Jews expected to meet higher standards

 The price of always holding Jews to a higher standard

In a moral world, you don’t execute based on what “may have” [resulted] – unless those to be sentenced are Jews.

By Ron Jager, June 19, 2021,

This past week on June 19, 1953, was the 68th commemoration of the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. This Jewish American husband and wife were convicted of passing nuclear secrets to the USSR and of espionage on is behalf. The Rosenberg couple were executed by the federal government of the United States at the Sing Sing correctional facility in Ossining, New York, becoming the first American civilians to be executed for such charges and the first to suffer the death penalty during peacetime.

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed in the electric chair, just before Shabbat, in an unprecedented and disproportionally harsh sentence. . In the case of the Rosenbergs, they also left two young boys behind to grow up as orphans under the shadow of one of America’s greatest miscarriages of justice. This tragedy and travesty of Justice proves once again and beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jews – wherever they may be – are always held to a higher standard and inevitably pay a disproportional price for being members of the Chosen People.

Although a number of leftist organizations protested the verdict, Jewish organizations were conspicuously absent in the Rosenbergs’ defense. Public condemnation of the Rosenbergs, a general identification of Jews with left-wing causes, and the shadow of McCarthyism made many Jews fear that their own loyalty was under scrutiny. Some Jewish leaders, including the American Jewish Committee, publicly endorsed the guilty verdict.

The unprecedented sentence incensed protesters world-wide, who claimed that the Rosenbergs had not been given a fair trial, and that the punishment was disproportional to the crime of which they were accused and convicted. Demonstrators around the world called on the US government to revoke the Rosenbergs’ death sentence, while defense attorney Emmanuel Bloch fought to reverse the decision to execute the Rosenbergs.

On the day of the execution, thousands rallied in Paris and London to protest the Rosenbergs’ fate, and hundreds picketed in front of the White House. Attorney Bloch fought to the bitter end for the Rosenbergs, pleading at the gates of the White House for a final hearing with President Eisenhower in his clients’ last hours of life.

But to no avail. That Friday, Julius and Ethel became the only Americans in history to be sentenced to death in peace time for espionage, meeting their fate on the electric chair.

In a statement released that day, President Eisenhower said: “I am not unmindful of the fact that this case has aroused grave concern both here and abroad in the minds of serious people aside from the considerations of law. In this connection I can only say that, by immeasurably increasing the chances of atomic war, the Rosenbergs ‘may have’ (quotes added, R.J.) condemned to death tens of millions of innocent people all over the world.”

In a moral world, you don’t execute based on what “may have” [resulted] – unless those to be sentenced are Jews.

So, despite the Rosenbergs having been convicted, President Eisenhower wouldn’t go any further than claiming that they “may have” been spies, maybe he knew something that the public didn’t know, but it seems that the principle of a higher standard against Jews was put into play. In a moral world, you don’t execute based on “may have” – unless those to be sentenced are Jews.

Fast forward thirty-five years, another case involving a Jewish spy, sentenced to life in the US for spying for an ally. Jonathan Pollard, was convicted of spying for Israel in 1987. Just before Pollard’s sentencing, Senator Chic Hecht of Nevada, a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, telephoned the leaders of every major Jewish organization to warn them not to support Pollard in any way. Pollard had done something so horrible that it could never be made public. Washington insiders thought they knew the big, dark secret: secret documents confirming that Pollard’s spying had resulted in the loss of lives of U.S. intelligence agents.

Pollard had supposedly given Israel a list of every American spy inside the Soviet Union. The CIA reasoned that the Mossad had been infiltrated by one or more Soviet spies. In a matter of months, every American spy in Russia — more than 40 agents — had been captured or killed. At least that was the accusation, but the basis for it was actually kept secret from Pollard and his defense counsel. And it was all untrue. Pollard wasn’t the one responsible for the death of so many American spies in Russia. The Jew didn’t do it – it was Aldrich Ames, a drunken senior CIA official who sold the names of America’s agents to the Russians for cash. Pollard was framed for Ames’s crime, while Ames kept on drinking and spying for the Soviets for several more years.

In fact, Israeli intelligence later suspected that Ames played a direct role in framing Pollard. But no one in America then knew the truth. Ames was arrested in February 1994, and confessed to selling out American agents in the Soviet Union. Ames, however, was released after beginning his prison sentence and sent to live out his remaining years in luxury in Russia as part of a deal between Russians and the U. S..

Would America now admit that they had been conned into blaming Pollard? In the U.S. Navy’s intelligence service, a decision was made to re-examine the Pollard case in view of the convictions of Ames. With sickening chagrin, the Navy discovered that the evidence needed to clear Pollard had been under its nose all along. The list of American spies inside Russia had been kept in a special safe with a special “blue stripe” clearance needed for access. But Jonathan Pollard didn’t have “blue stripe” clearance. That was the bombshell that would clear Pollard of any possible connection to the deaths of the 40 American spies.

Pollard was released from prison in 2015 after sitting behind bars for an unprecedented 30 years and then released under extremely strict parole conditions, including a prohibition against leaving the US. In November of last year, President Trump approved the Justice Department’s decision not to renew his parole restrictions, and Pollard was allowed to make Aliyah to Israel

Within a historic perceptive, both tragic cases, those of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and of Jonathan Pollard, have shown that in comparison to others accused of similar crimes, Jews are held to a higher legal and moral standard and are judged by a different yardstick. No doubt it is reprehensible anti-Semitism, but maybe we ourselves can also look at it another way.

So, brothers and sisters, while it’s difficult for us to endure the evil visited upon us by the hypocrisy of the world, let us hold our heads up high and proudly proclaim: “Mi k’amcha Yisrael,” Who is like your people Israel? “Goy echad ba’aretz,” a unique and special people in the world. If our mission in this world is to be “spiritual role models”, then let’s accept it with dignity and honor and live up to these expectations.

Ron grew up in the South Bronx of New York City, making Aliyah in 1980. Served for 25 years in the IDF as a Mental Health Field Officer in operational units. Prior to retiring was Commander of the Central Psychiatric Clinic for Reserve Solders at Tel-Hashomer. Since retiring has been involved in strategic consultancy to NGO’s and communities in the Gaza Envelope on resiliency projects to assist first responders and communities. Ron has written numerous articles for outlets in Israel and abroad focusing on Israel and the Jewish world.

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Jewish silence on anti-semitism

Jackie Mason – Thank G od for the gentiles!

Jews, our lives are once again in peril. What we saw on the streets of New York, Miami, Los Angeles, London, and Paris were not isolated events. We are living in a new reality, reminiscent of an all too common old reality that most Jews alive have not yet experienced first-hand.

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The Jews are their own worst enemy, and that’s putting it lightly.

For much of their history, they have brought upon themselves suffering. That’s not to say that those who chose, and still choose, to persecute them were not acting out of irrational and inexplicable hatred, but if the behavior of most contemporary Jews are any indicator, these kinds of terrible situations have undoubtedly been due to the actions and ideas of our co-religionists.

We can’t wipe our hands clean and say we are purely victims, although on an individual basis that might be the case, because surely the collective has some complicity in what occurs to them.

Unfortunately, the events of the past month have not surprised me. The viciousness and brazenness of the anti-Semitic incidents taking place in many of the World’s major cities weren’t any more vicious or brazen than events that occurred countless times in our people’s history. It’s the deafening silence amongst our own that has boggled my mind.

It takes a lot to boggle my mind. It’s the lack of response from the Jewish community that disturbs me. It’s like the slogan Never Again has turned into Yes, Please, Once Again.

Of course, there are noteworthy exceptions, but they are exceptions nonetheless. We’re talking about serious topics, possibly the most serious topic anybody who reads this will ever read. I’m not even joking.

Jews, our lives are once again in peril. What we saw on the streets of New York, Miami, Los Angeles, London, and Paris were not isolated events. We are living in a new reality, reminiscent of an all too common old reality that most Jews alive have not yet experienced first-hand. They might have been told about it by older relatives, or read about it in books, or seen it on some screen, but most Jews alive today have not encountered hatred on the street.

Some of my naive friends, and I use the term friends very broadly, exclaim “but I have never, never, not even once seen anti-Semitism!” That’s because they don’t have such a good eye doctor, and their prescription is way off.

The people chanting in the street Free Palestine are interested in one thing, and one thing only. Don’t kid yourselves, they want you dead. They don’t care about human rights, and they don’t care about their brethren. They glorify martyrdom, they celebrate death. There is a reason they chant “Death to the Jews.” Why don’t you believe that they are serious and would do it if given the chance?

The young man arrested last month for beating up a Jew in Midtown Manhattan, said after being released that day that he would do it again. There is no concept of remorse. The fact that the rule of law still reigns in most places is why these abominable chants don’t get a chance to be actualized.

Like the Ethics of the Fathers, Pirkei Avos says, without the government a neighbor would swallow up his neighbor.

Just look at what’s happening to our beloved New York. With the policing becoming more lax, we have seen the rule of the Jungle return. What seemed impossible just a few short years ago, is now a waking nightmare. Try taking the subway without feeling a twinge of fear. My friends, we are in trouble, and instead of responding in a loud and courageous way, we hear nothing from our elected leaders.

Yes, I’m talking to you Charles Schumer. Our vaunted Senator from New York. I’m sure he is a nice guy — and a coward, as well. When going on numerous taxpayer paid foreign trips to Israel he got plenty of opportunity to see the situation. When it was time to raise money, he touted his support of Israel to pull in big donations. Now this precious ally of ours is being attacked, Jews are being attacked on the streets, and what do we hear from him? Nothing!

It is politically inexpedient for him, so he doesn’t take a stand, and we see retroactively that all his outspokenness was just empty grandstanding. The irony is that he is only protecting his political hide, but he is too conservative for the progressive wing of the Democrat party. He will eventually be replaced anyway.

That goes for Dianne Feinstein and any of the other mainstream Jewish Democrats who will be unseated due to their suddenly retrograde views. The Squad as they have been called will take them all down. Their only mission is to make everyone hate their own country, in the guise of “criticism” and being for “the people,” and they will succeed in dismantling the country from within, starting with the old dinosaurs who until recently had firm control of the Party.

Yes, the donkey dinosaurs will go the way of the dodo. Extinct! And the new crop of Democrats will continue to betray the only democracy in the Middle East resulting in the most dangerous situation our people have seen in years. Yes, we’ve made it until now, but that’s no guarantee that we will continue. Yes, this is a depressing article. It is a depressing situation. But we still have a couple options.

We have the power of free speech, we have the power to speak up when real injustices are perpetrated. We can’t just snap our fingers and say “problem solved”. It’s a complex one, probably more complex than it’s ever been, but also we have the ability to get our voices heard more than ever.

There is a tremendous noise from the other side, with tweets, and likes, and whatever else keeps people’s attention these days, but we have to be bold in sending out bright clear signals that leave no doubt as to what is right. Sometimes it takes half-Jews or quarter-Jews or even, non-Jews to do the job.

Just listen to Bill Maher eviscerating Nicholas Kristof of the NY Times with obvious, common sense arguments. Anyone who is unsure of what is what in the Middle East just has to listen to what Maher had to say last week on his show.

The bottom line is that Republican Gentiles stand up for Israel, and what it represents, at all costs. Thank God for the Goyim.The Democrat Jews in office are more concerned about their votes in the next election than truth.

Not all politicians are liars, and not all Democrats are anti-Semites. Look at Congressman Ritchie Torres and his courageous stance against the trends of his party. AOC and her Squad are expected to be anti-Israel and anti-Semitic. They’re just ignorant of history, and collectively don’t have much for brains to begin with, but Schumer the Harvard educated Jewish wonder boy is a different story altogether.

Schumer’s silence has been deafening, and a real disgrace. Doesn’t he have a Jewish mother to tell him he should be ashamed of himself? Well, I will be that Jewish mother, and I’ll grab him by the ear and drag him into the Senate kicking and screaming to stand up for his people and to stand against the obscenity of anti-Semitic violence that we’ve begun to see with alarming frequency again.

And only when Jews like himself and all the rest of the deluded Jews in Park Slope and the Upper West Side wake up to the short sightedness that they have been engaged in, will the possibility of real enduring peace and harmony be on the horizon.

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If there is a crisis, blame the Jews

It’s called “Redemptive Anti-Semitism”

“Jews are hunted down and attacked violently in broad daylight on the streets of Beverly Hills and Manhattan, all you have to do to understand this new phenomenon is listen to the declarative pronouncements made by these barbaric mobs of American Muslims and Afro-Americans as they viciously attack American Jews arbitrarily”

By Ron Jager, May 25, 2021

Over the past weeks and months, we have witnessed a transformation of what we knew as the classic type of anti-Semitism, the “gentlemen’s agreement” type of bigotry and discrimination against Jews; residential restrictions, academic restrictions, cultural restrictions, and employment restrictions. In the old days, someone who hated Jews more than was necessary was defined as a true anti-Semite. American Jews did not condone it, but lived with it and even thrived. For the past century America has been a “safe haven” for American Jews enabling the Jewish community to reach the highest pinnacles of almost all fields of endeavor. Yet with the continuing civil unrest and daily anti-Semitic attacks reaching epidemic proportions, an updated understanding of how the old or classical anti-Semitism has evolved into the new anti-Semitism namely, “Redemptive Anti-Semitism”.

As we move back to the future, and as Jews are hunted down and attacked violently in broad daylight on the streets of Beverly Hills and Manhattan, all you have to do to understand this new phenomenon is listen to the declarative pronouncements made by these barbaric mobs of American Muslims and Afro-Americans as they viciously attack American Jews arbitrarily; they want these Jews to die and they want to annihilate the Jewish community as a whole. These vicious barbarians want to “kill the Jews” with their own bare hands and show their actions to the world through social media.

A relatively unknown historical manifestation links together the radical anti-Semitism of the Nazi ideology and the modern day Jew hatred by radical American Muslims and radicalized Afro-Americans. This common bond of “purifying” humanity of any Jewish presence promoted and upheld by radical Islam and the Nazi ideology now spans over a nine decade old period. We can no longer deny the nearly identical ideological and doctrinal models used by the Nazis and modern day radical Muslims and radicalized Afro-Americans who promote the killing of American Jews and demand the total annihilation of the State of Israel. The common thread unifying the desire for the total destruction of Jews is shared by both radical American Muslims alongside radicalized Afro-Americans and Nazi ideology. The Nazi ideology spoke of “redemptive anti-Semitism”, namely a form of anti-Semitism that explains all in the world by offering a form of “redemption” by exterminating and purifying humanity of the Jews. Islamic religious and political leaders broadcast daily sermons of incitement to murder Jews promising heaven and redemption for those that carry out this call to rid the world of Jews. This past week, Palestinian Islamic Scholar Mraweh Nassar stated: ‘Humanity Will Not Thrive until the Jewish Nation Is ANNIHILATED,’ Quoting Hadith, ‘Fight the Jews, KILL THEM!’ Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar told Sky News this week in an interview that Israel does not have a right to exist. Asked if the State of Israel has the right to exist, he replied, “No. Why?

Redemptive anti-Semitism” is a theory expounded by the Holocaust historian Professor Saul Friedländer. He maintains that Nazi anti-Semitism was distinctive for being “redemptive anti-Semitism”, namely a form of anti-Semitism that could explain all in the world and offer a form of “redemption” for the anti-Semitic. Friedländer is talking about a specifically Nazi aspect of anti-Semitism. That’s the belief in a racial hierarchy, with “the Jews” at the bottom. It holds that everything wrong with the world, and everything wrong with people, is a result of the malign influence of “the Jews.” In his book The Years of Persecution, he explains: Whereas ordinary racial anti-Semitism is one element within a wider racist worldview, in “redemptive anti-Semitism” the struggle against the Jews is the dominant aspect of a worldview in which other racist themes are but secondary appendages. According to this idea, exterminating the Jews will prevent them from corrupting the world any further and will allow it and its peoples to be redeemed and purified. Friedlander’s use of the term liberation from Jews began with the expulsion of Jews from their homes and communities and ends with their physical annihilation.

The connection between modern day Islam and the Nazi regime in Germany runs deeper, as the Nazis did their best to support through finance and advice the embryonic radical Islamic movements in British ruled Egypt and Iraq through the late 1930s and early 1940s. Their aim was to destabilize British rule in these strategically critical colonies. A key player was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, implicated in a 1941 coup attempt in Baghdad. Al-Husseini was extensively involved in anti-British and anti-Jewish Palestinian unrest during the 1920s and 1930s according to historical records. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini met covertly with representatives of the Nazi SS intelligence arm during the late 1930s, and not coincidently with Otto Adolf Eichmann, who was a German-Austrian Nazi SS-Obersturmbannführer (Lieutenant Colonel) and one of the major implementers of the Holocaust’s systematic annihilation and extermination of European Jewry. Eichmann played a central role in the deportation of over 1.5 million Jews from all over Europe to killing camps and killing sites in occupied Poland and in parts of the occupied Soviet Union.

With the British Mandate intelligence services becoming aware of Al-Husseini’s clandestine activities, he fled to Germany for the remainder of World War II, remaining active as a propagandist and recruiter of Balkan Muslims into the Waffen SS Handschar and Kama Divisions, used extensively in the latter part of the war, as German manpower available for combat divisions declined. An interesting footnote to Al-Husseini’s family lineage; Yasser Arafat, the deceased leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, an organization that was dedicated to the murdering of Jews and the destruction of the State of Israel, was a first nephew of Al-Husseini. The shift of “redemptive antisemitism” from Nazi Germany to parts of the Arab world during and after World War II, is not merely a supplementary feature of modern radical Islam, but lies instead at its ideological core and is an antecedent of a modern manifestation of “redemptive anti-Semitism”. With the proliferation and its exportation and re-introduction into Western societies, “redemptive anti-Semitism” has become rampant among Muslim Americans and radicalized Afro-Americans.

Social media tweets and comments such as “As long as there is Jewish life in the world, peace is not possible.” have become the new norm and “redemptive anti-Semitism” will continue to empower American Muslims and Afro-Americans to continue their crusade to free humanity as they understand it. Liberal and progressive Jewish organizations need to vocalize their expectation that the Biden administration and the Department of Justice take immediate legal and prosecutorial action to stop the snowball effect of “redemptive anti-Semitism.

There is no Jewish conspiracy to dominate the world, but there is a widespread global anti-Jewish conspiracy based on the principles of “redemptive anti-Semitism”. It starts with the Jews but it does not end with the Jews. The first airplane that was hijacked was an Israeli airplane, and today at every airport at every country in the world, we now we line up for security checks, so the world should be concerned. The danger of dismissing the inherent threat of “redemptive anti-Semitism” lies in its danger for the whole world.

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Israel restricts entry to Jews

Israel’s White Paper? US Jews find locked doors

Jews who applied under the Law of Return were told to wait and wait for a decision by the Israeli government. Last spring, the drop in aliyah reached 70 percent, compared to the same period in the previous year.


Steve Rodan
Steve Rodan

Reprinted from Times of Israel, May 28, 2021

Chavi Rosenberg decided to make the move: COVID-19 had kept her home; the violence on the streets of New York came awfully close to her street. There was no future in America, and she decided that Israel would be her home.

The problem was that Israel decided the exact opposite.

Rosenberg, not her real name, has been waiting for nearly a year for a decision to be allowed to make aliyah. Working with Nefesh B’Nefesh, the contractor for the Israeli government, she obediently filled in all the forms, obtained a letter from a local rabbi that she was Jewish and thus eligible for Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return.

Then, the Israeli consulate took over. The bureaucrats demanded documents from as long as 60 years ago. She had to bring marriage certificates, birth certificates, and other official documents that had nothing to do with Israel. Then, she was told to contact the FBI and submit her fingerprints. The Americans would have the last word over whether she could leave the country.

Over the last year, Israel has essentially suspended the Law of Return. Aliyah, particularly from the United States, has never been lower. And applications by American Jews have never been higher. Antisemitism rages throughout America and all but the most assimilated fear the worst. Those who never thought of moving from the Golden Medina now see Israel as their only option.

“We’ve seen unprecedented interest since spring 2020,” Nefesh B’Nefesh vice president Marc Rosenberg said. “Past national or international events sparked inquiries and applications — but never like this.”

Still, Israel is determined to keep its doors locked to American Jews. In June 2020, the Jewish Agency predicted that 50,000 Jews overall would resettle in Israel. Instead, only 20,000 were reported to have been allowed in the country. Jews who applied under the Law of Return were told to wait and wait for a decision by the Israeli government. Last spring, the drop in aliyah reached 70 percent, compared to the same period in the previous year.

COVID-19 was the official reason for the drop in aliyah. But virtually every other country did not place restrictions on the return of their citizens — and the Law of Return guarantees citizenship. European Union countries and the United States simply mandated a two-week quarantine for anybody entering the country.

The official numbers speak for themselves: In 2020, North American Jews submitted nearly 8,000 applications for aliyah — double that of the previous year. In the first three months of 2021, the rate of submissions from Canada and the United States was 30% above that of 2020. The Jewish Agency has estimated that 250,000 Jews could make aliyah — if Israel would allow it.

Officially, Nefesh B’Nefesh, which has been facilitating aliyah for nearly 20 years, has kept silent over Israel’s closed-door policy. Rosenberg attributed the drop in aliyah from North America to what he termed a “logistical problem.”

That’s not how many American Jews see it. Their first stop in attempting aliyah was working with Nefesh B’Nefesh. After a few months, Nefesh B’Nefesh relayed the applications to the Israeli consulates. There, the process virtually stopped. The questions of the Israeli bureaucrats were dismissive, even harsh: “Why do you want to come to Israel?” “What are you going to do in Israel?” “Who are your family members and where do they live?” “Do you have property in America?” Suddenly, these Jews understood that there is a right answer and a wrong answer for wanting to come home.

Nefesh B’Nefesh has acknowledged this. The Law of Return has become selective.

“The Jewish Agency for Israel will approve your aliyah based on the criteria set by the Israeli government,” Nefesh B’Nefesh, referring to North American immigrants, says on its website. “They will let you know directly that you can make aliyah and will confirm your status based on your family history.”

American Jews have also been unable to visit Israel — whether to attend celebrations or simply see their families. Joe Fineman, who feared to use his real name to avoid retaliation, was given a huge list of medical requirements before he would be eligible to enter Israel. It did not impress Israeli authorities that Fineman had undergone two vaccinations and was given a clean bill of health by his physician.

Neither Israel nor the media have addressed the new policy of blocking entry to most Jews, particularly from the United States. But Washington has long indicated that it does not want its Jews to resettle in Israel. The reason is capital flight: once an American Jew settles in Israel, regardless of whether he is a tourist, permanent resident or citizen, he can withdraw his money from his US bank account, sell his home, and essentially transfer his assets.

Since at least 2010, US Customs officers have been stationed in New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport near the counter at El Al and other airlines that fly to Israel. They are looking for Jews. The ones who look most Jewish, the Orthodox, have been asked to open their baggage, empty their pockets and sometimes even submit to a body search to make sure they were not taking any more than a minimum amount of cash with them.

Sometimes, the officers overlooked a Jew. If the flight included a stopover, the officers would then call customs authorities in that country and order them to do a search.

Even Israeli citizens who have lived in America for years find it extremely difficult to return. Israel has demanded that they pay tens of thousands of shekels to the National Insurance Institute before they will be allowed basic medical and other services. Most of these Israelis simply cannot afford that, and remain in America in fear.

The repercussions of this policy could be lethal, as violence against Jews has become the norm in the United States. It also represents a throwback to an earlier time when the Zionist leadership submitted to an indefinite closure of Eretz Yisrael. In May 1939, as Hitler was deporting Jews from Germany to the wastelands of Poland, the British announced the White Paper. Officially, London would allow 15,000 Jews a year for the next five years into Palestine. Actually, the British permitted no more than several hundred Jews a year from Europe, all of them chosen by the Zionist leadership.

Then, the Jewish community had been under British occupation. Who is occupying Israel today?

Steve Rodan has been a journalist for some 40 years and worked for major media outlets in Israel, Europe and the United States. For 18 years, he directed Middle East Newsline, an online daily news service that focused on defense, security and energy. Along with Elly Sinclair, he has just released his first book: In Jewish Blood: The Zionist Alliance With Germany, 1933-1963

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Peaceful coexistence has been destroyed

Co-existence 2.0, what was will no longer be

It is fairly certain that the aftermath of the violent and treasonous behavior of so many of Israel’s Arab minority will spell the end of Jewish Arab coexistence as we know it.

By Ron Jager, May 13, 2021    

For the past few days, gangs of Israeli Arab rioters have roamed the streets of the City of Lod (a mixed city of both Jewish and Arab residents), physically attacking Jewish bystanders, damaging property belonging to Jews including the burning of a Synagogue and pelting vehicles with rocks. We are not talking solely of hooligans, but of Arabs who lived in the same buildings as Jewish families, helping each other and enjoying friendly and neighborly relations. Israelis could not help recalling the Hebron massacre of 1929, when Arab mobs murdered and tortured the Jews with whom they had lived peacefully for years.

This brazen violent behavior by Arab rioters spread to other Israeli Arab localities throughout Israel. All this while Israel is responding to a massive missile attack of over 1000 missiles on southern and central Israel by the Palestinian terror organization Hamas. Although Israel is in the midst of a major military response to the missile attacks emanating from the Gaza Strip, the Israeli Arab rioters have been continuing their nightly rioting in seeming support for the missile attacks on Israel,

It is fairly certain that the aftermath of the violent and treasonous behavior of so many of Israel’s Arab minority will spell the end of Jewish Arab coexistence as we know it.

The President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, who has made support for Jewish Arab coexistence a central part of his Presidency and enjoyed across the board support of Israel’s Arab minority, launched a scathing attack today on Israeli Arab leaders, following a night of violent unrest in many of Israel’s mixed Jewish-Arab cities. “The silence of the Arab leadership about these disturbances is shameful, giving support to terrorism and rioting and encouraging the rupture of the society in which we live and in which we will continue to live once all this has passed,” the president said in a statement.

President Rivlin made his comments in the wake of serious disturbances in several Israeli towns and cities, including Lod in the center and Acre, on its northern Mediterranean coast. President Rivlin denounced “bloodthirsty Arab mobs” after rioting by Arab-Israelis spread across Israel following lethal exchanges of rocket fire and airstrikes over the Gaza border. “The sight of the pogrom in Lod and the disturbances across the country by an incited and bloodthirsty Arab mob, injuring people, damaging property, and even attacking sacred Jewish spaces is unforgivable. Tearing down the Israeli flag by Arab rioters and replacing it with the Palestinian flag is a brutal assault on shared existence in the State of Israel.”

The sudden outburst of street violence by Israeli Arab rioters surprised the general Jewish population but in actuality, the writing has been on the wall for some time, we just refused to acknowledge the basic facts of Islamic radicalization. In most Western countries, this blindness towards Islamic radicalization is widespread and is not just a problem for Israel. Israeli Arabs also feel resentment, frustration, and inferiority at their inability to retrieve what they unwarrantedly consider theirs, including Jerusalem. As Muslims, Israeli Arabs cannot remain indifferent to the enflamed anti-Israeli arguments advanced by radical Islam all around them here in Israel and from the Islamic countries surrounding Israel.

Despite the full integration of Israel’s Arab citizens into Israeli society enjoying the full benefits of a free and democratic society, working in every sphere, and despite the great economic prosperity that Israel has given to all of her citizens including Israeli Arabs; the Israeli Arabs cannot free themselves of the self-imposed belief that they are being deprived of the accepted norms of equality from Israel’s Jewish majority, coupled with the hostility and suspicion of their Palestinian Arab neighbors for being so well integrated into Israeli society. For many of the younger generation among Israeli Arabs, Islamization was the way out from this suffocating dilemma. This became the vehicle from which the younger generation could escape their historical failures to retrieve what they see as holy Muslim land.

Radicalization became the only true option that allowed this young Muslim generation to express their preferred Palestinian identity and see themselves as the vanguard of Palestinian rights in the future. Many of Israel’s Muslim religious leaders received their training and indoctrination abroad among Islamic fundamentalists at Islamic institutions of higher learning, and have for years been delivering radical sermons in mosques, schools and social gatherings. The resulting radicalization and violent rioting we have witnessed over the past week is the end result of this process among young Israeli Arabs.

The current atmosphere of insurrection coupled with nightly street violence should raise a red flag concerning the pervasive misconception that Israeli Arabs are loyal to Israel, because clearly they are not. They can no longer have it both ways. Every year, while Israel celebrates Independence Day, the Israeli Arabs commemorate the Nakbah (the Arab term for catastrophe), that’s their way of rejecting the State of Israel. The time has come to not ignore this refusal to recognize the establishment of the State of Israel.

Israeli Arabs, we must realize, will always automatically side with their Palestinian neighbors in any confrontation with Israel even when the Palestinian side declares war on Israel and sends thousands of rockets and missiles into Israel causing widespread damage and disruption of life, not to mention those killed and wounded. Israeli Arabs see themselves as Palestinian Arabs and not as Israelis despite full democratic rights that they willingly accept and enjoy. The potential manifestation of the rejection of being Israeli creates the potential for rebellion, insubordination, and outright violence, rage and hostility. The end result is anti-Israeli rhetoric and what we have seen in recent days.

In the past years coexistence has been a hot commodity and highly popular among liberal and progressive NGO’s and donors and has enabled Israeli Arabs to enjoy the benefits of lavishly funded coexistence programs. It seems that these programs have only contributed to the radicalization of Israel’s Arab population rather than balance civic responsibility with ethnic affiliation. Coexistence cannot be a one-way street that empowers Israeli Arabs to reject their Israeli identity and identify with the enemies of Israel even as Hamas, the Palestinian Arab terror organization, is firing thousands of missiles into southern and central Israel.

Those that refuse true coexistence, should simply be shown the door, what was will not be.

Ron grew up in the South Bronx of New York City, making Aliyah in 1980. Served for 25 years in the IDF as a Mental Health Field Officer in operational units. Prior to retiring was Commander of the Central Psychiatric Clinic for Reserve Solders at Tel-Hashomer. Since retiring has been involved in strategic consultancy to NGO’s and communities in the Gaza Envelope on resiliency projects to assist first responders and communities. Ron has written numerous articles for outlets in Israel and abroad focusing on Israel and the Jewish world.

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Hamas is responsible for the violence

This has nothing to do with Sheikh Jarrah

It’s about Hamas seeing a chance to seize the narrative and increase its own influence and control over Palestinians in Jerusalem

Reprinted from Times of Israel, May 12, 2021

As I write this, rockets are raining down on Israel from Gaza, and protests are being instigated in cities throughout the country. People have already died as a result of this senseless violence and more will surely follow in the next few days. As a Palestinian living in Jerusalem, I am frustrated and angry — and I can only blame Hamas. The fanatics who rule over Gaza with an iron first cannot resist the opportunity to stir up anti-Jewish violence for their own political gain. If innocent Jews and Muslims die in the process, all the better for them.

The pretext for the latest missile barrage and social media incitement is Sheikh Jarrah, where a long-running legal dispute was scheduled for a court hearing. This had been a private matter between Jews who have an old property deed from the 1800s and the residents of four homes who have lived there for decades and do not want to pay rent. It is the kind of situation that should be handled by a local municipal court. This could happen in any other country and there would be no public interest. But this is Jerusalem, so you have to view everything in the context of the political situation. You also have to ask yourself: who stands to gain from political violence right now?

After Palestinian PM Mahmoud Abbas canceled highly anticipated elections, Hamas simply saw an opportunity it could not pass up, exploiting the Sheikh Jarrah situation and an already tense environment during the holy day of Leylat Al Qadr and Jerusalem Day. Hamas is currently running a social media campaign calling for Palestinians to incite violence during demonstrations in Jerusalem and elsewhere. They are encouraging Palestinian youth to throw their lives away by hurling rocks and makeshift bombs at police.

Hamas-led riots outside of the Al Aqsa Mosque prove that Israeli police are not at fault for the dangers preventing Muslims from praying. Hamas has incited mobs and provoked violence with the intention of framing Israel for ethnic cleansing. Just today, provocateurs filled several busses to travel to Jerusalem to participate in the “historic” riots and answer the Hamas call to incite violence.

Most significantly, Hamas leaders ordered hundreds of rockets to be launched in the general direction of major Israeli cities. Many of them did this from the comfort of their luxury villas in Doha, Damascus, or elsewhere, knowing full well they themselves are safe from any blowback. It is important to remember that Hamas’s penchant for murder is almost matched by their blundering incompetence, which is partly the reason one out of every three of their rockets crashes into Gaza where the only possible victims are Palestinian. They also apparently shelled Abu Ghosh, an ancient Arab village.

This dispute is not actually about four houses in East Jerusalem. This is about Hamas seeing a chance to seize the narrative and increase its own influence and control over Palestinians in Jerusalem. Don’t buy their fake news and let them dilute their own blame. In the coming days, Jews and Muslims are both likely to die because Hamas saw political upside in violence. Don’t forget it.

Bassem Eid (born 5 February 1958) is a Palestinian living in Israel who has an extensive career as a Palestinian human rights activist. His initial focus was on human rights violations committed by Israeli armed forces, but for many years has broadened his research to include human rights violations committed by the Palestinian Authority (PA), and the Palestinian armed forces on their own people. He founded the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group in 1996, although it ceased operations in 2011. He now works as a political analyst for Israeli TV and radio.

Johns Hopkins embraces antisemitism

Johns Hopkins University played host to a high-profile antisemitic incident last fall. The school is still trying to cover it up.

You may remember the story of the JHU teaching assistant who polled her social media followers about whether or not she should give failing grades to Jewish students who she suspected may be supportive of Israel. University officials pledged to investigate and recently claimed that the investigation has concluded. So where are the results? And, just as importantly, why is the antisemitic TA Rasha Anayah still teaching students?

Educators have a basic responsibility to uphold fair academic treatment for all students. Anayah clearly failed to uphold this responsibility when she made these hateful public postings and threatened to punish her students on the basis of their religious identity. We also do not know how she identified these unnamed students as “Zionists” and whether she made assumptions based on their last names or physical appearances.

For this and many other reasons, Johns Hopkins did the right thing by opening an investigation into the incident. But now, an entire semester later, they appear to have closed it without releasing any findings. Anayah appears to be teaching students.

Her bigotry has real consequences for the future of the students she discriminates against, and if JHU does not release the results of their investigation, the university itself risks becoming complicit in her actions. They also may be breaking the law, as Jewish students are protected from this kind of discrimination by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Johns Hopkins would do well to remember its moral and legal obligations to investigate instances of antisemitism. Universities can no longer hide from the accountability they owe to students generally and minority groups in particular.

Vulgar antisemitism cannot be ignored or tolerated at JHU or any other campus. Jewish students should be able to select classes without worrying about whether or not their TA is going to fail them because of their religious affiliation or ignorant assumptions about their feelings towards the Jewish state.

Johns Hopkins’ lack of transparency is doing nothing to create a safe environment for learning on campus. In fact, by remaining silent on this high-profile incident, they are contributing to a culture wherein discrimination can thrive. It may start with Rasha Anayah and antisemitism but it won’t end there. In a world where hatred continues to show its ugly face, we must be intentional in our work to stop it. Johns Hopkins needs to come clean about this investigation and impose real accountability based on its results.

Bassem Eid (born 5 February 1958) is a Palestinian living in Israel who has an extensive career as a Palestinian human rights activist. His initial focus was on human rights violations committed by Israeli armed forces, but for many years has broadened his research to include human rights violations committed by the Palestinian Authority (PA), and the Palestinian armed forces on their own people. He founded the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group in 1996, although it ceased operations in 2011. He now works as a political analyst for Israeli TV and radio.

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Practicing physicians promote Ivermectin for COVID

Ivermectin is a proven treatment for Covid-19, so let’s use it

Extensive study shows ivermectin can reduce the risk of infection by 92.5% and is the standard of care in many countries

By  Dr. George Coetzee

Although the ongoing vaccination campaign shows promise in turning the tide against the coronavirus, gaps in access and acceptance persist, posing a particular threat to underserved populations and developing nations.

I have worked on the front lines during both of SA’s Covid-19 waves, and seen first-hand that the drug ivermectin is effective in preventing and treating the disease, with great potential as a supplement when vaccine administration lags. SA has recently cleared the way for that approach. Other nations and institutions should follow suit.

On April 6, a high court order determined that as ivermectin is an active ingredient in a medicine registered by the nation’s health products regulatory authority, this allows it to be prescribed “off-label”, that is, for uses other than those on the label of the registered medicine. I’m proud of the work I did with civil rights group AfriForum to obtain this victory. And I’m confident that it’s grounded in sound science and proper public health policy.

Off-label prescriptions are nothing new. Indeed, they’re a key tool for doctors to assess and treat emerging health threats. Once a drug is known to be safe and effective for one use it is entirely reasonable for healthcare providers to use that drug for other purposes where there’s sufficient evidence of efficacy. That’s precisely the case here.

In my work in SA, I’ve treated dozens of Covid-19 patients daily. I’ve prescribed and administered ivermectin to hundreds of people, and tracked more than 50 patients who were moderately to severely ill, including several with severely compromised immune systems. I’ve seen ivermectin make a difference in their outcomes — and the research backs this up.

Extensive study shows ivermectin can reduce the risk of getting Covid-19 by 92.5%. This is based on seven controlled trials conducted on thousands of healthcare workers and family contacts. Six were prospective trials, not retrospective studies like those criticised by opponents of other preventative treatments. And three were also randomised, meeting anyone’s standard for a credible study. These trials were designed by various institutions in multiple countries, and they all show the same thing: ivermectin substantially reduces the chance of infection.

On February 20, the technical working group of the British ivermectin recommendation development (Bird) group presented a comprehensive assessment of existing ivermectin trials to their recommendation development panel. They laid out a systematic review and meta-analysis of 21 randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of ivermectin on more than 2,500 patients. The panel was made up of more than 65 GPs, specialists, researchers and patient representatives, representing more than 15 countries.

The Bird panel followed a process consistent with World Health Organization (WHO) standards. It reviewed not only the RCT data but also a summary of studies and numerous epidemiological analyses. This research showed positive effects on population-wide rates of excess death from distribution and treatment adoption of ivermectin.

A three-quarters majority of panel members found moderate to high certainty of this comprehensive evidence base. Importantly, the panel identified no conflicts of interest among the trials. The panel consensus chose the strongest recommendation option for ivermectin to be adopted both to prevent and treat Covid-19.

This is in keeping with a trend across many national and local health authorities around the world. Bulgaria and Slovakia have approved ivermectin for nationwide use. India, Egypt, Peru, Zimbabwe and Bolivia are distributing it and registering rapid decreases in deaths. A growing number of regional health authorities have advocated for or adopted ivermectin across Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and SA. And it is now the standard of care in Mexico City.

Universal vaccination may be the appropriate end goal, but too many gaps in access and acceptance persist, particularly in developing nations or among underserved populations, even in developed ones. Health agencies and professional bodies should encourage doctors to use their discretion in selecting from every appropriate, available measure to stop this infection, rather than discouraging this practice.

The WHO has unfortunately refused to recommend the use of ivermectin outside clinical trials. While the worldwide effort to rollout vaccines is taking hold, I simply cannot understand why it and other professional and regulatory bodies disregard this promising treatment, which could be saving lives around the world right now.

The WHO and others need to endorse an “all of the above” solution to win the fight against this scourge. And frontline doctors should use their best professional judgment to treat patients, in line with the research and the best traditions of our profession.

• Coetzee is a practising physician in Pretoria.

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Critical minerals needed for clean energy

Clean energy demand for critical minerals set to soar: IEA

“Today, the data shows a looming mismatch between the world’s strengthened climate ambitions and the availability of critical minerals that are essential to realising those ambitions,” said Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the IEA.

Supplies of critical minerals essential for key clean energy technologies like electric vehicles and wind turbines need to pick up sharply over the coming decades to meet the world’s climate goals, said the International Energy Agency (IEA) in a new report.

The special report “The Role of Critical Minerals in Clean Energy Transitions” is a comprehensive global study to date on the central importance of minerals such as copper, lithium, nickel, cobalt and rare earth elements in a secure and rapid transformation of the global energy sector. Building on the IEA’s longstanding leadership role in energy security, the report recommends six key areas of action for policy makers to ensure that critical minerals enable an accelerated transition to clean energy rather than becoming a bottleneck.

“Today, the data shows a looming mismatch between the world’s strengthened climate ambitions and the availability of critical minerals that are essential to realising those ambitions,” said Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the IEA. “The challenges are not insurmountable, but governments must give clear signals about how they plan to turn their climate pledges into action. By acting now and acting together, they can significantly reduce the risks of price volatility and supply disruptions.”

“Left unaddressed, these potential vulnerabilities could make global progress towards a clean energy future slower and more costly – and therefore hamper international efforts to tackle climate change,” Dr Birol said. “This is what energy security looks like in the 21st century, and the IEA is fully committed to helping governments ensure that these hazards don’t derail the global drive to accelerate energy transitions.”

The special report, part of the IEA’s flagship World Energy Outlook series, underscores that the mineral requirements of an energy system powered by clean energy technologies differ profoundly from one that runs on fossil fuels. A typical electric car requires six times the mineral inputs of a conventional car, and an onshore wind plant requires nine times more mineral resources than a similarly sized gas-fired power plant.

Demand outlooks and supply vulnerabilities vary widely by mineral, but the energy sector’s overall needs for critical minerals could increase by as much as six times by 2040, depending on how rapidly governments act to reduce emissions. Not only is this a massive increase in absolute terms, but as the costs of technologies fall, mineral inputs will account for an increasingly important part of the value of key components, making their overall costs more vulnerable to potential mineral price swings.

The commercial importance of these minerals also grow rapidly: today’s revenue from coal production is ten times larger than from energy transition minerals. However, in climate-driven scenarios, these positions are reversed well before 2040.

In climate-driven scenarios, mineral demand for use in batteries for electric vehicles and grid storage is a major force, growing at least thirty times to 2040. The rise of low-carbon power generation to meet climate goals also means a tripling of mineral demand from this sector by 2040. Wind takes the lead, bolstered by material-intensive offshore wind. Solar PV follows closely, due to the sheer volume of capacity that is added. The expansion of electricity networks also requires a huge amount of copper and aluminium.

Unlike oil – a commodity produced around the world and traded in liquid markets – production and processing of many minerals such as lithium, cobalt and some rare earth elements are highly concentrated in a handful of countries, with the top three producers accounting for more than 75% of supplies.

Complex and sometimes opaque supply chains also increase the risks that could arise from physical disruptions, trade restrictions or other developments in major producing countries. In addition, while there is no shortage of resources, the quality of available deposits is declining as the most immediately accessible resources are exploited. Producers also face the necessity of stricter environmental and social standards.

The IEA report provides six key recommendations for policy makers to foster stable supplies of critical minerals to support accelerated clean energy transitions. These include the need for governments to lay out their long-term commitments for emission reductions, which would provide the confidence needed for suppliers to invest in and expand mineral production. Governments should also promote technological advances, scale up recycling to relieve pressure on primary supplies, maintain high environmental and social standards, and strengthen international collaboration between producers and consumers. – TradeArabia News Service

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