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Knesset Committee Hears Diaspora Jewish Students Won’t Support Israel in US, Europe, Fearing Anti-Semitism

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Jewish students are refraining from expressing support for Israel on campuses in the US and Europe due to their fear of anti-Semitism, students told the Knesset Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs, according to an official report issued Monday.

A survey presented by the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs showed that in 2015 some 9,000 verbal anti-Semitic attacks were reported on Facebook; 11,354 on Twitter; and 4,468 on Instagram. In addition, 4,465 anti-Semitic video clips were posted on YouTube. It was also found that 40% of Europe’s citizens are anti-Semitic and 75% of Jewish students in the US were attacked for anti-Semitic reasons.

Jewish students living abroad told the committee that anti-Semitism and the BDS movement are causing them to conceal their Jewish identity (some keep their yarmulkes in their pockets) and their pro-Israel positions.

Committee Chairman MK Avraham Neguise (Likud) said, “Today, mainly on academic campuses dominated by extreme liberalism, anti-Semitism is disguised as condemnation of the Jewish State. It is fueled by hatred towards the State of Israel.”

“When it is no longer polite and fashionable to hate Jews as they are,” said Neguise, “the hatred is disguised as criticism of the Jewish State”.

Prof. Irwin Cotler, former Justice Minister and Attorney General of Canada, said the current level of anti-Semitism “is the highest in 40 years, and includes the rejection of Israel’s right to exist at all, and the portrayal of Israel as a monster and enemy of mankind.”

He added that under the UN’s patronage, Israel is condemned more than any other country. “And the amazing thing is that the countries which lead the condemnations under the claim of ‘damage to human rights’ are Iran, China, and Saudi Arabia.”

Gilad Kabilo, activity coordinator at the StandWithUs organization, spoke of their 15 years of activity, including in social media. “We thwart boycott-related activities while producing good results on the ground, and we distribute accurate information about Israel, as well as promote discourse on the right of the Jewish nation to its historical native land,” he told the committee.

Ido Daniel, Program Director at Israeli Students Combating Anti-Semitism, spoke of the increasing anti-Semitic incitement on the web. The program’s activists fight [anti-Semitism on the web] using 16 languages, and have combated more than 30,000 anti-Semitic incidents on social media over the last year alone.

“People in the world understand that boycott or criticism of Israel’s policy means denial of the Holocaust, the demonization of Jews, and a license to murder Jews,” he said. “The outcome is that Jews are afraid to openly express their Judaism.”

MK Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid) spoke of the UN-funded textbooks in the Palestinian Authority. “They are full of pathologic hatred towards Jews, desire and aspiration for Israel’s destruction,” she said, while noting that a Jewish friend of hers in Atlanta said that this year she refrained from placing a Hanukkah menorah at her window.

According to Hagai Bar of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “Today’s boycott activists have withdrawn from attack to defense mode, and are currently fighting over the right to boycott.”

Jonathan Elkhoury of the Christian Empowerment Council spoke of the change in the position of many students after they hear a Christian Arab such as himself defending of Israel.

Juda Stone of the Jewish Agency warned of the phenomenon of Jewish students who are afraid of anti-Semitism, which “leads them to escape their own identity.”

Benny Fischer, president of the European Union of Jewish students, said that not all those who support boycotting Israel are anti-Semitic, but they see themselves as “peace activists.” He also warned against the use of phrases such as “Jews have no future in Europe.”

Hadar Farkash, a student at Berkley University, spoke of the phenomenon of anti-Israel lecturers, as well as Palestinians and Americans – and even Jews – who are anti-Israel.

Jonah Shipmiler of NGO Monitor spoke of boycott movements which operate in Israel and encourage Israeli youngsters not to enlist in the IDF.

Jerusalem Institute of Justice, in cooperation with CA-inspiration, which operates on US campuses using a unique method which incorporates campaign research in social media, presented to the committee figures on exposure to content through social media. The exposure itself brought about a thorough change in the discourse at the Indiana University and Purdue campuses, as well as a profound change in the way organizations which promote incitement and violent discourse against Israel operate on social networks.

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Polls Vary on Israeli Public’s Support for Azaria Pardon

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

A Channel 2 News poll Wednesday showed 67% of Israelis favor a pardon for Sgt. Elor Azaria, who was convicted on manslaughter charges in connection with shooting a terrorist who had already been neutralized in March 2016. Only 19% said they were against a pardon.

 

But a Panels Politics survey showed a closer split: only 49% support a pardon, compared with 39% who oppose letting the convicted soldier go home.

Knesset Committee Chairman MK David Bitan (Likud) posted an online petition calling on President Reuven Rivlin to pardon Azaria, in order to acknowledge that the soldier acted during an ongoing terrorism episode, and “based on on the moral obligation to support our soldiers, regardless of whether or not they made a mistake.”

The petition cites the pardon given by the late President Haim Herzog to GSS senior officials before their trial “over much worse actions.”

President Rivlin’s Office on Wednesday issued a statement of clarification, “in light of several inquiries” the president had received:

“In accordance with standard practice regarding requests for pardons on this or any case, requests for pardons are dealt with when submitted by the applicant themselves, or by one with power of attorney, or an immediate relative, following a conclusive judicial ruling.

“In light of the foregoing, and in relation to the case of the soldier Elor Azaria, in the event that a pardon should be requested, it will be considered by the President in accordance with standard practices and after recommendations from the relevant authorities.”

MK Bitan’s petition gets past the above legalese, stating unabashedly: “Mr. President, we wish to deliver a clear message to let every Jewish mother who sends her children to protect our country know that a simple soldier is treated the same as a commanding officer – out of our moral obligation to assure the next generation unambiguously that the State of Israel does not abandon its boys and girls.”

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Support Group: Today’s Aliyah ‘Basket’ Must Include Subsidized Therapy

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

NGO Chaim Shel Tova (Heb: life of goodness), which has been working in recent years to help families of Olim in Israel, particularly in Judea and Samaria, believe an important aspect of the Aliyah experience – emotional and psychological support – has been missing from the services available to newcomers.

“The process of making Aliyah can be very complex and discouraging,” explains CST head Rav Natan Shelo, who also serves as Rabbi of Mevo’ot Yericho in the Jordan Valley. “A person is leaving their job, their society and their social status behind. Further, the culture shock, foreign instincts, difficulty in adjusting, and other issues are likely to increase stress. A couple that comes and struggles to find work in Israel might experience disappointment, anger and frustration. If in their native country the family members held well-respected jobs, the new need to receive financial assistance is not only an economic crisis, but also an emotional one. In such cases, assistance to the family consists of three components: providing for economic needs, assisting in finding work, and providing necessary therapeutic sessions to help the family members overcome emotional issues.”

Devorah (pseudonym), who came to Israel four years ago from Belgium, is one such Olah. She was raised in Israel, where she met her husband, an Oleh. They lived in Israel for a few years, during which she gave birth to their two daughters. The family later moved to Belgium to find work, lived there for 10 years and had several additional children.

Four years ago, they joined a group of Olim from Belgium and France that came to settle a town near the center of Israel. Despite the joy in coming back to Israel and their good command of Hebrew, the family experienced many difficulties. “While it is very exciting to make Aliyah, it is something that can lead to feelings of doubt and insecurity, says Devorah, adding, “This can be seen both between husband and wife and in relationships among all members of the family.”

“Before our Aliyah, we shared a sense of euphoria,” she relates. We didn’t anticipate the economic difficulties we were about to face. We arrived in Israel with a budget for one year, expecting that within our first year we’d be able to get a source of income.”

“We owned a successful business abroad, so our economic situation was stable and good,” she explains. “We could afford whatever we wanted and spoil the children with everything their hearts desired. We didn’t need to establish priorities and decide which things were more important and which we could do without.”

“Once we arrived in Israel, our adjustment to the new realty was very hard. By year’s end the money was gone; we started borrowing and got deep in debt. Our quality of life sank significantly. Suddenly we didn’t have whatever we wanted around the house, everything required consideration and thinking – is this necessary? The kids had a hard time accepting it. Why had they been entitled to whatever they wanted abroad, and here, in Israel, they aren’t?”

“The atmosphere at home was becoming harsh and stressful,” she recalls. “My husband stayed a whole year at home, because he couldn’t find work. Being home under these circumstances created tension. Everything was falling apart. In a time of crisis, it overflows into all the difficulties in our lives, taking them out of proportion. My very relationship with my husband was in question suddenly. The children would yell, in times of conflict, ‘Why did you bring us here?’ My own emotional state was so fragile. Everything was falling apart, including our marriage.”

“In times like this, every small difficulty becomes a huge hardship,” she explains, recalling, “For example, I would contact the school concerning one of the children, and I remember stopping in the middle of the conversation, crying, and getting back to the call.”

“The tension around the house would collect and drain down to the Shabbat meals. Shabbat, which is supposed to be the day of rest, a time for replenishing, became a charged and harsh time. Whatever had been burdening the children’s hearts the entire week would come out around the Shabbat table. Often this ended with a shouting match, crying, a child storming away. Shabbat marked our deep sense of failure.”

Devorah realized she needed help. “Because I have a background in therapy, it seemed natural to me to ask for help. And since I had no problems with the language, I was able to seek out help rather quickly and within a year I found someone who was able to counsel me and also counsel our older children.”

It was at this point that Chaim Shel Tova entered the picture, offering to subsidize group and personal therapy for Devorah’s family. “Without them, I don’t know what we would have done,” she says. “Their support was crucial because each session is very expensive and each member of the family had to go to sessions for an extended period. Our Aliyah had already put us under considerable financial stress. And knowing there’s this organization whose purpose is to provide for mental health issues was also comforting,” she explains.

As a result of the therapy, the family persevered and stayed in Israel. Devorah, as someone who had experienced the process of making Aliyah, now offers her advice to new immigrants as well as for those considering Aliyah.

Devorah emphasizes that faith must accompany the decision to make Aliyah, to help them overcome the tests and crises that will occur along the way. “You need a lot of faith. You have to look at everything and realize that the tests are truly for the best in order to help you and your family grow,” she explains.

Devorah advises that Olim properly prepare to integrate into Israeli society including learning the language and meeting people. “There is something psychological that people are very loyal to their language,” she notes. “You have to realize that Hebrew is the holy language of the land of Israel. Insisting on relying on your native tongue will make it much harder to integrate.

“I am in contact with many Olim and see many who close themselves off, have difficulties educating their children, and fail to understand what their spouse is feeling,” she says. “A person who makes Aliyah has to come with an open mind and realize that the toolbox they used in their old country is not the same as the one that they’ll be using here. The education system is not the same education system. Life is not the same and people’s mentalities here are different. In the Diaspora, education is influenced by the gentile surroundings. A person has to be prepared to separate from things that they have become used to, but that are no longer applicable in the land of Israel.”

“Part of the difficulty of Olim is the result of trying to hang on to what they had there, primarily in terms of physical things,” Devorah states. “Life in the Diaspora involves more physical comforts and wealth, but it is important to realize that the future of our people and our children is here in the land of Israel. In the Diaspora there is no future for Jews.” She recommends making Aliyah with a group, yet at the same time points out the flaws in this approach:

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Will Congress Support Cutbacks In UN Funding?

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

An overwhelming number of senators and representatives have gone public with criticism of UN Security Council Resolution 2334. While the criticism was largely directed at President Obama’s decision to break with past U.S. policy – including his own – by directing the UN ambassador to abstain, the Security Council’s 14-0 vote to adopt the anti-Israel measure is itself an issue that Congress needs to examine.

The incoming Trump administration reportedly will consider reducing America’s financial contributions to the UN in response to the resolution. And various existing statutes call for sanctions against UN agencies that pass anti-Israel measures. In an honest world, those statutes doubtless should have impelled President Obama to order a veto of Resolution 2334.

In any event, we hope the strong stand in opposition to the resolution on the part of so many lawmakers will translate into support for measures to take the UN to task for its anti-Israel obsession, especially in the face of the ongoing slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Arab civilians by Israel’s Arab neighbors.

It’s also worthy of note that J Street stands out as one of the few organizations supporting the UN’s censure of Israel. J Street maintains that its position is the true pro-Israel one. Hopefully, with the loss of a champion in the White House, J Street and its nutty notion of what being pro-Israel means will soon be consigned to the dustbin of history, where they belong.

Editorial Board

Biden on Pushing Ukraine’s Anti-Israel Vote: I Din’ Do It

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Vice President Joe Biden is denying accusations by Israel’s Environmental Protection Minister Ze’ev Elkin that he served as President Obama’s henchman before Friday’s UN Security Council anti-Israel vote on Resolution 2334, condemning the settlements, by personally lobbying foreign leaders to vote yes.

Elkin told The Jerusalem Post Monday night that the VP intervened to persuade the Ukraine to vote in favor of the resolution.

Biden’s office described Elkin’s accusation as utterly false.

Israel’s Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer told CNN and MSNBC on Monday that Israel has clear evidence the Obama Administration labored hard to support the resolution, but insisted he would provide the evidence only after President-elect Donald Trump takes over.

Elkin insisted Biden had worked on the Ukrainians, who would have abstained otherwise. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s office confirmed Biden had called them, but would not say whether or not the conversation was about the vote. They, too, presumably, are waiting for the January 20 inauguration. The VP’s office insisted the call was strictly about financial issues.

Biden’s national security adviser Colin Kahl told the Washington Free Beacon that “the Vice President did not call the Ukrainians or other foreign leaders on the resolution.”

The Free Beacon cited a senior pro-Israel US official who said “Biden lobbied Ukraine, and of course administration officials are too cowardly to admit it. With everything that’s going on involving Russia, Iran, and Syria, this is how the Obama administration choose [sic] to spend its precious diplomatic capital. They decided to twist arms and trade favors for a resolution that cuts off Jews from Jerusalem, a city that is Israel’s capital city according to American law.”

According to the LA Times, President Obama personally directed his Administration’s lobbying efforts ahead of the expected vote. Obama, who is vacationing in Hawaii, convened a discussion Thursday with Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John F. Kerry and other top national security officials. According to the LAT, Obama spoke with national security advisor Susan Rice on Friday to issue his final decision.

Incidentally, President Poroshenko, in his rush to repair the damage from his vote, which so far resulted in Netanyahu canceling the Ukrainian president’s state visit, with more serious consequences to follow, issued a statement suggesting the resolution was “balanced,” since it called for “measures necessary for peaceful solution from both Israeli and Palestinian sides: Israel should stop its settlement activities while Palestinian authorities – to take effective measures toward fighting against terrorism.”

In other words, Israel should freeze construction in Judea and Samaria in return for the Palestinian Authority curbing its calls to murder Israeli civilians and soldiers. Should come in handy next time the UN votes on Russia’s invasion of half the Ukraine.

David Israel

You Can Help Support a Counter-Terrorism Unit in the Jewish State [video]

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Rain or shine, the Efrat counter-terrorism Rapid Response Team goes out when needed. The Kitat Koninut unit is made up of volunteers under the auspices of the IDF, and is on call 24/7 – and they go out 24/7.

On Monday, this special team of people spent the day training in urban warfare and counter-terrorism techniques – in the pouring rain.

If you want to help this special unit and group of people, this is your chance.

You can sponsor a waterproof fleece jacket for the counter-terrorism team via the organization Standing Together.

Each jacket costs $60, and 45 jackets are needed.

Check out that helicopter in the middle of the video below:

You can be part of protecting Israel, click here.

 

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Why I Support Steve Bannon and Breitbart

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

I don’t know Steve Bannon. Even though my byline has appeared in Breitbart, I never met the man or even knew his name until he joined the Trump campaign. What I do know is that he is the target of a political ideology in desperation mode, which has been excusing antisemitism for over a decade and euphemistically referring to the murder of Jews in Israel as “resistance.”

Not knowing what’s in Bannon’s heart, I couldn’t say if he spends his evenings at Ku Klux Klan meetings or gearing up for a post-political career in hip hop. The fact is that he headed arguably the most pro-Israel media organization in the world, and oversaw an operation that went out of its way to expose and attack antisemitism at every turn.

But power and politics can bring out the worst in people, especially after a devastating election loss.

The progressive “news” website Salon has been a relentless critic of Israel and defender of the antisemitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. But apparently, they’ve found religion and are now the Jews’ best friend – defending the People of the Book from the evil Mr. Bannon and his bigotry.

Last week, Salon published a piece by Matthew Rozsa titled, “Steve Bannon runs an antisemitic website, is a misogynist and will be one of Donald Trump’s senior advisers.” The website in question is Breitbart – the news organization I just described as being “arguably the most pro-Israel media organization in the world.”

Rozsa never cites any antisemitic activity in which he accuses Bannon of participating or advocating. The best he can come up with is a producer at the Montel Williams show who wrote on Twitter, “Sources: @AIPAC is privately apoplectic about Steve Bannon appointment.” If they want to play that game, I can name a dozen supporters of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee who will tell you that Barack Obama believes Zionists control the world. In other words, it’s all crap.

The “credible evidence” is an accusation of antisemitism from court testimony by Bannon’s ex-wife. I’ll let you decide if ex-spouses ever seek revenge in court.

Most comical is the blatant statement, “Bannon is also a notorious antisemite” which links to, “A White Nationalist Who Hates Jews Will Be Trump’s Right-Hand Man In The White House,” published in the far-left “watchdog” Media Matters.

To put this in context, Media Matters combating antisemitism is comparable to the Nation of Islam combating antisemitism.

Mazel Tov, Mr. Bannon! The people accusing you of hating Jews are the same people who blame the Jewish state every chance they get. This meshuggah madness should surprise no one, since much of this smear campaign against you is funded by Israel’s greatest enemy (next to the mullahs in Iran): multi-billionaire George Soros.

Mr. Soros is not hiding the fact that he will stop at nothing to sabotage President-elect Trump’s agenda. The man who told 60 Minutes that roaming the streets of Budapest with his faux godfather to confiscate the property of his fellow Jews for the Nazis was the most exhilarating time of his life, is meeting with fellow rich liberals to “resist Trump, ‘take back power’” as reported by Politico. Add the fact that efforts to discredit Bannon are spearheaded by media outlets that receive funding directly from Soros or one of his foundations, Media Matters and Salon included.

J Street, Soros’ favorite anti-Zionist, Zionist group, is working to put a Jewish face on the campaign to malign Bannon. Considering that J Street raises money for Israel’s enemies in Congress and the Senate, recently endorsing anti-Israel voices such as Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) to name a few, it’s clear that Jews are being used as a political tool to paint Trump and his administration as a band of bigots.

Morton Klein, President of the Zionist Organization of America, may have said it best when he asked, “Would Trump’s extraordinary pro-Israel advisers, such as Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Pence, Mike Huckabee, Sheldon Adelson and Orthodox Jews Jared Kushner, David Friedman and Jason Greenblatt ever allow an antisemite/Israel-hater to work with them? Would Trump’s Orthodox Jewish daughter, Ivanka, whose children go to an Orthodox day school, ever allow an antisemite to work with her father?”

Again, I don’t presume to know what is in the man’s heart. Without a doubt, there is a fringe group of pro-Trump hardcore bigots – racists, antisemites and xenophobes – that have spewed their venom on social media. Despite my disappointment that the campaign didn’t do more to condemn these haters, by no means is this any indicator that Bannon or the campaign agrees with this rhetoric.

The same voices trying to destroy Bannon ignored Hillary Clinton’s praise of the notorious antisemite Max Blumenthal’s writings and her request to Blumenthal’s father, Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal, that Max’s writings be shared with her staff.

Antisemitism is a tool of convenience for the political Left. When opportunity arises, they will show solidarity with the Jewish people by downing a bagel – a shmear campaign, if you will.

Paul Miller

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