Saturday, December 28, 2013

Antisemites flock together: Richard Falk, Gilad Atzmon & David Duke

From UNWatch, 25 Dec 2013:

Top UN official Richard Falk recently provided the cover endorsement for a book condemned as anti-Semitic even by the most anti-Israel activists.
Now Falk is trying to meet the anti-Semite author [Gilad Atzmon] for lunch in London (h/t @anarchozionist):
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...Atzmon’s book asks whether “Hitler might have been right after all.” The British Foreign Office last year condemned Falk for endorsing it.
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It’s unclear why Britain ever granted Falk entry to spend the past several months spreading hatred in the UK.
As documented in The New Republic, Atzmon
  • boasts about drawing “insights from a man who… was an anti-Semite as well as a radical misogynist,” a hater of “almost everything that fails to be Aryan masculinity,”
  • declares himself a “proud, self-hating Jew,”
  • writes with “contempt” of “the Jew in me,” and
  • describes himself as “a strong opponent” of “Jewish-ness.
...As CiF Watch notes:
[M]erely characterizing Gilad Atzmon as antisemitic doesn’t do him justice.  Atzmon advances hateful, demonizing rhetoric about Jews which is on par with the most vile Judeophobic charges ever leveled, and which is often as crude and malevolent as what would be heard at a meeting of neo-Nazis or Islamist extremists.
In brief, he repeatedly refers to Judaism as “supremacist“‘ faith, a term popularized by David Duke.  And, Duke, the former grand wizard of the KKK, has strongly praised Atzmon’s writings.
Atzmon also has questioned whether the Holocaust occurred, while simultaneously arguing that, if Hitler’s genocide did occur, it can partly be explained by Jews’ villainous behavior.  On this latter note, he claimed that Hitler’s views about Jews may one day be proven right.
Atzmon also explicitly charges that Jews are indeed trying to take over the world, and has endorsed of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, arguing about the document that “it is impossible to ignore its prophetic qualities and its capacity to describe” later Jewish behavior.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Is Gaza the "most densely-populated place on Earth"?


NO! Gaza is less-densely populated that Jerusalem , Tel Aviv, and a host of other places on Earth....

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Pro Israel festival in New Orleans

DYF 2.0-A Festival to Celebrate Israel
Declare Your Freedom is back and better than ever! This year, we're pulling out all the stops and holding a spring festival filled with music, speakers, food, and an all out celebration of Israeli culture!
 Hey Yawl!  ChloĆ© Valdary and Maor Shapira here coming to yawl from the heart of New Orleans! As some of you may know, Our team of dedicated students from Allies of Israel and with Tulane United For Israel, put together an amazing pro-Israel rally, the first of its kind in New Orleans's history. After much success, we're making DYF a yearly tradition in our community! And with other states like Florida and Minnesota potentially coming on board, DYF is going national!
As yawl know, Israel is a very important and dear country to our hearts.  The only Jewish state in the Middle East, Israel is a paragon of civil liberties, an amazing country filled with scientific and technological achievement, and a country that endeavors to spread good through out the world.
But more importantly, the only Jewish state is the realization of the Dream of Redemption for the Jewish people and the fulfillment of the Emancipation embedded within the Zionist Dream.Unfortunately, Israel is surrounded by enemies that threaten its existence. So we MUST support Israel in any way we can and Declare Your Freedom is a fun festive way to do exactly that!

These days, Israel is often mocked and ridiculed on school campuses. From Israel Apartheid Week to the ever popular BDS movement, the university has not historically been a pro-Israel environment. However we're working to change that! 
We spend the entire year fighting slander, writing publications, and holding events, and this Spring will be the LARGEST event of the school year, put together by the 

  • University of New Orleans, 
  • Tulane University, and 
  • McNese State
It  will illustrate our strength, solidarity, and perseverance as supporters of Israel. 

Israel responds to a sharp escalation of terrorist violence

From Times of Israel, 25 December 2013:

IDF vehicles patrol near the Gaza border. (photo credit: Gili Yaari/Flash90/File)
IDF vehicles patrol near the Gaza border. (photo credit: Gili Yaari/Flash90/File)

...Isam Daalis, an adviser to Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, said that Hamas had contacted Egyptian authorities and asked them to help restore calm to the area after a sharp escalation in violence that began when an Israeli man working on the border fence with Gaza, 22-year-old Saleh Abu Latif, was shot dead by a sniper from within the Hamas-controlled coastal strip. 

The IAF responded with a series of airstrikes on Hamas targets that were accompanied by fire from IDF ground forces gathered along the border.

According to Palestinian sources in the Strip, two people — a 3-year-old child named Hala Sabiha and her father — were killed during the Israeli strikes, and nine were injured. Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Mosri said the various Palestinian resistance movements were meeting to discuss their response to the attacks.

President Shimon Peres sounded a warning in statement released on Tuesday evening.

“If Gaza wants quiet then they should act accordingly and if not, they will bear the results...Gaza is not under any occupation. If they think the world will continue to support them while they create more victims then they are wrong. We will guarantee our security.”

In addition to the military action, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon ordered an indefinite closure of the Kerem Shalom cargo crossing on the southern Gaza border. Ya’alon said that the closure was due to security concerns.

“We will not allow for daily life to be disrupted in the south...and will respond aggressively and painfully to any threat that may compromise our sovereignty and harm our citizens and soldiers. I suggest that Hamas not test our patience, and assert its authority in the region. If there will be no peace in Israel, there will be no peace in Gaza.”

“There is no direct connection between the terrorist attacks of the past two days and the shooting at the border of the Gaza Strip, which resulted in the death of an Israeli worker, but we treat all such incidents very seriously,” Ya’alon added.

The Gaza clashes came alongside a series of terror incidents this week that saw 

  • a bomb explode on a bus in Bat Yam on Sunday minutes after the occupants were safely evacuated, and 
  • a policeman stabbed in the back in near Jerusalem on Monday. There was also an attempted drive-by shooting at an IDF jeep on Tuesday night that caused no damage or injuries as well as 
  • other attacks on Israeli civilians and police in the West Bank.

Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett blamed the Palestinian Authority for the increase in violence because, he said, it goads the Palestinian population to carry out terror.

“Israel is continuing with the peace process as though there is no terror while the Palestinians are continuing the terror as though there is no peace process...The claim that the Palestinian Authority is not connected to the terror attacks is blowing up in our faces every day.”
“When you educate children in terror from the age of kindergarten, when your television broadcasts depict Jews as monsters, when even Tel Aviv is not on your maps — then you are a terrorist...” ..

According to Israel Radio, the IAF attacks destroyed a Hamas military training facility west of the Khan Yunis refugee camp. The report added that Hamas targets in the Gaza neighborhood of Zaytoun and the Al-Bureij camp were damaged by the IAF as well.

Israeli sources said Hamas has pointedly neglected its duties under agreements reached following last year’s Operation Pillar of Defense, according to which Hamas was responsible for patrolling the Gazan side of the border and preventing attacks on Israel from the Strip.