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Some 70 years after high school students, shopkeepers and doctors stood with their backs to the wall of the ghettos and sang, "Never Say You Walk Upon Your Final Way" while reloading their pistols, a rally organized by "Jews Say No" gathered to protest against Israel for defending itself.

The Partisan's song of the ghettos was a courageous affirmation of life by those who went off to fight in Warsaw and in Jerusalem. And today there are the ugly chants of those who deny that affirmation. Who insist that the Jews are better off dead. Their rhetoric cloaks this agenda in the occupation,

Jerusalem Post columnist Larry Derfner wrote on his blog that, "the Palestinians have the right to use terrorism against us." Of the terrorists who killed eight Israelis last week, "however vile their ideology was, they were justified to attack."

Larry Derfner is honest, if equally vile, he doesn't bother justifying the genocidal Islamism of the post-PLO order, instead he settles for justifying the murders without regard to ideology. It doesn't matter what you believe anymore, or what you're fighting for, the left now extends the right to kill Jews without any belief test. You can be on the left, you can even be on the right, you can have beliefs identical to those of the Nazis, but with an Islamic veneer. It's all good.

Derfner dresses up his murderous permissiveness in talk of resistance, but if the fathers of one of the children killed by Fatah terrorist attacks were to kick Abbas in the shin, he would be the first to call for his head. It's resistance when you kill Jews. It's occupation when Jews fight back.

Larry Derfner's comments aren't atypical, they're widely believed on the left, but less often said outside their own circles, and even less often in English by a well known columnist. The reason for that isn't that the Israeli left are any more moral than their American counterparts, but in a country where going off to the army is still a national duty, those are explosive words.

The Israeli left makes a game of harassing soldiers with groups such as Machsom Watch, but it also tries to maintain the fiction that it is advocating on behalf of the soldiers by freeing them of dangerous duty in the territories, rather than openly approving of murdering them. Opinions such as Derfner's can be found among anarchists and the far left which marches openly with red flags, but rarely among a Post columnist

But times are changing. The Israeli left of 2010 is less likely to have sons in the army than 50 years ago. The IDF is more religious and more tanned. Like the United States, service is less of a national duty, and more a matter of choice. There are those who serve, and those who go play on the Riviera or move to Hollywood. Or strap on their guitars and strum their best ripoff of a Lennon song, while taunting those who do serve.

These are the Jews who say no, whether they say it in New York near the Israeli embassy, smirking for the camera, or writing on their blogs ideas which are a little too much for the Jerusalem Post, it is still the same word. It is not a new word. For every Jew who picked up a rifle in the Warsaw Ghetto and refused to give up, there were those who also said, "No."

Worse than the Judenrats and the Kapos, was Zagiew and Group 13, collaborator groups who were ideologically opposed to fighting the Nazis and tried to track and betray those who did on behalf of their masters. The Jewish Nazi collaborator who was not hunted down by the resistance and survived the war, rarely felt any guilt over what he did. George Soros' complete lack of moral awareness is not an aberration. It is perfectly normal for such people.

The Soviet Union too had its Jews who said, "No". This was the Yevesktsia, or the Jewish Section, which shut down synagogues, persecuted Rabbis, executed Zionists or anyone suspected of Jewish activities. Like Zagiew, Group 13 and the Kapos-- the Yevsektsia was eventually purged by its own masters. But its spirit is reborn in a thousand modern day left wing groups like J-Street.

There were always more Jews who resisted, than turned Soros. More Jews who picked up a rifle or taught their children to pray. But the majority were neither. Like most people of every race and religion, they allowed themselves to be swept up by the tide. And the illusion that there were two sides kept them neutral. Balanced between those Jews who refused to die and those Jews who were trying to kill them.

In every society under occupation, there are those who collaborate and those who resist. But the modern occupation is not a thing of armies and fortresses. It is the occupation of the mind.

The occupation of the Jewish mind is an old story. A people cannot live as a minority without experiencing this occupation. The Fuhrer and Commissar of the mind who teaches you to love yourself by loathing your own people.  But the occupation of the Western mind is a newer thing. These occupations are all the more insidious because there is no army to drive out, no barricades to charge.

How does one challenge an occupation of Larry Derfners and J-Streets? In the ghettos they waited until the inevitable moment had come, and the situation was as bad as it was going to get, and those appeasers who had some scrap of decency committed suicide or stood aside. But a Warsaw Ghetto doomed last stand would be a terrible thing in Israel or the rest of the free world.

The Israeli right was proven right about appeasing terrorists over and over again. Every prediction that was made, from Arafat violating the accords, to widespread terrorism, to Jerusalem being on the table have come true. The right predicted disaster after withdrawal from Lebanon. They were right. They predicted that the pullout from Gaza would lead to a Hamas terrorist state, and they were right.

We can go back further than that to Jabotinsky pleading with the Jews of Poland to flee while they had the chance. He was right, but as usual it didn't matter. The Jews of Eastern Europe were wiped out as he had predicted. But the left still went on ridiculing him. What were a few million dead there. What are a few million more dead here?

Being right isn't enough. the left is rapidly metastasizing into its final genocidal form. Its occupation of the minds of civilized men has become a disease that is consuming the host. And like a mosquito deadening the nerve endings of the skin of its victim, the first symptom of the disease is an inability to recognize the problem. Its final symptom is to state that the problem is not the mosquito drinking blood, but the amount of blood that hasn't been drunk yet.

This is the point of view of the mosquito, of the Israeli left, the American left and of every left. It is Code Pink, the ACLU, Not in Our Name, Women in Black, J Street, Jews Say No, Please Kill Us Because We Raped the Planet and Don't Deserve to Go On Living.

The optimist says that the glass is half empty. The pessimist says that it is half full. The left says that it should be completely empty and you should feel ashamed that there is any water in it at all. And that if you had any humanity and decency, you would pour out that water right now. If you don't, then you're fair game. And if you do, you're fair game, because you didn't do it quickly enough. And if you do it quickly, you're fair game because you are descended from people who didn't pour out their own water quickly enough.

This is the occupation of the mind. It has a surface logic over an utterly irrational mindset. Its goal is to convince you to kill yourself. Its goal is to convince you to say, No, or at least, Maybe.

Most Jews will never say, No, but quite a few will say, Maybe-- because we are terribly reasonable people and we like to listen to both sides of the argument, even when one side insists that there are perfectly good reasons for killing us. And any concession to No, is a slow path to suicide.

People who say Maybe have announced that they are unwilling to stand up to those who say, No. Their minds are already under occupation. By saying Maybe they have given their assent to mass murder and all that follows. By refusing to stand up, they lie down and let the worst do their ugly work.

The Maybes are very concerned with extremism and finding a safe middle ground. They want to be reasonable. But eventually the reasonable people still end up behind barbed wire, waiting to die. And here lies the difference between reason and reasonable. To use reason is to know that there is no use in being reasonable in the face of people who want to kill you.

The occupation, says Larry Derfner. The occupation, choruses, Women in Black, Jews Say No and a thousand other organizations.

But what occupation was there when the Jews of Hebron were massacred in 1929? Ah, but there were Jews in Hebron. There is your occupation.

And why were the Jews massacred by Muslim mobs in 1066? Obviously they were occupying Spain. Not to mention Morocco, Syria and Iran-- and every Muslim country where Jews were persecuted for centuries before Herzl or Moshe Dayan.

"...the Jews of the city were herded into their synagogues and slaughtered to the last man; the young women were raped..."

Thus ended the Jewish occupation of Aleppo in 1400. Much as Hitler ended the Jewish occupation of Berlin. And as the Muslim world remains committed to ending the Jewish occupation of Israel.There are always occupations. The occupation of those who kill Jews, and the occupation of those who justify the acts. Those who say, No.

Those who say No to Israel, say Yes to genocide. As those who said, No, to the Jews of Warsaw did. That there are Jews who say no to the right of the Jewish people to live is the definitive testament to the occupation. And why the occupation of the mind must be broken.

This is our war. It is what we fight against. The left's colonization of the Jewish mind is manifested in the No's and the Maybe's. In the modern incarnations of the Yevesktisas and the Group 13's. It is easy to dismiss many of them, like Jews Say No's list of signatories, which include such prominent Jews as Enoch Wu, Maher Awartani and Kelly McCann. The "No's" will always remain a minority. But they are also a living symbol of the occupation we face. The occupation of our identity and of our right to live.

The No's can never be entirely defeated, but that is not the point. The Warsaw Ghetto uprising did not bring down the Third Reich, but it remains a powerful symbol of "Yes". The Maccabee uprising too was a short term triumph, that ended in Roman occupation, but the story of Chanukah is eternal. These "Yes" moments represent our will to live, free of physical and mental occupation. They are the story of our national dignity.

The Jewish people began its history as slaves, every time we rise to fight impossible odds, we burn into our collective memory that our slavery is a temporary thing. That when we go down in defeat, we still do it as free men and women. The "No" is the legacy of the slave. It is a disease that lurks in the human mind. Every time we defeat it, we experience freedom if only for a moment. Every time we reject the colonization of our minds and the occupation of our experiences, we leave Egypt as free men and women once again.


  1. Anonymous27/8/11

    Shabua tob, may your week be safe and dry.


  2. Once the numbers of these Kapos & Group 13 where small relative to the number of Jews but nowadays we find way too many of them even in normally right-winged newspapers where they muddle the clarity. Like in Maccabeean times we shall have to spend as much of our energy in fighting these Jewish mind killers as fighting the Islamic body killers. Am Israel Chai.

  3. Joe in Australia28/8/11

    Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto didn't refuse to take up rifles. They barely had any. They also had a few pistols and a handful of bullets; the rest of their weapons were improvised.

  4. Yes. Your glass is half-Full. Believe that G_d is filling it, according to his own time.
    Stand, in support of your occupational heritage, and in denial of the naysaying nabobs who would colonize your mind and your freedom to act.
    Be ready to assist G_d in his eternal project to proclaim freedom to all slaves everywhere on earth.

  5. Anonymous28/8/11

    I have for a very long time questioned the actios or motives of the left; but have realised that their behavior, actions and thought process is that of some mental unstable peoples, and quite dangerous. Leftism is a mental disorder!
    I, as a Bible believing christian could never hate a Jew nor Israel. The Love of God captured in The Bible towards the israeli people is undeniable, and His chosen Ones. Sure, He condemns those who go against Israel, and He rewards those who stand with His people!(and that incl jewish people too, who go against their own)

  6. I wouldn't be surprised to see vile comments such as Larry Derfner's in Haaretz, but the Jerusalem Post?

    People like him don't have no clue of what Never Again means. They have a "that was then, this is now" mentality.

  7. Anonymous28/8/11

    Keliata, Jpost is not the paper that it was under Brett Stephens and Conrad Black. Expcept for Caroline Glick and Sarah Honig it's a hodgepodge of PC pandering ideas trying to appeal to everybody, middle, left and extra left. There is no recognized media outlet in Israel today that is intelligent and analythic, just a shalloq smear of trivia and pandering. Thank G-d for people like Daniel Greenfield or Sarah Honig or Caroline and her Latma TV otherwise we would be living in a crazy upside down world.

  8. Irwin Ruff28/8/11

    Yes, during the war there were good Poles, good Ukranians, even good Germans. But on the whole they were evil Jew killers. That is why I no longer identify myself as any sort of goy, not even as an American, but only as a Jew.

    It used to be relatively simple. With a few exceptions, one could expect all Jews to be on the same side. No more! Today it seems that most "Jews" are anti-Semitic (For anti-Semitic read leftists). Even in Israel it seems that the ruling class consists of members of the far left, and rightists end up following a leftist program.

    So I'll reiterate: I am a Jew only. Not a leftist, not, as someone in the early days of zionism called leftists parve lokshin. I am a Jew only, and to me the leftists are barely Jewish, even if they pretend to be. There is no room to worship the leftist deities. Hashem Elokainu, Hashem ECHAD!

  9. (Excuse my double negatives in the previous comment.)

    Anon--I used to read the J Post from time to time but stopped once they started their xtian edition. It seemed to have lost its authenticty as an Israeli media outlet when it did that:(

    When I want news about Israel I get it on Daniel's blog, INN, and yes, Latma.

  10. The only people who said no to Muhammad, the psychopathic, illiterate pedophile of the Saudi peninsula were the Jews of Khybar and Yathrib.

  11. Anonymous28/8/11

    Wonderful read. Upsetting and inspiring at the same time.

  12. "They" labor under the illusion that by feeding the crocodile it will not eat them. Well, it might eat them last, but eat them it will!

    Sultan Knish: when will you put your blog into a book? SERIOUSLY!!!

  13. kufaar28/8/11

    speaking of kapos, have you seen this latest? it's an attempt to shut down free speeck, looks like oil money is behind it, and Obama's buddy, Soros


    The Islamic supremacist propaganda machine cranks out another "Islamophobia" report

    “Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America,” from the Center for American Progress is just the latest in an ever-lengthening string of markedly similar “exposés” of so-called “Islamophobes.”

  14. Anonymous28/8/11

    I second Rita's suggestion! The caliber of thinking and writing is extraordinary and would be wonderful if it were compiled into book form. Perhaps the agent and/or publisher of Caroline Glick's Shackled Warrior book would be interested.

  15. thank you both, it may be coming

  16. I recently left this comment on a post at Israpundit. I retrieved it for use here, as it applies...

    “World opinion” is manufactured by the Left’s media. There are two main obstacles to peace for Israel and the West. Those are their internal enemies, the Left, and their external enemies, the Islamists/jihadists/Palestinians, whichever title fits in a given circumstance.

    We, Israel and the West, can not overcome, negotiate with, or if needs be, defeat, the external enemy as long as he is empowered, indeed, aided and abetted, by the internal enemy.

    Therefore, I believe that we have to remove the Left from all vestiges of power, in every rung of society, before we will have a chance of dealing with our external enemies on an equal footing.

    The friend of my enemy is my enemy…

  17. "The optimist says that the glass is half empty. The pessimist says that it is half full. The left says that it should be completely empty and you should feel ashamed that there is any water in it at all. And that if you had any humanity and decency, you would pour out that water right now. If you don't, then you're fair game. And if you do, you're fair game, because you didn't do it quickly enough. And if you do it quickly, you're fair game because you are descended from people who didn't pour out their own water quickly enough."

    This should be put in a youtube skit! It is so perfect. I love Jewish humor. I pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

  18. @Bruce O'H

    Sadly, I find myself agreeing with you.

  19. Anonymous30/8/11


    the post fired his butt!!

    this is exellent news fuck him, now if a pidgeon would crap on his head and just as he went to wipe it off he stepped off the curb and a bus traveling 40 miles an hour rang his bell, an angel would get its wings....

  20. Yep, it seemed likely as he went over the top. Many on the left believe this, but fewer say it.

  21. Anonymous30/8/11

    he's a capo

    the problem with the left is they confuse being an underdog with being the good guy.

    the guy who robs a store and beats the clerk senseless and then is run down and arrested by a half dozen cops with the power of the state behind them, is not the good guy just becuase he's the underdog in his face off with the cops.

    and I would venture to say someone should jam photos of the fogel family slaughtered by his beloved paleostinians down his throat til he chokes

  22. people are taught to make that mistake

    the left just romanticizes violence by outsiders because it gives them an excuse to take power

  23. The Left does not believe in quantum electro-dynamics. That is, they really believe that their conceptualizations mirror reality, making them no different than idol worshipers who would assure the fertility of their crops by sacrificing someone else's child.


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