Those who advance terrorism and anti-Semitic agendas, prop up others who do so, or lend them cover, are the scum of the earth. There is no tap dancing around this issue. Everything which aids in their exposure will be done at this site, threats be damned. In fact, those who continue to threaten this and that know that their bullying tactics fall on deaf ears. To wit, an Iranian stalker has been bombarding this American-Israeli with messages, most recently sending along this “lovely” link. Yet, the following is of a “milder” bent, and the rest are in professional hands…let’s leave it at that – https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1498058023743373&set=vb.100006175680852&type=2&theater
In effect, it matters not a whit from whichever direction they lob their verbal grenades; Islamist-driven; garden variety anti-Semites or self-hating Jews. As a first order of record, let’s deal with the most grating level of this site’s (s)hit list.
It goes without saying, at least it should, that veritable anti-Semites always aim to destroy Israel, the one and only Jewish homeland. Vile vermin. All the while they have the utter audacity, the temerity, to protest and claim they are not anti-Semitic! Credo quia absurdum. At the same time, these miscreants generally have a very high tolerance and threshold for jihadi terror groups. One hatred naturally feeds into the other.
ADDING insult to grave injury, taxpayers are unwittingly/unwillingly footing the bill to the above vile behavior, so much so that a separate line item in one’s U.S. 1040 might as well read: “material support for anti-Semitism/Islamic terror”, like it or not! And as a U.S. tax filer too, being a dual citizen, the thought of it elicits much rage. In fact, a whole supplementary schedule may be in order, and it is not as if this blogger doesn’t understand how the IRS works. From the inside out.
In this regard, what’s going on – once again – to fuel this type of commentary? More than meets the eye, but first things first.
Let us meander to recent “news”, bespeaking the “unity” agreement between Abbas’s (Arafat’s) PA/Fatah terror junta and the Brotherhood Mafia’s Hamas terror spawn…two sides of the same organ, regardless of this or that charade of a “peace” process.
Now, being that terror organs, by nature, are incapable of sustaining their own citizens with basic services, there are always international Jew-haters willing to step in, including Washington’s poohbahs. And even though Hamas is designated as a terror org by U.S. law, as well as throughout the western world, the Islamist-in-Chief is Allah-bent on “working” with this new “entity’.
In effect, U.S. taxpayers will now be supporting Abbas’s PA/Fatah, as well as the Brotherhood’s Hamas! As mentioned, like it or not.
It is depressingly easy to imagine the State Department spokesperson making the same argument about “the Lebanese model” at her next press conference. But the difference is this: Lebanon is a sovereign state that would exist regardless of American support. The Palestinian Authority is an entity created by the United States, and it cannot exist without massive U.S. financial, political, military, and diplomatic support. Rather than finding ways around American law, the Obama Administration should be looking for ways to snap Abbas’ spine. If Kerry’s assiduous and careless peace processing was evidence of the administration’s incompetence, the decision to work with Hamas is evidence of the White House’s cravenness. The bill for this moral rot will be paid by Israelis—and by American taxpayers who will now be directly covering the salaries of thousands of card-carrying members of a terrorist organization. It’s not just Obama who will be crossing a red line by funding Hamas—he’s dragging the rest of us along with him into a political and moral swamp, in which America will combat terrorism with one hand, while paying for terror with the other.
It gets worse. Being a native New Yorker the following lit another fire, but was hardly unexpected. After all, New York City is – once again – in the grip of a radical leftist, Marxist/communist-loving Mayor, one who is surely all atwitter over taxpayer’s funding jihadi terror! In fact, the PLO/PA/Fatah are “pets” of Comrade Bill DeBlasio.
The fact of the matter is that the New York Council of Arts (and related entities) is directly funding anti-semitism and jihadi glorification. Plain and simple.
There is some understandable outrage about the Metropolitan Opera’s decision to stage The Death of Klinghoffer.
As alluded to above, the opera is based on the 1985 murder of a helpless 69-year-old American Jewish man, Leon Klinghoffer, confined to a wheelchair—shot in the head while vacationing with his wife on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean Sea. He was murdered by Palestinian Arab hijackers belonging to the Palestine Liberation Front, a component of Yasser Arafat’s Palestine Liberation Organization, and his body dumped into the water…
The opera opens with these words sung by the Chorus of Exiled Palestinians: “My father’s house was razed—In nineteen forty-eight—When the Israelis passed—Over our street.”
So we already know where this is going.
Hijacker Rambo invokes anti-Semitic canards: “Wherever poor men—Are gathered they can—Find Jews getting fat”
Leon Klinghoffer’s daughters were outraged and disgusted by the production.
We are outraged at the exploitation of our parents and the coldblooded murder of our father as the centrepiece of a production that appears to us to be anti-Semitic…
Even the New York Times ran an essay after September 11 indicting the theatrical production for its bigotry.
And what’s striking is how much it stands out in the Met’s season. The tawdry piece of pomo bigotry is sandwiched between the work of Verdi, Mozart, Offenbach, Bizet, Rossini, Puccini and Wagner. It’s completely out of place and out of time.
The Metropolitan Opera has been having serious financial problems. Its programs regularly mention support from public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. Its website mentions help from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
The Arts website shows six figure funding going to the Metropolitan Opera every year under General Opera Support. There are also other grants. That means that when a terrorist screams about the Jews on stage, he’ll be doing it with funding from New York taxpayers.
Maybe it’s time to put a stop to that.
If the Met wants to promote the murder of 9 percent of the population of New York City, New Yorkers shouldn’t have to pay for it.
That means eliminating all city and state funding for the Metropolitan Opera. The most obvious place to start is by killing the annual six-figure New York State Council on the Arts giveaway.
It’s something that a New York State Senator or Assemblyman can do.
At the Federal level, the Met receives funding from a variety of agencies, including $1 million from the State Department and from the usual suspects such as the Department of Education.
But it is not as if funding “Palestinian” “art” is anything new. Not at all. Most disturbingly, academia is in the forefront of glorifying anti-Semitic, pro-terror diatribes and student funds are (ab)used for the heinous deed!
Consider the case of MIT‘s Associate Provost for the Arts Alan Brody, as he subjected young college students to his thinly masked political agenda. But never mind, some weren’t fooled, including a nearest and dearest.
This past week, I attended the Dramashop’s performance of “The Company of Angels,” written by MIT Associate Provost for the Arts Alan Brody. As I thumbed through the Playbill, I came upon the end of the “Author’s Note,” a short message from Alan Brody in which he informs the audience that the modern state of Israel was the focal point of hope for the Holocaust survivors, but warns us that we shouldn’t misconstrue his play as “an apologia for political decisions being made by that country today.” He then continues to say that he hopes “the play is a reminder of what it means for any people to be homeless and stateless.” If his political agenda were not clear enough already, he concludes that he hopes his play “might help the people who see it to understand how important a home is to the Palestinians who have been driven to their experience of despair by historical circumstance.”
The moral implications of that statement are disturbing enough, of placing the onus on the Israeli people for the suffering of the Palestinians with the same moral weight as the unbearable burden of shame which lay upon the shoulders of the world community of silent bystanders after the Holocaust.
I also realize that it probably would not prove fruitful to begin a discourse on the utter fallacy of equating Israel’s policies of self-defense to the murderous genocide committed by the Nazis, an implication of Professor Brody’s statements clear to anyone who has studied the politics of the Middle East in the last decade.
Most significantly though for the readers of The Tech, I believe that it is an academic tragedy for a faculty member of Professor Brody’s stature to inject his own political tendencies into his work at the Institute. He was hired to contribute to the student body his great skill and talent in the world of theater, not for his personal ideologies which may constitute his world view. It is truly an inexcusable affront to those who survived the Holocaust and to the memories of the six million who perished, and a black mark on the proverbial eye of the Faculty of the Arts at MIT.
Anti-Semitism, an incurable sickness, wherever it takes root!