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The Proper Response to Israel’s Gaza Critics

2011 May 1

This popular post was originally published on March 29, 2011

Once more residents of Southern Israel have come under fire from the Gaza strip. In the past few weeks, scores of mortars and rockets have been fired into Israel. Some longer-range rockets have even hit major population centers like Be’er Sheva and Ashkelon, causing schools to be closed.

The government has responded with limited air strikes and then once more moving into the fortress mentality by starting to deploy the Iron Dome anti-missile system. With that in mind a bit of moral clarity is needed. There had been relative quiet on the Gaza border since the end of the Cast Lead operation; while there have been a few minor incidents, both sides have been keeping an uneasy ceasefire.

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ICYMI: Today’s Roundup

2011 March 30

Kiss Bassist Gene Simmons labels boycotters of Israel fools. Returning to Israel after 52 years, Simmons laid into musicians who’ve decided to join the cultural boycott.

University of Virginia starts investigation into anti-Semitic harassment of student. Following an open letter to the University paper, administration officials opened the investigation. After being hospitalized after a hazing incident that had anit-Semitic overtones, a racial slur was written on his door and his Israeli flag was stolen.

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The Proper Response to Israel’s Gaza Critics

2011 March 29

Once more residents of Southern Israel have come under fire from the Gaza strip. In the past few weeks, scores of mortars and rockets have been fired into Israel. Some longer-range rockets have even hit major population centers like Be’er Sheva and Ashkelon, causing schools to be closed.

The government has responded with limited air strikes and then once more moving into the fortress mentality by starting to deploy the Iron Dome anti-missile system. With that in mind a bit of moral clarity is needed. There had been relative quiet on the Gaza border since the end of the Cast Lead operation; while there have been a few minor incidents, both sides have been keeping an uneasy ceasefire.

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ICYMI: Today’s Roundup

2011 March 8

Former Pink Floyd lead singer Roger Waters calls for boycott of Israel. The British musician, who played last in Israel in 2005, toured Jerusalem and Bethlehem and scrawled graffiti on the security barrier that has prevented suicide attacks in Israel since being built. He now is in favor of a cultural boycott of Israel due to the “abhorrent and draconian control that Israel wields of the besieged Palestinians in Gaza…”.

Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi is trying to use Israel to help prop up his beleaguered regime.  As international pressure mounts, Gaddafi is claiming his right to violently suppress the uprising against his rule is based on Israel’s right to fight against the Palestinians in Gaza.

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ICYMI: Afternoon Roundup

2011 March 2

It seems that the Turkish don’t consider China, North Korea, Sudan, Zimbabwe and pretty much every other country in the Middle East when making their lists. While Libya, Egypt and Oman are cracking down on anti-government protesters Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, speaking before leaving to a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, has said Israel is at the “very top of the list” of human rights violators.

As anti-Israel activists prepare to start a seven-day protest called Israel Apartheid week, a strange ally comes to the rescue. The venue that will be hosting the “Party to End Apartheid” is an LGBT community center, but a purveyor of porn has stepped up to stop it. Michael Lucas, arguing that Israel is the only country in the Mideast where it isn’t a capital offense to be openly homosexual finds it problematic that the building is hosting a group bent on the delegitimization of Israel.

Israeli singer becomes the star of the Libyan protests. Tel Aviv based musician Noy Alooshe took some lines from Muammar Gaddafi’s rambling hostile speech, auto tuned them and put it to a hip hop beat. Now it has gone viral…in Libya of all places.

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ICYMI: Morning Roundup

2011 February 16

CBS Reporter Lara Logan was sexually assaulted by a mob while reporting in Cairo. The experienced field reporter for CBS was separated from the rest of her crew and surrounded by a mob of 200 before being attacked by thugs shouting “Jew! Jew!” She had previously been detained with her crew by the Egyptian military.

Do members of French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s party have a problem with anti-Semitism? In attacking potential rival Dominique Strauss-Khan, members of the party trotted out the old canard of accusing him of not being truly representative of his home.

Israeli troops may need to re-enter Lebanon. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who led the withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000, stated that the IDF might need to return to the country to make sure Hizbullah remembers the lessons of the 2006 war.

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ICYMI: Today’s Roundup

2011 February 7

Protesters chanting in support of Palestinians shut down a talk by an Israeli diplomat in Scotland. The Jewish Society of Edinburgh University had been hosting a talk by Ishmael Khaldi, advisor to Israel’s foreign minister after the university’s international relations society declined to host him, claiming that doing so would be at the expense of millions of Palestinians suffering under apartheid.

Jamel, Germany, has been taken over by neo-Nazis. Residents have parties singing “Hitler is my Fuehrer,” signs pointing to the birthplace of Hitler and other symbols filled this small East German town. Granted, there are only 28 adults living in the town, but 10 are considered right-wing extremists.

Cyber-war heats up as Israel and Gaza trade fire. Hamas-connected hackers took down the site of the Jewish People Policy Institute, replacing its front page with a picture of a child attacking an Israeli tank. The attack also deleted other posts.

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ICYMI: Today’s Roundup

2011 February 3

GOP leaders start to make the rounds in Israel. Former Governor Mike Huckabee has been spending the last week making news with statements about Israel’s right to settle the entire country and move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. Next up is Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, possible candidate for president in 2012, who will be visiting the region as a guest of the Republican Jewish Coalition.

London has more recorded incidents of anti-Semitism than any other place in England. Though there was a significant drop from 2009, there were 219 reported incidents there.

William Henry Hechler, the first modern Christian Zionist, was memorialized today. At a ceremony attended by Jewish and Israeli notables, this friend and supporter of Theodore Herzl was remembered.

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ICYMI: Morning Roundup

2011 February 1

Israel has been helping President Hosni Mubarak’s embattled regime. In abrogation of the ’79 Camp David accords, Egyptian troops have been allowed into the Sinai Peninsula. Two battalions have moved in to the demilitarized area to deal with protesters in the area.

More rockets fall from Gaza near Israeli towns in the Negev. Both Ofakim and Netivot saw Grad rocket hits, causing some property damage and sending several people to the hospital to be treated for shock.

There might be a retrial in the cards for Cisco in a patent case. Seems an Israeli investor bought a failing start-up for a song and then Cisco infringed on one of its patents. During the trial in Texas, the Cisco lawyer made anti-Semitic comments, compared the whole thing to the trial of Jesus and complained that the plaintiff is a greedy Israeli Jew. Cisco still was out $3.7 million, but the plaintiff felt the defense’s prejudicial comments reduced the size of the award.

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ICYMI: Morning Roundup

2011 January 31

Tory Jew Scum! Aaron Porter, member of the British Labour Party and president of the National Union of Students was attacked by an angry mob at a student fee protest in Manchester. He needed the police to extricate him from the crowd hurling anti-Semitic epithets at him; multiple arrests followed at the violent protest.

Will Egypt protests result in a greater regional threat to Israel? Anger in Cairo starting to focus on America and Israel for supporting the Mubarak regime. Whether this has anything to do with the Muslim Brotherhood’s role remains to be seen, but they’re not helping.

Western Australian man sentenced to three years of jail time for posting anti-Semitic videos to the Internet. Brendon Lee O’Connell posted videos of himself insulting a Jewish man and telling Jews their days are numbered.

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ICYMI: Morning Roundup

2011 January 27

Visitors at Yad Vashem

  • Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) splits from lobbying group J Street. He has cut all ties with the group for their backing of an anti-Israel resolution in the UN after they raised funds for his 2010 campaign. J Street has long claimed to be pro-Israel but has been seen as harshly critical of Israel and received funding from groups and regimes inimical to the existence of the state.
  • Man is charged with making threats to the ADL’s New York director. Jacques Pluss, formerly adjunct professor of history at Fairleigh Dickinson University, was arrested on charges of bias intimidation, harassment and weapons charges. He has past of connection to neo-Nazi groups.
  • Marking the 66th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, questions are raised on the best way to combat hate and anti-Semitism in the modern age. Canada is still trying to come to grips with its response, including failure to pursue Nazis living in the country as well as a recent rash of anti-Semitic crimes.

ICYMI: Morning Roundup

2011 January 26

  • The battle of recognizing the Palestinian Authority as a sovereign state continues. Yesterday, Ireland upgraded the Palestinian delegation’s diplomatic status to that of mission. Last night, the Israeli Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem summoned the Irish ambassador to discuss the issue, and the Israeli ambassador to Dublin will visit the Department of Foreign Affairs.
  • The new Republican-led Congress is starting to put a foot into the pool of international relations. Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) is leading the fight against the UN Human Rights Council’s singling out Israel over major abusers of human rights across the world.
  • The Israeli media ban was lifted on the case of a Palestinian terror cell captured south of Jerusalem. The group was responsible for the murder of American tourist Christine Logan in December.

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