Sunday, November 04, 2012

by: Schvach Yid

 In my workplace, KI is known as Potassium iodide, but those initials bring up another association, at least for me at this time of year – the association of Kristallnacht and Islam.

 So there I was, back in 2009, at work, waiting for the elevator, when the doors opened and there in the elevator stood a man with reddish-brown hair, light-colored eyes, and an ID badge that announced the name Husseini.  Next to him stood a hijabi, a co-employee of mine whom I had seen in the past, but with whom I was not yet acquainted.  She looked noble; he reminded me of death.

The former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem during the period leading up to the Second World War was an ungentleman named Haj Mohammed Effendi Amin el-Husseini, better known as Haj Amin al-Husseini. You can read his bio here: He is said to have had reddish hair and light-colored eyes. Where we Jews are concerned, he is not to have been counted among the finest of gentlemen.

Having read a bit about the founding, and of the early years, of Islam, and especially the accounts of the slaughter of the Banu Quraisa following the Battle of the Trench, I have not been able to avoid linking photos of the slaughter of Jews in the Ukraine, lined up along a ditch and shot in the back of their heads  by Nazi ‘Special Action’ squads, with the tale of the slaughter of the Banu Quraisa by Mohammad, in which he lined up along a trench something like 700 Jewish men of the Arabian-Jewish tribe of Banu Quraisa, and summarily had his followers chop off the heads of their Jewish prisoners. The association between these two historical accounts is impelling. I’m also left wondering if Islam teaches that a Moslem who emulates the ‘deeds’ of Islam’s Prophet brings honor to himself in the esteem of his religious community, and if this was the motivating drive for Haj Amin al-Husseini in his meeting with Hitler in 1941.

 ‘According to testimony by Nazi war criminals, the Mufti's influence was critical to the German decision to annihilate the Jews of Europe.  At the Nuremberg Trials in July 1946, Dieter Wisliceny testified:

"The Mufti was one of the initiators of the systematic extermination of European Jewry and had been a collaborator and adviser of Eichmann and Himmler in the execution of this plan... He was one of Eichmann's best friends and had constantly incited him to accelerate the extermination measures. I heard him say, accompanied by Eichmann, he had visited incognito the gas chambers of Auschwitz."’ (

The 74th anniversary of Kristallnacht occurs this Friday night, November 9th. As we all know, Kristallnacht is considered the initiating event of the Holocaust.  Was the Nazis’ ‘Final Solution’ dreamed up by a Moslem cleric, and was the Holocaust invented by Islam’s hatred of the Jews?



Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year
by: Schvach Yid

And I don’t mean ‘Shanah Tova'

Okay (or not) I haven’t blogged in ages, and for good reason – I haven’t had a thing to say, write, or to put it more bluntly, I haven’t had a thing on my mind. Also, my computer is kaput, as in half dead, so it’s a pain to use, but I’ve come across a few items
that I have to share, so here they are.

First off, I hope everyone in the J-bloggersphere had a superb Chanukah, and to celebrate our minor festival of light and oil, here is a pic sent by an old friend to my mother:

I searched for an Indian restaurant, but to no avail, so I ‘ate Chinese’.

Secondly, Thanks to the American Bedu blog, my current studies in Islamic traditions and culture have continued. Here are two items from her: a pic she posted on her blog site:

And here is the URL:

And , have you heard of The Learning Channel’s reality show ‘All American Muslims’? Since I don’t have a TV, I haven’t seen an episode; however, I have viewed some of the trailers displayed on the TLC website. Drech (like all reality shows I’ve seen). Lowes, the building supply company that retails to the general public produced a commercial intended to be shown on 'All American Muslims'; they very smartly pulled that disaster before it aired. They very unsmartly chose to post the video on You Tube – schmucks!
Here’s the URL(not on my blog site I won’t):

Well, that’s all folks! Humor is as humor does.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

It’s That Time of Year – Again
by: Schvach Yid

Tonight begins the Hebrew month of Av, the Moslem month of Ramadan, and we Yiddin began Sefer Devarim (Deuteronomy) this past Shabbos during Mincha.

Whenever someone burdens me with the question of how we Jews, as the Chosen People, have had such a tormented history, I simply tell the curious antagonist to read Deuteronomy. The answer is there, in its entirety.

Israel National News (Arutz Sheva) reports that the Moslem month of Ramadan will be a time of increased violence against Jews, ie, terrorist attacks in Israel. There's nothing new in that news. I don’t know if daylight fasting for 29 consecutive days will stir the frustrations of Moslems, who perhaps might express those frustrations with their holiest of their annual observances by assaulting us Jews who are in mourning over the calamities of Jewish history, but in preparation for this possibility, here’s the line up for the coming lunar month:

Saturday, May 14, 2011

AARP as History

by: Schvach Yid

No joke intended, but the day I received an invitation, by mail, to join AARP stands as
one of the more emotionally depressing days of my life. It was just a few weeks prior to my 50th birthday, and I thought reaching the age of fifty was , well, nakbah, to borrow a term from Arabic.

Later this month Bob Dylan will turn 70 years of age. I can’t imagine. Of all the cruelties dished out by life, perhaps the passage of time – and aging – are the worst (excluding, of course, the naches derived from watching one’s kids grow up).

So here’s to Robert Zimmerman’s success in sticking it out for seventy years, and I mean successfully. Happy Birthday Bob.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Our Two Days of National Remembrance
by: Schvach Yid

Rosh Hashanah is one thing; Yom HaZicharon and Yom HaAzma'ut are another. As a nation, we Jews come together on the latter two days. The dead are gone; we remember their heroic sacrifices and continue in their place. Faulty politics aside, the Jewish State of Israel is just that – THE Jewish State. Those ‘others’ who love Mecca, and still others who love their respective countries, should have no difficulty understanding Jewish national identity and should resolve to develop the ability to accept it.

Here is a video, courtesy of the Dixie Yid blog site: (
Chassidische rock – I love it!

And this contribution from the al tishali oti blog at:

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Come On Down
by: Schvach Yid

First (perhaps not) it was Billy Graham (is he still alive?), then it was Burt Lancaster – well, it was Burt Lancaster in a movie impersonating (I assume) Billy Graham, and now,
Live From Frankfurt Germany (actually, it’s a video), it’s the Moslems doin’ the same thing – in German (was sonst?).

And here is a video courtesy of Pamela Geller of the Atlas Shrugs blog site, at:

It’s a mixed message. The ‘heroine’ castigates Hitler, then implores Germans to stand up to defend their country (‘Germany, rise up’ – we’ve heard that one in the past, from the ‘castigate’ himself).

You know, some things really never change at all.
Well, I Think it’s Funny
by: Schvach Yid

From Chaptzem Blog, at:

Monday, April 04, 2011
Rabbi attacked by African killer bees in Zimbabwe

A rabbi handing out matzah and wine for Passover to Jews in Zimbabwe was attacked by a swarm of African killer bees.Moshe Silberhaft, the spiritual leader and executive director of the African Jewish Congress known as "The Traveling Rabbi," was making a pre-Passover visit to the 190 Jews left in the beleaguered capital of Harare when he was attacked by the bees while walking from the Ashkenazi synagogue to the Sephardi synagogue on the Shabbat of April 2.

One rule I was taught long ago, was that either a Jew is Ashkenasic or Sephardic. This has import, I assume, not so much in one’s everyday life as a Jew, but certainly in the minhag one follows for Pesach, and that one doesn’t get to choose which. I don’t know the halachot concerning this matter, but I do wish the injured rabbi a rafuah shlemah.

Have a good Yontif.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Phyllis Chesler Speaks
by: Schvach Yid

Phyllis Chesler has become a regular contributor to Arutz Sheva, (and has been for the past few years). In this clip, she speaks about ‘The New Anti-Semitism’, which is also the title of one of her books, published in 2003.

Her web site is found at:

PHYLLIS CHESLER: The New Antisemitism from Advocates for Civil Liberties on Vimeo.