Category Archives: Israel

Is Anti-Semitism Spreading?

I was born in 1930 when Jews could not live in certain areas of a city, where the number of Jews allowed to enter prestigious colleges was  restricted, a time when there was no a single prominent Jew holding an important position in the automobile, the coal or oil industries. It was not until 1935 that Columbia University finally hired a Jew in its English Department. So, I wonder when the Anti-Defamation League declares there is a growth in anti-Semitism in 2016 America.

According to the ADL there are at least two anti-Semitic incidents every single day. The ADL believes there is “anonymous hate speech online.” Gee, name me one group that has not witnessed a  growth in hate speech from online sources? The so-called rise in anti-Semitism is linked to groups opposing the illegal seizure of land on the  West Bank. Those  protesting violation of Palestinian rights are charged with anti-Semitism.

Yes, there are anti-Semites in America. Yes, there are Jews who engage in anti-Muslim behavior on the West Bank. In fact, there is a rising number of Jews who do not agree with the bigotry of supporting an Israel government which violates international law and abuses the rights of Palestinians.

BDS Not Liked By Some Jews

The other night at my Temple someone said that anyone who supported Boycott, Divestment or Sanctions against Israel “hated Israel and Jews.” Whenever anyone makes a negative comment against policies of Israel the usual retort by many Jews is the person “hates Jews and hates Israel.” I suspect that Israel is the only nation whose current leader is synonymous with the entire nation. NO one claimed to oppose George Bush meant the individual ‘hated America.” I assume that if Donald Trump becomes president these same Jews will insist that making critical remarks about President Trump means the person “hates America.”

At this juncture in time the current government of Israel is in defiance of international law regarding its policies on the West Bank.I do understand that for many Orthodox Jews UN laws are not as powerful as those from God up above. I also understand there are Jews who can cite words from the Torah to justify just about any action including support for slavery. Until the GOVERNMENT of Israel obeys international law I support BDS.

Oh, I support BDS because I care about the state of Israel and its soul!

Gee Adl Is Upset

The Anti-Defmation League has operated in life with one guiding principle –whatever that Israel does  one must find some, any, reason to defend the action. To do other is simply to play into the hands of anti-Semites. The ADL is very sensitive about anti-Semites since, we all know, that most European nations hate Jews and one must defend Israel. Of course, there is Israel and there are Jews, they are not synonymous.

Well, finally, the ADL decided enough was enough.  They have now identified Israel conservative leader, Bentzi Gopstein as a  bigot, first  order.  The man’s Facebook contains hateful comments about Muslims, about the Palestinian government and, to throw in one other group, the man hates gays and lesbians. But, let’s not forget that Bentzi is a friend of Prime Minister Netanyahu, who is never wrong for many Jews. Anyway, at least the ADL has come out against one bigot. A step forward.

Israel Jews On Muslims

During my east European Conservative Jewish childhood it was constantly impressed upon my mind that we Jews are God’s “Chosen People.” I assumed this meant that as a Jew it was impossible for me to hate groups of people or treat them with disrespect. Why else would God select me as one of his Chosen People? He certainly did not want me to behave like the rest of humankind which can never cease murdering and mistreating those who are different.

Recent polls in Israel reveal some interesting views held by the Chosen People of that land:
1. Half of Israel Jews do not want Arab teachers working with their Jewish children.

2. 82% of Orthodox Jews prefer a Christian to a Muslim teacher.

3. 48% of Orthodox Jews would like to expel Muslim from Israel.

4. 64% say Arabs should leave Israel, but they are willing to give them some compensation for their property. Now,that’s a mighty nice Christian sentiment!

Israel Nightmare

I daily encounter Jews at my temple who insist failure to gain an agreement about resolving problems between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is the fault of Palestinians. In the next breath they insist the West Bank was given to Jews by God Himself because they are His Chosen people. Germany since the end of World War II has been the most staunch supporters of Israel. However, the German government is engaged in rethinking future foreign policy in the Middle East.

German authorities become concerned when Israel Cabinet members express ideas indicating lack of interest in the creation of a Palestinian state. Education Minister, Naftel Bennett recently made clear:  “Israel cannot withdraw from more territories and  it cannot allow the establishment of a Palestinian state. The German Foreign Office is urging Chancellor Merkel to reconsider the blind support for Israel and consider a new policy whose goal is creation of a Palestinian state. Reality check: most demographic studies indicate by 2040 the majority of people in the state of Israel will NOT be Jews!

No More Death To Israel

President Rouhani of Iran has decided to remove the slogan–Death To Israel–from missiles in the Iranian armed forces. How about some new slogans on missiles?

1. Ted Cruz–Whee, I am carpet bombing YOU!

2. Bernie Sanders: –It cost $15 million which should be used to pay off student loans!

3. Hedge Fund managers: Come back and I can invest you and make gobs of money.

4. Donald Trump–head for the border with Mexico and blast the rapists!

5. NRA– I want to make certain every American has his own missile at home to take out intruders!

6. John Kasich: Don’t leave, I have to balance the budget.

7. Ben Carson– I wonder what you do?

8. Mike Huckabee– I will say a prayer to help you on your way serving God.

9. Rand Paul–Don’t go, don’t explode, just stay out of trouble.

10.Bibi Netanyahu– go anywhere but my West Bank.

How About A Palestine?

It has now become part of the Republican mantra that anyone seeking the presidency must get on his knees, lick the boots of Sheldon Adelson and promise never,k ever to mention the word, Palestine. Israel Prime Minister inhabits his own special area of the Twilight zone where there is a nation called, Israel, which covers the entire planet and all who are Jews own every part of the planet. For Bibi Netanyahu under no condition can anyone who claims to be a friend of Israel support the idea of an independent Palestine.

Recent polls in Palestine reveal that over 67% of young people believe that stabbing an Israel Jew is in accordance with the Koran. Who are these young people? They have virtually no prospect for  decent job. They must go through one check point after another to get anywhere. They can be arrested for whatever the Israel police claims is evidence of “terrorism.” Yes, many want to commit some form of violence. That is the norm for people without hope. If Israel wants to end stabbing the first step is to agree on the establishment of an independent state of Palestine.

The details of how to reach such an agreement will take time. But, step one must be an official statement from the Israel government that it accepts this concept.

Israel Sometimes Not Israel Of Yore

The birth of Israel in 1948 was heralded by many as finally the birth of a true democracy in the Middle East. Founders of Israel in 1948 were committed to the principles of democracy, especially respect for the rules of law and order. When the Israel  Defense Force was created it was presented to the world as an armed force based upon principles of the  Geneva Convention which required respect of those captured by member of the IDF.

Sgt. Elar  Azaria captured a Palestinian and the man was helpless as he lay on the ground. The sergeant than shot him. Many right wing fanatics in Israel who hate Muslims believed his action was a blow for democracy  General Gadi Eisenkol,head of the IDF made clear the IDF “has rules and principles”and this shooting violated basic rules of combat. Naturally, the right wing in Israel regards Palestinians as Donald Trump feels about Muslims and Hispanics! No wonder why Ted Cruz loves the Israel right wing.

Let’s Build A Tunnel

The state of Israel has considerable problems on its border with  Gaza. Each day, Hamas soldiers are digging tunnels leading to Israel and this annoys Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Every day, literally, Israel forces uncover a new tunnel. During the invasion of Gaza several months ago, the Israel army blew up, and flooded hundreds of tunnels. Now, the Israel Army claims it has discovered a sure fire way of identifying  a new tunnel and all they have to do is flood it with water.

The last tunnel built in the New York area occurred over a hundred years ago. I am somewhat confused, how can a bunch of Arabs build hundreds os tunnels and we Americans can’t even build a new tunnel leading from New Jersey to Manhattan? So, the solution:

Bring a few thousand Israel soldiers to Manhattan. Allow several thousand Arabs to occupy the heights across the Hudson river. Tell the Arabs to build tunnels, lots of tunnels and maybe we will not have traffic jams leading into Manhattan.

Of course, if Donald becomes president, he might build the greatest tunnel known to humanity.

Bernie VS Bibi

As you recall or do not recall, Bernie Sanders was raised in the great borough of Brooklyn as a nice Jewish boy. I assume that at some point  little Bernie placed some coins in a blue box in order to help Jews purchase land in what was then known as Palestine. Anyway, little Bernie the Jewish boy has now drawn the ire of Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu for daring to utter a harsh word about the perfect always right never makes a mistake land of Israel! Bernie sort of cluttered out that when Israel launched its attack on Gaza because some rockets landed inI Israel and killed a few people, the invasion of Gaza which led to the deaths of 2,200 people was disproportionate to the crime.

Bibi is now very upset. “Israel is surrounded by extremist Islamic radicals, and therefore need to guard our border, and this is also true regarding the communities surrounding Gaza.” Bernie is NOT arguing that Israel has a right tot defend itself, he is noting that killing 2,200 while less than 70 Israelis  die is sort of –disproportionate.

Oh, Israel borders with Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. NO problems from Jordan and Egypt and Syrians are sort of  bothered by some minor problems to pay attention to Israel. That leaves Lebanon which is “surrounding” Israel.