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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 and friend,
Professor Jack Cohen.

We are both ex-Brits. We both now live in Netanya, Israel. We have both
witnessed the Palestinian rejection of generous Israeli peace concessions
and experienced the subsequent wave of Palestinian terror. We have both been
disgusted by the vehement and wrong anti-Israel attacks by terror support
groups, the media, academics, and political leaders, especially in Britain.
We know that the root cause of this unreasonable hatred of Israel is latent
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 tone
and 'political correctness' but the target is always the Jew.
Please read Jack Cohen's excellent article and pass on to others".

Barry Shaw
The View from Here
Israel

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 small statue.
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 been established.

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 incorrect.
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 motivated act.

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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