Sunday, November 5, 2017

Anti-Semitism is Alive and Well in 2017

I'm boiling over with disgust. Here we are in 2017. One would think that in our modern world, society has advanced so far that maybe racism is mostly a thing of the past. In some cases it is. But when it comes to hating Jews, it absolutely is not.

Let's take a few recent cases: Has anyone heard of the country IJF? That's because it doesn't exist. It stands for the International Judo Federation. If you haven't heard, Israel came in 6th place overall with Tal Flicker winning a gold medal. Aside from Israel having to beg various countries to permit their team to fly into Abu Dhabi, where the competition was held, Israel was not allowed to show their banner flag like every other team did. Nor was the Israeli national anthem played when Israelis won medals. Look at their website: IJF
Scroll down a bit and you will see a list of winners by country. However instead of Israel they display IJF. Even the televised play by play announcers never mention the country Israel. Instead, they gab about all that money that Tal won. No mention of where he got his training in Israel. You know, the stuff that most sportscasters talk about. It really is hard to believe. Most of the Muslim competitors in the past have refused to shake hands with their Israeli counterparts. It's a shameful display of blatant antisemitism and so demeaning to the Jewish people.  The IJF should be held to account for allowing countries like the UAE to host such events and the world's mainstream media should be reprimanded for giving such behaviour a pass. Instead of the big cheeses at the IJF getting nice presents to look the other way, they need to be kicked out on to the street.

A photo of Tal singing Hatikva while they were playing the IJF song.

Moving to Canada, a student union at a prominent university in Montreal (McGill), was so upset that their anti-Israel, BDS motion was not passed, that they voted to throw out 3 directors of the board because they were Jewish and threatened them to boot. This action is reminiscent of Nazi Germany in the 30's. Many of us have contacted the university and it finally hit a little bit of the mainstream media. I await the appropriate action of charging those guilty students of hate crimes and expelling them from the school. Something tells me that I might be waiting for a very long time.

A common trick by many Islamic nations is to sponsor students to attend universities in the West to attack Jews under the guise of anti-Zionism. These fake students register for 1 or 2 courses and as a result have plenty of time to attack Jews on campus and sponsor anti-Israel events like the annual hatefest called Israel Apartheid Week (IAW) which has spread from the University of Toronto to most universities throughout the western world. Whereas most students, Jewish ones included, are busy focussing on their studies, these antisemitic political activists have all the time and money in the world to publish sophisticated promotional media and bring in some of the vilest speakers on the planet. For the most part, the university administrations let them. Their defence usually falls under 'free speech'. Sure they alway add 'The university does not necessarily agree with the messages of the speaker'. Sadly, as a result many once neutral students who are often ignorant about the real situation in the Middle East, fall for the slanderous BS that they are forced to face on campus on a daily basis. This is the real tragedy.

I recently attended a wonderful speaker, Dr. Lawrence Hart, who teaches medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. He might be the only professor who started a Jewish organization for the faculty at a university. There are often Jewish organizations for students such as Hillel but rarely if ever did one exist for the professors. He made an excellent point. Although we should never ignore our Jewish students, they do come and go but the professor are usually stuck on campus for years. He showed us slides of at least dozens of some of the worst antisemites who spoke at the school over a 15 year period including people like Norman Finkelstein who claims that the Jews made money on the Holocaust, to Hamas supporter George Galloway. His honest admission was that after 15 years his organization did little to fight antisemitism on campus. With no support from the administration (actually quite the opposite) it proved futile and nerve wracking to fight antisemitism when in fact he had to fight his administration instead. The event was sponsored by a fantastic organization called the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research (CIJR).

Lastly there is the case of an imam in Toronto (Elkasrawy) who preached at a downtown mosque that Jews are filthy pigs who need to die. The Toronto Star (our largest print paper) promptly tried to whitewash his words and in his defence said that when arabs say Jews they really mean Zionists. Well in that case, that's not really hate speech, is it?

Israelis outside of Israel are often faced with blatant antisemitism, as tourists, students, employees and in business. Jews like myself living in the diaspora have faced it as well. Ever go for a job interview and not get the job and wonder if your religion had anything to do with it?

We need to motivate Jews and pro-Israel people of all religions to stand up to antisemitism. Think of it like crime on the streets. It will never go away and it's never easy to combat, but we don't give up. We have laws against it, and police to protect us. Sometimes a simple email (if enough are sent) can do the trick. In other cases a lot more effort is required. It would be helpful if parents and Jewish organizations educated our youth about this issue and identified specific problems and efforts to combat them rather than hide them under the table and pretend they don't exist.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

I'm Disappointed with Trump

But not for the reasons you might think.

Yes, you heard me right. Very disappointing. So far he’s done next to none of what he said he would do. Drain the swamp? Fail. Build the wall? Not yet. Tax reform? Not yet.  Immigration? Fail. Move the embassy to Jerusalem? Fail. Put Hillary in Jail? Fail. Kill the Iran deal? Major Fail. Get Americans back to work? OK but I and others expected better.
Don’t get me wrong, I still am thrilled that he won over the other 2 losers but to put it politely, there is room for improvement.

If you read my previous blogs you would know that out of the almost 20 Republican candidates, Trump was never my first choice policy wise and certainly not personality wise. When he told us, prior to the election that he will try to make a peace deal with the Israelis and Palestinians I wanted to puke.  I would have preferred Cruz or Huckabee. But since they had no chance in beating Hillary or Sanders, I'm glad that Trump won. 

To be fair, every single person prior to being elected in a democratic country has great intentions and aspirations regarding various policies they wish to put in place. People vote for them based on these ideas. But for the most part, once they are elected they quickly find out that it's not that easy.

In Trump's case, he stepped into a wasp nest. Aside from the hysterical Left which is a huge population and who label him everything from a Nazi pig to a racist, misogynist retard, he also has to deal with his enemies within the Republican party which includes all kinds of Soros loving spies, Obama and company and his own left leaning family (Ivanka and Jared Kushner) who are constantly trying to influence him more to the center and shut him down. The mainstream media, post secondary education system (colleges and universities) and thousands of organizations both within and outside of the States hate him to death.

Now that is unprecedented. As far as I'm aware, no prior US president ever had to deal with that group of haters since day 1. I think he's being attacked on all sides perhaps even more so than Nixon was after Watergate. 

But my issue with him is simple: Do or at least try to do what you promised. Ignore the bullshit. Forget about appeasing your haters. Focus on those who elected you who were obviously the majority of the population. Push back against well meaning family members and others who want to make you someone you're not.  If you like tweeting, keep it up. If you like giving nicknames to people like 'little rocket man', continue. These are inconsequential things. His strong point never was communication. We all knew that going in. Any leader knows that you can't please all the people all the time. So the smart money should say- don't even try.

No one said being the president of the free world is going to be easy. But he also knew that going in. It's time that he got back to basics and be himself. It's not too late Donald. Free yourself from the restraints and get to work. I do hope that he doesn't turn into just one more forgettable loser like the Bushes, Clintons or Obama before him. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

I'm Revolted with my Prime Minister!

I'm a proud Canadian. Always have been. But I'm disgusted with Justin Trudeau, our Prime Minister.
I'm also a proud Jew and as any such person would do, we have an obligation to bravely stand up to anti-Semitism or anti-Zionism (the 2 are really one and the same). I have been an activist since childhood for Jewish/Israel causes and I am proud for all of my efforts in this regard.

We were blessed with (in my humble opinion) the best Prime Minister in our history with Stephen Harper who did great for all Canadians and especially the small Jewish population with his steadfast support of Israel. A tiny little country, always under existential threat from mostly a super large Muslim dominated Middle East. So she well deserved the world's support but mostly got world condemnation except for the odd state leader, like Stephen Harper.

Fast forward to our sitting Prime Minister, Justin. He has proved himself consistently as no friend to the Jews while madly in love with the Muslim world.  When he first got elected I dubbed him Obama light. The truth is actually quite different. Thankfully he only rules Canada and Canada is very far from a world power. Because if it was, the world would be a darker place with Justin at the helm. While most people on the right (those who didn't vote for him or his Liberal party) see him as a good looking fool, I see him as a dangerous idiot.

The latest 2 items help prove my point.

1. He recently quietly gave a convicted Muslim terrorist (who happened to be born in Canada), Omar Khadr, 10.5 million dollars and a public apology because he was held in a US prison for killing a US medic in Afghanistan years ago.

2. Our federal food inspection agency decided to ban Israeli wines coming from Judea and Samaria (West Bank) with the label 'Made in Israel'.

Even many on the left who support Trudeau admit that he made a mistake (ie. went too far) on the Omar issue # 1. How offensive, to give our money as taxpayers to an unrepentant murderer and worse, try to hide it! He and his administration along with our national government sponsored media giant, the CBC, have made Omar into a hero or at least are actively trying to do so.

It's no different to when the PA or Hamas glorify suicide bombers after they kill innocent Israeli civilians. Omar's family including his wife are active Al Qaida members so you can bet where his new found money will go. The family of the murdered US medic have a court ordered judgement against Omar. It will be very interesting to see what the Canadian courts will do: will they protect the new millionaire, Omar or comply with the US judgement and give that money to the American widow and her family? Either way, by the time our courts decide on it (by the time you read this they will have already ignored the US court judgement, Al Qaida will already have spent it.

Regarding the Israeli wine labelling issue, this reminds me of what pre-war Germany was doing.
There are hundreds if not thousands of disputed, international territories that our food inspection agency could have got involved with regard to labeling. But they focused only on Israel. Whereas we have serious issues with unsafe food products in dire need of inspection, they are very busy with this 'high profile issue'. This is antisemitism folks.
I'm not too worried about any economic repercussions to Israelis about this since the BDS movement tried this before and it backfired as supporters of Israel supported the Buycott and bought even more Israeli wine. However since this order comes directly from our federal government - now I am worried. The latest on this is that this order has been reversed. We shall see but the fact that it was even considered as an order in the first place is downright scary.

Last but certainly not least is what Justin has done to our armed forces. Many army bases throughout Canada in the last year have had Canadian soldiers evacuated in order to house 'Syrian migrants'. These migrants are not necessarily from Syria but are certainly muslims from Islamic countries. Our soldiers are busy cleaning their toilets and getting them supplies including Korans, etc. How demeaning for our soldiers. Many of these migrants are the former enemy combatants that our soldiers have fought overseas and now instead of being trained as soldiers they are being trained as slaves to our enemies on our land. Why would a Canadian even consider enlisting in our army if they know in advance that this might be their fate? No less important is the huge cost to bring in, house and look after the ever growing stream of undocumented muslim immigrants. We're talking billions of dollars with no end in sight. I've talked about this before in previous posts so I'll stop here. Again our mainstream media like our CBC broadcaster will never ever mention this big secret.

I can't say this enough: I am revolted with our Prime Minister. I'm saying this now before anti-Islamophobia bills which are currently being considered, are passed in parliament and in which case I could face prison charges for this blog.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Common Sense is Dead!

Certainly when it comes to defending Jews, Israel and most existential, world changing events, common sense seems to be disappearing at an exponential rate.

For example, the world's love affair with the idea of helping to negotiate a peace deal between Israelis and the Palestinians really stands out as an idea that is so lacking in any common sense that it really exemplifies insanity. It's no less crazy than approaching a terrorist with a rifle in his hands, with the intention of giving him a kiss on the cheek and a great big hug and maybe confessing your love for him.

Israeli police woman, Hadas Malka was stabbed to death in Jerusalem by arab terrorists.

As a right wing Jew living in a predominately Liberal, left leaning Canada, I see this lack of common sense daily and to this day I find it astonishing. As Caroline Glick recently pointed out, Israel is losing the PR game to their Muslim enemies. Recent surveys point out this devastating predicament whereby most Jews in the West not only  don't care about Israel (because they have more important things on their minds like upgrading their car), but they are against the Jewish State in one way or another. Since most non-religious Jews have lost their love for Judaism, they see no reason to support the Jewish state. This is especially true amongst the younger Jewish population. And it's no wonder, since the left leaning, progressive stance of 99% of colleges in the West have been busy brainwashing our students to hate Israel, support BDS and even attack Jews.

In the US, the Democratic party has certainly painted itself as a pro-Palestinian, anti-Israeli, anti-Islamophobic, politically correct group. In Canada the previous Conservative party headed by the best Prime Minister we ever had in Stephen Harper was absolutely pro-Israel. Our not so new Liberal party headed by the worst Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau is absolutely pro-Muslim and therefore anti-Israel. Most Democrats in the US and Liberals in Canada, including Jewish members of both parties are therefore anti-Israel. The obvious big divide in the US includes so many hysterical anti-Trumpers that seem to think they must oppose Israel if only because the president seems to support Israel.

Although it seems quite common sensical to me to understand exactly is going on, I find myself in the minority of world opinion. Most countries in the world would prefer a world without Israel (and I'm not just talking about Muslim majority countries here). Most people draw a moral equivalence between arab violence and Israeli self defence. Most people in the world think that Trump is an evil, Nazi like monster who needs to be put down. Most people think that Israelis are oppressors and occupiers of poor arabs. Most people are not well read, get their news in cool little sound bites from the MSM like CNN. Today when a terrorist event is first reported and the person who commits it yells allahu akbar, the news agency as well as the state's government where the event took place will say that the police are still looking for a motive and that it's too early to tell if it in fact it was a terrorist attack. They also take great care to never mention the worlds Muslim or Islam in the early part of the report, if at all.

Unlike most folks I like it (love it) when our enemies fight against each other. To me this makes common sense. Take the ongoing war in Syria where ISIS terrorists are fighting against Iranian and Syrian troops. We should take note of what Reagan did when Iran and Iraq were going at each other. He clandestinely helped which ever side was losing. That's exactly what we should be doing with Syria/Iran and ISIS. The more they kill each other, the better off we'll all be. No need to be sending in massive amounts of US or other western troops to intervene. Some say it's a huge humanitarian crisis and it would be a grievous sin to do nothing. I don't know about them but I prefer to keep our troops safe by not placing boots on the ground over there. Will innocents die if we don't intervene? Yes but they and our own will also die if we do. We can arm others who are capable of defending the innocents over there and will build safe zones for their people.  I don't think that we must all be experts in geopolitics to understand this concept.

Many think that by somehow forcing Israelis to concede even more territory to arabs who want Israelis dead, that peace will envelope the entire middle east. It might even solve the war with ISIS.
Again, common sense tells me quite the opposite.

While most countries in Europe are on the brink of disaster, rather than focus on limiting Muslim immigration, protecting their borders and throwing political correctness into the garbage can, they are doubling down on protecting their Muslim migrants and attacking Israel at the same time. While most countries there are economically bankrupt, they still manage to borrow money in order to throw it away on the Palestinians. So that Abbas and other corrupt arab leaders can enjoy lavish lifestyles while their people languish.

While so many people accuse the Jews of Israel to be the new Nazis, hardly a one knows about Israel's hand in providing top medical care to their enemies. Did you know that Hamas's leader's daughter was brought to a hospital in Israel for urgent medical attention?

Did you know that Christian Zionists in the US support Israel and Jewish causes far more than non-religous Jews who for the most part prefer to support left wing causes like Black Lives Matter, Justice  for Palestine and the ADL? When I say 'left wing' I also mean anti-Israel.

Quite a few former Israeli generals oppose the Taylor Force Act proposed by Republicans who want to limit funding to the PA until the PA denounces terrorism, stops inciting terrorist activity  and stops paying the families of dead terrorists. These ex-military men are wearing blinders. They continue to support the PA's police and security people (aka Abbas's henchmen) as they claim that these Palestinians help stop terrorist attacks. But they are loyal to Abbas and his dictatorial regime. Where is the common sense?

How does one deal with brutal thugs? By appeasing, hugging, kissing and giving them money and power? Or by standing up to them with strength? I'm in the opinion that Obama was the worst president in the history of the US. What was his greatest, disastrous policy? The Iran deal. Helping the world's most dangerous country to build nuclear bombs, missiles and a well equipped military is possibly the worst deal in modern times. I don't think that Obama lacked common sense. I think he had and still has nefarious intentions. Those who supported his decision or said nothing are the ones who lack common sense. 

We need to relearn common sense and fast.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

New Middle East Breakthrough?

You might have recently read that Trump lost it with Abbas. He supposedly actually yelled at him, accused him of lying to him. Back in March Abbas convinced Trump that the Palestinians are really interested in making peace with Israel. Those were the magic words that Trump needed to hear. I'm sure that he didn't question Abbas too much about it. He swallowed the bait.

But after Bibi told Trump and the public (for the millionth time) that Abbas promotes violence with Israelis by supporting terrorists, naming schools and community centres after suicide bombers, paying imprisoned terrorist families billions of dollars and brainwashing children at school to hate and kill Jews, Trump lost it on Abbas in his recent meeting with him.

I hope this is the breakthrough we've been waiting for. Making a fool out of Trump is the worst thing one can do. Abbas just did it. He's gotten away with it since he became the PA leader but previous US leaders were not Trump. As we all know he shoots from the hip. Like his predecessors he doesn't really understand the true muslim mindset.  He never understood the real existential threat that Israel faces from her neighbours. He thought he could be a hero by making the most challenging 'peace deal' in history. Now some of the truth smacks him in the face. Quelle surprise! Abbas is not interested in peace!

I sincerely hope that he ignores his left wing advisors like Kushner (all former Democrats) who continue to hound him to push Israel to make concessions with the Palestinians.

I hope he follows his own gut now that he was insulted publicly by Abbas and comes to the only logical conclusion: The Palestinians as a whole are not people to make peace negotiations with.
All their leaders are the worst kind of terrorists and Holocaust deniers. Instead of pleading with them to 'make peace' with Israelis, they should be tried as war criminals.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Can Israel Rely on Trump?

The short answer is: No.

Israel can't rely on anyone. If Jews have learned anything it's that we must rely only on ourselves. That doesn't mean that we should refuse help from others or make strategic alliances with other states, organizations or people even for short periods of time. Had Israel existed at the time of World War II, perhaps the Holocaust could have been averted. It probably would have because the Nazis at first wanted to deport all the Jews out of Germany (and then the rest of Europe) rather than murder them. But as we now know all too well, no other country wanted to take these pour souls in and protect them from slaughter.

During Israel's short modern day history, she has been betrayed repeatedly by virtually all of her allies. Britain wouldn't let ships loaded with Jews who tried to escape from the inferno aka Europe to Palestine during the big war. France reneged on a huge air force deal. MIGs that Israel had paid for and was in dire need to defend herself against massive Arab armies were held up. The US on various occasions had either done nothing to help Israel when she most needed their help in existential wars or worse, co-operated with Israel's enemies (eg: Iran deal). I could write an entire essay on just this topic alone.

Now Trump arguably Israel's best American President friend ever, is hosting the terrorist and self declared PA leader in the hopes of yet again making a peace deal between the Palestinians and the Israelis. In so doing he once again falls into the US trap of legitimizing Israel's enemies. The irony is that Abbas, the PA, Hamas and most of the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians are surely enemies of the Jewish state but are no less friendly to the States. They do not want to make peace with Israel any more today than they did 10 years ago. They want Israel and Jews everywhere to be destroyed forever. If American leaders can't figure this out yet then they are clearly insane.

I did support Trump in his presidency and I support him still today. I knew when he was running as a candidate that he is far from the best Republican in his support for Israel. It was obvious to me that he would be a game changer as far as US-Israel relations compared to his predecessor. While Obama was constantly stabbing Israel in the back, despite saying otherwise, Trump is truly Israel's friend. I've said this before and I'll say it again. Sometimes friends can get you killed with the best intentions.

I knew then that Trump won't necessarily do what's best for Israel. But I also knew that as long as the US elected a president that was even handed with Israel, she would do well. Israel did pretty dam well economically and in other ways even when Obama was trying to screw her. As always I considered the choices. I realized quickly that the biggest challenge facing the world and America in particular was political correctness. Americans were craving to stop it. So was I (I still am). Ted Cruz was a far better friend to Israel than Trump ever was or will be. But Ted couldn't beat Hillary so wishing him in was a waste of time.

As long as Trump helps the job market in the US he'll be a great president. As long as he protects his citizens from the dangers of radical Islam, he'll be a great president. In short, as long as the US does well, Israel will too. Despite Trump not really getting the Middle East or understanding the mindset of the Arab on the street or learning about the history of the true indigenous people of Palestine - The Jews and despite this huge mistake of inviting an antisemitic, Islamic terrorist leader to the White House in order to make the deal of the century at Israel's existential cost, he's still miles ahead of either lying Hillary or the self hater Bernie. It would be a much more dangerous world with either of them as leader.

As for Israelis, they know that they can not rely on any US president. Some are better for the Jews and some are worse but Israelis have learned that they must continue to be self sufficient. They can't put their trust all in one basket. They need to continue to reach out to the world.  It's not a matter of sound economic policy, it's a matter of life and death.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Why I'd vote for Marine Le Pen

Maybe I'm a contrarian. But I must say that I'm sick of everyone attacking this brave woman. It's easy to attack people out of context. Most of the media attention about her is negative. Like they did with Trump, they simply ignored his scary and pathetic competition while attacking him. The media are treating her the same. She is attacked on anything she says or does whether good or bad.

Let us dig a little deeper, shall we?

All choices are relative. Her Left wing competitors will continue to take France down. As France sits today, it is in ruins. Economically bankrupt. Teetering on an implosion. Since their compulsion to bring in millions of Muslims from Algeria, Tunisia and other Muslim states France has steadily moved into a dangerous welfare state.
Her competition is so pathetic that they will continue to woo the Arab votes at all costs.

She is the only candidate who recognizes the danger of Muslim immigration. No one really knows the exact number of Islamic terrorists living in France due to all the no-go zones throughout the country as well as the indoctrination of political correctness for far too long.

France's standing as a prime tourist destination rests on the shoulders of the number of terrorist attacks. As that number increases (and under the current leadership it certainly will), the tourists will disappear.

She bravely distanced herself from her father's antisemitic views to the point of kicking her own father out of the party. She has gone after antisemitic members of her party as well.

If I was a Jew living in France, I would prefer to vote for her over the same old garbage that has turned France into a land fill. I'm not naive enough to think that either she or her party are my friend. But neither am I naive enough to think that the past governments (regardless of party) were my friends either.

The bottom line: I would rather live in a country that won't let anyone wear any religious clothing in public than to live in a country where I can wear my kippah in public but most likely I'd be dead by a Muslim terrorist before I got to safety!