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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

PerfectlyWritePoetry: Recalling Film’s Great Laureate

PerfectlyWritePoetry: Recalling Film’s Great Laureate: There was a distinctly old-fashioned English air to a charity film show in Karmiel on Sunday. This was no surprise as the event, arranged b...

Sunday, 14 September 2014

The Enemies Within

“Oh, what a tangled web we weave

When first we practise to deceive!” 

(‘Marmion’, Walter Scott)

ADLSo it’s official. The Anti Defamation League has confirmed a  marked spike in global antisemitism during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge.

But as the tangled knots draw yet tighter, I’m increasingly concerned about the number of  young British Jews who have joined our enemies’ ranks and are fund-raising for Palestinian Gazans rather than beleaguered Israelis on the other side of the border.

Their attitude is reflected even by some IDF Intelligence officers who have decided they no longer wish to spy on Palestinians for ‘moral’ reasons. Go, figure!

Perhaps the high-minded preachers have forgotten or don’t care that it was Hamas’s constant rocket bombardment and the following kidnap and murder of three Israeli boys that triggered the 50 day campaign. Or are they  unaware that some southern Israeli traders have  fallen on hard times and have travelled north to earn much-needed cash before the High Holy Days begin?

So let me get down to business and state that the war saw a strange marriage of  Jewry’s greatest foes; that it was used quite openly as a peg on which to invert the anti-Jewish canard of attempted world domination with a concerted, international  multi-interest campaign against us.

While Britain experienced a 400 per cent rise in anti-Jewish incidents during July,  with almost half of them showing a direct link with events in the Gaza Strip, there were also shocking hate incidents throughout mainland Europe, South America, northern Africa, South Africa, Australia, the United States and Canada.

The ADL published its report on Thursday 11 September and the coincidental link with the 13th anniversary of the Al Qaeda terrorist attacks in New York and Washington D.C. will not be lost on anyone.

I’ll be blunt. ‘Antisemitism’ is a relatively modern political term for old-fashioned Jew-hatred; a phenomenon that may become weaker and stronger by turn but somehow topped a 60-year peak during Israel’s most recent war in Gaza at a level I never expected to witness in my lifetime.

What appeared to make it worse – and markedly different – was the slick, savvy way that Jewry’s enemies performed on social networking sites as well as on the streets. Much worse was seeing fellow Jews spewing anti-Israel hatred. I hesitate to shout ‘Quisling’, but ...

Moreover, I was shocked and also puzzled to note how community police officers sent to control demonstrations in Manchester, U.K. were video-recorded standing, smiling with their arms folded while a surly crowd swirled around them.  Why did they allow themselves to appear to collude with the brazenly professional protestors present? That’s another question yet to be answered in full.

Everything appeared to have been carefully pre-planned. It seemed that those responsible for the online hate fest, the physical demonstrations and verbal bullying acted according to an agenda devised by people unknown, anxious to activate attacks on both Israel as the Jewish state and the entire world Jewish population. But still Jews joined in!

While I expect to be derided for this view, I maintain that Operation Protective Edge in Gaza was the excuse, not the reason for what then happened.  Too many incidents reminded me, less of historic anti-Jewish pogroms than of the peculiarly skilful way the U.K. riots of 2010 and 2011 were coordinated. The first was a student tuition fee protest while the second, which spread like wildfire throughout England, was supposedly sparked by the death of a 29-year-old man in a police shooting.

As there has never been one major cause cited, I’m left unconvinced. These sort of incidents often pass without comment, let alone massive disturbance. Why was this one different? None of my preliminary research gives a firm answer. I suggest that this year, like 2010 and 2011, the professional rent-a-mobsters were brought in to make a terrible situation quite unbearable.

But now everyone in the free world faces the consequences of allowing chaos to take hold, if only briefly and of bowing to a vociferous religious minority for fear of being labelled ‘racist’. Might has become right and now we see Muslim – yes, Muslim – paedophile gangs in western Europe and  Islamist ISIS terrorists wallowing in their barbaric blood lust throughout the Middle East. 

It is well-documented that an Al Qaeda cell based in Hamburg, Germany helped to  plot the 2001 9/11 attacks.  Less reported is that Jew haters across the political spectrum have worked together for at least 40 years and may have planted the seeds of this year’s global anti-Jewish mayhem.

Events began at the Munich Olympics in 1972 when a German police officer and eleven Israeli Olympic athletes were taken hostage and killed by the Palestinian Black September terrorist group.

In a feature published by Fox News for the opening of the 2012 London Olympics and reposted for this year’s 42nd anniversary of the attack, Guri Weinberg, the actor son of murdered athlete, Moshe Weinberg, recalled how Black September was helped by German Neo-Nazis to obtain fake identities, weapons and access to the Olympic village.

Far worse was the confirmation of institutionalised neo-Nazism and antisemitism at the very pinnacle of the international Olympic movement. Avery Brundage, head of the IOC at the time of the massacre and his protégé Juan Samaranch were both Nazi sympathisers.

Indeed Samaranch, Brundage’s protégé and the second longest-serving IOC president, also supported the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco. But his views were kept “a dirty secret”, alleged Weinberg Junior. “Most IOC members knew the truth but stayed silent because he organised a regal lifestyle for them -- with money diverted from sport”.

So if anyone wants to know why the International Olympic Committee will never memorialise the victims of the 1972 terrorist attack at Munich, they should first examine the history of the modern Olympics.

Yet as I’ve remarked elsewhere, the backstory really began in 1909 after the Austrian government passed the “Aryan Paragraph" law forbidding sports clubs from accepting Jewish members. So it’s nothing short of miraculous that Israelis were ever allowed to compete at the Olympics let alone have homage paid to their countrymen slain in  Munich.

Angela.MerkelAs I write, The Times of Israel reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel today, Sunday 14 September, led a rally against antisemitism  at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate.

The event, which marked the 75th anniversary of the start of World War II and reflected on the outburst of anti-Jewish hatred during the recent Israel-Hamas war,  coincided with a meeting in Berlin of the World Jewish Congress.

I like Mrs Merkel very much. She appears to be a thoroughly decent, practical person who aims not for image but integrity. The world deserves more low-key politicians with high principles.  But there are too few in evidence. My hope is that someone like Merkel will help explain what really happened this summer. But I fear that we’re in for a long wait.

I sign off with video clips of interviews with two more righteous non-Jews.

First I present Chloé Simone Valdary, a Zionist and pro-Israel activist who  is a senior and an International Studies major at the University of New Orleans.

Second, a speedy look at the Gaza War by the U.K.’s  Colonel Richard Kemp, who spent a long time in Israel this summer, actively helping the IDF,  addressing civilian groups and being interviewed by the Israeli media. I salute both of them for their wisdom and courage.

© Natalie Wood (14 September 2014)

Friday, 5 September 2014

PerfectlyWritePoetry: Be Happy – Sing ‘Adon Olam’!

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Monday, 1 September 2014

“Say ‘No’ to Yachad”!

Barry.ShawBarry Shaw is a Manchester-born Israel advocate who has lived in Netanya for many years.

Below I post without comment a letter he has circulated urging that the Board of Deputies of British Jews prevent Yachad U.K. – the self-styled ‘pro Israel, pro peace' group – from becoming a BoD member.

Accompanying his letter is  an ‘action plan’ urging recipients to lobby BoD members, synagogues and  other BoD affiliates to join the campaign:

Say ‘No!’ to Yachad!  Campaign

Yachad Logo

The Board of Deputies of British Jews is to vote to allow a Jewish group called Yachad into its ranks.

Last Yom HaZikaron and Independence Day, while Israelis and Jews worldwide were honouring the sacrifice of our fallen soldiers, Yachad held a conference in London hosting “Breaking the Silence” that calls our brave I.D.F. soldiers “war criminals’. This is the type of anti-Israel activity that Yachad embraces.

Hannah Weisfeld is the head of Yachad.  Like Nava Pillay, the infamous  head of the UN Human Rights Council, she sponsors actions calling Israel ‘war criminals’. Apparently, Pillay and Weisfeld share the same agenda.

On the day the BoD were to vote to  accept Yachad, Israel was at war against Palestinian Islamic terror in Gaza. It was the day we buried four of our brave soldiers who died in defence of Israel. It was the day that another seven, all members of the elite Golani Brigade, were killed.

The BoD decided to delay the vote.  The BoD must not be seen to be complicit in supporting a group that advocates the notion that the IDF and Israeli soldiers are criminals.

Yachad regularly defames Israel. It actively promotes anti-Israel tours to the territories. Its guide is the leader of ‘Breaking the Silence’, a radical Israeli fringe group.

Yachad says they oppose BDS but they also state they “do not support new investment inside the Israeli controlled West Bank, including in East Jerusalem.” So they do support BDS.

Yachad supports a Palestinian unity government and demands that Israel engages with Hamas.  Hamas just engaged with us. Well done, Yachad!

Like J Street in America, Yachad claims to be “pro-Israel”, even as they act against the Israel.

There are ways to peace and reconciliation. Turning people against Israel, as Yachad does, is not one of them.

Weisfeld falsely claims to represent “the silent majority” of British Jews. She doesn't. Instead, she represents a radical minority, totally rejected by Israeli society.

Yachad was rejected by the Zionist Federation who is aware of their true colours. Now she wants to speak in the name of the British Jewish community by entering into the Board of Deputies. This must not be allowed.

There should be no place within mainstream British Jewry for any Jewish group that demonises and delegitimises the Jewish State of Israel.

Instead of Yachad outlawing Israel, Yachad itself must be outlawed.

Contact your synagogues, Jewish organisations, and charities who are represented on the BoD. A list is attached.

Lobby your BoD representatives and demand that they totally reject the application of Yachad when it appears on the agenda of the Board of Deputies meeting.

Thank you for your support.

Barry Shaw,

“Say ‘No!’ to Yachad” Campaign. 

© Natalie Wood (01 September 2014)

Sunday, 31 August 2014


What a cheek!












© Natalie Wood (31 August 2014)

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

To Warm the Heart …. and Chill the Blood!

In this clip, members of the Muslim Circassian community of Israel speak of their pride in being Israeli and their support for Israel. The Imam of the village of Rahanis, Sheikh Farok Zinadin, is especially vocal in his warm support.

However, shocking scenes posted on an Arabic-language Facebook page (below) captures hundreds of Hamas followers rallying on the Temple Mount, calling to “spill the blood” of the “infidels” and to hit Tel Aviv. Translated by Dr. Mordechai Kedar, an Israeli scholar of Arabic literature and a lecturer at Bar-Ilan University, the footage shows masked Hamas supporters chanting slogans of hate and violence like “bless the ‘cigarettes’ (code for rockets)” and “smash Zionist heads”.

The frenzied crowd proclaims allegiance to Hamas, and Seraya al-Aksa, the military wing of Fatah and Hamas. Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority, is chair of the Fatah party. “There can be no doubt that a relentless second front in the existential war that Hamas and the like are waging against Israel has geared up on the Temple Mount,” stated Linda Olmert, deputy director of Haliba, the movement for freedom of worship on the Mount. “Just as little four-year-old Daniel Tragerman, who was murdered by Hamas, breathed his last in Nahal Oz (southern community near the border with Gaza),” Olmert adds, a “despicable terrorist proudly displays the ISIS flag” on the Temple Mount, which states: “There is no deity but Allah. Mohammed is his messenger”. The YouTube video “demonstrates that there is no denying that ISIS and Hamas are one”.

© Natalie Wood (27 August 2014)

To Trust and Trust Not!

All the must-read, trendy liberal lefty news outlets that have done their utmost to harm Israel are now hand-wringing about the massive spike in world antisemitism. Strange isn't it?

Funny, that it's all happened after Israel began to pull its ground troops out of Gaza following Operation Protective Edge. Weird that the world’s bravest,  best war and defence correspondents with their accompanying cameramen were too timid to tell the truth while the war was at its height.

Peculiar that we were treated to clip after clip  of  killed and maimed Palestinian women and children but of no dead or injured  IDF troops – let alone any of terrified Israeli civilians running for their lives from the constant barrage of rockets on their homes in towns like Sederot and Be’er Sheva.

PallywoodOdd, how the misjudged disappearance of late Israeli 2nd-Lt. Hadar Goldin was treated as devious Israeli Government P.R., while everyone decided to believe the outrageously deceitful ‘Pallywood’ productions staged at Hamas-held hospitals, churches and schools with their use of recycled, airbrushed photographs from other conflicts, people pretending to be dead or injured and doe-eyed children covered in latex fake blood patches.

But don’t worry! This sort of fauxtography has a fine history, starting as far back as World War 1 with the con artistry of US-born RAF pilot, Wesley D Archer.

There’s also huge competition  for the best definition of chutzpa – the Yiddish word for brazen cheek. This time the gong goes jointly to all the major international news outlets, which together and apart allow themselves to be continually coerced, corrupted and otherwise manipulated by Hamas and the sheiks who fund them.

Despite the phraseology generally employed, members of Hamas (Arabic for ‘resistance’) are not heroic freedom-fighting ‘militants’  but a bunch of snivelling toe rag terrorists who scavenge like rats in underground tunnels, exploit innocent children to help build them and hide behind tea-towel masks so as to appear as frightening as possible.

For  more years than I care to recall, newspapers like The Guardian and The Independent with broadcast media led by BBC News and latterly Sky News have done their utmost to portray Israel as the prime pantomime villain of the M.E. Now Jews worldwide – even and especially those who profess to distance themselves from Israel – are  reaping the poison that they sowed.

How dare The Guardian, the great anti-Israel manipulator pen this? “Attacks on (U.K.) synagogues, Jewish shops and individuals – even children – are rising. They are inexcusable”. 

How could Rod Liddle,  as a columnist for The Sunday Times, write solemnly about the UK Jewish Film Festival-Tricycle Theatre row : “As I see it, it is an act of antisemitism and may well be breaking the law, under section 29 of the Equality Act. Most of those involved in this grotesque act of discrimination are not really antisemitic. They are instead infantile, metro-liberal, radical chic narcissists …”

Only the previous week, Times Newspapers had rejected anti-Hamas advertising featuring Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel,  because those making the decision feared the strong wording would offend readers! However, with customary bare-faced audacity, The Guardian picked up the gauntlet and was due to run the advertisement  on Tuesday 11 August.

I could go on, mention an erudite feature by The Telegraph’s Charles Moore  or the personal article by  Hilary Freeman, one of the Mail Online’s Jewish reporters. I am sure both individuals are sincere. But as I  wrote in October last year,  I worry about the Mail’s ambivalent attitude to Jewish matters. When it surfaces like it did during a campaign to destroy Ed Miliband’s credibility as Labour leader by impugning his late father, Ralph’s loyalty to Britain, it leaves the stench of stale Nazism hanging in the air. Alas, I have  too many similar examples to include here.

All of which brings me to the sudden  resignation of Sayeeda Baroness Warsi, who until early August was serving as Foreign Office Minister in Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron’s cabinet. 

There may be many reasons why Baroness Warsi resigned, but like other people (please see pro-Israel commentator, Douglas Murray’s views above) I suggest her policy about Israel’s war  with Hamas in Gaza comes some way down the list.

Understandably, she is less pro-community cohesion than anti-Islamophobia; more concerned about her precarious position at Westminster than in inventive Holocaust remembrance.

However her response to Chancellor George Osborne, who claimed her resignation was ‘unnecessary’, was noteworthy:

“My actions”, she retorted with a thinly veiled reference to IDF Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, “would not have been necessary if he had done what he should have done, which is pick up the phone to people he is incredibly close to and say, ‘It’s unnecessary for you to meet your ends by taking out power stations, taking out homes, taking out schools and killing kids on beaches’.

Lord.Ahmed.Baroness.WarsiAlso revealing was an episode some years ago when the ‘principled’ Lady Warsi  spoke in Urdu during a dinner in Rotherham, Yorkshire and praised fellow Muslim peer Nazir Lord Ahmed. She then remarked: One of the lessons we have learnt … is that not all Muslims who go into politics are principled. Not all Muslims that are involved with politics are Lord Ahmed. Not all of them put their community first, and career second”.

This is the same Lord Ahmed who  has been imprisoned for dangerous driving and later resigned from the Labour Party over allegations of antisemitism.

Principles are as principles do. I rest my case.

Mark.UlyseasThis piece first appeared in the September 2014 edition of Live Encounters magazine ( edited by Mark Ulyseas, a faithful supporter of Israel and all matters Jewish.

© Natalie Wood (27 August 2014)

Saturday, 23 August 2014

‘Allah Gave Israel to the Jews’!

From the impossible to the improbable! Eliyokim Cohen of Jews News recently introduced baffled readers to a real live  Zionist  Moslem sheikh !
Sheikh.Ahmad.Adwan“There is no ‘Palestine’ in the Koran. Allah gave Israel to the Jews’, insists Sheikh Ahmad Adwan, who describes himself as a “Muslim scholar who lives in Jordan
He wrote  on his personal Facebook page that Allah has assigned the Holy Land to the Children of Israel until the Day of Judgment (Koran, Sura 5 – “The Sura of the Table”, Verse 21), and added: “We made the Children of Israel the inheritors (of the land)” (Koran, Sura 26 – “The Sura of the Poets”, Verse 59).

“I say to those who distort their Lord’s book, the Koran: From where did you bring the name Palestine, you liars, you accursed, when Allah has already named it “The Holy Land” and bequeathed it to the Children of Israel until the Day of Judgment. There is no such thing as ‘Palestine’ in the Koran. Your demand for the Land of Israel is a falsehood and it constitutes an attack on the Koran, on the Jews and their land. Therefore you won’t succeed, and Allah will fail you and humiliate you, because Allah is the one who will protect them (i.e. the Jews)”.

The sheikh added: “The Palestinians are the killers of children, the elderly and women. They attack the Jews and then they use those (children, the elderly and women) as human shields and hide behind them, without mercy for their children as if they weren’t their own children, in order to tell the public opinion that the Jews intended to kill them. This is exactly what I saw with my own two eyes in the 70’s, when they attacked the Jordanian army, which sheltered and protected them.

“Instead of thanking it (the Jordanian army), they brought their children forward to (face) the Jordanian army, in order to make the world believe that the army kills their children. This is their habit and custom, their viciousness, their having hearts of stones towards their children, and their lying to public opinion, in order to get its support”.

It has been reported that Sheikh Adwan visited Israel, met Jewish religious scholars and was interviewed by the “Israel in Arabic” site when he explained that the reason for his openness towards the Jewish people “comes from my acknowledgment of their sovereignty on their land and my belief in the Koran, which told us and emphasised this in many places, like His (Allah’s) saying ”Oh People (i.e the Children of Israel), enter the Holy Land which Allah has assigned unto you” (Koran, Sura 5 – “The Sura of the Table”, Verse 21), and His saying “We made the Children of Israel the inheritors (of the land)” (Koran, Sura 26 – “The Sura of the Poets”, Verse 59) and many other verses.

He (Adwan) added: “(The Jews) are peaceful people who love peace, who are not hostile and are not aggressors, but if they are attacked, they defend themselves while causing as little damage to the attackers as possible. It is an honour for them that Allah has chosen them over the worlds – meaning over the people and the Jinns until the Day of Judgment. I made the reasons for Allah’s choice clear in my books and pamphlets. When Allah chose them, He didn’t do so out of politeness, and He wasn’t unjust to other peoples, it is just that they (the Jews) deserved this.”


I close this post with a clip featuring British commentator Douglas Murray, currently one of Israel’s most fiercely loyal non-Jewish friends.

© Natalie Wood (23 August 2014)