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Monday, September 26, 2016

Teshuva, Tested at The Kotel

Yesterday I found myself walking through the Old City to the Kotel. I had a few hours in Jerusalem with nothing to do. And since I'm in the year of mourning for my father, even though the Jewish Holidays, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Succot are almost here, I didn't buy myself new clothes. Actually, I still haven't worn the new clothes I had bought for Passover, because my father passed away just a few days before the Holiday. Yes, I should get someone to wear them... then I can.

So, as I've done quite a few times before, I decided to "hangout" at the Kotel, especially the small room on the side of the Women's Section. The last times I had been there it was very comfortable and peaceful, with the air-conditioner going, and nobody to bother me.

I sat in the back for various reasons. One main reason is that I don't need or want to touch the wall, which isn't all as holy as some people think. And that's besides the fact that we do not need something so physical to touch/reach Gd. I've written many times that I do not get inspired by visits to graves and tombs, no matter who's buried there.


The truth is this "western wall" is not the Western Wall of the shechina, Gd's presence. This wall that is so worshipped is none other than the most outer wall of the compound, a retaining wall, which holds up the Temple Mount and keeps it from collapsing. The Holy Temple itself was quite a distance inwards, and its walls cannot be found or seen. If you read this sign, to the very end they do admit it. As I've said many times, I feel more Kedusha, holiness, in the area of Ancient Shiloh, which had been a place of Jewish Prayer for centuries.


This time, as I entered the room, I noticed that the airconditioner was not working. And even worse, the woman next to me smelled, and one is forbidden to pray by bad odors. It took awhile for my sense of smell to become oblivious to her. Then I said my usual Tehillim, Psalms. Just as I was about to pray the Afternoon Mincha Prayer, there was a commotion in the front, and a woman began talking out loud. She began shouting, saying names, praying for people in the "name/holiness of the Western Wall..." sounding like a chassidishe Billy Graham.


I was not amused, nor was I inspired, but let's call it my Elul Teshuva Test  I did not tell her to shut up. And as she got more "inspired" and enthusiastic as some other women shouted names for her to pray for, I quietly walked out.


 I found myself a quiet corner and prayed. And then I noticed that there were some Selichot books on the nearby shelves, and I took one. During the days before Rosh Hashanah, we are supposed to say these special penitential prayers. And since there aren't too many, if any, synagogues in downtown Jerusalem with open Ezrot Nashim, Women's Sections, I can sit and pray in, I made myself comfortable and prayed.


Shanah Tovah, Metukah, Bri'ah U'Maleh Smachot!
May the New Year be Good, Sweet, Healthy and Full of Joyful Events!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

GUEST POST: HOW TO PRAY FOR TZAHAL IDF


בס"ד
HOW TO PRAY FOR TZAHAL
(THE ARMY OF ISRAEL OR IDF)
ANY DAY OF THE WEEK, DAY OR NIGHT©
by Mr. Cohen
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סוף סדר עמידה:

אֱלֹקי. נְצֹר לְשׁוֹנִי מֵרָע וּשְֹפָתַי מִדַּבֵּר מִרְמָה. וְלִמְקַלְלַי נַפְשִׁי תִדֹּם.


וְנַפְשִׁי כֶּעָפָר לַכֹּל תִּהְיֶה. פְּתַח לִבִּי בְּתוֹרָתֶךָ. וְאַחֲרֵי מִצְוֹתֶיךָ תִּרְדֹּף נַפְשִׁי.


וְכָל הַקָּמִים וְהַחוֹשְׁבִים עָלַי לְרָעָה. מְהֵרָה הָפֵר עֲצָתָם וְקַלְקֵל מַחֲשַׁבְתָּם:


מִי שֶׁבֵּרַךְ אֲבוֹתֵינוּ אַבְרָהָם יִצְחָק וְיַעֲקֹב הוּא יְבָרֵךְ אֶת חַיָּלֵי צְבָא הֲגַנָּה לְיִשְֹרָאֵל, הָעוֹמְדִים עַל מִשְׁמַר אַרְצֵנוּ וְעָרֵי אֱלֹקינוּ מִגְּבוּל הַלְּבָנוֹן וְעַד מִדְבַּר מִצְרַיִם וּמִן הַיָּם הַגָּדוֹל עַד לְבוֹא הָעֲרָבָה בַּיַּבָּשָׁה בָּאֲוִיר וּבַיָּם.


יִתֵּן יְדֹוָד אֶת אוֹיְבֵינוּ הַקָּמִים עָלֵינוּ נִגָּפִים לִפְנֵיהֶם. הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא


יִשְׁמֹר וְיַצִּיל אֶת חַיָלֵינוּ מִכָּל צָרָה וְצוּקָה וּמִכָּל נֶגַע וּמַחְלָה,


וְיִשְׁלַח בְּרָכָה וְהַצְלָחָה בְּכָל מַעֲשֵֹה יְדֵיהֶם. יַדְבֵּר שֹוֹנְאֵינוּ תַּחְתֵּיהֶם,


וִיעַטְרֵם בְּכֶתֶר יְשׁוּעָה וּבְעֲטֶרֶת נִצָּחוֹן. וִיקֻיַּם בָּהֶם הַכָּתוּב:


"כִּי יְדֹוָד אֱלֹקיכֶם הַהֹלֵךְ עִמָּכֶם לְהִלָּחֵם לָכֶם עִם אֹיבֵיכֶם לְהוֹשִׁיעַ אֶתְכֶם":


עֲשֵֹה לְמַעַן שְׁמֶךָ. עֲשֵֹה לְמַעַן יְמִינֶךָ. עֲשֵֹה לְמַעַן תּוֹרָתֶךָ.

עֲשֵֹה לְמַעַן קְדֻשָּׁתֶךָ. לְמַעַן יֵחָלְצוּן יְדִידֶיךָ הוֹשִׁיעָה יְמִינְךָ וַעֲנֵנִי:


יִהְיוּ לְרָצוֹן אִמְרֵי פִי וְהֶגְיוֹן לִבִּי לְפָנֶיךָ. יְדֹוָד צוּרִי וְגוֹאֲלִי:


עֹשֶֹה שָׁלוֹם (בעשי"ת הַשָּׁלוֹם) בִּמְרוֹמָיו,


הוּא יַעֲשֶֹה שָׁלוֹם עָלֵינוּ וְעַל כָּל יִשְֹרָאֵל. וְאִמְרוּ אָמֵן:
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http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/09/why-i-support-israel-by-pat-condell.html
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Two-State Solution, sic, Road to Disaster!

If Donald Trump is elected President of the USA, will he replace John Kerry with Rudy Giuliani?

You'd think that a Reuters photographer would get a better shot of the "Mideast Quartet."
(L to R) High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov gather before a Middle East Quartet... REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Mideast Quartet warns that Israeli settlements eroding two-state solution
The "Quartet" of Middle East peace mediators said on Friday it was strongly opposed to Israel's ongoing settlement activity, warning that it risked ending the chance of a two-state solution with the Palestinians.
Peace talks, envisaging a Palestinian state in territory Israel captured in a 1967 war, collapsed two years ago after nine months of largely fruitless discussions sponsored by the United States.
The acid political climate between Israelis and Palestinians makes progress unlikely. Both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas showed no signs of a rapprochement during their speeches at the annual U.N. gathering of world leaders.
"The Quartet emphasized its strong opposition to ongoing settlement activity, which is an obstacle to peace, and expressed its grave concern that the acceleration of settlement construction and expansion ... (is) steadily eroding the viability of the two-state solution," the Quartet said in a statement after meeting on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly...
I mention Rudy Giuliani, because of this:
After prepping Trump for debate, Giuliani says US should abandon two-state solution-Jerusalem Post
Newsweek
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said on Saturday night that the United States is opposed to the two-state solution to solve the Israeli-Palestinian Arab conflict.
“The United States should reject the whole notion of a two-state solution in Israel, or maybe it should restate it: It should be a two-state solution when the Palestinian Authority demonstrates that it can be a state, and not a homeland for terrorism,” Giuliani said at the Israeli American Council (IAC) conference in Washington and the crowd responded with applause. (Arutz 7)
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But Israel's biggest problem isn't Obama, Kerry, the United Nations or the European Union. It comes from our very own politicians especially with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who keeps on repeating the he supports a Palestinian sic State and even worse that they "deserve a state." It doesn't matter what conditions Bibi insists on before "giving" them a state. Nobody takes him seriously. And nobody would enforce these conditions, and we all know that once the genie's out of the bottle, it can't be returned unless it wants to go in. One thing for sure is that the Arab terrorists do not "deserve" a state. There is no history whatsoever of a "palestinian people," sic. This is all an invention made up to prevent the establishment of a Jewish State in our historic Homeland.

With Yom Kippur just days away, it's time for us all to repent and do everything we can for the security and survival of the State of Israel, and that must start with condemning the drive to establish an Arab state in the traditional historic Homeland of the Jewish People!!!

Guest Post: Why I Support Israel by Pat Condell

Why I Support Israel
by Pat Condell, 2014 June 18 (complete transcript) 

SOURCE:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHC8KC5cLs8

"All anyone needs to know about the Middle-East-conflict is that the Jews want peace and the Arabs do not, because the Arabs hate Jews for religious reasons and they want them dead. Politics, territory - these are just excuses."

"Whenever I make this point, it always seems to annoy the right sort-of-people, so I thought I might as well do it again."

"If you are one of these people, then you will likely be a supporter of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign that has been so comically ineffective because the world depends on Israeli technology, and that is where the money is, not oranges and avocados."

"If you support BDS, will you boycott the chip in your phone or computer, or is it just Israeli fruit and vegetables that you have a moral problem with?"

"Maybe you are one of the people who feel entitled to shout down Israeli speakers in universities, or to disrupt concerts and sports events that other people have paid money to enjoy. Or perhaps you campaign for the boycott of Israeli academics, to block the free exchange of information and understanding."

"All this is on the same moral level as book-burning, and if you are a part of this movement, you are a part of that."

"Also, the relentless focus solely on Israel that ignores the world's real human-rights-violators tells us that this is an anti-Semitic movement, and if you're a part of it, you are a part of that, too."

"If Israel was a Christian or a Buddhist country, there would not be any BDS campaign, and everyone knows it, just as there isn't any BDS for Tibet, a country invaded and culturally-raped by the Chinese, but then the Chinese are not Jews."

"No BDS for Saudi Arabia treating women like livestock, because the Saudis are not Jews, which is lucky for them, because if they were, they would have to ban themselves from entering their own country. How inconvenient!"

"Crude Islamic Jew-hatred has permeated the Middle-East-conflict from day one, yet its influence is always carefully omitted from all political analysis."

"Any doctor who diagnosed an illness as ineptly and dishonestly would deserve to be struck-off and prosecuted."

"Palestinian leaders have had several chances for a two-state-solution and they have always rejected it because they do not want a two-state-solution, and they do not care about the suffering of their people. They want all Jews out of there, or dead."

"The leader of Hezbollah is on record as saying that he won't be happy until every Jew on earth is dead."

"Once you realize that this is the position then, whatever you think of Israeli security measures, your moral standpoint has to change."

"We know that if the Arabs were to lay down their weapons they could have peace and prosperity for all their people, and the Israelis would not need to build barriers or do anything else the world disapproved of. They could simply get on with what they do best, technological innovation, making life better for all of us, including Arabs."

"On the other hand, we know that if the Israelis were to lay down their weapons, they would be massacred - men, women and children alike."

"The Arabs are even happy to put their own children in the firing-line to attack Jews, they hate them so much. And this hatred comes directly from their religion. It is not politics or territory that causes a mother to celebrate the death of her child. Only religion can do that, and one religion in particular, the one that is insisting on the right of return - to the 7th century."

"Just look at the mess they made in Gaza, which is now a hardcore Islamic hell-hole."

"The Israelis used to be in Gaza, but they gave it up for peace. They uprooted thousands of settlers and gave the land to the Arabs for peace. And what did they get? They got war, of course."

"Gaza immediately became a launching-pad for hundreds of Iranian rockets aimed at Israeli women and children by people hiding behind their own women and children - a double war-crime, ignored by the West, like all Arab war crimes. That is what the Israelis got when they gave up Gaza, and it is what they will get if they're ever stupid enough to give up the West Bank."

"Israel needs to exist because there needs to be a Jewish state. Humanity has proven conclusively over many centuries that it cannot be trusted not to persecute Jews. Jew hatred seems to be written right into our DNA because it just keeps coming back. Any Jew who thinks the Holocaust could never happen again is a fool. There are plenty of people on this earth who would love to see it happen again, and many of them live in the countries around Israel."

"When Arab armies have attacked in the past, they have bragged in advance about committing genocide, and they've still been bragging about it as they were getting their sorry assess deservedly-kicked again-and-again."

"People who want to boycott Israel have no idea what it is like to live on a thin strip of land surrounded [and vastly outnumbered] by people who want to wipe out your entire population, who have repeatedly tried to do so in the past, and failed, and who will continue trying until they succeed, which is likely to happen, roughly, never, while we in the West keep paying for it."

"What would you do if you were the Israeli Prime Minister?
How would you deal with people who want you and your entire population DEAD?"

"I know what I would do, and I would not give a damn about world opinion."

"As for UN (United Nations) resolutions, I would use them to light my cigars. I do not actually smoke cigars, but I would take it up for that reason, I think it is just so important;  because this is a war of crude religious hatred by Muslim-Arabs against Jews, and the Jews have to win every time."

"The Arabs only have to win once for the world to see another Holocaust, and to stand by once again watching it happen. That is why I support Israel, and that's why, if you have an ounce of humanity, you, too, should support Israel, whatever your political persuasion."

MICROBIOGRAPHY: 
Mr. Patrick Condell is an atheist, who was born in Ireland around 1950 CE, and raised in England as a Roman Catholic, and educated in Church of England schools. He has no Jewish ancestors and no religious beliefs that might cause him to favor Jews.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Bibi and Obama Do Not Have to Like Each Other

One of the big differences between the Israeli and American forms of government is that an American President is limited to two elected terms, eight years, while an Israeli Prime Minister can hold the office indefinitely, for decades even. Though nobody has been PM for that long. The longest serving David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first Prime Minister, like Netanyahu, did not serve all terms consecutively. Click here for a list.

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama in New York, September 21, 2016 (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

From what it has been said in the news over the years, and the grimaces caught by cameras, United States President Barack Hussein Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Bibi Netanyahu have never really gotten along. The glowing smiles that Obama always has plastered on his face when meeting Arabs are never seen when he's meeting with Bibi. His speechwriters always prepare him with friendly, funny quips to trade with Bibi, who is well-known for his quick mind and on target ad libs. But Bibi, who in some ways can be considered even "more American" than Obama, has never found a common language and comfortable demeanor with the present POTUS.

They are not going to have to put up with each other much longer. Soon there will be a new American President, and Obama will be able to spend time with whomever he wants. No doubt, that's the reason for the smiles and jovial mood of last week's meeting between the two.

Friday, September 23, 2016

If Only This was Satire...

EU court moves to keep Hamas, Tamil Tigers off terrorism list
The European Union's top court took a step on Thursday towards confirming the removal of Hamas and the Tamil Tigers from an EU terrorism blacklist, despite protestations from Israel and the Sri Lankan government.
An advocate general at the European Court of Justice, whose advice is usually followed by judges, recommended that they reject an appeal by the Council of EU member states against the lower General Court's decisions in late 2014 to remove both movements from the sanctions list due to flawed procedures.

thetower.org

What is the European Union's definition of "Terrorism?"

Hamas is unabashedly terrorist!

Hamas TV to Israelis:
We "love death more than you love life"

"The price will be high, Sons of Zion...
All of Palestine is ours.
There is nothing here for you but death"

Palestinian Media Watch



theblaze

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The USA is Not a Jewish Country!

I was born and raised in the USA, the United States of America. And in the second half of the twentieth century, post-World War Two, it was very much a Christian country. The Jewish population was an extremely vocal minority, and if there were any other religions, one rarely if ever heard from them. And although there certainly were quite a few races other than Caucasian aka white, standards of beauty were primarily WASP, emphasizing straight, light-colored hair, small nose, light eyes, thin eyebrows and oval faces. Shoes were made for narrow feet, and the classic sheath dress was most flattering on narrow hips.

When I took on Jewish Sabbath observance and couldn't take important standardized tests on Saturdays, at least others had already successfully fought that battle, and there were places designated for Sunday testing, PSAT, SAT, College Boards etc.

Pinterest  In this poster, they mean well, but they got the Chanukah Menorah wrong giving it seven rather than nine candles.

After Thanksgiving, public places and public schools were decorated for Christmas, even including religious Nativity scenes. And schools had very Christian religious assemblies/pageants. That is until the local Jewish populations got strong and confident enough to stop it. Sometimes all that was done as a "change" was to add a dreidel and Chanukah Menorah to the Nativity Scene and sing "Dreidel Made Out of Clay" along with "Silent Night."

And many localities which have never had much of a Jewish presence, things never changed. They stayed unabashedly Christian.

Now, America is changing. Local authorities, schools and universities have to deal with the fact that there is religious diversities and the "minorities" aren't willing to stay silent or quietly assimilate. Isn't it all so deja vu? That's how I felt when I saw the following:
Georgia Jewish students riled by homecoming on Yom Kippur
I, personally, solved the dilemma by becoming more Jewish and not trying to live in two separate worlds simultaneously. I also moved to Israel, where not only are the Jewish Holidays the official ones, but the shoes are wider, too.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Guest Post: Liberal Hypocrisy Over Gaza

[Liberal] Hypocrisy Over Gaza
by Pat Condell, 2014 August 5  (complete transcript) 
SOURCE:
 
 
Hypocrisy has always been very "progressive", but there's so much of it flying around right now, you almost feel as if you need a "progressive"-proof-vest.
 
It is easy to criticize at a distance, but none of the people currently protesting against Israel would behave any differently in the same circumstances, and many of them would behave a hell-of-a-lot worse, which is why the selective outrage we've been seeing is so truly nauseating.

Where were all you "progressive" humanitarians when Assad was butchering thousands in Syria, or Bashir in Sudan? Where were the angry mass demonstrations for those people? Or for the victims of the butchery in Nigeria? Or for the thousands murdered in Iraq just recently, lined up face-down in ditches by-the-hundred and executed in cold blood. Where were you people then?

A few hashtags on Twitter, and then tumbleweed.

But the Jews of Israel finally respond to being constantly attacked by Islamic terrorists and the world goes insane.

People fill the streets and start talking about war-crimes, when we all know that Hamas commit genuine war-crimes every single day and nobody gives a damn.

"Progressive" journalists focus exclusively on children tragically killed because Hamas is using them as human shields (blaming Israel, of course). But if these fearless truth-seekers were really concerned about the children of Gaza, they would also tell us that Hamas' terror-tunnels were built using child-labor, and that hundreds died.

"Progressives" love to tell us that Palestine must be free, when they know full-well that the thugs of Hamas are not fighting for freedom; they are fighting against it.
Anyone in Gaza who dares to protest against the destruction that Hamas is bringing down on their heads is executed, as more than 30 people have already been during this conflict. That is how free they are.

The only part of the Middle-East where anyone is free is Israel, the only civilized country in the region, where Jews and Arabs are free to go about their business and to worship any way they choose. Both can, and do, serve in the army, in parliament, and in the Supreme Court, because Israel is a free country with equal-rights for everyone.

The rest of the region is dominated by Arab-Muslim culture, a deeply negative, racist, and misogynistic culture that is anything but free. Whatever glorious history it might once have had is long gone, and now it is nothing but a self-pitying burden-on-humanity and a bloody nuisance to the civilized world.

Jews are a tiny percentage of the Middle-Eastern population and they have a tiny sliver of land that they would have been perfectly happy with, if they had not been repeatedly attacked by several Arab armies at once, openly committed to genocide.

And I do mean actual genocide, as opposed to the fantasy-genocide, like the fantasy-apartheid that you "progressive" BDS-hypocrites love to prattle about.

When they were attacked, the Jews surprised the world by giving the Arabs the kicking they deserved, and a lot of Arabs found themselves displaced, but not from any land that was ever called Palestine, and the land itself belonged to no country, so it is NOT occupied. It is disputed.

Furthermore, most of the Arabs who left the West Bank were NOT driven from their homes at all. They left of their own accord when they were promised by the invading Arab armies that they could return safely when all their Jewish neighbors had been killed.

Well, it did not quite work out that way, of course, and now their descendants are still living in refugee camps in Arab countries in a state of genuine enforced apartheid where they are not allowed: to integrate, to work, to receive medical treatment; because the Arabs, who could quite easily alleviate their suffering, prefer instead to exploit it as a permanent political weapon.

As we have seen in Gaza with the use of human-shields, they care so little about their own people, that they are literally disposable.

On the other hand, what we never hear about are the hundreds-of-thousands of Jews who were forcibly expelled from Arab countries [in year 1948], because they were quickly assimilated by Israel, a civilized country, which is why they are not still living in refugee camps. But what about their land that was stolen? And what about their right of return?

But let's say that Israel forgets all about this, and forgets about the constant genocidal attacks from the past, and the constant bloodthirsty Jew-hating rhetoric of the present (you know, for the sake of peace, and all) and agrees to go back to the 1967 borders, which, by the way, are now physically impossible to defend against modern weaponry. How do they prevent the Arabs from attacking them yet again?

Any suggestions?

Take them at their word when they say they won't?

Well, that would be very "progressive". Suicidally so, in fact, and everyone knows it.  Yet it seems to me that this is precisely what so many "progressive" people actually want to see.

They want to see the Jews of Israel agree to a position where it is impossible to defend themselves, and trust the Arabs to let them live in peace. Anyone who seriously believes that that is a realistic scenario is so deluded they should be on medication.

Arab-Muslims have never let anyone live in peace, and they are not about to start with Jews, as they have repeatedly made clear to anyone who will listen, which does not appear to include anyone in the resolutely-biased Western-media, who carefully misinform the "progressive" consensus to keep it ignorant and rabidly anti-Israel.

Consequently, "progressive" opinion will never be happy until Israel surrenders and allows its people to be murdered, for "peace". Open the borders and give free access to terrorist fighters and suicide-bombers.
After all, they have human rights, too.

Well, somehow I don't think it's going to happen that way, but whatever does emerge from this conflict, one thing is already crystal-clear: that any future humanitarian aid to Gaza will be used to rebuild the tunnels [to attack Israel] and to re-arm Hamas, who will then attack Israel yet again without any regard whatsoever for the welfare of their own people.

So, check-books out, all you "progressive" Western bleeding-hearts, because we all know that is what you really want, because then you can go through the same self-righteous pantomime all over again, and wallow once more in your criminally-biased selective-moralizing, from a suitably safe distance.

MICROBIOGRAPHY:
Mr. Pat Condell is an atheist, who was born in Ireland around 1950 CE, and raised in England as a Roman Catholic, and educated in Church of England schools. He has no Jewish ancestors and no religious beliefs that might cause him to favor Jews.

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Pro-Israel Articles from Aish HaTorah:
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Articles Refuting the BDS Movement from Aish HaTorah:
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Obama's 2016 UN Speech, Proof of His Failures

Soon after POTUS aka Barack Hussein Obama was elected President of the United States he was awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize, not actually for anything he had done, but  for   his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.". There were great expectations from the man of a white American mother and black African (Kenyan) father, the first non-Caucasian to be elected President.

Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Yesterday, Obama made his last speech to the United Nations General Assembly as American President, and he didn't have much good to say about the state of the world.
The speech – described by White House officials as a capstone of his foreign policy – left few major powers unscathed. He criticized France for its targeting of traditional Muslim dress, Russia for its quest to “recover lost glory through force,” China for denying democracy to its people and Israel for its continued “occupation and settlement of Palestinian lands.”
theblaze.com
But Obama spent little time on any single conflict, instead speaking in general terms of the dangers facing an international system he has long advocated as the guarantor of world peace. There are “deep fault lines in the existing international order,” exposed by the turbulent forces of globalization, he warned. Jerusalem Post
I guess you can say that means he has admitted that he had failed miserably, although I don't think that he actually admitted any responsibility. I guess he won't be returning his Nobel Peace Prize... What do you think?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Dangerous Mix of Truth and Fiction

This morning I took a look at this video, Israeli settlements, explained in 8 minutes by Johnny Harris. I found it to be a very dangerous mix of truth and fiction.

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First of all, it begins its narrative rather late in History, 1948, crediting the United Nations with trying to help Great Britain to solve the problem between the Jews and the Arabs. It totally leaves out the very necessary/important/crucial fact that Britain was mandated/instructed/given the areas by the League of Nations in 1922, on the condition that they, the British, facilitate the establishment of a Jewish State there, Transjordan- the area on both sides of the Jordan River. No surprise, but no mention is made of that fact and the British invention of Jordan* which was stage one of how the Brits sabotaged the assignment.

Another term/fact left out is that the Jordanians illegally occupied the so-called west bank after the 1949 ceasefire. It was only recognized by two countries, Britain and Pakistan.

Also, Johnny Harris skips the crucial fact that the 1967 Six Days War was a result of coordinated Arab threats and aggression against Israel by an alliance of four Arab countries, Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Jordan, with the cooperation of the United Nations. He gives the impression that it was initiated by Israel. And of course he leaves out the background of constant terror against Jews by Arab even before the establishment of the State of Israel.  According to International Law and historical precedent, border changes due to a defensive war are legal, and that is how the 1967 ceasefire lines should be seen.

In addition, the various villages, towns and cities where Jews live in Judea, Samaria, also the Golan and Jordan Valley (which Harris does not mention by name--another example of how he simplifies) were approved and/or established by the State of Israel.

Harris does mention that Arabs can drive on the new modern roads, but he leaves out that Jews are forbidden to drive on "Arab" roads. Also, he gives the distinct impression that only Arabs have to go through "checkpoints," when all vehicles are stopped/checked, Jewish, too. We wait on the same lines. And those checks are to prevent terrorism and uninspected agricultural products from entering. Remember that if going into the USA, you can't bring even an apple from abroad.



I do not have the time to go over every single false or misleading statement in these eight misleading minutes Harris has produced. I invite you to add more in the comments here. So, please do, thanks.

*British invention of Jordan- rule of this new invented country called Jordan was given to the Hashemites from Mecca, Saudi Arabia. There was no history of such a country/people until Britain created them to block Jewish settlement of the area.

Monday, September 19, 2016

GUEST POST: Why Do Muslims Always Blame Jews

Why Do Muslims Always Blame Jews
by Pat Condell,  2013 October 21 (complete transcript) 

SOURCE:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziXyfLf-oxI

"In Europe today, one of the many unfortunate consequences of pandering to the bigotry of Muslim immigrants has been a rise in anti-Semitism."  

"Not that Europe has ever needed much encouragement on that score. And this has breathed life into a whole host of previously dormant conspiracy casualties [theorists] who would love to believe that Jews control the world."

"It seems like almost every day now, I hear from somebody telling me that I should educate myself about Jews; how evil they are; how they manipulate everything, so that they can control the world."

"Apparently, Jews are responsible for all kinds of horrible things including: 9/11 -- that goes without saying -- and even the curse of multiculturalism. That's right! All those Jews who are being driven out of Europe by hate-filled Muslim immigrants are actually victims of a Jewish plot to destabilize the world so that they can control it, I guess. I don't know, I'm a little light on the details, but then most people are."

"Compared to the number of Muslims and Christians on this planet, not to mention Hindus and Buddhists, Jews are a handful of people. They are tiny percentage of the population. Nearly half of them live in Israel, a country the size of a county, and more are being driven there every day, especially from Europe where it has become fashionable to use the Israeli government’s behavior as an excuse for the kind of open anti-Semitism we've become used to hearing from Muslims."

"At anti-Israel demonstrations in Europe, you are likely to hear calls for Jews to be gassed. We've even had the spectacle of a Dutch member of parliament in the front line of such an event. In Sweden, Israeli athletes can no longer even compete without being attacked by violent mobs, because the police can't or won't protect them.  Hate crimes against Jews outnumber those against Muslims, and many of them are carried out by Muslims for no other reason than they've been taught from childhood to hate Jews."

"Meanwhile, day-in and day-out we have to listen to their endless hypocritical horse-sh__ about Islamophobia. It is enough to make you want to throw-up."

"I don't like some of the stuff the Israeli government does either, but I support Israel's right to exist; and to defend itself against people prepared to use women and children as human-shields.

"I no longer believe that the Israelis should give back Jerusalem. I still think they are holding it for a stupid reason: religion, and it doesn't get any more stupid than that."

"But experience has taught us that the Islamic mentality views any concession as weakness to be exploited further. And besides, too many so-called Palestinians seem less concerned with peace and freedom, than with driving the Jews into the sea. So the bombings would not stop."

"The whole world knows there could have been a peaceful settlement many times in the past, but for incompetent and corrupt Palestinian leadership."

"Now in Gaza, they've saddled themselves with Hamas, a bunch of fundamentalist religious thugs who don't want peace at any price."

"For Hamas, the enemy is not Israel; the enemy is Jews."

"If you support Hamas, [then] you support people who want to exterminate Jews; not for being Israelis, but for being Jews. And you support a culture where Jew-hatred is bred right into the children. I hope you're proud of yourself."  

"I think Israel is in the wrong place; I've said it before, it could not be in a worse place, given the hateful mentality of its neighbors, but it is a bit late to do anything about that now."

"The fact that a Jewish state needs to exist at all, and it does need to exist, is an indictment of all humanity, and especially the Catholic Church, whose centuries-long program of aggressive Jew-hatred has been ingrained right into the European psyche; so that it takes almost-nothing to bring it out."

"And that is why, if I were a Jew, even a non-Zionist peace-campaigning Liberal Jew, and there are plenty of them, I would want to see a strong Israel, because when push-comes-to-shove, people simply will not stand up for Jews. We've seen it historically in Europe, and in the wake of the Islamic invasion we're seeing it again today, especially from the self-styled anti-fascists. What a joke you people are!"

"The truth can often be painful when you don't want to hear it but you're going to bloody well hear it anyway. And the truth is that Jews have contributed more to humanity than any other group of people. Way more than Muslims, vastly more than Muslims, we're talking different planet more than Muslim."

"Jews received a disproportionate number of Nobel Prizes; real ones I mean, not the bullsh__ peace one, because they are at the top of sciences and medicine and technology. You name it; wherever there is progress in this world, you often find some Jew in there making all the difference. Israel today is a world technological leader alone in the Middle East like a diamond in a sea-of-mud."

"Compared to Jews, Muslims are passengers on planet Earth getting a free- ride. Even the wealth of the Muslim world comes pouring straight-out-of-the-ground. If it didn't, they wouldn't have any! It is pathetic! And it is no wonder the Muslim world is so quick to petulant childish anger; they must have a very poor self-image, and who can blame them?"

"But they are the only ones who can do anything about it. They can choose to drag themselves into the 21st century and lead this filthy garbage behind."

"Or they can carry on humiliating and degrading themselves with hysterical Jew-hatred and we will carry on judging them on it, as an embarrassment to the human race. I do hope that does not offend."

"As for you people who keep telling me that Jews control the world:"

"You know, even if that were true, I would much rather that Jews control this world than Muslims any day, and so would every other sane person on the planet.  But it isn't true, and I do not want to hear about it anymore, if that would not be too much trouble."  

"So if you really believe that Jews are evil manipulators, with their fingers in everyone's pie, or if you really believe that some sinister Jewish couple is controlling you from above like a marionette, then please don't tell me about it. Tell a doctor, but maybe not a Jewish one. Peace."

MICROBIOGRAPHY:  
Mr. Patrick Condell is an atheist, who was born in Ireland around 1950 CE, and raised in England as a Roman Catholic, and educated in Church of England schools.
He has no Jewish ancestors and no religious beliefs that might cause him to favor Jews.
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In year 2015, Somali-born Hirsi Ali, age 45, said:
“…Muslims equate compromise with shame…”

SOURCE:

QUESTION: How does this effect out ability to negotiate with Muslims?
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Rabbi Ovadiah of Bartenura (in a letter to
his father in year 1488 August 15 CE) said:
    “Jews in Muslim lands make themselves appear poor.
    They go about like an impoverished, despised people,
    with their heads bowed before Muslims.”

SOURCE: Pathway to Jerusalem: the Travel Letters of Rabbi Ovadiah of Bartenura (page 40) written between 1488 CE and 1490 CE during his journey to the Holy Land, translated by Yaakov Dovid Shulman, year 1992 CE, 93 pages, CIS Publishers, Lakewood, New Jersey, ISBN 1-56062-130-3

QUICK BIOGRAPHY NOTE:
His commentary on the Mishnah is still studied often, even in our times.
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