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Walk (Low Color) (Randyjw; March 24, 2017)
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Suspected Terrorizer of Jewish Institutions is Jewish, Himself (Randyjw; March 23, 2017)
A nineteen-year old Jewish resident of Ashkelon, located on the seacoast six miles from Gaza, has been apprehended and held in custody in Israel for his alleged role as the perpetrator of the epidemic of bomb threats in recent months to Jewish institutions worldwide. Contributory efforts from international police and other agencies, notably aided by assistive Israeli technology within Israel itself, were able to eventually pinpoint the home from where the robotic and voice-altered calls originated.
There, in the homeschooled young man’s bedroom, they found computer and technological equipment, such as an antenna and voice-altering aids, designed to mask the origination of the communications by utilizing the wifi networks of others, obscuring and making difficult detection of his identity.
He is being questioned and presently held for further detention. It has also been suggested in other reporting that his father has been questioned of any knowledge he might have related to this investigation, and that the son might also hold dual U.S. citizenship. The father is also in custody.
It’s disheartening to see a Jewish man, if it is indeed him, be involved in further instilling fear to an already harrassed and terrorized population, to which he belongs. It also takes considerable work and effort to maintain such a database of accurate phone numbers for all these Jewish institutions. I did this type of work as part of my employment responsibilities once, and found it a daunting, full-time task to keep up with the changes in staff and numbers. It, therefore, leaves a disturbing impression as to the extent of the pre-planning involved to carry out such an extended attack upon the more than 150 Jewish targets of his threats.
It also leaves one to think about the philosophies behind the mental decisions being made by this man, and the motivations for their occurences. I was trying to think of any groups that tend to harbor self-loathing adherents among them, and could think of no others, except those of the Jewish faith. There tends to be an inward sublimation, amongst some population of the Jewish people, to incorporate the hatred expressed through anti-Semitism of those who dislike the Jews, into the projection of the same by themselves upon others. In self-denial, the sufferer who feels guilty by embodying the group with supposed traits that the anti-Semite hates, then envisions this does not apply individually to themselves, and so must take up the same hatred against his own group to prove how he doesn’t belong. It is really a matter of self-loathing, for not having pride stemming from the ancestry from which one comes.
Such attitudes seem to appear in practice in the more liberal, left-leaning strains of Jewish beliefs, perhaps because of the throwing off of ritual practice that the movement tends to personify as an impediment to assimilation within a broader non-Jewish culture. The more Orthodoxy adherents have, previously, felt that such things should be of lesser concern — but, this has evolved to include a more comprehensive dual-existence with a secular world as time has gone on into the modern world.
What could have transpired to have allowed someone to think that this would be a good idea? Did they want to make more even-handed the score tallies between the numbers of given terrorists toward each movement — Muslim versus Jewish? Did they have a Rightist attitude that didn’t like the Leftist ones espoused within the embodiment of the institutions they attacked, which are mostly ascribed to the Leftist ones? Did they want blame to be ascribed to other groups (it doesn’t seem that any false attributions were ever claimed, so I don’t suspect this will be the case)? Is he identifying with the bad-behavior model to bully others for further concessions, which seems to work in procuring American aid dollars for various causes — the same strategy used by today’s Middle Eastern terrorists to achieve their own aims? It does work, but it shouldn’t make one a hero. In response, Senators have stepped up efforts to assist Jewish communities in security issues propelled by anti-Semitism. Hunh! Well, it won’t help on the conspiracy end of things we’ll be needing to tackle as part of anti-Semitism, now, with this new issue.
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what transpires in days upcoming for our answers, if they ever arrive…
Oster, Marcy / JTA News Brief. “Israeli-American teen arrested in Israel for over 100 JCC bomb threats”. Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA.org); March 23, 2017:
Continuing Bomb Threats Against Jewish People and Their Places of Congregation (Randyjw; March 22, 2017)
In yet further major threats against the Jewish people and their places of congregation, another wave of phoned-in bomb threats to a Jewish synagogue and a Jewish preschool in Livingston, New Jersey, was received yesterday, on March 21, 2017 in the morning hours when Jewish life was humming inside, and its occupants then evacuated.
The number given for these attacks vary, but the yearly tally of this type of threat, so far, seems to be hovering around the 166-count mark, based on numbers I’ve seen via various internet reports, with some weeks experiencing 20 or so such threats or attacks.
Like the respondent in the quoted article, Rabbi Geoffrey Spector, of the Conservative temple which recently experienced the latest attack, relays, many reports are calling these attacks a “hoax”, making it seem as if these waves of attacks are nothing more than some childish prank, without serious consequences or repercussions; but, they are not. They represent a physical attack against the Jewish people as real as any other terror attack. Just because a terror attack was thwarted, or the missile missed its mark, doesn’t make it any less serious for the event which occurred, and might have turned out differently.
The same can be said for another word I’ve seen being used in some of these reports, calling the bomb threats “unfounded”. The word, in some of its looked-up descriptions, conceivably imparts the supposed intent of an item, generally intended to be meant as an allegation or a claim, to be considered invalid (i.e., not truthful) and not based in any actual facts, which could be possibly ascribed as meaning to apply to the victims upon whom such attacks are being made! Whether or not any actual bombs were found does not make these attacks being used to threaten the lives (whether carried through, or not) of the Jewish people any less relevant. A person robbed with a realistic water pistol still feels threatened, even though they might have been unable to discern the toy nature of the “weapon”. Calling these vicious attacks against the Jews “unfounded”, muddies the waters. Yes, they are unfounded, in being undeserved. Yes, they are unfounded, in that no real bombs have materialized with which to ACTUALLY kill us. But, a threat against our lives, they certainly are.
Why is it that the IRS can target Conservative groups and pro-Israel or Jewish groups; the Department of Justice can make an industry example of Jewish companies; various state agencies, or their employees can seem to be targetting Jewish individuals; and, yet, they can’t seem to create a proper algorithm to detect the keywords, or to design the computer programs or telephone tracers which will alert the chatter-masters to uncover the perpetrators of these supposed “hoaxes”?
What kind of “hoax” is actually being perpetrated, and by whom?
Ginsburg, Johanna. “Bomb Threat at Temple Beth Shalom in Livingston”; New Jersey Jewish News.com; March 21, 2017:
BDS Protest: March 29, 2017 at UN General Assembly Hall (Randyjw; March 22, 2017)
Who: World Jewish Congress; and Israel’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations
What: Ambassadors Against BDS
When: March 29, 2017 / 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM EDT
Where: United Nations Headquarters General Assembly Hall / 46th Street and First Avenue / New York, New York 10017
How: Pre-Registration Required / Eventbrite:
Press Release/News. “WJC and Israel’s Mission to UN to co-host annual ‘Ambassadors Against BDS’ summit at UN headquarters in New York”. World Jewish Congress.org; March 20, 2017:
Remembering Anniversaries (Randyjw; March 22, 2017)
Under the right circumstances, we’d be more than stoked if friends, partners, employers, spouses could only remember anniversaries that have meaning… such as birthdays, marriage anniversaries, employee sign-on dates, and others. A little celebration might not be of too terrible taste, either, would it?
Well, it would if you’re a terrorist, because terrorists are like elephants with long memories, which never forget. Never mind that the celebration is in the eye of the beholder and that the pinata is a metal-filled nail bomb filled with ball bearings, metal shards, and poisoned nail tips to create the most bang-for-the-buck carnage, for the money.
Yes, anniversaries are quite significant to terrorists, and it matters not if they’re a day late and a dollar short. Terror alerts may be based on these dates and the uptick in chatter “heard” in communications coming from various sources, like the internet and other places where rumors, gossip, and socializing occur, or from more studied analyses based on past occurences, etc. No matter where it originates, it’s a trend based on proven statistics of past terrorist incidents, and it does happen.
This time, unfortunately, was no false flag. On the day of the anniversary of the triple-bomb attack last year in the Brussels, Belgium airport and the Maalbeek metro Belgian station, which took the lives of 35 (including three of the five known perpetrators), London today has seen another terrorist attack, with the present number of dead remaining at four, inclusive of the terrorist, two civilians, and one police officer, and a report of twenty others being injured in vehicular run-downs, such as that reminiscent of the one in Nice, France, being perpetrated on civilians in two separate locations.
One of the locations occurred around the grounds outside of London’s Parliamentary buildings, eerily mimicking the recent infiltration of the White House grounds, in recent days; the other was close by, and occurred along Westminster Bridge. In the incident by the governing offices, the lone-wolf terrorist followed his car-ramming attack with a knife attack, stabbing three police officers, after which time he was shot.
Such mode of attack has become the latest de jeure method as seen in the terrorist attacks recently occuring in Jerusalem and in other locations throughout Israel. Such attacks in Israel are often unreported by the world’s media, although they receive press in Israeli and Jewish-focused media worldwide.
Our hearts go out to the victims of this merciless murderer, and our prayers are with the victims’ families, as well as in grief for them and the other victims throughout the world.
Julian, Hana Levi. “Police Officer, Terrorist, 2 Others Dead in London Attack”. JewishPress.com; March 22, 2017:
Wikipedia.org; “2016 Brussels Bombings”: