Keep the Lights Burning -- CAEF Bulletin Dec 18 2020

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Stories this week cover topics from many people and places, from examining the “inconvenient truth” about Chanukah and its rededication of the Jewish temple on the Temple Mount, to our writing campaign to stop purveyors of hate from holding yet one more anti-Israel event under the University of Toronto banner.

Thanks to all our readers and supporters, particularly the dozens of people who took action against Students Against Israel Apartheid’s hosting an antisemitic virtual event December 18th. At the time of writing this event will have taken place, but the President, Meric Gertler and others in administration and faculty, know there was immense opposition to this and that the Jewish community demands a more pro-active and just approach to stopping Jew hatred.

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This Hanukkah, the Jews return to Judea and Samaria by Steve Postal

In Arutz Sheva, December 13, 2020

The Jews had sovereignty or partial-sovereignty over Judea and Samaria for over 1600 years and are thus the indigenous inhabitants. (Jews want to regain not gain sovereignty ed.)

Many liberals commoditize Hanukkah in what Depeche Mode might call “words [that] are meaningless and forgettable,” In a tweet posted by Doug Emhoff, husband of Senator (and soon to be Vice President) Kamala Harris (D-CA), Harris believes the holiday commemorates “tikkun olam, which is about fighting for justice and fighting for the dignity of all people.”

And Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-7) don’t

even mention Jews at all in their commemorative tweets; the former merely gives a shout out to “loved ones, neighbors, and friends across the country lighting their first candle tonight.”

But the inconvenient truth is that the real story of Hanukkah is the Jews’ re-gaining autonomy in their ancestral homeland of Judea and Samaria, this time from the Greek Seleucid Empire. The Hanukkah story represents nothing short of the religious and national emancipation of the Jewish people.

To put Hanukkah in context, the Jews had sovereignty or partial-sovereignty/autonomy over Judea and Samaria during:

  • The Kingdom of Israel (1020 to 930 BCE) and then a split into:

  • The northern Kingdom of Israel (930 BCE to 720 BCE)

  • The southern Kingdom of Judah (930 BCE to 586 BCE)

  • The Yehud under the Neo-Babylonian/Chaldean Empire (586 BCE-539 BCE);

  • The Yehud Medinata under the Persian Achaemenid Empire (539 BCE to 332 BCE);

  • The Hasmonean Dynasty under the Greek Seleucid Empire (the Seleucids) (164 BCE to 63 BCE)

  • The Hasmonean Dynasty under the Roman Empire (63 BCE to 40 BCE);

  • The Herodian Dynasty under the Roman Empire (37 BCE to 6 BCE);

  • The First Jewish-Roman War (66 CE to 73 CE);

  • The Palestinian Patriarchate under the Roman Empire (80 CE to 425 CE)

  • Full independence from the Roman Empire as a result of the Bar Kokhba Rebellion (132 CE to 135 CE); and

  • Jewish autonomy in Jerusalem under the Persian Sasanian Empire (614-617 CE). Jews retained a presence in the Holy Land after losing that autonomy.

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Europe Can't Fight Antisemitism While Ignoring Threats To Israel

by David Harris, CEO, American Jewish Committee (AJC) from Politico Europe, December 14, 2020

Read an open letter from David Harris to the European Union as he laments their duplicity; always saying they will stop another Holocaust, always stating they have a commitment to stop antisemitism, and even going as far in some countries recently to adopt IHRA, but as Harris points out in the conclusion of his letter:

“But if the EU is serious about tackling antisemitism and preserving historical memory of the Holocaust, it cannot neglect, minimize or wish away threats to the existence of Israel, the world’s lone Jewish-majority country and home to nearly 7 million Jews.”

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Does the Christian Civilisation Still Care About Christians?

Doğan D. Akman

When I was brought up, I was taught that one has the moral obligation to do one’s best to protect and save one’s own people’s lives and look after their well-being, those with whom one shares the same identity based on religion, race, ethnicity or nationality, or a combination thereof.

That did not relieve one of the responsibility to help any other group in serious distress or in fear for their lives. It simply meant that you saved your people and did your best for the others, in the belief that the latter will also be looked after by their own people.

Although I may be mistaken, I think this also used to be part of the general moral order of civilisations across the globe. Sadly enough this obligation does not seem to have survived the post-modern globalist view of the world, save for the Jews and a few other groups.

Hence, when some people suggested to the former U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama that he give precedence to saving the lives of an overseas Christian group under attack, I recall his reply was, “We are not that kind of a country”.