Monthly Archives: October 2015

Dual Loyalty or Cultural Sensitivity?

One of the many antisemitic smears Jews have suffered throughout the ages is that they have a dual loyalty, so can never be patriotic citizens of the country they are living in. In the Jerusalem Post, GABRIEL SASSOON writes We ought not alter our behavior based on the totally illegitimate …

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Eyeing Temple Mount Terrorists.

This should prove interesting. As I write, The Algemeiner is reporting that Israel and Jordan will cooperate in the installation of video surveillance cameras on the Temple Mount, perhaps within days.  The Palestinian-Arabs do not like it because they know such footage will show the world who the aggressors are on …

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Palestinian Job Fair for Peace.

joining terror organizations

A sad satire. The United Nations took a special interest in the high unemployment rate of Palestinians, which has led to feelings of despair and hopelessness, leaving many to resort to violence against Israelis.  As such, the UN held a meeting in October 2015 in Vienna to listen to various …

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OzTorah: Torah reading: Vayyera.

                                     TWO LECH-L’CHAS. Last week’s sidra and this week’s both feature God calling to Abraham in the words, “Lech-l’cha!” The literal meaning is “Go for yourself”. In classical English, the message is “Betake yourself”. Rashi points out at the beginning of last week’s reading that the “l’cha” tells Abraham that …

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The JCCV’s “Overview”: Looking to the Left.

Guest Post written by Professor William (Bill) Rubinstein. ==== Much of the blame for the Feiglin controversy must rest with the JCCV (the Jewish Community Council of Victoria), which adopted and approved the resolution of the eleven protesting organisations soon afterwards, and issuing a press release condemning his “homophobia,” etc., …

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Arlene from Israel: Dysfunctional.

 Pretty much describes the state of affairs here and elsewhere.  I was going to use the Hebrew term “balagan,” which means a state of confusion, a muddle. But that is much too benign.  “Dysfunctional” suggests impairment, and that is much closer to the mark.  Let us return to the issue …

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An Inconvenient Truth: Palestinian Polls.

There were a growing number of violent attacks by ‘Palestinians’ against Israelis in October 2015.  Various politicians such as the US Secretary of State John Kerry blamed the root cause as ‘Palestinian’ frustration about ongoing Jewish “settlements” east of the Green Line. Acting President of the ‘Palestinian’ Authority Mahmoud Abbas …

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OzTorah: – Ask the Rabbi on “Kosher wine”

Question.     What can be non-kosher in ordinary wine? Answer.        Two considerations are relevant. The first is that wine was part of worship rites from ancient days. Judaism feared that ordinary wine could have been used or at least made for libations at heathen worship (“yayin nesech”). Hence, wine for Jewish …

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Nightmare on Whitehall Street.

Written by Ted Lapkin – Director of Public Affairs for the Zionist Federation of Australia ======== Imagine a world in which Melissa Parke – the far-left, largely unknown federal Labor Member for Fremantle – defies the odds and wins the ALP leadership. And in our hypothetical scenario one of the …

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Netanyahu and the Nazi Mufti .

I feel reasonably certain that there is not a single individual on the planet today under more intense political pressure than Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. If the guy blinks in the rain he gets smacked around from people throughout the world for not doing it correctly.  I have never …

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From the Desk of Dr Ron Weiser AM.

It’s a little surreal sitting here in a coffee shop in the centre of Jerusalem witnessing the ever changing political landscape and evolving events. The streets are definitely fuller than they were a week ago and Israelis are getting out to restaurants again, taking advantage of the beautiful weather. Not …

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Arlene in Israel: Horrific.

Yesterday was a horrible day with regard to terror attacks.  Jerusalem was quiet except for one foiled attack – I think Netanyahu was correct in saying that extensive work in the city, including deployment of many security forces, has had a positive effect. The attacks are taking place mainly in …

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Ten Deadly Lies about Israel.

Written by Ron Dermer. Israeli Ambassador to the United States. As Israeli civilians are butchered by Palestinian terrorists, the truth about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is also being butchered by a campaign of vicious lies. Here are 10 of the most pernicious myths about the current attacks: First:   Israel is trying …

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Judaism and the Golden Rule

Intrinsic to Judaism is the belief that everyone is made in G-d’s image and therefore we must treat all with humanity. This has been reinforced throughout the ages, as this Talmudic tale attests: Once there was a gentile who came before Shammai, and said to him: “Convert me on the …

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Democratize the Temple Mount.

It is unacceptable that Israel maintains prejudicial policies toward Jews at the holiest site to the Jewish people. Benjamin Netanyahu keeps assuring Barack Obama, and the American Department of State, that Israel intends to maintain the status quo at the Temple Mount. EOZ columnist, Vic Rosenthal, proprietor of Abu Yehuda, has …

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Arlene in Israel: A Huge Problem Confronts Us

It was eerie how precisely I called it.  Yesterday, in describing the terror situation, I said: “I might write about the most recent attack and then, within hours, there might be another one.”  As it turned out, it wasn’t even hours.  I had just sent out my posting when word …

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