May 2012

Where Persecuted Jews May Go / Michael Curtis

May 1 2012
In Memoriam, Benzion Netanyahu (1910-2012)
The logical conclusion for these critics is that Israel would be more democratic if it were less Jewish. No Zionist leader would agree with this. These critics also conveniently ignore the continual Arab rejection of any compromise solution to the conflict and their repeated rejection of any partition proposals and resolutions.

Geert Wilders:'Marked for Death' / Soeren Kern

April 30 2012
Islam's War against the West and Me'
"[I am] imprisoned in my own country for the mere fact that I have spoken out against the enemies of the West."

Islam is waging an aggressive war against the West; nothing less than the future of individual liberty is at stake.

The conflict is civilizational in scope and is being fought on two primary fronts: Europe and America.

The Islamization of the West is being aided and abetted by multiculturalists in Europe and America who are enforcing politically correct curbs on free speech designed to silence all criticism of Islam.

U.S Policy Options in Syria / Gary C.Gambill

February 27, 2012
Gary Gambill holds a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, an M.A. in Arab studies from Georgetown University, and is A.B.D. from N.Y.U. He is a former editor of the Middle East Intelligence Bulletin and the Middle East Monitor, a former employee of the Middle East Forum, and is now an independent editor. Gambill has been a country editor on Syria and Lebanon for Freedom House and has written extensively on Syria and Lebanon. On February 27, 2012, he briefed the Middle East Forum via conference call about US policy options in Syria.

Egypt's Presidental Election Will Change the Middle East and the World / Prof.B.Rubin

30 Apr 2012
What might well be the most significant election in Middle East history is about to happen yet the situation and its implications are simply not understood abroad. On May 23-24, with a probable run-off on Jun 16-17, the most important country in the Arabic-speaking world is almost certainly going to choose a revolutionary transformation that will ensure continuous earthquakes of war, suffering, and instability for decades to come.

Of the dozen candidates only three are important and the question is which of them will end up in the run-off.

Ohio Colleges Partner With Hamas - Founded CAIR / Patrick Poole

April 30 2012
A taxpayer-funded program seeks to foster "new perspectives" on the Middle East.
A group of six Ohio colleges in the Cleveland area are working together to help provide "new perspectives" about the Middle East and to confront "misinformation" about the region and about Islam specifically. However, the group has chosen a curious partner to represent the American Muslim community: the Muslim Brotherhood-founded and terror-supporting Hamas front group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Who Are the Palestinians/ Hamas Minister, Al Fathi

Who Are the Palestinians / Hamas' Minister, Al Fathi, on Egyptian TV on March 23 2012
Editor's Note:
The Palestinian propaganda around the world tells they are the ancient people of Palestine. They tell the world, that a Palestinian nation lived in Palestine from time immortal, and the Jews are European colonists who took their land by force.

Here is a Palestinian leader who reveals the truth: the Palestinians are Arabs who immigrated to Palestine from Arab countries. If they still have family roots in Arab countries it means that they immigrated only recently.

Hamas Interview Reveals No Hint of Moderation / Ahron Shapiro

Apr 27 2012
Give him credit for his candour. In an extensive interview with the Forward published on April 19, Mousa Abu Marzook, Deputy Director of Hamas' political bureau and the group's second-highest-ranking official, told the Jewish newspaper that Hamas would not respect a peace treaty with Israel signed by the Palestinian Authority, even if the agreement was endorsed by a referendum of all Palestinians, as Hamas has always demanded.

Moreover, Abu Marzook vowed that Hamas would never recognise Israel. The most Hamas would consider would be a ceasefire agreement, he said.

Understanding the "Islamic Wave" in Tunisia / Anna Mahjar - Barducci

April 27, 2012
On October 23, 2011, Tunisia held the first free and democratic elections in the country’s history. Tunisian voters were called upon to elect 217 members of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA), whose task was to appoint an interim government and to draft a new constitution within one year, and to prepare the country for general elections.

Turks Protest Erdogan's Re - Islamification Program / Ali Uyanik

May 2, 2012
Erdogan's AKP officials, however, alleging that a 15-year statute of limitations had expired, announced in mid-March, that they would not prosecute the accused perpetrators of the Sivas atrocity. Erdogan appears prepared to employ any form of demagoguery to stigmatize the minority community of the secularist Alevis.

How the Palestinian Authority "Fights Corruption" / Khaled Abu Toameh

May 2, 2012
The Palestinian Authority government has also warned Palestinian journalists against helping Western correspondents cover the crackdown.

Many European Intellectuals and Scholars are Obsessed with Israel and Jews / Ronald S.Lauder

02 May 2012
World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder has strongly condemned recent remarks by the Norwegian sociologist Johan Galtung who on repeated occasions had revived anti-Semitic canards such as Jewish control of the media and suggested that Israel’s Mossad could have been behind last year’s massacres in Norway, committed by Anders Breivik, in which 77 people died.

UN Watch Launches Global Campaign to Defeat Chavez Bid

May 2, 2012
UN Watch Launches Three-Pronged Campaign:
1. Take-Action Petition: Urge US & EU to Stop U.N. From Legitimizing Hugo Chavez
2. UN Watch Op-Ed in Today's Miami Herald: "Venezuela: Another Test for UN Rights Body"
3. UN Watch Releases Appeal by 40 MPs & Rights Groups: "Chavez Should be Denounced"


Take Action: Urge US and EU to Stop U.N. From Legitimizing Hugo Chavez

From Anti- Zionist to Zionist: Kasim Hafeez in Israel / Sharyn Mittelman

May 2 2012
Kasim Hafeez in Israel 2007
The Australian media often seems fascinated with Jews who are very critical of Israel (for example, Antony Loewenstein or see this ABC radio report 'Voices of Dissent'). But the opposite cases - people who once hated Israel and Zionism, but have come to see Israel in a different light - are often at least as interesting. However, outside of Israel, media interest in them is usually nil.

Shameless Hypocricy Watch: Rejecting Israel as a Jewish State / Paul Kujawsky

A single-minded focus on condemning Israel’s status as a Jewish state, when many other countries also have a national religion or ethnic identity, is hypocritical. But there is yet another form of hypocrisy connected with the “Jewish state” issue: rejecting Israel’s Jewish nature while claiming to favor a “two state solution” to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

Regime Change in Iran? Brendan Daly

May 3 2012,
There is every reason to believe that the Islamic Republic's days are numbered. The current government, lorded over by the religious supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamene'i, and his Guardian Council of aging mullahs, who can overrule any policy change by the pseudo-elected president, seem wildly out of touch with the general populace.

An Israeli and A Palestinian Scathed by South Africa Apartheid Rhetoric / Benjamin Poground& Bassem Eid

An Israeli and a Palestinian scathed by South Africa apartheid rhetoric
Despite their limited knowledge of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, South Africans have many prejudices that are being fueled by anti-Israel groups

What the Palestinians Want / Khaled Abu Toameh

May 4, 2012
The Palestinians want the US to endorse all their demands and force Israel to give them everything. Palestinians are reminded almost every day that the US, which has been providing them with billions of dollars, is a foe rather than a friend, although no one seems to ask how come a foe is so generous. US aid should be conditioned not only on transparency and accountability, but also on an end to the campaign of hatred and incitement, as officially agreed in the Oslo accords, but never implemented.

Jewish Students and the Protction of Anti - Discrimination Law

May 3 2012
In October 2010, the U.S. Department of Education announced that Jewish students would now be protected by federal anti-discrimination law, Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

NYTC COVERAGE OF ISRAEL: Ridiculous Bias / Prof.B.Rubin

May 4, 2012
With the arrival of Jodi Rudoren as correspondent, New York Times coverage of Israel and related issues has now gone to a new level of ridiculous bias, especially after a predecessor who really did try to be fair.

What is most impressive about Rudoren’s record so far is that there is no attempt to give the faintest appearance of balance. She probably doesn’t understand what that concept means. And she certainly knows that the editors and ombudsman won’t hold her accountable.

Egypt: Islamic Organiations Against Military / Raymond Ibrahim

May 4, 2012
According to Egypt's Al Ahram, "Major Egyptian Islamist parties and groups—including the Muslim Brotherhood, the Salafist Calling and Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya—have issued calls for a Tahrir Square demonstration on Friday under the banner of 'Saving the revolution.' … Several non-Islamist revolutionary groups, meanwhile, have expressed their refusal to participate in the event. These groups include the United Maspero Youth, the Egyptian Brothers Independent group, and the Free Front for Peaceful Change."

As Much of the World Starves: A UN Hunger Expert Investigates Canada/ Hillel Neuer

May 5, 2012
Olivier De Schutter is the UN Human Rights Council's "Special Rapporteur on the right to food," a post initiated by Cuba. Tomorrow he begins an 11-day investigation of Canada.
De Schutter's senior adviser, Priscilla Claeys, previously worked with Oxfam Canada, part of the group that is unofficially coordinating his visit, and with Rights and Democracy—a Canadian agency soon to be shut down—where she collaborated with the UN office of Jean Ziegler, co-founder of the "Muammar Qaddafi Human RIghts Prize" and De Schutter's predecessor.

Syria After the Annan Plan

May 3 2012
Today's Update looks at the options for dealing with the ongoing violence in Syria in the wake of the apparent failure of the ceasefire put forward by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as part of his plan to settle the conflict and halt the killing (with at least 23 people killed on Tuesday).

Syria: The Muslim Brotherhood Reborn / Yvette Talhamy

MAY 2012
As Syrian president Bashar al-Assad struggles to contend with a massive popular uprising, the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood (SMB) is poised to dominate whatever coalition of forces manages to unseat the Baathist regime.

Antisemitism on the Rise in Europe / Michael Curtis

May 7, 2012
Ominously, an inversion of victim and perpetrator has taken place.
The virus of antisemitism persists in haunting Europe. In recent months, antisemitism has been exhibited all too often in European countries, not just in theory but in practice.

Much of the Violence in the Middle East is a European Legacy / Eli. Hertz

Unlike nation-states in Europe , modern Lebanese, Jordanian, Syrian, and Iraqi nationalities did not evolve. They were arbitrarily created by colonial powers.

Israel is "Satan with a Tail",A Poam for Kids on PA TV / Itamar Marcus et al

Apr. 22, 2012
The Palestinian Authority TV children's program The Best Home features a child reciting a poem promoting Pan-Arabism. The poem, by an Egyptian writer, included the following words:
"Our enemy, Zion, is Satan with a tail."

Latest UN Human Rights Exemplar: Venezuela / Sharyn Mittelman

May 4 2012
As AIJAC has repeatedly documented (see for example here, here, here and here) the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has long had a well-deserved image problem - due in no small part to the fact numerous egregious human rights offenders are regularly elected to serve on it, where they block effective scrutiny of themselves and their non-democratic allies. It is a classic case of the foxes guarding the henhouse.

U.S Syrian Policy: A Massacre in Progress:A Disgrace in the Making / Prof.B.Rubin

06 May 2012
Another monitoring mission, another set of people from all over the world making excuses, trying to explain the unexplainable and getting frustrated and fired upon to boot. When will the world follow a plan that makes sense. To the world we say: Give us what we need to get the mission accomplished, not what you need to feel good about yourselves." --Syrian Revolution Digest, April 21, 2012

Anti - Jewish Teaching at a Muslim Sunday School in Canada / Louise Brown

May 8 2012
York Region police are investigating a complaint about anti-Jewish teachings at a Muslim Sunday school that rents space in a Toronto public high school.

Jewish groups expressed shock at anti-Semitic teachings found on the website of the East End Madrassah — a religious program that runs every Sunday — that called ancient Jews “treacherous” and “crafty” and accused them of “conspiring to kill the Prophet Muhammad.”

Arab Illegal Immigration to Palestine During British Mandate : Part One / DR.Rivka Shpak Lissak

Arab Immigration into the Coastal Plains of Israel (the Sharon) During the British Mandate
According to the Arabic- Palestinian propaganda, the Palestinians are the indigenous people of the country called Judea in the past, then Palestina under the British Mandte.
This article and others in the future will prove this propaganda is an attempt to rewrite history in order to eliminate the Jewish state..

Ma’ayan Hess-Ashkenazi researched the Arabic immigration to the Sharon, and this is what he found:

Arab Illegal Immigration to Palestine Under British Mandate:Part Two / Dr.Rivka Shpak Lissak

The Immigration of Egyptian Workers into the Land of Israel during the British Mandate Period

Western Civilization Faces the Big Test / Prof.B.Rubin

May 8 2012

Western Civilization Faces the Big Test: Citizens! Heal Your Societies or Go Over the Cliff
The current political crisis in Europe, and in America as well, is not at all hard to understand. Think of it like this: society is not infinitely malleable. If you pull a rubber band far enough it is either going to snap back or it will break.

Israel's Attorney General Mulling Charges Against 'Jenin Jenin' Director / Tomer Zarchin

IDF soldiers have requested that Mohammed Bakri be charged according to clause 6 of the Libel Law, which sets a punishment of up to one year in prison for deliberate libel.

The attorney general will soon decide whether to file charges against Mohammed Bakri, director of the controversial film "Jenin, Jenin," which implies that Israel Defense Forces soldiers committed war crimes in a 2002 military operation in the Palestinian refugee camp.

Journalists Were Fooled by the Palestinian Authority / Khaled Abu Toameh

May 9, 2012
In most cases it is the Palestinian Authority's security forces that are responsible for the chaos and corruption. A Western journalist who wanted to do an investigative report into the case was warned that she would be putting her life at risk. Gangsters and armed clans were among the main reasons the Palestinian Authority collapsed in 2007, speeding the rise of Hamas to power.

The Palestinian Authority has been boasting over the past four years of its success in restoring law and order to the West Bank city of Jenin.

Islamic School Apologizes for Anti - Jewish Teaching / Louise Brown

May 08 2012
A Muslim Sunday school has apologized for anti-Jewish teachings that appeared in its website, under investigation as a possible hate crime by York Region police.

The East End Madrassah, a weekend religious program run by a Thornhill mosque using space rented in a Scarborough high school, issued a press release Tuesday to “unreservedly apologize to the Jewish community for the unintentional offence that the item has caused.”

Jewish Refugees - Addressing Historical Injustice /Or Avi - Guy

May 9 2012
What about Jewish Refugees from Iraq, 1951
Palestinian refugees and the claims made of "right of return" for them have long been a major issue within the debate over a 'just solution' to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Jihad Cpmes to Egypt / Raymond Ibrahim

May 10, 2012
Considering Egypt's presidential elections take place later this month, last weekend's Islamist clash with the military could not have come at a worse time.

First, the story: due to overall impatience—and rage that the Salafi presidential candidate, Abu Ismail, was disqualified (several secular candidates were also disqualified)—emboldened Islamists began to gather around the Defense Ministry in Abbassia, Cairo, late last week, chanting jihadi slogans, and preparing for a "million man" protest for Friday, May 4th.

Amnesty International and Muslim Discrimination in Europe / Soeren Kern

May 10, 2012
Amnesty International omits, however, all instances of discrimination initiated by Muslims against Christians and others in Europe who have taken them in, and who may well feel dismayed by what might be seen as an escalating procession of Muslim demands, threats and attacks. Nowhere does it call on Muslims to accept responsibility – not only for problems brought about by the refusal of many of them to accept the values of the majority, but also for their efforts to displace these values with their own.

Is Islam Innately Evil or Innately Good? Prof.B.Rubin

Why This Debate is A Waste of Time
May 7, 2012
We all know that the number of Muslims who explicitly put forward a systematically coherent moderate theology of Islam is very small. We also know that radical Islamists pretend to be moderates and fool people in the West. We also know that foolish or dishonest people in the West claim that Islam is innately moderate; that Sharia law as it will inevitably be interpreted at present is no big deal; and that the radicals are a minority, hijackers of Islam, or soon to be moderates. People must know the truth about these issues.

The Catastrophe Called Nakba / Sam Sokol

May 10, 2012
"All of the world knows what happened here in 1948,' Daoud Abu Lebdeh says, while leaning against a table in a coffee shop on the Hebrew University's Mount Scopus campus.

"The Israeli soldiers or the Israeli militias like the Hagana, Kahane, the Irgun and Lehi came here and they [kicked] the people outside from their homes."

Excruciating Details Emerge on 1,100 - Plus Jewish Ghettos

May 10 2012
Excruciating details emerge on 1,100-plus Jewish ghettos detailed by US researchers.Despite all the Holocaust writings, more news is emerging about 1,000 Nazi-run ghettos that left millions of Jews dead. “Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945, Volume II” is a global effort that documents every site of organized Nazi atrocities.

Palestinian Journalists Union Fights Palestinian Journalists / Khaled Abu Toameh

Where Are the Media and So-Called Human Rights Groups?
May 11, 2012
In recent weeks, Palestinian Authority security forces arrested at least nine journalists and bloggers in the West Bank for exposing corruption. The Palestinian Authority and its media group clearly do not want the outside world to receive information about the situation in the Palestinian territories.

The BBC Broadcasts its own Dhimmitude / David J.Rusin

May 8, 2012
Media outlets tiptoeing around Islam are a dime a dozen, but the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) stands apart for the egregiousness of its self-censorship and bias. Even more striking than the number of controversies involving suppression of Islam-critical speech on its channels are the frank acknowledgements that BBC policy is shaped by fear.

What Do Egyptians Want? A Democratically Elected Islamic Dictatorship / Prof.B.Rubin

May 11, 2012
Yes, friends, it’s once again time for that exciting game of Spin the Polls by the Pew Foundation. Here are the rules:

Rule 1: Pew does a good job on the poll itself.

Rule 2: The Pew analysis ignores or misunderstands the implications of the poll.

Rule 3: The Western media and government misread the poll, often misinterpreting the results into the exact opposite of what they actually mean. They then adopt the wrong policies.

Rule 4: If correctly interpreted the polls are a gold mine that can help us comprehend the present and predict the future.

Professor's Irrational Criticism of Jews Crosses the Line / Daniel Meyerowitz - Katz

May 10 2012
Norwegian professor Johan Galtung, an "off-site lecturer" at the University of Sydney's "Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies" (CPACS), has recently emerged from the chorus of those who irrationally criticise Israel and exposed himself as one who irrationally criticises Jews. Galtung's previous commentary on Israel was indistinguishable from the general line followed by CPACS and other academics in the dubious "peace and conflict studies" discipline that he is credited with founding.

What Would Have Happend to Jews in 1948 If They Lost the War against the Arabs / DR.Rivka Shpak Lissak

Part 0ne

Every year, on the day Israeli – Jews celebrate Israel's Independence Day, Arab – Israeli leaders organize a Nakba demonstration, under the slogan that Israeli Arabs and Palestinian refugees are victims of Israel's policy of "ethnic cleansing."

People around the world who are not familiar with the history of the Arab – Jewish conflict from 1917 to 1948, accept the "Invented history" by Palestinians as historical fact and accuse Israel for its treatment of Palestinian – Arabs.

Historical facts, however, are entirely different.

What Would Have Happend to Jews in 1948 If They Lost the War against the Arabs / DR.Rivka Shpak Lissak

Part Two

Palestinian leader cooperated with Hitler on the FINAL SOLUTION

Haj Amin El Husseini, the leader of Palestinian Arabs, supported the Nazis during Second World War. He met Hitler on November 28, 1941 and they came to an agreement that the "national Home for Jews" should be eliminated, and the "Final Solution" should include the Jews of Palestine. El Husseini promised Hitler full cooperation from the Arab population of Palestine. El Husseini received from Nazi Germany 50,000 riichesmarks plus 25,000 in foreign currency, monthly.

The "Final Solution" of the Jews of Palestine

World's Checkpoint Hypocrisy / Giulio Meotti

While fences exist worldwide, only Israel's life-saving barriers face harsh condemnations
Today there are some 50 barriers and fences in the world. Bill Clinton, who came to power promising “a bridge to the 21st century,” gave the US the wall with Mexico; Spain built fences to keep out Moroccans; India is walling off Kashmir and Bangladesh; South and North Korea share the most heavily fortified border in the world.

Europe's Hate for Israel / Giulio Meotti

Many Europeans believe Israel is illegitimate, must be removed from Middle East.
After the massacre of Jews in Toulouse, many people cried when seeing Miriam Monsonego’s little body wrapped in a white shroud. But most Europeans looked the other way, and the United Nations, EU and the chattering classes all washed their hands of the Jewish blood.

Europe has already forsaken the Jews. The same process can be seen in respect to Günter Grass, the Nobel Prize laureate who published an anti-Israel poem in European newspapers.

Mountain out of Molehill?

With Election Charade, Assad Bides Time / Jonathan Spyer

May 13, 2012
Polling stations for the Syrian “Peoples’ Assembly” election opened at 7 a.m. on Monday. Information Minister Dr. Adnan Mahmoud said the elections would be held in “an atmosphere of democracy and pluralism,” according to the SANA state news agency.

Opposition activists dispute the claim, saying that the current polls are the latest episode in an ongoing regime campaign of window-dressing, of fiddling while the country burns.