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Raging On And Lighting it Up *Open Thread*

December 12, 2017

Israel and Judaism have been in the news even more recently after Trump’s recognition of a 3,500 year old reality that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. As expected, there have been demonstrations and lots of violence in response to Trump’s fulfillment of a 22 year old acknowledgment passed by our Congress, and the reality that Jews have known for, well, forever.

In other words, same-o, same-o. Over the weekend, twenty cowards firebombed a synagogue in that liberal bastion of a country, Sweden. Yep. Because that’s how they roll, apparently., though that wasn’t the only place where anti-Semitic protests occurred. From the Daily Wire:

On Saturday, 20 masked men firebombed a synagogue in Gothenburg — Sweden’s second largest city — with a barrage of Molotov cocktails. The attack occurred amid anti-Israel demonstrations in the city in response to the United State’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.



In London, England, anti-Israel protestors gathered outside the US embassy, chanted calls for war against the Jews.


Meanwhile, Islamist protestors in Berlin gathered at Brandenburg Gate chanting “Jews remember Khaybar, the army of Muhammad is returning.” Protesters echoed similar sentiments in Vienna, Austria.


And in France, a virulently anti-Semitic organizer regaled more than 400 protestors with calls for boycotts against Israel, in addition to freedom for Palestinian terrorists, Hassan Hamouri (Hamouri was arrested in 2005 for planning to assassinate an Israeli rabbi) and Marwan Barghouti (Barghouti is serving multiple life sentences after being convicted of plotting multiple terrorist attacks). […]  (Click here to read the rest.)

Gee, aren’t they SO progressive, open-minded, and tolerant in Europe? Ahem.

Considering the EU and UN are mad at the USA for recognizing reality, I think we are better off not allowing them to dictate what we should do or think about Israel. Amb. Nikki Haley made a similar point before the United Nations. From IJR:

“…the United States will not be lectured to by countries that lack any credibility when it comes to treating both Israelis and Palestinians fairly. It is no coincidence that the historic peace agreements between Egypt and Israel, and between Jordan and Israel, were both signed on the White House lawn. If, and when, there is a historic peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians, there’s a good likelihood that it too will be signed on the White House lawn. Why is that? It’s because the United States has credibility with both sides. Israel will never be, and should never be, bullied into an agreement by the United Nations or by any collection of countries that have proven their disregard for Israel’s security.”

Amen to that! Well said, Amb. Haley.

Sadly, another attempt at violence happened in the USA on Monday. A would-be ISIS suicide bomber targeted New York City at Port Authority Monday morning but thankfully, due to his own idiocy and/or incompetence succeeded in hurting himself and only three other people. And, with even more gratitude, no one was killed. Whew.

I have little doubt that liberals will blame this attack on Trump’s recent acknowledgment. But, as an IDF major noted recently, EVERY day is a day of rage for terrorists and those who want to obliterate Israel. From IJR:


Independent Journal Review wanted to know how Israelis from Jerusalem who might understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict better than others felt about the news. We spoke to Israeli Defense Forces Maj. Amichai Chikli.

Chikli, 36, has a background in Israel’s special forces. He is currently a major in the reserves, held the rank of captain in a reconnaissance unit and was part of a guerrilla counter-warfare unit.


The battle-hardened leader also approves of the decision on a strategic level.

Chikli said:

“On the strategic diplomatic level, I think this is a clear message to all the tyrants, to the Iranians, to the Palestinians, that lies cannot exist for long. And our Israel, the state of Israel, is here to stay forever.

It’s a beautiful present for the 70th anniversary of Israel. It’s a great moment.”

When asked about the calls for rage on the street, Chikli wasn’t intimidated. “To the Palestinians and the Arabs who think this will lead to war, every other day for them is a rage day. They have these rage days all the time,“ he said. ”We don’t really care about these rage days.”

“Far more important, fear is no strategy. Especially when you have a violent barbarian enemy. And we all know when you show a barbarian that you are afraid of them, it only causes them to be much more aggressive. So there is nothing to fear. And we are willing if need, to fight.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Far more important, fear is no strategy.” Amen to that. Fear is NOT a strategy for fighting against those who refuse to accept that Israel has a right to exist, and that Jerusalem is her capital. Moreover, it hasn’t WORKED. If not naming Jerusalem the capital of Israel was all it took to secure peace, we would have had peace for some time. Clearly, that has not happened.

As for the attack in New York City, I would remind anyone who points at this proclamation by Trump last week as the cause of this terrorist attempt that New York City had a terrorist attack on Halloween. Unfortunately, we have had a number of terror attacks in our country, and ALL of them happened before Trump proclaimed the USA supported Israel’s claim to Jerusalem. So yeah, not a cogent argument, in my opinion.

Sadly, as Sen. Lindsey Graham said on Fox News Monday morning, we will continue to see this kind of attack in our country.  Why? Because ISIS is being broken up overseas thanks to the current Administration’s policies, so they will try to come here and create mayhem. Oh, and Graham was ADAMANT that these are enemy combatants, not “common criminals.”

On another note, a BETTER note, Judaism will also be in the news today anyway because Hanukkah begins at sundown tonight (Tuesday). It lasts for eight days as the miracle that kept the lights burning is celebrated.

In case you don’t know about Hanukkah, I have a great video for you that explains it all. It is in a parody of the musical, “Hamilton,” by the excellent Jewish a cappella group the Maccabeats.

I thought this was just fantastic. How very clever of them, and how educational, too. Oh, and these young men can SING.

Happy Hanukkah to our Jewish readers. May you have eight days of miracles!

And may we have eight days of Peace. Hey, I can hope, right?

This is an Open Thread.