Asaf Romirowsky and Alexander Joffe: Defund the UNRWA – ‘…Ideally the UNRWA would be disbanded and Palestinians given the freedom—and the responsibility—to build their own society. Or, should the organization be found to carry out any necessary activities that Palestinians couldn’t better provide for themselves, these services could be transferred to agencies within the U.N. that actually deal successfully with refugees. The worst choice would be to pour more money into the unaccountable black hole of the Palestinian Authority. Ultimately our tax money would be better spent promoting independent civil organizations and private-sector growth. Perhaps then injustices like the death in Lebanon might be avoided.’
Smithsonian: What is Beneath the Temple Mount? – ‘…“That earth was saturated with the history of Jerusalem,” says Eyal Meiron, a historian at the Ben-Zvi Institute for the Study of Eretz Israel. “A toothbrush would be too large for brushing that soil, and they did it with bulldozers.”…’
Here’s another one that’s been making the rounds that I had meant to post but don’t think I ever got around to. It’s actually an old video of the last go-round with Hamas, but Capt. Avichai Adraee’s answers are excellent and all still relevant:
Israel, The Third Nation on the Moon? – ‘If all goes according to plan, by December 2012 a team of three young Israeli scientists will have landed a tiny spacecraft on the moon, explored the lunar surface, and transmitted live video back to earth, thereby scooping up a $20 million prize (the Google Lunar X Prize) and making the Jewish state the third nation (after the U.S. and Russia) to land a probe on the moon. And they’re doing it in their spare time…’
As the propaganda tsunami known as Israel Apartheid Week crashes over university campuses across the world, Michelle Huberman (pictured) demonstrates how a showing of the Forgotten Refugees film can have the power to change hostile minds. Read her guest blog on the Jerusalem Post:
At the School of African and Asian Studies (SOAS) last week, it was Israel Apartheid Week on campus and the place was abuzz with Palestinian flags and posters to Free Gaza. The atmosphere was threatening. How does one begin to fight back against the lies and intimidation? Read More »
Listen to Julian Speaking About His Fellow Jews – ‘Movie producer and distributor Harvey Weinstein and film director Julian Schnabel, two Jews, got a cinema all for themselves, no charge, to show their new creation. And what a place it is: The United Nations, to show a movie named “Miral.” Good people, these UN folks. If you ever thought the UN doesn’t love the Jews, now you know you’re wrong. How many people get the UN for free? That’s love…’ [Devastating. Must Read.]
Khaled Abu Toameh: Will Palestinians Be Deported From Syria? – ‘The Syrian authorities seem to be convinced that Palestinians played an active role in instigating anti-government demonstrations in a number of cities in the past few weeks. Buthaina Shaaban, an advisor to Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, surprised many reporters last week when she announced that Palestinian refugees living in her country took part in attacks on government installations in the cities of Deraa and Latakia. In Syria there are approximately 700,000 Palestinians, most of whom live in a number of refugee camps near the capital Damascus and other cities. But Syria also plays host to several radical Palestinian groups such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command…’
Joel Mowbray reports: J-Street defends the indefensible – ‘J-Street suffered a humiliating defeat yesterday on Capitol Hill — which means Israel scored an important victory. The George Soros-funded “pro-Israel” group inexplicably mobilized its machinery to oppose a bipartisan letter that merely called on President Obama to pressure the Palestinian Authority to end its longstanding practice of inciting its people to commit terrorism against the Jewish state. Even in a town where tin-eared stupidity is commonplace, essentially protecting the PA’s ability to encourage violence against its Jewish neighbors is jaw-dropping…’
NY judge cites PLO offices in US as he allows lawsuits over Israel bombings to proceed – ‘A New York judge has concluded that he has jurisdiction to preside over litigation resulting from a lawsuit filed against the Palestine Liberation Organization by victims of bombings in Israel. Federal Judge George Daniels in Manhattan said in a written order Wednesday that the PLO had offices in Washington and New York during a three-year period when the bombings occurred. He said that creates enough of a connection to the United States to allow the lawsuit to proceed here. The ruling came in a 2004 lawsuit that seeks up to $3 billion in damages as a result of attacks between January 2001 and February 2004…’
Alan Dershowitz: Norway’s “Boycott” of Pro-Israel Speakers – ‘…My hosts expected…that their offer to have me present a somewhat different academic perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would be eagerly accepted, since I have written half a dozen books on the subject presenting a centrist view in support of the two-state solution and against civilian settlements on the West Bank. Indeed, one of my books is entitled The Case For Peace, and former President Bill Clinton praised my blueprint for peace as “among the best in recent years.” But each of the three universities categorically refused to invite me to give a lecture on that subject. The dean of the law faculty at Bergen University said he would be “honored” to have me present a lecture “on the O.J. Simpson case,” as long as I was willing to promise not to mention Israel…’
Now that the New York Times tells us that the Muslim Brotherhood is really strong, organized, widely supported by the army, and capable of taking over Egypt–all the things I wrote at the time and the mass media denied–the Washington Post confirms every point I made during the revolution about what was going to happen regarding Egyptian foreign policy.
Just read this article and compare it to what we were told during the revolution:
“Egypt’s relations with Israel and the U.S. are likely to become more difficult in the months ahead with an infusion of Arab nationalism and skepticism about Egypt’s landmark peace treaty with Israel. Many of those who helped oust President Mubarak, including secular democracy activists and Muslim Brotherhood leaders, say the 32-year-old treaty should be respected for now. But they add that when stability is restored, the pact should be submitted to the Egyptian people for approval, through a new parliament scheduled to be elected in September and then perhaps in a public referendum.” Read More »
Over the last few weeks, Palestinian terrorist groups in Gaza have considerably raised the tempo of violating international law, launching hundreds of rockets and mortars, indiscriminately, at smaller Israeli communities and cities bordering Gaza, and at the larger metropolitan areas of Ashdod and Be’er Sheva. Despite the lodging of an Israeli complaint with the United Nations, the international body has not taken a single substantive action to demonstrate that anyone but Israel can ever be investigated for committing war crimes.
The Israeli response has been “proportional”, targeting the members of terrorist organizations and empty Hamas offices. Thank G-d, no one in Israel has yet been killed during the recent barrages, but for this happy outcome, Palestinian terror groups do not take credit. They should. If the rocket attacks on Israel serve a mere symbolic, political purpose, Palestinian factions should pray to G-d that not a single life is ended by their actions, aim their flying bombs as far from populated areas as possible, and declare their unequivocal regret at the fear and suffering their campaign of terror achieves among human beings beyond the gates of Gaza. They should, but of course they don’t, and no one expects them to. Read More »
Many of the members of Congress of both parties who have gone to Syria in recent months have said they believe he’s a reformer.
One wonders: is she talking about our Bashar al-Assad, the one that lives on Earth? The one who recently got caught building an illegal nuclear reactor with North Korean help? The one who had the former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafik Hariri, as well as numerous members of the Lebanese Parliament, murdered? The one that supplied Iranian arms to Hizballah, making the Second Lebanon War possible, and who resupplied them (and way more) after the war, making the next one possible? The one that allows free passage into Iraq for Sunni ‘insurgents’ so they can place IEDs in the path of American soldiers? Read More »
An obituary about a gentleman named John Watson –written by one of his former commanders and appearing in the Guardian on March 29th – contains an interesting paragraph.
“His battalion was posted to Palestine in 1948, as the British Mandate came to an end. Watson was appalled by the imminent destruction of the new state of Israel – attacked as it was on four fronts and wholly undefended by the British army. He thought it morally wrong that Jews, who had experienced so much already, should be slaughtered, again. Rifle in hand, he went over the wall to volunteer with Haganah and take part in front-line combat. In the siege of Jerusalem he was wounded. After the conflict he worked on a collective farm, where he met Ora, the woman he married. They went on to farm for four years.” Read More »
The Druze religion is a monotheistic faith which emerged during the 11th century from Islam and incorporated several elements of Gnosticism, Greek Philosophies and other ideologies present in that era.
Worldwide there are about one million Druze – who live mainly in Syria and Lebanon – with roughly 113,00 in Israel (a steep increase from the 14,000 Druze who were living in the state in 1948).
The Druze community in Israel is officially recognized as a separate religious entity with its own courts (with jurisdiction in matters of marriage, divorce, etc.), and spiritual leadership. Their culture is Arab and their language Arabic but they opted against mainstream Arab nationalism in 1948 and have served at high levels in the IDF and national office. (Druze MK, Majalli Wahabi, briefly served as acting President of Israel during Moshe Katzav’s trial.) Read More »
Alex Joffe: The Archeology War – ‘…Israeli archeologists and the Israel Antiquities Authority have studied and preserved Islamic sites throughout the country. In the meantime, Islamic authorities and activists have exercised to the utmost their ability to deny and, if possible, obliterate evidence of any pre-modern Jewish connection to, in particular, the city of Jerusalem…’
So predictable is MJ Rosenberg, the big-mouthed Jewish anti-Zionist, that one avoids his rants like the plague.
Rosenberg, who blogs at TPM Café and the Huffington Post, is a Foreign Policy Fellow at George Soros’s Media Matters Action Network. A former aide to Democrats and one-time AIPAC bigwig, somewhere along the path he took a sharp left turn and toppled into the noxious miasma of anti-Zionism.
The heroes of this blowhard include Judge Goldstone, Helen Thomas (“I love Helen Thomas”), Walt and Mearsheimer (“Happy Anniversary, Professors Walt and Mearsheimer!”), and all the victimized Palestinian “children”; his capacious hate list includes his former associates at AIPAC, Binyamin Netanyahu, the “settlements,” Commentary Magazine, the “Jewish Lobby,” and all “neo-cons.” Read More »
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is considering annexing major West Bank settlement blocs if the Palestinians unilaterally seek world recognition of a state, an Israeli official said Tuesday — moves that would deal a grave blow to prospects for negotiating a peace deal between the two sides.
Israel has refrained from taking such a diplomatically explosive step for four decades. The fact that it is considering doing so reflects how seriously it is concerned by the Palestinian campaign to win international recognition of a state in the absence of peacemaking…
Israel annexed east Jerusalem, home to shrines sacred to Judaism, Islam and Christianity, immediately after seizing it. But it carefully avoided annexing the West Bank, where 300,000 settlers now live among 2.5 million Palestinians.
The Arabs are playing a serious game, and we need to see several moves ahead if we are going to beat them. Unfortunately they played the opening and most of the mid-game much more competently than we did, and our present position is poor. We gave up a lot when we in effect ceded the Temple Mount in 1967, and more at Oslo. But no use crying over spilled milk. Read More »
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