Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Seattle Federation Gunman Found Guilty

NEW YORK (JTA) -- The man who shot up the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle building in July 2006 was found guilty of murder in his second trial.

A jury found Naveed Haq, 34, guilty on all eight counts against him. Haq, of Pasco, Wash., will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Following nearly two months of testimony, the jury agreed with the prosecution that Haq knew full well what he was doing when he wounded six women, killing one, at the federation building 2 1/2 years ago.

Haq suffers from a bipolar disorder and his defense claimed he could not understand his actions.

Monday, December 14, 2009

US Neo-Nazis and Moldova Christians Darken Chanukah Lights

(IsraelNN.com) Jews around the world are trying to celebrate Chanukah amid worldwide anti-Semitism. Masked neo-Nazis disrupted a menorah lighting ceremony in Connecticut before being arrested, Christians in the Republic of Moldova replaced a menorah with a cross, and vandals in Long Island, New York threw a menorah in a pond.

News footage from the eastern European Republic of Moldova, located between Romania and Ukraine, showed a fundamentalist bearded priest leading 200 Christians who shouted anti-Semitic slogans and ripped down a public metal menorah, replacing it with a wooden cross.

The Christians then placed the menorah upside down at the base of a statue of a king, while police did not intervene. "The Jews can try to kill us, to traumatize our children,” the priest charged, adding that Jews try to “dominate people.”

In Connecticut, masked neo-Nazis Sunday night disrupted a Chanukah menorah lighting ceremony, shouting Nazi obscenities and waving Nazi flags bearing a swastika and an iron cross before police chased after them. 

In Long Island, one public menorah was broken and a second was tossed into a pond in what police are treating as hate crimes.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thanks to Arutz Sheva, Jerusalem Property Stays in Jewish Hands

(IsraelNN.com) In the wake of a report last week by Arutz Sheva-Israel National News, Jerusalem real estate purchased in a Zionist reclamation project over 30 years ago will remain in Jewish hands.

Aryeh King, chairman of the National Lands Fund, told Arutz Sheva Radio about an American Jewish businessman who lost his properties as a result of the global economic meltdown. As a result, among other necessary steps, he was forced to sell off Jerusalem property he purchased as part of a Zionist venture 30 years ago, when he lived in Iran. Thus far, King reported, the businessman sold one dunam of his four-dunam property in the capital to an Arab purchaser, who also obtained the right of first refusal for the remaining dunams should a Jewish buyer not be found.

This week King said that, due to the exposure the story received through Arutz Sheva, dozens of Jewish purchasers have come forward. They include Israelis and Diaspora Jews, some of whom offered to buy the land themselves and others who wanted to establish purchasing collectives.
Among those who offered to purchase the Jerusalem real estate, King said, was former Knesset Member Shmuel Flatto-Sharon. The former MK and businessman expressed an interest in the property after reading about the case on the Arutz Sheva website.

According to King, due to the many offers the current landowner received, it was decided to divide the remaining dunams of property among three separate buyers, rather than selling to one individual. One of the buyers is a Jerusalem businessman, a second is a resident of the south of the country and a third lives abroad.

The dunam that has already been sold, to a resident of the Beit Safafa neighborhood of Jerusalem, cannot be retrieved unless the buyer is willing to sell the land back. That purchase was already completed and carried out before the American businessman's story was publicized.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

YouTube's Anti-Semite of the Week: Steve Pallister, aka "The Rabbit"

Ah...Bunny-Boy Steve Pallister, aka the ex-accounts RabbitVoz, RabbitNexus, SheepleSleeple, and NextRabbit, Steve-O...and I use that name because he belongs on "Jackass"...is our YouTube Aussie internet bully with a persecution complex. Seems like his account Nextrabbit, like all the previous ones, came under some fire from YouTube Administration, a couple of his vids got deleted, and then the account was suspended. In retaliation, Pallister has just created five more accounts, in direct violation of YouTube TOS.

Pallister's a laughable little man, staring at the camera with all the visual presence of a stick of wood. Our little down-under Jew hater has been hard at working lately denying the Holocaust; delegitimizing the state of Israel by spouting revisionist history; threatening and blocking anyone and anything that even hinted at disagreeing with his viewpoints; and generally acting like like a complete immature twit.

Two days before the NextRabbit channel was suspended, Pallister made the absurd claim that in 1948, Israeli troops outnumbered the five attacking Arab armies, and that Israel had far superior weaponry.

So I challenged Steve-O on his figures on his channel "RabbitStill":

"...Israel had 90,000 troops in 1947" Do you want to stick with that statement? (note: according to historical records, there were less than 30,000 by 1948.) Of course, you're going to claim that all historical references except yours are "Zionist controlled", right?...Afraid our postings would expose you for the deluded, lying fool you are? Afraid of a little history? I can provide you with plenty of documentation from non-Israeli sources, like the AHA (American Historical Society) or the Red Cross International Tracing Service at Bad Arolsen, Germany. Those two references should shine some light on your fantasy ravings about the history of Israel and of the Holocaust...."

Well, here's what Steve-O posted in reply...I guess my "deluded lying fool" jab got to him a bit:

"RavDov your hate speech and thug like criminal hypocrite natures are now on display for all to see, and by your own hand. I have nothing to say to you, I answered p058720235, take my answer or leave it, you are nothing to me."

(so I guess disagreeing with Steve-O constitutes hate speech? Notice that he didn't provide one shred of documentation for his claims.)

"As for your hilarious accusation of "silencing" anybody, that is rich coming from one who runs sites designed to silence people like me, who do not do hate speech...I have never silenced an honest attempt at discussion yet. I do block filth...but only after it is made."

(Pallister makes it a practice of talking down to, degrading, and name-calling anyone who disagrees with him, then blocking them from replying back. He blocked me shortly after this exchange.)

"You are the original coward and censor and you are failing. You are a ringleader of an internet hate group whose sole purpose is to spread hate and fear in anybody who criticises Israel for its crimes. You are responsible directly for hate speech, stalking, slander and privacy invasion, death threats and blackmail. I accuse you openly and publicly and dare you to allow me to prove it in court."

(Yeah, right Steve-O. If I read Australia''s hate speech laws correctly, you'll be in court soon enough, just like your buddy Brendon O'Connell.)

"Now we have seen the criminal RavDov hate gang leader...you slimy excuse for a man...it is the filthy bile poured forth by your kind....a good example of the hate speech spread by your kind..."

(Blah, blah, blah...nothing new from Pallister. In this particular video rant, there's the typical anti-Semitic diatribe, complete with statements like "your kind", "shit-stains", and "criminals". )

YouTube is cracking down slowly but surely on these hate mongers, and there's no doubt that people like Pallister are feeling the pressure. But the biggest blow to his ENORMOUS ego is the rank and file YouTuber that visits his channel and sees what a raving loon he is - and leaves a comment to that effect.

Pallister is a serial bully in the classic sense. Some characteristics of the serial bully include:

...a convincing, practiced liar
...is often described as smooth, slippery, slimy, ingratiating, fawning, toadying, obsequious, sycophantic
...relies on mimicry, repetition and regurgitation to convince others that he or she is both a "normal" human being
...emotionally retarded with an arrested level of emotional development
...holds deep prejudices
...is self-opinionated and displays arrogance, audacity, a superior sense of entitlement and sense of invulnerability and untouchability
...flits from topic to topic so that you come away feeling you've never had a proper conversation
...refuses to be specific and never gives a straight answer
...poisons peoples' minds by manipulating their perceptions
...is constantly imposing on others a false reality made up of distortion and fabrication
...sometimes displays a seemingly limitless demonic energy especially when engaged in attention-seeking activities or evasion of accountability
...is quick to discredit and neutralise anyone who can talk knowledgeably about antisocial or sociopathic behaviors
...is highly manipulative, especially of people's perceptions and emotions
...may pursue a vindictive vendetta against anyone who dares to held them accountable, perhaps using others' resources and contemptuous of the damage caused to other people and organisations in pursuance of the vendetta
...is also quick to belittle, undermine, denigrate and discredit anyone who calls, attempts to call, or might call the bully to account

And last but not least:

...has a compulsive need to control. For example: He or she will launch an immediate personal attack attempting to restrict what you are permitted to say if you start talking knowledgeably about psychopathic personality or antisocial personality disorder in their presence - but aggressively maintains the right to talk (usually unknowledgeably) about anything they choose. Serial bullies despise anyone who enables others to see through their deception and their mask of sanity.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Iran Threatens Israel With Destruction

(Israelnationalnews.com) - A high-ranking Iranian government official says Iran will respond to either an American or Israeli attack by "blowing up the heart of the State of Israel." The spokesman is a representative of Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran's highest spiritual leader, in the country's most powerful military force, the Revolutionary Guard.

"Even if one Zionist or American rocket hits our land," said Mojtaba Zolnour, "Iranian rockets will explode in the heart of Israel even before the dust settles." He sounded the threat on Friday morning.

Just a week ago, Iran conducted an exercise in which it fired multiple long-range Shihab-3 ballistic missiles simultaneously. The rockets are able to reach any point in the Middle East, as well as some in Europe.

Western and Iranian negotiators are scheduled to begin their next round of talks on Iran's uranium enrichment program later this month. The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Thursday to have President Barack Obama report by January 31 on his diplomatic efforts to have Iran stop its drive to acquire nuclear weapons.

Earlier this year, Obama set an informal deadline of "the end of this year" to see if negotiations with Iran would prove effective. Congress has now given him an extra month.

The new bill, which still requires Senate approval, also demands the levying of sanctions on Iran if that country does not accept the American offer "to engage in diplomatic talks" and also if it does not "suspend all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities" related to its nuclear ambitions.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Facebook removes the account of the Jewish Internet Defense Force

Once again, Facebook has shown it’s true colors. As of yesterday, the account of David Appletree and the Jewish Internet Defense Force was suspended. This is not the first time this has happened. David has been dealing with this problem for months now - the account would be pulled, then returned intact; pulled again a week later, then restored, etc. This time it’s supposedly over personal information issues. Facebook wants David to provide a government document proving he’s a real person and that David Appletree is his legal name.

What an absurd request, and what a blatant case of harassment. Shame on Facebook!

Shielding true personal information, especially a group like the JIDF, is essential to keeping people such as David safe from individuals who would like nothing more than to silence pro-Jewish voices for good. It’s a harsh, cruel world out there, and it's inhabited by bigots (and just plain nasty people) who want to eliminate Jews and others who dare to take a stand against the electronic jihad/neo-nazi factions spewing their anti-Semitic hatred all over the internet. In my case, one of the hate mongers who infests YouTube actually came to Seattle to try and find me and send me a “message” (probably using a club or a gun). Lucky for me and my family, the person was unsuccessful in his attempts.

The following is the letter I sent to Facebook asking them to reinstate David’s account. Also, please visit the JIDF website and show your support for David and his efforts in combatting anti-Semitism on the Web.



An Open letter To Facebook

Please reinstate the account of David Appletree of the Jewish Internet Defense Force. It is my understanding that Facebook deleted his account over personal information issues.

I must protest this deactivation in the strongest terms. Social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Blogger, and YouTube need sites like the JIDF to counter the rising tide of Anti-Semitism 2.0, a phenomenon that seems to be growing exponentially over the last few years. Islamist terror cells, white supremacist and neo-nazi groups, and Holocaust denial organizations all seem to have a presence on Facebook. Will it be the policy of your company to “card” those accounts as well? I also notice that you have several Chabad and other Jewish accounts on a list for requesting documentation.

Such behavior brings back memories for many Jews, in which one of the early tactics of the Hitler regime in Nazi Germany was that a Jew was required to “show his papers” to any soldier on demand or risk arrest.

As a longtime member of another site, YouTube, I can also attest to the power of anti-Semitic forces engaging in spam-flagging an account into suspension, even when that account has not violated any TOS policies. My own account, ravdov571, was suspended in 2008 after being attacked by neo-nazi and Islamist flaggers who were determined to silence me. Luckily, I was able to get it back intact. I hope this will be the case with Facebook concerning the account of TheJIDF.

I can say with all assurance that David is an forthright, upstanding, honest person who just wants to ensure the safety of himself and his family, in view of the death threats he has been receiving. He is currently, in my opinion, the most important and effective voice in the Jewish community in the war against hate and intolerance.

I would ask that Facebook immediately reinstate the account of David Appletree, and restore his document, friends lists, articles, and all things pertaining to it. Please do not let the forces of anti-Semitism influence Facebook policy. Doing so would create a slippery slope, in which the efforts of pro-Jewish and pro-Israel voices on the internet would end up being severely crippled, if not totally eliminated.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Ahmadinejad gets snubbed - again

(IsraelNN.com) Eleven countries, led by France and the United States, walked out Wednesday evening on a speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that railed against Jews and Israel. Ambassadors from Argentina, Australia, Britain, Costa Rica, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy and New Zealand joined the walkout. Israel and Canada boycotted the speech before the Islamic Republic leader even began.

European Union countries had agreed ahead of the speech that they would walk out if Ahmadinejad were to start making “unacceptable” remarks. He gave them plenty of reasons to carry out their threat. Ahmadinejad, who copied the Hamas policy of referring to Israel as the “Zionist regime,” derided Israel for what he called its “inhumane polices” and “genocide” against Palestinian Authority Arabs. He also accused Jews of being a “small minority that would dominate the politics, economy and culture of major parts of the world by its complicated networks."

Ahmadinejad defended the results of his re-election three months ago, claiming the vote was "glorious and fully democratic" and that people entrusted me once more with a large majority." He made little mention of the Islamic Republic's uranium enrichment program or its other nuclear development activities. Shortly before his speech, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a soft deadline for Iran.

She told reporters following a meeting with the foreign ministers from Russia, Britain, France, China and Germany that the six nations would wait until the talks with the Islamic Republic scheduled to take place on October 1 before deciding whether to impose harsher sanctions over its intransigence on halting its nuclear development activities.

This is the second time this year delegates have walked out on Ahmadinejad. In April, several representatives of European nations protested during the Iranian leader's speech at the U.N. Racism Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Upon hearing his opening barbs against Israel, the French delegation stood up and walked out. Some 40 diplomats from more than 20 countries, mostly Europeans but including Morocco, followed suit, as did several nongovernmental organizations, including B'nai B'rith International.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

German Newspaper Gives Blueprints for Nazi Death Camp to Israel

Berlin, Germany - Sketched on yellowing parchment, the 29 blueprints presented to Israel's prime minister Thursday lay out the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz in chilling detail, with gas chambers, crematoria, delousing facilities and watch towers drawn to scale.

"There are those who deny that the Holocaust happened," Benjamin Netanyahu said as he accepted the documents as a gift to Israel's Holocaust memorial, where they will go on display next year. "Let them come to Jerusalem and look at these plans, these plans for the factory of death."

Netanyahu lingered over the large sheets spread on a table. Stamped with the Nazi abbreviation for concentration camp "K.L. Auschwitz," one of the largest featured multi-colored sketches, with barracks and even latrines drawn in detail. Other smaller sheets showed architectural designs of individual buildings, drawn from various angles.

The Israeli leader was accompanied by his wife, Sara, whose father was the only member of his family to survive the Nazi genocide that killed 6 million Jews during World War II. She watched somberly as the documents, which date from 1941 to 1943, were unfolded.

Also present was Yossi Peled, an Israeli Cabinet minister and former general whose father was killed by the Nazis and whose mother survived Auschwitz in one of the barracks detailed in the blueprints. Peled himself was hidden until age 7 by a family in Belgium who raised him as a Christian. He discovered his Jewish roots in 1948 and was taken to Israel two years later.

In Germany for a visit that combined talks on the Mideast conflict with acknowledgments of the painful past that binds the two countries, Netanyahu drew a clear parallel between the events of the Nazi era and the present day. The world did not do enough to stop the murder of Europe's Jews, he said, and must be careful now to take rapid action against "armed barbarism."

"We cannot allow those who wish to perpetrate mass death, those who call for the destruction of the Jewish people or the Jewish state to go unchallenged," Netanyahu said.

Though he did not explicitly mention Iran, his comments were a clear reference to the Tehran regime and its nuclear program, which Israel sees as a grave threat and wants blocked by stronger international sanctions. Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said Israel should be "wiped off the map."

Axel Springer Verlag, the publisher of the mass circulation Bild newspaper, obtained the Auschwitz blueprints last year from a German man who said he found them when cleaning out an apartment in what was formerly East Berlin.

The publisher and Germany's federal archive have confirmed the documents' authenticity.

Numbering found on the back of the plans indicates they may have been taken from an archive, possibly the collection of documents on the Third Reich kept by the Stasi.

The documents were displayed for several weeks earlier this year in the lobby of Bild's headquarters in Berlin. The newspaper's editor, Kai Diekmann, said the publisher decided to give the sketches to Israel to ensure that as many people as possible could see them.

"These plans have an important function — they remind us of a crime that, with the passing of time, seems ever more incomprehensible," Diekmann said. "It is of the utmost importance to continue to be reminded of it."

While they are not the only original Auschwitz blueprints that still exist — others were captured by the Soviet Red Army and brought to Moscow — they will be the first for Israel's Yad Vashem memorial, its chairman, Avner Shalev, told The Associated Press.

"This set is a very early one, which was found here in Berlin, from the autumn of '41," Shalev said. "It brings a better understanding of the whole process, and the intention of the planners of the complex, and from this perspective it is important."

Shalev said the sketches will be on display in Jerusalem beginning Jan. 27 as part of a special exhibit marking the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

The blueprints include general plans for the original Auschwitz camp and the expansion of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, where most of the killings were carried out. They were initialed by the head of the SS, Heinrich Himmler, and Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Hoess.

One of the drawings, dated Oct. 14, 1941, shows plans for construction of a "Waffen SS prisoner of war camp" with rows of what appear to be barracks. A notation in the bottom right says it was drafted by a prisoner identified only by his number: "Nr. 471."

German historian Ralf Georg Reuth, who reviewed the documents after they were discovered, noted that it was common to have prisoners draw up the plans for gas chambers where they would later be killed.

More than 1 million people, mostly Jews, died in the gas chambers or through forced labor, disease or starvation at Auschwitz, which the Nazis built after occupying Poland.

Later Thursday, Netanyahu visited a house on Berlin's Wannsee Lake that was the site of an infamous Jan. 20, 1942, meeting at which top Nazis formalized plans for the systematic killing of Europe's Jewish population.

Germany and Israel, which was established three years after the Nazi defeat, today enjoy close ties. On Thursday, Chancellor Angela Merkel underlined Germany's special commitment, saying it was her country's obligation to "defend Israel always."

After those statements, she and Netanyahu shared a spontaneous and warm handshake.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Fatah: PA Will Take All of Jerusalem – by Peace or by Force

The Fatah party headed by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, re-elected in the fractured party convention in Bethlehem Saturday night, concluded all of Jerusalem is a “red line” for the PA.

"Fatah will continue to sacrifice victims until Jerusalem will be returned, clean of settlements and settlers," according to a Fatah “all-or-nothing” policy paper, which did not distinguish between the part of the capital that was restored to Israel in the Six-Day War in 1967 and the section that was recognized by the United Nations as part of Israel in the 1949 Armistice Agreement.

Abbas, who previously has said he will not extend his term of office as head of the Palestinian Authority, which Fatah leads, was re-elected unanimously for another five-year term. He was the sole candidate who stood for the position. The de facto Hamas government in Gaza prevented Fatah delegates from leaving the region for Bethlehem, but several of them voted by telephone.

The convention, marked by scuffles and mud slinging, is being extended to Tuesday as it tries to rejuvenate itself following years of corruption, which opponents say remains rampant.

Abbas warned at the opening of the convention that Israel faces violence from the PA if it does not agree to its terms for a new Arab state on the land of Judea, Samaria and Gaza. He claimed that attacks on Israelis are valid under international law.

“Although we have chosen peace, we maintain the right to launch an armed resistance, which is legitimate as far as international law is concerned." he told approximately the 2,000 delegates.

At-Tayyib Abdul-Rahim, a member of Fatah Central Committee, said following Abbas's re-election, “Fatah is still a liberation movement, and since we have not achieved our goals, we have popular resistance.... If peace efforts are thwarted, there will be no security, nor stability in the region.”

Terrorists Plotted to Kill Israeli Envoy to Egypt

Egyptian officials have uncovered a plot by three Al-Qaeda linked terrorists to assassinate Israeli Ambassador to Egypt Shalom Cohen and to bomb Muslim and Christian sites, the Arabic-language Cairo-based Almasry Alyoum newspaper reported. However, it is not known if the terrorists’ confessions were voluntary or were made as a result of torture.

The cell’s Al-Qaeda connection was a terrorist using the name of Abu Hamdan al-Libi, who apparently is in Iraq after having left Egypt. Other members of the cell also fled Egypt.

The Egyptian State Security Prosecution said that its personnel have been tracking potential terrorist targets. It said the terrorists were unable to break through the tight security around Ambassador Cohen’s home and the embassy.

Relations between Israel and Egypt have been chilly despite the diplomatic ties that were established three decades ago. The United States government reportedly intervened to make sure that Egypt invited Cohen to U.S. President Barack Obama’s “reaching out to Muslims” speech at Cairo University in early June. Cohen attended despite threats by university lecturers that they would block him from entering the campus.

Egypt also recently delivered a strong message to Cohen over the eviction of illegal Arab residents at the Sheikh Jarreh property that is owned by Jews. The envoy’s explanation that the homes in question have been owned by Jews for more than 80 years did not satisfy the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, which insisted that Israel was “dispossessing Arabs of their property."

Friday, August 7, 2009

Kosher Subway

What’s the largest kosher restaurant chain?

Mendy’s? Six branches, seven if you count the meat and dairy counters at New York City's Grand Central Station.

Dougie’s? Five branches in New York and New Jersey.

Don’t even bring up Nathan’s Famous -- it stopped making kosher hot dogs altogether.

The dark-horse winner is Subway, the made-to-order sandwich giant poised to open its ninth kosher franchise Aug. 18 inside the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach, Fla. New Subways opening in Indianapolis and Skokie, Ill., will make it 11 by the end of the year. Five more are planned for next year.

Subway is not the only fast-food chain with kosher branches. Dunkin’ Donuts, the world's largest coffee and baked goods chain, has 33 kosher franchises, mostly in New York, according to company spokesman Andrew Mastrangelo. They serve dairy breakfast sandwiches, but not full meals.

Subway, the second largest fast-food franchise in the world, didn’t set out to be No. 1 in the kosher market. Staffers at company headquarters in Milford, Conn., seemed bemused by the news.

“Really?” laughed Kevin Kane in the marketing department.

Sure, 11 kosher stores pales in comparison to the 22,000 non-kosher Subways in the United States, or to the hundreds of halal Subways in England and the Arab world. But it’s more than anyone else is offering.

And it’s a creative solution for Jewish community centers that want to offer kosher food but don’t want to take the financial risk themselves. Some would rather offer no food than violate kosher law.

“There are very few JCCs that run successful food establishments,” says Eric Koehler, director of the JCC of Northern Virginia, which has never provided food services in its building. “In this economy, it doesn’t make sense to have something that loses $20,000 to $30,000 a year.”

That’s why the Mandel JCC in Cleveland rented space to the country’s first kosher Subway in May 2006. The center had offered only kosher dining options since it opened in 1986, but none lasted very long. When Michael Hyman arrived in 2004 as the center’s new director, he closed the building’s last struggling cafe without knowing whether he could replace it.

In stepped Ghazi Faddoul, a Lebanese Christian who had opened 100 Subways in Cleveland and was willing to give kosher a try with the clout of a global chain behind him.

Ham and bacon were removed from the menu, the “cheese” is made of soy, and the Seafood Sensation sandwich is filled with imitation crab. Two microwaves and toaster ovens ensure that fish and meat are kept separate, a consideration for more observant Jews. There is a full-time mashgiach, or kosher supervisor, and the restaurant is closed on Shabbat.

“It’s been wildly successful,” Hyman says.In June, the JCC of Greater Washington in Rockville, Md., picked up on Cleveland’s experience, opening a kosher Subway in a space formerly filled by a kosher Dunkin’ Donuts. Executive director Michael Feinstein says the center has been getting much more foot traffic since it opened, particularly from Orthodox Jews.

“There aren’t that many kosher restaurants in the D.C. area, so it’s nice for the community to have this option,” Feinstein says. “And it’s great for us because it gets people into our building who might not otherwise be there.”

The Miami Beach JCC also looked to Cleveland’s example. The center’s director, Gary Bomzer, notes that the building already has an in-house kosher caterer, but no sit-down restaurant.

“Bringing in a national chain gives us real credibility,” he explains. “A brand name like Subway provides more than a cup of coffee.”

The remaining kosher Subways are freestanding stores: two in New York City, in Brooklyn and Queens, as well as one in Cedarhurst in the city's Long Island suburbs; and one each in Los Angeles, Baltimore and Kansas City.

The U.S. stores are the only kosher Subways. Israel opened the world’s first kosher Subway in 1992 but the operation, which reached 23 stores at its peak, shut down in 2004 after the original manager died.

Subway spokesman Les Winograd says the company used its experience with halal, the Muslim standard, to learn how to deal with kashrut challenges such as sourcing specific meat and following strict dietary laws. The first halal Subway opened in Bahrain in 1984, followed by branches in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Tanzania, Zambia and other countries with large Muslim communities. England alone has nearly 60 halal branches.

Kosher Subways are more difficult to keep open, Winograd says. Some open and shut, like one that lasted for about a year in Livingston, N.J., and a Wall Street branch that closed last winter when the economy collapsed.

While Winograd receives lots of inquiries from potential franchise owners in other countries who are interested in the kosher option, none have panned out.

“The population has not always been there to support the business,” he says.

Subway serves meat, so a kosher store requires full-time kosher supervision -- an extra expense added to ingredients that already cost more than their non-kosher equivalents.

Maurice Lichy, owner of the new Miami JCC Subway, says he’s trying to keep his prices “competitive” and hopes to charge no more than $1.50 extra per sandwich.

Will he offer a kosher $5 Footlong?

Lichy hesitates.

“No," he says, "but I’ll try to manage a $6 Footlong. Probably tuna or turkey; not the corned beef.”

Monday, July 27, 2009

Hamas Summer Camps

According to Israeli defense officials, more than 120,000 Palestinian children are spending the summer in Hamas-run camps. In addition to religious studies, the children undergo semi-military training with toy guns.

At a recent summer camp graduation ceremony, the children put on a show reenacting the June 2006 abduction of IDF soldier Gilad Schalit. Present was Osama Mazini, a senior Hamas political leader, who is in charge of the Schalit negotiations with Israel on behalf of the terrorist group.

In one picture, obtained by the Post, Mazini is seen standing next to Ahmad Bahar, the acting speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, distributing Korans to camp counselors.

"This sends a message," one Israeli defense official said, regarding Mazini's participation at the ceremony. "This is Hamas's way of showing Palestinian children that kidnapping soldiers is the correct way of life."

In contrast to the Hamas summer camps, the United Nations has been running summer games throughout the Gaza Strip for 240,000 children. These games, run by UNRWA, are being held at over 150 locations. The participants are mostly between the ages of six and 15 and engage in sports, arts and crafts, swimming and other cultural activities.

Last week, senior Hamas official Dr. Younes al-Istal told Al-Arabiya TV the UNRWA summer camps were part of a plan to corrupt the younger generation and prepare it for normalization with Israel.

Ahead of the summer, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories allowed UNRWA to transfer truckloads of camp equipment - including inflatable swimming pools, toys, spray paint and musical instruments - into the Gaza Strip.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

An Open Letter to Holocaust Deniers

Dear Mr. Holocaust Denier:

If the Holocaust was indeed a hoax, who, specifically, was responsible for it? I will qualify my question by adding that just saying "the Jews" is not an adequate answer. I want to know - which Jews? Just saying "Zionists" is not adequate. I want to know - which Zionists? I want names - I want dates. I want the who, what, when, where, and why! But, above all, I want evidence to show that these people actually perpetrated this "hoax”. Are such questions all that unreasonable? I don’t think so.

After all, Mr. Holocaust Denier - it's you who are arguing for a conspiracy that would have to be on a scale so massive and so secretive, that nothing like it had ever been seen before or has ever been seen since. How could the logistics of how such a massive "hoax" could possibly be pulled off - much less kept secret for over 60 years - human nature being what it is? A massive conspiracy to INVENT a historical event and then catalogue it in such detail is unprecedented in human history, don’t you think?

I'm sure that other people reading this are very curious about the details. Are you suggesting that perhaps all these people got together: Jewish reporters; the New York Times; and the lawyers of Jewish organizations and fabricated the Holocaust, then forced the Allied nations - Britain, France, the United States, the USSR, and the rest of Europe - to falsify evidence, plant bodies, and fabricate documents? Are you serious? Do you even realize the massive undertaking it would have been?

And then I assume that this Jewish reporter, the New York Times, and the lawyers of “several Jewish organizations” created a shadowy unit of enforcers to KEEP the governments of Britain, France, the United States, the USSR, and the rest of Europe in compliance with this fabrication, as well as penetrating academia to force them to go along with it as well? Are you sure this is the best you can do? I'm just curious where this diabloical scheme was hatched, and who carried it out.

I would ask to to please present YOUR narrative of what really happened in Europe from 1933 to 1945, and explain to me who organized the Holocaust, and how it was done? If such a great effort was made to forge documents, make people disappear or be silent, and create whole faked atrocities, faked photos, sham trials, coerced confessions, phone eyewitnesses, and so on, who did it - specifically? Where are the hidden operators who performed all these feats?

Who directed this campaign? Where was it based? Which authority? Since this conspiracy has held over 60 years, how was it passed down from generation to generation to ensure continued compliance all around the world? Who were the Canadian, British, French, New Zealand, Japanese, and Falkland Island authorities to ensure continued compliance? How were all the wartime Nazis and their descendants kept silent for 60 years? How were those who took part in the conspiracy kept silent?

What about their families and descendants? Where is the paper trail for this conspiracy? How was it accomplished without a single memo? And finally, if this conspiracy is so complete, so well-organized, and so perfect, why did they leave so many holes? Why didn't they forge the written order from Hitler to Himmler and other important documents? Why did they fail to wring confessions out of so many key Nazis?

Why didn't they notarize Anne Frank's diary, or better yet, keep her alive to say, "Yup, I wrote this?" Why did they let Bormann disappear and Eichmann and Mengele escape to Argentina? Why did it take the Israelis 25 years to find Eichmann, if they control the world? Why did they let Himmler, Ley, and Goering kill themselves without leaving behind a full confession? Why didn't they get one out of Rudolf Hess?

If this "conspiracy" was devised just to create a State of Israel subsidized by American dollars, why did they do such a lousy job, creating a truncated state surrounded by hostile neighbors? Why didn't they simply have Israel invade and conquer the whole Middle East, take over the oil supplies, and ensure high prices for the oil barons and bankers?

Please give us a detailed account of how a group of people, no matter how powerful, could manipulate the rest of the world's population into believing that a genocide of such proportions had taken place. What methods had they employed to hoodwink free-thinking individuals? Such an undertaking would have to be intrepid indeed to convince a single country. How had it been able to convince a host of other nations as well?

Even if it was possible, how had they been able to maintain complete secrecy? How was it that they had not suffered a single defection? An individual who, perhaps due to a disagreement with "the group," might opt to break ranks after 60 years and expose the whole shabang? Imagine the wealth and status that such a person could attain for finally offering up proof positive of the biggest historical hoax EVER perpetrated! Was this ring of conspirators totally void of greed and desire for fame and fortune?

Well, Mr Holocaust Denier, let me tell you what I think. I think you know all too well that the Holocaust really happened. I think you're just angry that Hitler was stopped before he could finish the job. What you really want to do is change that narrative from being a horrific act of mass murder and genocide into being the heroic Aryan race protecting itself from a tribe of subhuman and sneaking conspiratorial banker/Communists, by exterminating the Jewish menace just as it was rearing up its ugly head to wreck humanity. You want the concentration camps to become memorials to the guards, the commandant and Hitler, the Jews to become extinct, and history to say it was all heroic, justified, and necessary. In short, it didn't happen, but the Jews got what they deserved...Am I right so far?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Klan Member Arrested in Israel

MICKY LOUIS MAYON, a violent neo-Nazi member of the Klux Klux Klan, thought Israel would be the perfect hiding place after fleeing from the USA in November 2007.

However, Israeli immigration police arrested the 32-year-old on July 13 at his Tel Aviv apartment. Ironically, they did not know that he was on the FBI’s 100 most-wanted list.

A search warrant against him had been issued for remaining in Israel illegally after his one month tourist visa ran out.

Mayon, from Steelton, Pennsylvania, is wanted for questioning suspected of torching Dauphin County District Judge Steven M. Semic's car, and faces charges, including reckless endangerment, public drunkenness, disorderly conduct, avoiding apprehension and firearms violations.

He is known to be a staunch advocate of white supremacist ideals and preacher of neo-Nazi views.

Sabine Haddad, spokesperson for the Israeli Interior Ministry said “He hid here because he thought it would be the last place they would look for him.”

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Did Jews Dominate The Slave Trade?

There has been a recent upsurge in the number of postings on video sharing sites such as YouTube and on certain internet blogs that charge, among other things, that Jews dominated the worldwide - and in particular, the African-American - slave trade during the 18th and 19th centuries. While it is no secret to historians - and it is well documented - that some Jews were involved in the slave trade during that period in history, the question is: did we dominate the practice, like the anti-Semitic pundits would have us believe?

The only historical conclusion I can draw is.....no. Jews were a very small minority, both in trading and in ownership. Census records from the American South during the Civil War seem to indicate that all the Jewish slave owners and traders combined were a minute fraction of even the smallest single slave trading operation in the area.

If one wants to do honest research on the subject, they will discover that the majority of the blame for slavery can be laid squarely on the shoulders of Muslim and Christian rulers in Africa and Europe, who made up the majority of slavers throughout history, and the good, white, Protestant Christian owners of plantations across the Colonies who used them as cattle.

While slavery was and still is a vile and reprehensible practice, it does not seem to stop these hate mongers from picking through the trash bins of history and coming up with with this outrageous canard that all Jews were somehow wholly complicit in, or that we dominated - the practice of slavery. We did not, and frankly, these propagandists are damn liars for saying so. I do not use the accusation lightly - I shout it loud and clear so everyone can understand.

That being said, I can somewhat understand their motives for participating in this bit of anti-Semitic screeching and mud-slinging. People who do this fall into one of several categories of Jew haters. The first and most vocal group are the Muslims. This I can definitely understand, because if I were a Muslim, and my people were actively involved in profiting off the slave trade for 1400 years - including Mohammed who, in 627 CE slaughtered 800 male Jews of the Banu Qurayza tribe in the city of Medina, then sold their wives and children into slavery - I would want to deflect a little of the blame myself.

Then there are the followers of Tony Martin and his ilk like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Louis Farrakhan, who are race-baiters. They may not have personally benefited from the slave trade, but they certainly benefit from, and have gotten rich off of, pounding the anti-Semitic pulpit. Its all about money and personal lifestyle with these people. An off shoot of this category are the anti-Semites known as the Black Hebrew Israelites. Videos by their supporters on the subject have been uploaded onto YouTube with an alarming frequency.

Lastly, there are the white supremacist organizations, whether secular or religious. While they and their ancestors have and still do benefit from the world slave trade, and they would just as soon hang their above-mentioned fellow slave-trade believers like Martin from the nearest tree as to look at them, they also do it to deflect blame. It seems the descendants of the main perpetrators of American slavery want to deny their true history, so they jump on the “Jews dominated the slave trade” bandwagon with the rest of the torch-wielding mob. With the number of white supremacist leaders and their appointed spokespeople on the internet crawling into bed with the radical Muslims (also at an alarming rate), they have managed to secure their place in history as the true dhimmis of the Islamists.

In the end, the common denominator among all of these groups is anti-Semitism.

Frankly, it is disheartening and rather sickening that humanity has sunk to such a low that it has to use scapegoats to deflect attention away from its own history of bigotry, intolerance, and hate; war, slavery, and conquest; murder and subjugation. Instead of meeting and overcoming the challenges head on like the rest of the civilized world, they choose to ignore the vast historical record of man's inhumanity to man, and concentrate all their efforts on hating, vilifying, and dehumanizing the one whipping boy everyone can rely on as a target - the Jews.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Canadian Hate Group Shocks Calgary

Wielding "White Pride Worldwide" flags and wearing black combat boots, about 40 members of the Aryan Guard and their supporters strode through the heart of Calgary, in western Canada, on March 21 to broadcast their message of hate at City Hall.

But they never got there. Instead, they encountered several hundred anti-racist protesters, some of whom threw rocks, water bottles and even cans of vegetables at the group as traffic came to a halt and police called for backup. Police eventually herded the neo-Nazis onto a bus that returned them to their vehicles on Calgary's outskirts. Though no serious injuries were reported, the melee snared headlines across Canada and prompted Aryan Guard spokesman Kyle McKee — who has "Kill Jews" tattooed on his shins — to declare victory. "We didn't make it to City Hall, but I think a lot of people will hear about it, and on that part it's a success," he told Canwest News Service.

The aborted march shows how the relatively tiny Aryan Guard has nonetheless made its presence felt in Calgary, which has sizeable immigrant and minority populations. "What they stand for is causing a lot of anxiety and concern in the community," said Edmonton Police Sgt. Stephen Camp, co-chair of the Alberta Hate Crime Committee. "They're pretty hard-core."

The group gained a toehold in Canada's third-largest city through the efforts of the country's two best-known white supremacists, showing how established movement leaders continue to exploit the anger of bigoted young people in an effort to advance their cause. Essentially a racist gang, the Aryan Guard is the most public hate group to appear in Calgary — which, like much of western Canada, has a history of such activity going back to the Klan of the 1920s — in the past two decades. These Nazi look-alikes have clashed with counter-protesters at rallies in the city's downtown, handed out white-power music CDs to teenagers in an attempt to bolster their membership, and perpetrated attacks on minorities despite espousing non-violence. In a country where racism tends to be suppressed, the community's response to the Aryan Guard's in-your-face tactics has resembled, in the words of Sgt. Camp, "a collective gasp."

"It shocks us," added Valerie Pruegger, social research planner for the city of Calgary. "That's not something that the larger public expects to see."

The Aryan Guard was founded in late 2006 with help from two disgraced ex-teachers who marched with the fringe group at the March 21 rally: Paul Fromm of the Canadian Association for Free Expression, who lost his teaching certificate because of his white supremacist activities, and National Socialist Party of Canada leader Terry Tremaine, a former part-time university lecturer who in 2007 was fined $4,000 by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal because of his racist and anti-Semitic Internet postings.

"They were the main catalysts behind bringing these young fellows here," said Constable Lynn MacDonald, hate crimes coordinator for the Calgary Police Service.

MacDonald said the Aryan Guard has also received ongoing support from Christian Waters, a leader of the Canadian branch of the Brotherhood of Klans Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Headquartered in Marion, Ohio, that group has emerged as the largest Klan organization in the United States.

The Aryan Guard is hardly the first Canadian hate group with links to U.S.-based white supremacist organizations. In the 1920s, American organizers seeded the Ku Klux Klan in Canada, where it thrived in western Canada generally and Calgary specifically. Many of the best-known contemporary U.S. groups, including Aryan Nations, have in recent times had Canadian chapters. The World Church of the Creator (WCOTC, since renamed the Creativity Movement), once formed an alliance with Heritage Front, a Canadian neo-Nazi group that fell apart around 2005. George Burdi, a former WCOTC member and racist rock band leader, and the founder of Resistance Records — a white-power music label that just a few years ago was the largest such distributor in the world — is a Canadian.

The Aryan Guard began as a loose-knit group of about 10 people and now has roughly 20 full-fledged members, MacDonald said. Another 20 to 30 are somewhat affiliated, including those belonging to the Valkyrian Legion, or woman's wing of the Aryan Guard, which consists mostly of the girlfriends of male members. The majority of Aryan Guard members are in their early 20s.

Despite forming 2 1/2 years ago, the Aryan Guard didn't garner much attention until late July 2007, when members inserted neo-Nazi pamphlets into the pages of Fast Forward, an alternative newsweekly, and distributed hate literature in a couple of Calgary neighborhoods. That September, they ventured some 130 miles away to the town of Lethbridge, where they handed out fliers under the direction of Tremaine, who told Canada Press that the group "doesn't have a problem with non-white people, as long as they stay in their own homelands."

Although the Aryan Guard disrupted anti-racism rallies in August 2007, its first organized public appearance occurred nearly two months later, when about 15 neo-Nazis rallied outside City Hall to denounce the Canadian law that permits Muslim women to wear burkas while voting. Since then, the group has conducted sporadic demonstrations in Calgary, including the first "White Pride Day" rally in March 2008, which drew about 30 Aryan Guard members and supporters. Both White Pride Day events were scheduled to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Racism. In January 2009, the Aryan Guard briefly set aside its Muslim-bashing to join a protest against Israel's incursions into Gaza, much to the consternation of the protest's Arab-Canadian organizers who did not share the group's anti-Semitism.

At all its rallies, the Aryan Guard has found itself vastly outnumbered by anti-racist protesters, including members of Anti-Racist Action Calgary. Police say both Aryan Guard members and counter-protesters have been arrested for assaults at these events, with this year's White Pride Day rally seeing the most serious altercations between the two groups. (Jason Devine, a spokesman for Anti-Racist Action Calgary, said no member of his group has been charged in connection with any incident at an Aryan Guard rally.) Police complain that the anti-racists — who they say were the main instigators at the March 21 rally — tend to be uncooperative. For their part, the anti-racists accuse police of ignoring acts of violence by the Aryan Guard, which police deny.

The true danger posed by the Aryan Guard comes not from its public activities, but from its more clandestine ones. A man reached at the Aryan Guard's contact number refused to answer most questions during a brief interview, but repeated the group's opposition to violence. Yet the group's history of criminal activity belies that assertion. According to the Calgary Police Service, the Aryan Guard has been linked to several assaults between late 2006 and mid-2008. The victims have included a homeless man, a gay community member, and a cab driver from North Africa, MacDonald said.

Writing about the latter incident on Stormfront on July 20, 2007, McKee — who'd been charged in connection with the attack, though he claimed a good friend was actually responsible — boasted about getting the case dismissed. "The reason being was that they couldn't make a positive ID because apparently everyone there was all dressed in combat boots with white laces [and] black flight jackets and all had shaved heads. So let this be a lesson to anyone who wonders why on earth all us skinheads dress so similarly. [T]his is another great reason. lol [laughing out loud]"

The incident that has received the most publicity involved an assault on a Japanese visitor in her mid-20s, Asako Okazaki, when she left a bar shortly after midnight in July 2008. A 17-year-old Aryan Guard member — who was convicted in March but has not been publicly identified because he was a juvenile — kicked the woman in the back of the head with steel-toed boots. According to court testimony, the attacker followed the woman out of the bar after making a disparaging remark about Asians. At the time of his arrest he was wearing boots with red laces — a skinhead symbol indicating he'd spilled blood for the movement.

In addition, members of Anti-Racist Action believe that the Aryan Guard is responsible for firebombing Jason Devine's home shortly before last year's White Pride march. Devine said he was home with his children one night when he saw a flash of light and heard a crash. The poorly constructed Molotov cocktail did little damage to his home, but Aryan Guard members taunted him and his wife about the incident at protests. "Is it hot in there?" they asked, according to Devine. "How are the kids? How's the house?" (Police investigated but never charged anyone in the incident. Constable MacDonald said an Aryan Guard member's home was also bombed and that police received information that a member of Anti-Racist Action was responsible. Devine says no such bombing ever occurred.)

The Aryan Guard has also been tied to less serious but still disruptive crimes, including vandalizing a shopping mall and using racial slurs last year on a First Nations reserve near Calgary, according to news accounts. Four Aryan Guard members were charged with mischief and disturbing the peace in connection with that incident.

"I think the larger population in Calgary can ignore them because they don't necessarily see the effect on the racialized [non-white] communities here, but the racialized communities can't escape it," Pruegger, the Calgary planner, said. "They're quite aware of what these people are saying and what they represent. It's a real black eye for our city."

The group's propensity for criminal activity is no surprise given that many members have histories of vandalism and assault. Two of the group's most prominent members, McKee and Dallas Price, faced assault and weapons charges in connection with a September 2006 confrontation in which one victim was hit with a wooden club and another was stabbed with a knife. Robert Reitmeier, also active in the group, was charged with attempted murder in connection with a November 2006 assault on a man who suffered skull and facial fractures. Member Bill Noble was convicted in 2008 of posting hate material on the Internet that primarily targeted non-whites, Jews and gays. A judge sentenced him to four months in jail and imposed limits on his computer use for three years, though Noble continues to post frequently on Stormfront.

The Aryan Guard is now trying to recruit four new members per month, MacDonald said. There's no evidence they've had much success. Last July, the group attempted to entice new members to move to Calgary by offering to pay their rental damage deposits — a boon in a city with a high cost of living. "We believe that through fortifying our current locations with more White Nationalists we can spread the world [sic] more efficiently and then in the future branch out further throughout Canada," McKee posted on Stormfront.

In their latest stab at increasing membership, the Aryan Guard is distributing white power CDs to teenagers, MacDonald said. The campaign resembles a U.S.-based recruitment drive dubbed "Project Schoolyard" that succeeded in getting thousands of racist music samplers into the hands of middle and high school students in 2004 and late 2008. A 2004 quote from white-power music broker Byron Calvert, who was behind the most recent incarnation of Project Schoolyard, appears on the Aryan Guard's website. However, Calvert told the Intelligence Report he's not involved in the group's effort to disseminate white power music. Pictured on the Aryan Guard's website, the CD is emblazoned with the group's URL, along with a list of songs including "Keep it White" and "Stop Immigration."

The Aryan Guard has been adept at using Internet sites — including Stormfront, Blood & Honour, Facebook and its own site's forum — to network with other white supremacists. "Because of their use of the media, including the Web, they definitely have a strong impact," said Cam Stewart, who authored a hate crimes report commissioned by the Alberta Hate and Bias Crime Incidents Committee. "If you look at the posts on Stormfront, they're getting a lot of support and attention across the city and across North America. That just encourages like-minded people to carry on their ideology."

Like many white supremacist organizations, however, the Aryan Guard has been plagued by infighting. The group even appeared to be on the verge of collapse last fall after some members defected, according to anti-racist activists. Thanks to a sex scandal, allegations of drug use, and other behavior deemed unfit for a superior race, the group has also acquired a dubious reputation among their fellow travelers. "Increasingly, they're being seen in the white power movement, at least in some sectors, as jokers," Devine said.

But for now anti-racist activists say they shouldn't be ignored. "These people are violent thugs," Devine said. "They're going to collapse eventually, but the real question is, 'Who are they going to hurt between now and then?'"

10 Characteristics of Conspiracy Theorists

I found this somewhere on the web. I have to share, because it is soooo true! it's called "10 Characteristics of Conspiracy Theorists", and all of these can be applied to the anti-Semitic internet bullies that infest the World Wide Web.

(note: not all conspiracy loonies are anti-Semites, but nearly all anti-Semites are, in varying degrees, conspiracy loonies)

1. Arrogance. They are always fact-seekers, questioners, people who are trying to discover, or even claim to know, the truth: sceptics are always "sheep", patsies for Zionists, world leaders, the NWO, etc.

2. Relentlessness. They will always go on and on about a conspiracy no matter how little evidence they have to go on or how much of what they have is simply discredited. (Moreover, even if you listen to them ninety-eight times, the ninety-ninth time, when you say "no thanks", you'll be called a "sheep" again.) Additionally, they have no capacity for precis whatsoever. They go on and on at enormous length.

3. Inability to answer questions. For people who loudly advertise their determination to the principle of questioning everything, they're pretty poor at answering direct questions from sceptics about the claims that they make.

4. Fondness for certain stock phrases. These include Cicero's "cui bono?" (of which it can be said that Cicero understood the importance of having evidence to back it up) and Conan Doyle's "once we have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however unlikely, must be the truth". What these phrases have in common is that they are attempts to absolve themselves from any responsibility to produce positive, hard evidence themselves: you simply "eliminate the impossible" (i.e. say the official account can't stand scrutiny) which means that the wild allegation of your choice, based on "cui bono?" (which is always the government) is therefore the truth.

5. Inability to employ or understand Occam's Razor. Conspiracy theorists never notice that the small inconsistencies in the accounts which they reject are dwarfed by the enormous, gaping holes in logic, likelihood and evidence in any alternative account.

6. Inability to tell good evidence from bad. Conspiracy theorists have no place for peer-review, for scientific knowledge, for the respectability of sources. The fact that a claim has been made by anybody, anywhere, is enough for them to reproduce it and demand that the questions it raises be answered, as if intellectual enquiry were a matter of responding to every rumour. While they do this, of course, they will claim to have "open minds" and abuse the sceptics for apparently lacking same.

7. Inability to withdraw. It's a rare day indeed when a conspiracy theorist admits that a claim they have made has turned out to be without foundation, whether it be the overall claim itself or any of the evidence produced to support it. Moreover they have a liking for the technique of avoiding discussion of their claims by "swamping" - piling on a whole lot more material rather than respond to the objections sceptics make to the previous lot.

8. Leaping to conclusions. Conspiracy theorists are very keen indeed to declare the "official" account totally discredited without having remotely enough cause so to do. Of course this enables them to wheel on the Conan Doyle quote above. Small inconsistencies in the account of an event, small unanswered questions, small problems in timing of differences in procedure from previous events of the same kind are all more than adequate to declare the "official" account clearly and definitively discredited. It goes without saying that it is not necessary to prove that these inconsistencies are either relevant, or that they even definitely exist.

9. Using previous conspiracies as evidence to support their claims. This argument invokes scandals like the Birmingham Six, the Bologna station bombings, the Zinoviev letter and so on in order to try and demonstrate that their conspiracy theory should be accorded some weight (because it's “happened before”.) They do not pause to reflect that the conspiracies they are touting are almost always far more unlikely and complicated than the real-life conspiracies with which they make comparison, or that the fact that something might potentially happen does not, in and of itself, make it anything other than extremely unlikely.

10. It's always a conspiracy. And it is, isn't it? No sooner has the body been discovered, the bomb gone off, than the same people are producing the same old stuff, demanding that there are questions which need to be answered, at the same unbearable length. Because the most important thing about these people is that they are people entirely lacking in discrimination. They cannot tell a good theory from a bad one, they cannot tell good evidence from bad evidence and they cannot tell a good source from a bad one. And for that reason, they always come up with the same answer when they ask the same question.

A person who always says the same thing, and says it over and over again is, of course, commonly considered to be, if not a monomaniac, then at very least, a bore.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Prosecutors: Demjanjuk fit to stand trial

MUNICH – Doctors have determined that John Demjanjuk is fit to stand trial on charges that he was an accessory to murder at a Nazi death camp, prosecutors said Friday.

The doctors said the 89-year-old retired auto worker, recently deported from the United States, can stand trial so long as his time in court does not exceed two 90-minute sessions daily, Munich prosecutors said. They added that formal charges can be expected this month.

Demjanjuk is accused of being a guard at the Sobibor death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II. Prosecutors allege that he was an accessory to murder in 29,000 cases.

"We are very pleased that this will pave the way for him to be prosecuted in Germany," said Efraim Zuroff, the top Nazi hunter at the Simon Wiesenthal Center. "This has been a very complicated case, but it is important that Demjanjuk, who actively participated in the implementation of the Final Solution, finally receive an appropriate punishment," Zuroff said by telephone from Jerusalem.

Demjanjuk has been in custody in Munich since arriving there May 12 after losing a court battle to stay in the United States.
Demjanjuk's health was a key issue in that battle. His son, John Demjanjuk Jr. told The Associated Press in an e-mail that German doctors have determined his father has about 16 months to live, due to his incurable leukemic bone marrow disease.

"With less than (two) years for my father to live, a career-seeking German prosecutor is hastily pressing forward indicative of a 100 percent politically motivated effort to blame Ukrainians and Europeans for the crimes of the Germans," Demjanjuk Jr. wrote. "This has nothing to do with bringing anyone to justice or fitness for trial. My father will not live to fairly litigate the matter as (he) has successfully done before," he wrote.

Photos taken in April showed Demjanjuk (pronounced dem-YAHN'-yuk) wincing as immigration agents removed him from his home in Seven Hills, Ohio, during an earlier aborted attempt to deport him to Germany. Images taken days before and released by the U.S. government showed him entering his car unaided.

Demjanjuk says he was a Red Army soldier who spent World War II as a Nazi POW and never hurt anyone.
But Nazi-era documents obtained by U.S. justice authorities and shared with German prosecutors include a photo ID identifying Demjanjuk as a guard at the Sobibor death camp and say he was trained at an SS facility for Nazi guards at Trawniki, also in Poland.

Efforts to prosecute the Ukrainian native began in 1977 and have involved courts and government officials from at least five countries on three continents.

Charges of accessory to murder carry a maximum sentence of up to 15 years in prison in Germany.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Holocaust Museum Shooter Had Close Ties to Prominent neo-Nazis

Law enforcement officials have identified the suspect in the Holocaust Museum shootings as James Wenneker von Brunn, born in 1920, from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. D.C. Police Spokeswoman Traci Hughes reportedly said the suspect walked into the museum at about 1 p.m. ET with a rifle and shot a guard.

Von Brunn runs the website holywesternempire.org (the site has since been suspended), which was listed in 2008 as a hate site by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Von Brunn has a long history of associations with prominent neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers. In the 1980s or early 1990s, von Brunn was employed by Noontide Press, a part of the Holocaust denying Institute of Historical Review, which was then run by Willis Carto, one of America’s most prominent anti-Semites.

Von Brunn is the author of the 1999 book, “Kill the Best Gentiles,” a racist and anti-Semitic tome that argues that whites are seeing “today on the world stage a tragedy of enormous proportions: the calculated destruction of the White Race and the incomparable culture it represents. Europe, former fortress of the West, is now over-run by hordes of non-Whites and mongrels.” A raging anti-Semite, von Brunn blames “The Jews” for the destruction of the West. The book is dedicated to prominent neo-Nazis and racists including Revilo Oliver and Wilmot Robertson.

In 2003, AP reported that von Brunn had painted a portrait of Rear Adm. John Crommelin, a raging anti-Semite who was a close associate of neo-Nazi William Pierce, whose book The Turner Diaries inspired Timothy McVeigh’s bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building.

On his website, von Brunn also claims that in 1981, while wearing a “London Fog raincoat to conceal his weapons,” he attempted to put the whole Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve under “legal, non-violent citizens-arrest.” He wanted “to bind their hands and persuade them to appear on television.” The website says he was sentenced to 11 years for his actions.

A raging anti-Semitic and racist posting on the website arsenalofhypocrisy.com attributed to “James Von Brunn” says that “the Federal Reserve Act (1913) gave JEWS control of America’s Money.” It also says that “America is a Third-World racial garbage dump–stupid, ignorant, dead-broke, and terminal.” It ends with, “Prepare to die, Whitey.”


"I thought in 1945 antisemitism died in Auschwitz, but I was wrong. Its victims perished, antisemitism did not. The antisemite hates the Jews before he or she was born, and therefore, you wonder what kind of mind is the mind of the antisemite who does not live in reality, who hates because he feels the need to hate, and for them it is so easy to hate a Jew because we have been the other, the stranger in so many places, and they simply could not understand why we were still around" - Elie Weisel

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Gunman Opens Fire Inside Holocaust Museum, Kills Security Guard

WASHINGTON -- A gunman opened fire inside the Holocaust Memorial Museum in the nation's capital Wednesday, shooting and killing a security guard before other officers returned fire and shot the assailant, officials said.

The museum released a statement late Wednesday afternoon confirming that 39-year-old Officer Stephen Tyrone Johns had died of his injuries. He had served on the museum's security staff for six years.

"There are no words to express our grief and shock over today's events," the statement said, adding that the museum would remain closed Thursday in his honor.

Police are looking at an elderly man identified as James Von Brunn as the shooter, FOX News has learned -- though D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier would not confirm the identity of the suspect.

The alleged shooter is the same James W. von Brunn who is a known white supremacist in his late 80s, MyFOXDC reported. He runs a Web site, Holy Western Empire, that carries several anti-Semitic statements.

Von Brunn was sentenced in 1983 to more than four years in prison for attempting to kidnap the Federal Reserve Board after a guard found him outside of a board meeting with a gun, knife and sawed-off shotgun.

Police said he wanted to take the board hostage because of high interest rates and the country's financial problems, MyFOXDC reported.

On his site, Von Brunn insists he was trying to place the board under "legal, non-violent citizens-arrest."

Law enforcement officials said Von Brunn's vehicle, found near the museum, was tested for explosives, and authorities were also raiding his home to check his computer and investigate the incident as a possible hate crime or domestic terrorism.

David Schlosser, a spokesman for the U.S. Park Police, said the gunman entered the museum shortly before 1 p.m. ET and shot the security guard, before two other security guards returned fire and wounded the shooter. Both the shooter and security guard, later identified as Johns, were then sent to a local hospital, he said.

Lanier said the gunman was carrying a rifle and used it immediately. "He raised the rifle and started shooting," she said. "The second he stepped into the building, he began firing."

Lanier told reporters the suspect appears to have been a "lone gunman," and that authorities received no prior threats.

"Our hearts and thoughts go out to the security guard and his family," D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty said at the press conference. Fenty said the gunman is in "critical condition" at the hospital.

President Obama was briefed and was "concerned" and "saddened" by the shooting, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said.

There were conflicting reports about how many people were wounded. Another law enforcement official earlier said three people had been shot.

Police and other law enforcement, including the FBI's Terrorism Task Force, had surrounded the museum site Wednesday afternoon.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Officials Arrest 4 in Alleged Plot to Bomb NYC Synagogue

Four people who plotted to bomb a New York City synagogue and shoot down military jets with Stinger missiles were arrested by U.S. agents, the U.S. Attorney’s office said in a statement today. Officials said the arrests came after a long-running undercover operation that began in Newburgh, N.Y.

Charges against the suspects, filed yesterday in federal court in New York, include conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction in the U.S. and conspiracy to use anti-aircraft missiles, according to the statement.

The four people planned to bomb a synagogue in the Riverdale section of the Bronx and shoot military planes located at the New York Air National Guard base in Newburgh, New York, prosecutors said. The suspects dealt with a law enforcement informant in their attempts to obtain weapons, according to the statement.

Rep. Peter King of New York, the senior Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, was briefed on the case following the arrests. ”This was a long, well-planned investigation, and it shows how real the threat is from homegrown terrorists,” said King.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Australian anti-Semite charged over YouTube videos

Police in Perth, Australia have charged a man in relation to the posting of anti-Semitic videos on YouTube. Footage shot by 39-year-old Brendan O’Connell sent waves of anguish throughout the city’s 9,000 strong Jewish community.

O’Connell took his viewers on a trip across the Swan River to a demonstration in South Perth being held by the Friends of Palestine,  protesting outside an IGA supermarket selling Israeli Jaffa oranges. O’Connell told his “viewers” that he was hoping to find some Jews at the scene…and he did. He videoed himself harrassing two young Jewish men and creating an argumentative situation.

Keith Shilkin, President of the Jewish Community Council of Western Australia, commented to reporters: “News of the video on YouTube swept through the community causing great concern. Children at the Carmel Jewish day school have had counselling sessions…but we have had close liasons with the police who became quickly aware of the situation.”

The leader of the Friends of Palestine has distanced his group from O’Connell, breaking any association with the video-maker. Shilkin told J-Wire that whereas the Friends of Palestine had been very outspoken on their views of Israel and its politics, they had not entered into any anti-Jewish propaganda and had been of no trouble to the local community. He added: “The man has been a serial pest but the community was not overtly aware of him.”

O’Connell is only the second person to be charged under Western Australia’s anti-vilification laws. The charges relate to conduct intended to incite racial animosity or racist harrassment and carry a maximum penalty of 14 years’ imprisonment.

Friday, May 8, 2009


Ever since the bizarre “fuhrer” of YouTube, John Alan Martinson Jr., closed down shop at the hate site Jewish Crime Network, this rag-tag misfit - who apparently can’t even afford a decent outfit and had to beg donations from his followers for a camcorder to record his videos - has popped up once again as the head of the redux known as the One World Nazi Party.

Martinson has managed to glean a following for his new endeavor, but has drawn a lot of ire from the one faction of antisemites that apparently he had hoped to align himself with - the mainstream white nationalist community. Somehow, Martinson wanted to convince them that together, they could fight the common enemy which, of course, is the age-old whipping boy when a society experiences hardships, economic downturns, and political upheavals - the Jews.

This writer hasn’t decided yet as of this posting whether or not the OWNP is intended to be the next “evolution” of antisemitism, or whether this is one giant scam by Martinson to try to bilk his fellow bigots out of gas and grocery money. Several of Martinson’s former associates at the JCN, including Scott Roberts, Adam Austin, and the YouTuber known as RV, have disassociated themselves from this new movement, and one has come out vocally, questioning Martinson’s motives and integrity.

Martinson, like most self-styled neo-nazis, suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder, or NPD. The definition is "a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and a lack of empathy”. The way the man struts around like a peacock, demanding support and attention, the seeming lack of compassion for Holocaust victims, and his referring to Jews as “parasites” , “vermin”, and calling on U.S. troops in Iraq to go AWOL, return home, and in his words “turn their guns on the REAL problem” (aka Jews) - would definitely place him in that category.

One thing is certain - such infighting among these groups bodes well for us in the antifa movement. A lot of us have been working behind the scenes to combat this and other groups and movements, collecting information, flagging their YouTube, Facebook, Blogger, and mySpace accounts, and infiltrating their ranks to glean intel on their activities. It may sound strange, but where the OWNP is concerned, the best ally we may have in this fight are the white supremacist organizations themselves.

Many of the mainstream hate groups have openly rejected Martinson and his noveau nazi party on the basis of race. Martinson is from a multi-ethnic background, and that has caused a lot of tension among the internet pro-hate groups. It is probably what caused several YouTube neo-nazis including Scott Roberts to resign from the “board of directors” of the former Jewish Crime Network.

We must fight anti-semitism by all means at our disposal within the limits of the law. Any person or organization or country that engages in anti-semitic propaganda must be sued and prosecuted. The publication of anti-semitic propaganda in any media should be disqualified and prohibited. In countries where anti-semitism is rampant, its significance and dangers must be inculcated in the education system.

We must not be silent in the face of hate, whoever disseminates it. In a great part of the world there is legislation against anti-semitic propaganda, holocaust denial and the use of forbidden symbols (such as Nazi symbols). In those places where there is legislation we should make sure that the laws are enforced and offenders are punished. In those places where there is no legislation we must act to legislate against anti-semitism, as well as bigotry in all its forms.

Wesleyan Murder Suspect Wrote 'Kill Johanna,' 'OK to Kill Jews' in Journal

The man police say shot a Wesleyan University coed to death wrote "Kill Johanna. She must Die" and "I think it's ok to kill Jews and go on a killing spree" in his journal and left it at the crime scene, according to an arrest warrant. Stephen Morgan, 29, was charged with one count of murder and made his first court appearance Friday in the killing of 21-year-old Johanna Justin-Jinich — whom he allegedly shot dead on Wednesday while she was working at a bookstore cafe near campus. The warrant says Middletown, Conn., police found Morgan's journal at the scene, along with a wig he allegedly wore during the shooting and a gun.

His father described him as a loner who kept a diary and was known to make anti-Semitic comments, according to the warrant.

Morgan wore a blue prison jumpsuit and handcuffs during his Friday morning arraignment in Middletown Superior Court. At times during the proceedings, he hung his head, frowned or nodded. Morgan's bond was increased from $10 million to $15 million. Another hearing was scheduled for May 19.

Police said his composition book also had an entry dated May 6 at 11 a.m. — about two hours before Justin-Jinich was killed — that mentioned seeing all of the beautiful and smart people at Wesleyan, which is an elite private university.

Justin-Jinich, of Timnath, Colorado, came from a Jewish family, and her grandmother was a Holocaust survivor. The pair met two years ago during a summer program at New York University. Authorities in New York said Morgan and Justin-Jinich had known each other since at least 2007, when Justin-Jinich filed a harassment complaint against him while they were enrolled in a summer class at New York University. In the complaint filed in July of that year, Justin-Jinich said Morgan called her repeatedly and sent her insulting e-mails.

One of the e-mails warned: "You're going to have a lot more problems down the road if you can't take any (expletive) criticism, Johanna." Both were interviewed by university police, but Justin-Jinich decided not to press charges.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

The Big Con Job - The Jewish Crime Network Web Site Closes its Doors

John Alan Martinson and his gang of thugs at the antisemitic web site Jewish Crime Network have closed up shop, announcing to anyone who would surf there (not many it seems) that they were shutting down due to lack of support, financial and otherwise.

It was music to this writer's ears.

The half-dozen miscreants and social rejects who ran the JCN had some big plans for the site. They claimed it was going to be the ultimate one-stop shop for all news related to the world's largest crime network - the people responsible for all the world's ills - the ones who orchestrated 9/11, the downfall of the white race, and your sister's teenage acne...that's right, folks...your local synagogue.

These haters got the chance to spew their Judeophobia and hate for a couple of months, then Martinson announced last week that the JCN was calling it quits due to lack of support. The contents of the site, which was hosted by GoDaddy though one of its proxy domain services, have been removed, much to my relief. There was some real vile content posted there. Martinsons personal web site (hosted by GoDaddy as well), johnalanmartinsonjr.com, has had it's antisemitic content removed as well, and it raises the question, at least to me...was it really a financial matter? Perhaps. But why remove the content if the URL(s) still works?

It's relatively inexpensive to keep a website up and running. A quick check of Godaddy's price list, and the setup the JCN had cost less than $100.00 a year, including his personal site. Most of the effort involved in a web site is the time spent keeping it maintained and updated. But another quick check of Martinson's personal web site tells another story...

From June through December 2008, Martinson received nearly $5500.00 in donations from his followers. In addition, he received a laptop, a digital camera, reference material, and clothing so he could appear "presentable" on camera. It appears as though a very small amount of the funds were actually spent maintaining the web site, and instead went towards gas and groceries, rent and perhaps - being the nutjob, antisemitic, conspiracy loonie he is - buying some more guns for his personal stash.

It's apparent that Martinson was just looking for people sympathetic to his "cause" to supplement his personal life. Like his predecessors, it was just another ripoff from another antisemitic con artist. Not only was he conning people into believing that Jews are responsible for every evil in the world, he was bilking his own friends and associates out of money. I guarantee, dear reader, that One-Eyed Jack will try it again, with another audience, another web site, and another scam.

Well played, Hitler-lovers! If the Little Corporal were alive today, he'd be smiling in approval at your incredulousness. Once again, your community of Jew haters, racists, and conspiracy theorists have proven how gullible you really are.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Concern, criticism follow Venezuelan synagogue attack

(JTA) --International Jewish groups expressed concern after an attack on a Caracas synagogue and blamed Hugo Chavez for creating an atmosphere of hate in Venezuela.

Up to 15 people attacked the Tiferet Israel Sephardic synagogue late Friday night, throwing Torah scrolls on the floor and damaging some, according to reports. They also painted epithets such as "death to the Jews" on the synagogue's walls.

The synagogue's guard had been held at gunpoint and was found on the floor of the building by members on Saturday morning, the Jerusalem Post reported.

It is not the first such attack on Jewish institutions in the country, which broke off diplomatic relations with Israel over the Gaza military operation, according to The New York Times. In response, Israel expelled the Venezuelan envoy and his embassy staff last week.

The same synagogue was vandalized early last month. The Israeli embassy was also vandalized. A Jewish community center was raided in 2007 in a search for illegal weapons. None were found.

The government of President Hugo Chavez decried the attack, the Times reported.

Chavez and local media have been increasingly critical of Israel in the past week.

"The total disrespect of a Jewish house of worship reflects the escalating climate of hostility towards Jews in Venezuela," said David Harris, executive director of the American Jewish Committee.

Harris also said, "There are strong indications that what we are witnessing is a state-sponsored campaign of anti-Semitic persecution, spurred by both Venezuela's alliance with the Iranian regime and the surge of anti-Israel rhetoric during the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas."

Harris called on the international community to declare its solidarity with Venezuela's Jewish community.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center also blamed Chavez's demonization of Israel and the Jewish community as the catalyst for the synagogue attack and called on world leaders to denounce it.

"This was no mere hate crime from the margins of society, but a reflection of President Chavez's campaign to demonize Israel and her supporters,"said Rabbis Marvin Hier, the center's founder and dean, and Abraham Cooper, its associate dean, in a statement. "It is frightening to watch the inevitable consequences of Iran's chief ally in the Americas promotion of hatred of the Jewish people escalate into an attack, more reminiscent of Nazi Germany in 1938, than a democracy in 2009. The fact that the members of this synagogue stayed away from services this Friday night out of fear that the anti-Israel campaign had generated says it all."

B'nai B'rith International has asked the U.S. State Department to investigate the attack.

"This has got to stop," said B'nai B'rith Executive Vice President Daniel Mariaschin. "It is unacceptable for a government to incite hatred. Chavez has cultivated an environment where his followers feel comfortable threatening Jews."

Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, called on Chavez to protect his country's Jewish community.

"Sadly, this is not a random event in Venezuela; it is directly related to the atmosphere of anti-Jewish intimidation promoted by President Chavez and his government apparatus," Foxman said.

Chavez, Foxman said, "must ensure that his government quickly brings the perpetrators to justice."