Thursday, December 11, 2014

The ‘Cycle of Violence’ Fantasy in the Middle East

The 'Cycle of Violence' Fantasy in the Middle East
December 12, 2014 by Steven Plaut 

The 'Cycle of Violence' Fantasy in the Middle East

Posted By Steven Plaut On December 12, 2014 

Ernst Eduard vom Rath was a German diplomat representing the Third Reich in Paris in 1938.  In November of that year he was shot and mortally wounded by a 17-year-old Polish Jewish youth, Herschel Grynszpan, who had been living in Germany.  Vom Rath was 29 years old.  Ironically, vom Rath had earlier expressed anti-Nazi sympathies, evidently based on the Nazi treatment of Jews, and was under Gestapo investigation at the time for being politically unreliable.  He died of his wounds two days after being shot.  Hitler used the assassination as an excuse to launch Kristallnacht, a pogrom against German Jews, shortly after the death.   My father attended school with Grynszpanand knew him casually; Dad escaped to America by the time of the assassination.

Now try to imagine how the Western media would report World War II if they were using the exact same rules of journalism that they apply to the Arab-Israeli conflict.   The assassination of vom Rath by a Jewish youth would be universally held up to illustrate that the German-Jewish conflict was a circle of violence, an ongoing bloody conflict whose roots are so old that no one remembers them, a conflict where each side claims it is retaliating for the violence that the other side perpetrated, a conflict whose causes are all blurred by eons of history.  Sure the Germans were murdering Jews, but then there was the vom Rath assassination, proving the violence was two-directional, symmetric.  Close investigation could probably find a few other examples of Jews using violence against Germans.  Innocent lives are being lost on both sides.  Such senseless tragedy.  Why can't both sides just live and let live?

Of course, such a representation of World War II would not only be an absurdity but also an obscenity.   World War II was not about a "cycle of violence" between Germans and Jews.  It was unambiguously a campaign of annihilation and oppression of Jews committed by Germans.  The fact that one can identify a handful of outlier events such as the assassination of vom Rath does not convey any symmetry to the "conflict."   Indeed to misrepresent the Nazi campaign of extermination against Jews as some sort of "symmetric" pair of movements of violence would be proof that the person so misrepresenting the situation was a Nazi-sympathizer and an anti-Semite.

The Middle East conflict is not a cycle of violence.  It is not a "symmetric" campaign of retaliation by Jews against Arabs and Arabs against Jews.  The Middle East conflict is as unambiguously a unidirectional campaign of violence and atrocities as was World War II.  It is about Arabs murdering Jews and not the inverse.  It is about Arabs seeking to deny Jews their human rights and their right to self-determination, and not the inverse.  The Middle East conflict consists of a century of atrocities perpetrated by Arabs against Jews.

But the Western media are willing to go to extreme lengths to force the conflict into the prism of symmetry and the "cycle of violence" fantasy.  Several months ago a Palestinian Arab teenager from East Jerusalem, Mohammed Abu Khdair, age 17,  was kidnapped and murdered by a Jew.  The Jew was mentally ill and believed himself to be the messiah.   He was arrested and jailed by Israel.  The killer did not represent anyone, was not sponsored by anyone, and no one in Israel cheered his crime.  The killing of Abu Khdair came shortly after three Jewish teenagers were murdered by the Hamas in a well-planned operation.  That was an operation sponsored, financed and planned by the Hamas and cheered by most "Palestinians" and by many Israeli Arabs.   Many passed around candies in celebration.

Since the death of Abu Khdair, the media have exploited the case to sell their "symmetry cycle of violence" snake oil.  True, the "Palestinians" murder Jewish children all the time but here we have a single incident of an inverted crime, an Arab teenager murdered by a Jew.  The media obsession is far more than a postman-biting-dog stroke of interest in uncharacteristic news stories.  The media have used the death to manufacture the symmetry fiction and spread it.   After all, if it is symmetric, then both sides are wrong, which means both sides are right, which means there is no right and wrong about which to worry our pretty little heads.

The killing of Abu Khdair was as characteristic of the Middle East conflict as the killing of vom Rath was representative of the events comprising World War II.  And it is hardly the only "vom Rath anomaly" that drives the reporting of the anti-Israel media.   This week Ziad Abu Ein, a terrorist murderer serving as a Palestinian Authority "cabinet minister," died from a heart attack after being confronted by Israeli troops.   You see, the media are bleating in unison?  It is not just Palestinians who murder Israelis!

Arabs in the West Bank vandalize Jewish property so often that it is generally never even reported as news, even in the Israeli media, because it is so commonplace.  Arson attacks and vandalism of synagogues by Arabs are so frequent that they rarely make it out of the back pages.  But if a handful of teenage Jewish delinquents vandalize some Arab vehicles or paint graffiti on Arab buildings, not only is this highlighted on the front pages, but it is denounced as evidence of Jewish terrorism.  The media, including the Israeli leftist media, scream that such incidents are hate crimes.  Demands are made to define the graffiti painters as a terrorist organization.

Rock throwing by Arabs at Jews in Israel is even less likely to make it into the press or news or even the social media.   But if Arabs allege that some Jewish "settlers" threw some rocks at Arab cars or houses, then stop the presses!   All other news must be removed to page 3.  Arabs in the West bank vandalize Jewish property, including agricultural produce, more frequently than the sun shines in the Middle East.  No one hears about it because it is not considered "news."  After all, dogs chasing postmen are just not very interesting or newsworthy.  But let some Arabs or leftists allege that Jewish "settlers" have vandalized some West Bank Arab olive trees and the media shrieks are deafening.  So deafening, in fact, that they drown out reporting about some cases of  Arabs and leftists intentionally vandalizing Arab olive trees as provocations to be blamed on "settlers."   And it goes without saying that the firing of thousands of rockets by Gaza terrorists at Israeli civilians is never important enough to be reported as news.  But let Israel fire back at the savages and there – you see – we are back in the symmetric cycle of violence.

The symmetry perversion has been played up by the media for so long that few can even keep straight the fundamental underlying truths behind the conflict.  There is a war in the Middle East because the Arabs, controlling territory nearly twice that of the United States (including Alaska), are unwilling for the Jews to control their own state smaller than New Jersey.  The Middle East conflict is not about unwillingness on the part of Jews to accept self-determination for Arabs, but rather by unwillingness on the part of Arabs to accept self-determination for Jews.  Middle East violence is about the campaign of terrorist aggression by the Arab world, including its "Palestinian" playthings, to murder as many Jewish children and other civilians as possible.  The number of innocent Palestinian civilians intentionally murdered by Israel is precisely zero.  Palestinians get killed when Israel shoots back and retaliates for Arab terror and aggression and rocket attacks.  When Arabs do not attack Jews, the Jews do not shoot back.  There is no anti-Arab Jewish terrorism.

Arab terrorism is not caused by Israeli "occupation" but rather by the removal of Israeli occupation.  The "Palestinians" have about as legitimate a claim to statehood and independence as did the Sudeten Germans in Czechoslovakia.   Granting "Palestinians" independence will have precisely the same effect as did the granting "self-determination" to the Sudeten Germans.  The only reason Arabs demand that the "Palestinians" be granted a state is in order to use it to launch an all-out war of annihilation and terror against what would be the rump Israel.

Israel is the only country in the Middle East that is NOT an apartheid regime.  The only Arabs in the Middle East enjoying human rights are those living under Israeli  rule.   The treatment of Arabs by Israel is at least a thousand times better than the treatment of Arabs by Arab regimes.   The "stateless Palestinians" are Arabs, and Arabs control 22 states.   No one is stopping any Arabs uncomfortable about living in a Jewish state from moving to any of those 22 states and taking all their assets and wealth with them.  The Middle East conflict is about injustices perpetrated by Arabs against Jews and not the other way around.

None of this belies the possibility that if one seeks hard enough one can find incidents in which some Jews behave badly towards some Arabs.  Just as Hershel Grynszpan may have murdered the wrong German.  But that hardly makes the Middle East conflict a symmetric cycle of violence and injustice.  There was a handful of white slaves owned by slaveholders in the American south before the Civil War and there were small numbers of black slave-owners.   Using that to paint pre-Emancipation slavery as a symmetry of black and white slaves with black and white slave-owners would of course by an obscenity.   Use of the assassination of vom Rath to create fictional symmetry would be even worse.  But nothing can compete with the malicious, repugnant, and perfidious distortion of the Middle East conflict by the media as a symmetric conflict and a cycle of violence.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Netanyahu Springs his Trap




Netanyahu Springs his Trap

Posted By Steven Plaut On December 8, 2014 @

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may demonstrate foolishness regarding a great many things in public life, but no one ever accused him of demonstrating foolishness with regard to his own electoral prospects.  His enemies are suddenly foaming at the mouth.  In response to the remarkable jump in Likud popularity in the polls, they claim, Bibi has decided to pull a fast one and has decided to take the undemocratic decision of holding elections.  That Netanyahu's rivals claim it is undemocratic when elections are held is only the tip of their problems.  What really has them worried is that the Israeli electorate is about to sic itself against most of the non-Likud parties.

To a large extent, the real factor behind the dismemberment of the government coalition and the calling of new elections is the military operation against Gaza from this past summer.  The events surrounding those battles shook up the Israeli electorate and reshuffled the political deck.

The Gaza war made the Likud very popular.  The Jewish public almost unanimously supported the operation against the Hamas barbarians. Israelis do not think that too many Gazans were killed but rather that too few were.  The main complaint from Israeli Jews was that the Likud did not go far enough and ended the military incursions there too soon.

But the Gaza war also decimated the political base for the Likud's opposition.  In Gaza, Israel had carried out to the letter every "idea" of the Israeli Labor Party and its allies.  It had evicted the entire Jewish population of Gaza, removed every single Israeli soldier and military asset, turned the area over to the "Palestinians," ending every single vestige of "occupation."  The result was the raining down of thousands of rockets upon the Israeli civilian population fired from Gaza, some hitting Tel Aviv and some landing near the airport, plus the terror tunnels built to carry out large-scale massacres of Jews.  The Hitlerjugend on Western campuses may be marching around chanting that Jews are subhumans whose lives not worthy of being defended and protected, but no one is going to get very far in Israeli politics mouthing such a platform.  The huge bulk of Israelis see the Labor Party and the "center-Left" as directly responsible for turning Gaza into one huge rocket launching pad and putting almost the entire Israeli civilian population at risk, all in the name of "the need to end occupation."  Israelis now understand that Arab terrorism is not caused by Israeli occupation but by the ending of Israeli occupation.

That means that everyone knows that at the very first electoral opportunity, the Israeli voter will exact his revenge against those who turned Gaza into Hamastan.  That means the Labor Party and Tzipi Livni's "Tnuah" party, what is left of the once large Kadima bloc.

So the Labor Party, which in its first decades exercised a monopoly hegemony over Israeli government, is likely to fall in any new election far below the 15 parliamentary seats it managed to hang on to in the last elections (out of 120).

Livni's party is what is left from the larger Kadima party that implemented the Gaza capitulation and the conversion of Gaza into ISIS-South.  It managed to get 6 seats in the last election and was invited by Netanyahu to join his coalition.  There Livni herself pursued a leftist agenda within the government coalition.  As Minister of Justice, she appointed far leftist judicial activist court judges.  She also rallied in defense of the Islamofascist terrorist Haneen Zoabi, a Knesset Member from one of the Arab fascist parties, defending her from attempts to indict her for treason and terrorism.  There are serious doubts as to whether Livni's party will pass the minimum threshold and even make it into the next Knesset after the election.  The ultra-leftist MERETZ party, with 6 seats at the moment, is also likely to get pummeled in a new election.  Israel bashing is just not a great vote grabber in Israel these days.

They are not the only likely losers from a new election.  The wunderkind of the last election was TV personality Yair Lapid and his Yesh Atid party.  A bit of a Seinfeldian party, one about nothing, Lapid rode to power by painting himself as the voice of irate middle class Israelis upset at housing prices and determined to end exemptions from military service for religious yeshiva students.  After rising from nothing to 19 seats, Lapid was invited into the coalition and made Minister of Finance, a politically thankless position even for someone who had once taken freshman economics, which Lapid had not.  Determined to do "something" as Finance Minister, Lapid introduced a moronic proposal for reducing housing prices by increasing the demand for housing (granting new home buyers exemptions from Value-Added Taxes).   Then in recent months he introduced proposals for rent controls, price controls in some other markets, and boosts in the minimum wage.   Years ago I proposed requiring prospective Ministers of Finance to be able to get a B minus on an exam in Economics 101 and Lapid illustrates what happens when there is no such requirement.

Having delivered nothing, Lapid's party will probably lose at least half its electoral strength.  There is a popular Israeli pop song about "My heart is Racing a New Guy is Coming to the Neighborhood."   Well that new guy is Moshe Kahlon.  He is a well-liked good-looking ex-Likud politician with a very bright public image, considered honest and intelligent and clean.  He was the father of the reform and shakeup of the cell phone industry in Israel which resulted in sharp drops in prices for consumers.  He is setting up his own new party, so far unnamed, and it will run as the party of the middle class.  In other words, he will be out-Lapiding Yair Lapid.  His entry onto the stage dooms Lapid to an even sharper decline.

Yisrael Beiteinu, the party of sharp-tongued Russian immigrant strongman and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, is also due to take a drumming.  In the last election, it did not run as a separate party, but rather as part of a merger with the Likud.  So its own electoral popularity was not really put to the test, as it will be this winter.  In the past it managed to draw support from Israeli "hawks," above and beyond its power base among Russian Jewish immigrants to Israel, and was helped by being the party most hated by the Far Left.  But in the last election its ability to attract "hawks" was already being undercut by the emergence of Naftali Bennett's "Jewish Home" party.  And Lieberman has been involved in other shenanigans that are likely to undercut his popularity, such as his leading an anti-democratic campaign to shut down a daily newspaper because its editorial line is pro-Netanyahu.

Naftali Bennett's "Jewish Home" party was one of the great winners in the last election, winning 12 seats.  He would have likely done even better had not the Likud focused most of its attack ads and energies in the last weeks before the last election on attacking Bennett.   While Bennett and Netanyahu do not like one another at the personal level, and while the party has lost some of its glamour in some missteps and foolish policy positions, particular by Uri Ariel, Minister of Construction, Bennett's party is still the only reliably "hawkish" party left in the arena and is likely to benefit from the shifts in public sentiment.

The rest of the Knesset is unlikely to change much in the new election.  The religious parties and the Arab fascist parties will probably keep their strength at current levels.  The rump "Kadima" party of Shaul Mofaz will go the way of the dodo bird after the election.

The main net effect of the snap elections is likely to be a strengthening of the Israeli "Right" based around the Likud and a stronger Likud governmental coalition emerging.





Leadership in Genesis and in the Bible

By: Steven Plaut

Published: December 8th, 2014 
Latest update: December 7th, 2014

(This year the author, Steve Plaut, was the Chatan Torah in his Haifa synagogue.  The following is the Dvar Torah he gave at the kiddush that followed:)

I would like to speak to you briefly about the subject of leadership in the Book of Genesis and throughout the entire Bible. More specifically I would like to address the leadership role of Judah.

What exactly was it that qualified Judah for leadership? Indeed, Judah's leadership was not just in the generation of the biological offspring of Jacob but was an ongoing leadership that would last for many generations. Judah is described in Jacob's departing blessing thus: "The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet until the coming of Shiloh." The last part of the sentence is considered to be an anticipation of the Messianic Era. Judah of course is the biological forefather of King David and so the Kings of Judaea and the future messiah all descend from Judah.

But what is so special about Judah? What was it exactly that qualified Judah as leader of his generation and even of the generations that follow?

Probably the most common answers to the question focus on the role that Judah played in the drama of the sons of Jacob and their adventures and challenges in Egypt, where - unbeknown to them - Joseph is the planning czar in control of the entire country. In particular, the role of Judah with regard to Benjamin is critical When Jacob hesitates in allowing Benjamin to leave home, Judah offers himself to his father Jacob as a guarantor for Benjamin. And then after Benjamin is arrested by Joseph's agents for the trumped up charges regarding theft of a chalice, Judah proposes that he himself be allowed to be imprisoned in place of Benjamin.

I would like to suggest that the real reason behind Judah's assuming the leadership role is not those incidents but rather a completely unrelated matter. It is to be found in a very different Biblical story, one of the weirdest of all stories in the Bible: the story of Judah and Tamar. As you recall, Tamar is the widowed daughter-in-law of Judah, who is reluctant to allow his eldest surviving son to marry Tamar. Instead, in order to establish a family, Tamar disguises herself and induces Judah himself to have relations with her, becoming pregnant with twins. The very presence of this story in Genesis is bizarre, and even more bizarre is its position in the Book - smack dab in the middle of all of the drama of the selling of Joseph into slavery, the subsequent rise of Joseph as Governor of Egypt, and the journeys of his brothers into Egypt to buy food.

Why was it so important to include the Tamar story at this point in the Torah? In part, it was to establish the earliest genealogical record for King David, the line from Judah through Peretz to the future king. But there is a no less important reason. At the end of the story of Judah, when his behavior has been "outed" by Tamar, Judah steps up and concedes that she is correct. I was in the wrong, says Judah, I regret my behavior.

That's such a big deal? Yes, that's such a big deal. Judah is capable of conceding that he was wrong, that he had made mistakes that he feels regrets. And THAT is precisely what qualifies him and his descendents for their future leadership role, holding the scepter and the ruler's staff.

To understand how amazing and unusual such behavior is, I would like to invite you to participate with me in a brief thought experiment. Try to think of OTHER figures in the Bible who similarly are willing to step up and admit that they had been in the wrong. You will quickly realize how rare this is and how difficult it is to point to other examples.

Indeed, it is highly instructive to point to the many leadership figures in the Bible who FAILED this "Judah Test," who were unwilling to step forward and admit that they had been in the wrong. Many such people were in fact the most important leaders of the entire Jewish people. I wish to review their failures not as some sort of attempt on my part to mock or belittle them but rather to emphasize how unusual such behavior is, how strongly it runs psychologically against the grain of human nature.

Let us begin with Moses himself, the most modest of all men. In Deuteronomy, in his long speech before the Israelites as they prepare to enter the promised land, he explains that he will not be going along with them. It was because of YOU, Moses berates the Israelites bitterly, that the Lord became angry with me and will not allow me to enter. Now our sages debate what exactly it was that constituted Moses' transgression, but they all agree that Moses transgressed. Moses however is incapable of coming to terms with this idea. So Moses himself fails the Judah Test.

What about his brother, Aaron the High Priest? He also fails it. As Moses descends from Mt. Sinai and sees Aaron with the Golden Calf, Moses screams Gevalt! (evidently they spoke Yiddish among themselves), brother what did you do? Well, says Aaron, the nation was running amok, going postal, they threatened me, I was afraid for my life, they killed Hur, so I did what I did. No admission of guilt. No contrition. No confession of error. Aaron gets an F in the Judah Test.

Joseph was the traditional challenger of and competitor with Judah for the leadership role, the "crown" of his brothers, both in the generation of the sons of Jacob and also in later generations. The kings of the northern kingdom were from the tribe of Efraim, descendents from Joseph, and there is the future "anointed son of Joseph" predating the "anointed of King David" in the messianic era. When Joseph is at last reunited with his father Jacob, there is no apology for never having sent a fax or SMS text message all those years letting Jacob know that he was alright, no apology for suspecting Jacob of complicity in his sale to the Ishmaelites, no admission of error. Joseph also fails the Judah Test.

Then there are the parallel twin stories involving Abraham and Isaac, in which each misrepresents his wife as his sister, leading to messy and dangerous political developments. All ends well, of course, But one might have expected an apology and admission of guilt, if not towards Pharaoh then at least towards your wife, sir!

There is in the Torah a special sacrifice in the Temple performed by the Nasi or tribal prince/president who has erred. There is also a well-known saying that happy is the generation whose Nasi errs, meaning the generation that has a Nasi willing to admit that he has erred. Such a Nasi is a great asset politically. The only problem is the lack of records of princes or kings admitting to error and offering the Nasi-Error sacrifice, and may be forgiven for being skeptical about how often such people actually emerged in leadership roles.

There is one glaring counter-example to this sorry track record, a leader who DID in fact admit freely that he had been in the wrong and who expressed regret and penance. That is King David, in the matter regarding Bathsheba, Uriah the Hittite, and the Prophet Natan. But upon contemplation, this is not really a SECOND case in the Bible of a leader satisfying the Judah test. Rather it is the original case itself. The "Judahness" of Judah manifests itself in David, who is himself the scepter of Judah and ruler's staff. This is not a separate incident of willingness to admit error but a continuation of the original incident involving Judah himself!

There is one other place where we find numerous cases of people admitting to error and confessing mistakes. That is in the Talmud, which is filled with instances of sages stating a position, listening to counterarguments, and then conceding they had been in error. These of course are generally not political leaders but educational and spiritual leaders. Nevertheless, I find some of the charm of Talmudic discourse to be precisely this feature, the willingness of the players to concede error and admit mistakes. It occurs to me that part of our willingness to accept upon ourselves the halakhic authority of these sages so many generations later may be in part because these are people capable of admitting error and expressing regret.

May it be the fortune of the people of Israel that we be graced with leaders who are capable of admitting that they have been in the wrong and of confessing to error!





Hebrew University - Apartheid "Survey" Sponsor Amiram Goldblum (Dept of Pharmaceutical Sciences) Says Waving Israeli Flags Makes You a "Judeo-Nazi"

Professor Amiram Goldblum, a senior lecturer at Hebrew University and co-founder of the extreme leftist organization Peace Now, has made use of his Facebook page to tear into the nationalist camp, the Jewish Home faction and religious Zionism.

"Let someone dare say that this is not Judeo-Nazi youth," wrote Goldblum next to a video of the "rikudgalim" flag dance celebration on Jerusalem Day. "The Arabs are under curfew in the streets of the Old City. The apartheid that exists beyond the Green Line is in Jerusalem now. Jewish youths are raised on the monstrous style that we have seen in other places."

Prior to Jerusalem Day, Goldblum said that the right wing camp makes the historic day "look and sound like the neo-Nazi march through Skokie... let the call resound: fascists of the world, unite – the Golden Dawn from Greece, the religious right in Israel, brothers in fascism."


See also

Hebrew University - Mister Apartheid, Amiram Goldblum (Dept of Pharmaceutical Sciences), Takes to Social Media toContinue his International Call to Undermine Israeli Sovereignty


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Let's Recognize the Right to Self-Determination

Let's Recognize the Right to Self-Determination

By Steven Plaut



   As you know, quite a few European countries are in the process of "recognizing" the "state" of "Palestine."  The question arises of what the appropriate response from Israel should be to these actions by the Europeans.


   SO here is a plan:


If Belgium recognizes "Palestine," then Israel must recognize the separatist movements of the Flemish, the Walloons, and the Belgium Germans, and officially recognize the right of each group to set up its own state.


If Denmark  recognizes "Palestine," then Israel must recognize the separatist movement of the Faroese and officially recognize the right of the Faroe Islands to be an independent state.


If Finland recognizes "Palestine," then Israel must recognize the separatist movements of the Åland Swedes, and officially recognize their right to set up their own state.


If France recognizes "Palestine," then Israel must recognize the separatist movements of the Basques in France, of Brittany, of Northern Catalonia, of Savoy, of Occitania, and of course of Corsica.   Israel should officially recognize their right to set up their own states and arm them generously.


If Germany recognizes "Palestine," then Israel must recognize the separatist movements of the Bavarians, the East Frisians, the Franconians, the Lusatians, and the people of Shleswig-Holstein, and Israel must officially recognize their right to set up their own states.


If Italy recognizes "Palestine," then Israel must recognize the separatist movements of the Sardinians, the South Tyrolese, and the people of Lombardy, and officially recognize their right to set up their own states.


If Holland recognizes "Palestine," then Israel must recognize the separatist movements of the Frisians, and officially recognize their right to set up their own state.


If Russia recognizes "Palestine," then Israel must recognize the separatist movements inside Russia, a list of whom would fill a page,, and officially recognize their right to set up their own states.


If Spain recognizes "Palestine," then Israel must recognize the separatist movements of the Basques, the Catalans, the Andalusians, the Aragonese, the Asturians, the Balearic Islanders, the Cantabrians, the Leonese, the Galicians, and the Portuguese living in Spain.  Israel must officially recognize the right of each group to set up its own state.


If Sweden recognizes "Palestine," then Israel must recognize the separatist movements of the Scanians, and officially recognize their right to set up their own state.


If Switzerland recognizes "Palestine," then Israel must recognize the separatist movements of the Genevans, Jurassiens, and the people of Ticino, and officially recognize their right to set up their own states.


If Turkey recognizes "Palestine," then Israel must recognize all the separatist movements inside Turkey, first and foremost the Kurds, officially recognize their right to set up their own states and arm them to the teeth.


If the UK recognizes "Palestine," then Israel must recognize the separatist movements of the Scots, the Welsh, the Manx, Cornwall, Ulster, the Shetland Islands, the Orkney Islands, the Outer Hebrides, and officially recognize their right to set up their own states.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Affirmative Action Looting


Affirmative Action Looting

    It should properly be called "Affirmative Action Looting." Having lectured the world for decades that American blacks should not be expected to obey the law or conform to the standards of behavior applicable to others, that black crime is a protest against social injustices, that blacks cannot succeed because of white skin privilege and never mind that there is a black president, the liberal establishment might as well be torching they buildings and cars in Missouri all by itself. The liberals have "Tawana Brawleyed" themselves into oblivion.

They seriously believed that a grand jury could be bullied into indicting an innocent policeman for having dealt completely properly with a violent thug. The grand jury refused to be bludgeoned by the liberal media. This is a case of "Let there be Justice" even though "Justice will Produce Hooliganism." Those celebrating the violence with their "No Justice No Peace" signs are opposed to justice and opposed to peace. They are terrorists. Hardly surprising that they also embrace ISIS and the Hamas.

For 50 years or longer the liberal establishment has refused to address seriously the problems of crime of the black lumpen proletariat. How many times have we been told that jails are disproportionately filled with black prisoners because the police and courts are racists and only convict "Home Boyz"?

Side note: It has become evident in the recent elections that it is now vogue to raise the minimum wage in many parts of the country. This will price the "black lumpen proletariat" out of the labor market altogether and so will result in a massive increase in black crime. The same liberals who are responsible for the minimum wage assault against black employment will then of course blame the upturn in crime on white skin privilege, this after 50 years of affirmative-action black skin privilege.

2.  Liberal celebrates being mugged, says it is just he be mugged:

3.   You have probably been reading about the song recorded by a popular Israeli singer mocking Arab terrorists who attack Jews, called Ahmed Loves Israel.  Well,
The anti-democratic leftist Prof. Mordecai Kremnitzer declares war on freedom of speech and democracy, because someone wrote a song whose lyrics the good professor dislikes.  HE WANTS THE SONG AND SINGER CRIMINALIZED.  Kremnitzer would be the first one to defend the right of Arabs to celebrate the murders of the Har Nof rabbis and the babies killed by car terrorism:

4.  "Palestinians" moved to "Palestine" from Elsewhere as a result of Zionism raising Standards of Living There:

5.   Professor Zimmerman's Blitzkrieg against Israel and Zionism:

Friday, November 14, 2014

End the Unfair Competition! Ban freebies!

End the Unfair Competition!  Ban freebies!


   As you know, the Israeli Knesset just passed on a first vote (it needs to pass three votes to become law) a bill that seeks to force the closure of the most popular daily newspaper in the country, Israel Hayom.   The bill is the initiative of Knesset Member Eitan Cabel from what is left of the Israeli Labor Party.  Cabel and his cronies claim that it is unfair competition if a newspaper is distributed for free because it harms the other newspapers in Israel (never mind that they too, especially Yediot Ahronot, are also often distributed for free) and so Israel Hayom must be banned and closed because of this "unfair competition."    All in the name of freedom of the press.


    Well I would like to point out that on certain streets in Tel Aviv there are hard-working women who charge money for the very same "services" that are provided to Eitan Cabel by his own wife for free.   The fact that Cabel's wife is not charging for these services clearly is unfair competition because it harms the livelihoods of these hard-working women.  This is a clear and present danger to freedom and fairness!


    OH, before you get too agitated, I was of course referring to cooking.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

The anti-democratic Initiative of the anti-Adelson Horde

The anti-democratic Initiative of the anti-Adelson Horde


     In one of the worst assaults on democracy the Israeli Knesset yesterday approved in the "first vote" (a bill must pass three votes to become law) a Soviet-era-style censorship law that seeks to shut down the most popular Hebrew daily newspaper in the country, Israel Hayom.  This assault on freedom of the press is the brainchild of Labor Party Knesset Member Eitan Cabel.   Its purpose is to erase and suppress journalist freedom in Israel, preserving it for the forces of darkness associated with the Israeli Left.  It seeks to eliminate the popular conservative pro-Netanyahu daily Israel Hayom in order to preserve the hegemony over Israeli printed media by the two Far-Leftist Israeli dailies, Haaretz and Yediot Ahronot.  (The other Hebrew daily Maariv is semi-bankrupt and is not even distributed outside the Tel Aviv area.)


     Komrad Cabel was joined in this Stalin-era-like vote against the press by most of the Knesset Members from the Labor Party, Tzipi Livni's party, the members of Avigdor Lieberman's party, Yair Lapid's party, and the anti-Israel Arab fascist parties.  It was opposed by most Knesset Members from the Likud and – interestingly – by one member of Meretz (although another Meretz member voted in favor).   While some flunkies from Naftali Bennett's party had been among the early supporters of this bill, to the party's credit all those Knesset Members present at the vote opposed the bill (although others chose not to be present).


   The ostensible basis for the banning of Israel Hayom is that it is distributed for free.  Just why that should be grounds for banning a newspaper is never explained by the wannabe censors.   Why not have the courage of your convictions?  If it is illegitimate for a newspaper to be distributed for free, then why do you not also come out against free news broadcasting and distribution by radio and TV stations and by the internet?  By all means, Komrad Cabel, end those outrageous free distributions of news that harm the public!   Ban the internet!  In the name of freedom!


   Of course what really has Komrad Cabel and his wannabe Kremlin friends upset is that Israel Hayom is owned by Sheldon Adelson, who supports Netanyahu.  Why Adelson is any less entitled to operate his own newspaper than, say, German ex-Nazis like the co-owners of Haaretz is not explained by anyone.  This is the same Knesset that the country now depends upon to rein in the anti-democratic excesses of the Israeli Supreme Court, now leading the jihad against journalistic freedom!


   Should this atrocity ever pass the final vote and become law, I would like to propose to Sheldon Adelson and to the management of Israel Hayom how to respond.  The law seeks to prohibit any newspaper that is distributed for free 6 days a week in Israel.  So what I propose is that Israel Hayom be distributed for free 5 days a week and on Tuesdays it be distributed for 10 agorot (two and a half cents).  Individual vendors can be instructed to use their own individual judgment as to whether to assist people coming up to them on Tuesdays and saying that they really would like to read the paper that day but do not have a 10 agorot coin handy.


   Meanwhile I also think that Israel needs a national campaign of pie throwing into the faces of politicians who oppose freedom of speech and freedom of the press.   

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Meretz Leaders Rush in To Cheer and Defend Terrorism


   Israeli Far Leftists Demonstrate Solidarity with Dead Terrorist killed while Attempting to Stab Jews


   Meretz Leaders Rush in To Cheer and Defend Terrorism, Denouncing Police Action against Terrorist who attempted Murder


By Steven Plaut



Khair al-Din Hamdan from Kafr Kanna in the Galilee was an Israeli Arab terrorist who was minding his own business a few days ago and attempting to stab Israeli policemen to death.   Kafr Kanna is where the Biblical town of Cana stood and according to the New testament it is where Jesus turned water into wine.  The tomb of the great Jewish sage Simeon ben Gamliel is nearby, attesting to the Jewish origins of this town now under Arab occupation.


The intended police victims of the terrorist were not amused and were unappreciative of the symbolic value of their being stabbed to death to protest the grievances of Hamdan and his terrorist comrades.  Instead, the police selfishly and immoderately shot Hamdan to death as Hamdan attempted to murder them with his knife.


Israel's Arab fifth column and its fellow travelers then took to the streets and violently protested this "murder in cold blood" of the gentle giant Hamdan.   He instantly became the poster boy for those loyal Arab citizens of Israel who seek the annihilation of Israel and its Jews.   The neutral and objective foreign media were also outraged at the violation of the Miranda rights of Hamdan, who was killed by the police without legal representation and a trial.   Khair's father expressed the outrage of the family that his son had been prevented by the police from murdering Jews.   Why was his son not simply stopped with tear gas or at most a bullet in his thigh?, the father demands to know.   And the heroic appeasers of the Likud government decided to order an official commission of investigation into the interruption by the cops of the murder attempt by Khair.


At the same time, some of Israel's finest leftists are also taking to the airwaves and the streets to show their solidarity with the young dead terrorist.   The Khair lobby claims that video footage shows that, after attempting unsuccessfully to stab the cops, he was in fact backing away from them when he was shot.  Just why his backing away could be interpreted as any reason NOT to summarily shoot and execute him on the spot with extreme prejudice has never been explained by anyone.  Some of the car crash murderers in Israel in recent days have been shot on the spot AFTER crashing intentionally into people.  The only thing wrong with that is that Israel's weenie government refuses to pass a law proclaiming that instant execution without trial of ALL terrorists at the scenes of their murders and attempted murders is not only legal but downright laudatory and deserving of a medal of valor. 


The emerging leading Jewish leader of the Khair lobby is a Knesset Member from the anti-Israel semi-Marxist MERETZ Knesset Faction, loosely associated with the anti-democratic protest movement "Peace Now."  She is Tamar Zandberg.   She decided to go in person to Kafr Kanna to show her solidarity with the poor innocent victim Khair, a bit like all those demagogues in America making hajj to Fergusan, Missouri to show their solidarity with the violent thug shot there by police.


Sister Zandberg's participation in the Salute to Terrorists with Knives event at Kafr Kanna is relayed by herself in Hebrew on her Facebook page.  She also posts a photo of herself without chador sitting on the protest podium with assorted Arab members of the Khair lobby.  


Here is my translation of what she posts there:


"I visited today in Kafr Kanna, the town in which Khair Hamdan was shot to death.  I went together with Knesset Member Issawi Freij (also from Meretz).  We expressed our solidarity with the feelings of injustice that an entire community feels today, not only because of the excessively light finger on the trigger (by the police), not only because of the fact that the photographs of the event raise serious doubts about the legality of the police actions and the suspicions of an attempt to cover them up, but also because of our recognition that this is NOT an isolated disconnected incident.  It is instead part of the policy of racist discrimination directed against the Arab minority in Israel, a policy directed and implemented from on high by the Prime Minister and his cabinet.


"While one minister speaks about 'a terrorist" and another speaks about 'terrorism,' while the Prime Minister himself raises the possibility of stripping citizens of their citizenship, they are not just commenting on a controversial (sic) incident but rather they are outlining their policy against the Israeli Arab public.

"This government of intimidation and incitement has now reached new heights of hatemongering.  Its own obstinacy is what manufactured the confrontation whose climax was seen in the Gaza war this past summer.  It has driven Israel's international reputation down to a new low.  This same government now paints 20% of the country's population as the enemy.  I cannot escape the feeling that this is part of a grand governmental plan of organized destruction against any hope for a better future.  (The word 'destruction' she uses in Hebrew is the same as the word for 'terrorism' – SP) "



"The attorney general needs to order an investigation not only into the policemen who shot the young man, but also into the responsibility of the public security minister, who gave license to murder when he said that a 'terrorist who hurts civilians deserves to die'," said Zehava Galon, Meretz party leader.


Meretz is a political party whose base of support is those Israeli Jews who hate themselves and their country.  As you know, the Israeli government and parliament have banned Kach, the main Kahanist group, proclaiming it a terrorist group and as a  group that supposedly violates Israel's "anti-racism" law.  It denies those Kahanists freedom of speech and the right to organize.  While I believe that the banning of the Kahanists was anti-democratic and arbitrary, given that this is Israeli government policy the time has come to criminalize MERETZ as a pro-terror anti-Jewish anti-Israel racist group that automatically supports the enemies of Israel and justifies anti-Jewish terrorism.



Monday, November 10, 2014

Peace Now head demands that the "rights" of murderers and terrorists be upheld

1.  We should all send congratulations to all right-wing fringe violent hooligans who decided not to beat the crap out of Yariv Oppenheimer, the anti-Israel fanatic who heads the anti-democratic "Peace Now" and the twit who sent a twit congratulating the cops for not terminating the murdering terrorist with extreme prejudice. 

Peace Now Chief Praises Police for NOT Killing Terrorist

2.  Naftali Bennett's party adopting price controls and economic bolshevism as its banner:… 

3.  Another astounding success for the Get out of Jail Free policies of Netanyahu:   

4.  Tell you what. We keep Jerusalem and THEY can have the West Bank. THIS west bank, of course:…/bank-of-the-west_400.jpg

5.  About the Temple Mount:  

6.  Thought of the week:  The world needs a Palestinian state about as much as it needs a Fourth Reich.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Tzipi Hearts Zoabi



1.  When the Defense Minister Yaalon ordered "Palestinians" in the West Bank to ride on separate buses than "settlers" in order to avoid violence, he and all of Israel were denounced by the caring folks as "apartheid." Well, it turns out that all over the world there are plans or proposals to introduce women-only metro cars, subway, cars and buses in order to prevent sexual harassment and violence against women. Some of these programs operate in Third World countries and some in Western Europe. But the most amazing point is that not a single caring journalist or politician has denounced any of these "separate public transit vehicle" proposals as "apartheid."




By the way, how come no one thinks it is "apartheid" when only Jews (and Druse) get conscripted in Israel to serve in the IDF but Arabs are exempt?



2.    The cancer spreads to the high schools:



3.  Treason du Jour at Haaretz:  



There is an anti-democratic initiative afoot in the Knesset to shut down Israel Hayom, the country's daily newspaper with the largest circulation, because it threatens the financial interests of the leftist Yediot Ahronot.  Haaretz this week ran a cartoon of Israel crashing a plane into the World Trade Center.  There is no Knesset initiative to shut down this treasonous newspaper:



4.   Think Jerusalem is a difficult unsolvable conundrum? Think again. There is a very simple solution. Israel simply tells the "Palestinians" - you can't have it! End of discussion.



5.  In the Knesset vote this week to expel the terrorist Haneen Zoabi for 6 months from the Knesset, Amram Mitzna, the one-time mayor of Haifa and one-time Labor Party contender for Prime Minister, voted AGAINST expelling her and the rest of the members of the Tzipi Livni party decided to abstain or else did not attend the vote at all. This should be borne in mind by anyone considering the Livni party to be a centrist ZIonist party.


So now the little birdie Tzipi Livni thinks ordering the "Palestinians" to use other buses than "settlers" in order to prevent violence is apartheid. This after her party spent the week demonstrating its solidarity with terrorist Haneen Zonabi. 
There are today three political parties competing for the treason vote, meaning the votes of all Israelis who hate Israel and hate themselves and want to see Israeli defeated. These are Meretz, the Israeli Labor Party, and Tzipi's silly "Ha-Tnua" party. So Israelis who hate their own country can take their pick from the three!



6.  Ventriloquists for Rabbi Yehuda Glick!


Friends, comrades, Inciters, lend me your Zionist ears! For many years we have been naively striving to rescue the Jewish state and its soul using conventional means: military defense, economic development, construction, education. But it seems we have missed out on recruiting the most important tool of all needed to rescue Israel.

Friends, because the Israeli government has decided to appease the Islamists and prevent Jews from praying on the Temple Mount, any Jew whose lips move while visiting the Temple Mount is arrested. MK Moshe Feiglin has been arrested on numerous occasions. This is a particularly onerous challenge for lawyers visiting the Mount, because - as you know - lawyers cannot lie unless their lips are moving.

So I say the time has come to roll out the great secret weapon of Jewry. Comrades, we have no choice. To rescue the Third Jewish Commonwealth, to save the soul of Israel, we must utilize at once the Jewish Ventriloquists. Only Jewish Ventriloquists can restore dignity and self-respect to the State of Israel. The entire Temple Mount must be filled to the brim with Jewish ventriloquists reciting the Shma and other prayers. Let us see the Left complaining about rising Charlie McCarthyism in Israel!

Let us see the police come and arrest these warriors for NOT moving their lips! Let the Islamists launch a jihad against Howdy Doody!

Emergency conditions require emergency measures! The time has come at last! Unleash the Ventriloquists and let the new Nakba begin!,114298510



7.  Let's wait until the midterm election results next week to see who REALLY is the big wad of chickenshit!




Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Reprint from 2003 - when the Hebrew University went Deconstructively Bonkers

Deconstructing the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
by Steven Plaut
24 June 2003

This past week the Hebrew University of Jerusalem decided to grant an honorary PhD to Jacques Derrida, the godfather of the pseudo-philosophy of "Deconstructionism."

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem decided to make itself into an even bigger laughingstock than it already has been thanks to its legions of Far Leftist and Anti-Zionist professors.   This past week it decided to grant an honorary PhD to Jacques Derrida, the godfather of the pseudo-philosophy of "Deconstructionism."
Deconstructionism is a shallow form of Non-Thinking that has gained popularity among some of the more simpleminded disciplines of the academic world.  Essentially the same as "post-modernism" (how is that for a true nonsense word, something no woodchuck could chuck?), Deconstructionism argues that there do not exist any such things as facts, truth, logic, rationality, nor science.  Nothing in the world exists beyond subjective "narratives," each as legitimate as the next.   Language is the ultimate form of tyranny and source of control of us oppressed folks by those evil elites.  There are no false narratives, just different subjectivities.  And the only thing we can be truly certain about in this meaningless world is that the United States and Israel must be destroyed.  
Deconstructionism was defined nicely by Robert Locke:  "It is also known as poststructuralism, but don't ask what structuralism was, as it was no better.  It is based on the proposition that the apparently real world is in fact a vast social construct and that the way to knowledge lies in taking apart in one's mind this thing society has built.  Taken to its logical conclusion, it supposes that there is at the end of the day no actual reality, just a series of appearances stitched together by social constructs into what we all agree to call reality.  But not agree voluntarily, for society has (this is the leftist bit) an oppressive structure, so we are pressured to agree to that version of reality which pleases the people in charge."  Left-wing pseudo-intellectuals love substituting polysyllable-invention for thinking and analysis.
Among the "founders" of the "School" of Deconstructionism was Yale professor Paul de Man, a close friend of Jacques Derrida's, who had published pro-Nazi collaborationist and anti-Semitic articles in two Belgian newspapers in the early Forties.   The other Deconstructionists have always tried to deconstruct the Nazism of de Man so that it would not look too bad.
Deconstructionism has long been linked with Marxism, a rather strange combination - given the insistence by deconstructionists that they should never claim to "know" anything.   Marxists claim to know everything, based on ridiculous "theories" by Marx disproved 150 years ago, making the Marxist-Deconstructionist axis rather queer.  It also sometimes calls itself post-colonialism, apparently because some of its Frenchie inventors came from Algeria, although I have never understood how it can be certain that anything or anyone was ever colonized or colonizer.   
For deconstructionists, proof and disproof are unimportant.   They accept as axiomatic the claim that social power structures control everything in the world, I guess including all "narratives," and that literature and art are nothing more than reflections of or protests against such power and oppression.  Never mind that the Decon conmen have no way of measuring nor assessing power, control, class, nor privilege; they are SURE that these things are out there and control the world like the Council on Foreign Relations in a Barry Chamish conspiracy "theory."
Robert Locke has said that Deconstructionism is the opiate of an obsolete intellectual class.  It is little more than sophistry and absolute moral relativism.   Deconstructionists insist that even words themselves have no meaning.   Hence we all live in a meaningless universal in which we are all no better than noisy mutts, making silly barking sounds, which of course is already obvious to any of you out there who have listened in to comparative literature courses from lefty profs.  As one critic pointed out, all of Deconstructionism is founded on the paradox of using language to claim that language cannot make unambiguous claims (John Searle, "The World Turned Upside Down," The New York Review, October 27, 1983).
Deconstructionists oppose being "judgmental" about anything except the absolute evil of capitalism and America, which is why it is popular these days mainly among American tenured leftists (the French berets have by and large moved on to other amusements).   They believe in an absolute justice, although cannot tell you what and where it is, nor how to achieve it.  They think it is something we all simply need to sit back and await, like a Messiah on a deconstructed donkey, although we can hurry it along by joining the Far Left.  Deconstructionism attracts a certain sort of adolescent mind (regardless of the age of the accompanying body) because of its cynicism and dismissal of rational thought and science.  In Locke's wonderful words, "It raises to the level of a philosophical system the intuition that everything grownups do is a fraud. It is the metaphysics of Holden Caulfield. It enables the practitioner to tell himself that he is among the privileged group of insiders who know that the Wizard of Oz is behind the curtain." 
Among the forms of knowledge dismissed by them, especially in the case of the Deconstructionist "philosopher" Michel Foucault, is medicine, because medical science is merely an elite knowledge system that confers power on doctors.  I have long believed that one of the funniest things in life must be a Deconstructionist professor of comparative literature in need of an emergency root canal, being treated by a deconstructionist dentist.  ("Your pain is not real, it is subjective, let me narrate about it to you, there is no pain in reality, Novocain will interfere with your narrative,….")
Jacques Derrida is one of the fathers of this "school" of Deconstructionism.   (Do not confuse it with Reconstructionism, which differs from Deconstructionism mainly in the fact that it is spelled with an 'R'.)    He is best known for his attack on "logocentrism;" that is, on the cruel oppression by rational thinking.  What a poster boy for the Hebrew University!   He even dismisses Stalin as a logocentrist, which explains the Gulags and Red Terror that ruined what otherwise would be the great blessings of Marxism.  We should all seek salvation through resistance to logic.
As Deconstructionism has become regarded more and more as a laughingstock even among French leftwing intellectuals, it has gained popularity in some of the darker corners of American and Israeli campuses.  Israeli leftists and media columnists (pretty much the same people) like to toss around the Newspeak of Deconstructionism, and long ago decided that the whole war is because those insensitive Jews refuse to accept the Palestinian "Other."    Palestinians blowing up dozens of young "Others" on buses do not seem to bother them much.  
The weaker the level of intellectual analysis and formal standards of scientific evidence and proof, the more popular Deconstructionism is.  This is why professors of comparative literature have trouble controlling their sexual excitement stimulated by it, professors of education adore it, sociologists sometimes applaud it, and members of all real scientific fields tend to place Deconstructionism in the same category as the Ra-El cultists.
To Derrida's credit, he never bought in to the Stalinism so popular among most French "intellectuals."   And Derrida is only one of the better-known clowns in the three-ring Deconstructionist Big Top.  Michel Foucault is perhaps even better known than Derrida.   He was a great celebrator of psychedelic drug use, sado-masochistic anonymous gay sex, cruelty and violence as expressions of liberation and deepness.   He , however, could not be honored this week by the Hebrew University - because he died from AIDS in 1984.   There have been allegations that after discovering that he had picked up AIDS, he intentionally continued "cruising" the San Francisco gay scene to infect as many gay men as possible with the virus.  In the autumn of 1983, after Foucault's health had collapsed and less than a year before his death, he continued to frequent gay bathhouses and bars.  He is best remembered for his motto: "Sex is worth dying for."  According to Mark Lilla (The Reckless Mind: Intellectuals in Politics), Foucault laughed at the idea of 'safe sex' and apparently said, 'To die for the love of boys: what could be more beautiful?'
Derrida is only the latest example of Israeli universities honoring fatuous trendy leftist know-nothing Eurotwit pseudo-thinkers.   A few years back Tel Aviv University gave a similar honorary doctorate to German "philosopher" Jurgen Habermas.  Habermas' theory is watered down Peres-ism, where there are no actual conflicts of interests on earth, where all conflicts in the world are the result of poor communications, and where all conflict may be resolved through "communicative actions" (psychobabble for talking it out).   I would like to see Herr Habermas get himself out of a mugging situation in gang turf in some of my old Philadelphian stomping grounds using communicative action.   But Habermas had at least been a vocal critic of German skinheads and neonazis, creating some sort of figleaf for Tel Aviv University honoring him.  Derrida has no such track record.  He has not even renounced de Man.
While technically born Jewish, Derrida has a long record of endorsing the Left's sets of liberation solutions to the "problem" of Israel's existence.  Far-Left Haaretz defines him as a Zaddik, which pretty much tells you everything you need to know about his position on Israel.   
Hebrew University was once the leading academic institution in Israel.   It has long since been surpassed in most fields by Tel Aviv University, the Weitzmann Institute, and other institutions.   Its campus is increasingly dominated by Tenured Radicals and leftist extremists among the faculty.   So - on second thought, and I mean this in the most anti-logocentric sense of the word - perhaps the honoring of Derrida by the Hebrew University makes a great deal of sense after all, or at least it is a telling "narrative"….

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