FROM AUGUST 2012 MOSHE DANN: ISRAEL POLICY FORUM….A NETWORK OF INTRIGUE

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/moshe-dann/israel-policy-forum-the-network-of-intrigue/
THANKS JANET LEVY FOR THIS REMINDER…..RSK

A recent letter to PM Netanyahu opposing the Levy Report organized by the Israel Policy Forum (IPF) and signed by 40 critics of Jewish communities built in Judea and Samaria (“settlements”) received wide media attention. With perhaps a few exceptions, those who signed the letter did not read the report, since it was only in Hebrew at that time. This was a typical hit-job by a marginal, tiny elite organization that promotes the “two-state solution,” a second or third Arab Palestinian state and evacuating Jews from the area.

Touted as “American Jewish leaders,” the individuals who signed, except for those associated with the Reform Movement, Eric Yoffee and David Saperstein, represent no organizations or constituencies. They are mega-bucks “philanthropists,” very wealthy businessmen like Charles Bronfman, Lester Crown, Marvin Lender, owner of Lender’s Bagels, and Richard Pearlstone, financier and real estate mogul, who bought their way into Jewish communal organizations, Susi Gelman (heiress to the Levi Strauss fortune), Edith Everett who runs a family foundation, some corporate lawyers, a few academics, a former Clinton advisor, and two former US ambassadors to Israel.

IPF was founded in 1993 with PM Rabin’s blessing to support the Oslo Accords and counter AIPAC – and to carry out propaganda campaigns as part of a network of American organizations with a similar purpose, like Americans for Peace Now, and New Israel Fund, and left-wing Israeli NGOs like ACRI, B’Tselem, etc, think tanks like INSS and the Peres Center for Peace.

IPS’ first president was Jack Bendheim, a wealthy businessman (Phibro and PAHC holdings) and philanthropist living in Riverdale, NY with a home and social and business contacts in Israel. Jonathan A. Jacoby, IPF’s founding executive VP, worked for Credit Suisse and UBS and is currently Policy and Campaigns Manager at Oxfam America. NGO-Monitor’s research documents that Oxfam is an anti-Israel organization that supports BDS campaigns.

According to Prof Ofira Seliktar (Divided We Stand) in 1996 the IPF, led by Bendheim, along with billionaire S.Daniel Abraham (SlimFast), and Sara Ehrman (Americans for Peace Now) played a major role in convincing then-President Clinton and Secretary of State Albright to apply more pressure on PM Netanyahu for further withdrawals, halting settlement activity and concessions to Arafat as part of the Wye Agreements.

UN Cuts Ties With Official Tied to False Gaza Tweet By STEWART STOGEL,

http://www.jpost.com/ArtsAndCulture/Arts/Article.aspx?id=302418

De facto firing comes after probe into Kulhood Badawi’s tweeting of photo of dead Palestinian falsely attributed to IDF shelling.

NEW YORK – ­ Kulhood Badawi, a veteran public affairs officer in the Jerusalem branch of the United Nations Office of the Coordinator of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), has been “separated” from the UN, say officials in New York.

The de facto firing, publicly explained as a contract non-renewal, comes shortly after the conclusion of an internal investigation lasting almost a year.

The investigation conducted by the UN Development Program centered on a February 2012 Twitter post containing the photograph of a dead Palestinian girl, who Badawi insisted was killed by the IDF during its shelling of Gaza.

Subsequent investigations revealed that it was in reality an archived Reuters photo originally taken in 2006.

According to Reuters, the photograph was that of a young woman killed as the result of local clashes in Gaza, not as the result of any IDF action.

Badawi, it was later discovered, had been involved in several earlier controversial actions, including a 2006 demonstration in Jerusalem in which she labeled current Defense Minister Ehud Barak a “war criminal.” UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs Valerie Amos, while not disputing Badawi¹s actions, publicly questioned whether the world body could be held accountable for “personal” tweets.

As such, she launched the inquiry that Israel’s UN mission charged was a “whitewash,” with Ambassador Ron Prosor repeatedly insisting that Badawi be fired.

AMIL IMANI: IS IT TIME TO ESTABLISH A RELIGIOUS REVIEW BOARD? ****

http://amilimani.com/2013/02/the-case-for-a-religious-review-board/

It is time to establish a Religious Review Board (RRB.) Is this an outlandishly absurd proposal? Not at all. Serious problems require equally serious solutions. The call for establishing a Religious Review Board may be seen as an attempt to curb Islam. The truth is: it is.

Encroaching Islam with its rule of Sharia presents an imminent threat to subvert and replace the Constitution that governs our lives. Unlike Muslims who practice Taqiyyah—lying or dissimulation—I proudly speak the truth. Truth should never be sacrificed at the altar of any goal. I firmly believe that truthfulness is indeed the foundation of all virtues.

As things stand now, numerous boards at all levels of government, business, and community govern our lives. All these boards are charged with the responsibility of looking after the welfare of the people they serve. The Food and Drug Administration, for instance, must pass on the safety and quality of the food we eat; the Aviation Safety Board works to ensure safe flights; a local school board strives to create the environment that best serves the education and safety needs of the pupils. Boards serve every community and business of any size.

Soeren Kern: Another Attempt to Murder Free Speech in Denmark

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3578/lars-hedegaard-assassination “I live in a government safe house. I wear a bulletproof jacket. I have not walked the streets … in more than seven years. [I am] imprisoned in my own country for the mere fact that I have spoken out against the enemies of the West.” — Geert Wilders, MP, Netherlands Lars Hedegaard, a […]

Moderate Muslims in Canada Stand-Up to Fight Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism | Joanne Hill

http://www.jewishtribune.ca/news/2013/02/06/moderate-muslims-in-canada-stand-up-to-fight-anti-zionism-antisemitism TORONTO – If left unchallenged, anti-Israel and anti-Zionist propaganda being spread in Canada will result in violence, warned Sohail Raza, director, Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow. “We have a very poisonous situation at hand,” said Raza. “I have no reason not to believe that it’ll turn violent one day: it’s just a matter of […]

Stakelbeck on Terror Show: From Samaria, Israel’s Biblical Heartland

http://blogs.cbn.com/stakelbeckonterror/archive/2013/01/29/stakelbeck-on-terror-show-from-samaria-israels-biblical-heartland.aspx
Stakelbeck on Terror Show: From Samaria, Israel’s Biblical Heartland

On this week’s edition of the Stakelbeck on Terror show, the world calls it the West Bank but we call it Samaria: Israel’s Biblical heartland.

We’re on the ground in the mountains where Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob walked to bring you the truth about those so-called illegal settlements that Israel is being pressured to abandon.

Click play below to watch.

DANIEL GREENFIELD: WHAT DO HAGEL, BRENNAN AND KERRY HAVE IN COMMON?

http://www.aim.org/guest-column/the-least-we-can-do/ The one thing that Hagel, Kerry and Brennan all have in common, besides being Washington insiders, is that they all agree that terrorism is basically a misunderstanding. All three fancy themselves men of the world who know more than the peasants back home because they have spent a few days being shepherded through high […]

We Now Return You To Your Regularly Scheduled Programming: Daniel Greenfield

http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/ The last election has brought on essays bemoaning the conservative disconnect from popular culture and the need to somehow reconnect with it. The means of this reconnection are hardly ever stated, though there is the implication that conservatives would need to “evolve” on certain social issues in the hopes that its economic viewpoint will […]

UN Plan for ‘Palestine’: Israel’s Deterrence Power By: Louis Rene Beres

http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/columns/louis-bene-beres/the-un-plan-for-palestine-and-its-aftermath-second-of-four-parts/2013/02/06/0/?print This article appeared in the print edition of the Jewish Press under the title “The UN Plan for ‘Palestine’ and its Aftermath (Second of Four Parts).” Find part one here. After further codifications of Palestinian statehood, conditions in the Middle East would become markedly less favorable to both Israel and the United States. The […]

DANIEL SCHWAMMENTHAL: THE EU’S EXCUSES FOR HEZBOHHAL RUNNING OUT

http://professional.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324590904578287722010068526.html?mod=googlenews_wsj&mg=reno64-wsj&msource=DanSOpEd0206 The Bulgarian investigation into last July’s terrorist attack against Israeli tourists in Burgas points squarely at Hezbollah. Surely, with the report’s release this week, the European Union must finally do the right thing and add the Lebanese group to its terror list. Think again. “There is no automatic listing just because you have been […]