Saturday, April 19, 2014

Dartmouth U. Pres. Against Extreme Campus Behavior

Dartmouth president calls for 

end to ‘extreme behavior’ 

that mars image of elite college

and thought to myself: he's coming out against the BDS movement, the pro-Islamic hysteria and the anti-Zionism rampant on campuses.

I was wrong.

Here's the story:

Dartmouth College’s president lamented Wednesday that the Ivy League school’s promising future “is being hijacked by extreme behavior,” including sex assaults, parties with “racist and sexist undertones,” and a campus culture in which “dangerous drinking has become the rule and not the exception.” Philip J. Hanlon, a Dartmouth alumnus who took office in June, said such problems were taking a toll on the image of the 245-year-old college in Hanover, N.H. Applications to Dartmouth fell 14 percent this year, the sharpest drop in two decades, and the federal government has launched an investigation of issues related to sexual harassment and sexual violence there. Philip J. Hanlon says that the school’s promise “is being hijacked by extreme behavior.” Gallery The biggest commencement speakers of 2013: President Obama, Melinda Gates, Oprah Winfrey, the Dalai Lama and Stephen Colbert mixed tough love in their upbeat speeches and advice to this year’s grads. Here’s where they spoke — and what they said. Click here to subscribe. “The actions I have detailed are antithetical to everything that we stand for and hope for our students to be,” Hanlon said...

Well, each to his own.

My Anti-David Newman Letter

In response to David Newman:-

Rights of others 
Sir, – David Newman’s fulsome and magnanimous praise for Rabbis for Human Rights (“Rabbis for human rights celebrate Passover,” Borderline Views, April 14) notes that this group attends to the situation of human rights even of the enemies of the State of Israel, for which we should be thankful.

Would that these rabbis concerned themselves also with the human rights of almost 400,000 Jews in Judea and Samaria, and the additional 210,000 Jews living in Jerusalem’s post-1967 neighborhoods as well. But they do not. In fact, on too many occasions they work against them, so these rabbis are active on behalf not of human rights, but of the political rights solely of Arabs in those areas.

They might, as Newman phrases it, be “lending dignity to the universal messages” of Judaism, but they are not at all concerned with the Jewish rights of Jews.



Friday, April 18, 2014

In (Oiy!) Praise of Self-Restraint

In A distinguished police, Dan Margalit writes about the police behavior during this Passover week.

They closed the Temple Mount to all non-Muslims because they allowed fanatic, violent and extremist Muslim forces to infiltrate the Mount, hole up in Al-Aqsa and collect lethal stones,

 waving Hamas, etc. flags and banners

(you notice the souvenir police shield?)

and when the violence started, could barely contain it and didn't stop it.  And in response, instead of telling the Waqf officials that the Mount was off limits for a week due to the violence and instead of charging those few arrested according to the Law for the Protection of the Holy Places, they closed the Temple Mount to entry off all non-Muslims.

The logic of the Israel Police, the Minister and the Prime Minister.

What does Margalit think about all this?


Violent clashes at the Temple Mount and the Western Wall area go back to the early days of the conflict. The Holy Basin set the region ablaze on multiple occasions, even before the Arabic word intifada (popular uprising) became a household name in Israel...And this week rocks were hurled on visitors, for the umpteenth time. This will undoubtedly happen again.

This place...represents the heart of the conflict...The Muslims on the mountain have never missed an opportunity to instigate violence. The police, however, refused to be provoked this week, despite the barrage of rocks they sustained. They stood there, without being drawn in. This is what I call extreme self-discipline. Such restraint and forbearance is almost unbearable for a human being...The police made a wise decision by holding fire...The police's conduct serves Israel well. Israel wants the world to see it can accommodate all faiths in the area and wants to make sure things remain in control...The security forces at the Temple Mount should be awarded a citation, each and every one of them. As Pirkei Avot says, a hero is someone who knows how to hold back. I can't think of a better manifestation of that adage.

There is no need for lethal response.

As I noted, an ounce of prevention would have halted all this.

A close-down would be punishment enough. 

The police, to prevent Jews from entering, claim they have 'intelligence' that indicates provocations and danger but it seems they had nothing, because they were looking at the Jews, not the Muslims. They blind-sided themselves.  They were worried what King Abdallah II would say, not what Israel's laws read.

They yielded to violence.

That is something not to be very proud about.

Self-restraint can be self-destructive.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Shiloh. Dispute. Conspiracy. Surrender. Arrest.


Not at Shiloh, Mateh Binyamin.


And the Shiloh is a dog:-

After Mark Dixon and his ex-wife, Carol Johnson, terminated their marriage in late 2009, they got into a custody dispute over Shiloh, an Australian shepherd.

On Dec. 2 of that year, Dixon was pulled over by three plainclothes Pinal County sheriff's deputies with semiautomatic weapons, according to the incident report and court records.  Dixon alleges he was ordered to surrender the dog or face immediate arrest, so he acquiesced. A civil complaint he filed in federal court against a group of Pinal County deputies and Dixon's ex-wife says he argued that the disagreement with his wife was a civil matter and that deputies "did knowingly and willingly criminally extort property" by threatening arrest if he did not give up the dog. His lawsuit accused Pinal County officials of conspiracy.

In a court motion, Dixon asserted that his ex-wife, who then worked for a credit union, had assisted Pinal County Superior Court Judge William J. "Bill" O'Neil in obtaining a $300,000 loan prior to the canine-custody dispute.

Dixon, who represented himself during most of the case, speculated that O'Neil, who was not named as a defendant, returned the favor by influencing deputies to seize the dog.

Deputies denied any conspiracy, court records show, and O'Neil also denied any impropriety in an interview with The Arizona Republic. Defense attorneys successfully argued that the lawsuit, which sought $5 million in damages, was legally flawed and failed to show proof...


BBC Headline Comes Up Short

BBC presumes you know who gets "killed" in the territories:

And while the lead-in sentence manages to include the word "Israeli":

A meeting between Palestinian and Israeli peace negotiators has been postponed in the wake of a killing of an Israeli in the West Bank.

Somehow, they couldn't find room for that word in the headline: 

Or perhaps they were hoping you'd think the IDF was running wild.  Or those "hilltop youth".


Received this from a friend:

It's taken them three days and numerous versions of that same article to even get to that:

and a P.S.

just noticed this at the bottom:

Also on Wednesday, clashes erupted between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police at a holy site in Jerusalem, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary).
Reports say the violence broke out after the site was opened to visitors in the morning. The protesters began throwing stones, and the police officers responded by firing stun grenades and rubber bullets. The AFP news agency reported that dozens of protesters were hurt.
Clashes, dear BBC, do not just "erupt".  They start when, as in this case, Muslims throw stones and worse in order to prevent visitors, Jews, from entering the compound.


And now a P.P.S.:-

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli riot police entered one of Jerusalem's most revered and politically sensitive religious compounds on Wednesday to disperse rock-throwing Palestinians opposed to any Jewish attempts to pray there. The confrontation erupted after Israeli police tried to escort some 20 visitors onto the plaza revered by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's walled Old City. Palestinian youths, who a Reuters photographer said had gathered inside al Aqsa mosque, ran outside and threw rocks at the group. Israeli police in riot gear pushed onto the plaza and used stun grenades to disperse the demonstrators, but did not enter al Aqsa itself.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Haaretz Goes A-Stormin'

Haaretz adopts Islamic sematics:

Police storm Temple Mount to disperse Palestinian riot
Palestinians say 25 people hurt in clash with police, including one seriously; Israeli officer lightly hurt.
By Nir Hasson | Apr. 16, 2014 | 12:31 PM


Deeply Troubling

For the record:

The Secretary-General of the United Nations in his message to the Meeting stressed that the UN remained committed to a peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine resulting in the two-State solution...Increasing incidents at Temple Mount/Haram Al Sharif were deeply troubling, as they could be perceived as serious acts of incitement in the wider region.

If anything is troubling, it's the UN.


Does He Look Like A Nazi To You?

Found here:

Max Blumenthal.

A German Nazi:-


Bending the Truth at the NYTimes

A good friend pointed out that the New York Times had a headline for a story by David Herszenhorn, who is based in Moscow, no one can remember being applied to the Palestinian authority, that Russia "bends the truth".

Has that newspaper even once used this or a similar a phrase in connection with the Palestinian Authority? 

When Christians Almost Killed A Jew

I published a Hebrew article on the killing of a Jew during Pesach 1947 for accidentally entering the Temple Mount compound. 

For balance:

Later, Finn reported how he intervened in yet another incident roused up by fanatical pilgrims around that time. This happened when a Jew, newly arrived from Europe, had not yet had time to learn the rules and did not know that laying foot in a certain part of the Old City was tantamount to a death sentence.
Without warning, he was attacked and almost killed by a crowd of fanatical Christian pilgrims after he crossed the far side of the open square in front of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. This site was strictly out of bounds to Jews although not, of course, to Moslems. Having no consul of his own, the Jew appealed for justice to the British Consulate.
“I appealed to the Pasha,” Finn writes. “The Greek ecclesiastics pleaded before him that the passage was not a public thoroughfare but part of the Sanctuary of Christianity, and only used for transit on sufferance. They even dared to send me word that they were in possession of an ancient Firman which fixed the Deyeh, or blood-fine, to be paid by them if, in beating a Jew in that vicinity for trespass, they happened to kill him, at the sum of ten paras, about one halfpenny English.”
After an inquiry was sent to Constantinople to ascertain whether this claim was true, word came back that no such document existed.
“Thus that mischievous untruth was silenced,” Finn concluded. “But the incident shows the disposition of the high convent authorities towards the Jews. It may be that they themselves believed there was such a Firman: if so, what degree of pity of liberality could one expect from the multitude of brutal pilgrims? The Pasha said that he knew of no such Firman as that referred to, but that Greeks, Latins and Armenians, all believed that a Jew might be killed with impunity under such circumstances.”


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Shiloh - Jam'a A-Sattin


See here and also here.


A Century Ago, So Much More To See

This is a photograph of the NW corner of the Temple Mount's raised platform:

See the natural rock outcroppings.


Arab "Settlements"?

Yes, there were:-

In the Desert Margins the Settlement Process in an Ancient South and East Arabia.Mouton Michel and Schiettecatte JeremieAnno di Edizione: 2014Edizione: L'ERMA di BRETSCHNEIDERCollane:Arabia Antica, 9

Ancient Arabia has promptly been pictured as a vast empty desert. Yet, for the last 40 years, by digging out of the sand buried cities, archaeological researches deeply renewed this image. From the second half of the 1st millennium BC to the eve of Islam in East Arabia, and as early as the 8th century BC in South Arabia, the settlement process evolved into urban societies. This study aims at reviewing this process in South and East Arabia, highlighting the environmental constraints, the geographical disparities and the responses of the human communities to ensure their subsistence and to provide for their needs...In East Arabia, the settlement pattern followed a different model which emerged in the last centuries BC along the routes crossing the empty spaces of the steppe, in a nomadic environment. Each community spread over no more than one, two or three settlements. These settlements never grew very large and the region was not urbanised to the same degree as in the southwest of the Arabian Peninsula. Permanent settlements were places for exchanges and meetings, for craft productions, for worship, where the political elites resided, where the wealth from long-distance trading was gathered, and where surplus from the regional economy was held. Each town was isolated, like an island in an empty space.


Dayan On Peace

Janurary 31, 1977  --- before joining the 1st Begin government coalition:


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dear Madonna's Brother

Dear Anthony Ciccone, I read this statement of yours here:

And then he announced: “Until my mother passed away, we celebrated Passover every year.”
Passover? “Right. I know it’s strange, but my mom insisted on it,” he said. “She felt comfortable with Judaism, so we learned about the Ten Commandments and all the Jewish customs. Our Passover wasn’t kosher but it impressed me very much. I have no doubt that Madonna was affected by it and that it related to her Kabbalah studies. Both of us have a lot of respect for your country; you fight against endless enemies that want to crush you, and you don’t give up because you’ve got balls and a heart. I hope that one day I can visit the vineyards in Israel. The women, too.”

We've got heart.

We men also have those gonad things.  And even without them, our women fulfill the role of being our towers of strength.

And as for this:

I hope that one day I can visit the vineyards in Israel

on behalf of Shiloh and environs, I extend to you an invite that once you do get here, our vineyards are for visiting.  And I'll personally arrange for some imbibing.


Brandeis U. vs. Louis Brandeis

On the background of a craven shameful decision to exclude Ayaan Hirsi Ali (her statement) from receiving recognition for her human rights work on behalf of Muslim women, here is a formation of the true Brandeis outlook:

According to Brandeis Zionism was not inconsistent with American patriotism. Multiple loyalties were only objectionable if they are inconsistent in their core values.  According to Brandeis every Irishman who supported home rule of Ireland was a better American for doing so as was every Jew who supported a Jewish homeland in Palestine.  The reason there was no inconsistency between loyalty to America and Jewry was because “brotherhood of man” was a key American ideal as it is and was for two and a half thousand years for the Jewish people. The brotherhood of man was a concept which Brandeis placed at the heart of the American Republic.

Since, according to Brandeis, this was a key value of the Jewish people, Jews were well suited immigrants for America. Brandeis also believed that Jews shared the American goal of social justice.  Since Zionism was the ultimate expression of Jews of these values, Jewish nationalism was no threat to the American nation. Because of these shared core values loyalty to America demanded that each Jew become a Zionist as the ennobling effect of striving for Zionism would benefit the best in each Jew.  Hence Brandeis turned his previous position against hyphenated-Americanism and against national identification on its head. 

Brandeis U. cannot follow through on that conceptualization anymore.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Recalling Dov Sperling

Here is Yaakov/Yasha Kedmi/Kazakov at the memorial event for Dov/Boris Sperling at the Jabotinsky Institute I attended last night:

Dov immigrated to Israel in January 1969, having been imprisoned earlier

Here he is (1st on left front row) in 1960 in a prison camp

Seated from the left:Jora Nutsuev, Meir Draznin (Kiev), Iosif Shnider (Riga), 
Davod Havkin co (Moscow). Standing: Haim Kaufman-Koristen, 
Anatoli Rubin (Minsk), Dov Sperling (Riga), 1960

hooked up with Yasha and became one of the most high-profile and charismatic of the new generation of activists and quite outspoken.

(Left to Right: David Khavkin, Yosef Shneider and Dov Sperling, Riga, 1964)

On October 19, 1969 he and Lea and Boris Slovin and Kedmi met with with Prime Minister Golda Meir and realized that salvation would not come from the Israel government to the extent and form they desired and knew was required, especially after have discussed matters with the chief of Nativ Shaul Avigur in August. (source)

Eventually, they both went to the States* where I met them as an activist in Betar and the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry ("Others such as Lenore Wolfson, Yisrael Winkelman (now Medad), and Beth Spiegelman [my wife] were outstanding.").

During Yasha's hunger strike, Yasha used my sleeping bag and twice I slept over in the mobile van at nights to keep him company and to make sure no harm would come to him.  Of that strike, we read this:

A friend of Yasha Kazakov accused the Israel government today of short circuiting the struggle by the 23-year-old Russian emigre to secure emigration rights for his family in Moscow. Boris Sperling claimed that the government did not wholeheartedly support young Kazakov’s eight-day hunger strike in front of United Nations headquarters in New York and actually “short circuited” it by calling on him to end his fast. Mr. Sperling, speaking at the Commercial and Industrial Club here, hinted at possible sympathy strikes in Israel. As long as the government fails to carry on the struggle in the way “we understand it should be conducted, we will abstain from our normal work and carry on the struggle openly, shouting aloud what we have to tell the world,” he said.

Later, Dov tried to enter Likud politics but did not succeed or rather was basically prevented from succeeding and eventually became a Jewish Agency representative in Vienna.

Although close for a brief period of a decade or more, I lost contact with Dov.

He was handsome, energetic, impassioned, brilliant and a good person.

Silva Zalmanson and Elie Valk, Chairman of the Association of Latvian & Estonian Jews in Israel, and family members also spoke.

His passing hurts.

Let’s return to 1969 when you and Dov Shperling planned to travel to the States.

We met many people. At a meeting with a group of officers I made the acquaintance of Arik Sharon and later Yitzhak Shamir—I was in his home, a small two-room apartment on the second floor. Geula Cohen once introduced us to an American named Bernie Deutsch. We told him the same story that we told everyone else. It made such an impression on him that he was eager to familiarize American Jews with this information. He began to plan a trip in conjunction with Jewish organizations in the States. He informed Nehemia about it and turned to Begin, the head of the right-wing opposition. At Levanon’s request, Begin tried to talk us out of the trip.

Ultimately Begin said that he did not have the right to forbid us. People had escaped from behind the Iron Curtain and how could he say “no” to them. Acting on instructions from Tzvi Netzer, who headed “Bar”[7], Yoram Dinshtein, the Bureau’s representative in the U.S., contacted all the Jewish and non-Jewish organizations with which meetings had been arranged. In the name of the Israeli government he asked them not to meet with us because one of us was most likely a spy and the other a provocateur or the other way around. Almost all the Jewish organizations listened to him but the non-Jewish ones did not. I recall that we gave an interview to the Christian Science Monitor. The journalist said, “I don’t understand how the Israeli embassy could say such things about you.”

This Maariv story on March 2, 1970 is headlined: "Are Kazakov and Sperling suspect Soviet agents?"

You were aware of it at the time?

He told us after the interview that they had called him from the embassy and told him all kinds of things. “How could they say that? Your words are the most deserving of publicity.”

After our return Shperling wrote a good article in Maariv about how they hindered us and why. I wanted to sue them.

Here is Yona Yahav (now Mayor of Haifa and then recently elected WUJS head) announcing in Maariv on July 6, 1970 that Yigal Allon was lying in the Knesset when he claimed as Foreign Minister that no pressure was brought to bear against the students active for Soviet Jewry, specifically including Sperling and Kazakov):

The Bureau?

The head of “Bar” in Israel and his representative in the States. But Geula Cohen dissuaded me. When we returned my parents were already refuseniks. After Shulamit Aloni’s speech in the Knesset and others’ remarks, the censorship in Israel was a little more accommodating. Then Geula said, “Let me interview you.” I agreed.

Until then journalists were unable to interview you?

They couldn’t publish it. Geula interviewed me at length and sent it to the censorship. The censor left about twenty percent. “This will anger the Soviet Union and aggravate relations.” Moreover, the censor demanded that it appear as if the interview had not been conducted in Israel and that my name not be mentioned. Geula did not agree with this decision and decided to create a scandal. After some struggle, they permitted almost the entire lengthy interview. It was published in two Friday editions, creating a strong impression in Israel. It included everything that I am telling you now and also information about the situation in Russia. Bernie Deutsch, who had arranged our trip to the U.S., then translated the article into English and disseminated it there.

and I recall Abe Bayer blocking an entrance to prevent Yasha speaking, which was unsuccessful.

Kerry's "Poof" Remark Has Gone Poof!

This transcript does not include the "poof" throw-away, as in the NYTimes:

“Poof, that was sort of the moment,” Mr. Kerry said. “We find ourselves where we are.”

The State Department transcript also lacks it.

Here it is again:

In exchange for the deal being kept of the release of prisoners and not going to the U.N. Unfortunately, the prisoners weren’t released on the Saturday they were supposed to be released. And so day went by, day two went by day three went by and then in the afternoon when they were about to maybe get there, 700 settlement units were announced in Jerusalem. And poof! That was sort of the moment.”





Roger Cohen:
Poof. Poof.
The word Secretary of State John Kerry used before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is a good one. Nine months of Israeli-Palestinian negotiation and, faster than you can say Holy Land, everything goes up in smoke. Or rather, everything descends into a pre-K schoolyard squabble that amounts to proof that neither side is serious today about a two-state peace settlement.


A "Greenberg" Comment on Jewish Self-Hatred

From the script of the movie "Greenberg":-

She and Steven are getting a divorce.
They were a cool couple.
(looks at Greenberg)
Come to think of it he’s kind of a 
less Jewish looking version of you.
Less? I’m not even...I’m only half. 
But you’re doing this.
Beller holds his hands about a foot apart 
and shakes them, imitating Greenberg’s
previous gesture. Johno laughs.
What’s...I’m thinking small...I’m...
(trying to figure out what he did)
Is this a Jewish gesture?
Beller shrugs. Johno laughs. 
(to Johno)
Beller, always with the self-hatred.
You kidding, have you been to one of 
Eric’s Seders?
Eric gave trees to Israel.
Am I not allowed to make a joke about it?
No, I know, I’m just saying since you 
said “less Jewish looking...” Because 
people think I look Italian. And 
since my mom was Protestant I’m 
actually not Jewish at all.