Newsweek is for Sale (Again)

Newsweek is for Sale (Again) see some coverage of the news here:

http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2013/05/newsweek-confirms-it-is-eyeing-sale-164968.html

and here:

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/hey-want-to-buy-newsweek/

Last year the JewishIndy website published a blog post I wrote about Newsweek’s history of Israel-bashing. It can be found here:

http://www.jewishindy.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=18629

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New President at NBC News Has History of Israel-Bashing

New article published on American Thinker:
President at NBC News Has History of Israel-Bashing:

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/05/nbc_newss_new_president_has_history_of_israel-bashing.html

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Rush Limbaugh talks about the Pro-Israel part of the IRS Scandal

The Rush Limbaugh Show’s Morning Update today was about the IRS scandal and Rush mentioned the pro-Israel group part of the story – meaning, in part – our friends at Z Street.

Please see the Z Street website at http://www.zstreet.org/ for more about them.

Here are the links to some media coverage of the Z Street story:

http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/051313-655874-irs-audits-tea-party-and-conservative-groups.htm

http://hotair.com/archives/2013/05/14/irs-also-targeting-jewish-groups-for-extra-scrutiny/

http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2013/5/13/irs-flagging-controversy-may-extend-to-pro-israel-groups

http://www.buzzfeed.com/bensmith/pro-israel-group-sees-same-conduct-in-irss-tea-party-campaig

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/israel-related-groups-also-pointed-to-irs-scrutiny-91298.html?hp=l3

http://www.timesofisrael.com/irs-targeting-extended-to-pro-israel-outfits-group-charges/

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/irs-punished-conservative-non-profits-perhaps-also-pro-israel-groups/2013/05/11/charges/

Also today The New York Times buried the IRS story on page A14 and did not mention Z Street.

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Egypt is Not at Peace with Israel Admits John Kerry

In a press conference on April 30th U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry admitted that Egypt is not at peace with Israel.

In response to reporter’s question Kerry said:

“This is literally a statement by the Arab world that they are prepared to make peace providing the Palestinians and Israelis reach a final status agreement. I don’t think you can underestimate the – I don’t underestimate the significance of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, [United] Arab Emirates, the Egyptians, the Jordanians, and others coming to the table and saying, “We are prepared to make peace now in 2013,” …”

A simple question: If Egypt and Jordan are already “at peace” with Israel than how can they be “saying, “We are prepared to make peace now in 2013,” …”

Kerry said what everyone really knows. That is, Egypt may not be in a state of war with Israel right at this moment. And Egypt may have not taken overt military action against Israel since the 1970s but that is a far cry from peace.

Egypt’s stance towards Israel is now and was throughout the Mubarak era one that can only be categorized as adversarial.

The United States and Canada are at peace. Israel and Egypt?

It should also be mentioned that Egypt’s mass media is notoriously anti-Semitic and has always been.

This was not a mere slip of the tongue for Kerry. The State Department expects Israel to continue to negotiate away the strategic depth that it won in battle to neighbors that have never shown even the slightest interest in being neighborly. What’s more, over the last two years especially these nations have shown remarkable instability. Kerry has admitted what average Israelis have always known: their peace agreement with Egypt is a piece of paper that means nothing to average Egyptians.

The territory that Israel gained in 1967 provide it with strategic depth that proved to be vital to Israel’s ability to defend itself.

Israel’s standing army is a small percentage of its military strength. The territory that Kerry would have Israel swap takes time for enemy forces to cross and allows the army reserve to be called up and enter combat. This is something the Arab world learned in 1973.

See the full State Department transcript of Kerry’s April 30th remarks here:
http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2013/04/208647.htm

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ADL & Foxman Do it Again: Attack Glenn Beck & Show Inability to Tell Difference Between Nazis & Commies

By Moshe Phillips

Abraham Foxman and the ADL have done it again. This time they have attacked Glenn Beck for using imagery that they claimed was Nazi at the NRA convention. The problem is that Beck did not use a mock-up of Mayor Bloomberg giving the Nazi salute — the image was of Mayor Bloomberg in a famous pose of Vladimir Lenin.  (See the full ABC News story here: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/jewish-leaders-glenn-beck-apology-comparing-bloomberg-hitler/story?id=19119684)

The image of Lenin that Glenn Beck used is so famous and iconic that statues have been made of it. Perhaps the most famous one is now in Memento Park in Budapest.

See examples here: http://ih2.redbubble.net/image.8086978.6693/flat,550×550,075,f.jpg and here: http://cache.graphicslib.viator.com/graphicslib/media/d1/lenin-statue-in-budapest-photo_1342161-fit468x296.jpg

Foxman and ADL have not only displayed the inability to tell the difference between Nazis and Communists but the difference between who the Jewish community’s friends are and who our enemies are.

The ADL has been wrong about Beck for years. (See: http://www.adl.org/12Home/search-results.html?cx=011346335056800985113%3Alqqt2atnvmk&ie=UTF-8&q=glenn+beck&sa.x=0&sa.y=0)

ADL’s foolishness must stop. Foxman owes Beck an apology and he owes us his resignation letter and his retirement.

Also worth mentioning here is that the ADL has chose to remain silent on the latest outrage from Chris Mathews where he compared the National Rifle Association to Nazis. See: http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/blog/detail/print/msnbc-chris-matthews-compares-nra-to-nazisthree-minutes-later-he-decries-use-of-nazi-comparisons

For more on Beck and Foxman by this author please see: http://www.newsrealblog.com/2011/05/17/glenn-beck-pastor-hagee-and-israels-real-amen-corner and http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/phillips/130426.

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The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: Worth Remembering

With the huge headlines last week — the Islamic terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon, the Ricin Letters and the Texas Fertilizer Fire —  you may have missed the below April 19th New York Times op-ed discussing the Jewish fighters from the ZZW and ZOB in the Warsaw Ghetto. The article mentions Moshe Arens whose research on the Ghetto I have written about twice:

The Jewish Hero History Forgot:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/19/opinion/the-jewish-hero-history-forgot.html

For more on Betar in the Warsaw Ghetto see:

70 years later, recalling the first battle against the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto
http://www.jns.org/latest-articles/2013/1/12/70-years-later-recalling-the-first-battle-against-the-nazis.html

For information about Betar and the Bielski partisans that were depicted in the movie Defiance see:

James Bond, Jabotinsky, And The Holocaust
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/8390

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Where Should President Obama Visit When He Goes to Israel?

Just hours after the announcement that President Obama would visit Israel, the U.S. ambassador in Tel Aviv, Daniel Shapiro, gave several interviews to Israeli media. To Israeli Army radio Shapiro said “We have a very complex agenda about Iran, Syria and the need to get Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table, so it’s important to
begin as fast as possible.”

Perhaps before Team Obama attempts to compel Israel to create a second hostile Islamist terror statelet along yet another border (to match the Gazan terror statelet) they should tour around a little bit, you know, to get a sense of the place. Here’s a list of eight places they should visit in Israel that will help them to develop a more accurate picture of the struggle to build the Jewish State.

Acre Prison

Acre Prison is where Zionist leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky and his comrades were imprisoned by the British in 1920 for defending Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem from Arab rioters. Later the British imprisoned Irgun and Stern Group (LEHI) underground fighters in Acre. Several fighters were executed there by the British. The prison is perhaps best known for the escape of dozens of fighters during an underground raid that was depicted in Leon Uris’s novel Exodus and the subsequent movie.

Russian Compound

Another prison where the British held Irgun and LEHI soldiers was Jerusalem’s Russian Compound. The museum there has significant exhibits that relate the stories of the Zionist underground.

Etzel Museum

The Irgun was also known as the Etzel. This museum in Tel Aviv details the history the Irgun and the movement’s impact on the British decision to leave the Land of Israel.

LEHI Museum

The LEHI underground also struggled against the British. Its founder Yair (Avraham) Stern had been a leader in the Irgun and formed the LEHI in order to fight the British at all costs. The LEHI museum is housed in the building where Stern was assassinated by the British.

Menachem Begin Heritage Center

To better understand this founding father of Israel and leader of the Irgun there is simply no better place to visit than the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem.

Jabotinsky Institute

Ze’ev Jabotinsky was the Zionist leader that created a bold, new militant vision for Zionism. The Jabotinsky Institute in Tel Aviv houses both a museum dedicated to teaching about to him and another that teaches about the Irgun which had pledged its allegiance to him.

Tel Chai

Tel Chai was a settlement in the Galil that was the site of a battle against Arab raiders in 1920. The Zionist hero Joseph Trumpeldor and seven other valiant defenders died in the settlements defense against a much larger force. Trumpeldor had been instrumental in forming the Jewish Legion during World War One. Jabotinsky named his Betar movement after Trumpledor. A large stature of a lion sits at the site as does a museum.

Rosh Pina

Shlomo Ben Yosef is buried in Rosh Pina. Rosh Pina was an early Zionist settlement. In 1938 in response to attacks on Jews by Arab terrorists, Ben Yosef, a member of Betar and the Irgun, and two comrades organized a reprisal attack. They were subsequently arrested by the British. Ben Yosef was executed by the British in Acre.

What could team Obama learn from a visit to these sites? For one thing, that significant attacks on Jews by Arabs happened in the 1920s and 1930s and that this terrorism had nothing to do with settlements, occupation or provocations from the Israeli army. They will also learn that when the British used the term “Palestinian” in the 1930s and 1940s they meant the Jews and that Arab nationalists did not start using the term until after Israel was created in 1948. Lastly, they will learn that young Jews sacrificed everything to build a Jewish State in the 1920s and 1930s and that this Zionist work had nothing to do with Nazis and the Holocaust. Maybe than they will understand that Zionism was not another -ism but was nothing less than the movement of a people fulfilling the Holy Scriptures and returning to the Promised Land with the plan to never leave it again: no matter what any temporary resident of the White House may have in mind.

(Moshe Phillips wrote the above article for the algemeiner on February 7, 2013)

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