Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sighted on the Internet: Jews that inspire admiration..

1. Over at the Spine, in a message board attached to the The New Republic, I have developed a highly venomous relationship with one commenter, a self-proclaimed Jewish something or other (hard to determine exactly as he keeps adding to his credentials). I'm using my blog not only to express my opinions but also as a log, a way of keeping record of strange and anomalous thinking i sometimes come across in my travels across the Internet. This certain commenter has to be recorded:

He started by stating:

" What Obama was most unprepared for is the reality that the enemies of America are not just the Iranians, Moslem terrorists, the Chinese, and such, but the entire American right."

And then went on to explain, lest there should be any mistake about the levels of his fanatic loathing:

"Every last one of them is an enemy of the United States of America, happy intentionally to damage the nation for the purpose of unseating Obama, happy to side with our enemies and make our problems, such as unemployment, worse for the purpose of unseating Obama, even willing to declare that the purpose of power in the hands of the Republican party is not to address the problems of the nation but to unseat Obama. And what they will do for personal greed is unspeakable. They are enemies. We are in a life and death struggle with them for the future of our nation, or whether it even has much of a future. Traitors, scoundrels, liars and thieves one and all.

I suspect this is the sentiment that noga finds so odious. But, it is true none-the-less. And we know perfectly well where noga would find her political company if she were an American.

Time to ratchet up the rhetoric and go hand to hand with these insane sons of bitches in the same hyperbolic terms in which they attack the left. We need open political warfare in America, with two sides engaged, not just one. Then the matter can reach some resolution -- either they are marginalized, finally, or they get a free hand to wreck the place. Appeasement is not an option any longer.

PS There are no doubt some reasonable people on the right, somewhere, but they have more or less of the same mythical character as "moderate Moslems" who are supposed to engage and overcome Islamist radicals. If they exist at all, they certainly aren't doing anything much to combat extremism. So too with right-wing moderates. If they exist at all, which is doubtful, they are doing nothing to contest with their dominant extremists. Hence, we can ignore them as either to few and/or too craven to make a difference. The one righteous person in Sodom."

As I said, just for the record.

2. Palinophobia:

To say that Jonathan Chait, a regular writer for The new Republic, does not like Sara Palin, would do him a gross disservice. The English language has not yet generated the necessary words by which his loathing of her can be properly expressed. So, language failing to do justice to the great agitation he is seized with whenever she moves into his field of vision, he resorts to some very low tricks. He only posts a photo of the lower half of her face and within a few sentences he cross-references her with a clip from a horror movie in which a monster is featured. So in one piece of writing, one pretty short article, the reader is forced more or less to substitute Palin's real face with that of a shudder-inducing inhuman monster.

Nice sleight of hand. Where have we seen such tactics employed before?


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

About Bernard Lewis

Jay Nordlinger

"is an American journalist. He is a senior editor of National Review, the conservative magazine founded by William F. Buckley Jr. in 1955. He also writes a column for the magazine’s website, "National Review Online," called “Impromptus.” Nordlinger covers a wide variety of topics, including human rights. He has a special focus on China and Cuba.

In the last month and a half of the 2000 presidential election campaign, Nordlinger took a leave of absence from National Review to write speeches for George W. Bush."

Here are some of his comments on the august scholar of the Middle East, Prof. Bernard Lewis, which I found via the incomparable resource website: Martin Kramer's Sandbox:

"Another guest was Prof. Bernard Lewis, the great historian of the Middle East. You always learn a lot from Lewis — just being in the same room with him, you feel wiser. He was born in 1916, six years after his king, George V, assumed the throne. In America, Wilson was president — in his first term. We had not yet entered the war.

I had about 45 minutes with Lewis, upon the stage. What I mean is, we had a little conversation, before our passengers. We talked about Turkey, Iran, the Palestinians, Israel, the Islamicization of Holland and Belgium — many things (as time allowed).

I’m tempted to think that there will never again by anyone like Lewis — that he is the last of a certain type of scholar. The last of the first-class scholars. But this cannot be true. I will give you an analogy from music. In every generation, there are those who say that we’ve seen the last — heard the last — of the greats. “Oh, Nikisch! Oh, Hofmann! Oh, Caruso! Conducting, piano playing, singing — all of that has come to an end. Boo hoo hoo.” And it’s never true. It’s always bunk. There are always others.

Last night, at a Chinese restaurant, my companions and I saw James Levine — a man who is in the pantheon of conductors, an immortal. And there will be others . . .

I’m sure that, in the time of Thucydides, and shortly thereafter, people said, “That’s it — history-writing has come to an end. There will never be another one who is up to the job.” And it wasn’t true.

Nonetheless, I can’t imagine another scholar — another scholar of the Middle East — like Lewis. The MESA crowd long ago took over Middle East Studies. As Lewis once told me, this was similar to the takeover of Chinese Studies by Maoists."

Let's repeat: "The MESA crowd long ago [taking] over Middle East Studies... was similar to the takeover of Chinese Studies by Maoists."

We owe this academic progress to the inexorable exploits by another Professor, Edward Said, who hated Lewis and singled out as: "perfect exemplification" of an "Establishment Orientalist" whose work "purports to be objective liberal scholarship but is in reality very close to being propaganda against his subject material".

Enough said.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Mearsheimer and Khalidi on the peace process

Via: Martin Kramer


"Here is an interview with John Mearsheimer and Rashid Khalidi together, and it's a hate fest of unremitting extremism. Rabid Mearsheimer calls Dennis Ross "basically an agent for the Israeli government" (min. 18:58) and shifty Khalidi reveals he's been to the State Department to discuss a matter in Jerusalem (min. 33:50). How about a Khalidi question at the next State Department briefing?"

Friday, November 12, 2010

Comment Trail November 10- 20

@ Pajama Media: Of Galloway, York University and other crazies


@ Norway, Israel and Jews: A best seller that could grace the pages of Der Sturmer


@ The Spine: Bias in the Economist and such like observations

@ The Spine: Obama's failed Asian tour

@TNR, Gitlin suggests Judaism accommodate itself to Arab narratives


@ Abravanel: Greek Jews and Raki

Valley of the Wolves: Palestine


@ Terry Glavin's: Voices from an ugly Left

@ Bob's: Mishmash: Anti Zionism- the clean face of antisemitism

@ The Spine: Obama in Indonesia
(How to turn right into wrong)

@The Spine: The Fastidious President

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Religion of Peace

Would you shake hands with a Jew?


Sentenced to death for "Insulting the prophet"


More on shaking hands: Michelle Obama's handshake with an Indonesian minister raises pious muslims' eyebrows

Following Stephen Harper's recent firm pledge to fight against anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, here is again the post I wrote in October 19 about the subject:

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The Martyrdom of Embarrassed Canadians Seeking Universal Justice

"He who is compassionate to the cruel
will ultimately be cruel to the compassionate."

-- Midrash Tanhuma Metzora 1; Yalkut Shimoni I Shmuel 121


Chapter 1:


Canada lost its latest bid for a seat on the 15-state UN Security Council. The politics of Canada's minority Conservative coalition not to the liking of some mighty voting blocks:

"Put simply, Canada offended a lot of people. It lost African votes by redirecting foreign aid to Latin America; it annoyed China by criticizing the country's human rights record and delaying a high-level visit to Beijing for more than four years; and it irritated Middle Eastern governments by backing Israel more fervently and scaling back aid to Palestinian refugees. And on top of it all, Canada has scaled down its peacekeeping commitment in recent years."

Here is a nice report on the unsuccessful wriggling done by State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley:

"Washington challenged suggestions that it had not backed its military ally at the United Nations. Responding to unsubstantiated rumors that the United States may have voted against Canada, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley demurred, noting that such votes are held in secret. But he assured Canada that the United States remains fond of its northern neighbor, despite a humbling loss by the American hockey team to the Canadians in the Vancouver Olympics.

"We love Canada. We support Canada-except in the Gold Medal Game," Crowley said. "I'm still remembering the Sidney Crosby goal. I am not going to get over that for a while."

"So that's why you voted against them?" a reported asked.

"Again, all I can tell you is that, you know...we did vote, but I'm not going to go any further," Crowley said. "We have the opportunity to work with Canada in many contexts-bilaterally, multilaterally. We love Canada. We support Canada. And we do great and productive work with Canada."

"Let the record reflect that you are blushing," the reporter noted."

In response to criticism:

"As I've said before, our engagement internationally is based on the principles that this country holds dear," Harper said. "It is not based on popularity."

He added the government's decisions are based on shared Canadian values — freedom, democracy, human rights, the rule of law, justice, development, and humanitarian assistance for those who need it."

Chapter 2:

Here is how one Canadian received the news*:

"The Harper minority Conservative government immediately blamed Michael Ignatieff, Leader of the Opposition, because of some remark he made, as if any of the voting countries would have even known, and their supporters blamed a horde of other people. I, of course, absolutely believe it was their own fault. They've embarrassed us every time they've appeared on the world stage. I've gotten so I dread hearing they're attending another international meeting.

But the reason I'm grateful to President Obama and the USA is because there are rumours that they shot down the attempt by the Harper government to get a seat. If so, good for them.

It's not that I wouldn't want Canada to have a seat. I just don't want that loathesome crowd representing us. I'd rather wait until the next opportunity, when we have a decent government."

Here is it is again:

"I just don't want that loathesome crowd representing us."

The " loathesome [sic] crowd" being a government that alienated countries with the most gruesome violations of human rights by sticking up for what is right. A crowd whose critics can make the following kind of allegation without having the decency to blush:

Let me just clarify then: Are you suggesting that Canada’s Israel policy could leave young Canadian women in limbo?”
Pardy: “Yes.”


The aforementioned comment was made by a Canadian poster whose record I'm quite familiar with. She takes great pride in her own heart-rending worry about the human rights abuses perpetrated against the young Jihadi Canadian at Guantanamo Bay, Omar Khadr, about whom I wrote here. Here is how she expresses her great concern for Khadr's Via Dolorosa:

Hope hope. Canadian media is full of speculation on a plea deal. The case has been put off again for no known reason. I'm of mixed feelings about whether he should accept. It would mean pleading guilty when he's not guilty of anything except being recruited into a war by his father, as a 15 year old, when a foreign military invaded the country he mostly grew up in.

But, if it gives him some chance for a life, finally, after all the abuse he's suffered at the hands of his family and government, maybe it would be worth it. He would sure need a lot of rehabilitation to overcome what he's been through.

Chapter 3:

Well, she has a right to her emotions and her selective pity. With such judgment, who in his right mind would solicit her compassion any way? It's just that I recall how, a few years ago, she threw a tantrum when I mentioned Canada's "none is too many" policies against Jewish immigration, angry that I chose to remind her and other readers of that shameful history.

So I wonder if she is the embodiment of that grotesque Indecent Left mea culpa, which tries to atone for the unspeakable antisemitic sins of the past by directing their greatest concerns towards those they consider today's equivalent of persecuted Jews, like Khadr. In other words, trying to make up for silent and passive complicity in the genocide of the Jewish people by embracing with such trembling love and compassion a tried and proven proponent of Jihad, weaned on the idea that the genocide of Jews is an Islamic tenet, a commandment from Allah (it's not his fault, poor thing; what fifteen year old can distinguish between good evil? His parents drummed this into his mind.)

Thus the propagation of evil completes a full circle.

When you think of it in light of such a record of positions, said poster's gratitude towards Obama's administration for blocking Canada's UNSC seat makes perfect sense. The last thing a Canadian government should do is stand up explicitly and unswervingly for its friendship with the Jewish people's only state in the world. The embarrassment is too excruciating to bear.

Update: Khadr's plea deal

Goerge Jonas of Khadr's worthless confession

UpdateII: Harper teaches Canadians about decency

Tuesday, November 09, 2010


The Canary's Agony

"Oyes ...el débil trino amarillo del canario. "

("Listen to ... the feeble yellow trill of the canary.")

(Federico Garcia Lorca)

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Via the blog "Norway, Israel and the Jews" I read this short appeal to European sense of decency by the Spanish journalist and politician Pilar Rahola, about whom I wrote in the past.

Here is my translation of her article. I corrected two factual errors which I found in her account of the Eilenberg family's history and I highlighted the places of correction in green:

Many believe that this is not their concern, that it is just a Jewish problem. And as history is witness, they will be wrong. The protestant pastor, Martin Niemoeller expressed very well in regard to Nazism:

“They came first for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up.”

Throughout history, the Jewish communities, disastrously, have been the thermometer by which the degree of tolerance in a society is gauged. Jewish persecution has always been the fever that symptomized a social disease. Somebody historically likened it to the metaphor of the canary, the bird used in measuring the levels of contamination in mines, because it is very sensitive to toxic air quality. When the canary began to die, it was a sign that the mine was dangerous. And in European history, the first to be persecuted they were the Jews, when our societies contracted the virus of the intolerance. To a certain extent, then, Jews have been the canaries of our civilization.

Are they still that canary, in our own times? Personally, I do not have any doubt, considering the evidence of hundreds of cases that scratch the skin of Europe. Let’s look at the most recent alarming example, from the model Swedish society. For a long time now, the Jewish communities feel so harassed by the radical sectors, both from the Left as well as from Islamic co-citizens that they are beginning to leave that country in droves. I read in “Haaretz” about the case of the Eilenberg family. After numerous shocks, violent manifestations compounded by any type of insults, such as "Heil Hitler", this Malmo family has decided to immigrate to Israel. The paternal grandparents of Marcus, a lawyer of 32 years, survived the Holocaust and took refuge in Sweden in 1945. His wife’s parents came to Malmo from Poland in 1968 after the communist government there launched a [Stalinist-style] anti-Semitic purge. [cited in the linked-to Haaretz article]

Today they go back to the suitcases and backpacks with their children, as they make their way to the ancient homeland. In their small community, scores of other families are considering exiting Sweden, as the situation gets worse by the day. Of the thousands of Muslims that dwell in Sweden, the radicals are but a minority. However, they are a large minority, encouraged by the groups of the Far Left, which have turned hatred to Israel into a gospel. Thus, everything comes together to contaminate severely multicultural coexistence. Bit by bit, a fusion takes place between the radical fundamentalism and the radicalism of the Far Left, resulting in the severe erosions of the liberties. Note the Eilenberg family, persecuted by the Nazis, persecuted by the communists, and now persecuted by Islamic Fundamentalism, with the consent of Far Leftist baiting. And all this is unfolding in this paradise of tolerance, Sweden, where the canaries never suffered… Ay!

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The Haaretz article that informs Rahola's understanding concludes with this sad story:

"We are Swedish but second- or third-class citizens,” said Mohammed Abnalheja, vice president of the Palestinian Home Association in Malmo. The organization teaches children of Palestinian descent about their bond to a Palestinian homeland. “We have a right to our country, Palestine,” he said. “Palestine is now occupied by Zionists.”

Abnalheja was born to Palestinian parents in Baghdad and came to Malmo with his parents in 1996. He has never been to the place he calls Palestine.

Meanwhile, 86-year-old Judith Popinski says she is no longer invited to schools that have a large Muslim presence to tell her story of surviving the Holocaust.

Popinski found refuge in Malmo in 1945. Until recently, she told her story in Malmo schools as part of their Holocaust studies program. Now, some schools no longer ask Holocaust survivors to tell their stories, because Muslim students treat them with such disrespect, either ignoring the speakers or walking out of the class.

“Malmo reminds me of the anti-Semitism I felt as a child in Poland before the war,” she told the Forward while sitting in her living room, which is adorned with Persian rugs and many paintings.

“I am not safe as a Jew in Sweden anymore,” a trembling Popinski said in a frail voice. But unlike others, she intends to stay in Sweden. “I will not be a victim again,” she said."

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Let me remind the reader of Rahola's succinct message:

"To fight against anti-Semitism is not the duty of the Jews, it is the duty of the non-Jews.
"

which is a simplification of Sartre's acidic wisdom:

“The cause of the Jews would be half won if only their friends brought to their defense a little of the passion and the perseverance their enemies use to bring them down. In order to waken this passion, what is needed is not to appeal to the generosity of the Aryans- with even the best of them, that virtue is in eclipse. What must be done is to point out to each one that the fate of the Jews is his fate. Not one Frenchman will be free so long as the Jews do not enjoy the fullness of their rights. Not one Frenchman will be secure so long as a single Jew – in France or in the world at large – can fear for his life”

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And speaking of canaries, here is the ultimate irony

Monday, November 08, 2010

Things you can see from there...

There is an Israeli love song, performed
by Yehudit Ravitz, whose refrain says:
Things you can see from THERE you cannot see from HERE.

It's a true observation, and not just with regards to love.

Honest Reporting is a media watchdog organization whose mission is thus defined:

Israel is in the midst of a battle for public opinion – waged primarily via the media. To ensure Israel is represented fairly and accurately "'HonestReporting'" monitors the media, exposes cases of bias, promotes balance, and effects change through education and action.

When media bias occurs, our worldwide base of subscribers take action by contacting news agencies, drawing issues of bias to their attention, and requesting changes. Media outlets, correspondents, and editors are now held accountable for biased reporting and are becoming more aware of the need for factual, impartial and fair reporting. Our subscribers also make use of our Communiqués to bolster their own knowledge and understanding of the often complex issues.

An Internet friends, Will James (an alias) is attending the Honest Reporting conference that is currently taking place in Jerusalem. Here are some notes and impressions that Will emailed me. Worth reading.

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Notes from HonestReporting's 14th Israel Mission
November 3rd - 9th, 2010
rom

Will James

I'm so eager to tell you something about the Honest Reporting conference which has so wildly exceeded my expectations. Here are just a few sketches of the encounters so far that I think will interest you:

Mark Regev, the PM's spokesperson, kicked off the first morning. He spent a couple of hours with us talking about what Netanyahu is trying to do to present Israel's case before the world in the face of the Palestinian propaganda onslaught. The good news is that they realize they need to do something and they are trying. The bad news is that they don't really have effective counter messages. Regev said that Netanyahu stresses the need for Palestinian recognition of Israel's legitimacy and the need for security in every speech he makes. My small contribution was to point out to him that the Palestinian message of colonization, racism, occupation, is instantly grasped; it resonates powerfully against a template that is already in place in the minds of liberal Europeans and North Americans (even though it's bogus). The message that Israel needs legitimacy and security has no resonance for anyone but Israelis. It's no match for the Palestinian narrative. We need a better story to tell the world. I think he heard it and took it away with him.

Later in the day we heard from a Colonel Bentzi Gruber who fought in the Gaza war and has about 20,000 soldiers under his command. He described meticulously how the IDF struggled to avoid taking the lives of non-combatants, which I already was aware of in general terms. What was fascinating was to see video footage of how Hamas operatives actually used their understanding of this fact in battle to save their lives when they knew they were being targeted.

At the end of his talk Colonel Gruber put a photo of his elderly parents on the screen. His mother was a Holocaust survivor who arrived at the death camps with her parents, and her six siblings. All were killed shortly after arrival except for his mother and her twin. They were spared because Doctor Mengele had a special interest in performing experiments on twins. I will spare you the details. Gruber's mother lived until well into her 80s. He said that until her death she would talk about how she would have gladly given up one of her legs for a single bullet to shoot the German who came every night to rape her sister. In closing he said how privileged he feels to have the opportunity to serve in the IDF and defend the Jewish people. A remarkable, gentle, heroic human being.

Yesterday, Itamar Marcus shared his insights about Palestinian media. I urged him to realize that the material he has assembled is "the smoking gun". What he holds in his hands is clearest evidence that anyone could ask for about the real motivations of the Palestinians. There is not a hint anywhere of aspirations for peaceful coexistence. The media record demonstrates unequivocally that the Palestinians deny any legitimacy to Israel and are grooming their children only for eternal war. Encouragingly, the lead article in yesterday's Daily Alert mentioned Palestinian Media Watch and noted that the government's office has now decided to formally track and monitor Palestinian incitement.

This morning's highlight was a presentation by Mordechai Kedar who is an Islamic specialist at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies. His lecture on Islam's practice of appropriating of Jewish and Christian themes while simultaneously delegitimizing its predecessors enabled everyone to understand that the game of rewriting history as needed predates the present-day Palestinians by at least 1400 years.

We had lunch together along with a woman, Joan Peters, who has written a book (that I don't know) called "From Time Immemorial".It was apparently significant enough in debunking Palestinian claims that she has been attacked repeatedly by Chomsky, Finklestein, and the rest of the inverted Jews. Mordechai Kedar had apparently defended her book in a debate against Ilan Pappe and was thrilled to be meeting her and told her he had goose bumps. To me she was just a nice lady who was attending the conference. So here I am eating my falafel with people who know Bat Yeor.

The evening activity of prayer at the Kotel was something that completely blew my mind. Seeing these circles of young boys and girls singing and dancing with joy to celebrate Shabat was beyond anything that I had ever imagined in the realm of Judaism.

I'm realizing that the folks behind Honest Reporting are orthodox Jews and that along with everything else that they are throwing at us, they are inviting their Reformed and/or secular American guests to surrender certain preconceptions and take a second look at what the Orthodox bring to the party.

Anyway, that's all I have time and energy to share this evening.

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This observation by Will

"The message that Israel needs legitimacy and security has no resonance for anyone but Israelis."


caught my attention. It echoes very succinctly what Israeli author David Grossman recently said in an interview on Charlie Rose :

"But basically I believe that Benjamin Netanyahu, he knows the
situation in the occupied territories, and yet I think he is more dominated
by worry for Israel, by fears, by suspicion regarding the intentions of the
Palestinians.

CHARLIE ROSE: You know, I’m fascinated by the release of the
documents from the Israeli government about the ‘73 war and how close it
was. You’re part of that conversation, you hear that conversation. It’s a
big topic in Israel. What is the -- it says how close it is always for
Israel -- in this case they were surprised by a war and also by the
tenacity of the Arabs.

DAVID GROSSMAN: Yes. This existential fear prevails all the time in
Israel. I know that when you look at Israel from the outside, from what
you see on the TV screen, you see a kind of military fist, iron fist. But
we see the palm of the hand and the fragility of Israel. "

And a bit later he explains further:

"You know, if you read in an American paper that America plans its road
plan for the years 2030, it sounds normal, yes, reasonable. No sane
Israeli will make plans for such a long time in advance. And I’ll tell
you, when I think of Israel 20 or 30 years from now I feel a twinge in my
heart as if I violated a taboo by allowing myself too much portion, a too
huge portion of future.

CHARLIE ROSE: Too optimistic in your assumption that it will be
there.

DAVID GROSSMAN: Yes. And this must be corrected. This must be
changed. It’s impossible that we shall continue to live in this
uncertainty.

And I believe that only peace will allow us to enjoy this sequence of
generation and having a solid feeling of future and also something that is
maybe hard to understand, but I will call it solidity of existence, of the
people who is rooted in its own land, who has fixed borders between him and
his neighbors until now 62 years Israel does not have fixed borders. Our
borders all the time are receding, expanding.

It’s like someone who lives in a room that the walls are moving all
the time or the ground is shaking under his feet all the time. This cannot
go on like that forever."

Thursday, November 04, 2010

The Dogs May Bark but the Caravan moves on...

"Eureka was created as an intergovernmental initiative in 1985 and is a pan-European network for market-oriented, industrial R&D. It approves projects that total €1.5 billion per year.

Israel, which holds the rotating presidency of Eureka, a pan-European industrial network of 40 countries, will be part of more than one-third of the network’s R&D projects.

“In a global environment of ever-changing dynamics, innovation is the key to our survival and progress,” Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said Wednesday evening in Tel Aviv, at an event marking Israel’s presidency of the program.

“Innovation is the philosophy of 3,800 Israeli technology companies and eight Israeli Nobel Prize winners. We have turned into a competitive hi-tech economy open to international cooperation. Today, in the face of a global economic and financial crisis, our economy is still strong and healthy.”

The Ugly Tumour of Spanish Antisemitism Continues to Metastasize

Via: Solomonia

"Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, who makes no secret of his dislike of Zionism, is well known in Spain for his anti-Israel and anti-Jewish outbursts. At a dinner party in the Moncloa Palace (the Spanish White House) in 2005, for example, Zapatero addressed his guests by launching into a tirade of anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist rhetoric that ended with the phrase: "It is understandable that someone might justify the Holocaust."

Now, Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jiménez, who took office on October 21, has decided to keep in place the anti-Israel "lawfare" policies of her predecessor, Miguel Ángel Moratinos. The disclosure came after Justice Minister Francisco Caamaño Domínguez and she refused to grant diplomatic immunity from arrest or interrogation to former Shin Bet Chief MK Avi Dichter (Kadima party), who was planning on taking part in a seminar on the Middle East peace in Madrid on October 29-30."

Continue to read here

History of Iberian antisemitism

More, here