On the Front Lines for Israel and the Jews 2003-2015
Upcoming lectures will be posted at the end of the summer.
The summer is known as the "cutting season." This means that infants as young as two or three months old are being taken out of the UK to be genitally mutilated in their countries of origin, such as Malaysia, whose customs, like those of Iran, have become increasingly Arabized.
The UK has banned such procedures, but Malaysia and other Middle Eastern Muslim and African Muslim-Christian countries have not done so.
The Yezidis are holding worldwide rallies and Memorial Services tomorrow in Oldenberg, Germany; on August 2nd in Lalish, Iraq (the Yezidi spiritual heartland), and in France; and on August 3rd in Geneva, Armenia, Berlin, and in cities in Sweden, Turkey, Iraq, Syria, and the United States (Lincoln, Nebraska; Houston, Texas; and perhaps Buffalo, New York).
On August 2nd in Lincoln, Nebraska, the Yezidi community is sponsoring an Art Walk with prizes for the best art work that illustrates their people's historical and contemporary story. Houston-based Yezidis are holding a Remembrance Service at the University of Houston.
Yezidis are remembering and protesting the seventy four genocides that their people have endured in the Middle East. These massacres have taken place from the seventh century on and were perpetrated by Arab Muslims, Mongols, Persians, Kurds, Turks, Ottomans, etc.
Overjoyed and Angry at Jonathan Pollard's Coming Release
And so, at long last, after thirty years, seven of which he spent in solitary confinement—the most barbaric of punishments—Jonathan Pollard will be pardoned and may live to breathe the air of freedom.
I am overjoyed, apprehensive, enormously sad, relieved, and angry.
Pollard's cell door will not swing open until November and, unless President Obama decrees otherwise, he may not be allowed to make aliya to Israel for five years, lest he be given a hero's (or a martyr's) welcome.
Although I did not become an activist on his behalf, Pollard's fate has haunted me for more than twenty years. Though he had teams of dedicated but incompetent lawyers, and dedicated and highly competent lawyers, and the support of compassionate rabbis, Pollard's cause did not become fashionable for a very long time.
Many American Jews thought that he "deserved what he got," since his actions had, they believed, endangered them. Pollard was the poster child for the dual loyalty accusation that has haunted Jews who simply want to fit in, to lead safe and prosperous lives in America.
Feminist scholar Phyllis Chesler describes how the Left turned on her because of her support of the State of Israel, and how Israel now faces a dangerous alliance between radical Islamists and American Academics. Exclusive JBS coverage of ISGAP.
"In June, I spoke for the Institute for the Global Study of Anti-Semitism and Policy. Dr. Charles Small was my most excellent host. The place was packed, the discussion lively, Jewish Broadcasting Service preserved it for us and I think I sold many copies of my Gefen titles, including LIVING HISTORY."
- Phyllis Chesler
A great soul has just gone on to his Creator: Sir Nicholas Winton, who rescued 669 mainly Jewish children from Prague in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, died today. He was 106 years old.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: "The world has lost a great man. We must never forget Sir Nicholas Winton's humanity in saving so many children from the Holocaust." Home Secretary Theresa May, called Sir Nicholas "a hero of the 20th century." He set an "enduring example of the difference that good people can make even in the darkest of times."
Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, described him as "one of the greatest people I have ever met."
The Yezidis are now on the move. This has been secretly planned for months. What we now have is a potentially mass exodus from ISIS-controlled Iraq. They have reason to believe that Bulgaria will grant them asylum. However, Turkey, which they must enter and exit on their way to Bulgaria, is giving them trouble.
According to my informant Ghulie Khalaf, "There have been clashes between the refugees and the Turkish police. Ten buses are on their way but there are seventeen more buses to be packed but the Turkish guards are stopping them at the border. We want media attention."
This is a desperate cry. Will the enormous, sleeping conscience of the world finally awaken?
Attached are the photos of a batch of refugees who are perhaps twenty hours away from the Turkish border.
Yezidi International is passing out food and water. They have also posted a plea on their Facebook page.
Just as another "Freedom Flotilla" is sailing to Gaza, veteran filmmaker Pierre Rehov's latest film War Crimes in Gaza will be shown next week to the European Parliament under the auspices of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
Pierre Rehov's film should also be seen by the International Criminal Court, which has just received files documenting what it claims are "Israeli war crimes."
This 55-minute film is superb and packed with both visual, factual, and historical information. If everyone on board this flotilla watched this film—and if they were open to reason—they would turn back.
Going undercover into Gaza, Rehov is able to show us some of the wealthy mansions and villas of Gaza, the bustling malls and supermarkets, luxury cars, and well-dressed people at beachfront resorts—so different from the usual visual narratives of disinformation. Rehov shows us those as well: The weeping Palestinian civilians amidst rubble telling tales of IDF atrocities and devastation.
Dr. Bonna Devora Haberman was our Devora: a fiery leader ("aishet lapidot"), a beacon in the religious, non-violent and feminist struggle for Jewish women's right to pray – collectively, fully – at Judaism's holy site.
In our anthology Women of the Wall: Claiming Sacred Ground at Judaism's Holy Site, Rivka Haut and I gave Bonna pride of place and she penned the first piece. She wrote: "The goal of Women of the Wall [is] to contribute to the sanctity of a very dear place... for me, prayer is a journey toward the sacred, enveloped in awe and divine glory."
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Bonna was – it pains me to write of her in the past tense – both a learned and a "spiritual" woman. That first year (1989), in her words, she "assembled a group to study the halachic sources the deal with women's prayer, quorum, Torah reading, tallit and women's voices. Our findings supported our practices... and sustained the strength of our own convictions about the appropriateness of our practice." Bonna formed the Jerusalem-based Original Women of the Wall (OWOW) and, year after year, kept the group together.
Christians, Kurds, and Yazidis are being ethnically cleansed—massacred, exterminated--in Iraq and Syria and neither President Obama nor any stable, allegedly moderate Muslim regime (is there one?) has done anything to stop it.
ISIS and Boko Haram have been kidnapping, torturing, and turning Muslim, Christian, Kurdish, and Yazidi girls into sexual slaves and, despite his professed pro-Arab, pro-African, and pro-Muslim biases, the American President has not stopped this nor has he come up with a viable strategy to do so.
At least five, if not ten, million refugees have fled the war-ravaged region of the Middle East's "Arab Spring." Many are trying to enter southern Europe and are dying in the process. Nevertheless, global leaders, the media, andthe United Nations continue to focus on an artificially inflated number of Palestinian refugees--and are failing to confront or resolve the greatest and most complex refugee story of our times.
President Obama and his European allies are about to unleash the Iranian bomb, a fact which they are presenting to us, Orwell-style, as the only way to stop the Iranian bomb. As we know, Iran and the Iranian bomb are a direct and existential threat to Israel as well as to the entire civilized world.
One always pays a price for telling the truth—especially about anti-Semitism, Israel, and radical Islam.
Our allies in Muslim countries have been jailed, tortured, and executed. Such truth-tellers who live in the West, often write under pseudonyms, live in hiding or in exile, and with round-the-clock protection. They are demonized as racists, death-threatened, sued into poverty.
I am an intellectual and a writer and I live in the West. I have not been physically beaten, imprisoned, or tortured, nor have my books been burned. However, I have been cast into a peculiar kind of Gulag. After a long and successful career, my work—both past and current—has been "disappeared" by those who once praised it.
My earned credibility and economic health have been seriously compromised so that I cannot be the kind of effective advocate for Israel and the Judeo-Christian West that I believe this struggle requires. This is equivalent to having both arms tied behind your back every single day as you engage in the battle of ideas upon which civilizations rise or fall.
The Spanish government is offering citizenship to the descendants of formerly exiled Spanish Jews. No longer will such Jews actually have to travel to Spain; they need only "hire a Spanish notary and pass tests on the Spanish language and history."
With Spain's Jews offered a right to return, now Muslims are also demanding the same. Indeed, Morisco-Moroccan journalist, Ahmed Bensalh, has argued that the departure of Muslims who left for Muslim North Africa, and who now number up to five million, amounts to "flagrant segregation and unquestionable discrimination."
Today, Israel, the Jews, and the West are up against dangerous demagogues who flourish on campuses and in the media. Would we allow a professor to teach that the earth is flat and reward him for teaching Junk Science? Imagine that this professor had a following which demonizes, intimidates, and death threatens all those who believe that the earth is round! Such behavior is typical of Islamists and Stalinists, but here I am describing the Western intelligentsia.
What is frightening about campus anti-Semitism/anti-Zionism is that the Israeli Apartheid Weeks and BDS campaigns have become such a familiar part of North American university life and the internet. Such Big Lie events have become normalized. They have been well-organized by the Muslim Brotherhood through its Muslim Student Association and Students for Justice in Palestine. Already, Jewish students have to be rescued by the campus police from Gaza-like mob attacks and riots. What next? Broken bones, a concussion, God forbid, a murder?
It is inevitable.
Oh, how the feminist movement has lost its way. And the deafening silence over ISIS's latest brutal crimes makes that all too clear.
Fifty years ago, American women launched a liberation campaign for freedom and equality. We achieved a revolution in the Western world and created a vision for girls and women everywhere.
Second Wave feminism was an ideologically diverse movement that pioneered society's understanding of how women were disadvantaged economically, reproductively, politically, physically, psychologically and sexually.
Feminists had one standard of universal human rights — we were not cultural relativists — and we called misogyny by its rightful name no matter where we found it.
As late as 1997, the Feminist Majority at least took a stand against the Afghan Taliban and the burqa. In 2001, 18,000 people, led by feminist celebrities, cheered ecstatically when Oprah Winfrey removed a woman's burqa at a feminist event — but she did so safely in Madison Square Garden, not in Kabul or Kandahar.
The Pakistani courtroom proceedings were secret. Despite what reporters were previously told this past April (that ten men had been convicted), Pakistani authorities secretly acquitted eight of the men charged with conspiracy and attempted murder in the case of teenager Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted because she wanted girls to receive an education.
In 2012, the world was up in arms when a Pakistani Taliban gunman shot fifteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai in the head for having promoted education for girls. She survived dangerous and delicate surgery, moved to Britain with her family for reasons of security— and, along the way, received the Nobel Peace Prize, Europe's Sakharov prize for Freedom of Thought, and was named one of TIME magazines most influential people.
In her new book, Living History: On the Front Lines for Israel and the Jews 2003-2015, best-selling author, lecturer, columnist and retired psychotherapist Dr. Phyllis Chesler explores the growth of the anti-Israel campus movement and the alliance of leftist academic intellectuals with leaders of anti-Semitic Islamist movements in the East.
Speaking to Breitbart News via email, Chesler expands on the "cognitive war" being waged against Israel and the West, the startling growth of leftist pro-Palestinian movements on campus, and the nature and appeal of the anti-Israel "death cult" that has taken advantage of young college students looking to empathize with the oppressed.
On June 1st, the Supreme Court "reversed and remanded" Samantha Elauf's high profile lawsuit concerning her right to wear a hijab at work back to the Tenth Circuit's appeals court for further proceedings. Elauf, represented by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, had been awarded $20,000 by a jury at the trial level; that award was vacated by the appeals court. Now, when the appeals court revisits the case, they may reinstate that jury award.
The Supreme Court decision states that a private employer must "accommodate" an employee's religious rights on the job:
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