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Posts Tagged ‘Anti-Semitism’

UN’s Anti-Semitic/Anti-Democratic History

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 25, 2015

The United Nations was founded in late 1945 to promote cooperation between countries worldwide order to inhibit future conflicts and wars.  Like the League of Nations before it, the UN has been ineffective.  With 193 member nations, the UN has become little more than a propaganda mouthpiece for special interests countries and a place for diplomats to get rich.

In 2006 the United Nations formed its Human Rights Council, supposedly to call out human rights violations worldwide.  Its track record is telling.  During its 10 year history, it has called Israel 61 times on human rights violations, while only calling all other countries in total for only 55 violations.

While Israel has likely committed human rights violations in its conflict with the Palestinians, the outrageous special treatment it has received from the United Nations strips the organization of any semblance of neutrality and real concern for human rights.  The UN’s track record in this area shows that worldwide anti-Semitism is alive and well.



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UCLA Video Shows Student Council Anti-Semitism

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 2, 2015

UCLA’s Rachel Beyda is a law student who decided to try out for Universiy’s Judicial Council.  She evidently had a fine resume.  However, when she went before the Council for a final interview, she was initially turned down due to one fact: she is Jewish, as indicated in the video clip posted below.

There was a time when UCLA’s Student Council’s action would have been labeled anti-Semitism.  But in these days of political correctness and bigoted behavior by the Left, it is often excused as something else.

After intervention by a faculty member, Beyda was ultimately appointed to the position.  However, even in the offending party’s apology, the Leftist anti-Semitism remains glaring with Fabienne Roth saying: “I am really sorry with how I framed my argument and the words that I used.  Using someone’s identity against them is completely unacceptable”.  Typical of Leftist bigotry, Progressive Roth believes it is the words or their framing that is the problem. No it is not.  The problem is the bigotry in the heart.

There was a time when bigotry was more likely to emanate from the Right side of the political spectrum.  While it still exists, those of the Right are quickly called for bigoted behavior by the press and greater society.  Today, bigotry is growing on the Left that is creatively camouflaged by political correctness and false intellectualism.  Its growing presence on college campuses should be a concern to all Americans.

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Iran’s Khamanei Calls for Israel’s Destruction

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 9, 2014

KhameneiIran has once again called for the annihilation of Israel.  This time its Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei used Twitter to spew his anti-Semitic rant, posts included below.  The fact that an Iranian mullah calls for Israel’s destruction is not new or newsworthy.  More troubling is that President Obama is trying to do business with these thugs.

Last week the Wall Street Journal reported that Obama sent secret communications to this same Khamenei suggesting that the United States and Iran should work together to fight ISIS.  Putting aside for a moment that this Iranian leader calls for the destruction of the only US alley it can count on in the Middle East, Obama’s vision is lame on a boarder scale.  ISIS is a radical Sunni-Islamic entity.  The radicals in Iran are Shia-based.  Shia’s represent less than 15% of the world’s total Islamic population.  Choosing them over the majority Sunnis cannot further America’s interests in the Middle East or great Islamic world.

It is fortunate that the Republicans are taking control of the Senate.  While they are unlikely to put forth great strategic policies, at least they will be able to temper what Obama can unilaterally do on foreign policy.  Given his myopic focus on cutting a deal with the Iranians, this is fortuitous.

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Leftist Actors Accused of Anti-Semitism

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 3, 2014

In previous postings this Blog has proffered the view that the dangers of racism and anti-Semitism emanating from Progressives and Leftists are increasing.  This view is in opposite of the narrative the Left promotes of its views.  However, their actions demonstrate a dark side of their philosophies.

Relating to racism, or for that matter sexism, the Left often promotes the view that people of color, as well as women, are somehow unable to complete on a level playing field in the business and academic world.  The numbers of African Americans and women in high places of government and all sectors of the world proves this to be fallacious.  That raises questions as to the nations behind the Left’s continued use of this narrative.  At best it is to support industries that profit from the narrative.  The alternative is darker.

Jon VoightConcerning anti-Semitism, many on the Left now have a strong anti-Israeli bias.  In an effort to cover up the building anti-Semitism within the movement, criticism is typically couched with claims such as they are not anti-Semitic, but merely anti-Israeli policy.  While Israel, as with any country, should be open to criticism, the vitriol behind the Left’s attacks, as well as the disproportionate use of these attacks against Israel, indicate a motivation that goes beyond policy disagreements.  The open anti-Semitism openly promoted by Hamas, other Muslim radicals, and in the protests currently ongoing in various countries, also supports this conclusion.

Hollywood is not only one of the most vocal proponents of Leftist philosophies in the United States, but also a significant monetary contributor to politicians who promote Leftist causes, including President Obama.  That is not to say that all in Hollywood share the leftist dogma.

One actor who has been an outspoken critic of the Left is Jon Voight.  This week Voight attacked fellow actors including Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz for signing an open letter that was highly critical of Israel’s war against Hamas.  Voigt did not pull any punches accusing his fellow actors of fanning the flames of worldwide anti-Semitism.  Excerpts supplied by The Hollywood Reporter are included below, a refreshing view that is to avoid of political correctness or double-talk.

Jon Voight:

I am heartsick that people like Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem could incite anti-Semitism all over the world and are oblivious to the damage they have caused.

They are obviously ignorant of the whole story of Israel’s birth, when in 1948 the Jewish people were offered by the UN a portion of the land originally set aside for them in 1921 – and the Arab Palestinians were offered the other half.

The Arabs rejected the offer, and the Jews accepted – only to be attacked by five surrounding Arab countries committed to driving them into the sea.  The Arabs tried again in 1967 and again in 1973.

Each time, the Jews prevailed, but not without great loss of life.  And yet, Israel has always labored for a peaceful relation with its Arab neighbors.  It voluntarily returned the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt in return for peace, and gave the Palestinians all of Gaza as a peace gesture.

What was the response?  The Palestinians elected Hamas, a terrorist organization, and they immediately began firing thousands of rockets into Israel.

I am asking all my peers who signed that poison letter against Israel to examine their motives.  Can you take back the fire of anti-Semitism that is raging all over the world now?

You should hang your heads in shame.  You should come forth with deep regrets for what you did – and ask for forgiveness from the suffering people in Israel.

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Morsi’s Anti-Semitic Doubletalk

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 4, 2013

The Wall Street Journal reported on Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s recent trip to Germany.  His visit coincided with Germany’s recognition of Hitler’s rise to power 80 years earlier and that event’s terrible stain on humanity and Germany.

Mohamed-MorsiAfter meeting with German Chancellor Andrea Merkel, Morsi was questioned about his previously made anti-Semitic comments that included claiming Jews and Zionists were “the descendants of apes and pigs.”  Morsi’s response was typical doubletalk stating: “I am not against the Jewish faith, I am not against Jews who practice their religion.  I was talking about the practices and behavior of believers of any religion who shed blood or who attack innocent people or civilians.  That’s behavior that I condemn.”  He then continued saying that as a Muslim, he is “a believer and my religion obliges me to believe in all prophets, to respect all religions and to respect the right of people to their own faith.”  Using Mosri’s warped logic, what would be said about Islam given the over 60,000 Syrians who have died at the hands of a Muslim leader?

Mohammed Morsi is not only the president of Egypt, but he has also been a leader in the Muslim Brotherhood.  His anti-Semitic and bigoted comments say much about both his country and the organization he comes from.

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Harvard Shows Signs of anti-Semitism

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 2, 2012

This Blog has proffered the view that racism and anti-Semitism is currently more prevalent on the Left than emanating from the Right.  A recent example of this Leftists hate emanates from that bastion of modern liberalism, Harvard University.  According to newsbusters.org, students at the Nine River Houses residence had invitations placed under their doors late last week to attend “Harvard’s Newest Final Club.”  In footnotes the invitation stated: “Jews need not apply, … Seriously, no f–king Jews,” as well as “Coloreds OK”.

After concluding that this offensive diatribe was not part of the satirical Harvard Lampoon, a Harvard official said: “As Dean of the College, and as an educator, I find these flyers offensive.  They are not a reflection of the values of our community.  Even if intended as satirical in nature, they are hurtful and offensive to many students, faculty and staff, and do not demonstrate the level of thoughtfulness and respect we expect at Harvard when engaging difficult issues within our community.”  It is telling that such boorish and hateful actions require interpretation as to their appropriateness in Leftist institutions; so much for common sense and common decency.

Progressives in America and throughout the greater Western world have traveled down a slippery slope that includes a grotesque mixture of political correctness and bigotry.  This dangerous path has been traveled before in the not-too-distant past and has led to very bad outcomes including Stalin’s and Mao’s butchering of their own people, sandwiched around fascism.  We should not expect the Leftists to see the perversion within their ranks.  That responsibility rests with middle America who has in recent times shown too much tolerance towards the Left’s bigotry.

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Anti-Islam Filmmaker Arrested

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 28, 2012

It is reported that the producer of low-budget amateur film “Innocence of Muslims” has been arrested in Los Angeles.  Nakoula Basseley, who is on probation for a fraud charge, was arrested for supposedly violating the terms of his probation prohibiting him from using a computer or the Internet without supervision.  This trumped up excuse for arresting Basseley sets a dangerous precedent with the radical extremists and places American’s Constitutional rights at risk.

Radical Islamists use the excuse of a video that few even knew about prior to the protests for barbaric behavior.  In addition, it has since become apparent that the Obama Administration lied to the American people when it indicated thay the video was the spark for the protests that led to the Benghazi consulate attack and the murder of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.  Two days after the attack Secretary of State Clinton publicly called the video “disgusting and reprehensible“.  She also criticized the video in a joint press conference with Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar.  Even more problematic was America’s United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice who claimed that the Benghazi killings were the result of spontaneous protests emanating from Muslim anger relating to the video.  It has since become public that the intelligence people in the Obama Administration knew this claim to be false within a day of the attack.

This week President Obama spoke at the United Nations and once again inferred that the amateur video was somehow responsible for the violent behavior in various Islamic countries by proclaiming that the American government had nothing to do with its creation.  Then, he made the following statement:

The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.  But to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see in the images of Jesus Christ that are desecrated, or churches that are destroyed, or the Holocaust that is denied.  Let us condemn incitement against Sufi Muslims and Shiite pilgrims.”

While the President’s words are reasonable, his actions prove them insincere.  Why has the President made such a vocal and public pronouncement concerning a low-budget video with so much anti-Christian and anti-Semitic words and works being every day part of not only the Islamic world, but also radical Leftist in the United States?  For example:

  • Even before being elected, Obama indicated a willingness to negotiate with the virulently anti-Semitic Iranian government.  Its current president went on yet another anti-Semitic rant in the same chambers that Obama spoke this week.
  • Currently, at New York’s Edward Tyler Nahem Gallery, a disgusting piece of art titled Piss Christ went on display for a month.  This distasteful attack on Christianity has been around for over 20 years and was initially funded by the US government-backed National Endowment for the Arts.  Where is the Left’s and Obama’s outrage?

The U.S. Constitution guarantees Americans the right of free expression, no matter how distasteful.  Instead of apologizing for this special American right, the President should unequivocally explain to the Islamic world and other totalitarian countries of the power that free speech offers the People.  It is also time for the President to publicly call Islamic governments on their anti-Semitic and anti-Christian rhetoric that has been a part of their cultures for decades, if not longer.

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New York Muslim Parade Turns Into anti-American and Anti-Semitic Rant

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 26, 2012

This past weekend the New York Muslim Day parade was held in Manhattan.  At the request of its organizers, New York Democratic State Sen. Tom Trento agreed to be the parade’s marshal.  At the end of the parade Muslim dignitaries offered speeches that included anti-American and anti-Semitic rants.

A female speaker offered the following in her speech:  “We have the unborn martyrs in our wombs and drop bombs in here because all that we blow up is minds in the minefields.  They (Palestinians) resonate in refugee camps and housed by Zionists Nazis”. There is no attempt to hide this anti-Semitism.  Why should she given the audience’s proclivity toward such racism?

A New York Imam said: “The freedom of speak and freedom of rights our problem starts.  So, I would like to demand United Nations to make an international law that would criminalize blasphemy.  I again demand to the United Nations and this platform please make an international law for the protection of honor of our beloved prophet”.  There is a growing call within the international Muslim community that is also finding its way into America’s Muslim community to curtail freedom of speech and to circumvent the U.S. Constitution.  This is a very dangerous and slippery slope that demands immediate pushback by all Americans, especially from the President of the United States.

To his credit, State Sen. Trento was appalled by the speeches.  He appropriately got up in the middle the speech and left the stage, as shown in the video below.  More politicians need Trento’s backbone.

National politicians often profess the peaceful intentions from the Muslim community.  While true of many individual Muslims, it is not borne out in their public pronouncements or gatherings.  The acquiescence of New York City’s Muslim community to the hate speech that was allowed to be part of their parade is telling.


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Obama and Jewish American Voters

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 15, 2012

Many Libertarian and Conservatives find it difficult to comprehend President Obama’s appeal to Americans, other than those receiving government handouts, pay or benefits.  One of group of supporters that is an enigma includes Jewish American voters.

Historically Jewish Americans have voted Democratic.  This can be explained by the group’s minority and oppressed status throughout history that created a belief that governmental protection is their best protection from persecution.  In addition, many Jewish Americans that immigrated to the United States in the 20th century came from Socialist backgrounds in the European countries they left.  Finally, Franklin D. Roosevelt was viewed as a special political figure to many immigrants during the 20th century.

Up until the radical Left gained significant power in the Democratic Party it was understandable that Jewish Americans would continue support for the Party.  In fact, Harry Truman was perhaps the most important figure in the world to ensure that the State of Israel would come into existence through the UN resolution.  The more recent radical direction of the Democratic Party should bring into question further backing by the Jewish American community.

As a Democratic Party has become more radicalized towards the Left, various interest groups that are antagonistic towards Israel and some that are even anti-Semitic have gained power within the Party.  More recently the Democratic Party has shown disdain for religion in general, as well is Israel, as demonstrated in positions originally included in the 2012 Party Platform.  In addition, President Obama has taken positions and made decisions since being elected that are clearly anti-Israeli.

A recent editorial by Wayne Allyn Root (posted below), a businessman, Libertarian and Jewish American, states a logical position as to why it is time for Jewish American voters to abandon the Democratic Party in general and Barack Obama specifically.

Why Obama Has Abandoned Israel and Why Jews Should Abandon Obama

by, Wayne Allyn Root 

Mitt Romney had an interesting, controversial, and completely ignored line during his speech at the Republican National Convention. Mitt said “Obama has thrown Israel under the bus.” Mitt knew something the rest of us didn’t.  The story is shocking, as much for the betrayal of one of our strongest allies, as for the timing.

Obama has gone rogue.  It’s been clear since day one, President Obama is no friend of Israel.  But I thought his betrayal would be timed for sometime after the election- perhaps on a quiet Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday weekend.  The fact he has openly thrown Israel under the bus BEFORE the election is a disturbing sign for Jews (and for all Americans who support the right of our longtime friend and ally Israel to exist).  Can you imagine what Obama is capable of after the Presidential election- if he never again has to answer to Jewish voters?

On Thursday, August 30th Time magazine disclosed that U.S. Joint Chiefs Chairman, General Martin Dempsey, told reporters in London, “I don’t want to be complicit” if Israel chooses to conduct a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.  No top general would ever say anything like that without orders from the White House. Those are clearly Obama’s words, not Dempsey’s.

Even louder than the words are the actions of the Obama administration.  TIME reports that a U.S.-Israeli joint war games exercise was postponed several months ago to show Obama’s displeasure over Israel’s plans to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities.  After being re-scheduled for this Fall it has suddenly been scaled back,drastically. TIME reports that “well-placed sources” in both countries have confirmed that the Obama administration has slashed more than two-thirds the number of U.S. troops participating; decided not to send crews to operate Patriot anti-missile systems; and will either cut in half or entirely eliminate the Ballistic Missile Defense warships involved in the exercise.

A senior Israeli official told TIME the message the Obama administration is sending is “We don’t trust you.”  I would contend the Israeli official is being very diplomatic.  The real message is much more brutal: “Good luck Israel. You are on your own.”

Everyone in the Obama administration is aware that an attack by Israel on Iran requires the latest “bunker buster” bombs provided only by the U.S. military.  Israel also knows that a pre-emptive strike on Iran (to save itself from the holocaust promised by Iran as soon as it has nuclear capabilities), will result in retaliation from both Iran and Hezbollah.  With 40,000+ missiles aimed at Israel from nearby Lebanon, Israel needs not only missile shields, but also military help from the U.S. to protect her civilian population and her very survival.

Even worse, the X-band radar system in the Israeli desert aimed at Iran and linked to Israel’s anti-missile systems, to warn Israel of incoming missiles, is manned by and controlled by U.S. military personnel.  Without cooperation from the U.S. military, Israel is literally “flying blind.”  The ability to save Israeli civilian lives and shoot down incoming missiles is in the hands of Barack Obama.  And his message is clear, “We don’t have your back.”

Given the cold shoulder Obama has given Israel since his inauguration, it is not a major shock that he is the first U.S.      President to refuse to help Israel defend her citizens and national security.  What is a major shock is his showing in no uncertain terms his bias against Israel’s right to defend herself BEFORE the election.

The question is “Why?” Obviously, first is Obama’s true radical nature – he is no friend of Israel.  Second, Obama had no choice, but to abandon Israel now.  As I’ve predicted publicly for months now, Israel is assured of no help after the election (if Obama is reelected and no longer has to face Jewish voters ever again).  Therefore Israel’s best option is to order the attack before the U.S. election, when Obama’s distaste for Israel may be overcome by his desperate need for Jewish votes and Jewish donors to remain in power.  Netanayu undoubtedly told Obama that he has reached the same decision.

Boxed into a corner, Obama is now doing all in his power to stop the air strike now, stalling it until after the election.  And of course, we all know Obama loves to please Russian President Putin.  Rumors from sources in both Washington and Moscow report that Putin has asked Obama to handcuff Israel.  We all heard Obama tell the Russians “Sit tight and give me space, this is my last election.  After my election I have more flexibility.”  Unfortunately, it’s now clear one of those “flexible items” is to abandon Israel.

As a Jew and a lifelong supporter of Israel, I would ask my fellow Jews to think long and hard at the voting booth on November 6th.  Perhaps it is time to consider whether the historic voting patterns of Jews on behalf of the Democratic Party are in the best interests of the Jewish people?  Is a vote for Obama, a vote condemning Israel to become a sitting duck in the name of political correctness?  Even more importantly, is voting for Obama over social issues, or a woman’s right to choose, worth risking another another Holocaust?

My conclusion: It’s time for Jews to abandon Obama, the same way Obama has abandoned Israel.

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Palestinian Gets Death Sentence for Selling Home to Jews

Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 23, 2012

The Weekly Standard today published a barbaric story concerning the Palestinian Authority.  A former Palestinian official, Muhammad Abu Shahala, has been sentenced to death.  His heinous crime?  He reportedly had the gall to sell his home to Jews.

According to the Standard, shortly after the Palestinian Authority was established in 1994, one of the first laws they adopted was to make selling land to Jews a capital offense.  Another example of Muslim tolerance?

Barack Obama and other Leftists have proffered the view over the years that the problems between the Israelis and Palestinians would disappear if only both sides would sit down and talk.  How naïve.  The Palestinians and other Arab governments have been preaching anti-Semitism for decades.  They have raised their children filled with hate and bigotry.  Such hatred as deep-seated within their culture cannot be negotiated away.

Should the Palestinian Authority execute Abu Shahala, he will become another statistic added to the death side of the ledger by a corrupt and brutal Arab government.  How many innocents must die at the hands of these despots before the Arab masses get it?

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