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  • David Grossman's love letter to Israel, warts and all
    • The reviewer tells of another war to preserve the souls of children that are compelled, by the dangerous situation they are in ,to act in ways they never dreamed of . What a human dilemma -kill or be killed. And after you kill you feel you have lost part of yourself anyway.
      The reviewer did not imply that serving Israel is better than serving the USA. He is telling us that no matter who you serve, no matter how just your war, you lose something of yourself when you kill or hurt another.

    • Breast feeding up to age seven .
      A Time to Wean, (Breastfeeding Abstracts, August 1994). Here is part of her answer to the question of the "natural" age of weaning in humans:

      According to the research of Smith (1991), many primates wean their offspring when they are erupting their first permanent molars. First permanent molar eruption occurs around 5.5 to 6.0 years in modern humans. It is interesting to note that achievement of adult immune competence in humans also occurs at approximately six years of age, suggesting that throughout our recent evolutionary past, the active immunities provided by breast milk were normally available to the child until about this age (Frederickson).

      Our evolutionary past has produced an organism that relies on breastfeeding to provide the context for physical, cognitive and emotional development. The non-human primate data suggest that human children are designed to receive all of the benefits of breast milk and breastfeeding for an absolute minimum of two and a half years, and an apparent upper limit of around seven years. Natural selection has favored those infants with a strong, genetically coded blueprint that programs them to expect nursing to continue for a number of years after birth and results in the urge to suckle remaining strong for this entire period.

      In her book, Breastfeeding: Biocultural Perspectives, Dettwyler theorizes that the six-year nursing practice for humans began to be modified, first by the use of fire for cooking (one-half to one million years ago) and then even more significantly by the domestication and processing of grains via pounding and grinding, both of which provided alternatives to uncooked vegetation and raw animal foods. It is interesting to note that the hunter/gatherer lifestyle represents more than 99.9 percent of human existence on earth and that agricultural societies have existed for only about the last 10,000 years.

  • 'NYT' and 'Newsweek' need to fact-check their propagandists
    • From Indonesia, a Muslim Challenge to the Ideology of the Islamic State

      JAKARTA, Indonesia — The scene is horrifyingly familiar. Islamic State soldiers march a line of prisoners to a riverbank, shoot them one by one and dump their bodies over a blood-soaked dock into the water.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/27/world/asia/indonesia-islam-nahdlatul-ulama.html?_r=0
      The scene is horrifyingly familiar. Islamic State soldiers march a line of prisoners to a riverbank, shoot them one by one and dump their bodies over a blood-soaked dock into the water.
      But instead of the celebratory music and words of praise expected in a jihadi video, the soundtrack features the former Indonesian president, Abdurrahman Wahid, singing a Javanese mystical poem: “Many who memorize the Quran and Hadith love to condemn others as infidels while ignoring their own infidelity to God, their hearts and minds still mired in filth."
      A. Wahid also visited the SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER to speak out against Holocaust denial. And he has encouraged the Muslim world to improve its relations with Israel.

  • Leading anthropologists group overwhelmingly passes BDS resolution at Denver conference
    • The highest appeals court in France had upheld fines imposed on anti-Israel activists for "inciting hate or discrimination" during a demonstration promoting the boycott, I was reminded immediately of David's insight. For what the French court decision demonstrates — and too many people in the Jewish community, especially in Israel, still don't properly understand this — is that BDS is essentially a domestic form of anti-Semitism that attacks local Jews through the demonizing of the Jewish state. The only way for Jews to remove this stain is through publicly dissociating themselves from, and loudly condemning, the State of Israel. Quarantining Israel in order to eliminate it may be the stated goal of BDS, but its immediate and often only impact is upon those Jews in the vicinity of the movement's propaganda activities.

      Here's the story of what happened in France. In 2009 and 2010, mobs of BDS activists began descending on supermarkets and forcibly removing Israeli products — many of which were available, for obvious reasons, at the kosher counter for Jewish customers. Video footage of one of these many supermarket invasions shows the protesters thuggishly chanting in favor of the boycott as they surround customers and staff, sealing off aisles where Israeli products are on sale.

      By any standards of decency, these protests were both physically threatening and bigoted in their expression; few people would want to be caught in the act of purchasing an Israeli avocado by this rabble. In the eastern city of Mulhouse, 12 activists were charged with incitement after they distributed leaflets urging "Long Live Palestine, Boycott Israel," with another one warning customers that "buying Israeli products means legitimizing crimes in Gaza."

      After a local court found in favor of the prosecution, imposing a collective fine of $14,500 plus court expenses, the activists took their case to appeal. It's that appeal that has failed in recent days. In ruling against the activists, who had based their case on freedom of expression, the court cited "the French republic's law on Freedom of the Press, which prescribes imprisonment or a fine of up to $50,000 for parties that 'provoke discrimination, hatred or violence toward a person or group of people on grounds of their origin, their belonging or their not belonging to an ethnic group, a nation, a race or a certain religion.'"

      BDS is on pretty shaky ground with most of those categories. Ultimately, that is why it is now legally regarded in France as a form of hate speech — and while we live in a country that guarantees all forms of speech, that shouldn't prevent us from recognizing BDS as hate speech nonetheless.

  • Israeli troops detain and interrogate 6-year-old Palestinian boy in Bethlehem
    • The WEISS plan for Palestinian success that leads to an embracement of life
      is to keep them boiling mad.
      And discourages Palestinians from self reflection or trying a different approach.
      Always says yes to every Palestinian grievance so they never have to feel the sting of valid criticism which might cause them to reexamine their beliefs and actions.
      To keep them feeling self righteous and that the "other" is the devil.

  • Today's a day to grieve for Paris, not score political points
    • "Blowback " is what comes out of the back of a bazooka when it's shell is launched. This is due to the physics of the firing of a machine a piece of determined equipment. But terrorists are not machines and they are not being mechanically blownback rather they are choosing , deciding to carry out a plan to intentionally and freely murder innocents. This is not
      collateral damage this is a person's choice to directly go after innocents .
      Bazookas can't choose ,people can.

  • Antipodean Update
  • Has Netanyahu's revisionism ended the use of the Holocaust as enabler of Israeli injustice toward Palestinians?
    • aggressive propaganda The Mufti help spread the rumor in the 1920s that Jews were planning
      to destroy the mosques in Jerusalem; over 120 Jews were butchered because of this falsehood.
      An interview with the Mufti can be found in the book "Days of Our Years " by Pierre van Paassen
      chapter8 pages 359- 373 read the book online
      at archive.org The book was reprinted 22 times since 1939.

    • anti-Palestinian pogrom . The Cossacks pogrommed the Jews of Ukraine/Russia unprovoked. The Jews didn't knife or shell their
      tormentors. Hey Arab! No more Mack the Knife.
      Try A Little Tenderness.

  • Set up? Video appears to show Israeli soldier placing object next to Palestinian killed in Hebron (Update)
    • IlIegal occupation and settlements . Though ISIS destroys museums and relics it itself is a living relic embodying the techniques used by the Arabs in the past to subdue the peoples of the MiddleEast, NorthAfrica and Central Asia . It should be of no surprise that the Palestinian reflex is to go for their familiar knives and not the negotiation table. Empires including the Islamic one are always built through wars.

  • A photo tells the Hassan family's story of loss
    • When the leaders in Gaza and the West Bank begin to build ,a society founded on kindness to their own and others, will the lives of their people be transformed .

  • The refreshing bluntness of Ayelet Shaked
    • The Kurds understandably expelled most Arabs from Kurdish villages after their neighbors of many decades put aside neighborliness and sided with DAESH/ISIS. In affect the Kurds told
      their Arab neighbors we thought we could live together but your actions taught us otherwise.
      We the Kurds are a majority in our villages but in all of Iraq and Syria we are a minority. Leave us and go join the Arab majority that populate most of these lands. You Arabs have 21 countries and now you would deny us even one place to call our own. Jews may be a majority
      in Israel but in the MiddleEast area they are an even smaller minority than the Kurds . It is Israel that needs and should be shown hospitality by the majority Arabs . Which is what Emir Faisel urged the Arabs to demonstrate. But the Arabs
      were poisoned by the Mufti of Jerusalem who said show this minority the back of your hand

  • The burden of remembering
  • Putting Israel's cynical humanitarian work in Nepal in the proper context
    • The Syrian Nelson Mandela -Dr. Kamal Al-Labwani, Thanks Israeli Aid

      Dr. Kamal Al-Labwani, considered one of the most prominent members of the Syrian opposition movement, was in Israel recently to visit the Syrian casualties hospitalized in the Ziv Medical Center near Safed (Tsfat).
      A Syrian doctor and artist, sometimes called “the Syrian Nelson Mandela,” Al-Labwani came to Israel to thank the medical teams.
      “I am filled with appreciation for the devoted medical care that the Ziv Medical Center is providing for the Syrian casualties, people from my nation, who have been injured in the war. This is a touching humanitarian gesture and an opportunity to bridge between the nations and a hope for peace in more quiet times,” he said.
      “I came to the Ziv Medical Center to thank the hospital for treating hundreds of men, women and children, who have received the highest quality treatment, and emotional support following the difficult events they have experienced during the war in Syria. This treatment is not only for the wounded children and women, it is for the entire Syrian people, this is how we feel and everyone knows this and is talking about it. In Syria, Bashar Al- Assad claims that the Israelis are the enemies, and, here, at the hospital we see who the real Israel is. I ask: who is really the enemy?’”
      Al-Labwani also met leading figures in the Israeli government during his visit.
      He was joined on his visit by Moti Kahana, an Israeli-American businessman, who has been involved in humanitarian activities for the victims of the civil war in Syria and in the efforts to assist the Jews still remaining in Syria to leave the country.
      Hospitals throughout Israel have treated hundreds of Syrians wounded in their civil war.
      By Viva Sarah Press September 21, 2014,

  • Netanyahu is a paper tiger
    • A court of international criminals. Where was this court when Sudan massacred countless black Christians and native religionists.
      Or when Libiyan Arabs over ran Somalia;or
      when Russia invaded and conquered Georgia
      Only Israel, when responding to the knife thrust at them ,is guilty.From before the UN partitioned
      the British Mandate the Arabs vowed they would murder any reorganization of Jewish community in Israel .The war the Arabs launched in 1948 had Israel in its
      limited boundaries yet the Arabs would not accept what the UN had granted

    • The " media" will reveal the actual neighbors
      of Israel to be the Amish, Quakers - in the National Enquirer February 29, 2015
      I'm not Philip Mondo

    • "eve of their collapse"
      Yes! get rid of the messy , varied ,multi partied Israeli system and replace it with the austere coherent , mystical , murderous Hamas party. Then justice willy be quickly dispatched.
      I'm not Philp Mondo.

  • Gaza war blowback? Palestinian stabs 13 on Tel Aviv bus.
    • "Despair and hopelessness" ...human psyche .

      When Anwar Sadat transformed his demeanor from violent, self righteous, poisonous hatred of Israel ,to open hearted ,we are all fallible, generosity he got a hero's welcome in Israel and around the world . ( He was assassinated several years later by the Muslim Brotherhood).
      And Israel returned to Egypt all the territories that Egypt wanted. Those Palestinian Arabs who heeded the advice of the Mufti in the 1920's still seethe with his uncompromising hatred today. But not all Arabs viewed the Jews as a curse. Concerning Emir Faisal :
      On 23 March 1918, in Al Qibla, the daily newspaper of Mecca, [Faisal] attested that Palestine was "a sacred and beloved homeland of its original sons," the Jews; "the return of these exiles to their homeland will prove materially and spiritually an experimental school for their [Arab] brethren." He called on the Arab population in Palestine to welcome the Jews as brethren and cooperate with them for the common welfare.[8]
      Be a radically generous( in spite of your sense of being desperately in need) lover and you'll bowl Israel over.
      Be a mensch not a knife. That's the way to defeat Israel and Israel will celebrate your victory
      over them with you.

  • Update: On MLK Day, lots of folks are talking Palestine
    • Excerpt from Susannah Heschel;What Selma Meant to Jews Like My Father
      Read more: http://blogs.forward.com/forward-thinking/212971/what-selma-meant-to-jews-like-my-father/?#ixzz3PLI8qHQx

      My father arrived in 1940 as a refugee from Nazi Europe, where all too many Christian theologians were declaring Jesus an Aryan, not a Jew, and throwing the Old Testament out of the Christian Bible because it was a Jewish book. It seemed miraculous for him to discover Martin Luther King, Jr., placing the Exodus and the prophets of Israel at the center of the civil rights movement.

      Marching out of Selma felt like a reenactment of the Exodus, but in a new way. Not only were the Israelites leaving Egypt, the place of enslavement, but also the Egyptians, because there was a hope at Selma that white America was repudiating its racism. My father had written, “The tragedy of Pharaoh was the failure to realize that the exodus from slavery could have spelled redemption for both Israel and Egypt. Would that Pharaoh and the Egyptians had joined the Israelites in the desert and together stood at the foot of Sinai

      Read more: http://blogs.forward.com/forward-thinking/212971/what-selma-meant-to-jews-like-my-father/?#ixzz3PLGtIqsf

    • After the Six Day War Israel offered to return all lands that fell to it during this war which began with Nasser moving tens of thousands of Egyptian troops into Sinai & demanding U.N. peacekeepers to withdraw .And Egypt closing the Straits of Tiran to all Israeli shipping. And six Arab countries deploying more than 230,000 troops close to Israel's boundary lines. At the beginning of June 1967 President Aref of Iraq declared "Our goal is clear - to wipe Israel off the map"
      After the war the leaders of thirteen Arab states gathered at a summit conference in Khartoum, Sudan from August 29 to September 1, 1967. There they pledged to continue their struggle against Israel. Influenced by Nasser, "their conditions were quite specific: no peace with Israel, no negotiations with Israel, no recognition of Israel, and 'maintenance of the rights of the Palestinian people in their nation.' The Khartoum Declaration was the first serious warning to the Israelis that their expectation of an imminent 'phone call' from the Arab world might be a pipe dream" (Sachar).
      This "warning" was reinforced on October 21, 1967 when an Egyptian missile boat sunk the Israeli destroyer Eilat, killing 47 people. It was confirmed in November and December 1967, when the Arab states repeatedly rebuffed attempts by Sweden's ambassador to the Soviet Union, Gunnar Jarring — serving as the U.N. secretary general's special envoy - to induce them to join talks with Israel. In fact, the "three no's of Khartoum" held for a dozen years, until Egypt signed a peace treaty with Israel — at which point the other 20 member states expelled it from the Arab League
      As hatred grew on the Arab side Israel out of fear of losing a buffer between themselves and the haters held onto to the territories. The Arabs in the territories, Arab Palestinians , did
      not imaginatively see this as an opportunity to understand and work with their new benign neighbors. The "old neighbors" the Jordanians and Egyptians had occupied and harshly ruled these same territories since 1948 the Palestinians Arabs didn't dare complain about Jordanian Egyptian occupation.

  • To counter radical Islam, we must confront our own hypocrisy
    • "The Only Good Jew is a Dead Armenian"

      The old woman was telling a tale of massacre. She had just heard of another Israeli family murdered by terrorists, and there were tears in her eyes as she remembered back those many years. "I had luck," she said in Armenian. "I hid from the Turks behind a trellis. I saw my mother and father shot down, my baby sister spitted on a scimitar."

      The old woman, who'd been a young girl in the year Turkey slaughtered several million Armenians under the cover of World War One, understood the link between Armenian and Israeli corpses. Because Armenia, the first Christian state in history, whose prosperity was a reproach to Turkish squalor, and whose high culture was an insult to their ignorance, was, like Israel, an infidel island in a sea of Islam. And for that there could be no forgiveness.

      The Arab complaint today against Jews, while wretchedly tired, is identical to their excuse for murdering them in their beds: failure to provide Palestinian statehood, refusal to relinquish occupied territories. For the murder of Jews to appear plausible, though, the victims must be stigmatized. Epithets like Zionist oppressors and Fascist murderers are used incessantly to browbeat hearers and achieve that purpose. This is a tactic taken straight from the Ottoman Turks of 1915.

      ...con't

      http://www.combat.ws/S3/BAKISSUE/CMBT03N4/GOOD_JEW.HTM

      by Christopher S. Baldwin
      ... who is a transportation director interested in history, with numerous cultural and political articles published in The American Spectator, National Review, Chronicles, The Leading Edge, and elsewhere. His short stories have appeared in literary magazines; and while Night of the Barbarian is making the rounds with publishing houses, he is progressing with his second novel, The Butcher and the Calf. His work has previously appeared in this magazine, where he is also a contributing editor.

  • When blasphemy is bigotry: The need to recognise historical trauma when discussing Charlie Hebdo
    • Takfiri generally refers to a Sunni Muslim who looks at the world in black-and-white; there are true believers and then there are nonbelievers, with no shades in between. A takfiri's mission is to re-create the Caliphate according to a literal interpretation of the Qur'an.
      How does one begin dialogue with one whose mind is made up and absolutely knows how life should be ordered? The caste system of India also thought it knew who should be considered a Brahmin and who an Untouchable. The Indians themselves , probably influenced by Western achievement and values, made this aspect of Hinduism illegal . Are there any practices taking place in the largely Christian and the largely Muslim countries that should be made illegal or reformed? Who&What will motivate these countries to change? Who &What motivated the Japanese to reduce the power of the Emperor?

  • Jo Roberts on Jewish trauma, the Nakba, and the olive tree
    • Link: http://www.internationaloliveoil.org/documents/viewfile/6771-israel

      In Israel olive orchards occupy the largest area of any single fruit commodity.
      Israel can be divided into six major geographical regions: the mountainous North, the coastal plain running
      North-South along the Palestinian mountains, the inland valleys, the southern plain, the desert highland and
      mountains and the East-South valley.
      (Source: Israeli delegation to the IOC)
      3.4. Varieties
      3. OLIVE INDUSTRY IN ISRAEL
      3.1. Historical background
      The domestication of the olive started in the eastern end of the Mediterranean Basin, covering the present
      region of Syria, Lebanon and Israel, and the knowledge about how to use olive products in the human diet
      spread westwards with Western civilisation. In ancient Israel, where nearly every kitchen was equipped with
      a small press for extracting oil, the olive provided food and lighting fuel as well as cooking oil. By the time
      of the Roman conquest (first century BCE), the olive had become one of the most basic dietary items, and
      the meals of the poor consisted primarily of olives, beans, figs and cheese eaten with a porridge made from
      millet. Over the centuries the extent of the olive industry has experienced many ups and downs in the area of
      Israel.
      Today, the olive remains a popular food and its golden oil is a coveted commodity which is growing rapidly
      and undergoing modernisation, particularly intensification. The use of olive oil has become more popular
      since the discovery that it lowers cholesterol and has other health benefits. Israeli olive oil has attained a
      quality so high that it can compete in quality with the best oils of Europe.
      (Source: adapted from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israel)
      (ha=hectare= large baseball field)
      The percentage breakdown of olive orchards by age reveals that:
      - 70.8% (16 500 ha) are more than 50 years old;
      - 16.3% (3 800 ha) are between 5 and 15 years old;
      - 7.3% (1 700 ha) are between 16 and 50 years old; and
      - 5.6% (1 300 ha) are under 5 years old
      For 30 years, Israel permitted thousands of Palestinians to enter the country each day to work in construction, agriculture and other blue-collar jobs. Until the mid-1990s, up to 150,000 people—about a fifth of the Palestinian labor force—entered Israel each day. After Palestinians unleashed a wave of suicide bombings, the idea of separation from the Palestinians took root in Israel. Israel found itself starved for labor, and gradually replaced most of the Palestinians with migrants from Thailand, Romania and elsewhere.[38][39] (Wiki quoting FT)
      Pierre van Paassen is a journalist who lived and reported from Syria and Palestine in the 1920’s he describes in vivid detail the situation there. His accounts can be read in his book “Days of Our Years" ((in Chapter 8 titled “After Seven Centuries"). reprinted 22 times 1st published in 1939
      Born in Holland moved to Canada than the USA

  • Book Review: In Our Power - U.S. Students Organize for Justice in Palestine
    • clarification:
      From North Africa through The Middle East and Central Asia into India is 5,000 miles across.
      From southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula to the northern point of the Middle East and Central Asia is greater than 1,600 miles.

  • Against self-determination
    • The Beginning Of An Islamic Reformation?
      32 Comments
      Posted 01/05/2015 06:36 PM

      Al-Sisi: Islam must change.

      Reform: To many in the West, Islam seems mired in a pre-medieval mindset that makes it unable to reconcile the fundamental precepts of its faith with those of the modern world. But there are encouraging signs of change.

      In what Roger L. Simon rightly called "an extraordinary" New Year's speech that got virtually no attention in the West, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi issued a sweeping, no-holdsbarred critique of Islam — and suggested it needs major reform.

      "It's inconceivable," said al-Sisi, as translated by Raymond Ibrahim's blog, "that the thinking that we hold most sacred should cause the entire umma (Islamic world) to be a source of anxiety, danger, killing and destruction for the rest of the world."

      “Is it possible,” he asked, “that 1.6 billion (Muslims) should want to kill the rest of the world’s inhabitants — that is 7 billion — so that they themselves may live?” Islam needs a “religious revolution,” he concluded. Three things are notable in this remarkable speech. One, al-Sisi is the leader of Egypt, the most populous Arab Islamic nation, with 5% of the world’s Muslims. His speech will have a major impact.

      Two, it comes in the wake of the failed “Arab Spring” and the subsequent takeover of a wide swath of the Mideast by the fundamentalist Islamic State and its allies. It suggests there’s a growing revulsion at being associated with the beheaders, rapists and torturers who operate under the flag of fundamentalist Islam.

      As the British Guardian newspaper notes, “spiraling instability across much of the Arab world” has led to 16.7 million Arab refugees, an unprcedented human tide of misery. These are not happy people, and many will rightly blame their suffering on the Muslim extremists and terrorists who’ve driven them out.

      Three, al-Sisi pointedly made his comments at Al-Azhar — the same Cairo mosque/university that gave birth to the Muslim Brotherhood, and where President Obama in 2009 made a cringe-inducing apology to the Muslim world. The contrast couldn’t be sharper.

      Nor is al-Sisi alone. Bridget Johnson of the PJ Tatler quotes influential Sheikh Ahmad al-Ghamdi, the former head of Saudi Arabia's religious police at the holy site of Mecca, as saying women shouldn't have to wear the veil and should be able to mix with men, wear makeup and travel to foreign countries without being accompanied by a male.

      Such a statement may seem insignificant in the liberated West, but in a country like Saudi Arabia the very idea that women can have their own identity apart from husbands or fathers is, well, revolutionary.

      Islam has often been likened to medieval Christianity before the Reformation. Whether that's true or not, even this inkling of an Islamic Reformation should be much welcomed.

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  • 'You don't want us to breathe!': Video captures everyday frustration of life under occupation in East Jerusalem
    • Iran is not an Arab country and its religion is Shia- Muslim. Iran has no reason to treat its Jewish citizens badly since the Jews in Iran are not violent or in rebellion and fulfill their duties as citizens . Jews are drafted into Iran's army; 150 Jews died fighting for Iran in the Iran -Iraq war. On the other hand after the 1979 revolution brought the Islamists into power the Jewish population which had been 80,000 dwindled to less than 9,000 today. The friendly relationship begins in antiquity with Cyrus theGreat and continues into the Middle Ages . In 614 AD after the Persians wrested Jerusalem from the Byzantine Christians and reinstalled the Jews as the rulers of the city. This Persian attitude stems from their pluralistic Zoroastrian religion. But after the Arab Muslims invade in 637 AD they gradually adopt the Islamic attitude namely that of the 3 peoples of the book Islam is superior and at most Christianity and Judaism can be tolerated but must be treated in an inferior manner. (All other faiths were considered pagan by Islam and pagans had to choose between converting or being killed .) For example Muslims pay 10% tax while Jews and Christians 30-80%. Though the Arab Caliph Umar did invite the Jews he did not return rulership to them as the Zoroastrian Persians had. Fast forwarding today Iran,under the control of the Imams has announced it will wipe Israel off the map. (that many Muslims who live in close proximity to Israel will also die in an attack doesn't disturb them because they reason that those Muslims who die will be considered martyrs by Allah and go to paradise.(how I long for our old enemies the atheistic communists who were much more practical than these religionists.)
      Iran gives political, military, & economic support to Bashir Assad of Syria whose "government"has conducted a crackdown on dissidents that has so far has killed or led to the death of about 200,000 Syrians and creation of 3,000,000 refugees.
      In the late1940's & 50's the Jews of North Africa were forced to flee these Muslim countries creating about 750,000 Jewish refugees most were settled by Israel a small number went to Europe & USA
      Read "Days of Our Years "chapter 8 for a description of Jewish life in the Middle East in the 1920's also lookup Morocco in the index.

  • For Obama officials, synagogue attack is 'pure terror' -- and not a word about attacks on Palestinians
    • George Deek, an Arab Israeli, addressing a conference in Oslo ,Norway in Sept. 2014.
      His family has lived in Jaffa for centuries.
      In this video he relates the experiences of his family especially his grandfather’s brave decision .
      He outlines the path hearts and minds should take to reach a better life for all sides.

      link:

      http://youtu.be/8m6ux-IeNo4

  • RE/MAX cashes in on Israel’s illegal settlements
    • Most every article on this site is repetitious , a variation of the same idea couched in different
      words that always add up to - "the Palestinian Arabs are pure and blameless and the Israelis
      are always guilty". This website is mostly pure spam, that is- its the same material endlessly served up from different angles and in different shapes but the elemental ideas are always the same monochromatic self -righteous hatred.
      This is not a debating team sport. Peoples lives are in the balance yet you have irreverent cutesy photos of people posing in t- shirts ,holding up cool signs . Their is more to life than being hip and exotic.

    • This is not a game we are playing - to save a life one may repeat the for cry help more than once.

    • George Deek, an Arab Israeli, addressing a conference in Oslo ,Norway in Sept. 2014.
      His family has lived in Jaffa for centuries.
      In this video he relates the experiences of his family especially his grandfather’s brave decision .
      He outlines the path hearts and minds should take to reach a better life for all sides.

      http://youtu.be/8m6ux-IeNo4

  • As world marks 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Israel's Wall has become a new global icon for oppression
    • The Jews of Germany , Poland etc did not attack Germany with invading armies as the Arabs did after the UN partition and founding of the subsequent Jewish Reservation, Sanctuary, Preserve- the State of Israel. 66 six years
      later the Arab population in Israel proper and
      in the disputed territories has grown. Arab sits on Israel's Supreme Court. Arabic is an official language as is Hebrew .Jews and Arabs that commit crimes are arrested. Inspite of the 5th column like behavior of Arabs Israel has not adopted the understandable policy adopted by the valiant Kurds which is the wholesale expulsion of Arab Sunnis from their midst. At first the Kurds allowed Arabs to continue to live alongside them. But this policy changed when Syrian and Iraqi villagers sided with ISIL . That Israel doesn't do the same to their neighbors who would surely side with Israel's enemies shows unusual restraint . Every living creature
      has a membrane around it to protect it from external threats and expel
      noxious internal threats.

  • A conversation with Gaza’s ‘boy wonders’ Arab and Tarzan
    • Put these guys in charge of Gaza and we'dhave
      peace in two days. Humor , comedy expands the soul, breaks old ways of thinking , turns enemies into friends.We need more funny people.

  • Netanyahu heads to New York to ‘refute all the lies’ and praise ‘the most moral army in the world’
    • Why don't you help your neighbor and be kind to your family.

    • Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East Yale Univ. Press Feb. 2014

      During the 1930s and 1940s, a unique and lasting political alliance was forged among Third Reich leaders, Arab nationalists, and Muslim religious authorities. In this groundbreaking book, esteemed Middle East scholars Barry Rubin and Wolfgang G. Schwanitz uncover for the first time the complete story of this dangerous alliance and explore its continuing impact on Arab politics in the twenty-first century. Rubin and Schwanitz reveal, for example, the full scope of Palestinian leader Amin al-Husaini’s support of Hitler’s genocidal plans against European and Middle Eastern Jews. In addition, they expose the extent of Germany’s long-term promotion of Islamism and jihad. Drawing on unprecedented research in European, American, and Middle East archives, many recently opened and never before written about, the authors offer new insight on the intertwined development of Nazism and Islamism and its impact on the modern Middle East.

    • The Farhud: Roots of the Arab-Nazi Alliance in the Holocaust Paperback – November 16, 2010

      by Edwin Black
      The Nazis needed oil. The Arabs wanted the Jews and British out of Palestine and Iraq. The Mufti of Jerusalem forged a far-ranging alliance with Hitler resulting in the June 1941 Farhud, a Nazi-style pogrom in Baghdad that set the stage for the devastation and expulsion of the Iraqi Jews and ultimately almost a million Jews across the Arab world. The Farhud was the beginning of what became a broad Nazi-Arab alliance in the Holocaust

    • Icon of Evil: Hitler's Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam

      On pp42 the following single line quote stood out: "The greatest contemporary Arab here - is probably Adolph Hitler". (Inside Asia: pp528, by John Gunther.) Shocking enough, but the authors should have drawn further on this source. I have the book, its part of a larger series covering Gunther's travels and knowledgeable first hand insights throughout his contemporary world of the 1930s. Gunther expands more fully that Haj Amin had a triple income, about $300,000 per year from Islamic religious foundations and land grants, a salary from the government as head of the Supreme Muslim Council, and a third job as head of the supervisory board of the Muslim religious courts. As such he could direct public funding and was also able to nominate judges throughout the countryside, and important source of patronage.
      Al-Husseini was a close associate of Himmler, Eichmann, and von Ribbetrop, held an audience with Hitler on 28th September 1941, acted as Nazi arabic radio propagandist for 3 years from Berlin, influenced Nazi policy, for example of Jewish escape from the slaughter, and the formation of the Bosnian Muslim Waffen-SS corps responsible for the murder of 12,600 Bosnian Jews. He was reported by Eichmann aide Dieter Wisliceny to have visited Auschwitz, and to have incited systematic extermination. On 21/9/44 he broadcast of '11 M Jews in Europe', he knew this represented a deficit of 6M.

      There is much more to shock and surprise in this short but potent volume, especially the Mufti's legacy to Arafat, Saddam Hussein's uncle and his links with Qutb father of the Brotherhood.

    • The raised index finger gesture of ISIS refers to the tawhid, "the belief in the oneness of God and a key component of the Muslim religion." More specifically, though, it refers to their fundamentalist interpretation of the tawhid, which rejects any other view, including other Islamic interpretations, as idolatry. When ISIS uses the gesture, it is affirming an ideology that demands the destruction of the West, as well as any form of pluralism. For potential recruits around the globe, it also shows their belief that they will dominate the world.

      “The black banner of Islam as an idea goes back to the 8th century, when the Second Dynasty of Islam came to power with black banners,” says Jonathan Bloom, a professor of Islamic Art at Boston College.

      The white writing that you see at the top of the flag is the first half of an Islamic phrase called the shahada, or declaration of faith, which reads: “There is no god but God, Muhammad is the messenger of God.”

      “Another appropriated symbol on the flag is the white circle at its center, which contains the second part of the shahada: "Muhammad is the Messenger of God." It’s meant to represent the official seal of the Prophet Muhammad, but Blooms says scholars have long debated what that seal actually looked like.

      The two Arabic phrases, the black color of the flag and even the ancient looking font of the Arabic all work to evoke an image of the historical Islamic caliphate, the massive state that ISIS claims to have resurrected.

      “In effect they’re saying we’re going back to this earlier time."

      In Lifestyle & Belief and Belief.

      State ISIS flags

  • When Rouhani says blaming ISIS on Islam is Islamophobic, is anyone listening?
    • "To fight the underlying causes of terrorism, one must know its roots and dry its source fountains. Terrorism germinates in poverty, unemployment, discrimination, humiliation and injustice The pain is made greater when these terrorists spill blood in the name of religion and behead in the name of Islam "
      Why doesn't ISIS proclaim that the source of their beheading of infidels and rape of yazidi girls and pillage of others property is due to the causes stated above by Rouhani?
      Why does ISIS murder more Muslim infidels then Westerners? Why do the terrorist murderers come from middle class and wealthy families? Why do they teach that one gets closer to God by committing savagery? Why is Israel reluctant to use force and than only in response to a threat? Why doesn't Israel do what ISIS does and go unprovoked from Arab area to Arab area and slaughter ,enslave or deport all those who do not believe in Judaism? Why does Israel protect religious sites ,even pagan ones, and not destroy them as ISIS does? Why is a gentile on the Supreme Court of Israel? Why does Hadassah Hospital treat Muslims? In a sanctuary whether for elephants or Jews all other creatures or inhabitants are welcome and are encouraged to thrive except those that would slaughter the endangered species.

  • Tunnels-to-kindergartens propaganda Netanyahu peddled to NYT and CNN is exploded by Israeli news site
  • The Walzer Problem
    • Jews are not very talented at ethnic cleansing- 1,600,000 out of 8,200,000- that is 20% of Israel's citizens are Arabs. One of the permanent justices on Israel's supreme court is an Arab. Arabic is an official language of Israel found ,along with Hebrew,
      on road signs, food packages, stamps and currency. Arabs have won the highest Israeli awards in literature and film and head hospital departments- this is beginning to sound like a thorough plan to excise Arabs and their culture from the land.
      There can be no assumption that anyone seeking" hudna" ,temporary calm, has any intention of surrender or permanent cessation of hostilities;just a time to rest, regroup and return to murdering at a propitious time. The Hamas religionists ,an extension of the Muslim Brotherhood, can only speak and act from the doctrines of their belief. They understand their tradition as not permitting them to relinquish lands conquered by Jihad. (oh to have a communist atheist as an adversary ,one who believes that this world was the crucial arena to work out problems of existence and did not rely on G-d to make things all better in some hereafter)
      The Hamas charter brings support to its program of murdering Jews from "The Protocols ", a fabricated document purporting to be factual. It was originally produced in Russia between 1897 and 1903, possibly by Pyotr Ivanovich Rachkovsky, head of the Paris office of the Russian Secret Police.Elements of the Protocols were plagiarized from Joly's fictional Dialogue in Hell and from Goedsche's Biarritz1 868 novel Biarritz (To Sedan) which contains a chapter called "The Jewish Cemetery in Prague and the Council of Representatives of the Twelve Tribes of Israel." Hamas uses this forgery to illustrate that Jews have a conspiracy to control the world for vile purposes.
      (Jews as colonialists ,what a joke,they choose Palestine ("Judea" but renamed by Rome) a land with no diamond containing rocks , no gold or silver or iron ore , no coal,little water ,poor soil, and friendly neighbors - just the kind of place that treasure seeking colonialists' long for - Jews guided by this sinister megalomaniac principle-" may it ever be so humble there is no place like home." ) But the Arabs are not satisfied with the Arabian peninsula alone so beginning in the 7th C. they conquer The Middle East ,North Africa. Central Asia , parts of East Asia and Europe.
      Every crime they have committed they project on the Jew. Every flaw they accuse the Jews of is the Arab's own flaw. Yo! Arab your not going to treat Jews like you treat your women. Arabs its never to late to repent -Allah is generous and so are the Jewish people. Allah protects Israel - not Iron Dome!
      Moment for Robin Williams
      He was famously interviewed several years ago by a German television reporter who asked, “Why do you think there’s not so much comedy in Germany?”
      “Did you ever think,” Williams answered, “you killed all the funny people."
      HAMAS is no joke.
      In Hebrew and Aramaic "Hamas" translates as violence- a fitting name.

  • Propaganda on Palestine: All-Knowing White Man & Angry Black Woman conjure good Jews and evil Arabs
    • Caliph Umar invaded Palestine in 637AD (Romans had renamed Judea 5 centuries before as a taunt to the Jews.) So Palestine is a Roman invention not an Arabic one. To his credit Umar
      acted graciously to the natives he encountered and so invited the Jews to once again live in Jerusalem
      thereby reversing a centuries old ban by the Romans &continued by Byzantine Christians . But Umar did not return sovereignty to the Jews as the Zoroastrian Persians had done when they briefly controlled Jerusalem beginning in 613 (Similarly Cyrus the Persian king had encouraged
      and supported the Jews to rebuild Jerusalem centuries beforehand after he defeated
      theBabylonians.) The zionist's refusal to settle Uganda is not something a resource exploiting colonialist would choose ; rather a colonialist would have turned away from resource poor Israel and grabbed resource rich Uganda. A genocidal country would not elevate the language of their "victims " to an official language and use it on road signs and stamps and currency. The Turks until recently banned Kurdish language because they want to stamp out the culture and national identity of the Kurds
      Israel is the only country to take out(airlift)
      tens of thousands of Africans to give them better lives. There are some Israelis' who are in the process of accepting these new immigrants and steady progress continues. Miss Israel was an Ethiopian about 2 years ago
      An Arab is a magistrate on Israel's Supreme Court

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  • Understanding Hamas
    • Pierre van Paassen is a journalist who lived and reported from Syria and Palestine in the 1920's he describes in vivid detail the situation there . His accounts can be read in his book "Days of Our Years" ( in Chapter 8 titled "After Seven Centuries").

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