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Monday, 13 October 2014

Talmudic Law, the Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal, and ISIS Child Trafficking

The UK Daily Mail on Saturday published a rather interesting story concerning new light–in the form of previously unreleased emails–shed upon the sex scandal that engulfed the White House during the presidency of Bill Clinton following disclosures of his escapades with intern Monica Lewinsky.

It seems that after the scandal broke, an email discussion was held by certain persons, both inside and outside of the White House (many of whom were Jewish), on the possibility of citing Talmudic law, also referred to in the story as “classical Jewish law,” as a basis for making the claim that Clinton had in reality done nothing wrong.
“According to classical Jewish law, President Clinton did not commit adultery; adultery is defined as a married man having intercourse with a married woman, and Monica Lewinsky is single,” read one of the emails.
The view was reportedly that of Susannah Heschel, a professor of Jewish studies at Dartmouth, who went on to write:
“At worst, President Clinton is guilty of the common sin of onanism [masturbation], a sin that probably afflicts the consciences of most Jewish men at one time or another.”
The email was reportedly forwarded to Hillary Clinton’s domestic policy adviser, Ruby Shamir, and eventually ended up in front of White House adviser Sidney Blumenthal, who apparently decided, somewhat judiciously, against using it as a defense.

The story has also gained traction in the New York Daily News, which additionally informs us that Heschel is “the daughter of noted theologian Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel” and also provides us with a couple of additional quotes from her email:
“From the perspective of Jewish history, we have to ask how Jews can condemn President Clinton’s behavior as immoral, when we exalt King David?” Heschel said.
“King David had Batsheva’s husband, Uriah, murdered. While David was condemned and punished, he was never thrown off the throne of Israel. On the contrary, he is exalted in our Jewish memory as the unifier of Israel,” she adds.
In other words, despite the fact that David was a murderer and an adulterer (who committed adultery with the wife of the man he murdered), this is regarded as no big deal, and he remains today “exalted.”

Interestingly, on Saturday–the same day the Daily Mail story appeared–Press TV
published a report that ISIS militants have engaged in the trafficking of Syrian and Iraqi children and that some of the children have ended up in Israel (H/T Ariadna).
A report says the ISIL Takfiri militants operating in Syria and Iraq are engaged in trafficking Iraqi and Syrian children into Israel via Turkey.
The Tunis-based al-Chourouk newspaper said the Takfiri terrorists send children from Izadi Kurd, Christian and Kurdish families into Turkey and then transport them into Tel Aviv.
The report added that criminal Israeli gangs transfer the children to settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories to increase the population of settlers.
There have been reports that Israel is training the ISIL Takfiri terrorists against the government forces in Syria and Iraq.
The Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan has recently quoted Adrian Kaba, who represents the Social Democratic Party of Sweden on the Malmö City Council and the regional government, as saying that Israel is providing ISIL with military training.
The Takfiri militants have seized large swathes of land in Iraq and Syria. They have carried out horrific acts of violence in the two countries, including public decapitations. ISIL has also killed people from Shia, Sunni, Kurd, Christian and Izadi Kurd communities in Iraq.
The Tunisian newspaper’s report on ISIS child trafficking into Israel is also mentioned, by way of excoriation, in the Jewish media outlet The Algemeiner, where it is indignantly dismissed as the “latest Arab conspiracy theory.” Here’s a bit from their point of view:
The latest unhinged hot rumor in the Arab world alleges that Israel is benefiting from ISIS-backed child-trafficking rings, which are smuggling Syrian and Iraqi children into the Jewish state, for adoption by childless Israeli couples, Israel’s NRG News reported Friday.
Tunisia’s al-Shorouk broadsheet recently published a report claiming that gangs working with the terrorist organization are abducting infant Yezidis, Christians and Kurds, and selling them to Israeli middlemen.
But the same story has also been picked up by the Russian media, including Ria Novosti, where it seems to be afforded at least some degree of credence. You’ll note as well that the article also cites a UN report on women and children being sexually abused and sold into slavery:
MOSCOW, October 10 (RIA Novosti) – The Islamic State (IS) is engaged in the sale of abducted Iraqi and Syrian children to Israel, Tunisian newspaper Al-Chourouk reported.
The IS trades people through Israeli intermediaries associated with smuggling, the newspaper said Thursday.
Israeli middlemen then sell the children to childless families. According to the newspaper’s sources, the head of the syndicate is an Israeli lawyer who is under protection of some rabbis.
According to the newspaper, one child costs $10,000. The IS also sells women, but they cost less compared to children. The IS commanders also marry the most beautiful women of those abducted.
According to the latest UN report on the situation in the region, more than 25,000 women and children have been taken captive. They are sexually abused and sold into slavery. The IS is also suspected of human organs trafficking, the newspaper reported.
The IS is a sectarian Sunni Muslim militia also known at the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). It seized large parts of Iraq and Syria and proclaimed an Islamic caliphate on the areas under its control. The group’s rapid advance in northern Iraq triggered a response from Washington, which launched airstrikes against the insurgents fighting on the Iraqi soil in August. The military campaign was subsequently extended to Syria, with an international coalition set up to defeat the extremists.
So it seems we have King David, as well as Bill Clinton, both being exonerated by Jewish law–along with some persistent reports on human trafficking and children ending up in Israel. How credible might these reports be?

As reported on numerous websites, including here, the Talmud teaches that it is alright for Jews to steal from Gentiles. Or as Sanhedrin 57a puts it: 
“When a Jew murders a gentile, there will be no death penalty. What a Jew steals from a gentile he may keep.”
And then there are these attitudes expressed about Gentile children:
Yebamoth 98a. All gentile children are animals.
Abodah Zarah 36b. Gentile girls are in a state of niddah (filth) from birth.
And of course there is also Torat Ha’Melech, or The King’s Torah, a book written by the Israeli Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira and which justifies the killing of Gentile babies “if it is clear they will grow up to harm us.”

Given all that, it is probably not too hard for us to imagine that, buried in the fine print of a rabbinical opinion somewhere, the trafficking of Gentile children might be specifically condoned and justified–nor is it difficult for us to understand why Press TV as well as the Russian media might have accorded a certain amount of credibility to the Tunisian newspaper’s report.

Oh yes, and one other little interesting tidbit, also found at Ria Novosti. It seems that municipal workers in an industrial-zoned area of the Israeli city Upper Nazareth have discovered 25 black and white ISIS flags. Local authorities are said to be “looking into the incident.”

See also:

The Expression of Hatred for Gentiles

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