Thursday, July 24, 2014

Small Victory for Academic Freedom

 

   A remarkable event took place this week at Bar Ilan University, reported in Haaretz (in Hebrew here http://www.haaretz.co.il/news/education/1.2386146 )

 

    A course in business law was being taught by one Dr. Uri Weiss, an anti-Israel ultra-leftist who was denouncing Israel on Facebook as a criminal inhumane monstrosity committing war crimes and devoted to murdering children.  He also endorsed the slanders of the "Goldstone Report."  The students were not amused.  Bar Ilan is not the first place that comes to mind when it comes to radical anti-Israel propagandists serving on its faculty but even Bar Ilan has its own share of such moonbats.  Weiss has published trash on the Neo-Nazi web magazine "Counterpunch" accusing Israel's Supreme Court of "engaging in apartheid."  See http://www.counterpunch.org/2010/01/28/apartheid-at-the-israeli-high-court/

 

   The students demanded from the administration the right to drop Weiss' course and take an alternative course from someone not engaged in anti-Israel demonization and slander.  What is remarkable is that the Bar Ilan administration agreed!  30 students dumped Weiss and his class.

  

Weiss' email address is uriw10@gmail.com


2.  One other remarkable story from the dungeons of Israeli academia.  We reported the story of Prof. Mordecai Kedar being persecuted and denounced by the Caring Left after he gave a radio interview about how to understand suicide bombers.  There he said that suicide bombers can not be deterred by usual means and theoretically would only be deterred if there were a threat to rape their mothers and sisters when they carry out mass murder.  Kedar was not advocating this be done, merely analyzing the problem theoretically.


   The tenured Left had a conniption and has been demanding that Kedar be fired and silenced.  One tenured leftist at my own university (Haifa) posted a message on the professors chat list that literally (I am not making this up) called for prohibiting anyone even having THOUGHTS like Kedar!  That is correct. This woman professor demands a thought police that will patrol incorrect thoughts!


   Meanwhile the very same people jihading against poor Mordecai Kedar are also organizing a petition to DEFEND Orna Banai and demand that she be reinstated.  Banai is a not-particularly-funny TV comedienne in Israel, niece of singer and entertainer Yossi Banai.  She was appearing in ads for Mano, a small Israeli-owned kosher cruise ship line.  Orna started mouthing off against Israel and against the Israeli army. Mano, a private company, decided they do not want Orna to be their rep in ads any more, that she is not the image they seek to project.  So they terminated her contract.  The tenured Left is aghast.  The very same people demanding the Mordecai Kedar be burned at the stake are organizing petitions demanding that Mano be coerced into keeping Orna Banai on its advertising payroll.



 


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Afterword on "existential threats"

(apologies for another senior moment - I inadvertently used CC instead of BCC - apologies to all.  Will try to be more careful)


For so many years the bleeding hearts have whined that Arab terrorism is simply a nuisance for Israel but not an existential threat. Therefore Israel was over-reacting to it in "disproportionate" manner. Well, now that the savages are shooting rockets at Ben Gurion airport it is obvious to all that terrorism IS an existential threat to Israel. And just what is the measured and proportionate response to an existential threat?

A "Palestinian state" is clearly an existential threat to Israel.  So is the "Palestinian right of return."  Conclusion?

RAPE!

 

  

1.    A rather amusing spectacle has been taking place the past few days in the middle of the battles with the savages, as the Tenured Left has discovered a new cause.  It seems the Tenured Left is now screaming its indignity while sipping its lattes and martinis because of Mordecai Kedar.

 

    Kedar is a prominent Middle Eastern Studies professor at Bar Ilan University.  He is decidedly non-Left.  You probably have seen his many commentaries on the web and elsewhere.

 

   It seems Kedar was interviewed recently on Israeli radio about what can be done to stop suicide bomber mass murderers.  This is clearly a difficult problem since threatening to kill them is not effective for obvious reasons.  Kedar answered that such people are not deterred by anything except possibly threats to their own family.  Specifically, Kedar said in the interview:  "The only thing that can deter terrorists, like those who kidnapped the children and killed them, is the knowledge that their sister or their mother will be raped."   (See http://forward.com/articles/202558/israeli-professor-suggests-rape-as-terror-deterren/#ixzz38HXpesSW)

 

     Well, you can imagine what sort of effect THAT statement had.  Note that Kedar is hardly advocating that they be raped, just making an observation about what incentives, if any, would affect suicide bombers.

 

    The feminizts in Israel and around the world left their Bushido studios and went on the war path.  There are letter writing campaigns against Kedar and demands that Bar Ilan University fire him.  These are the same feminizts who have no problems when Hamas shoots thousands of rockets at Israeli women and children.  The spokesman for Bar Ilan issued a statement backing Kedar and emphasizing that his words are being intentionally distorted.  The chat lists of the Tenured Left in Israel are buzzing with self-righteous leftist postureurs denouncing Kedar.   Haaretz is leading the lynch mob against Kedar.  Here is a typical attack on Kedar in a far-leftist web site:  http://972mag.com/nstt_feeditem/israeli-scholar-only-raping-the-sister-of-a-palestinian-can-deter-him/  .   It is hardly the first time the Left has demanded that people making comments it finds "insensitive" (meaning non-leftist) be silenced and censored.

 

     Now the Caring Left so aghast at Kedar's words is curiously silent when leftists deal with the subject of rape in cavalier manner.  Remember that infamous MA thesis sponsored by Hebrew University far leftists that "found" that Israeli troops do not rape Arab women because the Jews are such racists?  A thesis awarded a special prize by the Hebrew University and hailed as path-breaking research by the Left? (see http://www.wordsandwar.com/2008/01/03/complete-story-of-no-rape-racism-essay/ and Refusing to Rape=Racism if you are an Israeli Soldier :: The Phyllis Chesler Organization.)  THESE are the same people suddenly so aghast at Kedar's comments.  

 

    Curiously the Caring Left has also maintained its studied silence when actual rape takes place.  For years everyone in academia knew about the allegations that Hebrew University's Eyal Ben Ari (sociology) had been raping his students, but because Ben Ari is a senior radical anti-Israel leftist, the Left refused to speak out because of their sense of solidarity with him.  Until the Hebrew University fired him due to growing public outrage (http://isracampus.org.il/third%20level%20pages/HebrewU%20-%20Eyal%20Ben-Ari%20-%20Fired.htm ).  Ben Ari, of course, was also the supervisor of that thesis accusing Jews of being racists because they do NOT rape Arabs.  I guess Ben Ari just wanted to prove how unracist he was, and the Caring Left had his back.

 

 

See this:  http://www.isracampus.org.il/third%20level%20pages/HebrewU%20-%20Eyal%20Ben-Ari%20-%20the%20non-rapist.htm  and  http://www.isracampus.org.il/third%20level%20pages/Editorial%20-%20Seth%20Frantzman%20-%20Eyal%20Ben%20Ari.htm

 

 

2.  In a very strange way, I think it is good that Hamas fired some rockets at Ben Gurion airport.  I have been saying for years that the Israeli government would not end its playing silly games with the savages until the airport was targeted.  Short of that, Israel can bomb some empty buildings, make meaningless threats about RRH (really, really hard), seek a rapid "ceasefire" that leaves the terrorocracy intact, and then let life return to normal without annihilating the Hamas.  The Israeli government is looking for any excuse possible to avoid the inevitable conclusion that Israel needs to re-conquer and re-occupy Gaza and impose Denazification and martial rule there.   It has been obvious since early Oslo days that this would be necessary sooner or later.   And the Israeli Left will not REALLY feel threatened until the airport itself is targeted and they cannot go on their ski holidays or pop over to the Riviera.

 

   Well, now there is no wiggle room left.  Netanayhu and company cannot hide from the obvious any longer.  There is no alternative to R&D = Re-Occupation and Denazifization.

 

      There is also no room left any longer for delusions about Israeli Arabs.  The bulk of Israeli Arabs (although not all) are cheering Hamas.  When injured soldiers arrived at a hospital in the Negev, the local Arab staff CHEERED (that the soldiers had been wounded).  When (false) reports emerged that an Israeli soldier was kidnapped by the Hamas, the streets of Nazareth broke out in celebration.  Pro-Hamas street demonstrations are everywhere there are Israeli Arabs (or Jewish communists).  Many Israeli Arab businesses were closed down as signs of solidarity with the Hamas. 

 

   Avigdor Lieberman upset the caring classes by demanding that all such businesses by Arabs shut down to show support for the Hamas be boycotted by Israeli Jews and the government.  The Left soiled its nappies.  Lieberman hardly went far enough.  It is time for the Israeli government to DEFUND and refuse to provide ANY revenues to any Arab town or village that engages in open support for Hamas and open treason against Israel.   Starting with any that voted for or support Haneen Zoabi.  Cut the purse strings as a first step.  They want to war against the Jews?  Let the Jews fight back!

 

 

 

 


Monday, July 21, 2014

Let's have an Environmentally Friendly anti-Terror Policy

 

 

 

1.  Hat tip to Yocheved Miriam Russo for this idea.  What Israel needs is an environmentally-friendly form of capital punishment for terrorists.  Non-polluting, no greenhouse gases, sustainable, no carbon footprint.  The idea is this: we strap each terrorist down into a solar-powered electric chair at 4 AM.  His feet are placed in water.  And there are solar panels above. Then we all sit and sip coffee until sunrise.  And then we daven shacharit!

See also http://scrapetv.com/News/News%20Pages/usa/pages-3/Solar-electric-chair-makes-sparks-in-new-green-America-Scrape-TV-The-World-on-your-side.html#.U808HvmSz-o

 

Photo:  http://www.plsteiner.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/11-Solar-Chair-2.jpg

 

Now I mention this in part because the Hamas is saying it will agree to a ceasefire only if it continues to get free electricity from Israel (see http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/183150 ).  Now I am all in favor of this idea as long as the free electricity is used for electric chairs.  Go Sparky!

 

 

2.  I concede that is has been decades since I studied chemistry but I DO seem to recall that chlorine gas is heavier than air.  That means it sinks down into underground tunnels and stays there.  Actually, sulfur dioxide is also heavier than air and, when mixed with water, like perspiration, it turns to sulfuric acid.  So Bibi and Bogie, are you getting any ideas from this discussion?

 

 

3.    I support Black Power:  https://scontent-a-fra.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/t1.0-9/10569063_804216279612857_7355993263806024795_n.jpg

 

 

4.  The Western liberuhs are all whining that Israeli retaliations are not "surgically precise" enough.  They are in fact far more precise than US or NATO military operations in recent decades.  But since a perfectly-precise weapons system does not exist, when these people insist that Israel do nothing at all unless its operations are pinpoint precise, this is equivalent to insisting that Israel take no military actions at all against the Hamas savages.  What they REALLY want is for Israel to roll over and turn its other cheek.....

 

 

5.   If the Union army in the Civil War used the same requirements for "pinpoint accuracy" that Obama and Kerry are trying to impose upon Israel today, Obama would be a slave (or maybe a Kenyan).

 

 

6.   The heavy casualties yesterday were from the elite infantry "Golani" brigade.

Here is Yoram Gaon singing the famous song about the brigade:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJNx1Em0k2E 

And here are the words in Eמglish translation: http://www.hebrewsongs.com/?song=golanisheli

 

 

7.   Remember back when Israel was in full control of the Gaza Strip, before the "withdrawal," when the worst thing that the local savages could do was to throw rocks at Israeli soldiers?  When the Israeli Left insisted there was no risk in leaving Gaza because nothing could POSSIBLY be any worse than a situation in which rocks were being thrown at soldiers?

 

 

8.  Israeli young men are dying in order to destroy the terror tunnels of the Hamas in Gaza.   Lest there be any misunderstanding, every single one of those terror tunnels was constructed with concrete provided to the Hamas by the Israeli government.  Afraid of the bad press for constricting "civilian supplies" to the savages.

 

 

9.  We have been hearing from the Left for so long that terrorism is caused by Israeli occupation of "Palestinians."  Now the truth should be obvious to all. Terrorism is caused by the REMOVAL of Israeli occupation of "Palestinians."


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Send in the Drones

 

1.  We have been hearing from the Left for so long that terrorism is caused by Israeli occupation of "Palestinians." Now the truth should be obvious to all. Terrorism is caused by the REMOVAL of Israeli occupation of "Palestinians."

 

2.   Al Dura - Long Range Ballistic Hoax:  http://www.amazon.com/Al-Dura-long-range-ballistic/dp/0988711958/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

 

3.  It's all YOUR fault, Chaver!

 

4.  New words for the Frank Sinatra song, "Send in the Clowns"
Original lyrics may be seen here:
http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/alittlenightmusic/sendintheclowns.htm
(You can see Blue Eyes performing it here: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1fVQGESUTo )

Send in the Drones

Isn't it rich?
Isn't it fair?
Us here at last on the ground,
Choppers mid-air.
Send in the drones.

Isn't it bliss?
Don't you approve?
Drones that keep tearing around,
Shooting what moves.
Where are the drones?
Send in the drones.

Just when we'd slammed Oslo doors shut,
Finally knowing that the Pals are kaput
IDF making its entrance with flair,
Sure of the goals,
Hamas is there.

Don't you love force?
Albeit late I fear.
I thought that you'd want what I want.
So Sorry, my dear.
So where are the drones?
Quick, send in the drones.
Cowabunga, they're here.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/borowitz-drones.jpg


And now a word from our sponsor:

 

 

 

   As so often happens these days, the best contemporary and timely commentary on current events can be found in the Bible.

 

  The following is largely based on an article published by the controversial Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, son of the late chief rabbi Mordecai Eliyahu (and the rabbi the Far Left most loves to hate for his suggesting that people in Safed rent their apartments out to Jews and not Arabs).  But putting politics aside:

 

   He begins by arguing that the fact that over 1000 rockets were fired into Israel with almost no casualties at all clearly represents (in his opinion) Divine intervention.   He notes that a single Hamas attack on Egyptian troops killed and injured more than did the 1000 plus rockets fired at the Jews.   He considers it a manifestation of the expression in prayer of the construction of a Succah of Peace over Israel and Jerusalem. 

 

   He then goes on to explore the Biblical term "Hamas."  The word Hamas appears throughout the Bible in the Hebrew text.  The first place it appears is in the story of Noah, to describe the evil of that generation.  But what exactly does the word mean?  In the authoritative Onkelos translation of Biblical text into Aramaic, Hamas is translated as "kidnapping."  Still think the Bible is out of date?

 

    In Genesis in the story of Noah it says that the earth was filled with Hamas kidnapping.   We know how this was fixed.

 

   In the psalms, which are traditionally attributed to King David, the term Hamas appears 14 different times in 12 different chapters.   In Psalm 7, the behavior of the Hamas people is described.  It says that they not only attack with swords and arrows but shoot explosive fiery projectiles.   The same Psalm describes Hamas people as those who obsessively lie and as those who dig tunnels in order to cause injury to their victims.  King David writes explicitly that these tunnels will turn into the graves of the Hamas.

 

   Chapter 11 of Psalms describes how the Hamas loves to shoot at innocent people, meaning women and children.  The Psalm predicts that fire and brimstone will rain down upon the Hamas.  Drones and choppers are not mentioned.  In Chapter 18 King David describes how to defeat Hamas enemies and mentions a bow of copper, which reminds us a bit of a Dome of Iron.  He predicts that his soul will be rescued from the Hamas.  In Chapter 25 the Hamas are described as people driven by obsessive blind hatred for Jews.  In Chapter 35 Psalms asks God for protection against the Hamas liars and false witnesses.  In Chapter 55 Psalms predicts that the Hamas barbarians will fight among themselves.  Chapter 72 of Psalms again predicts that Israel will be rescued from Hamas.  In Chapter 73 Hamas people are described as lazy bums and as parasites.

 

   Finally in Psalm 140, Hamas is mentioned three times as evil ones even when they pretend to be seeking peace.

 


Friday, July 18, 2014

The fourth transgression of Gaza



1.  Amos 1:6: Thus says the LORD: "For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four I will not revoke the punishment, because they carried into exile a whole people to deliver them up to Edom."  

2.   When Hamas meets Darwin: http://www.jewsnews.co.il/2014/05/15/terrorist-blows-himself-up-with-rpg/

3.   Israel's new Spice Girl:  http://www.israelvideonetwork.com/unbelievable-secret-israeli-weapon-recently-exposed 

4.  How Napoleon dealt with Gaza (and with Turks): (from http://www.napoleonichistoricalsociety.com/articles/middleast.htm)

The time taken to conquer Gaza was longer than expected, but another even more difficult problem emerged. An army on the march is ill suited to the maintenance of prisoners of war. Moreover, Napoleon was very short on food, and could not afford to feed the two thousand Turks he had captured. Using his western sense of honor as his guide, he freed the Turks on the condition that they swear not to fight the French ever again. British and other western soldiers would adhere to their word of honor. For the Turks, however, western concepts of honor would prove to have little relevance. They were in a holy war against the infidel, and one does not honor pacts with the devil.

Thinking that problem solved, Napoleon marched north to Jaffa. On March 7, he took the port city of Jaffa. This was a significant military victory, but it led to one of the more controversial episodes in Napoleon's career. In taking Jaffa the French also took about four thousand Turkish prisoners. Many of these prisoners were the very Turks who had earned their freedom at Gaza by swearing not to fight the French again. Moreover, the problems of food and transportation that existed in Gaza were even more serious with the French further north and the number of Turks doubled.

Napoleon was thus faced with a very difficult situation. He could, of course, release the Turks. Doing this would mean, however, that they would eventually rejoin the Turkish army and kill more French soldiers. Clearly, Napoleon could not have any faith in their oaths. If Napoleon kept them prisoner, they would either starve to death or cause the starvation of French soldiers. Napoleon was torn by the options, and consulted at length with his advisors. In the end, however, he ordered the Turks shot.


5.  Leftist anti-democratic pseudo-academic, Prof. David Enoch from the Hebrew University's law school, makes a fool of himself, becomes the laughingstock of American academic community:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/07/17/academic-bullying/



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ceasefire with Terrorists in the Bible:

1.  I was overly optimistic.  Netanyahu DID order Israeli technicians to restore the power to Gaza after Hamas rockets had damaged the power lines, so Gaza savages are once again getting free electricity from Israel.


2.  The Torah has an interesting comment on how to utilize a ceasefire with terrorists:

Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu:

Please take note of how Simon and Levi exploited a "ceasefire" with the terrorists in the Book of Genesis to put an end to terrorist aggression once and for all.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Part II of Proof that God has a Sense of Humor

Proverbs 19: 21

   Many are the thoughts in the heart of man, but the will of God will prevail.


   As you know, in spite of the fact that the Protective Edge operation is costing Israel an estimated 150 million NIS a day, Bibi Netanyahu and his government have been too pusillanimous to cut off the electricity to Gaza.  The Hamas in Gaza never pays for electricity.  So the savages are getting their free electric power all the same time that they are shooting rockets at the Jews.  Netanyahu prefers to defeat the Hamas by causing it to run out of rockets, and by punishing empty Gaza buildings after warning the terrorists to evacuate before the buildings are hit.

    Well, God has His own anti-Hamas strategy.  It seems that some Hamas rockets went off course and destroyed the electric cables that bring the free electricity to Gaza (see news story at http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/182859).   Netanayhu at last showed a smidgen of backbone when he announced that he will be punishing the Hamas by NOT repairing the cable right away.  The idea of not repairing it at all, or at least not as long as the Hamas owes millions of dollars for back electric bills is one of those imponderables that Bibi is not willing to consider.  But fear not - the Gaza savages still get free water from Israel.


Hamas Rocket Strikes Gaza Electric Supply, Israel not Fixing It

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has asked the IEC not to risk the lives of its employees in trying to restore power.
By Yosef Berger
First Publish: 7/13/2014, 10:18 PM


Seventy thousand Gazans from Khan Younis and Deir el-Balah were in the dark Sunday night after a Hamas rocket hit the power line that supplies electricity to those places. It's not clear when Israel Electric Company workers will be able to repair the system, but they areapparently in no rush to do so. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has asked the IEC not to risk the lives of its employees in trying to restore power to the affected sector in Gaza, an operation that could take hours.

As Operation Protective Edge enters its seventh day, many Israelis are demanding that the country take more aggressive action against Hamas in order to put a halt to the seemingly endless missile attacks from Gaza. One suggestion that has come up numerous times – including from MKs and Ministers like Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon – is cutting off electricity to Gaza,which Israel is still supplying. The Hamas missile, which hit one of the high tension wires that move power from Israel to Gaza,apparently made that a moot point, at least partially.

The Palestinian Authority currently owes the Israel Electric Company NIS 1.5 billion ($525 million) in unpaid bills for electricity. An examination of that debt by business daily Globes shows that the relative amount owed by Gaza was NIS 220 million ($62 million).

Last month, the IEC filed a petition with the High Court demanding to be allowed to shut off electricity to the Palestinian Authority until the debt was paid – or to allow the IEC to seize customs and aid payments collected on behalf of the PA to pay off its debt. That case is still pending.

Meanwhile, the IEC is still supplying electricity to Gaza, under orders from the government. The power is delivered to Gaza via 12 high-tension wires that are capable of delivering up to 120 megawatts of electricity. Experts say this is not enough for all the residents of Gaza, and in recent weeks residents have said that they have been getting electricity only 12 hours a day.

Along with the IEC's power, Gaza also receives electricity from a 140 megawatt generator which is under the control of the PA's Palestine Electric Company, which is run by Hamas operatives. The generator, which is currently operating, is maintained by a crew from German company Siemens. It had been damaged by IDF forces several times in the past, officials said.



Sunday, July 13, 2014

Civilians?

 

 

1.  Now that Abu Mazen has proclaimed that Israel's shooting back at the Hamas savages in Gaza constitutes "genocide": just what is it that people demanding "talks" with the "Palestinian Authority" think there is to talk about with such people?  What is there to negotiate?  And why is Abu Mazen himself not being targeted by the IDF drones?

 

2.  One of the more annoying phenomena in the current round of liberation of Israel is the willingness of the media to accept at face value the "reports" coming from the Hamas and the "Palestinian Authority" regarding casualties.   It of course is not surprising that the BBC, CNN and NY Slimes accept such claims as scientific data.   But the leftist media in Israel, led by Haaretz and Yediot Ahronot, have also been picking up every single "report" from the Hamas and reprinting it as "fact."

 

   We know from past rounds that the Hamas and PA routinely inflate casualty figures among "Palestinians" by at least an order of magnitude.  In addition, we know from the past that at least 80-90% of Palestinian casualties and deaths are of armed terrorists.  Naturally, the Hamas claims that every single bomb dropped by Israel is hitting a nursery school or baby milk factory or mosque.

 

   Beyond that, the mystery remains of why anyone thinks that it would matter even if the Hamas numbers were correct, which they are not.  When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, the Americans did not do a computation of just how many Japanese civilians could be killed in retaliation and counterattacks against Japan.  The answer was simple:  all of them.  When Germany subjected Britain to the blitz, Churchill did not set an upper limit on how many German casualties could be deemed "reasonably" acceptable as proportionate response.

 

    We are also once again hearing the nonsense about how if the number of Palestinians killed exceeds the number of Israelis killed, then this proves that it is Israel that is the aggressor.  By the same logic, the US and Britain were the aggressors against Japan and Germany in WWII.  It is remarkable hearing the anti-Israel lobby sob about the fact that not a single Israeli has been killed (yet) by any of the rockets launched from Gaza.   We need to comfort these people that not enough Jews have been murdered for their tastes. 

 

     And just how many Jews need to be killed to justify re-conquering Gaza and annihilating the Hamas?  The answer is none.

 

   The tenured Left is starting to awaken.  It was keeping a low profile for the first few days of the war.  Aeyal Gross, a law professor at Tel Aviv University best known for invention of the nonsense term "pinkwashing" and for his promotion of transvestites, has an Op Ed in Haaretz today denouncing Israel for committing "war crimes."  Of course if Israel were to react to Hamas rockets by exhibiting a strong belch, Gross and his fellow comrades in panties would be screaming that this is genocide.

See (in Hebrew):  http://www.haaretz.co.il/news/politics/.premium-1.2374660  Oh and writer A.B. Yehoshua is in Yediot today proclaiming that the best way to conduct war with the Hamas is to first grant it recognition as the legitimate government of Gaza.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Proof that God has a sense of humor:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4542242,00.html
Two major Palestinian West Bank cities hit by rockets fired from Gaza

One rocket hits Hamas-controlled Hebron, two rockets hit Bethlehem, and Israeli Gush Etzion, IDF confirms.
Ynetnews

Two major Palestinian cities in the West Bank, Bethlehem and Hebron, were hit on Saturday evening from rockets fired from the Gaza Strip, the IDF said.

  

 

One rocket hit Hebron, a city controlled mostly by Hamas, and residents reported seeing a plume of smoke. Two additional rockets have reportedly hit Bethlehem and Gush Etzion.

 

IDF's Arab-language spokesman, Avihay Adarei, posted a status on Facebook mocking Hamas spokesman Fauzi Barhoum, who said the "resistance" knows where to fire, so Arabs are not hurt.

 

"A few minutes ago, a pointless rocket fired by the resistance, as it calls itself, fell inside the city of Hebron. What do you think about the Hamas spokesman's comments from yesterday, that the resistance knows the geography and therefore knows how to avoid having rockets hit Arabs?"

 


Friday, July 11, 2014

(Repost) My Gaza Roots

http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/my-gaza-roots/2009/05/06/

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My Gaza Roots

Published: May 6th, 2009


            January's Operation Cast Lead, launched against Hamas terrorists in Gaza, was made necessary by the earlier unilateral withdrawal from Gaza when the entire Jewish community there was forcibly evicted by the Kadima government of Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert.
 
That attempt at appeasement has resulted in thousands of rockets fired at Israeli civilians inside the pre-1967 Israeli Green Line. When Jewish settlers were evicted, the Israeli government marketed the "deal" to the country by insisting over and over again that Gaza is not part of the Land of Israel and is devoid of Jewish roots and heritage.
 
There's an old joke that has the Lone Ranger asking his sidekick Tonto, "How can we can escape this charge of attacking Sioux warriors?" Responded Tonto, "What do you mean we, paleface?"
 
Whenever I hear someone insisting that we Jews have no roots in Gaza, I am always tempted to respond similarly: "What do you mean we, paleface?"
 
My family has roots in Gaza. We were there a century ago.
 
OK, technically it is my wife's family. I am married to the granddaughter of Nissim Ohana, the rabbi of Gaza City.
 
But let's back up a bit here.
 
In Genesis, Gaza is explicitly listed as part of the Land of Israel promised to the Jews. It was conquered by the tribe of Judah during the era of the Judges, though it was later recaptured by the Philistines. It was captured again by the Jews during the time of the Maccabees, only to be seized by the Romans, who handed it over to King Herod.
 
Gaza had a small Jewish community during the era of the Talmud. A synagogue was erected near the Gaza waterfront in 508 CE. A survey of the town in 1481 found about 60 Jewish households there, many producing wine. Later, quite a few followers of Shabbtai Zvi lived there, including the famous Natan of Gaza.There was a thriving Jewish community in Gaza when Napoleon arrived in 1799 via Egypt, but a plague followed his troops and the Jews abandoned the city.
 
The modern Jewish community of Gaza got its start in 1885. The initiator of the community was Zeev Wissotzky, scion of the Wissotzky tea company (founded in 1849 in Moscow and still to this day Israel's largest tea producer).
 
In 1907 a young rabbi named Nissim Ohana, educated in the Sephardic yeshivas of Old Jerusalem, arrived in Gaza. He set up a school in Gaza named Talmud Torah whose language of instruction was exclusively Hebrew, an unusual and controversial decision at the time.
 
           Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, the initiator of the use of Hebrew as the language of communication in the pre-state yishuv, was so impressed that he paid the school a personal visit.
 
           In those days, Muslim-Jewish relations in Gaza were cordial, even warm. Rabbi Ohana maintained a close relationship with the local mufti, Sheikh Abdallah al-'Almi. The rabbi was well versed not only in Judaic sources but also in the Koran and the New Testament, and occasionally the mufti would consult with him concerning judicial questions arising in Islamic law.
 
The mufti was particularly worried at the time about the influence of Christian missionaries on local Muslims and he asked Rabbi Ohana for help in countering the missionaries' claims. Later, Rabbi Ohana compiled his anti-missionary arguments in a book titled Know How to Respond to an Apikores, still one of the best such volumes.
 
When World War I broke out, the ruling Ottomans ordered all "foreigners" to leave their territories. Rabbi Ohana had a French passport (his father having been born in Algeria) and was forced to leave. Rabbi Ohana served for a while as the rabbi of Malta, then as rabbi at a small Syrian synagogue in Manhattan. He went on to head the rabbinical court in Cairo before moving to Haifa, after Israel became a state, to serve as chief Sephardic rabbi of Haifa.
 
The Gaza Jewish community was destroyed by rioting Arabs in 1929, with surviving Jews fleeing to other towns in what would become Israel. Jews returned to the area after the Six-Day War, but when Israel adopted the Oslo "peace process" as national policy, Gaza terrorism exploded and the Jews in the renewed Gaza communities faced mortal danger. Their actual eviction, however - the third ethnic cleansing of Gaza Jews in less than a century - was perpetrated by the government of Ariel Sharon, years after the collapse of Oslo.
 
But back to Rabbi Ohana of Gaza. In the early 1980s, one of his granddaughters met an American who was teaching at the Technion. Convinced that American men were far too goofy for her to have any romantic interest in any of them, she agreed to go on a date with him only so that she could tell him about her available single American girlfriend.
 
But she never got around to introducing the American to her girlfriend. And while her opinion about the goofiness of American men is undeniably correct, she married me anyway in 1985.
 

            One last strange twist: A grandson of the mufti of Gaza is today a leading Hamas terrorist, and has served as the Hamas representative in Damascus. Some of Rabbi Ohana's grandchildren in Israel are in possession of manuscripts written by the mufti. It is their hope that once Hamas is finally defeated and peace is established, the manuscripts will be turned over to the descendents of the mufti, Rabbi Ohana's close friend.

 

 


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Tsk Tsk Tsk



It occurs to me that the entire operation in Gaza could end immediately if one of those Syrian rockets the Hamas is shooting were to land on the offices of Haaretz in Tel Aviv.  It goes without saying that Haaretz has been pro-Hamas throughout the entire operation and almost every item in the newspaper contains editorializing against Israel attacking the terrorists and against Israel in general.

 

The term "Protective Edge" for the operation is actually a very poor translation of "Tsuk Eitan," the Hebrew term for it, which means a strong cliff.  The Prime Minister's office needs some better translators.  Yediot reports that there is a young Israeli named EItan Tsuk who is suddenly world famous thanks to his name, and the most popular guy in the clubs.

 

Wouldn't it be a pity if one of those rockets the "Palestinian" terrorists are firing at Beer Sheba were to land on the building of the department of politics at Ben Gurion University? Two of the worst anti-Israel extremists in that department have served as the directors of the rabidly anti-Israel uber-leftist "Physicians for Human Rights (PHR)," and it goes without saying that they are not physicians. Well, the PHR has ads in the media today paid for by the New Israel Fund demanding that Israel end the military confrontation with the terrorists by unconditionally ending the "occupation" and so allowing the Hamas to seize control of the West Bank and turn it also into a large rocket launching pad just like Gaza.


Monday, July 07, 2014

Some questions for some people

Some questions for Some People

by Steven Plaut


The police in Israel are claiming they have solved the murder of  the Arab teenager Mohammad Abu Khdeir, claiming six Jewish youths were arrested and three confessed.  Maybe.  Since there have been numerous cases of arrests of "Tag Mechir" (Price Tag) people where the police subsequently admitted it had no case and the arrested were released, it behooves us to wait patiently to see how this works itself out. 

But in the meantime, I think we should all be asking some tough questions and demanding answers from some interesting people.

Some questions for some people:

For Hanin Zoabi. the ARab fascist member of the Israeli parliament, having proclaimed that the kidnapping and murder of three Jewish teenagers is definitely not terrorism, will you now be proclaiming that the kidnapping and murder of teenager Mohammad Abu Khdeir is similarly not terror?

For the editors of the NY Times, Washington Post, BBC, Haaretz and Yediot Ahronot: will you be referring to the murderers of Mohammad Abu Khdeir as activists and militants? Noting that one man's terrorist is just another man's freedom fighter?  

Will Israel's tenured Left refer to the jailed murderers as political prisoners?   Will they insist that they be released from prison as a goodwill gesture, since one can only make peace with one's enemies, not with one's friends?

For Israeli leftists: will you be proclaiming that the acts by the murderers of Mohammad Abu Khdeir must be understood against the background of their grievances and sufferings?

For the Palestinians of Hebron and Ramallah: got any candies and sweets left over from the celebrations over the murders of the three Jewish teenagers that you'd like to share now?

For Bibi Netanyahu: will the alleged murderers of Mohammad Abu Khdeir, if they are convicted,  be invited to sign up for university degree studies at the Open University and through distance learning while in prison? How about conjugal visits and nice DVDs?

Will the University of Haifa set up a special law clinic to provide free legal counsel to the arrested alleged murderers of  Mohammad Abu Khdeir? .

Will the Obama Administration rule that donations to the alleged murderers of Mohammad Abu Khdeir be made tax deductible?

Will the International Solidarity Movement hold protests in front of the prisons where the alleged perps are being held to demand that they be released?

Will the world media refer to the killers of Mohammad Abu Khdeir as being unfortunates swept up in the cycle of violence?

Will college campus in the US hold rallies of solidarity with the perps and march with anti-Abu-Khdeir banners reading, "No Justice, No Peace!"

Will leftist professors in Israel demand that streets be named after the alleged killers of  Mohammad Abu Khdeir?

Will the caring class demand that any of the alleged perps who are minors be tried in family court?

Will the Israeli government follow the lead of the Palestinian Authority and pay large subsidies to the families of the alleged perps?

Will the Western press make sure that every story about the murder of Abu Khdeir emphasize the fact that he was living in "disputed territory" which he was occupying against the will of the murderers?

Will leftist Professors Zeev Sternhell and Moshe ZImmerman of the Hebrew University dismiss Abu Khdeir as a member of the Hitler youth? 




Sunday, July 06, 2014


Leftist Minister of Justice in Israel calling for Jewish Pavlik Mozorovs!  

Pavlik Mozorov was a Soviet  child hero who was awarded for informing against his own father for "incitement"!! 

http://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/muqata/play-a-joke-on-your-friends-get-even-with-your-enemies/2014/07/04/

Play a Joke on Your Friends, Get Even with your Enemies

By: JoeSettler
Published: July 4th, 2014
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Israel's moral guiding light, with friends, convicted former PM Ehud Olmert and Holocaust Denier Abu Mazen.
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Israel's moral guiding light, with friends, convicted former PM Ehud Olmert and Holocaust Denier Abu Mazen.
Photo Credit: Moshe Milner/GPO/Flash90
Are you sitting down for this?

The Ministry of Justice has opened an "incitement hotline". Did you hear someone say or write something inciteful against someone else?

Then you should call the incitement hotline at 1-700-70-60-44.

Perhaps it's only a matter of time before our Justice Minister requires that you call it in.

Of course, when our Justice Minister set up this "incitement hotline", I'm sure she figured that people would only be reporting on "rightwing" incitement by Settlers and Rabbis.

I'm curious as to how long it will take to close this hotline if citizens began calling 1-700-70-60-44 to report statements and articles by Haneen Zoabi, Amira Hass, Gidon Levy, Ahmed Tibi, and others leftwingers, that many of us upright (upright, you get it?) citizens consider to be incitement. Or does incitement only go one way?

Wait! Was that just incitement?

Should I report myself?

 

(Hey kids, your parents didn't let you stay up late to eat junk food and watch TV, just call 1-700-70-60-44 and give them their name. That'll teach 'em.)

 

For more on Pavlov:  http://www.cyberussr.com/rus/morozov.html

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Back to RRH

Back to the RRH doctrine? 

(reprint from 2005)

Three days of intensive military action in Gaza with virtually no terrorists killed? More "signalling that Israel is deadly serious"? 

Yes, we are back to the RRH doctrine. 

Here is an earlier piece of mine on this doctrine: 

I've long suspected that it is the Israeli grand strategy to defeat the Palestinians by forcing them to laugh themselves to death. That seems to be the only possible way to understand the latest 
resuscitation of the RRH Doctrine, which has dominated Israeli policy toward the Palestinians and the Arab states since the early 1990`s. 

The RRH Doctrine was invented in the early days of Oslo and stands for "Really, Really Hard." Israeli governments would make deals to hand over 
most of the West Bank and Gaza Strip to the PLO, while reassuring Israelis 
that there was no reason for worry - if the Palestinians misbehaved, 
Israel would hit back at them "Really, Really Hard." 

The boy who cried wolf was a far more credible strategist. 

Even if perchance anyone ever took the RRH threats seriously, by the 
mid-1990`s the RRH was little more than an overly-long-running joke. Rabin 
and Peres had threatened it during the early days of Oslo. Later, Prime 
Minister Netanyahu, after each and every act of terrorism, would loudly 
invoke RRH, but then did little, if anything, to retaliate. After 
Netanyahu came Barak, who once again threatened RRH regularly. But his 
only implementation of it consisted of chopper attacks on empty 
Palestinian buildings - and only after the PLO was given advance 
notification so that all humans and terrorists could be evacuated. 

RRH was also used by Barak (and other prime ministers) to threaten 
Hizbullah in Lebanon and their Syrian puppet masters. After each Hizbullah 
attack on Israeli towns and on Israeli forces inside southern Lebanon, 
Israel threatened the most serious RRH. But, in the end, the only 
manifestation of RRH implemented by Barak consisted of a panicked 
unilateral capitulation and withdrawal from southern Lebanon, which left 
Hizbullah sitting smack dab on Israel's border, with thousands of its 
rockets aimed at northern Israel and with Haifa in range. 

When Ariel Sharon first revealed his "Gaza Disengagement Plan" after 
winning the Israeli election, it too was accompanied by empty threats of 
RRH. Israel could not get the PLO to make any concessions in exchange for 
surrender of the Gaza Strip and the eviction of the Jewish population 
there; Sharon nevertheless decided to implement the Mitzna Plan, against 
which he had campaigned, and withdraw without any quid pro quo. He would 
just go ahead with unilateral capitulation, whether the PLO liked it or 
not. And if the PLO failed to contain Hamas and prevent terror attacks 
against Israel after the withdrawal, why, then, Sharon's government would 
order the Israeli Defense Forces to respond with serious RRH. 

Yeah, sure. 

Hours after the Gaza capitulation was completed and all Israeli troops and 
settlers had been removed, the rocket and mortar attacks on the Negev 
began. The PLO was calling Sharon's bluff. 

Almost as old as the RRH Doctrine is the "Who Could Have Ever Predicted 
That" Syndrome. Since Oslo, every new Israeli concession resulted in 
escalated Palestinian violence. And the Israeli chattering classes would 
sigh and ask rhetorically, "Who could have possibly foreseen this?" 
Likewise after each violation of the Oslo Accords by the PLO, the media 
and the left-wing politicians would pout, "Who could have predicted that?" 

After years of daily proof that the entire Oslo concept was unworkable, 
its advocates were still responding to each new failure with total 
serendipity. 

The Israeli media could not foresee any failures of the Oslo capitulations 
and appeasements because the media are by and large the occupied 
territories of Israel's radical Left. The overseas media were even less 
capable of foreseeing the consequences of Oslo because they were far more 
interested in bashing Israel than understanding anything about the Middle 
East conflict. 

The answer to the rhetorical question of "Who could have foreseen the 
failures of Oslo?" is "Anyone not blinded by ideology." A few weeks after 
the handshake on the White House lawn in 1993, I published my first 
article predicting the complete failure of the Rabin-Peres Oslo initiative 
- in fact, it was the first such article published in North America. I 
predicted that the PLO would simply use any territory turned over to it by 
Israel to build terror infrastructure and launch attacks on Israel, and I 
wrote of future rocket attacks and sniper fire against Israeli towns from 
the PLO-controlled areas years before they actually began in earnest. And 
I was hardly alone in 20-20 foresight. 

It was not particularly difficult in 1993 to see why Oslo would fail. It 
is even easier now, with 12 years of disastrous "peace process" 
experience, to understand why Sharon.s Gaza disengagement will result in 
an enormous escalation of violence, not in any relaxation of tensions. 

Let's give the Arabs some credit. Israel has been making so many threats 
of RRH ever since the Oslo "peace process" began that a Palestinian leader 
would have to be learning-disabled to take any of them seriously. If I 
consider them a joke, why should Abu Mazen believe them? 

The Oslo Accords produced the greatest escalation in Palestinian terrorism 
and atrocities in modern Israeli history. At their most severe, Israeli 
retaliations took the form of some targeted assassinations of Hamas and 
PLO terror leaders. More often than not, Israeli retaliations consisted of 
meaningless gestures like bombing the aforementioned empty buildings or 
making sonic booms over terrorist concentrations, and of course the ever 
louder empty threats of RRH. 

On Israel's northern border, virtually no retaliations against Hizbullah 
took place, even after Hizbullah kidnapped and murdered three Israeli army 
officers and fired rockets into Israel. 

All of this brings us to the latest rocket attacks by the PLO on Sderot a 
few days ago. The main effect of the Gaza capitulation is that the PLO can 
now import unlimited supplies of weaponry from Egypt, with no ability by 
Israel to interfere. Israeli troops are no longer on the ground inside the 
Gaza Strip. 

We already see the results and we can clearly foresee the "unexpected" 
consequences that will be taking place in the near future. The PLO and its 
affiliates now have all the freedom they need to upgrade their rockets. 
The new improved Kassam rockets are already able to hit Ashkelon from 
Gaza. Sharon's Gaza capitulation will turn the Negev town of Sderot into 
Israel's Guernica. 

When the rockets now hit Sderot after Israel's withdrawal from Gaza, 
Olmert and his people respond mainly with a new round of RRH. The 
laughter from Ramallah was deafening. Let's note that, back before 1993, 
when Israel held Gaza tightly with on-the-ground military rule, there were 
no Kassam rockets in Gaza. The Palestinian savages threw stones at Jews 
because real weapons were hard to procure. 

The PLO knows what we all know; namely, that Olmert is afraid to take the 
only action that, in the end, can end the shooting of Kassam rockets into 
Jewish homes - R&D, or Re-Occupation and DeNazification. Let's hope his 
successor will be less pusillanimous.

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