Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Israeli Elections, 2013: Otzma L'Yisrael, Strength to Israel's Very Moral Campagin Slogan, Especially Compared to Kadima

The Israeli courts, in their extreme distorted extreme Left view of the law have declared the campaign slogan of עוצמה לישראל Otzma L'Yisrael, Strength to Israel party as "racist." 
The committee’s chairman, Supreme Court Justice Elyakim Rubinstein, issued a court injunction Wednesday banning the use of campaign posters that feature Arabic text accompanied with the slogan “Because without duties, there are no rights,” ruling that the posters seek to offend and humiliate the entire Arab population.

That decision seems pretty peculiar and immoral to me, because in American, we'd translate it as:
"All people are equal under the law." 
What is offensive about that?  I was raised and educated in the United States, came to age during the time of Civil Rights demonstrations, and I just can't imagine anything more moral and proper than a slogan that stresses that laws should be applied equally.

One of the ways I stop Arabs who shop at Yafiz, Sha'ar Binyamin from asking for special deals/discounts is to tell them that "everyone, Jews and Arabs pay the same."

Today when I was on a bus in Jerusalem I noticed this Kadima campaign sign:

It compares the stipend full-time married yeshiva students supposedly get* versus the monthly payment soldiers get.  It demands that soldiers get the same.  Now, they are lying.  They are comparing apples to cucumbers. 
And you should know that I am not in favor of full-time yeshiva study as a "progression."  I think that Judaism demands that everyone learn a profession and work.  Torah study is important and should be included in one's day or at least weekly schedule.
Kadima uses the term אברכים averchim, who are married men who learn Torah full-time, but still have the expenses of homes, food, family etc and then compares them to single soldiers who get food, housing and some clothing from the army during the three mandatory years of service.  Married soldiers do get more money and rent subsidies.  Full-time professional soldiers in the IDF who have signed on after required service get excellent salaries, certainly lots more than NS3,400, which is less than minimum wage.
The facts are nothing like what Kadima claims.
Just for your information...
*I am not sure if that number is correct nor from where they get this money, especially considering that they are incorrect about the details of what soldiers get.


Dov Bar-Leib said...

If the time comes when Ben Ari and Eldad can show that they have 75,000 supporters, I just want to make sure that their letters in the polling booth are Nun Tzadee sofit?? I thought I recently saw a sign with Ayin Tzadee sofit, but perhaps that was a mistake.

On the issue of dealing with the resha'im running the Mickey Mouse legal system here, just pray that they burn here at least as much as they are going to burn in H-ll. There is no derekh Hateva way to fight them, May their names be erased, without going to prison.

They are about to indict Moshe Feiglin for bowing on the Temple Mount...just in time for the elections. I think that Otzma should change their slogan to Otzma LaShem. It might change their mazal simply by implying that their Otzma is not in their hands. G-d might bless them with an extra seat...which is what they need to get even more seats.

Dov Bar-Leib said...

just found out that the letters are indeed Nun Tzadee sofit. Does this refer to the fact that they get up at the crack of dawn to daven Shacharit? Surely they don't want to identify with being a Hawk?

Come on. We already have a President here who thinks he is a vulture. Maybe he really is?

Batya said...

I don't know if there's much significance to the letters. It's hard to get good ones nowadays.