The Anti-Defamation League is condemning the “grotesque antisemitic imagery and themes” in a comic book created by supporters of an anti-circumcision movement in San Francisco.
The League called the “Monster Mohel” comic book’s imagery, which features identifiably Orthodox Jewish characters as evil villains, “disrespectful and deeply offensive.”
“Monster Mohel” is one of two titles in the “Foreskin Man” comic book series – the creation of Matthew Hess, the president of the Male Genital Mutilation Bill group and one of the leaders of the anti-circumcision legislation movement, which has achieved enough signatures to appear on a ballot for a public vote in November.
Nancy J. Appel, ADL Associate Regional Director, issued the following statement:
“This is an advocacy campaign taken to a new low,” said ADL Associate Regional Director Nancy Appel.
“This is a sensitive, serious issue where good people can disagree and which the Jewish community feels is an assault on its values and traditions going back thousands of years and centered in the Hebrew Bible. It is one thing to debate it, is another thing to degrade it. ‘Foreskin Man,’ with its grotesque anti-Semitic imagery and themes, reaches a new low and is disrespectful and deeply offensive.”
It is popular to pontificate on the lesson of the Holocaust.
Every person takes the Holocaust to the place that is comfortable for him. I would like to discuss a very basic lesson that I have never seen disproved: The Western world will not try too hard to close down the gas chambers. Not only that. It will even indirectly stoke them.
True, after the Holocaust, in a rare moment of good will, the world voted to partition the land of Israel and to recognize the fledgling Jewish state. But this recognition had no practical implications.
Seven Arab armies invaded the tiny area allocated to Israel. The world did not lift a finger. The Egyptian army got to within 30 kilometers of Tel Aviv, murdering and destroying every person and settlement in its path. They cut through the Negev and reached Beit Lechem. The Jordanians were just twenty minutes away from Israel’s coast. The Syrians captured Mishmar Hayarden – and destroyed it, of course.
Three years after the Holocaust, the Western world waited once again for the Arabs to finish off the dirty work. It did nothing to help Israel. But then, with G-d’s loving grace, the situation turned around. The nascent IDF stopped the Arab armies. On the southern front, Yigal Alon commanded over some brilliant maneuvers that more or less eliminated the Egyptian army. The IDF forces got all the way to El Arish inside Egypt.
When that happened, Britain threatened that if the IDF would not retreat, it would invade Israel. America pressured, Ben Gurion gave in and the new norm was set: When the Jews are in danger, the world waits patiently. When they start to win, the world stops them.
The Western world – upon all its beauty and advantages – will always act as a static anvil for the murderous hammer descending upon the Jews from above – be it the Nazi hammer, the Arab hammer or any other murderous, anti Jewish hammer.
The time when we will have to decide if we are willing to entrust our fate to the very same West that will always be happy to be rid of the “Israel Problem” is rapidly approaching. We see ourselves as an inseparable part of the Western world. It is difficult for us to accept that the West, our cultural patron, will simply close its eyes with relief when six million Jews in Israel will once again be facing wholesale slaughter.
But that is precisely the direction that events are taking. The only difference between 1948 and today is that then we were a rabbit that thought it was a lion and today we are a lion that thinks it is a rabbit. In 1948, our physical weakness invited invasion. Today, our mental weakness invites invasion.
What invasion am I talking about? If we were not living in denial, the media would be abuzz about Samantha Power, head of the National Security Council, who advocates taking the funds that the U.S. now invests in the IDF and investing them instead in the ‘’Palestinian’’ army. In no uncertain terms, she discusses a possible U.S. invasion of Israel – to keep the peace, of course. When that goal is accomplished, Power advocates leaving us here to enjoy the loving kindness of the righteous souls in Ramallah.
As surrealistic as all of this sounds now, it is most important to remember that only terror organizations and Arab states used to deny Israel’s right to exist. Now this concept is coffee table talk throughout Europe. The denial of the right to exist always precedes physical annihilation. That is another important lesson of the Holocaust.
Tony Blair, the European Union’s envoy to the Middle East, recently said that Europe would accept the Hamas as a negotiating partner, refusing to make that contingent on Hamas recognition of Israel’s right to exist. When officials of the stature of Power and Blair make these statements, they are charting the course for Western policy.
After the UN will recognize a Palestinian state at the 1967 borders, the Arabs will demand an Israeli retreat. To make sure we know they mean business, they will punctuate their demands with missiles on Israel’s cities. Israel will be forced to respond and the international coalition will rev up its motors to come save the peace.
All signs point to the fact that Israel is currently building the foundations for a Palestinian state and is planning an instant, southern-Lebanon-style retreat from Judea and Samaria. Something like, ‘Get on the buses now and we’ll explain later.’
But the Arabs don’t really want a state. All that they want is to end Jewish sovereignty in Israel. Their demands will intensify after Israel’s retreat from Judea and Samaria as per the Gush Katif aftermath model. They will demand the Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, right of return for their refugees, compensation payments, an international peace keeping force and what not. In the meantime, they will continue to bombard us with missiles.
Israel’s military response will serve the West with its excuse to intervene. At this point, an exhausted Israel will have to decide: Either open the Ashdod port to the U.S. Navy forces or fight against the entire world.
All of Israel’s ‘’enlightened elites” will unequivocally support opening Israel’s gates to the
‘’peacekeeping’’ forces. From the president all the way down to the writers in the major newspapers, they will have no other solution. “And what is better?” they will ask. “Living in the shadow of the West, or fighting a war being forced upon us by Jewish fundamentalists?” The patriotic declarations being sounded today in the Likud will turn into pragmatic rhetoric. The West is the very air that we breathe and the lesson of the Holocaust will be ignored.
The last thing that the policy makers are capable of thinking is that we are a nation in our own merit, a nation that relies on its own ethical code. They will never come to terms with the fact that we are not Western or Eastern; we are simply Jews who, as opposed to 1948 – are not weak at all. We are a formidable economic and military power and are capable of extracting a terrible price from any country in the world that will threaten our sovereignty.
We will never even think that the entire problem does not exist in reality, but only in our minds. In other words, our psychological dependency on the West actually invites this scenario. No Western country would challenge our sovereignty if it had the slightest fear of an Israeli response. We are a lion that thinks it is a rabbit. But knowing this country, I do not expect that we will respond to threats on our sovereignty in the manner that any normal nation would respond. Instead, Israel will open its gates to the ‘Peacekeeping’ forces. The IDF will be disbanded and the rest of the story has already been experienced by the Jewish people throughout its long and painful history.
As a believing Jew, I pray that our Father in heaven will perform a miracle and that one year from now, you will be able to take this article and laugh at me. I am a great believer in the nation of Israel and anticipate that unexpected energies will emerge in the nick of time to prevent this scenario.
We must say loudly and clearly: There is life after America. The struggle is not for the settlements. The danger is much more existential and all-inclusive. It is not military danger. It is not economic danger. The danger is our total collapse in a process that is all-too reminiscent of the fall of Czechoslovakia. The moment that a state entrusts its existence to other states that have other interests, its existence becomes transient.
It is urgent to cut the psychological ropes binding us to the West. We are not Americans. We are Israelis and we have an independent and strong faith and culture from which we draw our own existential legitimacy – not from the West.
There is life after America. Put it on stickers. Blog it. Write it on your social media. Broadcast it at rallies and wherever you can. We do not need American aid. All that we need is to return to our tried and true Jewish identity.
Moshe Feiglin is the co-founder and president of the Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership) faction in the Israeli Likud party.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened his weekly cabinet meeting by suggesting that the attitudes that led to the Holocaust are still, sadly, alive in many nations today.
At the start of the meeting, which coincided with Holocaust Remembrance Day, Netanyahu asked out loud whether the world has learned the lessons of the Holocaust. And then he answered his own question:
“… to our great regret, the answer is no,” the prime minister said.
“A renewed antisemitism is spreading. Various forces are joining together and flooding the world with antisemitism. The hatred of Jews and the denial of their existence have turned into hatred of the Jewish state and denial of its existence.”
Netanyahu said last week’s pact between Fatah and Hamas is indicative of this malaise.
“The agreement that was initialed recently between Hamas, which calls for the destruction of the State of Israel, and the Fatah movement, must concern not only every Israeli, but all those in the world who aspire to see peace between us and our Palestinian neighbors,” he said.
“Peace is possible only with those who want to live in peace alongside us and not with those who want to destroy us.”
Netanyahu is preparing to fly to Europe to meet with leaders there. He is pledging to bring his concerns about the increased antisemitism to them.
Three men, Brian Lewis, Abel Mark Gonzalez and Andrew Kerber, have been sentenced for their roles in violating the civil rights of congregants of several houses of worship in Modesto, California.
Lewis and Gonzalez each received sentences of nine months incarceration and 36 months supervised release on the felony charge of conspiracy to violate civil rights. Lewis was also ordered to perform 200 hours of community service. Kerber was sentenced to 36 months probation, with a condition that he serves six months home detention with electronic monitoring at his expense, on the misdemeanor charge of damaging religious property. The defendants were also ordered to pay $3,700 in restitution.
Lewis, 23, of Modesto; Gonzalez, 23, of Morgan Hill, California,and Kerber, 23, of Chico, California pleaded guilty in January to defacing and damaging the Congregation Beth Shalom synagogue on Feb. 2, 2006, by spray-painting antisemitic and neo-Nazi graffiti on its exterior walls. The men also admitted to spray-painting anti-Christian graffiti on the exterior walls of, and causing other damage to Our Lady of Fatima Church and School and the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation.
The LA County Sheriff’s Department says students were responsible for antisemitic graffiti discovered over the weekend at Calabasas High School.
The sheriff’s department says the vandalism was discovered by school maintenance workers Saturday morning. They found graffiti spray painted on the school’s doors, walls, sidewalks and a stop sign, deputies say.
Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station deputies say the graffiti included Nazi swastikas, words and symbols related to antisemitism and teachers names.
The school has repaired the damage, which included the need to sand blast a section of damaged wall.