A secret vote on whether J Street, a far-left American Jewish lobbying group, will join the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations is set to be held on Wednesday afternoon in New York.
Abraham Foxman, director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), on Tuesday indicated his support for the group.
“We will support the admission of J Street not because we agree with them, not because we support their views, but in order to ensure the integrity and credibility of American Jewish advocacy and of the Conference ofPresidents,” remarked Foxman.
by Bill Levinson
The National Jewish Democratic Council, aka National Judenrat Democratic Kapos, considers John Kerry’s depiction of Israel as an apartheid state now “closed.”
- NJDC applauds Secretary of State Kerry for his statement expressing his regret for using the word “apartheid” in his remarks last week. He has always been a staunch friend of Israel and a promoter of peace, and we are proud to be among his supporters. The matter is now closed.
Last Friday, during a closed-door meeting with a room of influential world leaders, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry opined that if Israel failed to accept his latest “peace formulation,” the country risked becoming an “apartheid state with second-class citizens.”
This statement was redolent with Kerry’s trademark mental and moral cretinism. For over a decade, the disputed territories in Gaza and Judea-Samaria under Fatah, and/or Hamas control have been under a real, not a theoretical system of Islamic Sharia-based religious apartheid.
After more than thirteen centuries of almost uninterrupted jihad in historical Palestine, it is not surprising that a finalized constitution proposed for a Palestinian Arab state declared all aspects of Palestinian state law to be subservient to the Sharia, in harmony with the popular will (i.e., 79.9 percent of Palestinians want the PA to follow the Sharia—Islamic religious law— including 68.6 percent who wanted the Sharia as the exclusive code of law, according to data published by the Palestinian Center for Research and Cultural Dialogue, March 3, 2005). Moreover, contemporary Palestinian Authority religious intelligentsia openly support restoration of the oppressive system of dhimmitude within a Muslim-dominated Israel as well.
By Caroline B Glick, JPOST
Anti-Semitism is not a simple bigotry. It is a complex neurosis. It involves assigning malign intent to Jews where none exists on the one hand, and rejecting reason as a basis for understanding the world and operating within it on the other hand.
John Kerry’s recent use of the term “Apartheid” in reference to Israel’s future was an anti-Semitic act.
In remarks before the Trilateral Commission a few days after PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas signed a unity deal with the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror groups, Kerry said that if Israel doesn’t cut a deal with the Palestinians soon, it will either cease to be a Jewish state or it will become “an apartheid state.”
Bibi knows that the PA and the PLO support terror and incitement and want to destroy Israel. So why is he making such a big fuss about Hamas being part of the Palestinian government, when he knows the difference between them is only tactics. Apparently Bibi had approved of all Abbas’ demands for the extension of talks including a freeze of all new construction and release of more murderers and a discussion of borders. What can his motivation possibly be. Ted Belman.
by Isi Leibler,
The timing of the PA intention to merge with Hamas may have caught many by surprise. But it was evident that Israel would not reach understandings with a Palestinian Authority headed by the intransigent Mahmoud Abbas, who refused to make a single compromise. In fact, even when the US pressured Israel into making unilateral concessions as a prerequisite to merely agreeing to negotiate, the response from Abbas was to raise new demands.
In the context of the criminal society created by Arafat and maintained by Abbas, there is no ideological conflict concerning the future of Israel between the PA and Hamas. As Palestinian Media Watch has noted, Abbas says categorically: “There is no disagreement between Fatah and Hamas …About belief? None! About policy? None! About resistance? None!” Besides promoting cultures of martyrdom and sanctifying as heroes those engaged in killing Jews, both have generated the expectation amongst their people that the elimination of Jewish sovereignty in the region is a goal that will be achieved.
By Ted Belman
Attorney Elyakim Haetzni, a former Knesset Member and an influential nationalist pundit, thinks Palestinian Authority (PA) chief Mahmoud Abbas has outmaneuvered Binyamin Netanyahu and Israel is in danger of losing more ground in the diplomatic chess game with the PA.
Until now, Haetzni explained, Israel has not been defined as an occupier, according to the Geneva convention. This could change now, however.
“The greatest jurists have always said that in the Six Day War, Israel did not occupy Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, because they had never belonged to another sovereign. There was never a Palestinian state, Jordan had invaded illegally, and before that, there were the British and the Turks.
It should be noticed that Israel doesn’t want the sanctions to bite too much. We are told that Israel is currently deducting 100 million shekels from money collected by her to pay PA debt owed to her for electricity. She is upping this to 132 million shekels. That’s all. Ted Belman
Israel confirmed additional sanctions Monday, saying has frozen plans to build housing for Palestinians in Area C of the West Bank, which is under full Israeli control. An official from the Defense Ministry’s administration in the Palestinian territories said that the decision was made after the Palestinian Authority applied to join a dozen international organizations and treaties, including the Geneva Conventions last month.
Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom haShoah. Although I agree with those who say that preservation of the historical record is a necessary part of preventing its repetition, I am very uncomfortable with its use to produce an emotional catharsis, which often stands in the way of facing the real threats against the Jewish people today. The same people who cry over the dead Jews of the 1940s often have no problem taking anti-Zionist positions today — or supporting politicians like Barack Obama, whose policies are inimical to the continued existence of the Jewish state, and therefore the Jewish people.
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) as seems not to have noticed Yom haShoah this year — at least, I can’t find anything on its website. Individual congregations, like the one in our town, are holding commemorative events. Possibly they have decided to deemphasize the observance.
By Akiva Bigman
The New Israel Fund takes pride in adhering to a vision of the State of Israel as a sovereign expression of the Jewish People’s right to self-determination, and as such it sees itself as an inseparable part of the Zionist project • As such, the Fund tries every year to be included in the annual Israel Day Parade alongside other lovers of the country • There’s only one problem: the NIF goes against everything Zionism stands for • The balance sheet for the prosecution
The New Israel Fund (NIF) often bills itself as a critical friend of Zionism which has its best interests at heart. However, given that the NIF’s true agenda is well-known, and since by definition “Zionism” as it is generally understood does not include this agenda, the Fund’s claim of Zionist fealty is little more than a cynical ploy. As we will demonstrate below, the lion’s share of NIF activity is meant to undermine the existence of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, all the while harming the security of its citizens and its economic stability. With these actions, the NIF shows itself to be not a friend and ally of Israel, even if a critical one, but rather a foreign and hostile entity aimed at undermining the very foundation of its existence.
By: Alexander G. Markovsky
Throughout the history of civilization people have been dreaming about a perfect world: full employment, fair distribution of wealth, full satisfaction of material and intellectual needs, and equality—only to discover, to their disappointment, that this utopian system does not exist on this side of the grave.
Given President Obama’s political persuasion, his obsession with inequality should surprise no one. In numerous speeches he has emphasized the alleged dangers of inequality, including his 2012 State of the Union Address, where he elevated the subject into“the defining issue of our time…. No challenge is more urgent. No debate is more important.” Or, as he recently declared, “The combined trends of increased inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American dream.” He has never defined his own interpretation of equality or offered his vision of the American dream.
Less than a third of the 1,646 illegal Palestinian buildings discovered by authorities last year have been taken down, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Commander Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai said on Sunday.
Mordechai told the Judea and Samaria affairs subcommittee, part of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, that only 520 of the 1,646 buildings had been taken down.
“Anyone driving through Judea and Samaria can see the increased illegal Palestinian construction in Area C,” Subcommittee chair Habayit Hayehudi MK Moti Yogev said. “The situation has gotten worse near the Adumim bloc, where it has become an intense industrial undertaking. There are around 35,000 illegal structures in this area, and their construction is backed and organized by the Palestinian Authority and receives funding from international groups.”
New sanctions freeze Palestinian housing plans, ‘illegal’ projects funded by foreign powers after PA applies to join international organizations.
Israel confirmed Monday it has frozen plans to build housing for Palestinians in Area C of the West Bank, which is under full Israeli control.
An official from the Defense Ministry’s administration in the Palestinian territories said that the decision was made after the Palestinian Authority last month applied to join a dozen international organizations and treaties, including the Geneva Conventions.
By Ted Belman
“A two-state solution will be clearly underscored as the only real alternative. Because a unitary state winds up either being an apartheid state with second class citizens—or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewish state.”
Neither need be the case. If we annexed only Area C, we won’t be apartheid and will will be a Jewish state. If we annexed all and gave the qualified Arabs citizenship, we would still be a Jewish state with a 2:1 majority.
Kerry also warned that a freeze in the peace talks could bring about a violent conflagration in the West Bank.
“People grow so frustrated with their lot in life that they begin to take other choices and go to dark places they’ve been before, which forces confrontation,”
Following the meeting, Abbas released an official statement confirming that the PA will submita formal request to the UN to boycott companies and institutions which support Judea and Samaria and the “Judaization” of Jerusalem.
The UN would also be requested to hold Israel legally responsible for“violating” the Fourth Geneva Convention.
Anti-Israel boycotts have been presented to the UN before.
Israel Won’t Recognize ‘Palestinian Unity Gov’t’. Netanyahu says recognition of ‘unity government’ between Hamas-PLO contingent on recognition of Israel as the Jewish homeland. AND IF THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT RECOGNIZED, THAT’S THE END OF OSLO.
Bennett calls to annex 60 percent of West Bank. He wants to give the Arabs in that area citizenship and the Arabs in the rest “autonomy on steroids”. Not so fast on both counts.
Gilad Erdan became the highest-ranking member of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud faction to call for annexing Area C.
By Ron Dolinsky
HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE IN MY DNA
I can’t do it! No matter how hard I try, I just can’t grasp the true fear and horror of those who were systematically dehumanized and exterminated by the German Government, the Nazi party, other European Governments, and the German and European citizenry. From as far back as I can remember I, have watched the gripping footage of the liberation of the death camps, again and again. I have seen the movies … Schindler’s List, Sophie’s Choice, It’s A Beautiful Life, The Pianist and many, many others. I have read innumerable accounts describing the systematic manner in which the German Government worked to dismantle rights to livelihood, culture, possessions, and even self-respect… the Nuremburg Laws, Kristallnacht and many others.
I have spent countless hours at the Dachau death camp in Germany, in the Holocaust Museum in DC, and at the Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach hopelessly trying to comprehend the gradual hour-by-hour, day-by-day realization of the inevitability of the German genocidal plan felt by just one parent, one husband.
This week’s Glazov Gang was joined by Chloé Simone Valdary, a Junior at the University of New Orleans and founder of the Allies of Israel Association. She is a conservative and an African-American Zionist.
By Steven Plaut
Holocaust Remembrance Day begins in Israel in a few hours.
It is hard to believe that for the past two decades the national policy of Israel has been to seek to achieve peace by rewarding Palestinian fascists whose highest desire in this world is to see a second Holocaust perpetrated upon the Jews. Israeli policy has been to pretend to wean these barbarians from their plans for a Final Solution by granting them recognition, funds, arms, and the right to set up their own state. The results are apparent for all to see.
If that is hard enough to believe, then even harder is the wave of treason that has enveloped the Radical Left in Israel and in the Jewish world in general. The radical Left long ago ceased to operate as a movement of juvenile naiveté. It was once a movement in which shallow posturing and utopian dementia displaced rational thought. Today the Radical Left more and more openly identifies with Israel’s genocidal enemies. It more and more openly opposes Israeli sovereignty, democracy and freedom of speech in the country. The Radical Israeli Left, led by the tenured Left, openly endorses aggression and terrorism against the citizens of its own country, particularly in the form of endorsements for BDS warfare against Israel. Growing numbers of radical Leftists endorse terrorist atrocities against Israeli Jews, and not “only” in “settlements.” The article by Martin Sherman, Into the fray: Mainstreaming treason?, expounds on this theme and is worth reading.
I posted this Reuters article because for a change because its purpose is not to blame Israel Instead it shows no matter how much the “resistance of Hamas is affecting the Gazans negatively, they hate Israel more than they love themselves. Thus Hamas indoctrinates Gazans to hate Israel rather than Hamas. Ted Belman
Grumbling at their leaders’ perceived incompetence is common among residents, but many said Gazans would remain behind Hamas because of its militancy.
“The whole world is against them. They’re not angels of course. They’ve made a lot of mistakes. But if they went ahead and recognized Israel, the people here would spit on them – their popularity would evaporate overnight,”
Some Gazan blame Hamas for much of their suffering: ‘If jobs open up, their people get them. They never suffer.’
Living on UN handouts of rice, flour, canned meat and sunflower oil, with limited access to proper health care or clean water, families like the Mustafas – seemingly permanent refugees – have no money, no jobs and no hope.