Saturday, August 30, 2008

Judaic Mafia Defrauds "Jews" and Forbids Victims From Reporting Crimes

It is strictly forbidden to moser [inform the non-Judaic authorities on] either a Jewish person or his property. One who mosers a Jewish person or his property has no share in the world to come. (Shulchan Aruch, Choshen Mishpat, 388)
More on Orthodox Judaism's code of omerta in Judaism Discovered, pp. 426-429.
Little outcry heard from alleged victims of pyramid scheme

By Steven G. Vegh
The Virginian-Pilot
August 29, 2008

NORFOLK

Investor Joseph Shereshevsky's fellow Orthodox Jews are the principal victims he allegedly defrauded in a multimillion-dollar pyramid scheme, prosecutors say.

But there's little public outcry coming from his synagogue, B'nai Israel Congregation, and Jewish law may be part of the reason.

At the first Saturday service after Shereshevsky's Aug. 11 arrest, Rabbi Chaim Silver reminded members that Judaism forbids gossip, also known as "lashon hara," or evil speech.

Participants at the service said Silver did not cite the scandal. But they said the connection was as obvious as the shock generated by the allegations against Shereshevsky.

"I don't think there's a single person in the community it hasn't affected in some way, just because he was a benefactor and so many people had invested in or worked for him," said a member who asked not to be identified.

Silver did not return several calls for comment. Other members also did not return calls, or refused to comment on Shereshevsky.

Shereshevsky is accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of diverting $100 million from investors with WexTrust Capital, where he was chief operating officer. His business partner, Steven Byers, also was charged.

Prosecutors call it an affinity-fraud case because Shereshevsky allegedly targeted other Orthodox Jews, in addition to other individuals ...

The silences may reflect not only the ban on gossip but a Jewish custom that frowns on being a "moser," or informant, said Samuel Heilman. A sociologist at City University of New York, Heilman writes about American Judaism and Orthodox Jews.

"The moser is somebody who hands over, literally, information that is hurtful regarding Jews to someone - to the authorities," he said. The custom harkens to Jewish historical experience with anti-Semitic civic authorities.

"The silence speaks volumes - there's an obvious embarrassment about this," Heilman said of the Norfolk congregation's quiet.

Banned from criticism, reluctant perhaps to commend the accused, for most members, "the most obvious and best tactic is to say nothing," Heilman said.

Jonathan D. Sarna, a Brandeis University scholar of Jewish history, said close-knit Orthodox communities can sometimes function as sub-economies, or networks for doing business or trading information.

"The price you pay is that that can also be abused and it's always very painful, much as it is in a family when a family member turns out to not be honest," he said ...

Full article:

http://hamptonroads.com/2008/08/little-outcry-heard-alleged-victims-pyramid-scheme

Friday, August 29, 2008

Pederasty in the Yeshiva

Orthodox Judaism allows sodomy of boys less than nine years old (Judaism Discovered pp. 422-423). When the bishops call the rabbis their "elder brothers in the faith," this is the faith they must be referring to. Note the similarity in impenitence between the rabbis in this matter and that of the bishops. They don't adhere to the same rules as "the goyim." Note also that rabbinic pederasty is aired only in Judaic publications, not in front page national headlines as is the case with pederast priests. The so-called "secular 'Jews'" of the establishment press apparently abide by the rabbis' code of silence.

The Satmar is an anti-Zionist sect like the Neturei Karta but both uphold Talmud and Kabbalah and all of the depravity therein as divinely inspired. Many internet truth seekers, revisionist historians and even traditional Catholics have, for some unexplained reason, allied with these Satmar and Neturei Karta anti-Zionist, "'Torah'-true" "Jews." If the accusations against the rabbi below are true, he would have been raping that 8 year old boy with permission from his "Torah," which is to say, Talmud.

Satmar Teacher Accused of Sexual Abuse by Former Student

The Jewish Week

Staff Report - 08/27/2008

A teacher at a prominent Satmar yeshiva in Williamsburg has been accused of sexual assault and abuse by a former student.

In court papers filed Wednesday, Joel Engelman is seeking $5 million in damages from Rabbi Avorohom Reichman, the yeshiva, the United Talmudical Academy and the Satmar Bungalow Colony, where Reichman also teaches in the sect¹s summer camp in upstate White Lake.

The civil complaint alleges that Engelman, now 23, was 8 years old in 1993 when Rabbi Reichman sexually assaulted him. The suit alleges that Engelman "suffered psychological and physical injury, which required medical and psychological treatment," as a result of the abuse.

The suit also alleges that the school "continues to lack basic rules protecting children from sexual assault."

It states that a deal was in place in April whereby the Engelman family agreed not to pursue legal action in return for Reichman¹s resignation from the school and the camp. But Rabbi Reichman, according to the suit, was videotaped teaching at the camp in July, after the statute of limitations for a criminal prosecution had run out.

"The defendants fraudulently induced Joel Engelman to enter into this exchange of mutual promises, and oral contract," the suit alleges.

It also claims that various Satmar officials investigated Engelman's allegations and found that "there were multiple, credible complaints of sexual abuse made against Reichman."

Calls to United Talmudical Academy and the Satmar Bungalow Colony for comment were not returned.

"I really didn¹t want this to get into the courts," Engelman told The Jewish Week. "Had they done things differently [and fired Reichman], I probably wouldn¹t have sued. This is the last thing I wanted."

Engelman's sexual abuse allegations are the latest in a string of such charges made by former male yeshiva students in ultra-Orthodox schools in Brooklyn.

Rabbi Yehuda Kolko, a first grade teacher at Yeshiva Torah Temima in Flatbush, recently plead guilty to two counts of endangering the welfare of a child after being charged with several counts of sexual abuse. Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes defended the last-minute plea, citing the young age of the plaintiff.

Several civil suits pending against Rabbi Kolko and the school seek a total some $50 million in damages.

http://thejewishweek.com/viewArticle/c36_a13292/News/New_York.html

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

From "Israel" to Los Angeles

As big as this is, it's rather small-time compared to CIA and Mossad drug-running and money laundering operations, but apparently big enough to draw the ire of these organizations. Also, Moroccan "Jews" are low on the totem pole in racist "Israel."

From Israel to Los Angeles

ALLISON HOFFMAN

Jerusalem Post - Aug 27, 2008

Meir Abergil (left) and Yitzhak Abergil (third from left) in court on Tuesday.


When the Abergil crime organization needed to expand its drug operation in Los Angeles, US federal prosecutors claim they turned for help to an upstart Latino street gang known as the Vineland Boyz.

Named after a street running through working-class San Fernando Valley neighborhoods northwest of downtown Los Angeles and just a few miles from glamorous studio back-lots, the Boyz allegedly first teamed up with Israelis in 2000, offering protection to Itzhik Abergil's partner Moshe Malul and helping him deal thousands of Ecstasy pills in their territory.

The cooperation wasn't unusual, experts said.

"Somebody from the street gang needs large quantities, and the Israelis can provide a source," said Myles Malman, a former assistant US attorney in Miami who prosecuted Israeli crime-rings there. "The Israelis control the Ecstasy trade from the source, but not on the street."

The Vineland Boyz were in many ways perfect partners for Abergil and Malul. First established in the late 1980s by members of a high school football team, they established themselves by fighting for control of their turf with the Mexican Mafia, the dominant gang controlling illicit activities in Southern California neighborhoods and prisons.

Their feud with the Mexican Mafia, known as "La Eme," sent the Boyz looking for ready supplies of drugs, and the Israelis could provide them. Prosecutors allege Malul took shipment of more than a million Ecstasy tablets in Los Angeles in April 2001 alone and sold them through the Vineland Boyz network.

By 2003, a member of the gang, Luis Sandoval, known as Hog, was working as a hit man for the Abergil-Malul drug syndicate. According to a sweeping federal indictment, Sandoval and two unidentified co-conspirators had gone to Cafe Bazel, a chic restaurant popular with expatriate Israeli artists in the Encino area, and fatally shot a man suspected of stealing 76 kilograms of Ecstasy tablets from Malul and Abergil.

The August 31, 2003, hit appears to have been the high point of the Israelis' collaboration with the Vineland crew. Within a few months, Abergil, possibly concerned about new organized-crime laws in Israel, allegedly began distancing himself from Malul in conversations with unnamed associates, telling them that Malul made the decisions for his own group.

In November 2003, the Vineland Boyz became the targets of a multi-layered probe by the Los Angeles Police Department and federal officials after a suspected member of the group allegedly shot and killed a police officer in the Los Angeles suburb of Burbank and then fled to Mexico, prompting public calls for a crackdown.

In 2005, the gang was largely undone by a massive raid in which 1,300 law enforcement agents arrested two dozen members on racketeering charges and a host of drug and weapons counts.

Abergil, whose organization the US State Department ranks among the top 40 drug importers into the country, was quick to establish other connections in Los Angeles. He partnered with one pair who allegedly arranged transport of Ecstasy tablets stuffed inside toy tigers from the Abergils' base in Antwerp, Belgium, to California, according to the indictment. Other loads went by Federal Express or other direct mail services.

"They all will make these alliances where they need help," said Jonathan Edelstein, an attorney in private practice who has written legal articles about Israeli narcotics smugglers. "If for whatever reason it becomes unworkable with a certain group, then they find another group."

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1219572136072&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

More Incest, Child Abuse, Filicide in "Israel"

Israël: un homme soupçonné d'avoir battu à mort sa petite-fille française

Judaism sanctions incest and child rape. See Judaism Discovered, pp. 422-425, 436.

"Elder Brothers'" Voodoo Ritual Comes Under PETA Scrutiny

More on Kapparot in Judaism Discovered pp. 516-520.

Also see:
Benedict's Elder Brothers and their Voodoo Ritual

PETA alleges bird dumping at High Holidays ritual in Brooklyn


PETA undercover cameras show chicken carcasses piled in a Dumpster after slaughtering at the kapparot center in Crown Heights, Brooklyn in 2006.

By Sue Fishkoff - 08/25/2008

NEW YORK (JTA) -- An animal rights group is calling for a New York state investigation into kapparot, the High Holidays ritual that involves swinging a live chicken over one’s head.

The ceremony is meant to transfer one’s sins to the bird, which is then slaughtered and its meat or an equivalent monetary amount, is given to the poor.

Instead, the rights group charges, thousands of dead chickens were thrown away in Dumpsters following last year’s ritual in Brooklyn, a violation of Jewish law and a burden on sanitation workers.

It’s the second year in a row that the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, is objecting to kapparot -- also pronounced kapparos -- in the New York City borough, but the first year it is focusing on dumping dead birds.

Last summer’s complaint to the state and city was more wide ranging, alleging a variety of health and safety violations as well as animal cruelty.

On Monday, in a letter to the state’s kosher law enforcement division, PETA asks that Rabbi Shea Hecht of the National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education be investigated for possible consumer fraud at the kapparot center he runs in Crown Heights.

The letter charges that on Sept. 20, 2007, the center discarded thousands of chickens slaughtered after the ceremony, throwing their carcasses into hundreds of trash bags picked up the next day by Greg’s Express.

“These are chickens that consumers expected to be processed for meat that would be distributed as tzedakah,” or charity, it states. “Participants at NCFJE clearly did not expect the chickens they made kapporos with … to be disposed of as trash.”

As the center knew it was selling and killing more chickens than it could process, the complaint continues, its actions constituted deceptive advertising and consumer fraud, as well as a violation of the principle of “ba’al tashchit,” or wasteful, wanton destruction.

A separate letter was submitted to the Kashrus Information Center, an independent association of more than 100 rabbis that monitors kosher affairs in Brooklyn.

Hecht vehemently denies PETA's allegation.

"To my knowledge I didn't throw out any chickens last year," he told JTA. "Last time I checked, in this country we have a right to swing a chicken over our head and give it to the poor to eat. It's a beautiful thing."

Rabbi Moshe Weiner, the rabbinic administrator of the information center, said that sites operated by communal organizations such as Hecht's are well run. Weiner acknowledged problems at unlicensed “fly-by-nights,” but said the situation had significantly improved because of proactive steps taken by area rabbis.

Nevetheless he is taking the situation seriously, he told JTA, and has already called for a meeting of leading rabbis, the state authorities and Hecht to address PETA's concerns. "If something is wrong we have to clean up our act," he said. "We are not shrugging it off."

The recent complaints are based on the work of PETA staffers Hannah and Philip Schein, a married couple who have been documenting what they allege to be health, safety and animal welfare abuses at Brooklyn’s estimated 14 kapparot centers for the past three years. They were chosen because they are Jewish, they say; and both are former Hillel program directors -- Hannah at Princeton University and Philip at Syracuse.

Although this year’s letter focused on disposal problems, animal welfare continues to be a concern, the Scheins say. Some centers become overwhelmed by demand and use young men not properly trained in shechting, or kosher slaughter, they say.

“They’re supposed to put the chickens in cones to bleed out,” said Hannah Schein, showing a video the couple shot at one Brooklyn center last year. “These youngsters were just taking them after shechting and putting them in garbage bags.”

Pointing to several Chasidic boys standing in a Dumpster surrounded by chicken carcasses, she asked, “How is this fulfilling my mitzvah of kapparos?”

The Scheins, who live near PETA headquarters in Norfolk, Va., came to light earlier this year as the couple responsible for the first undercover videos of controversial slaughter methods at Agriprocessors, the kosher meat plant in Postville, Iowa, that is currently at the center of a legal maelstrom.

“Here you can see, in the whole shechting area, they’re piled five to six layers high,” said Philip Schein, walking a reporter through footage he shot at kapparot sites in 2005 and 2006. “Some of them are still alive. There’s blood everywhere. It’s the most unhygienic thing I’ve ever seen.”

Weiner told JTA that “chickens were dumped” at some sites. One site in Flatbush, which did not operate last year, was a notorious violator.

“They slaughtered too many, couldn’t process them, then dumped them in the garbage,” Weiner recalled.

Talking about the unlicensed “fly-by-nights,” he said, “They buy chickens, hire a shochet and have no supervision. It’s true, it got out of hand.” But, Weiner added, things were much better last year.

A week after the PETA complaint was submitted on July 30, 2007, about a dozen leading rabbis met to discuss how to clean up kapparot and clamp down on the worst offenders.

In a letter signed by 27 of their colleagues, the rabbis warned local Jews to patronize only those kapparot centers with rabbinic supervision.

Rabbi Luzer Weiss, the director of the Brooklyn office of the Kosher Law Enforcement Division of the New York State agriculture department, said that every center was told it must have a rabbi on site from the time the chickens arrived early in the morning through the slaughter process to ensure the animals are given food, water and appropriate shelter.

Weiner said at least three centers decided not to open because they did not want to pay for such supervision.

“There were people walking around from place to place, checking,” Weiss said. “Thank God, it went very well.”

Not that well, the Scheins claim. While they did see latex gloves and other indications of health and safety precautions at last year’s kapparot sites, the Scheins said the chicken dumping and other animal welfare issues were as bad as ever.

Weiss said he received no reports of dumping in 2007.

For years, Orthodox groups have warned against sloppy kapparot sites in Brooklyn. In 2001, Kashrus magazine, a watchdog publication for the kosher industry, urged much tighter control over kapparot.

For the past five years, the Kashrus Information Center has warned Jewish consumers about violations it observed at some centers and issued guidelines for correct practice.

The problem is that no one agency of any kind, religious or government, is in charge of overseeing or enforcing kapparot. The Scheins found that out when they submitted their first complaint last year. Each agency passed the buck to the next, they said.

“The power is in the hands of the consumer,” said Rabbi Moshe Elefant of the Orthodox Union, one of the rabbis at last year’s August meeting. “The consumer has to say, ‘I will not go to a kapparot center that is not supervised.’ And their rabbi has to tell them not to go.”

In preparation for this year’s kapparot, which will take place Oct. 2-8 throughout the borough, rabbis again are urging the Jewish public to keep its eyes open and telling kapparot centers to obey the law, secular and Jewish.

In its summer issue, Kashrus magazine printed a nine-point guideline for ethical and safe kapparot worked out by the magazine’s publisher, Rabbi Yosef Wikler, in cooperation with kosher slaughter expert Dr. Joe Regenstein of Cornell University.

Weiner worries about bringing the state into the issue.

“It could open up the door for groups like PETA to give trouble to the legal ones,” putting the entire ritual in jeopardy, he said.

That’s OK with the Scheins, who point out that Jewish law allows one to give money to charity instead of swinging a chicken. Today it is primarily Chasidim who still observe the full ritual.

That may be so, Weiner said, “but each community has the right to practice its own customs.”

Nevertheless, he added, it must be done “in a legal and humane way.”

http://www.jta.org/cgi-bin/iowa/news/article/20080825kapporosPETA08252008.html

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Judaic Thought Cops in Germany Sue YouTube

German Jewish Group Sues YouTube

Due to anti-Semitic content, Germany's leading Jewish organization accuses the Google-owned video site of "being an accomplice" to racial hatred


Putin to Open Yadinaya Rasiya Political Party in "Israel"

Many "Jews" in "Israel" are in fact patriotic Russian crypto-Christians who were allowed into the Israeli state because the rate of growth of the Arab-Israeli population far exceeds the growth of the "Jewish"-Israeli population. This is a major problem in a "Democratic" "Jews"-only state--a shortage of "Jews." What to do? Truck in Chinese, Indian, etc., "Jews" and even Russian Orthodox Christian "Jews" to make up the difference! Also, Judaic Russians who immigrate to "Israel" are discriminated against in the Israel state causing many of them to harbor resentments and nostalgia for Russia. Many are returning to Russia.

I believe that Putin is in a position to cause the Israelis some trouble.

see:

"Israel's" Crypto-Christian Problem Prompts Inquistion




Russian PM Putin to open official party branch in Israel

Haaretz -8/23/08

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's political party, "Yadinaya Rasiya" (United Russia), will open a branch in Israel, marking the first time ever that a Russian party will have an official mission in the country.

Likewise, Israel's ruling party, Kadima, is slated to open its own branch in Moscow. The party already has offices operating in France and the United States. The move is aimed at boosting the party's support among Russian-speaking voters who are eligible to vote in their native country's elections and mostly tend to back Putin's party.

Nonetheless, the move has aroused criticism within some circles in Kadima. Some party members question the wisdom of forming an alliance with Russia's ruling party in light of the escalating tensions between Moscow and the West over the recent Russian-Georgian hostilities.

Kadima party functionaries familiar with the initiative told Haaretz that even though it is acceptable for political parties to form "sister party" relationships along the lines of the Socialist International, they view as problematic the forming of such a union with a party viewed by many as totalitarian in nature.

Last week, a top Kadima official responsible for enlisting the support of immigrants from the former Soviet Union, and who is now performing a similar function for Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni's campaign, departed for Russia.

The official, Nada Chozoy, met with the chairman of the Duma's constitution committee, Vladimir Pligin, to finalize details of the arrangement. Although the two sides initiated the discussions more than one year ago, it was only in recent weeks that talks advanced to the implementation stage.

An aide to MK Yoel Hasson, who chairs the World Kadima movement, said the idea for forming an affiliation agreement with Putin's party was hatched well before the outbreak of fighting in Georgia. Hasson said he sees no difference between opening a Kadima branch in Moscow and the presence of Likud and Labor Party branches in other parts of the world.


http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1013997.html

Witness Zionist Puppet-Regime In Georgia's Brutality Against the Georgian People

The Zionist media in the U.S. is running cover for this brutal Zionist puppet-regime and its crimes.

Friday, August 15, 2008

USCCB Still Foisting Shoah Business on Catholics

Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl discusses the Holocaust during an Aug. 7 address to Catholic educators participating in the Bearing Witness program, a summer institute sponsored by the Washington office of the Anti-Defamation League in partnership with the Archdiocese of Washington and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. At right are Rosemary Regan and Malcolm McCluskey, religion teachers from Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg. The ADL also cooperated with the National Catholic Educational Association and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to provide the summer institute to educators.

http://cathstan.org/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=2&ArticleID=1854


Wouldn't it be something to see the USCCB organizing programs for Catholics to preach in the yeshivas against the genocidal nature of Judaism and the crimes of genocidal Judaic Bolsheviks, Israelis and U.S.-based Zionists?

More on the ADL's "Bearing Witness" program here:

Rabbis Preach Guilt in Catholic Schools

New Testament and Catholic Schools Processed by Talmudic Dialectics

Cardinal Keeler Honored by ADL

Editor faces prison term for criticizing the Talmud

Editor faces prison term for criticizing the Talmud

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

'Noahide' Churchgoers United For 'Israel' Conference Attracts Record Numbers

Joe Lieberman was keynote speaker at this Hagee Conference.

... Asking Catholic League leader Bill Donohue to rise to applause, Hagee said they had settled their differences ... three prominent members of the Catholic league in the audience ... Joining [Daniel Pipes] at the podium was Senator Rick Santorum ...

Christians United for Israel Attracts Record Numbers at Conference

August 11th, 2008

Fern Sidman

The electricity in the air was palpable in the nation's capitol as these words from the prophet Isaiah served as the battle cry for a record number of over 7,000 Christian supporters of Israel who gathered on July 20-23 to attend the third annual Washington Summit of the Christians United For Israel organization at the Washington, DC Convention Center. Founded in February of 2006 by Pastor John Hagee, Senior Pastor of The Cornerstone Church of San Antonio, Texas and President and CEO of John Hagee Ministries, Christians United For Israel represents the premiere Christian evangelical national grassroots movement focused on the support of Israel. Having called upon Christian leaders from across America to join him in launching this new initiative, Pastor Hagee enlisted the help of over 400 Christian ministers, each representing a denomination, mega-church, media ministry, publishing company, or Christian university. Each one answered the call and Christians United for Israel was born. Today, CUFI boasts a membership of over 50 million Christian Zionists in America.

Unlike other Christian evangelical organizations whose raison d'etre is to persuade Jews to embrace the teachings of Jesus and to convert, CUFI lauds the Jewish faith and tradition and exhorts Jews to return to G-d and the timeless teachings of the Torah. As such, Pastor Hagee has created alliances with many Orthodox rabbis and organizations, including Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Grossman of Israel's Migdal Ohr. Quoting scripture to support his thesis that Christians are obligated to love Jews and lend their succor to Israel, Pastor Hagee said, "In the Bible, G-d says, "I will bless those that bless you and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you" (Genesis 12:3) and we Christians must support Israel's right to the land because G-d commanded us to. In Genesis, (13:14-17), the Bible says: "The L-rd said unto Abram… 'Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art.. for all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever…"

The main objective of the attendees, who hailed from every state in the nation as well as Canada, Europe, Israel, and Africa was to lobby their elected officials for their complete commitment to support the State of Israel in these most "trying times". Continual references to the growing threat of an Iranian nuclear attack on Israel and the proliferation of such well funded terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah captured center stage at the summit. In a forceful declaration, Pastor Hagee intoned, "There is a new Hitler in the Middle East; he is the President of Iran. He intends to build nuclear weapons and his brazen declarations to kill the Jews have been carried on the front pages of the world's press. In 1935, the Christians of the world were silent. In the 21st century, Christians are united in their support of Israel. We will not be silent. In our pulpits… on our global media networks… in our schools and universities and in the halls of Congress, we will not keep silent. The voice of evil will not go uncontested in our generation. Not on our watch !!"

The summit included a veritable cornucopia of celebrated speakers, as participants attended two days of seminars that featured Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, Director of Shurat HaDin, the Israel Law Center, who spoke most eloquently on the subject of divestments, sanctions and boycotts of those US firms conducting fiduciary business with Iran, Syria and the terrorist organizations that they fund. Other speakers included

Daniel Pipes, Director of Middle East Forum, a Washington based think tank who addressed the overflowing audience on the burgeoning growth of radical Islam. Joining him on the podium was Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) and Dr. Walid Phares, Director of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies' Future of Terrorism Project. Frank Gaffney, Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy presented facts on the nuclear buildup of the Iranian regime along with Clifford May, President of The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. David Brog, Executive Director of CUFI led a talking points seminar, advising attendees on the issues they should raise to their elected officials when visiting them on Capitol Hill.

Congressman Elliot Engel (D-NY) joined Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) in the Middle East briefing seminar. Referring to the avalanche of liberal pressure being applied to Congressman Engel to cancel his appearance at the CUFI summit Congressman Pence said, "My colleague from New York, Congressman Engel and I agree on very little, except when it comes to our complete support for nation of Israel. My presence here today is certainly no surprise. I am a Christian evangelical and it was just a matter of scheduling but for Congressman Engel being here today was an act of moral courage."

Dennis Prager, nationally syndicated radio host was the keynote speaker at the Chairman's Club Donor Banquet which concluded the first day's events on Monday, July 21. His speech was followed by a private concert given by famed country singer, Randy Travis.

The cornerstone of the three day conference was the elaborately produced "Night to Honor Israel" banquet which was broadcast live to both a national and international audience by the religious cable television network Day Star. Over 8000 people attending the dinner danced with joy and waved both Israeli and American flags while being entertained by the CUFI choir who sang uplifting Jewish and American folk songs. The evening's invocation was delivered by Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg of Congregation Rodeph Shalom of San Antonio, Texas. He blessed Pastor Hagee for his "loyalty, leadership and devotion" to the Jewish people and the land of Israel and heaped accolades upon him for the millions of dollars he has raised for Torah institutions in Israel. "I have known and loved Pastor John Hagee for over 25 years. There can be no overstating the depth and sincerity of his devotion to Israel" said Rabbi Scheinberg.

A professionally produced short documentary on the history of modern Israel was shown which included footage on the birth of the political Zionist movement under Theodore Herzl, the contributions of the father of modern Hebrew, Eliezer Ben Yehuda, the history of anti-Semitism in Europe, the Czarist pogroms, the Holocaust and the emergence of the State of Israel in 1948.

Dan Gillerman, the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations expressed his wholehearted appreciation to CUFI for their unabashed declarations of support for the "Jewish claim" to the land of Israel. He lamented the fact that the United Nations had devolved into a rogues gallery of nations seething with hatred towards Israel and said that the "glass building on 42nd Street and First Avenue in Manhattan had become a terrible place to work".

Pastor John Hagee then ascended the podium, assuming his posture as pastor, delivered a passionate speech that was met with thunderous applause and several standing ovations. Referring to the recent controversy that swirled around him regarding Republican presidential hopeful, Sen John McCain's (R-AZ) repudiation of his endorsement, Pastor Hagee said, "The days of remaining silent in the face of Jew haters is over. We say 'Never Again' to the likes of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, 'Never Again' to Hamas terrorists, 'Never Again to the United Nations, 'Never Again' to universities that espouse hatred for Israel and 'Never Again' to endorsements of presidential candidates."

He spoke of his own tribulations; saying that "the casualty of war is always truth". Having been labeled by the media as an anti-Semite (because of the premeditated twisting of his remarks concerning G-d bringing about the Holocaust so that the Jews would be forced to go to the land of Israel) and a Catholic basher, he countered these accusations by introducing three prominent members of the Catholic league in the audience and pledged his continued cooperation to work with any groups who support the historic and religious right of the Jewish people to their homeland. He expressed no apologies for the Biblical origins of CUFI and told the media in no uncertain terms that "CUFI is alive and well, stronger than ever and we are not leaving."

Alluding to the fact that the Jewish people were the first witnesses to G-d at Mount Sinai, Pastor Hagee concluded by saying, "Israel will be the praise of all the earth, the Jewish people have given us the Bible, the prophets and we cannot explain our existence as Christians without the Jews, but the Jews can explain their existence without us Christians. There would be no Christianity today without the Jews."

The evening built to a crescendo as keynote speaker, Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) was introduced by Gary Bauer, President of American Values. In addition to Congressman Elliot Engel of New York, Sen. Lieberman was also subjected to vitriolic media attacks for addressing the CUFI summit. In a scathing condemnation in The Huffington Post on May 27, 2008, columnist Max Blumenthal wrote, "Why won't Lieberman, who is married to the daughter of Holocaust survivors, end his relationship with Hagee? Why, in apparent defiance of the McCain campaign, does he remain scheduled to headline Hagee's upcoming summit? If Lieberman plans to continue touting his moral fiber and independence as his greatest assets, he must renounce the hate-mongering Hagee." Yet Sen. Joseph Lieberman remained committed to his support of Pastor Hagee and CUFI. On May 13, Fox News' Megan Kelly asked Senator Lieberman to respond to the gathering criticism of Hagee's remarks. But instead of distancing himself from Hagee's views as McCain had, Lieberman launched into a spirited defense of the televangelist, describing him as someone who "represents a lot of people in this country, particularly Christians who care about the state of Israel."

Despite a petition that garnered 42,000 signatures circulated by 'J Street', a left wing pro-Palestinian lobbying movement exhorting Senator Lieberman to cancel his appearance at the 'Night to Honor Israel', the senator proudly took the rostrum and told the audience, "I am your brother Joseph", a clear reference to the Yosef HaTzaddik who revealed himself to his brothers in the Bible. Said Senator Lieberman, "As you may know - there has been an organized and aggressive campaign to convince me to cancel my speech this evening, following the political controversy that broke out over Pastor Hagee and some of the comments he made. But the bond I feel with Pastor John Hagee and each of you - including a significant delegation from Connecticut - is much stronger than that and so I am proud to stand with you here tonight."

Quoting the Bible on numerous occasions throughout his speech, Senator Lieberman said, "Throughout too much of the world, it seems that Israel is condemned for its every move, while excuses are invented for every indecency of its enemies. On its borders are terrorist enemies and nearby is Iran, whose fanatical president threatens Israel's very existence. But we do not fear because we know that it says in the Bible: "You name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; for you have striven with G-d and with men and you have prevailed."

Continuing on the issue of the Iranian nuclear capabilities, Senator Lieberman told the audience who sat in rapt attention, "The threat from Iran lies not just in their arming, training and funding terrorists throughout the Middle East and the world, but even more from the nuclear weapons development program they are clearly pursuing. History warns us what can happen when we don't take the threats of such tyrants and terrorists seriously. We must not repeat this mistake."

He urged the Christian lobbyists to persuade their elected officials to support the 'Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act of 2008' which was recently approved by the Senate Banking Committee. He said, "Foreign banks and companies don't want to lose the ability to operate in the US and trade with us, and so the sanctions in this bill will help economically isolate the regime in Teheran."

Sen Lieberman lauded the commitment of the assemblage by saying, "People who move the world do not believe that it is inevitable they will sit atop the world. They lead not because they believe in their greatness, but because they believe in a cause that is greater than themselves. They see a mission to accomplish, a destiny to shape.. That is precisely what all of you here do. You see Israel and America under threat - and so you stand up for both. You stand for Israel not because it is easy or because it is popular - but because it is right. You stand up for Israel because you recognize that it is a cause that is just and honorable, because it is a cause greater than yourselves."

Also attending the "Night To Honor Israel" was a formidable contingent of Orthodox Jews from both the USA and Israel. The CUFI staff made arrangements with a local Washington, DC glatt kosher caterer, thus providing kosher meals of the highest standard for their Jewish supporters. Helen Freedman, member of the executive board of American For a Safe Israel said, "I am here tonight to show my support for an organization that courageously extols the 'Jewish right' to the land of Israel". Also present at the banquet were Nitsana Darshan-Leitner of the Israel Law Center, journalist and Bet El, Israel resident, Rabbi Yedidya Atlas, Mike Cohen, a Zionist educator from Israel, Roy S. Neuberger, author of the recently released novel by Feldheim Publishers entitled, "2020 Vision" and his wife Leah and Ariel Kotler of Teaneck, New Jersey representing One Family Fund, an organization that provides direct financial, legal, and emotional assistance to victims of terrorism in Israel.

Said one prominent Orthodox leader who chose not to reveal his name. "Coming here tonight and participating in this gathering is a Kiddush Hashem (a sanctification of G-d's name). Pastor Hagee is truly an 'Ish Elokim', a man of G-d, who has no nefarious agenda when it comes to Jews and Israel. We are most grateful for his sincere devotion to Eretz Yisroel (the land of Israel) and we obligated by Hashem (G-d) to show our Hakores HaTov (appreciation) to our friends."

http://www.intellectualconservative.com/2008/08/11/christians-united-for-israel-attracts-record-numbers-at-conference/



Hagee, backed by Lieberman,
strikes defiant note at D.C. parley


By Ron Kampeas Published: 07/23/2008

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The choir danced a hora, the fiddler played a hoedown, Joe Lieberman cited scripture and Pastor John Hagee said his enemies would never draw him away from Israel.

Thousands of followers of Christians United for Israel, the movement Hagee founded, traveled this week across the United States to pack the cavernous Washington Convention Center in a defiant show of strength.

In the signature "Night to Honor Israel" on Tuesday, Hagee depicted himself as emerging from a lion's den of media dissimulation and political iniquity.

"There have been a great many misrepresentations and a great deal of confusion sown," Hagee said, his baritone booming over a constant swell of cheers and blessings.

Hagee was referring to the intense and at times outright hostile scrutiny he suffered this year after he endorsed the presidential candidacy of U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)

Within weeks Hagee withdrew his endorsement, unwilling to suffer a depiction of himself -- some of it distorted -- as a bigot who reviled Catholics, gays and Muslims and who was insensitive to the suffering of Jews during the Holocaust.

The experience clearly scarred Hagee. His speeches are usually optimistic prophecies of an Israel thriving against the odds, but on Tuesday night his sermon was peppered with dark, wistful humor.

His routine litany of "Never agains" punctuating pledges to protect the Jews from terrorists, Iran and anti-Semites was rounded out with a new promise Tuesday night: "What will I say the next time I'm asked to endorse a presidential candidate? Never again."

Hagee described a "vicious media firestorm" -- not surprisingly, the media was barred from much of the four-day conference. During the parts open to the press Tuesday, CUFI volunteers rushed to abort any attempts to interview conference attendees.

"You are not covering our dark motives, you are expressing your dark motives," Hagee told reporters.

Hagee's strident support for Israel and the settlement policies of Israeli hawks has been controversial since he launched his first "Night to Honor Israel" in San Antonio, the hometown of his Cornerstone megachurch, in the early 1980s.

Since then, he claims to have raised $30 million -- a portion of it for building in West Bank settlements -- and in 2006 went nationwide by founding CUFI with an array of other popular evangelical preachers.

Hagee said the attacks he suffered subsequent to his McCain endorsement were nothing less than a campaign to separate Americans from their beliefs.

"We need to be careful that we don’t allow belief in the Bible to be unacceptable," he said.

It was clear that the most hurtful episode for Hagee was the emergence of out-of-context excerpts of sermons in the mid-1990s in which he attempted to offer a theological explanation for how God would allow the mass murder of the Jews.

Adolf Hitler, he said at the time, was a demonic agent of God driving the Jews back to their historic homeland.

Such a "theology of suffering" is not inconsistent with an evangelical outlook that seeks a divine explanation for even the most incomprehensible historical events. In the heat of the presidential campaign, however, a few liberal bloggers and media commentators twisted this relatively commonplace exegesis into Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism.

In an issue of The Torch, the movement's magazine distributed at the conference, Gary Bauer, a leading political evangelical, said the attacks were "obscenely distorting."

David Brog, CUFI's Jewish executive director, likened Hagee's suffering during the episode to a "new inquisition."

"Breathe in deeply and you can still smell the embers smoldering around Pastor Hagee's public persona," Brog wrote.

Bruce Wilson, a progressive blogger, posted the video of the Holocaust sermons. That led Hagee's lawyers to force YouTube to pull down any video depicting his preaching, citing copyright infringement.

Some of the defiance on Tuesday night masked a conciliatory tone, however.

Hagee again expressed his skepticism of land-for-peace formulas, but added, "We do not decide -- the Israelis decide and they alone have the right to make that decision."

The reference apparently was to Rabbi Eric Yoffie, the Reform Jewish leader who earlier this year urged Jewish groups to cut off Hagee in part because of his strident advocacy of settlement building and concerns that he would seek to undermine Israeli peace moves.

Hagee also was careful when he referred to Islamist terrorists, describing them as hewing to a "radical interpretation of Islam" -- a moderation of his earlier, more sweeping condemnation of the religion.

He also had as guests at the event Roman Catholic lay leaders who had criticized Hagee for his denunciations of anti-Semitism in which he used language once associated with radical Vatican-hating Protestants.

Asking Catholic League leader Bill Donohue to rise to applause, Hagee said they had settled their differences.

The thrust of the evening's message was that if anything, the events have driven Hagee and his Jewish friends closer together. The 3,000 CUFI followers waved Israeli and American flags throughout the event. Hagee's choir and orchestra slid from a traditional hora-driven rendition of "Hava Nagila" into a country western version complete with soaring fiddle.

His longtime friend from San Antonio, Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg, blessed the evening's events.

Dan Gillerman, the outgoing Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, told Hagee's followers that their love for Israel sustained him during his six years in the post.

"I pray that God will continue to bless you with success," Gillerman said.

The biggest "get," however, was U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), the first Jew to land a spot on a major national presidential ticket when he ran for vice president with Al Gore in 2000 as a Democrat.

J Street, a new left-wing pro-Israel lobby, on Monday had delivered a petition with 42,000 signatures to Lieberman's office urging "Don't Go Joe." It cited Hagee's inflammatory statements about Muslims and gays, as well as his backing for settlements.

Lieberman, who appeared to a hero's welcome, cited the petition only to say that he ignored its pleadings. He said he recognized Hagee as flawed, but that was mitigated by the greater good he helped bring about.

Citing scripture, Lieberman said the same could be said of Moses and Miriam, whose flaws of anger and pettiness are noted in the Bible.

"I can only imagine what the bloggers would have to say about Moses and Miriam," Lieberman said. "Judge each other with the humility that comes from the certainty that each and every one of us is imperfect."

The presence of Lieberman, a leading surrogate for McCain, also underscored a political tinge to the proceedings, despite Hagee's assurances that he was out of politics for good.

Hagee's praise for President Bush was drowned out by cheers and applause. Bauer, introducing Lieberman, likened him to President Ronald Reagan and praised him for standing up to the anti-war wing of the Democratic Party and running as an independent in 2006 after he was ousted in a primary.

Lieberman described an amendment he sponsored last year declaring Iran's Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group as a "no-brainer" that drew the votes of 76 senators. U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, opposed the amendment.

Lieberman, whose approval rate in Connecticut and among Jews is plummeting, clearly enjoyed the moment. He loved CUFI, he said, because "I can go back to scripture more than with many other groups -- frankly, including many Jewish groups."

http://www.jta.org/cgi-bin/iowa/news/article/2008072320080723hageeliberman.html

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Zionist Intrigue in Georgia

The people of South Ossetia are mostly Eastern Orthodox Christians who are friendly with Russia which has in recent times been rebuilding the Russian Orthodox Church. The U.S. media, anti-NWO pundits and even traditionalist Catholics will not remark on this fact keeping the focus instead on oil pipelines which are certainly a factor in this Zionist intrigue but hardly the only one. In the Israeli media we see that the Georgian military which provoked this conflict through its military aggression against civilians in Christian South Ossetia was backed by the Israelis. Reports are surfacing of Bolshevik-style massacres of the Christians in South Ossetia.

Jewish Georgian official: Our army has IDF training to thank

August 11, 2008

Haaretz

Jewish Georgian Minister Temur Yakobshvili on Sunday praised the Israel Defense Forces for its role in training Georgian troops and said Israel should be proud of its military might, in an interview with Army Radio.

"Israel should be proud of its military which trained Georgian soldiers," Yakobashvili told Army Radio in Hebrew, referring to a private Israeli group Georgia had hired.

Yakobashvili, Georgia's minister of reintegration, added that this training provided Georgia with the know-how needed to defend itself against Russian forces in the clashes which erupted last last week in the separatist region of South Ossetia.

full article:

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1010187.html


War in Georgia: The Israeli connection


For past seven years, Israeli companies have been helping Georgian army to prepare for war against Russia through arms deals, training of infantry units and security advice

Arie Egozi

August 10, 2008 - Israel News

The fighting which broke out over the weekend between Russia and Georgia has brought Israel's intensive involvement in the region into the limelight. This involvement includes the sale of advanced weapons to Georgia and the training of the Georgian army's infantry forces.

The Defense Ministry held a special meeting Sunday to discuss the various arms deals held by Israelis in Georgia, but no change in policy has been announced as of yet.

full article:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3580136,00.html

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Chabad Rabbis Kosher Certify Chabad-Run Slave Operation

Orthodox Leaders Say All Seems Well at Slaughterhouse

By Anthony Weiss
Tue. Aug 05, 2008

A group of Orthodox leaders returned from a company-sponsored tour of a kosher slaughterhouse that has been under fire for its working conditions. The rabbis reported that the plant was clean and the workers happy.

On July 31, a group of 25 Orthodox rabbis and community leaders visited the Agriprocessors slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa, at the company’s expense. The visit was the first publicized tour of the plant by Jewish leaders since May 12, when federal immigration agents raided the slaughterhouse and arrested nearly 400 workers on charges related to their immigration status. Several rabbis who were on the tour told the Forward that the plant seemed clean and modern and that the workers they spoke to seemed satisfied.

“The responses were the responses of people there who were working hard, willing to work and satisfied with what was happening in the plant,” said Chaim Goldberg, a pulpit rabbi from Minneapolis. Goldberg added that out of convenience, he had driven to Postville at his own expense.

After the Forward published an investigation on working conditions at the Postville plant two years ago, rabbis from the Conservative movement visited the plant and criticized the company’s treatment of its workers. The government warrant that paved the way for the raid in May detailed numerous abuses inside the plant. Since the raid, press reports have given voice to workers complaining about the way the company has dealt with its employees.

These investigations have produced a long list of allegations against the company, including that it employed underage workers, that insufficient safety training led to workers being injured and maimed, and that workers were underpaid. Amid all this, a number of Orthodox rabbis and organizations have defended Agriprocessors from afar, saying that the allegations leveled against the company are unproved.

One of the trip’s lead organizers, Rabbi Pesach Lerner, executive vice president of the National Council of Young Israel, said that the visit’s purpose was to provide participants with a firsthand look at conditions at the plant.

A statement released afterward by the group said that “the Rabbis marveled at how the media reports, which have traditionally placed a strong emphasis on statements from union officials and others who do not necessarily have personal knowledge of the situation, actually differ from the situation that they observed during their mission.”

The Orthodox leaders who visited Postville, including officers of several major Orthodox organizations, were given a plant tour, roughly three hours long, by Agriprocessors management. Several rabbis who went on the tour said that they were permitted to roam freely through the plant and to talk to workers without supervision by management.

“Everybody spoke to all kinds of people on line, in the lunchroom,” said Rabbi Dovid Eliezrie, a Chabad rabbi from Orange County, Calif. “What I saw there was not what I read Friday morning in O’Hare Airport, that it’s a kosher jungle. I saw a state-of-the-art plant.”

Agriprocessors is the largest producer of kosher meat in the United States, and the Postville plant is the largest kosher slaughterhouse in the country.

In addition to a tour of the plant and of Postville, four rabbis on the trip met with a local religious leader and a social worker who have worked with many of the plant’s employees. At the meeting, the rabbis offered to help look into complaints of worker mistreatment and to set up a regular meeting with Agriprocessors management.

“I told these people I’m here to listen and to help,” Young Israel’s Lerner said. Paul Rael, director of the Hispanic ministry at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, attended the meeting. Rael said he was open to a dialogue but that he was troubled by his sense that the rabbis believed the stories of worker abuse to be fabrications.

“I was telling them that I sat at my desk on many occasions and heard this for many years. When you hear the same thing over and over again, you know it can’t be fabricated and there has to be some substance to it,” said Rael, who has worked at St. Bridget’s since 2003.

The statement from the rabbis said that, “as of this moment, the Rabbis are awaiting documentation of the alleged abuses to workers of the Agriprocessors plant.” Rael said that he had not visited the plant himself and that the plant might have been changed recently, but the descriptions from the rabbis didn’t jibe with what he had been hearing from his congregants for years.

“The plant they’re describing to me, and the plant I’ve had workers describe to me, is not same facility,” Rael said.

Some in the Orthodox community are calling for a more rigorous investigation. On July 30, one day before the Orthodox leaders visited the plant, Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of Washington’s Ohev Sholom — The National Synagogue, sent a letter to Rabbi Basil Herring, executive vice president of the Rabbinical Council of America, which is the largest organization of Orthodox rabbis. Herzfeld demanded that the RCA commission “a transparent, independent investigation” into the charges against Agriprocessors.

“We need a commission with incredible stature and with rabbis of great merit who can spend a few weeks or a month [in Postville] and can make recommendations,” Herzfeld told the Forward. Herzfeld, who is a member of the RCA, said that the recent trip to Postville was too short and that Agriprocessors’ sponsorship of the trip compromised the findings.

Herring declined to comment on the letter specifically, saying that it was a private communication. He said that the RCA lacked the resources, expertise and powers to conduct an appropriate investigation into the allegations and that it made more sense to wait for federal investigations to run their course.

http://www.forward.com/articles/13905/

Monday, August 4, 2008

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Passes

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: December 11, 1918 – August 3, 2008


There is a great deal to admire in Alexander Solzhenitsyn and his work over so many years, but I recently became aware that he had married a Judaic woman and raised his children from that marriage in Judaism.

To say the least, this is difficult for me to reconcile with the hagiography attached to the man.

Biometric database to be formed in "Israel"

Biometric database to be formed in Israel

Government approves bill calling for creation of database of all Israeli citizens. Data to include fingerprints, computerized facial features embedded on IDs, passports

Attila Somfalvi
Published: 08.03.08, 13:56 / Israel News

The government approved Sunday a motion calling for the establishment of a biometric database by the Ministry of Interior and the Public Security Ministry.

The motion, dubbed the "identification card, travel papers and biometrics database bill," will now be referred back to the various Knesset committees, which would ready it for its Knesset votes.

The new bill called for embedding biometric data, such as fingerprints and computerized tags of facial features, in Israeli IDs and passports; as well as for the establishment of a database which would include biometric data on all Israeli citizens.

The data would be used by the Ministry of Interior in its future plans to create "smart", forgery-proof identification papers and passports; and would also allow authorities to identify people who are not carrying any means of identification, especially in cases of a mass disaster, should the need to identify fatalities arise.

Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter told the government that the "need to create a unique (physical) bond between the person carrying an ID and the data which appears on it, is essential in order to fight the worldwide forgeries… Should we succeed we would be able to create a nationwide database controlled, as it should be, by the State."

'Database detrimental to civil rights'

The motion was carried despite the fierce objections of ministers who claim creating a biometrics database would be detrimental to civil rights, such as the right to privacy.

The Israeli Bar Association sent Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann a letter to that effect last week, in which it asked him to postpone the decision on the bill, pending the Bar's further studying of the subject.

"Forming such a database would harm the citizens' basic right to privacy," read the letter; adding that such a database would be at constant risk of being hacked into by hostile elements, and would make "potential criminals out of every law-abiding citizen."

The existence of such a database – which includes every citizen – has yet to be sanctioned in any Western country, added the Bar. The Israeli Association for the Protection of Privacy and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel have also expressed their objection to the bill.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3577046,00.html