Yom Ha'atzmaut 2021 today and original article You took the Bible and gave us the White Paper” The agonizing words of unknown Jewish resistance fighters. By Victor Sharpe and Back to the Future: Jordanian MP tries to Cancel Einstein and CHILLING: California Police Reform Bill May Ban Christians and Jews From Law Enforcement BY TYLER O'NEIL and RABBI SCHWARTZ’S TERRIBLE BARBECUE JOKES OF THE WEEK as lots of people barbecue on Yom Ha'atzmaut and US landmarks light up blue and white for Israel’s Independence Day
Yehuda Lave is an author, journalist, psychologist, rabbi, spiritual teacher, and coach, with degrees in business, psychology and Jewish Law. He works with people from all walks of life and helps them in their search for greater happiness, meaning, business advice on saving money, and spiritual engagement.
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You took the Bible and gave us the White Paper" The agonizing words of unknown Jewish resistance fighters. By Victor Sharpe
Let me begin by telling you, dear reader, that what I discovered in the mid-1970s, written upon two placards left in a building near to the Hechal Hagevura (Hall of remembrance) in Jerusalem, forms the basis of this article. I would welcome the opportunity to learn from anyone if they know who may have been imprisoned and wrote such heartbreaking words on those placards.
I had purchased a ticket to visit Hechal Hagevura but by mistake also entered an adjacent building. I found myself in the darkest part of what I later realized was a warehouse or perhaps it may have once been a building in which the British Mandatory power had held Haganah, Lehi, or Irgun Jewish resistance fighters.
The Ministry of Defense restored the prison as the Underground Prisoners' Museum. It tells the spellbinding story of the underground's relentless struggle to oust the British and help create a Jewish state.
There was little natural daylight entering the building except from one grimy window set high up in a wall, yet it was enough for me to discover something which immediately caught my eye. What I saw were two crude placards with writing on them almost missed in the gloom and lying across a flight of wooden stairs. Fortunately, I had my camera with me, I turned on the flash, pressed the button, and immediately the camera illuminated the two placards with words printed in English and in Hebrew. I was startled and deeply moved by what I saw written.
What was written in English upon one of the placards were these words: "Youtook the Bible and gave us the White Paper."
On the other placard, and written in Hebrew, was "Ha Anglim ha'bayita which in English clearly demands, "English go home."
Those of us who know our Jewish history, be it Biblical and post-Biblical, are aware of its glorious and tragic path, especially down the dark centuries while in exile. This brief account of our 2,000-year-old history in the Diaspora will, I trust, explain the meaning of those heart-breaking words.
The ancient Jewish homeland of Judea fell under the superpower of its day and become an occupied Roman province. Thus the People of the Book endured a succession of cruel procurators and governors who inflicted respective reigns of terror upon the hapless Jews. One such was the notorious Pontius Pilate whom Philo of Alexandria described as "inflexible in character and ruthlessly harsh."
The inexorable result of such a procession of cruel governors led to the two Jewish uprisings against the colossus of the Roman Empire. This inevitably led to the horror of Judea's devastation, the destruction of the Second Temple, and the dispersion of the Jews from their ancestral and Biblical homeland. Thus began the Diaspora which lasted some 2,000 years until the reconstitution of the Jewish State of Israel in 1948.
Though a Jewish remnant always remained in the homeland, surviving repeated alien conquerors and occupiers, Jewish history in exile was characterized by the Jews' fierce loyalty to their unbreakable faith in G-d's Unity and resolute rejection of the Christian concept of a triune G-d. This led to the relentless antagonism of the Church and centuries of persecution, forced conversions, massacres, and unspeakable crimes against the suffering Chosen People. Tragically this was done in the name of "gentle Jesus, meek and mild."
The terrible anti-Jewish laws passed by successive Lateran Councils led to additional horrors inflicted upon the Jews. As the Crusaders, mostly comprised of Franks and Germans, marched through France and the Rhineland on their way to expel the Muslims from Jerusalem they fell upon the unprotected and vulnerable local Jewish communities, committing wholesale massacres and forced conversions on the few remaining survivors. Werner Keller in his book, Diaspora, which recounts post-Biblical Jewish history, calls this period, The Medieval Inferno.
In 1099 Jerusalem fell to the same victorious crusaders who tormented the European Jews. They forced all the Jewish men, women, children, and babes in arm into the largest synagogue in Jerusalem, barred the doors and set light to it. They then marched around the burning building and, to the agonized cries of the dying Jews, sang: "Christ we adore thee."
More horror descended later upon the Jews in Spain and throughout Europe resulting from the Catholic Inquisition. But as the centuries passed, endless misery darkened the fate of Jewry, be it from the pogroms of Poland and Russia to the repeat of the evil and infamous blood libel which first appeared in 1146 in the English city of Norwich, erupting again and again throughout Christendom.
But the maniacal hatred by the Church persisted and all the while the Jews refused to surrender their identity or their faith in the One and Only G-d. In death and martyrdom, as in life, the Jew utters the affirmation of G-d's eternal Oneness, the Shema prayer, which in its six Hebrew words is to my mind the basis of all higher, ethical and spiritual religion.
"Hear O Israel, the Lord Our G-d, the Lord is ONE."
And so we continue, century after century of exile and suffering, to the worst tragedy yet to befall the Jewish people in post-Biblical times. It was in 1933 that set Germany on the terrible course that would lead to her committing the most monstrous crime in the history of the human race, the Shoah, the Hebrew word for the Holocaust.
Adolf Hitler's German Nazi dictatorship had long planned what would come to be called, "The Final Solution." This was to set in motion a succession of vicious anti-Jewish libels in the German press and in all the schools and universities with the aim of demonizing the Jewish people. In this, they were also aided by the generational and seminal hatred of the Jews amongst Germans from the Church teachings.
The Nazis concentrated on the German youth as this was the most potent weapon for the success of their anti-Semitic and Judeophobic policies. And we now see Jew-hatred disguised and employed as anti-Zionist and anti-Israel campaigns in the media, the schools and colleges growing in the United States and Europe. Many of the new appointees to office in the Biden/Harris administration have a seminal hatred of the Jewish state. Anti-Semitic tropes are seen and heard more and more in America, in the U.K, and throughout the European Union. The oldest hatred never dies.
In 1939, the British Government, under pressure from the Arab world, and under threats of sabotage to Britain's desperately needed oil reserves in the Middle East, enacted legislation, known as the White Paper, to placate and appease Arabs living in Mandatory Palestine. Earlier, in 1921, British appeasement had resulted in Britain's Colonial Office severing two-thirds of the Palestine Mandate, in which a Jewish National Home was promised. A new artificial entity was created in the territory to be called Trans-Jordan.
This arbitrary act of betrayal of the 1917 Balfour Declaration tore away all the land east of the River Jordan reaching as far as to that other new British entity, Iraq. Thus 35,000 square miles of the future Jewish homeland was lost leaving a mere 10,000 square miles between the Mediterranean Sea and the River Jordan for the hoped-for eventual Jewish state, which included the very ancestral and Biblical Jewish heartland of Judea and Samaria.
The 1939 White Paper effectively barred the Jews of Europe from reaching safety and refuge in British-occupied Palestine, even on the eve of World War 2 when they were already falling under the threat of Nazi annihilation. The White Paper had even barred Jewish immigration into Mandatory Palestine to a mere 75,000 souls over the next five years and then barring it altogether.
The gates of Mandatory Palestine were thus effectively closed by Britain and the British Royal Navy to desperate Jewish men, women, and children who subsequently would be among the 6,000,000 Jews who perished in the Shoah. As Mitchell Bard wrote in his seminal work, Myths and Facts, "the gates of Palestine remained closed for the duration of the war, stranding hundreds of thousands of Jews in Europe, many of whom became victim's of Hitler's "Final Solution."
After the war, the British still refused to allow the survivors of the Nazi nightmare to find sanctuary in Mandatory Palestine which led to survivors, with the help of members of the Jewish resistance, trying to evade the British blockade. Many were captured and if lucky were sent to camps in Cyprus. Others were cruelly turned back.
So now we come to what I found in Jerusalem and which is so inextricably linked to the tragedy of Jewish history in so much of the Diaspora?
Were these placards used by unknown Jewish prisoners imprisoned by the British Mandatory police? Were they the written expressions of Jewish torment and protest at what had happened to the long-suffering Jews both in exile and then in Eretz Yisrael itself?
My own conclusion is that those searing words, "Youtook the Bible and gave us the White Paper" was a searing indictment of both British policies and of Christianity itself.
Britain's state religion is the Church of England. Thus the infamous White Paper was created essentially by British politicians, overwhelmingly members of the Protestant Christian faith, whose own Christian Bible both incorporates yet distorts the Hebrew Bible (the Torah and Tanach) which Christians then pejoratively call the "Old Testament."
Hence, those bitter words written on one placard against British policies and also affirming the millennial Jewish agony suffered at the hands of Christendom.
And thus the accusatory and bitter words: "You took the Bible and gave us the White Paper."
Victor Sharpe is a prolific freelance writer and author of seven books including his acclaimed four-volume work titled: Politicide: The attempted murder of the Jewish state.
RABBI SCHWARTZ'S TERRIBLE BARBECUE JOKES OF THE WEEK
Do you know that mouth-watering sensation you get when you're grilling a steak on the BBQ? I wonder if vegans get that when they mow the lawn.
What's a librarian's favorite thing to bring to a BBQ? A shush kebab
What happened to the cannibal that showed up late for BBQ? He got the cold shoulder.
I was at a barbecue party when a cow from a nearby farm charged me and chased me into a corner. It was at that moment I realized my life was at steak
Why couldn't the monkey use the barbecue? He wasn't a grill'a
Why didn't the cannibal BBQ his victim's feet at the picnic? He wanted to enjoy his meal without the mesquite toes
What do you call a BBQ pun? A meataphor My friends invited me to barbecue night yesterday. I said no but now I'm regretting it. That was a missed steak.
Why did the skeleton go to the barbecue? To get another rib.
What do you call a group of men waiting for a haircut? A barbecue.
How do you know you're at a Chinese Barbeque? The hot dogs are real.
Sometime in the 1970s, on an absolutely freezing day, a shipment of meat arrives in a town in the Soviet Union. The townspeople, bundled to their eyeballs, line up outside the town store to wait to be given their rations. After about an hour, a man comes out of the store and announces, "Comrades, I'm sorry to tell you, but there isn't enough meat for everyone, so the Jews have to leave." The Jews in the line leave grumbling. About an hour later, the man comes out of the store and announces, "Comrades, I'm sorry to tell you this, but there isn't enough meat for everyone, so anyone who is not a member of the Communist party will have to leave." More grumbling as the non-Party members depart. Another hour goes by and the man comes out of the store again and announces, "Comrades, I'm sorry to tell you this, but there isn't enough meat for everyone in the line, so anyone who wasn't a member of the Party before 1956 has to leave." More grumbling as all the younger Party members leave. A few old people remain in the line. Another hour goes by. It's now getting dark and it's cold. The same man comes out of the store and announces, "Comrades, I'm sorry to tell you this, but there isn't any meat. Go home." One old lady in the line turns to her neighbor and says, "See? It's like I told you. The Jews always get the best treatment ..."
A pig, a cow, and a chicken walk into a barbecue. The End
And finally, What do you call a Jewish clergyman that barbecues? A Ribeye.
Back to the Future: Jordanian MP tries to Cancel Einstein
Jordanian member of parliament Saleh al-Armouti is upset that a book by Albert Einstein is freely available in Jordan – because it is Zionist.He composed a parliamentary question to the Minister of Culture asking why it promotes a book that promotes and supports Zionist ideology, settlement activity and the "occupation of Palestine."The book he is referring to is "The World As I see It," a pamphlet by famed scientist Albert Einstein, written in 1934.Al Armouti was concerned that the book includes sections exhorting the Jews of Germany to support building up Palesine. He is also upset at these phrases in the wook:
"Palestine is not primarily a place of refuge for the Jews of Eastern Europe, but the embodiment of the re-awakening corporate spirit of the whole Jewish nation.""The pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, an almost fanatical love of justice, and the desire for personal independence–these are the features of the Jewish tradition which make me thank my stars that I belong to it.""Palestine will be a centre of culture for all Jews, a refuge for the most grievously oppressed, a field of action for the best among us, a unifying ideal, and a means of attaining inward health for the Jews of the whole world.."
The book was apparently distributed by the Ministry of Culture as part of its annual Family Library Projectwhich publishes a variety of texts.Al Armouti asked the Ministry why it is marketing a Zionist book, who was responsible for this decision, who paid for the publishing costs. He also says that the contents of the book would provide toxicity for generations of Jordanians.He further claimed that Einstein's words are "a violation of the Jordanian position and the Jordanian principles, of international law and international legitimacy, and breaches global peace and security according to the United Nations Charter."Einstein in the book wants to see peace between Jews and Arabs:
It is for us to solve the problem of living side by side with our brother the Arab in an open, generous, and worthy mannerWe need to pay great attention to our relations with the Arabs. By cultivating these carefully we shall be able in future to prevent things from becoming so dangerously strained that people can take advantage of them to provoke acts of hostility. This goal is perfectly within our reach, because our work of construction has been, and must continue to be, carried out in such a manner as to serve the real interests of the Arab population also.
I have a feeling that MP Armouti does not share those sentiments.
CHILLING: California Police Reform Bill May Ban Christians From Law Enforcement
Police officers have a duty to protect all citizens, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other identity. Governments have an interest in preventing violent criminals and members of the Ku Klux Klan from joining police forces. Yet a new bill supposedly aimed at preventing gang members from joining law enforcement could prevent conservative Christians from taking the blue or result in their firing. California Assembly Bill 655 would require police departments to investigate whether not potential cops had "engaged in membership in a hate group, participation in hate group activities, or public expressions of hate." It would make such activities "grounds for termination."
When Americans think of a "hate group," many minds would conjure up a domestic terrorist group motivated by racial animus like the Ku Klux Klan. Yet some transgender activists and organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) use the term "hate group" as an epithet to demonize their political and ideological opposition. The SPLC has become notorious for branding mainstream conservative and Christian groups as "hate groups" because they advocate against same-sex marriage or transgender activism.
Assembly Member Ash Kalra, the author of A.B. 655, told PJ Media that he does not intend his bill to "curtail freedom of religious views or political affiliations — conservative or otherwise." He acknowledged that the bill's "definitions are a work in progress." If so, he should seriously reconsider the definition of "hate group."
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A.B. 655 defines a "hate group" as "an organization that, based upon its official statements or principles, the statements of its leaders, or its activities, supports, advocates for, or practices the denial of constitutional rights of, the genocide of, or violence towards, any group of persons based upon race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability."
That definition seems reasonable, but it can easily encompass mainstream conservative Christian organizations like Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). ADF opposes the Orwellian redefinition of civil rights laws to kowtow to transgender activism. In Bostock v. Clayton County (2020), the Supreme Court ruled that when Congress outlawed "discrimination on the basis of sex" in the 1960s, that law also applies to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity today.
As Justice Samuel Alito warned in his dissent, the Bostock ruling creates serious threats to religious freedom, free speech, fair play in women's sports, women's privacy, and women's safety, among other things. There are serious problems with the logic Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch used to reach his decision in Bostock, and the decision arguably should be overruled.
According to Bostock, organizations like ADF that advocate against transgender activism may fit A.B. 655's definition of a "hate group."
Furthermore, pro-life organizations arguably fit the definition, as they seek to deny women the "constitutional right" to abortion established in Roe v. Wade (1973).
Matthew McReynolds, senior staff attorney at the Pacific Justice Institute (a conservative legal organization the SPLC falsely brands a "hate group"), warned that the overbroad definition of "hate group" in A.B. 655 raises important questions.
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"Are the many conservative organizations pejoratively labeled 'hate groups' by the discredited Southern Poverty Law Center—because they oppose radical LGBTQ ideology—actual 'hate groups' within the meaning of this legislation?" McReynolds asked. "Is the Catholic Church a 'hate group' because it advocates for the sanctity of life and thereby rejects the constitutional rights of women to obtain abortion?"
"Are the thousands of churches in California which voiced support for Proposition 8, the traditional definition of marriage, 'hate groups' because they opposed LGBTQ constitutional rights to marry?" McReynolds added. "Are the careers of Muslim officers in jeopardy if the mosque where they offer prayers has ever spoken out against homosexuality or gender equality? Is the Republican Party a 'hate group' because it does not endorse gender identity as a constitutional right?"
"If it is not the author's intent to exclude from law enforcement the millions of Californians who identify as Catholic or conservative evangelical or Republican, this Bill must be substantially rewritten to communicate a very different intent than what currently inheres from its language," McReynolds argued.
He even noted that "the definitions are so broad that even someone who does not adopt all of the organization's views—such as a pro-choice Catholic—would still be excluded because the Bill targets mere membership in the banal organization. Worse, AB 655 would exclude past members or associates of such groups, regardless of how much time has passed since that association."
Kalra, the author of the legislation, denied any attempt to target conservatives or Republicans in the bill.
"I believe the simple requirement of conducting thorough background checks of law enforcement officers is critically needed and that the measure is a step in the right direction. Extremism, racism, and animus have no place among our law enforcement agencies and only contributes to the erosion of public confidence in the legitimacy and fairness of our justice system," Kalra told PJ Media.
"This bill is in no way intended to curtail freedom of religious views or political affiliations—conservative or otherwise," he insisted. "The CLEAR Act was drafted in a way that recognizes there can be nuances in a person's affiliation with a 'hate group' and the legislation is not meant to identify specific groups, but rather focus on actions and behavior that perpetuate animus and violence. These definitions are a work in progress, and I am committed to providing greater clarity. I welcome discussions and debate on how best to do so." Kalra did not respond to PJ Media's questions about whether he considers the SPLC's "hate group" accusations reliable. Democrats in Congress have repeatedly cited the SPLC's "hate group" accusations to demonize former President Donald Trump's nominees, and Attorney General Dana Nessel (D-Mich.) cited the "hate group" accusations in launching a "hate crimes" unit in 2019, effectively announcing government surveillance and targeting of conservative groups.
Given California's political bent, it stands to reason that many of the state's police departments might interpret "hate group" along lines similar to the SPLC and that Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) or other governors might direct them to do so.
Regardless of Kalra's intentions, A.B. 655 does threaten to make it impossible for many conservative Christians to join California police departments. If this truly is an oversight, he should amend the legislation to correct it.
Tyler O'Neil is the author of Making Hate Pay: The Corruption of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Follow him on Twitter at @Tyler2ONeil.
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Thanks to Victor Sharpe for his original article above that he wrote specifically for my blog