RoHa November 11, 2018, 12:46 am
“On August 24, 1929, racist Arabs of Hebron attacked their Jewish neighbors. ”
Racism, was it?
Hordes of foreigners pour into the country.
They make no attempt to assimilate.
Prof Roha now on record supporting massacres of people who "make no attempt to assimilate." But for the edification of the ignorant and uninformed who might read RoHa's disgusting comment and come away with the impression that the Jews are an alien implant in an Arab country, Hebron had a constant Jewish presence for centuries, long before the modern political Zionist movement started. (It's always important to underline "modern political Zionist" because the Zionist idea is simply baked in and embedded into Jewish culture and vice versa, but modern political Zionism refers specifically to the very successful movement to re-establish Jewish independence in the historical Jewish homeland in a modern state framework. My ancestors on my paternal grandmother's side who settled in Galilee in Safad in the 16th century CE after the Expulsion from Spain, and those on my paternal grandfather's side who moved from Damascus in the late 19th century were most certainly Zionist, although not in the modern, political sense.) Additionally, few of the Jewish victims of the Arab massacre in Hebron were modern, political Zionists, most were rabbinical students and their families. Many of the victims were foreign-born, but many of them were also from families that had lived in Hebron for many generations, including Mizrahi and Sefaradi Jews as well as Ashkenazi Jews that had resided for in the city for generations (and some were a mix of both, like the Slonim-Dueck family).
My great uncle Nissim was also wounded (he survived and lived into his 90s, fortunately, despie having his face and neck slashed) by a hate-inflamed Arab terrorist during the Jerusalem riots of 1929, which happened concurrently with the Hebron Massacre.
Because he was raised speaking Arabic (as well as Ladino and Hebrew) and was a Palestinian Mandate citizen sicne the time the British started issuing Mandate citizenship , and from a family that had resided in the Holy land for many generations quite a few ignorant commenters on this blog will incorrectly identify him as a so-called "Arab Jew". While he was a native Arabic-speakingJew from EreS Yisra'el, he was never an Arab, but one can't make the claim that he was "unassimillated" into Arab culture (as if that excuses murdering people who didn't speak Arabic). But the murderous fanatic who tried to kill my father's uncle didn't care that he spoke Arabic with native fluency, that he and his parents and grandparents and great grandparents, etc. were born in the country, the only thing that mattered was that my Uncle Nissim was a Jew. Fortunately he survived the attack, and lived to fight for Israeli Independence two decades later, as an EtSel fighter (most of the Mizrahi and Sephardic Jews fought in EtSel rather than Hagana or PalMaHH) and later in the nascent IDF.
Mooser November 11, 2018, 4:31 pm
“My American-born and US citizen daughter is doing very well” “Mikhael”
Wow, I bet you were surprised when you came to the US and found her there. No doubt you were thrilled and amazed at the benefits dual-citizenship can bring.
You're confused again. I have been involved in my US-born daughter's life ever since she was born and my ex-wife and I have always cooperated in jointly rearing her and providing emotional and financial support. She is not an automatic dual citizen of Israel and the USA, as Israeli citizenship only transmits automatically to the first generation of children born to Israeli citizens outside of Israel. Per Israeli law., as an Israeli citizen who was born outside of Israel, alas, I do not transfer my Israeli citizenship automatically to her. She is, however, entitled to apply for Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return, as the child and grandchild of a Jew. (her mother is not Jewish.) My ex-wife and I are very proud of our daughter's accomplishments, which are the product of loving parents and her own drive. Thank you for your best wishes.
Marnie November 11, 2018, 7:10 am Speaking of weird, while watching the ceremony at the Champs Elysees all of the dignitaries who arrived to show their respects marking the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1, ...As there was no ‘israel’ in 1918, what could he be doing there and what plans might he have to make this about him
Heads of state of many other countries which weren't yet independent at the time, but which were affected in one way or the other by the Great War, either because battles took place on what is now their territory or people from those countries participated in the war in the armies of the Central Powers or the Allies were also present, for example, Muhamadu Buhari, of Nigeria, and Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine.
This is appropriate because many soldiers from what is now Nigeria served in the British army and many soldiers from what is now Ukraine served in the Russian Army and battles were fought on Ukrainian territory. Likewise, it was correct and appropriate for Netanyahu to attend as there were decisive WW1 battles fought in the territory that is now part of the sovereign state of Israel, namely Be'ersheva, Megiddo, Haifa (and of course, in and around the Israeli capital, JERUSALEM!), and many Jewish soldiers (including relatives of my father) who lived in the formerly Ottoman-controlled territories that would become part of the British Palestine Mandate and later the State of Israel served in both the Ottoman armies as well as the British armed forces.
My father's uncle, a native Jerusalemite Jew whose family lived in the Old City for many generations , was drafted into the Ottoman forces and served in Anatolia and the Balkans. His great great grandchildren still live in Jerusalem, Israel's capital, and were no doubt pleased to see their prime minister representing them at the ceremony marking the end of WW1. It's been my pleasure to make you a little better informed, and hopefully, a little less stupid. You're welcome!
Keith April 23, 2018, 1:00 am
Get some therapy! If you must be a Judeocentric, EGOCENTRIC justifier of murder, at least be succinct
I'd suggest that you get some therapy, but you've made it clear that you can't imagine any situation when an Israeli citizen (Jewish or otherwise) has any right to defend his or her life when threatened by someone who claims to be acting on behalf of Palestinian Arab rights. Since you are so obviously a sociopath, therapy will be useless to you. Nevertheless, I'll explain again, for the benefit of any unpoisoned minds who may read this.
"Murder" refers to an intentional homicide when there is no clear threat to one's self or others. A killing in self-defense, or in order to protect others' lives, is not definable as murder. It's very obvious to unbiased people that the IDF and Israel Border Poilce personnel stationed at Israel's border with the Hamas-controlled quasi-state entity in Gaza had a reasonable fear for their lives or grievous bodily injury last months when tens of thousands of people attempted to storm the border fence. Most of those killed were members of the Hamas terror gang and this was confirmed by the explicit admission of the official spokesmen of the Hamas terror gang regime, and they were killed when they were attempting to inflict death or bodily harm by blunt force truma (the harmless tones) or 3rd-degree burns (Molotov cocktails). The IDF and Israel Border Police don't have a moral obligations to lay down their arms when rocks are being thrown at them or when firebombs are being aimed at them and to accept blunt force trauma or 3rd-degree burns; but they do have a moral right to protect their own physical safety , and to use lethal force when necessary. Of course their own physical safety is secondary to the physical safety of the Israeli citizens they are sworn to protect. Their first duty is not to allow the border fence that separates Israel from the Hamas-controlled quasi-state entity to be breached. Many of the Gazans who were shot were engaged in attempting to tear down the border fence. Of course, this could have been avoided if they had the sense to stay away from the border. Israel does not have a moral duty to allow who knows how many terror gang members to enter its territory from the quasi state entity in Gaza and cause mayhem such as suicide bombing attacks and kidnapings in Israeli cities.
Read what Chomsky said
Why should I credit Chomsky, a defender of totalitarian regimes? Chomsky is no more a moral authority than Trotsky was.
The white man’s burden was/is to vilify his victims in order to justify his crimes.
It's weird that you assume I am Ashkenazi. I am a Jew and an Israeli citizen and like more than half of my fellow citizens, I am of of Mizrahi/Sefaradi heritage (although my mother is Ashkenazi). But why are you so obsessed with who is Ashkenazi and in what way is it relevant? There really is no difference between Ashkenazim and Mizrahim/Sefaradim in Israel. Our national identity is the same -- Jewish.
The Ashkenazi man’s burden additionally makes the writer ramble endlessly and incoherently
Rambling? You're the one who can't focus and is bringing up a non sequitur and generalizing about a group of people whose ancestors were part of the Jewish Diaspora in Central and Eastern Europe.
in order for the victimizer to claim victimhood
Claim victimhood? Oh, no, no, no, no. You've got it bassackwards. One thing any self-respecting Israeli (whether he is of Ashkenazi, Mizrahi, Sefaradi, or whatever background in the Diaspora) won't do is ever, ever, ever, willingly assume the mantle of "victim." The whole point in being independent in our land again is that we are NOT VICTIMS. Now that the aims of Zionism are a reality, the era where Jews were victims has permanently ended. We dance on the faces of those who want us to be victims. Victimhood is just not cool.