How Iranian Belligerence May Be Driving Middle East Recognition of Israel

In the following guest-post, NorseRadish examines the underlying motivations of Arab states in the Persian Gulf for signing the recent Trump-brokered peace deal with Israel.

How Iranian Belligerence may be Driving Middle East Recognition of Israel

by NorseRadish

Recent overtures by Muslim Middle East nations such as the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are highlighting a not-so-subtle shift in regional pan-Arab unity. Just the overflight of Jordan and Saudi Arabia by El Al flight 971 from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi represents a significant departure from decades of previous non-recognition of the Jewish state. All of which beggars substantial questions regarding the drivers of these unprecedented events.

Less well-known to those unfamiliar with the intrigues and machinations of Middle East politics is Israel’s unstated policy of general retribution which is intended to discourage aggression by its unfriendly neighbors. Commonly referred to as the “Samson Option”, it is a promise of catastrophic regional retaliation should the Jewish state experience even a single attack that uses weapons of mass destruction.

This unsettling policy can be seen as a direct response to Ayatollah Khomeini’s threat of annihilation that was posed in his 1980 Qom speech. “We do not worship Iran, we worship Allah,” said the Iranian patriarch. “I say let this land [Iran] burn. I say let this land go up in smoke, provided Islam remains triumphant in the rest of the world.” Such an implicit and suicidal threat against Israel was not taken lightly, as later events would make known.

Mordechai Vanunu, an Israeli former nuclear technician, revealed details of Israel’s nuclear weapons program to the British press in 1986. Previously they had neither been confirmed nor denied, and this unwanted airing of Israel’s offensive might represented a tectonic shift in the strategic balance of Middle Eastern military forces. Towards that end, Israel has taken its own steps towards securing its national interests.

One of the more prominent events in this regard was Israel’s 1981 bombing of the Osirak nuclear reactor in Iraq. Despite speculation about its efficacy, “Operation Opera” wasn’t the only preemptive strike of its kind. Also in this same category was the 2007 attack in Syria of the Al Kibar construction site. Known as “Operation Orchard”, the target was a facility that bore many hallmarks of a North Korean reactor design. Perhaps far more interesting was the ability of Israel’s air force to carry out this strike with almost total impunity. It appears that Israeli warplanes had safely returned to base before Syria became fully aware of the destruction in the Deir ez-Zor region.

Even now, the 2010 Stuxnet virus attack is still portrayed incorrectly. From a September 2020 article:

The Israelis then infected Iranian computers with the worm, which in turn ordered about 1,000 centrifuges to speed up so fast that they destroyed themselves.

This is a drastic oversimplification of events. The virus was so large that it has been described as a two-part construction consisting of a “warhead” and “delivery vehicle”. Its massive size rendered it unable to be transmitted via email and required it to be implanted onsite with a flash drive or other mass memory device.

After introduction, it distributed itself and took up multiple residences in printer storage buffers and other bulk memory caches. All the while, this virus remained dormant and gave no sign of its presence. Its sophistication was such that, when activated, facility monitoring screens were mimicked so that operators only saw “green” conditions, even as the gas centrifuges were being placed in malfunctioning states. This did not merely involve their being operated at overly high speeds. Instead, these delicately balanced mechanisms were periodically run above and below optimal rotational rates, thereby causing excessive wear on their mechanical bearings.

The intervals during which this happened were spaced by full weeks in order to minimize any chance of detection. As a consequence, such excursions outside of normal operating conditions were allowed only for relatively short periods and then returned to nominal speeds. The upshot being that damage was done gradually and in a cumulative manner to the point, when finally detected, the harm was so decisive that these complex assemblies were far beyond simple repair.

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Azerbaijan’s War Against Artsakh and Armenia

Azerbaijan’s ongoing aggression against Armenia began more than a week ago, but has not been widely covered by the mainstream media. Of special interest is the fact that Turkey has funded the movement of ISIS mujahideen from Syria to the Caucasus to act as mercenaries for Azerbaijan.

Armenian Americans for Human Rights (AAHR) was founded in Massachusetts in early 2018. Its chair is David Boyajian, a number of whose essays have appeared in the past at Gates of Vienna (see the list at the bottom of this post).

Below is a press release issued yesterday by AAHR.


Map: Regions of the Caucasus (See Note 6)

AAHR Calls for an Immediate End to Aggression Against Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh) and Armenia

We strongly condemn the latest aggression by Azerbaijan against the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh) and the Republic of Armenia.

On Sunday morning, September 27, 2020, Azerbaijan flagrantly violated a negotiated ceasefire by launching a massive, unprovoked attack on Artsakh and Armenia.

In Azerbaijan, the NATO member Turkey has deployed and is using its own armed forces and advanced arms, including American-supplied weapons such as F-16 jets, to attack Artsakh/Armenia.

Using American-supplied weapons for other than self-defense is a grave violation of American law for which the United States must bear full responsibility.

Azerbaijan and Turkey have been deliberately targeting innocent civilians, schools, and homes in Artsakh, resulting in hundreds of deaths and injuries, including those of children.

Turkish President Erdogan and his country have no business intruding into this conflict — particularly on the side of the aggressor.

For years, Israel has been selling billions of dollars in armaments, including advanced attack drones, to Azerbaijan for use against Armenians. Israeli personnel have even fired such weapons against Armenians.

Israel is now resupplying these weapons to Azerbaijan.

This is not surprising, because Israel, which demands worldwide acknowledgement of the Holocaust, has always refused to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide committed by Turkey from 1915-1923.

Leading Jewish American organizations (ADL, AJC, AIPAC, and others) had long colluded with Turkey and Israel to deny/diminish the Armenia Genocide and/or actively defeat Armenian Genocide resolutions in the U.S. Congress[1].

For years, Israel has also been guiding Jewish writers to publish falsehoods about Armenia, Artsakh, and Armenians.

The American people and the international community will ultimately not tolerate such hypocrisy.

Consistent with American interests and values, for nearly 30 years America and the American people have generously provided economic, charitable, and political support to Armenia and Artsakh, which also have excellent relations with the European Union.

Armenia participates in NATO’s Partnership for Peace and has supported the U.S. in Afghanistan.

America, the European Union, and NATO must act now, not merely talk, to stop Azeri/Turkish aggression.

Artsakh and Armenia are democracies. Azerbaijan is headed by dictator Ilham Aliyev, and, like Turkey, imprisons political opponents and journalists.

America is now energy independent. It need not sell itself to corporate interests whose only goal is profiting from Azerbaijan’s gas and oil deposits.

Azerbaijan has threatened to bomb Armenia’s Metsamor nuclear power plant, a crime against humanity that would spread radiation throughout the world.

Turkey has now sent jihadist terrorists from Syria, Libya, and elsewhere to Azerbaijan to fight against Armenians[2].

Former ISIS commander Sayf Balud is going to Azerbaijan, courtesy of President Erdogan[3].

This continues Turkey’s practice of supporting terrorist organizations such as ISIS[4].

The U.S. State and Defense Departments as well as Congress should be embarrassed that they have long turned a blind eye to Turkey’s support for terrorists — thereby making a mockery of America’s “Global War on Terror.”

In the early 1990s, Azerbaijan deployed Afghan Mujahedin, Chechen militants, Turkish Grey Wolf neo-fascists, and others to fight Armenians.

Perhaps not surprisingly, given his financial investments in Turkey and deep ties to the corrupt Erdogan family, President Trump is ignoring Turkey’s support for terrorist factions, aggression against Armenians (and others), and illegal use of American-supplied weapons.

Similarly, the Democratic Party and its presidential nominee Joe Biden have said little about Turkish and Azeri aggression against Artsakh/Armenia. This implicitly aligns Mr. Biden and Democrats with President Trump with whom they allegedly disagree on issues involving Turkey and Erdogan.

Artsakh is Armenian

In 1921, the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and Bolsheviks used “divide and rule” tactics to place Artsakh inside Azerbaijan, even though Artsakh was Armenian and Armenians constituted 95% of the population.

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Karen’s Lives Matter

MC weighs in on the culture wars plaguing us in this autumn of our discontent.

Karen’s Lives Matter

by MC

There is a very famous book entitled Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.

First published in 1841, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds is often cited as the best book ever written about market psychology. This Harriman House edition includes Charles Mackay’s account of the three infamous financial manias — John Law’s Mississippi Scheme, the South Sea Bubble, and Tulipomania. [source]

The book is all about human folly, and 2020 deserves a new chapter because humanity changes not.

One can almost understand the “we’re all gonna die’ reaction in the Spring of this year as it became apparent that this new virus was a killer. However, as more information became available, it also became apparent that the public reaction and hysteria were misplaced, and that whilst certain groups were vulnerable, healthy people under 60 had little to fear.

Then came the vested interests.

The MSM fanned the flames, and the COVID bubble got bigger and bigger as the whole thing got more and more political rather than medical, and rational science had left the building.

The medical profession, backed by big pharma, have virtually created the religion of ‘Science’ where the ‘deniers’ are deemed delusional idiots who need to be shut out and deplatformed, and where free speech should only be allowed to supporters and co-religionists. Criticism is banned and books should be burned. Sieg Heil!

The new social crime of Scientific sedition has now been created.

There is no real definition of many of the ideas of Scientific religiosity, and ‘racism’ is a word that is bandied around and is used as a hammer on the anvil of Multiculturalism. In this delusional race war, ‘racism’ can be overloaded into the most egregious connotations which undermine the very existence of culture, any culture, as long as it is not ‘white’.

This morning I watched the first football game of the season. The prologue was so soppy and sickly I skipped it, and the adverts were simply delusional lies, including the Biden ad. If you want to know what socialism really does to a country read this op-ed.

Yes, we Jooz are waking up to the perils of the great delusion.

Many things really look and sound good when well-presented, but how many of those toys that look so wonderful in the Christmas adverts are five-minute wonders on the home front? And the little UPS girl even prefers the packaging box to the toy inside.

But we really need to apply the ‘toy’ test to many things in life: do I really need to pay hundreds of dollars extra for the electric tailgate that I will really NEED about once a year? Or is it just the vanity of showing off?

Fashion is a terrible thing, and is a major cause of temporary insanity, delusion and the madness of crowds. When BLM burn African-American businesses, and Antifa behave like Nazi Sturmabteilung, we need to stop and look at what is happening.

In February 1917 there was a revolution in Russia, and the Kadets took limited power:

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“The EU’s Manifest Arrogance and Self-Righteousness”

The European Union is attempting to strong-arm Serbia and Kosovo to prevent them from recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which was part of the deal between the two countries brokered by President Trump.

Joachim Kuhs is a member of the Budget and Budget Control Committees of the European Parliament and of the National Committee of the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany), and he chairs the group “Christians in the AfD”. In August of 2019 Mr. Kuhs visited Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria with a delegation of the “Jews in the AfD”.

Mr. Kuhs recently spoke out in the EP about the EU’s interference with the Balkan states. Politically Incorrect has the story (in German). The following English-language account was sent in by a contact in the European Parliament:

Kuhs: The EU Wants to Tell Israel, Kosovo and Serbia What Israel’s Capital Is

The EU’s Foreign Policy Speaker Peter Stano has warned Serbia and Kosovo against recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying it goes against the EU’s “common position on Jerusalem.”

Joachim Kuhs commented:

The EU is trying to tell three sovereign nations what to do: Kosovo, Serbia and Israel, while blackmailing Kosovo and Serbia, which have received over €2.1 billion in EU accession funding through 2020.

The EU has no right to tell other nations what their capital is. Jerusalem has been the eternal and undivided capital of the Jewish nation since the time of King David. If certain parts of it are now thought of as “Arab”, it is because of the violent pogroms with which the Jews were driven out of them. After the illegal occupation of East Jerusalem by Jordan 1948, all 59 synagogues there were destroyed. Anyone who wants to deny Israel the right to determine its own capital is making themselves complicit in these crimes against the Jewish people.

The EU’s manifest arrogance and self-righteousness should make all EU candidates think long and hard about giving up their sovereignty to these people.

The Multifaceted Multiculture of the Dutch Utopia

Below three articles translated by FouseSquawk about recent events in the Modern Multicultural Dutch Utopia.

The first two articles concern last week’s rioting. According to local sources, the rioters in the Hague and Utrecht are Moroccans.

From De Telegraaf, a report on Friday night in Utrecht:

Riots in Kanaleneiland [neighborhood], youths throw fireworks bombs

Utrecht — Riots broke out Friday evening in the Kanaleneiland neighborhood in Utrecht. In social media, including Snapchat, you can see how a bus stop was destroyed. Fireworks bombs were also thrown, and cars and scooters drove through the streets honking their horns.

Around midnight police blocked the area, and a mobile unit began sweeping the streets. It is unknown whether arrests were made. Around 1am, by use of a loudspeaker, police announced an emergency order was in force and that anyone still on the streets would be arrested.

“Surpass the Hague”

A resident of Kanaleneiland could see the rioting youth from her living room. “On Thursday, I saw a call on Snapchat in which they said they wanted to surpass the Hague. Well, it worked. The Hague has been surpassed. I didn’t know it would be so violent.”

According to her, the riots began around 8:30pm. “I am in shock over how many people there were. Every 15 minutes, you hear firework bombs. How can that be when the police are present?” The police won’t say more than there is unrest in Kanaleneiland. “There are many youths on the street; there is unrest and vandalism.” As to how many youths there are, a spokesperson cannot say.

It was further reported that a car was set on fire. “There was a car fire, which was put out by the fire brigade.”

Earlier in the day there was a call to riot in Kanaleneiland. “There was a report going around on social media that there was a call to riot tonight at the Rijnbaan. We don’t know how true that is and if it will happen. Yet we are calling on our youth to maintain the peace! Talk to them and above all, do not forget that we must protect our Kanaleneiland neighborhood,” the Kanaleneiland Information Center announced Friday afternoon on Facebook.

The second article is from the Belgian outlet Sceptr.net, but concerns events in the Netherlands:

Large-scale rioting in Schilderswijk [The Hague]

[Photo caption: A group of 100-150 youths gathered on the Parallelweg. They threw rocks and eggs. The unrest began Tuesday with the opening of fire hydrants.]

Wednesday evening a large group of immigrant youths caused a lot of damage in the Schilderswijk area of the Hague. At least 100 people came out onto the street, opened fire hydrants, lit fires, and caused a lot of damage to cars and street construction. When the police arrived to bring the situation under control, they were pelted with eggs and stones.

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Of Burkas and Bare Bottoms

Once again, our Israeli correspondent MC weighs in on the Culture Wars.

Of Burkas and Bare Bottoms

by MC

Perhaps a measure of civilization is the amount of freedom we give our wives and daughters; freedom to live their own lives. Or do we lock them up for our own private consumption?

Anybody who has read A.J. Cronin’s Hatter’s Castle will remember the tyrannical father who throws his accidentally pregnant daughter on the street after her fiancé dies in the Tay Bridge railway disaster (1879). This was Victorian England, and women were held to higher moral standards than their menfolk. The idea of Eve as the intellectually inferior ‘temptress’ was still with us.

In the Garden of Eden, Eve got it all wrong and in so doing destroyed poor, poor Adam. But read it carefully and a different picture emerges; somebody (Adam most likely) told her not to even touch the tree, which the serpent was able to prove was a pack of lies and so erode confidence. The woman confesses that she was deceived by the serpent, Adam blames everybody but himself.

So why does society see Eve as the stupid tart when it was Adam’s arrogance that caused all the problems? Our churches and synagogues are still filled with women of faith and wisdom; it is the men who usually fail to stand up.

Barbaric male-dominated societies seem to be obsessed with ‘virginity’ and ‘purity’, and are ready to murder if they deem that their penile honour has been compromised.

I am not female, and I do not necessarily believe that recreational sex is a good thing, but it happens, especially when people have feelings for each other. Yet in a society where women have equal rights, then I have to accept that it is the woman’s absolute right to choose her sexual partner, and at a time or place of her choosing.

Provided, that is, she fully understands the risks involved. The same goes for the males, of course, and the risk of pregnancy, even despite precautions, is a shared responsibility.

Virginity as such, belongs solely to the girl or woman in question, and is not the plaything of any relative, male or otherwise. This can be very hard for a father to understand, even in this modern society.

However, young girls need to be protected, which means that their rights are violated, but that protection needs to be provided by parents and by society as a whole. Most 12-year-olds (and many 16-year-olds) are not capable of informed consent, and are thus ‘easy meat’ to any handsome male targeting them. The problem here is that girls can get pregnant, and are thus a special case in society, and the younger the girl, the more dangerous the pregnancy can be.

The Islamic habit of regarding unguarded children as fair game is thus a depraved and deplorable attack on the equality of women, and one must ask: where are the feminists demanding that Muslim rapists and sex-slavers be justly punished? But it’s all gone quiet over there because ‘racism’ trumps all.

In the 1980s professional soccer players wore short shorts. In the Victorian 1880s they were somewhat longer. But then along came the influence of Islam, and FIFA had to make rules about the length of shorts and the removal of tops. The players of 40 years ago would often exchange tops after a big game. It was innocent, but not to Islam…

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Whose Illegal Settlements?


German taxpayers’ money goes to illegal settlements in Kfar Nahalin to undermine peace

While the German government opposes Israel’s civil authority over administrative districts of Judaea and Samaria, the EU actively promotes and funds illegal annexation of territory in the West Bank by the Palestinians.

Many thanks to MissPiggy for translating this article from Journalistenwatch:

How self-righteous! While Maas secretly wages war against Israel, he calls for “fair peace”

July 10, 2020

On July 7th, Foreign Minister [Heiko] Maas held a video conference with his counterparts from France, Egypt and Jordan and condemned the “annexation of the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967”. This is hypocritical nonsense, since German parties and the EU already support the illegal annexation of these areas by the Arabs.

by Collin McMahon

The Israeli government has yet to submit its plans for a civilian administration of Israeli-inhabited areas in Judea and Samaria. Nevertheless, Maas and his colleagues know that these plans “violate international law and jeopardize the foundations of the peace process.”

“We also agree that such a move would have serious consequences for the security and stability of the region and would constitute a major obstacle for efforts to achieve a comprehensive and fair peace. It could also have consequences for our relations with Israel,” Maas and colleagues said.

An empty threat, since relations between Berlin and Jerusalem could hardly be worse. When Maas decided to go to Israel two weeks ago and dispense instructions, angry victims of EU-sponsored terror stood at the door and chanted in German, “Heiko Maas, you should feel ashamed!”

“The recent statement by the foreign ministers of Germany, France, Egypt and Jordan is completely unnecessary, wrong and one-sided. Instead of threatening Israel with the deterioration of relations, pressure on the Palestinian side should finally be increased to bring it to the negotiating table,” said Uwe Becker, President of the German-Israeli Society.

“I find it completely unacceptable to openly threaten the relationship with the Jewish state, while not a single syllable is uttered to call upon the Palestinian side to finally come to the negotiating table with its own proposals to further the peace process. Israel has already stated that it is prepared for serious negotiations, while the Palestinian Authority is exploiting the status quo to once again take refuge in the alleged ‘victim role’. It is equally intolerable for Israel to be accused of breaking international law in the joint declaration, while no mention is made of the terrorism financed by the Palestinian Authority or of the terrorist attacks and rockets of Hamas and its associates. This declaration is unsurpassed in its one-sidedness, and I think it’s terrible that Germany supports this declaration,” he added.

On July 1 of this year, there was a debate in the German Bundestag on Israel’s sovereignty. The so-called “annexation of the West Bank” was condemned by all parties except the AfD.

Speaking for the AfD, Dr. Anton Friesen said: “The so-called West Bank — Judea and Samaria — consists of three areas under the Oslo Accords — A, B and C. Israel, in the non-partisan consensus — supported by both Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz — has now decided to apply Israeli civil law to Area C, which has been administered by the Israeli military administration since the Six Day War. (Reminder — a planned Arab war of aggression that was prevented by Israel.) This brings good news for the Palestinians who live in this area: They are made equals under Israeli law and can even obtain Israeli citizenship. This means, they can consider themselves as lucky in the Arab world as well, since they are some of the few Arabs who can enjoy human and civil rights. Even better, the Trump plan, so deeply renounced by the political class in Germany, finally brings movement to the Middle East conflict after years of stagnation, and strengthens the prospects for a Palestinian state without endangering the existence of Israel.”

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Joachim Kuhs on Israeli Sovereignty in the West Bank

Last Thursday I reported on the vote in the German Bundestag concerning Israeli sovereignty over a portion of the West Bank. The AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany) was the only party in the Bundestag that did not condemn Israel. All parties except the AfD submitted motions to the Bundestag session the previous day to deplore Israel’s alleged “annexation” of Judea and Samaria.

Joachim Kuhs is a member of the European Parliament for the AfD. The following video features his remarks on Israel and the West Bank.

Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

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The AfD Was the Only Party in the Bundestag That Did Not Condemn Israel

Yesterday the German Bundestag voted on a resolution about Israel’s move to assert full sovereignty over a portion of Judea and Samaria, a.k.a. the West Bank. The AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany) was the only party that did not vote to condemn the Israeli decision.

In the following video Dr. Anton Friesen speaks on the floor of the Bundestag for the AfD. Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

The following article from Politically Incorrect was also translated by MissPiggy:

Debate on Two-State Solution in the Middle East

AfD is the only party to reject condemnation of Israel in the Bundestag

July 1, 2020

All parties except the AfD have submitted motions to the Bundestag session this afternoon to condemn Israel for the alleged “annexation” of Judea and Samaria, the home of the Jewish people. The AfD will be the only party to reject all these motions.

The first parliamentary director of the AfD, Bernd Baumann, said at the press conference this morning: “The position of the AfD is that we do not give advice to Israel from the AfD. Given our basic historical position, we will not give advice to Israel.” The AfD will therefore be the only party in the German Bundestag that does not condemn Israel.

The MEP for the AfD, Joachim Kuhs, already described on PI-NEWS why Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria is not an “illegal occupation”. In a recent video from Brussels, Kuhs, who is a member of the AfD board and chairman of the “Christians in the AfD”, said: “ARD and ZDF want viewers to believe that the Israeli provinces of Judea and Samaria are ‘illegally occupied territories’. Last August, I was able to visit Judea and Samaria with a delegation of ‘Jews in the AfD’ and form my own opinion.”

Below are excerpts from an article published by Arutz Sheva about the debate over Judea and Samaria in the Bundestag and the historical background for it:

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The ADL’s “Task Force on Middle East Minorities”: A Con Job?

Below is David Boyajian’s latest report on the persistent animosity of the Anti-Defamation League towards Armenians.

The ADL’s “Task Force on Middle East Minorities”: A Con Job?

by David Boyajian
June 19, 2020

Hardly anyone — Jewish or otherwise — believes that the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) genuinely cares about the welfare of Christian, Muslim, and other non-Jewish minorities in the Middle East.

After all, contrary to its claim to be a civil/human rights champion and “secure… fair treatment for all,” the ADL is essentially a political organization.

So when it launched its so-called Task Force on Middle East Minorities (TFOMEM) in late 2018, I suspected a political con job.

TFOMEM says it will spotlight “human rights offenses committed against minority communities in the Middle East.”

That sounds bizarre, given that the ADL has itself committed human rights offenses against minorities and others right here in America.

Spying on Minorities

In 1992-3, police raided ADL offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The ADL had a “private spy operation that authorities alleged crossed the line into illegal territory,” reported the L.A. Times.

ADL operatives were surveilling hundreds of minority, civil rights, labor, and media organizations and associated individuals. Among the targeted minority groups: NAACP, Asian Law Caucus, Latin American Support Committee, Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, Filipino Organization Committee, and Young Koreans United.

ADL spy Tom Gerard was a rogue San Francisco police officer linked to Latin American death squads. He and his undercover ADL sidekick, Roy Bullock, called themselves “the kings of garbage” for scouring people’s trash for private material.

ADL agents spied on American opponents of Apartheid in South Africa and passed information to its government — hardly the conduct of a civil/human rights organization.

Narrowly escaping indictment by the San Francisco D.A. — who was reportedly under political pressure — the ADL still had to pay $50,000 to the city.

The ADL also settled civil rights lawsuits brought by victims of its snooping.

ADL Genocide Hypocrisy

In friendlier days, Israel and Turkey recruited the ADL and organizations such as the American Jewish Committee to deny/diminish the Armenian Genocide committed by Turkey from 1915-23.

These Jewish organizations and Israel also colluded with Turkey to defeat Armenian Genocide resolutions in the U.S. Congress.

Disgusted by the ADL’s genocide/Holocaust hypocrisy, in 2007-8 a dozen Massachusetts cities and the umbrella Massachusetts Municipal Association expelled the ADL’s sanctimoniously-named No Place for Hate program. This made national and international headlines.

The ADL has never apologized to Armenians. ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt’s 2016 acknowledgment of the Armenian Genocide came in a mere blog post and only after decades of deceit.

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Identity

Our Israeli correspondent MC has some thoughts on socialism, Black Lives Matter, the ancient Hebrews, and related topics.

Those who claim that socialism will work ‘this time around’, and that the previous iterations failed because they did not implement socialism properly, may have a point. The National Socialism of the Third Reich was eerily sound and stable, and in all truth, it was brought down only by the unsound and unstable socialism of Joseph Stalin.

The Communist version of socialism never works, probably more because of what it lacks, than what it espouses. Communism (and many other forms of socialism) lack the warmth of heart that humans need to survive.

National Socialism was about being German, and on the whole Germans loved it. It enhanced their identity, their oneness, and they were thus able to express a warmth to other Germans. In Stalin’s Russia, everyone outside of one’s family circle was a potential enemy.

In this we can see the roots of the politics of racism. To a German Nazi, a non-German (or a Jew/Slav/Gypsy) was not automatically part of the comfortable clique, but for a Russian, there was no comfortable clique at all.

I came across a photograph on the internet the other day. It was on a forum and the poster was asking if anybody knew anything about this photo that had been found in an old box.

I am in that photo, and I remember being given five minutes’ notice by the gunnery officer. I had seen on daily orders that there was a photo session for the gunnery team, but I was a specialist, only part of the gunnery team for shore bombardment, my role being to do the math behind offsets and deflections (no computers or calculators in those days). What had not been made clear was that my ship had won the fleet gunnery trophy and the fleet shore bombardment trophy, so I was included.

The photo got me remembering the insularity of the ship’s company within the midst of all the other ships in the Royal Navy. Us and Them.

This it seems to me is why ‘racism’ is just a natural part of human life, and to turn Racism into a political thumbscrew is absolute folly.

Communism is unstable because it cannot provide for stable relationships. It cannot provide a ship’s company. It cannot provide a team that will work together and have confidence in each other. I was missing, I was searched out, and I took my place in the photo so that the team was complete and the photo meaningful.

If I had thought that my fellow crew members would rat on me for the slightest political incorrectness, I would have had to have been more careful and calculating — or suffer the consequences.

When I am accused of ‘racism’, it is as if my place in the team has been erased and my contribution excreted. The idea of racism with its sibling Islamophobia (and yes, even in some cases anti-Semitism) removes the ‘warmth of heart’ referred to above, and which is vitally necessary for the effective functioning of humanity together. Any fear of ‘racism’ is going to produce division.

Legitimate criticism of Jews, Jewishness and Israel do not constitute anti-Semitism, but picking out Jews for unbalanced criticism does. It is fine to criticise the so called ‘occupation’ if you also include all the other instances of occupation around the world, Tibet, Königsberg (Kaliningrad), Spanish Morocco, to name but a few. Israel was granted to Jews in 1922, and all nations who have signed up for the United Nations Charter have also signed up for article 80 of that Charter, which brings the 1922 Mandate for Palestine into the Charter — indeed, it could be argued that under international law, it is Jordan that has ‘occupied’ Israeli land (see article 25 of the Mandate).

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Cashing in on the ChiCom Flu

Instead of commercial email services, I maintain my own mail server and use it for most of my email accounts. As a result, I have to deal with a lot of spam — I don’t get the low-spam benefits that Gmail or Yahoo customers enjoy.

For years spammers have been taking advantage of not-so-bright preppers. At least that’s what it seems like, based on the amount of “tactical” this-and-that spam I have to deal with. But for the last month or so the coronavirus-related scams have been appearing more and more in the flow of spam. Face masks in particular seem to be a hot item for spammers, and also disinfectants and other commercial products related to medical hygiene.

I’m posting the email below because of its astounding chutzpah — not only does this “Israeli scientist” want to sell some sort of anti-coronavirus snake oil, but he is charging $3,000 for two bottles of it!

And buyers are required to pay him in Bitcoin, of all things.

You have to wonder how brisk business is for this enterprising fellow (or chick — there’s no way to tell):

Coronavirus Drug Update: The Latest Info On Pharmaceutical Treatments And Vaccines

Coronavirus Resource Center

The rapid spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 has sparked alarm worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared this rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, and many countries are grappling with a rise in confirmed cases. In the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising people to be prepared for disruptions to daily life that will be necessary if the coronavirus spreads within communities.

An Israeli scientist works at a laboratory at the MIGAL Research Institute in northern Israel, where efforts are underway to produce a vaccine against the coronavirus adapted from one for infectious bronchitis virus, on March 1, 2020. To boost the immune system, physicians can use drugs like interferons. These are signaling proteins that serve as alarm bells in the body, activating an immune response. Interferons have been used to treat autoimmune diseases and viral hepatitis. “It’s a double-edged sword,” said Shi from the University of Texas Medical Branch. “If you activate them at the wrong time or if you activate it too much, it causes a lot of inflammation, which can cause disease.”

So to treat a virus, doctors have to balance attacking the virus directly without causing any collateral damage to the body, or they have to strengthen the body’s defenses while preventing the virus from causing even more harm. Interferons have already been used to treat Covid-19 cases in China, but it’s unclear how effective they are on their own.

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Religion vs Religion

In his latest essay, our Israeli correspondent MC wades into the deepest swamps of the Culture Wars.

Religion vs Religion

by MC

Perhaps my love of America and all things American has its roots in the regular supply of US comics sent to my brother and me by various relatives in the ’50s and ’60s, and amongst which was the occasional edition of MAD magazine.

Much of MAD was over my young head, but Spy vs Spy was always amusing and sticks in my mind, especially their pointed snouts clamped together when investigating a box (trap) from opposite sides.

However, Religion vs (political) Religion is not so amusing, nor is it confined to ink and paper, for the successful side of Western culture is defined by its (Christian) religion, and its demise is defined by the political religions which seek to destroy Christianity and all that goes with it.

The Christian revolution (I am not a Christian but I believe in the Bible) occurred when the Bible was translated into local languages and printed for all to read, and the Church was dragged out of its roots of feudalism (slavery) into what became democracy and even republicanism.

An important part of this process was the separation of Church and State; the Church having been responsible for many abuses that had held the communities of Europe in thrall for over a thousand years.

The feudal system over which the Church held suzerainty was a typical product of tyranny: a small elite, the aristocracy, owning most of the people as serfs, to do with as they please, and a tiny middle class of tradesmen to manufacture those things consumed by their betters. This was just a slight variation on the ‘warlord’ culture that has run most of the world from time immemorial and to this day in some places.

In the UK the feudal system was broken first by the Black Death, which killed off some 30% of the workforce. The subsequent competition for labour destroyed the idea of ‘ownership’ of people. Secondly, and as a consequence of this pandemic, a growing equality of opportunity was provided by increasing access to quality education. Ex-slaves and serfs used their newfound freedom to better themselves.

Under the feudal system, the church provided education and the higher-IQ peasant children were syphoned off into the cloisters. To a great extent this provided the stability required as potential peasant leaders were ‘kidnapped’ into religion (Janissaries, anybody?). Heresy invited a death penalty and life was cheap. In feudal times the Church was very much a political religion, and the Pope reigned over all the monarchs of Europe.

All this emerging freedom from under the tyranny of political religion, however, took hundreds of years to get to the idea of individual liberty. The cultural and economic impacts were minimised by being spread over such a genteel timescale. My paternal grandfather was a boy coalminer at age 12, but his sons went to grammar schools, receiving a quality education, and his youngest son even got a bachelor’s degree in engineering.

But do not think that the ‘elites’ did not fight back. Their main ploy was to create another politicized version of the feudal system that the church had failed to sustain. This took the form of ‘socialism’ where the elite claimed to be working in the best interests of the ‘working class’ by controlling all aspects of their lives. This was yet another political religion, of which we have now seen quite a few forms. Each causes its own mayhem, because there is no separation between political religion and state, and thus there is nothing to stop the killing when it inevitably starts.

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Kirk Douglas, Zionist

The following article from Italy was translated by FouseSquawk. After I read it, out of curiosity I looked up the wiki on Kirk Douglas. He was a Jew, and a lifelong Democrat. Some of his charitable gifts were directed to Israel, but not overmuch for an American Jew who supports the state of Israel. So I don’t get the preoccupation with his “Zionism”.

The translator includes this note:

Not everybody is mourning the death of Kirk Douglas, the famed American actor who died on Wednesday at the age of 103. Gabriele Rubini, better known in Italy as Chef Rubio, is attacking Douglas as a Zionist. Rubini is a supporter of the Palestinian cause, and is reportedly spending time in Gaza to support the Palestinian people, etc. etc.

Please note that Rubini a.k.a. Rubio makes a few comments in the Roman dialect, which I was unable to translate. They are in parentheses.

The translated article from Il Giornale:

Chef Rubio against Kirk Douglas: “A Zionist has died”

Chef Rubio posted on Twitter against Kirk Douglas, dead yesterday: “One of the greatest Zionist actors in history has died. Thanks to him religious and historical revisionism was possible also in film.”

by Roberto Vivaldelli
February 6, 2020

Gone from television, Chef Rubio has turned to Twitter to yet again put out polemics inflaming social networks.

In the sights of the most talked-about cook in Italy this time is Kirk Douglas, dead yesterday at the age of 103. The legendary actor and producer, born Issur Danielovitch Demsky in Amsterdam (New York) on December 9, 1916 into a very poor family of Russian-Jewish emigrants, was “saluted” by Chef Rubio in a farewell tweet that is causing much discussion. “One of the greatest Zionist actors in history is dead. Thanks to him, religious and historical revisionism has been possible also in films, and the public, cuddled by lies, has thus stopped asking questions and passively accepts everything.”

This time, however, even those who follow him are rapping him, and he replies thusly: “ I have written it often, and I repeat it in the farewell. It is also because of him, his funding, and how history and religion has been presented on film with his face, if today we are like this, and if public opinion does not fight for the only people in the world still under siege (Palestinians).” But the controversy on Twitter continues, and Chef Rubio doesn’t give in and goes on the counterattack. This time in Roman [dialect]: “When you speak the truth, they break your [manly member], there is nothing to do. Even if in 2020, #Chef Rubio, according to the Zionists, is suddenly an a*****e, Kirk’s poranima in 2016 was praised and celebrated by the Zionist comrades. Words fly, social remains #sionistisquadrish#fascisti” And still in another tweet, also in Roman [dialect], “What then I don’t say that er poro Kirk was a Zionist. The facts say it! It makes me laugh that the Zionists are ashamed of them and if you (say) this, they make you an anti-Semite. Don’t you want to be told that you are oppressed fascists? Stop being (that way).”

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