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The HillaryFiles Continue With More Israel Trash Talking From Blumenthal

Friday, March 4th, 2016

The second in a series.

On May 31, 2010, there was an historic confrontation between the Israeli Navy and six ships sailing from Turkey, seeking to blow up the internationally-recognized legal naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Starting the very morning of the incident, Sidney Blumenthal began emailing Hillary Clinton, haranguing her to treat this grave tragedy as a whip with which to lash Israel.

Blumenthal also sent screeds written by his unhinged son Max, who insisted that the entire incident was orchestrated in advance by a bloodthirsty Israel as a means to blow up the peace process.

But this confrontation, known as the Mavi Marmara raid – after the lead Turkish ship  – or as the Gaza Flotilla built to a crescendo when the IHH-terrorists aboard the ship ignored repeated warnings to change course and steer towards the Israeli coastal town of Ashdod, just north of Gaza. When the ships refused to heed the directions, elite IDF naval commandos were lowered from helicopters by ropes, onto the ship’s deck.

As soon as the Israelis landed aboard the Mavi Marmara, they were attacked by demonstrators who used clubs to beat them, as well as knives. Weapons were also stripped from the Israeli soldiers, and used against them. One wounded soldier had to be thrown over the deck to get him to the relative safety of the sea.

By the time the attack ended, seven IDF soldiers were wounded and nine Turkish citizens were killed when off-board soldiers came to their colleagues’ rescue.

Eight out of the nine who died aboard the ship were later identified as members of Turkish Islamist organizations. Half of those killed had written wills or informed others that they sought to die as martyrs. Not a single human rights activist were among the victims on May 31, as they all stayed below deck, choosing not to join in the fracas with the antagonists carrying an array of weapons.

Weapons taken from the Mavi Marmara. May 31, 2010.

Weapons taken from the Mavi Marmara. May 31, 2010.

Weapons removed from the Mavi Marmara. May 31, 2010.

Closer view of some weapons removed from the Mavi Marmara. May 31, 2010.

Early that very afternoon, Blumenthal père wrote to Clinton, viciously comparing the Flotilla raid to the 1976 Entebbe raid, in which Benjamin Netanyahu’s brother, Yoni, was tragically killed despite the complete success otherwise.

“The raid on the ship to Gaza resembles the raid on Entebbe, except that there are no hostages, no guns, it’s not in Africa, and it’s a fiasco; otherwise, it’s Entebbe,” Blumenthal wrote to Clinton. He went on, warning Clinton that the international press will want to know how the U.S. is going to respond to Israel’s calamitous actions, and pointed out that the U.S. shouldn’t look as though it was secretly supporting Israel on this.

Finally, Blumenthal pointed out the likelihood of harm to the peace process and to embarrassment to Obama just on the eve of Netanyahu’s visit. Blumenthal then suggestively asks, “Or are the Israelis bone stupid? I don’t think so. Cheers, Sid.” In other words, this is what the Israelis intended.

Clinton forwarded this email to her deputy chief of staff Jake Sullivan, with an “FYI” and “ITYS” notation.

By the next morning, Blumenthal had written a seven-point memo to Clinton suggesting ways in which she and the United States should respond to the flotilla incident. Amongst other points, he told her that “someone in authority needs to read Israel the riot act”; Michael Oren should be given the “full dress Biden treatment”; that the “Gaza embargo is obviously wildly counterproductive,” which “has to end” and that end “should begin now.”

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Hillary Emails: How to Demote AIPAC to its Proper Place

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

The previously secret emails of former U.S. secretary of state and current favorite to be the Democratic contender for the U.S. president Hillary Rodham Clinton are a bonanza for those seeking to discern her non-public face and those of her closest advisers with respect to Israel.

With more than 30,000 emails released, drip, drip, drip since December, 2014, there’s a lot to plow through.

But one omnipresent correspondent of Clinton’s, her former advisor Sidney Blumenthal, stands out as he harps away at two issues close to his heart: one, Israel, the object of deep hostility, and the other, his son Max, a source of immense pride. That one’s son is a source of pride to a father is neither surprising nor shameful. But most of what Blumenthal promotes about his son Max is the never-ending fusillade of hate screeds written by the son in frequently obscure outlets which are directed at the other Blumenthal obsession: Israel.

In the batch released over the weekend, several Blumenthal emails attacks on Israel stand out in particular.  One offers advice to Clinton on how to make both the Jewish State and the largest American pro-Israel organization, AIPAC, bend to her will.

In an email dated March 21, 2010, Blumenthal tells Clinton how she should optimize the speech she was about to give to the American Israel Public Action Committee. It is all about bringing the dog to heel.

First, Blumenthal admonishes Clinton to “[h]old Bibi’s feet to the fire.” He suggests that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must be reminded that “Israel has no oil,” all it has it values, and by failing to pursue peace with the Palestinian Arabs, Blumenthal urges Hillary to tell the Jews, Israel is squandering that.

Blumenthal also has his needle stuck on the Wye Plantation Agreement, and he  is convinced that only one person is responsible for the breakdown in the peace process:  Bibi Netanyahu. Blumenthal cannot find a single fault on the Arab side worth identifying as even one cause among many for the lack of a resolution to the decades-long conflict.

He sees the U.S. as the creator of peace between Israel and Jordan, and Israel and Egypt, and he actually believes and writes Wye was a success. He urges Hillary to build on it so the U.S. can make peace really happen this time with “Palestine.”  But, he insists, that means overcoming one obstacle:  Bibi.

Blumenthal’s emails reveal a conviction of Zionists (he thinks they are all Likudniks) in control of American policy-making organs that would shame Lindbergh, while at the same time he instructs Hillary to fight back against this monster by threatening it with recognition for a more pliable competitor:  J Street.

He urges Clinton:

remind [AIPAC] in as subtle but also a direct way as you can that it does not have a monopoly over American Jewish opinion.  Bibi is stage managing USJewish organizations (and neocons, and the religious right, and whomever else he can muster) against the administration.  AIPAC itself has become an organ of the Israeli right, specifically Likud.  By acknowledging J Street you give them legitimacy, credibility [one wonders why they didn’t have these things before being given a bracha by the U.S. Secretary of State’s advisor] and create room within the American Jewish community for debate supportive of the administration’s pursuit of the peace process. Just by mentioning J Street in passing, AIPAC becomes a point on the spectrum, not the controller of the spectrum.

There’s a good deal more in this treasure trove that the Jewish American public should know about, and the JewishPress.com will continue publishing on this important topic. Our grandmothers warned us (or was it that famous TV commercial for an insurance company?) that people are known by the company they keep.  Hillary kept company with Sidney for a very long time, and paid him for years to send her emails just like this one. His views tells us a lot about hers.


Lori Lowenthal Marcus

‘Writers’ Freedom’ NGO Mistakes Max Blumenthal For Credible War Correspondent

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

For those who closely follow events in Israel and the rest of the Middle East, it is hard to imagine that there are people and organizations with no knowledge of the loathsome Max Blumenthal and his twisted obsession with demonizing Israel and lionizing Palestinian Arab terrorists.

One might be inclined to give slack to a writer-focused non-profit organization that wanted to hold an event on the difficulties of reporting from a war zone, to assume that Blumenthal, who recently published a book about the 2014 Gaza War, might be a sensible choice. His book, The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza, sounds exactly like what Brendan de Caires, PEN Canada’s programs director, said they were seeking.  But it turns out that Blumenthal’s claim to have seen the Gaza war first hand is overblown, while any belief in his objectivity as a reporter is wildly misplaced.

Not there for the war, and not an objective reporter — why is this man giving a talk on war reporting?  A little digging reveals that PEN could not pull together the topic it preferred and then may not have done its own homework carefully enough. Let’s hope, anyway.

PEN, an organization established in 1921 to promote and protect “poets, essayists and novelists” is a free speech advocacy organization that now includes reporters and others involved in all forms of writing.

The event in question will be held Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Toronto Public Library. The title of the event is “Embattled Truths: Reporting on Gaza.” The event is billed by PEN Canada as a search “for truth within the fog of war.” With Blumenthal there is always plenty of fog, but his pronouncements and productions tend to obscure truth with more fog, rather than do anything to clear it up.

Blumenthal’s wild antics against all things Israel have provided fodder for many articles, even horror from standard-issue left-leaning critics  of Israel. Perhaps it is sufficient to say that this late-30-something Peter Pan avidly promoted the use of the acronym JSIL (Jewish State in the Levant) to compare Israel to ISIL, the ferociously barbaric Islamic State. This was Blumenthal’s effort to be au currant. Until then Blumenthal relied heavily on the vicious calumny of portraying Israelis as the modern-day Nazis.

PEN Canada’s de Caires gave the JewishPress.com a lengthy telephone interview last week. He explained that for this year’s Freedom to Read Week, PEN Canada had originally thought to have a much larger panel to explore the militarization of cyberspace, such as through the Stuxnet virus. That panel did not work out, and PEN Canada had already done a presentation on war photography. It then occurred to de Caires and his colleagues to do a panel presenting yet another “aspect of freedom of expression that we think is interesting,” and that turned out to be one about “the writing of a book from a war zone.”

By the time de Caires spoke with the JewishPress.com he had already heard from members of the community who were not happy with PEN Canada’s decision to showcase Blumenthal.


The Toronto co-chairs of the Canada’s Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs contacted the President of PEN Canada, Randy Boyagoda, almost two weeks ago. They expressed their “dismay and disappointment” that Blumenthal was being promoted as a truth-teller, pointing out that what Blumenthal does is take all the verified evil-doings of Hamas and invert them to appear as if Israelis are the ones, for example, using human shields or arbitrarily targeting civilians.

As Berl Nadler, one of the co-chairs, told the JewishPress.com, CIJA believes PEN Canada “made a terrible mistake, at the expense of PEN’s reputation, in extending an invitation to a blatant propagandist known more for sensationalism than sober and informed analysis.”

Boyagoda’s response, Nadler confided, “was well written but devoid of any logic that I could discern.” CIJA was extremely disappointed.

At least one other major Jewish organization based in Canada reached out to express its disappointment with the host’s choice of Max Blumenthal as a legitimate “war correspondent” about Operation Protective Edge.

Avi Benlolo, president of the Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told the JewishPress.com by email that “Max Blumenthal represents the radical left’s extremist belief that Israel is the embodiment of all evil and has no right to exist.”

After ticking off several of Blumenthal’s best known qualifications as a certified hater of Israel, the FSWC president had this to say: “I’m not sure what PEN is trying to achieve by giving Blumenthal a podium from which to spew his hatred, but if its goal is to contribute to increasing antisemitism in Canada, then I guess it will succeed.”

Okay, then.

“We have not the slightest interest in his opinions on Israel,” de Caires told the JewishPress.com. “The point is for him to be discussing the ethics of war reporting, the complexities involved, the issue is not Israel,” he stressed repeatedly.


Despite Blumenthal having written a book as if he was a bona fide war correspondent, that is not quite accurate.

The writer Petra Marquardt-Bigman painstakingly put together a timeline of Blumenthal’s whereabouts while the Gaza conflict raged. She then published an article in the Algemeiner in June of last year. In that article, she revealed her findings: Blumenthal could not have been in Gaza for more than a week of the entire 51 day war.

Marquardt-Bigman reveals that Blumenthal was not in Gaza when the war started, and that “the Israeli army had withdrawn its ground forces almost ten days before Blumenthal arrived in Gaza.” Nonetheless, a promotion for his book claims that ‘Blumenthal brings the battles in Gaza to life, detailing the ferocious clashes that took place when Israel’s military invaded the besieged strip,’ and that ‘Max Blumenthal was in Gaza throughout this catastrophe’ (i.e. the 2014 Gaza war).”

Even Amazon’s description of Blumenthal’s book was misleading. It claimed, Marquardt-Bigman discovered, “that ‘Max Blumenthal was in Gaza and throughout Israel–Palestine during what he argues was an entirely avoidable catastrophe.'”

As Marquardt-Bigman points out, if “you write a whole book that you want to market as an ‘explosive work of reportage’ about a recent war that lasted some seven weeks, it is of course tempting to claim that you actually witnessed what you ‘report’ about.'” Blumenthal, she points out, didn’t come close.


PEN Canada may have had the very best of intentions in deciding to use Blumenthal on its panel. As de Caires repeatedly told the JewishPress.com, Blumenthal just recently wrote a book reporting from a war zone, “the most contentious war zone on Earth,” and it is PEN’s goal to provide a robust discussion. But given that Blumenthal, despite his advertisements, was on the ground for less than one seventh of a 51 day war, lacks fluency in either Arabic or Hebrew, and has an obsessive and well-documented obsessive hatred of Israel, one wonders why PEN Canada would choose to continue with what many will see as a farce.

Near the conclusion of a lengthy telephone interview with the JewishPress.com, de Caires sought to redeem their choice by pointing out that “Avi Burg, a former knesset speaker, called Blumenthal’s book a ‘must-read.'”

Again, it’s hard to fault someone for not knowing the intricacies of Israeli politics and personalities, but a quick Google search of the man would reveal why that point in PEN Canada’s favor is, in fact, anything but that. Avraham Burg, like Blumenthal, also believes there is no need for a Jewish State and is one of the biggest contributors to the demonization of Israel.

As CIJA’s Nadler pointed out, Blumenthal comes from a position where he fervently “believes that one side should have a state” – the Palestinian Arabs – “and believes that the other side does not need a state” – the Jews, “and it becomes quite irresponsible to hold that person out as a legitimate and unbiased war correspondent.”

Nadler said there would be people at the event Wednesday night who know who and what Blumenthal is and who have a strong grasp on the facts. Still, he told the JewishPress.com that he and his colleagues were disappointed in the response given by PEN Canada.

“They invited Max Blumenthal, a propagandist, to speak at this PEN event, that is not how one seeks to advance an intellectual and honest debate,” Nadler said.

Maybe Blumenthal is balanced by his co-panelist? Nope, not that either.

Blumenthal’s co-host, Olivia Ward, is a foreign affairs reporter at the Toronto Star. Just a few years ago Ward wrote an article about the emergence of “One State,” instead of the “hoped-for” Two State “solution.”

In that article Ward quotes Ilan Pappé, a former Israeli who detests Israel so much he had to move to England. She also quotes far leftist Yossi Beilin, former Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei (she refers to him as former Palestinian Prime Minister) and the head of Peace Now, Yariv Oppenheimer. No one else was quoted. Ward described the situation, when keening over the ever-foundering peace process was on an upswing, this way:

“As the peace process stalls yet again, and Jewish settlements expand on Palestinian territory, some high-profile Israelis, as well as Palestinians, have begun to think a one-state solution may arrive by default.” Sound even-handed to you?

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Haters Caught Manipulating Video to Cast IDF as Child Abusers

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

Courtenay J. Werleman is an Australian born Californian who is aggressively atheist. He’s the host of a show on iTunes, has written several books  hawking his atheist views, and, for some reason, has more than thirty thousand followers on the thinnest of all social media: Twitter.

Of course CJ Werleman, as he calls himself, is au currant and therefore rabidly anti-Israel. He is also an outed plagiarizer and so somewhat of an embarrassment to the radical left who otherwise tended to view his anti-religious mantle as a halo.

But never mind all that, Werleman still has those tens of thousands of Twitter followers who enjoy retweeting his witticisms, whether or not there is substance or truth to his bon mots.

And so when, on Dec. 26, Werleman tweeted a video clip of soldiers beating up on some young boys and labeled those soldiers evil Israelis, hundreds of Werlebots blithely retweeted the calumny.

But some bright folks looked at the video and saw that something did not look right.

In fact, those aren’t members of the Israeli Defense Forces beating up on the young kids in the video at all. The video, which appears to have been intentionally stripped of its banner identifying the source, is actually a video of Guatemalan army soldiers beating up young boys.

That video of Guatemalan soldiers physically assaulting young Guatemalans was an Al Jazeera video shown on Yahoo! News.


Max Blumenthal and CJ Werelman passed off a vicious soldier abuse video as the IDF doing wrong

Max Blumenthal and CJ Werleman passed off a vicious soldier abuse video as the IDF doing wrong

Hours after having posted the deceptive video and after its falsity was repeatedly brought to his attention, Werleman issued a tweet acknowledging that the video was not what he had claimed it was.

The post “explaining” Werleman’s removal of the tweet did not refer to how the earlier post was wrong, or even what he had falsely claimed in the prior tweet. He also passed off blame on the person from whom he received the tweet, rather than admitting he should have verified it before tweeting it as fact. Werleman wrote: “I have deleted a tweet (video) that contained incorrect information. It was a video emailed to me by someone who has a record of accuracy.”

So was this an aberration? Putting aside, of course, that Werleman had already been caught red-handed having plagiarized more than a dozen articles.

A glance at another post on Werleman’s Twitter feed over the weekend reveals he is clearly unencumbered by a guilty conscience or embarrassed by erupting with unsubstantiated aspersions disguised as fact-based pronunciamentos, especially if the one being attacked is Israel.

“Israel shoots Gazans for sport on the eastern border. Egypt does same on Gaza’s western border,” was posted by Werleman on Dec. 26. His statement is accompanied by a link to an Al Jazeera article, which has nothing to do with Israel. That Al Jazeera article describes the shooting death by Egyptian guards of a naked Gazan man who wandered slightly into Egyptian territory while wading in the Mediterranean Sea. People, careless ones like Werleman, will see the link to a news story and assume that the article provides a factual basis for Werelman’s claim about Israel.

One of Werleman’s Twitter followers and apparently a big admirer of Werleman’s is Max Blumenthal, overgrown enfant terrible son of former Clinton White House hanger-on and Hillary’s unofficial and inappropriate “adviser,” Sidney Blumenthal. Blumenthal the son encouraged other like-minded always-ready-to-put-a-hate-on-for-Israel followers to retweet the video falsely accusing Israel of the Guatemalan strong-arm (and leg) police tactics.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

10 Worst AntiSemitic Acts of 2014

Monday, December 29th, 2014

2014 was a year of unprecedented explosions of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel hatred. Our Top Ten this year shows how pervasive anti-Semitism has become around the world. The ten examples selected by the Simon Wiesenthal Center are tragically indicative of burgeoning threats and challenges to the Jewish people not encountered since the end of WWII.

2014 was the year of ISIS, of “Lone Wolf” terrorism, of targeted murder and rape of Jewish citizens in European democracies, of pro-Hamas sentiment reverberating on the streets of Europe and on American university campuses.

2014 was a year of increasing acceptance of Jew-hatred in the political and social fabrics of societies. It was a year of unending genocidal threats against the Jewish state from a nuclearizing Mullahocracy in Iran and continuing efforts in Europe to criminalize age-old Judaic practices of Shechita (Kosher slaughter) and Brit Milah (ritual circumcision).

2014 left Jews across Europe questioning if they have a future in their native lands. Danny Cohen, director of BBC television summed up the feelings of many: “I’ve never felt so uncomfortable being a Jew in the UK as I’ve felt in the last 12 months. And it’s made me think about, you know, is it our long- term home, actually. Because you feel it. I’ve felt it in a way I’ve never felt before actually.”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center urges people of good faith everywhere to commit in 2015 to break the apathy and silence and to stand up and speak out against history’s oldest hate wherever it rears its ugly head.


Belgium.jpg HIPPOCRATIC OATH – TREAT EVERY- ONE BUT JEWS? A doctor in Belgium refused medical help to a 90-year-old Jewish woman with a fractured rib, telling her son who called the medical hotline on her behalf:

“Send her to Gaza for a few hours, then she will get rid of the pain.”

“I’m not coming,” he said and hung up.

Joods Actueel, a local Jewish newspaper reported that Hershy Taffel, Bertha Klein’s grandson, had filed a discrimination complaint with the police.

“It reminds me of what happened in Europe 70 years ago,” Taffel told Joods Actueel. “I never thought those days would once again be repeated.”

The paper’s editor-in-chief Michael Freilich lamented, “This is yet another incident in a short period of time. A shop in Antwerp refused to serve a woman because she was Jewish, a café in Liège has a sign hung with the message ‘Dogs welcome, Jews not,’ and in Brussels slogans like, “Death to the Jews” were chanted during a demonstration and on Facebook, we see calls every day of hatred against the Jewish people.”

The deadliest attack targeting the Jewish community in 2014 was the gunning down of three innocent people outside Brussels’ Jewish museum by an ISIS-trained French Islamist terrorist. 

IsraelJordan.jpg A SAVAGE ATTACK IN A JERUSALEM SYNAGOGUE; A MONSTROUS MOMENT OF SILENCE IN JORDANIAN PARLIAMENT On November 18th, two terrorists from East Jerusalem entered the Kehilat Bnai Torah Synagogue in West Jerusalem. Armed with guns,axes and cleavers and shouting, “Allahu Akbar,” they savagely attacked worshippers, as they stood wrapped in their prayer shawls, leaving four rabbis – three of them U.S. citizens – dead in a pool of blood.

Seven others were injured. A heroic Israeli Druze policeman who ran to aid the victims was gunned down before the terrorists themselves were killed. The shocking savagery plunged the Jewish world into mourning and grief.

But not everyone grieved for the victims. The very next day, Jordanian parliamentarians held a moment of silence for the murderers and read Koran verses aloud, “To glorify their pure souls and the souls of all the martyrs in the Arab and Muslim nations.” The Jordanian Prime Minister, Abdullah Ensour, sent this condolence letter to the families of the terrorists; “I ask God to envelope them with mercy and to grant you with patience, comfort and recovery from your grief…” The Jordanian government, however, issued a statement condemning the attack, adding that all acts of violence against civilians in Jerusalem must be denounced.

Simon Wiesenthal Center

The Three Little Kosher Pigs

Monday, April 28th, 2014

It is always amusing to see the look on the faces of fellow American Jews when they discover that I am a Republican. Lacking originality, they typically say, “A Republican Jewish woman? Now that’s an oxymoron!” Well no, not at all.

Sadly, Israel has become a partisan issue. But it is the Republicans who are her staunchest supporters. Yet ironically, the vast majority of American Jews, whose progressive values are flaunted with elitist moral authority, have found a home in the Democrat party — the one whose members boo any mention of God and Jerusalem and whose policy makers formulate plans and strategies that are simply dangerous for Israel.

As we finish celebrating Passover during which time we remember our peoples’ exodus from bondage in Egypt to a life of freedom in Israel and observe Yom Hashoah — Holocaust Remembrance Day — it is an appropriate time to reflect on the state of Jewish Zionism in America.

What does it say about a people who align themselves with  political organizations that at best feign support for Israel for fundraising purposes but in reality take measures that could possibly harm that country’s long-term survival? In the face of existential dangers including growing Islamic fundamentalist death threats that are ignored around the world (including in the UN, EU and US) and growing apathy of Jews in the diaspora, perhaps a brief history of the Jewish peoples’ struggles against anti-Semitism is worth a revisit.

A modern version of Jewish history can be analyzed through the lens of the Three Little Pigs. In the Jewish version of this fable, the Jewish people are the three pigs (the kosher version, of course) looking to build a home to live as Jews in peace. The anti-Semites are the big bad wolf (of which there is no shortage) intent on ripping the pigs from their homes and destroying them.

The Jews in ancient times built houses of straw that were blown awayby anti-Semitic wolves during the Roman Empire, the Spanish Inquisition, and centuries-old pogroms. By the time they reached the shores of Europe in the later part of the 20th century, Jews built wooden homes believing themselves safe to practice their religion among the wolves in sheep’s clothing. We all know how that ended.

In the Jewish version of the story, the third pig represents two brothers that I’ll call Cain and Abel. Abel smartly moved to the land of Israel. The Jews in Israel learned their lessons of history, recognized their responsibility as God’s Chosen People, and built homes of bricks. And every time the big bad wolf attempted to climb down the chimney and destroy them, they further fortified their cities with concrete walls and missile defense systems. After thousands of years of wandering the global desert, they understood the gift – and obligation – bestowed upon them by God. To call these Jews survivors would be an understatement.

Cain moved to the U.S. and presents quite a different story indeed. American Jews have not learned the lessons of history and ignore their responsibilities to God and the Jewish people as a whole. Instead of building houses of bricks they have chosen to build a “big tent.”

They emulate their European ancestors who focused so intently on assimilating into society that they could not see the fires of the Holocaust burning around them. They worship false idols and pray at the Torah of abortion rights, environmentalism, and socialism much the way the Jewish people fell for the golden calf while waiting for Moses to descend Mt. Sinai with God’s Commandments.

Like their ancestors, American Jews may find themselves forced to wander a desert of secular empty activism in the hopes of one day returning to their homeland if they do not wake up to the dangers surrounding them. A big tent is no way to survive when big bad wolves are looking to destroy you.

Lauri Regan

Jews In Space

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

At the end of his 1981 movie A History of the World, Part I, Mel Brooks added three funny fake “trailers” for non-existent movies, one of them being Jews in Space. The trailer showed a Star of David-shaped spacecraft, crewed by bearded guys in yarmulkes and prayer shawls, winning an interstellar holy war.

In titling this piece “Jews in Space,” I’m not referring to that kind of Jew in space – I’m talking about a category of Jews who seem so hostile to their own people and heritage that they’ve entirely escaped the gravitational pull of basic common sense, decency, and fact and spun out into the orbit of rabid anti-Israeli and pro-Islamic radicalism. Jews such as the following:

Richard Falk, U.S. jurist. Falk should have been forever disqualified from holding any responsible position when, after meeting the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979, he mocked claims that the ayatollah was fanatical or reactionary. Later appointed UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Palestine he repeatedly compared Israel to Nazi Germany, saying that it exhibits “genocidal tendencies” and warning of a forthcoming “Palestinian holocaust.”

To Falk, the Boston Marathon bombings were an understandable act of “resistance” to U.S. imperialist hegemony and Americans’ outraged reactions were rooted in “Islamophobia.”

And Falk is a 9/11 Truther whose call for a study of U.S. officials’ alleged involvement in the annihilation of the Twin Towers moved even morally lethargic UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to label his charges “preposterous.”

Roger Cohen, British-born New York Times columnist. A series of staggeringly fatuous columns Cohen wrote in 2009 about a two-week visit to Iran cemented his reputation as “American journalism’s most prominent Iranian apologist” (to quote The Weekly Standard ‘s Michael Goldfarb). Notwithstanding Ahmadinejad’s rants about wiping Israel off the map, Cohen praised Iran as the Middle East’s most democratic state, other than Israel, and insisted that viewing it as totalitarian was a “grotesque caricature.”

When he spoke at an L.A. synagogue, an audience of Iranian Jews responded with derisive laughter to his naivete about the true intentions of Hamas and Hizbullah.

Ronnie Kasrils, South African politician. After spending over a quarter-century as an anti-apartheid guerilla fighter, Kasrils, the African National Congress’s highest-ranking white leader as well as a longtime member of the South African Communist Party Politburo, joined the post-apartheid RSA government – serving for several years as Minister of Intelligence – and began advocating zealously for the Palestinian cause. Among his goals: to convince his fellow South African Jews that the suffering inflicted by Israel upon Palestinians is “far worse than anything our people faced during the most dreadful days of apartheid.”

To Kasrils, Israelis are “baby killers” and “Nazis,” and Israel’s security fence is totally unjustifiable – this from a man who during the Cold War (when he was trained by the KGB and Stasi and counted both Che Guevara and Fidel Castro as chums) accepted the Kremlin line that the Berlin Wall was necessary to keep West Germany from destroying the GDR.

Sarah Schulman, U.S. writer. Schulman, a lesbian novelist and playwright who teaches at the City University of New York, is the leading promoter of the insipid concept of “pinkwashing” – the claim, which in the last couple of years has gained traction in the American and European academy with alarming speed, that Israel markets its liberal gay-rights record as a way of distracting from an illiberal policy of oppressing innocent Palestinians.

Schulman, who comes from a family of Holocaust survivors, has marched with members of Hamas.

Dror Feiler, Swedish-Israeli artist. Raised on a communist kibbutz, Feiler has lived in Sweden since 1973. The head of several pro-Palestinian groups and an organizer of the Gaza “Freedom Flotillas,” he’s worked alongside Hamas leaders. At a 2010 rally in Turkey, Feiler stood by in silence while another speaker decried “the filth that is Israel” and the crowd shouted “death to Israel.” “Snow White and the Madness of Truth,” a 2004 art installation by Feiler and his wife, Gunilla, memorialized Hanadi Jaradat, a Palestinian suicide bomber who killed 21 people in Haifa.

Bruce Bawer

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