If a “permanent agreement” with Iran fails to guarantee the bare minimum safeguards that Israel feels is necessary, Israel will have to rethink its policy and defend itself.
Following the impolite and inappropriate personal attack against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the American press, from the mouths of high-ranking officials in Washington, relations between Israel and the U.S. have deteriorated to an all-time low. It is time to put things back in proportion, in light of the severity of the American remarks.
The relationship with the U.S., Israel’s biggest and most important ally, is unique. This relationship has had its highs and lows. For example, the U.S. did nothing to delay the extermination of Jews during World War II, but supported the establishment of the State of Israel and was the first to recognize it. The U.S. opted not to aid Israel during the 1948 War of Independence and banned the sale of arms to the fledgling country, but since the 1960s it has been supplying Israel with weapons almost exclusively.
What should Israel share and what should Israel conceal?
Every year, the Americans give Israel a gift of approximately $3.5 billion dollars for its defense needs (three-quarters of which are to be used only for purchases from the U.S.) and Israel uses this gift to fund the Israel Defense Forces’ everyday needs and to ensure that the army grows stronger and stronger. But the American contribution to Israel’s security is not just monetary. The U.S. partners with Israel in the development of anti-missile technology; there is robust intelligence cooperation between the two countries, in which each country contributes greatly to the other; and the exchange of ideas on professional issues between the commanders of the Israeli and the American armies is inspiring and extremely important to both sides.
The U.S. is obviously committed to ensuring that Israel maintains a significant military advantage over its neighbors, and they are trying very hard to fulfill that commitment.
But Israel does not have to accept every U.S. demand.
The U.S.’s friendship is important to Israel in the diplomatic realm as well. Without U.S. support in the international arena, and especially in the U.N. Security Council, Israel would be in a very difficult position today, to the point of diplomatic and economic isolation. The American support stands out in practical matters, like in the recognition of the red shield of David as an internationally recognized medical symbol, but also in other matters, such as the revocation of the U.N. resolution equating Zionism with racism, or staving off the world’s criticism of Israel’s nuclear program.
The U.S. understands the significance of Israel being the only democratic nation in the region – a stable nation that the U.S. can rely on in a time of crisis but also a nation it can cooperate with on a day-to-day basis in the fields of intelligence and counter-terrorism (in a way that has so far contributed greatly to the U.S.). Both countries share similar values and the people of both countries harbor warm feelings toward the other.
So is it true that because of this important support, to the point of dependency in certain areas, that Israel needs to accept every Americandemand? Not at all. But blatantly ignoring U.S. demands, or insultingAmerican figures with undiplomatic language, or making remarks about the U.S.’s policies and conduct, is entirely unhelpful. In fact, it is detrimental to the relations between the two allies. More polite dialogue and less insulting remarks would ultimately serve Israel’s interests best.
Arrogant behavior and declarations on Israel’s part point to a lack of understanding of the American psyche, and come across as disrespectful to the U.S. and its leaders. At the same time, the remarks made by senior Washington spokespeople against Netanyahu also point to a deep lack of understanding of the Israeli frame of mind. These are two proud nations, and mutual insults are not helping either one. In that respect, the most recent press briefing in Washington crossed every line.
So can Israel rely on the U.S.?
In the near future, following the U.S.-led talks, both countries will have to grapple with the implications of the agreement between Iran and world powers. The Americans have brought the Iranians to the negotiatingtable, after imposing unprecedented sanctions and recruiting the Europeans to follow suit. The Europeans, to some extent, feared Israel’s response should they refuse to take strong action against Iran. However, at the negotiating table, the U.S. has created the impression that the ultimate agreement is more important to them than it is to the Iranians, and that they would do anything to avoid resorting to the military option ( an idea aggressively promoted by order of the current president).
Furthermore, the Iranians have now caught on to the weakness of theAmerican position, and in the wake of the U.S.’s efforts to combat the Islamic State group, the Iranians feel even stronger. The very thing we were afraid of, and that Israel warned the Americans against, is now happening: The U.S.’s attention has been diverted elsewhere and the Iranians are taking advantage of that to the fullest.
The longer the U.S. remains in Iraq and Syria, the more it becomes amenable to easing the terms it is willing to offer Iran and the more likely it becomes that an agreement with Iran will be reached. If that happens, it will have to be studied very carefully. Such an agreement needs to be judged against the criterion set by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry himself, when he said that a bad deal would be worse than no deal.
A bad deal would truly put the relationship between Israel and the U.S. to the test. During the course of the negotiations, even when Israel deemed the interim agreement unacceptable, Israel made sure not to interfere in the process. But if the permanent agreement fails to guarantee the bare minimum that Israel feels is necessary, it will have to rethink its policy. Israel will have to act in its best interest and avoid being influenced by the fact that its closest ally signed an agreement with Iran.
If it turns out unequivocally that Israel cannot rely on anyone on this matter of enormous importance to its security and even its existence, then it will have to defend itself by itself, like U.S. President Barack Obama once said – with everything that doing so entails.
The greatest challenge will be handling this crisis within the confines of Israeli-American relations. How much of Israel’s concerns should it divulge to and confide in Washington? What should Israel share and what should Israel conceal? What does Israel have to do, despite the disagreements, and what should Israel avoid doing because of the disagreements?
There are endless questions that would arise should the U.S. pose Israel with a dangerous fait accompli on Iran – the issue Israel defines as the most sensitive on the agenda. At that point, the elimination of the Iranian threat will become the top priority, overriding any other consideration.
Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaacov Amidror is the Greg and Anne Rosshandler Senior Fellow at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, and former national security advisor to the Prime Minister.
Media Gaffes Mark Coverage of Palestinian Atrocity at Jerusalem Synagogue; CNN Says Attack Took Place in Mosque (VIDEO)
CNN’s coverage of this morning’s terrorist atrocity at a Jerusalem synagogue included a live interview with Jerusalem’s agonized mayor, Nir Barkat, who forthrightly told the broadcaster: “Animals don’t behave like this. To get into a synagogue with a butcher’s knife and to slaughter innocent people while they pray?”
October 28, 2014 10:02 am
Author: Eve Epstein
New York’s Metropolitan Opera premiered “The Death of Klinghoffer” Monday night. The Washington Post describes the opera as “based on the brutal murder in 1985 of Leon Klinghoffer, an elderly Jewish tourist shot by Palestinian terrorists and pushed into the sea from the deck of the cruise ship Achille Lauro.”
In the weeks leading up to Monday’s opening night performance Peter Gelb, the Met’s general manager, led an unprecedented marketing campaign to promote the opera: “See It –Then Decide.”
And so I did.
Defenders of the opera would have us believe the opera is worth staging because “Klinghoffer” is a work of art. It does not justify terrorism, they say, but portrays characters in a dramatized story –terrorist and victim alike — as human beings.
Director Tom Morris argues, “it’s the job of dramatic art to allow us to understand why people might do terrible things.”
Wednesday, in an op-ed for the New York Post, Gelb wrote, “for those who came to listen and watch, it was a deeply moving experience that left no doubt which side the opera was on: the side of humanity.”
You don’t have to pay upwards of $400 a ticket to the Metropolitan Opera’s production of “The Death of Klinghoffer” to know that it is an apologia for Palestinian violence. Just read composer John Adams’ memoir, “Hallelujah Junction.”
Adams’ animus towards America, his gross ignorance of Israeli history and society (he mistakenly thinks Israel has a constitution), and an ideology which rationalizes terrorism, is on full display in the Met’s new production. The Metwebsite even featured a video of Adams explaining that terrorism is “an act of desperation.”
As Fox News anchor and former Judge Jeanine Pirro would say… REALLY?
Terrorism is a crime that needs to be prosecuted and defeated. What needs to be understood is that no political grievances can justify deliberately killing civilians. There is no moral equivalence between terrorists and their victims or as Judah Pearl, father of slain journalist Daniel Pearl put it, “Some coins do not have two sides.”
Terrorism is a crime that needs to be prosecuted and defeated. What needs to be understood is that no political grievances justify killing innocent civilians. There is no moral equivalence between terrorists and their victims or as Judah Pearl, father of slain journalist Daniel Pearl put it, “Some coins do not have two sides. “
But don’t expect to hear that leitmotif in the Klinghoffer opera.
What you can expect to hear in this musical bastardization of a cold-blooded terrorist murder are the perpetrators singing sensitive, plaintive meditations on birdwatching.
Expect to be introduced to Palestinian murderers who are ”not criminals but men of ideals,” driven to kill by an allegedly predatory, apartheid, colonialist enterprise.
In real-life, the hijacker’s immediate grievance was the imprisonment of Samir Kuntar then in an Israeli jail for one of the most brutal terror attacks recorded in Israeli history — an attack timed to scuttle Israel’s ratification of the Camp David Peace Accords.
Kuntar and his killer minions entered a residential building in Nahariya and invaded the apartment of the Haran family. They slaughtered 31-year old Danny Haran along with his four year old daughter, Einat.
Kuntar smashed the little girl’s head on a rock with his rifle. Tragically, Haran’s two year old daughter, Yael, was suffocated as her mother tried to stifle her cries when they hid from Kuntar.
On July 16, 2008, Hezbollah exchanged the remains of two captured Israeli soldiers for Kuntar and four other prisoners.
Today, Kuntar is hailed as a hero by Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah. He’s been given honorary Palestinian citizenship. In an interview with Al Jadad TV, Kuntar vowed “God willing, I will get the chance to kill more Israelis.”
But don’t expect to hear that reality in this opera either. In fact, don’t expect to hear any of the Zionist historical narrative in counterpoint to the Chorus of the Exiled Palestinians. All you get during the Chorus of the Exiled Jews is barely intelligible drivel, and juxtaposing them presents a deceptive chimera of “balance.”
It is a perverse ruse for Gelb to claim that the opera merely has “characters who speak anti-Semitic lines.”
The Goebbels-like anti-Semitic bile spewing from the mouths of Palestinians characters in Klinghoffer is implicitly supported and condoned by the stereotypes and old memes Adams and Goodman (the librettist) rely on to portray the opera’s Jewish characters.
While terrorists sing about fighting for a cause and the liberation of their brethren, Jews are growing fat off of the exploitation of others.
The opera’s Jewish characters are uninteresting, whiny, self-absorbed bourgeoise, concerned only with money, their physical comforts (“I should have worn a hat”), or their personal loss. They are narrow minded in their ability to appreciate the terrorists’ “noble” grievances.
Klinghoffer is oblivious to his captors’ sufferings saying, “You just want to see people die…You’re crazy.”
Not surprisingly, in real life Adams bitterly complains that Jews control Congress and American Middle East policy; that Americans and their media are indifferent to Palestinian suffering — wrongfully “scolding or ridiculing them” for terrorist acts.
Monday night’s performance brilliantly vindicated the Klinghoffer daughters’ outrage that the opera distorts and exploits their father’s murder as a vehicle to present political propaganda.
It whitewashes Palestinian violence — presenting it as an understandable by-product of years of Israeli aggression that supplanted Palestinians and stole their land.
Neither the creators of this travesty nor Gelb consulted the Klinghoffer daughters about this affront to their father’s memory. Including their written protest in the opera’s playbill is a hollow bone of appeasement. Words in a playbill can’t stand up against the power and drama of the operatic form.
That is precisely why Adams decided to sell this sordid version of the event through the persuasive medium of opera.
The impressive staging of this production effectively enhances its propaganda.
Framing the actors throughout the entire opera is a three sided depiction of Israel’s separation barrier; the action of the opera takes place against this backdrop signaling Israeli “apartheid.”
In reality, there was no separation barrier in 1985 when this incident took place. Years of terrorist killings of unarmed Israeli civilians necessitated the wall built 20 years later…and it significantly reduced suicide attacks.
But you won’t find that reality presented in “Klinghoffer” either.
One operagoer who walked out of the performance tweeted: “How outrageous to infer that the Palestinians are like the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto. The Jews went to one place — Treblinka. The Palestinians went to Acre and Nazareth.”
Gelb claims he has an “artistic duty” to present this “contemporary American masterpiece.”
But when New York’s Center for Contemporary Opera reports it had over one hundred entries in its annual program to commission and encourage new American operas, whatever the merits of Adams’ opera (previous critical reviews were highly polarized—I for one found the opera trite, tedious, and musically mediocre ) it is hard to understand why “Klinghoffer,” would trigger a duty for the Met to select this work as the third opera by John Adams staged in seven years.
Contrary to his somewhat hysterical posturing, Gelb had nothing to fear from the righteous protestors outside the Met who were simply exercising their First Amendment right to speak out and say Never Again! Those who did, have heard the leitmotif of this opera before… that of the morally and physically crippled Jew — the Jew who is easily disposed of. And it did not end well.
Professor Abraham Joshua Heschel and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel have both taught:
The opposite of love is not hate. It is indifference. No honorable person should be indifferent to this slander set to music — or support the Met’s unfortunate decision to give a voice to this calumny against Jews and Israel.
Americans, all Americans, not just Jewish-Americans, should rightly fear what took place inside the Met Opera this week. The auditorium became a place where a megaphone for hate was given to every would-be jihadist seeking to undermine western civilization. And where, sadly, incredibly, anti-Semitic propaganda was applauded.
Please tell the Met how you feel, click here.
Eve Epstein is president of Epstein & Associates, a communications consultancy and an opera lover.
To Atone is to Forgive?! By Greta Brewer, NEXT GENERATIONS Chair of Education
“For sins against God, the liturgy says, The Day of Atonement atones, but for sins of one man against another, The Day of Atonement does not atone until they have made peace with one another.”
How can I, a member Of NEXT GENERATIONS, make peace with the past? How can I atone for the pains of the past and help build a better world of tolerance, human kindness and peace? Speaking on behalf of NEXT GENERATIONS, a non-profit organization made up of children, grandchildren and friends of holocaust survivors, our very mission is to educate and eradicate hatred, bigotry and bullying and transform the world into a more harmonious place for future generations.
In my e-mail this morning, I twice received the following AP article with the headline ‘EXPELLED NAZIS PAID MILLIONS IN SOCIAL SECURITY. I looked at the date and read October 19, 2014. No, it was not April Fool’s Day! I rubbed my eyes and re-read the article. Names were named! Dates were given! Former SS guards, collaborators, and a rocket scientist have collected millions of dollars in Social Security payments after agreeing to leave the United States. Where is the public outrage? Why more cover-ups? Why more lame excuses? Enough is enough.
The OSI bargained with Nazi suspects so that they would leave America voluntarily. Since 1979, the AP has found at least 38 out of 66 suspects who left the United States and received social security benefits. In 1999, newly uncovered Social Security Administration records revealed that 28 Nazi criminals have collected 1.5 million dollars in Social Security payments after their removal from the U.S.A. This is a nightmare.
Not only are survivors constantly reminded that the holocaust was more than 70 years ago and to “get over it!!!” - The U.S. State Department and federal government have repeatedly skirted the issue of compensating the survivors from global insurers like Allianz and Generali. They continue to demean the survivors’ requests for any financial compensation that might help restore their human dignity.
And yet, the U.S agencies have created a loophole that allows Nazi perpetrators to receive full social security benefits and are ruling adversely and cruelly regarding survivors and their families.
This is incomprehensible and unacceptable.
Oh you want the Jewish vote this election season?
Well, DO something for the survivors. How can you legitimize Nazi war criminals receiving full social security benefits when so many survivors who were THE VICTIMS are either ignored or whose claims are buried under a morass of paperwork and bureaucratic gobbledygook. ENOUGH! Neither the survivors nor their families choose to carry their anger forward; they want to be treated with fairness, parity and justice. Then and only then can there can be atonement.
Chairman of Education
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Joint Subcommittee Hearing: The Struggles of Recovering Assets for Holocaust Survivors
A letter from Judi Hannes, Founder and Co-Chair of:
THE NANCY DERSHAW GRANT FOR HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS
(My letter will be placed in the Congressional Record as basis to pressure Germany to take responsibility for doing what is right. The ND GRANT will now be a part of the Congressional Record. It will be added as an exhibit to Jack Rubin’s testimony in Wash. D.C.)
Over the past several years we have seen an explosion in the needs of Holocaust survivors South Florida as well as around the world. Our communities are home to a growing number of very elderly survivors who are becoming frailer as they outlive their resources. They are having difficulty paying for food, medicine, doctor bills and other basic needs. The need is greater now than ever before because many are all alone, left without spouses or family.
I am an officer and active member of NEXT GENERATIONS, which established the Nancy Dershaw Grant for Holocaust Survivors in Need in 2011 to honor the founder and president Nancy Dershaw and to fulfill one of the major goals by helping the frail, ill and needy survivors in our communities.
The Nancy Dershaw Grant distributes 100% of funds collected to Holocaust Survivors in need. Since its inception Judi Hannes, Co-Chair-Grant Founder, Riva Ginsburg Co-Chair and the Board of NEXT GENERATIONS have awarded over $100,000 to The Albert Jewish Family and Children’s Services in West Palm Beach, Florida, The Ruth and Norman Rales Jewish Family Services in Boca Raton, Florida, Jewish Community Services of South Florida and Jewish Family Services of Broward County. These agencies provide direct care to elderly survivors that are in need of help.
These Grant funds provide assistance with medication, food, hearing aids, transportation, eyeglasses, dental work and other critical services otherwise unavailable without these funds.
As the founder of this GRANT, I am all too familiar with how difficult it is for communities to raise the funds for survivors who are still suffering and in dire financial circumstances. Though we work tirelessly to raise funds each year to help impoverished survivors, the unmet needs remain vast.
The current system whereby indigent Holocaust survivors are dependent on the funds raised in the community, or the leavings of resources diverted from living heirs who can prove their families’ connection to properties confiscate by the Nazis, is morally bankrupt. It leaves tens of thousands of survivors to suffer needlessly, denies legitimate heirs the legacies of their families who were victimized by Hitler, and absolves the current German government from its moral responsibility to meet all of the survivors’ needs.
Why must we make sacrifices or choices?
We hope you support the survivors’ efforts to have Germany take full responsibility for survivors’ needs, and require the Claims Conference to do what it was always supposed to do with our families’ properties – return them to the rightful heirs.
The Holocaust Survivors should be able to live their lives with the dignity and comfort they deserve. My brother and I should be able to recover what is rightfully ours.
Thank you for your time and consideration to this urgent situation.
Judi Hannes Judi HannesCo- Chair Grant FounderThe Nancy Dershaw Grant For Holocaust Survivors In Need
REMEMBER THE PAST…TRANSFORM THE FUTURE
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Remembering Steven Sotloff
The murdered journalist clung to his Jewish identity in captivity.
by Yvette Alt Miller
“I am Shirley Sotloff. My son, Steven, is in your hands.”
So began Shirley Sotloff’s emotional appeal to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the leader of the terror group ISIS, on August 27. The terror group had just released a video of a British-accented fighter sawing off the head of American journalist James Foley. At the end of the video, Shirley’s son, Steven Sotloff, a 31 year old free-lance journalist who was kidnapped in Syria last August, was dragged into view and threatened with beheading, too.
Shirley Sotloff continued, explaining that she has been studying Islam since her son’s capture, and tried to reason with the ISIS terror leader. She even addressed him with the honorific “Caliph” that he craves, as if he’d already created the Islamic caliphate across the Middle East that is his goal. “Steven is a journalist who travelled to the Middle East to cover the suffering of Muslims at the hands of tyrants,” she explained.
This assessment was shared by Steven’s professional colleagues, too. Steven “lived in Yemen for years, spoke good Arabic” and “deeply loved” the Arab world said one colleague. Another recalled how Steven insisted on going to Syria – where over 70 journalists have been killed and more than 80 kidnapped in recent years – despite security concerns. Committed to recording the plight of ordinary Syrians, he slipped over the border.
"I've been here over a week and no one wants freelance because of the kidnappings. It's pretty bad here," he e-mailed to a colleague. "I've been sleeping at a front, hiding from tanks the past few nights, drinking rain water." Soon afterwards, in August 2013, he was kidnapped by ISIS rebels.
What almost none of his colleagues realized was that Steven Sotloff was a Jew who made Aliyah to Israel. He’d grown up in Miami, the grandson of Holocaust survivors; his mother Shirley has taught in a Miami synagogue’s preschool for years. In 2005, at the age of 22, Steven had moved to Israel, becoming a citizen of the Jewish state, and studied at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.
He worked for Israeli publications, filing reports with The Jerusalem Report and The Jerusalem Post, and helping out colleagues in Israel with his perspective from Arab capitals. Once, an Israeli colleague asked him what a journalist like him – with an obviously Jewish name, and with connections to Israel – was doing in volatile countries like Libya, Yemen or Bahrain. “I don’t really share my values and opinions,” Steven replied. “I try to stay alive.” When the Israeli colleague pointed out that his Jewish background could be discovered in a simple internet search, Steven was unfazed: “Yeah, Google definitely isn’t my friend,” he replied.
After he was kidnapped, his Jewish identity became an even greater danger, and his family did all they could go erase any trace of his personal life from the internet. They wanted to avoid “another Daniel Pearl situation” recalls one family friend, referring to the Jewish Wall Street Journal reporter who targeted and murdered by Al-Qaida terrorists in Pakistan in 2002. ISIS, which seeks to establish a Medieval-style Islamic state across the Middle East, has brutally targeted Christians, Kurds and Shia Muslims for genocide in the areas it has captured. Victims have been crucified and shot. In Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, the group recently wiped out the town’s 2,000 year old Christian population; witnesses report that children were systematically beheaded there and their heads displaced on spikes in a public park. ISIS now controls territory only a few miles from Israel’s borders, and recently singled out Jerusalem as the city it would most like to capture in a recruitment video.
While his family back home in Miami was doing all it could to disguise Steven’s Jewish identity, in captivity, Steven held onto his Jewish connection.
While his family back home in Miami was doing all it could to disguise Steven’s Jewish identity, in captivity, Steven held onto his Jewish connection. A fellow ISIS captive who was held with Steven and subsequently released has related how Steven fasted and prayed while facing Jerusalem last Yom Kippur, despite the extreme danger he would have been in had his kidnappers realized what he was doing. “He told them he was ill and didn’t want to eat, even though they brought us eggs that day….” The former prisoner recorded: “It looked like he was praying in a hidden way towards Jerusalem. He noted the way the Muslims were praying in and changed his direction slightly.”
In her emotional video plea, Shirley Sotloff begged for her son’s life: “I want what every mother wants. To live to see her children’s children. I plead with you to grant me this.” Instead, on September 2, 2014, a video was released showing a scared, haunted-looking Steven Sotloff kneeling in front of apparently the same British-accented terrorist, holding a knife, and then being brutally murdered. After beheading Steven Sotloff, his murderer threatened to kill British national David Cawthorne Haines, another innocent journalist.
After Steven’s horrific murder, the Sotloff family no longer has to hide his identity – nor theirs. His mother no longer has to flatter and beg the evil people who kidnapped and ultimately killed her son. In the hours after news of their son’s death, a steady stream of friends and relatives has been visiting the Sotloff home, comforting Steven’s parents and his younger sister. When the family wished to communicate with the public, they turned to their family synagogue, which issued a statement on behalf of the Sotloffs: “We hope that everybody will pray for the family and be here for the family.”
In mourning, Steven’s family is free at last to turn openly to their Jewish community for help. They can do so in the knowledge – and comfort – that while their son was captive, during his final, terrifying year of life, he too was able to connect with his Jewish heritage, no matter how dangerous it was to do so.
Danielle Berrin, a childhood friend of Steven’s and senior writer at the LA Jewish Journal, wrote:
I pray that somewhere in that desperate wilderness, some time during that hopeless wandering, Steven found strength and comfort.. “Out of the depths I call to You, hear my voice...”
I don’t know if God answered Steven. All I know is that Steven had Godliness within him: he was a searching, sensitive, inquisitive soul and a hero. I know that his blood, like all Jewish blood, will be remembered. And that if his death awakens the world to the evil proliferating among those who killed him, then maybe, just maybe, there can be redemption.
ANTI-SEMITISM UPDATES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Anti-Semitic flyers distributed throughout Jewish suburbs in Sydney Residents of Bondi Beach and Double Bay, which contain large numbers of Sydney’s 40,000-plus Jewish community, found flyer in their mailboxes on Monday. By JTA | Aug 26, 2014 | 02:21 PM
Florida gas station employee allegedly tells Israeli customer to stay away Employee at Shell station in Miami metro area reportedly said, 'You guys are killers and your money is not welcome here.' By JTA | Aug 26, 2014 | 01:05 PM
Rising anti-Semitism in Australia leaves Jews feeling vulnerable
'Jews are neither as free nor as safe as they were prior to’ Israel’s war in the Gaza Strip, says one academic, echoing fears expressed by many in the community. By Dan Goldberg | Aug 26, 2014 | 12:47 AM
Melbourne Jewish day school evacuated amid bomb scare Security personnel found abandoned van containing a suspicious object near Melbourne's King David School on Thursday morning. By JTA | Aug 21, 2014 | 09:05 PM
The challenge of anti-Semitism
Despite the Zionist revolution and Israeli sovereignty, we’re still Jews. As Jews we must defend ourselves, and as Jews we must stand for justice. By Ari Shavit | Aug 21, 2014 | 09:05 PM | 2
Swedish woman attacked while wearing Star of David Anna Sjögren’s jaw was so severely damaged in the incident in Uppsala, central Sweden, that she was initially unable to speak after the attack. By JTA , Haaretz | Aug 19, 2014 | 03:45 PM | 20
Sainsbury's apologizes for removing kosher food Supermarket's decision to remove products from shelves at London branch because of pro-Palestinian rally drew sharp criticism. By Haaretz | Aug 18, 2014 | 03:52 PM
Sainsbury's slammed for removing kosher food Supermarket says it feared violence by anti-Israel protesters outside London branch, but witnesses claim staff said 'We support Gaza.' By Haaretz | Aug 18, 2014 | 12:36 PM | 13
New Zealand election campaign billboards defaced with anti-Semitic slurs Several billboard of incumbent PM John Key, son of a Jewish refugee from Europe, have been defaced with profanity and derisive imagery. By JTA | Aug 15, 2014 | 03:39 PM
It’s not anti-Semitism when you’re lying down with lepers
Unqualified supporters of Israel would do better to question some Jews’ identification with Europe’s most nationalist, xenophobic and Islamophobic groups. By Avraham Burg | Aug 15, 2014 | 10:13 AM
British Jews questioning future of community amid rise in anti-Semitism Anti-Semitic incidents spike in July in wake of Gaza war, spurring thoughts of leaving. By Haaretz | Aug 14, 2014 | 10:25 AM
Must-read articles on anti-Semitism in Europe amid Israel-Hamas fighting Since Operation Protective Edge began in July, anti-Semitism has appeared alongside legitimate European protests against the IDF’s actions in Gaza. By Haaretz | Aug 14, 2014 | 07:41 AM
Since its establishment, more Jews were hurt in wars and terror attacks in Israel than anywhere else. The war in Gaza endangered world Jews as well, as no other war has before it. By Gideon Levy | Aug 14, 2014 | 05:52 AM
Belfast politician: Cancel 'irresponsible' talk by MP seeking 'Israel-free zone' Israelis head over to Bradford to protest Bradford West MP George Galloway's proposed ban on everything Israeli. By Haaretz | Aug 13, 2014 | 05:38 PM
Dutch justice ministry employee: Islamic State a Zionist conspiracy Jihadist movement part of a plan by Zionists who are deliberately trying to blacken Islam’s name, says project leader at the ministry. By JTA | Aug 13, 2014 | 05:00 PM
Daniel Tragerman’s war Op-ed: When all is said and done, all we want here is safe refuge — exactly what was denied to a beautiful little boy in his home on a kibbutz near the Gaza border By DAVID HOROVITZ
So Hamas has its victory picture now. How proud it must be. Daniel Tragerman, aged 4 — sweet, innocent, angel-faced fan of soccer star Lionel Messi and crime-fighter Spider-Man; too young to cross the road alone, but old enough to know to dash to the protected room at his Kibbutz Nahal Oz home. Except that on Friday, with three seconds between the alarm and the fatal fall of a mortar shell outside, he didn’t make it.
Hamas has its victory picture, and is drawing further delight in Israelis’ temporary abandonment of the kibbutzim and moshavim close to the treacherous border with its Gaza terror state. Israel stopped or evaded most of its thousands of rockets; Israel smashed most of its terror tunnels; so now it batters the south with barrages of shorter-range rockets and mortar shells — anything, everything, in the cause of our destruction.
Let no one doubt that Hamas ideology of destruction, or the evil cynicism with which it is pursued. Let no one be fooled by this weekend’s claim by Hamas “political” leader Khaled Mashaal that it would kill “only” Israeli soldiers and settlers if it had more accurate weapons. This, do not forget, is the organization that waged suicide bomber war on Israeli civilians throughout the country for years at the turn of the millennium. Suicide bombers are highly accurate weapons. They go precisely where their dispatchers tell them to go. Hamas sent them to kill any and all Israelis.
The charmless Mashaal’s ludicrous charm offensive notwithstanding, Hamas considers all Israelis to be “settlers” on occupied land. The Hamas war against Israel “is not aimed at opening the border crossings,” its spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri reminded cheering crowds at a rally in Gaza last week. Its goal, rather, is “the liberation of Jerusalem… resistance to the continued defiling our land by the occupier” — the elimination of Israel.
Many, many children are dying in Gaza. Hundreds upon hundreds. It is horrifying. And it was entirely avoidable. They are dying because Hamas is trying to destroy Israel
Let no one forget, either, that Hamas killed its own Palestinian people in seizing Gaza seven years ago, plotted the violent ouster of the Palestinians’ own Mahmoud Abbas-run leadership from the West Bank in recent months even as it was solemnly signing a “unity” agreement with him, and killed more of its own people in sickening public executions just days ago.
That’s worth remembering when Hamas’s defenders scoff at Israel’s grief over the death of a single four-year-old, and remind us of the Gaza death toll. Many, many children are indeed dying in Gaza. Hundreds upon hundreds. It is horrifying. And it was entirely avoidable. They are dying because Hamas is trying to destroy Israel, because it seized Gaza (with a good deal of Gazan support) and built a war machine in Gaza’s neighborhoods, because it fires and fires and fires some more at Israel, and because it then awaits one of two results: an Israeli military response, aimed at stopping the attacks, bringing death and devastation to Gaza and world fury at Israel; or no Israeli military response, enabling further aggression with impunity. A win-win for Hamas. A lose-lose for everybody else.
The killing of Daniel Tragerman, his pure small life extinguished by pure evil, underlines what we are up against, and what we insistently strive for. As we have done since 1948, to quote from our Declaration of Independence, “we extend our hand to all neighboring states and their peoples in an offer of peace and good neighborliness, and appeal to them to establish bonds of cooperation and mutual help with the sovereign Jewish people settled in its own land.” Those words apply as well to Abbas, the Palestinian leader now reportedly planning his latest UN gambit to try to impose his terms for Palestinian statehood.
Were Abbas to abandon his obscene government partnership with Hamas, condemn Hamas for the vicious murder machine it is, and commit himself to leading his embittered people — indoctrinated and poisoned by decades of false narratives — toward recognition of the Jewish nation’s legitimacy, he would have no need to attempt diplomatic extortion.
“We always said that you’d be the youngest world leader, who would bring peace,” Gila Tragerman said through her tears at Daniel’s funeral on Sunday. “So, if not in life then, we hope, in death.”
Why would anybody with a heart deny Daniel Tragerman that victory?