Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Jews Need Not Apply

Human rights, I was taught, are indivisable, apply to all and cannot be particularistic.

So, if you ask how do the Rabbis for Human Rights define


the answer is:

RHR’s Department of Palestinian Rights in the Occupied Territories, led by Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann, works to protect the rights of Palestinians and Bedouins in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

I checked again here.

Nothing about the rights of Jews as humans.

Jews need not apply for protection. 

Such Rabbis.


The Temple Mount and the Tallit


That appears to me a Jewish man accompanying MK Moshe Feiglin this past Sunday and he is wearing a tallit, the ritual prayer shawl.

Now, that is news.

P.S.  Normally, all outward symbols of Jewishness with religious significance, except a kippah, are prohibited from view or use including tefillin, siddurim, etc.

Muslims can play soccer, though:

P.P.S.  A video clip of the travails of Jews at the Temple Mount. ^

Monday, August 18, 2014

Vote Deprivation and Liberalism

How many times have you read or heard this claim or a variation on it?

A single state in all of historic Palestine, dominated by Jews but in which Palestinians are deprived of the vote, might be Zionist but it certainly would not be liberal. 

Is it true?  Is it damning of Zionism and Israel? 

Well, there are other examples of problems.

Like...the United States.

Voting rights of citizens in the District of Columbia differ from the rights of citizens in each of the 50 U.S. states...As the U.S. capital, the District of Columbia is a special federal district, not a state, and therefore does not have voting representation in the Congress...In the United States House of Representatives, the District is represented by a delegate, who is not allowed to vote on the House floor but can vote on procedural matters and in congressional committees. D.C. residents have no representation in the United States Senate. As a result of the Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution, adopted in 1961, the District is entitled to three electoral votes in the election of the President of the United States.

Yes, Washington, DC has a population of just over 600,000.   But we're discussing the principle. It's almost the same situation in Puerto Rico:

Voting rights of United States citizens in Puerto Rico, like the voting rights of other United States territories, differ from those of United States citizens...Residents of Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories do not have voting representation in the United States Congress, and are not entitled to electoral votes for President. The United States Constitution grants congressional voting representation to U.S. states, which Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories are not...Puerto Rico is a territory under the sovereignty of the federal government, but is not part of any state. 

The island's population is 3,725,789 (2010 U.S. Census).

And if there is a form of autonomy?  And if Jordan is the political representative for the Arabs in Judea and Samaria?

The current Arab society in the administered territories is far from liberal.  Any connection with Israel, short-term or other, could only improve their orientation, as long as there is no violence.


Is Ebola Comparable to Terror in a Legal Sense?

I was just wondering, this act is legal according to international law, yes?

Kenya is closing its borders to travellers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three countries worst hit by the Ebola outbreak, the government has announced.  Kenya Airways also announced that it would suspend its flights to Freetown and Monrovia when the government travel ban on passengers comes into effect on Wednesday.

Several European carriers have already suspended services to the Sierra Leonean and Liberian capitals, where states of emergency have been declared to try to slow the spread of the disease.

Kenyan Health Minister James Macharia said the measure was also aimed at travellers who have passed through the affected countries.  "In the interest of public health the government has decided to temporarily suspend entry into Kenya of passengers travelling from or through the three West African countries affected by Ebola, namely Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia," he said.

And these measures -  Quarantine, Isolation and Interment - also seem to be legal.

Of course, there are those who, despite health threats, still demand open borders and do not accept the "disease argument".  Nevertheless, the principle seems to be:

Applied to transnational infectious disease threats, the fairness of the law as an ‘‘intermediate public good’’ must be measured by an effective delivery of radically reduced disease morbidity and mortality burdens across societies in a globalized world. These dividends are the fundamentals of global healthsecurity.

If health concerns are legitimate, if the exposure of a population to a potential danger is cause enough to prevent border crossing as well as a form of quarantine, then surely the threat from terror attacks that have a higher possibility of killing civilians is justification for what Israel deems necessary for public security vis a vis Gaza:-

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday any deal on Gaza's future had to meet Israel's security needs...Netanyahu, in public remarks to his cabinet, said Hamas should not underestimate Israel's resolve to battle on.

"Only if there is a clear response to our security needs will we agree to reach understandings," he said.

"If Hamas thinks that through continued intermittent firing it will cause us to make concessions, it is mistaken. For as long as quiet does not return, Hamas will continue to absorb very harsh strikes."
P.S.  Any attempt to imply, and thereby impugn me, that I am suggesting that Arabs of Gaza are either diseased or carries of a disease is purposely misreading this post.  I am comparing the cases of a state's right to defend itself through the facility of closed borders.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Press Conference of the Wicked Witches of the Waqf

Round about the cauldron go;
In the poison'd entrails throw.

...Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
...For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
...Witches' mummy, maw and gulf
...Liver of blaspheming Jew,
Gall of goat, and slips of yew...

---   Macbeth

You are cordially invited to an event sponsored by the Wicked Witches of the Waqf:-

to attend and cover a press conference organized by the Women of Al-Aqsa which will highlight the sending of a message to His Majesty King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan regrding the prevention by Israel of women from entering the Aqsa...since the beginning of the present month at the Commodore Hotel - Jerusalem - at 11:00.
The conference program:
- Welcome and introduction: conference presenter, Juman Abu Arafa.
- View video report of the Israeli occupation practices against the women of the Haram A-Sharif.
- Read the text of the letter addressed and sent to His Majesty King Abdullah II read by Abu Khadija expensive.
- The women Jerusalem: Professor Hanadi Halawani.
- The word inside the Palestinian women [Israeli Muslims] - Fatima Female preacher Abu Hija.
- The word of the Aqsa children: the child Tallinn Abu Sabih.



and this is why they are wicked.  and this, too.

And, they claim we are the "terrorists" there.


No, It's Not The "Occupation"

In an article that contains some very good anti-Pal. positions, the writer makes this point:

The late Christopher Hitchens was right when he said this about Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories:

"In order for Israel to become part of the alliance against whatever we want to call it, religious barbarism, theocratic, possibly thermonuclear theocratic or nuclear theocratic aggression, it can't, it'll have to dispense with the occupation. It's as simple as that.  It can be, you can think of it as a kind of European style, Western style country if you want, but it can't govern other people against their will. It can't continue to steal their land in the way that it does every day.

"Occupation"?  That's all?

But his point 5 is 

Why are people asking for Israel to end the "occupation" in Gaza?

to which is responds:

Because they have short memories.
In 2005, Israel ended the occupation in Gaza. It pulled out every last Israeli soldier. It dismantled every last settlement. Many Israeli settlers who refused to leave were forcefully evicted from their homes, kicking and screaming.

So, maybe "occupation" is not connected with peace, or, to be more directed: Arab hostility to Israel and Zionism has nothing to do with "occupation".  Or, even better, for too many Arabs anything a Jew does anywhere in the Land of Israel in the process of returning Jews to their historic homeland, redeeming land, facilitating immigration, etc. is per se defined an "occupational activity" and is illegal, in their definition, which leads to terror.

He adds this historical observation:

Let's face it, the land belongs to both of them now. Israel was carved out of Palestine for Jews with help from the British in the late 1940s just like my own birthplace of Pakistan...

"Palestine" never really existed except as a concept.  The first time in history it had its own borders, in a sense, was in 1922, done so by the League of Nations. and at that time, Judea, Samaria and Gaza were part of the area to become an independent Jewish state and that, after Transjordan was separated from the territory and Jewish settlement was probinited therein.

Britain, actually, didn't "help" but mostly hindered.  The Mandatory officialdom withered down the borders (the 1937 Partition) and the administrative framework (the 1924 Legislative Council) and after the first Arab pogroms in 1920 and 1921, began restricting Jewish immigration.

The land belongs to those who live on it but the political sovereignty belongs only to one and since the Arabs never accepted compromise, and sought always to deny Jews any rights in the country, and they lost every campaign, violent or less so, including a war of aggression in 1967, Israel, by right, administers the territories, not through any illegal occupation.

No, it's not the "occupation"


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Hamas: Purely Islamic & To Muslims Alone

For the record:

The Hamas Movement...expressed its deep concern over the Israeli moves that aim to divide the Aqsa Mosque temporally and spatially between Muslims and Jews, stressing that the Aqsa Mosque would always be purely Islamic and belong to Muslims alone.


A Bible Story and the New York Times

In "Gaza Conflict Is Just the Latest Round in a Long War", the NYTimes' Steven Eelanger suggests that

Israel’s real problem is the instability from the failure to negotiate a sovereign Palestinian state and finally fix its borders.

To be fair, he indicates that one of the main problems that exist is that

Unlike Fatah, Hamas claims the whole of the British mandate of Palestine as land granted by Allah, which cannot be ceded. In other words, Israel is illegitimate and its occupants should “go home.” The most any senior Hamas official ever offered was a “hudna,” a cease-fire, which the Prophet Muhammad offered enemies to restore his strength.

That's a really big problem. Problem?  That discounts not only peace but that even if there is a peace, there'll be no security:

Fatah controls the West Bank in coordination with Israel, which keeps Hamas suppressed. With no Israeli forces in the West Bank, Hamas might dominate there, too.

But he reserves his punchline for the Jews:

...the power of religiously motivated self-sacrifice...After all, it was in Gaza that Samson, calling on God, pulled down a temple on his Philistine enemies, making him an early kind of suicide bomber.

Well, if we are gong to use the Bible for reference and resource, let's do it properly.

Samson, like a modern-day liberal, believes in coexistence.  We read in Judges Chapter 14 that:

1 And Samson went down to Timnah, and saw a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines. 2 And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said: 'I have seen a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines; now therefore get her for me to wife.' 

But she betrays him in the matter of the riddle.  And then in the next chapter we read:

1 But it came to pass after a while, in the time of wheat harvest, that Samson visited his wife with a kid; and he said: 'I will go in to my wife into the chamber.' But her father would not suffer him to go in. 2 And her father said: 'I verily thought that thou hadst utterly hated her; therefore I gave her to thy companion; is not her younger sister fairer than she? take her, I pray thee, instead of her.' 3 And Samson said unto them: 'This time shall I be quits with the Philistines, when I do them a mischief.'...6 Then the Philistines said: 'Who hath done this?' And they said: 'Samson, the son-in-law of the Timnite, because he hath taken his wife, and given her to his companion.' And the Philistines came up, and burnt her [Samson's wife] and her father with fire. 7 And Samson said unto them: 'If ye do after this manner, surely I will be avenged of you, and after that I will cease.' 

Samson confronts a perverted system of social justice. A father hands off his daughter in a form of prostitution.  The community practices violence in all its intra-communal relations.  There is also disproportionality: 3,000 men of Judah bind Samson and hand him over to the Philistines.  And then Samson kills 1000 Philistines and not one Israelite is killed!

One harlot and the two posts of the gates of Gaza later, he takes up with Delilah who also betrays him.  One haircut later and the Philistines capture him and they

put out his eyes; and they brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison-house. 22 Howbeit the hair of his head began to grow again after he was shaven. 

Constant betrayal, unwillingness to maintain the peace or fulfill obligations, taunting torture, violent behavior and more is what Samson confronts, not to mention the original subjugation of his people.

If there is a message in there, Erlanger could do much better than he did.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Obama's Schabas Shadow




Reversing Pallywood




And Who Will Protect Us From the Media?

Caught this:

Gaza: Press vests fail to protect Palestinian journalists
Local journalists are vital to reporting conflict, but are often the media professionals with the weakest protection. Index urges governments and media companies to champion reporters' rights and security.

Ah, and who will protect us from a biased, semi-ignorant media?

But the issue is this

...the body count suggests that the dangers for Palestinian media workers covering their homeland in a time of crisis, and those for international journalists who enter to cover the war, are distinctly different.

and how many of those are terrorist infrastructed propaganda aides? 

More Temple Mount Progress

I attended the Knesset's Interior Committee meeting today Wednesday relating to the Temple Mount and the police procedures and measures regarding the presence of non-Jews there.  An honored guest was Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, who, when asked if he wished to make any remarks, just said that he is asked constantly about the ability of Jews to ascend and how and to where and he also requested of the police to protect the lives of his children who ascend and all Jews who visit from harm and injury.

There I am:

But, first of all, good news from America.  The RCA supports Jewish Temple Mount prayer:

...the full text of “2014 Resolution: Jewish Prayer on Har HaBayit (the Temple Mount)” states:

WHEREAS Har HaBayit (the Temple Mount) is Judaism’s holiest site and the focal point of Jewish worship, and has been so continuously for thousands of year; and

WHEREAS The Jewish State of Israel presently controls the Temple Mount;

Therefore the Rabbinical Council of America implores the government of the State of Israel to accommodate Jews who wish to pray on the Temple Mount.

Now, back to yesterday.

The police were bombarded with criticism and questions and warnings and suggestions.

They were asked to consider moving the second, afternoon visiting time to 4-6 rather than at 1:30 as at that time, many Muslims are still wandering around.  They were implored to create a larger 'free-zone' space between the shouters and provocateurs to avoid any incident of possible violence, and MK Moshe Feiglin admonished them that a murder could take place.  The issue of the burnt police station was dealt with by them in an unsatisfactory manner. (Their excuse?  ("As for the officers’ absence from the station at the time...there had been an agreement that they would leave during certain holidays"). Even the Ministry of Justice rep stammered out an inadequate answer causing Chair Miri Regev to demand that a rep of the State Prosecutor Office attend next time.  I am suggesting that she ask if ever anyone was charged according to the second paragraph of the Law for the Protection of the Holy Places, which reads:
Whosoever desecrates or otherwise violates a Holy Place shall be liable to imprisonment for a term of seven years.
Whosoever does anything likely to violate the freedom of access of the members of the different religions to the places sacred to them or their feelings with regard to those places shall be liable to imprisonment for a term of five years.

I don't think so since that would establish that the Jewishness of the site is equal to its Islamic value-quotient.  And that would endanger the status quo*.

Here is from Lahav Harkov's summary:

Deputy Jerusalem District Police commander Dep.-Ch. Avshalom Peled [he's to the left of Miri in the above picture] said Jews would be allowed to visit the Temple Mount in the upcoming months, but there were public safety considerations.
...Interior Committee chairwoman Miri Regev (Likud)...added that in extreme cases, such as when there were riots, the site should be closed to everyone, not just non-Muslims.  She also suggested that Jews and Muslims be completely separated on the mount.
MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud) agreed, recommending that there be a 100-meter empty buffer zone between Jews and Muslims at the site.  MK David Tsur (Hatnua), who was chairman of a subcommittee to examine the status of the Temple Mount, proposed that Jews and Muslims be allowed on the site at different times.

A major step forward.

Oh, and Aviv Tatarsky, Researcher from Ir Amim was there and was shrply criticized for supporting Muslims who engae in violence.

P.S.  The Muslim (in Arabic) response. They are fearful:-

Islamic Waqf staff...saying that these measures are also a prelude for implementing the temporal division of the Mosque; 



Because of the sensitive nature of the Al-Aqsa compound, Israel maintains a compromise with the Islamic trust that controls it to not allow non-Muslim prayers in the area. Israeli forces regularly escort Jewish visitors to the site, leading to tension with Palestinian worshipers.
The compound, which sits just above the Western Wall plaza, houses both the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosque and is the third holiest site in Islam.  It is also venerated as Judaism's most holy place as it sits where Jews believe the First and Second Temples once stood. The Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD.
Al-Aqsa is located in East Jerusalem, a part of the internationally recognized Palestinian territories that have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.