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Arlene from Israel: Keeping Our Eyes on the Flame.

I would be out-and-out misrepresenting, if I said everything was great.  And if I said that you wouldn’t believe me anyway. But what I do know is that we are celebrating Chanukah, which brings messages of joy, and resilience and hope.  These are messages we must internalize, especially in bad …

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The Genocidal 72 Percent.

This is the contemporary Ku Klux Klan. As with the Klan they feel it necessary to wear masks. They are worse than Night Riders because they feel free to carry out their violence in the daytime because they know they have Arab-Palestinian society, as created by Yassir Arafat and the …

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Arlene from Israel: Festival of Lights.

The eight-day festival of Chanukah,  has two aspects to it: The story of the miracle, when – at the time of the rededication of the Temple – enough oil for one day lasted for eight.  And the historical story of the defeat by the Maccabees of Antiochus, ruler of the …

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From Immorality to Illegality.

Last week was a mixed bag on the BDS front, with some good, some bad and some very, very ugly. In the bad department, the National Womens’ Studies Association in the US joined the conga-line of Israel bashers by voting to endorse an academic boycott with an 88.4% majority. Disappointing, …

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Into the Fray:Into the Fray:Dear Defense Minister:I respectfully–but firmly–disagree

Moshe Ya’alon is a man of intellect, integrity and courage. As such, I hope he will address the troubling questions this column raises. A brief prologue: I would consider myself remiss if, before broaching the topic of this week’s column, I did not pause to pay tribute to my friend …

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Arlene from Israel: Confronting Complexities.

Good news items from Israel: The Israeli company Ayala Water and Ecology utilizes plants to purify waste water.  Its phytoremediation systems are built into landscaping at hundreds of industrial, residential, agricultural and recreational sites in Israel, India, Chile, Mexico, France, Germany, Greece, Singapore, the United States and Canada. Explains Ayala …

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Israel was never a British Colony:Judaea & Samaria aren’t Israeli Colonies

Many uniformed critics of Israel criticize the establishment of Israel and claim that Israel was established as a colonial outpost of Great Britain. The statement is absurd and easily disproven. International Law, Not British Law Various international laws approved the immigration of Jews to Palestine and international bodies approved the …

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Arlene from Israel: Rising Up in Strength

Last night, here in Jerusalem, I attended a performance of Dames of the Dance of the Gush Katif Bride Project. Twelve amateur women’s dance groups from different studios performed before an all-woman audience.  To a one, these dancers projected a sense of joy. The theme of the evening was unity …

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Remembering refugees on 30 November.

Linda Hakim left Iraq for London in 1970. But she has never been able to shake off the fear she had felt growing up as a Jew. She heard mobs in Baghdad, after Israel’s Six Day War victory, screaming ‘death to Israel, death to the Jews.” She escaped a lynch …

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Arlene from Israel: This is Israel.

We begin today with an opinion piece from the Friday JPost magazine section, written – in 2010 – by Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo, “Israel: The blessing of insecurity” (emphasis added): “Throughout the centuries, historians, philosophers and anthropologists have struggled with the concept called ‘Israel’… “In 1948 Israel once again became …

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Into the Fray: Immoral!

It is becoming increasingly egregious to persist with the shabby charade that any consensual resolution to the “Israeli-Palestinian conflict” is possible. After years of counterproductive concessions and compromise, it is unlikely that the situation is still retrievable by consensual means… remedial measures will require coercive action on a wide scale… …

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From the Desk of Dr. Ron Weiser. AM.

It was the 16th of September when Mahmoud Abbas set off the recent troubles in Israel by escalating a national dispute into a religious one with his call to protect the Temple Mount from the Jews who he claimed were “desecrating Al Aqsa with their dirty feet”. On the national/territorial …

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Arlene from Israel: Holding Tight

I’m so grateful to have some good things to write about, in the face of daily anguish. Several good things, as a matter of fact – ways in which innovative Israel helps and reaches out. That strange red creature on the leaf is a Phytoseiulus persimilis, the most effective predator …

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If Israel will not stand up for the Jews…?

If Israel will not stand up for the Jews, how can diaspora Jews do so? The Elder of Ziyon writes: Israeli media are reporting that Israel is implementing a plan to severely limit the number of Jews who can visit the Temple Mount, while imposing no such restrictions on non-Jewish …

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When the Heart Rages.

Paula Stern originally posted this article by Rav Zev Shandalov at her web site “A Soldier’s Mother”. I totally agree with  her sentiments and this was one of the main reasons behind my starting Jews Down Under. She, like me, is sick of being silened. So Rav Zev Shandalov, be my …

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Arlene from Israel: Beyond

It’s lovely to begin with some good news: On Friday, Jonathan Pollard was released from the federal prison in Butner, N. Carolina on parole. He wasn’t “freed,” as some reports had it. He still must adhere to the rules of his parole, which has been granted at the end of …

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Into the Fray:Preserving the Jewish state – Post-Paris imperatives?

“If Israel is to survive as the nation-state of the Jewish people, it will have to contend adequately with two fundamental imperatives: the geographic imperative and the demographic imperative.”  Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose – attributed to Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, (1808 –1890, editor of Le Figaro). Translated …

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Arlene from Israel: A Reluctant Posting

This post is not only being done reluctantly, my friends.  It will be very brief.  No introductory good news, again.  No analysis. I am holding on to an enormous amount of material, which I will most likely draw on after Shabbat.  How much there is to say about the sick …

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Archaeological Terror – ISIS methods destroying Jewish heritage.

Archaeological Terror – ISIS methods used to destroy our Jewish heritage in Israel. Almost 2,000 years ago, during the Bar Kochba rebellion, Jews lived in a complex of hidden caves in the area of Kiryat Arvia, which has been identified as an important logistical center during the rebellion. It is …

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Arlene from Israel: A Specific Focus.

When last I posted, I wrote that – even though I chose to pass on writing about it in that particular post – there is always good news from Israel.  And indeed this is so. THIS is good news, very good news, although of an usual sort – preceded as …

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