Monthly Archives: October 2014

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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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi – Succot.

MORE TREES IN THE FOREST. Our forefathers didn’t know about high-rise buildings or information technology. Theirs was an agricultural civilisation centred around the sun and the seasons, the plants and the trees, the animals and the leaves. They didn’t have our achievements, but nor did they have our anxieties. But …

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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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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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