Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Shenkar College philistinism
The latest crisis in Israeli philistinism involves the artsy-phartsy arts "college," Shenkar College. Seems that one of the final projects by a student there was to make a painting of Israel's religious Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked wearing only her smile. See http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4830419,00.html
The philistine president of the philistine "college" is Yuli Tamir, one-time Minister of Education and Tel Aviv University professor. She ordered the painting removed, not because it was porno defamation of Shaked but because it was disrespectful towards all women.
And who exactly is this Yuli Tamir so concerned with the honor of women? She is a world advocate of female circumcisions.
Read all about that here:
Yuli Tamir Goes A-Snipping
Can the procedure be performed from the neck up?
Hold on to your -- er -- hats!
Before pouncing upon me for posting a tasteless spoof, let me forewarn you that this is NOT a spoof. It is for real, and any nausea you feel should be directed against the actual cause, not your humble messenger.
Nevertheless you can check it all out for yourself. It is there in black and white. Never mind that the Israeli mainstream media have hidden the story for the past 11 years, trying to protect the rep of the Labor Party's daffiest leader.
Israel's Minister of Education, Yael "Yuli" Tamir, has campaigned publicly for the common form of female mutilation in the Third World known as "Clitoridectomy." It means what you think it means. "Yuli," back in 1996 when she launched her campaign, was a Professor at Tel Aviv University and had just joined Labor. Previously she had been Shulamit Aloni's sidekick in the "RATZ" party. She was in the news the past few weeks for proposing that Arab students in Israel learn from textbooks that portray Israel's very existence and creation as a "Naqba" or catastrophe.
The "Boston Review" is a left-leaning political and literary quarterly in Boston, the sort "anarchists" read. In its summer 1996 issue it ranTamir's own article entitled, "Hands Off Clitoridectomy." Its theme was that all those Westerners expressing revulsion at the practice of slicing up female genitalia in certain parts of the world are themselves evil insensitive chauvistic philistine racists. Westerners should stop criticizing and allow the Third World to carry on with its enlightened multicultural clitorectomies.
She rants thus in the article:
'In discussions about multiculturalism, clitoridectomy is now the trump card, taking over the role once played by cannibalism, slavery, lynchings, or the Indian tradition of Sati: "Is this the kind of tradition you would like to protect?" liberals ask embarrassed multiculturalists, who immediately qualify their cultural pluralism. Clitoridectomy defines the boundary between us and them, between cultures we can tolerate and those we must condemn....
'Furthermore, it seems clear that Western conceptions of female beauty encourage women to undergo a wide range of painful, medically unnecessary, and potentially damaging processes -- extreme diets, depilation, face lifts, fat pumping, silicone implants. Of course, adult women do these things to their own bodies, and, it is said, their decisions are freely made. But would our gut reaction to female circumcision be very different if it were performed on consenting adults? It is not unlikely that girls at the age of 13 or 14, who are considered in traditional societies as adults mature enough to wed and bear children, would "consent" to the mutilation of their bodies if they were convinced that marriage and children were contingent on so doing. Many women who followed the tradition of Sati seemed to do it as a matter of choice....
'But our own culture fosters false beliefs of a similar kind. According to Naomi Wolf's The Beauty Myth, some 75 percent of women aged 18-35 believe that they are fat, whereas only 25 percent are medically overweight.1 Still more heartbreaking is the fact that the majority of the 30,000 women who responded to a Glamour questionnaire preferred losing 10-15 pounds to success in work or in love. So the fostering of such beliefs cannot differentiate their culture from our own and explain our hostility to it....A fulfilling sex life is certainly one good, but there are others. ...
'My purpose, however, is not to justify clitoridectomy, but to expose the roots of the deep hostility to it -- to reveal the smug, unjustified self-satisfaction lurking behind the current condemnation of clitoridectomy. Referring to clitoridectomy, and emphasizing the distance of the practice from our own conventions, allows us to condemn them for what they do to their women, support the struggle of their women against their primitive, inhuman culture, and remain silent on the status of women in our society.'
We have a suggestion for the Olmert government. Remove the worst embarrassment in the cabinet by performing a small procedure of SNIP-SNIP!
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
The Uri Weiss Affair and Bar Ilan's Cowardice
The Uri Weiss Affair and Bar Ilan's Cowardice
By Steven Plaut
For years the anti-Israel academic Left in Israeli universities has defended the "right" of anyone and everyone to boycott Israel.. The BDS terrorists are just exercising freedom of speech. So are those who organize conferences on why Israel needs to seize existing. Every anti-Semitic loon has the "right" to appear on Israeli campuses, from Neo-Nazi Norman Finkelstein to Mister Khmer Rouge - Noam Chomsky. In addition, the Left wants everyone to have the right to boycott "settlers," which is why artists and performers who refuse to work across the Green Line must not be denied their cushy governmental subsidies. And of course Ariel University must be boycotted!
The one thing the Left will never tolerate is a boycott of violently anti-Israel leftwing academics. Students at Israeli universities must themselves never be allowed to boycott tenured traitors or radical anti-Israel howling pseudo-academics. THAT would be anti-democratic!
All of which brings us to the Uri Weiss Affair at Bar Ilan this University week. Bar Ilan is usually not the campus of choice for the leftwing ultras in Israel, although it does have a few, like political science prof Menachem Klein, who thinks Sephardim are Jewish Arabs and who wants the Old City of Jerusalem to be judenrein.
Another faculty member at Bar Ilan is one Uri Weiss, who studied law at the radical leftist law school of Tel Aviv University and teaches a course in the Bar Ilan business school. To clarify, Weiss is not a tenure-track appointee but an outside adjunct, which in the world of academia makes him well below the janitors in terms of status or importance. More to the point, adjuncts who do not have a quorum of students for their course get that course cancelled and they do not get paid.
Now Komrade Uri has been in the news a lot in recent days. In particular he published ghoulish attacks against settlers whose children were murdered by terrorists. http://www.timesofisrael.com/anger-at-bar-ilan-lecturer-who-accused-settlers-of-psychosis/ The settlers not only deserved to see their children murdered but are themselves guilty of psychosis for living in places the Palestinians want. Never mind that the Palestinians also want the Sarona Market in Tel Aviv.
Weiss accused IDF soldiers of committing "war crimes" when they raided the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara terror ship in 2010. The flotilla's goal according to him was "to break through a combination of a cruel naval and land siege imposed on an entire population." He also praised controversial Arab Joint List MK Hanin Zoabi, who was aboard the ship and last week caused a furor in the Knesset when she accused IDF soldiers of committing murder during the raid. Weiss has published trash on the Neo-Nazi web magazine "Counterpunch" accusing Israel's Supreme Court of "engaging in apartheid." See http://www.counterpunch.org/2010/01/28/apartheid-at-the-israeli-high-court/ .
In the past, in 2014, in response to his cheerleading for terror, students demanded that they be allowed to drop his course and swap it for a different course with someone else. Back then, Bar Ilan agreed. http://www.haaretz.co.il/news/education/1.2386146 But Bar Ilan quietly let him sneak back in, until his comments this week. Bar Ilan students led by Im Tirtzu Zionists demanded that the university allow them to boycott the course. The problem is at this point in the summer the course is done and there is just the exam to take. The university proposed as compromise that the students who so requested should be allowed to opt out of the exam and just take a "pass" as their course grade. That way the students could still be boycotting the pro-terror anti-Israel lecturer. Freedom to boycott - just what the loony Left says it wants.
Ah but then the radical academics together with Haaretz went on the war path. Why should these students claim the right not to be indoctrinated in anti-Israel hate! Isn't that why we have Israeli universities in the first place?
Bar Ilan's courage lasted less than 24 hours. It then cancelled the deal with the exam and ordered students in the course to take it after all. http://www.iba.org.il/bet/?type=1&entity=1170438
And so the bottom line is this: in Israel Thou must NOT boycott leftwing dingbat faculty members nor get their propaganda courses shut down!!
Monday, July 11, 2016
News from the Conspiracy
In the mid-1960s came the Eureka moment the conspiracists had long awaited. At last they had found a Yemenite child who had been put up for illicit adoption to an Ashkenazi family, one from Bulgaria, well probably Ashkenazi cause some Bulgarian Jews are Sephardic. The girl was named Miriam Shukar. She had been born to Yemenite parents in a maabara transit camp, albeit well after the 1950-1 period when all the "kidnappings" were supposed to take place, and the girl was in the hospital before being adopted.
GOTCHA, bellow the conspiracy nuts. PRIMA FACIE proof.
Or is it?
Shukar's parents were in the process of getting divorced. The baby was placed for adoption behind the back of the father but evidently not that of the mother. The adoption was deemed legit by the Commission of Inquiry into the "kidnapping." Miriam grew up and traced her biological parents to meet them. The case was kicked around the media as proof that there were all sorts of other illicit adoptions. No one has found any, although a handful of legit adoptions occurred. If Miriam's adoption was illicit, the problem was the adoption procedure and law in the 1960s and exploitation of it by parents in a divorce conflict, not a grand conspiracy by Ashkenazim who were too stupid to know that the orphanages of Israel were full of Ashkenazi orphans waiting for a home.
No kidnapping. No conspiracy.
2. Loon Alert - you first heard it here:
It is only a question of time before the yemen-kidnap-conspiracy nuts start comparing dismissal of their "theory" to Holocaust Denial.
3. Shifra Shvarts, of Ben Gurion University, who has researched the early years of Israel's medical system, said that she never found "even a shred of evidence" that there was any systematic kidnapping. "I have examined some 30,000-40,000 files form that period," she said. "It is inconceivable that, if so many babies had indeed been kidnapped, I would not have found even a single document that proves it. But I did not." She did find "doctors, nurses, and patients who came from different countries and cultures and could not even communicate in a common language, and almost total chaos."
Ami Hovav, a private investigator who served the first two commissions that examined the fate of the Yemenite babies, also said "there were no kidnappings." Speaking on an Israeli TV program in 2013, Hovav said that he'd investigated 650 cases of missing babies, and he was unable to solve 80 of those cases; the rest of the babies died, "except for a few dozen who were put up for adoption when their parents could not be traced."
"I myself am a Yemenite," he said. "I wanted to find justice. But I never found even a hint of the kidnappings. Babies were transferred from nurseries and hospitals, with staff and patients who couldn't speak the same language."
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Let my transcripts go!
It was only 3 weeks later when the problems began.
The swine, began the shouts, there is nothing at all in these documents about any kidnappings, not even a single one. Only about infants who died or "disappeared" while in monstrously overcrowded hospital wards. We was robbed!!
But that just proves how nefarious the conspiracy is!, it was said. Evidently, the 95-year old MAPAI Ashkenazi conspirators had somehow gotten into the archives under a Likud government, and made away with the only papers documenting actual kidnappings! Government officials insisted they had released all the documents they had held. BUT BUT BUT there just had to be more!!
The campaign escalated. Columnist after columnist, TV talking heads, Mizrachi activists from Right and Left, the Communist Party.
We demand a new commission of inquiry into the disappearance of the real kidnapping documents. That last one, er, four commissions should not count.
Ah, sighed the PM, who knows, perhaps some day the truth might emerge. Next year in Jerusalem!
For decades the Yemenite children kidnap conspiracy was but one out of a pair of supposed conspiracies carried out in Israel against Mizrachi children. The second was the "ringworm children" conspiracy and it too is now coming back out of the sewers of conspiracism.
Ringworm is a nasty fungal infection, one that even in the 90s when my kids had it was tough to get rid of. According to the anti-Israel conspiracy nuts, Israel decided to perform human experiments on the children affected in the 1950s by ringworm with irradiation. In retrospect, it was a harmful treatment and exposed the kids to health risks. A bit like thalidomide in the US. There was no conspiracy. There was de facto medical error.
Nevertheless, over time the "ringworm" conspiracy became the twin mate of the Yemenite children conspiracy, mentioned by the same people, especially anti-Israel Sephardic communists and plain old anti-Semites like Barry Chamish and Little Dickie Silverstein. And neo-nazi web sites.
The anti-Semites paint it as Nazi-like experimentation on children. No one knows how many, if any, Israeli kids died from it. Neo-nazi Silverstein says tens of thousands of Arabs (!!!) died. He also claims Jews commit "goyacide." He has been unemployed for 20 years.
In fairness, the dangers of irradiation were not known at the time, the 50s. I know. In my Philly neighborhood strip mall down the street were shoe stores with XRAYs for free to see how your feet fit inside the shoes. I shudder to think how many times I did it. I did not get sick from it.
This week countless conspiracy nuts are trying to dredge up the ringworm children as companion conspiracy for the non-existent Yemenite children conspiracy "theory."
What is that telling you? And yes they too want a commission of inquiry.
3. HEY I CAN'T FIND MY CAR KEYS.
THAT PROVES THEY WERE KIDNAPPED BY AN EVIL ASHKENAZI MEGA-CONSPIRACY!!
4. If you bring me an actual report from 1950 about an alleged Kidnapping of a Yemenite kid at that time, I may be willing to look at it.
If you bring me a new report made 65 years later, do not bother.
If you are a believer in the yemen children conspiracy theory, explain to us whether and why you also believe chamish about rabin/peres.
Why do so many people believe the ridiculous conspiracy paranoia from the 9-11 "troofer" people? These are people obsessed with a conspiracy that never existed. Sound familiar?
Here is an example of a total absence of evidence of any sort:
I know lots of people who all claim they have heard from lots of other people that they heard that Yemenite children disappeared without explanation and that must mean they were abducted and the CIA knocked down the WTC at Shimon Peres' behest.
Friday, June 24, 2016
ok, so take a deep breath and i will tell you where all the kidnapped yemenite children are:
Israel's Kidnapped Yemenite Children Bogeyman
By Steven Plaut
Every few years Israel is convulsed in "kidnapped Yemenite children" hysteria, and this summer is just the latest round. The ruckus concerns allegations that Yemenite children in the 1950s were kidnapped from their parents by racist Ashkenazim, five years after the Holocaust, "sold" in a giant conspiracy and put up for illegal adoption.
This year, as usual, demagogue politicians are joining the calls for yet another state commission of inquiry into the matter, trying to make political hay. There have been several commissions already. Journalists from the Far Left, the Far Right, and the Far-out Center are trying to build careers out of it all.
Large numbers of the Israeli public, not limited to Yemenites, believe the conspiracy tales. Not as many as Americans who believe in UFOs or a JFK conspiracy, but nevertheless alarming.
There is just one little problem with the "theory." It is nonsense.
READ MY LIPS! THERE WERE NEVER ANY KIDNAPPED YEMENITE CHILDREN IN ISRAEL. THERE WERE NO ILLEGAL ADOPTIONS OF YEMENITE CHILDREN. THERE WAS NO CONSPIRACY.
Before arriving in Israel, infant/child mortality in Yemen was probably the worst in the world. Well over 60% of infants died. Much like in the days of the Talmud. In halakha an infant death or NAFAL is not death at all and there is no shiva.
The deaths did not suddenly halt when the Yemenite Jews got off the planes in Israel. Israel at the time was a Third World mess. Much of the population was in MAABARA transit camps. The roads were mud. Almost no Israelis had phones and many had no bathroom or kitchen.
Hospital record keeping was poor and hospital care not much better. The country's attention was elsewhere, in things like finding food. People who did not know Hebrew could not communicate with one another. And the mess was not just in the hospitals. Large numbers of soldiers had died in the War of Independence, without their identities ever being recorded and known. The Israel Central Bureau of Statistics was not founded until 1949 and in the 1980s was still located in asbestos shacks without computers
Under these circumstances, infants died, corpses were misplaced, parents were not kept fully informed, parents imagined being persecuted. To put things into proportion, in 21st century USA with all the computers, corpses disappear from hospitals all the time.
Why did the hospital not simply call the Yemenite parents when an infant died? Because the hospital had no phone, the parents had no phone, lived in a tent, did not speak Hebrew, and the mail did not work - it still does not.
Since the 1950s, EVERY STATE COMMISSION - there have been at least three - HAS RULED THERE is no hard evidence of any KIDNAPPINGS.
NONE WILL EVER SETTLE THE MATTER FOR THE CONSPIRACY NUTS BECAUSE THEY WILL ALWAYS DEMAND YET ANOTHER INVESTIGATION.
THE PEOPLE DEMANDING NEW INVESTIGATIONS NOW ARE EXACTLY LIKE THE 911-TROOFERS AND THE PEOPLE SEEKING EVIDENCE OF A JEWISH CABAL TO CONTROL THE WORLD.
The fact that "a lot of people" think something is true does not make it true. 65 years of "searching" have already gone by. Multiple state commissions of inquiry. Highest of high tech available. And not a single proven case of a "kidnapped" Yemenite child ever found - OR EVEN OF AN ILLICIT ADOPTION. Where are all the Yemenite-looking Ashkenazim in Scarsdale and how come none ever asked about being adopted? None. Conclusion?
Supposedly "hundreds" of "kidnapped" Yemenite children were "sold." Yet 65 years later and not a single one of the sold ever went searching for his or her biological family.
Now just suppose that the main advocate of a theory, any theory, were a certifiably deranged stockpiler of assault weapons planning mass murder and attacks on the Israeli police. What would be your conclusion about his theory?
Well, meet the leading advocate of the "theory" of the kidnapped Yemenite children: the late Uzi Meshulam. A certified lunatic and terrorist. He led the drive to (re-) investigate once again the "disappearances."
His fans - conspiracy nuts still beating the dead old horse about "kidnapped" Yemenite children - are not nutty enough for you?
Well let us introduce you to Ami Meshulam, son of Uzi Meshulam. He is all over the media in Israel this week as the "conspiracy" fiction gets retold ad nauseum. Meshulam the Younger goes way beyond what his whack job pappy said. According to Ami, "thousands" of Yemenite children were rounded up in Israel in the 1950s by an Ashkenazi Gestapo and sold en masse to the USA WHERE THEY WERE SUBJECTED TO MENGELE-LIKE EXPERIMENTATION. Really. Which I am sure will be interesting for anyone who grew up in American during the Eisenhower era.
Ultra-leftist Haaretz, which generally likes the conspiracists, runs a TV review this week saying Ami Meshulam's theory might as well be that UFOs kidnapped the Yemenite kids. Conspiracy nut UFOLOGIST Barry Chamish - who publishes his "scoops" on Holocaust Denial web sites - has long been a devoted Meshulamite and has ties to Ami.
In a country where politician peccadillos become known instantly, where the "stinky deal" with Shimon Peres was exposed immediately, where the "esek bish" affair was leaked right away, where military secrets might as well appear on Facebook, explain to me how the thousands of people who would have to have been involved in the "kidnappings" of hundreds of children all kept silent 65 years and not a single one ever spoke out??!!
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
READ MY LIPS THERE WERE NEVER ANY KIDNAPPED YEMENITE CHILDREN IN ISRAEL.
1. READ MY LIPS
THERE WERE NEVER ANY KIDNAPPED YEMENITE CHILDREN IN ISRAEL. THERE WERE NO ILLEGAL ADOPTIONS OF YEMENITE CHILDREN. THERE WAS NO CONSPIRACY.
THERE WERE A HANDFUL OF LEGAL ADOPTIONS. THERE WERE ALSO MANY CASES OF CHILD MORTALITY; THE YEMENITES ARRIVED IN ISRAEL FROM YEMEN WITH A VERY HIGH INCIDENCE. HOSPITAL RECORD KEEPING IN ISRAEL IN THE 1950S WAS A MESS.
EVERY STATE COMMISSION HAS RULED THERE WERE NO KIDNAPPINGS. NONE WILL EVER SETTLE THE MATTER FOR THE CONSPIRACY NUTS BECAUSE THEY WILL ALWAYS DEMAND YET ANOTHER.
THE PEOPLE DEMANDING NEW INVESTIGATIONS ARE EXACTLY LIKE THE 911-TROOFERS AND THE UFO-HUNTING CHAMISH NUTS.
THEIR ENTIRE CASE CAN BE DEBUNKED BY TELLING THEM: "BULLSHIT."
GET A LIFE - they WERE NOT KIDNAPPED:
65 years of "searching" go by. Multiple state commissions of inquiry. Highest of high tech available. Not a single case of a "kidnapped" Yemenite child found. Conclusion?
The fact that "a lot of people" think something is true does not make it true.
Supposedly "hundreds" of "kidnapped" Yemenite children. Yet 65 years later and not a single one ever went searching for his or her biological family.
The whole "theory" is recycled Bullshit.
By: Steven Plaut
Published: June 20th, 2016
Bar-Ilan University Professor Menachem Klein
When one contemplates the radical anti-Israel Left in Israeli academia, Bar-Ilan University (BIU) is not ordinarily the school that jumps to mind. Bar-Ilan is nominally an Orthodox religious school, although lots of secularists and non-Jews study and teach there. Bar-Ilan has fewer tenured anti-Israel leftists than do other institutions, but nevertheless it does have a few. Probably the worst is Menachem Klein from the BIU political science department.
Klein is one of the leading Bash-Israel academics who has a special passion for the idea of dividing Jerusalem and removing Israel from its sacred shrines. The 64 year old was the academic fig leaf for the anti-Israel "Geneva Initiative" of Yossi Beilin and the Far Left. When he was denied an academic promotion a while back, he publicly denounced Bar Ilan University as a thuggish institution.
A member of the board of B'tselem, Klein seems to have never met an anti-Semite he does not like. He favors Israeli leftists negotiating peace with Palestinians, by surrendering to their demands.
In recent years Klein has devoted his energies to resuscitating the old Stalinist myth about Arab-Jewish euphoria before the rise of Zionism and especially the silly pseudo-history around the notion of the "Arab Jew." Invented by a small group of Israeli Stalinists led by Tel Aviv University sociologist Yehouda Shenhav, these people claim that Oriental Jews are actually Arabs of the Mosaic persuasion. Never mind the proportion who would slap you silly if they hear you calling them Arabs of any sort. Shenhav has promoted his view that Asian Jews are Arabs in numerous articles and his book, The Arab Jews: Nationality, Religion and Ethnicity, won rave reviews from Arab extremists and from PLO front groups.
Shenhav considers Zionism to be a form of colonialism. Indeed, Shenhav has long argued that Asian Jews and Arabs need to unite to fight Zionism, that old "common cause" of the communist party in Iraq and "Palestine" from the 1920s onward. Asian Jews and Arabs are, in his view, two wings of the same struggle in absolutely everything – except that Shehav has staunchly opposed the idea of compensation for Asian Jews from Arab countries for their property stolen.
Now years later, Klein tries to steal the anti-Zionist thunder from the Stalinists, but by beating the same old tune. The only difference is that Klein rewrites Jewish-Arab relations based upon the supposed euphoria in "Palestine" before Israel's creation – not in Iraq – when the local Jews were supposedly Jewish Arabs. This tooth fairy historic revisionism is the focus of his book, 'Lives in Common: Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem, Jaffa and Hebron.' It is in effect science fiction focused upon the past.
Countless murders of Jews and pogroms against them notwithstanding, Klein's proof is that in Hebron in 1929, almost half the Jews there were not massacred by the local Arabs. Klein then argues that not only were pre-Independence relations among Jews and Arabs in "Palestine" idyllic, but that the Jews considered themselves Arabs
in all things. Something even Shenhav never claims. The problems only began when "nationalism" made its appearance on the scene, and you will not be disappointed to learn that he does NOT mean Arab nationalism, something presumably Jewish Arabs could embrace and join.
From the toady Haaretz review of his book:
Arab-Jewish identity, writes Klein, did not only develop in Jerusalem, Jaffa and Hebron. "It was a fact of life throughout the Arab world. By the end of the 19th century it was a self-conscious identity in the major cities of the east, such as Cairo, Beirut and Baghdad. In these urban centers Jews took part in the Arab cultural renaissance and local national movements." …
Yet even then, in the midst of the looming nationalist conflict, the lines remained fluid. Jewish women worked in Jaffa's cafes and restaurants as waitresses, singers and dancers. Jaffa's young men flocked to Tel Aviv's cafes and beaches, wide-eyed at the sight of scantily dressed women, unimaginable in Jaffa itself, and the Hebrew city's atmosphere of sexual licentiousness. Older Arab men courted middle-aged Jewish women at the Casino Café, on the beach, which offered live music, weekly formal dance nights and a crèche.
Like a Graham Greene novel.
The fatal death blow to the bucolic paradise came in 1948, when those accursed Zionists declared Israeli independence. Clearly Klein, who wants Jerusalem to belong to the "Palestinians," thinks the solution is for the Jews to go back to being obedient and easily-massacred Jewish Arabs.
Thursday, June 09, 2016
LEFTIST BGU FACULTY MEMBER MURDERED BY PALESTINIAN TERRORISTS
LEFTIST BGU FACULTY MEMBER MURDERED BY PALESTINIAN TERRORISTS
One of the victims of the barbaric terror attack in Tel Aviv was a leftist faculty member from the monochromatic department of sociology at Ben Gurion University. The victim is Michael Feige, whose web page can be seen here
The syllabus of his biased one-sided course on "settlers" appears here http://in.bgu.ac.il/en/ISIP/Site%20Assets/Pages/Syllabus-Israel-in-the-Jewish-World/West%20Bank%20Settlers.pdf Feige liked to write against "fundamentalism," by which he meant those who disagree with the Left or who practice Judaism. Not Islamists.
Here is Feige romanticizing the radical anti-Israel "Peace Now" political organization: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/179149
Here is Feige as co-author of far-leftist convicted rapist professor Eyal Ben Ari: http://www.academia.edu/3472733/Card_Games_and_an_Israeli_Army_Unit_An_Interpretive_Case_Study,
in a study of card playing among soldiers. (Strange things count as research among sociologists.)
Here he is in Hebrew celebrating the use of force against "settlers": http://www.haaretz.co.il/misc/1.1499988
Terror news story where he is ID'ed: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4813768,00.html
It is not known whether Feige managed to renounce his leftist delusions before he himself became one of the victims of them.
2.Interesting comment in all this - Israelis going out in evening to bars wearing suits is so uncharacteristic that the foreign journalists all conclude that the Arab terrorists wore suits to appear as ultra-Orthodox Chareidim. Even though the place was treif.
99 canisters here,
If on Yata the last one should fall,
98 napalm bombs on the wall.
98 napalm bombs on the wall,
98 canisters here,
If on Yata the last one should fall,
97 napalm bombs on the wall.
97 napalm bombs on the wall,
97 canisters here,
If on Yata the last one should fall,
96 napalm bombs on the wall.....
Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Israel's Socialist Dreams vs. Capitalist Realities
1. Send Israel's tenured leftists to Rikers Island!!
The Knesset is issuing a "boycott the boycotters" call, directed against the BDS terrorists who boycott Israel.
Now NY STATE ANNOUNCES IT IS BOYCOTTING ALL BDS ACTIVISTS.
ISRACAMPUS HAS ISSUED THE FOLLOWING CALL:
DEMAND THAT NY STATE BOYCOTT ANTI-ISRAEL ISRAELI LEFTIST "ACADEMICS" WHO ENDORSE BDS TERRORISM AGAINST ISRAEL!!!
PUT EM IN RIKERS!!
Israel's Socialist Dreams vs. Capitalist Realities
by Steven Plaut
Middle East Quarterly
Israel truly is the startup nation. There are more startups in Israel than in Western Europe, and the number of Israeli patents is among the largest for any country in the world. Shares of numerous Israeli companies trade on the NASDAQ stock exchange while acquisitions of Israeli high-tech companies by foreign investors inject many billions of dollars into the country every year.
A colorful legend holds that when God offered the Torah to the Israelites at Mt. Sinai, they were reluctant to accept it. God then lifted the mountain over their heads in a threatening manner, mak-ing them an offer they could not refuse. They reconsidered.
The saga of economic liberalism, some-times dubbed "neoliberal-ism," and Israeli economic growth bears some similarities to that legend. Modern Israel has developed into something of an economic miracle, largely as a result of economic liberalization, driven by entrepreneurship, innovation, investment, and the accumulation of human capital. Yet Israelis have never been entirely comfortable with economic liberalism and indeed are by and large hostile to it. Like their wandering ancestors, they have benefitted in spite of their disinclinations.
The Reluctant "Start-Up Nation"
Israelis may be the most entrepreneurial population on the planet; their capabilities in innovation being, for example, the essential message of Start-Up Nation, the New York Times business bestseller. There are supposed to be more startups in Israel than in Western Europe, not per capita, but in absolute numbers. With a population of eight million people, Israel has over 6,000 startups. In the 2015 Bloomberg Innovation Index, Israel was ranked ahead of the United States, France, and the United Kingdom. The number of Israeli patents is among the largest for any country in the world while shares of numerous Israeli companies trade on the American NASDAQ stock exchange as well as other exchanges. Acquisitions of Israeli high-tech companies by foreign investors inject many billions of dollars into the country every year. Among the reasons for the country's success are its well-educated labor force, a high household savings rate, high levels of imported capital, a strong immigration rate (which includes many highly-educated people), and especially—in recent years—an extremely creative high-tech sector, which so far operates largely outside the realm of government regulation.
This economic good news is all the more remarkable in light of the fact that Israel began its existence in the late 1940s as an impoverished third-world country, whose economy might have been discussed in the same breath as that of India or Egypt. Today, Israel has a gross domestic product per capita comparable to that of the middle-income countries of Western Europe, roughly the same as Italy's. Israel was one of the only countries in the world whose economy did not contract during the global financial crisis that began in 2007. Its rates of inflation and unemployment have been better than those of the United States and Western Europe in recent years. The economy has shown its resilience in the face of numerous challenges and shocks, including chronic terrorism, frequent military conflict, a huge defense burden, a dearth of physical natural resources, and the need to integrate people arriving from scores of different countries and cultures.
Ironically, this dramatic transition from low-development status to today's very high level took place largely despite economic policies that were, in many cases, designed to prevent growth and efficiency. Economic policy has been liberalized slowly over time, but this occurred by and large in the face of governmental reluctance. In some cases, especially regarding the reduction of import protectionism, this was forced upon the government as part of multinational trade agreements.
Israeli economic policy has almost always stifled competition; protected inefficient sectors; allocated resources based on political negotiation, lobbying, and political power; and suppressed market forces in large swaths of the economy. This "reign of pork"— has included the maintenance of an enormous bloated public sector, a long series of bailouts for failed enterprises, high tax rates, and a gargantuan budget.
To continue reading the article, open http://www.meforum.org/6046/israel-socialist-dreams-capitalist-realities
3. The new magic mantra of the asslibs (assimilationist liberals) is that Judaism must be "Inclusive."
"Inclusive" of what? First of all, the "transgendered," then every imaginable sexual perversion, then BDS anti-Semitism, in fact - inclusive of everything except Trump supporters.
And they oppose being "exclusive," in the sense of excluding pagan abominations, anti-Semitism, and being untrendy. They are fine though with excluding Judaism.
Friday, June 03, 2016
Moses in the Ladies Room?
Moses in the Ladies Room?
Israel is under mortal threat. Global anti-Semitism is growing. Iran getting nuclear weapons. ISIS atrocities everywhere.
And what is foremost on the agenda of the "Conservative" synagogue movement? Making sure that if Bruce Jenner ever decides to convert to Judaism, he will feel comfortable in a "Conservative synagogue."
Some mentally ill people want to alter their gender. Greedy surgeons perform mutilations for profit. Insane parents tell their 8 year old kids they can "choose" their gender. Cowardly psychologists and psychiatrists provide window dressing for the "reassignment" atrocities, pretending there is really a trans gender.
And the "Conservative" "synagogue" movement joins the pagan political correctness orgy. The Reform movement long ago replaced Judaism with political liberalism as its "theology." The Reconstructionists were never anything more than Marxist liberation theologists mixed with cheerleading for Islamist terror and anti-Semitism. The "Conservatives" though had pretensions of practicing Judaism, sort of.
Never mind what the Torah says about cross-dressing. The "Conservatives" want Elijah to come back as a tranny and use the ladies room in their "shul." Thou shalt be trendy - replaces the Ten Commandments for them. It is the moral death of their movement.
Conservative rabbis adopt resolution backing transgender rights
The resolution passed last week expresses "the full welcome, acceptance, and inclusion of people of all gender identities in Jewish life and general society."
The international association of Conservative rabbis passed a resolution declaring its embrace of transgender people, and called on Jewish institutions and government agencies to ensure their full equality.
The Rabbinical Assembly resolution passed last week expresses "the full welcome, acceptance, and inclusion of people of all gender identities in Jewish life and general society."
In its Resolution Affirming the Rights of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People, the group makes a legal case for its position, arguing the spectrum of Jewish text "affirms the variety of non-binary gender expression throughout history."
"Since Talmudic times, our people have recognized that the human condition is not just binary," said Rabbi Gil Steinlauf, the gay spiritual leader at Adas Israel in Washington, D.C., in an interview with the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT advocacy group. "I hope this resolution will go far in promoting this deep truth of our religion in our society and in the world."
The resolution encourages Conservative synagogues, camps, schools, communal and professional organizations "to create fully inclusive settings." It follows a similar resolution passed by the Union for Reform Judaism in November.
The Rabbinical Assembly, which comprises 1,700 rabbis, encouraged institutions affiliated with the Conservative movement to assess policies, physical facilities and language to become "safe spaces" for transgender and gender non-conforming people. It also encouraged employees of the institutions to educate themselves and their constituencies about the needs of transgender and gender non-conforming people, including, for example, using an individual's preferred pronoun.
"That is always the first job of the religious community, the faith community: to bring our Jewish values to bear on our real-life situations and the real people around us," Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, the executive vice president of the assembly, told the Washington Post.
Over the weekend, transgender Jews and Jewish LGBT organizations celebrated the resolution. Schonfeld said she has not heard of any resistance to it.
"I don't believe there was opposition to it at all," she said. "I think it really comes out of a basic set of values, to see the infinite and equal worth in every human being. I think it speaks very directly to Jewish values. This is one of the examples of how the Torah's fundamental values keep reasserting themselves as society grows and matures."
The resolution comes in the wake of a tense national conversation on transgender rights. In March, the North Carolina legislature passed a law banning transgender people from using bathrooms that do not match the gender on their birth certificate. A backlash from businesses followed, and President Barack Obama responded in May with a directive instructing public schools to allow transgender students to use the restroom of their choice, igniting a nationwide debate.
Thursday, June 02, 2016
The Israeli Left's War against the Flag
The Israeli Left's War against the Flag
By Steven Plaut
The Israeli Left has a serious flag problem. Well, a problem with the Israeli flag to be precise. The one with the six-pointed blue star. Not the ISIS flag.
The Left intensely dislikes people who wave Israeli flags, although I think it would be okay with those radical anti-Trump protesters waving Mexican and Iranian flags. At the Israeli Left's own rallies, like one widely reported recently, one sees oodles of Stalinist red flags, lots of PLO flags, and sometimes one may see Hamas flags, but no Israeli flags.
In a few famous cases, the Left's contempt for the flag goes well beyond that. A few months ago, the ultra-leftist Israeli "artist" and "activist" Ariel Bronz appeared at an assembly sponsored by the anti-Israel Haaretz newspaper and pranced about the stage with an Israeli flag inserted in his rear end. Haaretz approved and hailed the behavior as the epitome of democracy and patriotism. In an earlier incident one Natali Cohen Vaxberg, also a leftist activist and actress, posted on the web videos of her relieving herself (number two, to be precise) on the Israeli flag. More courageous defense of freedom of speech, squealed Haaretz and its leftist amen choir in delight.
The latest twist in the Left's jihad against the flag has to do with plans by participants in the upcoming Jerusalem Reunification Day festivities to wave it. This has triggered horrific anger among the enlightened Left. They are particularly irate because celebrants plan to march all over Jerusalem waving flags, including in all parts of the Old City.
That is simply fascism, scream the Leftists, especially because the celebrants will walk through the "Moslem Quarter" of the Old City. Flying flags under the noses of these "occupied" Arabs is intolerable oppression, even though these Arabs have Israeli citizenship and are welcome to join the celebrations and wave flags with the others if they wish.
So now a group of about 100 radical leftists has placed an ad in the press this week, paid for by you-know-who, denouncing plans to wave Israeli flags in Jerusalem on Jerusalem Day. The ad says that as peace seekers the signatories demand that the government and police prohibit the waving of flags in the "Muslim Quarter" of the Old City, which - they add - is near the Temple Mount and the day will be close to Ramadan. It should be noted that the signers do not express any opposition to PLO, Hamas, or ISIS flags flying on the PLO-controlled Temple Mount itself, nor in any leftist street rallies anywhere else in the country.
So who are the brave souls devoted to freedom of speech and true democracy who have signed this petition demanding the suppression of Israeli flag waving? Some of them are notorious activists in the movement to create a world boycott against Israel in the name of BDS = Boycott-Divest-Sanctions warfare against Israel, such as Tel Aviv University's purple-haired faculty dingbat Rachel Giora or anti-Israel ex-diplomat Alon Liel.
Some others are also Tenured Extremists. One signer is Liel's constant sidekick, the "Peace Now" professor Amiram Goldblum from the Hebrew University, who has devoted much of his career to demonizing Israel as a fascist apartheid regime while he himself opposes freedom of speech and democracy in Israel and claims Judaism itself is the root of all that is wrong in the Middle East. He is joined by Ze'ev Sternhell from the Hebrew University, a Marxist anti-Zionist who once called for terrorists to murder Jewish settlers and wants student Zionists to be suppressed because they are "fascists." A few dozen other radical leftist sheep join in the herd to sign.
The rage among leftists over the flying of the flag on Jerusalem Reunification Day is actually a thin disguise for what really is bothering the Left and what its real agenda is. The Left is not really opposed to flag waving but to Jerusalem Reunification. It wants Israel back behind its pre-1967 Auschwitz borders, with the Western Wall a Muslim shrine in "Palestine's" hegemony, and with tens of thousands of rockets raining down upon the rump Israel that will temporarily remain if the Left ever manages to impose its agenda on the country.
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Israeli Left Warming up to Idea of a Military Coup
Israeli Left Warming up to Idea of a Military Coup
By Steven Plaut
Israel's anti-democratic radical Left has a new brilliant brainstorm idea. Having despaired of ever convincing more than a trivial portion of the Israeli public of the correctness of its "ideas," it now would like to impose its ideas on the country by means of a military coup.
It is now their favorite way of repairing the intolerable situation under which Israelis keep electing the wrong people, the non-Left, by huge majorities. Democracy should only be accepted when it results in leftist hegemony.
The idea of peace-by-coup is being promoted by Haaretz, that SWAT TEAM FIELD ARTILLEY of the radical anti-Israel Left, which tells the country's leftists each morning what they think about everything. Haaretz and its flocks of sheep have been trying to recruit pressures from overseas against the Israeli government to coerce it into acquiescing and accepting the political agenda of the Far Left that is otherwise rejected by 98% of Israeli Jews. It wants Israel to be coerced via BDS terrorism and by recruiting the EU members to recognize "Palestine" in Israeli territory in defiance of Israeli sovereignty, in both cases showing its disdain for democracy and for Israeli independence. But instead of welcoming the foreign extortion, the vast majority of Israelis see BDS as anti-Semitic terrorism and see the soliciting of EU countries to engage in anti-Israel actions as treason.
So Zvi Harel, one of the regular Haaretz pinkologists (pink journalists) leads the flock of sheep to go one step further, calling for a military coup to fix the problem. On May 11, he dropped all pretenses about believing in democracy:
'When the government adopts and cultivates values that the army leadership sees as a threat to the country's existence, and when the public, which provides the army with its manpower, demands that the IDF become corrupt and bestialize itself, the military's top brass will face a dilemma. It will have to decide what constitutes the ultimate threat to the security and existence of the country: Is it thousands of missiles and Palestinian knife attackers or is it a government that is shaping the public into a monster threatening to devour Israeli democracy's fundamental values….But it will not be the army that causes the revolution, if it occurs. The political leadership that is currently pushing the army into a position in which it has to defend itself and its values is what could bring about the first Jewish military coup – one which may have already begun.'
The fondness of the Left for a military coup as a way to impose its agenda upon the country will seem bizarre only to those who do not realize how much of the senior IDF brass in Israel is leftist. The Israeli military shares guilt for the "Oslo" debacle, failing to warn it would lead to disaster. For decades the Israeli intelligence services were dominated by leftists, no doubt explaining many of their fiascos. The presence of far leftists in the IDF leadership was illustrated dramatically recently when an ignorant leftist general compared Israel to Nazi Germany, to the chortles of delight of the anti-Israel Left. This is the same Left that declares everyone who disagrees with the Left is a fascist.
So you can see why the Left might find the idea of a military coup to its liking.