Passover – Easter, 2017


Ari Bussel

 

Ari Bussel, a good Internet Jewish friend, sent a combination Passover/Easter message to me on Easter Sunday. Due to other research opportunities and the holiday itself I did not get to his email until yesterday (4/18/17).

 

A couple of things to think about while reading this.

 

One, marketing has become way too intrinsic with Christian Holy Days in the Western World. These days a Holy Day has been downgraded to a mere secular holiday.

 

Two, there is a truism in this essay. Judaism will exist without Christianity, BUT Christianity would never exist without Judaism. Now that is something to think about for those people who consider themselves in the Christian traditions yet are antisemitic Jew-haters. (Muslims can’t help it. Jew-hatred is encoded in their revered writings whether it is the Quran, Hadith or Sunnah.)

 

JRH 4/19/17

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Passover – Easter, 2017

 

By Ari Bussel

Sent 4/16/2017 5:47 PM

 

upper right hand side:  1937 Passover Haggadah printed in New York (p. 182:  Psalms 118) — lower right hand side:  2001 Passover Haggadah printed in Israel (p. 76 highlighting Jerusalem, the Holy City)

 

A mother walking with two daughters stops me this morning: “Do you know what time the stores open today?  Will they be open at all?”

 

It is Easter Sunday, and we are the only ones on Rodeo Drive, likely the most known street in Beverly Hills and one of the most iconic shopping destinations in the world.

 

Clearly, what is Ari to do?  Without preparation or hesitation, I send them to Church.

 

“It is too early on a Sunday morning,” I say, “but you may want to go up the block.  At the corner is the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church, and one block over is the Catholic Church.  Everyone is celebrating Easter, and it is very nice just to walk over there.”

 

The two churches sit atop what we call the Santa Monica Gardens, a wide strip of grass and magnificent trees separating the Business Triangle and the better residential part of the city.  Around the Catholic Church, like any morning, one can see the local homeless people, including one lady in particular with numerous bags and packages.  She had settled at the front steps of what looks like a private residence, and she is talking with herself, waking up the entire neighborhood.

 

Toward the Presbyterian Church, parents with young children are converging on the playground outside.  Everyone is dressed up nicely, in pinks and yellows and other Spring colors.  It is quite different than when we, the Jewish People, go to shul (synagogue).  We are dressed usually in blacks and whites or other very elegant but subdued colors, most appropriate for welcoming the holiness of Shabbat or Chag (the Sabbath or a holiday).

 

Easter.  Even the Farmers’ Market in Beverly Hills, a City predominantly Jewish, is closed.  In neighboring cities, the spirit of the holiday is absent; and this is most regretful.  Can we not survive one day without shopping?

 

Maybe it is simply too early on Sunday, because I expect more people to be at church, much like our own convergence on synagogues for our major holiday, Passover.

 

The two – Passover and Easter – are intertwined.  In fact, much like everything else, Christianity cannot be separated from Judaism.  Exactly a week ago we celebrated the Seder, the special meal at the first night of Passover; otherwise known in Christianity as The Last Supper:  Yeshu of Nazareth (Jesus), a Jewish Rabbi, led the Seder celebration.

 

Whether or not one believes in Jesus as the Son of God, the evidence is clear that He indeed came back to life and remains living to this very day, some two millennia later.  Christianity, along its various streams, is the manifestation of the lasting impact made on humanity, and it is living, changing, advancing, never relenting.

I cannot stop but note that Easter Sunday this year is the same day that we will be celebrating the eve of the last night of Passover.  Leviticus 23:4-8 declares the “appointed seasons of God,” starting in the first (Hebrew) month (of Nissan; Spring, right now), “on the fourteenth day of the month at dusk, is the Lord’s Passover.  And on the fifteenth day of this month is the Feast of the Unleavened Bread unto the Lord, seven days ye shall eat unleavened bread.  In the first day ye shall have a holy convocation, ye shall do no manner of work.  And ye shall bring an offering made by fire unto the Lord seven days, in the seventh day is a holy convocation, ye shall do not manner of work.”

 

Much like this past Chanukah and Christmas that coincided in December 2016, so now, Easter and the seventh day of Passover fall on the same day.  I think of the woman and her two daughters whom I sent to church early morning on this Easter Sunday.  Just the Chutzpah, what an idea!  Church instead of early shopping?

And I continue thinking of the influence of a single person, believed by so many millions to be the Son of God, thus God Himself, and His influence on our civilization, on our very being.  We hear constantly that “Jews control the world,” but we leave an imprint, never shy from expressing an opinion, trying to better the world, being a light unto the nations.  Here is the epitome of this understanding.  The heights to which a Jewish person can ascend, the influence He can attain – the promise that is embedded in each and every one of us, created in the image of God Himself, and the depth of the suffering and sorrow which one can experience.

 

Remember, “for whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.” (First Corinthians 11:26)

 

Via Dolorosa, the Way of Sorrows to the place of the Crucifixion, whereupon its entire length and its various stops, Jesus was mocked, spat upon, beaten and scourged, and yet He “carried our illnesses and our pains He suffered … and in His company we were healed” (Isaiah 53:4-5).  The death of Christ on the Cross and his bodily resurrection are pivotal events in Christianity, as Passover and the great miracles of God are in the Jewish Bible.

 

The deliverance from slavery to freedom, the Ten Plagues, Passing Over the abodes of the Hebrews and sparing them the Plague of the First Born, the Parting of the Red Sea, the Giving of the Torah and the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai, feeding the Hebrews Manna from Heaven, providing them water and guiding them during the 40 years of wandering in the desert, and finally bringing them to the Promised Land, a Land of Milk and Honey, and residing there, in the place of His choosing, among His people, [a very long sentence, to be read in one breath, as the Glory of the Almighty like a storm engulfs, overwhelms and uplifts us] is the paramount action of God the Almighty that we remember and celebrate to this very day.

 

Each Shabbat, the Jewish people read a consecutive portion of the Torah, the first five books of the Bible.  Corresponding to each of these Portions is a specific section from the Prophets.

 

For the Shabbat that falls during Pessach (Passover) we read Ezekiel 37, the Vision of the Valley of Dry Bones.  In Biblical days, it was the deliverance from slavery to freedom, and in modern times, in this era, it is redemption – Geulah.  We are not quite there yet, for even among us, we are still divided.  Ashkenazi Jews add more verses than Sephardic Jews, and it is very prophecy that tells us how a house united, one in God’s hands, becomes one people, God’s people, and He their God.

 

And Ezekiel then ends this prophecy: “And the nations shall know that I am God who sanctifies Israel when My sanctuary is in their midst forever.”  (37:28)

 

Despite all the minor though visible divisions, both internal and external, within Judaism and within Christianity and between the two religions, we are all God’s people, and it is good that there is a major holiday, Passover for the Jews and Easter for the Christians, to remind us of what is truly important, more than just shopping on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills on Easter.
As the Prophet Micah tells us (6:8):

 

“What does the Lord requires of thee?  Only to do justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with thy God.”

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This is the latest in the series “Postcards from America – Postcards from Israel,” a collaboration between Zager and Bussel, a foreign correspondent reporting from Israel.

 

Ari Bussel and Norma Zager collaborate both in writing and on the air in a point-counter-point discussion of all things Israel-related.  Together, they have dedicated the past decade to promoting Israel.

 

© Israel Monitor, April 2017

 

First Published April 16, 2017

Contact:  bussel@me.com

 

Chanukah – Christmas, 2016


Intro to ‘Chanukah – Christmas, 2016

John R. Houk, Editor

Posted December 25, 2016

By Ari Bussel

 

I am a Christian Zionist. A person decried by the American Left, many if not most Progressive Christians (typically Mainline Christians) and a lot distrusting Jews (I’m guessing among the Jewish Left and distrustful Observant Orthodox Jews.

 

Being a Christian Zionist means I believe in the sovereign existence of the Jewish State of Israel. AND since I’m a Right Winger that believes Israel is the Promised Land to the Jews, I also fall on the side of the Greater Israel as the Land of the Jews. That belief steps on the toes of a lot of current sovereign Muslim nations and not just the Arabs pretending to be the non-existent Palestinians.

 

I say all this because I am quite appreciative of my online friends Ari Bussel and Norma Zager who often share the Jewish perspectives on current events affecting Israel and the Jews still spread around globally.

 

In this case Ari sends a Christmas message to Christians which includes a very succinct explanation of Chanukah which should bring at least a little self-musing by non-Jews of how God Almighty’s hand is upon the Jews – the Twelve Hebrew Tribes – and their God-given Land.

 

From a Christian perspective, without Jews there would be no Redeemer Jesus the Christ come to save humanity from the curse bequeathed by Adam and Eve to their descendants.

 

JRH 12/25/16

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 My father, Capt. Dr. Bussel, second from left, with friends for life Chanukah in the Sinai Desert, Yom Kippur War, 1973

 

Chanukah – Christmas, 2016

 

By Ari Bussel

Sent 12/23/2016 7:04 PM

 

In Israel, especially in Orthodox neighborhoods, there are candelabra at the balconies, protected by glass structures, illuminating the surroundings.  For eight days, Israel is lit by light, laughter, play and song.

 

 

Candelabra on Balcony

 

In Israel, freshly cut Arizona cypress trees are being distributed for a symbolic price for the Christian community (and foreign diplomats and the foreign press) to utilize and enjoy. 

 

This year, terrorism hit with widespread forest fires.  The headlines read, “Israel is burning.”  Yet, all that terrorism achieved is to galvanize the spirit, reignite the determination and conviction and remind us what is really important.

 

 

As he called to wish Chag Samech (Happy Chanukah), my friend Brad Greenberg said: “Be thankful there is Christmas; be grateful that you can celebrate Christmas!”

 

The joy of the season is magnified this year in light of what is happening all around us.  The mere ability to worship, celebrate and enjoy the spirit of Christmas – something we take so readily for granted – is like the light of candles in the darkness:  fragile, uncertain, yet with immense potential to conquer the darkness.

 

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In Europe, Christmas is being ushered by terrorist attacks (and if last year is any indication, women beware during New Year).  There are entire areas under Sharia Law with no access to Christians, and there are countries where the name “Christ” is no longer allowed.

 

Europeans are dying, and their birthrate is approaching negative territory, whereas the immigrant Muslim population is exploding.  Europe is being replaced by Eurabia.

 

In Israel, the birthplace of Christianity, any connection between the Temple Mount and the Holy Temple with Judaism and Christianity has been conveniently erased by a UN body:  UNESCO declared the place to be a Muslim heritage site.  It may seem inconsequential, but it is not.  The poison is percolating the global mindset.  Another victory has been achieved.

 

The process of erosion has accelerated:  First, physical evidence has been destroyed when hundreds of truckloads of “dirt” from Solomon Stables on Temple Mount were removed by the Muslim Wakf that manages the place and dumped like trash to a ravine.  Then, the spiritual connection is being destroyed, thus leaving humanity with a mere memory of what once were Judaism and Christianity.

 

Nine centuries before the appearance of Muhammad, Jews in Judea and Samaria fought the Greeks and prevailed.  Today we are told these areas of Zion Jerusalem are “occupied” by “settlements,” and the UN is planning to send observers and to segregate any product from there by special markings.  (Some eighty years ago, the Nazis used a Yellow Star to identify Jews.  Today, the UN is marking Israel, in preparation to what may come next.)

 

We already hear the voices that call the Jews to pack their belongings and return to the places from where they came.  Stripped of any connection to the land, Jews may once again become unwanted guests in lands-not-theirs.  The craving of two millennia “for next year in Jerusalem,” the promise “If I forget you, Oh, Jerusalem,” praying toward Jerusalem and the fact that wherever Jews are buried, they always face Jerusalem, are all ignored, as is the Bible, archeology and any historical records.

 

Once before, the Nazis tried to do something similar.  First they started burning books, then they burned the Jews, apparently refusing to acknowledge history:  Empires rose and fell, and the Jewish people are still here.  The Jews are not vermin or cockroaches; the Jews are a Light Unto the Nations.

 

The two centuries leading to the Common Era saw the rule of the Greeks.  From 175 to 164 b.c., Antiochus IV (also known in Judaism as “Antiochus the Evil”) was in charge, and the Jews of Israel were being Hellenized.  The Greeks did not want to eradicate the Jews or erase them off the map.  Quite on the contrary, they had a great respect to the Jews.  But they expected the Jews to become one of them, in behavior and thought.

 

God had to cease, so no circumcision, no Shabbat observance and no other acts unique to Judaism.  The men were to join gymnasiums and dress like the Greeks, and God was to become one of many, reduced to non-being.  Many Jews in Israel followed suit, fully assimilating, but a small group stood firm.

 

A Jewish high priest from Modi-im rebelled.  Matityahu and his five sons, also known as the Hashmonaim or Maccabim prevailed and ruled until 32 b.c. (the Maccabiah Games are derived from the same word, that abbreviates four words from Moses Song, Exodus 15:11: “Who is like unto Thee, O Lord, among the might?”).

 

It was that rebellion that is considered a miracle.  A few against many led by Judea the Maccabi.  Two millennia later, a handful rose again, in the Warsaw Ghetto, and for almost an entire month stood their ground against the Nazi war machine.

 

The miracle of God’s greatness – of a few against the many – is thus remembered and celebrated to this very day.

 

Another miracle is highlighted.  When the Hashmonaim cleared the Temple (the one that is now controlled by the Muslim Wakf and has apparently no connection to Judaism), the olive oil there used to light the Menorah was not sanctified, and it would have taken time to prepare new olive oil suitable for worship.

 

Only a tiny tin was found with olive oil that could be used, enough to last for one day.  Another miracle happened, and the olive oil lasted for eight full days (until new olive oil was available to continue the work of the Cohanim – priests – at the Temple).

 

Thus, to this very day, we light candles for eight days, starting with one on the first night and adding an additional one each night.  These candles are to be watched and enjoyed but not used, so we are not allowed to use them to light one another.  A separate candle is used, “The Server,” or Shamash.

 

Candelabra

 

Eight indicates transcendence from the orderly world (the seven days of creation) to the spiritual.  (Circumcision, for example, takes place on the eight day.)

 

Thus came about Chanukah, the holiday of miracles.  It is also known as the Festival of Lights, or Festival of Inauguration (re-dedication of the Temple).  We are told (Maccabim Book II) that it was really the Festival of Tabernacles postponed (as it could not be celebrated before the rebellion).  For eight days, we eat potato pancakes (“levivot”) and doughnuts (“sufganiot”), all reminding us the miracle of the oil.

 

Latkes for Chanukah – Potato Pancakes

 

Chanukah is not included in the Jewish Bible, but it is mentioned in the New Testament (John 10:22):  It was now winter, and Jesus was in Jerusalem at the time of Hanukkah, the Festival of Dedication. (New Living Translation)

 

Chanukah is celebrated starting the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev for eight days:  25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31st, 1st.  While the Hebrew calendar is a lunar one, the fact that Christmas later evolved to be on the 25th of December, “in the middle of winter,” just eight days before New Year, is not a coincidence.

 

Nor is it a coincidence that this year, when the two calendars (Jewish and Gregorian) identically overlap, we celebrate Christmas Eve and the eve of the first night of Chanukah at the same time.

 

It is a signal to all of us – Jews and Christians alike – that we are one; we must stand together lest “a house divided falls.”  Our roots are one and the same, making us inseparable.  Also, our enemies do not differentiate between us – to them, we are all one enemy, the army of non-believers, composed of “pigs and apes,” the Saturday and the Sunday people.

 

So let us celebrate Christmas; let us celebrate the eight days of Chanukah, for miracles happened at that time so long ago and in these very days.  Let us celebrate the Glory and Might of God, Lord of Hosts, for He is our Salvation, our past, our future and our present.

 

Here is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Christmas greetings (2016):

 

To all of our Christian friends around the world, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

I send you these greetings from Jerusalem. I’m standing in the courtyard of this magnificent International Christian Embassy. I’m so proud of our relations with our Christian brothers and sisters. I wonder for many of you if you remember the experience you had when you first visited Israel, when you saw the Church of the Holy Sepulcher or the Via Dolorosa or the Sea of Galilee or Nazareth. I’m sure it moved you deeply.

 

And it moves us deeply to have this bond with you because we all know that this land of Israel is the land of our common heritage. It changed the story of humanity, it changed civilization. What a magnificent heritage it is. Yet, we also know that it is under attack these days, that the forces of intolerance, of barbarism that attack all religions attack Christians with particular vehemence. We stand with you and I’m proud of the fact that in Israel, this is the one place in the Middle East that the Christian community not only survives but thrives and it’s no accident. It’s because of our commitment to religious freedom; it’s because of our embrace of our heritage; it’s because of our embrace of our common future.  

 

So please come to Israel. Come and visit me, I’m waiting for you. It will be a great experience for you. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year.

 

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This is the latest in the series “Postcards from America – Postcards from Israel,” a collaboration between Zager and Bussel, a foreign correspondent reporting from Israel.

 

Ari Bussel and Norma Zager collaborate both in writing and on the air in a point-counter-point discussion of all things Israel related.  Together, they have dedicated the past decade to promoting Israel.

© Israel Monitor, December, 2016

 

First Published December 23, 2016

Contact:  bussel@me.com

Chanukah’s Chanukiah (candelabrum)

Kristallnacht, 2016


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Intro to Kristallnacht, 2016

Edited by John R. Houk

By Ari Bussel

Posted November 13, 2016

 

Have you heard of the Kristallnacht? My guess is if you are younger than a Baby Boomer (and probably a significant amount of Boomers too), you have no clue what the word Kristallnacht represents.

 

Kristallnacht is German for “NIGHT OF BROKEN GLASS”. That horrendous night came on November 9, 1938 aimed at Jews:

 

… violence against Jews broke out across the Reich. It appeared to be unplanned, set off by Germans’ anger over the assassination of a German official in Paris at the hands of a Jewish teenager. In fact, German propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels and other Nazis carefully organized the pogroms. In two days, over 250 synagogues were burned, over 7,000 Jewish businesses were trashed and looted, dozens of Jewish people were killed, and Jewish cemeteries, hospitals, schools, and homes were looted while police and fire brigades stood by. The pogroms became known as Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken Glass,” for the shattered glass from the store windows that littered the streets.

 

READ THE REST (THE “NIGHT OF BROKEN GLASS”; United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)

 

Now that those of you who were unaware are updated this submission by Ari Bussel should have more meaning. Ari is a descendant of Holocaust Survivors. He attended his first remembrance event at annual conference held in California on the anniversary of Kristallnacht.

 

Ari writes of how few Holocaust survivors were at this annual event largely because of age. He notices that some of the other attendees were quite inconsiderate to the few survivors in attendance as if they forgot the significance of the reasons to remember that around SIX MILLION Jews were slaughtered by Nazi Germans.

 

Ari also spends a little time pointing out there is NO moral equivalence between Jews fleeing the Nazis and Syrian Muslims fleeing ISIS/Assad. The Syrian refugees are primarily Sunni. They may be fleeing the effects of war, but they are fleeing from a regime that hates their existence as the Jews did fleeing Nazis. Leftist err in vainly trying to make that moral equivalence.

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JRH 11/13/16

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Kristallnacht, 2016

 

By Ari Bussel

Sent 11/9/2016 5:10 PM

 

And you will be mad of the sight of your eyes which you will see” (Deuteronomy 28:34)

 

And your life shall hang before you, and you will fear night and day and will have no assurances of your life.  In the morning you will wish it be evening, and in the evening you will say may it be morning, for the fear of your heart which you will fear and the sight of your eyes which you will see.”  (ibid:66-67)

 

It was a November night in 1938, a night that would be remembered ever after as the Night of Broken Glass.  Jews were no longer safe in Europe.

 

The 1939 Club – Members Now Extinct

 

Some years ago, Jews and Christians working together in defense of their shared values had an event at the exclusive Hillcrest Country Club in Los Angeles.

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The event was held by the Israel Christian Nexus and sponsored by the 1939 Club (today the 1939 Society).  I remember entering the room designated for our event, alongside Pastor John Hagee of Christians United for Israel.

 

Our hosts, members of the Los Angeles based 1939 Club, were seated at tables.  What I clearly remember are not the individual faces, just the fact they were all very old, very frail and dressed up so elegantly as if they came from a different world.  I do not remember canes or walkers, but the image of people hardly able to stand or walk has been etched deeply in my mind.

 

Small people.  People who, if one dares touch them most gently, might turn to dust or fog and disappear.  Appearing as a figment of imagination, or perhaps a prop?  Clearly, they did not seem real, making the entire event both surreal and holy.

 

The 1939 Club was supporting many causes at that time and doing so most generously.  Their money had to be put to good use, and they were there observing, stewards and guardians.
They were not checking, micromanaging or overseeing and gave most generously, no questions asked.  Rather they were a living testament to an awful era, and their task, with plentiful means was:  Do whatever is necessary to ensure such evil happens “Never Again!”

 

I saw small, little, frail individuals from whom intense will and determination emanated.  Powered by the means to do good, educate, influence, teach, instill courage, fight and ensure continuity, they focused on the task at hand, for it was apparent to everyone that time was of the essence.  Time was running out, yet the obligation was as formidable as always.

 

These were the survivors, and I am told not one of them is here with us today.  How is it possible?  Simple:  My parents were young children during the Holocaust.  The members of the 1939 Club were at least 20 years older, thus, they would be nearing 100 today.

 

Like them, other survivors are all disappearing.  On October 28th, Sol Berger z”l, would have turned 97.  He passed away on Rosh Hashana, three and a half weeks earlier.  His younger friend, Joe Davis celebrated his 96th birthday on November 7th and his wife turned 92 on the very same day.

 

Sol z”l, a member of the Partisans, and Joe and his wife are three of several Holocaust survivors I know and dare to call my friends.  Julius with a number tattooed on his hand and Leslie, saved by Raul Wallenberg, are two other survivors.  They all reside at the same “retirement home,” and I am privileged and most blessed to be with them every Shabbat.

 

Remembering the Holocaust – Annual Events

 

Year after year, my friend Lily Steiner invites me to the annual Kristallnacht Commemoration event at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.  Year after year I promise to go, but something always comes up, and I never had; until this year.  Lily came back from Australia especially for me to join her, and I am so grateful I did.

 

The 10th annual event now joins Dr. Joel Geiderman’s annual event at Cedar Sinai Medical Center as a “must attend” event on my calendar.

 

Dr. Geiderman is the co-chair of the Emergency Department at Cedar Sinai and for some three decades has brought thousands of doctors, nurses and staff, alongside community members and Holocaust survivors for the annual lunch-and-lecture.

 

At Loyola I discovered some of the same elements:  faculty and staff, community members and students.  Students, young, oh so young and impressionable, yet eager to hear and learn.

 

While at Cedar Sinai the number of survivors dwindles down every year, there are still some.

 

Sol z”l, Joe and his wife, Leslie and Julius, as well as Irene (“I am 94, I survived the Holocaust and I am blind!”) all reside two blocks away from the hospital, yet there has been no effort to send someone and bring them and other Holocaust survivors who are alive and live nearby to the event.  Apparently this extra effort is beyond necessity.  It will be a “feel good” and fulfilling event anyway, so why bother.

 

At Loyola I found no more survivors.  The Director of Jewish Studies responsible for the ten annual commemoration events explained that the date was set a very long time in advance and happened to clash with a long weekend for Holocaust survivors, who were too exhausted to attend.

 

There was, though, one elderly woman with a walker who fit the age.  The intensity of her look convinced me she was a survivor, but I did not ask.  When the film screening started, she was unable to see from the place she was seated.  It was too far away.

 

I brought two chairs for her and her companion, likely her daughter.  A lady from the back came toward us, shouting, “you cannot sit here we will not be able to see!”

 
Not only was she very far back, the elderly lady could not have blocked her line of sight.  To be at a Holocaust memorial event and show not the tiniest iota of kindness begs the question, why does one even bother to show up?

 
The lady without compassion could have moved her chair two inches to the right or the left, as there was so much space.  But she decided to be confrontational toward a person much older and so much more fragile than she.

 
And we ask ourselves, how could a nation so intelligent, so cultured and advanced as Germany in the early 1930s become so evil?  We wonder if it can happen again, if we could have partaken in the same madness.

 

The answer apparently is yes.  As human beings we do not find in our hearts to be kind, to try, to overcome the urge to “go and make a scene,” “complain!” and insist “she must not sit in front.”  Instead, we behave in such an inconsiderate and loathsome manner.

 

Such untoward behavior at a Kristallnacht Commemoration event is tragic.  Oh, the person must be so proud!  She disappeared quickly before the last credits were shown, skipping the reception.  I was actually looking for her, to take her picture.  How people who look “normal” and “cultured” can turn so ugly and evil.

 

Refugees

 

Following the screening of “Jan Karski & the Lords of Humanity” about the Polish Karski who was assigned to inform the world of the Nazis exterminating the Jews, a panel response with the director allowed Q&A.

 

In a most vivid discussion about refugees, the survivors and the world’s reaction to them were compared to the modern-day Syrian refugees crisis.

 

Remember, my friend Lily and I were seated among some 120 people we did not know.  I am among the very few children of Holocaust survivors who were in the audience, and my friend Lily is a fierce fighter for Israel and the West.

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I am thinking about the students, those young, impressionable minds, who experienced no war or real threat in their lifetimes, hearing from two prominent and very respected individuals (a professor and a film director) that Holocaust survivors, like my mother who managed to arrive illegally to Palestine then under British Mandate, or my father who managed to arrive to Israel after the formation of the modern state, are very like today’s Syrian refugees in Europe or those being admitted to the USA by the Obama administration.

 

I am livid.  I am ready to explode.  I boil.  Just moments earlier we all watched footage from the Warsaw Ghetto.  My father was there until his escape.  And now, I am told that he is very much the same as those purportedly escaping their brethren in Syria?

 

Those who are dressed nicer than I am?  Who demand where they prefer to live?  Many among whom rape and grope German women?  Or perpetrate horrific terrorist attacks against their new home countries?  Who have fake passports and ulterior motives to infiltrate and overtake Western civilization?

 

Or maybe the “similarities” can be found in the fact that the Arab world, other than Jordan, does nothing to aid the Syrians?  Indeed, the Jews of America during WWII behaved in much the same way.  But how can anyone compare the Muslims to Holocaust survivors?

 

Lily raised her hand, was given a microphone and very politely but powerfully contested the corrupt “moral equivalency” presented.

 

The same fake equivalency was shown in Spielberg’s movie “Munich.”

 

And the same has happened time after time when the world compares Israel and Gaza’s Hamas.  “So many dead among the Gazans; so few among the Israelis – Israel is at fault!  Israel is the evil-doer, not Hamas and the non-stop, non-discriminating barrage of rockets it unleashes against the Israeli population!”

 

Celebrating the Holocaust, Appeasing Our Senses

 

It seems that seven decades after the end of WWII, as Holocaust survivors are disappearing and their voices become too frail and hard to hear, we are creating our own notions of the Holocaust.

 

We have annual commemorations where we forget the most basic decency.

 

We bring politics and similar baggage to higher education institutions, and professors utilize the classrooms and their students as breeding grounds for indoctrination.
We allow anti-Israel and anti-Jewish sentiments, so prevalent nowadays, to pervade every fabric of our being.  Many of the detractors are Jewish.  Some even are Israelis.  And we do not really need any enemies.  The Arabs understood it all long ago, a simple lesson:  Leave the Jews to their own bidding, and they will destroy themselves.

 

Apparently, we will continue to “celebrate” the Holocaust, with more movies and stories, now done by members of the second generation who were not there but only witnessed the Holocaust via their parents or grandparents, the living remnants of the Holocaust.

 

We do not do the simplest deed that requires effort, like going out of our way to bring a Holocaust survivor, since we live in a different day and age.

 

Today the Holocaust does not really matter, except when we see a movie that manages to touch us, and we leave convinced “we remember,” and even that “we did something good by simply watching a movie.”

 

Can the same evil happen again?  Undoubtedly.

 

So what was Kristallnacht in 1938?  What happened in Europe from 1933—1945?  What started on September 1st, 1933?

 

Judging by the behavior of too many…a whole lot of nothing.

 

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This is the latest in the series “Postcards from America – Postcards from Israel,” a collaboration between Zager and Bussel, a foreign correspondent reporting from Israel.

 

Ari Bussel and Norma Zager collaborate both in writing and on the air in a point-counter-point discussion of all things Israel-related.  Together, they have dedicated the past decade to promoting Israel.

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First Published November 8, 2016

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Again for Nice


Islam- Face of Enemy

[I hace a feeling Ari Bussel would not approve of the above image. This is this Blog Editor’s emotion about Islamic terrorism.]

 

Cataract surgery has placed me a bit behind in reading my email. The result being I am also a bit behind in catching writer submissions.

 

In this submission Ari Bussel writes about the threat of Islamic terrorism to the USA, Europe and Israel. Bussel rightly examines how Muslim Arabs that call themselves Palestinians are taught from the cradle to grave to hate Jews and destroy Israel AND how the West castigates Israel for their response to this Muslim hatred of Jews.

 

Bussel’s thoughts are inspired by an email exchange with a Japanese friend who queried him about the Islamic terrorist attack in Nice.

 

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Again for Nice

 

By Ari Bussel

Sent Sun 7/17/2016 1:22 AM

 

Dear John,

 

A family friend from Japan shared with us an e-mail he wrote to a friend in Nice.  I bring this e-mail in its entirety.

 

[Blog Editor: I performed just a little editing to the correspondence but for the most part the email tone is untouched —

 

Before end of World 2nd War, anybody in France/Germany or in Algeria were unable to judge who belonged to Nazi or who were only shamming as Nazi…

 

Then 70 years passed, again terrible thoughts of IS is getting infiltrated into many of EU countries by some portion of immigrated people from middle east, and infiltrated into many of south/east Asian places also.

 

Now nobody of well-meaning persons are getting unable to judge who are brainwashed IS members, who are infiltrated as IS, or who are nothing concerned among their neighborhood…

 

It regrets to say to what a new difficult stage we are facing now, how we should judge my neighboring persons or persons enjoy in down towns after every evening as common friends or as such dangerous persons?

 

And what we are able to act to get a peace again?

 

Always,

 

 

 

Ari Bussel

 

bussel@me.com

USA +1 (310) ***-****

 

On Jul 16, 2016, at 7:39 PM, wrote:

 

Dear Ari san,

 

Only for your guidance, I sent following message to one friend liv[ing] in south France.

 

My Best,
送信日時: 2016年7月16日 23:46
件名: again for Nice

 

Dear Jean-Remi san,

 

 

Very sorry, this is only my monologue & private words after drank this evening,

 

but if you have anything, hope to hear your comment…

Of course OK to be disregarded.

 

After I sent you a message of sympathy to tragedy in Nice, I just remembered one novel story “La Peste” which I had read often around 50 years ago at my university age, & was written in 1947 by famous French novelist “Albert Camus” what was taken place at Oran city in Algeria.

 

In such novel, Albert Camus probably regarded that a terrible black death disease Pesto as Nazism. Before end of World 2nd War, anybody in France/Germany or in Algeria were unable to judge who belonged to Nazi or who were only shamming as Nazi…

 

Then 70 years passed, again terrible thoughts of IS is getting infiltrated into many of EU countries by some portion of immigrated people from middle east, and infiltrated into many of south/east Asian places also.

 

Now nobody of well-meaning persons are getting unable to judge who are brainwashed IS members, who are infiltrated as IS, or who are nothing concerned among their neighborhood…

 

It regrets to say to what a new difficult stage we are facing now, how we should judge my neighboring persons or persons enjoy in down towns after every evening as common friends or as such dangerous persons?

 

And what we are able to act to get a peace again?

 

Probably you are surprised to read this e-mail what I have never sent before to any of my friends but I was in Nice very often and enjoyed a very beautiful sea view on Promenade des Anglais and I still got excited at Nice tragedy…

 

My Best Regards,

 

 

 

Have you read that novel?]

 

Here is my reply:

 

Your e-mail is the least expected and most thought provoking and insightful writing I have received lately.  Thank you very much for sharing, and for exposing me to Camus’ La Peste.

 

There will be peace again, but first, we must fight and conclude WWIII, in which midst we are now.

 

A Global Islamic Caliphate

 

You refer to IS (Islamic State, in Arabic Daesh), but its ideology is not new, just its methods more widely “appreciated.”

 

Wahhabism (Saudi Arabi, the most common ideology to be found in “cultural centers” and mosques throughout the USA courtesy of Saudi money) and Muslim Brotherhood (primarily to be found in Egypt and Gaza, but here in the USA shared by the “spokespeople” known as CAIR-the Council on American-Islamic Relations) are not different from Daesh or the Mullahs in Iran.  Each wants to establish a global Islamic caliphate and to subjugate all to its doctrine and way of living.  [I, for one, do not want to live as a Dhimmitude (second class citizen) according to Sharia Law.]

 

Each slightly “different” version of Islam is just a different flavor of the same, and all are expected to experience the same fate:  convert and become a devout Muslim following the particular manner of Islam being advocated, be a second class citizen (by paying a “protection” tax) or die.  It is true about non-Muslims (non-believers) and about Muslims who do not subscribe to the exact same interpretation of Islam by the particular “flavor of the moment.”

 

Lately, Daesh has managed to attract followers the world over.  Its methods are gruesome, the exact meaning of “terrorism”:  instilling fear in us.  Murdering en mass, setting people on fire (like the Jordanian pilot inside a metal cage).  Raping and selling to slavery women and children.

 

Non-Muslims are at Peril

 

Minorities throughout Arab states are at great peril.  The Yazidis in Iraq.  The Coptic in Egypt.  The Christians throughout Africa.  The Jews in Israel.

 

Israel has proven to be one safe haven for all.  Minorities are guaranteed the same freedoms as Israelis.  They are respected – as it is a major tenet in the Bible.  For the Muslims, Israel is a problem, for it refuses point blank to go away.  It is the only source of light in an otherwise growing darkness engulfing the world.  It is a refuge where sanity rules.  It is a spring of innovation and goodness.  And – it is a laboratory where the forces of darkness and the cults of death unleash their wares – from homicide bombings to cars plowing at civilians.

 

In short, Israel is an obstacle in the way of the ever-spreading Islamic forces.  At one point it was Iran, more recently Daesh.  But they all aspire for the same end-result, and to achieve that, Israel must be “wiped off the map of the earth” and the Jews must be exterminated.  (Same doctrine as that of the Nazis.)

 

WWIII is that of Islam trying to rule the world, except the various versions have not agreed yet among themselves which is the dominant one, which will prevail.  In the meantime, the Islamists have declared “Europe has Fallen!  America is Next!”

 

A Culture of Death

 

You mention people who are “brainwashed.”  Once it was believed that the destitute become “martyrs” (or as we call them “terrorists”).  Except, it was established long ago that this is not the case, and there are numerous examples.  I often cite the doctors (MDs) who drove with a car full of explosives into the Glasgow airport.  Not only were they not impoverished, they had taken an oath to protect and save human lives.  None had mattered.  They became part of a death cult.

 

Brainwashing is what takes place in the “Palestinian” areas.  From age zero, their kids are taught to hate non-Muslims (“Pigs and Apes” we are called – reference to Jews and Christians).  They watch children’s programs and cartoons, video games and music videos that glorify “martyrdom” for the sake of 72 virgins in heaven and to avenge some wrongdoing (the audacity of existing).  They go through summer camps and training camps how to murder, how to use a knife and a gun, how to explode themselves (and add to the explosives contaminated blood, rat poison or sharp metal objects to add to the devastation).  The textbooks in schools teach them hatred.  Classrooms, soccer fields and major intersections and city squares are named after terrorists as are stamps and other collectibles.

 

A mother swears her son is a good “kid.”  That he ate her amazing cooking and was at home the all night.  It turns out it was all a lie, he went with a friend, butchered a Jewish family – two parents and three of their children, the youngest just an infant – and then went back home to sleep.

 

They went back home to sleep, and continued to live as if they just executed the most peaceful, most beloved and most admirable act in the world.

 

When arrested, they knew that their families will be well taken care.  Japanese, European and American aid money is used to pay very generous monthly stipends to their families.  The more people one murders or maims, the higher the stipend.

 

Stopping the flow of money will not stop the lunacy, but it is absolutely necessary to send a message:  We are not part of this insanity.  But the money keeps flowing, and some of the teachings and indoctrination take place inside UNRWA schools (again, the United Nations playing a major role, exact opposite to the reason it was created).

 

Moreover, the young terrorists became heroes, their acts exalted, their families worshiped.  They did the right thing!  (Let us forget not that the mother went on TV and vowed the son was at home and would never do something like that – it is “against how he was raised,” it is “against the teachings of Islam” she said.)  There are public celebrations and days of worship and exaltation of such devout and devoted “heroes.”

 

This is in Israel, but what is effective in Israel is also effective elsewhere.

 

Except, when it happens in Israel, the world does not call it “terrorism.”  Instead, the world points a blaming finger right at Israel.  This is nothing new, just pure old anti-Semitism.  When it happens days, weeks or months later elsewhere, it is abhorred.  Thus, hundreds of homicide bombings (when a person comes into a crowded location and detonates an explosive belt he or she wears, shouting “Allah-U-Akbar”) in Israel – not a single objection.  When the same happened at a Jordanian (Muslim) wedding, the top Islamic clergy issued Fatwas (edicts) this is contrary to the teachings of Islam (it is, if the victims are Muslims).

 

When Muslim spokespeople go out to say “We Condemn Terrorism,” they cite some very known “incidents.”  They never include any of the exact same attacks in Israel, or in Israel’s capital – Jerusalem.  There it cannot be terrorism, for Jewish blood is allowed, because Jews deserve what they get.

 

Exporting Terrorism

 

Since the first day of October, 2015, to today, Israel has experienced what is called the Third (or Youth) Intifada (Uprising).  Primarily young people (age 13, 17, sometimes younger even) take a knife or scissors and go out to murder Jews – a 13yo, an 86yo, and more.

 

Others drive into crowds standing at a bus station.  (Does that sound familiar?  Nice was not invented two days ago, rather, the practice was well rehearsed repeatedly in Israel.)

 

The head of the “Palestinian Authority” calls it a “Symphony of Blood” and calls to quench the thirsty earth.  On official radio, TV and newspapers.  Repeatedly they call to do more of the same.  Glorification of death in this culture or cult of death.

 

Is there any wonder, then, that the same is then “exported” elsewhere?  It is very difficult to fight a non-conventional war, and Israel has become the laboratory.  This cancer must be eradicated.  We are told it is not “organized,” that individuals are rising up (thus the reason that the Third or Youth Intifada is also called the Individual Intifada.  But this is not the case).

 

Lessons of WWII

 

You went back to the Nazi era.  Humanity promised not to forget, to internalize the lessons and that such madness would happen “Never Again!”  Seven decades have passed, and we are experiencing exactly the same.  The last remnants of the Holocaust are still here, some survivors (primarily in their nineties) and child-survivors (like both my parents).

 

Let us remember (as you had indirectly highlighted) two lessons from the Holocaust and WWII:

 

First, more Christians died in the hands of Christian in WWII.  The systematic extermination of the Jews – six million murdered, 20% children – paled in comparison to the ten-fold number of Christians that died.

 

In WWIII, more Muslims will die in the hands of a Muslim [or Muslims].

 

Thus, anyone following that lesson from long ago must ask:  Why are the Muslims not speaking out?  Why are they not rising to protect themselves, not for our sake, for they too would not want to revert to the 7th Century way of living?

 

The answer is simple:  Many are afraid.  Some agree with what is taking place (even if a very small percentage, it still translates to many tens of millions of people [Bold text from Editor]). The remainder do not have anyone to follow, so they fall in place as well, lost to the ever increasing feeling of dominance and power.

 

And to them I suggest to ponder a poem by one Pastor Martin Niemoller: “First they came….”

 

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

— Fighting from Within

 

You asked about how does one differentiate the innocent from the culprit.  The answer is simple.  It is not you or I who need to do so.  The Muslim communities must act to reform themselves.  They can identify those within them who are getting ready to perpetrate atrocities, but they close their eyes, they cover their ears.  They refuse to do anything.  And so, the work continues uninterrupted.  And help is always given to those who seek it.

 

In theory it sounds commonsensical for the Muslim communities to be on the alert, again – for their own sake.  But in practice here in the USA, the Muslim community at large is taught by its assumed leaders (like CAIR and MPAC – Muslim Public Affairs Council) not to cooperate with authorities, to cry foul every time there is an investigation and to point a blaming finger to us, the non-Muslims.  There is even a manual what to do when questioned, for immediately, automatically and by default, their “civil rights” have been attacked.

 

Even in other matters, such as travel.  We are all subjected to searches at airports – Muslims and non-Muslims alike – except all the terror attacks that used airports or airplanes have been perpetrated by … yes, you guessed it!  We cannot go to the gate if we do not have a ticket.  We must remove our belt and shoes, we must open our computer.  We cannot take any liquids if more than a tiny container.  And the list of restrictions goes on and on.

 

Everyone is subjected to the same rules, but Muslims complain:  We “target” them.  We accuse them.  We persecute them.  We hate them.

 

The truth is different, but they prefer to sound the “victim” cry-of-war.

 

They are the victims and we are at fault.  That has been what we, Americans, have been hearing also from our President for the past seven and a half years.

 

Tell a lie often enough, and people will start believing it.  So in the USA, there are no “terror” attacks and no “terrorists.”  We only have “work-place violence.”  We are told that “Islam is a peaceful religion” and we are so politically correct that we are made to repeat it ad nauseam.

 

For Humanity to Prevail

 

For WWIII to end, Islam – a geopolitical movement (often mistaken to be a monotheistic religion) – must reform itself.  This will have to happen from within, for I – a Jewish person – cannot reform Islam, nor can any other person of any other faith outside Islam.

 

For WWIII to end, Islam will have to be defeated and crushed, in the same manner that Nazism was crushed allowing for WWII to end. [Bold text from Editor] And a better Germany rose out of the ashes, reminding the entire world that humanity matters.  (Interestingly, the Bible teaches us that this is exactly what God expects from us, to be good human beings, to treat the other as we want to be treated ourselves, to do good and to be kind.)

 

We, human beings, have a tendency to easily forget and to a practice of not knowing our own history.  Seven decades have passed from the most horrific period we have known in modern times, and here we are repeating the very same mistakes once again.

 

I am attaching something I wrote recently, “Everything but Terrorism.”  Yesterday there is a continuation, “The Lighthouse of Humanity.”  I will forward the latter as soon as it is published.

 

Thank you again for a thought-provoking reaction to Nice.

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Edited by John R. Houk

 

© Ari Bussel

 

Blog Editor: I found a very good bio for Mr. Bussel that reveals more than I had previous known of pertaining to his history. The bio is from BeverlyHills.com in pdf format which I am converting to a Word format to make it easier to share here.

 

Ari Bussel Bio

 

Ari Bussel is Vice President of Operations at Saybrex International, a privately held family business specializing in the distribution of fine wines and spirits. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company and has held various positions in the company since 1993.

 

Prior to joining Saybrex, Mr. Bussel served as First Lieutenant in the Center for Systems Analysis at General Headquarters of the Israel Defense Forces, where he led the implementation of the Logistics War Doctrine in the Computerized Wargame Program.

 

Mr. Bussel is involved in a variety of philanthropic and civic activities. Mr. Bussel completed the Team Beverly Hills Leadership Program and served on the Environmental Sustainability Topic Committee of the City of Beverly Hills. He was a member of the Steering Committees of former Beverly Hills Mayor MeraLee Goldman and the current Beverly Hills City Treasurer, the Hon. Eliot Finkel. Mr. Bussel also completed and participated in the Community Emergency Response Training Program of the City of Beverly Hills as well as the Crisis Response Team of the Maple Counseling Center.

 

Mr. Bussel was among the founding members and served on the boards of Gen. Shimon Erem’s Israel Christian Nexus, the Western Region of Friends of Israel Firefighters and the Israel Institute for Alternative Energy Advancement. He completed the Salvin Leadership Program of the Anti-Defamation League.

 

Mr. Bussel writes regularly. For the past decade, his weekly columns appeared in print in Israel Jewish Life, Shalom LA, Muslim World Today and Israeli Week. Mr. Bussel’s articles appear on numerous websites, including Canada Free Press, Free Republic, NewsBlaze, SlantRight [That’s me] and OpEdNews. He is a member of the Los Angeles Press Club.

 

Mr. Bussel received a Master of Science in Operations Research from Stanford University and Bachelor’s degrees from UCLA in Applied Mathematics and in Economics with a specialization in Computing.

 

Mr. Bussel was an avid runner who completed the 2005 and 2006 Los Angeles Marathon.

 

Mr. Bussel divides his time between Israel and the United States, writing about the social, political, military and foreign policy fabrics of the two countries. Mr. Bussel is a member of the foreign press corps in Israel. Since 2008, Mr. Bussel has cooperated with award-winning investigative journalist and author in a series of essays “Postcards from America

 

– Postcards from Israel,” and since 2011 in a series of radio broadcasts “Conversations Eye to Eye.”

3 Comments Against Suissa ‘dump Trump’ Article


Trump Gamble or For Sure Crooked Hillary

Ari Bussel is a frequent contributor on my blog. This submission is about three comments to an anti-Trump post in the Jewish Journal by David Suissa. The three comments are pro-Trump. The third comment is penned by Ari Bussel. If you read this blog you are probably aware that I have been in Trump’s corner since Senator Ted Cruz looked at the math, realized he could not secure the GOP nomination and so dropped (or suspended) out of the nomination race. I am a Trumper primarily because the alternative is crooked Hillary, one of the most corrupt American politicians next President Barack Obama and former President Slick-Willie Clinton.

 

Ari’s submission includes the anti-Trump post entitled “Republicans must dump Trump”. Ari placed the article at the end of the comments, but if you want to know what the three comments are defending against you may wish to scroll down and read the Suissa article first.

 

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3 Comments Against Suissa ‘dump Trump’ Article

Republicans must dump Trump

 

Article By David Suissa

Comments Submitted by Ari Bussel

Originally: Jewish Journal

Sent: 6/26/2016 2:26 PM

Focus: Three Comments to Suissa Article

 

[COMMENTS] In the order they were written:

 

1) Lily Steiner (lilily@earthlink.net):

 

David SHAME ON YOU! Do you not understand who ‘We the people’ are? Do you have so much disdain for people that do not agree with you? Do you have to be right to the exclusion of the Democratic process? Is your ego so huge that just because you have taken a vendetta to Trump anyone that does not also see it is wrong? Has it ever occurred to you that you may be, perhaps, just a little wrong yourself? Do you care nothing about a free and democratic election? Can you not even entertain that you are one of the elitists causing the problems. Do you not understand that the SILENT MAJORITY, who do not usually even vote, have taken the time and trouble to leave their chairs and couches and go out and show their support for a candidate they can finally support?

 
I don’t know how we have survived almost 8 years of the current leadership, and in fact we have not yet, as he has deeply and widely embedded Islamists into every department and level of government in a way, only someone like Trump can weed out.

 
But you of all people David, the wonderful father that you are, MUST understand that to raise a family as good and supportive and respectful and dedicated to a father like Trump, especially after 2 failed marriages, that type of father, that type of man cannot even come close to your close minded description of his character. The Trump kids, who grew up in wealth and privilege and the pain of 2 divorces, are exemplary citizens, ALL OF THEM, and totally support and respect their father. Do you in any way question that as their foundation and nurturer he could be anything but a man of solid values and integrity? You’ve raised many kids, you know the challenges, and how they turned out could only be a testament to his moral fiber.

 
All men have egos, and Trumps main challenge is that he is not a smooth charismatic speaker. So yes, you elitists will jump on media extracted sound bites that paint him so negatively, but take the time to see the substance of his ‘straight from the hip, unfiltered’ comments and you will not see lines of insulted workers of all backgrounds waiting to add their stories of the despicable boss they had, you will find stories and comments of a man that treated everyone fairly and equally.

 
When the media tried to show how awful he was to women, you had those same women come out and support him, showing the media, the folks you are supporting, to be totally biased with a lack of integrity to the truth. Now you, David, join them too!

 

You have created the most shameful column you have ever written. You besmirched the good character of a man who doesn’t need the power or aggravation or home or airplane that come with this office. Trump is running because he really does want to MAKE AMERICA GREAT again. With all the votes on the ground and support of all the We The People, not acknowledging him as the Republican Candidate shows you to have a TOTAL DISREGARD for the democracy we enjoy. I respect your disapproval of Trump, even though it does diminish you in my eyes, but I respect your right to your opinion. Your suggestion that we overthrow the democratic process because you feel you are smarter than the rest of us, is just plain ego on your part, far more vulgar than anything you describe in Trump.

 

2) Paul Schnee (sch290@hotmail.com):

 

During the last 12 months nobody has won any money betting against Donald Trump. As I understand it the gravamen of Mr. Suissa’s argument is that some method should be found to deny the will of the primary voters either before or at the Republican convention in July. This suggestion would have been more beneficially applied to Obama’s candidacy in 2008. Had it been successful the likelihood of a populist Trump candidacy, which seems to horrify Mr. Suissa even more than the 8 mirthless, poisonous and treacherous years of Obama’s presidency, would have been remote. Denying the will of the people is a conceit of the political elite as Prime Minister Cameron just discovered on Thursday.

 

Those conservatives and Republicans who will not support Donald Trump because they imagine themselves to be too politically pure, too morally superior, too well educated and too sophisticated because they consider Trump to be an unprincipled quasi-liberal vulgarian are committing a costly form of sanctimony which will hand over America and the Supreme Court to a political party which has abandoned Israel, supports the hate-group, Black Lives Matter, and whose members have moved so far to the left they would be unable to see the center if they were standing on top of a ladder looking through a pair of binoculars.

 

3) Ari Bussel (bussel@me.com):

 

Dear David,

 

Good writing evokes emotions and transfers the piece from the writer to the reader.

 

I am not going to say you are misguided, wrong or otherwise delusional.  I have read at least two lengthy comments to that effect.  Quite on the contrary, I immensely enjoyed, as always, reading your column.  The comments show that people read your column and that what you write affects them, sufficiently to drive them to engage in a discussion with you and/or with the piece.

 

I wonder, and you might too, of all the very many columns you have written this year, is that the single most “profound” or “comment-enticing” one.  Time will tell.  And your readers may think differently than you (each holds a different column of a writer as “most memorable”).

 

I would say, though, that had your “Dump Trump” been published a few weeks ago, it would have been timely, suggestive and thought-provoking.  As it is now, it is stale, outdated and plain sour.

 

The current timing is similar to all those Britons who, moments after the final Brexit results were announced, started calling for another vote, and will likely demand another and another … until their vote is the one that prevails!  Two million, three million and the count is rising.  But how many of them voted to separate in the first place?

 

You admit that “Love him or hate him, the man has earned his delegates.”  You do not question the process; you simply do not like the results. Thus, you call to tailor new regulations, just so that we can change what is truly rightfully earned and fait accompli.

 

You care not that you undermine the integrity of the process, and that is exactly how Democrats today behave; as if they are the owners of the process, and the process must therefore fit itself to them.

 

You advocate somewhat similar to Ehud Barak’s call, at present time in Israel, for a “rebellion” or an “uprising” or anything of the sort, simply because he does not like the current government and/or because he is desperate seeing the “Left,” of which he is a part, evaporating to non-existence.  [I wonder what would happen if I were to use the same about the sitting President of the United States.  “Ousting” or “Rising Against” or anything similar, and I might find myself – in a best case scenario – in a jail cell, keys thrown to oblivion.]

 

You further suggest to Republican leaders to take the long view, the high road and to set an example.  You say, inter alia:

 

Republican leaders must say to America, “We have decided that Donald Trump is so far out of line that we can’t in good conscience support him. Even if we have to bear the wrath of his supporters, divide our party and forfeit the election, we will encourage delegates to go in another direction.”

 

Since when did party leaders – Democrats or Republicans – do the right thing?  They care about one thing, and one thing only – perpetuating the status quo:  immense power and wealth, corruption and politics all concentrated in their hands.

 

Out of necessity – like the Israelites at the Red Sea, with the Egyptians fast approaching – Republican leaders finally understood the demand of (everyday) Republicans – we, the (simple) people, those who have a single, legitimate vote – and internalized the call to stop “Washington Politics.”  Further they understood (not so much by choice, but by sheer and overwhelming reality) that if the party is to survive, they must unite and reflect the people; not the comforts of the status quo where they rule and “let the people be damned!”  Thus you call for them to do the right thing; they have already done so.

 

In Biblical times, Nachshon jumped into the raging waters.  In current day Washingtonian politics, it was the Speaker of the House who was last remaining at the edge of the cliff, refusing to jump to save the institution, the party and himself.  He had no choice but to finally relent as well.

 

Once Paul Ryan announced he will vote together the entire party behind its presumptive nominee, the last fort of opposition to the New Reality has fallen.  Had your column appeared until that moment, it would be a wonderful, thought-provoking, reality-questioning piece.

 

But as it was published after that tipping point, it is nothing but a lamentation of a sore loser; and I know you are not.

 

Imagine a similar column published moments after the Berlin Wall was toppled on 11/9/1989 or at the time President Reagan said, on 6/12/1987, “Tear Down This Wall!”  Timing – all the difference in the world.

 

DJT might be a narcissist, but what is new under the sun?  Are we not completing eight years under another similar narcissist (“it is my way, and only my way!”), simply from the other side of the aisle?  The difference is that with one we had to undergo eight long years of subjugating everything we hold dear (from the Constitution, tumbled under his feet, to the medical care we used to get to anything else that was “life in America” before BHO) to him, and you seem to be afraid of the next four years of “narcissism break[ing] loose.”

 

Anything – either Clinton or Trump – will be better than what we have endured thus far.  As a Republican all my life, and for the sake of America, I hope it will be DJT.  My vote will be for him.

 

Always,

 

Ari Bussel

bussel@me.com

 

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From the Jewish Journal

 

Republicans must dump Trump

By David Suissa

 

 Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore-Flickr

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Photo by Gage Skidmore/Flickr

 

It’s bad enough when a narcissist is so full of himself that even a defeat can’t humble him. Win or lose, he’s always right. Imagine, then, what happens when an extreme narcissist starts to win, and wins big. All narcissism breaks loose. He goes from being drunk on his greatness to being totally plastered.

 

This is what is happening to Donald Trump.

 

He has passed the drunken phase. His stunning victories in the Republican primaries, his endless media exposure and his raucous rallies have become like cocaine-heroin speedballs to the part of his brain that triggers his ego. Blinded by self-love, he has doubled down on his offensiveness and recklessness.

 

His critics inside the Republican party say, “What did you expect? This is who Trump is.” But I think it’s worse than that.

 

What we’re seeing now is Trump becoming more and more Trumpish, a man so hypnotized by his own success that he can’t see himself unraveling (with a 70 percent disapproval rating). He can hire and fire advisers, but it won’t help, because he can’t help himself.

 

If Trump pulls off a miracle and wins the White House, we will have an unhinged leader of the free world, intoxicated by his greatness, prone to even more recklessness.

 

But even if he loses, which is more likely, we will still have to brave another few months of Trumpian bile. Come November, there won’t be anyone left to offend. We will all need a National Detox Day.

 

Among the many fallouts of this cringe-inducing year is how Trump’s crassness has overshadowed some genuine grievances among his working-class voters. Many of them feel, rightfully, that the economic recovery has left them behind and the Washington establishment has ignored them.

 

Some Trump voters also are tired of seeing their country getting ripped off, whether by a badly run war in Iraq that squandered $3 trillion, a badly negotiated nuclear deal that empowered a terror-sponsoring Iran, or unfair trade agreements that have cost American jobs.

 

The great GOP tragedy of 2016 is that it was a vulgar and divisive circus clown who figured out how to tap into many of those grievances.

 

In the beginning, many of us saw the Trump phenomenon as a harmless and amusing sideshow. Now, we see it is contaminating a party — and a nation.

 

That’s why Republicans must do everything they can to dump the Trumpster.

 

This is no longer about partisan politics; it’s about defending the honor of our country. As Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said recently, “There’ll come a time when the love of country will trump hatred of Hillary.”

 

With their convention only a month away, for Republicans that time is now. Trump’s beyond-the-pale behavior justifies looking for every possible angle in the playbook to allow delegates to nominate another candidate.

 

Yes, it’ll be messy, but as John Fund writes in National Review Online, there are expert opinions in support of freeing up the delegates:

 

“Curly Haugland, a member of both the Republican National Committee and the convention’s Rules Committee, has co-authored with Sean Parnell a persuasive mini-book, ‘Unbound: The Conscience of a Republican Delegate,’ to make the case that delegates to the GOP convention are free to vote their conscience.”

 

Denying Trump the nomination is a long shot, to be sure. Love him or hate him, the man has earned his delegates. Still, this is one of those torturous moments when one imperative overrides another. If there is a legitimate way to replace Trump with another candidate, it must be tried.

 

Republican leaders must say to America, “We have decided that Donald Trump is so far out of line that we can’t in good conscience support him. Even if we have to bear the wrath of his supporters, divide our party and forfeit the election, we will encourage delegates to go in another direction.”

 

Politicians and operatives inside the GOP who have mocked and criticized Trump but are nevertheless supporting him are simply proving his point about the cronyism of the political class. The only way they can salvage their integrity is to throw themselves at the mercy of principle and work to replace him.

 

This would be good not only for America — in the long run, it also would be good for the Republican Party.

 

“There will always be other Trumps until Republicans decide to make defeating Trumpism a cause, even if that means short-term losses,” former Democratic speechwriter Jon Favreau writes on The Ringer website. “If the party does not become more welcoming and inclusive, young people and other voters will tune it out.”

 

Donald Trump is too narcissistic to learn from his experience, either in victory or in failure. The Republican Party cannot afford to become like him.

 

To read this article online, visit jewishjournal.com.

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Edited by John R. Houk

As you might relate, there were some typos in the comments – something we all do when placing comments ourselves. I used spellcheck to edit.

 

Everything But Terrorism


Ramadan Bombathon 2016

This is an extraordinary essay by Ari Bussel. I typically like to provide some kind of summary of a submitted essay, report or exposé. To do so here would turn into another essay.

 

I’ll try a few words though. Ari tackles Western political correctness in relation to being blind toward Islamic terrorism AND this blindness extends to Israel which tackles Islamic terrorism with a higher intensity than the West. The Western blindness tends to criticize Israel as the perpetrator and giving a pass to Palestinian Islamic terrorists due to the lie that Arab-Muslims are the true indigenous people of some mythical Palestine. A Palestine that really never existed until after WWI. A Palestine that the West viewed as much as a land of Jews as a land of Arabs (of which a majority of those Arabs immigrated to get jobs by repatriated Western Jews). Here’s as good an essay teaser as any:

 

A day will come when we all – Muslims and non-Muslims alike – see that there is no difference between Daesh, Muslim Brotherhood, Wahhabism and the Iranian Supreme Global Caliphate.  They all want to establish the same rule where non-Muslims are subjugated to Muslims–Ari Bussel

 

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By Ari Bussel

Sent: 6/12/2016 10:24 PM

 

Early Sunday morning in Los Angeles, the news broke about 20 dead in Orlando. Hours later it would turn out to be 50 dead in a gay club, perpetrator happens to have a Muslim name.  Speculations range, “is it a hate crime?”  Clearly it cannot be a “Terrorist attack;” this we know to be an absolute truth, and facts must not confuse us.

 

Since we are practically forbidden from using the word “Terrorism” in the same context as “Islam,” we normally revert to “workplace violence,” the term favored by US President Obama.  To make the term more suitable to the location, let us replace it with “drinking-place violence” (those inside just happened not to be “straight,” thus the entire episode is more comprehensible, open to more suggestions) and continue with our daily lives.

 

President Obama believes that every act of terrorism, when the perpetrators shout “Allah u Akbar” (God is Great), is simply carried out by a deranged individual and there is no overlap between it and the great religion of peace spreading its tentacles, aiming to reach global domination.

 

Just days earlier, at the center of Tel Aviv, at a location somewhat like the Grove in Los Angeles, two cousins sat at a restaurant chain to drink coffee.  Two attractive young men, they were very well dressed, some say “disguised,” indistinguishable from any other Israeli there.

 

“Drinking-place violence” happens everywhere it seems.  Apparently the two cousins did not want to pay, for instead they took out guns and started shooting, murdering four, wounding six others.

 

Perpetrators:  Muslim.

 

Victims:  Jewish/Israelis.  Score (in casualties):  0:10. Real score (Islam: West):  1:0 (enemies of the West having the upper hand).  But clearly this has nothing to do with the act.  Or does it?

 

It will be later learned the two cousins planned something much bigger, the ten casualties being negligible in comparison to the actual forecast.

 

How are the two instances connected?  They both happened during the holy-to-Muslims month of Ramadan.  Also, they both targeted the most hated:  Jews in Israel and gays in America.

 

In mosques the world over, including in Israel and the USA, Islamic clergies call to cleanse the world and promise 72 virgins in heaven to anyone bold enough to carry the act.  In Gaza and Judea and Samaria, young Muslims are trained at summer camps how to bring death and mayhem (stubbing, using rifles, exploding themselves and other like heroic tasks).

 

In the internet, young Western disciples are recruited en masse.  They go via Turkey to Syria and Iraq for training, and if they do not die there, they return to their home countries to carry out “courageous” acts against the Infidels (non-believers).  During Ramadan, such acts get an extra significance of Jihad (holy-war), filled with utter and pure devotion, adorned with splashing red, hot human blood sacrifice.

 

In Iran gays are hung on trees or tall poles.  In Gaza they are executed or thrown off rooftops.  In the Palestinian Authority, children were brought to Arafat to fulfill his every craving and desire.  Prohibited (like liquor), but consumed nonetheless.

 

Old Faithful

 

Now, let us turn to the way the script is played.  In Israel, Israelis gather around, burying the dead the same day or the next (Jews must bury their dead immediately), and as painful as it might be, normalcy is restored.

 

Many go out to the same restaurant, to show support, to show we are not afraid – that life must not be interrupted or corrupted by Muslim terrorists who are influenced by Daesh or Palestinian ideology.

 

The world immediately warns Israel to show restraint, not to over-react (any reaction by Israel other than licking its wounds and retracting out of sight is considered by the world an “over-reaction”).  Moreover, when Israel decides that the extended family of the terrorists has forfeited its privileges to go to work in Israel, the world went berserk.  How dares Israel?  She must be (and thus is) immediately condemned for “collective punishment.”  Plans are formulated to sue Israel in the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

 

The privilege of being treated with respect and trust is not a right-by-virtue.  Why would Israel allow those who plot to murder her citizens to come and work in Israel?  It is clearly not an obligation; rather it – and participation in civilized society – must be earned.

 

Thus, Israel is hit by a terrorist attack, then the world stands around and spits at the wounded victim, kicks her, shouts vulgarities and threats, enjoying her misery, stubbing Israel again and again, exactly where it hurts.

 

For instance, France, itself the target of repeated “civilized” attacks and constant “discourse” with the Islamists and Daesh, is applying pressure on Israel to come to peace with her enemies – the brainwashed terrorists – by giving land and numerous other concessions.  The French see it as a quest for peace.  Israel knows it is a definite way to commit suicide.

 

The same should work very well if applied toward France:  Just accept what the Islamists want – Sharia law in France; women covered from head to toe; women as second class citizens, whose husbands are allowed and taught how to maltreat them, use them as a punching bag and blame them for their own indiscretions; the utter elimination of Christ and Christianity and the obliteration of any history (from books to Churches, forts to museums, archeology to artwork).

 

To the world, there is no terrorism ever happening in Israel, for Jewish blood is of no consequence or concern.  Whatever happens and however it happens, Israel is always found guilty in the court of international opinion.

 

The American Version

 

In the United States, there is a different script, yet no less familiar.  Even before all the facts are known, CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations – calling itself “the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization” – immediately “condemned the deadly shooting spree at a nightclub that left at least 20 people dead.”

 

It has become a standard reaction to quickly “hold a news conference with leaders of the Muslim community and interfaith representatives to condemn the deadly shooting spree.”  A Jewish Rabbi, Christian Father and other clergy people are kept on standby for that exact purpose.

 

In short, a photo-op and hollow lip service, even before all the facts are known.  Facts that turn out to indicate with absolute certainty that the terrorism act was perpetrated in the name of Islam; but let us not be confused with facts.

 

So quick CAIR is at organizing these “We Condemn” conferences that something smells rotten.  Why would CAIR be so quick to preempt, every time, and why is it that the perpetrators in these instances always turn out to be Muslim who invoked Allah’s name as they went on a murdering spree?

 

The “We Condemn” conferences are sprinkled-to-saturation with lots of “no one is listening to us” and “we do not get enough news coverage which we rightfully deserve” and mixed with pointing the finger at society at large: “We are unfairly and unjustly targeted because we are Muslim!”  “Americans so easily hate us!”  “So many people are Islamophobes!”  And then the best follows with haste: “We must be protected!  The Federal Government should immediately step up protection!”

 

While CAIR has become accustomed at immediately convening news conferences and pointing the finger at non-Muslims, the Administration usually waits a short while longer, say another twenty minutes to an hour, and then a grim face President Obama tells the nation that Muslims are persecuted, unjustly targeted and suffer immensely for no fault of their own.

 

The President warns, “let us not rush to judgment,” apologizes to the Muslims, defending their motives and blaming America and Americans.  His other favorite excuse: “there are too many weapons,” leaving us thinking: “Maybe we should scrap the Second Amendment!”  He is, before all, a legal expert, a professor of law and a self-proclaimed “Constitutional-law professor.”

 

Following Obama’s logic, the perpetrators become the victims, and the victims soon will have a known complex (Stockholm Syndrome) of identifying with the terrorists, justifying their actions, understanding their motives, feeling sorry for them; blaming ourselves for what we have just endured.

 

How Can We Tell?

The two back-to-back incidents highlight a growing threat to the Western World: homegrown terrorism.

 

In Israel, due to the “popular so-called ‘non-violent’ uprising” of those determined to destroy Israel, Israelis are now accustomed to extra security: Entering a bank, restaurant, night club, major shopping center or university necessitates going through security (likely better than our own TSA at the airports, shown time and again to be less than effective).

 

For the past nine months, the Israeli laboratory has been trying to comprehend and offer solutions to a new phenomenon:  The so-called “individualist-terrorist.”  A 14 year old.  A 21 year old.  Male.  Female.  Children on a mission.  Two cousins like last week’s terror attack.  All supposedly unrelated, uncoordinated and seemingly justified as a no-other-choice-reaction to great grievances.

 

Except there is a very clear common denominator:  All perpetrated by Muslims who have been brainwashed that murdering Jews would warrant their afterlife in heaven with 72 virgins.  Promised an eternal glory for them and their families.  Taught at summer camps, soccer fields and classrooms this is the way to go, a life worth living.  A small sacrifice relative to the immense injustice done to their “people.”

 

Israel still has not formulated the manner by which to respond to this terrorism.  The solution stares in Israel’s face, yet she refuses to take the necessary steps.  Perpetrators are not the victims, and terrorism in not a “non-violent uprising.”   Even in the US of A, we understand the difference between “free speech” and “hate speech” and have laws in place designed to protect us against the latter.

 

When Muslim leaders in Israel call to “quench the land’s thirst with Jewish blood,” they must be silenced.  Free speech that has long turned into hate speech, yet is allowed from the loudspeakers of mosques (including Al Aqsa in Al Quds – i.e. from the top of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Israel), from the podium of the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament), via official radio, TV, internet and print journalism, must be stopped.

 

For Israel to regain its calm and her enemies their human sanity, the hate fire must be put out.  Until it is done, the “Intifada by Individuals” (“Blood Symphony”) will continue unabated.  12 year olds will use knives to stab 80 year old women or kids their own age, Israel will be blamed and the so-called “Palestinians” will glorify these acts of madness and cowardliness as “Holy Jihad!”

 

Outside the Laboratory

 

Outside of Israel, the problem is two-fold: First, there is no security other than at the airports.  Profiling is prohibited.  Terminology is convoluted not to offend the touchy souls of Muslims.  We are simply not used to face constant terrorism or set up to fight it.

 

Second, the terrorists are more and more of the “homegrown” type.  They look like any other person, speak without any accent, travel freely, claim rights they do not deserve and go out on the attack.
So were the doctors in Glasgow.  Belgian, French, Swedish, Finnish, Dutch, German and so many others.  Homegrown Muslim Terrorists.  Even in Israel, the two terrorists were not only dressed up nicely – they looked like two attractive young men in their early 20s, not much different than any other Middle-Eastern Israeli!

 

Israel is the laboratory where everything is being tried and experimented.  From Israel, it is then exported the world over, and the world awaits Israel’s solutions and medicine to stop the spread.

 

CAIR and MPAC (Muslim Public Affairs Council), so quick to proclaim Islamic terrorism having nothing to do with Islam, are mysteriously silent in condemning and as usual very quick at pointing a blaming hand when it comes to terrorism against Israel.  This was the case, for instance, when MPAC’s president Salam Al-Marayati, spoke earlier this year in Los Angeles about “the struggle against global terrorism,” “from San Bernardino to Brussels, Israel excluded.”

 

Like CAIR and MPAC, during the Second Intifada, Muslim clergy in the West and throughout the Arab world said not a word about the constant terrorist attacks in Israel.  Until the same “homicide bombing” (strapping oneself with explosives mixed with bolts, tainted blood, etc., and exploding in the midst of people while shouting in deepest reverence: “Allah u Akbar!”) was carried out in Jordan at a wedding.  Then the entire Islamic clergy woke up to speak against it.

 

How capable are the Muslim loudmouths, how sleek and appeasing?  They are “against Terrorism,” but “terrorism” against Jews is not “Terrorism!”  Alas, what is good in a Jewish wedding is equally as effective in a Muslim wedding.  After all, the Jewish forefathers are still believed to be Muslim prophets.

 

In a Minefield

This, indeed, brings us to the true essence of fighting terrorism.  Often, one is warned not to write about Muslims and Islam.  I am often told, as if I do not know: “You cannot – must not – generalize.”  “There are many good Muslims.”  “You have Muslim friends who are good people!”

 

Beyond just “political correctness,” there is the issue of danger.  Write, draw a lame cartoon or talk about Islam in a manner not acceptable to Muslims, and you bring great danger to your life.

 

Non-Muslims, as a general rule, are not allowed to talk about Islam other than with the utmost reverence.  Anything short of that is blasphemy and is punishable by death.  There are some very famous examples, from the Danish Cartoons to Charlie Hebdo in Paris.  Salman Rushdie, Theo van Gogh, Geert Wilders, Ayaan Hirsi Ali.  Meir Kahane, Rehavam Ze’evi.
And in between political correctness and beheading or death-by-some-other-gruesome-manner, there is being called “Islamophobe,” “Extremist” and other such pearls of modern-day-wisdom.

 

The Future

 

Thus we return to the back-to-back terrorist attacks in Israel and the USA.  Both perpetrated by Muslims.  In both instances, the perpetrators subscribe to an Islamic-Global-Caliphate ideology – a geopolitical movement on the rise, not a religion, or maybe a death-cult masquerading as a religion.

 

If Israel and the USA try to find internal blame, the terror has succeeded twice:  Once for planting fear in our minds and daily lives, bringing them to a stop.  And again for shaping our future behavior, conditioning us to accept Islam as being superior and untouchable and to fear being critical as we are with any other religion.

 

Fear is highly contagious.  For those not understanding its grip, try to answer how is Daesh so successful controlling vast populations of people.  Look at the Yazikis, the Iraqis, Egyptians, Iranians and Gazans.  Fear’s hold is gripping-to-stand still, it freezes the person, preventing any action.

 

A day will come when Muslims in droves will stand and speak out.  They will be silent no more.  They will do so equally whether the victims are Jewish, gay, American, Saudi or Jordanian.

 

The day is still far, far away, for at present, nothing that happens to Jews in Israel, France, South America or elsewhere in the world amounts to “terrorism,” and so none of these attacks is ever included in the long list of terrorist attacks – from the UK to France to Spain, Malaysia and Indonesia and onward around the world – all in the name of “Allah u Akbar.”

 

A day will come when those speaking for American Muslims will stop blaming everyone else and treating themselves as victims.  They do not cooperate when the authorities come to investigate.  Quite on the contrary, they have lawyers ready to sue for “violations of their civil rights.”  Buy they tell us they will freely report any “odd behavior” that leads to terrorism.

 

They constantly cry foul to the Administration and demand that doctors and others on “humanitarian” missions via Turkey to Syria and beyond not be stopped or questioned.  (Daesh is quite “humanitarian,” when burning live people, executing, raping or mutilating and definitely when selling children and women for slavery.)

 

A day will come when we all – Muslims and non-Muslims alike – see that there is no difference between Daesh, Muslim Brotherhood, Wahhabism and the Iranian Supreme Global Caliphate.  They all want to establish the same rule where non-Muslims are subjugated to Muslims.

 

Rise, my Muslim friends, rise and take action.  Speaking out selectively radiates insincerity.  For terrorism is one and the same, whether applied toward a Jew, a Christian, a Muslim or any other person.  Rise and be true to your words, so that we can start believing what you say.  Overlapping faith and action will offer you protection as well, for else, you may find yourselves in Pastor Martin Niemöller’s poem – dead too.

 

Why should Muslims care?  Because if they do not subscribe the particular version that sees itself superior and happens to be most gruesome, thus having the upper hand, they will find their fate is the same as that of the “Pigs and Apes” (Jews and Christians and all other non-believers) “People of the Book.”

 

Hamas, for instance, that exists to bring about the destruction of the Jewish State of Israel (as is prominently featured in its Charter and daily actions) has agreed for a temporary cessation of hostilities due to the real threat of Daesh.  (Apparently Israel has some uses after all.)

 

For those that supreme ideologies and races sound familiar, there is a reason.  All that is necessary is to look at our history books at what happened some 75 years ago.  And for those who are skeptical at the comparison, be assured that in addition to six million Jews who were methodologically exterminated (including more than a million children), there were many other non-desirables (gays, gypsies, political opponents and tens of millions others who did not subscribe to the Arian race, the Japanese superiority, etc.).

 

And a day will come when common sense will return to govern.  Muslims will be treated with respect rather than suspicion, like any other minority, because they deserve it, because they had removed the cancer from within.  And respect and trust will have to be earned, not demanded and taken at will.

 

Until such time, we had another work-place violence.  The perpetrator’s Muslim name has nothing to do with the act of crime.  Muslims must be protected, for they are just the victims.  We are all at fault, for we hate Muslims with a vengeance.  And in condemning what took place, we must equate it with everything else that takes place around the world (first and foremost:  Israel is guilty!).

 

People are murdered, and life goes on.  Paris.  Tel Aviv.  Orlando.  It will continue until Israel finds a cure.  Then a new cycle-of-violence will be unleashed, more horrible than before.

 

At least we can rest assured that the world’s laboratory is hard at work, never sleeping nor slumbering.  Israel is the guard on the walls protecting the world, although at the moment, these walls seem to be ready to fall down.

 

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Ari Bussel wrote for Muslim World Today, during the life of the publication, and served as the paper’s foreign correspondent in Israel.

 

© Israel Monitor, June, 2016

 

First Published June 12, 2016

 

Contact:  bussel@me.com

 

 

Ari Bussel on Israel’s Water Miracle


Water Desalination

Edited by John R. Houk

February 26, 2016

 

Alas, the day is here that cultured people are using sub-texts and innuendos to blame Israel for wrongdoings never committed.  Before we, too, find her guilty by association, based on unsubstantiated allegations that sound good, let us investigate, learn from all that Israel can offer and celebrate the true Israel and the vital water lessons she provides. Ari Bussel

 

The issue of water is an extremely important issue in the Middle East. This includes the ONLY true representative democracy in the Middle East, viz. Israel. Israel is so hated by Arab Muslims that they continuously propagate lies against the Jewish State. Sadly these lies are too often believed by the Westerners of Europe and America making the diabolical Muslim liars into heroic victims rather than the Jew-hating people their religion has taught them to be.

 

The greatest of ironies is Western Left Wing Jews – particularly in America – believe these libelous lies making them a part of this Muslim Jew-hatred. What does this make Liberal Jews. That would make them self-loathing.

 

Ari Bussel elaborates on this with two email submissions. The first was sent February 23, 2016. The second was sent the next day but was actually written by Ari in 2010. It is quite eerie that Ari presciently wrote on the issue roughly six years ago only to witness an exposé in this present time. I have posted them in the order I received. Note the 2010 article is posted second.

 

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By Ari Bussel

Sent 2/23/2016 8:39 PM

 

In 1942-1944 a new Israeli folk song and dance appeared, “Ma-im, ma-im Be-Sasson” (water, water, in joy).  It became a sensation and still exists today.  It reads, in part:  “and you will pump water in joy, from the springs of salvation.”

The decades of settlement of Eretz Israel, first under Ottoman Empire then under British rule, were most difficult.  The Land of Israel was – with very few exceptions in “major” cities – desolate and infested with malaria-bearing mosquitoes and swamps in some parts, and a harsh desert in others.   The Arab population, which was in very large part not indigenous, was doing all it could against the Jews.

There was very little food, times were tough and there were bits of horrible news coming from Europe.  The Brits were doing everything possible to avoid supporting the local Jewish population, and settling the land was a most formidable task.  

Deprived of food, sleep and proper accommodations, the settlers of the land forced themselves not to be dejected and to keep morale up.  They would dance and dance and dance to Ma-im, Ma-im, Oh, Ma-im Be-Sasson!

Today, Israel is a superpower in terms of water.  Half as much rainfall, ten times the population, seventy times the size of the economy than 70 years ago, and yet Israel is self-sufficient in terms of its water needs.  It seems that miracles indeed happen in this tiny sliver of land between the Jordan “River” and the Mediterranean.

Cotton fields in the south and banana plantations along the slopes of the Carmel mountains range, both extremely water consuming crops, stretch for miles.  There are major desalination plants, converting seawater into drinking water.  When there is little rain but conditions are right, clouds are being impregnated and rain becomes a reality.  Cities in desert areas are blooming with reclaimed water (it is easy to notice since the drip irrigation uses purple plastic hoses).  And agriculture, fresh fruits and vegetables, relies heavily on reclaimed water.  

Science and technology have developed around and as a result of necessity.  Harsh conditions dictate a reality of either importing water or becoming self-sufficient.  And Israel has long learned the lesson she cannot rely on anyone but herself for her own survival.

Yet Israel has not kept her achievements to herself.  Quite the contrary, she constantly shares, following the motto “light unto the nations.”  From East to West Africa, India to China, and now coming to the USA, Israel’s water technology is being spread for the general good to everyone’s benefit.

Even in the immediate neighborhood, where wars have been fought because of water and neighbors want to destroy one another as a matter of tradition, pastime sport and culture than any real reason, Israel shares her know-how with her sworn enemies.  

Syria, whose water resources were stolen by Turkey, was being assisted by Israel, pure cooperation without media fanfare, until the civil war erupted.  

In Syria, vast agricultural areas dried up, forcing the farmers to migrate to the major cities or starve.  This caused immense pressure on the political and economic systems, which contributed to the unrest.

The world at large recognizes Israel’s position and contributions in the area of water, except a few Jews and others right here in America.

National Geographic

National Geographic for me has always been an icon.  We used to collect the yellow-and-white-cover magazines and to order the leather binders for each year.  Before the advent of the Internet and smartphones, when travel was limited and extremely expensive, National Geographic took us to wondrous places to see amazing things only nature could create.

We trusted National Geographic; to be fair and balanced, to be neutral in anything and everything with one exception, standing for the might and wonder which is nature.

Little did I expect that National Geographic would betray all that it represented, when its photographers and editors chose to dedicate a whole issue to the subject of water, a scarce – and sacred – resource, and about one fifth of this special issue to the “evils” of Israel.  Oh, so innocent.  Oh, so deceiving.

Israelis “stealing” water!  Israelis enjoying abundance of water at a pool or the Sea of Galilee, in contrast with Jordanian kids with swollen stomachs or skeleton bodies and a non-existent water supply.  Israelis vs. nomad Bedouins.  Israelis growing Bananas minus the tiny caveat that only reclaimed water is used, exclaiming in the text how water consuming are the banana plants.  And it went on and on.  Israel the devil and those horrible Israelis.

Nothing could be further from the truth, and Israelis, who cannot fathom twisting the truth to no (or ill) gain, ignored it.  This Water Issue was allowed to sell in Israel, and Israelis did not go out to the streets in protest.  The distance between reality and false propaganda was so fantastic, that Israelis simply refused to pay attention.

Alas, a major (Jewish) philanthropist, daughter of the Annenbergs whose name adorns music centers and other cultural landmarks, decided to open her “Space for Photography” in Century City (a Los Angeles neighborhood bordering the City of Beverly Hills) with the National Geographic water exhibit.

Shame, people shouted.  All approaches to her offices and foundation were ignored as superfluous and meaningless noise.  Two icons came together, National Geographic and philanthropic wealth.  “Water!” was a lucrative enough title, and with the brand name of National Geographic and a newly opened “museum” in the heart of Century City, success was guaranteed.  Why should anyone worry about truth, ethics or integrity?

Water Summit @ The Wallis

Some years passed.  Annenberg gave $25m to a new Cultural Center in Beverly Hills, now named after her.  On March 1-3, 2016, a Water Summit will be held in Beverly Hills, at the Wallis.  It is part of a series of such summits throughout the United States, held by Jewish National Fund, a local non-profit.

More importantly, it is part of a Memorandum Of Understanding between Israel and the City of Beverly Hills (there was a similar MOU signed with the State of California).

Mayor Dr. Julian Gold (on the right)Mayor Gold (on the right) welcoming the Israeli Water Summit to Beverly Hills, at a Kickoff Event, 2/22/2016

Mayor Dr. Julian Gold, Congressman Ed Royce, Consul General David Siegel and other dignitaries will assemble at the Wallis to explore the wonders that Israel brings to the world in terms of Water.

Congressman Ed Royce

Congressman Ed Royce                                         

Israeli Consul General David Siegel

Consul General David Siegel                                                

There will be a representative of major labor unions, major investment funds, government officials, activists and residents.  In short, people will come to learn about all that Israel has to offer in terms of water, highlighting truth, not fiction; reality, not false fabrications.

This is more important now more than ever, with two thirds of humanity and 40 States of the Union facing severe water shortages.  In California alone, the source for half the agriculture in the USA, one million acres were lost last year due to the ongoing drought, now in its fifth year.

In a breakfast event to kick off the California-Israel Water Summit, there were those who remembered the National Geographic Water Issue and the Annenberg Space for Photography’s decision to showcase it as its opening act.  They looked at one another and inquired, who knows Wallis Annenberg, to extend her an invitation to the Water Summit.

There is no need for an apology.  Correcting past misdeeds and evil-doings such as the betrayal, especially young ones and those most loyal ones, by National Geographic and its editorial staff will not do any good, after the seeds of lies and deception have germinated.  But the truth has a tendency to eventually emerge and see the light of day, contrary to any ill intentions.

It happens every year when Israeli pilots fly over Auschwitz.  When the Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces leads Israeli soldiers there.  It happens when anyone visits Israel and discovers for him or herself her numerous miracles of existence.  And it will happen when Wallis Annenberg comes to the cultural center at this iconic city, a center that carries her name, and will be welcomed with the love and appreciation that exists toward a sister; even if she made an error in the past.

 

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Op-Ed: The Water Ambassadors

Under the guise of a photographic exhibit, a new blood libel, using water, has come to the surface.
Ari BusselBy Ari Bussel

Sent 2/24/2016 1:20 AM

Original Publication May 24, 2010 1:42 PM

Arutz Sheva 7 – Israel National News

 

Agriculture and water played a pivotal role in Biblical history, to such an extent that Jewish people still bless G-d every day, “He who returns the wind and brings down the rain” or “He who brings down the early morning dew” depending on the time of the year.  Without water, the Land of Milk and Honey would become barren and dry, its trees would wither, its future in doubt.

 

All it takes is to accuse Israel of the wrongdoings her enemies never hesitated to commit.

 

Water is intrinsically intertwined in Israel’s history, from parting the sea to allow the escape from tyranny and slavery to the days the Israelites were wandering the desert and yet all their needs were met.  Other highlights include Elijah the Prophet standing with his head on the line on Mount Carmel seeing a tiny father-of-cloud approaching; supplying water to Jerusalem in King David’s time; the aqueducts built during the Roman period from Haifa to Caesarea – still standing today – and during the same era, the water-collecting and storing mechanism in the Masada fortress at the Dead Sea.

Now, at the beginning of the 21st Century, water has become the new blood libel against Israel.  Seeing the effectiveness of repeating the argument “The Holocaust Never Happened,” Israel’s enemies now use against her the very weapon once used to parch the Jewish inhabitants of the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem in an attempt to force them to surrender.  All it takes is to accuse Israel of the wrongdoings her enemies never hesitated to commit. No proof needed, just the chutzpa to promote the big lie.

Water assumes a modern, everyday importance as well.  The most known phrase in Israel is “It’s a shame to waste a drop”–of water.  Every drop of water is crucial, from not wasting water to clean one’s car (use a bucket rather than a hose) to using a two-tier water container in the bathroom and soaping dishes with the faucet off.  Water is so expensive in Israel that people are trained, from very early age, to conserve.  

This week the largest desalination plant opened in Israel, changing seawater to drinking water that actually taste good.  Israel has long been the leader and pioneer in water technologies, from drip irrigation to gray water usage in agriculture. (For INN’s article featuring this, click here).

A classroom guide about water for grades one through 12 is readily available online and in numerous textbooks.  Water is part of the curriculum in Israel, thus reinforcing what children learn out of necessity at home.  Moreover, water is the subject of songs and dances in Israel, truly embracing a cultural experience.

It is exactly in this context that foreign photojournalists came to Israel to take pictures and tell a story.  The story is part of a major project, a special National Geographic issue about a thirsty world.  

What did they find in Israel?  Somehow, none of the things I described, not a thing that every Israeli child has experienced since early age:  the great respect shown a very scarce resource, the admiration, the dependence and the knowledge that water comes with a price. Every first, second and third grader in Israel can educate the world about water and its conservation.  

Against that background of care and conservation, the photojournalists did not describe the Israeli reality.  Instead, they focused on a story they wanted to tell, one of hatred and suspicion, one twisting reality into an attack on the Jewish State.  

Dressed as a photo exhibit, National Geographic blames a water shortage and the ills of the region on Israel.  The Dead Sea is drying up and it is Israel’s fault.  Israelis consume more water than Arabs, supposedly, and this too is Israel’s fault.  With ever increasing population pressures throughout the arid Middle East, there is a decreasing water table, so BLAME ISRAEL.  No word on Arab destruction of the aquifer and warnings of Israeli water experts on Arab misuse of water sources.

Reinforcing the photo-exhibit message are pictures and captions showing Israel supposedly exploiting water  by growing crops that are high consumers of water. Implying Israel does not know her right from her left in agriculture is foolish given most crop types were refined over the decades to better adapt to the climate and that each farmer gets strict allotments. In addition, most irrigation types and water used—gray water—were developed for lessening Israel’s dependence on water. Israelis invented water saving drip irrigation.

 

Israelis invented water saving drip irrigation.

 

The sophisticated National Geographic photojournalists with their ultra sensitive cameras and amazingly twisted hearts and minds set out to frame Israel for crimes she never committed.  It is easy to accuse, and let the lies carry in the wind, like fire in a dry field on a scorching day.  

“More humanity per pixel” says the Los Angeles-based Annenberg Foundation that opted to host the exhibit during the fifty days between Passover and Shavuot.  But let us celebrate water, not hate, and let us learn from Israel and her long history intermingled and dependent on water.  We must disallow the spread of propaganda against Israel under the guise of a National Geographic photo exhibit.

 

Alas, the day is here that cultured people are using sub-texts and innuendos to blame Israel for wrongdoings never committed.  Before we, too, find her guilty by association, based on unsubstantiated allegations that sound good, let us investigate, learn from all that Israel can offer and celebrate the true Israel and the vital water lessons she provides.

Israel needs each and every one of us to combat the lies.  The war does not rage in Israel proper, but right here in Los Angeles and on campuses throughout North America.  It is in museums and places of culture and thought, locations that should have been the first to reject the lies, yet most adamantly embrace them.

To counter the lies we need to become Israel’s true Water Ambassadors and restore to the world a semblance of sanity and respect before the truth is buried forever.

In a new leaflet by the Los Angeles based Simon Wiesenthal Center, “2010 Top Ten Anti-Israel Lies,” water is not mentioned.  A recent lecture by a doctoral student titled “Thirsting the Palestinians” held at Loyola Law School in Downtown Los Angeles and a billboard on Sunset Strip promoting the same lies were just appetizers.  The Annenberg Exhibit is ushering in hatred with all its glory, propaganda with all its might, via no other doors than those of the Jewish Community itself.  The very leaders of the community seem not to have noticed what the exhibition is saying–or have they?

Shame, Wallis Annenberg.  Your love of photography and your family’s many contributions to culture cannot justify your helping to propagate hatred toward Israel and the Jewish People.  Take action, lest you remain an accessory, a major facilitator in fact, to this horrible blood libel.

It is time to stand up and speak against the continued delegitimization, demonization and dehumanization of the Jewish State. Lest we ask later “why did we not do something about Israel’s fall when we had a chance,” let us answer the following now:  If not we, who, and if not now, when?

 

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A Warm Embrace, A Welcome Back

 

This is the latest in the series “Postcards from America – Postcards from Israel,” a collaboration between award-winning investigative journalist and author Zager and Bussel, a foreign correspondent reporting from Israel.

Ari Bussel and Norma Zager collaborate both in writing and on the air in a point-counterpoint discussion of all things Israel-related.  Together, they have dedicated the past decade to promoting Israel.

© Israel Monitor, February, 2016

First Published February 22, 2016

Contact:  bussel@me.com 

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Ari Bussel is an activist with a deep passion and commitment to truth. His continuous fact-finding missions to the Middle East to secure truthful and factual information about the status of the situation are disseminated to a worldwide audience through his letters, journals and articles. Bussel is a graduate of UCLA and Stanford. His area of expertise is Israel’s Public Diplomacy.

 

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