Monthly Archives: October 2015

Those well educated and despicable anti-Semites

Yes, we have Scarlett Johansson and J.K. Rowling, the brave actor and writer who refused to join the boycott movement of the State of Israel. But the anti-Semites have dozens of luminaries and professors.

The Guardian, the leading British leftist newspaper, just published an appeal to sever any ties with Israeli universities. The appeal has been signed by 350 professors working in UK academia.

These BDS supporters are the grandchildren of those Max Weinreich called “Hitler’s Professors”.

If Italy’s Fascism had writers and philosophers such as Gabriel D’Annunzio, Luigi Pirandello, Giovanni Gentile and Tommaso Marinetti, Hitler’s Nazism had an even greater list of talents: Martin Heidegger, Carl Schmitt, Gottfried Benn, Ernst Jünger, Mircea Eliade, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Ernst von Karajan, Knut Hamsun, Emile Cioran and Louis Ferdinand Celine.

The best of European culture embraced Nazism just as today it is embracing new anti-Semitism. The cowardice of the intellectuals, academics and men of letters on the “Jewish question” is repeated today on the issue of Israel.

Henry Rousso called it “Le Syndrome de Vichy”. The reference is to France under Nazi occupation, when the cream of Paris’ writers continued their work, pleasing the Germans, getting favors, condemning the Jews to death by their indifference and hypocrisy.

Consider the words and images associated with Israel in recent years by these new anti-Semitic intellectuals in their newspapers, in their books, in their university classrooms: “s**t”, “Nazi”, “racist”, “apartheid”, “ethnic cleansing”, “settler”, “war criminal”, “illegal”.

These BDS supporters hope to nail an entire people, the Jewish people, to a dark destiny: being exterminated or being the exterminator, perpetuating the myth of a “race” inevitably involved in bloody tragedies, forcing 7 million Israeli Jews, a minority in the the immense Arab world, to the choice between national suicide or a desperate war. Europe and the Arab world are sinking into a deadly mentality, planning once again to inflict horrors on the Jewish people.

In their cumulative effect, the consequences of this new defamatory language against the reputation of Israel have been devastating. Neither Syria’s Assad, nor Iran’s mullahs or North Korea, not the worst African satrapies, enjoy this special treatment.

Only Israel. Only the Jews.

North Korea believed to earn a fortune from forced labor overseas, U.N. says

North Korea’s catalog of abuses against its own people within the secretive country’s tightly controlled borders has been widely reported. But Kim Jong Un’s regime is also believed to be pocketing huge sums from tens of thousands of its citizens who are sent abroad to toil in forced labor conditions, the United Nations says.

The laborers are made to work as long as 20 hours a day without enough food and under constant surveillance, according to a new report from Marzuki Darusman, the U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea.

He told a news conference Wednesday that the practice has become more visible in recent years and that “the numbers have grown.”

“I think it reflects the really tight financial and economic situation in the North,” Darusman said.

The overwhelming majority of the workers are employed in North Korean allies China and Russia, according to the report. But the rest are spread across a range of countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

Poets latest to be snared in Iranian hard-liners’ crackdown

Two Iranian poets jailed for their work and sentenced to 99 lashes apiece for shaking hands with members of the opposite sex are the latest targets in a crackdown that analysts say pits hard-liners against those offering new glimpses of life in the Islamic Republic.

The sentences follow a pattern of arrests and convictions targeting activists, journalists and artists that has served as a grim backdrop to President Hassan Rouhani’s efforts to soften the country’s image and improve relations with the West, including through the landmark nuclear agreement reached last summer.

Hard-liners in the police, judiciary and military view any rapprochement with the West as a threat to the Islamic Republic and a sign of moral decay. Rights groups and analysts say those targeted in the ongoing crackdown on expression in Iran also serve as pawns in the hard-liners’ struggle with moderates ahead of February’s parliamentary elections.

“I think people thought with the nuclear deal, there would be sort of a bit of a thaw as well or a bit of an opening up,” said Karin Deutsch Karlekar, the director of Free Expression Programs at PEN America, an organization promoting literature and freedom of speech. “I think the judiciary is sort of pushing back and trying to make clear that there isn’t going to be that opening people were hoping for.”

Gaza Couple Names Baby ‘Knife of Jerusalem’

These people really should have a State.

Bundled Cable Deathwatch: ESPN To Cut 350 Jobs

The scam of bundled cable is the foundation of left-wing Hollywood’s money and cultural power. Were Hollywood not able to force people to pay for networks they never watch, low-rated, left-wing outlets like CNN, MSNBC, Comedy Central. and MTV would not be able to stay on the air.

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe wins China version of Nobel Peace Prize

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been awarded China’s alternative to the Nobel Peace Prize for what the prize committee called his national leadership and service to pan-Africanism.

Mugabe is the latest in a series of critics of the West who have received the Confucius Peace Prize, first awarded in 2010 amid Beijing’s anger over the granting of the Nobel Peace Prize to imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.

Mugabe, 91, is a resilient leader who fought in a guerrilla war, denounces the West, crushed or co-opted dissent at home and has been in power for 35 years with no clear successor.

Prior recipients of the prize, which is awarded by a non-governmental committee composed mainly of scholars, include former Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Russian President Vladimir Putin.


University of Wisc.: It’s Not Politically Correct to Use the Term ‘Politically Correct’

The phrase is a microagression.