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Anti-Semitism on the Temple Mount

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(Photo: he.wikipedia/ אסף.צ)

In today’s Daily Dispatch we reported on a visit to the Temple Mount paid by P.A. Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah. During this time when tensions in the area are particularly high, Hamdallah said that “there will not be a Palestinian state without East Jerusalem as its capital.” Writing at Israel Hayom, Zalman Shoval points out that, as opposed to how Israel has handled Jerusalem, Palestinians have been exclusionary and anti-Semitic when it comes to the Holy City and the Temple Mount:

Since 1967, all Israeli governments have employed balanced, carefully thought out policies on the Temple Mount in order to avoid any major conflicts with the Muslim world …

Israel agreed, despite the heart-breaking pain, to prohibit Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, and it granted, with certain limitations, autonomy to the Waqf to manage the area. Alongside that, it was promised that Jews, and people of other religions, had full rights to visit any part of the Temple Mount

However, while Israel has maintained its side of these agreements, the Palestinians have violated them almost since day one, both in their words and in their actions: From throwing stones and physically harassing groups of visitors, to using the front portion of the Temple Mount to attack Jews praying at the Western Wall below.

If in the beginning, these were thought to be sporadic actions, it later became more and more clear that the Palestinian political and religious leadership was behind the riots (with the help of Islamists among the Israeli Arab population, and yes, Arab MKs as well). The Palestinians, time has revealed, are not only against the agreement made in 1967, but are essentially against the right of the Jewish people to be in the place that has been most holy — both nationally and religiously — to them for all of history.

A clear expression of this sentiment can be found in the recent words of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who in his…

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Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 at 8:08 AM  | Stand For Israel

Does Anti-Semitism Make You Poor?

(Photo: flickr/Jeff Barnes)

(Photo: flickr/Jeff Barnes)

Recently we have reported on the spread of anti-Semitism across Europe and the rest of the world. Yet even as we are alarmed, we still wonder why this historical hatred continues to occur. Writing at The American Interest, Walter Russell Mead looks at the economic causes – and effects – of anti-Semitism:

Anti-Semitism appears and flourishes among those who don’t quite get modern life, who jump to simplistic but powerful seeming generalizations about cause and effect in a complex world. The world of the anti-Semite may be dark, with all-powerful, string-pulling Jews controlling everything behind the scenes, but the simplicity and clarity of that picture outweighs the darkness: the anti-Semite thinks he understands the world, and that helps ease the pain of feeling tossed about by incomprehensible forces.

But the clarity is false. The anti-Semite is still baffled, confused and at sea; he or she just doesn’t know it. It’s not surprising that someone laboring under these conceptual handicaps would make foolish life choices and bad investment decisions. Even more alienated and embittered because those poor choices have real consequences, the anti-Semite feels more victimized than ever, and attributes the natural result of his or her poor choices to the scheming Jews who make sure that no gentile will ever get an even break.

The linkage of anti-Semitism with a general distrust of finance could also explain one of the mysteries of our time. Radical jihadi groups boast about their intention to purge the Islamic world of the decadent legacy of Europe, but they’ve made an odd exception. There is one kind of ‘boko’ (western knowledge) that is not ‘haram’: the anti-Semitic filth spewed by European tyrants and demagogues in the last 150 years has found a ready audience among the most radical and anti-western of jihadi groups. It’s an anomaly that we don’t think enough about; why is this piece of western ‘knowledge’ so attractive and compelling while everything else coming from the west is suspect?

The ‘suspicion of finance’ that the…

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 8:29 AM  | Stand for Israel

UNRWA’s Anti-Semitism and U.N.’s Anti-Israel Bias

(Photo: ASHERNET/GPO/Haim Zach)

(Photo: ASHERNET/GPO/Haim Zach)

In yesterday’s Daily Dispatch, we reported that the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited Gaza, even witnessing Hamas’ terror tunnels. Yet Ban’s visit didn’t seem to make much of an impression, as The Algemeiner reports that he blames Israel for the war, and that the UNRWA has even published anti-Semitic text on its website:

Investigative pro-Israel blogger, Elder of Ziyon, on Monday uncovered a report, in Arabic, posted on the the United Nations Refugee Works Agency (UNRWA) website, that accuses Jews of supporting “social corruption.”

Entitled, “The Historical Development of Human Rights Throughout History,” the document purports to be a summary of human rights policies held by a number of civilizations over the ages …

But soon enough, the anti-Semitic and anti-Israel stereotypes kick in.

“But if we look around us at communities supposedly protecting human rights and at well-known oases of democracy we do not see [human rights] but instead charges that the victim was a terrorist or supporter of terrorism, and also pornography justified freely as rights. We see monopoly and fraud justified by the right of ownership and earnings in any form (Mokbel: 2005: 5) All of this happened as a result of distortion and misinformation by the Jewish clergy. The Jews in the sixth and seventh centuries promoted social corruption (1981: 39), and the claim that they are God’s chosen people demonstrates that the Jews did not know anything about human rights,” the author claimed.

In a related development, both the Bnai-Brith and the Anti Defamation League on Tuesday criticized recent remarks by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon holding Israel almost exclusively responsible for the summer’s clashes with Hamas in Gaza.

Ban, speaking at a Gaza reconstruction conference in Cairo on Sunday, and in Ramallah a day later, said Israel was at fault for “a restrictive occupation that has lasted almost half a century, the continued denial of Palestinian rights and the lack of tangible progress in peace negotiations.”‎

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 8:40 AM  | Stand For Israel

English Cleric’s Anti-Semitism

(Photo: Diocese of Guildford)

(Photo: Diocese of Guildford)

Yesterday we told you about the annual Iran-sponsored anti-Semitic conference currently being held in Tehran. One of the attendees we noted is Anglican priest, Reverend Stephen Sizer, who Dexter Van Zile reports has a long history of anti-Semitism and antagonizing Jews:

He has been antagonizing Jews and saying hateful things about Israel for years. He works a lot of his mischief on his blog and Facebook page, where he has posted links to articles that downplay or minimize the Holocaust, and accuse Jews of controlling the world and of being responsible for starting World War I and World War II.

But that’s not all. Dr. Sizer has spoken a number of times on Iranian television to condemn Israel and its supporters and has spoken at conferences in Indonesia and Iran organized by Holocaust deniers and attended by anti-Israel and anti-Western terrorists.

When Sizer is confronted about his attendance at conferences organized by Holocaust deniers, he responds by saying he is merely interested in telling his audiences about Jesus Christ …

Sizer’s behavior has been so outrageous that the Board of Deputies of British Jews filed a complaint with the Church of England, charging the vicar with misconduct …

Dr. Sizer agreed to be more careful on his Internet postings and to have three people read his website and blog “in order to check their content and, in particular, monitor any links to websites.”

Sadly, it looks like Dr. Sizer has fallen off the wagon and thumbed his nose at both his church and at the Board of Deputies.

This week, he went to Iran to participate in a three-day conference where speakers blamed Israel for the September 11, 2001, attack. At the event, titled, The Second New Horizon Conference,” Sizer is giving lectures on “The Israeli Lobby in England” and on “Christian Jihad vs. Christian Zionism.”

Dr. Sizer’s participation in this conference is a violation of the spirit, if not the letter, of the mediation agreement he signed with  his Anglican superiors and…

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Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 11:15 AM  | Stand For Israel

Blame Palestinian Incitement

(Photo: flickr/ rustystewart)

(Photo: flickr/ rustystewart)

While anti-Semitic sentiment is flourishing around the world, recent incidents against Jews by Palestinians have been especially alarming. Writing at the Gatestone Institute, Khaled Abu Toameh says that continued anti-Israel incitement by Palestinian leadership and media has caused the Palestinian people to hate all Jews and those who support them:

Over the past two decades, Palestinians, like most Arabs, have been subjected to a large-scale campaign of incitement against Israel and the US. This is a campaign that is being waged through the media, especially Arab and Islamic TV stations, the internet, mosques and the rhetoric of leaders and politicians.

As a result of the ongoing incitement, some Palestinians and Arabs are no longer able to distinguish between those who support them and those who stand against them.

If you are told that all Israelis are evil, you do not see a difference between a leftist and a right-wing Israeli. You are being taught, from very early stage of your life, that Jews are “occupiers” who “stole” the land of Palestine from its rightful owners. You are also being taught that all Jews (including innocent civilians) are legitimate targets because they either serve in the army or identify with the Zionist movement.

Because of the indoctrination, a growing number of people in the Arab and Islamic countries regard all Israelis as “settlers.” Palestinian spokesmen representing various groups, including Hamas and Fatah, often refer to Israeli cities (inside Israel proper) as “settlements” …

In Nablus, the largest Palestinian city, students rioted in protest against a visit to their campus by U.S. consular officials. According to Palestinian sources, the officials had come to An-Najah University as part of continued efforts to support educational and cultural activities on campus.

Dozens of students, chanting anti-U.S. slogans, surrounded one of the U.S. vehicles and tried to prevent it from entering the premises of the university. Eyewitnesses said that campus security personnel used excessive force to disperse the protesters.

One student, Mohamed Abu Awwad, was later admitted to hospital…

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Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 9:33 AM  | Stand For Israel

Anti-Semites Gather in Iran for Regime-Sponsored Hate-Fest

(Photo: Anti-Defamation League)

(Photo: Anti-Defamation League)

This week, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu warned the United Nations and President Obama of Iran’s continuing quest for nuclear weapons, and their threat to Israel. If the world still wonders whether the Iranian government has any love for the Jewish state, an anti-Semitic conference sponsored in Tehran – sponsored by the Iranian government, no less – should provide some clarity. The Algemeiner reports that the annual “New Horizon Conference” is being held in Iran, attended by some of the world’s most rabid and vile anti-Semites:

Anti-Semites and radical anti-Zionists from the United States and Europe have converged on Tehran for the so-called “New Hori­zon Con­fer­ence” – a three-day jamboree dedicated to libelous conspiracy theories about the influence of the “Zionist Lobby.”

Among those attending are the French-Cameroonian provocateur and comedian, Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, the originator of the anti-Semitic “quenelle” gesture. Also present are Medea Benjamin of the left-wing American organization CodePink, which supports the elimination of the State of Israel, and Thierry Meyssan, the French author of a book claiming that the 9/11 atrocities were carried out not by Al Qaeda, but by the US government.

The conference, which is being hosted by the Iranian regime, is the latest in a series of similar events over the last decade. Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, notorious for his Holocaust-denying rhetoric, staged the original “World Without Zionism” conference in 2005; the current conference indicates that the trend of hosting and promoting anti-Semites from across the globe is continuing under Ahmadinejad’s successor, Hasan Rouhani, who is often described as a “moderate.”

The Anti-Defamation League reported that the con­fer­ence “was opened with remarks by the per­sonal advi­ser to Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei, Mohsen Ghomi, who boasted that the con­fer­ence itself is ‘the biggest threat to Zion­ists,’ and that ‘Amer­i­can offi­cials are pup­pets of the Zion­ist lobby who are tak­ing advan­tage of Amer­i­can igno­rance.’ Anti-Israel jour­nal­ist Garth Porter said dur­ing his pre­sen­ta­tion on Mon­day that the Mossad and CIA are respon­si­ble for man­u­fac­tur­ing the nuclear…

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Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 4:13 PM  | Stand For Israel

Belgian Synagogue Hit in Arson Attack

(Photo: youtube/ Tele Bruxelles)

(Photo: youtube/ Tele Bruxelles)

Anti-Semitism is on the rise around the world, but has been especially rampant of late in Europe, as seen in an anti-Semitic attack today in Belgium. The Times of Israel reports that a Belgian synagogue was the target of arson, only days since the Brussels Jewish museum’s reopening after it was the target of a terrorist shooting:

Three people, the wife and two children of the synagogue’s caretaker, had to be treated for inhaling smoke on Tuesday at the synagogue on de la Clinique Street in Anderlecht, one of the municipalities that make up the Brussels region, the Belgian League Against Anti-Semitism, or LBCA, wrote in a statement. Unknown individuals deliberately set fire to four places so it would catch, according to the report …

The building had been the target of petrol bombers in 2010 …

A fire department spokesman quoted in La Derniere Heure newspaper said arsonists started the fire in the fourth floor of the synagogue in the early hours of Tuesday.

The fire came just two days after the reopening on Sunday of the Jewish Museum in Brussels, where four people were shot and killed on May 24.

Mehdi Nemmouche, a Frenchman of Algerian descent allegedly aligned to the radical Islamic State, is being held in Belgium suspected of carrying out the murders.

We thank God that no one was seriously injured, and pray for the caretaker’s wife and children’s swift recovery. We also pray that He protect His children, not only in Europe, but across the globe.

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 11:53 AM  | Stand for Israel

The United Nations: Purveyor of Anti-Semitism

Photo: UN General Assembly

(Photo: United Nations)

Yesterday Stand for Israel reported that Hamas has admitted to committing war crimes by launching rockets at Israel from heavily populated civilian areas, though the world pays little attention. Yet the United Nations still seems intent on pursuing war crimes against Israel, a nation forced to defend itself against these terrorists. Anne Bayefsky, an international law and human rights attorney and the director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust, writes that the U.N. is a leading global purveyor of anti-Semitism and has launched a legal pogrom against the Jewish state:

One does not honor the memory of Jews murdered by intolerance six decades ago by inciting murderous intolerance towards the remnant of the Jewish people in the here and now.

Incitement to hate, like declaring Israel to be racist – as does the UN Durban Declaration – is the flagship of the UN’s racist anti-racism program of action. In theory, the UN Charter demands equality both of individual men and women and of nations large and small. In reality, the UN mass-produces inequality for Jews and the Jewish nation.

  • 35% of all resolutions and decisions ever adopted by the UN’s top human rights body – the Human Rights Council – that are critical of the rights records of specific states condemn one state: Israel. That is antisemitism.
  • 50% of the emergency special sessions of the General Assembly over six decades were convened to denounce Israel; no emergency special session has been called on any other state in over thirty years. That is antisemitism.
  • The Human Rights Council has a fixed agenda with one item to condemn Israel at every session, and one item to consider the other 192 UN member states if “required.” That is antisemitism.
  • 70% of all the 2013 General Assembly resolutions criticizing specific countries for human rights abuses were about Israel. That is antisemitism.
  • The UN Division for Palestinian Rights denies entry to public meetings at UN Headquarters for individuals and NGOs that it discovers…
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Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 8:36 AM  | Stand for Israel

Family Attacked on Way to Western Wall

While rocket-fire and terror attacks from Gaza have quieted for now, violence in Jerusalem continues to occur. Yediot Achronot reports that on Thursday evening, a Jewish family traveling to the Western Wall to attend an IDF ceremony was attacked by rioters:

(Photo: Flickr/ IDF)

(Photo: Flickr/ IDF

A family from Ramat Gan narrowly escaped a lynch attempt on Thursday evening when they made a wrong turn and entered the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi Joz, where rioters threw a volley of rocks and bricks at the vehicle they were travelling in.

The family had been on their way to a swearing-in ceremony of the Golani Brigade at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

Fortunately, the father was the only one to sustain injuries, which were minor. This past week, riots have been taking place in the Arab neighborhood after residents heard that a local youth had died of wounds suffered in a clash with Israeli police last week.

“I’m still in shock from the experience we just had, we were almost lynched,” Eti, the mother of the Cohen family said in tears on Friday, speaking with Ynet.

“We were miraculously saved. I woke up this morning and the first thing I did was cry hysterically, not believing that we’re home and that we’re fine. I saw the pictures and couldn’t believe we were there and that it happened to us,” she added.

We are thankful for God’s protection over this family, and pray for His peace over Jerusalem, the rest of Israel, and the world.

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Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 2:41 PM  | Stand for Israel

Teen Girls Arrested in French Synagogue Bomb Plot

(Photo: wikicommons/FLLL)

(Photo: wikicommons/FLLL)

The recent rise in anti-Semitic hatred and violence in Europe – and elsewhere – has been alarming, especially as it has accelerated during Israel’s recent war with Hamas. We were especially alarmed to read this report from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) of the arrest of two French girls who had plotted to bomb the Great Synagogue of Lyon:

Two teenage Muslim girls were arrested for planning a suicide bomb attack on a synagogue in France.

The teens, aged 15 and 17, were arrested last week after the plot to blow up the Great Synagogue of Lyon was discovered, the French language JSS News website reported, citing an unnamed source from the Central Directorate of Homeland Intelligence.

The girls never met, communicating only via social media, according to the source.

They were indicted on Aug. 22  for conspiracy to commit terrorism.

“These girls were part of a network of young Islamists who were being monitored by security services … “

We thank God that this plot was discovered before it was carried out, and pray for His protection against any and all who would be targeted with such hatred.

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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 2:06 PM  | Stand for Israel

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In response to this week’s horrific terrorist attack on a Jerusalem synagogue, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded with a voice of moral clarity. We, as people of faith and conscience, must all cling to such clarity in a world so often ruled by moral confusion.


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