Debunking Lies and Myths

Debunking Lies and Myths

Sunday, April 22, 2018


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  • We live in times when important historical facts are being silenced, mostly by those with the leftist ideology now dominant in the media and in educational institutions.
  • Debates involving conservatives are no longer tolerated in universities, and their ideas and pro-Israeli views are automatically rejected as being offensive to socially-conscious students. 
  • Unable to defend their point of view, leftists have resorted to outright censorship, and often to physical violence to silence their opponents.
  • A recent study revealed that two thirds of millennials (generation Y born in the 1980s and 1990s) don't know what Auschwitz is. 
  • When asked about anti-Semitism most Americans think about neo-Nazis and other white racists.  They are unaware of Muslim anti-Semitism, which is based on the Koran and other Muslim sacred texts.  Exposing this and any other negative fact about Islam, is now deemed to be "Islamophobic".  
  • People in Europe have been fired from their jobs, and even charged with a hate crime for posting historical pictures or making factual statements that reflect badly on Islam.   In the meantime a growing Muslim population in Europe is persecuting and murdering Jews.
  • The reason for Muslim anti-Semitism is based on religion, but anti-Israel propaganda is also playing a role. 
  • It is now more important than ever to learn and disseminate facts that debunk the ongoing false narrative of Arab claims to Jewish land.   
The following is a study by Dr. Alex Joffe for BESA - the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies.  Although he disproves Arab claims to the land, he bows to political correctness to support its partition to create another Arab state on historically Jewish land.  This is plainly illogical. 
When populations invade a land belonging to other people and are later defeated, they don't automatically earn the right to a piece of that land for their own independent country.  The Arab conquerors were from the Arabian peninsula (today Saudi Arabia) and they invaded the land of Israel in the 7th century.  They also invaded the rest of the Middle East, much of Africa, and even parts of Europe.  They were a brutal conquering army - much as ISIS has been in our time. 

 By Alex Joffe,archaeologist and historian,
and Shillman-Ginsburg Fellow at the Middle East Forum.
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The concept of “settler colonialism” has been applied with almost unique vehemence against Israel. But the fact that Jews are the indigenous population of the Southern Levant can be proved with ease.
  • In contrast, historical and genealogical evidence shows Palestinians descend primarily from three primary groups: Muslim invaders, Arab immigrants, and local converts to Islam.
  • The Muslim conquest of Byzantine Palestine in the 7th century CE is a textbook example of settler-colonialism, as is subsequent immigration, particularly during the 19th and 20th centuries under the Ottoman and British Empires. The application of the concept to Jews and Zionism by Palestinians is both ironic and unhelpful.
One of the mainstays of the modern university is the idea of settler-colonialism. This argues that certain societies are birthed by settlers implanted in a foreign territory, either directly by or with the consent of an imperial power.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

THE BETRAYAL OF THE HOLOCAUST - LEFTIST JEWS support for Muslim migration into the West and Obama's deal with Iran - both of them threats to Jewish lives

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  • The sad irony is that while leftist US and EU Jews agitate in favor of greater immigration from Muslim countries, their children in college are now being attacked by those same Muslim migrants they championed and their descendants.  College campuses are now hotbeds for virulent anti-Semitism. 
  • In Europe Muslims go beyond physical and verbal attacks into outright murder.  Too many European Jews have been tortured and killed at the hands of Muslims. 
  • But there is something twisted about the leftist mind:  it is immune to facts and logic.  Liberal Jews continue to defend Muslim migration into the West, even as the most deadly threats against Jews are routinely preached at mosques everywhere. 
  • And ever faithful to the Democrat doctrine, American Jews still support Obama's over-generous deal with Iran, while they promote the Democrats' Two States Solution even if it costs Israel's very existence.
Excerpts from Daniel Greenfield's column The Betrayal of the Holocaust:

  • Virtually every major Jewish organization, even the Orthodox Union, was pressured into signing on to obscenely despicable statements equating Muslim migrants to Holocaust victims.
  • The Holocaust is a very uncomfortable subject for American Jews. The same liberal Jewish organizations that took a vocal part in the civil rights movement remained deathly silent about the murder of six million Jews.
  • Why the silence? The same reason they didn't protest the Iran Deal too loudly.  (For liberal Jews) saving six million Jews was not a feel good liberal cause. The civil rights movement was.  (And now the Palestinian cause.)
  • The Final Solution, with its immediate extermination of the Jews, has been replaced by the Two State Solution, an intermediate process in which the land on which Jews can live is partitioned into smaller and smaller pieces.
  • The same Jewish organizations that wouldn't dream of missing a Holocaust commemoration, broadcast their commitment to the "Two State Solution" almost as loudly as to the Holocaust.
  • The best memorial to the dead is to stop aiding their murderers.
  • Every Jewish organization that bowed to FDR and Obama have blood on their hands.
  • Every Jewish organization that trumpets the Two State Solution has blood on its hands.
  • Every Jewish organization that mainstream BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) activists, that criticizes Israel and America for fighting terrorism, that imports Muslim migrants while demanding the expulsion of Jewish "settlers" has blood on its hands.


By Daniel Greenfield
Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. 
Writes for Frontpage Magazine.  More about this author here
When we talk about the Holocaust, we are talking about the mass murder of millions of Jews.
The dead included my grandparents and countless others, shot, starved, gassed, beaten to death and buried in mass graves. And yet the lessons of the Holocaust in its commemorations rarely have anything to do with Jewish lives. 
Millions of dollars have been spent building memorials to the victims of the Holocaust, even as Iran is spending its millions on building another kind of memorial to the Holocaust, in the form of nuclear technology.
Ben Rhodes, the Obama crony who helped sell the Iranian Big Lie, sits on the board of the Holocaust Memorial Council. The Washington D.C. museum ignores the murder of Jews in Israel, but is very worked up over the deaths of Muslims in Myanmar, in Egypt and around the world.
Millions more are spent, by some of the same groups that claim an interest in Holocaust education, on bringing Muslim migrants to America and Europe to carry out the promise of an Islamic apocalypse in which, as the Hadith states,  

"The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him."
That is what the Islamic Holocaust looks like. If you want to see it slowly getting underway, visit Paris or Jerusalem.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018


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MAP:  Land concessions "for peace" have only brought more insecurity to the State of Israel.  Gaza is a terror statelet, and the Sinai is a wild west full of jihadists after Egypt lost military control over the vast territory.  The US, EU and UN keep pushing Israel to give up even more land for a Palestinian State, in the secret hope that there will be a tipping point where Israel will be overwhelmed by terror.  
The solution is for the kingdom of Jordan to absorb the Palestinian population (many of whom had Jordanian passports) now in Judea and Samaria.  Jordan already has a majority Palestinian population.  Jordan is Palestine. 

In spite of its army and its nukes, the state of Israel is surprisingly fragile.  Israelis keep an eye on their genocidal neighbors, and also on demographic data because those figures could be the most likely cause of the Jewish state's demise. 
There are almost 9 million people in Israel.  Of these about 75% are regarded as ethnic Jews, and about 20% Muslims.  The rest is a mix of Christians, Druze, and others.  That looks like a solid Jewish majority, but the numbers don't tell the whole story. 
Continue reading, including article on giving West Bank Arabs the vote, by Abu Yehuda

Friday, March 17, 2017

US STATE DEPARTMENT A SERIAL BLUNDERER IN MIDDLE EAST POLICY - Its bias has been so intense that it does not mind going against common sense and even the interests of the American people - It encouraged and supported the now disastrous ARAB SPRING. - After World War II it knowingly hired NAZI CRIMINALS to help fight the Cold War

  • If the State Department were an employee, it would be fired.  And with such a horrendous record it would be unable to get a job anywhere.
  • Rather than clueless, the State Department has deliberately exercised outright deceit to encourage deleterious acts and policies that facilitate its long-term agenda, regardless of the best interests of the United States.
  • The State Department is infamous for having hired Nazi criminals after the Second World War.  Their anti-Semitic ideological heritage is felt to this day.
  • The State Department maintains a consulate in the Arab populated area of Jerusalem to help and service Arabs almost exclusively.  American Jews find it hard to avail themselves of services there.  The US does not recognize Jerusalem as being part of Israel.  
  • The following column lists some of the State Department's most egregious blunders in its Middle East policies. 

The State Department – A Systematic Blunderer         

A review of the mistaken analyses and erroneous conclusions of the US State Department with respect to the Middle East region.

1. THE ARAB SPRING - In 2011, the Department of State welcomed (and encouraged) the Arab tsunami which has displaced millions of people and murdered hundreds of thousands – and keeps raging – as an Arab Spring, youth revolution, Facebook revolution and a transition towards democracy.
2. LYBIA'S REGIME CHANGE - In 2011, the State Department recommended the toppling of Gaddafi in Libya, in spite of Gaddafi’s transfer of Libya’s nuclear infrastructure to the US in 2003, and irrespective of his fierce battle against Islamic terrorism. The toppling of the ruthless Gaddafi transformed Libya into the largest, lawless platform of Islamic terrorism in the Middle East, spilling over into Africa, Europe and the rest of the world, severely undermining the US national and homeland security.

Continue reading

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

THERE WAS NEVER A COUNTRY CALLED WEST BANK or Palestine - THE ORIGIN OF THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION MYTH, by legal expert Dr Howard Grief - The problem of national BETRAYAL by the Israeli elite

  • There was never a country called West Bank.
  • There was never a Palestinian people, only Arab clans originating from the Muslim occupation of the Middle East. 
  • Israel is in the ancient Jewish land of Judea and Samaria, as evidenced by history books and the Bible. 
  • Modern Israel comprises the area of the ancient Jewish kingdoms of Israel and Judea, most of it liberated from Jordan in 1967 - today generally misnamed "occupied Palestinian territory".
    Judea and Samaria
    Jordan (originally called Transjordan) was a country ILLEGALLY created by the British in what was recognized by the League of Nations as the land of the Jewish people. 
  • After the Roman Empire conquest in the first century AD, Israel was subsequently occupied by the Arabs from the Arabian peninsula, and by the Turks of the Ottoman Empire, and finally, after World War I, by the British Empire as part of the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine. 
  • The land was renamed Palestine by the Romans, in order to erase all memory of Judea and Samaria and the Jews, the majority of whom were enslaved, or slaughtered, or dispersed through the world.  A few did remain, however, in the city of Jerusalem and other areas of the country.
  • The Romans eventually failed in their attempt, as the Bible became known world-wide, demonstrating ancient Jewish roots and ownership of the land.
  • After two thousand years of persecution and genocide, the Jews reconstituted their country in 1948. 
  • But the enemies of the Jews haven't given up, as they now call the area 'Palestine'.  
  • Unfortunately, many enemies of Israel are Jews themselves, as the following article illustrates.   
  • There is a mix of Marxists, socialists, anarchists, globalists, and anti-Semites in Israeli society, particularly in the media, academia, and the judicial and political system - all of them Jewish. 
  • Not every Jew lives proudly in Israel.  Some are descendants of European Jews who, before the Nazis came to power, had tried so hard to assimilate and discard their Jewish heritage to become true Europeans 
  • Others are infected by leftist ideology, and thus embrace the same Arabs who want to kill Jews and destroy their country.
  • They have wholeheartedly embraced the Palestinian cause and do everything in their power to undermine Israel's legitimacy and viability. 
  • You have heard about bad Jews such as George Soros.  Israel has that sort of Jews too, and have cause incalculable damage to the country.  Soros himself has been funding subversive organizations in Israel.
  • They are extremely influential, and much more so as they receive support and often considerable funding from anti-Semites in the European Union, mostly through foreign NGOs (non-governmental organizations), of which there are about 400 in Israel. 
  • The US State Department - no matter who is in the presidency - wages its own diplomatic war against Israel from its consulate in the Arab-occupied part of Jerusalem. 
  • Obama is said to have instigated a recent United Nations resolution condemning construction in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem. This has brought to the forefront once again the issue of Israel's legal sovereignty and ownership of the land. 
  • Every fatal decision that has undermined Israel was originated by one or a few individuals, but supported by many others with influence in the country because of ignorance, lack of vision, intimidation by those in power in Israel and abroad, and in some instances, to further their own malevolent agenda to weaken Israel.
  • The late Dr Howard Grief, author of this column, was Israel's most prominent expert on international law as it pertains Israeli legitimate ownership of Judea and Samaria, known by Israel's enemies as 'west bank'.  

The Origins of
the Occupation Myth

By Dr. Howard Grief 

Israel is always unjustly condemned by the United Nations as an occupier of “Arab land” in regard to Judea, Samaria and Gaza. 
This condemnation that has no basis in either fact or law. This pernicious myth has provided the UN with the necessary pretext to intervene constantly in the internal affairs of these Jewish lands.
Astonishing as it may seem, this myth was created by Israel’s own legal establishment: (1) the Supreme Court; (2) the Attorney-General’s Office; (3) the Ministry of Justice; (4) the International Law section of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), and (5) the Law faculties of Israel’s universities.

The individual who bore the greatest responsibility for this myth was Meir Shamgar.  Shamgar was Military Advocate-General from 1961 to 1968, and later the Attorney-General of Israel and the President of the Supreme Court.
He was behind the decision made by Levi Eshkol’s National Unity Government during the Six Day War to apply not Israeli law but the laws of war to all the liberated Jewish territories, namely, the Hague Regulations of 1907 and the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949.  
This application was completely inappropriate given the historical connection of these territories to the Jewish People and their legal inseparability from the Jewish National Home.
Continue reading this article, see link to related material, and watch VIDEOS

Friday, October 28, 2016

BRITISH BETRAYAL OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE - WHY did Britain fight so hard to prevent the rebirth of ISRAEL? - BOOK REVIEW "THE RAPE OF PALESTINE" - Britain continues to this day to fund and empower Palestinian Arabs determined to eventually exterminate Jews and dismantle Israel

  • Although historians and popular culture tend to lay most of the blame for the Holocaust on German Nazis, in fact the Nazis counted on the collaboration of many nations in Europe and elsewhere in the genocide of Jews.  
  • The slaughter of six million Jews was a collaborative international effort.
  • After 1945  the supposedly de-Nazified German government has led to this day an active movement to undermine Israel, and to support and fund the Palestinian Arabs.  And so have other EU governments. 
  • Europeans have contracted out the Arabs for the completion of what Hitler left undone. 
  • An empowered Palestinian Arab population with a state of their own, and a weakened and shrunk Israel is the insidious formula for Holocaust Part II - and they all know it.
  • The British have always been intensely anti-Semitic and, although they've been lauded for playing such a key role in resisting and fighting the Nazis, they endeavored to keep Jews out of Britain AND Palestine during the war, thereby ensuring that they would be slaughtered by the Germans in the millions. 
  • Image result for images BRITISH  REFUGEE CAMPS FOR JEWSAfter the end of World War II the British even imprisoned Holocaust survivors for years in refugee camps behind barbed wire, to make sure they did not return to their ancestral land in Israel.  (See photo on the right.)
  • To this day the British and the rest of Europe enthusiastically sympathize with the genocidal Palestinian Arabs who, by the way, were close allies of Hitler.   
  • As Britain continues to be colonized by Muslims, its foreign policy is bound to get even more anti-Israel. 
  • The British Labour Party is blatantly anti-Semitic.  It is headed by a self-hating Jew, and supported by the anti-Semitic left and the UK Muslim population.
  • Whatever our personal views on the conflict, we should remember that it is NOT between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs, but between Jews and Muslims, and between tiny Israel and 1.7 BILLION Muslims. 
  • Jews have been persecuted and massacred by Muslims for 14 centuries, long before the reconstituted State of Israel.  
  • Israel's three major defensive wars for survival (48, 67, 73) were between a few million Jews (six million at the last census) and a coalition of Arab countries representing hundreds of millions of genocidal Muslims. 
The British betrayal of the Jewish people

By Abu Yehuda (Vic Rosenthal)

Even after the war, when the evil consequences of its policies should have been clear, when Germany herself began to recognize her obligation to what was left of the Jewish people, Britain continued to fight against the establishment of a Jewish state, battling attempts to resettle Jewish refugees, even arming and providing military advisors to the Arab armies that in 1948 tried to finish the job Hitler started.
Today the “discovery” of Jew-hatred among British politicians, particularly in the Labour Party, is news. But the relationship of the Jews to Albion, since the citizens of York wiped out their Jewish community in 1190, hasn’t been smooth.
Recently, I read a review by Sheree Roth of a neglected 1938 book, William B. Ziff’s      The Rape of Palestine.  (Posted on this page further on.)
Although Roth is primarily concerned with the (very important and persuasive) evidence in Ziff’s book refuting the Arab claim to be the “original” or “indigenous” inhabitants of the Land of Israel, the book is primarily concerned with the history of the British Mandatory power over Palestine.  
The British betrayal of the Jewish people must be reckoned as one of the great crimes of the 20th century. Entrusted with the Mandate to ultimately make possible a Jewish National Home, Britain instead fought its realization tooth and nail, ultimately becoming complicit in the Nazi Holocaust.
Even after the war, when the evil consequences of its policies should have been clear, when Germany herself began to recognize her obligation to what was left of the Jewish people, Britain continued to fight against the establishment of a Jewish state, battling attempts to resettle Jewish refugees, even arming and providing military advisors to the Arab armies that in 1948 tried to finish the job Hitler started.
Everyone knows about the series of White Papers issued by the Mandatory Government, which progressively limited Jewish immigration, culminating in the MacDonald White Paper of 1939 which – just as the furnaces of the Holocaust were about to be lit – effectively closed the doors of Palestine to Jews and doomed millions to destruction.
But Ziff explains how, long before 1939, British authorities used every bureaucratic device possible to reduce the number of Jews allowed into the country, while completely overlooking the uncontrolled immigration of Arabs who flocked in to take advantage of the jobs created by the Zionists. “Illegal” Jews were hunted down and punished.
Continue reading Abu Yehuda's article, the ME Quarterly article from where he quotes, as well as other related items.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

ISRAEL AND PALESTINE, A BRIEF STORY OF TWO STATES, one a successful one, the other mired in hate, violence, and corruption unable to take off the ground

Some people just can't be helped 

By Vic Rosenthal

When the Zionists began to build the yishuv, the enterprise that would become the Jewish state, they had to develop an economy, a political system, an army for defense, a legal system, an educational system, a transportation network, a postal service, and countless other things.
They got help, first from wealthy benefactors like Montefiore and Rothschild, and later – when they needed to resettle hundreds of thousands of often penniless refugees from the Holocaust and, later, from the Muslim world – from organized appeals in the Diaspora.
In a highly controversial arrangement, Holocaust survivors in Israel also received billions as reparations from Germany (the state also received several hundreds of millions).
The Jews created cooperative enterprises in every economic sphere which enabled them to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, despite a war of independence in which they lost 1% of their population, and massive immigration.
Later they surprised the world by repeatedly defeating their more numerous enemies, and little by little transformed their economy to a more entrepreneurial model. Today Israel, despite the challenges, is a remarkable success, economically, socially and culturally. Not perfect, but still a remarkable success.
Despite what people think, Israel does not receive non-military aid from the US, and only modest amounts of money from Diaspora charities. Indeed, many Israelis think we can and should end the military aid, which comes with many strings attached.
Now let’s look at another group that ostensibly aspires to a state, the ‘Palestinians’.
Take the Gaza Strip, with 1.8 million residents, 72% of them with refugee status, wards of the international dole. There is no economy to speak of, except that created by UNRWA which feeds and educates its population with funds provided primarily by the US and Europe, and Hamas, which manufactures rockets, digs attack tunnels and prepares for war.
This population is rapidly growing; it is expected to reach 2.1 million by 2020, with a fertility rate of 4.2 children per woman (a conservative estimate). For comparison, the fertility rate among Arabs in Judea and Samaria is only 2.8. 21% of Gazans are between the ages of 15 and 24, and 64% under 25.
This huge ‘youth bulge’ combined with a lack of employment, is a guarantee of continued violence. And it is all paid for by the West, which, through UNRWA’s welfare policies, incentivizes Gazans to have children. Welfare costs for Palestinians increase every year, along with the population.
The West went along with Arab demands to prevent any resettlement of ‘Palestinian refugees’ and the UN granted refugee status to anyone who lived in pre-state Palestine for as little as two years – and to all their descendents in perpetuum, something done for no other refugee population.
99% of UNRWA employees are Palestinians, and the curriculum in UNRWA schools is aimed at keeping alive the narrative of Arab dispossession and dishonor that fuels the conflict. UNRWA does not ameliorate the conflict, it nourishes it.
Consider also the Arabs of Judea and Samaria, the great majority of whom live under the control of the Palestinian Authority. The PA, like UNRWA, is totally dependent on American and European money.
The PA burns through most of the more than $1 billion a year it receives on corruption and its multiple ‘security forces’ (which sometimes engage in terrorism).
It also disburses large payments to the families of prisoners in Israeli jails for security offenses, and to families of ‘martyrs’, including suicide bombers. The PA and its official media continue to incite violence and murder of Jews, and treat terrorists as heroes.
Large monopolies, like cement and telecommunications are in the hands of PA insiders. Crime is rampant and economic activity is stunted.
Both Israel and the Palestinians received injections of capital from abroad. Israel used it to help build the infrastructure of a state, and turn her refugees into productive citizens.
The Palestinian Arab leaders stole much of the money, nurtured their people’s hatred and created a permanent class of stateless refugees as an army to fight Israel. Indeed, even if a Palestinian state were created in the territories, the refugees would not be welcome in it, because according to Palestinian dogma, the only way to stop being a refugee is to ‘return’ to ‘your home’ in Israel!
When the international community gave the Palestinians money for building infrastructure like waste treatment plants or power stations, they built mansions for PA and Hamas officials.
Hamas took cement for rebuilding homes after the last war and used it to line attack tunnels. The only area in which they have shown any initiative is getting attention by killing people.
Do you see the difference here? The Jews really wanted a state. They were ready to sacrifice and struggle for it. They took advantage of the aid that was available and used it to build something. The Arabs aren’t even trying. All they want is to destroy our state.
The ‘Palestinians’ have contributed nothing to the world except violent terrorism since they invented themselves in order to oppose Jewish sovereignty some 60 years ago. It’s time to start weaning them off welfare. If they can switch from stabbing to state-building, then they should go for it. In any case, the world can’t afford to keep feeding them.
This column originally appeared on author's Vic Rosenthal's website, Abu Yehuda

Thursday, March 24, 2016

EXPOSED: THE UK ENCOURAGED GENOCIDAL ARAB ATTACK ON ISRAEL back in 1948 - And to this day it continues to support those same aims under the guise of "land for peace"

Intelligence obtained by the French secret services in the Middle East sheds new light on Britain’s role in the Arab-Israeli War of Independence.
British Prime Minister Clement Attlee and Foreign Minister Ernest Bevin.
British Prime Minister Clement Attlee and Foreign Minister Ernest Bevin

On this page:
  • Read research article by historian Meir Zamir
  • See photos of the Israeli War of Independence - 1947-48
  • See map for UN proposed partition of  Israel then
  • See map of White House and EU proposed partition of Israel now.
  • And read brief outline of the War of Independence by historian Netanel Lorch
September 11, 1947. On the eve of the Arab League’s political committee meeting to decide on the Arab response to the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP) report [supporting the end of the British mandate and partitioning the land between Jews and Arabs], the Lebanese newspaper L’Orient published an article.

Continue reading. 
See pictures of the War of Independence
and a brief outline of the War

Monday, October 13, 2014

THE FORGOTTEN REFUGEES - More than half of Israeli Jews have deep roots in the Middle East - And a million of them arrived as refugees fleeing persecution and violence in Arab countries.

We hear a lot about Palestinian refugees, but not much about a million Jewish refugees from Arab lands who lost all their possessions and fled to Israel.  Here is their story.

Mizrahi Nation
Yemenite Jews on their way to Israel in 1949 fleeing Arab violence.
MIZRAHI NATION  -  Long shut out of the country’s story, Middle Eastern Jews now make up half of Israel’s population, influencing its culture in surprising ways. Who are they?
  • The typical Israeli pioneer is thought to be a European-looking Jew. 
  •  Thus Israel is accused of being a European colony for Holocaust survivors.
  • Rarely mentioned is the million Jews who returned to Israel from Arab lands.
  • And no word is said about the oppression and murderous Arab violence they were fleeing from.
  • Or about their possessions, which were lost without compensation.
  • In the 1940s there were about 260,000 Jews living in Morocco, 140,000 in Algeria, 40,000 in Libya, 140,000 in Iraq, 80,000 in Egypt, 60,000 in Yemen, and many others in Arab countries and in non-Arab countries like Iran and Turkey.
  • In fact, 1,000 years after the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, nine out of every ten Jews on earth still lived in the Middle East.
  • By the time European Jews began resettling in Palestine, as it was known then, Middle Eastern Jews were already well-established there.
  • The notion that Arabs were tolerant of Jews in Muslim countries is a complete myth.
  • Long before the reconstitution of the state of Israel in 1948, Arabs were already slaughtering Jews.
  • While Mizrahi Jews were not native to Israel, neither were most of the Arabs who came to live there attracted by jobs within the Jewish community there.
  • Mizrahi Jews were not well treated by the European Jews, who looked down on their culture.
The Mizrahi Nation
By Matti Friedman,
Matti Friedman is the author of The Aleppo Codex: In Pursuit of One of the World’s Most Coveted, Sacred, and Mysterious Books, which won the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize, the ALA’s Sophie Brody Medal, and the Canadian Jewish Book Award for history. He has been reporting on Israel since 1997.
The story of Israel, as most people know it, is well trod.

It begins with anti-Semitism in Europe and passes through Theodor Herzl, the Zionist pioneers, the kibbutz, socialism, the Holocaust, and the 1948 War of Independence.
In the early decades of the return to Zion and the new state, the image of the Israeli was of a blond pioneer tilling the fields shirtless, or of an audience listening to Haydn in one of the new concert halls. Israel might have been located, for historical reasons, in the Middle East, but the new country was an outpost of Europe. Its story was a story about Europe.

Thursday, April 24, 2014


Why does Germany fund the demonization of Israel?

By Gerald Steinberg

Instead of feeble and insensitive excuses, Germany has a fundamental responsibility to stop all support for the political war demonizing Israel.

In speech after speech, German leaders restate their country’s “moral and historic responsibility” toward Israel and the Jewish people after the Holocaust.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Islam's tenuous connection to Jerusalem
by Eli E. Hertz

Jerusalem is never mentioned in the Quran and Mohammed never set foot on Its soil.
Despite 1,300 years of Muslim Arab rule, Jerusalem was never the capital of an Arab entity, nor was it ever mentioned in the Palestine Liberation Organization’s covenant until Israel regained control of East Jerusalem in the Six-Day War of 1967.  Overall, the role of Jerusalem in Islam is best understood as the outcome of political exigencies impacting religious belief.
Mohammed, who founded Islam in 622 CE, was born and raised in present-day Saudi Arabia and never set foot in Jerusalem. His connection to the city came years after his death when the Dome of the Rock shrine and the al-Aqsa mosque were built in 688 and 691, respectively, their construction spurred by political and religious rivalries.
In 638 CE, the Caliph (or successor to Mohammed) Omar and his invading armies captured Jerusalem from the Byzantine Empire.
Kotel at sunrise
One reason they wanted to erect a holy structure in Jerusalem was to proclaim Islam’s supremacy over Christianity and its most important shrine, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
More important was the power struggle within Islam itself. The Damascus-based Umayyad Caliphs who controlled Jerusalem wanted to establish an alternative holy site if their rivals blocked access to Mecca.
That was important because the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca, was (and remains today) one of the Five Pillars of Islam. As a result, they built what became known as the Dome of the Rock shrine and the adjacent mosque.
To enhance the prestige of the ‘substitute Mecca,’ the Jerusalem mosque was named al-Aqsa. It means ‘the furthest mosque’ in Arabic, but has far broader implications, since it is the same phrase used in a key passage of the Quran called “The Night Journey.”
In that passage, Mohammed arrives at ‘al-Aqsa’ on a winged steed accompanied by the Archangel Gabriel; from there they ascend into heaven for a divine meeting with Allah, after which Mohammed returns to Mecca.
Naming the Jerusalem mosque al-Aqsa was an attempt to say the Dome of the Rock was the very spot from which Mohammed ascended to heaven, thus tying Jerusalem to divine revelation in Islamic belief.
The problem however, is that Mohammed died in the year 632, nearly 50 years before the first construction of the al-Aqsa Mosque was completed.
Jerusalem never replaced the importance of Mecca in the Islamic world. When the Umayyad dynasty fell in 750, Jerusalem also fell into near obscurity for 350 years, until the Crusades. During those centuries, many Islamic sites in Jerusalem fell into disrepair and in 1016 the Dome of the Rock collapsed.
Still, for 1,300 years, various Islamic dynasties (Syrian, Egyptian and Turkish) continued to govern Jerusalem as part of their overall control of the Land of Israel, disrupted only by the Crusaders.
What is amazing is that over that period, not one Islamic dynasty ever made Jerusalem its capital. 
By the 19th century Jerusalem had been so neglected by Islamic rulers that several prominent Western writers who visited Jerusalem were moved to write about it.
French writer Gustav Flaubert, for example, found “ruins everywhere” during his visit in 1850 when it was part of the Turkish Empire (1516-1917).
Seventeen years later Mark Twain wrote that Jerusalem had “become a pauper village.”
Indeed, Jerusalem’s importance in the Islamic world only appears evident when non-Muslims (including the Crusaders, the British and the Jews) control or capture the city. Only at those points in history did Islamic leaders claim Jerusalem as their third most holy city after Mecca and Medina. 
That was again the case in 1967, when Israel captured Jordanian-controlled East Jerusalem (and the Old City) during the 1967 Six-Day War.
Oddly, the PLO’s National Covenant, written in 1964, never mentioned Jerusalem.
Only after Israel regained control of the entire city did the PLO ‘update’ its Covenant to include Jerusalem.
Author Eli E. Hertz is the president of Myths and Facts, an organization devoted to research and publication of information regarding US interests in the world and particularly in the Middle East. Mr. Hertz served as Chairman of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting.
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