Friday 13th November the world watched in dismay and horror at the events unfolding in Paris. Within a very short space of time reports were coming in of simultaneous attacks on innocent people in venues as varied as a concert hall, restaurant, pizzeria and bars. By the end of the attacks 129 people were dead, 99 critically injured and more than a 100 others suffered injuries of varying degrees.
The world’s response was anger, condemnation of the attackers and unqualified support for France. Around the world leaders spoke out against the atrocity and famous landmarks were lit up in the colours of the French flag. Even Facebook provided the facility for people to change their pictures to the French flag and Google carried a black ribbon for a few days. All measures France wants to take to combat the terrorism seem to have the backing of the world because France has a right to protect and defend her people using whatever means are necessary.
While fully understanding the world’s reaction to the Paris attacks, it does bring sharply to the light the difference between reaction to these attacks and those endured by Israel over many years. Where has the world’s reaction to the countless numbers of innocent Israelis severely injured or butchered in homicide attacks, stabbings, missile/rocket attacks, car rammings etc been?
Two weeks ago a poster was produced stating that, since Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year), September 14th, Israel has been hit by 778 terrorist attacks. More attacks have occurred in the 2 weeks since that poster was published,- I was talking with a friend on the phone earlier today and the siren warning of an attack sounded on his phone,- this time it was not a rocket but bullets fired from Gaza that set off the siren but the fear of the folk in the area was just the same.
In the wake of all of these attacks, deaths and injuries where has been the world’s condemnation of the perpetrators? Where has been the support for Israel taking whatever measures deemed necessary to protect her people? Why have the world’s leaders not spoken out in support of Israel?
What has happened during this time? Oh, yes,- the EU has called for labelling of goods from what the world calls the occupied territories! Never mind that Palestinians working on the farms and in the industries in those areas will lose their jobs and livelihoods if the sale of goods falls, at least the EU will be seen to be being strong against evil Israel!! Putin has called for Hamas and Hezbollah to be removed from the terrorist list,- in a week where we have been informed that Hezbollah has 150000 missiles pointed towards Israel and Hamas continually calls for attacks against Israel.
Should we be surprised at the total disparity between the world’s response to the Paris attacks and those in Israel? Very sadly, no we shouldn’t. History shows us that the world has always been against Israel (the people) hence the pogroms and the holocaust. As we approach the Lord’s coming we can only expect, but deplore, this attitude to harden. But remember- Christians are next in line!
On 30th September 2015 the Palestinian flag was raised at the UN headquarters in New York. A clear message was sent to the world,- that a state of Palestine exists and is recognized by world leaders.
Since all Israelis were removed from the Gaza strip, in the very unwise appeasement deal, more than 11000 missiles have been fired from there into Israel. Although most have missed the intended targets and others have been intercepted and destroyed without causing harm, the intention of the Palestinians has been clear,- to kill and injure Israelis.
In the weeks leading up to 30th September Israel saw an increased number of terrorist attacks on individual Israelis, causing injury and death. The UN said nothing and went ahead with its recognition ceremony.
The day after the UN ceremony attacks against Israelis intensified
Tensions were fuelled by Palestinian allegations that Israel plans to change the delicate arrangement at the hilltop compound, sacred to both Muslims and Jews. Israel has adamantly denied the allegations and accused Palestinian leaders of inciting the violence and spreading lies over the shrines. Violence was initially confined to east Jerusalem and the West Bank but later spread to Israeli cities in the form of deadly stabbing attacks.
Nablus (Biblical Shechem): Rabbi Eitam Henkin (31) and wife Naama (30) murdered in a drive-by shooting while travelling with their four young children (aged 9, 7, 4, and 9 months). Security forces arrested members of Hamas cell responsible.
Jerusalem: Two killed in stabbing attack near Lion’s Gate. Aharon Banita-Bennet (22) was stabbed to death on the way to the Western Wall in the Old City on Saturday evening with his wife and two young children. His wife and two-year-old son were wounded. Rabbi Nehemia Lavi (father of seven), who came to the aid of the Banita-Bennett family, was attacked and stabbed to death. Police shot and killed the attacker.
Jerusalem: Moshe Malka (15) was stabbed and wounded on his way to prayers at the Western Wall. Terrorist was shot dead by security forces.
Petach Tikva: Knife attack at shopping mall wounded one man. The knife broke, preventing further victims. Bystanders apprehended the terrorist.
Jerusalem: A Palestinian woman (18) stabbed a 36-year-old Jewish man at Lion’s Gate of the Old City. The victim, moderately wounded, shot and wounded the terrorist.
Kiryat Gat (southeast of Tel Aviv): A terrorist stabbed an IDF soldier and snatched his gun, then ran into a nearby apartment, where a woman was just returning home. She fought with him and managed to flee. The terrorist was killed by police.
Tel Aviv: Female soldier and three others stabbed. Terrorist was shot and killed.
Jerusalem: A yeshiva student (25) was seriously injured and another man lightly injured in stabbing attack near the light rail. Terrorist (age 19) arrested.
Kiryat Arba: (Jewish town near Hebron, south of Jerusalem): Man seriously wounded in stabbing attack. Victim evacuated to Jerusalem hospital. Terrorist escaped.
Afula: (town in Galilee): A soldier was wounded in stabbing attack. The terrorist was apprehended soon after.
Jerusalem: (Shmuel HaNavi St.): Jewish boy (16) was beaten and stabbed and lightly injured. Attacker (18, from Hebron in West Bank) was later apprehended by police.
Kiryat Arba: Terrorist stabbed a police officer (47) and tried to grab his gun. Other officers shot him.
Afula: Female terrorist tried to stab a security guard at the Central Bus Station. She was shot and wounded.
Jerusalem: (Sabbath morning): Arab (16) stabbed two Jewish men in their 60s near Damascus Gate, leaving them moderately and lightly wounded, respectively. The terrorist then attacked Border Police officers, who shot and killed him.
Jerusalem: (near Damascus Gate): Palestinian (19, from Shuafat) stabbed two police officers. Nearby police shot and killed him, and accidently wounded a third officer. Officers in serious-to-moderate condition.
Maaleh Adumim: Jerusalem highway: Police officer lightly injured when he pulled over a driver acting suspiciously, and the (female) driver set off an explosive device. Gas canister s were later found in the vehicle. The terrorist was seriously wounded.
Jerusalem: Stabbing attack foiled at Lion’s Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City. Terrorist (18, from eastern Jerusalem) was shot and killed.
Jerusalem: (Ammunition Hill, northern Jerusalem): Border policeman was stabbed and lightly injured by a female terrorist (16). The officer managed to shoot and stop her, and she was evacuated to hospital.
Jerusalem: (Pisgat Zeev in northern Jerusalem): Two terrorists (both teenagers) stabbed and seriously wounded a man (25) and a boy (13) riding his bicycle. Police shot and killed one terrorist and apprehended the second. The boy is in critical condition.
Jerusalem: (8:30 pm near entrance to city): Terrorist on bus stabbed a soldier (19) and tried to grab his gun. After a struggle, the terrorist was shot and killed by a police officer.
Ra’anana: A Palestinian man stabbed an Israeli man in a bus station near the city hall of Ra’anana, leaving him with light stab wounds. Civilians overpowered the attackers and he was arrested by the police.
East Jerusalem: Baha Aliyan (22) and Bilal Ranem (23), armed with a firearm and a knife boarded a bus in East Jerusalem and started attacking and stabbing the passengers. One of the assailants tried to take control on the bus and locked the bus door to prevent the passengers from escaping. Police arrived, killed one of the assailants and neutralized the other, who left two dead and sixteen wounded.
Jerusalem: Alaa Abu Jamal rammed into a crowd of people waiting in a bus station in West Jerusalem, then went out of the vehicle and started stabbing the victims until he was neutralized by a security guard and was killed. One Rabbi died and another four people were injured, others were treated for anxiety.
Ra’anana: A Palestinian man stabbed four people in a bus stop in Ra’anana and fled the scene when he was caught by civilians who neutralized him and the police arrested him.
Jerusalem: A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli woman at Jerusalem’s main bus station.
Jerusalem: A Palestinian attempted to stab a policeman at the Damascus Gate of the walled Old City, but was shot dead by police
Nablus (Biblical Shechem): Palestinians set fire to the tomb of Joseph
Hebron: A Palestinian disguised as a photojournalist stabbed and moderately wounded an IDF soldier near the West Bank city of Hebron, police reported Friday.
The terrorist was shot dead at the scene.
Hebron: A man approached a checkpoint in the city and tried to stab one of the security forces. When this attempt failed, he came after an Israeli citizen who used his personal firearm and shot the attacker three times.
Jerusalem: Shortly after the Hebron attack a civilian told the security forces that he saw a suspicious looking man in the Armon Hanatziv area. Border Police forces approached him and asked him to present his identification documents. At this point the man pulled out a knife and tried to stab one of the officers. The attacker was subsequently shot and killed.
So many attacks in such a short time!! What has been the response of the UN to these blatant acts of terrorism? The UN condemned the stabbings in Jerusalem’s Old City on 3rd October, which left Nehemia Lavi and Aharon Benet dead and Benet’s wife and child injured, but then there was a deafening silence.
On 14th October the UN spoke:-
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Israel to undertake a “serious review” of its potential “excessive” response to Palestinian terror.
“The apparent excessive use of force by Israeli security forces” is “troubling,” said Ban’s spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, according to AFP. That situation “demands serious review as it only serves to exacerbate the situation leading to a vicious cycle of needless bloodshed,” he added.
How many Israelis are expected to die before Israeli forces are allowed to take such measures as they deem necessary to protect their people? How many of those who sit in the UN would not do all they could to protect their families if they were attacked? The video posted of the bus stop attack shows how determined the Palestinians are to cause injury and death,- even when several people ran to assist those who had been slashed the perpetrators kept attacking!! It seems that only the bullet will stop them. Their leaders applaud what they are doing and call for more attacks. Perpetrators are not condemned but encouraged.
Does the UN now regret having recognized Palestine as a state? I doubt it. The UN headquarters in Jerusalem are on the Hill of Evil Counsel. That says it all.
30th Anniversary Year
Sharon Sanders, – co-founder of Christian Friends of Israel, Jerusalem – speaking tour
Friday 16th October – Welcome Baptist Church, Heathfield (TN21 8EQ) on
Saturday 17th October – Tuckton Christian Centre, Bournemouth (BH6 5NG);
Sunday 18th: New Life Church, Old Woking (GU22 9BX)
Monday 19th: St Mary’s Church Hall, Luton (LU1 3JF)
Tuesday 20th: Central Methodist Church, Blackheath (B65 0EH)
Wednesday 21st: St.Martins Hall, Preston (PR2 9TP)
Thursday 22nd: Dewsbury Revival Centre, Dewsbury (WF13 4LA)
Saturday 24th: Beit Yeshua Conference, Gateshead (NE11 0AN – full day conference 10:00 am–5:00 pm)
Sunday 25th: morning – One Life Church, Middlesbrough (TS6 9AE)
Sunday 25th evening at Kirkhill, Chirnside, Scottish Borders (TD11 3XH)
Tuesday 27th: House of Prayer, Fishergate, Norwich (NR3 1SE)
Wednesday 28th: Vineyard Church, Brentwood, Essex (CM15 9SE).
Full details can be obtained via Christian Friends of Israel on 01323 410810. A5 flyers are also available.
From drip irrigation to natural pesticides, Israeli innovations are helping to fill hungry bellies everywhere, but particularly in the developing world.
By Abigail Klein Leichman
Food security is a major concern for our rapidly growing planet. As resources dwindle and the population rises, smart solutions for better agriculture and safer food storage are essential.
No other single country – certainly not one as young and as tiny as Israel – has contributed more breakthroughs in this area than Israel.
Since the 1950s, Israelis have not only been finding miraculous ways to green their own desert but have shared their discoveries far and wide through channels including MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
ISRAEL21c has highlighted dozens of food-related advances pioneered by Israelis. Here are 12 major ways Israel helps feed the world.
1. Drip irrigation
Probably no other advancement has been quite as significant. While the concept of drip irrigation existed well before Israeli statehood, it was revolutionized by Israeli water engineer Simcha Blass, who serendipitously discovered that a slow and balanced drip led to remarkable growth. He created tubing that slowly released water where it was most effective, and in 1965 Kibbutz Hatzerim built a whole new industry, Netafim, based on his invention.
Israeli drip and micro-irrigation solutions rapidly spread worldwide. The newest models are self-cleaning and maintain uniform flow rate regardless of water quality and pressure.
Just one recent example of how this method has impacted food supply in foreign countries is Tipa, literally “Drop,” an Israeli-developed kit that has allowed 700 farming families in Senegal to reap crops three times a year instead of just once, even on infertile land.
Tipa is “a simple drip irrigation system that uses gravity when there is no water supply or water pressure coming to rural areas,” MASHAV’s Ilan Fluss told ISRAEL21c. The organization has similar activities in Kenya, South Africa, Benin and Niger.
2. Grain cocoons
Israeli-designed GrainPro Cocoons provide a surprisingly simple and cheap way for African and Asian farmers to keep their grain market-fresh.
The huge bags, invented by international food technology consultant Prof. Shlomo Navarro, keep both water and air out. They’re used all over the developed world, including Africa and the Far East, and even in countries that have no diplomatic ties to Israel, such as Pakistan.
As much as 50 percent of every grain harvest and 100% of every pulse harvest is lost to pests and mold, Navarro told ISRAEL21c. Subsistence farmers in developing countries tend to store their crops in primitive baskets or bags, which are not effective in keeping hungry bugs and micro-contaminants out. The Cocoon solves that problem, even in extreme heat and humidity.
3. Biological pest control
On Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu, a company called Bio-Bee breeds beneficial insects and mites for biological pest control and bumblebees for natural pollination in greenhouses and open fields. Subsidiary Bio-Fly sells sterile Mediterranean fruit flies to control this major pest in fruit trees.
R&D manager Dr. Shimon Steinberg told ISRAEL21c the company’s top seller worldwide is two-millimeter-long, pear-shaped orange spider that is a highly efficient enemy of the spider mite, a devastating agricultural pest.
“Sixty percent of California strawberries since 1990 are treated with this predatory mite from the Holy Land,” he reported. In Israel, Bio-Bee products have enabled sweet-pepper farmers to reduce the use of chemical pesticides by 75 percent.
Bio-Bee exports eight different species of biological control agents, plus pollinating bumblebees, to 32 nations from Japan to Chile. Bio-Fly collaborates with Jordanian and West Bank Palestinian Authority agricultural experts.
4. Dairy farming
Hof Hasharon Dairy Farm, SAE Afikim and SCR Precise Dairy Farming all makeadvanced systems for herd management, monitoring and feeding used on dairy farms worldwide.
SAE Afikim is one of 10 Israeli companies involved in a five-year project in Vietnam to implement every aspect of a vast $500 million dairy farm project. It’s the largest project of its kind in the world.
The operation will encompass 30,000 cows at 12 state-of-the-art mega-dairies and a milk processing plant supplying 300 million liters per year. By the end of 2012, 500,000 liters are expected to be produced daily.
In the meantime, China is sending groups of dairy farm manager trainees to Israel to learn how to boost milk production there as well.
5. Tailor-made farm solutions
Kibbutz-based Agricultural Knowledge On-Line (AKOL) makes unique software to help producers grow fruits and vegetables, raise poultry and dairy cows, manage vineyards and make olive oil.
Hosted in IBM’s “cloud,” AKOL’s latest project gives farmers anywhere in the world access to information from Israeli experts. Hundreds of thousands of farmers can obtain tailor-made solutions, arrange group purchases of supplies and communicate with colleagues.
CEO Ron Shani told ISRAEL21c that AKOL applications advise farmers on when to plant, irrigate and harvest; how to cope with drought; how to choose the crops best for their area; how to implement ideal storage and temperature control procedures based on climate; and how to track the growth of chickens, livestock and fruit, among other ideas for running a modern, professional farm.
6. A better potato
It took nearly 30 years of research, but Hebrew University’s Prof. David Levy developed strains of potatoes that thrive in hot, dry climates, and can be irrigated by saltwater.
Potatoes are one of the top sources of nutrition in the world, but they never before grew well in hot, desert regions like the Middle East. Now farmers in these regions can grow potatoes as a cash crop.
Levy told ISRAEL21c that he also intended his research to enhance understanding between Israel and its neighbors, as scientists and officials from Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Morocco meet with Israeli scientists to share knowledge and build bridges of information and technology.
7. Squeezing every drop of water from the air
Tal-Ya Water Technologies developed reusable plastic trays to collect dew from the air, reducing the water needed by crops or trees by up to 50 percent.
The square serrated trays, made from non-PET recycled and recyclable plastic with UV filters and a limestone additive, surround each plant or tree. With overnight temperature change, dew forms on both surfaces of the Tal-Ya tray, which funnels the dew and condensation straight to the roots. If it rains, the trays heighten the effect of each millimeter of water 27 times over.
Inventor and CEO Avraham Tamir told ISRAEL21c that the trays also block the sun so weeds can’t take root, and protect the plants from extreme temperature shifts. “Farmers need to use much less water, and in turn much less fertilizer on the crop,” which translates to less groundwater contamination.
8. Unparalleled crop protection
Two years ago, Hebrew University’s tech-transfer company teamed with Makhteshim Agan, a world leader in crop protection products, to develop and commercialize slow-release herbicides and a targeted insecticide that doesn’t harm beneficial insects.
The total worldwide herbicide market is valued at more than $15 billion, of which approximately a quarter is dedicated to soil-applied herbicides and other pesticides. The Israeli approach incorporates herbicides into micelles or vesicles, which are absorbed onto negatively charged clay minerals to enable a slow and controlled release, reducing leaching to deeper soil layers. This enhances efficiency and reduces the required doses.
The novel insecticide kills caterpillars of night-flying moths – a common scourge for farmers worldwide – but unlike common commercial preparations, has minimal or no effect on any other creature. High levels of control can be achieved with much less product, greatly minimizing environmental impact.
9. Fishing in the desert
Overfishing is a serious threat to the food supply, a grave situation since fish is the main source of protein for hundreds of millions of people. But what if fish could be raised virtually anywhere, even in the desert? That is just what the Israel’s GFA (Grow Fish Anywhere) Advanced Systems has made possible.
The Israeli “zero-discharge” system eliminates the environmental problems in conventional fish farming, and doesn’t depend on electricity or proximity to a body of water. Specially developed microbes purify fish waste byproducts right in the tank, with no need for spillage and refilling.
The largest facility using GFA technology, in New York, produced about 100 tons of sea bream, bass and tilapia in 2010.
10. Food from greenhouse gas
Israel’s Seambiotic clean-tech company recently launched a commercial algae farm in China and does business in the United States and Italy as well.
People don’t eat algae, but algae ponds nourished by power-plant effluent conserve farmed produce for human consumption because they generate 30 times more feedstock for biofuel than do land-based crop alternatives.
Plus, the tiny plants, which thrive on carbon dioxide and sunlight, produce a valuable nutraceutical food additive that is especially popular in the Far East.
11. Reintroducing carp to Africa
Half a century ago, Lake Victoria carp was a significant part of the diet of the nearby Ugandan villagers. But when Nile perch was introduced to the lake, it decimated most of the smaller fish including the carp. Villagers had neither the equipment nor the expertise necessary to start fishing the huge perch, and symptoms of protein deficiency started becoming apparent in their children.
Prof. Berta Sivan of Hebrew University came to the rescue with a multiyear project near to help these African families. Her team was able to apply techniques developed over many years for Israeli fish farmers.
The Israeli project not only successfully spawned carp on Ugandan fish farms, but also provided training on how to dig and fill ponds and raise the small fish. Now local children have an abundant supply of protein to eat with their fruit and vegetables.
12. Hardier seeds for better crops
Hebrew University agricultural scientists Ilan Sela and Haim D. Rabinowitch developed TraitUP, a trademarked technology that enables the introduction of genetic materials into seeds without modifying their DNA. This method immediately and efficiently improves plants before they’re even sowed.
The university’s Yissum Research Development technology transfer company licensed the seed treatment technology to Morflora Israel for curing fruit-tree diseases in orchards and groves, and for seedling treatment in the nursery.
“The new ability to deliver traits within days instead of years, and to offer a treatment with results similar to breeding to all current species, answers a long and unmet need that will revolutionize modern agriculture and significantly impact the vegetable and commodity crop markets,” said Dotan Peleg, CEO of Morflora.
1931 – 2015
Matthew 25:21: His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
Lance Lambert, one of the most distinguished Bible Scholars and intercessory leaders in Israel and abroad, died peacefully on May 10, 2015 in Jerusalem after a long illness. He was born in Richmond, Surrey, in 1931, and came to know the Lord at the age of 12 year.
Lance Lambert Dobski was an expert on the Jewish roots of the Christian faith. He said that this was largely due to the fact that Adolph Hitler had stolen Lance’s Jewish identity from him. This caused him to study his Jewish roots in depth.
Lance’s father was an Italian Jewish nobleman who met his mother, Laura, while he was working as the economic attaché for the Italian embassy in London in the early 1930s. Having been summoned back to Rome by King Victor Emmanuel just before Mussolini rose to power in Italy, he never made it back to London but ended up some years later at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp where he perished along with over 60 members of Lance’s extended Jewish family.
Lance Lambert only discovered that his real last name was Dobski after he became an adult. His widely known surname, Lambert, actually belonged to his stepfather, a close friend of his father. Many years later Laura told Lance and his sister, Teresa, about their biological Jewish father and how she learned of his tragic end from the Red Cross after the war. She told them that one of their father’s last requests was that, if a Jewish state actually arose in the Middle East one day and he was not able to return to his family, she would ask their son and daughter to immigrate to it. This was fulfilled in the early 1980s as both Lance and Teresa and family made Aliyah and settled in Jerusalem.
Lance became a much sought after speaker on intercessory and corporate prayer and God’s covenant relationship with Israel and the Jewish people. He was the author of numerous books, recorded regular teaching updates from Israel and presented many DVDs on Israel.
He will be much missed by all who knew him and learned from him but his legacy lives on. We, at Methodist Friends of Israel, honour him for his wisdom, teaching and faithfulness. We rejoice that he is free from pain and is, even now, in the presence of the Lord he loves and served.
There will be a memorial service for Lance on Wednesday 27th May at 11:00 Israel time – 9-00am UK time. It will also be streamed live on the internet. The service will be recorded and will be permanently available to view online at the same link.
With thanks to David Dolan for personal history
MFI was delighted to host Chuck Cohen from 20th April – 3rd May and wish to thank him, publicly, for so readily agreeing to undertake an arduous tour.
During this time we travelled from Jersey in the south to Cumbria in the north. In all of the meetings we were well received (only in one location did a couple verbally attack us, with the man shaking with rage) and Chuck’s teaching was much appreciated.
Feedback, so far, from some of the organizers of the meetings, has been very positive. In one area the number of folk attending the regular Pray for Israel meeting has doubled.
Did all Methodist churches/circuits advertise their local meetings? I’m not sure. In some areas there were very few Methodists,- they may, of course, having been informed of the meetings, chosen not to attend!! I do hope that, whatever the view of the church leadership, the people in the pew were offered the opportunity to hear Biblical teaching re Israel, the Church and Prophecy in order to make their own minds up about God’s relationship with His people.
We look forward to future ministry tours and speaking engagements.
By Gregory H. Stanton, President, Genocide Watch
Classification, Symbolization, Discrimination, Dehumanization, Organization, Polarization, Preparation, Persecution, Termination, Denial
Genocide is a process that develops in ten stages that are predictable but not inexorable
At each stage, preventive measures can stop it
The process is not linear
Stages may occur simultaneously
Categories to distinguish people into “us and them” by ethnicity, race, religion, or nationality: German and Jew, Hutu and Tutsi
We name people “Jews” or “Gypsies”, or distinguish them by colours or dress
Classification and symbolization are universally human and do not necessarily result in genocide unless they lead to dehumanization
When combined with hatred, symbols may be forced upon unwilling members of pariah groups: the yellow star for Jews under Nazi rule, the blue scarf for people from the Eastern Zone in Khmer Rouge Cambodia
A dominant group uses law, custom, and political power to deny the rights of other groups
The powerless group may not be accorded full civil rights or even citizenship
An example is the Nuremberg Laws of 1935 in Nazi Germany, which stripped Jews of their German citizenship, and prohibited their employment by the government and by universities
One group denies the humanity of the other group
Members of it are equated with animals, vermin, insects or diseases
Dehumanization overcomes the normal human revulsion against murder
Hate propaganda in print, radio, TV is used to vilify the victim group
Genocide is always organized, usually by the state, often using militias to provide deniability of state responsibility
Special army units or militia are often trained and armed
Plans are made for genocidal killings
Extremists drive the groups apart
Hate groups broadcast polarizing propaganda
Laws may forbid intermarriage or social interaction
National or perpetrator group leaders plan the “Final Solution” to the Jewish, Armenian, Tutsi or other targeted group “question”
They often use euphemisms to cloak their intentions, such as referring to their goals as “ethnic cleansing,” “purification,” or “counter-terrorism”
They build armies, buy weapons and train their troops and militias
They indoctrinate the populace with fear of the victim group
Leaders often claim that “if we don’t kill them, they will kill us”
Victims are identified and separated out because of their ethnic or religious identity
Death lists are drawn up
In state sponsored genocide, members of victim groups may be forced to wear identifying symbols
Their property is often expropriated
Sometimes they are segregated into ghettos, deported into concentration camps, or confined to a famine-struck region and starved
Genocidal massacres begin
They are acts of genocide because they intentionally destroy part of a group
Begins, and quickly becomes the mass killing legally called “genocide”
It is “extermination” to the killers because they do not believe their victims to be fully human
When it is sponsored by the state, the armed forces often work with militias to do the killing
Denial is the final stage that lasts throughout and always follows a genocide
It is among the surest indicators of further genocidal massacres
The perpetrators of genocide dig up the mass graves, burn the bodies, try to cover up the evidence and intimidate the witnesses
They deny that they committed any crimes, and often blame what happened on the victims
They block investigations of the crimes, and continue to govern until driven from power by force, when they flee into exile
There they remain with impunity, like Pol Pot or Idi Amin, unless they are captured and a tribunal is established to try them
Seventy years ago today the world had its first glimpse of the horror that was Auschwitz. We honour those who survived what we know as the Holocaust, and grieve with them, and all Jews, as they remember those who were murdered during this time.
I’m sometimes asked how the Holocaust (Shoah) is different from genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia etc. All of those were horrendous mass killings of people because they belonged to a certain tribe, religious, social or education group and are rightly condemned by any right thinking person. Each took place within the context of war in that country. The Holocaust was the attempt to wipe an entire group of people, Jews, wherever they lived. Unlike the other genocides which occurred within a particular country, Jews were rounded up from many countries,- including the Channel Islands,- and transported on journeys, that sometimes took several days, to concentration or extermination camps. Six million Jews were wiped off the face of the earth, not for doing anything wrong, but simply because they were Jews.
The Holocaust did not happen overnight. Irwin Cotler said:- “the Holocaust did not begin in the gas chambers – it began with words”.
Adolf Hitler voiced his plans for the Holocaust as early as 1922. He then told a journalist: “Once I really am in power, my first and foremost task will be the annihilation of the Jews. As soon as I have the power to do so, I will have gallows built in rows – at the Marienplatz in Munich, for example – as many as traffic allows. Then the Jews will be hanged indiscriminately, and they will remain hanging until they stink; they will hang there as long as the principles of hygiene permit. As soon as they have been untied, the next batch will be strung up, and so on down the line, until the last Jew in Munich has been exterminated. Other cities will follow suit, precisely in this fashion, until all Germany has been completely cleansed of Jews.”
It is said that, if you drop a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will instinctively try to climb out. However if you gently place it in a pot of lukewarm water and turn the heat on low, it will float there calmly. As the water gradually heats up, the frog is unaware of its deadly changing environment and before long it boils to death.
This is what happened in Nazi Germany. If the killing of the Jews had started as soon as Hitler came to power there would, probably, have been opposition from the German people. When Hitler gained power he began a a concerted propaganda regime to set the German people against the Jews. He blamed them for the financial problems the country was experiencing, he set in motion a series of restrictions on Jews that, over time, became wider and more rigid. Word by word, restriction by restriction, boycott by boycott, he put in the minds of the German people that the Jews were evil, the root of all problems, they were no better than vermin and needed to be destroyed.
By the time the restrictions had been placed on the Jews, and the negative propaganda had done its cumulative work, the expulsion, and eventual killing of them, was accepted, in some cases seen, as necessary.
Today we are seeing, more and more, the same build up of hatred against Jews that were seen in the 1930s. We are seeing the same calls for boycotts of products from Israel, the same refusal to allow Israeli (Jewish, not Arab) academics to lecture in universities or to speak in churches, the same attacking of Jews in the streets and even in schools, the same destruction of synagogues.
Last week a Belgian watchdog on anti-Semitism warned that the country’s public schools are becoming “Jew-free” zones because of harassment. Joel Rubinfeld, president of the Belgian League Against Anti-Semitism, revealed that the only Jewish student at the Emile Bockstael high school in Brussels was forced to leave the school. She had posted a picture of herself holding the Belgian flag alongside the Israeli one in summer. As a result she received 288 abusive comments, including threats, on Facebook, also by classmates and other pupils she did not know.
The school “has become Judenfrei, there are no more Jewish students there,” Rubinfeld said, using the German-language term that the Nazis applied to locales which had been rendered “free of Jews.”
In September, she began attending one of the Brussels region’s three major Jewish schools, but the harassment continued. On Sept. 10, she received a photo of a former classmate performing a Nazi salute telling her that she is missed.
We cannot hide from the fact that anti-Semitism is on the rise around the world. It is usually “dressed up” as being anti Israeli policies to try and make it seem, not only respectable, but virtuous, BUT it is anti-Semitism. We MUST speak out against it and stand firm with Israel,- land and people (wherever they are).
Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me
Khaled Abu Toameh
May 30, 2014
The Palestinian Authority’s move against the BDS activists shows that it considers the movement a threat to Palestinian interests.
A Palestinian Authority official in Ramallah explained that BDS and its followers make the Palestinians appear as if they are all radicals who are only interested in boycotting and delegitimizing Israel.
“No, we do not support the boycott of Israel” — Mahmoud Abbas, President, Palestinian Authority.
At university campuses in the US, Canada, Australia and Europe, they are hailed as heroes campaigning for Palestinian rights. But in Ramallah, ironically, activists belonging to the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions [BDS] movement are seen by the Palestinian Authority [PA] as trouble-makers and law-breakers.
For some PA officials, BDS is a movement that acts against the true interests of the Palestinians. They say that the actions of those promoting BDS make the Palestinians appear as if they are not interested in peace and coexistence with Israel. BDS activists in Ramallah have succeeded in preventing several planned meetings between Israelis and Palestinians in Ramallah and east Jerusalem.
The Palestinian Authority is also worried that BDS is harming the Palestinians’ relations with other countries. The most recent example of BDS efforts to damage Palestinians’ relations with friendly countries occurred a few weeks ago, when the “anti-normalization” activists tried to disrupt a performance by an Indian dance troupe in Ramallah.
A PA official in Ramallah explained that BDS and its followers make the Palestinians appear as if they are all radicals who are only interested in boycotting and delegitimizing Israel. “This goes against the PLO’s official policy, which is to seek a peace agreement with Israel based on the two-state solution,” he said.
In the first case of its kind, four prominent BDS activists this week went on trial before a Palestinian Authority court for “provoking riots and breach of public tranquility.”
The four men, Zeid Shuaibi, Abdel Jawad Hamayel, Fadi Quran and Fajr Harb, were detained by PA security forces after protesting against the performance of an Indian dance troupe.
During the show, which was attended by senior PA officials, the BDS activists protested against the presence of the dance troupe in Ramallah because its members had also performed in Tel Aviv.
The protesters accused the Indian dancers of violating their campaign for boycotting Israel, claiming that their appearance in Tel Aviv was a form of “normalization” with Israel.
The incident seriously embarrassed the Palestinian Authority leadership and resulted in a decision to prosecute the four BDS activists.
The four appeared in court on May 28 to face the charges against them. However, the trial was postponed until July 14 because state witnesses failed to appear in court.
The decision to prosecute the BDS activists has drawn strong condemnations from the anti-Israel movement and other Palestinians.
Omar Barghouti, one of the leaders of the BDS movement, said that the PA should be put on trial for bringing the four men to court. “If the four men are brought before a court, then we should prosecute the Palestinian Authority for serving the Israeli occupation’s project,” he said. “The decision to prosecute the four men was taken in collusion with the fierce Israeli campaign against the BDS.”
Amnesty International also criticized the Palestinian Authority and called for dropping the charges against the four activists. “We urge the PA to drop the criminal charges against them and to ensure an independent and impartial investigation into their allegations of ill-treatment,” Amnesty said in a statement:
Amnesty International emphasizes that peaceful expression and protest must never be punished as criminal offences and that imprisonment is always a disproportionate restriction on freedom of expression. Furthermore, the reported treatment of the four men once in custody has undermined their right to a fair trial and raises concerns that they are being punished for their political protest.
The Palestinian Authority’s move against the BDS activists shows that it considers the movement a threat to Palestinian interests.
Abbas himself has come out in public against the BDS movement. During the funeral of former South African President Nelson Mandela last year, when asked about BDS, Abbas told reporters: “No, we do not support the boycott of Israel.”
Abbas and the Palestinian Authority have good reason to oppose the BDS movement. BDS leaders and supporters are opposed to the PA leadership’s contacts with Israelis and have often denounced Abbas for conducting peace talks and security coordination with Israel.
The Palestinian Authority has come to the conclusion that the BDS activists are in fact anti-peace extremists whose goal is to prevent any peaceful settlement between Israel and the Palestinians. The decision to prosecute the four Ramallah activists is also aimed at sending a message to BDS supporters worldwide that the movement is acting against the true interests of the Palestinians and promoting hatred and bigotry.
It now remains to be seen whether BDS supporters around the world will absorb the message and realize that apart from being anti-Israel, BDS is also an anti-Palestinian and anti-peace movement.
The committee that met to consider whether the Methodist Church should continue its divestment policy has reached its conclusion.
Many Methodists took the time to complete the questionnaire re divestment and, from the communications received at MFI, a huge number opposed it.
Sadly, as usual, the committee took no notice of the points raised by those opposed to BDS,- even the very valid point that BDS harms the Palestinians. The recent outcry against Sodastream produced many comments from Palestinians stating that they had good jobs with the company, were well paid and well treated and that BDS would cause them financial difficulties.
An unemployed youth near Qalandiya checkpoint, who gave his name as Yasser, said the minimum wage in the Palestinian Authority made it nearly impossible to live. “We need more factories like SodaStream. It’s hard to get a job there,” he said. (International Business News Feb 3rd 2014)
The conclusion was reported in the Jerusalem Post:-
UK Methodists continue boycott of Israel
By JERRY LEWIS
The Board of Deputies of British Jews made strenuous efforts to steer the 800,000-strong Church into a more neutral approach on Israel.
LONDON – After lengthy internal consultations, Britain’s Methodist Church has published guidelines effectively endorsing its previous stance favoring a pro-BDS approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, even though it claimed it was making no recommendations.
The Board of Deputies of British Jews made strenuous efforts to influence the process and steer the 800,000-strong Church into a more neutral approach on boycott, divestment and sanctions, or at least one which had a more muted line, but it was clear the board’s attempts had failed.
In the just released nine-page briefing paper, the Methodists stressed that having considered 2,500 responses and undertaken a joint Jewish-Methodist mission to Israel, they acknowledged that while a BDS approach is “likely to entrench division,” the way forward for their church was one of implementing a nonviolent line so that the government of Israel “must understand that failure to respond to international concerns over compliance with international law with respect to the occupied territories will come at a cost.”
They attempt, however, to allay Jewish and Israeli concerns about a pro-boycott stance by saying that there are Jews and Jewish organizations that “support some form of BDS,” implying that view is commonly held or even a majority view.
And they are dismissive of claims that a consumer boycott of Israel could cause economic hardship for Palestinians.
“Endorsement of the BDS movement by major Palestinian trades unions and farmers unions indicates that many Palestinians take the view that the pain inflicted by BDS is necessary to achieve rights in the longer term.”
Their report will be submitted to the Methodists conference due to take place in June. Its authors appear to just take note of Jewish community concerns before arguing that the benefits of a “pro BDS” line, regardless of its origins, is one worthy for the Church to follow.
A spokesman for the Israel Embassy in London maintained that the Methodists report was “harmful and divisive” and would help neither Palestinians nor Israelis in their quest for peace.
The Board of Deputies reflected on the “flawed process” followed by the Methodists as they had “only considered BDS” and not alternatives which promote peace.
“It only deepens divisions,” the board said.
The report was both “skewed and problematic,” the board said. But the board, which had already severed ties with the Church over the issue, appears still to believe it could influence its outlook, but as of now trying to win over the British Methodists in the battle against the advancing tide of BDS has failed. (Jerusalem Post 04/05/14)
When, I wonder, will the people who make up the committee call for sanctions against the Palestinians in Gaza who have fired 108 rockets and mortars into Israel between January 1st 2014 and April 21st 2014, and over 8000 since the Israelis withdrew from Gaza in the “Land for Peace” deal of 2005? Appeasement did not work with Hitler, it’s not working now!
Once again the Methodist Church will be asked at Conference to approve a move to touch Israel, the apple of God’s eye. I hope the representatives to Conference will have the wisdom to oppose the motion.