Monday, September 25, 2006
Anti-Jew hatred is still with us.
Just before the alledged bomb plot a Holocaust museum was torched by an arsonist. Jewish institutions were daubed with swastikas. A religious leader’s anti-Semitic tirade was resoundingly received. An elected official said Jews could stop the war in Iraq. A mainstream columnist fed into the canard of Jewish control. A poet laureate blamed Jews for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Addressing worshippers at Chicago’s Mosque Maryam on Nov. 23, Minister Louis Farrakhan, the head of the Nation of Islam, condemned Jews as “masters of Hollywood” who “publish the filth that is published daily feeding the minds of the American people and the people of the world .” Getting a strong supportive response from the audience, Farrakhan, a longtime anti-Semite and racist, preached that Jews tampered with the Bible — “But what you have in the Bible has been added to and taken away from by the Jews . The Jews have altered the word of God out of its place.” And so on, to the point of nausea.
There were increasing incidents of anti-Semitic attacks. Then the story broke that two Jews had been arrested on terrorism charges.
The President of the Arab-Antidiscrimination League credited the alleged conspiracy with instilling fear in the Arab American community, which resulted in a dramatic reduction in anti-Semitic incidents in the wake of the charges. There is no doubt that Earl’s sacrifice has at least slowed down the growth of terrorism in the U.S. Abraham Stern was turned upon and condemned in his time, yet we now all honor his memory. Streets have been named after him. Jonathon Pollard was likewise reviled, and now he has status as a mensch.
We need men like Earl Krugel.
Monday, September 18, 2006
Captain Alfred Dreyfus of the French Army was convicted of treason before a crowd hurling anti-Semitic epithets and on January 5, 1895 publicly demoted and exiled for life to Devil's Island off the coast of South America.
Dreyfus, the son of a wealthy, assimilated Jewish family, had joined the army as an engineer, and became the only Jew on the general staff. In the fall of 1894, French intelligence discovered a secret military document sent by a French officer to the military attach‰ of the German embassy in Paris. Evidence pointed to Major Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy, a Hungarian with German connections, as the traitor, but the French military establishment, in particular Major H. J. Henry of the intelligence service, found this impossible to believe. Dreyfus, as a Jew, was a suitable scapegoat, and he found himself charged with treason. After a secret court-martial, he was convicted on insufficient evidence, demoted and exiled.
Dreyfus' family persisted in fighting the verdict. The new head of French intelligence, Lt. Col. Georges Picquart, had sensed something suspicious in the trial, and new evidence made it clear that Esterhazy was a German agent. But Major Henry forged documents to show that the court martial verdict was correct, and Picquart was dismissed from his position and assigned to duty in Africa.
Before leaving Paris, he told his side of the case to friends, and the left-wing Senator August Scheurer- Kestner took up the cause, announcing in the Senate that Dreyfus was innocent, and openly accusing Esterhazy. But the right-wing government refused to listen to the new evidence. Esterhazy was tried and acquitted and Picquart sentenced to 60 days in prison.
The case came to a head on January 13, 1898, when novelist Emile Zola published his famous J'Accuse letter on the front page of the newspaper L 'Aurore. Zola, not known as a friend of the Jews, accused the denouncers of Dreyfus of malicious libel. The article made a powerful impression: 200,000 copies were sold in Paris. In February, Zola himself was found guilty of libel.
The public outcry continued, and a second trial was finally held in 1899. The verdict was again treason, but the sentence reduced to ten years because of "extenuating circumstances."
Dreyfus agreed not to appeal, and was eventually pardoned by the president of the republic. In 1904 Dreyfus demanded a fresh investigation, and in 1906 the court of appeal pronounced his complete innocence. Dreyfus was reinstated as a major, re-enlisted in World War I, and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Avraham Stern (Hebrew: אברהם שטרן Avraham Shtern), alias Yair (Hebrew: יאיר) (December 23, 1907 - February 12, 1942) was the founder and leader of the Zionist underground organization later known as Lehi which was also known as the "Stern Gang", which killed UN diplomat Count Folke Bernadotte.
Stern was born in Suwałki, Poland, immigrated to the British Mandate of Palestine in 1925, and studied in the Hebrew Gymnasium in Jerusalem, and afterwards in the Hebrew University on Mount Scopus. He specialized in Classic languages and literature (Greek and Latin).
He founded Lehi in 1940 (though it did not adopt that name until after his death), by splitting from the Irgun, when the latter joined forces with Haganah to support the British in their fight against the Nazis.
Stern rejected collaboration with the British, and claimed that only a continuing struggle against the British Empire would lead eventually to an independent Jewish State and resolve the Jewish situation in the Diaspora. British refusal to permit Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany to enter Palestine, strengthened his beliefs in the verity of this observation.
Stern was unpopular with many of the other Jewish Underground leaders. He struck an odd figure in the casual environment of the Underground, which was largely based on the kibbutz movement, by appearing as a fastidious and formal intellectual, who always insisted on wearing a necktie and jacket, even in the blazing Middle East summer. His movement drew an eclectic crew of individuals, from both ends of the political spectrum, including prominent right-wing activists such as Yitzhak Shamir (later to become the prime minister of Israel).
In January 1941, Stern attempted to make an agreement with the German Nazi authorities, offering to "actively take part in the war on Germany's side" in return for helping Jewish refugees to come to Israel into a Jewish State. Another attempt to contact the Germans was made in late 1941, but there is no record of a German response in either case.
Stern was killed in February 12, 1942 by British Intelligence officers. After having been arrested in a Tel Aviv apartment where he had been hiding, Stern was shot from behind in his apartment after already being handcuffed. He was executed for his role as leader of the Lehi.
Stern was also a poet. As early as 1934 he prepared his first poetry book for publishing. He wrote, inter alia, Lehi's anthem, "Anonymous Soldiers."
Avraham Stern's memorial day is attended every year by Israeli political and government officials. In 1978, a postage stamp was issued in his honor.
In 1981 the town "Kochav Yair" (Yair's star) was founded and named after Stern's nickname.
J. Bowyer Bell, Terror Out of Zion: Irgun Zvai Leumi, Lehi, and the Palestine Underground, 1929-1949, (Avon, 1977), ISBN 0-380393964
Friday, September 08, 2006
Anti-Semitism is widespread throughout the Arab and Muslim world, manifested in many segments of society. The following report is a compilation of selected anti-Semitic expressions in the Arab and Muslim world in January-March 2006.
Al-Watan, January 6, 2006
During this period, the Arab and Muslim media was rife with conspiracy theories of Jews and Israelis being responsible for international crises and events, including the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in a Danish newspaper, Iran's nuclear weapons program, and Muslim civil strife, in particular with regard to the destruction of mosques.
The publication of the Muhammad cartoons and the trial of Holocaust denier David Irving were used by many newspapers to run cartoons and columns that denied or downplayed the horrors of the Holocaust. Additionally, many newspaper articles accused Jews of using the Holocaust to justify the persecution of others.
As in recent months, newspapers continued to feature anti-Semitic caricatures and themes that include conspiracy theories of Jews plotting to control U.S. foreign policy and dominate the world, demonic images of Jews and Israelis, and depictions of the stereotypical Jew (big nose, black coat and hat, skull cap, etc.) along with Jewish symbols such as the Star of David.
Material in this compilation was translated by ADL from the original Arabic or taken from English language sources in the Middle East.
A new old syndrome is catching on worldwide. The broad scientific term is "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD.)" OCD has become all the rage on psychiatric couches and in mental institutions. Yet for 4000 years, there has been a similar disorder affecting a large part of humanity called "Obsessive-Compulsive Judaism (OCJ)."
Psychiatrists tell us that people become obsessed with an idea which they believe to be the "absolute" truth. Scientists who study the mind have proven that obsessive/compulsive individuals therefore "believe" that something is true which may be true or false, although they become totally preoccupied with its validity. "My hands are always dirty" makes individuals obsess on cleanliness, ultimately resulting in a continuous hand washing cycle.
Why are 1.2 billion Muslims obsessed with the idea of "this tiny group of Jews is always dirty" syndrome? Why is David Duke's website and virtually all of his writings about the Jews? Why is the KKK obsessed with Jewish thoughts? Why is the former Malaysian prime minister virtually addicted to blaming Jews, in a country that is Judenrein and where 95% of Malaysians never even saw a real live Jew? Freud would have a great time with these head problems. However, his research would have most likely been dismissed as just another Jewish attempt to control "our" minds.
Amazingly, the common link throughout history of those with the "OCJ disorder" is that they are all sick, vile, evil people. When studied seriously, the entire illness does not make any sense. This obsession with Jews dominating everything from politics to business to deciding on the next war to the reason that the Arab/Muslim world has failed drastically has become great folk lore. Within the past 60 years, OCJ has spread from Nazi Germany to The Middle East into Europe to most recently, college campuses and other leftist laboratories worldwide.
The ultimate question is, "Why haven't antisemites become obsessed with other competing religions which are much larger and more direct competition?" The answer is actually quite simple and stems from an important sentence in The New Testament. "Those who bless the Jews will be blessed and those who curse the Jews will be cursed."
Anyone who believes in this statement will take the road of religious American Christians. It is no wonder that America has become the most "blessed" country in the history of the world. Thomas Jefferson said that "America is the new Israel" and he wanted to make the US symbol, a logo of the Jewish exodus from Egypt. And which nations are the most cursed today? Obviously the Arab and Muslim world, even with all their oil wells!
However, for those who believe that Judaism is a religion of infidels, why shouldn't they simply ignore Judaism's foolish adherents? If a religion formed around Elvis Presley or the belief in aliens from outer space, non-believers would laugh and not pay any attention to such utter nonsense. So why are Jews taken so seriously if their religion is thought to be fraudulent by others?
The amazing answer is that most of the non-Jewish world "knows for certain" that Judaism is true and many in Europe, Asia and The Middle East are quite upset with that frightening realization. In contrast, it is a large portion of Jews who unfortunately have doubts about the truth behind Judaism. Something seems to be wrong with this picture.
The real cause of Islamic Fundamentalist terrorism is that its adherents have major doubts about the validity of their own religion. That is why there is so much hatred toward Jews and Christians coming from Imams and Ayatollahs in mosques. They see a system of Christianity in America for which God blessed a great country with everything, including incredible power, strength and influence. Even worse, they see a system in their own back yard, The Middle East, where a country with no natural resources and just a few million Jews has surpassed every single Arab and Muslim nation. Here is God acting in our world and they are not receiving their fair share. Quite upsetting, to say the least.
Religious figures in the Islamic world cannot announce to followers, "Look at the success of Islam in our world. Pray to Allah for thanks." Instead, they say that, "Judaism and Christianity have stolen our successes. So let's destroy the infidels."
OCD means that one's brain has gotten stuck on a particular thought and just cannot let go. Since 998 out of every 1000 people are not Jewish, it would seem that a large number of very foolish people are both obsessive and compulsive with OCJ, relating to this miniscule, trivial group. Perhaps this idea even extends to the Hitlerian obsessive contamination problem which forbade swimming with or even touching Jews. Might this be the reason that Jews were thrown out of so many Arab countries?
With over 50% of UN General Assembly resolutions condemning Israel, not North Korea, Syria, Cuba, Iran, Libya or Iraq, one cannot say that it is simply all of the things that Israel may have done. When people hate or feel threatened about a belief system, it can only mean one thing. It threatens their own system and in all likelihood, renders it somewhat invalid.
The idea of Jewish Choseness has always been looked upon as arrogant and conceited. The truth is that America has taken on the role of sharing Choseness from God with the Jews. No wonder there are protests in Great Britain today. No wonder President Bush's effigy has been burned in almost every Arab and Muslim country. No wonder a large part of Europe has criticized America for bringing down another evil dictator.
It's a new disease... Obsessive-Compulsive America (OCA).
Irwin N. Graulich is a well known motivational speaker on morality, ethics, Judaism and politics. He is also President and CEO of a leading marketing, branding and communications company in New York City.
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