The popular alternative band Radiohead is scheduled to perform in Tel Aviv soon. As a result, the BDS fanatics, including Roger Waters, have been hounding them to cancel their performance. But Radiohead has so far withstood the pressure. Read more about this story here.
San Francisco State University has been a hotbed of anti-Semitism for decades.
Our friends at Jerusalem U--one of the premiere Israeli hasbara organizations-- created this six part video series documenting all aspects leading up to, during and after the Six Day War. The Israel victory in the Six Day War was nothing less than a miracle. Israel defeated several bloodthirsty Arab armies who were planning to annihilate the Jews, and in the process regained sovereignty over Jerusalem and its biblical heartland, Judea and Samaria.
Today is Jerusalem Day, celebrating 50 years since the Jewish State of Israel liberated our holy city of Jerusalem! Today we celebrate the reunification of Jerusalem, thanks to the miraculous victory of Israeli forces in the 1967 Six Day War.
Jerusalem is the holiest city in Judaism, as it is mentioned hundreds of times in the Torah (and zero times in the Koran). Jerusalem contains the holiest places in Judaism, including the Temple Mount, and the Western Wall, the last remaining structure of the Second Temple. It is disappointing that President Trump is yet to fulfill his campaign promise to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. But America does not get to decide where Israel's capital is located.
Under Israel's sovereignty, all significant religious sites of the three major religions are kept safe and accessible; while major religious sites in the Muslim world are destroyed by Islamic extremists. As supporters of Israel we must make sure that Jerusalem is never divided, and that it remains united under Israeli sovereignty.
Learn more about Jerusalem Day at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Also, to show your support for Israel, and specifically Jerusalem, purchase a product made in the holy city, at the Jerusalem Silver Shop!
Trump's speech was a mixed bag. Forcefully mentioning the threat of Islamic extremism, and specifically Iran, was a nice change of past policy. However, he didn't say anything positive about Israel, which is disappointing. One of the great problems in the Muslim world, holding them back, is hatred of Israel. Trump should've addressed this.
We are happy to report the rock 'n roll band, Aerosmith, visited with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel.
Check out the video on TMZ
It's important to note that successful bands like Aerosmith receive threats and hate mail from anti-Israel activists urging them not to visit Israel. Many bands succumb to the pressure, and end up not performing in Israel. However, not only did Aerosmith perform in Tel Aviv Wednesday night, which would be enough to drive the anti-Israel lunatics crazy, they actually spent time with the Prime Minister of Israel who is clearly a fan.
You can send a message to Aerosmith on their Facebook page thanking them for their friendship with the Jewish State.
Better yet, support Aerosmith by purchasing their greatest hits record. They have some great tunes!
The BDS lunatics are at it again. One of the most popular bands in the world, Radiohead (pictured above) is scheduled to perform in Israel this summer. Of course, the BDS lunatics are putting heavy pressure on the band to cancel their performance. This is a common tactic the anti-Israel fanatics use against the Jewish State. They are lying to Radiohead about Israel, accusing it of being an apartheid state that oppresses the Palestinian Arabs.
Of course, we know this is a vicious lie. Israel is the freest nation in the Middle East, where Arabs enjoy the same rights as Jews. Arabs serve on the Supreme Court, in the legislative branch (Knesset), and make up a significant percentage of students at top Israeli universities. However, the members of Radiohead may not know these facts.
Please post a comment on Radiohead's Facebook page encouraging them not to cancel their performance in Israel. Right now, Radiohead is receiving a heavy bombardment of messages from the haters. We must fight back.
At Counter Boycott, we have been optimistic about President Trump's foreign policy and promised support for Israel. The Trump administration has taken a strong stance against Iran, and stoop up for Israel at the United Nations. After eight years of Obama beating up on Israel, this change is welcome. However, we are puzzled as to why President Trump honored Palestinian Arab leader Abbas with the recent White House joint press conference. This is an honor usually reserved for heads of state from major American allies, such as France, England or Israel.
Abbas does not even represent a real country. Furthermore, he is currently serving the twelfth year of a four year term, making him an undemocratic leader. Abbas represents a society that is deeply anti-American, where children are immersed in anti-Semitism from an early age. Abbas subsidizes the families of convicted terrorists--the more victims the higher the pay--and names town squares and streets after those who murder Jews. Abbas himself is a Holocaust denier, and was involved in the planning of the Munich Massacre where eleven Jewish athletes were murdered during the 1972 Olympics.
Trump is dangerously delusional if he thinks peace can be achieved with the Palestinian Arabs anytime soon.
For starters, the Palestinian Arabs themselves aren't even united. They're divided between Hamas--the terrorist organization committed to the destruction of Israel and murder of Jews--in Gaza, and the Palestinian Authority, led by Abbas in Judea and Samaria. The Palestinian Arabs have been offered land for peace numerous times, only to rebuff Israel. The Palestinians Arabs do not want to share any part of the land with Jews, its as simple as that.
Peace will not be achieved through the signing of a piece of paper. It will be achieved when the Palestinian Arabs decide to stop demonizing Israel, stop inciting murder of Jews, and stop teaching their children that co-existence is impossible. The signing of a piece of paper promising peace means nothing if millions of Palestinian Arabs have been brainwashed to despise Israel, as they will continue to reject coexistence.
At this point in time, the best policy for President Trump on this issue is to support Israel, and pressure the Palestinian Arabs to reform their society. There are bigger fish to fry in the Middle East, like ISIS and Iran. President Trump should focus on that, and not get bogged down in a losing effort of coercing "peace" on Israel.
North Korea is front and center in the news. This is understandable, as North Korea is an enemy of the U.S., has nuclear weapons (even though their capability to deliver these nuclear weapons is questionable) and is led by a secretive, totalitarian, ruling elite. The rhetoric from North Korea is highly inflammatory--as it has been many times in the past-- as they threaten military action against the U.S. They recently tried to test a missile launch, but it was a dud. Rumor is that the U.S. may have played a part in this. Many are worried that the U.S. may soon be engaged in war with North Korea.
However, at Counter Boycott, we don't think the threat from North Korea is nearly as dangerous as the media is making it out to be. We think the threat from Iran is much more dangerous.
North Korea's political culture is similar to that of America's former adversary, the Soviet Union. Like the Soviets, North Korea's leaders are communists, which means they are atheists. And remember, hot war never broke out during the Cold War--even though it came close during the Cuban Missile Crisis-- because of the doctrine of MAD (Mutual Assured Destruction). America and the Soviets both knew that if either side used a nuclear weapon against one another, the other would respond with a nuclear weapon, leading to massive deaths on both sides, and perhaps nuclear annihilation if things escalated. Since America and the Soviets wanted to live and had no desire to destroy their countries, war never broke out. It was as simple as that.
The same idea applies today. Like the Soviets, the North Koreans are atheists. Therefore, they want to live as they have no religious based death wish or hopes in an afterlife. North Korean leaders want to rule their country and enjoy the luxuries of limitless power in their small corner of the world. They know that if they attack America, we will wipe them out. Thus, the policy of MAD serves as an effective deterrent. The bellicose North Koreans will likely not do something as stupid as attacking America (assuming they even have the capability).
Iran, on the other hand, is a completely different story. The political culture in Iran is rooted in religious fanaticism--specifically, militant Shia Islam. As we all know too well, militant Islam does not value life. Dying while engaging in holy war, or Jihad, against infidels is considered the greatest achievement for radical islamists. A Hamas leader famously proclaimed: "We love death like our enemies love life." He's right. As such, MAD may not be a suitable deterrent for Iran, but perhaps an inducement.
The Mullahs in Iran have a firm belief that the end of days will bring the return of the Mahdi, which is their version of the Messiah. Iranian leaders are obsessed with hastening the Mahdi’s return by fomenting chaos and violence, which adds a very irrational and volatile element to the Iranian nuclear situation. In fact, Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president of Iran, stated in 2004 that an Iranian nuclear attack against Israel would kill about five million Jews, whereas an Israeli nuclear retaliation would kill about 15 million Iranians, which is only a tiny fraction of the Muslims in the world, and thus would be an acceptable sacrifice. By every account, Mr. Rafsanjani was a moderate.
In addition, Iran is a menace all around the world, whereas North Korea mostly causes problems on its border with South Korea. Iranian Shia militias are causing problems in Yemen, Iraq and Syria. Iran's paramilitary wing, the terrorist group Hezbollah, has amassed 100 thousand missiles on Israel's border in Lebanon, ready at any moment to strike the Jewish State. In 2011, an Iranian plot to blow up a Washington DC restaurant in order to kill a Saudi diplomat was thankfully thwarted. Iran is even making inroads into Latin America, where it is sowing anti-western hatred.
This is why preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons is vital; because the Mullahs might actually use it. Yes, its true that North Korea is a problem, and we must deal with it. However, let's make sure we don't take our eyes off the ball.