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Akamai and Daniel Lewin and Akamai

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After its founder was killed [oh really? or just in Israel since then...] on Sept. 11 and its business damaged in the aftermath, Akamai slid to the edge of failure. What it still had were Daniel Lewin’s technology and vision.

By Hiawatha Bray
Globe Staff / September 4, 2011

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At about 9 a.m. on what would be a very bad day, Paul Sagan, then president of Akamai Technologies Inc. of Cambridge, was on the phone with a company attorney who had just been in touch with cofounder Daniel Lewin.

Lewin, 31, who had invented technology to help the Internet handle huge amounts of traffic, was flying to Los Angeles to drum up new business, which the company desperately needed. Akamai’s stock was trading at about $3 a share, a sliver of its peak of $328 in 1999, at the height of the Internet bubble.

As Sagan and the lawyer chatted, another Akamai employee called on Sagan’s second line. He had been watching the “Today’’ show and saw that a jumbo jet had slammed into the North Tower of New York’s World Trade Center. American Airlines Flight 11. Lewin’s flight.

For a moment, Sagan hoped Lewin had decided to fly a little later in the day. “The airlines would just let you change planes back then,’’ he recalled. But the lawyer said Lewin had called from the plane, hanging up only when a flight attendant ordered him to switch off his phone.

“So we knew shortly after 9 a.m.,’’ said Sagan. “There was no hope that he was not on that plane.’’

Daniel Lewin was dead, and nobody knew whether his company would survive.

Yet Akamai’s most tragic day would also prove its most important. On that day, and in the days that followed, the world turned to the Internet for information as never before. Web traffic for Akamai’s global network of clients, including major news media sites, surged by a factor of five.

Lewin’s technology managed the spike handily; websites that otherwise might have crashed under the strain continued to offer details about loved ones, rescue efforts, and what went so terribly wrong. “It worked,’’ said George Conrades, Akamai’s chief executive at the time. “It really was designed well.’’

On Sept. 11, 2001, in Akamai’s control room, engineers and technicians worked furiously to direct the crush of Web traffic to every spare server. There was no time to grieve. But then and in the decade since, the thoughts of Akamai employees rarely strayed from Lewin and his technology, and what both had made possible.

“The end result is that you and I, without knowing Akamai is involved, get to see our content, and we get it fast, and it comes through clear,’’ said Brian Partridge, vice president of research at the research firm Yankee Group in Boston. “Akamai has had a behind-the-scenes role in the incredible development of the Internet.’’

In 1996, when Daniel Lewin, a former Israeli commando with a bachelor’s degree from Technion, Israel’s famed scientific university, began his studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, computer scientists already knew the Internet would do a lousy job of managing big spikes in traffic. Companies could prepare only by buying vast numbers of extra servers that would be idle most of the time, a big waste of money.

Lewin was already hungry for a challenge like that. “Danny had the kind of mind that comes and says, ‘Well, this is a big problem. Why shouldn’t there be a solution?’ ’’ recalled his MIT professor and Akamai cofounder, Tom Leighton. “And sure enough, he figured out a solution.’’

The Internet needed a better way to instantly locate vast amounts of quickly changing data stored on computers all over the world, and send it to anybody, anywhere. What Lewin and Leighton invented was a mathematical scheme called “consistent hashing’’ that radically sped up the process. Just as important, the system could “scale’’- meaning it would work even as many more people used it. It made possible the advanced Internet services we use today.

Lewin’s innovation allows millions of users to watch streaming video simultaneously, for example, and keeps news websites online during global crises as viewers rush for the latest information.

At MIT, Lewin stood out. He was a gym rat, a fanatical weight lifter who had once been Mr. Teenage Israel. “He was 180 degrees from the computer nerd you might imagine,’’ said his friend Marco Greenberg. “I remember this 16-year-old squatting 375 pounds.’’

Born in Denver, Lewin was deeply unhappy with his parents’ decision to move the family to Israel when he was 14. “He was brought to Israel kicking and screaming,’’ Greenberg said.

But he changed. Lewin’s brother Michael credits his mandatory service in the Israeli military. Lewin volunteered for the toughest, most dangerous branch of the service: the Sayeret Matkal, specialists in antiterrorist operations. He became “much more focused in achieving his goals,’’ said Michael, a financial services entrepreneur who lives in Israel. “When he came out, he was a man.’’

Akamai’s Sagan recalls an executives-vs.-employees paintball bout, where Lewin’s military training made him unbeatable. But when he saw that Sagan couldn’t keep up, “he literally picked me up like a sack of potatoes over his shoulder and carried me around,’’ Sagan said. “Literally, like I was nothing.’’

Shortly after 8:14 a.m., onboard Flight 11, two flight attendants called American Airlines and said that hijackers had stabbed two other flight attendants and a passenger.

The terrorists breached the cockpit somehow, and the one trained to fly a jet, Mohamed Atta, moved to take control of the plane. And it may be at that point that Lewin tried to stop the hijacking, according to the government commission that investigated the Sept. 11 attacks.

He had the training for it, but he never had a chance. One of the terrorists was seated behind Lewin and stabbed him, possibly in the throat. Lewin was one of the first of many to die on Sept. 11.

There were four airliners hijacked that day; two of them, Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, left from Logan International Airport. At 8:46 that morning, Atta flew Flight 11 into the World Trade Center’s North Tower.

Lewin’s loss was even more difficult for Akamai because on the day he died, there was record demand for the Internet as the world went online to follow news of the attacks. At their monitors in the company’s network information center in Cambridge, Akamai technicians, in shock from the loss of their revered colleague, watched as hits on their customers’ websites surged beyond anything they’d seen before.

Sagan knew he had to take command. “I had been a TV producer in my past life,’’ he said, “so I was used to high-pressure deadline situations, where you just totally focus on making all these little decisions in front of you.’’

He quickly addressed the company’s technicians and engineers. “Whatever you do, keep your eye focused on the network,’’ he told them, “because traffic’s going to go crazy.’’

Then Sagan gave one more instruction: Lewin would insist the company rise to the occasion. Do what he would do.

And they did. “Sort of through the fog and the shock,’’ said Sagan, “we just worked feverishly to run the business.’’

Don Marks, an Akamai engineer, spent Sept. 11 reconfiguring servers to build capacity on websites for organizations like the Red Cross and American Airlines. “All of these guys’ websites were getting completely overloaded,’’ Marks said. “It was only at the end of the day when I had a chance to breathe.’’

Although Akamai made it through the day, the company’s financial problems were about to get worse.

The Internet bubble that had floated Akamai through its founding in 1998 and its initial public offering the following year had burst. The dot-com businesses that spent millions with the company were going bust. Akamai tried to reinvent itself as an Internet services supplier to the Fortune 500 - big, stable companies that pay their bills. Akamai needed to “start adding real new customers before all the other ones went away, and we ran out of money,’’ Sagan said.

The Sept. 11 attacks further depressed the US economy, eating into Akamai’s revenues. Investors lost confidence in the company, fearing that the loss of Lewin was irreparable. “Everyone then wrote us off completely,’’ Sagan said.

Executives started citing a metric they called “quarters to live’’: how many more quarters could Akamai stay in business? The company laid off 250 workers about a month after the terrorist attacks, driving its head count down to 900. A year later, Akamai’s stock had fallen to 56 cents a share, and it cut another 145 jobs.

“We had to make just horrendous choices,’’ said Sagan.

But the survivors were determined. Akamai’s Internet-boosting technology was too good of an idea to give up on. Just as important, it was Lewin’s idea. “We stayed out of stubbornness and pride at that point,’’ said Sagan. “We owed him an enormous debt for trying to be a hero. And so that’s why we all hung around.’’

Lewin had left behind one more gift for Akamai, a new product he helped develop called EdgeSuite, which powered websites that were “dynamic.’’ Early Web pages were static; like a printed page, they were assembled beforehand, and everybody who clicked on them saw the same thing. Dynamic websites are put together on the spot. Click on a dynamic news site, and it will pull together a custom page from different stories, images, and ads, that changes the next time you click.

EdgeSuite was a winner. Akamai picked up clients like retailer Target Corp. and computer maker Apple Inc., which in 2003 adopted it for the immensely popular iTunes online music store. In 2004, Akamai posted its first annual profit, and it’s been profitable every year since.

Akamai survived because of Lewin’s vision for the Internet, one he laid out in the company’s earliest days: Its technology would speed up Web pages, deliver streaming video, accelerate applications, and change the Internet as people knew it, and for good.

The shame is that Lewin never lived to see that last goal realized. But everyone at Akamai believes his example made it possible to build the Internet we know today - dynamic, fluid, packed with video and images, and reaching every corner of the earth.

In the decade since Lewin’s death, Akamai has not forgotten him. His portrait, painted by the mother of an employee, hangs in the lobby of Akamai’s headquarters at 8 Cambridge Center. There’s also a plaque listing every winner of an annual award named for Lewin, and presented to employees who demonstrate his motivation and spirit - who have shown, as the award states, “the ability to move mountains.’’

Marks, the engineer, was among four winners this year. So was Parimal Pandya, a global sales service executive based in Bangalore, India.

“I met so many people who wanted to make Akamai successful for Danny,’’ said Pandya, who never met Lewin. “No challenge was too big for anybody to take on.’’

There’s a conference room at the headquarters that has the word “obstreperous’’ - one of Lewin’s favorites; it means loud and stubborn - painted on the wall, complete with definition. Another Lewinism, describing someone who did a really good job, is now the name of the online portal for Akamai’s salespeople: Titan.

A block away, near the MIT computer labs where Lewin and Leighton worked out their early algorithms, the intersection of Main and Vassar streets was named Danny Lewin Square in 2002, to mark the first anniversary of the attacks. That day, a tree was planted in a grassy area outside Akamai’s offices. It’s flourishing now, and there, the company marks each anniversary of Lewin’s death with a memorial service.

Akamai is now under pressure again, though not nearly as severely as in 2001. Rivals have begun to match the capability of its core products, driving prices and profit margins lower. The company’s stock has declined by more than 50 percent since the start of this year.

But there are new opportunities, as well: Akamai is bringing its customers into cloud computing, mobile computing, data security, and the delivery of HD video. And with 95,000 servers in 72 countries, and 2,200 employees, the company delivers 15 to 30 percent of all Web traffic worldwide.

When he died, Lewin left Akamai a legacy of strength. “Danny changed the lives of countless people,’’ said Greenberg, his friend. “He made a lot of people rich. In every way.’’

Hiawatha Bray can be reached at
© Copyright 2011 Globe Newspaper Company.

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Last week, the hacker organization “Anonymous,” symbolized by the famous “Guy Fawkes” mask, hacked Israel’s Mossad. 
Sat Mar 30, 2013 6:27PM GMT

By Gordon Duff

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After all, who is better to carry out acts of terrorism than an organization with 30,000 covert operatives around the world, almost all trained in use of explosives and demolition, building IEDs, car bombs, kidnapping and assassination and with a long and very public history of, not just murdering people but getting away with it as well.”

Last week, the hacker organization “Anonymous,” symbolized by the famous “Guy Fawkes” mask, hacked Israel’s Mossad.

The hack, initially exposing a hidden network of 30,000 covert operatives, some openly labeled “hitman,” came only days after Israel admitted to their 2010 act of piracy and terrorism against the Freedom Flotilla.

Now the Israeli regime has filled the internet with threats against “Anonymous,” if detailed information on their terror cells is leaked.

After all, who is better to carry out acts of terrorism than an organization with 30,000 covert operatives around the world, almost all trained in use of explosives and demolition, building IEDs, car bombs, kidnapping and assassination and with a long and very public history of, not just murdering people but getting away with it as well.

Every day we see it in the news, dozens killed in Pakistan, dozens more in Iraq, Kenya, Nigeria, the covert army of 30,000, planning terror, building a dozen car bombs a day and then being able to, not just write the lies blaming others but, in most cases, direct public officials, controlled through blackmail, threats or bribery, to “respond as directed.”

Did I forget Syria?

The army, more correctly the “cells” exposed by Anonymous include:

1. Direct Action: Assassins, explosives experts (for the Mossad “signature” car bombs) and kidnap/rendition teams

2. Espionage: Made up of trained agent handlers and signals intelligence personnel, often specially trained while posing as doing their “national service,” this group runs the Pentagon and White House, makes up Congressional employees, most think tanks, AIPAC and the ADL/SPLC. Key espionage operatives are seldom Israeli. Many are Turkish, Saudi, Jordanian and even Cuban diplomats.

3. Controlled opposition: Most obvious are the White Supremacist/Neo-Nazi groups recently exposed as being funded through Merkel’s government in Germany at the direction of the Likudist Party in Israel. Nearly every individual or organization, with few exceptions, that describes itself as “holocaust denial,” “anti-Zionist” or “historical revisionist” is now funded and directed through Israel.

4. Thought Control: No textbook, no university chair, no broadcast executive nor any news editor is ever employed unless a member of the “30,000.” All belong, all are, not just “answerable,” but actively involved in creating cover stories to shift blame for mass killings, political assassination, economic crimes or simply to put forth a continual “drumming,” of the big lie.

Birth by Murder

The first major act of terrorism by Israel’s Irgun, the predecessor to the Mossad, was in 1949. America’s first Secretary of Defense, an office Chuck Hagel only recently assumed, a man under 24-hour protection against Mossad assassins even today, was James Forrestal.

Forrestal was an enemy of Stalin and his inner circle of Zionists who, with the influence of Secretary of Treasury Henry Morgenthau, took control of President Truman, pushing him to back the occupation of Palestine by Communists, establishing a Soviet foothold in the Middle East under the guise of a “Jewish state.”

Under the guidance of Morgenthau, one million German POWs were starved to death, Germany was de-industrialized and Stalin was allowed to move into Eastern Europe and gain de facto control of France, Italy, establish broad terror and espionage cells that spread across the world, particularly in Washington.

When the now reviled Senator Joseph McCarthy claimed the State Department was filled with communists, he was totally correct.

Bernard Baruch told Forrestal that Zionists were going to kill him. The Irgun had tried to kill British Foreign Secretary Brevin in 1946.

Forrestal, though Secretary of Defense, was continually attacked by the media, Walter Winchell and Drew Pearson, the most influential columnists of the day, wrote scathing attacks against Forrestal continually.

Assassination teams following Forrestal were arrested more than once but released on orders from President Truman who, in March of 1949, finally fired Forrestal over his opposition to Israel’s ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people.

Soon afterward, Forrestal was poisoned and taken to Bethesda Naval Hospital. While there, he was thrown out of a 16th story window, his body showing signs of a desperate struggle, the room in disarray.

Walter Winchell, an accused Stalinist agent, called Forrestal’s death a “suicide,” a verdict certified later despite evidence to the contrary. The control of the press, likely 10,000 of the identities Anonymous accessed, seen today was “alive and well” many decades ago.

As, decades later, the public became aware that the killings of Forrestal, the Kennedy’s, Martin Luther King, even prominent American Jews like Senator Paul Wellstone and his family were Mossad operations.

The Hollywoodism “spin” on the Forrestal assassination is the classic. We are told that Secretary of Defense Forrestal killed himself because his brain had been taken over by one of the aliens that crash-landed at Roswell, New Mexico in 1947.

Jeremy Kagen, producer of the 1981 film, “The Chosen,” depicting New York’s Hasidic community, is responsible for the 1994 film, “Roswell,” which implies Forrestal was murdered by aliens.

We have seen it for over 60 years, if the trail leads to Tel Aviv, it must have been “little green men.”

Is the Story Dead?

As soon as the story hit, press assets, both “blogosphere shills” and the MSM passed on the word, “Mossad assassination teams know where to find ‘Anonymous’ and are ready to kill family members, pets, blow up neighborhoods or even shoot up another elementary school.”

Those passing on the threats are guilty as co-conspirators, covering for espionage and terror groups, using terrorism to protect terrorists.

Thus far, we have only seen the email accounts, a horror in itself, revealing what may only be the “tip of the iceberg.”

What if only 5,000 of the 30,000 are “agent handlers?” Does this mean there are tens of thousands of additional “deep cover agents” armed with dirty bombs or ready to kill public officials if, let’s say, there  is a threat to cut aid to Israel?

Wait, isn’t this exactly what brought on 9/11?


Gordon Duff is a Marine Vietnam veteran, a combat infantryman, and Senior Editor at Veterans Today. His career has included extensive experience in international banking along with such diverse areas as consulting on counter insurgency, defense technologies or acting as diplomatic representative for UN humanitarian and economic development efforts. Gordon Duff has traveled to over 80 nations. His articles are published around the world and translated into a number of languages. He is regularly on TV and radio, a popular and sometimes controversial guest. More Press TV articles by Gordon Duff
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How to Play Anti-Semitism Card and Lose | Veterans Today

How to Play Anti-Semitism Card and Lose

The ADL accused Jim W. Dean, Gordon Duff, and Kevin Barrett of anti-Semitism for saying that: “Zionist fingerprints [are] all over US-led Iran sanctions…" Time for celebration.

… by Jonas E. Alexis

Mark Dankof, a former Lutheran pastor and political activist who believes that the Israelis were largely involved in the 9/11 attack, must have been proud of himself because he seemed to have won the anti-Semitism prize at theJerusalem Post and the ADL. The ADL charges that Dankof has made
“anti-Semitic claims that Muslims and Christians are under threat by Zionists. When asked by the interviewer whether it’s likely the U.S. will reinvestigate the attacks, Dankof replies: ‘It is not going to hap­pen because the people who perpetrated [9/11] are the same peo­ple who control the news media and have a disproportionate influence in American foreign policy through various think tanks and so forth, that are aligned with the nation of Israel.’
“Dankof also states that he agrees with the outspoken 9/11 conspiracy theorist Alan Sabrosky that ‘9/11 was an Israeli Mossad inside operation from start to finish — one hundred percent. Period.’ Dankof adds that if others look into 9/11, they will find that:
“‘Israel had the motive, they had the means, they had the opportunity, they had the money, they had the resources, they had the inside contacts and they had the people in the American media and the American government to cover it up for them after the fact.’”
The ADL also accused Jim W. Dean, Gordon Duff, and Kevin Barrett of anti-Semitism for saying things like:
Zionist fingerprints all over US-led Iran sanctions…Strike on Gaza, Netanyahu’s swan song of rage…Killers of Americans run Romney campaign, US courts and media.”
I myself could not help but laugh a bit here because the ADL, as usual, was committing suicide. In 2013, the Times of Israel reported: “US Jewish groups support new Iran sanctions bill.”[1] In the same year, we were also told: “Jewish groups applaud passage of Iran oversight bill.”[2] In an article entitled “Jewish groups gird for ‘epic’ battle over Iran deal,” theWashington Post said by the middle of this month the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) was spending between $20 to $40 “on advertising and campaigns in 30 to 40 states” to stop the Iran deal.[3]
The Times of Israel has recently entitled one of their articles “Kerry leaves Jewish leaders ‘concerned’ after ‘frank’ talks on Iran deal.”[4] The Blaze, the New York Post, and the Free Republic declared: “Secretary of State John Kerry Gets Into ‘Intense Exchange’ With Jewish Leaders Over Iran Nuclear Deal.”[5]
So, were Dean, Duff, and Barrett wrong in saying that “Zionist fingerprints all over US-led Iran sanctions”?
You may want to hold onto something before you read the title of the following article which was put out by the Times of Israel: “ADL, AIPAC worried by Iran deal; J Street set to push it.” Listen to this:
“American Jewish and pro-Israel groups turned their focus toward Capitol Hill Tuesday morning after waking to the long-anticipated announcement that an agreement had been signed between Iran and the P5+1 member states. A number of organization expressed concern over the deal, even as they offered muted congratulations to the Obama administration for its efforts in securing a negotiated agreement with Iran.
“Many of the major organizations representing the American Jewish community and Middle East policy positions are expected to begin a lobbying blitz over the next two months as Congress reviews the Iran deal…. The ADL expressed “serious concern about shortcomings” in the agreement.
“ADL National Chair Barry Curtiss-Lusher and National Director Abraham H. Foxman wrote in a statement that after a preliminary review, they ‘are deeply disappointed by the terms of the final deal with Iran announced today which seem to fall far short of the President’s objective of preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear weapon state…’
“After listing concerns with the enforcibility of the deal, Curtiss-Lusher and Foxman turned their focus toward Congress, calling on legislators to ‘carefully scrutinize this agreement and weigh the concerns of non-proliferation experts, assess the national security implications for the US in light of Iran’s destabilizing and deadly meddling in conflicts throughout the region and consider the views of America’s allies and friends in the region.’”[6]
So, when will people at the ADL start growing up and acting like human beings? When will they start recognizing what is and is not anti-Semitism? I and others in particular have rejected the morally repugnant and intellectually contradictory claim that Jewish behavior is genetic.[7] As we have repeatedly pointed out, the issue has always been about morality and practical reason, not so-called good or bad DNA.
We are the ADL’s worse nightmare so far as they categorically reject the truth and its manifestation, namely, morality, practical reason, docility to the political order, etc. If “having a grasp of the truth is having a belief that matches the way things are,” as Plato put it,[8] then those who propose that Jewish behavior is genetic miss the mark and therefore do not have a framework that matches the way things really are.

Last June, the Jerusalem Post faulted Dankof for saying the following:
“It should not be ignored that the victories for abortion on demand and LGBT rights are reflective of the disproportionate influence of Jewish power, money, and activism in the United States.
“The key Jewish role played in the mainstreaming of abortion, LGBT, and pornography in the United States may be documented in Google search, especially in looking at the Frankfurt School and its Institute for Social Research.”[9]
What is really the news here? Didn’t the Jerusalem Post itself have an article last June entitled, “Jewish groups hail Supreme Court’s legalization of gay marriage nationwide”?[10] Why can’t writers and editors in the Jerusalem Post spend some time reading some of the heading articles in the Jewish Daily Forward and the Jewish Journal?[11] Is the Jewish Daily Forward anti-Semitic for entitling one of their articles: “Jews Overwhelmingly Back Gay Marriage: Poll”? How about this: “I’m an Orthodox Rabbi and I Celebrate Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling”? The ADL itself declares that it “has been a key partner in advancing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) rights.”
So, who is the Jerusalem Post trying to con into their worldview here?
Furthermore, do writers in the Jerusalem Post mean to tell us that they have never heard of Jewish scholars like Nathan Abrams and Josh Lambert, who get great accolades in Jewish circles and in academe for documenting that pornography is largely a Jewish town?[12] Have they never heard of other Jewish scholars such as Jay A. Gertzman and Edward J. Bristow, who say almost the same thing?[13] Edward pushed the historical argument further by saying that the Jewish involvement in pornography from the 1870s to the 1930s gave rise to Nazi Germany. If that is news to writers at theJerusalem Post, then certainly they have heard of Joe Biden’s pronouncement. Biden said then:
“The truth is that Jewish heritage, Jewish culture, Jewish values are such an essential part of who we are that it’s fair to say that Jewish heritage is American heritage. No group has had such an outsized influence per capita as all of you standing before you, and all of those who went before me and all of those who went before you.
“You can’t talk about the civil rights movement in this country without talking about Jewish freedom riders and Jack Greenberg…You can’t talk about the women’s movement without talking about Betty Friedan.”[14]
Gay marriage, Biden added, was a good thing because the Dreadful Few in America changed that.
“Think behind of all that, I bet you 85 percent of those changes, whether it’s in Hollywood or social media are a consequence of Jewish leaders in the industry. The influence is immense, the influence is immense. And, I might add, it is all to the good.”[15]
If writers in the Jerusalem Post are still confused, then they ought to hear from Jonathan Paul Katz of the Jewish Daily Forward. In his article “Dear Israel, America Is Our Queer Jewish Homeland,” Katz said:
“When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage across the United States on Friday, I was quite happy…. the recent ruling, aided by three Jewish justices, gave me the words to say what I want to say. America is the Jewish and queer space we want to build…
“I do not think we need to look to Israel for our queer Jewish role models: they are in the United States, and the folks that continue to work hard for the betterment of queer people.
“America is the Jewish and queer space we want to build. People are welcome to think Israel is awesome, but fundamentally most of us see our queer Jewish futures in the U.S. Most of us want to be accepted and loved in the country that we call home, not in a faraway place we visit but will likely never move to.
“As Yitzchak Francus reminded us last month, the task is yet unfinished – and it is perhaps because of this that so many Jewish Americans have become attached to the idea of Israel as a queer paradise. But we have so much to gain in the country that we call home. So let’s keep building the queer, Jewish America we want.”[16]
If that is again news to the Jerusalem Post, perhaps they should spend some time watching some of Hollywood’s movies and see who is really pushing the gay agenda. Didn’t Steven Spielberg say that the NC-17 movie Blue is the Warmest Color was “magnificent”? Didn’t he applaud the leading actresses, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux, for the sexual scenes?[17] Even the New York Observer noted: “Apparently, Steven Spielberg and his jury go for hot girl-on-girl action.”[18]

In response to the ADL’s charge that Dankof is anti-Semitic for saying that Israel is probably involved in the 9/11 attack, perhaps the organization should also take their complaints Fox News, the demon which probably put that thought into Dankof’s mind:

After the 9/11 attack, the Washington Post reported that at least sixty Israelis were detained by the FBI; but no one dared prosecute them, lest they be accused of anti-Semitism.[19] By March 2002, it was estimated that the U.S. had arrested some two hundred Israelis in espionage investigations, some of whom “had used cover stories to gain access to sensitive government buildings and the homes of American officials”; others were disguised as art students.[20]
In 2003, the Sunday Herald stated that “five Israelis were seen filming as jet liners ploughed into the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001.” The newspaper also claimed that
“Israeli intelligence had been shadowing the al-Qaeda hijackers as they moved from the Middle East through Europe and into America where they trained as pilots and prepared to suicide-bomb the symbolic heart of the United States. And the motive? To bind America in blood and mutual suffering to the Israeli cause.”[21]
The men filming the attack were eventually caught with their van:
“In the car was $4700 in cash, a couple of foreign passports and a pair of box cutters—the concealed Stanley Knife-type blades used by the 19 hijackers who’d flown jetliners into the World Trade Centre and Pentagon just hours before.
“There were also fresh pictures of the men standing with the smouldering wreckage of the Twin Towers in the background. One image showed a hand flicking a lighter in front of the devastated buildings, like a fan at a pop concert. The driver of the van then told the arresting officers: “We are Israeli. We are not your problem. Your problems are our problems. The Palestinians are the problem.”[22]
Their lawyer, Ram Horvitz, dismissed their actions as “stupid and ridiculous,” and Mark Regev of the Israeli embassy in Washington dismissed the allegations as “simply false.” Stating that something is false without providing evidence, however, does not resolve the allegation.
“The respected New York Jewish newspaper, The Forward, reported in March 2002, however, that it had received a briefing on the case of the five Israelis from a U.S. official who was regularly updated by law enforcement agencies.
“This is what he told The Forward: ‘The assessment was that Urban Moving Systems [of which the men were employees] was a front for the Mossad and operatives employed by it.’ Back in Israel, several of the men discussed what happened on an Israeli talk show.
“One of them made this remarkable comment: ‘The fact of the matter is we are coming from a country that experiences terror daily. Our purpose was to document the event.’ But how can you document an event unless you know it is going to happen?”[23]
Perhaps the ADL can help us with the following questions: Do they mean to tell us that we should ignore all this evidence and context clues as if nothing happened? Is Mark Dankof crazy or anti-Semitic for saying that the Israeli fingerprints are all over the 9/11 attack?
Perhaps Shai Franklin was right when he said in the Huffington Post in 2013:
“In our interconnected, postmodern world, ‘anti-Semitic’ has become synonymous with ‘morally indefensible,’ unworthy of rebuttal, able to swiftly kill careers and conversations. As with nuclear weapons, though, this power should be exercised sparingly and responsibly. Barely a day goes by without someone being branded ‘anti-Semitic’ or ‘borderline’ anti-Semitic for criticizing or condemning Israel or its supporters….
“The absence of clear or consistent “rules of the road” is a persistent barrier to open dialogue and conversation. It limits the meaning and effectiveness of efforts to counter the persistent manifestations of genuine anti-Semitism.”[24]

[1] Rebecca Shimoni Stoil, “US Jewish groups support new Iran sanctions bill,” Times of Israel, December 20, 2013.
[2] Rebecca Shimoni Stoil, “Jewish groups applaud passage of Iran oversight bill,” Times of Israel, May 8, 2015.
[3] Steven Mufson, “Jewish groups gird for ‘epic’ battle over Iran deal,” Washington Post, July 17, 2015.
[4] Rebecca Shimoni Stoil, “Kerry leaves Jewish leaders ‘concerned’ after ‘frank’ talks on Iran deal,” Times of Israel, July 24, 2015.
[5] Jason Howerton, “Secretary of State John Kerry Gets Into ‘Intense Exchange’ With Jewish Leaders Over Iran Nuclear Deal: Report,” The Blaze, July 24, 2015; Geoff Earle and Kevin Fasick, “Kerry has ‘intense exchange’ with Jewish leaders over Iran deal,” NY Post, July 24, 2015;
[6] Rebecca Shimoni Stoil, “ADL, AIPAC worried by Iran deal; J Street set to push it,” Times of Israel, July 15, 2015.
[7] One of my frustrations with people who believe that the “Jewish Question” is genetic is that they simply cannot follow reason and take this argument to its ultimate end. For the past three years or so, I have been looking for a serious person who can articulate this position logically and without falling into a trap, but it has been one big disappointment after another. To date, no one has seriously fleshed this idea out without falling into contradiction. Some of those people either do not really understand the issue or fail to follow their own ideology to its bitter end. To my surprise, I found that many of those people repeat a mantra from some scientists here and there and never examine the intellectual rigor of the mantra at all. What was even astonishing to me was that if other scientists rationally argue that the genetic position is inadequate and ultimately worthless, those same people either ignore those scientists or appeal to the genetic fallacy argument, which is to say that they discredit those scientists by ridiculing the scientists’ credentials. In the end, they never get to address the vital issues and hubristically declare that their view is the correct one.
For the past three months or so, I have written at least seven articles pointing out what the genetic theorists need to address in order to make a serious point and why the issue is not as easy as they think it is, but this has been a big disappointment again. It is so sad that when those people move on to address irrelevant topics instead of focusing their attention on the actual issue. I remember one man emailing me and saying that the issue is genetic because it is quite old. My response was, “You’ve got to be kidding me. Both Christianity and Islam have been around for centuries, but you wouldn’t say that Christians or Muslims have some kind of genetic predispositions which allow them to embrace their beliefs, would you?” He never responded back.
I am still waiting for a person who really understands the metaphysical issues and take them to their logical end. I really hope that those people will one day stop disappointing or amusing me with their illogical leaps and internal contradictions. I simply have no patience with contradictions whatever.
[8] Plato, The Republic (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993), 116.
[9] “Lutheran pastor says Jews to blame for destroying Christian values after US approves gay marriage,” Jerusalem Post, June 28, 2015.
[10] “Jewish groups hail Supreme Court’s legalization of gay marriage nationwide,” Jerusalem Post, June 26, 2015.
[11] “Jews Overwhelmingly Back Gay Marriage: Poll,” Jewish Daily Forward, April 23, 2015; “I’m an Orthodox Rabbi and I Celebrate Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling,” Jewish Daily Forward, June 29, 2015; “Ron Kampeas, “Jewish Groups (Mostly) Celebrate SCOTUS Gay Marriage Decision”Jewish Daily Forward, June 26, 2015; Rabbi Eliyahu Fink, “I believe in Torah, halachah and equality,” Jewish Journal, June 30, 2015; see also Jane Eisner, “The Morning After Iran Deal Drama Ends,” Forward, July 28, 2015.
[12] See for example Nathan Abrams, “Triple Exthnics,” Jewish Quarterly, Number 196, Winter 2004; The New Jew in Film: Exploring Jewishness in Judaism and Contemporary Cinema (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2012); Josh Lambert, Unclean Lips: Obscenity, Jews, and American Culture (New York: New York University Press, 2013).
[13] Jay A. Gertzman, Smuthhounds and Bookleggers: The Trade in Erotica, 1920-1940 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002); Edward J. Bristow, Prostitution and Prejudice: Jewish Fight Against White Slavery, 1870-1939(New York: Oxford University Press, 1982).
[14] Jennifer Epstein, “Biden: ‘Jewish Heritage Is American Heritage,’” Politico, May 21, 2013.
[15] Ibid; see also Rachel Weiner, “Biden: Jewish leaders helped gay marriage succeed,” Washington Post, March 22, 2013; Adam Edelman, “Vice President Biden: Jewish leaders, pop culture drove gay marriage acceptance,” NY Daily News, May 22, 2013.
[16] Jonathan Paul Katz, “Dear Israel, America Is Our Queer Jewish Homeland,” Forward, June 29, 2015.
[17] Manohla Dargis, “Story of Young Woman’s Awakening Is Top Winner,” NY Times, May 26, 2013.
[18] Stephen Garrett, “Lesbian Romance Blue Is the Warmest Color for Palme d’Or,” Observer, May 27, 2013; see also Mike LaSalle, “’Blue Is the Warmest Color’ review: a masterpiece,” San Francisco Chronicle, January 16, 2014; Geoffrey MacNab, “Blue Is the Warmest Colour review: ‘A searingly frank and intimate account,’” Independent, November 21, 2013.
[19] John Mintz, “60 Israelis on Tourist Visas Detained Since Sept. 11,” Washington Post, November 23, 2001.
[20] Ben Fenton, “US Arrested 200 Israelis in Spying Investigation,” Daily Telegraph, March 7, 2002.
[21] Mark Mackay, “Five Israelis were Filming as Jet Liners Ploughed into the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001,”Sunday Herald, November 2, 2003.
[22] Ibid.
[23] Ibid.
[24] Shai Franklin, “Israel’s Overplayed ‘Anti-Semitism’ Card,” Huffington Post, May 8, 2013.

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