EDITORIAL: Israel And Jews Targeted As U.S. Protests Turn To Riots

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EDITORIAL: Israel And Jews Targeted As U.S. Protests Turn To Riots

Unprecedented public protests swept numerous American cities following the death of George Floyd

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George Floyd died after his neck was pressed to the pavement for over 9 minutes by the knee of arresting officer Derek Chauvin, a Minneapolis Police Department officer since fired and charged with 3rd degree murder. While 3 other cops watched and onlookers pleaded for the distressed, prone and handcuffed suspect in the moments before he died, the brutal detention of Floyd for the petty crime of passing a counterfeit $20 bill became the flashpoint.

Minneapolis/St. Paul does not have historic incidents of race riots like Chicago, Detroit, or New York. But their riots are not truly race riots, but riots based on various ideologies that find a home in the layered aspects of the Floyd case that dovetails with other, repeated cases of (mostly) white-on-black police misconduct and in some cases brutality, in the deaths of people of colour.

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As such, looting, torching police cars, and destruction of public institutions and infrastructure – including collections of historic artifacts and documents of American Indian Tribes – were the part of the price the “white privileged society” had to pay, for groups like Antifa to achieve their goal of lawless mobs controlling Minneapolis and other cities. On Sunday the President announced on Twitter “The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.”. That could lead to terror charges laid against organizers, leaders, members, and participants in what appears to be an attempted rebellion using Floyd’s death as the catalyst.  

Protests first emerged on May 26 in the Twin Cities but the peaceful elements were rapidly overtaken by the presence of organized black bloc anarchists who fueled the violence with terror tactics and intimidation. Two nights later the mob torched the abandoned 3rd District Police Station and another 170 businesses without regard to who owned them or what vital service, like a drug store, the community would be deprived of. Jewish-owned buildings and businesses were counted among the losses, as occurred in Brooklyn and L.A.

Unconnected to a protest march, but connected to the unrest over Floyd, a synagogue in Los Angeles was defaced with anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian slogans. Other businesses like a pharmacy and Kosher market were in the path of a less restrained mob and were destroyed. Another Synagogue in Richmond, Va., was on the path of a protest march, but when a brick was tossed through the glass door, the pitcher was scolded by the protesters.

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The Mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, is a 48 year old Jewish Democrat who was seemingly befuddled by the inability of his Virginia-bred progressive left credibility and acknowledgement of legitimate grievances in black and minority communities to persuade protesters to maintain order and let the legal system deal with the Floyd case.

BDS and BLM use Floyd death to fuel antisemitism

And now Frey finds his city is the springboard for renewed anti-Israel and antisemitic attacks by elements who have spend years linking the plight of blacks in America dealing with police, with that of Palestinians dealing with the IDF.

Their rhetorical shorthand is Blame Israel For George Floyd’s Murder In Minneapolis, and it is being fanned by noted high-profile anti-Israel agitators in the US, Canada and worldwide. At the forefront is the Black Lives Matter movement, which endorses the BDS movement which endorses the destruction of Israel for the creation of a Palestinian State “From the river to the sea”. In return, BDS Canada, for instance, claimed to stand in solidarity with BLM using much of the same rhetoric to add fuel to the anarchist’s flames.

Co-manager of CD4HR calls for government overthrow

The party of New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has promoted the blood libel as the latest step of their ongoing campaign “Deadly Exchange,” which links allegedly racist police-state tactics in the US to training supplied by Israel and modeled on Israeli Defence Force practice in the West Bank. (In 2012 about100 law enforcement officers from Minnesota attended a counter-terrorism training conference sponsored by the Israeli consulate of Chicago and the FBI, held in Minneapolis.)

The narrative of the Democratic Socialists of America:

  • “US cops train in Israel.”
  •  “The police violence happening tonight in Minneapolis is straight out of the IDF playbook,”
  • “So-called ‘less lethal’ weapons like tear gas are manufactured in the US and sold to Israel where they are tested and used on Palestinians,”
  • “Surveillance tech is made in Israel & brought to the US to invade the privacy of Black, brown, Muslim, poor, and otherwise marginalized people.”

The theme was then picked up by Canadian-based Islamist radicals who see an opportunity to leverage anger about complex and longstanding US social and criminal system injustices with Blacks to advance their own agenda.

Islamist promotes that "Supremacy" is oppressing Palestinians, Africans, and Indigenous

Aliya Hasan is Co-Manager of the Canadian Defenders For Human Rights (CD4HR), whose counterpart, Firas (Hussaini) Al Najim, was at the centre of a Hate Crime Unit investigation in Ottawa and a firestorm in Toronto earlier this month.Her narratives included promoting an overthrow of the US government with posts that blamed Israel for the riot control practices of Minneapolis police.

“It’s time the rest of the free world starts demanding regime change in America! Something like a CIA-assisted type coup to start a proxy war & overthrow the government.” She wrote in one tweet. Another displayed an image of the knee of “supremacy” across the necks of prone black, Palestinian and native adults with the description “Distinct movements. One struggle.”

To Hasan, ‘white society’ discriminates against everyone else, and ‘white’ Israel is the puppetmaster. This tragedy in Minneapolis, under a Jewish mayor, is the perfect cropped snapshot for their distorted world view.

The increasing violence of anti-cop mobs has resulted in curfews in more cities including Atlanta, Phoenix, Denver, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Miami, Cleveland, Columbus, Portland, Milwaukee and Salt Lake City.

In Canada so far, only Toronto has seen protest marches, as BLM canceled a planned Vancouver protest over fears of Coronoavirus spreading. (“We do not feel that we can ensure the safety of our community in public protest at this time.”). Jewish Federations across Canada must take action now to protect our communities and not wait until the ire of the mobs gets turned by BDS promoters towards pro-Israel institutions and Jewish neighborhoods and target them for destruction.

Marty Gold is the Editor-in -Chief of TheJ.ca.  Known for investigative reporting, he has specialized in covering municipal and provincial politics, and a wide range of sports and entertainment, in newspapers, magazines, online, and on his first love, radio. His business and consulting experience includes live events and sales, workplace safety, documentary productions, PR, and telecommunications in Vancouver, Los Angeles and across Canada, and as a contestant on CBC-TV Dragon’s Den.

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Our positioning as a Zionist News Media platform sets us apart from the rest. While other Canadian Jewish media are advocating increasingly biased progressive political and social agendas, TheJ.Ca is providing more and more readers with a welcome alternative and an ideological home.

We revealed the incursion of anti-Israel progressive elements such as IfNotNow into our communities. We have exposed the distorted hateful agenda of the “progressive” left political radicals who brought Linda Sarsour to our cities, and we were first to report on many disturbing incidents of Nazi-based hate towards Jews across Canada.

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We revealed the incursion of anti-Israel progressive elements such as IfNotNow into our communities. We have exposed the distorted hateful agenda of the “progressive” left political radicals who brought Linda Sarsour to our cities, and we were first to report on many disturbing incidents of Nazi-based hate towards Jews across Canada.

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Rabbi Shmuley Boteach Eulogizes His Father Yoav

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Rabbi Shmuley Boteach Eulogizes His Father Yoav

The eulogy that Rabbi Shmuley Boteach delivered for his father, Yoav Botach on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem

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Yoav beneath Raphael's School of Athens painting, Apostolic Palace, Vatican City

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It was nearly 26 years ago, also on a summer day, that my father called me from here in Israel to tell me the impossible news that the Lubavitcher Rebbe had died. I was living in Oxford, England at the time, serving as Rabbi to the students, and was meant to travel to Israel that very day to visit my father in Jerusalem. The news shocked me to my core. The Rebbe was larger than life. He was going to usher in a Messianic era. He could not die.

My plans for Israel changed immediately as I traveled in the opposite direction for the Rebbe’s funeral in New York.

And now, more than a quarter of a century later, I have traveled in the right direction, to the Jewish homeland, but for another impossibly sad occasion, the funeral of my own father.

And as with the Rebbe, I never believed this day would come.

My father, too, was larger than life. Always the most charismatic personality in the room, he was a force of nature, a magnet that drew everything to him, a planet that forced all that surrounded him into his orbit. He could neither be avoided nor ignored. Even as his health deteriorated over the last few months, his broken body always fought back and rallied in a way that had agnostic doctors using the words “miracle.” Even when the hospital told us on several occasions – including at the Passover seder – that we had to say goodbye as he had hours to live, he always miraculously pulled through. Sickness and illness could never defeat him.

My father was a giant of a man, a business titan who bestrode the streets of Los Angeles like a colossus, a real estate genius with the charisma and good looks of a Hollywood star. My friend Kevin writing from Australia, summed it up best. Yoav was a legend.

A Mighty Jewish Warrior In Iran

His struggle never to quit and always prevail was his defining characteristic. Born in abject poverty as the second child in a family of 13 in Iran in 1932, he was selling carpets and fabrics in the markets of Isfahan – the ancient Persian capitol – from the age of ten to help support his brothers and sisters. And reaching out to aid his many siblings in every way possible would be an act he would continue for the rest of his life, along with charitable acts to complete strangers who approached him in dire straits.

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He had only minimal schooling and was proud that he spent most of it not reading books but fighting anti-Semitic Muslim teachers and pupils and organizing the Jewish children in Isfahan into street fighters. At a Friday night Shabbat dinner that I spent alone with him when I was fourteen and living in a Los Angeles Yeshiva dorm, he regaled me with tales of the non-stop Jewish wars in Iran and proudly moved my hands over the battle scars in his scalp that proved it. “Feel here, under my hair, at the holes I still have from rocks that nearly cracked my skull,” he said with a huge grin. He would later show my children the same wounds. “They tried to break me with sticks and rocks,” he said, “but I’m the one who always beat them up.”

Yoav (left) with son Shmuley in synagogue together

He was a Jewish lion, a mighty warrior, a living incarnation of his namesake, King David’s general-in-chief Yoav, instilling fear in all who would do harm to his people. He oozed Jewish pride from every pore of his being. My friend David Suissa who edits Los Angeles’ Jewish Journal and was of the last non-family members to visit my father in the hospital, told me after he met him for the first time, “Your dad is the original Mesopotamian man. He has a powerful, leathery hand.” And yesterday my former student at Oxford and now Los Angeles’ Mayor, Eric Garcetti, summed up my father beautifully in a text: “He was a heroic figure to me and I saw such a fire and a love in him. His memory is such a blessing to our city of Angels and to this world.”

This defiance of standing up, of being a proud Jew, ready to battle our people’s foes in every arena, constituted my father’s irreducible essence. Rarely has a man stood so straight. Rarely has a person walked so tall. Rarely has a Jew born in a Muslim country carried himself with such utter disregard for his hostile surroundings. To say that my father could not give a damn what anyone thought of him is to offer an unimpressive understatement. Once, when we flew together from Los Angeles to Miami for a grandson’s bris, he pulled out a cooked duck with his bare hands and tore it apart, offerig me a leg dripping in grease, oblivious to an entire plane staring at him. And why would he care? If they could not appreciate that a Jew only eats kosher, and if the airline forgot to board the meals we ordered, that was their problem.

To Israel, America, and a Family

My grandfather Ezra, an ardent Zionist, moved his large brood to Israel where my father spent his late teenage years and met my mother Eleanor when she, as a young American tourist, asked a handsome local for the city’s best falafel in Beer Sheva. They married and began a family in Israel where my sister Sara was born, and, a few years later, moved to my mother’s native New York, where Bar Kochva was born, and to Los Angeles thereafter, where the twins,  Chaim Moishe and Ateret, and then me, the youngest, followed.

My father arrived in America not speaking a word of English. He was sometimes looked down upon and degraded, with his dark, Middle Eastern complexion and the broken English of an immigrant.

That he would go on to build a large business and out-maneuver those with the impeccable College degrees he lacked should surprise no one. Few were as dedicated. Few worked harder. Few were as sharp.

My father rose at the crack of dawn each and every morning until he was felled by a catastrophic stroke last December on the night before Chanukah. And over the next five months he waged a ferocious battle for life that electrified and astonished all who witnessed it.

Shmuley (middle) with his father Yoav

He would often tell me stories of his work ethic. He drove from Los Angeles to the various swap meets and flea markets to feed his family. “I was so tired, I took the scissors that I used to cut the fabrics because I was falling asleep at the wheel. I started to poke my legs until blood flowed. But,” he said with his eyes open wide as saucers, “I didn’t miss the market.”

Strong Even In His Last Days

He never missed Synagogue on any morning, either. In his last years, he would drag his broken frame day after day at 5am and put on his tefillin, eschewing the help of other worshippers that in his later years he was finally forced to accept.

He believed in strength. He never showed weakness. After his first stroke nearly a decade ago, he would become visibly upset at me or any of my siblings as he pushed his walker to shul. I would bend to help dislodge it from a crack in the sidewalk or the roots of a tree. I would put my arm out to help him climb the stairs. He would never accept. It might take three times as long, but he would get to the top on his own. He had made his way through life on his own two feet, and his struggle to survive became symbolically solitary in the last weeks as the COVID-19 pandemic closed the hospitals to visitors and we children who were at his side were reduced to watching him on an IPad until he came home to my sisters’ care for a final 10 days.

Death to him was a curse, an aberration never to be discussed, an unacceptable tear in the glorious tapestry of nature – “the green” as he called it – whose pristine beauty he loved so much. In his hospital bed at Cedars-Sinai, he would hold my hand so utterly tight. He held on for life itself as he entered his final battle, attended with unequaled care by my sisters Sara and Ateret who never left his side, my brother Bar Kochva, and my brother Chaim who crossed the country from Miami constantly to visit his sick father in LA.

I was moved to my core when, on the last Shabbat that we spent together, he struggled in semi-consciousness to move his unresponsive body and even to breathe. He grabbed my hand, first with his almost useless left arm, and then, moving his entire frame, with his right hand as well, as he seized me with a ferocious grip. My wife Debbie stood by watching with tears in her eyes as I sang to him the melodies of Havdalah that he so loved.

He adored Debbie ever since I brought her from Australia to obtain his blessing for our marriage 32 years ago. Characteristically, he stared her down. “Where do you want to live?” Debbie, not missing a beat, replied, “Wherever Shmuley wants to live.” And he lit up like a Chanuka Menorah, as Debbie passed his test. “Uuuhooo,” he laughed, giving us his blessing, knowing that he had successfully teased this Ashkenazi woman about being the perfect Persian wife! 

Yaov with one of the Boteach grandchildren

Kindness, Love, Shabbat, Jerusalem

Such displays of love and tenderness were not foreign. My father had tremendous sensitivity to those in need. At the end of a long summer fast day in Los Angeles, when I was driving home from Synagogue with him to eat our meal, we saw a confused, elderly woman in the middle of the street, nearly killed by passing cars. My father picked her up, saw the address of her nursing home, and drove her there, all while his famished teenage son prayed to himself that he would just leave her so we could eat. The owner of the nursing home told my father to butt out. “It’s none of your business.” “NONE OF MY BUSINESS?,” my father hollered. “If ever I come back and see this woman in danger, I will teach you a lesson about respecting the elderly that you will never forget.”

My father loved music and loved to sing. Every Friday night he raised his voice to God like an ancient Hebrew prophet. He made the words of the Bible come to life and elongated the pronouncement of every syllable, doing impossible musical summersaults with his vocal chords.

Shabbat was especially dear to him. He loved going to Synagogue and loved having his children and grandchildren around him singing at the Sabbath table. At family celebrations, he would suddenly stand in the middle of the guests and cry out in lyrical praise to the Creator. As I was conducting my daughter Shaina’s wedding, he rose under the chupa, in the middle of the ceremony, and began to sing the eternal words of the prophet Isaiah: “And Kings and queens will serve you and care for all your needs. They will bow to the earth before you and lick the dust from your feet. Then you will know that I am the Lord. Those who trust in me will never be put to shame.” As he did so he swung his hips into a Middle Eastern belly dance, scandalizing the serious, black-clad, Chassidic crowd who looked at him in shock. He gave a mischievous laugh and twisted his waist again. He loved every minute of it. And so did I.

When hundreds of thousands of Iranian Jews began fleeing Khomeini’s brutal regime in 1979, my father was already an established Los Angeles business figure. He saw it as providential that he had come to LA some fifteen years earlier so that he could assist so many Iranian refugees and get them back on their feet. He became a patriarch to the Iranian Jewish community and is respected as such till today. In about 1980, I was with him in downtown Los Angeles when he took an Iranian immigrant to a meeting to try and help him close on a business. My father told the cynical American owner who listened half-heartedly to the refugee’s business pitch, “He may have nothing now, but in Iran this man had a huge business. Big. Like an elephant!” almost screaming the last word as he so hated seeing people’s dignity compromised.

A man as large as my father was never going to be a saint and would have been a bore had he not also possessed the flaws that accompany men of Biblical proportions. He could be stubborn, uncompromising, and, as a son who loved him and always sought his approval, at times distant. After my parents’ divorce, I grew up on the other side of America and missed him every moment. When he visited he could see my pain and I once heard him tell his brother Shlomo that he thought that I, as the family’s youngest, was especially wounded by the divorce. And that is how I felt too.

L to R: Mendy Boteach, Yoav, Shmuley, Shaina Boteach- at St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican

Which is why no global pandemic, no world-wide malady, was ever going to stop me or my beloved siblings – Sara, Ateret, and Chaim Moishe – who are here with me, from burying our father in the city that he loved so much, Jerusalem, and where he wished to live in his last years, as did his mother, Eshrat, to whom he was especially devoted. And we are joined today by my children Chana and Mendy, who also made the trip from the United States during the pandemic, and my nephew Aaron, all three of whom my father took such pride in as they served as soldiers in the IDF.

It would be the will of God that my father would not ultimately inhabit the home that he bought at the foot of the Old City. But interred now here as he is at Judaism’s holiest burial site on the Mount of Olives, just steps away from his great hero Menachem Begin, and the founder of the modern Hebrew tongue, Eliezer Ben Yehuda, my father has finally come home.

He will now be, as Jewish tradition maintains, the first to greet the Messiah and the first to rise in the resurrection of the dead.

In the same way that my father always kept his faithfulness to God, I know that the Creator will likewise fulfill his promise to his people, spoken through Isaiah, that in the end of days “Death shall be swallowed forever,” and through Daniel, that “Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will wake again.”

And at that time I will be reunited with my Rebbe and with my father, both of whom died on a Saturday night just as the holy Sabbath went out, making a world without them a little bit darker, and a world into which they will eventually re-awaken shine with particles of everlasting light.

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Thank you for choosing TheJ.Ca as your source for Canadian Jewish News.

We do news differently!

Our positioning as a Zionist News Media platform sets us apart from the rest. While other Canadian Jewish media are advocating increasingly biased progressive political and social agendas, TheJ.Ca is providing more and more readers with a welcome alternative and an ideological home.

We revealed the incursion of anti-Israel progressive elements such as IfNotNow into our communities. We have exposed the distorted hateful agenda of the “progressive” left political radicals who brought Linda Sarsour to our cities, and we were first to report on many disturbing incidents of Nazi-based hate towards Jews across Canada.

But we can’t do it alone. We need your HELP!

Our ability to thrive and grow in 2020 and beyond depends on the generosity of committed readers and supporters like you.

Monthly support is a great way to help us sustain our operations. We greatly appreciate any contributions you can make to support Jewish Journalism.

We thank you for your ongoing support.

Happy reading!

Thank you for choosing TheJ.Ca as your source for Canadian Jewish News.

We do news differently!

Our positioning as a Zionist News Media platform sets us apart from the rest. While other Canadian Jewish media are advocating increasingly biased progressive political and social agendas, TheJ.Ca is providing more and more readers with a welcome alternative and an ideological home.

We revealed the incursion of anti-Israel progressive elements such as IfNotNow into our communities. We have exposed the distorted hateful agenda of the “progressive” left political radicals who brought Linda Sarsour to our cities, and we were first to report on many disturbing incidents of Nazi-based hate towards Jews across Canada.

But we can’t do it alone. We need your HELP!

Our ability to thrive and grow in 2020 and beyond depends on the generosity of committed readers and supporters like you.

Monthly support is a great way to help us sustain our operations. We greatly appreciate any contributions you can make to support Jewish Journalism.

We thank you for your ongoing support.

Happy reading!

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The Quest for Peace: One on One with Tzipi Livni

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The Quest for Peace: One on One with Tzipi Livni

“I don’t speak about peace in a naive manner, that we would live happily ever after. This is not what I represent”

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Former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni

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Last week, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas dropped a “bomb.” No, not the usual Palestinian incitement, or an actual terrorist’s explosive. Rather, this was a publicity bomb, a desperate cry for attention.

He decided to end all agreements that the Palestinian government had signed with Israel.

There was no reasoning given, but one can speculate that it might have something to do with Israel’s plan to annex parts of Judea and Samaria, and the sting that many Arab states are silent on the matter.

Or it could have something to do with how after Covid-19 hit Palestinian controlled areas, Mahmoud Abbas was nowhere to be found. According the Jerusalem Post, the crisis was managed by Palestinian Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh.

 In light of these perceived threats to his dominance, Abbas may have needed to reassert his leadership. Such is the game played, in a string of broken promises and broken agreements.

The list of missed opportunities is too long to mention. But I will focus on the most recent attempts at a peace settlement, in 2013-2014.

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On July 29, 2013, then-Secretary of State John Kerry and Middle East envoy Martin Indyk attempted to restart the peace process. The Palestinians offered to put on hold their attempts to get recognized as a state. For nine months Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met 39 times. Israel’s key negotiator was Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.

After twenty years of public service, with various cabinet placements with Likud, Kadima, and Zionist Union, Livni announced her retirement from politics in February 2019, when she was Leader of the Opposition with the Hatnuah party.

I sat down with Livni in her Tel Aviv office and sought her opinion on what we could learn looking back, and what to make of the situation in light of Mahmoud Abbas’ recent announcement to annul agreements. 

Tzipi Livni during her interview with Hecht | Photo: Lior Cohen

You came from the Likud party. What has happened to Likud under PM Netanyahu?

As you can see there’s a picture of [Ze’ev] Jabotinsky, who is the father of the Likud, hanging on my wall. And basically the ideology of Jabotinsky, was creating a Jewish state, with equal rights to all its citizens, which included minorities in the future state… So the Likud was a national liberal party. Now it has became a nationalistic party, with no liberal values. 

These are populist trends that Netanyahu is abusing in order to get support… And all together he created this image that left wing, peace, democracy, are kind of a dirty words. He delegitimized this vision, this ideology. This is something that I would not accept.

Why were these recent elections so significant?

We are facing a situation, that for the first time you have a decision of the attorney general against the Prime Minister, while he is in office. 

The Prime Minister himself is attacking all the institutions that are enforcing the laws in Israel, and this affects Israel’s democracy, because democracy is based in the trust of the people, in these institutions. 

Without these, Israel will lose its democratic nature. So all together, including the complete stagnation of the issue of the peace process, it is creating choices between two very different national positions. 

What are the two different choices?

One is mine, which is basically a Jewish democratic state with a Jewish majority, and peace with the Palestinians. While on the other side, they are taking us to something that is mostly about the land of Israel. As well as, more Jewish, and less democratic state. This worries me the most.

Tzipi Livni with Igal Hecht | Photo: Lior Cohen

Why is it so worrisome? 

As an Israeli, as a Zionist, I believe in an Israel that is a Jewish democratic state, in the true meaning of it. And the true meaning is being a national state for the Jewish people, with equal rights to all its citizens… This is the identity of the state of Israel.

 In 2014 you took part in negotiations with the Palestinians. According to numerous reports, there was an offer that was made by you, and Netanyahu, to the Palestinian president. The latter decided to walk away from the negotiations. What leads you to believe that Palestinian leaders will actually ever accept an offer?
 
I can criticize Abbas for not accepting the Kerry-Obama proposal. I think it was a huge mistake.
There was a proposal on the table, a frame work, that both sides should have accepted… 
Therefore, the discussion of whether there is a partner or not, is just an excuse for those who are not willing to give up any part of the land.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, with Tzipi Livni, in the Knesset

How far was Netanyahu willing to go?

Netanyahu was willing to accept, with reservations, the American plan as the basis for negotiations. This includes the 1967 lines, and the perimeters that were close to the Clinton perimeters, and every perimeter of those who understand that there is a national conflict, and the answer to it all is two states for two people.

It was also clear that the Palestinian state will be demilitarized. The Palestinians accepted this. He [Netanyahu] was willing to accept something that the US put on the table. So it’s not him, it’s them. 

How do Israelis view the peace process?

The feeling among Israelis is that peace is not tangible, and that there’s no partner on the other side. [They believe:] What’s the use of it? Why should we take some risks?

My expectations from leaders who believe like me, is that it is essential for the future of the state of Israel, to say these words: peace is not something for the weak…

If we achieve peace with the Palestinians, we will have normalization with the Arab world. We can stand together against Iran. I don’t speak about peace in a naive manner, that we would live happily ever after. This is not what I represent….

But this is the only way to keep Israel as a Jewish state. Unfortunately, there are those who are afraid politically to say so. Because Netanyahu succeeded in portraying those who are preaching for peace as “left wing,” and the meaning of left wing now in Israel, is cooperating with the enemy, instead of representing the interests and values of the state of Israel. 

At the end of 2014 negotiations, the Palestinians reneged on the agreed terms of frameworks, and went to the U.N. seeking recognition.
 
Netanyahu has not entered into any sort of negotiations with the Palestinians since that time. And recently, Netanyahu pledged to annex parts of the West Bank in the coming months. 
Igal Hecht is a documentary filmmaker and journalist who works all over the world. For more visit www.chutzpaproductions.com
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Find ways to adjust conflict to better cope

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As a family therapist in Israel, with expertise working with single parent families, I have dealt with many stressful situations involving victims of terrorism, immigration and Holocaust survivors. 

In the Corona pandemic, I have been supervising online the mental health staff of Ezer Mizion, an Israeli health support organization, offering medical and social support services.

Family violence has increased during this period of social distancing, and hence family conflict resolution is very important. My advice to parents is that while it is best to avoid conflict in the presence of children, some conflict, if conducted and resolved in a constructive fashion, will give children tools for dealing with future disputes. 

Parents should also avoid blaming their spouse, and instead talk about how their partner’s behaviour affects them: “It is hurtful to me when you act in such a manner.” Such an approach will permit an ongoing dialogue in which mutual consideration and consequences of one’s actions can enable successful conflict resolution.

To promote openness in children, parents should avoid being a “super parent,” and profess to their own anxieties and mistakes. At the same time, they should continue to set limits and provide a sense of confidence and security to their children.

I recommend that before bedtime, couples review the day, its successes and difficulties, and set up a timetable for the family for the following day. Activities such as virtual talks with friends and grandparents, as well as family discussions and activities, should be scheduled. Individual talks with children about their concerns and anxieties should be implemented.

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An outline is very important in this time of tension and unpredictability, and can alleviate and reduce stress. It is also advised that parents monitor their children’s exposure to the media and ongoing reports of the pandemic, and only allow children to turn to reliable sources of information. Some exposure to ongoing news is important in order to cope with reality, but too much or too little exposure to ongoing events will only increase anxiety and uncertainty.

Solly Dreman is Professor Emeritus in Ben Gurion University of the Negev’s Department of Psychology. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco in 1977-78.

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The Jewishness of Star Wars

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Look close and find striking similarities

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 Just announced on May 4 of 2020, the newest Star Wars film will be co-written and directed by Taika David Cohen, a self-described “Polynesian Jew.”

 Most known by the name Taika Waititi, his directing credits include Thor: Ragnarok, and Jojo Rabbit, nominated for a Best Picture Oscar and won Waititi the award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

But, surprise — he is only the latest in the long history of Jewish connections of the Star Wars galaxy.

In the first few minutes of the original Star Wars (1977), C-3PO and R2D2 are wandering aimlessly through the desert of Tatooine. C-3PO laments, with seemingly Jewish guilt, “We seem to be made to suffer. That’s our lot in life.” They are soon caught by diminutive robe-cloaked creatures called Jawa. Upon meeting these Jawas, C-3PO exclaims to R2D2, “Thank the Maker!” Little did he know that the desert tribe would capture him and sell him into slavery – a subtle metaphor of a popular biblical story.

The story continues: Luke Skywalker redeems the droids and intercepts a holographic message from Princess Leia via R2D2, intended for Ben Kenobi. Kenobi, the prophetic-like character, meets up with Luke to receive this message. In the process, Kenobi explains “the force” to Luke: “The force …surrounds us, it binds the galaxy together, it penetrates us.”

Does it sound a little like “Hashem is everywhere”? Here is the similarity between the force and the Jewish God – both the communal consciousness and the mastermind physical force that links and binds all of nature together.

And who else would God be speaking through, other than a prophet-like character? How else could one explain a prophet who has seeming “supernatural” powers? Take notice that the Hebrew word k’nah-vi sounds similar to its English, Kenobi, and means “like a prophet.” This is not the only Star Wars name that has a Hebrew similarity.

The word Jedi is really close to Jude, the (notorious) German word for Jew. Its appropriateness is seen if the evil dictator Darth Vader is a metaphor for Hitler, and the Stormtroopers as Nazi SS (eerily like Nazi “stormtroopers”), bent on annihilating the small band of Jedi. Those Jedi happen to also have some genetic similarities with each other (cf. Phantom Menace) and a belief in a universal Force larger than themselves.

Recall in Episode III when the Jedi were hunted down and murdered, one by one, by the Galactic Empire, mirroring that of the historical event of 37 CE, when Herod executed 46 leading members of the Sanhedrin (the Jews’ supreme religious council). 

The most esteemed of the Jedi, Yoda, is the “all-knowing” character. In Hebrew – the root for “knowing,” is pronounced “y’da.” Quite close.

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Other similarities include: Chewbacca is similar to tse’va’chah (to growl), while Anakin Skywalker’s future love, Amidala, can be translated as “My nation is poor.”

Darth Vader is a bit trickier. The word in Hebrew could be vataer (to give up). We know that Vader “gave up” the good to join the dark side.

The control panel on Darth Vader’s breastplate from Episodes V and VI bore Hebrew lettering that can be roughly translated as “His deeds will not be forgiven, until he merits.” Quite telling.

In the Force Awakens, there was one eerie scene when General Hux, in a very Hitlerian speech, stands in front of thousands of lined-up Stormtroopers, telling them how the Rebels will be finally crushed. When he finishes his speech, you see the Stormtroopers simultaneously and promptly raise their fists in the air. It’s unmistakably a galactic “seig heil” salute.

Even though the films themselves have striking Jewish references, there are many in the cast/crew from the tribe: Carrie Fisher (Leia), Frank Oz (Yoda), Harrison Ford (Solo), Jewish screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, director and writer J J Abrams, and Natalie Portman (Princess Amidala).

This probably makes Star Wars one of the Jewiest of Jewiest series of films, second to the Woody Allen oeuvre.

Dave Gordon is the managing editor of TheJ.ca. His work has appeared in more than a hundred media around the world, including all of the Toronto dailies, BBC, Washington Times, and UK Guardian.

 
 
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Is Kosher Food the Next Cuisine Fad?

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Global kosher market expected to jump from $24B to $60B in five years