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.

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Between friends: Folks, black U.S. presidential storms have arrived in Canada.

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This article contains content that was originally published in the October 16, 2016 edition of jewishinfoNews.

“A president who politically acts like a leader of a tin-pot country.”

by Alan Simons

Was it not Euripides who said “Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness?” Unfortunately, today nothing is more certain than an acute awareness in Canada of a profusion of black storm clouds from the U.S. looming over us. In times of storms one normally takes shelter with family and friends alike. We are one, so to speak. This time it is different.

Canadians in general have an admiration towards our friends living to the south of us. After all, many Canadians have close family ties in the U.S. going back generations. 

Yet, with President Trump’s recent statements condemning various trade agreements with Canada, we are seeing a shift away from admiration to a “weltschmerz” – a mood of sentimental sadness towards a president who politically acts like a leader of a tin-pot country, rather than a statesman of a country that deserves better.

Trumptwit, as he is now referred to in some quarters, is riding high on top of a vicious heap of dirty rags that unfortunately puts America and its people to shame. Trumptwit the American, has lit the destructive match of revulsion unseen in modern day U.S. history. He falsifies credible and substantiated information with such downright bullheadedness and utter ignorance. Simply put, he makes President Warren Harding look like a genius!

Napoleon Bonaparte said: “In politics stupidity is not a handicap.” Welcome to these United States of America.

strangeloveIn fact, as we have regularly seen during the past months, anyone who Trumptwit believes doesn’t agree to follow his train of thought had better watch out. The similarity to Dr Strangelove is unnerving. Trumptwit. He embellishes all that is distasteful in an individual. He is the archetype of a destructive lost soul whose aim in life is to put a culture of fear into people and nations. If it wasn’t all so pathetically sad his character could be taken right out of a Thomas Pynchon novel!

The bottom line is this: We are watching a president whose political thirst for power is so repulsive by many in nature, it goes far beyond the pale. And, as it’s been said: “His actions are outside the bounds of morality, good behaviour or judgment.”

What is so painful from a Canadian perspective, is to observe a president being so violently negative towards Canada. Trumptwit continues to regard the U.S. as a barren doom and gloom economic wasteland, taken right out of Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and in his mind much of this is seemingly due to Canada.

To quote Trumptwit: “I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me …” He’s right on this one. No other modern day president has done more to build a wall around himself that has fractured American society than Trumptwit.

In Canada, America’s largest trading partner, there are now serious concerns of what lie ahead for the country. As reported last year in the Toronto Sun, “Canada’s economy would take a direct hit if Donald Trump follows through on his anti-trade rants, trade experts say.

“If he actually does what he says he’s going to do I think there would be a very significant impact on Canada,” University of Ottawa Law Professor Debra Steger said. Today’s suggestion is he would end significant agreements including the Canada-U.S.-Mexico North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which took effect in 1994. “NAFTA was the worst trade deal in history,” Trumptwit proudly states. Poo on Trump!

The Government of Canada has for some time correctly seen the need to respond to Trumptwit’s shenanigans by saying:  

Nearly nine million U.S. jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada

  • History has shown that trade is the best way to create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity.
  • Since the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement came into force in 1989, Canada’s two-way trade in goods and services with the United States has more than tripled. Thanks to this agreement and the North American Free Trade Agreement, the trading relationship between our two countries is so strong that we exchanged approximately $2.4 billion in goods and services every day in 2015.

America’s largest customer

  • Canada is the U.S.’s largest customer, purchasing US$338 billion in goods and services in 2015.
  • Canada buys more from the United States than does any other nation – including all 28 countries of the European Union.
  • Canada and the United States are the world’s largest trading partners: more than US$670 billion in goods and services were traded in 2015.
  • The United States is the most important destination for Canadian direct investment abroad, which totaled $448 billion (stock) in the U.S. in 2015.

This week a former U.S. ambassador to Canada came out with a harsh anti-Trumptwit statement with regard to the President’s ridiculous tirade against Canada. 

”It’s goofy stuff, unbecoming of our relationship and frankly unbecoming of the leader of our country,” remarked James Blanchard.

Currently, no one has openly compared Trumptwit with some of the worst Roman Emperors. But I venture to say it might not be too long before somebody freely offers Trumptwit the title, “Aut Caesar aut nihil.” 

 Alan Simons is the publisher and owner of jewishinfoNews

(Featured image credit: lightstalking; Strangelove, sillyfunda) 

 

Rwanda: 7 April 2017. Never Again!

Four words:

Duhore Tuzilikana Kirazira Kwibagirwa!

We Must Never Forget!

Today, 7 April 2017 is the 23rd Commemoration of the Genocide Against the Tutsi. 

by Alan Simons

In a few weeks time, on 23 April at sundown, Jews throughout the world observe Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day. It is the day where we pay tribute to all the victims of the Holocaust and ghetto uprisings. Inaugurated 64 years ago we like you, have no intention of forgetting our loved ones. Therefore, as a Jew, my message to you is not from a stranger, but from a brother and partner. For in commemorating the 23rd anniversary of the 1994 genocide against Tutsi, your loss, is also my loss.

However, I ask myself what right do I have to speak of such experiences of genocide?

Who am I to speak of such unthinkable acts of violence and cruelty, unequaled in modern history?

I never witnessed killings, or had my life threatened. I never lost immediate family members, nor witnessed rape or sexual mutilation, or had to hide under corpses.

Rwanda April 7 2017 bSo, what authority gives me the right to speak about Rwanda’s genocide, to talk about your families and friends who perhaps survived these 23 years, and hopefully, I repeat hopefully, have been able to overcome their traumatic experiences and find optimism in the future, as well as speak of those who were murdered?

Well, a few years ago President Kagame of Rwanda, photographed above, said: “The world chose to watch as one million were being slaughtered. Victims were turned into perpetrators and justice was turned into a political tool. The world has shown us that we cannot afford not to fight. Do not be afraid to stand up for truth, justice and for who we are. The only way to live in this world is to stand up for ourselves, stay true to who we are and define our own destiny.”

Perhaps, more than anything, it is in these words that binds Jews and Rwandans together in a mutual understanding of what intolerance and hate is all about in our society today. And, we have only to look at the past few weeks of what happened in London, a few hours ago in Stockholm, as well as the gassing earlier this week of children and adults in Syria, to appreciate the scope and threat of the world we continue to live in.

Hate is hate, irrespective of one’s religion, colour or nationality.

Even now in Canada there are deniers of both the Rwandan genocide and the Holocaust who continue to thrust their sick fermented ideas into the international arena. As Hitler remains centre stage to many antisemites, it was only a couple of months ago that Rwanda’s deniers actually competed to question who was to blame for the 1994 killings. 

It’s been said that sadness is but a wall between two gardens. May all of those who perished in the genocide be remembered for their beauty and fragrance that grace our gardens.

My dear Rwandan brothers and sisters, finding an appropriate way of honouring and remembering the dead is one of the goals of the mourning process. For, as Elie Wiesel the Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor said, “To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.”

(Photo credits: From Paul Kagame’s Post, in Timeline Photos)