Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Israeli Tenured Leftists on Holocaust Denier Web Site
Monday, August 25, 2014
The Symposium against Patriotism and Democracy at Tel Aviv University
The Symposium against Patriotism and Democracy at Tel Aviv University
In recent weeks Israel has seen an unprecedented unification of spirit, with nearly the entire Jewish population strongly endorsing the military activity against the Gaza savages. The main criticism of the operations is coming from people who believe that the government is not using ENOUGH firepower and force.
The Radical academic Left has maintained an eerie silence throughout much of the operation, But this week a group of Tenured Leftists held a symposium to denounce the widespread patriotism that they fear has infected Israel. The symposium at Tel Aviv University was titled "How to Think about the War," the purpose of which was to tell people how to think. And of course the correct way to think is how the Far Left and communists think.
The symposium was organized in response to an innocent memo sent out by the Tel Aviv University administration expressing support for Israeli soldiers during the war, "embracing them," while at the same time denouncing "hurtful and extremist" comments being made by people in the social media and internet. That statement enraged the tenured Left. How dare the heads of Tel Aviv University say that they are embracing the soldiers.
The anti-patriotism rally was organized by Prof. Ishay Rosen-Zvi, an ultra-leftist faculty member at TAU in "Hebrew Culture." Rosen Zvi has a long track record of pseudo-academic Israel bashing (see http://isracampus.org.il/third%20level%20pages/Editorial%20-%20Lee%20Kaplan%20-%20Ishay%20Rosen-Zvi%20-%20leads%20crusade%20at%20Shimon%20HaTzadik%20Neighborhood.htm ) . He said he organized the symposium because he felt that the administration's statement about embracing soldiers was silencing freedom of speech and also because he felt revulsion at the wave of patriotism and unity in the Israeli media. After all, hardly any treasonous opinions were being aired during the war! Rosen Zvi demanded that the media be cleansed of the endless security-oriented and patriotic opinion, which is "designed to suppress freedom of speech." (Hebrew report in Haaretz on this is at http://www.haaretz.co.il/news/education/.premium-1.2415984 ).
Rosen Zvi was particularly irate at the fact that deaths of Israeli soldiers were not producing defeatist sentiments in the public. In the past, he said, such deaths produced pressures on the government but now they were simply contributing to a sense of national unity. In addition, Rosen Zvi denounced what he describes as "violence against the Left," by which he means public criticism of the Left. Other speakers at the symposium denounced the "excess" number of injuries of Gaza civilians as war crimes.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Israeli Left becoming Extinct
|Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu surprised many at his Tel Aviv press conference Wednesday night by promising a "new diplomatic horizon."|
It was remarkable not only because the press conference was supposed to be about war and not peace, but also because it came at the culmination of a week that was so bleak for those who want to see a diplomatic solution to the Gaza problem, and the entire Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Hopes for an extended cease-fire were dashed. Rocket attacks resumed in full scale and scope. And the Israeli Left endured a week that its leaders undoubtedly would want to forget.
The week started with a poorly attended pro-peace rally at Tel Aviv's Rabin Square.
The same location that once boasted 400,000 left-wingers at a demonstration got 10,000, according to the most optimistic among the event's organizers – and much less according to others.
No matter who was right, the 10 sponsoring organizations should have been able to bring out a lot more, especially after they were challenged by none other than US President Barack Obama.
"If [Netanyahu] doesn't feel some internal pressure, then it's hard to see him being able to make some very difficult compromises, including taking on the settler movement," Obama said in an interview with New York Times columnist Tom Friedman.
If Obama had been the speaker at the rally, a lot more people would have come.
Meretz leader Zehava Gal-On, Hadash chairman Muhammad Barakei and author David Grossman apparently were not enough of a draw.
Labor Party leaders admitted they boycotted the event because they were afraid it would cause then to lose votes from the Center. Perhaps that was also why Labor chairman Isaac Herzog attacked Netanyahu this week from the Right.
Herzog said Tuesday that the prime minister's job was to provide security and complete quiet to residents of the South, implying he should take more action to do so.
"If, as Netanyahu has said, Hamas has been vanquished, he should reach a diplomatic deal under the best terms possible for Israel," Herzog said. "But if the government was to surrender in order to bring about a fake quiet like that which we had until today, it would prove it is a weak government that has failed."
The poor showing at the demonstration could be explained by a poll released Tuesday, which found that the Left's numbers in Israel are dwindling. The Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University have been taking a monthly poll called the Peace Index since 1994; never in those 20 years have there been fewer people who call themselves left-wing.
When asked to place themselves on the political spectrum for foreign policy and security issues, 34 percent self-identified as part of the Right, 28% as moderate Right, 22% as centrist, 9% as moderate Left, and only 3% as Left.
IDI Prof. Tamar Hermann, who takes the polls, explained that at first the Right and Left were divided half and half. She said the Left's numbers started to fall following the November 1995 assassination of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.
For many years, 25%-30% of respondents called themselves left-wing; in recent years, 15%-17%. In an interview with the new Voice of Israel website – a Jerusalem-based, English-language broadcast network – Hermann said the Left had shrunk due to internal disputes, the reshaping of the political map, demographic changes and steps taken by the Palestinians.
"People who tended to put themselves on the Left and supported the operation [in Gaza] were a bit hesitant to place themselves on the Left, because the vociferous Left was strongly against the operation – or at least its consequences," she said. "People's self-identification with this camp has become more problematic than it used to be in the past."
Former deputy defense minister Danny Danon (Likud) had a different explanation.
The MK said the rival camp was suffering because the Palestinian leadership repeatedly rejected diplomatic overtures from Israel.
"The Left has become an endangered species," Danon said. "I have noticed how frustrated people on the Left have become now that the public has realized we are not to blame for the lack of peace."
Peace Now secretary-general Yariv Oppenheimer promised that another demonstration would take place again soon that would be better-advertised and attract many more people. A former Labor Knesset candidate, he said one of the keys to the Left's recovery was for left-wing parties to unite under Herzog's leadership ahead of the next election.
"People are looking at the peace solution not in a romantic way like they did in the 1980s or 1990s, but in a more realistic way," Oppenheimer said. "They are not enthusiastic or waiting for peace to solve all the problems. But, on the other hand, they recognize that without the two-state solution, we will find ourselves fighting the Palestinians again and again.
"There is no reason for the Right to be optimistic. Eventually the people of Israel will understand that the only way to ensure Israel remains a Jewish-democratic state is a two-state solution."
Oppenheimer's optimism about the Left's recovery contrasted with another question in the IDI poll, which found that left-wingers are more pessimistic than right-wingers about Israel's future.
Sixty-five percent of Jewish respondents said they were optimistic about Israel's future, while 33% were pessimistic.
When divided by political affiliation, the more left-wing people are, the more pessimistic they are.
Seventy-one percent of right-wingers called themselves optimistic, as did 67% of those on the moderate Right, 69% of centrists, 61% of the moderate Left, and 54% of the Left.
The fact that so many Israelis are optimistic despite the events of the past two months could be seen as a vote of confidence in the IDF, which the poll found enjoyed nearly universal support from Jewish Israelis, and in Netanyahu, who also fared well in the survey.
Netanyahu's opponents on the Right said his attack on Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman and Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett at Wednesday's press conference came because the prime minister was feeling pressure from his poor showing in recent polls.
But Netanyahu's associates said his frustration with Liberman and Bennett was genuine, and based purely on their behavior.
Asked whether the prime minister's statement about a diplomatic horizon was also genuine or merely intended to spite Liberman and Bennett, they said Netanyahu would only act based on what was best for the country.
Friday, August 22, 2014
A bit of consistency in news reports:
James Foley was a journalist and investigator into the poverty and underlying grievances behind Middle East terrorism. Foley appears to have died in mysterious circumstances, at the same time that a large number of ISIS activists were killed by American military intervention. The total number of victims of violence over the past week was 340. ISIS is a group of misunderstood militants that is motivated by frustration that its grievances are not being addressed and its reasonable demands met. ISIS emerged because of the inequalities in the world, the underprivileged situation of so many Muslims in the Middle East. Clearly all ISIS wants is its fair share of the pie, but selfish Westerners have refused to conduct good faith negotiations with the leaders of ISIS. Since these leaders had no other choice, they captured Foley and he then became a victim of the cycle of violence begun by the United States. Foley's death was clearly a protest against occupation of Iraqi and Afghan territory by the United States and against European colonial oppression. There is some confusion as to whether ISIS was in fact behind the death of Foley. Informed sources on the ground in Iraq and Syria say that Israeli Jewish settlers really killed Foley. In any case, it is clear that this sort of violence can only end when the American government conducts good faith negotiations with ISIS and meets its reasonable demands.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Haaretz finds some new McCarthyism
1. 98% of Israeli Jews are strongly behind the operations in Gaza and most of the dissidence in Israel comes from people who think that Netanyahu wimped out and did not go far enough to finish the job. Haaretz, the Palestinian newspaper published in Hebrew, managed to maintain its anti-Israel pro-Hamas line throughout recent weeks. To remind you, Haaretz has a 6% market share among the quarter of Israelis who actually read newspapers and I suspect that 2/3 of Haaretz subscribers get it for the business supplement Marker, not for the daily doses of treason.
In any case, the anti-democratic Left in Israel, lead by Haaretz, are all whining because the Israeli on the street has no patience to listen to their treason these days. In fact, when the communists and their friends hold pro-Hamas rallies, "right-wingers" come out and harass them and call them names and counter-demonstrate, clearly acts of anti-democratic fascism! Mister and Mrs. Israeli do not believe that Israel bombed in Gaza to be mean and because Jews are racist and that the Gaza invasion was "disproportionate," unless you mean by that too mild.
A good example of the desperation of the Israeli radical Left is in today's Haaretz editorial. It concerns a decision to rein in the radical anti-Israel foreign-funded NGO B'Tselem, which pretends to be a human rights watchdog, although one that has never defended any human rights for Jews. After getting smacked down in a recent Supreme Court ruling, the Israeli government just ruled that national service youths may not do their service as interns with B'Tselem. National service is for religious women, some Arabs, and some others, as an alternative to (and sometimes supplement to) military service, and usually involves things like working in hospitals or with low-income families in Israel's periphery zones. (One of my sons did so BEFORE his regular army service.) The Left wants these people to be able to do political agitprop as national service in B'Tselem and similar outfits and indeed this was permitted until now. But only for far-leftist anti-Israel groups. No one could do national service, for example, with the Temple Mount lobby. But the government just nixed this. Haaretz is livid. McCarthyism, it bellows:
Israel's witch hunt against leftist organizations is McCarthyism in action
B'Tselem does not act against the state or its army, on the contrary: It tries to maintain its moral image, therefore fulfilling an important mission.
Haaretz Editorial | Aug. 15, 2014 | 2:04 AM
The witch hunt against leftist and civil-rights organizations in Israel is picking up speed just as Operation Protective Edge winds down. This week the director of the National Service Administration, Sar-Shalom Jerbi, informed the director of B'Tselem, Haggai Elad, that he was disqualifying B'Tselem as a receiving organization for civilian national service volunteers. Gili Cohen reported yesterday on the Haaretz website that in explaining his decision, Jerbi said the organization, whose full name is B'Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, acts against the state and the Israel Defense Forces.
"I feel obligated to exercise my authority and discontinue state assistance to an organization that acts against the state and its soldiers, who sacrifice their lives with supreme heroism in order to ensure the welfare and security of all Israeli citizens," Jerbi wrote in his letter to B'Tselem……
Jerbi's decision is scandalous, and Pensioner Affairs Minister Uri Orbach (Habayit Hayehudi), who oversees the National Service Administration, would do well do reject it. B'Tselem is a badge of honor for the State of Israel, and the national service volunteers who work for it are contributing far more to Israel than the volunteers of Efrat, the anti-abortion association, for example, whose service Jerbi has not disqualified.
On B'Tselem court case: http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/.premium-1.610477
Last year a Knesset bill to require that anti-Israel NGOs like B'Tselem disclose their sources of financing failed to pass because Netanyahu wimped out on it and on us.
2. One of the more amusing developments is Nasrallah, the Islamofascist terrorist head of the Hezb'Allah, whining about the growing power of ISIS. Hezb'Allah is a Shi'ite Islamofascist terrorist group that is chummy with the Assads. ISIS is a Sunni Islamofascist terrorist group that enjoys beheading Shi'ites before breakfast. Nasrallah wants the world to wake up to the ISIS threat. I look forward to ISIS catching up with Nasrallah and turning him into Purina.
3. Dersh on pro-Hamas anti-Semites: http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Supporting-Hamas-is-anti-Semitic-371173
4. The Israeli Mongrel Left has a new "cause." Haaretz, the Palestinian newspaper published in Hebrew, claims a wedding was supposed to take place between an Arab man and a Jewish woman, but the couple received a lot of insulting mail and phone calls and in the end they supposedly had to hire guards for the wedding because "rightwingers" plan to hold a protest at it. Other Mongrel Left web sites also picked up the story, including 972mag, an anti-Israel picayune web site financed by foreign anti-Semites. I do not know if the Haaretz story has any connection to facts, real people and real events. Haaretz stories about Jewish intolerance rarely do.
But there is one thing worth emphasizing.
While Haaretz soils its nappies in disgust at the supposed intolerance of Jews regarding the supposedly planned wedding, there is one little point Haaretz overlooks. Even Haaretz was unable to find a single case of a Jewish man marrying an Arab bride. Want to know why not? Cause any such prospective brides were murdered long ago in honor killings by their family. SO just who exactly are the intolerant ones in this story?
5. The fable of the sage of Gaza: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_opinion.php?id=9617&r=1
6. A Plautian spoof not written by Plaut: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/ronn-torossian/a-call-for-restraint-against-isis/
7. So the Brits are threatening to cut off arms to Israel because some Gazan civilians were hurt when Israel shot back. Now imagine that its allies had threatened Britain during the blitz to withhold arms shipments from the UK unless Britain could guarantee that no German civilians would be hurt when Britain bombed Germany in retaliation!
8. Mariachi Nagila: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=eVvhSBO0NnE
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Academic Standards at Hebrew University on Display: Hebrew University Sociologist Promotes S&M
Eva Illouz is an ultra-leftist sociologist from the Hebrew University and currently serves as president of Bezalel College. You may recall herimplementing a thought control enforcement mechanism while there:http://isracampus.org.il/third%20level%20pages/other%20-%20Betzalel%20-%20Thought%20Police.htm . Here is Ben Dror Yemini commenting on her:http://www.i24news.tv/en/opinion/140213-the-enslaved-professor
Well, now her latest pathbreaking scientific work appears here: Explaining 'Fifty Shades': How Bondage Solves the Problem of Modern Love - SPIEGEL ONLINE where she celebrates Sadomasochism and "Bondage". http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/eva-illouz-explains-how-fifty-shades-of-grey-solves-problems-of-love-a-843644.html
Here is an excerpt:
Have you ever had sadomasochistic fantasies? If you are like me, not only have you never had any, but you even view sadomasochism as an exotic and very distant land. Assuming that most people are boringly similar to me, then it is a puzzle how "Fifty Shades of Grey" -- a romance novel in which BDSM (short for Bondage & Discipline, Dominance & Submission, Sadism & Masochism) is the central plot motif -- became a phenomenal global success....
Moreover, I would argue that the sadomasochist relationship in general is a highly plausible solution to the complicated and uncertain labors of love for a number of reasons.
By definition, a BDSM relationship contains both pain and pleasure and thus neutralizes the ambivalence of relationships that alternate between pain and pleasure.
One of the greatest difficulties of modern relationships is relinquishing one's autonomy to another because, in doing that, our sense of dignity is always at stake. The BDSM contract does the logically and psychologically impossible: It makes one willingly give up one's will and autonomy to another. In that sense, it solves the problem of relinquishing one's autonomy.
The equality that has been promoted by 40 years of feminism demands ongoing, ceaseless negotiation. The BDSM contract stops the endless bargaining by setting up and freezing caricatured and exaggerated roles and positions. In fact, BDSM makes inequality acceptable because it is consensual, contractual and pleasurable.
Finally, sadomasochism can take place only between two people who fully trust each other. The dominant partner stops hurting the submissive partner as soon as he or she says the code word. In that sense, BDSM is the very performance of the scarcest commodity: trust.
Against this context, it is our ordinary heterosexual relationships that have become queer indeed: complicated and elusive and impossible to predict and control. They demand an enormous sophistication in our capacity to play many roles, endlessly negotiate boundaries and make sense of our own and the other's ambivalence. If conventional relationships have become queer, then the romance between Grey and Steele suggests that BDSM actually holds the promise of erasing that queerness by giving us access to erotic ecstasy without the anxiety of ambivalence and uncertainty.
Free Upload - What exactly is Hamas?
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Important new Voice in the Anti-War Coalition for Peace that Needs to be Heard
Australian Muslim Leader: Also Kill Left-Wing Anti-War Jews
Posted By Daniel Greenfield On August 5, 2014
If you want honesty from Muslim settlers in the West, you really can only get it from Hizb-ut-Tahrir. They will actually tell you what they're thinking.
The media won't.
Here's how the Australian media covered a Hizb-ut-Tahrir pro-Hamas rally.
A group of about 100 protesters have rallied outside the Egyptian consulate in Sydney to call for the defence of Gaza and the destruction of Israel. The group including men, women and children gathered on Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills, on Saturday afternoon, waving placards calling for Muslims to support Gaza.
How touching. Here's the real genocidal reality.
Now here's actual video from that event courtesy of Memri.
"This nation has been and will continue to be a nation of Jihad until Judgement Day."
"There is no god but Allah… and Jihad is a duty decreed by Allah"
"Palestine cannot contain the Muslims and the Jews."
"The Jews should not be in Palestine and they will not remain there."
"Any Jew living in Palestine is an illegitimate occupier. He is a target of Jihad…. this holds true for all the Jews in Palestine."
"It makes no difference whether a Jew is pro-peace or pro-war, whether right-wing or left-wing… and serves as a target for the Jihad of the Islamic nation."
"Khaybbar, Khaybar, oh Jews, the Army of Mohammed will return."
"Oh Jews, nobody will give you peace– not the Arab rulers, not the world's rulers, not the UN Security Council, not the Palestinian Authority."
"The Jews will not thrive and will not live in safety because they are the slayers of the prophets… whenever the Jews thrive, corruption abounds… corruption in everything that is associated with the Jews."
"Who will set the world free from the Israelites… that mission will be accomplished by none other than you Muslims."
"The ember of Jihad against the Jews will continue to burn. The struggle and the Jihad will continue until the worlds of Allah come true: "Judgement Day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews."
That hateful Hadith is also contained in the Hamas charter.
Finally a sanitized version of this call for genocide is delivered in English by a fellow who demands that Jews return to the lands they immigrated from, but has no intention of doing the same.
And no it's not Zionism, it's the same old Anti-Semitism that Jews endured for over a thousand years under the oppressive colonial rule of Islamic Supremacism.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Israeli Feminizts Seek to Castrate A.B. Yehoshua
1. Well, Bibi Netanyahu decided to help Jews appreciate the mourning of the Ninth of Av by ordering the IDF to withdraw from Gaza even as the savages were firing rockets into Israel and as the Hamas leadership remains untouched in its Fuhrersbunker.
But I do have one piece of good news to report. A.B. is about to be skinned alive by the Feminizts.
As you know, A.B. Yehoshua is the clueless dean of the Israeli Literary Left, a fellow who has never heard of a Hamas demand he does not wish to endorse. Well, it seems A.B. has suddenly managed to turn a large portion of his toady sycophants into raging Bushido feminizts. A.B. gave an interview over the past weekend in which he endorsed motherhood and denounced the decision by career women not to have children. A woman who decides she does not want children suffers from a handicap, says A.B. Her decision is egotistic, anti-nature, a form of digging in to her (career) role.
Faster than you could burn a bra, the radical feminizts went after poor A.B. He has upset them before in his literary work (see http://kb.osu.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/1811/58686/HAR_v8_071.pdf?sequence=1 ). Now he is denounced at length for his daring to challenge the correct political line by a feminizt opiner in Haaretz. When Haaretz is being used to skewer Yehoshua (am I allowed to use that word or is it too male chauvinistic?), then can the Messiah be far off?
2. The Axis of Evil - the American Left and the Jihad: http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/180759/double-bind?utm_source=tabletmagazinelist&utm_campaign=a0eb78b475-Tuesday_August_5_20148_5_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c308bf8edb-a0eb78b475-206545683
3. How come all the good leaders are in Canada? No fair! http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/65057
4. So help us out here. When the Hamas savages shoot thousands of rockets at Israel, just how many Palestinians is Israel allowed to kill to stop the rockets? And if Israel exceeds that number, your solution is for Israel to turn the other cheek and sit about passively as the rockets continue? And if there does not exist a single weapons system in the world that can be used against an enemy with absolute certainty that no civilians get hurt from its use, then do I understand your solution as demanding that Israel relinquish all use of force and arms to stop Hamas rockets? In other words, other than simply sitting back and doing nothing while the Hamas shoots thousands of rockets at Jewish children, what exactly is it that you are proposing that Israel do? (And do not say capitulate, because if you do, we have a drone with your name on it!).
5. The quasi-communist "rabbi" Henry Siegman is denouncing Israel for the "slaughter of the innocents." The anti-Semites and jihadis have lapped up his words. Anyone know if the rumor is true that Henry is changing his last name to Siegheilman?
Sunday, August 03, 2014
Bib plucks defeat out of the jaws of victory
Saturday, August 02, 2014
Why the Soldier was Kidnapped
Wondering what the outbreak of celebration among the savages was all about when they captured an Israeli soldier on Friday? Why so much happiness over the capture, as compared with - say - the few dozen deaths of Israeli soldiers?
The answer of course is that the savages believe a single kidnapped IDF soldier can buy for them the release of a thousand genocidal murderers from Israeli prisons. And why do they believe this? Because Bibi Netanyahu and his predecessors chose to empty out Israeli prisons of hundreds, and then a thousand genocidal murderers in the series of "exchange" deals it struck with the terrorists.
The decision to release a thousand murderers to buy back Gilad Shalit was the stupidest act of folly in Jewish history. The golden calf was in comparison a mere fraternity prank. The kidnapping Friday of the soldier was a direct consequence of Netanyahu's cowardice in that "exchange." Netanyahu was telling the terrorists that they can get what they want by kidnapping Israelis. It was more important for Netanyahu to have his Kodak moment with Shalit than to prevent new kidnappings.
In a previous "exchange," Israel released hundreds of murderer terrorists, including the one who kidnapped Air Force navigator Ron Arad, in order to buy back the corpses of three Israeli soldiers murdered by the Hezb'Allah plus an Israeli drug smuggler criminal the Hezb'Allah had captured. The precedent of paying with jailed terrorists to buy back corpses led directly to the murders of the three yeshiva teenagers, the murders that ignited the current war.
Bibi Netanyahu and his Likud gang are directly guilty of causing the capture of the soldier on Friday and the kidnappings of the three teenagers. For decades the Israeli government has rewarded terrorism by releasing mass murderers as tribute to them.
Friday, August 01, 2014
The leftist Israeli Attorney General Arrests a Terrorist
The internet is filled with the ugliest and most craven anti-Semitic catcalls, including leftist web sites operating out of Israel. The far-leftist anti-Israel 972mag.com, which is financed by overseas anti-Semites, has been filled with talkback chants like Hitler was Right and We need to Murder all the Jews.
And the Israeli Attorney General's office is suddenly interested in prosecuting "incitement." But it is ONLY interesting in prosecuting Jews who express opinions the Attorney General deems in poor taste or "racist" regarding Arabs. The number of Israeli Arabs who have been arrested for expressing glee at the death of Israeli soldiers, the kidnapping of soldiers, or the kidnapping of the three yeshiva teenagers is exactly zero. The number of tenured leftists who have been arrested for justifying and cheering Hamas rocket firings at Israel is the same number.
A 22 year old bartender from Beer Sheba, Lior Cohen, was just arrested and interrogated because of comments on his Facebook page. He wrote "An Arab who is a Real Man is an Arab in the Grave." Clearly in poor taste. But grounds for arrest? Cohen was arrested and held in jail under Israel's law against racism and terrorism. That is right, TERRORISM! You know, unlike people like Haneen Zoabi and the Op-Ed columnists at Haaretz or the professors of political science at Ben Gurion University.
In the end, the judge decided to be merciful and released Cohen from prison, with the stipulation that he is prohibited from using his computer for 30 days. None of the countless leftist professors who promote BDS terrorism against Israel, denounce Israel as a war criminal fascist country, and cheer Hamas have ever been ordered to stop using their computers for 30 days.
Haaretz reports that the police are being flooded with hundreds of complaints against "rightwingers" - no doubt filed by leftists - demanding that they be arrested and interrogated for exercising their freedom of speech, which the left calls "incitement." The police have opened 200 investigations. They interrogated several suspects who evidently are not Meretz voters.
The number of leftists who have been arrested for treason since the start of Operation Protective Edge is exactly zero.
The Left meanwhile is flooding the internet with whines about the threat to freedom of speech in Israel! (On the part of non-leftists who dare to exercise it!)
2. Kerry's Peace Proposal: http://www.teapartytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Half-Way.jpg
Who is to blame?
Thursday, July 31, 2014
The new Leftist Assault against Bar Ilan University
1. A few days ago I posted a sarcastic spoof piece about how the Allies were providing free electricity to the Third Reich so that German civilians would not suffer, and how FDR refused to condition the electricity on the Germans stopping their V-2 rocket attacks on London or paying for the power. I also posted it on the Israeli social science professors list. This is a highly-censored leftist chat list and I suspect they allowed the piece to post because they thought it was for real. Since then I have gotten quite a few responses from professors of social science on that list who believed the story was for real. I thought this is as good an indication as you can find of the state of academic standards in Israel.
2. Israel's fascist Left is suddenly all upset about the suppression of academic freedom at Bar Ilan University. What got them upset was a group of students who denounced a professor there who used an announcement about the date for an exam to insert his own leftist ideological agenda in the message an impose it upon his students. The professor, one Hanoch Sheinman, sent out the message about the exam date but added wishes that his message "finds you in a safe place and that you, your families and those dear to you are not among the hundreds of people that were killed, the thousands wounded, or the tens of thousands whose homes were destroyed." The students, all of whom either serve in the military or have friends at the front and almost all of whom know soldiers killed or wounded, resented the snide attempt by the professor to equate the suffering of Israeli victims of the Hamas with the Gazans targeted in retaliation. We now know that of the "hundreds of people that were killed" in Gaza, at least 80% have been armed terrorists. The professor can stand on the street corner and express his opinions but inserting them into a message about the exam to his students is political harassment.
The students filed a complaint against the prof with the Dean of Students at Bar Ilan. The dean issued a statement condemning the behavior of Sheinman. Two other universities warned students and faculty against using campus facilities to spread "unrestrained" discourse, meaning treasonous anti-Israel propaganda.
The Tenured Left and Haaretz have been having a fit. Haaretz denounces Bar Ilan University today in an editorial for "McCarthyism" in the Sheinman affair. See the editorial here: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.608117 . Let us note that this is the same Haaretz that has been demanding in recent days that Bar Ilan professor Mordecai Kedar be silenced and fired (http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/.premium-1.606542 ). This is the same Haaretz that has operated a McCarthyist campaign against Bar Ilan University for years, denouncing it for being responsible for the murder of Yitzhak Rabin because Yigal Amir studied there. Curiously, Haaretz has never gotten around to reporting that Haggai Amir, the convicted accomplice of his brother Yigal Amir, is today a far-leftist who supports Haneen Zoabi and Palestinian statehood. This is the same Haaretz that has led the lobby demanding that rabbis who write books it regards as "racist" be jailed for this and their books burnt.
Meanwhile, some protesters held a protest against leftist journalist Amnon Abramovich outside the latter's home. Some members of the Tenured Left are demanding that these protesters be arrested and jailed. No academic freedom for THEM!
3. Here is another "assault" against "academic freedom" that has the Left soiling its nappies: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/183550#.U9nqo6Pb7ZQ
Eldad to Israeli Students: Boycott Leftist Professors
Former MK Professor Aryeh Eldad has a message for Isreali students: Just say no to leftist professors
By Yaakov Levi
Former MK Professor Aryeh Eldad, head of the Professors for a Strong Israel organization, called on Israeli students to "vote with their feet" and reject leftist professors who have come out against the IDF's mission in Gaza. In an interview with Arutz Sheva, Eldad suggested that students check the names of professors before signing up for courses, and boycott the courses taught by leftist professors.
"They must be rejected and ejected from the family of academia," Eldad said. "If I could, I would paper the land with posters and take out ads listing the names of the professors and teachers who advocate for Hamas."
He is unable to do so himself, Eldad said, but he had a suggestion for students who wanted to avoid such teachers. "Just don't sign up for their courses," he said.
"Israeli academia has a long tradition of 'self-hate,'" said Eldad. "We have this all year long, but it becomes much more annoying and dangerous during periods of war and tension. More people see it, and more families whose sons are fighting and dying on the front are hurt." By avoiding their courses, students will be sending the professors – and their employers, the universities – a clear message, that such activity is unacceptable.
Eldad believes that Israel needs to remain in Gaza on a permanent basis. "Without a Jewish presence in Gaza the IDF will not be able to operate there," he said. "The real breaking point in security for the south leading to this war was the disengagement. In order to restore security we must return to the point when there was security – before the disengagement, when Israelis lived in Gush Katif. Anything less will not enable us to fight the tunnels and the missiles," he added.
4. About those Hamas supporters who whine that Israel harms Palestinian children:
Wiesenthal Center Urges 47-Member UN Human Rights Council to Investigate Hamas Over the Deaths of 160 Palestinian Children Forced to Work on Terror Tunnels
5. Many of those Gaza rim villages in Israel that have borne the brunt of Hamas atrocities have been far-leftist kibbutzim. These spent decades promoting the "two-state solution" and "self-determination" for the "Palestinians." The Guernica of Israel has been the town of Sderot and it hosts Sapir College, another bastion of leftism. Sapir has held Solidarity with the Hamas rallies. The terror assault tunnels that have been uncovered were designed to allow hundreds of terrorists to infiltrate these areas in a flash and carry out mass murders of hundreds of Jewish children and other civilians. The leftists living near Gaza have been mugged by reality. They are leading the demands that the Hamas be exterminated.
Bastions of the left, kibbutzim are on front lines of war
Despite all the changes they've been through, kibbutzim still account for a high share of combat soldiers and are big champions of mutual aid.
6. Always good to hear from "Palestinian moderates":
'Moderate' PA Leader: Jews Brought the Holocaust on Themselves
Senior member of Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party, Jibril Rajoub, calls Israelis 'the new Nazis', says Israel committing a 'holocaust' in Gaza.
7. The Messiah must be Nigh: here is an Op Ed in Haaretz:
The 'hounding' of Israel's hypocritical left
Claims of a 'crackdown' on left-wing dissent are ludicrous self-promotion. If they really cared about free speech, where were they during the antinationalist witch hunts in the disengagement and after Rabin's murder?
By Amiel Ungar | Jul. 29, 2014
To believe the Israeli left, it is encountering intellectual persecution that threatens to degenerate into political assassination. As proof, the left cites the dismissal of comedian Orna Banai from her job as a cruise liner presenter, and the recent decision by Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to investigate MK Haneen Zoabi (an investigation that's subsequently been dropped).
These self-serving premonitions of martyrdom are, of course, relayed by the leftist village tom-toms to like-minded sympathizers abroad. Now, in addition to "war crimes," they can charge Israel with stifling dissent.
It is also an act of self-promotion, because our intellectual shahids can congratulate themselves on maintaining their principles against the mob and they will undoubtedly reap rewards, invitations and perhaps film festival honors for playing the righteous in Sodom.
To round out this tragic soap opera, the left has even provided us with a prince of darkness – a heavy (literally and figuratively) who calls himself 'Shadow' – and provided him with international notoriety. If this goes on, we could even see a revival of the 1930s radio series that began with the immortal line, "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!"
Admittedly our "shadowed" Israeli left is not exactly flavor of the month because the war in Gaza has further demolished two of its favorite arguments: Gaza, or for that matter an independent Palestine, can never pose a threat to Israeli security; and if we are – however improbably – threatened, we would enjoy international backing to hit back hard. This was the logic behind Oslo and the disengagement/expulsion from Gaza and we are currently paying the wages of that folly.
However, to talk of a crackdown on the left is ludicrous. Meretz chair Zahava Gal-On and other left-wing talking heads remain welcome guests on our talk shows to spout the same nostrums. They are free to rave about the moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, even though we saw Abbas Jr. and Abbas II in Arabic dismissing their father's talk about renouncing claims to pre-1967 Israel as window-dressing intended for gullible Israelis.
Israel can compare favorably with any country fighting a battle against an enemy that promises to destroy it and makes good on its threats by launching attacks on the homeland.
When Britain fought desperately on in World War II, it rounded up the fascist Oswald Mosley and his supporters; even the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were deported to the West Indies because of their known Nazi sympathies. The German American Bund, let alone Japanese Americans, were roughly treated in the United States.
Going back further in American history, President Abraham Lincoln, who viewed the Civil War as a test of whether the United States would hold together, suspended habeas corpus for the antiwar Copperheads.
The Israeli left faces no similar privations or restrictions, and has received deferential treatment when we recall political crackdowns against Israeli nationalists.
During the disengagement from Gaza, the Israeli police engaged in short-circuiting political dissent – frequently by arbitrary measures. The book was thrown at demonstrators whose tactics were far more restrained than those witnessed at other demonstrations.
Our current defense minister, Moshe Ya'alon, was sacked as chief of staff for daring to privately question the wisdom of the measure and replaced by the more pliable Dan Halutz. Opponents of the disengagement – who have since been vindicated – were then pilloried by a vicious government-sponsored press campaign.
They were charged in the press with planning armed resistance to the Gaza expulsion or hurling acid at soldiers tasked with their eviction. These charges were proven baseless, but no apology was ever offered.
After the Rabin assassination, a veritable witch hunt was launched for "Rabin's assassins." Despite the Shamgar commission's findings that Yigal Amir acted alone, the hunt was on for would-be inciters.
The only way to secure immunity from the charge of being Amir's accomplice was to recant opposition to Oslo. Those now trumpeting freedom of dissent didn't intervene but actually fanned the flames. So they should at least have the decency not to lecture us on intellectual freedom and political intimidation.
Zoabi represents the failure of the compromise, forged by former MK Geula Cohen, which would have barred politicians who either did not subscribe to democratic principles or undermined Israel's identity as a Jewish state.
The left was happy to use the agreement to block Meir Kahane's reelection to the Knesset, but they reneged on their part of the deal when it came to Arab MKs such as Azmi Bishara or Ms. Zoabi. The real question is not why Zoabi is being prosecuted now, but why she wasn't prosecuted long ago.
It is particularly rich of Ms. Banai to complain of persecution. When Arafat launched his suicide bombers at us, Banai knew whom to blame: the settlers. "Because of them we are dying like flies," she moaned.
She promised never to appear in a settlement. After the Jewish residents of Gaza were herded into buses so the bulldozers could destroy their life's work nine years ago, Banai piled on by accusing them of abandoning their pets.
Now, for however briefly, the usual boycotters have become the boycotted – and they find this situation unacceptable. Believe me, I don't want any harm to befall leftists because – to paraphrase De Gaulle on Sartre – they too are Israel.
I can only hope that the reversal of roles that the left has encountered may engender a more respectful political debate within Israel.
Dr. Amiel Ungar is a political scientist.
8. Thomas Sowell - Cease the Ceasefires:
9. Oh dear - the Jews shoot back: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/mark-tapson/jews-can-shoot/