Michael Lumish

John Kerry’s Backhanded Threats

The piece below was written by Arlene from Israel: November 8, 2013: HE’S CROSSED THE LINE! I’m talking about John Kerry, and actually, he’s crossed it twice. I had no time to write today, with Levy Report work and a very early Shabbat. But I must write, ever so briefly, …

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Boycott Guinness!

Western European countries are generally not favorable toward Israel and among those countries few are quite as hateful as Ireland.  The reason for this is because the Irish see a rough equivalence between the English occupation of their island and the Jewish occupation of Israel.  It’s nonsense, of course, but …

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Arab anti-Semitism and The Big Lie

Many westerners, including very many western Jews, think that the source of the ongoing Arab-Muslim war against us is Jewish aggression.  They seem to believe that in daring to build a life for themselves after freedom from dhimmitude the Jews were unjust to their former oppressors.  This is false.  The real source of …

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“Islam Bad”?

The tidbit below was written by Alex Fishman and published by Y-Net. More than 30,000 global jihadists have settled in and are fighting in countries that border with Israel. They belong to various groups, but they all have one dream: To liberate the Arab world from heretic regimes, with the climax being …

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Releasing the Murderers of Jews

The tidbit below was written by Yasser Okbi and the Jerusalem Post Staff. Palestinian Authority Prisoner Affairs Minister Issa Karaka said Monday that there would be an official welcoming ceremony for 26 Palestinian security prisoners being released from Israeli jails at the Presidential Palace in Ramallah on Tuesday at midnight. PA …

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Boycott the Palestinian Authority

The tidbit below was written by Elior Levy and published by Y-Net. The Palestinians have launched a diplomatic campaign calling on countries to prohibit private companies operating within their borders from conducting business in the West Bank settlements and east Jerusalem. Mohammad Shtayyeh, a senior economic official and negotiator in the peace …

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The Peace Process Two-Step (Updated)

In a piece entitled, Is Kerry Precipitating Another Intifada?, by Jonathan Tobin over at Commentary, he writes: But not everyone is taking the talks that were forced upon the parties by Secretary of State John Kerry as a total non-event. Yuval Diskin, a former head of Israel’s Shin Bet security agency, …

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Welcome to Palestine

The tidbit below was written by Alex Fishman and published in Y-Net. Two months after first wave of prisoner releases – on October 27 – the State of Israel is expected to release a second wave of Palestinian prisoners. As part of the preconditions for the resumption of peace negotiations, Israel is …

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Stealth Prayer on the Temple Mount

Daniel Pinner has an op-ed over at Arutz Sheva that I find rather interesting. He writes about how he, and some of his fellow devout Jews, ascended the Temple Mount: The ritual is well-known. Before being admitted to our holiest site, a policeman told us the rules: it is forbidden to …

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Mufti of Jerusalem Screeches for Jewish Blood as Jewish “Progressives” Lie Down and Die

The tidbit below was written by Ariel Ben Solomon and published at the Jerusalem Post. Jerusalem Mufti Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, who speaks at al-Aksa Mosque, called on Sunday for preachers from all over the world to allocate part of their sermons for the upcoming holiday of Eid al-Adha this week to support …

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Zuckerberg is in Trouble with the Jews!

I have nothing against Mark Zuckerberg. The guy invented Facebook and got himself about as ridiculously wealthy as one can possibly be.  Good for him.  The problem, of course, is that since Facebook is the premier social networking site in the universe, it is also the premier anti-Semitic website in …

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The Racist Israeli anti-Rapist

On any given day I never know what is going to leap out. My wife has asked me how it is that I never seem to get writer’s block and my response is that when you cover the Arab-Israel conflict there is always, but always, something to write about.  Not …

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The US Cuts Aid to Egypt

The tidbit below was written by Michael Wilner and published at the Jerusalem Post. WASHINGTON – The US has decided to alter its military aid to Egypt, the State Department said on Wednesday, after Sunday’s clashes in the Arab world’s most populous nation resulted in the deaths of 57 people. …

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Barack Obama: The Accidental Anti-Semite

Giulio Meotti is a rare bird. He is one of the few prominent non-Jewish journalists who covers the Arab-Israel conflict and who is unabashedly pro-Israel, but he’s not the only one.  The Jerusalem Post’s Khaled Abu Toameh, an Israeli Arab, immediately leaps to mind, but there are very few others. …

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Netanyahu Stands Up

At the United Nations General Assembly, today, Benjamin Netanyahu said the following: Israel will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons, even if we have to stand alone. Yet in standing alone, Israel will know that we will be defending many, many others. If Israel hits Iranian nuclear facilities they can expect …

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The Times of Israel Promotes an Anti-Israel Advocate

In a recent piece by Times of Israel writer, Talia Lavin, she promotes David Harris-Gershon’s forthcoming book, What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife? Harris-Gershon is a frequent contributor to the left-leaning American political blog Daily Kos – as was I – and to Michael Lerner’s Tikkun Magazine.  His wife …

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Expanding the Focus

Perhaps the biggest problem that we face in understanding the Arab-Israel conflict has to do with focus. That is, among western liberals the typical understanding of the conflict is that it is one between Israelis and Palestinians fighting over a bit of turf, since November of 1947, on the eastern …

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Obama at the United Nations (Or, Déjà Vu All Over Again)

The very prospect of going through Obama’s recent speech at the United Nations is just simply depressing.  Nevertheless, let’s have at it. In the near term, America’s diplomatic efforts will focus on two particular issues: Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Iran clearly has nothing to fear …

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Islam, Political Islam, and the Diaspora Jewish Divide

One cannot stand up for the Jewish people, today, if one fails to speak out against political Islam. This assertion represents a significant dividing line among Jewish people, particularly throughout the diaspora.  The Jews of Israel do not need much convincing that political Islam is a threat.  The reason for …

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Nicole Bernstein Hands Out Friendship and Hope

As my readers will recall, lecturer Ghassan Zakaria, of San Diego State University, gave out a map of the Middle East to his students with the homeland of the Jewish people deleted. This kind of thing is pernicious because without actually criticizing Israel, Zakaria merely makes the country of our …

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