Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Incoming But No Warning Map

Based on the map that was used during Operation Protection Edge this past summer to warn the populace of in-coming rockets/missiles, this map was created which is the one that would be used if, as presumed, Hamas comes to rule Judea and Samaria once Israel retreats/withdraws:

The legend, at the top left reads:

15 Seconds
30 Seconds
45 Seconds
One Minute
A minute and a half
Three minutes

Everthing clear?

(thanks to GS)


Monday, February 16, 2015

Netanyahu's Nazi-like Screenshot

How to turn a Zionist calling for Jews to come home after being threatened and killed in countries who seem lax to protect the Jews into a ... Nazi?

(thanks to LR)


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Brutal and Outrageous

This report just came in, or did it?

US President Barack Obama has denounced the killing of the Jewish guard shot by a Muslim in Copenhagen, Denmark as a "brutal and outrageous murder".  In a statement, Mr Obama said no one should be targeted for "what they look like" or "how they worship".

Oh, sorry, I mixed things up.

This is what he said after criticism from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over Obama's silence on the killing of three Muslims:

US President Barack Obama has denounced the killing of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina as "brutal and outrageous murders".  In a statement, Mr Obama said no one in the US should be targeted for "what they look like" or "how they worship".


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Terrible Temple Mount Sign

The Islamists are terribly upset:

Israeli Municipality Hangs “Temple Mount” Sign near Al-Aqsa

The Israeli Municipality of West Jerusalem set up, on Wednesday, a sign reading “Temple Mount”, in reference to the nearby al-Aqsa Mosque compound.  The sign, which was placed near Al Nather Gate, was made available in three languages: Hebrew, Arabic and English, according to WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency.

Jews refer to the site as the “Temple Mount,” claiming it as the site of two Jewish temples destroyed in ancient times. The site is home to the third holiest mosque in Islam, and houses the al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

The site is located in occupied East Jerusalem, taken by Israel from Jordan in 1967, but under an agreement to keep the site under Jordanian jurisdiction.


The Jordan-run Islamic Waqf Department, which has administrative jurisdiction over the compound, said the hanging of a sign featuring the term “Temple Mount” instead of the internationally recognized Islamic term, Al-Aqsa Mosque, is nothing but an attempt to “Judaise” the holy site and the city of Jerusalem.

I found it after a search:

In the meantime,

Ambassador of Jordan to Israel Walid Ubeidat on Wednesday visited the al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem where he was hosted by director of the Jerusalem office of the Palestinian Ministry of Endowment Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib.  Ubeidat toured the al-Aqsa compound accompanied by Sheikh al-Khatib and other officials and met with chairman of the Jerusalem council of endowment Sheikh Abd al-Atheem Salhab.

But on Wednesday, others visited

Dozens of Israeli rightists and intelligence officers entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Wednesday via the Moroccan Gate.  Witnesses told Ma'an that 55 Israelis, including rightists, intelligence officers, and students, toured the holy site.

Palestinian worshipers chanted "Allah Akbar", or "God is Great", as a small group attempted to perform religious rituals in the compound.  Another group of Jewish students sat on the ground and raised the victory sign with their hands before begin escorted out of the area by Israeli police, witnesses added.

All they want to do is approach God, find spirituality, fulfill their lawful rights, halt illegal damage to historical and archaeological remains and seek coexistence.



Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A Graphic Zionist Comment


(with apologies)


Save and Protect The Muslim Child

After due consideration, I felt that the children being used in the Islamist anti-Jewish campaign at the Temple Mount is an issue that international and local pro-children organizations should be addressing.

And so, I challenged them to get involved.

Here's my letter to them:

To Whom It May Concern,
 Recently, extremist Islamic groups have harnessed into their activities to prevent freedom of access to and the freedom of worship of Jews within the Temple Mount compound underage children.  They employ these children to engage in actions of provocation such as coming into close proximity with Jews, standing in their way to obstruct their progress while walking in the area, screaming and yelling at them, waving their arms, shouting out slogans, using insulting language and other forms of activity.  All this can lead to the children being arrested or harmed by police.
 In doing this, the adults involved are unfairly and immorally taking advantage of the children, keeping them out of school, abusing them, maltreating and endangering them.  They are forcing the children to be placed in situations that can result in violence.
 A short video clip of such activity can be viewed here:
 Published material is here:
 These children are being exploited, physically and emotionally abused and as such, their rights are being violated.
 I call upon all the relevant agencies to investigate and to involve themselves in halting this illegal activity.
 The suspected abusers include the Islamic Religious Trust - Waqf, the Islamic Movement/North and the Palestinian Authority, among others.
 I await your responses and updates as to actions you have taken to prevent such a reality.

Among the recipients:

Action for Child Rights 

International Red Cross

United Nations Human Rights Council

Arab Institute for Human Rights


Defence for Children - Palestine

The Israel National Council for the Child

and others.

The first response:

Dear Mr. Medad,
In response to your letter of February 10, I would like to share with you an article we wrote on the subject of the use of children for the purpose of terror and war.The article was translated to a number of languages by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was distributed around the world. Sincerely, Elizabeth LevyDirector of International Relations


Sunday, February 08, 2015

Relevant History Quotation Quiz

Who said this, when and about who?

“Where the hell does he get off inviting himself to the White House?” he shouted...

˙ſq˥ ɥʇᴉʍ ʇǝǝɯ oʇ uoʇƃuᴉɥsɐM oʇ ʎlɟ oʇ uoᴉʇuǝʇuᴉ sᴉɥ pǝɔunouuɐ puɐ lᴉɐɾ ɐɯlǝS ǝɥʇ ɟo ʇno ǝɯɐɔ ƃuᴉʞ ɹǝɥʇn˥ uᴉʇɹɐW uǝɥʍ ϛ96Ɩ ʎɹɐnɹqǝℲ uᴉ uosuɥoſ uopuʎ˥ ʇuǝpᴉsǝɹԀ

You weren't thinking about someone else, were you?


More Jewish Historical Narrative

Were Jews the indigenous residents of this ancient land?

Did Temples exist?

These are some of the topics our 'Palestinian' peace partners deny.

Another piece of evidence in an article in Atiqot 80:

Faunal Remains from the 1994–1996 Excavations at the Temple Mount, Jerusalem (pp. 19–34)
Ronny Reich, Ya‘akov Billig, Dalia Hakker-Orion and Omri Lernau

Keywords: archaeozoology, dietary laws, economics, ethnicity

This study focused on the faunal remains (N = 3618) retrieved from three strata unearthed above the Second Temple-period stone-paved road along the southern part of the western wall of the Temple Mount. The three strata date to the Early Roman (first century BCE and first century CE–70 CE; Stratum 4), the Late Roman–Byzantine (second–sixth centuries CE; Stratum 3) and the Early Islamic (seventh–eighth centuries CE; Stratum 2) periods. The faunal remains from the Early Roman period reflect the large amounts of waste created by the various populations in the city, with a predominance of Jewish pilgrims. Following the destruction of the city in 70 CE, the ethnic identity of the population changed, and pagans, related to the Roman army, and later, Christians, inhabited the city. This transition is clearly manifested in the faunal remains, which reflect the dietary and cultic habits of the population. At the outset of the Early Islamic period, the local population changed again, and the transition from Christian to Muslim population is apparent in the faunal evidence.


Friday, February 06, 2015

How Do You Translate 'Sprinkler'


So, is the Hebrew translation, a la those two signs, of 'sprinkler' is just that? 



מַמְטֵרָה; מַזְלֵף; מַתָּז

You could use 'mamtera' which is more an irrigration sprinkler of the spray variety but closest to the action of the water.

The 'mazlef' is more of a splash result, like out of a watering can.

The term 'mataz' is more a spray result.


Thursday, February 05, 2015

What Status?

This has been communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke this afternoon (Thursday, 5 February 2015), with King Abdullah II of Jordan. ..The Prime Minister noted the importance of the Jordanian ambassador's return to Israel and of the joint commitment to maintaining the status quo at the holy sites.



Exactly how?

Does Jordan respect the Jewish claim to the Temple Mount on Moriah?  Does it wish for coexistence? Respect for religious freedom?

How does Jordan see this situation?

Jordanian diplomacy made its most significant 2014 win in early November by successfully lifting the Israeli closure of Al Aqsa Mosque and repelling Israeli aggression [???] on Al Haram Al Sharif...Following incursions of Israeli security forces into Al Aqsa Mosque, Jordan withdrew its ambassador to Israel, Walid Obeidat, over violations in East Jerusalem.
 Parallel to the escalation of violence in East Jerusalem, King Abdullah led a diplomatic offensive [???] by contacting influential political centres, efforts..."King Abdullah and Jordanian diplomacy did their utmost to neutralise Israeli escalation of violence and incitement at Al Haram Al Sharif, using practical and diplomatic efforts to curb attempts of right-wing Zionist circles to seize Muslim shrines," [veteran diplomat and columnist Hasan] Abu Nimah said.

Somehow, I don't think the two leaders are communicating the same message.

And then there's this:

Netanyahu asserted Israel’s respect of the Hashemite custodianship of the holy sites in Jerusalem and the historic role of Jordan, in pursuance of the Jordanian-Israeli peace agreement, expressing the Israeli government’s commitment not to alter the status quo at Al Haram Al Sharif and Al Aqsa Mosque. King Abdullah reiterated Jordan’s rejection of any Israeli measures that may threaten or undermine the sanctity of the holy mosque, endanger the shrine, or lead to changing the status quo of the holy site.

Is there any sanctity at the site for Jews?   Any Jordanian commitment?

What's the Jewish status?


The V15 Clip and Its Message

Here's a screen snapshot from the new V15 clip, captioned "people like you":


Is that an import from the U.S.?

What does the campaign want?  Change:-

And who is the object of the campaign?

And they claim they are not political?


You can complain to the American IRS about their activity.


Herzog Claims 'Incitement'

Herzog says 'right-wing incitement reminiscent of days leading to Rabin assassination'



Wednesday, February 04, 2015

V15 Even Advertises at Drudgereport

Why would V15 place an ad at Drudgereport?

Snapped at 15:20 today.

How much does that cost?

How many Israelis read Drudgereport?

Are they targeting an elite socio-economic sector in Israel?

What is going on?



Some have noted to me its a Google-placed ad.

No difference to my point.  When you sign an advertising contract you know where Google, in this case, is going to place your ads.  It'll be specified.  Why target Drudgereport readers, even if located in Israel only?


Academics On Settlement

One of the sessions at the upcoming ASOR Annual Meeting which will be held in Atlanta, GA, from November 18th to 21nd, 2015:- 

Landscapes of Settlement in the Ancient Near East
Chairs: Emily Hammer, University of Chicago; Jesse Casana, University of Arkansas
Description: This session brings together scholars investigating regional-scale problems of settlement history and archaeological landscapes across the ancient Near East.  Research presented in the session is linked methodologically through the use of regional survey, satellite remote sensing, geophysics, geoarchaeology, and paleoenvironmental studies to document ancient settlements, communication routes, field systems, irrigation networks, and other evidence of human activity that is inscribed in the landscape.  Session participants are especially encouraged to offer analyses of these regional archaeological data that explore political, economic, and cultural aspects of ancient settlement systems as well as their dynamic interaction with the natural environment.

So, "settlements" is, perhaps, not that pejorative a term?

Or is it only when Jews are involved that somehow, those "settlements" become illegal, noxious, 'terror', unhelpful, etc.?

In any case, who wants to wait around for another 2000 years to find out what future academics will think of Shiloh, etc.?


What Do You Think Is The Proper Punishment?

What do you think is the proper punishment for this:

...on Saturday, 31 January 2015, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian boy and wounded and arrested another one in Burin village, south of Nablus.  According to PCHR's investigations and eyewitnesses' accounts, Israeli forces could have used less lethal means against the boy as they did with his friend. According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 18:20 on Saturday, 31 January 2015, a number of Palestinian boys from Burin village, south of Nablus, went to "Yitshar" settlement road, south of Nablus.  The boys stopped near the tunnel between Burin village and the adjacent Madama village a few meters away from the aforementioned road and threw Molotov Cocktails at the settlers' cars that were traveling on the road.  Israeli soldiers, who ambushed in the area, immediately opened fire at them...
 PCHR strongly condemns this crime which is part of Israel's policy of using excessive force against Palestinian civilians in disregard for their lives. Furthermore, PCHR calls upon the international community to take immediate and effective actions to stop the israeli crimes and reiterates its call for the High Contracting Parties to the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligations under Article 1; i.e., to respect and to ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances, and their obligation under Article 146 to prosecute persons alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention. These grave breaches constitute war crimes under Article 147 of the same Convention and Protocol (I) Additional to the Geneva Conventions.

And what do you think about PCHR?

Opinion Trending

Who is better suited to deal with the key issues of the election campaign?: The rate of Jewish Israelis who think a government headed by Netanyahu is better suited to deal with issues of Israeli security (57.5%) is considerably higher than the rate who view a government headed by Tzipi Livni and Isaac Herzog as better suited to this task (27%). Similarly, a clear majority of the Jewish public (59%) estimates that the right-wing bloc has a better chance to form the government after the elections than the center-left bloc (27.5%). A segmentation of the Jewish interviewees’ responses to this question shows that among those planning to vote for the right-wing parties, an overwhelming majority are sure that the government will be formed by the right. Among voters for the center-left parties, however, in cases where a majority believes the government will be formed by the parties they plan to vote for, the majority is much smaller (indeed, among the interviewees who are planning to vote for Meretz, we found that the rate of those who expect the next government to be formed by the right-wing bloc is larger than the rate who think it will be formed by the center-left bloc—54% vs. 42% respectively).

Indeed, when the question is “Which bloc would you want to form the government after the coming elections?” the gap between the preferences for the two blocs narrows a bit, but here too the right-wing bloc has a clear lead over the center-left bloc (53% prefer the former, 38% the latter).

The Peace Index

Monday, February 02, 2015

Not Exactly

Found in the New York Times:

The tensions over Al Aqsa had accrued over a number of months, as some nationalist Israelis increasingly challenged a decades-old ban on Jewish prayer at the site, revered by Jews as the place where ancient temples once stood. Defiant visits by Israeli activists and politicians pushing for Jewish prayer rights, fierce clashes between Palestinian protesters and the police, and Israeli limitations on the entry of Muslim worshipers to the site all contributed to the recall of the Jordanian ambassador.

That was in a story on the return of Jordan's ambassador to Israel.

In there was this but, too:

Jordan is the official custodian of the sacred compound, the location of Al Aqsa Mosque and the golden Dome of the Rock. Israel is in charge of security.

This assertion of

Defiant visits 

by activists who

challenged a decades-old ban on Jewish prayer at the site

is a bit of what I would call "not exactly".

Almost all the Jewish ascenders to the Temple Mount, while they express the hope for the right of freedom of worship which is guaranteed by law, do not engage in prayer, except for less than a dozen instances of such activity over the last two years.  And yes, there were 2-3 instances of waving the Israel flag.

But the NYTimes is spinning the story ever so slightly yet enough to alter who is wrong and who is in the right.

The NYTimes fits its stories to its editorial line.


But Why Her Little Girls?

There has been flack about the 'Taliban-styled' ladies in the ultra-Orthodox sector.

Yesterday, I spotted a mother, two-daughters and an infant in a pushchair.

It took some maneuvering and espionage experience fieldwork, but here are the results:

They were walking along Meah Shearim Street, then turned into the main square area and then made a further turn up in the direction of the Meah Shearim central Yeshivah.


Sunday, February 01, 2015

If One Yields on Territory, One Can Concede on People

Chaim Weizmann decided to accept partion in 1937.

And this is what he said on August 4, 1937 at the 20th Zionist Congress (p. 286):

If a leader decides to yield up and surrender territory of Eretz-Yisrael, he will eventually decide to concede on the people of Israel.