Paul Eisen

Paul Eisen

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Oh dear...

This is from Arutz Sheva 7

Reading it makes me think my oft-expressed wish for the Jewish rank-and-file to dump their leaders is just a teensy bit wishful thinking. It seems that the Jewish rank-and-file are indeed dumping their leaders, but only so they can be more arrogant and aggressive than before. 

I should have known. Is it not a persistent feature of Jewish history that, even though there may be loads of perfectly decent Jews around, it is always the supremacists who ...reign supreme?

And does this not vindicate my other oft-expressed observation that, for all our cleverness, we Jews possess one fatal ethnic flaw - we never know when we've gone too far? We are so busy, busy, busy being clever that we never look into the eyes of the other and know when he's had enough.

I'll close with my now even-boring-to-me plea that as Jewish power is rightfully confronted, let it certainly be done firmly but still, intelligently, peacefully and compassionately.

Oh dear... 

Gloves Are Off as UK Jews Demand Action from Silent Leadership
Emergency London meeting called by Jewish leadership exposes discontent, as people demand action over anti-Semitism.

By Ari Soffer
First Publish: 8/17/2014

Anti-Israel demonstrators stand on iconic bronze lions at London's Trafalgar Square

The alarming spike in anti-Semitism in Europe since the start of Israel’s military operation against terrorists in Gaza has hit headlines repeatedly in the past few weeks, both in Europe itself as well as further afield.

While not as seriously affected as countries on the European continent – such as France, Holland, Belgium, or Germany, where anti-Semitism has reached fever-pitch – the UK’s Jewish community has also been shaken by a serious rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes, stoked by an increasingly familiar and tawdry alliance of the militant-left, Islamist groups and elements from the fringe-right.

The Community Security Trust (CST), which monitors and combats anti-Semitism in the UK, has recorded the second-highest level of anti-Semitism in the country since its records began (the highest being during Operation Cast Lead).

In July alone more than 200 anti-Semitic incidents were reported, many of them at political demonstrations – a staggering spike considering that the previous six months combined saw a total of 304 incidents. And when you add the fact that police sources say a significant number – perhaps even a majority – of anti-Semitic crimes go unreported, the picture looks grimmer still.

Against that backdrop, discontent by British Jews towards their community’s establishment leadership has itself hit record levels. A full-page ad in the Jewish Chronicle, published at the end of last week and addressed to the “elected” Board of Deputies of British Jews and "self-appointed" Jewish Leadership Council, demanded action after months of silence and bland assurances of "work behind the scenes" which few are buying.

"What are you actually doing about this situation? Apart from issuing the odd press release," asked the ad, which was sponsored anonymously and called for direct action such as large-scale demos protesting anti-Semitism.

Jewish Chronicle Ad Rupert Nathan

Apparently rattled by the growing criticism, just days before the ad was published UK Jewish establishment groups called an unprecedented meeting of the Jewish community in London last Wednesday "to discuss" the increasingly intolerable situation.

It was an impressive show of unity and determination. More than a thousand people turned out and an overflow hall had to be arranged to accommodate everyone. People were clearly concerned, but there was also a remarkable sense of positive energy and no small measure of agitation – what are we going to do about it?

The proceedings began with a short but warmly-received address by Chief Rabbi Efraim Mirvis, who had changed his schedule at the last moment to deliver a message of encouragement and solidarity – chizuk – to the anxious throngs who had turned out from across the religious and political spectrum. To enthusiastic applause Rabbi Mirvis declared that he had no plans to cancel his upcoming trip to Israel (a staggering seventh since taking up the Chief Rabbinate just less than a year ago) despite the ongoing conflict, and expressed his hope to see other British Jews joining him there as a concrete way of standing by the Jewish state through difficult times.

Then it got really interesting.

Whereas the event had been billed as a conference to discuss how to deal with the wave of Jew-hatred in Europe that is now battering the shores of Great Britain, what actually occurred was something of a mixture between a public trial and an election campaign by embattled (though admittedly largely unelected) communal politicians.

In quick succession, an impressive array of leaders from the Jewish and pro-Israel establishment stood to answer a question that was on the entire community’s lips long before the current crisis: what do they actually do? How are the millions of pounds in their coffers being spent for the good of the British Jewish community?

The organizations represented on the panel were BICOM (Britain Israel Communications & Research Center), and its “grassroots” branch, We Believe in Israel; the United Jewish Israel Appeal (UJIA); the Board of Deputies (BoD); the CST; and the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC).

But there was a conspicuous absence which was less than encouraging. Of all the “establishment” groups, the one which most visibly and consistently advocates for Israel, and whose activists most regularly find themselves on the frontlines of the very struggle under discussion – the Zionist Federation – had not been invited.

“Why?” one person asked the panel’s chair, BoD President and JLC Chairman Vivian Wineman. He declined to answer.

Pro-Israel initiatives have been spearheaded by grassroots, not Jewish establishment Reuters

Each organization’s CEO or President then proceeded to deliver his or her pitch, to varying degrees of success. The CST, largely respected by British Jews for its stoic and non-political campaign to monitor and combat anti-Semitism was well-received, and – although many had never actually heard of them – an impassioned plea by We Believe in Israel’s (non-Jewish) head for the community to better pressure its MPs to show solidarity with the people of Israel was appreciated by the crowd. Similarly, the UJIA’s account of its success in sending 1,225 teens to Israel despite the war, and its various relief efforts to embattled communities in southern Israel, engendered an enthusiastic applause from those present.

Less so some of the others.

There were blank looks as the Board of Deputy’s new Chief Executive gave a summary of the "difficult political environment" within which it was working, and assured those assembled that the BoD was working behind the scenes to lobby ministers – such as Business Secretary Vince Cable - to backtrack on some of their more hostile stances towards Israel. You could almost hear the eyes rolling.

And there was a deafening indifference and sense of mild bafflement when the JLC’s CEO explained its "fight" against BDS, generically comprised of "meetings with top business and media leaders"

"So what actually is the JLC?" one person asked me afterwards. Indeed.

In typically British fashion, each speaker was politely (if not always enthusiastically) applauded, even as some quietly snorted their disapproval.

Then questions and statements from the audience were taken, and it immediately became obvious that the most dynamic and effective activists were not sitting on the stage with multimillion-pound budgets, but positioned "beneath" them – with no funds whatsoever but plenty of chutzpah.

Anat Koren, the leader of a newly formed activist group comprised of London’s growing Israeli community – the Israeli Forum Task Force – detailed the creative efforts it had led to present Israel’s case to the public, including a rocket siren flash mob in central London, with no help from the community leadership.

Then, one of the heads of the newly-established Campaign Against Anti-Semitism UK stood up to explain how his group was tracking Twitter and Facebook users posting anti-Semitic comments and incitement – and exposing them to their employers and to legal scrutiny. All this without receiving a single penny from the well-funded mainstream organizations.

One of the stars of the show was a young organizer of the recent creative protest by pro-Israel activists, who “infiltrated” the constituency of notorious anti-Israel MP George Galloway and courageously thumbed their noses at his declaration that his city was “Israeli-free”.

Smirks abounded when she said she had "no idea" who the people on the stage were – only that when she had reached out to the Board of Deputies for help she had been rebuffed. "Are you sure you had the right number?" was Wineman’s painfully embarrassing response.

Speaking to attendees before the meeting, it was clear expectations were low.

But what was also clear, both before and after the meeting, was that such low expectations would no longer be tolerated by a British Jewish community feeling increasingly vulnerable and unrepresented.

As the anonymous sponsor of the uncharacteristically angry Jewish Chronicle ad put it: "We are a strong and proud community and we want to hear our leaders shout loudly on our behalf."

Monday, 18 August 2014

Yes, it is anti-Semitism

Everyone's saying there's a rise in anti-Semitism in the UK and throughout the western world. They're right - and the material below is strong evidence of this.

As usual, the protesters are saying that it's not anti-Semitism and, also as usual, the Jews are saying that it's not justified

Both are lying. It is anti-Semitism and it is justified. 

This is not just a protest against Israel. It's not even  just a protest against Jewish support for Israel. This is a protest against years and years of Jews telling everyone that black is white and, far worse, telling everyone that they'd better believe that black is white - or else. 

For myself, I'll carry on hoping that this legitimate opposition to Jewish power be conducted intelligently, peacefully and compassionately

Sainsbury's strips kosher food from its shelves over fear of attacks by anti-Israeli protesters picketing as Gaza demonstrators run amok in Tesco branch 

  • Products removed from shelves at Sainsbury's in Holborn, central London
  • Protesters were campaigning outside against its stocking of Israeli goods

  • A store spokesman insisted the decision was pragmatic to stop food spoiling
  • But shopper claimed staff member told him: 'We support Free Gaza'

  • Outrage followed online as people accused decision of being anti-Semitic

  • Some of the goods removed were from Britain and Poland, not just Israel 
  • Incident yesterday came as protesters threw food in Birmingham Tesco 
A Sainsbury's branch emptied its kosher food shelf after the manager feared anti-Israeli protesters outside would attack it, the supermarket giant has said.

Meats, cheeses and sauces were removed from a Sainsbury's Local branch in Holborn, central London, as it was picketed by demonstrators who were calling on the grocer to boycott Israeli goods.
The incident yesterday afternoon happened on the same day anti-Israeli activists 'wreaked havoc' at a Birmingham branch of Tesco when a demonstration got out of hand.

Actor Colin Appleby took a photo of the empty shelf, prompting uproar online as hundreds condemned the grocer for appearing to succumb to the demands of the protesters.

People also pointed out that many of the goods were not from Israel and instead came from nations including Britain and Poland.

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Anger: Kosher goods were removed yesterday from a Sainsbury's Local in Holborn, central London, allegedly over fears that protesters would damage them. But a passer-by claimed staff said: 'We support Free Gaza'
Anger: Kosher goods were removed yesterday from a Sainsbury's Local in Holborn, central London, allegedly over fears that protesters would damage them. But a passer-by claimed staff said: 'We support Free Gaza'

Mr Appleby wrote that a staff member defended the decision by stating: 'We support Free Gaza'.
When he then pointed out the distinction between Israeli and kosher goods, staff 'walked away', he wrote.

    The move yesterday sparked online accusations of anti-Semitism by the grocer – despite the Sainsbury family’s well-documented Jewish ancestry dating back as far as the 19th century. 
    Sainsbury's insisted the decision was taken in case protesters hurled food from the shelves, which would then have to be thrown away.
    But Facebook user Gavin Platman made a formal complaint about the incident, which happened half a mile from the company's headquarters at London's Holborn Circus.
    He wrote to Sainsbury's: 'I presume you are aware that Kosher food is produced in countries other than Israel? You are therefore not making a political statement against Israel but instead are targeting a group based on race - i.e. Jews.
    Before and after: Theatre actor Colin Appleby visited the store when the goods were removed yesterday (pictured) before returning today, assuring other internet users that a staff member had been 'suitably chastised'
    Before and after: Theatre actor Colin Appleby visited the store when the goods were removed yesterday before returning today (pictured), assuring other internet users that a staff member had been 'suitably chastised'
    Before and after: Theatre actor Colin Appleby visited the store when the goods were removed yesterday (left) before returning today (right), assuring other internet users that a staff member had been 'suitably chastised'

    Controversy: The incident yesterday happened at this Sainsbury's Local branch in Holborn, central London. A spokesman insisted it was 'not company policy at all' and had only been done to stop food being damaged
    Controversy: The incident yesterday happened at this Sainsbury's Local branch in Holborn, central London. A spokesman insisted it was 'not company policy at all' and had only been done to stop food being damaged

    'As a Jew I find this deeply offensive. Naturally I am against the death of innocent children in Gaza so why are you persecuting me by denying me the right to buy Kosher food?

    'I presume you are also removing Halal food in protest against the Islamic State slaughtering Yazidis. Clearly not - therefore you have blurred the line between political statement and hate crime.'


    The incident at the Sainbury's branch comes in the context of a rise in anti-Semitic attacks.
    Last month Britain saw the second-most anti-Semitic incidents in any month since records began in 1984, according to a Jewish community organisation.
    The Community Security Trust recorded 200 incidents in July, suggesting a huge increase since the Gaza conflict began on July 8.
    The first six months of 2014 saw 304 anti-Semitic incidents, a 36 per cent rise on the same period last year, the Trust said.
    The government's communities minister Stephen Williams met the Trust's directors on Wednesday to discuss the rise.
    He said: 'It is more important than ever that in the face of the deeply upsetting events taking place in Gaza, Israel, Syria and Iraq that Britain’s many diverse communities stand united in supporting our shared British values of understanding and mutual respect.'
    Former Tory MP Louise Mensch also waded into the row, writing on Twitter: 'Dear @Sainsburys kosher is JEWISH food. Israel is a COUNTRY. How DARE YOU equate Jews' food to ISRAEL, how dare you #EverydayAntisemitism'. 
    Pro-Palestinian protesters in Britain have long urged supporters to boycott Israeli goods, though not kosher goods, to send a message to Israel over its blockade of Gaza.
    The incident yesterday happened on the same day as demonstrators ‘wreaked havoc’ in a Tesco store after a protest against its stocking of Israeli food got out of hand.
    Protesters accused of hurling produce and attacking police at the supermarket in Hodge Hill, Birmingham, are being hunted by officers.
    It is understood similar protests at Israeli military action in Gaza have taken place outside Tesco stores in Rochdale and Sale in Greater Manchester, Blackburn and Luton. A march involving 1,500 people in Cardiff last month led to criticism of the police after footage emerged of violence erupting. 
    Tesco sells fruit, peppers, potatoes and herbs from Israel, along with branded goods. A spokesman said: ‘We do this in line with the Government position on trade with Israel, and we mark all products clearly with the country of origin, so customers can make informed choices about what to buy.’
    The protest outside the Holborn Sainsbury's was thought to have been a smaller demonstration, not one of the huge marches which have taken place in London since the Gaza conflict began on July 8.
    The Stop The War coalition organised a protest in central London yesterday but it marched through a different part of the city, from the Egyptian embassy in Mayfair to Downing Street. 

    Saturday, 16 August 2014

    Justifying genocide

    This was clipped from an article by Tobias Langdon in The Occidental Observer

    It's written by a New York Jewish blogger called Yochanan Gordon. 

    Now, I understand that after posting, Mr Gordon, probably realising that this would not play well in the mainstream, issued a retraction just full to bursting with Jewish peace babble.
    “I wish to express deep regret and beg forgiveness for an article I authored which was posted on, Times of Israel and tweeted and shared the world over. I never intended to call to harm any people although my words may have conveyed that message. With that said I pray and hope for a quick peaceful end to the hostilities and that all people learn to coexist with each other in creating a better world for us all.”
    Personally I liked him better when when he stuck with the original.

    When Genocide Is Permissible

    Judging by the numbers of casualties on both sides in this almost one-month old war one would be led to the conclusion that Israel has resorted to disproportionate means in fighting a far less-capable enemy. That is as far as what meets the eye. But, it’s now obvious that the US and the UN are completely out of touch with the nature of this foe and are therefore not qualified to dictate or enforce the rules of this war — because when it comes to terror there is much more than meets the eye. …

    We are at war with an enemy whose charter calls for the annihilation of our people. Nothing, then, can be considered disproportionate when we are fighting for our very right to live.

    The sad reality is that Israel gets it, but its hands are being tied by world leaders who over the past six years have insisted they are such good friends with the Jewish state, that they know more regarding its interests than even they do. But there’s going to have to come a time where Israel feels threatened enough where it has no other choice but to defy international warnings — because this is life or death. …

    Hamas has stated forthrightly that it idealizes death as much as Israel celebrates life. What other way then is there to deal with an enemy of this nature other than obliterate them completely?

    Everyone agrees that Israel has the right to defend itself as well as the right to exercise that right. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has declared it, Obama and Kerry have clearly stated that no one could be expected to sit idle as thousands of rockets rain down on the heads of its citizens, placing them in clear and present danger. It seems then that the only point of contention is regarding the measure of punishment meted out in this situation. I will conclude with a question for all the humanitarians out there. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clearly stated at the outset of this incursion that his objective is to restore a sustainable quiet for the citizens of Israel. We have already established that it is the responsibility of every government to ensure the safety and security of its people. If political leaders and military experts determine that the only way to achieve its goal of sustaining quiet is through genocide is it then permissible to achieve those responsible goals?

    Friday, 15 August 2014

    God bless them

    I hope this film doesn't obscure the people of Gaza's real weapons - their faith, their own bleeding bodies and their seemingly inexhaustible ability to take pain. 

    In my view it is this that utterly befuddles their oppressors and will, in the end, bring the Palestinian people to freedom. God bless them

    Thursday, 14 August 2014

    Blood libel. I don't find this so funny

    I'm assuming this is a spoof but whatever it is, I don't find it so funny.

    I know Jews bang on about blood libel in order to provide cover for their very real bad behaviour and I also know they disgracefully use the same accusation against Palestinian resistance. 

    I also know that scholar, Ariel Toaff claimed evidence that in Mediaeval times, some Jews did indeed deal in blood products for ritual use.

    Is he right? I don't know, I have an open mind on the subject but, as for the kind of nonsense below, well, I don't find it funny.