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Friday, October 9, 2015

Too Many Terror Victims-Need Scorecard

This recent "wave" of Arab terror here all over Israel has become too massive to keep track of. As usual, the media is trying to play it down and only reporting the big damaging attacks. Way back when, almost twenty 20 years ago when I was injured by an Arab terrorist, the police and politicians tried really hard to prove that the Arab terrorist had run over us, including murdering one woman, as accidentally. So, unfortunately, nothing's new at all.

Jewish victims of Arab terror of the last week. My guess is that it is already out of date.

The only thing "new" is that the percentage of Arab terror attacks that have not been in Judea/Samaria is high. This proves two things:

  1. Arab terrorism is not a reaction to Israel's 1967 victory. The terrorists are not killing to get back Shiloh, Beit El or Susiya. They want Jaffa, Beersheva and Haifa, all of Israel. Their aim is to destroy the State of Israel
  2. Israeli Arabs are loyal, seditious citizens of the State of Israel. All those who attack Jews or promote attacking Jews, sympathize with the terrorists, even the MKs must be legally prosecuted and jailed or executed according to the crime.
MK Haneen Zoabi,
photo credit:REUTERS
Last night when I came back from a lovely wedding in dangerous Jaffa, the site of one of the recent terror attacks, I turned on the Israeli television news. Yes, I'm becoming a masochistic news junkie.  I was totally horrified to see that they interviewed the extreme Left anti-Israel Arab terror sympathizer pro-Hamas MK Haneen Zoabi, giving her lots of screen time to spout her outrageous and seditious views. Instead of being allowed on our state supported television programs she should be jailed in solitary confinement, completely forbidden visits, telephone, internet and social media.

On the ride back home I heard from family members who had visited some of the mourning families, those who are sitting shiva (weeklong Jewish mourning) for those who were murdered by those who Zoabi sympathizes.

  • How could Israeli television allow such lies as Zoabi told about Jewish History and the Temple Mount? 
  • How is it that she isn't in jail?
Why don't we have politicians willing to be true leaders willing to do all for our country and our security?

There will not be peace until we have a strong confident government which won't kowtow to foreign leaders and dangerous ideas!!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Guest Post: Jewish Refugees of Ukraine By Sam Sokol

Please help me tell the stories of the forgotten Jewish refugees of Ukraine
By Sam Sokol

Jews have always been scapegoats during times of trouble and the current Ukrainian crisis is no different.

While anti-Semitism in France and other western European nations generates the headlines, the Jews of Ukraine are facing the the greatest humanitarian catastrophe in the Jewish world in 2015. Thousands of Jews have been made homeless by the military conflict that has decimated their communities in Donetsk and Luhansk while both sides of the conflict bandy about casual accusations of anti-Semitism at their enemies for propaganda purposes, falsely turning the issue into a Jewish one.

However, their stories are greatly at risk of being forgotten.

As the award winning Diaspora Affairs (Jewish World) Correspondent at the Jerusalem Post I have been traveling back and forth to Ukraine on a regular basis since the outbreak of the Maidan revolution, collecting testimonies from participants, activists and refugees. While reported from the barricades in Kiev, separatist controlled Donetsk and the refugee camp in Zhitomir, among other places, I have recorded dozens of hours of interviews which I hope to use as the basis of a book on the crisis’ effects on Ukrainian Jewry.

The problem is that, unlike in western Europe, the Jews of Ukraine are not suffering as a direct result of anti-Semitism but as the result of a larger, non-Jewish conflict- although both sides do bandy about accusations of Judeophobia in order to discredit their foes. This lack of a narrative of Jew hatred has caused many in the Jewish and Israeli media to largely ignore the Jewish dimension to the refugee crisis and the disintegration of Jewish communities like those of the separatist strongholds of Donetsk and Luhansk. Jews have been thrust into the middle of a conflict that has nothing to do with them.

Between over the past year around three quarters of Donetsk’s pre-war Jewish population of 10-11,000 Jews have become internally displaced persons, ending up in refugee camps in Zhitomir and Shpola and straining the already precarious finances of communities in Dnepropetrovsk and Kiev.

As Israeli journalist Zvika Klein put it, in Israel “you don’t see a lot of coverage of any sort of [Diaspora] Jews unless it has to do with anti-Semitism or a big wave of aliyah.”

The stories of suffering and courage coming from Ukraine are amazing.

Chatting with an elderly refugee in the contested port city of Mariupol, I heard how he was less concerned with his own safety but rather for his Kurdish son-in-law and his grandson Jameel, who are living through their own civil war in Syria.

They speak every day via Skype, the Jewish grandfather said.

While concerns about anti-Semitism have been subsumed by the more immediate worries of those living in a nation at war, the use of anti-Semitism as a propaganda weapon by both sides and the presence of neo-Nazis on both sides of the line have also been underreported. And while anti-Semitic violence has been low since a brief spike during the Maidan period in early 2014, vandalism of Jewish sites continues apace. (Link http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Ukrainian-rights-group-blasts-Russia-for-faking-anti-Semitic-news-405608)

Statements by rebel leaders against Jews, coupled with Ukrainian glorification of Holocaust era nationalist fighters who collaborated with the Nazis provide enough reasons to fear a subsequent surge in anti-Semitism, even as the most extreme nationalist groups have tamped down on anti-Semitic sentiments in an attempt to disprove Russian claims of a neo-Nazi takeover.

I have just launched a Kickstarter campaign to collect the funds necessary to hire help to transcribe all of the interviews I have conducted and to fund (logistics and the war permitting) one final trip to Donetsk. With your help I believe that I can give the Jews of Ukraine a voice.

Please help me allow the public to learn of the story of the Ukraine conflict, the anti-Semitism, the Jew-centric war propaganda and the refugee crisis through the eyes of the Jews who lived through the inferno.

Bibi's Playing to The Wrong Audience!

It's pretty well-known and agreed that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is probably the most gifted speaker, also when off-the-cuff, than any other international public figure today. That's a major reason why it's sometimes very difficult to understand exactly what his policies are.

Bibi, very eloquently, talks the defiant, doing everything for Israel's security talk, but the truth is that it's all a show, a bluff. He's charming when needs to be and an actor on the podium who rivals film star Ronald Reagan, but his policies are as solid as butter on a hot summer day.

Netanyahu is an IDF army veteran, who had served in Israel's most elite unit, proved his bravery against Israel's military enemies, but he has shown himself a wimp against our diplomatic ones. Bibi continues to mollycoddle Barack Hussein Obama, the American President, even though it's obvious that Obama is only in favor of the Arab terrorists aka Palestinian sic and does not care at all if Israel ceases to exist.

Our secular Prime Minister is spending his time trying to placate foreign officials, media, etc. rather than recognize the truth. Our only ally, the source of our salvation is Gd! Netanyahu and I are the same age, so he should remember that Israel's victories in 1967 and 1973 made no logical sense. We did not win because of our weapons or superior fighters. It had been clear "on paper" that we were going to lose and our country was to be destroyed, but Gd Almighty vetoed those plans.

We do not need the diplomatic support or approval from the United States, United Nations or any other foreign or human. As was proven in the 1967 Six Days War and the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Israel's victory is from Gd.

The State of Israel will be safer, and terrorism will cease when Arabs see us as strong, not weak. The banning of Jewish Prayer on the Temple Mount and freezing (and limiting) construction of Jewish homes and public buildings in Judea and Samaria just encourages the Arabs to attack us. And treating the Arab terrorists as ordinary criminals with legal rights and privileges makes it worthwhile for them to attack us. They have nothing to lose. And their families are supported by the internationally financed  PA-Palestinian Authority which must be deligitimized immediately.

I do not fear any backlash from the changes I propose. What I fear is the escalation of terror, both military and diplomatic due to Bibi's present policies!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Bibi, Neither Cameras nor Obama Will Protect Us!

This morning I feel like ranting! Here goes:

Bibi, your solution to Arab violence of placing "cameras on all West Bank roads" is a very ineffective Ehud Barak gadget scam rather than offering true protection to innocent Israelis. By the time the attack is viewed and reported by the teams at the screens, the terrorists will have effectively escaped and the victims could bleed to death.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon on tour of West Bank. (photo credit:AMOS BEN-GERSHOM/GPO)
And besides that, it's very well-known that a high percentage of such cameras have been damaged and stolen by the Arab terrorists. The method is not new, nor has it been proven effective.

spy balloon over Shevut Rachel and the smaller communities around it
Photo: Batya Medad 

Or is the plan to have lots of these spy balloons in the sky focused on Arab terror, rather than trying to catch the mythical Jewish "price tag" cells? Even if these cameras aren't easily stolen, there's no speedy solution to the terrorism here.

Arab terrorism must be stopped not mopped with the blood up after the attack takes place.

Yet again, the United Nations' Ban Ki-moon unabashedly condemns death of Arab terrorists and terror-supporters while ignoring innocent Jewish victims of Arab terror.
United Nations Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon.
(photo credit:REUTERS)
Ban said he did not believe that the demolition of homes belonging to Palestinian terrorists or the construction of new Israeli settlements "will do anything other than inflame tensions still further."
Ban acknowledged the death of four Palestinians, referring to a 13-year-old boy whom the IDF said was accidentally killed by misfire and three terrorists who were killed by security forces following attacks that killed four Israelis. (Jerusalem Post) 
Why does Israel continue membership in that hot-bed of anti-Israel/pro-Arab terrorism? I find it incomprehensible. They will not change, no matter who is our ambassador to the UN, nor how well-written and incredibly delivered our speeches there.

And for the umpteenth time, Bibi has capitulated to American demands and will not approve more Jewish building in Judea and Samaria.
Building a bus terminal in Sha'ar Binyamin
Photo: Batya Medad

New homes being built
in Ariel
Photo: Batya Medad 
According to senior-level Israeli officials, the US Administration passed on a threatening message to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, according to which if Israel were to approve an expansion of settlement construction in the West Bank, the US would not veto a UN Security Council proposal that deems Israeli settlements are illegal.
This makes no sense to me, because de facto by not building Israel is delegitimatizing its sovereignty and rights in the Land of Israel, even in parts of it that Israel considers as "consensus" that will "remain Israeli," sic.

I find it so incomprehensible that while Israel is such a strong, successful advanced country, with a vibrant and healthy economy and advanced and affordable medical care, our politicians fearfully kowtow to our enemies, those who would rather see an Arab terror state aka Palestine here instead of the State of Israel.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Defeating Wave of Terror Not Enough!!

I'm sick and tired of these repeating, returning "Waves of Terror" that Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu claims he's going to defeat again.
“We are in a difficult struggle,” he said, “but one thing should be clear – we will win. Just as we defeated previous waves of terrorism, we will defeat this one, as well.” (Jerusalem Post)
Bibi is just doing the same useless stuff that allows us a few months or years of relative quiet until the Arab terrorism again gets politically unbearable.

Israeli protest in front of the Prime Minister's residence.
Photo Credit: Hadas Parush/Flash90

  • We, the innocent law abiding citizens of the State of Israel want to defeat and destroy Arab terrorism! 
  • We do not want to give the Arab terrorists a new State!!
  • NO to negotiations!
  • NO to repeating "waves" of terrorism!
  • YES to Jewish-Israeli sovereignty in the entire Land of Israel!!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Ain't No "Peace Partners!"

I'm just so sick and tired of hearing that the Arabs, the Fatah, Hamas, P.A.-Palestinian Authority etc are Israel's Peace Partners sic and we should be negotiating away our Land and sovereignty to make a new Arab terror state attached to Israel in our historic Biblical homeland.

An Arab hurls rocks at Israeli soldiers during clashes close to the Jewish community of Bet El, which is near Ramallah on October 4, 2015 (AFP Photo/Abbas Momani)

We're told that "you can only make peace with enemies" which isn't true at all. You can only make peace with those who want to make peace. And the Arabs here who are supposed to be negotiating with us don't want don't want peace. They want us dead and gone.

Jerusalem funeral of Naama and Eitam Henkin, the parents of four kids who were murdered in a Palestinian terror attack on Thursday night, October 1. The couple was buried on Har Hamenuchot in the Givat Shaul neighborhood of Jerusalem on Friday morning. (Photo: Reemon Silverman, Tazpit News Agency )
Friends and family carry the body of Aharon Banita during his funeral at Har HaMenuchot Cemetery in Jerusalem on October 4, 2015, Banita was killed last night by a Palestinian youth in a stabbing terror attack in the Old City. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90
Friends and relatives mourn next to the body of Rabbi Nehemia Lavi during his funeral in Jerusalem October 4, 2015. Photo by Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Yesterday as I was cooking for the Simchat Torah Holiday and listening to the news on Israeli TV I heard one of the newscasters say what could be most politely called asinine, stupid, ridiculous statements. She was troubled and confused by the fact that the Palestinian sic leadership kept refusing to say the simple formula condemning the recent terror attacks which had resulted in the deaths of at least four innocent Jews.
"Why won't they condemn the terror attacks? Why do they keep refusing? What could be so difficult?" She kept cluelessly asking. 
All she wanted was for them to recite the "magic formula" so it would be easy to pretend that "they are just like us and want to live in peace." Basically she goes for the Catholic version of repentance rather than the Jewish one.
"Say your hail marys and next week you can confess and repent  again."
We're dealing with a very serious enemy, and no number of lukewarm "condemnations" or "hail marys" are going to change them into "peace partners." The latest bulletin from the Palestinian Media Watch make some good points:
Terrorist murderer's motivation echoes PA incitementThe Palestinian terrorist who stabbed two people to death on Saturday night in Jerusalem posted on his Facebook page his motivation to murder. Muhannad Halabi's words echo the hate and terror promotion of the PA leaders and show the direct connection between the murderer's actions and the PA leaders' incitement. 
Palestinian terrorist Muhannad Halabi wrote:

"According to what I see, the third Intifada has begun.What is happening to the Al-Aqsa Mosque is what is happening to our holy places and the way of our Prophet [Muhammad] and what is happening to the women of Al-Aqsa and our mothers and sisters.I do not believe that the people will succumb to humiliation.The people will rise up (literally "make intifada"), it will indeed make intifada."[Facebook page of Muhannad Halabi, Oct. 2, 2015] 
The calls for Palestinians to act violently to "protect" and "defend" the Muslim holy sites have been led directly by Mahmoud Abbas himself, who blessed "every drop of blood that has been spilled for Jerusalem" and presented violence in "defense" of holy sites and against the Jews' "filthy feet" as a religious imperative:  (continue reading)
About "peace," it's not up to Israel. Israel hasn't made war and isn't the initiator of violence and terrorism. The Arabs are the terrorists, violent murdering terrorists. One day, Gd willing they will change, and then there will be peace. Until then  all we can do is defend ourselves and execute all Arab terrorists on the spot.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Yahoo News and Distorted Anti-Israel Headlines

Jerusalem stabbing attack
Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

Finally, there is news out on the internet about the deadly Arab terrorism against innocent Jews. But the headlines distort the news they are supposedly reporting. On Yahoo News, with the byline of AFP I found:

  • 10 Palestinians wounded as Israel hunts settlers' killers
    Nablus (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Ten Palestinians were wounded by Israeli fire in the West Bank on Saturday during a raid by troops hunting the murderers of a Jewish settler couple, Palestinian police and medical sources said...

Related Stories

And the:

State Department Urges Calm Following Stabbing Attack

This is not a time for calm! We must not accept the Arab terrirust violence against us!!!

Emergency, Reactions to Terror Havel Havalim

Call this a Havel Havalim, since that's a "brand name" for round-ups of Jewish and Israeli blog posts. During the Succot Holiday, the holiday during which we are commanded by Gd to be joyful, there are families in mourning. Arab terrorists have escalated their attacks on innocent Jews At least four Jews have been murdered by Arab terrorists in barely 48 hours.

I know I'm not the only blogger blogging about it. And it's good that we are blogging, since the mainstream international media have been ignoring these terrible attacks by Arabs.  Beneath the Wings: The un-News discovered that NBC hadn't written about the Henkins' murder.
I had checked a few other news sites Shiloh Musings: World Ignores Terror Murder of Henkin Couple and also found no mention.

Aussie Dave, of Israellycool, must have checked the media sites after I did, because he did find mentions, although the wording distorted the facts. Read Terror In Jerusalem: Two Jews Murdered, Along With The Truth.

Na'ama and Eitam Henkin Haya"d

Sussmans b'Aretz asks a different question: And Who Will Hug Naama's Four Year Old? She has children of similar ages to Na'ama and Eitam Henkin Haya"d. Paula aka A Soldier's Mother also blogged the feelings of a mother in a very moving post, From Paradise to Pain. Here's more from al tishali oti: 4 Orphans. Lauren is a blogger I hadn't read before, but she heard that I was looking for posts and sent me hers,  Again my heart is torn.

Ester's blog post It's All From HaShem: Silence expounds on both themes, that of a mother and the silence of the international media.

Frimet and Arnold Roth are featured in Love of the Land: Truth, honesty, love, murder... and useful idiots They also have their own blog,  THIS ONGOING WAR.

Abu Yehuda writes about other terror attacks, too in Wanted: a somewhat less murderous Palestinian Authority.

FirstOneThrough compares the official reactions of the United Nations to the Arab terrorist murder of the Henkins to an unsolved crime against Arabs,  UN Comments on the Murder of Innocents: Henkins.

There are a lot of important points here; Esser Agaroth (2¢): Arabs Murdered Jews, so Beware of Jewish Terrorists!

Israel Matzav reports on the heart-braking funeral of the Henkins.  Heart-rending: 9-year old Matan Henkin says Kaddish for his parents.

This is not for children to have to say at a young age, but he had no choice. He's old enough to understand.  May Gd comfort the family and give them strength and health.

More Posts:
CDG Yitzhak's Legacy - What Now?

I'll end with this for now and update later on. Tonight more Jews were murdered by Arab terrorists, so no doubt there will be more blog posts. Please send the links to me, thanks. shilohmuse@gmail.com

Please read the posts, comment and share, thanks.

Friday, October 2, 2015

World Ignores Terror Murder of Henkin Couple

Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin, HaYa"D

About ten hours ago, Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin, HaYa"D, from Neria were brutally shot and killed by Arab terrorists. Miraculously, their children survived the attack.

Considering how quickly news can be written up and publicized in the modern world, I expected to see the terrible brutal attack headlined in news sites on the internet. And I was hoping for condemnations of the terrorists. When Jews are suspected of attacking Arabs, it certainly gets a lot of "column inches." And, davka, this couple (at least the husband) must be American. Rabbi Eitam Henkin, HaYa"D, was the son of veteran immigrants from the U.S.A. Rabbanit Chana Henkin, founder of the Nishmat Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies for Women in Jerusalem and Rabbi Yehuda Henkin, known posek (halakhic decider) and author of the four volume set of responsa, Bnai Banim.

But, at least for now, I found almost no articles and absolutely no condemnation. I checked my usual Reuters, which is one of the largest and most popular news sites and sources. I also checked Fox and CNN. Davka, The New York Times has an article about it on their World News page:

Eitam and Naama Henkin were driving with their children, ages 9 to 4 months, when they were fatally shot.
Hamas, the Islamic militant group that controls Gaza, praised the shootings without claiming responsibility. “A greeting of glory and pride to the heroes who perpetrated this brave attack,” Iyad al-Buzom, a spokesman for the Hamas-run interior ministry in Gaza, wrote on his Facebook page.
The silence of international leaders when innocent Jews are murdered is deadly, because it just encourages the Arab terrorists to attack and murder more Jews. And the recent increase in Arab terrorist attacks on Jews is a result of the international support Abbas and the P.A. are getting for the establishment of a state which unabashedly aims to destroy the State of Israel, Gd forbid.

My prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin, HaYa"D.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Nothing Moderate About Mahmoud Abbas!

For umpteenth years, we've been hearing the refrain, the mantra that Mahmoud Abbas is a "moderate" and Israel's "peace partner." Isn't it clear by now to all, especially after his UN General Assembly speech that neither of those statements/descriptions are true?

Photo: UN Photo/Cia Pak.
JNS.org – Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas threatened to stop abiding by the 1993 Oslo Accords in a speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, accusing Israel of halting the withdrawal of its forces from disputed territories as stipulated by the peace agreement.
“As long as Israel refuses to commit to the agreements signed with us, which render us an authority without real powers, and as long as Israel refuses to cease settlement activities and to release of the fourth group of Palestinian prisoners in accordance with our agreements, they leave us no choice but to insist that we will not remain the only ones committed to the implementation of these agreements, while Israel continuously violates them,” Abbas said.
I find it so incomprehensible that a man as knowledgeable and intelligent as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu can act surprised at Abbas's speech, as if this is the first time Abbas has said such things. We've heard this before; haven't we?

The only reasonable and intelligent and useful thing for Netanyahu to do in response would be to accept the cancellation of Oslo, cease to support the PA-Palestinian Authority in all ways and most important announce the end of negotiations for a "two state solution," sic, because there should never be a state for those terrorists who call themselves "Palestinians," sic.

Prime Minister Netanyahu should also make it clear to the world that we're prepared to be on our own and that any country that supports the terror "state of Palestine" is Israel's enemy. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Disproportionate: Jewish Discrimination on Temple Mount!

You may have noticed that I've adopted the favorite anti-Israel antisemitic term used against us for having Gd on our side, "disproportionate." Except for the fact that Gd protects us and causes potentially deadly missiles shot by Arab terrorists to miss causing more deaths of Arabs than Jews, the truth is that Jews suffer more from "disproportionate" policies here than Arabs.

I find it immoral and illogical and totally discriminatory that we Jews are forbidden by the Israeli police to pray to Gd in the holiest place on earth, the Temple Mount, Har HaBayit!

Also Arabs and others who shout out hateful violent antisemitic threats and curses and lies to Jews aren't arrested, while Jews who may possibly be involved with anti-Arab acts and philosophy are held without civil legal rights. Yes, I'm not exaggerating.
Photo credit: Channel 2 News
MK Zahalka to Jewish worshipers on Temple mount: “Get out of here, go home!” 
MK Jamal Zahalka of the Joint List arrived in Jerusalem this morning (Tuesday), to participate in the Arab protest against the right of Jews to enter the Temple Mount. Zahalka approached the Jewish worshippers and the policemen at the site and shouted at them: “Get out of here! Go home! You have no place here! You are not wanted here!”
Yesterday when leaving the Kotel area, I noticed a group approaching with a Palestinian flag, but I couldn't catch a photo of it. Obviously it was a provocation, and I wonder if it was connected to Zahalka's group. I haven't seen any report of it. If you have, please add to the comments here, thanks.

One nice thing I heard while saying my prayers at the Kotel was joyous Jewish song about ascending Har Habayit. It came from the upper passage as seen in the picture above. Apparently, a group of Jews was taking advantage of their approach to the Temple Mount for prayers they are forbidden once there. The women and children near me were all looking up from where the songs were sung with joyful admiring expressions. It somehow reminded me of the old Superman television show when people would stop, stare and point:
Man 1: Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird.
Woman: It’s a plane
Man 2: It’s Superman!
"These are our SUPERJEWS!"

That was what went through my mind as I heard their joyous prayer-filled song. The more Jews who ascend the Temple Mount the closer and sooner we will get to having full religious rights and then full national rights on the holiest place in the world for Jews!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Rock Throwing Arab Kid Should Have Been Arrested!

No doubt you know that I don't freak out easily. I'm perfectly fine tremping, that's hitchhiking, and I work with Arabs. So when I say that something made me nervous, you should listen. Today, when on my way home to Shiloh from Jerusalem, I saw something that disturbed me, yes, me, the relatively unflappable. Just before the turnoff to the Adam security road, I saw two young Arab kids with a bunch of sheep. One was much too busy (to amy taste) throwing rocks at the sheep with his back to us, as you can see here. 

It wouldn't have taken much for him to turn around and lob one through a car window, Gd forbid. Maybe the nearby soldiers were waiting just for that, but I would have felt much more secure if as a preventative measure he had been arrested.

One of the things that bothered me was how he kept turning around to look at all of us, as if weighing his options to attack Jewish cars or not. On a personal note, I was perfectly safe in the bulletproof bus, but most everyone else was in a car, and for sure most cars did not have specially treated windows.

What do you think about this?

אין חדש Nothing New: Anti-Zionist "White Paper" Still Waving

The recent "scare statistics" claiming that too many Jews are being born in Israel and the Land can't hold them/us all so reminds me of the notorious Chamberlain-backed, yes, the same British leader who made the "deal" with Hitler, "White Paper" that severely limited Jewish immigration to the area that the League of Nations had mandated to Great Britain to turn into a Jewish State.
The White Paper of 1939 was a policy paper issued by the British government under Neville Chamberlain in which, among several key provisions, the idea of partitioning Palestine was abandoned. (It was also known as the MacDonald White Paper after Malcolm MacDonald, the British Colonial Secretary who presided over its creation).
The paper also provided (as alternative to partition) for creating an independent Palestine to be governed by Palestinian Arabs and Jews in proportion to their numbers in the population by 1939 (section I). Further: a limit of 75,000 Jewish immigrants was set for the five-year period 1940-1944 (consisting of a regular yearly quota of 10,000 and a flexible supplementary quota of 25,000); after 1944 the further immigration of Jews to Palestine would depend on permission of the Arab majority (section II); and restrictions were placed on the rights of Jews to buy land from Arabs (section III). (Wikipedia)
Today's Israel, even the populous coastal area is not all that densely populated. Actually, it is more than Gaza which is inaccurately called "densely populated" in order to mislead everyone. Ruthie Blum in the algemeiner has an excellent article refuting the recent distorted scare statistics.
Israeli Demography Expert Refutes Claim That Baby Boom Is Bad for Jewish State’s Economy
Responding to a report in i24 News on Saturday, according to which Israel’s “baby boom” spells bad news for the tiny country, Yoram Ettinger told The Algemeiner on Sunday that he is not surprised the doomsayers who used to predict Israeli’s downfall due to the Jewish-Arab birthrate ratio are now using evidence that disproves their theories to reach equally bleak conclusions.
“It is crucial to note that the trend of Jewish fertility is higher than that of Arab fertility,” said Ettinger, a consultant on U.S.-Israel relations and chairman of special projects at the Ariel Center for Policy Research. “In addition, among Jews in Israel, ultra-Orthodox fertility is decreasing, while secular fertility is exploding.” (algemeiner
Considering that most of the developed western world aka the advanced countries have a major problem due to their low birthrates and shrinking populations, they should be holding up Israel as an example of success. Maybe they are just jealous...

The only solution many European countries have nowadays is to open their gates to all sorts of immigrants which is causing major social and cultural changes along with violence in many cases. The unusually high percentage of male refugee/immigrants in their twenties and thirties who arrive without families is worrying and will no doubt cause much more serious trouble in the future.

Visiting the Jerusalem Bloomfield Children's Science Museum

Davka, Israel has the healthiest population growth rate in the developed world, and we should be very optimistic about the future of the State of Israel!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Lulav, Etrog and Women

It's a standing joke among many Torah observant Jews that Passover is when the women work hardest and Succot is when the pressure is on the man. The women find themselves responsible for the pre-Passover cleaning and cooking, while building the succah is a "man's job." But the men do get a treat for Succot and women don't get one on Passover.

Traditionally, pre-Reform, Conservative* et al Judaism, the "Four Species," Arba Minim, lulav, hadasim, aravot and the etrog, was male only. They did the shopping, rather pedantically, for them, and they took their set to synagogue, waving them and marching around, while women watched or stayed home.
Vayikra (23:40): “And you shall take for yourselves on the first day [of Sukkot]1 the fruit of the hadar tree, date palm fronds, a branch of a braided tree and willows of the brook.”
In some families the women, in the privacy of their homes, also made the blessing and shook the four together, but that was not a public act.

One thing I've noticed in recent years is that it is becoming routine for there to be a few women in my neighborhood synagogue with their own sets which they bless and shake up and down, just like the men. Due to a lack of space, marching around would be impossible, so it's hard to see just how many women come with their own set. I must admit that there still aren't many, but those who do bring them are from the "best" most distinguished families in the community. These are not the families with rebellious children and "datlashim," the slang (or euphemism) for those no longer religious.

I am not an expert in Jewish Law, but from the little I know, this is certainly a mitzvah that women can do without causing any halachik (Jewish Law) problem. It doesn't at all interfere with the prayers of anyone else nor affect any other aspect of observance. Women are certainly permitted to have their own set.  It seems to me that this trend will grow, like the number of women who take it upon themselves to say Kaddish with a minyan for the year after the death of a parent.

*I do not know if it is the norm in Conservative and Reform communities for people to have their own personal/private sets of "Four Species," Arba Minim.  But I have no doubt that in the "Egalitarian" or "Open" Orthodox communities there are many women with their own sets.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

U.N., France et al Raising Flag of Terror

No doubt that the worst, most dangerous for the State of Israel and the "free world" as we know it for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to have ever done was his decision to back the "two state solution" and promote the idea of a Palestinian state.

Netanyahu sincerely (I should hope) and foolishly believed that his conditions for such a state would be accepted by the world and that he (as leader of the State of Israel) would be given the authority to give final approval for such a state. He also dangerously decided that if he made the conditions difficult enough and contrary to the Arab terrorist Palestinian sic culture and ideology, those conditions would never be met, so the establishment of Palestine would never happen.

Palestine received observer member status
in 2012 [Getty]
The truth is that the world, the United Nations, all the countries other than Israel, the international media, NGOs etc don't give a hoot about conditions. All they care about is that Netanyahu promised to support a Palestinian state, and he better get off of his high horse and just shut up and let them make it official.

Mahmoud Abbas, in his compound in Ramalla, is treated by many as a legitimate national leader on par with Netanyahu himself. This is all the fault of the Israeli Government which invented and supports the P.A. Palestinian Authority, first by propping up the terrorist Yasser Arafat and rescuing him from obscurity over twenty years ago.

And now the United Nations is upgrading the P.A. by adding their flag.
In a discussion that began before the adoption and continued afterwards, delegates considered various aspects of the resolution.  Calling it “a historic vote”, the observer of the State of Palestine said that the General Assembly had sent an important message to the Palestinian people at a critical time.  While raising the flag would not end the occupation, it would signify to Palestinian people everywhere that the international community supported them. 


Various countries, most recently France have announced that they will be attending the ceremony. Yes, this whole Palestinian State business is mushrooming, and nobody is paying attention to their plans. The aim of the Palestinian sic leadership is the destruction of the State of Israel. That's what they train their military/police to do and that is what they are teaching their children, with the support of international funding.
Happy campersMost of these children attend UNRWA schools and although UNRWA did not actively sponsor these camps there is no doubt that the children who attended will return to their schools newly re-imbued with a burning desire to murder Jews and become jihad martyrs.
The sponsorship of these camps originates in Iran which provides funds and weapons to terror groups running them. Thanks to Obama, Kerry and the others who have provided Iran with the additional billions needed to finance terror against Israel and Western interests, camps of this nature will expand in the future and the poisonous venom will spread.
Anyone who still harbours the inane notion that peace is about to break out and that the next generation is being educated towards tolerance and democracy should have their illusions shattered after watching this documentary. However, given past experiences, those who suffer from self-induced delusions will never be convinced even when the stark evidence hits them in the face.
Published on Sep 10, 2015This film details Iran’s direct funding of terrorism to its proxy military operatives, Hezbollah and Hamas. With billions of dollars of unfrozen assets expected to be unfrozen and available to Iran, Iranian leaders have stated that they will continue to fund Hamas. This film includes interviews with boy and girl child soldiers of Hamas, who describe their intention to destroy Israel, with guns, and other weapons. The interviews and video of UNRWA-educated children was filmed in Gaza in the summer of 2015.
We must do everything to stop it!!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Yom Kippur Trumps Fashion Events

Not just the legendary Sandy Koufax considers Yom Kippur more important than a high status job appearance.
But Koufax’s decision instantly transformed him into an icon for Jewish sports fans. Even now, a half-century later and despite the fact that he wasn’t actually too observant, Koufax remains one of the American athletes most closely associated with his faith. (TIME)
I was surprised to find two articles in the International New York Times which were summarized in Algemeiner:Top Jewish Fashion Industry Figures Skip Milan Fashion Opening Over Conflict With Yom Kippur. A positive who's who in fashion missed Yom kippur and also Rosh Hashana designer grand openings.
The calendar clash between fashion week and Yom Kippur, the most important and spiritual day in the Jewish year, which began Tuesday at sundown, left a number of boldface editors and retailers missing from the front row. The international Vogue editor, Suzy Menkes, was not there. Neither was the editor in chief of InStyle magazine, Ariel Foxman, nor Jim Gold, the chief merchandising officer and president of Neiman Marcus. Also absent were Joan Burstein, the founder of the Browns boutique in London, and Carla Sozzani, the gallerist and 10 Corso Como queen, who opted out in acknowledgment of the importance of the day. NY Times
From left, the editors Ariel Foxman, Suzy Menkes and Cindi Leive.Credit From left, Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images, Jacques Brinon, via Associated Press, Earl Wilson for The New York Times
Gucci glasses were oversize
 ’70s shape combined with rhinestones
 and flowers from '50s.
Credit:Valerio Mezzanotti 
for The New York Times
VANESSA FRIEDMAN: "Know this: I did not see the Gucci spring 2016 collection on the runway. Because of the clash with Yom Kippur, when the collection appeared on the runway (and was live streamed, for that matter), I was in a different place entirely."  NY Times
So, how accepted is it for ordinary Jews to take off for Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashana nowadays?

I have no doubt that it must be more difficult for someone who only observes Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashana than it is for those who have made it clear from day one at a job that they observe all of the Jewish Holidays, and even must leave work early on Fridays when Shabbat begins early.

I am glad that Koufax's legendary decision is still celebrated by American Jews and baseball fans all over the world. This year was the fifty year mark, and there were many articles about it. In none of the articles was there even a hint that was religiously observant or had ever made an issue of the Jewish Holy Day besides that time.

And I am very pleased that the International New York Times, not the most Jewish-friendly publication, devoted over half a page the story of the fashions leaders and reporters who favored Yom Kippur, Jewish observance, over one of the highlights of the high fashion calendar.

Just before Yom Kippur, I read an article in the Forward about Donald Trump's expecting another Jewish grandchild from his daughter Ivanka who had converted by an Orthodox Jewish Beit Din. She makes a point of letting people know that she and her family do live as observant Jews:
Trump doesn’t often speak about her family’s religious activities, but in a candid Vogue interview in February she confided that the family keeps kosher and observes the Sabbath, even turning off their phone for 25 hours.
“I always shied away from it being a public conversation because it’s such a personal thing. We’re pretty observant, more than some, less than others. I just feel like it’s such an intimate thing for us. It’s been such a great life decision for me. I am very modern, but I’m also a very traditional person, and I think that’s an interesting juxtaposition in how I was raised as well. I really find that with Judaism, it creates an amazing blueprint for family connectivity.”

Read more: http://forward.com/the-assimilator/321463/make-trump-a-zeyde-again/#ixzz3ms69IFEE
I don't remember important/famous people being so public about keeping Shabbat and Jewish Holidays when I was growing up, and that, no doubt, is why the Sandy Koufax decision not to play in the World Series on Yom Kippur was so newsworthy then and still resonates.

It's one thing when school districts closed for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, because without the Jewish teaching staff the schools couldn't function. But here we're hearing of an "elite" not shying away from saying that Yom Kippur, and Shabbat for Ivanka Trump and family, are more important than their jobs. And for the New York Times to devote a good couple of column inches to it is sure a nice spiritual boost for the New Jewish Year of 5776.

Friday, September 25, 2015

5775 Had a Bloody Terrorized Start and 5776?

5775, last year began with some of the most awful Arab terrorist acts. We must remember that Arab terrorism is a strong fanatical ideology which not only is ingrained in the Arab mind and culture, but most of the world, including Israeli Leftists, constantly make excuses for it and accept it as a norm.
In the past 12 months the lives of thousands of Israelis have been threatened by Palestinian terror. Driving your car, taking the bus, or simply walking around- daily routine has become dangerous to Israelis. Here is a recap of all the main terrorist attacks against Israelis in the last year. (IDF)
Here are a few photos to remind you...
November 18- While morning prayers were underway, a terrorist went on a killing spree in a synagogue in Har Nof, Jerusalem, killing five people and injuring seven.
December 25- A molotov cocktail was thrown at a car by Palestinians near the Ma’ale Shomron community in the Samaria region, leading an 11 year-old girl to suffer third degree wounds to over 50% of her body.
Jun. 29- Four Israelis were shot and injured in a drive-by shooting attack near Shilo. One of them, Malachi Rosenfeld, HaY"D, died in the hospital the next day.
Not that I planned it when I chose the pictures, but I know family members from all these terror attacks. Yes, Israel is a very small country, and the Jewish People are all connected. We feel each other's pain. The loss of a person and the pain from injury should be felt by us all. As I wrote after Yom Kippur, we pray in the plural and pray for the entire Jewish People.
 I consider the complicity of the NGO and Leftist ideologues in supporting the Arab terrorists to make them equally guilty along with the Arab terrorists who shoot, stab, firebomb and throw rocks, bricks and boulders.

Only when the truly good people of the world reject and sincerely condemn Arab terrorism will the terrorism begin the cease. This is a long process for sure, and the time to start is now!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Bernie Sanders and the Jewish Issue

Everyone who follows American politics knows perfectly well that a high percentage of Barack Hussein Obama voters chose him for one reason only:
"It's about time there's a Black man in the White House!"
Those voters honestly didn't care about his background, experience, platform etc. when choosing to vote Obama. And there are many Hillary Clinton supporters who are saying something very similar:
"It's about time there's a woman in the White House!"
So my question is:
Will there be any sizable number of voters saying  "It's about time there's a Jew in the White House?"
Do Americans want a Jew in the White House?
"Ninety-one percent of American voters say they're willing to vote for a Jew. Other statistics are less encouraging" (Salon.com)
Will they really accept one? Or will they davka vote for the opposing party or not vote at all?
"Regardless of what the polls say (and respondents are always capable of deceiving pollsters, whether by lying to them or themselves), there are plenty of early signs that Sanders’s background will be used against him. Back in June NPR host Diane Rehm confronted Sanders with the charge that he was a dual citizen of the United States and Israel, a conspiracy theory rooted in a baseless online rumor and has its roots in the old anti-Semitic canard that Jewish politicians can’t be loyal to non-Jewish countries.(Salon.com)
I'm old enough to remember well the hullabaloo when John F. Kennedy, a Catholic, was nominated by the Democrats for the Presidency. Many were convinced that his religion, non-Protestant, would make him unelectable. It could be one of the reasons the popular vote between him and Nixon was so close. Or could Nixon's Quaker background have also put him to a disadvantage and therefore cancelled out JFK's Catholicism?

I think there is a very big difference between saying they would accept a Jew in the White House or even vote for a Jew if he's running against the very controversial Donald Trump or anti-Muslim Black Ben Carson versus, davka, supporting a Jew, because they think "It's about time there's a Jew in the White House."
Carson received a barrage of backlash after telling "Meet the Press" on Sunday that he "would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation." He clarified on Monday, saying that he would support a Muslim president -- if he or she denounced their religion. (HUFFPOST)
Remember that non-Blacks, (white, oriental etc) voted for Obama because of his color, but I can't imagine any non-Jew making a point of voting for Sanders because of his religion.

And honestly, I don't think that time will bring more political options/possibilities for American Jews. Due to assimilation the percentage of active identifying Jews in the United States will only decrease, and all population studies show that Muslims will increase. That will strengthen antisemitism. The "land of the free and the home of the brave" will never fully accept Jews to all echelons of power.