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Friday, September 30, 2016

Last Havel Havelim of 5776

Yes, it's almost Rosh Hashanah, and we can count the hours left in the Jewish Year of 5776. In well under one hundred 100 hours it will be 5777.

I'd like to celebrate it by posting a roundup of Jewish and Israeli blog posts from various blogs. And as has been my custom, I will limit the number to eighteen 18 חי Chai, Life. I will only show titles and hope they will tempt you to read the posts. And since bloggers love to hear/read your opinions, then it would be nice to comment and share, too, thanks.

We have a facebook page you can join. That's where I post news about Havel Havelim.

And just to make things clear, this is a roundup of posts by various bloggers of a variety of opinions. This is not a list of my recent posts. The opinions are the opinions of the various bloggers, not my personal opinions. Some I agree with and can identify with, and others aren't mine at all. Here they are; I hope you enjoy reading them:

Amazing Challot, A Tip and Recipe
A Jealous God
Judge Yourself before Judging Others
Teshuva, Tested at The Kotel
Ani l'Dodi v'Dodi Li
The wisdom of 93-year old Shimon Peres
The Legacy of Shimon Peres
Obama’s “Palestinian Land”
Shimon Peres....The Man I Loved to Hate
What makes Uman special?
Shimon Peres is Dead and the Thought Police Are Out Guns Blazing if You Don’t Think He Was Awesome
When Judea Became "Ancient Palestine"
Who Decides the Capital of Israel?
A Whole New World - Rav Moshe Weinberger's Drasha from Parshas Ki Savo
Three Invented "Peoples," Palestine, Africa and Europe
For a Healthy Year, How about a Fruit Head!

Wishing All of You a Happy Healthy and Joyful 5777!
You don't have to be a blogger to read, comment and share HAVEL HAVELIM!
From the heydays of Havel Havelim...
May you all have a Shanah Tovah, A Happy, Healthy and 
Full of Good News Year, 5777!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

"The Peace," "השלום" "HaShalom" of Shimon Peres

OK, I admit that I'm an oddball. I love grammar and the subtle differences and nuances a tiny word, or as in Hebrew one simple letter, can achieve or signify.

I've been bothered by the word/term "The Peace," "השלום" "HaShalom" for as many years as I've heard it. In terms of grammar, the exact, picayune meaning to my mind, is that it is somehow different from plain ordinary generic "Peace," "שלום" "Shalom." Am I incorrect about this?

In all honesty, whether Right, Left or Center, nobody opposes true "Peace," "שלום" "Shalom." Our problem is that "the peace" we're being offered is no more genuine than "Fat Free Half and Half."

Peace, which shouldn't need a modifier, adjective or a definite article, because there should be no doubt as to what it refers to.
Peace is when one is not in danger from one's enemies, because there are no enemies
  • A "ceasefire" is not peace.
  • Signing a piece of paper at a fancy ceremony does not produce peace.
  • A "treaty" with those who educate their children to murder you cannot be considered a Peace Treaty.
Believing that "The Peace," "השלום" "HaShalom" of Shimon Peres is a true Peace is like those who say that it is possible to cure cancer or AIDS with the power of one's mind, positive thinking.

I trust that Gd decided on the time of Peres's death in order to have us so busy with Shabbat and the Jewish Holidays, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Succot and Simchat Torah that the attention on his dangerous policies and ideology will be reduced.

Shabbat Shalom
Chag Sameach
Shanah Tovah
Gmar Chatimah Tovah
and Baruch Dayan Ha'Emett

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

GUEST POST: Shimon Peres never understood

GUEST POST by Mr. Cohen

Shimon Peres (born 1923 CE, died 2016 CE) never understood that Muslims have always hated Jews, and will always hate Jews forever, because that is what their religion requires them to do.

Shimon Peres never understood that Muslims have always deceived non-Muslims and will always deceive non-Muslims forever, because that is what their religion requires them to do.

Shimon Peres never understood that according to Islamic Religious Law [sharia], peace-treaties between Muslims and non-Muslims are worthless, and should be violated as-soon-possible by killing the non-Muslims that the peace-treaty was made with.

Shimon Peres never understood that Islam cannot tolerate any Jewish state anywhere in the Middle East, regardless of its size or the shape of its borders.

Shimon Peres never understood that Islam requires that Jews must be constantly oppressed by Muslims and trembling-in-fear before Muslims. 

Shimon Peres never understood that Jews having their own land and their own army is offensive to Islam, regardless of its size.

Shimon Peres never understood that Islam requires that Jews must be only a little-bit-better than slaves.

Shimon Peres never understood that Muslims view any compromise as humiliation, and humiliation is the worst thing in Muslim culture.

Shimon Peres never understood that forgive-and-forget is not part of Muslim culture, especially when dealing with non-Muslims.

Shimon Peres never understood that the Koran describes Jews as “apes and pigs”.

Shimon Peres tried to negotiate peace with Muslims, but with zero understanding of Muslim beliefs.

The result: The Oslo Accords were a disaster for Israel, and the severe troubles that Israel faces now were caused by it.
How to Pray for Tzahal-IDF:

Found The Photo in Which I Appear With Shimon Peres, And Many Others

The special blogger's sessions at the Israeli Presidential Conference 2013 with Yossi Vardi and President Peres were amazing! This was the highlight. 

Thanks to my friend  The Real Jerusalem Streets for finding the photo for me!

Nobody Lives Forever, Including Shimon Peres, 1923-2016

Shimon Peres, 1923-2016, Photo by Batya Medad, yes, me, at 2012 President's Conference
Photo by Batya Medad, yes, me,
at 2012 President's Conference
Love him or hate him, Shimon Peres couldn't be ignored, and most everyone, no matter what you thought of him, thought he'd live forever. Until a short time before his fatal stroke, he acted and moved like a much younger man. The last television clips showed his gait very stiff and halting, as if he was afraid he'd fall.

Yes, Shimon Peres is dead. He did not wake up from the coma. Last night reports were that his organs were beginning to fail, and at 93, his body wasn't all that strong.

Now he's fully in Gd's Hands. Gd will weigh whatever good Peres may have done with all the bad. And as it's just days before Rosh Hashanah quickly followed by Yom Kippur, I don't think it's my place or anyone else's to do the judging.

ברוך דיין האמת
Baruch Dayan Ha'Emett
Blessed is The True Judge

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Three Invented "Peoples," Palestine, Africa and Europe


Nowadays and for the purpose of this post, I will consider "people" and "nation" to be synonyms, because that is how the terms are being used by many. As my readers and many others know, there is great debate about the origins and legitimacy and factual history of the so-called "Palestinians" sic as a nation/people. In recent days, I've heard the term people/nation used to describe others who do not fit the classical definition of either "people" or "nation." The terms are used pretty loosely nowadays, and I think it's a problem.

On a news discussion program on the BBC, I heard a man referring to the "European People," which was  a new one for me, since the various nations/countries in Europe are relatively new, just from the last couple of centuries. And borders are continually changing. Europe is a body of land with many different nations and peoples. Today's European Union in its early day was known as the "Common Market" creating closer economic ties between neighboring countries. Now it is trying to blur the national borders, laws and regulations, but Europe isn't one people.

look at the candelabra on the lower right
And in a recent post on this blog,  The USA is Not a Jewish Country!, I had mistaken the candelabra on the lower right for a misdrawn Jewish Chanukah Menorah, which has nine, rather than the seven candles. I hadn't noticed the Jewish one next to the Christmas Tree on the left. A number of people sent me messages explaining that the seven-branched candelabra was for a newly invented African sic holiday, Kwanzaa. When I first heard about it, my immediate reaction was that Africa is not a people/nation/culture. There are dozens, or most accurately hundreds of different tribes and native/ancient religions. Also, not all Blacks/Negros look the same. There is no such thing as African culture, religion, holiday or nation/people.

Chazal, the Jewish sages say that there's an importance in the number/quantity three, so when I discovered three fake nations/peoples, I decided that the situation deserves a blog post.

What's a "people" or "nation?" Here are a few definitions I found with the help of Rabbi Professor Google:

www.dictionary.com/browse/nation a large body of people, associated with a particular territory, that is sufficiently conscious of its unity to seek or to possess a government peculiarly its own: The president spoke to the nation about the new tax. ... an aggregation of persons of the same ethnic family, often ...
www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nation Simple Definition of nation. : a large area of land that is controlled by its own government. the nation : the people who live in a nation. Nation : a tribe of Native Americans or a group of Native American tribes that share the same history, traditions, or language.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nation A nation (from Latin: natio, "people, tribe, kin, genus, class, flock") is a large group or collective of people with common characteristics attributed to them - including language, traditions, mores (customs), habitus (habits), and ethnicity.
www.duhaime.org › Legal Dictionary The legal definition of Nation is A distinct group or race of people that share history, traditions and culture.

Neither Palestine, Europe nor Africa accurately fit these. Davka, the Jewish People do fit...

There has to be an agenda behind the invention of these new fake "peoples/nations." Otherwise they wouldn't have been invented:

  • The Palestinians, along with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, were invented by Great Britain to sabotage the establishment of a Jewish State in our Ancestral Historic/Biblical Homeland.
  • The European Union/Common Market was invented to compete with the United States as a commercial power and has evolved to compete on the world scene as a political power. Davka, they are among the greatest and most enthusiastic supporters of the Palestinians...
  • The African-American "nation" was invented to supplant American patriotism among Black Americans, which is why nowadays it's becoming common for  them to kneel in protest during the American national anthem
One lie leads to another...

Guest Post: Obama’s Silence

Obama’s Silence
by Pat Condell, 2012 July 21 (complete transcript)


“The so-called Arab-Spring has been a winter-of-persecution for Christians in particular, who are being driven-out, as Sharia [Islamic religious law] is driven-in.”

Like the Jews before them, Christians are being ethnically-cleansed from Muslim countries, but the Western media do not want to talk about it, because it means having to focus on the hateful supremacist doctrine of Islam; an ideology that confers inferior status on non-believers and demands their submission as dhimmis.”

“Those noble Egyptian soldiers who refused to fire on their Muslim brothers during the Revolution, had no such qualms about shooting unarmed Christians in the street, for protecting against unprovoked Muslim violence. Such is the insanity that even in Syria, despite being murdered in their thousands by their own government, the rebels have found time to put Christians on-notice to leave.”

“Now I am no fan of Christianity, but I am a fan of civilization and justice, and both of those things seem to be in very short supply in a part of the world where Christianity is being systematically erased while the Christian President of the United States says nothing and looks the other way for fear of causing offense. He is a Christian, isn't he?”

“I know some people think [USA President] Obama is a Muslim, because his middle-name is Hussein, and because he bowed to the Saudi King like a vassal, and because he sucks-up to Islam every chance he gets, because he humiliated his country by apologizing to Islamic-terrorists, and because his administration is crippled by a chronic Political Correctness that empowers jihadis pretending to be Americans. But I would not say that makes the President a Muslim; I'd say that makes him a dhimmi, and I think he and his administration are doing their best to turn the United States into a dhimmi nation.”

“Recently he welcomed the election of an Islamist President in Egypt, a man who during his campaign, a campaign supported by the US government, made the statement:”

“The Quran is our Constitution, the prophet is our leader, jihad is our path, and death-in-the-name-of-Allah is our goal.”

“A man who belongs to an organization that has vowed in its charter to infiltrate Western society and destroy it from within. In short, the new Egyptian President is a jihadi which is a word the Obama administration can't even bring itself to use, in case somebody gets offended.”

“It is actually quite amusing to watch an American government spokesman wriggling around trying not to say the words Islamic or Jihad, when talking about Islamic Jihad.”

“Until you realize the level of denial you are actually witnessing and you can't help wonder if it is possible to trust this person's judgment, or their word, about anything at all.”

“Oh and you might like to know that despite the First Amendment, the Obama administration is behaving on the world-stage as if free-speech is actually negotiable.”

“Right now, they are engaged in dialogue with a bunch of Islamic dictatorships to

help them find ways of curbing free speech through the United Nations Human Rights Council, when what passes for human rights in any of those places will be against the law in the civilized world, and the only dialogue any of them deserve is three short words:
GO TO HELL. Oh and PS, stop murdering Christians.”

 “[President] Obama wants to be cozy with Islam, because he has got an Islamic background himself, and because he wants to be cozy with the Third World in general. He isn't just America's first Black President, he is America's first Third-World President and that is his problem.”

“There must be a part of Obama that just feel so guilty about going to America becoming successful, and leaving all those people behind, that he just has to reach-out and say:
Hey people it’s me, Barry; You still like me, don't you?”

“But they don't like him, because they despise weakness, especially in the Islamic World. And there, he is even less popular than George W. Bush, which is something I would have thought a person would have to work at, but Obama has managed it effortlessly.”

“And he is getting less popular in the First World as well, because people can see how he deals with Islamic extremists, and they can see that he is not actually fit to be President of the United States.”

“Now don't get me wrong, he may be fit to lead another country; a European country perhaps, where fundamental rights are not quite so important. Besides, he is a European by instinct anyway:
an accommodationist, a compromiser, a dhimmi. He does not realize that the American President has a duty beyond American to the whole free world, to stand up for American values, not Third-World values, because despite all the propaganda, they are not in fact equal.”

“If Christians are being persecuted in the Muslim World purely because of their religion -- and they are -- the American President has a duty to speak out loudly and often until somebody listens.”

“Instead, this [USA] President chooses to remain silent; he chooses to continue shoveling bucket-loads of American taxpayer’s money into the Arab World without even a polite request that they stop murdering Christians.”

“And if you think that is slimy, every year the US State Department issues a report on the state of Human Rights, in all UN member countries. This year, for the first time, they removed the section on religious freedom, thus neatly side-stepping the need to acknowledge the violent persecution of Christians since the glorious revolution for freedom and democracy.”

“Who would have thought that the United States, of all countries, would so cravenly turn- its-back on persecuted Christians in their darkest hour, just so as not to offend their Muslim persecutors? America, thanks to this President, is already a dhimmi. Peace.”
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Monday, September 26, 2016

Teshuva, Tested at The Kotel

Yesterday I found myself walking through the Old City to the Kotel. I had a few hours in Jerusalem with nothing to do. And since I'm in the year of mourning for my father, even though the Jewish Holidays, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Succot are almost here, I didn't buy myself new clothes. Actually, I still haven't worn the new clothes I had bought for Passover, because my father passed away just a few days before the Holiday. Yes, I should get someone to wear them... then I can.

So, as I've done quite a few times before, I decided to "hangout" at the Kotel, especially the small room on the side of the Women's Section. The last times I had been there it was very comfortable and peaceful, with the air-conditioner going, and nobody to bother me.

I sat in the back for various reasons. One main reason is that I don't need or want to touch the wall, which isn't all as holy as some people think. And that's besides the fact that we do not need something so physical to touch/reach Gd. I've written many times that I do not get inspired by visits to graves and tombs, no matter who's buried there.

The truth is this "western wall" is not the Western Wall of the shechina, Gd's presence. This wall that is so worshipped is none other than the most outer wall of the compound, a retaining wall, which holds up the Temple Mount and keeps it from collapsing. The Holy Temple itself was quite a distance inwards, and its walls cannot be found or seen. If you read this sign, to the very end they do admit it. As I've said many times, I feel more Kedusha, holiness, in the area of Ancient Shiloh, which had been a place of Jewish Prayer for centuries.

This time, as I entered the room, I noticed that the airconditioner was not working. And even worse, the woman next to me smelled, and one is forbidden to pray by bad odors. It took awhile for my sense of smell to become oblivious to her. Then I said my usual Tehillim, Psalms. Just as I was about to pray the Afternoon Mincha Prayer, there was a commotion in the front, and a woman began talking out loud. She began shouting, saying names, praying for people in the "name/holiness of the Western Wall..." sounding like a chassidishe Billy Graham.

I was not amused, nor was I inspired, but let's call it my Elul Teshuva Test  I did not tell her to shut up. And as she got more "inspired" and enthusiastic as some other women shouted names for her to pray for, I quietly walked out.

 I found myself a quiet corner and prayed. And then I noticed that there were some Selichot books on the nearby shelves, and I took one. During the days before Rosh Hashanah, we are supposed to say these special penitential prayers. And since there aren't too many, if any, synagogues in downtown Jerusalem with open Ezrot Nashim, Women's Sections, I can sit and pray in, I made myself comfortable and prayed.

Shanah Tovah, Metukah, Bri'ah U'Maleh Smachot!
May the New Year be Good, Sweet, Healthy and Full of Joyful Events!

Sunday, September 25, 2016


by Mr. Cohen

סוף סדר עמידה:

אֱלֹקי. נְצֹר לְשׁוֹנִי מֵרָע וּשְֹפָתַי מִדַּבֵּר מִרְמָה. וְלִמְקַלְלַי נַפְשִׁי תִדֹּם.

וְנַפְשִׁי כֶּעָפָר לַכֹּל תִּהְיֶה. פְּתַח לִבִּי בְּתוֹרָתֶךָ. וְאַחֲרֵי מִצְוֹתֶיךָ תִּרְדֹּף נַפְשִׁי.

וְכָל הַקָּמִים וְהַחוֹשְׁבִים עָלַי לְרָעָה. מְהֵרָה הָפֵר עֲצָתָם וְקַלְקֵל מַחֲשַׁבְתָּם:

מִי שֶׁבֵּרַךְ אֲבוֹתֵינוּ אַבְרָהָם יִצְחָק וְיַעֲקֹב הוּא יְבָרֵךְ אֶת חַיָּלֵי צְבָא הֲגַנָּה לְיִשְֹרָאֵל, הָעוֹמְדִים עַל מִשְׁמַר אַרְצֵנוּ וְעָרֵי אֱלֹקינוּ מִגְּבוּל הַלְּבָנוֹן וְעַד מִדְבַּר מִצְרַיִם וּמִן הַיָּם הַגָּדוֹל עַד לְבוֹא הָעֲרָבָה בַּיַּבָּשָׁה בָּאֲוִיר וּבַיָּם.

יִתֵּן יְדֹוָד אֶת אוֹיְבֵינוּ הַקָּמִים עָלֵינוּ נִגָּפִים לִפְנֵיהֶם. הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא

יִשְׁמֹר וְיַצִּיל אֶת חַיָלֵינוּ מִכָּל צָרָה וְצוּקָה וּמִכָּל נֶגַע וּמַחְלָה,

וְיִשְׁלַח בְּרָכָה וְהַצְלָחָה בְּכָל מַעֲשֵֹה יְדֵיהֶם. יַדְבֵּר שֹוֹנְאֵינוּ תַּחְתֵּיהֶם,

וִיעַטְרֵם בְּכֶתֶר יְשׁוּעָה וּבְעֲטֶרֶת נִצָּחוֹן. וִיקֻיַּם בָּהֶם הַכָּתוּב:

"כִּי יְדֹוָד אֱלֹקיכֶם הַהֹלֵךְ עִמָּכֶם לְהִלָּחֵם לָכֶם עִם אֹיבֵיכֶם לְהוֹשִׁיעַ אֶתְכֶם":

עֲשֵֹה לְמַעַן שְׁמֶךָ. עֲשֵֹה לְמַעַן יְמִינֶךָ. עֲשֵֹה לְמַעַן תּוֹרָתֶךָ.

עֲשֵֹה לְמַעַן קְדֻשָּׁתֶךָ. לְמַעַן יֵחָלְצוּן יְדִידֶיךָ הוֹשִׁיעָה יְמִינְךָ וַעֲנֵנִי:

יִהְיוּ לְרָצוֹן אִמְרֵי פִי וְהֶגְיוֹן לִבִּי לְפָנֶיךָ. יְדֹוָד צוּרִי וְגוֹאֲלִי:

עֹשֶֹה שָׁלוֹם (בעשי"ת הַשָּׁלוֹם) בִּמְרוֹמָיו,

הוּא יַעֲשֶֹה שָׁלוֹם עָלֵינוּ וְעַל כָּל יִשְֹרָאֵל. וְאִמְרוּ אָמֵן:

Two-State Solution, sic, Road to Disaster!

If Donald Trump is elected President of the USA, will he replace John Kerry with Rudy Giuliani?

You'd think that a Reuters photographer would get a better shot of the "Mideast Quartet."
(L to R) High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov gather before a Middle East Quartet... REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Mideast Quartet warns that Israeli settlements eroding two-state solution
The "Quartet" of Middle East peace mediators said on Friday it was strongly opposed to Israel's ongoing settlement activity, warning that it risked ending the chance of a two-state solution with the Palestinians.
Peace talks, envisaging a Palestinian state in territory Israel captured in a 1967 war, collapsed two years ago after nine months of largely fruitless discussions sponsored by the United States.
The acid political climate between Israelis and Palestinians makes progress unlikely. Both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas showed no signs of a rapprochement during their speeches at the annual U.N. gathering of world leaders.
"The Quartet emphasized its strong opposition to ongoing settlement activity, which is an obstacle to peace, and expressed its grave concern that the acceleration of settlement construction and expansion ... (is) steadily eroding the viability of the two-state solution," the Quartet said in a statement after meeting on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly...
I mention Rudy Giuliani, because of this:
After prepping Trump for debate, Giuliani says US should abandon two-state solution-Jerusalem Post
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said on Saturday night that the United States is opposed to the two-state solution to solve the Israeli-Palestinian Arab conflict.
“The United States should reject the whole notion of a two-state solution in Israel, or maybe it should restate it: It should be a two-state solution when the Palestinian Authority demonstrates that it can be a state, and not a homeland for terrorism,” Giuliani said at the Israeli American Council (IAC) conference in Washington and the crowd responded with applause. (Arutz 7)
But Israel's biggest problem isn't Obama, Kerry, the United Nations or the European Union. It comes from our very own politicians especially with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who keeps on repeating the he supports a Palestinian sic State and even worse that they "deserve a state." It doesn't matter what conditions Bibi insists on before "giving" them a state. Nobody takes him seriously. And nobody would enforce these conditions, and we all know that once the genie's out of the bottle, it can't be returned unless it wants to go in. One thing for sure is that the Arab terrorists do not "deserve" a state. There is no history whatsoever of a "palestinian people," sic. This is all an invention made up to prevent the establishment of a Jewish State in our historic Homeland.

With Yom Kippur just days away, it's time for us all to repent and do everything we can for the security and survival of the State of Israel, and that must start with condemning the drive to establish an Arab state in the traditional historic Homeland of the Jewish People!!!

Guest Post: Why I Support Israel by Pat Condell

Why I Support Israel
by Pat Condell, 2014 June 18 (complete transcript) 


"All anyone needs to know about the Middle-East-conflict is that the Jews want peace and the Arabs do not, because the Arabs hate Jews for religious reasons and they want them dead. Politics, territory - these are just excuses."

"Whenever I make this point, it always seems to annoy the right sort-of-people, so I thought I might as well do it again."

"If you are one of these people, then you will likely be a supporter of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign that has been so comically ineffective because the world depends on Israeli technology, and that is where the money is, not oranges and avocados."

"If you support BDS, will you boycott the chip in your phone or computer, or is it just Israeli fruit and vegetables that you have a moral problem with?"

"Maybe you are one of the people who feel entitled to shout down Israeli speakers in universities, or to disrupt concerts and sports events that other people have paid money to enjoy. Or perhaps you campaign for the boycott of Israeli academics, to block the free exchange of information and understanding."

"All this is on the same moral level as book-burning, and if you are a part of this movement, you are a part of that."

"Also, the relentless focus solely on Israel that ignores the world's real human-rights-violators tells us that this is an anti-Semitic movement, and if you're a part of it, you are a part of that, too."

"If Israel was a Christian or a Buddhist country, there would not be any BDS campaign, and everyone knows it, just as there isn't any BDS for Tibet, a country invaded and culturally-raped by the Chinese, but then the Chinese are not Jews."

"No BDS for Saudi Arabia treating women like livestock, because the Saudis are not Jews, which is lucky for them, because if they were, they would have to ban themselves from entering their own country. How inconvenient!"

"Crude Islamic Jew-hatred has permeated the Middle-East-conflict from day one, yet its influence is always carefully omitted from all political analysis."

"Any doctor who diagnosed an illness as ineptly and dishonestly would deserve to be struck-off and prosecuted."

"Palestinian leaders have had several chances for a two-state-solution and they have always rejected it because they do not want a two-state-solution, and they do not care about the suffering of their people. They want all Jews out of there, or dead."

"The leader of Hezbollah is on record as saying that he won't be happy until every Jew on earth is dead."

"Once you realize that this is the position then, whatever you think of Israeli security measures, your moral standpoint has to change."

"We know that if the Arabs were to lay down their weapons they could have peace and prosperity for all their people, and the Israelis would not need to build barriers or do anything else the world disapproved of. They could simply get on with what they do best, technological innovation, making life better for all of us, including Arabs."

"On the other hand, we know that if the Israelis were to lay down their weapons, they would be massacred - men, women and children alike."

"The Arabs are even happy to put their own children in the firing-line to attack Jews, they hate them so much. And this hatred comes directly from their religion. It is not politics or territory that causes a mother to celebrate the death of her child. Only religion can do that, and one religion in particular, the one that is insisting on the right of return - to the 7th century."

"Just look at the mess they made in Gaza, which is now a hardcore Islamic hell-hole."

"The Israelis used to be in Gaza, but they gave it up for peace. They uprooted thousands of settlers and gave the land to the Arabs for peace. And what did they get? They got war, of course."

"Gaza immediately became a launching-pad for hundreds of Iranian rockets aimed at Israeli women and children by people hiding behind their own women and children - a double war-crime, ignored by the West, like all Arab war crimes. That is what the Israelis got when they gave up Gaza, and it is what they will get if they're ever stupid enough to give up the West Bank."

"Israel needs to exist because there needs to be a Jewish state. Humanity has proven conclusively over many centuries that it cannot be trusted not to persecute Jews. Jew hatred seems to be written right into our DNA because it just keeps coming back. Any Jew who thinks the Holocaust could never happen again is a fool. There are plenty of people on this earth who would love to see it happen again, and many of them live in the countries around Israel."

"When Arab armies have attacked in the past, they have bragged in advance about committing genocide, and they've still been bragging about it as they were getting their sorry assess deservedly-kicked again-and-again."

"People who want to boycott Israel have no idea what it is like to live on a thin strip of land surrounded [and vastly outnumbered] by people who want to wipe out your entire population, who have repeatedly tried to do so in the past, and failed, and who will continue trying until they succeed, which is likely to happen, roughly, never, while we in the West keep paying for it."

"What would you do if you were the Israeli Prime Minister?
How would you deal with people who want you and your entire population DEAD?"

"I know what I would do, and I would not give a damn about world opinion."

"As for UN (United Nations) resolutions, I would use them to light my cigars. I do not actually smoke cigars, but I would take it up for that reason, I think it is just so important;  because this is a war of crude religious hatred by Muslim-Arabs against Jews, and the Jews have to win every time."

"The Arabs only have to win once for the world to see another Holocaust, and to stand by once again watching it happen. That is why I support Israel, and that's why, if you have an ounce of humanity, you, too, should support Israel, whatever your political persuasion."

Mr. Patrick Condell is an atheist, who was born in Ireland around 1950 CE, and raised in England as a Roman Catholic, and educated in Church of England schools. He has no Jewish ancestors and no religious beliefs that might cause him to favor Jews.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Bibi and Obama Do Not Have to Like Each Other

One of the big differences between the Israeli and American forms of government is that an American President is limited to two elected terms, eight years, while an Israeli Prime Minister can hold the office indefinitely, for decades even. Though nobody has been PM for that long. The longest serving David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first Prime Minister, like Netanyahu, did not serve all terms consecutively. Click here for a list.

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama in New York, September 21, 2016 (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

From what it has been said in the news over the years, and the grimaces caught by cameras, United States President Barack Hussein Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Bibi Netanyahu have never really gotten along. The glowing smiles that Obama always has plastered on his face when meeting Arabs are never seen when he's meeting with Bibi. His speechwriters always prepare him with friendly, funny quips to trade with Bibi, who is well-known for his quick mind and on target ad libs. But Bibi, who in some ways can be considered even "more American" than Obama, has never found a common language and comfortable demeanor with the present POTUS.

They are not going to have to put up with each other much longer. Soon there will be a new American President, and Obama will be able to spend time with whomever he wants. No doubt, that's the reason for the smiles and jovial mood of last week's meeting between the two.

Friday, September 23, 2016

If Only This was Satire...

EU court moves to keep Hamas, Tamil Tigers off terrorism list
The European Union's top court took a step on Thursday towards confirming the removal of Hamas and the Tamil Tigers from an EU terrorism blacklist, despite protestations from Israel and the Sri Lankan government.
An advocate general at the European Court of Justice, whose advice is usually followed by judges, recommended that they reject an appeal by the Council of EU member states against the lower General Court's decisions in late 2014 to remove both movements from the sanctions list due to flawed procedures.


What is the European Union's definition of "Terrorism?"

Hamas is unabashedly terrorist!

Hamas TV to Israelis:
We "love death more than you love life"

"The price will be high, Sons of Zion...
All of Palestine is ours.
There is nothing here for you but death"

Palestinian Media Watch


Thursday, September 22, 2016

The USA is Not a Jewish Country!

I was born and raised in the USA, the United States of America. And in the second half of the twentieth century, post-World War Two, it was very much a Christian country. The Jewish population was an extremely vocal minority, and if there were any other religions, one rarely if ever heard from them. And although there certainly were quite a few races other than Caucasian aka white, standards of beauty were primarily WASP, emphasizing straight, light-colored hair, small nose, light eyes, thin eyebrows and oval faces. Shoes were made for narrow feet, and the classic sheath dress was most flattering on narrow hips.

When I took on Jewish Sabbath observance and couldn't take important standardized tests on Saturdays, at least others had already successfully fought that battle, and there were places designated for Sunday testing, PSAT, SAT, College Boards etc.


After Thanksgiving, public places and public schools were decorated for Christmas, even including religious Nativity scenes. And schools had very Christian religious assemblies/pageants. That is until the local Jewish populations got strong and confident enough to stop it. Sometimes all that was done as a "change" was to add a dreidel and Chanukah Menorah to the Nativity Scene and sing "Dreidel Made Out of Clay" along with "Silent Night."

And many localities which have never had much of a Jewish presence, things never changed. They stayed unabashedly Christian.

Now, America is changing. Local authorities, schools and universities have to deal with the fact that there is religious diversities and the "minorities" aren't willing to stay silent or quietly assimilate. Isn't it all so deja vu? That's how I felt when I saw the following:
Georgia Jewish students riled by homecoming on Yom Kippur
I, personally, solved the dilemma by becoming more Jewish and not trying to live in two separate worlds simultaneously. I also moved to Israel, where not only are the Jewish Holidays the official ones, but the shoes are wider, too.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Guest Post: Liberal Hypocrisy Over Gaza

[Liberal] Hypocrisy Over Gaza
by Pat Condell, 2014 August 5  (complete transcript) 
Hypocrisy has always been very "progressive", but there's so much of it flying around right now, you almost feel as if you need a "progressive"-proof-vest.
It is easy to criticize at a distance, but none of the people currently protesting against Israel would behave any differently in the same circumstances, and many of them would behave a hell-of-a-lot worse, which is why the selective outrage we've been seeing is so truly nauseating.

Where were all you "progressive" humanitarians when Assad was butchering thousands in Syria, or Bashir in Sudan? Where were the angry mass demonstrations for those people? Or for the victims of the butchery in Nigeria? Or for the thousands murdered in Iraq just recently, lined up face-down in ditches by-the-hundred and executed in cold blood. Where were you people then?

A few hashtags on Twitter, and then tumbleweed.

But the Jews of Israel finally respond to being constantly attacked by Islamic terrorists and the world goes insane.

People fill the streets and start talking about war-crimes, when we all know that Hamas commit genuine war-crimes every single day and nobody gives a damn.

"Progressive" journalists focus exclusively on children tragically killed because Hamas is using them as human shields (blaming Israel, of course). But if these fearless truth-seekers were really concerned about the children of Gaza, they would also tell us that Hamas' terror-tunnels were built using child-labor, and that hundreds died.

"Progressives" love to tell us that Palestine must be free, when they know full-well that the thugs of Hamas are not fighting for freedom; they are fighting against it.
Anyone in Gaza who dares to protest against the destruction that Hamas is bringing down on their heads is executed, as more than 30 people have already been during this conflict. That is how free they are.

The only part of the Middle-East where anyone is free is Israel, the only civilized country in the region, where Jews and Arabs are free to go about their business and to worship any way they choose. Both can, and do, serve in the army, in parliament, and in the Supreme Court, because Israel is a free country with equal-rights for everyone.

The rest of the region is dominated by Arab-Muslim culture, a deeply negative, racist, and misogynistic culture that is anything but free. Whatever glorious history it might once have had is long gone, and now it is nothing but a self-pitying burden-on-humanity and a bloody nuisance to the civilized world.

Jews are a tiny percentage of the Middle-Eastern population and they have a tiny sliver of land that they would have been perfectly happy with, if they had not been repeatedly attacked by several Arab armies at once, openly committed to genocide.

And I do mean actual genocide, as opposed to the fantasy-genocide, like the fantasy-apartheid that you "progressive" BDS-hypocrites love to prattle about.

When they were attacked, the Jews surprised the world by giving the Arabs the kicking they deserved, and a lot of Arabs found themselves displaced, but not from any land that was ever called Palestine, and the land itself belonged to no country, so it is NOT occupied. It is disputed.

Furthermore, most of the Arabs who left the West Bank were NOT driven from their homes at all. They left of their own accord when they were promised by the invading Arab armies that they could return safely when all their Jewish neighbors had been killed.

Well, it did not quite work out that way, of course, and now their descendants are still living in refugee camps in Arab countries in a state of genuine enforced apartheid where they are not allowed: to integrate, to work, to receive medical treatment; because the Arabs, who could quite easily alleviate their suffering, prefer instead to exploit it as a permanent political weapon.

As we have seen in Gaza with the use of human-shields, they care so little about their own people, that they are literally disposable.

On the other hand, what we never hear about are the hundreds-of-thousands of Jews who were forcibly expelled from Arab countries [in year 1948], because they were quickly assimilated by Israel, a civilized country, which is why they are not still living in refugee camps. But what about their land that was stolen? And what about their right of return?

But let's say that Israel forgets all about this, and forgets about the constant genocidal attacks from the past, and the constant bloodthirsty Jew-hating rhetoric of the present (you know, for the sake of peace, and all) and agrees to go back to the 1967 borders, which, by the way, are now physically impossible to defend against modern weaponry. How do they prevent the Arabs from attacking them yet again?

Any suggestions?

Take them at their word when they say they won't?

Well, that would be very "progressive". Suicidally so, in fact, and everyone knows it.  Yet it seems to me that this is precisely what so many "progressive" people actually want to see.

They want to see the Jews of Israel agree to a position where it is impossible to defend themselves, and trust the Arabs to let them live in peace. Anyone who seriously believes that that is a realistic scenario is so deluded they should be on medication.

Arab-Muslims have never let anyone live in peace, and they are not about to start with Jews, as they have repeatedly made clear to anyone who will listen, which does not appear to include anyone in the resolutely-biased Western-media, who carefully misinform the "progressive" consensus to keep it ignorant and rabidly anti-Israel.

Consequently, "progressive" opinion will never be happy until Israel surrenders and allows its people to be murdered, for "peace". Open the borders and give free access to terrorist fighters and suicide-bombers.
After all, they have human rights, too.

Well, somehow I don't think it's going to happen that way, but whatever does emerge from this conflict, one thing is already crystal-clear: that any future humanitarian aid to Gaza will be used to rebuild the tunnels [to attack Israel] and to re-arm Hamas, who will then attack Israel yet again without any regard whatsoever for the welfare of their own people.

So, check-books out, all you "progressive" Western bleeding-hearts, because we all know that is what you really want, because then you can go through the same self-righteous pantomime all over again, and wallow once more in your criminally-biased selective-moralizing, from a suitably safe distance.

Mr. Pat Condell is an atheist, who was born in Ireland around 1950 CE, and raised in England as a Roman Catholic, and educated in Church of England schools. He has no Jewish ancestors and no religious beliefs that might cause him to favor Jews.

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