The unresolved Israeli Embassy and AMIA cases – why terror in South America should sound a loud alarm among Norwegian wannabe peacemaker.

Here are two stories that I am intimately familiar with:

A bomb explodes in the heart of Buenos Aires outside the Israeli embassy, on March 17 1992, snuffing out the lives of 29 people, a few of them Israelis, the vast majority Argentines simply going about their daily business in a busy neighbourhood in Buenos Aires. Scores more were either injured or directly affected by the blast. A friend of mine who lived on the next block, on floor 29, came home to find that his son’s bedroom had been destroyed by the bomb, while windows in other parts of the apartment were either blown out or cracked. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack. Islamic Jihad is famously sponsored by… tarararam… the evil theocrats in Teheran.

Just over two years later, the Argentine Jewish Mutual AMIA , located in an even more busy and crammed neighbourhood than the Israeli Embassy, was blown to smithereens, killing 85 and injuring 300. The Argies (as Argies tend to do) made a colossal mess of it, well aided by the then president Carlos Menem, a convert to Christianity from Islam, with origins from Syria. That corrupt crook corrupted the process, placing as many obstacles in the way of a relatively independent enquiry that made a complete mockery of otherwise sane laws as he could, with the net result, that today, 23 and 21 years later, we still have no convicts, although we know very well who the culprits are. Ss a bonus read on the tragic story, you can find out all about it reading the files on the mysterious death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman. Of the 85 people killed on that day, one of them a most lovely architect, Gustavo Malamud, whose wife and daughters I know and have seen the undying pain and distress this cold blooded murder continues to cause even today.

In spite of the Argie failure to investigate and prosecute the guilty ones, we know very well that this terror attack was perpetrated by Hizbollah. Hizbollah again receives their money from the evil theocrats in Teheran 

The list of the evil architects in Teheran bloody sway in the the Middle East barely needs reminding. From Iraq to Yemen, but also in Bulgaria and latest now the failed attempt to attack Israelis vacationing in Cyprus, they have inflicted death, terror and suffering wherever they go.
Hamas? Also on the Teheran payroll, and we do know just how serious they are about killing, maiming, destroying, even subjecting their own people to untold hardships, just to let some Jewish blood.

And they; the theocrats in Teheran, that diaper-head hiding in a bunker in Beirut, the Hamas ( plus of course a very long list including all of the Islamist organisations in the world, be they Shia or Sunni) boldly state what their goal is: To exterminate the Jewish State, i.e. a genocide forewarned. 

I for one tend to believe a terrorist who, armed to his teeth, and with many attacks on Jewish institutions and persons around the world, tells me that he will do anything he can to murder me, simply for being a Jew. They mean every word of what they say and will stop at nothing to achieve their goal (just as they will be killing people on the streets in London, on the buses and trains in London and Madrid, on the beaches of Tunisia, in kosher shops in Paris, in schools in Toulouse, in Istanbul, in Djerba, in Mumbai, in Copenhagen, in Brussels).

I dont accept to be a pawn in the abstract games of boredom that self indulging politicians, journalists, editors and “peace specialists” play. I dont think that they have the necessary intellectual capacity to analyse the many layered and centuries old conflicts that have been brushed under the carpet and now are ready to blow in our faces (although to be fair, one “peace researcher” did concede that Obama possibly was a bit optimistic and taking a gamble for the long term scenario of the deal). I think that they are so conditioned to condemn any critical comment coming out of Israel, and so intoxicated with the idea that Obama might possibly have a clue as to what on earth he is doing (he hasn’t), that they simply cannot bear themselves to be critical journalists who carefully examine ALL the aspects of the deal. They are enslaved to group think in an echo chamber and cannot add up the simple arithmetics of the deal that is about to go into effect: This will inevitably lead to more and stronger efforts by all the countries in the region to get a bomb of their own. The freeing up of sanctions and embargos will lead to more money and weapons being channeled to Hizbollah, Shia militia anywhere in the world, the Hamas, and make not only this region more unstable, but woe and betide the negotiators when the next heinous murder on a civilian anywhere in Europe will be proven to be inspired, funded and carried out by the aforementioned terror outfits. Or indeed in the USA, now only starting to taste the bitter pill of Islamic terror, cultured and paid for right in their own back yard.

(Most Norwegian media praise Iran deal, ridicule/slam Israel for fear of existential threat)

I must admit that after the North Korea fracas, I am ever so reluctant to believe testosteron hyped politicians?



7 comments for “The unresolved Israeli Embassy and AMIA cases – why terror in South America should sound a loud alarm among Norwegian wannabe peacemaker.

  1. Herbie
    July 19, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    A great book review:
    Undercover Jew
    A brilliant satirist unmasks the Palestinian human-rights industry.
    July 10, 2015

    Catch The Jew!, by Tuvia Tenenbom (Gefen Publishing House, 484 pp., $24.95)

    If you want to understand why there is no peace in the Holy Land despite the best efforts of the Obama administration and the billion-dollar European “peace and human rights” industry, you owe it to yourself to read Catch the Jew! by Tuvia Tenenbom. This myth-shattering book became an instant bestseller in Israel last year, yet, Germany aside, it has largely been ignored in American and European media outlets and by the reigning Middle East punditocracy. Ostensibly, Tenenbom’s book is disdained because the author lacks the academic or journalistic credentials to be taken seriously as a commentator on the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Though he speaks both Arabic and Hebrew, Tenenbom possesses no professional expertise on the modern Middle East, nor has he had any previous journalistic experience covering Israel and the Palestinian territories.

    So much for academic and journalistic credentials, then. In this volume full of personal observations, revealing interviews, and Swiftian satire, Tenenbom offers deeper insights into the fundamental realities of the Middle East conflict and the pathologies of the Palestinian national movement than decades of reporting by media outlets such as the New York Times, The New Yorker, and Israel’s Haaretz. No fair-minded person can come away from this book without wondering why such citadels of contemporary liberal journalism have neglected to inform their readers of the scam being conducted in the region by self-styled human-rights activists and their taxpayer-funded European NGOs—not to mention that this massive international intervention actually makes it even more difficult to achieve a peaceful solution to the conflict.

    So what’s the secret of Tenenbom’s journalism? For starters, he disarms the anti-Israel activists and Palestinian officials he engages with by dissembling about his own identity and by playing the simpleton. The author was raised in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family in Israel. As an adult, he broke with organized religion and moved to America, where he became a successful playwright and founder of the Jewish Theater of New York. In his travels around Israel and the Palestinian territories, however, Tenenbom presents himself as Tobi, a German gentile and unaffiliated journalist—an innocent abroad sincerely trying to understand why the Jews have chosen to oppress the poor Palestinians. Because many of Tenenbom’s Palestinian and pro-Palestinian interlocutors assume that this well-meaning German must be on their side—a reasonable assumption, since much of the financial support for the pro-Palestinian NGOs comes from the German government or political parties—the ruse works brilliantly. The activists are willing to open up to the apparently naïve German and express their true beliefs about Israel and Zionism—hateful views they might be more circumspect about sharing with, say, a New York Times reporter.

    In his tour d’horizon of the Palestinian territories, Tenenbom uncovers the fact that there are almost 300 pro-Palestinian foreign NGOs working (that is, agitating) in the West Bank and another hundred in Gaza, most financed by German taxpayers. Moreover, aid to the Palestinians by the European Union and the United Nations is the highest, per capita, in the world. Which might explain why, as Tenenbom keeps noticing all over the West Bank, so many Palestinian officials and activists are driving Mercedes.

    One may wonder why these beautiful European souls see their mission now as saving the Palestinians, while none dare venture to Qatar to protest the slave-labor conditions imposed on foreign workers building the 2020 World Cup facilities. That unprecedented human rights scandal perpetrated by an Arab apartheid regime has so far led to the deaths of more than 1,000 indentured contract workers. Were human rights activists truly looking for a great victory for their cause, they could easily mount a campaign to convince the major European soccer powers (Germany, England, France, and Spain) to threaten a boycott of the 2022 World Cup. That action would almost certainly convince the Qatar royal family to close down the slave labor camps. But then again, as Tenenbom caustically observes, “where else [but in Palestine] could one practice his or her darkest wish for Judenfrei territories and still be considered liberal?”

    For the German-funded NGOs in particular, exposing the Jewish state’s perfidy—“catching the Jew,” in Tenenbom’s words—becomes a psychologically convenient way to repudiate the Nazi past. Anti-Zionism thus becomes a path to liberation from the burdens of Germany’s past, indeed from all of Western colonial history.

    Regarding that colonial history, India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, was well aware of the political value of his spiritual and political mentor, the holy man Mohandas Gandhi. Nehru once famously remarked: “You can’t imagine what it costs to keep Gandhi in poverty.” Like Israel, India was founded shortly after World War II over the violent objections of its Muslim population. Despite Ghandian rhetoric about non-violence, India’s bloody separation from its predominately Muslim regions came about through a vindictive and massive transfer of populations—Muslims to Pakistan, Hindus to India. Today in the West, little is spoken of this nasty affair; not so with comparable developments in Israel. Thanks in part to the double moral bookkeeping practiced by the human-rights industry—captained by the Swiss Red Cross and German NGOs—a contrived narrative of unprecedented Israeli cruelty toward the people now known as Palestinians has taken hold in Europe and on the American left.

    Relying on his unconventional journalistic techniques, Tenenbom elicits a string of unguarded comments from the activists who work so diligently to keep the narrative of Palestinian suffering in the news. He opens a unique window allowing us to see how the victims’ game works in Palestine. For example, the popular Palestinian leader Jibril Rajoub—with the help of willing European collaborators—succeeds in staging a series of morality plays that perpetuate the big lie about his people’s historical innocence and unique suffering. Rajoub lets Tobi the German in on one such full-scale operatic production in the West Bank village of Bi’lin. With compliant Western reporters told where and when to gather, Palestinian youths comes on stage and, on cue, begin stoning Israeli soldiers. The soldiers ignore the “youths,” but the stones get larger and they eventually respond. The self-righteous Western reporters now have their “story” of Israeli violence for the day. Moreover, the event is filmed for a documentary by an Israeli leftist financed by (what else?) a German NGO. Tenenbom knows something about theater, and his satirical account of this staged episode is as priceless as it is depressing.

    Tenenbom’s method produces pure satiric gold, as when the wife of an American rabbi who heads a one-man organization called “Rabbis for Human Rights” (financed by a European NGO) can’t contain herself and admits to Tenenbom: “You can’t change him. Being a human rights activist in our time is to be a persona, not a philosophy; it’s a fad, it’s a fashion. A human rights activist does not look for facts or logic; it’s about a certain dress code, ‘cool’ clothing, about language, diction, expressions and certain manners. No facts will persuade him.”

    Another highlight of the book is Tenenbom’s visit—arranged by a European NGO—to an inverted Potemkin village of Bedouin encampments in the Negev. In the original historical version of the Potemkin tall tale, the Russian Czar created a few model villages with false facades to convince Western visitors that all was well within the empire. In the twenty-first century version of the tale perfected by anti-Israel NGOs, the technique is to make Palestinian and Bedouin villages look as awful as possible on the outside even when they are relatively well off on the inside. After all, it can never be admitted that the Palestinian people, despite their suffering at the hands of the Jews, constitute the most prosperous Arab community (with the exception of the oil-rich Gulf monarchies) in the Middle East.

    The visit to the Bedouin villages in the Negev is arranged by Adalah, a left-wing Israeli NGO financed by Europeans. Its director, Thabet Abu Rass, explains to Tenenbom that he is “representing the rights of the Palestinian people.” He then points to a map on his wall that says (in Arabic) “Map of Palestine before Nakbah [the Catastrophe] in 1948.” Dr. Rass soon makes it clear that the Nakbah is the source of the suffering, not just by Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, but also for the Bedouin who have always lived in Israel and enjoy all the rights of Israeli citizenship. Even as Adalah fights for the rights of the Bedouin in Israeli courts, its leader insists that the Bedouin are not really Israelis, but rather oppressed Palestinians who suffered the 1948 Nakbah.

    During his visit to the Bedouin villages, Tenenbom runs into two more representatives of foreign NGOs—Michelle from France and Alessandra from Italy. Michelle, who is Jewish, has been hard at work pressing the Nakbah claim for all Palestinians, including Israel’s Arabs. She tells Tenenbom/Tobi that her NGO works with the Israeli leftist organization Zokhrot (meaning “remembrance”), which is dedicated to perpetuating the Nakbah myth and to compensating the dispossessed Palestinians by allowing millions of them to return to their ancestral homes in Haifa, Jaffa, and Jerusalem, thereby ending the Jewish state. Even in Tel Aviv, founded by Jews in 1909, Zokhrot (with Michelle’s help) is agitating to rename some streets according to their “original Palestinian names.”

    Beyond its brilliant satire, Tenenbom’s book is ultimately outrageous and depressing. Outrageous, because thanks to the NGOs, so many otherwise rational, liberal people in Europe and the United States now believe some version of the Palestinian Nakbah narrative. Depressing, because as long as that destructive historical myth is believed in the West, it’s hard to imagine Palestinian leaders ever conceding that their disagreement with Israel is about the consequences of the 1967 war, which are entirely negotiable, rather than the consequences of the 1948 war, which are non-negotiable.

    Fred Siegel is a City Journal contributing editor and author of The Revolt Against the Masses: How Liberalism Has Undermined the Middle Class. Sol Stern is a contributing editor of City Journal, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and the author of A Century of Palestinian Rejectionism and Jew Hatred.

  2. July 19, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    On the topic of Zochrot… about two years ago, they organised a visit to a nearby little village, ostensibly built on top of an old Arab village. Indeed, there is an old Muslim graveyard (carefully kept and tended to by locals and also Muslims who live in the neighbourhood) on the outskirts of the village, which serves to prove that the people living there now are dreadful people, literally stepping on the dead. Which was the intended goal of the exercise. They were going on about remembering the Arab village and how dreadful it was that the “original” inhabitants were driven away and living in squalid conditions elsewhere in the world (thanks to the UNWRA who has mainly perpetuated the concept of Palestinian refugee). At one point one of the participants in the event – surely an evil old prick – pointed out to the others, that in that same village, there was another, and older Jewish cemetery. And if the organisers kindly would inform about the whereabouts and destinies of the Jews who had lived here before the Arabs?
    They also conveniently forgot to mention that nearby big Arab cities, with populations well over 50000 will not allow for the building of houses for Jews, whereas nearby Jewish cities, on the same size is of course open for all, and a declared goal to take over by several Islamic hotheads who poison the minds of young Arabs in this region.

  3. Herbie
    July 21, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Exactly so McG.

  4. Herbie
    July 23, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Two of the best speeches at the Stop Iran rally in NY

    Allen West:

    Caroline Glick:

  5. motti
    July 24, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Thank Herbie for your narrative, which was extremely thoughtful with a real insight into the Israeli extreme Left-wing Jews and the many NGOs’ funded not only by the USA and the EU, but also includes Norway, Japan and the various Arab states.

    I absolutely detest those Jews, or at least who claim to be Jewish and practice extreme left wing ideology who seek to comfort our enemies at the expense of the Jewish nation. I often wonder what will happen to them, once the Arabs consider their idiots usefulness has become redundant./ Perhaps they should relinquish their Israeli citizenship as it is s disgusting and take up Palestinian citizenship and residence in Ramallah.

    Israel should be brave enough to close down these foreign funded NGOs within Israel itself.

  6. Herbie
    July 25, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Detest them? Much too mild a word in my view. They are truly repulsive. The best concept I can think of is a person who happily volunteers to be a Sondercommando in a non-threatening enviorment

  7. Herbie
    July 25, 2015 at 7:24 pm

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