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Defending our Lives

February 15, 2012


Defending our Lives


While Americans were buying snacks and betting on spreads for the Super Bowl, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was calling for the death of all Jews and the destruction of the “cancerous tumor” of Israel. Alef, the website tied to the Ayatollah, claimed, It is a “jurisprudential justification to kill all the Jews and annihilate Israel, and in that, the Islamic government of Iran must take the helm.”  This came a few weeks after the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Mohammad Hussein, spoke at a Fatah anniversary ceremony and declared to a cheering crowd, “The hour will not come until you fight the Jews….The Jews will hide behind rocks and trees. And the rocks and trees will call out, ‘oh Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him!’”

            If you don’t think Hamen and Hitler’s descendants and their virulent anti-Semitism are back with a vengeance, you must watch the documentary, Unmasked: Judeophobia; the Threat to Civilization (available at On February 6th at the Berman Center, hundreds of viewers were fortunate enough to hear Gloria Greenfield and witness her devastating film up close.

After she finished filming her powerful documentary, The Case for Israel: Democracy’s Outpost, Greenfield traveled from Israel to Europe to North America, uncovering anti-Semitism from all angles, including Christian and Islamic polemics against Jews, the proliferation of anti-Israel bias in academia and cultural institutions, misinformation campaigns and state-sanctioned denials of Israel’s right to exist. She interviewed Alan Dershowitz, Joe Lieberman, John Bolton, Natan Sharansky, Bret Stephens and Israel Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon and many more, all to help unmask the history of anti-Semitism and its overwhelming prevalence now.

The film begins with Elie Wiesel’s words: “Since 1945, I was not as afraid as I am now” and brings all the forces, past and present, which have led to the world-wide demonizing of Jews as occupiers, murderers, and money-grubbing thieves. It highlights the connection between Hitler and today’s radical Islamists which began seven decades ago when the Grand Mufti of Palestine, Haj Amin al-Husseini, fled Germany and met with Hitler and his henchmen. His goal was to convince them to extend their exterminations to Arab countries and he thanked Hitler for his sympathy to the Palestinian cause. “The Arabs were Germany’s natural friends,” he said, “because they had the same enemies as had Germany, namely…the Jews.” The decades have only intensified the goal of complete annihilation of Jews everywhere as demonstrated by Hamas, Hezbollah, and the leaders of Iran.

Today, the prevalence of “lethal Jew hatred,” according to Gloria, is overwhelming. Jews in Europe have to protect themselves from the virulence that’s spreading and young Jewish Americans on campuses often hide their feelings for Israel for fear of reprisal. Anti-Semitism has spread from country to country, often neglected by the media. ADL’s National Director, Abraham Foxman, says that even in the United States, “When you measure hate crimes, Jews and Jewish institutions are still the number one targets. For every time there is an Islamophobic attack, there are 10 attacks on Jewish institutions.” Yet, bombings directed toward Christians and Jews around the world are casually reported, as if they’re to be expected. Wall Street Deputy Editor Bret Stephens says in the film that, “The political thinking (from Arab journalists, the Muslim Brotherhood, and men and women on the Arab street) informed by an anti-Semitic conspiracy is staggering.”

Does a movie like Unmasked: Judeophobia have the power to stir not only older Jews who understand the imminent threat but younger apathetic Jews who have never witnessed such direct hatred? There were very few people under the age of 50 at the Berman Center to watch the documentary which made me wonder what will happen when the older generation is gone and the baby boomers too old to help. Who will protect our children and grandchildren from these growing threats? How does tiny Israel and a minority of American Jews battle the overwhelming size and population of Arab countries and their undemocratic enablers like Russia and China, both more concerned about oil than human rights?

Jews who know the threats to Israel and Jews everywhere can’t wait and depend on Zionists of America ( or Stand With Us (, both sponsors of the movie along with the Holocaust Memorial Center. We must do whatever we can to bring awareness. Join Aipac, ZOA, and ADL; write your Congressmen and letters to news editors. Read Stand With Us/Honest Reporting’s excellent brochure, Learn How to Defend Israel With Your Computer, about the best websites to learn what’s happening, dispute false information online, and be heard on the Internet. Keep up with Palestinian Media Watch ( and help Israel and fellow Jews win the PR battles which have often favored “underdog Palestinians” over “the Israeli Apartheid.”

How many times can we hear Arab leaders like Ahmadinejad, the Ayatollah, and Hussein openly and blatantly declare their desires to eradicate Israel and all Jews without being disgusted? A woman sat next to me during the film, often sighing, visibly disturbed by the horrifying hatred she witnessed. Unfortunately, we can sit and sigh and pray all we want and it won’t do any good.

It’s time to wake up. When we hear the political descendants of Hitler rallying their followers to kill all Jews, it feels like “never again” is beginning again.  

Who else will defend Israel? Who else will defend our lives but us?




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