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We Zionists caused the “Cartoon Backlash”

ali[Watch Video] Yesterday I “learned” from a popular Islamic preacher who tours campuses across the States, that I was responsible for the cartoon riots across the world. I, being the Zionist Jew that I am, was responsible for the publication of the offending Danish cartoons, and therefore had to deal with the consequences.

Abdel Malik Ali pointed to me and two brave Jewish students in the room at Long Beach State (as he does at every campus and venue where Jews are present) and declared we were responsible. We are in cahoots with the Zionist Jews, Flemming Rose and Daniel Pipes. Flemming Rose, was short for “Rosenfeld or Rosenberg,” said Ali. And he is “tight” with the “Islamophobe” Zionist Jew Pipes, and had plotted this whole thing out as a provocation back in 2004.

Now that I was to blame, I had to seek answers. Was Rose Jewish? Was he in cahoots with Pipes? Was this part of a vast anti-Islamic conspiracy that is part of the war on Islam, headed by Zionist Jews, as Malik Ali declared? Or, perhaps, as with other Ali assertions, his opinions hovered beyond reality.
I contacted my friend, Professor Z., who is on sabbatical in Denmark, to see if Roserose was a Yid. Professor Z. writes: “No one that I have talked to considers Rose of Jylland’s Posten a Jew. I don’t think he is. Rose is not a typical Danish name, but my colleagues don’t think he’s Jewish.â€? Rose himself delares he is not Jewish in this email exchange with Christopher Bollyn, “dear chris, for the record, no i am not jewish and my ancestors are not jewish.”

An exhaustive web search found some others unconvinced. David duke.com carried a piece by Duke alleging Rose was a Jew on Feb 11, 2006. An article by Bollyn reprinted in San Francisco’s Indymedia claims that Rose’s physical appearance is Jewish enough to declare him a Jew.

The vast Zionist Jewish conspiracy is clearly at work according to the twisted thinking of paranoid anti-Semites like Ali and Madman Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Just for good measure, Malik Ali assured me that “Israel’s days are numbered.â€? He praised Iranian President for pointing out the obvious Zionist link to the Danish cartoon provocation, with his Holocaust Cartoon Contest. Brilliant!

Of course Abdel Malik’s story is completely false. The violent backlash is not in response to colonialism, a War on Islam, or angry youth. It has to do with power, control, and fuelling hatred of the West. Professor Z. writes:

The bottom line is that these cartoons came out in DK in Sept. No riots. Then they were reprinted in a popular paper in Arabic in Cairo (!) in Oct. No riots. And then, many months later, a fascist imam living in Copenhagen took the cartoons — along with some others that weren’t even in the paper — and went on a tour of the Middle East and begged the governments there to do something — and that’s when the rioting began. It was largely orchestrated. At least that is what many people are saying.

Rose, for his part, told the world in several publications that he had commissioned the cartoons as part of a campaign to end encroachments of freedom of the press in Europe. And not because he is a Zionist or a Jew, which he is not. Rose writes that he commissioned the cartoons to express his belief that journalist’s across Europe were bowing to self-censorship:

I commissioned the cartoons in response to several incidents of self-censorship in Europe caused by widening fears and feelings of intimidation in dealing with issues related to Islam. And I still believe that this is a topic that we Europeans must confront, challenging moderate Muslims to speak out. The idea wasn’t to provoke gratuitously — and we certainly didn’t intend to trigger violent demonstrations throughout the Muslim world. Our goal was simply to push back self-imposed limits on expression that seemed to be closing in tighter.


de, student groups like the Long Beach branch of the MSA have access to student funding and use it to bring Islamic Brotherhood-esque anti-Semitic speakers to our college campuses to poison the minds of impressionable youth. It would be funny were it not so scary to watch a room full of students nod in agreement with the most outlandish and paranoid plots hatched in the mind of Ali and others.

But he is not totally wrong, he did say it was a bad idea to go hunting with Cheney.

Comments from Myspace

me and rachelAs we recover from the weekend, but really from the entire month, it has been a sweet and wonderful prize to read these comments on my MySpace profile.  To see how this  Jewlicious Festival for Students and Grads could positively enhance the Jewish barometer of so many students…Wow, this is what it is all about. This is what we have been working for since last yaer.  And without the students, this would not have worked.  We can all get together in a room, and that will not be Jewlicious.  This event requires participation and involvement from so many to make it a beacon of Jewish pride and unity.

I mean, you rock! Rabbi, thanks for a truly amazing weekend! You have added to my life a great new experience with many great Jews… Jewish friends from my past, my friends from today, and many new Jews that I never met before. All your performances on the stage, in the program room, and at the head of the table were just phenomenal. Your support team was awesome and made the whole weekend glorious! Thanks for making Jewlicious was a spectacular hit, I know that everyone in attendance loved it! I’m really excited to promo for the next one 😉 Until then I will be wearing my Jewlicious jacket with pride! keep in touch. – Joshua

I wanted to say thank you to you and Rachel for all the hard work and planning that went into jewlicious, it truly was the best weekend. i’m already psyched for next year. – Jessica

Just wanted to say thank you i had a wonderful time it was awsome!~ Anon

Hey Rabbi…i just wanted to Thank you , your wife and the rest of the Jewlicious crew for putting all the hard work and effort in making this the best shabbat/weekend I ever had..it was a wonderful event that brought Jews from all over California together…can’t wait for the upcoming events…. all the best. —Tali

Rabbi–this weekend was incredible! Thanks for putting it together and organizing Jewlicious–I had so much fun and everyday was filled with something new to learn. Thanks for the opportunity… I hope you are now well rested!—C.

Thanks for all your hard work this weekend. Every part of it was moving and allowed me to connect with my Jewish peers. —linda

The Highest Clouds

jewbilation concert

We were elevated together on the clouds of Shabbos and didn’t reach earth until Monday, if then.  Everyone left transformed in some small way, unified with their people, inspired, uplifted and then some.

Just want to thank everyone for coming to the festival and for making it one of the most memorable events. I am just coming down from the high clouds of the weekend, and it will take a while to decompress. Then I will attempt to write about this truly remarkable and mind blowing event that was better than any of us could have planned. Thank you for being a part of history….

Jewlicious@TheBeach.2 Hits the Press

A Jewish music revolution

By Kevin Butler, Staff writer
LONG BEACH — More than 200 students from 37 colleges and universities are expected to descend on Long Beach this weekend to hear traditional Jewish music with a contemporary twist as part of the “Jewliciouscelebration.The youth-oriented event, organized by Beach Hillel, will include a Sunday night concert featuring Jewish hip-hop, heavy metal, and indie jam music. The concert is part of a conference from Feb. 17 to 20 that also includes a Friday night medieval feast and a screening of a documentary on Saturday.

“There has never been a show like this, in Long Beach for sure,” said Rabbi Yonah Bookstein of Beach Hillel, which serves students at Cal State Long Beach, Long Beach City College and other area institutions.