With a dramatic influx of French immigrants, the Jewish Agency head heralds this year as the height of aliyah by choice versus necessity BY CNAAN LIPHSHIZ JTA — In their central Jerusalem apartment, Natan and Avital Sharansky can hear their…
Report in Turkish daily says young people feel pressured to emigrate by the anti-Semitism bred by Erdogan’s harsh rhetoric By Yifa Yaakov Palestinian students hold up pictures of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as they wave the Turkish and…
By Tom Nisani Tazpit News Agency A new program to get the Zionist discourse back into the center of affairs on Hebrew U’s campus has been launched by the ‘Im Tirzu’ student body. The two month program touches on delicate…
By ANNE BAYEFSKY 0
Israel has taken a stand against suffering through a review by a council that commends Syria and demonizes its southern neighbor.
PM Binyamin Netanyahu at UN Photo: REUTERS
Just days after the UN put on a show about Holocaust remembrance, it is business as usual in terms of demonizing and encouraging hatred of Jews in the present. In Geneva, the UN’s top human rights body, the Human Rights Council, is conducting its so-called “Universal Periodic Review” (UPR), and Israel was supposed to arrive before the firing squad on January 29 to listen to Iran itemize the failings of “the Zionist entity.” The greater tragedy of modern anti-Semitism, however, is that the United States and almost every other Western government pressured Israel to participate too – for the sake of the reputation of the UN and the appearance of universality. These goals were considered to be the greater good.
In the world of international human rights, the standard-bearer is the universal application of human rights principles. “We the peoples of the United Nations,” says the UN Charter, “reaffirm faith…in the equal rights…of nations large and small.” Hence, the UN Human Rights “Council,” desperate to repair the UN’s human rights credibility after Libya was elected President of the Human Rights “Commission,” created the much-trumpeted UPR. All 193 UN members undergo the same procedure – states like Syria and the United States, for example.
During the UPR, country representatives turn up in Geneva while diplomats from other states proceed to make comments and recommendations on improving the country’s human rights record. Since the country can “accept” or “reject” those recommendations, it is in its interest to line up friendly participants, a disingenuous role willingly played only by rogue states. At the end, the President of the Council thanks the country concerned, regardless of the statements made by its representatives, the recommendations it has rejected, or its actual human rights record.
By Moshe Phillips Isn’t it nice how the mainstream media ignores Gore Vidal’s long record of vicious anti-Israel & anti-Semitic statements in their coverage of his death?
The Nation and others on the left aren’t ignoring it though… They appear proud.
By 2010 even Christopher Hitchens realized that Vidal was an extremist and stated so in a February 2010 article in Vanity Fair titled “Vidal Loco.” Hitchens related that there was a time that Vidal had “a very, very minor tendency to bring up the Jewish question in contexts where it didn’t quite belong.” Something changed thought Hitchens. Vidal’s 9/11 conspiracy theories — also getting no substantial mention in the mainstream media — are the subject of “Vidal Loco” and the article can be found here: http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2010/02/hitchens-201002. Note that Hitchens also mentions Vidal’s attacks on William F. Buckley and others he sparred with after their deaths.
But it is Vidal’s use of terms like pro-Israel conservative commentators Norman Podhoretz and Midge Decter as “Fifth Columnists (Israeli division)” and other supporters of Israel as “Zionist fellow travellers” that caused many to label him an anti-Semite.
See (one of) Podhoretz’s response to Vidal here: http://www.paulbogdanor.com/antisemitism/vidal.pdf
See The Nation’s silly defense of Gore Vidal’s anti-Semitism here: http://www.thenation.com/blog/169182/remembering-gore-vidal
When they say at the end of their piece about Vidal “We won’t have another like him.” A sane response must be: Thank Goodness.
By Jana Chytilova
“This report is biased and one-sided and will erode a commitment we made as a church in a [2003 report] to strengthen ties with the Jewish community,” Reverend Andrew Love. . A United Church of Canada minister has started a campaign to get rank-and-file members to reject a proposal from the church’s hierarchy to launch an economic boycott against Israel.
“I really want to believe this is the workings of a very active minority in the church,” said Andrew Love, a pastor at a parish in the town of Arnprior, 55 kilometres west of Ottawa.
“The vast majority of people in the pews are not ready to embrace this kind of extremist and radical agenda from a small minority. There is a real disconnect between the leadership and its people.”
He said the proposal contains “elements of anti-Semitism” by minimizing the importance of the Holocaust.
By Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld
“Israeli psychiatrist Zvi Rex was correct in saying that the Germans will never forgive the Jews for Auschwitz. In an analogous manner, I would argue that Western Europeans will also never forgive the Americans for being daily reminders that it was the Americans – together with the Red Army – who defeated Nazism, and not the Europeans themselves.
“Anti-Semitism in Europe goes back a thousand years. Anti-Americanism as a discourse and an ideology emerged more than 200 years ago among European elites. America and Jews are seen by many Europeans as paragons of a modernity they dislike and distrust: money-driven, profit-hungry, urban, universalistic, individualistic, mobile, rootless, inauthentic, and thus hostile to established traditions and values.
Anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism are the only major icons shared by the European extreme left and far right, including neo-Nazis.”
By Dan Calic One of the most difficult issues for Christians and Jews to navigate is how to relate to each other while the proverbial 800 pound gorilla is in the room.
What’s the 800-pound gorilla? The desire on the part of Christians to evangelize Jews, and the sensitivity Jews have about uninvited conversion efforts. As one Jew eloquently stated several years ago, “Christians have to understand Jews did not volunteer to become participants in the final act of a play they didn’t write.”
Serious Christians, many of whom have a genuine love of the Jewish people, might consider doing something important if they wish to develop a meaningful, or in many cases a better relationship with Jews. They should consider repentance.
Repenting for the centuries of misunderstanding, abuse, expulsions, and the Holocaust would be an excellent starting point. Doing the same for anti-Semitism and replacement theology would be recommended as well.
By Moshe Phillips Philadelphia Chapter of Americans for a Safe Israel / AFSI. For decades New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman has used newspapers to indoctrinate his readers in his personal idea of what are moral and just policies…
by David J. Rusin
Do Jews have a future in an increasingly Muslim Europe? Often explored by Daniel Pipes, this question recently drew a disconcerting answer from prominent Dutch politician Frits Bolkestein, who opined on the grim choices facing visible (e.g., Orthodox) Jews in his nation:
The former EU commissioner says there is no future for this group in the Netherlands because of “the anti-Semitism among Dutchmen of Moroccan descent, whose numbers keep growing.”
He feels that this group of Jews should encourage their children to emigrate to either the United States or Israel, because he has little confidence in the effectiveness of the government’s proposals for fighting anti-Semitism.
Bolkestein’s remarks echo those of Benjamin Jacobs, the country’s chief rabbi, who told Arutz Sheva in 2010 that “the future for Dutch Jewry is moving to Israel.” Indeed, some Jews are acting. The same news service reported in December that the son of Raphael Evers, another leading Dutch rabbi, “has announced plans to move to Israel due to anti-Semitism”:
“It’s not that you can’t leave the house, but you need to constantly hide, to be careful,” he explained. He related his own cautionary measures, which include avoiding certain neighborhoods, and hiding his kippah (yalmulke) when walking through areas with a high number of Muslim immigrants