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Waiting for (Gal) Gadot

Posted on: Dec8 2013

Israeli actress Gal Gadot. Photo: Twitter.

It was the year of the wrecking ball. From Miley’s twerks to Lady Gaga’s whacked out skirts, female celebs are in need of a new kind of hero. Even Jen Lawrence fell down on her knees while ascending the stage to accept an Oscar in ‘13.

But wait. Look up in the sky. It’s an invisible plane. No it’s a giant Amazon. Well, it’s actually Israeli actress, Gal Gadot on her way to playing Wonder Woman (aka Diana Prince) in director Zack Snyder’s upcoming sequel to “Man of Steel” (no name for the new flick yet) set for July 2015. As the Jerusalem Post reported, the film will feature this year’s Superman (Clark Kent) Henry Cavill, along with Ben Affleck as the caped crusader, Batman (Bruce Wayne.)

For those who grew up on TV in the U.S. during the 1970s, it may be hard to imagine anyone replacing the image of lariat-wielding Lynda Carter, who turned Wonder Woman into a pop icon.

But alas, wonder of wonder, miracle of miracles, this new Wonder Woman is no shiksa goddess. Gadot was a 2004 Miss Universe contestant from Israel and was in three of the “Fast & Furious” franchise films, which just recently lost one of its costars Paul Walker. She also served in the Israeli army for two years as a fitness instructor and according to “Fast & Furious” director and producer Justin Lin, when he learned of this he went and altered the character’s back-story to a Mossad agent. Holy double-backing duplicity Batman!

But, don’t let that turn your dial. The back-story of how Wonder Woman originally came into being is just as interesting.

Originally created by a psychologist named William Moulton Marston the character first appeared in December 1941, the same year as Captain America, and a few years after The Man of Steel first leaped onto the comic book scene. Unlike, Superman, Batman and the Marvel Universe though, she was one of the few comics not created by Jews.

Yet like those supers, she fought for justice and peace and, speeding ahead of her time, sexual equality. Based on a warrior princess of Amazonian heritage born out of Greek myths, and known in her homeland as Princess Diana of Themyscira, she has a secret identity to all of us mortals as Diana Prince.

But maybe what’s most interesting, is her creator, who gave her a Golden Lasso as a weapon, which had the power of making anyone it captured obey and tell the truth, was also the inventor of the polygraph (AKA lie detector.) He even wrote, “Wonder Woman is the psychological propaganda for the new woman who should, I believe, rule the world.”

Since that time, her lineage and story-line has been altered to fit the political climate of the age, from sympathetic heroine to invincible martial artist. But what runs through as a constant, is her compassion which depending on the circumstances, can be a strength or a weakness.

Today, with political battles in Presidential politics heating up for 2016 and with all the talk of Hillary on the ticket, it will be interesting to see how fans might react to both a woman on that ticket and a woman on this new (movie) ticket.

Abe Novick is a writer and communications consultant and can be reached at

This article was originally published by The Jerusalem Post.

Hanukkah at Temple Institute: We’re Working to Rebuild Temple

Posted on: Nov27 2013

Temple Institute Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, in Hanukkah speech: we are working on a Cohen-priest school now, to be ready for rebuilt Temple.

Chabad to turn Mumbai center into memorial site

Posted on: Nov27 2013

The Jewish community of Mumbai marked the fifth anniversary of the attack on the Chabad house, which left six people dead.

Mourners Bid Farewell to Arik Einstein

Posted on: Nov27 2013

Arik Einstein (right) with fellow Israeli musician Shalom Hanoch. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Jerusalem Post – The Israeli public gathered on Wednesday afternoon to mourn the death of iconic singer Arik Einstein.

Thousands of mourners – along with government officials and fellow musicians – paid their respects to Einstein at a memorial service in Tel Aviv’s Kikar Rabin.  From the square, a commemorate procession was set to lead to the legendary musician’s final resting place at Trumpledor Cemetery.

Read full story.

Elie Wiesel Awarded Peres’s Presidential Medal of Distinction

Posted on: Nov25 2013

At emotional ceremony in NYC, President Shimon Peres presents noted Jewish leader and Holocaust survivor with Israel’s highest civil medal.

Anti-Zionist, not anti-Semitic

Posted on: Nov25 2013

I was banned from the site today because I was arguing against Zionism and Israel, on a political factual basis. Your tag line is “A free press for a free people” – but this is what you do?

Read the comments. There is nothing anti-Semitic in them because I’m not anti-Semitic. I’m anti-Zionist and anti-Islamic.

Some brutish people in your commenting section were getting as good as they were giving. So what? I was responding and trying to make my points and then, blam, I’m banned.

Are you folks really that warped that you can’t see how messed up that is? I hope this can be corrected and that you understand that dissent is as important as agreement in our political system.


Fox launches full-frontal assault on black mobs

Posted on: Nov20 2013

The Knockout Game features young black males attacking white victims on the street.

After scores of reports by WND about the problem of black-mob violence in the U.S. and a lethal practice of attacking random whites and Jews called “the Knockout Game,” Fox News has launched a full-frontal assault on the shocking phenomenon its own analysts say is intentionally suppressed by national news media.

At least three of the top-rated cable network’s prime-time broadcasts focused on the issue Tuesday night, with the common conclusion that it’s a racist crime trend of black individuals pummeling white victims.

“It’s savagery. It’s very difficult to watch those tapes,” former CBS News correspondent Bernard Goldberg told Bill O’Reilly on “The O’Reilly Factor.”

Black mobs routinely terrorize cities across the country, but the media and government are silent. Read the detailed account of rampant racial crime – and get links to videos providing the proof – in “White Girl Bleed A Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It.”

“The reason most of the people watching us tonight are probably shocked by these videos and don’t know anything about them … is because they’re getting precious little attention – no attention that we could find in the New York Times and the Washington Post or the network evening newscasts. And I think there’s a reason for this, and it’s not a journalistic reason.”

“Just let’s imagine that what we’re seeing here is white kids attacking black people,” Goldberg continued, “that in cities like St. Louis and Washington and Milwaukee and Hoboken, N.J., and Syracuse, N.Y., and other cities, young white kids got together and said, ‘Let’s start this game. We’ll call it the Knockout.’ And they go around and some black guy is coming home from work and out of the blue, they just hit him in the face as hard as they can and he goes down. And then their idiotic white friends giggle about it like a bunch of hyenas, and then they post it on the Internet. That would obviously be a national news story because it’s orchestrated racial violence. But this isn’t.”

Goldberg told O’Reilly it was a “white liberal paternalistic decision” for most media to ignore and hide the issue.

“The white liberals in the media at places that aren’t covering this are saying, ‘You know what? We don’t want to give any ammo to those white racist conservatives out there (because they equate conservatism with racism anyway), so let’s just make believe this isn’t happening.’ How despicable. How disgraceful to make believe something that is spread from one city to another isn’t a legitimate news story. …

“Most black kids don’t do this, but a disproportionate number are either doing that, or are walking into stores and hauling entire racks of clothing out onto the street. This is like ‘Lord of the Flies.’ This is crazy stuff and the black establishment, the civil-rights establishment, has been predictably silent on this.”

Some Knockout Game suspects

O’Reilly tried to explain the violence by blacks against whites by saying blacks are “sold a bill of good by the civil-rights people that … ‘because you’re unhappy, it’s the whites doing it to you,’ and so they’re whacking whites. But with the Internet and the notoriety, this thing could really get out of control.”

Goldberg flayed black leaders for their absence on the matter, especially after their media omnipresence with the case of Trayvon Martin, the black teenager shot and killed by George Zimmerman during a scuffle in Sanford, Fla.

“You had [Jesse] Jackson, you had [Al] Sharpton, you had sanctimonious Tavis Smiley all going on television … painting a fairy-tale picture about how young black males are being hunted down by white people. It was absurd, but they went on doing that,” said Goldberg. “And on this [black-on-white violence], they say nothing because – this is important – because it speaks to their failure as black leaders. They don’t know what to do about this.”

Meanwhile on “Hannity,” former NYPD detective Bo Dietl blasted media suppression of the trend, as well as how police agencies have handled the cases.

“The liberal news media doesn’t want to say what it is. It’s gangs of black youths attacking whites,” Dietl told host Sean Hannity.

“It’s a race-based thing. It’s the black youths against the white individual. Not even just a man. It’s against defenseless women and defenseless people and they hit ‘em in the face and they try to knock ‘em out. People have been killed. My problem is, they gotta take this crime, and they gotta categorize it the way it’s supposed to be categorized. It’s black-on-white crime. That’s racist.”

Also appearing on the program was noted criminal defense attorney Remy Spencer who agreed the Knockout Game was severely underreported.

“I think people in today’s society are too politically correct and afraid to talk about violence from black people on white people,” Spencer said. “But if you reverse it, look at the George Zimmerman trial. That got national attention, not just because a young man died, but because of the race issue. I think media outlets are afraid of reporting this kind of crime.”

Spencer explained there was no guesswork or speculation about the racial angle, as the black assailants themselves are self-publicizing their mayhem online.

“They’re posting these things on Facebook, on Twitter and on YouTube,” she said. “In one that I reviewed before coming on your show tonight, one of the black young men who did this, his caption was that “White Girl Bleed a Lot.’ There has been a book published with that title talking about these Knockout Games. So we know that the evidence is there. It’s up to law enforcement to prosecute them for these serious crimes.”

Not to be left out, Greta Van Susteren, host of “On the Record,” lashed into those taking part in the Knockout Game, stating, “This is no game. It is a mean, dangerous and deadly crime.”

In a personal commentary, Van Susteren said Americans have to address this problem as soon as possible:

“No one wants to get near the topic of race, but we also can’t run from this one. People are getting hurt, they’re getting murdered. And even those who live in these communities where this is happening, they have a right to be safe, and they don’t have to live in fear of having their children hurt or even poisoned by ugly peer pressure, right?

“This game has to be condemned, and in order for the condemnation to have any impact whatsoever, it has to come from important role models to these young teens. I beg of Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton and even President Obama to step up right now and speak out. Your silence will speak volumes, but your voice could make a big difference. Don’t wait. Be leaders. They need you. We need you.”

Note: Media wishing to interview Colin Flaherty, author of “White Girl Bleed A Lot,” please contact us here.

Related commentary:

“Glossing over black thugs’ ‘game’” by Thomas Sowell

Black mobs routinely terrorize cities across the country, but the media and government are silent. Read the detailed account of rampant racial crime – and get links to videos providing the proof – in “White Girl Bleed A Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It.”

See a trailer for “White Girl Bleed a Lot”:

Leftist Organizations Against Bennett’s Coin

Posted on: Nov20 2013

Left-wing organizations attack Naftali Bennett for his use of ancient coin in CNN interview, claim removing it from Israel against law.

MK Sheetrit argues against European council’s anti-circumcision science

Posted on: Nov14 2013

Hatnua MK addresses Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, rejecting resolution that brit mila “non-medically justified.”

Chief rabbi hopeful for future of Polish Jewry

Posted on: Nov3 2013

Despite ban on ritual slaughter, 600 Jewish families now affiliated with Warsaw community – up from 250 only 3 years ago.

Hassidic Man Shot in Botched Williamsburg Robbery

Posted on: Nov3 2013

A hassidic man was shot Friday night after an assailant demanded money from him – which he did not have, because of Shabbat.

Kristallnacht 75th Anniversary: Berlin Shops to be ‘Shattered’

Posted on: Oct31 2013

Storefronts in Berlin will bear jagged patterns of broken glass to mark 75th anniversary of the pogrom.

The unifying role of Shabbat

Posted on: Oct24 2013

Ahad Ha’am’s observation that “more than the Jews have kept the Sabbath, the Sabbath has kept the Jews” continues to be relevant today.

Ministers to Vote on Bill Stopping Terrorist Releases

Posted on: Oct24 2013

Bayit Yehudi says tying release of terrorists to construction in Judea and Samaria “cynical and immoral.”

Chief Rabbi Hails ‘Strength of Spirit’ of Gush Katif Deportees

Posted on: Oct23 2013

Chief Rabbi David Lau expresses his admiration at spiritual, mental strength of Jews expelled from Gaza, in a tour of their new communities.

Jewish hospital wins first green health facility label in Holland

Posted on: Oct18 2013

Hospital Amstelland is first healthcare facility to receive Dutch govt’s Golden Environment Medal for reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

Hevron Prepares for Next Week’s Massive Sabbath Pilgrimage

Posted on: Oct18 2013

The Jewish community of Hevron prepares for an influx of visitors for “Shabbat Chayei Sara”, to honor the Biblical matriarch Sarah.

Hundreds of Bnei Menashe from India moving to Israel

Posted on: Oct18 2013

Aliya of 899 Indian Jews, known as Bnei Menashe, was approved by Israel’s Knesset this week and will last for a year.

Monday Evening Children’s Prayer at Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem

Posted on: Oct14 2013

On the eve of the Matriarch Rachel’s yahrzeit, thousands of chldren pray for the Jewish people at her tomb and all over Israel.

Politicians from PM to Abbas Mourn Rabbi Yosef

Posted on: Oct7 2013

Political leaders, including PA chief Mahmoud Abbas, expressed their sorrow and condolences over the passing of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef

Near-Gridlock in Jerusalem in Wake of Funeral

Posted on: Oct7 2013

Monday promises to be memorable not only for the passing of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, but also for the monumental traffic tie-ups expected

Death of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef is the end of an era

Posted on: Oct7 2013

Shas spiritual leader, a controversial figure who sometimes generated animosity, changed the landscape of Israeli politics; the way ahead for Shas and religious politics in Israel is shrouded in the unknown following his death.

‘Women of the Wall’ Back Down Over Western Wall

Posted on: Oct7 2013

The ‘Women of the Wall’ organization are set to announce that they will hold future prayers at a new site made at Robinson’s Arch.

Professor David Kazdhan Fighting for His Life After Road Crash

Posted on: Oct7 2013

A medical team is fighting for the life of Professor David Kazdhan, winner of the 2012 Israel Prize for Mathematics and Computer Science.

Why do the Jews Fear the Muslims on the Temple Mount?

Posted on: Oct6 2013

Is it Israeli or not? Plenty of blood was shed to make it part of Israel.

Proposed circumcision ban a ‘sign of anti-Semitism’

Posted on: Oct3 2013

Jewish groups harshly criticize European council resolution calling circumcision a “violation of the physical integrity of children.”

US Jewish population is underestimated, says Brandeis study

Posted on: Sep30 2013

Report estimates that there are currently some 6.8 million Jews in the United States.

The price of prisoner swaps

Posted on: Sep22 2013

The murder of Sgt. Tomer Hazan, 20, has shocked the nation.

Red Cross: Gunmen storm Nairobi Mall, 15 killed; 3 Israelis escape unharmed

Posted on: Sep21 2013

Shooting by alleged “terrorists” sent scores of customers fleeing into shops and cinemas, and to the streets, seeking safety.

Fogel Survivors Pray at New Synagogue

Posted on: Sep14 2013

About 400 prayed on Yom Kippur at the new synagogue in Itamar dedicated to slain family members.

Yom Kippur Ends

Posted on: Sep14 2013

No extraordinary security-related events on the holy day, as hundreds of thousands flocked to synagogues.

Reviving an Ancient Tradition in Judaism’s Holiest Place

Posted on: Sep12 2013

Temple Institute’s Rabbi Chaim Richman explains his group’s latest initiative to revive the Temple Mount pilgrimage.

Islam rises, worldwide anti-Semitism surges

Posted on: Aug27 2013

Editor’s Note: This is the third of a three-part series on anti-Semitism. Part 1, Surge of European anti-Semitism sets off alarms, is available here. Part 2, American anti-Semitism amplified by Internet, is available here.

JERUSALEM – Hatred of Jews and anti-Semitic attacks are escalating worldwide, according to polls, Jewish groups and experts who spoke with WND.

While rising anti-Semitism throughout wide swaths of the Middle East and Europe is particularly serious, the problem is truly global in scope.

In April, researchers with the European Jewish Congress and Tel Aviv University released a report that documented a massive 30 percent increase in serious anti-Semitic incidents around the world last year.

Linking the ongoing economic turmoil to the sudden rise in anti-Jewish hatred, the report documented 686 incidents in 34 countries – everything from violent attacks on Jews to vandalism of Jewish cemeteries and places of worship. Some 40 percent of the incidents included physical violence.

By comparison, 526 incidents were documented in 2011.

In this series, WND recently examined the surging levels of anti-Semitism throughout Europe and in the United States, where the problem remains relatively tame despite the explosion of hate being expressed online and on the fringes.

Other regions of the world, however, are having major issues with anti-Semitism, experts told WND.

Anti-Semitism in the Middle East

Nowhere is the rise of anti-Semitism more extreme than in the Islamic world.

According to a 2011 Pew Research poll, part of the Global Attitudes Project, Muslim-majority nations harbored overwhelmingly negative attitudes toward Jews.

In Egypt and Jordan, for example, just 2 percent of respondents had a favorable view of Jews.

The Islamic country with the most favorable views toward Jews is Indonesia. But even there, less than 10 percent of the population has a positive attitude.

“In the Middle East it’s definitely getting worse – it’s at crazy proportions,” said Martin Himel, a Canadian film director who recently produced a ground-breaking documentary examining anti-Semitism around the globe.

In Islamic Pakistan, there are essentially no Jewish citizens. The overwhelming majority of Pakistanis have never even met a Jew.

When Himel traveled to the Muslim nation to document anti-Semitism for his film “Jew Bashing: The New Anti-Semitism,” what he found was profoundly disturbing.

More than a few people, for example, expressed the view that “Jews have taken over America” and “engineered the 9/11 attacks” for the purpose of conquering Afghanistan and Iraq as a prelude to taking over Pakistan, Himel told WND.

“You talk to the average, non-informed Pakistani on the street and ask him what has to be done, and they say, ‘Well, thank God we have nuclear weapons, we’re gonna’ nuke the Jews’; and they’ve never even seen a Jew in their lives,” he said.

Extremist Muslims and anti-Semitism

Amid the divisions within the Muslim world between, for instance, Shias and Sunnis, there is at least one point of unity: anti-Semitism and opposition to the Jewish state.

The Shiite regime ruling Iran and Sunni regime ruling Saudi Arabia offer good examples.

In Saudi Arabia, despite global pressure for reforms, school textbooks examined by the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom in recent years still teach impressionable young students to equate Jews with “apes and swine.”

Saudi children also learn that Jews are conspiring to “gain sole control over the world,” that the thoroughly debunked “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” is historical fact and that Muslims will be called to exterminate Jews on Judgment Day.

The Shiite Iranian regime, meanwhile, despite fundamental disagreements with Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi rulers over Islamic doctrine, is widely considered one of the most dangerous anti-Semitic forces on the planet.

While a small Jewish remnant remains in Iran, top leaders in Tehran regularly demonize Jews, Judaism, Zionism – and especially Israel, which Iranian leaders openly say they hope to annihilate.

“It has now been some 400 years that a horrendous Zionist clan has been ruling the major world affairs,” declared then-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a speech last year. “And behind the scenes of the major power circles, in political, media, monetary, and banking organizations in the world, they have been the decision-makers.”

Iranian leaders, going all the way to the top, also continue to boast publicly about their plans to destroy the Jewish state.

Last year, for example, Maj. Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi, chief of staff of the Iran’s Armed Forces, declared again that “the Iranian nation is standing for its cause that is the full annihilation of Israel,” echoing past statements by other top officials.

According to the U.S. State Department’s Commission on International Religious Freedom, the tiny Jewish minority in Iran, along with other beleaguered religious minorities, is coming under increasing pressure from authorities.

“Heightened anti-Semitism and repeated Holocaust denials by senior government officials and clerics continue to foster a climate of fear among Iran’s Jewish community,” the U.S. commission said in its latest report. “Physical attacks, harassment, detention, arrests and imprisonment intensified.”

Israeli leader responds to rhetoric

As WND reported in May, Deputy Knesset Speaker Moshe Feiglin of the ruling Likud Party views Iranian leaders’ vicious rhetoric as an even bigger threat to Israel and the Jewish people than nuclear weapons.

Feiglin, who leads the Jewish Leadership (Manhigut Yehudit) faction of Likud, told WND in an interview at his Knesset office in Jerusalem earlier this year that the real agenda was to delegitimize the Jewish state.

“We should learn from our own Holocaust 70 years ago,” the lawmaker said. “The Holocaust did not start in 1939; it started with the speeches in the Reichstag of the Third Reich in 1933 until the war. Those speeches led to delegitimization, to a question mark, to rise about the right of the Jew to exist.”

The same phenomenon is happening with the Iranian regime and its rhetoric, Feiglin said, adding that he views the issue as an Israeli problem that should be solved by Israelis.

“Those speeches of [then-Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad led to the question mark above the right of the state of Israel to exist,” he explained, saying the regime – not the Iranian people as a whole – was the real problem. “You can see the connection between Ahmadinejad, the fact that Israel did not react, and this question mark above our legitimacy to exist, and you can see that it comes altogether; that’s the connection.”

When the Nazis in Germany were able to cast doubts on the right of the Jewish people to exist, the Holocaust became possible, the liberty-minded legislator explained.

As such, he sees Ahmadinejad’s speeches – “the fact that the leader of a big country, a member of the U.N., speaking like that and not being punished by us right away” – as a greater threat to Israel and the Jews than any military weapon.

“We should ask ourselves how many millions would not have lost their lives if the Western world would have understood that concept with Hitler and acted at the right time,” Feiglin said.

Egypt and the Arab Spring

Egypt, the largest Arab nation in the world, harbors vicious anti-Semitism as well – a problem that came to the surface following the so-called “Arab Spring.”

After massive protests resulted in the ouster of the decades-old Mubarak dictatorship, Egyptians went to the polls. The election saw the rise of the radical Muslim Brotherhood, another one of the most potent anti-Semitic forces in the world, with members spread across the globe.

“The Jews have dominated the land, spread corruption on earth, spilled the blood of believers and in their actions profaned holy places,” claimed Muhammad Badie, the “supreme guide” of the Brotherhood. “Zionists only understand the language of force and will not relent without duress. This will happen only through holy jihad.”

While the anti-Semitic regime was ousted by the Egyptian military recently, the Muslim Brotherhood remains a powerhouse – not just in Egypt, but throughout the region and beyond.

As the “Arab Spring” continues to rip through the Islamic world, Feiglin and numerous other experts expect Islamists obsessed with destroying Jews – or at least the Jewish state – to keep expanding their reign of terror.

“It’s going to continue, and we are going to see one big Gaza all around us,” Feiglin told WND. “There will be no return address for the missiles that will fall here from Syria, or from Jordan, or Iraq, or from anywhere else. It’s going to be exactly the same as Gaza, like the Hezbollah in Lebanon.”

Middle East Anti-Semitism Spreads

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told WND that the Muslim Brotherhood is among the most serious anti-Semitic threats.

While it has recently been ousted from power in Egypt, it is “still an enormously powerful and impactful institution that impacts on attitudes among Muslims all over the world, not just in Egypt,” he explained in a phone interview.

“They have an 80-year track record of anti-Semitism,” he added. “Unfortunately, their worldview includes anti-Semitism.”

According to Cooper and other experts, the hardcore Islamist hatred of Jews expressed by the Brotherhood and like-minded extremists spreads especially when there are outbreaks of instability in the Middle East.

“You have those kinds of incidents that will take place on university campuses; you’ll have demonstrations that say things like ‘Hamas was right’ or ‘Jews to the gas chambers,’” Cooper said.

“So the unfortunate and irresponsible leakage of political dispute between Israelis and Palestinians is re-cast in very, I would say, harsh, racist and ugly ways in order to promote the hatred of Jews.

“Global anti-Semitism is definitely fueled not only by the Muslim Brotherhood, but by the fact that the ayatollahs who run Iran, starting with Ayatollah Khomeini, are at war with the Jewish people,” Cooper continued.

“They have made Holocaust denial the state policy of the entire country,” he said. “When you run a country, there’s a lot you can do.

“Part of their narrative is to demean and to hate the Jewish state, and also to mock the victims of the Nazi Holocaust,” Cooper said. “It’s one thing for a person who’s on the lunatic fringe in France or the United States to do that – it’s another thing when you run an entire country.”

Anti-Semitism at the U.N.

Indeed, hatred of Jews fueled by Islamic extremism and other forces is spreading well beyond just the Middle East.

The United Nations provides what is perhaps the most obvious example, according to some experts.

Despite the vast number of ruthless dictatorships and mass-murderers that are U.N. member states – including North Korea, China, Cuba, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Zimbabwe and Sudan – the Jewish state has been targeted by the U.N. with more allegations of “human rights violations” than any other country.

“It’s not legitimate, no; it certainly expresses strong bias,” explained Alvin Rosenfeld, director of the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism at Indiana University and author of the recently published book “Resurgent Antisemitism: Global Perspectives.”

While arguing that the U.N. as an idea is “noble,” Rosenfeld said the genuine atrocities committed by rogue nations receive very little criticism, if any, when compared with Israel.

“Israel’s human rights record, while not perfect – neither is America’s, neither is Canada’s, etcetera – looks a whole lot better than the human rights records of a lot of other countries,” he explained. “But in the name of human rights, Israel is constantly being attacked; so, yes, the bias is clear.”

Leadership and senior officials of numerous member-state dictatorships represented on the U.N.’s Human Rights Council have also been exposed promoting anti-Semitism.

Importing anti-Semitism

While Europe has had more than its fair share of homegrown anti-Semitism over the centuries, massive Islamic immigration is adding a new dimension to the problem.

Perhaps the most alarming indication in recent memory was the murder of three Jewish children and a rabbi in Toulouse, France, last year by a radical Muslim of North African origin.

In Muslim-majority nations, because there so few Jews, the hatred does not generally translate into attacks.

“However, we’re living at a time when literally tens of millions of people are being fed hostile anti-Semitic propaganda through translations into Arabic, Farsi, Turkish, you name it, of ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion’ – it’s been discredited, but it doesn’t keep it from being popular – and the notion of a Jewish world conspiracy, that the Jews are in control of the media, of politics, of the economy, in countries throughout the world,” said Rosenfeld, the anti-Semitism scholar at Indiana University.

According to Rosenfeld and other experts, much of the hate has its roots in “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” an anti-Semitic fraud claiming to document a meeting of Jewish leaders conspiring to take over the world.

Hitler and other anti-Semites relied on it despite the fact that it had already been debunked.

Today, however, the bogus document is back in circulation throughout significant swaths of the globe – especially throughout the Middle East and the Muslim world.

“That book is a best seller all over the place, it’s also serialized into TV programs, it gets into the preaching of clerics in mosques, it enters through schools and TV commentary, etcetera,” Rosenfeld told WND.

Another book in wide circulation in large sections of the Muslim world, in translation, is Hitler’s “Mein Kampf,” he noted.

“Well, when you put those two books together, you have a very, very toxic brew of anti-Semitic conspiracy theory at its most ferocious,” he said. “So what we’re looking at, in fact, is the propagandizing of anti-Semitic teachings throughout very large stretches of the Muslim world – we can’t overlook that.

“Some of this stuff then gets into segments – not entireties, but segments – of Muslim communities living in Europe today.”

Estimates of the number of Muslims in Europe today vary, but Rosenfeld cited figures of between 14 million and 20 million.

“Most of those people, for sure, are not active anti-Semites,” he argued. “But numbers that are not negligible are absorbing anti-Semitic teachings, so that’s a serious concern, there’s no question about it.”

As WND reported recently, other forces at work in Europe’s anti-Semitic scene are neo-Nazis and far-left radicals.

Anti-Semitism in Latin America

Beyond Europe and the Middle East, anti-Semitism is also on the rise in Latin America, where there are relatively large local Jewish communities estimated to number around 500,000.

As the Iranian regime and other autocracies continue making inroads across the region, top socialist political leaders have even made openly anti-Semitic remarks in public speeches.

“The world is for all of us,” declared the late Venezuelan tyrant Hugo Chavez in a 2005 speech. “But it so happens that a minority, the descendants of the same ones that crucified Christ, the descendants of the same ones that kicked [Simon] Bolivar out of here and also crucified him in their own way in Santa Marta, in Colombia. A minority has taken possession all of the wealth of the world.”

While Chavez is dead now, his regime is deeply intertwined with a powerful network of Latin American socialist and communist forces known as the Foro de Sao Paulo – an alliance with powerful foreign allies that now controls most governments in the region.

The late Venezuelan despot’s hand-picked successor, meanwhile, recently took power amid dubious elections.

According to the U.S. State Department, however, little has changed in terms of anti-Semitism.

“When political leaders condoned anti-Semitism, it set the tone for its persistence and growth in countries around the world,” states the 2012 International Religious Freedom Report.

“Of great concern were expressions of anti-Semitism by government officials, by religious leaders, and by the media, particularly in Venezuela, Egypt, and Iran. At times, such statements led to desecration and violence.”

The State Department report also noted that regime-controlled media outlets in Venezuela have continued to publish anti-Semitic diatribes – especially because failed opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles, a Catholic, apparently has some Jewish ancestry.

Estimates cited in media reports suggest that about half of Venezuela’s Jewish population has emigrated over the last decade.

In the wake of 2009 Israeli military response to terrorist activity in Gaza, meanwhile, Jews came under physical attack in places like Buenos Aires, Argentina, and other major capitals.
Jewish life in Latin America is still flourishing for the most part.

More than a few anti-Semitic incidents have been documented throughout the region, however, and with Iranian influence on the rise – especially among the radical socialist regimes – some experts told WND that concerns are increasing.

The significance of the global rise

Indiana University’s Rosenfeld told WND that hatred against Jews is “certainly on the rise, there’s no doubt about that” and poses a danger if left to fester.

“Anti-Semitism is always, at least, potentially a major problem, given what we know about the history of anti-Semitism and the results of anti-Semitic passions if they’re allowed to go unchecked,” he said.

He urged caution, however, when making historical comparisons.

“Are we facing anything like a new Nazi period or a new Holocaust? Nothing like that is in the air,” he asked.

“On the other hand, Jews are certainly under threat in many, many places. Individual Jews have already been killed and beaten; synagogues have been attacked, Jewish schools have been attacked, Jewish cemeteries have been attacked; Jews have been made to feel insecure and unwanted, and on and on and on,” the professor of Jewish studies explained. “So if you add all of that up, it’s a problem.”

Levels of anti-Semitism today already represent a threat that needs to be taken very seriously, he added.

Understanding the danger today

“While one shouldn’t exaggerate the present-day threat of anti-Semitism, one shouldn’t minimize that threat either,” Rosenfeld told WND.

“Anti-Semitism always carries the potential to be destructive, and ultimately, what one wants to try and do is restrain it and make sure that it doesn’t get allied to political power,” he said.

Even though anti-Semitism continues to grow throughout most of the world, Rosenfeld said its contemporary manifestations, which are different in some ways than past anti-Semitism, need to be properly understood.

Present manifestations include rhetorical as well as physical elements, he explained in an extended phone interview with WND.

In the past, Western anti-Semitism stemmed in large part from anti-Jewish Christian theological teachings, the scholar said.

“While that continues today to some minor degree, it has lost respectability and no longer represents the threat it used to,” he added.

Beginning in the 19th century, race-based anti-Semitism superseded theological anti-Semitism, eventually culminating in the Holocaust.

“The new ideological and political anti-Semitism certainly is asserting itself very strongly, and that typically takes the form of hatred against Jewish collectivity, especially in its national form – in the state of Israel – attacks on Zionism and Israel,” Rosenfeld said.

“It also takes the form of Holocaust denial, Holocaust minimization, relativization and the like, and there is a close link between denying the Holocaust or minimizing the extent of the Holocaust and attacking claims to Jewish nationhood,” he added.

“All of that is very serious on the ideological, political and rhetorical level.”

On the physical level, Rosenfeld continued, there are also “bad things going on” – especially in Europe, with France being the country that right now is seeing most of the physical assaults against Jews.

Links between current and past anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitic hate goes back many centuries, but it continually morphs into new forms and manifestations, experts told WND.

There are parallels, however, that run through the various strands of anti-Semitism observed around the world.

“Today’s anti-Semitism, to a notable degree, draws on rhetorical tropes of past anti-Semitisms, so it’s a given among people who think along these lines that the Jews are always guilty, that Jews are always to blame,” explained Rosenfeld. “The question is what are they to blame for, what are they accused of, what are they guilty of, etcetera?”

Among the most complex but crucial issues to understanding modern anti-Semitism is the relatively new phenomenon, historically speaking, of what is known as “anti-Zionism” – essentially, opposition to the existence of the Jewish state.

“Israel, like all countries, is far from being perfect, and it shouldn’t be, in fact, free of criticism,” said Rosenfeld, adding that Israelis themselves are “extremely intense critics” of developments in their own country.

According to Rosenfeld and other mainstream anti-Semitism scholars, objecting to particular Israeli government policies or actions is entirely legitimate.

“You begin to approach and then cross a line that distinguishes between legitimate and illegitimate when you’re questioning not individual policies or individual actions, but the existence of the state itself,” Rosenfeld said.

“There’s no other country today whose future is put under a question mark,” he added. “For all of the justified criticisms, let’s say, of North Korea and China and Iran – you name it – no one is saying that North Korea and China and Iran have no legitimate right to a future. When it comes to Israel and Israel alone, however, the existence of the state is put into question, and at that point, yes, one has crossed the line.”

Not everybody, of course, agrees with that notion.

On one extreme are those who attempt to label all criticism of Israeli authorities as anti-Semitic by definition.

On the other, experts say, are those who call for the destruction of the Jewish state while hiding behind a veneer of “anti-Zionism” and ignoring atrocities perpetrated by governments all over the world.

All of that is complicated by the fact that there are indeed some very religious “anti-Zionist” Jews.

However, countless experts say that rabid “anti-Zionism” is increasingly being used as cover by full-blown anti-Semites seeking to maintain some degree of respectability while expressing hate.

Global anti-Semitism on the left and right

In a seemingly bizarre twist, communism has played an important role in fueling anti-Semitism across the political spectrum, according to experts.

Among certain political forces that tend to be associated with the “right,” for example, there are countless variations on conspiracy theories about “Jews” being in alliance with communists in an effort to destroy Christendom and nationalism.

Such notions are particularly widespread in regions like Eastern Europe, where, as WND reported as part of this series, some political parties that are considered anti-Semitic have been on the rise.

Even in the United States some prominent figures, such as David Duke, widely criticized as anti-Semitic by Jewish groups, point to individual “Jewish”-communist mass-murderers as evidence of something larger.

On the political left, meanwhile, the link between communism and increasing anti-Semitism is very different, according to experts.

“With the collapse of communism both as an ideology and as an ideology that established and maintained state structures, with the collapse of that, people at least on the radical left were left marooned,” explained Rosenfeld.

“They didn’t know how to explain the world because the previous paradigm was no longer really there, so they found their way to the old paradigm: Blame the Jews,” he said. “It sounds simplistic, it sounds dopey, and it is both of those things.”

While such sentiments have certainly not gained much respectability or mainstream traction, experts say they have caught on, especially in certain Western European circles.

“The difference being ‘Jew’ and ‘Jews’ has been replaced with the term ‘Zionist’ and ‘Israeli,’” Rosenfeld explained.

“Otherwise, today’s anti-Semitism is recognizably akin to previous anti-Semitisms in all of these respects, with two new elements,” he said.

“The two new elements are Holocaust denial, which is more widespread than people in this country realize, and the kind of fierce anti-Zionism and anti-Israelism, which at bottom is an objection to Jewish collectivity itself,” Rosenfeld added. “It doesn’t jive with people’s reading of the world that’s meant to be universalist in value, cosmopolitan in value, and not particularistic; and the Jews remain a particular people, they now have a nation-state of their own and the ability to defend it, and all of that flies in the face of what a lot of people call progressive thinking – it’s out of sync with that.

“Hence, people on the left feel comfortable adopting these pretty hostile attitudes,” he concluded.

Combating the Hate

Experts largely agree that anti-Semitism is already a major problem in some parts of the world, and that it could become a serious threat in others areas, too – at least if it is left unchecked.

As far as combating global anti-Semitism, however, virtually no two experts share the exact same views.

Most analysts who spoke with WND agreed that education and understanding are crucial tools in the battle.

A handful thought laws criminalizing certain forms of anti-Semitism could be effective, too, citing Germany and other nations that have outlawed expressions of Holocaust denial and other types of speech that is considered anti-Semitic.

Such restrictions, though, would of course be incompatible with American traditions of constitutionally protected free-speech rights.

Other Jewish leaders say explaining the difference between different types of Jews can be effective as well.

Responding to the sharp rise of anti-Semitism around the world, the World Zionist Organization and the Israeli Knesset on July 30 set up the “Committee for Combating Antisemitism.”

The committee aims to fight and track anti-Jewish hatred using a range of measures such as promoting awareness, legislation, responses to online anti-Semitism and more.

Another key element in fighting global anti-Semitism cited by several experts who spoke with WND was getting a better idea about the real scope of the problem.

To do that, anti-Semitism scholars and human rights leaders say governments that do not yet have effective mechanisms in place should develop tools to monitor and track anti-Semitic incidents with more accuracy.

Political leadership is also seen as crucial. One leader who has been praised repeatedly by Jewish leaders around the world for his work combating anti-Semitism is Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who has denounced anti-Semitism in his official capacity on more than one occasion.

Media, churches, schools, labor unions, law enforcement and numerous other fields are also cited regularly as potentially important avenues for combating hatred around the world.

Of course, virtually nobody expects global anti-Semitism to be eradicated anytime soon – if ever.

However, if the negative effects can at least be mitigated using effective tools and strategies, then experts and Jewish leaders say progress will have been made.

Obama politicizes Jewish high holy days

Posted on: Aug27 2013

The Times of Israel reported Sunday that “President Barack Obama is set to make a pre-Rosh Hashana conference call to some 1,000 U.S. rabbis in which he will discuss key issues of the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the hopes that the spiritual leaders will raise enthusiasm for those talks among their congregants in their High Holiday speeches.”

This is so reprehensible – where to begin? Why doesn’t Obama use the elaborate gala iftar dinners he hosts at the White House to encourage the Muslim world to expunge from the Quran the Islamic Jew-hatred that fuels the war on the Jews in Israel and the world? Why doesn’t Obama address the genocidal rhetoric that is broadcast daily in Muslim media against the Jews? Why doesn’t Obama use his “Muslim Outreach” to warn the Muslim world that the U.S. will withhold aid if the schools continue to teach Jew-hatred and incitement to violence?

This is really disgusting. And it is nothing new. Obama’s bullying of Israel and the Jewish people is constant throughout his administration. Last April, White House Dossier reported that “because of the sequester … a planned reception for American Jews is getting the short end of the stick. Many other events are proceeding as planned, but according to the Jewish news service JTA, the annual White House celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month is canceled. ‘Jewish invitees usually include luminaries in the arts, sports and sciences, lawmakers, armed services personnel and the Israeli ambassador, as well as organizational leaders and political supporters of the president.’”

And when he pressured Israel to make new concessions, including freeing bloody jihadis from prison, in order to restart “peace talks” with the “Palestinians,” rockets hit the tiny Jewish state. You can talk peace all you want with those who want it, but it is irrelevant when the enemy is bent on your defeat. The Israelis have never initiated hostilities but have merely defended themselves from an enemy vowed to destroy them. The genocidal Islamic jihadists in Gaza made the point quite plainly last March as Obama visited Israel, by firing rockets into Israel. Hamas and the PA do not desire peace. Their religious mandate is the destruction of the state of Israel. That is the reality. Obama’s fanciful rhetoric is fantasy.

Why did Obama even go to Israel? The Muslim Brotherhood advocate in the White House refused to speak to the Knesset. So what was he doing there? He went on the offensive against Israel, and he did it from the Jewish homeland, while the notoriously leftist Israeli press applauded Obama’s land-confiscation policy.

He even erased established and undisputed (aside from the jihadists) Israeli territory. The Washington Free Beacon reported that “the map of the Middle East displayed in an Obama administration video released days before President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel shows the Jewish state dispossessed of substantial parts of its current territory, including its capital. The map of Israel, displayed repeatedly during the video, shows the Golan Heights, Jerusalem, northern Israel and areas surrounding what is currently the West Bank as non-Israeli territory. The Golan Heights is shown as part of Syria; Jerusalem is shown as part of the West Bank; and northern Israel is shown as part of Lebanon.”

Obama’s war on America’s No. 1 ally in the Middle East just keeps getting hotter. This is exactly what I warned of in my book “The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America.”

His closest confidantes and mentors are/were vicious Jew-haters. This is not without disastrous consequences. Obama’s catastrophic anti-freedom foreign policy was instrumental in the rise of jihadist and Islamic supremacist regimes across the Middle East and North Africa.

And now this. Obama keeps heaping one failure after another on top of his epic anti-freedom foreign policy disaster. Nevertheless, there are certainly enough Jewicidal schmucks posing as rabbis who will sell out the Jewish people on this.

Is it too much to ask that the Jewish people be free of Obama’s harassment and bullying on their highest holy days?

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Rediscovering the real Bar Kokhba

Posted on: Aug25 2013

Yadin and his excavation team found letters in a canyon crevice signed by Simon Bar Kosiba.

Likelihood growing that Women of the Wall demands will not be met

Posted on: Aug25 2013

Robinson’s Arch will not be raised to Western Wall height.

Serving God With Joy

Posted on: Aug23 2013

Dvar Torah of the first Chief Rabbi of Israel, the iconic religious Zionist Torah Sage, leader, poet and philosopher.

European Imperialism Poses as European Unity

Posted on: Aug23 2013

Where does the EU get the nerve to make demands on Israel after decimating the Jewish people not so long ago?

Israeli archaeologists find pottery with biblical name

Posted on: Aug21 2013

Israeli archaeologists recently uncovered a treasure trove of biblical-era pottery while digging in the City of David, the small area south of today’s Temple Mount that in the time of David and Solomon made up the entirety of Jerusalem.

The pottery, which was found near the Gihon Spring, dates back to at least 586 B.C., during the time of Jerusalem’s destruction at the hands of the Babylonians.

An partially-preserved inscription on one of the pots signifies that it was likely used in Temple sacrifices.

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The ancient Hebrew lettering would appear to spell out part of the name of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, who, we know from 2 Chronicles 20:14, was the father of the prophet Jahaziel, who prophesied to King Jehoshaphat before he departed for war.

Tel Aviv: No rush to enforce Sabbath rules

Posted on: Aug20 2013

(HAARETZ) — Tel Aviv seems to be in no rush to begin strictly enforcing its own Sabbath closure regulations, and will likely ask for an extension on imposing the bylaw on businesses in the city that remain open between sunset Friday and sunset Saturday.

On June 25, in response to a petition by seven Tel Aviv grocers, the High Court of Justice ordered the municipality to decide between fully enforcing the rule or rescinding it. The court’s 60-day deadline is this weekend.

Enforcement of the regulation has been inconsistent, if profitable for the city: Some business owners say they are fined every week by municipal inspectors, at NIS 730 a pop, while others say they are only fined every few weeks. The setup has allowed city hall to maintain a mix of businesses that are open on Shabbat while profiting from the fines it does charge, but the court says the city cannot continue to have it both ways.

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