I'm on Facebook, looking at a picture of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews attending the funeral of police officer Zidan Saif, and the photo caption reads: "Look: Religious Jews mourning a Druze officer. Is this what you call an apartheid state?"
And that's when I realize that we [the Jewish people] have a problem. Not a problem with Arabs, with anti-Semites or with an unforgiving world, but with ourselves.
On November 18, four people were murdered in cold blood while they were praying, and another died trying to save them. The very next day, we went on the defensive. As we always have, as we always do, even in the midst of tragedy. The seven-day mourning period has barely started and we are already explaining why we have the audacity to want to survive.
After Oslo, the American government for the first time was in a position to ask the Palestinian Authority to hand over killers of Americans — but that hasn't materialized despite the numerous Americans murdered in Palestinian [sic] terror attacks.
Poor Diego Alfonso Beltran! The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that Beltran, a member of the Columbian terrorist organization FARC, has been extradited to the U.S. to stand trial for an attack on American citizens in Columbia in 2003. It is Beltran's misfortune that he is not a Palestinian. If he were, he could rest assured that the U.S. would never extradite him.
Why is media misdirecting attention away from the real news about Jonathan Pollard?
Justin Kaisse (aka Justin4J4JP) Facebook Manager for J4JP submitted the following comment to JTA:
RE: "Pollard rejected escape plan, former handler says" (JTA, December 2, 2014)
Why are informed media focusing on utter fiction purported to have occurred 30 years ago when breaking news on Pollard is screaming for attention and crying out for justice? I refer to the fact that Pollard is now sitting in prison on false charges.
Sweden and the United Kingdom have, at least on paper, recognized a Palestinian [sic] state. This recognition has no practical significance but its reverbations undermine the foundations of the State of Israel. It is striking that. 550 Israelis have signed a petition calling for the Spanish Parliament to emulate Sweden and to also recognize the "Palestinian" enemy on the western side of the Jordan River.
Had the Europeans known the facts, had they wanted to know the facts — they certainly would not have voted as they did. The legend that the "Palestinians" are the "natives" and we are the big, bad conqueror, is revealed as baseless after 10 minutes of candid conversation with a "Palestinian", or after a look at the new stones with which they built their villages. Aerial photographs also demonstrate the fact that the Arabs of Judea and Samaria came here late. If you ask them they will tell you: We came from Jordan. We came from Saudi Arabia. We came because there is money here, and a chance for a better life.
I spent most of my adult life living in Israel. My wife and I raised our five children here and are now watching our eleven (so far) grandchildren grow up here. As we approach our golden years we look upon our life as filled with blessings. The decision to come home was clearly the best decision of our lives. No Jew can be complete if he lives away from home. With all of its problems Israel is our only home. The Jewish State, with all of its faults, is the beginning of fulfillment of Biblical prophesy. Nothing about it is logical. Our leadership in every generation here made every mistake possible and still our country grows and thrives.
Back in 1948, when we did not have anything resembling the outstanding army we have today, we fought against impossible odds and won. And today, when we have the most sophisticated army in the world, we choose not to fight. We choose not to recognize our enemies who live in our midst, and we choose not to recognize the war they are waging against us.
"For Al-Aqsa We Will Run Over Settlers" is the name of a new song put online recently by two Palestinian [sic] singers from Ram'Allah. The popular slogan "Al-Aqsa is in danger" has been used by extremist Islamic elements for decades, since the days of Haj Amin el-Husseini, the grand mufti of Jerusalem who was Hitler's friend, to incite the street. This blood libel, accepted with consensus across the Muslim world, claims that Israel is plotting to collapse the Temple Mount mosques in order to build the Third Temple in their place.
At the basis of this narrative are certain alleged axioms taken for granted as truths, namely that the Jewish religion has no connection to the place, that a Jewish presence on the mount is detrimental to the holiness of the mosques, before even mentioning, heaven forbid, Jewish prayer there. It is interesting that according to the Quran itself (17:4-8 ) there most certainly were Jewish temples on the mount. Additionally, the Supreme Muslim Council (the highest body in charge of Muslim community affairs in Mandate Palestine under British control) issued a pamphlet in 1924 [A Brief Guide to al-Haram al-Sharif ] clearly stating: "The site is one of the oldest in the world. Its sanctity dates from the earliest (perhaps from prehistoric) times. Its identity with the site of Solomon's Temple is beyond dispute." [pg. 4; emphasis added]
The feeling of disconnection between the government and the army has never felt higher than when our unit awoke this morning [July 16, 2014] to hear the embarrassing, demoralizing, and disheartening news. Israel agreed to a ceasefire while Hamas refused the offer with righteous indignation vowing to continue their genocidal campaign.
Where is our righteous indignation?
As our cities are pummeled with missiles and our citizens are maimed and killed — where is our rage?
As our children huddle hour after hour, day after day, in bomb shelters — traumatized in fear — where is our fury?
The U.S. State Department is listed as a "cultural partner" of the 24th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, held from April 30 to May 5. Among the anti-Semitic publications on display at the fair (in both English and Arabic) — books which paved the way for the Holocaust — are The International Jew [by Henry Ford], Mein Kampf [by Adolf Hitler] and The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.
The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion is now reported to be the second most widely published book in the Arab world. It promotes anti-Semitic conspiracy theories that Jews are planning global domination.
As it has in the past, the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, Inc. (UJA Federation) is allowing extremist anti-Israel groups to march on June 1, 2014 in its "Israel Day Parade". These are organizations that are part of the ongoing call for boycotts of Israeli companies such as Sodastream and Ahava Cosmetics.
A coalition of Jewish community organizations urgently calls on all friends of Israel to make their voices heard. The UJA-Federation and Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) have granted permission to extremist anti-Israel organizations to march in the Celebrate Israel Parade on June 1st in New York. These groups encourage Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, seeking to delegitimize and economically weaken the Jewish State.
In the wake of the massive rocket attack from Gaza this Wednesday, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman told Israel Television Channel 2 that Israel should immediately retake the Gaza Strip and clear it of weapons.