23 May 2022

It used to be that the English-language newspapers of Israel were patriotic, even as they purported—like all journalists—to make truth and facts their priority. For example, the peerless David Bar-Ilan was the one-time editor for the Jerusalem Post. He later served as an advisor to Benjamin Netanyahu (Bar-Ilan is one of the two-best opinion writers I’ve ever read; his “Eye on the Media” column is legendary).

As with other countries in the West, a new crop of writers has emerged. This is not necessarily a good thing in the current Woke Age.

This week, a column in the Times of Israel, written by Haviva Ner-David, is reflective of the aggressiveness of the Left in undermining Israel. She writes about attending an event that was sort of a “listening” tour, intended to reflect on what the Palestinians call the “Nakba.” This occurs in conjunction with Israel’s Independence Day.

The “catastrophe” is supposed to be highlighted as a contrast with Zionism. In other words, Israel was born in original sin, and is not legitimate today. You can see how this is music to the Left’s ears. Their influence with Millennials is particularly disturbing. Notice the narrative tone of Ner-David’s piece:

“This year, the day began at the seashore of Nachsholim/Tantura, where Kibbutz Nachsholim was built on the ruins of the Palestinian Arab village of Tantura. The village was captured in 1948, and, according to witness testimonies (soldiers and villagers), after the village had already surrendered, Haganah soldiers massacred around 200 villagers. Survivors were then forced to dig a mass grave for the villagers who were killed. A group of Jews then moved into empty village buildings and farmed village agricultural land, thus establishing Kibbutz Nachsholim.”

What a horrible story. Murdering 200 villagers? No doubt children were involved. And a mass grave? Sounds like something the Nazis would do.

And therein lies the point. Leftists have always wanted to encourage people to believe the Jews are no better than the Nazis (and in fact might be worse). This even extends to the view that the PTSD Jews have unleashed their fury over the Holocaust onto the helpless, hapless Arabs of “Palestine.”

Before you wonder too much about Tantura, consider the following:

“Today, post-Zionism has largely been discredited and some of its leading proponents, such as Shlaim and Pappé left Israel to teach abroad. Still, their ideas have gained followers, especially among Israel’s detractors outside the country. Within Israel, they have seeped into many of Israel’s intellectual, cultural, and social institutions.

“While post-Zionists have sometimes discovered facts, such as Morris’s research on Palestinian refugees, they also invent their own interpretations for those already known. In some cases, these are misinterpretations and in others, outright lies. One example was a thesis written by a graduate student named Teddi Katz, which claimed the Israel Defense Forces committed a massacre in the Arab village of Tantura in 1948. When his claims came under scrutiny, his mentor Pappé defended them. Ultimately, Katz was found to have falsified some of the testimony in his paper and that no massacre had occurred.”

You’ve probably already figured out that Palestinian charges of genocide, land theft, and erasure of Arab identity can be met with contrary narratives. In other words, a classic tactic of the Left is gaslighting. This is used in this case as well; one creates a grotesque example of Jewish crimes and rolls it out like a hand grenade.

The explosion of course blows up Jews.

I’ve heard stories like this before and have always found that they were largely lies. These “post-Zionists” are really anti-Zionists. Another word is anti-Semites. Their leftwing ideology coats everything they do. The result is that Israel is demonized.

I will tell you also that no, I do not believe Jews—many of them only months from Auschwitz—in turn took out their rage on helpless Arab families.

Also, pre-dating these alleged events were real events in which the local Arab populations in Palestine did what they accuse Israel of doing to them. Arab pogroms against Jews in Palestine took place between the world wars, and they are documented.

This goes back to the gaslighting effect. Accuse your opponent of what you are doing.

I don’t know Ner-David. I don’t know if she believes this stuff about alleged Israeli war crimes. I would also ask an obvious question: where is the mass grave? Where is forensic evidence?

All this reminds me of what I’ve written about many times: the gullibility(?) of American Millennial Christians like Donald Miller, Cameron Strang, and Ann Voskamp. They swallow these stories hook, line, and sinker.

I will also tell you that I believe strongly that many people accept these stories in large part because they want to. They really want to believe them. Their view of Jews/Israel is, shall we say, less than stellar. It then becomes easy for liars in the Media to create these accounts out of thin air. Israel suffers for it.

The Lord of History is watching, though. He tells us so in His Word. If we are in the endgame—and you wouldn’t have to twist my arm to convince me—then all truth will come to light very soon.

Until that happens, we must continue to defend Israel and the Jews whenever we can.







16 May 2022

Never Again

Rozetta Soelamith Ossendrijver, a Dutch Jewish girl born in Den Hagg on May 23, 1940, was deported to Auschwitz. There she was murdered with her mother on August 26, 1942. Her father was murdered four days later.

She was two years old!

This enrages me.

Like all children, her life was beautiful and precious.

At the time of these murders at Auschwitz, World War 2 was in its beginning stages. When Rozetta was born, France was falling in record time to the German war machine. When she died, the U.S. was just beginning to mobilize.

Three years later, Hitler blew his brains out in a Berlin bunker and met his fate.

God sometimes takes His time, but He always metes-out justice and judgement.

I have been to Yad Vashem and the U.S. Holocaust Museum many times. In Washington, the display that most affected me was one that spotlighted the 1.5 million children butchered by the Nazis.

Not enough people are enraged by this.

On my property, I have a gravestone that I had made for Czeslawa Kwoka, a Polish Catholic girl murdered at Auschwitz on March 12, 1943. She was 14 years old.

(The Nazis of course did not confine their murderous impulses with Jews only; they targeted anyone vulnerable in Europe.)

Czeslawa’s prison photo survives; a fellow prisoner remembered when she was “processed” in December, 1942. Her body was shoved into the same ovens that burned Rozetta.

When Czeslawa was brought to this place of horror, she was abused by camp guards (women). A series of three photographs show her, terrified, after she’d been beaten. She did not understand German, and so this added to her confusion over what was happening to her. I think about this often.

She was a precious child robbed of a future by demons drunk on power over the helpless. Her marker rests at the base of a walnut tree overlooking a beautiful valley, and I see her every day.

Today, Twitter allows accounts that threaten the murder of Jews worldwide. This is unacceptable.

In the throat of European nations (that just announced that Israel should not build anymore homes in Judea/Samaria), one can hear the death rattle. They long ago doomed themselves, and now, 80 years after the Holocaust, it is fashionable again to advocate for Jewish genocide.

In the past week in Israel (Elad), terrorist demons used axes and knives to murder three Jews. Almost incredibly, one of the victims had given the terrorists a ride into the city, where they murdered him.

On May 8, a terrorist attacked a border guard with a knife. A 19-year-old Palestinian named Natheer Marzouq did the deed. He is from the village of Abwein, north of Ramallah. The latter of course is the “seat of government” for the PA/PLO. It is infamous for an attack on two Israeli soldiers 20 years ago, in which terrorists murdered them and dumped their bloody bodies out a window.

This was in the years of Clinton-Bush, and those two shameful failures did nothing of substance to stop the murder of Jews.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz has announced the construction of many more homes, and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Israel alone would make decisions about the flow of traffic on the Temple Mount. At least they are behaving as proud Jews for that.

Naturally, the PLO called on the international community to condemn Israel.

Friends, the endgame is approaching. The world cannot sustain the level of delusion and insanity we see on a daily basis from various governments.

In Jeremiah, the Lord tells Israel that He has loved her with an “everlasting love.” In verse 17, we read:

“And there is hope in thine end, saith the Lord, that thy children shall come again to their own border.”

In Isaiah 49:26 we read this marvelous promise:

“And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.”

It is then those precious girls will be avenged.

A reckoning is coming, and coming soon.

I can’t wait.