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Thursday, April 17, 2014

You mean the Israeli police can't control this?

Hat Tip: Yisrael Medad.

If the police can't stop this crew, they can't stop anything....

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Slide show: Tips and strategies for fighting BDS

This was sent to me by Honest Reporting.

I hope you find this interesting and useful.


Fighting BDS - Tips and Strategies from HonestReporting




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Released terrorists to be sent abroad?

In what could be a sign that a terrorist release is imminent, General Security Services chief Yoram Cohen is saying that if the fourth round of terrorist releases goes ahead, at least ten of the terrorists would have to be sent abroad.
If, eventually, the “fourth round” of terrorist prisoner releases takes place, the list of those to be released is set to include ten arch-terrorists whose families live in Judea and Samaria – and they are deemed to be too dangerous to be allowed to return to their homes by Shabak security agency chief Yoram Cohen.
A report on Channel Two said that the ten are part of the 26 terrorists set to be released in the deal. Cohen, who will be asked to present his official viewpoint in the event that the terrorist prisoner release comes up for a Cabinet vote, intends to urge ministers to condition the release of these terrorists on their being sent to Gaza, or to an Arab country, and not allow them to return to Judea and Samaria.
In recent statements, Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas has said that he will not accept a deal in which terrorists are not allowed to return to the villages they lived in before their arrest.
What could go wrong?

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Oh my: Abu Mazen's spokesman denies he condemned Hebron terror attack

In an earlier post, I reported on a claim by Leftist Knesset members that 'moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen had condemned Monday's pre-Passover terror attack outside of Hebron. At the end of that post, I wrote:
Horowitz is a useful idiot. The only way for 'Abbas' to condemn terrorism is publicly, speaking in Arabic, by himself and not through others. So much time has elapsed at this point that even that sort of condemnation is tainted at best.
Sure enough... Now that Abu Mazen's supposed 'condemnation'  made it to page 1, we are told today on page 6 that Abu Mazen's spokesman denies the English-language (and Hebrew, but not Arabic) condemnation.
Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Ruaineh said the PA president opposed violence but did not speak out against the attack.
“We are against violence and a return to violence,” Abu Ruaineh quoted him as saying, adding the Abbas “is committed to a total condemnation of violence from any party.”
If you read the whole thing,  you will see that the Leftist MK's are still insisting on their version of the story. Wishful thinking or out-and-out lying? 

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Six13 Chozen (A Passover tribute)

CHAG SAMEACH! This Passover we celebrate our freedom, our favorite festival, our fabulous fans, and aspiring Disney princesses everywhere. :)

Let's go to the videotape.



Moadim l'Simcha everyone.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

'Death to the kikes'?

Some more links from my correspondent on the situation in the Ukraine:
Painting over graffiti that says (Cyrillic: Смерть жидам, Smert' zhidam) Dead to Kikes

I found an original graffiti picture on antisemitism.org.il
http://antisemitism.org.il/article/86471/antisemitic-graffiti

Same day some criminals vandalized a Jewish cemetery, painted swastikas, curse words and tried to make it look like Right Sector (the Ukrainian nationalists) did it, but Chief Rabbi of Odessa and Southern Ukraine Abraham Wolf said that he understands its a provocation by the pro-Russian movement (Link down the page)  (To me, the vandalism looks like a typical teenage/drunk idiot job, cheap and childish)
Pics and video:
http://antisemitism.org.il/article/86489/jewish-cemetery-desecreted

Here is a link and photo of their meeting (Chief Rabbi of Odessa and Southern Ukraine Abraham Wolf (Cyrilic: Авраам Вольф) and representative from (Cyrillic: УНСО) Ukrainian National Assembly – Ukrainian National Self Defence (Wiki link))
http://odvesti.com/archives/6620.html
Im not the best translator and i don't want to send you a wall of text, so ill sum it up: The UNA-UNSF representative said its a matter of honor now to find the responsible people and punish them and the Rabbi said that he understand its a pro-Russian provocation)

P.S. Yep lots of Jewish news but somehow i'm sure that most of it never translated or published in English Jewish media

P.P.S. here is a link to all antisemitic acts aggregated in one place, they have some pics of that murderer from USA too
http://antisemitism.org.il/gallery
No pictures of Cossaks yet - that may be coming next. 

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Call to close Temple Mount to Arabs

Deputy Mayor Dov Kalmanovich has called for closing the Temple Mount to Arabs in response to Wednesday morning's riots on the Mount.
"Tomorrow there will be Birkat Kohanim (the Priestly Blessing Ceremony - ed.), the Chief Rabbis will visit the Western Wall and thousands will flood the Jewish quarter," Kalmanovitz noted to Arutz Sheva, adding that many foreign tourists had visited to celebrate the Passover holiday. 
"It is inconceivable that the Israeli Police prevents Jews, who want to ascend the Temple Mount, from entering, and allows Arabs - who riot - to continue to respect the mosques there and throw stones," he added. Kalmanovitz then called on police "to maintain security" at the Mount - "either by allowing Jews to ascend to the Mount or by closing it completely." 
"We need to make order out of the chaos which erupts at the site every holiday," he stressed. "I already expect Arabs to throw stones tomorrow at the Western Wall. We should teach the Arabs a lesson for once and close it for them [too]."
Kalmanovitz was the first victim of the 1987 'non-violent' 'Palestinian' intifada when the car in which he was traveling was ignited by a Molotov cocktail. 

It's a nice idea but there is very little chance that this spineless government would take that kind of action.

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Abu Mazen kinda sorta - but not really - condemns Hebron terror attack

A group of Leftist MK's visited 'moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen in Ramallah on Wednesday, and reported that he condemned 'all terror', including Monday's Hebron terror attack.
Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz), who was part of the delegation, told The Jerusalem Post that Abbas denounced all terror including the killing of Baruch Mizrachi in Monday evening's terror attack.
"Abu Mazen [Abbas] said this specifically, he emphasized his disgust from bloodshed and terrorism. He said he's willing to participate in the investigation of the attack and to bring those accountable to justice," Horowitz said.
Horowitz expressed optimism on Wednesday that Abbas was a genuine partner in the peace talks. He also said that only a Center-Left oriented government could bring about the end to the conflict with the Palestinians. 
"Today there is a majority in the Knesset and the public to reach an agreement. (Prime Minister Binyamin) Netanyahu's manipulations harm the trust between the parties, between Israel and the US, and also endanger the stability in the region," he added. 
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In addition to what Horowitz said Abbas told the Israeli delegation, a Palestinian official also reported Wednesday that Abbas had condemned the violence.
At the meeting with the Israeli lawmakers, Abbas "condemned violence and the killing of Palestinians and Israelis", said Mohammed Al-Madani, a member of the Central Committee of Abbas's Fatah party.
Nabil Abu Rdainah, a spokesman for Abbas, told a news conference in Ramallah: "We are against violence and against a return to violence."
Horowitz is a useful idiot. The only way for 'Abbas' to condemn terrorism is publicly, speaking in Arabic, by himself and not through others. So much time has elapsed at this point that even that sort of condemnation is tainted at best.

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Kansas City Jewish Center shooter a raving anti-Semite

The shooter who murdered three people (two of them non-Jews) at Jewish institutions in Kansas City on Sunday is Glenn Miller, aka Frazier Glenn Cross. Here's an interview with Miller from September 2012 when he was a Democratic (but don't expect the liberal media to tell you that) candidate for US Senate from Missouri.

Miller, joined the David Pakman show live to discuss whether African-Americans or Jews are a bigger problem, his felony conviction, his racism, and much more. He called host David Pakman a "Jew liar" and plenty of other slurs as well.

Let's go to the videotape (Hat Tip: Sunlight). 



This guy should have been locked up and sent to the funny farm a long time ago....

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Update about the anti semitic leaflets in Donetsk

In an earlier post, I reported on the Jews of Donetsk, which has been declared an 'independent republic' within the Ukraine, being forced to 'register' themselves and their property or to face forfeiture on May 3. I now have more details about those leaflets, which I received via email.
On April 15, 3 people in black balaclavas, gave away leaflets (the one i sent you before) to passersby and glued some on billboards near the Synagogue.
http://rus.newsru.ua/ukraine/16apr2014/donseparat.html

And when i was researching the previous link i stumbled upon another article (on same topic) now in Israeli news web site for Russian speakers
http://cursorinfo.co.il/news/xussr/2014/04/16/zhidov-goroda-donecka-vizivayut-na-registraciyu/

they also added more info; They said that Nathan Shcharansky (I'm sure you at least heard about him LOL) was on Radio Kol Israel talking about this issue (apparently he was born in Donetsk)

I also found a news article about that Rabbi from Simferopol (Crimea) he was forced to run from Crimea after it was occupied by Russian Federation and his Synagogue 'Ner-Tamid' was Vandalized literary the day Russian soldiers moved in on February 28
http://rus.newsru.ua/ukraine/21mar2014/kapustin.html
http://glavnoe.ua/news/n170400

His name is Mikhail Kapustin, he says that he was forced to flee to Kiev, in fear of anti-Semitism
I hope you speak german or know someone, because his only intervew was to German-Jewish website.....
Here is a link www.juedische-allgemeine.de/article/view/id/18660

Here he is a short post where he asks people for help and save Simferopol from Russian occupation (and there is also his picture)
http://evreiskiy.kiev.ua/ravvin-simferopolja-mikhail-kapustin-12870.html

Following him, HABAD representatives also left Crimea, Rabbi Itskhak-Meir Lifshits and his wife Lea, he says that he managed to move out Torah scrolls from Beyt Habad in Crimea to Ukraine mainland. (actually he used the word 'saving',  if its that serious we can assume that he believes that Beyt Habad can be vandalized so he had to move out Torah)
http://rus.newsru.ua/ukraine/21mar2014/kapustin.html
http://glavnoe.ua/news/n170400
Hmmm. I used to be in touch with Rabbi Yitzchak and Leah Lipszyc (that's how it's spelled on LinkedIn and that's how I recall them spelling it) through a couple of mailing lists many years ago. When my daughter and I went to Ukraine in September, I tried to contact them via Facebook, but did not hear back from them.

But I've also heard that Chabad has been backing the Russians (that's what's been reported here in Israel) so I have asked for an explanation.  I will post about this again when I hear back.

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Obama marks Passover with - what else? - a picture of himself

 And Mooch is even in the country....

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Deputy Defense Minister Dannon: Stop the 'talks'!

Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon is urging Prime Minister Netanyahu to stop the 'talks' with the 'Palestinian Authority' over extending the 'talks' beyond April 29 in light of the 'Palestinians' refusal to condemn Monday's terror attack.
Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon told Israel Radio on Wednesday that Netanyahu should order Israeli negotiators not to meet with their Palestinian counterparts – as they are scheduled to do later on in the evening – until the Palestinian Authority officially issues a condemnation of the killing.
“Palestinian incitement continues, so there’s no place for more talks,” Danon said. “We need to stop folding and begging [before the Palestinians].”
The deputy defense minister, who is leading the hawkish opposition to Netanyahu from within the ruling Likud faction, repeated his threat to tender his resignation in the event that Israel frees additional Palestinian prisoners convicted of terrorist acts.
Danon criticized the United States for its “double standard” in pressuring Israel to free Palestinian terrorists.
Israeli-Palestinian contacts to extend negotiations past their April 29 deadline continue, despite Monday evening’s terrorist attack that killed a police officer on his way with his family to a Seder in Kiryat Arba.
The negotiations were to continue on Wednesday, even as Netanyahu held the Palestinian Authority responsible for the murder.
Meanwhile, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki urged 'restraint' and said that the United States disagrees with a New York Times call to give up on the Middle East.

What could go wrong?

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Terror victim descibes Passover eve attack

Terror victim Hadassah Mizrachi describes the terror attack that killed her husband just before the holiday started on Monday.
"We were driving from Modi'in to Kiryat Arba,” she said. “At the Tarkumia checkpoint, we said hello to the soldiers, and kept going. After the first roundabout, a terrorist was standing at the roadside. Baruch shouted 'A terrorist! Shooting!' and pressed the gas pedal.”
"Then I took a bullet,” she continued, calmly. “Baruch's foot was still on the gas. The vehicle started to zigzag. I took the wheel and kept driving, away from the terrorists. I saw that we had gotten pretty far away and lowered the gear. Meanwhile, the bullets were still flying by us and I told the children 'duck down, duck down. Everything is OK.'
"Once I saw that we were far away from the terrorist I took a piece of cloth and covered my bullet holes, I called [police hotline] 100 and informed them that there had been a terror attack, and that they should come, and then when the soldiers came I asked them for a personal bandage to cover my wounds because I have to live for my children.”
Hadassah said that she understood immediately that Baruch had been killed. “He breathed his last breath and immediately fell on me, and I lifted him up instinctively.”
She said that she does not know where she got the presence of mind to save herself and her children from the attack as she did. The terrorist kept shooting, she said. “He didn't give up, and I didn't give up either." Otherwise, she said, “we would all have been slaughtered.”
"We have five children, she said, “and they too will grow up and serve the country. It's what Baruch would have wanted.”
According to media reports, she is also pregnant with their sixth child... if she didn't 'lose it.' Wow. You have to admire her quick thinking and courage.

Baruch Mizrachi HY"D (May God Avenge his blood) will be buried at 1:00 pm on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem (the military cemetery).

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Riots on the Temple Mount

During the intermediate days of the Holiday, we go to the Kotel (Western Wall) - once during Pesach and every day during Sukkoth. Today was our day for Pesach.

As we were leaving, there were a large number of border police at the top of the ramp to the Mughrabi gate, and a long line of Jews and tourists waiting at the bottom to ascend. My sons asked why so many border police at 7:30 am on the holiday, and I explained that there had been riots over the past week, and that the Muslims were probably trying to prevent Jews and tourists from ascending the Mount. It turns out that we left just in time.
According to police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, the violence began as officers stationed at Mughrabi Gate unlocked the passageway at approximately 7:45 a.m.

"Police units immediately went to the top of the mount and used stun grenades to secure the scene," he said.

"Officers stayed there for an hour to ensure order and visitation continued as scheduled."

Rosenfeld said there were no injuries reported and arrests are expected later in the day.

The violence comes three days after two police officers sustained light injuries upon opening the Temple Mount’s Mughrabi Gate entrance for visitation, when a throng of Palestinians threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at them.
At least this time, the police apparently gained control of the situation. 

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Al-Qaeda announces plan to eliminate America, US unaware

In the largest gathering in years of the allegedly 'defeated' terror organization, al-Qaeda has announced a new plan to eliminate America. According to CNN, the United States was unaware of the meeting.

Let's go to the videotape.



Summary here.

Some of you might recall that President Obama gloated after the Bin Laden assassination that he had eliminated al-Qaeda. Isn't it funny how no one calls that out like they do Bush's premature declaration of victory in Iraq.

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Oh my... New York Times says Kerry should 'move on' from Middle East and worry about Ukraine

The New York Times gets it partly right in an editorial published on the Passover holiday, urging the Obama-Kerry administration to abandon the Middle East 'talks' and deal with the Ukraine. Of course, they blame Israel for the talks' failure.
The pointless arguing over who brought Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to the brink of collapse is in full swing. The United States is still working to salvage the negotiations, but there is scant sign of serious purpose. It is time for the administration to lay down the principles it believes must undergird a two-state solution, should Israelis and Palestinians ever decide to make peace. Then President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry should move on and devote their attention to other major international challenges like Ukraine.
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Mr. Obama made the right decision to give it a second try last summer, with Mr. Kerry bringing energy and determination to the negotiations. But, after nine months, it is apparent that the two sides are still unwilling to move on the core issues of the borders of a Palestinian state, the future of Jerusalem, the fate of Palestinian refugees and guarantees for Israel’s security. The process broke down last month when Israel failed to release a group of Palestinian prisoners as promised and then announced 700 new housing units for Jewish settlement in a part of Jerusalem that Palestinians claim as the capital of a future state. According to Mr. Kerry that was the “poof” moment when it all fell apart, and the Palestinians responded by applying to join 15 international conventions and treaties. That move won’t get them a state, but it is legal and they did not seek to join the International Criminal Court, a big fear of Israel’s.
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An Israeli-Palestinian peace deal is morally just and essential for the security of both peoples. To achieve one will require determined and courageous leaders and populations on both sides that demand an end to the occupation. Despite the commitment of the United States, there’s very little hope of that now.
No, there's no point in 'talks' right now, and it is time for the Obama-Kerry junta to move on. Can they do it? Can they abandon their obsession with Israel and the fierce moral urgency of creating a 'Palestinian state'? Don't hold your breath.

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It starts: Jews in Donetsk forced to 'register'

The tweet above was sent to me with the explanatory email below (I cleaned up some of the English spelling).
Hi,
I want to spread this to as many people as posible, this picture was uploaded by Novosti Donbassa (Donbass News) news agency on twitter
https://twitter.com/novostidnua/status/456134961095913472

They say that this papers were given to people near Synagouge in Donetsk (Which is right now self proclaimed "republic")

Basically its a call to Jews to come and register their religion and property at the citie's offices, (for a 50USD cash payment).
It says because the Ukrainian Jewish leadership supports the "Bandera's Junta" and hostile towards Pravoslav Republic of Donetsk and its people (The key word here is 'Pravoslav', its Russian Christian orthodoxy), everyone who lives on territory of Donetsk and older then 16 years old, should register before May 3 (there is address in there its city hall or town hall, i have no idea what some short abbreviation words mean, it says 'Donetsk ODA building'' i think its like regional government building or something).
you must bring papers for property that you own, business, cars, houses and the such.
If you fail to register before may 3, you will be deported and your property confiscated

P.S. I believe that its real, the situation in Ukraine is complicated and the way its reported in Israel is one sided and fake, Russia has lots of influence here and Ukraine not (also we Jews are easily manipulated, if you remind the Holocaust then we turn blind and belie everything we hears if someone is named a Nazi and Jew hater), so Ukraine is painted like some Nazi gitler gestapo banana republic with Nazi zombies killing people and Russia like some savior, which in reality is the other way around.
As a matter of fact the Jewish leadership support the revolution and the people, they said what happened in the past (some light racist remarks by some leaders of the right wing parties) stay in the past.

Also here is some example that I'm sure you never heard of, 2 days after Russian "green men" entered and spread over Crimea a Synagogue was painted with graffiti (no issues before that), when Crimea "voted" to join Russia the chief rabbi of Crimea and his family moved to Kiev and said that if the situation stays as it is he will never go back.

The leadership of the Right sector tries to stop anti semitic remarks by the lower ranks (if they happen) and people are thrown out of the party if they did something like saying 'HH' or antisemitic remarks.
They organized some cleaning duty to help remove graffiti from Synagogue and so on.

The new Russian leader of the Crimea is ACTUAL Nazi, and i mean as in real unlike the right sector which is no different then our rightist parties.
So he was in Slyvyanski Sojuz (Slavic Union) which after collapse of the USSR was a BIG Nazi (they changed the symbol to some Slavic symbol and the ideology was on Slavic superiority, otherwise no different from Nazi and same hand gesture and same mentality that we own everything and steal everything and poor Slavic people work for the "Jid" (Jid means kike a curse name for Jews in Russian, sadly its how you say Jew in Polish and i think Ukrainian too as in real word not curse) party in Russia, they had uniforms, they marched with weapons, organized camps summer for teenagers. (If you interested in researching it further and writing and article how Crimea is ruled by "ex-Slavic Union" Nazi i can provide photographic evidence of him in uniform and other people. )
I will update as I can. As many of you will recall, I was in Kiev a few months ago. Wish I had taken the phone number of the guy who lives here who travels back and forth.

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The Heavens belong to God

Here's Shloime Gertner with HaShamayim la'Hashem - The Heavens belong to God, which comes from the Hallel prayer that is said throughout this week.

Let's go to the videotape.



Please don't forget to count 1 night of Sefira tonight.

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#BostonStrong

It's been a year since the Boston Marathon terror attack, and every one of my hometown teams posted this on Facebook.

In case you're wondering, the Marathon is next Monday, the third Monday in April.

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Anonymous hackers exposed, one goes by 'niggakillah'

Israeli hackers have exposed the photos and identities of several Anonymous hackers who tried to take down Israeli websites earlier in the week.
The hacker behind the counterattack, an Israeli known as "Buddhax", said that he did it to make anti-Israel hackers "think twice" before attacking Israeli sites, and to expose them as amateurs.
Israeli hackers had already responded to attempts last week to infiltrate Israeli and Jewish sites by taking down or defacing anti-Zionist and Muslim sites.
But Buddhax has gone a step further.
After infiltrating the target computers via a Trojan horse, he managed to lure the hapless hackers to their computers and take pictures of them using their own webcams - which he promptly posted online together with a list of personal information and a direct message to his targets: "Next time don't take part in OpIsrael. Long live Israel."
"I’m not a great hacker, but I’m at least good enough to expose you," he wrote, and signed off with a message for anti-Israel hackers: 
"Israel will stay ISRAEL so forget about "Palestine". Long Live Israel."
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The exposed anti-Israel hackers hailed from a variety of countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, most prominently from Indonesia and Malaysia.
The full list and details of the hackers is here. The one with the user name Niggakillah (yes, really) is a guy from Finland. He's not the guy in the picture.

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Netanyahu slams 'Palestinians' failure to condemn terror attack

Prime Minister Netanyahu has slammed the 'Palestinian Authority's failure to condemn Monday night's terror attack near Hebron. This is from the first link. 
"This reprehensible murder of a man who was traveling with his family to a meal for the Festival of Freedom is the result of the incitement for which the Palestinian Authority is responsible," the prime minister said.
"The incitement of the Palestinian Authority continues in that it has yet to see fit to condemn this abominable and reprehensible act," he added.  
Netanyahu said the Palestinian Authority continues to constantly broadcast – in it's official media – programs that incite against the existence of the State of Israel.
Mizrahi was killed and two others wounded after a Palestinian fired shots at a family vehicle on Route 35 near the Tarkumia checkpoint west of Hebron, police said. 
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The man was pronounced dead after attempts at resuscitation, while his 28-year-old wife was in moderate condition after suffering injuries to her upper body, according to Magen David Adom. She was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem for further treatment.
A nine-year-old boy suffered light wounds from shrapnel in his chest. He was taken to Hadassah University Medical Center at Ein Kerem. 
 If the terrorists believed that they were going to be put to death rather than released from jail in a 'prisoner exchange,' perhaps they'd think a bit harder before doing things like this. Perhaps our Prime Minister needs to think about it too.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Senior police officer murdered on way to seder

Moadim l'simcha, a good holiday to all of you. Since I live in and am in Israel, I only have one holiday day, and therefore I may be online tonight.

A senior Israeli police officer was murdered and his wife was moderately to seriously wounded when 'Palestinian' terrorists opened fire on their car near Hebron shortly before the holiday started on Monday evening.
Chief Superintendent Baruch Mizrahi Hy''d, a husband and father of five, is the man who was murdered near Hevron on Monday by terrorists right before Passover began.
Mizrahi was driving to Kiryat Arba for a seder meal with his pregnant wife and three of his children when a terrorist opened fire on the family car, killing him and leaving his wife moderately to severely wounded. 
The superintendent was born in 1967 in Tel Aviv, was raised in Bat Yam on the coast, and has lived for the past 15 years in Modi'in with his family.
In his last role, which he has held for the last three years, Mizrahi served as head of the Technology Division in the Sigint Unit, part of the Intelligence Brigade in the Investigations and Intelligence Branch.
Mizrahi served in the IDF for 25 years, including many years as a professional soldier, in which he filled many operational and technology oriented roles. The last position he held was as Lieutenant Colonel in Intelligence Unit 8200.
8200 is the high tech unit that has spawned much of Israel's high tech industry. May God Avenge his blood. 

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Last chance to encourage a poor blogger

I'm very uncomfortable doing this, but the reality is that I devote an inordinate amount of time to this blog, and if you don't ask them to, most people don't think to contribute.

Please contribute whatever you can to keep this blog going. If everyone contributed ten cents(!) for each page view on this blog, I wouldn't have to look for more work practicing law than I already have. (Reality is that PayPal takes a cut, so if you account for 30 page views a month, please don't only send a $3.00 contribution).

If you'd like to contribute, please click here. This post will be moved to the top as much as I can without messing up my Twitter Feed between now and Pesach.

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He Who Stands with us through the generations

It has been a crazy day....

I want to wish you all a happy and Kosher Passover and leave you with this classic video of v'Hi She'Amda (He Who Stands with us through the generations).

Let's go to the videotape.



Have a wonderful holiday everyone. Since there's only one day in Israel on which it's forbidden to do work, I will be back tomorrow night, God willing.

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Diaspora Affairs ministry reconsidering funding to Salute to Israel parade

The Diaspora Affairs ministry is reconsidering its funding of the Salute to Israel Day Parade as a result of parade organizers' insistence on including groups that promote BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) against Israel.
[S]ome in Jerusalem have begun to question their affiliation with the parade, with a government source telling the Post that “due to the ongoing controversy that has now erupted, the Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs Ministry will review its funding of the parade for future years, [although] not this year.”

The source, who asked not to be identified, said that while future funding was being reconsidered, reports that the Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs Ministry cut funding to the parade due to the controversy were incorrect and that the cuts had been planned for almost a year. The funds, he explained, had been reallocated to Minister of Religious Serices Naftali Bennett’s new strategic initiative for the Diaspora and the shortfall had been made up by a grant by the Prime Minister’s Office.

Bennett, he added, never intended to attend, and reports that he canceled a trip in response to the NIF’s participation were incorrect.
Hmmm.

In the meantime, NGO Monitor has issued a statement regarding the parade controversy, which may be found here.

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Hamas takes over Temple Mount, Jews and tourists banned

Those of you who hope to ascend the Temple Mount this holiday may be disappointed. Hamas had taken over the Mount, and the Israeli police are too inept to do anything about it.

Let's go to the videotape.



What's worse is that the police are helping Hamas.
“Hundreds of Jews who came to the Temple Mount for Pesach were astonished to find a police representative standing at the entrance gate and announcing that the Mount had been closed off to Jews after Hamas had taken over the Mount and threatened violence against any Jews who enter,” the Temple organizations reported in a news communique.
The Temple organizations called for the police commissioner to resign, following his failures on the Temple Mount.
Time after time, the police abandon the Mount to hostile hands – especially on Jewish holidays," they charged. "Then the same commanders come to the Knesset and the Interior Committee, and lie that the Mount was open.”
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Despite being the holiest site in Judaism, the Temple Mount is administered by the Islamic Waqf foundation, and Jewish visits are subject to strict restrictions including a blanket ban on prayers or other forms of worship, under pain of arrest.
Jewish groups have long condemned the discrimination as a surrender to Muslim extremism; a new bill proposed by the Jewish Home party is currently being debated to grant equal prayer rights to Jews and Muslims on the Mount.
Hamas flags are allowed on the Temple Mount but Israeli flags and any form of Jewish prayer are banned. What could go wrong?

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His bark is louder than his bite

Renegade Likud MK Moshe Feiglin predicts that Jewish Home party MK Naftali Bennett will find a way to fold and stay in the government despite a decision to release 'Israeli Arab' terrorists.
“I don't want to prophesy about the future,” Feiglin told Arutz Sheva in an interview. But he expected that a compromise wording would be found, which would satisfy the Palestinian Authority (PA) and allow the release of terrorists, including Israeli Arabs, while enabling Jewish Home, led by Bennett, to remain in the government.
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Last week, Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett announced that his party will leave the coalition if Israel agrees to release Israeli-Arab terrorists as part of a framework agreement to extend peace talks with the PA. But Feiglin said he doubted this would be the case. Feiglin said that he had raised the issue with Jewish Home already in the first round of prisoner releases, impressing upon Bennett and his fellow party MKs how unjust releasing terrorists was.
At least now, Feiglin said, the party had woken up to his message, and was at least publicly agreeing with him that the prisoner release was immoral and should not take place.
“The release of terrorists is a moral injustice that must opposed in any way possible,” said Feiglin. “I don't see any difference in their being Israeli or not. Just the opposite, with the Palestinian Authority demanding that they be released, we see who these Israeli Arabs really affiliate with.”
 Priorities man, priorities!

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We will return to you

Tomorrow morning, God willing, for the thirty-something consecutive year (I'd rather not say precisely how many), I am making a celebration for completing a tractate of Talmud on the eve of Pesach. I am a firstborn son, and on the eve of Passover, all firstborn sons must fast unless they participate in a seduath mitzva (a meal that is itself a mitzva). Traditionally, this is accomplished by completing a tractate of Talmud, and tomorrow morning, I get to do it again, God willing. One of my sons will God willing also finish a tractate....

At the end of the siyum (which is that it's called in Hebrew), we say the Hadran - We will return to you, because one never truly finishes learning any tractate of Talmud. Each tractate is deep and has much more to glean from it.

Here's the Shira Chadasha choir (yes, I know, two nights in a row) with Hadran - We will return to you.

Let's go to the videotape.





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Dude!

Prime Minister Netanyahu has canceled a meeting with Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett after Bennett asked whether Netanyahu or Abu Mazen is the Prime Minister of Israel.
Bennett chided the premier in an interview with Channel 2 asking, "Who is the prime minister of Israel - Netanyahu or [Paletinian Authority President] Mahmoud Abbas?" 
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Netanyahu canceled a meeting on Sunday with the rebellious Bayit Yehudi leader to protest behavior that Netanyahu's associates called "childish."
 
Sources close to Netanyahu responded by daring Bennett to quit. They accused him of harming the country by unnecessarily flexing his muscles in an effort to obtain positive headlines.
 
"After Bennett insisted on Israel freeing murderers rather than freezing construction, we are waiting to see what his daily threat will be," a source close to Netanyahu said. "He needs to be reminded that he is not being kept in the government by force.
 
A Likud source went further in attacking Bennett, saying that had he not threatened Netanyahu, first privately then publicly, a deal would have been reached and Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard would have been on his way to Jerusalem in time for the Passover Seder. But a source close to Netanyahu said that charge was inaccurate, because there were other problems with the sides involved in making the deal with Israel.
 
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman told Yediot Aharonot Sunday that Bennett should not be burning bridges or initiating elections. Liberman coordinated his attack with Netanyahu.
 
"Whoever wants to quit should quit, not threaten," he said. "I doubt Bennett will carry out his threat. I see a big gap between his declarations and his actions. His threats don't move us."

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The fiercest attack on Bennett Sunday came from Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who said Bennett represented the extremist youths who attacked IDF soldiers in the West Bank community of Yitzhar.
“There are those in the government who aren’t interested in peace and would prevent us from having a diplomatic process,” she told Ynet. “Surrendering to Bennett is a victory for Yitzhar over Zionism.”
Bennett responded that Livni had “brought shame to the State of Israel” by how she handled the negotiations with the Palestinians. His associates said Livni was “obsessively stuck to her seat in the government.”
The economy and trade minister said he had tried to work out a compromise with Netanyahu by which the Israeli Arab citizens released would renounce their citizenship and be exiled to the West Bank. But the prime minister said such steps were not feasible.
My opinion of Bennett continues to decline. Does he want to stop the releases or find a way to stay in the government. Don't you wish he had principles?

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Three dead after anti-Semitic shooting in Kansas City

Three people are dead at the Jewish Community Center in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, Kansas after being shot by a gun wielding fan of Adolph Hitler, may his memory be obliterated (Hat Tip: Sunlight).
Overland Park Police confirm multiple shots were fired at the center, which is located at 5801 W 115th St., and Village Shalom, an assisted living center located at 5500 W. 123rd. Both areas are currently on lockdown.
Police took one man into custody at the Valley Park Elementary at 123rd and Nall. The man was heard yelling "heil Hitler" as he was taken into custody.
A 14-year-old boy is in critical condition at an area hospital.
A 41 Action News photographer on the scene spoke with Mark Brodky, a member at the JCC, who says another man pointed a gun at him and shot the windows out of his car, "I thought he was shooting an air rifle and all the sudden he shot at me."
Brodky also says he's seen the alleged shooter before. "He's a member of the club. But I don't know his name."
You can follow updates at the center's Facebook page here.  More here (Hat Tip: Jack W).

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

'Palestinians' name forest after dead terrorist

The 'Palestinians' have named a forest after Khalil al-Wazir, better known as Abu Jihad, Yasser Arafat's right-hand man.
The March 30 event at Martyr Khalil Al-Wazir Forest was attended by dozens of officials, including Minister of Agriculture Walid Assaf, District Governor of Hebron Kamel Hamid and representatives of the PA Security Forces, as well as several mayors from the Hebron district and relatives of Abu Jihad, Palestinian Media Watch said in a bulletin Sunday.
Abu Jihad, also known as Khalid al-Wazir, was a founding member of Fatah and a deputy to Yasser Arafat. He led the PLO’s military wing, and was responsible for numerous terror attacks that according to PA daily Al-Ayyam killed at least 125 Israelis. His facilitation of the 1978 Coastal Road massacre — the hijacking of a bus that resulted in 37 Israeli deaths, including 12 children — made him one of the most wanted Palestinian terrorists in the world.
Abu Jihad’s son, Jihad Al-Wazir, told the crowd, “All of you are martyr Abu Jihad’s children, and he is freedom in the memories and hearts of every one of you.”
According to Palestinian Media Watch, PA President Mahmoud Abbas also recently decorated Abu Jihad postumously with “the highest order of the Star of Honor.”
Abu Jihad was allegedly assassinated by Israeli agents who included former Defense Minister Ehud Barak, dressed in drag.
When they got ashore, Mossad cars waited for them. Evidently the Mossad had had agents planted in Lebanon for some time before.

They got in the cars and received a report that three Lebanese policemen were unexpectedly patrolling the area in front of the apartments that they were supposed to attack. Ehud Barak made a quick decision to continue with the operation despite the obstacle. A call to headquarters could have easily led to the cancellation of the whole operation.

When they approached their target they got out of the cars and began walking like lovers, as they had planned. No one suspected them for anything else. As they passed the policemen, the policemen didn't even react to them. They got to the apartments and didn't see any guards there. Muki Betser's group went in, climbing the stairs at a half-run. They got to the door of one of the PLO men and set the explosive fuses. They waited for a signal from outside that the other two units had also set their explosives and were ready to act. They got the go-ahead. They lit the fuses and waited. When they would explode Ehud Barak would "report back to the mother ship that the operation began, setting in motion the rest of the IDF forces in Beirut that night."

Just before the fuse went off shooting broke out in the street below. The three units about ready to enter the rooms had no time to deal with that.

Muki Betser describes his part in the raid: "Finally, the explosion blew open the door in a blast of smoke. I burst in with Tzvika, instinctively taking the left-hand turn into the main corridor of the apartment, running down the hall I knew so well from my drills.

Four strides and I reached my target's office. Half a dozen empty chairs faced the desk. Behind it, filing cabinets reminded me that military intelligence wanted any piece of paper we found. To my right, said the architectural plans I memorized, was the master bedroom door. I swung in that direction, just as the door flew open.

The face I knew from three weeks of carrying his picture in my shirt pocket looked at me as I raised my gun. He slammed the door. Bursts from my Uzi and Tzvika's stitched the bedroom door. I rushed forward and kicked through the remains of the door." The PLO man, who was responsible for the Munich massacre of the Israeli athletes, was no more.

They ran quickly down the stairs to deal with the shooting they had heard just before they entered the rooms. The shooting outside was still going on.

The noise grew louder as they leaped, landing to landing, towards the bottom of the stairs and outside the building.

Muki Betser recalls: "Out the front door, I ducked into the shadow of a tree, scanning the intersection just as a burning Lebanese police Land Rover rolled through the intersection. Straight ahead, Amiram Levine in a blonde wig looked like a crazed dancer in the middle of the intersection, his tiny powerful body swinging his Uzi back and forth from target to target.

To my right, Ehud (Barak) stood in the middle of the intersection, doing the same. I added my own fire at the Land Rover, giving Amiram cover for him to run toward me. The Land Rover crashed to a halt against a building. But a second vehicle, a jeep full of reinforcements came screeching into the box of fire we created at the intersection." They took out this jeep as well.

They could hear explosions in the distance. It was, they assumed, Amnon Shahak's paratrooper unit at George Habash's headquarters.

The Mossad cars came screeching to a halt outside of the buildings and the fiery intersection they were waiting at. The Sayeret Matkal units, missions completed, jumped into the cars. Only two minutes had passed since they hit their targets in the buildings. Ehud Barak checked with the other Sayeret Matkal units. No one had been killed, but one commando had been wounded. No news as of then was known of the paratroopers who had attacked George Habash's six-storey building.

"Ehud cut off radio contact and we rushed in a crazy race down the hills of Beirut. The Mossad drivers knew the city and they knew the big American cars well enough to make them slip and slide around the corners as we raced through the city. No whooping and shouting broke out inside the getaway car. Each man sat alone with his thoughts, alert for enemy forces taking chase."

Outside of the neighborhood they had just wreaked havoc in they slowed down. Soon, before they were to turn off the road leading down to the beach, they saw a Lebanese Army troop carrier, scanning the shore. The Sayeret Matkal commandos inside of the Mossad-rented cars were tense as they waited for it to pass. The Lebanese didn't bother with them.

The commandos jumped out of the cars when they got to the beach. The operation had taken a little longer than expected - a half-hour instead of the anticipated 20 minutes.

As they motored out to sea, they found out what had happened. Three of the top PLO leaders they had intended to assassinate were dead. And George Habash's six-storey building was in rubble and ruins. In that raid, which Amnon Shahak had led, two IDF soldiers were killed . Shahak won a medal of valor as he saved the lives of wounded comrades under his command.

They didn't get Arafat, although they thought they might have gotten him there. But they had done what they set out to do.

Operation Spring of Youth is still known as one of the IDF's elite units' finest moments.
According to the contemporary newspaper headline, pictured above, the operation was over in five minutes.

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The Bush letter, ten years on, or why the 'peace process' went poof

Rick Richman takes note of the fact that Monday is the 10th anniversary of the Bush letter.This is from the first link.
The Obama administration, when it took office in 2009, repeatedly refused to answer whether it was bound by the Bush letter. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denied there were any “enforceable” understandings with Israel. The day before Palestinian President Abbas met with President Obama, Clinton told the press Obama had been “very clear” with Prime Minister Netanyahu that he “wants to see a stop to settlements – not some settlements, not outposts, not natural growth exceptions”–and that this had been “communicated very clearly, not only to the Israelis but to the Palestinians and others.” The same day, Abbas told the Washington Post he would do nothing but watch the Obama administration pressure Netanyahu. The administration eventually got a ten-month construction freeze, which both Clinton and Obama envoy George Mitchell called “unprecedented.” It produced nothing from the Palestinians other than a demand in the tenth month that it be continued.
Now flash forward five years, to Secretary of State Kerry’s April 8, 2014 Senate Foreign Relations Committee testimony, in which he said “both sides … wound up in positions where things happened that were unhelpful,” but that “when they were about to maybe [resume negotiations], 700 settlement units were announced in Jerusalem, and poof, that was sort of the moment.” Kerry knew the 700 “settlement units” [sic] were in a longstanding Jewish area in the capital of the Jewish state; that the area will be retained by Israel in any conceivable peace agreement; that Israel had made no commitment to Kerry to stop any construction there; and that Israel was working on an expanded prisoner release when the Palestinians went to the UN.
The peace process went “poof” not because of 700 units in Jerusalem, but because–for the third time in three years–the Palestinians violated the foundational agreement of the process, which obligates them not to take “any step” outside bilateral negotiations to change the status of the disputed territories. For the third time, the Palestinians went to the UN; for the third time, there was no American response; for the third time, there was no penalty for the violation; and on April 8, there was not even an honest assessment of the situation by the secretary of state.
Read the whole thing. Sad but true: An American commitment to Israel is not worth the paper on which it is written.

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No hostage release without 'Israeli Arab' terrorists

American hostage Jonathan Pollard will not be released, and the 'peace talks' will not be resumed, unless Israel releases 'Israeli Arab' terrorists. Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett has threatened to withdraw his party from the government if it votes to release 'Israeli Arab' terrorists.
A senior Israeli government official told Channel 2 Saturday that, despite the ultimatum of Jewish Home (Bayit Yehudi) Chairman Naftali Bennett to leave the government over the issue, "there will be no deal [for peace talks to resume or free Jonathan Pollard] if Israeli-Arab terrorists are not released." 
Official progress on peace talks from Israel remains somewhat murky, with no unilateral declaration that a deal has or has not been made. 
But several top officials from left-wing or center-left parties - including HaTnua, Labor, and Yesh Atid - have threatened to leave the government entirely and go to elections in the event that a deal is not struck between Israel, the US, and the Palestinian Authority (PA) to continue the peace process.
If there was any prospect of the 'talks' leading anywhere, there might at least be something to discuss. But given that nearly everyone admits that the 'peace process' is going nowhere, why bother?

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Jews allowed to move into contested building in Hebron

Defense Minister Moshe "Boogie" Yaalon has allowed Jews to move into Hebron's Peace House, a building that was purchased on their behalf by an American Jew ten years ago. Israel's Far Left Meretz party is warning that the move will lead to violence, and its followers will do all they can to ensure that prediction comes true.
The move expands Jewish property-holding in the section of the city under Israeli military and civil control. It is located in a Palestinian neighborhood just outside the Kiryat Arba settlement, on the major road that leads to the Cave of the Patriarchs.
 
Morris Abraham, a Jew from Brooklyn, had purchased the building from its Palestinian owners over a decade ago.
 
Claiming ownership, settlers initially moved into Beit Hashalom in March 2007 even though the Defense Ministry had not authorized the purchase or given them the permits to live there.
 
The Palestinian owners argued that the sale, in any event was fraudulent and turned to the courts.
 
In December 2008, when Ehud Barak was defense minister, he forcibly evacuated the building pending the completion of legal appeals. Some 600 Border Police officers and IDF soldiers participated in the evacuation, in which four officers and 23 Jewish activists were lightly to moderately injured. Additionally, at least 20 Palestinians were injured in clashes with settlers in the area of the building.
 
In the weeks leading to the evacuation, extremist Jewish activists vandalized the cemetery and the Palestinian homes next to Beit Hashalom.
 
In 2012, after initial court victories by settlers, Barak took the first steps toward authorization of their purchase of the structure. He halted those efforts, however, after Palestinian appeals returned the matter to the court.
 
In March, the High Court of Justice ruled that the purchase of the four story apartment building was legal,  but only on Sunday, did Ya'alon grant Jewish families from Hebron permission to move in.
 
Already on Sunday afternoon hours after receiving permission, did the families begin to move their things in.
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Meretz faction chairman Ilan Gilon said Ya'alon may be responsible for bloodshed as a result of his decision.
 
Gilon criticized the defense minister's decision on Beit Hashalom, saying its "more spit in the public's face from the extreme right-wing government, which decides during a crisis in talks with the Palestinians to strengthen settlers in Hebron."
 This is long past due.

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Assad vewy vewy angwy

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is vewy vewy angwy after a Syrian opposition leader provided an interview with Israeli news media in which he expressed support for the Jewish state.
"We have the same enemies and similar interests," [Dr. Kamal] Al-Labwani stated Friday evening, in a special interview with Walla! News. "Now is the time [to work together] it seems that any later will be too late." 
"The Syrian nation wants to topple President Bashar Assad's [forces], they also want to prevent extremists from replacing him," he continued. "This is what Israel wants: to distance itself from Assad, from the pact between Iran and Hezbollah, but also to prevent Al Qaeda from taking control." 
Al-Labwani stressed that the solution is for the international community to support "moderate" opposition groups in Syria's ongoing civil war. While he insisted "the world has failed Syria," he also claimed that "Israel could be the one to reveal what can happen when you take responsibility and do what's right [. . .] joining with Syria and fighting against [Iran, Al Qaeda, and Hezbollah]."
It's a pity that the 'international community' didn't do that in 2011 when it would have made a difference.

Here's Assad's 'senior political adviser's response.
"Labwani's declarations are not surprising," she said, on a Damascus state television broadcast. "It is known that what is happening in Syria is done through the planning and coordination of [opposition] agents working with Israel."  
"Labwani and his associates, who agreed to be interviewed in Israeli media, are servants of the Zionist regime," she alleged, saying they "have betrayed their country for Zionists and work against their nation and people." 
State television has also quoted segments of the interview as "proof" Syrian opposition forces are "secretly working for Israel," calling Al-Labwani "friend of the Zionists." Both Syria's and Iran's official websites also condemned Al-Labwani for the interview, with the Islamic Republic deeming him "an Israeli agent."
You think that the medical treatment that Israel has provided to wounded Syrian opposition civilians and fighters might be playing a role here? Hmmm.

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Trading places?

Just when you thought that the New York Slimes could not possibly become any more anti-Israel, they publish this op-ed which claims that Israel and Iran are trading places.
Both Iran and Israel are now entering potentially challenging new stages in their relations with the outside world, and particularly with the United States. Over the last seven years, United Nations Security Council resolutions have imposed sanctions on Iran with the aim of halting its nuclear program. For years, Iran’s former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad railed against the “Great Satan.” But even if Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is still opposed to reforms, it appears that some officials inside Iran have finally realized that continued intransigence and bellicosity will beget only more sanctions and catastrophic economic consequences.
As the winds of change blow across Iran, secular democrats in Israel have been losing ground to religious and right-wing extremists who feel comfortable openly attacking the United States, Israel’s strongest ally. In recent months, Israel’s defense minister, Moshe Yaalon, called Secretary of State John Kerry “obsessive and messianic,” while Naftali Bennett, Israel’s economy minister, labeled Mr. Kerry a “mouthpiece” for anti-Semitic elements attempting to boycott Israel.
Israel’s secular democrats are growing increasingly worried that Israel’s future may bear an uncomfortable resemblance to Iran’s recent past.
And you thought they were referring to the rise of Haredi power, didn't you? Well, that too....
In its 66 years, Israel has seen its share of ideological shifts from dovish to hawkish. These were natural fluctuations driven mainly by the country’s security situation and prospects for peace.
But the current shift is being accelerated by religion and demography, and is therefore qualitatively different. While the Orthodox Jewish parties are currently not part of the government, together with Mr. Bennett’s Jewish Home, a right-wing religious party, they hold about 25 percent of seats in the Knesset. The Orthodox parties aspire to transform Israel into a theocracy. And with an average birthrate of 6.5 children per family among Orthodox Jews (compared with 2.6 for the rest of the Jewish population), their dream might not be too far away.
But no, the Times isn't worried about 'equalizing the burden.' As usual, they are worried about the 'peace process.'
Israel’s shift toward orthodoxy is not merely a religious one. Since the vast majority of Orthodox Jews are also against any agreement with the Palestinians, with each passing day, the chances of reaching a peace deal diminish. Nor is time on the side of those who want to keep seeing a democratic Israel.
If Israel continues the expansion of settlements, and peace talks serve no purpose but the extension of the status quo, the real existential threat to Israel will not be Iran’s nuclear program but rather a surging tide of economic sanctions.
What began a few years ago with individual efforts to get supermarket shoppers in Western countries to boycott Israeli oranges and hummus has turned into an orchestrated international campaign, calling for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israeli companies and institutions.
From academic boycotts to calls for divestment on American university campuses to the unwillingness of more and more European financial institutions to invest in or partner with Israeli companies and banks that operate in the West Bank, the “B.D.S.” movement is gaining momentum. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has recently called B.D.S. advocates “classical anti-Semites in modern garb.”
In the past, Israel could rely on Western nations and especially the United States to halt such initiatives, but as the fabric of Israel’s population changes, and Jewish populations in the West become less religious and less uncritically pro-Israel, the reflex to stand by the Jewish state, regardless of its policies, is weakening.
Funny - someone seems to have forgotten to tell the non-Jewish Americans about this. American support for Israel is as high as its ever been. Only among those who have exchanged Liberalism for Judaism in the United States is support for Israel declining.

Read the whole thing

The op-ed was written by Abbas Milani, who heads the Iranian studies program at Stanford and is co-director of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution, and by Israel Waismel-Manor is a senior lecturer at the University of Haifa and a visiting associate professor of political science at Stanford. The Times must go looking for people to write anti-Israel op-eds. I never heard of either of these people before I read this article. In any event, their perceptions of both Iran and Israel are simply delusional wishful thinking.

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100 shofars to be blown in Manhattan

Received via email:
100 Shofars to be blown in Manhattan 

A Demonstration/Rally

April 29, 2014
UJA-Federation Building
130 East 59 Street (Between Park & Lex)
New York City, 5pm to 7pm : Shofars to be blown at 5:30 pm

The largest number of Shofars ever blown in Unison to take place in Manhattan by  a Coalition of Jewish groups; to protest the inclusion of Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions against Israel in the Israel Day Parade. 

Join Us and Bring Your Shofars!
I will not be in New York on the 29th, but if you will be, you know what to do.

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The Pesach seder is completed

Rabbi Nachman Seltzer is proud to present a brand new Shira Chadasha Boys' Choir video in honor of Pesach 2014. The song is called, "Chasal" (חסל). Composed by: Yishai Saks
Arranged by: Gavriel and Yishai Saks
Mixed and Mastered by: Yitz Berry
Recorded at: Durango Studios Beit Shemesh www.durangostudios.com
Recording Engineer: Baruch Bergenfeld
Video Filmed and Directed by: Tiferet Shish
Guitars: Yehuda (Judah) David

This song is the one that indicates that the actual seder has ended.

Let's go to the videotape (Hat Tip: BY - son # 2, child #3).



Okay - we have until Monday night to learn this by heart....

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Caroline Glick: American Jews have forgotten what freedom means

Caroline Glick rips the New York Jewish Federation and Brandeis University for their respective roles in the news this week. Caroline argues that the two incidents - Federation's insistence on allowing BDS groups to march in the Salute to Israel parade, and Brandeis' decision to cancel an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali - are symptomatic of American Jews having forgotten the main lesson of Passover: what freedom means.
More and more, every day we see American Jews embracing intellectual bondage. We see American Jewish leaders embracing the intolerant, who seek to constrain freedom, and shunning those who fight for freedom and the rights of Jews and other threatened peoples and groups.
To a large degree, this rejection of the lessons of the Exodus among the American Jewish community reflects the growing intolerance and tyranny of the political Left, to which most American Jews pledge their allegiance.
With increasing frequency, leftist groups and leaders in the US are openly acting to deny freedom of expression to their political and ideological foes, and to destroy the lives of people who oppose their dogma.
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In Israel, the public understands that boycotts are about mainstreaming hatred and bigotry just as much as they are about economic strangulation. That is why in 2011 the Knesset passed the anti-boycott law which allows all Israeli entities to sue groups calling for boycotts against them for civil damages, and bars such groups from participating in state tenders.
But in the American Jewish community, these groups are defended and legitimized.
Disgusted at their community leadership’s double standard of tolerance and support for foes of Israel and intolerance for supporters of Israel, a consortium of organizations and synagogues organized a protest against the inclusion of anti-Israel organizations in the Israel Day Parade.
After weeks of protests in the press and on social media sites, on Tuesday some 200 people demonstrated outside the UJA-Federation building in New York and demanded that the boycott supporters and abettors be shunned.
It was an important act of defiance.
The group includes such stalwart organizations as Americans for a Safe Israel, Americans for Peace and Tolerance, the Endowment for Middle East Truth, JCC Watch, the National Conference on Jewish Affairs, and the National Council of Young Israel.
These groups have joined together in the past to protest against UJA-Federation funding of institutions such as the 92nd Street Y and the New York JCC, which have provided platforms for Jew-haters and BDS supporters.
Their protest was vital. It would be a tragedy if the thuggish behavior of the Jewish community leaders went unopposed. But it is hard to see how the protesters can change the situation.
The rot runs deep.
Consider Brandeis University’s craven and intolerant administration.
Brandeis was founded as a traditionally Jewish university in 1948, the year that Israel was established.
But whereas Israel has remained faithful to its sovereign duty to cultivate and defend Jewish freedom and engender a liberal democracy, over the years, Brandeis has largely abandoned its mission of standing up to intolerance, and protecting Jewish rights and those of other threatened groups.

Case in point is its obscene treatment of Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Hirsi Ali is a former Muslim who suffered genital mutilation as a child in Somalia and at age 21 fled to Holland to avoid a forced marriage.
After liberating herself, Hirsi Ali could have settled into a quiet European life. Instead, she dedicated her life to championing the rights of women and girls in Islamic societies.

For the past decade, Hirsi Ali has lived under an Islamic death sentence for her work. She can go nowhere without bodyguards. 
In 2006, despite her membership in the Dutch parliament, Hirsi Ali was forced to flee to the US, when the Dutch government refused to continue to protect her. 
In the US, as in Holland, she continues to campaign for the rights of women and girls in Islamic society. 
Most recently, she was the executive producer of a new documentary film called Honor Diaries, which describes the plight of Muslim women and girls living in societies where they risk murder at the hands of their family members if they refuse to live in abject humiliation and submission to the misogyny of Islamic law. 
Several months ago, Brandeis offered to confer an honorary doctorate on Hirsi Ali for her work on behalf of women and girls. 
When the leftist and Muslim thought police in the Brandeis student body and faculty got wind of the university’s plan to honor her, they joined forces with the Council on American-Islamic Relations to force the administration to cancel the honorary degree. 
CAIR claims to be a Muslim civil rights group. And yet, the group that purports to care about the civil rights of Muslims is waging a nationwide campaign to bar screenings of Honor Diaries, at universities around the country. 
When Fox News’s intrepid host Megyn Kelly asked CAIR leaders this week how they can object to a film that seeks to help Muslims, they said they don’t have a problem with its content. They object to the fact that it was produced by Jews (also known as “Islamophobes”). 
Far from being a civil rights group, CAIR is a pro- Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood organization. It was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Hamas financing trial against the Holyland Foundation. 
And yet, on Wednesday, Brandeis sided with CAIR and the thought police, against Hirsi Ali. Brandeis canceled its plan to confer its honorary doctorate on her.
 Read the whole thing.

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