Friday, July 20, 2007
The Persecution of Israel's Joan fo Arc
2. SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTRE
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wiesenthal Centre to Danish Prime Minister: Withdraw State Award To
Holocaust Denier (will he now get tenure at Ben Gurion University?)
Paris, 18 July 2007
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre has urged Denmark's Prime Minister, Anders
Fogh Rasmussen, to void a monetary award by the Ministry of Culture's
Council (Kunst Raadet) to Erik Haaest, known as the "Holocaust Sceptic".
In his protest to PM Rasmussen, Dr. Shimon Samuels, the Wiesenthal
Centre's Director for International Relations, wrote in part:
"Haaest reportedly received this prize for his work on 'The Danish
Friekorps on the
Eastern Front 1941 1965', hardly a symbol of Danish National pride",
"Haaest's citations from Holocaust denial literature go back to the
1959 volume of the Journal of Historical Review published by the
of the same name, frequented by neo-Nazis worldwide."
Dr. Samuels cited the culture section of DR Nyheder, which, under a
Photo of the gas chamber states, "Erik Haaest questions existence of gas
chambers at Auschwitz KZ in Poland". Another publication reports Haaest
declaring Anne Frank's diary "a swindle".
The Wiesenthal Centre's protest declared, "your government's award to
Haaest violated the commitments of Denmark to the European Commission and
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. This act
legitimizes (...) Holocaust denial, incitement to antisemitism and is an
offence to Holocaust survivors and to the families of all victims of
Our Centre urges you to immediately withdraw this outrageous award, to
investigate its circumstances and publicly dismiss those responsible."
"Silence would only be construed by hate mongers as a seal of
approval", Dr. Samuels concluded.
For further information, please contact Shimon Samuels at
3. Israeli Court Jihads against Justice; The Persecution of Israel's
Joan of Arc
ISRAELI COURT OVERTURNS ACQUITTAL OF GOVT. CRITIC
Date added: 7/19/2007
JERUSALEM -- An Israeli court has overturned a lower court's decision to
acquit a Jewish dissident on charges of insulting a government official
played a major role in the expulsion of 16,000 Jews from the Gaza Strip
northern West Bank in 2005.
On July 19, the Jerusalem District Court ordered the re-trial of Jewish
dissident Nadia Matar, who had been acquitted of insulting a public
official. Matar, head of Women in Green, was the first Jewish nationalist
prosecuted under a 1936 law of the British Mandate.
"It was once again proven that the judicial system in Israel pushes for
the enemy of the Jewish people," Matar, a mother of six, said. "That means
it has no problem to persecute anyone who shows loyalty to the Land of
The decision came one day after the Knesset Constitution and Law
Committee approved a bill to cancel the indictments of non-violent
demonstrators against the expulsion. The legislation must be voted by the
In 2004, Matar wrote a scathing letter to Disengagement Authority
director Jonathan Bassi, responsible for the eviction and resettlement of
Jewish residents of the Gaza Strip and the northern West Bank to trailer
parks in Israel. Matar said Bassi's role was similar to that of the
Judenraat, the Nazi-appointed Jewish administration that helped liquidate
the ghettos in Eastern Europe during World War II.
Matar contended that her letter was a legitimate act of protest. The
defense cited numerous examples whereby authorities refused to prosecute
left-wing activists who condemned officials and military commanders.
attorney Yoram Sheftel pointed to the daughter of Prime Minister Ehud
who in a demonstration in 2006 called then-Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Dan
Halutz a "murderer."
"I have shown that the decision to prosecute individuals from one side
of the political spectrum contrasts to the decision to prosecute
on the other side of the politicial spectrum," Sheftel said. "The
prosecutor's office cannot decide what is legitimate for public debate and
what is not."
On Sept. 10, 2006, Jerusalem Magistrates Court Judge David Mintz,
himself branded a war criminal by a left-wing critic, dismissed the
indictment against Matar. Two months later, the state appealed Matar's
acquittal in Jerusalem's District Court.
In its ruling, the appeal court said Matar failed to prove that
authorities had targeted her while ignoring violations by left-wing
activists. The court ordered the case returned to the Jerusalem
Court for another trial.
"If they think they can scare us, just the opposite," Matar said. "We
will increase our activities for guarding the Land of Israel."
4. Scientific Treason
5. The Nanny-State Diaries
By STEPHEN MOORE
July 20, 2007; Page W11
Echoing H.L. Mencken, humorist P.J. O'Rourke once quipped that
conservatives are a group of stiff-collared puritans with a "haunting fear
that someone, somewhere, may be having fun." He should have joined me at
the recent fifth annual Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms summer gala hosted
by a right-leaning Colorado think tank, the Independence Institute, at a
gun club in Kiowa, Colo.
This year's theme was "Stop the Growth of the Nanny State" -- but it might
as well have been "Live Free or Die Hard." Every activity seemed designed
to annoy Hillary Clinton. There was a whole lot of drinking, smoking and
shooting, but thankfully not in that order. During the morning hours, we
carried nine-pound rifles through the woods, shooting pellets at clay
pigeons flung into the air. By 10 a.m. the park was alive with the
continuous claps of gunfire and hollering.
"Ahh, don't you love the sound of freedom?" exalted Jon Caldara, the
president of the institute. This was a family affair, with many gun-
toting children and women participating. The "girly man" of the group, I
managed to hit all of two clay pigeons the entire morning -- and I didn't
so much break them into pieces as inflict minor wounds. When Mr. Caldara
introduced me as the lunch speaker, he said: "Moore is reportedly with the
Wall Street Journal editorial page, but after watching him shoot a gun
today, I wonder if it isn't the New York Times." I live in the nation's
capital, where guns are illegal -- and so the closest I've come to a
firearm was the time I was mugged walking home from work in 1989.
I was equally out of my element in 1994 when, working for the Republicans
in Congress, I found myself in rural Georgia trying to rally voters.
Encircled by a boisterous crowd of gun enthusiasts, most of them dressed
in military fatigues and holding their rifles at the ready position as I
electioneered, I ended my rally-the-troops talk: "And that is why we have
to take over the House of Representatives in 1994." One middle-age woman
held her gun over her head, nudged herself to the front of the crowd, and
in a deep Southern drawl asked: "Son, do you mean by force?" No, I didn't.
Nice idea though.
Many of the folks at the institute's, um, policy forum had come from all
over the state to have a good time, sure, but they also had a deeper
motivation: to stick their tongues out, figuratively, at the tyrant
politicians in Washington and Denver who keep enacting rules about how
they should run their lives. These people are just dog tired of having the
government tell them what to do: Buckle your seat belt, wear your bike
helmet, don't smoke, don't shoot, teach your 8-year-olds to wear condoms
-- and, most of all, stop complaining and pay your taxes. One participant
was incensed that Denver now has a law requiring that every dog be
neutered unless the owner gets a government permit allowing the animal to
reproduce. On the left even sex is becoming taboo.
Then there are the more mundane rules. There was a discussion over lunch
at my picnic table about how Congress is regulating nearly every basic
household appliance -- refrigerators, washers and dryers, toilets, hair
dryers, shower heads, lawnmowers -- to make sure that we are not, God
forbid, wasting water or energy. A woman told me that she is stocking up
on cartons of incandescent light bulbs, because soon it will be illegal to
buy them. (The poor lady insisted on remaining anonymous so that the
light-bulb police don't come to search her home.)
The buzzword on the left nowadays is "tolerance" for those with different
lifestyles -- like cross-dressers -- but almost everything that these
folks want to do, liberals won't tolerate. One smoker lamented that if
"gays were discriminated against today the way smokers are, there would be
an uproar." Gun owners have reason to be fearful too. In a recent blog
interview on Moveon.org, John Edwards of North Carolina proclaimed that
health care, child care, a livable wage and a clean environment are
"rights," but owning a gun is a "privilege." The men and women who
gathered in Kiowa would like to send him a copy of the Constitution.
I'm not a smoker or a gun owner, and not much of a drinker, other than at
Margarita parties. But, as Mae West once cracked, "Sometimes I don't drink
so the next day I can remember having fun." The gathering in Kiowa was
pure joy -- and I suspect that if liberals would loosen their puritan
collars and start showing real tolerance of conservative "alternative
lifestyles," they'd be having more fun too.
Mr. Moore is a member of the Journal's editorial board.
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6. Six cheers for Friedmann:
7. Post-Zionism at Haaretz - using lands bought by Jews for Jews is
8. Haaretz on self-hating Jews: