Monthly Archives: January 2016

A Tree Living Without a Forest.

I have in the past been accused of conflating the State of Israel with the Jewish people and very much hope to get so-accused heading into the future for a long, long time to come. While it is true that Israel is not directly synonymous with the Jewish people – …

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Oslo II: What Did Peres and Abbas Expect?

Oslo II - Peres, Abbas

This is my summary and critique of an article published in 1996 (citation below). I bring this now because we can see that even at that early stage points were being drawn in the sand in what has become a trajectory of failure. The article outlines the “peace process” clearly …

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Arlene from Israel: Doors Open and Shut.

There is a hi-tech, interactive exhibit on Israel making the rounds internationally.  It is called “Open a Door to Israel,” and consists of a series of brightly colored doors, each of which opens to show, via video and interactive programming, another aspect of Israel – hi-tech innovations, the Israeli people, …

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Arabs in Jerusalem.

Listening to the United Nations, one might fear that Palestinian Arabs are being “ethnically cleansed” in Jerusalem due to Israeli “occupation.” Here are some facts (statistics as of 2011 as compiled by the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies). Fastest Growing Group in Jerusalem and Most of the Middle East The …

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An Open Letter to a Jewish Friend in England

I don’t know, Kate. Sometimes it just seems pointless. Sorry to be downbeat, but I feel like I am glaring into a howling thunderstorm. In California we could use the weather, but I worry about my friends elsewhere. You may be aware that the Washington Post just published an infographic …

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Happy Australia day. January 26th

Happy Australia Day. Let’s remember what a great country we have and celebrate with this poem about the history of our flag. Our Flag wears the stars that blaze at night, In our Southern skies of blue, And a little old flag in the corner, That’s part of our heritage …

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Arlene from Israel: Shed a Little Light

As you come to the end of this posting, you will discover the upbeat inspiration for its title. But here, at its beginning, I share a “good news” piece that is bitter-sweet.  It could not be otherwise. Yet I count it as very much good news: it is a celebration …

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A silence worth breaking, the reservists fight back.

 For anyone living outside of Israel and opposed to the delegitimisation of Zionism, it is difficult not to be aware of the movement called ‘Breaking the Silence’ (BTS). ‘  The Boycott movement against Israel frequently use their material, the anti-Zionist groups on campus show their video clips on a loop …

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Coming Home/Missing Home: Toronto and Israel

coming home

My body is sitting in Starbucks at Christie and Dupont, freezing somewhat because they keep the heat low; I suppose that’s to try to prevent people like me from parking here for hours on end, but people like me just sit rubbing their hands together when they’re not typing, put …

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Arlene from Israel: “Intrusion”

The INS Rehav, Israel’s fifth Dolphin class submarine, arrived home to its Haifa port yesterday with a crew of 50, to much official fanfare. Built in Germany, at a cost of over $400 million (one third of which was picked up by the German government), it is “the most advanced, …

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Oz Torah. Torah reading: Bo

JUMPING THE GUN There is a rabbinic tradition that the tribe of Ephraim were in such a hurry to be free from slavery that they left Egypt thirty years before the appointed time (they had misunderstood a passage in Gen. 15:13 and miscalculated the date of the deliverance). They did …

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My Israel.

My Israel is a dream that started when I was 13, but only came true when I was 33. My Israel is an island, a safe haven, a beacon that shines through the choppy waters that surrounds her. My Israel is a message broadcast from heart to heart and brain …

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