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Friday, December 21, 2012

NEW ANTISEMITISM 2012: A YEAR IN REVIEW!

     As you read this, you have by now realized that the Mayans were wrong about the end of the world taking place on December 21, 2012 (what a big surprise!). You would also have to agree that 2012 was a year packed with many news making events on just about any topic you might have an interest in.
     As for me, my topic of interest is Israel, the Jewish People and Antisemitism. I see it as an obligation to keep my readers informed about the unbiased facts on that topic. As I reflect on the past twelve months, I cannot help but notice that 2012 has seen a momentous convergence of Postmodernism, Liberalism and Radicalism against Israel and the Jewish people worldwide. In some cases that convergence of evil forces was done individually and in other cases, corporately. But as it appears, in all cases, it carried the same unjustified hatred, and aimed at the same goal: The destruction of Israel and/or the Jewish people.
     While there is no need to dwell on the past and there is really nothing to reminisce on, I believe that it would be helpful to quickly review some of the major events that punctuated the Jewish community worldwide in 2012. So here we go:

January: The Muslim Brotherhood Takes The Stage!
     The worldwide fellowship of Muslim known as the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) is an umbrella organization (founded in Egypt in 1936) that covers just about all walks of Islamic life from political to financial and from social to educational. They have been in the shadows of a quietly organizing Islam. Their goal is "the mastership of the world" under an all encompassing Islamic Caliphate. Additionally, they are passionately and virulently antisemitic. They toppled Qaddafi and pushed Mubarak while many worldwide still consider them "peaceful". They continue to establish their bastion of hate and intolerance in front of an apathetic world community. Sir Winston Churchill was spot on when he declared:"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last." Back in January, the MB was just taking the stage and it was just a year ago. Oh, how the crocodile has advanced!

February: Anti-Israel Historical Revisionism from the UNESCO!
     After the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) officially added "Palestine" to its membership roaster in October 2011, I had great concerns about the start of a campaign of delegitimization of Israel. "Palestine" can now officially rewrite history with the backing of  a "bona fide" world organization. Rachel's tomb in Israel quickly became the topic of a controversy whereby the UNESCO supported the Palestinian claim that it wasn't only a Jewish site but also a Muslim one. Historical revisionism never comes alone against Israel, it is always accompanied by negationism. Holocaust deniers, as abhorrent as they are, have existed since the close of WWII. Now they might end up having an official platform to spew their venom from.

March: France's Worst Murderous act of Antisemitism in over 30 years!
     In the middle of March, France was shaken by the murder of seven people by Mohammed Merah. At first, plagued by a severe case of postmodern political correctness, France described the killing as a terrible act of violence against innocent victims. But when it quickly became obvious that the killer was motivated by hate and more particularly by antisemitism, facts could no longer be hidden: Merah was an Islamist and was even affiliated with Al-Qaeda. I was very interested in seeing how France would react to this unspeakable act of antisemitism and I was hopeful that it would serve as a major wake-up call for the country where historically, the hatred of the Jews runs so deep into the soil. As it turned out, Merah's murders helped the new antisemitism morph with the old, creating this unnamed new monster and opening the door for more carnage. Now, all is allowed in the Jew hatred arena!

April: Anti-Israel Bias Hits Prime Time Television on "60 Minutes"!
     Towards the end of April, 60 Minutes aired a segment titled "Christians in of the Holy Land". Bob Simon unashamedly took sides with the "poor Palestinian Christians". The one-sided piece completely ignored Hamas' daily rocket showers as well as all the media diatribes and libels against the Israel. There was a time when people looked forward to watching 60 Minutes because of the integrity and professionalism of the show. Bob Simon and his team of reporters are guilty of twisting the truth to get ratings. But is it really about ratings or does it go deeper? This was a bold case of what has come to be known as Christian Palestinianism. We really can't trust the media anymore, especially when it comes to the Middle East, but we already knew that!

May: UC Irvine Palestine Week is Back with a Vengeance!
     Each year in the spring, the University of California Irvine hosts a week long event on its campus introduced as "Palestine Liberation Week". It has become known as "Hate Week" by many. The week long event is apparently meant to raise awareness about the plight of the "Palestinian" under Israeli occupation. Having attended many meetings, I can honestly tell you that hate and antisemitism are on the agenda much more than reporting the facts about the Middle East crisis (remember what they did to Ambassador Michael Oren in 2010). The likes of British born Palestinian activist Ben White or Muslim activist Amir Abdel Malik Ali had nothing on their agenda but the denigration of Israel. This year I was shocked when I interacted with a Jewish woman holocaust survivor who supported the whole Palestinian propaganda.

June: The Muslim Brotherhood Takes a Bow in Egypt!
     With only 51.7% of the votes, Mohammed Morsi was elected President of Egypt in what the world is describing as the first democratic vote in that country in a long time. It is not a secret to anybody that Morsi has a strong loyalty to the Muslim Brotherhood. How these elections can be described as "free" or "democratic" is a mystery to me. Their motto being: Allah is our objective, the prophet our leader, Qur'an is our law, Jihad is our way, Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope,  one is to wonder where in that fascist statement can we find any shred of freedom or democracy? With 80 million people, a common border with Israel through the Sinai and a peace treaty dating back to 1978, Egypt is rapidly becoming a major threat to Israel and even to the West under the MB leadership.

July: Germany Bans Circumcision!
    Of all the countries in the world, I thought that Germany would be the last one to even think about putting a ban on circumcision. So imagine my shock when I read that a court in Cologne had made ritual circumcision illegal in Germany (a law that affects both Jews and Muslims). Even Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel was embarrassed and vowed to work hard on reversing it. In the meantime I cannot help but think of the "Nuremberg Laws" of the 1930s aimed at slowly ostracizing the Jews from society to the point of having them become a sub-race at least in the eyes of the Nazis and European antisemites. These laws already were inspired by European "Canonical" laws of the Middle Ages. Will history unavoidably repeat itself? Not if we speak up!

August: Advertising War in San Francisco!
    A precedent was most definitely set in August when a series of ads against Radical Islam were placed by Pamela Geller (an anti-Islamism activist). Even though I agree with Ms. Geller's position on radical Islam, some of the words she used in such a short ad might have been poorly selected. My real issue wasn't really with the ad though, but rather with the decision by the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency to run a counter campaign alongside the ads by Ms. Geller. Never in advertising history has a company used to be a platform for an ad campaign (ie: the bus authority) decided to run a counter campaign against a paying advertiser. I guess when it comes to creativity for the denigration of Israel, the sky is the limit.

September: Barack Obama says NO to Netanyahu and YES to Letterman!
    We all have our priorities and when it comes to Israel, Mr. Obama clearly showed his in September when he turned down a meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu who was coming to the States anyway and instead made an appearance on the "Letterman Show" and oh, let's not forget that he also found time to meet with Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi. Less than two months before the elections and in the midst of the Iran crisis (not to mention the rest of the Middle East "Powder Keg"), Mr. Obama chose to snob Mr. Netanyahu and thus made a huge mistake diplomatically, politically and BIBLICALLY. Barack Obama is NO FRIEND of Israel and now that he is back in office for his second term with nothing to prove, we can expect more of the same rhetoric and much worse, considering how bad it already was when he HAD something to prove!

October: More Christian Double Standard Against Israel!
    We have all come to expect much animosity against Israel and the Jewish people from places like Iran, Lebanon, Turkey and/or groups like Hamas, Hizbollah, Al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. It is another story, and a very sad one I might add, when we see a Christian denomination turning on Israel and the Jewish people. This is exactly what happened last October when the Presbyterian Church USA offcially announced that Israel's armament from the US should be proportional to their compliance with human rights and/or violations against the Palestinians. The letter they sent to the US Congress was also cosigned by several other "Christian" denominations. NOTHING was ever mentioned about the myriad of rockets sent by Hamas onto Israel or any of the terrorist attacks in the Land. Praise God for the fact that not all Christians share this same view about Israel!

November: Worldwide Media Distortion Against Israel!
    The  recent "Operation Pillar of Defense" in November reminded us of how biased worldwide media outlet have become over the years when they are reporting about the Arab-Israeli conflict. That bias coupled with the masses' apathy/ignorance about the topic and fueled by the antisemitic tendencies of our politically correct planet paint a disastrous picture of Israel. Now the victims are being further demonized while the perpetrators become victimized. Add to that the instantaneous communication made possible by the internet and various social networks and millions of people are reached virtually instantly with the libelous tirades of the enemies of Israel. Keeping the world busy with the lies is the best way to make sure they remain uninvolved in spreading the truth, which is part of Satan's master plan.

December: The United Nations Make a Major Faux Pas!
    To top off a year of lies, hate and manipulation that belongs to "Humanity's Hall of Shame" you can always count on the United-Nations to put their foot feet in their mouth. To nobody's surprise, 65 years after Israel was reborn as a modern nation, the Palestinian Authority faked its way through a parade of lies and platitudes at the UN. Mahmoud Abbas made lying and being victimized into an art form. The results were historic and foundational to what will soon be the acceptance of Palestine as a voting member of the UN. Only 9 countries voted against the resolution. May God have mercy on the other 188. The UN continued its shameful manipulation by passing 9 anti-Israel resolutions on Dec 18, while NONE were passed against Hamas or Syria (22 total UN resolution against Israel in 2012).

     It would be easy after reviewing some of what has plagued my people over the last 12 months, to become depressed if not angry, and I cannot lie to you, I have been either or both at times, but...
      instead of dwelling on the lies being dispensed we should dwell on the TRUTH
     John 8:32 and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” 

     instead of complaining about people's ignorance of the Bible, teach them the WORD
     Isaiah 55:11 So shall My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. 

     instead of worrying about people being lostwithout the Messiah, introduce HIM to them
     John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.

     To all of you my faithful readers and friends, I want to wish a very happy Holiday Season celebrating the One Who was born at this season: The King of the Jews, the Lord of Lords, the Messiah of Israel and Savior of the World, YESHUA OF NAZARETH

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Why Is The World Micromanaging Israel?

     It is very obvious that when you tell a lie long enough, the masses eventually believe it to be the truth. While in prison for his failed putsch attempt of 1923, Adolf Hitler wrote Mein Kampf (My Struggle) that was later published in 1925 (vol.1) and 1926 (vol.2). So, by the mid-twenties, Hitler was already spreading his vitriol about the Jewish people to a people plagued by an apparently unrecoverable economic crisis. Germany bought the lies, some parts of Europe followed suit and within 10 years the "European Jew" had become the sub-race that HAD to be completely annihilated. Europe had found a scapegoat! Or should I say that Europe had"rediscovered" the same scapegoat of old used throughout history to carry the blame for all the ills of the planet? The lies had become the truth, and the rest remains eternally branded on the Jewish psyche as 6,000,000 Jews perished in the camps.
     For a short period after WWII, the subject of antisemitism and the Shoah (Hebrew word for the Holocaust) became highly taboo as a greatly reduced Jewish community of refugees sought to leave Europe and settle in the "Promise Land". Before long it was 1948 and the modern state of Israel was born, by a miracle of God and through the work of the then still ethical United Nations.
     Decades of lies, political manipulation and propaganda led the world to start turning on Israel. The media slowly became one of the strongest ally of the enemies of the Jews (the same media that is apparently "controlled" by the Jews). We must be such a self-destructive people!
     Eventually, after a parade of pompous and embarrassing anti-Israel diatribes, on November 29, 2012, exactly 65 years to the day after Israel was re-born as a nation, the UN voted to include Palestine as a non-voting member. The lies had become the truth again and Israel was well on its way to further delegitimization by 179 countries out of 193.
     Now that Palestine is being recognized, albeit as a nonmember observer state, the envelope will continue to be pushed further and further. Mahmoud Abbas still vows to destroy Israel and to make Jerusalem the "eternal capital of Palestine". But the rules have changed now that a precedent has been set. The November UN vote proved that unilateral decisions can be made regardless of any peace negotiations, that is of course only in the case of Israel "the occupier". With the Oslo Accords now defunct, if not officially, at least in principle, the Palestinian Authority will continue to manipulate the media and the international political community for full membership in the UN. Frankly, I see very few obstacles in the way of that happening soon, as the world appears to be on a mission to micromanage Israel.
     Since the November vote, Six European nations have asked Israel to give a clear account for their continued settlements in the "occupied territories". Britain, France, Spain, Denmark, Germany and Sweden are calling on Israel ambassadors in their respective countries to reconsider Israel's additional settlements in light of the recent inclusion of Palestine in the UN. This claim (supported by US secretary of State Hillary Clinton) is made because it is believed that Israel's settlement decision is counterproductive in the area of peacemaking. But wait a minute, is that "peacemaking" with the very people who ignored any dialogue with Israel and went to "daddy UN" to cry for recognition? How fair is that? Oh, I forgot, we're dealing with Israel, so we don't have to be fair, we just have to try to run Israel from afar! The lies have become the truth again.
     As if this wasn't enough, apparently emboldened by the recent vote, the UN passed another resolution on December 4th (174/6/6) asking Israel to allow nuclear inspectors in. Currently, Israel has not signed a non-proliferation treaty and it looks like the UN is working towards cornering them to do so. I find this both ironic and tragic when we allow a country like Iran to build a bomb under our nose knowing full well that they intend to use it on Israel and even Americans, and Israel is asked to allow nuclear inspectors in. The enemies are left alone to build a weapon of mass destruction and our only true friend in the middle east is asked to share its nuclear agenda AND arsenal with the world.
     Israel has officially been a sovereign state since 1948 and has proven highly capable of running its own affairs as well as defending its borders. They need our support not our finger pointing  and ordering around.
     Last time the Jews were told what to do, where to go and how to surrender their property about 70 years ago, it didn't end too well, did it? Not to mention when were told to stay within the Pale of Settlement in eastern Europe and not to mention when Queen Isabella of Spain told us to leave and kept our property, not to mention the Crusades, not to......well you get the idea! I beg the world and the UN to stay out of Israel's business and quit trying to micromanage Israel lest you end up mismanaging them!

     I WILL BLESS THOSE WHO BLESS YOU AND I WILL CURSE HIM WHO CURSES YOU - GENESIS 12:3
   
   
 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Was the UN Vote for Palestine a Faux Pas?


     November 29, 1947 marked the UN's decision to partition Palestine into two states for Arabs AND Jews. The vote was a historic moment and was followed within a few months (May 14, 1948) by Israel's declaration of independence, another historic moment. The original plan for partitioning was immediately accepted by the Jewish people AND immediately rejected by the Arabs. It gave birth to a series of wars and conflicts that continue to this very day.  This has been the core issue in what is known as the "Middle East Crisis" or the "Arab-Israeli Conflict".
     Exactly 65 years to the day after the UN vote in 1947, on the 29th of November 2012, the UN voted again, but this time it was to welcome Palestine as a non-member (non-voting) state to the United Nations. The results were staggering as 138 countries voted in favor, 9 against and 41 abstained. Resolution 67/19 on "The Question of Palestine" was thus passed.
     This was without a doubt another historic moment, as the Palestinian Authority under Mahmoud Abbas witnessed a complete vindication in what I must call the biggest inversion of reality in the history of the United Nations. If the move to include Palestine into the United Nation as a non-member state was connected to Abbas' speech, it goes without saying that the UN unequivocally showed its true colors last Thursday.
     The speech delivered by Abbas was reminiscent of the days when the late Yasir Arafat would deliver one speech to the West and another to his Middle East audience. Arafat had turned speaking out of both side of his mouth into an art form. Abbas seems to have learned well from his predecessor.
     Statements like: "Our people will continue their popular peaceful resistance" or "...this defenseless people, armed only with their dreams, courage, hope and slogans in the face of bullets, tanks, tear gas and bulldozers" simply fly in the face of logic and common sense. There is nothing peaceful about the Palestinian conflict against Israel as these "defenseless" people are showering Israel with missiles on a daily basis and repeatedly using their own women and children as human shields. These human shields were turned into saints and martyrs in Mr. Abbas crafty delivery when he said:the occupying Power continues to impose its blockade on the Gaza Strip and to target Palestinian civilians by assassinations, air strikes and artillery shelling, persisting with its war of aggression of three years ago on Gaza, which resulted in massive destruction of homes, schools, hospitals, and mosques, and the thousands of martyrs and wounded." Of course, if Mr. Abbas was referring to his human shield people as defenseless, he was right, but I really doubt it was the case.
     These are undeniable facts that were neither brought up by Mr. Abbas or challenged by the UN. I can only attribute it to the UN chronic case of cognitive dissonance, simply because I refuse to believe that it was really a case of corporate global antisemitism. Then again I might be giving the UN too much credit.
     Of course, nobody was interested in challenging the historical validity to the Palestinian claim. The fact that prior to 1967, Arabs never thought of calling themselves Palestinians was never mentioned. on the contrary, deep Palestinian roots and a need for hegemony in a land that does not belong to the Jews, was the only line presented to the global community present at the UN. And they bought it! was it diplomacy or dhimmitude?
     Mr. Abbas continued his historic speech by calling Israel "Palestine" as he claimed land for his people:"I come before you today from the Holy Land, the land of Palestine, the land of divine messages, ascension of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the birthplace of Jesus Christ (peace be upon him), to speak on behalf of the Palestinian people in the homeland and in the the Diaspora, to say, after 63 years of suffering of the ongoing Nakba: Enough. It is time for the Palestinian people to gain their freedom and independence."
     As he claimed the continued Palestinian quest for democracy and human rights was hindered by Israel, he was able to garner the votes of several countries that have absolutely NO RIGHT to accuse Israel of crimes against humanity. Countries like North Korea, Cuba, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Lybia and several others would have earned some of my respect if at the very least they had abstained (not that I think very highly of the 41 who did).
     As it stood, before the acceptance of Palestine into the UN, many more resolutions against Israel had been passed by the General Assembly since 1947 than all other countries together. So I am afraid to say that the UN didn't really need Palestine to pass judgement on Israel. They were doing just fine on their own prior to the vote.
     Additionally, as they accuse Israel of hindering the peace process, Both Mr. Abbas and the UN body (except the 9 NOs) are clearly in breech of the Oslo Accords of 1993, where it was stipulated that peace (including recognition of a state of Palestine) can only be achieved through direct negotiations. Last time I checked, negotiations meant BOTH parties being involved and not simply one party unilaterally crying for help from the UN. When one party in the signing of a covenant breaks their word, the other party is immediately released from the boundaries and rules governing that covenant.
     It is safe to say that last Thursday the Palestinian Authority with the help of 179 countries at the UN, rendered the Oslo Accords "null and void". But of course, if Israel was to act on this at ANY level, they would AGAIN be held solely responsible for breaking the Oslo Accords as the inversion of reality continues to pick up momentum.
     When I say 179 countries, I purposely include the 41 abstentions with the 138 in favor. The reason is simple and is similar to the perpetrators of crimes against the Jews during WWII. The perpetrators (the 138) were helped by the by-standers (the 41) who by not taking a position only facilitated the work of the other group. They are all guilty.
     Last Thursday was a moral faux pas, a diplomatic faux pas, a political faux pas but most importantly, a major biblical faux pas when in God's eyes and definitely in mine, as they signed Palestine's birth certificate, the UN simultaneously signed their own death warrant.

“ For behold, in those days and at that time, When I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations, And bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there On behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, Whom they have  scattered among the nations; And they have divided up My land. (Joel 3:1-2 )