Another point of interest is the insignia seen on a number of the gunmen. For clarity’s sake, the symbol is that of Andrei Shkuro‘s ‘Terek Wolf Company’, a detachment of White emigre Cossacks who fought for Nazi Germany during the second world war.
You might surmise that these units that fought for Nazi Germany in World War II aren't exactly lovers of Jews.
Shocking video: Muslim savages attack Jewish children on the Temple Mount
Once again, a reminder that I do not ascend the Temple Mount because my rabbis do not permit it.
In this deeply disturbing video, you will see a group of children and their escorts attacked on the Temple Mount by Muslims - women, and men who are presumably over the age of 50, who all carry Israeli ID cards and are therefore considered 'safe.' Eventually, the group is evacuated from the Mount by the green-clad border police. At one point in the video, you can hear someone distinctly yelling 'lo l'fached' (don't be afraid) as if the children are escaping a natural disaster or a storm.
My sources claim that the children are Belzer Hasidim - I have not been able to confirm that.
There is supposed to be a version with English captions. I have not seen it yet, but will update to post it if I do.
What's 'shocking' about this video is not that the children were attacked, but that the police think the answer is to stand by and do nothing. The border police are a paramilitary police unit, and are supposed to be among our toughest.
Sources inform ''Globes'' that Starbucks Corporation (Nasdaq: SBUX) is in advanced talks to acquire 10% of SodaStream International Ltd. (Nasdaq: SODA)
at a company value of $1.1 billion. SodaStream has a market cap of $850
million; Starbucks' offer reflects a 30% premium on the market price.
Sources close to the deal say that an official announcement will be made
The move comes 11 years after the failure of Starbucks' Israeli franchisee Delek Group Ltd. (TASE: DLEKG) to operate the US cafe chain in Israel.
Market sources have previously believed that SodaStream was seeking a
partner, like the partnership between Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) and
coffee machine maker Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (Nasdaq: GMCR).
The two companies plan to launch a home soda maker machine, which could
make carbonated beverages from Coca-Cola syrups, next year. This would
increase the competitive pressures on SodaStream, compelling it to seek a
strategic partner of its own.
Despite SodaStream's clear advantages, its machines are found in only 1%
of American homes, compared with 25% of homes in many European
countries, such as Sweden. Collaboration with Starbucks would give
SodaStream a distribution platform and marketing incentives, such as
sales campaigns and special flavors for Starbucks customers.
I hope this deal goes through. I really hope this deal goes through.
After days of discussion on the issue, including pregame media
conferences and scrums with managers and players during this very
series, Pineda decided to press his luck once more, this time layering
what looked again to be pine tar on his neck.
How stupid could a person be? Seriously.
This isn’t homerism. If a Red Sox player was under the spotlight for
supposed cheating and pulled the same stunt against the same opponent in
the very next meeting without fear of penalty, I’d be equally curious how many fruits came in the basket.
With Pineda’s latest stunt, he’ll almost assuredly receive a 10-game
suspension. Broken down, that may as well be one game for the use of
pine tar, two games for doing it twice, and seven games for belligerent
Red Sox manager John Farrell said prior to the game on Wednesday, “I would expect that if [the pine tar] is used, it will be more discreet than last time.”
Not on his hat. Not on his belt. Not on his shoe.
Instead, it glistened off his neck under the evening lights. Give him a hand for trying something different. At least that’d be clean this time.
Farrell didn’t sit back. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice,
shame on me. Or, as President George W. Bush said…well, you can’t get
With that – and a swipe of Pineda’s neck, only 1 2/3 innings into his outing – umpire Gerry Davis made the only call he could. The pitcher was out. It’s amazing Davis didn’t walk back to his post behind the plate laughing the whole way.
Pineda decision was beyond dumb; it was selfish, and it may very well
have cost the Yankees the game. Debate the importance of a contest on a
chilly night in late-April if you’d like, but all 162 count the same in
the end, even for clubs currently in first-place.
The New York Yankees. All the stupidity that money can buy.
State Department places ball in 'Palestinian' court
The State Department's press briefing is still going on, but in response to questions by the persistent Matt Lee, spokeswoman Jen Psaki has placed the ball in the 'Palestinian' court for continuing negotiations.
Let's go to the videotape. This is a live broadcast....
Deputy Foreign Minister Ze'ev Elkin (Likud-Beytenu) said that the PA
“once again has exposed the true unity of purpose between the hamas
terrorists and the Fatah leaders – the annihilation of the Jewish
"One should not be surprised that those who refuse to even discuss
recognition of the Jewish state in any borders whatsoever, and pays huge
salaries to Palestinian terrorists who murdered Israelis and are doing
time in Israeli jails, finally found his natural place in the warm
embrace of the Hamas murderers.”
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (Likud-Beytenu) said that PA head
Mahmoud Abbas “needs to decide if he wants to make peace, and if so –
with whom. One cannot make peace both with Israel and Hamas, a terror
organization that calls for the annihilation of Israel.
"The signing of an agreement on a unity government of Fatah and Hamas
is also the signing of the end of negotiations between Israel and the
PA,” he declared.
Jewish Home chairman, Economics Minister Naftali Bennett, stated that
“Hamas will continue to send terrorists to murder Jews and Abu Mazen
[Abbas] willl continue to demand their release. Whoever thought of Abu
Mazen as a partner needs to recalculate his route.”
“The agreement joining Fatah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad puts the Middle
East in a new era,” Bennett added. “The PA has become the largest
terror body in the world, just 20 minutes from Tel Aviv. Just as the US
does not talk to Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Al Qaeda, Israel has to state
clearly: no talks with terrorists.”
Does Bennett mean to imply that the 'Palestinian Authority' was anything but a terror organization before this happened?
MK Nachman Shai (Labor) said that it was a “serious mistake, in time and
location,” to send the IAF to strike in Gaza while fatah and Hamas were
signing an agreement. “Any action of this nature will be seen as an
attempt to torpedo the Palestinian reconciliation and will present
Israel again as tripping up any chance of an accord.”
Why shouldn't Israel try to trip up a reconciliation between terror organizations?
On the left, Meretz leader Zehava Gal-On said Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu pushed Abbas toward Hamas and then asked the PA
president to choose between Hamas and Israel.
"This request goes
against Israeli interests. Any reconciliation between Gaza and the West
Bank is necessary, as long as any agreement between Abbas and Israel
includes Hamas, which would include the end of violence [from Gaza],"
Various shots of the large crowd gathered at Jerusalem's Haifa Road -
location of the bomb explosion. Damaged buildings, rubble, glass etc.
Children posing, looking at camera. Many orthodox Jews in traditional
black suits, white shirts and hats seen. Several shots of the people
And of course, that should be Jaffa Road, not Haifa. I actually think the date on this is wrong. There's a list of Irgun attacks during the pre-Independence period here. I think it's this one:
1948, January 7
20 Arabs killed by bomb at Jaffa Gate.
Note that it's the PLO and not the 'Palestinian Authority.' That technicality may be jumped on in an attempt to salvage the 'peace process' with Israel. Hamas and the PLO have signed a 'reconciliation agreement.'
The move envisions forming a unity government within five weeks and
holding national elections six months after a vote of confidence by the
No wonder Obama and Rohani get along so well: The Iranian Mooch
It's no wonder that Hassan Rohani and Barack Hussein Obama get along so well. Aside from their mutual contempt for Israel, it seems that Rohani is married to an Iranian version of Mooch Obama.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani came in for criticism from opponents
on Tuesday for a "lavish ball" thrown by his wife, Sahebeh Arabi.
The "ball" was held on Sunday on Women's Day,
which in Iran is set to the birthday of Mohammed's daughter Fatima. It
was held in a palace of the deposed Mohammad Reza Shah in upscale
northern Tehran, reports Reuters.
The supposedly lavish festivities were slammed by conservative
members of Iran's parliament, at least 11 of whom have signed a petition
condemning Rouhani over the party.
"Can one preach austerity and financial sacrifice and yet throw a
lavish party on the public coffers?" remarked one of the irked Iranian
parliamentarians, noting on the financial situation caused by world
sanctions on Iran's nuclear program.
The "lavish ball" was viewed as particularly hypocritical given that
Rouhani's government is expected to announce price hikes on Thursday, in
a massive cutback of government subsidies for essential goods.
The 'parliamentarians' sound just like the Republican party slamming Mooch's trips abroad... but let's not go there. Rohani's reaction sounds even more like Obama's. Just substitute 'vacation in China' for 'party,' 'event' and 'gathering.'
For his part, Rouhani denied the allegations, saying "it is
most shocking and regrettable that even a pure innocent gathering cannot
escape an orchestrated chorus of gossip, slander and
politically-motivated lies filling the air."
"All Islamic proscriptions
were observed in this event ... women turned out in traditional folk
dress ... only a few little girls capered and rejoiced," the statement
added, in an attempt to play down impressions of a lavish
The flight crew of an El Al 737 'forgot' to deploy the plane's landing gear on an approach to London's Heathrow Airport on Tuesday. Fortunately, when they hit 800 feet above ground level an alarm went off.
The pilots were supposed to deploy the landing gear about six miles
before reaching their destination, according to the report, and conduct
tests to make sure the wheels would fully deploy.
But the checks were allegedly not made before attempting to land - in an incident that almost ended in tragedy.
About 800 feet above the landing strip, landing gear alarms began
sounding in the cockpit - alerting the pilots to their mistake. They
quickly performed a go-around to drop the landing gear; passengers were
not notified of the mistake.
El Al responded to the report Tuesday. "The incident is under
investigation, in coordination with the Chief Air Crash Investigator of
the Ministry of Transport," it said in a statement.
I don't know how many of the passengers will figure out that this was their flight. Circling London is routine. Doing a pass, coming down that low and not landing is not routine. El Al had five flights to London on Tuesday (many Israelis save money by flying overseas on the second holiday day - which is still a holiday abroad - and then if they are religious, waiting in the airport until the holiday ends at their destination). At least one of them was a 747, so it wasn't that flight. I have no idea which of the other flights is the one under discussion.
I have no idea how often flight crews 'forget' to deploy their landing gear, but thank God I am not aware of it having happened on any flight I have flown.
Netanyahu, at the outset of a meeting in his office with visiting
Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, said that instead of moving
peace forward with Israel, Abbas is moving toward reconciliation with
"He must choose," Netanyahu said. "Does he want reconciliation with
Hamas, or peace with Israel? Only one is attainable, not both. I hope he
chooses peace, until now he has not done so."
to negotiate a continuation of the diplomatic talks with the
Palestinians beyond their April 29 deadline, Netanyahu said that every
time the sides get close, Abbas adds new conditions "knowing that Israel
cannot accept them."
Fatah and Hamas have agreed to form a unity government within five weeks, Al Jazeera reported Wednesday.
According to the report, the agreement was reached during a Tuesday meeting
between a Fatah delegation to Gaza led by Azzam al-Ahmad and Hamas
leaders, including Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and senior official
Musa Abu Marzouk.
Al Jazeera quoted Haniyeh as telling the Fatah delegation that "the
possibility for further separation between the two movements is no
longer possible given the current circumstances."
The reconciliation talks between the factions were scheduled to continue on Wednesday.
Matt Lee should have a field day at the State Department on Wednesday.
Foxman: State Department 'hypocritical, almost irrational'
In an interview with the Jerusalem Post on Tuesday, ADL National Director Abe Foxman decried the State Department's denial of visas to Israelis, and US intelligence agencies' refusal to allow Israel to join the visa waiver program, as 'hypocritical, almost irrational.'
The Anti-Defamation League has reacted harshly to reports that several
members of US Congress and representatives of the country’s
intelligence community have cautioned against admitting Israel into the
State Department’s visa waiver program due to concerns over espionage.
During an interview with The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday, ADL National
Director Abraham Foxman said he could not square such worries with the
“special relationship” and high level of intelligence cooperation
between the two nations.
“Is there a certain amount of hypocrisy? Sure,” Foxman told the Post,
referring to recent revelations of widespread American spying on close
allies. “Every couple of years something publicly surfaces, focusing
the light on Israelis or Israel spying…. It is inordinate and
inappropriate and inaccurate. This is the most recent example of it.”
Foxman said he continued to be “disturbed at the level of
preoccupation, primarily in the American government, not just now but
going back for years” in relation to alleged Israeli spying.
“I have a file of people who applied for [a security] clearance,
American Jews who had difficulty getting it and didn’t get it because
of questions which were inappropriate,” the ADL head stated.
“But none of these people wanted to take the case public because they
were afraid it was going to destroy their employment opportunities.”
Foxman alluded to what he believes is an inbuilt institutional bias
connected to a widespread belief that American Jews hold dual
“One out of three Americans believe that they [US Jews] are not loyal,”
and the current allegation of Israeli spying “enhances the stereotype
and it fuels it,” he said. “This is endemic in our political system out
A 2013 poll by the ADL found that 30% of Americans believe Jews are
“more loyal to Israel” than to the United States, a number that remains
unchanged from a previous poll taken in 1964.
Such attitudes predate the arrest of Jonathan Pollard, a
Jewish-American intelligence analyst convicted of passing information
to Israel. The Pollard case, Foxman averred, gave those concerned with
Israeli spying “legitimacy” but did not create such worries.
“The exchange of information and data and specific research on
technology is very high, and so at the same time to say we have to be
careful of Israelis who come here on tourist visas because they can spy
on us is almost irrational,” he said. “But if we are talking about
being motivated in part by stereotypes, stereotypes are not rational.
It’s a prejudice.”
That should make all you American Jews feel warm and cozy as you head back to work on the morning after the Passover holiday, no?
Yair Lapid is threatening to leave the coalition if there are no 'negotiations.'
Officials in Yesh Atid confirmed a Channel 10 report that past
commitments Lapid made to remove his party from the coalition if there
are no peace talks applied to the situation that could arise in upcoming
days. The officials said the threat to leave was serious but not
"It is not as if we will leave the day after talks break down," a Yesh Atid official said.
coalition is facing threats from Yesh Atid and Hatnua on the Left if
negotiations with the Palestinians end and from Bayit Yehudi leader
Naftali Bennett if Israeli Arab prisoners are released in a deal to
extend the talks.
But Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman downplayed
Bennett's threats Tuesday at a press briefing with his Austrian
counterpart, Sebastian Kurz.
"There is no chance Bayit Yehudi will quit the coalition," Liberman said. "Dont take Bennett's threats too seriously."
'Palestinians': 'Our blood is redder than Jewish blood'
A 'Palestinian Authority minister' who condemned the Passover eve terror attack in which Baruch Mizrachi HYD (May God Avenge his blood) was murdered, is still being subjected to condemnation by other 'Palestinians,' including his own family.
The report in the Israeli media about the minister's supposed
condemnation has triggered an unprecedented smear campaign against
Within minutes, a photograph of the minister, dressed up as a Jewish rabbi, appeared on many Palestinian websites, making him the public's number one enemy.
Al-Habbash's attempts to deny that he had condemned the terrorist attack have fallen on deaf ears. Many Palestinians appealed to PA President Mahmoud Abbas to fire him and bring him to trial for causing damage to the Palestinian cause.
In a futile bid to contain the public outcry, the beleaguered al-Habbash told
a Ramallah-based TV station, "I didn't use the word condemn. I only
said that the Palestinian leadership rejects all acts of violence."
The minister's family in the Gaza Strip rushed to issue a statement
"disowning" him over his purported condemnation of the terrorist attack.
In the statement, the al-Habbash clan said,
"We are proud of the heroic operation in Hebron and of every man and
child fighting against the occupation. We disown him and anyone who
embraces the despicable Israeli enemy."
The family later issued another statement denying that it had disowned the minister.
The attacks on al-Habbash have come from Palestinians representing
all walks of life, including the ruling Fatah faction in the West Bank.
Zakariya Zubeidi, a well-known former leader of Fatah's terrorist group, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, called
on al-Habbash to apologize to the Palestinians. "If your blood is like
the blood of the Zionists, our blood is not," Zubeidi declared.
What nice people! I'll bet they'll stop behaving this way once we give them a 'state.' /sarc
And again: Abu Bluff threatens to dissolve 'Palestinian Authority'
'Moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud AbbasAbu Mazen says he's ready to meet Prime Minister Netanyahu anytime, anywhere. But he has also set a whole slew of preconditions for extending the 'talks' deadline. And he apparently missed the decision to walk back the threat to dissolve the 'Palestinian Authority.' In a Tuesday conversation with Israeli reporters, he threatened dissolution once again.
Abbas said that Israel would have to assume authority over the
Palestinians if it were to continue its current policy toward the
Abbas seemed to be reiterating his reported
threat to dissolve the Palestinian Authority in the event that peace
talks fail, even as chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat was quoted
Tuesday as saying that the PA leadership had no intention of dismantling
the Ramallah government.
The comments came as Israeli and
Palestinian negotiating teams were meeting in Jerusalem Tuesday
afternoon in an effort to come up with a package that would extend the
negotiations beyond next week's deadline.
New Israel Fund-supported hate group holds pro-BDS demonstration on 8th day of Pesach in New York
The anti-Israel hate group Adalah, which is supported by the New Israel Fund, is holding a demonstration outside Zabar's in New York City on Tuesday to pressure the chain to stop carrying SodaStream products. The demonstration is to be held from 5:00 - 7:00 pm New York time, which is still the 8th day of the holiday of Passover in New York City, thus ensuring that fewer counter-demonstrators will show up than would otherwise be the case.
Fortunately, the witches of Adalah are afraid of melting, so there is a rain date of Sunday if it rains. While it is currently partly cloudy in New York, there is a 60% chance of rain later today. We can only hope.
Vishnitzer Rebbe instructs followers not to report for draft
Until now, all Haredim have been reporting for the initial screening at the IDF draft headquarters with the exception of followers of Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach. And it has been the followers of Rabbi Auerbach who have been arrested. If all the Haredim en masse were to refuse to even show up for the draft - a tactic that was discussed and deferred shortly after the 'equalization of the burden' law was passed - the government would be left in the untenable position of mass disobedience of the law, and not enough jail cells to hold those who refuse to register.
"People are walking around in a state of embarrassment and confusion,
there are harsh and terrible decrees here in Israel on military
affairs," the rabbi wrote.
"They send letters to come and report to the recruitment bureau, and
if one fails to report – they threaten to jail him,” he added. "People
receive letters – the first summons, the second summons, the third
summons – and it says that their child must report, and
they do not know what will happen, and start to think – 'here come the
police to take our son into custody.'"
"So the first thing is not to panic, and to trust the Creator... do
not pay any attention to all the letters that arrive from them," he
counseled. "Parents should treat the order as if it is just some kind of
note, and ignore all letters from the army. Of course, as I have said,
you must increase Torah study, and thus the decrees will be cancelled."
Despite the recent changes in legislation regarding hareidi military
service, the three councils of hareidi Torah sages have not changed
their longstanding decisions regarding service. This means that the
haredi public has continued to report to the first summons, except for a
faction of the followers of Rabbi Auerbach who ignore the summons.
The real question is how many more will follow. The more Haredi leaders who tell their followers not to report, the greater the chance for a mass insurrection. One can only look on with amazement at the fact that the Knesset did not anticipate this.
Veteran Fatah leader Qadura Fares told Army Radio that officials in
Ramallah were not overly concerned about the American warnings, as the
main concern of the Palestinian "struggle" was the establishment of an
independent Palestinian state, and not the procurement of money from the
"The struggle is for the establishment of a
Palestinian state, so that the Palestinian people will have freedom and
liberty," Fares, the president of the Palestinian Prisoner's Society
told the radio station.
He added that the Palestinians alone were
not responsible for resolving the Middle East conflict, and said that
if the conflict was going to continue, it would continue.
pointed toward moves that would prolong the conflict, stating that
Israel could go ahead and annex the West Bank and build more settlements
if it wanted to.
The 'Palestinians' would not be saying this if George W. Bush was still President. He would have taken them up on the invitation to cut funding.
New Yorker misses father's burial due to 'Palestinian' rock ambush
A New York woman missed her father's burial on the Mount of Olives on Friday afternoon after her car came under attack by 'Palestinian' rock throwers near one of the cemetery's two entrances, and it was too close to the Sabbath to wait for her any longer.
Richler, 59, drove to the funeral Friday afternoon in a car with her sister, her brother-in-law and her young nephew, reports Israel Hayom.
Near the church of Gethsemane, however, about ten Arab youths ambushed
the car and pelted it with rocks and cinderblocks – an action that has
become a favorite local Arab pastime in recent years, as Israeli
deterrence has weakened.
Richler was in a state of shock following the attack and the car was
disabled for a long time.
The funeral organizers were left with no
choice but to conduct it without Richler and the other relatives who
were with her, because the Sabbath was about to begin.
"I never dreamed that my father's funeral would look like this,” she told Israel Hayom.
“I came especially from New York, thousands of kilometers away, to take
part in it. When the attack upon us began, I was in a state of total
shock. I heard shouting, booms and thuds on the car. I have heard
sometimes that people were attacked with rocks on the way to the Mount
of Olives, but I never thought something like this would happen to me.”
The My Israel movement intends to launch a media campaign this week,
to pressure the Jerusalem Police and the Minister of Public Security to
improve the security situation in Jerusalem. “The entire region has been
completely forfeited and we intend to put pressure on the decision
makers,” said movement chair Sarah Haetzni Cohen.
Jerusalem Councillor Yael Antabi told Arutz Sheva that
cameras need to be installed wherever violence is rife. She said that
cameras placed around the Mount Scopus university campus have helped
female students there feel less threatened by the Arabs of Issawiya, but
noted that another trouble spot is the Light Rail, where there is daily
Arab-Jewish violence that goes unreported.
US defends Kuwait Airways discrimination against Israelis
The United States Secretary of Transportation is defending Kuwait Airways against charges of discrimination due to the airline's refusal to carry Israelis on its non-stop New York - London route.
In late 2013, a formal
complaint was filed with the U.S. Secretary of Transportation
(Secretary) alleging illegal discrimination by Kuwait Airways (KA) on
the basis of national origin, in violation of federal law
proscribing such discrimination by air carriers. The complaint concerned
the airline's refusal to transport Israeli nationals on nonstop flights
from New York to London. KA's bigoted policy is readily apparent: to
purchase tickets through the airline's website, the passenger must
select his or her nationality from a drop-down list of countries, as
well as the passport issuing country. Israel is absent from these
drop-downs and, consequently, Israeli nationals cannot buy tickets.
The Secretary denied the
complaint earlier this year, asserting that KA had not violated any
U.S. anti-discrimination law because the airline is required to comply
with Kuwaiti law, which prohibits Israeli passport holders from entering
Kuwait. As the attorney now pursuing this matter correctly articulated,
"In essence, the Secretary determined that Kuwait Airways did not
violate U.S. law because that airline was required by Kuwaiti law
to discriminate against Israeli nationals." The Secretary's rationale
is particularly unfounded because the flight at issue goes from New York
to London; the fact that Israeli passport holders cannot enter Kuwait
is wholly irrelevant. Moreover, if any entity conducts business in the United States, it must comply with U.S. law.
Dissatisfied with the
response, Eldad Gatt, who filed the initial complaint, commenced an
action in U.S. federal court in March 2014, appealing the Secretary's
denial and requesting appropriate relief, arguing that "[t]he Secretary
has officially endorsed Kuwait Airways' policy of boycotting Israeli
nationals, and has explicitly authorized Kuwait Airways to continue its
blatantly discriminatory practices."
The complainant is hoping that Kuwait Airways will be barred from operating in the United States if it refuses to change its discriminatory practices.
I'm planning a trip next month, so just for the fun of it, I went to Kuwait Airways' website and tried to book a round trip between London and New York. It keeps telling me that there are no flights available. In fact, I even tried pushing the reservation to June and got told no flights available. And I never reached the nationality question. You don't think they're refusing to transport me because my computer is in Israel, do you?
You know, back in 1991, Israel took a whole bunch of missiles for Kuwait....
My own belief is that the BDS people and their fellow travellers,
whatever their background, are anti-Semites. They do all they can to
stigmatize the Jewish state and reduce its ability to defend itself.
They know that Israel is surrounded by neighbours who will never
recognize its existence, much less sign a treaty developed in a “peace
process” quarterbacked by Washington. The Palestinians and the Arab
states who claim to support them are not hoping for a more generous
Israel or a BDS-approved Israel or an Israel willing to hand over the
West Bank. They are working for a day when Israel will be gone forever.
In order to satisfy this generation’s anti-Semites, Israel must meet
standards that no other country in the world has ever met or ever will.
At the United Nations Israel is condemned more often than all other
It is, of course, an imperfect democracy, like Canada and all other
free countries, and its human rights record could certainly be improved.
But its treatment of Palestinians has never been even remotely
comparable to China’s oppression of Tibetans or Saudi Arabia’s treatment
of women, two among many outrageous practices that apparently never
trouble the students who direct their anger at Israel.
In devising their purposes the BDS campaigners have never shown even
the beginning of a sense of proportion. It’s remarkable that the world
needs a 29-year-old movie star to point this out.
The region is expected to come in as Israel’s second-largest trade
partner for 2014 behind the European Union, shifting the United States
into third place, according to the ministry’s Foreign Trade Authority.
In 2013, exports to Asia nearly equaled those to the US for the first
time, coming within 0.6 percentage points as a share of total exports.
When countries are not clustered into regional groups, however, the United States remains Israel’s largest single trade partner.
The ministry expects exports to Asia to grow from 21 percent of total
exports in 2013, to 24.5% in 2018, while combined exports to the EU and
US will shrink from a 63% share to 59.9%.
Exports to all other countries amounted to 16% in 2013, and are projected to fall to 15.5% by 2018.
A decade ago, Asia accounted for just 15% of Israeli exports, while the
US provided more than a third of the market, Foreign Trade Authority
director- general Ohad Cohen said.
Senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad said Monday he is optimistic that
political tensions between Fatah and Hamas will come to an end following
upcoming reconciliation talks in Gaza.
Al-Ahmad, who is
currently in Egypt, told Ma'an that a PLO delegation of five members
will travel to Gaza from the West Bank within 48 hours to meet top Hamas
leaders Ismail Haniyeh and Mousa Abu Marzouq.
"We are going to
Gaza not to propose new suggestions, but rather to carry out a clear
mission which is to end the state of disagreement and address three
decisive issues," al-Ahmad said.
"We are going to address the
formation of a national consensus government, elections and
restructuring the PLO in order to maintain Palestinian unity so we can
dedicate our efforts to confronting Israeli occupation."
The meeting will likely set a deadline for forming a unity government which will begin implementing the Cairo agreement.
security forces will allow Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouq to cross
into Gaza via the Rafah crossing on Monday, officials said.
Meanwhile, Israel has denied permission for a PLO official to enter the Gaza Strip via the Erez crossing point.
Palestinian lawmaker Mustafa Barghouti has been denied a permit to the
Gaza Strip via the Erez crossing, a PLO official said Monday.
Executive Committee member Jamil Shehada told Ma'an that Israel
rejected Barghouti's application for a permit to enter Gaza, where he
intends to travel as a member of a delegation to discuss national
Shehada said the delegation would travel to Gaza via Egypt if necessary.
They don't really expect us to facilitate this, do they?
According to Rabbi Marc Schneier of the Foundation for Ethnic
Understanding, a Jewish-Muslim interfaith group, Abbas agreed to make a
public declaration on behalf of Holocaust-remembrance efforts around the
world, as well as to speak out against attempts to ban circumcision and
ritual slaughter in several European countries.
Abbas told Schneier that “remembrance should be an issue of increased
concern to both Jews and Muslims,” the rabbi said after the meeting.
With regard to the part I bolded, don't hold your breath waiting for it to happen. And if it does happen, you can bet it will be in English and not in Arabic.
Abbas has been a subject of criticism in some Israeli circles over
accusations of Holocaust denial because of his graduate thesis, written
while studying in the former Soviet Union, which asserted that “a
partnership was established between Hitler’s Nazis and the leadership of
the Zionist movement” and that the Zionist movement “gave permission to
every racist in the world, led by Hitler and the Nazis, to treat Jews
as they wish, so long as it guarantees immigration to Palestine.”
Last year Abbas defended his thesis, saying that he “challenges anyone
who can deny that the Zionist movement had ties with the Nazis before
World War II,” according to a report in the Palestinian news service
This was sent to me by Andreas F, a reader in Norway. He writes:
This is truly an amazing speech that was recently held at a Swedish
university by a brave young Palestinian woman. She speaks out against
the 'Palestinian Authority' and the Palestinian society in general... And
she says she supports the building of the security barrier, even when it
created problems for her family. She explains how Palestinian children
are taught to attack Israeli soldiers and die in battle.
She takes the hypocrisy head on and explains how twisted parts of the Palestinian society
is. Please take the time to watch this... An amazing 25-minute speech.
This brave woman had to flee to England because of death threats from 'Palestinians.'
'Palestinian Authority' walking back dissolution talk
What a shock. The 'Palestinians' are walking back talk of dissolving the 'Palestinian Authority.'
Palestinian officials in Ramallah on Monday denied that the Palestinian
Authority has been considering dissolving itself if the peace talks with
Members of the Fatah Central Committee who met in Ramallah on Monday
night to discuss the crisis in the peace talks did not have the issue of
dissolving the PA on their agenda, according to a senior Fatah
Gen. Adnan Dmeiri, spokesman for the PA security establishment,
dismissed the talk about dissolving the PA as an “Israeli invention.”
Israel was trying to create frustration among Palestinians by spreading
such reports, he claimed.
The PLO Central Council, which is expected to meet later this week, does
not plan to discuss the dismantlement of the PA, said Wasel Abu Yusef, a
top PLO official.
The council would discuss the situation in Jerusalem, the prisoner
release and efforts to establish a Palestinian unity government headed
by Abbas, Abu Yusef said.
“No one is talking about the option of dissolving the Palestinian Authority,” he said.
“Rather, we are talking about international recognition of a Palestinian
state and our efforts to join international treaties and
However, the Palestinian Ma’an news agency quoted unnamed sources in the
PA leadership as saying that the PA might be dissolved as a result of
The sources said that the PLO’s Negotiating Department has begun
studying ways of dissolving the PA and the repercussions of such a move.
The threat to solve the PA was not an “exercise,” the sources said. This option is on the table, they added.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Netanyahu pulled a George H.W. Bush tonight, telling the 'Palestinians' to call him when they're ready to discuss peace.
“Today, we saw the Palestinian Authority speak of dismantling itself and
also talking about unity with Hamas,” the premier told revelers at a
Mimuna celebration in Or Akiva. “They should decide – either dissolve,
or enter into a union with Hamas. When they want peace, they should let
us know. Because we want a genuine peace.”
With eight days left, it looks like the current round of 'talks' is over. What could go wrong?
US to revoke aid to 'Palestinians' if 'Palestinian Authority' disbands?
Has 'moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud AbbasAbu Mazen outsmarted himself by threatening to disband the 'Palestinian Authority' if the 'peace process' collapses? Get a load of this exchange from Monday's State Department press briefing (Hat Tip: Arutz Sheva).
QUESTION: Are you telling Abbas not to keep issuing statements
and proclamations that they are going to sort of just close shop with
the PA and turn over the occupation responsibility to the Israelis?
MS. PSAKI: Well, let me speak to that, because it’s an
important question. That – we’re aware, of course, of these reports and
comments. That type of extreme step would obviously have grave
implications. A great deal of effort has gone into building Palestinian
institutions by Palestinians as well as the international community, and
it would certainly not be in the interests of the Palestinian people
for all of that to be lost. We – the United States has put millions of
dollars into this effort. It would obviously have very serious
implications for our relationship, including our assistance going
forward. And as I just noted, of course, the parties are continuing to
work to find the basis for extending the negotiations. Ambassador Indyk
is there to help facilitate that, and that’s where our focus is.
Is Abu Bluff about to find out that the world doesn't give a damn about the 'Palestinians' unless they can be used as a club against the Jews?
US Supreme Court agrees to decide whether Congress can decide that Jerusalem is Israel's capital
Maybe by Menachem Binyamin Zivotofsky's Bar Mitzva they'll resolve it. Zivotofsky v. Kerry (formerly Clinton and several others) is going back to the Supreme Court again.
Now at the high court, the case will examine a constitutional question
of checks and balances: whether the president of the United States is
the sole authority able to declare US foreign policy, or whether
Congress may pass law overriding the policy.
Congress attempted to pass such a law in the 2003 Foreign Relations
Authorization Act , which declared that “the Secretary [of State]
shall, upon the request of the citizen or the citizen’s legal guardian,
record the place of birth as Israel " in that citizen's passport.
legislation had wide support among major American Jewish
organizations, such as the Jewish Federations of North America and the
American Jewish Committee. But over the summer, a federal appeals
court struck down key provisions of that law, ruling the president
retains the ability to determine Jerusalem's sovereignty over
Congress based on constitutional grounds.
Congress has pushed against the White House on this matter
through several administrations. However, the State Department, through
both Democratic and Republican administrations, has refused to directly
declare Jerusalem the Israeli capital or indirectly declare the city
Israeli territory through passport listings.
Asked on Monday to
comment on the ruling, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that
the government's position on Jerusalem's status had not changed.
For those who have forgotten, here's AP's Matt Lee taking apart Jen Psaki's predecessor, Victoria Nuland on this issue.
The footage was posted by Yisroel Gotlieb, son of the city’s chief rabbi, Sholom Gotlieb.
One firebomb was thrown at the door of the synagogue, which was
unoccupied at the time, and another was lobbed at a window, according to
The junior Gotleib told Shturem
that “miraculously a person passing by the shul was equipped with
a fire extinguisher, and immediately put out the fire that had
erupted, preventing massive damage.”
And the Holy One Blessed Be He Saves us from their hands
A Gutten Zummer, a good summer to everyone. And a reminder that I am allowed to be online because in Israel there is only one holiday day for Israelis and I fit both of those qualifications.
A rocket from Gaza - one of seven shot during the course of the day on Monday - exploded next to a crowded Sderot synagogue. Miraculously, no one was hurt.
Two of the rockets landed in Sderot, which lies on the border
with the Hamas-controlled territory, as hundreds of worshippers were
gathered for the final day of the Jewish festival of Pesach (Passover).
Miraculously, however, no one was hurt, although police said in a
statement that a road in a residential neighborhood was damaged.
Israel responded Monday by eliminating "two terror activity sites in
the southern Gaza Strip and a third site in the central Gaza Strip, in
response to the latest severe aggression emanating from Gaza," according
to an IDF statement. "Direct hits were confirmed." Pictures confirm
that at least one of the strikes was in or near Rafah.
Sources in Gaza also claimed that the Israeli Navy had eliminated targets near Khan Younis, but the report remains unconfirmed.
The IDF also stated that Hamas fired an anti-tank missile at IDF
patrols near the border fence earlier Monday. The missile caused no
injuries or damage.
Just some more 'harmless' rockets that we're expected to take in order to keep the 'peace process' going. /sarc
Reuters cited medical sources in Gaza as saying Israel's retaliatory strike had left two Hamas militants lightly wounded.
“Israeli civilians celebrating the Passover Holiday woke up this
morning to the sound of Code-Red alarms and rockets. It is our
obligation to seek out and target those who wish to attack our civilians
and soldiers and to eliminate their capabilities. Hamas rocket
terrorism is an intolerable reality Israelis should not have to accept,"
IDF Spokesman Lt.-Col. Peter Lerner said in a statement.
According to the IDF, 100 rockets fired from Gaza have hit southern Israel since the beginning of 2014.
Tomorrow morning, we will read of the splitting of the Red Sea and of the Children of Israel being saved one last time from the Egyptians. Some of us will even re-enact it at midnight tonight (not me - not conducive to awakening to pray at sunrise tomorrow).
Here's Avraham Fried with one verse from the Torah portion: Hithyatzvu u'Ru eth Yeshuath Hashem, Stand and watch God's salvation. It should only happen again speedily and in our time (and may those in need of proper mates be remembered tonight and find those mates very, very soon).
Let's go to the videotape.
Chag Sameyach - a good holiday to all of you. Because I am an Israeli in Israel, the holiday is only one day for me, and I will be back online tomorrow night, God willing.
An investigative report in Makor Rishon cites La Stampa Vatican Insider
journalist Andrea Tornielli as saying that the deal has been nearly
completed, and that Deputy Foreign Minister Ze'ev Elkin is in charge of
the negotiations with the Vatican, but Israel denies any such deal.
The agreement allegedly contains two elements. The first is Israel's
forgoing the levying of property tax and other taxes for all “churches,
holy sites, prayer houses and cemeteries.” The second is the transfer of
the “Last Supper room” on the floor above David's tomb to the
Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land (Custodia Terræ Sanctæ).
Rabbi Yaakov Sevilia, an activist for King David's Tomb, told Arutz Sheva
Sunday that there is also a deal between Christians and Muslims,
according to which the Muslims will retain control over the Temple Mount
whereas Mount Zion will become Christian property. He cited journalist Gulio Meotti, who contributes regularly to Arutz Sheva, as the source for this knowledge.
Rabbi Sevilia emphasized that the tomb is, without a doubt, the
burial place of King David, and mentioned a recent book – “The Secret of
David's Tomb” – as containing proof of this claim.
"The Christians believe that the Tomb of David is indeed located
here, but they do everything possible to confuse us, the Jewish people,
so that we lose our connection to this place,” he accused. He added that
while there has been a Jewish awakening with regard to the site, the
Christian presence at the tomb is still much greater than the Jewish
presence, with about 200 tour buses bringing Christians to the site
There have been reports in the past about a deal to transfer the second floor of the Tomb to the Vatican. Tornielli says
that this is the core issue in talks between the Vatican and Israel.
Rabbi Sevilia claims that the Last Supper Room is just a toehold that
the Vatican intends to expand in the future, in a ploy to take over the
entire Tomb site.
Two points. First, I'd like to know what Israel is getting in this 'deal.' If anyone can find anything, please let me know because I don't see it.
Second, not that I'm advocating turning the site over to the Christians (the very fact that thousands of Jewish prayers have been said there makes the location holy to Jews), but the question of whether the tomb is actually located on Mount Zion is not quite as settled as Rabbi Sevilia is making it out to be. Last Succot, we did a tour of the City of David, in which we were shown a site (admittedly without a tombstone) which could potentially have been King David's burial place. And the location fit more closely with the scriptures (although I honestly do not remember how or why).
confirm that the government in Ramallah was considering the
unprecedented move. Senior sources in the IDF's Central Command, who
recently met with the heads of the Palestinian security services
confirmed their West Bank counterparts were sincerely debating
dismantling and disarming the PA's forces.
"A new generation arrives and asks us: 'What have you done?' I
am now 79 years old, I cannot escape from passing off the flag," said
Abbas during a weekend interview with Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry
endanger the peace process, and the new generation sees the two-state
solution is becoming less and less likely, and that there is no escape
from the one-state solution."
Behind the scenes, the PA has concocted a plan to gravely complicate
matters for Israel – a declaration that the Palestinians are an
Such a move would annul the Oslo Accords and revoke the status
of the PA as a sovereign authority, leaving Israel with full
responsibility of the Palestinian population in the West Bank.
If the plan proceeds, the Palestinian leaders will their
official authority, but settlements will be significantly more
vulnerable to litigation in international courts.
Officials in the Israeli administration have been informed of
the dramatic threat, according to Palestinian sources. With the deadline
for the end of the agreed-upon frame for the negotiations looming, the
Palestinian Central Council will convene Saturday for a special
"The proposal may be discussed at the conference, but it is not clear it will pass," said Palestinian sources.
And from the fourth link....
“Abu Mazen (Abbas’ nom de guerre) encourages terrorism against Israel as
the head of the Palestinian Authority, and then he threatens us with
his resignation,” Bennett, who heads the pro-settler Bayit Yehudi party,
said on Sunday.
“If he wants to go, we won’t stop him,” the minister said. “The Jewish
people do not negotiate with a gun held against their temple.”
Let them disband the 'Palestinian Authority.' It will cause a flight of any 'Palestinian' who is able to leave. And a good riddance to all of them.
Outrageous: 'Jews for Jesus' makes promotional video that puts Jesus in Auschwitz
A video that is bound to offend every practicing Jew has been posted by 'Jews for Jesus' (an oxymoronic title if there has ever been one - it's a contradiction to be a Jew and believe that Jesus was the son of God) that places none other than Jesus himself in Auschwitz.
If messianic Jews were seeking to court controversy, they certainly
found the most provocative way of doing that – releasing a video
depicting Jesus bearing the cross just as he is about to be sent to the
gas chambers at Auschwitz.
Chief Rabbi of Donetsk now says leaflet was a hoax
The Chief Rabbi of Donetsk now says that he believes that an anti-Semitic leaflet that was handed to the town's Jews as they left synagogue on the first night of Passover was a 'hoax.'
A Ukrainian rabbi whose congregation was the target of an
anti-Semitic leaflet that drew global media interest and condemnation
from the US government believes it was a hoax and wants to put the
matter to rest.
But five days after the incident in the restive
eastern city of Donetsk, Ukraine's prime minister, anxious to maintain
US support against Russia, issued a statement accusing Moscow and told a
US TV channel he would find the "bastards" responsible.
Pinchas Vishedski, chief rabbi of the Donetsk area's 15,000 Jews,
told Reuters on Saturday that while it was initially shocking, he was
now satisfied it was a political hoax - "a crude provocation" - though
its authorship was still unclear.
"I'm asking those behind this
not to make us tools in this game," he said. Anti-Semitic incidents in
the Russian-speaking east were "rare, unlike in Kiev and western
Ukraine," he said.
Quoted on the community's website, Vishedski
had said on Thursday: "Since it's only a smear, we should react
responsibly - draw a line under it and close the matter."
On Saturday, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk vowed to use
"every legal means" to prevent the "import" of anti-Semitism and
xenophobia and indirectly blamed Russia.
"The ideology and practice of pogroms, exported by a neighbouring state, will not be allowed into Ukraine," he said.
remains a feature of militant nationalism in both Ukraine and Russia.
During unrest that saw the overthrow of Kiev's Kremlin-backed president
in February, several attacks on Jews and synagogues were blamed on
Ukrainian far-right groups.
Yatseniuk also spoke of "reports of
pro-Moscow terrorists" conducting "pogroms" against Roma near Donetsk -
an allegation repeated by the interior minister, who, like the SBU state
security service, also issued a press release promising action.
about the "ghastly reports" by a US television interviewer, Yatseniuk
pointed to his statement and told NBC's "Meet the Press" program he had
urged troops and police "to find these bastards and to bring them to
I don't find this particularly comforting. It still means that there are anti-Semites out there - plenty of them - who apparently fear nothing.
In another stage of the Passover celebrations, [the Jews]
combined the preparation of matzas and the offering up of sacrifices
with their enmity towards non-Jews, especially Christians, and mixed the
blood of one of their victims into the matza [dough. This was done]
especially on Passover, Purim and circumcision rituals. They also used
blood in acts of sorcery and witchcraft…
…The draining of the
victims’ blood is done in [several ways. One method is] by means of a
barrel lined with needles. This is a barrel the size of the victim’s
body, with sharp needles that stick into all his limbs when he is placed
in it, so that his blood slowly trickles down from every part of his
body. This entails excruciating torment, which gives pleasure to the
Jews who become drunk with joy at the sight of the blood dripping from
the victim’s [body] to the bottom of the barrel and into a container
placed there to collect it. [Another method] is to slaughter the victim
like a sheep and collecting his blood in a vessel, or else slashing the
victim’s veins in numerous places so that the blood flows from the
wounds into the vessels. Then the blood is handed to a rabbi who
prepares a matza laced with human blood in order to please the Jewish
god, Jehovah, who thirsts for blood.
The Jews can rejoice in their holidays only if they eat matza laced with the blood of non-Jews.
…The Jewish crimes which came to light throughout history and which were investigated and tried are a drop in the ocean compared to the Jewish crimes that no one knows about. The
thousands of children and others who vanish around the world are
probably victims of Jewish rituals. Their blood surely lies in Jewish
stomachs along with the holiday matzas.
As part of the efforts to deny [the Jewish crimes], Jewish
Americans wrote stories about vampires in the 1970s, in order to
disassociate themselves from the accusation of sucking human blood and
deceive [the mechanisms of] justice. During that period they
spent millions on Dracula films, in order to deceive world public
opinion. They claimed that those who slaughter children and adults and
suck their blood are lunatics and that all this has nothing to do with
them and their religious rituals. On February 14, 1964, the [Egyptian]
magazine Al-Musawwar published a story about vampires in Colombia after
many [Colombian] children had been slaughtered to shed their blood.
Neither the magazine nor the investigators in Colombia dreamed that the
vampires might be Jews, rather than [people who] sell blood to
Nasty stuff.... But what's truly shocking about this is what the Eretz Yisrael blog discovered about its sponsorship.
We know from past experience that such naked antisemitism in
Arab media cannot be solved by merely publicizing it. Most Arabs are not
even aware that there is anything offensive about describing Jews as
However, a major advertiser for Al Kibar is Visa, with this ad popping up on most articles and shown on the main page:
The ad is the one at the top of this post.
Given FIFA's past history, we can't be too surprised to see them involved in this. But Visa?
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