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Monday, August 03, 2009

The morning news

My alarm went off to the 5:00 am news this morning, which informed us that the Jerusalem city zoning commissioner President of the United States had condemned the eviction of squatters takeover of an Arab home in Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood pursuant to an order of Israel's leftist Supreme Court by vigilante 'settlers.'

Someone needs to tell the President of the United States that this is a country of laws and that the Supreme Court - which generally does not rule in favor of the 'settlers' even when it ought to - ruled that the Arabs' ownership documents were forged and that the Jews (specifically the Sephardic community) had good title to those houses.

One other point - just because I am not going to waste a post to discuss it unless people think it's necessary. I started to moderate comments to get rid of spam. As traffic has increased, I have found it necessary to delete comments for other reasons. I deleted three comments this morning (out of 19). Two were pure 'Palestinian' propaganda - decrying Israel as a 'racist' state etc. One attacked me personally for posting something (and unlike the mainstream media - once I post things they do not disappear down the memory hole). If they had come in as email, I would have done a 'we got mail' post. But since they're coming in as comments, I do not believe that I am required to provide a forum for the Jew haters to post their screed. Take it elsewhere.


At 7:42 AM, Blogger Joe said...

If you're irritating people, that just means you're doing a great job.

Keep it up!

At 8:20 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Its hard to believe the world finds fault with Jews claiming ownership of legally acquired property in Jerusalem. The rank anti-Semitism behind the condemnations is enough to make one gag. I suspect if the owners where any one but Jews, the world wouldn't care.

What could go wrong indeed

At 9:02 AM, Blogger ais cotten19 said...

The Israeli court has found that the Jewish deed is authentic. The news outlets don't even report on what the court's findings actually were, and it seems that the various foreign authorities who are condemning Israel refuse to take it into account either. And it's not a matter of disagreeing with the courts findings, either. If it was, these condemnations wouldn't be made until the ruling had been reviewed, which would take a few days (as opposed to BEFORE the ruling came out). Why does noone care about this ruling? Because in East Jerusalem, Jews are not allowed to own land. Even if they paid money for it 50 years ago. So having a legal deed is completely beside the point.

At 9:04 AM, Blogger ais cotten19 said...

By the way, I second Joe. You make a real valuable contribution, CiJ.

At 9:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarah Honig:

Dear President Obama (Yemach Sh'mo V'zichro)

At 5:34 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

This is sad that you are inundated with spam and arabists.
Because you monitor responses there is often a lag time when they are posted. I live in the states and if I respond after work ( PM EST), you don't see it until AM IT.
My suggestion is that you allow posters that you are familiar with and trust to post unmonitored. This will allow more free-flowing conversations. Of course if a regular does something inappropriate they can be knocked off the accepted list.

At 7:02 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


No such option with blogger.

The only options I have are moderate or not moderate, and if moderate how many days worth. I found I had to go down to one day just to keep the spambots off and once I was doing that, I decided to moderate everything to keep the uncivilized off.

The last few months there has been a real jump in traffic and a lot more hostile comments.

At 7:33 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

what is the breakdown of posters from Israe vs. the US ?

At 10:30 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl can implement a verification protocol. Soccer Dad has one his blog and in order to post a comment, one has to click verify before the comment is allowed to be posted. Spambots can't see anything that requires a living human being to post something to a blog. Its well worth considering and would reduce his moderating chores to a minimum. He has better things to do with his time.

At 6:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

for a few minutes Yahoo news actually had a fairly pro-israel article highlighted (it talked about the gay club shooting, but spent a lot of the article praising the freedoms homosexuals enjoy in israel) but of course after five minutes the article was removed and replaced by "israel evicts palestinians from their jerusalem homes" without even mentioning that the reason was that a court case judged that their ownership documents were forgeries.


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