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HARVARD HIRES AN OPINIONATED PROFESSOR TO WORK ON A PROJECT “PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE IN ISLAM!”

06/15/2016

He published a book entitled “The Jewish Threat – danger for Christianity and Islam”

Now that’s a real eye opener as to what Harvard defines as Peaceful Coexistence! And also as to what world shaking finding they intend to shock us with!

It sounds as if Harvard  chose the politics of Antisemitism over Academic excellence!

Ali Akbar Alikhani is a famous professor at the University of Tehran. He has written and edited fifteen academic books. Alikhani can now add “visiting scholar” at Harvard University to his curriculum vitae.

Harvard hired him to work at a project focused on the “peaceful coexistence in Islam”. But as revealed by the Washington Free Beacon, Alikhani’s previous work has shown that the professor is not exactly peaceful about Israel and Judaism.The Faculty of World Studies at the University of Tehran, where Alikhani teaches, is closely linked to the Iranian regime that has threatened Israel with destruction.

 Ali Akbar Alikhani has published a book entitled “The Jewish Threat – danger for Christianity and Islam”, where he provides “practical solutions” to Judaism and Zionism. Alikhani defined Israel “a country that from its inception was based on force, coercion and oppression of others”. Alfred Rosenberg, the chief ideologue of the Nazi regime, could not have said it better. Rosenberg, in fact, wrote about “the threat posed by the Jew”. 

It is not the first case of infiltration of the Iranian regime in American universities. In January 2010, the Tehran regime announced a boycott of Yale because of the presence of an Anti-Semitism Studies Center. The Iranian government labeled Yale as “subversive”, stating that any 

It is not the first case of infiltration of the Iranian regime in American universities.

contact between Yale and Iranian citizens was “illegal and prohibited”. Professor Walter Reich, who teaches at George Washington University and directed the Holocaust Museum in Washington, wrote that “Yale has killed the best American institute for the study of anti-Semitism” because its “criticism of Arab and Iranian anti-Semitism” was opposed. The center, in fact, was then closed.

As CAMERA has explained (“Iranian Agent Hides in Washington Post as U.S. Prof,” Sept. 8, 2015), Seyed Hossein Mousavian, currently a “research scholar” at Princeton University, was previously Iran’s ambassador to Berlin in 1992 when Iranian agents assassinated dissident Iranian Kurdish leaders in a restaurant.

The Sunni Arab countries are not the only benefactors of American universities. The Iranian regime has done the same thing massively through the Alavi Foundation of New York. The Washington Post revealed that the Foundation promotes Tehran’s views on world affairs. 30 universities in North America have received funding from this Iranian foundation.

Among these is Harvard, where the Iranian foundation has supported programs both at Harvard College and at the Harvard Law School. Harvard received $345,000 from the Iranian foundation, including $40,000 at the Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies in 2011. This is the center that offered the chair to Professor Alikhani. No surprises here.
The goal of this foundation is to “offer Persian language courses and Islamic culture with a focus on Shiite studies”. They forgot to mention the call for the destruction of Israel and the proposals for a “solution” to the Jewish threat.

LARRY WILMORE ROASTS THE PRESS AND FACES IN THE AUDIENCE!FROM THE DAILY BEAST REPORT BY MATT WILSTEIN

05/01/2016

President Obama was a tough act to follow, but Wilmore reminded some of Stephen Colbert with his audience-unfriendly jokes.

You can find the text and videos at:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/04/30/obama-mocks-trump-one-final-time.html?via=newsletter&source=DDMorning



BLOOD LIBELS OF 2016 – THE ELEVENTH CENTURY CULTURE OF THE MUSLIM WORLD

04/24/2016

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Blood Libel Clips From This Year — Released By The MEMRI Lantos Archives On Antisemitism And Holocaust Denial

 

 
 
 
 The following are clips released this year by The MEMRI Lantos Archives on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial that deal with the blood libel.

MEMRI TV Clip No. 5284

Jordanian Cleric Abu Qatada Al-Filistini Discusses The Protocols Of The Elders of Zion, States: Jews Use Blood For Passover Matzos
January 9 and 18, 2016
Salafi Jordanian cleric Omar Mahmoud Othman, commonly known as Abu Qatada Al-Filastini, released a video on his YouTube channel in which he discusses “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” This is the 24th installment of Abu Qatada project “1,000 Books before Death.” While discussing the Protocols, Sheikh Abu Qatada went off on a tangent to deny the Holocaust and affirm the blood libel. Abu Qatada resided in the U.K. and was repeatedly arrested in the 2000s on suspicion of links to terrorism. Eventually, he was deported to Jordan in July 2013, where he was tried, found innocent, and released.
Following are excerpts:
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Abu Qatada Al-Filastini: “The issue that we are discussing is The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. If anyone talks about The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, they turn him into a laughing stock. He is regarded as a lunatic who does not belong to humanity. Who can even mention The Protocols of the Elders of Zion?

“What is even stranger is [what happens] when someone talks of the matzos of Zion. Do you know about the Jewish matzos, which are eaten on the Jewish holiday? Let me talk a little about the matzos before moving to the Protocols, their history, and the attempts to deny them. This Jewish blood matzos… there is a text in the Talmud…
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“It says that the matzos eaten by the Jews on their holiday must be consecrated with the blood of a man from among the Gentiles. Usually they take a Christian because they cannot overpower a Muslim. This actually happened, yet they treat it as a mockery.”
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MEMRI TV Clip 4938
Lecture At Al-Aqsa Mosque: The Jews’ Use Of Children’s Blood For Passover Matzos Led To The Holocaust
May 29, 2915
During a lecture at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on May 29, 2015, Sheikh Khaled Al-Maghrabi said that the Jews were expelled from European countries and eventually burned in Germany because they would kidnap and murder children in order to knead their blood into Passover matzos. He further said that the Jews were behind 9/11 and that in their Masonic rites, they would kill their own relatives as a sacrifice to Satan.
Following are excerpts:
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Sheikh Khaled Al-Maghrabi: “Let us consider the Holocaust of the Israelites in Germany, and all the prior problems that they experienced throughout Europe. The Israelites were expelled from all the countries of Europe, and eventually, they were burned in Germany. Ask yourselves why. Why did the Europeans expel them, moving them from one place to the other? It was not only due to (Jewish) corruption. On Passover, every Israelite community would seek a small child and kidnap him. They would bring a barrel pierced by many needles, and would place the little child inside it. That way, the needles would pierce the child’s body. At the bottom of the barrel there would be a tap to drain the blood. Why would they collect the blood of the kidnapped child? Because Satan, or one of the other higher gods, said that if they wanted him to fulfill their desires, they would have to eat bread kneaded with children’s blood. 

“So what would they do? On Passover, when they are not allowed to eat regular bread, they make their matzos. They would knead the dough for these matzos with children’s blood. When this was discovered, the Israelites were expelled throughout Europe. That was the beginning of the calamity of the Israelites in European countries. It got to the point where they were burned in Germany. It was because of all those things, because of their multiple kidnappings of children. 
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“There were many such cases. But the media keeps mum about it, but they may be found on the Internet. Just google ‘Bread of the Jews’ or ‘matzos of the Jews,’ and you will find all the stories with evidence and proof, complete with dates and police files.”
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 4775
Syrian Commentator Hussam Shoei’b: Zionists Burned Jordanian Pilot, Just Like They Knead Passover Matzos With Blood
February 6, 2015
Syrian commentator Hussam Shoei’b recently said that the immolation of the Jordanian pilot was “a clear demonstration of the barbarity of the Zionist entity,” adding: “In the past, they used to knead [Passover] matzos with human blood and eat them.” The statement was made on Hizbullah’s Al-Manar TV on February 6, 2015.
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Hussam Shoei’b: “What is being done by all these criminal gangs – ISIS Jabhat Al-Nusra, Ahrar Al-Sham, and all these groups with their Islamic names – cannot even be labeled ‘Israeli.’ It is downright Talmudic. The immolation of the Jordanian pilot is a clear demonstration of the barbarity of the Zionist entity, and of the Talmud throughout history. One of their principles is that God can only be satiated by blood. In the past, they used to knead (Passover) matzos with human blood and eat them. This is exactly what is happening in Syria today for the whole world to see.”
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MEMRI TV Clip No. 5187
Senior Hamas Official Al-Bardawil: Jews Kill Palestinian Children In Order To Knead Their Blood Into Passover Bread
November 26, 2015
In a November 26, 2015 interview on the Hamas Al-Aqsa TV channel, Salah Al-Bardawil, a Hamas leader in Gaza, said that the Jews had “ancient biblical beliefs, which instructed them to kill children and collect their blood, in order to knead it into the bread that is eaten on Passover.” “This is the killing of a Palestinian child in order to collect his blood and to knead it into the bread they eat,” he said.
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Salah Al-Bardawil: “In addition, they have beliefs which they have tried to conceal from the world. I am referring to the ancient biblical beliefs, which instructed [the Jews] to kill children and collect their blood, in order to knead it into the bread that is eaten on Passover. This is the killing of a Palestinian child in order to collect his blood, and knead it into the bread they eat. Today, they are trying to say that these things never happened, and that it was a joke or a lie, but these are the facts of history. Anyone reading about their history will find this there.”

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THE MIDDLE EAST WITHOUT HOLDING BACK

04/24/2016

Dear friends,

I quoting word for word now from an article I read what I believe is the reality in Middle East politics in general and for Jews and Israel in particular.

I am sorry to tell you that the terror attacks we from which we suffer today and yesterday, a week ago, a month, a year and a decade and century ago, are all part of the same war, the same struggle, the same Jihad waged against us by our neighbors for over a century. Sometimes it is a full scale war with tanks, noise, flames, planes and ships and sometimes it is a war on a slow burner known as “terror” with explosions, stabbings and shots. Each of these is Jihad in Arabic, each is aimed at Jews just for being Jewish.

I regret to remind you of the fact that this war began way before the establishment of the Jewish state declared in 1948. The riots and massacres of 1920, 1921, 1929, 1936-39 et al, were not due to a Jewish state or what our enemies call the “occupation” of 1948, and certainly not because of the 1967 “occupation”. The bloody and cruel massacre of the Jews of Hevron in 1929 was carried out against Jews who were not part of the Zionist movement, quite the contrary. The Palestine Liberation Movement (Fatah) was founded, may I remind you, in 1959 and The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1964, years before the 1967 “occupation” that was a result of Israel winning the Six Day War.

I hate to point out to you that the shouts we heard, mainly in the 1948 War of Independence, were “Itbach al Yahud” – “Butcher the Jews” – and not the “Israelis” or the “Zionists,” because their problem is with the Jews who refuse to be dependent on the mercy of Islam, refuse to live as dhimmi, protected ones, the way Islam mandates for Jews and Christians. In the Arab world, children still sing (in Arabic): “Palestine is our country and the Jews are our dogs.” The dog, in Islamic tradition, is an unclean animal. Sharia law stipulates that if a Muslim is praying and a dog, pig, woman, Jew or Christian walks in front of him, his prayers are worthless and he must begin the entire ritual once again.

It is not pleasant to tell you this, but Israel’s enemies’ most popular chant is (in Arabic) – “Kyber, Khyber O Jews, Mohammed’s army will yet return.” Khyber is an oasis in the Arabian Peninsula that was populated by Jews until Mohammed slaughtered them in 626 C.E. The chant commemorates that event and threatens a repeat performance. The Jews, according to the Koran (Sura 5, verse 82) are the most hostile enemies of the Moslems. Verse 60 states that Allah’s curse and fury upon them turned them into monkeys and pigs. Since when do monkeys and pigs have the right to a state? Since when are they entitled to sovereignty?

Despite what you think, peace with Egypt was achieved only after Sadat realized that despite Arab efforts to destroy Israel in the 1948 War of Independence, the 1956 Sinai Campaign, the 1967 Six Day War, 1970 War of Attrition, and even the 1973 Yom Kippur War that took Israel by surprise, the Jewish state managed to push back all the Arab armies and bring the war to their territory. That is why Sadat understood that Israel is not conquerable and that there is no choice other than making peace, even if this peace is temporary and based on the precedent of the 628 C.E. Hudabiya Peace in which Mohammed gave a 10 year hiatus to the infidels of Mecca, but broke it at the end of two years when they fell asleep on the watch.

Yassir Arafat did not sign the Oslo Accords because he believed in peace, but because, calling it the “Hudabiya peace,” he saw the agreements as a Trojan horse that would hoodwink the Jews. The only objective of the Oslo Accords was to create a Palestinian entity with an army and weapons that would be used to destroy Israel when the time was ripe. He repeated this constantly, but our decision makers explained that he is only saying it for domestic consumption, and when suicide bombers set themselves off in our streets, the victims were called “victims of peace.” Since when does peace require victims? And when will the rifles we allowed them to obtain be turned on us?

It saddens me to tell you that all of Israel’s efforts to please the Hamas Gazans failed, and Hamas went on from being a terrorist organization to becoming a terrorist state. Deathly rockets, attack tunnels, suicide bombers – all are considered legitimate in the eyes of Gaza’s Jihadist government, so to hell with the lives of the men, women and children living there, and to hell with their welfare, health and assets. The Gazans are pawns in the hands of Hamas, the Jihad and the Salafists, all of whom appointed themselves the liaison between the residents of Gaza and Paradise, having already given them a taste of hell on earth.
You were wrong again – basing your policy on pipe dreams, delusions and hopes instead of on facts and figures
It pains me to tell all the soul-weary peace seekers in Israel and the world, that the concrete and iron that you forced us to give the Jihadists in Gaza in order to rebuild their destroyed homes, were used to build tunnels of death both to Gazans and Israelis. Instead of building hospitals, schools and infrastructure, the Jihadists built an infrastructure of death, suffering and disaster.

You were wrong again – basing your policy on pipe dreams, delusions and hopes instead of on facts and figures. Analysts, including me, are not entirely blameless: they said in wondrous harmony that when Hamas has to bear the responsibility for food, electricity and welfare in Gaza, its leaders will become more moderate, realistic and pragmatic.

We were wrong: Hamas, despite leaving the opposition in order to rule, has not ceased its Jihad against Israel and has not removed Israel from the top of its list of priorities, nor has it changed in the slightest its wholly negative view of the “Zionist entity.”

I hate to ruin the “two states for two peoples” party, but I must, because what is happening in Gaza today is exactly what will happen to the second Palestinian state you are trying to establish in Judea and Samaria. Hamas will be the winner of elections for the legislature, as they were in Gaza in January 2006, and will win the presidential elections as well. If they don’t they will take over all of Judea and Samaria in a violent putsch, just as they did in Gaza in 2007. And when that happens, what will you say? “Ooops…we didn’t know…we couldn’t imagine…?” So now you know and do not have to extrapolate. This should be your working hypothesis. If Gaza’s Hamas is digging tunnels of death in the sand today, it will be digging through rocks to build them from Judea and Samaria – and let’s see you find them and blow them up when that happens.

And to anyone with a short memory, let me refresh it: In July 2014, Hamas managed to shut Ben Gurion Airport for a day by launching rockets from Gaza. If and when they gain control of Judea and Samaria, they will be able to shut Ben Gurion down with a slingshot, and will be able to overlook all the runways from the Beit Arye heights. Anyone who does not believe me should get into his car and drive to the top of the hills to the east of Ben Gurion Airport, located in “conquered, occupied territory” (conquered from whom, precisely?).

Due to Israel’s wind conditions, most of the planes that land in Ben Gurion approach from the east, cruising right over those very same hills. Will Hamastan allow planes headed for Israel to circle and approach landing from above its territory? Just what price will Israel have to pay after an RPG or machine gun shoots down one El Al plane, G-d forbid? Will we offer them Jerusalem so as to calm them down?

And if we are already talking about Jerusalem, what will you do when the State of Hamas presents you with an ultimatum: Jerusalem or war? The Temple Mount or we shut down Ben Gurion Airport? And when the world supports their demand for Jerusalem, letting Israel pay the price of calming down radical Islam, what will you say? And when the snipers go back to shooting at passersby on Jerusalem streets from the walls of the Old City as their Jordanian brothers did until 1967, where will you hide? Behind concrete walls? A security fence? Or will you simply move Israel’s capital city to Tel Aviv?

I am sorry to disappoint you but the worst thing that ever happened to Israel’s hopes for peace was the rise of the peace movements, those calling for Israel to establish a terror state in Judea and Samaria and give up East Jerusalem for it. In the Middle East, he who expresses a desire for peace, talks about his yearning for peace and offers his land and country as bribery in exchange for a paper which has the word “peace” on it, is looked upon as someone who lost a war and is begging for his life.

The peace movements turned Israel’s image into that of a weak and soft defeatist country, the exact opposite of the kind of country that achieves peace in the Middle East. In the violent and radical region where Israel is trying to survive, anyone considered weak gets kicked, you know exactly where, and is sent to hell in the best case, or butchered and beheaded as a matter of course.

In the Middle East, peace means that your enemies leave you alone because you are too strong, threatening and dangerous to start up with. In the Middle East only the unvanquished obtain peace.

 

Written for Arutz Sheva, translated from Hebrew by Rochel Sylvetsky, Arutz Sheva Op-ed and Judaism editor.

WHY ISRAELI ACTIONS IN GAZA WERE NOT DISPROPORTIONATE 

04/20/2016

QUOTING MATZAV

Israeli Disproportionality In Gaza Is Not Indiscriminate

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The extent of this tunnel

Israeli Disproportionality In Gaza Is Not Indiscriminate

By Ariel Ilan Roth
Many members of the Jewish community have been angered by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ characterization of Israel’s activities in Gaza in 2014 as disproportional. That anger is misplaced. Israel’s actions in Gaza are disproportional, and they are intended to be. Israel’s strategic concept calls for inflicting significant pain on its adversary in order to inspire restraint on the part of the adversary. When successful, the adversary, in this case Hamas, is deterred from either escalating attacks or better yet, from initiating them at all. To say that Israel’s retaliatory strikes against Hamas are disproportional is not to say that they are unjustified or indiscriminate. On both accounts, a good case can be made that Israel deserves far more credit than it receives. 

Rather than focusing on Sanders’ comments on disproportionality, it is Sanders’ huge inflation of the numbers of Palestinians killed by Israel in 2014 that should be triggering loud alarms, and not just within the Jewish community. Sanders has claimed that Israel killed 10,000 Palestinians in the 2014 Gaza conflict. According to Hamas sources, 2,310 Palestinians were killed, of which just over 1,600 were civilians. Israeli and UN numbers are generally similar. In grossly inflating the number of fatalities, the problem is not just that Sanders displays a disturbing ignorance about one of the most visible and time-consuming conflicts that would surely occupy his attention were he to win the White House. The greater problem is actually that by inflating the numbers and thereby impugning Israel, Sanders is feeding Israel’s hawks – those who wish Israel to be less discriminating and restrained in the way that it strikes back against Hamas. That is surely not what he wants.

Israel’s manner of responding to attacks from Gaza is notable because for a combination of humanitarian and geopolitical motives, Israel is interested in minimizing Palestinian civilian casualties. Yet, at the same time, it seeks to deliver powerful and decisive blows that will enhance deterrence. Israel has sought to reconcile these seemingly conflicting aims by trying to minimize the impact of attacks upon it such that maintaining a disproportionate response is, nonetheless, smaller in absolute terms than would be required were Israel to suffer significant material and human damage. Investments in defensive systems like the Iron Dome interceptor system serve to reduce the number of Israeli casualties and similarly reduce the amount of retaliatory force that Israel needs to employ while still maintaining the qualitative level of disproportionate force that contributes to the cumulative deterrent effect that Israel wishes to generate. 

Humanitarian motivations for sparing Palestinian lives never ranked especially high as a motive for Israel’s hawks and have not been determinative for Israel’s more liberal security thinkers either. The strategic argument for restraint comes from the notion that a reputational benefit will accrue to Israel if it tempers the devastation it wreaks on Palestinian areas. The more measured the Israeli response, so the argument goes, the greater the probability that Israel’s friends in the United States and Europe will provide political and military support for Israel’s right to defend itself. Israeli hawks consistently reject this argument, claiming instead that whether Israel acts with restraint or with abandon, Israel is blamed for employing excessive force. Given that Israel is in for criticism from the U.S. and Europe, the hawks claim, operating with less restraint against the Palestinians may send a clearer message to Israel’s adversaries about the costs of attacking Israel then a temperate response would. And, since Israel is already in the diplomatic doghouse, it will be no worse off.

Which brings us back to Senator Sanders. Israel’s friends in the U.S. are right to criticize Sanders, but they are criticizing the Democratic candidate for the wrong thing. Citing Israel’s disproportionate response is not the problem. The problem is that in continually inflating the number of civilian Palestinians in Gaza killed by Israel from around 1,500 to 10,000, Sanders is affirming that Israel gets no political or reputational benefit from its efforts to be discriminant. 

That is precisely the opposite outcome that Sanders – and the rest of the world – wants. What Sanders must do is to recognize that one can vigorously oppose the occupation of portions of Palestinian land and, even more, be appalled by the suffering of the innocents among the Palestinian people whether their pain is caused by Israel or by craven Palestinian leadership, and still to recognize that Israel deserves credit for demonstrating a restraint that cannot be taken for granted.

It is a common meme among Israel’s friends to suggest that American politicians and activists who condemn Israel would be wise to imagine a scenario in which missiles fired from Canada regularly slammed into Maine (or Vermont!) and to honestly ask themselves how long the U.S. would restrain itself from responding. It is, to be sure, an imperfect analogy because it does not acknowledge that the dynamic of occupation plays a key role in the cycles of violence between Israel and the Palestinians that is entirely absent from the U.S.-Canada relationship. That said, the overall point is valid. It is hard to imagine other countries accepting regular rocket fire on their cities with the relative restraint that Israel displays.

To withhold from Israel even the faintest of praise for its restraint will only embolden the hawks who argue that restraint is a waste of time. It is in the interest of any serious contender to the Oval Office to strengthen the hands of those who prefer to tamp down violence rather than inflame it. Bernie Sanders should know as much. Crediting Israel in the manner suggested above would boost Sanders’ claim to have appropriate acumen to conduct the foreign policy of the United States and, perhaps of greater immediate interest to him, strengthen his standing among the liberal Jews who are affronted by his position on Israel and are flocking to his political rival.

Ariel Ilan Roth is the Executive Director of the Israel Institute and the former director of Global Security Studies at Johns Hopkins.
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Mock trial finds Moses not guilty

04/19/2016

Mock trial finds Moses not guilty

KRISTEN MOTT | STAFF REPORTER

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Steven Dettelbach, a partner at BakerHostetler and former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, presents evidence during Kol HaLev’s mock trial April 17.
Charna Sherman

Charna Sherman, president of Charna E. Sherman Law Offices in Cleveland, defends Moses during the mock trial April 17.

Judge Michael J. Ryan of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas juvenile division presides over the case.

Rabbi Steve Segar welcomes guests to Kol HaLev’s fifth annual mock trial April 17 at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Craig M. Boise, dean of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, introduces an interfaith panel April 17.
Interfaith panel

An interfaith panel discusses the moral ambiguity found within the Book of Exodus.
On the evening of April 17, the biblical character of Moses was put on trial for aiding and abetting the murder of the Egyptians’ firstborn sons. After nearly 90 minutes of arguments from the prosecution and defense, the audience, which served as jury, found him not guilty on both charges.

The trial, which took place at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s moot court room, was the fifth hosted by Kol HaLev, Cleveland’s Reconstructionist Jewish community.

Steven Dettelbach, a partner at BakerHostetler and former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, served as prosecutor during the mock trial. During his opening statements, Dettelbach said Moses was a willing accessory to murder by accepting and executing God’s plan for the Egyptians.

“The evidence will show that Moses actively, repetitively and yes, willingly, helped to make the mass murder of people that he knew were innocent and had nothing to do with what he was doing with pharaoh possible,” Dettelbach stated.

“No one and no act is above the law. Even a great man, even a legend, even Moses is not above the law, because to place one of our legends, one of our leaders above the law, makes him no better than the pharaoh against whom he struggled.”

Charna Sherman, president of Charna E. Sherman Law Offices in Cleveland, defended Moses. She argued during her opening statements that Moses didn’t have the specific intent to facilitate the commission of any crime. Rather, he wanted to rescue the Israeli slaves from slaughter.

“God is the sole actor and the initiator of events precisely to demonstrate his greatness over the idols and rulers of Egypt … Moses is simply the messenger, or as our sages refer to him, as a divine messenger prophet. He took no credit for the words nor left anyone with the impression that that was the case,” Sherman said.

During her arguments, Sherman noted that the Exodus story isn’t subject to just one interpretation, and that the Egyptians and the pharaoh were given nine warnings before the use of any lethal force. She also highlighted the fact that Moses was terrified when God revealed himself to him, and questioned if the audience wouldn’t respond in the same way Moses had if they were faced with God’s presence.

Dettelbach countered by arguing that Moses wasn’t just a passive messenger, and instead chose his own actions. He also brought up the issue of whether the means justified the end and the notion of people killing in God’s name.

“Thousands of people are in danger in our community today and around the world because of people who kill in God’s name, who kill because in their minds their means justify their ends. … Who are we to say to the terrorists or the Nazis or anyone else then that killing in their god’s name isn’t OK? That only killing in our God’s name is OK? We can’t have that. That’s why we have the rule of the law,” Dettelbach said.

After arguments from both sides were heard, audience members cast their ballots. Moses was found not guilty on the charge of murder and not guilty on the charge of aiding and abetting.

Following the mock trial, a brief interfaith panel discussion took place. Natalie Kertes Weaver, associate dean of graduate studies and professor of religious studies at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Pastor Richard M. Gibson of Elizabeth Baptist Church in Cleveland, an adjunct law professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland and co-chair of the Greater Cleveland Congregations, and Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer, director of the department of multifaith studies and initiatives and an associate professor of religious studies at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia, discussed the moral ambiguity found within the Book of Exodus.

Weaver said she views Moses as a sympathetic character, but questioned whether he had the option of telling God “no.” She also views Exodus as a cautionary tale, and said people need to look at the story with moral scrutiny.

For Gibson, he said the mock trial was less about deciding whether or not Moses was guilty and more about debating the underlying issues within the story. He said the Exodus story still resonates with people today who are crying to be free, and noted that there’s often a disconnect between lessons from the past and issues within the community today.

Kreimer said there is a divide over the story of Exodus and the issue of collateral damage. While she doesn’t believe Moses is guilty, she said she thinks the Exodus story and the celebration of Passover make believers wonder who paid the price.

“Even God can’t save the Israelites without killing the Egyptians,” Kreimer said. “This is the tragic reality of our world and time in history. Infinite joy is mingled with sorrow and all parts of this story have to be recognized.”

The Cleveland Jewish News was a media sponsor of the event.

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04/19/2016

Mock trial finds Moses not guilty

KRISTEN MOTT | STAFF REPORTER

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Steven Dettelbach, a partner at BakerHostetler and former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, presents evidence during Kol HaLev’s mock trial April 17.
Charna Sherman
CJN Photo / Kristen Mott
Charna Sherman, president of Charna E. Sherman Law Offices in Cleveland, defends Moses during the mock trial April 17.
Mock trial 2
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Judge Michael J. Ryan of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas juvenile division presides over the case.
Mock Trial 1
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Rabbi Steve Segar welcomes guests to Kol HaLev’s fifth annual mock trial April 17 at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
Craig Boise
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Craig M. Boise, dean of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, introduces an interfaith panel April 17.
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An interfaith panel discusses the moral ambiguity found within the Book of Exodus.
On the evening of April 17, the biblical character of Moses was put on trial for aiding and abetting the murder of the Egyptians’ firstborn sons. After nearly 90 minutes of arguments from the prosecution and defense, the audience, which served as jury, found him not guilty on both charges.

The trial, which took place at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s moot court room, was the fifth hosted by Kol HaLev, Cleveland’s Reconstructionist Jewish community.

Steven Dettelbach, a partner at BakerHostetler and former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, served as prosecutor during the mock trial. During his opening statements, Dettelbach said Moses was a willing accessory to murder by accepting and executing God’s plan for the Egyptians.

“The evidence will show that Moses actively, repetitively and yes, willingly, helped to make the mass murder of people that he knew were innocent and had nothing to do with what he was doing with pharaoh possible,” Dettelbach stated.

“No one and no act is above the law. Even a great man, even a legend, even Moses is not above the law, because to place one of our legends, one of our leaders above the law, makes him no better than the pharaoh against whom he struggled.”

Charna Sherman, president of Charna E. Sherman Law Offices in Cleveland, defended Moses. She argued during her opening statements that Moses didn’t have the specific intent to facilitate the commission of any crime. Rather, he wanted to rescue the Israeli slaves from slaughter.

“God is the sole actor and the initiator of events precisely to demonstrate his greatness over the idols and rulers of Egypt … Moses is simply the messenger, or as our sages refer to him, as a divine messenger prophet. He took no credit for the words nor left anyone with the impression that that was the case,” Sherman said.

During her arguments, Sherman noted that the Exodus story isn’t subject to just one interpretation, and that the Egyptians and the pharaoh were given nine warnings before the use of any lethal force. She also highlighted the fact that Moses was terrified when God revealed himself to him, and questioned if the audience wouldn’t respond in the same way Moses had if they were faced with God’s presence.

Dettelbach countered by arguing that Moses wasn’t just a passive messenger, and instead chose his own actions. He also brought up the issue of whether the means justified the end and the notion of people killing in God’s name.

“Thousands of people are in danger in our community today and around the world because of people who kill in God’s name, who kill because in their minds their means justify their ends. … Who are we to say to the terrorists or the Nazis or anyone else then that killing in their god’s name isn’t OK? That only killing in our God’s name is OK? We can’t have that. That’s why we have the rule of the law,” Dettelbach said.

After arguments from both sides were heard, audience members cast their ballots. Moses was found not guilty on the charge of murder and not guilty on the charge of aiding and abetting.

Following the mock trial, a brief interfaith panel discussion took place. Natalie Kertes Weaver, associate dean of graduate studies and professor of religious studies at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Pastor Richard M. Gibson of Elizabeth Baptist Church in Cleveland, an adjunct law professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland and co-chair of the Greater Cleveland Congregations, and Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer, director of the department of multifaith studies and initiatives and an associate professor of religious studies at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia, discussed the moral ambiguity found within the Book of Exodus.

Weaver said she views Moses as a sympathetic character, but questioned whether he had the option of telling God “no.” She also views Exodus as a cautionary tale, and said people need to look at the story with moral scrutiny.

For Gibson, he said the mock trial was less about deciding whether or not Moses was guilty and more about debating the underlying issues within the story. He said the Exodus story still resonates with people today who are crying to be free, and noted that there’s often a disconnect between lessons from the past and issues within the community today.

Kreimer said there is a divide over the story of Exodus and the issue of collateral damage. While she doesn’t believe Moses is guilty, she said she thinks the Exodus story and the celebration of Passover make believers wonder who paid the price.

“Even God can’t save the Israelites without killing the Egyptians,” Kreimer said. “This is the tragic reality of our world and time in history. Infinite joy is mingled with sorrow and all parts of this story have to be recognized.”

The Cleveland Jewish News was a media sponsor of the event.

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