UPDATES 6 pm Israel time Thursday:
**To no one’s surprise, except perhaps President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, Iran’s supreme leader the Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has rejected bilateral talks with the United States about its nuclear program. Khamenei says that Iran will not negotiate with “a gun to its head.” Of course, as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared in Cairo, Iran already has “nuclear capability.”
**Demonstrations continue in the streets of Tunisia following the assassination of the main opposition leader two days ago. The ruling Islamist party Ennahda has rejected its own prime minister’s plan to dissolve the Islamist government and replace it with one that is non-partisan and run by technocrats.
**Two Palestinian terrorist members of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades–the military wing of Fatah (PLO) have been indicted for firing 30 rounds from an M16 into an IDF base near Jenin.
It is a sad commentary on our times that some of the most vicious attacks against Israel are ones meticulously planned and tenaciously carried out by Jews.
For example, in northern California (where your humble servant lives for half of each year), the Jewish Voice for Peace has done little during the last year except try encourage boycotts against Israel, try to stop companies that do business in Israel from bidding on local water and transportation contracts, and even try to stop the city of Sacramento from forming a sister city relationship with Ashkelon (all attempts were unsuccessful). These are the kinds of activities that the Jewish Voice for Peace engages in throughout the United States.
Jewish Voice for Peace is just one of numerous Jewish organizations aligned against Israel such as Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, Jewish Unity for a Just Peace, Jews for a Free Palestine, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, Jews for Justice in the Middle East, Jews for Peace in Palestine and Israel, Neturei Karta Jews United Against Zionism, Not In My Name, Rabbis for Human Rights, and the Refuser Solidarity Network to name a few.
In the last week, we have seen yet another alliance that often remains in the shadows finally emerge for all to see–that of J Street and the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement. As you may or may not know, the political science department at Brooklyn College in New York–a predominantly Jewish college–has (in conjunction with Students for Justice in Palestine) invited Judith Butler and Omar Barghouti from the BDS movement to speak on the Brooklyn campus tonight.
Their proposed appearance has ignited protests among Israel supporters everywhere. Yet who has rushed to the defense of BDS? None other than the self-proclaimed “pro-Israel” J Street.
Under the guise of supporting “free discussion” in order to “hear a wide range of perspectives” on the “contentious issue” of Israel, the National Student Board of J Street has issued a press release yesterday which states “we reject attempts made by some elected officials and communal leaders to intimidate Judith Butler and Omar Bargouthi from speaking on the campus of Brooklyn College.”
More than this, the same press release contained a clarion call for students at universities throughout the United States to invite BDS and other groups to speak on their campuses: “We call upon our peers on campuses across the country to speak up for their right to hear perspectives on Israel regardless of the presenters’ political orientations.”
The Orwellian irony of the J Street press release is that in the process of encouraging universities far and wide to accept such groups as BDS on their campuses, the J Streeters disingenuously want to say that they “disagree strongly with the aims and tactics of the BDS movement”. What a pathetic joke.
As this college generation ages, it brings the day ever closer when Israel will find few friends among the Jewish community in the United States.
A daily feature of this blog is the recognition of those of you who support Israel by donating to this website. Each month, your humble servant (or his son) places each name on this wall of support into the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Today we welcome 4 new flags on our wall: Denzel of Dublin, Ireland; Yuko of Osaka, Japan; Josiah T of Auckland, New Zealand; and Yaron L. of Herzliya, Israel.
To have your own Israeli flag, simply follow two steps:
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What you want on your flag: