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These are all the Blogs posted on Monday, 22, 2011.
Monday, 22 August 2011
Bombproof Bomb Making?
 
 
Iran has started moving the machines that enrich nuclear fuel from the central city of Natanz to an underground bunker near the northern city of Qom, its top nuclear official was quoted as saying on Monday.
 
[...]
 
Tehran announced in June that it would shift its production of higher-grade uranium to the underground facility in Fordow, in defiance of international calls to halt uranium enrichment which some countries say is aimed at making nuclear bombs, a charge Iran denies.
 
Fereidoun Abbasi, the head of the Iranian nuclear programme, said in June Iran would triple output of uranim (sic) enriched to 20 per cent …
 
Twenty percent is the breakthrough level which leads relatively easily to the ninety percent enrichment needed for a bomb.
 
Posted on 08/22/2011 7:43 AM by John M. Joyce
Monday, 22 August 2011
Radix Malorum As The Root Of The Matter

From The Washington Post:

August 19

The real grand bargain, coming undone

By Alexander Keyssar

Despite all the recent talk of “grand bargains,” little attention has been paid to the unraveling of a truly grand bargain that has been at the center of public policy in the United States for more than a century.

That bargain — which emerged in stages between the 1890s and 1930s — established an institutional framework to balance the needs of the American people with the vast inequalities of wealth and power wrought by the triumph of industrial capitalism. It originated in the widespread apprehension that the rapidly growing power of robber barons, national corporations and banks (like J.P. Morgan’s) was undermining fundamental American values and threatening democracy.

Such apprehensions were famously expressed in novelist Frank Norris’s characterization of the nation’s largest corporations — the railroads — as an “octopus” strangling farmers and small businesses. With a Christian rhetorical flourish, William Jennings Bryan denounced bankers’ insistence on a deflationary gold standard as an attempt to “crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.” A more programmatic, and radical, stance was taken by American Federation of Labor convention delegates who in 1894 advocated nationalizing all major industries and financial corporations. Hundreds of socialists were elected to office between 1880 and 1920.

Indeed, a century ago many, if not most, Americans were convinced that capitalism had to be replaced with some form of “cooperative commonwealth” — or that large corporate enterprises should be broken up or strictly regulated to ensure competition, limit the concentration of power and prevent private interests from overwhelming the public good. In the presidential election of 1912, 75 percent of the vote went to candidates who called themselves “progressive” or “socialist.”

Such views, of course, were vehemently, sometimes violently, opposed by more conservative political forces. But the political pressure from anti-capitalists, anti-monopolists, populists, progressives, working-class activists and socialists led, over time, to a truly grand bargain.

The terms were straightforward if not systematically articulated. Capitalism would endure, as would almost all large corporations. Huge railroads, banks and other enterprises — with a few exceptions — would cease to be threatened with nationalization or breakup. Moreover, the state would service and promote private business.

In exchange, the federal government adopted a series of far-reaching reforms to shield and empower citizens, safeguarding society’s democratic character. First came the regulation of business and banking to protect consumers, limit the power of individual corporations and prevent anti-competitive practices. The principle underlying measures such as the Sherman Antitrust Act (1890), the Pure Food and Drug Act (1906) and the Glass-Steagall Act (1933) — which insured bank deposits and separated investment from commercial banking — was that government was responsible for protecting society against the shortcomings of a market economy. The profit motive could not always be counted on to serve the public’s welfare.

The second prong of reform was guaranteeing workers’ right to form unions and engage in collective bargaining. The core premise of the 1914 Clayton Act and the National Labor Relations Act of 1935 — born of decades of experience — was that individual workers lacked the power to protect their interests when dealing with large employers. For the most poorly paid, the federal government mandated a minimum wage and maximum hours.

The third ingredient was social insurance. Unemployment insurance (1935), Social Security (1935), and, later, Medicaid and Medicare (1965) were grounded in the recognition that citizens could not always be self-sufficient and that it was the role of government to aid those unable to fend for themselves. The unemployment-insurance program left unrestrained employers’ ability to lay off workers but recognized that those who were jobless through no fault of their own (a common occurrence in a market economy) ought to receive public support.

These measures shaped the contours of U.S. political and economic life between 1940 and 2000: They amounted to a social contract that, however imperfect, preserved the dynamism of capitalism while guarding citizens against the power imbalances and uncertainties that a competitive economy produces. Yet that bargain — with its vision of balance between private interests and public welfare, workers and employers, the wealthy and the poor — has been under attack by conservatives for decades. And the attacks have been escalating.

The regulation of business is decried now, as it was in 1880, as unwarranted interference in the workings of the market: Regulatory laws (including antitrust laws) are weakly enforced or vitiated through administrative rule-making; regulatory agencies are starved through budget cuts; Glass-Steagall was repealed, with consequences that are all too well known; and the financial institutions that spawned today’s economic crisis — by acting in the reckless manner predicted by early-20th-century reformers — are fighting further regulation tooth and nail. Private-sector employers’ fierce attacks on unions since the 1970s contributed significantly to the sharp decline in the number of unionized workers, and many state governments are seeking to delegitimize and weaken public-sector unions. Meanwhile, the social safety net has frayed: Unemployment benefits are meager in many states and are not being extended to match the length of the downturn; Republicans are taking aim at Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and Obamacare. The real value of the minimum wage is lower than it was in the 1970s.

These changes have happened piecemeal. But viewed collectively, it’s difficult not to see a determined campaign to dismantle a broad societal bargain that served much of the nation well for decades. To a historian, the agenda of today’s conservatives looks like a bizarre effort to return to the Gilded Age, an era with little regulation of business, no social insurance and no legal protections for workers. This agenda, moreover, calls for the destruction or weakening of institutions without acknowledging (or perhaps understanding) why they came into being.

In a democracy, of course, the ultimate check on such campaigns is the electoral system. Titans of industry may wield far more power in the economic arena than average citizens, but if all votes count equally, the citizenry can protect its core interests — and policies — through the political arena. This makes all the more worrisome recent conservative efforts to alter electoral practices and institutions. Republicans across the nation have sponsored ID requirements for voting that are far more likely to disenfranchise legitimate (and relatively unprivileged) voters than they are to prevent fraud. Last year, the Supreme Court, reversing a century of precedent, ruled that corporate funds can be used in support of political campaigns. Some Tea Partyers even want to do away with the direct election of senators, adopted in 1913. These proposals, too, seem to have roots in the Gilded Age — a period when many of the nation’s more prosperous citizens publicly proclaimed their loss of faith in universal suffrage and democracy.

Posted on 08/22/2011 8:09 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 22 August 2011
Without A Stone of Hope

If the moral arc of the universe truly bent toward justice, Theodore Parker's line wouldn't be inscribed in the Martin Luther King monument and ascribed to King as one of his most famous sayings.

It's not just the rug anymore, now the misattribution is in stone. What a silly world we live in.

Posted on 08/22/2011 8:20 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 22 August 2011
Omaha’s Tri-Faith Project is Not Kosher

A tip of the chapeau to Stephanie R.

Islamic Center of Omaha, Nebraska

There’s a new twist to the mega mosque controversy in America: a tri-faith complex built on what was a Jewish Country Club in Omaha where billionaire investor Warren Buffet was once a member. It is called the Tri-Faith Initiative and it looks like the latest excess of inter-religious dialogue.  Rabbi Jonathan  Hausman commented:

Let's see if I understand this situation. Reform synagogue teams up with Mainline Protestant church with dwindling attendance to provide cover for the inevitable zoning issues and protests that will ensue regarding construction of a mosque. Just perfect.

Yesterday’s Omaha World Herald had a puff piece by columnist Michael Kelly boosting the project:“Kelly: Three-faith site planners persevere.”  Kelly took a gratuitous swipe at the controversy surrounding the expansion of the Islamic Center in Murfreesboro while suggesting the project in Omaha hasn’t drawn any opposition from reform Jews and Episcopalians.

Leaders of Omaha's unique plan to build homes for three faiths at one location are proceeding with optimism, confident they will overcome a few whispers of unease.

In a world of turmoil and political-religious animosity, it is remarkable that the plan has advanced this far without public controversy. Nowhere else is a community doing what Omaha has set out to do: Build a synagogue, a mosque and a church next alongside one another, along with a fourth interfaith structure.

Quiet fears that have been expressed range from the possibility of diluting the respective religions, to worries about intermarriage or even the chance that extremists could view the site as a target.

Nonetheless, a feeling of good will prevails, even as leaders acknowledge that support is not unanimous.

But no protests or ugly incidents have occurred such as happened last year in Murfreesboro, Tenn., where a longtime mosque was planning to expand.

 Kelly cites liberal national Jewish newspaper, The Forward,   as believing the Omaha Tri-faith project marks a first:

In a metro area with a population of 850,000, the number of people directly affected by the tri-faith effort is relatively small — about 4,500 Episcopalians, 5,500 Jews and nearly that many Muslims.

Even though the tri-faith groups represent about 2 percent of the metro population, the Omaha effort is being watched elsewhere.

The national Jewish publication The Forward said this month that if the Omaha experiment works, it "will become a beacon of cooperation in a world of interreligious strife."

The Tri-Faith project has the usual spin from Muslim radio commentators and local Omaha Muslim leaders.

Dr. David Liepert, an author who bills himself as "The Optimistic Muslim," asked on his Internet radio show whether "Omaha, Neb., of all places, is the interfaith capital of the world."

For the mosque, Muslim leaders have hired a fundraiser who is Jewish and an architect who is Christian.

"That is a wonderful example of how the three faiths are working together," said Dr. Syed Mohiuddin of the American Institute of Islamic Studies and Culture in Omaha. "This is the beauty of the whole project."

       [. . .]

The often-unstated fear, given the world history of Muslims and Jews, is that disputes and protests someday could spill over into violence in Omaha or that the tri-faith site could be a target.

Mohiuddin, chairman of the Creighton University department of medicine, said the institutions will have modern security features.

"But much more security is provided by all three religions getting to know each other," he said. "When we get to know each other, fear is removed."

 But according to Kelly all is not sweetness and light about the Tri-Faith project. Witness the objections to the project, an outgrowth of a new sanctuary for a Reform Temple and adjacent residential commercial development  in Omaha:

The houses of worship — the church is Episcopal — are planned for a 37-acre corner of the former Ironwood Golf Course. It was originally the Highland Country Club, built long ago by Jews when they were not allowed to join existing country clubs.

The tri-faith site, east of 132nd Street between Pacific Street and West Center Road, would be part of a much larger residential-commercial development called Sterling Ridge. When the Omaha City Council held a hearing Tuesday, neighbors objected to parts of the overall development, but no one opposed the tri-faith plan.

Nine years ago, well before such a plan was discussed, Temple Israel began studying what to do with its synagogue at 7023 Cass St., its location since 1954. This past May 15, the congregation announced it had voted "overwhelmingly" to build a new synagogue at Sterling Ridge.

"It's very important for each religious community to decide on its own," said Rabbi Aryeh Azriel of Temple Israel. "We hear excitement about building a new synagogue. That is the goal of this congregation."

One who has raised objections is businessman and longtime Temple congregant Gary Javitch. He contends that some members did not understand at the time of the vote that the plan to build a synagogue was "deeply intertwined" with the plan for a tri-faith campus.

He even asked Temple leaders that a revote be taken with "an opportunity to choose another location as an option."

Javitch said he wants to know whether future next-door neighbors, who would attend the mosque, wish ill on Israel.

"In and of itself, I like the idea of talking with Muslims," Javitch said. "But before committing to a multimillion-dollar project, I want to know what we're getting into."

Muslims, Episcopalians and Jews involved in the tri-faith effort all want to know who their next-door neighbors are. Leaders say they have spent the past five years getting to know each other through joint gatherings, including a stirring event in March 2009 attended by more than 1,100 people — called "Dinner in Abraham's Tent: Conversations in Peace."

Notwithstanding sources of funding for the new Reform Temple and Episcopal Church,  where are the funds going to come from to build the Mosque?  An indication  of that possibility  can be found in this post on the ACT! Omaha Chapter website about recent renovations to the existing Islamic Center of Omaha (ICO);

The ICO has been busy remodeling and the project includes the building of a new minaret.  The question of whether or not this minaret will be sounded 5 times every day (starting as early as 5 or 6 am) is yet to be seen or rather, heard.

The  ICO is deeded to the North American Islamic Trust  (NAIT).

NAIT represents at leasttwo things:

·         Saudi Arabian funding and Saudi Arabia’s extreme form of Islam, Wahhabism; and,

·         NAIT is a Muslim Brotherhood (MB) front group.

Then there is the past radical leadership of the ICO, Imam Ahmed Alzaree, who left Omaha in 2007 and resigned in controversy before he could take a new post at a Cleveland, Ohio Mosque.

Not enough due diligence has been done by the benighted Jewish and Episcopalian participants in the Omaha Tri-Faith Initiative on their ICO Mosque partners.  Rabbi Hausman commented on what the non-Muslim Tri-Faith partners should address:

Who will sit on the mosque's board, who will serve as officers, what links do/did/will these individuals have? What organizations have such people supported in the past (e.g. American Task Force for Palestine, ISNA, CAIR and other proven MB front groups)?

Noted theologian Dr. Richard L. Rubenstein commented;

I am appalled but not surprised at this tale out of Omaha. I wonder how much the mosque and the Episcopal Church paid for their land on the “defunct” Jewish country club and how much Jewish money would be put into this project. Then, there is Mr. Freeman, Chairman of the Tri-Faith Initiative who was quoted in the Kelly article as saying:

“We’ve always known that the Middle East conflict will go on and on,” he said. “We are not going to bring peace to the Middle East or to the world. Are we supposed to wait for some kind of sign before we act decently to one another?”

I take that as an acknowledgement that neither the mainstream Episcopal Church nor the mosque people have much use for Israel and Omaha’s Reform Jews know it, but will use their resources to create an illusion of inter-religious “harmony.” It also means that there are Jews in Omaha and elsewhere who would rather sacrifice Israel than give up the illusion of fellowship they have here. I have little doubt that both the Episcopalian and Muslim leadership have contempt for the rich Jews who are doing this.

Like other mega mosque projects across the US, we suspect that the mosque for this Tri-Faith project will dominate both the Reform Temple and Episcopal Church in the proposed complex. The non-Muslim houses of worship will unfortunately disappear within the next generation or two as their memberships dwindle.

As Rick Greenfield, publisher of The Connecticut Jewish Ledger, commented:  “when I see the word Tri Faith...I think of Traif (not Kosher)”.

 

 

 

Posted on 08/22/2011 10:41 AM by Jerry Gordon
Monday, 22 August 2011
A Musical Interlude: Home, James, And Don't Spare The Horses (Elsie Carlisle)

Listen here.

Posted on 08/22/2011 3:16 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 22 August 2011
The Chocolate War, Part One: the BDS Anti-Israel Antisemitic Campaign Down Under Goes a Little too Far and Meets Significant Opposition.

I am calling this 'the Chocolate War' since the focus of the Australian branch of the international BDS - Boycott/ Disinvestment/ Sanctions - campaign against Israel - and of the counter-campaign which has been promptly launched here - is the Jewish and Israeli-connected Max Brenner franchise, with major outlets in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, that is, Australia's three largest cities.  The BDS campaigners here are also targeting the Israeli-made Seacret and Ahava cosmetics, but the chocolate shops have endured the most aggressive assault and are now the scene of a creative and intelligent pushback (of which more anon) which to his credit was instigated by one of our longest-serving Jewish Federal MPs, Michael Danby.

The mask came off, and the real ugliness of the BDS campaigners' motives was exposed, in Melbourne on 1 July 2011.  It should perhaps be noted that July and August are the depths of the southern hemisphere winter and that, therefore, shops offering hot chocolate - in Melbourne, in particular - would expect to do a brisk trade.  A noisy and hostile demonstration (which, if it was anything like its sister 'protest' held in Sydney, of which there is video footage available, seemed right on the edge of becoming a lynch mob) would, therefore, be likely to do significant harm to business, by frightening off prospective customers. 

My apologies for not bringing these events to the attention of NER readers sooner, but for one reason and another I did not come across it until this last week.

First, from the Herald Sun, July 3, Mitchell Toy and James Campbell reporting:

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/arrested-at-anti-israel-protest/story-fn7x8me2-1226086248954

'19 arrested at anti-Israel Protest'

'An anti-Israel attack on a CBD chocolate shop has seen 19 protesters arrested and three police injured.

'Members of Socialist Alternative (but if you view available video - see link in my next item below - you will see that in the Sydney BDS demonstration the black flag of Jihad was prominently displayed, and women in hijab attended - CM) demonstrated at the Max Brenner chocolate and coffee store in Melbourne's QV (this is the 'Queen Victoria', a very large and glitzy shopping arcade - CM) on Friday (note the day - Friday; significant to Muslims more than to westerners - CM) because they said the Jewish-owned franchise company had aided the Israeli army.

The Strauss Group, an Israeli food and beverage company, of which Max Brenner's chain became part in 2001, supplies food and care packages to soldiers in the IDF.  As any patriotic business in any free nation is fully entitled to do for the soldiers who protect their country.- CM

'Thirteen men and six women were taken into custody after an altercation with police, with 16 charged and bailed. Charges included assaulting police, riotous behaviour, besetting premises, and trespass.

'Jewish Labor MP Michael Danby called the protest stupid.

"These people are prejudiced fanatics who should look into their soul", he said. Hear, hear, Mr Danby! - CM

"While 1500 people are murdered in Syria they launch their sad little attack on a chocolate shop because it also has stores in Israel".

'Through the Socialist Alternative website, rally organiser Salem Nassar (somehow I suspect he is more likely to be a Muslim than a Socialist atheist - CM) said protesters heard about Palestinian oppression and "ongoing ethnic cleansing" before clashing with police.

'Palestinian oppression'.  He means, of course, that he regards the local Arab Muslims as being 'oppressed' by Israel.  One must, however, remember the special Islamic meaning of 'oppression', which involves any deed or word perceived as evidence of refusal to submit to absolute Muslim hegemony.  Israel "oppresses" Muslims by insisting on continuing in existence as a non-Muslim state within which Muslims are not free to lord it over non-Muslims in the way in which the Islamic texts tell them that they are entitled to do.  And as for 'ethnic cleansing': one must remember that there is a large Arab (both Muslim and Christian) population within Israel, whereas a string of Islamic states stretching from North Africain the west to Iraq and Iran in the east have killed or driven out most or all of the Jews who used to live there; and one must also remember that the Arab Muslim state of 'Palestine' that the local Arabs wish to set up (which state they intend to comprise the ancient spiritual and political heartland of the Jewish people; in Judea and Samaria, and the Old City of Jerusalem, not forgetting Judaism's most sacred site, the Temple Mount)  is intended to be perfectly Judenrein. - CM

"People were making speeches about the daily attacks that Palestinians endure...and scores who are killed every month at the hands of the IDF (Israel Defence Forces)", he wrote.

I seem to recall that there have been a great many attacks by Muslims upon Jews in Israel, most notably the unending and indeed daily rocket barrage from Jihad Armed Camp Gaza; and as for his claim that 'scores' of local Arab Muslims are being 'killed every month' by the IDF...NONSENSE- CM

"All of a sudden, some special operations-type group rushed into the area.  They began by targeting the people with megaphones and pushing people to the ground".

Hmmm. Methinks he is exaggerating. - CM

'No protesters were injured in the scuffle, but three police officers were left with minor injuries.

'Socialist Alternative took part in the protest with the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, because Max Brenner's Israeli parent company, Strauss Group, had publicly supported the IDF.

'The owners of Max Brenner could not be contacted for comment.

'Mr Danby has recently stoushed with fresh Greens senator Lee Rhiannon, who broke ranks to back a boycott of Israel.

'Senator Rhiannon adovcated imposing trade sanctions against Israel before taking her seat on July 1, citing Palestinian human rights issues as a cause for action.

It would have made much more sense for her to call for Australian trade sanctions against majority-Muslim Indonesia and Malaysia on the grounds of gross, continuing and intensifying Muslim abuse of the human rights of non-Muslims - Hindus, Buddhists, Christians and animists - in those two entities, or for trade sanctions against Egypt on the grounds of Egyptian Muslim human rights abuses against the Copts, rather than obsessively vilifying the Jewish state which is far freer and more decent than any of its Muslim neighbours in the Middle East. - CM

'Bob Brown later hosed the comments down, saying his opinion differed with Rhiannon's on the issue.

'Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd weighed in on the proposed boycott, describing the idea as 'nuts'."

Mr Rudd, to his credit,  supported Mr Danby's counter-protest, which I will describe in a later posting.

Now, for some aspects of the July 1 threat displays against a Jewish business in Australia that did not make it into the papers, we must turn to a blog entitled "The blank Pages of the Age".

http://theblankpagesoftheage.blogspot.com/2011/07/letter-of-week.html

Quoting a letter from one Merv Morris which observed that 'the sight of angry protesters yelling their hate-filled invective outside Jewish businesses is reminiscent of the thuggish Nazi boycots of the 1930s", the blogger remarks:

'Apologists will no doubt respond using the standard apologetic response for the behaviour of the thugs who abused patrons of the chocolate shop and police that they were protesting Israeli policies, not Jews as such, and they will no doubt come up with a Jew of convenience who supports this thuggery.  The problem for them is that BDS founder Omar Barghouti...has outlined the movement's fundamental aim of bringing an end to Israel and thus the Jewish right of self-determination by flooding with descendants of Palestinian refugees (sic: - CM).  The aim is to achieve this by force and against the will of the Israeli people.

'The demonstrators outside Max Brenner's establishment made no secret of this aim when they chanted, "Israel (?: did they say this ? more likely, Palestine - CM) will be free from the river to the sea".  That's a not so subtle code for "we want to destroy the Jewish State".  Call it whatever you want.  We know what these people are and Mr Morris' letter concisely makes the point.

And a commenter on the blog, Shirl in Oz, who had witnessed the Sydney demonstration, added her own - very telling - observations.

"I wonder if these so-called 'protestors' even know what they are against, to be quite honest with you.  I went to the 2nd one at Parramatta, at the Max Brenner shop.

'I hate to say this, but it was rather funny.  Half these young children, it was very obvious, didn't have a clue.  They have been asked to join and being young and innocent followed for fun.  I am sure of that.  One young lady was having a rollicking good time.  Laughing, joking, jumping up and down and waving her arms in the air.

'After the protest (call it what you will) I watched the video of the first 'event' at which there were no more than 50 people.  There was an older woman with a loud hailer actually instructing these 'children' what to do.

'A great deal of it was to be 'in your face' as I discovered from a couple of French Jewish students (who probably understand Arabic - CM) who are here studying for a year.  They travelled on the train with a number of these protesters, mainly Muslims.  As the train neared Parramatta, a few Muslim young ladies donned hijabs "To get in their faces" . Charming!!! (And they tell us the hijab is all about modesty...but this revealing little anecdote lets us know that it is mostly about politics. - CM)

'There were a number of ordinary folk against this screaming rat-bag mob, but what was amazing was the way the Christian Zionists walked the length of the protestors, literally rubbing the Israeli flag in their faces.  I think even if there hadn't been a huge police presence, these very courageous people would have still done the same thing".

And finally, a writer in Quadrant online who calls things by their right names...and how.  Be sure to click on the link, as in the original there is a link to video footage of the Sydney BDS 'protest' or threat display, in which you will clearly see a huge black flag of Jihad.

http://www.quadrant.org.au/blogs/qed/2011/07/a-pogrom-is-announced

'A pogrom is announced'.

- Michael Connor, July 19, 2011.

'In Australia anti-Semitism has brought together the Far Right-Wing, the Far Left-Wing, and Muslim extremists to boycott Jewish-owned chocolate shops.

'On activist blog sites dismal Orwellian political language comfortably entwines Islamic and Far Right Zionist conspiracies with familiar Far Left rants against their enemies:

Mr O'Connor then quotes a typical example of this inflammatory rhetoric: 

"Friends and supporters

"A fortnight ago Australian police viciously attacked a pro-Palestine Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) demonstration in Melbourne.

"19 activists were arrested and charged with a variety of ofenses...

"Arrests of political activists at a demonstration have not been seen in Melbourne for many years. 

"The attack by police was totally unprovoked (hmmm - CM) and clearly politically orchestrated.

Now for the turnspeak - CM

"This attack is clearly part of an attempt by the state government to criminalise protest...

"The Zionist lobby in Australia has also been strident in its attacks on the BDS campaign and have attacked the demonstration (and defended corporation Max Brenner).

'Andrew Bolt, Gerard Henderson, Michael Danby and Kevin Rudd (amongst others) have written pieces in the press condemning the protesters".  END QUOTE FROM 'ACTIVIST' WEBSITE. 

'Quadrant Online has already praised Kevin Rudd for his stand against anti-Semitism (see part three of this series, The Chocolate Wars, for full details - CM) so bravo to Andrew Bolt, Gerard Henderson, and Michael Danby.

'We also recommend the targets of these Jewish boycotts, the Max Brenner chocolate shops, whose tasty products can be purchased here [provides link]

'In calls to ramp up the hatred against Jews the familiar inner-city bourgeois whine is wrapped around a completely phoney view of the world as familiar techniques of deceit are employed to recast bullies and thugs as victims and turn the real victims into shadowy and inhuman forces of oppression.

'Unfortunately this particular invitation to another intimidating boycott of Max Brenenr could have been written for an ABC opinion page...

And Mr Connor quotes in full another cliche-ridden sample of hysterical anti-israel rhetoric:

"Dear Friends, 

"Solidarity greetings from Justice for Palestine, Brisbane.  We are outraged at the violent attack on the peaceful [but click Mr Connor's link to see the video of just how 'peaceful' it was - CM] BDS...protest outside Max Brenner on July 1.

"The Zionists and their supporters in government cannot stand the exposure of the daily violence, humiliation, torture and state sponsored terrorism perpetuated against the people of Palestine.

"The political and economic isolation of Israel is intensifying as more people of the world learn of the reality of Israeli apartheid. That's why they are desperate to silence the BDS campaign internationally.  But it won't work.

'Taking its lead from the determined and unrelenting struggle (behind this word 'struggle' we must read 'Jihad' - CM) of the Palestinian people (sic - CM: anyone want to play Buzzword Bingo? ) the campaign has already demonstrated many times over that whenever they try to silence us BDS activists will redouble our efforts.

'In response to the brutal attack on the protest in Melbourne, we have decided to launch an all-out effort to build a protest on August 27 against Max Brenner in Brisbane.  We will launch this campaign at the BDS protest that will take place here this Saturday.

"In solidarity, Justice for Palestine, Brisbane'"

And Mr Connor concludes:

'What a "peaceful" protest looks like.

'This isn't the Kurfuerstendamm in 1934, but Sydney in 2011." [He then supplies the link to video of the BDS rally, or near-riot, outside a Max Brenner shop in Sydney - a very intimidating sight indeed].

That, ladies and gentlemen, comprises Part One of my roundup of reports on 'the Chocolate Wars', or recent BDS activity in Australia.

Part two, to follow, will comprise a no-punches-pulled Quadrant opinion piece by someone who witnessed a BDS assault on a different business in Australia, and two reports on the response of the Law to the lawless protest of July 1.

Part three will comprise several accounts of Mr Danby's creative counter-protest - in which, as we have already seen mentioned, he has been joined by a number of prominent Australians, including fellow politicians.

Posted on 08/22/2011 8:29 PM by Christina McIntosh
Monday, 22 August 2011
BDS Campaign Hits a Snag or Two, Down Under. The Chocolate War, Part Two.

I will begin with a heartening example of one woman's no-nonsense reaction to a BDS assault on an Israel-connected beauty shop in Australia, before sharing a couple of follow-up news reports to do with  the near-riot outside Max Brenner's in melbourne that resulted in a slew of arrests of 'protesters' on July 1st this year.

From Quadrant Online, July 22, Philippa Martyr.

http://www.quadrant.org.au/blogs/qed/2011/07/the-faces-of-fear

"The Faces of Fear": "Seacret Targeted by 'Australians for Palestine'".

'SeaCret is an Israeli company which manufactures skin and spa products from Dead Sea minerals.  It's staffed by young Israelis  who all appear to be on their gap year, having a kind of 21st century kibbutz experience in economic nation building.  You can learn more at their website [she supplies a link].

'Now, I am the first person to be cynical about the beauty industry, because I know 99 % of it is piffle, and that 99 % of its products are made of a blend of oil, wax and water, with some perfume and alcohol added to stop it all going off...

'But what I am not cynical about is unkempt, lazy Australian university students, especially well-fed white ones with blonde dreadlocks who are wearing keffiyehs.  

'When confronted by an assembly of these...all chanting loudly outside a SeaCret stand in a local shopping centre, I am moved to something quite uncharacteristic.  This is the desire to spend large sums of money on beauty products manufactured by SeaCret.

'What seemed to be getting these young Trustafarians' goat was that Israel (a sovereign state recognised by around 80% of the world's countries, but by almost none in the Arab League), is engaged in a war with an entity called "Palestine".  This is none of my concern; the war I am more concerned about is the one that seems to be taking young Australian lives just at present.

'But I can tell you what I like even less than war, and that's seeing the sick fear on the faces of the young Israelis behind the counter.

'I know anti-Semitism when I smell it, even when it's dressed up as human rights - and so do they. [emphasis in this sentence is the original author's - CM].

'The demonstration I saw was not a manifestation of free speech; it was bullying, plain and simple.

'I hate bullies in any form, so I strongly recommend that you buy the Dead Sea salt scrub - your hands will glow. 

'And while you're at the SeaCret store, sitting on the comfortable stool and having yourself pampered with product specimens by a handsome young Israeli person of your choice, I strongly recommend that you also cultivate an elegant middle-finger salute  to the assembled shrieking mob of youthful anti-Semites gathered outside".

And now, from the Australian Jewish News:

http://www.jewishnews.net.au/max-brenner-protesters-reappear-in-court/22346

'Max Brenner protesters reappear in court.'

'Four of the 19 pro-Palestinian activists arrested at the protest outside Max Brenner in Melbourne on July 1 were arrested again on Tuesday for breach of bail conditions.  

'This latest development comes amid Jewish community groups applauding the Victorian government for asking the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to investigate if the recent anti-Israel Max Brenner protests are in breach of Australian competition law.

'A spokesperson for Victoria Police confirmed the four arrested appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday afternoon, and the AJN understands at least two face further hearings.

'Jewish Community Council of victoria president John Searle congratulated Victoria Police for their action.

"They have sent a strong message to the public that this type of thuggery will not be tolerated in our society and that those who break the law will be held accountable", he said..

'In announcing the decision to refer the protests to the ACCC, Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu said his government would not stand by and allow what he termed a "deeply offensive and unacceptable campaign" of intimidation and bullying to continue.  

"The targeting of businesses because of their religious or cultural association offends the whole community and undermines our multicultural society", he said.

'Standing with his Victorian colleagues, NSW Minister for Fair Trading Anthony Roberts said he would also be asking the ACCC if the BDS protests were in breach of commonwealth law.

"In his letter to ACCC chairman Rod Sims, Victorian Minister for Consumer Affairs Michael O'Brien wrote [that] the actions of BDS protesters in preventing customers from entering Max Brenner's premises may have breached Section 45D of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Commonwealth) which forbids engaging in  conduct that hinders or prevents the transfer of goods or services with the intent to cause substantial loss or damage to one's business.

'The letter drew praise from Searle, Australia/ Israel and Jewish Affairs Souncil executive director Colin Rubinstein, NSW Jewish Board of Deputies CEO Vic Alhadeff, and Executive Council of Australian Jewry president Dr Danny Lamm, who encouraged the federal and state governments to follow suit.

"A strong bipartisan voice saying 'No' to BDS will reflect the basic sentiment of most Australians that the bitterness and complexity of foreign conflicts should be kept out of our peaceful country", Dr Lamm said...

The BDS campaign is garnering scant sympathy in the Australian press, if this report from The Australian is anything to go by.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/commentary/anti-israel-bullies-hard-centre-bites-in-chocolate-shop-campaign/story-e6frgd0x-1226118406097

Cameron Stewart, assistant editor, writes:

'Anti-Israel bullies' hard-centre bites in chocolate shop campaign'.

'In Brisbane next Saturday, a group of anti-Israeli protesters will march on a Jewish-owned chocolate shop as part of a radical national campaign that risks morphing into an ugly platform for anti-Semites.

It already is an ugly platform for anti-Semites, both Muslim and non-Muslim. - CM

'The targeting of the Israeli-owned Max Brenner chocolate shop chain in Australia by a coalition of anti-Israel groups is testing the limits of the law, ethics and tolerance.

'Nineteen protesters were arrested and three policemen injured early last month when a rally outside a Max Brenner shop in Melbourne, similar to the one planned for Brisbane, turned violent.

'The spectacle of protesters breaking the law in an attempt to harm a legal Jewish business was all the more abhorrent because it invited obvious historical parallels to the anti-Semitic targeting of Jewish businesses in 1930s Nazi Germany.

'The violence was so damaging to the pro-Palestinian cause that even some Palestinian groups (sic: 'Palestinian' Arab groups - CM) were critical of it.

In other words, the Fast Jihadists and their attendant useful idiots and janissaries have jumped the gun and exposed the real agenda of the Jihad against to Jews; so now the Slow Jihadists are attempting damage control  - CM

'"People who were there told me it was really out of hand and pretty stupid the way they did it", says Jim Barr, president of the country's peak pro-Palestinian group, the Australia-Palestine Advocacy Network. "We certainly don't want to create public sympathy for Max Brenner, which is what we did.  I support the Brenner campaign but it needs to be done well."

'What concerns many people about the Max Brenner campaign, apart from the shadow of history, is that it is directed against something that, although foreign-owned, is a legitimate local business in this country.  That it is a chocolate shop only underlines the tenuous nature of claims that it bears some responsibility for Israel's military and human rights policies in the occupied territories. (sic: Mr Stewart would have been more accurate had he simply written 'in Judea and Samaria' - CM).

"In a democratic society anybody should be allowed to protest, but I find it really distasteful that a Jewish business is being targeted in this way", Australian Workers Union National secretary  Paul Howes says.  "If people are upset about the handling of the Middle East process then fine, but why don't they protest outside the Israeli embassy and direct their protest to the Israeli state rather than a Jewish business?  If people do not like the policies of the Australian government, I wouldn't expect there to be a protest outside the R M Williams store".

'But Samah Sabawi, spokeswoman for the advocacy group Australians for Palestine, defends the targeting of Max Brenner because it makes a greater impact than traditional protests.

"Standing outside an embassy is not always the most effective form of protest", she says.  "We live in a democratic society and we have a choice of different types of campaigns".

And a chocolate shop is a much 'softer' target, security-wise, than an Embassy...CM

'The Max Brenner campaign in Australia is part of the global campaign known as Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, which seeks in part to boycott Israeli businesses as a means of pressuring Israel to improve its human rights record. (That is not the half of it, Mr Stewart.  Do some more research. - CM).

'The campaign in Australia involves a loose alliance of the radical Left, including greens, unions, socialists and Marxists, in addition to at least 14 separate pro-Palestinian groups.

'As well as targeting Max Brenner, the group also seeks to target the Israeli-made skin-care range Jericho, which sells in Australia.  Jericho's apparent crime is that it derives its products from the Dead Sea when, in the words of Green Left Weekly, "the indigenous Palestinian people who live on the land surrounding the Dead Sea are regularly denied access".

'The indigenous Palestinian people'.  Green Left Weekly seems quite oblivious of the well-documented depth and extent of Hebrew/ Jewish presence in what was known to Jewish people for over 2000 years as 'eretz Israel'. - CM

'Max Brenner himself, whose real name is Oded Brenenr, is a 43 year old Israeli-born and New York based pastry chef and chocolate maker whose only obvious personal connection to the Israeli military was the fact that he, like other Israeli men, had to complete mandatory military service as a young man.

'In 1996 Brenner set up his first chocolate store in Israel and in 2001 his rapidly expanding chain of Max Brenner stores was swallowed by the much larger Strauss Group, Israel's second largest food and beverage company, which employs more than 11,000 people in 16 countries.  But Strauss also sells food and care packages to the Israeli military, in the same way that many Australian and US companies provide goods and services to their own troops.

'Strauss Group chairwoman Ofra Strauss says providing goods to soldiers is unremarkable in Israel.  "For us, Israeli soldiers are not army; Israeli soldiers are our kids", she told Forbes Magazine in January.  "And when children of this country are in need, we will be there."

'Says Ted Lapkin, a conservative commentator and former employee of the Australia/ Israel Jewish Affairs council: "What is wrong with providing care packages to Israeli soldiers who are defending their country against terrorists?"

"Who are defending their country against the merciless and unending Jihad that seeks to annihilate it" - that is what you should have said, Mr Lapkin. - CM

'The BDS movement likens itself to the boycott movement against the apartheid South African regime in the 1970s and 1980s.

'Veteran pro-Palestinian campaigner and former Palestinian envoy in Australia Ali Kazak says that during the anti-apartheid struggle, boycotts on South African businesses were considered to be legitimate weapon of protest.  "South African Airways and other businesses were targeted, so if it was OK for the apartheid regime, why not for Israel?"

Because Israel is not an apartheid regime, you evil liar, and because what you are actually engaged in, Mr Muslim Kazak, is a war of annihilation against Israel, a Jihad without mercy and without end, against the Jews - CM

'It's a connection deeply offensive to many in Australia's Jewish community.

"The Israel-Palestinian conflict is a struggle between two nations, not a struggle for equality within one nation", the Executive Council of Australian Jewry's executive director, Peter  Wertheim, says.

Almost there, Mr Wertheim. But it isn't really about 'nations', either. It's about ideology.  The so-called 'Palestinian people' - the local overwhelmingly-Muslim Arabs, re-branded  for propaganda purposes - are merely the shock troops of the Jihad against the Jews that is supported, actively or passively, by the whole of the Muslim world. - CM

"Within Israel all citizens, including Jews, Arabs and Druze, share the same voting and legal rights...Jews and Arabs use the same public transport, eat at the same restaurants, shop in the same malls, and play in the same sports teams.

And are treated in the same hospitals, to the same excellent level of care. - CM

"The BDS [Max Brenner] campaign in Australia is not really about economic pressure, it's about demonising and vilifying Israel."

Spot on, Mr Wertheim. - CM

'Union leader Howes says: "If they [anti-Israeli protesters] are trying to equate the campaign against apartheid in South Africa with a campaign against a Jewish chocolate shop, they've got rocks in their heads."

Some of them, at least, the Muslim ones, do have a rock in their heads: the black rock in the Kaaba in Saudi Arabia (which, incidentally, is not permitted to be seen by anyone who is not a Muslim).  One wonders whether the non-Muslim Useful Idiots in the BDS campaign know anything at all about the extent of gender apartheid in Saudi Arabia and in other Muslim lands, or whether anyone has ever explained to them the system of religion-based apartheid - deliberately suppressing and discriminating against non-Muslims - that is sacralised by the sharia, the law of Islam that pious Muslims are supposed to strive to impose world-wide by any and all means necessary. - CM

'Wertheim says the common link between the anti-Jewish Nazi boycotts in the 1939s and the present [present-day] Max Brenner campaign in Australia is that "both are based on the calculated orchestration of hate".

Nailed it in one, Mr Wertheim. But do you know that that hate, this time around, is primarily derived from the texts and tenets of Islam? - CM

'It is the historical echoes of the Nazi era and the refusal of the protest groups to recognise this, that makes the Max Brenner campaign so abhorrent not only to the Jewish community but to many in the wider community.

'Both sides of politics in Victoria have condemned the campaign and last week the Baillieu government asked the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to examine whether the activists in Melbourne had breached laws relating to secondary boycotts.

'The Greens leader Bob Brown has distanced himself from the BDS campaign, saying it is not part of the Greens' national policy, despite new Greens senator Lee Rhiannon having previously backed the campaign.

'Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd expressed his distaste for the campaign last month by having a very public coffee at the same Max Brenner store with Michael Danby, the Jewish MP for Melbourne Ports.

'Rudd told reporters anyone with historical memory should deplore boycotts of Jewish businesses.  "[I am here] as an individual citizen - that is me, K. Rudd - I am here because I object to the boycotting of Jewish businesses", he said.

'Late last month a group of prominent Australians, including journalist Jana Wendt, comedian Sandy Gutman (aka Austen Tayshus), and former Labor Party president Warren Mundine met at a Max Brenner shop to voice their disapproval of the violent protests against the chocolate chain.  "It's a truism, but we can't afford to ignore the lessons of history", Wendt said. "As the daughter of refugees whose lives were critically affected by both fascism and communism, I'm grateful for what Australia has to offer."

'Under attack, the coalition of 14 pro-Palestinian groups that form the rump of the socialist-green-Palestinian alliance promoting the Max Brenner campaign accuses its enemies of seeking to repress the movement and deny it the right to free speech.

Thuggish rallies seeking to physically scare away customers from a legitimate business do not qualify as 'free speech', to my mind - CM

"The active attempts to repress Australian organisations that seek to promote Israeli's accountability before international law is beyond reproach" a coalition of Palestinian groups said in a joint statement last weekend.

Ah, but which international law? If the membership of these groups is predominantly Muslim, then ultimately they are bound to recognise no law but the law of Islam. - CM

'Yet supporters of these same groups are keen to repress others who debate the issue.

'A news article in The Weekend Australian last week, which outlined the positions of each side of the debate, was attacked by one BDS supporter, anti-Israeli Jewish blogger Antony Lowenstein, as being typical of "a paper that loves the smell of bombed Muslims in the morning".

Perhaps somebody should sent Mr Lowenstein a copy of Giulio Meotti's book about the Israeli Jewish victims of decades of ceaseless Arab Muslim jihad. - CM

'The organisers of the Max Brenner campaign maintain that it is political, not racist.

Actually, that is correct.  It is about ideology; ultimately, about the sacralised Jew-hatred hard-wired into the core texts of Islam. - CM

"We stress that the BDS movement is an anti-racist movement that rejects all forms of racism including anti-Semitism  and Islamophobia (so intelligent distrust of Islam - which is an ideology, not a race, is a form of racism?? - logic FAIL - CM)...they do not target any particular religious or ethnic group", says the coalition of pro-Palestinian groups.

'But is this really the case?

"Not all criticisms of Israel are anti-Semitic", the ECAJ's Wertheim says. "But the protesters are wrong when they say that no criticisms of Israel are anti-Semitic.  There is clearly an overlap.  Some of the writings and slogans of the BDS movement have descended into rantings about Jews controlling the world and similar racist generalisations."

'Kim Bullimore, a spokeswoman for the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, which helped organize the Max Brenner protests, says the group has a democratic right to boycott businesses.

But you do not have a right, Ms Bullimore (is that really your name? how appropriate) to gather outside them behaving in such a manner as to physically impede customer entry and cause actual and prospective customers to fear for their personal safely; nor to threaten the staff of those businesses by presenting as the sort of mob that  might at any moment start hurling rocks, smashing windows and bashing people up. - CM

'The boycott tactic has a long tradition in liberal democratic society and was used by Gandhi and Martin Luther King", she says.

But people waving the black flag of Jihad, such as I saw in the video footage of the 'protest' (aka massed threat display) outside the Max Brenner store in Sydney, have nothing in common with Gandhi, for they are foot-soldiers of what Churchill called 'the Religion of Blood and War'; and they have nothing in common with MLK, for throughout its history Islam has promoted and sacralised slavery on the grand scale. - CM

'But former AIJAC employee Lapkin says the Max Brenner campaign crosses the boundary of common decency in a country such as Australia.

"This is not a freedom of speech issue", he says.  "it is a specific and deliberate attempt to shut down the operations of a legal business and that is beyond the bounds of democracy and free speech".

Yes. - CM

Posted on 08/22/2011 10:15 PM by Christina McIntosh

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