Monday, November 26, 2018

What Happened in Germany Could Happen in England

There are a handful of political parties in England. The Conservative and Labour parties dominate. Jeremy Corbyn, head of England's Labour party is a blatant antisemite. If you don't agree, then you are a combination of blind, deaf, dumb and you live alone. If there are any antisemites reading my article, I'm sure they'll agree. Current polls have the Conservative party slightly ahead. You can read the details here:  but here are some latest poll results by party: (blue is the Conservative party led by PM Theresa May, peach is Labour).

You can see that it's pretty darn close between Jeremy Corbyn the antisemite and Theresa May the appeaser. While May is still slowly trying to negotiate Brexit (England's attempt to leave the European Union -EU) Corbyn is busy trying to sway more votes his way. Many of the people are tired of the status quo. The official unemployment rate in England has dropped a bit from last year to about 4.1%.  But that does not include those who gave up looking for work (never does in official government stats). It also does not differentiate between well paid jobs be they professional or good trade jobs in construction or manufacturing vs cheap service jobs that pay minimum wage. For many years now England's middle income jobs have been disappearing quickly. That's why that segment of England's population has been leaving. Who's left? The super wealthy upper class which has a high component of wealthy immigrants like the wealthy oil sheiks from the Middle East. Who else can afford a condominium in London? The not so wealthy (aka the poor) form the majority of people there. Between 2010 and 2013 about 33% of England's population fell below the poverty line. Not sure what it is today, but suffice it to say that the majority of the UK are not happy for one reason or another (usually related to economics). I don't think that the trade unions are helping either.

That's why Jeremy Corbyn and his party have been gaining ground. When times get tough, people need to find a scapegoat to blame. How about them Jews? England has had their share of antisemites throughout history. Like most other countries in the world, especially those of Europe, Jew hatred is their specialty. Maybe they didn't have pogroms like in Russia or concentration camps like those established by Germany or maybe they didn't burn their 800 year old Jewish neighbours in barns like in Poland but England's brand of antisemitism was what one can say: is more subtle. The point is, antisemitism was always there and maybe took a short hiatus during and shortly after WWII. It was just waiting for the most opportune time to raise its ugly head. Corbyn is quick to make friends with all Muslims especially Islamic terrorist organizations like Hamas. He's not stupid. He sees (as can anyone living there) that the Muslim population is the fastest growing population in the UK. As of 2017 there were over 4 million Muslims living there but that is just an estimate. There are many no go zones in scary Muslim neighbourhoods where no pollster would dare venture. While the indigenous  English birth rate is shrinking ever so quickly, the Muslim birth rate is though the roof. Of course many of these Muslim immigrants are no friends of the Jews. More votes for Corbyn. And to May's detriment, she keeps letting them in. Note to PM May: They won't vote for you!

Does this picture remind you of something? How about Germany in the early 1930's? Hitler promised a better economy and blamed the troubles they had at the time, for the most part, on the Jews. Prior to WWII most people throughout the world including the Germans themselves and even the Jewish Germans didn't give too much thought to Hitler and the Nazi party. Most were too busy trying to live their lives to even pay attention. Others thought that he was a nutcase and there was no way he'd become their new leader. Many of the German Jews who were mostly assimilated thought it best to keep quiet. Don't rock the boat for fear that there would be repercussions. Meanwhile quite a few Germans and others outside of Germany, liked what they saw and indeed helped him succeed.
To the shock and horror of most Germans (including Germany's Jewish population) and others throughout the world, Hitler did rise to power and we ended up with the Holocaust.

                                          Jeremy Corbyn

Likewise today in England most good people who despise Corbyn for his blatant antisemitism and other displays of racism don't take him too seriously. They just assume that he's too overt about his Jew hatred to win. Many of the Jews in England remind me of the Jews in Germany. They have focused on assimilation instead of focusing on their Jewishness. They have adopted a similar appeasement strategy of not speaking out and not rocking the boat. They and other's have attacked President Trump more than they have attacked Corbyn! The Conservative party and almost all the rest refuse to give serious thought about the slow but sure rise of Corbyn's Labour party and the racist danger it brings with it. The only exception is the UKIP party and the EDL (English Defense League) which although is not an official party, it is one of the few organizations that stands up to Sharia in England. May is far too timid to go face to face with Corbyn and call him a racist pig to his face in public and get the people's attention about him. But trust me, Corbyn is not timid at all.

I can see numerous scenarios whereby outside forces can make Corbyn win. To name a few: George Soros decides to throw a few hundred million dollars his way during his campaign (if he hasn't already). How about some other nefarious government interference from countries like Russia, Iran or China to name a few. It's not like that hasn't happened before.

I urge good people everywhere and especially the good people of England to wake up. Have we not learned anything from history? G-d forbid, what happened in Germany could happen in England! If Corbyn gets elected, England will fall apart. Unlike in Germany, there will be no magic economic boom. Getting rid of UK's Jews will certainly not help their economy. In fact quite the reverse is true.  When the UK falls, it will bring down most of Europe with it. Why am I the only person seeing this?

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Why Does Antisemitism Exist and the Blame Game

The recent tragedy in Pittsburgh has sparked a discussion about antisemitism and what fuels it or more accurately who to blame.

Swastika painted on a synagogue in Indiana (there were so many I could have chosen from).

Haters are unhappy people. If you are unhappy with your life you typically find a way to blame others.  Most antisemites fall into that category of people. The murderer of 11 Jews who were minding their own business on Sabbath at synagogue certainly fits that bill. So why does antisemitism really exist? There are dozens of possible reasons for it. I’ve read dozens of books on the subject and the truth is that we’ll never really understand it. I had a long discussion about it recently with my brilliant nephew in Israel. It morphed into a discussion about the question ‘Why’.
I suggested that on esoteric issues like ‘Why does antisemitism exist’ and others, I would devote less time trying to figure out the why and more time dealing with the What to do about it and How to defend yourself from it. We are blessed to be here in the year 2018. We bask in an era of luxury and therefore have the opportunity to ask Why. In other times we didn’t have that luxury. We had to stick to more practical and pragmatic questions like What and How. 
I painted him a picture of back in the cavemen days when the father took his son hunting and had to teach him how to do it. The son looked up at the sky and asked him Why is the sky blue? The father slapped him in the head and said who cares. Do you want to starve to death? Learn how to hunt.
I'm in no way  saying that we shouldn’t ask why. As often answering that may lead to answer how and what. But I’ve observed especially lately that so much effort is spent on the why that we miss out on the how and what. It hit me in particular when Obama was president. A lot of pundits including myself were trying to figure out why he was doing his often insane policies especially as it related to Israel. US - Israel relations hit an all time low. 
Many theorized that he was actually a Muslim. There was the ongoing ‘fake birth certificate’ issue, etc. After a while I realized that we are wasting precious time. We must focus instead on what and how to deal with him and his anti-Israel and his anti-American policies before its too late.
One can switch the subject, ie. replace Obama with Trump. Why does he behave the way he does? Why does he often say insensitive things? Why does he often behave childishly. Why is he such a narcissist? (by the way all of these questions can be asked of Obama as well). But I don’t devote much time on these why type questions. Instead I focus on his policies and on his actions. Do they match my wishes? Are they important to me? I can tell you that they for the most part, unequivocally do!

As for blaming Trump for the event in Pittsburgh? I find it obscene to use this terrible tragedy in order to push any political agenda. For the sake of the dead- please stop this insanity. 

I can certainly understand why some of the affected families of this tragedy are blaming Trump. Only they have the right to do so. The rest of us do not. When someone is in that mindset they are freaking out and are not rational. How many times have you been at a funeral and the family blame G-d for taking their loved one? I think blaming G-d is way worse than blaming Trump. I will not judge the families nor do I have any right to do so. But as a Jewish activist I can see how blaming Trump for the worst antisemitic event in US history is itself antisemitic. The hysterical left have been so indoctrinated to hate Trump by the MSM that they will use any event to do so. Despite him being the most pro-Jewish president in US history they fail to see the insanity of their shouts.  They see him as  insensitive, boorish, lacking in compassion, childish and even racist. Some consider him a white supremacist. Some a Nazi. We've heard it all. And I agree that sometimes his approach fits some of those adjectives. Does his behaviour bring the antisemites (or other bigots) out or inhibit them? In this particular tragedy it did neither. The murderer was an antisemite long before Trump. (Antisemitism existed long before Trump too believe it or not). In fact he hated Trump because of Trump's Jewish connection! In their reasoning, maybe Trump should become a real antisemite and that might have prevented this tragedy.  But common sense and a sincere desire to get to the factual truth, should get such people to  look into what his policies are and how they've worked so far. It should lead us to the conclusion that his policies and actions far outweigh his negative personality traits or some of his bad choices. 

I have found that many on the Left who pretend to have discussions with people like me on the Right (I like the sound of that) who ask me why I support Trump and feign an interest into his policies that I adore are really looking to continue bashing him and having me defend him. I am a Jewish activist.  I'm not here to defend Trump. I'm tired of being hated for doing so. That said I'll continue to do so as long as he continues to do good. It's hard to call a philo-semite like him an antisemite. When he does bad I've called him out on it. I'm not married to him. He's not my favourite persona. I don't get paid enough to do so , lol!

I will end on this: The more people, especially American Jews and other Jews blame him for this terrible antisemitic event, the more divisiveness they cause amongst the Jewish community and the less likely he is to remain on our side. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

It's Shameful to Politicize the Tragedy in Pittsburgh

I have been admonishing my friends and others to stop politicizing this tragedy. Let’s not use this terrible murder to push a political agenda. No blaming Trump. No pushing gun control. Mourn for the dead. Pray for the wounded. Thank the heroes. Thank G-d we are safe. Try to use this as a learning moment. Teach our kids about our Jewish history replete with antisemitism. Many of our younger generation have thankfully never experienced it and therefore unfortunately don’t believe it’s real. It’s real all right. Ask the families of the dead and injured. Ask the rest of the congregants who saw and heard the whole thing unfold. A nightmare they will surely never forget.
It’s right out of the Holocaust book. Ask Israelis who face it every single day from their Muslim neighbours. 

Sadly I continue to see so many disgusting articles attacking Trump for this antisemitic attack. It’s all over the mainstream media. Even my local TV channels here in Canada manage to put this on Trump. Often they do it overtly and sometimes they do it subliminally. He never condemned the white supremacists enough. He didn’t distance himself from the KKK enough. His bombastic and rude style of leadership encouraged the divisiveness that prompted this terrible murder. He’s a racist. A misogynist. A nazi. An antisemite. Some have said that he took his time condemning this tragedy. You might have heard that some of the victims family members have disinvited Trump from visiting. Thankfully the rabbi got it right when he stated: Of course he’s welcome. He’s the president of the United States. 

Enough! What’s really insulting to me as a Jew, his behaviour toward our small nation has been far better than any previous president. I was no fan of Obama but had this tragedy happened under his watch I would never blame him for it. Antisemitism has been around forever. Get used to it. Learn how to deal with it. Figure out who our real friends are and who are enemies are. Today this was perpetrated by someone from the far right but tomorrow it could come from the far left. 

We must also do much more to secure our synagogues (and not just on high holidays) and other Jewish events and places. There are excellent organizations who do a wonderful job providing security like the JDL who would be happy to do so. It’s a mitzvah after all. So many individuals have security systems (camera based) for their houses that cost no more than a couple thousand dollars! Certainly a synagogue can afford that.

Last night I attended a vigil in Toronto in support of the tragedy in Pittsburgh. My daughters attended as well as thousands of others. Beautiful words were spoken. Despite the cold, it was heartwarming to be surrounded with like minded regular folk, most Jewish but some not. I tried to get as many of my Jewish friends and family to attend. This vigil was all about antisemitism today. If we don’t support its message in taking a stand against it, why should anyone else care about us? 

Vigil at Mel Lastman Square in Toronto

I was pleasantly surprised to receive beautiful condolence letters for this tragedy from many of my righteous Gentile friends (most I’ve yet to meet) who often read my blog and various posts. Despite this ongoing scourge of antisemitism which is the very reason that I am a Jewish activist, I continue to have faith in humanity!

G-d Bless!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Why I Plan to Vote for Faith Goldy for Mayor of Toronto

Choosing a political leader is always a relative thing. Typically in politics your are looking for the best of the worst. You are not looking for a perfect person because there is no such thing. You should be looking for a person who’s policies mostly match with yours. Maybe there are other characteristics you are looking for but it’s the policies that should matter the most.

Regarding Goldy, I believe that she has one serious issue that I don’t like. She definitely has some connection with white supremacy. Her interview with Stormfront, her use of the Jewish Question (JQ) on multiple occasions, her quoting from an antisemitic Romanian nationalist, etc. all point to this. 

Here she is protesting the Linda Sarsour/Sharia conference in Toronto

That said, John Tory who I think is basically a good person can get us killed. People with good intentions often do. He is a typical politician. He is full of political correctness. As such he is thrilled to cozy up to everyone. Including radical Islamists. He has in the past spoke with and endorsed an Imam in a mosque right here in Toronto who has ties with Hamas and who was caught on camera instructing his worshipers to destroy Israel and kill Jews. When asked about it he had nothing to say. He will court Jews, Christians and Muslims and continues to fight for bringing in more unvetted Muslim migrants into our fine city (lately he’s been asking for more money from the Federal government to accommodate them). More migrants = more votes for him. 
I don’t want us to turn into Europe, G-d forbid! With leaders like him, we will. Obviously Justin Trudeau is the real problem but John Tory’s appeasement is almost as bad. He is also a coward as he refused to debate her and orchestrates others to ignore her. If I was running I would be happy to debate my opponents. Let our real views get out there. Isn’t that what elections are all about?

Faith is the only candidate who understands the threat of radical Islam and has the courage to say so. She is also the only candidate who is against a hand gun ban in Toronto. Can you imagine if every city in the country decided to override federal laws and make their own? We’d have total chaos.

If we didn’t have serious existential threats mostly from Islamists today, John Tory would be a fine mayor. But he doesn’t get it. To me that is a red line. Just about anyone can be the mayor of a city. There are so many people that actually run the city (transit commissioners, health officials, etc.) that the mayor is often a figure head. But the mayor does set the tone for who we are and what we should be doing. 

I’ve said something similar about president Trump. If the world was in good shape, no serious Islamist terror threats every day accross the world, good US economy, job growth, few wars, fair trade policies etc. we wouldn’t necessarily need him as the US leader. But sadly, that is not the case at all. So we needed an outsider. Someone not corruptible. Someone with guts who understands the existential threats from radical Islam that are facing us every day. Someone who will shake the existing, corrupt, complacent and arrogant establishment. A bull in a china store.

So at this time in our lives we need him. Personally I think he was G-d sent. I view Faith Goldy the same way. We need her now. I wish she didn’t have those white supremacy ties but nonetheless she does have our backs.
BTW, some of my Jewish friends (I’m Jewish myself) were shocked that I’d support an antisemite like her. I asked them how she could be a real antisemite when she attends numerous Jewish and Pro-Israel demonstrations with the likes of the JDL (Jewish Defense League) ?  She is usually the only political leader to attend them and she has the guts to advertise her support of us. A real nazi doesn’t do that, ever. If you recall during WWII, Hitler made a pact with the Mufti of Jerusalem on how to eliminate the Jews in the Middle East as well as with other Muslim leaders. Furthermore, there are substantially many more Muslims than Jews in Canada and in Toronto. So if Faith had no principles, she would court the Muslim vote over the Jewish vote. But she absolutely does not do that. We also need leaders like her to balance our Alt Left government led currently by Justin Trudeau who has a definite love affair with Islam.
I’m not saying that I’m in love with her and that we should have her as our mayor forever. I am saying that we need her now and by voting for her we are sending an urgent message to the rest of the candidates (especially John Tory) that we are sick of their arrogance and their dangerous political correctness. 

Go Goldy go!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Legalizing Weed or Getting into the Pot Business

This post is about my country's angle on marijuana. I live in Canada. My prime minister is a guy named Justin Trudeau. If you've read my posts before you already know that I'm NOT a fan.

The long standing issue of what to do about pot has entered most governments by now. Not too many years ago, smoking pot could get you fined and even jailed right here in Canada. I myself was almost busted for smoking a joint not too many years ago by an over zealous young cop in Toronto. He held me up on at side street in Toronto for hours until I finally told him to either arrest me or let me go. Eventually he let me go but not after hassling me and my friend for half a day.

The many years of research show that smoking pot is by and large not a healthy habit. For young children, it's down right dangerous while for others it might render us silly. There are definitely some very useful benefits to weed as well. But this post in not about the good vs bad points regarding weed.

I've told my children at a young age that smoking pot is not good. I also told them that there are many  other things in this world that we do that if we do extensively, are not good. Ie. watching too much TV, eating too much, playing too much, studying too much (yes you read that right), etc.

All that said, I and most Canadians wanted our government to simply decriminalize pot. Our prisons are crowded enough with real criminals (murderers, robbers, etc.) that we don't need to put people in jail for smoking a joint or possessing small amounts of pot. But now Trudeau has unilaterally decided to not only decriminalize pot but to get into the post business! Soon they will be growing it, distributing it, selling it and regulating it. Like any enterprise most governments get into, they can't compete with the private sector. Their employment policies generally make it difficult if not impossible to fire bad employees. Their overhead is through the roof. So for those pot smokers who think this will drive the cost of pot down, think again. I predict that perhaps for the first few months the cost will go down simply because all the illegal, non government producers/sellers will think that they need to drop their prices in order to compete with the government. But soon thereafter the prices will level out.

Will pot usage increase? Most experts think so. Until now our government told us explicitly how dangerous pot was for us. Some of us (quite a few in fact) believed them. Many of us simply like to follow the law. After all, most of our laws are designed to keep us safe so we, for the most part here in Canada are law abiding citizens. Now our government has done a 180. They went from putting pot users in jail to selling pot to the public. If I was a child, I'd be very confused. Not too many years ago, police were regular visitors at public schools with the job of teaching children about the dangers of pot, how to identify it and how to call the cops when you see someone dealing it. Now our government is all about pot. Today they are not saying that it's good for you. But the implication that it is, is simply staring us in the face, after all they are getting into the weed business big time.

The message is clear. When our PM has a choice to make, it will most likely be the wrong one.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Jewish Apathy Rings Loud and Clear

A few weeks ago, a protest was scheduled in Toronto by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) and pro-Palestinians against B’nai Brith Canada. B’nai Brith rightly condemned CUPW for supporting the PA (and their postal workers) who continue to incite terror on to peaceful Israelis and dishonestly charges Israel as being apartheid. This sparked outrage with CUPW and its supporters so they staged a protest in my former Jewish neighbourhood (Bathurst Manor) in front of the B’nai Brith office. 

The Jewish Defence League (JDL) helped organize a counter protest which I attended.

Other than megaphones being screamed into from both sides, it was a quiet affair. I think there were more police present than there were protesters from their side. Our side had more than double their small number of about 20. We stood off on both sides of the street. Them with their union  and Palestinian flags and us with our Canadian and Israeli flags and signs. 

The disturbing thing was that no one from B’nai Brith showed up! Had they endorsed the counter protest, they would have encouraged hundreds if not thousands of Jews and other supporters to attend. They and the other myriad of Jewish organizations should have gotten together on this to show our solidarity against antisemitism. Had we had the numbers and the organizational support from our Jewish community we could have drowned the other side out and intimidated them with our numbers. We needed to send the message to the world and certainly to Toronto, that we will not tolerate antisemitism in our neighbourhood! 

Instead our mainstream Jewish community was apathetically silent. I understand that individual Jews who knew about the event but either decided not to attend or could not attend for various reasons is legitimate. I will not judge them. I don’t attend every protest rally in Toronto either. But the response from our Jewish leaders was so disappointing. I’ve heard their reasoning: They don’t want to draw attention to the protesters and give them undue publicity. In some cases I agree. But not in this one.

We, in 2018 who live in Toronto, Canada are free and relatively safe to protest. We are not in Iran or North Korea. We can and should protest vociferously against antisemitism. The mainstream media (MSM) won’t do it for us. (The event was reported by our friends at the Rebel Media - see link to video here.  Our pro-Muslim Liberal government won’t do it either. We must stand up for ourselves. We have approximately a quarter of a million Jews living in the greater Toronto area. There is no excuse for our silence. 

My parents are surely rolling in their graves knowing that pro-Palis have bussed into our Jewish neighbourhood with a high concentration of Holocaust survivors. Their hateful narrative was being shouted through megaphones that reverberated throughout the streets. It was beyond disgusting. 

Unlike some protests I’ve attended over the years during dark, cold, snowy nights in areas far from home, this protest fell on a warm sunny day. No one got hurt. At most we lost our voices. But I can honestly say that my friends and I who did attend the rally, felt great for doing so. Had you been there, you would have too. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Trump is Israel's Best Friend

When President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and promised to move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv, that was huge. There was no downside and it was all upside. In fact the more countries that follow his move, the better chances for peace.

But cancelling the Iran nuclear deal is a much bigger and more important move. We know that Jerusalem is the capital of our Jewish homeland and without it, Israel would not exist. It must and will remain as the undivided Jewish capital. These words were said by the former president Obama. A day later he recanted his remarks. The point is that even if the US never recognized Jerusalem as our capital, it wouldn't matter all that much. We know it is and the world knows it as well even if they won't admit it.

Iran however is without a doubt Israel's and the world's largest threat. Iran is recognized as the world's largest sponsor of terror and as we all know, is on the way to produce nuclear bombs. There is no scarier threat to world peace today. So any attempt to put a kink in the Islamic Republic's nuclear ambitions is fantastic. While previous American presidents have said nice things about Israel and many have done much to help the only democratic ally in the Middle East, none have come close to the efforts to secure our friendship than the current Trump administration. In fact compared to the isolation and delegitimization attempts from the Obama regime, the current US administration has done a 180 degree turn identifying clearly to the world that the US really does have Israel's back and Trump and company have proved it in spades. From Nikki Haley's staunch defence of Israel at the UN to the president's constant warm words of praise to Bibi and Israelis and Trump's courageous attacks on the two faced Palestinian leadership (theocracy). 

If Donald does nothing else good towards our ally and partner, Israel, by cancelling the Iran nuclear deal he has done plenty.  In my mind, this one issue was by far the most important issue in the last US election. Any candidate who supported the deal (all the Democrats for example) were not to be trusted and quite frankly were brazenly insane. The EU has proven to be a bunch of weak minded, greedy, arrogant people. I can understand that they don't give a rats ass about Israel or the Jewish people. But they are so short sighted that all they care about is short term financial gain via trade with Iran while looking the other way when Iran continues to develop nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles to deliver them with the money that Europe and others are giving them. I predict that if Iran manages to develop these deadly weapons, that they'll hit European cities well before they ever hit Israel. 

I continue to read all sorts of negative views on Trump's incredible successes. Even Daniel Pipes recently warned us not to be 'giddy' after Israel's 70 year birthday and US embassy move parties in Jerusalem. I agree to the point of not idolizing anyone. He predicts that after the embassy is completed, Trump will propose a peace plan that will designate East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital.

I don't see that happening and I refuse to believe rumours. Israelis (even many Left wingers) believe that Jerusalem must remain the undivided capital of the Jewish state. Dividing Jerusalem will simply not happen, not as long as Jewish men and women and their supporters inside and outside of Israel continue to believe in the Jewish state. 

The Palestinians already have a state. It's called Jordan. Hopefully with regime change in Jordan (hopefully coming sooner than later), arabs in Israel who call themselves Palestinians will be free to move there. 

Any Zionist who does not admit that Trump is Israel's best friend is living in another dream world.