Monday, January 19, 2009
New term = "Kapophilia." It means the love of Jewish anti-Semites.
Kapophilia is the correct term for describing the inordinate amount of
space granted by the media to Jewish anti-Semites. The media are obsessed
with Jewish anti-Semites. People who represent perhaps a hundredth of a
percent of Jews are celebrated as the true practitioners of alternative
Jewish ethics. People of compassion. Jewish care bears. The Neturei
Karta is a serious alternative group inside Orthodoxy. Ilan Pappe is a
Jewish intellectual. Michael Lerner is a Rabbi. Gideon Levy is at least
as legitimate a representative of Israel as Moshe Yaalon. You know the
I realize that some might object that the term is insulting to the
concentration camp kapos, who collaborated under duress and without
choice. Neverthless, it is the best term I could come up with.
Please put this new term to good use! Consider this expose of the love of
the Guardian for Jewish anti-Semites, by Emanuele Ottolenghi:
The Guardian just loves self-hating Jews
From The Jewish Chronicle
January 15, 2009
Some of us can't do enough to support our enemies
Last Saturday, the Guardian published a letter that compared Israel to the
Nazis; described the Palestinian Authority as .Palestinian Quislings.;
called on Britain to recall its ambassador to Tel Aviv; and supported a
boycott of Israeli goods.
Before informing the readers that the images from Gaza .reminded. them .of
the siege of the Warsaw Ghetto., the 78 signatories felt compelled to say:
.We the undersigned are all of Jewish origin., somehow establishing a
connection between what they said (Israel = Nazi) and who they were
This is not the first time the Guardian has given voice to Jews proud to
be ashamed to be Jewish. In 2002, it published a letter in which 45 Jewish
intellectuals denounced the Jewish state.
The latest letter raises, as do its predecessors, three questions: the
substance of the accusations levelled against Israel; whether being Jewish
makes such opinions more compelling or more legitimate; and what purpose
these individuals serve, by linking their Jewish credentials to the
radical ideas they endorse.
On the substance, the signatories compare Israel.s actions in Gaza to the
Nazis. This is not new, of course, but its repetition does not make it
truer. In Auschwitz, there were around 30,000 daily deaths . all unarmed,
starved prisoners. In Gaza, since the start of Israel.s offensive, there
have been fewer than 50 deaths a day, up to 70 percent of them Hamas
fighters. Nazis took joy at massacring civilians. Israelis give warning
via phone to civilians. Nazis starved their victims for months before
destroying the Ghetto.Israel sends humanitarian aid in the form of food
and medicines every day. Intelligent people should be able to see the
difference and refrain from such comparisons. Are our friends of Jewish
origins stupid or malicious? Judge for yourself.
But the effect is to demonise Israel by comparing it with Nazism, the
quintessential evil of modern European history.
And, in the process, it ends up trivializing the Holocaust as well, much
like Holocaust denial. If only 50 people a day died in the Warsaw Ghetto
while the Nazis were resupplying their hapless Jewish victims with food
and medicine, one cannot fault the Nazis too much. It also follows,
logically, that Jews trying to turn that history into a paradigm of evil
are exaggerating . for political goals perhaps? You see where this can go.
Anyone with a sense of history should know better than to compare Gaza to
the Warsaw Ghetto. Even in Zimbabwe things are worse than Gaza. Does that
.remind. them of the Warsaw Ghetto? Or do people .of Jewish origin. evoke
such comparisons only when Israel is involved?
Second, is being Jewish relevant? Identity is no substitute for knowledge
and expertise; religious identity does not confer authority to speak on
anything. So why the invocation of .Jewish origin.? Because the Jews are
the gatekeepers and once they break a taboo, others can cross that line.
If you are Jewish, what you say cannot be labelled as antisemitic. If you
are going to trivialize the Holocaust and demonise Israel, it therefore
helps being Jewish . ask Norman Finkelstein, author of The Holocaust
Industry. Had he been an Episcopalian, no one would ever have heard of
him. Because he is Jewish and the son of Holocaust survivors, his lurid
thesis made him a .courageous whistleblower.. The same with the Guardian.s
Jewish letter writers.
It follows that these proclamations of .Jewish origin. serve an agenda:
they offer an alibi to antisemites. Shielded behind such proclamations,
our enemies can call for our destruction, protected by a Jewish
certificate of good behaviour that shows that what they are saying is no
worse than what certain people .of Jewish origin. are thinking.
Dr Emanuele Ottolenghi is executive director of the Transatlantic
2. Treason even at Bar-Ilan University:
British academics: "Israel must lose"
January 18, 2009
LONDON (JTA) -- A group of Britain-based academics are claiming that
.Israel must lose. the war with Hamas in Gaza.
In a letter to the Guardian newspaper the group of more than 300 academics
and writers stated that the .massacres in Gaza [are] the latest phase of a
war Israel has waged against the people of Palestine for more than 60
The letter also states that .The goal of this war has never changed: to
use overwhelming military power to eradicate the Palestinians as a
political force, one capable of resisting Israel's ongoing appropriation
of their land and resources..
The intellectuals, among them Palestinians as well as Israel-born
academics Professors Haim Beresheet and Ilan Pappe, wrote: .Israel must
lose,. and .We must do what we can to stop Israel from winning its war.
Israel must accept that its security depends on justice and peaceful
coexistence with its neighbors, and not upon the criminal use of force..
While it was already clear when the letter was written that cease-fire was
imminent, they added: .It is not enough to call for another cease-fire, or
more humanitarian assistance. It is not enough to urge the renewal of
dialogue and to acknowledge the concerns and suffering of both sides. If
we believe in the principle of democratic self-determination, if we affirm
the right to resist military aggression and colonial occupation, then we
are obliged to take sides... against Israel, and with the people of Gaza
and the West Bank..
Among the signatories of the letter is long-time supporter of an academic
boycott of Israelis, Prof. Mona Baker of the University of Manchester, who
in 2002 fired from the editorial board of her academic journal two
Israelis, because of their affiliation with Israeli universities. One of
them, Dr. Miriam Schlesinger of Bar Ilan University, is a leading member
of the Israeli branch=2 0of the human rights organization Amnesty
Want to complain? President: Prof. Moshe Kaveh
Ramat Gan 52100
List of Officers:
Ramat Gan 52100
Bar Ilan "Friends of" Offices:
3. Today's Treason du jour from Haaretz - comparing Israel's soldiers
to Panzer divisions: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1056661.html
4. Eureka! I think I found a way to get through at last to the Tikkun
crowd! You know, those fossilized 60s hippies who call each other dude
and pretend that Mikey Lerner and Arthur Waskow are rabbis? Well, it
seems the Hamas rockets managed to traumatize a number of birds. Really.
See the piece that follows. And while the Tikkun clowns could not care
less if a million Israeli Jews are traumatized by the rockets, scaring
some itty bitty birdies is just going too far!!! What about their human
Even the Chickens are Traumatized by Rocket Fire
by Hana Levi Julian
(IsraelNN.com) The chickens near Kiryat Gat have been traumatized.
It might sound strange, but when one considers what it might be like to
have a rocket slam into your house, at close quarters, it is perhaps not
surprising that the chickens in southern Israel have had enough.
One of the rockets fired Sunday morning by Gaza terrorists hit a large
chicken coop at a moshav near Kiryat Gat, killing at least 200 of the
Another 300 of the birds, however, were badly traumatized, and must be
moved . not only because the coop was seriously damaged, but due to the
stress they suffered from the attack.
5.. Biblical debate:
Remember that joke about the Rabbi who tells people with two contradicting
opinions "You are absolutely correct"?
6. Join the trench war:
7. This is going around the web: WEST BANK STORY....TO THE TUNE OF
Dear Secretary Ban Ki
You gotta understand,
It's just the occupation
That gets us out of hand.
Israel stole the money
that we had in our pockets
Golly Allah, natcherly we sent rockets.
Gee, President Sarko we're very upset;
We never had the foie gras
That ev'ry child aughta get.
We ain't no terrorists
Deep down inside us there is good!
There is good, there is good,
There is untapped good!
Like inside, the worst of us is good!
Dear kindly Blair your Honor,
Israel treats me rough.
They took away my Ipod
That.s why I.m so tough
I know you read the Koran
And know that we want peace
It.s Israel that.s the culprit
They.re an infidel disease
They are bad, they are worse,
sons of apes and pigs.
An infidel disease.
Dear Wolfe they want to blitzerus,
Christiane, she knows the scoop
They got the tanks and ammo
And all we got is poop
The BBC says we.re violent,
But Israel is the cause
What we need is loving care
Not a show of force.
We.re deprived, we.re deprived,
and that .s why we.re depraved
My grandma is a refugee,
Her aunts and uncles too
That is why we.re taught to hate
Every single Jew
My sister wears explosives
Under every single dress
My mother loves Osama
That.s why I.m a mess.
I.m a mess, in distress,
my brain is in arrears,
I.ll be cured, I.ll be well,
When Israel disappears.
So dear quartet of nations
In diplomacy immersed
Hamas ain.t no terrorists
They put children first
We are not delinquents
We simply want a state,
In all of Palestine
An Arab caliphate.
Every inch is mine,
Caliphate, caliphate, caliphate, caliphate
In all of Palestine.
8. This also is cute: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/920167.html
10. An effective anti-terrorist policy at last!
From PMW Bulletin: Hamas gangs kill Fatah members in Gaza
Hamas has murdered "dozens of Fatah members" in the Gaza Strip for merely
violating the Hamas-imposed house arrest. According to the Palestinian
daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida the atrocities, which also included shooting
people in the legs, has created a backlash in the West Bank and caused
"anger, which influenced the level of popular activities carried out in
solidarity with the Gaza residents in the towns Ramallah and El-Bira."
In addition, the popular Palestinian singer, Jamal Najar, condemned Hamas
as "gangs of anarchic security forces," describing how Hamas murdered his
cousin right in front of his children for simply stepping outside. [PA TV
The following are excerpts from the article in Al-Hayat Al-Jadida and the
transcript of the words of Jamal Najar:
Headline: "Reports of persecutions and liquidation of Fatah members by
Hamas members evoke anxiety and condemnation in the West Bank."
Reports mentioning liquidations of Fatah members in the Gaza Strip by
members of Hamas evoked popular condemnation which was added yesterday to
the erupting anger, which influenced the level of popular activities
carried out in solidarity with the Gaza residents in the towns Ramallah
The reports from Gaza pointed out the death of dozens of Fatah members
caused by Hamas members. A prominent leader stated that isolated random
incidents of murder have occurred, but ruled out that this is a case of
Wafa A-Najar, Gaza resident who lives in the town El-Bira, said that her
father was killed the day before yesterday and nine of her family members
were injured by shooting by Hamas, among them were three small children
and two young people in critical condition...
According to the family's story, a squad belonging to Hamas came to her
family's house in [the] Sheikh Radwan [neighborhood] in Gaza and shot at
the legs of young Badran A-Najar, claiming that he was violating the house
arrest which was imposed on him, at the time when he was sitting with his
cousins in front of the house...
A prominent leader in the Fatah movement in the Gaza Strip, Ibrahim Abu
A-Naja, ruled out that this is a case of persecution by some organization,
which aims at Fatah, however he pointed out that "a number of isolated
incidents [of murder]" had occurred, as has been reported by the Israeli
Abu A-Naja called for Hamas to halt any step which provides Israel the
opportunity to attack us...
Groups within the Fatah movement in the West Bank estimated that more than
a hundred of its people in the Gaza Strip had been exposed to persecution,
shooting, and liquidation."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (Fatah), Jan. 9, 2009]
Jamal Najar, popular Palestinian singer:
"I express my condolences to my cousins, some of them were killed
yesterday by the gangs of the anarchic [Hamas] security forces in the Gaza
Strip... The father was killed right in front of his children, because he
didn't stay at home, after they placed him under house arrest, he and
everyone who belongs to Fatah."
11. Israel against the world:
12. The cowardly ceasefire:
Large quantities of natural gas found off Haifa coast
(actually, it was just me after eating chulent on shabbas)