Looking forward: A religious time bomb waiting to happen in the USA. A wave of antisemitic fervour is developing.

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“Scum remains scum, and antisemitism is the ideology of the scum. It is a horrible epidemic like cholera, which can neither be explained nor cured ” 

Theodor Mommsen, 1881 (Nobel Prize in Literature, 1902)

by Alan Simons

A religious backlash of massive proportion against the Jews in the USA is, in my opinion, on the brink of happening. The 2017 flood devastation in Texas will look insignificant to what America’s vibrant Jewish community might fear. There will be nowhere to run and the backlash against Jews, by the very nature of the Trumptwit racist toxic virus, will spread to many corners of the world. Racists of all kinds will feast on delivering the message. There will be no end in sight to the wanton destruction of all things that Jews bravely have stood up and fought against, including: antisemitism, hate, bigotry and intolerance. The Jewish respect for family values and life will have a different meaning to the racists in our society.

One could say the wave of destruction all started on November 26, 2016, when Wayne Allyn Root wrote on the Fox News Internet site:

“I believe Donald Trump should be called “America’s first Jewish president.” I should know. I’m an Ivy League-educated Jewish kid from New York. Trust me, Donald Trump is as close as you can come to being our first Jewish president. The very unique traits that have made him a billionaire and now President of the United States are as Jewish as you can get!”

One could say the wave of destruction continued on January 26, 2017, when  Josefin Dolsten wrote, under the headline, “Meet the Jews in Donald Trump’s administration,” on the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website:

“American Jews are watching the beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency with both fear and hope. 

“Many have expressed worries about some of his supporters’ ties to the so-called “alt-right” movement, whose followers traffic variously in white nationalism, anti-immigration sentiment, anti-Semitism and a disdain for ‘political correctness.'”

hate (2)One could say the wave of destruction continued on February 23, 2017, when Lola Adesioye wrote, under the headline, “The rise of anti-Semitism in Donald Trump’s America,” in Britain’s New Statesman:

 “Anti-Semitism is once again on the rise in America. Since January alone, there have been 67 bomb threats against Jewish Community Centres in around 27 states around the country. On Monday, a Jewish cemetery in St Louis, Missouri was desecrated, with over 100 headstones overturned. There has been a large increase in online anti-Semitic threats and hate speechSwastikas have been spray painted on the streets of New York.”

One could say the wave of destruction continued on April 9, 2017, when Ben Schreckinger wrote, under the headline, “The Happy-Go-Lucky Jewish Group That Connects Trump and Putin,” (referring to Tevfik Arif, Felix Sater and Tamir Sapir), in Politico Magazine:

 Two decades ago, as the Russian president set about consolidating power on one side of the world, he embarked on a project to supplant his country’s existing Jewish civil society and replace it with a parallel structure loyal to him. On the other side of the world, the brash Manhattan developer [Trump] was working to get a piece of the massive flows of capital that were fleeing the former Soviet Union in search of stable assets in the West, especially real estate, and seeking partners in New York with ties to the region…

“A few years later, Trump would seek out Russian projects and capital by joining forces with a partnership called Bayrock-Sapir, led by Soviet emigres Tevfik Arif, Felix Sater and Tamir Sapir—who maintain close ties to Chabad. The company’s ventures would lead to multiple lawsuits alleging fraud and a criminal investigation of a condo project in Manhattan.”

In addition, names such as those below have been flawlessly banded about. I note, even though their specific roles may have changed since being appointed, there is one similarity of the people mentioned. They are all Jews.

Boris Epshteyn  a Russian-born American Republican political strategist, investment banker, and attorney,  was a senior advisor to Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign for President. He defended Trump on major TV networks over 100 times, according to The New York Times. TV hosts have described Epshteyn, who moved to the United States from his native Moscow in 1993, as “very combative” and “abrasive.” In 2014, he was charged with misdemeanor assault after being involved in a bar tussle. The charge was dropped after Epshteyn agreed to undergo anger management training and perform community service.

Michael Dean Cohen, an American attorney a spokesperson for Trump. 

David Friedman, a bankruptcy expert and longtime Trump attorney and currently the U.S. ambassador to Israel.

Jason Greenblatt, working as special representative for international negotiations focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Stephen Miller, played a crucial role in Trump’s campaign by writing speeches.

Carl Icahn, a businessman and investor,  serving as a special adviser on regulatory reform issues. Icahn is a major giver to Mount Sinai hospital in New York City, among other philanthropic endeavors. In 2012, he donated $200 million to the renamed Icahn School of Medicine there.

Dr. David Shulkin, the undersecretary for health at the Department of Veterans Affairs, 

Reed Cordish, who is friends with Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, serves as assistant to the president for intragovernmental and technology initiatives. Cordish is a partner at his family’s real estate and entertainment firm, the Baltimore-based Cordish Companies. 

Avrahm Berkowitz, 27, a special assistant to Trump and assistant to Jared Kushner. 

Gary Cohn,  heads the White House National Economic Council. 

Steven Mnuchin. Trump picked Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs executive who worked as Trump’s national finance chairman during the campaign, to serve as Treasury secretary.

Jared Kushner, Trump’s Orthodox son-in law is serving as a senior adviser to the president. 

Jay Sekulow, a self-described Messianic Jew, a member of President Trump’s legal team, repeatedly said on four television shows June 18 that Trump isn’t under investigation by the special counsel.

Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, is playing a strange dual role in a turbulent White House, the New York Times reported.

In the Jewish diaspora world there is an undercurrent of uneasiness in reading these articles and names. Whilst not openly talking about it, one senses from the diaspora these articles have helped to stimulate racist activity, resulting in a need for silent Jewish preparedness leading to the resignation and belief the future for the family is no longer in their country of birth.

But, what is the alternative? Can Jews rely on the support of their Christian and non-Christian neighbours? Do Jewish organisations in their community have an exit plan? Will these same Jewish organisations, who for now have been so devoutly focused on Israel, have the clout to also be there for ordinary Jews? 

In my opinion, for many years Jewish communities floundered in a sea of self-importance, self-centred and swaggering declarations, that were not only communicated to death, but offended and pushed non-Jews away from them. 

Frank Luntz, the US-based political and business pollster, once said: “Non-Jews do not want to hear our complaints. They want to know our solutions.”  Jews living in North America still don’t have a clue or give a monkey’s ass as to what Luntz was talking about.

As I see it, for the most part, the vast majority of diaspora Jews and Jewish institutions continue to make sure their messages do everything to conceivably extricate a dialogue with non-Jewish communities.

The Trumptwit racist toxic virus thrives on these weaknesses. It is a weakness that today many Jewish communities in general seem to be unable to cope with, or want to accept.

Alan Simons is the publisher of jewishinfoNews.

The above content was compiled from numerous sources. No copyright infringement was intended.

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“Spicer’s Mistake and the Democrat’s Over-Reaction”

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From the publisher of jewishinfoNews. The following article was originally published by Gatestone Institute  and republished with permission by jewishinfoNews on April 13, 2017.

“The fight against bigotry is a bi-partisan issue and must not be exploited for partisan gain… All sides must stop using references to Hitler and the Holocaust in political dialogue.”

Alan Dershowitz credit jewishbusinessnews JIN July 13 2016

by  Alan M. Dershowitz

Sean Spicer made a serious mistake when he compared Bashar Al-Assad to Hitler, and to make matters worse, he got his facts wrong. He quickly and fully apologized. There was no hint of anti-Semitism in his historical mistake and his apology should have ended the matter. But his political enemies decided to exploit his mistake by pandering to Jews. In doing so, it is they who are exploiting the memory of the six million during the Passover Holiday.

The Democratic National Committee issued a rebuke with the headline “We will not stand for anti-Semitism.” Its content included the following: “Denying the atrocities committed by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime is a tried and true tactic used by Neo-Nazis and white supremacist groups that have become emboldened since Donald Trump first announced his campaign for president.” By placing Hitler and Trump in the same sentence, the DNC committed a mistake similar to that for which they justly criticized Spicer. Moreover, the DNC itself, is co-chaired by a man who for many years did “stand for anti-Semitism” — namely Keith Ellison who stood by the notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, while denying that he was aware of Farrakhan’s very public Jew-hatred. It is the epitome of Chutzpah for the DNC to falsely accuse Spicer of standing by anti-Semitism while it is they who are co-chaired by a man who committed that sin.

Nancy Pelosi, the House Minority leaders, falsely accused Spicer of “downplaying the horror of the Holocaust.” But by leveling that false accusation, Pelosi herself is exploiting the tragedy.

Steven Goldstein, a hard-left radical who heads a phony organization that calls itself “The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect,” accused Spicer of “engage[ing] in Holocaust denial.” He called Spicer’s mistake a “most evil slur” against the Jewish people. Goldstein claims to speak for the Jewish people, but he represents only himself and a few handfuls of radical followers who are not in any way representative of the mainstream Jewish community. He repeatedly exploits the Holocaust in order to gain publicity for him and his tiny group of followers. Shame on them!

These over the top reactions to a historical mistake made by Spicer that was not motivated by anti-Semitism represents political exploitation of the Holocaust. Spicer was wrong in seeking to bolster his argument against Assad by referring to Hitler, and his political opponents are wrong in exploiting the tragedy of the Holocaust to score partisan points against him.

The difference is that Spicer gaffe was not in any way pre-meditated, whereas the exploitation by his enemies was carefully calculated for political gain. All sides must stop using references to Hitler and the Holocaust in political dialogue. Historical analogies are by their nature generally flawed. Analogies to the Holocaust are always misguided, and often offensive, even if not so intended.

On CNN the other night, Don Lemon asked me if I was “offended as a Jew” by what Spicer had said. The truth is that I was offended as someone who cares about historical accuracy by Spicer’s apparent lack of knowledge regarding the Nazi’s use of chemicals such as Zyklon B to murder Jews during the Holocaust. But it never occurred to me that Spicer’s misstatements were motivated by anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial or an intent to “slur” the Jewish people. Nor do I believe that those who have accused him of such evil motivations actually believe it. They deliberately attributed an evil motive to him in order to pander to Jewish listeners. That offends me more than anything Spicer did.

Extreme right wing anti-Semitism continues to be a problem in many parts of Europe and among a relatively small group of “alt-right” Americans. But hard left and Muslim extremist anti-Semitism is a far greater problem in America today, especially on university campuses. So those of us who hate all forms of anti-Semitism and bigotry, regardless of its source, must fight this evil on a non-partisan basis. We must get our priorities straight, focusing on the greatest dangers regardless of whether they come from the right or the left, from Republicans or Democrats. The fight against bigotry is a bi-partisan issue and must not be exploited for partisan gain.

Professor Alan Dershowitz of Harvard Law School has been described by Newsweek as “the nation’s most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer and one of its most distinguished defenders of individual rights.” Professor Dershowitz’s writings have been translated into French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Danish, Russian, and other languages.

Canada: A Misrepresentation Of Justice

The Case of  Helmut Oberlander

“February 28, 2000 was my first day of work at Canadian Jewish Congress. I was handed a thick wad of paper and told, ‘This is a federal court decision. Read it and tell me what you think.’ That was my introduction to the story of Helmut Oberlander.”

by Len Rudner

       by Len Rudner

Oberlander was a translator for ek10a, a unit within Einstazgruppe D, one of four groups that followed the Wehrmacht into Russia following the invasion of that country by the Nazis in 1941. The Einsatzgruppen, though, were not combat units. Rather they were special units that had been constituted with a single brutal purpose: to murder civilians. Most of their victims were Jews.

Even today, when most lay people think of the Holocaust, they think of the industrial factories of death – Auschwitz, Belzec, Chelmno, Treblinka, Sobibor and Majdanek – but before these places of destruction were created, the Final Solution was carried out by men with rifles, pistols and machine guns, and death was meted out at the edge of a mass grave. It is estimated that as many as 1.3 million Jewish men, women and children were murdered by members of the Einsatzgruppen, the mobile killing units.

Some of those murdered may have been members of my family, their lives in the city of Buczacz (Ukraine) cut cruelly short in July 1942.

Helmut Oberlander came to Canada in 1954 and, according to the findings of the Federal Court in 2000, misrepresented his war-time activities in order to gain entry to Canada and was later given the privilege of Canadian citizenship. There is no suggestion that Oberlander engaged in war crimes or that, colloquially speaking, he ever “pulled the trigger.” But as a member of a mobile killing unit he was a member of an organization with a single brutal purpose. Had his membership been known he would not have been admitted to Canada. On this basis the Governor in Council moved for the removal of his citizenship and his deportation, a determination known as D&D or denaturalization and deportation.

Helmut Oberlander

    Helmut Oberlander

Over the last 16 years, Oberlander has successfully launched one appeal after another. First, the Federal Court of Appeal ruled that the government must show that they have taken into account Oberlander’s comportment while he has been a citizen of Canada, and the matter was returned to the government for reconsideration.

A second order for revocation of citizenship was overturned in 2009 because the Court deemed that some consideration should be given to the matter of duress – despite the fact that Oberlander and his lawyers had never themselves raised this matter.

Finally, on February 15 of this year, the Court overturned a 2012 revocation order, indicating that the mere membership in ek10a was insufficient to deprive Oberlander of his citizenship.

The government of Canada must now decide whether they will make a fourth attempt to remove Oberlander’s citizenship and remove him from Canada. At age 92 it may well be that Father Time will deal with him first.

One of the advantages of not being a judge is that I can begin my sentences with words like, “I find it inconceivable that…”

I find it inconceivable that Oberlander could be a member of a mobile killing unit for 18 months and not comprehend the mission of ek10a.

I find it inconceivable that a translator in one of the smallest of the 4Einsatzgruppen would have no interaction with the targeted population and would never have facilitated the work of that unit by translating and transmitting orders to the frightened Jews. SS-Brigadefuhrer Otto Ohlendorf was the commander of Einsatzgruppe D and gave the following description of their modus operandi:

The Einsatz unit would enter a village or town and order the prominent Jewish citizens to call together all Jews for the purpose of “resettlement.” They were requested to hand over their valuables and shortly before execution to surrender their outer clothing. They were transported to the place of execution, usually an anti-tank ditch, in trucks – always only as many as could be executed immediately. In this way it was attempted to keep the span of time from the moment in which the victims knew what was about to happen to them until the time of their actual execution as short as possible.

I find it inconceivable that the possibility of duress can even be considered when the Federal Court previously ruled that Oberlander never took steps to escape or be relieved of his duties. In the words of Justice James Russell, Oberlander “stayed with ek10a and there is no evidence that he didn’t want to be there.”

I can imagine why Oberlander would not have asked for a transfer. After all, being a translator for a unit charged with murdering defenseless civilians would have been a pretty soft assignment. The food was good and nobody was shooting at you. Considering the alternative of being a combat soldier facing the Russian Army, being part of a unit that killed Jews must have seemed like an obvious choice once moral scruples were packed away. While not a universal choice it was certainly a popular one: consider the recently concluded trial in Germany of Oscar Groning, the so-called Accountant of Auschwitz who never killed anyone but through his presence helped to keep the machinery running.

What I do not understand is how the Federal Court of Canada has, on three separate occasions, found ways to avoid the simple truth and the obvious conclusion: Helmut Oberlander gained entry to Canada – and citizenship – through fraudulent means. He has never had a right to be in Canada. He should not be here now.

Len Rudner can be reached at alrudner@rogers.com

Len Rudner is the former Director of Community Relations and Outreach for Canada’s Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA).  He is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service. Currently he is in private practice dealing with community advocacy, human rights, diversity, education and communication issues.

(Photo credits: Rudner, CIJA; Oberlander, a-loupe.over-blog.net)

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