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“THE ISLAMIC TSUNAMI: ISRAEL AND AMERICA IN THE AGE OF OBAMA” A Book Review by Fern Sidman

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Islamic Tsunami

THE ISLAMIC TSUNAMI: ISRAEL AND AMERICA IN THE AGE OF OBAMA

BY: DAVID RUBIN

REVIEWED BY: FERN SIDMAN

Issuing an impassioned clarion call to the Western world on the litany of existential dangers that radical Islam represents to America’s cherished democratic principles, author David Rubin’s meticulously researched monograph reveals that Islam is in actuality a political ideology predicated on a pernicious dogma, rather than the “religion of peace” that its proponents purport it to be.

“The Islamic Tsunami: Israel and America in the Age of Obama” (Shiloh Israel Press) is an exceptionally well documented treatise on the gamut of commonalities that are endemic to both Israel and America in terms of religion, politics and culture. Rubin calls on all free peoples, especially Americans, to take serious heed of the escalating dangers that Islam represents in terms of the perpetuation of bellicose actions bent on mass murder or the more insidious and subtle kind of aggression that is manifested by the potential silent incursion of Sharia law into American jurisprudence. He exhorts both Jews and Christians alike to carefully examine the Judeo-Christian value system that has bound them together for centuries and strongly suggests that they create concrete alliances in order to thwart the nefarious agenda of radical Islam; thus preserving “Western civilization” as we know it.

Rubin speaks with authority as he explains the Islamic concepts of dhimmitude (slave status for all “non-believers”), how the Koran metes out punitive measures against infidels, and outlines the ultimate goal of Islamic global dominance in the form of a Caliphate. Rubin is neither an alarmist nor he is suffering from paranoia and to his credit he does not posit himself as an abstract theoretician or a think-tank denizen. Having studied the Koran, the Bible, as well as plumbing the depths of resources on American history as it pertains to the views of the founding fathers and more recent events, Rubin’s book is replete with a plethora of highly enlightening quotes from these sources that help to state his case.

As a Brooklyn born American Orthodox Jew who now lives in Israel, he has first hand experience of the travails of Islamic terrorism as he ruefully recalls his victimization and that of his three-year old son, Ruby. In December of 2001 while driving home to Shiloh from Jerusalem, Rubin and his son were both injured in a terrorist attack carried out by Islamic militants. When Rubin arrived at the hospital he was told that he was “the hospital’s 1000th victim of terrorism” and recalls that he was later told by surgeon that, “the bullet which entered the head and traveled through the neck of my three-year old boy missed his brain stem by one millimeter.” Determined to assist other facing similar crises, Rubin founded the Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund, an organization dedicated to relieving the trauma suffered by child victims of terrorism.

Indeed, politics make for strange bedfellows. Under a sharpened lense, Rubin examines the nexus of ideas promoting multi-cultural and moral relativism as extolled by the ideologues on the far left of the political spectrum and those who would seek to vanquish any vestige of moral clarity, namely radical Islamists. Chiding President Obama for his own associations with left-wing radicals such as convicted terrorist Bill Ayres and his futile attempts to reach out “in peace” to the Muslim world, Rubin details the predominant Muslim influences in Obama’s background and his adamant denial of the very real threats that Islamists present to America, Europe and the free world.

While there is a virtual laundry list of hard hitting points that leap forth from the pages of this book, what really stands out is Rubin’s assertion that Obama’s Harvard law school education was financed by Saudi petro dollars. Says Rubin: “The tentacles of Islamic aggression reached their highest levels of American influence when it was revealed that Barack Obama’s higher education was likely financed and guided by the anti-American, anti-Israel alliance of secular leftsts and Islamic ideologues.” He qualifies this by saying that the radical American Muslim ideologue Khalid al-Mansour, (a.k.a. Donald Warden), a former mentor to Black Panthers founders Huey Newton and Bobby Seale was “raising money for Obama, apparently for his education, although the reason why al-Mansour would be raising money for a virtually unkown young student was not divulged.”

Rubin tackles the burgeoning phenomenon of Islamic dominance by encouraging the United States to tap into a treasure trove of timeless lessons for life. Quoting the Prophet Isaiah, he says that, “the Torah will go forth from Zion, thereby spreading its wisdom to the entire world. He asks the sublimely simple question: “What can the U.S. learn from the ongoing struggles between Israel and Islam?” Among other things, Rubin calls for the halt of immigration (both legal and illegal) from Islamic countries to the U.S. and suggests that that the U.S. require the emigration of actively hostile Muslims and those Islamists who are engaged in anti-American subversion. He also decries the passage of hate crime legislation which he says “will be used as a big brother technique to curtail the free speech of those who dare to speak out against Islamic ideology.”

Reminding us of the immortal words of Thomas Jefferson who said “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance” and Ronald Reagan who said, “At least let our children and our children’s children say of us that we justified our brief moment here; we did all that could be done”, Rubin leave us with a sense of optimism and hope as we prepare to gird our loins and defend our liberties and freedoms and our very lives from those who would obliterate us and them.

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are delighted to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

“ESSAY CONTEST EXALTS MEMORY OF JABOTINSKY” by Fern Sidman

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Zionist visionary and leader, Ze’ev Vladimir Jabotinsky, was remembered this past Sunday evening, December 19th, as hundreds of Israeli high school students from across the country gathered in the main auditorium of the Knesset building in Jerusalem for the award presentation to the 15 winners of the 2010 Ze’ev Jabotinsky National Essay Contest.

Sponsored by the American Friends of a Safe Israel (AFSI), and an Israeli group called Misdar Jabotinsky, the ceremonious event marked the 70th yahrzeit of the prescient Revisionist Zionist leader and founder of the Betar (Brit Trumpeldor) youth movement. A towering figure amongst pre-state Zionist leaders, Jabotinsky is known as a powerful and prolific statesman, writer, journalist and electrifying orator.

In stark contrast to his Socialist-Zionist contemporaries who encouraged Jews to fight for their civil rights within the countries of their origin, Jabotinsky was skeptical of this avenue of emancipation, proclaiming that salvation for Jews – both on a personal level and as a national entity – lay only in the re-settlement of the entire land of Israel. Jewish self-defense was at the epicenter of Jabotinsky’s socio-political philosophy, both as a physical imperative and as a wellspring of pride and self-confidence, capable of “ennobling” the Jewish spirit.

The essay contest covered five categories of Jabotinsky’s life, written works and political activities which included such headings as “The individual and the nation in Jabotinsky’s thought,” “Social reform according to Jabotinsky,” and “Jabotinsky, builder of Hebrew military power.” Offering first, second and third cash prizes, the essay contest was projected by AFSI as the first step in an extended campaign to stimulate interest in Zionist history both in Israel and beyond its borders. In the United States, AFSI plans to launch, “Zionism 101”, a filmed series of internet programs covering the 120-year history of the contemporary Zionist movement.

According to William Mehlman, the Jerusalem chairperson of AFSI and editor of their “Outlook” newsletter Jabotinsky’s link to Zionism’s heroic past was underscored in essay after essay on the saga of “Aliyah Bet,” his British blockade-busting enterprise that brought more than 100,000 European Jews to Palestine between 1936 and 1940; his World War I formation of the “Zion Mule Corps,” the first organized Jewish fighting force in 1,800 years, and his subsequent establishment of both the Haganah (which grew into the IDF) and the Irgun Z’vai Leumi (IZL), the underground resistance force that was instrumental in driving the British out of Palestine.

AFSI chairman Herbert Zweibon said the essay contest “marked the culmination of a 10-month effort to rekindle an intimate relationship with Zionism among Israeli youth, undermined by decades of high school teaching that made Zionist history and their attendant heroes hostage to universalist myths and ‘narratives,’ that smacked of blatant ant-Zionism.”

Former Member of Knesset Michael Kleiner, together with Emanuel Weiser of the Jabotinsky Order, spoke of Jabotinsky as a “revolutionary” in the most positive sense of the word.. “He revolted against the British occupation, against a Jewish establishment that seemed satisfied with a stateless Jewish status quo and while others remained silent, he marched across Europe in the 1930s imploring Jews to leave before it was too late.”

A polemical aspect surrounds the essay contest as well, due to a decision made by the Israeli Education Ministry in November of 2008 “to exclude the founder of the Revisionist movement in Zionism from the list of 100 personages studied at Israeli schools. Three years separated the passing of the Jabotinsky Law (2005) and erasure of his philosophy from local textbooks” as reported in Ha’Aretz newspaper. See link for further details: Jabotinsky’s been expelled – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News. The decison was then reversed by the Education Ministry as of early December of 2010 and according to Ha’Aretz the ministry is “actively supporting a privately-sponsored essay contest on Ze’ev (Vladimir) Jabotinsky and urging students to participate in it.”

The prizes to contest winners were presented by Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar and Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin. Describing Jabotinsky as Zionism’s most existentialist figure, Knesset Speaker Rivlin said he was “not just a thinker, but a doer.” In his remarks to the students, Education Minister Sa’ar, said that as a high school student in 1980 he took second prize in an essay contest commemorating the 40th anniversary of Jabotinsky’s passing and lauded his teachings as timeless.

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are delighted to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

“JEWISH HERITAGE CELEBRATED IN LOWER MANHATTAN” by Fern Sidman

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

John C. Liu

An overflow crowd gathered in the cavernous lobby of the stately New York Surrogate Courthouse in lower Manhattan on Monday evening December 20th for a moving evening dedicated to the majestic heritage of the Jewish nation. Sponsored by the Agudath Israel, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), the Met Council on Jewish Poverty and the UJA-Federation of New York, the Jewish Heritage celebration was the brainchild of New York City Comptroller John C. Liu, a native of Taiwan, who was the chief organizer of the event.

Among the dignitaries, elected officials and celebrities present at the event were German born Jewish psychologist and sex therapist, Dr. Ruth Westheimer. radio personality Nachum Segal, Helen Freedman, Executive Director of Americans For a Safe Israel (AFSI), New York State Assemblyman David Weprin, Consul General of Israel, Ido Aharoni, former New York City Councilman and current Deputy Comptroller for Budget and Accounting of the City of New York, Simcha Felder, Judith Shapiro of Jewish Heritage NY and NYS Assemblyman Michael Miller.

“I not only consider myself a friend to the Jewish community, but one who developed a true appreciation and understanding of the rich cultural and religious traditions of this timeless and eternal nation”, said Mr. Liu. In his introductory remarks, Mr. Liu mentioned that he had just returned from his second trip to Israel and found it to be “a most magnificent experience in every way” and extended his thanks to the Jewish Community Relations Council for sponsoring this trip and his previous trip which took place in 1999. “I was extremely honored to visit Israel for the first time, along with Dr. Ruth Westheimer, who had lived in Israel after World War II.”

Mr. Liu made reference to his participation in Chanukah menorah lighting ceremonies and his introduction to eating Hamantaschen on Purim. “Being a part of these traditions is very important to me and I salute the Jewish people for not only representing a beacon of light and hope to the world but for teaching the world the true meaning of freedom, democracy and liberty.”

Quoting the late David Ben Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel, Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel in New York, said, “Being a realist in Israel means that you must believe in miracles. Our very existence as a people since the dawn of time has been solely dependent of the mercy and compassion of the G-d of Israel and tonight we celebrate the heritage that we clung to and sacrificed for throughout the millennium.” Mr. Aharoni praised John Liu as being “a courageous bridge between Israel and New York City.”

Helen Freedman of the Americans For A Safe Israel said in an interview that, “It is wonderful to see so many supporters of Israel and the Jewish people gathered here tonight. As the nation of Israel faces the most difficult and challenging times, we are deeply indebted to people like John Liu and other non-Jewish friends and allies.”

Among those honored at Jewish Heritage of New York were Anna Rachmansky, the president of the Shorefront YMHA of Brighton Beach. Ms. Rachmansky arrived in the United States 30 years ago from the former Soviet Union and has dedicated her efforts towards creating a wide variety of social service programs that assist the Russian-Jewish community. She is also the chairperson of the Russian leadership division of the UJA-Federation on New York and recently delivered remarks at “The Wall Street Dinner”, a premiere UJA fundraising event. She also works closely with the Jewish Community Relations Council.

“We must never forget that there are those out there who struggle with hunger and poverty on a daily basis”, declared Alexander Rapaport, who was honored for operating soup kitchens in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn. With the invaluable assistance of the Met Council on Jewish Poverty, Mr Rapaport serves over 500 meals every day to those in need.

Praised for his work of saving Jewish lives 365 days a year through his work with Hatzolah, was honoree Rabbi David Cohen. Hatzolah, as an organization, is the largest volunteer ambulance service in the world. Chevra Hatzolah in New York has more than a thousand volunteer EMTs and paramedics who answer more than 250,000 calls each year with private vehicles and a fleet of more than 70 ambulances. Hatzolah members were among the first responders to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 and alongside other rescue workers, Hatzolah volunteers risked their lives to rescue, treat, and transport countless victims of the terrorist attack.In the process they earned great respect from their peers in the emergency service community.

Deborah Hes, the executive director of the Jewish Community Center of Washington Heights was honored for her diligent efforts in helping Russian Jews integrate into the complex network of the New York City community. Also being honored was Steven Goodman for his four decades of Jewish communal service through his work the YMHA system of programs that help the less fortunate.

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are delighted to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

Took Some Time Off For Christmas…

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

We took some time off for Christmas and are now ready to start things back up now.
We hope everyone had a very Merry and safe Christmas.