Dec 11, 2010

Protesters in Jerusalem Rally Against Rabbinic Ruling | The Jewish Week

Protesters rallied in Jerusalem against a rabbis' ban on renting apartments to Arabs.

About 150 demonstrators on Wednesday night took up positions across from Jerusalem's Great Synagogue to protest the rabbinic ruling, issued Tuesday by dozens of Israel's municipal chief rabbis.

Municipal chief rabbis' salaries are paid for by the state.


In how many democracies are the salaries of clerics paid for by the state?

In how many democracies have the clerics supported a ban on housing based on ethnicity?

AND YET some ignoramuses still repeat the falsehood that Israel is "the only democracy in the Middle East."

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ROSENBLUM: Think Again: Are Holocaust denial statutes worth it?




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Think Again: Are Holocaust denial

statutes worth it?


12/10/2010 15:38

They are, in fact, likely to be counterproductive. Worse, they could

add credibility to the claims of the deniers.

Growing up in the US, I never gave much thought to statutes criminalizing Holocaust

denial. Any such statute would almost surely be struck down under the First Amendment

of the Constitution. Such statutes, however, are common in Europe. Most Jews probably

have an instinctive sympathy for outlawing Holocaust denial and experience satisfaction

when some European Holocaust denier is sentenced to jail or fined. And indeed there

are at least two powerful arguments in favor of such statutes. The first has to do with the

special pain felt by the victims of the Holocaust caused by the denial of the hell they

went through and inhuman cruelty inflicted upon them. Few of them could have imagined

in their worst nightmares that within 50 years of their liberation, there would be a whole

cottage industry devoted to denial of their suffering.

The more compelling argument lies in the role of Holocaust denial in the arsenal of the

most virulent of contemporary anti-Semites. Until reading Prof. Robert Wistrich's The

Lethal Obsession, I never fully appreciated how important Holocaust denial is to present

day Hitler wannabes. Wistrich details how Holocaust deniers fan the flames of potentially

lethal anti-Semitism with their claims. For them, the "Holocaust myth" is but the latest

example of the Jews' talent for manipulation – a gigantic conspiracy that has

brainwashed almost the entire Western world and has been used to extract huge

reparations from the Germans and create sympathy for Jews and the State of Israel.

At the end of the day, however, anti-Holocaust denial statutes are likely to be

counterproductive. The very existence of such statutes will always be pointed to by anti-

Semites as further proof of the reach of the Jewish tentacles that hold European

legislators in their clutches. Worse, they could very well add credibility to the claims of

the deniers. The latter will point to the illegalization of Holocaust denial as proof of the

power of the their arguments. Precisely because they cannot refuted, the deniers will

claim, must their ideas be ruled outside the pale of legitimate discussion.

THE MOST powerful argument, however, has nothing to do with Jews. Such statutes

create a dangerous precedent for other efforts to outlaw certain discussion as beyond

the pale.

In his classic On Liberty, John Stuart Mill observes, "All silencing of discussion is an

assumption of infallibility."

Most of us could come up with a few candidates of propositions that we consider beyond

legitimate debate. Some global warming enthusiasts, for instance, refer to opponents as

"deniers" to link them to Holocaust deniers in their depravity.

Classical liberals are largely protected from the "assumption of infallibility" by their

emphasis on what Isaiah Berlin termed "negative liberty," the absence of barriers or

constraints on individuals, particularly on their freedom of thought and expression. But

those who conceive liberty positively, in terms of the liberation or self-realization of the

individual, or more typically some collectivity, are subject to the totalitarian temptation,

for that self-realization, particularly of the collective, requires the coercive power of the


The totalitarian temptation, and its less extreme expressions, is further heightened

among those who have grown up in an environment in which one political viewpoint is so

dominant that it is easy to suspect anyone holding opposing views of being mentally

incompetent or morally corrupt. That would describe students at many elite universities

in the West. Not surprisingly, the speech and conduct codes at some American

universities are perhaps the most glaring examples of limitations on freedom of speech

in America. Opposition to homosexual behavior, for instance, as immoral, or even

quoting the biblical prohibition, could run afoul of some such codes.

WITH RESPECT to no subject is freedom of speech so imperiled as to Islam and its

adherents. Under a Council of Europe framework decision that went into effect on

November 28, all European Union member states are required to combat "certain forms

and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law."

Inevitably, those laws will be used to prosecute critics of Islam and those who warn of

the dangers from Europe's growing Muslim population.

Indeed they already have. Elisabeth Sabaditsch- Wolff has been charged with "inciting

hatred against a religious group" and "defamation of religion" for a 2009 presentation on

the "Islamization of Europe."

And an Amsterdam Appeals Court overruled the Dutch Prosecutorial Services decision

not to charge Geert Wilders, the head of the Freedom Party, for comparing the Koran

toMein Kampf. An Austrian court even fined a retiree whose Muslim neighbors

complained that his yodeling sounded like the muezzin's call to prayer and was thus


In both the Sabaditsch-Wolff and Wilders cases, the presentations for which they were

charged consisted primarily of quotations from the Koran and the hadith literature. Quite

likely, those presentations were tendentious and one-sided. Certainly some of

Sabaditsch-Wolff's examples of the imposition of Shari'a (Muslim religious law) – i.e.,

Muslim parents preventing their daughters from mixed swimming – will strike most

Americans and all religious Jews as legitimate exercises of freedom of religion. But

where the gravamen of a criminal complaint consists of quotes from Muslim sources,

then legitimate debate about an Islamic threat to Europe is being cut-off.

By attempting to shut down discussion of Islam, under the rubric of combating

Islamophobia, European policymakers are helping to bring about their worst nightmares.

Those nightmares involve bloody clashes between Muslims and native Europeans who

feel that their culture is under assault from fast-growing, poorly assimilated, immigrant

populations. That is indeed possible. But placing Islam or the behavior of Muslims so far

beyond the pale of discussion that even truth is no defense only exacerbates the danger.

Nothing injects more bitterness into the political system than the widespread feeling that

the playing field is tilted. If native Europeans see that prosecutions are never brought

against local imams for incitement against the infidels or that Christianity, but not Islam,

may be denigrated with impunity, their fury will only grow.

In addition, limits on discussion of issues of public concern because of the

uncomfortable implications of certain facts make it less likely that appropriate solutions

will be found in time.

Airport security in the US is a good example. The refusal to acknowledge that likely

terrorists are drawn from a small and largely discernible slice of the population imposes

an immense burden on air travelers and delivers a victory to terrorists.

The rising Muslim population in Europe, especially as that population grows more

radicalized, is a threat to European civilization, and pretending otherwise will not make

the threat go away. But such pretending by policy-makers will prevent the adoption of

immigration and social welfare policies that can reverse, in part, those trends.

Legal prohibitions on Holocaust denial serve as an attractive example for government

meddling in the free marketplace of ideas. But given the costs of any precedent for

allowing European elites to determine what is proper and improper speech, and what

topics may be discussed, giving up Holocaust denial statutes is a small sacrifice.

The writer is the director of Jewish Media Resources. He has written a regular column

inThe Jerusalem Post Magazine since 1997, and is the author of eight biographies of

modern Jewish leaders.

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'Unfinished Victory"



Arthur Bryant is a die-hard, reactionary Tory, biographer and admirer of Stanley Baldwin, opponent of free trade and of economic liberalism, sympathizer with Hitler's racial dogmas and doctrine of "Blood and Soil." A few quotations from "Unfinished Victory" will illustrate: 

"Adolf Hitler, unknown to all but a few, was still in the early stages of his struggle, yet it may be said that Germany was already seeking him." 

"Hitler was acute enough to realize that the Marxist did not stand for freedom but for a despotic uniformity, enforced by terror and the annihilation of all who opposed them." [Hitler, in Mr. Bryant's opinion, obviously stands for freedom and individualism.] 

"Hitler's real quarrel with the capitalist and Marxist system alike was that they stopped things from growing. They were concerned not with creation, but the one with making quick profits and the other with establishing an unnatural and sterile uniformity." [Note the mystic nationalist's hatred for the merchant, the trader.] 

"This damning indictment of modern society and 'its original sin of racial corruption' constitutes the central theme of Hitler's political philosophy. It has never been properly answered." 

"The dreamer of Munich [Hitler] outlined a now organization of society to undo a century's neglect." 

"They destroyed because they were shocked ..." [Referring to the righteous moral indignation of Hitler's storm troopers.] 

"To the dispossessed millions it [Naziism] offered something even more attractive status and responsibility."

And Bryant approvingly quotes a German as writing: 

"A conquered and oppressed people has no place for an internationally-minded and internationally-organized commerce ..."

Now let us select a few choice anti-Semitic morsels from Mr. Bryant's heavily-laden tray. 

"Few of the Jews who set the spiritual and cultural fashions for Germany in the 'twenties had any comprehension of a countryman's point of view. They were not themselves countrymen or producers, but by … middle men: the descendants of men who had been forced to live for centuries as exploiters [though never landowners like Prussian Junkers or British Tories, M.J.B.] rather than as creators. …Their inherited instinct was to skim the cream rather than to waste vain time and effort in making enduring things. …They were exponents of the get-rich-quick philosophy … lovers of the flamboyant and the arts of advertisement…" 

"... Who [the Jews) in the nineteen-twenties seemed, with all the invincible vitality and opportunism of their race, to be making of a broken nation their washpot." 

"The lack of common purpose, the treachery of the Jews [Emphasis mine M.J.B.] and the stranger within her too-open gates, above all, the lack of consistent purpose in her leadership, had consigned Germany to the lowest hell of even her unhappy history." 

"And the dispossessed the lonely and dispirited men and women who had seen their homes, their savings and their livelihood sacrificed to the Jewish speculator when the currency collapsed turned also to the new creed." 

"To the peasant he [Hitler] promised the freedom of his land, now mortgaged to the Jewish usurer ..." 

"If one had the money, one could stay at luxurious hotels and sit among well-dressed people -- rich Jews from Galicia or native profiteers eating and drinking fabulously expensive food and wine." [This refers to the blockade-caused famine right after the War.] 

"Authorship in Germany almost seemed to have become a kind of Hebrew monopoly." 

"The perversion [homosexuality M.J.B.) which has always been a major German failing was now exploited and stimulated by Jewish caterers who, while seldom sharing such tastes, did not hesitate to turn them to their profit."

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desertpeace | December 11, 2010 at 13:00 | Categories: Deception, From The Media, Hasbara, Ignorance, Insanity, Israel | URL:
What about the BILLION$ being poured in via the US taxpayer?

Back from a whirlwind tour where she was this year's 'Honoree' at the 'Settlers Flotilla' Fundraiser, the Jerusalem Post's resident psycho, Caroline Glick, shares her weekly bitterness with its readers.....

In today's column entitled  Why Latin America turned she attempts to analyse why Brazil and Argentina unexpectedly announced they recognize an independent Palestinian state with its capital city in Israel's capital city. Needless to say, she omits the facts, but in their place gives reasons totally divorced from the reality of the situation...

Some examples;
Israelis can be forgiven for being taken by surprise by their move and by the prospect that Uruguay, and perhaps Paraguay, Chile, Peru, Ecuador and El Salvador, will be following in their footsteps because the Israeli media have failed to report on developing trends in Latin America. (she was the only one taken by surprise it seems).

And this is not surprising. The media fail to report on almost all the developing trends impacting the world. For instance, when the Turkish government sent Hamas supporters to challenge the IDF's maritime blockade of the Hamas-controlled Gaza coastline, the media were surprised that Israel's ally Turkey had suddenly become Hamas's ally and Israel's enemy. (she seems to forget who boarded the Turkish Humanitarian Flotilla and murdered 9 of the passengers in cold blood).

The impression that Obama is completely committed to the Palestinian cause was reinforced this week rather than weakened with the cancellation of the Netanyahu-Clinton deal regarding the banning of Jewish construction in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem. The deal was to see Israel banning Jewish construction for an additional 90 days, in exchange for a US pledge not to ask for any further bans; to support Israel at the UN Security Council for a limited time against a Palestinian push to declare independence without peace; and to sell Israel an additional 20 F-35 fighter jets sometime in the future. (I read this paragraph 10 times and it still makes no sense.... can anyone understand what she is trying to say?)

Her bottom line is: When we understand the trends that led to Latin America's hostile act against Israel, we realize two things. First, while Israel might have come up with a way to delay the action, it probably couldn't have prevented it. And second, given the US policy trajectory, it is again obvious that the only one Israel can rely on to defend its interests – against Iran and the Palestinians alike – is Israel. (pathetic, to say the least).

Surely there are medications that could help such a person cope with reality, Israel has a pretty good health care programme, I am she has medical coverage through her employment at the Post.

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An antisemite condemns people for being Jews, I am not an antisemite.--Michael Santomauro

Most of us are mentally trapped to think Jewish. Actually, it is safe to say that virtually every mainstream publication or or other type of media organ is "nothing more than a screen to present chosen views." The great battle over the last century has been a battle for the mind of the Western peoples, i.e., non-Jewish Euros. The chosen won it by acquiring control over essentially the complete mainstream news, information, education and entertainment media of every type, and using that control to infuse and disseminate their message, agenda and worldview, their way of thinking, or rather the way they want us to think. Since at least the 1960s this campaign has been effectively complete. Since then they have shaped and controlled the minds of all but a seeming few of us in varying degree with almost no opposition or competition from any alternative worldview. So now most of us are mentally trapped in the box the chosen have made for us, which we have lived in all our lives. Only a few have managed to avoid it or escape it, or to even sometimes see outside of it, and so actually "think outside of the (Jewish) box." --Michael Santomauro

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