Thursday, July 24, 2014

Brief Note: Anti-Semitic Anti-Zionism versus Israel Hatred

Michael L.

This is just a small conceptual point, but I think that it is necessary to make a distinction between anti-Semitic anti-Zionists and Israel Haters.

First it has to be recognized that anti-Zionism is, by definition, a bigoted doctrine against Jews and, thus, anti-Semitic.  The reason that it is a bigoted doctrine is because it denies for the Jewish people what it generally accepts for most all other peoples the world over, i.e., self-determination and self-defense.

Israel Haters, however, are not necessarily anti-Zionists.  Some of the very worst Israel Haters, like for example, Harris-Gershon, actually claim to be Zionists and out of a sincere and heart-felt love for the Jewish people, and for the Jewish State of Israel, feel that it is necessary to kick the crap out of it in entirely unjust ways before an international audience of other Israel Haters.

Both groups wrap themselves up in the banners of social justice and universal human rights.

Neither believes in either.

Philly stands with Israel


Our Israel solidarity rally here in Philadelphia yesterday afternoon, which drew 2,500 people to LOVE Park, was a huge success and a great time.  And a helpful, much needed reminder to people like me who sometimes spend more time than we should in dark, hate-filled corners of the internet, that the antisemites at places like Daily Kos are truly a tiny, though loud and vicious, minority in our society, and that Americans continue to stand with Israel, as she seeks to end the current terror launched on her by a genocidal terrorist organization which hides behind its women and children, stores missiles in schools and uses ambulances to transport its 'brave' fighters.

Professional photos of the rally, courtesy of JFGP, can be found here.  Below, I'll post a bunch of my own, decidedly non-professional, cell phone snapshots as I wandered the rally.  I hope you'll enjoy.

Professor Kedar did NOT call for Rape

Michael L.

Over at Daily Kos they went completely nuts because they totally misunderstood Kedar's points of view concerning how to stop suicide bombers within a "diary," written by "SaraBeth" entitled, Israeli Professor Suggests Rape as 'Terror Deterrent'.

Professor Kedar suggested no such thing; it is not even close.

Needless to say, of course, many used it as an opportunity to defame the Israelis as the most horrible human beings who have ever lived... but that is what they do on a daily basis, anyway.

In any case, this is what he says directly:
I have certainly never called for and never will call for or recommend to any nation – and certainly not to my beloved Israel – to use rape to deal with any problem, security or otherwise. Every state in the world must adhere to the rules of  law and ethics according to the accepted international accords and international law.
If you want to know what the guy actually thinks about the larger question follow the link.

And, as it turns out, I was correct that it was concerned with the honor-shame thesis of Arab societies.

They owe this guy an apology beeg time, but it will never be forthcoming.

I very much doubt that the original diarist has the slightest clue about what the professor was actually talking about.

This is a segment of the Daily Kos diary:
So, you would punish MEN by raping their WOMEN? That it is a good "deterrent"? That it is the way it works in your part of the world? It isn't enough for you to bomb the hell out of women and children, starve them, keep them in poverty, now you want to violate their bodies and their minds all to teach their MEN a lesson? 
We are NOT tools for you to use to get your way you giant prick! Honestly, did you Israelis learn NOTHING from your own Holocaust other than how to do the same thing to others?
That's right you insidious, self-righteous moron.

It is not enough for Professor Kedar to bomb the hell out of women and children.   However gratifying that may be to Jews the world over, he needs to violate their bodies and minds, as well.

Strictly for the hell of it.

You know, I do not believe in transcendent evil, but if there was such a thing this is pretty much what it would look like.

Defamation is evil.  Defamation packaged in the self-righteous language of human rights is both evil and nauseating.

Defamation of an individual, that leads to the defamation of a besieged minority group, is evil.

Defamation of an individual, that leads to the defamation of a besieged minority group, and thus to violence against members of that group, is the worst kind of evil and ultimately that is what this... person... is doing.

And she honestly believes that we are committing a "Holocaust" against the local Arabs.

I would call the woman shameless if the "diary" itself were not grounded in such unspeakably high-strung stupidity.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A few things the USA can do concerning Gaza (Updated)

by oldschooltwentysix

Lift the FAA ban. It singles out and punishes Israel economically while Hamas claims victory. One might argue it was intentionally to pressure Israel, rather than support our ally.

Investigate the UN role, particularly UNRWA, with regards to corruption, the weapons found at its schools (returned to Hamas), and the "humanitarian" use of cement to build tunnels for terrorism rather than infrastructure for peace.

Move to change the definition of a Palestinian refugee to exclude descendants and to turn over jurisdiction to the UNHCR. When we speak of "disproportionate" we need look no further than how much aid is given to Palestinians "refugees," as if their suffering has greater meaning than others in far greater numbers and more dire situations.

Work to get the ICC prosecutor to commence an investigation of the leaders of Hamas, especially Meshaal, for the undisputed war crimes and crimes against humanity it engages in, admitted by the Palestinian representative to the Human Rights Council.

Yes, some of these things may fail, but sometimes it is important to place things in the sunlight, force the wrongdoers to defend their abuses, and expose the malice they intend.

Past time for America, like Canada, to show without equivocation which side it is on.

Feel free to add your own ideas in the comments.

UPDATE: The FAA lifted its ban. More European carriers that followed suit in effecting their own ban, have decided to keep it in effect. Air France said it was suspending its flights "until further notice." No matter the intent of the Americans, they have hurt Israel in this matter.  

Comes The Antistate


{Cross-posted at Jews Down Under.}

Turning and turning in the widening gyre

With the Arab world and especially "the Palestinians", what has come to be called the "international community" has always favoured the men of action over the nation builders.

Terror, random murder, hate mongering, incitement,  hostage taking, extortion, blackmail  ... these have their own rewards in the Middle East and are encouraged by the truth that they work, especially when deployed against Israel and the West.

What's more, these tactics can achieve much at little cost. 

Hezbollah comprehensively proved that all those years ago in Lebanon when it forced the evacuation of US Marines and French troops, there to intervene in a civil war that then had not long flared, to restore the peace. Hezbollah managed this world changing victory with the loss of a couple of commandeered vehicles, a big bunch of explosives and a few dead martyrs. 

From their standpoint, free. No loss at all.

These resources are in abundance. They flow in the streets and drop from the trees. The wells will always be at capacity no matter how much is drawn. Lives in particular are easy to replace. The death rate in Gaza is among the lowest in the world, the birth rate perhaps the highest and half the population is under fourteen.

This equilibrium, this dynamic state of long term terrorism is "sustainable" by the most exacting standards, even of the Hemp Bag and Bollinger wing of the Australian Greens. 

So they kept on doing it, other learned, did it too and do it still sometimes on a grand scale.  

This is a death cult. At any time but especially right now an Arab child in Gaza has much more value as a photogenic corpse than alive, if her death can be linked to the Jews, because of the impact in the "street" and on the "international community". The result of this is there to see. 

They keep on doing it even if they have to stage it.  

Now the UN and the "international community" are hand wringing and urging"the parties to stop fighting and start talking".  Ban Ki-moon used those words. Hamas is rewarded by recognition and an implied place at the table and is duly strengthened.

It's called behaviour reinforcement. 

A perverted culture of victim hood, of eternal suffering and injustice beyond measure and so chronic that it gathers strength with the passing of the generations and brings forth and defines a new nation and a new kind of nation. 

Palestine is a nation that grieves and fights for its own state. But it is a new kind of nation, the first, and its national struggle is for a new kind of state. A state that has at the core of the purpose for its constitution the destruction and supersession of another state. 

"Palestine" is not a state. It can never exist until Israel ceases to.  It is more accurately an antistate. The first in all of history.

If that sounds like an abomination then perhaps it is. This report is about how the army of an antistate fights its war for national liberation. The army of "Palestine" uses these tactics because they work. Try to keep in mind these kids are those of the fighters. 

We have to say this is something new. Another threshold is crossed. There is nothing that compares to this. 

This piece from Aretz Sheva 7

Soldier: Terrorists Charged with Babies in Hand

Shocking testimony from hospitalized soldiers reveals extent of Hamas’ use of children as human shields.
First Publish: 7/22/2014, 5:36 PM

Children in Gaza
Kids In Gaza

Wounded soldiers have given shocking testimony regarding Hamas’ use of young children as human shields.

Parents of wounded soldiers spoke to Kol Yisrael on Tuesday and shared some of the disturbing stories they had heard from their sons. They said soldiers have repeatedly seen young children in Sheijaya, Gaza, be sent out into the streets with guns to try to attack IDF troops.

One parent reported that terrorists had run at IDF soldiers with a gun in one hand and a baby in the other, apparently in hopes that the soldiers would see the child and hold their fire. If soldiers fired, the parent added, the child’s death could be used as propaganda against Israel.

“They’re continuing the same trick of using children as human shields, just as they did in Operation Cast Lead,” one father said. Women are used as human shields as well, he added.

He expressed frustration at figures on the Israeli far-left who have accused IDF soldiers of committing war crimes. Israel’s soldiers do everything they can to avoid hurting innocent people, he said.

The parents’ testimony joins previous evidence of similar crimes, including reports from UNRWA that a school building was used to store rockets, and a video showing terrorists using an ambulance to escape the site of an attack.

Hamas has openly boasted about the "success" of its strategy of using civilians as human shields during Operation Protective Edge.

This is Dana Bar-on and Hamas Wants Her Dead

Michael L. 

Please watch and distribute.

The last five minutes, by the way, are probably more important than the first five, so you should watch it through.

The enemies of the Jewish people have for centuries claimed that we just love to kill children and innocents.

This is the basis of the deicide claim concerning Jesus Christ - being the ultimate innocent, of course - and the claims concerning Jewish lusting after non-Jewish baby blood throughout the Middle Ages.

It has not gone away, but I am pretty sure that Dana harbors no lust for violence in her heart - unlike her kindly neighbors who hide their weapons behind their own children.

The reason that I bring it up here is because Israel's response to the shelling of Dana and her family and her neighbors has gotten much of the western-left into an uproar concerning alleged Jewish aggression.

I think, ultimately, that if the local Arabs do not want war then, perhaps, they should not wage war, but if they do wage war than they will have to accept responsibility for the clearly foreseeable outcome of their own violent behavior.

The Day of the Dhimmi is Done and Jewish people are no longer going to be anyone's punching bag... not even that of our traditional Arab-Muslim masters.

We in the diaspora need to do whatever little we can do to protect her neighborhood and the surrounding regions in the south of Israel near Gaza.

I suppose the main thing that we can do, other than those of us who are young enough to enlist, is simply advocate for the elimination of Hamas.  So long as the people of S'derot and Ashkelon, and smaller communities like Nir Am, are under siege, so all Jews are under siege.

We need to contact our politicians and let them know that we support Protective Edge.

We need to let Israel know that we back the IDF and that we support the elimination of Hamas, on liberal grounds... by any means necessary.

Say Hello to "G2geek"

Michael L.

Jew eatingThroughout progressive-left venues people are screaming to the heavens about the barbarity of the Jews in the Middle East.  Israel is portrayed as a vicious, illegitimate entity that wants nothing so much as to eat little Arab babies for lunch.

As soon as this latest round of fighting started we all knew that anti-Semitic anti-Zionists and Israel Haters would come together in order to defame and undermine the lone, sole Jewish state.

However, I am pleased to discover an individual on Daily Kos that is swimming against the current and doing it in a very reasonable and solid manner.

In Mets102's recent diary, we read this from G2geek in the comments:
it would be within the rights.... (5+ / 0-)

.... of the Jewish people, to insist on a state that was exclusively a Jewish homeland, and that alone.  Given the history of the world, it would be justified, it would be just, and it would be right, and it would be necessary.

But instead, the state of Israel provides for the citizenship and the rights, religious and civil, of others (those who are not Jewish) as well.

Many are the countries that are majority Christian and are Christian cultures.

Many are the countries that are majority Muslim and are Muslim cultures.  And many are those that are Muslim states.

But there is only ONE country that is majority Jewish, only ONE country that is a predominantly Jewish culture, and that ONE place even recognizes the rights of non-Jews as well.

Is it too much to ask, for there to be just ONE place?

We got the future back. Uh-oh.

by G2geek on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 08:17:18 PM PDT
Ahh, the refreshing breeze of common sense!

I have read far too many comments in recent days complaining about the fact of Israel's very existence.  Who are these western-leftists who feel that they can just shrug their shoulders and wave their hand and entirely disregard the national aspirations of the Jewish people; a people, by the way, that did more than anyone to advance their very own political movement.

After one particularly heinous schmuck compared Gaza to the Warsaw Ghetto, G2geek tell us this:
here's why that's offensive: (3+ / 0-)

The Warsaw Ghetto was created by the Nazis as part of their means to their deliberate policy goal of genocide of Jews.

The purpose of the Warsaw ghetto was to starve and exterminate Jews.

NOTHING going on in Palestine even REMOTELY comes close to that.

Israel is not herding Palestinians into gas chambers.

Israel is not putting them in trucks specifically constructed so that the carbon monoxide exhaust fills up the rear compartment to kill the people in it.

Israel is not systematically starving them en masse.

Israel is not using them in "medical experiments."

The Warsaw Ghetto comparison effectively accuses Israel of attempted systematic genocide.  It does that by way of seeking to legitimize ANYthing that anyone calling themselves a representative of the Palestinian people may do by way of fighting Israel or the Israeli government.

That's disgusting.

There are certainly criticisms to be leveled at the Israeli government in regard to treatment of Palestinians, but there are hundreds, thousands, of historic examples that can be used by way of comparison.

You don't have to use the ONE thing, Naziism, that is the most incendiary and explosive thing in Jewish history.  The ONE thing that is the supreme example of distilled essence of evil in all of human history, even though there were other systematic evils in the 20th century with comparable numbers of casualties.

Using the Warsaw Ghetto in any I/P arguement is execrable, detestable, disgusting, and immoral.

If I was running this site I'd make it a bannable offense after disregarding a warning to stop.

We got the future back. Uh-oh.

by G2geek on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 09:16:18 PM PDT 
Here is how it works.

1)  Hamas bombs Israel while hiding behind women and children.

2)  Israel endures the bombings for years until finally responding as it is doing now.

3)  Western-leftists denounce the Jews of the Middle East as cruel warmongers, which was the entire point of Hamas' bombs to begin with.

They bomb not because they think that they are going to make military gains by doing so, but because they know they can bomb with impunity from criticism on the western-left and as soon as Israel responds those very same people will take the baton from Hamas and denounce the Jews.

And that is precisely what we are seeing in places like Daily Kos and the Huffington Post and the UK Guardian.  And for those of you who constantly say things like, "Oh, Daily Kos is irrelevant.  They're just a few anti-Zionist extremists."  We are also seeing the delegitimization of Israel coming from the EU, itself, not to mention the Obama administration.

If Jewish history tell us anything it is that downplaying threats to the Jewish people, which includes legitimizing Hamas on progressive-left blogs, is always a fundamental mistake.