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PAGE 4A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 13, 2012 By Andrew Silow-Carroil Jews know that you love them, then you can N~w Jersey Jewish News say whatever you want about Israel, but if we don't know you...then everything is suspect." The dictionary site Every so often a writer gives me props. Rob actually has advice for people who think they Eshman, editoroftheJewishJournal of Greater may have coined a word or phrase, or hope Los Angeles, credited me in a "Dear Senator to. "If you feel that you have developed or Obama" essay in March 2008. Last month, in know of a word that could serve to better the an article about Obama and the Jews, Tablet's English language," its editors write, "we can Allison Hoffman linked the phrase to my only suggest that you use the word as much original column. as possible in your everyday discourse and see Before this sounds as self-serving as it obvi- if it catches on..." ously is, I should acknowledge that there was O.K. then: "Kishkes Factor." "Kishkes Fac- provenance to the"Kishkes Factor."As I noted ton" "Kishkes Fact--" at the time, a top official of AIPAC, referring Back in February 2008, I wrote a column to Newt Gingrich in 1998, remarked that the suggestingthatthen-candidateBarackObama former speaker of the House "understood was struggling to connect with Jews because [Israel] in his kishkes." And I recently learned they weren't sure that he supported Israel's that in a 1995 book, Jerome Chanes wrote of a cause in his gut--that is, in his kishkes. As "kishke factor," referring not to politics but to far as I can tell, I was the first writer to ap- how Jews experience anti-Semitism. ply the term "Kishkes Factor" in relation to William Satire once wrote that the great- politics and Israel. est thrill a writer can experience is "to coin a Itgainedsomecurrency. InNovember2008, word or phrase that fills a linguistic void and formerU.g.AmbassadortolsraelMartinIndyk becomes part of the history of the era." His wrote an op-edasking,"whether Obamacould "Coinage Hall of Fame" included columnists pass the kishke test." There were references Herbert Swope (cold war), Stewart Alsop (egg- to the "kishkes factor" in a March 2011 JTA head) and Joseph Alsop (Southern strategy). story on Obama and a June 2011 report in The I doubt "Kishke~ Factor, will ever make it Jerusalem Post about a panel on the state of into their company, let alone the dictionary, U.S.-Israel relations, but a boy can dream. And just in case, I am Obama himself even heard a reference to busy coining new phrases. A sampling: the term, at least once. In an interview with The Gribines Factor: Named for the fried the candidate, The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg chicken-skin delicacy, it refers to a candidate's began a question by referring to "the kishke ability towithstand criticism about his Middle question, the gut question: the idea that if East positions and foreign policy experience. Letter from Israel Rituals By Ira Sharkansky some ultra-Orthodox men and women in Beit Shemesh against ultra-Orthodox extremists. The current phase of Israel's religious Now we are at the stage where ultra- conflict is well along in its ritualized pattern. Orthodox are demonstrating against what The details may differ each time the conflict they call efforts of secular Israelis to segregate heats up, but the basic story is similar, and eliminate them. They are dressing in the A specific incident excites the faithful and uniforms Of Nazi concentration camps, put- the not-so-faithful ting yellow stars of David on their clothing, Events escalate from name calling, push- and pushing their children to the front lines ing, spitting, blocking traffic, the throwing ofdemonstrationswheresomeare mimicking of trash, and the burning of trash dumpsters the iconic picture of the young boy raising his The police seek to limit the commotion, hands in the face of Nazi enforcers. and arrest a few demonstrators for a limited Reports are that only a thousand Haredim period of time (cooling off) turned out for the most recent demonstra- Rabbis and secular politicians eventually tion near Mea She'arim. If organizers cannot urge calm, cite the rights of each community, do more than that, they are showing their and emphasize the overriding concern of Jew- isolation in the small corner of the Haredi ish comity in the presence of enemies along communities reserved for the extremists. the borders Distinguished rabbis and prominent politi- Things eventually return to the same old ciansarecallingforcalm, urgingboththemore stuff of lowered tension, until the next issue radical of the ultra-Orthodox and; the more. ignites a similar process excitable of the secular to cool it in the name I wrote about this in The Rituals of Conflict, of"do unto others as you would have them do published in 1996. Some may think this note untoyou,"and/or the priority of Jewish comity. is the work of a doddering academic anxious Some detaiIs prominent in this round. to keep alive an idea he had long ago. I'll claim The Holocaust is showing itself once again as that the idea still has merit, and that it is too an element in Jewish conflict. The expression early to take away my computer, fromasecularactivistthatthe ultra-Orthodox Prominent disturbances in the past came are reproducing themselves with the speed of mainly from the Haredi communities, and verminwas too close to Nazi propaganda, and focused on perceived violation of the Sabbath. brought forth a condemnation from a secular post-mortems in cases of suspicious deaths, politician. Ultra-Orthodox dressing in the or the threat of disturbing old graves said to uniforms of concentration camp prisoners be Jewish at construction sites, and pinning yellow stars of their children has What is different this time is that distur- produce cries of foul from the'secular media. bances escalated initially with secular protests Reports are that buses meant for separation against the ultra-Orthodox on the issue of haveasignonthemindicatingthatwomenare segregating women. Most prominent was a demonstration of perhaps ten thousand secular. Orthodox, and Rituals on page 19A THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THIS PAGE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE VIEWS OF HERITAGE MANAGEMENT. ~ ~ CENTRAL FLORIDA'SINDEPENDENTJEWISHVOICE ~ ~ 1SSN 0199-0721 Winner of 4O Press Awards Editor/Publisher Jeffrey Gaeser Associate Editor Mike Etzkin Editor Emeritus Assistant Editor ; w I s H N E W S Gene Stare Kim Fischer HERITAGE Florida Jewish News ( ISN 0199-0721 ) is published weekly for $37.95 per year to Florida ad- Society Editor Editor at large Booldc~ping dresses ($46.95 for the rest of the U.S.) by HERITAGE Gloria YoushaLyn Davidson Paulette Harmon Central Florida Jewish News, Inc., 207 O'Brien Road, Suite 101, Fern Park, FL 32730. Periodicals postage Account Executives paid at-Fern Park and additional mailing offices. Barbara do Carmo Marci Gaeser POSTMASTER: Send address changes and other correspondence to: HERITAGE, P.O. Box 300742. Contributing Columnists Fern Park, FL 32730. Jim Shipley Ira Sharkansky Tim Boxer David Bomstein Terri Fine Ed Ziegler MAILING ADDRESS PHONE NUMBER P.O. Box 300742 (407) 834-8787 Production Department Fern Park, FL 32730 FAX (407~ 831-0507 David Lehman David Gaudio Teri Marks email: Loft Apple Elaine-~Schooping Gil Dombrosky The Gefilte Filter: In many races, the support of Jewish Democratic donors is key to viability. If a candidate successfully runs the gauntlet of pro-Israel PACs and Hollywood fundraisers. she has passed through the Gefilte Filter. Cel-RayVision: A politician's ability to look a constituent in the eye and instantly determine whether he or she is a Jew. Serving Pastrami: A speech to a Jewish audience featuring the phrases "I will move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem," "The bonds between Israel and the United States are unshakable," or "Iran will not be permitted to obtain nuclear weapons." See "red meat." Stuffing the Derma: When a politician, in an attempt to ingratiate himself with the Jews, simply overdoes it. When Obama promised AIPAC an "undivided Jerusalem" in 2008, or Gingrich referred to Palestinians as "an in- vented people," they were Stuffing the Derma. (Also known as "Varnishing the Kasha.") Rachmones Republican: Fiscally conserva- tive, socially moderate Jewish member of the GOP. See: "compassionate conservative." By Ed Ziegler I pray you are like me and adamantly refuse to give up your freedom of speech. If we lose our freedom of speech what will we lose next? Freedom of religion? Freedom of opinion? Freedom of choice? etc? Our enemies, the fanatic Islamists, want to restrict us from exercising our constitutional right of free speech. Below are instances where they have in one way or another, attempted to, and or succeeded in, limiting our freedom of speech. One effective nonviolent tool the Islamists use is threat. There have been a number of hotels, noted below, that have been threatened, and subsequently caved in, canceling already booked anti-jihadist events that displeased Muslims. Thomas A. Negri, managing director of Loew's Vanderbilt Hotel and Office complex in Nashville, Tenn., canceled a contract with a the New English Review Foundation, which was scheduled to hold a conference on "Radi- cal Islam." Negri refused to say why he felt the con- feret~ce would adversely affect the "health, safety and well-being" of the hotel's guests and employees, except to refer to the website of the New English Review, the conservative group organizing the conference. In 2009 the Delray Beach Marriott felt threatened and pulled the rug out from un- derneath a Free Speech Conference. Who and why would anybody fear free speech? Then in October 2011, only a few hours before Pamela Geller was to make her presentation, "Islamization of America," to hundreds of people, the Hyatt Place Houston canceled the event. Itwas reported the Hyatt Place Houston/ Sugar Land receivedthreatening calls causing the hotel to surrender to Islamic terrorists. In November of 2011 The Hutton Hotel Nashville refused to honor its contract because they want to be "sensitive" to Islamists and jihadists who have threatened their prop- erty should "the Sharia and Islamization of America" event be held there. Then. in many colleges, when a lecturer is not in agreementwith the Muslim Student As- sociation's opinion, Muslim students attempt to disrupt the event. In September 2002 PaleS- tinian student rioters prevented former Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu from speaking at Montreal's Concordia University. In Aug. 2008, it was reported that Random House announced that it has canceled pub- lication of a novel. "The Jewel of Medina," by Sherry Jones. The novel concerns the child (6-years old) wife, Aisha, of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Random House made no bones about its reasons for doing so. The deputy publisher, Thomas Perry, stated that Random House received "cautionary advice not only that the publication of this book might be offensive to some in the Muslim community, but also that it could incite acts of violence by a small, radical segment." Perry went on, "In this instance we decided. after much deliberation, to postpone publica- Nu Democrat: Fiscally conservative, socially moderate Jewish member of the Democratic Party. See: "1992." The Borscht Beltway: Refers to the panoply of Washington-based Jewish and pro-Israel groups and their representatives, including AIPAC, JINSA, J Street. ReligiousAction Center and the OU's Institute for Public Affairs. The Chootz-pah Test: How well does a politi- cian suchas, Say, Michele Bachmann--pro- nounce common Jewish.or Yiddish phrases? E.g., if you pronounce kvetch with two or more syllables, or your mishpocha rhymes with "his broker," you've failed the Chootz-pah Test. Flanking: (Rhymes with "bonking.') Not technically a political term, refers to a social media trend in which participants imitate a boiled flanken by lying stiffly in weird places and posting pictures of themselves on the Internet. C'mon, Merriam-Webster! What else does a guy have to do to get a little credit? Andrew Silow-Carroll is editor-in-chief of the New Jersey Jewish News, Between columns you can read his writing at the JustASC blog. and Islam tion for the safety of the author, employees of Random House, booksellers and anyone else who would be involved in distribution and sale of the novel." Several years ago newspapers cowered be- fore Muslim rage and refused to run cartoons of Muhammad. In October 2011 The Wash- ington Post pulled a cartoon that mentions Muhammad but doesn't depict him, for fear of enraging Muslims. And once again, one of the nation's most influential mainstream media outlets fails to see the impact on free speech. Caving in to threats encourages the Islamic terrorists to continue using threats as a powerful weapon. Since their founding, in 1994, the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has sued and/or attacked such media outlets as: The Washington Times, The Los Angeles Times, The National Post, National Review, Anti-CAIR, various talk radio hosts, and college newspa- pers. Recently, even The Daily Caller has found itself caught in CAIR's crosshairs. CAIR sues companies, organizations and individuals as a form of intimidation warning all parties to refrain from doing or acting contrary to the wishes of Muslims. What better way is there to prevent people from freely voicing an opinion of a religion (Islam) than by making it a criminal offense. For years the Organization of Islamic Con- ference group in the U.N. has been pushing for the U.N. to adapt its anti-blasphemy resolution. In 2009 The United Nations adopted what it calls a "Resolution to Combat Defamation of Religion." NOW the U.N. wants to make the anti-blasphemy resolution binding on all member nations. That would make it a crime in the United States to make a comment about a religion, including Islam that someone might consider a criticism. In my opinion the biggest threat to our freedom of speech is political correctness in any form and most particularly as currently fostered by the United States government. On March 30.2009 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the Obama administration has indeed abandoned the term "war on terror." If it is not a war then what are we fighting? Our government has eliminated using terms in strategic documents and FBI training material that might offend Muslims. If most terrorists are Muslim and proclaim themselves as such. and freely state they are fighting their jihad, why can't we call this enemy what they are, Muslim jihadists? Yes. Not bending to the demands of Mus- lim pressure may push Muslims to violence. However, submitting is to guarantee they will demand more and more until we lose everything and be required to adhere to their Islamic law as dhimmi (second class people) or become Muslim. like it or not. Be proud stand up and protect our freedom of speech. As of Dec. 30. 2011 Islamic terrorists have carried out more than 18.212 deadly terror attacks since 9/11. Ed Ziegler is past president of the New Jewish Congregation's brotherhood. He can be reached at