Awesome: I've been blocked by Steve Salaita
I am sure that many of you remember Steven Salaita, the professor whose
offer of a tenured position at the University of Illinois was withdrawn
after the trustees discovered his Jew-hatred
. The University was eventually censured
by the American Association of University Professors, and Salaita landed at the American University in Beirut
Earlier today, Salaita tweeted this
(which I can no longer see, but if someone wants to send me a screen cap, I'll add it to this post without disclosing who you are), and I responded with this:
Gee, I was such a naughty boy today.
Those liberal academics are just so open to criticism.
Now, if only I knew why Jeffrey Goldberg blocked me. Took me over a year to notice.
Labels: academic boycott, anti-Semitism, BDS, Beirut, Hezbullah, Lebanon, liberal academia
That'll bring back the American mainstream....
The next chairman of the Democratic National Committee?
How can Jews still vote for this party? (Rhetorical question).
Labels: American Jews, Keith Ellison, National Democratic Party
Rotting in hell together
Even though Obama
won't say it, I will (as did Trump
Castro was an enemy to Jews, Israel
and to every decent person in the world.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Donald Trump, Fidel Castro, Marco Rubio, Mike Pence, Tom Cotton
As terror fires burn all over Israel, Obama is silent
During the Sabbath there were terror fires all over Israel
, the largest ones being a fire that has residents of Neve Tzuf - Halamish in Samaria still outside their homes
, and the relighting of a fire in Haifa.
I'd like to share with you a post I saw on Facebook this evening of someone who was evacuated from Beit Meir, a Moshav in the Jerusalem - Tel Aviv corridor, during the wee hours of Friday morning, together with his children and pregnant wife.
For the record, for those who still delude themselves that this is about the 'territories,' Beit Meir is within the green line that constituted Israel before 1967.
Israel Radio reported on Friday that seven homes in Beit Meir were destroyed. But that understates the terror that the residents suffered on Thursday night. The terrorists purposely set the fires to block all the exits from the Moshav, so that the people had no place to flee until the firefighters arrived and cleared a path for them.
Here's the post. More after the post.
At around 2am this evening, terrorists set fire to my small mountain village of Beit Meir. They lit multiple blazes, surrounding the only exit from our moshav with a gulf of flames.
As you can imagine, this made it exceedingly difficult for myself, my pregnant wife, and two kids to escape to safety. We, along with our neighbors, were trapped.
After about an hour of harrowing confusion, firefighters managed to clear a path for the 100 families of Beit Meir to flee the inferno. I watched as dozens of righteous firefighters and police faded into the smokey distance of my rear view mirror.
We fled to Beit Shemesh, and were warmly taken in at 330am by Rabbi Gerzi and his unceasingly kind family.
For what's it's worth, I got out my phone to document the deluge. Perhaps it will give you a glimpse (as it did for me the first time) of the first hand horrors wrought by terrorists seeking to harm innocent civilians.
It's 438am now, my kids are back asleep, and my village is no doubt still in flames. My parents are on a plane, somewhere over the Atlantic, oblivious to the chaos that awaits their arrival in Israel. Houses are still ablaze and the forest is a sea of fire. I don't know if I will have a house to return to. I just hope everyone managed to escape safely.
Pray for us.
Posted by Yaakov Lehman on Thursday, November 24, 2016
Meanwhile, the self-proclaimed 'most pro-Israel administration evah' has been silent
Now a report is finally emerging that a U.S. asset is deploying to
Israel to help fight the fires. But it’s not assistance being provided
by the U.S. government. The Israeli government has arranged with the company Global SuperTanker to send its unique Boeing 747 supertanker firefighting aircraft to Israel for support. The plane will arrive on Friday.
Public communications about the supertanker’s deployment have been
somewhat stilted – in contrast to the simple, heartfelt thanks expressed
by the Israeli government to the foreign governments that have stepped
up to provide assistance.
Benjamin Netanyahu put it this way, regarding the deployment from Global SuperTanker:
“It needs to be understood that the firefighting planes
currently being used are not able to operate overnight. There is only
one plane that has this ability, and that is the Supertanker. I
instructed that it be brought here. It will take 24 hours to come from
the US. We only use it in extreme situations. We don’t use it for
everything but I prefer that we have too much rather than too little,” said Netanyahu.
Basically, this careful wording means Israel hired the plane. The
U.S. government isn’t providing it. (Netanyahu would never say of aid
provided by another government that “he has instructed that it be
brought” to Israel. He would publicly thank the other government, as he
has done with all the foreign governments providing actual assistance.)
And not all Israelis are impressed:
However, the arrival of the supertanker has come in for
criticism from some quarters. “This is a matter of politics and less of
an operational need. We weren’t given the opportunity to express
ourselves on the matter,” a senior member of the rescue services was quoted as saying.
To the extent it’s political, I read this as Netanyahu covering (once
again) for the bad attitude of the Obama administration: arranging for
an American asset to be involved in this Israeli emergency, because the
longstanding ties of Israel and the United States are more important
than the petulance and bad faith of an outgoing administration.
There is considerably more the administration could be doing.
By the way, nothing has changed since that post. I just googled "Obama Israel fires" and that is the most recent post.
And the Democrats are promoting the meme that Trump is an anti-Semite and a Nazi. The real anti-Semite is the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Labels: arson, Barack Hussein Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu, firefighting equipment, firefighting planes
If you're wondering where I've been, I'm swamped with work and have borrowed one of my wife's computers because mine is being repaired (long overdue). So I haven't had time to post today.
But I'm sure you've heard of the return of ecoterrorism. We have fires all over the country - much of the city of Haifa has been evacuated. It's dry and windy - a recipe for fires as it is - and when you add 'Palestinian' use of fire as a weapon against us, it's been a disastrous couple of days
Fires from an estimated 220 points of origin have broken out throughout central and northern Israel since Wednesday and assessments by police have strengthened suspicions that many were deliberately set and were nationalistically motivated.
Boaz Ganor, founder and executive director of the International Institute for Counter- Terrorism, told The Jerusalem Post that, “even if a portion are intentional, it is not organized.
It’s not that you have a terrorist organization giving orders to their members to carry out fire attacks, though maybe in a few hours you can have groups like Hamas claiming the fires.”
But “one thing is clear,” Ganor said. “It is not a new form of terrorism. Arson attacks and setting fires in populated areas or forests are a well known modus operandi of terrorist groups, and not only in Israel.
In the ninth issue of the English-language Inspire magazine, released by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula in 2012, a significant portion was dedicated to attacking the United States by starting wildfires. The magazine listed instructions on how to ignite forest fires and the materials required, and instructs readers to look for two factors needed for a successful wildfire: dry conditions and high winds.
“When we define this phenomenon as ‘fire intifada’ – words used by the media, politicians and laypeople – we are overestimating the phenomenon,” Ganor told the Post. Nevertheless, Ganor explained that the pictures on social media networks of flames in the center of Haifa and surrounding Jerusalem are “heaven for those who may want to join the so-called ‘fire intifada,’ especially if you add the false reasoning of revenge for banning the call to prayer.”
Ganor says “we should not exaggerate the terrorist motivation behind the wildfires,” stressing that “the conditions right now are perfect for fires, with an extended period of dry weather and strong winds.”
Michael Horowitz, director of intelligence at Prime Source, a Middle East-based geopolitical consultancy firm, agreed. “It is too early to conclude that this is a “new form of terrorism,” but it definitely can turn into that because of the virality of the trend,” he told the Post, adding that “it’s been praised by Hamas, and the hashtag “Israel is burning” is trending in Arabic. The mere perception of success can be enough to encourage copycat attacks.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday visited the Fire and Rescue Service’s coastal district forward command center, where was briefed on the efforts to put out the fires, many of which he said are “deliberate acts of arson.”
In Haifa, senior firefighter Shimon Ben Ner, told Army Radio that “I know for a fact that they tried to set fire to the department’s station in Haifa deliberately, to cause the Haifa fire department to be paralyzed.”
Earlier this evening, there were reports on Israel of 'Palestinians' celebrating the massive fires, many of which are now burning out of control around the country. Stay safe, especially those of you up north.
There's a tanker plane
Labels: firefighting equipment, firefighting planes, Haifa, Hamas