‘Negation of the diaspora’ as Zionist antisemitism: The JCC bomb threats came from an Israeli Jew

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After many months of speculation, we have now learned the name and identity of the perpetrator of the JCC bomb threats. Michael Kaydar, a Jewish teenage resident of Ashkelon in Southern Israel, has been charged with the crimes. The announcement of the arrest caused immediate panic in American Jewish circles and, not unexpectedly, the American Alt-Right Nazis were thrilled to hear that the suspect is a Jew.

Also not unexpectedly, The Forward, with its intense Ashkenazi Jewish ethnocentrism, published a spate of opinion pieces which expressed great worry about the fact that the Anti-Semite was an Israeli Jew. There was even a “gradation” of Anti-Semites presented by Peter Beinart in the face of all the Trumpworld malfeasance. Forward editor-in-chief Jane Eisner gave herself the final word on the matter in a discussion that provides absolutely no insight into the matter and only adds to the moral confusion.

To be fair, it has been a really long time since America has experienced such a mass outbreak of Anti-Semitism, and the Liberal Jewish community has been deeply shaken by its re-emergence under Trumpworld domination. We should however note that the ditto-head Trumpjews were quick to say “I told you so” and demand an apology from the Liberals. It is interesting to note that Trump made extraordinary efforts to catch the perpetrator in Israel. It would seem that Trump is not completely unaware of his toxic role in the resurgence of Anti-Semitism in this country.

With all that we still do not know, it is clear that Kaydar’s antisemitic threats exposed the raw emotions on all sides of the American political spectrum over the explosion of racism in the wake of the Trump election and the ongoing White Christian Supremacist advances in many Western democracies under the banner of Populist Nationalism.

But one aspect of the JCC bomb threat story and its connection to an Israeli teen has not been discussed: the intense loathing of the Jewish Diaspora in classical Zionist thought.

Some years ago I wrote a lengthy review of the right-wing Zionist scholar and political pundit Yoram Hazony’s apologetic book The Jewish State entitled “The Nightmare of Diaspora.” The title referred to the important Zionist concept called in Hebrew Shelilat ha-Galut, Negation of the Diaspora. In the article I quoted from noted Israeli academic and educational leader Ben-Zion Dinur, designer of Israel’s 1953 State Education Law, who states the deeply distorted Zionist view of Jewish history succinctly and accurately:

…  Jewish history was, in the main, the history of the Jewish people living in its own land.  This is so in spite of three facts of cardinal importance: (1) the antiquity of the Jewish Dispersion, the origins of which may be presumed to go back to before the destruction of the Northern Kingdom; (2) the large number of Diaspora Jewish settlements and communities already existing in the time of the Roman and Byzantine empires (three hundred of them are known to us by name); and (3), the fact that, in this same period, the majority of the Jewish nation was living outside the borders of its own land.

Dinur’s view of Jewish History is predicated on land and settlement rather than religious values and knowledge.  Jews were only really Jews when they lived in the Land of Israel and not when they lived in the Diaspora.

The Israeli scholar Uri Ram unpacks the assertion in the following way:

In the invention of the Zionist national tradition the Bible played two pivotal and complementary functions.  On the one hand, it attached Zionism very convincingly to Jewish history and culture while, on the other, it enabled Zionism to skip almost two millennia of Jewish Exile and reach back in time to the period of the alleged source of the nation.  This was accomplished, first, by singling out the Bible, rather than exilic Jewish literature (the Talmud and other commentaries) from the corpus of Jewish traditional literature, and, second, by the pertinent selection of sections, and the biased interpretations of themes, from the Bible itself.

Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi also provided a perceptive conceptual analysis of modern Judaism and its relation to the Jewish past:

The modern effort to reconstruct the Jewish past begins at a time that witnesses a sharp break in the continuity of Jewish living and hence also an ever-growing decay of Jewish group memory.  In this sense, if for no other, history becomes what it had never been before – the faith of fallen Jews.  For the first time history, not a sacred text, becomes the arbiter of Judaism.

In the penultimate chapter of his classic book Zakhor, Yerushalmi wisely cites Haim Hazaz’s Hebrew short story Ha-Derasha, The Sermon, which provides a precise articulation of Shelilat ha-Galut:

Those Jews who are still within the enchanted circle of tradition, or those who have returned to it, find the work of the historian irrelevant. They seek, not the historicity of the past, but its eternal contemporary nature. Addressed directly by the text, the question of how it evolved must seem to them subsidiary, if not meaningless.

An anti-historical attitude of a very different kind is expressed by those who have experienced modern Jewish existence as something so totally new that it demands the past be either forgotten or demolished. The deep ambivalence of modern Jews to the past is perhaps best discerned in modern Hebrew literature, which, even more than Yiddish or Anglo-Jewish letters, reflects the widest spectrum of modern Jewish sensibility. Here we find, on the one hand, the fiercest antagonism to the Jewish past, not as a personal idiosyncrasy, but a major theme that runs from the Haskalah to the present. One of the purest instances will suffice:

In the explosive short story by the Hebrew writer Haim Hazaz entitled Ha-Derashah (The Sermon), a meeting of a kibbutz is held at which Yudka, who never speaks on such occasions, startles everyone by rising to unburden himself of thoughts he can no longer contain. Haltingly, at first he declares what has been gnawing at him:

“I want to state,” Yudka spoke with an effort in low, tense tones, “that I am opposed to Jewish history.”

And then, when his stammering gives way to an articulate fury: “I would simply forbid teaching our children Jewish history. Why the devil teach them about our ancestors’ shame? I would just say to them: Boys, from the day we were exile from our land we’ve been a people without a history. Class dismissed. Go out and play football.”

The figure of Yudka, with his primal antipathy to Diaspora Judaism and its cultural legacy, is echoed in the offensive pronouncements of the iconic Israeli writer A.B. Yehoshua.

Yehoshua believes that only Israelis are “real” Jews.  Diaspora Jews are just “partially” Jewish. In comments made in a 2013 Jerusalem lecture Yeshoshua could not be clearer:

A Jew is an “empty definition.” To fill that definition with substance one must live a Jewish life, and the only way to do that fully, he argued, is to be Israeli. “Israelis are the total Jews,” Yehoshua proclaimed. “The empty definition of Judaism fills up simply by being here… Everything around me is Jewish! Just like everything in America is American.” Every ethical question confronted by an Israeli—say, by an IDF soldier at a West Bank checkpoint—is a dilemma as inherently Jewish as a sugya in the Talmud. “Our values are Jewish values, because we live here. It’s not what the rabbis say that defines Jewishness, but what we Israelis do every day—our actions and our values.” With this he reached his now infamous conclusion: “This is the reason I say to American Jews: you are partial and we are total… If you really want to be Jewish, come here. It’s not easy, full of questions, your nice warm Jewish identity in your community will be over. But this is real and not imaginary.”

Israel as a state is seen in the strictest Zionist terms as the “True Judaism” as it negates the lengthy and complex process of Jewish history in its myriad iterations.

This means that to be Jewish is not to be “adulterated” in any way by the Gentile world.

The “Negation of the Diaspora” is connected to what Zionism sees as Jewish weakness; a defect that is rooted in Diaspora adaptation to the non-Jewish world.

Diaspora Judaism from the Babylonian and Hellenistic periods to Medieval Spain and Modern Europe has been seen by Zionism as an adulteration of the “pure” Jewish identity which is militaristic and xenophobic.

Michael Kaydar was raised in an Israel which holds to the dogmas expressed by Yehoshua and his predecessors like Dinur.  It is taken for granted that the State of Israel is a superior country that represents “authentic” Judaism.

In contrast to the weak and pusillanimous Diaspora Jews, the Israelis, calling themselves Sabras, after the fruit with a prickly exterior and sweet center, are Macho Jews who fearlessly call the shots.

It is certain that Kaydar saw the images of cowering JCC students and their teachers which were broadcast on news reports all over the world.  His Zionist sadism is a product of an internal Israeli Jewish hatred and contempt for those who are viewed as weak and unable to defend themselves.

We can note here the fact that Kaydar, who suffers from a brain tumor, was rejected for his compulsory military service.  This rejection appears to be a critical factor in his decision to threaten American Jewish institutions.

And while it has been reported that he also threatened Israeli institutions in more recent months, the preponderance of his crimes remain tied to the American Jewish Diaspora; that place which has been vilified and demonized by Zionists for so many years.

American Jews are loath to raise the issue of Shelilat ha-Galut; an idea which presents the ways in which Zionism has sought to usurp Jewish identity by creating a rift between those Jews who live in Israel and those who do not.

What is in question here is what Judaism really is and who gets to represent it.

Going back to Haim Hazaz and his provocative short story, the Hebrew word used as its title, Derasha, is very much connected to this question.  It is ironic that Hazaz uses the word at the very same time that he seeks to erase the very rabbinical tradition which created it.

The Jewish Sages of the early Diaspora period, after the Jerusalem Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE, conducted a massive organizational effort which transformed Judaism from its Priestly Temple-based nationalist caste into a scholarly-academic religion, increasingly marked by universal values and concerns, which promoted the quietist practice of rituals and the intense study of sacred texts.

It marked the beginning of Jewish Humanism as the defining Judaic ethos.

The rabbis, those castigated in the most debased and ignorant terms by the anti-Jewish bigot A.B. Yehoshua, produced a canonical collection of texts which became the Hebrew Bible.  It was this act that inaugurated the People of the Book as opposed to the People of the Land.

It is not that the rabbis eliminated national identity or the restoration of the Jewish people to their homeland, but shows their pragmatic acceptance of the new reality created by the Roman conquest and their reliance on God for the future Redemption.

The loss of national-territorial autonomy did not kill off Judaism as the Zionists contend.

On the contrary, Judaism was reinvigorated and strengthened by a new openness to the world and to its own literary-religious traditions by the practice of Derasha, or canonical exegesis.

Zionism has sought to literalize ancient Jewish tradition by valorizing an atavistic reading of the Hebrew Bible which was shorn of these rabbinical interpretive accretions.

The process of Derasha has been a means to make the Biblical text relevant to contemporary values and to changes in culture, science, and history.  The Hebrew Bible became a dynamic work rather than a static record of what happened in the past.

I have provided a brief overview of the Midrashic process in the following Huffington Post article and in a subsequent article I examined the problem of Monolingualism and the static nature of Western Civilization.

Zionism was an outgrowth of Western nationalism rather than a product of the classical Jewish tradition.

The very mechanisms inherent in the Zionist project were adopted from 19th century European philosophy, particularly the ideas of Hegel.

Jonathan Boyarin has brilliantly discussed the matter in his seminal essay “Hegel’s Zionism?”. Zionism has indeed rejected the classical rabbinical tradition, and put in its place a barely-modified Spartan identity that it has identified with the age of the Israelite commonwealth, as I have written in my article “Sparta and Jerusalem: The Zionist Transformation of Jewish Identity.”

The issue of violence looms large in this discussion.

In Michael Kaydar we have a troubling example of the Israeli Spartan ethos gone haywire.  He apparently embraced the military ethos of the Zionist protocol and was comfortable making threats against Diaspora Jewish targets which then cowered in fear at the possible danger to their security.

Kaydar thus fits into the larger Trumpworld pattern that has shown us how the Alt-Right finds a commonality with the Zionists:

In a “debate” conducted last December at Texas A&M University between its Hillel rabbi and Alt-Right Nazi leader Richard Spencer, the Zionist issue took on a very troubling cast:

During a question-and-answer session, Texas A&M Hillel’s Rabbi Matt Rosenberg stood and invited the white nationalist to join him in Torah study. Rosenberg’s invitation, and Spencer’s response, were captured on video by The Eagle, the Texas A&M student paper, and viewed widely on Twitter.

“My tradition teaches a message of radical inclusion and love,” Rosenberg said. “Will you sit town and learn Torah with me, and learn love?”

Spencer declined the invitation, but used it as an opportunity to suggest that the objectives of Zionism and Jewish continuity were close to his own goals for white people.

“Do you really want radical inclusion into the State of Israel?” Spencer said. “And by that I mean radical inclusion. Maybe all of the Middle East could go move in to Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. Would you really want that?”

Rosenberg, who later admitted he is not a good debater, stood silent.

“You’re not answering,” Spencer said.

“I’m not answering,” Rosenberg said.

Spencer’s positive spin on Zionist Jewish supremacy sought to link his own racist movement to that of Israel.

The rabbi, as we see, was unable to respond to the point.

And, indeed, the figure of Michael Kaydar has served to trouble many American Jews as it puts into serious question the way that Israelis see Jewish identity and the relation of their country to the Diaspora.  They are finding it difficult to explain why he would do such heinous things.

A.B. Yehoshua has not called for threats to Diaspora Jewish institutions, but his hurtful words represent a dominant strain of Israeli culture which holds the Diaspora in utter contempt.

It is not really that far a leap from Yehoshua to Kaydar as we might think.

Words and ideas have real life consequences and the founding of the State of Israel in 1948 has forced a major transformation in Jewish identity and its relationship to traditional Judaism and its rabbinical heritage as embodied in the Talmud and the Midrashic literary texts.

The Zionist idea has sought to “move” Jewish identity away from the pluralism of the Talmudic tradition and its acceptance of the larger reality of Gentile civilization, and replace it with a militant Monolingualism that is, paradoxically, a reflection of those very Gentile values.

Michael Kaydar has opened a chasm in the relationship between Israelis and the Jewish Diaspora and reignited the most elementary questions about Jewish identity in the supercharged atmosphere of Trumpworld Fascism and its intense racism; a racism which is not limited to White Christians, but is also present in their Israeli Jewish counterparts.

About David Shasha

David Shasha is the director of the Center for Sephardic Heritage in Brooklyn, New York. The Center publishes the weekly e-mail newsletter Sephardic Heritage Update as well as promoting lectures and cultural events. His articles have been published in Tikkun magazine, The American Muslim, the Christian Progressive and other publications. To sign up for the newsletter visit the Sephardic Heritage Google Group at http://groups.google.com/group/Davidshasha

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77 Responses

  1. Mooser
    March 28, 2017, 1:23 pm

    “I want to state,” Yudka spoke with an effort in low, tense tones, “that I am opposed to Jewish history.”

    So am I. Nothing happened the way it was supposed to.

  2. AddictionMyth
    March 28, 2017, 2:24 pm

    I love where this is going. I agree that Kaydar is ‘Israeli Spartan ethos gone haywire’ and the ‘brain tumor’ had an effect on his behavior but I’ll put a different spin on it. I suspect that his family resented that Americans didn’t take care of him the way they thought we should, so this is their ‘divine’ revenge. I think the father was involved, and we should not ignore or dismiss the forthcoming clues. Most of all don’t blame everything on ‘brain tumor!’!

    • Citizen
      March 29, 2017, 4:52 am

      I don’t think that Jewish college student who drew swastikas on her exterior dorm wall had a brain tumor. She just didn’t realize a security camera was filming her.

  3. eljay
    March 28, 2017, 2:25 pm

    … Forward editor-in-chief Jane Eisner gave herself the final word on the matter …

    … Sometimes a Jew can commit acts of anti-Semitism. …

    No kidding. Zionists have been doing it for decades.

    • ritzl
      March 28, 2017, 5:40 pm

      Or more accurately, sometimes a single Jew in Israel can be responsible for the oft-cited, increasing GLOBAL trend/”wave” of rampant/open/virulent anti-semitism.

      Didn’t happen. Isn’t happening. But the definition and/or quickness of the [ faulty] assumption and/or loudness of the shriek is changing to suit the manipulation du jour.

      Wolf. Wolf. Wolf. Wolf. Wolf! Chomp. Pity that.

  4. DaBakr
    March 28, 2017, 2:31 pm

    “The announcement of the arrest caused immediate panic in American Jewish circles and, not unexpectedly, the American Alt-Right Nazis were thrilled to hear that the suspect is a Jew.”

    seems like the ‘alt-left’/far left or at least the israel-haters over here are just as ‘thrilled’ . but is it really such a surprising reaction when it appears as if the same or similar reactions have been reported in past that apply to all sort of attacks committed by and against many minority groups subject to attacks of hatred or bigotry on a regular basis.

    • Mooser
      March 28, 2017, 2:49 pm

      “seems like the ‘alt-left…/… regular basis.

      What on earth? I can’t figure it out.

      Maybe Sherlock Holmes could solve “DaBakr’s” comment by noting how far the parsing has sunk into the blubber.

      • talknic
        March 28, 2017, 8:04 pm

        DaBakr demonstrating ZioMeltDown

      • broadside
        March 30, 2017, 12:05 pm

        Yes, especially seeing how The Giant Rat of Sumatra has yet to be written.

    • talknic
      March 28, 2017, 7:43 pm

      # DaBakr March 28, 2017, 2:31 pm

      “seems like the ‘alt-left’/far left or at least the israel-haters over here are just as ‘thrilled’ . “

      Your evidence of being ” ‘alt-left’/far left or at least the israel-haters” is what exactly?

      “but is it really such a surprising reaction when it appears as if the same or similar reactions have been reported in past that apply to all sort of attacks committed by and against many minority groups subject to attacks of hatred or bigotry on a regular basis”

      Yes. Israelis who attack un-armed and completely innocent Palestinian Israelis are a bunch of thoroughly disgusting human beings whose actions are justified by other low life human garbage.

      Jewish Israelis who get caught faking Antisemitism mast be a huge disappointment to Zionist apologists everywhere

  5. oldgeezer
    March 28, 2017, 7:38 pm

    From a philosophical viewpoint that may be the big issue but from a practical perspective there needs to be a better explanation of how he was able to make these calls for a two year period without being arrested. Tracking him down takes some science but it wasn’t remotely impossible regardless of the methods he used.

    This is insane… he was allowed to keep terrorizing people and someone needs to be held to account for permitting the reign of terror.

  6. talknic
    March 28, 2017, 8:02 pm

    Purposefully falsified Antisemitism ISN’T actually Antisemitism.

    To the Zionist mind his crime was getting caught. They’re already disowning him by calling it Antisemitism.

  7. DaBakr
    March 28, 2017, 8:56 pm

    @msr

    i’ll make it simple for you funny man. the folks over here at mw like you are equally as thrilled that it was a jew who made the bulk of the anti-jewish threats. (the reporter guy that was bizarrely trying to impress/hurt an old girfriend is too odd to get into). and in case you need to be reminded:
    this site and the bulk of its commenters are comfortably ensconced in the far left, left wing or whatever you consider is the opposite of the so-called ‘alt-right’. because -you are the opposite of that group and you understand while at polar opposites on some issues you are more similar then different. and you both think your correct, smarter and superior to each other.

    ultra-nationalist religious israelis also have similarities to groups they consider as arch rivals. surprising that one who delivers a constant dribble of quips and quaaps should be so lax in interpreting what you consider drivel .

    • talknic
      March 28, 2017, 10:58 pm

      @ DaBakr March 28, 2017, 8:56 pm

      ” this site and the bulk of its commenters are comfortably ensconced in the far left, left wing or whatever you consider is the opposite of the so-called ‘alt-right’.”

      Right and wrong are neither ‘left’ or ‘right’.

      The UNSC tells us Israel, the Occupying Power, is in breach of its legal obligations. AKA Israel is in the wrong.

      You support dispossession, the illegal acquisition of territory by war, collective punishment, murder, the coveting of other folks territories and you have absolutely no valid arguments in support of those quite clearly Naziesque traits.

      There are exactly no valid arguments in support of Israel’s crimes against humanity. None! From the bullsh*t that Israel didn’t declare any borders, to whatever MarkTwain wrote, cherry tomatoes, Nobel prizes, mobile phones, ‘we made the desert bloom’, it’s all nonsense that has absolutely no bearing on Israel’s recognized borders and the Jewish State’s illegal, immoral, unethical activities outside of those borders since 00:01 May 15th 1948

      Take your pathetic whinging to the Zionist Federation for having decided to and who continue to colonize Palestine against all the principals of the basic common sense tenets of Judaism.

    • Marnie
      March 29, 2017, 3:29 am

      “seems like the ‘alt-left’/far left or at least the israel-haters over here are just as ‘thrilled’ .”

      Bitch, bitch, bitch and slander. You might be thrilled about this, but I think the correct words would be: Not surprised. Not one bit.

      You must have an amazing set of lungs to have not drowned in your self pity Duhbee.

    • Mooser
      March 29, 2017, 8:32 pm

      “@msr i’ll make it simple for you funny man…”

      Oh, now I get it, this is supposed to be a gloss, or explication of the previous post!
      C’mon, “DaBakr” you don’t expect me to read that malicious drivel with no punctuation, do you?
      If you can’t be bothered to try and make it readable, I can’t be bothered to try and decrypt it.

    • Talkback
      March 30, 2017, 2:54 am

      DaBakr: “this site and the bulk of its commenters are comfortably ensconced in the far left, left wing or whatever you consider is the opposite of the so-called ‘alt-right’

      Lol. What you call “far left” is called “moderate” in moderate countries. You are so far right, that everybody else can only be left.

      • Mooser
        March 30, 2017, 6:10 pm

        DaBakr: “this site and the bulk of its commenters are comfortably ensconced in the far left, left wing or whatever”

        “Comfortably” ensconced? Feh, we make a living.

    • festus
      April 12, 2017, 4:39 pm

      If the only examples given for the “spate” of anti-semitic incidents that the media bombarded us with are a series of bomb threat hoaxes done by an Israeli Jew and a handful of headstones fallen at Jewish cemeteries — at least some of which were due solely to weather and insufficient upkeep — can we not conclude with confidence that there has not been a rash of anti-semitic incidents in America recently?

  8. Boris
    March 29, 2017, 12:04 am

    “I want to state,” Yudka spoke with an effort in low, tense tones, “that I am opposed to Jewish history.”

    The “Never Again!” statement comes from this opposition.

    However, I would disagree with the idea of forbidding to teach Jewish history. Those who don’t know their history are bound to repeat it.

    Yes, it is full of mosers and kapos, but it also has a lot of heroes and great people.

    • Mooser
      March 29, 2017, 11:50 am

      “Those who don’t know their history are bound to repeat it.”

      Right you are, “Boris”. Look what happened in Palestine, long ago. We better take a look at that, and the other attempts to make a religious grouping into a military nation.

      Anyway, “Boris”, I really don’t see what you are so upset about. The history of the Jews has a lot of parallels with the history of the African peoples, and their diaspora through slavery.

    • Mooser
      March 29, 2017, 12:34 pm

      “Yes, it is full of mosers and kapos, but it also has a lot of heroes and great people.”

      If only we could bring it to the wide-screen cinema, in glorious color, with a cast of thousands!
      The story of our upward struggle, but in a musical! “My Fair Jewry”

    • Mooser
      March 29, 2017, 12:42 pm

      “Those who don’t know their history are bound to repeat it.”

      Not us, baby, we saw how things were, and said: “We’re gonna need a smaller pond.”

  9. Ronald Johnson
    March 29, 2017, 9:17 am

    In solving a crime one must visualize what motives would be served by the act. It could be that the unfortunate Michael Kaydar has a grudge against the Diaspora. Or we have, as it turns out, that other case of the possessive spurned lover trying to harass his Ex. by framing her as the perpetrator. But then, wouldn’t it serve to dampen the dreaded BDS movement in America by creating the illusion of a surge in hate? The BDS’ers would shrink from public demonstrations during the crisis. Michael Kaydar may have thought it helpful to Israel to spread false alarms. Time will tell further as to how the Authorities treat the culprit. Will it be adjudged felonious or a misdemeanor?

    Whatever the outcome, the false bomb alarms have caused the Jewish Community Center in Rochester NY to be given $200,000 from New York State to help with security:
    http://www.newsjs.com/url.php?p=http://cnycentral.com/news/local/assembly-majority-leader-joseph-morelle-secures-200k-for-jcc-security-enhancements

  10. Elizabeth Block
    March 29, 2017, 9:41 am

    1. This guy is Jewish, so his brain tumor is blamed. He’s not a terrorist, just a sick young man.

    2. Has no one mentioned the Reichstag fire? Why not?

    • Joe62
      March 29, 2017, 11:25 am

      Awesome and insightful comments–especially number 2.

    • Mooser
      March 29, 2017, 11:58 am

      “1. This guy is Jewish, so his brain tumor is blamed. He’s not a terrorist, just a sick young man”

      So much for informed consent! Nobody explained the positive aspects of it before I had mine operated on.

      • talknic
        March 30, 2017, 9:22 pm

        @ Mooser

        Another missed opportunity. Why you could have … … never mind, you probably did anyway

    • Marnie
      March 31, 2017, 12:28 am

      The same way it is in the u.s. wrt black and white crime – white criminals are always ‘explained’; but black criminals are apparently born that way.

      Why has no one mentioned the Reichstag fire – because you were supposed Elizabeth – thank you!

  11. Atlantaiconoclast
    March 29, 2017, 10:44 pm

    “To be fair, it has been a really long time since America has experienced such a mass outbreak of Anti-Semitism, and the Liberal Jewish community has been deeply shaken by its re-emergence under Trumpworld domination.” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2017/03/negation-diaspora-antisemitism/#sthash.6mJxRyCD.dpuf

    Oh brother. How is what this guy did “anti Semitic”? You really want us to believe that the threats were not driven by a desire to create false flag hate that would further the image of the Jew as eternal victim? Even if the kid did not have a motive, and was just crazy, that is not anti Semitism, just mentally ill behavior.

    The Alt Right has every right to mock the media and the Jewish establishment given the widespread assumption that Trump had unleashed a new wave of anti Semitism.

  12. Talkback
    March 30, 2017, 2:55 am

    No proven “exile”, no “diaspora”.

  13. broadside
    March 30, 2017, 12:44 pm

    In law, as w the fourth estate, there’s a rule I have never seen violated, until now: you turn 18, you’re an adult. As in “an 18-year-man was arrested today”; but when a 19-year-old American/Israeli Jew is found to be the suspect behind hundreds of threats on Jewish centers worldwide, even at MW it’s “Michael Kaydar, a Jewish teenage resident of Ashkelon…..”

    Here’s how the Times’s always reliable Isabel Kershner put (several times!) it in her article on it:

    “The American-Israeli Jewish teenager….”

    “…an 18-year-old Jewish boy…” (only Kershner had him as 18)

    “The police raided the apartment of the teenager’s family ….”

    “The mother of the teenager…”

    (Quoting someone): “He was not a regular boy.”

    The good news: it makes NY Gov Andrew Cuomo, and his 12-hour flight, one-day-trip to Israel look even more shameless that it was already — though then, like now, not a word about it.

      • broadside
        March 30, 2017, 3:20 pm

        Thanks. I stand corrected. I believe that is counter to AP rules, as I remember them. (Speaking of which, Larry Derfner — it’s noon! Not 12 noon! (“Is there an 11 noon?” my old journalism teacher (Harold Banks) used to say.)

      • Annie Robbins
        March 30, 2017, 3:38 pm

        broadside, still, 12 noon is grammatically correct. the pm alternate of “noon” in “12 noon” because people associate pm w/night time and am w/morning.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/12-hour_clock

        The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language has a usage note on this topic: “By convention, 12 AM denotes midnight and 12 PM denotes noon. Because of the potential for confusion, it is advisable to use 12 noon and 12 midnight.”[22]

      • broadside
        March 30, 2017, 7:31 pm

        Annie: totally wrong. You don’t need 12 to denote either noon or midnight — noon or midnight will do!

      • Annie Robbins
        March 30, 2017, 8:10 pm

        broadside, had i argued one “needed” to say it, i might be “totally wrong”. but i didn’t. i argued it was grammatically correct, which it is. by this same argument (of yours) i could say “You don’t need “totally” to denote wrong. wrong will do!”

      • talknic
        March 30, 2017, 9:17 pm

        @ Jon66

        You’re a teacher? BULLSH*T!

        Israel military Law deems Non-Jewish teenagers to be adults at 16 yrs. I.e., no longer children or ‘boys’ . However, under Israeli law, Israeli Jews are adults at 18 yrs, i.e., no longer ‘boys’ or children. Another fine example of Israel’ legal discrimination against non-Jews

        Anyone anywhere, under any regime, who is aged between 13 and 19 (inclusive) is a teenager. It’s what the word teenager means

      • RoHa
        March 30, 2017, 10:59 pm

        I’m partial to the 24 hour clock, and the modern Japanese* system of designating midnight as 00:00, and counting up to 23:59:59. But apparently Americans find it hard to count that high.

        (*For the sake of your sanity, do not attempt to understand the traditional Japanese time system. )

      • broadside
        March 31, 2017, 9:32 am

        Annie: correct on “totally.”

        Grammatically correct is not the issue. If it were, there wouldn’t AP/Chicago style handbooks. The issue is newswriting. And noon vs. 12 noon is something that’s taught the first year — maybe first class. As w “armed gunmen,” 12 is redundant. You don’t need it. “Omit needless words” — another thing taught that first class.

        Ask Phil.

      • Mooser
        March 31, 2017, 12:12 pm

        “You’re a teacher?”

        Commentor “Jon s” claims to be an “Israeli history teacher” (which is different from any other kind!)

        “Jon 66” claims to be (are you seated?) a SURGEON!!

      • Mooser
        March 31, 2017, 1:34 pm

        “Mental illness is particularly tough to treat. In most other diseases, the ill person wishes to get “better”. Often times the mentally ill are happy with the way their brain processes the world.” http://mondoweiss.net/profile/jon66/#sthash.nonIcuB3.dpuf

        Our surgeon.

      • Maghlawatan
        March 31, 2017, 2:46 pm

        Israeli history is classed as fiction

      • echinococcus
        April 1, 2017, 12:00 am

        Mooser,

        Looks like you aren’t any too familiar with surgeons. Your luck.

      • Mooser
        April 1, 2017, 1:43 pm

        “Your luck.”

        Very lucky, since infancy.

  14. hophmi
    March 30, 2017, 3:42 pm

    Great job exploiting someone’s mental illness for a political purpose, David Shasha!

    • oldgeezer
      March 30, 2017, 4:01 pm

      @hophmi

      There’s no evidence of any mental illness at this time. A tumour, even if it exists, is not a form of mental illness.

      Zionists do it all the time in any event labelling demoralized and oppressed people as terrorists.

      hophmi… A rank apologist for terrorism perpetrated against jews by jews. Then zionists have a long history of that too.

    • talknic
      March 30, 2017, 9:20 pm

      @ hophmi

      Great job at exploiting mental illness to excuse some idiotic schmucks stupid Zionist behaviour

    • Marnie
      March 31, 2017, 11:30 am

      Mental illness is the zionist hole card 24/7, right hophni? Like this loser:

      Man arrested in northern Israel carrying his ex-wife’s decapitated head …
      http://www.haaretz.com › Israel News

      • YoniFalic
        March 31, 2017, 12:50 pm

        Maybe my English is deficient, but I don’t believe a head can be decapitated — only a body (or a person).

      • eljay
        March 31, 2017, 12:56 pm

        || YoniFalic: Maybe my English is deficient, but I don’t believe a head can be decapitated — only a body (or a person). ||

        ‘A decapitated head’ from the Huffington Post sounds strange to me:

        … Although the head itself can hardly be said to be decapitated, neither is a pair of scissors left-handed. What happens is a common construction called a transferred epithet or hypallage. …

      • broadside
        March 31, 2017, 1:09 pm

        “but I don’t believe a head can be decapitated — only a body (or a person).”

        YoniFalic — you’re my type of guy!!!

        Same as buildings are evacuated, people aren’t.

      • Mooser
        March 31, 2017, 1:38 pm

        “I don’t believe a head can be decapitated”

        Okay, wait until the androgenic alopecia starts. It sure feels like it, whenever I take off my hat.
        Which isn’t often.

        BTW, cases of matrimonial head-carrying are mentioned both in “The Invention of Murder” by Judith Flanders, a book on Victorian crime, and “The Rolling Stone History of Rock and Roll”. Go figure

      • Mooser
        March 31, 2017, 6:45 pm

        A “decapitated head” is one that used to be atop a body. That is to distinguish them from heads without bodies.
        The best advice, of course, is to quit while you’re a head.

      • YoniFalic
        March 31, 2017, 7:28 pm

        I know Mooser is making a pun, but I spent some time with the OED. A severed head used to be atop a body and was removed in an act of decapitation.

      • MHughes976
        March 31, 2017, 8:00 pm

        Severed head, decapitated body.

      • oldgeezer
        April 1, 2017, 12:31 am

        Let’s not go to pieces over the definition.

      • Mooser
        April 1, 2017, 1:40 pm

        “Let’s not go to pieces over the definition.”

        Right, this is no reason to lose our heads.

      • Marnie
        April 2, 2017, 12:21 am

        My purpose for posting the link to the story about the orthodox jewish man who decapitated his ex-wife, then carried her head around before throwing it in a bin wasn’t to provide fodder for jokes. This guy will get off, like so many israeli jewish men do. If it had been a christian or muslim, but especially a muslim, how far would they get with an insanity plea? Life is cheap; the lives of women and children the cheapest. Yuck it up guys, it’s been really enlightening for me.

      • Mooser
        April 2, 2017, 12:51 pm

        “man who decapitated his ex-wife, then carried her head around before throwing it in a bin”

        Without providing any refreshment along the way.

      • Marnie
        April 3, 2017, 12:42 am

        I am so sick of violence, particularly against women – any women. It’s rampant. It doesn’t matter where you live, if you are female you’ll be objectified in all kind of ways. The current u.s. president legitimizes the objectification of women and at the same time claims that ‘no one’ respects women like he does. I hope so. His kind of respect isn’t wanted or needed by any women. The fact that 53% of white women voted for tRUMP is a shocking and sad indicator of what women have put up with and continue to put up with from men, be it their boss, their doctor, their professors, their brothers, their fathers and their husbands – tRUMP is just one more asshole those women are used to being under the boot of. #MAGA #ISRAEL #SAUDI ARABIA #WORLD

      • hophmi
        April 3, 2017, 10:54 pm

        You are, as usual, full of nonsense, Marnie. It’s the rest of the Middle East where men murder women with impunity, not Israel.

      • Marnie
        April 5, 2017, 1:27 am

        “You are, as usual, full of nonsense, Marnie”.

        “Israel” murders Palestinians with impunity on a daily basis (see Kate if you can stomach the truth). That freedom to murder has been spilling over into israeli homes for decades. The ‘culture’ is unrelentingly misoginistic and violent as a result – duh.

        https://www.researchgate.net/…/283331045_Occupying_Gender_The_Role_of_Israeli_…
        Occupying Gender: The Role of Israeli Occupation in Domestic Violence

        EU: Israeli occupation is ‘root’ cause of violence – EUobserver
        https://euobserver.com/foreign/134370
        Jul 15, 2016 – EU: Israeli occupation is ‘root’ cause of violence

        Report: Every third Israeli woman falls victim to sexual assault – Haaretz
        http://www.haaretz.com › Israel News

        With rise in domestic violence, Israeli victims search for solutions …
        http://www.haaretz.com › Israel News
        “Last year a total of 755 women, an increase of about 20 percent over 2014, took refuge in one of Israel’s 14 shelters for women who are victims of domestic violence. Another 60 women contacted the shelters for help last year, but didn’t move in because there was no available space. And many don’t manage to put their lives back together after leaving the shelter, Haaretz has found.

        Some 20 women are murdered in domestic violence cases every year in Israel. Many of them sought assistance at shelters, but after leaving, they found themselves without money or support, and returned home to their abusers.”

        Police highlight domestic violence in the Orthodox sector – Israel News …
        http://www.jpost.com/Israel…/Police-highlight-domestic-violence-in-the-Orthodox-sector-4

        Ynetnews News – Israel’s domestic violence problem is not getting better
        http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4596052,00.html

        African Hebrews organize after apparent army cover-up in death of …
        mondoweiss.net/…/african-hebrews-organize-after-apparent-army-cover-up-in-death

        Young Black Hebrew soldier dies mysteriously at Israeli Base
        rollingout.com/2015/02/…/young-black-hebrew-soldier-dies-mysteriously-israeli-base

      • Mooser
        April 13, 2017, 5:10 pm

        “. It’s the rest of the Middle East where men murder women with impunity, not Israel. “ “Hophmi”

        Good gosh, if that’s true, that is very bad.
        Maybe I should say a prayer thanking God for not making me a women?

  15. Maghlawatan
    March 31, 2017, 8:31 am

    “Israel as a state is seen in the strictest Zionist terms as the “True Judaism” as it negates the lengthy and complex process of Jewish history in its myriad iterations. – ”

    This is the key weakness of Zionism other than the Palestinian thing.
    Israel was tabula rasa. It started from zero. So everything was made up. All the memes taught to young Israelis are fabricated.
    Israelis literally do not know who they are.

    ‘A society in crisis forges a new vocabulary for itself,’ David Grossman wrote in The Yellow Wind, ‘and gradually, a new language emerges whose words . . . no longer describe reality, but attempt, instead, to conceal it.’

  16. Maghlawatan
    March 31, 2017, 8:42 am

    Morning Joe: President should speak up about antisemitism.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGj2xIYgIng

    Imagine that it was a Zionist.

  17. Stogumber
    March 31, 2017, 7:15 pm

    Competitive democracy is also a way to pursue one’s happiness; and it implies that Leftists hate a rightist president (and vice versa). That said, hate should not affect one’s judgment of reality. If Shasha says “Trump is not completely unaware of his toxic role in the resurgence of Anti-Semitism in this country”, the answer must be (a) that there was not much resurgence of Anti-Semitism (b) Trump didn’t play an important part in it and (c) Trump’s activities w.r.t. the terror threat enquiries can be explained without insinuating a bad conscience. In summa, there exist not only misplaced sympathies, but also misplaced antipathies.

    Michael K. himself was an attention seeker and found out that the American liberal media were highly interested in anti-semitic activities which would offer him a lot of public attention.

  18. Kathleen
    April 4, 2017, 5:51 am

    “people of the book as opposed to people of the land”

    At several of the anti Aipac conferences spent quite a bit of time talking to one of the head Rabbi’s leading the anti Aipac I think they are Hasidic Jews across the street. Fascinating…seemingly not attached to the land at all. Devoted to their religious beliefs. They sure take some verbal abuse from some of the Aipac attendees.

    How can Kaynar be so easily defined as “anti semitic” Do we know who he was influenced by or was he truly a “lone wolf” of sorts. We know Israel has been involved with many false flags operations. While it is clear that his threats terrorized some, his actions also stirred up deep concern for the Jewish community based on false threats. Intended? Those questions should be considered. Was he under the influence of anyone else

    Last I read Jewish organizations were receiving a sizable chunk of homeland security funds to buy cutting edge security systems for structures etc. Have not looked at those figures lately

    During the period that the large number of threats were taking place and the desecration of Jewish graves etc…Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, CNN , Fox etc were endlessly giving time to alerting the public about hate crimes taking place. Have not heard any of these outlets spending any time covering that a young Jewish man dual U.S. Israeli citizen committed these crimes. Silence out of these outlets

  19. catalan
    April 12, 2017, 6:10 pm

    “can we not conclude with confidence that there has not been a rash of anti-semitic incidents in America recently? -”
    We can conclude that modern day anti-semites are cowards content to spout ugliness about Anne Frank’s pen, the gas residues in Auschwitz, and the Jewish control of world finance on some internet blogs. Beyond that, Israel is thriving, a Palestinian state is as distant a prospect as the settlement of Mars, the United States Jewish community is flourishing, and our enemies are ruining their cardiovascular systems in constant anger. May it always be so.

    • eljay
      April 12, 2017, 7:02 pm

      || catalan: … We can conclude that … Israel is thriving … May it always be so. ||

      Dunno about always, but the way you Zionists tell it your “Jewish State” project is good for another ~930 years.

    • Mooser
      April 12, 2017, 8:32 pm

      “May it always be so”

      All right! You got the last word in. And when Jared comes back, (he’s fixing Japan), he’ll clean house for Trump.

    • talknic
      April 12, 2017, 8:38 pm

      @ catalan April 12, 2017, 6:10 pm

      ” Israel is thriving”

      So cut the life support lines, AKA US aid, non-Israeli resources Israel illegally exploits from Occupied Territories, billions in Holocaust compensation that strangely leaves Israeli Holocaust survivors in poverty, rates and taxes from illegal settlers in non-Israeli territories, millions in outside Jewish moneys every year. No need for blue tins aimed at the few shekels poor Jewish folk can afford.

      A state that cannot afford to adhere to the law and cannot take care of its Holocaust victims is NOT thriving. Israel cannot now nor has it ever been able to afford the compensations it owes for 69 years of illegal activities in non-Israeli territories.

      ” a Palestinian state is as distant a prospect as the settlement of Mars”

      Hey dumbo, wake up. You’re drowning in ZioPoop. The majority of the world’s states have recognized the State of Palestine. Israel prevents Palestinian independence thru its illegal occupation of the Palestinian state

      ” the United States Jewish community is flourishing, and our enemies are ruining their cardiovascular systems in constant anger. May it always be so.”

      Only a complete moron wishes to have enemies forever. It certainly will be tho and rightfully so while Israel fails to adhere to its legal obligations

      Thanks again for showing folk what utter idiots Zionist colonization attracts

      Keep up th’ good work

  20. Ossinev
    April 13, 2017, 7:16 am

    @Catalan
    “our enemies are ruining their cardiovascular systems in constant anger. May it always be so”

    So I see from your profile that you are especially interested in history. Is that the history of Goyim heart disease by any chance.

    Is the medical establishment in your corner of the world aware of this.

    Doctor. “I am trying to establish the cause of your recent heart attack Mr.Smith. Do you have a balanced diet.
    Mr.Smith ” Well I eat a mixture of meat vegetables salads fruits.”
    Doctor” Do you exercise regularly”
    Mr.Smith ” Well I run or cycle virtually everyday and I ran a marathon in under 3 hours two weeks ago.”
    Doctor” Do you get upset about things”
    Mr.Smith ” Well I don`t like liars and hypocrites and iIdon`t like injustices.For example I am a member of a Palestinian support group and it angers me that my government continues to support what I consider to be a lying hypocritical Apartheid state in Israel”
    Doctor”Well that explains it. Get out of my office you anti – Semite”

  21. catalan
    April 13, 2017, 9:56 am

    So I see from your profile that you are especially interested in history. Is that the history of Goyim heart disease by any chance. – Ossinev

    Ossinev,
    I see that you like to use tired cliches, old jokes, and ancient stereotypes. This is good – I would be worried if your “movement” had some stimulating or original ideas. May the next sixty years be as successful in your fight against Israel as the last sixty years. And by all means, don’t change a thing, please. Keep boycotting that hummus and insulting on blogs. It’s gonna do miracles!

    • Mooser
      April 13, 2017, 5:04 pm

      “I see that you like to use tired cliches, old jokes…”

      Whoa, “catalan”! Don’t burst an aorta. Easy on the cardio-vascular system, pal. Your EKG is doing the Lindy-hop.

      Is there something wrong with non-Jewish people (or even non-Israeli Jewish people) worrying about what Israel does? Can you tell us why they shouldn’t be concerned?

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