Thursday, 26 April 2018

Jews for Corbyn. The rot of antisemitism within Britain’s Labour Party.

Britain’s Jewish leadership met with Jeremy Corbyn, the man who is leading a Labour Party that is drenched in unbridled anti-Semitism, on April 24th and came away “disappointed,” calling the two hour meeting a “missed opportunity.”

Their requests were straightforward. They wanted a fixed timetable to deal with the numerous anti-Semitism cases within the party. They particularly wanted to see affirmative action against Ken Livingstone and the suspended party activist, Jackie Walker. They demanded that no Member of Parliament should share a platform with somebody expelled or suspended for anti-Semitism. For the Labour Party to adopt in full the accepted International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of Anti-Semitism. Transparency in their oversight of the disciplinary process, and the appointment of an independent ombudsman.  All their requests were refused by Corbyn.

Jonathan Goldstein, the chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council, complained on BBC Radio 4’s Today program that the Labour leader refuses to take any of the necessary steps in solving the problem. “When you ask him to do something, he has the habit of staring or just shrugging.”

Jonathan Arkush, the President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, expected Corbyn to take the internal anti-Semitism problems as a personal policy and lead his party on this important issue, but he didn’t step up to do it.

Corbyn has a block when it comes to Israel. During the meeting, Jonathan Arkush asked Jeremy Corbyn why is it that he has nothing good to say about Israel’s flourishing and rare democracy in the Middle East, its trades unions, the lack of discrimination against women, gays, and minorities. The only response he received was a stare.

Arkush told Corbyn about his son, a doctor at the Shaare Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem, who works alongside Palestinian doctors and nurses treating patients of all faiths and cultures. His comment was met by disinterest.

Although the representatives of British Jews met the press after their meeting, a detached Corbyn did not appear to speak to the press. Instead, he got one of his spokespeople to make a statement.

So what is it that causes the Corbyn disconnect to the complaint of anti-Semitism? According to David Aaronovitch, a reformed Euro-Communist, knows a thing or two having made the documentary “No Excuses for Terror” on how the far-left and the far-right have permeated the mainstream media and political discourse, and “Blaming the Jews," that evaluates anti-Semitism in Arab media and culture. He writes that Corbyn thinks "good Jews” are those who comply with the ideology of this aging revolutionary. And the base for that is a totalitarian rejection of Zionism and Israel. As Aaronovitch wrote in an April 20th article in London’s Jewish Chronicle, that Corbyn's Jews are the ones who reject both Israel and the notion that there is anti-Semitism within the British Labour Party.

He quotes Leah Levane, a member of Jewish Voices for Labour, who complains whenever British Jews talk about the invidious creep of anti-Semitism within her party. In a convoluted rant, covered in Aaronovitch’s article, Levane babbled, “it was terrible that you can treat antisemitism and make that accusation every time you criticize behavior of the state of Israel towards the Palestinian people.”
Make sense of that, if you can. However, it was praised by Jackie Walker, a far-left Socialist activist, who tweeted, “Great contribution from Le h Levene – Jewish human rights activist and my comrade. Our voice at last being heard.”

For her pains, Miss Walker got suspended from the Labour Party when she referred to Jews as the chief financiers of the slave trade.” Notice this race and culture sensitive person had nothing to say about the Arab slave trade that has continued from the Middle Ages until today.  This did not stop her from posting a nasty tweet against the two thousand Jews and others who gathered in Parliament Square to protest against the Jew-hatred in Corbyn’s party claiming they were “absolute enemies of Muslims, enemies of people of color.”  

This is the sort of friend and ally that Jews such as Leah Levene hold dear.
Go figure, and, while you are doing that, be aware that Leah Levene intends to be a local Labour candidate for the constituency of Hastings and Rye. Hence, the future of Corbyn’s Labour Party, and one of his adopted Jews.

Agreeing with me is Stephen Pollard, the editor of the Jewish Chronicle, who wrote on April 17, that Jeremy Corbyn is using the classic Soviet tactics in his dealings with the UK British community by attempting to divide and rule. 

Just as the Soviet Union exploited Western Socialist organizations and leading individuals, including many far-left Jews, as their stooges, or “useful idiots,” to promulgate the spread of Communism, Corbyn adopts the Leah Levenes, the Jewda Jewish fringe group with whom he spent a faux Passover Seder slandering Israel and the British Royal Family, and other disenfranchised Jews as a front against the allegations of anti-Semitism. 
A typical example is Jenny Manson, of the pro-Corbyn Jewish Voice for Labour group, who claimed on the BBC Today radio program, that “none of us in my group has ever experienced any anti -semitism within the Labour Party,” and anyway, “it’s much worse on the right.”

She obviously missed the impassioned speeches in the House of Commons by Labour Party parliamentarians, Luciana Berger and Ruth Smeeth, who both spoke of their personal victimhood at the hands of Labour Party anti-Semites.

It is impossible for Jenny Manson not to have heard about the complaint from John Mann, MP, who revealed the torment suffered by his family at the hands of “far-left extremists,” as described by his daughter, who threatened to rape his daughters and wife over his complaint about the deep Jew-hatred that has grown within his party since the rise of Corbyn.  Heather Mann, a long-time campaigner against antisemitism, confirmed that since her father exposed the threat against them to the parliamentary Labour Party nobody from the national committee had bothered to contact them.  John Mann, chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism.    

In fact, Jenny Manson is deviously disingenuous. Her JVL group was set up, as she herself admitted, “to tackle the myth of antisemitism in the Labour Party.”

For people like Manson, Levene, Corbyn, and others, there is a deliberate attempt to disconnect Jews from support for Zionism. They know that once you prize Judaism from Zionism you remove the heart and soul from the Zionist enterprise, thereby killing the raison d’etre of the fundamental basis of Israel, the Jewish state, Fortunately, the vast majority of mainstream British Jewry stand firmly with Israel.

To paraphrase David Aaronovitch, Jeremy Corbyn abides only the “good Jews,” those that affiliate themselves with his far-left ideology. An essential part of that belonging is to disown Israel.

He can’t help himself. This Socialist is stuck in the mantra that not only are Hamas and Hezbollah his friends but also supporting the terrorists responsible for the bombing in 1994 of the Israeli Embassy in London and Balfour House, the building that housed the UJIA, one of the largest Jewish charities in the UK, in which twenty-six people were injured. 
Corbyn, the bombers friend, spent more than a decade campaigning for their release. 

Corbyn can’t help himself. That is the way he is, and it is highly unlikely that the JLC or the BoD can help him either, although I applaud them for giving it their best shot.

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

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Israel at 70. The most legendary comeback story in human history.

In the Bible it is written “And I saw this great empty place with dry bones. Can these bones live? Only you know.” Ezekiel 37.

The Jews were cast out of their ancient land. Their Temple ruined and its treasures stolen by Rome and its people cast into slavery, doomed to wander the face of the earth, rejected, threatened, and slaughtered.
Through the Holocaust until shocked American and Russian soldiers witnessed the horrors of Auschwitz, Treblinka, Birkenau. “And I saw this great empty place with dry bones. Can these dry bones live?”

But the pioneers came to reclaim their ancient land. Yet, despite the world decreeing the right of the Jews to a land of their own, the Arabs declared a war of extermination. “It will be a war of annihilation. It will be the most momentous massacre in history.” Azzam Pasha, head of the Arab League.
American imposed an arms boycott against the nascent Jewish State. The British armed the armies of Jordan, Egypt, and Iraq.  
The Palmach unit of the Hagenah has just 300 men, most without weapons or uniforms. The Jews had no tanks and just a few planes. Against five Arab armies.
David Ben-Gurion wired Chaim Weizmann, “Do I declare a state?”  Weizmann replied, “Proclaim the state, no matter what ensues.”
The next day, Ben-Gurion declared, “We declare the establishment of the Jewish State in the Land of Israel, to be called the State of Israel.”

Two thousand years of Jewish exile came to an end. The most legendary comeback story in human history, made more legendary by the rag-tag volunteers who held back five invading Arab armies bent of their destruction.  Fully 10% of our people died in that war against us.
Then, in 1948, we were 600,000. Today, we are almost nine million. A tiny nation, but one of the most innovative, powerful and advanced nations on earth, beset with challenges and threats against us but proud and confident in ourselves as the Jewish nation.
David Ben-Gurion said it best. “In Israel, to be a realist, you have to believe in miracles.”

To those who defy us we say;

Happy 70th Anniversary, Israel!!


Thursday, 12 April 2018

Why Weiwei is wrong. His Palestinian hero is a Hamas terrorist..

Ai Weiwei, is lauded globally for his work as a contemporary artist. He is also a political activist.
Weiwei has visited Israel a couple of time. He came in 2016 to film his documentary ‘Human Flow. He was given permission to visit Gaza as part of his project.
Resisting boycott calls, he returned to Israel in 2017 for an exhibition of his work in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

But recently, he took to social media to publicize the death of Yasser Abdullah Murtaja, killed during the violent Hamas provocations at Gaza’s border with Israel.

Apparently Weiwei met with Murtaja during the shooting of his documentary. Weiwei posted a picture of Murtaja on his Instagram feed, saying that he was a photojournalist who was reporting on the mass protests and that he was shot by the Israeli military during the demonstrations and died in hospital on April 6. He worked as a cameraman for Human Flow in Gaza in 2016. He added the words, “So sick!”  He also retweeted a post from a blogger who wrote, “They…terrorize the Palestinians. Gaza is an open air concentration camp.”

Murtaja was indeed a photojournalist. He was also a registered Hamas fighter (terrorist). Photographs have been released which show Murtaja dressed in Hamas military garb and carrying a Kalashnikov rifle. In another, he is pledging his devotion to Hamas and announcing his willingness to die for their cause.   

The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center in Israel have accounted for the identities of those killed in the recent Hamas provocations and reported that fully 80% were affiliated with a Palestinian terror group.
Murtaja specifically belonged to the Sejaiya Battalion of the Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigade, branch of Hamas.

To Weiwei, Murtaja may be a talented human rights protester and photojournalist.  To Israelis, he is a trained Hamas terrorist.
Weiwei should not use his art and his fame to pervert the truth and whitewash the haters and killers of Jews.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Corbyn is a Dangerous Anti-Semite.

There can be no doubt that Jeremy Corbyn is a shrewd and canny politician. It takes a special talent to emerge from the radical left of his political party to become the potential next Prime Minister of Great Britain.

He has cannily persuaded disillusioned Britons into believing that he can cure their ills. His rise is a phenomenon that goes against the trend in mainland Europe where, increasingly, populations are ditching failed Socialist governments, particularly over the issue of unbridled mass immigration which is leading to a breakdown of the social and cultural order in many European nations.

Britons, it seems, are prepared to put their concerns about this issue to one side and give Corbyn a chance to sort out the morass that has left a post-Brexit Britain in a quandary.
But how will the sharp rise in anti-Semitism within Corbyn’s Labour Party affect the outcome of a future General Election in Britain?

The greater part of their voters will put this to one side as they are not personally invested in this issue.  There is a growing Labour constituency that will, surreptitiously, be attracted to the party because of this issue. Without naming who they are, they share a deeply felt antipathy to Jews. It’s part of their culture. There is, of course, a healthy section of the traditional Labour Party that abhor recent revelations of Jew-hatred within their party. Some have even admitted that Corbyn is central part of the problem, not the solution. They feel utterly uncomfortable within their party as more revelations come to the fore.

It is apparent that anti-Semitism was lying dormant within the party, and it became emboldened with the rise of Corbyn, a man who displayed tendencies and statements that position him as a latent anti-Semite with associations with individuals, groups, and even international terrorist organisations that exclusively target Israel, the Jewish state, for annihilation, while he and his supporters claim him to be anti-racist. 

Successful political leaders have scheming minds. They know how to win friends and influence people. The really successful ones also know how to split the opposition and cause confusion and chaos among their ranks to reduce their effectiveness. This is an art that the cunning Corbyn has performed on British Jews over accusations of his anti-Semitism.

Following the uproar and the public demonstration of 1500 Jews in Parliament Square in highlighting the endemic left-wing anti-Semitism, the shrewd Corbyn joined a late Passover Seder, organized by a radical Jewish far-left fringe group mockingly called ‘Jewda.’

His strategy had the desired effect.

Against the rising voice from the leaders of mainstream British Jewry, Corbyn can now claim that some of his friends and supporters are Jewish. Therefore, how could he possibly be called an anti-Semite.

To prove his point, he went further to say that he had “learned a lot from talking to the young Jewish people at the event.”
What he learned was that this group calls Israel “a steaming pile of sewage which needs to be properly disposed of.”  In this, these Jewish anarchists share his anti-Israel views. In truth, Corbyn knew this before he went. That was why he went. He had effectively split the Jewish voice who are now seen squabbling about whether Corbyn is an anti-Semite or not.

Corbyn has a convenient disconnect with facts and truth.  Jeremy Corbyn not only called Hamas and Hezbollah, two Islamic terrorist organizations bent on the destruction of Israel, his friends. In 2014, he went to Tunis to support an event where laid wreaths at the grave of Atef Bseiso, the PLO head of intelligence operations who, among other murderous acts, was the planner of the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre that killed eleven Israeli athletes. 

When this embarrassment was exposed, Corbyn wriggled to suggest that he “attended an event where wreaths were laid on the graves of those killed by Mossad agents in Paris in 1991.”  He was right, but he hid the inconvenient truth that he went in support of a terrorist responsible for the murder of eleven Israelis.

Corbyn associates himself with most of the Marxist dictatorships. More recently, the former chair of the Stop the War Coalition was silent about the grotesque chemical attack by the Russian backed Assad regime that killed over a hundred included many women and children, yet was quick to call for a UK review of arms sales to Israel.

Back in Britain, Corbyn can now sit back and watch British Jewry tear itself apart as Jews from the far-left claim to be, as described by Charlotte Nichols who escorted Corbyn to the Jewda event, “a distinct part of mainstream Judaism.” 

Corbyn is an anti-Semite and he is playing the Jews for fools. He embraces Jews who reject Israel and stances those who defend the Jewish state against Palestinian anti-Semitism and their violent obstructionism to Jewish self-determination which are the sole reasons for lack of progress in the Palestinian problem.
Corbyn has now divided British Jews against themselves as the anarchist Jewda group, who claim to be an integral part of British Jewry, also claim, by their embrace of Corbyn, that he is not an anti-Semite.
The leadership of British Jews are confused as they seek a way out of this Corbyn-imposed dilemma. The answer is simple. Jews can also be anti-Semites. With our Jewish genius even this is something we do more passionately and successfully than the goyim.
History is replete with examples of Jews who have turned on their co-religionists and inflicted real harm  on their own people. Spanish and Portuguese Jews betrayed Jews to the Inquisitors and executioners. Some even deserted the faith to become high-ranking archbishops in the Catholic Church. The pathology of Jewish self-hate had had deadly consequences for Jews. It occured a century ago in Europe as certain Jews internalized the negative imagery other had of them and decided to assimilate themselves to those in power by condemning their co-religionists. This is going on today with left-wing Jews who have not only abandoned Israel to its fate but are lining up with Israeli detractors and enemies in finding every opportunity to take shots against the Jewish state, shots they refuse to take against Israel's Palestinian adversaries, or any of the regions evil dictatorships. Among the canards that Corbyn's Jewish supporters are claiming is built on the lies that Zionists ( and therefore Jews) are immoral because Jews stole the land from the Arabs. Even Israelis are pathologically caught up in what has been called Israeli self-hatred. Corbyn has tapped into this display of Jewish self hatred and used it to his advantage. 

It is right for British Jews to gather and call out Corbyn, but it now has to deal with both Corbyn, who heads a political party that reeks of anti-Semitism, and also with enemies within its own ranks that are siding with an anti-Semite against the truly mainstream British Jewry. It needs to put its own house in order before it can effectively win this battle. ​

“Criticism of Israel” is a carefully choreographed version of anti-Semitism in the hands of the malevolent, and Corbyn is malevolent. People such as Corbyn use it to disguise their Jew-hatred. This is apparent when one applies the 3D test – Demonization, Discrimination, and Double Standards.

When the Socialist hard left apply their scorn and action against Israel and not against the horrible regimes, including those totalitarian regimes they support or ignore, that is discrimination and double standards. When they use emotive language, one-sided judgments, false accusations, against the Jewish state and call for its elimination, that is demonization.

When a person goes out of his way to honor or justify the murder of Israeli Jews, that is blatant anti-Semitism.  When one employs a tactic or strategy to divide British Jewry, that is the unscrupulous behavior of an anti-Semitic politician.

Apply these standards to Jeremy Corbyn and you can only come to the conclusion that he is a devious anti-Semite who seriously believes that the Jewish state represents all the evils of the world.

I agree and disagree with Alan Sugar, the British business magnate, who wrote a poem of sorts in which he called Corbyn, “a dangerous fool.”

Jeremy Corbyn is not a fool, but he is dangerous.  His brand of anti-Semitism is sinister and toxic.

Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. He is also the author of “Fighting Hamas, BDS, and Anti-Semitism” which covers the growing phenomenon of left-wing Jew hatred in support of a Palestinian cause.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

The Corbyns of this world.

Jeremy Corbyn represents the shameful, sneaky, face of anti-Semitism. The one that accepts Jews who subscribe to his radical brand of politics, the ones who will play by his rules, which includes the need to hate Israel.

He’ll probably admit to admiring Karl Marx. He was a Jew with no other agenda except the Communist cause. That’s good enough for the Corbyns of this world. So how can Jeremy be called an anti-Semite?

He hates Israel. This probably started when the Israeli electorate abandoned Socialism. True, the Labour Zionists pioneered the creation of the Jewish state. They drew the praise of the global Socialists for being the opposite to the cosmopolitan Jews they were familiar with, and detested. They were surprised by the spunk of the feisty New Jew who didn’t take a blow lightly but hit back hard and decisively as they created their kibbutzim and other settlements.

They identified with the Israeli pioneering spirit of labour (with a small “l”) on the land and in industry. The British Labour Party and the trade unions admired the example of Israeli Socialism, until Israelis rejected the crushing bureaucracy and economic oppression of their failed Socialist leaders. They cast them aside in the democratic process for the economic and personal development of the free market and to stand up against their enemies.  This was unforgivable to global Socialists.

The leftist enemies of Israel gathered in Durban, South Africa, in their thousands to declare that “Zionism is racism” at a United Nations Conference against racism, and it took decades to have this stain removed from the United Nations General Assembly records.

And so they arose and, with a vengeance, swore to destroy Israel. They joined with Israel’s lethal enemies and gave moral support to their Jew-hating propaganda by devising a parallel narrative that positioned killers of Israeli Jews as oppressed and weak and Israel as occupiers and Nazis. With emotional imagery, falsehoods, and a huge war chest from leftist charities and NGOs attracted by the messaging of a human rights cause, these hyper-active Israel haters relentlessly BDS’ed the Jewish state, and was little response, not from the Israeli government, and not from the top leadership of British Jewry.

It has been local Jews and their Christian allies who have taken to the streets in defense of Israel.The leadership has, instead, chosen to criticize Israeli policy, thereby falling neatly into the hands of Israel’s enemies in Britain who declare, “You see, even the Jewish leaders hate Israel!” 
Of course the JLC and BoD don’t hate Israel, but this is how it is how our enemies broadcast their comments.

To paraphrase a Passover quotation, in every generation arises an enemy that knows not Israel and vows to destroy him. This generation’s enemies include the Corbyns of the world. It also includes Jews that hold Seders in which they openly call for the destruction of Israel. It is at such a Jewish Seder that Corbyn finds shelter and comfort as he tries to escape the accusation of being the anti-Semite that he is.

Who says that Jews cannot be anti-Semites? With our Jewish genius, even this is something we do better than the goyim. The problem is, we can also be infinitely more stupid than the goyim, and the cunning Corbyn is exploiting this stupidity. 

When the Board of Deputies invited a radical leftist group, Yachad, into its midst, like Cleopatra they clasped a poisonous viper to their breast. While we Israelis paused for a minute’s silence on Memorial Day honoring our fallen fathers and sons, Yachad was hosting an outlawed Israeli fringe group to an event which called our brave young soldiers war criminals. The following day neither group gathered to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day. In every generation…. 

Then, it was Yachad. Today is it Jewda. The representatives of British Jews are confused as they suddenly awake to a threat that is real, close, and within their midst. That is why a Charlotte Nichols, a Jewish officer in Young Labour, can claim that Jewda is “a distinct part of mainstream British Judaism” as she accompanied Corbyn to their Seder. Jewda and Yachad are the Jewish Corbyns of this world.

Corbyn protests he is not an anti-Semite, that it’s only Israel, the collective Jew, he hates, not the individual Jew.
“Look at Jewda,” he would claim. “It’s part of mainstream Judaism. How can I possibly be an anti-Semite?”  This is a modern reworking of the old trope, “I can’t be an anti-Semite. Some of my best friends are Jews.” 

And yes, Mr. Lansman and Mr. Lipton, you can be a selective anti-racist and an anti-Semite at the same time.

Radical Jewda abandoned traditional Judaism for a pseudo-Seder which tells of an exodus from Israel. Jeremy Corbyn felt right at home and supported with their narrative.

At this Seder sat enemies that knew not Israel and have sworn to destroy it.

Today, some of our Jews are blatant anti-Semites who scorn traditional Judaism and support Corbyn’s anti-Israel ideology. They must be reminded that they are in the camp alongside other Corbyn friends including Hamas, Hezbollah, and Fatah.

In Israel, we identify the enemy, both domestic and foreign, with more clarity, and we take affirmative action against both.

This is the valuable lesson that British Jewry must learn before it is too late.

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.”

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

High Crimes and Misdemeanors. The greatest political scandal you have never heard about.

High Crimes and Misdemeanors. The greatest political scandal you have never heard about.

Stories, rumors, and innuendos have been swirling around as drips of information are painfully and slowly being extracted, like pulling teeth without anesthetics, from top secret American bureaus. Silence, diversions, and denials are being employed by those involved, or those with a political bias who have been feeding a false narrative for more than a year in a brazen attempt to unseat the president.

If the full story is allowed to emerge, the names involved in the scandal will include Barrack Obama, Hillary Clinton, James Comey, John Brennan, Jim Clapper, Loretta Lynch, Andrew McCabe, Ron Rosenstein, and Robert Mueller, Samantha Powell, Susan Rice, and Ben Rhodes. All top people in the Obama Administration who corrupted law enforcement and national intelligence for political purposes.

A plot was devised to spy on a political opponent and presidential candidate, and the permission of a government secret court was obtained based on a collection of false facts obtained by a foreign agent from Kremin sources, and paid for by the Democratic National Council and the Clinton election campaign headquarters. 

Top Obama appointees, such as Samantha Powell, US Ambassador to the UN, and Susan Rice, applied to unmask and spy on the Trump campaign team.

One of the heroes of this scandal was Admiral Mike Rogers, the Director of the National Security Agency, who heard about the plot, called for an audit, and informed the secret FISA court that the FBI had submitted false documents to them and had withheld vital information which, had the judge known, would not have granted the FBI a permit to spy on candidate Trump and his team. 

Admiral Rogers visited the then president-elect in New York to inform him that he had been illegally spied on by the FBI. The Trump team moved their operation out of Trump Tower based on this information. 

In short, the Obama Administration, including the CIA chief, John Brennan, the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, the FBI head, James Comey, the Attorney-General, Loretta Lynch, President Barrack Obama and, of course, the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, all knew that they had ordered a wiretap on Donald Trump, their political rival. 

Appraised that Rogers had informed Trump, Clapper and Brennan went to the White House to advise Obama to fire Rogers. Obama did not do it because he knew that publicly firing the head of National Security in his dying days as president would make the headlines and raise questions. Silence was employed in the hope that they would get away with it, just as Mrs. Clinton had gotten away with destroying her phones, Blackberry's, computers, and hard drives, even after she had been subpoenaed by Congress to preserve all her documents.

All this was criminal behavior.

There was no reason to appoint a Special Council the investigate Trump on trumped up Russian collusion charges, save for the attempt to defame the new president and catch him in a lie that could lead to his impeachment. 

The choice of Robert Mueller to head the investigation was troubling. First, he formed a strongly biased team around him. All were personally invested in a Clinton presidency. 

Mueller, Comey, and Rod Rosenstein, a head of the Department of Justice, were caught up in a genuine Russian collusion. They were fully informed about Russian criminality including fraud, bribes, kick-backs, surrounding the Kremlin efforts to control and buy American uranium but they failed to bring their evidence to the US Committee on Foreign Investments (CFIUS). 

According to the terms of the Uranium One deal by which the Obama Administration sold 20% of American uranium to Russia, the uranium was supposed to remain in America, but it found its way via Canada to Europe, and then to destinations unknown. It is suspected that the Russians diverted much of this uranium stockpile to Iran. Now, the United States has to import uranium for its domestic use.

Hillary Clinton protested that nine US agencies signed off on the deal. What she didn't admit was that it needed only one vote to stop the deal going through. But the Russians had targeted her, and her husband, with payments including a half a million dollar payment for a speech in Russia by Bill Clinton and huge payments into the Clinton Foundation of $140 million by associates of the uranium deal. Hillary Clinton could have stopped the deal based on the information of Russian criminality, but she didn't. She knew from the FBI that the Russian deal was fraudulent and criminal in nature, but she let it go through anyway.

Why hasn't the American mainstream media covered this merging scandal? It's because they are not investigative journalists. They were in the tank then to the Clintons. They are in the tank today to the Democrats.

Think this information is far-fetched? Wait for the next shoe to drop later this month when the Inspector-General of the Department of Justice releases his investigative report. I expect Congress to demand another Special Council, despite the fact that Attorney-General, Jeff Sessions, announced that the IG report will be followed up internally between the DoJ and the FBI.  Neither Congress nor the American people will allow this to happen. These two pillars of American democracy are too discredited for them to keep an investigation in-house. 

What are the chances that nobody will be indicted or sentenced for these serious national crimes? People who were temporarily close to president-elect, now President Donald Trump, face charges or have gone to jail, but those higher figures on the other side of the American political divide seem to be teflon-coated. Charges just wash off them and disappear down the sewer of the Washington swamp.

Disclaimer. I am sure that some of the information in this article will upset a few people, If there is anything in this article that is incorrect, please let me know. It is written by a neutral, non-American, observer. I advise readers to be patient and watch how things play out in the coming months.

Barry Shaw.

Monday, 2 April 2018

What’s going on in Gaza. A Short History.

One thing that the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority shares with Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza is the dream of a world without Israel and Jews.
They both propagate a world in which the Palestinians will rule the whole of ‘Palestine’ “from the River to the Sea.” What they will do with seven million Jews goes unanswered. It’s enough that their children are taught that Israel is rightfully theirs in a fake history of victimhood that goes back to a story of dispossession dating back to 1948 when four Arab armies (Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Iraq) tried to destroy the nascent Jewish state and failed.

Arabs fled the raging battles and those that didn’t were ordered to leave by the Arab Higher Command to make way for the invading Arab forces who were determined to drive the Jews into the sea. Hence the Arab refugee problem was created by invading Arabs bent on Jewish destruction.

After their failed war, the Arab League led by Egypt set up an ‘All Palestine Government’ in Gaza headed by the notorious Haj Amin al-Husseini who had met Adolph Hitler, toured the Nazi death camps, established a pro-German Muslim fighting force in Bosnia, and was planning with the Germans the Final Solution to the Jewish Problem in the Middle East.

In Gaza, he formed a Holy War Army, basically the first jihadi militia in modern times. The Gaza Strip was controlled by Egypt following the 1948 war.

After this war, Abdullah, the Hashemite king who ruled Transjordan, that had been the greater part of the now deceased Palestine, controlled Judea & Samaria and the Old City of Jerusalem. He recognized the danger to his rule over both sides of the River Jordan from a resurgent former Mufti of Jerusalem leading a radical army of fanatical Islamists.

The Mufti’s leadership of the All Palestine Government was feared and discredited by many in the Arab League, and it was dissolved by Egyptian leader, Gabel Abdel Nasser, in 1959.

It didn’t help al-Husseini’s Islamic cause when King Abdullah was assassinated on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem while he was visiting the two mosques on July 20, 1951. He was killed by Mustafa Ashu, a militant member of al-Husseini’s Jihad al-Muqaddas.

In a strange diplomatic quirk, King Hussein, the grandson of Abdullah who had been present and witnessed the assassination of his grandfather, lifted the ban that had exiled al-Husseini and the king even received him as an honored guest in Jerusalem in 1967 after Hussein had driven out Yasser Arafat’s PLO terror group from Jordan following Arafat’s failed coup attempt to usurp power in Jordan in what became known as Black September, named after the bloody month of fighting in 1970.  King Hussein had hosted Arafat’s fighters to wage terror against Israel from Jordan, but Arafat turned on the king after rightly assumed that Jordan was majority Palestine and that it was being governed by a minority Arab tribe. Arafat lost that battle. He and his remnant militants withdrew to Lebanon from where they continued their terror campaign against Israel.

Israel lost patience with Arafat in 1982 and attacked in force.
By then, Arafat and his Palestinian terrorists had destabilized Lebanon and its Maronite-led government by provoking events that led to the Lebanon Civil War. The military incursion of Israel’s army into Lebanon precipitated the exodus of Arafat and his terror gang to exile in Tunis where he remained until allowed to make his next terror base in Ramallah by the mistaken virtue of the Oslo Accords.

The Gaza Strip was under Egyptian rule until they were driven out in the Arab war against Israel of 1967. In six days Israel captured the whole of the Gaza Strip as it forced the Egyptian army back over the Suez Canal.  There were an estimated 200,000 Palestinian Arabs ling in the Gaza Strip. Most were Bedouin, fishermen, and tribesmen. Israel began to build agricultural developments which attracted Arab economic migration into the Strip.

Gaza remained under Israeli military administration following the peace agreement with Egypt of 1979 until the Oslo Accords of 1994. In a phased transfer of administration, the Palestinians were allowed to control much of the Strip with Gaza City as their provincial administrative headquarters while Israel retained the Jewish community blocs and military areas.

Troubles began in 2000 when Arafat launched a serious wave of terrorism known as the Second Intifada. This included suicide combings, terrorist incursions, rockets, and bombings emanating from the Gaza Strip against Israeli military and civilians, particularly by the emerging Hamas and Palestinian jihadi groups.

In 2005, the Israeli Knesset approved Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s plan for a total Israeli withdrawal from Gaza. Heart-wrenching scenes took place as Israeli soldiers forcibly carried Jews from their homes and bused them out of the Strip. Israel continued to control the border crossings.
Following Israel’s withdrawal, the Palestinian Authority, under the terms of the Oslo Accords, were granted the authority to administer the Gaza Strip. The Accord also granted Israel the permission to control the air and sea space of the Strip as an essential security precaution.

President George Bush allowed the Palestinian to hold parliamentary elections in 2006, despite Israeli predictions of emerging dangers from an ill-formed and volatile Palestinian political divide. The result was a victory for Hamas which took 74 of the 132 seats, a majority of 56%. 
When Hamas took power, it refused to accept all signed agreements between Israel and the Palestinians despite them being witnessed and approved by the United Nations, the European Union, Russia, and the United States. Hamas refused to recognize Israel’s right to exist, and to renounce violence.

In January 2007, fighting erupted between Fatah and Hamas. Deadly clashes occurred in the Gaza Strip. The fighting between Palestinian factions went on until May.  I witnessed some of the result of this infighting. When I was hospitalized in Tel Aviv, I awoke from my operation to find both Fatah and Hamas injured gunmen receiving medical treatment at the hands of Israeli doctors and nurses in the same wards and departments as Israeli patients, including myself.

Over 600 Palestinians were killed by other Palestinians in this civil war. Many were tortured. Captured Fatah fighters were thrown off rooftops to their deaths by callous Hamas fighters.

While Palestinian Arabs were killing Palestinian Arabs, Hamas spokesman, Moussa Abu Marzook, blamed the fighting on Israel, but Associated Press reporter, and Gazan resident, Ibrahim Barzak, wrote, “today I have seen people shot before my eyes. I heard the screams of terrified women and children in a burning building, and I argued with gunmen who wanted to take over my home. I have seen a lot in my years as a journalist in Gaza, but this is the worst in has been.”

By June 2007, Hamas controlled all of Gaza. Mahmoud Abbas declared a state of emergency, but he has never gone to the international community to condemn Hamas. Instead, he has constantly led a government without Hamas while arresting and imprisoning high risk Hamas operatives in the West Bank. In June 2008, Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia declared the Ramallah-based Fatah-led administration as “the sole legitimate Palestinian government.”

As Hamas exerted its muscle and tried to show its political power by building a military infrastructure in the Gaza Strip, both Israel and Egypt maintained a tight vigilance on their respective borders with Gaza.

Violence against the dwindling Christian population takes place in a virulently Islamic Gaza Strip. The owner of a Christian bookshop was murdered and the Gaza City YMCA library was bombed.

Between 2008 and 2009, Hamas launched a major war against Israel, firing thousands of Qassam rockets into Israeli civilian towns and villages. Israel responded by sending their planes to hit thousands of Hamas targets.

In 2012, they again tried to inflict harm on Israelis by launching yet another rocket and terror war. They tried a third time in 2014. This time Israel’s IDF went into Gaza to destroy Hamas’s terror bases and to search out and destroy their complex of terror attack tunnels which stretched for miles under the ground and reached into Israel. Israeli officers referred to them as “the Gaza Metro.”  After fifty days of this Hamas-imposed conflict, many died on both sides.

In 2014 Fatah signed a short-lived unity agreement with Hamas. But there can be no permanent peace with Hamas, not by Israel and not by Fatah.

Feeling increasingly impotent, Hamas launched “the Great March of Return” in which they, once again, used their people as cannon fodder by leading them against the perimeter fence between Gaza and Israel in what they call a march to return “all of Palestine to the people.”

They timed this latest wave of violence to coincide with Israel’s 70th Anniversary celebrations that will stretch into May.

Hamas is hoping for a prolonged and growing casualty list with which to condemn Israel internationally. They are trying desperately to find credibility as a human rights and a liberation movement, even if it means death and injury to their own people. They need the relevance of power and an influential voice, but they are a constant reminder of why the establishment of a Palestinian state is not a viable proposition.

When Hamas talks of Israel to their own people they rarely refer to our country as Israel. They prefer to call us “Zionist oppressors” or, more commonly, as “Jews.”

Hamas refuses to accept that Israel is here to stay. They place their fallacious dream of destroying Israel above a better and more peaceful future for their own people.

There is zero chance that the ugly hydra of a Fatah-Hamas Palestine will produce anything peaceful, not internally nor externally. Neither side of this political divide has a tradition or the inherited values of democracy and peace. Both are based on corruption, power, conquest, and conflict. Both are driven by anti-Semitism.

As I have frequently written, should the Palestinians have their state, and free elections take place, Hamas will win by the ballot or by the bullet.

Under this inevitability, it is best not to allow this frightening certainty to occur.

Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israeli Institute for Strategic Studies. He is the author of “Fighting Hamas, BDS, and Anti-Semitism.”