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The Polish Problem

 

The Polish Problem (Randyjw; February 3, 2018)

 

Poland seems to be having a recurrent problem in accepting responsibility for what happened to it’s Jewish citizens during the Holocaust.

 

As you are aware, the Holocaust was a term coined for the specific genocide perpetrated upon the Jewish people during the Nazi-German regime under its chancellor, Adolf Hitler, whose personal manifesto, called Mein Kampf, laid bare his overarching enmity toward the Jewish people, and his concurrent goal to exterminate them as a race.

 

His belief in an Aryan “master race” of Germanic people and his intolerance of others’ ancestral differences was the theory he used for the basis of carrying out his plans to fruition to murder the Jews.

 

The Polish government, as well as many other present European countries, continue to shamelessly legislate rulings whitewashing their own countries’ complicity in the crimes of the Holocaust. This is again happening with a recent ruling by Poland concerning the death camps situated in Poland for the carrying out of Hitler’s “Final Solution” for the Jews. It appears they object to the wording, “Polish death camps”, which were located throughout Poland during the time in question, under the Nazi German regime. It would now be made a crime to utter those words, and would apply not only to the internal people of the country of Poland, but would apply equally to everyone the world over.

 

Israel is countering this bill by introducing their own measures.

 

To ameliorate the situation, I guess it would be slightly more accurate to instead say “death camps in Poland”. Because, in the end, it’s all just a matter of “semantics”.

 

Or, is it “Semitics?”

 

Read more, here:

 

https://unitedwithisrael.org/act-now-protest-polands-whitewashing-of-the-holocaust/

 

Here is my email to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Poland:

 

The “Final Solution” to exterminate the Jewish people was a product of the mind of one deranged individual; yet the plan was carried out by a collective army of individual souls.

 

It took the acquiescence of each individual person, joined into a larger, collective group-minded mentality to carry out the deeds of killing the Jews. The main cause of death of the Jews across Europe during this time, inclusive of Jews within Poland itself, was due to genocide, the targeted and systematic harassment and hunting down of the Jews in order to eventually kill them. The difference is that the Jews were not casual collateral damage suffered during the perpetration of war; they were singled out as a separate people to be eliminated in their entirety.

 

Were your countrymen not complicit in the deaths which were perpetrated upon the percentage of the Jewish population in Poland during the Hitler-masterminded genocide of the Jews, then there would be no recrimination or reproach today coming from the remainder of the Jewish people, who did manage to survive as witnesses and reminders to the atrocities which took place, not only during Hitler’s time, but throughout our diaspora and dispersion over the years, to our treatment at the hands of the rest of the world during the last two millenia, especially, with concrete regards to our being denied equality of citizen’s status, as well as suffering the pogroms, auto-da-fe’, Inquisition, and others, occurring throughout Europe with alacrity.

 

There would also have remained a significant number of Jews in Poland, relative to the same proportion of survivors in the general Polish populace — save for the difference that the Jews were wanted dead, not alive.

 

Is it really so hard to consider that implausible deniability on Poland’s part, in the face of the evidence of the camps of the Holocaust,  just won’t work here?

 

Further Reading:

 

https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2018/02/18/compounding-polish-reticence/

 

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/jewish-news/holocaust/polish-anti-defamation-league-suing-website-for-violating-holocaust-law/2018/03/03/

 

Update (August 31, 2018):

Israel, David. “Poles Commemorate 74th Anniversary of Lodz Ghetto Liquidation”; JewishPress.com; August 30, 2018:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/jewish-news/holocaust/poles-commemorate-74th-anniversary-of-lodz-ghetto-liquidation/2018/08/30/

 

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Banning Jewish Practice

 

Some people may find this a difficult or disturbing subject matter involving animals; please be advised.

 

Banning Jewish Practice (Randyjw; April 2, 2017)

 

Kosher slaughter of animals, or “sh’chita”, has been practiced for several thousand years, based on commands and interpretations of the laws governing Jewish practice. These rulings were provided by G-d, and are part and parcel of the Jewish faith, which we are commanded to keep (although the liberal Reform denomination of Judaism does not keep the ritualistic aspects of certain of these commands — but, this is a small number of the totality of all Jews).

 

The many laws must be followed by the expert Jewish butcher, or “shochet”, to follow the exacting guidelines so that the resultant cut of meat from a “fit” species will still be “fit” for consumption (“kosher”) when slaughtered. The practices are based on the laws of the Torah, which lays out the determining factors whether the creature, whether animal, fowl, fish or creeping thing is allowed among the “clean” ones determined by G-d to be fit for consumption.

 

While some people might presume that the “cleanliness” of an animal is based on its diet or hygiene, such that the prohibition against shellfish might be presumed in place due to the predominance of a mostly bottom-feeding diet from such species, or that the pig might be banned due to the presumptive eating of slop and having a predilection to mud bathing, neither of these are the actual reasons why they are disallowed in the Kashrut Jewish diet.

 

Shellfish are not allowed because they do not contain the characteristics of having both fins and scales. Pigs are excluded from the default category because, while they do have parted hooves, they aren’t considered as one that chews the cud — and both traits must be met within this category.

 

Throughout the millenia, people who have held anti-Semitic views have often tried to prevent the Jews from practicing the rituals of our religion. It was as true during the Babylonian exile, when Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, in keeping with their Jewish traditions, convinced their captors to feed them only vegetables and water, rather than the King’s rich meats and wines. Furthermore, Daniel set a clinical research study by making comment that it should be conducted as a test by appearances at the end of ten days: Daniel and his men, versus the meat-eaters. The end result was that Daniel and his men appeared healthier in all respects (plus, they did not have to disobey their religious strictures).

 

Flash forward to the time of the First Temple destruction by the Romans (given as about 600 years later from the Babylonian exile), when they set up a pagan shrine to their idol and bade the Jews to worship it, and forbade them their own practices. The Jews would not comply, and this resulted in the eventual sacking of Jerusalem, as well as the razing of the Temple.

 

In Europe, where they experienced the Dark Ages, as if the dumbing down of society had led to a paucity of knowledge, the rise of various denominations within branches of the Christian faith, plus a belief in a wealth of superstitious rites, led to a fear and resentment of the “otherness” of the Jew, and caused many anti-Semitic edicts and actions perpetrated against the Jewish people. This included the ban of certain practices, such as Kosher slaughter and circumcision.

 

Upon occasion, these same discriminatory rulings against the Jewish people and their religious practice finds implementation amongst various of the world’s countries, in Europe, and elsewhere. These became the rule of the land in olden days — but, they have a chance of being struck down for their obvious discrimination in more modern times.

 

According to a recent article in The Jewish Press, the following countries have a ban on the practice of Kosher slaughter: Denmark, Switzerland and New Zealand. Coming up for a parliamentary vote in the Flemish province of Belgium is a law to compel only the electric stunning of animals before slaughter, which is a practice contrary to Kosher law. Further countries, including Poland, Luxembourg, Norway and Sweden were also on the list banning Kashrut slaughter, back in 2011, but some have since seen that it represents Jewish discrimination and have since remanded their ruling.

 

Jewish law compels the slaughter of animals to be done with the least amount of pain inflicted upon the animal as possible. For this reason, a very sharp blade is used. Other specific practices are also completed, such as the draining of all blood from the animal, as it is forbidden by Jewish law to consume the blood, for the blood is life.

 

Throughout the Torah, there are many stipulations placed on humans to be kind in their dominion over the animals: to yoke them equally; to keep them unmuzzled while they work, in order for them to be able to eat; to feed them before your own meal is eaten, etc. These all form part of the basis for how the laws relate to each other and within the categories relating to the treatment of animals.

 

Having followed these laws for several thousand years already, and seeing the practice of pre-stunning the animals in modern times, which often is a tragic and painful failure, it has been the position from our religious standpoint that the Jewish method is the most humane way to slaughter an animal for food, if one is going to slaughter an animal, at all.

 

Animal rights activists, without fully always knowing what Kosher practice actually entails, disagree. Placing themselves in the Leftist camp, which tends to be funded by people such as George Soros or Arab-supportive groups of the like which side often with terrorist sympathies, their real agenda is anti-Semitic, couched in a veneer of pretence for the animals — even though stunning the animals has been shown to often result in horrid pain for the animals.

 

I think it’s just another way to boycott the Jews. I just thought you might like to be aware of how these countries stand, in case you’re planning to write any letters to their governments or have any travel or trade purchasing considerations in mind…

 

Israel, David. “Belgian Province to Ban Kosher Slaughter”. The Jewish Press.com; March 31, 2017:

(http://www.jewishpress.com/news/jewish-news/belgian-province-to-ban-kosher-slaughter/2017/03/31/)

 

Antebi, David. “What is the Shchita (Kosher Slaughter)?”. Israeli Students Combating Antisemitism (isca-org.com); October 4, 2015:

(http://isca-org.com/what-is-the-shchita-kosher-slaughter/)

 

Updates / Additional Reading:

Berkowitz, Adam Eliyahu. “Marine Le Pen Announces She Would Ban Kosher Slaughter in France”. Breaking Israel News.com; April 26, 2017:

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/87177/marine-le-pens-muslim-slaughter-ban-targets-kosher-meat/

 

JNS.org, via Breaking Israel News.com. “France’s Le Pen Will Force Jews to Renounce Israeli Citizenship if Elected”; February 12, 2017:

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/83475/far-right-marine-le-pen-elected-jews-must-renounce-israeli-citizenship/

 

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My Treatment A Hollow Cause

 

My Treatment A Hollow Cause (Randyjw; January 27, 2017)

 

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Things have, at times, been a little unctious for me at a personal level in the WordPress forum, with commenters either calling me a cruel, Zionist Jew who is worse than a terrorist (https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/08/02/not-so-subtle-signs-of-anti-semitism/), or by other, more-recent commenters completely oblivious to the realization that there is not a single argument that could ever justify or minimize European complicity and responsibility for the Holocaust, especially as carried out by its German perpetrators and collaborators, among them Hitler, Goebbels, Mengele, Eichmann and others.

 

I personally have known at least four Jewish men who were Holocaust survivors, as well as one POW who was captured and placed in a concentration camp, because he was Jewish, in addition to having met many more survivors, as well as very briefly having worked for the son of Holocaust survivors (both of his parents had been at camps).

 

My written conversations, thus far, with the WordPress respondents did not bring enlightenment, or a change in attitude, or an understanding whereby they might exhibit empathy in compassion toward Jewish victims (this is a trait often lacking amongst such individuals, I have found). One conversation has only just begun.

 


I.

In this first section, we have Amogh, who declares that he is a fan of Adolf Hitler. He uses one of Hitler’s sayings as the first quote in his response to a Three-Day-Quote-Challenge. The second quote he uses is by Gul Barsha. The third quote is his own, which is: “People would live by my Rule, or they would die…”.   Amogh assigns a non-existent royalty peerage on Adolf Hitler with the usage of the titular, “Sir”, although I doubt that the United Kingdom would have bequeathed him peerage in any acceptable form. The disturbing part is that 157 people like these quotes.

 

I was upset with one of the respondents, Kamal, who I had been familiar with from having seen him at other websites. He absolves Hitler of personal accountability in his actions by stating that Hitler had been made a medium and so could not be blamed for his persecution, at all. Christian ideology has embraced its Jewish wellspring and has begun to move away from replacement theory, whereby the Jewish element is blamed no longer, nor is Christianity being said to have either displaced or replaced it, nor should it be involved in eliminating it.

 

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So, let me make you aware, Kamal: Hitler’s manifesto, ‘The Final Solution’ for Jews, and those others perceived as inferior races by him, is outlined in Mein Kampf. It was a deliberate plan to exterminate the entire Jewish people in a genocide. The disabled, Gypsys, political dissidents, some Christians, were also killed.

 

I know your blog has only nice posts on it, so it’s a throwback to see such a statement from you; but, I cannot say this behavior surprises me; not with regards to yourself, specifically, as an individual, but rather as a whole, in the generic realm of this type of behavior. And the reason I address you, individually, is that there might be a sense of my getting through to you — whereas, with the others and their hardcore responses, I don’t think they would hear my message.

 

I only came to know that you had posted your statement there at Amogh’s site, because Amogh began following my site with a “like” of my post, “Anti-Matter”. What he said at his site, and your subsequent replies to his statement, were a shock to me. When I saw you responding at another site I was online with, I took the convenient opportunity there (which I shortly thereafter conceded was the wrong forum at which to address you) to let you know that I had been upset by your comment in the addressment of this issue and to suggest further discussion here, at my site. You have since began following my blog, but I have heard nothing further from you — only your initial and continued repeated denials about any such thing as seeming to have occurred, at all. So, I guess I’ll show you.

 

Here is where the offensive commentary was found, and your reply, to the man who says he is a “fan” of Hitler:

 

(https://amoghjoshi1438.wordpress.com/2016/10/16/3-days-3-quotes-challenge-day-1/)

 

Amogh quoted Hitler and said he was a fan of Hitler. There was some back and forth in the comment section between you and he on October 16, 2016. Your last reply, referencing Hitler, was this:

 

“But you know he was made a medium to destroy the old for new that is why he destroyed the old and so he is not to be blamed. This is the way life is.”

 

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Amogh likes my post, Anti-Matter, and starts following me:

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I choose “Quote Challenge Day 3” as part of the initial selections on offer. It takes me to the posting, where I read the quotes on Hitler, and corresponding commentary, including learning that my follower is a fan of Hitler (gulp). I then learn that assorted readers have responded with positive commentary to the Hitler quote, as well, drawing my consternation.

 

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Commentary from Amogh’s site. Pictures, links and non-English responses deleted to remove visual identification and links and to broaden commentary toward a wider audience.

 

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Someone says (October 16, 2016 at 11:19 am): good ones

 

Amogh responds (October 16, 2016 at 11:20 am) 😁 😁

 

Kamal (boundlessblessingsblog (dot) wordpress (dot)(com) writes (October 16, 2016 at 2:44 pm):

Lovely each different quotes but beautiful in themselves.👌👌👌👌

 

Amogh responds (October 16, 2016 at 3:34 pm): What about the last quote, is it lovely too?😜😜

 

Kamal replies (October 16, 2016) at 3:38 pm):

K wait will give you my comments.

 

Amogh responds (October 16, 2016 at 3:43 pm): 😄 sure I will be waiting

 

Kamal then says (October 16, 2016 at 3:41 pm): Hahahaha very smart so people have to listen to u and if they don’t they will die. You have become hitler looks like.☺️😏good. Just joking Do what you like friend.

 

Amogh writes (October 16, 2016 at 3:47): Yeah, I’m a fan of Sir Adolf Hitler, but don’t worry I have posted the last quote bcoz I used to think like that in my 7th class.Right now I’m a very good guy

 

Kamal says (October 16, 2016 at 3:49 pm): Hahahaha too good but now you have matured and become a nice man. Good show Amogh.👍👍👍👍

 

Amogh replies (October 16, 2016 at 3:51 pm): Tnq 😄😄kamal

 

Kamal writes (October 16, 2016 at 3:51 pm): Always welcome Amogh.

 

Kamal writes (October 16, 2016 at 3:50 pm): But you know he was made a medium to destroy the old for new that is why he destroyed the old and so he is not to be blamed. This is the way life is.

 

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A commenter says (October 16, 2016 at 11:19 am):

Good ones.

 

Another respondent says (November 8, 2016 at 2:12 am): Nice

 

A different one says (November 20, 2016 at 3:05 pm): Good.a great thing.

 

Another commenter says (December 9, 2016 at 12:47 pm): Lovely quotes.

 

And a lone voice of a soldier of the Spanish Legion, who has seen war up-front during his period of service, comes the knowing wisdom and its resultant sanity…… says (December 19, 2016 at 12:39 pm):

Who would have thought the nutcase of Hitler would have such an insight. Yet again, being a monster doesn´t mean he was dumb.

 

This person says (December 24, 2016 at 4:32 pm):

Great post

Amazing

Visit mine

 

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Jewish people are targets in cyberspace, as well as in real life. It’s amazing that if the death threats we receive all the time online were to be said in-person to our faces, the threatener would be arrested for their actions. Unfortunately, virtual reality is anti-Semitic, too, and technology companies who host internet platforms are usually an easy vehicle for neo-Nazi and Jihadist threats to reach us.

 

We also receive alot of the garden variety type of threats, like those seen above. However, just as it is difficult to predict a lone-wolf terrorist attack, one can never know whether these suppressed hostilities will manifest and at what time.

 

Jewish groups have for years been trying to get companies such as Facebook to comply with their own guideline agreements. Most of these encompass rules of civility toward one another. Most companies allow themselves the flexibility to remove accounts from their system for specific violations of codes of conduct, or for even no reason at all. WordPress also has this provision in its terms of service.

 

As like all other tech responses to the Jews, there has been an outright moratorium on matters of decorum to remove terrorist threats promoting the annihilation of the Jews, or other anti-Semitic tropes. Anti-Semitic attacks have been increasing with alarming rates of occurences. And WordPress will also not remove the offensive portions of the above dialogues found at those sites which I find objectionable. That is the word used to determine whether WordPress might remove some material. Two times I received a “no”. They didn’t answer my third request. Guess it just wasn’t “the charm”. Thanks, guys… You sure know how to make a Jewish girl feel swell on this Shabbat day, as well as simultaneously occuring on this International Holocaust Remembrance Day today, Friday, January 27, 2017.

 


II.

PG, abbreviated from an avatar name, and the person who PG claims is PG’s dentist, both seem not to know that anti-Semitic acts include more than just killing Jews. PG wrote an emotionally terse piece of fiction for an alleged school project, for which the assignment topic, as PG puts it, is: “Caught in a Dilemma”. PG’s resultant work, posted at PG’s website, is an extremely well-written and involving piece, set in the time period of the Nazi era (1930’s-1940’s). The protagonist is a German male, who has spent his remembered life growing from friendship to relationship with a Jewish woman. They’ve known each other from the age of four years until the most recent present, when the woman’s family was to have received help to Switzerland and out of danger from the Nazis by the man who was to become the protagonist’s Nazi boss. The main character only joined the Nazi group as service to repay the commander for presumed assistance in helping his girlfriend and her family to escape. As a Nazi, the protagonist is required to kill many Jews, which he does. During the course of Nazi round-ups of the Jews to deport them to concentration camps, both he and his commander come across his love, as the commander had never provided her any help. The commander now tells the man to kill her. The story ends prior to any action, beyond that point.

 

The story was gripping, with its use of German language and its gratuitous violence sprinkled throughout its passages. As a Jewish person, I felt dread and anxiety at reading this story. This would have been just an overwrought story to forget shortly thereafter, were it not for its excessive violence and the ensuing dialogue issued in later commentary by the author, and then, also, by the author’s “friend” (or dentist, or the author’s own self, or whomever).

 

PG claims that the protagonist is not like the other Nazis, per se, because he tries to save the Jewish woman he loves, in service with the Nazis to a promise made him by his commander, which is never kept. PG seems to emphatically state that because of this act, he is not like the other Nazis. I say, though, that he is, INDEED, just like the other Nazis, because, despite the fact that he may “love” one Jewish person, he still commits murder after murder of all the other Jews which he, and the rest of the Nazis, are systematically rooting out and killing. My argument further contends that this is akin to the prejudice canard which states that a person can’t supposedly be prejudiced against the whole of a class of people, if they also happen to be the best friend/boyfriend/spouse, etc. of one such person of the despised subject class. It has been proven to be a faulty argument.

 

Things get worse further on into my refutation on this point with PG in additional following commentary. PG then asserts that the story has very little to do with the Jewish people! The entire Final Solution by its mastermind, Adolf Hitler, was based on the promotion of the continuation of the genetic line of a supposed “Aryan” “master race” through the elimination of all undesirable others — the Jewish people being first and foremost among them! PG’s story is specifically set during a Nazi round-up and killing frenzy of Jews by those Nazis! How could it have “very little” to do with the Jewish people? That is an effrontery to the memory of the six million Jewish lives exterminated during the Holocaust. This was a methodical, planned, systematic genocide of our people, which also impacted the Jewish people in the many millions further lives which were never birthed and whose generations ended, forevermore, in the graves of the earth of the cold hatred against our people! This is not about Nazi morals; there weren’t any to be found in their murderous acts and their subsequent denials of their deeds to this day! Families, lives, properties, businesses, future generations were all destroyed. How could it be anything BUT the story of our genocide? It is true that other groups, such as the disabled, Gypsies, certain Christian or political dissidents were also made targets.

 

It is the genocidal aspect that sets it specifically apart from the collateral civilian damage that occurs during wartime that also makes the Holocaust unique. This delineation is an important one to keep in the forefront, as there are groups of Holocaust minimizers, especially in Europe, that have been trying to downplay the speciality of the Jewish aspect of the extermination by equating ALL World War Two deaths with the same “collateral damage” type of approach. Governments, like those in Poland, especially, have been keen to whitewash their own governments’ and countries’ participatory collaboration with the Nazis, and so they have been using this specific approach by refusing to acknowledge the targetting of the Jews, their own complicity and involvement, erasing and revising historical records, and denying culpability.

 

PG does this, not only by denying the “Jewishness” of the story and by claiming a moral high ground of the man who became a Nazi, where none exists, but the fact that not once is the term specific to ‘The Jewish Question’, known as “The Holocaust”, ever mentioned, and neither were “tags”, which would have indexed it to such categories, ever applied so as to include the story in any Jewish “subject”-consideration. There is not a single tag noting anything of Jewish affiliation, such as words like “Jew”, “Judaism”, “Jewish”, or “Holocaust”; yet, at least six tags have been created, all of which pertain to either the word “History” or “German/Germany”, in some aspect.

 

This may, at the outset, seem a trivial matter, but it is a main tool in the arsenal of historical revisionists, Holocaust deniers, and Holocaust minimizers. I cannot but help to think that this demonstrates a concerted effort to literally whitewash the Jews out of history. Like the Germans did to erase Jewish history and culture by burning our books and killing our people, so it is a continuing phenomenon to continue to make the story “Judenrein” (“Rid of Jews”/”Jew-Free”). Saying that the author’s personal opinions are not to be found within the characters of its pages, as the “dentist” states, is disengenuous, as well.

 

When confronted with these ongoing deeds and these past affairs, the minimizers will go on the counterattack against the victim. They will ridicule, deny, mock and belittle the hurt people, such as the victimized Jews. I also see this in PG’s reaction. PG holds me to a double-standard when PG says that I must “FIGHT for people to respect Jews and their beliefs”, as if a double-standard exists that allows other people to just be accepted “as-is”, but that, somehow, Jews are not, and so we must have to “earn” the right to exist on this planet as a Jewish person. PG accuses me of spreading hate, of bias (against whom? PG? Nazis?), and of being an extremist. Wow.

 

And then, in typical fashion, the victim is made to look like the attacker. PG then has to claim victimhood status by revelation of own ethnicity, and that my defense of my own identity, which I perceive as being under attack, has been somehow used against PG’s own status, which I have not done, and which is not the subject of my complaint.

 

And then there is the need to get further help from friends to attack the aggrieved party (strength in numbers), as if the principle made famous by Hitler’s propaganda chief, Joseph Goebbels, still reigned, in that: if one repeats a lie big enough and often enough (and by a majority), then it will be believed. So, they state that it is I, the Jew, who is the biased one, for explaining to them why all their statements are just the same, old, tired, classic anti-Semitic tropes. PG’s backup support, supposedly the person’s dentist (mentioned in a different place elsewhere in the blog), uses the term “we” quite often and relays events as if their selfsame person had, also, been part of this assigned project with PG at the school — and, hence, may be a “friend” (or, quite possibly, even just the author, since “they” both say “sematic”, instead of “Semitic”) (and considering the remarkable immaturity of the ensuing conversation, a possibility it could be either), and laughs and laughs and mocks my arguments.

 

The “friend” also says this: “(PG) is not isolating the Jews or being racist against them just cause (PG) chose this topic, if it was any other race would really have taken this offence. You are twisting (PG’s) words, like that i can say you are being racist by classifying people as black or chinese.” Both the “friend” and PG continually counterattack by making false claims. I never once claimed that their actions “isolate” Jews. I don’t even consider a concept, such as “isolation”, in my entire argument, or even as a general philosophy with regards to such discussions; it would probably be least, if any, of my complaints — so this is a false accusation of assumption on their part (and they “both” use it…).

 

Secondly, “…if it was any other race would really have taken this offence” is the anti-Semitic trope of applying a double-standard to Israelis or Jews that would not be expected or applied of, and to, others, and of which we are to look for in determining whether a statement or action constitutes a form of anti-Semitism, regardless whether it is a positively applied expectation of behavior, or otherwise.

 

Additionally, asserting that the author does not think along the same manner as the character the author has conjured within their very own imagination is disingenuous. The author has thought to place whatever thoughts are in the character’s mind by the very same brain used by the author to convey the character’s ideas. Nothing gives them life but the animation of the writer’s thoughts. The writer may not subscribe to the thoughts attributed to the character, but it is the writer who contrives them to place there. This nuance is perceptibly lost by the respondents.

 

Worse yet, PG claims to be studying this topic and even wants to become a therapist and specialize in Holocaust studies. Are they teaching PG these things from this particular perspective at school? PG hasn’t shown one bit of understanding or empathy toward a Jewish person complaining of the treatment via PG’s fictionalized version of the Holocaust. Can you imagine this individual working with real-life victims? (PG ironically shares Hitler’s birth date!)

 

This specific revelation of dialogue is utilized herewith to educate young minds vulnerable to influence and, hopefully, prevent the lead-up to genocide engendered in the falsity of pernicious beliefs and techniques, as simple as they might be perceived at a superficial level.

 

Yeah, nothing’s really changed much in the seventy-some years since the Holocaust.

 

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Here is some of the commentary from the site (identifying information removed for privacy; extraneous commentary, superfluous to the discussion, also removed):

 

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Someone writes (December 21, 2016 at 5:16 pm):

Atrocious and heinous!

 

PG responds (December 21, 2016 at 9:14 pm) Thank you… I think 🙂

 

They respond (December 26, 2016 at 6:54 pm): You think? :p

 

PG replies (December 26, 2016 at 9:11 pm):

Lol hahaha yes once in a while I do 😆😆😂😂

 

Someone says (December 21, 2016 at 9:17 pm):

this is so sad, what happens? (does he shoot himself?!?)

 

PG replies (December 21, 2016 at 9:19 pm):

Well the topic given to me was caught in a dilemma so I kind of left it at that. I guess it’s up to you to imagine what happens ☺

 

Same commenter says (December 21, 2016 at 9:21 pm):

In the beginning he seems as hateful of the jews as the others, but in the end it turns out he is not hateful.

So was that intentional?

 

PG replies (December 22, 2016 at 12:45 pm):

Yeah he was supposed to be desensitized by all he had seen but then you realize he’s not like the other Nazi’s

 

I say (December 26, 2016 at 6:36 am):

BS.

 

I say… (*The reference to the apparent “swear” I write about comes from repetition of a word PG used in the body of the piece) (December 26, 2016 at 6:39 am):

I’m sorry to disagree. You don’t have a “ficken” clue what a Jew goes through, and sensationalizing it in this manner was about the most awful thing I ever read.

 

PG responds (December 26, 2016 at 9:07 pm):

I don’t claim to know anything that Jews went through because I’ve never been through anything even a little similar. My topic was caught in a dilemma and that was what it was about. I’m sorry if this offended you but that was not my intention

 

I say (December 27, 2016 at 7:50 pm):

It did; and still does.

 

PG says (December 27, 2016 at 7:52 pm):

sorry

 

I say (December 27, 2016 at 7:56 pm):

Chanukah began Dec. 24th. The Jews commemorate the victory of the Jewish Maccabees and the rededication of eternal light in our Temple, on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The world is awash in anti-Semitism and your words fuel that fire. Fourteen UN countries just voted Judea and Samaria as “illegal”; it’s not… Did you gain the accolades you wanted, at our expense?

 

I say (December 27, 2016 at 7:59 pm):

We died to such words!!!

 

I say (December 27, 2016 at 8:23 pm):

May the L-rd recompense you the rest of your days in the manner of your characters.

 

PG says (December 27, 2016 at 9:18 pm):

By I don’t claim to know what Jews went through I meant I obviously have no first hand experience of it. I know a lot more about the Jewish faith then you think I do. I also respect Jews and everything that they’ve been through and many of my idols are practicing Jews. Like I said I did not mean to offend you or any other Jewish people with this story and it has very little to do with Jewish people. I was given a topic by my school and I wrote a story that was FICTION. Also I don’t appreciate you blaming me for something the UN did. I am not anti-sematic in any way whatsoever. If you want to fight for people to respect Jews and their beliefs maybe comment on blogs that actually have anti-sematic posts on them.

 

I say (December 28, 2016 at 12:35 am):

Jews and Nazis are the clear subjects you’ve used to fulfill your topic assignment of “Caught in a Dilemma”. You whitewashed the Jewish half for the story right out of your tags, though. You use Nazi Germany, History, Nazi’s (sic), Nazism, Nazi, German History — but not a single one about Jews. You claim in your response “and it has very little to do with Jewish people.” What!? All you talk about is the Jews in your story, repeating the ugly insults of prejudice that the Germans used as a pretext to exterminate us during the Holocaust! Saying your story has nothing to do with Jews, when, in fact, your entire story is peppered with the words “Jew” and “Jewish” and leaving Jews out of the tags, whitewashes them right out of the Holocaust picture you portray. Minimize the Holocaust much? While the Germans are solely responsible for their own hatred, the objects of their hatred were not fictional. They were Jews who died because of anti-Semitic beliefs held by the Germans.

So, you make your Nazi character, (name), decide that killing other Jews, as long as they’re not “his” Jew, is okay, and yet you comment that he’s not “like the rest” of the Nazis? He’s exactly like them, whether he felt “love” for one, or not; he still participated in killing them. It’s the old “my best friend is Jewish” canard. And, lastly, I didn’t accuse you of casting any UN votes! Don’t you accuse ME of false accusations: the subject I used to demonstrate my point was “Fourteen UN countries”; I’ve never mentioned you or your name related to that!

You also reply, “If you want to fight for people to respect Jews and their beliefs maybe comment on blogs that actually have anti-sematic posts on them.”

So, my reason to exist as a person is not okay? I don’t get automatic acceptance as a person just because I was born? You mean, you really think I must “FIGHT for people to respect Jews and their beliefs”, as if a double-standard exists that allows other people to just be accepted “as-is”, but that, somehow, Jews are not, and so we must have to “earn” the right to exist on this planet as a Jewish person?

Well, let me tell you two things, dearheart. People who minimize the Holocaust and Jewish suffering, and those who require of the Jews a double-standard of their existence on earth are guilty. My ancestry is Jewish and I was born that way on earth. Do you believe that your own right to exist as you are necessitates further justification for your being? You hold me to a double-standard that you might not impose on other people. Would you feel right substituting another class of people that you think need to fight for their respect and beliefs? Chinese? Black? Do you still think it’s okay to require that of them? No? Oh, now you see what “double-standard” means. That is one aspect anti-Semites use to dehumanize and deligitimize Jews. Do you do this?

Your made-up story capitalizes on the story of the Holocaust. The Holocaust was a direct racial extermination program called “The Final Solution” perpetrated by the Germans against those they deemed genetically inferior to themselves, which included the Jews. Taking the Jew out of the story is like the Germans did to the Jews of Europe; they also denied doing so. Minimizing the six million Jews who really perished during the Holocaust by saying that your story, whose main characters are a Nazi and a Jew, has very little to do with the Jewish people, is a minimization of the victimization of the Jews during the Holocaust. That’s dis-respectful. You could have chosen other ways to illustrate a dilemma, but you chose a Jew and a Nazi.

 

PG says (December 28, 2016 at 11:22 am):

I did not minimalize the suffering of the Jews in any way whatsoever. It clearly shows how much pain and death they had to go through. Are you sure you’ve read the entire story?

 

You did indeed accuse me of things the UN did. You said “Did you gain the accolades you wanted, at our expense?” Do notice the use of the word YOU.

And do not accuse me of white washing anything. As an Indian-African do you think I don’t know what it feels like to have my ancestors mistreated for their race and beliefs? Did you know that my Indian ancestors fought during WWII to stop the Nazi’s and was the largest all-volunteer force in history (2.5 million people)? Do you have any idea what my people went through because of what white people have done to them? Do you know how many Africans and Indians were literally eaten alive by lions while building the railway and do you have any idea how many millions of Indians and Africans were killed by the colonists? That is such an insensitive and offensive thing to say to someone who you know nothing about especially when you’re accusing them of being offensive. Don’t you dare accuse me of racism or white washing anything. And the only reason I wrote about the Nazi’s is because I asked my English teacher approved that over a large number of ideas I gave him. And I came up with that idea because I love history and was learning about the Nazi era and plan to someday do my doctorate in it.

Lastly, I did not say your only worth is to defend Jews. You can give your opinion as much as you want. However you seemed very passionate about defending your race (which I can understand) and so I gave you an alternate way to do this without wrongfully accusing people.

 

I say (December 28, 2016 at 4:12 pm – Accidental posting to PG button, which was the wrong “reply” button and to which I should have posted to “the dentist’s” response. Duplicate post here deleted. See second post of same message, under “the dentist’s” reply on December 28, 2016 at 4:15 pm): “Are you the writer?…”

 

I say (December 28, 2016 at 4:41 pm):

I did not say you voted at the UN! The UN reference is an illustration to support the sentence preceding it — that the world is becoming anti-Semitic. It is You who is twisting MY words. The “accolades at our expense” reference means this: you DO state this is just an assignment for a class. So, why didn’t it stay there? Your re-publication of it here, in an outside, public forum shows that you’re seeking further recognition beyond the scope of completing your initial assignment. End of assignment; end of story, right? No, apparently not. You want further eyes on your work. And, yes, it comes on the backs of Jewish suffering. So, have you gained further accolades (Yes; you’re seeking new avenues and means to promote it) and at our expense (solely a story of fiction for you; a Holocaust of real death and destruction to us, the Jews) — the question fits! You left your tags “Judenrein” and whitewashed them out of your story, while choosing seven (six -ed.) tags pertaining to History or Germans. Did you know that part of the Nazi stratagem to rid Europe of Jews entailed burning Jewish books, in order to erase Jewish culture and history? It doesn’t seem that you know the true scope of the type of actions which are anti-Semitic.

 

PG “friend”, “the dentist”, says (December 28, 2016 at 3:31 pm):

It amazes me how worked up someone can get over a harmless imaginary story written for an English coursework! Did you even read the story? It was bringing out the idiocracy of racism; as long as you don’t know that person its okay to harm them but once you get to know that person and see them for whom they are and not their religion or skin colour, you truly realize how all that hardly matters. Which is how he fell in love with the girl, it had nothing to do with their religion. And what’s your problem with the story? That the guy found it easy to kill others and not the girl? Yh thats the character flaw, its entirely written from the point of view of a brain washed Nazi turned guy so ofcourse you can’t portray the suffering from his eyes, which by the way the writer has, which is incredible.

All I see you doing is twisting (PG’s) words and (PG’s) story into your biased interpretation and relating things that the story has nothing to do about. And get this: what the characters say and think have nothing to do with (PG’s) personal opinion, ofcourse (PG) has to think like a nazi to write his character, (PG) can’t put in a sympathetic nazi. So stop targeting (PG’s) personal opinions with “May the L-rd recompense you the rest of your days in the manner of your characters.”

Let me say this again, (PG’s) personal opinions are different from the nazi guy.

(PG’s) words don’t “fuel the fire”, this story doesn’t make you go against Jews, it in facts brings out how ridiculous it is to be racist against them.

Also it’s (PG’s) story and (PG) can write it on whoever (PG) wants to whatever (PG) wants. And this just makes me laugh, are you seriously commenting on how (PG) didn’t tag the word “jews”? Really? Yh that is super racist, total nazi behaviour. You honestly think (PG) didn’t tag it cause (PG’s) racist against Jews?

When (PG) said it has very little to do with Jewish people, (PG) meant its more about the guys thoughts and feelings and opinion and life. And sorry for “minimising” the holocaust, there was a word limit, remember it’s a high school English course work, not a novel. And yes he was “not like the rest” because (if you read the story) in the beginning he was not against the Jews, he gave up his morals and become brainwashed so that he could save that one family.

Stop twisting (PG’s) words! How did you get “my reason to exist as a person is not okay?” From “If you want to fight for people to respect Jews and their beliefs maybe comment on blogs that actually have anti-sematic posts on them.” Everyone is fighting their wars okay, for their rights, so instead of lashing out on a harmless story, maybe you should lash out at people that actually believe in racism and not a writer.

Ha! Really which other people are getting accepted, this is news to me. Even freaking one half of the population is not accepted as equals. We are all fighting to be accepted, its not just you. Why are you fighting with (PG)? (PG) accepts Jews, (PG’s) idols are Jews, (PG) meant fight with people who don’t i.e on ant-sematic posts.

And finally let me repeat this one last time that this story was a school course work with a word limit, you can’t portray the whole holocaust in it, the story is a work of fiction from a nazi point of view and not (PG’s) personal opinion. (PG) is not isolating the Jews or being racist against them just cause (PG) chose this topic, if it was any other race would really have taken this offence. You are twisting (PG’s) words, like that i can say you are being racist by classifying people as black or chinese.

Hahah you are literally just stuck on that little comment of Jews had very little to do with the story, and making up your own meaning out of it. I suggest you read it with an unbiased opinion and not target (PG) and (PG’s) beliefs from a fiction story.

 

I say (December 28, 2017 at 4:15 pm): Are you the writer? The story is about the Holocaust, which was a targetted genocide committed by Germans against Jews. Therefore, saying that Jews have very little to do with the story is false, and a lie. That is a minimization of the Holocaust. Second, the guy was a Nazi. He was a monster killing Jews. That’s what the writer wrote. It doesn’t matter that he “loved” one Jew — He killed Jews! The writer twists the meanings: the man was NO DIFFERENT; Jews died at his hands. Having feelings for one doesn’t change the outcome of his actions, does it? He still killed Jews. No, dearhearts: it is the writer, and people like yourself, trying to justify the actions of Nazis by eliciting sympathy for them which twists the facts of the Holocaust. And, yes; leaving the tags “Judenrein” speaks truth to what this fiction is all about. No, this minimizes the Holocaust, and you both (actually, just “dentist” -ed.) laugh with your “ha-ha’s” and show no compassion toward the Jewish victims. Both of you don’t know what anti-Semitism means, for it is actions such as these that are a part of it.

 

(PG’s) “friend”, “the dentist”, says (December 28, 2016 at 4:57 pm):

Loving a jew is not changing the out come of his actions, that isn’t implied anywhere and we are not justifying actions of the Nazi, you think all those men who became Nazis were born haters? They were made into monsters, they were humans before and had feelings before they switched off which is portrayed in the story. And yes everyone has feelings, that does not mean they were not bad people or that I sympathise with them. And how can you accuse us of having no compassion towards the Jewish victims, do you even know us? Have you talked to us? We have had countless conversations on the holocaust and we don’t need to justify ourselves to you.

As for our ‘ha ha’ we are not laughing at the Jews or the holocaust, you are manipulating the meaning again. My “ha ha” shows my surprise at how you can relate things out of no where.

 

PG says (December 28, 2016 at 5:41 pm):

I am done talking to you. You are obviously an extremist and I as an open minded individual have no room for your spiteful words. I understand that you are attempting to defend your race and religion but the only thing you seem to be doing right now is hurting someone who has the upmost respect for Jewish people and their beliefs. Yes I did want to share my work with more people (it’s called freedom read up on it) because I worked very hard on it. I did not use the tags Jews/Jewish because I genuinely didn’t think anyone would care this much. I do not say any of the above because I have a problem with Jews but because it is YOU I disagree with. Maybe you should go argue with Markus Zusak for a while because it’s his story which inspired me. If you don’t like my work don’t read it. I don’t see why you have to spread your hate in MY comments section. No one else seems to have a problem with my work.

 

I say (December 28, 2016 at 6:09 pm):

The one spreading the hate is you. I’m defending the further victimization of Jews against such diatribes and actions as this.

 


 

Additional Reading:

 

Speyer, Lea. “Covert Campus Watchdog Discovers University of Houston Students Praising Hitler, Expressing Desire to Hurt Jews on Social Media”. The Algemeiner.com; January 26, 2017:

https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/01/26/houston-we-have-antisemitism-problem-canary-mission-uncovers-ring-students-university-of-houston-desiring-hurt-harass-jews-online/)

 

Speyer, Lea. “‘Stuff Jews in the Oven’ Among Antisemitic Social Media Posts Flooding Pages of University of Texas-Arlington Students, Covert Campus Watchdog Finds”. The Algemeiner.com; February 15, 2017:

(https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/02/15/covert-campus-watchdog-stuff-jews-in-the-oven-type-of-social-media-post-flooding-pages-of-former-current-u-of-texas-arlington-students/)

 

McMahon, Julie. “CNY students upset after being asked to defend Nazis, Holocaust for homework”. Advance Media New York / Syracuse.com; March 30, 2017:

(http://www.syracuse.com/schools/index.ssf/2017/03/oswego_county_boces_homework_assignment_asks_students_to_defend_the_holocaust.html)

 

Antisemitism Manifestations; Wikipedia.org:

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antisemitism#Manifestations)

 

Randyjw. “Stolen Art, Stolen Lives”. News Notes 1; newsnotes1.wordpress.com, November 14, 2016:

(https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/stolen-art-stolen-lives/)

 

Randyjw. “The Bias of Unions”. News Notes 1; newsnotes1.wordpress.com, August 3, 2016:

(https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/08/03/the-bias-of-unions/)

 

Randyjw. “So Sick of Red Cross Anti-Semitism”. News Notes 1; newsnotes1.wordpress.com, May 22, 2012:

(https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/so-sick-of-red-cross-anti-semitism/)

 

Blum, Ruthie. “Israeli Justice Minister: Efforts to Remove Terrorism-Incitement From Social Media Platforms Bearing Fruit”. The Algemeiner.com; February 6, 2017:

(https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/02/06/israeli-justice-minister-at-international-cyber-conference-efforts-of-our-task-force-to-remove-terrorism-incitement-from-social-media-platforms-bearing-fruit/)

 

Frommer, Rachel. “‘I’m Gonna Finish What Hitler Started,’ ‘That Jew Better Run’ Among Social Media Comments by Cleveland Students Revealed by Covert Watchdog”. The Algemeiner.com; April 9, 2017:

(https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/04/09/im-gonna-finish-what-hitler-started-that-jew-better-run-among-social-media-comments-by-cleveland-state-university-students-revealed-by-covert-watchdog/)

 

Frommer, Rachel. “‘We Were Ambushed,’ Say Claremont Colleges’ Jewish Students After Senate Passes Sudden Pro-BDS Motion on Passover, Easter Sunday”. The Algemeiner.com; April 19, 2017:

(https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/04/19/we-were-ambushed-say-claremont-colleges-jewish-students-after-senate-passes-sudden-pro-bds-motion-on-passover-easter-sunday/)

 

Updates –

 

January 28, 2017: Corrected some typos; Added January 26, 2017 article by Lea Speyer at The Algemeiner.com: “Covert Campus Watchdog Discovers University of Houston Students Praising Hitler, Expressing Desire to Hurt Jews on Social Media”.

 

February 8, 2017: Added February 6, 2017 article by Ruthie Blum at The Algemeiner.com: “Israeli Justice Minister: Efforts to Remove Terrorism-Incitement From Social Media Platforms Bearing Fruit”.

 

February 15, 2017: Added titling, where absent, to resource list; re-corrected typos I thought I already previously corrected and fixed others. Added February 15, 2017 article by Lea Speyer at The Algemeiner.com: “‘Stuff Jews in the Oven’ Among Antisemitic Social Media Posts Flooding Pages of University of Texas-Arlington Students, Covert Campus Watchdog Finds”.

 

April 2, 2017: Added March 30, 2017 article by Julie McMahon at Syracuse.com: “McMahon, Julie. “CNY students upset after being asked to defend Nazis, Holocaust for homework”.

 

April 11, 2017 – Added April 9, 2017 article by Rachel Frommer of the Algemeiner.com: “‘I’m Gonna Finish What Hitler Started,’ ‘That Jew Better Run’ Among Social Media Comments by Cleveland Students Revealed by Covert Watchdog”.

 

April 20, 2017 – Small fixes. Added April 19, 2017 article by Rachel Frommer of the Algemeiner.com: “‘We Were Ambushed,’ Say Claremont Colleges’ Jewish Students After Senate Passes Sudden Pro-BDS Motion on Passover, Easter Sunday”.

 

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Foyle’s War 9PM Tonight

 

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in America is broadcasting an episode of British crime drama, Foyle’s War, dealing with the subject of anti-Semitism, tonight at 9:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.

 

Foyle’s War, written for the screen by Anthony Horowitz, is a crime series set in the period just slightly before, during, and following the Second World War, so the subject matter is fitting for the time frame. It, unfortunately, is still also fitting for today.

 

I hope you’ll tune-in and let the broadcasters know that this is an issue which resonates with the viewers, and one which should be taken seriously, and not minimized.

 

Thank you.

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What You Do To Jews…

 

… Shall Be Done To You.

 

“… And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curses thee.” Torah: B’reishit/Lech-Lechah (Genesis) 12:3

 

Articles of the U.S. Constitution / Amendments

Amendment I.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

 

Amendment XIV.

Section 1.

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

 

Excerpt from the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. — ”

 

Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions, or BDS, is a recent movement begun just slightly over a decade ago by Arab Palestinians to coerce the submission of various individuals, groups, government and others to underake a boycott and isolation-engaging strategy to demonize the only democratic country in the Middle East, Israel, which is the sole home country of the Jewish people.

 

This tiny country is being blamed, not only for all the woes of the 57-member Muslim countries that castigate it, but also for the cause of all the problems in the world.

 

We run the banks. We run the world. We’re all exceedingly rich, yet penny-pinchingly frugal. We’re thieves. Liars. Drink the blood of Christian children we kill for our rituals.

 

All the above are typical anti-Semitic slurs leveled at our people, the Jews, over the millenia we’ve been in existence. Yet, we still hear them.

 

If such types of statements were made against any other minority, then those people would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for the discrimination it represents. Why isn’t it happening when it involves the victimization of the Jews?

 

What’s worse, is that these attitudes have been enshrined in the generations of civilization from which they should have disappeared. They are being taught these canards by the faculty of our schools, from grade school on up, because the public schools are run by left-leaning, Socialist-inclined teachers (note the proliferation of University student groups and associations in the list below). This is discrimination, pure and simple, against Jewish people and it is a Constitutional crime.

 

No other minority group has this instititutionalized discrimination against them, because it is illegal — but they do it toward the Jews. It is unbelievable, and it is creating an extremely hostile environment, not only on campuses, where students fear for their safety, but for Jews around the world, who are being killed because of Jew-hatred. They are bombing us, killing us with cars running us over, shooting us, knifing us, and more. Please fight this abuse with us. There will be no-one left to speak-up when they come for you…

 

Here are some of the cursers, from a list I am putting together, which is by no means exhaustive, and which may be updated, from time-to-time, based on sentiment expressed in varied sources around the internet, indicative of those expressing measurable anti-Jewish sentiment, solidarity/sympathy against, and/or actionable, contrarian intent, etc. (FYI):

 

African Literature Association (USA / Group)

African National Congress (Africa / Government)

Alkarama for Human Rights (Switzerland / Group)

American Anthropological Association (AAA) (USA / Group) – Failed, but voted to pass BDS

American Green Party (USA / Government)

American Muslims for Palestine (USA / Group)

American Studies Association (ASA) (USA / Group)

Americans for Justice in Palestine (USA / Group)

Amnesty International (? / Group)

Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) (USA / Group)

Association for Humanist Sociology (AHS) (USA / Group)

Church of England (Christian / Church)

Church of Scotland (Christian / Church)

Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) (Africa / Union)

Council of National and Islamic Forces in Palestine (? / Group)

Critical Ethnic Studies Association (CESA) (USA / Group)

Danske Bank (Denmark / Corporation)

Eno, Brian (U.K.? / Individual)

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) (Christian / Church)

Fonds de Compensation commun au régime général de pension (FDC) (Luxembourg / Government)

George Washington University Student Senate Association – non-binding vote 18-6 for BDS on April 23, 2018. University President, Thomas LeBlanc, has tweeted that this will not occur.

Green Party (England and Wales) (U.K. / Government)

Greens NSW (Green Party; New South Wales) (Australia / Government)

Green Party (Scotland) (U.K. / Government)

Green Party (Canada) (Canada / Government)

Hamas (? / Group)

Hawking, Stephen (U.K. / Individual) – His assistive communication technology system is primarily provided by and was developed by Intel, whose Israeli R&D contributes significantly towards their product development.

International Solidarity Movement (? / Group)

Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization (Christian / Church)

Loyola University, Student Government (USA / School)

Marquette University, Student Group (USA / School)

Methodist Church of Great Britain (Christian / Church)

Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) (USA / Group)

National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies (USA / Group)

National Labor Relations Board (USA / Government / Federal) – For dismissing and refusing to hear lawsuit on discriminatory actions against Jews via affirmative BDS boycott being conducted against Israel by USA trade union: United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers (UE)

National Union of Black Students (U.K. / Group)

National Union of Teachers (United Kingdom) (U.K. / Union)

National Women’s Studies Association (USA / Group)

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (USA / Group)

New Zealand Superannuation Fund (New Zealand / Government)

Northwestern University, Student Government (USA / School)

NUI Galway Student’s Union (Ireland / Group)

Oglethorpe University, Student Government Association (USA / Group)

Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (? / Group)

Palestinian BDS National Committee (Arab / Group)

Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) (Arab / Group)

Peace and Justice Studies Association (USA / Group)

Popular Resistance Committees (U.K. / Group)

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (Christian / Church)

Quebec Solidaire (Canada / Government)

Republic of Maldives (Maldives / Government)

San Francisco State University (USA/ School) – Added July 20, 2018; re:

https://www.algemeiner.com/2018/07/19/sfsu-not-planning-further-action-after-professor-refuses-to-remove-declaration-rejecting-zionist-students/

Stanford University, Undergraduate Senate (USA / School)

Statens Pensjonsfond Utland, SPU (The Government Pension Fund of Norway is comprised of two funds, global, and domestic. Government Pension Fund Global is formerly The Government Petroleum Fund, or “Oljefondet”; Government Pension Fund Norway, the domestic fund, is formerly The National Insurance Scheme Fund (Norway / Government)

Students for Justice in Palestine (USA / Group)

The Central Council of the Confederation of National Trade Unions (Quebec, Canada) (Canada / Union)

Tutu, Desmond (Christian / Anglican Archbishop)

United Autoworkers 2865 (UAW 2865; University of California Student-Worker Union) (USA / Union)

United Church of Christ (Christian / Church)

United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers (UE) – (USA / Union)

United Methodist Church ( Christian / Church)

United Nations (World / Group)

United Nations Special Rapporteur (Richard A. Falk) (World / Group / Subdivision) – Tried to elicit boycott of companies doing business with Israel in 2012 special report to United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)

United Students Against Sweatshops (USA / Group)

University of Hawai’i at Manoa Department of Ethnic Studies (USA / School)

University of Oregon, Student Senate (USA / School)

University of Toledo, Student Government (USA / School)

Waters, Roger (U.K.? / Artist / Musician)

World Council of Churches (Christian / Church)

YMCA – YWCA (Norway) (Christian / Group)

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Sources: Wikipidia.org; Discover the Networks.org; AMCHA Initiative; The Algemeiner; Mondoweiss.net; others.

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Update: In January of 2018, Israel turned over a new leaf by going on the offensive against such vitriol. Israel enacted measures to counter the onslaught by groups, individuals, and countries who participate in or advocate for hatred against the Jewish State of Israel by denying entry to Israel to the following entities:

 

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)

The Association France Palestine Solidarité (AFPS)

BDS Chile

BDS France

BDS Italy

BDS Kampagne

BDS National Committee (BNC)

BDS South Africa

Code Pink

The European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine (ECCP)

Friends of Al-Aqsa (FOA)

Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC)

Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)

National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP)

Norge Palestinakomitee (The Palestine Committee of Norway)

Palestinagrupperna i Sverige (PGS – Palestine Solidarity Association in Sweden)

Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC)

US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR)

War on Want

 


 

Update (May 2018):

The Algemeiner has published a 2017 Worst-Best listing of American Colleges for Jewish Students, entitled: “The 40 Worst Colleges for Jewish Students, 2017,” and “The 40 Best Colleges for Jewish Students, 2017,” respectively:

 

https://www.algemeiner.com/the-40-worst-colleges-for-jewish-students-2017/

 

https://www.algemeiner.com/the-40-best-colleges-for-jewish-students-2017/

 

Update (June 7, 2018):

 

Here’s a great quote from Steven Shamrak countering BDS:

 

https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2018/06/06/end-all-to-bds/

 

Update (October 19, 2018):

 

United With Israel Staff. “France Forced to Stop Discriminating Against Israeli Products”. unitedwithisrael.org; October 16, 2018:

https://unitedwithisrael.org/france-forced-to-stop-discriminating-against-israeli-products/

 

 

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Whose Better Half?

This article will contain graphic description and other narrative which may engender worse than discomfiture: Please be advised.

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50% of us were the targets of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), as were the other group, comprising the remaining 50%. Both Jews and Blacks were the hated class-groups of the white supremacist organizations’ focus. We mostly knew the face of the KKK’s racial bigotry only from the Black perspective, being that it was pretty arresting to see the write-up in the paper, along with the photos, of its poor victims lynched at the tree.

 

Did this really happen? The write-up? The photos? The murder of innocent people, whose only crimes were to encounter the magnitude of others’ prejudices-turned-pathological? Yes, they did. It’s hard to believe that only a few decades ago, society in America acted in such a manner.

 

And, if we think about it, it was only seventy-some-odd years ago that the Holocaust took place. But, while the larger society has moved on from these tragedies, those of its victims continue to feel the scars of its pain, long after even the lives of those who have lived its era have passed on.

 

And so we find ourselves continuing to lick what others would term our imaginary wounds — even those to whom the generational memory has been given via the lives led by their ancestors — in the communal memories that linger, and in the mitochondrial DNA that inherits the sorrows from the inflictions of the afflicted, generations before our present time of existence.

 

In Judaism, we are commanded to remember and to retell to our generations the times of our lives under slavery some several-thousand years ago in Egypt, when all knowledge of Joseph, our Israeli Jewish ancestor, and his wisdom through which he had saved Egyptian civilization from famine, had been forgotten and erased from all records, and, in time, all memory. The modern Pharaoh then saw the Israelites in his land as interlopers, and so he enslaved us, and this continued for several hundred (430?) years, until our Israelite ancestor, Moses, had his first of many encounters with G-d, and with G-d’s guidance, led us out of bondage and, eventually, into The Promised Land.

 

It is commanded us not to forget. It is something that we must always remember, so that it does not happen to us again. If we cannot let go of this memory after so much time has passed, how could it be expected that the Black people would be so easily able to set aside their memories of the more-recent upheavals of their national roots in another nation, and the forced migrations to the unaccustomed cold climes of the Americas and Europe, toiling under hard labor as slaves themselves?

 

In undignified fashion, they were treated as non-human chattel, whose lives were their masters’ property, and in whose care they could be expected to receive even less-humane treatment than was provided to the livestock of the home. There was no hope for advancement or escape, in most such situations. Live a slave, die a slave, be born into a life of slavery.

 

Generations passed that lived like this in the United States. Eventually, as enlightenment of the human race advanced, so, too, did the situation for the people held as slaves. It took a long time to implement, but little victories in the notion of human rights soon began to germinate. A few brave individuals helped to thwart the continuance of slavery by freeing some slaves and enabling others to make their escape.

 

Civil rights advocates began to form groups and agencies to help enact the passage of laws granting Black people equality, which should have been available for everyone, as the Constitution guarantees; but they had been previously considered to represent the worth of only 3/5ths of a human. Voting rights had to be gained and marches had to be organized. Schools and neighborhoods needed to be desegregated, so that Black people could receive comparable benefits such as had been provided in areas already built up, subsequently offering more resources.

 

We have come a long way, but we have only arrived to it by a long and embattled process, which has been shared by many. We still have a long way to go in correcting lingering attitudes which persist in discriminating.

 

The Jewish people have been no stranger to the prejudice and discrimination which gripped Europe, the Americas, and most of the free world. The pogroms, the Inquisition, the auto-da-fes, the Crusades, and the Holocaust are all specific movements by groups of non-Jewish people who have institutionalized the wholesale massacre of Jews throughout the ages. We experienced the second portion, unbeknownst to many, that the KKK and the silver-spoon-set dished out to us. We were excluded from Universities and employment in non-Jewish firms (including law firms; that’s why we made our own, and why there were so many of them).

 

We weren’t made full citizens of anywhere, ever (except in our own country, Israel) until France extended equality to us around 1790-91 and took us out of our formerly-legalized second-class status. That’s only nine years short of the 1800’s. We have only been legally considered “equal” for approximately 225 years. Other nations took longer to grant us that same legal right. And then that great non-equalizer — SOCIETY — lags behind the legal status by about 175 years to follow.

 

We fought our own legal battles and, instead, formed our own schools, hospitals, and businesses, where society would have closed those opportunities to us. It prompted us to be resourceful and industrious and to apply ourselves towards establishing our own successes. We became really good at this, but we’d always been good managers of our civilization and resources, as well as with those of others.

 

It infuriated others that, rather than being under their thumbs, where they wanted us, we were squeezed out through the holes in their hands which couldn’t contain us. The people they’d classified as “vermin”, fit for nothing but extermination, were succeeding in all manners of business, and that was just unseemly.

 

Deep down, they knew that we were really equals, at heart, and that is why they had to fight so hard to maintain that the opposite was true. A narrative part of Christianity, which said that the Jews had to be disgraced, because we had rejected this new Messiah, had to be proven in living reality, if it were indeed to be considered true. While this Replacement Theology position may be said to no longer apply, it never really seemed to be papally disclaimed, either, considering that claims that we were no longer the so-called “Chosen People” had been made for nigh hundreds of years.

 

The fact that edicts barring Jews from guilds and industries only strengthened Jewish aptitude in Jewish business endeavors, really stuck in the craw. Worse yet, in the industries forbidden to religion, as such, due to religious laws concerning loans, interest and usury, Christians forbade themselves from engaging in the financial arts, and made the Jews perform these functions, among one of only relatively few options for the Jew in conducting business within the society. And now people make slurs against Jews being involved in finance!

 

What developed as attempts to keep the Jew in inferior societal status just only seemed to make his star rise. And that drew resentment. We were not supposed to succeed. We were the hated “other”, and this did not fit the narrative. We experienced the discrimination in America, too. We started with nothing in our pockets, and grew, in a manner of speaking, collectively well. A slight sense of jealousy is sensed.

 

And that is just what is happening in the Black Lives Matter movement, who has taken a stance to call for a boycott of anything Jewish-Israeli; anything Arab-Israeli, or perhaps Christian-Israeli, would be just fine, considering that they join demonstrations of Palestinians in Israel, while yet protesting against Israel (so, therefore, they only are against Jews, as shown by this act).

 

They want us to give our land to people who call themselves a name inferred upon Israel by the ROMAN legions, who overran it in the first- through second-century A.D. Meanwhile, during that time, Israel (aka “Palestine”) was still run by Jewish kings for most of that time period. The Herodian dynasty, of several kings called Herod, as well as the Maccabean dynasty, are several examples found, even in literature written in outside sources, attesting to the veracity of this statement. Yes, it was put on maps as “Palestine”, but it referred to the land of the Jews, which was Zion/Israel/Judaea/Samaria/House of David, and all of our beloved names for it, before that.

 

It grieves me to no end that the Black Lives Matter movement, comprised of roughly some sixty interest-affiliated groups, would discriminate against Israel and her Jewish people. Once upon a time, and even still to this day, Jewish people have fought hard for civil rights for Black people, in addition to ourselves, as well as for women, and for gender-differentiated individuals, and for same-sex relations. Our fights often paved others’ way. What human rights in equality have been realized have, for a considerable bulk of matters, been achieved through efforts by Jewish people, aside from the significant work of thousands of countless others additionally engaged in these battles.

 

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel marched arm-in-arm with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1965 Selma March in Alabama. Jews helped found and fund the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Three boys, abducted and killed by the KKK, included two Jews among them, and their lives in service to this cause I refuse to have trivialized. Please see this annotated brief regarding some of the contributions to civil rights made by the Jews:

 

(http://www.rac.org/jews-and-civil-rights-movement)

 

Over the course of religious history, many attempts at proselytization and conversion, whether willful or coerced, have been made by one society against another. Some have succeeded, remarkably, while others have failed. Judaism has failed to convert to Christianity. Christianity and Islam have gained many souls to their respective causes.

 

Christianity has made great, though long-drawnout, strides over the years in reaching the people of the African nations, who had once known none of the “monotheistic three” religions of Judaism, Christianity, or Islam. Through Christian missionaries, little by little they won over many people, though at first it appeared as an utter failure, until recent times. The Dutch colonization of Africa and the Boer Wars saw the loss of a great swath of African individuality and the imposition of apartheid policy in the southern tip of the horn, of South Africa.

 

This discriminatory policy was only recently ended. While the Dutch still ran most of everything, especially in South Africa, Jews had found a home there, as well, and had settled into a small community, doing fairly well for themselves, once they had become established. Because of their prominence in this respect, I think the Jews have become the scapegoated target upon whom all blame for apartheid has now been projected. Blame needs to go where it belongs — on the Dutch. Jews happened to live in South Africa, as well, but they were not the cause for the apartheid policy.

 

Part of the crux of this matter can be found in the Islamization of Africa, which occured over many thousands of years, when Islam burst out of Arabia in the 600’s A.D. and began a conquest, by sword, of land and its people, eventually reaching Africa, where Africa’s people became captives to this ideology and new master. Some Africans were enslaved; others converted to Islam and adopted some, though not all, of the tenets of the new culture and religion.

 

The Koran contains passages in which it calls on Muslims to kill the Jew, as well as other infidels (non-Muslims), unless the Muslim extends second-class dhimmitude status to the Jew or to the Christian, in order to allow them to remain in their preferred faiths through payments of tributary wealth. They are now considering changing the word, “dhimmi”, to “citizen”, being that most people are wise to its true meaning, but the concept will still remain unchanged, regardless. Just as Saudi Arabia only recently, on paper, ended the practice of slavery, this linguistic replacement of “dhimmitude” will be a “paper policy”, which rids no place of the continued and ongoing practice.

 

From the spread of Islam and the Arabic language and local adaptations of its religion throughout Africa, the active Arabian slave trade brought the Black people to lands far from their home. A deep affiliation then began to take hold. Entrenched with the hatred for the Jew by the Arab, the Muslim African began to hate with the same prejudices.

 

I hate to say it, but the Africans are being used by the Arabs, who are mostly contemptuous toward the Black race, almost as much as the Arabs are toward the Jews. Yet the Arab benefits by all the work that the Black man will now do and the added numbers of people they will provide to their cause.

 

This would be denied by the Arab, of course. They will insist, to your face, that you are an equal, and you will be made managers of their operations. I am not saying this to be divisive, but I’ve heard it with my own ears within the Arab community just how prejudiced they are against Black people. It will never be an equal status if you are not an Arab, of the same “Holy language” in which the Koran is written. I’m sorry to have to inform you of this.

 

I don’t really know why anyone would choose to be part of a religion which started off, and even still continues, as an oppressor to the people it purports to include. Well, I guess everyone started somewhere. Not everyone started off with an original religion, or stuck to the one they inherited or adopted.

 

The recent Black empowerment groups of the 1960’s, like the Black Panthers and others, adopted as their ideological mascot such leaders as Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the group called Nation of Islam. He is a virulent anti-Semite, as was Malcolm Shabazz (aka “Malcolm X”), taking their cue from the Muslim Brotherhood group, founded in Egypt, on which they’re modelled.

 

As a conspiracy theory “aside” to my writing, I believe that there were some not-so-kosher aspects of the behind-the-scenes incidents involving the Jacksons and their dealings with the Nation of Islam, for they always seem willing to accept the riches of an accolyte of the Hollywood- and music-based gainsay, while denouncing the vituperous self-same lifestyle found in America, the “Great Satan”. You know this is a load of double-speak, anyways, for just look at the lifestyles of the oil-rich Arabs, with their palatial mansions, and cars, and gold watches, etc.

 

Israel is a Parliamentary Democracy, the only one of its kind among the monarchies of the Middle East. It is also not a theocracy, although perhaps it should add that designation and become that, in addition to what it already has. Its citizens come from among the most diverse nations in the world. There are an incredible array of denominational sects of all religions here, which fully practice their religions in freedom, at least while under Jewish control.

 

Arabs comprise about 17-20% of the population and serve in the governing body of the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament), as well as in all areas of government. There are Arab mayors, governors, policemen, Ministers of Parliament, and all roles of occupations, who can vote, and drive, and do the same thing as all other citizens do, including to join the Army, if they wish (and some of them are our best-decorated heroes). This is not an apartheid country, despite the lies to the contrary.

 

And this is just what those of the Black Lives Matter movement wish to unfairly claim. Their wish to boycott Israel is just one of their prejudicial, racist demands. They also want everything for free. So would I like that! Are they for real? They want free housing (me, too — I’ll likely be homeless in two weeks, and I hear you saying, “Yay”!), free education (including college), free childcare and free food. They want “get-out-of-jail-free” cards, and “don’t-put-Black-people-in-jail” cards (but only for Blacks; not, of course, for others).

 

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Guess what!? Black Lives Matter movements want to live in a Communist country — they don’t like capitalist America! But, the citizens must work in a Communist country, as well… they can’t sit around and earn everything for nothing. And there’s rationing, and everything’s run down, since no-one wants to spend money to fix anything. It doesn’t work. That’s why none of those countries are wealthy or a power-player on the world stage. So, go and live with your Communist ideals, like in North Korea, or somewhere, if you’d prefer. You can come and go from our country. But, you might never escape out of a totalitarian Communist regime, ever again.

 

I believe that we should honestly come up with a plan, as I’ve mentioned before, for compensating Black people for the lives, and years, and toil of their forced emigration by slavery to our shores, and for their backbreaking labor and the blood they’ve hemorrhaged in doing so.

 

As I’ve said, affirmative action and desegregation have helped to bring the races together and to discover that we’re all, actually, pretty darn cool, and we should have realized this far sooner, as opposed to so much later. But it hasn’t been the panacea or the magic potion we’d been hoping to rub over it all to make it all better. I don’t know how recompensation would work — I mean the details, the planning, who would get it/be eligible, how much would be given. I can tell you that in this, as in everything, the amounts would seem, and be, small — much as they were to the Holocaust survivors, who really received practically nothing. It all went to groups to teach Holocaust education — barely anything is given to survivors. I don’t think, in my opinion, that Black people should make that mistake. I think that they should let individuals take their own reparation money, whatever it may be, to do with as they please.

 

No matter what is placed in its stead — As I’ve said before, no reparations is still no reparations. This, I feel, is what Black people should be working on; not discriminating against Jews and demanding Black-only privilege inscribed as law.

 

September 1, 2016: Here is a video by Bill Whittle, in his Firewall series, with statistical graphics refuting the claims of the Black Lives Matter movement:

(https://youtu.be/fL9j_s_eLvU)

 

Here is an op-ed/opinion article mentioning replacement theory:

Steinberg, Gerald. “Why ‘This Night’ is Still Different”. The Jewish Press.com/In-Depth/Opinions; April 12, 2017:

(http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/why-this-night-is-still-different/2017/04/12/)

 

Update: April 29, 2018: You see? I am correct about inherited memory/memories, as I mentioned in Paragraph Three. Although I haven’t yet watched this YouTube video, as I don’t have proper earphones to hear audio with at the library, this article from WorldIsraelNews showcasing this video of Israeli scientists, who have discovered that genetic markers for memory exist, prove this point:

(https://worldisraelnews.com/watch-israeli-team-discovers-genetic-memory/)

 

 

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The Bias of Unions

 

The Bias of Unions (Randyjw; August 3, 2016)

 

I’m not well-informed about unions, but I do know they’ve played an important and storied role in American history. Disasters such as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire on March 25, 1911, in which garment workers had been trapped in a burning building, leading to the deaths of 146 people, and injuring 71 more, led to the strengthening of worker’s unions in providing alternative voices favoring worker’s rights and to new safety regulations in the workplace and improvements in building codes to meet these requirements. Fire escapes, fireproofing, sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, and fire alarms were all part of the many new building code laws which went into effect as a result of the reports of the investigating committee inspecting other commercial buildings after one of this most deadliest of incidents in U.S. history (1).

 

It was important to strike a balance between industrial or corporate productivity versus requiring fair and safe working conditions for the individual. These always start off favoring the employer in developing nations, and slide to the other side of the scale toward the employee, once a nation begins to develop a sustaining economy and industry.

 

Similar developments led to more concentrated centralization in particular trades and industry, such as in construction methods and other occupation-specific practices, which affected the modes by which these entities could operate. It trickled down, over time, to encompass our broad-ranging worker’s rights platforms and, now, our even more-recent human rights categories.

 

All of these were essential in creating regulation and practices which would protect the worker in the workplace. Work conditions and hours became regulated, to a fashion. But, the issue is, Of what relevance are unions today?

 

Of those requiring skilled, professional knowledge, where standards of the industry, such as in construction and medical practice, require essential and specific, applicable knowledge to be maintained, then I think that such unions — more, I would say, such “guilds” — need to remain in place.

 

Industrial trades, such as machining, or welding, also require specific aptitudes, and a good schooling is essential; so a union would help to ensure that industry standards and certifications are met.

 

Transportation, logistics, longshoremen, shipping and aviation regulations help ensure the efficiency of the fleets which insure our goods and people in transit. Their workers have been some of the hardest-working, longest-suffering, non-complaining individuals of their industries. Yet, they have had to raise their voices to stop the physical toll of long hours and lack of sleep, which raised the possibilities of an accident.

 

At times, though, worker demand became incessant. They’d realized the political leverage of a unified voice and caused industry shutdowns, driving businesses to complete standstills. There were longshoremen’s strikes, where vessels couldn’t complete seabound deliveries, causing manufacturers to default on shipments. There were aviation and control-tower strikes, affecting commercial and passenger flights and deliveries. President Reagan had to put an end to such a dispute, and made the airline industries get back to work.

 

That’s kindof my attitude, too. I don’t think unions should necessarily be allowed in all industries, and I don’t particularly think it’s helpful when certain workers make a job out of picketing their employers, on a continual basis, without consequence. Granted, these are some of the lowest paid workers around, and their wages really do not provide sustainable living. That’s not really right, but neither is a $15.00-per-hour wage minimum the right amount, either.

 

Are unions necessary for our service people, such as firefighters and policemen? They have to be on-call, on-demand, through night and day and holiday; perhaps they should have some say in their treatment.

 

And teachers? I don’t know. I’m not one, and I hear how they’re always having to pay for supplies out-of-pocket. Supposedly, they don’t earn very much. But, I feel like we’re sometimes being hoodwinked with that argument. Some of the budgets for teachers are just incredible. Plus, they often get the summer off, so their salary counts for more, as it covers just about 9 months. On top of that, they might get tenure, meaning their job is practically guaranteed; plus, they usually get government benefits and a pension, to boot! So, they collect a lifetime salary for the lesser duration of time actually worked!

 

Unions, in essence, have crept into the mundane of everything that we do. There are unions and associations for just about every group, and club, and social group imaginable — especially at the college level. You can find video clubs, and Spanish clubs, and political clubs for every party. There are athletic clubs and associations, debate teams, and intramural sports teams at every grade level.

 

Unions can work to the advantage of its membership, or to the disadvantage, at times, of individual members. I recall one-time, during the housing market downturn, when a normally gainfully-employed construction worker couldn’t find work, because he had to wait his turn to be placed by the union at a job site — there were 95 people on the waiting-list before him.

 

Unions also take political stances, whether Democrat or Republican, and it’s been intimated that they tend to bully their members to vote the same way. Is it right, though, that they should have so much political influence in what should be your individual, and private, right to choose — free from intimidation/coercion (or the “feeling” of such)?

 

The school associations are all funded through the school’s budget, although sometimes fund-raising efforts are required by individuals who participate, such as in the younger team groups, at times. Occasionally, some groups raise eyebrows and concerns with their activities, such as those of the Muslim Student Associations, who are often responsible for hosting lectures by visiting specialists, of whom, occasionally, also, specialize in terrorism, or promote anti-Israel “Apartheid Week” campus demonstrations, which are libelous and slandering of the Jewish people, not to mention intimidating and physically harrassing to Jewish people on campus. It has become quite scary and difficult for Jewish people to remain safe at these Universities, but the faculty are on-board with the Palestinian incitement and do just about nothing to protect the Jews.

 

In Britain, the new president of the Student Association, which oversees the bearings of thousands of school groups, is an avowed sympathizer to the Palestinian cause, and has clearly stated her viewpoint indicating agreement with these groups, which  perpetrate violence. The recent discovery of approximately fifty British Labour Party ministers with anti-Semitic tendencies has also been brought to light. Many are being released from the Party; most are quite severe and shocking in the hostility of their remarks about the Jews.

 

There is institutionalized anti-Semitism on American campuses, as well, especially with the anti-Israel group, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). They verbally and physically harrass Jews on-campus, in an onslaught without unseeming end.

 

The tragedy is that anti-Semitism is en vogue. It’s fashionable to be anti-Semitic, at the moment. This, too, shall pass. But, meanwhile, we have faculty who encourage, and even teach, that Israel has no right to its sovereign land, and these teachers act to promote the usurpers of our land, the Palestinians, in achieving their goal of eradicating the Jews by violent means to take the Jewish land which they’d like to have for their own.

 

Because student groups receive funding from their schools to operate, they are often being funded with taxpayer dollars, if they are a state, and not a private, school. So groups which promote violence against the Jews should not only receive no funding, but should be banned for not meeting basic human rights, right? But, they’re not.

 

One such group is trying to do everything they can to create a nationwide boycott of Israel: its goods, its people and academicians, its scientists — from any collaboration with American Universities nationwide. This is not limited in scope to an action at one location; this is the American Anthropological Association (Founded 1902), trying to rewrite history in their own image.

 

The first article I wrote for Newsnotes1 in May of 2012 was called “The Semantics of Warfare” (2). The premise of my statement was that language plays a crucial role in defining the argument. Choose its verbiage, and you influence its outcome. In public relations parlance, that’s called “spin”. By reframing the way an issue is presented, one can favorably bias an individual’s perception of the way in which he will view that particular argument. A person doesn’t even need to be aware that it’s occurred, but just that the desirable reaction has been achieved.

Below: Two screenshots from the American Anthropological Association indicating focus-bias on singular state (country) entity, Israel, and the organization’s interference in attempting to influence political policy-making decisions of domestic (US) and foreign (Israel/Palestine, and World) governments:

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Anthropology is just that. It frames how we view people and their relationships to the society in which they live, and to the broader aspect of a society, as a whole. The onus is a major responsibility in this profession to present a fair and unbiased presentation of all of humanities’ people groups, as that is the gist of their supposedly scientific studies. Except, where Israel is considered, it is, as always, the exception.

Below: Two screenshots in the chat forum in which individuals question the legitimacy of the American Anthropological Association to implement biased actions due to their proposed boycott of Israel:

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Within this organization, almost half of its membership subscribe to the belief, wrongly held, that Israel is a colonial occupier (of its own land) oppressing indigenous (no, the Jews are indigenous) “Palestinians” (a name coined around the 1960’s for Arabs of varying nationalities and backgrounds claiming Israeli origin, since at least 1946), who must be boycotted/sanctioned/divested of all investment from this apartheid (democratic) country.

 

This is a major problem, when an entire trade association singles out one country (in only one spot of their entire mission listing do they single out any country at all, which they do by naming Israel) to initiate a vote on whether to proceed with Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions (BDS).

Below: Two screenshots from the American Anthropological Association website: A list of Committees and Task Forces. Note that the only country listed singly, and exclusively, in the second screenshot (third from bottom), is Israel-Palestine; all other committees are generically issue-related and actionably broad-based to suit any group:

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Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions discriminates against Jewish people. They wish to divest from and ban all interactions with Israel and its professional people: academics, scientists, etc. at the institutional, but not personal, level. That is still illegal discrimination. The vote just barely missed passage.

 

And it is not limited to the American Anthropological Association. Accoording to an article by Elizabeth Redden in “Inside Higher Ed”, the American Anthropological Association would have joined the boycott of Israel since 2013 by these groups: the Association for Asian American Studies; the American Studies Association; the National Women’s Studies Association; the African Literature Association; the Critical Ethnic Studies Association; and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (3).

 

It is acknowledged among the membership of the American Anthropological Association that it is the Palestinians who are the initiators and instigators of the drive to boycott Israel.

Below: Two screenshots in the chat forum indicating the proposed boycott of Israel by the American Anthropological Association to have been initiated by Palestinians through requests to the Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions, the group sponsoring the resolution:

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The Jerusalem Post reports:

“Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions, who pushed for the resolution, said: ‘As heirs to a long tradition of scholarship on colonialism, anthropologists affirm, through this resolution, that the core problem is Israel’s maintenance of a settler colonial regime based on Jewish supremacy and Palestinian dispossession. By supporting the boycott, anthropologists are taking a stand for justice through action in solidarity with Palestinians'” (4).

 

The first vote favoring putting forward a resolution to implement the BDS boycott and other measures passed favorably amongst the minor subset of individuals attending a business meeting who voted on its passage. The entire membership of greater than 9,000 individuals were then asked to participate in an online vote of the resolution, where it failed by a fairly narrow margin of just 39 votes: 2,423 against its passage versus 2,384 in favor of passage (extracted from (3) and other articles).

Below: Two screenshots in the chat forum discussing the resounding passage of a favorable vote in their initial business meeting to present a resolution of the American Anthropological Association to boycott Israel. It eventually failed the general membership vote by only a 39-vote margin:

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The group still plans to do all it can to attack Israel, and, by extension, to discriminate against Jews.

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(1) Information on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire extracted from a treatment contained at Wikipedia.org, under the same heading; accessed August 3, 2016.

 

(2) Randyjw. “The Semantics of Warfare”; Newsnotes1; May 4, 2012: https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/the-semantics-of-warfare-17-2/

 

(3) Redden, Elizabeth. “Anthropology Group Won’t Boycott Israel”; Inside Higher Ed; June 7, 2016: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/06/07/anthropology-group-rejects-resolution-boycott-israeli-academic-institutions

 

(4) Gravé-Lazi, Lidar. “US Anthropological Group Votes to Boycott Israeli Universities”; The Jerusalem Post/JPost.com; November 21, 2015: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/American-Anthropological-Association-votes-to-back-boycott-of-Israeli-academic-institutions-434864

 

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