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Saturday, 5 November 2011
Oh For God's Sake, Alan Dershowitz, Why Do You Think?

From The New Republic:

Why are John Mearsheimer and Richard Falk Endorsing a Blatantly Anti-Semitic Book?

As the discourse about Israel on university campuses continues to degenerate, there is growing concern that some of Israel’s most vocal detractors are crossing a red line between acceptable criticism of Israel and legitimizing anti-Semitism. The recent endorsements by several internationally prominent academics—including John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago and Richard Falk of Princeton—of an overtly anti-Semitic book written by a notorious Jew-hater illustrate this dangerous trend. 

The book in question is entitled The Wandering Who? and was written by Gilad Atzmon, a British jazz musician. Lest there be any doubt about Atzmon’s anti-Semitic credentials, listen to his self-description in the book itself. He boasts about “drawing many of my insights from a man who … was an anti-Semite as well as a radical misogynist” and a hater of “almost everything that fails to be Aryan masculinity” (89-90). He declares himself a “proud, self-hating Jew” (54), writes with “contempt” of “the Jew in me” (94), and describes himself as “a strong opponent of … Jewish-ness” (186). His writings, both online and in his new book, brim with classic anti-Semitic motifs that are borrowed from Nazi publications:

Throughout his writings, Atzmon argues that Jews seek to control the world:

·     “[W]e must begin to take the accusation that the Jewish people are trying to control the world very seriously.”

·     “American Jewry makes any debate on whether the ‘Protocols of the elder of Zion’ [sic] are an authentic document or rather a forgery irrelevant. American Jews do try to control the world, by proxy.” 

Atzmon expands on this theme in The Wandering Who?, repeatedly conflating “the Jews” and “the Zionist”:

·     He calls the recent credit crunch “the Zio-punch” (22) and says it was not “a Jewish conspiracy” because “it was all in the open” (30).

·     Paul Wolfowitz, Rahm Emmanuel, and other members of “the Jewish elite” remain abroad instead of moving to “Zion” because they “have proved far more effective for the Zionist cause by staying where they are” (19).

·     The American media “failed to warn the American people of the enemy within” because of money (27). 

Atzmon has written that Jews are evil and a menace to humanity:

·     “With Fagin and Shylock in mind Israeli barbarism and organ trafficking seem to be just other events in an endless hellish continuum.”

·     “The Homo Zionicus quickly became a mass murderer, detached from any recognised form of ethical thinking and engaged in a colossal crime against humanity.” 

Atzmon rehearses many of these ideas in The Wandering Who?:

·     “[T]o be a Jew is a deep commitment that goes far beyond any legal or moral order” (20) and this commitment “pulls more and more Jews into an obscure, dangerous and unethical fellowship” (21).

·     If Iran and Israel fight a nuclear war that kills tens of millions of people, “some may be bold enough to argue that ‘Hitler might have been right after all’” (179). 

Atzmon regularly urges his readers to doubt the Holocaust and to reject Jewish history:

·     “It took me years to accept that the Holocaust narrative, in its current form, doesn’t make any historical sense. … If, for instance, the Nazis wanted the Jews out of their Reich (Judenrein—free of Jews), or even dead, as the Zionist narrative insists, how come they marched hundreds of thousands of them back into the Reich at the end of the war?”

·     “[E]ven if we accept the Holocaust as the new Anglo-American liberal-democratic religion, we must allow people to be atheists.” 

Atzmon reprises some of this language in The Wandering Who?:

·     Children should be allowed to question, as he did, “how the teacher could know that these accusations of Jews making Matza out of young Goyim’s blood were indeed empty or groundless” (185).

·      “The Holocaust religion is probably as old as the Jews themselves” (153).

·       The history of Jewish persecution is a myth, and if there was any persecution the Jews brought it on themselves (175, 182). 

Atzmon argues that Jews are corrupt and responsible for “why” they are “hated”:

·     “[I]n order to promote Zionist interests, Israel must generate significant anti-Jewish sentiment. Cruelty against Palestinian civilians is a favourite Israeli means of achieving this aim.”

·      “Jews may have managed to drop their God, but they have maintained goy-hating and racist ideologies at the heart of their newly emerging secular political identity. This explains why some Talmudic goy-hating elements have been transformed within the Zionist discourse into genocidal practices.” 

Atzmon returns to this theme repeatedly in The Wandering Who?:

·     The “Judaic God” described in Deuteronomy 6:10-12 “is an evil deity, who leads his people to plunder, robbery and theft” (120). Atzmon explains that “Israel and Zionism … have instituted the plunder promised by the Hebrew God in the Judaic holy scriptures” (121).

·     The moral of the Book of Esther is that Jews “had better infiltrate the corridors of power” if they wish to survive (158). 

Finally, Atzmon repeatedly declares that Israel is worse than the Nazis and has actually “apologized” to the Nazis for having earlier compared them to Israel:

·     “Many of us including me tend to equate Israel to Nazi Germany. Rather often I myself join others and argue that Israelis are the Nazis of our time. I want to take this opportunity to amend my statement. Israelis are not the Nazis of our time and the Nazis were not the Israelis of their time. Israel, is in fact far worse than Nazi Germany and the above equation is simply meaningless and misleading.”

In light of this Der Stürmer-like bigotry against Jews, it should come as no surprise that even some of the most hard-core anti-Israel activists have shunned Atzmon out of fear that his anti-Semitism will discredit their cause. Tony Greenstein, a self-styled “anti-Zionist” who recently participated in the Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s unprecedented disruption of an Israel Philharmonic Orchestra concert in London (which Greenstein compared to protesting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in the 1930s), denounced The Wandering Who? as “a poisonous anti-Semitic tome.” Sue Blackwell, who co-wrote the Association of University Teachers’ motion to boycott Israeli universities in 2005, removed all links to Atzmon from her website and placed Atzmon on her list of “nasties” along with David Irving and Israel Shamir. Socialist Worker, a website that frequently refers to Israeli “apartheid” and publishes articles with titles such as “Israel’s murderous violence,” removed an interview with Atzmon and called the evidence of Atzmon’s anti-Semitism “damning.” At least ten authors associated with the Leftist publisher that published The Wandering Who? have called on the publisher to distance itself from Atzmon’s views, explaining that the “thrust of Atzmon’s work is to normalise and legitimise anti-Semitism.”

Hard-core neo-Nazis, racists, anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers, on the other hand, have happily counted Atzmon as one of their own. David Duke, America’s premier white supremacist, has posted more than a dozen of Atzmon’s articles on his website over the past five years and recently praised Atzmon for “writ[ing] such fine articles exposing the evil of Zionism and Jewish supremacism.” Kevin MacDonald, a professor at Cal State Long Beach whose colleagues formally disassociated themselves from his “anti-Semitic and white ethnocentric views,” called Atzmon’s book “an invaluable account by someone who clearly understands the main symptoms of Jewish pathology.” Israel Shamir, a Holocaust denier (“We must deny the concept of Holocaust without doubt and hesitation”) who argues that Jews ritually murdered Christian children for their blood and that “The rule of the Elders of Zion is already upon us,” refers to Atzmon as a “good friend” and calls Atzmon one of “the shining stars of the battle” against “the Jewish alliance.”

But neither Atzmon’s well-established reputation for anti-Semitism nor the copious anti-Semitic filth that fills The Wandering Who? has deterred Professors John Mearsheimer and Richard Falk from actively endorsing Atzmon’s work. Mearsheimer, the Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, calls The Wandering Who? a “fascinating” book that “should be read widely by Jews and non-Jews alike.” Falk, Milibank Professor of International Law Emeritus at Princeton University and United Nations Special Rapporteur on “human rights in the Palestinian territories,” calls The Wandering Who? an “absorbing and moving” book that everyone who “care[s] about real peace” should “not only read, but reflect upon and discuss widely.” Falk’s endorsement appears prominently on the cover of Atzmon’s book. Mearsheimer’s endorsement is featured on its first page. These professors are not merely defending Atzmon’s right to publish such a book; they are endorsing its content and urging their colleagues, students, and others to read and “reflect upon” the views expressed by Atzmon. One wonders which portions of this bigoted screed Professors Mearsheimer and Falk believe their students and others “should” read and “discuss widely.”

Mearsheimer has defended his endorsement (on Stephen Walt’s blog) by questioning whether his critics have even read Atzmon’s book. Well, I’ve read every word of it, as well as many of Atzmon’s blogs. No one who has read this material could escape the conclusion—which Atzmon freely admits—that many of his “insights” are borrowed directly from classic anti-Semitic writings. Mearsheimer claims, however, that he has endorsed only Atzmon’s book and not his other writings. But the book itself is filled with crass neo-Nazi rants against the “Jew,” “World Jewry,” and “Jewish bankers.” He claims that “robbery and hatred is imbued in Jewish modern political ideology on both the left and the right” (123). And like other anti-Semites, Atzmon is obsessed in the book with Jewish names. It was Jews, such as Wolfowitz and Libby, who pushed the United States into war against Iraq in the “interests” of “their beloved Jewish state” (26). “How is it that America failed to restrain its Wolfowitzes?” Atzmon asks (27).

Likewise, according to Atzmon’s book, it was “Jewish bankers,” financiers, economists, writers, and politicians such as Greenspan, Levy, Aaronovitch, Saban, Friedman, Schiff, and Rothschild who have caused the economic and political problems of the world, ranging from the Bolshevik revolution to the wars of the 20th century to the current economic troubles (27,194). And like other classic anti-Semites, Atzmon doesn’t simply fault the individual Jews he names; he concocts a worldwide Jewish conspiracy motivated by a “ruthless Zio-driven” (27) “Jewish ideology” (69) that finds its source in “the lethal spirit” (122) of the Hebrew Bible. This sort of conspiratorial drivel is borrowed almost word for word from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion—the Czarist forgery that became a staple of Nazi propaganda.  

A number of other prominent academics have defended Atzmon and his endorsers. Brian Leiter, the Llewellyn Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Chicago Law School, dismissed the reaction to the book and to Mearsheimer’s “straightforward” endorsement as “hysterical” and not “advanc[ing] honest intellectual discourse,” though he acknowledges not having read Atzmon’s book. On the basis of having perused one brief interview with Atzmon, Leiter is nonetheless prepared to defend him against charges that he is an anti-Semite or a Holocaust denier: “His positions [do not mark him] as an anti-Semite [but rather as] cosmopolitan. … He does not deny the Holocaust or the gas chambers… .” Leiter should read the book, especially pages 175-176, before leaping to Atzmon’s defense. There Atzmon reflects “that 65 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, we must be entitled to start asking questions. We should ask for historical evidence and arguments rather than follow a religious narrative that is sustained by political pressure and laws.” 

James Petras, Bartle Professor of Sociology Emeritus at Binghamton University, called The Wandering Who? “a series of brilliant illuminations” and praised Atzmon’s “courage.” The list of academics who have endorsed Atzmon also includes William A. Cook, a professor of English at the University of La Verne in southern California; Makram Khoury-Machool, a lecturer at the University of Cambridge; and Oren Ben-Dor of the University of Southampton School of Law.

These endorsements represent a dangerous step toward legitimizing anti-Semitic rhetoric on university campuses. If respected professors endorse the views contained in Atzmon’s book as “brilliant,” “fascinating,” “absorbing,” and “moving,” these views—which include Jewish domination of the world, doubting the Holocaust, blaming “the Jews” for being so hated, and attributing the current economic troubles to a “Zio-punch”—risk becoming acceptable among their students. These endorsements of Atzmon’s book are the best evidence yet that academic discourse is beginning to cross a red line, and that the crossing of this line must be exposed, rebutted, and rejected in the marketplace of ideas and in the academy. (Another evidence of this academic trend in Europe appeared recently on Atzmon’s website, where he brags that he has been invited to “give a talk on ethics at the Trondheim University” in Norway. This is the same university whose faculty refused to invite me to speak about the Arab-Israel conflict.)

Accordingly, I hereby challenge Professors Mearsheimer and Falk to a public debate about why they have endorsed and said such positive things about so hateful and anti-Semitic a book by so bigoted and dishonest a writer.

Posted on 11/05/2011 8:58 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 5 November 2011
The Return of Cold Fusion

Though the initial experiments of Pons and Fleischmann at the University of Utah generally met with failure after a great deal of excited media coverage, others have taken up the banner and have continued to work quietly and so far, successfully.  Live Science reports:

Italian physicist and inventor Andrea Rossi has conducted a public demonstration of his "cold fusion" machine, the E-Cat, at the University of Bologna, showing that a small amount of input energy drives an unexplained reaction between atoms of hydrogen and nickel that leads to a large outpouring of energy, more than 10 times what was put in.

The first successful cold fusion experiment was reported two decades ago, but the process has forever been met with heavy skepticism. It's a seemingly impossible process in which two types of atoms, typically a light element and a heavier metal, seem to fuse together, releasing pure heat that can be converted into electricity. The process is an attractive energy solution for two reasons: Unlike in nuclear fission, the reaction doesn't give off dangerous radiation. Unlike the fusion processes that take place in the sun, cold fusion doesn't require extremely high temperatures.

But the experimentalists who have supposedly demonstrated cold fusion over the years have been unable to explain the underlying mechanism that drives the miraculous reaction they claim to observe, and so the scientific community has largely turned its back on this line of research. Most physicists — as well as the United States Department of Energy (DoE), academic journals, and the U.S. Patent Office — consider cold fusion machines to be hoaxes, because they say physics rules out the possibility of room-temperature nuclear fusion.

Life's Little Mysteries reported on the E-Cat machine back in April, when Rossi and fellow physicist Sergio Focardi successfully demonstrated the device for a group of Swedish physicists. At the time, we explained that the Italian physicists are two of a handful of researchers around the world who have kept the cold fusion fire burning. These cold fusion devotees believe that there is a little-understood physical process occurring in their machines that produces a safe, clean and endlessly renewable form of energy. [5 Everyday Things that Are Radioactive]

The physicists who were invited to the demonstration in April gave the E-Cat a solid thumbs-up. It produced too much excess heat to have been originating from a chemical process, they wrote in their report, adding that, "The only alternative explanation is that there is some kind of a nuclear process that gives rise to the measured energy production."...

In the intervening months, Rossi has built a large version of his device that combines many smaller cold fusion modules. At the demo in October, after an initial energy input of 400 watts into each module, each one then produced a sustained, continuous output of 10 kilowatts (470 kW altogether) for three to four hours....

Posted on 11/05/2011 6:04 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Saturday, 5 November 2011
Jihad Hots Up in Nigeria: Attacks on Churches and Police Stations

From AFP, as reproduced by Australia's ABC.

'Churches, police targeted in Nigeria attacks'

'Bomb and gun attacks in Nigeria's north-eastern city of Damaturu - targeting police stations and churches - have left dozens of people dead and at least 100 injured, witnesses said on Saturday.

'The attackers bombed the city's police headquarters, three other police stations, and several churches in the city late on Friday, after similar raids were carried out in another city that had already been the target of attacks by an Islamist sect.

Note that these attacks were carried out 'late on Friday'. That is: after Friday 'prayers' at the mosques...- CM

'A lawyer who visited Damaturu government hospital on Saturday looking for a missing friend, said he counted 60 bodies in the morgue.

"I have seen 60 dead bodies in the hospital, all brought in yesterday from the attacks", the lawyer, who asked not to be named, said.

He didn't want to be named.  I wonder why?  Fear of mafia-style reprisals from Allah's enforcers, perhaps? - CM

"I am here to look for my friend who didn't return home yesterday".

'He said anxious relatives were flooding into the hospital in search of loved ones.

'A senior local government official in the city, who said he did not have permission to speak to the media, said the hospital was full to the brim with the injured following the late Friday bombings and gun attacks.

"The general hospital is full with people who were injured in the attack. If I say there are hundreds injured, it's not an over-estimation.  Everywhere is full with the injured", he said, without giving a death toll.

'The authorities were not immediately available to comment".

I shall have to check the Nigerian English-language press online to see if there are more details. Meanwhile, I will merely observe that although AFP are careful to avoid mentioning who might have carried out these attacks, the targets - police stations and churches, symbolising respectively the secular/ non-sharia state and a non-Muslim faith - are institutions that have frequently been attacked, in other parts of northern and central Nigeria, by Muslim jihad gangs, most notably the so-called Boko Haram.  - CM

Posted on 11/05/2011 6:26 AM by Christina McIntosh
Saturday, 5 November 2011
One More In A Million Misleading Headlines

Millions of Muslims start annual hajj pilgrimage rites near Mecca, many ...

Washington Post -
MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia - Wearing white robes to symbolize purity and equality under God, millions of Muslims began their annual hajj pilgrimage Saturday by climbing a rocky desert hill outside Mecca.
No -- not "equality under God." "Equality for Muslims under God." There cannot possibly be equality between Muslims and non-Muslims. That would make no sense. That would be to reward the kufr, to fail to distinguish between those who gratefully accept the message brought by Muhammad, Messenger of God, the Seal of the Prophets, and those who, ungrateful, still refuse to accept that message.
Posted on 11/05/2011 9:02 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 5 November 2011
Loulou De La Falaise

She worked for many years with Yves Saint-Laurent, and then on her own. A designer of accesories, chiefly jewelry, she was herself a beautiful accessory. She was also the daughter-in-law of Balthus.

Dècès de Loulou de la Falaise

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La proche collaboratrice d'Yves Saint-Laurent et créatrice de bijoux, Loulou de la Falaise, est décédée aujourd'hui à l'âge de 63 ans, a indiqué la Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent. Loulou de la Falaise est décédée "des suites d'une longue maladie", a ajouté la Fondation, qui a exprimé son "immense tristesse".

Née le 4 mai 1948 en Angleterre, Louise Vava Lucia Henriette de la Falaise avait rejoint la maison Yves Saint Laurent à la demande du couturier en 1972. Elle était rapidement devenue l'une de ses plus proches collaboratrices. Au côté d'YSL pendant 30 années, elle a créé bijoux et chapeaux pour la maison de haute couture.

En 2002, lorsqu'Yves Saint Laurent décide de mettre fin à sa carrière, Loulou de la Falaise lance sa propre marque et collabore avec différents groupes en créant des lignes de bijoux. "Les accessoires ont un rôle important dans nos vies stressantes. Si vous sortez dîner et que vous n'avez pas le temps de rentrer vous changer, vous pouvez enlever votre veste et mettre un bijou. C'est beaucoup plus facile que de porter une robe de soirée dans le métro!", avait eu l'occasion d'expliquer Loulou de la Falaise.

En 2011, Loulou de la Falaise avait créé une ligne de bijoux exclusivement pour la boutique du jardin Majorelle de Marrakech. Ce jardin a accueilli les cendres d'Yves Saint Laurent en 2008.

Loulou de la Falaise était l'épouse de Thadée Klossowski de Rola, fils du peintre Balthus. Ils ont eu une fille, Anna.

Posted on 11/05/2011 9:13 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 5 November 2011
Whose "Disaster" If The Arab League "Peace Plan" Fails?

Of course the Syrian government has no intention of relinquishing power, or of ending its strategy of constant, but deliberately low-level, violence (not enough to provoke the West, just enough to keep the Sunni demonstrators and mobs down). It can't. It is used to lying, and it will promise this and promise that, with no intention of fulfilling those promises. And why should it? What do the Alawites (and the Christians of Aleppo and Damascus) owe the Sunni Arabs? Nothing at all. They have managed, by monopolizing the upper military echelons, to preserve themselves, and they intend to hold onto that power.

From the viewpoint of the West, what is happening in Syria is just right. The Alawites will have to spend more and more time on keeping alive, that is on domestic issues. They won't be able to make trouble, on behalf of Iran. They won't be able to prop up Hezbollah as much as they did before, because they will be propping themselves up. And they will be a drain on Iran's economy, for it is Iran that is now stuck to Tarbaby Syria, and has to supply the regime with money and weapons, if it wants not to lose the only Arab ally -- an ally of convenience -- and be left to face the wrath of Sunni Turkey, and a Sunni-run Syria, and the Sunni regimes of the Gulf with their deep pockets and pocketbooks. .

Arab League: Disaster in Syria if peace plan fails

[this needs to be properly glossed: "disaster for the Arabs" "disaster for the Camp of Islam"]

(AP)  CAIRO — The head of the Arab League is warning that the failure of an Arab-brokered plan to end the violence in Syria would have disastrous consequences.

Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby expressed "deep worries and regret for the continuation of violence all around Syria."

The Arab peace plan unraveled on Friday as Syrian security forces killed more than 15 people among thousands of protesters who took to the streets to test whether the regime was serious about ending violence against protesters.

Elaraby warned Saturday that "the failure of the Arab solution will have disastrous consequences in Syria and the region."

He urged the Syrian government to take "immediate measures ... to protect civilians."

The uprising against President Bashar Assad began in mid-March.
Posted on 11/05/2011 9:34 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 5 November 2011
Pat Condell: Support for Palestine means support for Jew-killing

Never one to sit on the fence, Pat Condell rips into those "bubbleheads" who support the "Palestinian" "cause". Jew-hatred is the cause of Arab Muslim opposition to Israel, and it comes straight from Islam.

This is a good one:

I get the impression that Condell knows more about Islam than he did when he first started making these short videos. Never a fan, the more he has learnt, the less he likes it.

Posted on 11/05/2011 9:54 AM by Mary Jackson

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