Beauty and the Beast

“From the end of the Jewish state in antiquity to the beginning of British rule, the area now designated by the name Palestine was not a country and had no frontiers, only administrative boundaries—” [Professor Bernard Lewis, Commentary Magazine, January, 1975].

Commentary Magazine published Abe Greenwald’s, “The Rot is Irreversible — A Perverse Alliance” on May 14, 2019. It is accompanied by a photograph showing Representatives llhan Omar and Rashida Tiab sitting alongside one another.

Greenwald’s opening statement speaks volumes. He makes the point that while disease is reversible, rot isn’t. His reference is to the disease of anti-Semitism which Omar and Tiab injected into “the upper echelons of the Democratic Party when they were elected in November”, which the party could have rejected. But instead, the party chose to nurture it., with the consequence of “irreversible rot” setting in.

As explained by Greenwald, both the democratic leadership and the liberal media establishment will back “these bigots against any and all charges” of anti-Semitism in return for smooth relations with the “social-justice left.”

One would have to be devoid of any knowledge of history to accept the lies espoused by the self-proclaimed representatives of Islam. Abe Greenwald’s brilliance extends to an outstanding treatise on anti-Semitism. His observations:

[a] Anti-Semitism depends on lies, primarily since its very motive is to bury the truth of one’s own fallings and lay the blame on the Jews.
[b] The history of anti-Semitism is, in a sense, a history of wicked fabrications. These include Jewish deicide, the infamous blood libel, claims of Jewish sorcery, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, lies about the founding of modern day Israel, and outrageously Jews supposedly buying off politicians.

It was not the Jews who fabricated and abused the Palestinians, but the Arab League. It was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini, the supporter and ally of Hitler who schemed how best to destroy the Jews of the Middle East and not to render aid and encouragement to the Jews. What’s more, the Arabs regularly massacred Jews in Mandatory Palestine.

“Once again, the long tradition of violence and terrorism must be seen in context – here, as the singularly important factor that influenced British Colonial policy in Palestine”. In the opinion of Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen in 1920, a senior British officer stationed in Palestine, much had been written about “injustice to the Arabs.” To this, he retorted that there was nothing in a Jewish state which conflicted with Arab rights. He observed that the Arabs were the only nation in the world with at least 3 kings and several sovereign states. “The Jews are a nation “without a home.” [1].

Objecting to the distorted writing of celebrated Nobel Prize winner Amartye Sen, Princeton Professor Fouad Ajami reminds him that, “—this will not do as history. Maimonides, born in 1135, did not flee ‘Europe’ for the ‘Arab world.’: He fled his native Cordoba in Spain, which was then in the grip of religious-political terror, choking under the yoke of a Berber Muslim dynasty, the Almohads, that was to snuff out all that remained of the culture of conviviencia and made the life of Spain’s Jews [and of the free spirits among its Muslims] utter hell.

Hence, Maimonides and his family fled the fire of the Muslim city-states in the Iberian Peninsula to Morocco and then to Jerusalem. There was darkness and terror in Morocco as well, and Jerusalem was equally inhospitable in the time of the Crusader Kingdom. Deliverance came only in Cairo – the exception, not the rule, its social peace maintained by the enlightened Saladin.”[2] featured the awful, gruesome and tragic beheading of the Jewish journalist, Daniel Pearl, on June 15, 2002. The piece was authored by the well known Boston journalist, Jeff Jacoby. It depicts Islam as an exemplar of the ultimate in absolute savagery.

Jacoby describes the 3 minute video as “a piece of Islamist pornography.” He speaks of a frightened American Jew—- confessing his Jewish roots and denouncing US foreign policy. His head is then cut off ceremoniously and brandished triumphantly, as English words scroll up the screen: “And if our demands are not met, this scene shall be repeated again and again.” [3]

Thus, we find that Tlaib was minimally correct in her assertions.

Andrea Levin, Executive Director and President of CAMERA [Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America], authored, “A Tale of Two Somalis” which was published in several established media sources around April 29, 2019.

In her introduction, she draws attention to another Somali woman, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and in particular her autobiography entitled, “Infidel”. The contrast between the 2 females is very different. At the outset, Hirsi Ali freely admits to the pervasive anti-Semitism in the Muslim world. “Our religious tutors and the preachers in our mosques set aside extra time to pray for the destruction of the Jews.” Even her mother, relatives and neighbors wished for the death of Jews.

In her early school years in Kenya, she had noted that “all over the Middle East, hatred for Jews and Zionists can be found in textbooks for children as young as 3, complete with illustrations of Jews with monster-like qualities.” She learnt that “only if all Jews were destroyed, would peace come for the Muslims.” Both Somalia and Kenya were also home to Omar, whose now famous comments include: “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”

Returning to “The rot is irreversible”, and in particular Tlaib’s quote, “it was my ancestors, Palestinians, who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity . . . in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-Holocaust, post-tragedy. . . And, I love the fact that it was my ancestors that provided that, right?”, a few examples of “safe haven” behavior readily destroys the myths espoused by this blatant anti-Semite.

[1]Munich Games Massacre September 5, 1972: 11 Israeli athletes killed. An unskilled team, lacking proper equipment and adequate planning, had exchanged fire with the terrorists until close to midnight. 5 terrorists were also killed and 3 were captured alive. A German police officer was killed during the operation.
The next day, the Olympic Committee decided to resume the games, which had been suspended for 24 hours, after a memorial ceremony had been held. The Israeli delegation left Munich immediately after the ceremony.

[2] Ma’alot May 15, 1974: On this day, Israel’s Independence Day, a group of 11th grade students from Safed were on a field trip in the Golan. That night, 3 Arab terrorists, who were dressed as IDF soldiers, attacked the school. They killed the guard and some of the children. Some of the children escaped through a 2nd story window, approximately 102 children from Safed were held hostage. A demand was lodged for the release of Arab terrorists from Israeli prisons, failing which he children held hostage would be killed.
Against established practice, the Knesset elected to negotiate. But, by then , the terrorists had commenced operations. A Golani unit stormed the building. All of the terrorists were killed during the raid, but only after the loss of 21 children.

[3] Nahariya 1979: Samir Kuntar entered the apartment of the Haran family while they slept, forced Danny Haran and his 4 year old daughter Einat out of their home, while Smada Haran hid in a crawl space with their 2 year old baby.
Kuntar dragged Danny and Hadar down to the beach where he shot Danny in the back and to ensure that he was dead held his head under the water drowning him. Then Kuntar grabbed Einat’s head and smashed it on a rock with his large gun. But Einat survived initially, so Kuntar continued to bash her head repeatedly until she died.
Samir Kuntar was also responsible for the death of 2 year old Yael Haran, who suffocated because her mother, Smadar sought to prevent her from being noisy as she attempted to hide her daughter from Kuntar.

[4] Kfar Darom bus attack April 9, 1995. A suicide bomber Khaled Mohammed Khatib blew up a bus in the Gaza Strip carrying more than 60 Israeli soldiers and civilian passengers to the Jewish settlement of Kfar Darom. He did this by ramming the bus with his car and he flipped a trigger switch in the steering column, detonating a bomb in his car.
Seven Israeli soldiers and one American civilian, Elisa Flatow, were killed and 52 passengers were wounded.

[5] Kfar Daron – Gush Katif November 2, 2000.A powerful explosive detonated near a bus carrying children to the local schools. 2 adults were killed and 9 injured, of which 3 Cohen children maimed. Orit lost her right foot, Yisrael lost his right leg below the knee, and Tehila ended up losing both her legs.

[6] Jerusalem Cafe Hillel September 9, 2003: Seven people were killed and over 50 wounded when a suicide bomber attack took place at Cafe Hillel on Emek Reform St,. the main thoroughfare of the German Colony neighborhood in Jerusalem. Among the dead was Dr. David Applebaum 51, head of the emergency room at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem and his daughter Nava who was to have been married the day after the bombing. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

[7] Mumbai November 26, 2008: 60 hours of horror filled orchestrated chaos – victims tortured before being killed. More than 160 people were killed in the Mumbai attack when gunmen trained by Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistan militant group alighted from boats and stormed 2 hotels, a railroad station, a restaurant and a hospital, along with the Jewish center. The siege of India’s financial capital was one of the worst terror attacks on Indian soil and claimed the lives of 166 people. 9 gunmen also died. Mohammad Ajmal Amir Qasab, the sole surviving gunman, was arrested and tried, before being executed in 2012.
An amazing side to this disgusting event was that whereas Rabbi Gabi and Rivka Holtzberg were killed in Chabad House, their 2 year old son survived as a result of the actions of his nurse, and ultimately transported with her to his live with his grandparents in Israel.

[8] Itamar March 12,2011: Fogel family, 5 brutally murdered [parents + 3 children]. 3 other children at the home, a 12 year old girl and her 2 brothers, aged 6 and 2, were able to escape to a nearby house and to inform their neighbors of the attack.
Yesha Council Chairman Danny Dayan, who arrived at the site, appeared shocked by the brutal attack. “This is no doubt one of the most terrible attacks in recent years, ” he told reporters on hand. “Words cannot describe the extent of the horror and pain” he said. “Those tempted to think that the Palestinians ceased their acts of murder see that they do not shy away from any tactic and any Jewish victims, regardless of how young they are.”

In consideration of House Speaker Pelosi’s defense of Ilhan Omer and Rashida Tiab, one is reminded of Disney’s award winning , “Beauty and the Beast.” After all, it is no surprise when politicians engage in myths.


[1] Peters, “From Time Immemorial” P 273
[2] Bostom, “The Legacy of Islamic Anti-Semitism” P 21
[3]Jacoby, Boston Globe, June 15, 2002
[4]Click on for Muslim Anti- Semitism BI – Before Israel; published in the Journal for the Study of Anti-Semitism. This report was extracted from Anti-Semitism and Islam -Exposing a Long Seated Mythology featured in Think-Israel September-October 2012.

About the Author
Alex Rose was born in South Africa in 1935 and lived there until departing for the US in 1977 where he spent 26 years. He is an engineering consultant. For 18 years he was employed by Westinghouse until age 60 whereupon he became self-employed. He was also formerly on the Executive of Americans for a Safe Israel and a founding member of CAMERA, New York (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America and today one of the largest media monitoring organizations concerned with accuracy and balanced reporting on Israel). In 2003 he and his wife made Aliyah to Israel and presently reside in Ashkelon.