Monday, May 26, 2008

Why the Left is suddenly Anti-Olmert

1. As you know, the Olmertocracy has an obsession about giving away
national prizes to haters of Israel and anti-Zionist extremists. Here is
its latest boondoggle - handing a science prize to a pro-Palestinian
moonbat professor who then sent the money to Bir Zeit "university" and to
one of the extremist Israeli leftist seditious groups:
How about if we send the entire annual allotment to Ben Gurion University
to Bir Zeit, instead - you know, for peace of course!!

2. Many people in Israel are asking why the leftist establishment is
now suddenly going after Olmert with its subservient Attorney General's
office and its hegemony over the media. After all, for years the Left's
stooges were content to sit back and turn a blind eye to Olmert's personal
corruption because he was carrying out the Left's agenda. The Attorney
General and media in Israel only uncover "sleaze" and dirt and corruption
in politicians whose politics they dislike. That is why they just can't
ever seem to take notice of all the personal corruption of Ehud Barak and
Amram Mitzna. (And we all recall the whitewashing of Ezer Weizmann!) But
let Bibi and his wife remove some trinkets and ashtrays without permission
from the PM's residence and the media have a field day! Or let Aryeh Deri
fail to provide documented explanations for all of $40,000 out of his
funds used to purchase his home....

So why the sudden determination to drive Olmert from office? It is
obviously not a sudden squeamishness about bribery on the part of the
stooges of the Left.

One explanation being whispered about Israel, and one I find highly
plausible, is that the Left and its captive institutions are upset at
Daniel Friedmann, Olmert's Minister of Justice, and his determination to
end judicial tyranny in Israel. The Left is in favor of judicial tyranny
because it allows it to impose its political agenda on Israel through the
courts without the inconvenience of actually having to win elections. The
Left has placed Friedmann in its sites and is willing to topple Olmert to
get what it wants.

3. Finding New Ways to Express Jew-Hatred
By Dr. Dvir Abramovich | 5/26/2008
I am often reminded of Martin Luther King.s statement about anti-Zionism:
.You declare that you do not hate the Jews, you are merely anti-Zionist.
And I say, let the truth ring forth from the high mountain tops.When
people criticize Zionism they mean Jew; we are talking
anti-Semitism..Zionism is nothing less than the dream and ideal of the
Jewish people returning to live in their own land. Anti-Zionist is
inherently anti-Semitic and ever will it be so. And what is anti-Zionist?
It is the denial to the Jewish people of a fundamental right that we
justly claim for the people of Africa and freely accord all other nations
of the globe. It is discrimination against Jews, my friend, because they
are Jews. In short, it is anti-Semitism..
Late last year, Israeli author A.B Yehoshua observed: .Instead of
attacking Jews they are attacking Zionism, and this is the way because you
cannot attack Jews anymore openly..
Anti-Zionism gives old fashion anti-Semitic intent a sheen of civilised
discourse, but people of good conscience should not be deceived or
intimidated to deal with it or let down their guard. As they say, the
devil is in the details. Principally, anti-Zionism is an accurate
reflection of unbridled street level anti-Judaism feeding on anti-Semitic
myths that in turn nurture the battle against the existence of Israel.
Obviously, it.s easier to disseminate age-old anti-Jewish feeling cloaked
as anti-Zionism. But in no way should Anti-Zionism serve as a convenient
cover, a euphemism, a loophole for those spewing and fomenting
anti-Semitic slander.
For the record, not every criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic. No one
wants to stifle a free, honest and open debate on all sides. It.s all
about the pitch the criticism reaches. Moreover, there.s no problem with
champions of the Palestinian cause who dissent and use industrial strength
criticism to make a point about the specific policy of the Israeli
government. As long as they recognise Israel.s right to exist, do not deny
individual Jews self-determination and the right to live and do not seek
Israel.s destruction because it is .a racist entity. guilty of genocide
and crimes against humanity. (NGO declaration before Durban).
To wit, who can forget the blatantly hypocritical circus of the Durban
conference where a considerable number of nations insisted that every
reference to Anti-Semitism be linked with the racist practices of Zionism.
while simultaneously arguing that Zionism was a movement based on racist
supremacy akin to apartheid.

It has been noted that the line is crossed when Israel is imbued with
known antisemitic stereotypes, when Israelis and Jews are compared to
Nazis and blamed for worldwide disasters (the Mel Gibson syndrome), when
they are singled out and attacked in a disproportionate manner, and when
Israel.s right to exist as a Jewish state is questioned.

For Gabriel Schoenfeld, editor of Commentary, anti-Semitism is .the right
and the only word for an anti-Zionism so one-sided, so eager to indict
Israel while exculpating Israel's adversaries, so shamefully adroit in the
use of moral double standards, so quick to issue false and baseless
accusations, and so disposed to invert the language of the Holocaust and
to paint Israelis and Jews as evil incarnate.. In a similar vein, Ruth
Wisse reveals that, .Contemporary Anti-Zionism has absorbed all the
stereotypes and foundational texts of fascist and Soviet anti-Semitism and
applied them to the Middle East.. Swedish statesman Per Ahlmark wisely
doubts that anyone would believe this declaration, .I am against the
existence of Great Britain, but I.m not anti-British..
History has shown us that rarely has there been anti-Zionism without
anti-Semitism. Dr King named the lie, saw that anti-Zionism is often used
to mask the face of anti-Semitism and so do I. Take Resolution 3379
(Zionism=racism), a strategy to de-legitimatise Israel.s right to exist.
Arab Historian Bernard Lewis has written that the insidious resolution was
chosen as the best stand in for a vicious anti-Semitic campaign by Soviet
and Arab Ideological goals. Once accepted, it erased the taboo against
publicly expressing anti-Semitic sentiments in the wake of the Holocaust.
And as then US Ambassador to the UN Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan
recalled in his book A Dangerous Place, the shameless resolution was not
only aimed against Israel but also against world Jewry. Intellectual
William F. Buckley observed at the time that the UN had become .The most
concentrated gathering of anti-Semitism since the days of Hitler.s
Germany. while Lionel Trilling maintained that with this legal travesty
the ghost of Hitler haunted the halls of the UN.
Recognising the interdependence of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, the US
Senate passed a resolution condemning the vote as an encouragement of
Anti-Semitism as did the Australian Parliament. In 1991, President Bush in
an address to the UN assembly, stated, .Zionism is not a policy, it is the
idea that led to the creation of a home for the Jewish people in the state
of Israel.To equate Zionism with racism is to reject Israel itself, a
member in good standing of the UN.. Even the Vatican, in its document The
Church and Racism of the Holy See.s Council acknowledged that,
.Anti-Zionism.serves at times as a screen for anti-Semitism feeding on it
and leading to it.. (part II, no. 15).
Consider that anti-Zionism is the first type of Jew hatred to deny that it
hates Jews. Today, those who hate Jews and who fan the flames of bigotry
call themselves anti-Zionists, seeking new modes of packaging their
virulent ideology and knowing that .if one tells the same lies long
enough. as Goebbles stated, .people will begin to believe them.. Yet, it
is beyond dispute that throughout the world, classical anti-Semitism is
being dressed us as anti-Zionism, a more respectable, but no less
poisonous and vile, type of hate.
There is hard and fast evidence that all too often anti-Semitic figures
brand themselves anti-Zionists. Consider Kwawe Ture. When speaking on
American campuses, the Black Nationalist figure.s favourite punchline is
.The only good Zionist is a dead Zionist.. Ture asserts he is not
anti-Semitic, merely anti-Zionist although he heads the AAPRP, one of the
most radical anti-Semitic groups on the left, tells audiences that Jews
dominated the slave trade and that Zionists collaborated with the Nazis to
create the Holocaust. Clearly, animosity towards Zionism by high profile
hate mongers is always bonded to smearing against Judaism. Robert Wistrich
remembers an interview with Valery Emelianov a leading member of the ultra
right wing Russian group Pamyat in which Elianov kept using the word
Zionists where it was plain it was a transparent codeword for Jews, also
repeatedly employing the term .Jewish Nazis.. And what about Syrian
Defence Minister Mustafa Tlas and his 1983 book The Matza of Zion, a blood
libel clocked as insight into Zionist behaviour and intention. One could
also add the Peronist congressman in Argentina who classified Zionism as
device for taking over Latin America and the Court in Crete that ruled in
1984 that Jehovah.s Witnesses are part of a Zionist conspiracy to rule the
world as prime examples.
Even left-wing icon and peace activist Israeli author A. B Yehoshua has
recognied the anti-Zionism agenda. In March last years he observed:
"Instead of attacking Jews they are attacking Zionism, and this is the way
because you cannot attack Jews anymore openly." Let us also recall that
that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran spoke at anti-Zionism
conference when he infamously spoke about wiping Israel off the map.
The establishment of a Jewish state has not erased anti-Semitism. There is
still a need for a demonized scapegoat and Israel itself has become the
world.s Jew, its favorite scapegoat. Anti-Zionism is an ingenious way to
defame Israel and the Jewish people. And for that very reason,
anti-Zionism should not lose its seat on the bus of political correctness
that protects certain groups; it should never be made acceptable,
tolerated, ignored or hushed up.
Dr. Dvir Abramovich is Director of the Center for Jewish History and
Culture at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is president of the
Australian Association of Jewish Studies.

4. Hebonics:

New York City Public Schools have officially declared Jewish English, now
dubbed Hebronics, as a second language. Backers of the move say the city
schools are the first in the nation to recognize Hebronics as a valid
language and a significant attribute of American culture.

According to Howard Ashland, linguistics professor at Brooklyn College
and renowned Hebronics scholar, the sentence structure of Hebronics
from Central and Eastern European language patterns, as well as from

Prof. Shulman explains:

"In Hebronics, the response to any question is usually another question,
with a complaint that is either implied or stated.

Thus 'How are you?' may be answered, 'How should I be, with my bad feet?'"

Prof. Shulman says that Hebronics is a superb linguistic vehicle for
expressing sarcasm or scepticism. An example is the repetition of a word
"shm" at the beginning: "Mountains, shmountains. Stay away. You should
want a

Another Hebronics pattern is moving the subject of a sentence to the
end, with its pronoun at the beginning: "It's beautiful, that dress."

Prof. Shulman says one also sees the Hebronics verb moved to the end of
sentence. Thus the response to a remark such as "He's slow as a turtle,"
could be: "Turtle, shmurtle! Like a fly in Vaseline he walks."

Prof. Shulman provided the following examples from his best-selling
"Switched-On Hebronics":

Question: "What time is it?"
English answer: "Sorry, I don't know."
Hebronic response: "What am I, a clock?"

Remark: "I hope things turn out okay."
English answer: "Thanks."
Hebronic response: "I should be so lucky!"

Remark: "Hurry up, dinner's ready."
English answer: "Be right there."
Hebronic response: "Alright already, I'm coming. What's with the 'hurry'

Remark: "I like the tie you gave me; I wear it all the time."
English answer: "Glad you like it."
Hebronic response: "So what's the matter; you don't like the other ties I
gave you?"

Remark: "Sarah and I are engaged."
English answer: "Congratulations!"
Hebronic response: "She could stand to lose a few pounds."

Question: "Would you like to go riding with us?"
English answer: "Just say when."
Hebronic response: "Riding, shmiding! Do I look like a cowboy?"

To the guest of honour at a birthday party:
English answer: "Happy birthday."
Hebronic response: "A year smarter you should become."

Remark: "It's a beautiful day."
English answer: "Sure is."
Hebronic response: "So the sun is out; what else is new?"

Answering a phone call from a son:
English answer: "It's been a while since you called."
Hebronic response: "You didn't wonder if I'm dead already?"

5. A Golan Heights History Refresher:

6. Jewish Voice for Peace and the New Blood Libel

Jewish Voice for Peace and the New Blood Libel

posted by Dr Mike at

Jewish Voice for Peace needs a new motto, something like "We're not really
anti-Zionist, but we always act that way." Their latest screed about the
Palestinian Nakba reads like a textbook produced by the Palestinian
Authority, full of allegations designed to incite hatred and prevent
peace. It levels charges of atrocities allegedly committed against Arab
civilians by the Jews of 1948 Palestine, who had the temerity to try to
defend themselves not only against 5 invading Arab armies, but also
against local villages that had long been launching attacks against Jewish
civilians and besieging Jewish Jerusalem.

Their "fact sheet" accuses Israel of war crimes, in blood-curdling detail
that brings to mind accounts of the horrors of the Holocaust. This of
course is not by accident. There are three themes that anti-Zionists use
to try to relate the Palestinian narrative to the Holocaust. First, they
attempt to present the Arabs as nothing more than peaceful innocent
bystanders who became secondary victims of the Holocaust (ignoring the
fact that the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Hajj Amin al Husseini spent the war
years in Berlin where he encouraged the Nazis to commit full scale
genocide against the Jews, recruited Muslims for the Nazis, and toured
Auschwitz with Eichmann, probably to help plan a similar facility should
the Germans have overrun Palestine). Secondly, they insist on the false
equation of the mass industrial-scale extermination of European Jewry
based on a horrific racist ideology, and the dislocation of Palestinian
Arabs caused by another war of extermination against the Jews.this one
started by their fellow Arabs. Finally, and most outrageously, they claim
that current Israeli self-defense actions against the terrorist
organizations Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad are morally or legally on
a plane with Nazi Germany's treatment of the Jews.

The descriptions used by JVP are almost all credited to one source: Ilan
Pappe's book The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. Pappe, for those
unfamiliar with him, is a former Israeli lecturer at the University of
Haifa who has since relocated to the University of Exeter in the UK. A
doctrinaire Marxist who once ran for Knesset with the Communist-led Hadash
party, he opposes the existence of Israel as a Jewish state but
nonetheless supports "resistance" by Hamas, a radical Islamist movement
that seeks to impose sharia law and at least tolerates, if not incites,
violence against Christian "infidels" . Most tellingly, he also frankly
admits that he is not really interested in facts: "'We do [historiography]
because of ideological reasons, not because we are truth seekers... 'there
is no such thing as truth, only a collection of narratives'." This
philosophy was exposed when one of Pappe's graduate students, Teddy Katz,
was shown to have falsified evidence about an alleged massacre at Tantura
in 1948 by claiming that his interview subjects said one thing while the
tapes of the interviews proved otherwise.

There are historians such as Benny Morris who have indeed documented
incidents of expulsion and even murder of Arabs during Israel's War of
Independence, when the Jews were fighting for their lives and the Arabs
were fighting to kill Jews. Israel, no more and no less than other
countries, was not born without violence, without wrongs being committed,
without people being displaced. All Americans who are not part of the
original Native American population live on their land by virtue of
military conquest, much of it involving acts worse than anything Israel is
accused of by its worst enemies-- and Americans are not returning to a
homeland for which we have pined and prayed for centuries. The same holds
true for Canadians and Australians. So by what moral right do those who
point the finger at Israel and bellow "J'accuse!" continue to reside in
their own comfortable homes?

The blood libel is an old staple of anti-Semitism. Jews through the
centuries have been slaughtered because of the now-rejected Catholic
teaching that the Jews were responsible for killing Jesus, then for the
myth that Jews killed Christian children to use their blood for matzah.
Now we have the new blood libels against Israel. The most prominent has
been the al-Dura affair, used as a bloody shirt to create a jihadist
frenzy during the Arafat's terror war.and now that the entirety of the
filmed evidence has been aired in a French courtroom, the questions about
what might have been a fully staged hoax are larger than ever. Other
examples of media gullibility to Arab manipulation abound.the "Jenin
massacre" in 2002 during which world media eagerly swallowed Palestinian
claims of hundreds of deaths during Operation Defensive Shield, the
doctored pictures from Lebanon , blame placed on Israel for the deaths of
civilians killed by Hamas mines on a Gaza beach. Of course, while the
sensationalist false reporting of these incidents makes headlines, the
"corrections" are always buried in small type at the bottom of page 10.

JVP has chosen to perpetuate the tradition of the blood libel, hiding
behind anti-Zionism as a politically correct shield. As self-described
experts on anti-Semitism, their leadership can't claim to be ignorant of
what they are doing. So one can only conclude that they agree with Pappe:
facts aren't important, advancing the ideology is. And the ideology,
sadly, is not one of peace, but of fanning the flames of anti-Israel

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7. The battle against Campus Pogromchiks:

8. Store sells 'Jews Against Obama' shirt

NEW YORK, May 24 (UPI) -- An Israeli immigrant says he has received death
threats since he began selling "Jews Against Obama" T-shirts at his store
in New York.

Doron Braunshtein, who operates a boutique on the Lower East Side, told
the New York Post he changed his mind about U.S. Sen. Barack Obama,
D-Ill., because of the flap about the Democratic presidential candidate's
former pastor and having discovered Obama had visited Pakistan.

A T-shirt in the window of his store, Apollo Braun, has on it a yellow
star with the word "Jude" inside, a checked scarf or keffiyeh like that
worn by Yasser Arafat, a belt of bullets and a copy of "Survival In
Auschwitz" by Primo Levi. Braunshtein said he wants to remind Jews of what
can happen.

"You open the door for Obama, you have no idea what can come your way," he

Most people who saw the T-shirt disapproved with Michael Idov, a magazine
editor, calling it "nauseating." One woman liked it, so Braunshtein gave
her one.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

9. Get yours today!

- I am the
first in Israel to wear one!

10. Tel Aviv University's Aviad Kleinberg's Jihad against America:

11. Partial Holocaust Denial on List run by Haifa University:

12. Hebrew University's Moshe Behar has a fact-free viewpoint:

13. More Bibi:

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