Ken Livingstone resigns from Labour, letting Corbyn off the hook

Ken Livingstone

Former London Mayor “Red” Ken Livingstone has had his name immortalized as the chief proponent of the “Livingstone formulation“,as described by David Hirsh:

It is a means of refusing to engage with an accusation of antisemitism; instead it reflects back an indignant counter-accusation, that the accuser is taking part in a conspiracy to silence political speech.

The key elements of the Livingstone Formulation are as follows:

  1. To refuse to discuss the content of the accusation by shifting focus instead onto the hidden motive for the allegation.
  2. To make a counter-accusation that the accuser is not mistaken, has not made an error of judgment, but is getting it wrong on purpose.
  3. To collapse everything, some of which may be demonization of Israel, support for boycott, or antisemitism, into a legitimate category like ‘criticism’.
  4. To allege that those who raise the issue of antisemitism are doing so as part of a common secret plan to silence such ‘criticism’.

Livingstone will also be remembered forever for claiming that Hitler was a Zionist until he went mad, and rather than recant this insane allegation, has been repeating it ever since.

Even today he was still unbelievably doubling down on his insane views of Hitler as a supporter of Zionism!

One last hurrah for Ken (well, almost certainly not) – he has been on LBC this morning explaining how Hitler supported Zionists. More interesting is Theo Usherwood’s scoop that, in his evidence to his disciplinary hearing, Ken revealed that he was so close to Corbyn’s office that Seumas Milne [Labour’s far-left Director of Communications and Corbyn’s spin doctor -Ed.] even wrote his tweets. He coordinated with Milne on his media appearances and, when the anti-Semitism row blew up, Seumas never told him to stop saying Hitler on the TV.

There is an audio clip of his radio interview at the link.

So it is with great joy and relief that we learned that Livingstone has resigned from the UK Labour Party.(h/t HDK).  He said he did it for the sake of the party, and that his (antisemitic) views had become “a distraction” which contributed to the party’s sorry showing in the local elections last month:

Ken Livingstone has announced that he is resigning from the Labour Party, saying the issues around his suspension for alleged anti-Semitism had become a “distraction”.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the former Mayor of London’s resignation from the party was “sad” but “the right thing to do”.

In a statement, Mr Livingstone, who was suspended in 2016 for claiming Hitler supported Zionism in the 1930s, said he was leaving with “great sadness”.

He said that he continued to reject the allegation that he had brought the party into disrepute and insisted he was in no way guilty of anti-Semitism.

“After much consideration, I have decided to resign from the Labour Party,” he said.

“The ongoing issues around my suspension from the Labour Party have become a distraction from the key political issue of our time – which is to replace a Tory government overseeing falling living standards and spiralling poverty, while starving our schools and the NHS of the vital resources they need.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “Ken Livingstone’s resignation is sad after such a long and vital contribution to London and progressive politics, but was the right thing to do.”

We can all breathe a sigh of relief and say “about time too!”. But in truth it is not completely good news. The Jewish community and their supporters, including all decent people who oppose antisemitism, have been demanding of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for years to fire Livingstone and expel him from the party. But Corbyn held back from doing so for any number of reasons: either he is constitutionally incapable of seeing antisemitism even when it is in front of his eyes, and despite claiming to detest antisemitism; or because he was reluctant as a personal friend; or most likely because by not expelling Livingstone, he is free at any point in the future bring him back into the party.

Guido Fawkes made the following remarks about Ken’s resignation:

Corbyn statement:

“Ken Livingstone’s resignation is sad after such a long and vital contribution to London and progressive politics, but was the right thing to do.”

Sad? Did he want him to stay?

UPDATE: Tory vice chairman James Cleverly:

“I’m relieved that Ken Livingstone has resigned from the Labour Party but why had it taken so long and why didn’t Corbyn deal with this months ago?
“Livingstone’s repeatedly offensive comments should have been dealt with ages ago.

If Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party were serious about tackling anti-Semitic racism within the party they would have kicked out Livingstone two years ago.

All Jeremy Corbyn could muster was that it was sad that Ken had chosen to go.

“When will Corbyn take proper action and ensure labour members and activists who express racist views are given the boot. Enough is enough.”

Indeed. There are several others who are in agreement:

Even the Guardian, not known for its pro-Zionist leanings, slammed Livingstone for his petulant farewell:

Ken Livingstone is not enormously sorry. That much seems evident from his resignation statement, a classic of the “if anyone was offended by my perfectly reasonable behaviour, then … ” genre. Even now, he can’t seem to grasp why repeatedly insisting that Hitler was a Zionist was so damaging to his party and to his own reputation. …

For this recalcitrant resignation is the worst of all worlds. Livingstone has clearly been forced out, with all the behind-the-scenes bitterness that entails. But Jeremy Corbyn wasn’t seen to do the forcing, leaving Jewish voters still wondering how he feels about it deep down; the Labour leader said only that it was “the right thing to do” and that the whole affair was “sad”. This departure leaves too many unanswered questions – including, it must be said, for TV bookers, who kept putting the 72-year-old Livingstone on screen even when he’d become a grim standing joke, every appearance a countdown to the first mention of Hitler. They knew he was likely to repeat something offensive, yet for no good reason beyond ratings kept wheeling the dancing bear out to say it.

Expelling the former mayor was one of few points of agreement between mainstream Jewish bodies like the Board of Deputies of British Jews and Jewdas, the leftwing, anti-establishment grouping which famously hosted Corbyn at Passover.

Except he hasn’t been expelled. He’s jumped before being pushed, insisting he isn’t an antisemite but doesn’t want to become a “distraction” – even though he’s arguably been a distraction ever since his suspension two years ago, and if he was really worried about that then the answer was either to quit before the local elections or more straightforwardly to apologise and shut up about Hitler. Instead he clung stubbornly to what even now he grandly calls a “historical argument”, rather than an eccentric and offensive theory based on a misreading of history.

The Times of Israel lists all of Livingstone’s malicious anti-Israel and anti-Jewish statements over the decades, but here too the author wonders if he isn’t having the last laugh on the Jewish community with his mate Jeremy Corbyn at the head of the Labour Party.

Labour, and British politics, are well rid of him. Now the only problem is waiting to see if – or how long it will be until – he will be allowed back into the party.

We also need to see how long, if ever, it will take Corbyn and the party to get rid of all the other antisemites embedded within Labour. Ken Livingstone was simply the loudest and maddest of all of them. In a way he had become such a joke figure that he lost his danger. The others are much worse.

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Chag Shavuot Same’ach!

Chag Shavuot Same’ach!

The festival of Shavuot (“Feast of Weeks” or Pentecost), beginning on Motzei Shabbat (Saturday night), is the culmination of the 7 weeks (hence the name) of counting the Omer – Sefirat Ha’Omer. We are instructed by G-d (ויקרא כ”ג:ט”ו – Lev. 23:15) to count, from the 2nd day of Pesach, 7 weeks, at the end of these 7 weeks, a measurement (Omer) of first fruits (bikurim) were brought as a sacrifice to the Temple in a joyous parade.

The one-day festival also commemorates the giving of the Torah to the Jewish People at Mt. Sinai, and we mark this by learning Torah throughout the night (or at least for part of the night), including a special text that is customarily read – the Tikun Leil Shavuot. Synagogues have all-night study sessions, as do schools, youth groups and social groups (including my own women’s group). It is a wonderful feeling to be outdoors in the middle of the night and still see groups of people going to and from their study sessions.

Sivan Rahav Meir (my favourite “Rabbanit” and female Torah scholar/commentator) wrote this lovely Facebook post post earlier today about the meaning of Torah study, and what this experience really feels like – together with a list of shiurim to be given by Petach Tikva’s wonderful (and incredibly energetic, judging by the list of shiurim he will be running to and from over 24 hours!) Chief Rabbi Micha Halevi over Shavuot:

Millions of Jews all over the world will study Torah during the upcoming Holiday of Shavuot. What is the actual meaning of Torah study? What is the difference between this kind of learning and another? Here is a wonderful explanation by Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik, of blessed memory, of what happens when we learn Torah:

“When I sit to ‘learn’ I immediately find myself in the fellowship of the sages of tradition. The relationship is personal. Maimonides is at my right, Rabbeinu Tam at the left. Rashi sits at the head and explicates the text. Rabbeinu Tam objects, the Rambam decides, the Ra’abad attacks. They are all in my small room, sitting around my table. They look at me affectionately, enjoy arguing and studying the Talmud with me, encourage and support me the way a father does. Torah study is not solely an educational activity. It is not a merely formal, technical matter embodied in the discovery and exchange of facts. The study of Torah is a staggering experience of generational comradeship, of the mating of spirits, the fusion of souls. Those who transmit Torah and those who receive it meet at the caravanserai of history. Those who transmit Torah and those who receive it meet at the caravanserai (Inn) of history.”

All year long, but especially during the Holiday of Shavuot, we are invited to join in at the historic caravanserai.

On Shavuot we eat dairy foods, for various reasons, including the following possible explanations:

Shavuot celebrates the giving of the Torah to the Jews. Included in the Torah are the laws of kashrut (kosher dietary laws), which tell Jews what can and cannot be eaten and in which combination. For instance, dairy and meat cannot be mixed in the same meal and animals must be killed in a certain way in order to be considered kosher. Before the Torah was given the concept of kashrut did not exist. Hence, one explanation for the eating of dairy on Shavuot is that when the Jews received the Torah they did not have the tools they would need to prepare kosher meat. As a result their first meal after receiving the Torah was a dairy meal. (Mishnah Berurah 494:12; Talmud – Bechorot 6b.)

Another possible explanation has to do with Shir HaShirim (the Song of Songs). Verse 4:11 says “milk and honey are under your tongue” and some have said that the Torah is like the milk in this verse. Like milk, the Torah sustains us. Hence, a dairy meal on Shavuot celebrates the nourishing quality of the Torah.

The Revelation at Sinai (when the Torah was given to the Jews) occurs directly after their Exodus from slavery in Egypt. This journey is described as one “from the misery of Egypt to a country flowing with milk and honey…” (Exodus 3:8-17). Thus, eating dairy on Shavuot commemorates the sweetness of freedom and the new life that lay before the Jewish people.

I have to admit the cheesecake is one of my favourite parts of the festival! 🙂

We also decorate our synagogues and homes with flowers and greenery to commemorate the way that Mt. Sinai burst into flower in honour of the Torah.

In the morning we read Megillat Ruth (the Book of Ruth) in the synagogue for a couple of reasons: the story takes place at harvest time; and more importantly, Ruth, an ancestor of King David, was a Moabite convert who voluntarily became a member of the Jewish nation.

If you would like to learn more about Shavuot, here are some more resources: Judaism 101 and Aish.com.

Wishing my family, friends and all of Am Yisrael Chag Same’ach!

!חג שמח

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Good News before Shavuot

It’s not quite Friday as I write (though it may well be so by the time I post), but with the upcoming Shavuot festival starting straight after Shabbat, and after this week’s upsetting news, I thought it fitting to post a Good News post now.

The most important good news of the week was the long-awaited opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, as promised by countless Presidents but fulfilled only by Donald Trump.

President Donald Trump was the only president to fulfill his promise to move the American embassy to Jerusalem—this was the message repeated by all speakers at the inauguration ceremony for the new US Embassy in the Israeli capital on Monday.

Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, along with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, led the US delegation with a single message: Only Trump had the courage to act on what America has wanted for a long time.

Ivanka Trump and Steve Mnuchin unveil the US Embassy plaque in Jerusalem

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also thanked Trump for “having the courage” to keep his promise to move the embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

“What a glorious day for Israel,” a jubilant Netanyahu said. “Remember this moment. This is history. President Trump, by recognizing history you have made history. All of us are deeply moved, all of us are deeply grateful.”

“This is a great day,” he continued. “A great day for Jerusalem. A great day for the state of Israel. A day that will be engraved in our national memory for generations.”

I believe it’s a great day for peace,” the prime minister pronounced.

He thanked Kushner, Trump’s envoy Jason Greenblatt and US Ambassador David Friedman for their “tireless efforts to advance peace” and for their “tireless efforts to advance the truth.”

“The truth and peace are interconnected,” Netanyahu opined. “A peace that is built on lies, will crash on the rocks of Middle Eastern realities. You can only build peace on truth. And the truth is that Jerusalem has been and will always be the capital of the Jewish people, the capital of the Jewish state.”

Here is Donald Trump’s video-recorded speech at the inauguration ceremony. I have never heard him speak so well – fluently and from the heart:

And here is Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech, both grateful and triumphant in tone, and that is as it should be on such a momentous occasion:

And here is Ambassador David Friedman’s speech:

Here is President Reuven Rivlin’s speech, after he was graciously introduced by Ambassador Friedman:

 

The event was a huge triumph for both countries. Israel finally received official recognition and backing from a superpower, from America itself, confirming that Jerusalem is its capital and therefore it makes the most sense for the embassy to be located there.

This was also a huge personal success for Binyamin Netanyahu. After all the vilification he has received over the years from his opponents that his actions have endangered the US-Israel relationship, particularly in his clash with former President Obama and his administration about the Iran nuclear deal, there can be no greater vindication.

Professor of International Law Eugene Kontorovich explained to the BBC the relevance of the relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem:

 

It surprises me every time how dumb the mainstream media appear when they ask such obvious questions and disbelieve the answers.

The positive repercussions from the embassy move to Jerusalem could be felt throughout the week:

Two days after the American Embassy, Guatemala too opened its embassy in Jerusalem:

The Central American country’s president, Jimmy Morales, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cut a blue-and-white ribbon, and later placed pieces of the ribbon in the pockets of their suit jackets.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu his wife Sara, Guatemala President Jimmy Morales (2R) and Guatemalan Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel (L) pose for a picture at the official opening ceremony of the Guatemala embassy in Jerusalem on May 16, 2018. (Marc Israel Sellem/Pool)

“This is the beginning of something extraordinary, or I would say, the re-beginning of something extraordinary, which is the relationship between Guatemala and Israel,” Netanyahu said.

“Yesterday we opened the American embassy in Jerusalem, two days ago, and it’s not a coincidence that Guatemala is opening its embassy in Jerusalem right among the first. You are always among the first, always among the first,” Netanyahu went on, recalling that Guatemala was the second nation, after the US, that recognized the State of Israel in May 1948.

Netanyahu mentioned that there is a Guatemala Street, named in honor of the country’s former ambassador to the UN Jorge Garcia Granados.

Seventy-one years ago, Granados played a crucial role in convincing Latin American countries to vote in favor of General Assembly Resolution 181, which called for the partition of Mandatory Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state.

The next country to move its embassy to Jerusalem is Paraguay, due to open its doors next Tuesday. while the Czech Republic is considering a 3-stage move to Jerusalem.

It seems that the US Embassy move has opened, if not a floodgate, then at least a doorway to permit other countries, who have been too timid until now, to move their embassies to Jerusalem too. They can now feel confident that they have the backing of the world’s superpower.

This in turn gives a boost to America, restoring its image as the world’s no. 1 superpower, enabling it to return to the world’s stage and project its power as it used to before Obama destroyed its deterrence.

This is all excellent news for Israel, America and the Middle East in general. A very good way to enter Shabbat and Shavuot.

Shabbat Shalom everyone!

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More on anti-Israel media bias re Gaza, plus a mea culpa

This is the gift that keeps on giving, the subject that never dies away. As I have written previously, and especially in this latest round of clashes in Gaza, the automatic bias in international forums against Israel is almost Pavlovian. As soon as Israel takes active measures to defend itself Israel is condemned for disproportionate actions, war crimes, and generally being a Bad Thing that ought to be gotten rid of.  UN resolutions abound, ambassadors are humiliated and expelled, and the media get out their blood-libel textbooks in order to copy it out for the next day’s headlines.

Here are some more interviews and articles which are sure to raise your blood pressure. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Via Daphne Anson, here is the indefatigable Ambassador Mark Regev on UK Channel 4. How he keeps his cool I don’t know but he ought to be awarded a medal. I found myself screaming at the screen:

Here is an Israeli embassy spokesman on BBC Breakfast TV:

UK Media Watch brings us two absolutely revolting articles from those old antisemitic standbys:

The Guardian’s editorial demonstrates its unbridled hatred of Israel

The Independent wheels out its blood libel machine as it accuses Israel of “gassing” a Gaza baby (which turned out to have died of pre-existing causes).

But all is not lost. Not quite.

The editor of the Jewish Chronicle, Stephen Pollard, issued a stupid and shameful tweet about Gaza a few days ago:

His tweet gave the backing to a revolting libellous article in the daily Express of which he is also the editor, as Edgar Davidson explains:

Yesterday Jewish Chronicle editor Stephen Pollard Issued an appalling statement slamming Israel for defending its border against the genocidal hordes led by Hamas. Today the Express newspaper of which he is also Editor has published one of the most vicious and unbalanced anti-Israel hit pieces I’ve seen. It is based on a blood libel – it was known yesterday that this baby’s death had nothing to do with Israel ( the baby died of a pre-existing condition). The unprecedented full page story (the Express rarely does this for foreign news) is straight Hamas propaganda. It uses Hamas sources as facts but puts Israeli claims in sarcastic quotes. The worst reporting. Would like some explanation from Pollard.

This was followed by an equally stupid and shameful article by the JC’s reporter Daniel Sugarman who wrote that Israel should be condemned for its overwhelming response to the Gaza rioters.

Two days later and Sugarman had the grace to admit he was wrong and say that he was ashamed of himself:

It’s never easy to say you’re sorry.

To admit you’re wrong. To announce publicly, “I made a mistake”.

But to apologise when that apology comes bound up with what is, perhaps, the most intractable conflict on earth, makes it a thousand times harder.

But that is what I am. Sorry.

A few days ago I wrote a column about the latest round of violence on the border with Gaza.

But the criticism I paid more attention to was from people who pointed out that it was absurd to deal in hypotheticals. I’d said that surely there must be a way the protestors could be stopped without shooting live ammunition at them – that Israel, with its incredible technological capabilities, must be capable of developing a way. That was a cry of anguish, but it was not an argument. If no such technology currently exists, then it was absurd of me to blame the IDF for not magically willing it into existence. The traditional crowd stopping technology would not have worked effectively. Rubber bullets are only short range. The same with water cannons. And with tens of thousands of people rushing the border, this would have been extremely unlikely to work effectively. The border would have been broken through. And then, without much of a doubt, a lot of people in Israel would have died. That was, after all, Hamas’s stated aim.

But what really affected me the most was yesterday, when a Hamas operative went on television and claimed that, of the 62 people killed in the last two days, fifty were Hamas operatives. Islamic Jihad claimed three more, meaning that over 80 percent of the people who were killed while trying to breach the border were members of terrorist organisations whose direct aim is to bring death and suffering into Israel.

And I opened my eyes and saw what I had done.

I had fallen into the trap I had always been convinced I would not fall into. I had condemned Israel for defending itself.

Kol hakavod to Sugarman for this clear mea culpa.

However, my thoughts are not quite as forgiving. As a Jewish journalist who knows and loves Israel well, why did he not trust the IDF and the Israeli reports from the scene? Why was he only convinced when Hamas confessed?

It’s disgraceful how he immediately jumped to the wrong conclusion and saw fit to play into the hands of the antisemites.

After all the myriad of times that Israel has been unfairly condemned surely he of all people should have known better!

So yes, nice apology but too little too late. Next time he should keep his mouth shut and his keyboard locked till the full details emerge.

For his information and for anyone else looking to defend Israel and not worry about its moral character, here is the wonderful Col. Richard Kemp:

And here is his article in the Daily Telegraph this week:

And here is Sky News Australia correspondent Andrew Bolt with a staunch defence fo Israel. What a refreshing change for Sky News! Then again, he is an Aussie, and it is well known that Australia is a staunch supporter of Israel:

I don’t think anything is going to change any time soon, which is pretty depressing. But we have to take heart from those who see the truth and defend us staunchly. And from those like Sugarman who see the error fo their ways and admit it in public.

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Why does the world so enjoy accepting Hamas’ narrative? I am furious!

I was going to write about the fantastic opening ceremony of the American Embassy in Jerusalem yesterday but Hamas in their execrable way managed to steal the limelight from Israel’s glory and turned it into all about them. Because G-d forbid that Israel should be allowed to enjoy a day in the sun without someone trying to kill them.

If I come across here as angry, you are darned right. I am FURIOUS!

I am furious because despite these peaceful protests, sorry, violent riots and attempts at invading Israel’s border having been organized weeks in advance by Hamas in order to mark the Palestinians’ failed attempt to destroy Israel 70 years ago, aka Naqba Day, the world is only too happy to believe the latest propaganda that it’s all about Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move the US Embassy there.

I am furious because the riots that were incited and led directly by Hamas have erupted and worsened and yesterday 58 Palestinians were killed.

I am furious because the world IMMEDIATELY jumps to attention and accuses Israel of the most heinous war crimes. Who needs enemies when you have an international press too ignorant to examine the most basic facts?

I am furious because no one in the diplomatic world gives Israel the slightest benefit of the doubt, and almost no time to explain itself. Turkey and South Africa have expelled the Israeli Ambassadors and Egypt and Ireland have condemned Israel’s actions, with nary a word against Hamas, while Europe is calling already for an independent inquiry. What chutzpah! Who asked for their opinion?

I am furious because the international media parrot Hamas propaganda blindly and interview Israeli spokesmen with the venom normally reserved for serial killers – which of course Israel is regarded as being.

I am furious at the ignorant public on social media who retweet and repost Palestinian propaganda, who do not educate themselves regarding the facts of the Middle East, and when confronted with such facts, do not allow the facts to cloud their prejudices.

I an furious at the NGOs like Amnesty, HRW and UNRWA which are so concerned with how food, fuel and medicines will enter Gaza now that the terrorists have destroyed the crossing and fuel lines. They have not condemned Hamas, they only turn their demands to Israel, as if we are the responsible parent.

I am furious at the Israeli government which is crawling to make nice with the Palestinians, to repair the goods crossing which the Palestinians destroyed only yesterday. Yet today they turned back trucks carrying more aid!

But my biggest fury is reserved for the murderous thugs of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, who with a combination of financial incentives (bribery) and threats (extortion) coerce the people of Gaza to throw themselves like lemmings at the border fence.

For Hamas it is all a win-win situation. If they succeed in bursting through the border fence it is a huge win. If they get killed trying, it is a propaganda win because they KNOW, just like we do, that the international media will portray them as the downtrodden victims, the eternal darlings of the press.

I will post here several tweets and Facebook posts which simply express what I am trying to say here.

Let’s start with some Pallywood before we get to the hard stuff. Watch the “miraculous cure” of the lame Palestinian as he begins to run:

But this is the real McCoy:

Here is media bias at its “best”:

 

And here is some great commentary from Michael Caplan: (full text below the embedded post):

If you choose – and it IS a choice – to only grant legitimacy and good faith to those criticizing Israel’s actions and motivations, then your choice is “structurally” antisemitic. You needn’t BE antisemitic, however – because YOU can simply CHOOSE to look at the view from the pro-Israeli side. An antisemite would never consider such a thing, because antisemites don’t trust Jews, especially real “Jewy” Jews; an antisemite would assume any pro-Israel argument must be made in bad faith, as a way to cover up Jewish lies. But YOU needn’t make these assumptions; you can just look at the pro-Israel material widely available – from the scholarly to the personal, the ideological to the statistical.

You can examine the reasoning of that 95% or so of the world’s Jews who support the country (even when critical of it). You can explore why there are multitudes of non-Jewish people worldwide who hold no grudge against Israel and see it without rancour. You can compare the accounts presented in the pro-Israel and anti-Israel sources to see which hold up to serious factual scrutiny, which are driven by the desire for a just peace, and which exhibit questionable psychological patterns like evasion, denial, passive aggressiveness, overt aggressiveness, and so on.

If you don’t, however, choose to listen to the pro-Israeli side with an open mind and open heart; if you continue to make your assumptions based only on what’s most readily at hand, in your face and in the media, on what comes out of the “humanitarian” left/liberal mainstream, then you are NOT getting an honest, balanced, historically accurate, ideologically neutral view. And this is how antisemitism has ALWAYS worked.

For WHATEVER reason or host of reasons, that is the PATTERN. Slander and demonization about Jews become public convention (which necessarily means “even among good and decent people”, else it wouldn’t become conventional), and then you get pogroms and a Holocaust – because Jews get slandered and persecuted, but people choose not to believe them.

If any Jews are believed by this persecutory mindset, it’s the small minority (which always exists) who agree with it – in our time, big names like Chomsky and Finkelstein (and back in the day, guys like Marx), plus all kinds of useless idiots in entertainment and the arts, and some of the world’s most accredited academics. Support from these Good Jews is then paraded around as representing some “authentically Jewish” position, versus those other, Bad Jews who are saying things people don’t to hear.

The times are conflicted, the stories are gut-wrenching, the past is full of pain, the future couldn’t be more uncertain. It’s hard to tell “facts” from facts, “truth” from truth, hard to know whom to believe, hard to feel endlessly torn between anger and compassion.

Well, as a medieval Jew might have said about the edicts accusing them of using children’s blood in rituals, or a Russian Jew about the dangers of a libel like “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”, or a German Jew reading the papers in 1938: don’t believe what the mainstream tells you. Don’t automatically believe CNN, the BBC, the NYT, the Guardian, the Democratic Party, the Greens, the student groups like JVP, the Jewish pro-BDS people, not to mention the EU, the UN, Amnesty International …. In fact, automatically doubt them.

Because hard evidence against the conventional “narrative” of Israeli criminality exists, in droves. And the anti-Israel bias displayed by all the above organization is entirely obvious, if one cares to look. Refutations of all the allegations of Israeli transgression are out there, in documentary detail. The machinations of Arab leaders to treat their own people as expendable pawns, to decisively refuse any improvement in their conditions in order to increase the rage and tension – those are unhidden. Deconstructions of the anti-Israel talking points and corrections of the falsified history and selectively-presented current events are available with a few clicks. If a black person or a queer person or a woman or a Muslim asked you to consider the racism and structural prejudice they perceive, would you not?

So now a Jewish person who supports Israel – but who is no religious zealot, no right-winger, no social conservative (though neither anti-religious, purely leftist, nor socially anarchist, either) – is saying to you, “Don’t believe the hype”.

Once you start to see the demonization at work, you recognize how, in classic antisemitic fashion, the accusations you hear against Israel are precisely the enemy’s own crimes, projected onto the Jews: killing children, stealing land, ethnic cleansing, cultural appropriation, refusal to compromise, aggressive assault…. Especially now with Gaza going down and the righteous decision to move the embassy: don’t believe the hype.

And from the indomitable Kay Wilson: (full text below the embedded post):

 

A few things about the riots on the Gaza border and the move of the USA embassy to Jerusalem.

1) There are no Jews in Gaza. There haven’t been for nearly 13 years.

2) According to Forbes, Hamas has an approximate ANNUAL turnover of about $1billion – that is enough to build a bloody paradise in Gaza.

3) Hamas executes and/or tortures gays, Christians, muslim apostates, collaborators, those suspected of collaboration, and anyone who seeks any normalization with Israelis.

Here’s why.

In the Hamas charter it says,

a) Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.
b) The land of “Palestine” (i.e. the area allotted to the Jews by the UN in 1947 and now the Modern State of Israel – with or without the “West Bank”) – is an Islamic Waqf [Holy Possession] consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgment Day. No one can renounce it or any part, or abandon it or any part of it.
c) Palestine is an Islamic land. Since this is the case, the Liberation of Palestine is an individual duty for every Moslem wherever he may be.
d) The day the enemies usurp part of Moslem land, Jihad becomes the individual duty of every Moslem. In the face of the Jews’ usurpation, it is compulsory that the banner of Jihad be raised.
e) The Day of Judgment will not come about until Moslems fight Jews and kill them. Then, the Jews will hide behind rocks and trees, and the rocks and trees will cry out: ‘O Moslem, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him.

Charming.

4) Hamas pays a lifetime salary to terrorists (and their families) who murder Jews, or terrorist’s families of which the terrorists have used the “art” of killing themselves with the result of murdering Jews.

5) Over the last few weeks, Hamas has called upon people to breach the border, cut the fence, fly kites carrying molotov cocktails to burn our crops and our homes, and according to their charter, call for the murder of Jewish women, children and men.

Today’s ‘protest’ was planned to be the biggest of many recent protests. And this date was chosen due to Israel’s declaration of independence 70 years ago today (Gregorian calendar). That is why President Trump chose to move the embassy today.

To suggest – as the mainstream media are doing – that the loss of life on the Gaza border is because of President Trumps decision to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem, is as ridiculous, ignorant, spurious, and illogical – as it is obscene.

You’re welcome.

And here is the brilliant Prof. Eugene Kontorovich talking about the US Embassy move, and at the end defending Israel and deriding the utterly obscene media obsession with “proportionality” – that Israel killed over 50 Palestinian “civilians” while not one Israeli was killed.

This idea of proportionality and body count is immoral and illogical. Nowhere in any law book is it written that a person or a country can only defend itself once it is harmed or killed (something that would be physically impossible in any case).

The media have a Pavlovian response to any Israeli attempts at self-defense. “Israel must STOP!!”. “Gevalt!!” cries the world.

 

So sorry we didn’t die, international media! We would rather you hate us for not dying than have you loving us because we are the poor victims again. Been there done that back in the 1930s and 1940s and we’re not going to do it again.

I have no solutions, no grand ideas how Israel is ever to get a fair hearing in the UN or the press, or how to persuade governments, media outlets and ordinary people on social media to take the time to learn the facts before jumping to wrong conclusions.

I just needed to vent. I am just furious.

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Gaza rioters burn the access routes to their aid

Last week Hamas-sponsored rioters on the Gaza border burned their own aid. This weekend those “peaceful protestors” who only want to murder Israelis and claim victimhood burned the border crossing terminal where the humanitarian aid crosses over to Gaza. In addition they blew up the gas pipeline through which Israel pumps fuel gas.

Just watch this short video to see the extent of the destruction they caused to themselves:

 

Israeli officials who came to inspect the area were astonished at the scale of destruction:

Military and administrative officials toured the Israeli side of the Kerem Shalom goods crossing with the Gaza Strip Saturday, a day after Palestinian rioters torched gas pipes serving the territory as well as electricity infrastructure and a conveyor belt used to transfer goods into the Strip.

The damage to the crossing is thought to be in the tens of millions of shekels.

On unnamed official told the Ynet news site, “We were astonished by the devastation and destruction Palestinians left in their wake. They’re bringing a disaster upon themselves.”

That last sentence could describe the entire history of the Palestinians, but particularly of Gaza.

Kerem Shalom is the only goods crossing between Israel and Gaza, which already suffers from a severe energy shortage.

Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman has now ordered the crossing to be closed until further notice.

Israel’s Defense Forces (IDF) announced on Saturday that Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has approved closing the Kerem Shalom humanitarian crossing in Gaza from tomorrow (Sunday) until further notice, due to Friday’s destruction of gas pipelines and the security fence at the crossing.

Israel’s Defense Forces issued a statement on Friday, saying “The crossing will remain closed until the damages caused by the riots are repaired and will reopen in accordance with a situation assessment. The Hamas terror organization, which in recent weeks has been carrying out terrorist attacks in the guise of riots, is harming the well-being of Gazans and paralyzing their ability to go about their daily lives.”

“Israel and many countries around the world work to deliver goods such as food, equipment and fuel to Gaza’s citizens, initiatives which are prevented by the Hamas terror organization’s actions,” the statement added.

Saturday’s statement from the IDF said that Hamas is responsible for everything that happens in the Gaza Strip.

Watch this clip showing how the terrorists set fire to the crossing:

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