Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Obama’s Leftist Pseudo-Rabbi

Obama's Leftist Pseudo-Rabbi

Posted By Steven Plaut On February 25, 2015 

A few weeks back the US Senate approved the appointment of "Rabbi" David N. Saperstein as Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, to head the Office of International Religious Freedom in the United States Department of State, an office that tracks the denial of religious freedom to people around the world.  The Obama administration has been bragging about its high-minded pluralism in appointing a Jew to the office, the first time it was held by a non-Christian.

A past leader in the "Rabbis for Obama," Saperstein long headed the so-called "Religious Action Center" (RAC) of the American Reform synagogue movement.  Despite its name, there is nothing remotely religious about the RAC.  It is a liberal-leftist advocacy center, a lobby for the entire range of politically correct social causes, occasionally dressing up its agitprop with perfunctory attribution to "Jewish ethics."  Many of its positions are explicitly and diametrically opposed to the text of the Torah and to traditional Jewish values.

Saperstein is a "Reform Rabbi," which should not be confused with a real Rabbi, someone who has demonstrated expertise in and command of the Torah, the Talmud, and other traditional Jewish texts.  Media commentators have speculated about how the appointment will go over with the anti-Israel lobby and Muslim countries, evidently not realizing that Saperstein is not particularly pro-Israel.  Saperstein is married to Ellen Weiss, who ran for years the maliciously anti-Israel program "All Things Considered" on National Public Radio.

The RAC has operated under the direction of Saperstein for almost as long as North Korea has operated under the Kim dynasty.   It has been wishy-washy in all that is related to Israeli defense.  Basically the RAC supports the Israeli Left.  It also supports anti-Israel groups, such as the far-leftist New Israel Fund (NIF), "J Street" and the pro-jihad "Jewish Voices for Peace."  Saperstein has been active in such outfits as People For the American Way, set up by the television producer Norman Lear to save the world from Republicans.  The RAC web site links to a gaggle of advocacy organizations from the Left, including ACORN.

The RAC is in favor of expanded Obamacare, gun control, gay marriage, LGBT "rights" – note the fashionable inclusion of the "T" in LGBT on the RAC web page, affirmative action, abortion on demand (including partial birth abortions), banning capital punishment, and it endorses virtually every fad emerging from the environmentalist movement.  It goes without saying that none of these have any support or basis whatsoever in the Torah or in traditional Judaism.  Every single policy position by Saperstein and the RAC is adopted in the name of "social  justice."  Yet there is virtually nothing at all in actual Judaism that mandates social (as opposed to judicial) justice, and certain nothing that mandates forced income redistribution. The RAC also repeatedly proves its economic illiteracy, such as in its promotion and endorsement of increases in the minimum wage.

In one of the greater ironies, the one social reform most desperately needed to ensure the continued survival of the American Jewish community is opposed by the RAC: expanded use of school vouchers.  The RAC has long led the battle AGAINST all forms of school vouchers.  Saperstein has also campaigned against "Islamophobia" and he has hobnobbed and worked with Muslim jihadist groups.  His opposition to welfare reform has been so radical as to earn him the praise of the American Communist Party.  When the American Jewish woman Lori Berenson was convicted in Peru of participating in the terrorist activities of the local Maoist movement, Saperstein and the RAC raced to defend her and demand her release.

Saperstein loves "kibitzing" in Israeli internal decision making.  He and his people opposed the construction of a security fence by Israel designed to prevent Arab terrorists from murdering Israeli civilians.  The RAC under Saperstein continued supporting the suicidal "two-state solution" long after the vast majority of Israelis rejected it as being no solution at all but rather a recipe for escalation of Arab aggression against Israel.  Saperstein's crew, which does not risk being blown to smithereens in Israeli buses and cafes, announced that theyoppose administrative home demolitions of Arab terrorists.  They prefer that terrorism be defeated by understanding the grievances of terrorists.

While granting lip service to the need for Israel to defend itself from security threats, most of the efforts over the years by Saperstein and his RAC SWAT Team regarding Israel have been devoted to promoting the leftist agenda inside Israel, including in at least one violent demonstration.  The RAC operates an office inside of Israel and virtually all of its activities and efforts are devoted towards promoting "social justice" fads, including feminism and "gay marriage."  Israeli RAC people have openly identified themselves with the tiny Far-Leftist "Meretz" party, which enjoys support from perhaps 3% of Israelis and is currently struggling to retain any parliamentary seats at all in the upcoming election.

The small Israeli RAC office has repeatedly demonstrated hostility to freedom of speech in Israel.  It demanded that "racist" (meaning supposedly anti-Arab) books be banned in Israel and that Rabbis expressing opinions the RAC deems racist be prosecuted and indicted.  When two rabbis composed an esoteric book discussing conditions in Rabbinic law under which enemy civilians could be targeted (such as in wartime), the wannabe book-burners from the Israeli RAC filed a petition to the Supreme Court demanding that the writers be indicted for the crime of expressing their opinion.  Curiously, the RAC in the US has never dared to demand that the First Amendment be suppressed in order to stop "racism."

Israeli RAC has opposed proposals that would require Arab members of parliament to take an oath of loyalty to the country, something it regards as "racist."   It tends to endorse carte blanche all demands from Israel's Arab radical groups, justifying these endorsements as part of the "battle against racism."  It has never once had anything to say about Arab anti-Jewish racism.  It also demanded and "achieved" the construction of paved roads for illegal Bedouin squatters living on state lands they do not own, and it supports Bedouin squatters in other legal matters.   It has led the battle to allow unlimited numbers of illegal African infiltrators from Eritrea and Sudan to remain in the country and be naturalized.

Saperstein and his people have lobbied for what they call "religious pluralism" in Israel.  By "pluralism" they mean the granting of official recognition to "Reform Judaism" as having a status on par with actual Judaism.  The problem with this is that the percentage of Israeli Jews identifying with the "Reform synagogue" movement is miniscule, far less than 1% of the population, although slightly more will describe themselves in polls as "Reform oriented" when they really mean they are secularist non-religious. The RAC is particularly enraged that its "clergy" are not acknowledged within Israel as authorized to conduct conversions to Judaism, although immigrants to Israel who underwent Reform conversions abroad are usually quietly accepted as Jews under Israeli law.  The main problem is that the "Reform Movement" demands that Israelis accept as a bona fide movement of Judaism what is essentially a political movement that mis-defines Judaism as the pursuit of liberal-leftist political fads.  Reform "conversions" are suspected as being processes in which anyone who supports Obamacare, affirmative action, and action against global warming are considered to have converted to Judaism.

The biggest problem is that the same Reform leader now serving as Obama's point man on religious pluralism and diversity has made it clear that political pluralism has no roomwhatsoever in the his own "Reform" movement or in the RAC.  Non-liberals are not welcome.  Neither are people who practice actual Judaism.  Saperstein's "theology" is a form of pagan political fundamentalism, impervious to challenge.  It believes that the best chances of survival for the eternal and timeless religion of Judaism are through repackaging it so that it can appeal to Berkeley college students, drag queens in Provincetown, and actors in Hollywood.  His "Political Liberalism as Judaism" pseudo-theology dominates the main institutions of the Reform synagogue movement, including its Central Council of American Rabbis (CCAR).   The bottom line is that the Religious Action Center (RAC) and its Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom promote "religious action" that rarely, if ever, has anything to do with religion.

2.  More Women fly F-16's in Israel than drive cars in Saudi Arabia.

3.  No longer any question - the "New Israel Fund" is a terrorist organization

4.  The leftist Jews for a second Holocaust:

5.  Ari Shavit and Leftist Lies about Israel's War of Independence

7.  The Jerusalem Mayor stops and apprehends terrorists. The New York City mayor is a communist who supports terrorists.
8.  AFP discovers Israel has dams next to Gaza that it opened:


Saturday, February 14, 2015




1.  The Israeli Labor Party and its Meretz mentors have a new election strategy:  Forget talking about security issues - they know all Israelis blame THEM for what happened in Gaza.  Forget economic and domestic policy - all Israelis know they just want higher taxes, more regulation, more spending, and more controls. 

Their new strategy is "It is Us or HHHIIIIIMMM."   In other words, try to capitalize on the public's dislike of Bibi.  Bibi is a monster, a horror, a threat, chime the Left's gongs in unison.  Just do not ask us what WE represent!

Except the public does not dislike Bibi.  He is at least 3 times as popular as weenie Herzog and almost everyone in Israel considers Tzipi Livni and Zehava Galon (from Meretz) to be uber-dingbats.   Bibi is disliked only by the people with whom Herzog, Livni, and Galon socialize.  And they represent a tiny minority.   The fact that they do not understand this reminds me of the professor at a leftist college who insisted that Reagan could not possibly have just won the election because HE (the prof) did not know a single person who voted for Reagan!



2.  You know how the tenured Left and their fellow travelers in the media are suddenly all wringing their hands over the "politicization" of the Israel Prizes? Because Netanyahu decided that there should be some non-leftists on the committees, which in recent years more often than not consist of leftists handing out prizes to other leftists? THAT status quo was NOT politicization, whines the Fascist Left. Politicization is when the political monopoly of the Far Left over the prizes is challenged! Democracy is threatened when the hegemony of the radical Left is challenged anywhere by the elected representatives of the majority!

Well, here is something worth noting. Not a single one of the whiners over the supposed "politicization" of the prizes by Netanyahu raised any objection to politicization when the University of Haifa decided that it was forbidden to grant an honorary PhD to Nobel Prize Laureate Yisrael Aumann because he holds incorrect political opinions.


The Left's hysteria about Netanyahu purging the Israel Prize committees:  



3.  Want to know why all the election polls in Israel keep getting it so wrong? The polls are conducted among samples of those with land lines. Many many young Israelis have only a cell line and are not included in the samples. Young Israelis fought in Gaza and are far less likely to be leftists than the older chattering classes.
Stay tuned for the actual results.



4.  Q: How did they really find out that Brian Williams was lying his ass off?

A: It was when he claimed he was there when the Palestinian nation was first born.



5.  One of the ironies in the merger of the United Arab party, a mix of Stalinists and jihadists, is that it will attract some of the Jewish leftist voters for Meretz and may lead to Meretz following below the vote cutoff to get into the Knesset at all.



6.  Psychologists have developed a bizarre form of "conversion therapy," which is the controversial form of therapy designed to alter one's sexual orientation.  The new form of the therapy is designed for male heterosexuals who seek to alter their sexual orientation.  All they have to do is stare at this photo:!/image/1602958745.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_640/1602958745.jpg



7.  The appeal by the parents of Rachel Corrie to the Israeli Supreme Court was just tossed out.   See    Then see this earlier piece about the ISM Pancake from Washington State:



8.  Academic freedom at the publicly funded "Sapir College":

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Netanyahu Purges the Bias out of the Israel Prize Committees


Netanyahu Purges the Bias out of the Israel Prize Committees


By Steven Plaut




   The big headline in pre-election Israel this week has been the uncharacteristic decision by the Netanyahu government to exercise its powers to govern.  Specifically, much too little and much too late, Netanyahu has decided to challenge the leftist hegemony over the awards of the "Israel Prize."   The leftist media in Israel are aghast.  Labor and Meretz politicians are filing official complaints with the State Comptroller.


     The largest problem of Likud governments ever since the first time the Likud won an election has always been the unwillingness of the Likud to govern.   Likud leaders have always been afraid to exercise their right to rule.   Simply winning an election was not deemed sufficient.   Instead, they have generally tried to co-opt the Left, perhaps hoping that this will make them popular with the media, largely the occupied territory of the Left.   Likud governments have always financed the institutions of the Left while in office, including the kibbutzim, the leftist colleges and universities, and the Histadrut.  Likud governments have appointed a long series of Attorney Generals who are more leftist than those appointed by Labor governments.  And for decades the Likud turned hegemony over the award of national prizes to academic representatives of the Far Left sitting in prize commissions.  The Likud seems to have feared being accused of being philistine or unsophisticated if it exercises its right to govern with regard to these prizes and prevent their being awarded to anti-Israel far Leftists. 


      The Israel Prize is supposed to be the most prestigious national prize in Israel, awarded in a wide number of areas for various disciplines.   While in Israel's early decades the prizes were awarded for merit, in recent years the prize is very often granted to far-leftist anti-Israel radicals from various fields, especially in the areas of political science, literature and film.   In technical areas, like physical sciences, in Judaism or Bible research, and in a few other esoteric fields, the politicization has been minimal.  


     The prizes are nominally under the power of the Ministry of Education, but in reality there are unelected public committees of "judges" who decide upon the awards, and these committees are generally dominated by the academic Left.  Ultra-leftists have been more likely to be granted the prize under Likud governments than under Labor governments.   Sometimes this is because the Ministry of Education under Likud governments is controlled by non-Likud coalition partners, such as was the case recently, where the minister was from Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid party.  But things were no better back when Likudnik Limor Livnat was the Minister.   Once in a blue moon, right-wingers have gotten the prize, mainly just in two exceptional  instances,  one for a rightwing rabbi and one for the one-time Knesset Member Geula Cohen.


   A fast review of some of the more outrageous Israel Prize awards in recent years will illustrate the point:


    The leftist advocacy group "Israel Democracy Institute" was granted the Israel Prize for "lifetime achievement."   Zev Sternhell, the hardcore Marxist anti-Zionist pseudo-academic best known for calling on terrorists to murder settlers, was granted the prize in "political science."  The malicious Israel-hating propagandist Judd Neeman (from Tel Aviv University) was granted the prize in film.   Far leftist professor Avishai Margalit (Hebrew University) got the prize in philosophy.   The vile vulgar ultra-leftist politician Shulamit Aloni was granted the prize for "lifetime achievement," and her achievement largely included malicious bigotry and slander against Orthodox Jews.  The far-leftist education professor Gavriel Salomon was granted the prize for developing in-classroom propaganda centers in "peace education."    The anti-Israel Arab writer Emile Habibi was given the prize soon after he also accepted the Yassir Arafat Prize.   Far leftist Yehuda Bauer was granted the prize, as was Shlomo Avineri, a recovering Marxist now moved to the moderate Left.   Amos Oz was given the prize and you all know where he is politically.  The junkyard "artist" Yigal Tumarkin, who built a pig wearing tefillin and who says he really understands why the Nazis would want to murder Orthodox Jews, won the prize for "sculpture" in 2004.  Leftist Yediot columnist Nahum Barnea won the prize in "communications."    Marxist sociologist Sami Samoocha won the prize in sociology, for his pseudo-research on ethnic inequality in Israel.  Ultra-leftist feminist Alice Shalvi won the prize for lifetime achievement, which I guess means mainly implementing quotas and dumbed-down affirmative action standards.  And we could go on.  My guess is it is only a matter of time until anti-Semite Shlomo Sand gets a prize.


    Suddenly this past week, Netanyahu decided to disqualify some of the more openly political ideologues sitting as judges in the committees that award the prizes.   One of those disqualified (Ariel Hirshfeld) is a radical professor who has long promoted insurrection and "refusal" by soldiers to serve in the military. Unlike those "judges," Netanyahu has been elected to office by the people of Israel. 


     The Left is throwing conniptions.  The Left never had any problems with "politicizing" the prizes, just as long as the committees of judges were controlled by leftists and the prizes were going to ultra-leftist extremists.   The Left never raised any objections when a Maariv journalist (Shmuel Schnitzer) was denied award of the Prize by a petition to the Supreme Court motivated by the man's non-leftist ideological opinions.   The basis for the Court's Borking him?  He had written a column about the incidence of AIDS infections among Ethiopian immigrants and the public's right to know about this.  (For more, see this: )   It is unnecessary to point out how many Supreme Court justices are leftists.    All of them are unelected.


    Some of the "judges" have resigned from the prize award committees in protest.  None ever resigned when the prize was granted to Sternhell, Aloni, or the IDI.  The leftist media are denouncing Netanyahu for his "philistinism" and his "politicizing" the prizes.  Haaretz, the monolithic anti-Israel propaganda machine now advocating for the anti-Israel Arab United List party, is leading the bellyaching about supposed "politicization."    This from a newspaper about as pluralistic as was Pravda under Brezhnev.  ( see and ).


      But now, how dare Netanyahu and the Likud exercise their power to govern simply on the basis of the fact that they were elected to power!!?   That, you see, is undemocratic.


     And after all, why should Israel Prizes be restricted to recipients who do not hate Israel?  

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Just what does the Israeli Labor Party Want?

Just what doe the Israeli Labor Party Want?

By Steven Plaut



   The "brand new" Israeli Labor Party has revealed its brand new political platform and brand new agenda and we thought we would sum it all up for you.  Here are the fundamentals of Labor Party ideology:



Appeasement is the highest form of resistance and vehemence.


Cowardice is the highest form of bravery.

Weakness is the best manifestation of strength.


Treason is the highest form of patriotism.


Censorship is the highest form of democracy.


Impoverishment is the highest form of equality.


Capitulation is the highest form of victory. 


Monopoly is the highest form of competition.


Uniformity is the highest form of pluralism. 


Quotas are the optimal method to ensure equal opportunity.


Disarmament is the highest form of defense.


Past failure is the highest guarantee of future success.


Raising prices is the best way to ensure low prices.


Production quotas are the best way to ensure adequate supply.


Government bureaucrats are the most qualified people to decide what should be produced.


Foregoing use of force is the best way to achieve peace.


Self-defense is the ultimate form of terrorism.


Terrorism is the ultimate form of protest.


Taking away income and wealth from people is the best way to ensure their wellbeing.


Discrimination is the ultimate form of equality.


Unanimity is the ultimate form of diversity.


Barring people from the labor market is the best way to ensure full employment.


The best guarantee of democracy is when the media restrict themselves to correct ideas and opinions. 


The people who know best what citizens and consumers need are government officials.

Anti-terrorism policy should never be based on killing terrorists.



Monday, February 02, 2015




1.  I am not making this up. 


     Israel is suddenly awash with disclosures about the dirty campaign finances of the Israeli Labor Party.   Shady under-the-table and behind-the-barn campaign financing is an old Labor Party technique.  It was particularly slimy in the 1999 elections in Ehud Barak's campaign, where the campaign manager was none other than Isaac "Bozi" Herzog, the current head of the Labor Party.  (Many Israeli politicians have infantile nicknames.)  Illegal front groups were used to channel funds illegally into the earlier campaign for Barak.  Among those indicted for criminal violations of campaign laws was the founder of Peace Now, Hebrew University Professor Amiram Goldblum, although the leftist Attorney General later decided to "freeze" that prosecution and not to proceed.   See


    In the current campaign, a new crop of dubious and probably illegal campaign organizations working for the Labor Party again is operating, led by something calling itself "V15".  See


     But the really amusing part of all this is the reaction of Haaretz, the Palestinian newspaper printed in Hebrew.  In Haaretz every single page of the "newspaper" is devoted to promoting the radical anti-Israel ideology of its owners and writers.  The Haaretz gang is pretty openly cheerleading for the new Arab Unity Party, a strange shatnez mixing Stalinists with jihadi Islamists.   Haaretz in its editorial today screams that everyone should stop complaining about the underground financing by V15 and its Labor Party clones.  Instead they should be focusing on the biased media campaigning of Israel Hayom!!  The daily freebie newspaper Israel Hayom is fairly conservative and pro-Netanyahu.  That constitutes illegal under-the-table campaigning for Netanyahu, screams the editorial in the newspaper that cannot print the weather report without weaving it into an anti-Israel diatribe.


    Here are a few excerpts from today's editorial at the completely  non-partisan Haaretz:


'The daily paper Israel Hayom has worked since the day it first appeared to perpetuate Netanyahu's rule, and it frequently aligns with his immediate political interests. Israel Hayom is distributed for free; it has a large distribution; is financed by money from abroad; and its support for the prime minister is unreserved, both in normal times and during campaigns. The state comptroller's lame conclusion in the past – that it's a legitimate paper with an agenda – is unconvincing.  Strict enforcement of the limits on campaign finance and campaign advertising must be applied equally, to parties on both sides of the political map.'



Truth or Dare?!

By: Steven Plaut

Published: February 1st, 2015


Before casting your vote in Israel, ask yourselves:


Q: Who turned southern Lebanon over to the Hezb'Allah savages?
A: The Israeli Labor Party and Meretz.


Q: Who created Hamastan in Gaza?
A: The Israeli Labor Party and Tzipi Livni's Kadima Party.


Q: Who invited Yassir Arafat and his stormtroopers to enter the West Bank and Gaza from Tunisia and set up terror armies there?
A: The Israeli Labor Party and Meretz.


Q: Who converted Israel's policy of offering the "Palestinians" autonomy into offering them statehood in the Lands of Israel?
A: The Israeli Labor Party


Q: Who kept Israel impoverished and underdeveloped for decades in order to maintain corrupt dirigiste socialist control and politicization of the Israeli economy?
A: The Israeli Labor Party


Q: Whose incompetence nearly resulted in the annihilation of the country in 1973?
A: The Israeli Labor Party



3.  Peace Now - not a new sickness:



4.  I assume you have been following the latest part of the Israeli media campaign to defeat Netanyahu.  It is Bottlegate - the endless media attempt to scandalize and discredit Netanyahu because his wife supposedly returned some recyclable bottles from the Prime Minister's offices and kept the deposit change.  Really.  If it had been a Labor Party official's wife involved instead of Bibi's, the entire media would be chanting in unity how wonderful their commitment to the environment was!


The new media marching song is this:

As the Left implodes, its captive media invent Bottlegate!


99 bottles of leftist media bullshit on the wall,
99% bottle deposits returned
If one of those bottles should happen to fall, 
98 bottles of leftist media bullshit on the wall,...



5.  Marxist anti-democratic anti-Zionist Hebrew University professor Zev Sternhell, best known for his calls for terrorists to murder "settlers," calls for Destruction of the Israeli economy so that Israel will be forced to capitulate to the agenda of the Far Left and end "occupation".

Who is Komrad Sternhell? See:


Excerpt from Sternhell in Haaretz this week:

'A radical change will not happen here as long as the present regime does not bring about a major national crisis. A failure such as Operation Protective Edge is not enough, since the heavy price of that conflict was paid primarily by the Palestinians.

'Therefore, the realistic alternative lies in external intervention that will be massive enough to shake Israelis out of the placidity of their comfortable lives.

'Only when everyone among us can feel the price of the occupation in their flesh, will the end to blue-and-white colonialism and apartheid come. Only when the economy is hit in a way that affects the overall standard of living, or when security is undermined as a result of a serious threat to American interests in the region, will the real treatment for eliminating the occupation and guaranteeing our future begin.'



6.  Mickey must be beheaded;



7.  Sand gets the bum's rush at the Riviera:



8.  Guess who funds the B'tselem anti-Israel propaganda:



9.  Not activists and militants?

Oh how intolerant!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Israeli Government gets serious and Takes Action!



     Just when you thought the Israeli government could not POSSIBLY get any stupider!


     Forget the ISIS threat.  Forget the Hezb'Allah.  Forget the Hamas Nazis.  Forget the worldwide wave of anti-Semitism.  Forget the economic problems of the country.


     The urgent matter that commands the attention of Israeli leaders this week is the "transgendered."  A few months back, the Israeli Ministry of Health decided it would finance the "gender reassignment surgeries" of the "transgendered," meaning the surgical mutilation of mentally-ill people asking to make them look as if they are members of the opposite sex.  You may recall that at the time I circulated a piece protesting the arbitrary discrimination in that decision, because it would not allow for public funding of species reassignment surgeries for people who believe they are dolphins trapped inside a human body.  So cancer patients can just wait in line while the public funds are being spent to mutilate the genitalia of perverts.


     Anyway, now the Israeli Attorney General, after "consultations" with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Justice, and others, has issued a fatwa ordering the population registry offices run by the Ministry of the Interior to record as "female" any male transvestite asking to be recorded as such - including in cases where the male has NOT undergone genital mutilation "sex-change" surgery, and similarly for females wishing to be recorded as males without having bothered to do "sex change" surgery.  The Attorney General insists there exist "professional criteria for assessment" to rule when a person has become a member of the other sex, even when no surgery has been performed.  I suspect that these "professional criteria" involve a lobotomy of the Attorney General. 


    A "panel of experts" already exists within the Ministry of Health to approve sex-change surgeries.  And no, the surgeons involved are NOT prosecuted for assault and mutilation.  The same panel will now be allowed to rule when such people have ALREADY changed their sex without having undergone surgery.  That means, for example,  that male prisoners can do their time in the female prisons, and the military will have to pretend that such "transgendered" people are actually members of the other sex.


     Haaretz, the Palestinian newspaper printed in Hebrew, is orgasmically happy about all this.  The same radical Left that insists that circumcision is an abomination and violation of the human rights of infants just loves the idea of "gender reassignment surgery."  

     Its report can be read here: .  You will love this part of the report about two men demanding to be registered in the population registry as women while retaining their doo dads intact:


  'The two argued in the petition that they were not interested in sex reassignment surgery, and that making this a prerequisite is unreasonable. "The Interior Ministry position that there must be a correlation between the penis of the petitioners and their gender identity rests on an unfounded and outdated misconception," said the petition, filed by legal clinic attorney Hisham Shabita.'

The population registry people were perfectly willing to register the two dudes as women as soon as they had mutilation surgery, but the dudes wanted to be registered as women while - er - keeping the equipment that allow them to extinguish camp fires like in the boy scouts.  One of the dudes is a lawyer and he/she/it managed to change his registration to female in some places like the health insurance fund, but the income tax people and the banks refused to make the change.  The army refused to allow him to live in a women's barracks when he was in service. 

   I reprint here my earlier letter to the Minister of Health about this matter:

An Open Letter to the Israeli Minister of Health about Species Reassignment Surgery

To   Yael German, Minister of Health

From:  Steven Plaut

Re:   Your proposal for new coverage of health insurance in Israel for "Sex Change"  Surgery

Dear Minister  German:

    I read with great interest you new proposal to require Israeli "Sick Funds" or Health Maintenance Organizations to finance "Sex Change" surgeries for Israelis to be performed outside of Israel.  The full story behind your proposal was reported in Haaretz this week - .  According to your proposal, the health funds would cover the costs of any Israeli seeking to mutilate himself or herself, or what you prefer to call "genital reassignment surgery."   

     Now it is true that an Israeli approaching a surgeon and requesting that the surgeon slice off his or her pinky finger for no valid medical reason would be confined to a mental institution, and any surgeon performing such a request would be arrested for assault and mutilation.  But you have the sensitivity and insight to appreciate that slicing off a pinky finger is a far worse form of bodily restructuring than slicing off sexual organs.

       In any case, I am appealing to you to make your proposal more encompassing and less discriminatory.  Why should Israeli health institutions ONLY cover genital reassignment surgery?   Why are you refusing to order the health funds to finance species reassignment surgery as well?  After all, the failure to finance species reassignment surgery is causing suffering and hardship for many people who were mistakenly born into bodies of the wrong species.  It is time to remedy this!

     Take me for example,  Ever since I was the youngest of fellows, I have always felt that I should have been born a dolphin.  I identify with dolphins, embrace dolphins, and see myself as part of the dolphin species.  Sure, several psychiatrists have advised me to institutionalize myself in a loony ward.  But this simply illustrates how unenlightened are so many of the medical professionals in Israel.

     Madame Minister, why should the Israeli health system not pay for the surgery required to allow me to live my life to the fullest as a member of the proper species to which I truly belong, rather than being trapped in an inappropriate body for my entire life?   Why should I be denied the opportunity to replace my arms with fins?  Why can't I have my own properly functioning tail?  Why should I not be able to align my species identity so that I can mate with the other dolphins of my true self-understanding? 

      My dream in life is to become part of a dolphin performance team in Sea World.  But the obstinacy of the Israeli medical system is preventing me from fulfilling my dreams and living the life for which I was actually programmed, probably as far back as when I was in the womb.   It is true that I am genetically human, but since when does genetic assignment count for anything?   My true inner being is a dolphin, regardless of what genes I have been assigned.

     So Madame Minister, end this travesty!  End this discrimination.  Acknowledge species reassignment surgery to be exactly as legitimate and appropriate as gender reassignment surgery.  Do it today!

 Cetaceanly yours,

 Professor Steven Plaut



Kerry and Taylor

1.  You probably saw the story ( about how John Kerry invited singer James Taylor to help him prepare a salute to France based on the song "You've got a Friend." I think however there are some OTHER James Taylor songs that might have been more appropriate for the moment. These include:

Get A Job
Fool for You
Enough to Be on Your Way
Don't Talk Now
I Was Only Telling a Lie 
Mean Old Man 
Frozen Man 
Captain Jim's Drunken Dream

2.   If you had a million dollars and wanted to use it in the stupidest possible manner, here is what you would do with it:

3.  New atrocity at state-financed Sapir College in Israel:

4.  France gets serious:

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Je Suis Tatiana

1.  Where are the Je Suis Tatiana Protesters?

Israel imprisoned Tatiana Soskin for drawing a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed as a pig.  She was convicted and actually served jail time.  For details, see 

Bibi Netanyahu was Prime Minister when this took place and his own Attorney General was responsible for this judicial atrocity!

So when are pig cartoons in Israel NOT illegal? When they are anti-Semitic! The prestigious Israel Prize for sculpture was awarded to ultra-leftist junkyard "sculptor" Yigal Tumarkin in 2004 after he fashioned a pig wearing phylacteries, and on November 4, 1988 told Tel Aviv Magazine that when seeing haredi Jews he can understand the Nazis.

More on the Tatiana Soskin Affair:

The judge in that judicial atrocity was later involved in other scandals.  The judge who issued this verdict against Soskin is the SAME judge who ordered a rape victim to show the audience where her crotch was while she was being raped. 

3.  Inviting Abbas to a Paris rally against terrorism is like inviting Bill Clinton to a Paris rally against adultery.

4.  The yellow frog syndrome: 

5.  Et tu, Bennett?

Alas, it is true. Naftalli Bennett has joined the ranks of Israeli demagogues calling for an increase in the minimum wage, a move designed to price low-skilled workers out of employment altogether, a measure guaranteed to raise unemployment significantly and prevent young people from gaining labor force experience. The fact that the other political hacks, including those in the Likud, have called for such idiocy is no excuse. Bennett should know better!

6.  The Rivka Carmi junta, which runs Ben Gurion "University," just convicted Professor Israel David of "harassment" for the now-infamous Zippergate Affair. Please read this backgrounder on Zippergate and pass this on to every potential donor to Ben Gurion "University":

7.  Haaretz, the Palestinian newspaper printed in Hebrew, is truly upset by the terrorist attacks in France .... because they are causing so many French Jews to make aliya to Israel and so make the elimination of Israel and its replacement by a Rwanda-style "bi-national Palestinian state" so much more difficult!
Israel's leftist media are terribly upset by the horrific event that took place in Paris. I am of course referring to the great cheering of Bibi Netanyahu when he spoke in the Paris synagogue, something that has shocked the Israeli media to their core. And while the international media covered the speech live, not a single Israeli TV channel did. State-run Channel One broadcast a soccer game.

8.  Writing in the Palestinian newspaper published in Hebrew, Tel Aviv University's Aeyal Gross, promoter of transvestites, insists that criticism of anti-Israel extremist groups that pretend to be concerned with "human rights" is terror and McCarthyism. Ignoring the fact that every jihadi and anti-Semitic group in the world pretends it is only worried about human rights.
"Today, the organizations that 'monitor' human rights organizations and academia and define criticism as anti-Israel, attempting to delegitimize it often through distortion, are amongst the greatest threats to the defense of human rights and democracy in general. The McCarthyism that characterizes these groups, and their attack on the Goldstone Committee, is meant to terrorize those who champion human rights and those who criticize their violation." 

Monday, January 12, 2015

So they are all suddenly Upset by Assaults against Cartoonists, huh?

Speaking of the terrorist assault against those who make cartoons of poor taste, isn't it interesting that not a single Je Suis Charlie postureur in Israel has spoken out about the judicial atrocity of the imprisoning for a long prison term of Tatiana Suskin for drawing a cartoon!!!

I repeat - she served a long prison term!  Two years !!(see

December 31, 1997

Israeli Jew From Outlawed Group Is Convicted of Insulting Islam


JERUSALEM, Dec. 30— A Jewish militant who provoked rioting in Hebron and outrage in the Muslim world when she put up posters depicting the prophet Mohammed as a pig was convicted today of committing an act of racism and trying to offend religious feelings.

Standing in a white T-shirt as the verdict was pronounced at the Jerusalem District Court, Tatyana Suskin, 26, wept as the judge, Zvi Segal, read for more than an hour from his 63-page judgment.

A follower of the outlawed anti-Arab group Kach and an immigrant from the former Soviet Union, Miss Suskin was also found guilty of supporting a terrorist group and endangering life by stoning an Arab car.

She faces a maximum penalty of 26 years in prison, although sentencing was put off to a later date.

Miss Suskin was arrested in June after she plastered posters on storefronts in the Palestinian-ruled part of Hebron that depicted Mohammed as a pig stamping on a Koran.

Pigs are considered unclean by Islam, and the eating of pork is forbidden under Muslim religious law.

The incident set off days of street clashes in Hebron between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers, and also enraged Muslims abroad. A man charged with killing nine German tourists in Egypt in September contended that he had been spurred to action by the posters.

Last week, two other Jewish militants of Russian origin were arrested on suspicion of planning to hurl a pig's head into the area of Islam's third holiest shrine, Al Aksa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which began today.

In his verdict against Miss Suskin, Mr. Segal rejected defense arguments that she was emotionally disturbed, ruling that she had acted with cool calculation, fully aware of the consequences of her acts.

''The harm caused in this case is wide and offends all members of the Islamic faith,'' the judge said.

Miss Suskin acted out of a ''patently racist motive'' and with ''clear intent'' to provoke hatred and violence, the judge asserted, adding that freedom of expression did not give her the right to put up the posters in Muslim neighborhoods of Hebron.

Miss Suskin said she was not sorry. ''I don't agree with this conviction,'' she told reporters. ''I have nothing to regret.''

She added: ''The whole legal system is one big mistake. I didn't expect anything good from this system.''

Her lawyer, Shmuel Casper, argued that her right to freedom of expression had been infringed. ''It's time this country drew up a bill of rights so people will know whether a picture they draw or a postcard they send is a racist act,'' he said. ''She didn't go there to incite World War III.''

A day after Miss Suskin put up the posters while wearing a T-shirt with the clenched-fist symbol of Kach, she hurled a stone at a car driven by a Palestinian motorist, breaking its window, according to her indictment. She was convicted today of endangering human life on the road.

Kach, which is banned in Israel, was founded by Meir Kahane, a radical anti-Arab rabbi who was assassinated in New York in 1990.


The fact that KACH is banned while Hamas clone groups run about Israel freely is no less absurd!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Oops - I wrote Spike Lee where it should have said Spike Jones

End Naziphobia!

End Naziphobia!


By Steven Plaut



    Buried for decades deep inside the basements of the Library of Congress, researchers have just uncovered the following remarkable document dated December 7, 1942.   It contains a call to the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of Great Britain, issued by 789 journalists from around the world and endorsed by dozens of chapters of Professors for Immediate Peace.  Here is the text:



Dear Mr. President and Mr. Prime Minister:


     We, the undersigned journalists and professors and other seekers of peace,  call upon you to use your powers and influence to put an end to the blight that is eating away at the moral fabric of the societies of the Allied nations and weakening their resolve to pursue peace.  We are referring to the form of bigotry and intolerance known as Naziphobia.  For too long Americans and British fellow citizens have sat by passively while certain media outfits have vilified and insulted Nazis, mocking their sacred symbols and beliefs, belittling their ideological leaders. 


    These manifestations of intolerance have fanned the flames of the current international conflict and have led to a prolonging of hostilities.  Thoughtless English-language newspapers have even taken to referring to the Germans as "Krauts" and the Japanese as "Japs" or "Nips."   Such language alienates the peoples in these countries and offends their sensitivities.  This unbecomes us as civilized Western Anglo-Saxons.


   We demand immediate action to end Naziphobia and to foster an atmosphere of reconciliation.  We demand that Spike Lee be immediately incarcerated for his offensive song mocking the German leadership and we demand that the Congress issue an official writ of apology to the German people for that.  We demand that American and British schools expose their children to the principles of Nazi ideology in order to end the demonization and allow them to understand the Other.  We demand an end to derogatory newspaper comments about "Aryans."   We also insist that anti-German discriminatory laws in the US and Great Britain be erased from the books and that quotas preventing migration of citizens of the Third Reich and the Japanese Empire to the territories of these countries be eliminated.


    Let us recall whence the Angles and Saxons came to the British Islands in the first place and hence ultimately to the New World.  Let us recall the great cultural legacy our ancestors received from these Teutons.   It is time to understand the Other, not to demonize him.  Let us prove our moral worthiness to our current adversaries by prohibiting publication of offensive Naziphobia propaganda and racist Reich-baiting.  Let us criminalize the public burning of Mein Kampf and portraits of the Fuhrer.  Let us punish those who defile the buildings of London and New York with offensive graffiti caricatures of Hitler and the Japanese Emperor.


   Peace may yet be restored if we purge ourselves of these manifestations of racism and bigotry!  Stop Naziphobia!


     Let us move forward to peace and reconciliation!


Thursday, January 08, 2015

The Wages of Appeasement

1.  Dear French People! We just wanted to thank you this week in Paris near the Bastille for having recognized the "right" of the "Palestinians" to have their own "state" in Israeli lands! We hope you enjoyed our thank you gesture.

Signed, The Armed Lovers of Peace and Jihad



2.  Offering the French Land for Peace


by Steven Plaut


Never one to back down from a challenge, I have prepared a set of proposals for consideration by the French people, so they too can achieve a full, lasting, and just peace with their historic opponents.

First, we all agree that territory must not be annexed by force. Therefore, we can also agree that Germany has a moral right to demand the return of Alsace-Lorraine, for the French aggression in 1945 and its consequent occupation must not be rewarded. "A full withdrawal for full peace" should operate here. Further, France must agree to the return and rehabilitation of all ethnic Germans expelled from Alsace-Lorraine after World Wars I and II, as well as all those they define as their descendents.

But this, of course, is just the first step toward a solution, as no aggression can be rewarded—and France has much other stolen territory to return. It took Corsica from Genoa, Nice and Savoy from Piedmont; as the successor state, Italy must get back all these lands. By similar token, territories grabbed from the Habsburgs go back to Austria, including Franche-Comté, Artois, and historic Burgundy. The Roussillon area (along the Pyrenées) must be returned to Spain, its rightful owner. And Normandy, Anjou, Aquitaine, and Gascony must be returned to their rightful owners, the British royal family.

Not even this not enough for the sake of peace. Brittany and Languedoc must be granted autonomy at once, recognizing the Breton and Occitan Liberation organizations as their legal rulers. This leaves the French government in control over the Île de France (the area around Paris).

That, however, still does not solve the problem of the Holy City of Paris, sacred to artists, gourmets, and adulterers. The Corsicans obviously have a historic claim to the Tomb of the Emperor Napoleon, their famed son, as well as the Invalides complex and beyond. For the sake of peace, is it not too much to ask that Paris be the capital for two peoples? The French authorities must agree to prevent French Parisians from even entering the sacred tomb area, lest this upset the Corsicans.

The Saint Chapelle and the Church of Notre Dame of course will be internationalized, under joint Vatican-art historical auspices. Indeed, the French should consider it a compliment of the highest order that so many people see Paris as an international city.

The French have nothing to complain of. They will enjoy the benefits of peace and retain control of the Champs Elysées. 

Actually, come to think of it, even the Champs Elysées may be too much. Recalling the French position that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel, perhaps the true French capital is not Paris at all, but Vichy. 




3.  PSSSTTTT! Post on Islamist web sites: Haaretz journalists do not respect the Prophet!


4.  The wages of appeasement:


5.  Find the settler:



Hebrew University - Zeev Sternhell (Dept of Political Science) Dons a Palestinian Kaffiya to Attack the Cabal of Too-Powerful Right-Wing Jews in America


Sapir College & IDI Watch - Ze'ev Tzahor (College President) Defends Massacre the Jews "Art" Exhibit


8.   PPPSSSSTTTTT! Pass it on! Leftists eat brunch!

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