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Friday, July 30, 2010

The Last 70 Years Full of Anti-Semitism

WWII started on September 1, 1939 when Nazi Germany entered Poland. America was officially in the war when Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941. I remember that my brother was born in 1942 and I was so happy to have baby brother at that time. I was already told that I probably wouldn't get the bike I wanted that year due to the war going on. A baby would keep me happy instead. I got my bike anyway due to my clever father.

This was a terribble time for Jews. We lost 6 million in that war. anti-semitism is still going on right here in the USA. The year 2009 saw 1,211 incidents of vandalism, harassment and physical assaults against us, or property and community institutions. In 2008 we had even more attacks, numbering 1,352.

The latest attacks include 29 physical assaults, 760 incidents of ant-Semitic harassment and threats and 422 cases of anti-Semitic vandalism.

There was a shooting attack on the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C by a Holocaust denier that led to the death of a security guard, 4 Muslim converts trying to bomb synagogues in Riverdale, NY that was thwarted, thank G-d, and picketing of institutions and community centers by anti-semites. I saw that here during our AIPAC dinner and it is also reported to have happened by members of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church who are most anti-Semitic.

States having the most reports were California with 275, New York with 209, New Jersey with 132, and Florida with 90. The internet is seeing lots of anti-semetic websites, even on Facebook and My Space and YouTube.

A few days ago on July 26th, a Maryland synagogue was vandalized with swastikas and anti-Semitic writings. This was B'nai Shalom synagogue in Olney, 20 miles north of Washington, D.C. They spray-painted on the building's walls, parking lot and light posts. They wrote "Juden raus," meaning: Jews-out!. Also was seen "work will set u free" a phrase found in Auschwitz's death camp. To us older folk who were but babes during the 2nd WW, it makes us freeze up. If that wasn't enough, they also wrote, "Death 2 Zionists."

This is being investigated rightfully so as a hate crime.

No, anti-semitism hasn't died out like the measles. It's still with our population, sometimes lying in an incubation period just waiting to pop out. We're still being used as scapegoats.

Resource: Jewish Review August 1, 2010

J Street and Alan Dershowitz Tangle

J Street Plays for Power by Slamming Israel

by Nadene Goldfoot

Our Jewish Review has an article today by Alan Dershowitz, the lawyer and my favorite defender of Israel. In fact, today I've been reading his book, "The Case Against Israel's Enemies: Exposing Jimmy Carter and Others Who Stand in the War of Peace. He's my hero.

He's my hero even though he's more liberal than I am. Right now he's mad at J Street and has exposed them for what they are. I've been disgusted with J Street ever since I discovered them last year.

J Street is power hungry, trying to break AIPAC's power, which I belong to, by the way, and who I think are terribly liberal for my tastes, and in order to gain this power is attacking Limbaugh and Palin who have spoken well of Israel and lumping Dershowitz with them. J Street's leader is Jeremy Ben-Ami who has been lying about what Dershowitz stands for. Dershowitz is for the two-state solution and end of " occupation" in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria). I have come to the conclusion that I'm not agreeing with him in that but agree with Dershowitz in every other way. He's one person that presents logical facts and conclusions. He's a lawyer who has not been afraid to speak up for Israel. We've certainly needed his support.

Dershowitz explains that J Street is focusing on the 20% of issues which can be disagreed with and he focuses on the 80% of issues that have a broad consensus within the pro-Israel community.

I feel that Israel is a democracy and has the right to decide on these things. After living there for 5 1/2 years, I know that Americans have no clue as to what it's like to live in Israel and have to contend with the things they are faced with, such as rockets and mortars and such. I feel we have to trust Israelis to make the right decisions. We're not out there sending our sons into battle or risking our necks with the neighbors who want to kill us. Israelis are not shmegeggis. They're more than intelligent. They're even more than brave. Know thy enemy, as the saying goes, and I feel Israelis know their enemy much better than we Americans do. I guess they're my heroes, too.

The last thing Israel or American Jews need right now is to be so divided as J Street is trying to divide us. We're a teeny tiny group, we Jews, and make up only about 1% of the world population, and we're as divided as can be. J Street and its cohorts of Norman Finkelstein and Noam Chomsky profess to be for Israel while tearing it down in every survival tactic that they come up with. Norman has actually been barred from entering Israel, now. He's not welcome. He's become deplorable.

Seems like I remember from my Holocaust studies that a lot of power plays were going on in America as our brethern burned in the ovens. Get rid of the ego, fellas, and get on with supporting Israel in a real way.

Resource: Jewish Review page 4 August 1, 2010

Questioning Obama's Real Interests

Nadene Goldfoot
The question has been, "Where was Obama born?" The answer has been Hawaii, of course. 

A lawyer in California has filed in the courts with new information of his birth . Obama's birth certificate, which hasn't ever been made public, is said to have been found in Kenya. It is a certified copy of the original made in February 1964. It says Barack Hussein Obama age 26 and a resident of Honolulu, Hawaii and Stanley Ann Dunham age 18 of Wichita, Kansas as parents on August 4, 1961 of son Mubarack (Barack is the shortened form) in the Coast General Hospital in Mombasa, Kenya. His father was a Sunni Kenyan Muslim. His home was the village of Eanyadhinng in Nyahea Province in Kenya, Africa. Kenya was independent in 1963. My question is, if the father was simply a resident of Hawaii and the mother was a citizen of the USA, does that make Obama eligible as a citizen of the USA even though he was born in Africa? To be the president of the USA, would you have to be born in the states or would this be considered legal?

In Islam, if the father is a Muslim, so is the son.
Of course this birth information hasn't come out in the main media as yet. If it did, Obama may not be eligible to be president. What would this country do? That's what Orly Tarty, attorney, wants to find out.

This is unlike Judaism where it is that if the mother is Jewish, the children are Jewish. The mother is usually the one overseeing the children's learning.

His mother, born a Christian, remarried another Sunni Muslim. He was from Indonesia. This information says that Obama attended a Madrassa, which is an Islamic school until age 11. That's far longer than I had supposed. I had thought it was until age 6. At age 11 a child might be in the 6th grade already. Here I see the male influence in instuction of the religion.

This all came up because Rachel has come up with some interesting information. Rachel Lipkin is an Israeli born in Egypt who immigrated to Israel in 1969. She has worked in Israel's radio service in Arabic for the last 25 years monitoring Arabic language broadcasts on TV and radio and newspapers.

During a TV interview with Gary Stearman, scholar, Rachel told of picking up broadcasts from 2004-2008 and hearing the Saudis saying, "We will have a Muslim in the White House in 2008". I know that President Bush was great friends with the Saudis, supposedly because they were both owners of oil wells. I always wondered about that relationship and its effect on Israel. Now I read that the Saudis were predicting this next president's religious affiliation. Obama bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia in 2009, shocking many. Since then he has continued the practice of bowing to other foreigners.

What is interesting is that Obama was almost an unknown politically until 2008 when he spoke in the Democratic convention, wowing everybody with his agility of speaking. He was mesmerizing. He was a senator for such a short time, then had to spend most of this time campaigning for President. He did not show his birth certificate and has been quite mum about his past. Because his mother had married two Sunni Muslims, I don't think she was really into her own religion, so Obama was not raised to be Christian. He remarked that he became Christian when he married Michelle. What religion he had had been with the Sunni Muslims, then.

Rachel picked up a broadcast on Nile TV from Egypt which was a discussion. The Foreign Minister of Egypt said he had had a meeting with Obama who swore to him that he is a Muslim. Obama continued, "As soon as I finish with the health care question, you Muslims will see what I will do for Islam regarding Israel." Obama had promised support when he spoke to Jews at an AIPAC meeting, but his policies since then have not followed suit.

Rachel's husband, Avi, added that in studying the Muslim religion, he found that it is a commandment in Islam to deceive the infidel, a commandment to lie-to say that he is a Christian when he is not a Christian. So the question is, whose interests will he look out for? Israel or Saudia Arabia's?

Saudi media in Arabic has said over and over that if America is their ally they must deal with Iran and the Shiites and then afterwards with Israel and the Jews. If America is not their ally they plan to withdraw their support from the US economy and deny their money and oil from them. (This is doubtful to me. They need our business.)

I don't know why this has been such a secretive birth certificate. I had to show either my birth certificate or passport which was not obtainable without my birth certificate in order to draw out my PERS money here in Oregon. PERS money was money taken from my salary for retirement and matched. I just retired and am trying to draw it out. If I need this proof, shouldn't the president, who had a background of supposedly being born in Hawaii and living in Indonesia also give proof to get the most important job in the USA? This is the prerequisite.

1:29pm: I just looked up the needs to be president and it looks like Obama is eligible to be president. If you're born outside the USA and one parent is an alien while the other parent is a citizen of the USA having lived here for 5 years, you are a citizen of the USA. Go to my last reference to read it. I have a nephew who was born outside the USA, but both his parents are USA citizens, so he is also a citizen of the USA and eligible to run as president also. For Obama, the fact that his mother was a citizen makes him a citizen. If she had given up her citizenship, that would be a different matter.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Oliver Stone-Turncoat on Own People

Monica Crowly wrote today, "Yesterday, another Oscar winner made blatantly anti-Semitic statements. Director Oliver Stone, fresh off his newest film, a love letter to South American dictators, said that Adolf Hitler was an “easy scapegoat” who needed to be understood “in context.” He also blasted “the Jewish domination of the media” and Israel, which he said “has f—— up United States foreign policy for years.”
He made a “sort-of” apology today, claiming he’s “sorry” for his “clumsy association about the Holocaust.”
Stone’s comments were even more despicable than Gibson’s, and yet, where was the outrage toward Stone?

He's joined the likes of Noam Chomsky and Finkelstein who had turned against Israel before. What is happening? I was shocked to find out that Oliver Stone is either Jewish or has family that is Jewish. I don't know what has happened to him in that regard.

I wrote about the accusation of our involvement with movies and such and why. Read this:

Oliver, that flimsy excuse will not do it. I'd like to punish you by sending you back to school to take a course on History of the Holocaust. I think you should take it in an Israel University and certainly visit Yad Vashem.

That may be one of the problems I'm finding with so many people younger than I. I was a child during the WWII and remember it well. Children of today are not being educated about these events and take history so lightly. I remember my father having the book, Mein Kampf by Hitler and walking around in shock as he read it. Even in our Jewish Sunday schools, teaching about this era probably is drowned out with other things needed in the short time. Two hours a week is not enough time to seriously find the 1/2 hour used to study our history. Still and all, someone like Oliver Stone who is writing about this era should have done much more research than to come up with thinking that Adolf Hitler was a scapegoat. Going along with anti-semites who blast us about being in the entertainment business is despicable.

Now that I know where his head is at, I know I won't be seeing anything he directs again.


Monday, July 26, 2010

Islam and the Jews by Nadene Goldfoot

Today's article in the Oregonian, "A war of words over Islam references" by Maggie Hyde tells how our administration is working so hard as to not offend the Muslim religion. Any words used by the government are checked so as not to offend. After 9/11 Bush referred to Islam as "a religion of peace". In 2007 in the State of the Union address, the White House referred to Osama bin Laden and his followers as "just one camp in the Islamist radical movement." This should have been written as "just one camp in the Islamic religion in my opinion.

Now there are Muslims such as Ibrahim Hooper, well-known master of disingenuousness, stating that they don't even understand the word "Islamist". Naming the terrorists as coming from this particular group of religionists has become taboo, when in fact, they have been coming and supported by Muslim countries such as Iran and Saudi Arabia.

There were 1.82 billion Muslims in the world in 2009. Our USA population is 307,212,123. Of that, about 5 million are Muslims. Muslims have moved out of their many Muslim countries into the rest of the populations such as Europe and the States. Terrorism has happened in Muslim-heavy populations such as the city of Malmo in Sweden. Many come there as hardened anti-semites. Jews are feeling threatened in Sweden. Attacks have happened in other countries as well.

How peaceful is the Muslim religion and what has happened to it to cause us to refer to Islamic terrorists? Mohammed conveyed Islam to the Arabs in the 700's which then became a world religion. It came about as a result of Arab conquests, or by the sword. It has many similarities to Judaism in that it is a combination of religion and law. Both come from a Written Law. For Islam it is the Koran which also has an Oral Law, called hadith, like Judaism has. When the Jews of Medina refused to acknowledge his new religion, Mohammed created laws which emphasized the differences between Islam and Judaism.

Many Jews lived in the Arab world, as they did not stray very far from their ancient homeland of Judea and Israel. They were not called infidels so they weren't attacked in a Holy War but were considered "people of the book". To enjoy religious freedom in a Moslem territory they had to pay a Poll Tax. They were considered as 2nd class or 3rd class citizens called Diminnis . At a time when pogroms raged against Jews in Russia, Jews lived in a fair amount of peace in the Arab countries as long as their money held out. That was up to the time Israel was reborn in 1948. Then we see an expulsion of Jews that matched the fleeing of Arabs from the newly created Israel.

Now we see that the Arab states have not been tolerant of a very teeny Jewish state in the Middle East, though we had been there in ancient days. What has happened to their religion? Somehow, there are parts of it that politicians have gleaned onto that cause terrorism against Jews and Christians or any other unbeliever. It must be a matter of interpretation. They are taking the radical parts, and there are many, to enforce the right of terror.

The three major religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam should be holding onto idealogies of peace. Otherwise, what is the use of religion? But religions are run by man, and man can be more interested in power.

Let's face it. Christianity waged a war against Islam in the 1200's which was called "The Crusades." The European Christians did quite well, fighting their way through Europe to get to Jerusalem. They killed anyone in their way, taking out Jews as well. The Arabs had taken over so much of Spain and the Middle East that their presence is still felt.

I think that this is just about a similar situation. Now the shoe is on the other foot. The Crusaders are the Muslims. The terrorists happen to be from Muslim countries, like it or not. They are not happy with modern civilization as it goes against their credo. Israel fits into the mix of modern civilization. Though we share much with them including our exclusive monotheistic belief, we are at the opposing poles. We are positive and negative in our beliefs. They glorify dying and we will go to at least three doctors before we accept death. We say, "L'Chaim-or to Life" and they look forward to meeting up with their 72 virgins in the afterlife.

Though the United States is not fighting the usual one or two country war such as Germany and Japan, we are finding that our enemy is from one religion found in many countries. It's a hard row to hoe.

Obama is to be admired to want to be sensitive about all religious beliefs in that defacing one allows defacing all. However, I hope that he is also a realist in understanding just what is happening in the world. We must acknowledge just who the enemy is today so as to protect ourselves. His birth father's religion of Islam has been highjacked by the terrorists and the true peaceful people need to speak out against it.

Reference: Oregonian Newspaper 7/26/2010 page A2: Labeling terrorists: A war of words over Islam references by Maggie Hyde from Religioun News Service found in Around the nation section of newspaper.