October 22, 2017

On those Haredi draft dodgers.....

On these Haredi draft dodgers.....

And so, it came to pass that Rabbis Gad, Reuben and (half-sized) Rabbi Manasseh approached  Moses and said unto him: “We would like to stay in our ghettos outside the camp of Israel, we will not go to the army, but would still like to receive our welfare payments, housing subsidies and free healthcare”.

Moses replied: “Do you expect your brothers and their sons to fight for the land whilst you live off the fat of the land?   Is it not commanded by G-d that every male from 20 years and above must go out into the army of Israel?

We do not agree with G-d. Just give us what we are entitled to. If not, we will block your streets and your chariots shall not pass.

September 11, 2017

'Bashert' is Yiddish for: it was meant to be.

In 1960 my father wrote a book about his time in Auschwitz and Buchenwald and of the murder of his parents and most members of his family during the Holocaust.
‘The Yellow Star’ was recently republished after 50 years.
This is the story of how it got to be republished.
It appears as the afterword to the new book.

It’s sad to see how so much of the world seems to have descended into a new epoch of Jew hatred. However much they try to disguise themselves as anti-Israel or anti-Zionist, these are anti-Semites just like the duck analogy walks and talks and looks.

And just as in Germany the Nazis emerged from a highly cultured and educated society, the main sources of this resurgent Jew-hatred are in academia, the arts and cultured classes where anti-Semitic parlour chatter is rife and almost trendy.  Israeli scientists with ground-breaking medical cures are boycotted whilst artists who immortalise Palestinian suicide bombers are lauded and awarded. Most people agree that being supportive of Israel is ‘the kiss of death’ in media and academia; no advancement, no promotion, no prospects.

I am therefore always amazed when any non-Jewish personality actually stands up for Israel. ‘Why do they do it?’ I wonder. ‘What bad dream did this person have that compelled them to risk ridicule and eternal peer-abuse by standing up for the Jewish state?’

Such a question came to me on October 16th 2009 when a British army officer and commander of forces in Ireland, Bosnia and Afghanistan stood up at the UN in Geneva and delivered this speech:

“I am the former commander of the British forces in Afghanistan. I served with NATO and the United Nations; commanded troops in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Macedonia; and participated in the Gulf War. I spent considerable time in Iraq since the 2003 invasion, and worked on international terrorism for the UK Government’s Joint Intelligence Committee.

Mr. President, based on my knowledge and experience, I can say this: During Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli Defence Forces did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other army in the history of warfare.

Israel did so while facing an enemy that deliberately positioned its military capability behind the human shield of the civilian population.
Hamas, like Hizballah, are expert at driving the media agenda. Both will always have people ready to give interviews condemning Israeli forces for war crimes. They are adept at staging and distorting incidents.

The IDF faces a challenge that we British do not have to face to the same extent. It is the automatic, Pavlovian presumption by many in the international media, and international human rights groups, that the IDF are in the wrong, that they are abusing human rights.

The truth is that the IDF took extraordinary measures to give Gaza civilians notice of targeted areas, dropping over 2 million leaflets, and making over 100,000 phone calls. Many missions that could have taken out Hamas military capability were aborted to prevent civilian casualties. During the conflict, the IDF allowed huge amounts of humanitarian aid into Gaza. To deliver aid virtually into your enemy's hands is, to the military tactician, normally quite unthinkable. But the IDF took on those risks.

Despite all of this, of course innocent civilians were killed. War is chaos and full of mistakes. There have been mistakes by the British, American and other forces in Afghanistan and in Iraq, many of which can be put down to human error. But mistakes are not war crimes.

More than anything, the civilian casualties were a consequence of Hamas’ way of fighting. Hamas deliberately tried to sacrifice its own own civilians.

Mr. President, Israel had no choice apart from defending its people, to stop Hamas from attacking them with rockets.

And I say this again: the IDF did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other army in the history of warfare.

Thank you, Mr. President.”

I was brimming with admiration, but yet still wondering: why?

I got the answer two years later on a plane out of Tel Aviv where I spotted the officer, Colonel Richard Kemp, in the opposite aisle seat. 
I said I wanted to shake his hand and thank him for his courageous defence of my people. We exchanged cards and deplaned in London.

Later that evening I got the following email from him : 

“Many years ago I read a book called The Yellow Star by somebody who was I believe called S B Unsdorfer. Any relation?”  

I replied: “Wow .. what a coincidence. That was my father's book. Long out of print.”

He replied: “A remarkable coincidence. I never expected to have the honour to meet the author of The Yellow Star, or indeed his son. I read the book when I was about 14 or 15. A phenomenal work. Without question, of the many books I have read in my life, your father's made by far the greatest impression on me. I read a battered paperback copy that belonged to my aunt, and I still have it.”

Well – this time I got my answer to my eternal question about what makes such a person speak out for Israel.

I decided there and then to republish and digitize The Yellow Star with thanks to Richard for his inspiration and for agreeing to write a personal foreword.

We are now good friends and I continue to follow Richard's outstanding advocacy for Israel and her armed forces in forums all over the world, and his support of all those brave souls, in and out of uniform, who are fighting the just war against radical Islamist terrorism and the forces of jihad.

The Yellow Star is available at Amazon and other online vendors.

See Richard Kemp's blog here.
Watch his UN speech here

June 19, 2017

Don’t turn the IDF into grasshoppers

The death of Hadas Malka was a tragedy. She died at the hands of Palestinian youths of between 18 and 19 years old.   

A new generation of Arabs who no longer respect, much less fear, the IDF uniform.

Because (a) they know that the soldier will hesitate to use lethal force, lest he/she is indicted like Sgt. Elor Azariya. (b) They also know that, short of 72 virgins, they are assured of excellent jail conditions while their families are paid handsomely by Abbas’s prisoner fund. And (c) these are the same soldiers they grew up learning to walk right up to at flashpoints like Beit Zafafa and spitting in their faces with impunity.

The same goes for residents of Judea and Samaria who are constantly at risk from surrounding Arabs who know full well that the government denies most settlers gun licences and those who carry guns have every reason to fear prosecution if they are used.
Last Shabbat’s Torah portion was about the spies sent by Moses to scout out the land of Canaan. They famously reported of the Canaanites:  “We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”

In past generations, there was zero tolerance of disobedience and Jews in uniform commanded respect and fear in the Arab street. It was Yitzchak Rabin who called for “breaking bones” – not some far right leader.

Outside times of war, the youth of the Palestinian street seem to look upon the IDF and Israel’s border guards as grasshoppers. This will only encourage more opportunistic attacks where beautiful lives like Hadas will be lost to our people.

Israel must reassert its army’s deterrence on the Arab street.
This means starting at the very basic level of rules of street engagement, whereby any protestor who comes within ‘spitting distance’ of a soldier is hauled away by police and sent to the cooler.

Significantly last week’s Haftara reading was the story of Joshua’s spies who were told by the Canaanite innkeeper Rahab: “Our people know that G-d has given this land to you and the fear of your people has fallen upon them.” 
That’s where we need to get to.

As the good book says:   תִּפֹּל עֲלֵיהֶם אֵימָתָה וָפַחַד 

May 24, 2017

Islamist Terrorism - this says it all....

This was published anonymously in the wake of the Manchester bombing, but seems to orginate from October 2016. 

May 22, 2017

Trump in 3-D

Victims of antisemitism are always welcome in Israel. It’s where a Jew can proudly observe all religious requirements, rites and customs as an equal citizen and without discrimination.

Natan Sharansky came up with a simple test to expose legitimate criticism of Israel as being the same old Jew-hatred.

He called it the 3-D test. 

This stood for Demonization, De-legitimisation and Double-Standards. If Israel was being demonized – like being compared to Nazis, if its fundamental right to exist was being de-legitimized – as a nation born in sin; and if it was being held out to a different standard to all other nations – like not being entitled to shoot back under fire from hundreds of missiles … well, that meant it was just the same old antisemitism.

I believe few people understand this better than Donald Trump – and not because of his Jewish family ties.

From the earliest days of his campaign Trump was demonized in all sorts of ways and this has continued to this day. He has also been delegitimized as not honestly elected or worthy of the office of president. And finally, perhaps more than anything else, he has constantly been held to a higher standard than the Obama-Clinton administration which obstructed justice, lied about paying ransom to Iran in pallets of used dollar bills and which sold America’s uranium production to the Russians under the most dubious circumstances. 

These are just a few examples but leave me in no doubt that Trump knows what it’s truly like to be a Jew.

Welcome to Israel Mr President.

Our people understand you.

May 07, 2017

Bravely Debunking Palestine at Berkeley

Bravo to Melanie Phillips for speaking the hard truths about Palestine and the fantasy of a Two State Solution from the cradle of First Amendment Fascism.

June 04, 2016

Killing Britain - for a few dollars more...

“For Sale: 50% price reduction and 30-year interest-free mortgage on stunning 10-room Beverly Hills style villa, swimming pool, sauna, tennis court, wine cellar and double garage. Outstanding view of Three-Mile-Island nuclear power station, just 5 minutes away.”

Would you even consider living there for ANY money?

Or tripling your salary to take a job in an asbestos factory?

What’s the point of being well-off if it’s killing you?

This is the part I just don’t get on the UK referendum about staying in the European Union.
The ‘Leave’ campaign’s mantra is that the EU’s open borders are killing Britain; killing its national identity and its sovereignty, overloading schools, hospitals and social services to breaking point and threatening a backlash of social strife which will bring rioting to the streets. Not a pretty sight.

The ‘Remain’ campaign’s mantra is about prosperity. Brexit, they insist, will reduce trade and lower national incomes across the board.

But isn’t that like getting a pay rise and promotion from an employer about to go bust?

Realists can clearly see that - the way things are going - England will be unrecognizable in 30 years from now. So, isn’t maintaining the British way of life worth making a few sacrifices for? Or is all this short-term confetti-money just too much to resist?

From this side of the English Channel we watch the European ship sinking under waves of uncontrolled immigration, mortally holed by multiple financial crises and its decks already seething with mutinous groups of the extreme Left and far Right.

Every instinct tells us to uncouple and save ourselves before it’s too late.
But to stay tied for a few dollars more?  That makes no sense at all.

What’s truly frightening are our own people who were so keen on Israel joining the European Union not so long ago. One of those proponents was the new defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman.
Just imagine an Israel with open borders, its surviving Jewish remnant shot through with the pellets of multiculturalism and its laws dictated from Brussels.

Fortunately, Israel has a Father Protector who saves His people from the consequences of their own hubris and stupidity.

“Behold - the keeper of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps” (Tehillim 121:4) 

March 27, 2016

This freedom thing will be the death of us

I don’t know where the next terrorist attack on Europe will take place.
But I do know who will be carrying it out.

Apart from the obvious – it being an incited Islamist – it will almost certainly be someone who the police know about and was on their ‘watch list’.
This has been a common theme all the way back to 9-11.

In almost every Islamist terror outrage since then it’s always been someone already ‘on the radar’ of the security services.

How many more innocent civilians have to lose their lives and how many more parents and spouses need to see their lives destroyed before this lunacy stops?

I speak not of the lunacy of Islamist terrorism. But the lunacy of our ascribinghuman rights to inhuman terrorists.

The most important defence against terrorism is ‘humint’ – knowing what is going in in the streets and what is being talked about in extremist groups: human intelligence. We rely on our security services to use their ‘nouse’ – Britspeak for gut instinct – to identify a baddie or something bad that is about to go down.

How many detective stories have you read or watched which have that essential turning point based on the cop’s ‘hunch’. That is trained intuition – the most important resource in the crime-fighting arena.
And yet this most powerful tool that we depend upon for life or death has been taken away or stunted in the interests of political correctness. 

In Britain it’s called ‘stop & search’ – otherwise known as ‘suss’.
Because of complaints from ‘ethnic minorities’ British police have had their suss freedoms curtailed. Stop & search numbers fell last year by a straggering 40 percent in just 12 months.
Does this make sense?  Should a police officer fear to follow his or her hunches?

Imagine a doctor, with decades of medical training and internships at major hospitals not being allowed to follow his educated guesses on symptoms that present themselves? Especially in a time-critical and life-or-death scenario. It would be absurd. And yet the police are not free to do the same thing, because it might offend the ethnic minorities.

What kind of freedom puts the sensitivities of ethnic minorities above the prime directive of all governments: to protect and defend citizens?

The governments of Europe should ask their security services to print out their watch-lists and quarantine everyone that’s on them until they are totally sanitized. Radical Islam is at war with us and war powers should override the niceties of political correctness.

If we fail to do this, such freedoms will be the death of us.

February 27, 2016

A Brave Muslim Woman Tells Us What We're Up Against with Islam

February 06, 2016

There was a time ......

There was a time when Israeli leaders were not shy of telling European leaders what they could do with their precious Palestinian state. 

How I wish we had him here now ...     


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January 31, 2016

The speech we need to hear from every European leader....

October 14, 2015

Separation !

My heart goes out to the mostly defenseless victims of this latest terror wave in Israel and to the families of those who succumbed to their injuries. My admiration goes to the security services and MDA/Hatzola volunteers who are working round the clock to stem the flow of blood in the streets of Israel.

Officials and media pundits are still fussing about whether this is the Third Intifada or just a bad case of civil unrest. It is neither.
This is war.

To anyone with eyes in their head, this is nothing less than a guerrilla war being waged in streets all over Israel.

In any other country this would warrant emergency powers being declared by government, the suspension of habeas corpus and the interning of suspects in detention camps. Britain did no less for Northern Ireland in the 1970s.

In the case of Jerusalem, this means sealing off the Palestinian Arab areas, suspending all crossing rights and barring so-called Palestinians from public transport and municipal facilities and suspending their work permits. They have proved that they cannot be trusted to live among us and they will have created the very Apartheid with which they falsely labelled us.
There are plenty of Filipinos eager to take up the hospital jobs and plenty of Chinese workers willing to work on our building sites. These are people who love our people and our country. They don’t sit up all night thinking of new ways to kill Jews.

Another subject fretting the officials and media pundits is how much incitement there is and by whom. Again I seek to differ. I am more concerned about ‘enablement’ than incitement.
It is the government which brought this upon Israeli citizens by ignoring the rock throwers for too long. By turning the other cheek to the nightly attacks on the light railway. By allowing Arab vandals to roam freely over the Mount of Olives cemetery, intimidating mourners without a policeman in sight. By tolerating the spate of car rammings and firebombings. And all that, set against the ignominy of prisoner releases, has totally eroded all deterrence and removed the fear Arabs once had of a Jewish soldier, border guard or policeman.

Much of this erosion of deterrence comes by courtesy of self-appointed Israeli justices who bend over backwards to uphold “Palestinian rights” and who order the opening of Israeli roads like the 443 to those who quickly turn them into new killing grounds. In a very real sense, these ‘bleeding heart judges’ are responsible for much of today’s Jewish bloodshed.

Emergency powers will override that skewed court system and will act immediately to put these so-called Palestinians back in their place …. away from our people. 
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