They Are Lying About the Jews Again - CAEF Bulletin Aug 17, 2020


There is never a dull day for the creative antisemites. It is par for the course to see viral social media messages blaming Jews for COVID 19, and posters on street posts in Toronto assigning responsibility to Israel for the Beirut explosion which killed innocent civilians. Let us not forget the inane claim a few years ago that the sharks that appeared on the coast of Egypt were sent by Israel, and the more recent claim that Israel destroyed a Palestinian Arab coronavirus testing site. None of these obnoxious statements is true, but that doesn’t matter, they are out there, repeated, used to denigrate the Jews and Israel, and fuel hatred.

(Read the latest blaming Israel for the explosion in Lebanon, reported in Al-meshwar, an Arabic-language paper in Toronto.)

We are constantly asked, what can be done to stop antisemitism? What can be done to roll back the hatred? What can be done to make campuses safe for Jewish students, and the streets of Europe, Canada, and America safe for people who are identifiably Jewish? With so many Jewish organizations, why are we not seeing decreasing rather than increasing hate crimes against Jews?

CAEF points to a few priorities to counter antisemitism.

  1. All levels of government must adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism and its associated principles, and create and implement an action plan.

  2. All institutions in the public domain must also adopt and implement IHRA.

  3. Each level of government needs to appoint a person or entity with responsibility and accountability for monitoring antisemitism and taking the lead on combating it, which includes pressing organizations to adopt IHRA and implementation plans as well as consequences for antisemitism when it occurs. This role must include data collection and reporting.

  4. Jewish organizations must cultivate allies. We are small community and cannot battle this hatred alone, nor should we. History has proven that what begins with the Jews, never ends with the Jews. It is time for civil society to stand up against antisemitism to preserve all our freedoms.

  5. We must stand Proud as Jews and Zionists. This means educate ourselves, and our children and grandchildren so they don’t get caught up in the lies, the BDS campaigns and the cancel culture.

Meet An Unapologetic Zionist!

Last week’s Web Talk featured Unapologetic Zionist Naomi Linder Kahn, the Director, International Division, Regavim. Many of our viewers were surprised, if not shocked, by the information that Naomi shared. She provided maps that were carefully constructed with facts on the ground researched by Regavim, showing exactly where Jewish settlements and communities are situated in Judea and Samaria and where there are Arab communities, towns and settlements.

What most people do not realize is that there are vast numbers of illegal Arab settlements or structures on land placed by Arab squatters; over 180 such settlements exist in fact. To understand the meaning of this, the threat they pose, the laws the operate under or laws they disregard, the foreign funding that created and supports them, the overall Palestinian Authority strategy to claim the entirety of the area allocated to the Jews, watch this video. Learn how Regavim, an Israeli NGO is battling to preserve the land of Israel, protecting its natural resources and Israeli sovereignty.

Regavim has been waging the legal battle to preserve Israel's most precious resource: the land itself. Day after day, week after week, year after year, a small but dedicated staff of fieldworkers and attorneys have documented, researched, and prosecuted the abuses of Israel's resources and sovereignty that threaten the very foundations of the Jewish State.

Another Lie: The Palestinian Authority Wants Peace with Israel

One need only follow the news about normalization of relations between the UAE and Israel, to see how the Arabs who occupy the land of Judea and Samaria choose to further conflict rather than seek peace. Instead of celebrating a major regional breakthrough, the opportunity for Israel and the Emirates to further productive exchanges, scientific developments and tourism, benefiting both countries, the beneficiaries to include Arab Israelis and Arab “Palestinians,” the PA and Hamas instead shake their fist, threaten retribution (against whom it is unclear) while Iran, which has nothing to do with either country, claims it will boycott the UAE. Good for Iran.

There is a surprising story in the New York Times, an unlikely place for a story sympathetic to any good news from Israel, an Op Ed from Thomas Friedman, published August 13th, 2020. The first line itself is a shocker, imagine someone stating agreement with President Trump. Below are a few excerpts:

“For once, I am going to agree with President Trump in his use of his favorite adjective: ‘huge.’

The agreement brokered by the Trump administration for the United Arab Emirates to establish full normalization of relations with Israel, in return for the Jewish state forgoing, for now, any annexation of the West Bank, was exactly what Trump said it was in his tweet: a “HUGE breakthrough.”

“It’s a geopolitical earthquake.”

“This deal will certainly encourage the other gulf sheikhdoms — Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia — all of which have had covert and overt business and intelligence dealings with Israel, to follow the Emirates’ lead. They will not want to let the U.A.E. have a leg up in being able to marry its financial capital with Israel’s cybertechnology, agriculture technology and health care technology, with the potential to make both countries stronger and more prosperous.

Three other big winners here are:

  1. King Abdullah of Jordan. He feared that Israeli annexation would energize efforts to turn Jordan into the Palestinian state. That threat is for the moment defused.

  2. The American Jewish community. If Israel had annexed part of the West Bank, it would have divided every synagogue and Jewish community in America, between hard-line annexationists and liberal anti-annexationists. This was a looming disaster. Gone for now. And

  3. Joe Biden. Biden, if he succeeds Trump, will not have to worry about the thorny issue of annexation, and he should have a much stronger pro-American alliance in the region to work with.

The big geopolitical losers are Iran and all of its proxies: Hezbollah, the Iraqi militias, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Houthis in Yemen and Turkey. This is for a number of reasons. Up to now, the U.A.E. has kept up a delicate balance between Iran and Israel, not looking to provoke Iran, and dealing with Israel covertly.”

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