by Giulio Meotti
The Hagia Sophia, once the seat of Eastern Christianity in Istanbul, is a mosque. Turkey has just decided to convert once again to Islam what was the world’s largest church for 900 years, a museum since 1934.
UNESCO has politely asked Erdogan to rethink his decision on Hagia Sofia. (No 'emergency' meeting of the UN Security Council - No condemnation by the UN General Assembly!)
Turkish President Recep Erdogan rebuffed some international criticism by announcing that Muslim prayers would begin on July 24 at the colossal world heritage Hagia Sophia museum. He said the conversion to a mosque was within Turkey’s sovereign right. (Leaders of Israel need to learn from our enemies about sovereign rights and self-respect!)
Can it be the very same UNESCO which decided that Hevron’s Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachel’s Tomb are “Muslim mosques”, although the first contains the famous Tomb of the Biblical Patriarchs and the second is unanimously revered as the burial site of one of the Bible’s great women, the wife of Jacob, the Jewish blessed mother? Is it really the same UNESCO that passed resolutions denying the Jewish history of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, referring to it only with Arabic names? (Condemnation and denigration of Israel for anything is the highest priority of the ‘Ugly Nazi’!)
For years, the Western community has ignored the Islamic erasing of Jewish history, in Jerusalem, in Hevron, in Shechem, as well as in Cairo, Baghdad, Damascus (Lebanon and Saudi Arabia). They thought that collaborating with Islam would spare their own history. But the Islamists cannot be appeased easily, and they now have taken over Hagia Sophia. (International anti-Semites have never even considered using the policy of appeasement with the Jewish state!)
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
Proselytizing among Jews and converting Jews to Christianity is a spiritual genocide! It is not better than the physical one committed by Inquisition and Nazis! In the beginning Martin Luther was nice to Jews, but 20 years later, when they did not convert, he said burn their synagogue and kill Jews. In a way, any messianic work outside of your own culture is a sign of aggression, superiority or at least disrespect. By doing so one says, "I am better than you, join me or burn in hell"! Flash news - Jews do not believe in hell.
The Palestinian Authority has detained several PA Arabs who told Israeli TV journalist Zvi Yechezkeli that they support Israel’s plan to apply sovereignty in parts of Judea and Samaria. “I was surprised to see that even though I’d blurred the faces of all the people I filmed and distorted their voices, the PA has reached and arrested (some) of them, it’s just amazing,” he said. (This is not a problem for anti-Semitic 'Liberals’, of all shades, who have been enthusiastically supporting enemies of the Jewish state!)
Three young Jewish men accused of reciting a prayer on the Temple Mount faced the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court. The three said the ‘Shema’ prayer on the Temple Mount two years ago on Yom Kippur.
The Prime Minister’s Office announced a freeze on its employees’ participation in Wexner Foundation programs. Attorney Ziv Maor of the Im Tirtzu organization said the Wexner Foundation has “a sharp left-wing bias and encourages public officials to undermine the orders of the ministers.” The Foundation’s dealings with former Prime Minister Ehud Barak. Between 2004 and 2006, the foundation paid Barak $2.3 million for a “study” - never published on a topic, never revealed. (Smells like foreign interference - financing of Jewish traitors!)
“We are preparing for the possibility of a campaign that will transcend the borders of Judea and Samaria,” IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi said. Preparations for the application of sovereignty over territories in Judea and Samaria are at the top of the IDF’s priorities. “We are in a period that can challenge the stability of the region, and the IDF will provide protection and security in the face of any decision made by the political echelon.” (Let hope, Israel’s politicians have the will and determination to reunify Jewish land!)
In an unprecedented transatlantic initiative, over 230 cross-party lawmakers from Europe, North America, and Israel urged the European Union (EU) to designate Hezbollah in its entirety as a terrorist organization.
The leadership of the Transatlantic Friends of Israel (TFI), who spearheaded the campaign, sent the Transatlantic Declaration on Friday morning to EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, HRVP Josep Borrell, European Council President Charles Michel, European Parliament President David Sassoli and to the governments of all EU member states.
(Any other terrorist organization would be outlawed by the EU a long time ago, but not the anti-Israel one!)
Finance Minister Yisrael Katz ordered an immediate halt to the provision of budgetary assistance to nonprofits and social organizations assisting illegal infiltrators. Some far-left organizations planned to take advantage of the new aid and receive budgets from the state. (Why were they financed at all?)
New 28 Hezbollah missile launch sites were detected in civilian areas, highlighting its 'human shield' tactic in Lebanon. Missiles are part of Hezbollah's "missile precision project," and their "improved models" with a 435-mile destruction range. (No ‘outrage’ and condemnation for violating international law!)
As the US isn't open to talks on sovereignty plan at this time, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s plan to apply sovereignty over parts of Judea and Samaria has been frozen for the time being. Yariv Levin (Likud), the Knesset Speaker said that Prime Minister Netanyahu would not move forward with the sovereignty plan without support from the US. (Shouldn't it make decisions about its own future, as any sovereign states do? Where is self-respect?)
Quote of the Week:
“If Hezbollah continues to paralyse UNIFIL’s actions and reinforce its terrorist positions in the area, there will be no choice but to draw conclusions about the necessity of the forces in its current format.” - Danny Danon, Israel Ambassador to the UN - UNIFIL is an UN peacekeeping mission, established in 1978, on the border of Israel and Lebanon. Its 10,000 members force is quite useless and often is used by Hezbollah terrorists as a shield during attacks from IDF reprisal!
by Cynthia Ozick
Anti-Semitism is a movement of the cleverest: cultivated elites, learned professors and scholarly theorists in "social justice"...
Anti-Semitism is generally thought of as brutish, the mentality of mobs, the work of the ignorant, the poorly schooled, the gutter roughnecks, the torch carriers. But these are only the servants, not the savants, of anti-Semitism. Mobs execute, intellectuals promulgate. Thugs have furies, intellectuals have causes.
The Inquisition was the brainchild not of illiterates, but of the most lettered and lofty prelates. Goebbels had a degree in philology. Hitler fancied himself a painter and doubtless knew something of Dürer and da Vinci. Pogroms aroused the murderous rampage of peasants, but they were instigated by the cream of Russian officialdom.
Stupid mobs are spurred by clever goaders: The book burners were inspired by the temperamentally bookish - who else could know which books to burn? Even invidious folk myths have intellectual roots, as when early biblical linguists mistranslated as horns the rays of light emanating from Moses’ brow.
In the medieval era of successive plagues, the Jews were accused of poisoning the wells. In city after city across Europe between 1348 and 1351, whole communities of Jews were massacred...
The fanatical shooters who assault synagogues and kosher food markets are the product of committed teachers, articulate authors of the books and pamphlets that litter their gun-filled rooms. A venerable university press publishes an academic volume reviving an ancient blood libel in its claim that Israeli Jews deliberately maim innocent Palestinians...
The campus zealotry of Students for Justice in Palestine is hardly a spontaneous youthful expression of outrage funded by pocket money. Their activities include costly defamatory installations of so-called apartheid walls, checkpoints, die-ins, chants and hostile invasions of classrooms and meetings, and thuggish disruptions of visiting speakers... (Who are not cheap! Arab money?)
Anti-Semitism dressed in the sheep’s clothing of social justice is the province of elevated pitchmen - cultivated elites, (highly) learned professors, scholarly theorists...
Marxism is a movement of the deluded; anti-Semitism is a movement of the cleverest. When students become inquisitors and administrations are feeble, when the elect succumb to the political haters, so will a nation’s conscience. A vengeful mob is a fearsome thing, but the true monsters are its teachers.