Israel

Arlene in Israel – Burning Hatred and Darkness.

Chaya Zissel Braun the three-month old baby girl killed by a terrorist using his car as a weapon, was laid to rest at midnight last night. Her death came about after the terrorist’s car slammed into her stroller, sending her flying some ten meters into the air. She landed on …

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Arlene in Israel – Is There No End?

  Late this afternoon, there was a terror attack in Jerusalem.  An Arab from eastern Jerusalem ran his car into a group of people who were waiting at the Ammunition Hill station of the light rail.  Eight people were injured.   A three-month old baby girl, badly hurt at the …

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Arlene in Israel – Body and Soul

  Body and Soul Last night I went to the premiere showing, here in Jerusalem at the Begin Center, of a very special new film by Gloria Greenfield: “Body and Soul – the State of the Jewish Nation.” The showing was sponsored by Doc Emet Productions (Greenfield’s company), The Menachem …

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Why I Am Not A Zionist.

In the discussion around the ongoing Arab-Israel conflict there are, depending on one’s perspective, good people and bad people.  If one is an anti-Semitic anti-Zionist the bad people are called “Zionists.”  These Zionists are thought to be an unusually horrid breed of people who hold nefarious intent toward Arabs and …

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Arlene in Israel – ‘The Temple Mount’

I’ve written several times about the growing problems on Har Habayit – the Temple Mount. Again now I report on the situation, which is grave and most be considered with utmost seriousness. Over the week of the Sukkot holiday, there was a rash of Arab violence that was clearly premeditated.  …

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Arlene in Israel – ‘What Is He Talking About?’

Motzei Shabbat (After Shabbat) We have just completed the holiday of Sukkot, during which time we live in sukkahs.  While conforming to certain specifications, a sukkah is in its essence a temporary and thus fragile structure. This comes to remind us that what protects us is not the walls of …

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Into the fray: The two-stage ‘solution’ .

The entire issue of Palestinian statehood, and the Palestinian narrative on which it is based, are nothing but a giant hoax so transparent it is inconceivable that anyone even feigns credence to it. ‘With the two-state solution… Israel will collapse, because if they get out of Jerusalem, what will become …

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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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No Peace, No Recognition, No Negotiations For Greta Berlin.

Ms. Berlin, you call yourself a Palestinian activist, you claim to be someone who supports Palestinian rights and justice. But instead of constructively discussing with those in power who matter, you wasted an hour of my life on Facebook, calling me an oppressor. Ms. Berlin, it pains me to see …

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ADALAH – a grantee of the NIF

Adalah is an Arabic word which means justice  and denotes The Justice of God. It is among the five Shia Principles of the Religion. So what’s a so-called Israeli group, that is a grantee of the NIF – New Israel Fund, doing with an Arabic name? One also has to …

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If You’re British, Sign The Petition!

If You’re British, Sign The Petition! Let MPs know that there is widespread opposition to unilateral recognition for a Palestinian state that isn’t the result of direct negotiations This message from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign refers, of course, to the House of Commons vote this coming Monday on a motion …

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An Open Letter to Mahmoud Abbas.

Mr. Abbas, I am sorry to say, you have destroyed all hope of a Palestinian State under your leadership. You are in the 9th year of your four year term, and you have still failed to create change. You have stolen from the Palestinian public, amassing over $100 million dollars …

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Arlene in Israel – Unstable.

  Sukkot. “v’samachta bechagecha”: and you shall rejoice in your festival. This is it, Sukkot, our season of rejoicing.  My very favorite holiday.  The spirit is in the air, here in Jerusalem.  I look forward to meals in the Sukkah (much larger than the illustration here!), and sleeping in the …

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Arlene in Israel – Silent Intifada.

  Silent Intifada The perpetrators in the main are male Arabs, mostly young, with Jerusalem residency cards.  They have the right to live in Jerusalem, and receive the perks of citizens, but – tellingly – for political reasons have declined to become full citizens.With increasing frequency in recent weeks, they are …

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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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Into the fray: Juristocracy in Israel, when legality loses legitimacy.

Both the rule of law and democratic governance in Israel are being jeopardized by the very body purported to be its most committed guardian: the judiciary. In Israel, the negative impact of the judicialization of politics on the Supreme Court’s legitimacy is already beginning to show its mark. Over the …

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Obama’s Veiled Threats

When Obama administration officials started making veiled threats, while questioning Jewish yearnings for peace, I was not at first sure what to make of it.  When, last August, 2013, former US Secretary of State John Kerry suggested that unless Israel comply with Obama’s insistence on telling Jewish people where we …

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Unscrambling Mandates Omelette Guarantees More Egg On Obama’s Face.

President Obama’s mission to degrade and destroy Islamic State (ISIL) in Syria and Iraq has been seriously undermined by these poor political judgement calls…. Claiming that ISIL is not “Islamic” Arguing that ISIL is not a State because no other Government recognises it Intruding upon Syrian sovereign territory in breach …

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Arlene in Israel – Right On!

  This will be an exceedingly short post. We go into Yom Kippur late afternoon Friday, and I will have no chance to write tomorrow.  And so I do it now. Wishing all those observing Yom Kippur a G’mar Chatima Tova.  Maybe we be sealed for a good year, and …

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Arlene in Israel – Following.

My critique of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech at the UN stands.  In particular, I was distressed that he spoke about a readiness to make territorial concessions for an agreement with “rock solid security.” This seems to me a very poor time to talk about such a thing – when Abbas …

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