Sunday, January 14, 2018

Is Trump Really Crazy?

If you arrived in the US today from some isolated place in the world like the jungles of Borneo you would probably think that the president of the most powerful country on earth is CRAZY.

After all, there are solemn parades like the one in New York, books written and commentaries by over 100 psychiatrists or pseudo-psychiatrists who all claim that he is crazy and therefore is unfit to be president. Most of those who opposed Trump during the election didn’t oppose him because they disagreed with his policies, they opposed him because…. wait for it… they thought he was NUTS.

And they haven’t let up on that. If one wanted to sincerely find out why they thought so, it was painfully difficult and uncomfortable to say the least. Why? Because those that hated him couldn’t clearly and objectively state their case. Reasons varied from: look at his crazy hair to just parroting the main stream media’s constant array of lies, attacks, exaggerations and especially taking his talking or tweeting points out of context. I’ve noticed that amongst my own (I’m a secular Jew in uber left wing Toronto) that many who opposed him projected their own insanity on him. The 24-7 attacks on Trump by the MSM are not helping. If he invented a cure for cancer, they would still find fault. The press would go something like this: 'Today president Trump invented a cure for prostate cancer. But what about cancers that affect women? Being a narcissist, misogynist and sexist He only cares about himself. '

Many who oppose him including some Republicans and never Trumpers are themselves irrational. From serious intellectuals like Daniel Pipes who at one time preferred not to vote at all rather than vote for him to some of my apolitical friends. Daniel Pipes walked it back a bit later after Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Let me relate a personal story which typifies exactly who we are dealing with:

I reconnected to an old friend from high school on FB. We both had parents who were Holocaust survivors which allowed us a unique shared history and permitted us to lovingly make jokes about our 'greener' parents. Soon after our reconnection Trump got elected. We never talked about politics but I mentioned that in my retirement I became an activist for Jewish causes and Israel. One day she sent me a pic of the Trump family with all of the women with their hands near their genitalia with the headline 'No wonder they are covering their vaginas' or something like that.  It was meant to be a 'funny' jab at Trump for apparently being at the very least a misogynist, racist, sexist and at most, far worse. I replied with a similar jab at Obama who I viewed as the worst president in American history. She went nuts! How dare I. If she wanted to read trash there were many options on the internet to do so, she didn't need me to send it to her. When I mentioned politely that she didn't see a problem sending me trash about my favorite president in history and that since she opened the door on US politics why was it wrong for me to reciprocate? She then went into a messy diatribe about how when she was young she was attacked sexually by a family member and that’s why she hates Trump and so should the world.

When I wrote a piece about antisemitism being alive and well in 2017 one of my former work colleagues said she was surprised that I wrote such an article since I like Trump and he's behind the antisemitism. In that article I gave some recent examples including the demeaning case of the international judo tournament that took place in the UAE. Israeli participants who won were not allowed to have their national anthem played (like everyone else). I defended Trump as not an antisemite since among other things Muslim antisemitism existed long before Trump. Her response: I'm an angry white man! And no doubt crazy as well.

For a crazy guy he’s certainly accomplished a ton in such a short time despite the swamp's opposition to him. The US economy has and continues to benefit its people and the world is safer thanks to Trump yet many people hate him. I ask you: Who is crazy? To put a point on it, for the most part, Trump supporters seem to have their heads screwed on right whereas the left amongst having other issues are, hang on I’m trying to think of the correct medical term…. oh yea… I got it…they are batshit CRAZY!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Europe Has It's Nerve!

Imagine a people who barely survived the worst genocide in modern history. The genocide took place in Europe. This group of people were small to begin with. But after the Holocaust their numbers were cut in half. This group had their own country for thousands of years which included wonderful leaders, judges, civilized people and government and founded the concept of true and real civility which along with other concepts such as time, monotheism, our basis of modern law and democracy. This light of civilization spread across the world to the rest of the people. Over time these people were conquered time and again by ruthless dictatorships who took over their land, tried to deter them from practising their faith, made slaves of them and killed them. But this small group of hard working, peaceful and determined people returned to their native land after every foreign invador. Some never left. 

If you haven’t figured this out yet, I’m talking about the Jews and the land of Israel. Jerusalem was established as the holy capital of Israel thousands of years ago by the Jewish King David. The holiest Jewish site in the world, our Temple was located there on what’s known as the Temple Mount.  Today what’s left of the temple which was destroyed twice and still waiting to be rebuilt, is a piece of the outlying wall which we call the Western Wall or the Kotel. This entire ancient, holy Jewish land is located in the eastern part of the city. 

Finally the president of the United States confirmed with reality, that the US recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It was a brilliant show of integrity and leadership and common sense. Bravo President Trump!

EU Headquarters in Brussels

Enter the Europeans. At the UN and at other venues, their leaders are quick to condemn president Trump’s decision. They also admonish the Israeli PM for going along with Trump’s acknowledgement. 
Can you imagine the chutzpa (nerve) of Europeans for voicing their opposition to the same Jews who they persecuted or helped persecute and/or turned their backs on as the Jews were marched to the showers to be gassed alive or to the ovens to be turned to smoke and ash not that long ago?

I can’t. It’s beyond insulting for any one, especially the Europeans, to tell Israelis and Jew’s at large where they can put their capital. Of all people, the Europeans should shut up. Their holier than though attitude is sickening. Their love affair with Muslims is quite apparent. While many of their countries are suffering at the hands of millions of muslim migrants that they have invited in without any screening whatsoever, you’d think they’d have their hands full. Surely they’d be too busy to mind the affairs of anyone else when their own countries are on the brink of bankruptcy and their daughters are getting raped by muslim migrants in record numbers. Surprisingly, they are not too concerned with their own problems to blast President Trump for recognizing Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Jewish State or to blast the only democracy in the middle east for having the audacity of choosing their own capital. They have already decreed that all the Jewish holy sites have nothing to do with Judaism. They have even forgotten about their own religion, Christianity. In one fell swoop, they and most world states have agreed with the lying Islamic narrative that all of those holy sites are Islamic! 

Myself and others are waiting for a serious Islamic inspired terrorist event to occur in Europe. Germany would be an ideal place. We haven’t forgotten the Holocaust. Maybe then they will realize what they are doing and who their real friends are and turn things around. But I’m not holding my breath. Europe has lost any credibility it ever had. With all due respect: Europe please go to hell!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Next Year in Jerusalem - in the US Embassy!

The US and the rest of the world have been living in a fantasy world- until now. Jews, historians and realists have known that Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish State since the time of King David. The fact that ancient Jewish coins depicting Jerusalem have been found -means nothing. The fact that Jerusalem has been mentioned over 700 times in the Old Testament means nothing. The fact that it is never mentioned in the Koran means nothing. The fact that the oldest, modern day capital city in the world is somehow not recognized by other states is truly incredible.

Passed presidential candidates have promised to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem but once elected declined to come through. Obama campaigned for an undivided Jerusalem as the capital of Israel but in no time back pedalled. He later opined that using the term 'undivided' was perhaps not the best word he could have used. 

Israel's parliament (Knesset), established in 1949, is located in Jerusalem. Israel's Supreme Court resides there. The office of the Prime Minister resides there. The holiest site for the Jews is the Temple Mount which includes a vestige of our Holy Temple -The Western Wall, is located there. 

In 1948 soon after Israel once again regained its status as the Jewish Nation, it was attacked on all borders by its Arab neighbours. They tried their best to wipe it off the map. It could easily be stated that this was the Jew's defining moment in modern times. The Israelis had no regular army or military weapons. The rag tag group of Jewish defenders were dispersed throughout the country as they had to defend their borders in every direction. At one crucial point they were faced with either defending Jerusalem or defending the rest of the country. Jerusalem, being high up in the Judean hills and kind of isolated from the rest of the country would be hard to defend. But the Israelis knew that without Jerusalem, Israel is nothing. So they managed to defend the western portion of the city. 

While the Jordanians held onto the eastern portion which contained the Jewish holy sites for 19 years they cleaned the area of Jews and made the Western Wall a toilet. Once Israel took back the Western Wall in 1967, Jews were once again allowed to pray at this holy site. Muslims continued to pray at their mosques and the Christians at their churches. Today with some of the best security in the world, people of all faiths pour in by the millions to enjoy the various religious sites in Jerusalem and elsewhere in Israel.

It's hard to take a government seriously when their policy is based on fiction. The antisemitic US State Department has from day one attempted to force the White House and other nations to not only ignore Jerusalem, but rewrite history and smother reality. Even though some US leaders disagreed with the State Department on this issue, they always caved in. Their staunchest ally just wasn't that important or maybe Arab oil was more so. 

Finally Mr. Unpredictable killed 3 birds with one stone: 
1. He stood up to the State Department and gave them the finger thus giving the US its credibility back. 
2. He gave notice to the Arabs that if they want peace, they have to acknowledge reality. Hopefully the local arabs will use this opportunity to throw out their corrupt dictator. 
3. He finally recognized the elephant in the room and kept his promise. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and recognized that it is the right thing to do. 

This is great news, no buts about it. Insanity means repeating the same actions but expecting different results. For over 20 years the White House has held back on moving its embassy to Jerusalem on the grounds that it might inflame the Arabs and ruin any chances of peace. Despite not doing this, we have had no peace and the PA and Hamas have been inflamed. Finally Trump has pushed through his inner circle who were determined to hold him back. Like him or not, you have to recognize that he did the right thing and it took courage and integrity to do it. G-d Bless Trump!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Do You Want To Change the World? Send an Email!

There are so many things that need changing. As a Jewish activist I read about all the injustices happening to us  right now on a daily basis. When I attend events concerning antisemitism or attacks on Israel, the most common question asked by the audience is 'What can we do about it?

There are many things that in fact we can do. Some are difficult, some are easy. From  enlisting in the IDF, attending rallies and events, making donations to like minded organizations, contacting our elected government officials, reading books and articles, learning about Judaism & Jewish history, studying Torah,  sending emails to those that need to receive them. And more...

I can tell you (you probably are already aware) that thanks to the internet, sending an email is by far the easiest thing to do. And if many of us send emails it can affect change. I've seen it work. It's usually a matter of volume. Depending on the issue, it may not take too many emails before a company or organization or person can change their actions. For some issues it may take less and for others it may take far more emails to even get a response. But it's relatively easy to do and more or less cost free (other than your time).I try to make it a point to send an email approximately 5 times a week. When possible I try to include my contacts in the BCC (blind carbon copy) address part of the email in order that they can read exactly what I had to say to our adversaries or friends. Often I will be nicely surprised by some of these contacts also writing an email to the same person I did about the same issue. We inadvertently compete with each other as to who wrote the better letter. It's inspirational.

All forms of social media are great for getting out your message. Short tweets or longer blogs like this can prove effective. I even learned how to make videos, hopefully effective ones. I made a satirical video years ago called 'Change the World' which contains subtle support for Israel. You can watch it on Youtube here.  Obviously videos take a lot more effort to make than to compose a short email. I often read about an issue that will push me to send an email (either positive or negative). The positive emails are just as important as they help to encourage good behaviour. Sadly I find myself writing mostly negative ones lately.

 For example, I recently read about Harvard University's intention to offer a course comparing the notorious 'The Protocols of the Elders of Zion' to the scholarly work Eurabia. You can read about it here.  So I sent the following email to the president of Harvard U:

Dear President Drew Gilpin Faust: 

I just learned that Harvard is now offering a course ‘When the Elders of Zion Relocated to Eurabia: Conspiratorial Racialisation in anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, 11/30/17, the Common Room) that equates the immense scholarship of Bat Ye’or with the notorious Russian forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.  Are you in any way, shape or form trying to compare the two? 

Bat Ye’or spent years writing several scholarly works that should certainly be studied at school in order to understand how Islam from its beginning was a treacherous, murderous, nonsensical but dangerous ideology and how it has so far successfully undermined democratic states. Look at Europe for one tiny example. Islamophobia is a made up word. There is nothing irrational about fearing Islam. With billions of Muslims in the world today the world has become a dangerous place.

Antisemitism on the other hand is real. I’m sure even you can recall the recent Holocaust where over six million Jews were murdered in history’s most terrible way. No one needs to worry about twelve or so million peaceful and hard working Jews. Between the far right neo-Nazis, the far left violent antifa movement and of course the many antisemitic Muslims taking over the world, it is us, Jews who need to watch our back. Both from people who want to harm us and from institutions like yours who want to whitewash the truth right down to offering courses like yours. 

Some sites that promote letter writing, often contain contact email addresses and even offer sample letters that are meant as a guide for you to put into your own words before sending. One can develop search skills to find the email of the person they wish to send an email to. It's often simple enough. If you want to send an email to the President of the United States, search 'contact president of the United States'. You might have to type your letter in a form presented by the organization's website rather than a free format email.

Some might say that they can't write for beans. Spell and grammar checkers have come a long way and are often automatically at play. Besides it's the content that is far more important than the grammar and spelling. I'd rather have 100 letters with poor spelling and grammar than 1 perfect letter. It's usually about volume. In any case, the more you write, the easier it becomes. I myself am no writer but I manage to crank some out here and there. Writing sharpens the mind and your writing skills will improve over time. It's never been easier to take up the cause.

If computers are not for you, pick up a phone. No phone? Write a letter and stick a stamp on it. In some cases letters in the mail are taken more seriously than emails.

Write from the heart and write often!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Anti-Semitism is Alive and Well in 2017

I'm boiling over with disgust. Here we are in 2017. One would think that in our modern world, society has advanced so far that maybe racism is mostly a thing of the past. In some cases it is. But when it comes to hating Jews, it absolutely is not.

Let's take a few recent cases: Has anyone heard of the country IJF? That's because it doesn't exist. It stands for the International Judo Federation. If you haven't heard, Israel came in 6th place overall with Tal Flicker winning a gold medal. Aside from Israel having to beg various countries to permit their team to fly into Abu Dhabi, where the competition was held, Israel was not allowed to show their banner flag like every other team did. Nor was the Israeli national anthem played when Israelis won medals. Look at their website: IJF
Scroll down a bit and you will see a list of winners by country. However instead of Israel they display IJF. Even the televised play by play announcers never mention the country Israel. Instead, they gab about all that money that Tal won. No mention of where he got his training in Israel. You know, the stuff that most sportscasters talk about. It really is hard to believe. Most of the Muslim competitors in the past have refused to shake hands with their Israeli counterparts. It's a shameful display of blatant antisemitism and so demeaning to the Jewish people.  The IJF should be held to account for allowing countries like the UAE to host such events and the world's mainstream media should be reprimanded for giving such behaviour a pass. Instead of the big cheeses at the IJF getting nice presents to look the other way, they need to be kicked out on to the street.

A photo of Tal singing Hatikva while they were playing the IJF song.

Moving to Canada, a student union at a prominent university in Montreal (McGill), was so upset that their anti-Israel, BDS motion was not passed, that they voted to throw out 3 directors of the board because they were Jewish and threatened them to boot. This action is reminiscent of Nazi Germany in the 30's. Many of us have contacted the university and it finally hit a little bit of the mainstream media. I await the appropriate action of charging those guilty students of hate crimes and expelling them from the school. Something tells me that I might be waiting for a very long time.

A common trick by many Islamic nations is to sponsor students to attend universities in the West to attack Jews under the guise of anti-Zionism. These fake students register for 1 or 2 courses and as a result have plenty of time to attack Jews on campus and sponsor anti-Israel events like the annual hatefest called Israel Apartheid Week (IAW) which has spread from the University of Toronto to most universities throughout the western world. Whereas most students, Jewish ones included, are busy focussing on their studies, these antisemitic political activists have all the time and money in the world to publish sophisticated promotional media and bring in some of the vilest speakers on the planet. For the most part, the university administrations let them. Their defence usually falls under 'free speech'. Sure they alway add 'The university does not necessarily agree with the messages of the speaker'. Sadly, as a result many once neutral students who are often ignorant about the real situation in the Middle East, fall for the slanderous BS that they are forced to face on campus on a daily basis. This is the real tragedy.

I recently attended a wonderful speaker, Dr. Lawrence Hart, who teaches medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. He might be the only professor who started a Jewish organization for the faculty at a university. There are often Jewish organizations for students such as Hillel but rarely if ever did one exist for the professors. He made an excellent point. Although we should never ignore our Jewish students, they do come and go but the professor are usually stuck on campus for years. He showed us slides of at least dozens of some of the worst antisemites who spoke at the school over a 15 year period including people like Norman Finkelstein who claims that the Jews made money on the Holocaust, to Hamas supporter George Galloway. His honest admission was that after 15 years his organization did little to fight antisemitism on campus. With no support from the administration (actually quite the opposite) it proved futile and nerve wracking to fight antisemitism when in fact he had to fight his administration instead. The event was sponsored by a fantastic organization called the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research (CIJR).

Lastly there is the case of an imam in Toronto (Elkasrawy) who preached at a downtown mosque that Jews are filthy pigs who need to die. The Toronto Star (our largest print paper) promptly tried to whitewash his words and in his defence said that when arabs say Jews they really mean Zionists. Well in that case, that's not really hate speech, is it?

Israelis outside of Israel are often faced with blatant antisemitism, as tourists, students, employees and in business. Jews like myself living in the diaspora have faced it as well. Ever go for a job interview and not get the job and wonder if your religion had anything to do with it?

We need to motivate Jews and pro-Israel people of all religions to stand up to antisemitism. Think of it like crime on the streets. It will never go away and it's never easy to combat, but we don't give up. We have laws against it, and police to protect us. Sometimes a simple email (if enough are sent) can do the trick. In other cases a lot more effort is required. It would be helpful if parents and Jewish organizations educated our youth about this issue and identified specific problems and efforts to combat them rather than hide them under the table and pretend they don't exist.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

I'm Disappointed with Trump

But not for the reasons you might think.

Yes, you heard me right. Very disappointing. So far he’s done next to none of what he said he would do. Drain the swamp? Fail. Build the wall? Not yet. Tax reform? Not yet.  Immigration? Fail. Move the embassy to Jerusalem? Fail. Put Hillary in Jail? Fail. Kill the Iran deal? Major Fail. Get Americans back to work? OK but I and others expected better.
Don’t get me wrong, I still am thrilled that he won over the other 2 losers but to put it politely, there is room for improvement.

If you read my previous blogs you would know that out of the almost 20 Republican candidates, Trump was never my first choice policy wise and certainly not personality wise. When he told us, prior to the election that he will try to make a peace deal with the Israelis and Palestinians I wanted to puke.  I would have preferred Cruz or Huckabee. But since they had no chance in beating Hillary or Sanders, I'm glad that Trump won. 

To be fair, every single person prior to being elected in a democratic country has great intentions and aspirations regarding various policies they wish to put in place. People vote for them based on these ideas. But for the most part, once they are elected they quickly find out that it's not that easy.

In Trump's case, he stepped into a wasp nest. Aside from the hysterical Left which is a huge population and who label him everything from a Nazi pig to a racist, misogynist retard, he also has to deal with his enemies within the Republican party which includes all kinds of Soros loving spies, Obama and company and his own left leaning family (Ivanka and Jared Kushner) who are constantly trying to influence him more to the center and shut him down. The mainstream media, post secondary education system (colleges and universities) and thousands of organizations both within and outside of the States hate him to death.

Now that is unprecedented. As far as I'm aware, no prior US president ever had to deal with that group of haters since day 1. I think he's being attacked on all sides perhaps even more so than Nixon was after Watergate. 

But my issue with him is simple: Do or at least try to do what you promised. Ignore the bullshit. Forget about appeasing your haters. Focus on those who elected you who were obviously the majority of the population. Push back against well meaning family members and others who want to make you someone you're not.  If you like tweeting, keep it up. If you like giving nicknames to people like 'little rocket man', continue. These are inconsequential things. His strong point never was communication. We all knew that going in. Any leader knows that you can't please all the people all the time. So the smart money should say- don't even try.

No one said being the president of the free world is going to be easy. But he also knew that going in. It's time that he got back to basics and be himself. It's not too late Donald. Free yourself from the restraints and get to work. I do hope that he doesn't turn into just one more forgettable loser like the Bushes, Clintons or Obama before him. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

I'm Revolted with my Prime Minister!

I'm a proud Canadian. Always have been. But I'm disgusted with Justin Trudeau, our Prime Minister.
I'm also a proud Jew and as any such person would do, we have an obligation to bravely stand up to anti-Semitism or anti-Zionism (the 2 are really one and the same). I have been an activist since childhood for Jewish/Israel causes and I am proud for all of my efforts in this regard.

We were blessed with (in my humble opinion) the best Prime Minister in our history with Stephen Harper who did great for all Canadians and especially the small Jewish population with his steadfast support of Israel. A tiny little country, always under existential threat from mostly a super large Muslim dominated Middle East. So she well deserved the world's support but mostly got world condemnation except for the odd state leader, like Stephen Harper.

Fast forward to our sitting Prime Minister, Justin. He has proved himself consistently as no friend to the Jews while madly in love with the Muslim world.  When he first got elected I dubbed him Obama light. The truth is actually quite different. Thankfully he only rules Canada and Canada is very far from a world power. Because if it was, the world would be a darker place with Justin at the helm. While most people on the right (those who didn't vote for him or his Liberal party) see him as a good looking fool, I see him as a dangerous idiot.

The latest 2 items help prove my point.

1. He recently quietly gave a convicted Muslim terrorist (who happened to be born in Canada), Omar Khadr, 10.5 million dollars and a public apology because he was held in a US prison for killing a US medic in Afghanistan years ago.

2. Our federal food inspection agency decided to ban Israeli wines coming from Judea and Samaria (West Bank) with the label 'Made in Israel'.

Even many on the left who support Trudeau admit that he made a mistake (ie. went too far) on the Omar issue # 1. How offensive, to give our money as taxpayers to an unrepentant murderer and worse, try to hide it! He and his administration along with our national government sponsored media giant, the CBC, have made Omar into a hero or at least are actively trying to do so.

It's no different to when the PA or Hamas glorify suicide bombers after they kill innocent Israeli civilians. Omar's family including his wife are active Al Qaida members so you can bet where his new found money will go. The family of the murdered US medic have a court ordered judgement against Omar. It will be very interesting to see what the Canadian courts will do: will they protect the new millionaire, Omar or comply with the US judgement and give that money to the American widow and her family? Either way, by the time our courts decide on it (by the time you read this they will have already ignored the US court judgement, Al Qaida will already have spent it.

Regarding the Israeli wine labelling issue, this reminds me of what pre-war Germany was doing.
There are hundreds if not thousands of disputed, international territories that our food inspection agency could have got involved with regard to labeling. But they focused only on Israel. Whereas we have serious issues with unsafe food products in dire need of inspection, they are very busy with this 'high profile issue'. This is antisemitism folks.
I'm not too worried about any economic repercussions to Israelis about this since the BDS movement tried this before and it backfired as supporters of Israel supported the Buycott and bought even more Israeli wine. However since this order comes directly from our federal government - now I am worried. The latest on this is that this order has been reversed. We shall see but the fact that it was even considered as an order in the first place is downright scary.

Last but certainly not least is what Justin has done to our armed forces. Many army bases throughout Canada in the last year have had Canadian soldiers evacuated in order to house 'Syrian migrants'. These migrants are not necessarily from Syria but are certainly muslims from Islamic countries. Our soldiers are busy cleaning their toilets and getting them supplies including Korans, etc. How demeaning for our soldiers. Many of these migrants are the former enemy combatants that our soldiers have fought overseas and now instead of being trained as soldiers they are being trained as slaves to our enemies on our land. Why would a Canadian even consider enlisting in our army if they know in advance that this might be their fate? No less important is the huge cost to bring in, house and look after the ever growing stream of undocumented muslim immigrants. We're talking billions of dollars with no end in sight. I've talked about this before in previous posts so I'll stop here. Again our mainstream media like our CBC broadcaster will never ever mention this big secret.

I can't say this enough: I am revolted with our Prime Minister. I'm saying this now before anti-Islamophobia bills which are currently being considered, are passed in parliament and in which case I could face prison charges for this blog.