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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Durban II or the Legalization of Fascim

Geneva was recently the host country for the "Durban II" conference in April 2009. The global community had a chance to redeem itself from the vitriolic statements made mostly against Israel and Zionism in 2001 during Durban I. The so-called conference "Against Racism" that just took place in Europe had many country officials hoping for a better unbiased approach to the problems of xenophobia, racism and intolerance.

Why in the world did they invite Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to be there AND HOW IN THE WORLD DID HE END-UP AS THEIR KEYNOTE SPEAKER? This would be laughable if it was not so terrifying.

Are the organizers and leaders behind the Durban Conferences so oblivious to the hatred spewed by the likes of Ahmadinejad and so blinded by their own dreams of tolerance and multiculturalism, that they would ignore the blatant anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist venom that was delivered in Geneva? I thank God for the several countries (including the US) that decided to boycott Durban II as well as the more than 20 delegates who walked out during Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Hitlerian discourse. I do not know if Durban II was allowed because of a global consensus against Israel and the Jewish people or simply because people are afraid to speak-up against hatred, especially if it is funneled through and by radical Islam.

What I know is that this is the kind of behavior that 70 years ago lead 6,000,000 of my people to their death through the concentration camps. New perpetrators are lined up to destroy Israel while new by-standers remain silent as my people are again becoming the number one scapegoat of humanity. "Never Again" still echos in the hearts of Jewish people across the globe, but it is muffled by the world's reluctance to fight Islamo-fascism.

But it is not my intention to only be a doomsday voice and this why I am encouraging you to see this two minute video filmed at Durban II where actor Jon Voight takes a stand.

Durban II: Roger L. Simon & Jon Voight Walk Out on Ahmadinejad


"Thou shalt not be a victim. Thou shalt not be a perpetrator. Above all, thou shalt not be a bystander. Anonymous

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A Breath of Fresh Air in a Suffocating Anti-Semitic world!

In the brutal and unforgiving world of the New Anti-semitism, there are rare moments of respite when a voice is heard to expose the ludicrous statements made against Israel and the Jewish people. Such moments are to be cherished, even more so when they are provided by a voice from the middle east.

In his article posted April 21, 2009 on the liberal Arab website www.elaph.com, reformist writer Basem Muhammad Habib condemns the Holocaust denial in the Arab world. The following excerpts constitute a commendable testimony to the human spirit.


There Is No Connection at All Between the Reality of the Holocaust and What Has Happened in Palestine

"These days, the world is commemorating the Holocaust, because it was one of the biggest massacres in history, which surpassed other massacres in its barbarity, even those committed by primitive civilizations. Abundant [evidence] indicates that more than six million Jews were killed during the 1930s and 1940s, having been accused by the Nazi authorities of conspiring with the Allies, of causing the Germany's defeat in World War I, and of cooperating with the efforts of its enemies in World War II. This racist thinking fed the feelings of hatred towards the Jews, and led to this horrible massacre, whose wounds are still tormenting the world even decades later.

"Though this horrible event has become part of history, and cannot possibly be denied, there are nevertheless some who insist on denying it and on questioning [the validity of] the numbers, out of motivations that are mostly political. [This is true] especially in our region, which is steeped in [psychological] complexes and feelings of resentment. Many [in our region] attempt to link the Holocaust and the issue of Palestine, believing that to recognize and commemorate the Holocaust is to betray the Palestinian cause. This approach raises questions about the soundness of the ideologies that dominate our attitudes and feelings – ideologies that are clearly not anchored in sound logic, and are not at all consistent with our human values. Thus, we unwittingly turn our backs on the proper human attitude, just because our feelings of hatred get the better of us.

"There is no connection at all between the reality of the Holocaust and what has happened in Palestine. These are two different matters that [occurred in different] times and places, and we can assess each of them independently of the other. [Only] then... will our judgment be free and grounded in correct values and sincere sentiments.

"Instead of doubting [the historicity of the Holocaust], we should admire the Jewish political leaders for the interest they show in the Jewish [Holocaust] victims and for their constant remembrance of those atrocities. They dedicate much effort to honoring their memory, documenting their trials, and fighting for [the survivors'] rights, wherever they are. This is something we hardly ever see in our region, where people are killed for the most trivial reasons, and their suffering and pain are quickly forgotten. In Iraq, for example, hundreds of thousands were killed [under Saddam Hussein's] reign of terror and tyranny, yet we have never heard of any attempt to commemorate these victims, nor have we seen any concern for their lost rights...

"Today, the world has become free of [fascist] ideologies, and the reign of reason is expanding. Even Germany, which witnessed this criminal massacre, has acknowledged this catastrophe, and has begun to atone for it in various ways, [for example] by providing annual economic support to Israel. The U.N., for its part, has issued a resolution designating January 27 as [International] Holocaust Remembrance Day... This date was chosen in honor of the few survivors who were discovered in Auschwitz by the Allies [when they liberated the camp on January 27,] 1945 – [survivors] who were among the few who experienced the horror [of the Holocaust] and lived to tell the tale."


Holocaust Denial Usually Stems Not from Scholarly Motivations, But from Political Ones

"Because of the doubts raised by many [people about the Holocaust], some countries have been forced to issue laws that criminalize any attempt to doubt or deny this event – for the casting of doubt does not usually stem from scholarly motivations but [comes to serve] political and ideological goals... Some regard such laws as undemocratic, and as indicating a pro-Israel bias. However, the truth is that [these laws] came in response to a wave of irrational doubt, promoted by certain parties under the guise of scientific inquiry.

"The Holocaust deserves to be [recognized as] a momentous world event, because it targeted [the very essence of] our humanity. At the time, there was no Jewish state and most of those who suffered this injustice lived in Europe in small diaspora communities.

"We [Arabs] should feel empathy for the victims of the Holocaust and commemorate them, as do others [throughout the world]. Certainly, our participation in commemorating this event will help our international position and change the way people regard us. Perhaps we will be able to improve our image in the eyes of the world and reverse some of the damage that the terrorists have done."


I applaud Mr. Habib who provided our global community with this well balanced analysis of history. While we might not agree on every details as they pertain to Israel and Palestine, I appreciate his clear attempt at dividing the horrors of the Holocaust and the middle east crisis.

"In a free society, some are guilty but all are responsible"
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Yom Ha Shoah 2009

On Monday April, 20th 2009, was the worldwide Remembrance Day known as "Yom HaShoah" or "Holocaust Remembrance Day". It is a time when people around the world (Jewish and non-Jewish) pause and remember the atrocities committed against humanity during the Nazi era of the Second World War. Six million innocent Jewish people disappeared in the smokestacks of Auschwitz-Birkenau and other many extermination camps.
The Jewish People vowed that such a catastrophe would "NEVER AGAIN" take place in human history.
Today, sixty-five years later, as the last camps survivors are well into their eighties and nineties, the world is at risk of forgetting the horrors of yesteryears. Holocaust deniers, Durban II and Islamists are working hard at minimizing the reality of the Holocaust while preparing for the anihilation of modern Israel and World Jewry.
Amongst a myriad of documents, letters and testimonies, is a sobering photo album, preserved from the hideous Auschwitz death machine. This album is the only one and last of its kind to document the systematic attempt at destroying European Jewry, with photographic details.


The danger we are faced with today is real. The New Anti-Semitism continues the age old diatribes against the Jews, hoping to rally people around the world "in the name of World Peace" to stop Israel (to destroy Israel, rather!). Discourses and sermons continue to be given weekly around the world like the following one in the middle east given on April 3, 2009 by a Hamas leader who once attended an interfaith peace conference, on the necessity to destroy all the Jews. Note the mentioning of the book "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" (See my previous blog entry).


We must continue to educate ourselves AND others. We must NEVER FORGET, lest history repeats itself! Our voices count because they can still be heard.

The Road to Auschwitz was built by hate
but paved with indifference.
Ian Kershaw, Historian

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

NEVER AGAIN!

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Do the Jewish people really control the Financial world?

On April 6, The Wall Street Journal published an article entitled:" Anti-Semitism and the Economic Crisis Many people still blame Jews for capitalism's faults.".
Following are some excerpts worth considering:

There are ample indicators of current anti-Semitic attitudes. A poll conducted recently in Europe by the Anti-Defamation League found 74% of Spaniards believe Jews "have too much power in international financial markets," while 67% of Hungarians believe Jews "have too much power in the business world." Here in America, the Web site of National Journal is hosting an "expert blog" by former CIA official Michael Scheuer, now a professor at Georgetown, complaining of a "fifth column of pro-Israel U.S. citizens" who are "unquestionably enemies of America's republican experiment." And over at Yahoo! Finance, the message board discussing Goldman Sachs is rife with comments about "Jew pigs" and the "Zionist Federal Reserve."

So will the Jews come under attack? The existence of the Jewish state guarantees refuge for Jews around the world, but it carries with it its own risks. Hezbollah's leader, Hassan Nasrallah, has said that if the Jews "all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them world-wide." It's a comment all the more chilling as Nasrallah's Iranian sponsors are on the brink of making a nuclear bomb....
....It may yet be that the Jews escape the current economic crisis having only lost fortunes. But if not, there will have been no lack of warning about the threat. When Jews gather Wednesday night for the Passover Seder, we will recite the words from the Hagadah, the book that relays the Israelite exodus from slavery in Egypt: "In every generation they rise up against us to destroy us." This year, they will resonate all the more ominously.


It is refreshing to see some of the press expose the blatant lies about the Jewish people controlling the finances of the world. The age old libel against the Jews, painting them as rapacious, greedy, money gathering people, needs to be exposed as a lie. There is nothing new and nothing true about the attempt by worldwide Jewry to take over the world.


In the late 1800s, The Protocols of the learned Elders of Zion was first published. It has since been proven that it is a fabricated hoax, infused with blatant plagiarism by Russian journalist Matvei Golovinski.

It is hard to tell how far the world will be willing to go in accusing the Jewish people of greedily controlling the planet, but as the sames diatribes are being spread, I cannot help but see a stage being built, or REBUILT I should say, for a world leader to incite the masses into hating my people.

A global crisis, a desperate world community, a charismatic leader and a scapegoat! the set is being built under our eyes and most people are still either closing their own eyes or looking the other way.

Sir Winston Churchill's quote profoundly resonates in my heart: "A nation that forgets its past is doomed to repeat it."

Let's stand against the liers and their cohorts. Remember the past, so we won't we repeat it!

Zakhor

Friday, April 3, 2009

First Quarter of 2009 in Europe shows a surge in anti-Semitism

The Jewish paper Ha-aretz just reported that anti-Semitism is on the rise again in Europe. Their findings show that acts of an anti-Semitic nature for the first quarter of 2009 have surpassed all of 2008 in numbers. Countries such as Belgium, Finland, Denmark, Holland, England and France have shown a critical surge of anti-Semitism in response to the Gaza conflict of late December 2008/January 2009. Additionaly, the financial collapse doesn't help the situation as Ha-aretz remarks:

The report cites the reaction to January's Israel Defense Forces operation in Gaza as one of the key triggers of anti-Semitic attacks against Jewish communities in Europe. In addition, the current financial crisis is giving rise to age-old anti-Semitic stereotypes suggesting "Jewish control of the global financial system."

EJC members from all over Europe, who gathered in Brussels for the special session, reported a significant rise in the number of anti-Semitic incidents. The head of the Jewish community in Finland, Rony Smolar, said its 25,000 members are subject to repeated harassment due to its support for Israel.

"Public opinion links Israel with the local Jewish community, which turns us into enemies," Smolar said, adding that his country has seen "a dramatic rise" in the number and severity of anti-Semitic attacks. Smolar said that Molotov cocktails have been thrown into synagogues and that Jewish cemeteries in Sweden and Norway have been vandalized. He also cited a shooting incident in which two Israelis were wounded by a gunman in Denmark during Operation Cast Lead.

"Cartoons likening the Star of David to the Nazi swastika have become commonplace in Scandinavia," Smolar said.

Richard Prasquier, the head of the umbrella organization representing the Jewish community in France (CRIF), also pointed to a rise in anti-Semitic incidents. "France is home to the largest Jewish community in Europe and the largest Muslim community in Europe," Prasquier said, hinting that the sizable immigrant community from North Africa is most responsible for instigating the anti-Jewish violence. European politicians have shied away from blaming Muslim immigrants for attacks against Jews.

To read the whole article click here

The Jewish people have been the scapegoats of humanity for centuries. Any local, national or global crisis will eventually incite some people to shift the blame on Israel and/or the Jewish people. It was only a matter of time before we were blamed for the economic crisis. Saddly, as the article reports, political correctness forces people to shy away from exposing the real problem.
I stand with my people all across the globe. I suffer great pain when I witness the repeated acts of anti-Semitism, or any racism for that matter. the plea of Asaph in Psalm 83:1-5, resonates deep in my heart:


O God, do not remain quiet; Do not be silent and, O God, do not be still.
For, behold, Thine enemies make an uproar; And those who hate Thee have exalted themselves.
They make shrewd plans against Thy people, And conspire together against Thy treasured ones.
They have said, “Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation, That the name of Israel be remembered no more.”
For they have conspired together with one mind; Against Thee do they make a covenant: