Intermountain Jewish News

Nov 26th


BBC: Black = white

Despite protestations — malevolent on the part of those like Iran, naïve on the part of some university students — that anti-Zionism is distinct from anti-Semitism, we have definitive proof otherwise. It’s straight from the horse’s mouth.

News item in the IJN, page 6: Gazans say “yahuds” (in English, “Jews”) are responsible for the alleged massacres of Gazan children. However, the BBC, the UK’s publicly funded flagship media corporation, opted to translate “Jews” as “Israelis.” According to BBC, “We took advice from a number translators in Gaza and London and were advised that the most accurate interpretation of what the contributors were saying in this context was ‘Israeli.’”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 July 2015 13:22 )


Blessed are the manipulators

Iran, a country small and weak — compared to the US — is the tail wagging the dog Blessed are the peacemakers . . . well, make that the manipulators. If the matter were not so deadly serious, we would perversely sit back in our chairs and wax poetic about the political genius of the leadership in Iran. Take this recent nuclear deal in context — in large context. In grand context. The deal is an absolute reversal of any logical, expected, rational turn of fortune. Here is Iran, pretty st...

The last Nazi?

Oskar Gröning, 94, a former SS soldier at Auschwitz, was convicted by a German court of colluding in the mass murder of 300 Hungarian Jews and sentenced to four years in prison. Many people and news outlets, including The New York Times, are calling Gröning’s trial “to be among the last chances to bring justice for the Holocaust.” Gröning, assigned to Auschwitz from September, 1942, to October, 1944, to seize cash and valuables from arriving prisoners, is guilty. We’re not questionin...

Nicholas Winton saved 669 children

If Nicholas Winton had his way, no one except 669 Jewish children in WW II would have known about his successful efforts to set them free from certain death. He kept his wife in the dark as well — for 50 years. Winton simply chose to do the right thing, which made him a rarity in an era of unprecedented brutality and moral cowardice. He just didn’t talk about it. In the late 1980s, Grete Winton accidentally found a scrapbook in their attic containing photographs of children, letters and de...

Last Updated ( Friday, 10 July 2015 08:35 )


Gaza needs what Greece is getting

The fantasyland of eternal bailouts. The fantasyland of eternal hatred. The ultimate lesson about Greece is not economic, it’s about Fantasyland. Greece has lived in Fantasyland — just like Gaza. Greece’s fantasyland is the free lunch. Gaza’s fantasyland is the attitudinal free lunch: hatred without consequences. The Greek fantasy is the supply of money as automatic as the laws of nature. The Gaza fantasy is the end of Israel despite the laws of nature....

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 July 2015 11:28 )

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