressure from Shiite Iran to align itself against the interest of Iraq’s Sunni populations in the north and west. It follows that after Iraq’s progress on the battlefield against Islamic State, Iran would encourage the Iraqis to drive the Kurds out of Kirkuk.

Notice this is all happening within days of President Trump decertifying the Iran nuclear deal, based in part on the assumption that Europe will support U.S. efforts to resist Iran’s ballistic-missile program and its penetrations across the Middle East. But what will the Europeans or our allies in the Middle East conclude if we abandon one of our oldest regional allies, the Iraqi Kurds?

The U.S. no doubt has lost much of the political leverage it had before the Obama Administration pulled out of Iraq in 2011. But abandoning the Kurds to an Iraq-Iran Shiite alliance would only deepen U.S. losses.

Before Iraq and the Kurds go to war, the U.S. could insist that Iraq reaffirm the autonomy of Iraqi Kurdistan and also that it work out an agreement to share revenue from the region’s oil reserves. The alternative to such a modus vivendi for Prime Minister Abadi is a capable Kurdish fighting force in a state of permanent insurrection.

The U.S. owes a debt to the Kurds. Abandoning them now would damage America’s credibility, and not least Mr. Trump’s ability to enlist allies against Iran’s expansion across the Middle East. The assault on Kirkuk matters.

Across the length of America’s recent history with Iraq, we have had no more reliable ally than Iraq’s Kurds and their fighting force, the Peshmerga.

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What Trump has Accomplished in just 8 Months!

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What Trump has Accomplished in just 8 Months!

Whistleblower Magazine October, 2017

Genuinely good news you will never hear from the establishment media

A mind boggling list is presented by Whistleblower Magazine October, 2017. The list is 12 pages long! I suggest you purchase the magazine in order to read it in its entirety. Unfortunately, It is not posted on the Internet.

Below is the introduction, I have listed just the subjects covered in the article.

Jerome S. Kaufman

Wit mainstream media and establishment politicians stacked against him from the moment he announced his run for the presidency, Donald J. Trump has been in an ongoing pitched battle to communicate his plans – and his eventual successes – to Americans. Through public rallies and social media, he has managed to bypass the traditional information gatekeepers and has spoken directly to the people.

Yet, Americans are subjected to a relentless drumbeat from the Democratic Party, amplified by virtually the entire establishment press, that Trump is not only undisciplined, unfit for office and possibly racist, but that embarrassingly little has been accomplished by the Trump administration.

And while he has befuddled and disappointed some – with major promisees such as Obamacare repeal and a border wall un fulfilled or put on the back burner – the stunning reality is this:

Donald Trump has amassed a long an remarkable list of actions and accomplishments that will surprise average Americans, even those who support the president and consider themselves well-informed politically.

Here, then, is an accounting of the truly significant achievements of the first 8 months of the Trump presidency, all the more noteworthy as they have been accomplished in an environment of unrelenting negativity on the part of not only the Democrats and almost the entire news media, but the Beltway establishment itself, the entire donor class, the “Deep State,” and even many Republicans wedded to the D.C. “Swamp.”

Main Topics

U.S. Supreme Court and Lower Courts

The Economy – Gross Domestic Product, Stock Markets, Job Growth, Inflation, Housing, US Manufacturing, Business Optimism, Personal Income, Oil, Coal Power, Trade, Infrastructure, Women in business, Tax Reform, Made in the USA, Apprenticeships, Tech Giant Summit

Regulatory Reform: Two for One, Savings, Agriculture, Task Force, Manufacturers, Finance Reform, Property Rights, EPA Reform, Climate Panel

Homeland Security Vetting, Christian refugees, Visa overstays

Foreign Relations

Paris Climate Accord, Trans Pacific Partnership, NATO, Iran, North Korea, Middle East, Syria

Disarming Jihad G-20, G-7,

Russia
United Nations

Immigration – border crossings, criminal prosecution, Child migrants, Minors parole, imprisoned illegals, Arrests, Sanctuary cities, DAPA. DACA, MS-13 and other Central American criminal gangs, High skilled labor

The Military – Rebuilding, Expanded authority, Cyber security, Transgenders

Defeating ISIS and Islamic Jihad : In Iraq, Afghanistan, Phillippines

Veterans Administration and Reform – Staffing, Choice, Records

Government Reform – Hiring freeze, Unnecessary Positions, Spending and Waste, Efficiency. Lobbying Reform

Welfare Reform – Work requirements, food stamps,

Law Enforcement – strengthening, local police, gun crimes, opioid abuse, leaks, voter fraud.

Education – Power to Local Government, School Choice, Title IX Reform

Religious Liberty – Pulpit freedom, Faith-based organizations

Abortion and other Religious Issues – abortion funding, Pro-Life leadership, March for Life, School bathrooms

Second Amendment Rights

Miscellaneous – President Trump, as promised during his election campaign, has donated his salary.
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Can Europe Be Saved? (Or .. the US that is just behind?)

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Review of ‘The Strange Death of Europe’ By Douglas Murray

By SOHRAB AHMARI

COMMENTARY AUGUST, 2017
In 2001, the European Union set about framing a constitution for itself. The Brussels mandarins had seen the future, and it looked transnationalist and technocratic—which is to say, it looked like the EU.

The document was to usher in a new European century. But decisive “No” votes in France and the Netherlands in 2005 meant that it was never adopted. Today the EU constitutional treaty is memorable for occasioning one of Pope John Paul II’s final, and most prophetic, political interventions. It had to do with the constitution’s preamble.
Since Christianity had shaped the “humanism of which Europe feels legitimately proud,” the ailing pontiff argued, the constitution should make some reference to Europe’s Christian patrimony. His appeal was met with accusations of bigotry.

The pope had inflamed the post-9/11 atmosphere of “Islamophobia,” one “anti-racism” outfit said. Another group asked: What about the contributions made by the “tolerant Islam of al-Andalus”? Former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing spoke for the political class: “Europeans live in a purely secular political system, where religion does not play an important role.”

Douglas Murray recounts this episode early on in his fiery, lucid, and essential polemic. It epitomized the folly of European elites who would sooner discard the Continent’s civilizational heritage than show partiality for their own culture over others’. To Murray, this tendency is quite literally suicidal—hence the “death” in his title.

The book deals mainly with Western Europe’s disastrous experiment in admitting huge numbers of Muslim immigrants without bothering to assimilate them. These immigrants now inhabit parallel communities on the outskirts of most major cities. They reject mainstream values and not infrequently go boom. Murray’s account ranges from the postwar guest-worker programs to the 2015 crisis that brought more than a million people from the Middle East and Africa.

This is dark-night-of-the-soul stuff. The author, a director at London’s Henry Jackson Society (where I was briefly a nonresident fellow), has for more than a decade been among Europe’s more pessimistic voices on immigration. My classically liberal instincts primed me to oppose him at every turn. Time and again, I found myself conceding that, indeed, he has a point. This is in large part because I have been living in and reporting on Europe for nearly four years. Events of the period have vindicated Murray’s bleak vision and confounded his critics.

Murray is right: Time isn’t mellowing out Europe’s Muslims. “The presumption of those who believed in integration is that in time everybody who arrives will become like Europeans,” Murray writes. Yet it is the young who are usually the most fanatical. Second- and third-generation immigrants make up the bulk of the estimated 5,000 Muslims who have gone off to fight with the Islamic State.

The first large wave of Muslim immigrants to Britain arrived soon after World War II. Seven decades later, an opinion survey conducted (in 2016) by the polling firm ICM found that half of Muslim Britons would proscribe homosexuality, a third would legalize polygamy, and a fifth would replace civil law with Shariah.

A different survey, also conducted in 2016, found that 83 percent of young French Muslims describe their faith as “important or very important” to them, compared with 22 percent of young Catholics. I could go on with such polling data; Murray does for many pages.

He is also correct that all the various “integration” models have failed. Whether it is consensus-based social democracy in the Nordic countries, multiculturalism in Britain, or republican secularism in France, the same patterns of disintegration and social in-cohesion persist nearly everywhere. Different European governments have treated this or that security measure, economic policy, or urban-planning scheme as the integration panacea, to no avail.

Murray argues that the successive failures owe to a basic lack of political will. To prove the point he cites, among other things, female genital mutilation in the UK. Laws against the practice have been on the books for three decades. Even so, an estimated 130,000 British women have had their genitals cut, and not a single case has been successfully prosecuted.

Pusillanimity and retreat have been the norm among governments and cultural elites on everything from FGM to free speech to counterterrorism. The result has been that the “people who are most criticized both from within Muslim communities in Europe and among the wider population are in fact the people who fell hardest for the integration promises of liberal Europe.”

It was Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the fierce Somali-born proponent of Enlightenment values and women’s equality, who had to escape Holland under a death threat, not her persecutors.

And Murray is right when he says that Europeans hadn’t staged a real debate on immigration until very recently. The author might be too quick to dismiss the salutary fiscal and social effects of economic growth and immigration’s role in promoting it. At various points he even suggests that Europeans forgo economic as well as population growth if it means having to put up with fewer migrants. He praises hermetically sealed Japan, but he elides the Japanese model’s serious economic, demographic, and even psychological disadvantages.

All this is secondary to Murray’s unanswerable argument that European elites had for years cordoned off immigration from normal political debate. As he writes, “whereas the benefits of mass immigration undoubtedly exist and everybody is made very aware of them, the disadvantages of importing huge numbers of people from another culture take a great deal of time to admit to.”

In some cases, most notably the child-sex grooming conspiracy in Rotherham, England, the institutions have tried to actively suppress the truth. Writes Murray: “Instead of carrying out their jobs without fear or favor, police, prosecutors, and journalists behaved as though their job was to mediate between the public and the facts.”

Is it possible to imagine an alternative history, one in which Europe would absorb this many migrants from Islamic lands but suffer fewer and less calamitous harms? Murray’s surprising answer is yes. Had Europe retained its existential confidence over the course of the previous two centuries, things might have turned out differently. As it was, however, mass migration saw a “strong religious culture”—Islam—“placed into a weak and relativistic culture.”

In the book’s best chapters, Murray departs from the policy debate to attend to the sources of Europe’s existential insecurity. Germans bear much of the blame, beginning with 19th-century Bible scholarship that applied the methods of history, philology, and literary criticism to sacred scripture. That pulled the rug of theological certainty from under Europe’s feet, in Murray’s account, and then Darwin’s discoveries heightened the disorientation. Europeans next tried to substitute totalistic ideology for religion, with catastrophic results.

Finally, after World War II, they settled on human rights as the central meaning of Europe. But since Europeans could no longer believe, these rights were cut off from one of their main wellsprings: the Judeo-Christian tradition.

The Catholic Church—having circumscribed the power of earthly kings across centuries and thereby “injected an anti-totalitarian vaccine into the European bloodstream,” as George Weigel has written in these pages–was scorned or ignored. Europeans forgot how they came to be free.

Somehow Europe must recover its vitality. But how? Murray is torn. On one hand, he sees how a rights-based civilization needs a theological frame, lest it succumb before a virile and energetic civilization like Islam. On the other, he thinks the leap of faith is impossible today. Murray can’t blame François, the professor-protagonist of Michel Houellebecq’s 2016 novel Submission.
Faced with an Islamic takeover of France, François heads to a monastery desperate to shake his spiritual torpor. But kneeling before the Virgin doesn’t do anything for him. Islam, with its simplicity and practicality (not least the offer of up to four nubile wives), is much harder to resist.

Murray wonders whether the answer lies in art. Maybe in beauty Europeans can recover the fulfillment and sense of mystery that their ancestors once found in liturgy–only without the cosmic truth claims.

He laments that contemporary European art has “given up that desire to connect us to something like the spirit of religion,” though it is possible that the current period of crisis will engender a revival.

In the meanwhile, Murray has suggested, even nonbelievers should go to church as a way to mark and show gratitude for Christianity’s foundational role in Europe. He is onto something. Figure out the identity bit in the book’s subtitle—“Immigration, Identity, Islam”—and the other two will prove much easier to sort out. (Huh?)

 

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How the Goyim (Gentiles) treated the Jews over the centuries

(A most abbreviated chronology)

Compiled by Jerome S. Kaufman from many of the weekly entries in the Jewish Press posted by columnist Jeff Reznik plus italicized additions and commentary by Jerome S. Kaufman

After Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year) I like to publish a reminder of how the Gentile (Goyim) world has treated the Jews over the centuries. Unfortunately, this same treatment is now being repeated in many ways but, this time by militant Muslims invading Europe and easily finding a fertile ground from which to expand their hatred.

Israel is, in fact, used to mask militant Islam’s true intention to create a Sharia world.  The re-birth of Israel in 1948 is used as the excuse for venting militant Islam’s  awful hatred and their fear of world progress which could eventually dismantle their own archaic, self-destructive centuries-old misdirection.

And again, this ploy is gleefully enjoined by the same mindless, hate-filled, jealous non-Jews that participated in the Holocaust throughout Europe before, during and after WW II

To follow  is a very partial list of important dates in the history which barely scratches the surface. Also, please note that when it comes to recording the dates of events in ancient history, there are major  discrepancies between various biblical and temporal sources. But, no matter. The end results are the same.

By the way:

Israel’s official calendar is the Hebrew one based upon a lunar rather than solar year. According to this calculation, on September 21, 2017, Rosh Hashana eve, we entered the Hebrew year 5778, that is – the supposed year since the earth was created, by G-d, on Saturday night, October 6, 3761 BCE!

Winston Churchill Memorable Quote:  “Some people like the Jews, and some do not. But no thoughtful man can deny the fact that they are, beyond any question, the most formidable and most remarkable race which has appeared in the world.”

G-d in the Bible told the Israelis to occupy the land all the way from Euphrates River to the Great Sea (Mediterranean) — a land mass hundreds of miles greater than the amount of land the League of Nations and later the United Nations, in their ultimate wisdom? reluctantly designated for a Jewish Homeland after WWI and WWII.

As we are well aware, there is nothing new about anti-Semitism. Successive Gentile and now Muslim generations continue to use the Jew as a useful tool to blame for their own inadequacies — frequently when there is not a Jew  within thousands of miles to shoulder the blame!

Now to a small smattering of important dates:

3631 BCE Cain killed his brother Abel
2000 BCE – 1700BCE Period of the Hebrew Biblical Patriots
2121 BCE Jews entered biblical Canaan, their promised homeland, fulfilling G-d’s prophesy
2105 BCE Noah’s arc ends its journey landing on Mt. Arafat marking end of the flood
1812 BCE – Abraham, founder of the Jewish people, was born
1696 BCE – Abraham, with complete dedication to the command of G-d, took his son, Isaac,  to Mt. Moriah, bond him and prepared to sacrifice him following G-d’s instructions. Mt. Moriah was the future site of the Hebrew Holy Temple in Jerusalem

(This Hebrew Temple is the same one that the Arabs built over and called their own dating to their conquest of the land some 2300 years later. They, with the usual figments of their imagination, describe themselves as the original occupants! This gross lie continues and aggrandizes to this very day while the Israeli government watches with their thumbs in their mouths, not effectively challenging this obscene, gross historical lie.)
1652 BCE – Rivkah, wife of Isaac,  gave birth to twins Jacob and Esau with Jacob holding on to Esau’s heel on the way out.
1568 BCE – Reuven, Jacob’s first son was born to Leah
1556 BCE – Jacob left his father-in-law Laban’s home, the father of Rachel and Leah. Labron had taken advantage of Jacob for 14 plus years after Laban’s staged marriage of Jacob to Leah
1555 BCE Birth of Benjamin, Jacob’s last son to his wife Rachel
1532 BCE Joseph, the second last son of Jacob, was released from Egyptian prison beginning the history of the Hebrew’s eventual exodus from Egypt to establish Israel’s homeland in Canaan
1392 BCE – Birth of Moses who  lived for 120 years
1312 BCE Egyptians smitten with plague of darkness. One of the 10 plagues assessed upon them by Hashem forcing them to let his people go, as  commemorated at the Passover service.
1312 BCE – Moses ascended Mt. Sinai to receive the Torah
1311 BCE – Moses sent spies to report on the lay of the land in Canaan
1280 BCE Jews left Egypt – (Big debate over some of these BCE dates, which obviously don’t always correlate.)
1274 BCE Death of Miriam, sister of Moses and Aaron, age 126
1273 BCE Jews crossed Jordan to Jericho to receive G-d’s gift of Canaan to later become Israel, homeland of the Jews.
1274 BCE Moses Sister Miriam dies at age 126 childless – some conjecture due to thoughtless criticism of her brother called lashon Hora
1243 BCE – death of Joshua, Moses successor
1005-965 BCE King David rules for 40 years in Judea (Israel)
928 BCE – 586 BCE Duration of First Temple. First Jewish (Hebrew) Commonwealth
722 BCE Assyrian conquest of the 10 Israeli Tribes of North and their disappearance — the 10 lost tribes.  Judah remained as the Southern kingdom and from which all subsequent Jews are descended
586 BCE First Temple destroyed by Babylonians, The siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar in 588 BCE, End of First Commonwealth

523 BCE – King Achashveirosh endorses Haman’s plan to destroy all the Jews of Persia. Queen Esther thwarts the plan and has Haman executed in the same manner he planned to eliminate the Jews. Celebrated in holiday of Purim

520 BCE Second Temple completed. Begun 537 BCE when King Darius of Persia allowed the Jews to return to Israel  Beginning of Second Commonwealth , terminated with Roman Conquest of Hebrews 70 AD, Third Hebrew Commonwealth to begin with re-construction of Third Temple. in State of Israel But Israeli government too confused and obtuse to understand Hashem direction.
515 BCE Esther meets King Achashveirosh and saves the Jews from extinction by Haman (Celebrated in the Jewish holiday of Purim)
165 BCE – Victory of Maccabees over Romans, Commemorated by Holiday of Chanukah
4 BCE death of King Herod in Judea  (King 37 BCE – 4 BCE).He was the Roman King in power at the beginning of Christian Era,  at the time of Jesus’s Christ reputed Crucifixion.
Following the creation of Christianity, the organized, dedicated persecution began in earnest with purpose and aforethought.
70 CE – Romans destroyed the Second Temple and forced Jewish Diaspora from their biblical homeland. The return of the Jews finally began officially with Israel’s War of Independence from Britain, May 14, 1948. But, in fact, the Jews have remained in Israel throughout  the centuries, always constituting the majority in Jerusalem.
100CE – 220CE Period of recording of the Mishnah (Oral Law) Early Talmud Period
354-430 CE  St. Augustine Confessions, 12.14: How hateful to me are the enemies of your Scripture! How I wish that you would slay them (the Jews) with your two-edged sword, so that there should be none to oppose your word! Gladly would I have them die to themselves and live to you!”
(Hmm… No wonder Christians grew up to hate Jews for centuries and participated with such enthusiasm in the Holocaust!) jsk

3rd Century to 500 CE – Later Talmudic Period
300CE-500 CE Gemara – Commentary on Oral Law (Later Talmudic Period
– Late 4th Century – Christianity became state religion of Roman Empire
418 Jews were prohibited from holding office in the Roman Empire
5th CE Persia – Religious persecution prevented Jews from saying their daily prayers
640 CE – 1028 CE
7th Century Mohammed defeated Jews for first time in battle of Khyber
732 AD The Muslim Army that was moving on Paris was defeated and turned back at Tours , France, by Charles Martell.
1045 Rashi, the foremost Torah scholar of medieval France, was born in a northern town Troyes. 1095 Nov 26, First Crusade began. (1096-99), which occurred toward the end of Rashi’s life.
Despite the French community’s initial fears, it was Jewish small villages in Germany that bore the brunt of the Crusaders’ wrath, with entire communities being slaughtered.

1096 Jews in Germany killed by First Crusaders as they plundered through Europe on way to Holy Land
1096 Crusaders kill 297 of the 300 Jews in German town of Eller in 2 day massacre
1099 First Crusade attacked Jerusalem
11th to 15th Century Early Rabbinic Period (Rishonim)
16th Century to Now – Rabbinic Authoritarian Period
1105 Death of Rashi, author of commentaries on the Bible and Talmud
1321 – Jews of Chinon, France accused of poisoning well to cause epidemic in Christian community.160 Jews burned at stake.
1135-1204 Time of Maimonides (The Rambam) Creator of Mishnah Torah – His code of Jewish Law,
1147 Second Crusade

1163  China – Kaifeng’s Jews built a large and beautiful synagogue, which was subsequently renovated and rebuilt on numerous occasions throughout the centuries. At its peak, during the Ming Dynasty (1368- 1644), the Kaifeng Jewish community may have numbered as many as 5,000 people. By the 17th century, a number of Chinese Jews had attained high ranks in the Chinese civil service, but along with success, came the blight of assimilation, which took an increasingly heavy toll on the community and its cohesion.
As a result, by the mid-1800s, the Chinese Jews’ knowledge and practice of Judaism had largely faded away. The last rabbi of the community is believed to have died in the early part of the 19th century, and the synagogue was all but destroyed by a series of floods which struck the city in the 1840s and thereafter.

1189 London. Prominent Jews barred and attacked attempting to attend coronation of Richard Lion Hearted,  30 killed, began in Norwich Eng.  Some escaped to bishop’s castle.
1190 Crusaders arrived in Stanford, England on the way to the Holy Land where they brutalized Jews, stole all their money and murdered hundreds of the “Murderers of our Lord” officially called “Christ Killers” – en passant.
1209 Pope Innocent III launched a crusade against the town of Beziers, France. 200 Jews were killed
1221 – Jews of Erfurt Germany falsely accused of ritual murder, Jews given choice of conversion or death, tortured, killed, synagogue burned down. Jews tortured and killed.
1244 Pope Innocent IV – ordered 24 cartloads of the Talmud burned
1349 Black Death persecutions spread into oldest Jewish community in Worms,Entire Jewish community was sentenced to death blaming them for the Black Plague. The Jews were burned to death in their own homes.
1253 Pope Innocent IV allowed expulsion of Jews from France
1260 Jews expelled from England in 1260 and would not be allowed to return until 1656
1267 Jews of Silesia forced to wear skull cap in public appearances
1269 King Louis XI ordered all Jews in France to wear a yellow badge
1270 Oct 18 – Bloody Christian Crusades ended with treaty signed by King Louis and the Berbers.
1278 Jews were ordered to attend theological sermons, delivered by Christians, by decree of Pope Nicholas III
1283 Jews of France forbidden to repair their synagogues by decree of King Phillip the Bold
1290 Jews expelled by Edward I from England
1322 Jews expelled from France again
1348 Black Plague arrived in France. The Jews were made the scapegoat, accused of poisoning wells, and several communities were massacred.
1348 Jews of Zurich, Switzerland accused of ritual murder (that is the popular gross lie that Jews murder Christian children to make matzohs for Passover and people still  believe it!)  driven out and killed
1349, Jan. 17 Jews of Basil, Switzerland burned alive when refused to convert to Christianity
1349 Black death torture and killing of Jews in Germany
1349 Feb 14 – Jews of Strasbourg Alsace were falsely accused of poisoning wells. 2000 men, women and children were placed in a huge pyre and burned to death.
1369 Jews forced to wear badge indicating the awful designation, Jew, by decree of King Frederick III of Sicily
(Later Home of Marlan Brando Corleone)
1391 5000 Jews killed in Seville, Spain
1394 Jews expelled from France again by King Charles VI
1396  Jews in Austria have their civil rights suspended
1415 CE  Pope Benedict XIII – Papal bull condemning the Torah
1420 Dec. 23 Pope Martin V ordered an end to converting Jewish children under 12 to Christianity without permission of their parents.
1427  Jews expelled from Berne, Switzerland
1451 Pope Nicholas V banned all social contact between Christians and Jews.
1488-1575 Schuchan Aruch – Code of Jewish Law created by Rabbi Jos. Karo
1492 Jews expelled from Spain and Sicily (100,000)
1492 Aug. Christopher Columbus, many believe was Jewish,  sailed with many Jews  aboard, escaping the Spanish Inquisition. The navigators of the 3 boats were Jews — a profession to which Jews gravitated at the time.
1496 Jews expelled from Burgsdorf, Switzerland
1498 Death of Tomas de Torquemada, Leader of Spanish Inquisition
1516 Ghetto established for Jews in Venice, Italy

1516 – 2006 The Original Jews Of The Ghetto Title: Venice, The Jews And Europe: 1516-2016 Author: Donatella Calabi Publisher: Marsilio (distributed in the U.S. by Rizzoli)
Venice, The Jews And Europe: 1516-2006 is a fascinating summation of the five century history of the world’s first Jewish Ghetto, including its development, architecture, and life of its inhabitants.

1517 October 31 Martin Luther Protestant Reformation Day – Church of All Saints in Wittenberg. A failure by Luther (and later John Calvin 1536) to reform Christianity’s warped view of their spiritual brethren — the Jews. Luther initially had a benevolent attitude toward Jews, denouncing the church’s demonization of them. Later in life, however, Luther turned against the Jews with passion when they refused to bow to his new religion. His curses reigned upon them in direct sermons for centuries and I am sure laid the groundwork for the German Nazi genocide of the Jews — with the enthusiastic help of the nations of Europe , 400+ years later. (jsk).
1526 Maria of Hapsburg expelled the Jews from Bratislava, Hungary
1536 John Calvin – founder of Calvinism, published Protestant Systematic Theology in Latin. His comments on Jews: “Their rotten and unbending stiffneckedness (for not accepting Christ, evidently) deserves that they be oppressed unendingly and die in their misery without the pity of anyone. (How generous and F— you, Mr. Calvin) jsk

1539 Jews expelled from Hungary
1546 Martin Luther, founder of Protestantism and dedicated anti-Semite dies
1553 – August – Pope Julius III ordered burning of the Hebrew Talmud
1567 Jews expelled from Genoa, Italy
1567 Jews, decreed by Regent Don Henrique, not allowed to settle in Brazil
1567 Jews to no longer aloud to settle in Brazil. Proclaimed by Don Henrique, Regent
1569 The Inquisition was established in South America
1569 Jews expelled from Papal State by Pope Pius V
1571 AD the Muslim Army/Navy was defeated by the Italians and Austrians as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to attack Southern Europe in the Battle of Lapanto.
1598 Jews were expelled from Genoa Italy
1648 Jews escaping from Russian Commander Chmielnicki massacres fled to a fortified castle in Polonnoye Ukraine where 10,000 were massacred.
1655 Peter Stuyvesant thwarted in his attempt to expel Jews from New Amsterdam by the Dutch West India Company
1656, March 13 Permission denied to build a synagogue in New Amsterdam (later NYC) by Governor Peter Stuyvesant.
1656 Jewish burial in a Jewish cemetery became legal in New Amsterdam. How good of the Goyim!
1656 Jewish community of Amsterdam excommunicated Baruch Spinoza
1670 Jews of Vienna, Austria – Emperor Leopold I expelled 4000 Jews unless convert, Great Synagogue burned down and replaced by church St. Margaret
1675 Death of Bogdan Chmielnicki, who was responsible for his Cossacks murder of 300,000 Jews
1683 AD the Turkish Muslim Army, attacking Eastern Europe, was finally defeated in the Battle of Vienna by German and Polish Christian Armies
1683 Sep 24 King Louis XIV—-expelled the Jews from all French owned land in America.
(Our “friends’ the French who also formed a separate Vichy France gov’t cooperating with Hitler in the killing of Jews during WW II!
(Did you bastards ever figure out why you hate Jews so much? Here is a French King expelling Jews from his ill-begotten land that he stole from the Indians in the New World. The only explanation to me is just plain jealousy of what we Jews routinely accomplish as a result of being smart, hard working, diligent, honest, moral, law abiding family oriented etc. Your problem, not ours)  Jerome S. Kaufman
1716 Jews expelled from Brussels
1727 Jews expelled from Ukraine by Empress Catherine I
1731 Vatican librarian Costanzi led search parties to all Jewish quarters throughout Papal States to confiscate Jewish holy books. This would continue for decades.
1737 NY Assembly disallowed Jews to vote.
1742 Jews expelled from Great Russia by Empress Elizabeth
1745 Jews expelled from Prague
1760 Death of Baal Shem Tov
1763 Cornerstone of Touro Synagogue laid in Newport, RI
1765 Chair created at Harvard College for study of Hebrew
1774 Jews expelled from Prague by Empress Maria Theresa

1785 Jan 6, Death of George Washington’s Superintendent of Finance, A Jew, Haim Solomon,  during American Revolutionary War.
1789 The US Constitution went into effect as the First American Congress met in NYC Also George Washington (who I thought was wealthy) asked Richard Conway of Virginia to loan him 500 pounds so that he could go to NY and attend his own inauguration!
1791 Pale of Settlement – Dedicated land in Russia/Poland forced upon Jews as a large ghetto, by Empress Catherine. Jews were allowed no where else in Russia
1791 France’s decree of Emancipation but not specifically include Jews – At best – by connotation
1798 Rabbi Schneur Zalman was released from St Petersburg prison, Founder of Lubavitch dynasty and author of Tanya
1808 Napoleon required all Jews in France to use surnames
1811 Napoleon emancipated the Jew’s from the ghetto.
1812 Dec. 27, Death of Rabbi Schneur Zalman founder of the Lubavitch dynasty and author of Tanya
1814 The French Congress officially in 1814 made Jew’s full citizen but attempted via Napoleon to eliminate their Jewish identity and religion to become French citizens.
1815 Battle of Waterloo, where Napoleon was defeated by a coalition of British and European armies headed by the Duke of Wellington, brought an end to Napoleon’s empire
1816 Jews expelled from Lubeck, Germany
1819 Spain ceded Florida to US
1835 Jews of Hebron, Palestine attacked by Ibrahim Pasha and his army
1837 Jan 1 earthquake struck northern Palestine killing nearly 3000 Jews in Safed and Tiberias. Of course Arab propaganda always speaks of the Jews as if they just arrived in Palestine after WW II 1945 and the Arabs owned the land – which, of course, they never did.
1838 Arabs attack the Jews of Safed, Israel (By the way, Jews killed by Arabs in Israel 110 years before State of Israel founded)
1838-1933 Time of Rabbi Chafetz Chayim
1848 —Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published The Communist Manifesto, in London
1855 June 5 First Jewish Hospital in America, Jews Hospital of New York – Known today as Mt. Sinai Hospital all over the United States
1861 Pres. Abe Lincoln moved to change the law so that Jews could serve as chaplains in the army.
1865 Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union Gen. Ulysses S Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia
1866 Congress passed he Civil Rights Act of 1866 over the veto of Pres. Andrew Johnson. It gave Blacks citizenship and was the basis for the 14th Amendment.
1868 Dec. Romanian Jews forbidden from being Drs., 1864 – Lawyers forbidden.
1868 The KKK lynched an innocent, Jew named S.A. Bierfield in Franklin. TN on some trumped up charge
1873 Yar ziet of first Jewish Mayor of London, Sir David Salomons
1881 Pogroms in Konotop and Waslikov Russia against Jews, continued for 3 years
1894 October 15, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a Jew from the Alsatian region of France, was accused of spying for the Germans.
1898, Jan 13 Emile Zola published, J’accuse which slammed French officials for the anti-Semitic tones and false accusations of the Dreyfus trail
1897 Theodore Hertzl published Der Judenstaat (The Jewish State) forecasting his future ambition for the Jewish people to escape persecution.
1899 Romanian Jews blacklisted from Universities
1901 Arabs attacked Jews of Gedera, Palestine
1902 Formation of Union of Orthodox Rabbis in US and Canada
1902 July 30  Anti-Semitic riots at funeral of Rabbi Jacob Joseph
1903 Russia outlawed Zionism and funding Zionism (First Zionist Congress with Theodore Herzl 1899, Herzl died July 3, 1904
1909 US ended direct control over Cuba
1909 Dagania Alegh (Jewish community) founded in Palestine
1909 Long before becoming Hitler’s  “Willing Executioners” of Jews  – Polish Legionnaires looted and burned Jewish section of Vilna during 4 day pogrom. Hundreds of Jews murdered and arrested and tortured.
1909 City of Tel Aviv founded in Palestine, became Israel 1948
1916 Louis Brandeis appointed by Pres. Woodrow Wilson1917, to Supreme Ct. Became its first Jewish member
1917 November 17 The Balfour Declaration (dated 2 November 1917) was a letter from the United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour to Baron Rothschild declaring the right of the Jews to repossess their homeland in Palestine showing a boundary map extending all the way from the Mediterranean to the Euphrates River to the east as was described in the Hebrew Bible.
1917 Dec. 9, British took Jerusalem from defeated Ottoman Empire WWI
1920 March 1. Legendary Jewish warrior and co-founder with Zev Jabotinsky of the first modern Jewish army brigade, killed while defending Tel Chai from Arab attack in Palestine which was under British rule.
1921 May 7, Arabs attacked the first Jewish settlement of Petach Tikva, killed 3 and drove them out. But, the Jews returned another day and the city now numbers in 2010 210,341, Baruch Hashem
1921 Arab riots in then Palestine killed dozens of Jews in Jaffa and Petach Tikva 27 years before there was a State of Israel. Fortunately there is a State now not dependent upon the British or the UN or the US.
1924 Nov 23, City of Herzliya, Israel founded in honor of Theodore Herzl
1929 Arabs attacked Jews throughout Palestine. Many Jews beaten and killed. The attack in Hebron was particularly brutal. Arabs using swords attacked men, women, children an students. 67 Jews including 23 Yeshiva students were killed.
1929 June 13 – corresponds to Hebrew calendar year 5689, Sivan 5
1930, Sep. In NYC schools, Hebrew was introduced into the curriculum as a foreign language.
1933 Jan 30 Hitler became Chancellor of Germany
1935 Sep 15, Nurenberg trials in Germany stripped Jews of their civil rights
1935 Sep 15, Hitler published Nuremberg Laws against Jews stripping them of all their civil rights
1935 Death of Colonel Alfred Dreyfus of French Army, falsely accused of treason and framed at trial. Finally exonerated through efforts of author, Emile Zola.
1936 Dec 26 – Palestinian Philharmonic (all Jews) played for first time under the baton of Arturo Toscanini (In what is now Israel).
Note: (Palestinian was the designation for Jews in the Holy Land, until Yasir Arafat was clever enough to abscond with the term and the Arabs of Palestine suddenly became the “Palestinians” instead of just plain Arabs and suddenly the Palestinian Jews became the invading Jews on “occupied “Arab Land” and the world bought into this gargantuan lie and the Jews did not even bother to vigorously dispute this obvious propaganda distortion that has proven so successful) jsk
1938 Evian Conference July 6 to 15 at Évian-les-Bains, France . Representatives from 32 countries and 39 private organizations and some 24 voluntary organizations, convened by Franklin Roosevelt, met formally to decide if the West would accept the displaced Jews of Europe,  They voted not to!  Golda Meir, the attendee from Palestine was not permitted to speak or to participate except as an observer. Some 200 international journalists gathered at Évian to observe and report the conclave.
This event should remain for the Jews a significant conference and all that Jews should need to know to formulate their own personal lives and that of the State of Israel. Thank you to C.B. Whyte for this entry. jsk
1938 Nov 9-10 Kristallnacht in Germany – Synagogues, shops, cemeteries, anything Jewish attacked in Germany and Austria. Jews beaten and murdered
1938 Nov.17 Italian version of Nuremberg laws published
1939 Poland – Hundreds of Jews slaughtered by Poles during Nazi organized pogrom. Jews, at the time, were well established and constituted 10% of the Polish population, apx 3 million of 30 Million
1940 Battle to defeat Britain  by the Germans
1940 Feb 200,000 Jews of Lodz, Poland moved into Baluty Ghetto prior to execution
1940 Lubavitcher Rebbe taken out of the Warsaw Ghetto brought to the US.
1940 Aug. 4 – Death of Vladimer (Z’ev) Jabotinsky – Ardent Zionist leader, orator, writer, linguist, poet, journalist, Founder of Revisionist Zionism, who spent years begging the Jews to leave Europe before it was too late and was despised for his efforts and called an alarmist. 6 million exterminated Jews resulted from ignoring his warnings. jsk
1941 June Vichy France warplanes bomb Tel Aviv, 20 Jews killed
1941 July – 200 Torahs gathered from synagogues in Poland and burned in special ceremony in Kovel, Poland Later that day,
Heinrich Himmler arranged for the creation of the Maidanek murder camp in Lublin Poland
1941 Nazis and Willing Executor Latvians killed 2300 Jews in Riga
1941 Sep 29 Babi Yar Ravine – It took Germans just 2 days to machine gun to death 33,771 Jews in this ravine near Kiev
1941 Dec 8, Birkeneku – 1500 older Jews from Riga ghetto slaughtered by SS in forest.
1941 June 22, Hitler turns against Soviet Union

1941 June – Germans occupy Lithuania and begin the round up and slaughter of Jews with plenty of willing Lithuanian fellow executioners.
1941 July 7, Ukrainians joined the German’s party and murdered 1200 Jews near town of Otynia, Poland. So, do I really care if Russians kill Ukrainians or vice versa?  And, you can throw in the Pollacks, the Latvians, the Estonians, the Lithuanians, etc and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Makes me no never mind. jsk
1941 Sep 29 – Babi Yar ravine, near Kiev. Russia – over 2 day period, Nazis shot to death 33,771 Jews – the single largest mass murder of the Holocaust
1941 Oct 23 5000 Jews of Odessa, Russia were arrested and murdered in public parks. Later that day 19000 taken to the harbor and shot or burned alive.
Nov 4, 1941, 483 locals killed by Nazis ending the Jewish presence in village.
1941 Dec 10, Hitler declares war on US after Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941
1941, Dec. Weeks of rampage ended with the death of 32,000 Jews in Vilna, Poland
1942 The great Liberal hero, Franklin D. Roosevelt, relocated American Japanese citizens over to military
authority and forcefully placed them in detention camps for the duration.
1942. Sept Jews of Lida Poland Ghetto, 10,000 killed
1942, Feb. Himmler selects 80 Jews from Auschwitz for his skeletal collection museum at Univ. of Strasbourg. Murdered by lethal injection and then corpses burned to prevent damage to their bones to become part of Nazi planned Jewish museum of an extinct people they had deliberately exterminated. (Too bad we don’t have a museum of Nazi German bones to display – jsk)
1942 July – The German Nazi SS murdered 10,000 Jews in the ghetto of Minsk, Byelorussia.
1942 Aug 21 SS Nazis murdered 2750 Jews of Lancut, Poland in Falkinia forest
1942 – 600,000 Jews murdered in Hungary by the Hungarians as 1943 After the beginning of WWII in 1941, the Allied fleet had regained the Mediterranean as its own lake.
1941, June 11 French warplanes bombed the Jewish city of Tel Aviv!!
1942, October Norway – all Jewish men arrested and shipped to Auschwitz Concentration camp
1943 – early. Germans surrendered to Russians at Stalingrad and I have an idea the Russians treated them a little different than the Americans. I hope so. jsk
1943 Oct 14 Jewish uprising in Sobibor death camp under leadership of Alexander Pechersky. 200 Jews, 11 SS Nazis killed while 400 Jews escaped. (For the moment. Only 60 totally got away according to documentary on PBS April2017)
1944 600,000 Jews killed in Hungary by Hitler’s Germans and Hungarian Willing Executioners. The Hungarian Gov’t March 2014, 70 years later, still denies complicity
1944 – March 7, 99,941 Jews gassed in Auschwitz during that day
1944 October – Anne Frank transferred from Auschwitz to Bergen Belsen where she died.
WWII – Total casualties for World War II totaled between 50 – 70 million people, 80 percent of which came from only four countries – Russia, China, Germany and Poland . Over 50 percent of the casualties were civilians, with the majority of those being women and children.

1945 An Arab League was formed for the first time with adaption of a Charter in Cairo. The main purpose was to oppose the re-birth of the Jewish State, Israel. They failed!
1945 April 12, Buchenwald murder camp liberated by US Army. From 1938-1945 238,000 Jews were held there. 56,000 murdered.
1945 Feb 12 Death of Hadassah founder Henrietta Szold
1945 May 2 – Goebbels and wife Magda poisoned their 6 children and then committed suicide.
1945 May 4, Germany surrenders unconditionally.
1945 May Dachau Concentration Camp liberated.
1945 -Traitor French Marshall Phiilippe Petain, Head of the French Nazi Supporter Vichy government during WW II arrested, tried for treason
1946 42 Jews of 200 killed by Pollocks when they returned to Kielce to claim their homes then occupied by Poles.
1946 June, British arrested 100 Jewish Agency leaders in Palestine – hundreds of others rounded up, called Black Shabbos.
1946 League of Nations assembled in Geneva for last time. Replaced by United Nations in Washington DC following WWII with the US footing about 25% of annual bill!

1947 Nov 29 – UN agreed to partition Palestine between Jews and Arabs with the Jews getting the short end, as usual, and given a sliver piece of territory that the UN thought would never survive the onslaught by surrounding Arabs they had armed to the teeth.  But this time the Jews depended upon themselves and they, thanks to G-d, prevailed over 5 Arabs armies surrounding them.

UN Resolution 181 – The Partition Plan
November 29, 1947

In 1947 the British put the future of western Palestine into the hands of the United Nations, the successor organization to the League of Nations which had established the “Mandate for Palestine.” A UN Commission recommended partitioning what was left of the original Mandate – western Palestine – into two new states, one Jewish and one Arab. Jerusalem and its surrounding villages were to be temporarily classified as an international zone belonging to neither polity.
What resulted was Resolution 181 [known also as the 1947 Partition Plan], a non-binding recommendation to partition Palestine, whose implementation hinged on acceptance by both parties – Arabs and Jews. The resolution was adopted on November 29, 1947 in the General Assembly by a vote of 33-12, with 10 abstentions. Among the supporters were the United States and the Soviet Union, as well as other nations including France and Australia. The Arab nations, including Egypt, Syria, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia denounced the plan on the General Assembly floor and voted as a bloc against Resolution 181 promising to defy its implementation by force.

The resolution recognized the need for immediate Jewish statehood [and a parallel Arab state], but the blueprint for peace became a moot issue when the Arabs refused to accept it. Subsequently, realities on the ground in the wake of Arab aggression [and Israel’s survival] became the basis for UN efforts to bring peace

1947 Dec. Jordanians laid siege to Jerusalem, 40 Jews killed at Haifa oil facility

1948 May 14 – Declaration of Israel Independence, Yom Ha’Atzmaut, The Jews re-establish their biblical home returning from the Diaspora Exile imposed by the Romans following their defeat of the Hebrews 70 AD and finally 135 BE with the defeat of the Maccabees
1948 May 15  Five Arab nations (Egypt,Jordan,Syria,Iraq,Lebanon) attacked immediately attempting to annihilate reborn Jewish State.
1948 800,000 Jews driven out penniless, their properties confiscated by the gov’t of Arab nations in which they had lived for thousands of years. At most apx. 400,000 Arabs left Israel and swelled to millions under UNESCO, a unique UN relief program just for Palestinian Arabs unlike no other refugees and displaced persons following WWII. jsk
1948 Dec. 16 Operation Magic Carpet – Thousands of destitute Yemenite Jews rescued via multiple air transport flights to their reborn sanctuary for the Jewish people — Israel

1949 Jan 29 France recognized the re-born State of Israel France was very helpful to the desperate nation in its original battle for survival against the attack of 5 Arab armies May 1948 and they lost FOREVER.
1949 March 10. IDF liberated Eilat
1949 Cheshvan – Jewish Population in Israel reached 1 million people.
1949 March David Ben-Gurion formed Israel’s first government.
By 2013, the population of Israel reached over 6 million proud Jews,   Baruch Hashem.
1950 The passing of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson, the Sixth Lubavitcher Rabbi,
1951 Jan 17, The succession of Rabbi Menachim Mendel Schneerson as Seventh Lubavitcher Rabbi, above’s son-in-law, delivered his first Maamar confirming his succession. Lyubavichi is a village in District of Smolensk, Russia. existed since at least 1654, had 2500 residents in 1857, large market place, declined with onset of Communism,
1951, May 3 The Israeli Knesset designated this day as Holocaust Memorial Day, Yom HaShoah, under PM David Ben Gurion
1952 Dec. 26 Israel’s first ambassador to Japan presented his credentials to the Emperor (Can you imagine if Abraham, Isaac, Jacob witnessed that one!!) jsk
1953 February Soviet Union recalled its ambassador and cut off relations with Israel which had just been reborn May 14, 1948
1953 March 5 Joseph Stalin Russian Dictator and killer of millions of innocent people dies.And may his soul rest in Gehenim.
1958 Oct 14 – Cornerstone for Israel Legislature, the Knesset laid in Jerusalem
1960 Adolph Eichmann captured in Argentina , Buenos Aires, where had lived for years, hanged in Israel May 31, 1962, sentenced to death Dec. 15, 1961 for crimes against the Jewish people and humanity
1961 July 31. The one millionth immigrant arrived in Israel. Israel reborn in 1948. Up until that time, Britain severely limited the number of Jews they would allow into their biblical homeland. In the meantime, not one so-called Palestinian refugee was absorbed by the 21 huge, sparsely populated Arab states that surrounded Israel. They preferred to keep them as political ploys paid for in camps financed by the UN and mostly the US!  jsk
1963 December 5 Herbert Henry Lehman – died (March 28, 1878 – December 5, 1963) First Jewish Governor of New York (1933-1942) He also represented New York State in the United States Senate from 1950 to 1957.
1967 Six Day War – June 6 – June 11, 1967 – After just 36 hours of fighting, the IDF were deep into Sinai, captured Gaza, Kalkilya, Jenin in Samarian Hills and surrounded Jerusalem. I
June 28, 1967 Israel regained and annexed Jerusalem after over 1900 years of exile following Roman Conquest and Diaspora began 70 CE
1967 Feb Physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, known as father of atomic bomb died in Princeton, NJ age 62
1969 Death of Levi Eshkol – former Israel PM (right after Ben Gurion)
1970 Libya All Jewish property confiscated and Jews driven out penniless, no compensation ever paid
1971 East Pakistan declared its independence from Pakistan and took the name Banglidesh and India and Pakistan have been fighting over it ever since.
1973 Oct 26. General Ariel Sharon trapped the Egyptian Third Army on the Eastern side of the Suez Canal. Sharon allowed them to surrender in honor and retreat to Egypt.
Israeli PM Menachim Begin snatched defeat from this great victory in the 1979 agreement with Jimmy Carter and Anwar Sadat of Egypt.
1973 Nov. 6 – New York City elects its first Jewish mayor, Abraham D. Beame
1973 Henry Kissinger, First Jewish Secy. of State sworn in, under Nixon
1974 Pakistan recognized independence of its former eastern province, Bangladesh
1975 Nov 10 General Assembly of United Nations declared Zionism a form of racism
1976 Entebbe rescue of over 100 Jews in airport Uganda.  Jonathan Netanyahu, Bibi’s older brother killed.
1977 Nov. 20 Egyptian Pres. Anwar Sadat addressed Knesset,
1977 Dec Menachim Begin met with Sadat at Ismalia, Egypt.
1978 Sep 17 – Carter/Begin/Sadat Camp David talks ended. Peace agreement with Egypt was signed , a few months later and Anwar Sadat assassinated in Egypt by Arabs (Muslim Brotherhood) opposed to peace with Israel.
1979 Shah of Iran deposed and Ayatollah Rubollah Kbomeini welcomed back after 15 years of exile
1979 Iran’s new Islamic govt. quickly severed all relations with Israel and pledged support for the Palestinian
Arabs. who suddenly had a new identity of their own. They were just Arabs originally from all over the Middle East, until the Jewish State was re-born
1980 Israel’s embassy in Egypt, the first of its kind in any Arab country, was established in 1980, soon after the Camp David peace treaty was signed in 1979
1981 June 7, Israel destroys Iraq nuclear weapon, Sivan 5
1981 March 23 Arabs attack Jewish residents of Jerusalem
1984 Feb, Italy and the Vatican signed a revised pact under which Roman Catholicism ceased to be the state religion of Italy.
1886 The First Jewish settlement of Petach Tikva built with the return of more Jews to their homeland was attacked by Arabs and driven out long before as their history testifies there was ever a newborn State of Israel that obviously the Arabs will never accept. And Israelis and Diaspora that naive Jews wishfully home will happen are out of their minds. So, what else is new? jsk

1990, Nov 5 Rabbi Meir Kahane, the founder of the Jewish Defense League, who was shot to death in a Manhattan hotel by Arab terrorist El Sayyid Nosair, a member of terror cell of Abdul Rahman World Trade Center bombing master-mind
1990 Israeli PM Yitzhak Shamir , leader of right wing Likud party, was chosen to form a government after Labor Party Shimon Peres failed to form a coalition (the usual story of defeat with this faux Israeli hero , self described)
1993 -Islamist extremists exploded a bomb in the parking garage of New York’s Trade Center killing 6 people and injuring more than 1000 others and on 9/2011 the twin towers of the World Trade Center , 18 years later,
the US FBI and other intelligence agencies had still failed to recognize the constant presence and danger of Islamic Terrorism and we suffered the consequence of 3000 American lives lost and our entire ability to live without fear in our own country was dismantled —probably never to return unless some truly politically incorrect drastic actions are taken. Go TRUMP!

2003 Jubilant Iraqis celebrated the collapse of Saddam Hussein’s regime beheading his statue in Baghdad

1995 Oct 23 Jerusalem US Embassy Relocation act became law. Called for a US Embassy to be built in Israel’s capital, Jerusalem. To date the statute has not been implemented because Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have signed semi-annual waivers to delay implementation on national security grounds. Nonsense! The refusal is the direct result of US State Dept. inherent prejudice against the Jewish State and misconception that the Arabs are our better allies!

1995 Nov. 4, PM Yitschak Rabin assassinated

1996 Dr. Jack Kevorkian acquitted of assisted suicide for helping two suffering patients kill themselves

1999 President Bill Clinton impeached over lies over Monica Lewinsky involvement

2000 John Paul II (The “Good Pope” as far as I am concerned) He ask G-d’s forgiveness for the sins of the Roman Catholics throughout the ages including the great wrongs perpetrated against the Jews. women, and minorities From Today in History (SunSentinel March 12 2017)

2003 – Space shuttle Columbia broke up during re-entry killing all seven of its crew – Commander Rick Husband, pilot Wm. Mc Cool, Michael Anderson Kalpana Chawla, David Brown Laurel Clark and Ilan Ramon the first Israeli in space.
2003 Pres. GW Bush girding he nation for war said Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had shown utter contempt of the world community and had to be held accountable after the invasion and conquest of Kuwait, robbing its banks gold and its oil wells.
2011 – Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak forced out of office after 30 years of autocratic rule. Military took over. Open elections were held and the Egyptians put in power the Muslim Brotherhood who they quickly learned to despise and the military took back over within a year with General Sisi in power and a much better ally to US and Israel

2013- Pope Benedict XVI stepped down The first Pontiff in 600 years to do so

II Chronology of Ages in Jewish History
From: To Pray as a Jew by Rabbi Hayim Halevy Donin, 1980, Library of Congress
Period of the Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) : 2000 -1700 B.C.E
The Exodus from Egypt: circa 1280 B.C.E.
The Period of King David: 1005-965 B.C.E.
Period of the First Temple: 928-586 B.C.E.
Period of the Second Temple: 515 B.C.E – 70 C.E. (Roman Conquest and Diaspora)
Period of the Mishnah (Tannaitic Period): From the beginning of the first century C.E. until about 220 C.E.  Some refer to this period as the early Talmudic period.
Period of the Gemara (Amoraic Period): From the beginning of the third century C.E. until 500 C.E. Some refer to this period as the later Talmudic period. Post-Talmudic Period [Savoraim]: 500-640 C.E.
Period of the Geonim [the heads of the Talmudic academies]: From 640 C.E.-1038 C.E.
Period of the Early [Rabbinic] Authorities {Rishonim): From the beginning of the eleventh century C.E. till the end of the fifteenth century.ell
Period of Latter-day [Rabbinic] Authorities {Aharomm): From the beginning of the sixteenth century C.E. until the present day.

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The Iran Deal Isn’t Worth Saving – By Ambassador John Bolton

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The idea of ‘decertifying’ the agreement but staying in it is too cute by half. Trump should cut cleanly.

By John Bolton

Sept. 28, 2017 6:32 p.m. ET

‘Cut, and cut cleanly,” Sen. Paul Laxalt advised Ferdinand Marcos in 1986, urging the Philippine president to resign and flee Manila because of widespread civil unrest. The Nevada Republican, Ronald Reagan’s best friend in Congress, knew what his president wanted, and he made the point with customary Western directness.

President Trump could profitably follow Mr. Laxalt’s advice today regarding Barack Obama’s 2015 deal with Iran. The ayatollahs are using Mr. Obama’s handiwork to legitimize their terrorist state, facilitate (and conceal) their continuing nuclear-weapons and ballistic-missile programs, and acquire valuable resources from gullible negotiating partners.

Mr. Trump’s real decision is whether to fulfill his campaign promise to extricate America from this strategic debacle. Last week at the United Nations General Assembly, he lacerated the deal as an “embarrassment,” “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.”
Fearing the worst, however, the deal’s acolytes are actively obscuring this central issue, arguing that it is too arduous and too complex to withdraw cleanly. They have seized instead on a statutory requirement that every 90 days the president must certify, among other things, that adhering to the agreement is in America’s national-security interest. They argue the president should stay in the deal but not make the next certification, due in October.

This morganatic strategy is a poorly concealed ploy to block withdrawal, limp through Mr. Trump’s presidency, and resurrect the deal later. Paradoxically, supporters are not now asserting that the deal is beneficial. Instead, they concede its innumerable faults but argue that it can be made tougher, more verifiable and more strictly enforced. Or, if you want more, it can be extended, kicked to Congress, or deferred during the North Korea crisis. Whatever.

As Richard Nixon said during Watergate: “I want you to stonewall it, let them plead the Fifth Amendment, cover up, or anything else if it’ll save it—save the plan.”

Mr. Trump should not be deceived. The issue is not certification. The issue is whether we will protect U.S. interests and shatter the illusion that Mr. Obama’s deal is achieving its stated goals, or instead timidly hope for the best while trading with the enemy, as the Europeans are doing. It is too cute by half to employ pettifoggery to evade this reality.

U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231 embodies the deal and includes two annexes: the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action itself, and a statement by the other negotiating parties on “transparency . . . creating an atmosphere conducive” to full JCPOA implementation.
Resolution 2231, the JCPOA and the statement were all crafted word-for-word with Iran (with Russia and China acting as Tehran’s scriveners on the statement), as was the cash-for-hostages swap Mr. Obama sought desperately to conceal. This packaging is more than a diplomatic nicety. It means Iran’s ballistic-missile program is integral to the deal—fittingly, since Iran’s missiles would deliver its nuclear warheads.

The ayatollahs have neither the desire nor the incentive to renegotiate even a comma of the agreement. Why should they, when it is entirely to their advantage?

Both Resolution 2231 and the statement, for example, “call upon” Iran to forgo activity regarding “ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons.”

The U.N. secretary-general recently reported that Iran is violating this provision and implicitly lying about it. But the deal’s language allows Iran to claim solemnly that its missiles are not “designed” to carry nuclear warheads, an assertion whose verification would require polygraphs and psychologists, not weapons inspectors. This is one of many textual loopholes.
If the deal is vitiated, Tehran would not be freer than it is now to pursue nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. Not only is the international compliance regime a far cry from Mr. Obama’s promised “anytime, anywhere” inspections, crucial language is vague and ambiguous.

Mr. Obama’s negotiators crippled real international verification by pre-emptively surrendering on what were delicately termed “possible military dimensions” of Iran’s nuclear program.

Moreover, simple economic logic suggests that Tehran’s scientists are probably enjoying Pyongyang’s hospitality, well beyond the International Atomic Energy Agency’s limited capability to detect.

Even U.S. intelligence could be in the dark if Iran is renting a uranium enrichment facility under a North Korean mountain. It is specious to assert that the North Korean nuclear crisis should lead to deferring action on the Iran deal. The conclusion should be precisely the opposite: Failure to act decisively on Iran now worsens the global proliferation threat.
The IAEA has interpreted Mr. Obama’s possible-military-dimension concession as requiring new evidence before it attempts to visit Tehran’s military bases, where the real work on weaponization and missiles is taking place—if not under mountains in North Korea.

Mr. Obama acquiesced in this emasculation of the IAEA’s will to inspect, making the agency today like the drunk looking for his car keys under a street lamp because the light is better there. This is a sorry caricature of a robust, Reaganesque “trust but verify” regime.

Perhaps the most inane argument is that Congress should decide the deal’s fate and whether to reimpose U.S. sanctions. If a president is unwilling to solve this kind of problem, he shouldn’t have applied for the job.

Watching what has happened on failed legislative efforts to repeal and replace ObamaCare, can anyone doubt that Senate Democrats (joined by Rand Paul ) would filibuster any legislative effort to renew sanctions?
The only sure way to resume economic pressure on Iran is for President Trump to stop waiving the sanctions, as he did a few weeks ago. The power to act is in executive hands, as it should be.
Mr. Trump knows his mind on Iran. And as Mr. Laxalt said to Marcos, “the time has come” to act decisively.
Mr. Bolton is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and author of “Surrender Is Not an Option: Defending America at the United Nations and Abroad” (Simon & Schuster, 2007).

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When Palestinian Arabs cry “Humiliation”

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October 3, 2017

By Eli E. Hertz

(II Commentary – Jerome S. Kaufman)
As a direct result of the stabbings, car ramming and suicide bombings visited upon the Israelis by Palestinian terrorists, frequently occurring at checkpoints from Palestinian terrorists, the poor Palestinian Arabs complain they feel humiliated and harassed when Israeli authorities search them and their belongings.

They are thus, they claim, are prevented from traveling freely because of checkpoints, roadblocks, closures and curfews. They say they feel corralled behind security fences and ugly concrete walls. Perhaps they might consider the cause and necessity of these life saving security measures.

Meanwhile the Israelis themselves are searched numerous times during the course of a day. Israelis are asked to open their bags and purses for inspection. In most cases, they are subjected to body searches with a metal detector every time they enter a bank or a post office, pick up a bottle of milk at the supermarket, enter a mall or train station, or visit a hospital or medical clinic. As a matter of routine, Israelis’ car trunks are searched every time they enter a well-trafficked parking lot.

Not one U.N. organ has protested the fact that, for years, an entire country has been harassed and humiliated.

Israelis are searched not only when they go out for a cup of coffee at the local Coffee-shop, but also when they go to the movies or the theater or a concert, where the term “dressed to kill” has an entirely different meaning.

These ordinary daily humiliations now extend to similar searches when Israelis go to weddings or bar mitzvahs. No one abroad talks about the humiliation Jews in Israel are subjected to, having to write at the bottom of wedding invitations and other life cycle events, “The site will be secured [by armed guards]” – to ensure relatives and friends will attend and share their joyous occasion.

To date, no one protests the fact that Jewish schoolchildren in Israel are surrounded by perimeter fences with armed guards at the schoolyard gates.

Not one Arab village in Israel or the Territories has a perimeter fence around it. Guards are not required at Arabic shops, cafes, restaurants, movie theaters, wedding halls or schools – either in Israel or in the Territories. Palestinians also do not need armed guards to accompany every school trip, youth movement hike or campout. They are not targets of terrorism. Israeli citizens with very rare exception do not commit terrorist acts against other people and the Arabs know it and take full advantage.

Israelis are told, in effect, to disguise themselves when traveling abroad – not to speak Hebrew in public and not to wear garments that reveal their Jewish/Israeli origins.

On the other hand, Arabs who frequent Jewish cities and towns in Israel wear their traditional Arab headgear without fear of being attacked or harassed.

Even Israel’s national airline – El Al – has been forced to remove its logo from the tails of its aircraft at certain airports, out of concern for the safety of its passengers.

This followed several attempts to down Israeli civilian aircrafts with missiles – one of which blew up a Swissair flight in mid-air from Zurich to Tel Aviv in February 1970, killing all 47 passengers and crew aboard.

Strangely, no media outlets and not a single human rights organization has fully and objectively reported or protested the daily humiliation and harassment Israelis suffer because of the Palestinian Authority’s ‘factory of terror.’

Not one U.N. organ has protested the fact that, for years, an entire country has been harassed and humiliated.

All this begs the question: Who are the victims and who are the victimizers? Who are the ones being harassed and humiliated? Palestinians or Israelis?

Eli Hertz is a writer, journalist. political commentator active in numerous international, industry and community associations and panels. Other activities: CAMERA, The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Directors); AIPAC, The America Israel Public Affairs Committee (Member of the Executive Council); Past U.S. member of the Joint High Level Advisory Panel to the U.S.-Israel Science & Technology Commission. Israel-America Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Executive VP); The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (Past trustee); AAJLJ – American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (Member Board of Governors); President of Myths and Facts, Inc.; Recipient of ZOA’s Justice Louis D. Brandeis Award (2005).

II Unfortunately, American citizens are well on the way to becoming victims themselves. It all started with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat blowing up civilian aircraft in airports all over the world.

Read: www.defenddemocracy.org/…/the-father-of-modern-terrorism-the-true-legacy-of-yas…

The Father of Modern Terrorism; The True Legacy of Yasser Arafat … The first efforts were ham-handed: failed attempts in 1965 to bomb the … soon became innovators in a tactic later refined by al Qaeda: the civilian airliner as terror weapon.

This mode of terrorism progressed directly to the Islamic 
terrorists blowing up our own Twin Towers 09/11/2001.

And not identifying your enemy as now practiced by the vital security agencies of the Federal government and the US Dept. of State; obscuring the fact that the far greater incidence of this terror is caused by Muslim Islamic terrorists is making matters exponentially worse.

As a result, just as in Israel, we Americans are rapidly becoming the victims while the sources of the terror, pray upon our naivety, cleverly complaining of their own “humiliation” and encroachment upon their civil liberties.

Maybe we should stop playing the sucker. Rather, let us identify the enemy and unapologetically maintain intense surveillance over all areas where the poison of Islamic Terrorism and Sharia Law is preached and the relentless, frighteningly effective brain washing takes place.

Jerome S. Kaufman

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It’s interesting that Democrats, the media and all the other anti-America groups are badmouthing Donald Trump, trying to impeach him even though …

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… he never did anything even remotely impeachable and yet they gave Barack Obama a pass for eight years.  Try to find even 1% of the things that Trump has done that are as bad as the things listed below about Obama – and I’m sure that this list only scratches the surface of Obama’s wrong doings.

Any one of these ‘coincidences’ when taken singularly appear to not mean much, but when taken as a whole, a computer would blow a main circuit if you asked it to calculate the odds that they have occurred by chance alone.  The bigger picture of most recent events I.e., Fast and furious, Benghazi , the IRS scandal and the NSA revelations…

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Barack Hussein Obama:
just happened to know 60s far-left radical revolutionary William Ayers, whose father

just happened to be Thomas Ayers, who

just happened to be a close friend of Obama’s communist mentor Frank Marshall Davis, who

just happened to work at the communist-sympathizing Chicago Defender with Vernon Jarrett, who

just happened to later become the father-in-law of Iranian-born leftist Valerie Jarrett, who Obama

just happened to choose as his closest White House adviser, and who 
just happened to have been CEO of Habitat Company, which

just happened to manage public housing in Chicago, which

just happened to get millions of dollars from the Illinois state legislature, and which

just happened not to properly maintain the housing which eventually 
just happened to require demolition. Not to mention that this is the property that would have been the grounds that hosted the Olympics,
had Obama’s efforts been successful
Valerie Jarrett:

just happened to work for the city of Chicago, and 
LaVaughan Robinson (later Mrs. Obama), who

just happened to have worked at the Sidney Austin law firm, where former fugitive from the FBI Bernardine Dohrn also

just happened to work, and where Barack Obama 
just happened to get a summer job.

Bernardine Dohrn

just happened to be married to William Ayers, with whom she

just happened to have hidden from the FBI at a San Francisco marina, along with Donald Warden, who

just happened to change his name to Khalid al-Mansour, and Warden/al-Mansour who

just happened to be a mentor of Black Panther Party founders Huey Newton and Bobby Seale and a close associate of Nation of Islam leader
Louis Farrakhan, and al-Mansour

just happened to be financial adviser to a Saudi Prince, who

just happened to donate cash to Harvard, for which Obama

just happened to get a critical letter of recommendation from Percy Sutton, who

just happened to have been the attorney for Malcolm X, who

just happened to know Kenyan politician Tom Mboya, who

just happened to be a close friend of Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., who

just happened to meet Malcolm X when he traveled to Kenya .

Obama, Sr.
just happened to have his education at the University of Hawaii paid for by the Laubach Literacy Institute, which

just happened to have been supported by Elizabeth Mooney Kirk, who

just happened to be a friend of Malcolm X, who

just happened to have been associated with the Nation of Islam, which was later headed by Louis Farrakhan, who

just happens to live very close to Obamas Chicago mansion, which also 
just happens to be located very close to the residence of William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, who 
just happens to have been occasional baby-sitters for Malia and Natasha Obama, whose parents 
just happened to have no concern exposing their daughters to bomb-making communists.

After attending Occidental College and Columbia University, where he

just happened to have foreign Muslim roommates, Obama moved to Chicago to work for the Industrial Areas Foundation, an organization that

just happened to have been founded by Marxist and radical agitator Saul the Red Alinsky, author of Rules for Radicals, who

just happened to be the topic of Hillary Rodham Clintons thesis at Wellesley College, and Obamas $25,000 salary at IAF

just happened to be funded by a grant from the Woods Fund, which was founded by the Woods family, whose Sahara Coal company

just happened to provide coal to Commonwealth Edison, whose CEO

just happened to be Thomas Ayers, whose son William Ayers

just happened to serve on the board of the Woods Fund, along with Obama.

Obama also worked on voter registration drives in Chicago in the 1980s and

just happened to work with leftist political groups like the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and Socialist International (SI), through which Obama met Carl Davidson, who

just happened to travel to Cuba during the Vietnam War to sabotage the U.S. war effort, and who

just happened to be a former member of the SDS and a member of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, which

just happened to sponsor a 2002 anti-war rally at which Obama spoke, and which

just happened to have been organized by Marilyn Katz, a former SDS activist and later public relations consultant who

just happened to be a long-time friend of Obamas political hatchet man, David Axelrod.

Obama joined Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC), whose pastor was Reverend Jeremiah Wright, a fiery orator who

just happened to preach Marxism and Black Liberation Theology and who delivered anti-white, anti-Jew, and anti-American sermons, which Obama

just happened never to hear because he 
just happened to miss church only on the days when Wright was at his most enthusiastic, and Obama

just happened never to notice that Oprah Winfrey left the church because it was too radical, and

just happened never to notice that the church gave the vile anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan a lifetime achievement award.

Although no one had ever heard of him at the time, Obama

just happened to receive an impossible-to-believe $125,000 advance to write a book about race relations, which he

just happened to fail to write while using the cash to vacation in Bali with his wife Michelle, and despite his record of non-writing he

just happened to receive a second advance, for $40,000, from another publisher, and he eventually completed a manuscript called Dreams From My Father, which

just happened to strongly reflect the writing style of William Ayers, who 
just happened to trample on an American flag for the cover photograph of the popular Chicago magazine, which Obama

just happened never to see even though it appeared on newsstands throughout the city.

Obama was hired by the law firm Miner, Banhill and Galland, which

just happened to specialize in negotiating state government contracts to develop low-income housing, and which

just happened to deal with now-imprisoned Tony Rezko and his firm Rezar, and with slumlord Valerie Jarrett, and the law firms Judson Miner

just happened to have been a classmate of Bernardine Dohrn, wife of William Ayers.
In 1994 Obama represented ACORN and another plaintiff in a lawsuit against Citibank for denying mortgages to blacks (Buycks-Roberson v. Citibank Federal Savings Bank), and the lawsuit

just happened to result in banks being blackmailed into approving sub-prime loans for poor credit risks, a trend which

just happened to spread nationwide, and which

just happened to lead to the collapse of the housing bubble, which

just happened to help Obama defeat John McCain in the 2008 presidential election.

In 1996 Obama ran for the Illinois State Senate and joined the New Party, which:
just happened to promote Marxism, and Obama was supported by Dr. Quentin Yong, a socialist who

just happened to support a government takeover of the health care system.

In late 1999, Obama purportedly engaged in homosexual activities and cocaine-snorting in the back of a limousine with a man named Larry Sinclair, who claims he was contacted in late 2007 by Donald Young, who

just happened to be the gay choir director of Obamas Chicago church and who shared information with Sinclair about Obama, and Young

just happened to be murdered on December 23, 2007, just weeks after Larry Bland, another gay member of the church

just happened to be murdered, and both murders

just happened to have never been solved. In 2008 Sinclair held a press conference to discuss his claims, and

just happened to be arrested immediately after the event, based on a warrant issued by Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, who

just happens to be the son of Joe Biden.

In 2003 Obama and his wife attended a dinner in honor of Rashid Khalidi, who

just happened to be a former PLO operative, harsh critic of Israel , and advocate of Palestinian rights, and who Obama claims he does not know, even though the Obamas

just happened to have dined more than once at the home of Khalidi and his wife, Mona, and

just happened to have used them as occasional baby-sitters. Obama reportedly praised Khalidi at the decidedly anti-Semitic event, which William Ayers

just happened to also attend, and the event Obama pretends he never attended was sponsored by the Arab American Action Network, to which Obama

just happened to have funneled cash while serving on the board of the Woods Fund with William Ayers, and one speaker at the dinner remarked that if Palestinians cannot secure a return of their land, Israel will never see a day of peace, and entertainment at the dinner included a Muslim children’s dance whose performances

just happened to include simulated be-headings with fake swords, and stomping on American, Israeli, and British flags, and Obama allegedly told the audience that Israel has no God-given right to occupy Palestine and there has been genocide against the Palestinian people by (the) Israelis, and the Los Angeles Times has a videotape of the event but 
just happens to refuse to make it public.

In the 2004 Illinois Democrat primary race for the U.S. Senate, front-runner Blair H:
just happened to be forced out of the race after David Axelrod

just happened to manage to get Hulls sealed divorce records unsealed, which

just happened to enable Obama to win the primary, so he could face popular Republican Jack Ryan, whose sealed child custody records from his divorce

just happened to become unsealed, forcing Ryan to withdraw from the race, which

just happened to enable the unqualified Obama to waltz into the U.S. Senate, where, after a mere 143 days of work, he


just happened to decide he was qualified to run for President of the United States.

 

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