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Iran Supplying Weapons to Quell Syrian Unrest

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

British Prime Minister David Cameron has accused Iran of providing weapons for Syria’s suppression of the 10-month long civil unrest.

”There is now growing evidence that Iran is providing a huge amount of support,” Cameron disclosed to the House of Commons. ”There have been interceptions of some shipments by Turkey which are particularly interesting,” he continued. ”People should also know that Hizbollah is an organization standing up and supporting this wretched tyrant who is killing so many of his own people.”

Israeli Deputy FM Rebuffs Clegg’s Comments on Judea and Samaria

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said that comments made yesterday by Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, in which he condemned Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria as “deliberate vandalism,” were “unfortunate,” “ill-informed,” and “irresponsible.”

Ayalon also lamented that Clegg’s comment was “far from the truth” and merely gave the Palestinians an excuse to entrench their preconditions for entering into direct negotiations with Israel.

UK Deputy PM Clegg: Construction in Judea and Samaria is ‘Vandalism’

Monday, January 16th, 2012

British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg complained about Israel’s  “deliberate vandalism” of Judea and Samaria and condemned continued construction in the “strongest possible terms” in a press conference with PA president Mahmoud Abbas in London.

Abbas welcomed Clegg’s remarks,which are apparently indicative of the harder line the British government is taking with Israel.

 

Stop Playing With Our State

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Next month I am due to participate in a London debate on the question: Is it OK for Jews to criticize Israel? One of my opponents is a leader of the Peace Now movement who, in a previous debate about the UK’s academic boycott, steered the discussion to his own army service (as an IDF spokesman, no less) and promptly branded Israeli border guards as “paramilitary thugs.”

Clearly Israel has enough enemies in the Islamic world, the EU and UN to know that it’s damned if it defends itself and doomed if it doesn’t. For those bent on Israel’s destruction, Jewish self-criticism is the most prized commodity of all. It is the stuff of instant acclaim and the fastest means of promotion in the media and academic world. I regard these people as simple egoists who will sell out their own people for their own self-aggrandizement and acceptance as equals at those dinner parties where Israel is so fashionably derided.

Irritating or even toxic as such Jews may be, they hardly amount to a real and present danger to Israel. But the egos of some of Israel’s own leaders clearly do. I refer in particular to Ehud Barak, Israel’s defense minister and acting foreign minister. No amount of blunders and mistakes can keep this man out of power and high office. Whether it was his embarrassing pullout from South Lebanon in the middle of the night, leaving behind tons of military hardware, or his mishandling of the Gaza flotilla incident, nothing sticks to this Teflon character. Any other defense minister would have been forced to resign after the flotilla “paintball” debacle. Especially when former IDF chief of staff Moshe Ya’alon stands ready to replace him. Instead, Barak is rewarded with a cabinet seat for each of the four members of his pathetic new party and continues shuttling to Washington as de-facto foreign minister, defense minister and deputy prime minister all rolled into one. Advertisement

While this makes a mockery of Netanyahu’s government and the Israeli cabinet system, it doesn’t come close to the seriousness of Barak’s dismissal of IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi and the embarrassment and upheaval that has followed in the replacement process. Whatever secrets the cabinet may still have, it is clear as daylight that Barak had personal issues with Ashkenazi. Many say it is because Ashkenazi was such a success in restructuring the IDF after the disastrous Second Lebanon War, and as Barak’s own star was falling in Labor he became envious of the spotlight.

Whatever the reason, Barak cut short Ashkenazi’s term and put forward his friend Yoav Galant for the job. A dirty-tricks row followed over documents that turned out to have been forged by an Ashkenazi supporter to discredit Galant. Then, just two weeks prior to his appointment, Galant himself was disqualified for questionable testimony given in a court case about the unlawful extension of his property.

Any honorable defense minister would have simply extended Ashkenazi’s term until the air was cleared and the government and army could take stock. But not Barak. His ego seems to trump all considerations of a learning curve or morale and discipline within the army ranks. He flatly refused to extend Ashkenazi’s term for even a day, and simply went farther down the list of candidates. In record time he selected Benny Gantz. That choice was also not without challenge – this time from the family of a Bedouin soldier left to bleed to death at Joseph’s tomb under Gantz’s command in 2002. That the Knesset’s selection committee has nevertheless now approved Gantz may not be the end of the matter since they also had approved Galant before the property scandal was raised in the press. No one really knows how this power trip will finally pan out for the army and the country. One thing is clear: because of Barak’s personal issues, they only got second best.

I try to imagine this kind of thing happening in the British army – her majesty’s secretary of state for defense being in open warfare with his own chief of general staff, a person he himself selected a few years earlier. And when his preferred replacement is discredited, he makes things worse instead of better. What an unedifying sight this would be. And how critical to the morale of an army that might be called on at any moment to defend the Falkland Islands.

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Israel, Saudi Arabia Working Together Against Iran
 
   Israel and Saudi Arabia have stepped up their behind-the-scenes coordination to deal with the threat of Iranian nuclear ambitions, according to informed Middle East security officials.
 
   The security officials say Saudi Arabia and other Arab regimes, particularly Egypt, Jordan and Qatar, believe the Obama administration’s policy of diplomacy and UN sanctions will not stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. The Arab regimes believe Israel is the only country that can halt Iran’s nuclear program.
 
   The security officials noted an increased level of cooperation between Israel and Saudi Arabia on both the military and intelligence levels.
 
   While the security officials would not elaborate how Saudi Arabia is purportedly cooperating with Israel militarily, they refused to confirm or deny Internet claims that Saudi Arabia would allow Israeli airplanes to use Saudi soil as a base or that Saudi Arabia provided Israel with permission to fly over its airspace if it attacks Iran.
 

   The information comes as confidential U.S. cables posted by WikiLeaks expose Arab fears of growing Iranian power. One cable related the leaders of Saudi Arabia asked the U.S. in 2009 to launch a military strike to prevent the Iranians from gaining a nuclear bomb.

 

Obama Wants To ‘Empower’
British Muslim Community
 
   The Obama administration directed embassy employees in the UK to conduct outreach to help “empower” the British Muslim community, according to a classified U.S. diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks and reviewed by this column.
 
   A separate cable summarized statistics showing a rise in the British Muslim population and increased radicalization there. The cable referenced a poll that showed 32 percent of Muslims on UK campuses believe killing in the name of religion is justified, while 40 percent want Muslims in the UK to be under Islamic law, or Shariah.
 
   A cable dated Feb. 5 directed as a “top priority” for the U.S. embassy in Britain to conduct outreach to the Muslim community there.
 
   “Although people of Muslim faith make up only 3 to 4 percent of the UK’s population, outreach to this key audience is vital to U.S. foreign policy interests in the U.K. and beyond. … This is a top Mission priority,” stated the cable.
 
   The cable went on to commend the American ambassador to the UK, Louis Susman, for making Muslim engagement a top priority.
 

   Susman, however, has recently come under fire for his visit to the East London Mosque, which is accused of hosting and espousing extremist Islamist views that have encouraged terrorist acts. The mosque has twice hosted speeches by senior al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Walaki.

 

Human Rights Curriculum
Features Radicals
 
   New York schools inaugurated a new “human rights” curriculum last week that promotes the work and teachings of Van Jones, president Obama’s former “green jobs” czar.
 
   Jones resigned in September 2009 after it was exposed he founded a communist revolutionary organization and signed a statement that accused the Bush administration of possible involvement in the 9/11 attacks.
 
   Jones also called for “resistance” against the U.S., among other revelations of his extremist rhetoric and ideology.
 
   Last Friday, students in classrooms across New York state participated in a webcast to launch the new curriculum, entitled “Speak Truth to Power.” Presented in conjunction with the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, the webcast was broadcast live from Chestnut Ridge Middle School in Spring Valley, N.Y.
 
   The curriculum revolves around a book, also entitled “Speaking Truth To Power,” that presents 17 “human rights” defenders, including Jones.
 
   Other so-called defenders include Bangladeshi economist Muhammad Yunus, who was recently accused of misusing humanitarian aid; the Dalai Lama and South African activist Desmond Tutu.
 

   Both Yunus and Tutu are founders of The Global Elders, which has gone on solidarity visits to leaders of the Hamas and Hezbollah terrorist organizations.

 

Have Terrorists Infiltrated The U.S.?
 
   There is a “real possibility” foreign Islamic terrorists already infiltrated the U.S. though the country’s “sufficiently porous” borders, warned former CIA Director James Woolsey.
 
   Commenting on a federal law-enforcement terror-bulletin warning of possible terrorist plots for this holiday season, Woolsey stated symbolic locales in New York and Washington are likely most at risk for any possible attacks.
 
   “I think the thing to be perhaps most worried about is single-person attacks at symbolically important places,” stated Woolsey. “And that would put, I think, New York and Washington particularly perhaps maybe more on notice than other places.”
 
   Woolsey was speaking in an interview on the this reporter’s investigative radio program on New York’s WABC Radio.
 
   Responding to a question about U.S. border security, Woolsey said that “our borders are sufficiently porous that it is at least possible that Hezbollah or other terrorists have come across in some of the ways that people come here just who want to work.”
 
   “And we shouldn’t forget the Canadian border,” he added. “There are real possibilities of people having come in both ways.”
 
   Woolsey warned of the increased terrorist threat emanating from Latin American countries, where Iranian-backed militants are reported to have gained a foothold.
 

   Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for Internet giant WorldNetDaily.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York’s 770-WABC Radio, the largest talk radio station in the U.S., every Sunday between 2-4 p.m.

Thoughts On Israel’s Chomsky ‘Ban’

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

It seems the only nation not allowed to ban people with belligerent, racist or hostile political views is Israel. Recently, MIT professor Noam Chomsky was prevented by Israel from entering the country via Jordan. Chomsky was on his way to give an anti-Israel speech at a university in Ramallah in the West Bank. (Instead he gave the speech by videoconferencing from Jordan.)
 
Chomsky had been in Israel for visits before, and the “ban” was evidently nothing more than some bureaucratic glitch in the instructions to Israeli border passport checkers. Chomsky was invited at the Jordan River to enter the country through the Tel Aviv airport. This did not prevent a worldwide campaign of anti-Israel vilification by the usual crowd blasting Israel for “banning” Chomsky, complete with denunciations of “Israeli fascism.”
 
Chomsky himself denounced the Israeli decision to block his entry as “Stalinism.” To tell the truth, when I first heard that Chomsky accused Israel of Stalinism I assumed he meant it as a compliment. Chomsky has gone out of his way to defend Stalin and publishes his articles on all the best Stalinist websites.
 
Ironically, the bureaucratic glitch resulted in Israel’s accidentally doing the right thing.
 

Just a few individuals have been prevented from entering Israel because of their ties to terrorists or their involvement in anti-Semitic or anti-Israel political activities. One of them was Norman Finkelstein, the hatemonger fired by DePaul University, who was banned from entering Israel a couple of years back due to his public championing of Hizbullah terrorists.

Another was Richard Falk, the retired Princeton propagandist who’s made a career out of denouncing Israelis as Nazis. Falk was denied entry into Israel as a UN “investigator,” though earlier he had been allowed to enter as a private citizen.
 
In Chomsky we have someone who has pow-wowed with Hizbullah terrorists and promoted Holocaust deniers. Like Finkelstein and Falk, Chomsky has long led the campaign to boycott and “divest” from Israel.
 
The very same people who whined about Israel’s refusing Chomsky entry into the country to engage in anti-Israel agitation were strangely silent when Britain banned 16 people on grounds they held politically incorrect opinions. These included radio host Michael Savage. Before that the UK banned Rev. Fred Phelps from entering the country because he is anti-gay. Few on the enlightened Left denounced the UK for fascism for those decisions.
 
Dutch politician Geert Wilders, a candidate for prime minister of the Netherlands, was barred from entering the UK because of his opinions. The Brits have banned a host of Israelis from entering their country, including activist Moshe Feiglin. Not a single Israeli leftist tearing out hair at the barring of Chomsky has spoken out against that.
 
The United States has banned all sorts of people, not limited to those suspected of having ties to terror groups. In some cases it was because of their political views. Journalist Robert Fisk was banned for that reason. Professor John Milios from Greece was banned. Tariq Ramadan, the darling of the pro-jihad Left, was barred until recently from both the U.S. and France.
 
Adam Habib, professor of political science and deputy vice chancellor of the University of Johannesburg, was barred from entering the U.S. for three years. Liberian President Charles Taylor and other leading Liberians were banned from entering the U.S. because of their support for rebels in Sierra Leone. Canada has also banned people because of their views or behavior, most famously George Galloway, the British member of Parliament who enjoyed close ties to Saddam Hussein.
 
            Germany, Austria and some other European countries routinely ban neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers from entering their territories and sometimes jail them when they enter.
 

In the late 1970s, a professor of literature at the University of Lyon named Robert Faurisson wrote two letters to Le Monde claiming the existence of gas chambers in concentration camps used by the Nazis to exterminate Jews was a hoax. Faurisson was convicted of Holocaust denial and hate speech in two trials in France, in 1983 and 1990.

Faurisson has also suggested that the diary of Anne Frank is a Zionist forgery and has spent much of his career smearing Nobel Prize-winning Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.
 
Noam Chomsky has long been Faurisson’s most prominent defender. In the 1980s he signed a petition denying Faurisson was an anti-Semite and saluting Faurisson as a “respected professor.”
 
In defending Faurisson, Chomsky wrote: “I see no anti-Semitic implications in denial of the existence of gas chambers or even denial of the Holocaust. Nor would there be anti-Semitic implications, per se, in the claim that the Holocaust (whether one believes it took place or not) is being exploited, viciously so, by apologists for Israeli repression and violence. I see no hint of anti-Semitic implications in Faurisson’s work.”
 

Personally, I would have let Chomsky enter Israel and then immediately arrested him for Holocaust denial (if not the Holocaust of the Jews then surely the genocide against Cambodians). Holocaust denial is illegal in Israel, though the law is never enforced against anyone, even Arab politicians. Indicting Chomsky would have made such a wonderful legal precedent.

 

 

Steven Plaut is a professor at the University of Haifa. His book “The Scout” is available at Amazon.com. He can be contacted at steveneplaut@yahoo.com.

The Persecution Of Israeli Heroes By Israeli Academic Leftists

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

In the campaign in the UK to organize an academic boycott of Israeli universities, led by the British Association of University Teachers (AUT), it turned out that University of Haifa faculty member Ilan Pappe was the driving force, seeking to create a boycott of his own university. That campaign ultimately fizzled and failed.

But attempts by radical anti-Israel faculty members in Israel to promote attacks on their own country continue. Recent campaigns are in some ways more outrageous and far worse than the earlier boycott initiative. The newest campaigns are directed against individual Israelis in their private capacity and are being promoted by some of the most openly anti-Israel of Israel’s academic extremists.

These campaigns are based upon demonizing and persecuting individual Israeli military officers as “war criminals” in European courts. As you may recall, a few months ago, an Israeli army officer named Doron Almog was forced to cancel a private visit to the UK because some anti-Israel activists, including some leftist ex-Israelis, had petitioned a British court to issue an arrest against the former head of Israel’s Southern Command.

One of those seeking the prosecution in the UK of Almog was a lawyer named David Machower, a promoter of the campaign to boycott Israeli universities. Machover’s client, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, is a politicized nongovernmental organization (NGO) that refuses to condemn Palestinian suicide terrorism against Israeli civilians.

Among Almog’s most famous “war crimes” was his role in the Entebbe rescue operation in 1976. He was the first Israeli para-reconnaissance commander to land on the runway at Entebbe, marking it for incoming Israeli airplanes and leading the capture of the airfields control tower in the stunning rescue operation. He also participated in the clandestine airlift of some 6,000 black Jews from Ethiopia to Israel in the eighties.

Is Almog a murderous monster, as the British anti-Semites painted him? Hardly. In a recent interview he was asked about the greatest challenge in his career and he said it was caring for his autistic son. “Taking care of my boy – that’s the most immense challenge I’ve ever faced,” said Almog, watching his son, Eran, frolic in a toddler’s wading pool. Eran is 20. He wears diapers, chews only baby food and cannot speak. Almog is active in groups helping the retarded.

The latest victim of a campaign of leftist vilification is an Israeli army officer named Aviv Kochavi. He was scheduled to begin studies in Britain this summer as a private person at the Royal College of Defense Studies. He has now been forced to cancel his planned trip to the United Kingdom after the Israeli Military Advocate’s Office instructed that he refrain from commencing studies, fearing that he would be arrested on trumped-up charges of “war crimes.” Kochavi has been serving as the commander of the Israel Defense Forces division along the Gaza border.

Like the earlier campaign in Britain to organize a boycott of Israeli universities, this personal campaign against Kochavi is the scurrilous initiative of a fanatical leftist faculty member at an Israeli university. Kochavi is the victim of a venomous vendetta on the part of one Neve Gordon, a lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Ben Gurion University.

Gordon has conducted a campaign of vilification and defamation against Kochavi for years. Beginning in 2002, Gordon published an article, carried on numerous anti-Semitic and communist websites around the world, declaring Kochavi a “war criminal.” The article not only smeared Kochavi; at the very least it was also a clear attempt to get Kochavi indicted by an overseas court on the weight of Gordon’s trumped-up charges.

Gordon lists his affiliation with Ben-Gurion University in his Kochavi hit piece, in violation of the university’s prohibition against such behavior. In his article, Gordon declares that Kochavi committed atrocities and war crimes against innocent Palestinian civilians, having given direct, personal commands to his troops to do these acts. Gordon lists the supposed use of Palestinians as human shields by the soldiers as one such “crime.”

Now, it goes without saying that this is mere allegation. There have been no charges filed against Kochavi for his behavior in the military or anywhere else. In the battle during which Gordon claims Kochavi misbehaved, Kochavi’s troops were hunting for bands of vicious terrorists, including suicide bombers. Gordon’s claim that Kochavi ordered troops to utilize Palestinian civilians as human shields has been investigated and dismissed as fantasy by the Israeli authorities.

Gordon was hired by Ben Gurion University back when Avishay Braverman, currently the economic trigger man for the Israeli Labor Party, was running the school. Under Braverman’s leadership, Ben Gurion University was filled with anti-Israel leftist faculty members and “post-Zionists.”

The Department of Political Science at BGU was so uniformly leftist that it adopted a policy under which no non-leftist was permitted to teach there. The single non-leftist in the department was essentially dismissed for incorrect thinking. Some have characterized Ben Gurion University in the Braverman era as the “Bir Zeit (radical Palestinian college) of the Negev.”

Gordon is so extremist that he has repeatedly endorsed and praised the writings of Norman Finkelstein, considered by the Anti-Defamation League to be a Holocaust denier. Gordon has compared Finkelstein to the biblical prophets.

A regular columnist for the rabidly anti-Israel web magazine Counterpunch, Gordon’s writings are so venomously anti-Israel that they have been featured on the website of Ernst Zundel, deported by Canada for his neo-Nazi ranting. Gordon was arrested for interfering with Israeli anti-terror military operations and served as a “human shield “to prevent the arrest of wanted terrorists hidden in Arafat’s Ramallah headquarters.

So why is an Israeli military hero being victimized by a hard core leftist employed at an Israeli taxpayer-financed university? If you would like to ask the new president of Ben Gurion University that question, contact Prof. Rivka Carmi at rcarmi@bgumail.bgu.ac.il.

Steven Plaut is a professor at Haifa University. His book “The Scout” is available at Amazon.com. He can be contacted atsteveneplaut@yahoo.com.

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