August 05, 2018

The Corbyn Affair

What is it about rejection that we Jews don’t get?

You pick up the courage to ask a girl out on a date and she says she’s washing her hair. The next time you ask, she’s studying for exams. Next it’s her grandma is in the hospital. By the tenth time she’s telling all her friends about this creepy guy she simply cannot get rid of. 

Let’s face it, the only time she’s going to be calling you is years later when you’re running a 10 billion dollar hedge fund with homes in Barbados, Monte Carlo and Davos.

For months we’ve been watching the seedy little creep Corbyn and his unwashed band of supporters giving the finger to British Jews. He is effectively saying: I don’t like you, my party doesn’t need your support and I certainly don’t need your minority votes to get where I’m going. 

Now he seems to be saying: I detest your shitty little state and no Holocaust organisation is going to stop me or my Labour party from vilifying and defaming it whenever we choose.
I’d call that pretty solid rejection.

So why is our community leadership and media still calling him?

Our people have not stopped churning out statements and op-eds saying how outrageous he is, how offended we are and how important it is for him to apologise and behave himself. 

Why? 
Where will that get us? 

Imagine that tomorrow Corbyn apologises and accepts the IHRA definition of antisemitism – would that be any different to when Yasser Arafat renounced terrorism? Speaking through one side of his mouth, whilst the other side said Itbach Al Yahud?

We all know what Corbyn is. Like we know what Livingstone is, and Galloway is - and what Jenny Tonge is. Nothing they ever ‘clarify’ or walk-back will make any difference to us.
Labour MPs also know what Corbyn is. But with very few exceptions, they’ve failed to stand up and be counted. I am not saying they all share Corbyn’s prejudice, but the majority of Labour MPs do seem to fit with Edmund Burke’s maxim that evil triumphs when good men do nothing.

My own view, as previously expressed on this site, is that Corbyn and his supporters actually see antisemitism and hatred of Israel as vote-getters. I am not saying these would necessarily be Muslim votes; they are more likely to be anti-Israel votes from white Anglo-Saxon academics and trades unionists who have been in the forefront of the BDS movement, students soaked in Palestinian propaganda on university campuses and of course the good old elites of the British chattering classes.

And this is not just a Labour problem. Surveys have shown there is more antisemitism in the Tory ranks than in Labour. The difference is that Conservative leaders don’t wear it like a badge of honour.

So I come back to the essence of this rejection. 
Just as with the girl rejecting your dates, let us finally get the message, and let’s move on!

As a London-born Jew who has lived and worked in this country for over 60 years I’ve internalised the message of the Corbyn gang over this past year as simply: Juden sind hier nicht erwünscht . 

Labour MPs may not have voted with their feet, but I most certainly will if Corbyn or his Jew-baiting ideology ever make it to mainstream government. Why on earth would I want to pay taxes to a government that brazenly abuses my people and its nation state?

In ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, the shtetel milkman Tevye explains the destiny of Jews as always having to move on from place to place. He adds jokingly: “Maybe that’s why we always keep our hats on”.

In Tevye’s time there was no state of Israel. No national home flowing with milk and honey, with a world-beating economy and a Jewish government ruling from Jerusalem. 

So what’s our excuse today?

If Zev Jabotinsky were alive today, he might be lecturing Jews to leave, just as he did in 1938 when he said those famous words: Ehr Kumt! Yidn farlawst ayer shtetl ! (He’s coming! Jews abandon your city.) 

He would be telling us to make Aliyah with our families and to take our talents and skills to a place where Jews are wanted, respected and appreciated. 

A place called home.







July 18, 2018

Corbyn's Jewish Problem

In any normal circumstances a party with the name Labour and an ethos of socialism and equality would be expected to be at the forefront of support for red lines on racism such as the IHRA’s universally adopted definition of anti-Semitism.
But under the tyranny of Jeremy Corbyn and his Hard Left lictors, the British Labour Party has had to be dragged kicking and screaming into this consensus, finally writing its own rules much like a serial rapist might want to redefine the meaning of ‘consensual’.
Like his friend and former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, Corbyn has a problem with Jews especially where it concerns their nation state of Israel. But they are both politically savvy and neither of them was ever stupid enough to throw away votes on personal prejudices.
So my question is: will Labour’s 5% lead over Theresa May’s sinking Tory party be dented by this controversy?
I fear that it will not, and that Corbyn sees anti-Jewish and anti-Israel sentiment as a real vote earner in Britain. After all – just look at the mobs which so quickly form for demonstrations over Gaza and Trump. They are generally the same types of people: sponging adolescents who will rebel against anything, the anti-capitalists, the globalists who abhor the concept of a nation state and the legions of the pig-ignorant who believe anything that’s pumped out on social media whether by Pallywood or the Never-Trumpers.
And let’s not forget those lofty ‘chattering classes’. These are the academic and cultural elites who have always been the bedrock of anti-Jewish sentiment in this country; always at the forefront of boycott and divestment of the Jewish state, signing full page petitions in The Times and hobnobbing with the likes of that French ambassador that called Israel a ‘shitty little country’.
Yes, if there’s votes in them hills, nobody will know it better than Jeremy Corbyn.

July 16, 2018

With Jews like this - who needs Ayatollahs?

There seems to be no limit to the number of Jewish adolescents with nothing else to do in their gap years but to discredit and defame their only Jewish state and the soldiers that defend it night and day.
The majority of these kids haven't a clue about Jewish history or the 'Case for Israel', nor do they have any living memory of the atrocities of Arafat and his PLO, the PFLP or the slaughter of Jews in Chevron 40 years before the first settlement ever appeared in the so-called ‘West Bank’.
As long as they're on Daddy's payroll or some student grant they're happy to become useful idiots for whatever cause makes them important on social media. And the funds and facilities are in plentiful supply thanks to the likes of Soros, the New Israel Fund and even some Brotherhood funds who pump money through proxies.
Even as the Hamas dogs they said Kaddish for are now incinerating southern Israel, these ignorant young Judases eagerly help with new ways to undermine the Jewish state. Infiltrating Birthright is the latest and particularly lowlife tactic. Kids coming to their ancestral homeland for a life-changing experience of what it means to be Jewish get their big day ruined by these idiots.
The Netanyahu government has already made great progress in barring and expelling such provocateurs. Their names should be kept on a list for barred entry until at least they get to the age of 30 and have learned something about the facts of life in this region.

July 15, 2018

Morons

In 1948 our people danced 
in the streets of Tel Aviv
to celebrate their nation statehood.

70 miraculous years later these 
crazy leftists march to deny it.

July 05, 2018

Hillary's Rap Sheet

This is what the fiction of Trump-Russia was supposed to smokescreen. 

The utterly damning case against Hillary Clinton and the weaponization of Obama's heads of Justice and FBI to undermine a democratic presidential election. 

And to think that Nixon was forced to resign over Watergate. 

This rap sheet must surely amount to the most egregious abuse of power in a democracy since the final days of the Roman Empire.

If all this sabotage had not been going on and the mainstream media had been fair and balanced, Trump would surely have had the greatest landslide victory of all.


July 03, 2018

A Heartwarming Torah Story


With the Knesset soon to vote on a new Basic Law (much like a constitutional amendment) declaring Israel as a Jewish State, it’s nice to see that this is not just a legal definition but a reality.

I'd like to share with you this story which was told in shul the other week by Rabbi Yehoshua Hartman in London.

He told of his nephew in Israel who became part of a group of young men who decided that they would each put aside 200 shekels a month for as long as it took to pay for a Sefer Torah to be written. They maintained this commitment for 17 years, many months with great sacrifice as young people with heavy mortgages and some bad patches at work and in business.

At the end of the 17 years, after paying the scribe they had to decide on a ‘home’ for their new Torah.

They decided to advertise for suitable shuls and communities that didn’t already have a Sefer Torah of their own. There were many replies. But the one that impressed them most was from a secular kibbutz right on the edge of the Gaza Strip. It’s called Kibbutz Kerem Shalom – famous for the nearby crossing point for transporting goods to Gaza and also the regular target of mortar attacks from Hamas.

A date was fixed for the dedication ceremony and the first shabbat reading. Two days prior, there was an outbreak of missile attacks from Gaza, and they thought about postponing it to another quieter week. In the end they decided to go ahead as planned and read from it on their first shabbat service.

Here is a video of the celebrations, and an announcement from the head of this secular kibbutz that, from now on, there will be a minyan every shabbat in Kerem Shalom.

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June 22, 2018

Charles Krauthammer: A Life that mattered


The death of Charles Krauthammer this week is like a giant sequoia falling in the forest of journalism. 

He didn’t need his Pulitzer title to elevate his standing – he was, to quote Fox News editor Brit Hume, ‘in a class of his own’.

This was a man who grew up knowing how to learn Torah, became paralysed from the neck down in a diving accident but went on regardless to study medicine and psychiatry. His true vocation was as a syndicated columnist and political commentator and I tried to never miss his appearances on the panel of Fox News’ Special Report.

Above all, Charles was an outspoken and fearless defender of Israel and the imperative of a secure Jewish state.

A few weeks ago he wrote a last dispatch to say he had mere weeks to live. In that message he said ‘it’s been a wonderful life’. How incredible to hear such a thing from a man confined to a wheelchair for 40 years and totally dependent on others. It should be an inspiration to all.

I am appending here Prime Minister Netanyahu’s letter to Charles after his final message was published.

It is terribly sad that he became ill so shortly after Trump’s election. To be robbed of his piercing commentary during Trump’s first 500 days, with all the skulduggery of the Left and media bias, was like watching a symphony without the sound.

Click the the life-story video presented by his Fox News host, Bret Baier. It is well worth watching the full hour.  

May his dear soul rest in peace.

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June 17, 2018

Defenceless Britain

When the PLO frightened the Argentinian football team off a match with Israel, I tweeted that the next time the Argies tried to invade the Falkland Islands Britain wouldn’t need to send in the Navy – they could just ask Ahmed Jibril to say ‘boo’ to Argentina.
Little did I know then that Britain has no Navy. Well, not a functioning one anyway. According to the Daily Mail, Britain's six Type-45 destroyers, described as ‘the backbone of the Royal Navy’ spent 80 per cent of last year in dock. The ships, costing £1billion each, need a multi-million-pound refit after repeatedly breaking down in the Persian Gulf. It turns out that their Rolls Royce engines aren’t suited to warm seas. Refitting work is not due to start until 2020. (I imagine that’s because of defence cuts which had to make way for the burgeoning welfare costs for migrants to the UK.)
And there, in case Mr Putin missed it on his satellite pass, is a photo of all 6 warships sitting in the same Portsmouth dock – sitting ducks.
What’s truly ironic is that such a defenceless Britain remains a major proponent of arming Iran, whilst at the same time criticising Israel for defending her own people.
And it’s not just on the waves that Britannia is defenceless. Its citizens and working families have never been more defenceless in so many ways. For us Jews, it has lately been ill-advised to wear a kippa in the streets. But now everyone else has been advised to dress defensively and keep their phones, watches and jewellery out of the sight of motorbike raiders who are running amok, ripping valuables off pedestrians with little or no police intervention.
Then there are all the gang killings and knifings which have turned London into the crime capital of the world, surpassing even New York.
Aside from it being unsafe to walk the streets, Brits are also defenceless in their own homes. Almost every other week we hear of armed thugs sledgehammering their way into well-off homes and terrorising families as they are robbed of their valuables.
Part of this is due to the government’s cuts in police numbers – madly in inverse proportion to the migrant tide from countries where such thievery and crime is infused with mothers’ milk. The other reason is that even those few police officers we have left are not able to ‘stop & search’ at will. It was thought to be politically incorrect profiling of minority groups.
Then there is the case of pensioner Henry Vincent, who stabbed a house burglar only to find himself initially arrested by police and then, when released, defenceless in his own home against threats from the burglar’s family. He had to flee his home and go into hiding.
Then there are the parents of hundreds of white girls in their early teens who were groomed and gang-raped by Asian groups all over the country and over many years. They were defenceless when the local councils and police turned a blind eye because it was politically incorrect to target ethnic communities.
And whatever your views about Tommy Robinson, he too was defenceless in simply reporting on the court hearings into one of those rape gangs and being instantly bundled into jail for 13 months without a trial and under a media gag order.
A government’s prime duty, first and foremost, is the protection of its citizens.
This seems to be miserably failing in Britain, whose politicians should be the very last people to be criticising others; least of all Israel which ranked 11th in the UN’s World Happiness Index. That was above Britain’s ranking at 17, but before the explosion in UK crime.
I can’t wait to see next year’s figures.

June 15, 2018

Beep Beep to Hamas

As a kid my favourite cartoon character was Road Runner.
Always under constant threat from Wily Coyote who was constantly cooking up schemes to kill him, flatten him, blow him up or send him off a cliff.

Each and every attempt failed, but Wily Coyote never stopped trying ever more outlandish schemes.
Meanwhile, after every deliverance, Road Runner would "Beep-Beep" with a smile and zip off to business as usual.
This is very much the story of Israel and the so-called Palestinians. They started with multiple airplane hijacking, then shot up Ben Gurion airport itself, then moved on to bus bombs, then restaurant bombs, followed by Gaza rocketing, then random stabbings, more rocketing, then car rammings, followed by attack tunnels, more rocketing and now blazing kites.
Just a week ago at the Gaza border, the IDF came across bolt cutters which had been abandoned at a hole in the fence. A rookie soldier felt that there was something odd how they'd been left and persuaded his commander to call in the bomb disposal team. The bolt cutters exploded in the robot's hands. Nothing short of an open miracle.
Just like Wily Coyote, the PLO and Hamas never seem to run out of ideas to kill Jews.
And just like the Road Runner, the Israelis live another day and move on with their lives.
It would be nice to think we moved on with a smile, but the sad truth is that too many lives are tragically lost or ruined in this process.
I look forward to the day that we bury Hamas like the rabid bunch of coyotes they really are.

June 12, 2018

Mazeltov Mr President

Congratulations President Trump !

You pulled off what no president has achieved in the 65 years since the Korean War; and not least within 500 days of being elected as a total political novice.




It seems that your presidency is truly blessed. In that short time, you’ve decimated ISIS, restored US power and pride and projected it to the world's tyrants, you’ve cut taxes and crippling regulations, reduced African-American and Hispanic unemployment to their lowest levels in history, small business optimism is at a record high, the jobs you promised have now outpaced the jobseekers, the US economy is booming with offshore companies galloping back home in droves – and you’ve boldly opened the Jerusalem embassy and cancelled Obama’s Iran deal without the sky falling.
On the eve of the presidential election, your daughter Ivanka paid a visit to the grave of the Lubavitcher Rebbe to pray for your success. That might well have helped your poll numbers, but the stunning success of your administration in such a short time probably owes itself to something else.
It’s foretold in Genesis 12:3 – “I will bless those who bless you and will curse those who curse you".
Donald Trump and his closest advisors, notably the UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, have given Israel full-throated support in all forums and excoriated those who have sought to Demonise, Delegitimise and apply Double-standards to the Jewish state.
Those are the 3 D’s by which former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky famously defined antisemitism.
It happens that Donald Trump has had all these 3 D’s attributed to himself by the Democrats, Leftists and Never-Trumpers.
They first Demonised him as a candidate, then they Delegitimised his election, and now they apply Double standards to actions taken by him when far more serious sins are now being shown to have been committed by Obama and the Clintons.
So, President Trump knows firsthand what it’s like to be Jewish.
And yet, he scoffs at the backbiters and just keeps on doing what he thinks is right, and fulfilling more election promises than possibly any politician in living memory.
May the blessings continue to flow and may G-d give you, Mr President, the strength and good health to keep doing the right thing for the American people and its friends and allies.

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June 04, 2018

Bibi Comes to London

Prime Minister Netanyahu comes to London this Thursday after visiting Berlin and Paris.
He has doubtless been pressing the case against Iran and its entrenchment in Syria, its control of Lebanon and its proxy wars from Gaza to Yemen. That such evil hegemony may one day be protected by nuclear weapons is a horrendous prospect.
In backing the Iran deal, Germany, France and Britain couldn’t wait to get their hands on some of Obama’s $150 billion golden handshake with the ayatollahs. But it’s not clear this has actually translated into the export deals they salivated over. Long before sanctions were lifted, French and German banks had already been stung by billion-dollar fines. They will be unwise to mess with the Trump administration which now seems quite capable of shutting down their Wall Street operations for financing deals with Tehran.
So, this time Netanyahu comes to London with a lot more spring in his step; almost arriving as teacher’s pet. President Trump and his closest advisors John Bolton and Mike Pompeo appear to be in lockstep with Netanyahu on Iran, Syria, the issue of border walls and the general threat of radical Islamic terrorism. 
They may expect Netanyahu to try and prise the Brexiting Brits away from the Franco-German lust for trade with the ayatollahs, and to show Theresa May how much more she stands to gain by getting on board the Trump train. Once unshackled from the EU, Britain will need the trust and trade of America as never before. After 500 days of Trump, America is booming. Employment numbers are totally off the charts, major overseas manufacturers are galloping back home to the USA and Trump’s 700-billion-dollar rebuild of the military must create enormous trade opportunities for support and service industries.
Of course we can pretty much predict the statement that the UK Foreign Office will draft for Theresa May to deliver outside Downing Street. Unshakeable support for Israel’s security, condemnation of Assad and abhorrence of his chemical weapons but, above all, concern for the poor Palestinians - the human rights lecture that's never mentioned on Saudi or Turkish visits.
And of course, not forgetting Britain’s total commitment to that white winged unicorn, now on life support: the Two State Solution.
But, behind the scenes, it may well be a very cordial meeting between two leaders who know perfectly well the nature of pure evil and its home address. 
I certainly hope so.

May 27, 2018

Unholy Kaddish

So, the Board of Deputies has a new president.
Will anything change? This remains to be seen.
We believe the most important change that's required is for the Board to return to its prime directive – which is to speak for British Jews.
We were reviled by the admission of Yachad to the Board four years ago, and by a 2/3rds majority to boot.
Yachad’s representative on the Board is Amos Schonfeld – he’s the guy inviting people to say Kaddish for Arabs sent by Hamas to ‘tear out the hearts of the Jews from their bodies’.
This for us is a last straw. To paraphrase Groucho Marx (though this is far from funny): we should not be part of a club which has Yachad and the likes of Amos Schonfeld as a member.
Yachad is an organisation that seems to champion the rights of the Palestinian resistance over and above the rights and security of Israelis (both Jewish and Arab) whose army and security forces are singled out for slander, double-standards and outright lies.
In some ways it is worse than the Neturei Karta who demonstrate alongside the PLO, usually on shabbat. The NK openly opposes the State of Israel, whilst Yachad claims to support it. Except perhaps for Israel being a democracy. Yachad seems to think they know better about Israel’s security needs than the voters who elected the government, and they are prepared to shout their opposition into the willing ears of Jew haters in this country. People like Schonfeld are most useful idiots of all.
Yachad openly partners with NGOs which are funded by foreign governments and special interest groups who seem bent on destabilising the democratically elected government of Israel, demonizing its army and exposing its leadership, past and present, to foreign arrest warrants using lawfare.
It partners with ‘Yesh Din’, which it calls a human rights organisation. This was formed by the founders of ‘Machsom Watch’ which was set up to harass and videotape IDF border guards manning security checkpoints. Yesh Din has been richly endowed by foreign governments like Norway, Germany and Ireland as well as by other ‘friends’ like Oxfam.
Another of Yachad’s bedfellows is ‘Breaking the Silence’ which it calls ‘an IDF veterans association’. Except that its sole purpose appears to be the defamation of the brave fighting men and women of the IDF. Like Yesh Din, it has an annual budget of around 6 million shekels, more than half of which is funded by foreign governments. Some of these donations are performance-based, depending on how much incriminating evidence can be uncovered against the IDF. Last year ‘Breaking the Silence’ was exposed in open court for fabricating an Arab’s abuse claim against an IDF soldier.
The activities and funders of such hateful organisations, and so many others, are easily researchable on Professor Gerald Steinberg’s excellent website: NGO-monitor.Org
So, we ask members of the United Synagogue – whose membership fees include a voluntary contribution to the upkeep of the Board of Deputies: Do you really want your money used as a platform to legitimise the likes of Yachad?
Do Deputies like Amos Schonfeld speak for you?
If the answer is NO, perhaps you should withhold your voluntary contribution to the Board of Deputies until Yachad are expelled for bringing it into disrepute?
You decide.
Email the US and tell them how you feel about it:

https://www.theus.org.uk/contact
And perhaps sign this petition too: 
https://tinyurl.com/yachadxx
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