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75-years since Hitler's inaugural, 60-years since Israel's

NY Times' rare, pro-Israel Op-Ed from Bill Kristol: The Jewish State at 60

I meant to pay tribute to the Zionists — men like Weizmann and Jabotinsky, Ben-Gurion and Begin — who made possible the almost miraculous redemption of the Jewish people in 1948. And I also intended to recognize the defenders of Israel at moments of crisis — men like Harry Truman and Richard Nixon and George W. Bush.

I thought I might even dwell on the amazing essay by the novelist George Eliot who made a case for Zionism in 1879 — 17 years before the publication of Theodor Herzl’s “The Jewish State.”

“The hinge of possibility,” Eliot wrote, is that among the Jews “there may arise some men of instruction and ardent public spirit, some new Ezras, some modern Maccabees, who will know how to use all favouring outward conditions, how to triumph by heroic example, over the indifference of their fellows and the scorn of their foes, and will steadfastly set their faces towards making their people once more one among the nations.”

The new Ezras and the modern Maccabees arose. But Jew-hatred didn’t go away. And so, today, in light of Ahmadinejad’s remarks, in the face of the weakness of the West before the Iranian regime — I can’t avoid being reminded of the fact that this year is not only the 60th anniversary of Israel, but also the 75th anniversary of Hitler’s coming to power.

Read The Jewish State at 60

Who is the British Empire to cast aspersions against Israel?

The American Thinker publishes "Triple-Cross: How Britain Created the Arab-Israel Conflict," from John Landau and Rachel Neuwirth:

"Outside of the Muslim countries, no press in the world is as biased, as unfair, and as dishonest and vindictive towards Israel as the British press. The BBC and the newspapers The Guardian and The Independent take the lead in relentlessly vilifying the Jewish state, but Sky News, Reuters, The Economist and numerous other major media outlets do not lag far behind them in their race to see which can defame and malign Israel the most. Israel is incessantly castigated as an imperialist and colonialist power whose people stole their country from its "indigenous" and rightful owners, the "Palestinians."

That the press of a country that at one time or another conquered a substantial chunk of the entire world by the most ruthless and deceitful means imaginable (consider, for example, Sir Walter Raleigh's frank account of the murderous treachery that he employed to seize Trinidad from the Spanish, or Sir Francis Drake's ruthless plundering of the Spanish colonies) should castigate as colonialist, imperialist and racist a country that, even including the "occupied" territories, is only the size of Wales -- which, by the way, is yet another country that England conquered in a series of brutal wars -- is hard to fathom. So is the British press's outrage at Israel's "undemocratic" rule over perhaps a million and a half Arabs, when Britain ruled for centuries in the most autocratic manner hundreds of millions of subjects, many more people than lived in Britain itself, to whom it gave no democratic rights whatsoever. Britain only surrendered this Empire when it was bankrupt after two world wars, and no longer had the means to hold onto it. Even then, she surrendered it only under intense prodding from the United States, whose help she absolutely needed to rebuild her shattered economy and defend herself.

Yet the press and government of this nation that ruled vast territories thousands of miles from its own shores, countries that posed no threat whatsoever to Britain, have the gall to condemn Israel for maintaining a few checkpoints in the "Palestinian" territories, located only a few miles or in some cases only a few yards from her major population centers, in order to prevent terrorists from bringing bombs into these population centers and using them to murder thousands of Israelis. And they have the gall to call these checkpoints an "occupation," even after Israel unilaterally handed over most populated areas of the "occupied" territories (whose total size, in any case, is only equal to that of the English suburban county of Sussex) to her enemies, in a vain attempt to make peace with them. The British press creates the impression that Britain has no connection to "Palestine" except as a sympathetic observer of the suffering of its Arab inhabitants at the hands of "Zionism." One would never guess from reading it that it was not so long ago that Britain ruled Palestine, or that she set in motion the Arab-Israel conflict in the first place, or that the conflict would not even exist without decades of British broken promises and odious divide-and rule maneuvers in the Middle East. {...}

Britain, for her part, has done absolutely nothing to encourage the Arab states to make peace with Israel. Instead, its inflammatory press incessantly incites the Arabs to continue their war of terror against the Jews. The British Foreign Office has done nothing to discourage the British gutter press from indulging in this incendiary propaganda and misinformation campaign. And the BBC, a government owned and controlled station with close ties to the Foreign Office, has actively participated in the hostile propaganda and incitement against Israel, in both its Arabic and English-language services.

Kirk Douglas wows Israeli independence concert in L.A. with Hebrew address

Academy Award recipient Kirk Douglas, introduced by L.A. Sinai Temple's Rabbi David Wolpe, addresses the Kodak Theatre audience in Hebrew, recalling the films he made in Israel, including Walter Mirisch's "Cast a Giant Shadow," with John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, and Yul Brenner.

Award-winning, Keshet Chaim, a contemporary L.A.– based Israeli dance company premiered a new work in honor of Israel’s 60th.

Media downplays Israel 60th anniversary until negative, story-angles can be found

Mainstream media vacuum allows dirty-laundryman to bring-down Olmert government- catching interest of news-outlets to acknowledge Israel's birthday.

The past few days are a milestone of 60 years of survival of the fledgling Jewish State from a Judaism-loathing, Jewry-hating, Palestinian-loving, oil-crazed world.

After waiting 60-years for this occasion- isn't it at least worthy enough for a national network news to acknowledge the factual history of the establishment and survival of the State and people of that nation. Who is Israel? What better occasion to help publicly clarify, identify this country, people, and their plight?

There are plenty of resources to draw from. But who showed anything? Please list any of the documentaries you saw shown by one of the Discovery or History Channels?

But all I saw was Google News' aggregating newspaper articles which focussed on the Palestinians struggle. What have you seen?

Shouldn't the Israeli Foreign Ministry's Communications Dept have done a little better? Shouldn't the organized Jewish Federation? Or the rest of the Jewish establishment?

What's wrong with this picture? The chief of US NATO Command claims that Israel is America's greatest ally in the world.

Is it any wonder why, like the US military in Iraq, the Jihadist war against the West is being lost - undermined in the public psyche by our own media?

So, since the media has all but diverted their eyes from praising Israel, perhaps it's appropriate that The Laundryman, Morris Talansky, has stepped forward to interfere with Sec'y Rice's pressure on PM Olmert's administration to cede more Israeli territory.

Let My People Sing: 60 Hours Celebrating Israel's 60th

A weeklong festival part of a citywide event known as “Let My People Sing.”

The festival will feature 60 hours of live entertainment in and around L.A. culminating in an exclusive, star-studded concert at the Kodak Theatre featuring Israeli superstars Idan Raichel, Noa, and Rami Kleinstein on Saturday, May 10th.

“Israel 60 at the Kodak,” is the highlight of the week-long L.A.“Let My People Sing” Festival.

Its line up of superstar artists include: Israeli keyboardist and composer Idan Raichel of the Idan Raichel Project is a renowned recording artist with multiple #1 hits and triple platinum sales; Noa, known in Israel as Achinoam Nini, is one of Israel’s leading international concert and recording artists; and Rami Kleinstein, often compared to Elton John and Billy Joel, is one of Israel's greatest composers, piano players and performers.

Joining these three headliners are Habanot Nechama, the hot female trio voted “Best New Act” by Israeli radio, and Keshet Chaim, a contemporary L.A. – based Israeli dance company which will premiere a new work in honor of Israel’s 60th. Academy Award recipient Kirk Douglas and award-winning television host Larry King and other celebrity surprise guests will round out this high profile concert sponsored by the Jewish Federation, Consul General of Israel, El Al, Kodak Theatre, JDate, Sinai Temple, Keshet Chaim and Craig ‘N Co.

Featuring: Israeli superstars Rami Kleinstein, Noa, Habonot Nechama, Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble, and Idan Raichel

Date: Saturday, May 10; Time: 8:45 pm

Location: The Kodak Theater 6801 Hollywood Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90028

RSVP: (818) 986-7332

"Israel - Birth of a Nation" Documentary

Host: Sir Martin Gilbert; total running time: 90 min in 10 segments.
(Courtesy: The History Channel, Israel via YouTuber, IslamExposed).

German Documentary Deconstructs the al-Durah Affair

Esther Schapira is a documentary filmmaker in Germany who has produced a remarkable film that reveals more than ever how the Palestinian Authority has used children to advance its goal of attacking Israel in the world media.

Schapira’s film, “Three Bullets and a Dead Child” shows viewers what actually happened that fateful day in Gaza when 12 year-old Mohammed al Dura was reported to have been deliberately shot by Israeli soldiers. Schapira’s documentary shows terrorists attacking an Israeli army base, along with how a Palestinian cameraman engaged in film manipulations as well as how a French television station created a propaganda moment for Arafat’s Palestinian Authority.

Even today, the al Dura event is extensively used to keep the Middle East conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis roiling, costing thousands of lives on both sides. The films takes viewers on an exhaustive cinematic tour of that morning when Israeli soldiers stationed at the Netzarim outpost were attacked by Palestinians armed with Kalashnikov guns and firebombs, as well as by stone-throwing youths.

Some film outtakes even show shots of the boy and his father positioning themselves as if for a visual bite when they easily could have exited the scene with the other Palestinians present.

Through exhaustive interviews with the Israel Defense Forces and through forensic studies, the film reveals how it was impossible for Israeli soldiers to have shot Mohammed al-Dura and how the Palestinian Police purposely manipulated the event to Arafat’s advantage.

Shocking footage of the ferocity of the attack on the Israeli outpost minutes before the boy’s death gives the viewer a vicarious ride of what the Israeli soldiers were going through that morning.

But make no mistake: this is an objective film. It shows how the Israelis could not have killed the boy and does so without being preachy or taking sides.

Of special interest in the film is the question of why al Duras and his father decided to walk intentionally through the middle of a riot and an attack on an Israeli army outpost when they easily could have walked around the trouble spot.

Subsequent footage also begs the question of why the pair didn’t flee with everyone else but chose rather to stay in front of the Palestinian cameraman when the Israelis were finally defending themselves.

Moslem son of Kuwaiti ambassador to Poland abducts 3 Jewish "March-ers of the Living" near Auschwitz

From JihadWatch.org: Here yet again is more evidence of what we have pointed out many times over the years: that there is no reliable way to distinguish between Islamic "extremists" and Islamic "moderates" -- no doubt everyone would have assumed the son of the ambassador was in the latter camp, at least until he started abducting Jews and claiming he had a bomb. (Article from Al-Arabiya:)
The 23-year-old son of Ambassador Khaled Al-Shaibani, identified only as Mohammad A., was charged with holding the teenagers against their will at the Warsaw Holiday Inn, Warsaw police spokesman Anna Kedzierzowska told the AP.

Al-Shibani was too intoxicated to undergo questioning on Monday, but he spoke with authorities and confessed on Tuesday morning, police said.

He faces a suspended sentence of 10 months to three years. He will be released pending his court hearing, which has not yet been scheduled.

"Witnesses in Uniform" - Israel Air Force's memorial ceremony at Auschwitz

Each year, the Israel Air Force pays tribute to the Jewish people murdered by the Nazis, by way of a ceremony at the Auschwitz - Birkenau extermination camp in Poland. They point out that the Jewish armed-resistance fighters of WWII have evolved into a world-class army dedicated to protect the state of Jewish people.

In this 2007 ceremony, the Israel Air Force F-15 jets perform the "Missing Man" maneuver (after 3-minutes in video), traditionally symbolizing comrades-in-arms whose lives were sacrificed, made all-the-more poignant here in view of the millions of innocent, Jewish civilians murdered here for bearing connection to the G-d of Israel.

Learn more about the War Against the Jews- what led up to it, what wasn't done to prevent it, and how you can help end the Islamist continuation of Nazi ideology. Please visit the Yad Vashem Museum online at http://www.yadvashem.org.il

Islamism's continuation of Nazi aims / strategies- Jew-Tube on TV

This Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day, we explain Islamism's continuation of Nazi goals and methods on national cable TV at 8:30 pm and midnight, eastern time/ 5:30 pm & 9 pm Pacific time.

We address how Hajj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, worked with the Nazis to organize the Nazi Waffen SS divisions in Yugoslavia. I point out how al-Husseini brought Johannes von Leers, Goebbel's favorite Nazi propagandist of annihilation, to convert to Islam, move to Egypt, and imbue the Muslim world (until his death in 1965) to continue the Nazis' annihilationist credo and crusade.

Our world today still confronts their quest toward global domination through the public damning of the Jews.

Please watch and invite your unbelieving friends to tape and share the segment airing on the national cable, Inspiration Life TV network's "Danny Fontana Show." You can check the i-Life TV site to see whether it's carried on your cable system.

Israeli Commander Warns Against Tyranny at Crematorium: Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day - March of the Living

This May 1, 2008 speech by Israel's armed forces commander Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, IDF Chief of the General Staff, at the Auschwitz - Birkenau ‘March of the Living’

I am honored to be here today and to share this significant experience with you. I will begin in Hebrew and will say a few words in English later on in my address.

Here, on this cursed land, saturated with the blood of our brothers and sisters, descendants of the Jewish nation;

Here, in the Auschwitz-Birkenau Death Camp, the most evil place on the face of the planet, where our people, whose only crime was being Jewish, were tortured and murdered in gas chambers and crematoria;

Here, in the place where the Nazi oppressor reduced our humanity to serial numbers - no more names, no more faces, no identity - all that remained was a number branded on the forearm; Here in this most dreadful place, I stand on Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day, as the commander of the Israel Defense Forces.

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With hundreds of Witnesses in Uniform by my side - joining the thousands of representatives of the IDF who come here every year, commanders of the ground forces, the Air Force and the Navy - the defending force of the Jewish people, reborn in its land - with tight lips, a coarse voice and tears in my eyes, yet still standing tall - I salute to the ashes of our people and vow:
‘Never Again.’

We, soldiers of the IDF, emissaries of a country and of a nation, stand here today wearing the IDF uniform and carrying the flag of the State of Israel with pride in the name of the tens of thousands of the IDF warriors and commanders. We consider ourselves the executor of the last will and testament, the dream and the silent prayer of our six million Jewish brothers and sisters whose existence was brutally expunged by the Nazi oppressor.

Major B’naya Rein, may his memory be blessed, who was killed in the Second Lebanon War, made the following journal entry during his visit to Poland in July of the year 2000:

‘I’ve arrived home, to the cemetery of the Jewish people; the cemetery of my grandfather’s family and the cemetery of my grandmother’s family. Throughout my entire journey in Poland, death has followed me. However, I know that this death has produced lives and these lives include me, you, all of us.

It is these lives which have provided me with the opportunity to be a solider in the State of Israel. It is these lives which have granted me the privilege to, as an Israeli solider from the State of Israel, represent all of those who have lived and are now gone’.

From here, on the soil of Auschwitz, next to thousands of representatives of the Jewish Diaspora, we join the commemoration of the legacy of the millions who perished, calling to the nations of the world and their overnments:

‘Learn the lesson of this most terrible horror, and let not its seeds sprout anew. Fight Anti-Semitism and racism of any kind wherever they are, and do all that is necessary to prevent the propagation of the violence in all its forms.

Sixty-three years have passed since the end of the most horrible war humankind has ever known. Sixty-three years after the atrocity. The Star of David is no longer a mark of disgrace, but a symbol and a sign of the resurrection of the Jewish people. As the commander of the Israel Defense Forces, the fighting force of the mighty Jewish State, I stand here with pride and honor and pledge: ‘Never Again!’ Never again shall we stand helpless, crying for the mercy of others. Never again shall we beg to be defended. Never again shall we allow our sons and daughters, our parents and our grandparents to be erased from the face of the earth. Never again shall the frightened eyes of Jewish children look with ghastly dread through thebarbed-wire fences of concentration camps. Never!

We who have had the privilege of seeing the establishment and the blossoming of the State of Israel; we, who have been entrusted with the country’s fate, know that if we had had our country then, in those somber days, the Holocaust of the Jewish people would not have taken place. We remember, and will never forget, that from the killing and the destruction, from the ashes and the despair, we have risen to establish not only the Jewish State, but the military force that will forever provide security for the Jewish people, protecting it from any future attempts of persecution, torture and destruction.

These days, after sixty years of independence, the existence of an independent Jewish state is not a fact that should be taken for granted. Even today, in our region of the world, voices are heard calling for the destruction of the State of Israel. Even today, we have to continue the struggle for our right to maintain a national home and safe haven for the Jewish people in their land.

We have learned our lesson. We take threats of leaders calling for the destruction of Israel very seriously.

From this sense of deep responsibility for our continued existence as a people in our land and for the continuity of our heritage, we have no choice but to continue the struggle. Since we are fighting for our very existence, we cannot afford to grow weary or be deterred in our struggle.

Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day

This tribute showing the commemoration from last year's March of the Living ceremonies, produced by was prepared by righteous gentile, Ron Cantrell.

In the words of Mordechai Anielewicz, commander of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in his last letter on May 8th, 1943, sixty-five years ago this week:

‘It is impossible to put into words what we have been through. One thing is clear, what happened exceeded our boldest dreams. The Germans ran twice from the ghetto. One of our companies held out for 40 minutes, andanother for more than six hours. The mine set in the ‘brushmakers’ area exploded. Self-defense in the ghetto will be a reality.I have been a witness to the magnificent, heroic fighting of Jewish men in battle’.

Two days ago, I laid a wreath and saluted at the doorstep of the bunker where he commanded the uprising at Mila 18 in Warsaw. Now, I would like to dedicate some words to our colleagues from around the world who stand here with us:

I stand here today, in this heartbreaking spot, as the commander of the army of the Jewish Nation. In the name of the Israel Defense Forces I salute the six million Jews who were annihilated by the Nazis and their collaborators. I vow to uphold the responsibility of the Israel Defense Forces - never again to allow Jewish blood to be spilled in vain. May the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust be forever blessed and remembered.

A people which does not know or honor its past, shrouds its future in uncertainty. Therefore, it is crucial that new generations of IDF soldiers and officers make this sacred march in honor and remembrance of our persecuted ancestors.

Standing here, on this cursed land that has witnessed the most terrible of horrors in human history, I call upon all nations’ leaders to remove human hatred from the face of the earth; to act determinedly to erase anti-Semitism around the world, preventing it from ever gaining force. Above all, each and every one of us must do their utmost to ensure that never again will we walk alone.

Here on this cursed ground, from which still cry the voices of our slain brothers, and as commander of the Israel Defense Forces of the state of the Jewish people, I salute our six million brothers and sisters, who have been persecuted, deported, tortured and cruelly murdered, and swear that ‘Jewish blood shall never again be spilled in vain!’

Blessed be the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust!

(courtesy Israpundit)