Why J Street was rejected
The Times of Israel has the full story of why J Street didn't get in
to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Here's the key part.
But they emphasize that J Street was rejected not by the “Left or Right”
or a “right-wing minority” but by the overwhelming voting consensus of
the 50-member organization. Moreover, the sources say, J Street
supporters were in a smaller minority than initially apparent because
just two voting blocs controlled 8 of the 17 yes votes.
Read the whole thing
Labels: American Jewish leadership, J Street, pro-Israel pro-peace
Meanwhile, back in the real world....
Labels: IDF, stone throwers
And again: Terror in (and around) Jerusalem
Shavua tov, a good week to everyone.
I'm going to open with a story I have not seen reported elsewhere, but heard about throughout the Sabbath.
On Friday night, just before 2:00 am, a 'Palestinian' snuck up from a nearby Arab village and opened fire on a group of boys who were sitting in a park in Jerusalem's Ramat Shlomo neighborhood.
Fortunately, the Arab missed, and the boys all escaped.
Police have been searching for suspects all day on Saturday (if you live in northern Jerusalem, that's all the helicopters you heard in the middle of the night and during the day on Saturday) and rumor has it that some arrests have been made.
Some of you might recall that Joe Biden went ballistic
over an announcement
that Jewish housing was being built in Ramat Shlomo while Biden was here in 2010.
Meanwhile, a car was hit by two bullets near Adam
, just north of Jerusalem on Friday afternoon.
An Israeli citizen reported Friday afternoon to the Binymin Region
security hotline that shots had been fired at his car as it traveled
near the community of Adam.
Large IDF forces arrived on the scene and a forensics team identified
two bullets that hit the car. The forces bergan combing the region for
But peace is at hand....
Labels: East Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, Palestinian terrorism, Ramat Shlomo
Shabbos, a music video
Shot on location in the Nachlaot neighborhood of Jerusalem, Sam Glaser
gets his chassidic brother, Rabbi Yom Tov Glaser and family members in
on the act. Co-starring Sam and Yom Tov's parents Harriet and Manny
with Yom Tov's family and friends on one of Glaser's classic songs from
his first Jewish album, Hineni.
Sam roams the planet to over
fifty cities each year making Shabbat come alive in Jewish communities.
The Sabbath is perhaps the most important single contribution of the
Jewish People to the world...why not celebrate it in style?
For more information:
Let's go to the videotape (Hat Tip: Mrs. Carl
Shabbat Shalom everyone.
Labels: Sabbath music video, Sam Glaser, Shabbos, Yom Tov Glaser
Z Street to get its day in court with the IRS
From time to time over the past four years, I have covered the IRS's refusal
to grant tax-exempt status to Z Street, a pro-Israel organization. This week there was a breakthrough and the IRS will be forced to answer the charges against it
On Tuesday, Federal Judge Ketanje Brown Jackson issued the first
substantive ruling in any suit that challenged the IRS’s pose of
political neutrality under the Obama administration. The case concerns Z
Street, a Philadelphia area-based pro-Israel organization that filed
for tax-exempt status in December 2009 because of its role in educating
the public about Israel and the Middle East conflict. The group’s
founder Lori Lowenthal Marcus wrote in the Jewish Press this week about what followed:
On July 19, 2010, when counsel for Z STREET spoke with the IRS agent
to whom the organization’s application had been assigned, that agent
said that a determination on Z STREET’s application may be further
delayed because the IRS gave “special scrutiny” to organizations
connected to Israel and especially to those whose views “contradict
those of the administration’s.”
Z Street subsequently sued the government and rightly argued that its
constitutional rights had been violated because of the “viewpoint
discrimination” that the IRS agent had openly displayed. Now after years
of delays, Judge Jackson has ruled that by asserting that Z Street had
no right to sue, the government had tried to “transform a lawsuit that
clearly challenges the constitutionality of the process … into a dispute
over tax liability.” She similarly dismissed the government’s claims of
What has this got to do with the Tea Party and its complaints? Plenty.
As the Wall Street Journal editorial page noted yesterday:
This ruling will force the IRS to open its books on the procedures it
used and decisions it made reviewing Z Street’s tax-exempt application,
procedures it has tried to keep shrouded. As the case proceeds, Z
Street’s attorneys can seek depositions from many who have been part of
the larger attempt to sit on similar applications by other conservative
In other words, this case may be the straw that breaks the camel’s
back of the IRS’s politically prejudicial policies. If an IRS agent can
reject or stall a pro-Israel group’s application on the grounds that
“these cases are being sent to a special unit in the D.C. office to
determine whether the organization’s activities contradict the
Administration’s public policies,” then no group, no matter what its
political orientation or cause is safe from being subjected to a
political litmus test designed by any administration of either political
Bring it on. Too bad it's taken so long to reach trial that Obama's term will likely be over before we know what happened.
Labels: Internal Revenue Service, Tea Party, Z Street
Border police foil suicide bombing, IDF looks for terror cell behind it
The border police foiled a suicide bombing
at the Tapuach junction in Samaria on Friday morning, and the IDF is now searching for the three-member terror cell
they believe to be behind the bombing. This is from the first link.
The suicide bomber wore heavy clothing on a
hot day and walked in a strange manner, arousing the suspicions of
Border Police officers at the junction. After being forced to lie on
the ground and reveal 12 pipe bombs wrapped around his body and
connected by wires. Border Police called in a bomb disposal team, which
dismantled the belt.
The Palestinian was then arrested and taken
for questioning while a bomb squad dismantled the explosives and
submitted the devices for further inspections to determine the explosive
material which was used.
The terrorist was identified as a Palestinian man in his 20's, who
arrived at the junction from Nablus area. Security forces believe that
the bomber intended to strike the soldiers at the check point but are
also investigating other possibilities
And the search
The assumption at this stage is that the suicide terrorist who was
captured wearing a bomb belt was brought to Tapuach Junction by three
other Arab terrorists, reports Walla!.
The three terrorists reportedly gave the apprehended terrorist clear instructions as to how to detonate the bomb belt.
IDF forces suspect that the three terrorists may have more bomb belts or other weapons, lending a true urgency to the pursuit.
The information likely was provided by the captured terrorist who was
brought in for investigation, after refusing IDF orders to remove his
unseasonably large coat at Tapuach Junction and then lying on the
And if you're wondering why this guy wasn't a suspect a long time ago....
A senior military official said that the terrorist who was apprehended
had no past history of connections to terrorism. The source added that
the terrorist said in investigation that he was supposed to detonate the
explosive himself, as opposed to some other terrorist detonating it
No, the war is not over yet.
Labels: Kfar Tapuach, Palestinian terrorism, suicide bombers
'I froze 'settlement construction' but Obama made me do it'
Prime Minister Netanyahu admitted on Thursday that he froze all 'settlement construction' in Judea and Samaria, but claimed that the Obama administration forced him to do it
In the night-time meeting at the Prime Minister's Office, whose details were reported on Friday by journalist Ariel Kahane of Makor Rishon, nearly all the leaders of the regional councils were present, as well as Dani
Dayan, Chief Foreign Envoy of the Council of Judea and Samaria, and
Ze'ev Haver, the chaiman of the Amana housing organization.
Netanyahu acknowledged that American demands led to the
cancellation of high planning council meetings of the IDF's civil
administration that manages the Judea and Samaria region.
The prime minister reportedly requested that the Housing Ministry freeze new construction projects
in Judea and Samaria earlier in the month, despite the collapse of
peace talks, and despite the fact that he chose to release jailed
terrorists instead of freezing building as a condition of the talks.
In the meeting the prime minister did not deny having giving the
order to freeze construction, but claimed to the representatives of
Judea and Samaria residents that he wasn't aware of the results of his
actions on the region.
On the way out of the meeting, the representatives looked for Prime Minister Netanyahu's backbone. No word yet on whether they found it.
But in all fairness, if Netanyahu had accepted the 'settlement freeze' and not released the terrorists, the 'Palestinians' would have said that releasing terrorists is crucial to the 'peace process' and they cannot go ahead without it.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu, John Kerry, Judea and Samaria, Middle East peace process, settlement freeze
Obama-Kerry recognize Hamas-Fatah 'unity government'
The Obama-Kerry administration has recognized the Hamas-Fatah terror coalition
as the 'government' of 'Palestine.' They have invited the new 'Prime Minister' to Washington.
According to a report by Maariv on Friday, a Palestinian official stated that the invitation is decleration of American recognition for the unity government . The official added, "The visit will take place in June, during which
[Rami] Hamdallah will meet with American president and visit the US Congress."
Head of the Fatah reconciliation team , Azam al-Ahmad said that, "The
US administration has renounced its previous disapproval of the national
unity government and will no support the new government."
Washington has previously announced that it expects any Palestinian
government to refrain from violence as well as recognize Israel and
They also said that they were reconsidering US assistance to the 'Palestinian Authority.' I wonder whether that is still on the table.
What could go wrong?
Labels: Abu Mazen, Barack Hussein Obama, Hamas-Fatah reconciliation, John Kerry, Rami Hamdullah
A very different Presidency?
With the announcement that Prime Minister Netanyahu has now endorsed Likud MK Ruby Rivlin
for President (yes, that's yours truly with Rivlin when he was Knesset speaker in 2004 - thanks David C
), Israel may have a very different President
than Shimon Peres come June 10.
On the day that President Shimon Peres hosted Pope Francis, the
frontrunner to succeed Peres made clear he does not share their vision
of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
What a refreshing change that would be.
Labels: Israeli elections, Middle East peace process, Ruby Rivlin, Shimon Peres
Rolling Stones concert pushed to 9:15 pm to attract religious fans
The Rolling Stones concert in Tel Aviv on Wednesday night has been pushed to 9:15 pm so that religiously observant fans can make it (the holiday of Shavuoth ends around 8:25 pm on Wednesday). The city had to waive an ordinance forbidding noise after 11:00 pm to make it happen. Incredibly, it sounds like there are still tickets available
An announcement released by promoter Shuki Weiss said that following
many requests from observant fans, his office and the Tel Aviv
Municipality agreed to to extend the 11 p.m. curfew on public
Opening act Rami Fortis will hit the stage at 8 p.m and the Stones will follow at 9:15 p.m.
possible explanation for the late-breaking arrangements is to generate
more ticket sales to the show, which some reports have as being
sluggish. Whether a surge from religiously observant Israelis deciding
they can now get to the show in time will do the trick and fill the park
is in the hands of fate.
It would still be almost impossible to make it to the park in time from anywhere outside the Tel Aviv area.
Labels: Rolling Stones, Shavuoth
Oh my: Jimmy Carter calls Obama incompetent
Yes, Jimmy Carter - for now America's worst ex-President - has called Barack Obama incompetent
Now, things have gotten so bad for Obama that former president Jimmy Carter has called President Obama incompetent in the family-friendly pages of Parade magazine.
“He’s done the best he could under the circumstances,” Carter said of
Obama in an interviewed published on Thursday. “His major
accomplishment was Obamacare, and the implementation of it now is
questionable at best.” (RELATED: Jimmy Carter: America no longer has a functioning democracy)
Yes, but at least Americans 34 years ago weren't stupid enough to reelect Carter.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Jimmy Carter
Shimon Peres' legacy
The saddest part about this Caroline Glick column is that most of the world still sees Slimy Shimon Peres as an angel in disguise and not as the sleaze bag he really is. Shimon Peres' legacy is a nuclear-armed Iran
Peres’s legacy will be Iran’s nuclear arsenal.
For years, many Israelis as well as Israel’s supporters in the US, the
Sunni Arab states in the Persian Gulf and even the French have been
scratching their heads wondering why Israel hasn’t struck Iran’s nuclear
installations yet. Over the past few months, we received our answer.
The ongoing police investigation into allegedly illegal conduct by
then-IDF Chief of Staff Lt.- Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi has revealed the source
of Israel’s paralysis.
Apparently led by Peres, the triumvirate of security chiefs serving
between 2008 and 2011 – Ashkenazi, then-Mossad director Meir Dagan and
then-Shin Bet director Avi Dichter – colluded to undermine Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s and then-defense minister Ehud Barak’s
legal authority to order Israel’s security forces to take action against
According to a Haaretz report on Wednesday, between 2008 and 2011, the
four men leaked plans and discussions of possible Israeli strikes on
Iran to the media in order to prevent them from being carried out. The
four men opposed an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear installations and
stridently rejected any Israeli operation not coordinated with the US.
Ashkenazi and his associates are being investigated by the police for
crimes associated with criminal insubordination to Israel’s elected
leadership. Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein ordered the police probe
in January after information unearthed by the media and by the State
Comptroller’s Office raised strong suspicions of a conspiracy led by
Ashkenazi to usurp the powers of the government.
According to media reports of the investigation, the police have
discovered tape recordings of numerous telephone conversations between
Ashkenazi and Peres. According to Channel 1 and Haaretz, Peres’s
attorney requested that Weinstein prohibit the publication of the
details of phone conversations.
Haaretz’s report didn’t specifically state that the conversations in
question related to actions by Peres and the security chiefs to prevent
military operations against Iran’s nuclear weapons program. But the same
day the report appeared, Amir Oren, Haaretz’s senior commentator,
published an article praising Peres for preventing Israel from attacking
Oren wrote, “Peres’s involvement in blocking the Iranian adventure
[i.e., a military attack against Iran’s nuclear installations] is… the
most important action he took as president.”
As Amnon Lord wrote last December in Makor Rishon, Peres’s role in the
security chiefs’ conspiracy to prevent Netanyahu and Barak from ordering
a strike against Iran’s nuclear installations was to provide
“pseudo-constitutional and pseudo- moral support” for their unlawful
The four men were very likely not acting by themselves. Lord argued
that the Obama administration was a fifth partner in this criminal
Read the whole thing
The US was represented in its efforts by the then-chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Michael Mullen. Mullen visited Israel almost every
month during this period and constantly praised Ashkenazi’s leadership
As Lord noted, these trips were reciprocated by Ashkenazi and
then-Military Intelligence commander Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin who flew
regularly to Washington.
For the Americans, Lord wrote, the point of cultivating these ties was
“to influence the IDF’s high command and cut it off from the political
leadership of Israel.”
In the case of Iran’s nuclear weapons program, as in the case of the
phony peace process, Peres’s motivation, like that of Ashkenazi, Dichter
and Dagan, was clear and crass. He wanted power.
The facts already established by the Ashkenazi et. al. conspiracy
probe reveal that from his earliest days as chief of staff, Ashkenazi
was preparing the ground for a post-IDF run for prime minister. His will
to rule distorted his perception of his place in the chain of command.
Instead of viewing Netanyahu and Barak as his commanders, as the law
stipulates, he saw them as his political rivals, and behaved
As for Peres, he had been searching for a leftist politician who
could defeat Netanyahu. Ashkenazi was his knight in shining armor.
Labels: Amos Yadlin, Gabi Ashkenazi, Haaretz, Iranian nuclear threat, Israel's Hebrew Palestinian daily, Meir Dagan, Middle East peace process, Oslo accords, Shimon Peres
Pope Francis to visit Uman?
Too good to not share. It looks like Pope Francis is going to Uman
Labels: humor, Pope Francis I, Uman
Stop acting wimpy!
Mordechai Kedar writes that Israel's approach to Turkey has been all wrong
since the Mavi Marmara incident four years ago this weekend.
To my mind, there is no bigger mistake than the way in which Israel
dealt with the Marmara affair. From day one, Israel should have said
loudly: "The Marmara was a terror ship that wanted to break a legal
siege on a terrorist entity, and everyone on the ship is a terrorist.
The nation that sent the ship is terror-supporting and its prime
minister encourages terror. Israel acted as would any normal nation when
attacked by terrorists. Therefore, Israel's actions were justified.
There is no obligation to compensate families of terrorists, no other
nation in the world does that."
At the same time, Israel could
have ceased – and still can cease - acting like a wimp and start giving
as good as she gets. Israel has to raise world consciousness as to the
many terrible events in which Turkey's present and past governments have
been involved: illegal occupation of North Cyprus since 1974; ethnic
cleansing of the Greek minority from northern Cyprus; persecution of the
Kurds in Turkey and wholesale abrogation of that minority's human
rights; an illegal and illegitimate war against the Kurdish population
of northern Iraq; abrogation of rights of Christians in Turkey;
legitimization of one-sided turning of churches into mosques; killing of
Turkish citizens taking part in protests; aid to Jihadist organizations
like al Qaeda who are fighting in Syria – and many more crimes in which
the Turkish government is involved up to its neck.
And in case
anyone has forgotten, in WWI the Turkish army committed genocide against
the Christian Armenians who had lived in the Ottoman Empire for
hundreds of years.
Several weeks ago, Turkish Foreign Minister
Ahmed Davutoglu announced that Turkey will not reimburse the Greek
refugees that she expelled from northern Cyprus to the south of the
island after her illegal occupation of the area, despite the decision of
the EU Court of Human Rights that Turkey must grant them reparations.
Israel can use that as a precedent and say clearly: "Turkey is not
paying reparations to peaceful, decent citizens. And we should pay
reparations to families of terrorists?" Israel can also turn to Interpol
with a complaint against Erdogan and his forces for the murder of
citizens in last year's demonstrations in Istanbul's Gezi Park.
however, does nothing to embarrass the Turks, because we behave like
softies and try to pacify them, even though every thinking person knows
that when one gives in to blackmail, that does not lower the
blackmailer's demands. The opposite is true: the more the blackmailer
succeeds in squeezing his victim, the larger his appetite becomes and
with it, the level of his blackmail.
Read the whole thing
Labels: IHH, Mavi Marmara, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish obsession with Israel
The world ignores Hamas
Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen
continues to try to save his foreign aid by persuading the all-too-willing United States and Europeans that his reconciliation deal with the Hamas terror organization will advance the 'peace process,' Hamas has been singing a very different tune
. Khaled Abu Toameh reports that Hamas is looking forward to launching terror attacks on Israel from the 'West Bank,' and to dragging the dead carcasses of 'collaborators' through the streets of Ramallah.
Earlier, Abbas, in the context of his efforts to calm the U.S.
Administration and EU governments over the unity accord, declared that
the new Palestinian government would recognize Israel and reject
violence. His remarks, however, have been strongly denied by Hamas
leaders, who say their movement intends to pursue "jihad" against
Musa Abu Marzouk, deputy chairman of Hamas's political bureau, announced that his movement would never recognize Israel. "This is a red line that cannot be crossed," he said.
In other words, Hamas is telling everyone not to believe Abbas when
he says that the Palestinian unity government will renounce violence and
recognize Israel's right to exist.
This week, further evidence emerged that Hamas has no intention of
changing its ideology in the wake of the unity agreement with Abbas's
Hamas's two most senior representatives, Khaled Mashaal and Mahmoud
Zahar, have both made it clear that their movement is planning to
continue "resistance" actions against Israel even after the formation of
the unity government. They also emphasized that Hamas has no intention
of dismantling its military wing, Izaddin al-Kassam, as part of the
Asked about the possibility that Hamas would disarm, Zahar said:
"Who is this crazy guy who would be able to go to the resistance groups
and and ask them to hand over their weapons? Who would dare to do so?"
Zahar also disclosed that Hamas is planning to take advantage of the
unity deal to move its terror attacks against Israel to the West Bank.
Worse, he declared that after its men set foot in the West Bank, Hamas
will target Palestinians who "collaborate" with Israel. "Who said that
those who are conducting security coordination with Israel would remain
forever?" he asked, referring to the Fatah-dominated security forces in
the West Bank.
Zahar, who also said that Hamas would pursue the fight against Israel
until the "liberation of all Palestine," is in fact sending a warning
message to the Western-funded Palestinian Authority security forces in
the West Bank. "We believe in what was mentioned in the Quran: that
Palestine, all of Palestine, will be liberated," he added. "The Israeli
entity should expect more from Hamas after our rockets reached Tel
And the reaction of the Americans and Europeans to this inconvenient piece of news?
The international community does not seem to be listening to what Hamas is saying.
Ignoring Hamas's declared intentions will pave the way for the
movement to use the unity agreement to seize control over the
Palestinian Authority and many parts of the West Bank. It will also
facilitate Hamas's plans to launch terror attacks from the West Bank
It now remains to be seen whether the U.S. Administration and EU
governments, by blindly endorsing the new unity government, will help
Hamas to achieve its goals.
What could go wrong?
Labels: Abu Mazen, Barack Hussein Obama, European Union, Hamas-Fatah reconciliation, Khaled Meshaal, Mahmoud al-Zahar, Middle East peace process
Haaretz's newest blood libel
Some bald and unsubstantiated allegations
from Haaretz, arising out of the alleged killings of two 'Palestinians' in Beitunia ten days ago.
Even the Palestinian Authority, despite its declarations, is not hastening to assist in finding out the truth. After two weeks, the Palestinian security forces have yet to hand over to the IDF the bullets removed from the bodies of the two young men during the autopsy in the Ramallah hospital.
And still, the shooting of rubber bullets, for which the soldier was suspended, reveals a few things about the conduct of the army during violent clashes with demonstrators. The soldier was suspended from his job, and a Military Police investigation was opened against him, because the firing of rubber bullets was not part of his assignment during the demonstration. Although he was trained as a combat soldier, his job (the precise nature of which cannot be disclosed due to a military court gag order,) is connected primarily to communications.
The Border Policeman and the other soldiers who fired rubber bullets during the demonstration were authorized to do so; the communications soldier was not. His suspension, which under ordinary circumstances would not have aroused any interest, attracted media attention because it took place in the wake of an incident that was to a great extent documented by security cameras and television cameras. Had it been a matter of soldiers who killed unarmed Palestinians in undocumented incidents — which take place almost on a monthly basis on the West Bank — there probably would have been no news coverage.
But the soldier is not so exceptional. A fact that is not widely discussed is that for quite a few soldiers who participate in dispersing demonstrations it’s a chance to take part in the “action” - firing shots, albeit it with non-lethal ammunition, in the midst of the chaos, and the adrenaline rush of a confrontation. We can reasonably assume that the soldier was seeking an exciting experience, or an escape from boredom, and that the Border Police acceded to his request to allow him to fire rubber bullets at the demonstration.
In recent years, most of the clashes between the IDF and the Border Police on one hand, and Palestinian demonstrators on the other, take place at times and in locations that the two sides have chosen in advance — what the army dubs “focus points of friction.” Although the encounter takes place repeatedly, sometimes on a weekly basis, the commanders do not have total control over the soldiers. There is always a possibility that a soldier will violate the rules of engagement, without his commanders knowing exactly what he is up to during the demonstration.
The potential for damage is exacerbated when the shooter is a soldier attached to a force and is not part of an organic unit. In the IDF there are many such job-holders — drivers, dog handlers, intelligence operatives and others — who wander among the units and join them for a few hours or a few days. This is potentially dangerous because the soldier is not part of the regular chain of command. The operational commander in the field didn’t know him before they were teamed up for the assignment, whereas his commanders are at the base and are unable to supervise him and to make sure that he is following orders.
During the years of the second intifada there were several incidents in which non-combat soldiers who found themselves in the line of fire caused problems for the unit to which they were attached, whether by firing irresponsibly on civilians or by operational mistakes (and even firing inadvertently at other soldiers). This is a weak point which almost invites mishaps, although judging by what the investigation has found until now, the soldier from the communications unit is not connected to the killing of the demonstrators.
The items I highlighted in bold reflect unsubstantiated allegations by Haaretz. The first paragraph (that I quoted - there were a couple of others before it) and the last half sentence reflect reality. And with good reason: There is no proof thus far that the IDF is responsible for the alleged killings.
Labels: blood libel, Haaretz, IDF, IDF rules of engagement, Israel's Hebrew Palestinian daily, Naqba day, open fire rules, Pallywood
Pope Francis asks Yair Lapid if the cross he's wearing bothers him. Lapid answers that the yarmulka bothers him more....
The person who sent it asked to remain anonymous.
Labels: humor, Pope Francis I, Yair Lapid
Finally: Barack Obama tells the truth
Sad, isn't it
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama
The Battle for Ammunition Hill
One of the (if not THE) key battles for Jerusalem in 1967 was the battle for Ammunition Hill. Ammunition Hill, which we pass on our way to the Old City - it's probably a five-minute drive from our house - is a small hilltop which was a system of bunkers filled with weapons. The IDF had to conquer it in order to make it to the Old City of Jerusalem and the eastern part of the city. It sits practically on the green line.
After the war, this song about the battle was written and performed by an IDF choir. I am posting two versions of it, one which has no subtitles, but shows the scenery on the hill and some of the men (really boys) who were killed in the battle. The other has subtitles in both English and Hebrew.
Let's go to the videotapes.
Today, Ammunition Hill is a museum and memorial to those who were killed in the battle for Jerusalem.
From the first time I heard this song, it always bothered me how the commander - apparently knowingly - sent 'Eitan' (whose full name and picture appear in the first video) to his death.... Obviously, he felt that the alternatives were worse....
Labels: Ammunition Hill, East Jerusalem, IDF, Jerusalem, Jordan, overnight music video, Six Day War
B'Tselem has released their full video of the Naqba day incident in Beitunia in which two 'Palestinians' were allegedly killed. The video is about an hour long.
As you will see in this clip, at least some of the video is definitely Pallywood. How much more? I can't tell you yet.
But let's go to the videotape.
Labels: Palestinian lies, Pallywood
'Of course we're still interested in the peace process'
The White House is denying that President Obama's decision to leave the 'peace process' out of a major foreign policy address means that the United states is no longer interested
in the 'peace process.'
"This was a speech focused primarily on security issues," the official
said. "The fact that the president wasn’t able to mention every single
issue the United States is involved with doesn’t mean that the issue
In September, Obama referred to the Middle East peace process as one
of his two greatest foreign policy priorities going into his final three
years as president.
His speech on Wednesday, at the United States
Military Academy in New York, was an attempt by the president to lay out
a broader US foreign policy moving forward.
"We continue to
believe a lasting peace is in the interest of the United States, Israel,
and the Palestinians. The door is open if the parties demonstrate a
willingness to come back and address the difficult issues," the official
Me thinks the lady doth protest too much.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Middle East peace process, US foreign policy
'Palestinian' high tech develops new kind of 'protester'
The 'Palestinians' have finally gone high tech. They have developed a new kind of 'protester' who doesn't bleed when shot
If accurate, this assessment reflects a major technological
innovation, as until now, the bodies of protesters and rock-throwers
have not been known to function without a comprehensive circulatory
system. Since every Palestinian claim is accepted by large swaths of the
media and society as reliable, the operating assumption of the analysts
has been that in fact live ammunition was in use at Beituniya. Israeli
assertions and evidence that the border police were only using
rubber-coated bullets, which do not pierce the skin at the ranges
involved, do not adequately explain the outcome, experts say, since such
evidence would not portray the IDF as murderous thugs bent on executing
As such, say the analysts, the only reasonable conclusion at the
dramatic lack of blood involved in the death of the demonstrator remains
that Palestinians have developed a more advanced model of protester.
The lack of blood makes it easier for other rock-throwers and
demonstrators to offer assistance where the sight of blood might
otherwise frighten them.
Additionally, say experts, as greater and greater numbers of the
model are rolled out, it will take significantly less effort to have the
demonstrators fall, as if injured, and more plausibly claim to have
been shot by IDF soldiers. The compliant media will continue to take the
Palestinian version of events at face value, driving up the number of
apparent Palestinian casualties while not actually subjecting
demonstrators to bona fide wounds. Ideally, the same protester,
variously attired, can stage multiple incidents in the space of a single
Read the whole thing
Here's the video from 'Naqba day' that proves it.
Let's go to the bloodless videotape of the 'deaths' of two 'protesters.'
Pallywood? Ya think? More from Elder here
Labels: IDF, Naqba day, Palestinian lies, Pallywood
Assad forces destroy oldest synagogue in Syria
The picture above is just one of several exclusive pictures published at the Daily Beast showing the destruction of the Eliyahu HaNavi synagogue in Damascus, the oldest synagogue in Syria. The synagogue was destroyed by forces loyal to dictator Bashar al-Assad
This week’s attack, though the final blow, was not the first time the Syrian regime had bombarded the Jobar Synagogue. An Israeli news report from April 2013
noted that the synagogue had been “looted and destroyed,” although
later photos proved that the synagogue had taken only moderate damage
from a mortar shell.
Last December, photos emerged in another Israeli news report
showing that many of the synagogues most precious artifacts were
intact. The report stated that the bulk of the synagogue’s artifact
collection was being held safely in the hands of local leaders.
the conflict, the synagogue held thousands of religious and cultural
treasures, including hundreds years old Torah scrolls, historical texts,
precious dining ware, and ancient Judaica of all sorts. Some of the
items were reportedly looted in the early days of the war. Some were
reportedly placed in safekeeping. Many remained in the building until
The Eliyahu Hanabi Synagogue, built to honor the prophet Elijah, had
existed at least since medieval times. The site has been a destination
for Jewish pilgrimage for centuries. It was said to have been built atop
the cave where Elijah hid from his persecutors. The Prophet Elisha, who
allegedly built the synagogue, was said to have anointed King Hazael on
its steps, now gone.
Read the whole thing
Labels: anti-Semitism, Arab anti-Semitism, Bashar al-Assad, Free Syrian Army, synagogues, Syria, Syrian uprising
Why Jerusalem was liberated
It's widely known that Israel had a deal with Jordan's King Hussein in 1967. Jordan would stay out of the upcoming war with Egypt and Syria, and Israel would not touch Jerusalem and the 'west bank.' The government ministers - principally from the Labor party and (to their eternal shame) the National Religious Party - opposed taking Jerusalem's Old City, saying that they didn't want to rule over the Middle East equivalent of the Vatican.
It's also widely known that Jordan violated the deal and attacked Israel. What's not widely known (and I don't even recall reading an account like this in Michael Oren's seminal book on the war - which I read a few years ago) is why.
Moshe Feiglin tells the story of why Jordan broke the agreement. If you didn't believe until now that God was behind the entire war, this story
ought to convince you.
The story is in Hebrew and there is an English translation. But it loses a lot in translation so if you can, read the Hebrew.
Labels: Egypt, Jordan, Jordan's King Hussein, Moshe Feiglin, Old City of Jerusalem, Six Day War, Temple Mount
Israel's high tech leader... no, it's not Tel Aviv
10 years ago tonight, son # 5, child #8 was born (you may notice a small change to my profile to account for that event).
47 years ago tomorrow night, I sat with my parents z"l (of blessed memory) and my brother watching television reports in Boston that Israel had liberated the Temple Mount and the remainder of Jerusalem. It was a heady time.
Tonight and tomorrow are Jerusalem Day, marking the day on which the 'eastern' part of the city of Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount and the Old City of Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is more than Israel's spiritual capital. It's also the country's leading high tech center
and one of the most optimistic places on earth.
While Israeli hi-tech, so central to the nation's economy, is often
linked to the central coastal region, revenue from the industry in
Jerusalem is in fact nearly 12 billion shekels (around $3.5 billion),
almost as much as the revenue Tel Aviv (6.7 billion shekels) and Haifa
(7 billion shekels) combined.
Jerusalem is also leading Israel in attracting olim (new immigrants).
The city absorbed 2,335 new olim in 2013, making 13% of the national
total of olim, and over twice as many as Tel Aviv (1,060) or Haifa
The capital has also been attracting young people, as 30,000 people
young people have moved to the city in the last four years. 51% of those
moving to Jerusalem in 2012 were between the ages of 20 and 34.
While the Central Bureau of Statistics reported 88% of Jerusalemites
are happy, the Municipality figures found 92% of residents are happy
with their lives, as compared to an 88% national average. Tel Aviv came
in at 86% and Haifa at 81%.
Jerusalem residents were also found to be the most optimistic in
Israel: 63% felt their lives would be better in the future, a rate
higher than the national average (59%), Tel Aviv (57%) and Haifa (54%).
Happy Jerusalem Day!
Labels: City of Jerusalem, Jerusalem Day, Six Day War, Temple Mount
Israeli victims in Belgium were targeted for 'intelligence work'?
Haaretz is reporting that two Israelis who were killed in Saturday's terror attack at the Brussels Jewish Museum may have been specifically targeted due to their 'intelligence work.' Since Haaretz is behind a paywall, this is from the London Daily Telegraph
"It's possible that the murder in Brussels was not a hate crime or an
anti-Semitic attack, but a targeted assault ... a battle in a covert war,
though perhaps there was a misidentification of the intended victims," [Amir Oren]
wrote in Haaretz.
But he denied they were spies, and described their tools as "numbers and
computers, not cloaks and daggers."
"Both were accountants who were employed separately by government bodies."
Mr Riva, 54, had worked in the finance ministry as well as at an organisation
called Nativ – which was founded in the 1950s to covertly encourage Jewish
education in the Soviet Union during the Cold War, and to drive immigration
to Israel. Once accused by the KGB of spying, Nativ falls under the remit of
the prime minister's office.
Now Nativ's mission is to encourage immigration to Israel among
Russian-speaking Jews living in western Europe, particularly in Germany.
His wife Miriam, 53, worked for an unspecified "government agency,"
"There, and also when she was stationed at one of the agency's missions
in Europe, her post was solely administrative.
"She wasn't Mata Hari," it added, referring to the Dutch-born
dancer, seductress and spy who was executed by a French firing squad during
World War I.
The Israeli defence ministry denied the couple had been working for them,
while the prime minister's office declined to comment on the report.
Labels: Belgium, European anti-Semitism, Islamic terrorism, Mossad
Dry Bones gets it right again
And the answer to the question is that Soros owns the media.
Labels: Dry Bones, George Soros, liberal media bias, Sheldon Adelson
What Netanyahu told the Pope at the terror victims' memorial
On Monday, I reported that Pope Francis I had visited the terror victims' memorial
on Mount Herzl. What was more significant was what Prime Minister Netanyahu - who got this one right - said to the Pope while they were there.
Let's go to the videotape.
And for those who couldn't make out the words
in the video....
At a Jerusalem memorial for terror victims, Netanyahu told the pope,
“When my son was ten years old, his best friend was a girl, a beautiful
Ethiopian girl, who sat next to him in class. One day she didn’t come.
She was blown up in a bus not far from here because there was no fence,
After the pope responded with prayers for peace and a harsh condemnation of terrorism, Netanyahu elaborated further.
“I’m grateful for your words today. Israel wants peace. Here we have a
hospital, Hadassah Hospital. Palestinians come to this hospital. With
the wall, they come. We cannot go to their hospitals, they come to our
hospitals,” he said. “We don’t teach our children to plant bombs. We
teach them peace. But we have to build a wall against those who teach
the other side. But it cannot prevent the incitement to hate and terror
and the destruction of Israel that permeates so much of the society on
the other side of the fence. If that changes, then the walls could come
down and we will have peace.”
Too bad that the media outside of Israel seems to have ignored this part of the visit.
Labels: anti-Israel media bias, Binyamin Netanyahu, Pope Francis I, security fence, terror victims
Don't hold your breath on a reconciliation with Turkey
More than a year after President Hussein Obama promised that reconciliation between Israel and Turkey was at hand, and after numerous false starts, the Turks may have brought the reconciliation prospects to an end on Monday. A Turkish court asked Interpol to issue a red notice for the arrest four retired senior IDF officers
in connection with the May 2010 Mavi Marmara incident. The four are former IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, former Navy chief V.-Adm. (res.) Eliezer Marom, ex-Military Intelligence
chief Maj.-Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin, and former Air Force intel chief
Avishai Levi. On Tuesday morning, Israel reacted the only way it could have reacted, telling Interpol that the arrest request is political. Under Interpol's rules, that should end any prospect that the four will be arrested
... by Interpol.
The former Israeli commanders were tried in absentia at the Istanbul 7th Court of Serious Crimes, reported the Hurriyet Daily News,
adding that Turkey’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying “the
judiciary process is ongoing” and “the ruling is being examined by law
Interpol statutes state that proceedings related to
political or military affairs are not ones in which Interpol may
intervene, so it is more than likely that they will not put out
international arrest warrants for the four officers.
The move came
after months of negotiations between Turkey and Israel to end a
diplomatic crisis over the commando raid on the Turkish ship challenging
Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip, run by Hamas.
Yet another Middle East problem botched by Obama....
Labels: Amos Yadlin, Gabi Ashkenazi, Interpol, Mavi Marmara, Turkish obsession with Israel
Pope's 'man of peace' says murdering Jews not a crime
At the same event at which Pope Francis I called 'moderate
Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen
a 'man of peace,' the peaceful man had some choice comments about murdering Jews
. This is from Tom Gross.
(4) There is also concern in Israel that the Pope called Palestinian
Authority Leader Mahmoud Abbas a “man of peace” today at an event where
Abbas, in the Pope’s presence, repeated his demand that any Palestinian
who murders an Israeli must not be punished at all.
Gross also has some comments about the infamous picture
of the Pope praying at the 'security fence.'
But none of the Western media I have seen have drawn attention to the
exact spot that the Pope chose to pray: in front of large graffiti
comparing Bethlehem to the Warsaw Ghetto.
The photo above is from the main EU-funded Palestinian media outlet,
the Maan news agency.
(There is another version of this photo below.)
A few comments:
(1) Comparing Israel with Nazi Germany forms part of the working definition of anti-Semitism formulated by the EU and others.
(2) Bethlehem is a relatively prosperous town where restaurants and
juice bars are packed, and BMWs, Mercedes and Humvees compete for
parking spaces in the center or town. By contrast, 400,000 Jews were
herded into the Warsaw Ghetto and those who weren’t beaten or starved to
death there, were taken to be exterminated at nearby camps.
(Yes, there is of course a political problem between Israel and the
Palestinian Authority, and one day, one hopes, the security barrier can
be removed without its removal leading to increased terrorism, but this
has nothing to do with the Warsaw Ghetto. One wonders why the Pope’s
Vatican handlers were eager to choose that spot – or are so insensitive
as to allow the Palestinian Authority to guide the Pontiff to that
(3) The Pope represents an organization, the Vatican, which even
today, after seven decades of repeated appeals, is still refusing to
make public its wartime archives detailing the full extent of its
collaboration with the Nazis before, during and after the Holocaust.
Read the whole thing
Labels: Abu Mazen, Argentina, Bethlehem, escaped Nazis, Holocaust, Nazis, Pope Francis I, security fence, Warsaw Ghetto
We need to get in the mood for this astounding post first.
Let's go to the videotape.
An astounding 88% of Jerusalem residents say they are happy
with their lives despite rampant unemployment and poverty.
Jerusalem’s population at the end of 2012 stood at 815,300 people –
making it the largest city in Israel, according to a report released on
Monday by the Central Bureau of Statistics ahead of Jerusalem Day.
are 515,200 residents, comprised of Jewish, non-Arab Christians or
other religions, marking 63 percent of the total city population; while
the Arab population stands at 100,300, or 37% of the city's residents.
Among the Jews residing in the city, 35% defined themselves as
ultra-Orthodox, 18% as religious, 12t as traditional-religious, 14% are
traditional but not very religious and 20% defined themselves as
According to the findings, the percentage of people who "feel poor"
in Jerusalem was the highest among all major cities in Israel. Some 28%
of people felt poor in 2013, 18% of the Jewish population and 45% of the
Arab population. In comparison, in Tel Aviv and in Haifa, less than 10%
However, the report cited that of the adult population
(aged 20 years old and above) in Jerusalem, 88% said they are satisfied
with their lives, compared to 85% of the population of other cities -
90% of Jews and 85% of Arabs, compared to the national average of 88%
and 70% respectively.
Furthermore the report indicated that 64% of
Jerusalem residents believe that in the coming years their lives will
improve, 58% of Jews and 76% of Arabs.
Who is happy? He who is satisfied with his lot.
Labels: City of Jerusalem, Dancing in Jerusalem, Haredim, poverty rates
For the first time a 'Palestinian Nakba' event is disrupted (at St Johns Wood church)
Here's the video maker's description:
I went along to this nakba event with two signs. 'Palestinian christians
are persecuted by palestinian muslims how can this church support
this?' The other saying 'If you dont believe me ask Christy Anastas' (A
palestinian christian who is pro Israel and exposes the PA and Hamas.
Those two girls confronting me. Imagine how they would be treated
dressed like that under hamas control? Or being harassed by men who go
unpunished in the PA?! Yet they want to blame Israel, where Palestinians
in Jerusalem have applied for Israeli citizenship I wonder why?!
Let's go to the videotape.
I'm amazed he wasn't lynched.
Labels: Fatah, Hamas, London, Muslim-Christian relations, Muslims, Naqba day, Palestinian Christians, Palestinian people
The picture that ought to be juxtaposed to the picture of the Pope at the 'security fence'
You will recall that on Sunday, the mainstream media was kvelling
over an unscheduled stop by the Pope to pray at the 'security fence' in Bethlehem.
Although I doubt the media will give it anywhere near as much play, Prime Minister Netanyahu came up with an appropriate counterpoint:
The Pope made an 'unscheduled stop
' at the request of PM Netanyahu at the memorial to victims of terrorism on Mt. Herzl.
Waiting for accusations that Netanyahu is politicizing the Pope's visit in 5... 4... 3... 2... 1....
Labels: Pope Francis I, security fence, terror victims
#BDS_Fail Golan Heights Winery sales up 20% in Europe
Despite being targeted by the BDS movement, sales of Golan Heights Winery wines rose 20% in Europe
"Despite the opposition and the attempts to boycott, that doesn't
interest the European consumers that are looking for quality wine.
There's a roughly 20% rise in sales in Europe; European customers don't
care about pro-Palestinian organizations opposing wine from the Golan
Heights," reported Harel.
Harel pointed out another trend, notably that customers are shifting
to higher quality wines: "there's a transition by consumers to quality
wines, even if the wine costs a little more money."
White wines can't be produced fast enough to keep up with the
consumption, indicating a great demand which is also shared by "brut"
sparkling wines, according to Harel.
"We at the Golan Heights Winery are preparing for the holiday of
Shavuot, when the focus is on white and bubbling wines," he beamed.
"Just now in time for the holiday we've come out with a rose wine
made from red Syrah grapes; the grape skin is soaked for a short amount
of time, causing the wine to be pink," related Harel. "We're always
short of white wines, and that's not because we produce less, but rather
because of the high customer demand."
Harel remarked that his winery recently introduced an exclusive
sparkling rose wine which is appropriate for unique events. "The demand
comes from consumers who are looking for something interesting and
prestigious," he said.
"Bubbling brut wine is another niche in the world of wines that we believe will develop in the coming years," concluded Harel.
The Golan Heights Winery is not the only one having to deal with the issue of European boycotts.
I wonder whether Scarlet Johansson would like to work for them too....
Labels: BDS, Golan Heights, Golan Winery, Scarlet Johansson
1967: Chief Rabbis said Israel should control Temple Mount
Despite the sign above, which stood at the entrance to the Temple Mount for many years (I'm not sure it does anymore), Israel's Chief Rabbinate advocated Israeli control of the Mount
in the aftermath of the 1967 Six Day War.
According to the document, then chief Sephardi Rabbi Yitzhak Nissim
said that Jews should oversee the site – either alone or in cooperation
with other religions – because it belongs to the Jewish people.
Then-chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Isser Yehuda Unterman was quoted as saying,
“the site of the Holy Temple should belong to the rabbinate. As for the
mosque…we will not give up ownership of the land on which the mosque
Chief Rabbinical Council member Rabbi Eliezer Goldschmidt suggested
that an honor guard made up of rabbis protect the entrance to the
“If supervision of the mosque will be in their [Muslims’] hands, it will mean it belongs to them again,” Goldschmidt said.
The rabbis agreed, however, that the site is too holy for Jews to enter.
What a surprise (not). Too bad Moshe Dayan decided on his own to give control of the Mount to the Wakf. This morning. Israel Radio reports that the Pope was treated to a speech by a Mufti on the Temple Mount who accused 'settlers' of breaking into the mosques and attempting to establish separate prayer times as has been the case in the Machpeila Cave in Hebron for the last 20 years.
Aside from the fact that the Mufti is lying, the hostility toward acknowledging any Jewish claim to the Mount shows that peace is most definitely not at hand.
I wonder if the Pope is sharp enough to realize that if Jews don't have a narrative on the Temple Mount, neither do the Christians (whose narrative presupposes a Jewish Temple on the Mount).
Labels: Chief Rabbinate, Moshe Dayan, Six Day War, Temple Mount
Les Miserabbis - A Jewish musical you don't have to be Jewish to love
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family which doesn't go to synagogue very often, arrives to celebrate
the son's bar mitzvah. But, alas, the boy was taught the wrong parsha
(reading). Mum is dressed inappropriately and Dad's mobile phone gets
involved at the wrong moment.
Let's go to the videotape.
Labels: humor, Les Miserables, overnight music video
Videos of Brussels terror attack released
Brussels police have released three videos of Saturday's terror attack at the city's Jewish museum. The videos came from security cameras. All three of them are below.
Let's go to the videotapes.
Arutz Sheva adds
An Israeli tourist couple and a French woman died from gunshots to
the face and neck after a man apparently acting alone fired two
successive rounds into the museum on Saturday afternoon before escaping
minutes later on foot.
A fourth victim, a Belgian who did volunteer work for the museum, was critically injured and later pronounced dead.
Belgian police on Sunday released chilling video footage of the attack. The man, whose face is not clear under a dark baseball cap, can be seen entering the building, taking a Kalashnikov automatic rifle from a bag and opening fire through a door on his victims -- an Israeli couple, a French woman and a young Belgian man.
Police described the man as of medium height and athletic build. He carried out the attack deliberately and unhurriedly, leaving the scene on foot.
French President Francois Hollande, who along with Netanyahu had a
phone conversation with the Belgian premier, said he had no doubt about
the "anti-Semitic character" of the attack.
Netanyahu, welcoming Pope Francis in the Holy Land, hailed the
pontiff for his "determined stance against anti-Semitism, especially in
light of the growing hatred of Jews that we are witness to in these
How does our Prime Minister reconcile that last sentence with the Pope's warm embrace
Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen
Labels: Abu Mazen, Belgium, Bethlehem, European anti-Semitism, Islamic terrorism, Palestinian state RIGHT NOW syndrome, Pope Francis I, security fence, two-state solution
King David's tomb now Judenrein, arrested Jews denied legal counsel
Israel Police cleared King David's tomb of Jews on Sunday morning to ensure that there would be no opposition to Pope Francis' visit to the tomb on Monday (photo credit
). 26 Jews were arreste
d in the expulsion, and they are now being denied legal counsel
to ensure that they will not be able to return to the tomb before Monday.
This is from the second link followed by the third link.
26 people were arrested at the site of David’s Tomb in Jerusalem,
after they formed a stronghold in protest against the police’s decision
to evacuate the area in preparation for Pope Francis’s visit.
those taken into custody was a soldier who threatened an officer with
his weapon, in an attempt to prevent the arrest of someone else.
The Haneinu organization claim that the 26 people taken into custody
on Sunday at the site of David’s tomb including many youths as young as
14-years-old and that the arrestees have been denied legal counsel.
organization also claims that police officers exerted much violence
against the suspects and even inexplicably broke into a yeshiva (Torah
academy) dormitory located at the site of David’s Tomb.
Don't hold your breath waiting for Slimy Shimon to protest the arrests. He's too busy packing his bags to go pray at the Vatican
. His forebears - who were Orthodox Jews
- must be rolling over in their graves at the prospect.
Labels: Abu Mazen, King David's Tomb, Pope Francis I, prayers, Shimon Peres
The mainstream media is kvelling
A short while ago, Pope Francis prayed at the separation fence near Bethlehem. The mainstream media is kvelling! Here are a couple of samples:
Tomorrow, we will undoubtedly see side-by-side pictures with the Pope praying at that other wall. But the real quid pro quo is supposed to be the Pope laying a wreath at Herzl's grave, something that has infuriated the 'Palestinians.' In the meantime, they're getting about $1 billion worth of free advertising for their cause.
Labels: Bethlehem, Palestinian state RIGHT NOW syndrome, Pope Francis I, security fence, two-state solution
And again and again: Two (Three?) Jews stabbed in Paris, one in Djerba
Hours after four Jews
, including two Israelis
, were murdered at the Brussels Jewish museum, two
more Jews were stabbed outside a Paris synagogue. It is also now being reported that another Jew was attacked by a Muslim mob
on the island of Djerba in Tunisia on Thursday.
This is from the third link.
The two men, brothers in their 20s, were heading to an office located in
Chaare Tsion Synaogue on Saturday night around 8:30 p.m. They were
about 200 meters away from the synagogue when they noticed that they
were being followed.
Shortly after, one of the brothers was struck with a metal object.
The object that attacked the second brother was not identified.
The attackers fled on foot and by bike.
victims suffered multiple contusions, but not life-threatening
injuries. They were taken to Henri Mondor Hospital in Créteil.
French minister of interior, Bernard Cazeneuve, announced on Sunday in a
statement that he condemns the act "with the utmost severity." He
instructed all neighborhoods to immediately increase security related to
protecting the Jewish community.
I believe that 8:30 pm is still daylight in Paris in May. That means that - like the Brussels attack - it was awfully brazen.
Arutz Sheva adds
Two Jewish men were attacked outside Paris Saturday night, French Interior Minister Bernard Caseneuve announced Sunday, as they were leaving a Creteil synagogue.
Caseneuve ordered police around France to increase security at
Jewish houses of worship and other Jewish establishments, the Ministry
stated. He condemned the attacked with "utmost severity."
Very few details are available on the attack. Sources told Israeli small-time news site 0404 Sunday
morning that three French Jews were attacked - not two - and identified
them as the synagogue's treasurer and his two sons. All three have been
hospitalized, according to the report.
Meanwhile, in Djerba, another Jew barely escaped with his life
from a Muslim mob on Thursday.
Masked Muslims entered the main market in Djerba on Thursday, and stabbed Gabriel Ozen, 38, a Jewish jeweler and father of four.
Passerby stated that the assailants yelled, "the nation of Mohammed is coming back to take revenge" shortly before the attack.
Ozen fought the Muslim attacker, but was still stabbed in the chest,
authorities said. He was rushed to intensive care in local hospital and
is in serious, but stable, condition.
According to local media reports, merchants on the scene were able to
apprehend the perpetrator and turn him in to local police. Justice will
not be served, however; more than a hundred masked men surrounded the
police station and threatened to burn it down if the terrorist was
The police released the assailant immediately.
This is the second anti-Semitic attack in Tunisia this month. Muslim terrorists attacked Morris Bachiri, a Jewish merchant from El Hara El Kabira, on Passover Eve; Bachiri suffered minor injuries.
They want us all to move to Israel so that they may murder us more efficiently. May their names and memories be wiped out.
Labels: Djerba, European anti-Semitism, France, French anti-Semitism, Paris, Tunisia, Tunisian Jewry
From three different angles
Elder of Ziyon has spliced together the CNN video and two closed circuit television videos of the alleged Naqba day killings
of two 'Palestinians'
in Beitunia in an effort to learn more about who actually shot the 'protesters.' CNN and two CCTV videos, synchronized, of the incident shows that the
shot that coincided with the youth's falling down came from a gun with a
rubber bullet attachment. (CNN implied it was the second shot, but it
was the first.)
Let's go to the videotape.
Of course, this could be resolved with an autopsy but that would deny the 'Palestinians' the opportunity to blame it on Israel, so of course it won't happen. Remember Mohammed al-Dura
Labels: CNN lies, Naqba day, Palestinian terrorism, Pallywood
US 'changing its position' on Hamas-Fatah unity deal?
You didn't really think that a little thing like a pact with the devil
was going to stop President Hussein Obama from talking to the 'Palestinians' did you?
Abu Marzouk also revealed that Hamas recently held talks with the European Union (EU) and an unofficial American representative.
Hamas officials "sensed a change in the American position," he said - hinting that the US is becoming more open to the idea of a Hamas-led "unity" Palestinian Arab government. A senior US administration official had said last month that the United States would have to reconsider its assistance to PA if Fatah and Hamas form a government together.
Hamas officials, meanwhile, continue to debate over how the unity
pact will affect the "struggle against the Occupation." Abu Marzouk
stated that "there is a need to diversify" Hamas's approach to the
"Palestinian problem," but Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh disagrees.
Haniyeh stressed over the weekend that an armed struggle is the only relevant answer to establishing a Palestinian Arab state.
"Reconciliation comes only to strengthen and maintain the armed
struggle to deter the ongoing occupation, and the crimes that harm our
people," Haniyeh claimed, in a speech Saturday to a Gaza mosque. He
reiterated Hamas's commitment to "restore the liberation of Jerusalem
from the taint of occupation."
What could go wrong?
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Hamas-Fatah reconciliation, Ismail Haniyeh, Mousa Abu Marzouk, US foreign policy
Report: Israeli couple among dead in Brussels
Israeli media are reporting that a Tel Aviv couple in their 50's
were among the victims in Saturday's terror attack in Brussels.
Israeli media reported on Sunday morning that a Tel Aviv couple in their
50's, who were on vacation in Brussels, were among the victims.
A third fatality was a female volunteer at the Jewish Museum of Belgium,
according to an unconfirmed report Saturday night on the news site
HLN.be, which is the online edition of the Het Laatste Nieuws daily. A
fourth victim, whom HLN reported was a 23-year-old employee of the
museum, was also reportedly killed.
Police has no suspects in custody, the news site also reported. Belgian
authorities are yet to release the names of those who died in the museum
and the fourth person.
The shooter aimed for the victims throats and heads, witnesses told the daily.
According to HLN.be, police no longer suspect a person whom they
detained shortly after the attack. That person is currently regarded as a
witness, HLN.be reported.
Authorities are looking for the shooter, who was driven to the museum by
a suspected accomplice in an Audi car, and the driver and are analyzing
security camera footage.
May God Avenge their blood.
Somehow, I don't suspect anyone Amish is behind this attack.
Labels: Belgium, European anti-Semitism, Islamic terrorism