Outside a Tel Aviv museum, a pro-democracy protest was held by Israeli opposition leaders.
This protest opposed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent re-election for his fifth term and reportedly accused him of desiring to implement legislation that protects him from prosecution for corruption.
Opposition parties stated that Netanyahu can not continue to be Israel’s prime minister if he is charged for fraud and bribery after he received allegations of corruption.
According to NBC News, on the 28th of February 2019, Netanyahu rejected allegations of corruption:
“The left applied bullish pressure, relentless, i would even say inhuman, on the attorney general in order to make him say that he is considering indicting me pending a hearing even though it’s clear there is nothing, in order to influence the elections, even though he knows this house of cards will collapse after the elections.
“Since the attorney general is just a human, the pressure of the left worked.
“I tell you the citizens of Israel, this house of cards will collapse.
“I am absolutely certain. I am certain of it 4,000 percent.
“I plan on serving you and the state as prime minister for many years.”
According to RT, “He stands accused of possible crimes against humanity because a UN independent commission has ruled that his UK armed soldiers used live ammunition to fire on 6,000 unarmed protesters without justification”.
In the UN commission of inquiry into 2018 protests, Chair Santiago Canton stated that “the commission has found reasonable grounds to believe that Israeli Security Forces committed serious violations of human rights of international humanitarian law.”
Netanyahu’s corruption allegations include:
Case 1000 Indictment
Netanyahu was accused of receiving nearly $200,000 worth of gifts, reportedly mainly boxes of cigars for “his personal use”, from wealthy businessmen in exchange for favors.
He also reportedly received bottles of champagne for his wife.
Two of these businessmen include owner of Consolidated Press Holdings Limited Australian James Packer and Israeli film producer Arnon Milchan.
Case 2000 Indictment
Netanyahu was accused of conspiring to get more news coverage in his favor by collaborating with Arnon “Noni” Mozes, the publisher of the newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, in exchange for weaker legislation for the newspaper to beat a competing newspaper.
Attorney general Avichai Mandelblit stated the following, according to i24NEWS English:
“Even though you did not request and did not accept the proposal, you did not reject Moses’ proposal, but you continued to lead the matter, promoting the legislation, including ideas you raised during the election period, even though you did not intend to advance the legislation.”
Case 4000 Indictment
Case 4000 is another indictment that regards Netanyahu desiring more media coverage that is in his favor.
It is alleged that Netanyahu reportedly conspired to get “regulatory benefits for Shaul Elovich, owner of Bezeq Telecommunications Company, in exchange for favourable news coverage on his website”, according to i24NEWS English.
According to attorney general Avichai Mandelblit, “in essence, a “give and take” relationship was established between Elovich and Netanyahu:
“On the one hand, Elovich slanted the coverage in Walla to Netanyahu, in an irregular manner, so it will benefit him and companies under his control, including Bezeq, and on the other hand, Netanyahu, using his governmental and executive power in the regulatory field, to benefit Bezeq.”
If one desires to communicate something essential to others, but not to one’s enemy, concealing the message is important. Only those who are educated on the context of the message can truly understand it.
There are many ways that humans communicate and understand each other. These include; verbal methods such as via audio (such as speech face-to-face or on radios); non-verbal methods such as via signs, symbols, eye contact, tone, and text.
Improper usage of punctuation, spelling, tone, definitions, and other facets that relate to the context of dialogues or monologues by the sender will negatively impact the message for the receiver. Improper communication can be and is adopted by those who deliberately or accidentally hide the truth from others.
The term “symbol” is defined by Oxford Living Dictionaries as “a mark or character used as a conventional representation of an object, function, or process, e.g. the letter or letters standing for a chemical element or a character in musical notation.” Symbols that were created long, long ago are still used to this day, whose meanings may not be understood by most of the humans of today.
German indologist and linguist Heinrich Zimmer states in his book Signs and Symbols that a symbol is “a visual image or sign representing an idea — a deeper indicator of a universal truth”, and elaborates further:
“Concepts and words are symbols, just as visions, rituals, and images are; so too are the manners and customs of daily life. Through all of these a transcendent reality is mirrored. There are so many metaphors reflecting and implying something which, though thus variously expressed, is ineffable, though thus rendered multiform, remains inscrutable. Symbols hold the mind to truth but are not themselves the truth, hence it is delusory to borrow them. Each civilisation, every age, must bring forth its own.”
One theory that is debated by many is that Ancient Egypt, being the earliest known location to have built the foundations for anatomical science, named parts of the human body after astrology. This, if true, was most-likely from Egyptian religious influence:
“The overwhelming majority of Egyptologists seem to not be familiar with the details of the age-old Hindu tradition surrounding the Third Eye. It should, therefore, come as no surprise that they seem largely unaware of the Third Eye’s central importance in the Egyptian religion.
The Third Eye is a key concept in Hinduism’s Kundalini Yoga, which teaches initiates to “balance” or “unify” our lunar ida left-bodily side with our solar pingala right-bodily side.
This “balance” or “unity” of our twin opposing natures makes us whole again—just as the balance or unity of China’s twin opposing Yin and Yang halves completes the perfect circle.
This “balance” or “unity” also awakens a serpentine power, which rises up our spine (through seven invisible “chakras” or energy centers) and activates a Third Eye hidden in our foreheads.”
Thus, things that may seem like they aren’t symbolic may have hidden meanings that are known by only those who understand the message properly.
Secrets are valuable for many reasons; to name a few, secrets protect and reveal identities, reputations, build and break apart relationships, and prevent justice or injustice. But secrets conceal the truth, and truth is the remedy to much of the world’s problems.
One reason why anti-Semitism is publically reported more is due to the Combatting European Anti-Semitism Act of 2017. This was introduced by sponsor Republican Marco Rubio on the twenty-fourth of January 2017 and became public law on the fourteenth of January 2019.
Volume 64 section 198 (2018) of the Congressional Record outlines the purpose of the bill:
“A bill to require continued and enhanced annual reporting to Congress in the Annual Report on International Religious Freedom on anti-Semitic incidents in Europe, the safety and security of European Jewish communities, and the efforts of the United States to partner with European governments, the European Union, and
civil society groups, to combat anti-Semitism, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Foreign Relations.”
The sponsors include “Mr. Rubio (for himself, Mr. Kaine, Mr. Gardner, Mr. Menendez, Mr. Perdue, Mr. Nelson, Mr. Boozman, Mr. Blumenthal, Mr. Lankford, Mr. Brown, Mr. Schatz, and Mr. Hatch)”.
Though the new year began nearly two months ago, recently the media and other organisations spoke out against “growing anti-Semitism”:
Seven MP’s Quit Labour Party due to Brexit Betrayal and Anti-Semitism
Seven of Britain’s Labour Party members of parliament recently resigned to protest the handling of brexit and “growing anti-Semitism”. Anti-Semitism reports have grown by 75%, and it should be noted that there are many anti-Semitic attacks that are not reported, and that some European nations report them more than others. One question being asked by the Labour Party and others is whether one can oppose Israeli policies without being anti-Semitic.
The handling of brexit is the most important issue of the two according to the Labour Party. Despite Britain desiring to leave the European Union, the EU is demanding for Britain to accept their decision to remain or there will be further action.
British Prime Minister Theresa May is attending Brussels to advocate for an Irish deal that does mot re-open the brexit deal.
Poland Pulls out of Israel meeting over Anti-Semitism and Nazi Comments
Poland “collaborated with the Nazis” and “sucked anti-Semitism with their mothers’ milk”, according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and newly appointed interim Foreign Minister Israel Katz respectively.
Poland’s pull-out from the Visegrad Summit caused the cancellation of the Visegrad group meeting that was held in Israel.
Visegrad involves four central European nations. The members include Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki stated earlier that he was not attending the meeting because of comments made by Netanyahu about Polish co-operation:
Katz stated the following:
“Poles collaborated with the Nazis, definitely. Collaborated with the Nazis. As (former Israeli Prime Minister) Yitzhak Shamir said — his father was murdered by Poles — he said that from his point of view they sucked anti-Semitism with their mothers’ milk. You can’t sugarcoat this history.”
“I am the son of Holocaust survivors… The memory of the Holocaust is not something to compromise about. It is obvious. We will not forget, and we will not forgive.”
Macron Condemns Anti-Semitism at Paris Yellow Vest Protest
French President Emmanuel Macron condemned anti-Semitic insults that French 69-year-old philosopher and head of The Academy Alain Finkielkraut was subject to by yellow vest protesters.
These insults include:
“Palestine! France is ours!” “Dirty Zionist!” “Dirty race!” “The people will punish you!”
Macron tweeted this in response:
“The anti-Semitic insults he has been subjected to are the absolute negation of what we are and what makes us a great nation. We will not tolerate it. The son of Polish immigrants who became a French academician, Alain Finkielkraut is not only a prominent man of letters but the symbol of what the Republic allows everyone.”
Finkielkraut is the author of “The Imaginary Jew” and the son of a Jewish-Polish manufacturer of fine goods.
French interior minister Christophe Castaner stated that incidents of antisemitism rose to 541 last year from 311 in 2017, an increase of 74 per cent. National Bureau for Vigilance Against Antisemitism (BNVCA) leader Sammy Ghozlan stated that “the ‘Yellow Vests’ movement has an anti-Semitic base that repeats conspiracy theories about Jews and power.” Fourteen political parties called for a solution to growing anti-Semitism.
A protest against anti-Semitism is happening, in which Merie Le Pen says she won’t be attending.
Recently, graves at a cemetery were attacked with swatstikas.
US Vice-President Mike Pence Accuses Iran of Anti-Semitism
US Vice President Mike Pence has accused Iran of Nazi-like anti-Semitism.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi responded to the accusations of Nazi-like anti-Semitism by supporting Judaism but opposing Israel as the nation was acting like a “killing machine against the Palestinians”:
“Iran’s historic and cultural record of coexistence and respect for divine religions, particularly Judaism, is recorded in reliable historic documents of various nations.”
“The principle that underlies our foreign policy is the aggressive and occupying nature of the Zionist regime (Israel)…, which is a killing machine against the Palestinian people.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also responded to Pence’s accusation, calling it “laughable”.
Zarif also added:
“Iran has always supported the Jews. We are just against Zionists. The Holocaust was a disaster.”
There is an ongoing proxy conflict between Iran and Israel that began in the early 1990’s.
Iran voted against the UN Partitian Plan for Palestine in 1947 and Israel’s admission to the UN two years later. Iran initially recognised Israel as a sovereign state, but as tensions grew the Islamic government does not.
Anti-Semitism “has spread through the Islamic world like a cancer” according to Fareed Zakaria of the Washington Post
Fareed Zakaria, columnist of the Washington Post, political scientist, and author, recently wrote an article suggesting that anti-Semitism “has spread through the Islamic world like a cancer”.
Zakaria stated the following in his article, mentioning freshman Democratic members of Congress Ilhan Omar (Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.):
“I don’t know what is in the hearts of the two representatives. But I believe that Muslims should be particularly thoughtful when speaking about these issues because anti-Semitism has spread through the Islamic world like a cancer. (Omar and Tlaib are not responsible for this in any way, of course, but they should be aware of this poisonous climate.)”
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, one of the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress, apologised “unequivocally” for social media comments that were deemed “anti-Semitic” by many:
“Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes.”
“We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize.”
This is the original comment she made:
Many Jewish figures have condemned her and similar comments, one figure including Democratic Freshman lawyer Max Rose:
“Congresswoman Omar’s comments are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself.”
Jonathan A. Greenblatt, CEO and National Director of ADL stated the following in a statement:
“As Americans and Jews, we expect our politicians to condemn bigotry, not to fuel it. Words matter. At a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise in the U.S. and abroad, Rep. Omar is promoting the ugly, anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that Jews have an outsized influence over politics.”
Fareed Zakaria, in his article, states that “Arab states became vast propaganda machines for anti-Semitism”:
“In their zeal to delegitimize the Jewish state, men such as Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser promoted all kinds of anti-Semitic literature and rhetoric. Arab states became vast propaganda machines for anti-Semitism, brainwashing generations of their people with the most hateful ideas about Jews. Even the supposedly secular president of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, declared in 2001 that Israelis were “trying to kill all the values of the divine religions, with the same mentality that brought about the betrayal and torturing of Christ and in the same way that they tried to betray the Prophet Muhammad.” Religious states such as Saudi Arabia were just as bad, if not worse.”
Fareed Zakaria is “one of the 25 most influential liberals in the American media” according to Forbes, but Zakaria states that “I feel that’s part of my job… which is not to pick sides but to explain what I think is happening on the ground. I can’t say, ‘This is my team and I’m going to root for them no matter what they do.'”
Zakaria also states that Trump’s missile strike against a Syrian government-controlled airbase in April 2017 is when Trump “became president of the United States”.
By Nikos Tsinakis
In recent events following president Donald Trump’s decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Muslim nations around the world headed by Turkey took their protest to the international community. As a result of this diplomatic spat between the Jewish state and Ankara, Yair Netanyahu- Son of the Israeli Prime Minister, with a long history of making controversial social media posts, shared an image on Instagram that portrayed an edited Turkish flag that clearly displays the words: “F*ck Turkey”
Background: Turkey has been protesting against Trump’s decision and Israel’s use of deadly force against Palestinian protesters Jerusalem Post:
Turkey has been among the most vocal critics of the Israeli use of deadly force against protesters at the Gaza border and of the U.S. decision to open its new embassy in Jerusalem. It called for an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul on Friday.
Speaking at a dinner on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Erdogan said the majority of the international community had failed to react to the events in Gaza, and warned that remaining silent would mean “opening a very dangerous door.”
“In the face of all these events, the United Nations has ended. (It has) become exhausted and collapsed,” Erdogan said. “If Israel’s bullying is met with more silence, the world will rapidly be dragged into a chaos where thuggery prevails.”
Turkey and Israel now experience an unprecedented level of intense diplomatic tension with Erdogan describing the events on the 16th of this month as an act of genocide and that “Turkey would stand by Palestine no matter the cost” His words were put into action after summoning Ambassador Eitan Naveh and told him it would be “appropriate” for him to return to Israel. Israel retaliated against these actions by expelling the Turkish consul-general in Jerusalem and, on Wednesday, summoned the country’s deputy ambassador in Tel Aviv for a dressing down. More than 60 Palestinians were killed and more than 2700 were injured during the organized protest near an Israel border fence on Wednesday.
Such a proactive stance taken by Turkey was rather unexpected as the relationship of two countries have been improving since 2016 as well as the country rarely presented itself as the leader of the Muslim world in the past due to its attempt to appeal to the EU as a secular nation. A dangerous catalyst There’s a real possibility that this war of words will escalate beyond the realms of diplomacy and economic matter. Israel’s actions have already pushed Turkey and Iran closer; the two were historical rivals with their majority populations following different sects of Islam, Sunni, and Shia respectively. Should an Alliance between these two major Muslim powers form, it could have the potential to seriously damage the interests of Israel. Reuters:
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump’s regional policies were “miscalculated”, and should be condemned by Muslim countries.
“Muslim countries should condemn U.S. and Israeli actions with a united voice,” Rouhani was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency
One thing is clear: The United States and West European countries must not intervene should any armed conflicts occur, it’s time for the middle east to solve their own problems. America First. No more pointless wars for so called “great allies” that’ll result in nothing but wasted American blood and dollars.
It has been a rather historical week for Israel so far in the wake of Trump’s controversial decision to move the American Embassy in the country to Jerusalem. Celebrations and criticism have engulfed entire media platforms even amongst conservatives, due to the nature of the response that the Israeli defense force has taken to subdue the Palestinian protesters – resulting in more than 60 dead and thousands injured. However, let us explore another story that happened earlier this week which will surely invoke some interesting emotions when it comes to discussing the uncomfortable truths of Israel’s foreign policy strategy.
Obese Israeli SJW wins Eurovision
There are many reasons to have mixed feelings over this year’s Eurovision song contest: First, Israel, a non-European nation just won Eurovision for the 4th time, by pandering to the show’s overwhelmingly liberal audience with repulsive neo-Marxist ideas. The obese Jewish pop singer Netta Barzilai preaches about themes such as “fat is beautiful” and “diversity is strength” on and off the stage. The sheer shock of this victory is further amplified by the stark contrast of how we all normally view Israel; a conservative state that has always been strongly against such false modern values in the name of equality and progress.
“The song has an important message — the awakening of female power and social justice, wrapped in a colorful, happy vibe,” Barzilai was quoted as saying by Eurovision site wiwibloggs last week. The trending video of her performance has since garnered a mostly negative rating with 367,000 dislikes. Her song “Toy” was said to have been inspired by the Hollywood Feminist #metoo movement.
A classic example of “Ethnostate for me but not for thee”
There’s no more curious case in international relations today than the phenomenon of Israel, a Jewish state with many sound policies that serves its people and put them before anyone else. The West certainly has a lot to learn in regards to maintaining a functional socially conservative society, something that Israel has managed to achieve in the face of modern “Progressivism”. Yet at the same time, it pushes internationalist policies onto other nations that would simply not fly in their own country. To put it into perspective, left-wing Israelis frequently express the state-sanctioned suppression of LGBT and feminist activists in their country yet somehow when the singer that is officially chosen by Israel to represent itself on the international stage is allowed to openly preach the polar opposite what the Israeli government advocates among their own populations. To connect the dots even further, we can draw the conclusion that all this marxist view of social justice and gender equality Netta talks about in her song is very much connected with multiculturalism, a problem being especially relevant in Europe today. Food for thought; why would a country where non-jews have zero hope to immigrate to, where refugees from Africa gets deported by force, essentially an ethnostate in every sense of the word, would support multiculturalism happening in Europe?
Her victory in the name of “social justice” has been endorsed at an institutional level by the Prime Minister of Israel: “These days Jerusalem is being blessed with many gifts,” Netanyahu said on social media.
“We received another one last night with Netta’s thrilling and suspenseful victory. The gift is that Eurovision will come to Jerusalem next year; we will be very proud to host it.”
Israel, Immigration – The Israeli government announced on Monday that they had reached a deal with the United Nations High Commissioner to deport around 16,250 migrants to Western countries like Canada, Germany, Italy and Scandinavian countries, most of which are from Eritrea and Sudan, a plan they intend to implement over the next five years. They also promised to keep 18,000 of the migrants themselves, and to offer them temporary status in Israel, which they contend will be reevaluated after the five years have passed.
This deal changes the circumstances dramatically from Israel’s initial decision to start mass deportations of the Africans to countries like Rwanda and Uganda on April 1 along with $3,500 – a highly controversial proposal as many of the immigrants fleeing war and abuse also finds problems in other countries in Africa, and right groups have argued that this would only endanger them further. More specifics about the inadequacies of Israel’s former plan has been provided by U.N.’s refugee agency, who said that the migrants relocated in the other African countries the past few years had been subjected to abuse, torture and even death, and called the Israeli government to reconsider its position – something they have now done. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu noted this at the press conference of the announcement, where he admitted that ‘legal constraints as well as political difficulties on the part of [Uganda and Rwanda]’ led to the cancellation of the original deportation plans.
It was even worse earlier this year. In January, for instance, the Israeli government warned the Eritrean and Sudanese immigrants that they would have to get out of the countries within 90 days or get imprisoned. The month after, Netanyahu announced that the 40,000 undocumented migrants from Africa would face indefinite detention if they didn’t leave voluntarily – a plan which the High Court (Supreme Court of Israel) temporarily suspended on March 15 until the revision of an anti-deportation petition. The Israeli government claims to have no obligation to keep these migrants, most of whom are job seekers. They have said previously, however, that women, children, families, and those escaping the genocide in Sudan’s western region of Darfur would be exempted from deportation. A 28 year old university student in Jerusalem, Monim Haroon, who escaped from Darfur five years ago, said that ‘as asylum-seekers we don’t care where we are going to be as long as it is a safe place, and these countries are willing to protect us and we can live with human dignity. If we will get status here in Israel there are a lot of things we can learn about how to build our country when we are able to go back. Israel is like a school for us.’
The complications regarding Israel’s immigration policies have arisen following criticism by nationalist Jews, who demands the right-wing government to be skeptical to immigration as they want to keep their ‘promised land’ and national home to themselves. Other Israelis, however, are open to such immigration, creating an ambivalence and moral dilemma for the government to make decisions on the issue. Netanyahu has stressed his position, asserting that too much African migration to the country would ‘endanger [Israel’s] Jewish and democratic nature.’
The significance of African migration to Israel is most commonly observed in southern Tel Aviv, which has come to be called ‘Little Africa’ due to its high concentration of African migrants. Netanyahu vowed that he would prioritize the rehabilitation of the neighbourhoods in this region in the actualization of the deal. His office has already created a special committee, headed by former Kadima MK Avigdor Yitzhaki, which aims to improve the quality of life in this region.
The deal has been widely commended in Israel, by all from members of the opposition Zionist Union to the left wing Meretz party. Shelly Yamchimovich of the former party, for instance, tweeted that the agreement was ‘a great victory of civil struggle and the voice of morality and reason against racism and xenophobia. The roadmap seems to be a moral, international, and worrying face, for the first time, to residents of the southern neighborhoods [of Tel Aviv].’ Tamar Zandberg, the new head of the Meretz party, agrees, calling it ‘simply an amazing and inspiring achievement of a determined and just civil and public campaign.’
Israel has built a fence along its border with Egypt over the past years, but about 64,000 Africans have still managed to get across the border illegally since 2005, though many thousands of them have left since then. This description by NBC News, however, is misleading. As Aron Heller points out in his article for ABC News, the influx of tens of thousands of African immigrants stopped after Israel completed the barrier in 2012, but Israel succeedingly ‘struggled with what to do with those already in the country, alternating between plans to deport them and offering them menial jobs in hotels and local municipalities.’