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Friday, November 11, 2005
Last update - 11:11 11/11/2005
The violence in France began even before the current outbreak, in acts of vandalism perpetrated by young Muslims against Jewish cemeteries and synagogues. Thus they created a situation unprecedented in France since the days of the Nazi occupation Jewish parents were afraid to send their children to school wearing kippot. The French police fought the phenomenon, without success.
Clearly, the Muslims in France are operating out of a sense of strength and self-confidence. The sense of power comes from their growing numbers more than 12 percent of the population and their demographic centralization. They are formally French, but in their own areas they maintain a unique lifestyle, and that's where Islamization has reached its climax.
The current intifada in France began almost exactly like the Palestinian intifada in 1987. Here, an accident in Gaza claimed Palestinian lives. In France, an accident in which two young Muslims were electrocuted sparked the violence. For both Palestinians and French Muslims, the initial motive of the rage was the sense of oppression and humiliation.
Those who argue that the initial and main motive for the riots in France is the sense of oppression felt by the new proletariat emerging among the Muslim immigrants are right. But it is a mistake to focus entirely on socioeconomic causes. They were an initial motive, but the next stages always arrive, and religion has a lot to play in the matter. When Islam doesn't provide enough of an answer, they look for heroes elsewhere, such as Al-Qaida. READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE
|More Moslem Destruction of Temple Mount Feared |
18:14 Nov 09, '05 / 7 Cheshvan 5766
By Hillel Fendel
The Committee to Prevent Temple Mount Artifacts Desecration warns that Muslim Waqf construction works are once again underway - this time at the Temple entrance path taken by Jews 2,000 years ago.
The Committee sent a letter on the matter this week to the Prime Minister and to the Director of the Antiquities Authority. The letter states that new information has been received indicating the Waqf's intention to continue its "refurbishing" works on the Mount.
Yisrael Caspi, an active member of the Committee, told Arutz-7, "For some years now we have been standing guard to try to have the Waqf stop its destruction works. The Waqf is trying to take over the Mount and make it a totally Moslem site, with no Jewish presence."
"The problem is that the Prime Minister has neutralized all other elements - the Minister of Public Security, the Education Ministry, and the Antiquities Authority - and has taken full control of the situation. And the cycle is always the same: The government gives the Waqf a permit for refurbishing and the like, then the Waqf starts building and turning the area into a mosque, while destroying or hiding Jewish artifacts, and then we are not even allowed into the sites. This cycle has to be stopped!"
Caspi said that the latest information indicates that the Waqf plans to begin work at the site known as the Hatunya, adjacent to the Southern Wall excavations and the Dung Gate entrance to the Western Wall.
"A staircase leads from the Temple Mount plaza downward under the Al Aksa mosque [south of the Dome of the Rock]," he said, "to two tunnels built by King Herod 2,000 years ago. The tunnels served the Jews who entered the Holy Temple from the Hulda Gate on the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount. Today, we see the Hulda Gate, but just to the left is a building called the Hatunya, built several hundred years ago. The Waqf wants to excavate the tunnels and the Hatunya, and, based on past experience, turn it into yet another mosque - while hiding or destroying Jewish artifacts."
"We firmly object to granting the Waqf a construction permit for its Temple Mount works," the Comittee's letter states, "and we demand that all work be carried out only under the supervision of the Antiquities Authority."
Caspi said, "Our past experience has shown that the Waqf does not exactly have an interest in preserving the archaeological findings there, and especially not the Jewish ones. On the contrary: They want to hide and even destroy all Jewish findings. This is our concern. We demand that the Antiquities Authority - which is not taking a strong enough position on this issue - be responsible once again for what goes on there." READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE...
A SPECIAL REQUEST: Will someone who knows their Torah please leave a comment that includes the exact prohibition against permitting any desecration of the Temple? Todah rabah.
Jewish Cookbooks & Recipes
(With an empty stomach nothing can be tolerated)
Thursday, November 10, 2005
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WEBSITE: Gamla Shall Not Fall Again!
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Personal Anecdote: Mr. Netanyahu, before becoming Prime Minister of Israel, Cabinet Minister, Likud Party member and sometimes leader, used to be Israel's Consul General in Los Angeles, California. That's how I met him. I didn't know him as well as some other members of the Jewish Defense League knew him but I was aware of his devlish sense of humor.
Once upon a time (and many times thereafter), the PLO and Islamic Student Council (actually pretty much one and the same as each other) planned a violent anti-Israel riot at the Israeli consulate in Los Angeles. They actually imagined that they could walk right up to the building housing the consulate and start smashing windows or beating people up. Whatever. They didn't count on the Jewish Defense League getting there FIRST.
We were a human barrier that they simply could not penetrate and those few who tried very quickly regretted the attempt and scampered back to their side of the boulevard with a few new bruises to show for their pathetic attempt.
The FBI did not try to stop the confrontation although they were happily taking pictures of all the attendees. On both sides.
Eventually, the LAPD showed up and ordered the entire crowd (both sides) to disperse. And there was simply no way the JDL would abandon Israel until every last anti-Israel anti-American fanatic was gone from the street. Every last one of them.
So, just as the LAPD started slapping on the handcuffs on us JDL members, Binyamin Netanyahu comes out from the consulate stating with great conviction to the police, "No, no, you have no legal authority to do that."
Seems that it is federal law that the building(s) that house any foreign embassy or consulate as well as 500 feet extending outwards from those buildings is the sovereign territory of that nation. So the LAPD was stepping onto Israeli "soil" to arrest the JDL.
Mr. Netanyahu told them they would have to gain his government's permission to do that and since he was his government's representative and he was declaring all of us in JDL to be Israeli citizens "by right of return*," he was therefore refusing to allow the LAPD to have access to "his" citizens. He asked them to kindly step off of Israeli soil.
So none of us were arrested that day and we turned our side of the street into a great block party celebration. Shalom Sherman, a well-known Israeli entertainer who happened to be on the premises, came out to entertain us. It was great fun.
And I thought that Mr. Netanyahu was a very funny man for doing what he did.
*The "right of return" refers to Jews who emigrate to Israel and can almost automatically be granted Israeli citizenship by claiming this right. A person normally goes to Eretz Israel to do this but conceivably, since Israeli embassies are considered "Israeli soil," I guess a person could also make that same claim that way. At least, that's how it worked that one day with Mr. Netanyahu. Many American citizens hold dual citizenship with another country.
Talk Now, Demolish Israel Later, Hamas Says
Talk Now, Demolish Israel Later, Hamas Says
(CNSNews.com) - Hamas is ready to negotiate with Israel as a means of achieving its goals, which include the end of the Jewish State, a Hamas leader said on Wednesday.
JUST A LITTLE REMINDER: The Oslo Accords forbid any terrorist group from participation in Palestinian elections. In violation of this important agreement that began the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, P.A. Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has invited Hamas to field candidates in all P.A. elections.
A Moslem Voice Speaks Truth
The PBS website has an interview with one Mamoun Abdelali who speaks of what it is like to grow up Moslem in France, poor, disenfranchised, with no real hope for a bright future. He tells of countless young people abandoned by their own local Moslem clerics who are then left to form a quasi-counterculture of their own without any real moral or true Islamic compass to guide them.
So how DO they find direction? Al Qaeda seeks them out at mosques and markets and schools and private living rooms and anywhere else they can be tracked down. Young people are selected and then profiled for their "terrorist potential" before being approached. Then they are seduced by favors and money.
Mr. Abdelali says the lure is understandable. One day, you are a juvenile delinquent detached from the society where you live but you still know it is wrong to steal cars (even if you do it, anyway) and the next day you have powerful friends with a twisted version of a religion you don't even know that well and those "friends" are now telling you that all criminal behavior, car stealing, arson, even murder are now to be considered acts of worship to Allah. How very empowering and validating that must feel to that young person.
Mr. Abdelali seems to think that this force may now be unstoppable. He fears for the future of Europe. READ HIS INTERVIEW HERE.
Moroccans demand release of hostages
Moroccans demand release of hostages
CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Moroccans marched through Casablanca to demand the release of two Moroccan Embassy employees reported kidnapped in Iraq and threatened with execution.
A war of values, not religion
A war of values, not religion
Of course, it goes without saying that most Muslims are not terrorists. Of course many people professing Islam are compassionate and generous. Of course Islam should not be gratuitously insulted. But neither should it be sugar-coated or kowtowed to. Yet too many Western elites are unwilling to speak plainly about the problems within Islam itself, or to hold Muslim culture to what should be universal standards of decency and justice. Far from being ''too confrontational" in their attitude toward Islam, they have been too indulgent and deferential, careful never to say anything that might be deemed insensitive. One result has been an increase in extremist behavior: Witness the ''Eurofada" raging in the streets of Paris. MORE...
France’s Ramadan Uprising - a Ticking Bomb for Europe
The violent riots spreading across France took several worrying directions Sunday night, Nov. 6, and Monday. The mostly Muslim gangs of youths began surging out of the immigrant suburbs to invade town centers; they fired their first gunshots at policemen; the number of torched cars peaked to 1,400; and disturbing new slogans were hurled, depicting Paris as ”Baghdad-on-the Seine” and their campaign as the start of Europe’s Ramadan Intifada.
There are plenty of indications that the riots are not simply spontaneous outbursts of frustration by disadvantaged youths of North and black African descent, but centrally organized mayhem, an “intifada” activated by Muslim networking.
France’s leaders, like the British and Dutch, are clinging to the hope that sympathetic dialogue with moderate Muslims will calm the street, despite all the evidence that radical, activist Muslims do not heed established Islamic authorities.
The controlling hand, far from being legitimate Muslim authority, is beginning to emerge as the very organization that has for several years been recruiting young fighters in French Muslim ghettos fight al Qaeda’s wars against the West in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iraq and other sectors.
Today, French counter-terror sources are willing to admit, albeit on the quiet and not for attribution, that those clandestine terrorist cells may well be at the bottom of the current riots. MORE...
Al Qaeda in the News
|Zarqawi Moves His Headquarters to Baghdad|
According to intelligence data reaching the American command, the Jordanian terrorist chief, Abu Musab al Zarqawi, commander of al Qaeda Iraq, has left the Sunni-dominated Anbar province bordering on Syria after two years. In mid-October he is described as driving into Baghdad in mid-October in a convoy of six Iraqi military vehicles stolen from US-Iraqi bases in the north. All the travelers, including the boss, were clad in new uniforms of high Iraqi army officers. They breezed past the roadblocks guarding the town’s entrances without arousing suspicion. Indeed some of the Iraqi security officers manning them saluted the fake officers. MORE...
|Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed the triple suicide blasts that ripped through three Amman hotels Wednesday, Nov. 9. |
Jordan has closed its borders, government offices and schools in a high security alert after the serial strikes against Western chain hotels bearing the hallmarks of al Qaeda’s Abu Musab al Zarqawi, himself a Jordanian Palestinian. The Radisson, Grand Hyatt and Days Inn were attacked minutes apart, the first suicide bombings al Qaeda brought off in Amman. MORE...
|Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has been diverting fighting strength from Iraq to terror arenas in Jordan, Syria, Sinai and the Gaza Strip. |
The suicide attacks on three US-owned five-star hotels popular with Westerners in Amman Wednesday night, Nov. 9, points to several disturbing manifestations. MORE...
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
When Pictures Lie
It was always a great horrible lie. The entire thing, from beginning to end, was a lie. I'm talking about that pitiful and pathetic video show put on by French television that was shown around the world that featured a father trying to shield his young son from a barrage of Israeli bullets. It never happened. At least, not in the way the Al Qaeda recruiting posters would have you believe.
When this report first aired and I saw it, I felt great sympathy for that father and child and it broke my heart on that poor father's behalf that he was unable to save his child's life. It truly broke my heart. It didn't matter if you were Moslem or Jew, Arab or American. The only story from those horrifying images was one of heartbreak.
But what would have been the reaction of millions of viewers around the world if they had been permitted to see ALL the video shot that day by that French TV crew? What if the world had seen the extra footage of the father and son actors being stage blocked and managed by the French crew prior to actual "shooting?" Most especially, where would the public outrage have been directed and should have been directed if the remaining video had been shown that clearly displayed the "dead" boy after being "shot," now sitting himself up, propped up on an elbow and with a playful attitude?
And should the whole story have been told... in the interest of journalistic integrity, of course. That part of the story about how a child who had died in a local hospital that day who'd had no part in any shooting was identified as the boy in the video even though that boy, still very much alive, looked nothing like the dead child in the hospital. Should that part of the story have been told?
Oh, that's right. Seeing as how the whole thing was a set-up from start to finish, it is rather silly to toss around terms like "journalistic integrity," isn't it?
It was all staged. They were actors performing for the camera. Nobody died. It's believable at this point that nobody even got shot.
And who benefitted from this disgusting manipulation? Well, as mentioned, Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations used the fake video in their recruiting efforts which were so successful that a young woman strapped herself up with explosives and, fortunately, was stopped by Israeli soldiers before she could carry out her plan - to walk into a children's hospital and blow herself up so as to kill as many innocent babies as possible in revenge for the videotaped "killing" of the Palestinian boy.
And that was hardly the only repercussion of this piece of propaganda filth. The nation of Israel was condemned from every corner of this planet for this incident. It hardly mattered when the truth came out. The intifada was on.
So where does Israel go to get her reputation back? How do we put back the lives of innocent civilians who were slaughtered by terrorists who carried out their acts of murder in the name of a "murdered" child that still lived?
These are some of the questions posed by David Gelernter in his article, "When Pictures Lie." Go read it.
Life in Israel from Cafe Oleh
Cafe Oleh from the Jerusalem Post lists many great resources for information about living in Israel.
Truth in History - Were the Palestinians Actually Expelled from Israel in 1948?
But were they uprooted, and if so by whom? In Haifa, one of the largest and most dramatic locales of the Palestinian exodus, not only had half the Arab community fled the city before the final battle was joined, but another 5,000-15,000 apparently left voluntarily during the fighting while the rest, some 15,000-25,000 souls, were ordered or bullied into leaving against their wishes, almost certainly on the instructions of the Arab Higher Committee. The crime was exclusively of Arab making. There was no Jewish grand design to force this departure, nor was there a psychological "blitz." To the contrary, both the Haifa Jewish leadership and the Hagana went to great lengths to convince the Arabs to stay. These efforts, indeed, reflected the wider Jewish attitude in Palestine. All deliberations of the Jewish leadership regarding the transition to statehood were based on the assumption that, in the Jewish state that would arise with the termination of the British Mandate, Palestine’s Arabs would remain as equal citizens.
-- From, "Were the Palestinians Expelled?" by Efraim Karsh
November 9, 1938
On Hating the Jews by Natan Sharansky
On Hating the Jews
What Martin Luther King, Jr. Had to Say
|You declare, my friend, that you do not hate the Jews, you are merely "anti-Zionist." And I say, let the truth ring forth from the high mountain tops, let it echo through the valleys of G-d's green earth; when people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews--this is G-d's own truth.|
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
So what happened to the canary?
|Jeff Jacoby of the Jewish World Review writes in his editorial, "The canary in Europe's mine," that anti-Semitism is not merely on the rise in Europe, it has spilled over the floodgates and engulfs the continent. His article gives example after example of how anti-Semitism has worked its way back to political correctness after a period of shame and guilt following the Holocaust.|
You see, the point of his article was to say, "Pay attention to your history, Europe. When your Jews have suffered, so have you. Pay attention, Europe. Disaster is coming." Jacoby paints the Jew as the symbolic canary in the mine. When the canary in the mine dies, all the miners know to get out fast because at that point disaster is imminent.
Interestingly, a portion of his article discusses France and the French government's reaction to the flood of French anti-Semitism. Mr. Jacoby writes:
And what is the reaction of the leader of France to all of this? President Jacques Chirac has proclaimed, "Stop saying that there is antisemitism in France. There is no antisemitism in France."
Well, in that case, here's a thousand words, Mr. Chirac:
Mr. Jacoby writes, "A timeless lesson of history is that it rarely ends with the Jews. Militant Islamist extremists were attacking and killing Jews long before they attacked and killed Americans on Sept. 11. The Nazis first set out to incinerate the Jews; in the end, all of Europe was ablaze.
Jews, it is often said, are the canary in the coal mine of civilization. When they become the objects of savagery and hate, it means the air has been poisoned and an explosion is soon to come. If Europeans don't rise up and turn against the Jew-haters, it is only a matter of time until the Jew-haters rise up and turn against them."
And now it is France's turn to face the fires. See the article, "Why French youth are rioting." In it, you will read, "The spark for the rage is economic - unemployment among French Muslim youth is endemic. But the riots, increasingly organized through Internet sites, have given an opening for fundamentalist Islamists to radicalize French Muslims, giving the riots an even more volatile and sinister edge in an age of terrorism." More coverage of the riots (or should it be called the Cyber-Intifada?) spreading across Europe can be found on Yahoo's Special Riots Coverage Section.
Yo. Europe. How's that canary doing?
After all, they ARE experts... here's what they say.
|"Allah revealed Islam in order that humanity could be governed according to it. Unbelief is darkness and disorder. So the unbelievers, if they are not suppressed, create disorder. That is why the Muslims are responsible for the implementation of Allah's Law on the planet, that humanity may be governed by it, as opposed to corrupt man-made laws. The Muslims must make all efforts to establish the religion of Allah on the earth."|
--Muhammad 'Abdus Salam Faraj, Jihad: The Absent Obligation, p43
|"Islam wishes to destroy all States and Governments anywhere on the face of the earth which are opposed to the ideology and programme of Islam regardless of the country or the Nation which rules it. The purpose of Islam is to set up a State on the basis of its own ideology and programme, regardless of which Nation assumes the role of the standard bearer of Islam or the rule of which nation is undermined in the process of the establishment of an ideological Islamic State."|
--Sayeed Abdul A'la Maududi, Jihad in Islam p9
Reform vs. Islamism in the Arab World Today
MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute) has an excellent article on their website that explains the historical roots of today's radical Islamic terrorism. The article follows the progression from the barbarism practiced by early Moslems in fulfillment of their religious idealogy against non-Moslems to how the most extremist views would be extrapolated by radical clerics from the religious texts of Islam and distorted then distorted again and again by the followers of the early clerics unto today's radical extremist clerics of Islam and from that, twisted yet again to fuel a war of hate and terror and death against "the west."
MEMRI suggests there are two camps that exist inside the world of Islam - one based on hate for the infidel and calling for all-out jihad until all the world is brought under the Islamic lash...or dead, and then there is the more moderate school of thought that seeks coexistence with the rest of the planet. So far, the radical voices seem to hold the most sway in the Islamic world and the MEMRI article suggests some of the reasons why this is so.
I'm sorry to say that this article does not hold out much hope that the moderates will ever prevail. Still, the article is eye-opening and quite fascinating. You can READ IT HERE.
|Rachel Corrie, an American activist, stood in front of an Israeli tank below the driver's line-of-sight and was killed when the tank moved forward and over her. If you put her name into Google, you will get back many thousands of links, stories, websites.|
But did you know that other Rachels have also been killed in Eretz Israel? And do you know what they did to get themselves killed? One was a grandmother returning home from the celebration of the birth of her first grandchild. For that, she was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist. Another was a mother of seven children who was murdered, along with several of her children, inside her own home. Again, by a Palestinian terrorist. Yet another Rachel stepped out for a bite of pizza and for that, a Palestinian terrorist determined it was her time to die. He made that choice for her.
And there are more. Too many more. Where are the stories about these Rachels? Why are they invisible to international media?
These are some of the things the article, "Rachel Who" discusses on the blog titled, "Boker Tov, Boulder!" Please go have a look-see.
Monday, November 07, 2005
June 7, 1967 - The Wall is Liberated!
Tzedakah: What is it and why should you care?
I find that to be fascinating... that the true significance of the word, "tzedakah," is justice. What is more "just" than elevating your fellow human being to the same level of living and dignity as your own self? To erase all barriers of need and suffering between persons, and whole peoples, is justice indeed. Justice is fairness. Justice is the natural state of harmony that occurs when one treats oneself and others with fairness and kindness. And this is tzedakah.
As a student of Rabbi Zvi Block, I learned that a Jew is commanded to do just three things: to love G-d, to love Torah, and to love the world. And, if a Jew finds that he/she can do only one of these three things, then he/she must love the world for that is the greatest commandment of all. G-d says so.
As Rabbi Block explained, in doing and living out that last commandment, one will eventually be fulfilling the other two. Makes sense to me!
One person's life is just one thread in a whole tapestry that makes up human existence. It is essential that we all learn to weave - to coexist - to love one another. That tapestry is not going to weave itself. It's up to us. What kind of world do we want to make out of our many threads?
And if one of those threads goes astray due to hunger or some other basic human need that is not being met, when someone's dignity is on the line, and you have the capacity for compassion that G-d wisely built into your soul, will you listen to it or will you pretend that you're not hearing the call? Will you not use the thread of your own human existence to pick up someone else's lost stitch to help get them back on track?
Maimonides wrote, "Even a poor person who lives entirely on tzedakah must also give tzedakah to another." (Mishnah Torah Chapter 7, Line 5) You see? We all matter. We all can do. We are interwoven.
What kind of human tapestry do you want to see woven and what are you willing to do to achieve it? It is not possible to create something beautiful based on that which is unjust. And so, you must love the world. G-d says so.
Please, read a little of what has been written on the subject of tzedakah...
Talmud: "Deeds of kindness are equal in
Sunday, November 06, 2005
Shiksa? What shiksa?
So, okay. I'm not really a shiksa... anymore. But I was one, once upon a time, more than half my lifetime ago. I am 55 years old and I converted to Judaism when I was 25. I studied with Rabbi Joseph Feinstein who gave an especially lovely lesson on the sanctity of Life one day...
Just as we were discussing the subject, an annoying fly buzzed the Rabbi. In a flash, Rabbi Feinstein's hand snapped out and with a piece of rolled-up paper he smacked the sanctified life right out of that little fly. The Rabbi's wife burst out laughing.
"So what happened to your lesson on the sanctity of Life?," she asked.
"Let him pay his share of the rent and he can live," answered the Rabbi.
This sweet Orthodox rabbi had already written an episode of "Sanford and Son" in which Fred Sanford discovers his Jewish roots.
So. I'm not a shiksa anymore. And I only ever saw one episode of, "The X Files," but I still liked my title up there, so that's how this blog got its name. Capische?