Well I'm calling bs on that. Nobody has said he can't use Hitler analogies. But he really shouldn't."
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Seriously folks, this is not a guy we want on our side.
Today, Glenn Beck took a principled and courageous stance attacking victims of terror who are too dead to defend themselves. Continuing a long streak of bizarre Nazi references, he compared the Norwegian camp where a(non-Muslim) terrorist gunned down about sixty youths. The camp was a yearly retreat organized by Norway's Labor party.
Beyond the trivialization of Nazism. HE JUST ATTACKED TERROR VICTIMS. Not to mention they were children. I really wonder if it was because this guy was not-Muslim and white.
Let's get something straight terrorism is evil. No matter what your political views are, using civilians as a target to further your goals is wrong. Terror needs to be denounced at every avenue, especially if its done for a cause you have sympathy for. If you don't denounce terror, you devalue the biggest political argument the Israelis have against the PA.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Hasidim. The ultra-orthodox in Israel are amongst the most maligned groups in the country. Most of the country is moderate and non-religious and critical of them. They face criticism for non-army service. Also many of them protest vehemently against the state, while receiving protection from the state as well as social services while not working so they can study torah. Anybody who read that last sentence would have to admit that takes balls.
Politicians, David Ben-Gurion once told Truman that he had an easy job because Truman was the president of several million citizens, while he was the Leader of a nation of Presidents. Any politician who has the audacity to even open his mouth will face attacks from the left front and center. They will face subpoenas from the international criminal court, to assassination attempts from Arabs and Israelis.
Basically everybody who lives in Israel stays in a country that is always facing breaches of its borders, suicide bombers, missile attacks, boycotts and elements with in its on populace that wish to see it destroyed. Courage has never been in short supply.
That is except of course for Glenn Beck. Beck is traveling around the Holy Land with a security escort giving pro-Israel speeches to pro-Israel crowds; and charging a decent amount of money at that. I'm not sure exactly where the courage plays in. Maybe it was when he moved his "Rally to Restore Courage" off of the temple mount to avoid Arabs who might be there.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Normally, dismiss such things as folly. But, this creepy. In addition to resembling WWII era propaganda cartoons, they are money grubbing and duplicitous. Even if the correlation is coincidental, it's there. It should be noted, that the resemblance cannot be attibuted directly to Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. This design of the character first appeared in the first installment of the film franchise directed by Christopher Columbus. Also, one of Potter's classmates at Hogwarts was none other than the (possibly half-Italian) Anthony Goldstein.
There are also many Jewish mystical themes throughout the books. It would be quite disappointing for all those bored Jews reading through the seven-book series on those long three day Yomtovim. Rowling doesn't escape all reproach however. Dobby the house elf(Zt"L) originally had a thick West-Indian/Jamaican type screetchy accent. We can probably thank George Lucas for making that accent box-office suicide with Jar-Jar Binks.
Friday, July 15, 2011
In a Twist Beck is Accused of Being Anti-Israel
Much of Beck's anti-Jewish slant is deliniated in a recent Huffington Post article by MJ Rosenberg
Beck's Pro-Israel street-cred' includes his reporting on the "Freedom Flotilla" incident. According to Beck he was the only one in the media showing an IDF video showing Israeli soldiers being attacked by protesters. This was of course rubbish. Everybody was using that video.
One has to be at least slightly amused at this turn of events. Beck, whose Israel views are more anti-Arab than they are pro-Jew, has made a career out of baseless criticism. Many of his attacks on President Obama and others manipulate facts to create a dishonest narrative.
For once, Beck is getting a taste of his own medicine.
- His religion has become a liability. Much as he has attacked Muslims and Reform Jews.
- Small statements are manipulated to change his views. Much as he has found a way to manipulate any statement to call political opponents Nazis
- Finally, he is accused of anti-Semitism based on loose associations. (see Beck's attacks on Van Jones)
Thursday, July 14, 2011
lashon hara `läshən `härä (ערה ןושל) is the prohibition in Jewish Law of telling gossip. Lashon hara differs from defamation in that its focus is on the use of true speech for a wrongful purpose, rather than falsehood and harm arising.
The name and picture of the suspect spread quickly across the blogosphere, facebook and twitter. None of the rhetoric is terribly shocking. Many called him a "monster" and there are already a few groups on facebook calling for his execution, which won't happen (NY State has no Death Penalty statute).
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
In a matter of minutes, one man from Israel experienced the greatest extremes of Arab culture; extreme violence and benevolent hospitality. The incident highlighted disparities within Arab culture, and begs the question. Are negotiations pointless or are we talking to the wrong people?
Nir Nachshon suspected he might have made a terrible mistake, but wasn't sure until he heard the excited cries of a young boy.
Nachshon had made a wrong turn into a predominantly Arab neighborhood in East Jerusalem. Within moments, adults responded to the child's alarms with stones and bricks. His attackers pulled him from his car and began to beat him to death. Then suddenly he was saved. A local Arab community leader, along with a couple others pulled him from the mob and brought him into a house, where he was protected until the police arrived.
Darwish Darwish, one of the men who helped save Nachson(left with Nachshon) expressed disappointment with the event, but also said he was concerned with the poor conditions of the area.
What does this mean?
Israel is ever vigilant, for violence against citizens can happen without warning and with extreme prejudice. It casts further doubt over whether or not Jerusalem could ever be divided. Sharing the city with a sovereign and hostile state, would leave citizens at risk for random attacks.
However it does give some hope. The actions of Darwish, lend credence to the idea that some Arabs are ready to live in a sovereign Israel.
Maybe instead of continuing fruitless negotiations with Hamas and Fatah, Arabs like Darwish should be invited to talks with Netanyahu. He voiced his concerns for the welfare of Arabs, but clearly demonstrated an opposition to violence against civilians.
I think clearly now
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Note: If the entire world was "anti-Israel" in this fashion. The Jewish State would be in great shape.
“Israel has the right to defend itself, but they are heavy handed sometimes.”Gets information from: New York Times International Section Activities: Arab/Israeli dialogue symposiums. Examples: Barack Obama, Arianna Huffington
“Terrorist attacks are immoral, but Israeli actions may ultimately provoke them.”Gets information from: New York Times Editorial page, John Lennon's "Imagine" Activities: Visiting with Israelis, but also Arabs who have yet to renounce Terror Examples: Hillary Clinton
“Peace not Apartheid”Gets their information from: European Press, Al-Jazeera Activities: Writing books critical of Israel walking tours of Gaza Examples: Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Christiane Amanpour
“The Palestinian people are under siege and there have been war crimes committed against them. The hostilities against them need to cease and the perpetrators need to be prosecuted..”Gets information from: Biased reports by Arab civilians, Activities: Lobbying UN to prosecute Israeli "war criminals" Examples: Richard Goldstone, Amnesty International
“Be gone, hated Zionists”Get information from: Unusual interpretations of Talmud Activities: Parading with Palestinian flags, spitting on non-religious Jews Examples: Moshe Hirsch
“Not in my name.”Gets their information from: Internet message boards: Fliers Activities: On campus Protests, vandalizing Israeli products in stores
“End the occupation”Get their information from: Hamas Activities: Flotillas, Jumping in front of bulldozers Examples: Vittorio Arigoni, Rachel Corrie
“Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation's fury.”Get their information from: They're at the top so they must be making it up. Activities: Funding terror through telethons for Hamas. Denying the holocaust Examples: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Sadam Hussein, Bashar Assad
“We are going to win because they love life and we love death”Get Their Information from: Madrassas, Radical Imams Activities: Murder, bomb making Examples: too many to mention but Osama bin Laden, Hasan Nasrallah, but in particular Samir Kuntar
“[Zionists] occupy most of the American media and now control much of the American government…It is not just the West Bank of Palestine, it is not just the Golan Heights that are occupied by the Zionists, but Washington D.C. and New York and London and many other capitals of the world.”Get Their Information From: The Protocols of the elders of Zion Activities: Spreading hatred, attempting to infiltrate government Examples: David Duke, Mahmoud Amadinejad, Mahmoud Abbas
He delineates the reality of Israel's internal politics which are largely liberal and contrasts with the politics of the majority of its neighbors whom are extremely intolerant of religious rights. This is a fact that many in the liberal wing of the anti-zionist coalition have trouble addressing.
Just try to imagine what would become of so many people if Israel were allowed to fall. If you think there are Palestinians suffering now, it would be nothing compared to what would happen if Hamas were allowed to overrun the Holy Land. All of those African refugees, gone. All of those humanitarian missions (Israel was one of the first into Haiti after the earthquake) done.
Consider the riots in Syria, Egypt, Iran, Libya (insert Arab country name here.) If anything, the objective evidence suggests that despite the Zeitgeist of anti-zionist politics, the Palestinians are better off with so-called occupation.
Yes, I had the temerity to suggest such a thing. The problem with the emotional politics, is that they don't allow you to see a few steps ahead. Geopolitics is a game of chess, not checkers.