Thursday, December 04, 2008
Law Breaking, Left and Right
Far left suddenly get indignant when it comes to law breaking. The Left
in Israel has never believed that the obligation to obey the law applies
to itself. That is why for decades it has promoted mutiny and
insurrection among soldiers, urging them not to serve in the army until
Israel adopts national policies that the 3% of the electorate who support
Meretz would endorse. The Left cheers on the "heroic" thugs and hooligans
who attack Israeli police and soldiers every week next to the security
fence. The leftists there try to vandalize the fence so that it will be
easier for the suicide bombers to get through to murder Jews. The biggest
champions for the Left these days are those people trying to break the
"blockade" of the Hamas in Gaza and illegally bring in boats full of
supporters and support for the terrorists. Then there were the campaigns
by the Left to support terrorists like Tali Fahima and spies like Azmi
Bishara, whose espionage also happened to be against the law. Finally
there are those on the Left actively promoting international boycotts of
Israel, which happen to be illegal not only in Israel but also in the US
and in some other places.
So how come the Left is all of a sudden so high and might righteous in
denouncing law breaking? Because the law breaking in question involves
some "settlers." Haaretz not only denounces the settler perps as
lawbreakers, but as terrorists! Really. The same journalistic
mouthpiece of the anti-Zionist Left, which described the Mumbai murderers
as activists, has rediscovered the "T" word. Take a look here:
"Standing up to Jewish terrorism
By Haaretz Editorial "
The NY Times, by the way, only saw "gunmen" in Mumbai, no terrorists (see
All the ruckus has to do with efforts by the Olmert junta to evict Jews
from a house they bought and legally own in Hebron. The fundamental
operating axiom of the cult of Oslo has always been that peace with the
Palestinians can only be based on creating a judenrein Lebensraum for the
Palestinians, areas in which no Jew pollutes the place with his presence.
The very presence of a live Jew so offends the delicate sensitivities of
Palestinians that they will be unwilling to make peace, but will be happy
to live in peace if Israel kicks that Jew out. If anyone were to suggest
that a black American family be denied the right to live in a neighborhood
of white Americans, the Left would be soiling itself with outrage and
Now the "settlers" are unwilling to accept that quasi-Nazi working axiom.
Indeed, they are unhappy that the army, at governmental orders, is trying
to force the Jews out of what has been dubbed in the Israeli media the
"Hebron House of Controversy." The settlers call it the Peace House.
(See http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/128688 .) The only
real controversy is that Olmert's people are unwilling to acknowledge that
Jews legally own the place and so have a right to live there.
Some of the hotter younger Jewish heads in Judea then reacted with
non-non-violence, or what the Left likes to call "civil disobedience."
Some threw rocks at soldiers trying to evict Jews, others cursed or threw
Heavens to Mergatroyd, scream the leftist media! Such bad behavior!
Now let me first make it clear that I oppose the violence of the Jewish
hotheads in Judea, and unreservedly denounce any acts of violence on their
parts directed against Israeli soldiers and police. Such behavior
discredits the Right almost as effectively as the idiotic conspiracism
afflicting parts of the Right, and helps perpetuate the hegemony of the
Left. No doubt, less than 1% of settlers lost their cool and got
violent, but it allows the media to paint 100% of them as hooligans and
I have no doubt that much of the violence was in fact counter-response to
police use of force (see
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/128679 ). The Left
weeps its eyes out over "disproportionate use of force," except when the
police break up protests of Rightists. Then the media want weapons of
mass destruction used.
2. Wall St Journal discovers Chabad:
Mumbai and the Chabad Movement
Tragedy befalls a place of prayer and comfort.
By LUCETTE LAGNADO
Perhaps the most telling story I've heard about Chabad emissaries is that
some will buy burial plots once they arrive at their distant outposts: It
is a gesture to the community -- and perhaps also to themselves -- that
they have come to stay.
I first discovered this Hasidic movement, which has captured the world's
attention since the killing of several of its members in Mumbai, after
9/11. The world no longer felt safe and in the months after the attack, my
husband and I would flee to the Hamptons, driving every weekend to the
East End of Long Island, long after the glamorous summer crowds had gone.
One of the places we found open -- year round, in fact -- was the Chabad
House in Southampton. The congregation was located inside a private house.
Prayers took place in a cozy sanctuary the size of a living room as little
children scampered about.
It was an Orthodox service but not oppressively so; men and women sat
apart, divided by a row of plastic plants. I sat on a chair close to the
plants, in the front, where I had full unfettered view of the pulpit, and
for the first time in those awful months I felt safe.
I still remember the rabbi's first sermon, about the Valley of Dry Bones
-- that amazing biblical passage where the dead come to life again. I
thought of the hopelessness I had felt on 9/11, the collective
hopelessness, but then, listening to the story of how even a bunch of
bones had been brought back to life, I too felt a sense of possibility
again. And safety.
I thought of that sense of safety and comfort as I watched the horrific
events unfold in Mumbai, and specifically at the Chabad House.
I am absolutely certain that Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his pregnant wife
Rivka, massacred by the terrorists, had also set up a safe-haven. Theirs
was a retreat for Jews living in and around Mumbai or even those who were
merely passing through.
I would venture that's one of the secrets behind the Chabad movement's
extraordinary growth -- that they build little sanctuaries for lost Jews,
alienated Jews, secular Jews, Jews who have no interest in traditional
Chabad has redefined religion in part by getting away from the notion of
large, formal temples to establishing places of worship that are small,
intimate and, above all, deeply comforting; they have made religion
And so, even as some other branches of Judaism and other religions have
withered, they have ventured to the far corners of the earth: Siberia,
Alaska, Kiev, Odessa, Ho Chi Minh City. But no matter where the Chabad
house the philosophy is always the same -- to bring even the most
alienated Jews back into the fold.
You go to a Chabad house and you can count on being invited to Friday
night dinner by the rabbi and his wife. The model emphasizes old-fashioned
notions of community and home -- the sense that religion is not a
once-a-year affair but a way of life.
They have made inroads even among the militantly secular, I suspect,
precisely because of their sense of conviction. No matter where they are
in the world, in the Chabad houses of Siberia or Southampton the rabbis
wear the traditional black hats and dark suits, the women long dresses and
wigs. There is little attempt to blend in or assimilate.
It can be jarring to run into them on the streets of Southampton or South
Beach, strolling in their religious garb, trying to ignore the stares of
women in halters and fashionably dressed men in Bermuda shorts and
Of course, the determination to stay true to their practices may be what
endangers the movement most now. They are, it would seem, easy targets.
I attended a memorial for the victims of Chabad Mumbai at my synagogue on
Saturday. It was very crowded -- filled with people I had never seen
before. Worshippers went up to the pulpit and pledged thousands of
The purpose? To build a new Chabad center in Mumbai.
Ms. Lagnado, a reporter for the Journal, is the author of "The Man in the
White Sharkskin Suit: A Jewish Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New
World" (Harper Perennial, 2008).
3. Time to strip them of their citizenship and deport them to Gaza:
The Jerusalem Post, December 4, 2008
France vs. the Jewish right to reproduce
By Michael Freund
5. Have the Pakistanis been reading Barry Chamish again?