Monthly Archives: August 2016

Vaya Con Dios: Songs As You Fly to Spain

 

Vaya Con Dios: Songs As You Fly to Spain (Randyjw; August 31, 2016)

 

Songs of Spain, by Spain, about Spain. A look at how an interpretation of various associations of the meanings inherent in one culture are borne out or portrayed in another. Romantic. Occasionally embattled. Viewed with another lens.

 

Spanish Harlem – Ben E. King

(https://youtu.be/KsOfV0tuQv0)

 

Spanish Eyes – Elvis Presley:

(https://youtu.be/9M4EvuE99Ok)

 

The Clash – Spanish Bombs:

(https://youtu.be/CEVVN9pS7OI)

 

Three Dog Night – Never Been to Spain:

(https://youtu.be/dm6qw_yeo6o)

 

The Rain in Spain – The Civic Theater in Auckland (2009 production):

(https://youtu.be/3bSK68WCrRk)

 

Vox Vulgaris – Spanish Bombs:

(https://youtu.be/iEVmyruTfxo)

 

Vaya Con Dios – Les Paul and Mary Ford:

(https://youtu.be/MaqjsIWRa5Q)

 

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Birthday Card: Tavallodet Sal

 

Tavallodet

       Sal,

     Anisa

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❤  xoxo

 

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No Place for Hate

 

No Place for Hate (Randyjw; August 30, 2016)

 

Tis better to dwell with light and pain,

than to abide the abode of darkness and shame.

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Yo No Lloro

 

Yo No Lloro (Randyjw; August 29, 2016)

 

Argentina, Argentina

I cannot cry for you

Providing a safe refuge

for killers of the Jews

 

Argentina, Argentina

Yo no puedo llorar

Los asesinos de los Judios

Refugio seguro suministrar

 

En el año mil novecientos noventa-y-cuatro

El terrorista atacaba

Con bomba fue bombardeado

Asociación Mutual Israelita

 

In the year 1994

A terrorist attacked, you see

With a bomb he blew-up the equivalent

of the Argentinean JCC

 

Innuendos implicating Iran

preceding the President by guilt

Federal Prosecutor, Natalio Alberto Nisman,

Truth hidden when he was killed

 

Insinuaciónes implicada el Iran

La culpa del Presidente precedía el conocimiento

Cuando Fiscal Federal, Natalio Alberto Nisman,

La verdad permanece oculto cuando Nisman fue asesinado (ó cuando èl se murió)

 

Y también de sus tierras

Extraídan las Alemanias

Abrumador en sus maneras

Los Nazis que cremaron las otras

 

And also from your lands

the Germans were extracted

Killing with their ways

Nazi cremation of others exacted

 

Para las otras, ningúna vez Ud. llorió

Aliado de sus felicidades casados

Tumbieron adjunto el terrorismo

Para Uds., yo no lloro

 

Not once you cried for others

In allied troth you lie

Beside your terrorist lover

For you I do not cry

 


 

Update (October 11, 2017):

 

See: Politi, Daniel. “Argentine Election Gets More Intriguing Yet”. New York Times; Page 4: October 1, 2017.

 

In a not-yet-made-public report encompassing a recently concluded nine-month forensic investigation by a team of 28 experts, new evidence reconstructing the 2015 scene of Natalio Alberto Nisman’s death contradicts previous suicide claims in its unreleased determination that a nasal fracture, a hematoma in the kidney, a palm wound, lesions on his legs, the anasthetic, ketamine, in his blood system, and the lack of gunpowder residue on Mr. Nisman’s hands, indicates the possibility of two other people at the scene, which might be reclassified in coming days as murder.

 

 

Update (June 22, 2018):

See: AP and United with Israel Staff. “Argentine Judge Declares Herself ‘Unfit’ to Try Case of Prosecutor Nisman’s Homicide”. United with Israel.org; March 2, 2016:

https://unitedwithisrael.org/argentine-judge-declares-herself-unfit-to-try-case-of-prosecutor-nismans-homicide/

 

Update (July 5, 2018):

Glick, Caroline. “The Grand Bazaar, AMIA, and Lockerbie”; carolineglick.com; June 29, 2018:

http://carolineglick.com/the-grand-bazaar-amia-and-lockerbie/

 

Update (September 29, 2018):

Cohen, Ben. “Ignoring Extradition Request, Russian President Putin Meets With Senior Iranian Envoy Wanted by Argentina for 1994 AMIA Bombing”; algemeiner.com; July 12, 2018:

https://www.algemeiner.com/2018/07/12/ignoring-extradition-request-russian-president-putin-meets-with-senior-iranian-envoy-wanted-by-argentina-for-1994-amia-bombing/

 

Chen, Ben. “Iran Rejects Argentine President’s Demand for Cooperation Over AMIA Atrocity”; algemeiner.com; September 26, 2018:

https://www.algemeiner.com/2018/09/26/iran-rejects-argentine-presidents-demand-for-cooperation-over-amia-atrocity/

 

Update (March 25, 2019):

Jerenberg, Batya. “Expert Who Said Jewish Bombing Investigator’s Death Not Suicide Found Dead”. worldisraelnews.com; March 19, 2019:

https://worldisraelnews.com/forensic-expert-who-declared-amia-investigators-death-not-a-suicide-found-dead/

(* Not sure I believe the cause of death is necessarily “natural” in this case, either…)

 

 

Update (September 28, 2019):

Cohen, Ben. “‘I’m Sure It Wasn’t Cristina’: Argentine Presidential Election Frontrunner Makes Bold Claim Over Murder of AMIA Prosecutor Alberto Nisman”. algemeiner.com; August 26, 2019:

(https://www.algemeiner.com/2019/08/26/im-sure-it-wasnt-cristina-argentine-presidential-election-frontrunner-makes-bold-claim-over-murder-of-amia-prosecutor-alberto-nisman/)

 

 

 

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Distant Desert Convoy

 

Distant Desert Convoy (Randyjw; August 26, 2016)

 

In the back train of the convoy

the pace proceeding slowly

A Bactrian bears an envoy

Both humbling and lowly

 

Proceeding forth with message

With gifts of wealth to bring

Upon this noblest dressage

Befit the uncrowned king

 

For days we bore the passage

The chamsin wind-swept sands

The pounding heat, the sun’s barrage

Assembled from our land

 

Gamal, gamal, the wind does howl

and tells us of its commentary

Gamal, gamal, the wind-shorn scowl

atop the two-humped dromedary

 

Of long-lost kin, from kaan to ken

erased the mottled air

The fights which throttled lesser men

Forgiven in Se’ir.

 

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Know This

 

Know This (Randyjw; August 24, 2016)

 

Things you might be unaware of, giving pause for thought (pertinent to the U.S.)… I may update this in the future, if I think of other things to add…

 

Homeless Shelters:

 

Sharp instruments, such as toenail clippers, manicure scissors, tweezers, etc. are not allowed in homeless shelters (at least the one where I was at). How inhumane to have to live with bloodied feet from toenails grown too long. How is one supposed to retain just one small vestige of humanity inside such an institution? Given the circumstances, I can imagine this extending to circumstances inside a jail. That’s cruel and unusual punishment, in my opinion!

 

The fine print of the homeless shelter institution reads, in effect, that said institution is allowed to experiment on its residents. This is also a military policy, giving the government authority to order vaccinations for all military personnel as innoculation against possible bioweaponry used by an enemy. It led to a mighty outcry against this military policy during the time of increased anthrax spore attacks in the United States due to the concerns of unknown or unanticipated effects this vaccine would have on its recipients. When I was in a homeless shelter, both myself and another man were pushed back to the end of the line by the tuberculosis testing administrators, again and again, until we were its last recipients. We both received a weird rash across our forearms after receiving the TB test, although we were both certified TB-free. Having had to raise my hand in response to a (visiting) class teacher in response to his question posited as to “Do we have any Children of Israel here?”, the other two or three girls, plus myself, who are Jewish, were then identified and made known, and were also assigned undue blame for his being unable to say what he wanted before the rest of the class due to our presence, as he so succinctly stated was the case to the class. The other person with the rash, a young black man named R.H., had come to me at the break-area tables outside and had stated that he was “Benny Israel”, so it was also heard that he is supportive of Israel. What was in/on the testing prongs that gave us both adverse reactions? Does it have anything to do with the fact that we were both supportive of Israel?  Does it have anything to do with the tumor growing from my forhead these six years later? In any case, why do we give up our rights as human beings free from bodily search/experimentation when we find ourselves in desperate situations and needing assistance from others at such places? By the way, my Mother just saved me from my impending September homelessness, although its very difficult for her… Thank you so much, Mom; I love you.

 

Government Classification:

 

Many assistance programs, administered by the state, such as food stamps, Medicaid, and emergency cash assistance, etc. typically are handled by one agency. On the official application, just one group is listed as an official “ethnicity”, which is an optional category provided per applicant discretion — but, why is ethnicity, or race, there to begin with? What advantage/disadvantage does singling out race and/or other ethnicity provide in a supposedly raceless society in the favoring of contracts and other considerations? The only ethnicity which is listed is that considered “Hispanic or Latino”. No other group is given this consideration — either you’re “A”: Hispanic or Latino, or “B”: Not Hispanic or Latino.

 

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What about the considerations of other ethnicities who are minorities, such as the Jews, who share a haplographic genotype indicating inherited ancestry not often found in other groups; as well as shared culture; an originating, shared language which is Hebrew, although individuals adapt by assimilating and speak the language of their host countries; and other identifying characteristics, which set groups apart? Instead, what was once listed in Census information as Jewish, has become “Fill-in-the-Blank”; then “Other”; then “Middle Eastern” combined into the “White” category, provided that you hadn’t been quantifiably intimidated enough from government focus on their targetting of Jewish businesses and Israel right-wing groups for scrutiny via raids to write-in “Jewish” without fear of recrimination, as I was, (probable set-ups beforehand to create incriminating situations) and tax audits or non-provision of exemption, such as the harrassment received by Conservative, Tea Party-type groups from the IRS scandal, which was admitted, but I don’t believe was ever prosecuted. I am still significantly fearful enough not to change my “White” (“Middle Eastern”) classification, even though they also now allow for write-ins on the same classification, since I’ve been pigeonholed into the “White” category by this progression and non-allowance to let us self-classify and the fright with which they’ve come down hard on Jewish businesses and groups.

 

Update:

I had also written further, not necessarily in this article, regarding the consideration of a new census classification, known as Middle East(ern) North African (MENA), which I considered a deliberate attempt by Arabs to find themselves some way to suss themselves out as a class of people, while at the same time being able to diminish, and not raise, the status of the Jews above their own. This classification does just that, by allowing the Muslims to have their own protected class as a majority over the Jews. This would make the Jews have to go into either the MENA category, as a negligible minority with the Arabs, or to be considered “White”, as, again, yet another minority with no voice of our own. Jews are still being discriminated against as a distinct, provable minority group, yet we are given no direct representation of our own group within government-arranged classifications. Such classifications can be utilized legally in the fight against discrimination against certain protected “classes” of people. However, if you’re discriminated in even being considered a class of people from the very start, how can it be considered a fair fight? MENA includes people considered at the present time as being in the continents of Asia and Africa. The primary groups represented from the peoples on the two, each, of these distinct continents have had their representation within the fields already considered “Asian” and “Black” (varying at times, and to some extent). Why should parts of these separate continents be now separated out, and bridged to span the gap over two very distinct continents, when no other such exception has been made previous for any other group, at any other time, per se? The only time this has been really been done is in lumping Alaskan and Indian natives together recently, or in the making of the only known “ethnicity” to exist (which effectively bridges continents), known as “Hispanic or Latino”. I have long felt that Middle Easterners were never clearly white. Jews, indeed, were considered a separate class as a people/group/race, and this was noted in incoming U.S. immigration and other records, like ship’s manifests, etc. See the link to this 1913 document, declaring Nationality as to the country of citizenship to or subject of; and also gives classification of “Race or People”, clearly listing “Hebrew” as a classification of people – they may still have been reticent to use the term “Jew” or “Jewish”:

(http://www.bakerbluminfamilytree.com/Records/ships/maxbaker2.jpg )

In its beginnings, the classification of the Jews was done so with discriminatory ends. Yet, deleting them as a people entirely and eliminating them from further classification also perpetuates the same. Consideration as an altruistic stated purpose to prevent the discrimination against Jews by being overly cognizant to the “sensitivities” against their labeling as comparable to their experiences during WWII and the Holocaust, just doesn’t bear water.

 

I believe I erased my initial thoughts on this for not wanting to give anyone any further ideas. We can now realize that the Arabs have been busily at work on this for some decades, now, yet, of course, classifying it as an anti-Muslim measure, and not the actual anti-Jewish measure, which it really represents.

 

For further information and additional reading, please refer to this new Associated Press article:

 

Kellman, Laurie and Karoub, Jeff — Associated Press. “Counting Americans: A New Mideast Box On Census Is Sensitive”. Associated Press (via msn.com); March 20, 2017:

(http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/counting-americans-a-new-mideast-box-on-census-is-sensitive/ar-BBypy0n)

 

Medicaid:

 

Medicaid is a Federal program, administered through the state, to assist in the medical care of poor individuals with families. Unless through disability or perhaps a few other qualifying events, single childless individuals are exempted and do not qualify for Medicaid. They are just plain out-of-luck. The term “expansion of Medicaid”, or “expanding Medicaid”, means the individual decisions undertaken by some states to allow for the inclusion of the uncovered childless individuals, who would otherwise remain uncovered. Many states have still not expanded Medicaid coverage for these individuals (I was one; I know from firsthand experience what I’m talking about).

 

Qualifying for the Affordable Care Act (ACA):

 

The Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare” as it’s more popularly known, was touted as the panacea to shoehorn everybody into an insurance coverage program to make healthcare affordable. For one thing, insurance coverage is not actual healthcare, but only a payment to an insurer for coverage of varying degrees to help in medical costs. If unused, the monthly payment premium of your good money was just handed over to enrich an insurance company, and no actual value was received, other than an imagined “what-if” scenario. The Affordable Care Act does exactly what Medicaid did, except that it now has become mandatory that everyone is required to participate, by law. A fine is levied upon you by the IRS if you do not participate. For low-wage earners, this is a disaster, as they can barely make ends meet prior to this new law. Now it is a death knell. The extremely poor are not required to participate, but still have to go through the motions of the paperwork. In fact, they derive no benefits from the law, as they are exempted (disallowed) from participating, as they do not contribute enough money into the system through payment into it by their taxes. The poor are treated as if they are illegal aliens, whose low wages do not allow them benefits to which other Americans are entitled. Meanwhile, illegal aliens benefit from free education and other entitlements, without receipt into our coffers of tax money from them, for the most part. Illegal aliens knew they could not be turned away for medical treatment at a hospital, and so bankrupted the medical system, which raised costs to cover non-paid and delinquent accounts which the illegal aliens would leave unpaid. Legal residents also engaged in these actions, just to be fair and note the widespread occurence of this manner of operation. Meanwhile, insurance rates are skyrocketing, and insurance providers are disengaging and stopping providing service, making competition practically non-existent and leaving almost a monopolistic gobbling of business by the remaining large insurers, limiting freedom of competition. This is an unfair practice and a boondoggle program, which must be eliminated.

 

Employment:

 

In my opinion, you should be considered an employee upon the first day of work, but there has been a 90-day window favorable to employers in which the person, although paid as an employee, is not considered as such and no benefits need be offered, nor does your status qualify you as such. I don’t know whether this has changed since the Affordable Care Act has gone into effect, but it is a matter of employment law, and not the health consideration, anyways. That is why you often see high turnover at the three-month mark, so that companies escape the obligation to cover benefit expenses and other things for the employee. If this policy were to be eliminated, as I feel it should be, it would provide an employee with a more stable opportunity to keep their position without being considered a throwaway expendible employee. The employer would use better judgment in hiring, as well. It would eliminate needless fights and paperwork regarding the status of the employee, say, for unemployment compensation purposes. There should be no more classifications for seasonal workers, temporary workers, or others of the same. Let them be employees for the time worked; whether they are fired or they leave the company should be irrelevant; let them receive unemployment benefits, if they file, based on their earnings. If there’s a bad reason for this, let me know.

 

 

Update (August 4, 2018):

President Trump has created a means to close the loophole for the 28 million U.S. people who are without insurance, and for which “Obamacare” di not take care of their needs. Please read, in the Administration’s own words, what he is doing to combat this problem, inherited under the Obama Administration:

 

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trumps-administration-working-provide-flexible-affordable-healthcare-options-americans/

 

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New Millenia, New Foot Forward for Indonesia

 

New Millenia, New Foot Forward for Indonesia (Randyjw; August 24, 2016)

 

Toleration and acceptance of Judaism has been considered a hallmark of the Southeast Asian people, as categorized through the perception of the official Rabbi for Judaism in Indonesia, Rabbi Tovia Singer. This revelation is written about in the August 24th, 2016 Breaking Israel News piece, entitled “Prophesied Reconciliation Between Ishmael and Isaac Underway in the Most Unlikely Place”. It is also considered as a possible portent to an assumed reconciliation extended to the seeds of Isaac and those of Ishmael, ascribed by the author of this piece and to whose articles I often refer, Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz, to the considered gesture of Ishmael, the first-born son, in allowing the second-born, Isaac, precedence amongst the mourners of Avraham, their father, at the time of his burial in the Cave of Machpelah, in Hevron, Israel, given by Rashi, one of Judaism’s esteemed Rabbis of yore, as the basis for this interpretation of a turnabout in the relations of the two, moreso as a people, than as individuals.

 

This could, very well, so be the case, and would, indeed, be a much-welcomed new course of action in the storyline of relations regarding the treatment of the nations towards Israel and the Jewish people throughout the sad timeline of its history to the present.

 

In the piece, Rabbi Singer relates that from the period of about 56 years between 1945 to 2001, Indonesia had an injuncture, of sorts, to comply with an artificially imposed mandate, creating the conditions and consequences for a resultant anti-Semitism. Berkowitz informs us of the governmental changes occuring during this time, which he notes as the decentralization of authority and the expansion of regional autonomy, leading to the dissipation of the rigid obedience to the proscribed mindset promulgated in the past.

 

I, myself, can sense the great outreach and friendship that the most populous Islamic country extends through the actions of its individual people, despite what the hardline proponents of Islam in the Arab nations exhorts regarding the Jewish Nation. I, as a Jew, thank you and feel heartened by the actions of those who wish to cast off the association to the cruel counterparts operating in your name and hope that the undertaking of this great feat toward peace will lead to its actual, and permanent, realization, sans further bloodshed.

 

Sincerely,

Rachel / Randy

 

Berkowitz, Adam Eliyahu. “Prophesied Reconciliation Between Ishmael and Isaac Underway in the Most Unlikely Place”. Breaking Israel News.com; August 24, 2016: http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/74495/prophesied-reconciliation-ishmael-isaac-underway-unlikely-place/

 

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The Synagogue of Susiya

 

The Synagogue of Susiya (Randyjw; August 23, 2016)

 

Inland to the northern tip of the Dead Sea lies the rolling hills of the Sh’felah, the mountainous grouping assigned to the tribe of Judah, bordering the allocated land of the tribe of Benjamin. Known in Hebrew as “Yehudah”, from which the English word “Jewish” is derived, and in English as “Judaea”, this area is also home to the mountains of Jerusalem, further northward, which is the location of the Har HaBayit, the Mount of the Home, where the Holy Temple was built.

 

Israel’s second King, David, initially set his seat of power at Hevron, and moved the Ark of the Covenant around many times before making Jerusalem its final resting place. Other of Israel’s kings did so, as well, establishing synagogues all throughout the various regions of the land.

 

One of its beautiful synagogues is found at Susiya, and its construction, according to archaeologist Jodi Magness, at the 4th-5th century, is rife with Jewish symbolism, including the menorah (candelabra), the lulav (branch), the etrog (type of a citrus lemon), deer, and rams in the tesserae of its floor and in the sculpting of its stone structures.

 

Part of it has been moved to the Israel Museum, where it has been recreated for view. The Jewish Press lists it as its August 21st feature and photo of the day, which you can see, here:

 

The Jewish Press Staff. “The Ancient Synagogue of Susiya.” Photo of the Day. August 21, 2016:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/photos/the-ancient-susiya-synagogue/2016/08/21/attachment/susiya-synagogue-in-the-israel-museum-1/

 

Information on archaeological dating provided by Jodi Magness found at Wikipedia.org, “Susya”.

 

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Randy’s Recipes: Yogurt Ambrosia

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Randy’s Recipes: Yogurt Ambrosia (August 20, 2016)

 

This light and delicious fruit salad makes a delicious lunch, pot-luck or dinner party dessert addition, and it’ll be a winner for second-rounds. Simply add flavored yogurt to any cut fruits, and you’ve got an exotic taste treat, which is like another little slice of heaven.

 

Cut fruits: quantity to suit (melons work well; here I used honeydew. Everything works! Bananas, peaches, plums – try it all!)

Yogurt: quantity to taste (lime works great, as does lemon, or substitute other flavors to go in a new direction.)

 

Cut fruits, straining-off liquids, and leaving as dry as possible to accept the yogurt as a coating. Pat dry, if need be, and place into bowl. Stir-in yogurt, using more than seems needed, as it thins out. Therefore, only add it as close to serving time, as possible.

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You can also try additional add-ins, if you like: marshmallows, marshmallow creme, honey, coconut, etc., only limited by imagination. An extra squirt of citrus, such as lime, or a juice, sich as orange, might be nice.

 

8 Yums Up

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What You Do To Jews…

 

… Shall Be Done To You.

 

“… And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curses thee.” Torah: B’reishit/Lech-Lechah (Genesis) 12:3

 

Articles of the U.S. Constitution / Amendments

Amendment I.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

 

Amendment XIV.

Section 1.

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

 

Excerpt from the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. — ”

 

Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions, or BDS, is a recent movement begun just slightly over a decade ago by Arab Palestinians to coerce the submission of various individuals, groups, government and others to underake a boycott and isolation-engaging strategy to demonize the only democratic country in the Middle East, Israel, which is the sole home country of the Jewish people.

 

This tiny country is being blamed, not only for all the woes of the 57-member Muslim countries that castigate it, but also for the cause of all the problems in the world.

 

We run the banks. We run the world. We’re all exceedingly rich, yet penny-pinchingly frugal. We’re thieves. Liars. Drink the blood of Christian children we kill for our rituals.

 

All the above are typical anti-Semitic slurs leveled at our people, the Jews, over the millenia we’ve been in existence. Yet, we still hear them.

 

If such types of statements were made against any other minority, then those people would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for the discrimination it represents. Why isn’t it happening when it involves the victimization of the Jews?

 

What’s worse, is that these attitudes have been enshrined in the generations of civilization from which they should have disappeared. They are being taught these canards by the faculty of our schools, from grade school on up, because the public schools are run by left-leaning, Socialist-inclined teachers (note the proliferation of University student groups and associations in the list below). This is discrimination, pure and simple, against Jewish people and it is a Constitutional crime.

 

No other minority group has this instititutionalized discrimination against them, because it is illegal — but they do it toward the Jews. It is unbelievable, and it is creating an extremely hostile environment, not only on campuses, where students fear for their safety, but for Jews around the world, who are being killed because of Jew-hatred. They are bombing us, killing us with cars running us over, shooting us, knifing us, and more. Please fight this abuse with us. There will be no-one left to speak-up when they come for you…

 

Update: (January 29, 2019) on the BDS movement:

Savage, Sean. “Evidence mounting that US BDS groups are fronts for terror organizations”; jns.org; January 18, 2019:

(https://www.jns.org/the-literal-case-against-bds/)

 

 

Here are some of the cursers, from a list I am putting together, which is by no means exhaustive, and which may be updated, from time-to-time, based on sentiment expressed in varied sources around the internet, indicative of those expressing measurable anti-Jewish sentiment, solidarity/sympathy against, and/or actionable, contrarian intent, etc. (FYI):

 

 

African Literature Association (USA / Group)

African National Congress (Africa / Government)

* AIRbnb / (USA / Business) {Added November 20, 2018} [ Ref.: World Israel News Staff. “Jews, Arabs react to Airbnb boycott”. worldisraelnews.com; November 20, 2018: (https://worldisraelnews.com/jews-arabs-react-to-airbnb-boycott/) Also: AIRBNB. “Listings in Disputed Regions”. airbnb.com; November 19, 2018: (https://press.airbnb.com/listings-in-disputed-regions/) ]

Alkarama for Human Rights (Switzerland / Group)

American Anthropological Association (AAA) (USA / Group) – Failed, but voted to pass BDS

American Green Party (USA / Government)

American Muslims for Palestine (USA / Group)

American Studies Association (ASA) (USA / Group)

Americans for Justice in Palestine (USA / Group)

Amnesty International (? / Group)

Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) (USA / Group)

Association for Humanist Sociology (AHS) (USA / Group)

Belgium (Belgium/ Government) (Added: January 29, 2019):

(https://www.algemeiner.com/2018/12/31/european-jewish-leader-sounds-alarm-over-impending-shechita-bans-in-belgium/)

Brown University; Advisory Committee on Corporate Responsibility in Investment Policies (ACCRIP) (USA / Group) (Added: March 12, 2020):

(https://worldisraelnews.com/brown-university-committee-divest-from-firms-profiting-from-occupation-of-palestinian-land/)

Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3902 (CUPE 3902) (Added: January 8, 2020):

(https://www.algemeiner.com/2020/01/07/university-of-toronto-union-condemned-for-targeting-jewish-progressive-calling-jewish-groups-foreign-agents/)

Church of England (Christian / Church)

Church of Scotland (Christian / Church)

City University of New York, School of Law (USA / School … Student Associations, Faculty, Individuals) (Added: February 28, 2020):

(https://www.algemeiner.com/2020/02/27/jewish-student-says-she-left-city-university-of-new-york-law-school-after-being-targeted-by-antisemitic-harassment-for-supporting-israel/)

Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) (Africa / Union)

Council of National and Islamic Forces in Palestine (? / Group)

Critical Ethnic Studies Association (CESA) (USA / Group)

Danske Bank (Denmark / Corporation)

Eno, Brian (U.K.? / Individual)

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) (Christian / Church)

(https://cms.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2019/11/elca-and-israel-joseph-puder)

Fonds de Compensation commun au régime général de pension (FDC) (Luxembourg / Government)

George Washington University Student Senate Association – non-binding vote 18-6 for BDS on April 23, 2018. University President, Thomas LeBlanc, has tweeted that this will not occur.

Green Party (England and Wales) (U.K. / Government)

Greens NSW (Green Party; New South Wales) (Australia / Government)

Green Party (Scotland) (U.K. / Government)

Green Party (Canada) (Canada / Government)

Hamas (? / Group)

Hawking, Stephen (U.K. / Individual) – His assistive communication technology system is primarily provided by and was developed by Intel, whose Israeli R&D contributes significantly towards their product development.

Hill, Marc Lamont (USA / Individual)

(https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/12/temple_u_hides_behind_constitution_to_defend_antisemitic_marc_lamont_hill.html)

International Solidarity Movement (? / Group)

Ireland (Ireland / Country) (Added: December 6, 2018): – For an initial Irish Senate vote discriminating solely against the Jewish people and nation. Passed a vote to boycott all Israeli goods from Judea, Samaria, the Golan and East Jerusalem.

(https://worldisraelnews.com/irish-senate-passes-bill-banning-israeli-products/)

Kim, Heerak (USA / Individual)

(https://worldisraelnews.com/congressional-candidate-georgetown-grad-student-under-fire-for-anti-semitic-posts/)

Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization (Christian / Church)

Lithuania (Lithuania / Government) (Added: January 8, 2020):

(https://www.algemeiner.com/2020/01/08/european-rabbis-condemn-proposed-holocaust-whitewash-legislation-in-lithuania/)

Loyola University, Student Government (USA / School)

Marquette University, Student Group (USA / School)

Methodist Church of Great Britain (Christian / Church)

Montgomery County, MD (USA / County ) [Added: June 10, 2019]:

(http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/264363)

Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) (USA / Group)

National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies (USA / Group)

National Labor Relations Board (USA / Government / Federal) – For dismissing and refusing to hear lawsuit on discriminatory actions against Jews via affirmative BDS boycott being conducted against Israel by USA trade union: United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers (UE)

National Union of Black Students (U.K. / Group)

National Union of Teachers (United Kingdom) (U.K. / Union)

National Women’s Studies Association (USA / Group)

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (USA / Group)

New Zealand Superannuation Fund (New Zealand / Government)

Northwestern University, Student Government (USA / School)

NUI Galway Student’s Union (Ireland / Group)

Oberlin College {Added January 9, 2019} [ Ref: Landa, Melissa Hare and Marta Braiterman Tanenbaum.  “Antisemitism and the Decline of Oberlin College”. algemeiner.com; January 6, 2019:

https://www.algemeiner.com/2019/01/08/antisemitism-and-the-decline-of-oberlin-college/) ]

Oglethorpe University, Student Government Association (USA / Group)

Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (? / Group)

Palestinian BDS National Committee (Arab / Group)

Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) (Arab / Group)

Peace and Justice Studies Association (USA / Group)

Pitzer College (USA / School) (Added: November 28, 2018):

(https://www.algemeiner.com/2018/11/27/pitzer-college-condemned-over-facultys-vote-to-end-study-abroad-program-in-israel/)

Popular Resistance Committees (U.K. / Group)

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (Christian / Church)

Quebec Solidaire (Canada / Government)

Republic of Maldives (Maldives / Government)

Rutgers University (USA / School) (Added: February 18, 2020):

(https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/02/what-happened-when-jewish-activist-confronted-daniel-greenfield/)

San Francisco State University (USA/ School) (Added July 20, 2018):

(https://www.algemeiner.com/2018/07/19/sfsu-not-planning-further-action-after-professor-refuses-to-remove-declaration-rejecting-zionist-students/)

Stanford University, Undergraduate Senate (USA / School)

Statens Pensjonsfond Utland, SPU (The Government Pension Fund of Norway is comprised of two funds, global, and domestic. Government Pension Fund Global is formerly The Government Petroleum Fund, or “Oljefondet”; Government Pension Fund Norway, the domestic fund, is formerly The National Insurance Scheme Fund (Norway / Government)

Students for Justice in Palestine (USA / Group)

Takoma Park, MD (USA / Municipality, City) [Added: June 10, 2019]:

(http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/264363)

may be rescheduling: (https://www.algemeiner.com/2019/06/12/amid-pushback-dc-suburb-postpones-showing-of-anti-israel-film-narrated-by-roger-waters/)

No; the anti-Semitic film, The Occupation of the American Mind, was shown on July 23, 2019, and included an added panel discussion featuring a very anti-Semitic person:

(https://www.algemeiner.com/2019/07/30/taxpayer-funded-israel-hate-in-takoma-park-maryland/)

Temple University (USA / School)

(https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/12/temple_u_hides_behind_constitution_to_defend_antisemitic_marc_lamont_hill.html)

The Central Council of the Confederation of National Trade Unions (Quebec, Canada) (Canada / Union)

Tutu, Desmond (Christian / Anglican Archbishop)

United Autoworkers 2865 (UAW 2865; University of California Student-Worker Union) (USA / Union)

United Church of Christ (Christian / Church)

United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers (UE) – (USA / Union)

United Methodist Church ( Christian / Church)

United Nations (World / Group) – Update (January 18, 2020):

Here’s the Jewish response, listing allegedly known companies doing business with the U.N., and an article describing it:

(https://mk0breakingisralps2c.kinstacdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/UN-vendors.pdf)

(https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/145220/firing-back-settlers-release-their-own-blacklist-of-companies-doing-business-with-un/)

United Nations Special Rapporteur (Richard A. Falk) (World / Group / Subdivision) – Tried to elicit boycott of companies doing business with Israel in 2012 special report to United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)

United Students Against Sweatshops (USA / Group)

University of Hawai’i at Manoa Department of Ethnic Studies (USA / School)

University of Oregon, Student Senate (USA / School)

University of Toledo, Student Government (USA / School)

Urban Dictionary (USA / Website)

(https://worldisraelnews.com/auschwitz-defined-as-jewish-summer-camp-in-crowdsourced-online-dictionary/)

Waters, Roger (U.K.? / Artist / Musician)

World Council of Churches (Christian / Church)

York University, Ontario, Canada (Canada / School)

(https://youtu.be/3GbHBjjdhnM)

(https://www.algemeiner.com/2020/01/28/student-wearing-antisemitic-t-shirt-opens-multicultural-week-at-canadas-york-university/)

YMCA – YWCA (Norway) (Christian / Group)

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Sources: Wikipidia.org; Discover the Networks.org; AMCHA Initiative; The Algemeiner; Mondoweiss.net; others.

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Update: In January of 2018, Israel turned over a new leaf by going on the offensive against such vitriol. Israel enacted measures to counter the onslaught by groups, individuals, and countries who participate in or advocate for hatred against the Jewish State of Israel by denying entry to Israel to the following entities:

 

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

American Muslims for Palestine (AMP)

The Association France Palestine Solidarité (AFPS)

BDS Chile

BDS France

BDS Italy

BDS Kampagne

BDS National Committee (BNC)

BDS South Africa

Code Pink

The European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine (ECCP)

Friends of Al-Aqsa (FOA)

Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC)

Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)

National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP)

Norge Palestinakomitee (The Palestine Committee of Norway)

Palestinagrupperna i Sverige (PGS – Palestine Solidarity Association in Sweden)

Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC)

US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR)

War on Want

 


 

Update (May 2018):

The Algemeiner has published a 2017 Worst-Best listing of American Colleges for Jewish Students, entitled: “The 40 Worst Colleges for Jewish Students, 2017,” and “The 40 Best Colleges for Jewish Students, 2017,” respectively:

 

(https://www.algemeiner.com/the-40-worst-colleges-for-jewish-students-2017/)

 

(https://www.algemeiner.com/the-40-best-colleges-for-jewish-students-2017/)

 

 

Update (June 7, 2018):

 

Here’s a great quote from Steven Shamrak countering BDS:

 

(https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2018/06/06/end-all-to-bds/)

 

 

Update (October 19, 2018):

 

United With Israel Staff. “France Forced to Stop Discriminating Against Israeli Products”. unitedwithisrael.org; October 16, 2018:

(https://unitedwithisrael.org/france-forced-to-stop-discriminating-against-israeli-products)

 

 

Update (February 17, 2019):

 

Kramer, Steve. “Do You Unwittingly Support Anti-Israel Groups?”; breakingisraelnews.com; February 15, 2019:

(https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/122104/do-you-unwittingly-support-anti-israel-groups-opinion/)

 

Update (April 10, 2019):

 

Sued by Shurat HaDin on behalf of twelve Jewish families with Airbnb listings, Airbnb will not delist the properties and will plough any proceeds from Judea/Samaria into the support of humanitarian organizations.

 

Sales, Ben. “Airbnb will cancel its ban on West Bank settlement listings”. jta.org; April 8, 2019:

(https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/embargoed-airbnb-will-cancel-its-ban-on-west-bank-settlement-listings)

 

 

Website for further reading (added May 25, 2019):

 

stopuniversitysupportforterrorists.org ;

(https://stopuniversitysupportforterrorists.org/news/epidemic-jew-hatred-campus-top-ten-neo-nazi-incidents)

 

Update (December 6, 2019):

 

Algemeiner Staff. “88 Groups Urge US Education Dept. to Prevent Misuse of Taxpayer Funds to Boycott Israel”. algemeiner.com; December 5, 2019:

(https://www.algemeiner.com/2019/12/05/88-groups-urge-us-education-dept-to-prevent-misuse-of-taxpayer-funds-to-boycott-israel/)

 

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* Resolved, at present.

 

 

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The Emerging Democratic Islam

The best news I’ve had in a long time comes from the Islamic world today, via an article compiled by The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), an organization which translates into several languages the news emanating mostly from the Islamic world, as well as their newest project encompassing Russia.

 

The best way to describe the organization would be to say that it looks at world civilizations as they relate in conjunction to, and apart from, global contribution. Mostly the work involves translation services, which leave contextual interpretation at the grasp of the reader. Occasionally, a perspective analysis is provided which pieces together a look at growing trends, or strategically analyzes a historical movement in ascertainment of how it may have evolved, or perhaps what it might portend for the future.

 

These special reports serve several useful functions: to provide an accurate assessment, as much as that’s possible, of the outlook for society, as a whole; to highlight growing social movements; to allow understanding into the culture of one whose language we do not know and to allow us to formulate our own, independent analysis based on these revelations by the mouths of those speaking them.

 

I find the MEMRI reports to be the most objective work out there, without bias except for the inability to process every situation extant in the world and for, perhaps, its filtering effect because of quantitative limitations, to provide selections geared at a freely-adjusted society and its impact upon such by those it is extracting materials from for its perusal.

 

Today’s special dispatch deals with the decision of the leader, Rached al-Ghannouchi, of the Tunisian Al-Nahda party, and his councilmen to branch off the formerly Islamist-oriented mergence of all socio-politically amalgamated subsets into their respective identities, separate, and still respectful to its emergence from an Islamic heritage, coming as a change from the parties’ original idealogical associations toward the militantly-motivated Muslim Brotherhood.

 

Such a move would begin the process of democratizing Islam for all, including women, and to allow a free society to develop within the framework of an overarching majority Islamic society. Turkey has had such a similar basis, but I think it has been more party-centric in its rule, and is occasionally revertive to Islamic hegemony, as is presently in the making with president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s turn toward Islamic authoritarianism.

 

It proposes not to be a secularly-based ideology, as was the case in the Ba’athist Iraq of former leader, Saddam Hussein, whose cruel, clan-based authoritarian rule resulted in some of the worst atrocities carried out against his own people, who he often suspected of subversion. His children were sadistic cretins who enjoyed conducting physical torture on individuals, for sport. This type of rule would not make a good model to emulate.

 

It seems to set itself out as something new. It’s hard to discern the specific outline of its formulation, but it surely seems a wonderful way to bring all the elements of society together into a joyful expression where they can be free and yet still mindful of their heritage and faith. Perhaps this will be the fire of the Tunisian spark, which began with the Arab Spring, and will flower into the Jubilee Age.

 

Staff, The Middle East Media Reseach Institute (MEMRI): Special Dispatch No. 6579. “Separating The ‘Political’ From The ‘Islam’: Tunisia’s Al-Ghannouchi And Reform Initiatives In The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood”; The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI); August 18, 2016: http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/9398.htm

 

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Whose Better Half?

This article will contain graphic description and other narrative which may engender worse than discomfiture: Please be advised.

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50% of us were the targets of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), as were the other group, comprising the remaining 50%. Both Jews and Blacks were the hated class-groups of the white supremacist organizations’ focus. We mostly knew the face of the KKK’s racial bigotry only from the Black perspective, being that it was pretty arresting to see the write-up in the paper, along with the photos, of its poor victims lynched at the tree.

 

Did this really happen? The write-up? The photos? The murder of innocent people, whose only crimes were to encounter the magnitude of others’ prejudices-turned-pathological? Yes, they did. It’s hard to believe that only a few decades ago, society in America acted in such a manner.

 

And, if we think about it, it was only seventy-some-odd years ago that the Holocaust took place. But, while the larger society has moved on from these tragedies, those of its victims continue to feel the scars of its pain, long after even the lives of those who have lived its era have passed on.

 

And so we find ourselves continuing to lick what others would term our imaginary wounds — even those to whom the generational memory has been given via the lives led by their ancestors — in the communal memories that linger, and in the mitochondrial DNA that inherits the sorrows from the inflictions of the afflicted, generations before our present time of existence.

 

In Judaism, we are commanded to remember and to retell to our generations the times of our lives under slavery some several-thousand years ago in Egypt, when all knowledge of Joseph, our Israeli Jewish ancestor, and his wisdom through which he had saved Egyptian civilization from famine, had been forgotten and erased from all records, and, in time, all memory. The modern Pharaoh then saw the Israelites in his land as interlopers, and so he enslaved us, and this continued for several hundred (430?) years, until our Israelite ancestor, Moses, had his first of many encounters with G-d, and with G-d’s guidance, led us out of bondage and, eventually, into The Promised Land.

 

It is commanded us not to forget. It is something that we must always remember, so that it does not happen to us again. If we cannot let go of this memory after so much time has passed, how could it be expected that the Black people would be so easily able to set aside their memories of the more-recent upheavals of their national roots in another nation, and the forced migrations to the unaccustomed cold climes of the Americas and Europe, toiling under hard labor as slaves themselves?

 

In undignified fashion, they were treated as non-human chattel, whose lives were their masters’ property, and in whose care they could be expected to receive even less-humane treatment than was provided to the livestock of the home. There was no hope for advancement or escape, in most such situations. Live a slave, die a slave, be born into a life of slavery.

 

Generations passed that lived like this in the United States. Eventually, as enlightenment of the human race advanced, so, too, did the situation for the people held as slaves. It took a long time to implement, but little victories in the notion of human rights soon began to germinate. A few brave individuals helped to thwart the continuance of slavery by freeing some slaves and enabling others to make their escape.

 

Civil rights advocates began to form groups and agencies to help enact the passage of laws granting Black people equality, which should have been available for everyone, as the Constitution guarantees; but they had been previously considered to represent the worth of only 3/5ths of a human. Voting rights had to be gained and marches had to be organized. Schools and neighborhoods needed to be desegregated, so that Black people could receive comparable benefits such as had been provided in areas already built up, subsequently offering more resources.

 

We have come a long way, but we have only arrived to it by a long and embattled process, which has been shared by many. We still have a long way to go in correcting lingering attitudes which persist in discriminating.

 

The Jewish people have been no stranger to the prejudice and discrimination which gripped Europe, the Americas, and most of the free world. The pogroms, the Inquisition, the auto-da-fes, the Crusades, and the Holocaust are all specific movements by groups of non-Jewish people who have institutionalized the wholesale massacre of Jews throughout the ages. We experienced the second portion, unbeknownst to many, that the KKK and the silver-spoon-set dished out to us. We were excluded from Universities and employment in non-Jewish firms (including law firms; that’s why we made our own, and why there were so many of them).

 

We weren’t made full citizens of anywhere, ever (except in our own country, Israel) until France extended equality to us around 1790-91 and took us out of our formerly-legalized second-class status. That’s only nine years short of the 1800’s. We have only been legally considered “equal” for approximately 225 years. Other nations took longer to grant us that same legal right. And then that great non-equalizer — SOCIETY — lags behind the legal status by about 175 years to follow.

 

We fought our own legal battles and, instead, formed our own schools, hospitals, and businesses, where society would have closed those opportunities to us. It prompted us to be resourceful and industrious and to apply ourselves towards establishing our own successes. We became really good at this, but we’d always been good managers of our civilization and resources, as well as with those of others.

 

It infuriated others that, rather than being under their thumbs, where they wanted us, we were squeezed out through the holes in their hands which couldn’t contain us. The people they’d classified as “vermin”, fit for nothing but extermination, were succeeding in all manners of business, and that was just unseemly.

 

Deep down, they knew that we were really equals, at heart, and that is why they had to fight so hard to maintain that the opposite was true. A narrative part of Christianity, which said that the Jews had to be disgraced, because we had rejected this new Messiah, had to be proven in living reality, if it were indeed to be considered true. While this Replacement Theology position may be said to no longer apply, it never really seemed to be papally disclaimed, either, considering that claims that we were no longer the so-called “Chosen People” had been made for nigh hundreds of years.

 

The fact that edicts barring Jews from guilds and industries only strengthened Jewish aptitude in Jewish business endeavors, really stuck in the craw. Worse yet, in the industries forbidden to religion, as such, due to religious laws concerning loans, interest and usury, Christians forbade themselves from engaging in the financial arts, and made the Jews perform these functions, among one of only relatively few options for the Jew in conducting business within the society. And now people make slurs against Jews being involved in finance!

 

What developed as attempts to keep the Jew in inferior societal status just only seemed to make his star rise. And that drew resentment. We were not supposed to succeed. We were the hated “other”, and this did not fit the narrative. We experienced the discrimination in America, too. We started with nothing in our pockets, and grew, in a manner of speaking, collectively well. A slight sense of jealousy is sensed.

 

And that is just what is happening in the Black Lives Matter movement, who has taken a stance to call for a boycott of anything Jewish-Israeli; anything Arab-Israeli, or perhaps Christian-Israeli, would be just fine, considering that they join demonstrations of Palestinians in Israel, while yet protesting against Israel (so, therefore, they only are against Jews, as shown by this act).

 

They want us to give our land to people who call themselves a name inferred upon Israel by the ROMAN legions, who overran it in the first- through second-century A.D. Meanwhile, during that time, Israel (aka “Palestine”) was still run by Jewish kings for most of that time period. The Herodian dynasty, of several kings called Herod, as well as the Maccabean dynasty, are several examples found, even in literature written in outside sources, attesting to the veracity of this statement. Yes, it was put on maps as “Palestine”, but it referred to the land of the Jews, which was Zion/Israel/Judaea/Samaria/House of David, and all of our beloved names for it, before that.

 

It grieves me to no end that the Black Lives Matter movement, comprised of roughly some sixty interest-affiliated groups, would discriminate against Israel and her Jewish people. Once upon a time, and even still to this day, Jewish people have fought hard for civil rights for Black people, in addition to ourselves, as well as for women, and for gender-differentiated individuals, and for same-sex relations. Our fights often paved others’ way. What human rights in equality have been realized have, for a considerable bulk of matters, been achieved through efforts by Jewish people, aside from the significant work of thousands of countless others additionally engaged in these battles.

 

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel marched arm-in-arm with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1965 Selma March in Alabama. Jews helped found and fund the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Three boys, abducted and killed by the KKK, included two Jews among them, and their lives in service to this cause I refuse to have trivialized. Please see this annotated brief regarding some of the contributions to civil rights made by the Jews:

 

(http://www.rac.org/jews-and-civil-rights-movement)

 

Over the course of religious history, many attempts at proselytization and conversion, whether willful or coerced, have been made by one society against another. Some have succeeded, remarkably, while others have failed. Judaism has failed to convert to Christianity. Christianity and Islam have gained many souls to their respective causes.

 

Christianity has made great, though long-drawnout, strides over the years in reaching the people of the African nations, who had once known none of the “monotheistic three” religions of Judaism, Christianity, or Islam. Through Christian missionaries, little by little they won over many people, though at first it appeared as an utter failure, until recent times. The Dutch colonization of Africa and the Boer Wars saw the loss of a great swath of African individuality and the imposition of apartheid policy in the southern tip of the horn, of South Africa.

 

This discriminatory policy was only recently ended. While the Dutch still ran most of everything, especially in South Africa, Jews had found a home there, as well, and had settled into a small community, doing fairly well for themselves, once they had become established. Because of their prominence in this respect, I think the Jews have become the scapegoated target upon whom all blame for apartheid has now been projected. Blame needs to go where it belongs — on the Dutch. Jews happened to live in South Africa, as well, but they were not the cause for the apartheid policy.

 

Part of the crux of this matter can be found in the Islamization of Africa, which occured over many thousands of years, when Islam burst out of Arabia in the 600’s A.D. and began a conquest, by sword, of land and its people, eventually reaching Africa, where Africa’s people became captives to this ideology and new master. Some Africans were enslaved; others converted to Islam and adopted some, though not all, of the tenets of the new culture and religion.

 

The Koran contains passages in which it calls on Muslims to kill the Jew, as well as other infidels (non-Muslims), unless the Muslim extends second-class dhimmitude status to the Jew or to the Christian, in order to allow them to remain in their preferred faiths through payments of tributary wealth. They are now considering changing the word, “dhimmi”, to “citizen”, being that most people are wise to its true meaning, but the concept will still remain unchanged, regardless. Just as Saudi Arabia only recently, on paper, ended the practice of slavery, this linguistic replacement of “dhimmitude” will be a “paper policy”, which rids no place of the continued and ongoing practice.

 

From the spread of Islam and the Arabic language and local adaptations of its religion throughout Africa, the active Arabian slave trade brought the Black people to lands far from their home. A deep affiliation then began to take hold. Entrenched with the hatred for the Jew by the Arab, the Muslim African began to hate with the same prejudices.

 

I hate to say it, but the Africans are being used by the Arabs, who are mostly contemptuous toward the Black race, almost as much as the Arabs are toward the Jews. Yet the Arab benefits by all the work that the Black man will now do and the added numbers of people they will provide to their cause.

 

This would be denied by the Arab, of course. They will insist, to your face, that you are an equal, and you will be made managers of their operations. I am not saying this to be divisive, but I’ve heard it with my own ears within the Arab community just how prejudiced they are against Black people. It will never be an equal status if you are not an Arab, of the same “Holy language” in which the Koran is written. I’m sorry to have to inform you of this.

 

I don’t really know why anyone would choose to be part of a religion which started off, and even still continues, as an oppressor to the people it purports to include. Well, I guess everyone started somewhere. Not everyone started off with an original religion, or stuck to the one they inherited or adopted.

 

The recent Black empowerment groups of the 1960’s, like the Black Panthers and others, adopted as their ideological mascot such leaders as Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the group called Nation of Islam. He is a virulent anti-Semite, as was Malcolm Shabazz (aka “Malcolm X”), taking their cue from the Muslim Brotherhood group, founded in Egypt, on which they’re modelled.

 

As a conspiracy theory “aside” to my writing, I believe that there were some not-so-kosher aspects of the behind-the-scenes incidents involving the Jacksons and their dealings with the Nation of Islam, for they always seem willing to accept the riches of an accolyte of the Hollywood- and music-based gainsay, while denouncing the vituperous self-same lifestyle found in America, the “Great Satan”. You know this is a load of double-speak, anyways, for just look at the lifestyles of the oil-rich Arabs, with their palatial mansions, and cars, and gold watches, etc.

 

Israel is a Parliamentary Democracy, the only one of its kind among the monarchies of the Middle East. It is also not a theocracy, although perhaps it should add that designation and become that, in addition to what it already has. Its citizens come from among the most diverse nations in the world. There are an incredible array of denominational sects of all religions here, which fully practice their religions in freedom, at least while under Jewish control.

 

Arabs comprise about 17-20% of the population and serve in the governing body of the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament), as well as in all areas of government. There are Arab mayors, governors, policemen, Ministers of Parliament, and all roles of occupations, who can vote, and drive, and do the same thing as all other citizens do, including to join the Army, if they wish (and some of them are our best-decorated heroes). This is not an apartheid country, despite the lies to the contrary.

 

And this is just what those of the Black Lives Matter movement wish to unfairly claim. Their wish to boycott Israel is just one of their prejudicial, racist demands. They also want everything for free. So would I like that! Are they for real? They want free housing (me, too — I’ll likely be homeless in two weeks, and I hear you saying, “Yay”!), free education (including college), free childcare and free food. They want “get-out-of-jail-free” cards, and “don’t-put-Black-people-in-jail” cards (but only for Blacks; not, of course, for others).

 

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Guess what!? Black Lives Matter movements want to live in a Communist country — they don’t like capitalist America! But, the citizens must work in a Communist country, as well… they can’t sit around and earn everything for nothing. And there’s rationing, and everything’s run down, since no-one wants to spend money to fix anything. It doesn’t work. That’s why none of those countries are wealthy or a power-player on the world stage. So, go and live with your Communist ideals, like in North Korea, or somewhere, if you’d prefer. You can come and go from our country. But, you might never escape out of a totalitarian Communist regime, ever again.

 

I believe that we should honestly come up with a plan, as I’ve mentioned before, for compensating Black people for the lives, and years, and toil of their forced emigration by slavery to our shores, and for their backbreaking labor and the blood they’ve hemorrhaged in doing so.

 

As I’ve said, affirmative action and desegregation have helped to bring the races together and to discover that we’re all, actually, pretty darn cool, and we should have realized this far sooner, as opposed to so much later. But it hasn’t been the panacea or the magic potion we’d been hoping to rub over it all to make it all better. I don’t know how recompensation would work — I mean the details, the planning, who would get it/be eligible, how much would be given. I can tell you that in this, as in everything, the amounts would seem, and be, small — much as they were to the Holocaust survivors, who really received practically nothing. It all went to groups to teach Holocaust education — barely anything is given to survivors. I don’t think, in my opinion, that Black people should make that mistake. I think that they should let individuals take their own reparation money, whatever it may be, to do with as they please.

 

No matter what is placed in its stead — As I’ve said before, no reparations is still no reparations. This, I feel, is what Black people should be working on; not discriminating against Jews and demanding Black-only privilege inscribed as law.

 

September 1, 2016: Here is a video by Bill Whittle, in his Firewall series, with statistical graphics refuting the claims of the Black Lives Matter movement:

(https://youtu.be/fL9j_s_eLvU)

 

Here is an op-ed/opinion article mentioning replacement theory:

Steinberg, Gerald. “Why ‘This Night’ is Still Different”. The Jewish Press.com/In-Depth/Opinions; April 12, 2017:

(http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/why-this-night-is-still-different/2017/04/12/)

 

Update: April 29, 2018: You see? I am correct about inherited memory/memories, as I mentioned in Paragraph Three. Although I haven’t yet watched this YouTube video, as I don’t have proper earphones to hear audio with at the library, this article from WorldIsraelNews showcasing this video of Israeli scientists, who have discovered that genetic markers for memory exist, prove this point:

(https://worldisraelnews.com/watch-israeli-team-discovers-genetic-memory/)

 

Update: January 10, 2019: See also, here:

(https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/120111/children-genocide-rwanda-parents-trauma/)

 

 

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Wander

 

Wander (Randyjw; August 16, 2016)

 

I wish I had a wand that worked

I’d wave it just for you

I’d take what life had given you

and make it something new

 

I’d brighten up the darkened skies

and make the flowers bloom

To give you things you cannot buy

and cheer your life from gloom

 

If this were mine to wish for you

I’d wave it right your way

For short of this

My only wish:

To brighten all your days.

 

 

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Dark Stars Matter/aka The Kelvinator

 

Dark Stars Matter/aka The Kelvinator (Randyjw; August 15, 2016)

 

Comet streaks

across the sky

Lights ahead

and tail behind


For Phil 🙂

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The Welcome Mat of Owmelec

 

The Welcome Mat of Owmelec (Randyjw; August 15, 2016)

 

“Welcome,” he cried,

“Won’t you please come inside?

The door to my tent

has been thrown opened wide!”

 

“Mercy,” he tried,

with but one set aside

Its anagram, Owmelec,

On reverse side.

 

 

 

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A Mosque in Mourning

 

Yesterday afternoon, Saturday, August 13, 2016, two Muslim men on their way home after the recitation of their afternoon prayers at their mosque were killed. Imam Maulana Alauddin Akonjee, 55, hailing originally from Bangladesh and now part of the fabric of American society (2011) in Queens, New York (2012) along with his assistant, Thara Uddin/*Miah (*updates from other sources August 15th report a conflict of information in last name), 64, were approached from behind, and then killed, each of them with a gunshot wound to the head at close range.

 

Journalists for the New York Post report that police have involved the New York Police Department’s Hate Crime Task Force in their investigation, but have not specifically affixed the hate crime category as being among their primary motives for the commission of this crime, as of yet.

 

Also in the report, a suspect described by the Post is said to have fled the scene carrying a gun, and wearing a dark-colored golf shirt with shorts. This person of interest is male, and both of these victims, attributed to police accounts by the Post, were said not to have been robbed.

 

So, we have two men together, ambushed with murderous intent, walking together, who were not robbed. Here is the way I see it, thus far. That there were other people in the vicinity who were unharmed, and that not just one, but BOTH, of these men were killed, indicates, to me, that the two were likely targeted by their murderer. They were dressed, as mentioned, in customary dress which might mark them as adherents among followers of Islam. They were not confronted where their defense might have been enabled, but were attacked from behind to create an element of surprise and to delay the possibility of reaction. Their personal effects had not been removed. Nothing to hide the victims identities had been either removed or attempted and this attack had been carried out in broad daylight, without cover of darkness to further conceal the killer’s actions.

 

So, its apparent they were not robbed for their bodily possessions. It was definitely preconceived, being that not one, but two, individuals had been killed together in the same manner, and from behind. Whether it was specifically these two individuals who had been egregiously selected by their murderer is difficult to determine, at this point.

 

Had it been an opportunistic attack, the murderer lying in wait for these specific people? Or, was it a general execution of certain individuals belonging to a group of people, in a more broad-based application of that meaning? It is hard to know just yet.

 

Had there been a failed business interest in which these two men were involved, and for which payment for non-collection had become due? It seems somewhat unlikely, as no financial enrichment had been gained by this act. The ultimate payment, though, had been their lives.

 

It would seem that somebody’s sense of “honor” comes into play, at this point, although this scale slides quite freely, according to the values systems held by each individual, and their perceived sets of boundaries and behaviors beyond which expectations crossed can reap innumerable outcomes. “Honor among thieves” is still thievery, despite a grandiosely-entitled denouement.

 

Was this a drug deal gone bad? I don’t believe it for a minute. There is nothing that would give the hallmark of an appearance to this suggestion as an even plausible consideration, although, of course, one can never be certain.

 

Was this a “bad blood” feud between relations? It could be, and domestic or familial disputes rank high in sudden violent episodes, with an often recurring alacrity. It seems among the least possibilities for this senseless act. If we extend it into a regional scope; say, within the community, it would present a more reasonable explanation, as well. But, it’s just not my gut instinct about this case.

 

Instinct does not serve as a basis of evidence, though: facts must do that. As the adage goes, the American justice system is based on a presumption of innocence, until such that a verdict of guilt is pronounced in a judicial or military capacity. Reasonable cause can suspend the presumption of innocence, but only in shortened duration.

 

Apparently these two men were guilty in their attackers’ eyes — or, the man was just an unhinged madman acting on a predilection to kill or to act to the imbalancement of his brain ordering his actions.

 

In any case, I’m not one to jump onto the bandwagon going around about town which says that a derelict individual engaged in a criminal act who gets him/herself killed while in the midst of committing such act is an innocent individual beyond any reproach. That is simply wrong. It must be presumed that robbers, drug dealers, and the like, should expect to find the tables turned in their assaults upon society, as a possible outcome and consequence of their actions. We, as a society, should expect the same.

 

The most likely scenario that I do see, in this initial presentation by the media of the issues surrounding this case, is that one of the most-probable explanations for this act was the individual’s preconceived conception of people he didn’t know, and toward whom he could not face in his cowardly deed of murder in cold blood. An attack to the face or head is a particularly aggressive expression of a highly personal nature to the assaulter, often seen in cases of domestic violence. Such emotions as jealousy, anger and rage are the outlets for such as these types of behaviors.

 

Hopefully there was security footage from area cameras which might point police to uncover the perpetrator. Certainly, these men faced a gruesome death, and their communities and families are faced with the tragedies of the loss of these two mens’ lives. I am a constant companion, whether in the abstract, or in the particular, to the feelings engendered by such tragic and senseless acts.

 

Update August 16, 2016: Information informing my changes and additional details pieced from subsequent reports indicate that Oscar Morel, 35, of Brooklyn, has been arrested and charged in this case. Surveillance video from area cameras caught a suspect fleeing the scene in a vehicle later identified as a black GMC Chevrolet TrailBlazer. Approximately ten minutes after the murders, a bicyclist was hit by a vehicle matching that description, whose driver left that scene. The bicyclist was able to look at the license plate and reported the numbers to police. Police located the vehicle and awaited Morel by the car (reports differ on his returning to the vehicle, or emerging from the vehicle). He then attempted a ramming of the police vehicle blocking his escape as he tried to flee. He was apprehended and brought to the police station for questioning, and was held in custody. No motive has been proferred.

 

A search of Morel’s residence on Miller Avenue in Brooklyn turned up a gun and clothing initially believed to match the evidentiary items from the scene where the crime occured. Similarly, the police sketch based on descriptions bears a remarkable resemblance to the person now charged with the murders.

 

It has been posited, as rumors go, that buzz for the motive is being attributed to racial tensions between the Latino community and the Muslim community. The Muslim community, in particular, is painting this as a hate crime. My own opinion assesses the same verdict. One particular recent article in the New York Times (mobile edition) provides a compelling look at the murder of Muslims in that vicinity over the last several years. The article states that the death rate has been low. I don’t know by which comparable measurement this opinion is ascertained… By New York standards? By large city standards? What?

 

To me, they seem ridiculously high and way too many. Any is too much, but that just represents the ideologically impossible realm of imagination. In 2002, Mizanur Rahman, 37, was beaten to death by Rafael Santos, 27, and Hardy Marston, 18. In 2014, Nazmul Islam, 55, was beaten to death by Nestor Rodriguez, 22, and Carlos Genno, 25. Their trial has not yet commenced. There is a coincidental racial factor here, the third of which makes this a trine; but I don’t claim this to be a causative factor, per se.

 

I did say that I thought it a more reasonable conclusion to think that this could be a regional issue, and it is. While news headlines report the apprehension of this Brooklyn murder suspect of an incident which occured in Queens, the boroughs are also neighbors. In fact, a Google search inputting the al-Farqun Jame Masjid mosque in Queens, the mosque where Maulana Alauddin Akonjee served, and Miller Avenue in Brooklyn, the residence of the suspect, brings up an almost straight-line distance of just 1.8 miles across the lines — a mere ten-minute car drive.

 

It’s also interesting that the mosque is located within a two-story house in a residential neighborhood of similarly-constructed homes. There have been many a contentious battle waged over the religious conversion of residential neighborhood homes being converted to houses of worship, no matter which faith its purpose would serve. People become concerned over the increase to neighborhood traffic and noise, and I am well aware of this issue and how often it has affected Jewish faith practitioners and the location of our own small “homes of worship”.

 

It has been a constant battle we have had to legally fight; I guess we’ve paved many paths to follow. Such neighborly intimidation has extended to include even being able to operate in a building on a parking lot, or to add signage which might be able to be viewed from the roadside (Shhhh…. Jew worshipping here). With every such incident, I feel the discrimination. Cities are free to enact their own particular rules and conformance/compliance regulations to allow or to reject faith-based structures in their areas via zoning requirements and other codes. I recall the vehemence with which the development company at Ground Zero, the World Trade Center towers, was being castigated for considering a sale to Muslims of land at that sacred site, which Muslim hijacker terrorists defiled with their dastardly actions on 09/11/2001. To have given in would have represented a victory claim by Muslims to this site, and it just didn’t happen. Zoning issues, or something. I know that there have been hackles raised at proposed mosques being built in communities elsewhere, especially where such sensitivities have caused great loss of life to other communities, such as where terrorists had lived amongst us. Perhaps this similar dynamic had festered here.

 

But, the mosques have been built, despite the audible complaints of community members, and if you follow such issues, as I tend to, you still find a litany of incidents around such matters. But religious freedom and freedom from religious persecution are part of the fabric of our society. We hope it will survive.

 

Update: August 18, 2016: A potential witness to the incident has fingered a different individual, what Reuters reports as a “filler”, in a police line-up.

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Megan McGibney, Georgett Roberts, Larry Celona and Stephanie Pagones. “Queens Imam and His Assistant Executed in Broad Daylight”. New York Post; August 13, 2016: http://www.nypost.com/2016/08/13/2-wounded-in-queens-shooting/

 

Rick Rojas, Liz Robbins, Noah Remnick and William K. Rashbaum. “Brooklyn Man Charged with Killing Imam and Assistant Near Mosque”. The New York Times, N.Y./Region, Mobile Edition; August 15, 2016: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/08/16/nyregion/oscar-morel-queens-imam-shootings.html?referer=

 

Maria Alvarez, Matthew Chayes, Alison Fox, Anthony M. DeStefano, and John Valenti. “NYPD: Oscar Morel Held in Killing of Imam and Aide”. Newsday, New York edition; August 16, 2016: http://www.newsday.com/news/new-york/nypd-oscar-morel-held-in-killing-of-imam-and-aide-1.12177644/

 

Reuters, via Yahoo News! “Witness in N.Y. Cleric Killing ID’d Someone Other than Suspect”. Reuters, via Yahoo News!; August 18, 2016: http://www.yahoo.com/news/witness-ny-cleric-killing-idd-someone-other-180758817.html?ref=gs

 

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Bread and Butter

Bread and Butter (Randyjw; August 13, 2016)

 

My toast is dry.

Its only moisture

the tears I cry.

 

 

Lechem v’Chemah (Rachel; Tisha B’Av, 5776)

 

Lechem kahlui yavesh

Tal yachid

yachad

Et haDimati ba’esh

 

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My first Hebrew poem. I don’t know my own language. I hope this is stated correctly.

 

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In My (E-Mail) Inbox 1

One most normally tends to associate the world’s great museums with the birthplaces of the classicists — masters such as Van Gogh, Monet, and de Goya y Lucientes (Goya) — whose masterpieces adorn the private collection spaces and public exhibition halls of homes and museums across the European landscape.

 

It’s not that unreasonable that a highly-developed cultural scene would also take hold in other major cities, as well. Landmark locations such as Boston, New York, and Cleveland, in the United States, also began to curate fine collections over the decades and centuries, occasionally seeded with contributed pieces or entire estate items bequeathed to the institutions favored by their donors.

 

Eventually, localized expansions grew to encompass area craftsmen and artists, or stylized collections, housed in suburban and rural spaces, broadening mass appeal of artistic creation and the modes and methods of its employ.

 

Several of this countries’ finest collections can be found in each cities’ versions of their museums of Natural History, such as the collections found in Boston, New York, and Cleveland, which showcase the flora, fauna, and environmental aspects of our earth. Others house a fine collection of Classical, Contemporary, or Modern Art, such as those found in Boston, New York, and California.

 

New York City, along with Manhattan’s outlying areas and boroughs, contains some of the finest art in the world, showcased by its knowledgeable art curators and historians in many notable galleries in the state. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of Modern Art represent some of the finest examples of collected art, anywhere in the world.

 

New York City’s American Museum of Natural History was founded in 1869, and it is touted as the largest natural history museum in the world, encompassing 25 connected buildings spanning four blocks (1).

 

The Museum of Modern Art, with its more illustrious, abbreviated designation of MoMA, covers the previous 150-year time-span with a collection of nearly 200,000 works. It was founded in 1929, and is located in New York (2).

 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, also in New York, is a three-complex collection of art dating beyond 5,000 years. Its idea was conceptualized by lawyer, John Jay, in 1866, and was implemented and incorporated in 1870 in New York.

 

The “Met”, as it’s more colloquially known in today’s parlance, acquired several European masterworks by the renowned French artists Matisse, Manet, and Renoir, as well as several works by renowned Dutch master, Vermeer. It is here, at the museum’s more-famous Fifth Avenue site, where the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts, outside of Cairo, is housed. The classical antiquities collections can be found onsite, as well as its more contemporary sections, rounding out the collection.

 

The second of the three-complex Met facility is known as the Met Breuer. This site formerly held the collection of another famous museum, known as the Whitney Museum of Art, which has since relocated to another area. The building was designed by famed Bauhaus architect, Marcel Breuer, who physically had a hand in helping to create the site. This building contains the Met’s more contemporary pieces and gallery of new, revolving artists on display.

 

With a view to the Hudson River, the Met Cloisters building in Fort Tryon Park was built in an agglomerated fashion of varying architectural styles and debuted in 1938. The collection features European medievel art and architecture of the twelfth- through fifteenth-centuries, including tapestries, enamelwork, ivories, stained glassworks and illuminated manuscripts (3).

 

In my email inbox recently, I found a great activity deal, listed in Travelzoo’s Top 20 weekly feature.

 

The Museum of Modern Art in New York is offering, through May 31, 2017, a 20-percent discount on a single general admission purchase, received in the form of a voucher. The voucher includes, within fourteen days of your MoMA visit, a visit to the affiliated PS1 gallery of current artist exhibits in Long Island City.

 

Skip the ticket line, and see works by Matisse, Kahlo, Pollock, Picasso, Warhol, Monet, Dali, and Van Gogh (here is where “The Starry Night” sparkles in its home)! Enjoy a free audio guide, plus special on-site offerings in the facility.

 

This five-dollar reduction in price, normally a $25.00 entry charge, is valid on adult single admission. Children 16 and under are allowed in free. Senior rates are regularly $18.00 and student pricing is regularly $14.00. Sales are final, non-refundable, and non-exchangeable. Call or visit the website for further rules or information.

 

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(1) Alliance for the Arts, © 2015. https://www.nyc-arts.org/organizations/54/american-museum-of-natural-history; accessed August 4, 2016.

 

(2) The Museum of Modern Art © 2011. http://www.moma.org/collection/about?locale=en; accessed August 4, 2016.

 

(3) The Metropolitan Museum of Art © 2000-2016. http://www.metmuseum.org/; accessed August 4, 2016.

 

(4) Drygulski, Jennie. “$20 — MoMA. View Works by Matisse, Van Gogh, Dali & More”; travelzoo.com: http://www.travelzoo.com/local-deals/manhattan/other/221233/; accessed August 4, 2016.

 

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The Bias of Unions

 

The Bias of Unions (Randyjw; August 3, 2016)

 

I’m not well-informed about unions, but I do know they’ve played an important and storied role in American history. Disasters such as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire on March 25, 1911, in which garment workers had been trapped in a burning building, leading to the deaths of 146 people, and injuring 71 more, led to the strengthening of worker’s unions in providing alternative voices favoring worker’s rights and to new safety regulations in the workplace and improvements in building codes to meet these requirements. Fire escapes, fireproofing, sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, and fire alarms were all part of the many new building code laws which went into effect as a result of the reports of the investigating committee inspecting other commercial buildings after one of this most deadliest of incidents in U.S. history (1).

 

It was important to strike a balance between industrial or corporate productivity versus requiring fair and safe working conditions for the individual. These always start off favoring the employer in developing nations, and slide to the other side of the scale toward the employee, once a nation begins to develop a sustaining economy and industry.

 

Similar developments led to more concentrated centralization in particular trades and industry, such as in construction methods and other occupation-specific practices, which affected the modes by which these entities could operate. It trickled down, over time, to encompass our broad-ranging worker’s rights platforms and, now, our even more-recent human rights categories.

 

All of these were essential in creating regulation and practices which would protect the worker in the workplace. Work conditions and hours became regulated, to a fashion. But, the issue is, Of what relevance are unions today?

 

Of those requiring skilled, professional knowledge, where standards of the industry, such as in construction and medical practice, require essential and specific, applicable knowledge to be maintained, then I think that such unions — more, I would say, such “guilds” — need to remain in place.

 

Industrial trades, such as machining, or welding, also require specific aptitudes, and a good schooling is essential; so a union would help to ensure that industry standards and certifications are met.

 

Transportation, logistics, longshoremen, shipping and aviation regulations help ensure the efficiency of the fleets which insure our goods and people in transit. Their workers have been some of the hardest-working, longest-suffering, non-complaining individuals of their industries. Yet, they have had to raise their voices to stop the physical toll of long hours and lack of sleep, which raised the possibilities of an accident.

 

At times, though, worker demand became incessant. They’d realized the political leverage of a unified voice and caused industry shutdowns, driving businesses to complete standstills. There were longshoremen’s strikes, where vessels couldn’t complete seabound deliveries, causing manufacturers to default on shipments. There were aviation and control-tower strikes, affecting commercial and passenger flights and deliveries. President Reagan had to put an end to such a dispute, and made the airline industries get back to work.

 

That’s kindof my attitude, too. I don’t think unions should necessarily be allowed in all industries, and I don’t particularly think it’s helpful when certain workers make a job out of picketing their employers, on a continual basis, without consequence. Granted, these are some of the lowest paid workers around, and their wages really do not provide sustainable living. That’s not really right, but neither is a $15.00-per-hour wage minimum the right amount, either.

 

Are unions necessary for our service people, such as firefighters and policemen? They have to be on-call, on-demand, through night and day and holiday; perhaps they should have some say in their treatment.

 

And teachers? I don’t know. I’m not one, and I hear how they’re always having to pay for supplies out-of-pocket. Supposedly, they don’t earn very much. But, I feel like we’re sometimes being hoodwinked with that argument. Some of the budgets for teachers are just incredible. Plus, they often get the summer off, so their salary counts for more, as it covers just about 9 months. On top of that, they might get tenure, meaning their job is practically guaranteed; plus, they usually get government benefits and a pension, to boot! So, they collect a lifetime salary for the lesser duration of time actually worked!

 

Unions, in essence, have crept into the mundane of everything that we do. There are unions and associations for just about every group, and club, and social group imaginable — especially at the college level. You can find video clubs, and Spanish clubs, and political clubs for every party. There are athletic clubs and associations, debate teams, and intramural sports teams at every grade level.

 

Unions can work to the advantage of its membership, or to the disadvantage, at times, of individual members. I recall one-time, during the housing market downturn, when a normally gainfully-employed construction worker couldn’t find work, because he had to wait his turn to be placed by the union at a job site — there were 95 people on the waiting-list before him.

 

Unions also take political stances, whether Democrat or Republican, and it’s been intimated that they tend to bully their members to vote the same way. Is it right, though, that they should have so much political influence in what should be your individual, and private, right to choose — free from intimidation/coercion (or the “feeling” of such)?

 

The school associations are all funded through the school’s budget, although sometimes fund-raising efforts are required by individuals who participate, such as in the younger team groups, at times. Occasionally, some groups raise eyebrows and concerns with their activities, such as those of the Muslim Student Associations, who are often responsible for hosting lectures by visiting specialists, of whom, occasionally, also, specialize in terrorism, or promote anti-Israel “Apartheid Week” campus demonstrations, which are libelous and slandering of the Jewish people, not to mention intimidating and physically harrassing to Jewish people on campus. It has become quite scary and difficult for Jewish people to remain safe at these Universities, but the faculty are on-board with the Palestinian incitement and do just about nothing to protect the Jews.

 

In Britain, the new president of the Student Association, which oversees the bearings of thousands of school groups, is an avowed sympathizer to the Palestinian cause, and has clearly stated her viewpoint indicating agreement with these groups, which  perpetrate violence. The recent discovery of approximately fifty British Labour Party ministers with anti-Semitic tendencies has also been brought to light. Many are being released from the Party; most are quite severe and shocking in the hostility of their remarks about the Jews.

 

There is institutionalized anti-Semitism on American campuses, as well, especially with the anti-Israel group, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). They verbally and physically harrass Jews on-campus, in an onslaught without unseeming end.

 

The tragedy is that anti-Semitism is en vogue. It’s fashionable to be anti-Semitic, at the moment. This, too, shall pass. But, meanwhile, we have faculty who encourage, and even teach, that Israel has no right to its sovereign land, and these teachers act to promote the usurpers of our land, the Palestinians, in achieving their goal of eradicating the Jews by violent means to take the Jewish land which they’d like to have for their own.

 

Because student groups receive funding from their schools to operate, they are often being funded with taxpayer dollars, if they are a state, and not a private, school. So groups which promote violence against the Jews should not only receive no funding, but should be banned for not meeting basic human rights, right? But, they’re not.

 

One such group is trying to do everything they can to create a nationwide boycott of Israel: its goods, its people and academicians, its scientists — from any collaboration with American Universities nationwide. This is not limited in scope to an action at one location; this is the American Anthropological Association (Founded 1902), trying to rewrite history in their own image.

 

The first article I wrote for Newsnotes1 in May of 2012 was called “The Semantics of Warfare” (2). The premise of my statement was that language plays a crucial role in defining the argument. Choose its verbiage, and you influence its outcome. In public relations parlance, that’s called “spin”. By reframing the way an issue is presented, one can favorably bias an individual’s perception of the way in which he will view that particular argument. A person doesn’t even need to be aware that it’s occurred, but just that the desirable reaction has been achieved.

Below: Two screenshots from the American Anthropological Association indicating focus-bias on singular state (country) entity, Israel, and the organization’s interference in attempting to influence political policy-making decisions of domestic (US) and foreign (Israel/Palestine, and World) governments:

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Anthropology is just that. It frames how we view people and their relationships to the society in which they live, and to the broader aspect of a society, as a whole. The onus is a major responsibility in this profession to present a fair and unbiased presentation of all of humanities’ people groups, as that is the gist of their supposedly scientific studies. Except, where Israel is considered, it is, as always, the exception.

Below: Two screenshots in the chat forum in which individuals question the legitimacy of the American Anthropological Association to implement biased actions due to their proposed boycott of Israel:

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Within this organization, almost half of its membership subscribe to the belief, wrongly held, that Israel is a colonial occupier (of its own land) oppressing indigenous (no, the Jews are indigenous) “Palestinians” (a name coined around the 1960’s for Arabs of varying nationalities and backgrounds claiming Israeli origin, since at least 1946), who must be boycotted/sanctioned/divested of all investment from this apartheid (democratic) country.

 

This is a major problem, when an entire trade association singles out one country (in only one spot of their entire mission listing do they single out any country at all, which they do by naming Israel) to initiate a vote on whether to proceed with Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions (BDS).

Below: Two screenshots from the American Anthropological Association website: A list of Committees and Task Forces. Note that the only country listed singly, and exclusively, in the second screenshot (third from bottom), is Israel-Palestine; all other committees are generically issue-related and actionably broad-based to suit any group:

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Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions discriminates against Jewish people. They wish to divest from and ban all interactions with Israel and its professional people: academics, scientists, etc. at the institutional, but not personal, level. That is still illegal discrimination. The vote just barely missed passage.

 

And it is not limited to the American Anthropological Association. Accoording to an article by Elizabeth Redden in “Inside Higher Ed”, the American Anthropological Association would have joined the boycott of Israel since 2013 by these groups: the Association for Asian American Studies; the American Studies Association; the National Women’s Studies Association; the African Literature Association; the Critical Ethnic Studies Association; and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (3).

 

It is acknowledged among the membership of the American Anthropological Association that it is the Palestinians who are the initiators and instigators of the drive to boycott Israel.

Below: Two screenshots in the chat forum indicating the proposed boycott of Israel by the American Anthropological Association to have been initiated by Palestinians through requests to the Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions, the group sponsoring the resolution:

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The Jerusalem Post reports:

“Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions, who pushed for the resolution, said: ‘As heirs to a long tradition of scholarship on colonialism, anthropologists affirm, through this resolution, that the core problem is Israel’s maintenance of a settler colonial regime based on Jewish supremacy and Palestinian dispossession. By supporting the boycott, anthropologists are taking a stand for justice through action in solidarity with Palestinians'” (4).

 

The first vote favoring putting forward a resolution to implement the BDS boycott and other measures passed favorably amongst the minor subset of individuals attending a business meeting who voted on its passage. The entire membership of greater than 9,000 individuals were then asked to participate in an online vote of the resolution, where it failed by a fairly narrow margin of just 39 votes: 2,423 against its passage versus 2,384 in favor of passage (extracted from (3) and other articles).

Below: Two screenshots in the chat forum discussing the resounding passage of a favorable vote in their initial business meeting to present a resolution of the American Anthropological Association to boycott Israel. It eventually failed the general membership vote by only a 39-vote margin:

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The group still plans to do all it can to attack Israel, and, by extension, to discriminate against Jews.

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(1) Information on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire extracted from a treatment contained at Wikipedia.org, under the same heading; accessed August 3, 2016.

 

(2) Randyjw. “The Semantics of Warfare”; Newsnotes1; May 4, 2012: https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/the-semantics-of-warfare-17-2/

 

(3) Redden, Elizabeth. “Anthropology Group Won’t Boycott Israel”; Inside Higher Ed; June 7, 2016: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/06/07/anthropology-group-rejects-resolution-boycott-israeli-academic-institutions

 

(4) Gravé-Lazi, Lidar. “US Anthropological Group Votes to Boycott Israeli Universities”; The Jerusalem Post/JPost.com; November 21, 2015: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/American-Anthropological-Association-votes-to-back-boycott-of-Israeli-academic-institutions-434864

 

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Not So Subtle Signs Of Anti-Semitism

 

Anti-Semitism on WordPress

 

Due to my technical limitations with my equipment, or lack thereof, my WordPress functions are limited. As I’ve mentioned previously, my “like” button rarely loads, and so my often only recourse to let someone know I’ve appreciated their work and that I stopped by for a visit, is to leave a comment. I’m also rather verbose (in writing); hence, a natural fit.

 

One day I was commenting at a site, to which another individual “liked” my apparent reply. I tend to respond similarly, to look that person up and visit their site, as well (and, of course, make a comment on it), provided that they don’t seem like an altogether fake scam site, forfend.

 

So, I went to this site, whose moderator had already “liked” my comment. I probably wouldn’t have known about or have visited this site, unless I’d been tapped to alert, as I was. Meaning: No, I’m not “trolling”. There, I found a site about Christianity and Islam. Its sole focus is on comparative religion between the two, being that it’s moderator had been a Christian convert to Islam, I believe I recall reading somewhere. I have no beef about that, nor even his slightly sharp retort to my opening comment, where I espouse the doctrinal lack by both faiths of love for the Jew, to which the reverse accusation was made.

 

I’ve found a number of sites which denigrate Jews without even speaking about them. They just omit them entirely from whole genres, such as “kindness”.

 

I’ve already written pieces referencing such issues in “Cornering the Kindness Market” (https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/03/12/cornering-the-kindness-market/) and “Letters to Editors, Etc.” (https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/05/14/letters-to-editors-etc/). I never did receive a reply from Mr. Fineman at The Huffington Post regarding the fact that the Kindness Blog featured by one of its subcontractored authors leaves out Jews, Judaism, and Israel from its “kindness” categories, but instead places them into “war” and “violence” categories, while placing all references to Islam and Muslims in “kindness” categories.

 

At this site, bloggingtheology, I was left with the same impression of Jews being purposely left out, to mean that they are rejected, insignificant. Of course, it’s a person’s prerogative to write about any subject of their choosing. I believe that all I did in making my comments was to lay out and to state some facts. My opinions never degenerated to name-calling. But another respondent felt inclined to reiterate the same emotional appeal without any facts, whatsoever. Plus, he called me a cruel, Zionist Jew. He says I would like to annihilate all Palestinians (no; but I WOULD like it, very much, if they would stop trying to do so to the Jews). And, he called me a terrorist. Nothing like getting your facts confused, huh?

 

What you’re witnessing here is anti-Semitism, as it exists in the real world. MY WORLD.

 

Here is one of my similarly-written comments at the site:

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Compared with theirs:

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Just another day in Paradise, I guess…

 

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Subtle Signs of Anti-Semitism

 

Jewish people have rarely ever been accepted in global society on the same footing as the general populace. No matter which country we examine in this regard, we find that each has had a remarkable history replete with anti-Semitism. Despite great strides made by the Jewish people in breaking down these prejudicial barriers and in championing the causes of human rights, a pernicious strain of anti-Semitism still prevails on a global level.

 

There was a brief period when Israel’s strength gained it the respect it deserved and anti-Semitism was practically non-existent. I say we should return to those times with a hard-line approach to our enemies and to those who would wish to do us harm. The increasing rate of anti-Semitic incidences worldwide and the uptick of Islamic violence facilitates the need for a change in how we handle ourselves under such attacks.

 

I, for one, am alarmed at the open and blatant anti-Semitism displayed by the world bodies who are supposedly the arbiters in standards of human rights, when the opposite is true and they, instead, support oppressive regimes of chauvinistic societies. The United Nations will allow a seat on the panel of security committees to countries who won’t allow a woman to leave the house unaccompanied without a male relative to chaperone their movements, yet will issue the heaviest one-sided deluge of resolutions against the only democratic Middle Eastern state, where all women can drive and vote, but that the only exception is: they’re Jewish.

 

The only reason Israel is being castigated, and is being lied about, and denigrated, and attacked, and penalized, is because we are Jewish. One tiny state, equivalent in size to the supposed landmass of New Jersey, or perhaps Connecticut, and the only state of its kind for its people — the Jews — is in Israel.

 

It’s not like the Arabs, who have about 22 or so countries of their own. It’s not like the greater religious sphere of Muslim countries, with their 57 or so countries. Nor like the Latino-Hispanic communities, with the continent of South America entirely theirs, as well as Central America, Mexico, and Spain, which falls inside Europe. Nor is it like the continent of Africa, in the domain of Black people, with the exception of it’s northern Hemisphere, which is given over to Muslim civilizations (although Africa is quickly succumbing to the Muslim march of conquest across its lands), in addition to Jamaica and many of the beautiful islands dotting the world’s warm-water blue seas. None of you are minorities on the world stage.

 

Japan might be small, and modern, with many foreigners either living or making their homes there, but those same are not allowed to take over and dominate that country, as if it was their own. Why is Israel expected to allow this to happen, then?

 

I have experienced a number of anti-Semitic incidences in my workplaces. I’ve previously told you of the “Passion of the Christ” incident, where two co-workers were discussing the movie, and then suddenly had to whisper in front of me as she equivocated the Jews to Satan, or whatever she felt the need to hide from the Jew before her. I also told you about how I eventually had to stand on a chair in the breakroom to address the ongoing issues and incidences there in relation to anti-Semitism to my fellow workers.

 

I had to sit there and listen to a co-worker talk about how her husband doesn’t believe in any of the Biblical miracle stories. I felt like her statements were still issuing from her, and I felt like my whole being and religion and history were just being negated. Later in life, I’m realizing this may just be an honest expression of someone’s beliefs and opinions, which they’re entitled to hold, and it may not qualify as anti-Semitism in the workplace, per se, but I can tell you I still didn’t feel good about it, and it still affected me, regardless.

 

I became homeless and had to leave that job where the woman was talking about that Mel Gibson movie (a non-repentant anti-Semite I can no longer stand, because of that) for a place in Orlando with my college friend (I still had to pay her good rent money!!!) and was rejected for a job at The Holy Land Experience because I was Jewish and don’t believe in J.C. I had to double-check my hearing and was re-affirmed I had heard correctly. Yep — they can’t hire me because I’m Jewish (and don’t believe in J.C.). Well! Put a sign in the parking lot that you’re a mission, then, and don’t pretend to be an amusement park. Oh, I see… It’s okay to accept awards for your amusement park, as an amusement park, though… But, just go ahead and drag out the excuse that you’re NOT an amusement park but a mission, so as to not have to employ the Jew. I cried there, and we still hugged.

 

There must’ve been three or four or more incidents of anti-Semitism at the last job I worked. I’d complimented the company manager where I’d worked at a different location to my new manager, and rather than see it as an overall compliment to the company, he took it as an affront to himself, although I’d not had sufficient time to evaluate his own performance. He said, “So, what am I? Chopped liver?” A known Jewish-type of retort, which came across as a slur, to me. He’s Cuban. Then, once, he said something to the guy in front of me about “hanging a cross on it”. One of my colleagues at that place started talking about a “cheap Jew”, and I had to halt him right there. Another time, another colleague there also started a whole nasty diatribe about Jews. I told my manager, who took him aside. Five minutes later, the man was sent on an assignment, and I waited all day for nothing. It was a daily labor pool. In fact, I hardly ever was sent out after complimenting that other manager. Another guy who used to come in late would sit there with me for most of the day. One time, he showed me something to make me laugh, which angered the manager. He told one of the office workers to write the guy up. He then said to do it for me, too, and to make up anything and everything she could think of to put in there. I heard it (even though my hearing’s not the best)! He couldn’t even give me the courtesy of knowing my name, but just said to the underling the beginning of my last name, with a -” whatever” about the last part of it, which gives it that particularly Jewish resonance (whether it be -stein, or -berg, or -man, etc.).

 

The media have a field day twisting stories to fit their agenda of Israel being the bad guy. For  instance, a headline will read that a Palestinian was killed by Israeli soldiers, but will neglect to mention that the Palestinian had just stabbed several people, or ran them over, or set off bombs, or whatever. There are entire organizations that Jewish people have had to create in order to try to counteract these false accusations.

 

Editing and manipulation have a great impact on the story. In fact, my own responses in this WordPress forum have been deleted, where I might have responded nicely to someone, and where a response would seem to be indicated. For what purpose would you choose to make me look like a bit of a bad guy? That I may be, but I can hang myself with my own rope, thank you, without your handing me the noose. So, these are the indications given to me — it’s not like I’m making this up, or anything. (Person1).

 

And, why on earth would you delete whole comments (Person 2), which are entirely apropos to your post? Is it okay to bring a homeless person a sandwich and tout your righteousness, yet delete my own commentary dealing with my personal experiences with this issue, including having to live in a homeless shelter, and the fact that I may be homeless at the end of this month? Are you too good for that? Your appeasement of a response, coupled with the subsequent deletion of all my posts and your coming to my site to “like” everything in sight does not make up for your callous and heartless choice to not have it sully-up your site with the World Cup racing post (ahem). Would you humble yourself to a public apology?

 

I know who has done these things to me, and I’ve acted like nothing was amiss. I’ve done you the favors of saving face, but not now. I am letting you know that I don’t appreciate it. And it’s time you know that I know. And it’s time I said so and stuck up for myself.

 

“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?”

Rabbi Hillel. BrainyQuote.com, Xplore Inc, 2016. http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/r/rabbihille173085.html, accessed August 1, 2016.

 

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