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Professor Jack Cohen : The Tale of Two Lions
In a message dated 7/5/2005 6:08 PM. Eastern Standard Time, Rachel
Lipsky Quotes Barry Shaw:
"I am proud to send you this article, written by my colleague
Professor Jack Cohen.
We are both ex-Brits. We both now live in Netanya, Israel. We have
witnessed the Palestinian rejection of generous Israeli peace concessions
and experienced the subsequent wave of Palestinian terror. We have
disgusted by the vehement and wrong anti-Israel attacks by terror
groups, the media, academics, and political leaders, especially
We know that the root cause of this unreasonable hatred of Israel
anti- Semitism. An anti-Semitism that we both experienced in our
youth when living in Britain.
As Jack writes, British anti-Semitism expresses itself in high moral
and 'political correctness' but the target is always the Jew.
Please read Jack Cohen's excellent article and pass on to others".
The View from Here
Subject: A Tale of Two Lions
In the middle of Ramat Gan, east of Tel Aviv, on a busy main street
at the base of a stylish modern high rise tower, there stands a
You could be forgiven for missing the statue altogether, for passing
it by without a glance. Yet, that statue is very symbolic of the
moment and of the continuing relationship, such that it is, between
Britain and Israel. For the statue shows two lions in combat, the
larger British imperial lion grapples with the smaller lion of Judah.
Yet, the latter is making a good fight of it, and from their appearance
it seems that the Jewish lion is more ferocious, more committed
to the fight than the British Lion.
In fact; the fight that took place between the two, the Jews of
Palestine and the British Colonial Mandatory power in the late 1940's
after the end of WWII resulted in a victory for the vastly outnumbered
Jews and an ignominious defeat for the British.
Some might attribute the British loss to the fact that they had
been bled by their exertions during the war against the German Nazis
and their allies. But, if any group had bled during that period
it was the Jews, bereft of arms, starving and without funds, the
Jews after the unimaginable sufferings of the Holocaust, took on
one of the greatest powers on earth at that time, the victorious
British Army, and defeated it.
In 1946 an attack was mounted by the Jewish underground on the British
Police Station in Ramat Gan. One of the Jewish fighters, Dov Gruner,
was wounded and captured. He came from Hungary and had lost all
his family during the Holocaust. In 1941 he had volunteered and
had fought in the British Army against the Germans. After WWII he
had returned to Palestine and joined the underground. Upon his capture
he was tried and sentenced to death. Appeals for mercy had no influence
on the British Government and he was executed on April 16, 1947,
with three other comrades.
May this forever be a stain on the moral conscience of the British
people! In fact that is why the statue of the two lions stands in
Ramat Gan to remind us of the monumental callousness of the British
and the sacrifice of our Jewish sons. Many attribute the origin
of the State of Israel to the subsequent wars between the Arabs
and Jews, but Israel was actually born as a result of the defeat
of the British Mandatory power by the Jews. The subsequent UN vote
and the wars with the Arabs only sufficed to affirm what had already
But a large part of the conflict resulted from the biased attitude
of the British. Reading "One Palestine Complete: Jews and Arabs
under the British Mandate," by Tom Segev, one goes away with
a clear indication of the preference of the British for the subservient
and obsequious Arabs, rather than the independent and uppity Jews.
While the Arabs knew their place, below that of the British colonial
masters, the Jews did not appear to have learnt the proper lesson.
That was why Labor Foreign Minister Ernest Bevin had to show them
who were boss, by shipping them back from Palestine locked in cages
to the concentration camps of Europe from whence they had escaped.
Although this did not deter them, and actually caused a backlash
against Britain in world opinion at that time, this was one of the
more ignoble and disgusting acts of any British leader (an anti-Semitic).
Do not think that current British leaders are made of better stuff.
We have had British Foreign Ministers and their offspring prancing
around Gaza telling us how to treat the poor Palestinians, while
they are blowing up our children in schools and our people in buses
and cafes. Maybe we should have followed their example as to how
they treated the Irish, with their "Black and Tans" and
"Bloody Sundays." But we didn't, and we won't, but we
can't abide their holier than thou hypocrisy.
Now a Union of 40,000 British University Teachers has passed a resolution
to boycott two Israeli Universities, Haifa and Bar Ilan, on grounds
that are not only incredibly stupid, but they are also factually
Further, this monumentally idiotic act can only show the thinking
world how shallow and biased the British are, because they cannot
in any way influence the actual political situation by this politically
So why do we care? We care because we are fed up with being the
object of the bias of others who are more stupid and ignorant than
we are, who have no idea of the real situation yet think that they
can tell us what to do and how to do it, and who think that they
are somehow morally superior to us. I have never fathomed this particular
attitude, because the British were singularly ill-equipped to be
rulers of a great Empire. They failed miserably and incurred the
hostility of most of their former colonies.
Now they are trying to work their way back, by pandering to the
most extreme views, particularly if it fits in with their long-term
streak of Anti-Semitism. This is not the violent anti-Semitism that
was endemic in Central Europe, but the polite British, exclusionary
kind. We don't mind Jews, as long as they know their place and aren't
overtly Jewish. The Brits don't like any show of ethnicity.
So you won't see Michael Howard wearing a kippah, and you won't
see Oliver Letwin saying a Kiddush (his Conservative Party profile
does not mention that he is Jewish). Not if they want to get elected.
And you will hear Oona King rejecting her Jewish ethnicity in order
to pander to the anti-Semitic Muslims in her constituency, and yet
they will still attack her! Given the number of anti-Jewish activities
going on in Britain today I am afraid that Jewish life as such has
little future there.
And in the battle that has been sought and joined by the shallow
British academics, the lion of Judah, once again will prevail.
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