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Thanks to the vigilance of its Israeli handlers, the world’s largest democracy staunchly repelled a foreigner considered unfriendly to Israel, and therefore to India, as well.

According to sources in New Delhi, Israeli intelligence services alerted their Indian counterparts that Dr. Paul Larudee was scheduled to speak at a Student Islamic Organization gathering in Kerala State.  Since Dr. Larudee is already banned from Israel for excessive human rights activity on behalf of Palestinians, Indian security forces acted promptly to enforce the same policy in India.

This reporter was able to reach an official at the Indian Foreign Office for further details, which she provided on condition of anonymity.  For this report, I shall refer to her as Botin Pedfor.

Barb Weir:  Ms. Pedfor, are you satisfied that Indian authorities handled this matter appropriately?

Botin Pedfor:  We did the best we could, Barb.  Dr. Larudee came on a tourist visa, so we weren’t aware that he would be speaking in India.  It’s illegal to speak without permission here.  Anyone who intends to speak to more than two people at the same time during their visit is required to get a registered institution in their own country to send an official request to a registered host organization in India to send an official request to an Indian government ministry to send an official request to the Indian Foreign Office to issue a conference visa to the individual.  Of course, the request must contain all necessary information, such as when the applicant intends speak, the applicant’s biodata, work and education history, supervisor at each place of employment (with contact information), history of travel, distinguishing bodily marks and scars, religious convictions, childhood diseases, sexual preference, favorite music, regularity of bodily functions, and of course the same information for all immediate family members.  If Dr. Larudee had completed this procedure, we would have properly rejected his visa request, in which case we could have avoided this unpleasantness, our citizens would have been spared an excess of free speech, and neither we nor our Israeli supervisors would have been embarrassed.

If Dr. Larudee had completed this procedure, we would have properly rejected his visa request, in which case we could have avoided this unpleasantness, our citizens would have been spared an excess of free speech, and neither we nor our Israeli supervisors would have been embarrassed.

Barb Weir:  But don’t visitors come to India all the time on tourist visas and speak to groups?  My sources tell me that some fundamentalist Islamist preachers came here recently on tourist visas and spent much of their time speaking in public.

Botin Pedfor:   Such incidents are not that common, Barb.  As far as we can determine, misuse of the tourist visa happened less than 11,532 times in 2012.  Besides, our Israeli guidance counselors objected to only a handful of those cases, and I’m proud to say that we took the appropriate action in every single case.  You may recall that British journalist Yvonne Ridley was one of these cases.  Trust me, she will not soon be planting thoughts of human rights in the minds of our proud Indian people again, or asking questions about our relationship with Israel  – at least not on Indian soil.

Barb Weir:  Do you mean to tell me that Israel had no objection to Muslim fundamentalists coming to India?

Botin Pedfor:  Of course not.  These visitors plant exactly the image of Islam that Israel wants everyone to have.  They are welcome at any time.

Barb Weir:  If you don’t mind me asking, why is India cozying up to Israel?  Didn’t you used to be a leader of the non-aligned movement and an advocate of neutrality?  Now India is the biggest customer of Israeli weapons.

Botin Pedfor:   Neutrality and nonalignment are long gone, Barb.  We need Israel’s sophisticated weapons to defend ourselves.  Their Iron Dome system proved itself in Israel’s latest invasion of Gaza.  Do you know that it shot down 41% of all the rockets that still use sixteenth century technology?  If Mughal invaders ever threaten us again, we’ll be ready.

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37 Responses to Israeli-occupied India Removes Threat of Free Speech

  1. blt January 1, 2013 at 8:27 am #

    Paul’s amazing journalism doesn’t need Barb Weir. She distracts and detracts. Who needs the Car Guys (Botin Pedford must be related to their chauffeur Pikop Andropov) when you can have Tariq Ali (Ali-worthy prose: Trust me, she will not soon be planting thoughts of human rights in the minds of our proud Indian people again, or asking questions about our relationship with Israel – at least not on Indian soil) ? -blt
    ps Paul, did you get to speak or not?

    • Paul Larudee January 2, 2013 at 4:47 am #

      Thanks for the vote of confidence, Ben. It’s hard to read what works and what doesn’t sometimes. Some think it’s an insignificant incident, not particularly newsworthy. Others think it deserves a more substantial treatment than by Barb Weir.

      This is a compromise, but there are important elements not yet reported, which I’ll try to put in a more lengthy article. The problem is that I just arrived back in San Francisco a few hours ago and have a lot of demands on me. Letting Barb do the piece while I was on the road was the best I could do, and there are some pretty outrageous and hard-to believe facts that are entirely suited to Barb’s treatment.

      Nevertheless, I’ll try to put something out, including the speech that I gave, which was quite a hit, especially after being lectured by the police about dire consequences only minutes before going to the podium.

      To be continued…

  2. Ariadna Theokopoulos January 1, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    from Countercurrents.org

    “The year 2012 ended with a Kannada TV reporter, Naveen Soorinje, in jail for more than fifty days after the Karnataka High Court denied him bail. Mangalore-based Soorinje, was incarcerated from November 7, 2012 after police charged him under the UAPA and under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for reporting on the raid on a homestay party by a Hindu fundamentalist group in July. Soorinje’s bail application was rejected on December 26.

    The same month, a television journalist, Nanao Singh, was shot dead in a police firing in Manipur.

    In 2012, India was a grim place for free speech. It recorded the death of five journalists. Another 38 were assaulted, harassed or threatened. There were 43 instances of curbs on the Internet, 14 instances of censorship in the film and music industry, and eight instances of censorship of content in the print medium.

    The year began with the brutal killing of journalist ChandrikaRai (42), his wife Durga (40) and their two teenage children — son Jalaj (19) and daughter Nisha (17) — at their residence in Madhya Pradesh’s Umariadistict in February. Other journalists to die this year were Rajesh Mishra in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh, ChaitaliSantra in Kolkata and RaihanNaiyum, in Assam .

    We list and detail below all the incidents which occurred in the course of the year.

    1. Journalists killed 05

    2. Journalists assaulted, harassed or threatened 38

    3. Censorship of content in print medium 08

    4. Censorship in the electronic medium 04

    5. Censorship of literature, art, education, theatre 08

    6. Censorship in film and music industry 14

    7. Curbs on internet medium 4

    8. Limits on mobile medium 05

    9. Arson at media establishments 06

    10. Hate speech 02

    11. Information or access denied 10

    12. Surveillance issues 05

    13. Privacy and defamation 02

    14. Legislative issues 03

    That the death toll of journalists would have been higher, is clear by the brutality of the assaults and threats to journalists: ThongamRina, associate editor of Arunachal Times, was shot at and critically injured in July; Kamal Shukla in Chhattisgarh was assaulted by a local politician because he wrote a story on illegal tree-felling in Koelibeda, the constituency of the state’s forest minister VikramUsendi; in Gujarat’s Palampur district, television journalist DevendraKhandelwal was attacked with iron pipes by relatives of MLA Mafatlal Purohit for reporting their involvement in illegal construction.

    Sec 66 (a) and internet freedom

    The 41 instances of free speech violations related to internet use in the Free Speech Hub’s ‘Free Speech Tracker’ testify to the growing use and abuse of this medium. ShaheenDhada and RenuSrinivasan, two young Facebook users, in Palghar, Maharashtra, in October, were arrested under the draconian Sec 66 (a) of the Information Technology Act, one for posting a critical status comment on the shutdown of the city in the wake of the death of Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray and the other for ‘liking’ the post! The nation-wide protest that followed forced a review of the charges against them and a closure report by police. However, they will still have to wait till January 2013 for the formal dropping of charges against them.

    Already, the fears over the misuse of the controversial Section (66 A) of the Information Technology Act, 2000,were confirmed by other instances: the arrest of two Jadavpur University professors in April 2012 for their e-mails on the cartoons poking fun at that projected West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee; the arrest of cartoonist AseemTrivedi for sedition, for insulting national honour and for sending offensive messages under Sec 66 (a) of the IT Act in August 2012: two employees of Air-India, Mayank Sharma and KVJ Rao, who were sacked (and reinstated after the protests) after their arrest over a Facebook post, three youth arrested in Kashmir for allegedly anti-Islamic posts and the arrest of industrialist AS Ravi for tweeting about KartiChidamnaram, son of Union minister for P Chidambaram.

    Earlier, in June 2012, the union government ordered the blocking of more than 250 sites and web pages following the widespread panic and exodus of people from the North East out of Pune, Delhi and Bangalore. Some accounts that disproved the morphed pictures and the propaganda were also blocked.

    The Google Transparency Report put India top on the list of countries making demands to take down content.

    Censorship in other media

    Censorship continued in all arenas, from the literary and cinematic worlds, to art and theatre. Protests of vigilante groups against all manner of expression continued with political parties and social groups taking offence against film songs, dialogues and titles of movies, art exhibitions and theatre performances and even the use of mobile phones by women!

    In May, the Human Resources Development Ministry’s attempt to expunge cartoons from NCERT and CBSE textbooks for their alleged anti- Dalit connotations sparked an inconclusive debate on casteism in educational content while the cancellation of Salman Rushdie’s proposed visit to the Jaipur Literary Festival in January only showed the pusillanimity of the state administration.

    Covert state surveillance was on the rise, with an increase in government interception and monitoring of emails and telephone conversations, privacy violations and hate speech cases are also under the scanner.”

  3. David Holden January 2, 2013 at 12:27 am #

    NEW HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS MAKE ALIYAH

    (almost) BREAKING NEWS

    Xmas day 2012

    according to The Hindu (their use of quotes):


    Indian Jews from ‘lost tribe’ move to Israel

    Dozens of Jews who claim to be the descendants of a lost biblical Jewish tribe have emigrated to Israel from their village in north-eastern India.

    The Bnei Menashe say they are descended from Jews banished from ancient Israel to India in the eighth century B.C. An Israeli chief rabbi recognised them as a lost tribe in 2005 and about 1,700 moved to Israel before the government stopped giving them visas.

    Israel recently reversed that policy, agreeing to let the remaining 7,200 Bnei Menashe immigrate. Fifty-three of them arrived on Monday.

    More to emigrate

    Michael Freund, an Israel-based activist(!) says nearly 300 others will arrive in the coming weeks. Lhing Lenchonzstein, 26, arrived with her husband and her 8-month-old daughter. She said that “after waiting for thousands of years, our dream came true.”


    a parallel article, with the identical headline, in the Times of Israel gives the same information, but with a photo accompanying a more nuanced discussion of the obvious question, raised only in the Hindu‘s raised eyebrow headline, as to the veracity of the underlying claim, and a possible politically motivated economy with truth on the part of the rogue state’s labyrinthine immigration department:


    Indian Jews from ‘lost tribe’ land in Israel

    ERUSALEM (AP) — Dozens of Jews who claim to be the descendants of a lost biblical Jewish tribe emigrated to Israel on Monday from their village in northeastern India, celebrating their arrival after a five-year struggle to get in.

    The Bnei Menashe say they are descended from Jews banished from ancient Israel to India in the eighth century BC. An Israeli chief rabbi recognized them as a lost tribe in 2005, and about 1,700 moved to Israel over the next two years before the government stopped giving them visas.

    Israel recently reversed that policy, agreeing to let the remaining 7,200 Bnei Menashe immigrate.

    Fifty-three arrived on a flight Monday. Michael Freund, an Israel-based activist on their behalf, said nearly 300 others will arrive in the coming weeks.

    “After waiting for thousands of years, our dream came true,” said Lhing Lenchonz, 26, who arrived with her husband and 8-month-old daughter. “We are now in our land.”

    Not all Israelis think Bnei Menashe qualify as Jews, and some suspect they are simply fleeing poverty in India.

    Avraham Poraz, a former interior minister, said they were not linked to the Jewish people. He also charged that Israeli settlers were using them to strengthen Israel’s claims to the West Bank.

    When Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar recognized the Bnei Menashe as a lost tribe in 2005, he insisted they undergo conversion to be recognized as Jews. He sent a rabbinical team to India that converted 218 Bnei Menashe, until Indian authorities stepped in and stopped it.

    The Bnei Menashe come from the states of Mizoram and Manipur near India’s border with Myanmar, where, they say, their ancestors landed after the Assyrians banished them. Over the centuries, they became animists, and in the 19th century, British missionaries converted many to Christianity.

    Even so, the group says it continued to practice ancient Jewish rituals, including animal sacrifices, which they say were passed down from generation to generation. Jews in the Holy Land stopped animal sacrifices after the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in 70 AD.


    even absent the questionable role of the ancient Assyrian Empire the story of these plucky people escaping poverty must surely bring a tear to any decent eye – at the same time there is also the faint whiff of a red herring about it. nobody expects Israel to be opening its iron floodgates to a human tide of the world’s destitute any time soon.

    are these people to be the pawns in Bibi’s 3000 new settlements counterstroke to the Goyim for “recognizing” Palestine?

    or is it merely one small symptom of a broader trend, identified by Prof. Israel Kochwinkler as:

    “a definite increase in mythopoetic translocation linked to an epidemic of psychic millenarianism provoked by global conflict and instability.”?

  4. David Holden January 2, 2013 at 12:40 am #

    sorry if a bit off topic, but:

    “After waiting for thousands of years, our dream came true,” said Lhing Lenchonz, 26…

    who could make this stuff up?

    the relation to your piece is that i came across it on the sniff for tell-tale signs of intergovernmental deviousness between I & I - you know, a bit of lipstick on a cup,…whatever. i’d cheekily changed the name to Lhing Lenchonzstein but some gremlin censored that bit of cheap sarcasm.

    • pgg804 January 2, 2013 at 1:43 am #

      I would be interested in how “Lhing Lenchonzstein” got her name. “Stein” is a distinctly German name. People who have lived in India for the past 2 or 3 thousands years without any connection to Europe don’t acquire a name with “stein” at the end. They may have changed their name. I get the feeling Israel is torn as to whether they should accept them as Jews or not.

      Either way, it’s another insult and smack in the face of Palestinians again. They were thrown out of their homes and had their land stolen within the past 60 years and are living in poverty while so called Jew’s from India, Brooklyn, NY and the former Soviet Union are free to move into the homes the Jews have stolen from their Palestinian owners.

      • pgg804 January 2, 2013 at 1:46 am #

        I wish I could delete the previous comment. My mistake. I thought her name was “Lhing Lenchonzstein.”

        • David Holden January 2, 2013 at 2:39 am #

          sorry! ;-) but in any case you got the point i’d wanted to make via the rather bad joke. maybe it’s better it didn’t go in the original comment in that form, though that was due to some technical glitch.

    • Blake January 2, 2013 at 6:46 am #

      who could make this stuff up?

      Precisely there are no sane words to describe this insanity.

      Squatters with delusions of grandeur.

  5. fool me once... January 2, 2013 at 1:11 am #

    “We find the descendants of the Israelites not only in the western world, but also in the eastern world especially along the Silk Road. The following peoples are thought by Jewish scholars to be the descendants of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel.
    Yusufzai
    They live in Afghanistan. Yusufzai means children of Joseph. They have customs of ancient Israelites.
    .
    Pathans
    They live in Afghanistan and Pakistan. They have the customs of circumcision on the 8th day, fringes of robe, Sabbath, Kashrut, Tefilin, etc.
    .
    Kashmiri people
    In Kashmir they have the same land names as were in the ancient northern kingdom of Israel. They have the feast of Passover and the legend that they came from Israel.
    .
    Knanites
    In India there are people called Knanites, which means people of Canaan. They speak Aramaic and use the Aramaic Bible.
    .
    Shinlung tribe (Bnei Menashe)
    In Myanmar (Burma) and India live Shinlung tribe, also called Menashe tribe. Menashe is Manasseh, and the Menashe tribe is said to be the descendants from the tribe of Manasseh, one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. They have ancient Israeli customs.
    .
    Chiang (Qiang or Chiang-Min) tribe
    They live in China and have ancient Israeli customs. They believe in one God and have oral tradition that they came from far west. They say that their ancestor had 12 sons. They have customs of Passover, purification, levirate marriage, etc. as ancient Israelites.
    .
    Kaifeng, China
    It is known that there had been a large Jewish community since the time of B.C.E..
    .
    Japan
    I am going to discuss this on this website.”
    http://www5.ocn.ne.jp/~magi9/isracame.htm

    • Barb Weir January 2, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

      Clearly, everyone is a descendant of the tribes of Israel except the people that have lived there for the past two millenia and whose ancestors converted from Judaism to Christianity and Islam.

      • fool me once... January 2, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

        Fiction, stranger than fiction. A new article featuring Arimasa Kubo and israeli ambassador Eli Cohen, I mentioned in a post below, has coincidently appeared in the Smithsonian magazine. It discusses “the lost years” Jesus spent in Japan, before and after the “crucifixion”.
        Sample;
        “Upon reaching the village, Jesus retired to a life in exile, adopted a new identity and raised a family. He is said to have lived out his natural life ministering to the needy. He sported a balding gray pate, a coat of many folds and a distinctive nose, which, the museum brochure observes, earned him a reputation as a “long-nosed goblin.””
        http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/The-Little-Known-Legend-of-Jesus-in-Japan-183833821.html
        Be warned, page 2 of the article will be a bit of an anti climax for the Japanese jew Jesus believers.

  6. David Holden January 2, 2013 at 2:51 am #

    FMT don’t you smell the odour of fish? that website you linked to gives links to three other-language versions: Belorussian, Danish and Japanese. these are all hosted in different ways, and the Belorussian and Danish ones are geeky tech sites. the Japanese one, if you go to the English version has a totally different layout, but this pic advertising for REMNANT which is presented as as sponsor:

    this is not to doubt the scientific accuracy of the interesting information, but i’d appreciate your opinion on those odd links.

    • fool me once... January 2, 2013 at 3:52 am #

      @DH
      “the odour of fish” as in gefilte? If so, the answers yes. The “Best Jewish Site” medal at the top of the page on the link is a bit of a give away ;) . After a delve, it appears Arimasa Kubo, the Remnant Publishing President;
      http://www2.biglobe.ne.jp/~remnant/kuboe.htm
      is already knee deep in “Denialism”;
      http://www2.biglobe.ne.jp/~remnant/nankingm.htm
      .
      Arimasa did some translating for a Rabbi Marvin Tokayer, who whilst serving in the United States Air Force as Chaplain in Japan, paid a visit to Korea;
      http://www.vosizneias.com/61992/2010/08/11/seoul-korea-orthodox-rabbi-preaches-teachings-of-talmud-to-koreans/
      I’ll have a closer look at the odd links tomorrow. Gnite

      • David Holden January 2, 2013 at 4:08 am #

        nice one! i’ll check out those links. always good to watch the healthy circulation of ideas in action ;-)

      • fool me once... January 2, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

        Firstly, apologies for the many links, but unfortunately I don’t have the time or brain power to summarise the following info.
        Arimasa Kubo mentioned above, who attempts to link the israelite jews to Japan and Eastern countries, is taken to task by the Brit-Am directer Yair Davidiy, who strongly refutes such suggestions.
        http://www.britam.org/Questions/QuesJapan.html
        Another clear case of jews polarising and controlling the discourse on israel’s shady claim to Palestine and Choseness.
        Arimasa Kubo links to this TV programme;
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLc30VSPdgY
        (click cc for english subtitles)
        …where at 5:37mins and 7:25mins, the israeli ambassador to Japan, Eli Cohen, can be seen and heard, clearly entertaining the idea of a “lost tribe” in Japan.
        In steps Yair Davidiy and applies the “seven criteria to determine whether or not a nation descends from Israel”, which, after reading, even the israeli’s don’t live up to!!
        http://www.britam.org/criteria.html
        .
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOBVWTpB6Lo&feature=player_embedded
        .
        About Brit-Am;
        http://hebrewnations.com/about-us.html
        .
        Interesting info Jerusalem News;
        http://www.britam.org/jerusalem/jerusalem331to360.html#tag25

        • David Holden January 3, 2013 at 12:07 am #

          Yair Davidiy embraces the Khazars:

          The “KHAZARS” were a semi-nomadic people who became prominent in southern Russia and its neighborhood in the 600s to 900s CE. They were quite powerful with a far-reaching influence and well-developed civilization. They protected the Jews while giving full citizenship rights to Christians and Moslems who served them faithfully. The “KHAZARS” converted to Judaism and henceforth were Jewish. Some people (including many anti-Semites) claim that most Jews today are descended from the “KHAZARS”.

          Northern Mesopotamia and South of the Caucasus,
          North of the Caucasus,
          The Don River region,
          The Volga region reaching eastwards into Central Asia.

          We found proof of Israelite ancestry (Exiles from the Ten Tribes and from Jewish communities) in all these areas. These different though related groups were to form the Khazar nation. Kindred peoples, who had been with the “KHAZARS” and had the same ancestry as they, moved to Western Europe. These contacts testify to the Israelite origins of the peoples in question. This work, “KHAZARS. Tribe 13″, proves the Israelite origins of the “KHAZARS”. Much of this information is quite new while some of it was known in the past but in recent times has been overlooked, or it was not available in the English language heretofore.

          “The Khazars. Tribe 13″ discusses every aspect of the subject, endeavores to hide nothing, and evades no claim that would appear to contradict us.

          The “KHAZARS” neighbored Turkish groups, ruled over them, and for a time were in part ruled by them. This accounts for those aspects of Khazar culture that show outside influence. The “KHAZARS” however were not of heathen origin. The “KHAZARS” were Hebrews from the Lost Ten Tribes and from Judah. The ruling House of the “KHAZARS” was named after the House of Jesse indicating that they were descended from King David as were other rulers of Scythian nations. The “KHAZARS” mostly referred to themselves and were described by others as “Jews” meaning that they were Hebrews and of the same ancestral stock as Judah.

          ANYONE IN OUR TIME WHO WISHES TO KNOW ABOUT THE TEN LOST TRIBES OF ISRAEL AND WHERE THEY WENT NEEDS THIS WORK!

          They had traditions that they descended from the Tribes of Manasseh and Simeon and from other Israelites. The “KHAZARS” were part of the Sacae/Scythian grouping of peoples. Ancestors of the “KHAZARS” in both the east and west had practiced cults derived from the Biblical story of Joseph and his reconciliation with his brothers. An offshoot from the Khazars merged with the Picts of Scotland. They were related to the Scandinavians, and to the Anglo-Saxons. The “KHAZARS” supplied the coinage and part of the manpower of early Scandinavia. The ancestral heroes of Scandinavia, the “Aseir”, and of the Anglo-Saxons were either of Khazar origin or at the least belonged to the same family group.

          Descendants of the Khazars on the whole either merged amongst the Jewish people or migrated to western nations.

          This work, “The KHAZARS. Tribe 13″, has broken new ground. “The KHAZARS. Tribe 13″ proves NOT ONLY that the Khazars were of Hebrew Ancestry but also that they were of kith and kin to several western nations and that they too descended from Israelites. The Khazars were a brave and noble nation. The story of the Khazars is inspiring.

          • Blake January 4, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

            Is that a recent book? I wonder how hasbara are going to spin this now. They have been denying for ages they do not descend from khazars. Now they can say yeah we are khazars who descend from Israelites. Insanity rules in this 13th tribe.

  7. David Holden January 2, 2013 at 2:55 am #

    sorry, typo, FMO.

    also forgot to say the choice of those particular three languages seemed to call for some kind of explanation other than blind chance

  8. Ariadna Theokopoulos January 2, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    Indians in India have watched the Peruvian ‘Indians’ and learned from them:

    Profile: Peruvian Indians Converted to Judaism and Moved to Jewish Settlements in West Bank

    Morning Edition: September 17, 2002

    Israel – Peruvian Jews

    BOB EDWARDS, host:

    This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I’m Bob Edwards.

    Two Jewish settlements in the West Bank have received dozens of new residents, more than 80 Peruvian Indians. These families have been living as Jews in Peru for nearly 15 years, but the decision to officially convert them and move them to the West Bank has been controversial in Israel. NPR’s Linda Gradstein reports from the settlement of Karmei Tzur on the West Bank.

    Mr. MORDECHAI PEREZ: (Hebrew spoken)

    LINDA GRADSTEIN reporting:

    Before Mordechai Perez(ph) sits down to eat his lunch of ceviche, a traditional Peruvian dish of marinated fish, he says a blessing in Hebrew. Mordechai’s lunch may be traditional, but his lifestyle and the journey that brought him to the small settlement in the Judaian hills is anything but. Until two months ago, Mordechai, his wife Laia(ph) and their four children lived in Trujillo, about 800 kilometers north of the Peruvian capital, Lima. All the families in the village were originally Christian, but 15 years ago the village preacher decided that Judaism was the true spiritual path, and the entire community began living as Orthodox Jews. They began eating only kosher food imported from Lima, and kept the Sabbath from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.

    Speaking through an interpreter, Mordechai says he finds spirituality in being Jewish.

    Mr. PEREZ: (Through Translator) I like our Judaism, that we have rules for everything. And if we follow these rules, the life is …(unintelligible). We feel we have everything we need. We have a long life. We don’t need anything else.

    GRADSTEIN: In May, three Orthodox rabbis from Israel traveled to Peru and converted 84 people; among them, the Perez family. The conversion involved a declaration of faith, immersion in a ritual bath and a symbolic circumcision for the men, all of whom were already circumcised. All of the couples then remarried according to Jewish law. Mordechai says he was thrilled when he was finally converted.

    Mr. PEREZ: (Through Translator) We felt very emotional when the rabbis came. We have been writing letters to them to come, please help us, because we wanted to be Jews. So when they came, we felt very, very emotional then. Then we …(unintelligible), and life as Jew was very easy here because we have kosher food and everything we need to be a Jew.

    GRADSTEIN: In Peru, Mordechai, a building contractor, lived in a four-bedroom house. Today he lives in a tiny, two-bedroom, white trailer on the edge of the West Bank settlement of Karmei Tzur. In the corner of the main room is a large Israeli flag; on the refrigerator, a calendar of what moment the Sabbath begins each weeks. Mordechai wears a large, white skullcap and long strings, or ritual fringes dangle beneath his shirt. His wife, Laia, wears a modest dress with sleeves past her elbows, and, in conformity with Orthodox Jewish law, her hair is covered with a scarf.

    Mordechai’s group is the third to emigrate to Israel from Peru, and all of them went to live in Jewish settlements. Rabbi David Mamo, who arranged the conversions in Peru, says one of the conditions was that the new Jews come to live in Israel.

    Rabbi DAVID MAMO: (Foreign language spoken)

    GRADSTEIN: `The commandment to live in the land of Israel is equal to all of the other commandments combined,’ he said, `but where in Israel is unimportant. It could be Tel Aviv, Haifa or Hebron.’

    Critics in Israel charge the rabbis rush through the conversions in Peru to boost the Jewish settler population. Didi Ramez, a longtime activist with the Peace Now movement, says tens of thousands of Russian immigrants to Israel find it almost impossible to convert to Judaism, while a small group of Peruvian Indians, willing to live in the West Bank, is converted almost overnight.

    Mr. DIDI RAMEZ (Peace Now): This is a symptom of the total collapse of the settler movement. They’re desperately looking for ways of bringing people in, and the fact that they had to go to the Andes to find people to come live in the settlements is a sign that they’ve really reached a dead end.

    GRADSTEIN: But Rabbi Mamo insists it has nothing to do with politics. `The problem with the Russian immigrants,’ he says, `is that few of them want to live an Orthodox lifestyle.’ He also insists there was no political reason for sending the immigrants to the West Bank. He says, `The rabbis insisted on an Orthodox community since living among secular Israelis could present too many spiritual challenges.’ He says he turned to Orthodox communities all over Israel and the West Bank, but only in the two settlements of Alon Shvut and Karmei Tzur were they willing to invest the time and money to welcome the Peruvians.

    Sara Weinreb(ph), the Peruvians’ absorption coordinator, says the settlers welcomed the Peruvians the way they would welcome any new immigrant who wanted to make aliyah, the Hebrew term for `moving to Israel.’

    Ms. SARA WEINREB (Peruvians’ Absorption Coordinator): Any person that wants to come on aliyah, we’ve gone around the world and will continue doing this. For me, this is modern Zionism.

    GRADSTEIN: She says that a month after the Peruvians arrived, Palestinian gunmen infiltrated Karmei Tzur and murdered a young Israeli couple. She says settler leaders offered to find the Peruvians alternative housing inside Israel, but they refused. Mordechai says he feels at home in the settlement and intends to stay. Linda Gradstein, NPR News, Karmei Tzur on the West Bank.

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  9. David Holden January 3, 2013 at 12:30 am #

    perhaps the strategy is counter-assimilation? the rare case of a plucky and persistent gnat straining so successfully at a camel that it finally succeeds in swallowing it hook, line and sinker*, as in the astronomical phenomenon of an asymmetric binary where a tiny, rapidly spinning, neutron star siphons off the gas from its much larger visible companion.

    * to facilitate comprehension of this point i have substituted this well-known Engish cliché for the less familiar Bedouin term
    السرج والحقيبة المال(es-saj wa’el haqibah el-mel)

    • Ariadna Theokopoulos January 3, 2013 at 1:59 am #

      Great image. But the story is different:

      In the beginning there were Jews. And they were everywhere. Aleuts crossing the freezing waters in the blubber-greased boats were met ashore by Jews, for whom the New World was old already. The Jews sold them ice.
      Columbus was met by Jews as well. He called them savages, but they were Jews, as was he although he had forgotten.
      High up in the Andes there were tribes of Jews who shrugged and accepted to be baptized by the Spanish, knowing that time was on their side and if not they, then their progeny, will eat ceviche in the Holy Land one day.
      Way over in India, the land was teeming with Jews. Shiva, to whom they erected statues, was their banking deity:

      http://ts2.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4657678144307441&pid=15.1

      How can you tell if you are a Jew? If you ask you are not.

  10. blt January 3, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    So Paul, Barb Weir didn’t make it clear. Did you make it into India, and if so did you speak to more than two people at once?

    • Roy Bard January 3, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

      Is Google broken on your computer blt?

      • David Holden January 3, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

        The IDF helps transfer Palestinian cucumbers.

        this is one of a number of bulletpoints (made in IsraelMuse’s winning entry to zioblogger Aussie Dave’s hasbara competition) to illustrate the author’s contention that:

        Zionist Israel is probably the only country in the world and in history that has ever cared for, aided and assisted its own arch enemy on a daily basis for years on end.

        certainly we all know from youtube that the IDF has saved the Palestinians hundreds of millions in demolition expenses. if only other nations were so considerate to their “enemies” armed conflict would soon become a thing of the past and people all round the world would join hands in a celebration of Peace.

        antizionists should read Israelmuse’s presentation. it shows me just how wrong i have been, and how unfair in my judgements.

        a later list confirms this. there seems to be no end to modern Israel’s international humanitarian outreach. they are even sending doctors to Africa to help with circumcisions, presumably working hand-in-hand with UNMOHEL to make this life-saving treatment safe and widely available to the world’s poor.

        • David Holden January 3, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

          sorry, must have closed the headline tag wrong – maybe the wrong “h”-number in the closing tag? i cannot tell because the script has disappeared down the memory hole.

          i am considering the suggestion that i enter any subsequent posts in braille to avoid the distraction of these constant accidental disfigurements.

          • Roy Bard January 3, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

            right h number but no / – I think its fixed now :-)

          • David Holden January 3, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

            ta R ;-)

        • Ariadna Theokopoulos January 3, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

          By far the two public health area where Israel spares no effort to give the Palestinians a hand-up are
          –family planning
          –prevention of obesity (rampant in Gaza)

        • Barb Weir January 3, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

          Thank you for pointing this out, David. No one really appreciates the sacrifices that Israel makes. Israeli merchants and trucking companies actually make money on everything delivered to Gaza, so anything that is not delivered means less for them. The only ones that profit from the blockade are the storage companies, but they tend to make money either way.

        • fool me once... January 4, 2013 at 12:53 am #

          @DH
          I must say that I found the picture of the concentration camp nazi experiment survivor, at the top of your “winning entry” link, quite shocking.

          • David Holden January 5, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

            this one?

            yes, the noticeable difference in the size of the two arms is due to some fiendish surgery.

          • fool me once... January 5, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

            @DH
            Yes, that’s the one :D . Thinking about the image in the picture above brought to mind Irene Zisblatt’s preposterous account of her contrived time spent in Auschwitz, which she shamelessly shares with the world at 4:46 mins;
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyMVWVBmGVo
            Spielberg, in this instance, could be forgiven for indulging in a little philanthropic joopotism by financing the services of one of the numerous eminent jewish psychiatrists, psychotherapists, psychologists or whatever, to help her get over her shitty diamond ring spiel delusion. Or maybe not, as they would probably be as deluded as she.
            Her story is about as believable as another jewish survivor who’d managed to secrete a valuable family heirloom, a grandfather clock in fact, under his foreskin without detection for 3 years, which he alleges had been the inspiration for this Ketubah delineation;
            https://www.lessing-photo.com/dispimg.asp?i=30050427+&cr=1&cl=1

    • Ariadna Theokopoulos January 3, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

      Right next to the article in the link given by Roy there is a piece called ‘The Loathsome Paul Larudee.’ Among other important info on this loathsome individual is the fact that he is “unsympathetic” to the plight of the Israeli Jews in all this.
      I had not even noticed that, although not once does he ever give a passing thought to the settlers’ efforts and hard work, as if it is easy to uproot olive trees or even to spray so many buildings, churches, etc, to say nothing of chasing those pesky hooligan Palestinian children. What about the brave IDF soldiers placing their life and limb in danger every day to defend (and extend) Israel’s biblical land? You won’t hear it from this loathsome guy.
      When you ask if he managed to be heard in India you are in fact asking if he manages to be heard anywhere, aren’t you?
      Sadly, yes, he manages. It is up to fair and justice-minded individuals like you to provide that much needed balance so people don’t believe his loathsome stuff.

    • Paul Larudee January 3, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

      Sorry, Ben. The paragraph in my earlier comment (second in this thread) about delivering my speech and being lectured by the police took place in India, from which I am now banned. I am told that there were 22,000 in attendance. Will try to provide a fuller account soon.

  11. Rehmat January 4, 2013 at 1:48 am #

    India and Israeli Jews are united by their hatred of Muslims.

    Former head of counter-terrorism branch of India’s intelligence Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), B. Raman, in his book ‘The Kaoboys of R&AW: Down Memory Lane’ documents the major part played by India-Israel intelligence agencies in the dismemberment of Pakistan and creation of Bangladesh in the Eastern part of Pakistan in 1971.

    http://rehmat1.com/2010/04/29/how-india-israel-created-bangladesh/

  12. Blake January 4, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

    Dear Friend Hitler (Hindi: प्रिय मित्र हिटलर) released in India as Gandhi to Hitler is a multilingual Indian drama film based on letters written by Mohandas Gandhi to the leader of the Nazi Party and Chancellor of Germany Adolf Hitler. The film was released on July 29, 2011 in India.

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