Monday, 28 October 2019

I talk with Genie Milgrom, a lady with an extraordinary life story, in this video from The View from Israel. (click on the link below) Her story is typical of thousands of people and is known to us who are engaged in the tale you are about to hear.
I was once asked where the next great wave of Aliyah to Israel is going to come from. Aliyah is the wave of Jews who find shelter and new lives in the Jewish state. My answer is the Secret Jews.The Secret Jews are those Jews who do not yet know they are Jewish.They are the inheritors of those who escaped from, or survived, the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions.This was a tragic time in Jewish history when the Catholic Church went in search of Jews to convert them or to kill them.It was a Holocaust on a global scale as the church reached into Central and South America in pursuit of the Jews.As you will hear briefly in this video, this is the reason I initiated the Knesset Caucus for the Anusim (the Jews of Spain and Portugal).With the development of the internet and social media, thousands of people in the far reaches of our world are questioning strange family customs and are discovering their roots date back to a distant Jewish connection in Europe.Some want to renew their Judaism, and that is not an easy thing to do. Unlike Christianity and Islam, Judaism is not a very welcoming religion.For those who do want to return to their Jewish roots but live in locations where there are no Jews for hundreds or thousands of miles, Israel, the Jewish state, is the one place they can feel truly at home. But we have problems in Israel with our Interior Ministry and the Rabbinut failing to ease the way back into the fold for the Anusim Jews, as you will in Genie's personal tale.And those who discover their Jewish heritage, but prefer to remain in their adopted faith, may look with a more sympathy on Israel existing in a threatening and anti-Semitic neighborhood.Genie has written a number of books taken from her life experience, including 'My Fifteen GrandMothers.'If any of you want to know more about your Anusim roots, send me a private message and I will redirect you to where you can receive help.Enjoy this fascinating video! Barry Shaw, Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy, Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. http://www.cooltv.se/video/my-fifteen-grandmas

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Palestinian predators. My interview with Kay Wilson.

KAY WILSON is the miraculous survivor of a brutal Palestinian terror attack.
Kay is the voice of thousands of Israeli victims of Palestinian terror whose voices are silent.
Why do so many Palestinian predators go out in the dead of night, or hide during the day, to hunt for vulnerable victims.
What drives them like animals in search of prey? What primitive instinct obsesses them?
In this video you will see and hear the reason they go hunting for blood directly from the mouth of one of the killers. It’s a craving for Jewish blood. He says clearly, simply, it was Jews he wanted to kill. Not Israelis. Jews!
One of the shocking things that came out of my interview with Kay was that, just as powerful animals kills their defenseless prey they do so for a need, without emotion. Her killers exhibited the same dispassionate lack of emotion as they stabbed and hacked Kay’s defenseless body, and killed her friend.
The tragedy of this deadly desire to kill Jews was that Kay’s murdered friend, Kristine, wasn’t Jewish. Kristne was an American Christian.
And it turns out that these predators had killed before – for the same reason.
This is the ultimate corroboration of the theme of my book ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS and Anti-Semitism.’ That is it Jew hatred that drives every aspect of the Palestinian cause from the Palestinian themselves, to BDS and anti-Israel hostility on too many campuses in the West, and back to Kay’s attackers.
The video takes you through Kay’s trauma, both during and after her dramatic meeting with terror, and how she is putting her life together with important and positive causes which she wants you to share.
See the video and read Kay’s book, The Rage Less Traveled.
Barry Shaw,
Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy,
Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.
http://www.cooltv.se/video/the-rage-less-traveled-kay-wilson?fbclid=IwAR1ZrqBUX0pGGR8ciaM5LcpSHfibJypSYU6OR20LiTX45oRYDeYqiaMZGw4

Monday, 14 October 2019

Israel Intelligence Briefing, Al-Bukamal. Iranian military base in Syria.

Much has been said and written about the Turkish incursion into northern Syria and their attacks against the Kurds. But, for Israel, another location is important.
Al-Bukamal is located on the Iraqi/Syrian border. It has been the target of recent Israeli airstrikes. Al-Bukamal is also the site of a key crossing between Syria and Iraq which allows it to become an important hub for Iranian weapons transportation to Iranian-backed militias in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.
In the early days of the Iranian and Iraqi militias' control of the town of Al-Bukamal, the means of communication between them were wireless radios. After a few months of controlling the Syrian/Iraqi border town of al-Bukamal, assassinations increased in the area, which affected a number Iranian militias. The targeting of Iranian militia vehicles and their movements by cells opposing the militias were detected by the frequency used by the wireless radios.
Due to this detection, the Iranian militias issued orders not to speak on radios except when it was an emergency. After a few months, Iranian militias secured cellular lines from the company Zain Iraq through its members in the Popular Mobilization Forces.
About two months ago, Iranian militias set up a reinforced communication network for Zain Iraq on Jabal al-Baghouz on the Iraqi side of the border to gain greater coverage in al-Bukamal and its countryside. To obtain a line of communication, it requires personal identification and sometimes permission from militia commanders.
Few leaders of the Iranian militias have satellite telephones. Some members of the security branches of the Syrian regime in the city of al-Bukamal use Syrian lines, and there are some important figures from the Iranian militias in addition to the Iraqi line have another Syrian line to communicate with the Office of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Damascus.
Several phone number belonging to Iranian officers and advisors stationed in al-Bukamal and Deir Ezzor were intercepted and published.
1.) Iranian Officer
Name: Miqdad
Phone Number: 0958476786 (Syrian number)
2.) Iranian Officer
Name: Mahda
Phone number: 0934841962 (Syrian number)
3.) Iranian military advisor in Deir Ezzor (Iranian number - Whatsapp)
Name: Moses
Phone number: 09353764200 (Iranian number - Whatsapp)
4.) Iranian military adviser in Deir Ezzor
Name: Yasser
Phone number: 09369164407 (Iranian number - Whatsapp)
The publication of these names and numbers have thrown the iranian military into a spin.
But that will be the least of their worries. Israel is closely watching the construction of the Iranian base at Al-Bukamal and will destroy it in due course.

Barry Shaw,
Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.
(Courtesy ISI and GroundBrief)

Monday, 7 October 2019

Demi Lovato was in awe of Israel. Then she went home.

Demi Lovato was in awe of Israel.
At the end of her trip she tweeted, "There is something magical about Israel. I have never felt such a sense of spirituality or connection to God - something I've been missing for a few years now."
She went on, "I have never felt more renewed in my life. This trip has been so important for my well-being, my heart, and my soul. Thank you for having me, Israel."
And then she returned to America, fell into the hands of BDS, and went wobbly, apologizing if she offended anyone by her remarks.
Her mother, Dianna, however, stepped into the breach.
"Praying at the Western Wall with my daughter in the Old City of Jerusalen was the highlight of my trip to Israel. I will never forget that day or that trip as we celebrated life and Christianity as we learned about the Jewish faith while listening to the Muslim call to prayer."
Dianna went on, "There was no fighting, no judgment, no cruel words...only love. And I will undoubtedly, unapologetically, go again one day."
While daughter Demi's short attention span may have put her connection to God, her spirituality, her well-being, her soul, in the hands of BDS (God help her!), her mother is keeping the faith.


Barry Shaw,
International Public Diplomacy Director,
Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.

Thursday, 3 October 2019

The Democrats Pursuit of Trump. What next when Impeachment fails.

The writing is on the wall.

How long has Impeach Trump syndrome been going on?
Would you believe even before Donald Trump was elected President?
President Obama appointed Evelyn Farkas to the Defense Department specializing, coincidentally, on Obama’s Ukraine policy. Except, nothing in Deep State is a coincidence.
As the end of the Obama era was approaching, Farkas was an enthusiastic “Hillary for President” devotee.
In 2016, she was a foreign policy advisor to Hillary Clinton.
Two weeks before the election, Farkas appeared on a panel in which she said, “We have a strong system of checks and balances. If Donald Trump were elected I believe he would be impeached pretty quickly, or somebody else would have to take over government. And I am not even joking.”
That is deeply troubling. What checks and balances does the Deep State have that would ensure the impeachment of a president they don’t want?
This was spoken by someone in the know, at top level, two weeks before an election? What was going on in the Obama Administration behind the scenes?
Obama promised to “fundamentally change America” as part of his pre-election pledge. What exactly did he mean by “fundamentally change America.” Was weaponizing the intelligence agencies against a political opponent part of that policy?
We are beginning to discover that this may be true.
Russian Collusion. Impeach Trump. Stormy Daniels. Impeach Trump. Michael Cohen. Impeach Trump. Obstruction. Impeach Trump. Ukraine. Impeach Trump. All tried. All failed.  
The hunt for the removal of this President from office appears to be religiously pagan in its ferocity. Is there a Star Chamber trying to pervert the will of the people?
My question is where do the Democrats and their Deep State actors go in their dogged attempt to remove Trump once impeachment utterly fails?
Assassination?
Traitor! Russian agent! Racist! White supremacist! Hitler! Stalin! Who would not want to remove such a tyrant?
We now have investigations into the top level of the FBI and Department of Justice following the collapse of a fraudulent Russian collusion allegation against a political opponent. With the Democrats declaring open war to “oppose” and “resist” there is no bipartisanship in America anymore. Only revolt.
Democracy collapses when this happens. It’s the start of civil war and we see signs of an ominous political army in the black-clad storm troopers of Antifa. They claim to be anti-fascists, but they are the fascist street fighters of the radical Democrats.
Where is all this leading when impeachment fails?
The fevered thirst for power can often taste like blood.
The writing is on the wall.
I have never seen such a toxic political atmosphere as that whipped up by the Democrats and their Hate-Trump supporters, since the dangerous days in Israel that led to the assassination of a national leader, Yitzhak Rabin, by an anonymous young man with a handgun.
Rabin was called a traitor, a Nazi. Just like Trump today.
His assassin was so benign-looking that the police allowed him to get too close to the Israeli Prime Minister. Yigal Amir shot him in the back, three times.
Israel never had the violent street and campus gangs that America has in the Antifa anarchists and radical Marxists who are allowed to send people to hospital in the name of free speech because their victims voice must not be tolerated. Conservative voices of people like Asian-American blogger, Andy Ngo, can be rushed to hospital with brain injuries because he is wrongly perceived to be a “racist” and a “white supremacist.”
This is the crazy intolerant mindset that has taken over the Democrats and it is leading somewhere even darker and more dangerous. Assassination as a last resort, when all else fails.
God forbid this should happen to the American president, but Trump Derangement Syndrome is heading irrevocably in that direction. People are getting the hate and violence message from all directions.
The inciters are many. From Maxine Waters who incites the mob to confront and get in the faces of their opponents. From Adam Schiff and the “concrete evidence” he has of Russian collusion, but cannot produce. From the radical left forcing Nancy Pelosi to declare absolute grounds for impeachment when she hadn’t seen any evidence. From the biased mainstream media calling out the President for unsubstantiated heinous crimes 24/7. 
When New York Times editor, Dean Baquet, announced a new editorial tactic to change their failed Trump-Russia coverage to Trump-racist policy, he told the world that his rag no longer delivers news. It delivers anti-Trump indoctrination.
When a leading member of the Fourth Estate admit his organ pumps out propaganda it no longer a newspaper. It is Pravda.
The toxic political environment in America is entirely and deliberately being stoked by the Democrats and their institutional supporters.
When radical campus professors incite young impressionable minds into Marxism, education becomes dogma. It is the closing of the academic mind in America.
In Hollywood, pampered stars, looking for an added moment of media attention, poison the minds of many with talk of violence.  Madonna calls for blowing up the White House. De Nero wants to punch Trump in the face. Depp reminds us that an actor killed a President. 
Kathy Griffin holds up the bloody severed head of Donald Trump. 
Imagine the brainwashing effect this has on an addled committed mind determined to take the law into his own hand to save the world.
The person that pulls the trigger will claim to be inspired to save the country from a tyrant. He will quote Democrat incitement against the president as his motivation.  The country demanded it, he will claim.
When that awful day comes, it will be too late for them to turn back.  They can never be wrong. They will continue to blame the fate of the President on the victim himself.  The country will be riven in two, each side blaming the other for a tragedy that could have been prevented by bipartisanship.
The scar of a civil war will rumble on for generations. And it would have begun by an unrelenting opposition that divided America.
Such is the depth of Democratic derangement.
For God’s sake! For the sake of America and the world, will you Democrats step back from the brink, before it is too late?

Barry Shaw is the International Public Diplomacy Director at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.