Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Tuesday 28 September 2010

A Wise Man Talks Tough on the New Antisemitism

The veteran international Jewish leader Isi Leibler, formerly of Australia and now of Jerusalem, is not only the sole genuinely charismatic leader (in the original, Weberian sense) that I have ever encountered (and if he reads this I hope he won't mind my saying so) but he is one of my favourite bloggers.  His blogs do not always make comfortable reading, but they comprise words from the wise to the wise. His latest must-read piece is entitled  "Islamophobia and the Jews".  It begins:

It is surely high time for Diaspora leaders to stop living in denial and get their act together. Instead of competing with each other in oozing political correctness, they should display some backbone and call a spade a spade.

We are currently witnessing the greatest revival of global anti-Semitism since the Middle Ages. This permeates all classes of society, and, ranging from academics to illiterates and European leaders who retain office despite making unabashed neo-Nazi remarks about Jews to mobs at anti-Israeli demonstrations carrying placards “gas the Jews.”

It encompasses the entire political spectrum, but is spearheaded by liberals and Muslims. Muslim radicals relate to Israel in a manner reminiscent of the Church’s medieval attitude toward the Jews. They promote popular TV programs depicting the blood of Muslim children being used for baking matzot, and have revived The Protocols of the Elders of Zion as a best-seller. They certainly compare favorably with the worst Nazi Jew baiting, with imams quoting genocidal religious texts to the faithful, inciting them to murder Jews, “the descendants of apes and pigs.”

Read the entire article here:


  1. Londonistan's got a violent web site which nobody's done anything about - see the report in yesterday's Telegraph online (Cheering for Osama, by the think-tank Quilliam, describes the website as the “mouthpiece of the most extreme and bloodthirsty strand of jihadism”. It says the Arabic-language site is a “jihadist” discussion forum which “regularly praises suicide bombing, the death of British and Nato soldiers and incites hatred and violence against Iraqi Shias, Jews and Westerners”. It is unclear why the Medad al-Suyuf site has not been shut down, but it may be because the site is not in English and had not previously been traced to Britain. It is registered to Walid ElSharkawy, a British national of Egyptian descent, who lives in Camden, North London, according to public records.)

  2. Thanks. I read that in hard copy yesterday, and have a feeling that it's only become known that the site operates from London; that could be the reason for inaction.
    I've just seen this news story on
    'George Galloway’s Respect party apologised after it emerged that one of its national council members had posted “antisemitic” comments about Jews on Facebook – despite campaigning against racism against Muslims.

    Abul “Abz” Hussain, who stood unsuccessfully in May to become a Tower Hamlets councillor suggested in one post that a “Jew” should be swapped for aid to Gaza. He has now been expelled from the party.
    The former law student at the London School of Economics also joked about chopping off a Jewish person’s peyot (sideburns) and confiscating their kippah.
    Mr Hussain, who lists himself as a fan of Zakir Naik, the Muslim preacher who has been banned from the UK, also wrote about Jews: “Here’s a penny go put it in the bank and [you] just might get a pound after ten years interest!”
    His comments came despite another post in which he urged LSE to discipline participants in a stunt in which students dressed up as Guantanamo Bay inmates and chanted “Oh Allah.”
    He said that if students had dressed up as Nazis, the university would have been “hounded by the Zionist lobby” and the students dismissed.'

  3. "Daphne"
    You flatter me unduly.
    But keep up your good work and hopefully you are also able to communicate your views tothe media including talkbacks in serious Australian publications where anti-Israli forcesappear to be in a dominant position.

  4. I mean what I say about the Weberian "charismatic leader" (it's my better half's view too, of course, and your genuine charismatic qualities have passed into anecdotal legend.) I am delighted to hear from you! We face an uphill struggle, as the J Street agenda is being pushed hard in Oz, and there are plans to form a similar organisation in the UK. But hopefully recent revelations re Soros will impede recruitment!


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