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No Place for Hate

For an Israeli University to refuse an honorary degree to a Nobel Prize Laureate (one of the real prizes, not that Poxy peace thing), his politics must be really beyond the pale.

Neo-Nazi? White Supremacist? Radical Islamist?

Worse: Zionist.

The Executive Committee of the University of Haifa has refused to award an honorary doctorate to Professor Israel (Robert) Aumann due to his pro-Israel politics, Ha’aretz reported Sunday.

Professor Aumann won the Nobel Memorial Prize for Economics in 2005 for his work on conflict and cooperation through game theory analysis. However, despite his intellectual prowess – he is a noted professor from the Center of Rationality at Israel’s top-level Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he is a visiting professor at Stony Brook University, and is one of the founders of the Center for Game Theory and Economics there – the University has decided to reject the Professor for political reasons.

At a hearing to discuss the candidacy last week, the director, Ami Ayalon, agreed with other board members not to award the title, citing concerns that “the Professor’s politics are not in line with the University’s values.”

Zionism is generally defined as: “the national movement for the return of the Jewish people to their homeland and the resumption of Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel.”

It’s practically a war crime!

Among the board’s concerns were remarks by Aumann in 2010 stating that “the most sensible solution” to the Israeli-Arab conflict is “a Jewish state and an Arab state, where the Jewish state is settled by Jews and the Arab state is settled by Arabs.”

Aumann also insisted on other religious-Zionist principles, including that “Jerusalem needs to remain Jewish” and citing the importance of religiosity in maintaining a Jewish state. Aumann has reiterated these principles several times before, stressing the importance of maintaining Israel’s Jewish heritage.

If you find it odd that an Israeli University would discriminate on the basis of pro-Israel views, you don’t know Haifa:

The University has been the site of anti-Israel activity before. In 2012, during Operation Pillar of Defense, Arab students demonstrated in mourning not of IDF soldiers, but for downed terrorist Ahmed Jabari. The university later made a public statement against the incident and banned further student demonstrations.

Earlier this year, terror victims’ advocacy organization Almagor publicly spoke out against the university for providing legal aid to convicted terrorists and murderers.

Another example how politics trumps other forms of identity. Religion, national unity, all of them. Leftists are leftists, regardless of other ties.


The Mouths of Terrorists

I may disagree with some of their judgmental language, but it’s terrific that they accept historical reality: My [bracketed comments] sprinkled throughout.


Hamas: Balfour Declaration still impacting Palestinians

Gaza – Housing starts in Jewish-only settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem are up 70 percent this year, despite the renewal of so-called ‘peace talks.” [Fox Butterfield, is that you?]

More than 550,000 Jewish colonizing settlers have moved onto Palestinian land, in attempts to Judaize and confiscate what is left of Palestine. All of this is started with a 64-word letter that British Foreign Minister Arthur James Balfour wrote to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain, via Lord Rothschild. [Yay!]

Since the Balfour Declaration was made on Nov. 2, 1917, more than 7 million Palestinians have been made refugees and thousands are dead. The Balfour Declaration instantly changed the fate of Palestine and began the Zionists’ process of ethnically cleansing Palestinians from their homeland, which continues until today. [I suspect that almost every Arab alive on Nov. 2, 1917 is now dead. As is Lord Balfour and Lord Rothschild.]

This sad date in history is a reminder of the injustice done to the Palestinian people in 1917, with the United Nation’s partition of Palestine in 1947, the creation of the so-called “State of Israel” in 1948, and Israel’s occupation of the remainder of historic Palestine – the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza – in 1967.

Don’t forget the adoption of the Balfour Declaration by the League of Nations! The State of Israel has been blessed by the international community—twice!

Bless Hamass, they even print the historic document themselves:

Foreign Office

November 2nd, 1917

Dear Lord Rothschild,

I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet.

“His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.”

I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.

Yours sincerely,

Arthur James Balfour

I still get a chill reading that. Typically, the British did nothing to follow up on it—in fact, they quickly reneged on the Trans-Jordan territorial promise—and the Jews that survived a pan-continental pogrom had to take back by force the land promised them by man and God. But still, it’s the thought that counts.

Anyway, who needs Britain’s permission or a gun when shekels would do?

The Balfour Declaration merely acknowledged a millennial truth: the Jews had lived, and would forever live, in the Holy Land, since Moses led them there in fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham. I am not religious, but I accept that as the starting place for all discussions of who displaced whom.


The Pudgy Face of Hatred

Mean-spirited, perhaps, on my part—but not wrong:

The Jewish National Fund (JNF) recently held its annual meeting in the city of Denver, Colorado, in the United States. A group of anti-Israel protesters decided to target the event.

They carried signs accusing Israel of genocide, and called “Israel out of Palestine,” and, “Long live the Intifada.” Intifada is the Arabic word commonly used to refer to the terrorist war on Israel, which has killed thousands of Israeli civilians.

JNF head Effie Shtenzler, who spoke to Arutz Sheva, explained that this is far from the first time that anti-Israel protesters have targeted JNF. Similar protests have been seen in France, Belgium, South Africa, and other countries as well, he said.

“Everywhere that there’s a JNF office there are protests, because we do Jewish, Zionist activity,” he declared.

“But at the same time, we help minorities,” he noted. However, he said, “They don’t let the facts get in their way. We don’t plant a single tree on land that doesn’t belong to the state of Israel, but like I said, they don’t let the facts stop them.”

Democracy is an important value, and should be protected, he added, “But we must protect the truth, too.”

Palestine? Where is that?

Many of these protestors are Jewish themselves, but hate the idea of a Jewish or Zionist state. Their right, of course, but their hate clouds their thinking.

They miss stuff:

Jewish National Fund-Keren Kayemet Leyisrael Chairman Efi Stenzler plans to convene an emergency meeting of the organizations representatives from across the globe following Friday’s anti-Semitic attack in Sydney, Australia where an entire family was targeted by while walking down the street on their way from a Shabbat meal.

“The violent Sydney attack which came just hours after an anti-Israel protest in Denver, Colorado, as well as demonstrations in France and Belgium, require that we address the situation immediately,” Stenzler said.

Mr. Stenzler added, “Attacks and demonstrations against us (Jews) have picked up momentum of late, We are targeted first and foremost because we are helping to realize the Zionist vision.”

So one set of Jews promotes Israel and Zionism by charitable work* and planting trees, and another set of Jews decries those charitable works, praises terrorism against Jews, slanders Israel, and calls for the planted trees to be chopped down.

Let me think about it and get back to you.


The Jewish National Fund received its largest donation ever this year, which it will use to establish a Center for Zionist Education and Advocacy, the organization said Thursday in a press release.

The $60 million trust is a gift from the estate of John Boruchin, a native of Poland who lost his family in the Holocaust and made his fortune from tract home building in California. Boruchin’s gift totaled almost half of the fund’s 2013 campaign, which raised $121 million.

The fund can’t draw on the trust yet, it said in the press release, and will assemble a committee of lay leaders under the leadership of President Jeffrey Levine to structure and monitor its use.

“John’s love of Jabotinsky and the State of Israel was foremost in his mind throughout his life,” Levine said in the release. “He believed with all his heart that he had to do everything to keep the land of Israel as the Jewish homeland. This trust is his lasting legacy and will help transform thousands of Jewish youth giving them a lasting connection to the land and people of Israel.”

Founded in 1901 to purchase land for a Jewish state in Ottoman-controlled Palestine, the JNF’s mission is the support of the state of Israel through education and the development and preservation of its land and water resources.

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Borat 2?

Except it sounds like a documentary:

Anti-Israel students and activists showed their “true colors” last Wednesday night, Jewish students at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa said.

Moving quickly from “anti-Zionism” to classic anti-Semitism, a melange of students and BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) activists began screaming “Shoot the Jews” at a concert featuring religious Jewish jazz saxophonist Daniel Zamir.

Dozens of South African Muslims and BDS supporters gathered outside Wits’ Great Hall, with security personnel keeping them outside. Several scuffles were reported, and concert-goers were subject to a great deal of verbal abuse.

At that point, said witnesses, the protesters broke into a sing-song chant of “kill the Jews,” (“Dubula e Juda” in Zulu), a take-off on a protest song sung in the 80s against whites. When questioned, Muhammed Desai, coordinator of the protest and leader of “BDS South Africa,” said that the protesters did not mean the term “kill the Jews” literally.

“Just like you would say ‘kill the Boer’ at funeral during the eighties it wasn’t about killing white people, it was used as a way of identifying with the [opposition to the] apartheid regime,” he said, adding that “the whole idea anti-Semitism is blown out of proportion…”

So it is…by the antisemites!

You see, unlike “kill the Boer”, chants of “kill the Jews” too frequently lead to the literal killing of Jews. I had a South African Jewish friend in college who hated the apartheid regime as much for its antisemitism as for its racism. As far as I know, however, they never chanted “kill the Jews”—in Afrikaans or any other language.

Oh, and you know whom the antisemites blame, don’t you?

“We are committed to the struggle for Palestinian freedom, equality and justice. It is an extremely difficult struggle waged against one of the most effective and dishonest propaganda campaigns in history,” they said last week.

“Anti-Semitism, besides being personally insulting to us, scores an own-goal. It undermines the struggle for Palestinian freedom.”

Friedman agreed. “It gives a publicity break to the other side,” he told the M&G.

“If people start saying ‘shoot the Jews’, people will say I don’t want to support that, and inevitably the other side will make a meal of this.”

Make a meal… so, now you’re calling them fat too?

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Latma Appeal

The Israeli satirical online show, Latma, is in dire straits:

Latma, the nationalist weekly video satire show, has run out of funds and will go offline at the end of the month, unless new donations make it possible to keep on producing the show.

Latma’s chief screenwriter, Tal Gilad, published a Facebook status Sunday in which he denied the rumors that Channel 1 television is about to sign a contract with the show. “The bad guys are already celebrating,” he wrote. The channel has been negotiating with Latma for two years, he said, but the negotiations are not serious.

“The ravens on the left can already smell the zero hour,” Gilad added. “After four years in which we provided Zionist, courageous, Israeli satire – against the current, against all of the leftist incitement…

“All this is about to end, because the money has run out,” Gilad explained. “We do not have the astronomical budgets that Eretz Nehederet has, we lack the unlimited support of organizations from Europe and elsewhere that call themselves ‘human rights organizations.’”

As Caroline Glick puts it:

Latma is funded by donations from private individuals who believe that the voice of Zionism must be heard, loud and clear, in Israel and throughout the world. We need your help in order to stay open and continue sounding our voices.

If you are in the United States, Latma is funded by donations to the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s Israel Security Project which I direct. If you would like to contribute to our work, which is funded entirely by viewer contributions, please go to this link.

For donations outside the US, here is a link to the donations page for our Israeli non-profit, the Zionist Incubator. You can make credit card donations to Latma by contributing to our non-profit.

Up to you. But here’s the latest Tribal Update from Latma, including an interview with John Kerry on his “peace” obsession.

PS: It’s been a rough week for Latma. Ronit, the female half of the anchor team, just survived an assault with stones and bricks on her car—with her young children in back. For real—not satire.


That Didn’t Take Long!


The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is pleased to report that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has reinstated its recognition of ZOA’s status as a tax exempt, tax-deductible 501(c)(3) organization. In a letter dated May 15, 2013 to the ZOA, the IRS wrote, “We are pleased to inform you that upon review of your application for tax exempt status we have determined that you are exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to you are deductible under section 170 of the Code. You are also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers of gifts under section 2055, 2104, or 2502 of the Code.”

Nice to hear, but why was the status revoked to begin with?

The revocation came after the ZOA failed to file three years’ worth of Form 990s, required financial disclosures filed annually with the IRS by not-for-profit organizations. Subsequent filings revealed that Klein received a 38% bump in his base compensation for the period during which ZOA failed to file its tax reports.

Klein told the Forward that ZOA has now instituted organizational protections to prevent such filing errors from recurring, including the creation of a board committee to oversee the organization’s accounting operations.

The ZOA, which occupies a decidedly hawkish slot on the pro-Israel Jewish spectrum, faced deep internal strife following the loss of its tax exemption in February 2012.

I suppose the revocation sounds plausible enough. But the timing sure is suspicious.

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British Antisemitism Watch

Let’s limit the scope a little bit. The whole British anitesmitism watch would be like a suburban multiplex cinema: dozens of screens showing scenes throughout the day.

Let’s just call this “Left-wing antisemitsm watch”: [Hat tip Yerushalimey]

George Galloway is in trouble again. Last night he “stormed out” of a debate in Oxford when he discovered that he was speaking against a student who supports a government he cannot abide (and, no, it wasn’t a Frenchman). The Cherwell recounts the incident:

Less than three minutes into Aslan-Levy’s speech against the motion, Galloway was made aware that his opponent was an Israeli citizen. “I have been misled,” Mr Galloway then commented, interrupting Aslan-Levy’s speech. “I don’t debate with Israelis”. He then left the room with his wife, Putri Gayatri Pertiwi, and was escorted out of Christ Church by a college porter. When prompted to explain why Aslan-Levy’s nationality prompted him to abandon the debate, Galloway stated that “I don’t recognize Israeli citizens.”

Well, most Israeli citizens don’t recognize blowhard demagogues, so the feeling is probably mutual.

That’s being kind to Galloway. He’s a serial defamer of Israel, an anti-Zionist of the highest (or lowest) order. Just ask him.

Explaining his decision to walk, Galloway said of Israel, “No recognition, No normalisation. Just Boycott, divestment and sanctions, until the Apartheid state is defeated.”

He is one of the last, eloquent voices of a particularly proletarian brand of socialism – “jobs, bread and freedom” extolled in an accent so rarely heard in modern politics that it could be called exotic.

All Aggie and I can do is present the evidence of the Left’s racism, misogyny, antisemitism, violent ideology, etc, which we do every day. It’s up to civilized society to reject such hateful beliefs.

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Human Rights Shrug

When Ahmadinejad calls Israel a “a regime based on evil”, a “cancerous tumor”, a “stinking corpse”, a “filthy bacteria”, a “dead rat”, “a rotten, dried tree”, and “a mosquito” that “must be wiped off the map”; or that “one of the biggest lies was the Holocaust”; or that “Zionism is the modern times plight of the human society” and “basically a new [form of] fascism”; and that Zionists are “a group of blood-thirsty savages”, who “act like Hitler and behave worse than Genghis Khan”, and “have no faith in religion or even God”, and who are “are lying about being Jewish”, and “are the true manifestation of Satan”, and “have imposed themselves on a substantial portion of the banking, financial, cultural and media sectors”, and none of whom died on 9/11 because “one day earlier they were told not to go to their workplace”, why do you have to take it as a bad thing?

You Jews are so sensitive!

The head of New York-based Human Rights Watch refused to label as genocidal Iranian calls to obliterate the Jewish state and compared Iran’s mullah leadership to the Shas party.

The Wall Street Journal’s David Feith, as assistant editorial features editor with the paper, obtained internal HRW emails and published last week a report, headlined “Dancing around genocide,” about alleged HRW bias against Israel and an internecine conflict within HRW’s top leadership about the group’s head, Kenneth Roth, and his failure to take Iran’s calls to destroy Israel seriously.

The Journal reported that Sid Sheinberg, HRW’s vice chairman, wrote in an email, “Sitting still while Iran claims a ‘justification to kill all Jews and annihilate Israel’ is…a position unworthy of our great organization.”

According to the newspaper, Roth wrote in one email, “Many of [Iran’s] statements are certainly reprehensible, but they are not incitement to genocide. No one has acted on them.”

Did no one act in Buenos Aires in 1994? In Lebanon over and over? In Gaza just weeks ago? Iran’s DNA is all over those “acts” and myriad others, either directly or through its agents, Hizb’allah and Ham’ass.


The Journal report noted that “while Hamas started indiscriminate rocket attacks against Israeli towns a decade ago, Human Rights Watch took years to issue a report. From 2000 to 2010, it published about as many reports condemning Israel as criticizing the tyrannies in Syria, Libya and Iran combined. In 2009, the group’s top Middle East official went fundraising in Saudi Arabia – that human rights paragon – where she spoke proudly of her disputes with ‘pro-Israel pressure groups.’”

The online Jewish magazine Tablet obtained a separate set of emails, in which Roth compared Shas’s Rabbi Ovadia Yosef with Iranian leaders.

According to Tablet, Roth wrote, “Would you suggest that Human Rights Watch denounce these statements as incitement to genocide? If not, what is the difference between these statements and the ones by Iranian leaders that you consider incitement to genocide? After all, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s statements are arguably more direct than those made by Iranian leaders, and Israel, unlike Iran, has the means to carry them out.”

What is the difference? How about Shas doesn’t have hundreds of centrifuges whirling like demonic dervishes, refining uranium to weapon grade; or a missile program to deliver the resultant weapons? Just for starters.

Oh yeah, one other: while both the Islamic Republic of Iran and Shas deplore homosexuality, the next gay person stoned or hanged in Israel will be the first. Ahmadinejad boasts that there are no gays in Iran, and who’s to say he’s wrong? How it got that way, however, is open to discussion.

In an email to The Jerusalem Post on Saturday, Prof. Gerald M. Steinberg, the head of the Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor, wrote, “This is a blatant example of Roth’s indifference to genocidal threats and human rights abuses when these target Israel.”

“Roth, who has controlled Human Rights Watch since 1996, has consistently demonstrated a obsession with attacking the Jewish state, and the people he selected to lead HRW’s Middle East and North Africa division are also infected with this deep bias,” Steinberg wrote.

“While Gaddafi was ranting against the Zionists, HRW embraced the regime as ‘human rights reformers.’ HRW’s studied silence in the face of Iran’s genocidal threats further demonstrates this organization’s moral bankruptcy.”

Steinberg added that “George Soros, who now provides HRW with most of its budget after many donors withdrew support, shares responsibility for enabling such immoral behavior under the facade of human rights.”

Plenty more on HRW, AI, B’Tselem, et al, at NGO Monitor. And of course the daily, hourly, minute-ly evil of the UN.

What this story and these briefs against such so-called human rights organizations remind me is that not only has the Left been corrupted, but that the Left has corrupted language. When I hear someone on the Left espouse “social justice”, I confess I inwardly spit (not a pleasant thought, I grant you). Not that “social justice” is a bad thing, but that it has become degraded into a tattered shopping list of Leftist causes. Whereas once “social justice” may have been synonymous with the brave, noble, and high-minded American civil rights movement, now it descended to the lower colon of the Occupy Movement, as symbolized by the gentleman having a bowel movement on the police cruiser.

The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream and went to the mountain top. The Occupiers had a dump and took to the gutters. The symbolism of each defines them.

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The Name’s Bernstein, Jerome Bernstein

Licensed to keystroke:

With cyberattacks increasing in frequency and potency in recent years, the IDF has begun scouring Jewish communities abroad for young computer prodigies willing to join its ranks, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Thursday.

Over the past year, the army has dramatically increased the resources allotted for its cyber program, which operates within the Intelligence Corps’ Unit 8200. Military Intelligence Chief Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi has recently allocated NIS 2 billion (roughly $515 million) towards developing the program.

“Our first order of business is to search Jewish communities abroad for teens who could qualify,” he added. “Our representatives will then travel to the communities and begin the screening process there.”

Teens who meet the high standards will be invited to make aliya and become cybercombat troops.

“This is a Zionist and patriotic project,” the officer said. “We hope that once the teens make aliya … their families will follow.”

Have at it, our young Zionist friends. They also serve who surf the net and mainline Doritos.

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Anti-Zionism = Antisemitism

And you dare to question it?

The US head of the pro-Palestinian group The Free Gaza Movement unleashed a wave of criticism over the last several days because of a Twitter post asserting that Zionists ran concentration camps and murdered Jews.

Greta Berlin, the American co-founder of the group Free Gaza, tweeted on September 30 “Zionists operated the concentration camps and helped murder millions of innocent Jews.”

Berlin’s tweet blaming Zionists for the Holocaust caught the eye of Avi Mayer, who oversees social media for the Jewish Agency for Israel. Mayer was the first to draw attention to Berlin on his Twitter feed, writing “the folks behind the #Gaza flotilla – reveal themselves to be the lowest anti- Semites.” Mayer documented the chronology of Berlin’s attacks on Jews and Israel, as well as the Holocaust revisionism of the Free Gaza group.

Mayer wrote in a blog post, “The Free Gaza Movement is the key actor behind the successive flotillas that have sought to violate the maritime closure around Gaza in support of Hamas. It is chaired by Huwaida Arraf, who also heads the International Solidarity Movement (and has endorsed the use of violence against Israel), and its Board of Advisers includes such luminaries as Naomi Klein, Peter Hansen, and Jenny Tonge.”

Prof. Gerald Steinberg, the head of the Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor, said “The NGO activists in the so-called ‘Free Gaza’ campaign have always reflected obsessive, irrational and immoral characteristics, and the revelation of links to crude anti-Semitism provides additional evidence,” in an email to The Jerusalem Post.

Here’s her “apology”.

According to an article in Canada’s National Post, Berlin said the offending tweet was meant for her private Facebook account and was mistakenly sent from the Free Gaza Twitter account. The Canadian daily reported that a tweet from Free Gaza quoted her as saying, “I shared it without watching it. I am sorry that I just sent it forward without looking at it. It won’t happen again.”

Please—let it happen again! And again and again. It’s important to know how you really feel. People don’t believe us. They may choose not to believe you. But now is no time to go all shy on us.

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Iranian Vice Presidents Say the Darnedest Things!

Muslims all the world over are catching the Jew-hating sensation! And their elected (uh-huh, sure) officials don’t want to be left behind (see two posts below):

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman blasted the Iranian regime, saying it is composed of “anti-Semitic fanatics”, following the hateful remarks of Vice President Mohammad Reza, who claimed that the teachings of the Talmud incite global drug trade.

Addressing a ceremony for the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking held in Tehran on Tuesday, Rahimi alleged that the “spread of narcotics in the world emanates from the teachings of the Talmud… whose objective is the destruction of the world.”

“The Talmud teaches that it is lawful to acquire wealth through legal and illegal means… which gives (the Jews) the right to destroy humanity,” he said.

“If one seeks what lies behind all forms of corruption, there is the repugnant face of Zionists. This is the same case for the narcotics trade … whose primary operator is the Zionist regime,” he said

“The Zionists spread destruction not only by drugs, but also by (attacking) cultures.”

Lieberman asserted that, “the international community has not yet internalized the great danger that this regime represents for world peace.”

The Minister warned that the presence of international representatives at the conference “gives legitimacy to the regime of the ayatollahs, which poses a real threat to world peace.”

“Hitler said foolish things and succeeded in executing his plans. Today, the situation is different and the sovereign state of Israel will not allow a single Jew to be harmed,” he said.

With the utmost respect and affection, Mr. Foreign Minister, single Jews are harmed all the time. But I accept your larger point: the Iranian Islamofascists (and Egyptian and Palestinian-Arab and Syrian and Saudi and Yemeni and Pakistani and Afghan etc. ad nauseam) are just bearded and turbaned versions of the Nazis.

And the rest of us are just Neville Chamberlain—without the balls.


Not in Our Name

Well, actually, yes in our name:

The event was advertised on the UN website and listed on an official UN document headlined “Human Rights Council, twentieth session, 18 June – 06 July 2012.”

Opening week of the Council’s latest session, therefore, featured both friends of Hamas sporting UN passes and championing an end to a Jewish state, and Obama’s Ambassador (and former California fundraiser) Eileen Donahoe painting the Council as the place to be to promote and protect human rights.

In recent months, top Israeli officials have pleaded with their US counterparts to end American legitimization of the Council in light of its virulently anti-Israel record. In fact, this is the first Council session in which Israel’s observer seat is empty. Instead, the Obama administration has doubled-down on its support for the UN body and continues to trumpet its decision to seek a second term on the Council at elections this fall.

Hamas and company have now calibrated team Obama’s evident priorities to their advantage.

One of Friday’s three speakers was Sameh Habeeb, head of the media department of the “Palestinian Return Centre.” The event flyer, which clearly identified the Center as a “coorganizer” and named its representative as a speaker, was authorized to be posted at the UN conference room and distributed on UN NGO-reserved tables.

Here is some of what Habeeb had to say while speaking in a UN room, at a UN-provided microphone, at a UN-advertised event associated with the UN’s top human rights body: “In 1947, 1948 and 1949 the Palestinian refugees were ethnically cleansed by the Israeli gangs…. Some Arab armies came to Palestine to fight the Zionist project, which came from all over Europe to take over Palestine and to make it as a national home for the Jews, although it was always the national home for the Palestinians for thousands and thousands of years.”

There was the pamphlet with this bigoted diatribe: “a racist ideology is inherent in political Zionism and… is being implemented as a political project by the state of Israel.

Political Zionism idealizes and advances a racist and chauvinistic… religion and nationalism.”

And there was the map with the word “Palestine” splashed across the entirety of what is now Israel. Advocating the elimination of a UN member state, the most elementary violation of the UN Charter, is evidently acceptable literature in the belly of the UN human rights beast.

A third handout, entitled “Apartheid against Palestinians,” analogized Israelis to Nazis: “The Israeli regime is based on… race and religious supremacy… Modern nation states formed through these corrosive ideals scarred the 20th century, including in Germany and the South African apartheid regime.”

Though UN organizers issued the standard disclaimer about what is said during such events, applications to hold any such meeting are first vetted and approved by UN staff.

Though one is never tired of being right, one does weary of having to make the same point over and over again. The UN may not be institutionally evil (though I will argue, elsewhere, that it is), but it is an institution of evil.

As if on cue:

Nevertheless, today the UN Human Rights Council’s lead promoter is President Obama.

As November’s election fast approaches, UN Ambassador Susan Rice has been commissioned to explain the troubling disconnect with American values to disaffected voters.

At a synagogue in Boca Raton, Florida last month, Rice lectured: the administration had made “meaningful progress… at the Human Rights Council.” That is, some are more equal than others. She also tried this contortion: “there’s an important distinction to understand. Israel gets singled out at the UN, not by the UN. When Israel gets marginalized and maligned, it’s not usually because of the UN Secretariat…. It’s usually because of decisions by individual member states.”

Thank goodness we don’t have to schlep down to Florida to tell our parents and grandparents how to vote. The Obama administration is making Romney’s case for him. Are the Jews listening?

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