Thursday, 23 May 2019

The Hill of Evil Counsel

One of Israel's leading archeologists, probably the most knowledgeable person on the subject of Jewish heritage in the Holy Land through tons of evidence dug out of the ancient earth of Israel by this world leader in archeology, Gabriel Barkay, recently pointed out that although the international diplomatic community led by United Nations organizations would carve parts of Jerusalem away from Israel sovereignty it is important to know history.
Jebl Mukaber is a neighborhood of Jerusalem which they demand must become a part, even the capital of, a future Palestine.
They do not tell you that Jel Mukaber has a tradition of being the place, mentioned in the Book of Genesis, where Abraham journeyed with his son, Isaac, from the biblical Beersheba, "looked and saw the place from afar."
It was the place, as written in the Holy Bible, where Abraham bound Isaac as a sacrifice to the Lord. Hardly an Islamic tradition.
To emphasise the Jewish heritage, on the slopes of Jebl Mukaber is the opening of a tunnel, 400 meters long, which was part of an aqueduct built some 2,2000 years ago, during the Jewish Hasmonean dynasty, which channeled water from Solomon's Pools to the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, water that was needed for the daily service in the Jewish Temple.
Jebl Mukaber is part of what is referred to as the Holy Basin. Chronologically this holy site existed before Jesus. It existed before Mohammad was born or dreamed of a distant holy place.
Atop the ridge of Jebl Mukaber is a compound known as Government House. This served as the Middle East HQ for the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization. During the Mandate period it served as the seat of the British High Commissioner.
Barkay tells us that, according to Christian tradition, this ridge was the location of the palace of Caiaphas, the high priest were the decision to crucify Jesus was made.
In Christianity this site is known as the Hill of Evil Counsel.
Given the erroneous decisions made by the United Nations General Assembly, UNESCO, UNHRC and their stiff-necked resolutions to carve this traditional part of Judeo-Christian heritage away from Israel, this location is justly named.

Barry Shaw is the International Public Diplomacy Director at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. He is the author of '1917.From Palestine to the Land of Israel."

Friday, 17 May 2019

Don't eat Mars bars, BDS. Eat your heart out instead.

About a decade ago I wrote an article that went viral on the social media. It was called 'If You're Going to Boycott Israel - Do it Properly!' It was designed to expose the hypocrisy of the BDS idiots who order others to do what they don't do themselves.
We had a prime example of that last week when Palestinian leader, Jibril Rajoub, demanded that Atletico Madrid boycott Israel in a forthcoming football game because Israel must be isolated. Yet Rajoub quietly checked into Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv for an urgent medical treatment. Hypocrisy, par excellence!
That's why I wrote the best-selling book 'BDS FOR IDIOTS,' available on Amazon as a fun read and manual for pro-Israel activists. I call it "a seriously funny humiliation of BDS idiots."
In that vein, I invite BDS fanatics to throw away their Mars bars, because Mars has now partnered with Israeli academic institutions, including the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Weizmann Institute for Science in Rehovot, and the Technion in Haifa in support of Israeli start-ups and the development of new Israeli companies.
Mars see the clear benefits to their company and its millions of happy customers of collaborating with Israeli innovation. They have also partnered with JVP, but that's not the ridiculous Jewish Voices for Palestine. Mars have joined with Jerusalem Venture Partners to take their company into the next generation of brand leaders, and they are doing it in partnership with Israel.
So, don't eat Mars bars, BDS. Eat your heart out instead!

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

The hypocrisy of Palestinian leaders and BDS is shameless.


The hypocrisy of Palestinian leader, Jibril Rajoub, knows no bounds.
He is typical of the Palestinian elite. Shameless hypocrisy.
Rajoub is number 2 in the Palestinian Authority and constantly promotes and glorifies Palestinian terror.
As Minister of Sport and Chairman of the Palestine Football Association he is constantly pestering FIFA and major football clubs to boycott Israel. He is currently on a campaign to prevent Atletico Madrid coming to Israel to play a friendly game.
Rajoub is one of the PA leaders who prevents Palestinian Arabs coming to Israel to receive medical treatment. he does so out of his anti-normalization campaign that Palestinians should have zero contact with Israelis.
But guess what. Jibril Rajoub is undergoing a series of medical treatments for a serious condition at Ichilov Hospital in ISRAEL!     This hypocrisy is regularly on view both in the kleptocracy of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, and also in the brutal control of Gaza by Hamas.
When will the world wake up to the fraud and corruption of this politically split and morally bankrupt regime?
By the way, this behavior is typical of the BDS activist who call on everyone else to boycott Israel but are the first to communicate with their personally owned Israeli technology.
In total, it's typical of everyone connected with the anti-Israel movement. Fraud from end to end.
Barry Shaw. International Public Diplomacy Director. Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.
He is author of 'Fighting Hamas, BDS, and Anti-Semitism' available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback.

Monday, 13 May 2019

The Ghost of Soviet KGB Ideology Within American Politics.


The Ghost of Soviet KGB Ideology Within American Politics.
After losing the 2016 Presidential Election, the inner circle of the United States government known as “Deep State” has been pursuing a disinformation campaign at the highest level in order to take down, at any cost, the current duly elected President of the United States.
The premise is built around the allegation that Trump, and those surrounding him, colluded with Russia to win the election.
At an estimated cost of $25 million, the Special Prosecutor has mulled over millions of pages of documents, investigated hundreds of key people and is about to wind up its investigation.  There is much speculation that Robert Mueller’s team will come up empty handed of any evidence implicating Donald Trump with Russian collusion.
But undoubtedly the Russians, or more precisely the former Soviet Union, have impacted the American psyche and are winning the disinformation campaign they launched over fifty years ago against both the United States and Israel.
Unfortunately, this disinformation campaign is now being conducted by Americans in power against America.  In doing so, they are doing the Soviet bidding.
When you hear the new radicals of the Democratic Party bang on against their own country and its leaders, when they adopt the propaganda of radical regimes, when we hear allegations against Israel couched in anti-Semitic terms, you can be sure that they are ideologically colluding with the ghost of the Soviet KGB.
To quote former KGB chairman, Yuri Andropov, in a conversation he had with General Ion Mihai Pacepa, the highest ranking defector from the former Soviet Union to the United States in 1978.
“We could nurture a virulent strain of American-hatred, grown from the bacteria of Marxist-Leninist thought…We have only to keep repeating our themes that the United States and Israel were ‘fascist, Imperial-Zionist countries bankrolled by rich Jews.”
Andropov went on to say, “Islam was obsessed with preventing the infidel’s occupation of its territory, and it would be highly receptive to our characterization of the US Congress as a rapacious Zionist body aiming to turn the world into a Jewish fiefdom.”
Who can say that what we are hearing from Ilhan Omar and others do not accurately reflect the KGB playbook from way back in the 1960’s?
This is the emerging dialogue being heard in the US Congress.
This is the indoctrination coming out of American campuses. It is the language we are beginning to hear from the new graduates of the campus industry of Soviet-style indoctrination, graduates that are emerging as the new generation influence and opinion makers.
It began in the early 1960’s after the Arab armies failed to destroy Israel. The Communist Soviet Union entrusted the KGB to embark on a global campaign to destabilize the United States and Israel through propaganda and terrorism.
The KGB was heavily involved in support of wars of national liberation in the Third World in order to disrupt the influence of the United States. The KGB relied heavily of their intelligence service not only to spy on their adversaries, but also to train their selected candidates in the arts of destabilization through disinformation and the skills of terrorism.
Many leading Cuban, African, and Palestinian revolutionaries were brought to the Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow. This ivy league campus was the finishing school for top terrorists, including Arabs who would promote the Palestinian agenda to chip away at the legitimacy of Israel and eventually replace it. Yasser Arafat was there. He came as an Egyptian from Cairo and left as a Palestinian revolutionary. Mahmoud Abbas was trained in Moscow and left as a KGB spy, known as ‘Krotov” in Damascus. The notorious Ali Hassan Salameh graduated from the KGB school at Patrice Lumumba University as head of the Black September Palestinian terror group to supervise the Olympic Games massacre of the Israeli athletes. Overly ambitious, Salameh, with the strategic help of the KGB, almost succeeded in bringing down the plane carrying Israeli Prime Minister, Golda Meir, over Rome Airport. He was eventually tracked down and killed by the Israeli Mossad in Beirut.
An integral part of the Soviet disinformation campaign in support of the Palestinian cause was to use language against Israel that we are familiar with today.
As part of the Cold War between the United States and Russia, the Soviet Union brought a 1965 United Nations resolution condemning Zionism as “colonialist and racist” to deflect from the international attention it was getting over the plight of Soviet Jews who wished to leave for Israel.  At that time, the Soviet Union was under pressure from the United States in the UN Security Council over their support for Syrian border clashes with Israel.
The Soviet resolution failed, but the KGB persisted and, with the help of the Arab and Islamic bloc then under the Soviet influence, the United Nations General Assembly proposed a second anti-Israel resolution condemning Zionism as a form of racism and racial discrimination. UN Resolution 3379 was passed in November 1975.  It took until December 1991 for this fraudulent resolution to be revoked.
In the early 70’s, the KGB launched Operation SIG, an international smearing campaign to fan the flames of Arab resentment against the United States and Jews represented by Israel.  It was launched in the Arab world to portray America as an imperialist Jewish fiefdom financed by Jewish money and run by Jewish politicians with the aim of America and he Zionists subordinating the Islamic world. The KGB sent four thousand agents into Middle East to spread their anti-American and anti-Israel propaganda campaign.
All this was disclosed by Ion Mihai Pacepa.  Pacepa recalls a conversation in which the KGB chief, Andropov, said, “We need to instill a Nazi-style hatred for the Jews throughout the Islamic world and turn this weapon of emotions into a terrorist bloodbath against Israel and its main supporter, the United States. No one within the American-Zionist sphere of influence should any longer feel safe”
Surely the echoes of this threat are alive and growing on the campuses of America, on the streets of America in pro-Palestinian (read ‘anti-Israel’) rallies, and, more worryingly, in the halls of Congress where CAIR, the NGO with strong ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, have been emboldened by the introduction of their candidates to positions of power as high as the US Foreign Affairs Committee.
Nothing effective has been done to counter this surge of anti-American, anti-Israel, anti-Semitic ideology which is wrapped up and protected under the brand of intersectionality politics making it impenetrable to any form of criticism by intimidation campaigns that carry the same Soviet-style accusations of racism and oppression of minorities.    
One thing is certain. The enemies of traditional America and Israel feel they have the tailwind to progress their agenda and to fundamentally change political thinking and policy within the United States government.
And it will be done following the old Soviet-KGB playbook.
Barry Shaw is the International Public Diplomacy Associate at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. He is the author of ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS, and Anti-Semitism.’


Thursday, 9 May 2019

What is so special about this Yom Ha'Azmaut (Israel's Independence Day), coming so quickly after 700 enemy rockets?
What is Independence Day if not part of Jewish history.
But why is Jewish history different from other nations histories?
If history is a list of chronological facts and information, our history is a continuous story, a remembrance.
Remembrance is identity, and our Independence Day, following on after Holocaust Day and Remembrance Day commemorating our fallen soldiers and terror victims, is part of that identity.
The Bible is not just a chronological list of facts and information. It is our special story. A long chapter in our story.
And we are the next chapter in the continuation of that story.
We are living that mission. To fix the world, even as our enemies continue to try to destroy us.
It is the greatest story that mankind has ever known.
Yom Ha'Azmaut Sama'ach!

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Inaccurate mainstream reporting in wartime damages Israel. It has to stop.

Accuracy is essential when reporting claims of Palestinian casualties during Palestinian-induced wars.
But accuracy is always the missing ingredient in the mainstream media.
Instead they offer bland reporting damaging to Israel such recent reporting of 20 Palestinian killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza including women and babies, which leaves the readers with a totally wrong impression.
Their inaccurate reporting leaves Israel's reputation destroyed as part of their collateral damage. It has to stop!
They should do what I do. Pause, then look for hard facts and evidence to identify the casualties. That's when the truth begins to emerge.
I have three sources for my facts. The Palestine Ministry of Health. The Meir Amit Intelligence & Terrorist Information Center and, surprisingly, from the Palestinian terror organization who love to glorify their "martyrs."
In the latest round of Hamas and Islamic Jihad initiated violence Palestinian civilian deaths, including women and babies, were killed by misguided Palestinian rocket fire. The majority were terrorists accurately targeted by Israeli return fire.
What is incredible and should be lauded by the press was the remarkable lack of collateral damage resulting from the massive tonnage of Israeli air and ground attacks against hundreds of terror targets destroyed throughout the Gaza Strip,included many high rise building in civilian areas that acted as terror centers and infrastructure.
The Intelligence & Terrorist Information Center even names the terrorists and identified their affiliations. This is the basic work we expect, but do not get, from professional journalists. Instead, they prefer to sensationalize their reporting for emotional effect, thereby becoming mouthpieces of the terrorists.
This type of sloppy reporting has to stop.
If they want to add one more element of truth to their reporting they should accurately reflect of solid fact. Terrorists target Israeli civilians. Israel targets terrorists.
If this was their headline they would be accurate in every incident of Palestinian rocket fire and Israeli response.
https://www.terrorism-info.org.il/en/identities-palestinians-killed-recent-round-escalation-initial-report-updated-may-7-2019/
Barry Shaw, International Public Diplomacy Director at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. Author of 'Fighting Hamas, BDS, and Anti-Semitism.'


Monday, 29 April 2019

America is blessed to have Trump as its President.


America is blessed to have Trump as its President.
May I, as a non-American living outside your borders, offer you my personal and candid view on the American condition?
I have watched the United States go from one president to another for decades. I have watched how prosperity and confidence ebb and flow with each administration. Several have had major internal and global events chart their course yet made America great, while others have not faced times of shattering events and yet led America into social upheaval and international crisis.
My perspective was one of an Israeli as Obama’s reign was followed by Donald J. Trump. Having lived for many years as a self-employed person having to survive on my own wits and talents, I gained a sixth sense of sorts in seeing opportunities.  Far from being a millionaire, I look for the right moment to invest my limited funds, funds that need to keep me and my wife for our remaining days.  I viewed the emergence of Trump, watched as he galvanized the American voter to defeat a candidate that every pundit said was a shoe-in to become the first female president of the United States, and saw it as a rare opportunity as he promised to reform the way that business and industry was led in America.
I admit that I viewed America as a land of gimmicks, frequently shallow in its narcissism. It’s a place that loves to dabble with firsts. The first man on the moon, the first black president, and attempting to vote into office the first female president. All gimmick. No substance. 
So, like many people abroad, I was intrigued, though not surprised, by the Trump victory. It broke that mold and spoke to me about the common sense of middle America able to see through the vacuousness of the narcissistic American political scene and took a chance on an outsider. These voters were people coping the reality and hardship from a president who had promised to fundamentally change America. It ended up fundamentally changing their chances of prosperity. They rejected his eight years in office. Handing the baton to an entitled woman would have meant another eight years of the same failed policies. In Hillary Clinton they also saw the corruption and arrogance of the establishment. In Trump they saw someone who didn’t need the money, could get by very well without the job, but who wanted to shake up the way things were done in Washington.
I watched and listened to Trump and decided to take a chance on America. If he meant to make America great again by opening factories, bringing back jobs, and pegging back a globalism that was impoverishing America, this was a place with potential for my limited amount of money. Trump was offering what no other world leader was offering. To create an economic revival.
I began to invest a goodly portion my life savings in America by investing in great American innovation companies.  I watched as my investments began to grow under a president who took decisive steps to bring jobs back to America, who opened factories lost by a previous administration whose failed policies abandoned the American worker.
Let’s be honest, President Obama knew nothing about economy, and neither did his administration. They didn’t know much about healthcare either and the fiscal damage caused by Obamacare was inflicted on the American middle class.
Obama’s social experiment with healthcare was a failure. He lied to the people by telling them they could have his scheme yet keep their doctors and their own health plans. He knew this was untrue but told them anyway, or he didn’t know what he was saying was untrue until Americans were paying so much more for their healthcare they could no longer afford his failed system. Either way, it was fiscal irresponsibility with no consequences for a president reaching the end of his term. Except, of course, for the consequence of the voters who turned their backs on his successor.
Neither did the election of a black president do anything positive for black communities in America that sank into deeper poverty, unemployment and social unrest. Major riots broke out in America, including in Ferguson and Baltimore where massive lawlessness and property damage occurred.
Out of the blocks, President Trump began to turn the economy around. Jobs soared at a record rate. Among those to benefit were blacks. By the end of 2018, only two years into his presidency, the black unemployment rate was the lowest in American history. Also benefiting from the Trump economic measures were Hispanics and women in the workforce. 
As an Israeli, I moved some of my profits into Israeli companies that became the target of takeovers by US companies looking for the best start-ups and found them in my country.
I love watching American corporations grow their businesses and keep their workers firmly established in new jobs by exporting their products and opening new chains in other countries. This is true globalization. They are also able to expand their workforce at home which is good for the American worker.
Compare this to administrations verging on socialism that think growing Big government is social responsibility. It is not, and never will be. This is the direction of fiscal irresponsibility that will inevitably ruin a country.
President Trump has been the greatest president for my country since Truman. So many before him promised to recognize Jerusalem as our eternal and undivided capital and to move the US Embassy there. While other president’s promises to Israel were proven to be empty of substance, Trump stepped up to the plate and kept his word.
American anti-Semitism has shockingly emerged from the shadows in 2019. It has taken various forms, from the awful utterances of a newly elected Muslim congresswoman to deadly synagogue attacks by neo-Nazis. But President Trump cannot be accused of being an anti-Semite.
There is an ancient Jewish prophecy etched in the Bible. “I will curse those that curse you, and I will bless those that bless you.”
This holy declaration acts like a spiritual umbrella over us as Israelis remain confident that our enemies will never destroy us, no matter how deadly their threats.  
We see the miraculous power of this biblical expression coming true in America today. A president who kept his word about Jerusalem is at the helm of a great nation whose economic vitality has found a new life.
May God bless America and protect this great president. I for one have been blessed that my confidence in Trump and the American economy has kept me financially protected under his leadership.
I may not be a biblical prophet but I predict that President Trump will sweep to victory in 2020 with an even larger majority than he did in 2016.
From my mouth to God’s ear!
Barry Shaw.
International Public Diplomacy Director,
Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Jew-hatred in Ireland disguised as sympathy for Palestinians.


There’s an old joke about a Jew who goes to live in Ireland. When he tells someone he is Jewish, the man asks him, “Aye, but are you a Catholic Jew or a Protestant Jew?” 
Tuvia Tenenbom is a film-maker and best-selling author. He writes a series of books about the global pathology against Jews. 
His initial book, ‘Catch the Jew,’ highlighted the anti-semitism behind the often faux support for the Palestinian cause.  This echoes the research I did for my own book, ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS and Anti-Semitism’ about the need to kick back and expose the Jew-hatred that is latent in all aspects of Palestinian support.
Tenenbom and I are kindred spirits.
In preparation for a documentary and new book, Tenenbom visited Ireland and Northern Ireland. To his horror, he found a depth in disdain for Jews, by people who have rarely met a Jew, to be deeper than even Germany.
Tenenbom introduces himself as a German, which he is, rather than as a Jew, which he also is. It protects him from venom and allows the people he speaks with to be more relaxed and natural in their reactions to his questions.
While it may be understandable why the Irish equate the Palestinian cause with their own experiences with the British, the depth of Jew hatred ascends all political issues, which raises the question what came first, sympathy for Palestinian Arabs or hatred of Jews?
Do the Irish really care for Arabs or Muslims, or is it used sparingly and exclusively to promote the Palestinian cause? Is this demonstrated in any other global arena? Or is a rabid Jew hatred at the heart of it, the spark that tilts them to anyone who is terrorizing and killing Israelis, a metaphor for the Jews?
In walking the streets of Derry, Tenenbom was struck by wall murals and displays of Palestinian flags.
He went in search of answers into the nearby Bogside Inn to speak to some of the drinkers. He went as a journalist for German television. In front of the camera he asked,
“Why do you support the Palestinians?”
“Because of the f-------g Jews.”
“Pardon?”
“Because of the Jews. They are the curse of the earth. The only thing that Hitler did wrong, he didn’t kill enough f-----g Jews!”
Tenenbom told Algemeiner, “I don’t think I have met with people who have so much hatred for Jews as I met in Northern Ireland and Ireland, and that includes Derry. The sad part,” he added, “is that I actually like the people here, but most of the people hate me here. I parade around as a German to save me all their hate. It shouldn’t be that way.”
Which begs me to again ask the question, is this support for the Palestinians derived from a comparative history with the British, or is it a religious thing? Is it a lingering Catholic history of anti-Semitism? Or is it a combination of both that inspires them to fly Palestinian flags in the street while ignoring the Kurds, and anyone else with even greater rights to independence?
Tenenbom admits the honesty of their hatred.
Most people deflect their hate into anti-Israel or IDF accusations disguised as sympathy for Palestinians. The readers’ letters columns of most Irish newspapers regularly feature such diatribes. Singularly lacking are any complaints by people who profess to champion Palestinian human rights against the Palestinian Authority who imprison and torture their own people, according to a recent report by Human Rights Watch, or the report from the World Bank that the PA has bankrupted their economy to the tune of a billion dollars by their fiscal irresponsibility of funding their terrorists rather than develop the needs of their people. Palestinian Hamas in Gaza do the same.
The Irish of Derry are straight about it. They hate the Jews more than they care for the Palestinians. You can hear it in their language and in their lack of awareness of the complexities of the Middle East.
Tuvia Tenenbom’s film and his book on Irish attitudes to Israel and to Jews should make for enlightening viewing and reading.

Barry Shaw is the International Public Diplomacy Director at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. He is the author of ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS and Anti-Semitism’ and ‘BDS for Idiots.’


Sunday, 14 April 2019

Christians and Jews lost in a Palestinian wilderness.


I believe that one’s underlying beliefs, who you really are when you discard adopted “progressive” ideas, defines who you really are. They define your character, for good or bad.
Adopt someone else’s ideas and if they do not reform the negative attitudes of your fundamental core belief for the better, then you are lost. In need of enlightenment.
A lot of people who are protesting for radical causes have lost touch with the reality of who they really are.
They have suppressed their true identity beneath a facade of trendy brainwashing. The original source of their positive identity has become buried under contemporary circumstance. Their destiny in life has been diverted into political, philosophical, and theocratic cul-de-sacs or into a dark forest of false and troublesome ideas that are beyond the pale of who they really are. These people need to recharge their original GPS system and retrace their steps back to a brighter and more honest place.
So who are those who are lost. Examples include the misguided Christian pastors who have abandoned the teachings of their leaders such as Charles and John Wesley who preached and sang about the return of Jews to Zion as part of their faith and core values.
Too many of them have adopted the imposition of the Kairos Document, once used successfully to denounce the apartheid regime in South Africa, and now as a religious declaration against Israel in an attempt to paint the Jewish state as an evil apartheid regime. Sufficient proof is available to dismember this false premise. And yet, we see the Kairos Document performed annually in Bethlehem at events such as the “Christ at the Checkpoint” charade.
Here is where this form of Christianity departs from Christianity at its source.
This is where we see the anti-Semitic act of replacement theology enforced by biased pastors, firm in their belief that God abandoned the Jews as the Chosen People for Christianity.
We Jews, and good Christians, do not believe in a God who changes His mind. For, if this was so, I respectfully suggest to the RT Kairos proponents that we can see, through todays unfolding events, that their god has now abandoned Christianity for Islam. Look around the Middle East and Africa. Look at the slaughter of Christians and the destruction of their churches and holy places by Muslims and jihadi Islamists. Look at Europe, once a bedrock of Christianity in countries that contain the cross in their national flags, now replaced first by secularism and now by an appeasement to rapidly rising Islamic demands.
We Jews, and good Christians, do not believe in a God who changes His mind. It is time for the lost pastors to find their biblical GPS and make their way back into the light of truth and reality.
They are promoting the cause of people who care nothing for Christians and a lot worse for Jews. They support Palestinians in Bethlehem even as the same Palestinians have driven out Christians. Once, under Jewish sovereignty, Bethlehem was a middle class town with an 80% Christian population. Today, their numbers are below 15% and falling.
Is the rapid reduction of Christians in the holy town of Bethlehem the handiwork of a Christian god, or the handiwork of a malevolent Palestinian ideology? It is certainly not, despite the false narrative of Kairos, the work of Israelis. The Christian population in Israel increases as it decreases in Palestinian held territory.
Palestinian break into Jewish homes in Israel not to steal, but to murder Jews. They did it in Jerusalem in 1920, They did it in Hebron in 1929. They are doing it in 2018 and 2019. They kill Jews. Women. Children. No matter. Just as long as they are Jews. Yet Kairos Christians support a cause that murders Jews and drives out Christians. They are lost. They need to find their way back to their origins.
Another example of lost souls is the JStreet youth, Jewish youth who have trended their Judaism into a secular religion of Tikun Olam.  They see themselves on a mission to repair the world starting by becoming the poster children for the anti-Israel movement. No matter that the Jewish state practices Tikun Olam globally every day.
I am honored to be a supporter of Save a Child’s Heart in which Israeli surgeons and medical teams save children’s lives from around the world with advanced heart surgery both in Israel and abroad.
I am proud that Israel is often the first nation to arrive in global disaster zones with their search and rescue and medical units to find and save lives in some of the most remote areas of the world.
I personally know pioneers who, for decades, have gone into remote areas of Africa and Asia to help local communities improve their lives through modern systems of agricultural, healthcare, and security. They make lives better and safer to people who couldn’t find Israel on the map.
That is genuine Tikun Olam, not the political posing of young Jews who have adopted a cause that targets Israel. There is no Tikun Olam in being the useful idiots of a cause that wishes to see the end of the Jewish state.
They are both lost, these replacement Christians and misguided Jews who hold a public Kaddish, a mourner’s prayer, for dead Hamas terrorists in London’s Parliament Square.
Misguided by operating on false narratives based on half-truths, totally ignoring the complexities of the violent Middle East and the reality of past and present events.
As someone wrote more than 2500 years ago, “If one speaks or acts with a corrupt mind, suffering follows.”
True Christian and Jewish support for Israel in a troubled world does not derive from a corrupt mind or the adoption of a false narrative, but from truth and reality. That is where salvation can be found.
Barry Shaw is the Public Diplomacy Director at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. He is the author of ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS, and Anti-Semitism’ and ‘BDS for IDIOTS’ available at Amazon or from Steimatzky bookstores in Israel.

Monday, 8 April 2019

Israeli Election Shock Prediction.



Israel is a country with eight million prime ministers. Everyone has an opinion. Just walk past any coffee shop and you’ll see a gaggle of people raising their voices. Everyone knows better than anyone else how to solve the country's problems. The ones that shout the loudest think they know best. They are right about everything and the politicians are idiots.
In Israel, it seems, everyone with an opinion has a political party. The result is that in 2019 we have the nightmare of 40 parties competing in this year’s national elections. Forty!
We have a democracy on steroids – but that is not good for democracy.
It’s all about opinions and egos. Orly Levy Abekasis is, or was, a competent parliamentarian. She is the daughter of a former Foreign Minister so she knows her way around the block. And yet she wasn’t prepared to subordinate herself or her small party to a larger one. The likely outcome is she is unlikely to cross the threshold of 3.25% of the total vote to gain a seat in the next Knesset.
Another is Avigdor Liberman, the former defense minister who led his Israel Beitainu party to dizzying Heights and then into oblivion. His party is also on the threshold of dropping out of the Knesset at the time of writing this piece just a day before the election.
As at this morning, the trend seems to show that the Blue & White Party has regained a lead over the Likud of 4 seats – 30 to 26. B&W seem to be taking votes from Zionist Union on the left and Likud on the right.  But the Likud and an assortment of right wing parties retain a small majority.
So we could end up with Blue and White gaining most seats yet unable to form a majority government.
To make things even more complicated, should Blue & White widen their gap on Likud by a couple more seats they could deprive the Likud of forming a right wing majority, yet be unable to form a majority government themselves.
Don’t forget that B&W have said they want to be center-left and they wouldn’t bring in hard left Meretz or the Arab parties not for any racist reason but because the Arab parties have proven themselves in the last Knesset to be anti-Israel rather than a loyal Israeli party representing the best interests of their constituents. This is one of the reasons why so many Arabs have said they will probably not vote this time, or will vote for one of the non-Arab parties.
So what do we have left. We have B&W as the biggest party unable to form a center-left government, and we have the Likud unable to form a center right government.
That leaves us with one other choice. That B&W form a majority government in a coalition with the Likud.
This would seem to be an ideal marriage. The two main parties at the center of Israeli politics having a large majority with the addition of a couple of reasonable pragmatic parties. But that won’t happen because Ganz and Lapid, two of the four leaders of B&W have said they would never enter into a Likud coalition with Benjamin Netanyahu facing possible indictments.
But even if they did, we are back to the matter of egos. It is difficult to see Bibi, knowing his dominant personality, agreeing to play a subordinate role for himself and his party to the controlling influence of Blue & White. We will have a stand off.
So the result of the 2019 Israeli elections could be no result. No workable government!
This may be a shocking prediction but it is one that is based on latest trends and the promises made by the politicians to the voters.
We could be heading into a caretaker government tasked to organize a further round of elections six months later.
To complicate things further for Israel, we could have the Trump Administration dump their much awaited peace proposals onto Israel making the next round the peace elections.
What would prevent my shocking prediction of no-outcome in these April elections from coming true?
One would be a majority government led by either Blue and White or the Likud with a bunch of other parties, but the polls just two days ahead of election time do not show this possibility.
The other would be if Blue & White and Likud do form a coalition, but that means that both sets of leaders would have spent the 2019 election campaign lying to the Israeli voters.
So what’s new in politics?

Barry Shaw is the International Public Diplomacy Director at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.
He is the author of ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS, and Anti-Semitism,’ ‘BDS for IDIOTS,’ and ‘1917 From Palestine to the Land of Israel’ available on Amazon and at Steimatzky bookstores in Israel.
His articles can be read on www.theviewfromisrael.com



Friday, 29 March 2019

The Corbyn and Omar Threat to Jews and Israel.

Out of the political deterioration in Britain and America, the double-headed hydra of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism has emerged.
The venom in both the British and American parties stem from the radical left, affiliated with an imported ideology, a red-green alliance, exploiting the political turmoil to advance their agenda. It is an agenda that will bring ruin to both countries.
In Britain, the failure of the ruling party to satisfy the demand of the people, namely an affirmative withdrawal from Europe, known as Brexit, gave rise to the radical left Labour Party with ideas that will bring social and economic disaster to Britain.
In America, a country ripped apart by a resentful Democratic Party, reeling after the embarrassing defeat of their revered candidate to an outsider in the 2016 Presidential election, opened the door to a new radical left with ideas and ideologies that will bring social and economic ruin to the United States.
Out of the confusion of both countries, dark voices began to be heard.
In Britain, the volume of blatant Jew hatred at local and national level within the left-wing Labour Party was met with protest by people within the party and by representatives of the British Jewish community to little effect. Even the demand for the Labour Party to adopt the full version of the official IHRC definition of anti-Semitism was answered by the adoption of a doctored version after a very public struggle.
In America, as in Britain, anti-Semitic tropes are heard within the opposition party by newly elected members of Congress. In both cases, the targets were Israel and Jews. In both cases, the rhetoric stereotyped Jewish money and power, and the Jewish State as an evil and illegitimate entity.
In both England and America, Jews have, traditionally, found political homes in the British Labour Party and in the American Democratic Party.
Decades ago, both parties harbored the working class, and Jewish immigrants, fleeing the Holocaust, found political shelter there as they assimilated. As they prospered, they remained loyal to the parties they had adopted.
Both parties supported the desire of the Jewish people for self-determination in their ancient homeland and the reconstituted State of Israel. It was the right and moral thing to do, particularly after the horrors of the Holocaust.
Jews expressed their enthusiasm for both parties by voting for and supporting them. An American Jews saying was, “You’re born a Democrat, and you die a Democrat.” The same applied to Jewish Labour Party members.
Jews became donors and delegates, rising to high positions in both parties. They were patriotic and effective leaders.
When we look at the British Labour Party today it is difficult to believe that only four years ago it had a Jewish leader, Ed Miliband. Now look at it today.
It is rife with anti-Semites at all levels.
Joan Ryan, a non-Jewish Member of Parliament, told the AIPAC Conference in March, “Why did I, a non-Jew, travel to your conference to tell you this? I did so to remind you that things can change quickly. I would never have believed, just three years ago, that the party which backed the Jewish homeland even before the Balfour Declaration would have sunk so low so fast.”
She spoke at AIPAC, but she was addressing the Democratic Party that is experiencing the early signs of anti-Semitism dressed up in Anti-Zionism. She was telling them that things can deteriorate very rapidly when anti-Semitism is allowed to spread in a political party.
She spoke about the downward spiral of Jew and Israel hatred that has infested her party, a party she recently walked away from after forty years as a member.
Why did she leave, rather than fight the anti-Semitism from her position as a leading member and a prominent parliamentarian?  Because she, like so many others, found that confronting the ogre from within was a desperately useless battle. Instead of admitting the problem and solve it there was a resistance against her protest from within her party.
 Joan Ryan admitted that, “despite the best efforts of some decent members, it is riddled with anti-Semitism. It now seeks to demonize and delegitimize Israel.”
We can see the new anti-Semitism, loosely guised as anti-Israelism, infecting the Democratic Party. That party is also failing to adequately fix the problem.
Her party, Ryan told AIPAC, was “now led by a man who proudly declares Hamas and Hezbollah to be his friends. And so, along with eight members of Parliament, we made a choice. We decided that words were simply not enough. We walked away from the Labour Party.”
The Democratic Party now has new representatives in Congress that consider Hamas their friends.
Joan Ryan and her colleagues have been joined by many others, both Jewish and non-Jewish veterans of a party they once loved, who left because of the grip on the party of those who harbor disdain for Jews and Israel.
Americans should be made aware of a dangerous phenomenon in the increasingly hard left British Labour Party. There is a Soviet-style purging of party members that do not toe the party line and show total loyalty to the party and its leader.  In the Soviet Union such people were shamed, or disappeared. In Britain, they are de-selected by branch officials, thereby overruling the will of the voter.    
Brits vote for their individual parliamentary representatives at local level. But, with the anti-Semitism scandal rocking the party, the party has struck back at the protesters, shaming and ejecting them. It is called “de-selection.” In effect, the local branch committee can remove a duly elected member on the grounds of bringing the party into disrepute. Protesting anti-Semitism within the party or criticizing Corbyn can lead to an elected member being thrown out of the party. It has echoes of Soviet-style tactics and, in essence, is anti-democratic.
Luciana Berger, a prominent Jewish Member of Parliament, said that her Labour Party had become “institutionally anti-Semitic.”  She received abusive anti-Semitic insults and death threats to the point that she needed a permanent security team to protect her from members of her own party. She was called “a disruptive Zionist” and worse. She faced two votes of no-confidence from the branch officials at her Liverpool Waverley constituency. In challenging this attempt to purge her, she said that she had made "no secret that, as a Jewish woman representing a city with a Jewish community, I have been deeply disturbed by the lack of response from Jeremy Corbyn as party leader and many in the wider leadership of the party to the anti-Semitism that stains our party."
Unable to quell the hate, or bring her party to adequately address the problem, Berger led a group of seven Labour MPs out of the party and formed an independent group within Parliament.
This flight of traditional Labour members has led to them being replaced by hardened leftists who vow allegiance to their Hamas and Hezbollah supporting leader and to their local party officials, making it a less tolerant party.
How depth of radicalism in the British Labour Party could be seen at their last annual conference.  In voting for their top ten policy priorities, Palestine was their main foreign policy issue, taking preference over Brexit, social services, welfare, the healthcare system, and local government funding. In effect, Labour members, including many trade union members, voted for Palestine ahead of issues that affect them personally and collectively.
Corbyn is on record saying, "The UK has a very close relationship with Israel and it is time that relationship is brought to an end."
Can this happen within the Democratic Party?  This is precisely what Tlaib and Omar are saying in their opening days in Congress. That the United States has a special relationship with Israel and that they intend to bring that relationship to an end. 
The process has begun. Rashida Tlaib did not wrap herself in the Stars and Stripes when she was elected to Congress. Instead, she draped herself in a Palestinian flag.
Newly arrived Ilhan Omar immediately hit out at Israel, its Prime Minister, Jews and their money. She was guest speaker at a fund-raising event for an organization that had supported her campaign and Hamas. 
CAIR is an organization professing to represent the civil and social needs of American Muslims. That would be fine if that was their agenda, but CAIR is the American Muslim Brotherhood with a proven identity of supporting Hamas, a designated Palestinian terror organization. And CAIR is now strutting the halls of Congress with confidence pushing aside anyone attempting to ask pertinent questions of their congressional representatives.
Asra Nomani, a true Muslim reformer who wanted to address Ilhan Omar on her anti-Semitic remarks, was confronted by CAIR bullies who prevented her from speaking to Omar.
In Britain, Jeremy Corbyn receives support from similar organizations to CAIR. He addressed the Islamic Human Rights Council in London. Like CAIR, they pose as caring for the British Muslim community, but they have a stealth agenda to promote dawa and sharia into Britain. Ahead of Corbyn, a radical imam, Sheikh Bramanpour, spoke openly about wiping Israel off the map. Corbyn followed him onto the stage and, instead of condemning the imam’s words, told IHRC that they “represent all that is best in Islam.”
It remains to be seen if CAIR, Omar and Tlaib represent all that is best of Islam in America. Up to now we have seen the hateful, anti-Semitic, anti-Israel side of all three.
I can personally vouch for the veracity of Asra Nomani as a genuine peacemaker and reformer having had the honor of sharing a stage with her at a Conference in Jerusalem a few years back.
If Asra Nomani were in Congress, instead of Ilhan Omar, we would have more confidence in the future of the Democratic Party and America.

Barry Shaw is the International Public Diplomacy Associate at the Israel Institute of Strategic Studies. He is a researcher into contemporary anti-Semitism and the author of ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS, and Anti-Semitism’ which examines the anti-Semitism at all levels of the Palestinian cause.






Wednesday, 20 March 2019

The Ghost of Soviet KGB Disinformation Within American Politics.


After losing the 2016 Presidential Election, the inner circle of the United States government known as ‘Deep State’ has been pursuing a disinformation campaign at the highest level in order to take down, at any cost, the current duly elected President of the United States.
The premise is built around the allegation that Trump, and those surrounding him, colluded with Russia to win the election.
At an estimated cost of $25 million, the Special Prosecutor has mulled over millions of pages of documents, investigated hundreds of key people and is about to wind up its investigation.  There is much speculation that Robert Mueller’s team will come up empty handed on Russian collusion, unless they look at the Democratic side of the political divide in America.
But undoubtedly the Russians, or more precisely the former Soviet Union, have impacted the American psyche and are winning the disinformation campaign they launched over fifty years ago against both the United States and Israel.
Unfortunately, this disinformation campaign is being conducted by Americans against Americans.  In doing so, they are doing the Soviet's bidding.
When you hear the new radicals of the Democratic Party bang on against their own country and its leaders, when they adopt the propaganda of radical regimes, when we hear allegations against Israel couched in anti-Semitic terms, you can be sure that they are ideologically colluding with the ghost of the old Soviet KGB.
To quote former KGB chairman, Yuri Andropov, in a conversation he had with General Ion Mihai Pacepa, the highest ranking defector from the former Soviet Union to the United States in 1978.
“We could nurture a virulent strain of American-hatred, grown from the bacteria of Marxist-Leninist thought…We have only to keep repeating our themes that the United States and Israel were ‘fascist, Imperial-Zionist countries bankrolled by rich Jews.”
Andropov went on to say, “Islam was obsessed with preventing the infidel’s occupation of its territory, and it would be highly receptive to our characterization of the US Congress as a rapacious Zionist body aiming to turn the world into a Jewish fiefdom.”
Who can say that what we are hearing from Ilhan Omar and others do not accurately reflect the KGB playbook from way back in the 1960’s?
This is the emerging dialogue being heard in the US Congress.
This is the indoctrination coming out of American campuses. It is the language we are beginning to hear from the new graduates of the campus industry of Soviet-style indoctrination, graduates that are emerging as the new generation influence and opinion makers.
It began in the early 1960’s after the Arab armies failed to destroy Israel. The Communist Soviet Union entrusted the KGB to embark on a global campaign to destabilize the United States and Israel through propaganda and terrorism.
The KGB was heavily involved in support of wars of national liberation in the Third World in order to disrupt the influence of the United States. The KGB relied heavily of their intelligence service not only to spy on their adversaries, but also to train their selected candidates in the arts of destabilization through disinformation and the skills of terrorism.
Many leading Cuban, African, and Palestinian revolutionaries were brought to the Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow. This ivy league campus was the finishing school for top terrorists, including Arabs who would promote the Palestinian agenda to chip away at the legitimacy of Israel and eventually replace it. Yasser Arafat was there. He came as an Egyptian from Cairo and left as a Palestinian revolutionary. Mahmoud Abbas was trained in Moscow and left as a KGB spy, known as ‘Krotov” in Damascus. The notorious Ali Hassan Salameh graduated from the KGB school at Patrice Lumumba University as head of the Black September Palestinian terror group to supervise the Olympic Games massacre of the Israeli athletes. Overly ambitious, Salameh, with the strategic help of the KGB, almost succeeded in bringing down the plane carrying Israeli Prime Minister, Golda Meir, over Rome Airport. He was eventually tracked down and killed by the Israeli Mossad in Beirut.
An integral part of the Soviet disinformation campaign in support of the Palestinian cause was to use language against Israel that we are familiar with today.
As part of the Cold War between the United States and Russia, the Soviet Union brought a 1965 United Nations resolution condemning Zionism as “colonialist and racist” to deflect from the international attention it was getting over the plight of Soviet Jews who wished to leave for Israel.  At that time, the Soviet Union was under pressure from the United States in the UN Security Council over their support for Syrian border clashes with Israel.
The Soviet resolution failed, but the KGB persisted and, with the help of the Arab and Islamic bloc then under the Soviet influence, the United Nations General Assembly proposed a second anti-Israel resolution condemning Zionism as a form of racism and racial discrimination. UN Resolution 3379 was passed in November 1975.  It took until December 1991 for this fraudulent resolution to be revoked.
The Palestinians were well trained by the Soviet KGB. In every conflict, the Palestinians have sided with America's enemies.
In the early 70’s, the KGB launched Operation SIG, an international smearing campaign to fan the flames of Arab resentment against the United States and Jews represented by Israel.  It was launched in the Arab world to falsely portray America as an imperialist Jewish fiefdom financed by Jewish money and run by Jewish politicians with the aim of America and the Zionists subordinating the Islamic world. The KGB sent four thousand agents into Middle East to spread their anti-American and anti-Israel propaganda campaign.
All this was disclosed by Ion Mihai Pacepa.  Pacepa recalls a conversation in which the KGB chief, Andropov, said, “We need to instill a Nazi-style hatred for the Jews throughout the Islamic world and turn this weapon of emotions into a terrorist bloodbath against Israel and its main supporter, the United States. No one within the American-Zionist sphere of influence should any longer feel safe”
Surely the echoes of this threat are alive and growing on the campuses of America, on the streets of America in pro-Palestinian (read ‘anti-Israel’) rallies, and, more worryingly, in the halls of Congress where CAIR, the NGO with strong ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, have been emboldened by the introduction of their candidates to positions of power as high as the US Foreign Affairs Committee.
You can hear it in statements such as “Israel has hypnotized the world. May Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”
The old Soviet KGB campaign is alive and revived in the current US Congress.
Nothing effective has been done to counter this surge of anti-American, anti-Israel, anti-Semitic ideology which is wrapped up and protected under the brand of intersectionality politics making it impenetrable to any form of criticism by intimidation campaigns that carry the same Soviet-style accusations of racism and oppression of minorities.    
One thing is certain. The enemies of traditional American values and Israel feel they have the tailwind to progress their agenda and to fundamentally change political thinking and policy within the United States government.
And it will be done by following the old Soviet-KGB propaganda playbook.
Barry Shaw is the International Public Diplomacy Associate at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. He is the author of ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS, and Anti-Semitism.’
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