Monthly Archives: May 2015

Into the fray: ISIS – Two-staters excuse du jour.

For two-staters the prevailing conditions—no matter what they are—are always favorable for implementing the land-for-peace doctrine and establishing a Palestinian state. There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true. – Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher …

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The Arguments over Jerusalem.

Summary: In considering the arguments that Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews each make for Jerusalem as their capital, only one party makes a truly compelling case. Jerusalem has long been considered the thorniest issue in the Israeli-Palestinians Question. In 1947, when the United Nations put forward a plan to partition the …

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Offensive Cartoons

There’s been much media coverage about cartoons which are apparently so offensive that people feel compelled to kill the cartoonist or even those who publish or promote such cartoons. It is therefore instructive to reflect on how Jews react to cartoons they find offensive. I will just select a few …

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Israelis Help Others; Palestinians Don’t Even Help Themselves

Israeli humanitarian efforts juxtaposed Palestinian terror efforts… Israeli humanitarian efforts finally got a little attention in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake. While some acknowledged it, unfortunately, it was glossed over by others, while the hardcore haters said, “Yeah, but…” That “but” was followed by crazy stories of ulterior motives …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi.

HOW WAS THE TORAH WRITTEN? Question.    Did Moses write the whole Torah at one sitting? Answer.       The sages of the Talmud (Yoma 37b, Gittin 60a) say that the Torah was given “m’gillah m’gillah” (“scroll by scroll”), i.e. section by section. According to this theory, the Torah was not …

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St. George was a Palestinian.

Once again the ‘invented people’ are claiming a person to be a ‘Palestinian’, this time St. George of all people? One has to wonder why the Arabs have such a desire to claim everyone as a Palestinian who comes from the fictitious State of Palestine.  Every Christmas we hear the …

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Cause and Effect: Making Gaza.

Summary: The media frequently touches on the suffering that takes place in Gaza. Yet, the depth of their coverage of Arab misery never approaches any level of analysis on the root cause for the Israeli-Arab conflict. The Atlantic published an article on May 2, 2015 called “Gaza is Hell” (all in …

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Arlene from Israel – Could Be Worse.

 Before I begin to discuss how it could be worse, a couple of housekeeping matters. First, dear readers, please know that I am working overtime on the Legal Grounds Campaign.  That’s a good thing, because it means we are developing a solid campaign to coincide with the formation of the …

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Think again! – A Bonfire in Bondi

So this week the bonfire celebration of Lag B’omer lit up the night sky at No. 1 Penkivil Street Bondi on the small vacant lot near the Tzemach Tzedek shule. I don’t know how Benny Amzalak (President of Tzemack Tzedek shule) pulled this one off in a residential area, especially …

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David Mamet Tells the Left to Go Screw

The following tidbit was written by Marnie Winston-Macauley and published by Israpundit. The year 2008 was a very strange one for the Liberal literati of New York and Hollywood. It was the year they believed playwright, screenwriter, director, essayist, novelist and poet, David Mamet, “outed” himself as a Conservative. For many of …

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OzTorah: Torah reading – Emor.

COUNTING EVERY BLESSING. A central feature of this week’s reading is the command to bring an “omer”, a measure of barley, to the sanctuary, beginning on the second day of Pesach. From that moment we have to count 49 days until the festival of Shavu’ot. Maimonides tells us that the …

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Actions and Adjectives: Cluster Bombs.

Summary: When it comes to reporting on the death of civilians, it is interesting to review how and when some media outlets choose to simply report facts, rather than delve into critical reporting. Here is a comparison of the New York Times discussion of cluster bombs being used by Syria and …

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Arlene from Israel – Towards a New Law of War.

Towards a New Law of War  is the subject of a conference currently being held by Shurat Hadin, the Israeli Law Center, founded and run by the amazing Nitsana Darshan-Leitner. Current laws of warfare are outdated, she explained in her introductory remarks.  The Geneva Conventions never envisioned the asymmetrical warfare that …

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Kenya is building an apartheid wall! Where’s the outcry?

News that Kenya is planning to build a wall to protect its citizens against terrorists invading from Somalia will no doubt enrage some of  Marrickville’s ex-councillors. The New York Times reported: Mandera, Kenya: As the border gate opened early in the morning, minibuses dropped off passengers, donkey-led carts trotted through and …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi.

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN INDONESIA. Indonesia should be ashamed of itself for executing two Australians as well as a few others.  It is not that the people who were executed were lily white.  Indonesia has processes of law which led to their sentencing.  No-one denies the Indonesian right to have strict …

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Into the Fray: Parading past predictions.

This week: Some of my writings, and the predictions/prescriptions made in them. The past week has been particularly hectic, leaving little time to devote to writing. Accordingly, I thought I might cut a few corners – and myself some slack – by laying back, and at the same time, showing …

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