Saturday, 28 July 2018

Britain's Labour Party continues to insist there is no deep-seated anti-Semitism in their Corbyn inspired far left leadership and, if there is some Jew-hatred, it has nothing to do with an accepted detestation of Israel which they consider "legitimate" and, therefore, can't possibly be anti-Semitic.
Or can it?
Let's examine the recent tweets of a Labour councillor, Damien Enticott from Bognor Regis, who accused Jews of "drinking blood and sucking baby's ****'s."
He continued his libel by claiming that this was done by "Talmud Jews. Talmud Jews are parasites!" Having made his point, he concluded by saying that "All Talmud Jews need executing."

Undeniably anti-Semitic, and no doubt, this Labour lout will have his wrist slapped by Corbyn. But this has nothing to do with Israel, surely, they insist. Read on... In another comment, our Bognor bogeyman wrote, "Hitler would have a solution for Israel," and he went on to suggest that, "They should bring back concentration camps for Zionists." The gruesome Enticott is pictured to the right of two of his fellow Labourites. Hands up those who continue to say that Anti-Zionism is not Anti-Semitism? I will supply you with a book packed with evidence to prove that hatred of Israel is tied by a Jew-hating umbilical cord to a psychotic anti-Semitism. Barry Shaw is the author of Fighting Hamas, BDS, and Anti-Semitism. He is also the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Israel, and Native Americans and Canadians.

Very recently, I was honored with a phone call from a native American tribal leader who was, perhaps surprisingly to many as it was to me, on a visit to Israel.

He told me of his passionate support for Israel. He rightly saw the Jews as the indigenous people of the land, something that appealed to his own tribal history. He also saw our modern history, including the return of the Jewish people to their land, as a confirmation of his biblical teachings.

He shocked me by what he told me next. The Palestinians have been conducting a well-orchestrated propaganda campaign to reach the hearts and minds of this ignored American community. My new contact informed me that much of the funding and organization of this anti-Israel jihad is based in Turkey. Sections of Hamas operates from there after becoming severely restricted in Gaza.
The campaign is based on strategic disinformation. Native Americans are reminded of a history of being indigenous natives of America who have had their land occupied by white colonial supremacists and suffering centuries of oppression, which parallels the so-called history of the Palestinian people who have also been robbed of their land and suppressed by colonial white oppressors.
This simple message is having an effect, particularly as native Americans (and to a large extent, native Canadians) have been ignored by the Israeli government as if they do not exist. The battleground of thoughts, ideas, history, and facts have been left deserted, vacant for the false narratives of our adversaries ot take effect. This has to stop.
A recent phenomenon highlighted the ignorance of the Israeli authorities over the identity of native Americans and Canadians.
This month, Netanya hosted the World Lacrosse Championships. Competitors from around the world are having their first experience of Israel. They are loving their visit, and the games have been organized superbly. Competitors from diverse countries such as Hong Kong, Poland, Uganda, Luxembourg, China, Turkey, Peru, South Korea, Peru, join the major nations of the world in this important sporting event. 
Also participating are players representing the Iroquois National lacrosse team based in Canada. It was touch and go before they received their permits to come to Israel at the last minute. They were waiting at Toronto Pearson Airport as bureaucratic efforts were being made to allow them to travel to Israel on their native Haudenosaunee passports, rather than on Canadian passports. Their plane was delayed for three hours. 
 The bureaucratic impasse was solved thanks to the intervention of Irwin Cotler, a former Canadian Justice Minister, who pulled strings at top level both in Canada and in Israel. In the end they arrived and were met by VIPs including former Knesset Member, Dov Lipman, to welcome them to Israel.

They had also come under enormous pressure from the BDS Movement to boycott the event, but their passion for their sport and their desire to participate in the World Championships was a no-brainer for them.
In trying to dissuade the Iroquois not to come, BDS used a fraudulent Palestinian message that the famous Wingate Institute, which houses Israel’s sporting excellent projects and facilities and one of the many venues for the lacrosse event, was once an Arab village named Khirbat al-Zababida which, they claimed, was “ethnically-cleansed” of its “Palestinian” inhabitants in 1948. 
BDS with this, as with everything else they push, was wrong.  They were referring to the nearby villages of Yakum and Gaash which, between 1944 and 1945 was predominantly Jewish owned, the Arab landlords having sold barren land to the Palestinian Jews. The same Arab landlords ordered the Arab peasants, who had no ownership rights to the land, to vacate the land to the new owners who intended to develop the land for large scale agricultural purposes which they did, employing many Arabs in its development.
These are Israeli facts, not the hateful fantasies of BDS.

Native Americans and Canadians need to hear our story. A story of an ancient people returning to join our fellow Jews who never deserted the land for three thousand years when it was the Land of Israel. Today, it has become the only truly diverse nation in the Middle East where all are free to practice their faith and traditions and to be represented in our democracy in the Knesset, our national congress.

Native Americans and Canadians are a willing audience who must get to hear our message. They have been ignored not only by the Israeli government but also by Jewish and Christian Zionist organizations as if they don’t exist and don’t have a voice.
Yet, these are precisely the type of communities that could and should spread the truth about our history, both ancient and contemporary, for our story resonates with them. 
The Jews were indigenous to our ancient land way before the birth of Islam, and those who are returning to take pride in the re-establishment of our national home, share our love of the land. 

Our message is a positive message of reclamation personified in the glorious success and example of Israel.

The one simple truth that comes out of this, is this. That native Americans, native Canadians, indeed native people from everywhere have one thing in common with the Jews of Israel. We are all the original indigenous people in our own lands. This is the simple truth that no BDS, Palestinian propagandist can take away from us.

In an age of diversity and minority voices, instead of being BDS-trained enemies of Israel, native Americans and Canadians can become the most resonant ambassadors for Israel.

There are anti-Israel haters, BDS among them, who are teaching them a false doctrine. There can be no salvation or prophecy based on lies.

Let’s do something affirmative to help them.

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’ and BDS for IDIOTS.’ Both available on Amazon.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Intersectionality Hypocrisy and the Jewish Question. An Israeli Perspective..

Intersectionality Hypocrisy and the Jewish Question.
An Israeli perspective by Barry Shaw.

People with strategic antennae can detect a throwback to the Soviet inspired canard of “Zionism is Racism.” This radical left-wing anti-Israel trope raised its ugly head way back in 2001 at the UN World Conference Against Racism in South Africa where thousands of anti-Israel demonstrators and groups hijacked the event to target the Jewish state with phony propaganda including apartheid accusations. Sadly, despite being beaten down in the United Nations, this same anti-Zionism has breathed new life and is active today on the campuses and streets of America and Britain reaching out into support for Hamas and Hezbollah.     

As it was then, it is dressed up as a universal human rights issue. The same tiresome aspersions are trotted out, and soft vacant minds of the impressionable young are hooked on a cause to which they are physically detached but to which they have been seduced to dedicate their energies. It fits their progressive upbringing. Sadly, a growing number of the newly deceived are Jewish.

In America, many have been raised by parents from the anti-war, hippie, flower power, era who, from a distance, frowned on Israel for not bringing peace to the Palestinians and, from their distant armchairs, encourage their kids to become activists in an anti-Israel cause. And they claim to do it for the benefit of an Israel that is too dumb and too aggressive to see the error of our ways. What they have yet to realize is that firstly, they are wrong, and secondly their kids have gone from being liberal to becoming the most illiberal, closed-minded, and intolerant people in the community. They exist, you see, on a higher moral plain than the rest of us. They know better.

In Britain, a diminishing Jewish population is losing control over their country. Some of them doggedly cling to a Labour Party that is riddled with anti-Semitism. Some of the new generation to Israel not to support Israel but to visit European NGO-funded Palestinian activists or, at home, participate in public displays of mourning for dead Palestinians, mostly members of Hamas or Islamic Jihad terror groups killed in attempts to cross into Israel and kill and kidnap Israelis.

Recently, both American and the British anti-Israel Jewish fringe groups have used deception (some would say fraud) by exploiting subsidized Israel Experience group trips to advance their pro-Palestinian propaganda with other group members, or to attempt to hijack Israelis on the street to their anti-Israel cause.

A small group of them were caught trying to spread their “Israel is occupying Palestine” garbage in Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market. Ari Fuld, a noted Israel advocate, videoed one of them with a simple question, “When did Israel occupy Palestine?” The Jewish propagandist couldn’t answer the question to that slogan printed in his t-shirt.  Instead, he accused Fuld of harassment.

These are the hashtag activists. Question their hashtag soundbites and slogans and they fall apart. Read ‘BDS for IDIOTS’ and see how it applies to most of the anti-Israel BDS propagandists.

Harassment? This is surprising. One of the leaders on his side of the US political divide, Maxine Waters, recently ordered leftists like him to harass those with opposing views. She told them to push back on them. And tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.” Yet this guy got upset when he comes to Israel to spread his unpopular lies and someone pushes back on him.  Hypocrite!

Harassment is something that pro-Israel spokespeople know very well. Try bringing the truth about Israel and the Palestinians, let alone expose the fraudulent messaging of the BDS Movement, to campuses in America and Britain. Good luck with that.
The anti-Israel views of the increasingly radical left of the Democratic Party in America and within the British Labour Party, led by a leader who considers Hamas and Hezbollah as his friends, could be a disaster in the making both for Israel and for the Jews of those nations. Israeli voices are stifled at public events. Should a pro-Israel event take place in Britain the venue must be kept a closely-guarded secret due to fear of a violent disruptive backlash. Yet, it is perfectly acceptable for thousands of flag-waving Israel-haters to take to the streets of London in support of Hezbollah and Hamas.

In America, there is no intersectionality for Zionist Jews. Intersectionality is a new political word indicating a joining of interests between two or more different groups. So, for example, it is acceptable to be a feminist or gay and a supporter of the Palestinian cause.

If, however, you are a feminist or gay and support Israel you are beyond the pale and banished from the leftist club, a club in which the notoriously hateful Linda Sarsour is one of the leaders that sets the rules.

Sarsour has been adopted as an icon of this radical brand of politics and, as such, she calls the shots. They think they are being awfully progressive and liberal but they are, at heart, the most intolerant, radical, and regimented grouping in America today. They twist reason into a pretzel to the extent that Sarsour can grant Palestinian terror the badge of absolute moral justification.

Referring to Sarsour, US rocker, Courtney Love, got slammed when she tweeted that “I won’t follow anything that is being led by an anti-Semitic terrorist that’s using feminism as a tool to promote her radicalism.”

Sarsour led the twitter campaign against Love. This is, in itself, a metaphor of what Sarsour is all about.

Sarsour has not conducted acts of terror but she has promoted and glorified Palestinian terrorists.  In 1917, she shared a stage with Rasmea Odeh, a female Palestinian terrorist who murdered two young students outside a Jerusalem supermarket in 1969. She embraced Odeh and told the audience that she was “honored and privileged to be here in this space, and honored to be on this stage with Rasmea.”

Sarsour is a firm BDS supporter. She has said that “there is nothing creepier than Zionism” and her solution to Zionism is the elimination of the Jewish state. In other words, she would wipe Israel off the map. In her world, be a feminist and support the Palestine liberation movement and you are in. Be a feminist and support the Jewish liberation movement and you are banned from entering her intersectionality club.

Unfortunately, this mode of politics has become so trendy to impressionable youngsters that too many Jewish kids are being seduced and sucked into the swill of this dangerous nonsense.

Too many of the unhinged and hate-mongering radical left look on Israel as “white supremacists.” The Black Lives Matter folk look on Arab Palestinians as their “brown brothers.” Their stunted, sloganistic thinking leave them blinded to the fact that the majority of Israelis originate from Arab and Muslim countries with thousands of black Africans from Ethiopia and that Israel is the most diverse country in the whole of the Middle East and Africa.

If the Black Lives Matter people really cared about their brethren beyond their American shores they should be made aware that, today, slavery is being practiced on a massive scale in Africa where blacks are forced into slavery and black women are forced into sex slavery by slave traders and owners who are predominantly Muslim and Arabs. 

This is where the BLM people share the crime of hypocrisy with the pro-Palestinian intersectionality pretenders. Those who profess to champion the Palestinian cause do so solely to hit on Israel, but are silent when abuses, oppression, and slaughter, are heaped on Palestinian Arabs by other Arabs. Examples include ethnic cleansing perpetrated by Assad in the bombing of the Palestinian population in Syria, the 70-year-old apartheid inflicted on stateless refugees in Jordan, and the blockade of Gaza imposed by Egypt. All go unchallenged by those who profess to champion Palestinian human rights.
So goes the “outrage” of Black Live Matter advocates who have adopted the Palestinian movement into their revolutionary cause. They rage about Israeli “white supremacists” in their slogans, but shockingly turn their backs on the suffering and slavery of their African brethren. Do they not know that the current plague of slavery in Africa is perpetrated by the Muslim Arabs they support and the victims are their fellow blacks? Why doesn’t this appear in their intersectionality activism?

What connects current political trends in America and Britain is the rise of radical Socialism hiding behind a thin veneer of liberal democracy. What we are witnessing in the Democratic Party is reminiscent of the clash between the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks, begun in 1903, to see how far left they could drag Russia. It is sad to see so many young impressionable Jewish minds being dragged into this poor excuse for political progressivism. It is not progressive. It is an intolerant regressive hard Socialism on its way to harsh Communism.

It's not surprising really. The "Zionism is Racism" sloganeering back in 2001 Durban was a Soviet-style form of propaganda. They saw Israel as "imperialistic," "capitalistic," "colonialistic," and any other "istic" they could invent.  It got beaten down but has metastasized as intersectionality or identity politics. It is as hateful and as intolerant as it was in South Africa and way back at the turn of the last century in Communist Russia.

Two questions should be answered by the na├»ve young Jews who have lost their bearings and have bought into the misinformation about Israel. Can you still call yourself a proud Jew when you associate and partner with those that boo whenever G-d and Israel is mentioned? Don’t you have a feeling of betrayal to your own people, to yourself? These are signs for you to walk away from a false and hateful cause that will benefit neither Palestinians, nor Israelis, nor you.

Work your way through the delusion. Eventually, with moral clarity, you will arrive at the reality and core belief in the survival and protection, indeed the legitimate right of the Jewish people, to exist in peace in their own nation, Israel. Allow us that at least.

Once you arrive at that point you may be able to better sympathize with our young men and women, those of your own age, who are prepared to fight and die to protect us and our right to live in our own land.

You will find this as moral and as just as anything being pumped out by people such as Sarsour and BLM.

Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. He is also the author of ‘BDS for IDIOTS,’ and ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS, and Anti-Semitism.’ Make great gifts for kids who really need to know what’s going on.

Monday, 2 July 2018

The Arab world opens up to the truth about Palestinian violence and rejectionism.

I read an amazing news item bearing the headline ‘Hamas Double Standard on Syria.’
This piece of journalism reported on the Palestinian community suffering massive destruction with over ten thousand displaced and many hundreds killed in artillery bombing and aerial bombardments.

The journalist, Kheir Allah, called it “one of the biggest tragedies in Palestinian history, one that calls for widespread condemnation and denunciation.”

Why was there no “widespread condemnation and denunciation”?

Because this wasn’t in the Gaza Strip, nor in Judea & Samaria in which the “Hate Israel” mob could scream and shout. This was in a place called Yarmouk and the perpetrators of this massacre were first the Syrian rebels, then ISIS, and then Russia-Iran assisted Assad regime. When there is no Israel to blame, the Palestinian issue is just a yawn.

But this wasn’t the thrust of the article. The aim of the article was the silence of the Palestinian leadership both in Ramallah and in Gaza City to this issue.

“Even the Palestinian leadership has remained silent,” the journalist wrote. “Worst of all is Hamas chief, Ismail Haniyeh, who went so far as to describe the Syrian regime as a ‘guardian of Palestinian rights.’”

Assad’s planes are bombing Palestinian homes and killing the civilians, yet Hamas calls the Syrian dictator a guardian of Palestinian rights!

Kheir Allah stated that Haniyeh’s silence about the deaths, injuries, and homelessness "revealed that Hamas does not care at all about the rights of Palestinians.”

He went on to question, “If Hamas is not bothered by the condition of Palestinian refugees abroad, why should it care about those living in the Gaza Strip? Indeed, since Hamas took over Gaza a decade ago, it has done nothing to improve the living conditions of the population it controls. The only thing the people of Gaza have experienced under Hamas rule is increased misery and isolation.”

The surprising revelation was that this article did not appear in a pro-Israel Western newspaper, but in the London edition of Al-Arab on June 23.

When you see the Arab media exposing painful truths about the oppression of the Palestinian people by their own leadership and the total disregard of their people living elsewhere in the violent Arab world this really is newsworthy, but it is happening more often in recent weeks.

Al-Arab concluded its piece by warning Haniyeh that he is paying the price for aligning itself with “the worst regimes in the region that have brought death and destruction upon the people of Palestine.”

Slowly, but surely, the Arab world is beginning to open up and express themselves truthfully about the conflicted and divided Palestinian political leadership.

Hamas was angry, and the Palestinian Authority was silent, when earlier this year the Saudi Foreign Minister, Adel Al-Jubeir, described Hamas as an ‘extremist’ and a “terrorist” group at a meeting of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee in Brussels.

Saudi Arabian political researcher, Abdul Hameed al-Hakeem, in a tweet early in 2018, called on Hamas to decide between what he called “the Iranian Nazi regime” and peace with Israel.

The new ruler of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Sultan, after saying in April that “Israel has a right to its own homeland” backed up that statement in stronger terms a week later by saying that the Palestinians should accept peace proposals or “shut up!”
“For the past 40 years, the Palestinian leadership has missed opportunities again and again, and rejected all the offers it was given. It’s about time that the Palestinians accept the offers, and agree to come to the negotiating table — or they should shut up and stop complaining.” 

There is little doubt that much of the Arab world have had it with the whining and violent rejectionism on both sides of the Palestinian political chasm. They clearly see that Fatah and Hamas hate each other almost as much as they both hate Israel, and they are fed up with them. 
They have more pressing things to worry about, such as Iran, and possibly peace with Israel.

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