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Monday, December 15, 2014

Did Someone Stop Drinking the Palestinian Kool-Aid?

     The world has grown accustomed to seeing Israel as the culprit for all the ills of the Middle East. As the 21st Century politically correct leitmotif, Israel's guilt is even carried over to the global Jewish community. Let's face it, those who come to Israel's defense are also running the risk of being ostracized by a variety of anti-Israel protagonists, going from academics to clerics to government officials. This is why we must applaud the resolution that the US Senate passed on December 9 under the leadership of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia.
     It is unclear if this was due to the changing of the guard that took place as a result of last November's elections but this resolution sticks out like a soar thumb amidst the usual anti-Israel rhetoric. While a vast majority of the global community continues to ignore the fact,  the US Senate sent a clear message to Hamas and other terrorist groups indicating that the game they were playing wasn't fooling them anymore.
     Just about every aspect of the crimes committed by Hamas were brought up in that resolution. The language used was bold and clearly unequivocal, to the point of risking some racist accusations from the more liberal factions. The resolution states that the Senate:
• Strongly condemns the use of innocent civilians as human shields;
• Calls on the international community to recognize and condemn Hamas’ use of human shields;
• Places responsibility for the rocket attacks against Israel on Hamas and other terrorist organizations, such as Palestine Islamic Jihad;
• Supports the sovereign right of the Government of Israel to defend its territory and its citizens from Hamas’ rocket attacks, kidnapping attempts, and the use of tunnels and other means to carry out attacks against Israel;
• Expresses condolences to the families of the innocent victims on both sides of the conflict; supports Palestinian civilians who reject Hamas and all forms of terrorism and violence, desiring to live in peace with their Israeli neighbors;
• Supports efforts to demilitarize the Gaza Strip, removing Hamas’s means to target Israel, including its use of tunnels, rockets, and other means; and
• Condemns the United Nations Human Rights Council’s biased resolution establishing a commission of inquiry into Israel’s Gaza operations. 
     This is such a departure from the regular libelous tirades we hear from government officials, especially considering that it was a by-partisan vote. The victims and the perpetrators were actually properly described and recognized as such. It will be interesting to see how Hamas and especially Mahmoud Abbas will react to this accusation, especially in the wake of their push for global recognition.
     Another question comes to mind regarding Palestinian recognition. How in the world can countries like France, Ireland, Sweden, Spain and England continue to offer their support for a Palestinian State, co-ruled by Fatah and Hamas AND keep a straight face?
     Could this resolution be the first of many, finally putting all parties involved where they belong? Additionally, several congressmen are trying to push the US Department of Treasury into investigating how and where some funds are being disbursed by the US and funneled for terrorism.
     Let us not forget that just few weeks ago, the "peaceful" Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was listed by the United Arab Emirates as a terrorist organization, amongst 82 others such as Al-Qaeda and Islamic State. The shock of course was that it came from a Muslim state.
     It is too early to tell if more will stop drinking the Palestinian Kool-Aid, following the bold move presented in the recent resolution. On the other hand, in the grand scale of resolutions passed against Israel at the United Nations and/or reprimands pointed at the Jewish State by the US, this is one tiny drop of hope in an ocean of criticism, yet still a move in the right direction.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Three Reasons Why I Support a One-State Solution!

Two states, one state, no state! When it comes to Israel's right to exist on that small sliver of Middle East real estate the size of New Jersey, people get very creative. Land is being shared, some has been given away, some taken back and the never-ending cycle continues to punctuate life in that region.
     The whole world seems to know better than Israel what is good for Israel. So, the Jewish state is being forced into a game of "geographical musical chairs" but every round they go, another chair is taken away. This lethal exercise is of course done in the name of peace in the Middle East. 
     Additionally, some people who claim to be proponents of a two-state solution are really proponents of a "judenrein" (cleansed of all Jews) one-state solution , but they are simply hiding their agenda until the time comes when they can implement it. I wouldn't necessarily be against a two-state solution if both parties were equally interested in peace and co-existence but they simply are not, and for anybody to say otherwise is simply ludicrous!
     It was only a couple of days ago when Mahmoud Abbas declared (again) that Hamas didn't need to recognize Israel or even stop their acts of terrorism. How in the world is anybody able to support a Palestinian state under these conditions? And frankly, how are those agreeing with such an irrational claim sleeping at night? There is simply no way that a two-state solution would work under these circumstances.
     What we are left with is a one-state solution. I run the risk of sounding racist or promoting apartheid but when you think of it, there are at least three good reasons why a one-state solution is currently the best if not only option for the Middle East.

• Biblically speaking, Israel is much more than the modern nation that was reborn on May 14, 1948. Now, I am well aware that not everybody believes in God, but even those who have a limited belief and/or understanding of the God of the Bible will have a hard time dismissing the hard evidence for the existence of the biblical land of Israel geographically, historically and archaeologically. Artifacts upon artifacts, not to mention ruins of buildings keep getting discovered and militate in favor of a Jewish homeland, people and customs pre-dating the modern state of Israel by several millennia.
     But Scripture alone will show us that God gave the Land of Canaan to the children of Israel, yet He continues to care much for that small piece of real estate as we read in Deuteronomy 11:12 "a land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the beginning even to the end of the year."
     This land that God gave to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Genesis 17:7-8; 25:5-6; 26:3; 28:3-4) originally belonged to God as stated in Leviticus 25:23 "The land, moreover, shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are but aliens and sojourners with Me".
      These are just a few of the myriad of verses about Israel in the Tenach (none about "Palestine"). I cannot help but think that those who take offense at Israel's biblical right to the Land and to existence really are having an argument with God and about His divine decree. 

• Geo-politically speaking, Israel cannot survive unless it is safe for the Jewish people. The security fence that has been erected for a while now continues to be a thorn in the flesh of the Palestinian Authority. Israel is constantly accused of being and apartheid state, being compared to South Africa. I strongly condemn apartheid, racial segregation and any form of racism. But Israel's security fence is not and was not based racial discrimination but built for the security of her citizens. Since its inception, the fence has helped reduce terrorist attacks by at least 30%.
     The level of hatred and animosity displayed by Hamas during last summer's Gaza War should suffice to prove that any unilateral decision for a two-state solution is simply a one-state solution waiting to happen. Not to mention the other groups playing second fiddle to Hamas but that are also very lethal to Israel.
     Terrorism will not cease under a two-state solution but rather spread further as Palestinians would be given access to more land within Israel. This is a concept similar to saying that World War Two could have ended sooner if only the Jews would have gotten along with the Nazis!
     Israel simply cannot afford to let the enemy infiltrate its land and kill its people. It is a matter of life and death, period!

• Demographically speaking, Israel is currently faced with a great challenge. Under the "Law of Return" enacted in 1950 as a gateway to safety in the aftermath of the Holocaust and other acts of anti-Semitism, every Jew in the world has the right to come settle in Israel and become a citizen. This is what is meant when we say that diaspora Jews are making aliyah. In and of itself, this had never been a great challenge.
     But the events of the last two decades having shown an exponential growth in global anti-Semitism, many Jews have recently decided to move to Israel. A perfect example of course is France that will have 6,000 Jewish people leave for Israel in 2014 with 10,000 more expected in 2015 (for a total of 3% of the 500,000 French Jews).
     This is a trend that is only going to increase as anti-Semitism acts multiply globally. Never before has the world witnessed the immigration of 1% of any country's Jewish population within one calendar year. With an estimate of up to10,000 for 2015, we could see a departure of 2% at once next year. And it is only taking France into consideration. This is a modern exodus happening in front of our very eyes.
     If the world is closing its door to the Jews, where are we to go? For that very reason Israel must remain safe and open to diaspora Jews pouring in. This would be greatly impaired by an increased Palestinian presence. To be sure, I am not suggesting that all Palestinians be expelled from Israel, yet I do not believe that opening the country for a two-state solution is a viable solution. Before I am accused of pointing to a problem without offering any solution, I would like to remind today's Palestinians–a term that is really a misnomer– that they had their own land a few decades ago, it was called Transjordan.
     Outside of God's promise to never allow for Israel to disappear (Jeremiah 31:35-37), the survival of Israel remains a very delicate balancing act of diplomacy and national security, but an act much easier to balance without terrorism in the equation.

     Biblically speaking, Israel was granted to the Jewish people by God.

     Geo-politically speaking, Israel must secure its borders.

     Demographically speaking, Israel needs the space for the 21st century ongoing exodus.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Palestine Before the Palestinians!

 Way before Yasser Arafat, the PLO, Hamas, Fatah, Mahmoud Abbas and the likes, there was a Palestine. There was a Palestine that was recognized by the entire world and that was just fine. I am actually in favor of what Palestine used to be prior to the 1960s. Unfortunately, the word "Palestine" has since suffered from some kind of etymological virus for which there seems to be no cure. But why would the world look for a cure when nobody feels that there is even an virus? Yet it is pandemic!

• The original meaning of the word "Palestine": While the exact origin of the word "Palestine" is still debated, there are aspects of the word's meaning that we can know for sure. It is indeed very possible that it is a word that once described a people group known as the Philistines. But that people group was in no way connected to the modern Palestinians. Not ethnically, not linguistically and not culturally. In 132 CE, a Jewish revolt took place against the Romans. It was known as the Bar Kochba revolt (Bar Kochba was a false messiah in Israel at the time). In a nutshell, things didn't end well for the Jewish people and in addition to a blood bath of gigantic proportions, Israel was renamed Palaestina by the Romans in an effort to undermine Jewish history and humiliate the Jewish people further. Additionally at the time, Jerusalem was also renamed Aelia Capitolina by emperor Hadrian. The name stuck and continued to be used after that time.
     As a matter of fact, when the British were in control from 1922 to 1948, the area was governed under what was known as the "British Palestine Mandate". In the original text of the Mandate itself dated from 1922, we can read: "Whereas recognition has thereby been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country". Sounds very Jewish to me!
     If we take a look at article 4 of the Mandate, we also find two words in the same passage that any modern day Palestinian would be hard pressed to associate in a positive light: Palestine and Zionist. Yet, in the context of the original Mandate, it was to the current leaders of the Zionist movement that the administration and government of Palestine were entrusted to, as we can read: An appropriate Jewish agency shall be recognized as a public body for the purpose of advising and co­operating with the Administration of Palestine in such economic, social and other matters as may affect the establishment of the Jewish national home and the interests of the Jewish population in Palestine, and, subject always to the control of the Administration to assist and take part in the development of the country. The Zionist organization, so long as its organization and constitution are in the opinion of the Mandatory appropriate, shall be recognized as such agency. It shall take steps in consultation with His Britannic Majesty's Government to secure the co­operation of all Jews who are willing to assist in the establishment of the Jewish national home.
     As a matter of fact, until the early 60s, Palestine was always synonymous with Israel and/or Holy Land. Arabs in neighboring countries never called themselves Palestinians but rather Syrians, Lebanese, Jordanian, Egyptians, etc. Most Arabs in the early 1900s would have argued that Palestinian Arabs were simply Syrians.
     Recently, an interesting new piece of evidence in favor of Jewish Palestine was found in the most unlikely of places. Some will argue that it is just anecdotal and that it certainly doesn't prove anything, but I would beg to differ.
     The evidence comes from the pages of a French dictionary known as the "Larousse Dictionary". Larousse Publishing House was started in France in 1852. They published their first dictionary in 1856. In France, Larousse has become synonymous with "dictionary".
     It is within a 1939 edition of the Larousse Dictionary that the flag of Palestine was found amidst the flags of the world. On the right page, third from the top and third from the left, we can see a flag made of two equal squares, a light blue on the left and a white on the right. Superimposed in the center of the 2 squares is a yellow magen David (Star of David), which as we all know is the Jewish symbol par excellence. Dated from 1939, which was the start of World War Two, the dictionary wouldn't include Israel (not re-born as a modern nation until 1948). Note also that on the first line of flags on the left page, you can see the German flag harboring the now infamous swastika of the Nazi regime. There is thus no question as to the time frame of the publishing of this volume. So what happened that changed it all?

• Alternate meaning of the word "Palestine": It is not uncommon for the etymology of certain words to evolve with the times, culture and history. It is neither good nor bad but simply a result a change in the meaning of a word over time. So why is it that in the case of the word "Palestine" we should look at its new meaning carefully and I would go as far as saying that we should even reject it?
     For those of us who are concerned with historical accuracy, the meaning of "Palestine" is pretty straight forward, it simply describes the ancient name given to Eretz Yisrael and thus to a piece of land biblically known as the "Land of Canaan" (Genesis 17:7-8) given to the children of Israel by the God of Israel, period!
     But today, Palestine doesn't have any more Jewish connotation whatsoever. Palestine is allegedly the historical homeland of the Palestinian people, who because of their unalienable right to self-determination have the god-given right to fight for their return. But do they? I strongly disagree with that assumption! unfortunately, 
     This re-definition is the result of a geo-political move by Yasser Arafat after the Six-Day war of 1967. The Palestinian people were created and forced to remain in refugee camps created at the time as well. After almost half a century of propaganda and indoctrination, history has been reversed and rewritten and the Palestinian flag certainly doesn't bear the Star of David any more. On their site on Palestinian Facts, the explanation of the new flag includes a statement about it adoption by the "Palestinian people" (who didn't exist then or now) as early as 1917, yet in 1939 it was the flag with the Jewish Star.
     I agree that it takes more than a flag to validate a people's right to exist and right to the land, but historians and Bible scholars alike have documented Jewish existence in the current land of Israel for over 3,500 years, uninterrupted since the days of Joshua. 
     So next time you hear about Israel the "occupier" of Palestine from Muslim leaders, Pro-Palestinian liberals, Christian anti-Semites and even self-defeating Jews such as those from the organization known as JStreet, consider the facts. You might not be able to change the minds of brainwashed anti-Jewish people, but you certainly deserve the truth about Israel and the Jewish people.
     Palestine existed long before the "Palestinians" were implanted there. It was, is and always will remain the Jewish homeland; historically, geographically and last but not least, biblically. Don't let the name fool you!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Jerusalem Synagogue Massacre: Israel's Enemies Unite In Thoughts, Words and Deeds !

  By Olivier J. Melnick

On Tuesday November 18, 2014 many Jewish people around the world were gathered in their respective synagogues for worship and prayer. For pious Jews, synagogue attendance is part of a regular routine that punctuates their daily schedule. Prayer is like breathing; you simply can't function without it. It was Elie Wiesel in Night who, asked by Moshe from the synagogue why he prayed, answered: "Why did I pray? A strange question. Why did I live? Why did I breathe?"
     It was in the midst of a daily service that the lives of the congregants of ultra-orthodox synagogue Kehilat Bnei Torah were changed forever. Apparently "inspired" by the butchers of ISIS, two Palestinian cousins with hatchet and gun in hand, barged inside the house of prayer and killed four people–three of them rabbis– and wounded many more. The death toll was raised to five when one of the first responding police officers who was shot in the head, died within hours. This was the worst attack in Jerusalem since 2008.
     My heart goes out to the families of the victims as well as the community around that particular synagogue. But it really is the whole worldwide Jewish community who was hit on Tuesday. I have often said that the new anti-Semitism finds all Jews guilty of Israel's "crimes" as if by proxy, regardless of their locale. While this concept is not rooted in logic, a similar one–that one with merit– relating to the global Jewish community, makes all Jews mourn when they hear of the loss of a fellow Jew. For that reason, I mourn our loss and I denounce the barbarism of the perpetrators.
     Passed the obvious outrage about this unspeakable act of terrorism, we need to consider the crimes beyond the crime, as we have also witnessed much more anti-Semitism than that of the two Palestinian murderers. What was the world's response to this third act of terrorism in Jerusalem in the last month?
     President Obama, appeared to be denouncing this bloody carnage when he said:“ The murderers for today’s outrageous acts represent the kind of extremism that threatens to bring all of the Middle East into the kind of spiral from which it’s very difficult to emerge,” yet I am trying to understand what he really meant when he said: “But we have to remind ourselves that the majority of Palestinians and Israelis overwhelmingly want peace and to be able to raise their families knowing they’re safe and secure.”
     I don't doubt that the majority of Israelis want peace in the region. I am also aware that even in the midst of the Jewish community, there might be some who do not wish for peace with the Palestinians and might even display some signs of racism. Let's remember that racism is part of human nature and as such it exists globally. This being said, the vast majority of Israelis do want peace.
     On the other hand, I strongly disagree with President Obama regarding the Palestinian desire for peace. Come on Mr. President, it was only minutes after the crime that Palestinians were celebrating on the streets, holding pictures of the two terrorists as heroes and passing out candy. Even Hamas leadership was very clear in their position as they praised the attack on the synagogue. Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas denounced the attack, but of course he remained silent when it came to voice his disagreement with Hamas. It wouldn't be the first time that Mr. Abbas speaks from both sides of his mouth. Let us not forget that Hamas and Fatah are at peace and working together to promote the establishment of the State of Palestine. According to Hamas' charter, Israel and the Jewish people must disappear for Palestine to exist, as is clearly stated in several of their 36 articles.
Article 8 The Hamas document reiterates the Muslim Brotherhood's slogan of "Allah is its goal, the Prophet is the model, the Qur'an its constitution, jihad its path, and death for the sake of Allah its most sublime belief.
Article 13 There is no negotiated settlement possible. Jihad is the only answer.
     As a Jew, I must ask: "What part of 'they want to kill us ALL' do you not understand Mr. President?" In the meantime, the US and the EU continue to fund the Palestinian Authority indiscriminately. Does that make them co-conspirators or co-perpetrators?
     Aside from the two direct perpetrators, the myriad of cheering Palestinian supporters and various world governments making empty statements, we also must consider how the media kicked Israel and the Jewish people while they were down–a common practice, so it seems. The bias is nauseating!

• CNN originally reported that the attack was perpetrated on a mosque not a synagogue (most likely a mistake, but seriously!?)

• CBC Canada News originally reported that:"Jerusalem police fatally shoot 2 after apparent synagogue attack". Absolutely nothing was mentioned on the Jewish victims at first.

The New York Times was beyond vague as they headlined: "four killed in Jerusalem synagogue complex". The reference to the two men being Palestinians was scratched.

• The Guardian (British News) reported that four worshippers were killed by two men armed with axes. Nor reference to the men being Palestinians.

     Once again, in the midst of a bloodbath, Israel's enemies have joined forces. Perpetrators, supporters and reporters all seem to look at the Middle East crisis through the same warped lenses of bias and anti-Semitism. Long gone are the days when I gave them all the benefit of the doubt and allowed them to claim ignorance. There was malice in the act itself, there was malice in those supporting it and there was even malice in the heart of those reporting the tragedy.
     In Psalm 133:1 we read Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity! As the enemies of Israel continue to stand together in defiance of the real meaning of this beautiful passage of Scripture, we, the Jews and the friends of Israel must dwell together, hold hands and keep each other in a prayerful vigil.
     There has never been a more appropriate time to remember God's promise to Abraham and his descendants in Bereshit (Genesis): 

I will bless those who bless you and I will curse him who curses you".

Monday, November 10, 2014

Hatred wasn't the only cause for Kristallnacht!

     In the book of Leviticus, the God of Israel gives His children a series of calendar dates to respect and commemorate each year. We read: "The Lord spoke again to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord’s appointed times which you shall proclaim as holy convocations (Leviticus 23:1-2)."
     These are known as the Feasts of the Lord or the Feasts of Israel, and no, they have nothing to do with Kristallnacht per se, except maybe and within reason, the principle of yearly repetition found in those verses. God knew all along that mankind can have a tendency to become complacent and even forget about important events like His festivals, so He laid them out in a chapter of the Torah for believers to commemorate for years to come.
     There is much value in remembering. We must remember not just the good that happened to us but also the bad. This is why many special dates have been set aside by various countries over the centuries to either celebrate the birthday of an important character of history, an event or even a place. Likewise we must remember the days that negatively punctuated mankind's history such as Kristallnacht each November since the event took place.
     This unexpected event occurred 76 years ago on November 9-10, 1938, throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria and Czechoslovakia. It continues to be remembered as Kristallnacht or "the Night of Broken Glass". It consisted of a series of pogroms (organized riots) against Jewish communities during which over 260 synagogues and 7,000 Jewish businesses were destroyed and 91 Jewish people killed. Additionally, 30,000 Jews were arrested and sent to concentration camps.
     This attack against the Jews of Europe was orchestrated by the paramilitary division of the Nazi Party known as the SA (Sturmabtellung) or "Stormtroopers", originally under Herman Göring until Hitler took it over from 1930 to 1945. The chief instigator of the riots was Hitler's propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels
     Originally, the reason given for Kristallnacht was the assassination of German diplomat Ernst vom Rath by a young Polish Jew living in Paris at the time. The life of one German man precipitated the destruction of thousands of Jewish properties and the deportation and death of tens of thousands of Jews. This is somewhat reminiscent of the corporate anti-Semitism demonstrated by Haman in the book of Esther for what appears to be the disobedience of one Jewish man, namely Mordecai. This is quite an imbalance by any ethical or judicial standards.
     In reality the death of Ernst Vom Rath was simply a pretext for pogroms and mass boycotts against the Jewish community. Reputable historians see Kristallnacht as the inception of the "Final Solution to the Jewish Problem" that is the Holocaust. But what we must realize is that Kristallnacht wasn't only a demonstration of hatred against the Jews. It might have been fueled by anti-Semitism but there was also an equally devastating enemy at work there. I call it was apathy.
     Whenever there is any kind of abuse in the world being the tight vise of a dictatorship, religious fanaticism or ethnic cleansing to name just a few, the grip of abuse is always facilitated by the apathy of those who could make a difference.
     There were many Germans during Kristallnacht who could have made a difference. They could have stood in the way of evil. To be sure, some did and we certainly do want to generalize. As to what other civilized countries could have done to help a wounded Jewonistish community escape a much darker fate, history tells us that it was also too little and way too late, if at all. Doors for immigration were closed except for a few countries like England for a short while. Words come easy but when not followed by actions, they are just a collection of clinging cymbals making noise with no purpose.
     Any time in history that a community becomes complacent or indifferent to the fate of one of its minority groups, it is only a matter of time until that minority runs the greater risk of extinction, all of it simply observed by their apathetic neighbor.
     76 years after the original "Night of Broken Glass" anti-Semitism is at its highest since that gloomy episode of history that saw the death of 6,000,000 Jews. Do we run the chance of another Kristallnacht? Well, if we consider the level of anti-Israel sentiment displayed around the globe in words AND deeds, I would posit that YES, we do indeed. We could see another event of the sort that might again serve as a catalyst to a greater loss of life. All we have to do is watch the events of the last six months in Western Europe (France in particular). We can also look at what Iran's Ayatollah Khameini just published against Israel on the very day of the anniversary of Kristallnacht. His nine-point plan on the annihilation of the "Zionist regime" leaves no stone unturned.
     When it comes to Israel and the Jewish people, we live in an age of "supporter fatigue". The events of the Middle East still make the 8 o'clock news but do not carry the same impact as they did even a decade ago. By extension, what happens to global Jewry has also become a rather tiresome story to most. People simply don't care any more unless there is "something in it for them". When self-gratification reigns, apathy is a co-regent, crippling those who could help.
     We must remember Kristallnacht if only to be able to tell our children about it. We shouldn't hold a grudge or even seek retribution, but we should simply do our part to remain instrumental in teaching our world about evil and how to fight it.

"The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it." - Albert Einstein 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Global Muslim Enclaves: Connecting the Dots of the Caliphate!

     I grew up playing all kinds of harmless board games like Monopoly® or Clue®. Another one of my favorites was RISK®, where players competed against one another to conquer the world one region at a time, one continent at a time. One of the winning strategies was to slowly increase your army strength all across the globe without much fighting until you had enough in a few places to "connect the dots" and then descend on your enemy, decimate them and take over their territories without much harm to your army. 
    While there is no longer any doubt in our collective minds that Islam has been on a growing spurt for several decades, the manner in which it has chosen to expand is much like a real time game of RISK®. And all of it is happening under the eyes of the West or like others would say "in plain sight"! It seems to me that Muslims have been positioning the dots quietly for a while now. 
     The next logical move is of course to connect those dots, and I see it happening in three different ways. Two of these ways have been documented in several previous articles of mine as well as my first book on the re-birth of antisemitism (They Have Conspired Against You: Responding to the New Antisemitism).
     First, as I have been sharing for about 15 years, the global Muslim demographics are such that many European countries currently are on the irreversible slope of extinction of the natives. Birth rates in Muslim communities have far exceeded those of the natives in at least the last five decades. Several European countries are well below the needed 2.1% child per family to maintain their existence, let alone grow larger. Mark Steyn documented that fact extremely well in his book America AloneDots have been connecting demographically

     Second, we can also notice that the dots have connected rapidly in the recent past from an ideological perspective with the advent of the Islamic State. ISIS acts as somewhat of a "clearinghouse" for global Islam and for reasons that would escape most westerners, they are becoming attractive to people that originally had nothing to do with Islam. Worldwide Muslims and new converts are becoming united by this new wave of Islamic ideology (religion, diet, politics, banking, education). The Islamic State has obviously established a barbaric and murderous reputation for itself in no time at all, yet it continues to attract new recruits daily. These new recruits have three main enemies: The Jews, Christians and the West. Dots have been connecting ideologically

     Third, there are countries that are predominantly if not completely Muslim and have been for a while such as Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya, Senegal, Indonesia and many more. Then there are countries that have a growing Muslim community, but at a much slower rates. Finally, there are countries that really never had much of a Muslim community until the last few decades, yet they are seeing a blossoming of their Muslim population. This growth is noticeable in countries like Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United-Kingdom and France to name just a few from the EU.
     The concern that we should have is not so much in the growth but in the lack of integration or assimilation into the European countries named above. It would simply be a case of unwarranted xenophobia for anyone to ask non-natives to get out of the country they emigrated to. Yet currently, we can observe that Muslim enclaves are being set-up and growing in a way that can only become increasingly conducive to tension if not riots. 
     Sweden is a good example of that trend. More than 50 areas have been identified in that country, where non-Muslims are not welcome and often in danger for their lives. These area are regulated by sharia law, yet they are geographically located in countries that are not sharia compliant, at least for the time being, but I fear a change on the horizon.
     Paris, France has some districts like Belleville where non-Muslims feel very uneasy. Marseilles in the south of France also has a very large Muslim community. All in all, there are over 750 Zones Urbaines Sensibles (Sensitive Urban Areas) in France. These areas are places ruled by Muslims that the French government doesn't control (not necessarily by choice). They are also known as "No-Go zones" and they keep growing in size and number.
     But in case you thought that this was a problem mostly confined to Western Europe, maybe you should pay a visit to Dearborn, Michigan. This city has the largest Muslim population in the whole United States and at times, it would seem that sharia takes precedence over the US Constitution. The dots are spreading out on all continents. Dots have been connecting geographically

     We might not see it yet, but as the dots continue to connect and spread geographically, even the most "moderate" Muslims will be forced to chose a side, and where they end up might surprise all of us. Let me be clear and state that multiculturalism, as a way to assimilate or integrate non-native people groups and especially Muslims, has been a failure for the most part.
     I was born in Paris, France and came to America 30 years ago. I had learned the language and was very willing to adapt further to the "American Way". I love America and still believe that it is the best country in the world (yes, I will admit that this last November elections gave me a sense of renewed hope).
     I simply believe that if we continue to ignore the connecting of the dots, we will soon be entangled in a web of global proportions. If you have ever observed an insect getting caught into a spider's web, you have witnessed the surprise, followed by the struggle to escape and the unavoidable slow agony. This is not the way I wish for western civilization to end. The dots are currently connecting and in plain sight. Speak up or get caught!
     Finally, I do not want this article to be misunderstood for a racist manifesto against all Muslims. I strongly believe that all Muslims are enslaved by an archaic religious system. The God of the universe can be found on the pages of the Tenach (Old Covenant) in every one of the Jewish books and can also be met on the pages of the B'rit Hadasha (New Covenant). He is known as the God of Israel and wants a personal relationship with all people regardless of their upbringing. He loves mankind enough that He provided a way for Muslims, Jews, Christians and Atheists alike to spend eternity with Him. That way is through the death of Mashiach ben Yosef and the reign of Mashiach ben Dovid. Yeshua of Nazareth came as ben Yosef to die for us all (Isaiah 52:13-53:12) and will soon return as ben Dovid to reign from Jerusalem.

     Mashiach ben Yosef and Mashiach ben Dovid...Now those are two dots worth connecting if you ask me!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

France's Anti-Semitism Reaches New Heights!

     When it comes to European anti-Semitism, France is often leading the pack with both creativity and virulence. It is always with great sadness that I write about my country of origin and what appears to be its chronic descent into the bottomless pit of Jew hatred.
     I recently chronicled a brief overview of French anti-Semitism in three parts (Part I, part II and part III), positing that it didn't happen in a vacuum but grew over 2,000 years. The theological differences of yesteryear turned into laws, leading to warped thoughts, followed by actions and eventually culminating in the unnecessary death of millions of innocent souls.
     The current Jewish community of France is getting organized to leave the country of "Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité". Statistically, France might loose as many as 8,000 Jewish people in 2014. But this is much more than a statistic, it is symptomatic of a trend proving that France is no longer safe for Jews.
     The pro-Palestinian stance taken by France is so prevalent that some have given-up on fighting it. They have decided to pack-up and leave. But not all Jews will depart the country that still holds the third largest Jewish community in the world.
      One would think that having recovered from the Nazi invasion and the Vichy government, France would humbly but diligently endeavor to make its Jewish community feel welcome. On the contrary, I never cease to be amazed at the new ways that France will find to surpass its own despicable acts of Jew hatred.
      It was only last July that a Paris street protest in favor of Hamas and Palestine turned sour and branched out towards the rue de la Roquette Synagogue where 200 Jewish worshippers were gathered. By God's grace a pogrom was averted, but until when?
     Yet, just a couple of weeks ago, while the French government performs its usual hypocritical game of semantics to reassure the Jews of France that they are safe there, something took place to prove the opposite. At the end of the day, the old adage stating: "actions speak louder than words" still holds true.
     France might have cringed at the recent Russian announcement to hold a social network "Miss Hitler" Beauty Pageant, but the ugly staunch of hypocrisy was present all along. President Hollande might appear to be the friend of Israel, yet prime minister Laurent Fabius is considering recognizing Palestine in a move unprecedented in the European Union (following Sweden and the UK).
     The French president made a strong statement in 2012 in the company of Mr. Netanyahu at a ceremony remembering the Toulouse massacre victims. He said that: "the Jews of France must be aware that the republic will do everything it can to protect them and to give them security...Their security is in the national interest of all the French." So where was Mr. Hollande when he needed to put his foot down to stop this recent despicable act of anti-Semitism?
     It was just a couple of weeks ago that a man who killed Jews was honored in France, but not just remembered as a "victim", "militant" or "martyr" for the cause of Palestinians, that of course would be an insult to many already. Instead, in order to make the Jewish people more secure in a very volatile France, a street was named after that man!
     The man in question is Marwan Barghouti known as an arch-terrorist who since 2004 is serving five consecutive life sentences in an Israeli prison for the death of five Israelis. Barghouti still exercises much control over Fatah from his prison cell. He is credited for having led the first and second intifadas. He is seen by many as the most likely leader to replace Mahmoud Abbas who has exceeded his 4-year term by several years. Mr. Barghouti is a terrorist, a murderer and an anti-Semite.
     The city of Valenton on the east side of Paris, in the Val-de-Marne region just recently named a street "Allée Marwan Barghouti" because, according to its communist mayor Mrs. Françoise Baud, Barghouti is: "the face of the unwavering resistance of the Palestinian people against the occupation, the crimes, the destruction, the apartheid and the colonization perpetrated by the Israeli government." 
      As the street was inaugurated, a sign was revealed by the Mayor that read: Alley Marwan Barghouti, Palestinian deputy, activist, arbitrarily imprisoned in Israel, "The Palestinian Mandela" is an honorary citizen of Valenton.

     I am still trying to understand how anyone can be "arbitrarily imprisoned" after killing five people? This decision by Françoise Baud was followed by a three-page letter she sent in response to some of the criticism she received. Unfortunately for most of my readers, the letter is in French but it comprises a series of excuses for the mayor's action in the name of peace and of course a two-state solution. Additionally, Mrs Baud is trying to get her city council to adopt the Palestinian refugee camp of Balata near Nablus as a sister city to Valenton.
     Barghouti, Abbas, Hamas and 80% of all Palestinians DO NOT WANT PEACE with Israel but all Jews dead. Has the mayor been misled, lied to or is she deceiving us into believing that Israel is the only problem in the way of true peace in the Middle East?
    By elevating a terrorist to the status of hero, Valenton and I am afraid much of France have validated murder, terrorism and hatred against Israel and the Jewish people by proxy. If all it takes to get a street named after you in France is the murder of a few Jews, Mohammed Merah (the Toulouse massacres) will get his street soon and Hitler should get a highway or maybe even an airport named after him.
    In the meantime, and for reasons that are becoming clearer by the day, Jews are leaving France in droves.     

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Will the EU pseudo-historic PALENSTEIN creation come to life soon?

By Olivier Melnick

     In 1818, English author Mary Shelley published her first edition of "Frankenstein, or the modern Prometheus". This is the tale of the creation of a grotesque creature based on a cadaver taken through a series of pseudo-scientific experiments. In the book, Dr. Victor Frankenstein attempted and achieved the impossible. He managed to bring "life" into something that shouldn't be alive. In a sense, Dr. Frankenstein decided to play God and created the monster that over the years has become known itself as "Frankenstein".
    Currently, there is a growing trend within the European Union that could very well lead to the birth of yet another grotesque creature that would come to being ex nihilo, or out of nothing. I am talking about the bringing to life of a country that never existed for a people that has been created for the sole purpose of supplanting the people who belong. I am talking about the creation and birth of PALENSTEIN!
     For several years now, the leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas –currently in the tenth year of his 4-year term (you read it right!)– has been pushing hard on as many doors as he could for the recognition of Palestine. He relentlessly makes his yearly appearance at the United Nations General Assembly, each September to plead with the world for the establishment of Palestine. He managed to get the UNESCO to recognize Palestine in 2011. But we must also realize that many countries around the world already recognize The Palestinian bid for statehood. Many of these countries have a substantial Muslim population or are blatantly anti-Israel. Of course, as you have heard me mention for a while now, anti-Israel really means anti-Semitic. The United Nation did approve the recognition of the State of Palestine in 2012, yet no European Union member countries had officially followed suit.
    Yet, more countries than you might think actually support the birth of PALENSTEIN (134 since the first bid of 1988). But what we are seeing develop at this moment is unique and somewhat symptomatic of the times we live in. The European Union has now decided to jump on the politically correct bandwagon in what appears to be some sort of a snowball effect started by Sweden on October 3rd, 2014. Even though Hungary, Poland and Slovakia recognize Palestine and are part of the EU, they did so before joining. Keep in mind also that these countries are three of the most virulently anti-Semitic in Europe.
     New Prime Minister of Sweden from the Red-Green party, Stefan Löfven made the announcement that Sweden now recognizes Palestine. The statement he made, following his declaration was so antithetical to a genuine solution for two co-existing states that it makes one wonder if he even read it before it was officially made. He said: The conflict between Israel and Palestine can only be solved with a two-state solution, negotiated in accordance with international law. A two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to peaceful co-existence. Sweden will therefore recognize the state of Palestine.
     What went through his mind? A two-state solution does "require mutual recognition" but it is a known fact that neither Abbas nor his partner Khaled Mashal (Hamas' leader) want to recognize Israel, while Israel is willing to negotiate if it is indeed a two-way street. Mahmoud Abbas has claimed numerous times that he refuses to recognize Israel as a Jewish State.
     Additionally, as we have seen recently with the Gaza War, "a will to peaceful co-existence" is a move that only Israel is prepared to make. And if anyone believes that the settlements are the road blocks to a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians, I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn!
     But, the creation of PALENSTEIN is getting even closer since, in a bold move following Sweden, the British Parliament passed a resolution (274-to-12) to recognize Palestine. While the vote was not binding on the British government it is highly symptomatic of the tide of change taking place in Western Europe right now. The betrayal continues to grow.
     France–the European country with the largest Muslim community–is also considering recognizing Palestine. Prime minister Laurent Fabius is ready to make the move if as he said on October 15: "It brings peace to the region". Maybe Mr. Fabius would like to pitch in on the purchase of the Brooklyn Bridge?
     It is interesting to note that Sweden's Muslim population has doubled in the last 14 years to reach an estimated total of 40% by 2030. Britain will be 40% Muslim, the Netherlands 45%, Germany 40% as well as France over 50%.  All within the next 15 years. This basically means that these countries–once bastions of the "Old Europe" will cease to exist as democracies. Eurabia (term coined by author Bat Y'or in her seminal work of the same title) is well on its way, and faster than we think. The European Union shouldn't try to play God!
     Maybe we should look at these events as the birth pangs of the last days. The European Union nearly concerted betrayal of Israel proves only one thing and that is the fact that Mashiach is on His way back. When in the Bible I read that the whole world will turn against Israel, I never wondered why, because I knew all along that HaSatan the ultimate enemy of Israel and of course of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is behind it all.
     ...and in that day, I will set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem 
     (Zechariah 12:9)

Friday, October 10, 2014

ISIS: The Exponential Growth of a Pandemic Threat!

     by Olivier J. Melnick

ISIS soldiers on the street (The Associated Press)
By now, there are not that many places in the world where the acronym ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) or ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) remain unknown.  ISIS also known as IS (Islamic State) has acquired quite a ruthless, bloody reputation in just a few months. When it was first announced that they were a splinter group from Al-Qaeda, we witnessed an almost "tongue-in-cheek" yet blasé reaction from most people. Little did we all know about the rapes, crucifixions and beheading that were about to take place. Now we know and yet, very little is being done to nip ISIS in the bud. The bold Caliphate declaration by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on June 29, 2014 ( the first day of Ramadan) was a surprise to most, but it remained unchallenged. It is a long shot to expect the rebirth and growth of an Islamic caliphate, but we must remember that even if the Third Reich was short lived, it decimated millions in its destructive path.
     To be sure, Islamo-fascism wasn't born yesterday. It has plagued much of the Middle East for decades and has even spread beyond on many occasions. Much of modern terrorism has been Islamo-fascist terrorism. By this I do not mean that all Muslims are terrorists, absolutely not! Yet, if we were to tally up the terrorism of the last fifty years, almost every terrorist WAS a Muslim.
     But is ISIS a terrorist group or is it even much more than that? While it is clear that their actions totally fall in line with terrorism, we must also understand that as a declared caliphate–albeit not officially accepted–they are not acting as a terrorist organization within a state or country. ISIS is not like Hamas, Hezbollah, Boko Haram or even Al-Qaeda. By their own admission, they are a state and because of that, they qualify for a response proportionate to their barbaric, brutal attack on Western civilization. They qualify for a full-blown retaliation. No sanctions, not boycott, no talks... RETALIATION! Let me clarify what I mean, I mean war! ISIS IS ACTING AS A TERRORIST STATE and not a terrorist organization! An all out war against ISIS on the ground might be the best use of resources and the only way to put an end to this slaughter.
     ISIS is very impressive and attractive to a myriad of radical Islam aficionados (Muslims or not). ISIS has managed to attract followers from various corners of the planet with their supremacist ideology "hell bent" on beheading the infidels. We shouldn't underestimate the danger posed by this new group's ability to attract previously uninterested people to Islam. They have an uncanny ability to draw people to their evil ideology that is what makes them a real but very unpredictable danger.
     Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas and many other terrorist groups always had a following, but because of their lack of organization, lack of funding and lack of "proper" exposure, they always were partially successful at best. ISIS has mastered all three. They are organized. As a matter of fact they have a structure that is more akin to a government with a military wing than that of a terrorist group.
     They have a pretty steady cash flow that now comes from some of the oil fields they have seized recently. Some statistics say that they might be generating between $1M and $4M daily. No matter how we look at it, they generate much more than any of the other terrorist organizations including Al-Qaeda.
     As for their exposure, they get it from videos and brochures distributed as if they were running an advertising campaign, and in a sense they are! They also have an extremely strong presence on the social networks.
     ISIS has been planting cells all around the world and continues to do so. Additionally, in countries like the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK, they have been recruiting on the streets through a process known as Da'wah meaning "invitation". People are invited to inquire about Islam and even convert through dialogues on street corners. As a result, almost every country in Europe has seen people join Islamic training in Syria and/or Iraq.

     ISIS has declared jihad against the whole world. But how did they get so far, so fast? It can be argued that the vacuum created by the removal of dictatorial leaders in the Middle East is what made room for groups like ISIS. The Saddam Hussein, Qaddafi and Mubarak of the region might have been ruthless dictators within their own restrictive police states, but they also managed to keep a lid on Islamic extremism. Now ISIS is quickly filling the void.
     ISIS' exponential growth continues both territorially and demographically. They are not only expanding their borders in the Middle East, but they are also establishing their following globally. From their standpoint of a global caliphate, they are successfully establishing a network while the world is watching like a deer in headlights.
     While ISIS poses a threat to all, including Israel, they currently are focusing on "purging" Islam of all the Shi'ite Muslims who stand in the way of their establishing their hegemonic caliphate. This, of course, doesn't mean that Israel is currently unaffected by ISIS, but simply that they, as a target, might be on the back burner. There is no doubt in my mind that if ISIS gets too close to Israel and puts the Jewish state at risk, Mr. Netanyahu will respond swiftly and appropriately.
     So, as the Ebola virus continues to spread in Africa and is even starting to affect other continents, the ISIS virus appears to also be spreading in and beyond the Middle East. From isolated to epidemic to pandemic, the ISIS virus could do a lot more damage before it is contained, but it will never be contained with band aids or compresses. Major surgery is needed and fast.
     It is time for civilized people to unite against the Islamic State. It is also time for the more liberal among us to realize that ISIS is the new Nazis of the Middle East, not Israel!
     In the meantime, all of us who believe in the power of prayer know what to do. We must:
     • Pray for the United States to quickly and powerfully go after ISIS and incapacitate them
     • Pray for the safety of those within the destructive path of ISIS
     • Pray for ISIS members to be released from the bondage of Islamism

     The Lord is far from the wicked but He hears the prayers of the righteous (Proverbs 15:29)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

2014 UN General Assembly: Deceptive Chutzpah versus Righteous Chutzpah!

    Yesterday ended the week-long yearly gathering at the United Nation known as the 69th General Assembly where numerous countries of the world come to share their concerns, pleas and/or demands.
     It all started with a four-minutes Climate Summit opening act by "newly appointed United-Nations messenger of peace" Leonardo DiCaprio. I found it less that convincing because as a private jet and mega yacht owner, DiCaprio cannot possibly expect to be taken seriously by the representatives of the global community. Has the UN lost all discernment or are they another victim of postmodern relativism? Have we entered a new chapter in mankind's history when truth doesn't really matter any longer?
     I think we could get a good answer to this question if we were to take a closer look at both speeches by Palestinian Authority's leader Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu. 
     One was characterized by deceptive chutzpah and the other by righteous chutzpah! 
     Being Jewish, I might be accused by some of being biased and blindly pro-Israel. But like I have said before, being pro-Israel doesn't mean that one is anti-Palestinian, sadly, the opposite is seldom true!
     Frankly, I am not biased, I am just interested in factual truth–something most of the world and as it appears, the UN, are not so attracted to. But don't take my word for it, instead, why don't we look at both sides, compare and assess?
     Mahmoud Abbas delivered a speech, laced with lies, accusations and hatred albeit protected by a thick veneer of victimhood. Amazingly, it garnered a rather long final applause from the gallery, generated I suppose, by all the UN representatives in favor of the "State of Palestine". from Abbas' transcript, we can glean statements on Israel and the recent Gaza War such as: "the scale of this genocidal crime is larger, and that the list of martyrs, especially children, is longer." or another quote that could be taken verbatim and put in the mouth of Mr. Netanyahu and become truth about Hamas and Gaza, yet it came out of Abbas' mouth: "This last war against Gaza was a series of absolute war crimes carried out before the eyes and ears of the entire world, moment by moment, in a manner that makes it inconceivable that anyone today can claim that they did not realize the magnitude and horror of the crime."
     Abbas had the audacity to accuse Israel of genocide! Excuse me Mr Abbas, but you might need a history lesson or two in order to understand what a true genocide is. Then again, we must not forget that Mr. Abbas's doctoral dissertation titled: "The Other Side: The secret relationship between Nazism and Zionism" states that the Holocaust had far less victims than claimed and that Zionists collaborated with Nazis, ludicrous at best!
     Genocide is defined as the deliberate and systematic killing of a particular ethnic group. If anything, Hamas could be accused of having a genocidal agenda on their own people after we witnessed how they didn't hesitate to put civilians (including children) in danger. We know that they have genocidal tendencies when it comes to Israel, but to their own people...seriously?
     But wait, it gets worse when he dares to say that:" At the same time, I affirm that our grief, trauma and anger will not for one moment make us abandon our humanity, our values and our ethics; we will always maintain our respect and commitment to international law, international humanitarian law and the international consensus."
     How can he possibly keep a straight face while making such a statement? Humanity, values and ethics are the last thing that Hamas and by proxy Fatah and Mr. Abbas were interested in. It is well worth noticing that Mr. Abbas cared to mention the Palestinian teenager deplorably killed by Jewish teenagers. This was an unacceptable act of retaliation for the three abducted and murdered Jewish teens, who of course were not even mentioned by Mr. Abbas. Was this a case of selective memory?
     Mr. Abbas also talked quite a bit about the settlements. Even though I don't agree with the labeling of the land as "occupied territories", the issue of the settlements is a very difficult one to handle. Yet, any honest, truth-seeking observer in the region knows that the keeping or relinquishing of land has no bearing on the issues at hand and/or on peace. A development here or a kibbutz there will not change the fact that Mr. Abbas refuses to recognize the existence of Israel
     Hitler and his Nazi cohorts refused to recognize the Jewish people's right to exist. This made it very easy for them to justify their annihilation. Mr. Abbas is no different in his ideology and makes the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people a necessary and unavoidable step in the establishment of the State of Palestine. For this, he gets a lot of support from many Muslim states such as Iran and several terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah, Hamas and others. This and so much more of his caustic tirade was deceptive chutzpah.
     Then came Mr. Netanyahu's speech, just two days later. In his presentation, The Jewish Prime Minister jumped right in by denouncing radical Islam and stating truthfully that Israel was just a starting point in their destructive agendas:" everywhere we look, militant Islam is on the march. It's not militants. It's not Islam. It's militant Islam. Typically, its first victims are other Muslims, but it spares no one. Christians, Jews, Yazidis, Kurds – no creed, no faith, no ethnic group is beyond its sights. And it's rapidly spreading in every part of the world. 
     He rightfully compared radical Islam to a spreading cancer that had to be eradicated at the onset (although I fear that the onset was at least a couple of decades ago, and much metastasizing has already taken place). He boldly associated Hamas with ISIS when saying: "when it comes to their ultimate goals, Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas."
     Responding to Mr. Abbas' accusations of genocide, He proceeded in explaining all the steps taken by the IDF to prevent the unnecessary death of civilians in Gaza. Mr. Netanyahu compared both sides stating: Israel was doing everything to minimize Palestinian civilian casualties. Hamas was doing everything to maximize Israeli civilian casualties and Palestinian civilian casualties. Israel dropped flyers, made phone calls, sent text messages, broadcast warnings in Arabic on Palestinian television, always to enable Palestinian civilians to evacuate targeted areas. No other country and no other army in history have gone to greater lengths to avoid casualties among the civilian population of their enemies. 
     Hamas embedded its missile batteries in residential areas and told Palestinians to ignore Israel’s warnings to leave. And just in case people didn’t get the message, they executed Palestinian civilians in Gaza who dared to protest. No less reprehensible, Hamas deliberately placed its rockets where Palestinian children live and play. 
     Mr. Netanyahu also expressed grave concern over the land boundaries as they are closely linked to the security of Israel, rendering the pre-1967 borders absolutely indefensible. He is committed to the safety of Eretz Yisrael when he says:" Israel cannot have territories from which it withdraws taken over by Islamic militants yet again, as happened in Gaza and Lebanon. That would place the likes of ISIS within mortar range – a few miles – of 80% of our population.
     He also impressed upon the UN delegates that the Islamic State of Iran was possibly the biggest threat to Israel and to the West. Especially if it soon becomes the Nuclear Islamic State of Iran.
     Mr. Netanyahu's speech was in many ways a response to Mr. Abbas' one. As such, and based on factual truth and not relative truth, He delivered a passionate message of righteous chutzpah that should be taken very seriously.
     What will come out of the 69th UN General Assembly has yet to be seen. But I have lost confidence in an institution that was once a beacon of hope and peace in a developing world. The United Nations have become so politically correct that they are blinded and even wooed by speeches like the one delivered by Mr. Abbas. Of course it doesn't help when  the vast majority of the delegates are anti-Israel to start with.
     I applaud Mr. Netanyahu for his boldness and like him, I will quote Isaiah 62, but not just verse 1 , I would like to also add verse 2, because I do believe that God Has a glorious future for Yisrael: 
For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not keep quiet,
Until her righteousness goes forth like brightness,
And her salvation like a torch that is burning.

The nations will see your righteousness,
And all kings your glory;
And you will be called by a new name
Which the mouth of the Lord will designate.

      If the few remaining friends of Israel like you and I do not speak on her behalf and support the only democracy in the Middle East, the next speech we hear might be her eulogy, God forbid! (Well, He actually does forbid it in Jeremiah 31:35-37).

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Modern French Anti-Semitism Didn’t Happen in a Vacuum! Part III

Part III: From the Holocaust to the Global Jihad
by Olivier J. Melnick

Anti-Semitism didn’t come to a halt in the interwar period between 1918 and 1939. As a matter of fact, it continued to display its ugly head with almost all of the original characteristics it had garnered over the centuries. Who could have thought that within less than two decades, the worst was about to take place, and about one third of world Jewry would be eradicated?
Hitler came "legally" into power in 1933 and started his campaign against the Jews that would result in the Holocaust and the killing of 6,000,000 Jews all over Europe, not to mention other groups as well like the Gypsies and various religious minorities. While Nazi Germany was the originator of the “Final Solution” implemented in 1942, they were greatly aided by various governments. One of them was of course the Vichy-France government under the leadership of Maréchal Pétain. About 80,000 of all the murdered Jewish people were from France. (Le Mémorial de la Déportation des Juifs de France by Serge Klarsfeld).
Hatred of the Jewish people appeared to have become a taboo subject all over the world in the aftermath of World War Two. They had suffered enough and the new born motto of “NEVER AGAIN” was appropriately adopted. The 1948 birth of the modern State of Israel if not a direct result of the horrors of the Holocaust is at the very least tightly linked to its ashes. There was hope for the survivors of the Holocaust and their families. Eretz Yisrael would be the haven of peace they had only hoped for in their dreams. But history would prove otherwise with the rising of a few Middle East political figures that would forever change the face of the region... and not for the better!
Yassir Arafat’s was one of them. Born in Cairo, Egypt, Arafat (1929-2004) spent much of his life fighting Israel, Zionism, and the Jewish people. In 1959, he founded Fatah, the left wing faction of the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) with one goal in mind: the complete eradication of Israel. He was the father and a proponent of “Palestinian self-determination” for which he fought his whole life, literally forcing Jordanians, Syrians, Lebanese and Egyptians into becoming overnight “Palestinian refugees” in need of getting back their own land: Palestine! (Myths and Facts about the Middle East Conlict by Mitchell Bard)
Prior to the coming of Arafat on the scene, Palestinian people didn’t exist, they simply claimed to be “Arabs” and they did not view themselves as having a separate identity or needing to return to a then "fictitious" land of their own.
Palestinian nationalism did not become a significant political movement until Arafat popularized it and kept pushing for it after the Six-Day War of 1967. From that point on, the anti-Zionist propaganda started to grow exponentially. Anti-Semitism was no longer driving the judeophobic agenda of the Middle-East, but anti-Zionism or anti-Israelism were, or so it appeared. In reality, a new form of anti-Semitism had found a fertile soil in which to grow in the Middle East. It would eventually expand to the French continent and beyond.
Many wars were fought between Israel and her neighboring enemies (1948, 1967, 1973, 1982) and of course we can add the two Intifadas of 1987-1993 and 2000-2005 as well as more recent “Operation Cast Lead” and the Gaza War of 2014 known as “Operation Protective Edge”. Without getting into details about all these conflicts, suffice it to say that for the last two decades at least, there seems to be a direct correlation between Israel’s involvement in the Middle East conflicts and Jewish global guilt (as seen by the enemies of Israel). When something takes place in Israel that ruffles Palestinian feathers, worldwide Jews are insulted, harassed, attacked and even killed like in Toulouse, France in 2012.
In 2014, French anti-Semitism is at its highest in decades. Anti-Semitic incidents have multiplied exponentially as French Jews continue to bear the guilt of Israel's crimes in the Holy Land (not that I imply that Israel is guilty of war crimes in any way). Guilt by association is enough to give anti-Semites in France the justification to hurt the Jews. mobs of angry Frenchmen mostly of the Muslim persuasion are again shouting “Death to the Jews” on the streets of Paris. They nearly avoided a pogrom in Paris last June during a pro-Palestinian rally. While much of this “new anti-Semitism” is brought on by Muslims of North African origins, there is also a growing contingency of neo-Nazis (a breed that was beyond uncouth and nearly extinct after WWII). The liberal left, claiming multiculturalism and tolerance–for all but the Jews of course–is also helping radical Islam and extreme Right bigots under the leadership of increasingly popular Marine LePen.
It would appear that the French Jews have absolutely nowhere to go but Israel. Many feel that France is no longer safe and they are making plans to make “aliyah” in the near future if not sooner. Anti-Semitism in France has almost doubled in the first 7 months of 2014 (91% increase). Almost 3,300 French Jews left for Israel in 2013 (60% more than 2012). It is estimated that over 8,000 Jewish people will be leavingFrance in 2014, which makes France the leading country in the world for Jewish aliyah. Amazingly, the fact that French Jews are leaving an unsafe France for a war-ridden Israel doesn’t affect their decision to move.
French Anti-Semitism didn’t happen in a vacuum. It is the result of a progressive hatred of God’s people, “the apple of His eye” (Zechariah 2:8). It is currently a hybrid of classical anti-Semitism and the new anti-Semitism. A newer kind of Jew hatred has emerged that I will label Eschatological Anti-Semitism, as it seems to be clearly linked to the last days.
British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, a Jewish believer in Yeshua said it very succinctly:” Christianity is biblical Judaism fulfilled”. It is true that Christianity and Judaism are connected. One doesn’t supersede the other but compliments it. Jews and Christians are biblically connected; sadly, it is seldom evident if we go by the track record of Judeo/Christian relations over the last 2,000 years.
Jews and Christians have a lot in common and need each other especially at this time in human history, but more than anything, they need the One that they also have in common: Yeshua of Nazareth, the Jewish Mashiach and Savior of the world.