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September 29, 2016 / 26 Elul, 5776

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ZOA Criticizes ADL’s Acceptance of Congressman Hank Johnson’s Phony Apology for Calling Jews “Termites”

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

It’s wrong for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to have failed to condemn as blatant anti-Semitism Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA)’s “termites” label for Jews living in Judea/Samaria.  It’s also wrong for the ADL to have accepted Johnson’s phony apology “tweet.”  Congressman Johnson merely tweeted: “Poor choice of words – apologies for offense.  Point is settlement activity continues slowly undermine 2-state solution.”

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is not alone in feeling this way.

Prominent Las Angeles Rabbi David Wolpe wrote:  “That is not an apology.  ‘I am sorry I said something stupid and anti-Semitic’—that would have been a fitting apology.  These are not trivial issues. . . . To call Jews ‘termites’ is base and vile.”  (Rabbi Wolpe: There Is No Excuse for Anti-Semitic Smears, Time Magazine, July 26, 2016)

Commentary editor John Podhoretz tweeted about ADL’s inadequate tweet:  “How about using the term “anti-Semitic,” you cowards?  He compared Jews to TERMITES, for f –k’s sake.”

Regarding Congressman Johnson’s initial “termites” statement, the ADL merely tweeted:  “This is an offensive and unhelpful characterization.  Demonization, dehumanization of settlers doesn’t advance peace.”

The ADL then immediately let the Congressman “off the hook.”   In response to Congressman Johnson’s phony apology, the ADL tweeted: “We appreciate ‪@RepHankJohnson‘s clarification here.

In fact, the “settlements” comprise only 2% of Judea/Samaria, and there has been virtually no building in Judea/Samaria during the past two years.  Further, 99% of Palestinian Arabs live in areas governed by Palestinians.

Congressman Johnson’s deplorable comments are also reminiscent of the communities, clubs, beaches and hotels in the U.S. in past decades that posted signs saying “No Dogs, No Colored, No Jews, No Irish.”  As a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressman Johnson should be particularly sensitive to the inappropriateness of leveling epithets against religious and ethnic groups, including Jews.

Can you imagine the outrage if a congressperson called blacks living in certain communities “termites”?   There would be a demand for the resignation of any congressman who said blacks are like termites ruining white neighborhoods and harming their peaceful atmosphere.  Saying that Jews shouldn’t live in Judea/Samaria because Arabs don’t want Jews there is as racist as saying that blacks shouldn’t live in white suburbs because some whites may not want blacks living there.

ADL’s Failure to Condemn The Anti-Israel BDS Forum:  The ADL also disgracefully failed to condemn Congressman Johnson’s involvement in the anti-Semitic forum where the Congressman referred to Jews as “termites.”   The Congressman was speaking at a side event to the Democratic National Convention sponsored by the “U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.”   This notorious anti-Semitic organization calls Israel’s rebirth in 1948 a “catastrophe” and promotes anti-Semitic, anti-Israel boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) aimed at destroying the State of Israel.

Anti-Israel boycotts are blatant anti-Semitic discrimination, harm both Jews and Arabs, and violate the Oslo accords signed by the PLO/PA.  Congressman Johnson should apologize for speaking on behalf of an anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, pro-BDS organization.

ADL’s Failure to Condemn Cong. Johnson’s Other Egregious Statements:  The ADL also failed to condemn Congressman Johnson’s other egregious statements.  During his speech, Johnson also improperly condemned Israel for “the building of walls and the building of check points that restrict movement of Palestinians.”

Johnson omitted the key fact that Israel built the security fence and checkpoints out of necessity – to stop Palestinian-Arab terrorist attacks, after Palestinian-Arab terrorists murdered approximately 2,000 innocent Jews and wounded almost 10,000 innocent Jews in suicide bombings in pizza parlors, on buses and at Passover Seders during the Second Intifada.

Does Congressman Johnson also condemn the checkpoints at the Congressional office building that assure his personal safety?  If not, he should also apologize for his remarks about the security fence and checkpoints that Israel had to build solely to stop terrorist attacks.

ADL’s Failed to Address Congressman Johnson’s Denials:  ADL also failed to address the congressman’s false denials of his “termites” label for Jews.  Congressman Johnson falsely told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution that he did not call Jewish Israelis termites, and that he did not intend to insult or speak derogatorily of the Israelis or the Jewish people, and that instead, his termite metaphor was intended to refer to the “corrosive settlement process.”   In fact, the congressman did analogize Jews to termites, when he spoke of termites “getting into” and eating up residences.  The congressman was referring to Jews who are living in (“getting into”) their homes in Judea/Samaria.

(Congressman Johnson’s said:  “There has been a steady [stream], almost like termites can get into a residence and eat before you know that you’ve been eaten up and you fall in on yourself, there has been settlement activity that has marched forward with impunity and at an ever increasing rate to the point where it has become alarming.”)

Moreover, “settlements” have nothing to do with a lack of peace.  The causes of the lack of peace are Palestinian-Arab terrorism and the Palestinian Arab leaders’ continuing incitement of Jew hatred, payments to Palestinian-Arab terrorists for murdering Jews, and the unrelenting genocidal goal of destroying Israel.   The Palestinian-Arab leadership repeatedly rejected generous proposals for a state because those proposals would have required them to end their goal of destroying Israel.

The ADL does not speak for us, or for other Jews and pro-Israel groups and individuals.   We do not appreciate Congressman Johnson’s offensive “clarification.”

Congressman Johnson owes Israel and the Jewish people a full and sincere apology for speaking on behalf of an organization that promotes anti-Israel boycotts and Israel’s destruction, and for calling Jews living in Judea/Samaria “termites.”

Morton A. Klein

PA President Demands Justice for His Terrorist

Monday, March 28th, 2016

PA President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) has demanded justice for the Hebron terrorist who was killed by an IDF soldier last week. The terrorist was shot and wounded after he and his partner stabbed an IDF soldier. A few minutes later, another soldier shot and killed the wounded terrorist.

At a press conference on Monday evening, Abbas said that a red line was crossed – referring to the killing of the wounded terrorist.

Abbas demanded there be a court case to ascertain the truth and the soldier gets what’s coming to him – and he didn’t mean a medal.

יו"ר הרשות הפלסטינית, אבו מאזן, ענה במסיבת עיתונאים לשאלת כתב חדשות 10 והגיב לסערת הירי בחברון >> http://bit.ly/1RBtoXMPosted by ‎חדשות 10‎ on Monday, March 28, 2016

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The Jewish Hipster Party

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Naftali Bennett doesn’t like how the Left are always calling on Israel to apologize, so Bennett visited Tel Aviv, dressed up as an aging Tel Aviv hipster, and began apologizing – acting out exactly how it looks when and if Israel apologizes.

I’m sorry, but I don’t know how I feel towards this video. I get the point, but should Bennett have been the actor?

It’s not that he did a bad job, and I apologize for writing this, but I think it was a mistake for the man who wants to be our next Defense Minister (before becoming Prime Minister) to have acted like this in a video.

I apologize in advance for showing it to you and using up 2 minutes and 45 seconds of your life.

On the other hand, Bennett says its time we stop apologizing…

Shalom Bear

MK Rotem Offers Full Apology to Reform Movement

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Israeli lawmaker David Rotem offered a full apology for reportedly saying the Reform movement “is not Jewish.”

At the start of a Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee meeting on Sunday, Rotem again addressed the remarks, which raised the hackles of religious and other Jewish groups in Israel and the United States.

“I had no intention of hurting anyone or the Reform movement,” Rotem said, reading from a prepared statement, according to Haaretz. “There were those who tried to twist my words into meaning that I did not believe that Reform Jews are Jewish. For me, any Reform Jew born to a Jewish mother is a Jew like any other.

“My intention was that I have deep differences with the Reform movement about practical matters related to Judaism. At the same time, considering that we are all Jews and members of the same religion, we need to solve these differences in discussions and conversations around the table. I apologize to anyone who may have been hurt.”

On Thursday, Rotem said his remarks made the previous day had been “misinterpreted” by the media.

The director of the Reform movement in Israel, Rabbi Gilad Kariv, thanked Rotem for his Sunday apology, according to The Jerusalem Post.

“The only way to conduct the significant arguments between Jewish denominations and the different sectors of Israeli society is through mutual respect and by seeking the common ground,” Kariv said.

Following Rotem’s apology, lawmaker Uri Maklev of the United Torah Judaism party said Rotem was forced to apologize and accused the Reform movement of bribing Israeli lawmakers, according to Haaretz.

JTA

eBay Apologizes for Nazi Memorabilia

Monday, November 4th, 2013

The online auction website eBay apologized for allowing Nazi memorabilia to be sold under its auspices.

The site removed about 30 items for sale within hours of an investigative report published in the Sunday edition of the Daily Mail. The report went up on the newspaper’s website late Saturday night.

“We are very sorry these items have been listed on eBay and we are removing them,” eBay said in a statement Sunday. “We don’t allow listings of this nature, and dedicate thousands of staff to policing our site and use the latest technology to detect items that shouldn’t be for sale.

“We very much regret that we didn’t live up to our own standards. We have made a donation to charity to reflect our concern.”

The site in its rules rejects the sale of Nazi memorabilia.

Among the items being offered for sale were a complete Auschwitz uniform, yellow Stars of David armbands worn by Jews during World War II, a Holocaust victim’s suitcase and a pair of shoes belonging to a death camp victim.

eBay makes 10 percent of the final sale of items auctioned on its site.

JTA

On Second Thought, Maybe Israel’s Apology to Turkey was a Good Idea

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

I was appalled to learn a week ago that the Israeli prime minister had apologized to his Turkish counterpart for his government’s actions during the Mavi Marmara incident, seeing this as feeding the Turkish government’s inflated sense of grandeur and power.

That prediction was borne out in spades.

The municipality of Turkey’s capital city, Ankara, put up billboards on city streets reveling in the Israeli apology. They are not subtle, showing a sad-looking Netanyahu beneath a larger, buoyant Erdoğan, separated by the Mavi Marmara itself. Addressing Erdoğan, they read: “Israel apologized to Turkey. Dear Prime Minister, we are grateful that you let our country experience this pride.”

Erdogan himself claims not only that the apology has changed the balance of power in the Arab-Israeli conflict but that it obligates Israel to work with Ankara in its diplomacy with the Palestinians. He told parliament:

The point we have arrived at as a result of our consultations with all our brothers in Palestine and peripheral countries is increasing our responsibility with regard to solving the Palestinian question and thus is bringing about a new equation.

Erdogan also claimed that Israel agreed to cooperate with Turkey on talks with the Palestinians. Hürriyet Daily News goes on to paraphrase Erdoğan:

He said all his regional interlocutors, including Khaled Mashaal of the Hamas, admit that a new era has begun in the Middle East what they all call after Turkish victory on Israeli apology.

No less notable is Erdogan’s petty put down of the Israeli side:

Erdogan said his conversation with Netanyahu took place under the witness of Obama but he wanted first to talk with the US President as he missed his voice. “I talked to him and we have reviewed the text and confirmed the [apology] process. we have therefore accomplished this process under Obama’s witness,” Erdogan said, adding this phone conversation has also been recorded alongside with written statements issued from all three sides.

Ryan Mauro sums up Turkish actions over the past week:

Erdogan is extending his time in the spotlight by demanding that Israel pay $1 million to each of the nine casualties’ families, ten times the amount Israel has offered. He isn’t yet dropping his case against the Israeli generals involved in the raid, nor is he fully restoring diplomatic ties with Israel. And he’s announced that he will visit the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip in what is a thinly-concealed victory lap.

Indeed, the Turkish gloating has been so conspicuous and extended that it may have prompted to a healthy sense of reality. So long as the Mavi Marmara incident hung over their relations with Ankara, Israelis and others could believe that an apology would magically undo the past decade. The illusion could persist that the Turks, however unreasonably, just needed to put this unpleasantness aside and things would revert to the good old days.

Now that Israelis humiliated themselves and Erdogan is rampaging ahead, some are awakening to the fact that this apology only made matters worse. Naftali Bennett, Israel’s minister of economy and trade, slammed the Turkish response:

Since the apology was made public, it appears Erdogan is doing everything he can to make Israel regret it, while conducting a personal and vitriolic campaign at the expense of Israel-Turkey relations. Let there be no doubt — no nation is doing Israel a favor by renewing ties with it. It should also be clear to Erdogan that if Israel encounters in the future any terrorism directed against us, our response will be no less severe.

Boaz Bismuth of Israel Hayom colorfully notes that Israelis “didn’t expect to feel that only several days after Israel’s apology, Erdogan would already be making us feel that we had eaten a frog along with our matzah this year.”

Perhaps after all the apology was a good thing. For a relatively inexpensive price – some words – Israelis and others have gained a better insight into the Turkish leadership’s mentality. It’s not that they suffer from hurt pride but that they are Islamist ideologues with an ambitious agenda. If the misguided apology makes this evident to more observers, it has its compensations and possibly could turn out to be a net plus.

Originally published at DanielPipes.org and The National Review Online, The Corner under the title, “On Second Thought … Maybe that Israeli Apology to Turkey was a Good Idea,” March 29, 2013.

Daniel Pipes

Erdogan Ups the Ante

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Netanyahu’s apology to Turkey hasn’t been enough to satisfy the appetite of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Netanyahu’s offer of putting nearly a million dollars into a fund for the nine Turkish activists killed when they attacked IDF soldiers boarding the Mavi Marmara who were illegally trying to break the blockade on Gaza, hasn’t been sufficient for Erdogan either.

Erdogan told the Turkish parliament that he expects a million dollars for each activist killed, and a lifting of the naval blockade against Gaza.

Not lifting the blockade would be a deal breaker, he claimed.

It is unlikely that Netanyahu would lift the blockade on the Gaza Strip, which is currently controlled by Hamas terrorists.

Minister Naftali Bennett posted on his Facebook page that Erdogan has done everything in his power to make Israel regret the apology, as he [Erdogan] runs a personal campaign against Turkish-Israel relations.

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