Paula R. Stern

Netanyahu’s Speech in Layman’s Words.

 Across Facebook, Israelis are proud and loud today. We have waited a long time to hear our Prime Minister tell the United Nations a message we have never quite been able to say so eloquently. I can try to translate the thought behind his words but I would likely fail …

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Satire:Two Palestinians shot while innocently picking their noses in a car.

IONP – International Organizations & Nonproliferation Condemns the Murder of Two Palestinians in Israel. Just received this press release from the IONP and thought it important enough to share. Date: March 9, 2016 Subject: Joint Press Release from IONP Headquarters in London, Washington, Stockholm, NY and Ramallah For Immediate Release …

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Is it REALLY Because of the Occupation?

On May 8, 2001, a Palestinian beat to death two young boys – Koby Mandell and Yosef Ishran. On August 9, 2001, a Palestinian walked into a pizzeria in Jerusalem with a guitar case loaded with explosives and blew himself up, killing 15 people, including 7 children and a pregnant …

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My Israel.

My Israel is a dream that started when I was 13, but only came true when I was 33. My Israel is an island, a safe haven, a beacon that shines through the choppy waters that surrounds her. My Israel is a message broadcast from heart to heart and brain …

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A Jewish Star in Germany

Many years ago, my husband bought me a beautiful gold Jewish star. I wore it for a long time and then the chain broke. When I was asked to speak at a conference in Stuttgart, Germany and decided to accept the invitation and opportunity to meet and present colleagues from …

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BBC’s Changing Headline.

There are certain fundamental facts of life that everyone knows. What those facts are can often differ according to gender, religion, race, nationality. Take two people and show them some incident and often they will come away with two different “facts.” I am, for the most part, thoroughly amazed by …

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When You Need a New Prayer.

Prayers are interesting in a many ways. There are the formal prayers we say – many written hundreds…even thousands…of years ago. I often smile when I hear the Torah read and recognize a phrase that has found its way into our daily prayers. But prayers have always been fluid. Jews …

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Paula says : “I Am So Disgusted.”

I am disgusted that any Jew, especially one who claims to be religious, especially one who claims to be “ultra” religious, can stab innocent people not in defense, which may be allowed according to our laws, but simply because those people choose to live their lives according to rules that …

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Jabotinsky and the Light Rail.

Earlier today…last week, last month, last year…I wrote about the light rail being stoned…here’s a picture of what it looks like. Note that this is right before the Shuafat station (I recognize the building in the background)…right as the light rail train goes THROUGH this Arab neighborhood allowing passengers from …

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In the Name of Allah

In the name of allah, the most gracious, the most merciful, Palestinians stoned a bus filled with children yesterday. In the name of allah, the most gracious, the most merciful, a Palestinian woman approached a young Israeli woman and stabbed her in the neck. (Full disclosure, the young woman, aged …

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Dear Palestinian Shooter – How the Heck Did You Do That?

Dear Palestinian Shooter, Happy Ramadan. I can tell by the news each day that your people are having a wonderful month. Just days into it and already they’ve hit dozens of cars and buses, one man beaten to death, several stabbed, and repeated attacks on the light rail in Jerusalem …

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Memorial Day…theirs and ours…

Coming from the United States, I remember Memorial Day as the day we had to move our car to the side street if we didn’t want to get blocked in by the parade.  Old men in uniforms…I didn’t know the word veterans or what that meant…police, marching bands. Across the …

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Israel’s Message to Obama.

 I woke this morning in far off India to the news that Israel had done what I wanted it to do, what India did when the President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, tried to interfere in their elections. As we watch the dust settle over the election results, …

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A Badge of Shame .

Over a decade ago, I went to Poland with my oldest daughter. I had hoped to support her as she learned. I didn’t need to learn anything because I had read EVERYTHING, knew EVERYTHING…and quickly learned that for all I had read, for all that I had learned, I knew …

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The Story of a Shoe in Maidanek.

  What can you learn from a shoe? As I stood in the Maidanek death camp recently, I tried to understand, tried to envision, tried to learn about a woman who died more than sixty years ago. I know almost nothing about her, other than the fact that she came …

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The Third Intifada Is Here.

  Last night, a Palestinian driver intentionally drove his van into three soldiers south of Jerusalem. One was critically injured, two a bit more moderately wounded. It was the end of a very bad day in Israel.Late last night, I saw a post on Facebook saying that Jerusalem was moving …

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My Condolence Letter to the Parents of Muataz Ibrahim Hijazi

President Mahmoud Hamas, I mean Abbas, has sent a condolence letter to the parents of Muataz Ibrahim Hijazi, who last Wednesday night, shot an unarmed man in the chest and stomach three times. Abbas told Hijazi’s parents that their son “rose to the heavens as a martyr for the defense …

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It’s about Israel, Stupid.

The Europeans and the Americans are condemning us…again. The United Nations is upset with Israel…still. The Arabs are adamant – it’s the settlements that are the deterrent to peace. It’s not the settlements. It’s the rockets; it’s their intransigence. It’s their stones, their firebombs, their knives. It’s our naivete, it’s …

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Dear Sweden.

Dear Sweden, The nation, the government, much of the people, the land… You are idiots. Swedish police record 60 hate crimes against Jews in 2012, up from average of 22 in 2010 and 2011. Sweden has stepped forward to recognize the independent  – an impressive and bold action that shows …

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The Lies and the Flaws of Mahmoud Abbas

Much is being made of the speech that Mahmoud Abbas made at the United Nations. A lie told often enough, said Vladimir Lenin, becomes the truth. It is ironic that the Arabs hold so much faith in this notion and it is even more ironic that much of the world …

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