Join Ari Bussel on a Tour of Jerusalem, Israel

When the world around seems to be exploding, Israel is a safe haven. Let us work to protect and defend Israel as she is. Beautiful, although not perfect. Shy yet adventurous. Spontaneous yet thoughtful. Passionate and devoted. The only homeland of the Jewish people, in its ancient and eternal Zion Jerusalem! Ari Bussel

Ari Bussel gives us a tour of Jerusalem while attending the 37th Zionist Congress. You get an idea of the disgust for the terrorism committed by Arabs who call themselves Palestinians while noting there is a deep divide between the Jewish Leftist and Right delegates attending the Congress.

Ari sent a lot of photos to commemorate his down time from attending the Zionist Congress. Ari usually calls his email submissions Postcards from America Postcards from Israel, the postcard is big in this post. Also I added some background links embraced by brackets.

JRH 10/23/15

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Join Ari Bussel on a Tour of Jerusalem, Israel

By Ari Bussel

Sent: 10/22/2015 12:30 PM

Dear Friends,

Join me on a visit to Zion Jerusalem, where the 37th Zionist Congress of the World Zionist Organization [Jewish Virtual Library on WZO] is taking place. You need not even leave your seat, although the weather here in Israel is most inviting – unseasonably warm, even hot at times.

My friend Shalom, the publisher and editor of The Jewish Home LA, asked me to buy some pizzas to give the soldiers walking the streets of Jerusalem tasked to protect us from “innocent” terrorists. Little did Shalom know that many, oh so many, are women! They have shown their bravery time and again, at the most dangerous terrorist attacks. And Shalom is married and an Orthodox man!

I replied to Shalom, and I am taking this opportunity to tell you as well:


Disseminate the truth. Fight the lies. Stand up for Israel; so few do that. Continue what you are doing every day, for the future of Israel depends on it greatly.

But Shalom, as all Jewish people from time immemorial, is stubborn. Very stubborn indeed. He replied:

I was serious, if you see an opportunity to show a soldier [and/or soldiers] that us in America (and the world!) are thinking about them… please use it and I’ll paypal/put in your account/give you a check when you come back…


Oh, the Jewish people, very stiff-necked and stubborn. Except, this is the type of “Stubbornness” I actually like and admire.

So let us go on our tour, for this is a different type of Postcard from Israel. It is one in which you join me on this day in Jerusalem.

Remember, it is warm, so drink plenty, bring your sun glasses and a hat. Wear light. You are up for a treat.

Sunny Day in Jerusalem

[Jerusalem’s Central Bus Station building; women soldiers patrolling across next to the Convention Center]

[Across from the main entrance of the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem, where a few days ago a terrorist attack took place, secular men putting Tfilin, women officers standing guard and the light rail keeps running on schedule (it is the target to stone throwing by some of the Arab residents who use it).]


The First Zionist Congress took place in Basel in 1897. It was followed each subsequent year until 1901, and then took place every other year. Except Herzls “Zionism” has nothing to do with today’s usage of the word. In fact, as we travel through the streets of Israel’s capital we are cognizant first and foremost we are in the united capital of Israel, a modern and free country of almost eight million citizens, and each can do as one wishes – worship whatever religion, walk freely without fear, argue, have an opinion, enjoy life.

We begin the day standing in line. Most delegates are foreign, so there is some semblance of a “line” (in the traditional definition, meaning one person standing after another); some but not much.

We are waiting for the security check for a keynote address by Prime Minister Netanyahu. It is slated to start at 10AM, and everyone is seated before the Prime Minister of Israel with his security entourage enters the hall.

The reception was lukewarm, somewhat surprising to me. After all, these are the delegates from countries around the world that need Israel, that one day – likely sooner – will see their communities seek refuge in this country.

The Prime Minister of the Jewish State. Once, this title alone made one’s heart race, made us stand taller, made us proud and excited. Apparently no longer. Disgust, loathing, criticism, complaints – these better characterize today’s “connection” between vast portions of the Diaspora to Israel; particular American Jewry’s.

Here is the text of the PM’s speech. He talks about ten lies Israel is fighting nowadays and refutes them one by one.


Most poignant and disturbing was the delegate (likely a Jew from the USA) who saw fit to should “LIAR!” at Netanyahu. It was the opening shot, for today’s “love” to Israel is a very strange love indeed.

Netanyahu told us of his grandfather emigrated to [British Mandate] Palestine in 1920, and the hatred toward the Jews when there was no Israel, no “Occupation” and no “Settlements.” But there were Jews.

Bloodshed happened then and continues to happen now. Thus, anyone believing that “two states for two people” can yield a lasting peace must be corrected. Our enemies will only be satisfied with one, and only one, Final Solution – a region and a world free of any Jews.

Not pleasant to the ears? Maybe. But this is the reality which Israel faces.

Benjamin Netanyahu – 37th Zionist Congress


Benjamin Netanyahu – 37th Zionist Congress


Benjamin Netanyahu – 37th Zionist Congress

Attending an address by the Prime Minister means a very tight security, and after his speech was over and he was whisked off to the next event on his calendar, and for the next two days will have to answer for his remarks about the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and his cooperation with Hitler. ***

[***Blog Editor: I can’t help it. I have to show you a 1942 photo of Grand Mufti Amin al Husseini meeting with Hitler in Berlin undoubtedly talking of the Final Solution for Jews]

Between this keynote address and a lunch to which I was invited to meet the delegates from the USA, I had two hours to spare. What does one do with this time? Go to the Western Wall of course!

From the Convention Center in Jerusalem (across from the Central Bus Station), one can walk straight to the Old City.

First, one would encounter a famous SHUK (market) Machane Yehuda (Judea Camp). Oh, just the name “Judea” immediately brings to mind “Judea and Samaria,” for we all forget that these “territories” are the place where the Tribe of Judea once called home, thus we cannot be “settlers” on our ancient homeland. Further, the word “Jew” (with as much spite as possible) or Jewish is derived from Judea. Lastly, the Tribe of Judea is the one to which King David belonged and from which the Messiah (“Son-of-David”) will come, “soon in these very days” we say.

[The Shuk, Machane Yehuda]

The Shuk


Machane Yehuda

The market was relatively empty, although I enjoyed the tourists buying fake sunglasses and pirated CDs. The merchant and the lady tourists did not speak any common language, but paper money exchanged hands and was apparently accepted and understood by both.

From there I hopped onto the tram, where I noticed a lot of people with guns or handguns. Visible. Ready. The Mayor of Jerusalem called any gun holder (a very special permit is required for it in Israel) to carry the gun with them at all times. [Blog Editor: Times of Israel on Mayor Nir Barkat and guns. I wonder if Israel has an American version of a Second Amendment guaranteeing right of self-protection.]

At City Hall one gets off, and the Old City is across the street. At each intersection, groups of security forces – soldiers, police officers and border police – stand together, teams there to protect the innocent passerby and themselves. Each day there is a terrorist attack. They act as the “guard of Jerusalem” and other major cities.

I walked alongside the outer walls of the Old City and entered into the Old City via Jaffa Gate, where two weeks earlier I vowed not to buy anything from the Arab shopkeepers. They – the Arabs of Israel – should stand up and proclaim that the terrorist attacks of the last three weeks must stop, but instead we hear either deafening silence or further incitement from them, particularly from their elected officials serving in the Israeli Parliament (Knesset). [Incitement example by Arab MK member]

Indeed, the Arabs of Israel are the main victims of the current “terror wave,” for they are about to lose all they have, and for the sake of what? The Arabs of Israel are much better off as Israeli citizens than anywhere else in the Arab world, and they know it. Except, them are tempted by the lure of Eve and the Apple, and soon they will be expelled from the Garden of Eden.

From Jaffa Gate I decided not to go via the main Arab walkway that leads eventually to the Jewish Quarter. It might be the shortest route, but in this covered walkway with stores on either side, I did not feel safe. The Arab shopkeepers are those who just a couple of weeks ago spat at a Jewish woman whose husband was stabbed to death, she had a knife in her shoulder, running, pleading for help for their young boy. One Arab shopkeeper beat her. Another said “may you die.” Yet another stood idly and watched, a Jewish family being stabbed to death, a reality TV. The scene reminded me the Europeans eighty years ago, at Strasses throughout Europe’s main capital cities, where Jews were stopped, beaten and humiliated to the cheers and enjoyment of the enlightened crowds.

[Two references to the incident: Arab Witnesses Laughed, Spat at Wounded Terror Victim (INN) and NIGHTMARE ON HA KOTEL STREET (The Zelman Partisans). Youtube video of surviving widow (Adelle Banita-Bennett) being visited by Benjamin Netanyahu:

VIDEO: Netanyahu Visits Wounded Mother and Son

Published by Arutz Sheva TV

Published on Oct 5, 2015]

So I turned toward the Tower of David and Christ Church across from it and walked via the Armenian Quarter. There, at least, I did not feel ill-at-ease. When I arrived at the Jewish Quarter, where dozens of young children were playing outside, free of any worries, in their homeland, I was elated.

I soon arrived at the steps overlooking the Temple Mount. Across from me a mountain of graves, Mount of Olives, from where one can look at the Temple Mount and the Golden Gate, the Gate of Mercy, which the Prophet Ezekiel describes (44:1-3):

1 Then he brought me back the way of the outer gate of the sanctuary, which looketh toward the east; and it was shut.

2 And the LORD said unto me: ‘This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, neither shall any man enter in by it, for the LORD, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it; therefore it shall be shut.

3 As for the prince, being a prince, he shall sit therein to eat bread before the LORD; he shall enter by the way of the porch of the gate, and shall go out by the way of the same.’

[Blog Editor: Ari included the Hebrew version of the Scripture above]

א וישב אתי, דרך שער המקדש החיצון, הפנה, קדים; והוא, סגור.

ב ויאמר אלי יהוה, השער הזה סגור יהיה לא יפתח ואיש לא-יבא בו–כי יהוה אלהי-ישראל, בא בו; והיה, סגור.

ג את-הנשיא, נשיא הוא ישב-בו לאכול- (לאכל-) לחם–לפני יהוה; מדרך אולם השער יבוא, ומדרכו יצא.

My eyes wandered nearer to the Al Aqsa Mosque. To its left is the Western Wall and above it the Dome of the Rock. Leading from the Western Wall to the Temple Mount itself is a wooden bridge called Mughrabi. I asked a police officer if I may ascend, as Netanyahu said that the area is accessible during these hours, but the officer dismissed my question and said in no uncertain terms: NO. Likely it was my Middle Eastern look, or maybe my Israeli accent. Regardless, the “no” could not have been interpreted in any other way.

I went through the security check and was at the outskirts of the Western Wall plaza. I look with awe – the Western Wall is but a “window” to the actual western wall of the Temple Mount. Over the centuries one layer was built over another, and so the majority of the wall was covered, the ceiling of all these layers is what today is “ground level.”

[Outside the walls of the Old City, tourists are still here!]

[Walking down the stairs in the Jewish Quarter, toward the Temple Mount]

[Al Aqsa Mosque in the foreground, Mount Olives in the background]

[Al Aqsa Mosque; Israel is apparently working for years, decades, to topple it down….]



[Mughrabi Bridge – a connection between Jews and Muslims]

The Plaza was empty. The women’s section on the right was well attended, but in the main (men’s) section, there were hardly a handful of people.

I took a yarmulke and put it on my head, as does any man approaching the Western Wall. There, between its stones, were thousands of folded pieces of paper, wishes and hopes people have written and deposited. Personal communication between them and the Almighty above.

A religious Jew was praying, and I glanced at the top of the page, I found myself staring at Psalms 121:

1 A Song of Ascents. {N}

I will lift up mine eyes unto the mountains: from whence shall my help come?

2 My help cometh from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved; He that keepeth thee will not slumber.

4 Behold, He that keepeth Israel doth neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The LORD is thy keeper; the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.

6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

7 The LORD shall keep thee from all evil; He shall keep thy soul.

[Blog Editor: Ari included the Hebrew version of the Scripture above]

א שיר, למעלות:
אשא עיני, אל-ההרים– מאין, יבא עזרי.

ב עזרי, מעם יהוה– עשה, שמים וארץ.

ג אל-יתן למוט רגלך; אל-ינום, שמרך.

ד הנה לא-ינום, ולא יישן– שומר, ישראל.

ה יהוה שמרך; יהוה צלך, על-יד ימינך.

ו יומם, השמש לא-יככה; וירח בלילה.

ז יהוה, ישמרך מכל-רע: ישמר, את-נפשך.

ח יהוה, ישמר-צאתך ובואך– מעתה, ועד-עולם.

It was not a coincidence, I decided, and for the first time since I was Bar Mitzva’ed at this very place, I stopped at the booth of the “Chabad” people who usually do not let anyone without pestering him to put on Tfillin [The Free Dictionary Definition].

I complained: “You always stop me, and today, when there are not more than a handful of men in the plaza, you do not offer me to put Tfilin?!?” Putting Tfiling is a great Mitzvah and blessing, not only for the person putting them, but also for the one assisting.

Thus, after 36 years, I was again looking “ceremonial” at the Western Wall. Another reason for a Selfie (my first was in Bus #1, encircling the Old City, an hour after a terrorist attack, when I was the only person on the bus – such a rare occasion, it deserved a “selfie!”).

[The Western Wall plaza, women’s section on the left; UNESCO just determined it is an Islamic site – erasing Israel from the map, one step at a time, no connection between the Jewish people and their holiest site of thousands of years, long before Islam was birthed.]












For my return I decided on taking a bus, yes, Bus #1, and I still made it in time for the lunch.

At the lunch, I met delegates from the States. Unlike a group of Christians coming to Jerusalem, all praising the Almighty for this treat-of-a-lifetime and praying for the Peace of Jerusalem, when Jews gather for lunch, one can rest assured there will be trouble.

Indeed, we are a very strange people indeed. Everyone loves Israel to such a degree, that they cannot even agree on the most basic common denominator. These support BDS, others fight it. These try to force their own view of what Israel has to be, while those will defend Israel no-matter-what.

It was strange to see the heads of two organizations, ZOA [About] and Ameinu [Ameinu About Page – ZOA criticism of Ameinu], one on the right and one on the left, sitting at the same table and trying to be “civilized.”

[All smiles – for the camera only]


Slowly, the real feelings emerged to the surface, and it was clear there is no agreement, practically on anything. Entrust the future of the Jewish state in the hands of American Jewry, and you can rest assured there will not be an Israel in the Land of Israel within a very short period of time.

If I needed a proof that this “Zionist” Congress has nothing to do with “Zionism” of Benjamin Zeev Herzl [Jewish Virtual Library bio] a hundred and eighteen years ago, that was it.

Our hostess explained that the love of Israel is like a marriage of someone who fell in love with another – not the most exceptional in anything, looks, smarts, money, but still the subject of one’s love. Israel is not perfect, she said, but we are still in love. Well, I would not want her as a marriage counselor, and the marriage between Israel and American Jewry, post the euphoria of the 1967 Six Day War, has long passed the stage of divorce.

Lunch was followed by a panel discussion about BDS. Remember, there are elements within the American Jewish community actively pursuing Boycott, Divest and Sanction, while others are limiting their BDS support only toward whatever is “beyond the Green Line” (products like Soda Stream, Dead Sea Ahava beauty products, produce, wines, professors from Ariel University, etc.) and yet others who fight it with all their means.

BDS has become such a magic word, one everyone uses and so few understand [SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER understanding], that I had to attend the panel discussion.

There, too, I was told of a love story. One of the panelists, a young Israeli, told us about his friend, Tevye and one of his seven daughters that reached the age she was to be married. Interestingly, Shalom Aleichem started publishing this story in 1894 and continued throughout the years that the first 11 Zionists Congress meetings had convened.

Anyone who has grown up on Fiddler on the Roof recognizes immediately “Do You Love Me?” Here is an excerpt of the lyrics:

For twenty-five years, I’ve washed your clothes,

Cooked your meals, cleaned your house,

Given you children, milked the cow.

After twenty-five years, why talk about love right now?

Tevye: The first time I met you was on our wedding day. I was scared.

Golde: I was shy.

Tevye: I was nervous.

Golde: So was I.

Tevye: But my father and my father said we’d learn to love each other.

So, now I’m asking, Golde…

Tevye: Do you love me?

Golde: I’m your wife!

Tevye: I know. But do you love me?

Golde: Do I love him?

For twenty-five years, I’ve lived with him,

Fought with him, starved with him.

For twenty-five years, my bed is his.

If that’s not love, what is?

And I was almost caught in this honey trap, so fond I am of Fiddler on the Roof.

Jews, particularly those from America, love Israel so much, that their love threatens to choke this young (3,067 year old), modern country.

[A panel about BDS]

[So many empty rows – luckily other than the American delegates, most others cannot comprehend a Jew participating in any shade of BDS.]

Much like the lunch, where the participants just awaited a release valve, so here when the issue of “Settlements” and the “Occupation” came up, suddenly there was an awakening, hand clapping and renewed interest.

Just feed American Jews with these magic words, and their hearts will start pumping faster, their breathing will quicken and they will feel exhilarated – finally someone who understands their true love to Israel, love that forces them to do what is good for Israel, even if Israel does not think so. “One day,” they tell themselves, “Israel will thank us.”

Interestingly, there were very many empty seats during this panel discussion.

A keynote address. A short visit to the Wall. A lunch with American Jewish clergy and others. And a panel on BDS. For me, that was enough of “Zionism” for one day. I still need to write Ella Frumkin, whose husband Si Z”L was the co-leader (along with Zev Yaroslavsky) headed the fight from Los Angeles to “Let My People Go” at the height of the Soviet Union. I stood with Natan Sheransky [BIO — usually spelled “Sharansky” in American media] and remembered Si’s work and great friendship.


Natan Sheransky & Ari Bussel

Natan Sheransky & Ari Bussel


Hundred-year-old organizations often do not remember the reason for which they were formed in the first place.  They often look for things to do.  They are “too big to fail,” spending millions on salaries.  They have an amazing supporters’ network.  But what is the utility in their very existence?  Often negligible if any.


Will we survive without them?  Surely.  Will we be worse off?  Doubtfully.


The World Zionist Organization should cease to exist.  The “Zionist” Congress is a mockery of what Zionism was.  It is a cynical view of a dream once dreamt.  And those who call themselves ardent “Zionists” and do all in their power to bring Israel to her knees must be exposed, isolated and removed.


Zionism is alive and well.  It needs not the name of 118 years ago.  It is called the Modern State of Israel.  A miracle between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean (I will not quibble about the exact place one draws the line – to the east or the west).


When the world around seems to be exploding, Israel is a safe haven.  Let us work to protect and defend Israel as she is.  Beautiful, although not perfect.  Shy yet adventurous.  Spontaneous yet thoughtful.  Passionate and devoted.  The only homeland of the Jewish people, in its ancient and eternal Zion Jerusalem!




Ari Bussel


Edited by John R. Houk

Except where Ari explains a photo, brackets enclosing links and text are by the Editor.


© Ari Bussel

Vatican Demonstrates Antisemitism


John R. Houk
© May 15, 2015
I am sure many of you politically savvy readers have already heard that the Vatican under Pope Francis’ leadership has recognized the Palestine Authority as a sovereign nation with full diplomatic relations.
I first found out about this from Breaking Christian News (BCN) which cross posted a partial article from Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) News.
I understand the Roman Catholic Church is more about the authority of Tradition than the authority of the Holy Bible as the Word of God, but come on! Throwing the Land of the Jews under the bus to a group of people whose sole reason to exist is to destroy Israel and murder Jews is either an idiotic act or an insane act:
Future: A world without Israel
The PA promises its people that in the future, the State of Israel will be completely erased and replaced by a State of Palestine. A Fatah member of Palestinian parliament, Najat Abu Bakr, told PA TV that the PA supports and adopts the “stages plan.” To the world, the PA claims that the Palestinians seek the West Bank and Gaza Strip, when in fact the goal is all of Israel: “It doesn’t mean that we don’t want the 1948 borders, but in our current political program we say we want a state on the 1967 borders.” [PA TV (Fatah), Aug. 25, 2008] (PA depicts a world without Israel; Palestine Media Watch)
And from for all intents and purposes an independent Hamas Islamic terrorist organization:
Vowing to destroy Israel, Hamas paraded some 2,000 of its armed fighters and truck-mounted rockets through Gaza on Sunday, marking its 27th anniversary with its biggest show of force since the end of the Gaza war this summer.
At the parade, a senior Hamas leader reaffirmed the Islamist movement’s founding charter’s pledge to destroy Israel.
“This illusion called Israel will be removed. It will be removed at the hands of the Qassam Brigades,” said Khalil al-Hayya, a top Hamas leader, referring to the movement’s armed wing.
Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in 2007 from Fatah forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Both groups signed a unity deal in April but are divided over how to administer the Gaza Strip. (Hamas holds Gaza military parade, vows Israel’s destruction; By Nidal Al-Mughrabi; Reuters; 12/14/14 11:47am EST)
Here are two CBN News articles dated 5/14/15 and 5/15/15 which shows a Vatican decision that is in my opinion a demonstration of ANTISEMITISM.
JRH 5/15/15

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Vatican Officially Recognizes ‘State of Palestine’
CBN News Internet Producer – Jerusalem
May 14, 2015
JERUSALEM, Israel — Israeli leaders expressed disappointment with the Vatican’s decision to officially recognize a Palestinian state.
“This move does not promote the peace process and distances the Palestinian leadership from returning to direct and bilateral negotiations,” Israel’s Foreign Ministry responded. “Israel will study the agreement and will consider its steps accordingly.”
One former Israeli diplomat told CBN News, “There was no need for the Vatican to jump ahead.”
“Given their record in World War II, they should be more careful,” he said. “The Vatican should show more responsibility and not interfere with the future of the Jewish people.”
Does this move by the Vatican mean the Catholic Church is taking sides against Israel? Dr. Paul Bonicelli, a professor of government at Regent University, addressed that question and more with CBN’s Efrem Graham. Click play to watch.

A statement released by the Vatican Wednesday said the decision “deals with essential aspects of the life and activity of the Catholic Church in Palestine.”
The treaty replaces the Palestine Liberation Organization as the address for its diplomatic interaction with the Palestinian Authority unity government, made up of Fatah in Ramallah and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
“We have recognized the state of Palestine ever since it was given recognition by the United Nations and it is already listed as the state of Palestine in our official yearbook,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said.
Pope Francis referred to Mahmoud Abbas as the president of the Palestinian state last year during his visit to Israel. The Pope will receive Abbas at the Vatican Saturday, a day before bestowing sainthood on two Arab nuns who lived during the Ottoman occupation.
Meanwhile, several American Jewish groups also expressed disappointment with the Pope’s decision. The American Jewish Committee called the move “counterproductive.”
“Formal Vatican recognition of Palestine, a state that, in reality, does not yet exist, is a regrettable move and is counterproductive to all who seek true peace between Israel and the Palestinians,” AJC Executive Director David Harris said.
“There is a reason why the U.S., the European Union and others have long agreed that statehood can only be achieved through direct, bilateral negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority,” he continued.
“Meanwhile, the West Bank [Judea and Samaria] is ruled by the Palestinian Authority, whose leader, Mahmoud Abbas, just marked the tenth anniversary of what was meant to be a four-year term, and Gaza is governed by Hamas, a terror organization. What and where exactly is the ‘State of Palestine’ today?” Harris queried.
“We are fully cognizant of the Pope’s good will and desire to be a voice for peaceful coexistence, which is best served, we believe, by encouraging a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, rather than unilateral gestures outside the framework of the negotiating table,” Harris concluded.
What Vatican’s Move May Mean for Jerusalem’s Future
CBN News Middle East Bureau Chief
May 15, 2015
JERUSALEM, Israel — Critics say the Vatican’s decision to recognize a Palestinian state could have profound consequences for negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and the future of Jerusalem.
In a new treaty, the Vatican switched its diplomatic recognition from the Palestinian Liberation Organization to the state of Palestine. Palestinian officials celebrated the decision.
“We are indeed extremely encouraged by the Vatican recognition of the state of Palestine. We also see this as a very positive development, not just politically but in moral terms, human terms, in legal terms, and it prepares for a whole new era in which Palestine will be seen by the whole world as a state,” senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi said.
Israeli sources told CBN News they believe the Vatican’s decision will not lead the Palestinian Authority back to the negotiating table or promote the peace process. They plan to study the agreement and decide what possible steps to take.
Other groups like the Zionist Organization of America criticized the decision.
“Because what they are instructing the Palestinians is that they can accomplish their ends by being in violation of accords by pursuing unilateral accords as opposes to bilateral negotiations,” Jeff Daube, with the Zionist Organization of America, said.
Some say the historic diplomatic move puts the Vatican and Pope Francis in the position of supporting a corrupt and terrorist entity.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is in the tenth year of a four-year term and he presides over a unity government that includes Hamas in the Gaza Strip, a terror organization sworn to Israel’s destruction.
The Palestinian Authority also sees Jerusalem as its future capital. That means most all of Jewish and Christian holy sites in the city would be in the hands of a Muslim Palestinian state.
The Vatican’s decision also adds to the diplomatic momentum to recognize a Palestinian state. The U.N. Security Council looks to be the next forum soon when France is expected to introduce a resolution to recognize a Palestinian state.
Vatican Demonstrates Antisemitism
John R. Houk
© May 15, 2015
Vatican Officially Recognizes ‘State of Palestine’
What Vatican’s Move May Mean for Jerusalem’s Future
© Copyright 2015 . The Christian Broadcasting Network.

When Jews Stand Silent

Concentration Camp Murdered Jews

Result of Jew-Hatred – My GOD Don’t Forget!



After Hitler’s Holocaust was discovered by the winning Allied

armies, the West experienced a collective guilt on how badly Jews were treated in a horrific Jew-hatred manner. In Ari Bussel’s essay he expresses the very legitimate concern that the pre-Holocaust days are here again – even in America.


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When Jews Stand Silent


By Ari Bussel

Sent: 10/21/2014 6:23 PM


Allow me to start with a bit of family history.


During WWII, among the Allied forces, my grandfather was in General Anders’ (Polish) army fighting the Nazis.  At the end of the War he was in Italy.  After the war, my grandfather joined his brother in NY and remarried (my grandmother had been murdered by the Nazis). 


To his last day, my grandfather lived on the Upper West Side, whereas his brother lived on the Upper East Side.  NYC was his favorite city, a magical place with much to do.  He regularly attended operas and concerts at the Lincoln Center.  I remember when my father and I were packing his things, after my grandfather passed away, and found stacks of programs of performances he had attended.  We may still have some of them.


My grandfather is buried in NY, where he is likely turning in his grave, at how—after seventy-five years—we have come full circle backward.  Not just in Europe, but in the USA as well.


Today, everything is permissible, even in America.  Acceptable now, first and foremost, is Jew-hatred.


Once we knew how to differentiate between right and wrong, good and evil.  Today, the lines are blurred, terrorists become “freedom fighters,” and the blame always lies with someone else, most readily and easily with Israel and the Jews. 


Metropolitan Opera of the pro-terrorist, anti-Semitic, anti-Israel opera “Death of Klinghoffer.”


Tonight at the Met is the opening night of Death of Klinghoffer.  So what is all the fuss about?  “Munich” humanized the terrorists who targeted and murdered Israeli athletes because they were Jewish.  Its director was none other than Schindler’s List director, Steven Spielberg, himself a Jew.


Many movies in recent years that vilify Israel and glorify her enemies are made in Israel and are supported by funding from the Israeli government.


So why is everyone up in arms against yet another such occasion, one that happens to be at my grandfather’s favorite city and performing arts center?


Those who do not understand the premise we must fight all these instances may stop here.  Others will dwell into the following questions:


* Who stands up and takes action?


* What type of action is sufficient to effect change?


* Can we even fight modern-day anti-Semitism?


I will attempt to answer these three questions.


Good people are expected to fight back but seldom do.  A major shock to the system is necessary before they spring to action and for its effects to remain etched in memory.  The Holocaust was a drastic shock and its effects lasted some seven decades but now have almost faded away.


Short of a major system-wide tsunami, as we learned time and again, “money talks.”  To effect change, one must get to the major source of funding.  Then those at the helm pay attention.  For change to be meaningful and lasting, rather than passing, pressure must be sustained. 


Thus the call for major funders of the NY Met to withhold their donations must be a consideration. 


Experience, though, teaches us that such efforts rarely work.  Ha’Aretz, Israeli leading intellectual paper, is still up and running, none of its advertisers has backed off, despite its working tirelessly to bring about the fall of the Jewish state.


Not only in Israel.  The NY Times, LA Times and other major papers still exist and their main advertisers (many Jewish) have not backed off, despite a systematic anti-Israeli approach.


And this experience extends well beyond the printed media.


To effect change, there has to either be a major groundswell or the major benefactors behind an operation must take a stand (i.e. stop the flow of funds) and remain firm on their convictions. Either one will create the necessary shock effect.  Yet, this is as rare as a major earthquake here in California.


There are instances when we must stand up and take action, not just hope that a storm will pass and everything be forgotten.  These shocks have positive effects, for they force us to change the status quo.  And what is happening today is not good, by any stretch of one’s imagination.


So allow me to highlight a friend, who is now on a plane to NYC, to participate tonight in the demonstration in front of the Lincoln Center.  She will be sitting in a wheelchair this evening at the Klinghoffer Demonstration against the Met.  It is inspiring, but not enough.


Several years ago, a professor from Ben Gurion University, the head of the Poli-Sci department, wrote an op-ed that was published by the Los Angeles Times.  It was not personal musings, rather the professional presentation of a person very established in this field.  He called to “Boycott Israel.” 


Jews were outraged.  The University President flew in to Los Angeles to meet with the major donors who were very upset.  She refused to meet with anyone else; they were of no concern or value to her.  The major donors were appeased, and nothing much has changed since.  Post-Zionism is alive and well at BGU.


The Jews have persuaded themselves that everything is OK, someone else is to blame (clearly noise created by some troublemakers) and there is nothing the university president can actually do.  Life continues.


The same happened when J Street, the self-proclaimed “pro-Israel, pro-peace” (anti-Israel, undermine-AIPAC) organization came into being.  The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles was gravitating toward supporting it, until Newt Becker went from one friend to another (all major donors) and made it an issue.


Then, and only then, the Federation paid attention.


Promises were made.  The Federation resorted to legalities and ultimately confused the issue.  “It depends what ‘supporting’ really means,” they said, and the shenanigans continued.  United we stand, divided we fall, and J Street continues to bring about the fall of the walls of Jerusalem.  Alas, it happened before, we will survive it again.


Newt’s actions were a necessary, but not a sufficient condition. 


In Orange County, activist Dee Sterling has been fighting the Olive Tree Initiative (and the world-wide travel intifada) for years. Philanthropist Dr. Shelley Ventura Cohen arranged several meetings at the Federation here in LA, alongside a major contributor.  The president of the Federation had to make time for these meetings, but not much has resulted.  Shelley passed away, the philanthropist spends her time abroad and the Olive Tree Initiative goes from strength to strength, having expanded now to numerous other universities.


Major Met Donors Deafening Silence Is An Operatic Kristallnacht- If Bloomberg, Annenberg, Neubauer, Toll Bros. Spoke Out, Anti-Semitic “Klinghoffer” May Have Been Cancelled


Mort Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, in a press release this morning, calls the Deafening Silence of major Met donors “an Operatic Kristallnacht.”  He names names – Bloomberg, Annenberg, Neubauer, Toll Bros – and points out that had they spoken out, the anti-Semitic Klinghoffer may have been cancelled.


He recognizes a necessary, but not necessarily sufficient condition.


But I am a simple, practical person, and I know that ZOA’s calls will not bear fruit.  Not yet at least.  Tomorrow is another day, and life continues.  Today’s “noise” becomes tomorrow’s history, thus must be relegated to oblivion.  That is exactly what we learned with the President, the Democrats and Benghazi.  The 2012 “Spontaneous” attacks did happen, whether because of a video or not.  “Who really cares?  Get on with your lives, Republicans, you are just starting trouble” has been the prevailing attitude.


ZOA’s call is a call to action.  It follows James 2:14-26.  It expects the obvious, which is simply too much.


The Annenbergs were Jewish, but their main focus was the arts.  Alas, Jews in the USA were not very concerned about their brethren in Europe.  Life here was somewhat isolated.  Life was good.


That was then.  It evolved into an anti-Israel sentiment coming first and foremost from American Jewry today.  It is well concealed under layers of “just criticism of Israel,” “disagreeing with policies,” “love and strength to tell the truth,” “the overarching community tent,” and on and on as a never-ending list of excuses that permits Israel hatred to blossom.


A few years ago, Wallis Annenberg opened her “Space for Photography” in Century City with a National Geographic exhibit about water.


Covered with the most beautiful dress of “National Geographic” and a brand new “museum,” hatred became the new truth.  Israel became the guilty party.  20% of the exhibit was focused on Israel.  But rather than highlighting all the good Israel has bestowed on the region and the world in terms of water (including conservation, reclamation, desalination, development of drought resistant crops, drip irrigation, regional cooperation and assistance), Israel was highlighted and portrayed as the wasteful thief and the source of all evil.


Reality was obfuscated in favor of baseless attacks and a most amazing portrait of lies, most befitting the new Annenberg Space.


Apparently, this sells.  More accurately, it is acceptable.  It spreads like bacteria on a Petri dish.


Where were the Israelis and the Jews?  Where were the State of Israel and her local representatives?  How about other sane and rational people?


Were there any demonstrations?  Was the exhibit scrapped or corrected?  Annenberg definitely has the clout to achieve it, had she only wanted.


Some people remember work done “behind the scenes.”  Alas, the exhibit continued as planned, and the many thousands of visitors were exposed to one of the worst viruses ever to dwell on earth – the purest form of anti-Semitism, blood libels distilled to such high proof, their potent strength alone is dangerous.


Wallis Annenberg was being courted at that time for money for the new Beverly Hills Cultural Center.  Money, it seems, is the solution for all the world’s ills.  One would ignore evil for a payment of $25 million.  Oh, how satisfying.


Israelis in Israel were busy too, and the National Geographic special issue was allowed to stand, thus remaining a testament to a new reality.  Students in the near future will study water shortage and its aftermaths, and they can always refer back to an amazing pictorial presentation, accompanied by some of the most horrific lies; “it is all Israel’s fault.”


Likewise, the President of Iran’s Conference on the Holocaust-that-never-was also remains a factual resource for future generations, of history that was re-written while the world, Jews and Gentiles alike, stood silent.


Mort, salvation will not come from Wallis Annenberg.


From her fellow mega-donors?


My experience has taught me that until something affects them directly, we can talk and shout until we fall exhausted out of breath, and nothing will happen.


A case in point:  A member of the Board of Regents for the University of California system was kind enough to hear my ranting about what was happening at the UC Irvine campus with dangerous activities of the Muslim Student Union, the threat to Jewish students and the implications to all of us.


She was kind not to me, but to a close friend of hers, whose guest I was year after year after his wife died.


Except, nothing was internalized.  I talked and was gently dismissed as the “Meshugane” (the crazy one, not really in possession of his faculties).


This continued until Israeli Ambassador to the US, Prof. Oren, came to give a talk at UCI.  Until the pressure on Jewish students and others intensified so much that people started taking notice. Everything I had described time and again happened, and everyone was shocked at the “discovery.”


It happened right under their watch.  They enabled it.


We can continue with other examples.  I seem to carry a bag full of them.  But allow me to return to my own family history.


I am the son and grandson of Holocaust survivors.  Not much was left of our family, and all of us here and now have an obligation:  Not to Forget. 


When we remember, we know that our true mission is to protect Israel, thus protecting the Jewish people.


Remembering, the essence of “Never Again,” does not translate to the fanfare usually connected with “remembering” the Holocaust.  Rather, it is off the well-traveled road that we venture. 


In Israel, one started “remembering” the survivors when the deplorable living conditions of many were highlighted for all to see.  It shamed Israel into action.


While survivors are struggling in their last years, there is a robust and thriving “Claims Conference.”  Many years ago, they told my mother they did not reach her mother’s year of birth.  They did not reach it until my grandmother passed away.  But throughout the years, they enjoy their salaries, benefits and other perks, like clockwork.  It became their “entitlement,” not the survivors’.  


For those who wonder, not much has changed with the Claims Conference.


In Los Angeles, I regularly pass the statue of Raoul Wallenberg and stop to salute.  The plaque reads “he restored our faith in humanity,” signed “the survivors.”  (For those who may want to read more, here is the link to “The Angel of Faith” I wrote in 2010:


Not long ago, LA Councilmember Paul Koretz held a major event at the intersection where the statue stands.  There were numerous Holocaust survivors in attendance, yet not a single child from all the religious day schools or the high school (Fairfax High) just a few blocks walking distance from there.


No one bothered to clean the square where the statue stands, daily the sleeping place for homeless people.


The act of “remembering” has to translate to action, and that action must be meaningful.  I found the ceremony lacking, since it did not translate into meaningful action.  No one thought of bringing children, and I stood at shock and wept.


Somewhat like the neighborhood itself, once the heart of Jewish LA, turned into a heap of eateries and trendy t-shirt, shoes or skateboard stores, the generation of survivors is slowly disappearing into the memory bins of history.  A sad story, for who may remember the past? Should we even bother with it? Will it ultimately be rewritten out of existence completely?


My grandfather, Newt, Shelley, Atara, Roz’s mother and so many others are up there, in council, looking down, advocating on behalf of the Jewish people. Hoping now is the time for all sane, rational beings to ponder.


They understand well when good people stand silent, evil is triumphant, and tonight will be no different.


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, October 2014


First Published October 20, 2014



The speech the LA Jewish Federation feared you would hear…

Pam Geller showing BK-SIOA

Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs and Stop the Islamization of America was scheduled to speak at an LA Jewish Federation event not long ago. The event was sponsored by the Zionist Organization of America. I use the past tense “was” because the LA Jewish Federation canceled the Geller speaking event because of alleged threats from the Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas associated Council on American-Islamic Relations.


The above links are for background for those in the circle of victim and victimizers.


Below is a video presented as what Geller would have given her speech on and as a victory shout for the LA Jewish Federation apologized for cancelling the event.


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The speech the LA Jewish Federation feared you would hear: Pamela Geller at the ZOA Western Division


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June 26, 2012 6:09 AM

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Here is the speech that the cowardly dhimmis of the LA Jewish Federation canceled under pressure from Islamic supremacists, and then apologized for doing so.


Geller speaks eloquently and passionately at the beginning and at the end about the Leftist/Islamic supremacist war on the freedom of speech, and about how we must not acquiesce in the enemies of freedom defining what is acceptable discourse and what isn’t.


VIDEO: Banned! Speech for ZOA: Pamela Geller speaks after Jewish Federation LA caves to Islamic demands



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Posted: Jun 25, 2012


Originally scheduled at The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, whose leaders capitulated to pressure from the Islamic supremacist Jew-haters of Hamas-CAIR and tried to cancel the event, here is a look at what happened that day and — thanks to event sponsors the Zionist Organization of America quickly finding an alternate venue — the speech they didn’t want you to hear.



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