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End-All To BDS

 

End-All To BDS (Randyjw; June 6, 2018)

 

My favorite email subscription is to Shamrak Report, an independent, thought-provoking commentary on news and highlights pertinent to Israel and the Jewish people, with problem-solving potential on the issues that matter most.

 

His latest quote in his June 5th edition, which he permitted me to use here, should put the anti-Semitic matter of BDS to rest, forever:

 

Food for thought.by Steven Shamrak

This is a message to BDS supporters: Please, be positive and campaign for “Buy Palestinian products”! Could you suggest products that could be put in the list “Made in Gaza”? Without doubt, the ‘signature’ products like mortar shells and Qassam rockets, and suicide bombers, and ‘newcomer’ – incendiary kites, will be included with delivery guaranty!

— Steven Shamrak, Shamrak Report

 

See more from Steven Shamrak on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Thanks, Steven!

 

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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…

 

Update (January 29, 2019) on the BDS movement:

Savage, Sean. “Evidence mounting that US BDS groups are fronts for terror organizations”; jns.org; January 18, 2019:

https://www.jns.org/the-literal-case-against-bds/

 

 

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)

* AIRbnb / (USA / Business) {Added November 20, 2018} [ Ref.: World Israel News Staff. “Jews, Arabs react to Airbnb boycott”. worldisraelnews.com; November 20, 2018: https://worldisraelnews.com/jews-arabs-react-to-airbnb-boycott/  Also: AIRBNB. “Listings in Disputed Regions”. airbnb.com; November 19, 2018: https://press.airbnb.com/listings-in-disputed-regions/ ]

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)

Belgium (Belgium/ Government) (Added: January 29, 2019):

https://www.algemeiner.com/2018/12/31/european-jewish-leader-sounds-alarm-over-impending-shechita-bans-in-belgium/

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.

Hill, Marc Lamont (USA / Individual)

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/12/temple_u_hides_behind_constitution_to_defend_antisemitic_marc_lamont_hill.html

International Solidarity Movement (? / Group)

Ireland (Ireland / Country) (Added: December 6, 2018): – For an initial Irish Senate vote discriminating solely against the Jewish people and nation. Passed a vote to boycott all Israeli goods from Judea, Samaria, the Golan and East Jerusalem.

https://worldisraelnews.com/irish-senate-passes-bill-banning-israeli-products/

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)

Montgomery County, MD (USA / County ) [Added: June 10, 2019]:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/264363

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)

Oberlin College {Added January 9, 2019} [ Ref: Landa, Melissa Hare and Marta Braiterman Tanenbaum.  “Antisemitism and the Decline of Oberlin College”. algemeiner.com; January 6, 2019: https://www.algemeiner.com/2019/01/08/antisemitism-and-the-decline-of-oberlin-college/ ]

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)

Pitzer College (USA / School) (Added: November 28, 2018):

https://www.algemeiner.com/2018/11/27/pitzer-college-condemned-over-facultys-vote-to-end-study-abroad-program-in-israel/

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):

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)

Takoma Park, MD (USA / Municipality, City) [Added: June 10, 2019]:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/264363

may be rescheduling: https://www.algemeiner.com/2019/06/12/amid-pushback-dc-suburb-postpones-showing-of-anti-israel-film-narrated-by-roger-waters/

No; the anti-Semitic film, The Occupation of the American Mind, was shown on July 23, 2019, and included an added panel discussion featuring a very anti-Semitic person:

https://www.algemeiner.com/2019/07/30/taxpayer-funded-israel-hate-in-takoma-park-maryland/

Temple University (USA / School)

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/12/temple_u_hides_behind_constitution_to_defend_antisemitic_marc_lamont_hill.html

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/

 

 

Update (February 17, 2019):

 

Kramer, Steve. “Do You Unwittingly Support Anti-Israel Groups?”; breakingisraelnews.com; February 15, 2019:

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/122104/do-you-unwittingly-support-anti-israel-groups-opinion/

 

Update (April 10, 2019):

 

Sued by Shurat HaDin on behalf of twelve Jewish families with Airbnb listings, Airbnb will not delist the properties and will plough any proceeds from Judea/Samaria into the support of humanitarian organizations.

 

Sales, Ben. “Airbnb will cancel its ban on West Bank settlement listings”. jta.org; April 8, 2019:

https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/embargoed-airbnb-will-cancel-its-ban-on-west-bank-settlement-listings

 

Website for further reading (added May 25, 2019):

 

stopuniversitysupportforterrorists.org ;

https://stopuniversitysupportforterrorists.org/news/epidemic-jew-hatred-campus-top-ten-neo-nazi-incidents

 

 

* Resolved, at present.

 

 

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Gracias, Santana

 

The Santana song, “Smooth”, will always make me think of this great girl I really loved so much. We used to work together, and our lives before meeting had had similar parallels. We both had wound up applying to some of the same companies in our job searches, which we had also done so many times before, and we had lots of laughs over shared coincidences and other things. We had both turned down further consideration for work at the same place, which was a good thing, cuz there was some bad stuff which happened there later, and we both would have been a part of it.

 

We only got together on two or three occasions outside of work, cuz I’m funny that way. It’s kindof the old-school professionalism idea of not mixing business with pleasure, but we really got along like peas in a pod, and so we got together. We went for Mexican food once at this place I loved, if I’m remembering correctly; and we went to a Santana concert.

 

Her boyfriend came along with us, of course, and took our picture in the parking lot before the start of the concert. It was a great concert — they played ” Smooth” and “Black Magic Woman” and all the good stuff. I’m lucky to have still been able to see some of the rock-and-roll greats in my lifetime, and Santana is among the top.

 

Eventually, I wound up leaving the company we worked at, because I couldn’t get accurate shipment details from our corporate headquarters, and my position within the organization was being compromised as a result. My friend left shortly after I did, and I think the whole company tumbled after that point.

 

In the interim, we never did get the photos back from the pharmacy photo-finisher; they say they lost the film. Things that run through my mind: that movie with Robin Williams, who plays a pharmacy film-developer who gets caught up in the imagined lives he vicariously inhabits of the people whose film he develops. Egads — creepification! I’m thinking “Jumanji”, but that was another creepy Robin Williams film about a gameboard which comes to life. I liked Robin Williams’s HAPPY, goofy roles. Let me go look up that movie name — I never saw it, but actually think I wanted to.

 

Got it. It’s ” One Hour Photo”. The release poster popping up on Wikipedia is even more creepy in the pre-release film critic reviews printed on the poster, given the events of Robin Williams’s circumstances. Trust me — don’t look.

 

My friend ran off and did some crazy stuff, and I love and admire her immensely, even though I’m a strange bird that rarely keeps in touch. I still think of her, and always will, as my friend. I know you’re out there, and I love and I miss you, friend.

 

It brings me happiness to learn that Carlos Santana will be playing in Tel Aviv sometime soon. Supporters of the Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel are really trying to bully artists to cancel their performances in Israel. Some have caved in, and others have refused. I’m proud of those who take a stand to these intimidators and come, anyways. In fact, Carlos Santana made a YouTube video message announcing his concert and sending love and peace (in both Hebrew and Arabic) to the people of Israel.

 

That is just so smooth, Carlos. So smooth!

 

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BDS? No Thx!

A loud and raucous group on college campuses has been pushing American Universities to join the Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions movement, and they have somewhat succeeded in bullying the financial departments of these schools to pull out money they previously invested, and which generated fantastic returns and dividends to the schools, due to their belief that this Middle Eastern nation and its government engage in massive, wide-scale oppression and subjugation of its people. The matter and its mantra have been so popular, that it has been the major directive of an entire body of world leaders engaged in measures to curtail this threat to the world. Additionally, this world body exacted further requirements that this nation submit to the labeling of products manufactured in so-called conflict areas, so that economic boycotts may be effective in crippling the economy of this possibly nuclear-armed state. Special sessions convened by the UN have set into motion these measures, first demanded by the European Union (in present times and in days of yore) and succeeded by the United States.  We should shout to the world that this country is “Iran”!*

 

The actual target of these discriminatory measures, however, is Israel. In response, Israel is penetrating new markets in cross-continental shows of commercial support. The same type of discriminatory laws which previously prevented Jews a livelihood by barring them from the craft guilds or Universities of Europe, enabled them to excel in the few areas in which they were allowed to operate. What was the bane to its perpetrators became the boon to its recipients. Such restrictive actions having the inverse, and unintended, effects certainly proved a frustration in limiting these major players in this arena and dealt the narrative a jarring blow.

 

Thanks to BDS — But, no thanks!

 

* Country names appearing in this article have been changed (to protect their innocence, it is said).

 

Related:

The following article gives a succinct background treatment to and summarizes the Jewish experience regarding the proliferation of anti-semitism on campus:

Hausman, Matthew M., J.D. “Gross Hypocrisy Or Willful Complicity: The U.S. Campus: Free Speech Is Hardly Being Respected; Anti-Semitism Is”; April 2, 2016. Arutz Sheva / Israel National News.com:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/18660

 

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/

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Buy Israeli and end discrimination of the BDS and Labeling movements. Sites producing Judaica and Israeli goods will be featured sporadically to show interesting products.

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Robert Indiana, an American artist, created the iconic LOVE sculpture, comprised of two letters, “L”, “O” (tilted to lean forward from the “L”) situated on top of the “V” and “E”. The form found expression in many products during its heyday, including as pendants for necklaces. An equally stunning statement in Hebrew, the AHAVA sculpture, and other sculptures of the same concept in additional languages, all with the meaning ” Love”, have sprung up around the world.

 

Peter Max defined a generation with his iconic and immensely popular “LOVE” logo and work. Such work created an entire culture, inspiring the art of the era.

 

I was lucky enough to attend an opening reception for one of the studio galleries of Peter Max’s work. Most impressive, to me, were his depictions of Lady Liberty.

 

As a Jewish artist, Peter Max has made a major impact in the future for the fuller appreciation of modern art, while similarly expounding a universal proclamation to love — the antithetical and transverse message to those condemning us with their own messages of hatred.

 

His official website, where you can view his works and purchase posters and other items is:

 

http://www.petermax.com/

 

Show your love for Israel and the Jewish people, and maybe your love for someone else, as well, this Valentine’s Day, with these special heart-shaped jewelry items, as well as the “AHAVA” designs, found online via the Simon Wiesenthal Center gift shop, whose agency I wrote briefly about in the article, “Let’s Not Forget”. They also feature some other beautiful pieces, such as the silver with scroll-ornamented design and blue “Chai” (meaning “Life”) matchbox cover, which also looks like it could possibly be used like a pillbox, found in the Clearance section; the silver filigree-style Jewish star with turquoise center necklace is also really stunning. Check out other items for purchase (or admiration) here:

 

http://www.wiesenthal.com

 

and then click to open where it says “Shop”, and that will go to a new page with a listing of product categories to browse at your leisure.

No shame for promoting this endeavor, and it helps multiple good causes.

 

 

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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BBC-mitism

It’s not my imagination — it’s official. What I’ve been trying to tell people for years is confirmed by others who have independently reached the same conclusion as I.

The matter to which I refer involves long-held viewpoints from pagan and Christian dogma metamorphosing and metastasizing to conform to ever present realities in which it finds itself. One factor has remained constant throughout the continent, and it has been the institutionalized, top-down aspect of anti-Semitism as disseminated by its governmental and religious leaders meeting to meld with a bottom-up approach to vigilante action by the local population to eliminate and neutralize the Jews within their midst. Various countries have developed their own preferred methodologies to attack what they see as this “problem” of there being Jewish people living amongst them, whether by killing them, banishing them from certain industry, or expelling them altogether. Yes, it has even developed a “flavour-du-jour” as to the lasting, permanent stench clinging to each countries’ historical reputation.

England has been no exception and has even led the pack, developing and instigating libelous accusations blaming the disappearance of Christian children upon Jews, who were preposterously charged with the murder of these children in order to use their blood in baked matzah. First, Jewish law forbids the consumption of blood. Second, matzah is just flour and water, with maybe a flavorant (onion, salt, etc.) minimally added. It represents the day we departed Egypt out of bondage, in a big hurry to get out of there as per G-d’s orders to us before he would harden Pharaoh’s heart once again against us. There was no time to let the bread rise, and as we are commanded by G-d to celebrate and recount this festival since that time, thousands of years ago, every year — we do so.

The accusers mix in another aspect of this story, when G-d commanded us to anoint our doorposts/entrances with blood from a lamb which each family was to eat, as a sign of obedience for hearing and following Him, and sparing us the deaths of our firstborns when our houses were passed-over, as bestruck the Egyptians. So the story of the Bible became a weapon which others would malign to fit their narrative to act maliciously towards the Jews.

Such stories were often traced back to the Archbishop of Canterbury in England, whose position is still in existence these continuous centuries later since the stories’ perpetration. In 1290 of the Common Era, England expelled all her Jews, which began another exodus out of foreign lands, leading to our continued spread throughout Europe, with additional expulsions and Jew-hatred programs, such as the Spanish Inquisition, Russian and French pogroms, confinement to the Pale of Settlement, ghettoization, Nazi German extermination of Jews in death camps or in the backs of vans, etc. An illustrious past befitting the continent today reaping the beginning of its consequences for policies concurrent with its alliance to destructive nations advocating Israel’s/the Jewish people’s demise.

Today, the so-called “Arab Spring” has become a nightmare for the Middle Eastern Arab countries, each one experiencing internecine life-or-death warfare between neighbors. These civil wars among their own people spurred masses and migrations of people creating chaos — some fleeing for safety, others using the situation to their advantage to search for better economic opportunity elsewhere. The designation of Syrian refugees admitted as political-asylum seekers due to the civil war there creates a current black market of opportunists trafficking forged Syrian documentation. As a matter of fact, I just read somewhere that the passport office in Syria had been overrun by a bunch of brigands who are generating false documents with all the supplies that were still sitting there at their disposal (see September 17, 2015 article by Nick Fagge: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3235320/PASSPORT-TO-TERROR:MailOnline-reporter-buys-syrian-papers-being-sold-to-ISIS-fighters-sneaking-into-europe-hidden-among-refugees). So there really is no way to vet these people into any country.

For a regular background check, you might use a person’s name, date-of-birth, or Social Security number (here in the U.S.). You could also search Worker’s Compensation records. You could conduct reference checks with neighbors or perhaps even previous employers. You could check police records to see if there are any criminal charges. Basically, you’ll wind up with a list of previous addresses of the individual, perhaps their previous employment, the impressions of others about this individual, and whether they’ve been injured or have any crimes on file. This doesn’t presage what an individual is capable of in the future, nor is it an accurate depiction of their lives. We always hear the disbelief when neighbors state their shock over some scandal or another.

With much of Syria in rubble and waging war right now, do you think we can just pick up the phone and request school records from Syria of refugee “x”? Do we fly over to knock on the neighbor’s door for a reference check, when they’ve all fled the country?

Our government probably is able only to get that information on a U.S. individual in recent times in a centralized format; how much less so for a smaller country in raging chaos? There is just not going to be any realistic way to do so, that I can foresee. Unless someone is previously known to the government, it would be euphemistic, at best, to expect otherwise.

We do have the option of coordinating intelligence with other countries to see what they can come up with, as well, and this is what any (and possibly all) good spy agencies would do. So, let’s just say that they’ve all been doing that and not beat around the bush. (Remember the feigned surprise and indignation about German chancellor, Angela Merkel’s, phone being tapped?) It’s also, I think, what got Jonathan Pollard in trouble (For more background information about his case, please see: http://www.jonathanpollard.org/facts.htm).

A loophole allows foreign intelligence to go where no domestic agency was allowed to tread, at least until the expansion of local access in the proviso of the Patriot Act laws. Search and seizure parameters were broadened to allow police at the local level easier access to citizen property. Surveillance on citizens connecting with people abroad was allowed to be conducted through bulk collection of data — no matter how many degrees of separation existed, you could be targeted for knowing someone, who knows someone, who knows someone else, whose son had a bar-mitzvah in Israel, even though you knew only the first individual in this tangled, non-connected web. Now the NSA is supposedly abandoning the idea after being challenged, without admittance to “above-and-beyond” reasonable search – only that it doesn’t work to stop terrorism. Perhaps it would, if they weren’t so focused on Shmuel’s bar-mitzvah gathering.

In my always ubiquitous job search, I ran across a job position which I thought sounded perfect for me. It was called a ‘monitoring journalist’ and it was offered by the BBC. Apparently, the BBC uses content provided by other sources in their news-gathering departments, for this is what the job entailed.

As I basically love to read the news, I thought it would be great to have a job I love to do, so I looked into it. A requisite part of the job requires conformance to six values (careershub.bbc.co.uk: BBC Values Guide.pdf; accessed 12/02/2015), the first being trust — they claim to be impartial and honest.  They say the second is the audience, and they put them first, stating that their audience “is not all like us and our friends…” and that they “adapt” (to the audiences’ changing needs). Creativity: “We seek out different perspectives, others’ ideas and opinions.” Then why never the Israeli perspective? “We respect each other and celebrate our diversity.” Hah! (Managers): “… They help people move around the BBC.”

I cannot apply for this position; I do not meet their pre-established standards, and do not speak the “voice” of their presentation. They present biased reports against Israel, and I’m Jewish and pro-Israel. Never this twain shall meet.

Anyways, I decided to look for other companies that offer these opportunities to monitor “open source” media, and while doing so, I came across a LinkedIn web post (https://www.linkedin.com/title/monitoring-journalist) with a list of twenty-three monitoring journalists who perform this job (some with similar variances in title or areas) for the BBC in Caversham, Reading, England:

Lamia Estatie (Arabic Team); Sara Fayyad; Lina Shaikhouni; Nesrine Kamal (Media); Juliet Njeri (Senior); Adam Robinson (Media Production); Zainul Abid (Journalist); Tulika Bhatnagar (BBC World); Diana Barseghyan (Translator); Tim Bard-Jones (Senior); Molly Corso (Senior); James Vick; Dina Aboughazala; Evan Ostryzniuk; Mohamed Gade (Journalist); Amira Mohsen Galal (Arabic Media Analyst); Mariam Rizk; Olena Rudenko; Farhad Daneshvar; Nada Hussein Rashwan (Journalist); Oleg Yefimov; Mohamed El Assar; Marina Fokina (Business Management position).

The list is made up of about fifteen Arabic-sounding names, comprising the majority role in the composition of this listing. To be fair, there is another list which has less Arabic-sounding names and comprises the top twenty-four “Senior” monitoring journalists (https://www.linkedin.com/title/senior-monitoring-journalist-at-bbc-monitoring).

Some of the descriptions for the monitoring journalist job (especially the one for Iran: http://careerssearch.bbc.co.uk/jobs/job/Monitoring-Journalist-Iran-Team/14111) describe: “… As a monitoring journalist, you will help us show not only what the media are reporting, but also how they are telling the story… Conforms to our editorial standards… You’ll understand and embrace BBC monitoring’s purpose and vision with the ability to implement this into everyday editorial tasks.”

Perhaps these factors might help to explain why the BBC so often portrays Israel in a negative light? Now, one might be inclined to think that people are entitled to their viewpoints, as we are accustomed to, and even insist, upon doing here in the U.S.

But the BBC is the British Broadcasting Corporation, and it is operated as a state-run entity, and so is an institution of the British government run for public consumption, in effect. So, it is, in its way, representing official dogma of the British government in its operation. And so, when it presents biased reportage favorable to the Palestinians and accusatory to Israel (and by extension, to the Jews), then it is presenting what would be deemed to be British policy, per se, on-air.

By not showing the story of the Jews’ thousands-upon-thousands of years of life being lived in the Jewish homeland of Israel, it presents a contrarian point that shows the BBC as a biased operator, favoring the side of the Arab enemies who attack the Jews. Their broad-based spectrum as a world service with portions of their operations (full support was cut from other streams of revenue a few years ago) funded through the government give it an unprecedented platform from which to trumpet their message. Such a responsibility should be shouldered with dignity and forthrightness — all found lacking in this single-minded endeavor.

Arab and/or Islamic terrorism has (once again) reached Europe, and England is experiencing some of its after-effects. As in so many other issues, we are still at a point where we can reverse course while we are able to, rather than charge straight into the lion’s den. The mouths of these lions will not be shut up and will devour, roar and rage against all in its path. I would hope that the leaders of those respective countries would fight against and tame that wild beast. Stay tuned for full coverage and news at 5:00 p.m.

For a sampling of sites and incidents on the issue of BBC anti-Semitism, see:

Soffer, Ari. “BBC Anchor Apologizes for Anti-Semitic Comment at Paris Rally,” January 12, 2015; Arutz Sheva: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/189837

Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA)’s subcategory, BBC Watch: http://bbcwatch.org/

Korol, Tabitha. “Bias at the BBC,” January 19, 2015; Opinion Piece; The Jewish Press: http://www.JewishPress.com/in-depth/opinions/bias-at-the-bbc/2015/01/19/

Further Information/Updates:

Sela, Hadar. “New Report Again Highlights BBC’s Gaza Conflict Reporting Failures,” December 12, 2015; Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA): http://bbcwatch.org/2015/12/12/new-report-again-highlights-bbcs-gaza-conflict-reporting-failures/

Yahoo news re-post of December 20, 2015 Agence France-Presse article, “Jihadists Stole ‘Tens of Thousands’ of Blank Passports: Report,” citing German newspaper Welt am Sonntag report citing Western intelligence sources: http://news.yahoo.com/jihadists-stole-tens-thousands-blank-passports-report-154955786.html

Additional Information (January 14, 2016):

Kent, Simon. “BBC Admits ‘Jews’ Anti-Semitism in Israel Coverage,” July 9, 2015; breitbart.com.: http://punditfromanotherplanet.com/2015/07/12/simon-kent-bbc-admits-jews-anti-semitism-in-israel-coverage/; (breitbart: 2015/07/09).

Crossley, Lucy. “BBC Reporter Faces Calls to Resign After He Tells Daughter of Holocaust Survivors After Paris Attacks: ‘Palestinians Suffer Hugely At Jewish Hands As Well,'” January 12, 2015 (Updated: January 17, 2015); MailOnline, DailyMail.com.: http://www.dailymail.co.UK/news/article-2906539/Calls-BBC-reporter-resign-told-daughter-Holocaust-survivors-Paris-Palestinians-suffer-hugely-Jewish-hands-well.html

Asserson, Trevor. “What Went Wrong at the BBC: A Public Monopoly Abusing Its Charter Through Bias Against Israel,” January 15, 2004; Jerusalem Viewpoints, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.: http://www.jcpa.org/jl/vp511.htm

Proclaiming Justice to the Nations. “BBC Admits ‘Gaza Under Attack’ Images Fabricated” (reprinted from an original article by Nick Hallett on July 8, 2014, entitled “Watch: BBC Admits ‘Gaza Under Attack’ Images Fabricated” at breitbart.com.: http://www.pjtn.org/bbc-admits-images-fabricated

Sela, Hadar. “The BBC Says Only Jews Can Be Terrorists, Not Palestinians,” January 7, 2016, Algemeiner.com.: http://www.algemeiner.com/2016/01/07/the-bbc-says-only-Jews-can-be-terrorists-not-palestinians

Harris, David. “Why Won’t the BBC Call Charlie Hebdo Attackers Terrorists?'”. clarionproject.org; January 27, 2015:

https://clarionproject.org/why-wont-bbc-arabic-call-charlie-hebdo-attackers-terrorists/

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