Why Europe Has a Problem with Israel

In the video below, from Prager University, we hear from Daniel Gordis, President of the Shalem College in Jerusalem.  He zeroes in on the source of the problem in this fascinating look at the complex relationship between Europe, Israel and the Arab World.
There are many reasons why Europe and the rest of the world hate Israel and it is usually a combination or none of the commonly held reasons. This is an interesting theory, but sadly I fear it is only one of a plethora of reasons that Israel is constantly under fire. Whatever happened to Live and Let Live?

Why Europe Has A Problem With Israel
Some information on Prager University:
Dennis Prager claims it is possible to get the “education you missed” five minutes at a time.The website for Prager Universiy provides just that~educated talks only five minutes long. He covers a wide variety of topics and while you may not agree with all the opinions, you may just get a different point of view…
Prager University~Get The Education You Missed

The Irresponsible Liberal Media

The liberal media has been frothing at the mouth over the idea that the murderous mad man of Norway was a “Fundamentalist Christian”. (Well, some are blaming the Jooos…) But this clip is about the absurdity that has become our mainstream media. Think about it–just what is the media planting into the minds of listeners? Listen to this report…

Israel Apartheid Week

Israel Apartheid Week is upon us, and once again the only democracy in the Middle-East (that would be Israel) is being vilified. We at Israel Vision have felt the effects of the anti-Israel movement.

More and more we receive letters that are “returned to sender” with less than friendly remarks. Here are just two examples. In both cases the box checked says “Addressee has gone away”. It is possible the “messages” came from someone at the Royal Mail. In the second letter one can clearly see that the red sticker was put on top of the hand written Return to Sender, then below in a different ink is written a very ugly message. My apologies for the language, but this is what we received.

The first claim that we are British Passport Thieves is almost comical, considering Six British SAS soldiers were arrested in Libya this week, carrying passports from several different countries–Oh My!

Dubai police accused Israel of using fake passports in the death of Hamas murderer and weapons smuggler, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. To date there has never been proof that Israel was involved. Both Hamas and Dubai police have said that Mabhouh had enemies across the Middle East, any of whom would have had a motive for his murder. It has even been said that the PA was involved. But it is much easier to accuse Israel. In reality, anyone who thinks that the Secret Services of any country in this world do not use fake passports is living in fairyland.

The second letter is more disturbing. I somehow doubt the message writer has ever been to Israel or know of the contributions Israelis have made and continue to make to the world. I will also guess they have never experienced a suicide bombing in a busy cafe or on a full bus.

Do those who write hateful messages know that this week Israel marked the third Yartzeit of 8 young boys murdered in cold blood while studying Torah? They were aged 15 to 18 and one aged 26. The gunman fired between 500 to 600 rounds into them before he was finally stopped. I wonder if the message writer knows what it is like when a car is ambushed and four people are shot to death at close range (just to be sure they are dead)--one of them a 9-months pregnant woman?

Yes, Israel did go into Gaza–after  tens of thousands of bombs were fired on its civilians. Yes, a lot of Gazans died, but in the end, even Hamas admitted that the majority were fighters. Civilians died but they were not targeted. In fact, Israel dropped leaflets and called the homes before they attacked (do you know any other army that does this?). Hamas uses civilians as shields.

The fact is that Israel is the Only Democracy in the Middle-East, and the Only Country in the Middle-East that dismantled Arab refugee camps. ALL of the Palestinian Refugee camps are in Arab Countries! Palestinian Arabs in Israel were given full citizenship, they  have elected members in the Israeli government (who sadly, are trying to destroy the country). Jews and Arabs are both Doctors and Patients in Israeli hospitals. The list is endless, yet in cities all over the world banners of hatred will fly and letters like the one above will be returned with insults.

The clip below highlights the narrow-mindedness of those who hate–just because it is the “in thing” to hate Israel. Hopefully good people will not partake in this hate-fest.

The Shepherd Hotel~Here Are the Facts

Once again the world media is in an uproar because the old Shepherd Hotel in the Shimon HaTzaddik neighborhood in Jerusalem was demolished–Oh, Wait–it was not the entire building–only the wing that had been added during the Jordanian occupation was taken down. However, according to the mainstream media the entire hotel was demolished “as part of “Israel’s policy of ethnic cleansing”. Once again the hysterics and lies take the front page.

The First Lie:
As Councilman Elisha Peleg (Likud) told reporters:
As we were forced to preserve the building, we will turn it into the neighborhood synagogue and dedicate it to the memory of the Holocaust victims.

The synagogue will be doubly symbolic: It will replace the house of the mufti and it will mark the point where 78 physicians, nurses and patients were murdered on their way to Mount Scopus in 1948″.

The “currently abandoned” Shepherd Hotel was legally purchased by Dr. Irving Moskowitz of the US back in 1985–years before Oslo reared its destructive head. His plans to build Jewish homes there met up with various bureaucratic and political obstacles, but now–25 years later–they have begun taking on physical shape and form. Moskowitz and his wife Cherna also purchased the land on which the Ma’aleh HaZeitim complex continues to be built, opposite the Mount of Olives. Although there are those claiming this is another Israeli “land grab” it is nothing of the sort. Let’s look at facts…
  

Abandoned~The Shepherd Hotel

 The Hotel:
A bit of reading tells us that the building did not start out as a hotel. It was built in the 1930s as a home for Haj Amin Al-Husseini, who was the former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem–the same one who led the murderous riots against the Jews in British Mandate Palestine.

 When the British Mandate government deported Al-Husseini, the building was confiscated and turned into a military outpost for the British Army. At the end of the British Mandate, the building was transferred to the ownership of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, which expanded the original structure, only then did it become the Shepherd Hotel. Following the Six Day War, the hotel became the property of the Government of Israel. It was used by the Ministry of Justice, and as a district courthouse. On 05 November 1985, C & M properties legally purchased the building and surrounding land from the Government of Israel. With the beginning of the first Intifada in 1987, the Border Police leased the building and stayed there for about 15 years before moving to their new building alongside Highway One. Since then, and up to the present, the property has been abandoned.

Husseni with Hitler~21 November 1941

Haj Amin Al-Husseini: Born in 1893 in Jerusalem (then under Ottoman rule), Husseini had his first taste of Jihad in 1914 when he swore allegiance to the Ottoman Empire  during the Armenian genocide–where  1.5 million Christians were slaughtered. During World War II, Al-Husseini met with Hitler and mobilized Muslim support for the Nazis among Muslims. On his own, he established a unit that murdered hundreds of thousands of Jews in Yugoslavia.

The Muslim community had rejected Al-Husseini (he placed 4th in the vote) for the position of Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, because he had no credible  Islamic education–he was neither a Sheikh (religiously accredited leader) nor an Alim (Islamic scholar). The British in their great wisdom appointed him anyway, making him the pre-eminent Arab power in Palestine at the time. 

In 1922 Al-Husseini restored the of Dome of the Rock (he also had it gold-plated for the 1st time) and Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.  Is only from this point in time that Jerusalem began to take on importance as  a Holy Muslim site to the Arab World. Muslims around the world pray while facing towards Mecca–which means that in Jerusalem, to this very day, their butts are turned towards their “Holy Golden Dome”.

In 1928 he became a central figure in the Muslim Brotherhood, which preaches Wahhabi Islam calling for violent means to rid the Muslim world of all non-Islamic elements.  Their vision was for a Pan-Islamic Empire–where strict Islamic law rules over all. Nothing much has changed. By 1929 he was organizing more riots, spreading rumors–anything to turn the Muslims against the Jews. It is during this time that the murder of Jews in Hebron (this Jewish community was over 2,000 years old) took place. In 1931 he created the World Islamic Congress. By 1933 Arab-Nazi groups were springing up all over the middle-east. Egypt’s political slogan was a direct translation from  German Nazis: “One Folk, One Party, One Leader”.  Al-Husseini would become the main leader of the 1936 riots, using the Nazi methodology of “systematic extermination” to eliminate opponents, including Muslims. His weapon of choice was suicide squads.

By 1937 he was on Hitler’s payroll. He met with Benito Mussolini, the genocidal butcher of Ethiopians in Africa. Mussolini vowed to help with the Palestine cause against the Jews.  Al-Husseini also declared a Fatwa-Jihad against Britain. 

In 1941  Al-Husseini sent volunteers to the Iraqi Army for a Pro-Nazi Coup in Baghdad. He also met with Adolph Hitler and was actively involved in the decision to exterminate all Jews through the Final Solution. It is said that Hitler had been content to deport the Jews to Palestine, which would be a threat to Al-Husseini’s stronghold, so he pushed (successfully) for the extermination of all European Jews.The legacy of this pillar of evil who, by the way, was Yasser Arafat’s teacher and Uncle was carried right to his death in 1974–and remains alive and well to this very day. His famous words, Murder the Jews, Murder them all are still in use!

Now–Some facts about the Neighborhood of Shimon HaTzadik:
Inscription: ben Hakohen Hagadol

Shimon HaTzadik (Simon the Pious) lived during the beginning of the Second Temple period. Shimon HaTzadik served as the Kohen Gadol (High Priest) for a period of forty years. He was said to be an incredibly righteous man –a Tzadik, and during his lifetime  is said to have accomplished extraordinary things.

Inside Shimon HaTzadik’s Tomb

Tradition holds, that when Alexander of Macedon (332 BCE), stood at the Gates of Jerusalem, Shimon HaTzadik donned the Bigdei Lavan (White Garments) that he wore on Yom Kippur when he entered the Holy of Holies, and went out to meet Alexander. When the  Emperor saw Shimon HaTzaddik, he dismounted and prostrated himself on the ground before Shimon. His generals were very puzzled and asked him why he was bowing to the Jew, he replied that every night before a victory, he would see in a dream a figure that looked exactly like the Jewish High Priest, who would advise him on tactics to use the following day. And that advice had never failed him.

Shimon HaTzaddik took Alexander the Great on a tour of the Temple and Alexander requested that a marble image of himself be placed in the Temple. Shimon demurred, saying that it was forbidden for the Jews to have images, and certainly not in the Temple. He suggested that to memorialize the occasion of the Emperor’s visit to the Holy City of the Jews that all male babies born that year would receive the name “Alexander”. The Emperor liked the idea, and that is how the name Alexander became part of names given to Jewish male babies.

Shimon HaTzadik’s Tomb 1900

Shimon’s Tomb is traditionally located in a cave just meters from the cave tomb complexes that are unquestionably of Second Temple times. This location as Shimon’s tomb was attested in 1235. It is depicted on illustrated charts of Jewish holy sites published by the Israel Museum.

After the UN General Assembly recommended partition, the area of Shimon HaTzadik witnessed the beginning of violence as well as the first flight of refugees who could not return after the War of Independence.

What is not popularly know is that those first refugees were Jews–yet this is well documented.

Shimon HaTzadik’s Tomb Today

So, the pictures showing the poor “Palestinians” sitting on piles of rubbish shedding tears over the “destruction” of their neighborhood is at best a good photo-op for the anti-Israel media.

It is not ethnic cleansing for Jews to legally purchase land to build homes. It is ethnic cleansing for the Arab world to demand a Judenrein state for the “Palestinians”. If the PA wanted peace they would have had it in 1948–the fact is they do not want peace, they want the Jews gone–nothing has changed.

Danile Lurie, Executive Director of Ateret Cohanim Association:  

“It is very symbolic, that the home of this former Nazi sympathizer is being razed–even so many years later–to make way for Jews to return to Jerusalem. This building is a symbol of genocide…

The Jews are now returning to our natural home; no one can claim that Jerusalem is not Jewish, and this particular spot is in the heart of Jerusalem. Some Arabs live here, but it is a Jewish area. Shimon HaTzadik  is buried here, Jews live right below, the Police Headquarters are located nearby. The natural process of the Jews returning home is continuing, and with G-d’s help it will pick up even more steam.”

Quoted from PM Netanyahu: 
“…united Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish people and of the State of Israel.  Our sovereignty over it cannot be challenged; this means that residents of Jerusalem may purchase apartments in all parts of the city…hundreds of apartments in Jewish neighborhoods and in the western part of the city have been purchased by–or rented to–Arab residents, and we did not interfere.  This says that there is no ban on Arabs buying apartments in the western part of the city and there is no ban on Jews buying or building apartments in the eastern part of the city.”

Quoted from FM Lieberman: 
“Thousands of Arab families buy homes in Jerusalem in the Neve Yaakov and French Hill neighborhoods…It would be very strange–and I am trying to be subtle–if the State of Israel decides to discriminate against Jews, especially in Jerusalem, and does not allow them to buy and to build throughout Jerusalem.”

* Reprinted from frumlife with permission

The Truth~The Real Baby-Killers

As part of our wish to report the “Real Truth” we will be posting videos and pictures showing how Israel is being maligned in the media and elsewhere. Politicians, educators, and other groups have climbed on the Anti-Israel bandwagon. Yes, Israel has faults–what country does not! But the claims of the PLO and their backers have become evil lies. Google, Wikipedia and many online sites have been gradually trying to change history. Don’t take the easy read–go to a library and read encyclopedias written before the internet took over. Search for both sides of the story. 
Here is one lie that the world fell for…In the below video it gives a Youtube link where the Palestinians claim this baby was killed in Gaza–A Lie! Sadly, the link has been removed from Youtube for shocking and disgusting content. 

New Trends in Arab Anti-Semitism~Part 2

You can read the transcript of the below video on the MEMRI sitefollowing are some excerpts from a TV program on the Holocaust and antisemitism and a studio debate with Sa’id Okasha of the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies. The footage and debate aired on Al-Faraeen TV on January 29, 2010.
Sa’id Okasha
 The video opens with a skewed narration about the holocaust which at one point is referred to as…Hitlers famous measures against the Jews.
At 2:36 Egyptian Researcher Sa’id Okasha is “interviewed” on the intro by Al-Faraeen TV.  He tries to challenge the totally false reports and antisemitic myths the female interviewer has just presented. 
You must listen to the hateful tone in her voice as she constantly cuts him off and refuses to let him finish a sentence. You can see the frustration on his face and here it in his voice. Actually, one wonders why they called him to the interview at all.
At 6:25 she says…Mr. Sa’id we didn’t invite you here to cause trouble for us, live on TV. But of course this is only the beginning. Do read the full transcript of the interview, it is one of the best examples of how the Arab media twists and turns the facts and are able to outright deny the truth when it is presented to them–even when the presenter is one of their own researchers!
At 9:27 begins a series of hate-spewing programs from arabic tv…the last punishment was carried out by Hitler… followed by …allah willing the next time will be at the hands of the believers.
At 10:02 another smarmy imam begins showing WWII pictures …lets watch the holocausts that the Jews underwent which were allahs way of wreaking vengeance on them…this is of course a part of the corruption of Germany by the Jews…
At 10:59 he is becoming excited at the scenes…Note the humiliation on his face, allah be praised…The muslim mind only wants to see others (non-muslims) humiliated–and of course dead.
At 12:36 we again see the segment of a Jewish women kissing a soldiers hand. The speaker declares…notice what humiliation, fear and terror have struck her. But he is dead wrong. The scene in question is actually a British soldier and she was kissing his hand because he was one of the liberation forces that ended her horror.
This segment and in fact most of the pieces of film are taken from a 59 minute film made up of “original reels of film” that were taken by the liberation forces when they reached the death camps. The woman kissing the soldiers hand was taken from Reel #6 at Belsen camp (54:01)The American and British soldiers carefully recorded the horrors they found in the camps for all time. I strongly suggest you follow this link to Atlas Shrugs where you can watch the entire set of reels. 

At 12:46 under a picture of dead bodies the arab narrator states…this is what we hope will happen, but, allah willing at the hand of muslims. 
This is not a New Trend in arab antisemitism, it is merely the continuation of hundreds of years of hatred. While the rest of humanity moved forward, and developed the muslim world has wallowed in their swamp of ignorance and violence. They have kept their generations uneducated, primitive and seething with hatred. They do not even get along with each other. Yet, the world cries for Israel to “make peace”…
* Printed with permission from frumlife

PA Claims: Mary is Palestinain & Jesus was the First Shaheed

The Palestinian Authority always looks for ways to incite Christian hatred of Jews worldwide and this year is no exception. In 2009 Arutz 7 ran this post which claimed similar baiting comments. The incident that started things off this year was an AFP report that  a mayor in Nazareth objected to Christmas trees in the squares.
The story in its entirety can be read on Arutz 7 here. Here is an excerpt:
The suburb in question, Nazareth Illit, was established for the express purpose of creating a Jewish neighborhood next to Arab Nazareth. Over the past decade, however, thousands of Arabs have taken advantage of Israeli democracy to move  into the Jewish neighborhood, and it has become dangerous for Jews to walk down certain streets due to Arab harassment. Mayor Shimon Gapso and many of the Jewish residents see the demand by Arabs to put Christmas trees in public squares as just another act of Arab-nationalist chutzpah.
Of course, what they always fail to report is that in the areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority, Christians have been murdered, tortured, and intimidated into leaving ever since the PA took over. Nowhere is this more evident than in Bethlehem, a city which Christians hold sacred as Jesus’s birthplace–although PA authorities are happy to receive tourist revenues during the Christian holiday seasons. If you are in doubt just check the population drop in Christians since the PA has been in charge! In Bethlehem, the Christian population went from a 60 percent majority in 1990 to a 40 percent minority in 2000, to about 15 percent of the city’s total population in 2008. That figure continues to drop with threats and persecution. The same is true of Gaza where the Christian population is down to about 3,000 and don’t forget that Hamas had Christian graves dug up because they were “contaminating the ground”.
Christians are welcomed and protected by the Israeli government. As long as they are not trying to proselytize, Jews don’t pay much attention to the tens of thousands who walk through the streets to visit their Holy Places. In fact, if you go to Ben Yehuda street in Jerusalem on most nights (including Motzei Shabbat–when Shabbat ends) you will find Christian groups singing their songs. Crowds gather to listen and some take pictures, but nobody bothers them.

Let’s be honest here, if Israel were to be taken over by the Islamists every Christian and Jewish site would eventually be a mosque. These are the facts. Don’t fall for propaganda. 

The Same Old Lies