Friday, January 16, 2009
A Gesture for the Environment
promote alternative forms of power that do not rely on fossil fuels. That
is why I think we should all demand that the electricity provided to the
Gaza Strip by Israel be permanently cut off and instead the Gazans should
power all their needs, like their rocket factories, with wind and solar
Do it for the environment. Kum ba ya!
2. The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel
15 January 2009
The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel calls upon the Attorney General of
Israel to initiate an investigation against Shamai Leibowitz who called
upon the soldiers of the IDF to disrupt the fighting against the enemy in
In a blog that was published recently, Leibowitz incites soldiers not to
report for duty and not to participate in the war, and he incites soldiers
who are already mobilized and have agreed to participate in the war to
sabotage the war effort.
.The first option . refuse to be mobilized at all, in which case the
soldier does not participate in a criminal act because he is not part of
the organization; a secondary option, for those who have already been
mobilized, and are part of the organization that is committing war crimes
. remain within the organization but do all in their capacity to thwart
war crimes or crimes against humanity. In the era of computers and
computerized logistics there are many opportunities to thwart war crimes.
The duty to disrupt is inferred from this clause, and a soldier who proves
that he did all in his power to thwart war crimes will not bear
responsibility for them on the day when it is enforced..
The lawyer Ro.i Azrad from the of the Forum for the Legal Forum for the
Land of Israel wrote to Mazuz that Attorney Leibowitz. appeal definitely
violates the law against incitement to mutiny, defeatist propaganda,
incitement to disobedience and incitement to evasion of duty, and crimes
of that kind are particularly grave at a time when our soldiers are
endangering their lives in enemy territory. It is incumbent on the
law-enforcement authorities not to delay or to wait until the end of
hostilities before stopping such serious appeals as that that of Mr.
Leibowitz, which incite and instigate citizens and soldiers to violate the
law and indirectly to harm the lives of their comrades..
Israel's Literary Soviet is Disconnected from reality
Israel.s most prominent writers cling to peace rhetoric despite its
Amos Oz, just like other prominent writers such as David Grossman, A.B.
Yehoshua, and Meir Shalev use their special status in order to instruct
the people of Israel on the appropriate conduct in respect to the
Arab-Israeli conflict. For many years they have been preaching to us about
the need for peace, the Arabs. desire for peace, the viability of peace
treaties with the Palestinians, the injustices of occupation, and the
inability to secure a military victory.
Yet even a cursory examination of these statements vis-.-vis the bleeding
reality that is our life shows that these great writers imagine reality
instead of seeing it as it is. In the 15 years that have passed since the
Oslo Accords, Israel.s citizens have become the guinea pigs of these peace
prophets, and in this lab, the dead guinea pigs
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3657217,00.html. that is, the
killed and wounded citizens . proved the lie found at the base of this
delusional peace statement.
These writers. ability to ignore reality as they see fit was recently
manifested in Yoram Kaniuk.s article, where he claimed that no state can
defeat radical Islam. He of course turned a blind eye to America.s victory
in Iraq following years of difficult war, as well as Israel.s complete
victory over terrorists in Judea and Samaria in the wake of Operation
We tend to view authors and poets as people of morality and conscience
whose statements carry greater moral significance and weight than the
declarations of a layman. Yet it appears this tendency is not backed by
much. These authors were indeed gifted with the kind of writing ability
that penetrates deep into a person.s soul, yet this ability does not serve
as a basis for unusual moral qualities. In this respect, the views of a
great writer on issues of conscience and values, and certainly on matters
of security and diplomacy, are no more important than the views of anyone
else, be they an engineer, plumber, or shoemaker.
At times we can point to a writer or poet who is at the zenith of human
eminence when it comes to moral conduct, yet other times we see writers
deep within the realm of injustice and evil . just like we see this among
humanity as a whole.
Gaza war a moral act
The complete blindness of these men of letters and of their colleagues
vis-.-vis disappointing political realities, and their puzzling
stubbornness not to change their mind in fact taints their moral standing.
As masters of words, they are capable of undertaking any kind of
intellectual acrobatics in order to almost always object to any just war
embarked on by their countrymen. They are the first ones to carry the name
of peace in vain via their desire to end our war against our enemies, even
at the price of current or future damage to their own people.
The war against the Hamas movement and its many supporters in the Gaza
Strip is a highly moral and just act undertaken by the State of Israel.
Hamas is the spearhead of zealot and murderous global Islam, and therefore
the State of Israel is today on the side of the sons of light, who are
saving the world from the sons of darkness. The writers and poets who call
for an end to the Gaza war are regrettably supporting Hamas, which at this
time begs for a ceasefire in order to avoid defeat.
Only two days after the launch of the Gaza operation, the two great
priests of the Order of Peace, Oz and Yehoshua, rushed to call for a
ceasefire via the Italian press. This absurd state of affairs whereby
well-known Israelis preach to their own government, in the foreign media,
on the proper conduct during war is unique to the Israeli peace club. It
was no coincidence that the writers published their call for a truce
outside the borders of their own country.
Sadly, their clean and anti-war image vis-.-vis their European friends is
more important to them than the natural and simple solidarity of their
countrymen, who are fighting the most justified war possible.
(Hebrew version of piece is here:
4. Long Live Bad Jews!
Why I Am a Bad Jew
For centuries, we lived in Berdichev. In the brutal Ukrainian winter
of 1941, SS soldiers arrived there and rounded up eighty-seven
members of my family babies, young adults, octogenarians stripped
them naked, marched them to a nearby ditch, and executed them. Their
lifeless bodies fell silently into a mass grave.
Like most Jews in Europe, my family cooperated with the Final
Solution. They did not resist or fight back. Six million Jews were
slaughtered in a period of four years. They received little sympathy
while they were still alive and hunted down like animals. There was
no public outcry because the Holocaust fit the world s narrative for
Jews during the past 2,000 years: a people destined to be persecuted
During their two millennia in the Diaspora, Jews were not known to
resist. There are few recorded instances in which Jews turned against
their host nations or retaliated against their murderers. Instead,
the survivors if there were any were expelled or left for another
place. The murdered were regarded as good Jews. They accepted their
fate helplessly, without resistance.
This narrative of the Jews has played out on the historical stage
with boring monotony: Jews get killed because they are Jews. Nothing
novel about it. After the Holocaust, however, the world, disgusted
by this particularly ghoulish period of history, accorded some
sympathy for the Jews.
Media commentary about the ongoing Gaza War reveals the world has now
reverted to its pre-Holocaust perspective. Today, the only good Jew
is a powerless Jew willing to become a dead one. The Zionist
Revolution is to blame. It changed everything. Jews re-created
their own country. The Arabs attacked the new Jewish state the day
after independence and promised to complete Hitler's genocide. In
succeeding decades, the Arabs attacked again and again. Strangely,
the Jews, many of them refugees from Arab nations, adopted a
surprising, new tactic: they fought back.
With Zionism, the Jews stubbornly refused to follow the centuries-old
script. They refuse to be killed without resistance. As a result,
the world has become increasingly enraged at their impertinence.
The recent events in Gaza and Mumbai make this plain. In 2005,
Israel eliminated all Jewish presence in Gaza making it Judenrein and
handed it over to the Palestinians. Left behind were synagogues and
thriving green houses. The Arabs looted and destroyed them literally
the day after Israel 's withdrawal was complete. Where these
structures once stood, the Palestinians built military bases and
installed rocket launchers to shell Israeli civilians. To date, some
7,000 missiles have fallen on Israeli cities and towns, killing and
maiming dozens, and sowing widespread terror. Medical studies reveal
nearly all Jewish children in the communities bordering Gaza suffer
from serious, trauma-induced illness.
The Gazan Palestinians then elected Hamas to lead them. Hamas
proceeded to kill or imprison their political rivals, and its
leaders, true to the Hamas charter, were unabashed in clearly stating
their aims: they will not stop until they achieve their Final
Solution, kill all the Jews, take over the land of Israel , and
establish a theocracy governed by Islamic law.
As killing Jews for being Jews has been a national sport for
centuries, Islamic militants are justified in believing they are
merely fulfilling historical tradition in Argentina, India and Gaza.
Surely the Jews in Mumbai did not occupy Gaza. They were tortured
and killed just for being Jews. And predictably, in the eyes of the
world, they immediately became good Jews, just like my murdered
family in Bertishev.
Good Jews would wait until Hamas has weapons enabling its members to
achieve their ultimate goal of absolute mass murder. Those enraged
by Israel s defensive military action insist Hamas uses only crude
rockets, as if Qassams were BB guns, and military inferiority were
somehow equivalent with moral superiority. In fact, Hamas now has
Iranian-supplied Grad missiles which have landed on Be'er Sheva and
the outskirts of Tel Aviv.
Westerners have had only sporadic exposure to the indiscriminant
killing in the name of holy war which Israel has lived with for
years. Memories of 9-11, Madrid , and London have dimmed. This is
not because the Islamic militants made a careful choice of weapons.
They simply have not yet acquired nuclear bombs. Once they do, the
West will develop a less detached view about the Islamists professed
intentions for the infidels.
The only enlightened people in the civilized world who actually get
it are the Israelis. They've not had time for detached philosophical
ponderings. They've been too busy confronting the reality of Islamic
Soon, Iran will have nuclear weapons. It will give them to Hezbollah
and Hamas. Today, Jews must take a position: either be "good" Jews
willing to be slaughtered without resistance, or be bad Jews who
defend themselves at the cost of being pariahs of our enlightened
world. Good Jews would wait for another six million to be murdered,
and pick up to leave for another country to start the cycle again.
The bad ones refuse to go calmly into the ditch.
I confess: I m a bad Jew!
Rami Kaminski, MD, is Director and Founder of the Institute for
Integrative Psychiatry in New York, a not-for -profit organization
aimed at evaluating current psychiatric services and how they
integrate with medicine, such as the mutual effects between medical
and psychiatric conditions. Prior to that, Dr. Kaminkski was the
Commissioner's Liaison to Families and Community and Medical Director
of Operations at the New York State Office of Mental Health. Dr.
Kaminski also holds an academic position as Associate Professor of
Psychiatry at Columbia University. He earned recognition in 1990
from Mt. Sinai Hospital as Physician of the Year, and received the
Exemplary Psychiatrist Awards from the National Alliance for the
Mentally Ill. Dr. Kaminski 's research explores neuropsychiatric
aspects of brain disorders, such as Alzheimer and Parkinson's disease
and movement disorders, as well as psychopharmacology of
schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. He was for many years
Director of The Schizophrenia research Unit at Mount Sinai Hospital
in NYC. Dr. Kaminiski also served as the Medical Director of the PMHP
and consultant to the committee in charge of developing the Special
5. The ACRI has NEVER placed an ad mourning murdered Jews, but :
6. Some new targets to bomb:
7. Hamas Interior Minister Said Sayyam, dispatched to his 72 virgins by
an Israeli airstrike Thursday, was one of the Islamic militant group's top
five leaders in Gaza and a key figure in its violent takeover of the
territory in 2007, and was evidently one of the key figures behind the
kidnapping of Gilad Shalit.
All I can say is ---- YES SAYYAM!