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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!

If you’d like to make a recommendation or a suggestion, please write me at the comments box in the “About” page or via one of the posts. Thanks! I look forward to “hearing” from you!

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 – 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)

 

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)

 

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)

 

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)

 

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.

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)

 

Hadar Ozeri: Beautiful Psalms and more. Find her music on YouTube. Some of her great songs inclue: 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)

 

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)

 

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

Avaya – Hatikvah:

(https://youtu.be/pI974v1Jdig)

 

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

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

 

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.

Idan Amedi – Mah At Margishah:

(https://youtu.be/AeH0XKsiq_4)

 

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

 

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’Gvanah); All Together; Purple Royalty (Shoshanah Ya’Akov); Dancing in Mezrits;

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

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

 

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)

 

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)

 

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)

 

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)

 

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)

 

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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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.

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/

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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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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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