Monthly Archives: April 2017

Netanyahu: Don’t Support Traitors At Breaking The Silence


European countries pay Breaking The Silence
to slander and destroy Israel.

By Herb Brandon
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — April 25, 2017 … Israeli-German relations hit a rare snag on Tuesday, the day after Holocaust Remembrance Day, when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled a meeting with visiting German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel because he insisted on meeting with an anti-Israel, far-Left NGO Breaking the Silence.

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely called the action the drawing of an important “diplomatic redline.”

Hotovely said that for the last two years Israel has fought a difficult campaign with many countries in Europe “which fund anti-Israel organizations.”

She termed Breaking the Silence the “flagship” of these types of hostile groups, since its mostly anonymous testimony by IDF soldiers of alleged wrongdoing by their comrades has been used by international organizations and even Hamas to attack Israel. She said the group’s goal is to bring IDF soldiers to the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

According to the right-wing organization NGO Monitor, Breaking the Silence has received NIS 5.5 million over the past four years from Germany through direct public funding or through Christian aid organizations.

Israeli Deputy Minister for Diplomacy Michael Oren asked how would Germany respond if foreign leaders went there and met with German organizations that portray German soldiers in Afghanistan as war criminals?

Netanyahu stated: “Imagine if foreign diplomats visiting the United States or Britain met with NGOs that call American or British soldiers war criminals.”

“Leaders of those countries would surely not accept this. Israel’s policy is not to meet foreign visitors who, on diplomatic trips to Israel, meet with groups that slander IDF soldiers as war criminals. Diplomats are welcome to meet with representatives of civil society but the Prime Minister will not meet with those who lend legitimacy to organizations that call for the criminalization of Israeli soldiers. Our relations with Germany are very important and they will not be affected by this.”

Breaking the Silence (BtS) states that they collect testimonies of IDF soldiers who served in Judea and Samaria during the Second Intifada, claiming that the testimonies portray a grim picture of questionable orders in many areas regarding Palestinian civilians which demonstrate the depth of corruption which is spreading in the Israeli military. These so-called “testimonies” are given by anonymous sources which cannot be verified. These sources are paid for their testimonies and are often asked to incite and attend violent protests by Palestinians.

Although claiming to address Israeli society, the NGO’s lobbying and media advocacy focus on international audiences, including presentations in Europe and the United States.

Breaking The Silence states they are doing nothing wrong as they are practicing free speech. Most of Israeli society understands that those working with Breaking The Silence are actually traitors who are aiding Israel’s enemies – that when you join a security organization you naturally forsake your freedom of speech.

In 2015 Breaking The Silence had an income of NIS 4,937,792 with expenses totaling NIS 5,006,746.

The Israel News Agency asks if it’s time for Israel to create a NGO “humanitarian organization” based in Berlin to investigate crimes conducted by the German military? Would German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel approve of this plan? Would it enhance relations between Israel and Germany?

Is The Holocaust Over?

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — April 24, 2017 … Is the Holocaust really over?

We know that Adolph Hitler committed suicide with a bullet to the head. We know that US and Russian troops liberated concentration camps including Bergen-Belsen, Buchenwald, Dachau, Sobibor, Treblinka and Auschwitz-Birkenau. That Jews were hung, shot and gassed to death. That their bodies were disposed in mass graves and in ovens.

We know that war crime trials were held in Nuremberg, Germany during 1945 and 1946. Judges from the Allied powers—Great Britain, France, the Soviet Union, and the United States—presided over the hearings of twenty-two major Nazi criminals. Twelve prominent Nazis were sentenced to death.

So, is the Holocaust really over?

The Holocaust, also referred to as the Shoah, was a genocide in which some six million European Jews were murdered. It began with a simple boycott of Jewish shops, racist hate speech and symbols of hate that were used to recruit and expand the numbers of those in the Nazi political party or as otherwise known as the National Socialist German Workers’ Party.

If the Holocaust is truly over then why do we still have thousands of people using the same Nazi hate speech, boycotts and symbols in 2017?

Like malignant cancer, you are not rid of it until each and every cell has been destroyed.

Yet today we permit Neo-Nazis to use the same hate speech and symbols against Jews. One only has to look at newspaper photos of destroyed Jewish graves with Nazi swatchkas painted over them, Nazi pamphlets distributed at colleges and in Jewish communities, Nazi symbols placed on New York City subway walls.

Or delve into social media, Facebook and Twitter where one can witness an abundance of  Nazi hate speech, cartoons, videos and threats of placing Jews into ovens.

A recent example of the spread of Nazi, Alt-Right cancer was when Andrew Anglin, publisher of the largest hate website in the United States – The Daily Stormer, targeted a Jewish family in Whitefish, Montana.

Anglin was upset by false rumors that a white supremacist, Nazi party leader by the name of Richard Spencer had his mother attacked by a Jew in Whitefish. Anglin, a well-known neo-Nazi operating out of Ohio, then asked thousands of his followers to “take action” against Tanya Gersh. What resulted were hundreds of death threats towards Tanya, her children and her husband. These threats quickly spread to other Jews who reside in Montana.

Tanya received more than 700 harassing messages, including death threats, and a message on Twitter to her son suggesting that he pursue a free Xbox located inside an oven.

The Gersh family was forced to leave Whitefish for a few weeks as Anglin even called for an armed march in Whitefish, a march that would end at Gersh’s home.

Today, Tanya Gersh is no longer able to work and attends trauma therapy twice a week. It wasn’t a physical bullet, a hangman’s noose or gas that took Tanya down, but rather an emotional assault that attacked her through phone calls, text messages, malicious Christmas cards, tourist pamphlets from other states and Internet messages.

“You will be driven to the brink of suicide. & We will be there to take pleasure in your pain & eventual end,” one message said.

The Southern Poverty Law Center filed a lawsuit last week against the publisher of the popular Neo-Nazi, alt-right website, claiming that he orchestrated a “terror campaign” against a Jewish woman in Montana.

The lawsuit asserts that Andrew Anglin is liable to Gersh for invading her privacy, for inflicting emotional distress upon her and for violating the Montana Anti-Intimidation Act, in an amount of more than $75,000 for each count.

Will this lawsuit place an end to Nazi threats against Jews in the United States?
The answer is no.

Richard Spencer, the president of the National Policy Institute, his mentor – former KKK leader David Duke and Andrew Anglin use free speech laws to hide behind. They have created ties with leaders of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement.

Opposition to Israel and anti-Semitic attitudes have  served as the bridge for partnerships between members of Neo-Nazi and BDS groups in Europe, including in Hungary, where the far-right and anti-Semitic Jobbik party has forged an alliance with Iran and Hezbollah officials.

The United Kingdom recently acted against Neo-Nazi groups, recognizing that their hate speech, marches and threats constituted acts of terror. The British neo-Nazi group National Action was labelled a terror organization and banned in a landmark first for the UK.


Holocaust boy to Israeli boy:
“I’m counting on you. Never again.”

Why has US Congress failed to act against seeds of Nazi hate in the United States? Do we really believe that the racist hate which created the Holocaust is gone and buried?

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said yesterday that the allies could have saved 4 million Jews had they taken action. Is Congress going to ignore Jews today as they did during the Holocaust? Why is it that if you support ISIS the FBI will arrest you but if you support Hitler who killed 200,000 US troops – it’s free speech!

Until Neo-Nazis in the United States are designated as terrorists, the shadows of the Holocaust will remain. We urge you, your family and friends to sign and share the following petition to Congress – StopNeoNazis.com.

As long as we go about our daily lives ignoring Tanya Gersh, Nazi symbols on Jewish graves, boycotts against Jewish businesses, rampant hate speech on the Internet and callousness by the United States Congress, we are no different than the Jews of Berlin in 1936.

Trump Bombs Syria, Netanyahu: Chemical Weapons Not Tolerated

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — April 7, 2017 … Following President Trump’s bombing of Syrian air force bases in response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons against civilians, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following statement:

“In both word and action, President Trump sent a strong and clear message today that the use and spread of chemical weapons will not be tolerated.”

“Israel fully supports President Trump’s decision and hopes that this message of resolve in the face of the Assad regime’s horrific actions will resonate not only in Damascus, but in Tehran, Pyongyang and elsewhere.”

 

“Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the air field in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched,” said Trump.
“It is in this vital national security of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.”

Trump added: “There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention and ignored the urging of the UN Security Council. Years of previous attempts at changing Assad’s behavior have all failed and failed very dramatically.”