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Anti-Nationalist Media Caught with its Left-Pants Leg Down (Video)

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Israel’s anti-rightwing media has exposed itself. It had planned a satirical anti-right wing TV series, but the promo was so disgusting and inciting that Channel One yanked it off the air.

If you are a really serious leftist with no boundaries of bad taste, sing along with this little ditty in the promo:

“Sometimes I am a hero/Sometime I kill/Sometimes I assassinate/Sometimes I slaughter.”

Isn’t that great satire?

But there is more. It also is anti-Semitic, to wit:

Sing, “I am a right-wing murderer” as script appears on the screen stating, “The Jews are coming, they have no God.”

Isn’t that funny?

During the 17-second promo, a baby’s dummy is dipped in cup of wine, on the table with all the accessories for a circumcision that prepares nationalist Jewish babies for their future.

It is something one would expect from a neo-Nazi cult, but , no, this comes from Israel Broadcasting Authority’s Channel One television,  a bastion of the left that through innuendo, prejudice, and outright hate has fed the Israel public two decades of hate of Orthodox Judaism and nationalists, depicted as the source of all of Israel’s problems.

Of course, Channel One sometimes puts a check mark to “balanced journalism” and says settlers are often called the “salt of the earth,” one of the favorite media expressions it used while manipulating the news to promote the plan in 2005 to expel more than 9,000 Jews from their homes, which were demolished afterwards.

The promo was for a “The Jews Are Coming” satire series that was supposed to be the clincher of a deal to air the nationalist Latma satirical program.

However, the Broadcasting Authority could not come to terms with airing a right-wing satirical program, and Latma, out of funds, died last month.

Latma founder Caroline Glick explained here :

“We were supposed to be broadcast on Israel TV’s Channel 1 as the station’s prime time satire show. We were approved by all the professional committees not 1, not 2, not 3 but 4 times over the past two years.

“Time after time, they told us they were about to send us the contract. We even sat down and negotiated a contract with them a year ago, but then, each time, they put us on hold. In this fourth iteration of this farce, we have been waiting to receive a contract since Shavuot. Maybe one will arrive in the mail…

“Or maybe our assessment at the outset, that the Left’s control over the Israeli media is so enormous that leftist commissars are willing to break their own rules to keep a satirical voice of Zionism off the air was spot on, and they will continue leading us by the nose and pretending they are a meritorcracy and don’t discriminate against Zionists for the next generation….

“Over the past year, believing the stories we were told by the powers that be on Channel 1 that we would be moving to the small screen almost immediately, we built up the production capabilities of a top line prime time television show. And the costs, for a donation based project are just too high. So we’re ending our run.”

Channel One’s promo for The Jews Are Coming series was pulled off the air because of widespread objections, but the satirical The Jews Are Coming series nevertheless is to debut next month.

If the promo is any indication of what is in store, the new series might be the best thing for nationalists, for the simple reason that it will continue to expose its own vile.

Not even the grossest right-winger would create a satire making fun of the dead murderer of Arabs, but the promo’s lyrics were listed on screen as written by “Baruch Goldstein, Yigal Amir and Yona Avrushmi.” The trio, toting rifles, happily chant the lyrics while dancing around flowers in the promo.

Goldstein was the American-born doctor who treated dozens of victim of Palestinian Authority terror. Many of them died in his arms, and he went off the deep end on Purim in 1994, dressing up in an IDF uniform, carrying his rifle in to the Muslim area of the Patriarchs’ Cave in Hevron and gunning down 29 Arabs. The stampede out of the mosque to escape Goldstein’s massacre crushed him to death.

Letters To The Editor

Friday, October 8th, 2004

Free Yom Tov Seating

In these difficult economic times, when families are struggling with yeshiva tuition and other expenses, Kehilas Mevakshai Hashem of Midwood, Brooklyn, is proud to offer free seats for the Yomim Noraim as a public service to the community.

Anyone in walking distance of our shul, whether adult or mature (non-noisy) child, is welcome to daven in our well-lit, air-conditioned, roomy, ground level bais haknesses.

Our address is 3011 Avenue K (between Nostrand Avenue and East 31 Street). To reserve your seat, kindly phone (718) 469-6999.

Best wishes to all of Klal Yisrael for a k?siva v?chasima tova and thanks to The Jewish Press for publicizing this community service.

Rabbi Yehuda Levin
Kehilas Mevakshai Hashem



Rudy A True Friend

Thank you for publishing former mayor Rudy Giuliani’s speech to the Republican National Convention in last week’s Jewish Press.

Rabbi Sholom Klass, of blessed memory, the co-founder of The Jewish Press, showed great foresight when he introduced Rudolph Giuliani to the Jewish community. Mr. Giuliani has proven to be a loyal supporter of the Jews, as he demonstrated yet again last week. From the start of his speech he was there for our community, using the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre and the murder of Leon Klinghoffer aboard the Achille Lauro as two examples of the evil of terrorism.

In the case of the Achille Lauro, Mr. Klinghoffer was an American, and it wasn’t necessary for Mr. Giuliani to emphasize his Jewishness – yet he did. Mr. Giuliani also ridiculed the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Yasir Arafat and supported the need for the much-maligned security fence in Israel.

With his speech, Mr. Giuliani demonstrated anew that Rabbi Sholom Klass knew what a great friend Rudolph Giuliani would be for all of us.

Rabbi Shea Hecht
New York, NY



Plaut Pro

I appreciate Steven Plaut’s stinging rebuke in last week’s Letters section to two readers who were upset that he referred to Baruch Goldstein as a ‘fanatic’ in his Aug. 27 article ‘Gush Katif Memories.’

I’m as right-wing and as hawkish as they come – I believe in swift and massive retaliation for every terrorist atrocity, the death penalty for every terrorist, and the eradication of all Palestinian terror groups. That said, I absolutely cannot abide the mentality of certain Jews who view every Arab as a terrorist or a potential terrorist and worthy of mistreatment at best, Baruch Goldstein-type justice at worst.

The charge made by one of Mr. Plaut’s critics concerning plots against Jews being hatched at the mosque has never been verified. And even if it were true, Goldstein had no way of knowing which of those plotting Arabs, if any, were among those praying the day he embarked on his cold-blooded, murderous rampage.

Anyone who would justify the indiscriminate killing of any group of people because of rumors and allegations has descended to the level of the savage terrorists we claim to abhor.

Yisrael Franklin
(Via E-Mail)



Plaut Con

I was dismayed by Professor Plaut’s referring to Dr. Baruch Goldstein as a “fanatic” and extremely troubled by his subsequent response to those who took issue with his characterization.

The March 11, 1994 issue of The Jewish Press contained a letter from Carl Bishop of Rancho Mirage, California. Mr. Bishop wrote:

“I visited the cave of the Patriarchs on four occasions during the week prior to Goldstein’s courageous act. Each time I was threatened and struck by the Arabs. On Friday night, February 18,1994, during Sabbath prayers, some of the Arabs rioted and came running into the area which had been assigned to Jews only…. The following morning there were several scuffles which resulted from death threats and insults by Arabs who had again spilled over into contact with Jews during their prayers…. Immediately following Havdalah, Saturday night, February 19,1994, the Arabs came pouring into the area where Jews were congregated yelling “murder the Jews”…. I returned on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 23, and it was apparent nothing had changed. In my opinion another Arab massacre of Jews was imminent…”

According to his father, a few days before Purim a high ranking IDF officer came to Baruch Goldstein and urged him to prepare emergency operating facilities for an expected Purim attack on Jews. It was also reported that weapons were found under the carpets in the room (the Isaac and Rebecca Hall) where the Arabs were supposed to be praying.

The official death certificate shows the cause of Dr. Baruch Goldstein’s death as “murder.” The Shamgar commission ruled that he was already disarmed and helpless when he was held and killed. Where were the unarmed descendants of Ishmael and where was Professor Plaut in February 1994?

Sarah Rosenfeld
Brooklyn, NY


Steven Plaut responds: As my original article on Gush Katif made clear, had Ms. Rosenfeld bothered to read it, where exactly Plaut was in February 1994 was smack in the Gaza Strip serving in the Israeli army reserves. You know, the same Israeli army whose job it was – it was not Baruch Goldstein’s – to deal with security threats, real or imaginary.



Much Ado About Chickens

Meaningless Labels

Just when I thought I’d seen it all, there is something new in the Orthodox world – “chassidishe chickens.” This is I find mind-boggling.

The Jewish Press (along with a number of other Jewish newspapers) reported in its issue of Sept. 3 the fact that Empire poultry recently added the supervision of K’hal Adas Yeshurun (KAJ). Empire has been under the supervision of the Orthodox Union (OU) since 1938 and will continue to retain the supervision of this organization as well. However, it was only Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum’s “My Machberes” column that reported this news under the heading “Empire’s Chassidishe Chickens.”

The move by Empire to add KAJ to its labels is motivated by the company’s desire to be “more acceptable” to the haredi/chassidic consumer. This is certainly understandable. After all, the company is in business to make money. However, how the addition of the KAJ supervision makes Empire’s chickens “chassidishe” is beyond me. First of all, KAJ is in no way, shape, manner or form a chassidishe organization. It was founded by Harav Dr. Yosef Breuer, zt”l, the grandson of Rav Shimshon Rafoel Hirsch, zt”l.

The kehilla Rav Breuer established in Washington Heights is the heir to the Frankfurt Kehilla that his grandfather built. It was and is based on the authentic Ashkenaz minhagim of previous generations. Rav Shimon Schwab, zt”l, Rav Breuer’s successor, once wrote that KAJ had reestablished the nusach and customs of Rashi and the Baalei Tosephos. Therefore, to claim that the addition of the KAJ symbol on an Empire chicken in some way or other makes it a “chassidishe chicken” is bizarre, to say the least. How can a supervision with deep roots in the non-chassidic world make anything chassidish?

The kosher consumer should make decisions on which products he or she uses based on which supervisions he or she has investigated and has concluded are acceptable. There should be no place in the mind of any kosher consumer for basing kashrus decisions on illogical and meaningless labels such as “chassidishe chickens.”

Isaac Levy
Brooklyn, NY



If Anything, They’re Yeshivish

Besides the obvious question of what makes a chicken chassidic (does the chicken wear a gartel?), Rabbi Tannenbaum’s article raises numerous issues.

Rabbi Tannenbaum writes that while KAJ is “not not necessarily considered a Chassidishe community on the American horizon, KAJ nevertheless is proudly defined as right wing.”

In fact, KAJ is a completely non-chassidic community if there ever was one in the United States. The nusach is Ashkenaz, the members are almost completely not chassidic and the rabbis are products of non-chassidic yeshivas. If anything, it is a yeshivishe community following the minhagim of Frankfurt, Germany, as established by Rabbi Samson R. Hirsch.

As far as being “proudly defined as right wing,” Rabbi Tannenbaum surely realizes that a primary reason that KAJ’s kashruth supervision is almost universally accepted is because the community’s rabbinate, commencing with Rav Dr. Joseph Breuer and its lay leadership, have held the community and all its institutions not only to the highest ritual standards but, just as important, to the highest ethical standards.

It is this high ethical standard that makes this hashgocha the gold standard in kashruth in the United States, as everyone knows that there is no way that KAJ will cut corners and accept financial incentives to look the other way.

Thus it is hardly the chassidic standards that are important here (if that were crucial, there are dozens upon dozens of chassidic kashruth groups that would jump at the chance to supervise a plant like Empire), but the high ethical standards of KAJ that directly impact on its high ritual standards.

I think it’s time we adopted a “post-denominational “label in Orthodoxy. Let’s not worry if a rabbi or layman is Modern Orthodox, chassidic or yeshivish; rather, let’s see if that person is an erliche Yid.

Zalman Alpert
New York, NY



The Business Of Kashrus

You might have noticed that Empire Chicken is engaged in a marketing campaign touting the recent addition of the KAJ hechsher to the company’s existing OU certification. Empire has been running a full-page ad in major Jewish publications (which you can see along with a press release at www.empirekosher.com/pages/dualcert.html).

Immediately in the ad the company proclaim it is “Number One” because it has dual certifications. In other words, the quantity of hechsherim is what determines the quality and reliability of a kosher product. (By implication, they haven’t been Number One until now, and by further implication, a chicken that has three hechsherim would be superior. But this is besides the point.)

The ad goes on: “Empire Kosher already carries the most reliable kosher certification, the Orthodox Union, OU. Now, we are pleased to announce the addition of K’hal Adath Jeshurun, KAJ, one of the oldest and most trusted kosher certifying agencies in the U.S.”

Hold on. If OU is “the most reliable,” why should any other hechsher be necessary altogether? If “the most reliable” supervision isn’t enough, what could any other certification, by definition inferior, add to make things better? Clearly Empire is banking (quite literally) on the assumption that the kosher-keeping public has little intelligence or knowledge, and can be fooled by silly marketing buzzwords. Is Empire wrong for believing this?

The ad concludes that “This new certification is just the latest step in our unyielding quest to offer consumers the best in kosher poultry.” Very dramatic words. We are so pious and religious, just like you, and we’ll do everything we can to keep kosher, just like you would. That’s why we added this hechsher.

Now comes the press release. The CEO of Empire is quoted as saying, “As customers ourselves, we understand that in order to appeal to the broadest possible kosher clientele, Empire must demonstrate compliance with the standards of a number of organizations.”

In other words, this was a business decision, not a kashrus decision, and one based on the fact that a large untapped market of kosher consumers simply won’t eat OU products, regardless of how reliable OU might actually be. We have determined that we will make more money if we cater to a lower common denominator.

Mind you, this statement is on the same web page as the ad touting higher kashrus standards. Those who look aren’t expected to see, and those who see aren’t expected to understand, and those who understand aren’t expected to care. Again, can you blame them for counting on this? Maybe not, but I sure blame them for feeding it (no pun intended). Don’t go around claiming you’re observing halacha better when you’re really just catering to the whims of the ignorant masses.

Cherry on top: “Van Naarden [the CEO] noted that KAJ’s recent, thorough review had disclosed no issues with practice or procedure anywhere in the plant.” In other words, Empire chickens are exactly the same as they’ve always been, but Jews who previously would kasher their dishes if an Empire chicken touched them will now run to buy Empire chickens like we ran to buy Oreo cookies.

I’d feel better if the kosher industry and its overseers did more to educate their clientele about what really matters, rather than perpetuating and capitalizing on ignorance and fear. Instead of raising the bar of pseudo-kashrus “standards,” instead of catering to the Jewish street, how about raising the bar of knowledge and common sense?

My religion has been warped into a business.

Chananya Weissman
(Via E-Mail)

Letters to the Editor

Friday, October 1st, 2004

Federation Follies

It was nice, in an ironic way, to read Arlene Peck’s op-ed column “Not One More Dime For Federation,” Aug. 20).

Just three days before I received the issue of The Jewish Press containing Ms. Peck’s article, I got a call from the New Mexico Federation asking for a donation. I told the woman who called that I was not going to give any more money until Federation started acting more
respectful to observant Jews and stopped printing anti-Israel articles in the local Federation newspaper, the New Mexico Jewish Link. (The editor of the newspaper is not even Jewish!)

The woman who called was taken aback and asked if I would talk to the Federation president. I said I would, but he still hasn’t called.

Rita Getty
Tijeras, NM



Who’s A ‘Fanatic’? (I)

Professor Steven Plaut referred to the late Baruch Goldstein as a “fanatic” in his Aug. 27 front page essay “Gush Katif Memories.” Baruch Goldstein was no more fanatical than the great Irgun hero David Raziel, who broke the yishuv’s policy of self-restraint by bombing Arab
buses in retaliation for the slaughter of Jews.

If Prof. Plaut knew the nuances of halachic warfare, he would know that the laws of milchemet mitzvah are exceedingly cruel. Presumably he would have referred to Yehoshua as a fanatic also. I would hope that in the future Prof. Plaut would avoid Rechov Raziel, lest he
inadvertently pay tribute to a fanatic soldier of Israel.

Daniel Fuchs
Far Rockaway, NY



Who’s A ‘Fanatic’? (II)

Baruch Goldstein “a fanatic”? How could you, Mr. Plaut? I always look forward to reading your columns in The Jewish Press and agree with almost everything you write. Therefore I never thought the day would come when I’d feel as betrayed as I did upon seeing the epithet you used in reference to a man who was an ish gibor – a mighty man of Israel.

Dr. Goldstein was privy to murderous plots being hatched by the so-called peaceful worshipers in that mosque, and he acted upon the rabbinic dictum “If one comes to kill you, arise and slay him first.”

To make amends to the blessed memory of Dr. Goldstein, Mr. Plaut needs to issue a public apology to the family of Baruch Goldstein (may Hashem avenge His servant’s blood).

Moshe Rosoff
(Via E-Mail)

Steven Plaut Responds: I am taken to task for describing Baruch Goldstein as a “fanatic.” In Genesis 25:9, Isaac and Ishmael bury Abraham together in the Hebron cave, Ishmael letting Isaac go first in noteworthy politeness. Isaac did not pull out an assault rifle and gun down
Ishmael while he was praying there. A Jew who guns down unarmed praying descendants of Ishmael in the same spot may be deserving of adjectives other than “fanatic,” but I
doubt The Jewish Press would print them.



Kerry’s Got Him Sold

What Mayor Koch left out of his analysis of the presidential campaign (“President Bush Deserves Our Votes,” front page essay, Aug. 20) is that Israel, more than anything else, needs secure internationally recognized boundaries.

The boundaries between Egypt and Israel and Lebanon and Israel are internationally recognized and are virtually terror-free. Everywhere else, Israel exits under cease-fire lines, some dating from 1949. Bush has done nothing to encourage the firming of Israel’s borders because he has not facilitated real diplomacy. A Kerry presidency will encourage diplomacy - it’s one of Mr. Kerry’s stated goals.

Bill Clinton, whom Mr. Koch admires, came very close to achieving an internationally recognized border between Israel and the Palestinians. Had he been successful, it would have completely undermined the Palestinians? claim to be living under “occupation” and the world would no longer treat them as freedom fighters.

Kerry would be better for Israel than Bush. Kerry would try hard to complete the Clinton initiatives.

Ira Greenfest
(Via E-Mail)



Divine Retribution?

I’m sure the one-and-a-half million Jewish children slaughtered by Hitler are comforted with the knowledge that they died because their parents and grandparents “talked and socialized” in shul.

Armed with his exclusive direct line to Heaven, reader Yoseph Gross (Letters, Aug. 20) seems challenged by the notion of humility. There always will be some who maintain that the Holocaust was a result of Jews transgressing the laws of the Torah – Divine Retribution
based on several Torah warnings (Leviticus 26; Deut. 28) that the response to widespread violation of God’s laws will be Divine curses. But Rabbi Yeshaya Karelitz (the Chazon
Ish), a Holocaust survivor with more credibility than Mr. Gross, challenges, in an extraordinary statement (Yoreh Deah, Hilchot Shechitah 2:16) this gloomy conclusion:

“(Such laws) only applied at times when the Divine Presence was clearly revealed such as in the days when there were open miracles, and a Heavenly Voice was heard and when the righteous would operate under direct Divine intervention which could be observed by anybody. Then the heretics were of a special deviousness, bending their evil inclination towards immoral desires and licentiousness.

“In such days there was (the need) to remove this kind of wickedness from the world, since everybody knew that it would bring Divine retribution to the world (including) drought, pestilence and famine. But at the time of “Divine hiding,” in which faith has become weak in people, there is no purpose in taking such action (harsh measurements against heretics and violators), in fact it has the reverse effect and will only increase their lawlessness and be
viewed as the coercion and violence (of religious fanatics.)”

This statement is very important, and ties in with an observation of Rashi’s that the expression “His work is perfect” must be understood to mean that God would never “overreact,” that His judgments would be tempered and balanced, stirred with compassion and sweetened with
mercy.

The Chazon Ish differentiates between that ancient generation – one of miracles and faith, when not to believe was deliberate rebellion and vicious heresy, and therefore worthy of Divine punishment – and his generation - one of secularism, doubt, confusion, little faith and less knowledge, breaking the Covenant not from deliberate malice but in ignorance and, therefore, despite Mr. Gross’s offensive hypothesis, totally undeserving of any Heavenly wrath.

Joe Bobker
(Via E-Mail)

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