‘We’ll take over the Likud, we’ll take over the country’: Far-right Israeli MK Moshe Feiglin honored in New York City

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Israeli MK Moshe Feiglin (center) speaks with a supporter last night in Queens at a dinner held in his honor (Photo: Alex Kane)

Moshe Feiglin was the star last night in Queens, New York. The far-right Israeli activist, West Bank settler and newly minted Member of Knesset (MK) wined and dined with some of his most ardent supporters in Fresh Meadows, an affluent neighborhood in Queens with a large Jewish community. Feiglin wore a white shirt with a red tie and worked the room, shaking hands and taking pictures with American Jewish supporters of his Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership) movement. Feiglin was in his element, even though he had only recently touched down in New York and was heading right back to Israel that same night. Members of the audience received free professional pictures, which Feiglin signed throughout the night.

The mostly forty-and-up crowd had paid good money, and they now got to spend an intimate evening with their hero, who spoke about his plans to lead Israel and also touched on President Obama’s upcoming visit. The dinner was the latest example of how the far-right of the American Jewish community–a minority that remains influential–play an outsize role in fueling some of the most destructive elements of Israeli politics. In this case, the dinner, and the cash that went along with it, was held for the purposes of honoring a politician who advocates paying Palestinians to leave their land as well as destroying Palestinian infrastructure.

“We’ll take over the Likud, we’ll take over the country,” vowed Feiglin.

The event cost at least $120 to get in, and some paid even more with a “diamond” reservation going for $1,000. The money, according to one attendee who was a supporter of Feiglin, was going to the U.S. arm of Manhigut Yehudit, which has helped Feiglin’s political campaign with money from American supporters. They have a PO Box in Cedarhurst, New York (on Long Island), the location of what the party calls its “international” home.

The scene played out in Fresh Meadows’ Chateau Steakhouse and the room was packed with about 100 supporters of Manhigut Yehudit. Feiglin was being honored by the Americans who had backed him every step of the way, a journey that has taken him from riling up right-wing Israeli activists in protest of the Oslo Accords to the halls of the Knesset.

“Here’s our member of Knesset, standing in the heart of Queens,” announced Shmuel Sackett, a longtime friend and associate of Feiglin who was born in the U.S. and also lives in a West Bank settlement in addition to his New York home. Both Sackett and Feiglin were supporters of the virulently racist Rabbi Meir Kahane, who was assassinated in 1990. In 2010, Feiglin said “I believe most of the things Rabbi Kahane said were true” and just recently reaffirmed his support for Kahane. Sackett is the former executive director of the banned Israeli political party Kahane Chai.

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Moshe Feiglin stands with his close friend Shmuel Sackett (Photo: Alex Kane)

It was a “special evening” for Feiglin, as Sackett put it. Feiglin frequently comes to New York for annual dinners with his supporters. But this was the first time he was coming as a Member of the Israeli Knesset.

The audience, which was composed of people who, for the most part, knew each other, clapped at Sackett’s introduction to Feiglin.

The dinner attendees represented a vibrant right-wing Zionist community in New York that rears its head every time a prominent Palestine-related event is announced. Helen Freedman, the executive director of Americans for a Safe Israel and a ubiquitous presence at right-wing Israel events, was thanked for her longtime support of Feiglin by Sackett; she was part of the gaggle of Israel advocates who stood with Assemblyman Dov Hikind to smear and intimidate the students organizing the Brooklyn College event on the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

A Jewish Leadership movement supporter sitting next to me struck up a conversation and explained that Feiglin visits them every year. He, along with the other audience members, were big supporters of Feiglin who had given money to Feiglin’s most recent successful primary campaign, which led to his seat in the Knesset. According to the Jewish Daily Forward, Feiglin garnered $20,000 from American Jews in 2012 in the run-up to the Likud primary, which Feiglin rival Benjamin Netanyahu won.

While the $20,000 is not a large sum, it is only a fraction of the amount that American Jewish supporters have given to Feiglin’s movement over the years. According to a New York Times feature on tax-exempt American funds used for West Bank settlement growth, the U.S. arm of Manhigut Yehudit has raised $5.2 million over the past few years. Some of that money has gone to Mahigut Yehudit “community facilities,” some of which are indeed located in illegal settlements, like the extremist Kiryat Arba colony in Hebron. The Times reported that the U.S. group “skates close” to violating American law, since it is prohibited to use “charitable funds for political purposes at home or abroad.”

Given Feiglin’s ambition to be Israel’s prime minister, he will need a lot more cash in the future from his supporters in the U.S.

Before Feiglin took the stage, Sackett introduced a promotional film lauding Feiglin. When an image of Meir Kahane came on the screen, some audience members clapped. And when the film intoned that the Israeli mainstream derided Feiglin as someone who wants to “expel” Palestinians, one audience member yelled out a “woo!” while another clapped. The film followed Feiglin from his early days as the leader of the Zo Artzeinu (This is our land) movement, which used civil disobedience to protest the Oslo Accords. Feiglin was arrested and tried for sedition for his acts with Zo Artzeinu, and was sentenced to six months of community service.

Some of the film was devoted to his quest to gain leadership of the Likud party from within, a choice that some other right-wing Zionists have questioned.

Benjamin Netanyahu is quoted in the film as saying “he doesn’t belong” in Likud. Netanyahu is surely worried that Feiglin’s brazen disdain for Palestinians and ardent advocacy for Jewish control of the Temple Mount–Feiglin wants to
“expel the Moslem wakf from the Temple Mount and restore exclusive Israeli sovereignty over the Mount”–can only mean trouble for Israel’s international image. Feiglin seems to cares little about Israel’s image and wants the country to stop receiving American aid. While Feiglin’s vow to “take over the country” may appear to be electioneering bluster his power has certainly increased in recent years. Feiglin is part of a right-flank in Likud that wants to expel the old-guard members who cared for the semblance of Israeli democracy (for Jews only, of course), and they have had some success. The Likud party establishment even promoted Feiglin during the last campaign as a way to stave off the threat from the Jewish Home party.

Feiglin took the stage as members of the audience ate dinner. Although he didn’t make any surprising remarks, his disdain for President Barack Obama and the Palestinians shone through. His most controversial ideas were left out of the speech. Feiglin advocates for paying Palestinians to leave their land, whom he has described as “inferior” and “parasites.” He refuses to acknowledge that the Palestinians are a people, and has said that Israel should cut off water and electricity to those living in the occupied territories. In response to attacks from Palestinian militants, Feiglin wants to conquer “the area whose residents instigated the violence, their deportation and destruction of the area’s infrastructure.”

“We’ve just reached the beginning,” of a journey, Feiglin told the adoring crowd. “I feel like you’re family. What can I tell you? I love you all.”

Feiglin said that “if I will not be the head of the Likud next time, the Likud will lose.” Towards the end of his remarks, he turned to the upcoming Obama visit. It was striking that Feiglin would refer to the president as “Barack Hussein Obama” in New York; you could feel the racism directed against a man who has protected Israel from diplomatic opprobrium time and time again and whose administration is giving Israel more aid than past administrations. Feiglin’s constant advocacy for Jonathan Pollard, the American spy for Israel who is a cause celebre on the Israeli right, was also on display. “If God forbid [Obama] will come without Pollard, he will speak to my empty chair, and I hope my chair will not be the only empty chair,” Feiglin said to applause, repeating an earlier vow to boycott Obama’s speech if Pollard remained in jail. He predicted that Obama’s visit will bring “tremendous pressure” and that “we should all be prepared for rough times.”

Only a short part of his prepared remarks were devoted to the “enemies” of Israel, but the question and answer session garnered a vow from Feiglin to never say hello to MK Haneen Zoabi–a sentiment that sounds similar to the so-called moderate Yair Lapid’s sneering remark that he would not work with the “Haneen Zoabiz.” Feiglin also predicted that both Lapid’s Yesh Atid party and Naftali Bennett’s HaBayit HaYehudi (Jewish Home) party would join Netanyahu’s coalition. And Feiglin reaffirmed his commitment to continue to pray at the Muslim holy site of the Noble Sanctuary, which the MK frequently visits and prays at, for which he has been arrested. Due to the sensitive nature of the religious site, Israeli authorities prohibit Jews from praying in the area.

Before I left for the night, I caught up with Feiglin for a brief interview, though he was reluctant since he was tired. Our conversation turned to Obama and how Feiglin thinks the visit will bring “a plan” for a two-state solution, which the MK called a recipe for “bloodshed.”

I asked, what should happen to the Palestinians if there is no two-state solution?

He looked at me like I was an idiot.

Feiglin then responded with something to the effect of, “who are you talking about?” (Since the restaurant was loud this part of my interview is jumbled in the audio.)

Feiglin pointedly refused to say “Palestinian” throughout the evening, which is no surprise considering he is on the record as saying:

“there is no Palestinian nation. There is only an Arab-speaking public which has suddenly identified itself as a people, a negative of the Zionist movement, parasites.”

When I said that Palestinians live under military occupation and have no rights, he asked me, “where did they live before?” After replying that they lived in historic Palestine, he lectured me to “go learn history” and read Joan Peters’ From Time Immemorial.

Feiglin also reaffirmed his plan to pay Palestinians to leave the occupied territories, and said that 50% would willingly leave.

That’s one of the signature ideas of the man who is a member of Israel’s ruling party and who has vowed to take it over. Last night in New York Feiglin made clear he does not want to stop at taking over the Likud — he wants the whole country.

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  1. eljay
    February 26, 2013, 11:23 am

    >> Last night in New York Feiglin made clear he does not want to stop at taking over the Likud — he wants the whole country.

    y.f. will be thrilled to know that hard-core Zio-supremacism is alive and well and, as a result, the world is not yet a boring place.

    • MK_Ultra
      February 27, 2013, 8:20 pm

      Did Obama attend the event to bow and pay his respects to the masters?

  2. Woody Tanaka
    February 26, 2013, 12:14 pm

    Huh. Damnest thing. A Nazi who’s also a Jew. Who would have though such a thing was possible?

    • thankgodimatheist
      February 26, 2013, 8:04 pm

      “A Nazi who’s also a Jew. Who would have though such a thing was possible?”
      A friend who’s a Jew laughs at me when I say such things. “Don’t be so naive” he says. “There’s no reason for a Jew not to be a Nazi. Look at the hard-core settlers.”

    • Citizen
      February 27, 2013, 12:17 am

      Hence the term “zionazi.”

  3. talknic
    February 26, 2013, 12:18 pm

    These people are quite insane.

  4. Abdul-Rahman
    February 26, 2013, 12:24 pm

    Feiglin is a fascist liar and moron; who according to the most recent studies is more then likely of Khazar ancestry himself (so it is certainly humorous to see his baseless lies against the INDIGENOUS Palestinian people).

    link to gbe.oxfordjournals.org Johns Hopkins University geneticist Dr. Eran Elhaik, Ph.D. “The Missing Link of Jewish European Ancestry: Contrasting the Rhineland and the Khazarian Hypotheses”

    link to google.com

    Gene study settles debate over origin of European Jews (AFP) – Jan 16, 2013

    As for the indigenous Palestinian people, scholar Professor Emeritus Alan Dowty of Notre Dame University writes; “Palestinians are the descendants of all the indigenous peoples who lived in Palestine over the centuries; since the seventh century, they have been predominantly Muslim in religion and almost completely Arab in language and culture.” Dowty, Alan (2008). Israel/Palestine. London, UK: Polity. p. 221. link to books.google.com

    But of course none of the FACTS or REALITY are of interest to a vapid, ignoramus, fascist moron like Feiglin who we can see is still promoting the utterly debunked propaganda nonsense of Joan Peters (from the 1980s) that Norman Finkelstein and then Professor Yehoshua Porath (even) completely refuted beyond all doubt!

    link to mondoweiss.net

    Professor Yehoshua Porath’s article that has correctly been termed the Coup de grâce for Peters’ lies: link to nybooks.com

    • Avi_G.
      February 26, 2013, 7:18 pm

      An Israeli scholar has recently confirmed the Khazar reference in a genetic study he conducted.

      Among its conclusions, the study concluded that it was actually current-day Palestinians who were genetically closer to the so-called ancient, historical Jews.

      So the whole returning to our homeland after centuries of exile claim is nonsense.

      It’s no different than my claiming to have had French ancestry, changing my name to Maurice and subsequently demanding French citizenship and a villa on the French Riviera.

    • piotr
      February 26, 2013, 11:14 pm

      I personally do not like Khazar arguments. Number one, from study to study the estimate of the Khazarian component in Ashkenazi ancestry varies quite a bit. More importantly: should it matter?

      Covenant of the Creator with Jews matters only to Jews and some rather strange Christians. Jews have no more moral right to restore the Kingdom of David than the Welch have the right to restore the Kingdom of Arthur. Thus there is no difference between “return” and “reconquest” and “reconquest” and “conquest”. UN charter abolished the conquest as a legitimate method of expanding the territory.

    • sardelapasti
      February 27, 2013, 12:33 am

      Abdurrahman and Avi:
      It really is of no interest at all if Feigling’s ancestry contained Khazars or Martians (the latter more likely!)
      He or his immediate ancestry were not born on Palestinian land, and if he himself was, that was the result of illegal immigration opposed by the owners of the land. Period.

      I’d be delighted to put an oar in the discussion of statistical genetics in some specialized site. I don’t think that MW is a medical journal, or that ancestry arguments can ever be considered politically valid outside some racist, Zionist group.

      • James Canning
        February 28, 2013, 7:38 pm

        Doesn’t Germany allow the “return” of Germans who left Saxony (orother German states) many centuries ago?

        Spain favors people of Spanish descent, for “return” to Spain.

        Etc.

        I think the historical factor is important, to enable one to see the broader picture.

      • Hostage
        March 1, 2013, 10:42 pm

        Doesn’t Germany allow the “return” of Germans who left Saxony (orother German states) many centuries ago?

        The German government allows, but discourages the immigration of so called “ethnic Germans”. In contrast, the Jews who had their citizenship revoked under the Nuremberg laws are simply “re-naturalized” and aren’t treated as returning “immigrants”.

        Israelis invariably talk about Palestinians as if they were tourists in Palestine prior to 1948. In fact, Israel adopted laws exactly like the Nazi Nuremberg code to deprive them of their citizenship, homes, lands, and property.

      • leenb
        March 3, 2013, 3:10 am

        No, Germany grants automatic citizenship if the mother or father is a German citizen. However there has been some rules to amend this (German citizens born after 1999 in a foreign country cannot pass downt heir citizenship if their child is born in another foreign country, unless they register within one year of their birth).
        However, this does not extend to those whose citizenship were stripped as result of Nazi persecution. They can apply for re-naturalization without having to live in Germany again.

      • Hostage
        March 3, 2013, 9:51 am

        The German government allows, but discourages the immigration of so called “ethnic Germans”. . . . No, Germany grants automatic citizenship if the mother or father is a German citizen.

        No, I was talking about members of ethnic German communities, living outside the republic, who have never been citizens of Germany. They became the subject of new restrictions, including yearly caps or quotas in 1991:

        Ethnic Germans

        Ethnic Germans have immigrated to Germany since the end of World War II. At first, these immigrants were Germans who had resided in areas that had formerly been German territory. Later, the offspring of German settlers who in previous centuries had settled in areas of Eastern Europe and Russia came to be regarded as ethnic Germans and as such had the right to German citizenship according to Article 116 of the Basic Law. Because they became citizens immediately upon arrival in Germany, ethnic Germans received much financial and social assistance to ease their integration into society. Housing, vocational training, and many other types of assistance, even language training–because many did not know the language of their forebears–were liberally provided.

        With the gradual opening of the Soviet empire in the 1980s, the numbers of ethnic Germans coming to West Germany swelled. In the mid-1980s, about 40,000 came each year. In 1987 the number doubled and in 1988 doubled again. In 1990 nearly 400,000 ethnic Germans came to the Federal Republic. In the 1991-93 period, about 400,000 ethnic Germans settled in Germany. Since January 1993, immigration of ethnic Germans has been limited to 220,000 per year.

        Because this influx could no longer be managed, especially because of the vast expense of unification, restrictions on the right of ethnic Germans to return to Germany became effective in January 1991. Under the new restrictions, once in Germany ethnic Germans are assigned to certain areas. If they leave these areas, they lose many of their benefits and are treated as if they were foreigners. The government has also established programs to encourage the estimated several million ethnic Germans who still live in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe to remain there. Although ethnic Germans are entitled to German citizenship by virtue of their bloodlines, to many Germans they do not seem German, and their social integration has frequently been difficult.:

        link to countrystudies.us

  5. seafoid
    February 26, 2013, 12:43 pm

    I hope he does take over the Likud. I hope they win over 50% of the vote at the next election. I wish them godspeed over the cliff.

    • JennieS
      February 26, 2013, 3:31 pm

      That was my thought too seafoid.

      • seafoid
        February 26, 2013, 4:05 pm

        Feiglin and his henchmen are the reason the Zurich Jewish club in Switzerland has a security man at the door.

        Rabid land-fetishing Zionism is bad for Jews.

      • MK_Ultra
        February 27, 2013, 8:15 pm

        Would that security doorman be one Avigdor Lie-berman by any chance? Now that he’s out of a job, he may need the extra cash on indulge on all that good imported Russian vodka. :)

    • MRW
      February 26, 2013, 7:07 pm

      Me too , Seafoid. I want him to really feel his oats and entertain ideas of being the PM of the world. In other words, lotsa lotsa rope.

      • seafoid
        February 27, 2013, 12:48 am

        All the ideologically pure Bots like Feiglin who get a lungful of mountain air in the West Bank and think they can do anything without the americans, that “Jewish power” will suffice, are for the birds. They don’t understand how the Israeli economy works. YESHA is built on the margins of the work of others – It isn’t even remotely self financing.

        Jewish Destiny is such a trap.

    • Ecru
      February 27, 2013, 5:35 am

      Yeah me too. “..and when his time comes I shall buy a piece of the rope for a keepsake.

  6. yourstruly
    February 26, 2013, 12:56 pm

    racial hatred?

    a slippery slope that can lead to genocide?

    racist israel?

    half-way there?

  7. Tzombo
    February 26, 2013, 1:22 pm

    Which country is that?

  8. James Canning
    February 26, 2013, 2:11 pm

    Important piece. Bravo.

    And yes, the “Palestinians” have lived in Palestine for two thousand years, and more.

    • seafoid
      February 26, 2013, 3:26 pm

      I thought you knew your history, James. The so called “Palestinians” all arrived in 1885 in a minibus from Syria after they heard Wal Mart were offering jobs in Tel Aviv.

      Dimadok’s parents left that year after 7000 years in the old city and moved to Russia. They didn’t like Wal Mart.

      • JennieS
        February 27, 2013, 12:20 am

        Great comment, I had a good chuckle!

        On a more serious note the ‘replacement theory’ of political, religous and cultural change has lost a lot of its authority in recent years. Hebrew scripture is the first written enunciation of this theory (that I know of anyway) i.e. the Israelites completely replaced the Caananites, Hivites, Hittites and all the other …ites. Modern archaeology (not conducted by Jewish or Christian Zionists) suggests that the Israelites were a Caananite tribe, or collection of tribes. Modern Palestinian ‘Arabs’ are almost certainly the decendants of the earliest humans to settle in the area plus all the other peoples that have conquered or traded or settled in the area. When the Arabian armies conquered the area a few more Arabian bloodlines were added to the mix, many Christian Palestinians converted to Islam just as many Jewish Palestinians converted to Christianity when that became the official religion of Rome. Arabic also largely replaced Aramaic, Greek, Latin as the dominant language.
        While it is perfectly true that Judaism has been practiced continuosly in the area since its invention it is not true to claim that all modern Jews have their ancestral roots there. A hint of ancient Caanan sure – religions, especially minority religions, do not spread by magic, but most of the worlds Jews are likely to share the bloodlines of the societies in which their more recent ancestors lived.

      • seafoid
        February 27, 2013, 9:46 am

        Replacement theory can’t be valid. Take the people who live in Turkey. Are they all from Central Asia or do most have roots in Anatolia ?

      • MK_Ultra
        February 27, 2013, 8:13 pm

        You may want to read this essay — and the book it’s based on — which expands (actually contradicts) your comment. I haven’t read the book but after reading the article, I’m buying it.

        “The invention of the Jewish people”
        link to tinyurl.com

      • James Canning
        February 28, 2013, 4:00 pm

        Most have roots in Anatolia.

  9. James Canning
    February 26, 2013, 2:13 pm

    Feiglin reminds us all of the “ethnic cleansing” programme for the West Bank, that underlies the insane programme of illegal colonies being built in occupied Palestine.

  10. Dan Crowther
    February 26, 2013, 2:30 pm

    I’ll be rooting for this cat, he’ll expedite the end of the zionist project in palestine

    • Keith
      February 27, 2013, 12:30 am

      DAN CROWTHER- Careful for what you wish for. The best laid plans of mice and men oft go awry!

  11. American
    February 26, 2013, 3:00 pm

    It’s a real shame to have a fine team of US Seal assassins and not use them.
    However I’m sure if he starts to threaten the other crazy, Netyanhau, the Mossad will make sure he has an accident in prisoner x cell.

    • kalithea
      February 27, 2013, 4:14 am

      There’s no such thing as a “good” Zionist which some express as a more “liberal” Zionist; they all just play different roles enabling and creating the same ugly and tragic outcome. Prisoner x no doubt came to that conclusion…both routes, hopeless.

      • Annie Robbins
        February 27, 2013, 10:14 pm

        There’s no such thing as a “good” Zionist

        i don’t believe that. i don’t agree with zionism but i believe some of those people are good people who just bought into a bad game. i don’t think we’re helping ourselves by believing every person who believes in the myth is bad. i just think it’s been years of programing and hope and fantasy and an ideal and many of those people have been shielded from the truth. some of those people are 6 and 7 years old. are they bad? you can’t go thru life imagining all your ideological opponents are bad people.

    • Ecru
      February 27, 2013, 5:36 am

      I don’t know about that. The Settlers have been busy infiltrating the IDF, I’m pretty sure they haven’t neglected Mossad.

  12. kayq
    February 26, 2013, 5:44 pm

    “And when the film intoned that the Israeli mainstream derided Feiglin as someone who wants to “expel” Palestinians, one audience member yelled out a “woo!” while another clapped. ”

    Ugh.

    But surprise, surprise another far-right racist settler leader. He wants to destroy the Aqsa mosque (or was that Bennett? Wait, what’s the difference?). He wants Palestinians to leave, and he even referred to them in the most derogatory manner.

    But oh wait, he repeated the same words as ex-Israeli PM Golda Meir. But I guess he is right, who are the Palestinians? Where did they come from? Didn’t they arrive here on a boat during 1948? Arabs from Arabia? They just did that to destroy Israel, anti-semites!/sarcasm

    Ironically with Israeli’s though, they deny that there ever was a Palestinian people when their descendants who lived in Palestine prior to the creation of Israel referred to themselves as “Palestinian Jews”. To them, they’re just Arabs. I like to question though (excluding Pal. population of Israel) if Israeli’s are just Jews, then why do they have a national identity? Why aren’t Palestinians allowed a national identity? Ironically, Palestinians don’t exist and are just Arabs, however they do not question the national identity of surrounding Arab countries.

    This is all to deligitimise Palestinian ties to the land.

    I actually hope he does take over as leader of Likud. It will lead to the fastest fall of the country.

    Also if that Muhammad movie caused such an uproar from Muslims, then imagine the destruction of Al Aqsa. That would cause the biggest uproar ever, but nevermind, I suppose the American MSM would ignore it and say “Those savages! It’s just a mosque”

    Yet that same media would probably turn a blind eye if Israeli destroyed Christian structural buildings in Jerusalem. Actually, that’s probably the only reason Israel hasn’t yet, so it doesn’t lose its following of Christian Zio’s.

    • Hostage
      February 27, 2013, 8:12 am

      Yet that same media would probably turn a blind eye if Israeli destroyed Christian structural buildings in Jerusalem. Actually, that’s probably the only reason Israel hasn’t yet, so it doesn’t lose its following of Christian Zio’s.

      The US media already does turn a blind eye to the situation. The EU Consuls in Jerusalem annual report highlighted the problem:

      A large portion of the report deals with Israeli restrictions on Muslim and Christian religious practice in Jerusalem and accuses Israel of attempting to change the character of Jerusalem as a city sacred to the three faiths. The Israeli government “selectively enforces legal and policy restrictions on religious freedoms and on access in particular for Christian and Muslim worshippers to their holy sites in Jerusalem/Old City,” the report states.

      The consuls direct special attention to the cooperation between the right-wing group Elad and the Israel Antiquities Authority, determining that the purpose of this collaboration is to promote “a partisan historical narrative, placing emphasis on the biblical and Jewish connotations of the area while neglecting the Christian/Muslim claims of historic-archaeological ties to the same place.”

      The authors said it seems that an attempt is being made to use archaeology to erase Muslim and Christian connections to the city, and that the “overreaching purpose of such a pre-programmed approach to the presence of archaeological evidence in the area seems to be a concerted effort by pro-settler groups to use archaeology to enhance an exclusively Jewish narrative on Jerusalem.”

      The consuls say 2012 saw a rise in the number of violent incidents on the Temple Mount and a sharp increase in “the frequency and visibility of visits by Jewish radical political and religious groups, often in a provocative manner.”

      link to haaretz.com

  13. Avi_G.
    February 26, 2013, 7:37 pm

    We’ll take over the Likud, we’ll take over the country

    They have already taken over — and by now fully control — the so-called ‘security’ apparatus in Israel.

    So, for them to control the country isn’t that far fetched.

    They simply need to fill in the Knesset seats and their job will be near complete.

  14. Elliot
    February 26, 2013, 9:25 pm

    Assuming that most of the attendees were not at the “diamond” level and taking out the non-paying entourage/family/friends and deducting the cost of the evening….Feiglin likely made less than $10,000 for the evening.
    If this is what they get when they fly the leader in for the evening, how do the settlers get to raise the millions that the New York Times reports?

    • Avi_G.
      February 27, 2013, 12:55 am

      There’s the added value of networking, just like in any other venue. Networking alone has the potential of guaranteeing vast amounts of future donations for these scum, well beyond an instant $10,000 (assuming that’s what they really made).

    • MK_Ultra
      February 27, 2013, 7:55 pm

      …how do the settlers get to raise the millions that the New York Times reports?

      Migration & Refugee Assistance

      Since 1973, Israel has received grants from the State Department’s Migration and Refugee Assistance fund (MRA) to assist in the resettlement of migrants to Israel. Funds are paid to the United Israel Appeal, a private philanthropic organization in the United States, which in turn transfers the funds to the Jewish Agency for Israel.71 Between 1973 and 1991, the United States gave about $460 million for resettling Jewish refugees in Israel. Annual amounts have varied from a low of $12 million to a high of $80 million, based on the number of Jews leaving the former Soviet Union and other areas for Israel. The Migration and Refugee funds for Israel are earmarked by Congress; the Administration usually does not request specific amounts of Migration and Refugee assistance for Israel

      Table 2. Migration and Refugee Assistance Funding Levels

      FY2000: $60 million
      FY2001: $60 million
      FY2003: $60 million
      FY2004: $59.6 million
      FY2005: $49.7 million
      FY2006: $50 million
      FY2007: $40 million
      FY2008: $40 million
      FY2009: $30 million
      FY2010: $25 million
      FY2011: $25 million
      FY2012 $20 million
      FY2013 Request $15 million

      Source: U.S. State Department.

      Note: The level of funding reflects a decline in need due to the decreasing numbers of migrants to Israel.

      link to fpc.state.gov

      In case that helps.

  15. DICKERSON3870
    February 26, 2013, 9:36 pm

    RE: “Feiglin was being honored by the Americans who had backed him every step of the way, a journey that has taken him from riling up right-wing Israeli activists in protest of the Oslo Accords to the halls of the Knesset.” – Alex Kane

    TO MORE FULLY UNDERSTAND WHAT THESE AMERICANS WERE HONORING, CONSIDER THIS FROM WIKIPEDIA [Moshe Feiglin]:

    [EXCERPTS] Moshe Zalman Feiglin (Hebrew משה פייגלין, born 1962) is an Israeli politician, head of the Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership) faction of the Likud party in Israel. Widely quoted in Israeli media, Feiglin is considered a political hardliner with a unique political perspective that emphasizes policies that reflect Israel’s Jewish identity.
    In 1993, Moshe Feiglin co-founded the Zo Artzeinu (“This [is] our Land/Country”) movement with Shmuel Sackett to protest the Oslo Accords. On August 8, 1995, 80 intersections throughout the country were blocked in a massive act of civil disobedience against the Oslo process. As a result of his activities, Feiglin was sentenced to six months in prison in 1997 for sedition against the state by Israel’s Supreme Court. The sentence was later commuted to community service.[1] . . .
    . . . Several left-wing commentators have depicted Feiglin as fascist,[8][9][10] but for his part, Feiglin rejects this label, claiming that he is fighting fascism [so-called Liberal Fascism no doubt ~ J.L.D.] himself.[11][12][13][14]
    . . . In an article in Ha’aretz, Yossi Sarid quoted Feiglin, in the context of demonstrations against the democratically chosen Oslo accords, as saying, “Hitler was an unparalleled military genius. Nazism promoted Germany from a low to a fantastic physical and ideological status. The ragged, trashy youth body turned into a neat and orderly part of society and Germany received an exemplary regime, a proper justice system and public order. Hitler savored good music. He would paint. This was no bunch of thugs. They merely used thugs and homosexuals.” Feiglin clarified his position to the Maariv newspaper that just because he considers Hitler a military genius this does not mean he admires him.[1] In an interview on Israeli television Feiglin accused Sarid and other left-wing journalists of a smear campaign against him by quoting him out of context. He explained his point as saying that just because Germany was a democracy does not give legitimacy to what Hitler had done.[30]
    Feiglin is banned from entering the United Kingdom due to a decision by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, made public in March 2008, excluding Feiglin on the grounds that his presence in the country “would not be conducive to the public good.”[31] A letter to Feiglin from the Home Office said that Smith based her decision on an assessment that his activities “foment or justify terrorist violence in furtherance of particular beliefs; seek to provoke others to terrorist acts; foment other serious criminal activity or seek to provoke others to serious criminal acts and foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the UK.”[32][33] Feiglin responded, “Seeing that renowned terrorists like Hizbullah member Ibrahim Mousawi are welcomed in your country in open arms, I understand that your policy is aimed at encouraging and supporting terror.[34] . . .

    SOURCE – link to en.wikipedia.org

    • DICKERSON3870
      February 26, 2013, 9:46 pm

      P.S. ALSO SEE: “Feiglin New Rightist Power Behind Likud Throne”, by Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam, 12/27/08

      [EXCERPTS] Gershom Gorenberg has written a stunner of a political appraisal of the role Moshe Feiglin and his far-right allies will play in Likud before and especially after the next national election. Feiglin is an Orthodox extremist settler leader who toiled in the political trenches of far-right splinter parties until he cottoned on to an idea David Duke had some time ago. Instead of laboring in political obscurity, take over the major party nearest to your ideology. In this case it was Likud.
      In the last leadership primary [back in 2008], Feiglin (remember again that his views are somewhat akin to Duke’s in an Israeli context) garnered 25% of the vote to embarrass Netanyahu deeply. In the most recent primary, Feiglin and his allies chipped away further at the party leader: not only did Feiglin place 20th on the list which would’ve made him a certain MK winner (party leaders later used technicalities to move him to 36th), but many of his ideological soulmates placed high in the list as well. Gorenberg argues that no matter how centrist Netanyahu tries to paint the party, the newly empowered extremists will weigh him down like an albatross. The Israeli journalist speculates that even IF (a big “if”) Netanyahu would want to engage in territorial compromise with the Palestinians after becoming prime minister, the rump right wing caucus could muster the support to nix such an initiative or anything that even smacks of craven capitulation to the enemy.

      Here are some of the more shocking beliefs that Feiglin holds:

      On the Jewish Leadership website, [he] proposes principles for a constitution for Israel. It would include a high rabbinic court, chosen only by clergy, that would overturn any legislation it saw as contradicting Jewish religious law. A newly established senate, with a guaranteed Jewish majority of over 80 percent, would have to consult the rabbinic court on all national issues. Israel would lay claim not only to the West Bank and Gaza, but also to all of Jordan.
      . . . He proposes . . . holding a ceremony at every army base in which all non-lethal weaponry would be destroyed. Faced with Palestinian demonstrators, soldiers could only shoot to kill. . . Another Feiglin tract contrasts parliamentary democracy with an “authentic Jewish regime” that would express the “organic unity of the Nation of Israel.” Put simply, Feiglin’s ideology is the meeting point of fundamentalism and fascism.

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – link to richardsilverstein.com

      P.P.S. AND SEE THESE TWO:

      “Bogie Yaalon’s Excellent Adventure with Feiglin, Kahane Kids”, by Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam, 8/17/09
      LINK – link to richardsilverstein.com

      “Yaalon Looks to Fascist Right for Support in Likud Leadership Struggle”, by Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam, 8/20/09
      LINK – link to richardsilverstein.com

      • DICKERSON3870
        February 26, 2013, 10:04 pm

        P.P.P.S. RE: Another Feiglin tract contrasts parliamentary democracy with an “authentic Jewish regime” that would express the “organic unity of the Nation of Israel.” ~ Gorenberg as quoted by Silverstein (from above)

        MY COMMENT: As a general rule, when you see the word “organic” used in this kind of a political/nationalistic context, look closely for signs of fascism. The word “organic” used in such a context frequently seems to be some kind of a fascistic ‘dog whistle’.

        SEE WIKIPEDIA [Revisionist Zionism]:

        [EXCERPTS] Revisionist Zionism is a nationalist faction within the Zionist movement. It is the founding ideology of the non-religious right in Israel, and was the chief ideological competitor to the dominant socialist Labor Zionism. Revisionism is the precursor of the Likud Party.[1] . . .
        . . . Up to 1933, a number of members from the national-messianist wing of Revisionism were
        inspired by the fascist movement of Benito Mussolini.
        Abba Ahimeir [founder of the Revisionist Maximalist faction of the Zionist Revisionist Movement - J.L.D.] was attracted to fascism for its staunch anti-communism and its focus on rebuilding the glory of the past, which national-messianists such as Uri Zvi Greenberg felt had much connection to their view of what the Revisionist movement should be.
        [citation needed]
        Abba Ahimeir’s ideology was based in Oswald Spengler’s monumental study on the decline of the West, but his Zionist orientation caused him to adapt its ultimate conclusions. Achimeir’s basic assumption was that liberal bourgeois European culture was degenerate, and deeply eroded from within by an excess of liberalism and individualism. Socialism and communism were portrayed as “overcivilized” ideologies. Fascism on the other hand, like Zionism, was a return to the roots of the national culture and the historical past. According to Achimeir, Italian Fascism was not anti-Semitic or anti-Zionist, whereas communist ideology and praxis were intrinsically so.[citation needed]
        He also developed a favorable attitude toward fascist praxis and its psycho-politics, such as the principle of the all-powerful leader, the use of propaganda to generate a spirit of heroism and duty to the homeland, and the cultivation of youthful vitality (as manifested in the fascist youth movements). . .

        SOURCE – link to en.wikipedia.org

      • DICKERSON3870
        February 26, 2013, 10:17 pm

        RE: He [Achimeir] also developed a favorable attitude toward fascist praxis and its psycho-politics, such as . . . the cultivation of youthful vitality (as manifested in the fascist youth movements). . . ~ the Wikipedia article on i>Revisionist Zionism (from above)

        MY COMMENT: The Revisionist Zionist youth movement Betar is an example of these “fascist youth movements”.

        ● FROM WIKIPEDIA [Betar]:

        (EXCERPT) The Betar Movement (בית”ר, also spelled Beitar) is a Revisionist Zionist youth movement founded in 1923 in Riga, Latvia, by Vladimir (Ze’ev) Jabotinsky. Betar has been traditionally linked to the original Herut and then Likud political parties of Israel, and was closely affiliated with the pre-Israel Revisionist Zionist splinter group Irgun Zevai Leumi. It was one of many right-wing movements and youth groups arising at that time out of a worldwide emergence of fascism.[1] Some of the most prominent politicians of Israel were Betarim in their youth, most notably Prime Ministers Yitzhak Shamir and Menachem Begin, the latter of whom idolized Jabotinsky.[2]. . .
        . . . The group initially praised Mussolini for his anti-communism and fascist principles, leading it to adopt the black uniform shirt of Italian fascism for a short period. Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia, however, was seen as “cowardly” by Betar and led them to break with him shortly after.[8]. . .

        SOURCE – link to en.wikipedia.org

        ● ALSO SEE: “The Hidden History of Zionism”, Chapter 6, by Ralph Schoenman

        [EXCERPT] . . . Mussolini set up squadrons of the Revisionist Zionist youth movement, Betar, in black shirts in emulation of his own Fascist bands.
        When Menachem Begin became chief of Betar, he preferred the brown shirts of the Hitler gangs, a uniform Begin and Betar members wore to all meetings and rallies – at which they greeted each other and opened and closed meetings with the fascist salute. . .

        SOURCE – link to marxists.de

        ● P.S. RE: “Mussolini set up squadrons of the Revisionist Zionist youth movement, Betar, in black shirts in emulation of his own Fascist bands.” ~ from the Wikipedia excerpt above
        • SEE WIKIPEDIA [Blackshirts] – link to en.wikipedia.org
        • AND SEE THIS VIDEO – Mussolini in Color : The Blackshirts [VIDEO, 02:24] – link to youtube.com

  16. Binyamin in Orangeburg
    February 26, 2013, 9:39 pm

    I commend you for highlighting Feiglin’s visit. (Keep in mind he is banned from entry by Britain because of racist incitement. Why not the U.S. as well?)

    I think you underestimate the importance of his Knesset election victory. This is a dramatic turing point in the history of Zionism, because it ruptures the anti-racist consensus that has prevailed since the movement was founded.

    Recall that Kahane had to found his own party to get elected the Knesset in the late 1980s. He was eventually expelled under the provisions of the Anti-Racist Law (known as the Kahane Law), which outlaws racist incitement and empowers the Knesset to expel a member for it.

    Fast forward to 2007, when the first open Kahanist, Michael Ben-Ari, was elected. He too ran on a minor party ticket. Instead of expelling him, though, the Knesset three times voted to expel Arab members, or entire Arab parties.

    Now we have Feiglin, who is elected on the Likud ticket. Moreover, he has twice gotten 23% of the Likud membership’s vote in the primaries.

    Keep in mind that the Zionism of the right wing, going back to Jabotinsky, abjured the racist appeal. Whatever other arguments were made for the Jewish state, no leading political party or politician resorted to stating, as Feiglin has, “You can’t teach a monkey to speak and you can’t teach an Arab to be democratic. You’re dealing with a culture of thieves and robbers. Muhammad, their prophet, was a robber and a killer and a liar. The Arab destroys everything he touches.”

    Of course, there is an inherent racism in the creation of a Jewish state and there is de facto racism in all of Israeli history. But even Begin declared that he was anti-racist, and was never quoted making racist statements about Arabs.

    That Feiglin can run on the ruling party’s ticket and win shows how far Kahanism has come. That the Likud did not insist that he be expelled is a dramatic break with Zionism’s consensus position, which included the mainstream rightwing parties. Of course, he will never be expelled from the Knesset.

    It would be as if David Duke garnered 23% of the Republican primary vote, and was elected on the Republican ticket to the Senate.

    Feiglin is a genocidal maniac. He not only calls for stripping the Arabs citizens of Israel of their citizenship, he advocates they be ethnically cleansed, along with the Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza. His plan to offer monetary incentives is merely a cover for using massive violence to carry out another Naqba.

    I don’t believe I am an alarmist when I say the Palestinians are very vulnerable to an ethnic cleansing or a genocide. Certainly if there were a “mega-terrorist” event, a dirty bomb, a mass killing of Jews, or a nuclear detonation on Israeli soil, the Jews would not hesitate to carry out a final solution to the conflict. Feiglin is creating the new consensus for such an event.

    • JennieS
      February 27, 2013, 12:27 am

      ” (Keep in mind he is banned from entry by Britain because of racist incitement. Why not the U.S. as well?) ”

      I have been most firmly informed on other threads on a number of websites that this is because the US, unlike other countries, is FREE. I don’t know how this freedom fits with trying to deny entry to a Palestinian Oscar nominee – but the being neither American or Jewish I’m probably not terribly clever.

      • talknic
        February 27, 2013, 9:27 am

        JennieS “I’m probably not terribly clever”

        You don’t have to be clever to know right from wrong.

      • john h
        March 3, 2013, 9:34 pm

        “You don’t have to be clever to know right from wrong.” Exactly.

      • Binyamin in Orangeburg
        February 27, 2013, 4:02 pm

        There is no freedom for non-citizens to come onto U.S. soil for the purpose of incitement. The U.S. denied visas to Nazis leaders before the war, as did Great Britain. The U.S. denies entry to people all the time on the grounds that they are likely to incite violence. It’s true that sometimes the U.S. and Britain utilize the exclusion power to keep out people for purely political reasons having nothing to do with incitement. In Feiglin’s case, however, he is actually engaged in racist incitement. He does not deny the racist label. And clearly he wants the Arabs to be transfered from Israel–either to Jordan or to heaven. BTW, you don’t think Britain is a democracy like the U.S.?

  17. DICKERSON3870
    February 26, 2013, 10:51 pm

    RE: “The film followed Feiglin from his early days as the leader of the Zo Artzeinu (This is our land) movement, which used civil disobedience to protest the Oslo Accords. Feiglin was arrested and tried for sedition for his acts with Zo Artzeinu, and was sentenced to six months of community service.” ~ Alex Kane

    SPEAKING OF FILMS: “You break the tiniest rule, you break the entire system.” ~ quote from the film Adam Resurrected spoken by the head nurse (Gina Grey) at a mental institution to a patient (Adam Stein) confined thereto

    • Gina Grey: “There are rules, Adam!”
    • Adam Stein: “Compassion. Mercy. Nurse, what happened to the…”
    • Gina Grey: “You break the tiniest rule, you break the entire system.”

    SOURCE – link to imdb.com

    THE FILM: Adam Resurrected, 2008, R, 106 minutes
    Decades after he survived the Holocaust by becoming a pet “dog” to a brutal concentration camp commandant (Willem Dafoe), Jewish circus entertainer Adam Stein (Jeff Goldblum) finds himself confined to an Israeli mental institution. But when he encounters a feral young boy being held like a dog in the hospital’s basement, Stein discovers a new opportunity to reclaim his humanity. Paul Schrader directs. [The screenplay is adapted from Yoram Kaniuk's novel of the same name published in Israel in 1968.]
    Netflix formats: DVD and Blu-ray
    ● Netflix listing – link to dvd.netflix.com
    ● Internet Movie Database – link to imdb.com
    Adam Resurrected – OFFICIAL TRAILER [VIDEO, 02:02] – link to youtube.com

    The Making of “Adam Resurrected”
    • part 1 [VIDEO, 08:54] – link to youtube.com
    • part 2 [VIDEO, 08:02] – link to youtube.com
    • part 3 [VIDEO, 07:05] – link to youtube.com

  18. Keith
    February 27, 2013, 12:41 am

    “Feiglin was being honored by the Americans who had backed him every step of the way….”

    Israel is the way it is in no small measure because that is the way American Jewish Zionists want it to be.

    “For Israel’s new American Jewish ‘supporter,’ however, such talk bordered on heresy: an independent Israel at peace with its neighbors was worthless; an Israel aligned with currents in the Arab world seeking independence from the United States was a disaster. Only an Israeli Sparta beholden to American power would do, because only then could US Jewish leaders act as spokesmen for American imperial ambitions.” (Norman Finkelstein)

    • seafoid
      February 27, 2013, 6:49 am

      “Israel is the way it is in no small measure because that is the way American Jewish Zionists want it to be.”

      But so few go to Israel. It’s so vicarious. The fantasy “they” who kick sand in the face of Palestinians.

  19. kalithea
    February 27, 2013, 4:01 am

    If Zionists could only see the effects of Zionism in the same light that normal humans viewed pod creatures in “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” they might understand the evil that possesses them and do everything in their power to rid themselves of it, i.e. view it as the good Jew held hostage by the Zionist pod. But alas, there’s no such pod to blame this aberration on. It’s all self-made and therefore much harder to destroy.

    • peeesss
      February 27, 2013, 12:31 pm

      “Here’s our member of Knesset, standing in the heart of Queens,” announced Shmuel Sackett, a longtime friend and associate of Feiglin . “OUR”. Doesn’t that say it all.

  20. jimmy
    February 27, 2013, 7:57 am

    I have heard that al quada leaders are coming to Detroit to have a pow-wow with the arab community there…

  21. amigo
    February 27, 2013, 8:57 am

    Man Proposes, God disposes.

    Sure hope that Zionist God is not the one disposing.

    Or we are all in trouble and I mean all – except of course Feiglin and his ilk.

  22. amigo
    February 27, 2013, 9:01 am

    Imagine 300 Nukes under their control.

    Aminadinnerjacket will look like an Angel versus these religious fanatical maniacs.

  23. MK_Ultra
    February 27, 2013, 7:42 pm

    “there is no Palestinian nation. There is only an Arab-speaking public which has suddenly identified itself as a people, a negative of the Zionist movement, parasites.”

    “The invention of the Jewish people”

    link to tinyurl.com

    Founded on a mélange of myths and manufactured historical tales, Israel has failed the archaeological test of time and is now exposed by DNA science.

    Today’s genetics prove unequivocally that in 1948, “the children of the original Jews” were replaced by 8th century converts with no roots in the Middle East.

    Well worth the read as it shows who really are the invented people and who don’t exist. In fact, I’m buying the book. :)

    • James Canning
      February 28, 2013, 7:42 pm

      apparently there are several hundred thousand black African “Jews” in Israel, that came from Ethiopia (or were born to parents from that country). Very little genetic connection with ancient Israel.

      • john h
        March 3, 2013, 9:41 pm

        And treated accordingly, it appears.

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