Alex Rose

Reclaiming Israel’s rights to the land of Israel

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” [Albert Einstein].

Boris Celser MBA is a Canadian and a frequent writer for Arutz7, Jewish Indy, Think-Israel and others. His masterpiece, “Close Encounters of the Suicidal Kind: Crimes Against Jewish Humanity” which appeared in Think-Israel of  March April 2008, is most certainly as relevant today as it was when first published. Given that it is sizeable, regrettably, only a few extracts follow in this essay. To facilitate this exercise, full use will be made of the authors subtitles.


“Israel is a confused nation, because its society is not given a chance to live a normal life, not only because of a hostile world, but also because of the ruling elite.—-Israel is in serious difficulties and, under the false pretence of being a true democracy, it is likely to never convene a real commission of truth to expose the crimes and punish the perpetrators. The system is totally geared towards protecting the political criminals operating on many spheres of society.”

Under the political system of proportional representation, corruption flourishes,, because there is no accountability to voters.—-Meanwhile, elected politicians  spend a fair amount of time writing columns, blogs and acting as sounding boards to the leader. Running the country is not something they’re capable of doing. Since they represent almost no one, they never change their views, even when proved wrong.”


“The geography of rape, the rape of Jerusalem, and the ‘disappearance’ of the East Bank in order to take away Judea and Samaria can be better understood by looking at the Israel media and the role it plays on behalf of the lunatics running the asylum in Israel.

Of course, the world and the ‘Palestinians’ choose to interpret geography their way. To them the Jews are expendable and the West Bank is expandable, all the way to the sea. Their goal is clear: from the river to the sea. That’s why they call it the ‘road map’ [another invention of the East Bank king]. Literally, not metaphorically. The world has been playing world games with the Jews since the Romans named the land ‘Palestine’, and unfortunately most Jews seem to enjoy the contest. But the game ends when one side runs out of land.

It is a shame that the fools in charge of Israel and their Jewish sympathizers don’t understand that the Green line like the Equator, is nothing but an imaginary line that does not even separate anti-Semites living west of the Green line up to the International Date Line. Like a Polish corridor, these anti-Semites are all ‘lined’ up to beat up the Jews floating between those worldwide ‘banks’.”


In the US the expression ‘the politics of yesterday’ is generally used by younger candidates running against older ones, but without necessarily implying that the politics of yesterday did not necessarily work yesterday, In Israel, where meaningful change is virtually non-existent, can anyone deny that since Oslo, the politics of yesterday and today have not worked, are getting worse by the day, and are not going to work tomorrow? That’s because the same people are always around, will never admit they’ve been systematically wrong or allow others to come in and correct what they’ve done. —–Under proportional representation, the politics of yesterday are the politics of everyday.”


“Because of Israel’s policies since Oslo, all Jews worldwide are threatened. Any sign of weakness is enough for anti-Semitism to erupt again. Muslims state that Jews are not a race, that today’s Jews are not related to the ancient Hebrews, that the whole land is Muslim, that the ‘Palestinians’ comprise a nation, not the Jews. Although some of these assertions are easy to refute, assuming one is given a fair chance to do so, many participants fall back to the official line that Israel is withdrawing, the occupation is ending, etc. This is what the other side wants to hear, in order to further delegitimize the country.–

Should a participant tell the truth and expose the media and Muslim lies, the moderator is likely to ask: ‘And how come the Israeli government itself disagrees with your views?’ Shimon Peres made clear history is a big misunderstanding, but he forgot to consult the rest of the world on this. The final impression is that every Jew is overflowing with guilt, so Israel’s detractors must be right——Then, of course, there are plenty of self-hating Jews, normally from academia, available to wrap things up.”


“It’s a disgrace that after 2,000 years of abuse by the world, so many Jews still haven’t learned the lesson that in order to survive they cannot afford to play by normal rules. What applies to other nations and peoples cannot apply to the Jews, because it is deadly to them. The Inquisitors of yesterday are represented today by official world organizations that declare that only Zionism is racism. In the early 1940’s, the Jews had no country, but still were going to be exterminated as a race.

Today, they have part of their old country back, but not only are they told that it is not theirs and never was theirs before, but also for good measure they are not a nation, either. Now they can be exterminated without being a race.—–It’s a shame so many Jews everywhere absorb a feeling of guilt and expose others to harm.—-But the present system of governments must be totally revamped  at all levels. Judea and Samaria and Gaza have not occupied territory. But the governmental institutions of Israel are.”

While Boris Celser’s paper is exhaustive, and in particular singles out the need for electoral reform, he makes no mention of Jewish leaders’ failure to draw attention to the Jews being the only indigenous people to the Land of Israel when arguing over rights relative to the Arabs.

The New York Times describes “The Forgotten Ally”  authored by Pierre Van Paassen as “The expression of one of the most passionately  generous hearts in the writing profession ” From a review  of Chicago Sun-Times, “Van Paassen writes  with the power and fervor of a latter-day prophet, without forgetting the need for facts, figures and documentation.”

Life started for Van Paassen in a militant Calvinist household in Gorinchem, Netherlands. He wrote about his upbringing in numerous books, including one of his bestsellers, “The Forgotten Ally” in 1911.

Van Paassen immigrated to Toronto, Canada, where he left behind the Reformed Christianity of his parents to become a Methodist pastor.

A writer more than anything else, Van Paassen spent much of his career in journalism. He worked for several newspapers, most notably as a foreign correspondent for the Toronto Star. Many of his stories were about war and racial violence. He penned articles about the dangers of National Socialism, comparisons between the Nazi party and KKK, and Nazi brutality towards Jews. The longest continuity in his work was his support for Zionism and the new state of Israel.

Chapter 4 of the subject book contains information seldom found in other history books. Entitled, “The Best Kept Secret of the War” it is so.”In the summer of 1942 the situation of the British army in Egypt was little short of desperation. It has lost more than half  its man power and  the better part of its mechanical equipment to Marshal Rommel who was boasting openly  that before six weeks were over  he would be sleeping peacefully in  the royal suite of Shepherd’s Hotel in Cairo.”

Apparently, there was reason for such confidence given  his experience to date. He had completely nullified Wavell’s earlier conquests and had thrown Auchinleck out of Libya in one brilliantly excellent stroke. “In whatever direction they looked in that critical hour, the British people saw little better than enmity, defiance, animosity, or sullen indifference to their fate.”

“‘it would have been a black day  indeed for the human race, as Santayana once said, if scientific blackguards, conspirators, churls, and fanatics had managed to supplant Great Britain!”England stood alone. The world held its breath as a great empire seemed about to descend into the tomb. From the Near East to Cairo to Palestine to Damascus to Mosul, Damascus and Amman , not only were the prospects utterly gloomy; the skies were darkening everywhere. The Germans were not about to repeat the mistakes made in 1914-1918 in 1939.

During a period of worldwide shear desperation, Van Paassen describes unbelievable episodes involving Jews. We learn of a meeting between an unnamed Czechoslovakian businessman, a resident of Palestine’s meeting with a British military commander in Jerusalem. The Jew was seeking the official’s signature for an order of sheet metal required for his small manufacturing plant. At that moment, he inadvertently overheard the commander’s dismay while he was viewing  a map of Iraq while uttering, ‘It can’t be done’. When questioned by the Jew, the commander explains his 1st vital need – bridges in Mesopotamia, the lack of experts and material.

Following a discussion, the commander was to learn that his visitor was well qualified as he had built 2 of the largest bridges in Europe, one over the Danube and one over the Moldau. He had also built the subway in Berlin. Subsequently, the bridges were built.

An anecdote; “A month before the British forces invaded Syria , where the Vichy regime was smoothing the way for the German invasion, twelve Jewish boys answered the secret call of the British military authorities in Jerusalem to undertake the hazardous job of blowing up the oil installations in the port of Tripoli in Syria, the terminus of the French branch of the Mosul pipeline.

” In summary: [a] Since France and  Britain were not at war, British soldiers were not permitted for the mission.[b] The raiders had to be men who understood both French and Arabic. [c] Because of secrecy, these Jewish boys would not be recognized or rewarded in any manner. At the end of the day, they were surrounded while still busy setting fires and tossing their bombs around. Sadly, it is not known whether they were formally executed or cut down on the spot. Subsequently, their parents were informed of their sacrifice and relatives were informed not to expect any premiums or pension money, “—as the boys had not been regular British soldiers.

Van Paassen works his way through several other remarkable cases of Jewish Palestinian war bravery and tragic consequences. He contrasts this with the negative and often false claims of the Arabs.”Jewish Palestine was one of the imponderables that turned the tide against Hitler at the moment when he and almost the whole world least expected it. Never once was Jewish heroism  mentioned. Not a word leaked out of that numerically small Jewish community standing there like a rock in the smoldering hostile Arab world at the back of the British army.—-Palestine Jewry’s effort in the war must be considered the best guarded military  secret of all!”

Chapter 7 includes “After Seven Centuries” a repeat of an earlier book, “Days of Our Years” by Pierre Van Paassen. His introductory remark” I agree with Lord Cecil, Smuts and Lloyd George that Palestine’s liberation from the Turkish yoke was one of the few really worthwhile things born out of the Great War”. The given chapter  includes two extraordinary interviews which occurred during one of many trips by the author to Jerusalem.

The 1st was with the infamous  Grand Mufti in 1929 and has as an initial remark “Declared the Mufti, “There will be no peace in this country until they go. In the English, we recognize our real enemies. It is the British government and not the Jews who have foisted the scandalous Balfour Declaration on us .—-That is the sanctuary the Jews want to tear down. Here they plan to rebuild the Temple of Solomon.” As backup he recalls remarks by Lord Melchett and Professor Einstein, which Van Paassen easily disputes their meaning. Van Paassen asks, “Did those Jewish women and children and old men in Hebron and Lifta and Safed commit suicide?” “No”, snapped the Mufti, “we were provoked. We were provoked. We were challenged in our holiest possessions. The Hebron Arabs learned that the Jews had decided to drive them out, to push them into the sea. The Jews are stealing our land. They want everything we have. My country is being ruined by the Jews.”

This discussion continued with a reference to the 7 years at hard labor imposed on the Mufti in 1920 for a previous sermon in which he  called upon village leaders to bring their men into Jerusalem to exterminate the Jews. The Mufti  never reached the prison as he had fled to Damascus.  It was the Jewish Sir Herbert Samuel, the 1st High Commissioner for Palestine, who amnestied him two years later.

As events unfolded, Van Paassen sought out an interview with the British Acting High Commissioner , Harry C. Luke  The prelude to the occasion was the stabbing to death of a Jew on his way to a synagogue in Hebron.

Upon learning of this heinous tragedy, Rabbi Slonim, a man born and bred in the city and a friend of the Arab notables , notified  the British police commander. An hour later, the synagogue was  attacked by a mob, and the Jews at prayer were slaughtered. On the following morning, the theological seminary, which stands away from the center of the town on the road to Jerusalem, was put to the sack, and the students were slain

. What followed is beyond comprehension. Mounted  police – Arab troopers in the service of the government had appeared but did not respond to appeals to dismount and enter  Slonim’s house where friends and  relatives were  in need of assistance. From the upper windows  came the terrifying screams of the old people.

When Van Paassen visited the home accompanied by others, they found the 12 foot high ceiling splashed with blood and the rooms looking like a slaughterhouse. While they silently stood and contemplated the scene, Keith-Roach , governor of the Jaffa district and colleagues emerged. After a hasty glance, Roach remarked to his companions, “Shall we have lunch now or drive to Jerusalem first?” A true reflection of one segment of the British Administration!!

Without delay , Pierre Van Paassen sought Luke, who received him respectfully.  When asked if he was Jewish, Van Paassen answered “No Sir'”. “Then why should you take—such interest in the Jewish side of the question?”His answer; “My dear High Commissioner  I am merely trying to discover what is going on in this country. I see menaced  by collapse a project which was considered by British statesmen  one of the few valuable acquisitions  of the Great War. I am trying to discover what is at the bottom of it. I cannot take the Mufti seriously when he says that all Moslem Palestine is with him in his opposition  to the Jewish National Home, for this is simply not true.”

“As to the Pan-Islamic character of the Mufti’s agitation, that is downright ridiculous. You , Mr. High Commissioner, intimated that the government has reasons to fear a general conflagration  in the Mohammedan East in sympathy with the Mufti’s ideas. Yet, the Mohammedan peoples did not lift a finger when Britain in 1914 went to war with the Turkish Sultan.—-How can we strike a balance between civilization and barbarism?

Luke responds;”But the law does not make  a distinction between the races. By following any other procedure than that which it is following, the government would lay itself open to charges of injustice to the Arabs.—-Our position is clear in this quarrel between Jews and Arabs: we must keep the peace . Don’t you agree?” Pierre Van Paassen: “It does not look to me, sir—that this is fundamentally a quarrel between Jews and Arabs.”






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.