Israeli and Palestinians
|Stephen M. Flatow||January 20th 2017|
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Remember John Howard Griffin’s 1961 book “Black Like Me,” about a white journalist who posed as an African-American in order to experience what life was like for blacks in the South? An American journalist recently undertook a Palestinian version of that experiment.
Hearing complaints about Israeli checkpoints that supposedly restrict the movement of Arabs in Judea and Samaria, filmmaker Ami Horowitz of Fox News decided to see for himself. He hired a Palestinian driver and, traveling in a car with Palestinian license plates, they drove “throughout the West Bank.” How often did Israeli troops interrupt their journey? “We were never stopped,” Horowitz reported.
The Trump Era
|James Kouri||January 8th 2017|
During his presidential campaign against the Democrat’s heir apparent Hillary Clinton, President-elect Donald Trump used the murder case of San Franciscan woman Kate Steinle — an American citizen murdered by a notorious illegal alien — to illustrate the evils of so-called sanctuary cities. Now that he’s set to be sworn in as President, he may find his promise an arduous and complicated one since he will have to deal with more than 500 cities, counties and towns in the state of California alone.
There are exactly 482 sanctuary cities and towns in the Golden State plus another 58 sanctuary counties. That is because California is a sanctuary state. And under the Democratic Party, that state’s officials are more concerned with the health, safety and welfare of illegal immigrants than that of U.S. citizens. Read more ..
The Trump Era
|Star Parker||January 5th 2017|
In a new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll, more than half of respondents, 52 percent, said that Donald Trump will either not change the way business is done in Washington or will bring the "wrong kind of change."
This may sound negative, but the fact that 48 percent believe positive change will occur points toward a meaningful note of hope and optimism.
With the nomination of highly motivated reformers, like Rep. Tom Price to head up the largest department in the federal government, Health and Human Services, we should feel hopeful. But history and experience should also keep us sober. Change in Washington is very hard.
President Reagan pledged to close down the departments of energy and education. But both departments survived and spending today for both departments is higher today than when Reagan took office. Read more ..
Obama and Israel
|Isi Leibler||December 30th 2016|
Cutting Edge contributor
As predicted, on the eve of his retirement President Barack Obama betrayed Israel. The former long-standing congregant of the paranoid anti-Semitic pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright who has a penchant for supporting to the Moslem Brotherhood, broke with forty years of U.S. bipartisan policy of protecting the Jewish state from the wolves at the United Nations.
His action as a lame duck president was a last ditch effort aimed at undermining his successor’s intended policies, realizing that it is virtually impossible to rescind a Security Council resolution. At the end of his eight years in office he exhibited an unprecedented abuse of power knowing that in his last month he would be unaccountable, despite the fact that his vindictive initiative was totally opposed by Congress, the American people and even by many members of his own party. Read more ..
Israel on Edge
|Michael Oren||December 23rd 2016|
To its credit, France is one of the first countries in Europe to ban economic boycotts of Israel. To its shame, France is the first European country to implement a 2015 European Union decision to label Israeli products from Judea and Samaria—the West Bank—and the Golan Heights.
Who, besides France’s Jewish community—already diminished by the sharp rise in anti-Semitism in the country—will buy products labelled “Made in an Israeli Settlement”? Who is the French government fooling when it says that it is against any boycott of Israel and then acts to facilitate one?
Such a policy is viewed by the vast majority of Israelis as highly prejudicial if not anti-Semitic. There are 200 territorial disputes in the world today, and France has singled out one of them—Israel’s with the Palestinians—for special treatment. There is no French labelling of Chinese goods from Tibet or Moroccan goods from Western Sahara. And in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, France labels products from only one party—the Jews. Read more ..
The Edge of Terrorism
|Steven Emerson||December 15th 2016|
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The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) facilitated a training session last week for a French police delegation, in conjunction with the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s Community Engagement Office in Tampa, the Investigative Project on Terrorism has confirmed with DHS officials and other agencies.
This session stands in contrast with the FBI's 2009 policy not to engage with CAIR outside of criminal investigations due to questions about the Hamas ties of its top executives. An FBI official wrote that "until we can resolve whether there continues to be a connection between CAIR or its executives and HAMAS, the FBI does not view CAIR as an appropriate liaison partner." That FBI policy toward CAIR remains in effect, and was publicly reaffirmed in 2013.
The Trump Era
|Cinnamon Stillwell and Michael Lumish||December 14th 2016|
Nowhere was the hysteria, panic, and fearmongering attending Donald Trump's win in the 2016 presidential election felt more strongly than on college campuses -- and Middle East studies academics were no exception. Rather than acknowledging that justified concern over increasing terrorism in the U.S. was a strong factor, they dismissed Trump voters as angry, fearful, ignorant, "Islamophobic" white supremacists.
This despite Trump's receiving more minority votes than did Mitt Romney in 2012, and the support of the same white working-class population that twice voted for biracial President Barack Obama. Read more ..
|Barney Breen-Portnoy||December 7th 2016|
The plans of a Volkswagen-owned vehicle manufacturer to do business with Iran are morally troubling given the German automotive giant’s Nazi roots, an investigative journalist and expert on Nazi economic history told The Algemeiner on Tuesday.
“For Volkswagen’s Czech Skoda subsidiary to make industrial pick-up trucks that could enable the advancement of the nuclear program that Tehran promises will destroy the Jewish people, this would ensure history’s determination that this company, Volkswagen, has once again turned to financial enrichment via genocide,” Edwin Black — author of the 2001 book IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance between Nazi Germany and America’s Most Powerful Corporation — said. Read more ..
Media on Edge
|Mike Tomko ||November 30th 2016|
Behind the Headlines
There’s a call to crack-down on fake news. Whatever that is.
Here’s what’s happening behind the headlines.
It started with a claim that fake news got more attention on Facebook than real news. Facebook’s reputation has already taken a hit for censoring conservative-leaning users. But what exactly is fake news?
How about New York Times Moscow Bureau Chief Walter Duranty’s false reports that covered-up the genocide of millions of Ukrainians by the Soviet Union in the 1930s. The Times’ Jayson Blair wrote one bogus story after another. There was The New Republic’s Stephen Glass. A Hollywood movie detailed his months of untrue news stories. There was the Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning story about an 8-year old heroin addict. The story was a colossal hoax. Read more ..
Jewry on Edge
|Caroline B. Glick||November 27th 2016|
In an interview this week with the Australian media, Jordan’s King Abdullah became the latest Arab leader to express hope that President- elect Donald Trump and his team will lead the world’s to date failed fight against jihadist Islam.
Like his counterparts in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, Abdullah effectively ruled out the possibility that President Barack Obama will take any constructive steps to defeat the forces of global jihad in his last months in power. Speaking of the humanitarian disaster in Aleppo for instance, Abdullah said, “I don’t think there’s much we can do until the new administration is in place and a strategy is formulated.”
Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi was among the first Arab leaders to welcome Trump’s victory. Read more ..
Turkey and Israel
|Ben Cohen||November 25th 2016|
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was at his repellent best when he was interviewed by Israeli television journalist Ilana Dayan this week.
Although the interview was pegged to the restoration of Turkish-Israeli bilateral ties this past summer, Erdoğan used the occasion to spit his usual invective against Israel and Jews more generally. Many of Erdoğan's favorite topics—the supposed symbiosis between Nazi Germany and the Jewish state, Israel's insulting intransigence in the face of his personal attempts to negotiate a solution to the Palestinian question, Israel's alleged desire to change the religious status of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount (known to Muslims as Al-Haram al-Sharif)—arose in the conversation, and he addressed them in the fanatical, embittered tone that has come to symbolize his ascendance as a Turkish dictator.
The Race for Hi-Speed Rail
|Virginia Postrel||November 24th 2016|
California's high-speed rail project increasingly looks like an expensive social science experiment to test just how long interest groups can keep money flowing to a doomed endeavor before elected officials finally decide to cancel it. What combination of sweet-sounding scenarios, streamlined mockups, ever-changing and mind-numbing technical detail, and audacious spin will keep the dream alive?
Sold to the public in 2008 as a visionary plan to whisk riders along at 220 miles an hour, making the trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles in a little over two and a half hours, the project promised to attract most of the necessary billions from private investors, to operate without ongoing subsidies and to charge fares low enough to make it competitive with cheap flights. With those assurances, 53.7 percent of voters said yes to a $9.95 billion bond referendum to get the project started. But the assurances were at best wishful thinking, at worst an elaborate con. Read more ..
|Mark Banschick||November 11th 2016|
You may remember the story of Alexander Litvinenko, the ex-KGB officer who fled Russia for asylum in Great Britain. In 2006, while living in England, Litvinenko was hospitalized with acute radiation syndrome and died shortly afterwards, murdered from polonium-210 poisoning.
Litvinenko was silenced for his political views.
The power of labels
Most American college campuses are not places of politically based violence, at least not yet. Nevertheless, students are being effectively silenced by poisoned language. Read more ..
Israel on Edge
|Mitchell Bard||November 4th 2016|
The renowned Middle East scholar, Bernard Lewis, observed that Middle East Studies programs have been distorted by “a degree of thought control and limitations of freedom of expression without parallel in the Western world since the 18th century.” He added, “It seems to me it’s a very dangerous situation because it makes any kind of scholarly discussion of Islam, to say the least, dangerous. Islam and Islamic values now have a level of immunity from comment and criticism in the Western world that Christianity has lost and Judaism never had.”
The principal representatives of the danger Lewis spoke about can be found among the 3,000-member Middle East Studies Association (MESA). The association representing researchers in the field (I hesitate to call them scholars, since many are not), has become increasingly irresponsible and anti-Semitic over the years. Paradoxically, it was Joel Beinin, one of the most vitriolic critics of Israel, who noted that the association had a long-established “gentleman’s agreement” that discussion of the Arab-Israeli conflict should be avoided “because it would generate too much controversy and undermine the collegiality of the organization” as well as “the claim of Middle East Studies to objective and scientific knowledge.” Read more ..
Campus on Edge
|Stephen Schwartz||October 27th 2016|
The American academy, which has revealed itself to be markedly susceptible to the intrigues of the Saudi-based radical Wahhabi sect and the Muslim Brotherhood, now faces the challenge of an Iranian radical presence.
Since 2014, admission of Iranian students to U.S. colleges has been permitted by the U.S. Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control. Iran has yet to flood the U.S. with its own professors. Nevertheless, there are indications that an Iranian wave may soon hit the American academic community. A network of apologists for the Iranian clerical regime already exists within the Middle East studies departments of American educational institutions. How much will this attitude grow in light of the Obama administration's turn toward Tehran? Read more ..
|Paul Joseph Watson||October 26th 2016|
Residents of at least two cities in Texas are complaining that they voted for Donald Trump only to see the voting machine switch their ballot to Hillary Clinton.
Early voting for the 2016 presidential election started yesterday for people in some areas who have been given the opportunity to avoid the long lines on November 8.
However, in Amarillo, a woman was shocked to see her ballot flip from Republican to Democrat.
“Gary and I went to early vote today,” wrote Lisa Houlette on Facebook. “I voted a straight Republican ticket and as I scrolled to submit my ballot I noticed that the Republican straight ticket was highlighted, however, the Clinton/Kaine box was also highlighted!”
“I tried to go back and change and could not get it to work. I asked for help from one of the workers and she couldn’t get it to go back either. It took a second election person to get the machine to where I could correct the vote to a straight ticket,” she added. Read more ..
|Ginni Thomas||October 23rd 2016|
Pithy former federal prosecutor Joe diGenova believes the recent Project Veritas video by James O’Keefe featuring DNC contractors explaining their dirty practices to foment violence at Trump events, is a prima facie case of federal and state criminal activity.
DiGenova says prosecutors should investigate everyone in the video, including Illinois Democrat Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s husband, Bob Creamer, who suddenly retired last week.
In this exclusive 26-minute video interview for The Daily Caller News Foundation, diGenova explains why many former and current FBI officials believe James Comey, the director of the FBI, is a “dirty cop.” When Comey refused to recommend prosecution of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for her misuse of classified government information in July after “a fake and sophomoric” investigation, he bred cynicism and tainted the premier law enforcement agency. Read more ..
|Justen Charters||October 15th 2016|
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The “October Surprise” from Wikileaks has been an early Christmas gift for Hillary Clinton's critics.
And with the 7th leak of the Podesta emails now available, a new bombshell reveals how Team Clinton floated the idea of using Obama's Muslim heritage to attack him politically.
In a 2008 email titled “McCain Survey Take 3,” Kristi Fuska, a polling analyst for the Democrat Party, fired off a series of talking points to Bill Clinton's ex-chief political strategist, Paul Begala.
The introduction in the email message relays that the survey has been reworked, but still calls the following talking points “negative facts”:
Academia on Edge
|Daniel Pipes||October 13th 2016|
History News Network
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It's only to be expected. My colleagues and I at the Middle East Forum have for over two decades criticized the decline of Middle East studies; so now, its syndicate, the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), has for the first time in 14 years replied in kind. The fusillade takes the form of a letter to Leslie Wong, president of San Francisco State University (SFSU).
MEF's Campus Watch has documented the disturbing ties between SFSU and An-Najah National University, a radical institution in the West Bank lauded by Hamas as a "greenhouse for martyrs" and described by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy as a hotbed of "terrorist recruitment, indoctrination, and [the] radicalization of students." We believe that Najah's long and sordid record should make it an academic pariah.
Specifically, we procured a copy of SFSU's Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Najah which revealed plans to set up faculty and student exchanges. Finding this agreement with the "greenhouse for martyrs" outrageous, MEF announced a nationwide campaign on Sep. 15 calling on SFSU to cancel the MOU with Najah.
MESA, always eager to flaunt its anti-Zionist credentials, responded with alacrity: on Sep. 19, its dual leadership of Beth Baron and Amy W. Newhall issued a letter to Wong that needs to be read in full to appreciate its factual inaccuracy and moral obtuseness. It does three things: whitewashes Najah's history, defends an SFSU faculty member from alleged "harassment" by us, and smears MEF's motives.
Colombia on Edge
|Rachel Ehrenfeld||October 9th 2016|
The Norwegian Nobel Committee bestowing the Peace Prize on Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, for his concessions to the narco-terrorist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), reinforces the trend to legitimize terrorism, legalize drugs, and reward criminals. This contradicts the instructions Alfred Nobel gave in his will, which clearly states the Peace Prize should be rewarded to those who "have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."
Had Nobel been alive today, he, like the Colombian people, would have voted against the Cuban and Venezuelan-sponsored deal, which was negotiated and signed in Havana. The agreement, as well as the Nobel Peace Prize, is aimed at whitewashing the violent drug-trafficking FARC. Read more ..
Obama and Israel
|Morton A Klein and Daniel Mandel||October 1st 2016|
Last week, the Obama Administration took issue with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s criticism of the Palestinian Authority (PA)’s policy of establishing a Jew-free Palestinian state. Mr. Netanyahu had said in a video that “the Palestinian leadership actually demands a Palestinian state with one pre-condition: No Jews. There’s a phrase for that: It’s called ethnic cleansing. And this demand is outrageous. It’s even more outrageous that the world doesn’t find this outrageous.”
For that piece of commentary, the Obama Administration responded –– not by agreeing that the PA’s policy of creating a Jew-free state is indeed outrageous ethnic cleansing , but by ignoring that and instead pretending that Mr. Netanyahu had spoken about building homes for Jews in Jewish communities in Judea/Samaria (West Bank). Read more ..
|Aaron Klein||September 29th 2016|
Last week, Hillary accused Republican canddiate Donald Trump of having a “penchant for sexism” in an interview with the Des Moines Register in Iowa. The billionaire fired back on Twitter: “Be careful Hillary as you play the war on women or women being degraded card.”
Trump followed up with a second tweet, saying, “Hillary, when you complain about ‘a penchant for sexism,’ who are you referring to? I have great respect for women. BE CAREFUL!”
Clinton has sought to portray her campaign as one that is fighting for women’s rights. On several occasions, she has tweeted about sex assault survivors’ right to be believed, and awkwardly starred in a campaign ad in which she insisted that one must always side with women who accuse men of sexual assault – a strange position given that her husband was repeatedly accused of precisely that crime. Read more ..
After the Holocaust
|Edwin Black||September 23rd 2016|
Cutting Edge contributor
Of the many local and regional Holocaust memorials and museums scattered across America, one stands out among the best: The Holocaust Memorial Center in suburban Detroit. For me, the legacy and future of the institution is personal.
Correctly billed as America’s “first Holocaust museum,” the Detroit enterprise was conceived fourteen years before the dominant United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. was even commissioned by President Jimmy Carter in 1978. The Detroit museum opened its original doors at its first location in suburban West Bloomfield, Michigan in 1984. Subsequently, the Washington D.C. museum opened its doors in 1993. Read more ..
|Armstrong Williams||September 23rd 2016|
As anti-Israel sentiment becomes more fashionable on liberal American college campuses, it is no surprise that the University of California at Berkeley has taken this disturbing trend to the next level. In addition to calculus, English and biology, students can now enroll in a class called “Palestine: A Settler Colonial Analysis.”
As one can deduce from the course title, this class is built equal parts bias and hatred. It is definitively one-sided, anti-Zionist, and presumes a history that did not exist. Yet because it is a college class, the students who sign up will be either duped or further indoctrinated in a fabricated narrative masquerading fact. These students are the next generation of leaders and potentially policymakers, so the misinformation they absorb on campus runs the serious risk of influencing their views well into the future.
If that future is going to include a democratic presence in the Middle East and a secure homeland for the Jewish People, then this course cannot be permitted to proceed.
Following outrage by pro-Israel groups around the nation, UC Berkeley recently pulled the class from its schedule. But less than one week later, it was back, and the content was hardly changed at all.
The language in the course syllabus speaks for itself. Calling Israel a “colony” erroneously implies that there was no Jewish presence in the land prior to 1948. Claiming that all of Israel was once Palestinian land is also categorically untrue. There was never a state of Palestine. There has been a constant Jewish presence in the Holy Land for literally thousands of years. But in this course, which students can take for academic credit, history is apparently irrelevant. Read more ..
Obama and Israel
|Dan Pollack and Josh London||September 22nd 2016|
The recent signing of the new 10 year memorandum of understanding (MOU) on security assistance between the US and Israel is less of an accomplishment than the fanfare around it might indicate. In the MOU, signed September 14th in Washington, the US pledged $38 Billion in military aid to Israel over the next ten years (2019-2028); Israel promised to no longer seek additional funds from Congress, and for the next two years has promised to reject any additional funding. Finally, the ability of Israel to spend one quarter of the aid in its own domestic defense industry, rather than having to spend all of it in the US, will be phased out. This MOU represents modest monetary gains to Israel, but sadly reflects a subtle diminution in the US-Israel relationship. Read more ..
The Race for Ethanol
|Marc J. Rauch ||September 19th 2016|
THE AUTO CHANNEL
There's two extremely simple ways to determine whether the Renewable Fuel Standard/Renewable Fuels Mandate has been successful in addressing energy independence, environmental problems, and certain health issues. These two ways are so uncomplicated that anyone should be able to understand them, including PhD professors on the Big Oil dole.
But first, this piece of history:
The original fuel used in the original internal combustion engines was alcohol or an alcohol-turpentine mixture. The original fuel for the diesel engine was peanut oil. Notice that there's no mention of any petroleum oil fuels. Petroleum oil fuels came into prominence in the U.S. because of monstrous taxes on alcohol production for more than 40 years, which covered all the formative years of the creation of the automobile and automotive industry. The taxes simply priced alcohol (ethanol) out of market competition for nearly all users, except race teams, scientific experimentation, and engine designers. Read more ..
Jewry on Edge
|Morton A. Klein and Elizabeth A. Berney, Esq.||September 15th 2016|
It is painful and frightening that Anti-Defamation League (ADL) head Jonathan Greenblatt (a former Obama administration official) joined with the Obama administration and Palestinian Arab terrorists to harshly condemn Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for accurately and appropriately condemning Palestinian Authority’s leaders’ stated goal to “ethnically cleanse” Jews from any future Palestinian State. Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas has repeatedly insisted that a Palestinian state “would not see the presence of a single Israeli — civilian or soldier — on our lands.” (Abbas pledges: There will be no Israelis in Palestine,’ Times of Israel, July 30, 2013). That is ethnic cleansing of Jews.
Instead of furthering the ADL’s supposed mission of combatting anti-Semitism, ADL leader Jonathan Greenblatt’s September 13, 2016 essay in Foreign Policy and on the front page of ADL’s website viciously and sarcastically condemned “Bibi” for telling the truth about monstrous PA anti-Semitism. Read more ..
The Battle for Syria
|Jonathan Spyer||September 5th 2016|
After its incursion into Syria, Turkey will have to decide whether to declare "Euphrates Shield" a success or to continue seeking to destroy the Kurdish-led SDF in the face of US opposition. The Turkish incursion into the north Syrian town of Jarabulus and its environs, which began on August 24, is the latest dramatic re-shuffling of the deck in a long and agonizing conflict.
But what is its deeper significance? Does it represent a decisive Turkish entry into the broader effort to destroy the self-proclaimed Islamic State? Or is it, rather, the opening shot in a broader effort by Ankara to destroy the extensive gains made by Syria's Kurds and the putative federal entity they have established in the country's northeast? And what will it mean for US relations with both the Turks and the Syrian Kurds? Read more ..
|Rachel Ehrenfeld||August 29th 2016|
These days, George Soros' connections are getting quite a bit more attention than they did in the 1990s. But by the end of Bill Clinton's reign Soros had already obtained a very influential position with the Clintons, especially with Hillary.
In her excellent profile of Soros in The New Yorker, on January 23, 1995, Connie Bruck relates how Strobe Talbott, Bill Clinton's friend, who served as Ambassador-at-Large and Special Adviser on the New Independent States to Secretary of State Warren Christopher, saw Soros. According to Talbott, Soros was "a national resource - indeed, a national treasure." He described the billionaire as a sort of shadow arm of the State Department. "I would say that it [Soros' foreign policy] is not identical to the foreign policy of the U.S. government, but it's compatible with it, "he told The New Yorker. "It's like working with a friendly, allied, independent entity, if not a government. We try to synchronize our approach to the former Communist countries with Germany, France, Great Britain, and with George Soros." Read more ..
Israel on Edge
|Mort Klein||August 18th 2016|
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) pointed out today that the hatred of Israel displayed by the Black Lives Matter movement stems in large part from the dishonest propaganda of the heavily foreign-founded, Arab Israeli NGO Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, which has been blackening Israel’s name for years.
Last week, The Movement for Black Lives, an offshoot of Black Lives Matter, announced that it would be engaging in Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel because, it said, “Israel is an apartheid state with over 50 laws on the books that sanction discrimination against the Palestinian people.” The Movement for Black Lives credits Adalah as one of its “organizations currently working on policy.”
Adalah entered Israel’s national debate in 2006-7 over an Israeli Constitution with their own proposals. Adalah proposed a ‘Democratic Constitution‘. In fact, both proposals called, not for democracy, which Israel has enjoyed since its inception, but for a binational state that would couple an unlimited ‘right of return’ for Palestinian Arab refugees of the 1948-9 war and their millions of descendants with abolishing the Jewish Law of Return.
“…The laws in question are deemed discriminatory by Adalah whenever they merely declare Israel to be the nation state of the Jewish people.”
In April 2008, five Adalah board members joined an Israeli Arab delegation to South Africa in a visit the group itself portrayed as commiserating with fellow victims of apartheid. Adalah takes the position that the Israeli government is a “junta which proves each day that it is the most fascist and racist in history.” Adalah is not as it purports to be, simply an Arab civil rights group, but an organization working to harm Israel’s international reputation. Read more ..
Israel on Edge
|Isi Leibler||August 3rd 2016|
The American presidential elections have created an unprecedented climate of political chaos. Both candidates are reviled by the bulk of the electorate, many of whom intimate that they intend to abstain from voting.
The polls originally predicted that Hillary Clinton would win by a landslide, but the odds have now dramatically narrowed and in this explosive environment, Donald Trump may well be elected.
American Jews are caught in this maelstrom. Regrettably, many of their leaders have seemingly hibernated and failed to speak out even when President Barack Obama maligned Israel. They justified their silence on the grounds that criticism of the president would shatter whatever still remains of bipartisanship. But these same constraints do not seem to apply when attacking the Republican candidate, Donald Trump. Nor were there any concerns of bipartisanship when liberal Jews correctly attacked the George H. W. Bush administration for open hostility to the conservative Shamir government. Read more ..
The Edge of Terrorism
|Sol Sanders||July 31st 2016|
The almost total absence of public mourning for an 85-year-old Christian priest whose throat was slit by Islamist terrorists while he led prayer in a small church in Normandy, France, is a scandal.
Even the French have demonstrated less feeling for this horrendous deed than one would expect from an event which took place in the village which once hosted the trial of Joan of Arc, France's national heroine and a saint of French Christianity.
There was no moment of silence in the U.S. Democratic Convention, not unexpected given its total avoidance of the worldwide terrorist threat. One could have expected that Pres. Barack Obama, too, would have made a special effort to acknowledge this incident, so gratuitously evil as to be virtually indescribable. But that might be charged to his continuing effort to obscure the terrorist threat by refusing to name its origin in Islam and his elaborate courting of the terrorist mullahs in Tehran. Read more ..
|Barry Segal||July 29th 2016|
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In September of 2013, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Montana) and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Michigan) issued a joint statement calling for comprehensive reform of the U.S. tax code which they described as “broken.” It is not broken. In fact, it is perhaps the most effective legislation ever passed by Congress.
Baucus and Camp’s bipartisan mischaracterization stems from either not acknowledging or not understanding what tax law in our country is designed to do: perpetuate the magnification of wealth for those who already have it at the expense of those who will never get it. We absolutely do need to reform the U.S. tax code — not because it is broken, but because it works.
|Richard Baehr||July 25th 2016|
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The Democrats are out selling Tim Kaine as a solid citizen, experienced politician, and a great choice for vice president on the Hillary Clinton ticket -- someone who could step in quickly as president if needed. The traditional pro-Israel community, led by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, are undoubtedly preparing to signal their comfort with him as a Clinton running mate, much as they did with the supposedly pro-Israel Barack Obama, twice. Kaine has voted in favor of foreign aid; he has traveled to Israel; he voted in favor of funding some weapons systems for Israel; he has raised a lot of money from liberal Jews (running for governor, senator, and head of the Democratic National Committee).
Turkey on Edge
|Daniel Pipes||July 20th 2016|
National Review Online
Every major government condemned the coup attempt in Turkey, as did all four of the parties with representatives in the Turkish parliament. So did even Fethullah Gülen, the religious figure accused of being behind the would-be take over.
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All of which leaves me feeling a little lonely, having tweeted out on Friday, just after the revolt began, "#Erdoğan stole the most recent election in #Turkey and rules despotically. He deserves to be ousted by a military coup. I hope it succeeds."
Having this nearly-minority-of-one stance suggests that an explanation longer than 140 characters is in order. Three reasons account for my supporting the ouster of the apparently democratically elected and democratically ruling president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, by what are apparently the forces of reaction:
Erdoğan stole the election. Erdoğan is an Islamist who initially made his mark, both as mayor of Istanbul and as prime minister of Turkey, by playing within the rules. As time wore on, however, he grew disdainful of those rules, specifically the electoral ones. He monopolized state media, tacitly encouraged physical attacks on opposition-party members, and stole votes. In particular, the most recent national election, on November 1, showed many signs of manipulation.
Erdoğan rules despotically. Erdoğan has taken control of one institution after another, even in the two years since he became president, a constitutionally and historically non-political position. The result?
|Alan M. Dershowitz||July 14th 2016|
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In response to the tragic deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling at the hands of police officers in Minnesota and Louisiana, the New York University chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) posted the following on its Facebook page:
"In the past 48 hours another two black men have been lynched by the police.... We must remember that many US police departments train with #IsraeliDefenceForces. The same forces behind the genocide of black people in America are behind the genocide of Palestinians. What this means is that Palestinians must stand with our black comrades. We must struggle for their liberation. It is as important as our own. #AltonSterling is as important as #AliDawabsheh. Palestinian liberation and black liberation go together. We must recognize this and commit to building for it."
Even in moments of national mourning such as these, SJP bigots cannot help but exploit the deaths of innocent Americans to further their own anti-Semitic political agenda, namely to delegitimize and demonize the nation state of the Jewish people.
By implicating Israel in these killings, SJP is engaging in the old trope of blaming Jews for systemic and far-reaching societal problems. This practice was anti-Semitic when some Christian communities used it to blame Jews for plagues, poisonings, and murders; it was anti-Semitic when the Nazis used it to blame Jews for the failing German economy; and it is still anti-Semitic today. There is no more evidence that any of the police who killed Mr. Castile and Mr. Sterling were in fact trained in Israel than there was that Jews were responsible for any of the other crimes that formed the basis for traditional blood libels.
|Tammi Rossman-Benjamin||July 12th 2016|
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Combating discrimination means clamping down on free speech. Upholding the First Amendment means anything goes on campus. Encouraging civil discourse and condemning when debate becomes hate is bubble-wrapping students.
With college and high school commencement time upon us, stories emerge daily that student safety measures come at the expense of free speech and critical thinking. Preventing discrimination and protecting the First Amendment, however, should never be at odds. They are not competing issues. Both are paramount responsibilities of a university. Schools must do both and they can.
A close look at the evolution of a recently adopted intolerance policy at the University of California (UC) is a case in point.
A few years ago, UC students, parents, faculty and community members began sharing troubling accounts. Jewish property was vandalized with swastikas after students spoke in favor of Israel, Jewish students on multiple campuses were questioned about their eligibility to hold office and vote on Israel-boycott measures simply because of their religion, and Israel and Jews were blamed for 9/11. “Hitler did nothing wrong,” “Zionists to the gas chamber” and “grout out the Jews” were found on multiple California campuses in the wake of heated anti-Zionist BDS campaigns.
Islam on Edge
A widely-publicised Iftar dinner, intended to show that Malcolm Turnbull gets what it means to be inclusive, ended badly after he was advised that one of his guests, Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman, had taught that Islam prescribes death for adulterers, and homosexuals spread diseases. No rogue maverick, Australian-born Alsuleiman is the elected national president of the Australian National Imams Council.
Although insisting that "mutual respect is absolutely critical," Turnbull subjected this prominent Muslim leader to public humiliation. He regretted inviting him to dinner and counselled the sheikh "to reflect on what he has said and recant." In the middle of an election, wanting to limit fallout from the dinner-gone-wrong, held only days after the Orlando massacre, Turnbull stated that his no-longer-welcome guest's views are "wrong, unacceptable, and I condemn them." Read more ..
|Igal Ram and Eliana Rudee ||April 20th 2016|
LA Jewish Journal
What truly puzzles the Israeli public is "Israel Apartheid Week," being staged on several U.S. college campuses these last few weeks. A spin-off of the anti-Israel BDS movement, its “commercial” success can best be explained as a “Disneyland of Hate.” Activists are not fighting a real struggle for their own rights or anyone else’s. Rather, this is a pretend civil rights struggle for a mediated image of a subjugated victim of an evil oppressor in faraway Occupied Land.
The story is so rife with metaphors that it has become a radical paradise: Indigenous people lived in the beautiful land of Jesus, herding sheep and growing olive trees. All of a sudden enter a bunch of crooked-nosed, conniving, colonialist Jews, armed to the teeth and backed by vast financial resources, who cheat and kill the poor victims, rob them of their land, raze their villages, and drive them away to camps. Then they build a huge wall to keep them in perpetual captivity. The colonialists use their sinister, cutting-edge technologies to ravage their victims, extending their tentacles globally to influence politicians, the media and the public. Read more ..
The Edge of Terrorism
|Zalmi Unsdorfer||March 26th 2016|
Cutting Edge contributor
I don’t know where the next terrorist attack on Europe will take place.
But I do know who will be carrying it out.
Apart from the obvious – it being an incited Islamist – it will almost certainly be someone who the police know about and was on their ‘watch list’.
This has been a common theme all the way back to 9-11.
In almost every Islamist terror outrage since then it’s always been someone already ‘on the radar’ of the security services.
How many more innocent civilians have to lose their lives and how many more parents and spouses need to see their lives destroyed before this lunacy stops?
I speak not of the lunacy of Islamist terrorism. But the lunacy of our ascribing human rights to inhuman terrorists. Read more ..
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