Settlement leader at conference in NY: US supports Arabs, not Israel

I am in New York & Washington this week promoting Regavim. Would be happy to meet up if anyone is interested to hear more. First day here, was able to do what I love best, countering 2 demonstrations with the truth.

Settlement leader at conference in NY: US supports Arabs, not Israel.

Jewish ProtestorsNEW YORK – The American government should do some serious “soul searching” for siding with the Palestinians against the State of Israel, Samaria Regional Council head Gershon Mesika charged on Sunday at a New York conference in support of West Bank settlements.

“I am sorry to say that until now, on every issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the American administration has chosen to side with the Arabs,” Mesika said. “They have neglected to be considerate to the suffering of the Jewish people who have wandered from place to place throughout their exile, waiting to return to our land.”

He was speaking at the West Side Institutional Synagogue in Manhattan during an afternoon gathering titled “Israel Advocacy Conference: Addressing Core Issues, Improving Your Impact.”

The conference was organized by the Samaria Regional Conference and featured both Jewish and non-Jewish speakers from Israel and the US. Some 200 people filled the men’s section of the synagogue to hear about the historic, religious and strategic importance of Judea and Samaria to the Jewish people.

“We are in Judea and Samaria as a right and not as an act of kindness,”

said Mesika, who traveled from Israel for the event.

The return of the Jewish people to Judea and Samaria after 2,000 years of exile was the fulfillment of God’s prophesy and promise, Mesika said.

“It is time the American administration reflects on its pressure on Israel,” he said, inviting the audience to visit Samaria to see Jewish growth and development.

“We need your political support and we need you with us,” he stated.

Steven Goldberg, national vice chairman of the Zionist Organization of America, said that Jews who support settlements “do not need to apologize.”

“It is time to fight back,”

he said, as he explained that this should be done politically and through public protests.

“We also have to take to the streets.”

When US President Barack Obama and US Secretary of State John Kerry speak, he asked, why are there no protests by Jews? “We need to be vocal, we need to be loud, we need to be every bit as powerful as them,” he said, referring to those who are against Israel.

“Our legal rights to Judea and Samaria are beyond question.

It is biblical but it is also under international law.”

Goldberg complained that Israel had not received a fair hearing with respect to international law, which is often widely interpreted in a way that favors Palestinian rights to the West Bank.

“Would we get a fair hearing? Of course. But that does not mean that the case should not be made, loudly, that this land is ours,” he told the crowd.

He added that the Israeli government was “somewhat at fault” for not promoting Jewish rights to Judea and Samaria, preferring the idea of “getting along” instead.

“These are very dangerous times. You see what is happening with Iran. There are threats and pressures to give up the heartland of the Jewish state. But in the end, I am an optimist,” Goldberg said.

David Ha’ivri, Mesika’s international adviser, said the event was part of the council’s campaign, through the Shomron Liaison Office, to solicit political and public support in the US for Judea and Samaria.

He said that in July, he and Mesika traveled to Washington to meet with politicians and Jewish groups, and then to New York at the behest of Rabbi Pesach Lerner, a former vice president of the National Council of Young Israel.

“He asked us to come… to unify the groups that agree on the importance of Judea and Samaria,” Ha’ivri said.

He explained that in the US it was not considered politically correct to support the settlement movement. As a result, mainstream Zionist organizations avoid the issue.

Bringing different groups together strengthens their ability to stand up in support.

A small group of protesters representing left-wing Jewish groups marched silently in single file outside the synagogue during the conference, holding signs against Israel’s presence in the West Bank. The signs bore such slogans as “Jews say no to occupation,” “Jews say justice for the Palestinian people” and “Jews say not in our name.”

Ari Briggs, director of international development for the Israel-based NGO Regavim, which advocates for the Zionist use of state lands, stood on the synagogue steps holding an Israeli flag. He yelled at the protesters, calling their actions “despicable,” particularly given that they were “safe and secure in Manhattan.” “You should be so embarrassed. It is no surprise there have always been Jews that have been like that,” Briggs said. “There were Jews in support of Hitler, there were Jews in support of the Caesar, what Stalin called useful idiots.”

One of the protest organizers, Rebecca Vilkomerson of Jewish Voice for Peace, said in a statement that settlers and their supporters “advocate building still more settlements on Palestinian land.

We see their advocacy for what it is: an insuperable obstacle to peace and justice and continued expansion on Palestinian land.”

 

 

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  1. “We [Israel] possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are 22 targets for our air force. Let me quote General Moshe Dayan: “Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother.” I consider it all hopeless at this point. . . Our armed forces, however, are not the thirtieth strongest in the world, but rather the second or third. We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen before Israel goes under.” – Martin van Creveld, Zionist Jew

    • “Dr. Goldstein” published the exact same quote over at my joint, although he did it under a different name. I suppose that he is inferring that the Jews are a menace to the world, or something along those lines.

      Or perhaps he thinks that we are aggressors for daring to make it difficult to wipe us out.

    • Daniel Bielak

      Regardless of whether or not that quote is an actual quote of something that was actually said by someone:

      Who is Who in German trade with Iran?, by Matthias Küntzel

      A dossier on the branch offices and agencies of German companies in Iran

      Ahmadinejad’s Bank, by Matthias Küntzel

      Germany has to make up its mind about calling a halt to the activties of Hamburg-based EIH bank

      Iran crossing the nuclear threshold as Israel is condemned, by Tom Wilson

      Iran is passing the point of nuclear no return as we speak. And yet all the international community want is to speak about Israel

      Italy’s new leader: an orgy of Judeophobic vulgarities of Europe’s old anti-Semitic hatred

      Daniel Bernard, French Diplomat: “All the current troubles in the world are because of that shitty little country Israel.

      More documentation:

      philosemitism.blogspot.com

      philosemitismeblog.blogspot.com

      http://www.israelwhat.com (Norway, Israel and the Jews)

      —-

      (from continued)

      Iranian Antisemitism: Stepchild of German National Socialism, by Matthias Küntzel

      —-

      What Iranian Leaders Really Say about Doing Away with Israel – A Refutation of the Campaign to Excuse Ahmadinejad’s Incitement to Genocide

      Iranian political leaders:

      Iran’s position, which was first expressed by the Imam [Khomeini] and stated several times by those responsible, is that the cancerous tumor called Israel must be uprooted from the region.

      The foundation of the Islamic regime is opposition to Israel and the perpetual subject of Iran is the elimination of Israel from the region.

      It is the mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to erase Israel from the map of the region.

      We declare explicitly that we will not be satisfied with anything less than the complete obliteration of the Zionist regime from the political map of the world.

      — Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran

      The blind enemies should see that the wish of these people is the death of America and Israel.

      — Ayatollah Janati

      With God’s help the time has come for the Zionist regime’s death sentence.

      — General Yahya Rahim Safavi

      Among the Jews there have always been those who killed God’s prophets and who opposed justice and righteousness. Historically, there are many accusations against the Jews. For example, it was said that they were the source for such deadly diseases as the plague and typhus. This is because the Jews are very filthy people. For a time people also said that they poisoned water wells belonging to Christians and thus killed them.

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      Text on banners and signs in Iran:

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    • Daniel Bielak

      Anti-Semitism 2.0, by Mudar Zahran

      The concept of the ‘evil Jew’ has made a well-disguised comeback: Criticizing Israel and Zionists, is now deemed a legitimate option to cursing Jews and Judaism. Not only is it open, socially acceptable and legal, but it can actually bring prosperity and popularity. This new form of anti-Semitism 2.0 is well-covered-up, harder to trace and poses a much deeper danger to the modern way of life of the civilized world than the earlier crude form of it, as it slowly and gradually works on delegitimizing Jews to the point where it eventually becomes acceptable to target Jews, first verbally, then physically — all done in a cosmopolitan style where the anti-Semites are well-groomed speakers and headline writers in jackets and ties; and not just Arab, but American and European, from ‘sanitized’ news coverage of the most bloodthirsty radicals, to charges against Israel in which facts are distorted, selectively omitted or simply untrue, as in former President Jimmy Carter’s book on Israel.

      Why would a Palestinian be writing this? The answer is simple: The Palestinians have been used as fuel for the new form of anti-Semitism; this has hurt the Palestinians and exposed them to unprecedented and purposely media-ignored abuse by Arab governments, including some of those who claim love for the Palestinians, yet in fact only bear hatred to Jews. This has resulted in Palestinian cries for justice, equality, freedom and even basic human rights being ignored while the world getting consumed with delegitimizing Israel from either ignorance or malice.

      Worse, just as the old form of anti-Semitism has proven itself a threat as poisonous to its supporters, as it was to the Jews, the new form of anti-Semitism 2.0 could prove itself the same — all the more likely as we see the world tolerating Iran’s nuclear ambitions not necessarily out of love for the Mullah’s regime, but instead because of mental fixation against Israel.

      Such bias against Israel cannot be ‘accidental’ or merely ‘unfortunate.’ No other nation has received the amount of scrutinizing, criticism, coverage, demonization and delegitimization. In fact the question to be asked is not whether there is bias against Israel; but rather why there is bias against Israel …

      Vergognosi gli attacchi a Israele (Shameful Attacks on Israel), by Oriana Fallaci

      “…I find it shameful and see in all this the rise of a new fascism, a new Nazism. A fascism, a Nazism, that much more grim and revolting because it is conducted and nourished by those who hypocritically pose as do-gooders, progressives, communists, pacifists, Catholics or rather Christians, and who have the gall to label a warmonger anyone like me who screams the truth. …”

    • Daniel Bielak

      Vergognosi gli attacchi a Israele (Shameful Attacks on Israel), by Oriana Fallaci

      “…I find it shameful and see in all this the rise of a new fascism, a new Nazism. A fascism, a Nazism, that much more grim and revolting because it is conducted and nourished by those who hypocritically pose as do-gooders, progressives, communists, pacifists, Catholics or rather Christians, and who have the gall to label a warmonger anyone like me who screams the truth. …”

      Anti-Semitism 2.0, by Mudar Zahran

      The concept of the ‘evil Jew’ has made a well-disguised comeback: Criticizing Israel and Zionists, is now deemed a legitimate option to cursing Jews and Judaism. Not only is it open, socially acceptable and legal, but it can actually bring prosperity and popularity. This new form of anti-Semitism 2.0 is well-covered-up, harder to trace and poses a much deeper danger to the modern way of life of the civilized world than the earlier crude form of it, as it slowly and gradually works on delegitimizing Jews to the point where it eventually becomes acceptable to target Jews, first verbally, then physically — all done in a cosmopolitan style where the anti-Semites are well-groomed speakers and headline writers in jackets and ties; and not just Arab, but American and European, from ‘sanitized’ news coverage of the most bloodthirsty radicals, to charges against Israel in which facts are distorted, selectively omitted or simply untrue, as in former President Jimmy Carter’s book on Israel.

      Why would a Palestinian* be writing this? The answer is simple: The Palestinians have been used as fuel for the new form of anti-Semitism; this has hurt the Palestinians and exposed them to unprecedented and purposely media-ignored abuse by Arab governments, including some of those who claim love for the Palestinians, yet in fact only bear hatred to Jews. This has resulted in Palestinian cries for justice, equality, freedom and even basic human rights being ignored while the world getting consumed with delegitimizing Israel from either ignorance or malice.

      Worse, just as the old form of anti-Semitism has proven itself a threat as poisonous to its supporters, as it was to the Jews, the new form of anti-Semitism 2.0 could prove itself the same — all the more likely as we see the world tolerating Iran’s nuclear ambitions not necessarily out of love for the Mullah’s regime, but instead because of mental fixation against Israel.

      Such bias against Israel cannot be ‘accidental’ or merely ‘unfortunate.’ No other nation has received the amount of scrutinizing, criticism, coverage, demonization and delegitimization. In fact the question to be asked is not whether there is bias against Israel; but rather why there is bias against Israel …

      Note: * “Palestinian”: ‘Palestinian’ Arab

  2. Hi Daniel,

    Welcome ‘down under’

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