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October 21, 2016 / 19 Tishri, 5777

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German Owners to Sell Stake in Israel’s Leftwing Bastion Newspaper

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

German media group DuMont Schauberg wants to sell its 20% holdings in Haaretz, the Israeli print and online publishing group which is synonymous with leftwing politics and anti-Netanyahu campaigns, its publisher Amos Schocken told the Financial Times. The Schocken family is the majority stock owner of Haaretz, which was founded in 1918 by the British military government in Palestine and established in 1919 as a Zionist paper by a group of businessmen including prominent philanthropist Isaac Leib Goldberg. In 1937, the paper was purchased by Jewish German department store owner Salman Schocken, who made his son, Gershom Schocken, chief editor in 1939, a position he held until his death in 1990.

The Schocken family owned 100% of the Haaretz Group until August 2006, when M. DuMont Schauberg acquired 25% of the shares for about $28 million. At the time, many in Israel pointed out the fact that DuMont Schauberg’s father, Kurt Neven DuMont, had been a member of the German Nazi party, and used his publishing house to promote Nazi propaganda.

In June 2011, Israeli-Russian businessman Leonid Nevzlin purchased a 20% stake in the Haaretz Group, 15% coming from Schocken and 5% from M. DuMont Schauberg. At this point, Schocken owns only 60% of the company.

Amos Schocken told FT he was helping DuMont Schauberg search for “an investor who will essentially replace them.”

According to Schocken, DuMont Schauberg’s new management, appointed last year, prefers to focus on “their core publishing assets in Germany,” which leaves out Haaretz, their only foreign asset.

Two tidbits about Haaretz we dug up in Wikipedia: Andrea Levin, executive director of the American pro-Israel Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting (CAMERA) said Haaretz was doing “damage to the truth” and sometimes making serious factual errors but not often correcting them; and former Haaretz editor-in-chief David Landau said at the 2007 Limmud conference in Moscow that he had told his staff not to report about criminal investigations against Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in order to promote Sharon’s plan to expel thousands of Jews from their homes in the Gaza Strip.

Haaretz keeps a stable of pundits who daily attack Jewish communities in the liberated territories, Jewish institutions, and traditional Zionist endeavors. It is also a dedicated enemy of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara. Despite its low circulation in Israel, compared with giant dailies like Yediot and Israel Hayom, Haaretz has for many years been considered Israel’s most influential newspaper. Go figure.

David Israel

Eretz Israel Lobby Tour Group Harassed by Arab, Israeli Leftwing Demonstrators

Monday, September 19th, 2016

A tour of about 100 Eretz Israel Lobby activists from central Israel, led by MK Yoav Kish (Likud) and MK Bezalel Smotrich (Habayit Hayehudi), was harassed and then physically attacked by a mixed group of leftwing Jewish activists and PA Arabs, when they visited the squatters’ enclave outside Susiya, in Area C, where the Supreme Court has ordered the Israeli government to demolish the illegal Arab shacks lean-to structures of the Nawaj’ah family, but work there is being delayed because of EU and US pressure. The leftwing and Arab demonstrators yelled anti-Israel slogans and waved signs condemning the Regavim movement, which is dedicated to enforcing court decisions against illegal Arab construction everywhere.

Eretz Israel Lobby Co-Chairman MK Kish said in a statement, “We witness today an irregular case of an illegal Palestinian takeover of the South Mount Hebron areas, a treasure trove of ancient Jewish settlement from more than 1,500 years ago. I focus all our forces and efforts to prevent this trend, and it will be stopped.”

Co-Chairman MK Smotrich said in a statement, “The illegal village of the Nawaj’ah family is a stain on the State of Israel. It’s a settlement of former Yatta Village residents who established themselves on State lands over two decades. The court has ruled time and again that these illegal dwellings must be evacuated and yet there’s no response. The US State Dept., in a rude and inappropriate intervention, demands that the State of Israel permit the illegal village to stay, and we have come today to protest this intervention in internal Israeli policy and to demand the immediate removal of this illegal village.”

Mount Hebron Regional Council Head Yochai Damari said there was a connection between the failure to enforce court decisions on the ground in Susiya and the revival of Arab terror attacks in Jerusalem and Hebron. And Regavim CEO Yehuda Eliyahu called on the Prime Minister not to surrender to the unacceptable pressures from abroad and to act in the best interests of the State of Israel while maintaining the rule of law.

David Israel

Leftwing J Street Going After Pro-Israel Regavim’s US Tax-Exempt Status

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Jeremy Ben-Ami, president of leftwing, anti-Netanyahu group J Street, sent an email to his group’s supporters announcing that he is pressuring the Obama Administration to revoke the US tax-exempt status of the Israeli (and pro-Israel) NGO Regavim in response to their supposed activity against the two-state solution.

The urgent need to harm Regavim’s US donations resulted from the effective work the group has done in forcing the Israeli authorities to apply Supreme Court rulings on demolishing illegal Arab construction in Area C of Judea and Samaria. One of the recent focal points of the Regavim efforts has been the squatter camp outside the Jewish community of Susiya, which the US and the EU insist must stay put despite the fact that its existence violates every signed agreement between Israel and the PA.

Ben-Ami wrote his followers that he was shocked to discover that the “settler movements” aiming to destroy Susiya are partially funded by donations from the US — including Regavim which has systematically mapped out the Susiya shacks and lean-tos, pointing Israeli police at the precise location of structures that violate the law. Ben-Ami sees this well-organized campaign to enforce the law as a threat to a future Palestinian State, which, he believes, must some day be handed the entire area.

Ben-Ami attributes to his organization’s work behind the scenes with the US State Dept. the fact that Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Liberman have responded to international pressure and postponed the evacuation of the illegal Arab squatters until November 15.

The president of J Street shared in his email how enraged he is by the fact that groups that work against “the future of the State of Israel” and in direct defiance of US foreign policy and “perhaps” even US law, enjoy a tax-exempt status in the US, which is why J Street will continue to pressure the US government to revoke Regavim’s special status.

Should Ben-Ami be interested in learning what happened the last time the IRS has taken on a pro-Israel group, he should Google “Z Street,” a feisty organization headed by Jewish Press Online reporter Lori Lowenthal Marcus. As Lowenthal Marcus and others have reported over the past seven or so years, the IRS was “slow-rolling” discovery in lawsuits about how it slow-rolled applications by conservative non-profits in general and Z Street in particular.

In 2009, Z Street filed for 501(c)(3) status and was caught in the net of IRS targeting for groups that opposed Administration policy.

An IRS agent confirmed on the phone that Z Street’s application had been sent for special screening for groups connected with Israel. Z Street sued the IRS in 2010 for political discrimination that violated the First Amendment, and IRS Exempt Organizations Determinations Group manager Jon Waddell actually said in a December 2010 sworn declaration in federal court that the IRS flagged Z Street because “Israel is one of many Middle Eastern countries that have a ‘higher risk of terrorism.’”

“That’s hilarious,” wrote the Wall Street Journal last August, “since Z Street supports a country targeted by terrorism. But it also is untrue, which the Administration apparently knew before Mr. Waddell gave his statement to the court. In an October 25, 2010 internal IRS memo on the Z Street case produced in discovery, the IRS acknowledged that when Z Street’s application was being scrutinized Israel wasn’t on the list of terrorist countries, and that an agent may have been using an outdated list.”

If Jeremy Ben-Ami believes the Obama Administration is prepared to go after the tax-exempt status of yet another Zionist group — he should probably check with someone in the State Dept. Perhaps President Hillary Clinton would be inclined to alienate her Jewish voters and Israel by using the IRS for political purposes. It’s quite clear President Donald Trump won’t.

As to the self-congratulations of Ben-Ami on how he and J Street got the US and the EU to condemn Israel’s legal activities in Susiya — it stands to reason they knew all about it on their own. Why, the EU has been building illegal structures in Area C (which Regavim has successfully gotten demolished) without any help from J Street.


Analysis: Leftwing Orthodox Rabbis Attack Trump, Cite the Yerushalmi

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Forty five US rabbis identified with the leftwing of the Orthodox movement — two of them women who received ordination — on Friday issued a statement titled, “Orthodox Rabbinic Statement Against Hateful Rhetoric and Principles,” in which they condemn Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his attacks on Mexicans and on Muslims.

“In the current presidential election, we have been deeply troubled to hear proposals that condemn whole groups and which are justified by pointing to evil behaviors by members of that group or religion,” the rabbis wrote. “Wholesale condemnations—such as the proposal to ban all Muslim immigration into the United States—violate the principle of individual responsibility and violate the fundamental religious principle of ‘love thy neighbor as thyself,’ which is one of the greatest commandments of Judaism (see Jerusalem Talmud, Nedarim 9:4). These proposals violate the biblical prohibitions to spread hatred or slander about groups and individuals and violate the oft-repeated biblical command to love the stranger.”

The quote from the Yerushalmi is the famous note by Rabbi Akiva that “Love your friend as you would yourself” is a great Torah principle. It is, but it refers exclusively to Jews, as can be easily discerned from the complete verse: “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against the people of your nation (B’nei Amecha), and love your friend (Re’acha) as you would yourself, I am God.” Of course, there are universal interpretations of this verse, but as it happens, the Yerushalmi chapter the group cited actually emphasizes one line earlier the idea of the verse referring to the people of your own nation, meaning Jews.

Frankly, even if one does not support Trump’s xenophobic attacks on “Rapist Mexicans” and “the Muslims,” a group of 45 learned rabbis could have come up with a more convincing, perhaps intellectually challenging argument, especially since they present the Trump proposals on banning—temporarily—Muslim immigration without context, as if the candidate just picked a fight with a billion and a half peaceful people who are minding their own business just worrying about grazing their camels and perfecting their hummus.

The 45 rabbis also say they were “shocked by the disrespect shown to parents who suffered the greatest pain—losing a son who died in the service of our country. The Torah commands us always to comfort mourners. The fact that the parents criticized a candidate does not justify harsh and hurtful retaliation.”

This time they didn’t go to the Yerushalmi to support their “always comfort mourners” point. It’s probably not true, as can be seen in the commandments regarding the beautiful war captive, where comforting her as she is mourning her killed parents is distinctly not part of the Jewish soldier’s obligations.

They also attack Trump for his “authoritarian tendencies” and “personal vendettas that come across as a dismissal of constitutional rights and legal processes.” They’re about a year late in comforting Prime Minister Netanyahu, who suffered from the personal vendettas of the current US president. Maybe there’s something in the Yerushalmi about that.

Finally, the Jerusalem Post ran its report of the announcement with the headline “40 New York Orthodox rabbis condemn Trump’s ‘hateful rhetoric’” illustrated with a picture of Satmar Hassidim, which is probably discussed at length in the Yerushalmi, concerning the prohibition on Gneivat Da’at (intellectual deceit).



David Israel

Israeli Leftwing Hooligans Attack Pro-Azaria Rally with Tear Gas

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

A group of extreme leftwing activists who identified themselves as “Antifa,” the Antifaschistische Aktion, a militant extremist extra-parliamentary network in Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and other countries, whose stated goal is to “smash fascism in all its forms,” on Wednesday night attacked a rally of twelfth-graders and a few adults who were marching in support of the medic Sergeant Elor Azaria [who is on trial for shooting a neutralized terrorist] from the Habima theater to the Kirya, where the IDF headquarters are located. Among the injured in the attack was former MK Dr. Michael Ben-Ari who was evacuated to the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center.

According to a police statement, the rally was attacked near the Kirya area by “five suspects who masked their faces, as one of them sprayed the marchers with tear gas.” The five attackers were eventually apprehended.

Ben Ari told Walla that “at the Sarona plaza we were suddenly attacked by ten leftwingers. They started to yell at us, they came with a megaphone and yelled, ‘Azaria is a murderer’ and attacked us with tear gas. They poured purple paint on my clothes, something acidy, my whole body was burning. I was smashed on the head with a stick. I’m suffering dizziness now. I hope the police will know how to take care of this leftwing hooliganism.”

Ben Ari accused police of incompetence in handling the attack, saying he had alerted them well in advance of the attack, after seeing the masked men approaching. He said police ignored his warnings that a provocation was about to take place.

The Antifa group boasted on its Facebook page Wednesday night: “Fascists who arrived in Tel Aviv to demonstrate support for Elor Azaria, the murdering soldier from Hebron, were received with a traditional antifascist reception. Kahanism is fascism. The army is a murderer. Those who kicked them away did well. And it’s not the first time. It’s interesting to know when will they learn.”

Ben Ari’s Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Might) group released a statement saying the attack Wednesday “crossed a very serious red line. Were the case reversed (meaning if rightwingers had done the spraying) all the knights of the rule of law would have been shocked and demanded police to apply the full wrath of the law to the rioters. We will not stop acting on behalf of releasing the soldier and hooliganism will not win.”

Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir on Wednesday night appealed to the Attorney General to outlaw the Antifa organization. Ben-Gvir wrote: “There is no doubt that police incompetence regarding the activities of leftwingers is encouraging them to attack and to riot. If these were [rightwing organization] Lehava activists there is no doubt they would have been held in jail until the end of the proceedings.”

Ben-Gvir added, “At a time when the Shabak is investing the bulk of its efforts in locating 15-year-olds who walk around with magic markers writing slogans, it would be appropriate to take action and to outlaw the band of thugs who attack youths wishing to march in support of IDF soldiers.”


Anti-Semitic Obama Cartoon in Leftwing Spanish Poster on Eve of State Visit

Saturday, July 9th, 2016

A cartoon showing a generalized form of President Obama hugging a generalized cartoon of a religious Jewish man with dollar bills as explosions erupt in front of them was posted on Twitter by the far-left United Left party, inviting its followers to come to a protest rally in front of the American Embassy in Madrid on Sunday.

Obama was scheduled to arrive in Seville on Saturday night and on Sunday visit an American military base in southern Spain. On Monday he is having lunch in Madrid with King Felipe VI and leading Spanish politicians. However, because of the Dallas shooting, the president will arrive in Spain only on Monday, directly for that lunch with the king.

The Israeli Embassy on Friday condemned the poster, stating, “Nothing can justify the usage of anti-Jewish caricatures, and silence shouldn’t be maintained in the face of this flagrant expression of anti-Semitism.”

United Left said the rally on Sunday will protest both American and Israeli policies, and that it opposes the president’s visit because the US promotes “neocolonialist international relations” of war, destabilization and interference.

This is Obama’s very first visit to Spain as president, at a time when this country is facing political instability following an election last month that didn’t give any party a conclusive victory.

Guerras No


David Israel

9 Leftwing Activists Insist Being Firebombed in Ramallah Wasn’t So Bad

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Nine Israeli leftwing activists from the Two States, One Homeland NGO, including journalist Meron Rapoport, on Wednesday had to be rescued from an Arab mob in Ramallah that was throwing Molotov cocktails and stones at their vehicle. According to an IDF report Wednesday night, the nine Israelis were on their way to visit a local journalist, also a member of their NGO, for the post-fast Iftar meal. Eight of them managed to flee on their own, a ninth reached the offices of the Palestinian Authority secret police and was handed over to the IDF near Beit El. All nine are under investigation for violating a martial law decree against unauthorized entry into Area A in Judea and Samaria.

Arab mob surrounding Meron Rapoport's car in Ramallah

Arab mob surrounding Meron Rapoport’s car in Ramallah

But one of the activists, Eliaz Cohen, told Walla that the group had not been attacked in transit, as Israeli media reported, but that a few Arabs had thrown the stones and one, singular, small Molotov cocktail at their parked car while they were inside their host’s home, dining. According to the activists they all took their time and had not been chased away, and only when the meal was over did eight of them calmly leave, while Rapoport went down to file a complaint with the PA police.

The NGO’s statement stressed that “despite some of the reports, at no point did we feel threatened, and our Palestinian friends were shocked by the incident. The thing that frightens the most those wishing to maintain the status quo are Israelis and Palestinians who talk and act together.”

Eliaz Cohen posted on his Facebook page that the group has been meeting in Ramallah once a month for the past four years, and they never ask for the IDF’s permission, nor are they usually attacked by anyone. Last night, too, things were going just fine, he claims, they were sitting and dining with their Arab hosts, when suddenly they heard yelling from outside and saw Rapoport’s car was on fire. He claims that Arab passers-by used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire, and then a Ramallah firefighters’ truck arrived, as well as PA security forces.

Cohen makes such an effort to stress how unafraid he and his friends were in this situation, he completely forgets to describe who exactly had set fire to the car and why.

Rabbi Haim Navon commented on his Facebook page regarding the Eliaz Cohen insistence that the car had not been pelted with stones, “only” firebombed, and that the efforts to forge peace between individual Jews and Arabs will continue, saying, “The Arabs of Israel have understood that we are here to stay, and have accepted us. On the day the Palestinians understand they can’t defeat us — peace will arrive. In the meantime, don’t waste those cars…”


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