Hamas. Repulsive to the core.

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“Clamouring to celebrate the daily antisemitic claptrap and hate mongering diatribe against Israel, and piggybacking on their current sick mentality of propaganda, lies and self-denial, it should come as no surprise to anyone that Hamas continues to threaten Israel with an abhorrence selection of vile and psychotic disorders that must have dead Nazis applauding in their graves.”

And so it is today.

        by Alan Simons

On December 29, 2008, Michael Burleigh in an article published in Britain’s The Daily Mail wrote:  “Israel will need to balance a desire to disable Hamas with an awareness that an often hostile world media will be printing images of people killed in the attacks to use against it.

“It is an indication of the ruthlessness of Hamas that those who fire missiles at Israel deliberately operate from within dense civilian housing in the knowledge that any reprisals will cause civilian casualties which can be used in propaganda against Israel. Hamas’s response to the air strikes is already in motion. It quickly resumed the missile attacks, launching 110 which killed a single Israeli in Netivot. The group’s Damascus-based leader, Khaled Meshal, called for a third Palestinian uprising, similar to those in 1987 and 2000.”

Burleigh added in part:

… “the Hamas regime in Gaza is a vicious little tyranny which brutally suppresses journalists and anyone who protests against the politicisation of sermons in mosques. It cares so little for the residents of Gaza that it has continued to fire rockets at the price of an Israeli blockade on urgently-needed supplies, and now won’t even let the injured get medical treatment in Egypt.

“Since Hamas is pathologically antisemitic, rather than anti-Israel, and dedicated to creating an Islamist state in Gaza, there are no prospects of it entering into a lasting peace settlement with Israel.”

And so it is today.

Clamouring to celebrate the daily antisemitic claptrap and hate mongering diatribe against Israel, and piggybacking on their current sick mentality of propaganda, lies and self-denial, it should come as no surprise to anyone that Hamas continues to threaten Israel with an abhorrence selection of vile and psychotic disorders that must have dead Nazis applauding in their graves.

Hamas continually makes fools of the Western media. They had good teachers.

In 1944, in a propaganda film, the Nazis presented Theresienstadt to the International Red Cross as a model Jewish settlement where the Jews lived an idyllic life. It was, in fact, a ghetto established to gradually transfer the Jews from Theresienstadt to extermination camps. The Red Cross representatives were conducted on a tour and fell for it hook, line, and sinker. The representatives apparently did not attempt to divert from the tour route on which they were led by the Germans, who posed questions to the Jewish residents along the way. Hamas, over time, has learned well from the Nazis.

 “We aren’t leading our people today to destruction. We are leading them to death.” – Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas spokesperson, July 13, 2014.

And so it is today.

Hamas has always depicted itself as a victim and continues to portray itself as the heroic killer of Israelis.

It was ten years ago that Fathi Hamad, a Hamas representative in the PA legislative council expressed pride in the fact that women and children are used as human shields in fighting Israel.

 “For the Palestinian people, death became an industry, at which women excel and so do all people on this land: the elderly excel, the Jihad fighters excel, and the children excel. Accordingly [Palestinians] created a human shield of women, children, the elderly and the Jihad fighters against the Zionist bombing machine, as if they were saying to the Zionist enemy: We desire death as you desire life.”  – Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas) Feb. 29, 2008.

“A good or bad future of a nation can be determined by its children, who will lead the nation in the future.” – Palestinian Sociologist Ghassan Zoqan

For considerable years the rulers of Gaza have abused their children through a systematic approach of instilling a hatred of Jews in the minds of their young children. Jews must be killed, the authorities tell their children. It is an abuse of gigantic proportions that continues today with western media in the forefront o taking little interest in the subject.

    Video credit: Palestinian Media Watch

Take for instance this children’s programme emanating out of Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV on May 2, 2014. To date, in excess of 300,000 people have viewed this despicable video. The theme follows a long line of similar Al-Aqsa TV children’s videos dating back years.

The emotions of children make good press. Hamas knows it and so does the Western media.

And so it is today.

Western media has done little to explain the incongruities Hamas presents to the world, nor in many cases give a fair and balanced view of the sickness permeating throughout Gaza’s society.

On their children’s website, Hamas encourages children to die for Allah.

Hamas has a special website for children, al-fateh.net, “where violence is glorified and death for Allah is labelled a ‘victory.’ Al-Fateh means ‘The Conqueror.’ The Shahada deaths of terrorists during attacks against Israel are presented to children as a time of celebration. A mother is quoted on the website as saying that when she heard that her son had become a shahid (martyr); she bought dates, candies and coffee to give out. ”  PMW. March 7, 2006

Yet, as abhorrent as their children’s website is, for countless years Hamas’ literature has continually been thrust upon us.

Video source: Palestinian Media Watch

The Hamas website of February 14, 2006, seen here on the right, presented the parting video messages of two Hamas suicide terrorists. One message was for Jews, whose blood Hamas promises to drink until Jews “leave the Muslim countries,” and the second to a mother, as she helps dress her son for battle prior to his suicide terror mission. Each terrorist had a separate message for Jews. The first said:

 “My message to the loathed Jews is that there is no god but Allah, we will chase you everywhere! We are a nation that drinks blood, and we know that there is no blood better than the blood of Jews. We will not leave you alone until we have quenched our thirst with your blood, and our children’s thirst with your blood. We will not leave until you leave the Muslim countries.”

And so it is today.

Albert Einstein once said: ” I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”

For Hamas’ egregious population, that day has surely arrived. Hamas and its population over the years have had every opportunity to join the civilized world. Unfortunately, led by a bunch of deluded playground psychopaths, they have utterly failed. It is they who have failed. We carry no guilt for their actions.  If they wish to be devoured, it is their choice and their choice alone! They require no help from the Western media.

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TURKEY AND THE HOLOCAUST: How Turkish diplomats saved Jewish lives

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by Alan Simons

Five years ago, I had the honour of interviewing and writing about the distinguished American scholar and author Arnold Reisman. Reisman was just putting the finishing touches to his latest book, Shoah: Turkey, the US and the UK. The book, he explained to me, addressed the little known role the Republic of Turkey played in saving Jewish lives before, during, and for three years after WWII.

As we know, unfortunately much has happened during the last five years with respect to Turkey’s congenial relationship with Israel and Jews in general. Nevertheless, there are many in the Turkish secular Muslim community today that still have much in common with the Diaspora. And there continues to be a curiosity as to Turkey’s role in saving Jewish lives during the Holocaust.

Reisman, a Holocaust survivor, died in 2011 from complications of quadruple bypass surgery. He was 78. He served as a visiting professor in Turkey, Israel, Hawaii and elsewhere. He wrote about 300 articles and 24 books, several about Turkey’s relationships with Jews and one about Turkey’s conflict with Armenia.

Namik Tan, at that time Turkey’s ambassador to the USA  said of him, “Through his remarkable work, Professor Reisman… brought people of diverse backgrounds closer together and enlightened many.”

Bearing in mind the time we Jews are now living in, I thought it appropriate to republish the original article I wrote on Reisman and his book Shoah: Turkey, the US and the UK.

 “An overlooked part of history that will help shift the paradigm . . . “

SEPTEMBER 2, 2009 –  Arnold Reisman is a distinguished American scholar and author. His latest book, Shoah: Turkey, the US and the UK,” due to be published late September by BookSurge and available on Amazon, addresses the little known role that the Republic of Turkey played in saving Jewish lives before, during, and for three years after WWII.

Reisman explains that the job of the historian is to write about history. By reproducing a multitude of archival documents and testimonies, most of which have been unexamined by historians, he articulately sheds light on “an overlooked part of history that will help shift the paradigm which has prevailed for over half a century in the relevant literature.”

He acknowledges that although Turkey facilitated the transport of Jews from Europe to Palestine, they could have done more as a place of refuge and as a transit country. Nevertheless, Reisman says Turkey did more than historians, educators, and the media have reported. In fact, he is emphatic in his argument that Turkey did significantly more than the US and the UK in saving Jewish lives during the Shoah (Holocaust).

In a systematic manner, Reisman sets out to give us documented evidence of how Turkey’s diplomats and consuls in several German occupied countries used their diplomatic status to intervene on behalf of Jews. In addition he explains that, “In spite of veiled threats, Turkey steadfastly refused Nazi pressure to deport its own Jewry to Eastern Europe for extermination,” and at the same time, “continued to assist European Jewry to escape from the Holocaust and in most cases go to Palestine.”

Behiç Erkin

Behiç Erkin

He adds, “While six million Jews were being exterminated by the Nazis, the rescue of some 15,000 Turkish Jews from France, and approximately 20,000 Jews from Eastern Europe might be considered relatively insignificant in comparison. To those who were rescued and their offspring. . .  Turkey’s attitude showed that, as had been the case for more than five centuries, Turks and Jews continued to help each other in times of great crises.”

Reisman informs us that, “France was one of the countries where Turkish diplomats worked to save Jews. About 10,000 of 300,000 Jews living in France at the beginning of World War II were Jews from Turkey. Turkish diplomats serving in France at that time dedicated many of their working hours to Jews. They provided official documents such as citizenship cards and passports to thousands of Jews and in this way they saved their lives.

“Behiç Erkin was the Turkish ambassador to Paris when France was under Nazi occupation. In order to prevent the Nazis from rounding up Jews, he gave them documents saying their property, houses and businesses, belonged to Turks. He saved many lives in this way.”

Necdet Kent

Necdet Kent

And in Marseille, Reisman sites the courage of Necdet Kent, who served as Turkey’s Consul-General from 1941 to 1944.  He tells us that at enormous personal risk, he intervened to save around 80 Jews who had been forced to board a wagon on a train heading for a Nazi concentration camp.

“One day a man came into the consulate and told Kent that Turkish Jews had been rounded up and were being put on the train. Kent went immediately to the train station, boldly approached the German guards and demanded that these Turkish citizens be released. When the guards refused to comply, he got into the wagon with them. A German officer ordered him to get off but Kent refused to leave unless they let his Turkish citizens off as well. Angrily, the officer said no, you can go with them and closed the door. After three hours of extreme cold and filth, the train arrived at the next station.  Obviously realizing a possibly explosive international incident had to be quickly diffused, the German officer who opened the door to the wagon apologized profusely and allowed Kent to leave and take all the people in the wagon with him, never looking at papers, never checking to see if they were Turkish citizens or not.  Kent called his office in Marseille and ordered that vans be sent to pick up all the people and return them to Marseille.”

Reisman also points out that Turkey’s role in saving Jews began long before the start of WWII. He writes:

“In 1933 a select group of scholars from Germany with a record of leading-edge contributions to various scientific disciplines and professions were forced to leave their homeland found refuge in Turkey, helping to transform its university system and the entire infrastructure of the new Turkish state. The invitation extended by Turkey to the persecuted Jewish scholars saved the lives of more than 190 prominent émigrés. Albert Einstein played a role in these invitations when on September 17, 1933, he wrote to Turkish Prime Minister İsmet İnönü (1884–1973). Einstein pleaded with the Turkish Prime Minister to allow ‘forty professors and doctors from Germany to continue their scientific work and medical work in Turkey.’ ”

Selahattin Ülkümen

Selahattin Ülkümen

In 1943, Reisman tells us that Turkey also attempted to help the Jews of Greece. “The Turkish consuls at Athens, Salonica and Gümülcine as well as on the islands of Midilli and Rhodes provided the same sort of assistance that the Turkish consuls did in France.

“They organized boats to carry Jews to safety in Turkey and intervened with Germans to exempt Turkish Jews from persecution and extermination. The most exceptional example is Consul Selahattin Ülkümen in Rhodes. He pressured the Nazis into sparing the lives of the Turkish Jews on the island and was subsequently imprisoned by the Nazis after his consulate was bombed and his pregnant wife killed by the Germans.”

In 1989, Yad Vashem held a ceremony in Israel honouring Selahattin Ülkümen as Righteous Among the Nations from Turkey. 

There’s a Turkish proverb: Bir kahvenin kirk yil hatiri vardir. (A cup of coffee commits one to forty years of friendship). One only wishes that there comes a time over a cup of coffeeShoah:Turkey, the US and the UK will help to extend a hand once again in friendship between all Jews and the Republic of Turkey.

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Arnold Reisman received his PhD in engineering from UCLA and prior to his death in 2011 was a retired professor of operations research from Case Western Reserve University. As an independent scholar he authored Turkey’s Modernization: Refugees from Nazism and Atatürk’s Vision (Washington, DC: New Academia Publishers, 2006). Two companion books by Reisman, Classical European Music and Opera: The Case of Post-Ottoman Turkey, and Rejection and Acceptance: The Impact of European Culture on Turkey: 1933- 1950, are both available through numerous online sites.

(Photo credits: Behiç Erkin-Facebook; Necdet Kent-Tallarmeniatale; Selahattin Ülkümen-Rodas)

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TURKEY AND THE HOLOCAUST: How Turkish diplomats saved Jewish lives

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“An overlooked part of history that will help shift the paradigm . . . “

By Alan Simons

SEPTEMBER 2, 2009 –  Arnold Reisman is a distinguished American scholar and author. His latest book, Shoah: Turkey, the US and the UK,” due to be published late September by BookSurge and available on Amazon, addresses the little known role that the Republic of Turkey played in saving Jewish lives before, during, and for three years after WWII.

Reisman explains that the job of the historian is to write about history. By reproducing a multitude of archival documents and testimonies, most of which have been unexamined by historians, he articulately sheds light on “an overlooked part of history that will help shift the paradigm which has prevailed for over half a century in the relevant literature.”

He acknowledges that although Turkey fascilitated the transport of Jews from Europe to Palestine, they could have done more as a place of refuge and as a transit country.  Nevertheless, Reisman says Turkey did more than historians, educators, and the media have reported. In fact, he is emphatic in his argument that Turkey did significantly more than the US and the UK in saving Jewish lives during the Shoah (Holocaust).

In a systematic manner, Reisman sets out to give us documented evidence of how Turkey’s diplomats and consuls in several German occupied countries used their diplomatic status to intervene on behalf of Jews. In addition he explains that, “In spite of veiled threats, Turkey steadfastly refused Nazi pressure to deport its own Jewry to Eastern Europe for extermination,” and at the same time, “continued to assist European Jewry to escape from the Holocaust and in most cases go to Palestine.”

Behiç Erkin

Behiç Erkin

He adds, “While six million Jews were being exterminated by the Nazis, the rescue of some 15,000 Turkish Jews from France, and approximately 20,000 Jews from Eastern Europe might be considered relatively insignificant in comparison. To those who were rescued and their offspring. . .  Turkey’s attitude showed that, as had been the case for more than five centuries, Turks and Jews continued to help each other in times of great crises.”

Reisman informs us that, “France was one of the countries where Turkish diplomats worked to save Jews. About 10,000 of 300,000 Jews living in France at the beginning of World War II were Jews from Turkey. Turkish diplomats serving in France at that time dedicated many of their working hours to Jews. They provided official documents such as citizenship cards and passports to thousands of Jews and in this way they saved their lives.

“Behiç Erkin was the Turkish ambassador to Paris when France was under Nazi occupation. In order to prevent the Nazis from rounding up Jews, he gave them documents saying their property, houses and businesses, belonged to Turks. He saved many lives in this way.”

Necdet Kent

Necdet Kent

And in Marseille, Reisman sites the courage of Necdet Kent, who served as Turkey’s Consul-General from 1941 to 1944.  He tells us that at enormous personal risk, he intervened to save around 80 Jews who had been forced to board a wagon on a train heading for a Nazi concentration camp.
“One day a man came into the consulate and told Kent that Turkish Jews had been rounded up and were being put on the train. Kent went immediately to the train station, boldly approached the German guards and demanded that these Turkish citizens be released. When the guards refused to comply, he got into the wagon with them. A German officer ordered him to get off but Kent refused to leave unless they let his Turkish citizens off as well. Angrily, the officer said no, you can go with them and closed the door. After three hours of extreme cold and filth, the train arrived at the next station.  Obviously realizing a possibly explosive international incident had to be quickly diffused, the German officer who opened the door to the wagon apologized profusely and allowed Kent to leave and take all the people in the wagon with him, never looking at papers, never checking to see if they were Turkish citizens or not.  Kent called his office in Marseille and ordered that vans be sent to pick up all the people and return them to Marseille.”

Reisman also points out that Turkey’s role in saving Jews began long before the start of WWII. He writes:

“In 1933 a select group of scholars from Germany with a record of leading-edge contributions to various scientific disciplines and professions were forced to leave their homeland found refuge in Turkey, helping to transform its university system and the entire infrastructure of the new Turkish state. The invitation extended by Turkey to the persecuted Jewish scholars saved the lives of more than 190 prominent émigrés. Albert Einstein played a role in these invitations when on September 17, 1933, he wrote to Turkish Prime Minister İsmet İnönü (1884–1973). Einstein pleaded with the Turkish Prime Minister to allow ‘forty professors and doctors from Germany to continue their scientific work and medical work in Turkey.’ ”

Selahattin Ülkümen

Selahattin Ülkümen

In 1943, Reisman tells us that Turkey also attempted to help the Jews of Greece. “The Turkish consuls at Athens, Salonica and Gümülcine as well as on the islands of Midilli and Rhodes provided the same sort of assistance that the Turkish consuls did in France.

“They organized boats to carry Jews to safety in Turkey and intervened with Germans to exempt Turkish Jews from persecution and extermination. The most exceptional example is Consul Selahattin Ülkümen in Rhodes. He pressured the Nazis into sparing the lives of the Turkish Jews on the island and was subsequently imprisoned by the Nazis after his consulate was bombed and his pregnant wife killed by the Germans.”

There’s a Turkish proverb: Bir kahvenin kirk yil hatiri vardir. (A cup of coffee commits one to forty years of friendship). It could well be that over a cup of coffeeShoah:Turkey, the US and the UK will help to extend a hand once again in friendship between all Jews and the Republic of Turkey.

Arnold Reisman received his PhD in engineering from UCLA and is a retired professor of operations research from Case Western Reserve University. As an independent scholar he authored Turkey’s Modernization: Refugees from Nazism and Atatürk’s Vision (Washington, DC: New Academia Publishers, 2006). Two companion books by Reisman, Classical European Music and Opera: The Case of Post-Ottoman Turkey, and Rejection and Acceptance: The Impact of European Culture on Turkey: 1933- 1950, are both due out in 2009 (Charleston, SC: BookSurge Publishing, 2009). 

Arnold Reisman died April 11, 2011 at the Cleveland Clinic from complications of quadruple bypass surgery. He was 78.

(Photo credits: Behiç Erkin-Facebook; Necdet Kent-Tallarmeniatale; Selahattin Ülkümen-Rodas)

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