Surely, we might expect more Islamic representatives and topics next year. Their language will obscure the true nature of the themes and Islam's history, and present a glossed version of the "Religion of Peace," as veiled as their women and as masked as the armed jihadists. It may subtly, if not overtly, disparage the State of Israel.
Such was the case of Israeli-born Anat Hoffman, who was invited to speak at the Hall of Philosophy (perhaps more aptly named Hall of Propaganda), as reported in The Chautauquan Daily of August 29, 2015. Her calls for a more peaceful, inclusive Holy City used three key words: "Holy City" is the non-Jewish name for Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), and "inclusive" is the code word for de-Judaizing the city. It was clear that Hoffman had an agenda to defame not only Jerusalem, the capital, but also Judaism and Israel, the only country in all the world that was dedicated to the Jewish people.
She repeatedly claimed that Israel had no Constitution, when in fact it is embodied in written texts that reflect Israel's political system, social content, and expanding constitutional tradition – the operative constitution to determine basic operations and governance. Israel relies on Torah and Jewish law (halakha), which is also the basis for America's Judeo-Christian laws and Constitution. Perhaps Hoffman seeks (but does not clarify) a codified Constitution, but like the Parliament of the United Kingdom and the Parliament of New Zealand, Israel's Knesset is a Sovereign Parliament that fulfills that function.
With every tribute that Hoffman could muster, including the beauty and nuances of Israel's language, Hebrew, and the state's technical innovations, she provided a grievance, her primary one being a gripe against the religious prohibition against women's praying with men at the Western Wall, a separation that is also maintained in an orthodox synagogue. The rule is grounded in the orthodox view of the divinely-authored Hebrew Scripture, but Hoffman sells her disdain of the orthodox community and, by extension, Israel and Judaism, thereby earning herself the strongest applause.
Hoffman spoke of the violence of zealots, without identifying them or their motivation, thereby again ridiculing Israel to an audience that has been fed pro-Islamic and -Palestinian views throughout the many summers. She never explained that the zealots are Jews who fought against eviction from their homes in Gush Katif in order to appease the Palestinians for a peace pact that the Arabs would never honor. They are the 8,600 Jews who were completely uprooted – lost their homes, schools, neighborhood, community, and livelihoods – among them, the successful, flourishing greenhouses that shipped superior-quality produce worldwide – the same greenhouses that were maliciously destroyed by Palestinians immediately upon transfer of ownership. Zealots are also those who must defend their families and homes against armed Palestinians who use deadly stones, firebombs, and knives to kill innocents indiscriminately – from the very young to the aged. Hoffman never addressed the infamous Itamar attack, the butchering of five members of the Fogel family, and others killed mercilessly by their deadly neighbors.
Clearly, Anat Hoffman tried to summarily dismiss the Iran deal, deceptively telling her listeners that Israelis "are not very concerned," except that they are quite concerned because the deal will enable Iran to fulfill its threat of annihilating Israel. Following that blatant invention, she suggested that her audience never allude to the deal should Prime Minister Netanyahu ever visit Chautauqua. Might that be because he would truthfully clarify the peril to both Israel and America?
Rather, she urged Chautauquans to invite Ayman Odeh, a communist who "swept her off her feet," who vociferously complains of inequality while holding a position as leader of the Knesset's United Arab Party. She did not expose this man as the violent agitator who threatened the elected government with armed insurrection and who threatened the Aramean population (Arab Moslems) with death for wanting to join the Israel Defense Force (IDF) because of their love for Israel. Odeh's vitriol and aggression have resulted in violence, which is destroying tourism, commerce and jobs in Nazareth. In a recent interview, Nazareth's Mayor Ali Salam accused Odeh of "ruining" the city and the peaceful coexistence had between Jews and Muslims. Hoffman withheld Odeh's true activities, the incitement, the violence, the bloodshed. Taqiyyah (Holy Deception for the advancement of Islam) is the essential component of Chautauqua's programs.
Other guest speakers were Seyed Hossein Mousavian and Imad Kiyaei who came to advise Chautauquans of the benefits of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, aka the Iran Deal, between the US, China, Russia, the European Union and Iran, assuring the gullible that it will stabilize the region and create a pathway to peace.
Chautauquan guest speaker The Reverend James Walters is the chaplain of The London School of Economy and overseer of its faith center. A "hotbed of Muslims and Lefty Jew haters," the school hosted a joint Palestine Society and Feminist Society event that portrayed Israelis as rapists, the Islamic tactic of projecting its own evils on its enemy; and the women applauded those who killed Israelis. Walters concealed the radicalization activities in the UK and in Europe by his friend, Qari Asim, the Makkah Mosque imam in Leeds, home to the mastermind and bombers of the London Underground train in 7/7/05. He denied any knowledge or connection to the violence that killed 52 and injured more than 700. And, while British authorities refuse to study, understand, or connect ISIS with Islam, British jihadis have declared that their black flag will fly over Buckingham Palace. I might also wonder how long before "incomparable" Institution's speakers proclaim the same over the Hall at "Chaut-akbar."