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They Ain’t Making Jews Like Dreyfus Anymore

You know, that Jean Marie Le Pen, he wasn’t such a bad guy:

From the window of his Paris home, Michel Ciardi can see into the waiting room of a government welfare agency where a predominantly Arab and African crowd awaits government checks.

A former communist, Ciardi once believed the scene at the agency was a necessary element of French efforts to help integrate new immigrants. But that changed in 2000 after the second Palestinian intifada triggered a massive increase in anti-Semitic violence, much of it committed by Arab and African immigrants.

The violence was enough to shift his political allegiance to the National Front, a far-right party long demonized by French Jews as anti-Semitic and a threat to republican values.

“I never considered voting National Front,” Ciardi told JTA. “But I realized you need to defend yourself, your community, society and country against those seeking to subdue us.”

To be fair, it’s not Le Pen père we’re talking about, but Le Pen fille:

French Jewry has long viewed the National Front as an enemy, an abominable vestige of the pro-Nazi Vichy state. But under the leadership of Marine Le Pen, the photogenic daughter of party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, a political provocateur convicted multiple times for hate speech and Holocaust denial, the party has tried to shed its image as decidedly outside the mainstream.

The younger Le Pen has aggressively courted Jewish voters by emphasizing its opposition to “the Islamization of France” and asserting that Jews have far more to fear from Arab anti-Semitism than from the racist rhetoric of some far-right activists.

Her strategy appears to be working.

A recently published survey of 1,095 self-identified Jews showed that the National Front had more than doubled its share of the Jewish vote in the 2012 presidential elections, earning 13.5 percent of Jewish support — a finding that has set off alarm bells among leaders of France’s major Jewish groups.

I wouldn’t worry. This ain’t her daddy’s National Front. Besides, ask Enoch Powell how it feels to be right ahead of your time:

Here is a decent, ordinary fellow-Englishman, who in broad daylight in my own town says to me, his Member of Parliament, that the country will not be worth living in for his children. I simply do not have the right to shrug my shoulders and think about something else. What he is saying, thousands and hundreds of thousands are saying and thinking – not throughout Great Britain, perhaps, but in the areas that are already undergoing the total transformation to which there is no parallel in a thousand years of English history.

We must be mad, literally mad, as a nation to be permitting the annual inflow of some 50,000 dependants, who are for the most part the material of the future growth of the immigrant descended population. It is like watching a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre. So insane are we that we actually permit unmarried persons to immigrate for the purpose of founding a family with spouses and fiancées whom they have never seen.

As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding. Like the Roman, I seem to see “the River Tiber foaming with much blood”.

That speech, famously known as the “Rivers of Blood” speech, was delivered in 1968. Powell was reviled as a racist for decades thereafter. Until Woolwich.

And Jihadi John. Among several other incidents.

As Reagan’s Labor Secretary, Ray Donovan, famously quipped after his acquittal on charges of fraud, “Which office do I go to to get my reputation back?” Enoch Powell has since passed across the River Styx, “foaming with much blood”, his reputation very much intact. Jean Marie Le Pen will take a little more time.

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Les Juifs Sont Fait

Aggie sends along this link from the road:

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, reads Lady Liberty’s welcome. Every year since New York City’s founding, tens of thousands have crossed over the Atlantic to trade in their European chapeaux for American caps. This year, New York has increasingly become home to one particular population seeking American status: Jewish Frenchmen.

For this Jewish population, there are two main options when it comes to moving: the United States or Israel. While Israel feels more familiar to many of those seeking to migrate – it’s nearby and many already have Israeli passports — Mr. Kruzhkov notes that their businesses are often the key to determining a location.

“Israel is a small place, business opportunities are less, there is much more red tape.

The US is easier; it’s a great place to do business, less red tape.” Nonetheless, it is anti-Semitism, not business opportunities, that is driving the Jewish population out of France. “It’s no question, the driving force is the anti-Semitism, but the reason they are choosing the US is due to sound business reasons.”

For now, the families seem quite pleased with this decision. They look forward to visiting France as tourists. A client recently explained to Mr. Kruzhkov, “The reason to stay is family tradition? Okay, come back and visit then. If I feel nostalgic, I will come back and stay in a hotel.”

In a perfect world, Jews could live wherever they chose, and feel safe and happy with that choice. That is not this world, obviously. Thank God for Israel, and thank God for America. But two countries that fit the description is too few countries for my liking.

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The Jew-Hating Left

I read every word Caroline Glick writes, but I cite these few as especially worthy of your attention:

The only meaningful commonality between Islamist and leftist dogma is hatred for Jews with power, first and foremost for Israel. And the singular creation of this alliance is the sides’ joint determination that it isn’t racist to hate the Jewish state, or Jews who refuse to condemn it.

In this state of affairs, the only outlet that leftists have for their moral outrage is Israel. Because while they fear being called racist, they know that being anti-Semitic will not expose them to charges of racism.

And they know Jews won’t assault them for attacking Israel and its supporters. So they project all the crimes perpetrated by Islamic fanatics on Israel.

For instance, this week Megan Marzec, the president of Ohio University’s Student Senate, posted a video of herself dousing herself in a bucket of “blood.”

Marzec explained, “This bucket of blood symbolizes the thousands of displaced and murdered Palestinians – atrocities which OU is directly complacent in [sic] through cultural and economic ties with the Israeli state.”

In other words, she accused Israel of the crimes Hamas seeks to inflict on Israel, and of the crimes that Islamist forces, such as al-Qaida, Islamic State and Boko Haram, are currently carrying out in their areas of operations.

Consider the recent New York Times op-ed by Antony Lerman which ran under the title “The End of Liberal Zionism.”

Lerman insisted that there is no way to square Zionism with liberal values.

According to this disaffected Jewish leftist, “The only Zionism of any consequence today is xenophobic and exclusionary, a Jewish ethno-nationalism inspired by religious messianism. It is carrying out an open-ended project of national self-realization to be achieved through colonization and purification of the tribe.”

Huh? Who? Where? Even my man Moshe Feiglin, about as far to the right as there is in Israeli national politics (by my reckoning), would accept Arab citizens from an annexed Gaza, or pay them to relocate if they didn’t want to stay.

But if you can write it, someone will print it:

Lerman quoted an article published a few weeks before his in The New York Review of Books by Jonathan Freedland titled “Liberal Zionism After Gaza.”

Freedland argued that as the two-state solution becomes more and more remote, liberal Zionists “will have to decide which of their political identities matters more, whether they are first a liberal or first a Zionist.”

That does it. Cry havoc! And let slip the dogs of Glick:

But this is of course absurd. The only way a person can uphold liberal values is by being a Zionist. Israel is the only country in the region that is a human rights-respecting liberal democracy that is governed by the rule of law.

What is becoming more and more difficult is being a Zionist while being a leftist. As the Left becomes more and more tied to Islamic fanatics, anti-Semitism is going to become more and more of a staple of leftist dogma. And that anti-Semitism will express itself first and foremost as a virulent rejection of Israel and of Jews who refuse to disavow and condemn the Jewish state.

Sotloff reportedly maintained faith with his Judaism in secret while in captivity. He refused food on Yom Kippur and secretly prayed toward Jerusalem.

In so doing, he showed that the evil that controlled him physically, could not penetrate his soul. For this he died a Jewish hero.

Leftist Jews must take a lesson from Sotloff, who was reportedly a product of a Jewish-leftist worldview.

They should understand that the decision they are being required to make is not a choice between liberalism and Zionism, but between liberalism and a reactionary dogma that sits comfortably with genocidal Jew-haters and misogynist oppressors. It shouldn’t be a particularly difficult choice.

If you’re not wiping a tear from your eye, you have no soul.

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“I Live. Send Help”

“Palestinian Jews”? Isn’t that an oxymoron?

It all began with a cablegram in 1914. “Palestinian Jews facing terrible crisis belligerent countries stopping their assistance serious destruction threatens thriving colonies,” wrote Henry Morgenthau. The U.S.ambassador to the Ottoman Empire was reaching out to New York philanthropist Jacob Schiff asking for $50,000 to help the Jews in Palestine. Within the month, Schiff secured the funds and sent them over.

This was the beginning of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, a coming together of three different organizations united to help save Jews worldwide in distress.

Palestinian Jews? Ottoman Empire? Colonies? Does he mean settlements? What is this strange tale he’s telling?

Called “I Live. Send Help” after another important cablegram, the exhibit walks through the century of JDC existence, giving a glimpse into the many ways the organizations has helped Jews and non-Jews around the world. (The titular cable was sent in June of 1945 from a survivor in Warsaw named Luba Mizne, who simply wrote, “I live require help.”)

Good thing Jews have all the money and run the world now. Twasn’t always thus:


(NB: That’s the First World War)

“It highlights the lengths to which the Joint went to save Jews, to bring relief in times of need, and to rebuild and renew Jewish life,” she said.

Since those early cablegrams, the JDC has helped people in difficult situations all over the world, ranging from sending goods to Holocaust survivors in Displaced Persons camps and helping Jews who immigrate to Israel, to relocating refugees from Sarajevo and educating Jews in the Soviet Union.

Don’t forget Haiti! (The Jews didn’t.)

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Fascinating. “Palestinians” once referred to Jews. Their “colonies” in the “Ottoman Empire” have existed for over a century. They were poor and starving, beset by “belligerent countries”. Today, they spread the charity they so desperately required a century ago. Who knew?

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Put Down the Tam Tams and Step Away From the Shelves

I see no problem here. How many Mohammeds (see post below) buy kosher?

A British supermarket chain is at the center of an anti-Semitism row, after a Jewish shopper found that the Kosher section had been completely removed, and was told by the store manager that Kosher food has been taken down because “We support Gaza.”

Anti-Israel demonstrators had picketed the branch of Sainsbury’s in Holborn, central London, part o fa pattern of aggressive calls to boycott Jewish-made Israeli goods – calls that often spilled over into violence.

In one incident Saturday, anti-Israel activists trashed a Tesco store in Hodge Hill while waving Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) flags, throwing produce on the ground and closing the establishment for several minutes. Likewise protests outside Tesco stores in Greater Manchester, Blackburn and Luton were reported.

The Sainsbury’s move to empty the Kosher section was discovered that same Saturday by Jewish actor Colin Appleby, who posted a photo of the empty shelves on his Facebook page.

Appleby recounted what he had been told by the store manager, triggering a firestorm of criticism with many noting that a significant proportion of the Kosher goods were not even from Israel, and that the move amounted to pure anti-Semitism as it clearly targeted Jewish shoppers.

Journalist Jonathan Sacerdoti, who is also a Sainsbury’s customer, called Sainsbury’s on Sunday to register his shock over the incident, to which he was told the store decided to remove the Kosher goods out of fear that protesters would “take Kosher products off the shelf” and wreak havoc.

“Why is it considered a good reaction to remove products of interest to Jews from the shelves when there’s going to be some sort of violent intervention rather than to stop the violent intervention?” asked Sacerdoti. “If I told you I was going to go into the store and start trashing Halal products from the shelves, would you remove them all?”

“Of course not,” responded the Sainsbury’s telephone operator. After being pressed by Sacerdoti she refused to call the incident a “mistake,” later refusing to comment on her statement that the store would not remove Halal products when faced with an identical threat.

No one’s making Britain behave this way. All those baby Mohammeds, Mohameds, and Muhammeds (see post below) are too young to mind kosher groceries. Heck, they may even like them. All those baby Muhamets have mommies and daddies—some of whom might be upset that Jewish dietary laws are respected, but lots of whom aren’t.

But Sainsbury’s supports Hamastan. So the Manischewitz has to go.

PS: I’ve always wondered how come the Prophet’s visage can’t be depicted even once (even though it has been, plenty), while His name can be transliterated thusly?

The name is transliterated as Mohammad (primarily in Iran and Afghanistan), Muhammad (in Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, and Malaysia), Muhammed (Arab World, primarily in North Africa), Mohamed, Mohammed, Mohamad and Muhammad (Arab World), Muhammed, Muhamed (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Muhammed, Muhamed, Muhammet, or Muhamet (Turkey and Albania).

The name may be abbreviated to Md., Mohd., Muhd., or simply M. because of its utmost meaning, its popularity has meant that it can become hard to distinguish people when there is a multitude with the same name, in some cases it may be to keep a personal name less tied to a religious context. This is only done if the person has a second given name, Some men who have Muhammad (or variant) as a first name choose not to use it, as it is such a common name. Instead they use another given name. For example, Anwar Sadat, Hosni Mubarak, Zia-ul-Haq, Ayub Khan and Nawaz Sharif use their second given name.

In Latin, it is Mahometus (hence Italian Maometto) and ?????? (Moameth) in Greek. In Catalan and in Spanish, it is Mahoma, in Portuguese, it is Maomé, and in Galician it is Mamede. In Polish it is Mahomet. In Russia, it is ???????? (Mukhammad), another common spelling is ??????? (Magomed). In Somali, it is Maxamed. In Senegal and in other West African nations, the variant is Mamadou. In Kazakh, the name is ???????? (Mukhammed). In Chinese, it is written as ???? (Mùh?nmòdé). In Hebrew, it is written as ????? (Mukhammad).

PPS: Sorry WordPress can’t handle the other alphabets.

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Apartheid State Update

Whom the terrorists kill:

Ten days after he was killed in a terrorist infiltration incident, a daughter was born to Sgt.-Maj. Baynesain Kasahun, 39, from Netivot. After giving birth at Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva, his widow Galaito said while holding her daughter: “I forgot about the pain of childbirth and only felt pain for him.”

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Kasahun was a combat soldier in the Gaza Division’s northern brigade and was killed in the incident in which terrorists infiltrated an area near Kibbutz Nir Am and fired an anti-tank missile at the troops.

Three other soldiers were also killed in the incident: Col. Dolev Kidar, 38, from Modi’in, Sgt. Nadav Goldmacher, 23, from Be’er Sheva and Second lieutenant Yuval Heiman, 21, from Efrat.

“It was an easy birth and that would have made him happy. He had been waiting for this birth,” Kasahun, 34, told Ynet. It tore me up that I couldn’t call him or text him. It’s unfathomable.”

The last time they spoke was the night before he was killed. “You think it will never happen and then comes that moment when you get the message. Every day that goes by without a phone call from him and without hearing his voice makes me understand that it really happened.”

“I don’t know how to go on from here. It will be difficult. Nothing can fill the void, the gap that has been created. But God willing it will be fine.”

She’s right on both counts: it’s unfathomable; and, God willing, it will be fine.

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The Wrong Sort of Jews

Jews across Europe are under siege by skinheads and Muslims out for blood.

Europe responds:

The French government is seeking to disband a militant Jewish group involved in recent clashes with pro-Palestinian activists during rallies against the Gaza offensive which turned violent, a source told AFP Thursday.

News of the mooted ban came as France’s main Jewish group prepared to stage a pro-Israel gathering in Paris, in response to weeks of protests marred by clashes, arrests and anti-Semitism.

Synagogues and Jewish-owned shops have been attacked by Muslim and left-wing extremists in Paris, prompting bans on protests as authorities have struggled to get to grips with the anti-Semitic surge. In one particularly severe incident, a mob of Muslim rioters attempted to storm a synagogue in an attack likened to “Kristallnacht” by one French Jewish community leader.

During that incident outside the Yitzhak Abarbanel synagogue, members of the Ligue de Defense Juive (LDJ) and other Jewish youths clashed with Islamists in an attempt to defend it.

French far-left and Muslim leaders have been calling for action against the LDJ, with the French Muslim council branding it “an extremist, racist and violent association.”

Establishment leaders of France’s half-million strong Jewish community have clearly distanced themselves from the LDJ, insisting it has not been asked to defend French synagogues.

Anti-Semitism in France has skyrocketed in recent years, prompting a mass-exodus of French Jews, primarily to Israel. 1% of the entire French Jewish community is expected to make aliyah in 2014.

The Jewish Defense League and Meir Kahane were not to everyone’s taste. But it’s now taken as fact that Kahane’s assassination was one of Al Qaeda’s earliest acts. And who would you rather see turn up if a pack of Islamist goons descended on your synagogue with torches and pitchforks—the Jewish Defense League or the ObamaCare Pajama Boy?

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Remembrance

Terrific remembrance/appreciation by Harry Stein of his father, Joseph Stein.

Terrific on many levels:

My father, playwright Joseph Stein, was so vital for so long that when he died in October 2010, at 98, some people were actually taken by surprise. Nearly half a century after his greatest success, ¬Fiddler on the Roof, he had been hard at work on a new musical.

At the service, I began my eulogy with an anecdote from a few years earlier. My father and stepmother were en route from New York to Westport, Connecticut, where one of his old shows was being revived, when he began feeling ill. They called ahead, and by the time they arrived at the theater, an EMS crew was waiting.

“How do you feel?” asked the head EMS guy.

“I don’t feel so good.”

“What hurts you?”

“It hurts me that George Bush is president.”

The line drew a roar from the huge crowd at Riverside Memorial Chapel, as I knew it would. These were his people, New York theater folk, as reliably left a bunch as you’re likely to find anywhere outside a university campus.

Terrific, not least, in how it captures the Neanderthalian humor of the Bush era. Mention of his name (even worse, Cheney’s or Rumsfeld’s) induced manic hyena howls of hypocritical hilarity. Audiences were easy, comedians grew lazy—I had to dismiss the equivalent of an entire month’s guest list on the Tonight Show for the unpardonable sin of safe, comfortable—unfunny—jibes at the Bush administration. Not for their politics; almost everyone I knew shared their politics. But for their lameness. Garrison Keillor and his Prairie Home Companion, the New Yorker Magazine, so many other media outlets I followed, died to me with their groupthink humor. Listening to shows like NPR’s “Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me” felt like being a teetotaler at a boozy bash: why was everyone laughing so hard? (Besides, the joke is too close to the old one told by Jack Lemmon about Walter Matthau: after Matthau fell down a flight of stairs, Lemmon rushed to his side and asked “Are you comfortable?” Matthau rolled over and responded, “I make a nice living.”)

But the piece is also a touching account of love and alienation between father and son:

It was a situation surely familiar to others in families sharply split along ideological lines, though the generational divide generally runs in the opposite direction. My father simply couldn’t fathom how any thinking person, let alone someone who’d imbibed politics at his knee, could have ended up a . . . well, he never actually used the word, at least not directly. The closest he ever came was reporting the reaction of a friend, one of Broadway’s better-known composers, who had come across something I’d written: “When did your son become a Fascist?”

For my part, I understood his worldview far better—a Communist in young adulthood, he’d been a proud progressive ever since—but I found him no less frustrating. In other respects thoughtful, even wise, how could he not see the damage that today’s aggrieved and self-righteous Left was inflicting on the country we both loved?

Boy, ain’t we all been there.

I’ll leave it to you to read the piece. If you like theater (specifically Fiddler), it’s a tremendous behind the curtain look; if you like political history, there are some telling details on the American Left, especially among America’s Jews; if you like memoir, it’s a terrific remembrance of a remarkable life of an ordinary man.

And if you like humor:

Trying to do too much, both hands full, he’d fallen backward down a long flight of stairs, landing on his shoulder. He was to have surgery the next day, when the phone on his bedside table rang, and I picked up. It was Carl Reiner. “I heard what happened to your dad,” he exclaimed, more excited than alarmed. “It’s incredible, it should be in the Guinness book of records! I told Mel [Brooks], and he said, ‘It’s impossible, no 98-year-old could possibly fall down 14 steps backward and survive!’ ”

I tried handing the phone to my father, but he demurred, whispering that he was too tired. But I knew his old friend would cheer him up, so I held the receiver to his ear. He listened for a moment as Carl repeated what he’d told me. “Tell Mel,” he replied wearily, “that not only is it possible; there are several people to whom I’d highly recommend it.”

Now, that’s funny.

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When the Going Gets Tough…

The tough get coding:

Though rockets are flying around Israeli skies, 20 Jewish students from top universities and corporations around the world have traveled to Israel for a 10-week internship at large tech companies like Checkpoint, Google and PayPal, as well as at start-ups –and they’re getting involved in the tech side of the conflict.

While they may have signed up for the internships to advance their careers, participants in the Israel Tech Challenge have been making their own small contribution to the war effort.

The group of 20 came to Israel on July 14, a week into the Israeli air campaign in Gaza that opened Operation Defensive Edge, joining another group of 16 that arrived in June. Both the newcomers and the “veterans” have taken things in stride, said Toledano. “They didn’t overreact to the situation, and they’ve shown a good ability to cope with the situation. They didn’t panic when sirens went off in Tel Aviv, where most of them are working, and their motivation has not decreased.”

If anything, it’s increased, said Toledano, “Many of the participants had ideas about developing security related apps in the hackathon, and some have done so in the context of the theme of the event, which to develop apps and services to enhance safe living in urban areas.”

Among those apps is Notifi, developed by Futter and several colleagues during the Challenge’s June hackathon. Notifi checks your location and checks Twitter for messages on developing situations in your area. “The premise is that when there is a security incident — a protest, robbery, fire, etc. — people are going to tweet about it in real time,” said Futter. “Over 60% of tweets include geolocation information. We coordinate that information with sentiment analysis to determine how serious a situation is, and send appropriate warnings out to users. The app would work very well in Israel, or anywhere else.”

When it’s finished, that is. Futter and his team developed an alpha version of the app for the hackathon, but with their internship duties (Futter is working at Checkpoint) they haven’t had time to follow up. “I really hope we can find the time to finish it,” Futter said. “There’s a lot of unrest in Israel and the Jewish world in general, with anti-Semitic riots going on throughout Europe. A tool like this could help make life safer for large numbers of people.”

We’ve noted that when bad things happen to Jews, the bad things spread to everyone else (Islamic terrorism being a prime example). But when Jews do good things (this pogrom app being one minor example), the world entire benefits.

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Arabs vs Jews

How Arabs behave:

Police said the Palestinians fired live rounds at them, and the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades has claimed responsibility for the gunfire. The two Palestinians were identified as Mohammed al-Araj, 19, and Majad Suffian, 27.

Youths set off fireworks and threw stones at Israeli officers who responded by using crowd dispersal measures, and according to reports from the scene they also fired rubber bullets.

The Palestinians claim that five people have been wounded in the clashes so far. Five policemen sustained light wounds from fireworks thrown during riots that broke out in Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and ten Arab youths were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the riots. Protestors also shot fireworks in the neighborhoods of Abu Tor and East Talpiot. In addition, riots were reported in the East Jerusalem area of Shuafat.

Hamas responded to the protests, calling them an “important development”. Hamas’ spokesman in Gaza said: “The West Bank is fighting. It is important these protests stand and spread across the West Bank”.

How Jews behave:

The Jewish community in Vienna staged a flashmob in several public places on Thursday, according to Austrian online newspaper Heute, in order to show solidarity with Israelis living under the constant threat of Hamas’s rocket fire.

Flashmobs were launched in Stephen Sqaure, Sweden Square, and the Opera House in Vienna, according to the daily, as organizers struggled to raise awareness of the cause behind Israel’s self-defense operation, Operation Protective Edge,

During each demonstration, a siren was sounded, and protestors took 15 seconds to duck or find cover – roughly the same amount of time Israelis living in the Gaza belt, Ashkelon, or Ashdod have to find shelter in the event of a rocket attack.

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Heartbreak [UPDATED]

I am just so sad:

In a tragic end to an intensive search by the IDF, intelligence services and police, it has been released for publication this evening (Monday) that IDF forces have discovered the bodies of the three teenagers abducted 18 days ago as they hitchhiked home near the town of Alon Shvut in the Gush Etzion region.

Eyal Yifrah 19, from Elad; Gilad Sha’ar, 16, from Talmon; and Naftali Frenkel, also 16, from Nof Ayalon, went missing on June 12th, and officials soon identified Hamas as the culprits. Their bodies were found near between the Arab village of Halhul and the Jewish village of Carmei Tzur, near the city of Hevron, where the search operation for them – dubbed Operation Brother’s Keeper – had been focused.

The bodies were apparently found together, bound and buried in a shallow grave in a field at approximately 5 p.m. The families of the boys have been informed of their tragic loss.

An emergency cabinet meeting has been called for 9:30 p.m. to discuss the government’s response.

And angry. Sad and angry. It’s one thing to find and hold accountable the person or persons who did it. But that’s hardly enough. Who else knew? Who else approved? How much candy was distributed when the Arabs heard the good news? We’ve shown you the visual evidence of Arab euphoria over the…well, now murders: selfies of people with sh*t-eating grins holding up three fingers. I don’t hold one or three people responsible; I don’t even hold Hamass solely responsible. I hold Arab society responsible—a death cult that inculcates millennial-old bigotry in their children, that kills and maims indiscriminately, that declares it loves death more than we love life.

There will be no justice for these boys until the culture that raised their killers is made to pay.

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Can I be clear enough how much I disagree with this attitude?

US President Barack Obama expressed his condolences Monday night for the loss of Israel’s three kidnapped teens after their bodies were found just north of Hebron in the West Bank. He also warned of any further conflict between Israelis and Palestinians saying, “I also urge all parties to refrain from steps that could further destabilize the situation.”

Secretary of State John Kerry also released a statement Monday night: “We condemn this despicable terrorist act in the strongest possible terms. The killing of innocent youths is an outrage beyond any understanding or rationale, and the perpetrators must be brought to justice. This is a time for all to work towards that goal without destabilizing the situation. “

The French president expressed his concern at the upsurge in violence in recent days in the West Bank and Gaza. He condemned the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israeli territory and demanded that, “everything (must) be done to avoid further casualties and the risk of an escalation of violence.”

EU High Representative Catherine Ashton said, “We condemn in the strongest terms their killing. We express our sincere condolences to their families and friends and share their grief. We trust the perpetrators of this barbaric act will swiftly be brought to justice. We call for restraint of all parties concerned in order not to further aggravate the fragile situation on the ground.”

Nothing should be done to “destabilize” the “fragile” situation? Three boys lie dead, shot moments after their abduction by Hamass terrorists. What’s worth preserving about that? Such a “situation” needs aggravation, but quick. Ditto destabilization. Violence needs to be “escalated”, if you ask me. Yesterday. Such mealy-mouthed utterances make me intestinely ill.

It’s so bad, so inconceivably awful, that the UN speaks more honorably than anyone quoted above:

Israel’s UN Ambassador Ron Prosor acted quickly, demanding that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon press the Security Council to condemn the murder of the youth, the firing of missiles, and the unity government between Fatah and Hamas.

“In the past few weeks, Israel has come under attack and felt the bitter devastation that comes with Hamas in a Palestinian government. Since the formation of the unity government on 2 June 2014, over 70 rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel,” said Prosor.

Ban [ki Moon] responded to Prosor and the incident in a public statement. “There can be no justification for the deliberate killing of civilians. This heinous act by enemies of peace aims to further entrench division and distrust and to widen the conflict. It must not be allowed to succeed.”

Phyllis Chesler, writing words that burn within my own heart:

My heart is broken, absolutely broken. Words never fail me but at this moment, only words feel inadequate, even inappropriate. I am, of course, talking about the discovery of three dead bodies which once belonged to three beautiful Israeli souls: Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel, and Eyal Yifrach.

This is a time for tears but also a time for some very serious decisions. Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has confirmed that “Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay. He added that the teenagers were “kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by wild beasts.”

The French foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, is “deeply shocked and upset” by the murder of these boys. He also expressed “horror” and indignation.”

President Obama expressed his “deepest condolences” to the families of the murdered teenagers. He added: “I also urge all parties to refrain from steps that could further destabilize the situation.”

President Obama did not accuse Hamas of this despicable act nor did he say our government would assist Israel in its search for security and justice. Obama has once again called for “restraint” and “stability.”

Does he mean that Jihadists should refrain from Jihad because it is “de-stabilizing” the entire Middle East or does he mean, more likely, that Israel should “refrain” from defending itself?

White House spokesman, Josh Earnest, also said: “We obviously condemn in the strongest possible terms violence that takes the lives of innocent civilians.”

This is a very unsatisfying and peculiar statement. To what is Earnest referring? This could apply to anyone anywhere at any time. It’s lack of specificity is cruel and insulting.

Precisely. Who doesn’t condemn “violence that takes the lives of innocent civilians”? Oh, right: Hamass!

Read ye, and weep:

A Memorial service will be held tonight outside the Israeli Consulate in NYC. I am sure that similar Memorial services will be held all over Israel and across North America. Hopefully, such Memorial services will also be held across Europe but I have my doubts.

May these dear, innocent boys rest in peace, may the lives they led be a blessing for us all, may their families and all Israel be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

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Riddle Me This, Descartes

If a potential terrorist aims an AK-47 at Jews and a synagogue, but doesn’t pull the trigger, is he a terrorist?

As France continues to grapple with growing violent anti-Semitism alarming reports suggest a potentially deadly terrorist attack on a Paris synagogue in broad daylight was thwarted at the very last minute on Saturday.

According to French-language JSS News, a pair of unidentified attackers approached the synagogue, located in the French capital’s 20th District, armed with an AK-47 assault rifle and a handgun. According to reports they began aiming their guns at bystanders and the building itself and pretended to open fire, but fled the scene when they saw armed French police officers guarding the synagogue.

Reports say they escaped on a scooter.

No shots were fired, and the incident took place at a time when few worshippers were in the building, but the shocking incident has left the local Jewish community extremely shaken.

In the news biz, if it bleeds it leads. The corollary, I suppose, is: if there’s no shot, we forgot. Silly me, I think dry runs of the slaughter of Jews are newsworthy, if only to alert people to the danger of the real deal. But this is the only English-language account I can find (based entirely on the lone French-language account).

So, whatever happened, I guess it never happened.

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