Friday, December 19, 2014

Shooting Our Youth in the Head

“It’s pervasive,” said Elise Bernhardt, former president and CEO of the now-defunct Foundation for Jewish Culture. “At the end of the day, they are shooting themselves in the foot.” Bernhardt said that attempts to censor Jewish art will only deter young members from being involved in the community.

Actually, what is not only pervasive, but corrosive, is the seemingly undending attempts by extreme progressive leftists who, in their non-to-anti-Zionism mode, take Jewish money, get appointed to positions of influence in official Jewish establishment institutions, and, assisted by allies in official Jewish media outlets, actively undermine and corrupt young Jews, leading them astray, or pushing the line that 

Israel is now bitterly dividing Jewish communities

Whether it is art, theater, literature, music, satire or other 'intellectual' pursuits, this is not only staged absurdity but a betrayal.

They take Jewish money and then tell the donors they cannot intefere because they require freedom and any other direction is censorship, as it were.

This is a dictatorship of the extreme minority that has latched on to the vital Jewish community.  Defunct is the only condition for this phenomenon.

If there is one sure thing the deter Jewish youth from being involved in the community and on behalf of the Jewish national homeland, it is their subterfuge.

It is they who are shooting our youth - in the head, the mind.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Correctly Quoting Vice-President Biden

I listened to him.

Here's a picture

and one part of his speech, mistranscribed:

Vice President Joe Biden says Hanukkah is about the miracle of courageous warriors overcoming great odds to protect their people's culture and dignity.

He actually said preserve the identity, the culture and the freedom of a people...a miracle of rededicated Temple flame burning for eight nights...

As if he supported the fundamentals of the Jewish nation-state legislation.


Why is Erekat Complaining About 'Settlements'?

Well, they were settlers, too.


Annual Meeting of the Israel Prehistoric SocietyBen-Gurion University of the Negev, BeershevaBarkan auditorium, Building 70December 25th, 2014

...H. AshkenaziDifferences in the lithic production processes of the Late Natufian between sites from the core area and those from the periphery - Habitat and settlement pattern influences on the lithic assemblages

So what's he complaining about our "settlements"?

It's the Eretz-Yisrael Olive Oil

Dr. Ianir Milevski and Nimrod Getzov excavated a site at ‘En Zippori in the Lower Galilee which led to research that indicates olive oil was already being used in the country 8,000 years ago, that is to say, in the sixth millennium BCE.  
“this is the earliest evidence of the use of olive oil in the country, and perhaps the entire Mediterranean basin”
According to the Israel Antiquities Authority 
Getzov and Milevski methodically sampled the pottery vessels found in the excavation in order to ascertain what was stored in them...Together with Dr. Dvory Namdar of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Institute of Earth Sciences, they took small pieces of pottery and utilizing chemical methods for extraction and identification examined the organic remains that were absorbed in the sides of the vessel.

These tests revealed that the pottery dating to the Early Chalcolithic period contained olive oil...Of the twenty pottery vessels sampled, two were found to be particularly ancient, dating to approximately 5,800 at Zippori, evidence has been found for first time of the use of olive oil...this is the earliest evidence of olive oil production in the country, and possibly the entire Levant (the Mediterranean basin).” Milevski and Getzov said, “It seems that olive oil was already a part of the diet and might also have been used for lighting. Although it is impossible to say for sure, this might be an olive species that was domesticated and joined grain and legumes – the other kinds of field crops that we know were grown then. Those crops are known from at least two thousand years prior to the settlement at ‘En Zippori. With the adoption of olive oil the basic Mediterranean diet was complete. From ancient times to the present, the Mediterranean economy has been based on high quality olive oil, grain and must, the three crops frequently mentioned in the Bible.”

Olive oil, it's a Jewish thing.

Especially for the Temple Service and ... Chanukah.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Don't Trust Polls

Date Published: 09/12/2014
Survey dates: 01/12/2014 - 03/12/2014

The questionn dealt with whether Israel should accept a compromise like that suggested by Avigdor Lieberman.

Asked whether they agreed with or opposed this position of Lieberman’s, 59% of the Jewish interviewees said that they support the proposal (against 34%). A similar pattern, though less pronounced, emerged when we again checked whether the public agrees with or opposes Prime Minister Netanyahu’s statement about a year ago that a peace agreement is necessary to prevent a situation where Israel would in the foreseeable future become a binational state without a Jewish majority: at present 52% think Netanyahu’s assertion is correct (38% oppose his assertion).

In other words, a clear majority—though not very large—of the Jewish public accepts the need for a territorial compromise in principle.

But do they really mean it?  Truly understand it?  If actual delineated specific proposals are presented, will they go for compromise or will they, as always, become more hesitant and circumspect?

Of fourse they will.

Graphic Zionism - A Youngster's Wish



Saturday, December 13, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Tourism Problem

Well, there is no yet another replacement theory element in our conflict - we're interfering with "Palestinian tourism".


HERODIUM, West Bank, Dec 12  - Standing on the monumental hillside south of Bethlehem where King Herod the Great was buried more than 2,000 years ago, Fadi Kattan stretches out his arm to point out the nearby Israeli settlements of Tekoa and Nokdim.
"That's part of the problem," says Kattan, a Palestinian tourism expert, explaining the obstacles hindering the growth of the local industry in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. Because of the roads...Palestinian areas are frequently cut off, making them less accessible to tourists, he says.
Then there is Herodium...The income flows to Israel, not the Palestinians. The same goes for Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, which is also in the West Bank....
"...we are losing $1.4 billion a year," says Kattan...
To highlight the increasing strain Bethlehem and surrounding towns are under, Palestinian officials took a group of foreign journalists on a guided tour of the area this week.
Underscoring how sensitive the topic is, the Israeli tourism ministry is taking journalists on its own tour of Nazareth and other Christian towns in Israel...
...Palestinian officials say the growth of Israeli settlements - there are now 22 around Bethlehem - is steadily strangling access, prompting tourists to stay away.

..."In history, Bethlehem and Jerusalem were always twin cities," said Ma'aya. "Now, Bethlehem is being isolated." (Writing by Luke Baker; Editing by Tom Heneghan)

Is there any site there that is not connected to Jews, the Bible?

And who is preserving more Islamic sites than all of previous Muslim rulers?

Of course Jerusalem and Bethlehem were twin cities.  David came from there and he became king, not a sheikh.


What Happpens When You Cross a Herzog with a Livni?

A "her".


Thursday, December 11, 2014

What's Important is that Israel Will Outlast Obama

QUESTION: All right. On the other side of the coin, just talking about the – not the other side of this particular coin, but the Israeli coin, have you – are you aware of the latest comments that Israeli Defense Minister Ya’alon made?

MS. PSAKI: I have seen those.

QUESTION: Do you have any – about settlements and U.S. criticism of them. Do you view them as a – as evidence that your complaints or your denunciations of settlement activity has – have – in fact, have had an impact?

MS. PSAKI: Well, we all saw the comments. I wouldn’t go that far. I think one thing I would note, since you gave me the opportunity, is that our opposition – this Administration’s opposition to settlements is fully consistent with the policies of administrations for decades, including of both parties. So the notion that that would change is not borne out by history.

QUESTION: The notion that – you mean once the Obama Administration --

MS. PSAKI: The policy.

QUESTION: He was quoted as saying the Obama Administration is not going to last forever, which is – seems to be a statement of fact rather than --

MS. PSAKI: That is correct. It will be done in two years.

QUESTION: But you’re predicting that whatever – whoever the next president is, his or her administration is not going to change the U.S. position on settlement --

MS. PSAKI: Well, given our policy has been consistently the case for decades, through --


MS. PSAKI: -- Republican and Democratic administrations --

QUESTION: So in other words, you would tell Defense Minister Ya’alon you’re stuck with U.S. opposition to settlements even beyond the Obama Administration? Is that correct?

MS. PSAKI: I would say our position, our policy has been consistent for quite some time.

QUESTION: But you usually, though, don’t pull out the crystal ball and predict the future.

MS. PSAKI: Fair enough, Matt.

QUESTION: This is an issue, though, that you think that is bipartisan enough that it will survive --

MS. PSAKI: It has been for some time now, yes.

QUESTION: -- post – okay.

And let's recall another administration:

The Reagan Administration

February 02, 1981

"… As to the West Bank, I believe the settlements there—I disagreed when, the previous Administration refereed to them as illegal, they’re not illegal.  Not under the U.N. resolution that leaves the West Bank open to all people—Arab and Israeli alike, Christian alike.

I do think perhaps now with this rush to do it and this moving in there the way they are is ill-advised because if we’re going to continue with the spirit of Camp David to try and arrive at a peace, maybe this, at this time, is unnecessarily provocative."

President Ronald Reagan’s statements in an interview with the New York Times, February 02, 1981

Boudreault, Jody, Naughton, Emma, Salaam, Yasser, eds. U.S. Official Statements: Israeli Settlements, the Fourth Geneva Convention.  Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies, 1993.

American Foreign Policy: Current Documents, 1981 Document #295, Washington D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1984 pp. 681-2

September 1982

". . . the question isn't whether they [settlements] are legal or illegal; the question is are they constructive in the effort to arrange a situation that may, in the end, be a peaceful one and be one in which the people of the region can live in a manner that they prefer.  [President Reagan's] answer to that is no, expansion of those settlements is not a constructive move."

Secretary of State George Shultz, news conference following President Reagan’s statement on the PLO departure plan, September 05, 1982

Boudreault, Jody, Naughton, Emma, Salaam, Yasser, eds. U.S. Official Statements: Israeli Settlements, the Fourth Geneva Convention.  Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies, 1993.

Department of State Bulletin v. 82, no. 2066 September 1982 p. 10

September 10, 1982

“The status of Israeli settlements must be determined in the course of the final status negotiations.  We will not support their continuation as extraterritorial outposts, but neither will we support efforts to deny Jews the opportunity to live in the West Bank and Gaza under the duly constituted governmental authority there, as Arabs live in Israel...”

Statement by Secretary of State George P. Shultz to the Foreign Affairs Committee (House of Representatives), September 10, 1982

Boudreault, Jody, Naughton, Emma, Salaam, Yasser, eds. U.S. Official Statements: Israeli Settlements, the Fourth Geneva Convention.  Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies, 1993.

Department of State Bulletin v.82, no.2067 October 1982 p. 6

March 18, 1983

“Q. You know there are a lot of Middle Eastern experts, or so called, who believe that unless you put certain pressures on Israel, there will be no moratorium on the building of settlements in the West Bank.  How do you feel about that?

A. Well, the West Bank—there certainly is no illegality to the building—that bases on the Camp David agreement and the period of discussion that was supposed to then take place, with no one having a claim for or against doing such things…”

President Reagan, interview with Brandon of the London Sunday Times March 18, 1983

Boudreault, Jody, Naughton, Emma, Salaam, Yasser, eds. U.S. Official Statements: Israeli Settlements, the Fourth Geneva Convention.  Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies, 1993.

Presidential Papers: Ronald Reagan, 1983, Washington D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1984 p. 418

October 27, 1983

“… We don not, for example, agree on the settlement policy of Israel.  Our objection is not legal but practical….”

Deputy Secretary of State Dam, before the American Jewish Committee, Philadelphia, PA October 27, 1983

Boudreault, Jody, Naughton, Emma, Salaam, Yasser, eds. U.S. Official Statements: Israeli Settlements, the Fourth Geneva Convention.  Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies, 1993.

Department of State Bulletin v. 83, no.2081 December 1983 p. 49 

February 22, 1984

“… And I had never referred to them as illegal, as some did.  But I did say that I thought they were not helpful, because obviously the peace process… is going to have to involve territorial changes in return for secure, peaceful borders….”

Boudreault, Jody, Naughton, Emma, Salaam, Yasser, eds. U.S. Official Statements: Israeli Settlements, the Fourth Geneva Convention.  Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies, 1993.

American Foreign Policy: Current Documents, 1984 Document #203 Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1986 p. 496


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Blue Glove and Ziad Abu Ein (UPDATED)

In this video documenting the incident near Adei-Ad, see the blue glove:

I'll return to it shortly.  But first, here's one version of the event:

The head of the Palestinian Authority committee against the separation wall and settlements died Wednesday after Israeli soldiers assaulted him in a village near Ramallah, committee sources said.  Ziad Abu Ein, 55, died after an Israeli soldier beat him on the chest with his helmet in the village of Turmsayya in the Ramallah district, the director of the committee's information center, Jamil al-Barghouthi, told Ma'an.   Abu Ein also suffered severe tear gas inhalation as Israeli soldiers fired canisters in the area. 


PLO Executive Committee Member and Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erakat condemned in the strongest terms the killing of Minister Ziad Abu Ein by Israeli Occupation Forces.  'The killing of the Minister Abu Ein, is another example of Israel's vicious and arrogant actions committed against the Palestinians'

Abu Ein was killed while marking the International Human Rights day by planting olive trees to symbolize the hope for both peace and justice...Minister Ziad Abu Ein was participating in a nonviolent demonstration on the occasion of the international day for Human Rights when Israeli soldiers quelled the demonstration with teargas canisters, causing him to die instantly.

The activity included planting olive trees around an area that has long been the target of Israeli settler violence and terror. The illegal settlements of Shilo, Eli and Ma'ale Levona surround the village.  Abu Ein was in charge of the Settlements and Annexation Wall portfolio and a prominent member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council.  'The Israel government bares full responsibility for the killing of Minster Abu Ein and the systematic crimes committed against the Palestinian people. This new assassination will have severe consequences,” Erakat added.

I have just watched Roi Sharon on Channel 10 TV.

Abu Ein collapsed some 5 minutes after the incident and after an hour, the hospital announced his death.  He wasn't choked [Sharon was standing next to him at the moment of the tiff] but was pushed and it was over in a few seconds. He even was interviewed for a TV station.  No rifle butts or such were employed. No rocks were thrown. There was a confrontation line, shouting, a few tear gas grenades tossed at the beginning but the incident happened afterwards. Sharon said it was a very low-key demo.

Note that no other demonstrato complained about the gas.

[Health Ministry: "the death was caused by blockage in the coronary artery, and there were signs of light internal bleeding and localized pressure on the neck.  The deceased suffered from heart disease, and there was evidence that plaque buildup were clogging more than 80% of his blood vessels, as well as signs that he had suffered heart attacks in the past."
And now: The death of Ziad Abu Ein was caused by a blockage of the coronary artery (one of the arteries that supplies blood to the heart) due to hemorrhaging underneath a layer of atherosclerotic plaque. The bleeding could have been caused by stress.  Indications of light hemorrhaging and localized pressure were found in his neck.  The deceased suffered from ischemic heart disease; blood vessels in his heart were found to be over 80% blocked by plaque. Old scars indicating that he suffered from previous myocardial infarctions were also found.  
The poor condition of the deceased's heart caused him to be more sensitive to stress.  It is necessary to wait for the medical treatment report before determining more incisive explanations on this matter. Indications of CPR  were found. but still the Pal. line: "...the murder of Head of the Anti-Wall and Settlement Committee Abu Ein, who died after being directly struck in the chest and choked by an Israeli soldier..."]

Now, about that blue glove.  It is on the hand of an IDF medic who is about to treat the man but he is removed, lifted up and carried away.

Think about that.  And now this.

P.S.  The PA is revving things up:

PA and Fatah: Israel killed Ziad Abu Ein "intentionally" and "in cold blood"

Just saw:

Reuters gets it wrong:
a scuffle ensued in which a border policeman pushed Abu Ein and grabbed his neck firmly with one hand. Footage of the incident and pictures taken by Reuters do not show Abu Ein responding with any violence.

and perhaps he was trespassing?

Shortly before his death, Abu Ein spoke to television reporters, sounding hoarse and short of breath.  "This is the terrorism of the occupation, this is a terrorist army, practicing its terrorism on the Palestinian people," he told the official Palestine TV. "We came to plant trees on Palestinian land, and they launch into an attack on us from the first moment. Nobody threw a single stone."

In a 2006 interview:

"The Oslo Accords are not the dream of the Palestinian people. However, there would never have been [violent] resistance in Palestine without Oslo," he said.

"Oslo is the effective and potent greenhouse which embraced the Palestinian resistance. Without Oslo, there would never have been [violent] resistance."

"In all the occupied territories, we could not move a single pistol from place to place. 


What has been placed in his mouth by his comrades?

ES wrote to me:

That classic Pallywood "carry" to the  ambulance, which ended with laying him down in the dirt could have killed him - but, again, look closely at the video linked below- Somebody put something in Abu Eiun's mouth, that might have also made it hard for him to breathe- especially with someone pinching his throat closed- notice that later Abu Ein spits whatever it is out of his mouth

Compare this to the video here  - which also (0:19) shows someone spraying something on his wrist - and almost immediately he seems to pass out -but notice at :40 he is being propped up with his neck compressed forward - also inhibiting his breathing- so that a photographer opposite him can get a better shot.

And if you thought this was an exercise in futility, read this.

The "One-Sentence Media Bias" Maneuver

How easy is it to perform a media bias maneuver?

Just one sentence can do it.



Exiled from Canaan in antiquity, Jews are famously scattered across the world

By the time the Jews were scattered (for the second time I should point out), the land called Canaan hadn't existed for many centuries.  And there were no Canaanites either.

Even the Romans who in 69 CE conquered Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple and then, in 135 CE, lost tens of thousands of troops quelling a revolt of Jews led by Bar Kochba, called the country Judaea:-

Soon, however, all Judaea had been stirred up, and the Jews everywhere were showing signs of disturbance, were gathering together, and giving evidence of great hostility to the Romans, partly by secret and partly by overt acts; 2 many outside nations, too, were joining them through eagerness for gain, and the whole earth, one might almost say, was being stirred up over the matter. Then, indeed, Hadrian sent against them his best generals. First of these was Julius Severus, who was dispatched from Britain, where he was governor, against the Jews. 3 Severus did not venture to attack his opponents in the open at any one point, in view of their numbers and their desperation, but by intercepting small groups, thanks to the number of his soldiers and his under-officers, and by depriving them of food and shutting them up, he was able, rather slowly, to be sure, but with comparatively little danger, to crush, exhaust and exterminate them. Very few of them in fact survived. 14 1 Fifty of their most important outposts and nine hundred and eighty-five of their most famous villages were razed to the ground. Five hundred and eighty thousand men were slain in the various raids and battles, and the number of those that perished by famine, disease and fire was past finding out. 2 Thus nearly the whole of Judaea was made desolate, a result of which the people had had forewarning before the war. For the tomb of Solomon[the temple], which the Jews regard as an object of veneration, fell to pieces of itself and collapsed, and many wolves and hyenas rushed howling into their cities. 3 Many Romans, moreover, perished in this war. Therefore Hadrian in writing to the senate did not employ the opening phrase commonly affected by the emperors, "If you and our children are in health, it is well; I and the legions are in health."

The country is the Land of Israel, in Hebrew, Eretz-Yisrael.