Tuesday, 25 September 2018

CORBYN, THE LABOUR PARTY AND PALESTINE


I don't know if many people noticed but a critically significant moment flashed by at the British Labour Psrty Conference in Liverpool today.

The results were announced of the voting for the party's priorities for Britain. 
One item in particular was startling. Labour voters chose, in order of priority, the following national issues;

1.   HOUSING
2.   SCHOOLS SYSTEM
3.   JUSTICE FOR THE WINDRUSH GENERATION. 
4.   PALESTINE.
5.   BREXIT.
6.   THE NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE.
7.   WELFARE SYSTEM.
8.   CLIMATE CHANGE AND FRACKING.
9.   LOCAL GOVERNMENT FUNDING.
10. SOCIAL CARE.

Caring for Palestinians came before caring for Britain's elderly, sick, and welfare needs. It came before concern for local communities. It even came before Britain's place in the world (i.e. Brexit).

In fact, apart from Brexit, Palestine was the only international issue that concerned the Labour Party.
Not the horrendous Syrian conflict that has torn the Middle East and, indeed, most of Europe with its millions of refugees and loss of life. Not the famine, disease, poverty, terrorism, and slavery that is plaguing Africa. Not the Socialist-induced collapse of Venezuela. Palestine.
Palestine, Not solving the Middle East's most protracted conflict. Not listening to Israel's legitimate complaints that the chasm of the Palestinian political divide prevents them from negotiating a settlement with Israel. Palestine. Meaning pushing the Palestinian cause even if it breaks Israel. For Israel can have nothing to say, according to the Corbynites.  
To them anything that Israel has to say is illegitimate. 
What you are seeing in this poll is the modern face of the Labour Party. It is partially the result of the campus culture finding its way into positions of influence and opinion creating in Britain. 

The obsession to put Palestinians over Britain's weak, sick, and elderly in the Labour Party highlights the incomprehensible, anti-British, dogma of a developing hard left Socialist party where hatred for Israel supersedes vitally important domestic issues in Britain. 
The high ranking of 'Palestine' carries with it the latent anti-Semitism that has infected the party since the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.
We are seeing a not so covert anti-Semitism on the rise. 
I guarantee that 'Palestine' will rise even further before the next Labour Party Conference in 2019.

Barry Shaw is the author of 'Fighting Hamas, BDS, and Anti-Semitism.' Fighting violence, bigotry, and hatred. 

Sunday, 9 September 2018

How about Idlib, Mr. Corbyn?

Original Thinking from Barry Shaw.


Like a suspended game of chess, Syria is poised for the final act of devastating destruction in the northern Syrian city of Idlib as Syrian tanks and Russian planes prepare to pound a town of 3 million people.
And when the town is ruined, it will be the Iranian proxy Hezbollah fighters who will join the Syrian soldiers that pour into Idlib to kill whoever remains to oppose the murderous Assad army.
Among those who will be silently impotent, as thousands are killed and many more become refugees, will be Britain's Jeremy Corbyn and his gruesomely, incorrectly, named Stop the War Coalition.
Corbyn has never effectively stopped any war. On the contrary, he has a sad history of siding with the violators and terrorists in conflicts ranging from Ireland to Israel.
He and his devious group will do nothing for one bad reason. He has never blamed Russian, Iran, or any Arab tyrant, for any wrongdoing anywhere.
He counts the Islamic terror organisation, Hezbollah, among his friends in their shared hatred of Israel, one of Syria's neighbor who is helping defenseless Syrians with food, shelter, and much needed medical treatment.
And therein lies the rub. He is silent because there is no Israel to blame for the carnage. And for Corbyn, Israel is quoted to be "the greatest international cause of our time."
In fact, it is Israel that waits at the border to give aid and comfort to citizens of a neighboring country that is officially at war with them.
Stop the War Coalition, Mr. Corbyn? Look to Israel as an example.

Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Corbyn's Britain and Israel. Heading for Confrontation.


Jeremy Corbyn is the greatest threat to Israel since the days of Ernest Bevan who, as Foreign Minister in the late 40s, opposed the establishment of the State of Israel.
Jeremy Corbyn will be Britain’s next Prime Minister. Corbyn’s foreign policy will be centered upon opposing Israel in all international forums. A Corbyn Cabinet will impose international sanctions against Israel.
Jeremy Corbyn will cause great damage to the intelligence sharing that goes on between Israel and Britain that will be more damaging to Britain than it will be to Israel. Jeremy Corbyn will also damage the trade arrangements between Britain and Israel to the detriment of both countries.
This is the assessment of Israeli security and intelligence think tank experts, an assessment that is making its way into the National Security Council and Cabinet in Jerusalem.
The assessment takes into consideration Corbyn’s political profile, the forensic evidence of his rise to power, his wide and powerful base that will ride him into leadership come the next election, and the political implications of a Corbyn government for Israel.
How do we know he will be the next British Prime Minister?  He has the revived strength of the traditional Labour Party and trade union machine. Even those within the Party will still vote for him. That includes the Jewish Labour Members of Parliament who think they can contain him from within once he is elected. They are wrong. Corbyn does not depend only on old school Laborites. For over thirty years he has built around him a wide radical base of support, and it is this base that will be the heart and soul of the future Labour movement. This power base is constituted by his Stop the War Coalition, the Socialist Workers Party, and the Palestine Solidarity Movement. They are well organized, well-funded, hyper active at grassroots level. They have established a hardcore constituency in certain key areas of Britain and they are ready to employ thousands of volunteers to get out the vote of millions of new voters. Opposed to them is a divided Conservative Party with a weak leader in disarray. Corbyn will be the next PM. And it’s a very bad choice not only for Israel, but for Britain.
Corbyn leads a political ideology that sees evil in the world. It is not the evil of communism that has slaughtered and repressed hundreds of millions of their own people in places like the Russia and China.
It is not the evil of hard left socialism that has ruined countries and impoverished people with failed economic policies in countries such as Cuba and Venezuela, despite Corbyn’s idolization of Castro, Che Gevara, and Chavez.
It is not the evil perpetrated by 3rd World and Arab liberation movements that have left a trail of bodies and millions of refugees in their wake, but that Corbyn supports ideologically.
Corbyn’s perceived evil is western imperialism, European colonialism, things of the past but to which Corbyn still clings today, and capitalism, another evil in the eyes of Corbyn.
They like to call his movement the new socialist left, but it’s not new, and it is certainly not democratic socialism.  It is more a hardened radical socialism supporting the antithesis of a normal democratic world such as Hamas and Hezbollah.
The glue that links the triple towers of American imperialism, European colonialism, and capitalism is Israel via the Zionist cause. And, according to Corbyn, at the heart of this malevolent movement are the Jews with their money, their powerful influence, and Israel with, according to Corbyn, its evil and racist tendencies to trample on the human rights of downtrodden Palestinians whose land has been stolen from them by the Zionist colonialists aided and abetted by Britain and America – a wrong that can only be corrected with the establishment of Palestine, preferably in place of the illegal state of Israel.
According to the Corbyn credo, Zionism is racism and the Jews of Britain are an enemy, guilty by association, by their love and support for Israel, a support that goes back a century. Zionism is racism, and if you are Jewish and love Israel you are a racist, and, according to the Corbyn doctrine, that doesn’t make Corbyn or his cohorts anti-Semites. So goes the mantra according to Corbyn. Israel is a mistake and a crime that must be rectified in the name of social justice and human rights.
We get a hint of this in a 2012 wall mural daubed with stereotyped figures depicting Jewish bankers playing a game of monopoly (money) with their table top resting on the backs of half-naked workers.
Corbyn originally supported the artist’s work. It reflected his worldview. But, after a media outcry, the Labour Party, and then a Corbyn spokesperson, fumbled a lame excuse that Corbyn had supported the artist in the name of freedom of speech, and not the content of his artwork to which he hadn’t really paid attention. 
This is the lazy anti-Semitism of Corbyn.
It is no coincidence that two of his sons inherited a detestation of Jews and Israel.
In March, 2018, Britain’s Daily Mail revealed that son, Tommy, posted a Nazi-style cartoon on his Facebook page showing an arm with a Star of David crushing people. It came with the Tommy Corbyn message, “why is it that I can critique my own, or any other government, but criticism of the Israeli state is branded anti-Semitic?”
Well, maybe son, that’s because you emblazon your page with stereotype cartoons that demonizes Jews.
He was followed into the Facebook pit he had dug for himself by someone who posted “Hitler was a Zionist.”  You see where it leads. Tommy Corbyn belonged to several Facebook pages that regularly posted anti-Semitic screeds that included claims that members of the royal family were Jewish and they controlled the world with the Rothschild banking dynasty. Or one depicting the earth with a Star of David and the anti-Semitic message, “the new world of Zionism is almost here! One government. One currency. One religion. Act now!” 
Sickeningly, it goes on, and on.
And the other one, Ben, is much the same. Keen to see a Palestine in place of Israel.  Cries for dead Palestinians. Not a tear for dead Israelis.
The apples don’t fall far from the rotten tree.  But the Corbyns’ Israel hatred goes well beyond family. It is far more broad-based and ominous than that.
On March 3, 2009, Jeremy Corbyn sent out a statement.
“Tomorrow evening it will be my pleasure and my honour to host an event in parliament where our friends from Hezbollah will be speaking. I’ve also invited friends from Hamas to come and speak as well…the idea that an organization that is dedicated towards the good of the Palestinian people and bringing about a long-term peace and social justice and political justice in the whole region should be labelled as a terrorist organisation by the British government is really a big, big historical mistake.” 
The following year, thirteen Palestinian terror groups headed by the Islamist Hamas launched a military campaign of terror against Israel in an attempt to derail peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
During the fighting, Corbyn stood in Trafalgar Square and told a crowd of thousands gathered in support of a Hamas war against Israel at a rally organized by Corbyn’s triumvirate organisations, “in our thousands, in our million, we are all Palestinians.”
Corbyn’s spin-master, Labour’s Executive Director of Strategy and Communications, Seumas Milne, explained that Palestine had become “the greatest international cause of our time.”
It can’t be because of the Palestinians killed by Israel in response to the wholesale Hamas-motivated violence, although this was their excuse, because, right next door to Israel, the number of people killed in the Syrian civil war enormously outnumbered those in the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
Included in the dead in Syria were almost 200,000 Palestinians among the estimated 700,000 dead yet, as Dave Rich wrote in his book, The Left’s Jewish Problem, we have never heard Corbyn chant “in our thousands, in our million, we are all Syrians.”
Why is this not “the greatest international cause of our time”? Could it be he doesn’t really care about the Syrian dead, or dead Palestinians in Syria aren’t deserving of his attention?
The reason he is not a Syrian is because Syria is backed by Russia and Iran. Had Assad been backed by America, or perversely, Israel, Corbyn would have screamed about being a Syrian – but he didn’t, and that is telling.
Could it be that he supports Palestinians because his target for abuse is exclusively Israel, and he can’t pin the massive Syrian death toll on the Jewish state?
Actually, this is a perfectly reasonable assumption.
Israel is, for Corbyn, the epitome of his perfect enemy.
The Jewish state is, for Corbyn, the donkey he can beat and kick to his heart’s content. It fits all the evils of his malevolent mind. He can trot out all the hard left epithets and craft them to match his fevered image of Israel.
As Milne told an anti-Israel rally in London in 2014, “Israel has no right to defend itself from territory it illegally occupies. The terrorism is the killing of civilians by Israel on an industrial scale.” Later he wrote in The Guardian newspaper, “The idea that Israel is defending itself against unprovoked attacks from outside its borders is an absurdity.”
Corbyn and Milne construct Israel to be a white European colonial power, no matter that the majority of Israelis are Mizrahi Jewish refugees kicked out of Arab and Muslim lands for the crime of being Jewish.  Or that a colonist is someone enlisted by a major power to colonize a conquered territory, a description palpably out of whack with how and why a Jewish majority exists in Israel.
Corbyn can posit Israel as stealing someone else’s land when, in fact, the international community granted a specified mandate to re-establish the national homeland of the Jewish people on the barren land of a dead and defeated Ottoman empire.
This bequeath was an acknowledgement of a history in which the Jews were the original indigenous people in the ancient land of Israel.  But you will never find this in Corbyn’s vocabulary.
To Corbyn, Israel is scarred with the twin sins of deserting socialism for capitalism, made more bitter by the modern success of Israel’s free economy, and of Israel being a close ally of America.
To Corbyn, these are unforgiveable sins and must be opposed by all means possible, even disreputable ones. Hence the adoption of the Hamas doctrine.
Corbyn frequently calls on the British government to stop supplying Israel with military supplies and armaments. But Corbyn has no objection to Britain supplying infinitely larger supplies of military hardware to Turkey, a country that has been occupying the small European island of Cyprus for about as long as Israel has been in the West Bank, a Turkey that is killing Kurds with gay abandon, without restriction, and without a peep from Corbyn.  No “We are all Cypriots” from Corbyn’s mouth.
In Corbyn’s fevered mind, Israel is the most racist, violent, oppressive state on the planet. 
We have to ask ourselves why he thinks this way.
What can it be if not the famous Natan Sharansky definition of anti-Semitism when applied to Israel. Watch out for the three d’s – demonization, delegitimization, and double standards. Check this out, Corbyn is guilty of all three.
Corbyn hosted Hamas in the British parliament. Can anyone tell me if Corbyn ever hosted an Israeli diplomat or minister to hear their views, for balance if little else, to question the Israeli perspective in healthy debate, rather than propagandize an anti-Israel message?  It never happened. Israel is guilty. Nothing to discuss.
Did Corbyn ever applaud Israel’s efforts to bring about the long-term peace agreements with Jordan and Egypt that are still holding? Does he have anything positive to say about prolonged Israeli efforts to reach agreements with the Palestinians? There have been three substantial concessions offered to the Palestinians by Israeli leaders. The Palestinians rejected all of them, rejected the notion of living alongside the Jewish side, rejected any negotiations with Israel.
Did Corbyn ever criticize the Palestinians for their decades of violence and terror and their rejection of Israel’s right to exist?
Strange behavior for someone who claims to be a man of peace.
Corbyn spoke about a “long term peace” for “the good of the Palestinian people.” What is he talking about? Did his friends, Hamas or Hezbollah, ever do anything to bring about long-term peace in the region, let alone a peace with Israel?
Did he do anything constructive to engage in a peace process?
What is Corbyn’s definition of a terrorist organisation if Hamas and Hezbollah are not included.  On second thought, I am not interested in hearing his definition. His definition will be Israel and America. He and Milne have said so.
At the end of last August, when Israel, with the help of Egypt and Qatar, achieved a break in Hamas’s hostilities against the Jewish state an angry Mahmoud Abbas said that “Hamas is a gang and its leaders are thugs and thieves.”
Apparently, it takes a Palestinian to recognize a Palestinian.
He went on, “We will not allow anyone to turn Hamas into a legitimate government in the Gaza Strip, even if that means a direct confrontation with Egypt and Qatar.”
So much for long term peace between the Palestinians, Mr. Corbyn, let alone with Israel.
Truth be told, there is something disturbingly totalitarian about Corbyn’s unreasoned dogma that is dangerous.
Corbyn and his ‘Stop the War Coalition’ have always been on the wrong side of history. He and they have stopped no wars. On the contrary, they have been disrupters to peace processes.
He sided with the IRA against Britain. His heroes have been Castro and Chavez. Can you pick any greater socialist disasters than these regimes, a disaster he is keen to impose on Britain?
There is nothing meek, weak, peace-loving, or positive about Hamas, Palestinian Islamic jihad, or Hezbollah. They are the opposite of peace-makers. They are peace-destroyers. They are recognized internationally as terror organizations and the cause of instability in the Middle East. They threaten and oppress not only eight million Israeli citizens, but their own people.
In Hezbollah’s case, Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen have been negatively impacted by Hezbollah’s violent interference. Thousands have been killed and injured by this proxy of the not-so-peaceful Islamic Republic of Iran.
Lebanese Hezbollah chief, Nasrallah, is not subservient to the Lebanese government, but take his orders from the Iranian Khamenei, both being Muslim Shia.  Less to do with loyal nationhood. More to do with a religious affiliation with a foreign power. Is this Corbyn’s sense of democratic values?
Corbyn cannot be further from the truth in his definition of Israel. He is incapable of dispassionately seeing the world in general and the Middle East in particular as it really is.  He is too invested in his personal biases and his political ambitions to be swayed by facts.
The Palestinians have been let down, depressed, oppressed, had their hopes for a better future dashed, by their own failed leadership, and by the outside influence of troublemakers.
At the end of the day, Corbyn has done absolutely nothing positive for peace or for the Palestinians in decades.
Even with his intimate contacts with the most brutal elements of the Palestinian leadership he has been unable or unwilling to heal the rift of the Palestinian political divide between Fatah and Hamas, a chasm that erupted in a Palestinian civil war and the ensuing murder of over six hundred Palestinians by Palestinians.
When they are not killing each other, they are killing Israeli Jews.
What sort of Palestine is Corbyn working for? Is it a two-state solution? Or is it one without Jews and without a Jewish state? For one thing is predicted with an awful certainty. If there is to be a Palestine, by the ballot or by the bullet, Hamas will usurp power. Which raises the question, do we really want to see another Hamastan in the West Bank, overlooking the narrow coastal plain of Israel, threatening Jerusalem?
In short, Jeremy Corbyn and his ilk must recognize the fundamental national rights of the Jewish people in their ancestral homeland, to accept the rights of Israelis to live without fear and without threats to our survival, and acknowledge that Israeli society share the same creative, constructive, peace-loving values cherished by good people everywhere.

Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.
Author of 'Fighting Hamas, BDS, and Anti-Semitism.'

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

THE CURIOUS CASE OF CORBYN.



Corbyn leads a political ideology that sees evil in the world. It is not the evil of communism that has slaughtered and repressed hundreds of millions of their own people in places like the Russia and China.
It is not the evil of hard left socialism that has ruined countries and impoverished people with failed socialist economic policies in countries such as Cuba and Venezuela, despite Corbyn’s idolization of Castro, Che Gevara, and Chavez.
It is not the evil perpetrated by 3rd World and Arab liberation movements that leave a trail of bodies and millions of refugees in their wake, but that Corbyn supports ideologically.
Corbyn’s perceived evil is western imperialism, European colonialism, things of the past but to which Corbyn still clings today, and capitalism, another evil in the eyes of Corbyn.
They like to call his movement the new socialist left, but it’s not new, and it is certainly not democratic socialism.  It is more a hardened socialism.
The glue that links the triple towers of American imperialism, European colonialism, and capitalism is Israel via the Zionist cause. And, according to Corbyn, at the heart of this malevolent movement are the Jews with their money, their powerful influence, and Israel with its evil and racist tendencies to trample over the human rights of downtrodden Palestinians whose land has been stolen from them by the Zionist colonialists aided and abetted by Britain and America – a wrong that can only be corrected with the establishment Palestine, preferably in place of the illegal state of Israel.
According to the Corbyn credo, Zionism is racism and the Jews of Britain are guilty by association, by their support for Israel, a support that goes back a century. Zionism is racism and if you are Jewish and love Israel you are a racist, and that doesn’t make corbyn or his cohorts anti-Semites. So goes the mantra according to Corbyn. Israel is a mistake and a crime that must be rectified in the name of social justice and human rights.
This is evidenced by a 2012 wall mural daubed with stereotyped figures depicting Jewish bankers playing a game of monopoly (money) with their table top resting on the backs of half-naked workers. 
Corbyn originally supported the artist’s work but, after a hullabaloo, the Labour party, and then a corbyn spokesperson, fumbled a lame excuse that Corbyn had supported the artist in the name of freedom of speech, and not the content of his artwork to which he hadn’t really paid attention.  
This is the lazy anti-Semitism of Corbyn.
It is no coincidence that two of his sons inherited a detestation of Jews and Israel.
In March, 2018, Britain’s Daily Mail revealed that son, Tommy, posted a Nazi-style cartoon on his Facebook page showing an arm with a Star of David crushing people. It came with the Tommy Corbyn message, “why is it that I can critique my own, or any other government, but criticism of the Israeli state is branded anti-Semitic?”
Well, maybe son, that’s because you emblazon your page with stereotype cartoon that demonizes Jews.
He was followed into the Facebook pit he had dug for himself by someone who posted “Hitler was a Zionist.”  You see where it leads. 
Tommy Corbyn belonged to several Facebook pages that regularly posted anti-Semitic screeds that included claims that members of the royal family were Jewish and they controlled the world with the Rothschild banking dynasty. Or one depicting the earth with a Star of David and the anti-Semitic message, “the new world of Zionism is almost here! One government. One currency. One religion. Act now!” 
Sickeningly, it goes on, and on.  

And the other one, Ben, is much the same. Keen to see a Palestine in place of Israel.  Cries for dead Palestinians. Not a tear for dead Israelis.
The apples don’t fall far from the rotten tree.  








Jeremy Corbyn sent out a statement.

‘Tomorrow evening it will be my pleasure and my honour to host an event in parliament where our friends from Hezbollah will be speaking. I’ve also invited friends from Hamas to come and speak as well…the idea that an organization that is dedicated towards the good of the Palestinian people and bringing about a long-term peace and social justice and political justice in the whole region should be labelled as a terrorist organisation by the British government is really a big, big historical mistake.”  Jeremy Corbyn March 3, 2009.

The following year, thirteen Palestinian terror groups headed by the Islamist Hamas launched a military campaign against Israel in an attempt to derail peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian authority.
During the fighting, Corbyn stood in Trafalgar Square and told a crowd of thousands gathered in support of a Hamas war against Israel that “in our thousands, in our million, we are all Palestinians.”
Corbyn’s spin-master, Labour’s Executive Director of Strategy and Communications, Seumas Milne, explained that Palestine had become “the greatest international cause of our time.”
It can’t be because of the Palestinians killed by Israel in response to the wholesale Hamas-motivated violence, although this was their excuse, because, right next door to Israel, the number of people killed in the Syrian civil war enormously outnumbered those in the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
Included in the dead in Syria were almost 200,000 Palestinians yet, as Dave Rich wrote in his book, the left’s Jewish problem, we have never heard corbyn chant “in our thousands, in our million, we are all Syrians.”
Why is this? Could it be he doesn’t really care about the Syrian dead, or the Palestinian dead in Syria?
The reason he is not a Syrian is because Syria is backed by Russia and Iran. Had Assad been backed by America, or perversely, Israel, Corbyn would have screamed about being a Syrian – but he didn’t, and that is telling.
Could it be that he supports Palestinians because his target for abuse is exclusively Israel, and he can’t pin the massive Syrian death toll on the Jewish state?
Actually, this is a perfectly reasonable assumption.
Israel is, for Corbyn, the epitome of his perfect enemy.
The Jewish state is, for corbyn, the donkey he can beat and kick to his heart’s content. It fits all the evils of his malevolent mind. He can trot out all the hard left epithets and craft them to match his fevered image of Israel.
Corbyn can construct Israel to be a white European colonial power, no matter that the majority of Israelis are Mizrahi Jewish refugees kicked out of Arab and Muslim lands.  Or that a colonist is someone enlisted by a major power to colonize a conquered territory, a description palpably out of whack with how and why a Jewish majority exists in Israel.
Corbyn can posit Israel as stealing someone else’s land when, in fact, the international community granted a specified mandate to re-establish the national homeland of the Jewish people on the barren land of a dead ottoman empire.
This bequeath was an acknowledgement of a history in which the Jews were the original indigenous people on the ancient land of Israel.  But you will never find this in Corbyn’s vocabulary.
To Corbyn, Israel is scarred with the twin sins of deserting socialism for capitalism, made more bitter by the modern success of Israel’s free economy, and of Israel being a close ally of America.
To Corbyn, these are unforgiveable sins and must be opposed by all means possible, even disreputable ones.
Corbyn frequently calls on the British government to stop supplying Israel with military supplies and armaments. But Corbyn has no objection to Britain supplying infinitely larger supplies of military hardware to Turkey, a country that has been occupying the small European island of Cyprus for about as long as Israel has been in the West Bank, a Turkey that is killing Kurds with gay abandon, without restriction, and without a peep from Corbyn.  No “We are all Cypriots” from Corbyn’s mouth.
In Corbyn’s fevered mind, Israel is the most racist, violent, oppressive state on the planet. 
We have to ask ourselves why he thinks this way. There is more behind it than the massive support it brings him allied to his threat of inflicting a socialist economy on Britain, an economy that brought Britain to the brink of ruin in the 70s.
So what can it be if it is not the famous Natan Sharansky definition of anti-Semitism when applied to Israel. Watch out for the three d’s – demonization, delegitimization, and double standards. Check this out, Corbyn is guilty of all three.
Corbyn hosted Hamas in the British parliament. Can anyone tell me if Corbyn ever hosted an Israeli diplomat or minister to hear their views, for balance, if little else, to question the Israeli perspective in healthy debate, rather than propagandize an anti-Israel message?  It never happened.
Did Corbyn ever applaud Israel’s efforts to bring about the long-term peace agreements with Jordan and Egypt? Does he have anything positive to say about prolonged Israeli efforts to reach agreements with the Palestinians? There were three substantial concessions offered to the Palestinians by Israeli leaders. The Palestinians rejected all of them, reject the notion of living alongside the Jewish side, reject any negotiations with Israel.
Did Corbyn ever criticize the Palestinians for their decades of violence and terror and their rejection of Israel’s right to exist?
Strange behavior for someone who claims to be a man of peace.
Corbyn spoke about a “long term peace” for “the good of the Palestinian people.” What is he talking about? Did his friends, Hamas or Hezbollah, ever did anything to bring about a long-term peace in the region, let alone with Israel?
Did he?
What is Corbyn’s definition of a terrorist organisation if Hamas and Hezbollah are not included.  On second thought, I am not interested in hearing his definition. His definition will be Israel and America.
At the end of last August, when Israel achieved a break in Hamas’s hostilities against the Jewish state with the help of Egypt and Qatar, an angry Mahmoud Abbas said that “Hamas is a gang and its leaders are thugs and thieves.”
Apparently, it takes a Palestinian to recognize a Palestinian.
He went on, “we will not allow anyone to turn Hamas into a legitimate government in the Gaza Strip, even if that means a direct confrontation with Egypt and Qatar.”
So much for long term peace between the Palestinians, Mr. Corbyn, let alone with Israel.
Truth be told, Corbyn is a fraud.
What should disqualify corbyn as a leader of Britain is his grave and gross errors of judgment.
Corbyn and his ‘Stop the War Coalition’ have always been on the wrong side of history. He and they have stopped no wars. On the contrary, they have been disrupters to peace processes.
He sided with the IRA against Britain. His heroes have been Castro and Chavez. Can you pick any greater socialist disasters than these regimes, a disaster he is keen to impose on Britain?
There is nothing meek, weak, peace-loving, or positive about Hamas, Palestinian Islamic jihad, or Hezbollah. They are the opposite of peace-makers. They are peace-destroyers. They are recognized internationally as terror organizations and the cause of instability in the middle east. They threaten and oppress not only eight million Israeli citizens, but their own people.
In Hezbollah’s case, Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen have been negatively impacted, by Hezbollah’s violent interference. Thousands have been killed and injured by this proxy of the not-so-peaceful Islamic republic of Iran.
Lebanese Hezbollah chief, Nasrallah, is not subservient to the Lebanese government, but take his orders from the Iranian Khamenei, both being Muslim Shia.  Less to do with loyal nationhood. More to do with a religious affiliation with a foreign power. Is this Corbyn’s sense of democratic values?
Corbyn cannot be further from the truth in his definition of Israel. He is incapable of dispassionately seeing the world in general and the middle east in particular as it really is.  He is too invested in his personal biases and his political ambitions to be swayed by facts.
The Palestinians have been let down, depressed, oppressed, had their hopes for a better future dashed, by their own failed leadership, and by the outside influence of troublemakers.
At the end of the day, Corbyn has done absolutely nothing positive for peace or for the Palestinians in decades.
Even with his intimate contacts with the most brutal elements of the Palestinian leadership he has been unable or unwilling to heal the rift in the Palestinian political divide between Fatah and Hamas, a chasm that erupted in a Palestinian civil war and the ensuing murder of over six hundred Palestinians by Palestinians.
When they are not killing each other, they are killing Israeli Jews.
What sort of Palestine is Corbyn working for? Is it a two-state solution? Or is it one without Jews and without a Jewish state? For one thing is predicted with an awful certainty. If there is to be a Palestine, by the ballot or by the bullet, Hamas will usurp power. Which raises the question, do we really want to see another Hama tan in the West Bank, overlooking the narrow coastal plain of Israel, threatening Jerusalem?
In short, Jeremy corbyn and his ilk must recognize the fundamental national rights of the Jewish people in their ancestral homeland, to accept the rights of Israelis to live without fear and without threats to our survival, and acknowledge that Israeli society share the same creative, constructive, peace-loving values cherished by good people everywhere.

Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel institute for Strategic Studies.
He is the author of ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS, and Anti-Semitism.’
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Saturday, 1 September 2018

The Rotten Apple Doesn’t Fall far from the Corbyn Tree.


They say that criticism of Israeli government policy doesn’t make you an anti-Semite.
Maybe not, but all too often we see a breakout of vile Jew hatred when people, lots of people, take a swipe at the Jewish state in the guise of defending Palestinians.
In March of this year, Britain’s Daily Mail exposed that in Tommy Corbyn, son of the besieged Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree when it comes to attacking Israel. In his case, the son hasn’t matured enough to disguise his nasty attitude to Jews behind the slightly more sophisticated form of political Jew hatred adopted by his dad.
The Mail came across a Nazi-style cartoon on the 24 year-old’s Facebook page depicting the image of an arm bearing a Star of David crushing people. The image was there to illustrate a comment made by the young Corbyn, who is, like his dad, a Labour activist, asking, “Why is it that I can critique my own, or any government, but criticism of the Israeli state is branded anti-Semitic?”
Corbyn’s son is, apparently, so dumb he cannot see that by publicizing anti-Semitic stereotype pictures he has just answered his own question.  Yes, son, you are an anti-Semite.
Following his vile post, he was followed into the pit by a bunch of other boneheads who piled in with their “criticism” of Jews. One wrote, “Hitler was a Zionist.”  What this has to do with questioning Israeli policy beats me. Another bozo echoed the mantra he had probably heard several times at Socialist Workers meetings that Israel is an “Apartheid state” and that “AS (anti-Semitism) is being weaponized to destroy any debate.”
Hard left propaganda leaders turn out zombies by the truckload to repeat their dumb slogans at the drop of a hat. Tommy Corbyn’s Facebook post was a typical trigger that allowed stupid Jew haters recruited into the Socialist movement to vent their enthusiastic spleen.
TC’s cartoon was uploaded onto an admirer’s Facebook page who used it to announce, “I’m voting Labour,” clear evidence that anti-Semitic imagery was pulling idiots into the Labour Party.
These nasty anti-Semitic posts lay on Corbyn junior’s Facebook page gathering viewers for weeks until the Daily Mail questioned the Labour Party about their leader’s son’s public display of anti-Semitism.
Somebody must have got the message to Tommy Corbyn who told the Mail that “Hitler wasn’t a Zionist,” and the Star of David cartoon was a disgusting anti-Semitic image.
It’s good that he admits that Hitler was not a Zionist but the one thing that was missing from young Corbyn’s mea culpa was the absence of a clear statement that Zionists are not Nazis. The reason I say this was because the author of the Daily Mail report, Guy Adams, delved into Tommy Corbyn’s past when he was events manager for the gruesome anti-Semitic Palestinian Solidarity Movement in York. Adams uncovered a history of murky nastiness from Corbyn that linked even more anti-Semitic imagery to pro-Palestinian messaging when the controversial play “Seven Jewish Children” was staged on the campus of York University, a play that links the Holocaust to depicting Israelis killing children in Gaza.
Booker Prize-winning author, Howard Jacobson described this nasty play as “Jew hating, pure and simple.”
The Spectator called the play, “an open incitement to hatred,” and “a ten-minute blood libel.”
Tommy Corbyn’s past was revealed by Guy Adams to be even nastier. His social media activities placed him on several Facebook pages that insulted the Royal Family with a cut out image of a well-known comedian defecating on the Queen, a cartoon suggesting that Prince Phillip was a pedophile, and that Prince William, his wife, and young son were secretly Jewish and that the “Jewish” Royal family were running the world with the Rothschild banking dynasty.
Another Facebook group that TC belonged to, the Supporters of Socialism in Britain, insulted the Royal family, pledged allegiance to the IRA (an Irish terror group supported by Jeremy Corbyn), called the Israeli government “terrorists,” and, in another anti-Semitic conspiracy theory, suggested that the Islamic terrorist group ISIS “was founded by Jews in order to intervene in the Middle East.”
Presumably, this, to Socialists like Tommy Corbyn, is what is called “criticism of Israeli policy,” I assume, and not anti-Semitic.
Young Corbyn belonged to yet another Facebook page, dedicated to a known American anti-Semite, Ken O’Keefe, who positioned that the 9/11 Islamic terror attacks were perpetrated by Israel “so that they could get American kids to fight and die in their genocidal wars of expansion. It also featured an article that claimed that ‘the Zionist controlled mainstream media is constantly portraying North Korea in a negative light” because of Kim Jong-un’s opposition to Israel.
This nasty Facebook page promoted the anti-Semitic Protocols on the Elders of Zion conspiracy that the Jews want to take over the world.
Tommy Corbyn also liked several other Facebook pages promoting anti-Semitic messaging. One called Anti New World Order contained anti-Israel conspiracy theories and a picture of the Earth with a Star of David emblazoned on it with the slogan, “The new world of Zionism is almost here! One government. One currency, One religion. Act Now!!!”
Tommy Corbyn, the anti-Semitic troll, liked the Facebook page of anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist, David Icke, who suggests that the world is controlled by a cabal of lizard-like creatures.
The British Labour leader’s son also liked a Facebook site called Cloaked Truth which claims that the world is controlled by the Rothschild banking family, the Royal family, and the Vatican, and that Zio-Nazis control the US government and falsely alleges that “the majority of Congress and senate are Jews.”
Sadly, there is a lot more from this Facebook troll who would doubtless continue to claim, like his dad, that it is not anti-Semitic to criticize Israel.
When Guy Adams asked Tommy Corbyn if he would like to retract and denounce these wacky anti-Semitic Facebook pages and his membership of them he was referred to TC’s lawyer who stated “Of course Tommy is not anti-Semitic and to say otherwise is plain wrong.”
Then, surreptitiously and without an apology, Tommy Corbyn quietly removed himself from these questionable Facebook pages.
Doesn't that sound eerily like his father’s fob offs for his own anti-Semitic words and actions?

If only his dad would surrepticously remove himself as leader of Britain’s main opposition party.

Barry Shaw is the author of ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS, and Anti-Semitism’ and ‘BDS for IDIOTS.’ He is also the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Corbyn the Unifier. Corbyn the Peacemaker.


Corbyn the Unifier.
In an ironic twist of fate and unity, the leaders of both the British and American far right have come out in support of Jeremy Corbyn's disdain for Jews and hatred of Israel.
The former head of the British Neo-Nazi BNP and American David Duke, the former Grand Wizard of the KKK find joint cause with the anti-Semitic and anti-Israel utterances of the leader of the British Labour Party.
Corbyn has become the unifier of both the far right and far left in mutually accepted ideological nastiness, both connected to deep-seated anti-Semitism.


Corbyn the peace-maker.
This follows Corbyn's proven ability to be a peacemaker.
He did this by attending a ceremony in Tunis glorifying Palestinian terror and using it, in his words, to attend a peace conference.
What was this peace conference. It was to form a coalition between the Tunisian government and warring Palestinian terror factions against Israel.
Corbyn also attended a conference in Qatar,sitting alongside other Palestinian terror chiefs guilty off murdering even more Israeli Jews.. Yet another example of Corbyn the unifier.
This is Corbyn's definition of working for peace.

Corbyn has created his own brand of National Socalism that hates capitalism, America, Israel, and detests the Jews that oppose him and what he stands for. British Jews are fearful of him and he doesn't care. It wins him votes. Shamefully, people know who he is, what he stands for, and support him.

Summarising, we can see the effect of this toxic extremist as a unifying figure between two polar ideologies in their mutual Jew hatred, bringing convicted mass murdering terrorists together in their shared hatred of the Jewish state while garnering the praise and appreciation of far left and far right radical haters.

This is the man who is about to become Britain's next Prime Minister.

Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/corbyn-praised-by-former-kkk-grand-wizard-and-ex-leader-of-far-right-bnp/

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Israel’s Nation-State Law – For Good and for All.





I wrote an article that was distributed on the social media in which I touched on the recently approved Nation-State Law that brought with it some controversy in Israel. I was asked to elucidate the details of this new law and the nuances that have caused discussion and some protest.
Much emotional rhetoric has been heard over the recently approved National State Law in Israel. Protests have accompanied hysteria that las left many open-minded people confused about what actually happened in Israel.
Saeb Erekat, the PLO Secretary General, announced that the Palestinian Authority was considering filing a complaint with the United Nations General Assembly to rescind Israel’s membership. Why not? It seems that the PA runs to the Un every week in an effort to dislodge Israel from UN forums.
He and his boss, Mahmoud Abbas want to world to know that the law is a reconfirmation of Israel as an apartheid state undermining any chance of a two-state solution.
The anti-Israel agitators ignore the Palestinian Authority’s complete and unrepentant rejection of any Jewish presence in a future Palestinian state. According to their twisted sense of logic, this is neither racist, nor an obstacle to peace. Nor, apparently, is it anti-Semitic or hypocritical to constantly refer to Israel as “the Jews,” while protesting Israel’s right to define itself as a Jewish state. Go figure out that conundrum!
Arab members of the Knesset took the PA cue by referring to the new law as “apartheid.”
Turkish dictator, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, went further. This shining example of democracy and peace said that Israel is an heir to Nazi Germany. The American Jewish leadership echoed the New York Times line that the passing of this law is evidence that Israel is on the verge of rejecting democracy.
They are upset that the law refers to Jewish settlement as “a national value,” as if that was a sin against humanity. They conveniently forget that Israel was the Jewish state for 70 years before this bill was passed. Even before that, in 1920, the League of Nations decreed in their Mandate for Palestine that the British mandatory government must encourage “close settlement by Jews on the land.”  That is how Petah Tikva, Rishon le Zion, Rosh Pina, and later Netanya, Hadera, Modiin, Beer Sheba, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ariel, Maale Adumim and so many other towns and cities were created, by close Jewish settlement on the land. This was not racist, nor apartheid. It was a fulfillment of legitimately sanctioned authority and a historic right to Jewish self-determination in our ancient land.
They also forget that the United Nations General Assembly voted in favor of a partition of Palestine into two states – an “Arab state” and a “Jewish State.”
According to many, both sides got precisely that. The Arabs got Jordan and the Jews got Israel. The battles and the violence that have occurred since the UN Partition vote were never over the Jews claiming Jordan, but of the Arabs claiming Israel as Palestine. Nothing has happened to bring Israel’s enemies round to accept the right of Jewish self-determination and governance in their ancient land according to historical precedents and international legitimacy.
The early Zionists thought that by establishing Jewish settlements on land legally purchased and developed by back-breaking labour, they would create an undisputed sovereignty of the land of Israel in the historical homeland of the Jewish people that would protect the status of Jewish state from malevolent adversaries wishing to destroy it. They were wrong. Dark forces bent on removing the Jewish presence would intensify their campaign to deny its right to exist. That is why the approval of the Nation-State Law was necessary. It was also an act of defiance.
It did not, however, stop the attacks against Israel. It intensified them. But the passing of the law is another example of the stick-necked Zionists and the Israeli “screw you” attitude.
Was it necessary to pass the Nation-State Law at all? Mosher Arens, the elder statesman of the Likud Party, is no radical left-winger or secularist. As Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Arens was the man who gave a young Benjamin Netanyahu his first leg up the political and diplomatic ladder by making him his deputy. Later, Arens made Netanyahu Israel’s ambassador to the UN. Yet, Arens criticized the need for the bill. First, in its embryonic stage by questioning the need to legitimize Israel’s Jewishness. In 2014, he wrote that Israel is the Jewish state because the vast majority of its inhabitants are Jews, its main spoken language is Hebrew, the national anthem is ‘HaTikvah,’ whose words are stirringly Jewish and Zionistic;  

“As long as the Jewish spirit is yearning deep in the heart,
With eyes turned towards the East, looking toward Zion,
Then our hope – the two-thousand-year old hope – will not be lost,
To be a free people in our Land,
The Land of Zion and Jerusalem.”

The national flag contains the Star of David, it’s army’s name embraces the word “Israel,” and it is Jewish because of its Law of Return. “Nothing else was needed until now, and nothing else is needed now,” he wrote then.
And after the law was passed in the Knesset, Arens wrote in a piece, published in the left-wing Ha’Aretz newspaper, that said it would have been wiser to mobilize broad support for the bill, by taking the sensitivities of the Druze and Christian communities into account, rather than rush through a cobbled version to appease the ultra-Orthodox parties in a deal that would allow the Haredi population to swerve national service in the IDF. It was, he considered, the worst of compromises that hurt Israeli Arabs, including the Druze “who served Israel loyally, knowing it is a Jewish state.”
Arens was joined by another Likud veteran, Dan Meridor, who served under Menachem Begin, Yizchak Shamir, and in two Netanyahu cabinets, who said the bill was “unnecessary, harmful, and mainly embarrassing.”
The verbal charges, however, of the left wing Zionist Union Knesset members in the matter of the Nation State Law were hypocritical and smacked of cynical politics. Back in 2014, the ZU leader, Shelly Yacimovich MK, wrote to the drafter of the bill, Av Dichter from the then Kadema Party, that she could see nothing objectionable in the bill, emphasizing that she could see no purpose in the new law given that it repeated what had already passed into law in previous Basic Law bills.  Yet, a week before the new law was approved, the same Yacimovich did an about turn calling the law as “racist” and “xenophobic” when the recently approved law was a watered down version than the one presented to her four years earlier! Again, go figure.
Another Zionist Union leader, Tzipi Livni, was another one who condemned a law she once supported. 
How can they belong to a Zionist Union party when they have a problem with the basic principle and national value of the historic and essential Jewish settlement in the Land of Israel?  If it wasn’t, Israel would never have been established as the national homeland of the Jewish people in the first place. Perhaps it’s time for Yacimovich, Livni, and others to change the name of their party, because they are rewriting Zionism into something it isn’t.
It seems that the new Nation-State Law is troubling to the American Jewish leadership, particularly that part of the leadership on the American left. They seem sensitive about the Jewish character of Israel. They seem to think that the terms of the law are “a dangerous check on Israel’s democratic principles.”  No, they are not.
Let’s be honest here. Nothing in this bill changes the status of Israel, it’s majority, nor does it affect that status of its minority citizens. Nor is there anything different in this new Basic Law to the principles that have been established since Israel’s Declaration of Independence and legalized in previous Basic Laws. In short, the Nation-State Law changes nothing.
What has changed, however, has been the drift of progressive (some would say “regressive”) American Jews way from traditional Judaism and, in the growing radical left of the Democratic Party, a move from Zionism to post-Zionism and, more recently into outright anti-Zionism. All this happened way before the passing of the Nation-State Law, and many researchers connect the dots between the move away from traditional Judaism and Israel into a Socialist secular religion of Tikun Olam and an anti-Israelism.
Israel is under attack both at home and abroad and the Nation-State Law is an important bastion in defining the ancient and modern rights of the Jewish people to define their self-determination in their own land. A part of that is protecting Israel’s Jewish character. This is defined in the law by naming the Land of Israel as “the historical homeland of the Jewish people in which the State of Israel was established.”  The national flag is the blue-and-white Star of David, the national symbol is the ancient seven-branched Menorah, which stood in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, with the additional olive branches on either side, and Hatikvah as our official national anthem. A unified Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and the law also declares that “the state will be open to Jewish immigration and to the ingathering of the exiles” with its echo from the Jewish Bible. The official language of Israel is Hebrew, though Arabic is granted a “special status.”
The Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel explicitly confirmed the establishment of a Jewish state for the People of Israel in the Land of Israel, the openness of the state to Jewish immigration, the complete equality of social and political rights for all its citizens of all religions, origins and genders, the freedom of religion. This document also calls on Israeli Arabs to take part in building the state on the basis of full and equal citizenship and appropriate representation in state institutions.
The Arab Knesset members scream that this is a form of racism. Where have they been for a hundred years? They have been promoting the agenda of a Palestine “from the river to the sea,” that’s where they have been. They are upset that Israel grants the Arabic language a special status and not an official Language. There are more Arabic-speaking citizens in France than in Israel. This is not unusual given France’s intimate history in Arab lands. But, France does not grant their Arabic citizen’s language any special status.
There is something more troubling about the behavior and intent of several Arab Members of the Knesset. Rather than work to integrate their Arab constituents into Israeli society and improve their social-economic standards they are busy fomenting friction with the fiction of being Palestinian Arabs in support of the wider Palestinian movement. This begs the question. Are they Palestinians or Israeli Arabs? We have yet to get an unequivocal answer from them. As for the Palestinian “movement,” rather than promote the ingathering of a people into their own state, they foster and foment the notion of refugee-hood to remain in place until millions of Palestinians can be “returned” to their homes in “occupied Palestine” meaning the land “occupied” by Israel.
Some complain that the words “equal” and “democratic” do not appear in the language of the new law, but this is superfluous because these values are enshrined in previously approved Basic Laws and do not require further endorsement in the Nation-State Law. Indeed, the 1948 Declaration of Independence ensures “complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race, or sex.”
It has to be added that with equal rights comes equal obligations. The Druze community are concerned about the implications of the Nation-State bill. Israeli Druze are respected within Israel for their courageous service and sacrifice in the IDF. Without doubt they are brave fighters serving in some of our frontline units. I have told my Druze friends that I consider them more dedicated Israelis than many Jews who have never undertaken any form of national service. This includes the Haredi community in Israel. I have more respect for our Druze and Aramean brethren than I do for those who live in their shtetl, expect to receive handouts, paid by taxpayers, but who do little to nothing to serve the country, in hospitals and social welfare services if not in the army. The same has to be said of much of Israel’s Arab community who do not serve in the army and also boycott any form of compulsory national service. With the demand for equal rights comes equal responsibility and national service. 
What was striking were two protest rallies that took place a week apart in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square against the bill. We witnessed the vast difference between the political leadership of the Arad and Druze communities and their supporters. The Druze demonstration was dignified, restrained, making the point that they are a loyal community within Israel that serve and sacrifice themselves for the country but that they had grievances with parts of the new law.
The following week, the Arab political leadership called a protest demonstration in which Palestinian flags vastly outnumbered the very few Israeli flags in the square, and chants of “With blood and fire we will redeem Palestine” echoed off the municipal building and platform where Yizchak Rabin made his final speech before being killed by an assassin’s bullet.  
As one astute person put it at the sight of Israelis joining Palestinian flag wavers chanting for an end to Israel, “Rabin must be turning in his grave.”

It was clear that there are those who live here but see themselves as Palestinians impatient for their liberation from the "Jewish occupation" of their land. They were joined by Jews representing the Israeli left who had kept their distance from the previous week’s Druze event to ally themselves with the Palestinian flag wavers. 
As Moshe Arens pointed out in his Ha’Aretz article of August 19, “Their presence spoke louder than words. They are what Vladimir Lenin called in his day ‘the useful idiots.’”
This prompted Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to declare,

“Yesterday we saw PLO flags in the heart of Tel Aviv. Many of the demonstrators want to abrogate the Law of Return, cancel the national anthem, fold up our flag and cancel Israel as the national state of the Jewish people. It is for precisely this that we passed the nation-state law. We are proud of our state, our flag and our national anthem. Israel is a Jewish and democratic state. The individual rights of its citizens are anchored very well in the basic laws and other laws. Now it is clearer than ever that the nation-state law is also necessary… to ensure the future of the State of Israel as the national state of the Jewish people.”

Israel’s Prime Minister promised to take Druze concerns into serious consideration by inserting their importance in Israeli society into an amendment to an existing basic law act.
Left-wing peace activists have, for decades, called for an Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria as the only way that Israel can maintain itself as a legitimate Jewish and democratic state. Only by withdrawing Jews from Judea and Samaria, they claim, into internationally sanctioned borders can we preserve Israel’s Jewishness. So important is this to them that they are willing to drag over 200,000 Jews from their homes and surrender Jewish historic and religious sites to the Palestinian cause. And yet, they are the ones now calling the Nation-State Law “racist, “discriminatory against our Arab minority,” “radical nationalism,” and other baseless names.
To paraphrase David Weinberg in his Jerusalem Post column “Hypocrisy and Hysteria,” they profess loyalty to Israel as the Jewish nation-state by asserting political pressure for the compulsory evacuation of Jews living in our heartland, but they balk at supporting the very bill that defines the character and symbolism of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people. This is another conundrum for you to figure out.
This is, as Bibi claims, the reason why the Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People, is so essential. With the cynicism, the hypocrisy, the panic, and the hysteria, it is vital to remind ourselves that nothing has changed with the passage of this new bill except to confirm the Jewish character of the Jewish State into law.
Israel is a vibrant democracy that protects the rights of its minorities. It always has and always will. But it was, and will remain, the national home of the Jewish people.

Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.
He is the author of ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS, and Anti-Semitism.’
https://www.amazon.com/Fighting-Hamas-BDS-Anti-Semitism-violence/dp/1508595534/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1534833208&sr=8-1&keywords=fighting+hamas%2C+bds%2C+and+anti-semitism