Propaganda

If only Israel would demonstrate to the world’s satisfaction the nature of the Palestinian/Islamist Reality Distortion Field. The propaganda chiefs of the PA, Hamas, IS, and Iran make Joseph Goebbels look like a rank amateur.

The Madness of Britain’s Student Union

It hasn’t gone down well. VICE News speaks to a member of the union’s national executive about why he opposed the motion and the backlash that has followed.

Source: Britain’s Student Union Votes Against Condemning the Islamic State — Because That Would Be Islamophobic | VICE News

Madness. 

Cambridge University faces Legal Action over Mock Israeli Checkpoint 

The mock checkpoint is a feature of the annual “Israel Apartheid Week,” which has been heavily criticised by Jewish groups, human rights activists and politicians who are concerned about the normalisation of anti-Semitism on campuses in the UK, North America and elsewhere.

In 2011, sixteen African-American members of the Vanguard Leadership Group published an open letter in several university newspapers, saying that the use of the word “apartheid” in regards to Israel “is not only false, but offensive.

Source: Cambridge University may face Legal Action over Mock Israeli Checkpoint – Jewish Media Agency

It is a shame that this has gone to the courts. The university deserves censure for not understanding the difference between encouraging free speech and condoning intimidation and stoking ethnic hatred.

Austria Says it is Legal to Call for Jews to be Killed

Prosecutor rules that Austrian hair stylist’s anti-Semitic Facebook posts are a legitimate way to criticize Israel.

Source: Austrian prosecutor: Call to kill Jews is legal criticism of Israel – Diaspora – Jerusalem Post

For most of my life I dared to hope that in the aftermath of the greatest racial atrocity in the history of mankind, Europe had risen above its Jew-hatred.

I was, apparently, wrong. And that hatred does not stop with fringe groups. It reaches right into the heart of Europe’s elite, into the offices of the leaders of Austria’s judicial system.

Austria has now added itself to the list of countries I am unable to visit, especially with my family. And I must plead with my fellow Jews who are living there: run, haverim. Take your families and all you can carry with you. Leave and do not look back. Darkness is descending upon Austria again.

Sportsmanship

How is it, I wonder, that we can praise a man for being a great athlete despite being a lousy sportsman? Why is it too much to expect both, especially when others on his team appear to manage that without an issue?

When we teach kids to play sports, we teach them that sportsmanship and skill are both critical components of excellence. Do we suddenly drop the sportsmanship requirement when the television and gambling stakes reach a certain level?

My sports heroes are the ones who are both fierce competitors and gentlemen or ladies at the same time. That is the gold standard. We should hold it up for all players of excellence. And, BTW, for ourselves.

BDS has become an Anti-Semitic Movement

JNS.org – Last month, in a breathtaking display of anti-Semitism reminiscent of Nazi Germany, members of the student government at South Africa’s Durban University of Technology (DUT) called for the expulsion of all Jewish students from their campus. The very next day, halfway around the world, the student government at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) engaged in a similar display of anti-Jewish bigotry, nearly denying a highly qualified young woman a position on the student judiciary board after four student representatives […]

Source: The BDS Movement’s Long Trail of Anti-Semitism | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com

There may be quite well-intentioned people in the movement who are genuinely concerned about specific policies of the Netanyahu administration who hate neither Israel or Jews. But we cannot for their sake tolerate a movement that has become the vehicle for people who would see Israel destroyed and Jews made pariahs.

BDS has become a global vector of anti-Semitism. It is time for those in the movement who respect the right of Israel to exist and who are not anti-Semites to leave. Continuing to identify with this festering pustule of hatred is to become hatred itself.

Prayer Our Way

Here is what the Christian Gospels have to say about prayer:

“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” [Matthew 6:5-6]

Jewish law and tradition holds that while all prayer is good, praying as a part of a minyan, a group of 10 or more, is an act of special holiness. Not everyone who prays in the presence of others is a hypocrite, and not everyone who prays alone is holy.

The New Anti-Semitism

When I was a dissident in the former Soviet Union, one of my regular activities was monitoring anti-Semitism, and smuggling out evidence and records of such activity to the West. I believed then that the free world, particularly after the Holocaust, would always be a staunch ally in the struggle against anti-Semitism. Unfortunately, I was wrong.

Source: 3D Test of Anti-Semitism: Demonization, Double Standards, Delegitimization – Natan Sharansky

The great Natan Sharansky mourns the end of the 70-year hiatus in global anti-Semitism, and the old evil’s return in a potent new form.

Malia Bouattia, ISIS Apologist

I see. So merely condemning the Islamic State would be bigoted. But boycotting Israel is a requirement of social justice. Never mind that the Islamic State openly advocates for the restoration of slavery (what, pray tell, is the official position of the Black Students Campaign on slavery?) and that the overwhelming majority of those murdered, tortured and crucified by the group are Muslims. One must not condemn the group lest one give in to “Islamophobia.”

Source: National Review Online

In the up-is-down, black-is-white world of the apologist, hypocrisy and moral relativism reign.

Time for Jerusalem to Cut the Money Cord with Washington

Israel’s economy is booming. So why is the United States still giving it $3.1 billion a year? That’s the question on the minds of some of Israel’s biggest supporters in Washington.

Source: Some of Israel’s Top Defenders Say It’s Time to End U.S. Aid – The Daily Beast

Regardless of the motivation and provenance of this article, it is time for all Jews to agree that the State of Israel cannot afford to be the economic or military captive of any other nation, even the United States. It is time to end Israel’s financial dependence on the US while we still have the chance to do so on terms favorable to both Israel and the Jewish Diaspora.

The Last Force Against Islamism

The president is right to assert that American Muslims are in a unique and important position to be advocates for both democracy and religious pluralism. But so long as their institutions find places for radicals and the groups that claim to represent them, like CAIR, are fatally compromised by their origins as front groups for terror apologists and stands that seek to rationalize terror and oppose efforts to monitor terror supporters, American Muslims won’t be able to play that important role.

Source: What Obama’s Mosque Speech Missed | commentary

Islam is the only force that can defeat Islamism.

It must. Or it will be consumed by Islamism, all distinction between the Faith and the ethos of violence will disappear, and the world will descend into a dark age of crusade and jihad, except with weapons of mass destruction.

And we Jews will be running for our lives.