Someone got their wires crossed and started sending me stuff from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, the pro-Arab answer to the Anti-Defamation League.
Today, they sent me something about the California CAIR chapter which, along with some organization calling itself Progressive Christians Uniting and a self-hating, modern-day Kapo-like anti-Semitic group called Jewish Voice for Peace, is demanding “state and national Republican Party leaders to repudiate ‘hate speech’ by a U.S. Senate candidate who recently reportedly told a cheering audience, ‘I am an Islamophobe, and everything we need to know about Islam, we learned on 9-11.’”
First, if by Islamophobe, candidate Rabbi Nachum Shifren means a fear of violently anti-Western, anti-Semitic, Islamo-Fascists, then, I, too, lean that way, though a phobia is an irrational fear of something, and I would entertain that there is nothing irrational about a healthy fear of Islamo-Fascists. I’d probably describe it more as Islamo-cautious, though, because, while I agree that everything we need to know about radical Islam we learned on 9/11, I also recognize there are millions of non-homicidal, Muslims. I also suspect, however, that the world would be a better, safer place were all Muslims to find a different religious outlet and Islam went the way of the mastodon, dire wolf or saber-tooth cat.
But, it was Shifren’s next line that sort-of blows my mind.
Evidently, during a May 3 speech in San Mateo, Shifren said, “We’re getting sucker-punched because we as white — yes I said it! — as white, Christian Americans are being taught that somehow we are to blame for all the problems.”
Wait. Did the rabbi include himself in “white Christian Americans?”
Something a little disingenuous there, I’m afraid.
Also this week, we get an object lesson in rabbit hole diving.
It seems a Palestinian West Bank “journalists’ group”– using the term journalist lightly – has banned its members from meeting with Israeli journalists.
The penalty for such a meeting is reportedly being fired and expelled from the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate.
The Jerusalem Post reports the ban came after Israeli and Palestinian journalists met in Oslo, Norway, on World Free Press Day on May 3. They have reportedly met several times in recent months in other European countries.
Somehow, it seems to me, this attitude on the part of Palestinian “journalism” officials may throw a wet blanket, or a bucket of ice water, on Palestinian journalists’ passion for investigation and truth, and, in fact, appears designed to do just that. Which makes these Palestinian Journalists Syndicate members and officials less journalists than propagandists – a fact those of us paying attention already knew. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the larger, worldwide journalistic establishment were to recognize that this clear attempt at promoting and maintaining its trademark anti-Israel bias in its reporting (which has devolved several high-profile times into manufactured ‘stories’ and photos), disqualifies the Palestinian (and most other Arab/Muslim outlets) from the legitimate use of the term journalism to describe what they do?
Won’t happen, though, in this worldwide climate of avoiding calling a terrorist or a historical revisionist a spade (so to speak).
Another tidbit I found interesting this week, is the Israeli environmental protection minister’s call to cut the electricity supply to Gaza rather than suffer rolling blackouts in Israel during an expected power shortage this summer.
The cabinet reportedly ignored the suggestion.
Both the suggestion itself and the Israeli government’s reaction to it are worth examining, I think.
Clearly, the suggestion was made as a way to put Israeli citizens’ needs and comfort above that of their sworn enemies – the terrorists and their supporters in Gaza who aggravatingly regularly try killing Jews indiscriminately.
It’s an attitude, I think, that might be considered seriously almost anywhere else where a similar reality prevailed. It would almost certainly be taken seriously in an apartheid state like South Africa once was, where the needs of the minority rulers are the only ones deemed important.
However, despite the ongoing attempt by much of the Anti-Semitic world to paint Israel as a racist, apartheid state, its governing body reportedly thought so little of that minister’s idea that it didn’t even see fit to dignify it with a response.
The minister reportedly had called on his colleagues to add a clause to the emergency energy agreement stipulating that if the electricity flow needs to be temporarily stopped, the blackouts should first take place in Gaza.
“Take care of your own needs first,” the minister reportedly said. “It’s unreasonable that if there’s an electricity shortage, we’ll cut off the supply to Israelis, but not to Gaza, which we left seven years ago and have no responsibility for.”
The Cabinet wound up approving a plan that includes allowing the Israel Electric Corp. to use highly polluting heavy fuel oil for electricity generation if need be, ignoring the minister’s suggestion.
Definitely the actions of a racist, apartheid state if ever there was one, don’t you think?
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