Tuesday, September 13, 2016

StandWithUs Video on Temple Denial

Michael Lumish

I like StandWithUs.

They have a sort-of moderate, easy-going manner that would be welcome by people who are curious about the conflict without necessarily being committed to either side.

In this way, they probably have a better chance of reaching out to regular citizenry than would, say, David Horowitz who is generally perceived to be a hard-right ideologue.

This is not to say that what Horowitz does is not valuable, because it is valuable... at least, in my estimation. But he's more like a general leading his troops into battle, whereas engaging with StandWithUs is more like a casual chit-chat with your next door neighbor on a summer Sunday morning.

In other words, they have no particular desire to beat you into ideological submission.

I do wonder whether this specific video is likely to resonate with many people, including many Jews, however.

"Temple Denial" is part of the Palestinian-Arab propaganda strategy to divide the Jews from the Land of Israel and it is more for non-Jewish consumption, of course, than Jewish consumption.

However, given the fact that the Long War is also a cognitive war, what they call "Temple Denial" (I hate that term) can maybe, in some infinitesimal measure, undermine Jewish self-confidence in our rights to our own ancestral homeland among Jews leaning in the JStreet direction to begin with.

Nonetheless, we need as much as this kind of material out there as possible.


  1. When Hollywood finally does their hero worship movie of the Mufti, Ryan Gosling had GOT to play him. They're twins.

  2. Cornelius Tacticus, the famous Roman historian (who had no love of Jews) and lived from year 56 CE (approximately) to year 120 CE said:

    “Much of Judea is thickly studded with villages, and the Jews have towns as well.
    Their capital is Jerusalem. Here stood their Temple with its boundless riches.”

    The Western World (page 141) by Pearson Custom Publishing, year 2009 CE

    The Histories by Tacitus, The Jews (Book 5), paragraph 8 of 13.

    {1} Muslims are LYING when they deny that Jews trace their historical origins to the Land of Israel.

    {2} Muslims are LYING when they deny that Jerusalem is the historical capital of the Jewish state.

    {3} Muslims are LYING when they deny that the Jewish Temple existed in Jerusalem.

    {4} Notice that Tacticus mentioned Judea, NOT Palestine.

    {5} Tacticus never mentioned the Palestinian people, even though he wrote
    much about Jews and their land, because there were no Palestinian people in his time.

    1. In truth, cultural theft is the basis of Islam, which is how they can claim that Adam was a Muslim. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were all Muslims.

      Noah and Moses were both Muslims and many Palestinian-Arabs would have you believe that Jesus was "the first Palestinian shaheed."

      It is also for this reason why they build over, or appropriate, the religious venues of other faiths.

      Islam is, in fact, a religion of world conquest and Muslim Supremacism... as Europe is learning to its dismay and as the American Left absolutely refuses to recognize.

  3. I doubt you have to go that far back. Dayan was a hard core avowed leftist who intentionally forked over the Temple to the Arabs practically on the day the 6 Day War ended. He, as a man, a Jew and an Israeli saw no cultural, spiritual or religious value in saving the Temple for the Jews. Now we're 49 years past that and the ramifications of an Israel that studiously abandoned its roots are obvious. And make no mistake, as "Jewish" as all Israelis self identify, and 80% of Israeli Jews indeed do and say they are observant in some way shape or fashion or believe they are, no one in Israel is going to make any serious effort to take back the Temple. It's lost. No one is going to spend the political capital to do it or risk the international opprobrium in the attempt. Liberals only retreat.

    1. I wonder how the EU and the Obama administration would justify condemnation of democratizing the Temple Mount? I guess they would insist that any such action would undermine the ongoing, never-ending, never fruitful, two-state solution. Gee, what a tragedy that would be. And, you're right, the Arabs would scream from the rafters for blood, thereby diplomatically inconveniencing our alleged allies in the West.

    2. Well, at some point you have to put your foot down. Whether you do or you don't you'll wind up getting what you deserve. So one must ask oneself what they deserve, and act on it.
      Let the Arabs scream. Why would anyone care? Just tell them to shut the fuck up.
      As for Obama, Mr. cool in all contexts, except for Israel where the "first Jewish President" gets to be "furious," so I think we can surmise his reaction. I consider him a classic arrogant schmuck. There was a time American leaders read the classics. Obama read Edward Said. There it is in a nutshell.
      I think the media has completely missed the point that this election is a consequence of the last two.
      As Eleanor Clift once admitted to my brother, "we're all amateurs."

    3. I do like Sinatra. Nice change.

    4. Y'know, I'm going back thru the Sopranos and one of the episodes opens with a montage sequence featuring this Sinatra tune.

      It's just got so much heart, man.

    5. Wonder how long it will take the UN et al to give the Pals nukes?