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BRITS’ HYPOCRITICAL PUSH TO LABEL “SETTLEMENT” PRODUCTS, PROVES HERZL’S VISION: JEWS MUST HAVE THE ABILITY TO DEFEND THEMSELVES IN THEIR OWN LAND

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Europe Losing its Patience: Dan D. Aridor, Gatestone Institute, June 25, 2013 —In a move reminiscent of Nazi Germany, Britain, led by Mr. Cameron and Mr. Hague, is part of a growing effort in the European Union to label Israeli products exported from beyond the 1949 armistice lines — where the shooting stopped after Israel survived the invasion in 1948, on the eve of its birth, by five Arab armies.

 

PM Netanyahu's Speech at the State Memorial Ceremony for Benjamin Zeev Herzl: Prime Minister’s Office, June 27, 2013 — Peace is desirable in and of itself.  Peace is based on security; it is not based on goodwill and legitimacy as people think.  It is based first and foremost on our ability to defend ourselves.  Without security, without the army that Herzl called to establish, we cannot defend the peace; we cannot defend ourselves if the peace unravels.

 

On Topic Links

 

French Jewish Defense League on the Attack: Cnaan Liphshiz, Times of Israel, June 28, 2013

Palestinians: "No Jews Allowed!": Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute, June 25, 2013

Evidence Found of  2,000-Year-Old Siege of Jerusalem: Daniel K. Eisenbud, Jerusalem Post, June 27, 2013

 

 

EUROPE LOSING ITS PATIENCE

Dan D. Aridor

Gatestone Institute, June 25, 2013 at 4:00 am

 

At the end of May of this year, British Foreign Minister William Hague made a statement that "Europe is losing its patience." There are quite a few reasons for Secretary Hague to have made such a statement:
 

  • In Britain a soldier was beheaded in the street, and in France a soldier was murdered. Both attacks seem to be hate crimes of Muslims against Christians.
  • 60,000 British women were genitally mutilated due to a ritual practiced by Muslims, and 20,000 more are in immediate danger of being forced to undergo this procedure.
  • In Egypt, the original inhabitants of the country, Christian Copts, are been hunted down by the Muslims.
  • In Syria, the level of atrocities has reached a new high as chemical weapons have been deployed. The death toll in the civil war is approaching 100,000.
  • In Saudi Arabia, women are discriminated against and a culture of women as sex slaves is flourishing.
  • An important Palestinian Authority figure, Jibril Rajoub, has just said that Palestinians, if they could, would nuke Israel. No condemnation or rebuff of his statements was heard from any Palestinian politician.
  • Mauritania still has slaves; Indonesia still canes people; Iran hangs homosexuals from cranes; Turkey has more journalists in prison than any other country, including Iran and North Korea; Saudi Arabia denies women freedom of movement; does not allow Bibles into the country; and there is no equal justice under law, property rights, free speech, free press, or free worship.
  • In Britain and across Europe, Israeli and Jewish speakers, Jewish students or just plain Jews are routinely attacked by what can be described as the new "Brown Shirts" of Europe (and occasionally also in and American and Canadian Universities).
     

Secretary Hague's comments, however were directed at Israel and the settlements. Hague presumably by accident failed to recall that to most Arabs — in both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas Charters, and all maps of Palestine currently in use by them — the entire State of Israel is one big "settlement." Hague made these comments during his visit to Israel at the end of May. What Secretary Hague apparently condemns is the Jewish people's settlement into its historic home — the creation of which the British Empire tried to prevent, despite its commitments in the 1917 Balfour declaration to establish a national home for the Jewish people, and despite the 1920 San Remo Agreement (an international meeting attended by Britain France Italy and Japan, which, among other things, adopted the Balfour declaration). The British Mandate for Palestine was based on San Remo decisions, in order to establish a Jewish home in Palestine.

 

So seemingly it is not hate crimes around the Muslim world, in Arab countries or in Sharia's enclaves in Britain, or even in London that anger Secretary Hague. The latest hate crime, the beheading of an British soldier in London, propelled one of the most supportive "politically correct" advocates of our time, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, finally to say what no one else dares to say: that there is a "problem within Islam."

 

In a move reminiscent of Nazi Germany, Britain, led by Mr. Cameron and Mr. Hague, is part of a growing effort in the European Union to label Israeli products exported from beyond the 1949 armistice lines — where the shooting stopped after Israel survived the invasion in 1948, on the eve of its birth, by five Arab armies. Also known as "'67 borders," after the date of the Six Day War, these boundaries were called by the late, left-wing Foreign Minister of Israel, Abba Eban, "Auschwitz borders" for having, among other vulnerabilities, the width of a mere 14 km, not even nine miles, less than the length of the island of Manhattan. This "waist" now makes up the center of Israel, and is its most populated part.

 

Notably, the EU does not propose similarly labeling goods from any other territories deemed "occupied." Further, while condemning Israel for what they call "the Territories," the British still "occupy" the Falkland Islands, disputed by Argentina as their Malvinas, on the other side of the Atlantic, nowhere near Britain.

 

Mr. Cameron and Mr. Hague added their names to list of people who advocated labelling Jewish goods or businesses. At a time when both the State of Israel and Jews are being so violently attacked in so many international forums — not because of the so-called territories but simply for existing — this foreign minister is aligning himself with an unholy tradition of British politicians since the days of the British Mandate in Israel, from the end of World War I until 1947. This unseemly policy seems to blind the British bureaucracy and many of Britain's elite to other policies and other times, and is presumably a campaign waged against the legitimacy of Israel and its right to exist in its 3,000 year-old historic home.

 

According to The Bible and the Sword, a comprehensive study of the historical relationship between the English people and the Jews, and their connection through the centuries to the land known as Israel or Palestine, by the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Barbara Tuchman, it was one of the greatest figures in British history, Richard the Lionheart, who sacrificed so many Christians for a chance to conquer Jerusalem. William Marshal, described as The Greatest Knight, also fought for the Holy Land. For Richard the Lionheart and William Marshal, there was no armistice treaty of 1949, "'67 borders," "occupation," or "settlements." Deferring to the Bible, they attributed to a higher authority their excuse for fighting for the land of Israel — the Promised Land.

 

Jerusalem is in the heart of the country as it was the hearts of so many Christians who died trying to liberate it from Muslim occupation. In the centuries when the Muslims controlled Jerusalem, it was never a capital. It is nowhere even mentioned in the Quran, not once. Yet it has been mentioned for more than two millennia on the lips of every Jew in their daily prayers, on their high holy days and at every marriage, and it was, and still is, the heart and soul of the Jewish people. Five times a day every observant Muslim turns his back on Jerusalem to pray to Mecca.

 

William Hague is losing his patience with a connection of more than three millennia between the Jewish people and a tiny strip of land — a connection that was also so critical for generations of British leaders. Tuchman, in the preface of her book, states that, "The British betrayal of their own impulse in establishing the national home, the white paper policy, the collusion with the Arabs, the ramming of the Exodus and the detention of Jewish refugees from Hitler in new concentration camps in Cyprus, and finally, the encouragement of the Arab offensive on the heels of the British departure was all impossible to relate without outrage."

 

Those, however, were not the last betrayals by British politicians of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. Within a span of eight years, the British proved that Israel and its survival were of no interest to the British "elite." It was in June 1967 that for three weeks the armies of Jordan, Syria and Egypt threatened to obliterate the State of Israel — which then had no "territories." Not England, not France and not even the United States came to Israel's aid.

 

A little more than seven years later, in 1973, during the darkest hours of the Yom Kippur War, when the Americans wanted to send an airlift operation to assist the surprised Israelis, they could not find a single Western democracy that would allow the airplanes to land and refuel. Not even England, America's strategic and cultural partner, which was saved by the Americans in two world wars. Not only did the Western countries decline to come to the aid of the remaining few who survived the Holocaust; they even declined to help fuel American aircraft, or allow them to traverse their airspace. The American pilots who saved Europe with their blood had to risk their lives flying a precise route between Europe and the Arab countries bordering the Mediterranean, in order not to violate the air space of European countries. It was only the dictatorship of Portugal that allowed the airplanes to land and refuel in the Azores.

 

A few years earlier, on December 7, 1970, West German Chancellor Willy Brandt, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, had dropped to his knees before the monument to the Warsaw Ghetto uprising of 1943. Many in Poland and Germany were deeply moved by this famous gesture of repentance and apology. As the Chancellor later said, "under the weight of recent history, I did what people do when words fail them. In this way, I commemorated millions of murdered people." That gesture, however, did not prevent Chancellor Brandt from betraying his own words in 1973 by also refusing to allow American airplanes to refuel in Germany. He refused to help the refugees of the Holocaust and their descendents, the very people from whom, on his knees and in tears, he had begged forgiveness.

 

Great Britain, so quick to condemn Israel and be impatient with it, then virtually embargoed Israel by revoking arms export licenses to Israel after Operation Cast Lead in 2009. Operation Cast Lead was carried out by the then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert after thousands of missiles had been fired by Hamas into Israeli towns, targeting civilians, for years. The embargo of 2009 was not an isolated incident: In 2002, the British government also refused to sell ejector seats for F4 Phantom jet planes used by the Israel Air Force. The same Ehud Olmert in 2008 proposed the most far-reaching peace offer to Palestinian Authority President Mohammad Abbas, who rejected it, just as Yasser Arafat rejected Prime Minister Ehud Barak's offer at Camp David in 2000, and as the Arab League rejected Israel's offer to negotiate for the return of the "territories", in its Khartoum resolution a few months after the Six Day War in 1967 — every rejection without even a counter-offer.

 

British policy is, as usual, two-faced and hypocritical. Britain condemns Israel at every possible turn, then seeks Israel's assistance and good will. This year the birthday of her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II was celebrated in Israel at the world-renowned Weizmann Institute. Chaim Weizmann, the first President of Israel and a world-class scientist, made major contributions in assisting the war effort of the Allies in WW I; it is this scientific and technological collaboration that the British government cherishes — so much so that Prime Minister David Cameron is taking a personal interest in it.

 

Britain has created a technological hub placed in the British embassy in Tel-Aviv — a first of its kind. The purpose of the hub is to encourage, among other things, Israeli businesses to make their home in Britain. While visiting Israel in November 2010, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague called UK-Israel science and business ties "one of the cornerstones of the relationship between Britain and Israel." It is almost as if history is repeating itself. Trying to accelerate its economy, England is seeking Jewish assistance — an invitation that resembles Oliver Cromwell, in 1657, lifting the 350-year ban on Jews in England.

 

Perhaps Secretary Hague and Prime Minister Cameron might become concerned about the lawlessness and infringements of human rights, especially of women, in their own country, Britain — the direct result of caving into Muslim demands for Sharia law there. This policy of submission should pose a serious concern to the West. The situation has deteriorated to such an extent that England can no longer send its own men in uniform out into the streets; British soldiers are not targets in Israel but in London. If Mr. Cameron and Mr. Hague are still concerned about human rights, perhaps they might start by speaking to officials in Saudi Arabia or Egypt, where there is plenty to lose their patience about: The Wahhabis and Muslim Brotherhood rulers systematically trample human rights, women's rights, children's rights, property rights, equal justice under law, rule of law, free speech, free press, and freedom of religion, among other distasteful practices. There is persecution of Christians and anyone else considered "not Muslim enough."

 

Picking on Jews is relatively easy; there are no real consequences except for revealing the true color of one's own character. Perhaps William Hague need not be concerned with the policy his government promotes regarding Palestine: future generations of Britons might continue their claim to Jerusalem, but from a religious foundation other than Anglican. By that time, the British might find the question of "occupied territories" closer to home, as it already is in Spain, where Muslims are staking claims to "occupied" Andalusia. The Europe of Mr. Hague is not losing its patience; it is losing its nerve, its character, its values, its home.

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BENJAMIN NETANYAHU'S SPEECH AT THE STATE
MEMORIAL CEREMONY FOR BENJAMIN ZEEV HERZL

Prime Minister’s Office, June 27, 2013
 

We say, rightly, that Herzl's greatness is particularly noticeable when we look at the dire condition of the Jews of his time.  It is true.  The conditions they faced in Eastern Europe, in the ghettoes, were dismal, at a low point.  However, we can say in equal measure, and I do, that Herzl's greatness is even more noticeable in light of the wonderful condition the Jews in his immediate vicinity experienced.  Herzl lived and worked in Vienna.  Vienna at the end of the 19th century was the site of a Jewish renaissance that is difficult to describe.  One person who could testify to this better than anyone was one of the greatest American writers, Mark Twain.

Mark Twain is no doubt familiar to you because of his books, and he is also known for his visit to the Holy Land in 1869.  Almost 20 years later he travelled to Vienna.  He lived there for two years.  He met the Jews there.  In 1850 in Vienna there were barely any Jews.  The Hapsburg Empire welcomed them so they came.  They moved to Vienna and flourished in the fields of science, the arts, medicine, philosophy, music, journalism, business and economics – a Jewish blossoming that can hardly be described.  Freud, Mahler, Schnitzler, Schoenberg, Wittgenstein.  All Jews.  Stefan Zweig, Wasserman – you all know the medical test named after him – and many, many, many, many, many others.

Twain came to Vienna and met them all.  He knew Jews in the United States, but how many were there?  In Vienna he saw this renaissance, the tremendous contribution made by the Jews to advancing humanity.  He wrote a wonderful essay about the Jews in which he wrote: "He has made a marvellous fight in this world, in all the ages; and has done it with his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself, and be excused for it. The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendour, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greek and the Roman followed, and made a vast noise, and they are gone; other peoples have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished.  The Jew saw them all, beat them all…"  He wrote this after he met them.

But he wrote something else.  He wrote: "What is this anti-Semitism?"  At the same time in Vienna, Karl Lueger, Hitler's spiritual mentor and mayor of Vienna, nurtured this hatred despite the Jews' great contribution.  Twain wrote: "What do they want from the Jews?  They make such a tremendous contribution to humanity – what is this anti-Semitism?"  He did not know how to answer that question. 

But these successful, good Jews, these geniuses, they did not even ask the question.  There was only one man who asked the question, one man, and he too was a genius.  Unlike his intellectual and creative colleagues, he was not delusional, he was a visionary and each of his visions and prophecies, his dictates and suggestions, were based on a considered, even cruel analysis of reality – not based on wishful thinking but on a correct reading of reality.

Twain became friendly with Herzl.  He even went with him to a play Herzl wrote about the ghetto walls.  In the play Herzl wrote that the bringing down of the ghetto walls and the assimilation of the Jews into advanced European society would not erase the anti-Semitism; it would only increase.  He wrote this in his letters as well. Herzl did not believe that the Jews' contribution to humanity, that tikkun olam – something we would all want to see – would erase anti-Semitism.  He did not believe that it would protect the Jews from the ancient hatred that had been nurtured for 2,500 years, ever since the Hellenistic period.  He believed that people would believe anything about the Jews – including people considered great figures in history.

Herzl had one solution.  Like Twain, Herzl believed that only with the return of the Jews to their homeland, which he expressed during his visit here in 1869 – only if the Jews returned to this land, would they be reborn in larger numbers.  However, here Herzl parted ways with Twain who believed that the Jews would be victorious in any situation and under any conditions.  Herzl was more cautious, much more cautious.  He wrote: "No people may be saved except by itself, and the Jewish question can only be resolved by the Jews".  And to this end, he demanded that the powers grant the Jews sovereign and settlement rights that we could defend with a Jewish army.  Why an army?  He understood very well why an army, and because of this demand, he was branded a crazy person.  Demanding a Jewish army at the end of the 19th century!?!  He understood very well that there would be a struggle here.

 

He also called for a policy that would rule out relying on the kindness of other peoples and countries, but not because he was an isolationist.  He was far from an isolationist.  He was cosmopolitan in the best sense of the world, but he was also a realist.  The State Visionary saw the country in his vision, but first he saw the dangers and the path to creating a national force to defend us from the ongoing danger.

In his speech before the Maccabean Club in London, Herzl emphasized the point of accumulating private strength.  Don't rely on the help of strangers and don't rely on their generosity.  This will soften the stones because even the most charitable people give donations that humiliate the individual – and stones never grow soft.  A people that wishes to be reborn, he said, must take care of everything on their own – be independent materially, spiritually and in terms of strength.  This was not a dream.  It was the most realistic, reasonable prognosis that could be made at the time.

Now the Jewish state has been established according to Herzl's vision, and it indeed unified Jewish knowledge as it was during Herzl's time.  The Nobel Peace Prize was established at the end of the 19th century, and since then, the Jews have continued contributing to humanity – more than 20% of Nobel Prizes have been awarded to Jews, as if there were a billion Jews in the world and not 14 million.  And the State of Israel has more Nobel Prize winners than any other country in relative terms given our population size.  The contribution to humanity continues, but there still is a fundamental realization that tikkun olam, fixing the world, does not protect us – it simply does not protect us because the beliefs against us persist.

In a survey conducted by the BBC, they asked which country had the most positive effect on humanity and which country had the most negative effect.  Israel was named in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and today – I am not the bearer of good tidings, although there has been a certain improvement over the past two years, the past four years.  But we are continually on the bottom of that list alongside Iran and it does not matter what we do.  It does not matter what we contribute.  It does not matter because we are not dealing in facts.

The blackening of the State of Israel, the description of us as rejecters of peace, as warmongers, as a dark country that aspires to conquer continues; rather than being seen as an enlightened country which fights as no other democracy in the world must, as no other country in the world must, against the aspirations to destroy us that surround us – and in the most enlightened way possible.  All the accusations against us are exaggerated, embellished, overblown – but they still hold sway.

It does not matter that we were in the midst of the political process, in the middle of the peace process.  Nothing changes.  We want peace because we want to live in peace.  And it is also true that we do not want a binational country.  However, let no one delude themselves into thinking that if we reach an agreement with the Palestinians it would erase the wild slander against the Jewish state.  Because the legacy of the Jews before this, for generations and generations, is the legacy of the Jewish state today.

Peace is desirable in and of itself.  Peace is based on security; it is not based on goodwill and legitimacy as people think.  It is based first and foremost on our ability to defend ourselves.  Without security, without the army that Herzl called to establish, we cannot defend the peace; we cannot defend ourselves if the peace unravels.

A fundamental condition for our existence and for the existence of peace, to achieve peace and maintain it, is security.  I think that this conclusion is understood by most citizens of Israel.  I think and I believe that Herzl understood this well and we will remain faithful to his outlook: to establish here an exemplary country, an advanced country, a country that is connected to its roots in our land, the Land of Israel, but a country that above all can give the Jews what they lost during their generations of exile – the ability to defend themselves, by themselves, against any threat.

May Herzl's memory be blessed.

 

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French Jewish Defense League on the Attack: Cnaan Liphshiz, Times of Israel, June 28, 2013—LDJ stages violent reprisals to anti-Semitic attacks. The group, which numbers about 300 members, is now on a collision course with France’s Jewish establishment, which has condemned its activities and threatened a lawsuit. French authorities have ignored calls to ban LDJ.

 

Palestinians: "No Jews Allowed!": Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute, June 25, 2013—"We will approve the meeting on condition there are no Jews." This is what you are likely to hear these days if you request a meeting with any senior Palestinian Authority official in the West Bank. "We are sorry, but we do not meet with Jews or Israelis."

 

Evidence Found of 2,000-Year-Old Siege of Jerusalem: Daniel K. Eisenbud, Jerusalem Post, June 27, 2013—Cistern found near Robinson's Arch contained an unprecedented discovery – three intact cooking pots and a small ceramic oil lamp. “The complete cooking pots and ceramic oil lamp indicate that the people went down into the cistern where they secretly ate the food that was contained in the pots, without anyone seeing them. This is consistent with the account provided by Josephus.”

 

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ÉMEUTES EN TURQUIE, PROSPÉRITÉ EN ISRAËL

 

 

 

 

Que signifient les émeutes en Turquie ?

Daniel Pipes

The Washington Times, 19 juin 2013

Adaptation française: Johan Bourlard

 

 

Peut-on comparer la rébellion qui secoue la Turquie depuis le 31 mai aux soulèvements arabes qui ont renversé quatre dirigeants depuis 2011, ou au mouvement vert iranien de 2009 qui a conduit, la semaine dernière, à l'élection d'un apparent réformateur, ou encore au mouvement Occuper Wall Street dont les répercussions ont été négligeables ?

 

Alors que le gouvernement d'Istanbul demandait aux mères de « ramener leurs enfants à la maison », celles-ci ont, au contraire, rejoint les manifestants sur la place Taksim.

 

Les troubles constituent un événement de grande ampleur aux conséquences durables. La Turquie est devenue un pays plus ouvert et plus libéral, un pays dont les dirigeants doivent faire face comme jamais auparavant aux contraintes démocratiques. Toutefois le premier facteur de changement du rôle de l'islam en Turquie réside dans l'économie.

 

La principale réalisation de Recep Tayyip Erdoğan et du parti qu'il dirige, l'AKP, a été une croissance matérielle comparable à celle de la Chine. Le revenu des particuliers a plus que doublé durant les dix années où il a été au pouvoir, changeant ainsi la face du pays. Ayant visité la Turquie à plusieurs reprises depuis 1972, j'ai pu constater l'impact de cette croissance dans pratiquement tous les aspects de la vie des gens, comme la nourriture ou la conception de l'identité turque.

 

Cette croissance impressionnante explique le nombre accru de suffrages en faveur de l'AKP lors des trois scrutins nationaux qui l'ont porté au pouvoir, soit 34 pour cent en 2002, 46 pour cent en 2007 et un peu moins de 50 pour cent en 2011. Cela explique également comment, après 90 ans de contrôle de la vie politique par les militaires, ce parti a été capable de faire plier les forces armées.

 

Dans le même temps, deux faiblesses sont clairement apparues, particulièrement depuis les élections de juin 2011, et mettent en péril la mainmise ininterrompue d'Erdoğan sur le gouvernement.

 

D'une part, il y a la dépendance vis-à-vis des crédits étrangers. Pour soutenir la consommation, les banques turques ont largement emprunté à l'étranger, en s'approvisionnant surtout auprès de précieux soutiens musulmans sunnites. Le déficit des paiements courants qui en a résulté a créé un tel besoin de liquidités que le secteur privé à lui seul doit emprunter 221 milliards de dollars américains en 2013, soit près de 30 pour cent du PIB du pays qui s'élève à 775 milliards de dollars. Si le flux d'argent vers la Turquie venait à s'arrêter, cela annoncerait la fin de la partie et (sans mauvais jeu de mots) du parti et pourrait conduire à un effondrement boursier, une chute de la monnaie et un arrêt brutal du miracle économique.

 

D'autre part, il y a la conception digne d'un sultan que se fait Erdoğan de son mandat démocratique. Le Premier ministre voit son élection – notamment celle de 2011, où l'AKP a remporté la moitié des suffrages – comme une carte blanche lui permettant de faire ce que bon lui semble jusqu'aux élections suivantes. Ainsi il livre ses émotions personnelles (en rappelant sa confrontation avec Shimon Peres en 2009), il se mêle de tout (comme sa décision d'utiliser un parc urbain qui a déclenché les troubles actuels), pratique l'ingénierie sociale (en disant aux couples mariés de faire au moins trois enfants), engage la Turquie à l'étranger dans une expédition aussi hasardeuse qu'impopulaire (la Syrie) et diabolise la moitié des électeurs qui n'ont pas voté pour lui (en les qualifiant de buveurs de bières qui copulent dans une mosquée). Cette attitude lui a fait gagner le soutien fervent de sa base électorale autrefois opprimée mais a également attisé la fureur d'un nombre croissant de Turcs qui désapprouvent aussi bien son autoritarisme que les critiques des dirigeants européens, comme celle de la chancelière allemande Angela Merkel, qui s'est dite « choquée » par les récentes mesures répressives de la police.

 

Ces deux faiblesses indiquent l'importance de l'économie pour l'avenir d'Erdoğan, de l'AKP et du pays. Si les finances de la Turquie devaient survivre aux manifestations, le programme islamiste qui constitue le fond de commerce de l'AKP continuera sa progression, même si c'est de façon plus prudente. Erdoğan lui-même se maintiendra peut-être au pouvoir, en devenant l'année prochaine le président du pays avec des pouvoirs récemment élargis ; ou peut-être le parti sera-t-il fatigué de lui et – comme cela s'est passé pour Margaret Thatcher en 1990 – le poussera-t-il vers la sortie au profit d'une autre personne capable de réaliser le même programme sans provoquer autant d'hostilité.

 

Mais si « l'argent facile » quitte la Turquie, si les investisseurs étrangers s'en vont et si les mécènes du Golfe persique cessent d'aider l'AKP, les manifestations pourraient alors mettre fin à la domination de l'AKP et interrompre le mouvement vers l'islamisme et l'application de la loi islamique. Les luttes au sein du parti, notamment celle qui oppose Erdoğan et le président Abdullah Gül, ou les luttes au sein du mouvement islamiste, notamment celle qui oppose l'AKP et le puissant mouvement de Fethullah Gülen, pourraient affaiblir les islamistes. Plus profondément, les nombreux électeurs non islamistes qui ont voté pour la bonne gouvernance économique de l'AKP pourraient abandonner le parti.

 

L'emploi salarié a baissé de 5 pour cent. Les dépenses réelles de consommation durant le premier trimestre 2013 ont diminué de 2 pour cent par rapport à 2012. Depuis le début des manifestations, la bourse d'Istanbul a perdu 10 pour cent et les taux d'intérêt ont augmenté d'environ 50 pour cent. C'est notamment à l'aune de ces indicateurs économiques que l'on pourra juger de l'avenir de l'islamisme en Turquie.

 

 

Pourquoi Israël échappe à la crise ?

Yonit Mozes

juif.org, 3 Septembre 2012

 

Deux raisons pour lesquelles, malgré la crise économique mondiale, Israël prospère : son nombre symbolique de prix Nobel, signe de la qualité de l’enseignement supérieur israélien ; et les capitaux investis dans les startups du pays. Ces jeunes pousses, entreprises à fort potentiel de croissance. Deux facteurs clés de succès qui font la force de la Silicon Wadi.

 

Il ne vous reste plus qu’à mettre les deux ensemble. C’est le rôle, non négligeable, de Yissum, une société lancée en 1964 par de jeunes étudiants de l’Université hébraïque de Jérusalem dans l’optique de protéger et de commercialiser la propriété intellectuelle de leurs professeurs.

 

Hervé Bercovier est le vice-président de la section Recherche de l’entreprise Yissum depuis huit ans. Il rappelle : “Tout ce qui est élaboré par un professeur de l’université, appartient à l’université et donc à Yissum !”. En premier lieu, Yissum vérifie s’il est nécessaire de breveter l’idée. Ensuite, il convient selon lui de porter une attention extrême à la vente de ce brevet, à qui le vendre et pour quelle somme. Un brevet vendu rapporte 40% du prix de revient au professeur. Son laboratoire en tire, lui, 20%. Naturellement, ce processus d’exportation de la propriété intellectuelle est un moyen comme un autre d’engendrer des recettes pour l’Université, souvent déficitaire. Mais le but ultime est, comme le dit Bercovier, de “tester nos idées”.

 

Le site de la société nous fournit même des chiffres impressionnants : les découvertes scientifiques du laboratoire et de Yissum ont généré 7000 brevets et ont permis à des centaines de personnes de monter leur propre entreprise: 72 entreprises au total. Les produits Yissum “rapportent plus de 2 millions de dollars de ventes annuelles” affirme Bercovier.

 

Même si le rôle de l’Etat tend à diminuer d’année en année dans la Silicon Wadi, Israël s’est engagé dans l’investissement pour la Recherche des entreprises de la Silicon Wadi. Ceci dans le cadre du projet Yozma (qui signifie “initiative” en hébreu). Fondé en 1993, Yozma s’appuie sur deux apporteurs de fonds : 50 % des capitaux sont apportés par l’Etat, et l’autre partie est levée par des investisseurs privés. Avec une condition sine qua non: si la société connait une bonne santé financière, les investisseurs peuvent racheter les actions privées au bout de 5 ans. Le tout sur le modèle des chinois qui forment plus de 800 000 Ph-D (niveau ingénieur) par an…

 

Dan Senor et Saul Singer l’ont clairement écrit dans leur ouvrage best-seller, La nation startup, sous-titré les ressorts du miracle économique israélien : ” le gouvernement prend les plus grands risques et offre aux investisseurs tout ce qu’il en gagne”. C’est ce mécanisme confortable pour les investisseurs qui a attiré certains qui jouent très gros en Israël, comme Intel, Microsoft, Google, HP, etc.

 

Une chose importante est toutefois à retenir : il faut trouver le bon moment pour saisir l’attention des investisseurs. Ce “bon moment” qui nous fait prendre conscience de l’opportunité qu’on a manqué lorsque l’on voit la petite startup rachetée par son meilleur ami exploser…cette jeune pousse dans laquelle personne ne croyait, battre des records de croissance. Vous vous rappelez ? En 1998… AOL faisait l’acquisition du premier réseau social de l’histoire d’Internet : Mirabilis (qui deviendra plus tard ICQ) pour 400 millions de dollars.

 

“Je suis dans les startups depuis que je suis gosse !” affirme Yossi Vardi, le père d’un des fondateurs de Mirabilis. “Je ne comprenais pas pourquoi 100 000 personnes se mettaient sur le chat, j’ai donc décidé de percer le mystère. Ça m’a pris au total trois ans pour faire de ce réseau social quelque chose de solide”.

 

Le pays des Prophètes doit son succès à son alliance sans pareil entre les petites affaires locales et les géantes multinationales qui traquent l’innovation. Pour M. Vardi, “lorsqu’Intel investit dans 54 startups et IBM dans 11, les deux multinationales apportent aux petits entrepreneurs israéliens leurs savoir-faire managériaux et leur offrent du même coup un accès au marché mondial”. Il va sans dire que les choses ne sont pas toujours faciles pour les petits pays comme Israël.

 

Jérémie Berrebi, et Xavier Niel (actionnaire du journal Le Monde), ont lancé la firme Kima l’an dernier, une société de choix d’investissement. Pour eux, la chose la plus difficile à affronter pour les jeunes actionnaires est le caractère aléatoire du marché.

 

Le succès des startups israéliennes est assez prometteur pour attirer les investisseurs de la planète. Mais pas encore assez lourd pour réaliser un succès mondial qui fasse l’unanimité. Quel beau paradoxe !

 

 

Israël et le repli mondial de l’Amérique

Isi Leibler

upjf.org, 13 juin 2013

Adaptation française: Sentinelle 5773

   

Il se produit parallèlement à la montée en puissance de la Chine. La nomination de Samantha Power comme ambassadrice de l’Amérique à l’ONU, associée à de récentes déclarations de politique étrangère des USA, accélère leur politique de repli mondial, négociant plutôt que se confrontant aux Etats voyous, tout en cherchant le compromis avec l’extrémisme islamique. Le pouvoir atteint un sommet préoccupant de démission sur la menace nucléaire iranienne.

 

De plus, tout en favorisant une plus grande affirmation des USA sur la question des droits de l’homme, elle semble avoir une approche relativiste de mauvais aloi, mettant dans le même sac les « crimes » israéliens et palestiniens. En une occasion, elle a même appelé les USA à intervenir militairement au nom des Palestiniens contre l’Etat juif.

 

De fait, dans un article publié il y a 10 ans, intitulé « Pourquoi nous haïssent-ils ? », Samantha Powers a comparé de façon perverse le comportement des USA à celui de nazis. Tout en décrivant l’ancien chancelier Willy Brandt s’agenouillant devant le ghetto de Varsovie en signe de rédemption pour les crimes des nazis pour « anoblir et opérer une catharsis pour l’Allemagne », elle laissa entendre que les USA devraient  présenter de pareilles excuses pour leur politique mondiale.

 

Eu égard à ses condamnations précédentes excessivement sévères d’Israël, le soutien enthousiaste à sa nomination par des inconditionnels d’Israël, comme l’ancien sénateur Joe Lieberman, le dirigeant d’ADL (Anti Defamation League) Abel Foxman et Alan Dershowitz laisse perplexe. Espérons que leurs prédictions confiantes qu’elle fera face aux attaques en cours contre Israël à l’ONU se réaliseront. Mais considérant ses précédentes déclarations sur le sujet, on se serait attendu à plus de circonspection dans leur jugement.

 

Le président Barack Obama était toujours franc sur son intention de réduire le rôle interventionniste mondial de l’Amérique et de « discuter » plutôt que de se confronter avec les Etats voyous. Le choix récent de son personnel le reflète bien.

 

Le secrétaire d’Etat John Kerry, ami d’Israël, a des antécédents de politique étrangère désordonnée et en dents de scie, y compris un effort désastreux juste avant le déclenchement de la guerre civile en Syrie, pour réhabiliter Bashar Assad qu’il considérait comme un dirigeant raisonnable à l’esprit ouvert. 

 

Ses efforts naïfs pour promouvoir le processus de paix sont tolérés avec respect par les Israéliens et rencontrent un mépris absolu de la part des Palestiniens, qui se sont moqués du projet d’investissement privé de 4 milliards de dollars qu’il a récemment dévoilé.

 

Le mois dernier, Kerry a tranquillement renoncé aux requêtes des USA sur « l’exécution par l’Egypte des politiques assurant la liberté d’expression, d’association et de religion » ; il a approuvé pour l’Egypte une garantie de 1.3 milliards de dollars d’armes.

 

Quelques semaines plus tard, les Egyptiens ont montré leur appréciation en condamnant 43 employés d’ONG, dont 16 Américains, à des peines de prison de cinq ans pour financement de groupes pro-démocratie.

 

Le ministre de la défense d’Obama, Chuck Hagel, était un isolationniste qui avait des opinions anti-Israël et John Brennan, qui dirige la CIA, est le principal architecte de la politique de compromis avec l’Islam.

 

Le soi-disant « printemps arabe », accueilli avec enthousiasme par l’administration Obama, a remplacé des dictateurs autoritaires – certains pro-occidentaux – par les fanatiques les plus extrémistes des ‘Frères Musulmans’ et autres islamistes radicaux qui, malgré la confiance du soutien américain, montrent un mépris total des préoccupations des USA.

 

L’absence de pression internationale de la superpuissance des USA dans la guerre civile catastrophique en Syrie a renforcé les extrémistes des deux côtés, avec désormais pour résultat probable un régime d’Assad dominé par le Hezbollah ou dirigé par des extrémistes des ‘Frères Musulmans’ soutenus par al Qaïda.

 

La compromission des USA avec l’extrémisme islamique exige aussi maintenant d’exclure la critique du terrorisme islamique du lexique des porte-parole de l’administration.

 

Ainsi, il est interdit d’assimiler le rôle du fondamentalisme islamique avec des actes de terrorisme orchestrés par des éléments jihadistes.

 

Malgré le fait que 95 % du terrorisme mondial a pour origine des sources extrémistes islamiques, nous sommes continuellement bombardés de clichés insignifiants tels que « l’islam est une religion de paix », conçus pour minimiser et couvrir l’élément extrémiste islamique.

 

Pour aller à son maximum, l’administration Obama a maintenant conçu une campagne « d’assistance » aux groupes de ‘Frères Musulmans aux USA, en y intégrant même des éléments sous investigation sous des accusations de soutien au terrorisme.

 

Cela sape bien sûr la réputation et l’influence des musulmans modérés.

 

Ces développements ont des ramifications sévères en Israël. Les Etats Unis sont l’un des rares pays dont le public demeure un soutien puissant sur une base bipartisane. La manifestation démonstrative de chaleur d’Obama envers Israël au début de son second mandat, démontrée pendant sa visite à l’Etat juif, a été sans doute largement influencée par les sentiments des Américains de base.

 

Le déclin mondial des USA est profondément troublant pour Israël. Il se produit parallèlement à la montée en puissance de la Chine, qui partage peu de valeurs avec nous et maintient une relation purement pragmatique, lourdement influencée par la puissance économique et politique du bloc arabe.

Les dirigeants russes, à l’opposé de leurs anciens homologues soviétiques, ne sont pas antisémites, mais maintiennent une forte alliance avec la Syrie et même l’Iran.

 

La plus grande préoccupation d’Israël est de savoir si, avec l’échec probable des sanctions, les USA maintiendront leur garantie de recourir à une action militaire pour empêcher l’Iran de devenir une puissance nucléaire.

 

La volonté répétée de « négocier » avec des Etats voyous est considérée par beaucoup d’observateurs comme un prélude à la substitution de la politique des USA d’empêcher l’Iran d’acquérir la bombe par une approche de contention fadasse qui ouvre la voie à une hégémonie régionale iranienne ou oblige d’autres Etats arabes à chercher à obtenir des installations nucléaires.

 

Pourtant, en dépit de leur déclin mondial, les USA demeurent la plus grande superpuissance mondiale et leur relation avec Israël demeure cruciale pour nous.

 

Il nous incombe donc de reconnaître et de travailler sur deux objectifs. Le premier est de rester conscients que dans ce nid régional de scorpions, il n’y a pas de merci pour le faible, et nous devons ne compter que sur nos propres ressources et notre force pour dissuader ces Etats – shiite autant que sunnites – qui ont pour seule obsession de nous détruire.

 

Que Tsahal soit aujourd’hui plus puissante qu’elle ne l’a jamais été est la plus grande réassurance pour la nation. Nous ne pouvons jamais nous reposer sur une tierce partie et le chaos actuel avec ‘l’U.N.DORF’ sur les hauteurs du Golan, avec les Russes offrant de se substituer au retrait autrichien souligne l’impératif de l’autosuffisance pour nous défendre.

 

Le second objectif doit être de maintenir et de renforcer notre relation avec le Peuple et le Congrès américains. S’ils continuent de soutenir nos efforts pour résister aux barbares à nos portes, l’administration US sera encline à continuer de nous apporter le soutien militaire et technologique nécessaire.

 

Pour atteindre ces objectifs, nous devons nous imposer une plus grande discipline ainsi qu’à nos politiciens. Nous devons parler d’une seule voix, en particulier en ces temps de direction palestinienne intransigeante, où dans l’avenir prévisible, un réel progrès dans le processus de paix est virtuellement inconcevable. C’est le sommet de l’irresponsabilité pour un ministre adjoint de la défense que de proclamer qu’une solution à deux Etats est hors de question ou d’appeler à l’annexion de tous les territoires. De tels éclats ne font que donner une pâture à ceux qui cherchent à éloigner les USA d’Israël.

 

Le gouvernement  doit poursuivre sa politique nuancée de renforcement de la relation avec les USA, sans concession sur les questions qui se plient à la stratégie de nos adversaires pour saper l’Etat par étapes et enhardir les extrémistes islamiques.

 

Nous espérons que nos soutiens et amis juifs aux Etats Unis continueront d’encourager l’administration à tous les niveaux pour soutenir la lutte d’Israël dans son combat contre ses adversaires jihadistes islamiques.

 

CHINA AND INDIA: ISRAEL CULTIVATING STRATEGIC RELATIONSHIPS WITH BOOMING ASIAN TIGERS

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Asia is Becoming Israel's New Frontier – Here's Why: Jonathan Adelman & Asaf Romirowsky, Forbes, May 14, 2013—When we think of Israel, we usually think of the Middle East (its neighborhood), North America (its close ally the United States) and Europe (the long history of Ashkenazi Jews). Rarely do we think about Israel and Asia, even less about Asia as Israel’s new frontier.

 

Netanyahu in China to Cultivate Relations with Increasingly Relevant ‘Sleeping Giant’: Alex Traiman, JNS, May 6, 2013—As tensions brewed along Israel’s northern border with Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left the country for highly anticipated talks with leaders of one of the world’s superpowers. To the surprise of many who closely follow Israeli geopolitics, that superpower is not the United States, but China.

 

India Seeks Water Management Lessons From Israel: Debra Kamin, New York Times, June 12, 2013—As Indian municipal officials and water engineers search for ways to provide cleaner water to their nation’s 1.2 billion people, they are increasingly turning to Israel, which has solved many of the same problems that India is now experiencing.

 

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India, Israel Inching Closer to Signing Free Trade Agreement: Israeli Envoy: Times of India, June 13, 2013

The Big Story Out of Herzliya Might Be About China and Israeli Drones: Eli Lake, The Daily Beast, Mar. 12, 2013

Pakistan Military Technology Row 'Threatens Israel's Strategic Relationship with India': Phoebe Greenwood, The Telegraph, June 13, 2013

 

 

ASIA IS BECOMING ISRAEL'S NEW FRONTIER – HERE'S WHY

Jonathan Adelman & Asaf Romirowsky

Forbes, May 14, 2013

 

When we think of Israel, we usually think of the Middle East (its neighborhood), North America (its close ally the United States) and Europe (the long history of Ashkenazi Jews). Rarely do we think about Israel and Asia, even less about Asia as Israel’s new frontier. We don’t think of Asia as playing any significant role in Israel’s evolution given the tiny Asian Jewish population, the lack of significant Jewish history in Asia, and minimal relations between Israel and most Asian countries for the first 40 years (1948-1988) of Israel’s existence. Yet, last year Israel called 2012 “the year of Asia in Israel.” The Israeli government sponsored an Asian Science Camp attracting over 220 Asian students to join nearly 40 Israeli students for a week long program of lectures by world class Israeli researchers

 

How did such a gathering ever happen? Many factors propelled Israel-Asian relations to the forefront. Historically, Asia largely lacks the anti-Semitism that was so prominent in Europe and also the Middle East. Geographically, Israel is in West Asia, only four hours by air from India and 11 hours by air from China. Historically, Israel, like most Asian states, is a new state born after World War II after a struggle with a Western colonial power, in this case Great Britain.

 

Economically, Israel’s rapid transition from Third World power to First World “start-up nation” echoes the great transformation underway in such Asian countries as India, China and the Four Tigers. Scientifically, Israel has emerged as a high-tech superpower (with Tel Aviv rated #2 in the world for its startup companies, thereby very attractive to Asian high tech [powers in Bangalore, Xinchu Park and Beijing Silicon Valleys]. Politically, the growing threat of Islamism in the regime draws many of these countries towards a country that is in the forefront of fighting this threat to governments around the world. And, militarily, the Israeli military, a world leader in anti-missile technology (Iron Dome), UAVs (which they sell even to the Russians) and 5 billion dollars of military exports, is attractive to Asian countries developing their own militaries as they rise economically. Finally, in intelligence matters, which are so critical to many developing countries, Mossad, with its strong human intelligence capabilities, is attractive for helping these countries overcome foreign threats to their rise to power.

 

Most of all, Israel has developed strong relations with the two Asian countries in the BRICs—China and India. Both of these countries, which had no diplomatic relations with Israel before 1992, now have major Israeli embassies in their capitals (Beijing and New Delhi) as well as consulates in their leading cities (Shanghai and Mumbai).

 

Militarily, Israel is the second biggest arms exporter to India today, and sold it the Phalcon AIWACS system for a billion dollars back in 2004. In turn India in 2004 launched a 300 kilogram Israeli satellite in orbit which dramatically increased Israeli intelligence gathering capabilities against the Iranian nuclear program with clear images in all kinds of weather. At one time in the ‘90s Israel was the second biggest arms exporter to China (4 billion dollars worth of exports). In turn Israeli intelligence works closely with Indian intelligence against radical Islamic threats and is on friendly terms with its Chinese counterparts.

 

Economically, Israel can claim $5 billion worth of trade with India and over $8 billion dollars with China.  It hopes to boost trade with the world’s second largest economy by GDP to $10 billion in the coming years. Back to India, Israel is working with it on the framework for a Free Trade Zone that within five years could triple annual exchange between producers in each country to $15 billion. Politically, Israel supports India in its fight over Kashmir and against Pakistan, while China also battles Islamic fundamentalism in Xinjiang Province.

 

Outside the two BRIC members, Israel has developed diplomatic relations with a large range of Asian countries. It has extensive trade with a number of these nations—ranging from $2 billion with Japan and South Korea, to several hundred million dollars worth of trade with Vietnam. It also has growing economic and educational ties with Singapore. Israel has developed strong relations too with a series of newly independent states formerly part of the Soviet Union, including Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan.

 

Not all of these relations have been easy. Few Asian states face serious existential threats as Israel has and continues to face. And it can’t be forgotten that some of them are Muslim states (as Pakistan and Indonesia), plus very few have attained Israel’s strong First World economy ($33,000 GNP/person) status.

 

But it seems as China and India have risen economically, so has Israel’s global status.  Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s four day to visit to China this week highlights the importance of China to Israel.  Excitingly for Israel, the importance is mutual. As Chinese Ambassador to Israel Gao Yanping stated ahead of the visit, “China views its relationship with Israel with tremendous importance.”Truly Asia is the new frontier for Israel in the 21st century.

 

Jonathan Adelman is a professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and Asaf Romirowsky is the acting executive director for Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME).

 

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NETANYAHU IN CHINA TO CULTIVATE RELATIONS WITH
 INCREASINGLY RELEVANT ‘SLEEPING GIANT’

Alex Traiman

Jewish News Service, May 6, 2013
 

 

As tensions brewed along Israel’s northern border with Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left the country for highly anticipated talks with leaders of one of the world’s superpowers. To the surprise of many who closely follow Israeli geopolitics, that superpower is not the United States, but China.

 

Netanyahu’s five-day trip to China, which began Sunday [May 5], presents Israel with numerous economic and diplomatic opportunities during a time of growing global and regional instability. “Well it’s I think really obvious to any observer of what is going on in the world, these past decades, that China’s importance in the world is growing from year to year. And I think it’s probably correct to say at this stage that there are two superpowers: the United States and China,” Moshe Arens, former Israeli Defense Minister and Foreign Minister told JNS.org.

 

Netanyahu may have considered delaying the trip, just days after Israel reportedly twice-bombed Syrian targets, allegedly storing sophisticated Iranian weaponry on its way to the Hezbollah terrorist organization in Lebanon.

Choosing to continue with the pre-scheduled visit may signal that tensions are not expected to escalate further with Syria in the near-term. But more importantly, the trip signals that Netanyahu did not wish to insult the Chinese, after twice canceling trips to a country that is growing increasingly important to Israel.

 

“It is important for us to have good, very good relations with China, better relations than what we have today,” Arens said. “I think considering China’s status in the world today, it is appropriate and I would say probably natural for China to play a bigger role in Middle Eastern affairs than it has in the past.”

 

“China has been a sleeping giant for a long time, but in the last 20 years, as its economy began to grow, its relevance started to become more and more important,” Carice Witte, Executive Director of SIGNAL (Sino-Israel Global Network and Academic Leadership), an institute working to advance Israel-China relations, told JNS.org.

 

The economic decline of Europe and the U.S., and changing balances of diplomatic and military power, have necessitated that Israel develop additional allies.  “In 2008 when the sub-prime debacle happened, Israeli business people began to realize they need to spread their interests and investment and their outreach beyond the U.S. and EU,” Witte said.  Netanyahu on Monday in Shanghai said, “I came to open doors for Israeli companies. We’re interested in a small piece of a giant market.”

 

But economics are only one piece of the China-Israel equation. “Among several reasons, China is very significant to Israel because it has a vote in the Security Council,” Witte told JNS.org. And China has taken a growing interest in the Middle East, a region critical to China’s economic stability. China has grown tremendously as a manufacturing power over the past several decades. And one of the fuels powering that growth is oil. “The two nations providing most of China’s oil are Saudi Arabia and Iran. So the area of the Middle East is core for China’s domestic policy, for China’s domestic economy.  Stability in the region is essential,” Witte said. Disturbances in the flow of oil, or rises in prices could have a significant impact on China’s economy. According to Witte, China has watched its investments in Libya and now Syria decline due to the events of the “Arab Spring.”

 

While China wants tensions between Israel and Iran to cool, the Chinese see Israel as one of the most stable and forward-thinking countries in the region. The Chinese have been particularly impressed with Israel’s rapid growth in an often-hostile environment.

 

In the past two decades—with both countries experiencing significant economic growth—Israel and China have begun to recognize that perhaps they share more common interests than they did in the past. Yet it has been historically difficult for the two countries to develop strong bilateral relations.

According to Arens, Israel’s relationship with the U.S. may have impacted China-Israel relations, particularly during the Cold War. 

 

“The United States was seen as a backer of Israel, as a very close ally of Israel, and almost naturally then, I think in those days China would take a position that would back the Palestinians, or back Arab nations,” Arens said. “China has a strong 60-year relationship with all the Arab nations and Iran. And they have been learning about the Middle East and Israel only through them for all that period of time. They're limited to what the Arabs are telling them,” Witte added.

 

At the same time, China has virtually no history of anti-Semitism, meaning that the Chinese are open to the Israeli point of view. According to Witte, Israel has a unique opportunity and even an imperative to change the way the Chinese look at the Middle East—in a way that is more favorable to Israel’s position.  Doing so would have mutual benefits.

 

But strengthening the relationship has not always been simple. “There’s an enormous cultural gap,” Witte said. “The Jews have lived in and amongst the European cultures for 2,000 years. There is no common religion in China. There’s no Judeo-Christian history. There’s no AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) of China, there’s no real Jewish community. So they don’t have any point of reference for many of the issues that we’re dealing with in Israel and in our region.”

 

Netanyahu’s trip to China will focus primarily on strengthening economic trade. Currently the two countries exchange approximately $8 billion in goods per year, the majority of which are Chinese exports to Israel. In addition to seeking an increase in trade as well as greater balance between imports and exports, Netanyahu is likely to try and reach understandings regarding Iran, and its illicit nuclear program.

 

The good news is that shifting China’s perspectives may not be as difficult in China as in other countries around the world. “I'm always asked, ‘How do you make an impact on a country of 1.4 billion people?’” Witte told JNS.org. “The fact is; you can make a difference if you understand China, and if you know how to target your resources. You can make an enormous difference because China works top-down. You don’t need to reach the whole country.”

 

For Netanyahu, developing better relations with China’s leaders could create tremendous benefits for Israel’s future.

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INDIA SEEKS WATER MANAGEMENT LESSONS FROM ISRAEL

Debra Kamin

New York Times, June 12, 2013

 

As Indian municipal officials and water engineers search for ways to provide cleaner water to their nation’s 1.2 billion people, they are increasingly turning to Israel, which has solved many of the same problems that India is now experiencing. Last week, a delegation of 16 high-ranking Indian officials of the water authorities of Rajasthan, Karnataka, Goa and Haryana arrived in Israel for a seven-day visit. They visited wastewater treatment plants, met with some of Israel’s leading environmentalists and agronomists and listened to explanations of some of the newest technologies that keep this desert country green.

 

“In India, we have a major crisis of water,” said Rajeev Jain, an assistant engineer in the water department of Rajasthan. “Our problem is the same that Israel faced,” he said, noting that Rajasthan, home to 63 million people, has a similar climate and groundwater resources that are meager at best. “But Israel is an expert at successfully implementing technologies that we aren’t able to implement. So we have come here to understand which technologies they use and how they manage these things.”

 

The visit was jointly arranged by the governments of India and Israel and managed by the Weitz Center for Development Studies and Israel NewTech, the national sustainable water and energy program of Israel’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor. Israel has been a global leader in the fields of drip irrigation and desalination, two ventures for which it has contributed groundbreaking technology. These technologies helped the country of eight million pull itself out of a severe water crisis in the early 2000s.

 

While Israel’s primary investments in India remain in the realm of diamonds and information technology, more and more shekels are being invested in Indian water systems. The two countries began working with each other on water technology in the late 1990s. In 2006, Israeli and Indian ministers of agriculture signed a long-term cooperation and training deal, which has since been supervised by field experts from Mashav, an international development program of Israel’s Foreign Ministry. Next came a $50 million shared agriculture fund between both nations, focusing on dairy, farming technology and micro-irrigation. And Netafim, the Israeli company that pioneered drip irrigation, has created new technologies in Jharkhand specifically calibrated for the small family farms scattered across India.

 

In 2011, India and Israel signed an agreement to foster cooperation on urban water systems, which came after more than a decade of joint research, development and shared investment in the countries’ respective water technologies. Israeli officials and green technology specialists saw last week’s visit as a preview to the influx of Indian officials they expect in October for the country’s annual conference on water technology and environmental control.

 

Oded Distel, director of NewTech, said the most significant lesson Israel can teach India is the Middle Eastern country’s unique approach. “It’s a system that balances the demand and available resources among the various sectors: municipal, industrial and agricultural,” he said. Several delegates said they were shocked to learn how expensive water is in Israel and how all citizens, regardless of income or geographic region, must pay uniform tariffs and fees for the clean drinking water that flows into their taps.

 

It would be nearly impossible to adopt a similar model in India, Mr. Jain said. In India, much of the water generated by cities is illegally siphoned off by residents or lost to leaks, and in rural areas, most farmers get their water at no cost. “In India, they consider water a gift from God. And everything God has given, no one can charge for it,” he said. “It is not easy to frame new policies, because we have to go to our assembly and Parliament first.”

 

But he said he was optimistic that some of the Israeli techniques for salvaging wastewater could be transferred to his home region. “In India, there are a lot of unauthorized connections to the water system, so maybe we can learn how to control the wastewater out of these connections,” he said. On June 5, the group traveled to Kibbutz Naan, a cooperative community that is the largest in Israel, to see the manufacturing operations for NaanDanJain Irrigation, the world’s foremost irrigation solutions company. It is also a joint venture of Kibbutz Naan, another Israeli kibbutz called Kibbutz Dan and Jain Irrigations Systems of India.

 

Over a vegetarian lunch in the kibbutz cafeteria, where the tables were festooned with the flags of India and Israel, Sarban Singh, an Indian delegate from Haryana, said that last year he visited Singapore to learn about water technology and that he and his colleagues were also closely following innovations in Japan and Germany. The water sector in Israel, he said, was nevertheless the most important to him and other Indian officials. “This is what we feel,” he said. “The way they are able to take care of these two areas, drinking water and treatment of wastewater — they are soldiers and pioneers.”

 

For Mr. Singh, the most eye-opening technology that he saw during his time in Israel involved optimizing systems so that water can be provided at all times, which requires clean and secure reservoirs; tracking the liquid’s distribution into homes; and adding state-of-the-art water sensors on piping systems to pinpoint exactly where the precious resource is being lost.

 

Mr. Singh was quick to add, however, that between inspiration and implementation, many hurdles would present themselves in India. “They are doing this on a very small scale, while we are doing it on a very large scale,” he said. “So even if we have the technology, we may not be as successful as they are. We welcome the technology, but before we can implement it, we have to see how much the manufacturing will cost and how much it benefits us at home.”

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India, Israel Inching Closer to Signing FTA: Israeli Envoy: Times of India, June 13, 2013—Hoping that an India-Israel free trade agreement (FTA) would be signed "in the coming months", the Israeli ambassador on Thursday said the agreement would be a "strategic game changer" in trade relations between the two countries.

 

The Big Story Out of Herzliya Might Be About China and Israeli Drones: Eli Lake, The Daily Beast, Mar. 12, 2013—For the globalist CEO, there is Davos. For the comic-book nerd, there is Comic-Con. For the Middle East policy professional, there is Herzliya. And while you may never have heard of the annual conference held at the Israeli seaside hamlet named for Theodore Herzl, the intellectual godfather of Jewish nationalism, the Zionist wonk in your life almost certainly has.

 

Pakistan Military Technology Row 'Threatens Israel's Strategic Relationship with India': Phoebe Greenwood, The Telegraph, June 13, 2013—Israel has rejected in strongest terms data recorded and published by the [UK] Ministry of Defense which documents the sale of Israeli-manufactured cockpit displays and electronic warfare components for F16 fighter jets to Pakistan in 2010.

 

Cybersecurity Projects Next on Israel-India Agenda: David Shamah, Times of Israel,  June 24, 2013—To the already robust cooperation between Israel and India, add the field of cybersecurity, with Israeli companies being recruited to protect India’s networks, databases, and enterprise computer systems. 

 

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Virtually Every Terrorist Group in the World Shifting Tactics in Wake of NSA Leaks – U.S. Officials: Kimberly Dozier, National Post, June 23, 2013

Gaza’s Children and Educating Hatred:  Seth Mandell, Jerusalem Post, June 24, 2013

Germany Permits Hezbolllah ’Suicide Bomber‘Charity to Operate: Benjamin Weinthal, Jerusalem Post, June 26, 2013

“Jews must be able to defend themselves, by themselves, and to act with determination, against any enemy that tries to harm us. We will continue to develop our land. The most important thing is to deepen our roots, because all the rest grows from there. We are here today to deepen our roots.” — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking to elementary students during a visit to the town of Barkan, Samaria, a few miles north-east of Tel Aviv, where he attended the dedication of a school named after his father, historian Benzion Netanyahu. (New York Times, June 24, 2013)

 

“Netanyahu supports — and he truly does support — building a Palestinian state within Israel…What we’ve learned over the past 20 years is that each time we gave up land of ours, within a very short time frame, terrorists initiated severe attacks from that land and killed thousands of Israelis. People don’t realize the Palestinian supposed state would be on a mountain, and narrow Israel would be right below. I’ve got four kids. I’m not about to place them right underneath this big mountain. In the longer run, I see some sort of involvement of Jordan. My problem right now is that the international community is forcing upon us national suicide, because injecting, yet again, a terror state into the heart of our country is national suicide. So what am I to do — say, 'You’re pressuring me, so I’ll commit suicide?'” — Naftali Bennett, Economics Minister and Bayit Yehudi party head in an interview with the Washington Post Friday [June 21]. (Israel National News, June 22, 2013)

 

“[T]wisted rhetoric artfully aimed at the hearts and minds of the West, originated by the Arabs, and rivaling the Soviets, who are veterans of ‘semantic infiltration’ and the word-war. Just as, in their lexicon, totalitarianism translates into ‘democracy,’ and degradation becomes ‘freedom,’ so has the flawed but democratic Israel been branded ‘Zionist imperialist’ and ‘racist.’” — Joan Peters, from her book, From Time Immemorial, in which she refers to something she identified as “turnspeak,” as quoted by Richard Cravatts in Front Page Magazine.  (Front Page Magazine, June 6, 2013)

 

“With all the talk about the need to create a Palestinian state for the sake of justice or even to assure that Israel remains a Jewish state, Gaza provides a daily clinic on the consequences of more Israeli territorial withdrawals. Hard as it is for some people to remember, when Israel withdrew every last soldier or settler from Gaza in 2005, it was not assumed that the strip would become a terrorist base. Rather, there was hope that it would provide a chance for the Palestinians to show that they truly could govern themselves. But from the first day after the withdrawal—when mobs burned abandoned synagogues and tore down the greenhouses that had been purchased from their owners to give to the Palestinians to use—what has happened in Gaza is a walking, talking illustration of what the world could expect if the independent Palestinian state that we are endlessly told is the only solution to the conflict ever actually comes to pass.” — Jonathan Tobin in Commentary. (Commentary, June 24, 2013)

 

“ …anti-Semitism is… somewhat like a version of mental illness…. The Nazis thought of Poles and Slavs and Gypsies as racial inferiors by all means, but the organizing principle of their racism, the thing that gave it its energy and its consistency, was the hatred of the Jew…Because anti-Semitism is the godfather of racism and the gateway to tyranny and fascism and war, it is to be regarded not as the enemy of the Jewish people, I learned, but as the common enemy of humanity and of civilization….” — the late writer Christopher Hitchens, in a lecture on anti-Semitism for the 2010 Daniel Pearl Memorial event, quoted by Paul Gross in The Jerusalem Post. (Jerusalem Post ,June 10, 2013)

 

“Maybe people try to be pragmatic or, in the conduct of international affairs, worship at the altar of compromise or consensus. I am more of a conviction politician, like Stephen Harper.”  — John Baird, Foreign Minister of Canada, in an interview with The Times of Israel, on the occasion of his participation in Israel President Shimon Peres’ recently held President’s Conference, explaining his and the Canadian government’s steadfast support of Israel. (Times of Israel, June 25, 2013)

 

"All these [Israeli] actions indicate an evil and dangerous plot to destroy Al-Aqsa [Mosque] and build the alleged Temple. Unfortunately, these dangers, which are clear for everyone to see, have yet to receive proper Arab, Islamic and international responses." — Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority Chairman, in an interview to the Saudi paper Al-Watan, translated by Palestinain Media Watch, where he continues to promote the PA libel that Israel is scheming and acting to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. (Palestinain Media Watch, June 26, 2013)

 

“[A] stalemate in peace efforts would cause an explosion in Palestinian-Israeli ties in a sort of Arab Spring-like protests, taking the form of either a new intifada or a cycle of violence and counter-violence.” — King Abdullah of Jordan, in a statement to the mass circulation London-based AsharqAlawasat daily, one day before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry brings his peace plane to Israel. This, the king said, would be the result if Israel does not accept Palestinian Authority demands to release all pre-Oslo Palestinian prisoners, stop all “settlement” construction in Judea and Samaria and agree to negotiate on the basis of the pre-1967 boundaries including East Jerusalem. (Jewish Press, June 26, 2013)
 

“Some think that the way to go is to divide the country. We do not belong to this group. Therefore we need to understand that every decision has a price, and therefore if we do not adopt the annexation plan, we will pay the price through pressure and boycotts of Israel and Judea and Samaria. When we clearly declare that these areas are not up for negotiation and that we are going to apply sovereignty over them, we can come before the public and say in a clear and loud voice that these lands are ours and we are prepared to pay a demographic price for this. Israel should say it is headed towards applying sovereignty. It makes no sense to leave this in the air for 45 years. Leaving it up in the air sends a message that we have no connection to these places.” — MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud), Deputy Transportation Minister, to Arutz Sheva, saying that offering citizenship to Palestinian Authority Arabs would be a small price pay for ending the status quo which brings international criticism of Israel, viewed as an “occupier” in Judea and Samaria. (Arutz Sheva, June

 

“I’m a social activist in the Arab sector. I’m fighting for equal rights for Arabs but together with that, I insist that Israeli Arabs do their part for our country by volunteering for either the army or national service and giving back to the State in other ways. I’m a proud Israeli Arab who has nothing to do with the “Palestinian people.” — Anett Haskia, an Israeli Arab activist in an interview with A Jewish Israel. (A Jewish Israel, June 21, 2013)

 

"The uncomfortable, unspoken truth is that the parallels between the plans of the Nazi leadership for the postwar European economy and the subsequent process of European monetary and economic integration are real. The BIS (Bank for International Settlements) runs like a thread through both. The key, for both the European project and the ever broader mandate of the BIS, was to present decisions, policies and actions as 'technical' and 'apolitical,' of no concern to the average informed citizen. In fact the opposite was true. There could hardly be anything more political than the handing over of national powers to unelected supranational bodies, while the necessary financial mechanisms were arranged and managed by a secretive and completely unaccountable bank in Basel." —  Adam LeBor in his book the "Tower of Basel: The Shadowy History of the Secret Bank That Runs the World" as quoted by Philip Delves Broughton in his review of Mr. LeBor’s book in The Wall Street Journal.
   The BIS was created in 1930 to be a talking shop for Europe's central bankers as Germany reeled from its reparations burden between the First and Second World Wars. The bank's original sin, and it was an appalling one, was to treat the Third Reich as if it were just another country. After the Nazis marched into Prague in 1939, the BIS facilitated the transfer of Czechoslovakia's gold reserves to Berlin. During World War II, BIS officials maintained close ties with the Nazis and companies such as IG Farben, which enabled the Holocaust's ghastly efficiency.
   After the war, the BIS provided a reputation-laundering service for German bankers and industrialists, those Hannah Arendt called "the desk-murderers," to re-emerge as pillars of a new, economically integrated Europe….Karl Blessing worked at the BIS in the 1930s, then spent most of the war as financial director of Kontinental-Öl, one of the Third Reich's heaviest users of concentration camp labor. Despite being arrested and imprisoned at the end of the war, he re-emerged, with the help of his old friends in international banking, to become president of the Bundesbank.
   Today, says Mr. Lebor, the bank's amorality and anti-democratic way of thinking remain. The BIS and its economists, he argues, provided the intellectual underpinning and model for "the steady and relentless erosion of national sovereignty" that is the euro. LeBor makes a strident case for challenging these financial shamans. They are not, he argues, the impartial heroes of good governance that we wish they were. Rather they are what a democracy should fear most: tyrants who use the rules of finance rather than troops or captive parliaments to exercise control. (Wall Street Journal, June 24, 2013)

 

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U.S. DEMANDS RUSSIA HAND OVER FUGITIVE NSA LEAKER SNOWDEN (Washington) The U.S. government Monday [June 24] demanded that Russia hand over fugitive Edward Snowden, as his efforts to evade U.S. authorities took a farcical turn. Mr. Snowden arrived in Moscow on Sunday and was expected to fly out to South America shortly afterwards. Monday, a plane heading for Cuba left seemingly without him, and the U.S. suggested he had remained in Russia. The army of journalists waiting to greet him were left bemused, and questioning where he could be, as those reporters who did manage to get on the plane were dismayed to discover that Mr Snowden’s seat was empty.  President Barack Obama said the US was using “all the appropriate legal channels” to apprehend him. Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, said Washington assumed he was still in Moscow, and had registered its “deep disappointment” with Hong Kong and China for letting him slip away. “This was a deliberate choice by the [Chinese] government to release a fugitive despite a valid arrest warrant, and that decision unquestionably has a negative impact on the US-China relationship,” said Mr Carney.

(National Post, June 24, 2913)

 

TERRORIST GROUPS SHIFTING TACTICS IN WAKE OF NSA LEAKS(Washington)  U.S. intelligence agencies are scrambling to salvage their surveillance of al-Qaeda and other terrorists who are working frantically to change how they communicate after a National Security Agency contractor leaked details of two NSA spying programs. It’s an electronic game of cat-and-mouse that could have deadly consequences if a plot is missed or a terrorist operative manages to drop out of sight. Two U.S. intelligence officials say members of virtually every terrorist group, including core al-Qaeda, are attempting to change how they communicate, based on what they are reading in the media, to hide from U.S. surveillance — the first time intelligence officials have described which groups are reacting to the leaks. (National Post, June 26, 2013)

 

TERRORIST RECEIVES DOCTORATE FROM HEBREW UNIVERSITY (Jerusalem)Adel Hidmi, a terrorist who served two prison terms following his involvement in planning a suicide bombing and other terror activities, received his doctorate in chemistry at Hebrew University this past week. A resident of east Jerusalem, Hidmi was convicted in 1992 for his involvement with terrorist organizations and served ten months in prison. Despite his record, Hebrew University accepted Hidmi as a doctoral candidate where he began his double career as a chemistry student and terrorist networker, according to a news report in Israeli newspaper, Maariv. This past Sunday, Hidmi was awarded his doctorate degree. Elan, a third-year [Hebrew University] student in politics and communications said,  “I think it’s going too far to allow someone with Himdi’s record to study at Hebrew University. It’s one thing to have a criminal record, but to have a terrorist record is entirely different matter.” (Algemeiner, June 20, 2013)

 

LEBANON FACES TUMULT AFTER DEADLIEST SYRIA-LINKED CLASHES (Beirut) The Gunfights between the army and Sunni Muslim radical groups in the southern port of Sidon extended into Monday night [June 24] after Lebanese soldiers stormed a complex holding gunmen loyal to a radical Islamist cleric and arrested dozens of his supporters. Violence also spread to the city of Tripoli in the north. Residents fear that Syria-related clashes could drag their country back into sectarian civil war. The army said 12 soldiers were killed in Sidon where troops stormed the mosque complex of hardline Sunni cleric Ahmed al-Assir. A medic told Reuters that 22 bodies had been pulled from the mosque complex. Late on Monday, clouds of smoke rose from the mosque. Assir's office across the road was completely destroyed. At least 4 tanks and several army vehicles at the scene had been torched. Assir remained at large. (Egypt Independent, June 25, 2013)

 

LITTLE MOMENTUM FOR KERRY AHEAD OF ISRAEL VISIT(Washington) Secretary of State John Kerry has been unable to win quick agreement for new peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, and as he returns to Israel this week, the sense of momentum surrounding his effort is fading. Kerry had hoped to announce earlier this month that both sides were ready to return to the negotiating table after a lull lasting most of the past five years, but PA President Mahmoud Abbas is dragging his feet, resisting strong U.S. pressure to drop his conditions for new talks. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to restart talks, and Israeli officials squarely blame Abbas for the delay. "I think we should stop negotiating about the negotiations. I think we should just get on with it," — Netanyahu said. (Washington Post, June 24, 2013)

 

EGYPT STEPS UP GAZA TUNNEL CRACKDOWN(Gaza City) Egypt has intensified a crackdown on smuggling tunnels to Gaza, dashing the hopes of many Palestinians that Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood from which Hamas was born, would significantly ease Egyptian border restrictions on Gaza. As a result, the price of cement in Gaza has soared from 350 shekels ($95) a ton to 800 shekels ($217). Palestinians who bought relatively cheap petrol smuggled from Egypt now have to pay for fuel imported from Israel selling for double the price. (Reuters, June 24, 2013)

CANADIAN FM: IRAN HAS 2-3 MONTHS TO PROVE IT'S RESOLVING NUCLEAR CRISIS(Jerusalem) Visiting Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird has warned Iran that it has only two to three months to prove to the West that it seeks a negotiated resolution to the crisis over its rogue nuclear program. The diplomatic process is "nearing the end," Baird said. He added that the election of Hasan Rowhani as president does not justify any further Western patience, since Rowhani, as Iran's former nuclear negotiator, "doesn't need to have any time to read up on the files." "These people don't deserve the benefit of the doubt," he added. (Times of Israel, June 26, 2013)

 

POLL: ARABS WANT DEMOCRACY, OPPOSE RELIGIOUS INFLUENCE ON PUBLIC AFFAIRS(Doha) The second annual Arab Opinion Index has just been released by the Doha-based Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, comprising interviews with over 20,000 men and women across 14 Arab countries in 2012-2013. 82% of Arabs see a democratic political system as appropriate for their own country. A large majority of Arabs also defines itself as religious – but a majority also opposes religious officials having influence on public affairs. 61% described the Arab uprisings as a positive development, while 77% supported the departure of Bashar Assad from the Syrian presidency. (Daily Star-Lebanon, June 22, 2013)

LEBANON'S APARTHEID LAWS(Beirut) Although Palestinians have lived in Lebanon for more than six decades, they are still treated as foreigners when it comes to obtaining a work permit, according to Lebanon's Daily Star. Three years ago, the Lebanese government decided to amend its Apartheid law that denies Palestinians the right to work in 20 professions, including as doctors, dentists, lawyers, engineers or accountants. Although three years have passed since the law was amended, nothing has changed for the Palestinians in Lebanon. By contrast, anyone visiting an Israeli hospital would quickly notice the significant number of Arab doctors, nurses and pharmacists. (Gatestone Institute, June 21, 2013)

 

EGYPT VILLAGERS "PROUD" OF KILLING SHIITES(Cairo) Residents of the Egyptian village of Abu Mussalem outside Cairo said they were "proud" of the mob lynching of four Shiite Muslims, after weeks of anti-Shiite rhetoric in the media. Witnesses and security officials said that on Sunday hundreds of residents surrounded the house of a Shiite resident after learning that a leading Shiite cleric was inside. The mob threw firebombs at the house, hoping to set it ablaze, while chanting "Shiites are infidels." Then they stormed the house, dragged the four Shiites out and beat them to death.  "We're happy about what happened. It should have happened long ago," said teacher Mohamed Ismail, to the approving nods of residents. (Yahoo! News, June 24, 2013)

 

SPAIN DETAINS 8 AL-QAIDA SUSPECTS FOR SENDING FIGHTERS TO SYRIA(Madrid) Spain arrested eight people in its North African enclave of Ceuta early on Friday on suspicion of recruiting fighters for a branch of al-Qaida in Syria. "The dismantled Spanish-Moroccan network was, according to police investigations, responsible for sending jihadists to groups affiliated with al-Qaida in Syria," the ministry said in a statement. The network sent dozens of people, including minors, from the enclave and other parts of Morocco, the ministry said, adding that some of the recruits had taken part in suicide attacks and others had joined training camps. The network, based in Ceuta and the Moroccan town of Fnideq, was responsible for recruitment, indoctrination and travel financing, the statement said. The two-year-old Syrian conflict that has turned into a confrontation between Shi'ite Iran, which supports Syrian President Bashar Assad, and Sunni Arab Gulf nations, which back the Syrian rebels. (Jerusalem Post, June 21, 2013)

 

ISRAELI SCIENTIST DISCOVERS TREATMENT TO SAVE BEE COLONIES(Jerusalem) An Israeli professor working alongside an Israeli start-up has discovered a treatment for bees affected by a destructive virus. Hebrew University Prof. Ilan Sela has won this year’s Kaye Award for Innovation for discovering the IAPV virus, which is linked to Colony Collapse Disorder, and for finding a solution to the problem. Colony Collapse Disorder spreading within the bee population has caused $35 billion worth of damages in the US alone. Many crops rely on bees and farmers around the world have been quite worried about the adverse effect on certain crops due to the drastic reduction in the bee population. Until it was known that Colony Collapse Disorder was the culprit, many believed the bee population was being reduced due either to global warming or pesticide use. (United With Israel, June 21, 2013)

 

EGYPT WILL RUN OUT OF STRATEGIC FUEL RESERVES WITHIN A WEEK(Cairo) Egypt's strategic reserves of three vital fuel products will run out by end of this month, Turkish news agency Anadulo reported on Thursday, citing Petroleum Minister Sherif Haddara. According to Haddara, Egypt has enough diesel fuel to last eight days, butane enough for ten days and petrol enough for 14 days.  The news agency stated that the government was currently providing the nation's gas stations with 18,000 tonnes of octane per day and 37,000 tonnes of diesel fuel, while also providing the country's power stations with 23,000 tonnes of low-quality mazut fuel. In recent weeks and months, Egypt has seen a spate of intermittent power blackouts, which government officials have attributed to chronic fuel shortages. Haddara said that the current fuel quantities were meant to meet national demand, attributing ongoing shortages to hoarding and smuggling activities.  (Al-Ahram, June 21, 2013)

 

JORDAN, ISRAEL WEIGH GAS DEAL  —(Tel Aviv) Jordan has been holding talks to become the first country to buy natural gas from Israel. A deal would offer Jordan a cheap energy source and relieve a painful energy crisis. Two years of supply shortages from Egypt's pipeline to Jordan have spurred a 50% rise in the cost of cooking gas and higher electricity rates, prompting anti-government demonstrations in October. "Jordan is in the most immediate need and would be the first client" for Israel, said Oded Eran, a former Israeli ambassador to Jordan and now a fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies. "Stability in Jordan is of strategic significance to Israel." Eran said a link to Jordan could be established "relatively quickly" by extending a pipeline several miles across the Dead Sea from an Israel Chemicals plant powered by gas. Officials are also discussing a separate pipeline to run from the Mediterranean through the Jezreel Valley in northern Israel to Beit Shean and then into Jordan. (Wall Street Journal, June 25, 2013)

 

ISRAELI DOCTORS SAVE SYRIAN LIVES (Zefat) In critical condition with severe shrapnel injuries to their torso and limbs, bullet wounds from head to toe and open fractures — this is how Syrian patients arrive at Israeli hospitals in the north of the country. And they are all treated like any other patient. “It’s our duty as a regional hospital, where we are located along the Lebanese border on one side and the Syrian border on the other side,” Dr. Amram Hadary, director of the trauma unit at Ziv Medical Center in Safed (Tsfat), tells ISRAEL21c. “We cannot ignore that the Syrian conflict is happening behind our door. We cannot close our eyes, ears and hearts to what is happening there. It’s a catastrophe.”. Although Israel and Syria are officially enemies some 50 victims of the bloody civil war have been admitted to Israeli hospitals for life-saving surgeries. “We treat patients regardless of religion, race, nationality, and give the best care we can provide,” Ziv Medical Center director Dr. Oscar Embon tells ISRAEL21c. (ISRAEL21c, June 26, 2013.

 

EGYPTIAN GENERAL WARNS AGAINST VIOLENCE AS ANNIVERSARY APPROACHES (Cairo)  The Egyptian military warned Sunday that it was prepared to act decisively to prevent chaos as fears rose that mass protests against President Mohamed Morsi planned for next week could ignite fresh violence between his Islamist supporters and the opposition. Breaking the military’s silence on the country’s fractured politics, Gen. Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi, the general commander of the armed forces, gave a statement to a military gathering that appeared studiously worded to avoid pinning blame on either side of the divide. But in raising the specter of “a split in society whose continuation is a danger to the Egyptian state,” the military cast itself as a unifying force that could transcend political differences and hold the country together. The military’s “patriotic and moral responsibility toward its people compels it to intervene to keep Egypt from sliding into a dark tunnel of conflict, internal fighting, criminality, accusations of treason, sectarian discord and the collapse of state institutions,” said General Sisi, who is also the defense minister. His remarks appeared on a military spokesman’s official Facebook page. (New York Times, June 23, 2013)

 

TALIBAN LAUNCH DEADLY ATTACK IN KABUL (Kabul) The third in a series of audacious strikes by the Taliban in the capital in recent weeks came early Tuesday, when one of two vehicles carrying attackers and explosives penetrated one of the most secure areas of Kabul, near the presidential palace and a C.I.A. compound, officials said. Though the attackers caused relatively little loss of life — three private guards were killed — the assault’s progress past a major checkpoint troubled many. There were ripples far beyond the capital, as well. Afghan officials with the government’s High Peace Council said the attack would further jeopardize any hopes of salvaging a stalled effort to open negotiations with the Taliban in Qatar. (New York Times, June 25, 2013)

 

PA'S ABBAS ACCEPTS PM HAMDALLAH'S RESIGNATION(Ramallah) Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas accepted newly appointed PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah’s resignation on Sunday [June 23], announced Nabil Abu Rudaineh, spokesman for the PA presidency. Hamdallah submitted his resignation to Abbas last Thursday [June 20], less than three weeks after he succeeded former PA prime minister Salam Fayyad. Hamdallah resigned in protest against the appointment by Abbas of two deputy prime ministers with expanded authorities: Muhammad Mustafa and Ziad Abu Amr. On Friday [June 21], Hamdallah agreed to withdraw his resignation after meeting with Abbas in Ramallah for nearly two hours. But the following day, Hamdallah insisted that his deputies be removed or have their powers cut as a precondition for taking back the resignation, a PA official said. Hamdallah’s demand reportedly angered Abbas, who decided to accept the resignation and search for another prime minister, the official said. Hamdallah’s decision to step down caught Abbas and the PA leadership by surprise. (Jerusalem Post, June 23, 2013)

 

BOMB ATTACKS NEAR IRAQ MARKETS KILL AT LEAST FORTY-TWO(Baghdad)A series of evening bombings near markets in and around Baghdad and other blasts north of the capital killed at least 42 people and wounded dozens of others Monday in the latest eruption of bloodshed to rock Iraq. The attacks were the latest in a wave of violence that has claimed more than 2,000 lives since the beginning of April. Militants, building on Sunni discontent with the Shiite-led government, appear to be growing stronger in central and northern Iraq. The violence came as tens of thousands of Shiites poured into the holy city of Karbala, 80 kilometres south of Baghdad, for the annual festival of Shabaniyah, marking the anniversary of the birth of the ninth-century Shiite leader known as the Hidden Imam. Tight security measures were in force to try to prevent insurgent attacks on the worshippers. (CBC News, June 24, 2013)

 

KARSENTY GUILTY OF DEFAMATION IN AL-DURA CASE (Paris) French media analyst Phillipe Karsenty was convicted of defamation for accusing French state television of doctoring a video showing the death of a Palestinian boy. The Paris Court of Appeals, which had overturned Karsenty’s libel conviction in 2008, convicted Karsenty on Wednesday and fined him about $9,000 in his long-running case against the France 2 station. Karsenty called the verdict “outrageous,” while a lawyer for France 2 said it was a victory for journalists, according to The Associated Press. France 2 and its Israel correspondent, Charles Enderlin, sued Karsenty for defamation in 2004 following his claims that a video report by Enderlin on the killing of 12-year-old Mohammed al-Dura in Gaza in 2000 was doctored. Karsenty claimed the footage of al-Dura crouching with his father behind a barricade as bullets whizzed overhead was a hoax. (Jerusalem Post, June 26, 2013)

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Virtually Every Terrorist Group in the World Shifting Tactics in Wake Of NSA Leaks: U.S. Officials: Kimberly Dozier, National Post, June 23, 2013 —U.S. intelligence agencies are scrambling to salvage their surveillance of al-Qaeda and other terrorists who are working frantically to change how they communicate after a National Security Agency contractor leaked details of two NSA spying programs.

 

Gaza’s Children and Educating Hatred:  Seth Mandell, Jerusalem Post, June 24, 2013—Over the past few days the blogosphere has raged over the fact that in Gaza, Islamic Jihad is running camps for kids featuring lessons on how to shoot an AK-47 and how to kidnap an Israeli soldier.

 

Germany Permits Hezbolllah ’Suicide Bomber‘Charity to Operate: Benjamin Weinthal, Jerusalem Post, June 26, 2013—Berlin. Germany authorities remained largely mum on Tuesday about the continued operation of a Hezbollah-controlled NGO in the state of Lower Saxony that finances the families of Hezbollah members who commit suicide bombings against Israelis and support for the Lebanese Shiite group’s assassins and militia men.

 

 

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‘SILENT MAN’ PROTESTS VOICE LONG-SIMMERING TURKISH SECULAR/ISLAMIST DIVIDE; ERDOGAN BLAMES ISRAEL

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Understanding the Turkish Demonstrations: Harold Rhode, Gatestone Institute, June 10, 2013—Turkey, although nominally part of the West, is in most ways culturally closer to the Middle East. Turks live with pent-up grievances — as do we all — but with virtually no way to resolve them.

 

Erdogan's War on Ataturk's Legacy: Hillel Fradkin & Lewis Libby, Real Clear World, June 25, 2013—Recently, a single man stepped into the mass demonstrations and counter-demonstrations that have roiled Turkey for weeks. The man stood still and silent, staring at an image on a wall.

Is Turkey's Government Seeking Israeli Scapegoat for Protests?: Arad Nir, Al-Monitor Israel Pulse, June 24, 2013—Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan apparently finds it difficult to put the Marmara flotilla affair behind him and overcome his aversion to the government of Israel.

 

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Tayyip Erdoğan, "God's Gift to Turkey": Robert Ellis, Gatestone Institute, June 19, 2013

EU Agrees to Open New Chapter With Turkey:  Hurriet Daily News, June 25, 2013

A Country Divided: Where Is Turkey Headed?: Daniel Steinvorth and Bernhard Zand, Spiegel, June 25, 2013

Greek Cyprus Signs Energy Deal With Israel in Defiance of Turkey: Zach Pontz, Algemeiner, June 21, 2013

 

 

UNDERSTANDING THE TURKISH DEMONSTRATIONS

Harold Rhode

Gatestone Institute, June 10, 2013

 

Turkey, although nominally part of the West, is in most ways culturally closer to the Middle East. Turks live with pent-up grievances — as do we all — but with virtually no way to resolve them. People in a supposedly democratic Turkey are reluctant to air their grievances even in public surveys out of fear their government might take revenge on them. During the past few years, people in Turkey have been saying that they are petrified to speak to others, write things, or talk freely on the telephone for fear they will be arrested. At present, Turkey has more journalists in jail than any other country.

 

The ruling AKP government has set up countless apparatuses to monitor dissent; these cause those who disagree with the government to fear not just arrest but interrogation. People and groups have therefore chosen largely to suffer in silence. Moreover, in the culture of the Middle East, there is no such thing as a win-win compromise. Turks, like their neighbours, consider backing down or apologizing dishonourable. Consequently, they spend much time blaming each other and looking for scapegoats — but almost never admitting responsibility for problems. As a result, tensions — with no means of being put to rest — constantly seethe below the surface.

 

This is the context through which to understand the riots and demonstrations against the government which have spread across Turkey.

 

Before Erdoğan came to power in 2002, with his unspoken promise to reinstate Islam as a central part of the state, many observant Muslims complained that the state discriminated against them. Under Islam, there can be no separation of religion and state. The state must be ruled by Muslims, and must be guided by Islamic law and culture. Observant Muslims felt oppressed by the secular Kemalist government in place since the 1920s, after the Ottoman Empire had been disbanded and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk had come to power. Atatürk established policies condemned by Islamic fundamentalists such as education for women, separation of religion and state, and Western dress.

 

His supporters and he said they wanted to relegate Islam to the realm of the private, and teach individuals to make decisions for themselves instead of blindly following religious leaders. Those who wanted the state to remain Islamic said they felt under constant pressure to keep their views to themselves; doing otherwise, they feared, might bring down on them the wrath of the secular state. Some of Atatürk's people were personally religious, but kept their religion separate from activities related to the state. Atatürk did not invade the realm of the private — unlike what Erdoğan has been trying to do.

 

Since Erdoğan and his AKP ["Truth and Reconciliation Party"] came to power, they have slowly but resolutely done their best to dismantle the secular apparatus of the state and have been trying to impose their version of Sunni fundamentalist Islam on everyone, especially the non-Sunni Alevis who make up approximately 30% of Turkey's population.

 

As soon as Erdoğan came to power, he started systematically dismantling Atatürkist institutions. These included recognizing religious elementary schools as equal to regular Turkish government secular schools, massive building of new Sunni mosques, even in areas where there are no Sunnis, a huge attempt to indoctrinate the young people in Sunni Islam, weakening the secular military though fraudulent accusations followed by show trials, and creating a media that followed his orders without questioning. The Turkish state secretly videotaped people it regarded as opponents in compromising situations or arrested them for fabricated crimes, including accusations that they were members of conspiratorial groups planning to overthrow the government.

 

Erdoğan's re-Islamification program entailed removing Atatürk and secularism from as many aspects of Turkish life as possible. Now the secularists and non-Sunnis felt oppressed. The Alevis, for example, have undergone an aggressive, imperialistic attempt to coerce them into abandoning their religion and become Sunnis. Even though, for example, the Alevis do not attend mosques, the regime ordered them to be built in Alevi towns and villages and then began forcing Alevi children to undergo Sunni religious instruction, which became mandatory in schools….

 

Unlike some other Middle Eastern societies, Turkey is, by and large, orderly. People line up for the bus and usually patiently wait their turn to board. The moment, however, someone pushes and tries to break into the line, what one moment looks completely orderly can instantly descend into unrest — like one lit match igniting all the others. As with the fruit seller in Tunisia, who set himself on fire out of frustration at not being able to obtain a license to sell fruit, an outside observer might get the impression that actions often seem disproportionate to the provocation and that people are avenging deeply held grievances that have little to do with the subject at hand. Turkish governments have historically known this to be a possibility, and have therefore created strong security apparatuses to handle these situations.

 

To understand whether or not a revolt has staying power, one might ask if a regime has the will and ability to do what is necessary to restore calm. In the past, this was relatively easy. There was no easy access to the international media. Tyrants, dictators, and other strongmen such as Erdoğan could get away with violently suppressing riots and demonstrations, while the outside world had no way of knowing what was happening. Leaders had a free hand to act as they wished.

 

Where Turkey's demonstrations will lead depends much on the reaction of Erdoğan's friends and allies, most notably U.S. President Barack Obama's Administration. Secretary of State Kerry publicly chastised the Turks for using too much force against "the demonstrators, most of whom are law-abiding citizens," although it is not apparent how the American administration could judge whether or not this was true. In response, the Turkish Foreign Minister publicly criticized his American counterpart Kerry for interfering in Turkish internal affairs.

 

What one can know is that the U.S. Administration's reaction seems to have emboldened the demonstrators; they know that the outside world is watching Erdoğan, and that even his closest ally, the current U.S. administration, has criticized him.

 

Will Turkey descend into chaos like most of its Arab neighbours? In terms of security forces, Turkey is better organized than its Arab neighbours — even Egypt — so it is difficult to see Turkey in a similar chaotic situation. Nevertheless, there are sectors inside Turkey who are fed up with Erdoğan; demonstrators keep chanting, "Erdoğan resign! Government – resign!" Erdoğan responded by labelling the demonstrators Çapulcus [pronounced Chapulju] meaning "lowlifes," vandals, looters. The demonstrators have now turned this epithet into a badge of honour.

 

In short, the events of the past few weeks have forced onto the Turkish agenda all sorts of issues the government had pushed underground. Whatever happens, Turkey has shown that it is not the stable island of calm and democracy its allies had hoped it to be. Iran and Russia will certainly benefit here, as will Assad of Syria: all three have become adversaries of Turkey.

 

The Kurds could also benefit: if the Turkish state proves weak, its weakness could help Turkey's Kurds on the their way to establishing a more autonomous region within Turkey, possibly to join in the future an independent Kurdish entity.

 

The Turkish people could be the biggest beneficiaries: they might even once again have the chance to make decisions for themselves instead of being forced to follow Islamist leaders and Shari'a-oriented laws that many do not want.

 

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ERDOGAN'S WAR ON ATATURK'S LEGACY

Hillel Fradkin & Lewis Libby

Real clear World, June 25, 2013

 

Recently, a single man stepped into the mass demonstrations and counter-demonstrations that have roiled Turkey for weeks. The man stood still and silent, staring at an image on a wall. Soon scores of his countrymen, concerned about their freedoms, stood silently beside him, not just in Gezi Park, but in parks and squares across Turkey. It was a potent symbol in a war of symbols. In the Middle East, it may one day rank beside another standing man — the man who stood before the tanks of Tiananmen. Time will tell if it will prove equally futile.

 

The protest in Istanbul's Gezi Park marks another round in a battle for Turkey's future. Among the silent stand those who seek a return to the moderate, secular path set by modern Turkey's founder, Kemal Ataturk. They face down not the tanks, but the bulldozers of Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In the narrowest sense, Erdogan plans to bulldoze the last remaining green square in Istanbul (another weighty metaphor) to rebuild an Ottoman barracks. In the larger sense, he hopes to bulldoze the modern legacy of Ataturk, amend Turkey's constitution to create a presidency more powerful than even Ataturk ever held and then restore the glory of Ottoman Turkey and the caliphate that once bound the Sunni Islamic world together….

 

The protesters, Erdogan's allies claim, conspire with Turkey's external enemies and other nefarious forces to undermine the high estate that is Turkey's regional birthright. So Erdogan sponsored a counter-demonstration to answer the crowds in Gezi Park. Where? At Kazlicesme, just outside the ancient walls of Constantinople, the site from which the 15th century Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror launched the attack that captured Constantinople and drove the last western influence from Turkey. (How like Erdogan's recent call that Turkey's youth embrace the 11th century battle in which the Seljuk Turks first fought their way into then-Christian Anatolia.)   At Kazlicesme and other rallies, Erdogan's supporters sing the Ottoman Army's marching song.

 

Erdogan's bulldozers seek to remake not just Gezi Park, but the face of Ataturk's Turkey. Erdogan has just broken ground on a massive new bridge across the Bosporus to be named for Ottoman Sultan Selim I, often known as Selim the Grim. As all Turkish school children know, Selim's conquests in 1517 first won Ottoman sultans the title of Caliph. Ottoman rulers bore this title for the next 400 years, until Ataturk abolished it.

 

On an elevated headland on the Asian side of Istanbul, facing Europe, Erdogan now undertakes to build the largest mosque in the world. Highly visible almost everywhere in Istanbul, it will resemble and surpass the great, celebratory mosques built over centuries by the Ottoman sultans. No such mosque has been built since Ataturk ended the caliphate. Thus, the square, the bridge, the mosque, the marching song are each a repudiation of Ataturk's legacy. They herald the caliphate over the republic, Erdogan's vision over Ataturk's.

 

No surprise, then, that the image on the wall at which the Gezi Park protesters silently stare is Ataturk's. Moderates across Turkey have brought out images of Ataturk. In the prior, nosier demonstrations, the protesters sang the Republic's unofficial anthem, the "Tenth Year March," honoring the first decade of Ataturk's rule. Indeed, in the 1990s, when an earlier Islamist Party, the forebear of Erdogan's AKP, first came to power, moderate Turks sang this song then as well. They even made disco versions and danced to it, to hold at bay a conservative vision of Islam that challenged Turkey's modern course. A verse in the song hails the youth of Turkey, "15 million strong," and Ataturk: "Our leader and commander in chief is respected throughout the world."

 

The Gezi protesters know that Erdogan, at the end of his first decade in power, has accomplishments as well. He remains the dominant figure in Turkish politics. But while Ataturk's first decade pointed ever upward, Erdogan now faces greater challenges than he has before.

 

Erdogan's inevitability is increasingly in question. He blames the slowing of Turkey's once robust economy on nefarious interest rate lobbies. His attacks on the rule of law have undermined his image abroad. A year ago, a Council on Foreign Relations report labeled Turkey more democratic than ever before; suspect then, the Council would likely avoid such formulations today. His foreign policy has tacked one way and then the other, and both are now in shambles. His appeals to Iran have been rewarded with defiance. His efforts to intervene in Syria have been ineffective and unpopular. By attacking peaceful protests in his own capital, many Turks believe he has forfeited whatever weight his moral arguments about Assad may have held.

 

Most importantly to him, Erdogan's hopes to create and win a powerful new Turkish presidency are no longer foreordained. His hopes to woo Turkish Kurds — a substantial voting group — into a grand coalition may lay victim to Gezi Park, as Kurds were among the protesters, and Kurdish leadership has criticized Erdogan's heavy hand. The protests have shaken as well his government's most important support: the Gulen movement that determines many parliamentary seats and places its hopes in ongoing growth and stability. So far, Erdogan has shown no sign of shifting course, as he continues to polarize. If, as expected, he responds to these challenges, as other politicians before him, by solidifying his base, he will lean even more toward Islamist and neo-Ottoman interests.

 

The protests have shaken Erdogan's image of stability, and it was stability and progress on which Erdogan had staked his image. Erdogan's tight grip has loosened, and so the battle of images will continue. Given Turkey's prominence, past success and prior secular path, this may be the most telling, if least noted, battle underway today for the soul of modern Islam. So far, Erdogan's Ottoman Army marching song still swells above Ataturk's Tenth Year March. It remains to be seen which tune will in time prevail.

 

Hillel Fradkin is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. Lewis Libby is a senior vice president at the Hudson Institute.

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IS TURKEY'S GOVERNMENT SEEKING
ISRAELI SCAPEGOAT FOR
PROTESTS?

Arad Nir

Al-Monitor Israel Pulse, June 24, 2013

                       

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan apparently finds it difficult to put the Marmara flotilla affair behind him and overcome his aversion to the government of Israel. This was evident even in the violent demonstrations that broke out this month (June 2013) in Istanbul. And even though Israel was not explicitly mentioned by name in the rallies that took place in Gezi Park and Taksim Square against the heads of the Turkish regime, the media outlets closely associated with the latter insist on accusing Israel of “fanning the riot flames.”

 

Following years of overt anti-Israeli sentiment in mass demonstration where the slogan “Israel is a murderer” — Katil Israil — had been commonly used in Turkey, it was strange to encounter on the very same streets and squares demonstrators calling, and banners proclaiming, “Erdogan is a murderer” — Katil Erdoğan. As a rule, the protest movement recently sparked in Turkey has refrained from making use of Israel to further its goals.

 

On two occasions alone I noticed, in Gezi Park, posters alluding to Israel — the one, drawing an analogy between Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, punning, in Turkish, on the names of the two; the other featuring a picture of Israeli President Shimon Peres as a football player standing guard alongside President Barack Obama and Fethullah Gulen (the moderate Turkish Islamic leader living in a self-imposed exile in the United States, who advocates a dialogue between religions and who has become in recent years a political rival of Erdogan), while Erdogan scores a goal.

 

Israeli officials closely following the events in Turkey assessed that those posters were inspired by none other than the ruling party, the AKP, which sought to drag Israel into the dispute — in an attempt to both delegitimize the protest and strengthen the traditional political power base of Erdogan.

 

This assessment was reinforced toward the end of the second week of the protest, when Prime Minister Erdogan was cited as saying, after watching documentation of the massive destruction caused to shops and businesses in Istanbul: “Those whom we told ‘one minute’ are happy now.” The phrase “one minute” is the one Erdogan used in Davos on January 2009, when bursting out at Shimon Peres. Every child in Turkey understands the meaning of the phrase and knows who are “Those whom we told ‘one minute’” — and to put it explicitly, it is Israel.

 

It seems that Erdogan took his cue from the banner headline published that morning by the Turkish pro-ruling party daily Yeni Şafak, which read as follows: “Israel wishes that the Gezi Park events will bring about the fall of Erdogan.”

 

Underneath, a large picture of Knesset member Reuven Rivlin was featured. Rivlin, whose name was erroneously spelled “Livnin,” was presented as speaker of the Knesset — a position he had to give up several months ago with great regret, following the establishment of the new government in Jerusalem. The “plea for the fall of Erdogan” was attributed to Rivlin, while the same news item went on to quote former Foreign Minister and current Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Avigdor Liberman — who had strongly objected at the time to an Israeli apology for the killing during the takeover of the Mavi Marmara flotilla — as having stated that he “did not lose sleep over the developments in Turkey.”

 

When I checked with Knesset member Rivlin, as well as with Liberman's bureau, both emphatically denied the allegation! Rivlin stressed the importance he attached to the relations between Israel and Turkey, under any circumstances whatsoever, while Liberman reiterated his position that Netanyahu's apology to Erdogan was a mistake, but denied any association with the statement attributed to him.

 

Later on in the week, similar allegations were made by other Turkish media outlets close to Erdogan. That time around, the “plea for the fall of Erdogan” was attributed to Knesset member Moshe Feiglin, the far-right Likud party member who is serving as the Knesset deputy speaker. I asked  Feiglin whether he had made any such statement, and he, too, denied having ever said anything of the sort. (In fact, no allusion to such statements may be found in Hebrew search engines.)

 

The leak concerning the visit to Ankara of Mossad chief Tamir Pardo on June 10, at the height of the protest wave, is another instance of this discourse, which seeks to attribute responsibility to Israel for fanning the flames of protest in Turkey. Pardo's visit to Ankara was supposed to be secret. However, there apparently were elements interested in tying him to the protest demonstrations. According to reports on the visit, the Israeli Mossad head and Hakan Fidan, chief of the Turkish Intelligence agency (known also as the “secret police”), discussed the goings-on in Syria and Iran, and even … the Gezi Park events.

 

One may wonder what Pardo had to do with the Gezi Park protest. Well, the answer is quite simple: Erdogan wants to disassociate himself from the riots and lay the responsibility for the unrest on “foreign elements.” To achieve this aim, he goes as far as to use the familiar anti-Semitic rhetoric and, for instance, points the finger at “interest groups that stand to benefit from the increase in interest rates.”

 

Israelis are closely following the developments in Turkey. And many yearn for the success of the thousands that are calling for the resignation of Erdogan and his government. It seems, however that the decision to send Tamir Pardo to meet with Fidan — who is a close confidant of Erdogan — in the midst of the protest wave shows that the Israeli government does not expect any deterioration in the standing of the incumbent Turkish prime minister…..

 

Arad Nir Is the head of the foreign news desk and international commentator for Channel 2 News, the largest news provider in Israel.

 

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Tayyip Erdoğan, "God's Gift to Turkey": Robert Ellis, Gatestone Institute, June 19, 2013—The Turkish Minister for EU Affairs, Egemen Bağış, has declared that Prime Minister Erdoğan is a gift sent by God to Turkey and to humanity. But what do half the Turkish electorate do – as well as the rest of humanity – when the gift is unwanted?

 

EU Agrees to Open New Chapter With Turkey:  Hurriet Daily News, June 25, 2013—The European Union has agreed to open a new chapter with Turkey but postponed negotiations until after the presentation of the Commission’s Annual Progress Report and a discussion of the General Affairs Council (GAC) in October.

 

A Country Divided: Where Is Turkey Headed?: Daniel Steinvorth and Bernhard Zand, Spiegel, June 25, 2013—The uprising against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan clearly shows the deep divide between modernity and tradition in Turkey. Economic growth had long disguised the cleft. But now, the country must decide what its future will hold.

 

Greek Cyprus Signs Energy Deal With Israel in Defiance of Turkey: Zach Pontz, Algemeiner, June 21, 2013

The Greek Cypriot cabinet defied Turkey earlier this week, approving plans to sign a deal with a US-Israeli partnership to build a liquefied natural gas plant on the island to exploit untapped energy riches, AFP reported Friday. Turkey has objected to the plan, saying the resources should be divided between two sides of the separated island.

 

 

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EUROPE IN MELTDOWN — E.U. DANCING WITH ISLAMIC TERROR, THE NEW “KAUF NICHT BEI JUDEN” IN GERMANY, AN ITALIAN PROTO-SAINT FALLS FROM GRACE

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Europe’s Historic Responsibility: Proscribe Terror: Paul Gross, Jerusalem Post, June 10, 2013 — The measure is an unashamedly provocative anti-Israel move by the largely pro-Israel Merkel administration. It will blur the lines between an all-encompassing boycott of Israeli merchandise and demarcation of settlement products. In short, the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement will push the punitive label action down the slippery slope of blocking access to all Israeli goods.

 

Germany's Gift to BDS: The Slippery Slope of Labelling Israeli Products: Benjamin Weinthal, Ha’aretz, June 5, 2013—The left-liberal German Green party finally forced the hand of the conservative Merkel administration to explicitly declare—what before had been an open secret—its support for product labels covering export goods from the occupied territories in the West Bank and Golan Heights.

 

An Italian Saint in the Making or a Collaborator with the Nazis?: Patricia Cohen, Globe & Mail, June 20, 2013 —He has been called the Italian Schindler, credited with helping to save 5,000 Jews during the Holocaust. Giovanni Palatucci, a wartime police official, has been honoured in Israel, in New York and in Italy, where squares and promenades have been named in his honour, and in the Vatican, where Pope John Paul II declared him a martyr, a step toward potential sainthood.

 

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Church of Scotland Shreds Bible, Canonizes Palestinian "Scripture," Flunks Exams: Malcolm Lowe, Gatestone Institute, June 4, 2013

Has the Netherlands Gone Mad on Jewish Issues…?: Dr.Manfred Gerstenfeld, Tundra Tabloids, Apr. 5, 2013

The Rise of Hate: R. Nicholas Burns, Atlantic Council, May 29, 2013

The Acute Jihadist Threat in Europe: Scott Stewart, Stratfor, April 4, 2013

Europe’s Meltdown: A Cautionary Tale: Pamela Geller, Jewish Press, June 3, 2013

 

EUROPE’S HISTORIC RESPONSIBILITY: PROSCRIBE TERROR

Paul Gross

Jerusalem Post, June 10, 2013

 

Three cheers for Dutch courage. At present Holland is the only European country that has followed the lead of the US and Canada and designated Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. Britain has blacklisted its “military wing” but not its “political wing” (implying a distinction which does not actually exist) and has just been rebuffed in its efforts to persuade the European Union to follow its lead.

 

Europe often gets short shrift from Israelis. For the least forgiving it is irredeemable, “a Jewish graveyard.” For many more there is frustration at the seemingly endless patience and sympathy shown for the Palestinians, with no commensurate feelings displayed toward Israelis at the receiving end of Hamas’ rockets. Sometimes the criticism of Europe in Israel is disproportionate and self-defeating.

 

It is infuriatingly stupid of certain Israeli politicians to condemn genuine friends of Israel like German Chancellor Angela Merkel or British Foreign Secretary William Hague when they criticize Israeli settlement policy. But Europe does have an eternal debt to pay the Jewish people, and the currency is this: It must, now and always, adopt a zero-tolerance policy toward anti-Semitism.

 

That does not just mean being on guard against the frightening emergence of far-right nationalists like the Jobbik Party in Hungary, or the Golden Dawn in Greece. It should also extend to the new fascism in our midst: The Islamist far-right. Like secular fascism, extremist Islamism is profoundly anti-democratic, implacable and all-too-willing to countenance mass-murder in the pursuit of its aims. And while Sunni jihadists hacking a British soldier to death on the streets of London understandably grabs the headlines, it is Shi’ite Islamism, led by the ayatollahs in Iran, that has the ambition and the organization to pose a serious threat to the liberal democratic west.

 

The US State Department has said that it is not al-Qaida, but Iran’s proxy Hezbollah, that is the most effective and dangerous terrorist organization in the world today. This makes the EU’s de facto appeasement of it an act of alarming stupidity, but what makes it inexcusable is Hezbollah’s record of poisonous, and sometimes lethal, anti-Semitism. Lest we forget, Hezbollah has murdered Jews, and attempted to murder more, on European soil, in Bulgaria and Cyprus.

 

And let no one say this is about Israel. The Iranian-orchestrated, Hezbollah perpetrated terrorism in Argentina in 1994 was not against an Israeli target, but targeted the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires. Eighty-five people were killed not because they were “oppressing Palestinians,” or “occupying Muslim land.” They were killed because they were Jews.

 

All of this is known by European leaders. France, one of the most powerful and influential EU member states, long ago banned Hezbollah’s Al Manar television station because of its Protocols of the Elders of Zion-style anti-Semitic propaganda. They know. And yet they still refuse to call evil by its name and to formally designate Hezbollah as a terrorist group.

 

There are sections of European society that have long since abandoned the post-1945 commitment to fight anti- Semitism. Nothing typified the moral bankruptcy of the “anti-imperialist” European Left better than the mass demonstrations against Israel in the summer of 2006, during the days of the Second Lebanon War; young people, purportedly committed to progressive ideals, marching alongside the misogynistic, gay-hating, anti-Semitic Islamist far-right. The most popular banner, held aloft by leftists and Islamists alike, read: “We are all Hezbollah now.”

 

Europe’s leaders do not share such repellent views. But, in the name of realpolitik, they are turning their backs on morality, justice and on their historic responsibility to the Jewish people. And if they know their history, they may just realize that the responsibility here is not just to the Jews. For anti-Semitism is not just another hatred. It is not just another form of racism.

 

The late writer Christopher Hitchens, delivering a masterful lecture on anti-Semitism for the 2010 Daniel Pearl Memorial event, described it as well as anyone: “ …anti-Semitism is… somewhat like a version of mental illness…. The Nazis thought of Poles and Slavs and Gypsies as racial inferiors by all means, but the organizing principle of their racism, the thing that gave it its energy and its consistency, was the hatred of the Jew… Because anti-Semitism is the godfather of racism and the gateway to tyranny and fascism and war, it is to be regarded not as the enemy of the Jewish people, I learned, but as the common enemy of humanity and of civilization….”

 

From the Nazis to Stalin, and now to the Sunni Islamists of Hamas and the Shi’ite Islamists in Iran, we can see that the exponents of Jew-hatred are also brutal and bloodthirsty oppressors of their own people. The lessons of history are inescapable: The Jews may be the first victims of such ideologies, but they are rarely the last.

 

The author is the director of the Israel Government Fellows program of the Menachem Begin Heritage Center.

 

 

GERMANY'S GIFT TO BDS:
THE SLIPPERY SLOPE OF LABELING ISRAELI PRODUCTS

Benjamin Weinthal

Ha’aretz, June 5, 2013

 

The left-liberal German Green party finally forced the hand of the conservative Merkel administration to explicitly declare—what before had been an open secret—its support for product labels covering export goods from the occupied territories in the West Bank and Golan Heights. Germany’s Green Party unleashed a firestorm of criticism in May over its parliamentary initiative to label Israeli exports to Europe and the Federal Republic. Critics in Germany and the United Kingdom argued that the Green Party push was an eerie reminder of the Hitler movement’s “Kauf nicht bei Juden!” [Do not buy from Jews!] boycott action and a modernized form of the yellow star.

 

Dr. Emily Haber, a state secretary in the German Foreign Ministry, conveyed the new position of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government in a letter to the Green Party: “The label ‘Made in Israel’ is, according to the opinion of the federal government, only allowed for products from within the borders of Israeli state territory before 1967.”

 

The measure is an unashamedly provocative anti-Israel move by the largely pro-Israel Merkel administration. It will blur the lines between an all-encompassing boycott of Israeli merchandise and demarcation of settlement products. In short, the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement will push the punitive label action down the slippery slope of blocking access to all Israeli goods.

 

The details of Germany’s move to discipline Israel in the product arena could place a further strain on Merkel’s relationship with the Jewish state. Just last month it was revealed that Germany upset Israel because it seeks a seat on the UN Security Council in 2019. Germany’s entry into the race for the coveted UN Security Council spot will likely pulverize any chance Israel has to secure the seat itself (an admittedly uphill battle, but since 2005 Israel has expressed an interest in the option of securing one of the two seats reserved for countries in the Western European and Others regional grouping).

 

The recurring E.U. threat of branding settlement products has hung like the sword of Damocles over Israel since a December meeting of the E.U.'s 27 foreign ministers to implement such a labeling system. The officials stated that “the European Union and its members are obligated to fully and effectively implement existing EU legislation and agreements with Israel regarding products from the settlements.”

 

Der Spiegel reported in April—in unsurprisingly gleeful language— that the E.U. initiative comes as an economic slap, aiming “to prohibit the sale of goods produced in the occupied territories – or at least as long as they are falsely labeled.” Other E.U. politicians have pushed labeling as part of a movement towards a full boycott of products made in Israeli settlements. The Irish foreign affairs minister, Eamon Gilmore, said in May that the label system is “in effect” a boycott of goods, and more recently he went further, saying: “The settlements in the West Bank are illegal and therefore the products from those settlements should be treated as illegal in the European Union.”

 

Germany’s decision courts disaster for Israel, largely because a country still associated with the first “Kauf nicht bei Juden!” boycott against German Jewish products during 1930’s has no qualms about its advocacy for economic sanctions against Israel, the only country that enjoys a so-called “special relationship” with the Federal Republic. Inside Europe, Germany, though not a signatory to an anti-Israel petition, is now symbolically part and parcel of the pro-label petition signed in April 2013 by 13 E.U. foreign ministers from Spain, Portugal, France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Slovenia, Luxembourg and Malta.

 

Impeding an imminent E.U. implementation of the label system is the U.S. Secretary of State of John Kerry and his efforts to breathe new life and fire into the peace talks. Kerry asked that the thorny issue of product identification be postponed so as not to disrupt a return to negotiations. The E.U. regulations may clash with U.S. law discouraging, and in many cases barring, companies to conduct business with those that boycott Israel.

 

Though the Greens claim to be toeing the E.U. party line—and stress their concern with providing German customers with “ informed purchasing decisions” about Israeli products, the party has a rather unsavory set of historical actions targeting the Jewish state. In 1983, the Green Party put out a “Green Calendar” with the headline “Israel, the gang of murderers” and called for a “boycott of goods from Israel.” In an article last month in the German daily Die Welt entitled ‘The long tradition of Green Anti-Zionism,” the Green Party’s history of blaming Israel for the Middle East’s problems was highlighted. A year after the notorious “Green Calendar” was published, Green party politicians launched a fact-finding mission in the Middle East with visits to Jordan, Israel, Syria, Lebanon, and the occupied West Bank. The delegation prepared a final document ahead of the trip declaring Israel “totally responsible for the emerging blood bath in the Middle East, when Israel does not decisively change its policies.”

 

A mere seven years later, a leading Green deputy, Hans-Christian Ströbele, who still serves in the Bundestag, justified the later Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s rocket attacks on the Jewish state during the First Gulf War in 1991 as a "logical, almost compelling consequence of Israel's politics." Ströbele’s fellow MP Kerstin Müller, who helped engineer the Green Party legislative motion to compel the Federal Government to join the label process, is slated in late 2013 to head her party’s Tel Aviv-based Heinrich-Böll-Foundation. It is telling that no other mainstream political party in Europe has devoted a comparable level of legislative energy to securing labels on Israeli products.

 

Another telling example of the Greens’ disparate treatment toward Israel is that they have shown no comprehensive and systematic effort to push Germany’s government to similarly label products from Turkish occupied North Cyprus. In fact, the E.U. has showed no appetite for product labeling from territorial conflicts spanning the globe: Gibraltar, the Falklands, Western Sahara, Tibet, Kashmir, the Russian-held regions of Georgia, Armenian-held regions of Azerbaijan, North Cyprus, and Kosovo. Israeli products remain the notable exception subject to EU consumer protection.

 

Sadly, the label measure will toss a wrench into the potential for bilateral peace talks between the Palestinians and Israelis, and it accomplishes the converse of what the E.U. seeks: namely, a negotiated solution between the parties and not one imposed on Israel.

 

Benjamin Weinthal is a Berlin-based fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

 

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AN ITALIAN SAINT IN THE MAKING OR
A COLLABORATOR WITH THE NAZIS?

Patricia Cohen

Globe & Mail, June 20, 2013

 

He has been called the Italian Schindler, credited with helping to save 5,000 Jews during the Holocaust. Giovanni Palatucci, a wartime police official, has been honoured in Israel, in New York and in Italy, where squares and promenades have been named in his honour, and in the Vatican, where Pope John Paul II declared him a martyr, a step toward potential sainthood.

 

But at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, the tale of his heroic exploits is being removed from an exhibition after officials there learned of new evidence suggesting that, far from being a hero, he was an enthusiastic Nazi collaborator involved in the deporting of Jews to Auschwitz.

 

A letter sent this month to the museum’s director by the Centro Primo Levi at the Center for Jewish Studies in New York stated that a research panel of more than a dozen scholars who reviewed nearly 700 documents concluded that for six years, Palatucci was “a willing executor of the racial legislation and – after taking the oath to Mussolini’s Social Republic, collaborated with the Nazis.”

 

The letter said that Italian and German records provided no evidence that he had helped Jews during the war and that the first mention only surfaced years later, in 1952. Researchers also found documents that showed Palatucci had helped the Germans identify Jews to round up.

 

There is no established explanation for how the account of Palatucci’s heroics took hold, but some experts say its persistence owed much to the flattering light it shed on Italy after the war. Scholars said the new evidence surfaced in recent years as they gained access to documents. The goal of their research, they said, was to understand the role of Fiume, the city where Palatucci worked as a breeding ground for fascism; the documents that undermined the account of Palatucci’s selfless heroism were a byproduct of that investigation.

 

Palatucci has been credited with saving thousands of Jews between 1940 and 1944 while he was police chief in Fiume, an Adriatic port city that was considered the first symbol of Italy’s new Fascist Empire. (It is now called Rijeka and is part of Croatia.) When the Nazis occupied the city in 1943, for example, Palatucci was said to have destroyed records to prevent the Germans from sending Fiume’s Jews to concentration camps. His own death at age 35 in a camp at Dachau seemed to corroborate his valor.

 

But Natalia Indrimi, the executive director of the Centro Primo Levi, said historians have been able to review these supposedly destroyed records in the Rijeka State Archives. What they show, said Indrimi, who co-ordinated the research, is that Fiume had only 500 Jews by 1943 and that most of them – 412, or about 80 per cent – ended up at Auschwitz, a higher percentage than in any other Italian city. The research on Palatucci found that rather than being police chief, he was the adjunct deputy commissary responsible for enforcing Fascist Italy’s racial laws. What’s more, his deportation to Dachau in 1944 was not related to saving Jews but to German accusations of embezzlement and treason for passing plans for the postwar independence of Fiume to the British.

 

The report said it was possible that Palatucci had helped a handful of people, although it was unclear whether he had done this on the orders of superiors. Indrimi said “the myth” surrounding Palatucci started in 1952 when his uncle Bishop Giuseppe Maria Palatucci used the story to persuade the Italian government to provide a pension for Giovanni Palatucci’s parents. The account, she said, gained momentum because it seemed to bolster the reputation of Pope Pius XII, whom Jewish groups have described as being indifferent to genocide.

 

“If anything, Giovanni Palatucci represents the silence, self-righteousness and compliance of many young Italian officers who enthusiastically embraced Mussolini in his last disastrous steps,” Indrimi wrote in her letter to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Some of the evidence was presented at a conference at New York University last year.

 

Perhaps the greatest recognition Palatucci received was being named in 1990 by Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the Holocaust, as one of the Righteous Among the Nations – an honour roll of those who rescued Jews that also includes Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist who helped 1,200 Jews avoid the death camps. After receiving the historians’ report, Yad Vashem said it had “commenced the process of thoroughly examining the documents,” Estee Yaari, the foreign media liaison, wrote in an e-mail.

 

The narrative of Palatucci’s selflessness became the subject of articles, books and a television movie. Last month the Giovanni Palatucci Association credited his otherworldly intervention for the miraculous disappearance of a man’s kidney tumor as part of the case being made for sainthood.  The Anti-Defamation League awarded Palatucci its Courage to Care Award on May, 18, 2005, which Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in turn declared to be Giovanni Palatucci Courage to Care Day. The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation has a paean to him on its website. Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman, said in an e-mail that the Vatican was aware of the questions raised and had asked a historian to study the matter.

 

An estimated 9,000 Jews were deported from Italy during the Second World War. But experts have noted that, although the 45,000 Jews in Italy were persecuted, most survived the war. Still, many scholars portray the belated claims of some Italians that they went out of their way to save Jews as part of an attempt to recast Italy’s Fascist past. “The default statement of every Fascist leader after the war was that ‘I helped the Jews,’ ” Indrimi said.

 

Alexander Stille, a professor at the Columbia University journalism school who has reviewed some of the documents, said the Palatucci case is a result of three powerful institutions, all with a vested interest in publicizing what appeared to be a heroic tale: “The Italian government was anxious to rehabilitate itself and show that they were better and more humane than their Nazi allies. The Catholic Church was eager to tell a positive story about the church’s role during the war, and the State of Israel was eager to promote the idea of righteous gentiles and tell stories of right-minded ordinary people who helped to save ordinary Jews.”

 

Stille, whose recent family memoir, “The Force of Things,” includes a tale about his Jewish grandfather in Fiume, said, “Palatucci was the beneficiary of that.” An article last month in the Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera said that a growing chorus of historians and researchers have called the Palatucci rescue “a blatant scam orchestrated by friends and relatives.” The Palatucci association dismissed that account in an outraged letter to the newspaper.

 

The decision to remove the information about Palatucci from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s exhibition, “Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration and Complicity in the Holocaust,” came last week, Andrew Hollinger, the museum’s director of communications, said. The information has already been removed from the exhibition’s website, he said, and the museum is working on removing it from the physical display as well.

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Church of Scotland Shreds Bible, Canonizes Palestinian "Scripture," Flunks Exams:Malcolm Lowe, Gatestone Institute, June 4, 2013

At its recent General Assembly (May 18-24, 2013), the Church of Scotland adopted a pro-Palestinian tract entitled The Inheritance of Abraham? Its Preface admits that a previous version "caused worry and concern in parts of the Jewish Community in Israel and beyond" and offers "clarification." The clarification is mere window-dressing, but that is beside the point.

 

The Acute Jihadist Threat in Europe: Scott Stewart, Stratfor, April 4, 2013 —On March 26, the Belgian federal police's counterterrorism force, or Special Units, conducted a felony car stop on Hakim Benladghem, a 39-year-old French citizen of Algerian extraction. When Benladghem reacted aggressively, he was shot and killed by the police attempting to arrest him.

 

Has the Netherlands Gone Mad on Jewish Issues…….?: Dr.Manfred Gerstenfeld, Tundra Tabloids, Apr. 5, 2013—In February the Dutch national media “forgot” to report on a mainstream TV broadcast in which a number of Dutch Turkish youngsters praised Hitler, the Holocaust and the killing of Jewish babies. On the English language web the issue got far more attention. Thereupon the Simon Wiesenthal Center wrote to the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte asking him to investigate anti-Semitism in the Netherlands.

 

The Rise of Hate: R. Nicholas Burns, Atlantic Council, May 29, 2013—In Athens, a popular far-right party condemns Jews as a source of the country’s misfortune and recycles the ancient lie depicting them as “Christ killers.” In Hungary, the prime minister fails to disassociate himself convincingly from an anti-Semitic and increasingly powerful fascist group. Scenes from Europe in the 1930s? No. Both examples, sadly, of European politics today.

 

Europe’s Meltdown: A Cautionary Tale: Pamela Geller, Jewish Press, June 3, 2013—Muslims rioted in Sweden for a week, burning cars and attacking police. This is just the latest in an unremitting Islamic campaign, a continent-wide jihad initiative leaving death and destruction in its wake. It is a glimpse into the present and future of Europe, due to its disastrous and suicidal immigration policies, and a cautionary tale for America.

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VICTOIRE DE ROHANI EN IRAN : CADEAU EMPOISONNÉ POUR L’OCCIDENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

La victoire de Rohani :

un cadeau empoisonné pour l’Occident

Freddy Eytan

Le CAPE de Jérusalem, 6 juin 2013

 

La victoire imprévue d’Hassan Rohani et la participation massive des Iraniens aux élections prouvent que les sanctions occidentales imposées à Téhéran sont douloureuses et efficaces. Le peuple iranien souhaite vraiment le changement et en a ras le bol de l’isolement de son pays dans l’arène internationale. Il a trop souffert de la politique désastreuse menée ces dernières années par le grotesque et l’extravagant illuminé Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

 

En évitant de descendre dans la rue et d’affronter les Gardiens de la Révolution, les Iraniens pensent par un vote sanction populaire réussir à faire sortir leur pays de la quarantaine et pouvoir renouveler le dialogue régional et international. Cette approche naïve mais sincère est en fait l’idée manigancée par le Guide spirituel, l’Ayatollah Khamenei. Pour apaiser la grogne et la contestation, il a choisi avec la ruse et la manipulation un nouveau président qui aux yeux du monde arabe et des Occidentaux représente le compromis et une certaine modération par rapport à son prédécesseur et ses concurrents malheureux. Qu’on ne se trompe pas, Rohani fait partie de la classe religieuse chiite et agit en connivence avec le chef de l’Etat.

 

La communauté internationale, notamment la France et les Etats-Unis, s’est empressée de réagir favorablement à l’élection de Rohani comme s’il s’agissait de résultats démocratiques. Leurs réactions hâtives rappellent celles prononcées juste après les révoltes intervenues en Tunisie, en Libye et en Egypte, les qualifiants naïvement de « Printemps arabe »…

 

Certes, le peuple iranien n’est pas notre ennemi. L’Iran bouge lentement et dans le bon sens, et nous devons encourager la jeune génération, celle de Facebook et de Twitter, à intervenir dans les décisions gouvernementales et rejeter toute tentative des ayatollahs de plonger l’Iran dans l’obscurantisme du Moyen-âge, mais à l’évidence, l’Iran demeure une théocratie chiite et son souverain sera toujours considéré comme le représentant d’Allah jusqu’au jour où un véritable changement démocratique écartera définitivement tous les ayatollahs. D’ici là, vigilance et prudence obligent. Rohani sera jugé par ses actes, par ses réformes et son pouvoir de résister au guide spirituel. Un désaveu pourra également renforcer le désespoir, la frustration et la contestation dans les rues. 

 

Devant le cadeau empoisonné qu’offre ayatollah Khamenei à l’Occident, notre tâche se complique et nous laisse quasiment seuls dans notre combat existentiel. Nous devons poursuivre sans relâche notre objectif d’empêcher l’Iran de se doter de l’arme nucléaire, et prouver au monde que l’Iran change peut-être de tactique en cherchant à abolir les sanctions et à sortir de son isolement, mais son idéologie et son but n’ont pas changé de cap. La stratégie des ayatollahs demeure la même, à savoir « faire flotter l’étendard chiite au Moyen-Orient et libérer toute la Palestine des occupants sionistes par tous les moyens ». L’intervention iranienne en Syrie et la participation du Hezbollah aux côtés du régime d’Assad pour libérer ensuite le Golan et la Palestine font partie de cette stratégie chiite. Les Etats-Unis et l’Europe peuvent donner une certaine chance à Rohani mais doivent à tout prix éviter de tomber dans le piège tendu par des ayatollahs aux commandes depuis 1979. 

 

 

Israël-Autorité palestinienne :

des relations économiques en quête d’horizon politique

Nathalie Hamou

juif.org, 20 juin 2013

 

Avec le gel des négociations, le concept de «paix économique» a fait long feu. Très dépendante d’Israël, l’économie palestinienne peine à trouver des débouchés. Mais le secteur privé explore de nouvelles voies.

 

Ramallah et Jérusalem parviendront-elles à relancer leur coopération économique ? Tel est du moins le souhait des ministres des finances israélien et palestinien qui ont annoncé dimanche 16 juin leur intention de renforcer leurs liens. A l’issue d’une rencontre organisée après plusieurs mois d’interruption, Yaïr Lapid et son homologue de l’Autorité Palestinienne, Shoukri Bishara, ont décidé de rétablir les réunions régulières sur des questions techniques « comme les points de passage (…), la fourniture de carburants, d’électricité et d’eau aux Palestiniens et le financement des soins des Palestiniens dans les hôpitaux israéliens », selon un communiqué palestinien.

 

Un changement de climat qui n’augure pas forcément d’un réchauffement majeur… Signe des temps, lors de la conférence annuelle « Facing Tomorrow » qui se tient du 18 au 20 juin à Jérusalem à l’initiative du Président de l’Etat hébreu, Shimon Pérès, fervent défenseur d’une solution à deux Etats, un seul intervenant palestinien a figuré au menu des deux journées. A en croire les organisateurs de la manifestation à laquelle assistent Bill Clinton ou encore Tony Blair, des invitations ont bien été envoyées côté palestinien, mais les intéressés ont décliné. « A l’heure où le processus de paix reste au point mort (Ndlr : depuis septembre 2009), aucune figure palestinienne ne peut prendre le risque de cautionner un semblant de normalisation avec Israël », souffle un observateur.

 

D’évidence, les relations économiques entre Israël et les Territoires palestiniennes, régies par les Accords de Paris (1994), n’ont jamais cessé d’exister. Au point que l’économie palestinienne reste largement dépendante d’Israël. L’an dernier, les exportations de produits industriels et agricoles de l’Autorité palestinienne (Cisjordanie) vers l’Etat hébreu, se sont élevées à 550 millions de dollars, soit environ 76% du total. Tandis que les exportations israéliennes (secteurs industriels et agricoles, hors marchandises en simple transit) ont atteint 670 millions de dollars, sur un total supérieur à 40 milliards. « Simplement, il existe une tension entre la sphère publique et privée », note Dan Catarivas, responsable des relations internationales au sein de l’Association des Industriels israéliens.

 

De fait, le politique interfère régulièrement sur les échanges entre les deux entités. Ces derniers mois, l’Autorité palestinienne a ainsi connu une crise budgétaire, en raison du désengagement des bailleurs de fonds de certains pays arabes ; mais aussi, du fait de la saisie pendant quatre mois des taxes collectées par Israël pour le compte des Palestiniens, suite à la décision de Mahmoud Abbas de demander un statut d’Etat observateur aux Nations-Unies.

 

Plus généralement, c’est le concept de « paix économique », cher au premier ministre israélien Benyamin Netanyahou, qui semble avoir fait long feu. « Depuis quatre ans, les officiels palestiniens font valoir que la paix économique risque de se substituer à la paix politique et l’ont rejetée, poursuit Dan Catarivas. Ils essayent de réduire les relations économiques avec Israël car à leurs yeux, ces échanges ne font que cautionner l’occupation israélienne. Mais dans les faits, ce raisonnement ne tient pas. Ce qui ne veut pas dire qu’il ne faille pas explorer des voies pour réduire la dépendance de l’économie palestinienne à l’égard d’Israël ».

 

A en croire ce responsable, les Palestiniens n’ont pour l’heure pas d’autre choix que d’acheter des produits de base israéliens. Pour autant, Israël fournit du travail à plus de 30.000 Palestiniens dans ses zones industrielles, et à 22.500 autres dans ses implantations situées au-delà de la ligne verte, à un niveau salaire trois à quatre fois plus élevé que celui versé par les employeurs palestiniens.

 

Reste que la rhétorique est bel et bien en train de changer. Lors du dernier Forum économique mondial, qui s’est tenu fin mai sur la rive jordanienne de la mer morte, quelque 300 hommes d’affaires palestiniens et israéliens, à l’origine de l’initiative « Briser l’impasse », ont appelé leurs dirigeants à se rassoir à la table des négociations : un préalable selon eux à la relance de la coopération économique. Ce qui n’empêche pas nombre d’opérateurs du secteur privé de travailler ensemble malgré le « Mur » qui les sépare. A l’image de l’entreprise israélienne Mellanox, qui fait de l’outsourcing avec des programmeurs de Ramallah. Selon PITA, qui chapeaute le secteur high tech palestinien, pas moins de 500 ingénieurs de Cisjordanie, s’inscrivent déjà dans ce schéma…

 

 

Un Etat palestinien serait en

contradiction avec la Charte de l’ONU

Zvi Tenney

terredisrael.com, 19 juin 2013

 

Voici quelques remarques à ce sujet émises dernièrement par des juristes en droit international qui pourraient surprendre nombreux….Certes cela ne peut changer la perception courante et actuelle du conflit, mais il n’empêche qu’il est intéressant d’avoir ces remarques en mémoire, surtout quand on pense à la solution de ce conflit en coopération avec la Jordanie.

 

L’ONU a dans sa Charte la résolution 80 qui, lorsqu’elle a été votée, a officieusement été appelée la « clause du peuple juif « , car elle conserve intacts tous les droits accordés aux Juifs par le Mandat britannique pour la Palestine, même après l’expiration dudit mandat les 14/ 15 mai 1948.

 

Cette résolution 80 de la charte de l’ONU a force de traité international car la Charte des Nations Unies dans son entier est un traité international. Appliquée à la Palestine, elle explique que les droits qui ont été donnés aux Juifs sur la terre d’Israël ne peuvent être modifiés d’aucune façon, sauf si un accord de tutelle entre les États ou parties concernés avait transformé le mandat en tutelle, ou en « territoire sous tutelle ».

 

En vertu du chapitre 12 de la même Charte, l’ONU avait une fenêtre de trois ans pour cela, entre le 24 Octobre 1945 (date où la Charte des Nations Unies est entrée en vigueur) et le 14/15 mai 1948, date où le mandat a expiré, et l’Etat d’Israël a été proclamé.

Comme aucun accord de ce type n’a été passé pendant ces trois ans, les droits donnés aux juifs sous le mandat britannique sur la Palestine ont force exécutoire, et l’ONU se doit de respecter cet article 80 qu’elle n’est d’ailleurs pas autorisée à modifier.

 

L’ONU n’a donc aucune possibilité de transférer ou de reconnaître le transfert d’une partie des droits qui ont été donnés au peuple juif sur la Palestine à une entité non juive, en l’occurrence, à l’Autorité palestinienne. Tous les juristes de l’ONU le savent, et buttent sur cette résolution incontournable.

 

Parmi les plus importants des droits conférés aux Juifs, figurent ceux de l’article 6 du Mandat qui reconnaît aux Juifs le droit « d’immigrer librement sur la terre d’Israël et d’y établir des colonies de peuplement « . Ce droit, comme mentionné plus haut, est totalement protégé par l’article 80 de la Charte des Nations Unies .Il faut rappeler que sous le mandat britannique, toute la Palestine était réservée à l’établissement du foyer national juif et du futur Etat juif indépendant, en confirmation de ce qui avait été décidé lors de la conférence de paix de San Remo en Avril 1920.

 

Aucune partie de la Palestine concernée par le mandat britannique (soit la Cisjordanie, après la création de la Jordanie), n’a été donnée pour la création d’un Etat arabe.

 

Les droits des Arabes à l’autodétermination leur ont été accordés ailleurs : en Syrie, en Irak, en Arabie, en Egypte, en Afrique du Nord et en Jordanie (après l’accord spécial modifiant le dit Mandat comme mentionné plus haut). Il a été créé en conséquence 21 Etats arabes sur un immense territoire qui va du golfe Persique à l’océan Atlantique.

 

Il n’y a donc aucune possibilité de créer un Etat arabe supplémentaire indépendant en Cisjordanie, territoires de la Palestine mandataire réservée à l’autodétermination juive.

 

Créer un tel état sur ces terres attribuées aux juifs serait illégal en vertu de l’article 80 de la Charte des Nations Unies, et outrepasserait l’autorité juridique que l’ONU s’est elle-même donnée…Et cela, en dépit de sa tendance et de sa volonté politique !

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Oberlin College Rabbi Downplays Impact of Divestment Resolution: Ed Wittenberg, Cleveland Jewish News,  May 7, 2013 —The Oberlin College Student Senate has endorsed a resolution that calls for the College to divest from six companies that allegedly profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. Oberlin College Students for a Free Palestine, an anti-Israel student group, presented the resolution to the Student Senate, which voted by majority to support it May 5.

 

No Free Speech for Exposers of Campus Anti-Semitism: Richard Cravatts, Front Page Magazine, June 6, 2013— In her controversial book, From Time Immemorial, which examined the false narrative concerning the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, Joan Peters referred to something she identified as “turnspeak,” “twisted rhetoric artfully aimed at the hearts and minds of the West, originated by the Arabs, and rivaling the Soviets.

 

Open Letter to the UC Regents: David Horowitz and Jeffrey Wienir, Front Page Magazine, June 19, 2013—Sadia Saifuddin, a UC Berkeley senior and a member of the MSA and Students for Justice in Palestine, Muslim Brotherhood front groups that regularly sponsor “Israel Apartheid Weeks,” was recently nominated to become the University of California student regent for the 2014-15 academic year. 

 

On Topic Links

 

Open Letter to the UC Regents: David Horowitz and Jeffrey Wienir, Front Page Magazine, June 19, 2013

Lawsuit Details Depth of Berkeley Jewish Student Harassment: Investigative Project on Terrorism, August 12, 2011

Jewish Students at UC-Irvine Harassed & Intimidated, ZOA Reports in Complaint to U.S. Civil Rights Office: Morton A. Klein: Zionist Organization of America, October 15, 2004

 

 

OBERLIN COLLEGE RABBI DOWNPLAYS
IMPACT OF DIVESTMENT RESOLUTION

Ed Wittenberg

Cleveland Jewish News,  May 7, 2013

 

The Oberlin College Student Senate has endorsed a resolution that calls for the College to divest from six companies that allegedly profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. Oberlin College Students for a Free Palestine, an anti-Israel student group, presented the resolution to the Student Senate, which voted by majority to support it May 5.

 

But Rabbi Shimon Brand, Jewish chaplain at the College, said the resolution is not a cause for great concern. “It’s a sad thing, but not a significant thing,” said Brand, director of Hillel at Oberlin College.

“The Oberlin College Student Senate is not a representative of the student body. It’s a minor organization on campus. The Student Senate does not have a clue about Israel; they know nothing about it. “This also has no reflection on Oberlin College’s investment policies. The (College’s) investment committee will not pay attention to it. It won’t affect the administration on its investments.”

 

The resolution calls for the College’s divestment from Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, Group 4 Securicor, SodaStream, Elbit Systems and Veolia. It indicates these companies do business in the West Bank, eastern Jerusalem and Gaza. “These six companies represent a wide range of injustices perpetrated on the Palestinian people by Israel,” a May 6 press release from Students for a Free Palestine said. “By endorsing the resolution, Oberlin College will join a growing global movement for justice in Israel/Palestine.” The press release also calls the resolution’s endorsement “a major milestone in SFP’s Oberlin Divest campaign, which follows the principles of the 2005 Palestinian Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.”

 

“We are thrilled that this resolution has passed,” Lucia Kalinosky, an Oberlin senior and Students for a Free Palestine member, said in the release. “We’re proud that our senate has decided to stand on the side of justice.” But even though the Students for a Free Palestine views the action as a victory for its divestment campaign, Brand does not see it that way. “(The Student Senate) said they want to make it very clear they are not advocating for any divestment from Israel itself,” he said.

 

“Jewish students on Senate worked very hard to get the Senate to change the proposal, so the Student Senate removed anything that would allow this to be associated with the general divestment campaign.”

Nina Sundell, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, said the resolution is non-binding, so the College’s administration is not obligated to make a financial decision based on the Student Senate’s endorsement of the resolution.

 

“The ADL has spoken out against BDS campaigns on a national level, and we would say the same thing in this case,” said Sundell, whose office is based in Cleveland. “These campaigns are orchestrated by individuals who seek to deepen the division between Israelis and Palestinians. They are problematic because it places the entire onus on Israel and the Israelis. It doesn’t give a clear understanding of the conflict on both sides.”

 

Similar resolutions have been passed this school year at the University of California campuses in Irvine, Berkeley and San Diego. “We have been seeing a lot of these types of resolutions, and several BDS campaigns, popping up on campuses this year and in recent years,” Sundell said. “These campaigns and resolutions can negatively impact the university by creating environments that are less inclusive, less unified and more hostile.” Sundell said while the resolution “definitely does concern us,” the ADL does not plan to take any action at this time because it is non-binding and the College has no financial obligation as a result of it.

 

In the press release, Students for a Free Palestine indicated it plans to take the resolution next semester to the College’s investment committee, which will determine if Oberlin adopts the financial policies outlined in the resolution. Scott Wargo, the College’s director of media relations, said the resolution will be presented to the investment committee, and “it will be given all due consideration.”

 

“Students have a number of different ideas regarding the endowment of the College and how they would like to see the College manage the endowment,” Wargo said. “In this case, the Student Senate, through its support of the resolution, has concerns about the College’s endowment and investments.”

 

Gary Coleman, executive director of the Cleveland Hillel Foundation, said he had been in contact with Brand about the situation. “I have full confidence in the work Shimon does at Hillel at Oberlin,” he said. “He is involved with the students and the decision-making, and we are very supportive of all of his work.”

A member of the Oberlin Student Senate who was contacted by email seeking comment did not reply.

 

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NO FREE SPEECH FOR EXPOSERS OF CAMPUS ANTI-SEMITISM

Richard Cravatts

Front Page Magazine, June 6, 2013

 

In her controversial book, From Time Immemorial, which examined the false narrative concerning the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, Joan Peters referred to something she identified as “turnspeak,” “twisted rhetoric artfully aimed at the hearts and minds of the West, originated by the Arabs, and rivaling the Soviets, who are veterans of ‘semantic infiltration’ and the word war. Just as, in their lexicon, totalitarianism translates into ‘democracy,’ and degradation becomes ‘freedom,’ so has the flawed but democratic Israel been branded ‘Zionist imperialist’ and ‘racist.’” First used in 1939 to describe German propaganda after its invasion of Czechoslovakia, “turnspeak” in that instance was used to invert truth, enabling Germany to blame the Czechs for the aggression and belligerency they themselves were perpetrating.

 

On campuses today, turnspeak is still alive and well, the latest instance of its use being the case of Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, a lecturer at UC Santa Cruz and co-founder of the AMCHA Initiative, an organization that investigates, documents, educates about, and combats anti-Semitism at institutions of higher education in the U.S. Rossman-Benjamin has been tirelessly campaigning for years against what she describes as “an advanced anti- Israel and pro-Palestinian discourse [that] has really dominated the campus square for over a decade, negatively affecting perceptions of literally hundreds of thousands of California university students,” and, more specific to this discussion, creating a hostile environment on California campuses for Jewish students and others who support Israel, or are assumed to, based on their Jewishness.

 

And those same activist student groups who have been spreading virulent anti-Israelism, often morphing into anti-Semitism, throughout the California public university system – and who have done so obsessively and without sanction – are now exhibiting turnspeak of their own by accusing Rossman-Benjamin of being a racist, not for attacking their beliefs or pro-Palestinian cause, but for her efforts to reveal the presence of anti-Semitism at her own university and elsewhere. She is now being branded a purveyor of hate speech and Islamophobia because she revealed the corrosive speech and behavior of pro-Palestinian campus activists.

 

Critics specifically pointed to a June 2012 speech which Rossman-Benjamin delivered at the Ahavath Torah Congregation in Stoughton, Massachusetts, during which she described anti-Semitic incidents at the University of California, and attributed some responsibility for contemporary campus anti-Semitism to two organizations, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and the Muslim Students Association (MSA). Rossman-Benjamin also conveyed widely-published reports indicating ties between the MSA and terrorist organizations.

 

In response, in April the student senate at UC Berkeley passed a resolution condemning Rossman-Benjamin’s “Islamophobic hate speech” by claiming that she “has been responsible for inciting racist and Islamophobic rhetoric,” that her comments and views are “hateful and inflammatory,” and that University of California President Mark Yudof should be called upon  “to condemn these inflammatory, hateful, and racist assumptions by  . . . Rossman-Benjamin against Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian students, and Palestinian rights activists.”…

 

The moral uprightness that anti-Israel activists feel in denouncing what they perceive to be Israel’s racist, apartheid character, combined with its role as the illegal occupier of stolen Muslim land, has manifested itself in paroxysms of ideological assaults against Zionism, Israel, and, by extension, Jews in general. A central part of that cognitive war against Israel and Jews involves the speech and behavior that Rossman-Benjamin sought to address, namely, the demonization and venomous intellectual attacks on the character, moral standing, legality, and social and military behavior of Israel, and its perceived role as colonial occupier, and racist and apartheid state. Where that anti-Israel speech and behavior has seemingly crossed the line of civil discourse, and why Rossman-Benjamin initiated her own campaign in the first place, is in those frequently, and ever increasing, instances when what is described by activists as merely “criticism of Israel” has devolved into speech, representations, and tropes that can be considered raw anti-Semitism, not the political discourse or academic inquiry it is said to be by those who perpetrate it.

 

In her assessment of the presence of anti-Semitism on campuses, Rossman-Benjamin relied on “working definitions” of anti-Semitism used by, among others, the U.S. Department of State, Britain’s All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, which observe “that in context certain language or behavior demonizes and delegitimizes Israel or attacks Israel with classic anti-Semitic stereotypes, such as denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, applying double standards by requiring of Israel a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation, drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli police to that of the Nazis, and accusing the Jewish people, or Israel, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust”—exactly the type of expressed attitudes and accusations regularly seen in the events, speech, and publications of Muslim student groups and other pro-Palestinian activists, prevalent in such events as “Holocaust in the Holy Land,” “Israel: The Fourth Reich,” “Israel: The Politics of Genocide,” not to mention the yearly Israel Apartheid Weeks that have sprouted up on campuses world-wide.

 

The Berkeley resolution against Rossman-Benjamin also asserted that her “attempts to mischaracterize and chill Palestinian activism. . . on Berkeley’s own campus, with a lawsuit [she] filed [contained] extremely Islamophobic and anti-Arab rhetoric referring to Students for Justice in Palestine and the Muslims Students Association as ‘anti-Semitic’ and ‘pro-terrorist.’” But this view of the darker side of pro-Palestinian activism, channelled through Muslim Student Associations, is not merely conjecture on Rossman-Benjamin’s part; in fact, there is considerable evidence that there was, and remains, a sinister and dangerous side to anti-Israel activism on College campuses….

 

The core issue at hand is not that Rossman-Benjamin, or anyone else for that matter, wishes to stifle or, as it is normally described by the supposed victims of such efforts, “chill” the speech of pro-Palestinian activists, or anyone else on campus, for that matter. The issue is that just as the activists have the right under the umbrella of academic free speech to express their views—no matter how factually inaccurate, vitriolic, or repellent they may be—those on campus with opposing views also have the right under the same precepts of free expression to question the activists’ views, and to call them anti-Semitic, or racist, or genocidal, or merely historically inaccurate or incorrect if, in fact, that is the case.

 

The pro-Palestinian activists who are currently vilifying Rossman-Benjamin may, of course, believe that they are entitled to express themselves and to have their point of view accepted without reservation because they are morally committed to it and feel that there is a special righteousness to their cause. But every proponent of every cause feels the same way and should not presume that they can reasonably be inoculated from critique of their ideas merely because they feel that their ideas are morally and ideologically superior to all others.

 

The concept of academic free speech, and the reason that the university is supposed to be a place where unfettered speech and a free exchange of ideas can take place, is based on the notion that vigorous debate will result in strong ideas emerging from weaker ones. The fact that pro-Palestinian activists do not like someone critiquing their tactics or their ideology is beside the point. And it is naïve of them to think that they can enjoy the protection of academic free speech themselves and not have others enjoy the same freedom, as well, to critique and evaluate what they do and say, that it would ever be reasonable or equitable that one group could claim “free speech for me, but not for thee.”

 

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OPEN LETTER TO THE UC REGENTS

David Horowitz and Jeffrey Wienir

Front Page Magazine, June 19, 2013

 

Sadia Saifuddin, a UC Berkeley senior and a member of the MSA and Students for Justice in Palestine, Muslim Brotherhood front groups that regularly sponsor “Israel Apartheid Weeks,” was recently nominated to become the University of California student regent for the 2014-15 academic year.  In addition to sponsoring anti-Israel resolutions on campus including one calling for divestment from companies that do business with Israel, she is behind the vicious attack on Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, a lecturer at UC Santa Cruz and one of the lone defenders of Israel amongst faculty within the University of California system.  The following is an open letter to the Regents of the University of California, urging them not to confirm Saifuddin when they convene next month.

 

Sign This Letter and Send the UC Regents a Message:

 

June 17, 2013

 

The Regents of the University of California

1111 Franklin St., 12th Floor

Oakland, CA 94607

 

Dear Regent:

 

We are concerned by your nomination of Sadia Saifuddin, a leading figure in two organizations that conduct an annual hate campaign against the state of Israel and Jewish students on UC campuses to be a University of California student regent for 2014-15.  Appointing Sadia Saifuddin to the Board of Regents would be an offense to the “Principles of Community” for UC Berkeley which are supposed to be core values in the UC system, and which calls on UC students to “ respect the differences as well as the commonalities that bring us together and call for civility and respect in our personal interactions.” How is it respectful for the organizations that Sadia Saifuddin represents to sponsor “Israeli Apartheid Weeks” which support terrorist organizations like Hamas and call for the destruction of the Jewish state?

 

Sadia Saifuddin has been an active participant in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement which eminent academics like Larry Summers and Alan Dershowitz of Harvard have described as “anti-Semitic” and which call for the destruction of the Jewish state. Two student senators at UC Berkeley who voted against the divestment resolution that Sadia Saifuddin and her organizations support reported that they had received death threats.

 

Sadia Saifuddin is a leader of the Muslim Students Association and Students for Justice in Palestine who have featured speakers that promote hate against Jews at multiple campuses in the UC system. Amir Abdel Malik-Ali, a leading figure in these organizations who has spoken at UCLA, UC Irvine and other UC campuses under the auspices of the MSA and SJP openly supports the terrorist organization Hamas, calls for a war against America and describes Jews “the new Nazis.”  And Malik-Ali is not alone.

 

Recently, Saifuddin has been behind the vicious attacks on Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, a lecturer at UC Santa Cruz who is also a co-founder of the AMCHA Initiative, a grass-roots advocacy coalition dedicated to protecting Jewish students from anti-Semitism on UC campuses.

 

The anti-Jewish activities of Sadia Saifuddin’s organizations are well documented. Here are links to two current lawsuits about them:

 

http://www.investigativeproject.org/3100/lawsuit-details-depth-of-berkeley-jewish-student

 

http://zoa.org/2004/10/101869-jewish-students-at-uc-irvine-harassed-intimidated-zoa-reports-in-complaint-to-u-s-civil-rights-office/

 

The nomination of Sadia Saifuddin as the student regent is inappropriate, and if she were confirmed, it would set a dangerous precedent to encourage escalated anti-Semitism on campus, which is already a big problem in the UC system.  I urge you to reconsider Saifuddin’s nomination and not to confirm her as a Regent next month.

 

Sincerely,

David Horowitz, Founder and CEO, The David Horowitz Freedom Center

Jeffrey Wienir, Campus Director, David Horowitz Freedom Center

 

 

Lawsuit Details Depth of Berkeley Jewish Student Harassment: Investigative Project on Terrorism, August 12, 2011

A pattern of harassment and physical assaults by members of two Muslim student groups at the University of California, Berkeley crosses the line from allowing free speech into creating a hostile campus environment, an attorney representing two students argued in court papers filed this week.

 

Jewish Students at UC-Irvine Harassed & Intimidated, ZOA Reports in Complaint to U.S. Civil Rights Office: Morton A. Klein: Zionist Organization of America, October 15, 2004—Jewish students at the University of California at Irvine are being subjected to harassment, intimidation and discrimination, according to an official complaint sent by the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA)’s Center for Law and Justice to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

 

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TABITHA KOROL: OBERLIN’S ONUS

Oberlin's Onus

by Tabitha Korol

May 10, 2013

 

I was saddened to read Oberlin [College, Ohio]’s Hillel Rabbi Shimon Brand’s weak response to the Palestinian students’ boycott against the American companies that do business with Israel ("Oberlin Rabbi Downplays Divestment Resolution Impact”, Cleveland Jewish News, May 10, 2013).  He acquiesced to Sharia law, and trivialized, rather than dealt with, the bigotry and propaganda spewed against the only democratic country in the region. 

 

How does Islamic intolerance on campus lead to outstanding leadership and organization skills, as noted in Oberlin’s mission statement?  How do their lies contribute to teaching democratic values?  These students are damaging the learning environent with their irresponsibility and treachery – to Israel and to our own republic.  The willl of the most violent culture on earth was permitted to spread throughout the school and into the community.  Contrary to the Rabbi’s dismissive statement, this is of great concern,  because this is merely the bourgeoning continuation of the Islamic conquest begun in 623 AD, when Muhammad enslaved and slaughtered Jewish and Christian inhabitants of Mecca and Medina, and why Jews are fleeing Europe yet again.     

 

Islam is a socio-political construct masquerading as a religion, and the Islamic false narrative of victimhood has been allowed to gain momentum; the entire school is complicit.   The truth is the Arabs displaced the Jews – a hidden, major Arab migration and immigration took place into areas settled by Jews in pre-Israel Palestine.  Most of the Arab refugees had foreign roots, and the number of Arab refugees from Israel in 1948 equalled the number of Jewish refugees that fled persecution from Arab lands.  Oberlin and Hillel should have conducted a seminar for Jewish students – for all students – because Christians will suffer equally if Islam is allowed to flourish in America.  As the Muslims say, “First the Saturday people, then the Sunday people.” 

 

The college is obligated to teach the truth – inform the uninformed that Israel became a nation in 1312 BCE, and a modern State in 1948.   In 1964, the PLO renamed the Israeli Arabs “Palestinians” to be a thorn in the side of the Jews, to provide a link to the territory, in order to steal the land that they could not win militarily.

 

The land has been Jewish since 1272 BCE, but Jordan’s for only 22 years, with Jordan never disputing Jerusalem’s heritage.  Founded by King David, Jerusalem is mentioned more than 700 times in the Jewish Holy Scriptures, but not once in the Koran, and Mohammed was never there.  Sixty-eight percent of the Arabs fled on orders of their armed forces, without ever having seen an Israeli soldier.  And the Arabs who stayed at Israel’s invitation, now 20.4% of Israel’s population, enjoy a far better life than their brethren do in despotic Islamic countries. 

 

Still, Israel relinquished the West Bank to Palestinians who, rather than form a viable, peaceful state, turned it into massive launching pads, using their own women and children as shields to increase the casualties and evoke compassion – again, their perverse victimhood.  They have never attempted to established their autonomy, even when the land was barren and population sparse, and never showed signs of wanting peace.  When given a chance at self-governance, the Arabs throughout the Middle East choose Sharia – obedience to strict, oppressive Islamic law, violence, and no democracy.  They have destroyed Jewish and other holy sites, and continue their rocketfire and bombs against Israeli citizens even after announcing a truce. 

 

The students should also know that under Israeli “occupation” (which was discontinued with the Oslo Accords in 1993), Palestinian life improved greatly – modernized infrastructure, increased manufacturing facilities, and seven new universities.  Israelis taught them modern agriculture, set up medical programs with  more than a hundred health clinics, instituted freedom of the press, and introduced a Palestinian administration heretofore unknown to these people who originated from oppressive Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Yemen.  Unemployment fell, birth rate survival increased, life expectancy soared, and the population nearly doubled from 1967 to 1993.  The West Bank and Gaza became the fourth fastest-growing economy in the world, ahead of such wonders as Singapore, Hong Kong, and Korea, and ahead of Israel itself. 

 

On May 22, 2013, the official PA daily news reported that PA Minister of Health, Hani Abdeen, visited Israel’s Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem and the Palestinian children who represent 30% of the child patients.  The hospital also has a special program to train Palestinian doctors to treat cancer among children.  On the other hand, Palestinian leadership continues to swear to have a Jew-free state.

 

And we might as well mention that Palestinians receive more funding from the UN than any other peoples, with no oversight for distribution; severe mismanagement of funds contributes more to deadly violence than to humanitarian needs.  Funds for 700,000 Arabs in 1948 has now increased to billions of dollars to support millions of their descendants!

 

Make no mistake that Students for a Free Palestine are terrorists, doing the work of the Muslim Brotherhood and advocating for Israel’s destruction.  Muslims have been the most persistent and pernicious people on the planet for 1400 years, with an imperialist belief system designed to destroy Western civilization and progress and force the masses into obeying Islamist ideology.  Their holy books are devoid of all morality, conscience and compassion, and contain concepts that force their own to sacrifice their humanity in order to commit evil for aggressive expansion.  Not only do they slaughter, but they burn Christians in their African churches, amputate limbs, decapitate victims, kidnap toddlers for camel races, condone adult males’ engaging in sex with prepubescent boys as well as with their newly deceased wives.  One jihadist was recently seen on YouTube eating the heart pulled from his dead victim.  This is the culture we are dealing with – the culture to which Oberlin is capitulating.  This is Jihad.

 

Of the eight types of Jihad identified, the following two apply to Oberlin:

 

·         Intellectual Jihad, propagandizing to spread acceptance of Islam.  Speakers in universities, libraries; interruptions and filibustering; forcing boycotts against Israel’s books and products, and

 

·         Religious Jihad, using freedom of religion and tolerant religious leaders to advance Islam, while other religions are forbidden in theirs.  Destroying antiquities; building mosques.

 

These students should be focusing on freedom for Muslim women who are victims of one of the most hideous barbaric rituals – female genital mutilation.  Treated no better than animals, these untermenschen are enshrouded and forever demoralized and deprived of education, have no equality to men under the law, play no formal role in government, may take no action against spousal abuse or other forms of gender violence, and may receive no medical treatment without a man’s consent.  Women may not undertake domestic or foreign travel alone, qualify for inheritance equal to her brothers, expect a monogomous marriage to a man of her own choosing, keep her children in the event of divorce or widowhood, drive a car or sit in the front seat, among the many other restrictions.

 

What does Hillel propose now that we can no longer dismiss the boycott as a simple, inconsequential matter?  Our schools and students have been inducted  into the Islamic war against Israel and the West, whether we wanted it or not.  We have already been invaded, and there is too much history behind us to assume that we will be immune to Islam’s history of intolerance, slavery, war, conquest and destruction.  If we allow Islam to take control, we forfeit our religion, independence, our country and our civilization.    

 

 

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