Monday, December 05, 2016

Illegal Immigration from Gaza

Thanks to TN, I can now inform you that the Gazans allowed to travel to Jerusalem to pray at the Haram A-Sharif (here) not only have been benefiting from a privilege that I do not think they deserve, one that is not granted to a Jew, especially as they come from a Hamas regime area, but as the Civil Administration admits, they are taking advantage of and sneaking off to the Gallillee and other places to remain in Israel.

Here's one post:

Here's a news item that I see confirms:

More than 200 Palestinians from the besieged Gaza Strip traveled to occupied East Jerusalem on Friday to attend prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, according to Palestinian liaison officials...The number of Palestinians permitted to worship at Al-Aqsa was reduced by Israel earlier this year...A spokesperson for the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), the Israeli agency responsible for implementing Israeli policies in the occupied Palestinian territory, told Ma'an at the time that Israeli authorities decided to reduce the quota of permits for Palestinians to travel to the Al-Aqsa Mosque for prayers as a result of Hamas and other groups "choosing to use the crossing permits given to them illegally."


We are increasing our demographic imbalance (not to mention potential future terror activities) - and for prayer privileges that Jews cannot enjoy?

Maybe you'd like to discuss this matter with them?

Public Ombudsman at the Unit's HQ and the Civil Administration
Telephone: 03-6977957
Fax: 03-6975177

Civil Administration: 

Telephone: 02-9977001
Fax: 02-9977341

Social Media


Or with your favorite MK?

Reform Diasporian Celebration

This begins with George Steiner and goes downhill from there.

Last night, participating at the Gala Opening of the Jewish Media Summit in Jerusalem, I was given a booklet.  It even had the imprimatur of the Wold Zionist Organization with this cover logo:

Welcome to Diaspora-Israel Day – a worldwide festival of Jewish Peoplehood on the 7th of Cheshvan! We invite you to celebrate your partnership in the wider Jewish world and to mark the deep bond between Jewish communities around the globe and between these communities and Israel –

But before we deal with some of the issues this program idea raises, let us return to the matter of George Steiner who is quoted on page 3 of the booklet.

The odd thing is that Steiner thought of his father as thinking that

Jews were endangered guests wherever they went

and as for his relationship with Zionism and Israel, there is this there as well:

...Steiner has held up the diaspora as an ideal: "He's always had a non-Zionist view of Jewish history. He refuses to buy into Jewish nationalism, and believes Jewish creativity is essentially a diasporic condition." Steiner says: "I've tried at personal and professional cost to warn against nationalism in Israel and the treatment of Palestinians; to say that because of what we are, there are things we can't do. The extremists spit in your face; others say, 'Shut up in your beautiful house in Cambridge.' 

And please read this essay on Steiner.

As I noted above, the 28-page Tractate which was placed in our hands last night carries a motto from Steiner:

Trees have roots, men have legs and are each other’s guests...The Jew has his anchorage not in place but in time...Six thousand years of self-awareness are a homeland.

That is actually stringing two different utterances/writings together.  A bit fuller version is this:

To show that where trees have roots, men have legs and are each other’s guests...The Jew has his anchorage not in place but in time, in his highly developed sense of history as personal context. Six thousand years of self-awareness are a homeland.” 

Actually, there is an even fuller quotation of the first part of his words which were published in ‘A Kind of survivor’ (pp.132-3), see here, and they appear as:

Nationalism is the venom of our age. It has brought Europe to the edge of ruin. It drives the new states of Asia and Africa like crazed lemmings. By proclaiming himself a Ghanaian, a Nicaraguan, a Maltese, a man spares himself vexation. He need not ravel out what he is, where his humanity lies. He becomes one of an armed, coherent pack. Every mob impulse in modern politics, every totalitarian design, feeds on nationalism, on the drug of hatred which makes human beings bare their teeth across a wall, across ten yards of waste ground. Even if it be against his harried will, his weariness, the Jew – or some Jews, at least – may have an exemplary role. To show to show that where trees have roots, men have legs and are each other’s guests

"Venom"?  "Drug of hatred"?  And the Jew is not to be nationalistic?

The quoted section also appears here as

But to me trees have roots, and humans have legs, which is an immense advance. We are each other's guests as we move across the earth. This vision of Judaism runs roughly from Jeremiah to Trotsky, another one of the greatest figures of Jewish internationalism 

The second part of the quotation, of which Rabbi Nir Barkin and Smadar Bilik, the Tractate's collectors and editors leave out the bit of "in his highly developed sense of history as personal context" is from another source, see here.

In short, not only have Steiner's words been chopped up and bereft of context, but placing an ambivalent anti-nationalist Jew as a pillar of wisdom, the team is directing its learners in a non-Zionist direction.

Even Amnon Rubinstein wrote of "George Steiner's Zionist Heresies" that

It is the Jews' otherness, their alienation and the absence of a territorial patrimony that explains, in George Steiner's view, their contribution to civilization. The homeland of the Jews is the book, not the soil.

If they are celebrating Diaspora Existence Day, that is one thing.  If that is what the Reform Movement wants to do, a bi gezundt.  

But that the WZO is finding or sponsoring this?

Is the Reform Movement backing out of Jewish nationalism, as it first did?

Or should they have selected this from a speech he made

 "Israel is an absolute miracle, a dream out of the inferno that was realized as though with a magic wand. Now it is the safe haven for Jews. Should trouble arise again - and it will arise - one day maybe Israel will give shelter to my son and to my son's sons."

What is going one with this initiative?

Well, here is one major issue: Jewish history is turned on its head.

This is what is asserted in the Tractate:

The nation's heritage begins its story outside the Land of Israel and its formative history is one of a series of ongoing migrations to and from the Land.

A Zionist, of course, would view that as a non-historical reality.

Yes, Jews left and came to the Land of Israel.  And yes, Abraham the Patriarch did come, as urged by his vision, from modern-day Iraq, to the Land of Canaan.  But Jewish history is one of Land-anchored events, religious commandments and customs and practices and the ability to be a nation rather than a community or, as Steiner would wish it to be, Jewish individuals.

Is this an underground effort to re-alter Jewish life agendas?

The Tractate quotes many sources that support, as it were, a Diaspora existence but what seems to be missing is all the actual historical experiences that mitigated against Diaspora existence.  The word 'Holocaust' appears once, in a biographical note of a Rabbi born in "the pre-Holocaust period".  The term 'anti-Semitism' does no appear and neither does 'pogroms'.

This is Jewish history and Land of Israel-Diaspora relations?

So, who in the WZO was responsible for this?



Emily Hauser Tweet Twat

A series of tweets by Emily Hauser who is an American-Israeli writer currently living in Chicago. She has studied and reported on the contemporary Middle East since the early 1990s for a variety of outlets, including The Chicago Tribune and The Daily Beast:

1) If I still wrote about Jewish issues &/or Israel/Palestine (which I don't) this is what I would be writing abt the @keithellison nonsense

2) This shameful treatment of Ellison is a natural outcome of organized Am-Judaism ceding our identity as Jews to a modern-day nation-state.

3) The ADL isn't sure if Steve Bannon, an actual anti-Semite, is an anti-Semite, b/c he's willing to back Israel's occupation & RW govt.

4) The ADL is sure that Keith Ellison, a good man who is NOT AN ANTI-SEMITE, is an anti-Semite, b/c he's willing to argue w/ Israel's govt.

5) The machinations of Israeli politicians trying to hold on to land that DOESN'T BELONG TO THEM is a geo-political issue, not a Jewish one.

6) The dog whistles & stated animus of many in Trump's circle toward Jews, OTOH, IS a Jewish issue. It is anti-Semitism. It is Jew hatred.

7) But yrs ago, the organized Am-Jewish community chose to make being an Am-Jew all abt having a collective crush on Israel, come what may.

8) So when faced w a good man devoted to the wellbeing of all INCLUDING THE JEWISH STATE,we can't handle that he won't demonize Palestinians

9) We call the failure to demonize Palestinians anti-Semitism. It is not really crystallized what I've been feeling for the past 5 years (as a chasidic Jew who used to live in Jerusalem) It's hard - I'm Israeli, husband Jslm-born-&-bred, & truly love it but a place & a govt don't = Judaism or malkhut shamaim.


What Did Kerry Just Imply?

MR GOLDBERG: You know how hard it is to move 10,000, 8,000 settlers from Gaza. You’re talking about 90,000 --
SECRETARY KERRY: But they don’t all have to move necessarily depending on what the solution is, depending on what you choose to have as your outcome. 

Some other quotables:

MR GOLDBERG: Why don’t you have any leverage with the Israeli Government? Why do you – what – you’re describing a situation in which you have zero leverage.
SECRETARY KERRY: I think we do – I think we do have leverage --
MR GOLDBERG: But they never listen to you.
SECRETARY KERRY: No, they don’t, and they haven’t listened on settlements, that’s correct – hasn’t been listened to on settlements.
Kerry: I remember Shimon Peres, the wonderfully eloquent, incredibly gifted and committed Shimon Peres saying to me as recently as two months before he passed away, I think 22 percent [of the former Mandate area less Transjordan] is fair and that’s enough; we can’t ask for more.
Goldberg: ...  you’re asking us to begin a process of withdrawing from territory that overlooks Ben Gurion International Airport, that wants to turn over territory to a weak and divided Palestinian Government.
MR GOLDBERG: What’s the – what is your --
SECRETARY KERRY: No, Jeff. No, no, no, no, no. Nobody has ever suggested there should be a turnover to a weak and divided and (inaudible).
MR GOLDBERG: But the reality is it’s a weak and divided Palestinian entity right now.
SECRETARY KERRY: It is today, but nobody is talking about a turnover today. This is something that’s going to take time. We’ve always acknowledged that. We’ve always said to Prime Minister Netanyahu this is going to take years of work to evolve. Nobody is talking about something happening tomorrow or next year, in three years. It has to happen with the assurance that you’re not turning the West Bank into Gaza. 
Kerry:  if I showed you a map, and I have this map that shows all the sectors of where the violence has been in Israel and in the territories. And you will see that it’s where the settlements are. That’s where most of the violence is. Now, there are other incidences of violences that come into Tel Aviv and into Jerusalem and other places, but there’s a huge amount of violence out there and some of it, as you know, has been settler on Palestinian, Palestinian on settler. So that obviously is having an impact on people’s perceptions of peace and on rights.


Sunday, December 04, 2016

Fires - Arson or ... ?

Left-wingers are trying to push a "no arson" message.

But if one rolls back the years...

Fire near Neve Tzuf; firefighters: Probably arson
A fire broke out in a woodland area near the West Bank settlement of Neve Tzuf. Israeli and Palestinian firefighters are on scene. This is the second time on Saturday that a fire has started in this area.


Fire breaks out near Neve Tzuf
A fire has broken out near the West Bank settlement of Neve Tzuf, and settlers claiming Palestinians were trying to torch sheds at the nearby Maayan Meir clashed with the Palestinians.


Military officials warn of 'arson intifada'Number of arson cases plaguing West Bank settlements spikes, prompting concern over 'new weapon discovered by Palestinians'

According to a report published by Yedioth Ahronoth Tuesday, more than 20 fires have been maliciously set in West Bank settlements and outposts in the past few weeks.  
Police investigators determined that all of the fires were the result of arson and evidence in all cases led to surrounding Arab villages. The Judea and Samaria District Police have recently arrested six suspects.
Defense establishment sources have expressed concern that the area may be facing an "arson intifada," saying Palestinians have foregone hurling rocks and rioting in favor of setting fires near settlements and letting the hot weather and winds do the rest – i.e. feed the blaze as it spreads and threatens communities and wildlife alike.
Residents of northern West Bank outpost of Mizpeh Danny have had to conquer seven fires over the past three weeks, Neve Tzuf, Migron, and Givat Ronen outposts battle an average of one fire a week; and just last week, an entire neighborhood in the Kochav Yaakov settlement in the Binyamin region had to be evacuated after flames began devouring its outskirts.
 "This is a genuine concern," Amiad Kadmon, Mizpeh Danny's security officer, told Yedioth Ahronoth. "This could literally burn our lives down to the ground." 
The IDF has also voiced concerns over the new "trend": Binyamin Division Commander Colonel Saar Tzur has declared the fight against arson a top priority

Where there's smoke, there's fire.

Where there's fire, there is a good probability, but not in all cases, of arson.


Friday, December 02, 2016

Shiloh, As Seen From Across the Valley

I just received this in the mail:

While growing up in in Turmus Ayya I was surrounded by tales and evidence to dislike Israel. From the way 18-20 year olds in the military harassed innocents on the streets to the stories of bombings in Gaza and elsewhere, the image of an omnipotent power forcing its might onto us was ubiquitous. I broke away from the reflexive hatred and realized that holding on to any grudge, especially when no direct harm to me was caused, is quite ignorant. The fog caused by the embitterment made it impossible to make out the beauty of belonging to such a region. The land where Eli lived, Hannah urged and Samuel reigned.

Attached are two pictures I took from the opposite side of Shiloh... I send these knowing that it's from an angle you probably never saw. (Sorry for the bad quality, I was just snapping pictures with no intention on what to capture).

Shiloh is far in the background, on the hill:


Thursday, December 01, 2016

And You Thought Walking Through Meah Shearim Was Tough

Well, seems there are problems elsewhere as protests mount over a  temple dress code.

In Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.

As reported:

A day after relaxation of the age old dress code for women entering the ancient Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple here, confusion prevailed today with its administrative committee asking the Executive Officer to withdraw his decision after protests surfaced. 

The order of Executive Officer K N Sateesh allowing entry of women attired in 'salwar kameez and churidar', doing away with the earlier requirement of wearing a 'mundu' (dhoti) over the churidar for offering worship, triggered protests from various Hindu organisations in front of the temple.  Some women devotees early in the day entered the temple wearing salwar kameez and churidar, but they were prevented briefly by temple officials after the Supreme Court-appointed Administrative committee of the shrine intervened. 

By the way:

it is the richest Hindu temple in the world. In terms of gold assets and precious stones, it is by far the wealthiest institution and place of worship of any kind in the recorded history of the world, with an estimated $22 billion worth of gold and jewels stored in underground vaults (not accounting for historical value). 



Student Assistance from the U.S. Jerusalem Consulate

Here are two updates found on the US Jerusalem Consulate General Facebook page:

Are you a student between the ages of 20-24 with strong English skills and leadership potential? If so, you need to apply for the MEPI Student Leaders Program! This is a fully-funded six-week intensive leadership training program in the United States for undergraduate students from across the Middle East and North Africa. Apply via the link here and share with your friends. Amideast- West Bank EducationUSA GAZA Education USA - West Bank

If you go to the link, the first requirement is

"Eligible Applicants:
Palestinian citizens, living and attending university in the West Bank, Jerusalem or Gaza. Note that applicants should be residing in one of these three areas at the time of application submission and during the interview process."

What is a "Palestinian citizen"? Is there a country called "Palestine"?  
Can a Jew be an "Palestinian citizen" living in "Jerusalem" or the "West Bank"?

Or does a Jew living in a community village like Shiloh or a town like Efrat or a city like Ariel not live in the "West Bank"?

By the way, that interpretation may have relevance for the labeling of products by the EU.

If the US doesn't consider me or other Jews as living in the "West Bank", why label our products as being produced there?

Are you a Palestinian university student who is interested in spending a semester studying at a U.S. University? If so, consider applying for the Global UGRAD program! This fully funded State Department Program will give you the opportunity to enroll in full-time, non-degree, undergraduate course work at a prestigious U.S. university. Apply here and share with your friends. #Exchanges  Amideast- West Bank

If you go to that link you'll read:

​"Eligibility for the Global UGRAD Program: 1. Applicants must be Palestinian residents of Jerusalem, the West Bank, or Gaza and must be currently studying in their place of residence"

What is a "Palestinian resident"? Only Arab? Or only Muslim? Or only Christian? 

Or, anything but Jewish?

By the way there's more there:

But nothing in a Jewish residential community.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Language Obfuscation Or, How To Divert Attention

I saw this relating to the Ohio State University Islamist a la Palestinian terror-style attack the other day:

"The suspect has tentatively been identified as a man of Somali heritage," the Council of American Islamic Relations's press release said.

And at 2:16 in this video


In other words, his religion was less important than his cultural heritage, his ethnic identity?

Are they diverting attention?


Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Real Land Grab at Amona

From remarks delivered by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the situation in the West Bank, including settlements at the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on November 22, 2016

The so-called regularisation bill, which passed a preliminary reading in the Knesset, would allow for the ex-post legalisation of Israeli outposts in the occupied West Bank. It would enable essentially the confiscation of the private property rights of Palestinian land owners in the West Bank for the benefit of settlers. This would mean crossing a new threshold, even under Israeli law, for the settlement enterprise in the West Bank. It would also mean the exact opposite of what the Quartet has called for, namely preserving the two-state solution.

Let's review that confiscation of the private property rights of Palestinian land owners bit.

In the Amona instance, despite the fact that the lands in question were distributed by an illegal occupying power, i.e., Jordan, with no real purchase proof, and despite the legal assertion by the Amona residents' lawyer that that was without legal foundation as regards actual "private" ownership, the High Court ignored that and asked the State Prosecutor's Office who agreed that the land in question was "privately-owned".

In a check, 7 out of the 9 plaintiffs "owned" land that was outside the Amona community. The two people - Maryam Hassan (מרים חסן עבד אלקרים חמאד) and Ibrahim Halil (אברהים חליל יעקוב גע'מה) - "owned" proportionally 2 dunams out of a total of...500 dunams in question. Hassan held proportionally 12 out of... 109 of 24 dunams and Halil held...80 out of 36,000 in an area of 36 dunams.  "Worse", they cannot pinpoint exactly where on the map those portions exist.

Out of 500 dunams, two are claimed but the owners know not where exactly the lands lie.

And what the Civil Administration did was not to define the proportionality of the land but to 'submerge' the 2 dunams into the 60 and then decide those 60 covered the entire soutern portion of Amona.

That's a land grab!

(based on a research article by Dr. Yehuda Yifrach in Makor Rishon, November 18, 2016 which was also published at NRG).


France's Regulations Should Be Worded Exact & Correct

Here is a section of the new French regulations on goods produced in that part of the Land of Israel not yet under Israel's full sovereignty:

For products from the West Bank or the Golan Heights originating from settlements, a restriction to "product originating in the Golan Heights" or "product originating in the West Bank" is not acceptable. Although these expressions refer to the broad area or territory from which the product originates, the omission of additional geographical information to the effect that the product originates from Israeli settlements may mislead the consumer True origin of the product. In such cases it is necessary to add, in brackets, the expression "Israeli colony" or equivalent terms. Thus, expressions such as "product originating in the Golan Heights (Israeli colony)" or "products originating in the West Bank (Israeli colony)" may be used.

I was wondering: do products in that same geographical area but not produced in Jewish communities need to be registered/labeled as "hummus produced in Arab-occupied Samaria" or "olive oil originating in Arab-occupied Judea"?

The additional geographical information is that those areas, Samaria and Judaea, are the ones the United Nations used to describe the border of the Jewish and Aerab states to arise as a reult of the 1947 partition plan (which the Arabs rejected, launched a war of aggression and then had Jordan occupy and annex):

The boundary of the hill country of Samaria and Judea starts on the Jordan River at the Wadi Malih south-east of Beisan...

So, if the French want to be just and correct, let them employ the correct nomenclature and the genuine legal standing of the areas.


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Did Bob Dylan Describe Arab Propaganda

I’ve been down on the bottom of a world full of lies
I ain’t looking for nothing in anyone’s eyes
Sometimes my burden seems more than I can bear
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there

He's Inciting, Lying and He's A Minister

He's trying to start a riot.

From this report (via Google Translate):

Palestinian minister: Israeli occupation seeks to demolish Al-Aqsa Mosque
Wednesday, 23 / November / 2016 - 20:10 
Minister of Awqaf and Religious Affairs of the Palestinian Adeis Yusuf, said the situation in the holy city and the Aqsa Mosque has reached an extremely dangerous level, given the lapse of the Israeli occupation authorities in their practices against racism and the Judaization of the mosque and the city.

Adeis in an exclusive statement to the UAE site 24 said that the Israeli government is trying to undermine the Al-Aqsa Mosque and implement a spatial partitioning scheme and then destroy it, to establish on its ruins the alleged structure [i.e. the Third Temple], stressing that Israel is seeking to impose a fait accompli policy.

Adeis explained that the Israeli occupation of racist practices designed to blur the historical Arab and Islamic presence in Jerusalem, in preparation for implementation of all settlement plans and colonial against Jerusalem.

He pointed out that the Palestinian leadership took the file to the international community and the Security Council, and moving toward the cessation of Israeli practices and punish the crimes of the Israeli occupation in the holy city, noting that the Palestinian move alone is not enough to rein in Israel and stop the repeated crimes.

Maybe this response?