Tag Archives: Israel

Terms Misused By Anti-Israel Activists.

In the seemingly intractable conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, words are just as powerful weapons as rockets or knives. Words can kill, but they are also a casualty of the conflict. You may remember Newspeak, the fictional language in George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, which was an altered …

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Into the Fray: B’tselem at the UN.

Posted originally as “B’tselem at the UN: Has Israel become so “open-minded” that its collective brains have fallen out?” B’tselem is not a human rights organization but a politically partisan group for which “human rights” are a pretext for advancing its radical political agenda—Israeli withdrawal  Those whom the gods wish …

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The Wall of Indifference.

Those of us who care about Israel, and who are concerned about the rise of Political Islam face a brick wall. Those of us who prefer western forms of jurisprudence to the Sharia courts popping up all over Europe face it, as well. Those of us who care about the …

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Flotilla became ‘ship of fools’.

Opinion piece by David Cumin and Juliet Moses who are members of the New Zealand Jewish Council Paul Moon is Professor of History at Auckland University of Technology The sovereign integrity of states is one of those building blocks on which the modern world operates. It is a guiding tenet of …

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Not All Māori On Board With Marama.

Green M.P. Marama Davidson’s involvement with the “Peace Boat” to Gaza is purportedly to raise awareness of the struggle of women in Gaza. However, Davidson has involved herself in one of the world’s most intractable conflicts without attempting to understand both sides of the situation. Implicit in Davidson’s stance is …

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South Africa Was an Apartheid State and Israel is Not.

What it is necessary to understand is that the movement known as Zionism which, beginning in the nineteenth century, climaxed in the setting up of the state of Israel in 1947, was a response to this long history of persecution. The so-called Holocaust came as the horrific confirmation of the …

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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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From the desk of Dr. Ron Weiser.AM. August Opinion Piece

Leadership comes in various forms. Just over a week ago saw the Zionist Federation of Australia’s 10th Biennial Jewish Educators’ Conference. Hundreds of participants gathered for a unique event in the Jewish world. Back in 1997 when it was conceived and then first held in 1998 there was no such …

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Arlene from Israel: “To Be Visionaries”.

It is almost two weeks now since we observed Tisha B’Av, marking the destruction of the Temples and a number of other tragedies that have befallen our people at this time on the calendar. We did the mourning: fasting… reading Eicha (Lamentations) while sitting on the floor…chanting of Kinot (dirges, …

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What do you Recognize in Palestinians?

Summary: In their eagerness to give Palestinian Arabs self-determination, Europeans have begun to symbolically recognize Palestine as a country.  However, the Europeans have failed to recognize that Palestinian actions are against the law and vision for peace. During the months of October and November 2014, a number of European countries …

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Arlene from Israel: Truth Sacrificed.

The sacrifice is on the alter of politically correct left-wing politics.  And that is all I wish to deal with today in the limited time available to me before Shabbat.  It is a top-flight priority. ~~~~~~~~~~ I waited, during the course of this past week, for Defense Minister Lieberman’s final …

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Arlene from Israel: Seek the Light.

The light is there, my friends, although sometimes it’s more obvious than at others. These are tough times, on several fronts.  But don’t stop looking. Haven’t started a posting with a good news item in a while now.  But today I will – we need it.  Actually, there are several …

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Arlene from Israel: Do Not Repeat the Mistake!!

At the beginning of Barack Hussein Obama’s first presidential campaign, I had enormous unease about who he was and where he would take the country. I wrote about this unease in a posting, in terms that were quite mild.  Back shot a furious response from someone I had known in …

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The parameters of the discussion.

Most westerners – left, right, and center – think of the never-ending conflict between Israel and the “Palestinians” as one between a country with one of the most prestigious and effective armed forces in the world versus a small and hapless, but plucky, indigenous population. What we need to do …

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Into the Fray: Israel & American liberal Jewry: Real reasons for the rift.

Incredibly, according to Israel’s “liberal” detractors,  the only remedy for Israel’s “democracy deficit” is to establish yet another Muslim-majority tyranny.  Israel’s accomplishments have been remarkable.  Israel has created a thriving economy, and has been a refuge for hundreds of thousands of the displaced and the needy. Israel has generated a …

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Pew Poll: Liberal Dems prefer Palestinian/Arabs to Jews.

When, exactly, did the Long Arab War Against the Jews of the Middle East begin? From a modern historical perspective these are the phases of the Arab-Muslim aggression against the Jewish people as I have worked them out from the secondary sources. Phases of the Long Arab War Against the Jews …

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Palestinian national identity and the roadblock to peace.

Palestinian Arabs

  A distinctly Palestinian national sense-of-self evolved during the 1920s – not organically, but as a negative reaction to Zionism. And this fact is at the centre of the current conflict. Let’s start with a quiz. Which Jewish leader said the following words? The land over which we have restored …

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Arlene from Israel: And the Good Too.

After my last post (which now requires follow-up), I promised I would return to my regular format, which includes good news.  Would that the good predominated. It does not, of course. But it is real – as you will see in the course of this posting.  And so offers promise …

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Arlene from Israel: Recurring Evil.

 Last time I posted, it was with a spirit uplifted because of Yom Yerushalayim.  I had not intended to post again until next week.  For Shabbat is coming, and immediately after, Shavuot, the harvest festival that celebrates our receiving of the Torah and is marked by study into/or through the …

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Criminalising Unauthorised Marriage?

There are criminals sitting in the Israeli Knesset: legislators who have either performed weddings outside the state’s religious authority, or who have personally been married in such ceremonies. The Jewish state is one of the only places in the world where it is illegal — with a potential jail term …

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