Playing into the anti-Semites' hands.

by Michael Freund

What a colossal waste of Jewish resources! Every year, hundreds of millions of dollars are spent monitoring and examining, exploring and investigating the extent of global anti-Semitism. Reports are compiled, press conferences are held, and trends are carefully studied and assessed, all as part of a monumental effort to track the spread of that age-old virus known as Jew-hatred.

On the governmental level, the US State Department maintains an Office to Monitor and Combat anti-Semitism, while Israel runs its own Coordination Forum for Countering Anti-Semitism. Universities from Yale to Hebrew U have created centers to study the phenomenon, and then, of course, there is the alphabet-soup list of American Jewish groups, such as the ADL and AJC, all of whom make a fine living by sounding the alarm over anti-Jewish bigotry.

And yet, despite it all, confusion still reigns regarding the very nature of the beast. Who hates us so much? And why? You'd think that after pouring so much time and money into the issue, we'd have a better grasp of the subject…

Instead of worrying so much about the haters, let's start concerning ourselves more with those whom they hate... Fighting Jew-hatred is important, and needs to remain a priority. But when it comes to investing in the Jewish future, and ensuring our survival as Jews, everything else simply pales in comparison.

Each year, the organized Jewish community in the United States spends tens of millions of dollars monitoring and tracking anti-Semitism, thanks in no small measure to a duplication of efforts among various Jewish organizations.

The result is that money that could be spent to strengthen Jewish life and Jewish education (and building up the sense of Jewish National identity and pride) is instead frittered away needlessly. And ironically enough it plays right into the hands of the anti-Semites themselves. (Jews worldwide spend time, energy and money reacting to all sorts of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel bigotry. Successful people do not react to the distractions created by enemies. They visualise their own goals, develop plans and act with persistence and determination! Only this way Israel will be able to end Arab terror and will Jews regain their self-respect. After that the bigots will shut up!)

Hamas has rejected another proposal by Israel for a prisoner swap deal to free kidnapped IDF Cpl. Gilad Shalit.

Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak

Deep inside there is not much difference between Jews, regardless of their political or religious affiliation and in their hopes for the future of the Eretz-Israel. After 2000 years of life in Galut, slavery, we just have to learn how to bring ourselves to the realisation that we are in charge of our own lives and we are the makers of our own future. Jewish unity is the key!

Usual ‘Calm’. Last week at least nine rockets and mortar shells were launched from Hamas-controlled areas in violation of the cease-fire. Israel retaliated by pumping 600,000 liters of fuel for the Gaza power station. (With no self-respect do not expect respect from others!)

They Have their Priority. The United Nations Security Council Thursday accepted a request by Russia to postpone a meeting on Arab complaints against Israel in order that its delegation could watch a soccer game between Russia and Spain. (…Israel must set her own agenda!)

Olmert is Financing Terror. The Prime Minister's office has admitted that it is enabling the transfer of huge amounts of shekels into Hamas-run Gaza.

Another Fake Friend Israel Does Not Need. French President Nicolas Sarkozy told Hebrew media before his visit to Israel that France "will always be by Israel's side when its existence and security are at stake." However, he added that there must be a halt to development of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. Later he said that Israel must share Jerusalem with enemies. (True friends accept and support each other unconditionally! Jerusalem is the Jewish capital. I do not see France rushing to cede Basque land it is still occupying and advocating creation of an independent Basque state.)

Quote of the Week:

"Mr. Prime Minister, you had two whole years for negotiators, for bargaining, for checking options, even for talking to Hamas. With your unbelievable worthlessness you failed to work for my son's release. Now is the time for a decision," - Noam Shalit, father of kidnapped IDF Cpl. Gilad Shalit

Twisted Logic of Muslim Terror. The Fatah-aligned Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade announced its terrorists fired the Kassam rocket that exploded near Sderot last Thursday. Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terrorists explained that they broke the Gaza ceasefire agreement as a demand that it be extended to Judea and Samaria. (They conveniently ‘forgot’ that the agreement between Hamas and Israel calls for the ceasefire to cover Judea and Samaria in several months if quiet can be maintained in Gaza. There is no difference between the blood-thirsty terrorists of Hamas and Fatah!)

Positive Discrimination or anti-Jewish Policy. The British Consulate in Jerusalem has information signs in English and Arabic ONLY and not in Hebrew. It is very odd. Hebrew and Arabic are the official languages in Israel. (Unless the British government believes that every Jew in Israel knows English, which is Positive Discrimination, this policy is another anti-Semitic display!)

Charade of Calm. The terror group Hamas said it remains committed to a cease-fire with Israel, but will not act as Israel’s "police force" in confronting militants who breach the truce. The comments by Hamas leader Khalil al-Haya came shortly after Gaza Islamic Jihad terrorists fired three rockets into southern Israel and wounded two Israelis. (What a ‘Great’ Commitment to ‘Calm’ without any Commitment!)

Israel Mongering. John Bolton, former American Ambassador to the United Nations, told a London newspaper Tuesday that Israel will attack Iran if Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama is elected President. (If and when Israel attacks Iran’s nuclear facility it will have nothing to do with who is the president of the USA and everything to do with ensuring Israel’s national security!)

Electric Car Makes Debut in Israel. The electric car is to make its debut on Israeli roads last week. It will be able to travel 210 kilometers (124 miles) without recharging the battery.

Peace was Never Agenda. Arab sources report that the Hamas terrorist organization is demanding, in a list passed on to Israeli officials, the release of hundreds of security prisoners with “blood on their hands,” a classification meaning they were responsible for the deaths of Israeli civilians and soldiers in terror attacks. (Now Hamas is setting up the pretext to resume the terror attacks against Israel, after rearming and regrouping during the ‘calm’.)

Another International ‘Jew-Loving’ Organization. UNICEF cuts ties with philanthropist Lev Leviev because of his support for Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria, but is working with the Saudi Arabian terrorism-allied International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO).

Morality of Self-Hate. The High Court has turned down a petition against a parade of homosexuals to be held in Jerusalem on Thursday. The appeal was filed by activists Itamar Ben-Gvir and Baruch Marzel. (In Australia gay people won the right to express themselves and they proudly parade once a year in the Sydney Mardi Gras. In Israel homosexuals hate their Jewishness so much that Tel-Aviv is not enough!)

What Calm?

After less than a week of ‘Calm’, three Kassam rockets fired from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip hit southern Israel. At the same time the Quartet (the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations) reiterated its usual ‘song’ and called on Israel to freeze all settlement activity and urged "continued Palestinian efforts" to fight terrorism (which they never have). More than 40 countries pledged $242 million to strengthen Palestinian police and legal institutions. (No money was pledged in support of Israel’s fight of PA terror efforts, but amassing eagerness to support the anti-Jewish terrorist entity is continuously displayed!)

Radhi Assida, head of the Palestinian Authority (PA) police force, said at a Berlin conference that he has drafted terrorists into the security forces in order to "neutralize" them. (Utilize their ‘expertise’ is more likely. International anti-Semites believe anyone whose objective is killing Jews!)