The New Old anti-Semitism

The New Old anti-Semitism

By: Earl Cox, JPOST— Any humanitarian, religious or not, would call racism in any form a loathsome social evil. One can only imagine the terror and horror of pogroms in the past toward Jews just as the modern day pogroms of Boko Haran against Christians and ISIS against everyone is a terrible and horrible evil today. Real human rights abuses abound. Anyone with Internet exposure is not immune to horrifying scenes of extreme human physical torture, beheadings and deprivation. The phrase, “Mans inhumanity toward man,” is a bromide of many years use because history and mankind do not change, only the times and situations change. As it has been throughout all history, Israel is again the object of racism. The derogatory term used to be, and really still is, “the Jews.” Today the word “Israel” is used as a pejorative as well. The more common descriptive disparaging term vis-à-vis Israel and the Jews is to use the phrase “anti–Semitism.” Truth be told, the word “Semitic” refers not only to Jews but also to Arabs. Bias or prejudice against any people group or nation constitutes racism. Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked is absolutely correct in her assessment of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) against Israel as representing anti-Semitism because it hurts Jews and Arabs alike but few people talk about this aspect of BDS. This is racism at its very core and it is antithetical to the leftist mantra of political correctness. The current modern usage of the term “politically correct” originates from the tolerance point of view. As it should be, “tolerance” in the Western world is...
The power of Jewish indignation

The power of Jewish indignation

By Caroline Glick, Jpost— Perhaps we should thank Spain’s Rotodom Sunsplash reggae festival organizers. They just provided us with a textbook case both of the nature of today’s anti-Semitism and of how to defeat it. Last weekend, the festival organizers canceled their invitation to Matisyahu, the American-Jewish reggae artist, because he refused to bow to the organizers’ demand that he publicly support “Palestine.” Matisyahu was the only known Jew in the festival line-up and the only performer asked to produce such a statement. Rather than take this lying down, on Monday Matisyahu recounted the episode on his Facebook page, writing, “It was appalling and offensive that as the one publicly Jewish-American artist scheduled for the festival they were trying to coerce me into political statements.” Matisyahu’s disinvitation prompted a worldwide Jewish outcry. The Foreign Ministry registered a complaint with the Spanish government. Every major American Jewish organization and several European Jewish organizations condemned the blatant discrimination against Matisyahu. On Tuesday, Spain’s main newspaper, El Pais, condemned the festival’s anti-Semitism. The Spanish government followed hours later. On Wednesday, the festival organizers issued a groveling apology to Matisyahu and officially reinstated his invitation to perform. The organizers claim they were intimidated into discriminating against Matisyahu by a local anti-Israel BDS group. BDS País Valencià resorted to “pressures, threats and coercion” and warned the organizers that its members would “seriously disrupt the normal functioning of the festival.” There are two main lessons here. First, the BDS movement does not seek to end the so-called occupation of Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem. It does not seek peace. By demanding that an American Jew denounce...
Dr. Ben Carson: Obama’s Iran Deal and Politics are Anti-Semitic

Dr. Ben Carson: Obama’s Iran Deal and Politics are Anti-Semitic

By Karin McQuillan, American Thinker— In his soft-spoken voice, Dr. Ben Carson is actually bolder and more outspoken than Donald Trump. Case in point: Dr. Carson is the only Republican nominee who has the guts to call out President Obama as an anti-Semite. He did it first in a column in the Jerusalem Post last week. Then on Fox News Sunday, Dr. Carson extended the accusation in the face of Chris Wallace’s challenge. Dr. Carson told Wallace: All you have to do, Chris, is go to Israel and talk to average people on all ends of that spectrum. I couldn’t find a single person there who didn’t feel that this administration had turned their backs on Israel. Wallace asked, “What specifically is anti-Semitic in what the president is saying?” Dr. Carson: I think anything is anti-Semitic that is against the survival of a state that is surrounded by enemies and by people who want to destroy them. And to sort of ignore that and to act like everything is normal there and that these people are paranoid, I think that’s anti-Semitic. Dr. Carson is spot on. “To act like everything is normal” as Obama donates $120 billion in funds to Iran, which will unleash the greatest terror rampage the world has ever seen, is what is irrational. Obama is ushering in a nuclear Iran as he ignores Iran’s Nazi threats to kill every Jew in the world – that should not be considered a normal American policy. Turning from a pro-Israel to pro-Iran policy is not normal in America. Pushing Israel into an existential danger has never been normal....
Obama’s An Anti-Semite, Charges US Presidential Candidate

Obama’s An Anti-Semite, Charges US Presidential Candidate

By Israel Today— As was to be expected, the fate and future of tiny Israel has become a central issue in the upcoming presidential election in the world’s leading superpower, America. Two front-running Republican candidates at the weekend lambasted President Barack Obama over his mistreatment of Israel, calling the current administration’s policies anti-Semitic and an existential threat to the Jewish state. Retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson in an interview with Fox News charged that Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran was evidence of his disdain for the Jews and the survival of their national homeland. “All you have to do,” said Carson, “is, like I have, go to Israel, and talk to average people, on all ends of that spectrum. And I couldn’t find a single person there who didn’t feel that this administration had turned their back on Israel.” His Fox interviewers wondered how that made Obama an anti-Semite, to which Carson replied: “I think anything is anti-Semitic that is against the survival of a state that is surrounded by enemies, and by people who want to destroy them. And to sort of ignore that, and to act like everything is normal there, and that these people are paranoid, I think that’s anti-Semitic.” At the same time, controversial real estate mogul, and currently the leading Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump was telling NBC’s Meet the Press that “Israel is in big trouble. Obama has really let Israel down.” He was referring to the much-maligned Obama-brokered Iran nuclear agreement, which, according to Trump, is going to enable to Islamic Republic to become “such a wealthy, such a powerful nation. They...
US Jews concerned over anti-Semitic rhetoric from White House

US Jews concerned over anti-Semitic rhetoric from White House

By Israel Hayom— Editors from the online Jewish affairs magazine Tablet decided they could no longer remain silent in the face of U.S. President Barack Obama’s most recent comments against the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC’s efforts to curb the nuclear deal with Iran. In a scathing editorial piece written last weekend, Tablet said the White House’s harsh rhetoric against Israel and its supporters was playing into anti-Semitic hands. “What we increasingly can’t stomach — and feel obliged to speak out about right now — is the use of Jew-baiting and other blatant and retrograde forms of racial and ethnic prejudice as tools to sell a political deal, or to smear those who oppose it,” Tablet editors wrote. According to the editors, the president’s rhetoric “is the kind of naked appeal to bigotry and prejudice that would be familiar in the politics of the pre-Civil Rights era South.” The Tablet editors also lambasted efforts to describe senior Democrats, who have joined the opposition camp, as selling their voices to foreign elements and lobbyists. Last week, The New York Times reported about a difficult meeting between the president and representatives of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, during which Obama accused the organization of disseminating lies about the nuclear deal and of spending astronomical amounts of money to mislead the American people. The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America media watchdog organization, which states its goal as “promoting accurate and balanced coverage of Israel and the Middle East” in America, is also attacking the president’s conduct in promoting the deal. In a statement it issued this week, CAMERA said,...
S.A. Jewish community blasted with anti-Semitic graffiti

S.A. Jewish community blasted with anti-Semitic graffiti

By Breaking Israel— A community was rocked Wednesday by what SAPD is investigating as a hate crime. The Rodfei Sholom Congregation, an Orthodox synagogue in north San Antonio woke up to realize hatred and racism is alive and well. “We noticed swastikas and right away we understood,” said Rabbi Arnold Shineberg. “It’s a reminder some things don’t change,” said Erick Matta. Numerous homes, vehicles and city structures were blasted with anti-Semitic graffiti throughout the Jewish community; some of the vandalism was too offensive to show in the photos below. The graffiti included multiple swastikas and numerous different hateful slurs. A fence in the area was seen emblazoned with the ‘KKK’ lettering, and one SUV was seen with a window smashed out, and the word ‘Jew’ spray-painted down the side of the vehicle. “Some people out there harbor hatred,” said another resident. “We see a lot in the Middle East and Europe sometimes we think it’s been escaped here in the U.S.,” said Matta. Senior Rabi Arnold Shineberg was in disbelief and heartbroken but he received an out pour of support from local church leaders like Pastor John Hagee from Cornerstone Church. “In this city, Christians and Jews are united like no other city in America. An attack at this synagogue is an attack on every Christian church in the city,” said Pastor Hagee. Meanwhile, members of the synagogue have faith justice will be served. SAPD is investigating about a dozen incidents that popped up overnight as a hate crime. They haven’t been linked together. The department is asking anyone with information to help them solve these cases. Wednesday afternoon,...
As I see it: The West’s deadly culture of unreason

As I see it: The West’s deadly culture of unreason

By Melanie Phillips— The Western World is facing an unprecedented threat from a global eclipse of reason. Deranged falsehoods about Jews and Israel pour out of the Arab and Muslim world. Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, asserts that the Jews are a “cancerous tumor.” Sunnis tell each other that the Jews are a global conspiracy of evil. Jews recognize such murderous and paranoid lunacies from the ravings of last century’s Nazis and communists and, before them, Christians in thrall to medieval and apocalyptic conspiracy theories. It would be natural to suppose that all those civilizational trauma have left the Western world sadder but wiser. Alas, that is not the case. For all their horrors, fascism and communism were confined to particular regimes, in Nazi Germany and its fascist allies or the Soviet Union and its satellites. For sure, the rest of the world remained for far too long in denial of these terrible realities. But Western society itself had not been coopted into these psychopathic creeds. Today, though, the terrifying reality is that, confronted by totalitarian forces of irrationality and malice toward the civilized world, the most powerful sectors of that very same civilized world have themselves been consumed to a greater or lesser degree by something horribly similar. The implicit premise on which the US-led deal with Iran is based is that the only way to stop the Iranian regime from getting the bomb is to enable it to get the bomb. Ludicrous? Of course. At every level, this deal is an utter farce. It is supposed to monitor Iran’s compliance through inspection and verification. Yet it has...
Iranian Nuclear Deal Is a Win for Anti-Semitism

Iranian Nuclear Deal Is a Win for Anti-Semitism

By Rabbi David Wolpe, Times— This is no time for celebration I suppose all hatred has an element of irrationality. Yet some hatreds are more irrational than others. For thousands of years, hatred of Jews has been unique. Sometimes acts of hatred, such as confiscating Jewish wealth or property, served utilitarian purposes for rulers or mobs. But often nations deliberately wounded themselves and their prospects by expelling Jews, persecuting them, and killing them. I write these words in the eternal city of Rome, where Jews were confined to a ghetto, a tiny space where the Tiber river often flooded, forcing them to periodically escape by boat until they could return to their moldering, crowded homes. As the population grew, they had to build up because they were not allowed a square inch more space. Jews were permitted to have one synagogue, and it, too, had to be subdivided to accommodate different customs. It was less than 150 years ago that Jews were finally permitted to live elsewhere in Rome. If you think this has nothing to do with the Iran nuclear deal, then you are in good company. Here is President Barack Obama, speaking to Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic magazine: And so I think it is not at all contradictory to say that there are deep strains of anti-Semitism in the core regime, but that they also are interested in maintaining power, having some semblance of legitimacy inside their own country, which requires that they get themselves out of what is a deep economic rut that we’ve put them in, and on that basis they are then willing...
Are we going towards a post-Israel Middle East?

Are we going towards a post-Israel Middle East?

By Giulio Meotti, Arutz 7— For 2,000 years, following the annihilation of Jerusalem by the Romans, the Jewish people lived in exile from its holy places, while keeping its religion, language, and customs alive in an unparalleled act of collective memory. No other people in history has experienced so much suffering, or devoted so much energy to remembering. And when, in the XX century, the greatest of all disasters wiped out the Jews of Europe, the world seemed to undergo a brief fit of remorse. The United Nations voted overwhelmingly to recognize the State of Israel as a homeland in which the Jews could at last protect themselves and to return to their holy places. But as we know, anti-Semitic hate began to rise again, now directed at Israel and its Jewish residents. When today the siren sounds on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, all Israelis stop wherever they are, like statues of sorrow, because the Israelis know that they are the continuation of the Jewry that was cut off in Europe. They are linked by an invisibile, magnetic chain that explains to the world why Israel exists. It is no accident that the siren is the same one that warns Jews to take shelter in case of missile attacks. Where a suicide bomber struck during the Oslo War, the Israeli victims were arranged near the burned-out carcass of the bus. They were placed in black bags, to which were attached a Polaroid photo, a report, and a card with a number. Like the number assigned to other Jews by the Nazis, who tattooed it on their arms. History...