by Tom Mysiewicz
“This massive investment is vital to the safety and security of Israel and will help save countless lives in the future.” Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. quoted by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)
The Beginning of the End (1957) starring Peter Graves is considered one of the worst of the giant-insect flicks of that era. An agricultural scientist (Graves) uses radiation to grow gigantic vegetables not realizing that the locusts who feed on them will also grow to gigantic proportions. After eating the population of a small Illinois town, the locusts move on to Chicago. At the last minute Chicago is saved when the locusts are convinced by an audio signal that they must enter Lake Michigan to mate. They all drown.
If Americans don’t soon wake up, they may not be as fortunate as those imaginary Chicagoans. As evidenced by President Trump’s recent signing of the Omnibus Spending Bill, the locusts eating our national substance are growing ever bigger and bolder–much as those in the B-grade movie. The bill includes funds for departments that don’t exist and funds for border security in various countries in the Middle East close to Israel (!) but apparently NOT for a wall in the American Southwest as President Trump indicated at the signing ceremony.
Don’t get me wrong. There are many hogs at this trough. I’m referring to ALL of them and not just Israel and Jewish groups. However, because such matters are ignored in the general media, I’m going to focus here on what I consider their unwarranted special treatment in the bill that the President signed–and the House and Senate voted on–all sight unseen. Like why U.S. taxpayers must pay $1-million to fight “antisemitism” in foreign countries. Do we fund efforts to fight anti-Polish or anti-Chinese feelings in some countries? If not, why not?
For instance, what makes a Jewish “Holocaust” survivor of an alleged event that took place on foreign soil 75 years ago entitled to special funding that homeless Americans and American veterans do not get? Why are they so special—and so amazingly long lived? They must be special because the bill signed by Trump doubled the amount provided to the U.S. Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program.
“There are approximately 100,000 Holocaust survivors living in the United States today, with an estimated 30,000 living in poverty,” William Daroff, the Washington director of Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), is quoted in a statement cited by the JTA, “By doubling funding levels to $5 million, the program now will be able to provide immediate support to ensure that Holocaust survivors are able to live in dignity and comfort for the remainder of their lives.”
This spending increase is dwarfed by others in the omnibus bill. At a time when many programs have been cut or frozen, for example, spending earmarked for the U.S.-Israeli missile defense programs soared $100-million to a new high of $700-million. According to the JTA, next year that missile defense will be rolled into the overall defense assistance package for Israel, part of a $38-billion spending program to be delivered to Israel over ten years. (BTW: that’s 38,000 million dollars—enough to make 38,000 Americans into millionaires. Is that MAGA or MIGA?)
“This massive investment is vital to the safety and security of Israel and will help save countless lives in the future,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the minority leader in the Senate, said of the missile defense spending.
Almost as if it had, unlike the President, read the spending bill in advance, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) quickly reported on the aspects of the spending bill beneficial to Jewry.(1)i
In the bill, security funds earmarked for Jewish entities in the U.S. more than doubled. Outrageously, this increase came despite the filing of hate-crime and other charges against an Israeli-American dual loyalist accused of falsifying many of the alleged threats to Jewish organizations the increase was based on.(2)ii He reportedly preformed his faux-hate services for money and cryptocoins.
According to the JTA the $1.3-trillion spending bill earmarked $60-million for the security grants, up from $25-million last year. More than 90% of such grants have been used to harden security at Jewish institutions since the nonprofit security grant program was launched in 2005, explains the JTA. The JTA does not say how much similar funds have been earmarked for Christian churches and schools that have been the targets of substantial amounts of arson and vandalism in the past several years. But it does cite Nathan Diament, the Washington director of the Orthodox Union, one of the lead advocates for the grants(3)iii saying that this increase was due to a “spike” in the threats on Jewish institutions over the last year!
Many of the incidents used by the ADL seem questionable to me—like counting the Charlottesville free-speech protest as hate. Or hyping the small number of assaults on Jews. There are tens of thousands of serious assaults on whites by blacks every year (to say nothing of multiple rapes daily) yet these are not similarly counted as hate incidents or race motivated. In other words, there is almost a presumption of hate if anything happens to a Jew but no comparison to the per-capita rate of assaults on other racial groups. I believe Jews suffer far less serious crime per capita than other groups if one excludes real and staged (as in the case of Kadar) threats and name calling.
(Here’s an illustration of this attitude: A number of years back I was waiting over half an hour for a Forest Service permit because an Israeli couple had killed a deer and totaled their rental car. This was costing me money. They fumed that they had seen the buck a way off and then he “threw himself right in front of us.” They didn’t slow down as they had fully expected the deer would wait until they had passed (because of their ethnicity?) and seemed to consider that the deer had been antisemitic. They were outraged at its impertinence.)
In the same vein, I recall an incident in 2016 that the ADL highlighted with a press release—a so-called hate attack on the Parkland Chabad Lubbavitcher center. There was some graffiti sprayed on the center’s sign—much like the nondescript kind covering trains, buses and buildings in most urban centers. And the words “Free Palestine” spray painted on a cargo container. In my book, this could be construed more as free speech and petty vandalism rather than hate.
JTA adds that the omnibus bill also included $175-million over the next 10 years to improve security at schools—public and private—based on the reported school shooting in Parkland, FL. Although not intended solely for Jewish entities, I take issue with the need for such monies. There was plenty of security at Parkland. Throwing money at a problem without accountability simply encourages malfeasance and misfeasance.
In the case of Parkland, the school deputy and other law enforcement simply did not do their jobs. The security cameras were set on a 26-29-minute delay. Why? The Chabad Lubbavitcher Sheriff of Broward Co.–Scott Israel—a big advocate of gun control, failed to supervise his department in dealing with multiple complaints regarding the alleged shooter Cruz. Israel also reportedly kept first-responders from entering the school to immediately render first aid. The alleged shooter, incidentally, apparently was Jewish by birth and lived with an ex-Army intelligence officer with a psychology degree only 300 yards from the Chabad Lubbavitcher HQ in that part of Florida. With a broken hand, the alleged shooter Cruz finished texting, donned body armor, loaded his weapon, got into a locked school past the security cameras and was done in 7 minutes and then made a successful escape. And this with NRA-funded U.S. Army training with a BB gun! (4)
Spending bills are notorious for riders attached for pet projects of legislators. Unsurprisingly, one group does get its budget cut in the bill signed by Trump: the Palestinians. The bill includes the Taylor Force Act, which slashes funding to the Palestinians until the Palestinian Authority stops payments to Palestinians killed or arrested during alleged attacks on Israelis. (JTA is fair in that it explains “Palestinian officials say that only a small portion of the targeted money goes to violent attackers, and that much of the money serves as a welfare program for Palestinians who are imprisoned by Israel, many without charges… None of the money targeted goes directly to the Palestinian Authority, instead funding programs run by NGOs that assist Palestinians.”)
About the only thing in the spending bill short of complete capitulation: the Trump administration has yet to name a promised anti-Semitism monitor to oversee “hate” speech and activities across the U.S. I suspect we won’t have long to wait for that one.
(1) “Spending Bill Includes Big Boost for Jewish Groups Seeking Security Money” Ron Kampeas, Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) March 23rd, 2018