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Jewish Land

Jewish Land (Randyjw; February 24, 2020)

 

 

Read this important history regarding the Jewish Land and presence in Israel:

 

 

 

Shabiy, Dr. Yechiel. “The History of the Land Is Jewish, Not Palestinian”. besacenter.org; February 23, 2020:

(https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/israel-jewish-palestinian/)

 

 

 

 

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Official Anti-Semitism

 

Official Anti-Semitism (Randyjw; February 12, 2020)

 

It’s official: The United Nations has officially and flagrantly boycotted Jews. That means anti-Semitism is now officially sanctioned, according to the U.N., in this “Advance Unedited Version Of A/HRC/43/71. It seems we are in possibly worse times than 1930’s Nazi Germany.

 

Read the press release and the “Blacklist/Boycott” of companies sponsored/condoned by the U.N.:

 

 

 

UN Watch Press Release; February 12, 2020:

(https://unwatch.org/press-release-un-releases-anti-israel-blacklist-fueling-global-boycott-divestment-sanctions-campaign/)

 

 

Update (Added 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/)

 

 

 

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Free Online Class: The Bible in Light of the Ancient Near East

 

Free Online Class: The Bible in Light of the Ancient Near East (Randyjw; October 28, 2019)

 

 

Sign up, quickly!

 

Tomorrow begins the start of a free, nine-week online course from Bar-Ilan University called The Bible in Light of the Ancient Near East.

 

For more information, see the course sign-up:

 

 

https://www.edx.org/course/the-bible-in-light-of-the-ancient-near-east-2

 

 

Hope you get an “A” in class!

 

 

 

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Avraham’s Journey

 

Avraham’s Journey (Randyjw; June 18, 2019)

 

I was slowly setting out to do, in a way, what Rabbi Tuly Weisz, in his The Israel Bible, has already done. Within this digitally-modern, Google map, you’ll be able to visually review, en masse, location markers for Biblical sites attenuated to the travels of Avraham:

 

(https://theisraelbible.com/genesis-map/)

 

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Illegal Peace Prayers

 

Illegal Peace Prayers (Randyjw; May 16, 2019)

 

 

I’m admitting to post-facto supposed “war crimes” of having placed a note in the Western Wall/Wailing Wall/Kotel and joining Alan Dershowitz’s satirical call of rebellion in doing so, to protest the designation of parts of Israeli land as being called “occupied.”

 

Does this designation apply retroactively to 587 BCE, 70CE, the actual placing of my note circa 2003/4/5 or so, the UN Security Council Resolution (fake news) of 2016, or what? Am I a satirical 2,600-year criminal, a 2,050-year criminal, a 16-year criminal, or just a mere 3-year criminal? Better round those criminal Jews up, again.

 

Dershowitz, Alan. “War Crime!: Placing a Note in the Western Wall”. gatestoneinstitute.org; May 14, 2019:

(https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/14223/western-wall-note)

 

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Shomron

 

Shomron (King Omri bought hill for two talents of silver from Shemer; hence, the name) / Christian: The City of Sebastia (Randyjw; April 24, 2019)

 

(https://www.jewishpress.com/multimedia/photos/the-city-of-sebastia/2019/04/24/)

 

 

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Land Theft In Judea/Samaria

 

Land Theft In Judea/Samaria (Randyjw; April 24, 2019)

 

This is another really important and informative article toward understanding what is occurring now in Judea/Samaria (the so-called “West Bank”):

 

 

Linder Kahn, Naomi. “The European Union: Nurturing Instability and Terrorism in the Middle East”. gatestoneinstitute.org; April 24, 2019:

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/14011/european-union-palestinians-instability

 

 

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Israel Fights: Cancer

 

Israel Fights: Cancer (Randyjw; July 2, 2018)

 

New developments are abounding in the medical sciences in Israel, including nanoparticulates which can improve the outcomes of health, via surgery and other orthodoxies.

 

One such uses reactive attraction to the enzyme cathepsin, often associated with cancerous cells, to locate cancer cells for removal during surgical procedure by tagging them with polymers that will fluoresce when linked to its counterpart.

 

For more information, see the BreakingIsraelNews article, here:

Siegel-Itzkovich. “Dyeing Cancer Cells to Help Prevent Dying”; BreakingIsraelNews.com; June 27, 2018:

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/110007/israeli-smart-probe-that-excels-at-detecting-cancer-cells-may-improve-survival-rates/

 

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Mighty Response to Iranian Belligerence

 

Mighty Response to Iranian Belligerence (Randyjw; April 24, 2018)

 

The book of the Bible we commonly refer to in English by the name of Exodus, is actually termed Sefer Shemot in Hebrew, the meaning of which is “Book of Names,” due to its beginning lines, “Ve-el-eh shemot b’nai Yisrael…”: “And these are the names of the Children (lit. can be also read ‘Sons’) of Israel…”.

 

Exodus contains the accounts to which Jewish holidays bear adherence to our ancient Jewish traditions and holidays, several of which are: the giving of the Law on Mount Sinai to the Children of Israel, which is known by our holiday name of Shavuot; and Pesach, or “Passover,” referring to the time when, after 430 years, we were delivered from our slavery under the Pharaoh of Egypt through the petitions of Moses and his brother, Aaron (the future first Levite), to release us to let us worship our G-d, as we please.

 

Pharaoh did not wish to lose his free labor force, and refused consistently to let us go. Through ten plagues rained down by G-d upon Egypt, he finally must relent, when realizing that his decisions will merit G-d’s consequences for his refusal to acquiesce. So, our Israeli family moved from Egypt and were on our way to Israel (Canaan), when G-d decided to harden Pharaoh’s heart, again, in order to serve Pharaoh’s iniquity upon himself. When we reached a sea boundary, Pharaoh and his chariot cavalry had almost caught up with us. G-d told Moses to stretch his rod out over the sea so that we could pass through it on dry ground. When Pharaoh tried to follow with his chariot cavalry, Moses let the rod down and the sea closed upon the Egyptians and drowned them. It is commanded of us by G-d to retell this story annually, since from that time, which we do, and we also hold a special Seder, as well.

 

There are numerous instances in the Tanach (Jewish Bible) which refer to the presence of G-d being accompanied in cloud or in fire. Some of the fire references occur in these instances: on the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai to Moses for the Jewish People; during the challenge of Elijah the Prophet (Israel) to the worshipers of the false gods of Ba’al to distinguish the real Lord, versus any fake; hail and brimstone raining down on the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah; and the eternal flame within the Holy of Holies in the Jewish Temple.

 

Fire is also used by G-d as a guiding light to lead our people in our path, as is cloud. Pillars of each formed before us and behind us in order to light our way and to obscure our passage from our enemies. These occurrences are frequently mentioned in the Tanach. One such instance is the chapter in Genesis describing this phenomenon, read in verses twenty and twenty-one of the thirteenth chapter.

 

Thus it reads:

 

(https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+13%3A20-21&version=KJV)

 

In other such instances, fire was used against those who trespass against G-d by committing attacks against the Jewish people as being surrogates to G-d’s word. Cloud coverage from G-d is often used to obstruct our enemies’ paths against us, while ensuring our safety. Plentiful examples abound in the Tanach, but here is an example where the Lord separates us as we depart Egypt, from the Egyptians desiring to recapture us (the entire Chapter of Exodus 14, in Hebrew and in English, follows: scroll down to verses 19 and 20 — or read it in full, if you prefer):

 

(https://www.sefaria.org/Exodus.14?lang=bi&aliyot=0)

 

Here is a good example in modern day of such instances occurring, in this must-read article regarding Iranian belligerence against Israel, and a mighty response, following:

 

Berkowitz, Adam Eliyahu. “Are Natural Catastrophes in Iran End-of-Days Divine Retribution?”; Breaking Israel News.com; April 24, 2018:

(https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/106487/divine-response-to-iranian-threats-sandstorms-and-earthquakes/)

 

 

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Chanukah And The Menorah

Candles Burn In The Chanukiya

 

Chanukah And The Menorah (Randyjw; December 14, 2017)

 

Here is an interesting article in Breaking Israel News about recent finds regarding the Jewish menorah:

 

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/99216/historys-5-incredible-menorah-discoveries-eve-hanukkah/#zRpL83RUpCAtoKSD.97

 

Another great article at Breaking Israel News teaches fascinating and factual information about the events, people and times, which led to the humanly-designated celebration of Chanukah by the Jewish people:

 

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/99256/ancient-oil-lamp-traced-back-first-ever-hanukkah-maccabee-era/#yWzDErRRRAGu3vOF.97

 

Here is a map of the Jewish fighters, the Hasmoneans, and locations, in Israel:

 

http://www.jewishpress.com/multimedia/photos/sites-of-the-maccabees/2017/12/12/

 

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Banning Jewish Practice

 

Some people may find this a difficult or disturbing subject matter involving animals; please be advised.

 

Banning Jewish Practice (Randyjw; April 2, 2017)

 

Kosher slaughter of animals, or “sh’chita”, has been practiced for several thousand years, based on commands and interpretations of the laws governing Jewish practice. These rulings were provided by G-d, and are part and parcel of the Jewish faith, which we are commanded to keep (although the liberal Reform denomination of Judaism does not keep the ritualistic aspects of certain of these commands — but, this is a small number of the totality of all Jews).

 

The many laws must be followed by the expert Jewish butcher, or “shochet”, to follow the exacting guidelines so that the resultant cut of meat from a “fit” species will still be “fit” for consumption (“kosher”) when slaughtered. The practices are based on the laws of the Torah, which lays out the determining factors whether the creature, whether animal, fowl, fish or creeping thing is allowed among the “clean” ones determined by G-d to be fit for consumption.

 

While some people might presume that the “cleanliness” of an animal is based on its diet or hygiene, such that the prohibition against shellfish might be presumed in place due to the predominance of a mostly bottom-feeding diet from such species, or that the pig might be banned due to the presumptive eating of slop and having a predilection to mud bathing, neither of these are the actual reasons why they are disallowed in the Kashrut Jewish diet.

 

Shellfish are not allowed because they do not contain the characteristics of having both fins and scales. Pigs are excluded from the default category because, while they do have parted hooves, they aren’t considered as one that chews the cud — and both traits must be met within this category.

 

Throughout the millenia, people who have held anti-Semitic views have often tried to prevent the Jews from practicing the rituals of our religion. It was as true during the Babylonian exile, when Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, in keeping with their Jewish traditions, convinced their captors to feed them only vegetables and water, rather than the King’s rich meats and wines. Furthermore, Daniel set a clinical research study by making comment that it should be conducted as a test by appearances at the end of ten days: Daniel and his men, versus the meat-eaters. The end result was that Daniel and his men appeared healthier in all respects (plus, they did not have to disobey their religious strictures).

 

Flash forward to the time of the First Temple destruction by the Romans (given as about 600 years later from the Babylonian exile), when they set up a pagan shrine to their idol and bade the Jews to worship it, and forbade them their own practices. The Jews would not comply, and this resulted in the eventual sacking of Jerusalem, as well as the razing of the Temple.

 

In Europe, where they experienced the Dark Ages, as if the dumbing down of society had led to a paucity of knowledge, the rise of various denominations within branches of the Christian faith, plus a belief in a wealth of superstitious rites, led to a fear and resentment of the “otherness” of the Jew, and caused many anti-Semitic edicts and actions perpetrated against the Jewish people. This included the ban of certain practices, such as Kosher slaughter and circumcision.

 

Upon occasion, these same discriminatory rulings against the Jewish people and their religious practice finds implementation amongst various of the world’s countries, in Europe, and elsewhere. These became the rule of the land in olden days — but, they have a chance of being struck down for their obvious discrimination in more modern times.

 

According to a recent article in The Jewish Press, the following countries have a ban on the practice of Kosher slaughter: Denmark, Switzerland and New Zealand. Coming up for a parliamentary vote in the Flemish province of Belgium is a law to compel only the electric stunning of animals before slaughter, which is a practice contrary to Kosher law. Further countries, including Poland, Luxembourg, Norway and Sweden were also on the list banning Kashrut slaughter, back in 2011, but some have since seen that it represents Jewish discrimination and have since remanded their ruling.

 

Jewish law compels the slaughter of animals to be done with the least amount of pain inflicted upon the animal as possible. For this reason, a very sharp blade is used. Other specific practices are also completed, such as the draining of all blood from the animal, as it is forbidden by Jewish law to consume the blood, for the blood is life.

 

Throughout the Torah, there are many stipulations placed on humans to be kind in their dominion over the animals: to yoke them equally; to keep them unmuzzled while they work, in order for them to be able to eat; to feed them before your own meal is eaten, etc. These all form part of the basis for how the laws relate to each other and within the categories relating to the treatment of animals.

 

Having followed these laws for several thousand years already, and seeing the practice of pre-stunning the animals in modern times, which often is a tragic and painful failure, it has been the position from our religious standpoint that the Jewish method is the most humane way to slaughter an animal for food, if one is going to slaughter an animal, at all.

 

Animal rights activists, without fully always knowing what Kosher practice actually entails, disagree. Placing themselves in the Leftist camp, which tends to be funded by people such as George Soros or Arab-supportive groups of the like which side often with terrorist sympathies, their real agenda is anti-Semitic, couched in a veneer of pretence for the animals — even though stunning the animals has been shown to often result in horrid pain for the animals.

 

I think it’s just another way to boycott the Jews. I just thought you might like to be aware of how these countries stand, in case you’re planning to write any letters to their governments or have any travel or trade purchasing considerations in mind…

 

Israel, David. “Belgian Province to Ban Kosher Slaughter”. The Jewish Press.com; March 31, 2017:

(http://www.jewishpress.com/news/jewish-news/belgian-province-to-ban-kosher-slaughter/2017/03/31/)

 

Antebi, David. “What is the Shchita (Kosher Slaughter)?”. Israeli Students Combating Antisemitism (isca-org.com); October 4, 2015:

(http://isca-org.com/what-is-the-shchita-kosher-slaughter/)

 

Updates / Additional Reading:

Berkowitz, Adam Eliyahu. “Marine Le Pen Announces She Would Ban Kosher Slaughter in France”. Breaking Israel News.com; April 26, 2017:

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/87177/marine-le-pens-muslim-slaughter-ban-targets-kosher-meat/

 

JNS.org, via Breaking Israel News.com. “France’s Le Pen Will Force Jews to Renounce Israeli Citizenship if Elected”; February 12, 2017:

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/83475/far-right-marine-le-pen-elected-jews-must-renounce-israeli-citizenship/

 

Update (September 28, 2019):

Keidar, Nitsan. “Belgian ban on kosher slaughter goes into effect”. israelnationalnews.com; September 1, 2019:

(http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/268195)

 

 

 

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Exodus

 

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Photo: “Guarding the Gan” (Randyjw; 2017)

 

 

Exodus (Randyjw; February 23, 2017)

 

Kitty is my feral friend and sometime snugglepuss. I like the name Kitty, because it reminds me of the nurse of the same name in the movie, Exodus, and because she’ll think everybody is friendly, since they seem to already call her by name. She’s got alot of spirit, and is very sensitive and really sweet. She still lives a feral life, but has become more of an outdoor cat of the neighborhood, settling inside with me during inclement weather, for the most part.

 

In the movie, Exodus, the part of Kitty Fremont, the American nurse who falls in love with a Jewish man during the struggle of Jews to reach Israel (called “Palestine”, at that time) during the British Mandatory assignment period, is played by Eva Marie Saint.

 

The 1960 movie is based on the 1958 book by Leon Uris of the same name and is a fictional account based loosely on events during the period it portrays. I’ve watched the movie several times on television, as well as having enjoyed listening to the famous theme title to the movie.

 

Leon Uris was a war correspondent during those years, and writes extensively on Jewish subject matter. His books in that genre include: Exodus; Mitla Pass; Mila 18; The Haj; and QB VII. His style is in the manner of a historical fiction writer, others of which would include Trinity and Redemption. I really enjoy his books.

 

Wikipedia.org; “Exodus (1960 film)”:

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exodus_(1960_film))

 

Wikipedia.org; “Leon Uris”:

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon_Uris)

 

 

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The Israeli West Bank

 

The Israeli West Bank (Randyjw; February 3, 2017)

 

I wrote an article a number of years ago in which I stated my premise that there had never been an Arab Palestinian state, since there had never been defined borders for such.

 

The so-called “Palestinian” entity of ancient times was actually the land of Israel/Judah, which the Romans had come to occupy (while still, for a time, operating with Herodian kings of Israel) over 1,800 years ago. Our conquerors renamed the land after our long-ago Philistine enemies, said to be THEN in the land during the time of David, our second Jewish king.

 

A state of government can exist in exile, if it had once been an actual state. A body of people who have never had a state to rule over can not be said to be a government in exile, although the replicated provisional bodies may have formed. They hold no real legal status as a government corpus over any real entity, since the entity is imaginary, to begin with.

 

To use the example I gave in my initial article, I stated that I could call myself President of Randyland — but, I wouldn’t be President over one square inch of land, if the entity of Randyland never existed, to begin with. This is the actual status of the Palestinians trying to declare themselves a state, when the realities are that they are still occupying lands within land that is Israel.

 

For that matter, the state of Jordan is an illegal creation wrested from the eastern portion of this so-called “Palestine”, when Britain took over a mandate of the League of Nations to administer the stewardship of the land, and to see to the “close settlement” of the Jews within it, according to the 1917 Balfour Declaration, which recognized Jewish historical claims to its rights to the land, and not based on suffrance.

 

Furthermore, when the Jordanians joined the collaborative 5-state Arab attack upon Israel in 1948, launched from their illegal portion of land designated for the Jewish state which was illegally hacked off from the whole of Israel/Palestine to begin with, the Arab victories in winning the Old City in Jerusalem and by Egypt’s win of Gaza in the south, and a small northern bit bordering Lebanon, were all considered illegal and were never recognized, but by one country, because they were won in an AGGRESSIVE attack upon the sovereignty of another nation, and not through the acquisition of lands via a DEFENSIVE action during a time of attack. These have legal meaning, which the world ignores in condemning Israel. These lands were legitimately regained by Israel in a defensive action to stave off the massing of Arab troops at Israel’s borders in 1967, and so have never lost Israeli designation. However, the world continues its anti-Semitic stances, and so favors the illegitimacy of the short-termed 19-year Arab occupation of Israeli land. Turkey, being the seat of the Ottoman Empire which previously held that land (in a chain of conquerors stretching back to Israel as the first, real recognized people indigenous to the land, being that the Canaanites no longer exist), legitimately lost it by continuing to take the losing side in the World Wars, as well as by the fact that it was never closely settled by them and was only tended, if at all, in an absentee ownership state of effendi-fellaheen relations, where a serfdom of indenturehood, such as that of a sharecropper, was practiced, with the serf living on the land in order to cultivate the produce of which was turned over, minus his own percentage in payment-in-kind, toward the effendi’s (absentee-owner’s) coffers.

 

My article, dated January 13, 2014, declared that there was no true government of Arab Palestinians, let alone a state in any part of the land. This is quite contrary to the actual Jewish government-in-exile status that Israel had had as a corporeal body of land in factual historicity. Theirs, if I’m using the correct legal terminologies here, were both a de jure state and a de facto state, ratified many times over in the reaffirmation of countless declarations, such as the Balfour Declaration and others.

 

I find it rather bothersome, and it’s unwarranted here for my proceding to do so, but it rankles me when we pretend that knowing such things, as we have known throughout history, is suddenly such a big surprise; and that we also pretend not to have such long-standing thousands-of-year ties to the land so that when we “rediscover” an ancient connection, like an archaeological item or ancient scrolls, we suddenly feign astonishment at the revelation. I don’t know what’s up with that, but we need to stop these pretenses, because others are starting to believe them!

 

In this vein, another “new” analysis by Ezequiel Doiny helps to synthesize many salient points, via his discovery of an article ©Jean-Patrick Grumberg for http://www.Dreuz.info addressing the Appeals Court ruling in Versailles, France that Israel, and not the Palestinians, were the rightful historical claimants to the land, even beyond the 1949 Armistice lines, which are not territorial demarcation lines by any account.

 

The article had, according to Doiny, taken into consideration the outside ruling of a foreign court in a matter involving Israeli land sovereignty, as it applied to a case involving the light rail system. Mahmoud Abbas was listed within it. An appeals Court date lists March 22, 2013, but there is no further pages attached here beyond this first, to follow along with the decisions as they had been made, per se, by the Court, as far as what looks to be the case to a non-French speaker, such as myself.

 

Doiny applies additional further considerations for the legal case for Israel’s sovereignty to the land, which is a nice addition to all of the other legal bases for determining that Israel is the true owner of the land. It’s unfortunate that such legal rulings are overturned by the popular vote in such bodies like the United Nations, whose supposed function is to clear any confusion of such issues.

 

Here is my original article:

 

Randyjw. “Any Leader of a State Without Recognized Borders is Illegitimate”. News Notes 1.wordpress.com; January 13, 2014:

(https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/any-leader-of-a-state-without-recognized-borders-is-illegitimate/)

 

And here is the article by Ezequiel Doiny:

 

Doiny, Ezequiel. “French Court Ruling: Israeli Presence in the ‘West Bank’ is Legal”. Israel National News.com; January 31, 2017:

 

(http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/20111)

 

The main site link of origination, as per Doiny’s mention: / ©Jean-Patrick Grumberg for (http://www.dreuz.info)

 

Update: February 4, 2017: Added additional paragraph.

 

 

(Update: December 30, 2019):

 

Israel, David. “Prosecutor Bensouda Asking Hague Court to Rule on Indicting Israel for ‘War Crimes’; jewishpress.com; December 21, 2019:

(https://www.jewishpress.com/news/eye-on-palestine/palestinian-authority/prosecutor-bensouda-asking-hague-court-to-rule-on-indicting-israel-for-war-crimes/2019/12/21/)

 

 

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Never An End

 

Never An End (Randyjw; January 4, 2017)

 

Maybe you were to think me off-course

In my determined direction askew of due North

And eyes casted east toward your terraced gardens

hidden from cursory discovery and invasion

 

Yet so well obscured that you have necessarily become

reserved for the hardiest seekers in whose truths lay your compass’s sanctum

no cartographer can plot where these points diverge

the four swords revolve at the doors to our Gan

 

I have never forgotten you and there will never be an end

you are forever in my heart, Jerusalem and Eden

 

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No Matter How You Slice It, It’s Still Israel!!!

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No Matter How You Slice It, It’s Still Israel!!! (Randyjw; November 1, 2016)

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Manna, Manna Mighty!!! 8-Day Israel $999 – $1099

 

Manna, Manna Mighty!: 8-Day Israel $999 – $1099 (Randyjw; October 7, 2016)

 

Although Travelzoo continually challenges themselves to find/create the best deals, they keep extending their benchmark standards and, again, have managed to outdo their last promotion to Israel, with an even greater offer, this time around!

 

It seems that travel just keeps getting cheaper and cheaper. I guess the industry is making up, in volume, what losses they’d garner in higher pricing schemes. And that benefits the traveller. With competitive capitalism driving consumer costs down, it benefits the end-user, in the long-run, with better options, better luxuries and amenities, better services.

 

While still not entirely inexpensive, altogether, travel might still be an attainable luxury if you can plan and save for it. I still remember the days of considering an overseas trip abroad as being a once-in-a-lifetime, hoped-for possibility, with a kind of a stars-in-the-eyes gleam. Air travel became easier and cheaper, incomes rose, and some were able to plan a trip on more regular bases. I still think it incredible that some can even fly-off on yearly trips — but they do.

 

The hospitality industry has become loaded with great new hotels, ever-expanding and renovating to be the best on-offer, in order to capture the all-waving consumer dollar. Hooray, hooray, we now can play!

 

So, there in my email inbox, like a shiny little candy in glittery wrap this morning was a Travelzoo deal, singularly offered, to Israel! This is the best price I’ve seen yet — at any time — which includes air, hotels, and travel on-land: eight days for just $999.00* (*and up, depending on departure city and length of travel, etc.)! Wow! The only things it doesn’t include is tips (of course!) and any optional side tours, which I would absolutely recommend (at least for two or three, out of the five offered with this package). This practically beats the price of air travel to Israel, alone — a decade ago! It’s like getting the tours, accommodations, and meals, all for free, and then-some! Manna, manna mighty!

 

The only down-sides of this offering are that it is not long enough, and that the time-offering means that it falls during possible cold weather. They do offer tours of longer days, also with discounts (discounts don’t appear until almost finished processing and must include Travelzoo’s promotional code, which you can access after signing up for a free Travelzoo.com account and inputting the code at the tour operator’s site). But, then, of course, the rates must increase — as so it goes.

 

What I really do love about this offering, first-off, is the consideration of choice of tour operators. While I’ve never toured with this particular company, and I’m not a spokesperson for any of these agencies, I was a candidate as an Israeli guide operator at one time (remaining incomplete), and the tour guide company president began in earlier days as a licensed Israeli guide, as well. All tour operators in Israel must receive their license from the state, which is a course of study of at least eighteen months, or longer, involving classroom and field studies.

 

More importantly, though, the tour company has a personal commitment to philanthropy in funding its charitable branch, which focuses on building onto or aiding existing school buildings and infrastructure of more-impoverished areas around the world, such as it has done in Peru and Costa Rica. Their website relays their deeds in providing water tanks, painting buildings, and other deeds via its education and enlightenment programs where people can sign-on to assist this tour/cultural exchange opportunity, if desired. There are plans to expand to other areas, also. So, your tour dollars go around and indirectly help the agency to help schoolchildren — and that, to me, is definitely a win-win!

 

I have to say that that impresses me, that Travelzoo has chosen such a tour operator to promote. I have always loved Travelzoo, though I’ve never yet utilized any of their great deals. Finding this out makes me love them, even more.

 

Well, now on to the deal!  The offer of the eight-day tour includes 1 night in Tel Aviv, 2 nights in Tiveria (Tiberius), and 3 nights in Jerusalem (the other two days listed include your travel time, etc.). This is listed as a minimally active tour, meaning that most time is yours to do with as you please, unless you will be selecting the excellent, optional add-in tours, which are very cheap, and cover quite a bit: physical participation, involving stairs and a good deal of walking, will be anticipated.

 

Some listings of these featured areas highlighted are: the ancient port of Jaffa, with its artist colony; the ruins of Caesarea; the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; Mt. Zion; Beit She’an; Tiveria/Tiberius on the Sea of Galilee (the Kinneret), and Jerusalem. The optional add-ons include: a trip to Tsfat/Safed and the Golan; a trip to Yad Vashem and the vicinity; a trip to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem; a combined trip to Masada, and the Dead Sea; and the light show at the Tower of David with dinner out.

 

Definitely cram in as much as you can while you’re here. No trip to Israel would be complete without a visit to Masada and a swim in the Dead Sea (the health benefits are amazing!). Bring some extra money for this trip, take your towel and pack your swim clothes, and get thee to both these sites! I would also recommend the additional tour to Yad Vashem.

 

Instead of visiting Bethlehem, I would pass on that in favor of doing other things. If you had a longer, extended visit in Israel, I would say to go to Bethlehem, but since I recommend one of the “Jerusalem” days be taken for Masada/Dead Sea, and one day in Jerusalem already includes the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, then I don’t think you’ll want to miss visiting the Kotel HaMa’ariv (The Western Wall/The Wailing Wall), if you don’t get to it on the escorted tour (I don’t know if you do, or not) — and there are other things you can do in the vicinity of the Old City, as well.

 

For one, the Wailing Wall, mentioned above. Also, there is a small, tiny museum (make sure it’s open that day) dedicated to the Holocaust called the Chamber of the Holocaust. It is located just outside the walls of the Old City near the (Mt.) Zion gate entrance (it’s a little hard to find, so make sure to get a map; you can pick up some great maps at the tourism office just past the gate of the Jaffa gate entryway on the left-hand side, where there will be numerous Arab hangers-on vying for your financial attention and patronage. Make sure to get the Jewish tour map, and any others which may interest you). The Chamber of the Holocaust had more of an impact on me than Yad Vashem, but in a totally different way. I would say to take in both, really. And make sure to look up as you exit the (Mt.) Zion gate from the Old City, and take a moment to reflect on the meaning of the cratered wall above the entryway, pockmarked by Jordanian artillery fire in their attack(s) on Israel.

 

I would have loved to have seen the Wohl Archaeological Museum, but somehow missed that opportunity to go with a German tourist I befriended during her brief visit to Israel. Perhaps you might visit in my stead and let me know how you enjoyed it.

 

You could also visit the archaeological park at the wall, or you could also walk around the City of David and see the really old walls there, located outside the Old City walls closest to the bus entrance roundabout by the Kotel HaMa’ariv.

 

I loved the Tower of David. I spent a long time just sitting. I went during the daytime, and watched the little video display (definitely do this) and walked around. Then I sat on a bench with the rifle-slotted windows with a vague view to the outside, feeling like King David peeking out to the outside world. I don’t recall there being anybody there during that whole time, and I could just sit, and be. It was great. I really recommend this. I know the evening option for another tour is the light show here, plus dinner out — and I’d probably say that you should do that, too. It would be different in the day, and you can really see and get a chance to explore it in natural sunlight. Nighttime would be a completely different story.

 

When you arrive to Tel Aviv, make sure to take a beachside stroll along the promenade, the “Tayelet”, and I recommend a sorbet (mango is yummy) at the Yotvata restaurant. If timing or itinerary allows, I’d also try to see if you can squeeze in a visit to the Palmach museum, that black, hulking building on the sands of the beach at Tel Aviv, near the Yafo end. Pick up a couple of my favorite drinks from the convenience stores: PriGat plum juice, and Anavim grape drink; as well as a Magnum ice cream bar — you’re on vacation! If you get a chance to go by Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion read out the Proclamation of Independence on May 14, 1948 — that’s cool! And don’t forget to squeeze in a good falafel, somewhere; preferably with amba.

 

As far as the Galilee goes, it’s hard to know what the side trip includes. If you can get out to Kfar Nachum (Capernaum), I think that’s a good tourist site to see. There’s a synagogue there made out of the stone common to that area, which is black basalt. There is the open-sided synagogue in the round, and there are the ruins of a temple, with Jewish symbols carved into the fallen capitals from atop the columns. It’s worth a trip, and I feel it should be seen.

 

The Kinneret, or “Sea of Galilee”, is a really beautiful area. Not to be missed is the view from inside the Church at the Mount of Beatitudes — it’s stunning. Lots of stairs down, but stunning. If the trip includes this, then go, by all means. Not necessary, although nice, if you have the time for it, is to see the “Jesus boat”, and listen to the guided background on how they figured out a way to preserve the approximately two-thousand year-old wooden boat.

 

I must say that the hotels they’ve chosen for these excursions all look wonderful. I especially love the way the seaside resort overlooking the Galilee appears, and the holiday village looks really nice, too. I particularly think I like the itineraries including the kibbutz Lavi, but the other ones all look good, as well, too. They do change, as does pricing, depending on your departure date (and therefore, your arrival date), and these particularities are well-listed at the website.

 

Pricing changes, based on departure date and location, and is a per-person rate, based on twin occupancy. Six breakfasts and two group dinners are included, as are fuel surcharges, hotel porterage, airport taxes and fees (baggage fees may be extra), transfers, and entrance fees (per itinerary). Deal must be purchased by October 12, 2016, and prepaid at least sixty days prior to departure. Pursuant to this promotion, travel is on certain dates and is valid for departures from January – March, 2017 (or perhaps end of February?) (January 22 and 29 are an additional $200.00): please check operator website for final details, changes, or updates, as well as additional requirements, pursuant to your selections. Don’t forget to enter the Travelzoo promocode to receive the unlisted discount.

 

Please check the sites, in case I’ve forgotten something or other things change; and have a great trip!

 

Here’s the Gate 1 Travel Home page website. Once there, select the destination pull-down menu, and then select “Mediterranean”; once there, then select “Israel” and you will see different pages and boxes for your needs:

https://www.gate1travel.com/

 

Salmonese, Olivia. “$999 – $1099 — Israel Escorted Vacation w/Tours & Air”: Source: Gate 1 Travel; Travelzoo.com (email: October 7, 2016):

http://travelzoo.com/vacations/africa/-999-1099-Israel-Escorted-Vacation-w-Tours-Air-2351802/

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Dove of Peace (Randyjw; September 28, 2016)

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Tiles of the Temple Found

 

As a child and throughout the all-important developmental years of my youth, I was fortunate to be raised by hard-working parents who struggled to afford me the privileges of providing cultural opportunities to enrich my growth.

 

I attended day camp and summer camp, and had occasional treats of museum or aquarium visits, the Nutcracker suite ballet (back when it was the real, visiting Russian Moscow ballet, to whom nobody has ever held a candle to, to this day), and ice shows. There were piano-, ice-skating and tennis lessons (skiing I had to pay for myself).

 

These are important things, which I think that many of today’s families just don’t bother undertaking with their children. I spent many after-school days at my friend’s house, and she was also a fixture at ours, accompanying my mother and I to an occasional outing. My favorites usually involved trips to the museum. I particularly took a shine to the polished gemstones for purchase for between $1.00-to-$3.00 in the museum’s gift shop, as did my friend, and I had a small collection of a few good rocks: micah, pyrite, and others.

 

I was also really enraptured of the Egyptian artifact collections, as well as the heiroglyphic and ancient writing systems of the ancient Middle Eastern cultures, spending some time in youthful pursuit, which is to say, not so seriously, unfortunately, in trying to learn some of these systems. Odd how it was that when my friend and I concocted our own secret alphabet code, we happened to have used some of the same symbols formulated by the ancients of old. I believe there must be some type of universal symbol usage, or perhaps more narrowly Middle Eastern, that perpetuates in ancient memories of the mind. I bet that if today’s coded kids’ alphabets were studied, they’d find the same symbols still in effect (add this to my Crazy Theory subset: #2, if I remember to do so).

 

I never extrapolated my love in my youth for the Egyptian archaeological finds early enough to realize that it could be a field of study for me, applied to Israeli/Jewish culture. Most study of archaeology in its beginnings were conducted mostly under the auspices of societies/Foundations/schools studying Egyptian, Assyrian and Hittite culture. Jews were excluded from among such groups due to anti-Semitism, and via the fact that they weren’t allowed entrance in such a capacity to those other Middle Eastern countries, anyways. Israel was still being referred to by the old designation of “Palestine”, in any case, as well.

 

In really recent times, though, I was briefly able to realize this great honor in studying Israeli archaeology via the Israeli Ministry of Tourism acceptance of me into its program of licensure to be a tour guide. In a participating academic program I enrolled in (I was unable to complete the full course of certification, due to personal circumstances I let get in the way), my course studies took me on field trips accessible only to archaeologists behind locked gates and other areas way beyond that which even the scope of a tourist trip could reveal. It was incredible.

 

One day I was watching t.v. with my mother about Israel and its sites, and there was one of my classmates, described as an expert, leading a televised tour of a particular ancient site, and I excitedly pointed him out to my mother.

 

Israel’s top archaeologists were my classroom and field guide teachers. One spoke of his Yemeni wife and related tales of his visit with the Princess of Bhutan, as he led us up mountains and past old water drainage systems cut into the hillsides. Another, whom I really related to and admired immensely, is one of Israel’s leading archaeologists. Dr. Gabriel Barkay is the archaeologist whose excavations uncovered the oldest found Biblical text, incised in proto-Hebraic script onto two silver scrolls: that of the Aharonic Blessing (one of my favorites) of Numbers 6:24-26 and the other of Deuteronomy 7:9, dating to approximately the 7th Century BCE, according to information I found at the Israel Tour Guide / Israel Tours blogsite of Shmuel Browns (read his article, below).

 

Prior to the beginning of my educational training, I participated briefly in a project known as the Temple Mount Sifting Project, where dirt which had been removed during illegal Arab construction and excavation on the Temple Mount was being sifted and combed through for any archaeological artifacts it might yield. While I did not find anything….

 

Stone tiles matching the new Roman foot measurement of 29.6 cm used by Herod such as at his other palaces, like Masada, Jericho, and Herodion, of flooring installed in the inlaid opus sectile, or “cut work” style, unknown in Israel prior to Herod’s time, have since been found of imported marble and stone from Rome, Asia Minor, Tunisia and Egypt.

 

King Herod was responsible for many great building projects throughout Israel under vasselage of the Roman Empire. The tiles dating to this time confirm the Jewish Temple having been built then (37-4 BCE, according to the information found at Breaking Israel News), and there. Other contemporaneous sources during Temple period times comes from the historian Flavius Josephus, in his First Century book, “The Jewish Wars”, who writes of the courtyard of the Jewish Temple being paved with multicolored stone, as well as Talmudic literature speaking of colors of green, blue and white. More than 100 of the 600 tiles found date to this period.

 

The timing couldn’t have been a better counterpoint to 9-11 this year (as well as BDS, EU labeling, UNESCO declaration of the Temple Mount being solely holy to our sworn enemies, etc…).

 

G-d sure does have a great sense of humor, doesn’t He?

 

See the archaeological evidence at Breaking Israel News (scroll through entire article to see the different geometrical patterns posited in reconstruction and refurbishment, about halfway down the page) at: http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/75233/first-time-ever-undeniable-evidence-jewish-temple-discovered-photos/

 

Berkowitz, Adam Eliyahu. “For First Time Ever, Archaeological Evidence Proves Jewish Temple Stood On Temple Mount [PHOTOS]”. Breaking Israel News.com; September 6, 2016: http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/75233/first-time-ever-undeniable-evidence-jewish-temple-discovered-photos/

 

Browns, Shmuel. “Ketef Hinnom Silver Amulets”. Israel Tour Guide / Israel Tours; March 16, 2011: https://israel-tourguide.info/2011/0316/ketef-hinnom-silver-amulet/

 

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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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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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Impossible Peace

 

Impossible Peace (Randyjw; July 17, 2016)

 

“How can we live in peaceful co-existence with someone, who won’t even let us live?”

– Randyjw

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Gracias, Santana

 

The Santana song, “Smooth”, will always make me think of this great girl I really loved so much. We used to work together, and our lives before meeting had had similar parallels. We both had wound up applying to some of the same companies in our job searches, which we had also done so many times before, and we had lots of laughs over shared coincidences and other things. We had both turned down further consideration for work at the same place, which was a good thing, cuz there was some bad stuff which happened there later, and we both would have been a part of it.

 

We only got together on two or three occasions outside of work, cuz I’m funny that way. It’s kindof the old-school professionalism idea of not mixing business with pleasure, but we really got along like peas in a pod, and so we got together. We went for Mexican food once at this place I loved, if I’m remembering correctly; and we went to a Santana concert.

 

Her boyfriend came along with us, of course, and took our picture in the parking lot before the start of the concert. It was a great concert — they played ” Smooth” and “Black Magic Woman” and all the good stuff. I’m lucky to have still been able to see some of the rock-and-roll greats in my lifetime, and Santana is among the top.

 

Eventually, I wound up leaving the company we worked at, because I couldn’t get accurate shipment details from our corporate headquarters, and my position within the organization was being compromised as a result. My friend left shortly after I did, and I think the whole company tumbled after that point.

 

In the interim, we never did get the photos back from the pharmacy photo-finisher; they say they lost the film. Things that run through my mind: that movie with Robin Williams, who plays a pharmacy film-developer who gets caught up in the imagined lives he vicariously inhabits of the people whose film he develops. Egads — creepification! I’m thinking “Jumanji”, but that was another creepy Robin Williams film about a gameboard which comes to life. I liked Robin Williams’s HAPPY, goofy roles. Let me go look up that movie name — I never saw it, but actually think I wanted to.

 

Got it. It’s ” One Hour Photo”. The release poster popping up on Wikipedia is even more creepy in the pre-release film critic reviews printed on the poster, given the events of Robin Williams’s circumstances. Trust me — don’t look.

 

My friend ran off and did some crazy stuff, and I love and admire her immensely, even though I’m a strange bird that rarely keeps in touch. I still think of her, and always will, as my friend. I know you’re out there, and I love and I miss you, friend.

 

It brings me happiness to learn that Carlos Santana will be playing in Tel Aviv sometime soon. Supporters of the Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel are really trying to bully artists to cancel their performances in Israel. Some have caved in, and others have refused. I’m proud of those who take a stand to these intimidators and come, anyways. In fact, Carlos Santana made a YouTube video message announcing his concert and sending love and peace (in both Hebrew and Arabic) to the people of Israel.

 

That is just so smooth, Carlos. So smooth!

 

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Beyond the Wall

 

Beyond the Wall (Randyjw; June 30, 2016)

 

The most beautiful song of all

Is here in the city, beyond your wall

 

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World Refugee Day

You may not know this, because it was a long time ago and its happenstances were thrust upon a minority people representing probably less than 1/2 of 1% of the population, at the time.

The days were the austere periods of war enveloping the efforts of the United States, and, indeed, those of the rest of the world, in the battle for the nations’ places upon the world stage. In each nation, there were those who contributed actively to their battles, and citizenry who still tried to go about some semblance of normality, attempting to live their daily lives as if there were no war on.

The wars’ effects were felt, though, in all strata of society, regardless of participation level. Resources were rationed, manufacturing facilities were retrofitted toward war industry production, and patriotic men signed up to pledge their skills and determination to aid their country in this war effort.

Women civilians were tasked in voluntary roles to assist in previously male-dominated employment, now that the men had left the workforce to join the fighting forces. Suddenly, the stenography skills of the secretary were utilized in the war rooms, and the homemaker found yet further work as airplane riveters and Red Cross nurses, tending to the men and non-combat duties which propel the effort forward, nevertheless. There was no glory, not much pay, no war medals for these roles.

Yet, without these individuals, the war would have been lost.

I’m not sure, today, whether we know what the mindset was among the fighters in this war. We could ask, but most don’t like to tell. It was only seven, eight decades back, and there are still a few citizens left from that time who we could approach…

Thankfully, now, some are beginning to open up. We learn that war is not really glory, but a messy battle where friends are killed, families are torn apart, lives are forever altered. Yet, I think in those times that the people realized that it was a necessary sacrifice to fight for the ideals of what the country represents, so that others cannot impose their tyrannies over us. As much as it would be nice to ignore battles occuring elsewhere, it’s important to step-in to preempt, or at least, to meet, the enemy when they come a-calling.

At first, the United States held back in joining the battles raging in Europe during World War II. It was most unfortunate for the Jews, who were targetted by Germany for extermination. The roads of escape were narrowed, and those that could flee tried to do so through as many modes they could find: smuggled through borders, rail-lines, passenger ships.

The United States, as well as various other countries, maintained quotas of the numbers of people they would admit from each nation into the country, and also had a total maximum amount which were pre-determined to be allowed to enter. These amounts could be waived, essentially, if desired — and often, countries would do so for humanitarian purposes, etc.

But, for the Jewish people, the rules were enforced; worse yet, they were often changed, and not in a manner biased toward their favor. Administrations, like the British one, entrusted to administer the Mandate for Palestine when the Turkish Ottoman Empire lost the war, and, therefore, their territories (which included “Palestine”, at that time), illegally ceded land from the Jews to the Arabs. This included trans-Jordan, some small areas of land along the eastern side of the Jordan river, as well as the rest of what is, today, now called Jordan.

This land was recognized as belonging to the Jews based on factual historicity, and not based on suffrance (meaning just based on the events of the Holocaust, and other such notions). Its rule was recognized as Jewish in the decree issued by the overseeing adminstrator of the territories by the English; again, the Turks had lost this war.

The 1917 Balfour Declaration recognizes these rights of the Jewish people over the land — including on both the eastern and western sides of the Jordan river. It also reminds of the humanitarian aspect of rulership in not prejudicing rights of other people present in the area.

The Jewish people are well aware of this — in fact, are rather instrumental in bringing judicial matters and notions into the world, from the tablets of the Ten Commandments, to the Torah and its 613 mitzvot, both positive and negative, as well as other ideas regarding humanitarian principles. Even the etymology of the English word pertaining to matters of law, such as “judge”, and “judicial” are derived from the land, tribe and religion of “Judah” and “Judaism” (I can hear the grinding of Israel-haters gnashing their teeth now).

Yet, despite what the government position recognized and upheld to be Jewish property, many of the foot soldiers in the English operation were anti-Semitic, and constantly undermined the facilitation of Jewish immigration to Israel (Palestine). There were still some Arab “fellaheen” living on the land of Israel/Palestine, peasants who would tend small plots for absentee Turkish “effendis”. The situation under this arrangement worked out worse and worse for the poor Arab farmer, who became basically an indentured serf beholden to their overlords via crushing taxation and tributary-like payments in this sortof sub-letting arrangement.

The effendis were so far away to even bother with the oversight of any plot of land in Israel/Palestine, and it became, under Turkish rule, such a wasteland of neglect, that many Arabs just abandoned the land altogether. That is the reason for so many reports of outside travellers visiting this supposed “Garden of Eden” and “land of milk and honey” and finding it to instead be a malarial, overgrown area devoid of many people and pretext toward any civilization. The words of Mark Twain, and many others, attest to its reality.

The Jews always lived there, since their settling in the land called Canaan, for many thousands of years, even in dwindling amounts. Its populations rose and fell. Those that had been driven away always thought of return, although it was a much more difficult endeavor in the days preceding freedom of movement, mechanical transport, vast fortunes, and even the ideology to consider travel a non-event, as we do today. There was disease without vaccination, piracy during sea voyage, robbery via land-passage (especially in Mid-East areas of the world).

But, come, we did — or at least tried to. Away from our oppressive abodes of exile and back to our lands. Some of us still have the “Galut” (“Exile”) mentality — more a matter of realizing that we have reached a point of being able to physically possess the means — the money, the ease of travel, etc. — that would allow us to pick ourselves up and transport our families’ lives back to the “Promised Land”, where we belong.

It isn’t so easy. We were still discriminated against in society, barred from beaches, universities, clubs, schools and other places where citizens dwell. A few Jewish people began to become successful, developing their own contributions outside of the society from which they had been barred. The film industry is a notable example, with Jewish people pioneering an entire industry.

Jewish people developed their own businesses and slowly worked their way toward achieving more commercial and personal success. Eventually, there were quite a number of established people of Jewish origin; but, that certainly didn’t encompass all. In time, it became almost like competitive sport — a “keeping up with the Joneses” phenomenon, where appearance was more important than reality, in the community. It is unfortunate that this development briefly occurred, but there are some still afflicted by the lingering mindset.

I recently thought that more Jewish people who could possibly make “Aliyah” by moving to Israel were stubbornly stuck in the comfort of the “fleshpots of Egypt”, alluding to the ease of life to which the Jews had attained in Egypt, under the reign of second-to-the-Pharoah, our own Israeli Joseph, prior to the successive Pharaonic dynasties which eventually grew to forget the contributions of Joseph toward saving their society, to the final disdain amongst the citizenry for the now-perceived successful “others” in their midst as non-native foreigners competing for jobs and resources.

I realized, after that initial thought, that I was wrong for thinking that Jews were all willfully ignoring the call to return to Israel. Somebody else came up with the same thought, and even wrote an article about it, declaring that Jewish people living in the Diaspora are actively boycotting Israel by not living there, in a surely worse-conceived notion than the actual Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions (BDS) discrimination being carried out by the world against the Jews right now actually is. I realized that, while there might be some truth in it, for those who truly have the resources to do so, but won’t; there are still many of us who are actually quite poor and can’t. We don’t fit the stereotypical profile of being independently wealthy, as so many are apt to think. So, please — return your pointing finger back to its holster.

I was glad to volunteer the practical equivalent of a basic-training regimen, on my own dime (and, unfortunately, extended into my families’, due to unexpected costs) with the duties of a non-combat Jewish “soldier” (not technically; just a civilian volunteer) linked, by volunteer work, to a Jewish Army somewhere on Jewish land in Israel, so that my brethren could take a much-needed break and come to the relative safety of the U.S. instead of having to always save our collective heinies against constant murderous assault from middle-east Arab maniacs bent on our destruction. I agree — my almost nine-months’ does not a lifetime make — but, it is enough time to create life. Never mind all the pocket money collectively spent by the volunteers purchasing much needed things they were always short of supply in. If you think Israel receives top-drawer funds and supplies, you’d be surprised. Loan guarantees are still loans, which must be paid back. The stuff ain’t all free, like you think. Korean war-era castoffs, etc. don’t necessarily advance the Israeli Army to number one. Our determination, brain power, inventiveness and G-d, do.

Jews were fired upon and turned back from most of the lands their boats approached during flight from the Nazi horrors preceding, during, and following World War II. My Jewish families’ efforts as active military meant nothing in the lack of extending refugee asylum to the Jews leaving persecution in Europe during that era. The same attitude was served to the Jews as they reached Palestine; the English administrators did not facilitate entry into the land recognized as ours: we were turned away, imprisoned in barracks or sent to internment camps on the island of Cyprus; or turned away completely — contrary to their own British government’s Mandate. The remaining Arabs, or those recently taking up residence in the land, had caused enough chaos with constant killings and attacks to cow the English to submissive subserviance, kowtowing to their demands and limiting Jewish immigration, against the directive to do otherwise.

The Jews were betrayed — and it wouldn’t be our first time to know such treatment. Indeed, we know the precious price of freedom and how it feels to be persecuted for being born a Jew. We could never be more grateful to G-d for being born, as such. We are cognizant of everything that entails what it means to know nationhood, peoplehood and freedom. We champion it, everyday. For those who would accuse us otherwise, you have yet much to learn.

On World Refugee Day, today, you may view, on-demand, the ceremony of induction and the Oath of Allegiance of refugees and asylum-seekers and new citizens to the United States via the streaming site of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum at 2:00 E.D.T. (sorry my article surpassed that time frame; guess I had alot to say). I feel honored that Emma Lazarus received the privilege to pen the words upon the sentry statue of welcome to the harbors of the United States at Ellis Island, where many Jewish people came to shore and reached safety.

USHMM: https://www.ushmm.org/watch

 

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Randy’s Recipes: Green Zeitim

 

“Zeitim” is Hebrew for the English word “olives”. One most associates the old olive trees in Israel with the green variety, some trees living for thousands of years back to the times when all three monotheistic faiths could witness their growth, both the trees and their religions, through the Jewish lens of Jerusalem and Judah/Israel. Both the trees and the Jews were there to witness these births and the impacts they have had on humanity — and, not to mention, on the Jews and the trees, themselves.

 

The Jewish people, and its faith, believe that the Messiah will arrive to usher in the G-dly reign by walking through the double gates in the city walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, opposite Har HaZeitim, or, as it’s English name is called, “The Mount of Olives”. This physical site is the rising mountain located next to and over-looking the Beit HaMikdash, the Jewish Temple, which stood upon the Mount opposite, which now is home to the famous gold-domed and silver-roofed house of Islamic prayers.

 

Because we believe that the Messiah will arrive  at that spot, it has behooved us to build our graves there, so that we can be closest to meet the Messiah, at that time. In life and in death, we believe in G-d. It is for this reason that Har HaZeitim, the Jewish cemetery, is situated directly across from the expected arrival spot. Har HaZeitim is the oldest known cemetery in the world. It’s gravestones are graves of stone.

 

Stone has a lasting permanence; it is what G-d has chosen in creating the bedrock and mantle of the crusts of the earth, and of its many interesting geological formations in the composition of the mountains. A small rock or pebble is placed atop the gravemarker upon visiting the site of a Jewish grave location. The tectonic plates which are pushing against one another as they slowly contort the landscape might be riding on the waters which separate firmament from firmament, and from the waters above of the firmaments above. Careful reading of the Bible would show this as a possible meaning to the wonders of our worlds — things we only don’t discover until much later, if at all.

 

The love of the Jewish people for the words of G-d, and their belief that the land He delivered them and the place that He requested as His abode, within the Beit HaMikdash (Jewish Temple) upon its mount, resting on the bedrock of Jerusalem, in the land of Judah/Zion/Israel/etc., has prompted the correlation by the derivative monotheistic faiths to develop tandem, or occasionally, replacement-based theological viewpoints, sometimes leading to major movements.

 

These three evidentiary details should be clear proof that the Jewish claim, not only to the site of the Temple Mount, but to the land of Israel, is legitimate: the Jewish cemetery built on Har HaZeitim to greet the Messiah shows that the Jews cherish and respect the Holiness which G-d accorded it. The cemetery is the oldest in the world, continuing to serve its intended function as a Jewish cemetery. This precedes any possible other claims, being an original, archaeological physical proof, as well as a faith-based demonstration of the Jewish spiritual reality and attention to its fulfillment. The retaining wall to hold the Temple Mount in place has been known as the “Wailing Wall” to successive generations of faithful believers (the “Western Wall” to Jewish sources, translated from the Hebrew “Kotel HaMa’ariv”) who have undertaken specific pilgrimages of faith to visit there throughout the centuries. It is known in extant extraneous sources of written literature attesting to these travels to the revered site in Jewish history and its lore from a broad range of faiths and people throughout history. These documents are being ignored in ceding the site to Arabs, but should not be. The site was built to support a massive structure, requiring the placement, right down to the very bedrock, of 144-ton stones to support the distribution of weight across its surface and to raise it upon its pedestal. There is nothing built below bedrock — no other culture found below this level. It’s walls rise up through the striations of following levels of human existence, but it remains rooted to the earth at its very foundation level. Knowing its importance in relation to the Jews’ perceived relationship with G-d, other faiths built there to receive the glory, as well. It is the reason for the abundance of structures of all faiths, throughout the centuries, enjoining that they receive their share of spiritual accord, too. Some, such as the Arabs, meant to take all the glory away from the Jews; during the time of their actual reign here, too, they made certain to stop the Messiah’s arrival, which would bring the Jews back to their glory, by blocking-up the entry-gates of the walls to the city through which He is supposed to enter. The difference in workmanship, and that this bricked-up addition to already existing entrances to a much older structure, should be obviously apparent (– but, it’s ignored).

 

The wood of the olive tree has had major Biblical significance, as well. Because of the olive tree’s significance, mentioned throughout testaments of varied faiths, it and its wood, used in the Bible, are extremely revered and imputed with hallowed significance in the industry built up around its usage for keepsakes. Carvings from its wood are especially helpful as a means of employment, particularly among the Arabs who carve and sell such figurines from its wood to the burgeoning Christian pilgrimage visitors, as well as casual tourists, visiting Israel’s sites. Olives are among the species of Israel listed in the Bible. Its oil and the millstones and vats used for its pressing are found in ancient archaeological excavations around Israel.

 

My first encounter with a green olive occurred many, many years ago. Our family was the home where Thanksgiving took place, and my cousin coaxed me to try one. Perhaps it was profaning the sanctity of its species in a secular observance which embittered its taste in my mouth, and my reaction was rather exaggerated and it had to go; and go quickly it did, in a rather irrational manner.

 

My next attempt to try one came directly from a tree in Israel at the site called Gan HaShlosha (or, “Garden of the Three”), a paradaisical oasis of natural hot springs, date palms, olive trees and unbelievable beauty in the sandy desert-like conditions mostly surrounding it. A pool containing the visible portions of this spring has been built to enhance its comforts, and it is definitely a must-see place to visit. It also has another name called Sachne Oasis. I tried the bitter offering of the olive straight from the tree before being brined or preserved, and again, had the same reaction; I wasn’t alone in this — the entire group did, as well. But that was, again, a less commital exertion, on my part, to comply reasonably with facets of our faith’s practices and observances — So, no-go.

 

Then, when I had the right intent, or at least the best of intents on my part to commit further to Israel, the olive became an agreeable and loved and adored foodstuff from G-d that I crave in my diet and which provides me so much sustenance. Thank you, L-rd! And this came about in the most secular manner, by the way. I had visited a mall and there found a Kosher Domino’s pizzeria inside! Fancy that!? It was sortof expensive and I was going to have none of that, but somehow the pizzamaker had convinced me I needed to try it, and that was that. I don’t recall exactly, but I think that we were also debating the merits of an Israeli Jewish staple, at least in terms of pizza toppings, as pepperoni, sausage and bacon do not aspire to the list. It wss an “Ode to the Green Olive” (my title theme eventually to continue in the future, so I claim it as mine — no grabsies). Past occurences notwithstanding, there it was — now on my plate before me. He was right. I don’t recall whether I agreed or whether I received it by “accident”; but, perhaps, maybe there are never any real “accidents” in life. Perhaps this represents an ascension, an accedance, to the realm of the metaphorically-relevant existence operating in G-d’s spiritual realm.


This dish can be eaten as a side accompaniment, as a meal in itself, or used raw or cooked in entrees and hors d’oeuvres, like a tapenade. It’s flavors are spicy. Mixed with sweet apple, as I did here, it became a melding of perfection — peppery bite with underlying temperedness of sweetness. It reminds me of the Yiddish embodiment of Jewish expression.


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Green Zeitim (Randyjw; May 18, 2016)

 

Lemon rind (washed, ripe, edible — can be substituted with other edible citrus peels or the zest from non-edible rinds; other substitutes, and your favorites, might work, as well), cut fairly small

Sugar (any kind; I used white, granular; to be the base for the sweet, syrupy slurry that will be infused with the aroma of the add-in; other substitutes, like agave nectar or honey, etc. can be utilized additional to, or in place of, the sugar)

Green Olives, chopped

Cinammon, sprinkled

Apples, sliced (optional; never-ending adds: on toast; over rice; as a stock-starter to jump off on other dishes, etc… Also: on lettuce, as well as on lettuce and with a garlic-pasta all-together)


At least 1/2-day to 1-day in advance (it’s better this way, but if you must proceed otherwise, don’t let that stop you), prepare the slurry by zesting the peel (if hard and inedible) or cutting the edible, soft, ripe, washed rinds of citrus or other matter you are turning to a liquid-derived, flavor-infused slurry into a container and coat with sweetener, several times stirring and adding, until a thick slurry has formed. If you can, allow it to infuse for a time, overnight in the fridge, or so. Remove when ready to begin next steps of preparation. Using a bit of the slurry that has hopefully had time to “marinate”, add this to some chopped green olives in a bowl. Sprinkle and stir-in a couple dashes of cinammon — the flavor will really come alive and bloom by opening it up to the addition of the cinammon, just like an Israeli sabra in the desert.

9.1 Yums Up (Green Zeitim/Fuji Apple Version, only)

Update: Substitutes can also be used, though, the recipe is really just meant for the Fuji apples. Here, I used pears, and, since it needed a flavor changer/enhancer, I added about a half-jigger or so of Marsala wine. I made this version especially to show to Jyotee, who does not love apples (still, I think it should be apples, but…)

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Afterwards, I then turned it into a piecey poached-pear chutney, of sorts, here:

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Here it makes a delicious dressing atop plain iceberg lettuce:

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and, then, it was love at first bite when I threw-in a garlic-butter-pasta-green herbs side dish, (which had been uninspiringly dry as its plain, old left-over self):

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It was wonderful mixed with sliced peaches:

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Additional Reading (Added June 25, 2018):

 

Flatow, Stephen M. “‘Un-Settling’: The Royals Understanding of Jerusalem”; Reprinted in secondary source by JewishPress.com from Jewish News Syndicate (JNS); June 25, 2018:

http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/un-settling-the-royals-understanding-of-jerusalem/2018/06/25/

 

 

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Happy Rebirthday: Eternal, Israel

 

Happy Rebirthday: Eternal, Israel

(Randyjw; 05/11/2016)

 

Eternal:

Yom HaZikaron

Remembrance Day (Memorial Day)

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Israel:

Yom HaAtzma’ut

Independence Day

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Yom Moledet!

Happy Rebirthday, Israel.

Always Eternal.

Eternally Yours,

 

 

HaTikvah (The Hope; a poem by Naftali Herz Imber; also it is the Israel National Anthem)

Kol od balayvav pnima nefesh Yehudi homiyah

Ul fatey Mizrach kadima

Ayin L’Tsion tsofiyah

Od lo avdah tikvatenu

HaTikvah shnot al payim

Liyot Am chofshi be’artzenu

B’Eretz Tzion V’rushalyim.

 

(HaTikvah “The Hope” translation from “My Jewish Learning”:)

As long as within our hearts

The Jewish soul sings,

As long as forward to the East

To Zion, looks the eye —

Our hope is not yet lost,

It is two thousand years old,

To be a free people in our land

The land of Zion and Jerusalem.

 

Hear The Israel National Anthem, HaTikvah, on YouTube: https://youtu.be/6Q4XL4oRIRE

 

See excerpts of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, proclaim the State of Israel, with HaTikvah in the background: https://youtu.be/XTSpfNoHpzU

 

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Yom HaShoah 2016

 

Yom HaShoah 2016 (Randyjw; May 4, 2016)

 

Did you know that today (yesterday and today, due to the Jewish day running from nightfall to start of same) was Yom HaShoah? Neither did I. Unless you read the Jewish newspapers today/yesterday, you would likely have missed the fact that today/yesterday marks the Israeli commemoration of a day to honor the six million Jewish lives taken in The Holocaust. There was even no run-up in the Jewish internet series I usually subscribe to, unless I was just not paying attention very well. Could be; I’ll admit to that character fault… I also have been well-drawn, at this particular point in time, to some personal matters taking away from other issues needing my concentration.

 

Therefore, I find it rather dismaying to sort-of learn, off-handedly, and rather late in the day, that today is a rather serious day given over to thinking about the Jewish people who were killed for being Jewish, and for remembering those individuals. Six million of us.

 

Since the world doesn’t seem to want to remember us, or this event that they partook in to make it happen so that six million of us would be killed, we have to undertake the remembrance of these Jewish lives and commemorate its victims ourselves.

 

In a Google search from my phone, prior to writing this article, I found 175 articles on the subject. Seems pretty impressive, until scrolling through nine pages I count only the following among the sources which may, or may not be, written by a source that does not come from a specifically Jewish publication: 18 sources. That leaves 157 other Jewish-sourced bases that did report on it.

 

Even in trying to forget, they cannot escape the implications of their actions in the higher realms; for you see, the number 18, in Jewish significance, is related to the meaning for “Life”. Each letter of the Hebrew alphabet is ascribed a numerical equivalent. The numerical equivalent for the word, “Chai”, which means “Life”, is eighteen.

 

The eighteen sources, which honors the Jewish victims include: Times of India, Montreal Gazette, The Suburban Newspaper, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Ottawa Citizen, Breitbart, Cincinnati.com, Fox61 New Haven, New York Daily News, metro.co.uk, ABC News, Miami Herald, NY Blueprint, Allentown Morning Call, The Albany Herald, Canada Newswire (press release), USA Today, and whitehouse.gov. Actually, I forgot to add two from a quick, previous search: Xinhua.net and scoop.co.nz.

 

Regardless, what this displays is a very limited response to a major issue, with deeply-felt ramifications, especially in today’s extremely hostile, anti-Semitic environment. Is there much that has changed since the rise to power of Adolf Hitler in the 1930’s? Sadly, the latest news round-ups prove that things mostly remain the same.

 

The world body in charge of identifying and preserving heritage sites from around the world, UNESCO, has declared that most Jewish sites, even those with strict Jewish reference in the Old Testament, like Joseph’s Tomb and Rachel’s Tomb (my namesake), like the tombs of our Patriarchical Fathers (the Cave of the Patriarchs, purchased for four hundred shekels, I believe it was, from Chet’s children), and the Temple Mount, are now considered Arab heritage sites. What!? UNESCO is part of the United Nations.

 

Another cooperative governing body, the European Union, consisting of all countries who signed on to be participating members, arbitrarily imposed labelling requirements on items emanating from Israel’s heartland, Judaea/Samaria. Not only are these erroneously referred to as non-Israeli land, but there is no related restrictions imposed upon any other nation which could be deemed as controversial “conflict areas”; only the Jewish nation is given this double-standard requirement.

 

The United Nations, because it consists of so many Muslim nations, as well as those classically-engaged in committing officially ignored acts of anti-Semitic crimes, has continually singled out Israel, the only democratic Middle East nation, despite the humanitarian horrors perpetrated upon Islamic citizens and the declared Jihadist intent to kill Jews declared in the Muslim world by those countries which surround Israel and who declare it their enemy.

 

It is the Islamic ideology which breeds Jew-hatred. It might not be always taught as such, and it might not always manifest individually, as such; but the broad-brushed application has always been ingrained as part of the culture. When the Koran implores its readers, stated by name as Muslims, to come and kill the Jews who are hiding behind the rocks and the trees (who will betray the Jews by crying out to the Muslims that the Jew is there; except for the gharkad tree, which is supposedly Jewish, and wouldn’t do such things), then it doesn’t really matter which sect of Islam the murderous wannabe belongs to: equal opportunity is extended to all. Sunni, Shia, Wahhabi, Salafi — all. DAESH, PLO, Hamas, Hezbollah, Taliban, ISIS, PFLP… 9/11, 07/07; Munich Olympics/Entebbe, Benghazi, Charlie Hebdo/HyperCacher.

 

The sentiment is portable and is carried out by individuals who do not want a different world view, other than Islam, to prevail upon the earth. Therefore, they feel justified to treat the other as substrate humans below their own class, at best, or they will attack the non-Muslim for being impure infidels. Lone wolf attackers don’t need to be radicalized; the words are already such. It’s just whether they will act on them, or not.

 

There are plenty of calls to attack others in the Old Testament. While we may have, indeed, done that, thousands of years ago (from which groups none today can claim descent), we do not do so today. We value life and want others to do so, as well; we don’t go around murdering people wholesale.

 

Meanwhile, this ideology is being carried out in Jewish communities across the United States. I bet you didn’t hear of this, either. A bomb threat was called in against a Jewish Community Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, home to a Jewish Day School for children; something was heard about Detroit; and the FBI caught a man in a sting, attempting to bomb a Jewish synagogue in Florida during holiday prayers this past Passover (last week, or so). Another two individuals in on the plot (TI) and (BH), according to the special agent complaint, do not seem to have been arrested, it appears. Why? Wouldn’t they be accomplices, even if they did not participate in the actual attempt, itself? Do they get to try again, then, at a later date?

 

In taking to task some companies which have a long-held bias against the Jews, efforts seem to finally be going somewhere, after decades, and even, in some cases, hundreds of years. Regarding Arab boycotts of Jewish businesses, to which American companies acquiesced (we know about them, still), some are having a boomerang effect and bouncing back at them. Arabs involved in planes have long denied Jewish passage — it even extends to air-hijackings, where Jewish passengers are singled out to be held and shot, where others are let off the planes. Airlines would not allow Jews/Israelis to fly. Arabs denied business to anybody engaged in doing business with the Jews. The U.S. Department of Transportation finally took a stand and ordered Kuwait Airlines to enable Israeli passengers to purchase airline tickets on their airline. A Jew had to bring suit, apparently, for this to occur, it seems. Rather than do so, Kuwait ended their New York-London air route!

 

Michelin, the restaurant-rating company, has never published an Israeli guide. They give a business-related excuse, but we’ve followed their attitude for years. We know where they stand.

 

So, this was the news as some of it was relayed to me, via honestreporting.com and its round-up of various sources, in my email inbox lately. The Jews are being targetted, and nobody has time to even bother.

 

Read further:

Knake, Lindsay. “Jewish Center, School in Ann Arbor Receives Bomb Threat.” Mlive.com, May 2, 2016: http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2016/05/jewish_center_in_ann_arbor_rec.html

 

AP and Times of Israel Staff. “Jewish Leader Calls on Michelin to Rank Israeli Eats”; Times of Israel.com, May 3, 2016: http://www.timesofisrael.com/jewish-leader-calls-on-michelin-to-rank-israeli-eats/

 

Dvorin, Tova. “Report: FBI Stopped Attack on Jewish Center Near Miami”; Arutz Sheva7/Israel National News.com, May 2, 2016: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/211621

 

Weaver, Jay. “Plot to Blow Up Aventura Synagogue Ends with Man’s Arrest”; Miami Herald, May 2, 2016: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/aventura/article75089722.html

 

Jansen, Bart. “Kuwait Airways Drops NYC-London Route”; USA Today, December 15, 2015: http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2015/12/15/kuwait-airways-drops-nyc-london-route/77370416/

 

Berkowitz, Adam Eliyahu. “Christian Leader Calls for Christians to Protest UN Temple Mount Resolution as ‘Worse Than Holocaust Denial'”; Breaking Israel News, May 6, 2016: http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/67132/christian-leader-calls-christians-protest-un-temple-mount-resolution-worse-holocaust/

 

Countering Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions Actions Against Israel in Congress:

Balofsky, Ahuva. “Illinois First State to Expose Companies Banned for BDS Support”; Breaking Israel News.com, March 21, 2016: http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/64038/illinois-first-state-to-expose-companies-banned-for-bds-support-judea-samaria/

 

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Shalom Aleichem: Peace Be Unto You

Shalom Aleichem:

Peace Be Unto You

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“…And All Its Paths Are Peace”

 

“Its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all its paths are peace”.

 

These words describe the Torah, the five books of Moses, which encompass the L-rd’s laws given to the Jews from the mountain in the midst of the wilderness. The books set forth the ten commandments as inscribed by the finger of G-d, as well as the Oral Laws, which were written to preserve eternal knowledge.

 

They encompass a major body of work setting down the history of the Jewish people and their lineage; their chronology throughout the reign from family patriarchs, to the growing body split into tribes; side forays where they were ruled by others; returned rule to judgeship and prophets; succeeding, eventually, to kings in their successions.

 

Dispersion brought us out of the land G-d gave to us and thrust us to the four corners of the earth, with promises for our eventual in-gathering and return. The gathering of the Exiles has been happening ever since, but has been most noteworthy in the past century, with the accelerated rate of our return to Israel and the acknowledgment of its occurence as witnessed by the rest of the world.

 

King Saul was the first-named Jewish king. He was followed by King David, the shepherd boy from Bethlehem (our favorite); after which David’s son, Solomon (Shlomo), reigned. It was Solomon who is credited the collection of wise sayings found in the pages known as Proverbs, included as part of the Jewish Bible.

 

This proverb (Proverbs/3:17) affirms that the word of G-d contains within it the proper path in which the Jewish people are to follow in order that their lives will reach their happiest fulfillment with length of days. Our prayers maintain that these Laws and these ways should be always on our mind, as if we were wearing blinders to block out other distractions and to give our full-fledged focus to this task.

 

The premise is a repeated one throughout the entirety of the Bible. It features in the many stories of the enemies who have come up against the Jews, and had been either defeated, or victorious, relevant to how closely the Jews had acted in accord with G-d’s commands. If the Jews had followed G-d’s accords closely, they were treated favorably by G-d and were blessed. If they had fallen to worship of strange mannerism and custom not relayed as appropriate for them by G-d, then they were sorely punished and often met their downfall.

 

I have seen this directly in my own life. If I look back, I see how I have not been hewing to the ways established for me, and my life has suffered. As much as you put into it, is how much you will get from it. What you reap is what you have sown — both in the positive sense, and in the negative sense.

 

It is for this reason that I’m thinking that perhaps Israel ought to consider becoming a theocracy, as it once was. It was during those times, at least when the ruling kings of Israel were pious and listened to their Prophets, that Israel was a great and admired nation, with extensive land holdings in the Middle East, as well as great wealth. Our ports were humming with trade from nations far and wide, and Israel was a respected and feared nation.

 

King Solomon, David’s son, was a wise and great man. In addition to the book of Proverbs left as one of his legacies, he built the First Temple of G-d in Jerusalem. Our leaders in those days had great relations with other regional leaders, such as those of Tyre and Sidon. Other civilizations were more than happy to send their best craftsmen to work building Israel’s important edifices or other structures. It is still the case today where Israel has better employment opportunities than can be found in the vicinity of other places within the Middle East, but the respect and willingness to deal with Israel as it exists, nowadays, has all but evaporated.

 

Let us remember that our Bible stories were accurate depictions of the times and attitudes that reigned in those days. If we were to apply the same fortitude to living with the paths set before us today, as we had so long ago, then we might be able to see clear to being that light unto the nations that our nation deservedly needs to be.

 

We don’t need to return to the monarchy just yet, if at all. I do vaguely remember there being some consternation in the religious line to G-d, which frowned somewhat at our freewill choice to become like other nations by ruling as they did — with a man over us, rather than by directly by G-d. However, once the decision was made, G-d kindof got on board in trying to help us find those worthy enough to reign.

 

Israel presently runs on two separate systems: a Democratic Parliament, which is entirely secular, and via a consortium of religious bodies running in the background handling religious needs. One would hardly know the religious entity exists. Perhaps we could bring that to the fore. Perhaps Israel could be a religious country again, and just be a theocratic Democracy — meaning that positions would still be voted for, and elections would still be run, but just under the banner of Judaism. We could make Judaism king again.

 

That would help put to rest any gainsay regarding the direction toward which the naysayers and detractors think the country ought to be headed. It would remain Jewish, as it has been for millenia (with exceptions) and as it was recognized to be, yet still, as a Jewish national home, as per the Balfour Declaration of 1917.

 

In our Democratic fashion, we could still take a vote on whether Israel should become a theocratic Democracy. It could still retain the Parliamentary style rule that it has been using for decades, if it finds this preferential. So, it would be a Democratic Parliamentary theocracy. That would be interesting. It might even be a first. The only thing close I can think of would be the Saudi kingdom, because it is ruled as a theocracy, but it is also run as a monarchy. The problem is that it has become almost a “thuggocracy” due to nepotism, demanding that all relatives of the Saudi family be placed in ruling government positions. Alot of them do rise to the challenge, but not all are entirely meant to be doing what they’re doing. It could also be an open door to corruption, if one lets it.

 

Seeing as how the United Nations roundly condemns Israel, the single Democracy in the Middle East, yet never takes to task the human rights violations of those other nations surrounding Israel, such as the inequal, second-class status of women, or the staggering amount of violence of the continued wars waged against the Jews and Israel, it would seem utterly appropriate that the United Nations would be pleased to accept Israel as a sister-state in theocracy, given their self-same acceptance of all others.

 

Doing so would coaelesce the government into a more unified body, and the citizenry would still benefit under the state in its fairly well-established standards of education and economy. They would still be better off than living in many places elsewhere. And as before, the United Nations would have to find this arrangement acceptable where the citizenry is concerned, since they find it acceptable in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere. Standards must be applied equally, and Israel has been condemned as a democracy by the United Nations and by the world for far too long.

 

To everything there is a season, a time, and a purpose. Perhaps it is now the time and the season for a change.

 


 

Update (July 24, 2018):

 

And, so it did. Israel just passed in The Knesset a law reiterating and stressing the primal character and nature of the State of Israel as Jewish. While not a theocracy, Israel still retains its democratic character, while making the foundations of the thousands of years of Jewish rule and sovereignty over the area clear to outsiders and enemies, who wish to deligitimize the ancient and continual ties to the Jewish land that has existed for millenia:

 

Read here for an idea on the Basic Law as propounded, with further analysis:

 

Gherkin, Paul. “Deciphering the 2018 Basic Law in Israel — the Nation State of the Jewish People”. firstonethrough.wordpress.com; July 23, 2018:

https://firstonethrough.wordpress.com/2018/07/23/deciphering-the-2018-basic-law-in-israel-the-nation-state-of-the-jewish-people/

 

 

 

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Harry Belafonte, Miriam Makeba, and Chubby Checker Sing Jewish/Jewish-Themed Songs

 

I have one post dedicated to Jewish/Israeli song artists called “Shema Yisrael”, and another dedicated to the familiar songs of my youth and upbringing here in America, called “American Culture In Music”.  “American Culture In Music” contains many songs in many languages, reflecting the diversity and melting pot which is America. Jewish songs were a part of my youth, but did not receive as broad a recognition in American culture as the rest of the type of songs represented “American Culture In Music”.

 

It is interesting to see how individual cultures adapt to their newfound societies, combining their old traditions with the new. It is an educational experience to look at a review, from the future, back to the past, to see how it’s developed, integrated, and been influenced by the melding of different cultures within societies. While many people can probably sing “Havah Nagilah” and many of the tunes written for the film adaptation of Shalom Aleichem’s novel based on the reality of life for the Jews during Russian pogroms against them, via the popular movie musical, “Fiddler On The Roof” (for which I played the part of ‘Hodel’ in a grade school musical presentation), other artists’ renditions of some of these songs deserve a posting set aside and apart from both these lists for the special classifications or designations into which these fall. Two such are those by Harry Belafonte, Miriam Makeba, and Chubby Checker. It shows a blending of cultures in the performances of one through the songs and representative styles of the other.

 

Here they are singing one of my newest favorite songs, ‘Erev Shel Shoshanim’, and several renditions (live and on studio albums) captured via film and video, or pressed into vinyl, of Harry Belafonte’s versions of: “Havah Nagilah” and “Hineh Mah Tov”. I hope you enjoy their versions of these Jewish songs, and this informational, educational look at cultures of American society through song:

 

Erev Shel Shoshanim:

Harry Belafonte:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5nYc26rEGo&list=RDc5nYc26rEGo)

 

Erev Shel Shoshanim:

Miriam Makeba:

(https://youtu.be/gP0OuRVzpw0)

 

Harry Belafonte:

Hineh Mah Tov (1960; Concert: England):

(https://youtu.be/RCzUWap9rm0)

 

Harry Belafonte:

Hineh Mah Tov (Album: Return to Carnegie Hall):

(https://youtu.be/LwLtzxkgfV0)

 

Harry Belafonte:

Noah:

(https://youtu.be/1dG7QI3L5tI)

 

Chubby Checker [Added September 28, 2019]:

Havah Nagilah

(https://youtu.be/McKBRGeU1hM?list=PLzb6Bc1k2vUaebYV9sDxE_TBKl2sAWF7U)

 

Harry Belafonte:

Havah Nagilah (Album: At Carnegie Hall: The Complete Concert):

(https://youtu.be/KTCmKmofaKA)

 

Harry Belafonte:

Havah Nagilah (Harry Belafonte From Jamaica: Calypso):

(https://youtu.be/kVxAb97XyZM)

 

Harry Belafonte:

Havah Nagilah (TV: The Danny Kaye Show; with Danny Kaye):

(https://youtu.be/t_L1RAVm4js)

 

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Israel Travel Deal: Mar/Apr/May/June – 2016

 

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Petition: Stop Funding the Palestinian Authority

 

Yesterday’s news is the same news hashed over again from four years ago. Actually it goes back even further than that, but that’s when I wrote the May 29, 2012 article, “Help the Economy — End Financing to Terrorists” (click to view: Help The Economy — End Financing To Terrorists) on my Newsnotes1.wordpress.com blog site.

 

In that article, I reported that Congress had passed a resolution to end funding to the Palestinian Authority, top-notch Holocaust deniers and purveyors of terrorism extraordinaire. Instead, President Barack Obama vetoed that Bill and released $192 million USD to the Palestinian Authority’s treasuries.

 

What did the United States receive in return? Apparent satisfaction, although nothing has been done to serve the humanitarian needs of the Arab Palestinian people, the purpose for which these funds had been furnished by the American taxpayers.  As stated by an Arab man at approximately 03:02 in the StandWithUs.com video, ‘Where Has All The Money Gone?” (click through links to see video on YouTube: StandWithUs.com: “Where Has All The Money Gone?”): “I didn’t see that the Palestinian Authority ever built a hospital, or a university, or a clinic, or even a kindergarten!” The money has simply vanished from the coffers of the Palestinian Authority into thin air.

 

All one has to do is to indeed, ‘Look up!’, into that same, heat-miraged, hamsin thin air to see for yourself what the Palestinian Authority has secured with its U.S. purchase: thousands of rockets. Have the Palestinians formed the newest replacement to the space program jettisoned by Obama from NASA? No, these are the kind of rockets one uses when seriously trying to destroy an enemy upon which one has declared war.

 

Oh, that war. Wait…what’s it called? Um, I’m not sure. Could be: ‘The Yom Kippur War: Yesterday and Today’. Could be: ‘Six Day War, and Counting…”. Could be: “‘Knife War’ plus ‘Intifada, Three’ Revisited”. I don’t know; ‘Caliphate, Continued…” kinda has a certain je ne c’est quoi about it.

 

The Palestinian Authority has fattened the personal bank accounts of the Palestinian leaders and their families: whether former P.L.O. leader, Yasser Arafat (now deceased) and his wife, Suha Arafat (long resident in Paris, France); Khaled Meshaal; or Ismail Haniyeh, both of Hamas, the designated terror group.

 

Most governments in Western civilization over the past decade have had Liberal, left-leaning leaders at their helms. Their attached economies have also gone into hibernation for the winter of these years, as well. Because of this, and I suspect it’s not for any more altruistic reason then that, the snap-back from the constituency has placed great pressure on their leaders to rein in spending and waste and to raise up their economic situation.

 

Election time is near for most. Time to heed the calls of the concerned, now. Trot out the petitions, Bills, and lip-service. Let’s hope it sticks.

 

In my email inbox yesterday was a report from Honest Reporting’s Israel Daily News Stream which reported the stance being maintained by the European Union in light of recent revelations of building construction in contravention of signatory agreements by which the European Union are bound to uphold.

 

Israel maintains sovereign control over all land and territories, despite common conceptions to the contrary. Judaea/Samaria is part of Area C, under total control militarily, civilly, administratively. This is erroneously referred to as The West Bank, to create semantic situations and infer facts which do not, in reality, exist. Area C completely surrounds other areas, B and A, over which Israel is sovereign as well, but is allowing the Palestinians an experimental opportunity in self-governance. Israel fully allows this in one area, and also allows further small areas where they will allow the Palestinians joint control alongside them. Given the terrorism and that this is Israel’s land, it is more than a fair arrangement.

 

But, Israel has been receiving the short end of the stick, being forced by terror to allow the terrorists to rein over us and to murder our citizens, as well as having the outside world contend that this is the way it should be and that we, who are suffering by death because of it, should submit. Most of us say “No More”. I don’t know when that changed from Never Again”.

 

Please read the articles forming the background to this issue. It will give you greater perception and clarity as to the real facts surrounding the Arab-Israeli conflict.

 

Please also sign the petition to stop funding the Palestinian Authority and forward it to your friends.

 

Thank you.

 

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION AND FORWARD IT TO YOUR FRIENDS TO SIGN

Petition:

Stop Funding the Palestinian Authority

A Project of United With Israel

http://stopfundingpa.org/

 

Related Articles:

 

Simons, Jake Wallis. “Outrage As EU Claims Diplomatic Immunity After Using Our Aid Money To ‘Meddle In The Middle East’ By Building On Disputed West Bank Land”; Daily Mail Online; March 15, 2016: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3480561/Outrage-EU-claims-diplomatic-immunity-using-aid-money-meddle-Middle-East-building-disputed-West-Bank-land.html

 

Israel, David. “EU Delegation Claims Immunity From Prosecution For Building 1,000 Illegal Arab Homes; March 15, 2016: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/eu-delegation-claims-immunity-from-prosecution-for-building-1000-illegal-arab-homes/2016/03/15/

 

“EU Claims Diplomatic Immunity to Illegally Fund West Bank Projects”; Israel Daily News Stream, HonestReporting.com; March 15, 2016: http://honestreporting.com/idns-03152016-russia-syria/

 

Rosenberg, David. “Report: UK Bankrolling Fogel Family’s Killers”; Arutz Sheva / Israel National News; March 27, 2016: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/209936

 

Yashar, Ari. “New York Gives Pro-Terror Palestinian Activist $500,000”; Arutz Sheva / Israel National News; April 2, 2016: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/210226

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Shema Yisrael

Created: Approximately November 24, 2015

Re-posted: March 5, 2016; Continual updates.

Shema, Yisrael are the opening words to one of the most meaningful, and probably one of the most well-known, prayers in Jewish precepts. The English translation of the Hebrew renders “Hear, O Israel”.

Following is an introduction to some wonderful Jewish and/or Israeli artists for you to Hear Israel for yourself. I hope this will open up a new world of the Middle East to you, with the ancient sounds of our various traditions, lands of our dispersion, modern interpretations, and others, as no other education could possibly inform you better than via our cultural heritage and language as expressed through performance. I hope it will give you an enhanced appreciation of Israel and her people through music appreciation, as well as showing you via other avenues. Please enjoy!

Music:

Ofra Haza: Ofra’s beautiful voice transcends cultures and ages in pure and timeless wonder. Find her music on: Youtube – Some great songs include: Neshikot BaYam; Im Ninalu; Shecharchoret; Yerushala’im Shel Zahav.

Ofra Haza – Im Ninalu (later version):

(https://youtu.be/ZRnzTTYk7_Q)

Ofra Haza – Yerushala’im Shel Zahav:

(https://youtu.be/YBNV8L7qjGE)

Here’s a nice, rhyming transliteration of Yerushala’im Shel Zahav:

(http://www.hebrewsongs.com/song-yerushalayimshelzahav.htm)

Ofra Haza – Im Ninalu (earlier version):

(https://youtu.be/O2xNTzlFSk0)

Ofra Haza – Shecharchoret:

(https://youtu.be/s0BL6jD56BE)

Ofra Haza – Neshikot BaYam (static-y intro):

(https://youtu.be/HHQxyxQQPio)

Ofra Haza – Mi Li Yiten:

(https://youtu.be/cWELOuqzwY4)

Ofra Haza – Forgiveness:

(https://youtu.be/NfcRY3g9Y2c)

Ofra Haza – I Want to Fly:

(https://youtu.be/xKdAJ8LqoN0)

Ofra Haza – Kaddish (Montreux Jazz Festival):

(http://youtu.be/5hQ0OkcLKuE)

Ofra Haza – Eli, Eli:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFcXeGtDg7w&list=RDlFcXeGtDg7w)

Ofra Haza – Ha’Kotel (The Wailing Wall):

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCPfa86whTQ&list=RDTCPfa86whTQ)

Ofra Haza – Adamah:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjPq9Bupipg&list=RDUjPq9Bupipg)

Ofra Haza – Kol Ha’Neshama:

(https://youtu.be/uNORpY9uxPw)

Ofra Haza – Shir Ha’Frecha:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUAvhOvIsG4&list=RDkUAvhOvIsG4)

Ofra Haza – Love Letter:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KoZ0rcY4EE&list=RD8KoZ0rcY4EE)

Ofra Haza – Chai (1983 Eurovision song contest):

(https://youtu.be/Pc54OKvroEY)

Ofra Haza – Sof Kaitz (Summer’s End):

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBPz4NXRarw&list=RDJBPz4NXRarw)

Ofra Haza – Laila b’Kna’an:

(https://youtu.be/xg5iDdznijg)

Ofra Haza – Hatzrif HaKatan:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKkVo5wFRqI&list=RDJKkVo5wFRqI)

Ofra Haza – Yad Anugah:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROoBR_WPxbg&list=RDROoBR_WPxbg)

Ofra Haza – (can’t read this; Arabic; ‘avi’):

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTOtwp6iGOk&list=RDnTOtwp6iGOk)

Ofra Haza – A’salk (Montreux Jazz Festival):

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asCLOFYNMj8&list=asCLOFYNMj8)

Ofra Haza – Shaddai (Montreux Jazz Festival):

(https://www.youtu.be/xrWBqxm4eS0)

Ofra Haza – Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh:

(https://youtu.be/FB9_nVfNSsU)

Ofra Haza – Ya Ba Ye

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAY5Q5sxPDg&list=RDhAY5Q5sxPDg)

Ofra Haza – You:

(https://youtu.be/GPq6eGCXXP8)

 

Ofir Ben Shitrit: A sweet and beautiful voice. Find her music on: YouTube. Some wonderful songs include: Kiryah Yefeyfiyah, Im Ninalu, and more.

Ofir Ben Shitrit – Kiryah Yefeyfiyah:

(https://youtu.be/EPQrWRrk26s)

Ofir Ben Shitrit –

(https://youtu.be/1IR3CIhrkw0?list=PLC2Ejqlmbo1_KHSbkw5iN5LEL9pnZa2Kg)

Ofir Ben Shitrit – (an excerpt on The Voice/Israel):

(https://youtu.be/Rqr_WfbemWk)

Ofir Ben Shitrit – Im Ninalu:

(https://youtu.be/eY0wvCztlLA?list=PLC2Ejqlmbo1_KHSbkw5iN5LEL9pnZa2Kg)

Ofir Ben Shitrit – My Favorite Things (Hebrew):

(https://youtu.be/KluKxSQugOY?list=RD1IR3CIhrkw0)

Ofir Ben Shitrit – HaKayitz Ha’Acharon:

(https://youtu.be/r1IjRa2uNr4?list=PLC2Ejqlmbo1_KHSbkw5iN5LEL9pnZa2Kg)

Ofir Ben Shitrit, Aviv Geffen and More – Kutzim:

(https://youtu.be/cxZ71G-3pZI?list=PLC2Ejqlmbo1_KHSbkw5iN5LEL9pnZa2Kg)

Ofir Ben Shitrit – Katonti:

(https://youtu.be/0Tzkscx_MpQ?list=PLC2Ejqlmbo1_KHSbkw5iN5LEL9pnZa2Kg)

 

Dikla Hacmon: Find her music on places including Youtube. Great songs include: Ana Bachoach; Nishba; Harei et Mekudeshet Li; and Va’Eem Tavo’ee Elay.

Dikla Hacmon – Ana Bachoach:

(https://youtu.be/w0BhBqu-DTw)

Dikla Hacmon – Nishba:

(https://youtu.be/Vuul2eNeq2U)

Dikla Hacmon – Harei et Mekudeshet Li:

(https://youtu.be/J66EwlHN-ZQ)

Dikla Hacmon – Va’Eem Tavo’ee Elay:

(https://youtu.be/-FggloZz32A)

 

Nana Mouskouri: Internationally acclaimed, unique styling, and diverse range of genres have set Nana Mouskouri as a fan favorite. Find her music on Youtube. Able to sing in multiple languages, some of her best include, with Mike Brant: Erev Shel Shoshanim.

Nana Mouskouri – Erev Shel Shoshanim:

(https://youtu.be/eFvrMAjVrIA)

 

Reb Shlomo Carlebach: Music on YouTube.

Reb Shlomo Carlebach – Kol Nidrei:

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFxv_gI70ZU)

 

Esther Ofarim: Find her music on Youtube. Great songs include: A Taste of Honey; Le Vent et La Jeunesse (French).

Esther Ofarim – A Taste of Honey:

(https://youtu.be/MZj_oeqFlJ8)

Esther Ofarim – Le Vent Et La Jeunesse (French):

(https://youtu.be/qrLzcoBxn0g)

 

Yasmin Levy: Find her music on YouTube. Great songs include: Nacio En El Amo; Adio Querida; Firuze; Mal de l’Amor; Una Hora En La Ventana.

Yasmin Levy – Naci En El Amo:

(https://youtu.be/619GY-vS8A0)

Yasmin Levy – Irme Kero:

(https://youtu.be/4kFhqS1yMuI?list=PLBC07D7D5B368C34F)

Yasmin Levy – Ven Kerida Ven Amada:

(https://youtu.be/7C7o7AKWIf0?list=PLBC07D7D5B368C34F)

Yasmin Levy – Keter (Crown):

(https://youtu.be/Nghtf_VP-tE?list=PLBC07D7D5B368C34F)

Yasmin Levy – Adio Querida:

(https://youtu.be/DdcusOXh_f8)

Yasmin Levy – Firuze:

(https://youtu.be/1swgg7D0MaI)

Yasmin Levy – Mal de l’Amor:

(https://youtu.be/FIAv19v6kLw)

Yasmin Levy – Una Hora En La Ventana:

(https://youtu.be/sygnx_yvYqc)

Yasmin Levy and Amir Shahsar – Niña de las Flores:

(https://youtu.be/OvFzLhYtsAc?list=PLBC07D7D5B368C34F)

Yasmin Levy – Madre…

(https://youtu.be/XQvqxrRkw_s?list=PL0LL6dQu5PUD5D7f5pyoCEsmfIEINbr-H)

Yasmin Levy – Porque:

(https://youtu.be/UfaEYs9QAR4)

Yasminb Levy – Sho’ef K’mo Eved:

(https://youtu.be/mD2WeWXZdb4?list=PL0LL6dQu5PUD5D7f5pyoCEsmfIEINbr-H)

Yasmin Levy – La Allegria:

(https://youtu.be/Ry1YjNYu6YY)Yasmin Levy – La Hija…

(https://youtu.be/B51AWXsXNIk?list=PL0LL6dQu5PUD5D7f5pyoCEsmfIEINbr-H)

 

Rivka Zohar: Meaningful, and beautifully sung, songs. Find her music on YouTube. Great songs include: Mah Avarech.

Rivka Zohar – Mah Avarech:

(https://youtu.be/6kaWe7Y50fs)

 

Hadar Ozeri: Beautiful Psalms and more. Find her music on YouTube. Some of her great songs include: Psalm 121.

Hadar Ozeri – Psalm 121:

(https://youtu.be/qFViCmK6M40?list=PLQXaZ_19IyN8TseAbKtA558zMZK32szSI)

 

Shaylee Atari: I found this beautiful singer through the writer of the song, Ifty Kerzner (via YouTube). Find her music on Youtube. Great songs include: Etzleinu Bagan.

Shaylee Atari – Etzleinu Bagan:

(https://youtu.be/Y05rqt0YHtw?list=RD1IR3CIhrkw0)

 

Avaya: I found this beautiful singer on Youtube. Find her music also on Youtube. Great songs include: Hatikvah.

Avaya – Hatikvah:

(https://youtu.be/pI974v1Jdig)

 

Shalva Band: So special. Find their music on Youtube. Great songs include Hadelet Tihiyeh P’tuchah, their One Day/Medley song, and Shir Ha’Re’ut.

In sign and song:

(http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/272826)

Shalva Band / God Bless America:

(http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/272852)

Shalva Band – Hadelet Tihiyeh P’tuchah:

(https://youtu.be/jUVVw7YTSBI)

Shalva Band – One Day / Medley:

(https://youtu.be/KN5n4eSNGIA)

Shalva Band – Shir Ha’Re’ut:

(https://youtu.be/tAsojiZFqh0)

 

Havazelet Ron: A pure and mature voice. Find her music on Youtube. Great songs include: Kiryah Yefeyfiyah, Tiyul Leili (Cholot Midbar), and more.

Havazelet Ron – (This one in German):

(https://youtu.be/ElXCfhnJKyM)

Havazelet Ron – Kiryah Yefeyfiyah:

(https://youtu.be/5JeSqMMhtGU)

Havazelet Ron – Tiyul Leili (Cholot Midbar):

(https://youtu.be/dGU8x4Hzhhg)

Havazelet Ron – Haroa Hakatana:

(https://youtu.be/bRugxYARoqg)

 

El Banat: Find their music on YouTube. Great songs include: Maksima; Maagalim.

El Banat – Maksima:

(https://youtu.be/SeAl4PWhZIo)

El Banat – Maagalim:

(https://youtu.be/l5AxKYFa6TY)

 

Yamma Ensemble: Putting Psalms to music. Find their music on YouTube.

(https://youtu.be/73QA00odga4?list=RDEPQrWRrk26s)

 

Tamar Bloch: A beautiful singer in many Middle Eastern voices. Find her music on YouTube in these great ensembles and groups: Habibti Ensemble; Zaaluk; Andalucious; El Banat; and more:

Zaaluk – En Casa de mi Padre:

(https://youtu.be/KsH6KX5OBXU)

Habibti Ensemble – Baghdad:

(https://youtu.be/bkUYJImXlrQ)

Andalucious – Hassebni:

(https://youtu.be/C1lBtjlcALA?list=RDC1lBtjlcALA)

 

Dudu Fisher: Dudu Fisher was a cantor and is the son of a Holocaust survivor. His father grew up in Poland and was taken into hiding from the Nazis by his best friend’s family, the Kvarchuks. Attending a Dudu Fisher concert is an emotional and moving experience, as these videos attest. Find more of his music on: Youtube. Some of his great songs include (theme song from) Exodus, which was penned by Pat Boone, and these:

Dudu Fisher – (Posting): Kantor’s Tears: Dudu Fisher at Synagogue Krakow:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-hRt3mcitQ&list=RDm-hRt3mcitQ)

Dudu Fisher – The Prayer, Les Miserables (Bring Him Home), sung before Pastor John Hagee during the time of his birthday, referencing the four-years’ captivity, to-date at that time, by Hamas of Gilad Shalit:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45B8IqU9IJM&list=RD45B8IqU9IJM)

 

HaDuda’im V’HaParva’im: Find their music on YouTube. Great songs include: Tsel U’me Be’er:

HaDuda’im V’HaParva’im – Tsel U’me Be’er:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxA1AlH9o-0&list=RDvxA1AlH9o-0)

 

Yaakov Shwekey: Find his music on YouTube. Great songs include: If I Should Forget Thee, O Jerusalem; Shema Yisroel.flv.

Yaakov Shwekey – Shema Yisroel.flv:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8D1DuVmtVQ&list=RDS8D1DuVmtVQ)

 

See also these nice YouTube compilations of “Im Eshkechek Yerushalayim”:

Yizkerem YouTube Compilation; Yaakov Shwekey – Im Eshkechek Yerushalayim (If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem).

~~shaynky911~~ YouTube Compilation; A Shmuel Borger / Amudai Shaish Production; Im Eshkechek Yerushalayim.

 

Simcha Leiner: Find his music on YouTube. Some great songs include: “A Musical Masterpiece” with Yedidim Choir; Conducted by Yisroel Lamm:

Simcha Leiner and Yedidim Choir – A Musical Masterpiece:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=De-_Ub4x5BQ&list=RDDe-_Ub4x5BQ)

 

Shloime Dachs: Find his music on YouTube. Some great songs include: Shema Yisrael.

Shloime Dachs – Shema Yisrael:

(http://youtu.be/dV2jxTUuL44)

 

Mordechai Ben David: Find his music on YouTube. Some great songs include: Kumzits 1 / Shiru LaMelech:

Mordechai Ben David – Kumzits 1 / Shiru LaMelech

(https://youtu.be/nCbTQZNWpns)

 

Idan Amedi: Find his music on YouTube. Some great songs include: Mah At Margishah; Sivon; Chelek Mehazman; Ad Sheyaaleh Hayom Habah.

Idan Amedi – Mah At Margishah:

(https://youtu.be/AeH0XKsiq_4)

Idan Amedi – Sivon:

(https://youtu.be/rBoAeXkmpsc)

Idan Amedia – Chelek Mehazman:

(https://youtu.be/iUMQ1NjHsqY)

Idan Amedi – Ad Sheyaaleh Hayom Habah:

(https://youtu.be/8WQ-hCDe-nQ)

 

Neil Diamond: Find his music on YouTube, and Everywhere. Some great songs include: Cracklin’ Rosie and Cherry, Cherry.

Neil Diamond – Cracklin’ Rosie and Cherry, Cherry:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxExoU-jyOw&list=RDdxExoU-jyOw)

 

Aviv Geffen and Matti Caspi: Find their music on YouTube. Some great songs include: Mistovev. Update: On March 8, 2016, a knife-wielding Arab terrorist killed visiting Lubbock, Texas student, Taylor Force, in Tel Aviv-Yafo. Breaking free of a gathering crowd, the terrorist headed toward 26-year old Yishay Montgomery, whose father and grandfather are, incidentally, also from Lubbock, Texas. Clumsily, Yishay fell. (Frankly, I believe, an angel watched over his step.) He was able to whack the guitar he had been carrying over the terrorist’s head. The police shot the terrorist further along down the tayelet. (Hartman, Ben. “‘Guitar Hero’ Adjusting to Newfound Fame After Trying to Hinder Jaffa Terrorist”; The Jerusalem Post; March 9, 2016.) The singer in this video, Aviv Geffen, replaced Yishay’s broken guitar. Thank you, Yishay, and thank you, Aviv. You both rock! In addition to ten others injured, Fox news writes a nice article about the slain victim, Taylor Force. Taylor had been an Eagle Scout, a National Honor Society student, a West Point graduate, and came from a long line of military servers in his family. He had served at Fort Hood, as well as having seen deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has seen major terror hotspots by going out and confronting them. Terror felled this fine gentleman, at 28, in Israel, while he was on a school trip with Vanderbilt University (Fox News: “American Murdered in Israel was West Point Grad who Served in Iraq and Afghanistan”; FoxNews.com; March 9, 2016). I don’t know how to thank you for your service, Mr. Force, and family. My gratitude goes beyond words, but… Shalom. Thank you. Rest forever at peace, knowing that you did your best to try to bring peace to the rest of the world. I’m sorry you lost your life to the purpose. Update – December 21, 2018: The United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations passed the advancement of the bill on August 3, 2017, and on March 23, 2018, President Trump signed it into law.

Aviv Geffen and Matti Caspi – Mistovev:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGTfINnNVMg&list=RDfGTfINnNVMg)

 

Eliad: Find his music o: YouTube. Some great songs include: Siman.

Eliad – Siman:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gc47KqYnmjg&list=RDgc47KqYnmjg)

 

Maor Edri: Find his music on Youtube. Some great songs include: Kululu.

Maor Edri – Kululu (sound is silent, at first):

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDRETnvAvdE&list=RDsDRETnvAvdE)

 

Eyal Golan: Find his music on YouTube. Some great songs include: Elohai; K’She’At I’to; He Who Believes; Va’Ani Koreh Lach; Al Tamori; Ha’Ahavah Ha’Yeshanah; Bi’Ladai’ich; Kol Ha’Chalomot; Ba’Iri; Bishvilech.

Eyal Golan and Nikos Ortis – K’She’At I’to:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agsItmAUZqs&list=RDagsItmAUZqs)

Eyal Golan – Mi Sh’ma’amin:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHWqcdsW_08&list=RDgHWqcdsW_08)

Eyal Golan – Va’Ani Koreh Lach:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCFnAPoWvmA&list=RDRCFnAPoWvmA)

Eyal Golan – Bishvilech:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3FMqG4FN_g&list=RDj3FMqG4FN_g)

Eyal Golan/Variant Versions of K’She’At Ito:

Eyal Golan – K’She’At Ito (Studio Version):

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4t2GDIoquE&list=RDg4t2GDIoquE)

Eyal Golan – K’She’At Ito (Music Video Official):

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8BSv_FkNHg&list=RDx8BSv_FkNHg)

Eyal Golan – Kol Ha’Chalomot (Studio Version):

(https://www.youtu.be/rgqHT-iy8kA)

 

Moshik Afia – Find his music on YouTube. Some great songs include: Mah Itach; Chalom Matok; Tfos; Shover Sh’tikah; Al Tachil; Holechet Lach BaSheket; Sach HaKol Neshikah; Mekavim; Rega Amitai; Letof Mesuchan; Od SheMatzati; At Ba’Achat.

Moshik Afia – Mah Itach (Music Video Official):

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ugO2ueMtis&list=RD9ugO2ueMtis)

Moshik Afia – Shover Sh’tikah:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQkqY1xJXic&list=RDUQkqY1xJXic)

Moshik Afia – Al Telchi:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qWwxQm_QX8)

Moshik Afia – Holechet Lach BaSheket:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Bo35vIgXRY&list=RD0Bo35vIgXRY)

Moshik Afia – Rega Amitai:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3g-ecop-bg&list=RD_3g-ecop-bg)

Moshik Afia – Letof Mesuchan:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pk9hMrBdQE0&list=RDPk9hMrBdQE0)

Moshik Afia – Od SheMatzati:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAtswY4KvK8&list=RDlAtswY4KvK8)

Moshik Afia – Mah Itach (Studio Version; Same as Concert Version, with Different Picture):

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXJt9043KW0&list=RDYXJt9043KW0)

 

Shlomo Katz: Find his music on Youtube. Some reat songs include: Od Yishama (There Will Be Heard).

Shlomo Katz – Od Yishama (There Will Be Heard):

(https://youtu.be/_DbMc-xbYOQ?list=PLMsoBWRyDM56WNWnS31I7XJ5VIQbRoAXZ

Shlomo Katz, et al – Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach Yartzeit Concert finale.mov:

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idiZPCY83k0)

 

Yehuda Katz: Find his music on YouTube. Some great songs include: Bachatzi Halayla (Midnight Escape); Woman of Wisdom and Valor (Eshet Chayil); B’Simchah Rabah (We’re So Happy); Calling Out to You (Elecha); Libi U’b’sari; Loving Life (Mi Ha’Ish); Reflecting Light (K’Gavnah); All Together; Purple Royalty (Shoshanah Ya’Akov); Dancing in Mezeritch; Hand in Hand (Yamin V’Smol); Nigun Lewis; You Are the Kind; Traveller’s Prayer (T’filat HaDerech); Yibaneh HaMikdash, with friends: Raphael Barkats, Chanan Elias, Shlomo Katz, Aron Razel, Yankele Shemesh, Chizki Soifer.

Yehuda Katz – Bachatzi Halayla (Midnight Escape):

(https://youtu.be/u0UN_06tess?list=PLMsoBWRyDM56WNWnS31I7XJ5VIQbRoAXZ)

Yehuda Katz – Woman of Wisdom and Valor (Eshet Chayil) (composed by Reb Shlomo Carlebach):

(https://youtu.be/nb73TalRKYw?list=PLMsoBWRyDM56WNWnS31I7XJ5VIQbRoAXZ)

Yehuda Katz – B’Simchah Rabah (We’re So Happy) (composed by Reb Shlomo Carlebach):

(https://youtu.be/d30TDPPxs3A?list=PLMsoBWRyDM56WNWnS31I7XJ5VIQbRoAXZ)

Yehuda Katz – Calling Out to You (Elecha) (composed by Reb Shlomo Carlebach):

(https://youtu.be/cH_Vv9Sr9qc?list=PLMsoBWRyDM56WNWnS31I7XJ5VIQbRoAXZ)

Yehuda Katz V’hamagal –  Libi U’b’sari:

(https://youtu.be/wEQYpCcnmnE?list=PLMsoBWRyDM56WNWnS31I7XJ5VIQbRoAXZ)

Yehuda Katz – Loving Life (Mi Ha’Ish):

(https://youtu.be/geMyb2pImuM?list=PLMsoBWRyDM56WNWnS31I7XJ5VIQbRoAXZ)

Yehuda Katz – Reflecting Light (K’Gavnah):

(https://youtu.be/UWOz_gWJXP4?list=PLMsoBWRyDM56WNWnS31I7XJ5VIQbRoAXZ)

Yehuda Katz – All Together (composed by Meir Banai, Yair Nitzani):

(https://youtu.be/b7X_ENnjvNw?list=PLMsoBWRyDM56WNWnS31I7XJ5VIQbRoAXZ)

Yehuda Katz – Purple Royalty (Shoshanah Ya’Akov):

(https://youtu.be/ygEvI8SrXgo?list=PLMsoBWRyDM56WNWnS31I7XJ5VIQbRoAXZ)

Yehuda Katz – Dancing in Mezeritch:

(https://youtu.be/qhooIOY71RY)

Yehuda Katz – Hand in Hand (Yamin V’Smol) (composed by Reb Shlomo Carlebach):

(https://youtu.be/5so_kNsFDlE)

Yehuda Katz – Nigun Lewis (composed by Reb Shlomo Carlebach):

(https://youtu.be/7Yvh0Pgsgk4)

Yehuda Katz – Givat Shmuel Carlebach:

(https://youtu.be/NmtYlDBFK54)

Yehuda Katz – You Are the Kind (composed by Reb Shlomo Carlebach):

(https://youtu.be/YHAezU-oMhE)

Yehuda Katz, Reva L’Sheva – Traveller’s Prayer (T’filat HaDerech):

(https://youtu.be/Rvvl75WbBK4)

Yehuda Katz, Raphael Barkats, Chanan Elias, Shlomo Katz, Aron Razel, Yankele Shemesh, Chizki Soifer (recorded by Chanan Elias) – Yibaneh HaMikdash:

(https://youtu.be/M9mCDqCKbkA)

 

Benny Friedman: Find his music on YouTube. Some great songs include: Yesh Tikvah.

Benny Friedman – Yesh Tikvah:

(https://youtu.be/PIPCHjFC9yk?list=PLzb6Bc1k2vUaebYV9sDxE_TBKl2sAWF7U)

 

Sliichot prayers:

(https://youtu.be/O9Y1WQziOoQ)

 

Yuval Dayan: Find her music on YouTube. Some great songs include: Od Shetachazor.

Yuval Dayan – Od Shetachazor:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCVl3mhEk7g&list=RDpCVl3mhEk7g)

 

Beinoni: Find his music on YouTube. Great songs include: Deep Roots.

Beinoni – Deep Roots:

(https://youtu.be/TovnZeD7XEs)

 

One Family – Music on YouTube includes, World Champion:

One Family – World Champion:

(https://youtu.be/wq1I9vAoL1s)

 

Ishai Levy: Beautiful music. Find on YouTube, Spotify and others.

Ishay Levi –

(https://youtu.be/rMfBg0OPuXc?list=PLFgquLnL59akKAm-BzEGUi1swo8v-UFTZ)

 

Narkis: Find her music on YouTube. Great songs include: Galbi.

Narkis – Galbi:

(https://youtu.be/Vo2wHhdxKf4)

 

Keren Peles and Ron Buchnik: Find their music on YouTube. Great songs includeL Me’Ever Lanehar.

Keren Peles and Ron Buchnik – Me’Ever Lanehar:

(https://youtu.be/E6fgnGEsocE?list=PLFgquLnL59akKAm-BzEGUi1swo8v-UFTZ)

 

Maor Edri and Mooki: Find their music on YouTube. Great songs include: Kotev Shirim.

Maor Edri and Mooki – Kotev Shirim:

(https://youtu.be/S2K7VomBnSQ?list=PLFgquLnL59akKAm-BzEGUi1swo8v-UFTZ)

 

Izkis and Eti Biton: Find music on YouTube.  Great songs include: Sagapo.

Izkis and Eti Biton – Sagapo:

(https://youtu.be/h1kGvrH8CyU)

 

Akiva Turgeman: Find his music on YouTube. Great songs include: Al Tazvi Yada’im.

Akiva Turgeman – Al Tazvi Yada’im:

(https://youtu.be/u3n2SLWQsXk)

 

Rotem Cohen: Find his music on YouTube. Some great songs include: El Ha’Olam Shelach.

Rotem Cohen – El HaOlam Shelach:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC8q4Gab_xM&list=RDhC8q4Gab_xM)

 

Shuli Natan: Find her music on YouTube. Great songs include: Yerushalayim Shel Zahav.

Shuli Natan – Yerushalaim Shel Zahav:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYp_c4YsiKo&list=RDvYp_c4YsiKo)

 

Roni Dalumi: Find her music on Youtube. Some great songs include: Ten.

Roni Dalumi – Ten:

(https://youtu.be/ZINnbP08Kzs?list=PLCE2txRE9iH5mE6-m0OBOSglYFDwZ43i3)

 

Noa Kirel: Find her music on YouTube. Some great songs include: מגיבור לאויב

(https://youtu.be/2REhb6ywcpM?list=PL8F3F6FrXuEIMshtDBj2s5ZLJTFbq_ABy)

 

Ohad Moscowitz: Find his songs on YouTube. Some great songs include: Melech Malchei Hamlachim/Mi Bon Siach (The Rose – Cover); Chupah (with Yedidim Choir); Birkat Chupah (All of Me – Cover).

Ohad Moscowitz – Melech Malchei Hamlachim/Mi Bon Siach (The Rose – Cover):

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVDrRWJlYU0&list=RDXVDrRWJlYU0)

Ohad Moscowitz And Yedidim Choir – Chupah:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rh0WyxH1TnE&list=RDRh0WyxH1TnE)

Ohad Moscowitz – Birkat Chupah (All of Me – Cover):

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVdYqdr3zdw&list=RDeVdYqdr3zdw)

 

Jo Amar: Find his songs on YouTube. Great songs include: Kochavi Sokah; Shalom Leven Dodi:

Jo Amar – Kochavi Sokah:

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6yxbHLFHw8&list=PLINtTB03kzq3NbilQeZXqd5w20arlOdaS&index=14)

Jo Amar – Shalom Leven Dodi:

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOQtA5XozVA&list=PLINtTB03kzq3NbilQeZXqd5w20arlOdaS&index=2)

 

Samson Kemelmakher: Find his songs on:= Youtube. Some great songs include: Shtetele Beltz.

 

Moshe Peretz: Find his music on Youtube. Some great songs include: Ulai Ha’Lailah; Yaldah K’tanah; and the very moving project with Israeli newspaper, Yediot Acharonot, named “My Brother”.

Moshe Peretz – Ulai Ha’Lailah:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHDuKGNNTc8&list=RDNHDuKGNNTc8)

Moshe Peretz and Agam Buchbut – Yaldah K’tanah:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJnOQQ815LQ&list=RDkJnOQQ815LQ)

 

Agam Buchbut: This young singer has been at her craft for years. I like her early work. Find her music on YouTube. Some great songs include Yaldah K’tanah, with Moshe Perets (see above), and BaYom HaZeh.

Agam Buchbut – BaYom HaZeh:

(https://youtu.be/MYKvKLpugPA)

 

Shlomit Levy: Find her music on YouTube. Some great songs include: Tzur Menati; A’Salk.

Shlomit Levy – Excerpts of concert footage: Tzur Menati; A’Salk…

(http://youtu.be/TAxXOM-p-_k)

 

Shir: Find their music on Spotify. Some great songs include: Laila, Laila; Erev Shel Shoshanim; Have Nagila; Ba’Shanah Ha’Ba’ah.

 

Chava Alberstein: Find her music on Youtube. Some great songs include: Chad Gadya.

Chava Alberstein – Chad Gadya:

(https://youtu.be/DHdVYy5B6JM)

 

Idan Raichel Project: Find their music on YouTube. Some great songs include: Bo’i.

Idan Raichel Project – Bo’i (with dedication):

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25FxYQ5w-NI&list=RD25FxYQ5w-NI)

 

Chanan Ben-Ari: Find his music on YouTube. Some great songs include: Mimcha Ad Elai.

Chanan Ben-Ari – Mimcha Ad Elai:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA1WcPP9uLk&list=RDgA1WcPP9uLk)

 

Pe’er Tasi: Find his music on YouTube. Some great songs include: the Yves and Lir Remix of ‘Way of Peace’.

 

Liel Kolet: Find her music on YouTube. See if you can find her really nice PBS special; Some great songs include: Hallelujah; and The Dream of Tomorrow.

Liel Kolet – The Dream of Tomorrow (with Kol HaNeshamah intro):

(https://youtu.be/65tpkO55JI8)

 

Hallelujah:

TheGuitarNick (Learn Guitar Fingerstyle + TAB; http://www.GuitarNick.com):

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXmrDmR07SM&list=RDBXmrDmR07SM)

 

Leonard Cohen: Find his music on YouTube. Some great songs include: Hallelujah.

Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah (Considering the person/listing, do you see anything ironic with the URL address containing the word, “pork”, in it?):

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttEMYvpoR-k&list=RDttEMYvpoR-k)

 

Daniel Kahn: Find his music on YouTube. Some great songs include: Hallelujah.

Daniel Kahn: Hallelujah (Yiddish):

(https://youtu.be/XH1fERC_504)

 

Mike Brant: Find his music on YouTube. Some great songs (in Hebrew; most others are French) include: Erev Shel Shoshanim; Erev Tov, and Diber Elai B’Prachim.

Mike Brant – Erev Shel Shoshanim:

(https://youtu.be/3b4A5qMcFgk)

Mike Brant – Erev Tov:

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6k9Na3HHegk&list=6k9Na3HHegk)

Mike Brant – Diber Elai B’Prachim:

(https://youtu.be/ZQKAqCiCr4o)

 

Shai Hamber: Find her music on YouTube. Great songs include: B’toch; Yesh Li Koach; V’At; Karov Elecha; Pri Ganech; Shalechet.

Shai Hamber – B’toch:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2C7R_IWdzg&list=RDf2C7R_IWdzg)

Shai Hamber – Yesh Li Koach:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgEZyvFUn3g&list=RDrgEZyvFUn3g)

Shai Hamber – V’At:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA5KarhIKQ4&list=RDhA5KarhIKQ4)

Shai Hamber – Karov Elecha:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rO9l_tXqeAc&list=RDrO9l_tXqeAc)

Shai Hamber – Pri Ganech:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcujPbGFN18&list=RDGcujPbGFN18)

Shai Hamber – Shalechet:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pG_LsGwaskc&list=RDpG_LsGwaskc)

 

Eden Ben Zaken: Find her music on YouTube. Great songs include: Pisah Mezichroni.

Eden Ben Zaken – Pisah Mezichroni:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fn6cLOjtqto&list=RDFn6cLOjtqto)

 

Barbra Streisand: One of the greatest voices of all time. Find her music and movies: YouTube and everywhere. Some great movies include: Yentl; Some great songs include: Avinu Malkeinu; HaTikvah.

Barbara Streisand – HaTikvah; and Conversation with Prime Minister of Israel, Golda Meir, approx. 1978:

(http://youtu.be/8uPHaioopKM)

Barbra Streisand – Avinu Malkeinu:

(http://youtu.be/KUXeiIURirI)

 

Alma Gluck: Find her music on YouTube. Great songs include: HaTikvah (Israeli National anthem recorded in 1918!); and Chanson Hebraique (recorded in 1917!). Violinist Efrem Zimbalist (Sr.), her husband.

(http://youtu.be/lDJUDqtxK6M)

 

Mordechai Ben-David: Find his music on YouTube and Spotify. Some great songs include: Mi Ha-Ish?:

Mordechai Ben-David: Mi Ha-Ish?:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yi-wFdgc-8&list=RD_yi-wFdgc-8)

 

Helmut Lotti – Find his music on YouTube. Some great songs include: Shalom Aleichem; Havah Nagilah.

Helmut Lotti – Shalom Aleichem:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPcffro3fQs&list=RDuPcffro3fQs)

Helmut Lotti – Havah Nagilah:

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXS73OD8MMI&list=RDtXS73OD8MMI)

 

Eden Alene: Israel’s winner of The Next Star to Eurovision contest for 2020, find her music on YouTube. Some great songs include: Fire; Better.

Eden Alene – Better:

(https://youtu.be/mPv1pHGVaS0)

 

Daklon: Find his music on YouTube. Great songs include: Ahuvat Levavi.

Daklon – Ahuvat Levavi:

(https://youtu.be/MBMRVb60VrA)

 

Moshe Haim: Find his music on YouTube. Some great songs include: Od Yom Yavoh.

Moshe Haim: Od Yom Yavoh

(https://youtu.be/zh7WdYVFsUI?list=PLq5znWywlAlVK1HilsPSJo8xgiOae4Njs)

 

Moshe Giat: Find his music on YouTube. Some great songs include: Shmur Eli Al Chayali:

Moshe Giat – Shmur Eli Al Chayali:

(https://youtu.be/B5633wZ51nA?list=PLq5znWywlAlVK1HilsPSJo8xgiOae4Njs)

 

Mashup of Jewish songs through the ages; brought to you by YouTube:

Benny Friedman and Meir Kay:

(https://youtu.be/7qJRgbFeP6A)

Y-Studs:

(https://youtu.be/gbeArPQqsc8)

 

Radio Lev Hamedina (radio station): Find it on: TuneIn (Requires free app download); net streaming and other apps available for this station via the internet.

 

Kol Israel (curated radio and news):

http://www.kol-israel.com

 

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Was a

If I were a sandal, I might be a Birkenstock

If I were an era, it might be the Woodstock

If I were an egg, I might be Shakshuka

If You were a gun, You might be Bazooka

If I was in Judah, You’d say it was West Bank

If I were civilian, You’d say I was top rank

If I were a genre, I might be confessional

If You were the media, You’d say I was Israel

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Just Say, “Cheesy!”

For Pete’s sake (sorry, Pete)… If things couldn’t get more heated in the Dems versus Guppy race, we now have the latest running mate, named “Cheese”, entering the political arena. Heading one of the top (late-breaking?) items on the news story carousel is an article featuring the eighty best cheeses from around the world. As like wine, the cheese industry has evolved protected Provenance Labeling and guards their recipes and methods with care. The newest Labeling fiasco, though, is in finding that one of these eighty best cheeses include one called “Akkawi”, from the great, non-existent state of Palestine! Quick! Five points to the first person who can define the borders to this fake state! Whoops! Time’s up! You failed! That’s because it doesn’t exist! The Arabs live either as citizens, just like everyone else, in Israel, or they are under Israeli sovereignty in Israel, but in either mixed areas or under (semi-) autonomous rule.

The article, which I had to track down again because it disappeared before I could write down the information, is here:

http://www.gourmandize.com/article-1973-around-the-world-in-80-cheeses.htm. (The culprit is #3 of 81 photos).

Try to look up Ackawi (variant: Akkawi) cheese, and you run across the cheese site, cheese.com, which explains the “origins” of the cheese, thusly. They say that the cheese is named “Ackawi” because that is the Arabic name meaning that it comes from “Aker”. Acre(English) / Akko(in Israel) is a city bordering Haifa, in the north of Israel! This city is purely in Israel and there is absolutely not one shred of any city called “Aker of Palestine”. Both this gourmet blog site and this cheese site misidentify the city (or state) of origin of this cheese! Considering that the European Union and the United States are bullying just one country, Israel, to label goods manufactured from what they consider “conflict” areas, I want to know where this outrage of a cheese, labeled from a non-existent state replacing Israel, comes from?

See the offensive cheese here:

http://www.cheese.com/by_country/?c=PS&per_page=20#top

I wonder what they had to pay to secure that cheese.com generically-named website? The domain name must have been pretty tough to secure!

As it turns out, the article had a strange footer… Copyright WorldNews Inc. Cheese as a news site? Well, I love cheese as much as the next guy, but this is just a bit much, isn’t it? Well, no; as it turns out, it isn’t. In fact, WorldNews Inc, according to their LinkedIn site, employs between fifty-one and two-hundred people, and maintains “over 20,000 global thematic and regional news sites”. Wikipedia.org, accessed February 11, 2016, lists them as a news aggregator founded in 1995 and launched online in 1998, earning mention among Forbes’ 2000 “Best of Web” in just two years’ time. And Reddit, accessed same date, lists WorldNews Network with over ten-million (views?), with filters: Refugee crisis, Zika, Syria/Iraq, Ukraine/Russia, and Israel/Palestine! Reddit’s statement includes also what is disallowed, which is: US Politics/US International News. Why not? Is this, like, some kind of a spy front? WorldNews Network, at their site, offers language services in: German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, Hindi, Chinese and Japanese. They also have travel and education services — and no, I’m not a travel agent promoting their services! This is not an endorsement, whatsoever. In fact, it’s sort of an inquiry in the opposite direction! Their regional editions include: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Iran, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Phillipines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, VietNam. Wow. It sort of reminds me, since I had written about it not too long ago, of the BBC, in comparison with the language translation abilities and the scope of its reach. That is impressive! Especially with the speed with which they were able to get it into Iran. Huh. It didn’t even seem like the agreements had even been complete, let alone the ink having dried yet, on the lifting of sanctions on the country of Iran.

So, what news are they aggravating? I mean, aggregating? Al Jazeera. I think I recall reading somewhere that it means, “the Islands”, in Arabic (I might be wrong; I don’t speak Arabic). The station is quite biased against Israel (I’ve watched it). The six articles at the top of the network site accessed yesterday (http://wn.com) are all about Bernie Sanders; other article topics list: Syrian war; poor treatment of terrorists; climate change; Ferguson, Missouri and biased policing practices; black voters — you get the general idea. And in the business arena, they follow the same model that the current petroleum giants, such as BP (British Petroleum), and others have been rolling out: combining petroleum services with renewable alternatives. WorldNews Business is offering service in this, as well: Solar power, oil investment, and silver prices.

With all this cheese stinking up the place, it’s almost sure to draw rats!

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Update:

Here is a recipe from giverecipe.com for Kunefe, a dish served as typical “Palestinian” fare, and a background on its history, the locations from where its ingredients are sourced, and the proper way to prepare it, from a restaurant owner specializing in its preparation (afar from its original source).

Kunefe, much like baklava, soaks in syrup. I enjoy the tastes of both, but find the after-effects of these oily-syrup treats to be more than my gastronomic appreciation can bear.

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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/

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Israel Includes Gaza/West Bank/Sinai

Security, In the Shape of an Under-Arm Holster

My Own Personal Conceal/Carry Preference

 

KIMG0052

 

Israel, shown with its Sinai Peninsula, Judaea and Samaria (West Bank) and Gaza — and without its eastern portion beyond the river (now known as Jordan) and Armistice lines.

 

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Jewish Temple Mount Heritage Claim

 

"The site is one of the oldest in the world. Its sanctity dates from the earliest (perhaps from pre-historic times). Its identity with the site of Solomon's Temple is beyond dispute. This, too, is the spot, according to the universal belief, on which "David built there an altar unto the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings". - A Brief Guide to Al-Haram Al-Sharif; Supreme Moslem Council, Jerusalem, 1924.

“The site is one of the oldest in the world. Its sanctity dates from the earliest (perhaps from pre-historic) times. Its identity with the site of Solomon’s Temple is beyond dispute. This, too, is the spot, according to the universal belief, on which “David built there an altar unto the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings”. – A Brief Guide to Al-Haram Al-Sharif; Supreme Moslem Council, Jerusalem, 1924.

 

 

 

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Major Israeli Medical Breakthrough

In my email “inbox” today, I discovered great news delivered in a promotional piece sent by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency for Hadassah.org — Israel has accomplished yet another medical breakthrough in science, discovering a new treatment where 87% of participants in a clinical trial between June 2011 and October 2014 at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem improved respiratory or motor functioning in their bodies from the ravages of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS; also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”) or a lessening of the progression of the disease.

This is an incredible achievement in terms of the highly successful rate of impact these results have had upon these patients. Patients’ own bone marrow stem cells were used in an Israeli/U.S. biotech company-developed infusion directly injected into the spinal cord fluid (tested against intramuscular injection) in order to induce neurotrophic factors to extend the survival of motor neurons. Both the stem cell protocol and the injection site are world firsts for these methodologies and discoveries.

It’s unfortunate that these advances came too late to help individuals, such as my cousin, who lost his life to this disease. It’s even more unfortunate that worldwide divestment and sanctions on Israel would deprive the rest of the world of such life-saving measures contributed to humanity by the people of Israel.

Information in the article above, discovered initially via a Hadassah promotional advertisement broadcast via email through Jewish Telegraphic Agency, January 26, 2016, was further sourced at its original site:

http://archneur.jamanetwork.com/OnlineFirst.aspx (then scroll to the article):

Journal of American Medical Association/JAMA Neurology, January 11, 2016. Original Investigation. Safety and Clinical Effects of Mesenchymal Stem Cells Secreting Neurotrophic Factor Transplantation in Patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: Results of Phase 1/2 and 2a Clinical Trials. Panayiota Petrou, MD; Yael Gothelf, PhD; Zohar Argov, MD; Mark Gotkine, MD; Yossef S. Levy, PhD; Ibrahim Kassis, PhD; Adi Vaknin-Dembinsky, MD; Tamir Ben-Hur, MD; Daniel Offen, PhD; Oded Abramsky, MD; Eldad Melamed, MD; Dimitrios Karussis, MD, PhD.

Information for the rest of the article below was sourced via Wikipedia.org:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadassah_Women%27s_Zionist_Organization_of_America

Hadassah was formed in 1912 by Henrietta Szold and is a volunteer women’s organization founded to train nurses for Israel, in what was still called “Palestine” during the Turkish Ottoman Empire, and to improve the public health of all Israel’s citizens.

Hadassah treated wounded people of both sides, Jews and Arabs, during the Arab riots of 1920. It joined forces in 1926 in partnering with the Jewish National Fund (an organization created in 1901 dealing with development  and infrastructure of Israel’s land). Hadassah’s business model involves funding and development to create structures and projects, which are run successfully until they are turned over to Israel’s government and municipalities. Many of these have been funded by American Hebrew school students and other financers.

In 1933, the Berlin branch of Youth Aliyah from Hadassah began to resettle Jewish children to Palestine, to get them out of Germany, which was beginning to turn against the Jews.

Construction on the Hadassah site at Mount Scopus in Jerusalem is begun in 1934 and reaches completion in 1936, praised by Britain in its 1937 Peel Commission report for providing services to all communities, including Arab.

Their fundraising efforts during World War Two included raising $200 million dollars worth of U.S. government defense bonds.

Beginning on April 13th, 1948 and lasting for hours, seventy-eight Jews in their convoy to get supplies to Hadassah in Jerusalem were ambushed by Arabs and massacred. Armored vehicles had been necessary due to violent and continual attacks by the Arabs upon the Jews. Mount Scopus, and with it Hadassah hospital and Hebrew University, are overrun and are lost to the Arabs until 1967, when Israel liberated the areas from Arab occupation.

In 1959, Hadassah extends aid to developing nations by training doctors from Africa and Asia in cooperation with the World Health Organization, and later included South African doctors.

In 1986, Israel is one of only five centers capable of performing test-tube conception.

In 1988, Hadassah helped plan, construct and open a hospital in Kinshasha, Zaire.

In response to the release of Soviet Jewry (not formerly allowed to leave the Soviet Union), for which Hadassah had advocated and organized marches, Hadassah begins to retrain the Russian immigrants.

They also help replace 100,000 Jewish National Fund (JNF) trees destroyed by arson, provide recreational facilities in Galilee, and provide over 400 eye surgeries to the blind in Kenya in 1990. They help develop programs helping the 14,500 Ethiopian immigrants who arrived in one day to Israel in “Operation Solomon”.

In 1996, they collected and delivered over 100 tons of supplies to war-torn Bosnia’s people. Medical equipment and eight tons of medical supplies are provided by Hadassah to Kosovan refugees in 1998. In 2004, Hadassah raises funds to help victims of Hurricane Charley in Florida.

Some doctors of the team in this ALS study helped improve the functioning of a lab rat with Parkinson’s disease in 2004. They led groundbreaking studies in 2008 for patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Their Jerusalem Hospitals were nominated in 2005 for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Hadassah does work on every continent in the world except Antarctica.

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BBC-mitism

It’s not my imagination — it’s official. What I’ve been trying to tell people for years is confirmed by others who have independently reached the same conclusion as I.

The matter to which I refer involves long-held viewpoints from pagan and Christian dogma metamorphosing and metastasizing to conform to ever present realities in which it finds itself. One factor has remained constant throughout the continent, and it has been the institutionalized, top-down aspect of anti-Semitism as disseminated by its governmental and religious leaders meeting to meld with a bottom-up approach to vigilante action by the local population to eliminate and neutralize the Jews within their midst. Various countries have developed their own preferred methodologies to attack what they see as this “problem” of there being Jewish people living amongst them, whether by killing them, banishing them from certain industry, or expelling them altogether. Yes, it has even developed a “flavour-du-jour” as to the lasting, permanent stench clinging to each countries’ historical reputation.

England has been no exception and has even led the pack, developing and instigating libelous accusations blaming the disappearance of Christian children upon Jews, who were preposterously charged with the murder of these children in order to use their blood in baked matzah. First, Jewish law forbids the consumption of blood. Second, matzah is just flour and water, with maybe a flavorant (onion, salt, etc.) minimally added. It represents the day we departed Egypt out of bondage, in a big hurry to get out of there as per G-d’s orders to us before he would harden Pharaoh’s heart once again against us. There was no time to let the bread rise, and as we are commanded by G-d to celebrate and recount this festival since that time, thousands of years ago, every year — we do so.

The accusers mix in another aspect of this story, when G-d commanded us to anoint our doorposts/entrances with blood from a lamb which each family was to eat, as a sign of obedience for hearing and following Him, and sparing us the deaths of our firstborns when our houses were passed-over, as bestruck the Egyptians. So the story of the Bible became a weapon which others would malign to fit their narrative to act maliciously towards the Jews.

Such stories were often traced back to the Archbishop of Canterbury in England, whose position is still in existence these continuous centuries later since the stories’ perpetration. In 1290 of the Common Era, England expelled all her Jews, which began another exodus out of foreign lands, leading to our continued spread throughout Europe, with additional expulsions and Jew-hatred programs, such as the Spanish Inquisition, Russian and French pogroms, confinement to the Pale of Settlement, ghettoization, Nazi German extermination of Jews in death camps or in the backs of vans, etc. An illustrious past befitting the continent today reaping the beginning of its consequences for policies concurrent with its alliance to destructive nations advocating Israel’s/the Jewish people’s demise.

Today, the so-called “Arab Spring” has become a nightmare for the Middle Eastern Arab countries, each one experiencing internecine life-or-death warfare between neighbors. These civil wars among their own people spurred masses and migrations of people creating chaos — some fleeing for safety, others using the situation to their advantage to search for better economic opportunity elsewhere. The designation of Syrian refugees admitted as political-asylum seekers due to the civil war there creates a current black market of opportunists trafficking forged Syrian documentation. As a matter of fact, I just read somewhere that the passport office in Syria had been overrun by a bunch of brigands who are generating false documents with all the supplies that were still sitting there at their disposal (see September 17, 2015 article by Nick Fagge: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3235320/PASSPORT-TO-TERROR:MailOnline-reporter-buys-syrian-papers-being-sold-to-ISIS-fighters-sneaking-into-europe-hidden-among-refugees). So there really is no way to vet these people into any country.

For a regular background check, you might use a person’s name, date-of-birth, or Social Security number (here in the U.S.). You could also search Worker’s Compensation records. You could conduct reference checks with neighbors or perhaps even previous employers. You could check police records to see if there are any criminal charges. Basically, you’ll wind up with a list of previous addresses of the individual, perhaps their previous employment, the impressions of others about this individual, and whether they’ve been injured or have any crimes on file. This doesn’t presage what an individual is capable of in the future, nor is it an accurate depiction of their lives. We always hear the disbelief when neighbors state their shock over some scandal or another.

With much of Syria in rubble and waging war right now, do you think we can just pick up the phone and request school records from Syria of refugee “x”? Do we fly over to knock on the neighbor’s door for a reference check, when they’ve all fled the country?

Our government probably is able only to get that information on a U.S. individual in recent times in a centralized format; how much less so for a smaller country in raging chaos? There is just not going to be any realistic way to do so, that I can foresee. Unless someone is previously known to the government, it would be euphemistic, at best, to expect otherwise.

We do have the option of coordinating intelligence with other countries to see what they can come up with, as well, and this is what any (and possibly all) good spy agencies would do. So, let’s just say that they’ve all been doing that and not beat around the bush. (Remember the feigned surprise and indignation about German chancellor, Angela Merkel’s, phone being tapped?) It’s also, I think, what got Jonathan Pollard in trouble (For more background information about his case, please see: http://www.jonathanpollard.org/facts.htm).

A loophole allows foreign intelligence to go where no domestic agency was allowed to tread, at least until the expansion of local access in the proviso of the Patriot Act laws. Search and seizure parameters were broadened to allow police at the local level easier access to citizen property. Surveillance on citizens connecting with people abroad was allowed to be conducted through bulk collection of data — no matter how many degrees of separation existed, you could be targeted for knowing someone, who knows someone, who knows someone else, whose son had a bar-mitzvah in Israel, even though you knew only the first individual in this tangled, non-connected web. Now the NSA is supposedly abandoning the idea after being challenged, without admittance to “above-and-beyond” reasonable search – only that it doesn’t work to stop terrorism. Perhaps it would, if they weren’t so focused on Shmuel’s bar-mitzvah gathering.

In my always ubiquitous job search, I ran across a job position which I thought sounded perfect for me. It was called a ‘monitoring journalist’ and it was offered by the BBC. Apparently, the BBC uses content provided by other sources in their news-gathering departments, for this is what the job entailed.

As I basically love to read the news, I thought it would be great to have a job I love to do, so I looked into it. A requisite part of the job requires conformance to six values (careershub.bbc.co.uk: BBC Values Guide.pdf; accessed 12/02/2015), the first being trust — they claim to be impartial and honest.  They say the second is the audience, and they put them first, stating that their audience “is not all like us and our friends…” and that they “adapt” (to the audiences’ changing needs). Creativity: “We seek out different perspectives, others’ ideas and opinions.” Then why never the Israeli perspective? “We respect each other and celebrate our diversity.” Hah! (Managers): “… They help people move around the BBC.”

I cannot apply for this position; I do not meet their pre-established standards, and do not speak the “voice” of their presentation. They present biased reports against Israel, and I’m Jewish and pro-Israel. Never this twain shall meet.

Anyways, I decided to look for other companies that offer these opportunities to monitor “open source” media, and while doing so, I came across a LinkedIn web post (https://www.linkedin.com/title/monitoring-journalist) with a list of twenty-three monitoring journalists who perform this job (some with similar variances in title or areas) for the BBC in Caversham, Reading, England:

Lamia Estatie (Arabic Team); Sara Fayyad; Lina Shaikhouni; Nesrine Kamal (Media); Juliet Njeri (Senior); Adam Robinson (Media Production); Zainul Abid (Journalist); Tulika Bhatnagar (BBC World); Diana Barseghyan (Translator); Tim Bard-Jones (Senior); Molly Corso (Senior); James Vick; Dina Aboughazala; Evan Ostryzniuk; Mohamed Gade (Journalist); Amira Mohsen Galal (Arabic Media Analyst); Mariam Rizk; Olena Rudenko; Farhad Daneshvar; Nada Hussein Rashwan (Journalist); Oleg Yefimov; Mohamed El Assar; Marina Fokina (Business Management position).

The list is made up of about fifteen Arabic-sounding names, comprising the majority role in the composition of this listing. To be fair, there is another list which has less Arabic-sounding names and comprises the top twenty-four “Senior” monitoring journalists (https://www.linkedin.com/title/senior-monitoring-journalist-at-bbc-monitoring).

Some of the descriptions for the monitoring journalist job (especially the one for Iran: http://careerssearch.bbc.co.uk/jobs/job/Monitoring-Journalist-Iran-Team/14111) describe: “… As a monitoring journalist, you will help us show not only what the media are reporting, but also how they are telling the story… Conforms to our editorial standards… You’ll understand and embrace BBC monitoring’s purpose and vision with the ability to implement this into everyday editorial tasks.”

Perhaps these factors might help to explain why the BBC so often portrays Israel in a negative light? Now, one might be inclined to think that people are entitled to their viewpoints, as we are accustomed to, and even insist, upon doing here in the U.S.

But the BBC is the British Broadcasting Corporation, and it is operated as a state-run entity, and so is an institution of the British government run for public consumption, in effect. So, it is, in its way, representing official dogma of the British government in its operation. And so, when it presents biased reportage favorable to the Palestinians and accusatory to Israel (and by extension, to the Jews), then it is presenting what would be deemed to be British policy, per se, on-air.

By not showing the story of the Jews’ thousands-upon-thousands of years of life being lived in the Jewish homeland of Israel, it presents a contrarian point that shows the BBC as a biased operator, favoring the side of the Arab enemies who attack the Jews. Their broad-based spectrum as a world service with portions of their operations (full support was cut from other streams of revenue a few years ago) funded through the government give it an unprecedented platform from which to trumpet their message. Such a responsibility should be shouldered with dignity and forthrightness — all found lacking in this single-minded endeavor.

Arab and/or Islamic terrorism has (once again) reached Europe, and England is experiencing some of its after-effects. As in so many other issues, we are still at a point where we can reverse course while we are able to, rather than charge straight into the lion’s den. The mouths of these lions will not be shut up and will devour, roar and rage against all in its path. I would hope that the leaders of those respective countries would fight against and tame that wild beast. Stay tuned for full coverage and news at 5:00 p.m.

 

Additional (November 25, 2019):

 

I turned off commentary to my site, and, so, had to delete individual comments, too. The respondent, one of those listed on the Linked-In site attributed to BBC, had written of his objection to his name appearing in my posting. My response to him, way back then, and which I’m adding to the original post now, was the following:

 

Dear Mohamed,

That my little, tiny blog post reached your attention surely means that the reach and scope of BBC’s ‘monitoring journalists’ is vast (or possibly that you have an alert tied to your name).

I had no way to know that you would object to being associated with the listing of BBC Monitoring Journalists appearing on the LinkedIn posting (to which I linked in my own post). I would have been remiss to have left your name off after having transcribed all the other ones so diligently. Surely, I couldn’t do that, and you would have to agree that leaving you off would have been slovenly.

The LinkedIn listing is apparently fluid, as new names appear not previously noted. If the LinkedIn post was inaccurate and I was wrong and you don’t work for the BBC, then I apologize. You shouldn’t be associated with the BBC (or anti-Semitism for that matter, as referenced in your statement) if it’s not true.

You have contacted the wrong person regarding this matter as I do not work for the BBC, nor do I control the LinkedIn account to which someone posts the (alleged) BBC’s rostrum of staff. Your confusion can be addressed by immediately contacting LinkedIn and the BBC to inform them of their mistake in listing you amongst their staff, as I see that you are still listed in the LinkedIn posting. Perhaps that would solve the conundrum of your objections to appearing in a post of “BBC Monitoring Journalists” were you to be removed from such listings.

Would you believe I almost didn’t list you in my own post? I did notice that of all the other journalists, yours did not have a title. Rechecking it again, I see that you have listed “Writing and Editing,” although those descriptions would more aptly apply to the departments to which they correlate, rather than titles such as Writer/Editor might imply.

Your reply includes a “bbc.co.uk” designation, which I will not list here. If you are with the Legal department and speak for the BBC, your right to do so would be called to question, as this is not, you will note, an article about Mohamed El Assar. The scope of my article is varied and wide, and touches on: Judaism; “blood” libels against Jews; the Biblical story behind the Jewish celebration of Passover; Jewish Law; the expulsion of the Jews from many lands (including England); various Jew-hatred efforts, such as the Inquisition, pogroms, the Final Solution, ghettoization, etc.

The edicts against the Jews have been top-down and bottom-up. I touch on the “Arab Spring” and the civil warfare ongoing in the encompassing region, and of refugees and vetting of such. I write of intelligence gathering and sharing. I also write of a job search conducted for myself, leading to the BBC advertisement for the monitoring journalist position and my further discovery to the BBC Values Guide, as well as the LinkedIn post (only after that).

I almost did, ironically, leave your name off the post — the omission of your title amongst all others made it seem unimportant — but my aforementioned argument that you were included in the LinkedIn “BBC Monitoring Journalists” list won out — before even your reply!

I see that you are also being vague in not succinctly stating your argument. You state that you “do not cover that area at all,” which implies that you do cover something. What, specifically, are you referring to as the “area” in my post which you do not cover?

As mentioned, they are many — mainly dealing with this Jewish girl’s writing on Jewish things and my job search. I would certainly hope that you would not “cover that at all!”

But you have chosen to make it your business, I see. 38KB of data you took in that simple response to pursue an illogical action unwarranted on your part. If you indeed do not work for the BBC and wish your name removed from the LinkedIn post, you must contact those agencies directly. If you address these matters satisfactorily and prove that you have done so to me, then I may consider removing your name after the appropriate agencies have removed it first. Thank you for drawing attention to yourself in this way, so that I can correct the spelling of your name: Mohamed El Aassar.

 

 

For a sampling of sites and incidents on the issue of BBC anti-Semitism, see:

Soffer, Ari. “BBC Anchor Apologizes for Anti-Semitic Comment at Paris Rally,” January 12, 2015; Arutz Sheva: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/189837

Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA)’s subcategory, BBC Watch: http://bbcwatch.org/

Korol, Tabitha. “Bias at the BBC,” January 19, 2015; Opinion Piece; The Jewish Press: http://www.JewishPress.com/in-depth/opinions/bias-at-the-bbc/2015/01/19/

Further Information/Updates:

Sela, Hadar. “New Report Again Highlights BBC’s Gaza Conflict Reporting Failures,” December 12, 2015; Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA): http://bbcwatch.org/2015/12/12/new-report-again-highlights-bbcs-gaza-conflict-reporting-failures/

Yahoo news re-post of December 20, 2015 Agence France-Presse article, “Jihadists Stole ‘Tens of Thousands’ of Blank Passports: Report,” citing German newspaper Welt am Sonntag report citing Western intelligence sources: http://news.yahoo.com/jihadists-stole-tens-thousands-blank-passports-report-154955786.html

Additional Information (January 14, 2016):

Kent, Simon. “BBC Admits ‘Jews’ Anti-Semitism in Israel Coverage,” July 9, 2015; breitbart.com.: http://punditfromanotherplanet.com/2015/07/12/simon-kent-bbc-admits-jews-anti-semitism-in-israel-coverage/; (breitbart: 2015/07/09).

Crossley, Lucy. “BBC Reporter Faces Calls to Resign After He Tells Daughter of Holocaust Survivors After Paris Attacks: ‘Palestinians Suffer Hugely At Jewish Hands As Well,'” January 12, 2015 (Updated: January 17, 2015); MailOnline, DailyMail.com.: http://www.dailymail.co.UK/news/article-2906539/Calls-BBC-reporter-resign-told-daughter-Holocaust-survivors-Paris-Palestinians-suffer-hugely-Jewish-hands-well.html

Asserson, Trevor. “What Went Wrong at the BBC: A Public Monopoly Abusing Its Charter Through Bias Against Israel,” January 15, 2004; Jerusalem Viewpoints, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.: http://www.jcpa.org/jl/vp511.htm

Proclaiming Justice to the Nations. “BBC Admits ‘Gaza Under Attack’ Images Fabricated” (reprinted from an original article by Nick Hallett on July 8, 2014, entitled “Watch: BBC Admits ‘Gaza Under Attack’ Images Fabricated” at breitbart.com.: http://www.pjtn.org/bbc-admits-images-fabricated

Sela, Hadar. “The BBC Says Only Jews Can Be Terrorists, Not Palestinians,” January 7, 2016, Algemeiner.com.: http://www.algemeiner.com/2016/01/07/the-bbc-says-only-Jews-can-be-terrorists-not-palestinians

Harris, David. “Why Won’t the BBC Call Charlie Hebdo Attackers Terrorists?'”. clarionproject.org; January 27, 2015:

(https://clarionproject.org/why-wont-bbc-arabic-call-charlie-hebdo-attackers-terrorists/)

 

Update (November 25, 2019):

 

An article by JNS published in World Israel News yesterday (November 24, 2019), summarizes a report by the Church of England which acknowledges the role that Christian beliefs have perpetuated in leading up to the Holocaust, during the genocide of six million Jews. The article states that the Church of England issued a large report (I’ll see if I can track it down) admitting that such attitudes did, indeed, play a role in leading to Jewish deaths. The fact that this is a hard matter to publicly admit means that, in light of new anti-Semitism rearing its ugly head, this country realizes its ashamed behaviors, and, perhaps now, is really on a path to begin the process of healing (themselves, and the Jewish people). I’m heartened by this. I hope it is for real, and not just propaganda for a good PR image. I believe in Britain, and I believe they will, at last, hopefully do right by the Jewish people. Good luck, England, and I hope you can exit the accursed, anti-Semitic European Union. Go, England! With love, your little children.

 

JNS via World Israel News. “Church of England: Centuries of Christian anti-Semitism led to Holocaust”. worldisraelnews.com; November 24, 2019:

(https://worldisraelnews.com/church-of-england-centuries-of-christian-anti-semitism-led-to-holocaust/)

 

 

Here is a link to the non-commercial pdf file of the report:

 

(https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2019-11/godsunfailingwordweb.pdf)

 

 

 

 

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Any Leader of a “State” without Recognized Borders is Illegitimate

Any Leader of a “State” without Recognized Borders is Illegitimate.

One can only legitimately negotiate with leaders of recognized, sovereign states which retain lines of demarcation iterating their borders.

Additionally, agreements reached by unrecognized parties to negotiations between states would be invalid because the individuals are talking in an unofficial capacity. If they are not government officials representing their state, then they have no standing to conduct business in any official capacity, nor should any conclusive agreements reached by them be deemed to hold valid standing.

Furthermore, there must first exist recognized sovereign borders delineating a state in order for there to be any type of official status conferred upon a ruler over the governance of this physical land mass. While it is possible for a government, or one of its rulers, to exist in-exile, the land mass must have first been a recognized body with incorporated boundaries prior to the exile of its leader(s). This holds true in any form of government that exists now: whether kingdom, democracy, theocracy, parliamentarian or other category.

A group of people do not constitute a nation when they usurp the name of a land mass ruled over and named by other people, such as during the times the Romans ruled over the vassal state they conquered from the Jewish people, renaming it “Palestina” to remind the Jews of their former vanquished nemeses, the Philistines. The history books, the Bible, and other extraneous outside sources relate this aforementioned domination over the Jews of Israel in their sources — not once mentioning an Arab people, person, or language in this entire period occurring approximately two thousand years ago. A new people cannot just usurp that name and assert that they are the rightful, indigenous people of that region — yet, that is what the present-day, so-called “Palestinians” are doing.

What is their proof that they were the original inhabitants of this land? What was the name of their currency or their kings/rulers? For how long did they rule? Where is the material evidence to support this assertion? Where are the written sources to confirm proof of this statement? The last several decades can’t be counted in the propaganda of that assertion, as that is only an assertion without validity or proof. What about what is written in any outside sources? There is nothing to confirm the existence of a so-called “Palestinian” people in any outside sources.

When it is said that Israel has no partner with whom to negotiate peace, it is therefore a truism, because the Jews are really the people who were called the Palestinians by the Romans to begin with! Secondly, the Jews have ruled over Israel/Judah for thousands of years under a theocratically-styled governance at first, and then under at least 31 Kings in succession thereafter, even when they internally split into two kingdoms (the Northern kingdom and the Southern kingdom) before reuniting again, and even in more recent times under a democratically-elected Parliamentarian style form of government. We have even retained vassal kings (like Herod) who ruled over Israel at the time of occupation by others. We have also had a succession of Maccabaean rulers and Hasmonean dynastic rulers, all Jewish. We’ve even been ruled over by Mandatory assignees, when the Ottoman Empire (Turkish governance) lost the war and had to cede Israel to the League of Nations, the former name and pre-cursor of the same agency which became today’s familiarly-titled United Nations.

While most people may not be familiar with all these different Jewish rulers which have reigned over Israel, they probably have familiarity with at least some of them. The Old Testament stories tell of many of them, and our Chanukah holiday speaks of the Maccabaean successors who reigned victorious over the Roman occupiers and recaptured our Temple from the pagan idolaters.

And what stories can you tell about the so-called Arab people being referred to as the “Palestinians” today? What anecdotes can a schoolchild recite about the deeds of a valorous king amongst the Arab people? Any young teen would certainly be aware of our former Jewish king, David, wouldn’t they? Do you think they might know the name of King Solomon, also another of our Jewish kings over Israel? Indeed, I think they would.

The so-called Palestinian Arab people referred to today are a mixture of Arabs from differing backgrounds and birthplaces. Most of them moved to Israel after its establishment in order to find work and receive better wages than they would have in their neighboring Arab states. There were relatively few Arabs living in Israel during the Ottoman reign anyway, as they were mostly ruled in a feudal-style arrangement whereby the rich Arab effendis employed tenant serfs to farm their plots of land in an absentee-ownership basis. When the Arabs then again lost an aggressive war they pursued against the already established state of Israel in modern days, most of these Arab tenant farmers and Arab squatters sitting in Jewish properties then left Israel, hoping to just mosey on back into their ill-gotten holdings when the war ended. Except, they didn’t anticipate that Israel would win the war (and mostly every other one they’ve ever tried to wage against us)!

One cannot negotiate with one who has no legal standing to do so. The so-called recent elections to governmental-sounding Palestinian administrative positions, such as President, is just a false formation of an entity which has no legal basis or standing, as there exists no internationally recognized border lines over which these so-called government officials would reign!

I could call myself president of Randy-land, based on a name I made up after my own moniker, but that would not make me president over any square inch of land anywhere in existence, would it? I could even appoint additional members from my family to this governmental ruling body and call it an administration, but that still wouldn’t make it legitimate, right? So, why would this standard apply to the Palestinians, who have appointed themselves, or even voted others into, such positions?

None of it is valid or legitimate. It is all just null and void!

 


 

Of Additional Interest (August 20, 2018):

 

Mohamed, A.Z. “In Islam, Jerusalem Is Not Mecca”. Gatestoneinstitute.org; August 16, 2018:

 

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/12844/islam-jerusalem-mecca

 

 

 

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Who Supports the Palestinians?

In the preceding half-century in America, the civil rights movement was joined and supported by many Jewish people, many of which have given their lives in the efforts to promote equality among people of differing races, religions and other definitions. Jewish people particularly know persecution and oppression of their people, whether through personal, first-hand experience, or via second-hand knowledge gleaned through stories handed down from their ancestors or other sources. Because such instances are the subject matter of entire books of Jewish history, each particular happenstance cannot be mentioned here, as they are too numerous and encompass too broad a topic. Such of these can be distilled in actual names given to these occurences: the Inquisition, pogroms, the Holocaust, etc. Whether through active participation or passive existence, the Jewish people have been a targetted group for hatred directed at them from people the world over, in modern and in archaic times.

Bias promulgated against a particular group of people is known to many groups, and is still being fought against today. Even here in America, civil rights were not known by the Jews, having been treated as second-class citizens within its communities. Through many decades, American Jews have fought back against the policies of the institutions and people which would exclude them from housing, education, professions and recreation. Small gains were realized in court battles and in the battle of public acceptance, slowly, but surely. However, the process has remained incomplete and has even backslided, as the victories which have emancipated the doctrination of the biased have still not disappeared in the attitudes and actions of the people meant to ensure non-discrimination.

The fact that these attitudes, and their resultant consequences through actions, have resulted in the perpetuation of anti-Semitism here in the United States, indicates that old teachings and biases are passed on through the ages via parental modeling, educational pursuits, and other methodology.

In today’s day and age, as we mourn the passing of a titan like Nelson Mandela, whose recent memorial service was attended by the likes of over one-hundred dignitaries of all racial backgrounds, and was attended by the first of our Black, American presidents, it is hard to believe that we still have miles to go to realize equality in the tip of Africa, just as we do in the whole of America.

How is that so, you say? Well, the educational system here in America is still fraught with an ideological line that perpetuates the lie that Jewish people are not entitled to the land of Israel, the land of their forefathers, and must turn it over to the Arabs who have self-declared their hatred of the Jewish people and declared themselves enemies to them. The Arabs are so virulently attached to this ideology that they will attack the Jewish people physically, emotionally, spiritually and any other way I haven’t mentioned.

I have written about the origins of the land of Israel in other entries and other places, but you won’t find much of this representation elsewhere. And that is where the problem starts. Because the education system is telling a wrong, mean-hearted story against the Jewish people by declaring that they are usurpers in a land not theirs, when in fact it IS their land, is turning the whole world against the Jews. Denying our heritage and ancestry, by any means, is a crime against our people. Making up a history, or appropriating a wrongful history, such as the so-called “Palestinian People” are doing, is also a crime against the Jewish people.

Continuing in this vein, it is equally stunning that our elected officials perpetuate the physically harmful policies that result in our state department declaring that they believe in a two-state policy meant to divest Israel of their land. I have heard it said that during or after the second World War, many Nazi Germans were incorporated into the state department or the CIA or in many another official capacity. Certainly, it would seem that way, given the anti-Jewish and Pro-Arab stance our officials have taken in the more than sixty years since.

It has continued today in our state department with the hiring of John Kerry, in the continuing American policy of our overall government, and in both governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations that our present and former officials support — whether emotionally, with their time, or with our own, tax-payer funded dollars.

I recall at one time, many years ago, when John Kerry was being ribbed about the great wealth of his wife, Theresa Heinz Kerry, doyenne of the Heinz Ketchup emporium, due to her family association. He had responded, in essence, that her wealth was her own, and that he practically had no wealth, to speak of. Sometimes, the complete separation of wealth or the financial dealings of the other may remain unbeknownst to one or the other of the spouses, but it would hardly appear, in dress, or in other manifestations, that this would be the case of Mr. Kerry. The Heinz Endowments and their family philanthropies have given extensively to organizations, such as Tides, which in turn support radical left-wing groups, including the Council on American Islamic Relations, whose supporters have included violent, jihad-supporting members and others co-affiliated with terrorism, or the ideas espoused by Arab terrorists.

In addition to military weapons and war machines, with which our government deems fit to outfit terror-sponsoring countries, our hard-earned dollars also go to support “slippers-on-the-ground” actions (my coined term for non-military boots-on-the-ground efforts) to benefit the Palestinian cause via developmental efforts provided gratis (“free”), in their behalf, such as laying pipe in Jerusalem and outlying areas to divert water from the Jewish state for the Palestinians, via USAID (United States Agency for International Development) and other like-intended groups.

Nationally, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency is the only national refugee-relief organization dedicated solely to one people; the rest of the world must come under the aegis of the UNHCR (the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). While the UNHCR also provides assistance to Arabs and other Muslim countries and people, the UNRWA is concerned solely with so-called Palestinian people or other Arabs said to have been displaced in the Arab-Israeli War of 1948. The UNRWA has consistently been a source of terror attacks upon the Jewish people and State of Israel, and has often bankrolled known terrorists on its payroll in the past.

Other means by which American support reaches the Palestinians is via NGO’s (non-governmental organizations), which have quasi-official recognition. One such NGO is called Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (TYO). This NGO supports Palestinian and Lebanese efforts, affiliates and locations, such as Nablus (which we Jewish people say is Shechem). Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (TYO) is supported by: The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA); Cherie Blair (and probably her husband, Tony, former Prime Minister in England, must certainly know about this) via cherieblairfoundation; Bill Clinton (and probably supported by Hillary, of Secretary of State and BenGhazi fame) via clintonglobal initiative; JP Morgan; and USA consulati general Jerusalem! Tony Blair is supposedly living in Israel, working as an unpaid envoy to the “Middle East Peace Process,” but who, in fact, favors the Palestinian cause and supports their efforts.

Following is my letter to President Obama regarding keeping the so-called West Bank, which is actually Judaea and Samaria, in Jewish hands, and his response sent me via email, in addition to a second email of my continued response to him (I never even really read his response; perhaps I’ll do so now. All I had to do was see “two-state solution” to know that getting him to see the truth was a futile effort):

It is a shame that the United States’ policy toward Israel continues to promote apparent discrimination against the Jewish people. Israel is held under sovereign rule by itself now, thank goodness. Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, whether considered to be on its “east” or “west” sides. Please alert John Kerry that homes are homes; not some kind of impermanent “settlements,”and that if room is needed for expansion, we can build where we please. Also, please stop aiding and abetting the “enemy” with weaponry, which will be turned against both Jewish and Arab people. Thank you.

Following is the response received to my first (most-recent) letter to the White House (there were also photos/videos attached):

Dear Randy:

Thank you for writing. I have heard from many Americans concerned about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and I appreciate your perspective. I remain committed to a sustained diplomatic effort to promote peace in the region, because achieving a secure and lasting peace is critical not only for Israelis and Palestinians, but also for their neighbors and the United States.

Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict demands our immediate and continued attention. For generations, the conflict has taken a terrible human toll, and continued instability in the Middle East makes us all less safe. We must open a more hopeful chapter in the story of the Holy Land.

Through comprehensive and sustained efforts, we can achieve the goal of two states: a Jewish state of Israel and a viable Palestinian state, living side by side in peace and security. This approach requires working with Israelis, Palestinians, and other stakeholders over the long term, and my Administration will do just that.

I encourage you to join me online and read more about my Administration’s approach to this complex issue and other critical foreign policy matters at http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/Issues/Foreign-Policy.

Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Sincerely,

Barack Obama

I sent an email reply, copied below, but have never received any additional responses or information; I guess his stance is included in the link which was provided to me, in his (probable) form letter above:

Dear President Obama, Family and Staff:
Thank you for your recent reply to my question with regard to Israel. I appreciate your quick response, and the fact that you even responded, at all.
Again, I think US Foreign Policy needs to readjust itself to facts, which it continually ignores.
So-called Israeli “settlements” are not illegal; Jewish people are entitled to “settle” their own land, and build as they see fit. Israel is a sovereign nation, and the Jews have been it’s developer for, oh, THOUSANDS of years.
Under British and French Mandates, our land was already illegally ceded to the Arab people, in the so-called land of Jordan. Therefore, Arabs already live in a land of “Palestine”. Frankly, it should be given back to the Jews, if anything at all!
Forget about Israel giving further land to the Arabs. Tell them, too bad — it’s not yours to take.
Also, don’t attack Syria. The Arabs say they’ll retailiate against Israel, which has nothing to do with America’s decisions, but Israel will be scapegoated for the poor US decisions.
Focus on jobs, of which I need one (going on practically four years now!)
Forget healthcare — we cannot afford it as a country, and those who have bankrupted the system are exempted from contributing to it, anyways!
Keep illegal immigrants out, or send them back to where they originated from.
Thanks Again,
(my name was placed here)

With Arab bad behavior rampant, it forms the model for getting what you want. Threaten and Attack? Good behavior! It is rewarded with billions of dollars in U.S. monetary aid, food, and weaponry (with which to attack Israel). Be nice and acquiesce (Israeli/Jewish behavior) and don’t make waves, or, if you’re the Jewish state, you won’t receive any weapons, help, or assistance. A nuclear rogue state has threatened your existence off the map, you say? (Can you recall Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the former president of Iran, threatening to wipe Israel off the map? or into the sea? Well, I remember…and I won’t forget!) Wonderful! Now you’ll be rewarded with lifted sanctions and all the time in the world, while Rome fiddled and the US dithered, so that you can make sure to be able to get all the fissile material you might need to dirty-bomb or nuke Israel, as you so want to do! And we, the United States of America, which had no reason to address and bring up the issue, when our former sanctions were already so finely in place, decided to bring them up again in order that we could lessen the sanctions on Iran and give them time to annihilate the Jewish people! Yay for us!

Obviously the above is my facetious Jewish humor coming out. But, I cannot stress to you the importance and significance of John Kerry and the United States’ actions in the above matters. They are crystal clear.


 

Additional Reading:

 

https://www.algemeiner.com/2018/05/02/its-time-for-unrwa-to-go/

 

Update / See post and video (June 30, 2019):

 

Sandler, Ebin – via secondary: World Israel News. “WATCH: Stop Calling Israeli Towns ‘Settlements’ says Trump Advisor”. worldisraelnews.com; June 29, 2019:

https://worldisraelnews.com/watch-stop-calling-israeli-towns-settlements-says-trump-adviser/amp/

 

 

Update (June 30, 2019):

 

President Trump’s “Deal of the Century” reminds me of the USAID program, a program which has been in place for many years, surreptitiously, since being mostly unknown, working to advance Palestinian aspirations by developing infrastructure for their people, much like the above NGO’s (which I also discovered) listed above, have been doing. I discovered USAID in the early 2000’s. Unfortunately, I was too scared to say anything, and my blog did not yet exist. Now, it’s pretty well-known, and the EU has also been illicitly adding its own structures for the Palestinians on Judean land. At one time, I was of the opinion that we should just build country-club style communities, with pools and tennis courts, in Jordan, so the Arab people calling themselves “Palestinian” could live “side-by-side” to the Jews, as they state is their desire, in “Palestine,” of which the eastern lands were wrested from the Jewish home, anyways, to become “trans-Jordan” (which means “across the Yarden” River from Israel), and then “Jordan,” after still more land appropriations. I think I even suggested this to President Obama – – I know I’ve written it for a long time. But, now, I’m sadly pessimistic of providing any financial support to all these regimes who declare themselves enemies to the Jewish people. Like negotiating with Yasser Arafat, it gives a dwindling entity a chance to absorb more energy and power to advance its never-changing goals to destroy the Jews and Israel — and that, to me, is the worst deal of all time. So, I love President Trump, but I hope he can wisely steer in the right direction for this matter of life and death that often occupies both my mind and time.

 

 

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Embassies

Embassies have been on my mind quite a bit lately. I don’t know why, but they just seem to have popped into my conscious awareness without abating. When a constant image or thought invades my brain without letup, it’s usually a bad omen. Normally this occurs to me in the thought of certain individuals. If someone’s visage or name pops into my head and sticks there for several consecutive days, it sometimes turns out as a pyschic sign that something bad is about to, or has just, occurred to this individual.

Well, for several days I have had “embassies” on my mind. Why this should be, I have no idea. Now I find out that there is concrete warning of “chatter” coming from the Islamic world that puts “Western” embassies on alert to a viable threat against them. U.S. assessments apparently find enough justification in these assertions to warrant closing approximately twenty-one U.S. embassies around the world, especially in the Middle East.

I believe these to be credible warnings, and therefore find a particular comment aired by a caller to the Michael Savage radio show last night to be rather amiss. Recognizing this individual’s voice as a frequent caller-participant to the show, the man named Louis declared that the U.S. embassy located in Tel Aviv-Yafo in Israel was to be closed, as well. The caller basically asserts that he does not believe the U.S. warnings to be credible, as everyone in the Middle East would be running to the Tel Aviv embassy for protection, and so by closing this embassy, he feels it offers irrefutable proof that the closures are a hoax being somehow foisted upon the gullible public from the U.S. administration to gloss over their previous failures.

This is like comparing apples and oranges; it is an illogical and incorrect statement, anyway. Many days ago, and before the present accusations came to light, I wrestled with whether I should relay the information I’m about to, below. I feel it is important for many reasons — and mostly because they fortify my claims that the U.S. media are biased and anti-semitic.

For the most part, one rarely hears about bombings perpetrated by Muslims in Israel. This confirms my feelings that because the bombing victims are mostly Jewish, they do not warrant coverage by the media, which is indeed a biased viewpoint. Here are some other things you might not have known:

The following bombings have all occurred on the same street in Israel, but at different times. They represent the possibility that the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv-Yafo can INDEED be attacked by fifth-column Muslims living in Israel, as the following demonstrates.

Now, don’t forget — all these bombings which I’m about to tell you about, below, all took place on the same street, and within sight, pretty much, of each other. First, the Dolphinarium disco bombing which took the lives of many Jewish teenagers. Yes, this was quite a long time ago, but that doesn’t erase its memory in the eyes of the families of the Jewish parents whose children were killed.

Second, the more recent Mike’s Place bombing, which killed several people. While the U.S. Embassy may indeed be a well-guarded and fortified construct, the bombing which occurred at Mike’s Place took place directly across the street (on the same side) from the U.S. Embassy. Was this a misplaced attack? We do not know.

Third, nobody mentions that located between the Dolphinarium and the indoor/outdoor cafe known as Mike’s Place is a mosque, which hosts many individuals who could represent a serious threat to the safety of the citizens of Israel, as well as posing a danger to the interests of Western civilization.

This represents the ultimate sacrifice towards the precepts of democracy — don’t you think? And wouldn’t you think that Israel’s detractors have some thoughts to think about calling Israel biased?

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Half-Truths

  • On June 12, 2012, I wrote a post about some of the Biblical placenames of Israel which are located in the Judaean/Samarian region of Israel, now more erroneously referred to as The West Bank. These locations, in addition to being given to the Jewish people by G-d, were additionally purchased with money by our Jewish ancestors in order to confirm beyond any doubts that these lands were ours.

Now, and as always, the world community wishes to deprive us of our ancestral heritage and land, by declaring that parts of these territories belong to Arabs, erroneously called “Palestinians”.

While various Arabic-speaking people, such as the Ottoman Turks, or the Egyptian slave-descendants known as Mamelukes, or others such as the Romans (who changed Judah’s/Israel’s name to “Palestine” in the first place) have periodically occupied Israel over various periods in its embattled history, the present world community does a grave injustice to the Jewish people by declaring the Jews persona non-grata in their own land.

Recently, Perry Stone (preacher of Manna-Fest) and Irvin Baxter (preacher of End of the Age) have both confirmed the fact that places such as Bethlehem, Beth-El, Hevron and others, those being wrongfully called “The West Bank” do, indeed, belong to Israel under the Jews, re-iterating comments I wrote in my June 12, 2012 WordPress post, and adding additional sites, such as the threshing floor in Jerusalem purchased by King David of Israel himself for the building site of the First Temple of Israel in Jerusalem.

While I do thank both ministers above for beginning to set the record straight on these issues, I must note that I take umbrage in the fact that they continue to perpetuate additional falsehoods by omitting important information. In stating that parts of Jerusalem belonged to Jordan prior to the late 1960’s, they mistakenly draw a false presumption that the territory has ALWAYS belonged to Jordan. This is actually untrue. Jordan, on the east bank of the Jordan river, is part of historical “Palestine”. “Jordan” was actually acknowledged as land historically belonging to the Jews, together with the rest of the land located on the western side of the Jordan River known as today’s “Israel”. Neither preacher mentions the fact that when the Ottomans lost the war, Palestine was given as mandatory territory in trust by the League of Nations (the United Nations’ first name) for the Jews. England was recognized as the Mandatory administrator over the land, along with Jewish agencies. (France was given the Mandatory administration over the northern parts of the land, that is today “Syria”.) However, the land on the eastern side of the Jordan river (now called “Jordan”) was ripped away from the Jews — twice: “TransJordan” and “Jordan” — and given to the Arabs. So, because all of the land on BOTH sides of the river have been called “Palestine” since Roman times, the Jews were the first people to actually have been called “Palestinians,” not withstanding the Philistines noted at the time of King David (at which time they were “THEN” in the land) in Gaza (‘Aza) and a few small areas, who seem to have disappeared from the record, except as imagined in their sudden twentieth-century resurrection by the arabs of today. Pottery from archaeological finds in those areas point to a style which is found, as well, among the kind originating in Greek culture. It is posited that these may be the “Sea People” mentioned in Egyptian records. Funny, huh?

 

Additionally, land appropriation of the 1920’s, when the eastern side was given to the Arabs, was totally illegal. One would never know that from the omission of this information by all who are anti-semitic. Jordan declared it’s independence (from the other half of “Palestine” in Israel) in around 1946. They did not have any land on the western side of the Jordan — as a matter of fact, they had not even had the land fronting their side of the river, but they were additionally (and illegally) given that, as well. So, they received a number of land allotments from the land originally supposed to be Jewish. When Israel declared its own independence in 1948, Israel was attacked by all the Arab nations around it, including by Jordan. While Israel won the war, Jordan managed to cross the Jordan river and take over parts of Jerusalem, including the Old City. By international standards, this war of aggression was illegal, and so their “occupation” of Jerusalem has also been illegal. From the rantings of the preachers, one would think that this illegal Jordanian occupation lasting only nineteen years, from 1948 (when Israel declared it’s independence) until 1967, when Israel regained the land after being attacked once again, constitutes “forever.”

So, I thank the televangelist preachers for letting the world finally know that the Jewish claim to the land is accurate, and acknowledging that even the Arabs know that this is true, but that they can’t admit to it, as they would lose their whole reason of existence, and they would really like to have the land. The fact that the Arabs already have numerous other countries is of no consequence — it’s just that they hate the Jews THAT much. However, I DO wish that the preachers would stop being so careless as to contribute to the death of Jewish people with such erroneous claims. Standing idly by and doing nothing, giving false information on which others base groundless claims leading to the death of our people, and other such atrocities, are still an act against G-d and the Jewish people. You are still commiting sins: claiming falsehoods against your neighbors, and abetting in the murder of our people.

 


 

Of Additional Interest (August 20, 2018):

 

Mohamed, A.Z. “In Islam, Jerusalem Is Not Mecca”. Gatestoneinstitute.org; August 16, 2018:

 

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/12844/islam-jerusalem-mecca

 

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Devil’s Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam (American Empire Project) – by Robert Dreyfuss

This is a very good book; different, somewhat conspiratorial, but definitely unkind to Israel.

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2012 Presidential Cabinet Picks

My 2012 presidential cabinet picks would include (posted July 23, 2012):

 

1) Rudy Giuliani. I liked his stance and effectiveness on getting rid of crime in New York, as well as when he turned down the Saudi Arabian contribution check after the incidents of 9/11. I would place Giuliani in a security position: perhaps FBI head. With his tough stance on crime, I don’t believe we’d be seeing the recent fiascos we have been.

2) Alan Keyes. I admired his truthful confrontation on television’s Fox channel with “Palestinian” Saeb Erekat and the refutations he would counter to the Palestinian propaganda machine. Mr. Keyes knows his facts and can command an authoritative presence. He would be well placed inside the State Department, ridding that agency of Arab apologists. He would also be a great spokesman for the U.S. in this position, as well as being an ally to our real friends (who certainly need one, at this time).

3) Allen West. He would be a fantastic military commander and I would enjoy having him as head of any of the following security agencies: NSA, CIA, or FBI. I think it is important to have someone in this position who understands who the sworn enemies of the U.S. and democracy are, and Mr. West, indeed, has demonstrated that he does. I lean toward placing him with either the NSA or the CIA.

Well, perhaps I will update this list at some later time, when I can think of other people I would enjoy seeing in this presidential cabinet of 2012.

(Additional Picks – July 26, 2012):

4) Joe Arpaio – Head of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) or Border Patrol. His tough stance on securing our borders is much-needed in a time of escalating drug cartels, gangs, terrorist infiltrators and others who would cause us much harm.

5) Chris Christie – Vice President. While I’m not familiar with his particular stance on various issues, I am impressed with the rhetoric spoken of him by the conservative party. His upbeat attitude and high energy would be a much-needed adjunct to the sort-of “nice-guy” perception and wallowing floppiness sometimes displayed by presidential contender, Mitt Romney. The two would make a great pair, and Mr. Christie would help keep Mr. Romney on-track and on-message. If there were any liberal-leaning tendency in the Romney camp, Mr. Christie would be sure to line him up on the correct course of action.

6) Mitt Romney – two-term president! While I am personally scared of a waffling reign in which Romney will revert to Romney-care, I hope that he has found himself the correct, Conservative path to follow.

(Additional Picks – August 11, 2012):

7) John Bolton – I don’t know where he is now or what he’s doing, but he did such a fantastic job at the U.N., I’d love to see him there still. Or someplace else, where his effectiveness could match the top-notch quality of his thoughts. He has been the staunchest friend to Israel that the U.S. has produced, along with Alan Keyes (see above), and, if you’re a friend to Israel, then everything else would naturally fall into place: security would be correctly addressed, and the L-rd would again bless the U.S.A. A top diplomatic spot where he can do some real good would be the best place for him (like in a tough stance in support of Israel — which is the same security needs facing the U.S.).

8) Dick Armey – Has taken a tough stance and said nice things about Israel in the past. Do not know whether the verbiage matches the actions (this is often a problem amongst Israel’s self-described “friends…”).

9) Herman Cain – I’m not so sure I was well-enamored of his 9-9-9 tax code plan, but I am sure we could find a spot for him, somewhere.

10) Donald Trump – a position in commerce, such as: negotiating new trade reform with China, firing the waste-spenders in government, creating jobs and getting the energy sector going would be among many things for which “The Donald” has already shown aptitude.

11) Joe Kaufman – Although only a local Florida contender vying against Karen Harrington for a seat in Congress, Joe has been a major player in the fight against terrorism. Because he is a doer, and not just a talker, his strong, no-nonsense actions translate into integrity. I can see him eventually placed on the Ways and Means Committee, or Appropriations — ensuring military and other expenditures are wisely utilized for the U.S.’s maximum efficiency and security.

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Leaks? (a.k.a. The Much Too Promised Land – by Aaron David Miller)

Why is my life so Forrest Gump-like? Except that it’s also quite Murphy-like (i.e., being in the wrong place at the wrong time… or, if anything can go wrong it will go wrong).

Well, with talks of leaks, bandying about of the name Tom Donilon, etc., and other things, it makes me wonder if there’s any relevance to this book with current events. Despite hating this book because it represents, in my own personal opinion, the best efforts of Jewish people in positions of authority to accomplish the destruction of the Jewish State/Israel by doing whatever it takes to “make peace” with self-declared arch enemies, the person who wrote it (Aaron David Miller) speaks of his (and his job of redacting national information becoming declassified), Dan Kurtzer’s, and Sandy Berger’s (the man who stole information from the National Archives) efforts to take down the state of Israel by giving away land to usurpers, bit by bit. Strange how these same names are implicated in giving away Israel, and these crimes of doing away with information. What information was stolen and/or redacted? One can only wonder.

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Bethlehem, Hevron and Bet-El

Vayyeze:

And Ya’aqov went out from Be’er Sheva, and went toward Haran. And he lighted on a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them under his head, and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of G-d ascending and descending on it. And, behold, the L-rd stood above it, and said, I am the L-rd G-d of Avraham thy father, and the G-d of Yizhaq: the land on which thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; and thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places to which thou goest, and will bring thee back to the land; for I will not leave thee until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of. And Ya’aqov awoke out of his sleep and he said, Surely the L-rd is in this place; and I knew it not. And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! This is no other than the house of G-d, and this is the gate of heaven. And Ya’aqov rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put under his head, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil on the top of it. And he called that place Bet-El: but the name of that city was called Luz at first.

Ya’aqov (Jacob) had received the blessing of his father, Yizhaq (Isaac), and left Be’er Sheva to stay with Lavan, his mother’s brother, in Paddan-Aram, both to escape the wrath of his brother, Esav (Esau), and to take a wife (both Leah and Rachel, my “namesake”). Serving twenty years for Lavan: six years for the cattle he received, and seven years’ apiece for both Leah and Rachel, he explains to his wives about his dream; I am the G-d of Bet-El, where thou didst anoint a pillar, and where thou didst vow a vow to me. Now arise, get out of this land, and return to the land of thy birth.

Adam and Chavva (Eve)/Shet (et al)/Enosh/Qenan/Mahalal’el/Yered/Hanoch/Metushelah/Lemekh/Noah/Shem/Arpakhshad (and also Aram)/Shelah/Ever (Ivri?)/Peleg/Re’u/Serug/Nahor/Terah/Avram/Yizhaq (and Yishmael and others)/Ya’aqov (and Esav–the “twins;”–“two nations”)/Re’uven, Shim’on, Levi, Yehuda, Yissakhar, Zevulun, daughter Dina (of Leah); Dan, Naftali (of Bilha, maid to Rachel); Gad, Asher (of Zilpa, maid to Leah); Yosef, Binyamin (“Ben-Oni”) (of Rachel): the sons of Ya’aqov are the twelve tribes of Israel (Ya’aqov).

Terach and Avram (with wife Sarai, et al) went from Ur-Kasdim to go into the land of Kena’an and came to Haran and dwelt there. Terah died there. Avram and Sarai (et al) went from Haran –

 

   …and into the land of Kena’an they came. And Avram passed through the land to the place of Shekhem unto the terebinth of More. And the Kena’ani was then in the land. And the L-rd appeared to Avram and said, To thy seed will I give this land: and there he built an altar to the L-rd, who had appeared to him. And he removed from there to a mountain on the east of Bet-El, and pitched his tent, having Bet-El on the west, and ‘Ay on the east: and there he built an altar to the L-rd, and called upon the name of the L-rd. And Avram journeyed, going on still toward the Negev.
There was famine, and so Avram and Sarai (his wife) went to Egypt, and then afterwards, back to the Negev.
And he went on his journey, from the Negev even to Bet-El, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bet-El and ‘Ay; to the place of the altar which he had made there at the first: and there Avram called on the name of the L-rd.
Avram had to separate from Lot (the son of Haran, begotten also of Terah) as the land could not bear the great substances of each. Lot went east to Sedom and Avram dwelt in the land of Kena’an.
And the L-rd said to Avram, after Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thy eyes, and look from the place where thou art, northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward; for all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever. And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it to thee. Then Avram removed his tent, and came and dwelt by the terebinths of Mamre, which is in Hevron, and built there an altar to the L-rd. (Mamre the Emori, brother of Eshkol, and brother of ‘Aner: and these were confederate with Avram). Here, Avram is called Avram the Hebrew (Avram Ha-Ivri).
Avram begets Yishmael (by Sarai’s maid, Hagar). Thirteen years later, the L-rd speaks to Avram, reiterating the great plans he has for him: that He will hold a covenant with him, make him the father of many nations, change his name to Avraham, change his wife’s name to Sarah, and personally choose the name of his second-born, Yizhaq, whom Sarah will bear, and via whom he will continue his covenant forever through the seed of Yizhaq.
Avraham went back toward the Negev and dwelt between Qadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar, which had a king over it named Avimelech. The two made a pact, and Avraham gave Avimelech sheep and oxen and set aside seven ewes of the flock by themselves, signifying that Avraham dug that well — thereby, he called the place Be’er Sheva (be’er meaning “well,” and sheva meaning “seven”).
The field and cave of Machpelah, in Hevron, was purchased for four hundred shekels of silver by Avraham of the children of Het as a burialplace after Sarah died in Qiryat-Arba (City of Four — likely a reference to the Patriarchs).
Ya’aqov leaves Paddan-Aram after twenty years with Rachel and Leah and his household and goods, sending messengers and presents ahead of his encounter with his brother Esav to the land of Se’ir, the country of Edom (“Red;” as in Esav’s coloring, and as in the red pottage of the exchanged birthright of the first-born). On his way from Paddan-Aram, Ya’aqov pitched his tent in Shalem, on property he purchased for 100 pieces of money from the children of Hamor, the Hivvite prince of the country. Ya’aqov built upon it an altar and called it El-elohe-yisrael.
Hamor’s son, Shekhem, saw Dina; pining with love for her, he took her and defiled her, though he hoped to marry her.
Though Ya’aqov was aggrieved that this trouble had arisen and that his sons, Shim’on and Levi, slew the men and plundered the city of its wealth and inhabitants, Ya’aqov and his retinue then buried their strange gods and went to Bet-El, as the L-rd enjoined of Ya’aqov to do. Rivka’s nurse, Devora, was buried in Bet-El beneath an oak.
They journeyed a short way onward, when Rachel gave birth to Binyamin (Ben-Oni) and was buried in Bet-Lechem (Bethlehem) on the way to Efrat.
While sending everyone ahead, Ya’aqov wrestles with a man all night, after which he is told that he has contended with G-d and with men and has prevailed, and so he accordingly received the name, Yisrael.
The brothers (Ya’aqov and Esav) then meet, and all is forgiven. So Esav returned to Se’ir, and Ya’aqov built a place in Sukkot.
The sons fed their father, Yizhaq’s, flocks in Shekhem, and Yosef was sent by Yizhaq, wearing the long-sleeved coat especially made for him, from the vale of Hevron to check on them. This was when his brothers cast him into a pit, from which he was retrieved by passing Midyan merchants and sold for twenty pieces of silver to the Yishme’elim, from where he was transported to Mizrayim (Egypt) and sold to Par’o’s (Pharoah’s) chamberlain, Potifar, a captain of the guard.
Yosef is called “the Hebrew” by Par’o’s wife many times and is thrown into prison as an innocent man, accused by Par’o’s wife of going in to her. He is finally released and restored to his previous position overseeing all of Par’o’s things — and in the end, saving both Egypt and his family in Israel from famine.
As you can see, many of the place names written about in the Bible have permeated our consciousness because of what was handed down to us in the original Hebrew (or Aramaic) of the Bible, known as the Tanach, an acronym formed by its root letters: “T” (Torah: the Five Books of Moses — Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy); “N” (Nevi’im — “Prophets”); and “K” (Ketuvim – “Writings”). Ancient scrolls and artifacts, such as bullae (clay seals, usually with writing on them; often used, for instance, by Israel’s kings) continually attest to the veracity of the stories enfolded within the Torah. And yet, the naysayers quote by rote that none of this is factual, despite statistically unimaginable correlations to the contrary.
Bet-El is among the first holy namesakes given to the land by our forefather, Jacob (Ya’aqov/Israel). Hevron and Bethlehem are two others, and are especially holy as the final resting spots of the tombs of the Patriarchs. Recently, Arabs destroyed the Tomb of Joseph, hoping to continue to obliterate our irrefutable presence since ancient times upon this land.
 The rest of the worldwide community, raging with seething hostility for the apparent “chosenness” assigned us by G-d, demands that people with no traceable historic proof of lineage to this land be deemed the real, indigenous natives of the land, with full title thereof. The Pelishtim, Kena’ani, Yevusi, Emori and all the others of the Bible assimilated, were vanquished, or were just plain eradicated out of history without a trace. Other than fanciful supposition by wishful thinkers hankering to get their hands on a piece of the Holy Land, these people faded into history, much like what had occured to the two “lost” tribes east of the Yarden (the Jordan river), when we were overrun and attacked.
The Jews didn’t just rage out of the four corners of the earth to usurp a land not their own. Not only the Bible, but continuing sourcebooks written throughout our history and also during long periods of our exile in various lands continue the story where the Bible leaves off at the end of the Old Testament and brings us smack-dab to the present day.
Outside sources, corroborating their attacks upon us, verify that each external occupier came to attack the Jews/Ivri/Yehuda/B’nai Yisrael/(whatever you want to call us), and that it, indeed, was us (the Jews) they attacked again and again (which means that we were always there). Therefore, it goes without saying that the Land that the L-rd has given us is not free for us to be giving away to others. This gift remains a trust given in perpetuity by the L-rd to his people Israel, the Jews.
Many people join us there, though some for non-altruistic purposes. Our leaders should not be forcing Jewish people out of their homes and off their lands — we have enough jealous enemies attempting to do so at every turn. If you lost a war any time you waged one and never had to suffer loss of territory, if would behoove you to keep trying. In fact, even when the land you preside over was once a part of the Jewish homeland or meant to be set aside for such and recognized by law as such, what would it matter if you received that portion of the land (Transjordan-cum-Jordan) in an illegal land grab by the Mandatory powers assigned as (temporary) stewards over so-called “Palestine?”
This is what happened, with the Arabs receiving the Jewish mandate land and renaming it Jordan. They didn’t have any land on the western bank of the Jordan river when they declared independence in 1946, so they conquered that portion of what belonged to Israel in an illegal war they raged against Israel in 1948, basically just after Israel’s own later declaration of independence.
The Arab states encompassing Israel that were also newly created by declarations of independence in the same decades surrounding Israel’s independence joined together to attack their Jewish neighbor. Most lands supposedly claimed by Arabs were usually parts of Jewish land. Just because “Jordan” came across the river and overran the Old City of Israel due to an illegal, aggressive war and subsequent short, nineteen-year occupation of our land, does not entitle every Omar, Sammy and Mohammad to move into the place forevermore, especially when they lost the territory back to us (smiley face here).
When the powers that be see Israel gaining ground in a war waged against them, they always put a halt to it when the enemies are prevailing against us. If we win territory back (nothing we hold now is an expansion of our territory; we are a severly truncated nation of our once glorious selves, relegated to a moth-eaten remnant of one of the oldest proven civilizations on earth), we are forced to turn it over without recompense and without concession from our enemies, declared and otherwise.
   The people of Gush Katif formerly held homes and occupations (work) in Gaza. They were forcibly expelled in 2005, their homes and property turned over to Arabs who did nothing to earn them. They still have no homes and have received no compensation for their losses.
Where is the world outcry over yet more Jewish refugees? What about the 3/4-million or so Jewish refugees who lost their homes and properties fleeing Arab lands and Arab wrath in 1948? Where is the outcry from the world about that? What about the recent expulsion by the Israeli government of Jews living in Migron? And the latest Jewish population areas to be placed upon the chopping blocks include Hevron and Bet-El.
In Hevron, Jews purchased a building previously owned by Arabs. It seems the Arabs are now saying that the validity of the building’s owner was in question and the sale should be void. Did the Jews get their money back? Did the Arabs put up collateral property to give the Jews in place of this bogus trickery they’re purporting? Did the Jews get their day in court prior to being unfairly evicted without cause? No, no, and no. This is not due process. This is bending over backwards to accommodate abuse. This is the sick, Israeli Left — the people who don’t want the burden of owning the Land of Israel and prefer to present it on a silver platter, along with necks outstretched, to their enemies. Take our heads, please…they seem to intone, to everyone around them.
Bet-El, Bethlehem, Hevron…..
These names are Biblical placenames belonging to Israel — part of Judaea and Samaria, for those of you more familiar with those names. These names are what are being referred to as part of the so-called “West Bank.” Where is the disconnect in people’s minds to the Jewish connection with these names? David (of the House of David), son of Yishai, who became King over Israel, was a simple shepherd from Bethlehem. And the people of today somehow insist that this land belongs to Arab “Palestinians,” that country’s name being given to it when it was run as a vassal state by the Romans!
I, too, had a disconnect…I used to write of all the technical and medical advances which have come out of Israel, still somehow thinking that Israel was an ancient-looking expanse of sand and camels. This was not the reality, although it exists in small part; nor was I disappointed at what I found there — a vibrant land of promise and prophecy.
However, like vultures around a carcass, or sharks in frenzy-mode, once the smell of blood and decay stirs the senses of the enemy, they come circling to pick clean the bones.
I once thought that Israel had learned not to worship the golden calf — now this bull is being led by its horns to the slaughterhouse.
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Here is an interesting article on the Biblical town of Shechem:
My bat-mitzvah portion was Genesis 28: 16-22, which you can read, here (scroll down to the appropriate verses):
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Update (October 11, 2018):
Read how UNESCO promulgates anti-Semitism by claiming Jewish heritage sites belong to “Palestinians”:
Cohen, Guy. “UNESCO: Rachel’s Tomb is ‘Palestinian'”. israelnationalnews.com; October 10, 2018:
Update (February 22, 2020):
Shindman, Paul. “UNESCO, Israel and the Weaponization of Culture”. honestreporting.com; February 18, 2020:

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Help the Economy — End Financing to Terrorists

Congress recently passed a vote to withhold further funding to the terrorist Palestinian Authority. With the swipe of a pen, President Obama released this aid, amounting to $192 million USD, which will likely be used to further anti-semitic verbal attacks and physical assaults upon the Jewish people living in Israel and elsewhere, via rocks and rockets. Much as I agree with US policy to further democracy abroad, the end result, in all actuality, has been so far from this ideal. I wish it were not so. And as much as I wish this delusion were not reality, all the wishes in the world cannot stop the onslaught against the Jews that the Arabs perpetrate against us. Of course, this matters not a whit to the powers that be — as usual, I hate to say it, but the blacks and the jews seem to be the least of anyone’s priorities (hence the practically non-existent help to the African nation fighting off Islamic powers that are committing genocide there)! Never again? When will they learn!

 

Rosenberg, David. “Report: UK Bankrolling Fogel Family’s Killers”; Arutz Sheva / Israel National News; March 27, 2016: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/209936

 

Update: The idea to just stop funding terrorists, as I try to put forth, seems to be gaining traction. A recent NY Post editorial promotes the defunding of the Palestinian Authority. It’s a good start, but we musn’t limit it to just thos group. We must end financing to all those promoting violent terrorism. And that means funding to all Islamic nations must end.

 

Post Editorial Board. ” It’s Time for Uncle Sam to Stop Funding Palestinian Terror”. New York Post; July 1, 2016: http://nypost.com/2016/07/01/its-time-for-uncle-sam-to-stop-funding-palestinian-terror/

 

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So Sick of Red Cross Anti-Semitism

For more than 60 years, the Red Cross has been a savior in a sea of hurt. However, for 60 years, this has excluded Jewish inclusiveness into its organization. Why, might you ask, would the Red Cross allow its ambulances to carry terrorist bombers in its International Red Crescent trucks? And why, might you ask, would the Red Cross allow the symbolism associated with Islamic nations to be plastered on its ambulance trucks, but not the “Jewish Star?”

That is a good question, and one that has still gone unanswered after more than 60 years of its operation. For most of its years, the Red Cross would not even admit the Jewish Red Magen David Adom (Israel’s “Red Shield of David”) agency into its operations. Even with its reputation among the top in the world for its medical care, Israel has not been allowed to be part of this organization which has allowed the Muslim crescent-and-star symbol to operate.

There have been ongoing responses from the Red Cross, stating that the symbol of the cross is really not associated with Christianity, and is a medical symbol. A similar argument has been used by countries which use a depiction of the cross upon their national flags — stating that the Cross had nothing to do with Christianity (although we all know that this is a farce, and that, indeed, it does — the argument is used just so that they can portray the symbol without penalty).

Finally, in recent years, Israel would be allowed to be a member of the organization if it would abide by new regulations stating that it should change its symbol to a red “crystal,” a red rectangular object of no particular significance, so that it would not offend anyone. And pray tell, why should the Jewish star be offensive to some, whereas the cross and crescent would not? Under these symbols, the Jewish people have been persecuted and killed for millenia! Yes, read that right — millenia! And it still goes on to this day. And this is not supposed to be offensive?

So, I do not understand why there was supposedly a recent full-page ad taken out in newspapers to boycott support for Magen David Adom. I disagree wholeheartedly with this effort! Magen David Adom must be supported! It is the only non-partisan medical staff of the three which will accord human rights to ALL, regardless of religion, race, or creed.

Please support Magen David Adom, so that the victims of Kassem and Katyusha rockets in Israel can be transported to facilities where they will be cared for by medical staff of all religious and national backgrounds, and so that the victims, who may be comprised of all nations (Israel has amongst the most diverse backgrounds of people in the world) may be treated indiscriminately.

 

Related:

Staff: Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA). “Red Cross: Palestine Red Crescent Society Acted Impartially in Attack on Jewish Family”. November 18, 2015; Jta.org: http://www.jta.org/2015/11/18/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/red-cross-palestine-red-crescent-society-acted-impartially-in-attack-on-jewish-family/

 

Added Information:

Marcus, Itamar and Maurice Hirsch, Adv. “Special Report: PA abuses goodwill of International Red Cross (ICRC) to pay salaries to Palestinian terrorists in Israeli prisons”. June 22, 2017; Palestinian Media Watch:

https://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=21365

http://www.jns.org/news-briefs/2017/4/26/red-cross-head-says-israel-not-an-apartheid-state#.WQMTTHMpDqA=

 

Jewish Press News Briefs. “Hamas Caught Using Cancer Patient to Smuggle Explosives into Israel”. Jewish Press.com; April 19, 2017:

Hamas Caught Using Cancer Patient to Smuggle Explosives into Israel

 

Pileggi, Tamar. “Red Cross Asked to Expel MDA Over Emblem Violation,” September 20, 2015; The Times of Israel: http://www.timesofisraelcom./red-cross-to-weigh-expelling-mda-over-emblem-violation/

 

Volli, Ugo. “Sparare Sulla Croce Rossa”, May 13, 2013; Rassegna Stampa/Rubriche/Cartoline, Informazione Corretta: http://www.informazionecorretta.com/main.php?mediaId=&sez=280&id=49159

 

Kurtzman, Daniel. ” Red Cross Knew of Nazi Death Camps, Records Show”, January 3, 1997; jweekly.com: http://www.jweekly.com/4807/full/4807/red-cross-knew-of-nazi-death-camps-records-show/

 

Mayer, Jane. “Fallout at the Red Cross”, December 24, 2001; The New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2001/12/24/fallout-at-the-red-cross/

 

More on Arab Use of Medical Facilities/Transport toward Terrorist Purposes:

EMET News Service. emetnews.org: https://emetnews.org/analysis/hamas-uses-medical-facilities-and-ambulances-for-terrorist-purposes.php

 

 

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Al-Durra-ble

Heal your heart

the hatred has consumed it

Break your heart

into pieces of stone

Reveal your face

the cover of cowardice

inkiness of night

all alone

Fight like men

the power of the sermon

wall of shame

only ten years old

Died like dog

hanging on your legs

reprisal cold

no, attacked by your own

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Forgotten View

Where are you?

But I feel your touch

I know that you know

again; this is the

second time I’ve written

this,

having forgotten it,

again; the first time

when you kissed me

and it was again;

again I know

and though you have

forgotten; it is I

who remember

How can you forget?

How do you know?

Are you the L-rd?

Muhammad the Prophet?

How can I feel you

and this you feel, too,

because you tell me

first, so that I know

it is really real

and no illusion

but this is what you felt

or said you did, but didn’t

and so did I, but we

really didn’t feel that

And what was real and true

became a parody that we

didn’t know how to grasp

without letting go

My soul had died when my

first marriage died; I

don’t know when it will

return; but my incarnate

lives have known you all

along and returned to you;

but this time it was

worse; it did not work;

We did not learn when

we asked for and received

that second chance to

live our lives again better

the second time – we both

forgot this promise

Still, you know

You are still there as I

cry and feel your spirit

and your face

and you are not there

But the reality and that

which is true

is that you know me

and move heaven and

earth for me, so that

I feel you

completely

and know that I did

not find Khalil Gibran’s

books, as well as the others,

by chance

and that I did not find

the hurricane lamp;

some force of reason

causing me to think of

replacing Sami’s genie

lamp with one of another kind; and not

until this moment, when

the oil lamp was found and

brought home and the

Khalil Gibran books were

found and brought home

and the moment was exactly

right when I lit the lamp,

moved it about the table

until I got it right and

had it near me, then opened

the book and came

almost immediately to a

poem he wrote about his

love, asking her to place

the oil lamp near her face

so that he can read

with tears what his life

has etched on her face

and to fill the lamp and

not let it dim —

KIMG0063

How could you know?

How could this be?

Touching me through other pages

other Arabs

one I think, although

I wouldn’t look, sitting

next to me on the bus,

for my own protection,

unable to look

shy

crying at the end for

believing this as a symbol

sent by you

thanking him in silent

gratitude for not moving

and remaining by me

for you

and thinking of you

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5,000 Years Hence

G-d came to me in the form of an Arab

and I, as the Jewess, the temptress, the seductress,

knew this not

Humanity came to me in the form of an Arab

and it touched me,

but I ran,

hoping to hide myself away from it’s reach

Conscience beckoned to me

in the form of an Arab

and I shook my head

and denied it

Truth came to me

in the forms of many Arabs

calling from my past

All the souls from the days since our beginnings

are tied up in this land;

All contribute to the feeling one gets of the

connection to this land

We hold hands, this Arab and I,

in a meadow of long-grass

We are happily at one

these more than 5,000-year-old people,

this Arab and I,

for we know completely,

the souls of each other and

completely are we so in love

5,000 years later,

upon seeing one another again,

We have not forgotten –

No, our souls have not forgotten

the joy of one another,

but our lives have changed

and the times have altered our landscape

We have allowed the dust of the dry bones

to settle among us and to grow stale

our knowledge of one another.

We have now become unrecognizable to one another

as we accuse each other

of falsehoods that belong to other people

until it drives us apart

But our souls ache for the spirit that we know

that still resides

that will have to wait

for eternal time

some time

maybe 5,000 years from now

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Somewhere near Ashkelon

We are not our souls

We live not as we were intended to be

Instead of being for each other

We each lived according to “me”

You kept on interrupting

the plans I had made in my life

the commitment to school

the language and rules

all changed when you made me your wife

You said I was done

when we became one

and we now would go on with your scheme

The vision you planned

of the house on the sand

and a restaurant, along with this dream

But the house on the sand

made of dreams did not stand

and it crumbled away with the sea

For had I been for you

and had you been for me

than together we would have been “we.”

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V’Atah/After All

Brilliant mind,

two souls intertwined

I thought you would leave

your past actions behind

But thousands of years

through grief and through tears

shows that Judaism and love

are most certainly blind

Blind to the cruelty of hatred’s intentions

Blind to the scheming of man’s machinations

Awaiting the day

when the world will say

We acknowledge your people,

your history, your nation

Alone we now stand

Exiled from our land

Our people have borne each concession

Alone we will stand

With our L-rd’s guiding hand

As we wait for the final redemption.

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The Arabs in History – by Bernard Lewis

From 1947 through 2002, this book has remained in circulation, updated and revised as the author has felt necessary. Great works will stand the test of time, and Mr. Lewis’s works are the tomes toward which many a serious scholar of Middle Eastern studies turns.

The writing is exceptional, the tone always appropriate, with much information reduced to a freshly readable economy of scale and pertinence. A most dedicated and worthy author of the subject matter.

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The Arab World: An Illustrated History – by Kirk H. Sowell

A book chock-full of the chronological and who’s-who type of information necessary in order to lay down a historical narrative for the arab people, complete with a glossary of terms used in the arabic language helpful to the lay person toward an understanding of the cultural underpinnings of its society.

Although the mass of information is such that I would personally acquire such a book for a personal collection, the book does maintain a negative stance on Israel, which passes for “even-handedness” in today’s biased viewpoints against the Jewish national home.

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The Semantics of Warfare

Aren’t imperialism and colonialism fairly recent terms to imply victorious conquests over territory or people not previously belonging to you?

By changing the definition of warfare, we assign diametrically opposed meanings to the same outcome. Earlier wars, such as those under Alexander (“the Great”) are considered “just” and “gentlemanly;” those of Britain’s past and of America’s founding are being lumped into an imperialistic/colonial classification. No longer must usurpers declare open warfare, each side delineated by clearly marked boundaries and uniforms — the Viet Cong surely changed fighting methodology, and terrorists emulate the no-holds-barred strategies: fighting in civilian clothing, conducting warfare from densely populated civilian zones, using children and others as human shields, kidnapping, beheading, hostage-taking, ransoming, creating and using illegal weaponry (like Kassam and Katyusha rockets) in a civil war against people in neighboring towns.

I’m not really so sure I could kill another human being. Call me soft, but that’s what I think living in the relative safety of the United States has done to color my outlook. What my ancestors before me fought to uphold, their sacrifices to hold onto or to let go of the life that our L-rd has given us in order to be able to be Jewish and to stay alive with that designation through the thousands of years to my own present time, has not been one that others have allowed us to live easily.

For a brief while, it appeared that so-called civilization would, indeed, act in a civilized manner toward us. Sure, I’ve experienced some subtle and not-so-subtle bouts of “anti-semitism” in my own life: a favorite co-worker whispering to another coworker to indicate that Jews must be “the Devil” (they had been openly discussing the Passion of the Christ movie and knew I was Jewish; however, at one point, she had to whisper her words so that I would not hear); being told I could not be hired specifically because I was Jewish — not believing my ears, I again asked the person to repeat what was just said, and again I heard the same thing (and this does not count as anti-semitism because places which are religious do not need to hire outside their faith). In all fairness, I thought the Holy Land Experience constituted a theme park based on life in Israel; little did I know that it was really attached to a mission. Not that I would mind, but there had been no previous indication of this in the parking lot, prior to entry. Had there just been a posted sign indicating this, then all would have been fine.

There is alot of anti-semitism these days. I thought we had gotten somewhat past that — you know… all the pestering of the community-at-large we’ve had to do, just to be able to spend a day at the beach, or attend a country club. Yes, my mother still remembers signs on the beach in Miami prohibiting blacks, Jews, and dogs! I suppose it was not so obvious for us, as our skin color kindof blends, but it sure didn’t help us in Europe preceding War World II, nor does it help us in “proper circles” today.

In a roundup of some recent news articles, here’s what’s happened recently:

Mahmoud Abbas is trying to censor the internet that Palestinians might see; a Colorado synagogue was vandalized on Hitler’s birthday recently; Jews are being evicted again and again from our Homeland — already in Migron, and soon to be from Ulpana in Beit El (ps — being a female, Reform Jew means that I read from a Torah portion on the bimah (podium); my portion was about Jacob laying his head down upon a rock (when he dreamed about the angels and the ladder) and calling the place Beit El (although it was previously called Luz), and saying surely G-d is in this place, and I did not know it? Do we not know that G-d is in this place? Did He not indeed tell us so?

Mostly, I want to thank Israel supporters: this would be G-d first; also, a thank you to my parents, and a special thank you to those who support Israel.

Here is a particular thank you deserved for someone whose article I just read: Romeu Monteiro — I don’t know him, but he just wrote an article about how he was transformed from an Israel hater to an Israel supporter; the article can be read at Israpost.

 

Update (December 6, 2019):

 

Bard, Mitchell. “Losing the Semantic War on ‘Palestine'”. algemeiner.com; December 5, 2019:

(https://www.algemeiner.com/2019/12/05/losing-the-semantic-war-on-palestine/)

 

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