Later year the international NGO event held in Helsinki excluded the Jewish National Fund (JNF), and VOIS was there to protest it. This year the JNF was allowed to participate with VOIS remaining outside the event distributing pro-Israel literature and engaging the attendees to be against the Boycott, Disinvest, Sanction (BDS) movement against the Jewish state of Israel.
Because the Freedom Center actually knows what it’s talking about…..
LARGEST ISRAELI ZIONIST CAMPUS ORG BACKS FREEDOM CENTER IN SDSU BDS FIGHT
While the media has attacked the Freedom Center’s fight against BDS at San Diego State University, Israeli Zionist groups understand and appreciate the Freedom Center’s activism.
“There is an epidemic of Jew hatred on American campuses and at San Diego State University. This Jew hatred is incited by Students for Justice in Palestine, the Muslim Students Association and assorted leftist groups, all of whom support the terrorist organizations Hamas and Fatah.”
Recently the David Horowitz Freedom Center put out a series of posters calling out BDS activists at San Diego State University. Unsurprisingly, anti-Israel activists accosted the university president and even detained him for over two hours demanding that the posters be removed.
Once again we see how anti-Israel radicals hypocritically claim to be in favor of free speech, tolerance, and peace only when it suits their ideology and is convenient to do so. We stand with the Freedom Center in its fight against racism and intolerance.”
Yes they do………
Yet another reason for you to vote for Ted Cruz.
Cruz: Israel Has Sovereignty Over Golan Heights
Shortly after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s declaration on Sunday that the Golan Heights “will forever remain in Israel’s hands,” presidential contender Sen. Ted Cruz (R – Texas) released a statement supporting Netanyahu’s stance.
Today, the government of Israel reiterated the reality that the Golan Heights are part of Israel’s sovereign territory. Given the presence of hostile terrorist organizations ranging from ISIS to Hezbollah on Israel’s northern border, it is foolhardy and dangerous for elements in the international community to try to pressure Israel to abandon the Golan to the chaos engulfing Syria. The path to peace cannot involve Israel’s abdication of its own security.
I applaud Prime Minister Netanyahu’s courage in standing up for the safety of his people. America stands with you.
Cruz’s concern about terrorist groups on Israel’s northern border echoes an observation by former State Department official Aaron David Miller, who wrote in The Wall Street Journal last October that if Israel had ceded the Golan to Syria, it “would have faced a hot front confronting Hezbollah, Iran, and a range of Islamist jihadis,” which may have forced Israel into greater involvement in the Syrian civil war.
Legal scholar Peter Berkowitz, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, argued in RealClearPolitics in February that Israel’s possession of the Golan was “lawful and just” and should be supported by the United States and the international community.
Let the little trolls come face to face with him……
Jean-Claude Van Damme does battle with anti-Israel trolls during Jerusalem visit
Israel calls on world nations to regulate social media anti-Semitism Roseanne in the Holy Land: No holds ‘Barr’-ed
“The Muscles from Brussels” is in Israel on a five-day visit.
Jean-Claude Van Damm jerusalem
Sure, Jean-Claude Van Damm can dismantle world-class tough guys with a swift roundhouse kick to the head or shattering punch to the jaw, but “The Muscles from Brussels” learned the hard way in Jerusalem that fighting anti-Israel Internet trolls is a different story.
On Tuesday, during his five-day sojourn in the country, the legendary action star posed for a seemingly innocuous picture outside the Old City, which he captioned “Shalom from Jerusalem, Israel!” on his Facebook page.
That’s when the trouble started.
Within minutes, a torrent of angry postings flooded the page denouncing Israel and Van Damme for referring to its capital as Jerusalem.
Final preparations for the convention “fighting the boycott” against the BDS. Yedioth Ahronoth Yedioth Ahronoth and Ynet, which will be held here tomorrow in the country. Among the VIPs expected to attend the conference are President Mr. Reuven Rivlin Ruvi – Reuven Rivlin , Minister Gilad Erdan , Minister Moshe Kahlon Chairman Haoftzizih Isaac (Buji) Herzog – Isaac Herzog , MK Yair Lapid – Yair Lapid MK Tzipi Livni and education Minister Naftali Bennett for guidance conference responsible for Dana Weiss
guest of honor is none other than actress Roseanne Barr
— Brian of London (@brianoflondon) March 28, 2016
— Brian of London (@brianoflondon) March 28, 2016
Good for them!
Dutch Zionist store owners highlight settlement goods to protest EU
The Israel Products Center in Nijkerk, a town situated 20 miles east of the Dutch capital, advertised the products in question specifically in a letter dated Feb. 10 by Pieter van Oordt, the store’s director, to its database of thousands of clients.
Among the products he recommended because they were made in Israeli settlements were wines made by the Jerusalem Hills and Zion Noblesse wineries, dates and a new shipment of olive products by the Shilo brand, which the store is expecting in May.
In the past, the store made no distinction between settlement products and ones from inside Israel’s internationally-recognized borders but Van Oordt wrote that the decision to highlight the former follows the adoption in November by the European Commission of regulations that require separate labeling for products that originate from Israeli settlements in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.
Great to see that the Czechs are standing tall.
I hear from back channels that the Finns are doing so as well, just that they’re choosing not to be so high profile about it. I think that they should be as laud as the Czechs, but the Finnish gov’t is the Finnish gov’t, it’s never willing to stick its head above the international political parapet unless it feels it really has to.
Czech lawmakers reject labeling of Israeli settlement goods
Social Democrats party member Robin Böhnisch says EU directive is ‘absurd’ and intended to pressure Israel
In two separate votes on Thursday, Czech lawmakers approved resolutions criticizing the European Commission’s decision as politically motivated, describing it as non-binding and urging the Czech government not to abide by it.
According to the measures, released by the European Commission last month, fruit, vegetables and other products from Israeli settlements in the West Bank and the Golan Heights cannot be labeled as made in Israel. The decision has come under criticism in Israel and elsewhere, with Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu slamming it as discriminatory.
Sometimes, some of our best advocates are on the other side!
Case in point: This anti-Israel student at McGill University, responding to materials pointing out the relatively high standard of living of Arab-Israelis.
Oh mystery student, thank you for pointing out Israel is a democracy among the dictatorship Arab states. A point well made!
Screw the EU!
It even rhymes!
Economic Cooperation Pact between Italian Region and Samaria Defies EU Labeling
(JNi.media) Despite the EU’s decision to label products from the settlements in Judea and Samaria, an economic cooperation agreement has been signed Wednesday between the Valtellina valley in the Sondrio province in northern Italy and the Shomron Regional Council in Samaria, Walla reported. The signing ceremony, in the city of Sondrio, at the heart of the Valley, was attended by vintners from both regions.
Valtellina is home to 180 thousand inhabitants, the Shomron Council boasts 29 Jewish towns and villages, with an estimated 25 thousand residents. The ceremony was held by Shomron Council Chairman Yossi Dagan and Province of Sondrio President Luca della Briotta. The signing of the cooperation agreement was made possible with the mediation of the Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Dr. Fiorello Provera MEP, formerly the president of Valtellina.
“With great pleasure, We, the undersigned, Regional Directors of Valtellina and Shomron respectively, announce our agreement for bilateral relations between our two regions, which will begin immediately with the signing of this agreement,” reads the pact. “The goal of this declaration of cooperation is to promote culture, science, industry, trade, tourism, agriculture and technology between leaders in each field in our communities.”
After the signing, President della Briotta said “the friendship between the region of Valtellina and Samaria has lasted a long time, and we hope that this friendship will grow stronger, and will gain ground. I am convinced that these days the world needs to cooperate, and sign covenants of peace, so that in the end we will reach a true peace.”
The Voice of Israel in Scandinavia (VOIS) arranged an opportunity for Israel’s well wishers in Finland to light candles in honor and commemoration of those Jews slaughtered by Islamonazis from the Palestinian Authority, and Arabs residing in Israel.
NOTE: This was arranged well before the attack in Paris, and the ongoing onslaught against the Jews is 24/7.
(Above pictures accredited to Mila Kadosh)
(Pictures by Adi Dobrin)
The art of the double standard (in regards to ill treatment of Israel) is what UN has become to be best known for.
Israel supporters to rally in Geneva against UNHRC Gaza report
Opponents of the report, including the State of Israel, are upset that it appears to equate the IDF with the Hamas terrorist group.
The report was published earlier this week, but this coming Monday its coauthors, former New York Supreme Court judge Mary McGowan Davis and legal expert Doudou Diène of Senegal, plan to present the document to the UNHRC that is holding its 29th session in Geneva this month.
Opponents of the report, including the State of Israel, are upset that it appears to equate the IDF with the Hamas terrorist group. They see it as one more biased report by the UNHRC against Israel.
“We want to make it clear to the United Nations that applying double standards toward Israel, falsely portraying Israel as a serial violator of human rights or even putting the democratic State of Israel into the same category as Hamas and other terrorist organizations is not only unfair, but also does great harm to the reputation of the UN and to the protection of human rights,” World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer said.
THIS IS EXCELLENT!
“Money For Gaza“. A parody of “Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits.
Lyrics and vocals by me.
Artwork by Joe.
UN justice vis-a-vis Israel, in the spirit of the US court system in the formerly segregated South.
His Excellency Ban Ki-moon
Secretary-General of the United Nations
New York, NY 10017Dear Mr. Secretary-General:
I write to you to convey my outrage that the State of Israel may be added to your list of “parties to conflict who commit grave violations against children.” This designation would falsely and shamefully equate Israel with some of the most barbaric terrorist organizations around the world. The decision to add Israel is solely your decision to make and, therefore, is entirely in your power to prevent from taking place.
As you are well aware, this list is part of your annual report on Children and Armed Conflict. It is my understanding that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) may be added for the alleged violations described below. The 2014 report on Children and Armed Conflict listed more than 59 parties including terrorist organizations such as Boko Haram, Taliban, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and Al Qaeda who “recruit or use children, kill or maim children, commit rape and other forms of sexual violence against children, or engage in attacks on schools and/or hospitals in situations of armed conflict.”
Such deplorable atrocities rightfully should be condemned by the United Nations. But there is absolutely no legitimate basis for adding Israel to such a list that includes parties which only represent the greatest of evil, honor death over life, and deliberately massacre women and children. Unlike those parties on your list, Israel cherishes life and goes to extraordinary lengths to minimize civilian casualties during a conflict. In fact, Israel’s careful warfare tactics set an example for other nations to emulate, including the United States, which, according to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, recently sent a team of senior military officers over to Israel to learn more about these tactics.
As the entire world observed last summer, Israel began its justified military operation in response to the kidnapping and murder of three Jewish teenagers by Hamas, two of whom were 16 years old and another 19 years old. As Israel engaged in an operation to find the Hamas terrorists responsible and bring them to justice for this heinous act, the conflict further escalated when Hamas and Palestine Islamic Jihad began to launch rockets and use underground tunnels deliberately targeting Israeli civilians, in an indiscriminate attempt to murder as many Israelis as possible. These terrorist groups are motivated by the stated desire to destroy Israel within any borders, not by any legitimate interest in making peace with Israel.
Acting in self-defense, Israel targeted only areas in Gaza that posed a threat and where members of Hamas and Palestine Islamic Jihad were located. The IDF took such steps as dropping leaflets, making announcements, placing telephone calls, and sending text messages directly to residents in Gaza to provide advance warning of an imminent attack to minimize civilian casualties. Members of Hamas and Palestine Islamic Jihad purposefully hid themselves and stockpiled weapons in densely populated areas including UN facilities, schools, hospitals and mosques. They used civilians, including children, as human shields. Hamas’ main command center was located underneath the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza, which made the primary source of medical care to Gaza residents a legitimate military target if Israel’s objective was to destroy Hamas’ terrorist leadership. These terrorists even encouraged residents in Gaza to ignore the IDF warnings and remain in their homes in an attempt to use them as pawns in their ongoing propaganda war to demonize the Jewish State. The very lives of Gaza residents are of no concern to Hamas and Palestine Islamic Jihad, for whom casualties are not an unintended consequence of war, but rather a deliberate objective. The United States Congress unanimously passed a resolution last year condemning their actions.
Meanwhile to Israel’s northeast a civil war wages in Syria. In an action completely alien to the parties on your list, Israel has offered medical care, free of charge, to the casualties of this action. Israeli physicians have treated and saved the lives of more than a thousand Syrians injured in that conflict, including children. The contrast could not be more clear: Hamas and other terrorist groups exploit medical facilities as human shields to launch operations against Israel, while Israel uses theirs to provide cutting-edge medical care to people whose government’s avowed goal is to destroy the Jewish State.
Mr. Secretary-General, I submit that, should you determine to add more parties to your list, you should focus on those who actually exploit their own children as human shields, indoctrinate and raise their children to glorify violence and martyrdom, and target the children of others to achieve their destructive goals who should receive priority consideration, such as Hamas and Palestine Islamic Jihad. There is absolutely no moral equivalence between radical Islamic terrorists, who are motivated by these factors, and Israel, which is justifiably motivated solely by the defense of her people.
Mr. Secretary-General, under no circumstances should Israel be added to your list. As the largest contributor to the United Nations, Congress will have no choice but to reassess the United States’ relationship with the United Nations and consider serious consequences if you choose to take this action.
United States Senator
This tribute to the late Robert Wistrich was first published at the Jerusalem Post and republished here with the author’s consent.
Robert Wistrich, z”l: A Passionate Defender of the Jewish People
Professor Robert Wistrich was the leading historian of anti-Semitism, and published important books in other fields of history as well. The combination of his intellectual depth and prolific authorship reflected his being an expert in many aspects of the anti-Semitism field. His presence was most important in an area where the number of scholars has unfortunately not caught up with the recent explosion of hatred and its mutations, from despising the Jewish religion and the Jewish people to the defamation of the Jewish State.
Robert was a spokesman and a representative of the Jewish people, roles to which he stayed fully committed. The many projects he led included a joint exhibition of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and UNESCO on “Book, People, Land – The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People With the Holy Land” A very different matter was his membership of the International Catholic-Jewish Historical Commission – established in 1999 – which reassessed Pope Pius XII’s role in the Second World War. Robert did not let his integrity become affected by pressure from Church sources, which eventually contributed to the premature suspension of the Commission’s work.
When one writes the obituary of such an outstanding intellectual, his biography and many human qualities show some aspects of his personality, and important others can be seen by focusing on some of his great analytical work.
Decades ago, I read a publication of the World Union of Jewish Students. Among the many articles written by the student authors was one which stood out by far above the rest. That was how I came across Robert’s name for the first time.
Anti-Semitism studies became a field of research thanks to the French scholar, Léon Poliakov (1910-1997), who wrote much of the fundamental works in the field. However, it required the development of a high-level institute to cover the field in greater scope, and Robert was instrumental in this endeavor. He held the Neuberger chair for Modern European and Jewish history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. When Robert took over as head of the university’s Vidal Sassoon International Center in 2002, he transformed it into a place which published a broad array of anti-Semitism scholarship, covering many countries and subjects.
Robert was not only a very skillful writer but also a sophisticated speaker. Born of Polish Jewish parents in the Soviet Union, English was not his mother tongue, but one among the languages he mastered. This and his encyclopedic knowledge allowed him to gain deep insight into various cultures.
It is impossible to review all of Robert’s works unless one writes a lengthy essay – so I will focus on some of his more recent publications. His magnum opus, A Lethal Obsession, subtitled Anti-Semitism from Antiquity to the Global Jihad, came out in 2010. Its individual chapters can be read as self-standing essays.
In this book, Robert devoted an entire chapter to “Jews against Zion”. He covered the history of Jewish self-haters, beginning with the apostates in Christian Spain after the massacres of the Jews in 1391. He referred to a statement already quoted by the turn of the 19th century Viennese playwright, Arthur Schnitzler: “Anti-Semitism did not succeed until the Jews began to sponsor it.” Extreme masochistic trends, including psychological self-flagellation, which regularly occur among Jews, probably exceed those among other cultures. Robert’s analysis, for example, of the post-war Austrian Jewish chancellor, Bruno Kreisky, a socialist whitewasher of former Nazis, was lethal.
Many scholars look away from the widespread anti-Semitism emanating from Muslim states and from parts of the Muslim population in Western countries. Despite the backlash, Robert remained outspoken when his post-9/11 essay on Muslim anti-Semitism, originally published in English, was updated and republished in German in 2011. Therein, Robert claimed that the hardcore anti-Semitism in the Arab and Muslim world is comparable only to that of Nazi Germany. Expressing such an opinion was far more than an academic judgment. It was an act of courage. Much more gentle criticism about extreme ugly phenomena in Muslim societies was already being labeled as Islamophobia. Such criticism is constantly stifled not only by Muslims but also by many “politically correct” Westerners. Robert explicitly stated that Muslim hatred for Israel and Jews is “an eliminatory anti-Semitism with a genocidal dimension”.
From Ambivalence to Betrayal: The Left, the Jews, and Israel came out in 2012. The book includes the chapter, “Great Britain: A Suitable Case for Treatment?” Robert had studied in the UK, where the British literary classics on the school’s curriculum were almost all anti-Semitic in nature. Robert’s analysis started with Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales from the late 14th century and Christopher Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta from the end of the 16th Century. He came out unequivocally against the whitewashing of the anti-Semitism of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.
Probably more so than anyone else, Robert has proven that anti-Semitism is not only inherent in European history but that it is an integral part of European culture. I once persuaded him to lecture at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs about the long tradition of intellectual anti-Semitism. He illustrated how each change in the social environment brings about a mutation of anti-Semitism. In Europe, Catholic anti-Semitism laid down the ideological infrastructure from which much of the demonizing of the Jews, Judaism and the Jewish people developed. From Martin Luther and Protestantism to the Enlightenment, including Voltaire, from the great German idealist philosophers, the early French socialists, to Karl Marx – many intellectuals and innovative movements gave their own “contribution” to anti-Semitism.
Robert was a passionate and tireless fighter for his ideas. A comrade-in-arms against the many ugly enemies of the Jewish people, and a man of principle, I had the privilege of last speaking with him – a lengthy, and as always, stimulating and pleasant conversation – during the recent Global Forum for Combatting Anti-Semitism, a few days before his passing. His sense of purpose remained unabated until the very end. Like all great intellectuals, he will live on through the legacy of his profound work and original thought.
Illinois passes historic anti-BDS bill, as Congress mulls similar moves
By Eugene Kontorovich May 18 at 5:47 PM
The Illinois House just joined the state’s senate in unanimously passing a bill that would prevent the state’s pension fund from investing in companies that boycott Israel. Gov. Bruce Rauner has pledged to sign the historic “anti-BDS” bill.
The significance of the bill cannot be underestimated. European countries have in recent years been whispering dark threats in corporate ears about the “legal and economic risks” of doing business with Israeli companies. The vagueness of these warnings is a testament to their legal groundlessness. But such scare tactics could not help but affect, at the margin, corporate decision-making. Now, the EU will – if it is honest – have to warn businesses of the legal and economic risks of consciously refusing to do business with such Israeli companies.
More generally, the Illinois bill is part of a broad political revulsion over the long-simmering BDS movement (“Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” – the strategy of economic warfare and delegitimization against Israel). While BDS has gotten most of its successes with low-hanging fruit like British academic unions and pop singers, the anti-boycott efforts are getting an enthusiastic reception in real governments, on the state and federal level. And that is because the message of the BDS movement – Israel as a uniquely villainous state – is fundamentally rejected by the vast majority of Americans.
Indeed, a wave of anti-BDS legislation is sweeping the U.S. The most high-profile so far are the bipartisan amendments to congressional bills for Trade Promotion Authority. They establish the “discourage[ing]” of boycotts as one of the U.S.’s many goals in trade negotiations with European countries.
The trade amendments do not take any definite action against boycotters. But they clearly establish that in the eyes of America, the BDS is not like the civil rights protests, as its supporters love to claim, but rather more like the anti-Jewish boycotts so common in Europe in the 20th century, and in the Arab world until this day. Indeed, two state legislatures have in recent weeks passed resolutions saying just that.
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(The above – for example – are members of the Kurdish PKK faction who fought against Israel on behalf of Palestinian terrorists; Iranian backed, anti-American/western and anti-Israel. Their offshoots are YPG, YPJ, PYD, plus others. The relevance of this info will be demonstrated below…)
MILLIONS of readers of this site are aware that this investigative journalist sits on the Board of Directors of Israel’s Voice, a U.S. – based 501(c)(3) nonprofit. In fact, a highlighted commentary detailed its essence and Mission Statement –
AN adjunct to it debuted in the run-up to PM Netanyahu’s speech before Congress on March 3, 2015: HUSSEIN Obama’s Subterfuge Via Iran’s Centrifuges: Israel’s Voice takes Charge In Washington, D.C.”
IN the interim, due to serious extenuating circumstances, it became necessary to call for the removal of the former Co-President from the Board, as well as two other Board members. A brief reference is at Israel’s Voice’s new Face Book page, as its original page was hijacked by the ousted Board. Nevertheless, please refer to the tagged post here for further edification.
IN this regard, the former (legally removed, according to nonprofit guidelines) Co-President continuously refuses to deal with reality, as such, he is misrepresenting himself as the President of Israel’s Voice’s Board! Significantly, the website of Israel’s Voice reflects the true Board and this is beyond dispute.
Finns stand with Israeli Ambassador to Finland and Estonia, Dan Ashbel.